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Volleyball Cats lose to Tigers, Stanton, then best Warriors

After getting off to a fast start, the Lady Cat volleyball team has lost two out of three games to fall to 4-2 on the season and 0-1 in the district.Lindsay-Love-fakes-out-the-defense-with-a-light-touch-over-the-net
Baker County lost in three straight sets September 9 as the squad fell to Columbia County 23-25, 19-25, 14-25. After a close first set, the girls fell behind by as many as 11 points in the second set after Delicia Washington left with an ankle injury. She returned in the third set and led the team with five kills in the game, but the Lady Tigers scored the final five points to take the win.
The JV Lady Cats swept Columbia’s JV team 2-0 (25-19, 25-18) before the varsity game. Read More »

Wildcats blowout Bradford 43-7

Head coach Tom MacPherson picked up his first win as Wildcat head coach September 5 as the team rolled through hosting Bradford County Tornadoes 43-7 to improve to 1-1 on the season..

Baker County’s offense had a monster night as Jacob Carter, Vic Givens and Jarvis Desue combined for four touchdowns on the ground. Carter ran for 111 yards on five carries, including a 55-yard touchdown blast up the middle in the third quarter. Givens ran for almost 50 yards and added two rushing touchdowns, while Desue had one of his own.

Carter also found receiver Zach Rafuse on a perfect 28-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

The defense was dominant most of the night and shut down Bradford’s offense. CeCe Jefferson rebounded from Week 1′s quiet game with as a forced a fumble and made first contact on a gang sack. The senior defensive end also deflected a ball that fell into Junior Higdon’s hands for a pick-six for the team’s final score of the game.

The Wildcats will look to move above .500 September 12 when they host Providence.

Check next week’s edition of the paper for a full report.

‘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 »

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