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Betty Sidbeck, 85, nurse at NEFSH

Betty Kinney Sidbeck, 85, of Lake City died on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at the Countryside Manor assisted living facility. She was born in Lime Ridge, Wisconsin in 1927 to the late Rudy Kinney and Hazel Jackson Kinney. Ms. Sidbeck lived in Lake City since 1989 having moved there from Phoenix, Arizona and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Ms Sidbeck was a registered nurse and retired in 1999 from the Northeast Florida State Hospital in Macclenny. She was a Protestant.

Survivors include her son Gary Lee Holeman of Lake City;  brother William Kinney of Aurora, IL; granddaughter Michelle Deignan of Phoenix; great-grandchildren Josephine and Paige Deignan of Phoenix.

No memorial service is scheduled at this time. Guerry Funeral Home of Lake City was in charge of arrangements.

Drug trafficking from Sanderson house

Arnold ClaytonThe sheriff’s department charged two men with trafficking drugs from the residence of one of them in a north Sanderson neighborhood.

The arrests of Arnold (Ace) Clayton, 40, and Willis Hudson, 36, were based on a series of controlled buys at the former’s Clayton Ave. residence during a time period ranging from June 29 through August 27.

The two were picked up on August 31 when warrants were served at the address and remain in custody at county jail this week.

Because of the amount of drugs and frequency of the offenses, the case will likely be submitted to a federal grand jury. In the meantime, Mr. Clayton is being held without bond for possession of cocaine with intent to sell and sale.

For the time being, Mr. Hudson is charged only with a firearms violation.

Investigator Mike Hauge, who handles drug cases for the sheriff’s department, and Investigator Randy Crews, who is part of a regional drug task force, arranged the buys using two undercover purchasers. Police records indicate the buys took place during daylight hours on ten occasions involving cash ranging from $30 to $320.

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Local landowners wary of changing zoning law for mining

When word spread late last month that a county commissioner was angling to put another regulatory hurdle in the way of two proposed sand mines being planned by out-of-county companies, it caused a number of local landowners to grow concerned about their own assets.

A meeting among an estimated 15 owners of large tracts of timberland, including Rayonier, DuPont, the Knabbs, the Davises, the Mobleys and others was convened August 30 at the Chamber of Commerce in Macclenny to discuss the measure, which they believed at the time Commissioner Mark Hartley would introduce five days later.

Attendee John Kennedy said the group was mainly concerned that the ordinance to be proposed — which would’ve required owners of parcels zoned agriculture to rezone their properties to industrial to carry out sand mining — may hinder their ability to sell their holdings, most of which are zoned agriculture today.

Mr. Kennedy, a retired banker, has numerous timber and land holdings in Baker County.

They were also worried the legislation was primed for quick passage with little discussion.

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Bobcats lose starting QB, pull out 24-0 victory at home

The BCMS Bobcats got off to a great start on Tuesday, September 4 with a 24-0 home win over Bradford County.

Head coach Rock Rhoden’s Bobcats controlled the game on both sides of the ball and stymied Bradford every time they tried to engineer a drive. Bradford couldn’t do anything against the Bobcat defense. They got but one first down that evening, the result of an offside penalty.

The Bobcats were rocked back on their heels when quarterback Joe Green broke his leg on the third play of the game, however.

“We were devastated,” said Rhoden. “He had worked so hard all summer and is such a great kid. But I am proud of the team for keeping it together and winning the game.”

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