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Violet Rhoden, 93, of Macclenny

Violet Rhoden, 93, of Macclenny died on March 2, 2013 following a brief illness. She was born and raised in Cuyler before moving to Macclenny after marrying her husband of 72 years, the late Paul Rhoden. They owned and operated Paul’s Rexall Drug Store in downtown Macclenny for 33 years. Violet enjoyed spending time with her family and sharing the gospel with family and friends. She dedicated her life to serving the Lord and to the Macclenny Church of God.

Other than her husband, Mrs. Rhoden was preceded in death by son Edward Wray Rhoden. She is survived by daughter Paula Rhoden; son Phil Rhoden (Debbie); granddaughter Jana Sowell (Kevin); great-grandchildren Kallie, Kaleb and Taylor Sowell, all of Macclenny; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Lady Bobcats open with straight shutouts

The BCMS Lady Bobcats softball team opened conference play on February 19 with an impressive 17-0 rout of Richardson Middle School. The game was called after three innings on the mercy rule.

The girls had a much harder time with Suwannee Middle, beating the team in Live Oak 2-0 on February 21. Macy Jackson led the way for the Bobcats with a strong performance on the mound.

“Everyone on defense played phenomenal,” said Coach Jon Mobley. “We were able to muster enough offense against their good defense to score two runs.”

The Bobcats were led by Tori Richardson who went 3 for 4

BCMS beat Callahan 8-1 at home on February 21 behind the outstanding offensive play of Hayleigh Mulkey, who hit a three-run homer to break open the game.

The homers just kept coming for the Bobcats with Jackson and Emma Gipson collecting four baggers.

The Bobcats are 7-0 overall.

“We just have to keep our focus and intensity high if we want to maintain this level of success,” commented Coach Mobley.

The Bobcats host Hilliard on Thursday, February 28, at 4 pm.

Two years for sexting teen

ChampionA circuit judge on February 19 sentenced a Macclenny man to two years in state prison for sending obscene images to a 15-year-old girl during a period of several days in July of last year.

The state dropped a charge of obscene communication against Buddy Duane Champion Jr. in return for his no contest plea. Judge Mark Moseley also ordered the defendant to serve two years on probation following release and gave him credit for 124 days in county jail.

Mr. Champion, 23, will also be subject to a psycho-sexual evaluation based on his actions during a more than two week period during which he engaged in lewd communication with the girl via text and also transmitted lewd photos of himself.

He has a criminal record that includes theft, burglary and resisting police.

In other cases that court session, Judge Moseley ordered Chester Hadley, 25, of Sanderson to prison for 15 months for failure to register a change of address. Mr. Hadley is a sexual offender with a past offense of lewd conduct with a female under 17 years old, and thus is required to apprise authorities of his place of residence.

The state dropped a companion charge of failure to register in the county as a sex offender.

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Sheriff reopens 30-year-old murder case

Lt. Brad Dougherty with cold case file on Arthur L. Green Jr.Sheriff Joey Dobson recently reopened the nearly three-decades-old murder case of a young man bludgeoned to death and dumped in the woods south of Macclenny.

The victim’s mother, Marty Green Wallace of Tennessee and formerly a nursing supervisor at the Fraser emergency room in the 1980s, contacted the sheriff in January and requested the case be reexamined.

Ms. Wallace said she’s finally ready to talk publicly about the murder of her 19-year-old son, Arthur Lewis Green, Jr., and revisit perhaps the most tragic event in her life.

Mr. Green moved from his father’s home in Albany, GA to live with his sister, Donna Cooper Pullem, on West Ivey Street in Macclenny. He worked at a gas station at South 6th Street and US 90, known as the Direct Oil station.

About a month after he went missing — not returning home or showing up for work — a couple collecting aluminum cans found Mr. Green’s remains in a logging road ditch in the woods between SR 121 and CR 125 about 5 miles south of Macclenny the evening of September 30, 1983.

“After a few weeks, there wasn’t much left,” Ms. Wallace, 69, said of the remains. “He was covered by a large truck or heavy equipment tire.”

The victim’s bones were found among those of a cow carcass as well.

Physical evidence from the scene, including a red hatchet and other items, were in the custody of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement last week.

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