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Cats jump out to 3-0 behind Ruise shooting

Johnathan Lamb goes up for a shot.The BCHS Wildcat basketball team got a pair of high-scoring wins this week over Newberry and Baldwin. The Cats remain undefeated in the early season with a 3-0 record.

Charles Ruise Jr. lit up the basket for 34 points as BCHS defeated Newberry 60-43 at home on November 27. After scoring 10 points in the first half, Ruise exploded for 24 in the second half as the Wildcats blew open the game.

Early on, the long ball was giving BCHS the most joy. Ruise, Jesse Gardner, Kaylyn Holmes and Cameron Mack all nailed three point shots as BCHS outscored Newberry 21-10.

Newberry couldn’t manage to dig out of the first quarter hole and BCHS led by 31-20 at the halftime break. They extended the lead in the third period as Ruise heated up to a 47-30 edge and cruised to the end.

Ruise led all scorers. Johnny Lamb had 10 points on the inside and Gardner had 7 to lead BCHS.

Both teams were burning up the floor on Thursday night, November 29, as BCHS beat Baldwin 79-73 in an exciting home game November 29. Ruise had 25 points and Brandon Lewis, Gardner and Mack were in double figures for BCHS in a game that flipped back and forth on the scoreboard.

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Kudos to all those who saved her sanity

The daytime crowd at the pre-Christmas parade festival downtown.I had a life changing experience Saturday night. It’s a long story but suffice to say I am so glad I live in Baker County and we have a fantastic set of deputies and firemen working here.

My 4-year-old wandered off from my family while I was gone to retrieve my older child at the end of the Christmas Parade. From the time I learned he was missing till he was found seemed like forever, but it was only 13 minutes. A myriad of emotions washed over me in that time frame — what was he wearing; how do I tell his dad?

I was trying to think of where he might have gone. Was he trying to go to the fire station or was he hungry and went to the food booths? Had someone taken him and was he in one of the hundreds of cars trying to leave the area or would someone not see him in the dark and run over him?

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Mandatory life sentence for child sex

David M. HillA Macclenny man convicted by a jury in March on multiple counts of sexual battery with a child was given the mandatory life sentence in circuit court here on August 28.

The sentencing of David Hill, 38, had been postponed post-trial after his public defense counsel George Nelson filed a motion for a new trial based on alleged statements made by the victim in the case after she testified.

Judge Phyllis Rosier denied the motion.

Mr. Hill, who has no criminal past, was arrested in March, 2011 after he failed a voice analysis test. He denied to sheriff’s investigators allegations made by the victim, then a BCHS student, that he raped her on a regular basis for a decade.

The victim, who testified at the trial, recounted how Mr. Hill physically abused her, threatened her if she revealed anything about their relationship and abused her pets over the years before her friends coaxed her into telling a school official about it.

The court threw out a single count of lewd or lascivious battery, and the jury took a half hour following the day and a half trial before returning guilty verdicts on four counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child less than 12 years old and another charge of tampering with the victim-witness.

On the last count, the state presented evidence that Mr. Hill attempted via phone to get the victim to back off the allegations.

The defendant, a maintenance man at a local motel, did not testify in his defense.

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