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Kevin Allaart, 28, of Woodbine

Kevin Lee (Little Kevin) Allaart Jr., 28, of Woodbine, GA died on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Shands Jacksonville. He was born on December 2, 1984 in Brunswick, GA and was a lifelong resident of Camden County, where he attended high school and graduated with honors in 2003. He also attended Coastal Georgia Community College and received a welding certification in 2005.

Mr. Allaart is survived by his wife of eight years, Emily Griffin Allaart; parents Kevin and Merry Allaart of Glen St. Mary; father-in-law and mother-in-law Michael and La Nita Griffin of Woodbine; sisters Tonya Hernandez (Robert) of Kingsland, Wendy Allaart Slater of Glen St. Mary and Mary Lawrence (James) of Woodbine; brother Michael R. Griffin (Michelle) of Kingsland; several nieces and nephews; his beloved four-legged friend Razz.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, February 10 at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, GA.

Macclenny couple hosts Chinese teen for 10 months

"Sylvia" (center) with host parents Ryan and Sandi Brannan.Qianyu Huang, or Syliva as she’s known to her host family, is a 17-year-old foreign exchange student from China living with a north Macclenny couple and their two poodles.

Sylvia started attending Baker County High School shortly after arriving in the country last August. She enjoys her history, art, culinary and agriculture classes and takes calculus online at home because it’s not offered at BCHS.

“[School here] is different,” Sylvia said during a recent interview with The Press. “I pick my schedule. In Chinese school, the schools pick the schedule for you. You have subjects you must learn, so it’s different.”

And the differences don’t end there.

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Cats clinch two pre-seasoners

Pitcher Jacob Milton.The Wildcat baseball team tuned up for the start of the regular season with a pair of pre-season wins this past week. The Cats defeated Bishop Snyder 16-5 on February 5 and Eagles View 3-1 on February 7 at their home field.

Jacob Milton pitched three innings for the Cats with Jared Crews and Dylan Hall coming in relief. Ethan Wilkerson had a trio of hits and a pair of RBIs for the Cats. Hunter Bell had two hits and two RBIs and Jacob Milton added a pair of hits.

“Our defense was a little sloppy, as Snyder didn’t have an earned run,” said Coach Fred Matricardi. “We made four errors and that’s not us. I’m sure nerves had something to do with it as we had four guys who have never started a varsity game before.”

Last Thursday the Cats beat Eagle’s View 3-1. Hunter Hanks threw four no-hit innings, striking out seven. Hanks also led the offense at the plate going 3-3 on the afternoon. Hunter Bell added an RBI single.

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The stench blowing off the Rayonier deal

It doesn’t pass the smell test.

It doesn’t even pass the “sewer sludge” smell test.

The past few weeks we’ve been treated to the spectacle of the City of Macclenny suing one of the largest real estate companies in the world.

Why? Because Rayonier balked at selling the city 114 acres north of the city limits for a “sludge field.” That’s where sewer plant waste is deposited and worked into the soil.

Now we’re looking at the prospect of throwing taxpayer funds down a rat hole seeing the lawsuit through, or alternatively, throwing taxpayer money down a rat hole pursuing an eminent domain condemnation of the property so it can be used as a sludge field.

Some choice.

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