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Lake City motorists dead, child injured in crash at US 90 interchange

Edward Taylor (center) removed the 3-year-old from the wrecked car shortly after the accident.

Edward Taylor (center) removed the 3-year-old from the wrecked car shortly after the accident.

Two Lake City motorists were killed today and a 3-year-old boy seriously injured in a two-vehicle collision at the I-10 interchange with U.S. 90, a location known for serious wrecks.

A bystander who saw the accident, Edward Taylor, also of Lake City, said he removed the boy, Bentley Bennett, from the 2002 Ford Taurus involved in the crash. The boy was flown to UF Health of Jacksonville, formerly Shands, by TraumaOne with a teddy bear in his arms.

The Ford’s driver, Richard Owen Ratliff, 60, and Anne Rykard Ratliff, 58, were dead at the scene. The Lake City Reporter editor Robert Bridges said Mrs. Ratliff worked for the newspaper as a contractor.

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By Ed Hall

By Ed Hall

Updated: LPA okays Oldcastle mine in 3-1 vote

Dennis McClelland (right) and his attorney Hugh Fish speak about the mine's water supply.

Dennis McClelland (right) and his attorney Hugh Fish speak about the mine’s water supply.

A  year ago opposition to Oldcastle Southern Group’s sand mining plans in southeastern Baker County was so strong that the company wisely decided to withdraw its request for county approval while continuing to seek state environmental permits.

What a difference a year makes.

After a public hearing the evening of June 27, during which a few residents spoke against new mining operations, the county’s Land Planning Agency voted 3-1 to recommend approval of Oldcastle’s new application for a special zoning exception to permit mining.

If the county commission endorses the proposal after another public hearing on July 16 at 6 pm, Oldcastle can proceed with its plans to mine coarse sands using a hydraulic dredging technique similar to that used by DuPont to extract minerals from the same ground.

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