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Ms. Montalbano, 64, of Macclenny

Brenda L. Montalbano, 64, of Macclenny died on August 19, 2012. She was born on September 3, 1947 in Eldorado, IL and was preceded in death by her father Robert Lee Hoole and her husband Paul Montalbano, both of Illinois. She attended Soul’s Harbor Church of God in Glen St. Mary and was the church secretary.

Mrs. Montalbano is survived by mother Dorothy (Hoole) Maxwell; daughters Jane (Jeff) Szczepaniak and Jennifer Montalbano, all of Illinois; two brothers, two sisters, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Lisa Palleschi funeral Saturday

Lisa Ann Palleschi, 46, of Glen St. Mary died August 19, 2012 at her residence. She was born in Key West, FL on November 12, 1965 to Jim Palleschi and Bonnie Palleschi. She was a resident of Baker County most of her life and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Lisa enjoyed reading, cooking, watching Disney movies and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her brother Jason Robert Palleschi.

She is survived by husband William Geiling; her parents; sister Kimberly (Jeff) Delaney of Lake City; niece Jennifer Wallace; and numerous uncles and aunts.

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Marian Sikes, 63, dies on August 20

Marian Elaine Sikes, 63, of Lake City died on August 20, 2012 at her sister’s home in Colbert, Georgia. She was born in Jacksonville on October 10, 1948 to the late Roy Goodson and Marian Rowe Goodson. Elaine was a resident of Baker County most of her life. She was the owner and operator of A and R Grooming for pets and she enjoyed pottery. Most of all, Elaine loved her family and family gatherings. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, John Daniel Sikes Sr.

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County board, by nature, is more volatile

Looking at this week’s primary results in local races, it appears to be a good year for incumbents — if you’re on the Baker County School Board.

For the Baker County Commission, not so much.

Both Dwight Crews of Sanderson, a seven-term incumbent, and Patricia Weeks of Glen St. Mary, who has been on the school board 20 years, easily won new terms on Tuesday in a primary that brought out 36 percent of the county’s registered voters.

Michael Crews, on the county commission a single term, was ousted by James Croft, himself once a one-term commissioner defeated for a second ride in the 1980s.

Before Tuesday, there was a lot of buzz suggesting that 2012 is rife with anti-incumbent sentiment. People are fed up with government, with career politicians, with wasteful spending, with government that doesn’t seem to respond to the people.

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