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Wildcats end playoff run with 44-23 loss to Kenny

Going into last Friday night’s football game between the Wildcats and the Bishop Kenny Crusaders both teams knew a very simple fact. One of them was going to make history.

Neither team had progressed beyond the second round of the state playoffs and somebody was going to be hosting a third-round game against Tallahassee Godby. The question was who would be playing this Friday night and who would be sitting at home thinking of what might have been.

In the end it was Bishop Kenny that would avenge a district championship loss to the Wildcats three weeks ago with an emphatic 44-23 victory.

Going into the game, the Cats were certain of one thing – to beat Kenny you had to stop their vaunted passing game. That was a given, and they prepared to do just that.

For the first time all season, the Wildcats started the game with three down linemen, daring the Crusaders to run the ball. The added linebacker was to provide double coverage support on UF recruit Ahmad Fulwood and Mo Tapper, who had hurt the Wildcats with his receptions in the district game.

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Warning for online holiday shopping

Last week, after years of avoiding it, I finally got a taste of that gluttonous Thanksgiving tradition — not turkey, not gravy and definitely not pumpkin pie, I stuff myself with those each and every year — no sir, I speak of Black Friday.

It was an unplanned but very orderly experience that was over within an hour. It wasn’t anything like the pandemonium you often hear associated with Black Friday, but then again, I was standing in line at midnight with a bunch of geeks at a Gamestop store to pick up something for my nephew.

I’d never even considered such a feat before, so it was nice to stick my toe in the proverbial pool and find out the water’s really not that cold. But I do intend to remain faithful, nonetheless, to online shopping at Christmas; it’s just so easy.

No lines, no crazy soccer moms, no crabby sales associates, and best of all, you can shop for just about anything without leaving your living room whilst updating your fantasy football lineup or checking your Facebook feed.

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City preps for legal battle to buy sludge disposal property

Four months after voting to buy 114 acres off Steel Bridge Road for use as a sewage sludge disposal site, despite objections raised by nearby homeowners concerned about public health and safety, the Macclenny City Commission is gearing up for a legal battle to acquire the parcel.

The target of a possible lawsuit in the case is one of the world’s largest cellulose fiber producing firms in the world and the seventh largest owner of timberlands in the United States — Rayonier.

The Jacksonville-based international forest products manufacturer owns about 2 million acres in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Washington.

The conflict originated from a decision by the city commission in June to buy the property from Lewyn Boyette, a real estate investor who had a contract to buy the land from Rayonier through its property-management subsidiary Terra Pointe Services LLC. An article about the decision appeared in The Baker County Press on June 21.

A controversy later ensued after a letter appeared in The Press on July 5 from a woman in New Hampshire, who identified herself as having a Ph.D., stating that sewage sludge could create environmental problems and an unhealthy atmosphere for nearby families.

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Arrest for ‘fencing’ make-up at Walmart

Police arrested a Jacksonville man the evening of November 12 for attempting to obtain cash refunds at the Macclenny Walmart for merchandise that was likely stolen from either another store or a warehouse.

The arrest was similar to one several weeks ago where a Jacksonville woman was implicated in a similar scheme.

Roosevelt Day, 18, of Jacksonville was confronted at the customer service desk just before 10 pm after an employee became suspicious when he and two others attempted to get cash refunds without receipts.

Deputy Robert Simpkins said Mr. Day was the only person at the counter when he approached him, and had in his possession “a large amount” of makeup items with relatively high monetary value.

The employee said two other suspects were refunded on similar items before the deputy arrived, and one of them presented a computer monitor valued at $170 that was not carried at Walmart.

Mr. Day said he was accompanied by a male he knew only as Diquan, and that a cousin named Tina Williams of Jacksonville asked them to seek refunds after being driven to Macclenny by another subject he knew only as “Slim” who was waiting in the parking lot in a green Ford Crown Victoria.

A sweep of the parking lot turned up no such vehicle.

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