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Shaggin’ on the (Highway 90) Avenue

Danny Lamb gives Sharon Teague a whirl on the dance floor.To promote and celebrate their love for a dance that originated in South Carolina decades ago, Macclenny resident Danny Lamb and his wife Debbie hosted an event they called “Beach Music 101: Shaggin’ on the Avenue” in mid-December.

The Shag is a swing dance that originated along the coast between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina, during the 1940s. It was adapted by South Carolina as the state’s official dance in 1976 and today is recognized in national and international dance competitions held across the United States.

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A show dog’s perilous road home


Joi HoskJoi Hosker with of Macclenny is the proud owner of a very special dog named George.

The 5-year-old plott, whose registered name is “Hosker’s Georgie Boy” won the Award of Excellence in the plott hound division of the American Kennel Club/Eukanuba National Championship held in Orlando December 17.

George will also compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in February.

Both are among the top dog shows in the country and competitors are determined through an invitational system. Ms. Hosker’s dog was one of only 25 invited to be a part of the plott hound division in the AKC/Eukanuba competition and will be one of only five invited to compete in the upcoming WKC show.

“The Eukenuba show was just amazing,” Ms. Hosker told The Press December 19. “This year there were a record-breaking 14,000 entries.”

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Keller student wins T-U writing contest

Abigayle PriceAbigayle Price of Sanderson won the young student division of The Florida Times-Unions’ 32nd annual Holiday Short Story Contest for her tale of a working-class father who nearly misses a long-standing family tradition.

The 9-year-old fourth grader in Keller Intermediate School’s gifted program wrote “Family Traditions” after studying short stories in teacher Cathy Hooper’s class.

Ms. Hooper said her students reviewed stories like Edgar Allen Poe’s A Tell Tale Heart and An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, a story by Ambrose Bierce and inspired by Poe’s most famous work.

Students then crafted their own stories.

Ms. Price’s short story is fictional, but she said it includes characters named after real people in her life, including her bus driver.

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Breakfast with Santa: Baker County Friends of the Intstrumental Arts

School band directors Mike Warren, left, and Matthew Jernigan with Vinnie Ferreira as Santa.Baker County Friends of the Instrumental Arts held its annual Breakfast with Santa event at the middle school cafeteria December 10.

It marks the fifth year of the event, according to  Steve Gaylord, who heads the group’s board of directors. The breakfast showcases the middle school and high school bands.

Breakfast With Santa is designed as a family-friendly event and this year’s program highlights included children’s photos with Santa Claus starring Vinnie Ferreira as the guy in the red suit.

A fun moment occurred when high school band director Mike Warren and middle school band director Matthew Jernigan surprised Santa by posing on his lap for a photo together.

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