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Curtis Williams, master electrician

Curtis Albert Williams, 83, of Macclenny died on May 25, 2012. Mr. Williams was born March 2, 1929 in Macclenny, the third of 11 children born at home to the late Arthur and Edna Marie Williams. He is survived by children Janice Edmond, Audrey Jackson, Renee Williams, Curtis Williams and Kurtina Marvins; 11 grandchildren and two  great-grandchildren numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was married to Cloretta Williams until 1998 and the late Jimmye Owens Williams from 1999 until her death in 2011. He was preceded in death by siblings  Walter, Rudolph , Clarence, Dollie Mae and Winston Williams.

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Richard McCaul, 51, of Starke dies May 24

Richard Lee McCaul Jr.,  51, of Starke, died Thursday, May 24, 2012. He was a Baker County High School graduate and a heavy equipment operator. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Mr. McCaul is survived by his father Richard L. (Rosemary) McCaul Sr. of Six Mile, SC; mother Elois (Bill) Crews of Macclenny; son Richard Lee McCaul III of Macclenny; daughter Natasha S. McCaul of Jacksonville; brothers Shawn (Tammy) Baldwyn and Shane (Lori) Baldwyn of Glen St. Mary; sister Wanda (Russell) Blair of Lake City; three grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Shelby McCaul.

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So now we will ‘reclibrate?’

Re-calibrate?

That’s the word an official of Florida’s Department of Education used to characterize what the state’s Board of Education did last week when FCAT writing exam scores for 4th, 8th and 10 graders were released and did a free-fall. Only about a third got the minimum passing grade.

I think what he meant was the board “dumbed down” the score so the results weren’t as dismal. That’s certainly what most of the nation believed when the “re-calibration” was announced.

Never underestimate academia’s penchant for snatching words like “re-calibrate” to describe what happened. Obfuscation of the language is what they do best.

Baker County students, incidentally, were right there with counterparts in Florida’s remaining 66 counties. The “passing” percentage here went up when the numbers were “re-calibrated.”

So now, what they’re telling us is the reading portion of FCAT was made more difficult, but made so too swiftly. What tripped up students was the new emphasis on punctuation, spelling and grammar.

What?

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Games attract 1000+ football fans

Over a thousand people packed Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 18 to watch the BCHS Wildcats in their first scrimmage. They also turned out for the BCMS Bobcat scrimmage and the Powder Puff football game won by the senior girls.

Coach Ryan Sulkowski was impressed. “If that doesn’t show you how ‘football crazy’ this place is, then I don’t know what would,” said Sulkowski.

The middle school kicked off on May 18 and Sulkowski was impressed with what he saw from the young Bobcats.

“They took some major strides in their development of grasping our offense and defense. There are so many kids to get excited about at the middle school level that our varsity staff cannot stop talking about where we should be in a couple of years.”

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