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Lisa Palleschi funeral Saturday

Lisa Ann Palleschi, 46, of Glen St. Mary died August 19, 2012 at her residence. She was born in Key West, FL on November 12, 1965 to Jim Palleschi and Bonnie Palleschi. She was a resident of Baker County most of her life and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Lisa enjoyed reading, cooking, watching Disney movies and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her brother Jason Robert Palleschi.

She is survived by husband William Geiling; her parents; sister Kimberly (Jeff) Delaney of Lake City; niece Jennifer Wallace; and numerous uncles and aunts.

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Marian Sikes, 63, dies on August 20

Marian Elaine Sikes, 63, of Lake City died on August 20, 2012 at her sister’s home in Colbert, Georgia. She was born in Jacksonville on October 10, 1948 to the late Roy Goodson and Marian Rowe Goodson. Elaine was a resident of Baker County most of her life. She was the owner and operator of A and R Grooming for pets and she enjoyed pottery. Most of all, Elaine loved her family and family gatherings. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, John Daniel Sikes Sr.

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Voters elect Croft, Weeks and Dwight Crews, again

Candidates' supporters line N. 6th St. last weekend during early voting.The primary election Tuesday ended with two siting school board members retaining their seats and James Croft, a former county commissioner in the 1980s, defeating incumbent commissioner Michael R. Crews to return to the board in November.

“I appreciate Commissioner Michael Crews and his service to the county,” said Mr. Croft just before the final results came in at the elections office. “It began long before he was a county commissioner as a county deputy, wounded in action. He deserves a lot of credit for what he’s done for the county …”

HEAR CANDIDATES’ REACTIONS IN FULL HERE.

The Olustee evangelist lost his two previous bids for a county commission seat in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but won this week’s open primary 53.3 percent to 46.7 percent, which he considers miraculous.

“I give the Lord total credit,” said Mr. Croft, 53. “We were outspent and outmanned with volunteers. This is a God thing. God worked a miracle. This is kind of like David and Goliath … This is major stuff and God gets the credit for it.”

Despite spirited campaigns to unseat long-time school board members Dwight Crews and Patricia Weeks, political newcomers Andy Johnston and Clayton Griffis lost their races by 17.8  and  12.7 percentage points, respectively.

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BCHS alum performs at Olympics with Gator band

Taylor Hartley at Victoria Park performing before the opening ceremonies.Baker High alum and member of the Florida Gators marching band Taylor Hartley returned from London on July 31 after performing in the Olympics and squeezing in some sightseeing during a very busy week-long trip.

The Press caught up with the 19-year-old Glen St. Mary native now attending the University of Florida and studying tourism and hospitality upon her return for an interview via e-mail.

She is a 2011 graduated of the high school and the daughter of Rhonda and Mark Hartley, also of Glen.

Press: Had you ever been abroad before?

Hartley: I actually have never been abroad before. This made the trip even more exciting. I had flown before, but not more than about 2 hours, so a 6-hour flight seemed crazy. I really enjoyed the trip. My favorite part of the flight was having access to movies and games. A few of the band members and I played trivia on the flight there. I was really nervous about flying over the water, but I just said a little prayer to myself right before take off and that helped calm my nerves.

Press: When and how did you find out the Gator band would be going to the Olympics?

Hartley: We were told about the trip at band practice during the fall. At first, we were just in awe, then there were a few screams and jumping up and down. It was one of the most exciting days. However, we were still not sure it was actually going to happen. Therefore, we tried to stay as calm as possible until we knew for sure. They announced our news to the entire Gator Nation at one of the home games during halftime.

Press: What is your role in the band? And what was the band’s role in the Olympics?

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