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Fixes floated for $2.5M deficit: tax increase, cuts to services and benefits

Facing a potential $2.5 million budget shortfall, which is an improvement over an earlier deficit projection of close to $3 million a week ago, county commissioners set out on a mission this week to seek ways to narrow the gap or eliminate it altogether.

Budget cuts, reducing services, postponing capital outlays and shopping around for less costly health insurance for employees were among the ideas discussed during a two-hour budget workshop the afternoon of July 2.

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Deputy finds bloodied girlfriend, boyfriend arrested

The boyfriend of a Macclenny woman found bleeding from the nose and walking on CR 125 south of Interstate 10 in the early hours of June 27 was arrested for domestic battery after he was questioned at the couple’s residence on Glo Gene Rd.

Deputy Earl Lord said he spotted Stacey OBier, 31, walking just north of Woodlawn Rd. about 4 am and noted she also had red marks about the neck.

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Zip lines OK’d amid neighbors’ fears

A blood curdling scream pierced the air at a meeting of the county’s Land Planning Agency during a hearing last week to consider plans for a zip line park on SR 121 across from Northeast Florida State Hospital.

The startling outburst was staged by opponents to illustrate their point that screams from zip liners whizzing through the air would be an unwelcome intrusion in the rural neighborhood.

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Bogus returns at Goody’s nets cashier nearly $2K, grand theft charge

Cops-fraud Harris

Harris

Cops-fraud Canady

Canady

An employee at Goody’s department store on South 6th in Macclenny was arrested along with an accomplice after they admitted to police taking part in a cash refund scam that spanned over the month of June and involved nearly $2000.

Tamara Harris, 29, of Macclenny admitted to sheriff’s investigator Rodney Driggers during an interview June 27 at county jail that she drew out cash from the store register on 36 occasions based on bogus returns using receipts from legitimate cash transactions.

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