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Macclenny couple hosts Chinese teen for 10 months

"Sylvia" (center) with host parents Ryan and Sandi Brannan.Qianyu Huang, or Syliva as she’s known to her host family, is a 17-year-old foreign exchange student from China living with a north Macclenny couple and their two poodles.

Sylvia started attending Baker County High School shortly after arriving in the country last August. She enjoys her history, art, culinary and agriculture classes and takes calculus online at home because it’s not offered at BCHS.

“[School here] is different,” Sylvia said during a recent interview with The Press. “I pick my schedule. In Chinese school, the schools pick the schedule for you. You have subjects you must learn, so it’s different.”

And the differences don’t end there.

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Margie Westberry, 80, of Glen St. Mary

Margie Louise Westberry, 80, of Glen St. Mary died on February 7. She was a native of Live Oak and resided in Jacksonville before moving to Glen St. Mary 38 years ago. She was the daughter of the late Sam Buster and Catherine Cribbs Griffis and the widow of Clinton Westberry. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Sanderson. She enjoyed fishing at her lake place.

Mrs. Westberry is survived by  daughters Patsy (Wendell) Vinzant of Glen St. Mary, Freda (Lee) Harris of Keystone Heights and Margie Elaine (Tommy) Britt of Cave Creek, AZ; sisters Myrtle Johnson of Valdosta and Betty J. Howard of Glen St. Mary; brother Willie Griffis of Sanderson; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Marian Parker, 83, of Bryceville

Marian Shirley Bivins Parker, 83, of Bryceville died on February 9, 2013. She was born on January 24, 1930 in Jacksonville to the late Cecil and Ruth Brown Bivins. She lived most of her life in Bryceville and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bryceville, where she played the piano for many years. She had previously been the pianist at the Beaver Street Baptist Church.

She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. Mrs. Parker was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Royce Chandler “Sonny” Parker Sr. in 2002.

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‘Petey’ Haygood funeral Saturday

Kyler Jamil Haygood, lovingly known as “Petey,” died peacefully on February 5, 2013. He was born on July 8, 2009 to Kelly Marie Haygood and James Thompson Jr.

His brief life was a gift that will live on in our hearts and memories forever. Petey always brought joy and smiles to all who knew him, and touched many lives with his laughter and dazzling smile.

He is survived by a host of siblings; grandparents Gail Haygood, Melinda Thomas, Anne Thompson, Ethel Thomas, George Roberts and James Thompson Sr.; aunts, uncles, cousins and loving friends.

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