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District launches ‘behavior’ classes

A new curriculum that advocates say has helped reduce absenteeism and teen pregnancy while boosting graduation rates in school districts nationwide could be in Baker County High School classrooms next month.
The consistent theme throughout the curriculum is simple: Good choices lead to good consequences; bad choices lead to risky behavior, which leads to bad consequences.
The school board received a one-hour presentation on the program, which consists of three components targeting students in ninth through 12th grades, during a board meeting on the afternoon of September 1 prior to the regular bi-monthly board meeting. Read More »

Barged into home and abducted baby

A Macclenny man was arrested the early morning of September 7 for abduction of a child and burglary after he forced his way into the residence of the mother of his child and took the sleeping 2-year-old boy.
Deputy Christopher Clutter responded to W. 8th Avenue and met with Kayla Flynt, who said her child’s father Jay Blanchard Jr., 24, had come to the residence about five minutes before the officer’s arrival. She said Mr. Blanchard forced the locked front door open and then went into the child’s bedroom before leaving with him. Read More »

Entries sought for vets parade

The Baker County Veterans Appreciation Committee is looking for parade participants for November 15.
If you have a veteran you would like to honor by having them ride in the parade, or would like to have a military-themed float, please contact Scott Crews at 259-0978 for a registration form.
Let’s make this a fitting event to honor our veterans.

Pact lowers inmate cost

Prior to the budget hearing in September, the Baker County Commission in regular session adopted a new contract with the Baker Correctional Development Corporation, or BCDC, for the housing and care of local inmates at the county jail, which officials said would result in substantial savings to the county.
The contract reduces the daily rate the county pays for local prisoners from $84.72 to $80.40 for up to 125 inmates, which would cost taxpayers $3,671,900. The rate drops to $76.25 for each inmate in excess of 125. Read More »

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