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Raymond Griffis, 82, of Olstee, dies

Raymond “Cowboy” Griffis, 82, died October 2, 2011 after a lengthy illness. Mr. Griffis was a life-long Olustee resident, cowboy and county road department employee. He is preceded in death by daughter Darlene Griffis.

Survivors include wife Wanda Griffis of Olustee; son Tim Griffis of Lulu; step-son Robert (Thelma) Hogan of Lake City; step-daughters Robin Bailey of High Springs and Karen Griffis of Jacksonville; brother Willie (Vonnie) Griffis of Sanderson, sisters Betty (Bob) Howard and Louise (Clinton) Westberry of Sanderson and Myrtle Johnson of Valdosta; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

The funeral service will be held Thursday October 6 at Watertown Congregational Methodist Church in Lake City. Visitation will be at 1 pm and services will follow at 2 pm. Burial will be at the Olustee Cemetery.

John Griffis, 54, dies September 28

John Edward Griffis, 54, of Starke died September 28, 2011.

He was born in Starke to Earl Griffis and Grace Thigpen Griffis on August 31, 1957. He was a lifelong resident of Starke and employed at Buford Tree Service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He was predeceased by daughter Angel Gail Griffis.

Survivors include parents Earl and Grace Griffis; daughter Kim (Charles) Ellis of Lake City; sisters Margaret Nemeth, Patty (Eddie) Akeridge, Earline (Doug) Eunice and Irene (Phil) Manassa; granddaughter Layne Albritton and soon to be delivered granddaughter Brystal Ellis.

The funeral service was held on October 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services Chapel in Macclenny with Pastor Stanley Ellis officiating. Interment followed at Macedonia Cemetery in Macclenny. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

County commission’s June 7 agenda



Tuesday – June 7, 2011


4:00 P.M.  Public Forum Meeting with Commissioners and County Manager




I.                   Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance


II.                Presentation of Amendment to the Agenda (if any)


III.             Approval of Regular Agenda


IV.              Approval of Consent Agenda Items

1.      Approval of Minutes May 16, 2011

2.      Expense Report

3.      COA request to waive AG Center rental fees for “Real Senior Prom”

4.      Planning Department Request for Public Hearing June 20, 2011 @ 6pm

a.       Special Use:  Wireless Telecommunication Facilities submitted by Dupont Co

 b.  First Baptist Church of Glen St Mary, Florida – Petition for closing and                  abandonment of a portion of George Taber Boulevard- Res. 2011-06 


V.                 Committee Reports or Items


VI.              Constitutional Officers


VII.           Persons Wishing to Appear

1.      Representative Janet Adkins/Update on the Florida Legislature

2.      Meg McGauley-Kerry Dunlavey/State of YMCA after 10 years

3.      Alterial Baker/NE Fla. Community Action Agency request for funds after school program for at risk youth.

4.      Jon Mobley/Boy Scouts of America

5.      Sharon Padgett


VIII.        County Manager

1.      George Taber Rd. Update

2.      Old Jail Update

3.      Glen Nursery Rd Bypass Mitigation

4.      Simmons/Ruise SHIP change order

5.      Jay Patel-Raceway

6.      NFEDP billing and appointments


IX.              Commission Comments


X.                 County Attorney Comments

1.      Hanson Roof Tile, Inc. Mediated Settlement Agreement


XI.              Persons wishing to appear who are not on the agenda (limit 3 minutes)

XII.           Adjourn

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