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Don’t let mishap spoil the fireworks

Lawyers are everywhere.

Even if their numbers are somewhat modest in Baker County, they’re still all around us.

Why bring this up?

Last week’s fireworks “malfunction” (remember the “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl?) at Memorial Stadium at the close of the BCHS graduation ceremony is why.

As you’ll note in the news coverage of the event in this week’s edition, there was stonewalling on the part of the school district and Macclenny Fire Department (which supervised the pyrotechnics) to reveal just who it was that furnished the fireworks.

The high school principal said, in effect, since they were “donated” he was reluctant to name the source. He did, however, assert the school district was responsible for fireworks being part of the graduation program.

Kinda hard to deny that. Otherwise, we’d have to assume some entity, vigilantes perhaps, brought the fireworks to the event without warning and “Bam!” — they went off.

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Class of ’87 finally walks

Lori Sullivan receives her diploma.A cluster of thunderstorms passed over Baker County the afternoon of May 31 but cleared out in plenty of time to avoid wrecking the Class of 1987’s second graduation ceremony as they did some two-and-half decades before.

About 7 pm several dozen ‘87 graduates or family members of deceased graduates gathered at Memorial Stadium before the same stage that the Class of 2012 would cross the following night.

They heard from former Baker High principal Danny Boutwell, classmates, former schools superintendent Tim Starling and others before their names were called to accept diplomas as a few hundred friends and family cheered them on.

“Aren’t you glad we won’t be called that class anymore,” said ‘87 grad and Macclenny dentist Dr. Margaret Cannon, who welcomed everyone to the event.

She and other speakers reminisced about what high school was like in  the late 1980s. There were no cell phones and no computers, but you still had to pay your past due library fees to receive a diploma, as Mr. Starling reminded them.

See video from the ceremony here.

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Infant Altman dies on June 2nd

Infant Owen Nathan Altman died on Saturday, June 2, 2012. He is survived by his mother Amanda Mobley Frazer and father Wade Altman of Sanderson; grandparents Lisa (Brian) Patterson of Lake City, Carlin Eugene Mobley of Macclenny, Sandra O’Brien of Glen St. Mary and Wade E. Altman of Jacksonville; great grandparents Carl and Loretta Fraser of Macclenny, Charles Brazell of Glen St. Mary, and Sybil Altman of Jacksonville; aunts Sandra Mobley and Flora Swindell, both of Sanderson; uncle Justin Raiford of Jacksonville.

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‘Ealie’ Johnson, native of county

George “Ealie” Johnson Jr., 86, of Jacksonville died June 3, 2012 at his residence. He was born in Baker County to the late George Elie Johnson Sr. and Tempie Estelle “Dollie” Carroll Johnson on August 31, 1925. He attended the Garrett School and moved to Jacksonville in 1946 after returning from military service. Ealie honorably served in the U.S. Army during World War II and later retired as an auto mechanic after 40 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. He was predeceased by 22 siblings.

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