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Fighting case dismissed; Judge affirms ‘stand your ground’

A judge earlier this week dismissed a criminal case against a Macclenny woman on the basis of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” statute.

Heather McDonald of Macclenny had been charged with disorderly conduct shortly after a fight last December at Winn-Dixie also involving Lisa Meister, 36, of Macclenny.

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Tighter credit card controls in wake of Sulkowski ‘night at Whiteys’

Last week the Baker County School Board instituted new, stricter policies on spending with district-issued credit cards that should curtail unauthorized or poorly documented purchases.

The board’s unanimous vote to approve the new rules on July 15 came about five months after Ryan Sulkowski, the Wildcat’s head football coach, used a district credit card to pay for dinner and alcohol at Whitey’s Fish Camp following a weight lifting meet in Fleming Island.

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Had pot, sale-related items

A Macclenny man stopped by a county deputy the morning of July 17 because he was a known traffic offender ended up in jail charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug sale paraphernalia.

Deputy Koty Crews said he stopped an eastbound vehicle on Woodlawn Rd. about 10:30 and was aware that Thomas Akridge Jr., 24, had a revoked license as an habitual offender.

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Local jobless rate climbs again, housing sales are oscillating

2013 Baker County unemployment rates.

After dipping in the spring, the local unemployment rate rose slightly in June to 6.9 percent, its highest level since December, 2012.

Experts like University of North Florida economist Paul Mason say that’s partly due to students looking for work during the summer but few of them finding it, according to a recent report from The Florida Times-Union.

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