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Yulee Day kicks off with cannon fire

ARCHER – Saturday morning a cannon was fired several times in Archer’s downtown.

That 150-year old cannon from the Civil War era, however, was part of the Yulee Railroad Day celebration.

Joshua Braley, Archer Historical Society secretary, said Thomas and Lynda Kasicki have held Civil War re-enactments outside their home for Yulee Day since it was first celebrated. Their home is located in downtown Archer on Main Street.

The demonstration included the re-enactors loading, firing and cleaning the cannon.

Although some activities remained the same, like the parade, other things changed. At this year’s Yulee Day, Kathy Wright, former member of the historical society, was not present.

Wright, who Archer City Commissioner Fletcher Hope described as a person with an “Earthy spirit” and was always excited about Yulee Day, died in August.

A Cassia tree was planted with a nameplate next to it for her a week before the event. The cannon was fired in her name.

Earlier in the festival, there was a parade that included several Chevrolet Corvettes and a bloodmobile from the Florida Blood Services.

Although about 300 people usually attend this annual event, Braley said, about 200 people joined the festival this year.

“It was a good beginning for getting Yulee Day back on track,” he said.

Last year, Yulee Day was not held because the historical society was planning to change it to an earlier date because of heat complaints. It was previously celebrated the first Saturday of June.

Archer resident Gail Batey said she and her husband have been coming to Yulee Day for years.

“I think the weather is a lot nicer,” she said.

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Newberry’s road grader already on the job

NEWBERRY – It’s likely that most heavy equipment operators probably don’t think there’s anything poetic in grading roads. But others will tell you that it’s an art—that you have to know the land, and that you have to be gentle with the land.

Just ask operators, like Carl Wilson who has worked for the City of Newberry for over a year now after 37 years with the county, or David Addison who has serviced the community since 1999.

This year they have a John Deere 670 G to re-sculpt the roads with, which set the City of Newberry back $167,000. It only has 50 hours on it, so it’s practically new.

“We are very pleased with the price. It beat the heck out of the others,” said city manager Keith Ashby.

The grader, which can be likened to a snowplow, with a large blade to crown off roads so water can funnel off properly, has already been used on Watermelon Pond Road.

The problem with the last piece of equipment was that after 10 or 20 years of use it had reached the point where replacing parts on it was more expensive than replacing the entire grader.

Road graders are necessary in locations with limestone or dirt roads. The operator’s job is to even out the road itself, but also to create runoffs so water doesn’t form ditches.

The City has a road maintenance schedule, said Connie Goode, administrator for the City’s Department of General Services. But the schedule is as flexible as the weather permits, she added.

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What You Need to Fight the Flu and Common Cold

Pharmacist(StatePoint) While last year’s cold and flu season was mild, experts say this year could bring you a wallop of sniffles and sneezes.

While there is no cure for the cold or flu, despite what mom says about her soup, over-the-counter (OTC) medications can provide relief for the most common symptoms. And these guidelines can help you better navigate the cold and flu aisle:

Sneezing Got You Down?

OTC antihistamines can provide relief from sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes by blocking the action of histamine, a chemical in the body that triggers congestion and upper respiratory discomfort.

Constant Cough

Cough suppressants, also known as antitussives, basically tell your brain to stop coughing. One commonly used cough suppressant is dextromethorphan, which relieves cough symptoms but doesn't speed recovery.

If you’re producing mucus, however, don’t take a cough suppressant. Instead, look for an expectorant, a medicine that helps thin the mucus in the lungs and soothe an irritated respiratory tract.

All Clogged Up!

Decongestants like pseudoephedrine (PSE) relieve a stuffy nose and congestion by actually narrowing the blood vessels in nasal passages so you can breathe more easily.

PSEs are now located behind the pharmacy counter because they are an ingredient that can be used to make the illegal drug methamphetamine (meth). Rest assured though, PSE has been safely used for decades.

If you’re clogged up, consider treating your symptoms and doing your part to keep your community safer at the same time. Ask your pharmacist about new Nexafed 30mg pseudoephedrine HCl tablets, the next-generation PSE that provides the same effective cold and allergy relief from standard PSEs, but with technology that disrupts the extraction and conversion of pseudoephedrine into methamphetamine.

Stop the Pain

If your symptoms include muscle aches or high fever, consider an analgesic or painkiller. Most OTC analgesics fall in to two categories:  acetaminophen or NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Both medications can reduce fever and ease aches and pains from the flu or cold.

Scratchy Throat

Help ease throat pain with cough drops or throat spray. While not a cure-all, cough drops or hard candy can help provide relief from a dry, tickling cough. Also consider taking a warm shower or using a vaporizer to increase the moisture of indoor air.

No matter what your symptoms are, it’s important to get some rest and stay hydrated. Doctors recommend six to eight hours of sleep every night to fight and prevent illnesses and keep the immune system healthy.

If you have any questions or doubts about which medications may be best for you, talk with your pharmacist. And if symptoms worsen or last for more than two weeks, be sure to see your doctor.

More tips on how to prevent and treat a cold or the flu can be found at

Don’t needlessly suffer this season. With the right treatment, you can help alleviate your cold and flu symptoms.

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High Springs Boy Scouts honor first responders

W_-_1_-_HS_Boy_Scout_Flag_copyHIGH SPRINGS – High Springs Boy Scout Troop 69 retired a flag donated by the High Springs Fire Department on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

“We wanted to honor our local police officers and fire fighters, while also remembering those who gave their lives in the terrorist attacks,” said Troop 69 Scoutmaster Kathy Bloodsworth.

Representatives from both departments participated in the ceremony alongside the scouts.

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