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Macclenny lauds teen for saving grandmother

Mike Anderson- Press staff

It’s not every day that the Macclenny City Commission gives official recognition to a hero, much less two in one night.
A teenage boy and a city firefighter both received awards during the monthly commission meeting on April 8 for life-saving actions in separate incidents in the city recently.
Dalton Alexander, 15, was credited with saving his grandmother’s life and possibly the lives of his parents and his 13-year-old sister in a house fire at 230 W. Michigan Ave. on the morning of March 23.
Fire Chief Buddy Dugger said the boy displayed “heroic actions” after he heard a noise coming from his grandmother’s room a few minutes after 7 am and went to see if she was alright. Read More »

Tracey adult rehab bid rejected

Mike Anderson
Press Staff

Camp Tracey, a former church-run home and counseling center for troubled adolescents pastor-mccormick_commissionin the Cuyler area north of Glen St. Mary, will not be allowed to reopen as a residential treatment facility to help adult men kick their alcohol, drug and other addictions.
County commissioners unanimously killed the proposal after listening to more than a dozen people speak for and against it during a crowded public hearing that lasted more than 90 minutes the evening of April 15 at the county administration building in Macclenny.
“This is in my district and I consider this spot zoning in a largely residential area,” said Commissioner Adam Giddens. “It’s not compatible with the (county’s) comprehensive plan.” Read More »

Sleep emerging as ‘issue’ of aging

Bob Gerard- My Side of the Matter

I’ve been married for almost 33 years, so you would think that I wouldn’t be surprised by very much. But this is an actual conversation from the Gerard household last night.
“Wake up,” my wife says as she nudges me.
“What?”
“Are you awake?”
“Yes. Why?”
“It’s dark,” she answers.
I look at the lighted dial of my watch. It’s 4 am.
“It’s supposed to be dark.”
“No,” she says. “It’s very, very dark.”
“Uh huh.” Read More »

Time to re-think recreation plan

Jim McGauley- Impressions

Two recent developments — the ongoing turmoil over use of existing public ballfields and the recent exit of the First Coast YMCA from the scene except for fee-based sports — would seem to present us with a golden opportunity.
It’s time to re-think the entire public recreation picture in Baker County.
The county commission, unless it prefers unbounded discussions during its meetings about who gets to use the ballfields when, should take the initiative and reach out to the City of Macclenny to form a consolidated recreation department.
Remnants of the YMCA organization (a local board of directors still exists) should be brought into the mix as well, with or without cooperation from the First Coast organization that, if I was a betting man, probably is looking for a way of pulling out of Baker County altogether.
Good riddance. Read More »

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