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Tracey adult rehab bid rejected

Mike Anderson
Press Staff

Camp Tracey, a former church-run home and counseling center for troubled adolescents pastor-mccormick_commissionin the Cuyler area north of Glen St. Mary, will not be allowed to reopen as a residential treatment facility to help adult men kick their alcohol, drug and other addictions.
County commissioners unanimously killed the proposal after listening to more than a dozen people speak for and against it during a crowded public hearing that lasted more than 90 minutes the evening of April 15 at the county administration building in Macclenny.
“This is in my district and I consider this spot zoning in a largely residential area,” said Commissioner Adam Giddens. “It’s not compatible with the (county’s) comprehensive plan.” Read More »

Sleep emerging as ‘issue’ of aging

Bob Gerard- My Side of the Matter

I’ve been married for almost 33 years, so you would think that I wouldn’t be surprised by very much. But this is an actual conversation from the Gerard household last night.
“Wake up,” my wife says as she nudges me.
“What?”
“Are you awake?”
“Yes. Why?”
“It’s dark,” she answers.
I look at the lighted dial of my watch. It’s 4 am.
“It’s supposed to be dark.”
“No,” she says. “It’s very, very dark.”
“Uh huh.” Read More »

Time to re-think recreation plan

Jim McGauley- Impressions

Two recent developments — the ongoing turmoil over use of existing public ballfields and the recent exit of the First Coast YMCA from the scene except for fee-based sports — would seem to present us with a golden opportunity.
It’s time to re-think the entire public recreation picture in Baker County.
The county commission, unless it prefers unbounded discussions during its meetings about who gets to use the ballfields when, should take the initiative and reach out to the City of Macclenny to form a consolidated recreation department.
Remnants of the YMCA organization (a local board of directors still exists) should be brought into the mix as well, with or without cooperation from the First Coast organization that, if I was a betting man, probably is looking for a way of pulling out of Baker County altogether.
Good riddance. Read More »

Man refused to surrender a child

A Glen St. Mary man was arrested for felony cruelty toward a child and interfering with the custody of a minor on the Cops-child-cruelty-pixafternoon of April 10 after he refused to hand over a child in a court-ordered exchange.
Clayton Easter, 22, confronted mother Ashley Stevens of Jacksonville when she went to his residence on Franklin St. and she told Deputy Jeremiah Johnson that he spit in her face. The suspect carried the child outside and the deputy told him Ms. Stevens has a court order to pick up the child, and Mr. Easter replied, “You can’t take my child from my hands. I know the law.”
Deputy Johnson repeatedly requested the suspect hand over the child but he refused and cursed at the officer. The deputy called dispatch for more officers and Mr. Easter positioned the child between himself and any officer that tried to get close to him. The authorities couldn’t get close to the suspect in fear of injuring the child. Read More »

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