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Margie Howard, 81, Baldwin native

Margie Howard, 81, of Macclenny died on Friday, November 16, 2012. A native of Baldwin, Ms. Howard was a lifelong resident of the area. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by sons Albert Hunt Jr. and Keith Hunt, both of Macclenny; brother Harvey “Ted” Harris of Macclenny; sister Deloris Hunt of Orlando; seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Mrs. Howard was preceded in death by her son Craig Hunt.

A memorial service for Ms. Howard will be held at a later date. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Nella Richards, 89, county native

Nella Jeanette Richards, 89, of Jacksonville died on November 13, 2012. She was born in Winter Haven, FL to the late Lloyd and Daisy Harvey and was raised in Baker County. Mrs. Richards was a longtime resident of Jacksonville and loved to work in her yard. She was a devoted mother and well-loved family member.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband Jack Edward Richards, Sr. of Jacksonville, brother Virgil Harvey and sisters Hazel Taylor and Helen Juanita Taylor, all of Baker County.

Mrs. Richards is survived by son Jack Edward Richards Jr. (Sylvia) of Atlanta; grandaughters Michelle Donnelly (Jerry), Shannon McMains (Donny) and Jenne Garrett (Travis); eight great-grandchildren; brother Vernon Harvey (Jackie) and sister Margie Davis (Carlton), both of Sanderson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at noon on Saturday, November 17 at Magnolia Cemetery in DeFuniak Springs. The family requests donations to the Tim Tebow Foundation, 2220 CR 210, Suite 108, PMB 317, Jacksonville, FL 32259. Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Mandarin was in charge of arrangements.

Joyce Stewart, 78, a lifelong resident

Joyce Stewart, 78, of Macclenny died on Friday, November 16, 2012. A lifelong resident of Baker County, Ms. Stewart enjoyed cooking and gardening, spending time at the beach and with her grandchildren and family and friends. She is survived by her husband James “Buckshot” Stewart of Macclenny; sons Ronald (Jackie) Stewart of Sanderson and Edward (Linda) Stewart of Jacksonville; daughters Teresa Stewart (Keith Lancaster)and Karen (Jack) Walls, both of Jacksonville, and Cindy (Chuck) Tharp of Jacksonville Beach; brothers Johnny (Gracie) Raulerson of Macclenny and Tommy Raulerson of Texas; sisters Alice Parker of Jacksonville and Betty Jean Boyd of Macclenny; nine grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by sisters Jewel Dubley, Roxie Nipper, Lily Davis and Leona Nipper; and brother Lester Raulerson. 

The funeral service was held at 2 pm Tuesday, November 20,  at the Glen Friendship Tabernacle with Pastor Albert Starling officiating. Interment followed at Macedonia Cemetery. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

One little disc delayed election results

A dead battery similar to the one above delayed reporting of election results for hours.A bad battery about the size of a nickel caused a roughly seven-hour delay in the reporting of Baker County’s election results last week and exposed how small oversights can have big impacts when they occur on election night.

Everything was going fine, Supervisor of Elections Nita Crawford said, until about 4:30 pm when  her staff began setting up to download early voting totals, which are usually the first results announced after polls close at 7 pm.

That’s when elections staff discovered a small battery manufactured by Sony, which powers the memory card storing early voting results, was dead, and the information was lost.

“We said well, we have to re-run all the early voting ballots,” the elections supervisor said the following day. “We go in there and get three [voting] machines going, putting ballots in. That took us up until about 7:30.”

The election night glitch was a first for Ms. Crawford and her two full-time employees, plus the county’s IT manager, who assists during elections. The office is well known for processing election results quickly. In fact, Baker County is usually the first of Florida’s 67 to report its totals to the Florida Division of Elections in Tallahassee.

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