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Tree memorializes decorated WWII veteran Elgin Barnes

Memorial marker at the foot of the tree.

Memorial marker at the foot of the tree.

The Baker County Historical Society dedicated the live oak tree that welcomes visitors to the society headquarters on McIver Street to the late World War II veteran Elgin Barnes last month.

Mr. Barnes served in the Army’s 79th Infantry Division that landed in Normandy, France on June 11, 1944. He was wounded in battle about a month later at age 19.

“The family and I are thankful Elgin was the man he was that others remember him with words and monuments,” his widow Dorothy Mobley Barnes said after the dedication.

“The historical society has been and remains a large part of the Barnes family’s life and Baker County. The tree is a rather young oak, as oaks go, that will give beauty and shade for all who have eyes to see,” she said.

Mr. Barnes received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals as well as the French Legion of Medal of Honor just a few years ago.

He died in 2011 at 85 years old.

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CSX crews here for track, crossing repairs

DSC_0058This parade of track maintenance vehicles halted at the Taber Boulevard crossing in Glen St. Mary one recent afternoon during the CSX Transportation roadbed, track repair and signal grade replacement project that worked its way through Baker County the past three weeks.

The project resulted grade crossing closings and detours in Glen, Sanderson and Macclenny areas until last weekend.

Several other crossings are due for rehab before the project moves out of the county.

CSX is expected to replace some 24,000 railroad ties over the course of the project.

Tips for keeping the kids safe

The recent kidnapping and murder of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle in Jacksonville and the subsequent arrest and indictment of a recently released registered sex offender for the crimes proves parents can never be too careful when it comes to the safety of their children.

Authorities advise that children, especially young ones, should have supervision of trusted adults at all times but also be trained how to react in dangerous situations, like getting lost in a crowd or when being approached by adults when parents or guardians are not present.

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Game box, TVs stolen from house

A rear door was likely the point of entry at the residence of Robert Smith on Circle G. Lane near Glen St. Mary the afternoon or evening of June 28 when two televisions and a game box were stolen.

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