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Henry Linton Sr., 76, of Macclenny

Henry Owen Linton Sr., 76,  of Macclenny died on July 31, 2011 at his home. Mr. Linton was born in Live Oak and resided in Baker County for 23 years. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Macclenny. He was the son of Shelly and Eula Jones Linton and a construction worker for over 50 years. Mr. Linton was preceded in death by son Henry Linton Jr.; brothers Dick Linton and Buddy Linton; sisters Merle English and Ginny Linton.

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Infant Leuluai dies August 7th

Tre Snow Leuluai, infant son of Kayli and Lorenzo Leuluai, was born July 27, 2011 and died August 7, 2011.

Survivors include parents Kayli and Lorenzo Leuluai of West Jordan, Utah; sisters Zoe and Ava; paternal grandparents Davy and Launoa Leuluai of West Jordan; maternal grandparents George and Jeannie Knabb of Macclenny. 

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Wildcat band ranks ballooning

Band director Mike Warren during a recent practice at BCHS.Commitment to community is a fundamental part of what drives Mike Warren, the bank director at Baker County High School.

In the year since the young teacher took over the position, the number of participants in the school’s marching band has increased from 20 to the current 50 members.

Even record breaking heat didn’t stop the dedicated group of music students, along with majorette and color guard auxiliary units, from giving it everything they had during the recent week-long band camp August 1-5.

The group is gearing up for a colorful half-time show inspired by the musical Grease.

During camp, as students worked on one of the show’s compositions, Mr. Warren talked about his experience in Baker County so far and what the future holds.

“Segments of the Grease-inspired show will start appearing at football games as soon as the 2011-12 school year begins. The show, in its entirety, should be perfected by October,” he said.

It’s all part of a bigger plan to dazzle the judges in the up-coming Florida Bandmasters Association competition.

“The football games will be our dress rehearsals,” he said.

The turn-around in the marching band program is certainly worthy of note. After all, Mr. Warren is only 24 and Baker County is his first teaching position.

 

So what exactly has he been doing to increase interest and cement that kind of commitment from students?

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Reflections on 96 years in Baker County

Mertie Mae Loadholtz celebrated her 96th birthday on August 6.

Mertie Mae LoadholtzI visited with her a few days later and she told me she had recently seen someone she had not seen for a very long time.

“You know what they told me?” she asked. “They said I hadn’t changed in 40 years!”

She got a kick out of that.

Her birthday party was a small family gathering, unlike the fancy affair that marked her 90th birthday for which she wore an elegant pink gown with embroidered flowers and dragonflies.

She urged me to have some of her birthday cake which still displayed two candles, one shaped like the number nine, the other, the number six.

“My son made me a deal,” she said. “He told me if I make it to 97 then he’s throwing a really big party for me.”

She’s lived in the same house since 1955. It was built in Olustee out of lumber salvaged from a Methodist Church and moved to Glen St. Mary by Gilbert’s House Moving Service.

It’s a sweet house, filled with photos of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.

“There are so many now I’ve lost count,” she said looking at the photos.

Mertie Mae was born in Baker County in the early part of the Twentieth Century. She remembers walking to the school located beside the fire observation tower out in Taylor.

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