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Meet county fire chief Steven Marfongella

The county’s new fire chief doesn’t come from a family of firefighters. He attributes his interest in the field to a childhood fascination with his uncle’s model antique fire engines.

“I was always attracted to them, but I couldn’t touch them,” said Steven Marfongella, 44, during an interview with The Press the morning of July 9, after less than two weeks on the job.

At 12 years old  he joined a fire service explorers group at school. After that, he says, “it got into the blood.”

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Drug house raided in eastern county

Carol Parker

Carol Parker

Sheriff’s deputies descended on a residence on D. E. Long Dr. near Macclenny the afternoon of July 9 and arrested an occupant on numerous felony and misdemeanor drug possession counts.

The raid was the result of an undercover buy conducted at the address in June.
Investigator Matt Yarborough said Carol Parker, 22, of Macclenny was arrested following a search of a bedroom where she had been staying off and on.

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Curious about lack of BCDC management fee

The Baker Correctional Development Corporation continues to be a focus of concern among county commissioners, who most recently have questioned the BCDC board’s makeup and the origin and purpose of a $800,000 annual management fee that has never been fully paid to help fund the county jail.

The related issues arose during a county commission meeting on the evening of July 2 when Macclenny resident Sharon Padgett asked why no commissioner was presently serving on the not-for-profit BCDC board of directors and why an $800,000 fee that was part of the original agreement with the county in 2006 has been cut to $250,000.

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Burglary at locked yard shed

A lock was removed on a storage shed at a residence southwest of Macclenny between July 5-7 and equipment valued at $750 taken.
The theft was reported by Christy Proctor, daughter of victim Connie Hollingsworth who was away at the time. The daughter told Deputy

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