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Volunteers were truly ‘All-Stars’

Dear Editor:

Baker County Little League just finished up 2 ½ weeks of hosting All-Star softball teams from all over north and central Florida, in both district and sectional tournaments.

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Kudos for approving zip line park idea

One of the most frequent complaints I’ve heard from adults and children alike about Baker County is its lack of fun, family-friendly activities.

It usually sounds something like this: “Why don’t we have a movie theatre or a bowling alley? It’s no wonder our kids get into mischief, there’s no skating rink or go-karts.”

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Uninsured small business owners take a wait-and-see approach to ‘Obamacare’

When Anthony Bennett and his wife Catherine (pictured above) started a restaurant in Macclenny eight years ago, health insurance was not something they talked about.

“It did not even occur to us,” Mr. Bennett recalled. “We never really ever went to the doctor.”

They were in their 30s and healthy and their two children had affordable coverage through Florida KidCare, a government subsidized program for modest income families. Plus, health insurance rates on the private market were too high, said Mr. Bennett, 44.

That could change later this year when a federal  healthcare exchange, known as the Healthcare Marketplace, launches in October and begins selling private plans to uninsured Floridians, some of whom will be eligible for federal subsidies to buy coverage.

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$50.8M in spending, tax cut proposed by school district staff

Taxpayers, students, teachers and administrators all could be winners if the Baker County school district’s tentative budget remains largely unchanged.

Though still in draft form, the $50.8 million spending plan for the 2013-14 fiscal year was unveiled by school district finance chief Marcelle Richardson the afternoon of July 15.

Mrs. Richardson began her presentation before the school board with a warning, however, saying, “This (the budget) will change.”

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