First responders including those with the local fire departments, the sheriff’s office, Florida Highway Patrol, Emergency Medical Services and a TraumaOne helicopter team mingled with residents at Macclenny’s Memorial Park the evening of August 6 for the annual National Night Out event celebrated across the nation.
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A car wash and dinner sale to support the county’s Teen Court program raised about $500 last weekend with the help of 15 volunteers, program coordinator Ryan Brannan and his wife Sandy.
Children at the all-black Central Elementary School in the late 1960s couldn’t get away with much. Even when teachers left the room, and students misbehaved, somehow the teachers knew exactly what transpired in their absence.
“They always knew who was up walking around or whatever,” said Central Elementary alum Gail Haygood of Margaretta. “I never knew how they knew that.”
It took some years to figure it out, but one day it dawned on her. There was no air conditioning in those days so the pull-out windows near the ceiling were often open, reflecting a bird’s eye view of what was happening inside the classrooms to those outside.
“That was always cute for me because I tried to figure it out for years,” said Ms. Haygood, 54.
Pictured above Rosa Wolfe’s first grade class from the school year 1945-46 at Macclenny.