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Arrested for murdering wife in ‘14

Suspect Padgett

Suspect Johnny Padgett

Victim Heather Padgett

Victim Heather Padgett

A Macclenny landscaper was arrested the morning of June 28 as he left his residence on Ray Phillips Rd. and charged with the strangulation death of his wife in a wooded area near St. George, GA on January 21, 2014. Read More »

1.5-mile Maple Set Trail on river opens in Bethea state forest

Canoe launch at north end of the trail.

Canoe launch at north end of the trail.

A new riverfront hiking trail is complete at John Bethea State Forest in north Baker County and forestry officials hope it will help to distinguish the forest from its older and larger neighbors to the west and north, the Osceola National Forest and Okeefeenokee Wildlife Refuge, respectively. Read More »

Recalls early days of drama

I was looking over some historical notes on the Baxter Rebellion that Andy Harrell’s dad Luther (the longtime extension director here) had collected. The Baxter Rebellion is a little known and best forgotten part of Baker County history that I used in my production Baker County, Fla. 1861-1961 produced as part of the county Sesquicentennial. It got me to thinking about how much the county has changed in the time that I’ve known it. Read More »

Letter: Chamber a money pit?

Dear Editor:

Our county is in dire straits financially. With an expected deficit of almost $2.5 million (Press 6/25/15) our county commissioners are facing some tough decisions.  Read More »

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