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Admits to theft of $23K in jewelry

A Glen St. Mary man was arrested September 2 for grand theft after he admitted to stealing more than $23,000 in jewelry while he spent the night with a friend whose parents were out of town.
Corporal Koty Crews met with victim Berkely Hill, who said she last saw the missing jewelry August 21 before she left for a weekend trip. She said the jewelry was in boxes in her dresser and closet, but there were no signs of forced entry or additional rummaging. Read More »

‘Crunch time’ looms on 2015 budget

When Baker County commissioners meet Thursday afternoon for a final budget workshop they will have two hours to make some tough decisions about how to arrive at a balanced budget for fiscal year 2014-15 before heading into the first public hearing on the new budget and taxes at 6 p.m.

Among the key questions are:

• Will property taxes have to be raised and, if so, by how much? The current budget proposal reflects a $1.1 million deficit and calls for a 14 percent tax increase, though commissioners now are leaning toward half that or smaller. Read More »

LPA to tackle ‘nuts, bolts’ of new zoning code

A major rewrite of Baker County’s zoning code, which was shelved last year after a controversy erupted over sand mining, could be another year away from completion now that a zoning advisory panel has been tasked with a more extensive review of the code. Read More »

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