June 07, 2009 - The Lake City Reporter

By H. Morris Williams

In 1988 Rev. Jesse Jackson, presidential candidate, spoke at LCCC to a packed audience in the Amos Howard gym.

Rev. Jackson gave a spirited talk which had his supporters enthusiastically chanting "Run Jesse Run" and "Win Jesse Win."

Rev. Jackson also recited some of his favorite expressions about education:

*What does it matter if a student has a new book or an old book if he opens neither?

*If Johnny can't learn because he is hungry, that's the fault of poverty. But if Johnny can't learn because he is sleepy, that's the fault of parents.

*Many of us allow our children to eat junk, watch junk, listen to junk, talk junk, play with junk, and then we are surprised when they turn out to be social junkies.

*No teacher can teach in a moral vacuum. It doesn't matter how many degrees you have or how much tenure you have if you come to school as late as you can, leave as early as you can, make as much as you can, then sit on your can.

*We must put less emphasis on the Five B's—blacks, browns, budgets, busing, and balance—and more emphasis on the 5 A's—attendance, atmosphere, attention, attitude, and achievement.

Rev. Jackson is hard to beat as a wordsmith and a spellbinding speaker, and that day at LCCC he was at his best.


You might be surprised how many CHS alumni are currently serving as military bandsmen. Army: Tony Buzzella, Jr., John Temple, and Matt McDonald. Navy: Ryan Brundage. Marines: Dain Cole, Colby Higgins, Ryan Siemer, and Jacob Fetherol. Donald Griffin just graduated and will be serving soon.

Two others will be auditioning in the coming months: James Wolff (Army) and Elizabeth Majors (Air Force).

Obviously CHS has a fine band program to produce such excellent young musicians as these.


The Mikesville Presbyterian Church will be honoring the church's 132 years of service as Ambassadors of Christ on Sunday, June 14, at 11 a.m. Dinner on the grounds will be served after the morning service. Pastor Herb Brownlee invites all members and the public to attend the worship service and stay for dinner.

The Mikesville Church is located about 18 miles south of Lake City on U.S. 41/441. You will see a church sign on the left, turn there and go about a mile.


Siblings Corey and Carlee Wilson, both FWHS graduates, just graduated from UF. Corey graduated summa cum laude with a degree in materials science and engineering and will be entering medical school.

Carlee graduated cum laude with a degree in civil engineering. She will be following in her dad Steve's footsteps by accepting a position with the Florida DOT as a Professional Engineer Trainee.

By the way, both Corey and Carlee are members of Mikesville Presbyterian Church.


Today from 2-4 p.m. at the School Board Complex, the centennial time capsule from 50 years ago will be opened and the contents displayed. The program will be held inside the comfortably air-conditioned auditorium and free ice cream will be served afterwards. Don't miss this highlight of our sesquicentennial celebration.


Watertown was a busy, sizable lumber town in the 1920's and 1930's. The East Coast Lumber Company, owned by the A.G. Paul family, was the lifeblood of Watertown. They had timber acreage here and elsewhere of about a million acres, and they were the largest lumber company in Florida. All that came to an end due to the devastating Watertown fire and the Great Depression, effectively ending Watertown's thriving existence.

Not much has been written about the history of either Watertown, the Paul family, or their huge lumber company. So, I was surprised when I recently came across some Xeroxed material titled "The Watertown Pauls" by John Alden Paul. However, I have not been able to locate a complete book by that title.

If any of you readers can search eBay or wherever and find where this book can be bought, call me at 386-755-8183. Lots of local people would like to read it.


An epitaph on a tombstone in Ruidiso, New Mexico: "Here lies Johnny Yeast. Pardon him for not rising." square

H. Morris Williams is a local historian and long-time Columbia County resident.