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What now? Will Oldcastle sue?

The grass roots campaign that led to the rejection of Oldcastle Southern Group’s plans to develop a sand mining operation southeast of Macclenny has been described as a “David and Goliath” type battle.

But in the Bible, the giant was killed on the spot. Oldcastle, a Tampa-based subsidiary of a worldwide conglomerate headquartered in Ireland, was not.

Despite a 5 ½-hour public hearing that ended with a 4-1 vote by county commissioners to deny the company’s application for a special zoning exception at 1:30 am on July 17, Oldcastle evidently has not yet abandoned its desire to extract millions of tons of sand out of Baker County.

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All-Stars: 9-10 squad to state; four teams in sectionals

The Little League All-Star tournaments continued last week with four Baker County teams competing in sectional play and one advancing to the state tournament.

The 9 and 10-year-old baseball team has had an exciting run in the tournament thus far, and that didn’t change during the Section 3 tournament in Mims, FL. They cruised to a 16-2 victory over Debary to advance to the championship game against Indian River City.

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Cashed counterfeit checks

Robinson

Robinson

Thomas

Thomas

 

The sheriff’s department arrested an Olustee woman and her boyfriend from Lake City on July 11 and charged them with being part of a counterfeit check cashing ring that struck several branches of First Federal Bank of Florida that day, including the Macclenny location on South 6th.

A third suspect in the local case, Miquelle “Tiki” Jones, 37, of Olustee, is being sought.

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Bullets stroke past Winston YMCA

Bullets swimmers prepare to dive in.

Bullets swimmers prepare to dive in.

The Baker Bullets swim team returned to the pool at the Baker County Family YMCA July 13 with an impressive showing against Winston YMCA from Ponte Vedra.

Poor weather prevented the Bullets from practicing through much of the week leading up to the meet, but it didn’t slow the team down. They outscored the Winston Waves 2,659 to 1,084 en route to another victory.

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