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Veterans heralded at inaugural event held last Saturday

The inaugural Baker County Veterans Appreciation Event last weekend drew an estimated 250 people, many of them veterans and their families, to Memorial Park in Macclenny following a patriotic parade down U.S. 90. Read More »

Seeking input on selection of new FGC head

Florida Gateway College in Lake City is seeking input from the public in its search for a new president to replace Dr. Charles Hall, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Read More »

Swerving motorist charged with DUI

A Tallahaasse man was charged the evening of November 10 with drunk driving on Interstate 10 in west Baker County.

Trooper K.M. Frost of the Florida Highway Patrol responded to several 9-1-1 motorist complaints that the 2014 Dodge Charger driven by Ramesh Katam, 51, was swerving in and out of eastbound travel lanes.

The trooper caught up with the vehicle and noted that Mr. Katam had the odor of alcohol about him and an open beer in the car. He failed field sobriety testing and his blood alcohol level at county jail measured .141.

Florida considers .08 intoxicated.

In another incident, the highway patrol said SR 121 near the state line north of Macclenny was blocked for one and one half hours the afternoon of November 17 when the rear wheels of a semi-truck became stuck in a ditch on the east side of the roadway.

Trooper J. Beagle said the truck driven by Patricia Thompson, 53, of Goose Creek, S.C. was pulling out southbound from the parking lot of the State Line Grocery at about 2 p.m. That’s also when a strong storm was moving through the county.

The driver was not charged.

Backs into car, then flees scene

A Macclenny man was arrested for fleeing the scene of an accident after backing his truck into the front of another vehicle at a stop sign in Glen St. Mary the evening of November 12. Read More »

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