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The BCHS boys’ tennis team continues to dominate opponents winning a pair of matches this past week to stay undefeated.
The boys lineup defeated Hilliard on March 7 in convincing fashion with a 7-0 margin. Jared Stafford won the No. 1 singles match 8-1 and Brock Dukeman had an 8-3 win in No. 2 singles.
Tyler Curry won 9-8 with a 10-4 tie-break victory and Evan Barrett had an 8-6 win. Logan Campbell won 8-0.
The doubles team of Stafford and Dukeman were victorious 8-2 while Curry and Barrett won 8-4.
The girls squad continues to improve despite losses against Hilliard and Union County.
The girls fell 2-5 to Hilliard with NO. 1 singles player Kaylann Stafford winning 8-4 and the doubles team of Stafford and Andrea Clark winning 8-6. Danielle Mathis, Toree Jones, Victoria Sapp and the doubles team of Mathis and Jones fell to the Lady Flashes.
The boys notched another victory on March 11 in a 6-1 home match over Union County.
Stafford, Barrett, Dukeman and Curry all won their singles matches. Doubles teams Stafford and Barrett, and Dukeman and Curry posted wins as well.
Campbell fell in singles play.
Visitors to the 2013 Florida State Taxidermy Association’s convention last month voted local taxidermist Casey Davis’ replica fish the best in the state.
Mr. Davis, 31, though relatively new to the profession, also took second place for his white-tailed deer entry. He’s been honing his craft for just three years now, learning from other taxidermists in the region and on his own at his workshop on CR 125 N. in Glen St. Mary.
Winning the “McKenzie Taxidermy Supply Taxidermist’s Choice — Best Fish Award” at the Ocala convention was a bit awkward for the unassuming artist.
But garnering the most votes from his fellow taxidermists for an air-brushed and hand painted speckled perch, a freshwater fish commonly called crappie, was an honor nonetheless.
“I knew I had to bring something a little bit different to the table this year,” he said of the entry. “A lot of taxidermists will go to the competition with a large-mouth bass or a blue gill or a salmon. I wanted to take a fish like this speckled perch that’s hard to paint.
“It takes about six hours to paint one properly. Instead of three color patterns, I used ten and three different paints. Combined they gave me great depth. It worked out well. I got first place … I believe it was primarily because they could see my detail; it was not done with a stencil pattern. It was hand drawn.”
He took home four other awards from the convention and his apprentice, Scott Lightsey, earned a second-place ribbon in the amateur division plus three other awards.
Mr. Davis, a Macclenny native, graduated from Baker County High School in 2000 before spending two years on a mission trip in Nevada. Next he earned an associate degree from FCCJ and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
If you read Joel Addington’s in-depth look at the financial picture surrounding Baker County’s new jail two weeks ago, then his opinion piece last week on the county commission’s funding woes, you might have scratched your head.
Essentially Mr. Addington pointed out in the first instance that prospects of an operating surplus at the new jail flowing into the coffers of the county commission are bleak.
Then he opined that a dreaded operating deficit in this coming year’s county budget may not be as dire as in recent years when Baker County’s $11 million cash surplus was sucked down to its present $3 million.
The main culprit, of course, has been the cost of housing county prisoners at the new jail. Their numbers steadily rise, and county taxpayers are on the hook for the $85 a day boarding fee per inmate, the same as the non-profit running the jail gets for ICE inmates.
That could reach $100 a day soon, and kick in the same obligation for local inmates.