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Fixes floated for $2.5M deficit: tax increase, cuts to services and benefits

Facing a potential $2.5 million budget shortfall, which is an improvement over an earlier deficit projection of close to $3 million a week ago, county commissioners set out on a mission this week to seek ways to narrow the gap or eliminate it altogether.

Budget cuts, reducing services, postponing capital outlays and shopping around for less costly health insurance for employees were among the ideas discussed during a two-hour budget workshop the afternoon of July 2.

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Cats rolling in off-season play

Andrew Dehart caught in a squeeze playWhile other students are taking vacations this summer, members of the BCHS baseball program has been hard at work ensuring they will be able to build upon last season.

They are split between two rosters. The A-Team is made up of 16 players who have experience playing for the Wildcats, and the B-Team of 25 sophomores and incoming freshmen. The two squads have combined to win all but two games — a loss and a tie — during summer play.

Although it’s always good to win, summer ball is primarily used for gaining experience, which is especially true for the younger players.

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Youth chops hair for Locks of Love charity

Hailey Hodgson with her hair donation. Photo courtesy of Rachel Hodgson.

Hailey Hodgson with her hair donation. Photo courtesy of Rachel Hodgson.

Hailey Hodgson, 10, of Glen St. Mary decided to cut off 10-plus inches of her silky brunette locks for charity last weekend.

“She just wants to help other little girls feel pretty and if giving her hair does it, she’s willing to give it,” said her mother, Rachel Hodgson. “She is already excited to do it again.”

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Macclenny hosting district softball All-Stars, boys on the road

Taylor Crews pitches.

Taylor Crews pitches.

The area’s best Little League baseball and softball players are competing against each other in District 11 All-Star tournament action.

Macclenny’s Minger Fields are hosting all the tournament’s soft ball games, which got underway June 29. A Saturday morning thunderstorm delayed the start and made for wet conditions, but the weather didn’t dampen enthusiasm.

A giant crowd filled the bleachers and lined a kaleidoscope of colored lawn chairs along the fences as the grounds keepers re-groomed the field after the downpour.

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