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Scout’s police memorial inside BCSO

Boy Scout Trey Connor of Glen St. Mary has a few more badges to earn before gaining the top rank in Troop 150, that of Eagle Scout, but he’s well on his way after completing the required community service project.
Late last year he began the process of building what would become his “Fallen Heroes Memorial” plaque for the Baker County Sheriff’s Office lobby.
The idea was sparked about a year ago at BCSO’s annual ceremony to remember law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Read More »

Glow eggs put new spin on classic Easter tradition

Joseph Chasse shows off his find.

New Life Church north of Macclenny hosted a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt the evening of March 29 prior to the holiday weekend. Pictured above are some of the participating families scouring the church grounds for the brightly illuminated eggs, also shown.

Seven volunteers at St. Mary’s river cleanup

Three adults and four Pictured above are (from left) volunteers Kevin Shell, Bryant Thrift, David Boldry, Dustin Sheppard, Amber Nettles and John Nettles Jr. Not pictured is cleanup coordinator Greg Sheppard.teens participated in the 2013 St. Mary’s River Cleanup, which got underway in Baker County at the Steel Bridge Road boat ramp at 7:30 am on March 16.

Bryant Thrift supplied the airboat that allowed volunteers to travel up the river to the Nassau County line to collect additional litter and debris. Kevin Shell, who serves on the St. Mary’s River Management Committee with Greg Sheppard, estimated the group removed hundreds of pounds of trash from the river and its shores.

The committee, which consists of residents and elected officials in Baker, Nassau, Camden and Charlton counties, organizes the cleanup and the lunch celebration that follows it each year. The committee meets on the first Monday evening of each month in Callahan.

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‘Best fish’ award for Glen taxidermist

Mr. Davis with his replica fish and award.Visitors to the 2013 Florida State Taxidermy Association’s convention last month voted local taxidermist Casey Davis’ replica fish the best in the state.

Mr. Davis, 31, though relatively new to the profession, also took second place for his white-tailed deer entry. He’s been honing his craft for just three years now, learning from other taxidermists in the region and on his own at his workshop on CR 125 N. in Glen St. Mary.

Winning the “McKenzie Taxidermy Supply Taxidermist’s Choice — Best Fish Award” at the Ocala convention was a bit awkward for the unassuming artist.

But garnering the most votes from his fellow taxidermists for an air-brushed and hand painted speckled perch, a freshwater fish commonly called crappie, was an honor nonetheless.

“I knew I had to bring something a little bit different to the table this year,” he said of the entry. “A lot of taxidermists will go to the competition with a large-mouth bass or a blue gill or a salmon. I wanted to take a fish like this speckled perch that’s hard to paint.

“It takes about six hours to paint one properly. Instead of three color patterns, I used ten and three different paints. Combined they gave me great depth. It worked out well. I got first place … I believe it was primarily because they could see my detail; it was not done with a stencil pattern. It was hand drawn.”

He took home four other awards from the convention and his apprentice, Scott Lightsey, earned a second-place ribbon in the amateur division plus three other awards.

Mr. Davis, a Macclenny native, graduated from Baker County High School in 2000 before spending two years on a mission trip in Nevada. Next he earned an associate degree from FCCJ and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

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