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Veterans assist one of their own with second vehicle donation

Disabled Navy veteran Richard Mahler of Glen St. Mary was handed the keys to a used 2002 Buick Regal last week courtesy of the Baker County Veterans Council.

The council is a non-profit group dedicated to helping veterans in need. The Buick is the second vehicle the veterans council has donated in recent months.

So where was Mr. Mahler going first in his new car?

“I’m heading into town to do some grocery shopping. Then after that my wife has a doctor’s appointment that’s real important to take care of in Orange Park,” he said before a brief ceremony with council members at his home the morning of June 25.

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Bullets finish second with 60+ best times

Aspyn Elliot in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Aspyn Elliot in the 50-meter breaststroke.

The YMCA Baker Bullets were not able to continue their team win streak at a tri-meet in Fernandina Beach on June 29, but the swimmers still had an impressive showing.

The overall team scores came down to the size of the rosters, which worked to the advantage of the host squad from the McArthur Y.

They had about 120 swimmers competing against Baker’s 61 and St. Augustine’s 21, which was too much to overcome, Coach Chris Knight said.

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Passes on the writer’s torch

It’s been a nice run but I’m hanging up my cleats.

That’s the kind of thing athletes say when they retire from the sport. I’m not exactly retiring from news writing, but I am stepping aside for fresh blood.

As you might have noticed last week, The Press has a new sports writer, Jon Shumake, a recent UNF grad. He will bring a new look to covering sports.

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Zip lines OK’d amid neighbors’ fears

A blood curdling scream pierced the air at a meeting of the county’s Land Planning Agency during a hearing last week to consider plans for a zip line park on SR 121 across from Northeast Florida State Hospital.

The startling outburst was staged by opponents to illustrate their point that screams from zip liners whizzing through the air would be an unwelcome intrusion in the rural neighborhood.

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