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Van strikes three other vehicles; two injured

The green van to the right of the logging truck above, driven by Tsuneko Kim, hit three other vehicles at the intersection of US 90 and Lowder Street about 9:30 the morning of June 25.

Cpl. Coty Crews of the sheriff’s department said Ms. Kim, the at-fault driver, and the van’s passenger, 12-year-old Katie Hodges, sustained minor injuries and were transported to the Fraser ER.

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Cocaine sale lands man 2 year sentence


Arlee Givens

A circuit court judge on June 18 sentenced two Baker County men to 24-month prison terms, one for sale of cocaine in north Sanderson and the other for stealing property from a shuttered dairy near Glen St. Mary and attempting to sell it for scrap.

Arlee Givens, 20, of Macclenny entered a no contest plea to sale and possession of crack to an undercover buyer working for the sheriff’s department in November, 2012. He gets credit for 107 days in county jail since his arrest and Judge Mark Moseley ordered him onto a two-year drug offender probation upon release.

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Mid-week end to water boiling

Macclenny utility workers repair a water main break on South 6th Street June 25.

City of Macclenny utility workers repair a water main break on South 6th Street June 25.

A water main break on South 6th Street interrupted water service to several hundred homes and businesses in southwest Macclenny this week and prompted city officials to issued a boil water notice about 1:30 pm on Monday.

The notice was rescinded late Wednesday afternoon after testing demonstrated the water was safe to drink.

More than 800 customers were affected by the break according to data from the city’s CodeRED system, which notified about 87 percent of the customers impacted about the need to boil water.

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Dump dividend of $230K included in landfill’s new 2013-14 budget

Baker, Union and Bradford counties will split $790,000 as their dividends from a profitable New River Landfill when the new fiscal year begins on October 1 — though not equally. Union County will get an extra $100,000 because the regional landfill is located there.

Each county will receive one third of the remaining $690,000 — $230,000 each — in “host fees.” The fees were included in a new $7,012,120 budget approved by the New River Solid Waste Association’s governing board on June 13. The new budget represents a slight decrease of $37,910 from last year.

Some highlights of the budget include projected revenues totaling $5.2 million in tipping fees from New River’s largest refuse-generating customer, Alachua County, an increase of $46,500 over last year. Alachua County is expected to haul about 155,000 tons of trash to the landfill next year at a rate of $33.55 per ton.

Other anticipated revenue includes $1,008,000 from the three host counties, each of which pays a tipping fee of $24 a ton, and $610,470 from New River’s fifth customer Levy County, which pays $32.30 a ton.

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