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Alma Rhoden, 91, amazing cook

Alma Lee Rhoden, 91, of Glen St. Mary died April 15, 2011. She was born in Duval County to Will Carter and Alice Cone Carter on November 24, 1919, and was a resident of Baker County most of her life. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Glen for 70-plus years.

Alma loved her grandbabies, crocheting, embroidery, yard work and was an amazing cook. She adored her cats Tink 1, 2 and 3. She was predeceased by sons Elton Rhoden and Virgil Rhoden; brother Charlie Carter.

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Yea, school board salaries are on high side

Lotsa buzz about a bill introduced in the Florida Senate this spring to toss out the state formula for calculating the salaries of school board members in the state’s 67 counties.

Introduced by Sen. Steve Wise of Jacksonville, a Republican, it had everybody getting in on the act. Another slam by the GOP-dominated legislature on public schools, brayed the Democrats.

Finally, a realistic measure to address what is basically a corrupt system where salaries are pegged to a county’s population, set artificially high with no accountability, countered the Republicans.

Well, the bill didn’t get very far — dying in committee on April 13. In fact, it got but a single vote, that of Mr. Wise.

Nice try. He made his point and it’s not all lost.

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Baker County Commission April 18 agenda


Monday – April 18, 2011


I. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

II Presentation of Amendment to the Agenda (if any)

III.            Approval of Regular Agenda

IV. Approval of Consent Agenda Items

1. Expenditure Report

2. Approval of Minutes April 5, 2011

V. Committee Reports or Items

VI. Constitutional Officers

VII. Persons Wishing to Appear

1. James Bennett/List of Priority Transportation Projects (LOPP)

2. Jimmy Knabb/CSX Railroad Crossing

3. Wanda Walker/Youth Future Now

VIII. County Manager

1. Presentation to Herb Hicks/Veteran Service Officer

2. Retiree Health Insurance Subsidy

3. Approval of SHIP LHAP (Local Housing Assistance Plan)

For  FY2011-12/Resolution 2011-04

4. Bid Results for Southern States Nursery Road

IX. Commission Comments

X. County Attorney Comments

XI. Persons wishing to appear who are not on the agenda (limit 3 minutes)

XII. Adjourn


1. Ordinance 2011-02 Adoption of EAR-Based Amendments

2. Ordinance 2011-03 Bed Tax Ordinance

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