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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 »

Merging football and ‘corn hole’ at One Spark

Joel Addington
Managing Editor
reporter@bakercountypress.com
What do you get if you combine American football with another beloved southern past time, corn hole?
Gridiron Toss, that’s what.
It’s a new game invented by Baker County native Stacy Simmons with help from his father Johnny Simmons of Glen St. Mary, and his two brothers Matthew and Jeremy, of Glen and Sanderson, respectively.
The family debuted Gridiron Toss at last week’s One Spark festival, billed as the world’s largest crowd-funding festival and held in downtown Jacksonville for the second year in a row.
The four-day festival drew some 250,000 spectators.
While the Simmons family didn’t garner any of the cash prizes awarded at the event, they garnered something just as valuable – exposure.

Click here for a video of Gridiron Toss at One Spark. Read More »

Spring garden fest at Ag Center

A steady stream of gardening enthusiasts hit up the Spring garden festival at the Ag Center last Saturday under sunny skies and 80-degree temps, toting away ornamental shrubs, trees, annuals, perennials, bulbs, houseplants, ferns, cactus, succulents, fruits, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets and container gardens.  Read More »

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