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Mining firm helps tidy up Little St. Mary’s park

Volunteers at last Saturday’s cleanup of Little St. Mary’s River Park on the north side of US 90 just west of Macclenny collected about a dozen trash bags of litter and another usual item — a vehicle seat found in the woods that surround the park.

The seat and a large tire were hauled off to the dump by Douglas Moore, a local landowner and proponent of Oldcastle Southern Group’s mining plans in the southeastern county.

The mining company sponsored the lunch that followed the morning cleanup on June 15. It was held in partnership with the county’s recently launched anti-litter program dubbed “Keep Baker Beautiful.”

The program offers cleanup supplies like vests and garbage bags to volunteers who wish to help keep areas of the county free of garbage and debris.

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Organic farm in Baxter hosts open house

Farm owners Jennifer and Joe Asbury.

Farm owners Jennifer and Joe Asbury.

Over the last two years Joe and Jennifer Asbury of Baxter have been slowly turning their 18-acre tract on CR 127 into an organic farm with vegetable and melon gardens, chickens, rabbits, geese and ducks.

They opened their homestead, Sunrise Jubilee Farms, on Saturday, June 15 to the public and hosted a number of craft and food vendors, a mix of Christian bands and a potluck dinner with cake. Visitors walked the garden as children played with the chickens or splashed down an inflatable water slide.

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These ‘early birds’ scored donuts for the coming year

Chris Adams of Macclenny really loves Krispy Kreme donuts.

So when the location on Cassat Avenue reopened on May 28 after a seven-plus-year closure, and promised free donuts to the first 100 customers, Mr. Adams had to be there.

He recruited his reluctant girlfriend, Christie Rutland, 29, to spend the night at the Krispy Kreme to ensure their place in the line for the grand opening at 6 am.

As customers number 29 and 30, they will each receive a dozen free donuts once a month for the next year. Plus, they got free T-shirts.

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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 »

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