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Alvin (Jack) Smith dies November 6th

Alvin Jackson “Jack” Smith Jr., 57, of Lawtey died on November 6, 2012 at his residence. He was born in Tallahassee on July 17, 1955 to the late Alvin Jackson Smith Sr. and Edith Catherine Hansford Smith. Jack had been a resident of Lawtey for the past 17 years. He attended Terry Parker High School and was a project manager. He was an avid Gator and Dallas Cowboy fan who also enjoyed hunting, fishing, working with wood, building toys, telling stories and being a magician.

Jack was preceded in death by his loving wife of 17 years, Christine Waters Smith and his brother Clarence Smith.

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Janette Westfall, 67, of Macclenny

Janette Lucille Mange Westfall, 67, of Macclenny died on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband Larry Westfall on February 17, 2010. She is survived by daughters Debbie Wilkes (Steve), Denise Bookout, Dena Roberts (Derrick); brother Lee Mange (Jeanne); nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Lucille devoted her life to her family and friends and gave freely of herself to all she met. She will be deeply missed.

The funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, Nov. 10 in the chapel of Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd. in Jacksonville. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Friday, Nov. 9 at the funeral home.  Interment will be at Riverside Memorial Park following the service.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida or the American Cancer Society.

Bill Long Willis, 83, of Fernandina

Mrs. Bill Long Willis, 83, of Fernandina Beach died on October 25, 2012. She was born on January 1, 1929 in Baker County to Ethel Davis Long and Clarence R. Long, and was predeceased by her parents, husband Palmer T. (Shorty) Willis; son Larry D. Willis; grandson “Little” Larry Willis; brothers Jack and Warren Long and Earnest (Pete) Johnson; sister Annie M. Lowery.

Mrs. Willis is survived by Pamela Galvan of Fernandina Beach, Pattie (Donald) Marshall of Kingsland, GA, Rhonda (Bill) Hostetler and Linda (Bob) Rogers of Jacksonville; Mary Harris and Johnnie Long of Macclenny; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.

A private funeral service was held at Mt. Zion Church in Macclenny on November 3 with Pastor Tim Cheshire officiating. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery. Quinn-Shalz Funeral Home of Jacksonville Beach was in charge of arrangements.

Incumbents retain seats locally, glitch causes early vote recount

Residents listen as results are announced at the elections office November 6.Voters re-elected Sheriff Joey Dobson by a land slide Tuesday and two county commission incumbents, Gordon Crews and Mark Hartley, retained their seats by much narrower margins.

All are registered Democrats.

The final tallies didn’t come from elections officials until about 2:30 am, however, thanks to a technical glitch that triggered a recount of early voting ballots.

But the number of early voting ballots in the recount did not match the total counted when early voting ended the previous Saturday, at least not initially.

Soon a bag of the ballots was uncovered under a book in the vault where ballots are stored after voting. Once the bag’s ballots were counted, the total still did not match the original figure.

About 1:45 am two more bags of early vote ballots were found. They had been mislabeled as absentee ballots when placed in the vault.

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