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Rayonier says city agent deceived it about property’s use

Lewyn Boyette is the central figure in a legal battle pitting the City of Macclenny against corporate giant Rayonier over a land dispute. The Jacksonville-based conglomerate contends the Macclenny real estate agent fraudulently convinced it to sell him 114 acres that he secretly planned to sell to the city for a sewage sludge disposal site off Steel Bridge Road.

The outcome in the lawsuit, filed by the city against Rayonier on January 15 at the Baker County courthouse, could boil down to a case of “he said — she said.”

Rayonier officials accuse Mr. Boyette of lying last June to induce the company to sell him 114 acres of timberland that he immediately agreed to sell to the city, which needs a new site to get rid of up to 50,000 gallons a week of treated sewage sludge to meet new state disposal standards, for $479,000.

While he did not disclose his plan to turn around and sell the property to the city, Mr. Boyette said he never lied to any Rayonier representatives in his conversations leading up to the property transaction, which called for Mr. Boyette to pay $399,000 for the land.

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Movie rental store is closing down

A customer peruses the discounted titles at Aardvark Video in Macclenny, which is liquidating its inventory ahead of closing its doors later this month.After nearly three decades in business, Aardvark Video in Macclenny is calling it quits later this month. And it’s not because of Netflix, Redbox or other competitors.

Shirley Smallwood, who’s owned the business with her husband Zac since 1984, blames computers and other technology advancements.

She said today’s youth have become so accustomed to using the Internet to access movies and other videos, retailers like her cannot stay afloat. After losing the kids, their parents’ money soon follows.

“Plus people are just impatient,” Mrs. Smallwood said.

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Memorial service

A memorial service will be held at 3 pm on February 9 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Macclenny for Katie “Bernice” Wilkerson, 87, of Live Oak. She died on December 22.

Mrs. Wilkerson was a native of Starke and lived in Macclenny until moving to Live Oak 12 years ago. She was the wife of the late T.J. Wilkerson and is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Memorialization was by cremation.

Doyle Hardenbrook, 45, dies January 28

Doyle Clayton Hardenbrook, 45, a lifelong resident of Macclenny, died on January 28, 2013. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida on April 19, 1967 to Gwendolyn Bennett Walls and the late Carl Hardenbrook. Doyle worked in construction and land development for many years, and enjoyed doing anything a country boy would like to do. He was preceded in death by his father and his sister Fonda Gail Campbell.

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