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Chester Wilber, 94, of Fleming Island

Chester Bruce Wilber, 94, died on April 4, 2013 in Fleming Island, FL. He was born December 29, 1918 to Chester and Inez Wilber in Rising Sun, IN. Chester is a WWII veteran and retired from the former Seaboard Coastline Railroad Company after 32 years of service. He lived for a time in Baker County, and often said his work on the railroad was a 32-year vacation as he absolutely loved it.

Mr. Wilber was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Ena M. Wilber, and his parents. He is survived by sons Elvin Wilber (Cathy) and Terry Wilber (Julia); grandchildren Christine Whitlock (Peter), Timothy Wilber (Melissa), Dana Varner (Travis), Jennifer Sumner (Matt), Trenton Wilber, John Barber, Jordan Barber; great-grandchildren Kyle Severance (Samantha) Sean Severance, Christopher Whitlock, Katie Whitlock, Dustin Wilber, Cassie Pour (Gary), Natalie Varner, Erin Varner and Rayelynn Barber; many nieces and nephews.

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FDOT ROAD CLOSURES APRIL 13-19

State Road 121  Daytime lane closures Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Macclenny and the Georgia line to clean out the ditches. Also, daytime lane closures Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Macclenny and the Union County line for work on the shoulders.

US 90  Daytime lane closures next Friday (April 19) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between the Columbia County line and Sanderson to take roadway samples.

Vera Mae Crews dies on March 29

Vera Mae Crews, 67, of Glen St. Mary died on Friday, March 29, 2013. Mrs. Crews enjoyed singing, being with her grandchildren and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by husband Cecil Crews; sons Elton (Katie) Rhoden of Sanderson and Ed (Lisa) Johns of Macclenny; sisters Nadine Dobson, Sylvia (Robert) Perdue, Margaret (Wendell) Kirkland, Virginia (Bobby) Thrift, all of Macclenny and Robin (Donnie) Mann of Sanderson; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral service for Mrs. Crews was held 11 am Wednesday, April 3 at the Glen Friendship Tabernacle in Glen St. Mary with Pastor Albert Starling officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Macclenny. Forbes Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Life sentence after rape conviction

LauramoreA circuit judge on March 26 sentenced a Macclenny man to life in prison for multiple rapes of a girl under the age of 12 during a six-month period in late 2005 to mid-2006.

A six member jury of four women and two men convicted Charlton Dewayne Lauramore, 46, following a trial on March 14. An earlier trial in August, 2012 ended in a mistrial when a judge feared closing remarks by public defender George Nelson could prejudice the jury.

The sentencing was handled by Judge Thomas Jaworski, who sits on the county bench in Alachua County.

Similar to the earlier trial, the jury heard from the victim, who was 10 and 11 years old at the time, testifying that she was raped on at least five occasions.

She brought the incidents to light while Mr. Lauramore was in state prison in Holmes County and he was re-arrested while still in custody. He has a criminal history of violent behavior, including a 2001 case where he was sentenced for false imprisonment of a female after initially being charged with sexual battery.

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