During the Baker County school board’s regular meeting April 8, several recognitions took place prior to the panel conducting regular business.
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Baker County still ranks near the bottom among Florida’s 67 counties in terms of public health. But data indicates that many people here are beginning to adopt new lifestyle changes that could lead to a healthier future for generations to come. Read More »
Camp Tracey, a former church-run home and counseling center for troubled adolescents in the Cuyler area north of Glen St. Mary, will not be allowed to reopen as a residential treatment facility to help adult men kick their alcohol, drug and other addictions.
County commissioners unanimously killed the proposal after listening to more than a dozen people speak for and against it during a crowded public hearing that lasted more than 90 minutes the evening of April 15 at the county administration building in Macclenny.
“This is in my district and I consider this spot zoning in a largely residential area,” said Commissioner Adam Giddens. “It’s not compatible with the (county’s) comprehensive plan.” Read More »
A Glen St. Mary man was arrested for felony cruelty toward a child and interfering with the custody of a minor on the afternoon of April 10 after he refused to hand over a child in a court-ordered exchange.
Clayton Easter, 22, confronted mother Ashley Stevens of Jacksonville when she went to his residence on Franklin St. and she told Deputy Jeremiah Johnson that he spit in her face. The suspect carried the child outside and the deputy told him Ms. Stevens has a court order to pick up the child, and Mr. Easter replied, “You can’t take my child from my hands. I know the law.”
Deputy Johnson repeatedly requested the suspect hand over the child but he refused and cursed at the officer. The deputy called dispatch for more officers and Mr. Easter positioned the child between himself and any officer that tried to get close to him. The authorities couldn’t get close to the suspect in fear of injuring the child. Read More »