Neighbor to Neighbor February 2011 : Page 1

Vol 12 Issue 2 NEIGHBOR BEFORE Construction The Neighbor to LOCAL NEWS CROSSWORD SUDOKU HOROSCOPES COMMUNITY CALENDAR SCHOOL NEWS GARDENING 904.278.7256 FREE Take One Two Time State Award Winning Newspaper with the Best of Clay County Living Proudly Serving Orange Park, Argyle/OakLeaf, Fleming Island, Middleburg, Green Cove Springs, Penney Farms & Keystone Heights Since January 2000 February 2011 For the Prewitt-Brewer Family "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in Middleburg History Comes Alive in Town of Penney Farms! J. C. Penney Memorial Scenic Hwy. to be Dedi-cated Feb. 25 Ann Williamson Staff Writer The public is invited to gath-er at the corner of Clark Av-enue and State Road 16 W. on Friday, Feb. 25 for a ribbon cutting ceremony that will designate the sec-tion of the state road (that runs through the Town of Penney Farms) as J. C. Penney Me-morial Scenic Highway. Of fi cials, special guests and the public will proceed to the Kohler Park (just down the street from Town Hall on Clark St.) for the celebration aspect of the event, with short speeches, cake and punch. Afterwards there will be the opportunity to take trolley rides around the town to the Chapel, model historic railroad exhibit, post of fi ce, J. C. Penney display of artifacts at Town Hall and back to the park. History comes alive when John Bowles (for-mer Clay County Public Works Director and former Town Manager of Orange Park) ap-pears as the late James Cash Penney – the founder of the town, as well as Penney Re-tirement Community. J. C. Penney (1875 – 1971) was also a successful retail busi-nessman from Missouri. He founded the J. C. Penney Company, a nationwide chain of stores that sells a wide variety of products. Penney strongly believed that stores should be run with honesty and a deep respect for the customer. The brief program, led by Bowles, will take place at Kohler Park and will include re-marks by Joe Pickens, President of St. Johns River State College (formerly St. Johns Riv-er Community College). Pickens was a for-mer elected state legislature a few years ago, and represented Clay County and the Town of Penney Farms area in his district. Also contributing a few memories at the podium on Feb. 25 will be Ann Williamson (daughter of the late Elaine Fullerton Wil-liamson, editor emeritus of the Clay County Crescent). Williamson is the historian for the Clay County Agricultural Fair and has been associated with several Clay County Continued on page 20 about Call Walking our Club! AFTER Wayne Spivey Staff Writer The Prewitt-Brewer family of Middleburg are enjoying their new home, built in seven days by Ty Pennington and his "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" television crew. Northeast Florida volunteers helped J.A. Long Design Builders and Ark Remodeling and Construction complete the work as lead contractors. Carrie Prewitt, a beloved volleyball coach at Middleburg High School, and her three girls, Ashley, Taylor and Gina , were surprised at school by the January 26th announce-ment. Removal of the old house and construction of the new one began the next day while the family was on vacation in the Virgin Islands. The week-long build was 24 hours per day. The completed new home and "Move the Bus" day was held February 2nd. "She's more than just a coach to her students; she's a mentor, counselor, con fi dante, and often a sec-ond mom," according to Long. "Two years ago, that mothering role became real when Carrie took one of her players, Ashley Brewer into her home along with her two younger sisters, Taylor and Gina. The small, run-down house does not properly accommodate them, crumbling walls making it unsafe especially during hurricane season. The family -who playfully call themselves the Continued on page 7 Now Offering ZUMBA & YOGA Lake Asbury’s Only 24 Hour Fitness Center JOIN IN FEBRUARY & ENROLLMENT FEE IS $ 10 LAKE ASBURY Corner of Henley & Sandridge Winn Dixie Shopp. Ctr. Exp. 02-31-11 Discount. Discount. Discount. Almeta L. Monroe Ins Agcy Inc Almeta Monroe, Agent 3521 U S Hwy 17, Unit A Orange Park, FL 32003 (904) 269-5200 Fax: 904-269-5111 Don’t Let Foot Pain Stop You! Be Active...Stay Fit! SPECIAL PRICE Rebok E-Z Tone $49.95 instock only Practical Solutions for Foot Comfort from Foot Solutions Excellent selection of the latest walking and work out shoes Men’s and Women’s casual dress shoes in all widths and sizes Expert fi tting Accommodative, custom, and OTC arch supports and inserts Solutions for foot comfort Certi fi ed pedorthist on staff State Farm State Farm Bank TM Get them all with Discount Double Check.™ It’s a quick and easy way to make sure you’re saving all you can. And it’s free. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. ® CALL ME TODAY. Home Of fi ce: Bloomington, IL 2176 Park Ave. Orange Park, FL 32073 904-269-1100

