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Chronic offender is sent back to prison

Circuit-court-harvey-mugA Sanderson man with a lengthy criminal record was sent back to prison on September 2 for violating probation by being arrested again for burglary.
Mikelle Harvey, 38, was on a two-year probation after release from prison when charged in December of last year with a burglary in Duval County. The original sentence stemmed from a burglary off Odis Yarborough Rd. in Baker County in November, 2010.
Circuit Judge Mark Moseley gave Mr. Harvey credit for 643 days in jail or prison off the 30-month sentence and revoked the current probation. The defendant’s criminal record includes battery, felony fleeing, leaving the scene of an accident, growing marijuana and other offenses. Read More »

18-month probation for theft, sale of artifacts as part of ring

FWC-artifcats-allen-charles-hydeA Macclenny man arrested as part of a two-state sting for excavating and selling artifacts from state property pleaded no contest to a single charge in circuit court here on September 2 and was given 18 months of probation.
A state-appointed prosecutor allowed Allen Charles Hyde, 51, to plead to unlawful excavation of a state archaeological site and dropped a companion count of dealing in stolen property. Read More »

Progress sluggish in non-instructional talks

DSC_0039Contract talks between the school district’s non-instructional employee union and the administration dragged on until nearly 11 pm  September 8 with still no resolution on a core of issues, most prominent among them greater inclusion of its ranks on the communication chain on student discipline matters. DSC_0045The parties will re-convene on September 18 for another go at it, and discussions on other matters like the procedure for lining up bus drivers for field trips, higher seniority steps for veteran employees, and equaling bonus pay to that of teachers who have already settled their contract. In photo above, the delegations at the bargaining table in the school board meeting room. At right, non-instructional union president Stephanie Wingard and Tracy Butler, the negotiator assigned by the regional office of the Florida Education Association based in Orange Park. The session later this month will be the fourth.

District launches ‘behavior’ classes

A new curriculum that advocates say has helped reduce absenteeism and teen pregnancy while boosting graduation rates in school districts nationwide could be in Baker County High School classrooms next month.
The consistent theme throughout the curriculum is simple: Good choices lead to good consequences; bad choices lead to risky behavior, which leads to bad consequences.
The school board received a one-hour presentation on the program, which consists of three components targeting students in ninth through 12th grades, during a board meeting on the afternoon of September 1 prior to the regular bi-monthly board meeting. Read More »

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