Melvin Lucille “Nannie” Tharpe, 98, of Macclenny died on July 7, 2013 at her daughter’s residence surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Bradford County on November 11, 1914 to the late Chase Driggers and Esther Hicks Driggers Rehberg and resided in Macclenny for 64 years. Lucille was a homemaker, the loving mother of six children and a member of the Macclenny Church of Christ.
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Theresa Barbara Mahan, 46, of Macclenny died on July 3, 2013 at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab Center with family by her side. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 24, 1967 to Gerald Nelson and Valerie Zarnowski Nelson. Theresa was a resident of Macclenny since 2004 after moving from California. She attended Brandy Branch Baptist Church and retired from the Walmart Supercenter in Macclenny as a manager in 2012 after 13 years of dedicated service.
Hundreds of people gather at Macclenny’s Knabb Sports Complex every Tuesday and Friday from June until August to participate in the Church Coed Volleyball Ministry of Baker County.
The volleyball league has grown in popularity almost every year since it was created more than 15 years ago. Committee member Nancy Griffis said it started in the ballpark’s outfield with “maybe five teams.” The league now boasts 52 teams with more than 300 players from 15 churches in the area.
The Baker Correctional Development Corporation continues to be a focus of concern among county commissioners, who most recently have questioned the BCDC board’s makeup and the origin and purpose of a $800,000 annual management fee that has never been fully paid to help fund the county jail.
The related issues arose during a county commission meeting on the evening of July 2 when Macclenny resident Sharon Padgett asked why no commissioner was presently serving on the not-for-profit BCDC board of directors and why an $800,000 fee that was part of the original agreement with the county in 2006 has been cut to $250,000.