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Attorney: county off hook on BCDC obligation

Sheriff Joey Dobson had said the answer was no months ago.
So did former county attorney Terry Brown years ago.
Now, newly hired County Attorney Rich Komando has made it unanimous.
The county commission would not, they all agree, be legally responsible for paying the debt on revenue bonds sold by the Baker Correctional Development Corporation to finance construction of the county jail five years ago.
Some commissioners had expressed concern earlier this year when the number of federal inmates housed in the county jail began to drop, causing a worrisome decline in revenue pledged to pay off the bonds. Read More »

County is awaiting Oldcastle proposal

By Thanksgiving, county officials should have the latest proposal from Oldcastle Southern Group for its request to mine sand in southeastern Baker County, following a 30-day adjournment of a mediation hearing that had been scheduled in an attempt to resolve an ongoing dispute over the issue and avoid litigation.
So far, the county and Oldcastle remain far apart on any agreement that would permit sand mining for decades. But the mediation process, which was initiated after the county commission denied the company a mining permit in July, has not run its course. Read More »

‘Strong’ testimony of faith

Strength-Team's-Zeb-Bishop-breaks-baseball-bat-over-his-spineJoel Addington
News Editor
reporter@bakercountypress.com
Two members of the Montana-based Strength Team showed off their physical and spiritual power at Baker County High School last week.
Zeb Bishop, a Citrus County, Fla. native, broke a wooden bat and Andy Gavin from Milwakee, Wisconsin ripped apart a phone book before a packed crowd of students at the BCHS gymnasium the afternoon of November 6.
Mr. Bishop got a helping hand from a student who identified himself as Valdez, who attempted to snap the bat over his leg. It didn’t break, but it cracked.
“I’m proud of you man. Give him a hand,” said Mr. Gavin as the crowd applauded. “It takes about 400 pounds of pressure to snap a Louisville Slugger baseball bat, so he was almost there.”
Mr. Bishop, who stands 6-feet-5 and weighs 325 punds, soon finished the job by breaking the bat across his spine, pulling either end forward in the crease of his elbows, reportedly the most difficult way to snap a bat, Mr. Gavin said.
But in between these feats of strength, Mr. Gavin talked about the strength he pulls from his faith in Jesus Christ and how that bond can buoy you during tragedy.many-in-the-audience-held-signs-showing-their-support-for-sara-beth-summers
He was referring to the injury of high school teacher Sara Beth Summers, who is now rehabbing in an Altanta hospital after suffering a traumatic brain injury and several broken bones in a vehicle accident on the interstate October 1.
The audience was littered with signs supporting her, including a large banner reading: “We [heart] Sara Beth.”
Faculty in the school’s English department spent the previous week raising money to support her recovery through a coin-drive competition among classes. More than $1300 was collected, said teacher Joy Helms.
The performance by the Strength Team members, who invited students to their full show that evening at First Baptist of Glen, marked the end of the drive.
The winning class was announced at the opening of the event and Sara Beth thanked them personally over a speakerphone.
The assembly was hosted by the school’s Christian Fellowship Club.

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