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Better data needed on sand mining plans

Is there an echo in here? Yes, my friends, there is.

In this space last week The Press’ publisher Jim McGauley called on the county commission to exercise due diligence in evaluating the two sand mining proposals it delayed taking action on until August.

That’s great advice considering how much water the mines intend to use. Water is a public resource and perhaps the most important natural resource behind the air we breath.

But here’s why I would go even further, and say the county should hire this independent third-party engineer, that the mining companies have so generously pledged to pay for. Commissioners would be wise to ensure this expert digs deeper (pardon the pun) than the St. Johns River Water Management District appears to be going with its permitting process.

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Bullets finish in middle of pack at Fernandina meet

The Baker Bullets had some strong individual showings on Saturday, June 23, but finished second in a three-way meet at the McArthur Family YMCA in Fernandina Beach.

It is a significantly larger YMCA and thus is able to fill almost all the competition slots, while the Bullets had to pick and choose their events based on who they had to swim the event. They placed ahead of the Williams YMCA and behind the host squad.

Kelsey Crain was the top finisher for Baker in the 13-14 year old 100-yard freestyle with a fifth place time. Andrea Clark finished seventh and Logan Todd ninth.

Kyrie Holman and Alaina Crawford placed sixth and seventh in the 11-12 year old girls 100-yard freestyle.  Ethan Knight won the boys 11-12, 100-yard freestyle in 1:06:32. Dillon Ray and Josh Ossman placed seventh and eighth.

Addison Hill was fourth in the girls 9-10 100-yard freestyle while Braedon Knight won for the boys in 1:08:09. Landon Prevatt finished third in the same race. Cheyenne Croft was fifth in the 8 and under 50-yard freestyle.

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Teen volunteers at nursing home during summer break

The Press will be profiling young volunteers in our community donating their time this summer to benefit others. At the end of the summer, we’ll also select the most dedicated volunteer and award them a prize. The first volunteer in the series is Keltni Davis, 15, of Macclenny. She’s the daughter of Felicia Hodges and Williams Davis.

Keltni Davis gives resident Alvin Melton a manicure.Keltni Davis hopes to study nursing one day, but she’s getting a head start this summer by volunteering at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab.

Her mother works there, so Ms. Davis often tags along to spend time with patients. She reads to them, paints the nails of female residents, tidies up their rooms or serves refreshments and movies for them to keep them entertained.

“I really enjoy listening to their stories. They’re the absolute best story tellers,” said Ms. Davis, a soon-to-be 10th grader at Baker County High school, by e-mail last week.

She began volunteering at the facility at the request of her mother, but was enthusiastic about it nonetheless.

“Most teens wouldn’t want to spend their time volunteering, especially their summer vacation!” Ms. Davis wrote. “However, I enjoy volunteering at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab.”

When she’s not volunteering, the youth enjoys spending time with family and friends and “soaking up the sun’s rays at the beach.”

After high school, Ms. Davis plans to study nursing in college and pursue a career in pediatrics.

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Nancy Hay, 56, dies on June 20th

Nancy Jesseman Hay, 56, of Macclenny died June 20, 2012 at her residence with family at her side. She was born in Jacksonville on December 28, 1955 to William Jesseman and the late Betty Belle Fish Jones. She was raised in Baker County and returned in 1990 with her husband. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Glen St. Mary.

Survivors include her loving husband Christian Hay of Macclenny; her Christian Nathaniel Hay and Johnathan David (Virginia) Hay, both of Macclenny;  brothers Jimmy and Butch Jesseman and Larry Jones;  sister Mary Rourke; granddaughter Ellena Hay.

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