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Adam Ross, 31, funeral on Friday

Adam James Ross, 31, of Jefferson, Louisiana died October 25, 2012 at his residence. He  was born in Parkersburg, WV on July 13, 1981 to Thomas Ross and Valerie Tilson Markos. Adam was raised in Middleburg and resided in Louisiana for the past six years. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and passionately followed them his entire life. Adam enjoyed building models, classic vintage cars and collecting vintage comic books. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Georgia Tilson and his paternal grandfather Honus Ross.

Mr. Ross is survived by his mother Valerie (Dennis) Markos of Lake Butler; his father Tom (Susan) Ross of Middleburg; his beloved wife Sarah Sommer Day of Jefferson; his first wife Abbegail Dabbelt; son Jonathan Ross; brothers Tommy (Melissa) Ross of Kentucky, Sean and Phillip Ross, both of Middleburg;  nephew Tyler Ross; maternal grandfather Charles Tilson of Macclenny; paternal grandmother Rose Ross of Rainelle, WV;  many cousins.

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Frances Skinner of Bryceville dies

Frances R. Skinner, 59, of Bryceville died on Thursday, October 25, 2012. She was born in Jacksonville and was a lifelong resident of North Florida. Mrs. Skinner was a member of First Baptist Church of Bryceville and Flo Blue International Collector’s Club.

Survivors include her husband Larry Skinner; son Samuel Skinner; daughters Marley (Darren) Harris and Wendy (DJ) Glover; grandchildren Colton and Ellisyn; parents John E. and Martha Simms; brother Robert Simms; other family and friends.

The funeral service was held at  11 am Monday, October 29 at her church with Pastor Terry Yerby officiating. Interment followed at Motes Cemetery, Bryceville. Giddens-Reed Funeral Home of Baldwin was in charge of arrangements.

Outraged by Mann trial coverage

Dear Editor:

I am writing to express my sincere disappointment with your publication of the story of October 18, 2012 Not guilty of child sexual batteries, votes Mann jury.

I am outraged that this story was published. Have you no consideration for the poor child who is now known to every reader of The Baker County Press? Whether the accused was found guilty or not, this story should never have been published. Whatever happened to protecting the identity of the victim [and yes, her identity will be known, because you published her father’s name]?

Did you not take into consideration that it will now be known by every person of Baker County, plus any others that read this publication, that this child considers herself a victim of sexual assault. Baker County is a small community and information spreads like wildfire.

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Cats top Parker, 42-21

Michael Boone on the move.Coaches will tell you one thing quickly – it’s put up or shut up time.

Before last Friday’s Homecoming game versus the Terry Parker Braves, the Wildcats were looking at three consecutive district games to decide if they would reach the playoffs for the first time under Coach Ryan Sulkowski’s reign.

They put their foot forward the evening of October 19 with an emphatic 42-21 win over the Braves. Ahead they face two teams that are tied with BCHS for the district lead, Forrest and last year’s champs, Bishop Kenny.

It’s easy to get distracted by the hoopla associated with Homecoming. There are dress up days at school, the parade and voting for the queen. It can be difficult to put your whole focus on football.

But that’s what coaches are for — to motivate and encourage and narrow their players’ focus on the game ahead.

For the first 20 minutes it looked as if all the scattered Homecoming energy might have gotten to the Cats. Parker scored first on a 6-yard run to take a 7-0 lead.

The Wildcats moved the ball well, but Parker came to play, and after scoring first and holding BCHS scoreless in the first period, one sensed the visitors thought they could spoil the Homecoming party.

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