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How should the county balance its budget? A primer for this week’s poll

After a series of budget workshops, the county has narrowed its budget deficit to about $1.1 million, but that includes a 14 percent property tax increase and 3 percent raises for employees. Now, with more meetings scheduled in the weeks ahead, everyone agrees county commissioners are facing some tough choices regarding how to close the gap that stood at $1.8 million before the proposed tax increase. Read More »

Inmate discount plan tabled

Two weeks after giving tacit approval to a new deal with Baker Correctional Development Corporation on payment for the housing, feeding and supplying of medical care to local inmates at the county jail, the Baker County Commission shelved the agreement in search of more information. Read More »

15 years for beating elderly man

One of three defendants in a violent home invasion robbery last year is set to receive 15 years in prison, less time served, for his participation in the crime, which put a 72-year-old man in the hospital with serious injuries. The victim has since died, though it is unclear whether his injuries contributed to his death.

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