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A show dog’s perilous road home


Joi HoskJoi Hosker with George.er of Macclenny is the proud owner of a very special dog named George.

The 5-year-old plott, whose registered name is “Hosker’s Georgie Boy” won the Award of Excellence in the plott hound division of the American Kennel Club/Eukanuba National Championship held in Orlando December 17.

George will also compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in February.

Both are among the top dog shows in the country and competitors are determined through an invitational system. Ms. Hosker’s dog was one of only 25 invited to be a part of the plott hound division in the AKC/Eukanuba competition and will be one of only five invited to compete in the upcoming WKC show.

“The Eukenuba show was just amazing,” Ms. Hosker told The Press December 19. “This year there were a record-breaking 14,000 entries.”

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Closing in on the ‘pill doc’

For my money, the News Story of the Year in 2011 was the closing down of Dr. Charles Scarborough’s Macclenny office in October.

Mind you, none of the allegations that this amiable physician grossly abused his obligations under Florida law have been proven. Those allegations include that he allowed untrained and unqualified office clerks to write prescriptions for narcotics, that he signed blank prescription orders and he failed to examine patients before allowing them to leave with addictive drugs, among others.

There’s still a process here. The Department of Health made the allegations as cause for temporary suspension of his license to practice. Dr. Scarborough has requested a hearing, presumably to give his side.

We’ll see, but between you and me, he’s in trouble.

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Boys, girls basketball tournament results

The Lady Wildcats basketball team won their way into the finals of the Bishop Snyder Christmas tournament last week before losing to rival Baldwin 54-42. The Cats beat Bishop Snyder in the first round and Ed White in the semi-final game.

Chelsey Ruise had 20 points in the 48-40 win over the White Commanders to lead all scorers. Ruise had 9 points in the final period as BCHS outscored White 16-6 to secure the win. 

The boys basketball team lost a heartbreaker to Interlachen in the first round of the Florida First Coast Classic 49-48 December 27. Interlachen broke open a tie game with 2 seconds to go on a three-pointer to win the game.

The Cats had come back from a 25-17 halftime deficit.

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Terry McKinney, 55, of Macclenny

Terry “Schofield” McKinney Sr., 55, of Macclenny died Sunday, December 18, 2011 at Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital. He was born to the late Walter Snipes and Francis Jones on January 6, 1956. He was educated in the schools of Baker County and worked at Rudolph’s Christmas tree farm. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-fathers Miles McKinney and Lee Jones and brother Miles McKinney.

Survivors include companion Denese Williams; son Terry McKinney Jr., daughter Nekisha McKinney; brother Michael McKinney; step-brothers Leo and Solomon Jones; step-grandmother Hattie Perry of Jacksonville; a host of aunts,uncles, nieces, great-nieces, nephews and grand-nephews, grandchildren, cousins and others.

The funeral service will be December 24 at 11:00 am at Emmanuel Church of God in Christ in Macclenny. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am before the service.

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