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Emily Raulerson, native of Moniac

Emily Raulerson, 89, of Macclenny died May 18, 2012. She was born in Moniac, GA to the late Hardy Raulerson and Rachel Mixon Raulerson on November 17, 1922. She was a lifelong resident of Baker County and a charter member of the Christian Fellowship Temple. Emily loved to crochet, cook for her family and friends, gardening and listening to recorded church sermons. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years Fred Raulerson and son George Albert Raulerson.

Mrs. Raulerson is survived by daughters Rachel Harris (Wyman) of Raiford, Mary Raulerson-Harper (Jim Adkins) of Jacksonville and Debbie Vazquez (Johnny) of Fort Lauderdale; son Freddie Raulerson (Belinda) of Glen St. Mary;  daughter-in-law Gina Raulerson of Naples, FL; sister Aline Davis of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren and nine-great grandchildren.

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Joseph ‘Joe’ Rhoden funeral Wednesday

Joseph “Joe” Rhoden, 87, of Macclenny died Sunday, May 20 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville following an extended illness. He had resided in Baker County and Macclenny all his life. He was the son of the late Riley Rhoden and Nettie Johns Rhoden, and was married to his late wife Aline for 62 years. He worked for Florida Power and Light and retired as an office supervisor after 42 years of service. He was a member of the Macclenny Church of God, an Army veteran of World War II, a former Baker County commissioner, a member of the IBEW union for 60 years, and loved to deer and turkey hunt with his family.

Mr. Rhoden is survived by children Riley (Kathy) Rhoden of Macclenny, Angie (Harold) Griffis of Glen St. Mary, Jody (Lisa) Rhoden of Tampa and Dan (Kathy) Rhoden of Leesburg; sister Violet “Boggie” Rhoden of Macclenny; seven grandchildren and ten great-grand­children.

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Board’s fine reduction ‘nonsense’

Dear Editor:

Having read your column (Code board pushed under the bus) in last week’s Press, I am stunned. This is just nonsense.

My husband was the Baker County code enforcement officer until his death in December of 2009. He worked very hard documenting and attempting to get violators back into compliance with the rules of the code enforcement department. He often told me some violators did not know or did not care, but since he was a former LAPD officer, he was able to get them to see he had his job and they had their job, that is bring their property up to code.

He had a lot of respect for other employees at the building and zoning department, and they worked together as a team. Many violators heeded the letter of the law and his notices advising them to conform, and others brought their property up to code. Some were given more time and some were not. That is where the investigation and due diligence came in.

I live down the road from someone who received a hardship exemption that my husband argued heartily against. He and I both knew there was no hardship, yet the property owner claimed to be taking care of an ailing parent.

Set a precedent and that bell cannot be unrung.

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Pre-prom ‘shock show’ at BCHS

Colton Butcher, playing a victim in the mock DUI, is tranported by first responders to a nearby ambulance.A high school keg party ended and a young couple drove home in their Jeep. Another couple was heading home, too, but from the movies in a van.

Their vehicles collided head-on, killing the young woman in the Jeep’s passenger seat and seriously injuring the couple in the van. The Jeep’s driver, a young man bloodied from the crash, survived, but was led away in handcuffs after failing a field sobriety test administered by a sheriff’s deputy.

That was the scene laid out before juniors and seniors the morning of May 9 at Baker County High School. It’s a scene that school administrators and faculty hoped wouldn’t be repeated in the coming weeks as students celebrate prom and then graduation.

The mock DUI, as it’s called, is an annual spring event to showcase the tragedies that can result from mixing alcohol and driving.

Last year’s mock DUI, though, was canceled due to a real-life tragedy and the grief-filled aftermath that gripped the high school last spring: the death of senior Rashard Belford. He was killed on April 9, 2011 when a car driven by another young man involved in a fight nearby ran over him in southwest Macclenny.

The 40-minute program, narrated by Sheriff Joey Dobson and organized by the high school’s campus deputy Matt Riegel, included police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel who responded to the staged accident as they would normally.

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