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Chronic offender is sent back to prison

Circuit-court-harvey-mugA Sanderson man with a lengthy criminal record was sent back to prison on September 2 for violating probation by being arrested again for burglary.
Mikelle Harvey, 38, was on a two-year probation after release from prison when charged in December of last year with a burglary in Duval County. The original sentence stemmed from a burglary off Odis Yarborough Rd. in Baker County in November, 2010.
Circuit Judge Mark Moseley gave Mr. Harvey credit for 643 days in jail or prison off the 30-month sentence and revoked the current probation. The defendant’s criminal record includes battery, felony fleeing, leaving the scene of an accident, growing marijuana and other offenses. Read More »

18-month probation for theft, sale of artifacts as part of ring

FWC-artifcats-allen-charles-hydeA Macclenny man arrested as part of a two-state sting for excavating and selling artifacts from state property pleaded no contest to a single charge in circuit court here on September 2 and was given 18 months of probation.
A state-appointed prosecutor allowed Allen Charles Hyde, 51, to plead to unlawful excavation of a state archaeological site and dropped a companion count of dealing in stolen property. Read More »

Participants sought for Miss BCMS

Applications are available and spots are limited for the 4th Annual Miss BCMS pageant. Applications are available in the BCMS front office during school hours and may be returned to Mandy Jones at the school along with the $50 registration fee. Deadline to register is September 26 or when the first 50 applications are turned in.
The pageant is open to all registered BCMS female students. Male escorts must also be registered BCMS students. There will be an overall winner and a princess chosen from each grade. There will also be a Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic awarded.

The ‘kicked can’ isn’t going to go away

Impressions
Jim McGauley

Impressions

The Baker County Commission, in the words of our Mike Anderson, “kicked the can down the road” last week when it voted in a $27.5 million budget for the coming fiscal year, eschewing a property tax increase in favor of the less painful dip into reserve funds to balance the difference between spending and revenue.
What the commissioners did, though, was paint themselves into a corner 12 months from now when we can assume opposition to raising the millage rate above its present 7.29 level will be as strong, and the amount of surplus funds will have dipped to about $4 million. Sound fiscal policy would dictate it not be reduced further. Read More »

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