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Commission approves ‘cleaned-up’ campground

Bryan Rhoden left the Baker County Commission meeting this week a happy man in stark contrast to the disappointment he felt five years ago when commissioners flatly denied his request to rezone land on the St. Mary’s River for a waterfront campground and picnic area off Steel Bridge Road.

This time, the board unanimously approved his rezoning request after 10 people lauded Mr. Rhoden for the hard work he has put into his property to keep it a “clean, safe place for families to go for fun and recreation.”

“I’m impressed,” Commission Chairman Gordon Crews told Mr. Rhoden after listening to the glowing endorsements. “Your support speaks volumes. No one spoke against it.”

The commission’s decision on the evening of October 15 rezones a 6.85-acre parcel from residential to recreation resource — the same zoning that applies to a small county park and boat ramp immediately west of Mr. Rhoden’s property, which he calls St. Mary’s Cove Landing.

The county’s comprehensive plan, which designates future land use, also will be changed to reflect the new recreation status of the property, which lies immediately west of St. Mary’s Cove subdivision.

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Lady Cats bring home trophy from Keystone Heights

The Lady Wildcat volleyball team battled their way from the losers bracket to win the Keystone Heights Invitational this past weekend. Candace Clack and Brooke Roberts also made the All-Tournament team.

The Cats struggled on Friday night, losing to 7A Westport 23-25 and 20-25. But on Saturday, they came out ready to play, defeating Yulee in three games — 23-25, 25-21  and 15-10 — with Callie Wheeler and Clack posting five kills each. Kayla Holland and freshman Ashton Alford had six digs.

The Cats then faced Clay County, defeating the Blue Devils 25-23 and 25-14. Wheeler led the offense with five kills and Brooke Roberts had an outstanding defensive effort with nine digs.

The Cats faced a big challenge in the tournament semi-final with a rematch against unbeaten Westport. The Cats defeated them in three games, 19-25, 25-19 and 15-13. Kayla Holland turned in an outstanding match with ten kills and ten digs. Taylor Hancock had 23 assists and Callie Wheeler had eight kills and seven digs.

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Graveside rites for Mrs. Motherwell

Rosemary Motherwell, 68, of Sanderson died on Tuesday, October 16 at the Acosta-Rua Center for Caring in Jacksonville after an extended illness. She was a native of Memphis, TN and resided in Green Cove Springs before moving to Sanderson in 1994. Mrs. Motherwell was a manager at several McDonald’s restaurants until her retirement after 29 years of service. She was a poll worker at the Baxter precinct and enjoyed reading and cleaning houses, both her own and those of family.

She was the widow of John Arthur Motherwell and is survived by daughter Roseanne (Chuck) Austin of Green Cove Springs; son Robert (Brenda) Allen of St. Augustine; grandchildren Amada Allen and Emily Allen; siblings Bobbie, Sue and Johnny; close friend Jessie Harvey.

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Bernice Green, 86, of Macclenny dies

Bernice Milton Green, 86, of Macclenny died on October 5, 2012 at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab with family by her side. She was born in Baker County on November 28, 1925 to the late Verge Dupont Walker and Myrtie Taylor Walker Rowe. Bernice was a lifelong resident of Baker County and the longest consistent member of First Baptist Church of Macclenny where she taught Sunday school for 26 years. She was very active in the “Golden Circle” Sunday school class for 12 years and at the time of her death was a member of “The Redeemer” Sunday school class.

Mrs. Green graduated from Macclenny High School in 1943 as valedictorian. She was the owner and operator of Modern Beauty Salon for 50 years. She was an avid bowler and bowled with The Lady Bugs league of Jacksonville for many years. Bernice enjoyed traveling, fishing and camping in the Smoky Mountains. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Shannon Ray Green, Jr.; sons-in-law Sherrel Williams and Danny Lamb; brother Vernon Walker; step-sisters Carolyn Jones and Myrna Davis.

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