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Boosters donate drums to Westside

IMG_0847Baker County Friends of the Instrumental Arts, a nonprofit group benefiting local music programs, has raised nearly $25,000 in its five-year history, including funds for an 18-piece drum set donated to Westside Elementary School last week.

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How should the county balance its budget? A primer for this week’s poll

After a series of budget workshops, the county has narrowed its budget deficit to about $1.1 million, but that includes a 14 percent property tax increase and 3 percent raises for employees. Now, with more meetings scheduled in the weeks ahead, everyone agrees county commissioners are facing some tough choices regarding how to close the gap that stood at $1.8 million before the proposed tax increase. Read More »

Inmate discount plan tabled

Two weeks after giving tacit approval to a new deal with Baker Correctional Development Corporation on payment for the housing, feeding and supplying of medical care to local inmates at the county jail, the Baker County Commission shelved the agreement in search of more information. Read More »

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