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18-month probation for theft, sale of artifacts as part of ring

FWC-artifcats-allen-charles-hydeA Macclenny man arrested as part of a two-state sting for excavating and selling artifacts from state property pleaded no contest to a single charge in circuit court here on September 2 and was given 18 months of probation.
A state-appointed prosecutor allowed Allen Charles Hyde, 51, to plead to unlawful excavation of a state archaeological site and dropped a companion count of dealing in stolen property. Read More »

Participants sought for Miss BCMS

Applications are available and spots are limited for the 4th Annual Miss BCMS pageant. Applications are available in the BCMS front office during school hours and may be returned to Mandy Jones at the school along with the $50 registration fee. Deadline to register is September 26 or when the first 50 applications are turned in.
The pageant is open to all registered BCMS female students. Male escorts must also be registered BCMS students. There will be an overall winner and a princess chosen from each grade. There will also be a Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic awarded.

The ‘kicked can’ isn’t going to go away

Impressions
Jim McGauley

Impressions

The Baker County Commission, in the words of our Mike Anderson, “kicked the can down the road” last week when it voted in a $27.5 million budget for the coming fiscal year, eschewing a property tax increase in favor of the less painful dip into reserve funds to balance the difference between spending and revenue.
What the commissioners did, though, was paint themselves into a corner 12 months from now when we can assume opposition to raising the millage rate above its present 7.29 level will be as strong, and the amount of surplus funds will have dipped to about $4 million. Sound fiscal policy would dictate it not be reduced further. Read More »

Support healthy cafeterias

Dear Editor:
With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning to school lunches.
Traditionally, USDA had used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Children consumed animal fat and sugary drinks to the point where one-third have became overweight or obese. Their early dietary flaws became lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Read More »

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