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Scout’s police memorial inside BCSO

Boy Scout Trey Connor of Glen St. Mary has a few more badges to earn before gaining the top rank in Troop 150, that of Eagle Scout, but he’s well on his way after completing the required community service project.
Late last year he began the process of building what would become his “Fallen Heroes Memorial” plaque for the Baker County Sheriff’s Office lobby.
The idea was sparked about a year ago at BCSO’s annual ceremony to remember law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Read More »

Glow eggs put new spin on classic Easter tradition

Joseph Chasse shows off his find.

New Life Church north of Macclenny hosted a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt the evening of March 29 prior to the holiday weekend. Pictured above are some of the participating families scouring the church grounds for the brightly illuminated eggs, also shown.

15 lifters qualify for state

Blayne MerchantThe BCHS Wildcat weight lifting team hosted the final sectional meet for the FHSAA State Qualifying series on Saturday, April 6 and continued their dominance of the section, qualifying all 15 lifters allowed by the state for this meet.

In sectional competition the first place finisher gets the automatic bid to the state meet. The second, third and fourth place finishers’ totals get put in a pool for the 9 at-large bids left for the state competition. Read More »

Change your life; quit today

I’m a man of many vices — bad sci-fi and horror movies, pizza, beer, shoes, the list goes on. But one vice I kicked to the curb some five years ago was smoking.

I was never a heavy smoker. Even after 10 years I couldn’t puff away a whole pack in 24 hours without some help. I was nearing 30 years old and needed to get healthier, lest I end up six feet under before my time. That and the love of a good woman was enough motivation for me.

I’m not going to get all preachy on you about the dangers of smoking and other tobacco use. Suffice it say, tobacco use will shorten your lifespan. It’s a scientific certainty.

It’s also a certainty that while smoking rates in Baker County have fallen in the last decade or so, many folks still smoke. According to 2010 survey data, about 20 percent of adults, or one in five, reported smoking.

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