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Volunteer honored at juvenile justice luncheon

teen courtThe Baker County Juvenile Justice Council hosted the “Community Conversations” luncheon in Macclenny on June 25 where  representatives from Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union counties addressed the issues facing at-risk youth in the 8th Judicial Circuit.

The guest speaker was Assistant Secretary of Prevention of the Department of Juvenile Justice Wanda Finnie, who is traveling the state holding round table meetings to discuss the needs of at-risk youth and their families.

Also during the meeting, recent BCHS graduate and volunteer Mikayla Bosley (pictured at center) was recognized for her four years of service to the Teen Court program. She is pictured with Baker County Teen Court director Ryan Brannan and Ms. Finnie.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Brannan

Timber firm expects growth in timber, real estate industries

The stars have aligned for timber company Plum Creek, which owns some 58,000 acres in Baker County and more than 448,000 in Florida.

The Seattle-based company is preparing for big rebounds in both the timber and real estate markets, Plum Creek officials explained in a recent interview with The Press.

Senior planning manager Greg Galpin said the company’s interested in developing a roughly 140-acre site Plum Creek owns near Sanderson in the coming years. It’s a tract the company hopes to rezone for industrial uses.

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Separate traffic stops lead to ecstasy pill, pot possession charges

Traffic stops by the same county deputy during the past week led to one felony drug possession count and a criminal complaint for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Deputy Trey McCullough said a partially obscured license tag prompted him to pull over a 1993 GEO on Lowder St. in west Macclenny the afternoon of June 25.

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Where have all the ‘heroes’ gone?

I read a very interesting article this week about the Aaron Hernandez story. Hernandez, as you probably know, is the former Gator and New England Patriot tight end accused of murdering a member of his entourage two weeks ago and a person of interest in other shootings.

Jason Whitlock, the often controversial ESPN columnist, made an interesting point tying the Hernandez shootings to a fundamental change in our culture.

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