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Veterans assist one of their own with second vehicle donation

Disabled Navy veteran Richard Mahler of Glen St. Mary was handed the keys to a used 2002 Buick Regal last week courtesy of the Baker County Veterans Council.

The council is a non-profit group dedicated to helping veterans in need. The Buick is the second vehicle the veterans council has donated in recent months.

So where was Mr. Mahler going first in his new car?

“I’m heading into town to do some grocery shopping. Then after that my wife has a doctor’s appointment that’s real important to take care of in Orange Park,” he said before a brief ceremony with council members at his home the morning of June 25.

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Passes on the writer’s torch

It’s been a nice run but I’m hanging up my cleats.

That’s the kind of thing athletes say when they retire from the sport. I’m not exactly retiring from news writing, but I am stepping aside for fresh blood.

As you might have noticed last week, The Press has a new sports writer, Jon Shumake, a recent UNF grad. He will bring a new look to covering sports.

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Zip lines OK’d amid neighbors’ fears

A blood curdling scream pierced the air at a meeting of the county’s Land Planning Agency during a hearing last week to consider plans for a zip line park on SR 121 across from Northeast Florida State Hospital.

The startling outburst was staged by opponents to illustrate their point that screams from zip liners whizzing through the air would be an unwelcome intrusion in the rural neighborhood.

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Bogus returns at Goody’s nets cashier nearly $2K, grand theft charge

Cops-fraud Harris

Harris

Cops-fraud Canady

Canady

An employee at Goody’s department store on South 6th in Macclenny was arrested along with an accomplice after they admitted to police taking part in a cash refund scam that spanned over the month of June and involved nearly $2000.

Tamara Harris, 29, of Macclenny admitted to sheriff’s investigator Rodney Driggers during an interview June 27 at county jail that she drew out cash from the store register on 36 occasions based on bogus returns using receipts from legitimate cash transactions.

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