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‘Shorty’ Robinson was nursery owner

Robinson

Robinson

Claude Leonard “Shorty” Robinson Sr., 85, a lifelong resident of Macclenny, died on June 13, 2013 at Acosta Rua Center for Caring. He was born in Waldo, FL on July 25, 1927 to the late Frank Robinson and Eva Elizabeth Monds Raulerson.

Claude attended the Manntown Congregational Holiness Church for many years and he dedicated his entire life to landscaping. He was the owner and operator of Manntown Nursery and Robinson Landscaping. He was preceded in death by his parents and aunt Rebecca Folsom; and step father Daniel Raulerson.

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Terence Ruise, 34, funeral on Saturday

Ruise

Ruise

Terence M. Ruise, 34, of Gainesville died on June 14, 2013. He is survived by his loving children Destiny, Justice, Tamara, Debriana, C. J., and Dominique; parents Oral and Pansy Ruise of Margaretta; brothers Lorne and Jarrod Ruise of Margaretta; sisters Barbara (Jarvis) Givens of Ft. Lauderdale and Erica (Myron) Doulet of Mayport ; fiancé Angela Moore of Gainesville; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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JV baseball continues during the summer

Jeremiah Iverson slides into home.

Jeremiah Iverson slides into home.

The Wildcat junior varsity baseball team is hitting the road this summer for a string of games around the region. First up was  Camden County High in Kingsland, GA on June 17.

That game was stopped in the fourth inning due to lightening with the Wildcats up 7-0.

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11.5% insurance hike less than expected

New health insurance rates will be higher for school district employees in 2013-14, but not nearly as high as teachers feared last month when they asked for pay raises to absorb most of the shock.

Instead of a 30 percent or higher premium hike, which was the dreaded projection in a rumor that had spread like wildfire throughout the district, rates for a dual-option package would rise from 1.49 percent for a Health Savings Account plan to 11.5 percent for traditional medical coverage.

The rates were part of the district’s new health insurance deal offered by United Healthcare and approved by the school board on the evening of June 17. The new insurance coverage, which includes life insurance and vision care plans, will be effective October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.

Afterward, Superintendent Sherrie Raulerson said she hopes the district never again has to go through the emotional roller-coaster ride that the annual insurance negotiations seem to create.

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