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" In Middleburg

The Prewitt-Brewer family of Middleburg are enjoying their new home, built in seven days by Ty Pennington and his "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" television crew.<br /> <br /> Northeast Florida volunteers helped J.A. Long Design Builders and Ark Remodeling and Construction complete the work as lead contractors.<br /> <br /> Carrie Prewitt, a beloved volleyball coach at Middleburg High School, and her three girls, Ashley, Taylor and Gina, were surprised at school by the January 26th announcement.Removal of the old house and construction of the new one began the next day while the family was on vacation in the Virgin Islands. The week-long build was 24 hours per day. The completed new home and "Move the Bus" day was held February 2nd.<br /> <br /> "She's more than just a coach to her students; she's a mentor, counselor, <br /> confidante, and often a second mom," according to Long. "Two years ago, that mothering role became real when Carrie took one of her players, Ashley Brewer into her home along with her two younger sisters, Taylor and Gina. The small, run-down house does not properly accommodate them, crumbling walls making it unsafe especially during hurricane season. The family - who playfully call themselves the <br /> <br /> ‘Brewitts,’ has done what they can to make their home a fun place to live. When the Brewer girls’ parents passed away, Carrie... immediately agreed to give them a stable home life and is now their permanent guardian.” <br /> <br /> Carrie was unable to have children of her own after a bout with cancer in her late 20s. The "Brewitts" 3,400 new home is a blessing; a happy ending to a heartfelt story made for reality TV.<br /> <br /> The girls were happy to have their own rooms and helped pick out the color schemes.<br /> <br /> Next door neighbor, Dee Heath and her husband, Marvin, said they were happy to help. A command tent and an art tent were erected in their front yard, two to three weeks before the final selection was made.<br /> <br /> The art tent built custom made furniture, explained Dee. Four other families vied for the extreme makeover.<br /> <br /> The public was invited to view first hand the building process and to follow the daily updates at www.northfloridaextrememakeover.Com or on Twitter and Facebook. The new home, landscaping and back yard volleyball court is located at 5089 Chicory Avenue near Camp Blanding.<br /> <br /> Construction crews, materials, security and their Rvs lined neighborhood streets."Whatever they tear up they'll fix," said Dee. "This is the biggest thing that has happened to our neighborhood."<br /> <br /> Extreme Makeover is an Emmy award winning reality TV program in its 8th season.The show airs Sundays from 8:00 - 9:00 p. m. on ABC. "The Middleburg Edition will air on Mother's Day," said public relations volunteer Sarah Brown.

J. C. Penney Memorial Scenic Hwy. To Be Dedicated Feb. 25

The public is invited to gather at the corner of Clark Avenue and State Road 16 W. on Friday, Feb. 25 for a ribbon cutting ceremony that will designate the section of the state road (that runs through the Town of Penney Farms) as J. C. Penney Memorial Scenic Highway.<br /> <br /> Officials, special guests and the public will proceed to the Kohler Park (just down the street from Town Hall on Clark St.) for the celebration aspect of the event, with short speeches, cake and punch.<br /> <br /> Afterwards there will be the opportunity to take trolley rides around the town to the Chapel, model historic railroad exhibit, post office, J. C. Penney display of artifacts at Town Hall and back to the park.<br /> <br /> History comes alive when John Bowles (former Clay County Public Works Director and former Town Manager of Orange Park) appears as the late James Cash Penney – the founder of the town, as well as Penney Retirement Community. J. C. Penney (1875 – 1971) was also a successful retail businessman from Missouri. He founded the J.C. Penney Company, a nationwide chain of stores that sells a wide variety of products.Penney strongly believed that stores should be run with honesty and a deep respect for the customer.<br /> <br /> The brief program, led by Bowles, will take place at Kohler Park and will include remarks by Joe Pickens, President of St. Johns River State College (formerly St. Johns River Community College). Pickens was a former elected state legislature a few years ago, and represented Clay County and the Town of Penney Farms area in his district.Also contributing a few memories at the podium on Feb. 25 will be Ann Williamson (daughter of the late Elaine Fullerton Williamson, editor emeritus of the Clay County Crescent). Williamson is the historian for the Clay County Agricultural Fair and has been associated with several Clay County Newspapers for over 30 years covering local government.<br /> <br /> This reporter actually lived in the Town of Penney Farms and attended elementary school in the actual classroom on display at Early Florida Village at the fairgrounds.Her uncle, Don Fullerton, will also join her with his memories and actually met James C. Penney in his lifetime. Fullerton once owned Fullerton’s Appliance Store in Green Cove Springs, and actually made repair calls to residents who lived in the Town of Penney Farms. He served as an elected Green Cove Springs councilman, as well as a few terms as mayor.<br /> <br /> Fullerton was just a youngster when his parents, J. Wallace and Tena Fullerton, sold their 160-acre Forest Hill Farm in Nebraska, gathered up their five children and bounced over the Midwest trails arriving in Penney Farms on Nov. 26, 1926.<br /> <br /> They had been accepted by the Penney- Gwinn Corporation for one of the 20-acre experimental farms at Long Branch. The standards were high – Christian, non-smoking, non-drinking and the whole thing started because Fullerton’s father read an advertisement in the Christian Herald.<br /> <br /> The potato farms eventually failed as did all of the experimental farms but the Town of Penney Farms prospered with the advent of the Memorial Home Community, founded by J. C. Penney.<br /> <br /> For several years, the CASH Committee (James Cash Penney) has been seeking the designation under the Florida Scenic Highway program for the portion of State Road 16 W. that runs through the Town of Penney Farms.<br /> <br /> The Board of County Commissioners supported their endeavor and officially adopted a resolution in support of this designation On Dec. 8, 2009. The Florida Scenic Highway designation includes the portion of roadway that runs through the Town of Penney Farms from the east to the west inside the town limits, and the loop encompassing Poling Blvd., Caroline Blvd. And Palmetto Ave.<br /> <br /> The purpose of the Florida Scenic Highway designation is to project, enhance, preserve and maintain intrinsic resources of the designated corridor, while maintaining a balance with the use of this resource for appropriate economic development, recreation, and tourism and recognize the role of State Road 16 as a major transportation and hurricane corridor in Clay County. Significant benefits of additional economic development, recreational amenities, resource conservation, aesthetic enhancement and public education can result from the scenic highway designation.<br /> <br /> The Corridor Management Plan which will delineate the implementation of the goals and objectives of the scenic highway program will be developed and implemented by the local jurisdiction through which the corridor passes, without state restrictions on land use within the corridor by the virtue of the designation.

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