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Martha Wilcox, 69, of Olustee

Martha Wilcox, also known as Lily Pearl, 69, of Sanderson died Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at her residence after a sudden illness. She was born in Sanderson to Rosa Lee and Walter James Wilcox. She attended the public schools of Baker County and was a faithful member of McCray’s Temple in Olustee. She was preceded in death by her father Walter James Wilcox and brothers Willie C. Wilcox, Walter James Wilcox Jr. and Wilbur Charles Wilcox.

Survivors include mother Rosa Lee Wilcox of Olustee; daughter Linda Snead of Rochester, NY; sons Alvin and Brian, both of Olustee, Melvin, Anthony and Timothy, all of Rochester, NY; a grandson that she raised as her own, Devontae; sisters Betsy of Olustee, Betty of White Springs, Rose Marie of Lake City; daughter-in-law Crystal Bell of Olustee; other grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives and friends.

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Losses to Kenny, NF Christian Verot in UNF tourney

Waddell on the mound.Last week was one the Wildcat baseball team would like to forget.

The Cats lost a close one to district foe Bishop Kenny and then dropped games against state powers North Florida Christian and Bishop Verot in the UNF Tournament of Champions. They bounced back a little in their final game of the tourney, beating Eagle’s View.

The week started badly with a 2-1 district loss to Kenny as the Crusaders took advantage of some breaks at home on Thursday, March 15.

Chris Waddell threw five innings and Brad Stone came in for the sixth inning.

“We just didn’t execute enough to win the game,” said Coach Fred Matricardi. “We had chances but couldn’t get that big hit.”

The Cats came out on Friday with a hangover from the Kenny game and it showed as they lost to North Florida Christian 8-3. BCHS gave up five runs in the second inning and that proved to be the difference.

“We made a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes and came out a little flat after the Kenny game,” commented Matricardi.

Hunter Hanks led the offense, going 3 for 4.

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Feed the Children aides 250-300 families

Families collect food at distribution point.The Oklahoma City-based nonprofit Feed the Children sent a semi-trailer full of food, toiletries and household cleaning supplies to Macclenny on March 15 for distribution to families in need.

Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition in Jacksonville orchestrated the delivery and distribution of donated goods here and at similar events in St. Johns and Duval counties the same day.

Local nonprofit groups, which supplied some 30 volunteers for the event, were asked to register families in advance to receive food. The only requirement was that recipients have children in the home.

An estimated 250-300 families picked up donations beginning at 3:30 pm in the National Children’s Study parking lot on S. 6th St. in the Crossroads Shopping Center.

“The event was a great success yesterday when every bit of food, cleaning and hygiene items were distributed to Baker families,” said Kerry Dunlavey, director of the Baker County Health Department, by e-mail last week. “We were blessed to have the event here this year for the first time.”

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Public cut out of Taber ”compromise’

More on the continuing saga of “Stop Sign Alley,” otherwise known as George Taber Blvd. in Glen St. Mary.

The newspaper is picking up more complaints from motorists who feel, as does yours truly, that the county’s effort to appease the First Baptist Church of Glen, which initially wanted to close Taber, amounts to silly overkill.

In what the county now calls a “compromise,” four stop signs were erected at Taber’s intersection with two east-west streets — Andrews and South Boulevard — ostensibly to slow traffic north and south past church buildings on both sides of the road.

In addition, the county installed a raised pedestrian crossing over Taber between the main church buildings and others to the west, plus a parking area.

County Manager C.J. Thompson said the plan was worked out between the county and church officials after the county commission balked at the church’s bid to close the road.

Hence, the “compromise.”

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