The sheriff’s department’s Special Response Team surrounded a north Macclenny residence the afternoon of June 24 after its occupant, an Iraqi war veteran, armed himself and threatened suicide while pointing a loaded .45 caliber pistol at relatives who were attempting to calm him.
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The Baker County Chamber of Commerce paired up with two organizations for ribbon cuttings recently — the May 18 ceremony at Tractor Supply Company on South 6th Street (left) and the Vitas Innovative Hospice Care satellite office on East Macclenny Avenue on June 27 (below).
The Macclenny Tractor Supply is the company’s 46th store in Florida and employs 12 workers. The facility has 25,118 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.
Vitas, also a for-profit company, opened its location here last fall but only recently joined the Chamber. Vitas, headquartered in Miami, serves some 15,000 in the U.S. and specializes in in-home hospice care, said director of marketing Philip Slotin (pictured below with the scissors).
Photo above courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce and photo below by Joel Addington
Two female pedestrians were struck by vehicles in separate accidents during the last week. The first occurred in the Macclenny Walmart parking lot about 3:30 pm on June 13.
The 83-year-old victim, Waneta L. Bass of Macclenny was struck by a 2005 Chevy SUV backing out of a parking space.
The SUV was driven by Alice D. Lauramore, 59, of Glen St. Mary, who told police she did not see Ms. Bass. After knocking down the victim, the vehicle’s right rear wheel rode over Ms. Bass’ leg.
The Land Planning Agency voted 3-1 the evening of June 27 to recommend approval for Oldcastle Southern Group’s special exception application for mining course sand from southeastern Baker County.
The recommendation goes to the Baker County Commission, which will consider the application on July 16.
The LPA also approved rezoning and an exemption to the county’s height limitation for a zip line park on S. SR 121 across from the state hospital.
See next week’s edition for complete coverage.