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Show me the money: GOP’s outsourcing of state government

Over the last decade or so the state has become an incubator of sorts for the conservative government policy commonly called outsourcing.

Steered by the Florida Legislature and three consecutive Republican governors, Florida has been turning over more and more state functions to private entities, arguing they can deliver the services just as effectively as state employees, but for less money.

The legislature’s regular session doesn’t start until March 5 but it’s clear already that the GOP-controlled House and Senate chambers are poised to stay the course; giving more public school money to for-profit charter schools, putting more of the state’s Medicaid recipients and the associated state and federal funding into the hands of private health insurers and outsourcing more operations within the state prison and mental health systems.

It would appear that if there’s any private entity inside or outside Florida willing, for a small fee of course, to assume what has historically been a state function, the state is more than happy to make a deal.

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Lady Cats on four-game win streak

Callie Paine hits to left field.The Lady Wildcat softball team is in the midst of a four-game win streak and finished the week with a 20-4 win over Fernandina Beach.

Coach Franklin Griffis’ Cats suffered an early season shutout at First Coast, but it only served as a wake up call as they rattled off the next four wins, including three on the road.

Last week opened with a 4-2 victory at Paxon on February 12. The Lady Cats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Jennifer Hodges scored. Paxon tied the game in the third but the Cats got the lead right back when Brooke Roberts scored in the top of the fourth.

BCHS extended its lead with insurance runs for Hodges and Brandy Callaway in the seventh. Paxon got a run in its half of the seventh. Mackenzie Wingard got the win.

The girls traveled to Middleburg and took a 5-3 Valentine’s Day victory from the Broncos. The game was back and forth through the first two innings with both teams scoring runs. BCHS got a solo home run from Kylie Holton in the first and Corley Sweat scored in the second.

From then on it was all Lady Wildcats as Wingard, Hodges, and Delicia Washington scored. Wingard got the win.

The Cats got their biggest offensive showing of the season on February 15 at Fernandina with a 20-4 drubbing of the Lady Pirates. Washington scored four times and Callaway, Casey Blue and Ashton Alford touched home three times. Sweat scored twice and Callie Paine, Holton, Branda Jarvis, Peyton Parker and Genie Davis all scored. Corley Sweat got the win for the Lady Cats.

The girls host West Nassau on Friday, February 22 at 6 pm.

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Bebe Heffernan dies February 10

Bebe Marie Heffernan died on February 10, 2013. She was born in Adel, GA, raised in Miami and resided in Jacksonville for 44 years before moving to Macclenny in 1997. Bebe enjoyed a successful career in the food service industry and with her late husband Frank Schroeder managed food service at the old Jacksonville Railroad Station, Imeson Airport and Jacksonville International Airport. Frank died in 1976 and she continued managing three restaurants and a newsstand until her retirement in 1989.

Bebe was an avid golfer who passionately followed the sport even after her playing days were over. She also loved to travel and visited many foreign countries. Flying with her husband Thomas in their airplane was a particular delight for her. She was predeceased by her mother Marie Smith, father Thomas Hodges and stepbrother James Smith. She is survived by her husband; stepdaughters Bonnie Williams (Brian), their son Joshua, and Kristin Crawley (Marty) and their children Olivia and Mason. She is also survived by stepbrother James Pergola (Ginger) of Naples, Florida.

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Phlou Hartley dies February 17

Phlou Hartley, 85, died on Sunday, February 17, 2013. She was born October 30, 1927 in Leon, WV to the late Homer and Oma Newell. Phlou had lived in Jacksonville since 1972 and was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother who will be dearly missed by all. She was predeceased by husband Richard Hartley Sr.

Survivors include son Richard Hartley Jr. (Pam) of Macclenny; brother Archer Newell of Ohio; sisters Anna Lee Craft and Opal Tullos, both of Jacksonville; grandchildren Melissa Elliott (Joshua) and Stacey Hartley; great-grandchild Harlow Elliott; numerous other relatives and friends.

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