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What’s less popular than Congress?

Here’s something to think about.

The U.S. Congress (for low-information voters, that’s the House and Senate) isn’t one of our best respected institutions. It may be due to, oh, things like not passing a budget in over three years while still spending above a trillion dollars a year more than revenues.

Or maybe people don’t like the fact that Congress generously pads its members  and staff with salary and benefit levels that far exceed us working shlubs, including lifetime benefits even for “one-termers.”

You know, things like that.

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Narrow margins in Cats’ win, loss

Charles RuiseIt was a rough and tumble week for the Wildcat basketball team with a loss on the road to Baldwin and, for the second time this season, a razor-thin win over West Nassau.

The Cats have split with Baldwin this season, winning at home by four points and losing on the road by two points.

Last Thursday’s loss to the Indians was very frustrating. The Indians controlled the game early, at one point running up a 20-point lead. But in the second half the Wildcats scratched their way back into contention behind a career-night shooting from Johnny Lamb, only to lose by a bucket, 63-61.

Baldwin controlled the first half, starting fast behind a hot shooting Terry Stripling and running out to an 18-10 lead. The Indians extended it in the second period, despite Lamb scoring nine of the Cats’ 13 second-period points. The Indians led 43-23 at the half in what had the looks of a runaway victory for the hosts.

But the game was one of two separate halves and starting with the third period whistle the Cats began to exert themselves, especially in the paint. Lamb was impressive on the inside, leading all scorers with 26 points. The Cats clawed their way back in the third period, then went on a 23-10 run in the fourth quarter.

By the end of the game it was both teams trading basket for basket as the Cats hoped there would be enough time on the clock for them to pull even.

In the end the Indians held them at arm’s length for the win. Lamb led all Wildcat scorers. Charles Ruise Jr. had 13, Cameron Mack and CeCe Jefferson 8.

• The match against West Nassau in Callahan on January 11 was nothing like the previous night’s game against Baldwin. It was basket for basket from the first whistle with both teams evenly matched.

Earlier in the season, the Wildcats won by one point over the Warriors and they repeated the feat with the 49-48 victory.

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Florence Burnsed, 71, of Moniac dies

Florence Rewis Burnsed, 71, of Moniac, Georgia died on January 9, 2013 at her residence. She was born in Hilliard, Florida on January 4, 1942 to the late E.D. Rewis and Stella Bradley Rewis. Florence was a resident of Moniac since 2004 after moving from Fernandina Beach. She was a loving mother and devoted wife who enjoyed rocking on her front porch chair, gardening and playing cards. Florence was preceded in death by her loving husband of 47 years, Willard “Wayne” Burnsed; brothers Broward, Clyde and Claude Rewis;  son-in-law Roger Altman; brother-in-law Earl Johns; and sisters-in-law Evelyn Raulerson and Ester Mae Yonn.

Mrs. Burnsed is survived by her loving children Donna Altman (Ray Bishop), Robert (Bonnie) McKenzie and Willard Enoch Burnsed, all of Fernandina Beach; brother Archie Rewis;  sisters Elizabeth Philman, Kathleen (Junior) Raulerson and Irma (Don) Sylvester; sister-in-law Ruth (Bill) Bates; brother-in-law Wade (Delores) Burnsed;  grandchildren David, Andrew, Kyle, Victoria, Tara, and Collin.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 15 at 11 am at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services chapel in Macclenny. Interment followed at North Prong Cemetery.

Hong Nguyen, 55, dies on January 11

Hong Trang Nguyen, 55, of Moniac, Georgia died on January 11, 2013 at Shands Jacksonville. She was born in Vietnam on December 30, 1957 to the late UT Van Trang and LE LE Trang. Hong was a member of St. Mary’s  Catholic Church and enjoyed praying the Rosary and spending time at church.

Hong is survived by her loving husband of 22 years, Cac Nguyen of Moniac; daughters Jennifer and Dianna Nguyen; grandson Sean Nguyen-Holly.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, January 12 at 1 pm at her church with Father Slawek as celebrant. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

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