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Tommy Ross, 37, dies in Kentucky

Thomas “Tommy” Charles Ross II, 37, of Campbellsville, KY died on February 21, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Charleston, WV on March 5, 1975 to Thomas Charles Ross and Valerie Jo Tilson Markos. Thomas married his high school sweetheart Melissa on December 2, 1995. He enjoyed go karting, fishing with his brothers and father and collecting action movies. Mr. Ross was an avid gamer. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Georgia Tilson; paternal grandfather Honus Ross; brother Adam James Ross

Thomas is survived by his wife  and his son Tyler of Campbellsville; his mother of Lake Butler; father Tom (Susan) Ross of Middleburg; brothers Sean and Phillip Ross of Middleburg; maternal grandfather Charles Tilson of Macclenny; paternal grandmother Rose Ross of Rainelle, WV; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A graveside funeral service was held on Wednesday, February 27 at 11 am at Woodlawn Cemetery with Pastor Todd Jones officiating. Ferreira Funeral Services of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Lady Cats on four-game win streak

Callie Paine hits to left field.The Lady Wildcat softball team is in the midst of a four-game win streak and finished the week with a 20-4 win over Fernandina Beach.

Coach Franklin Griffis’ Cats suffered an early season shutout at First Coast, but it only served as a wake up call as they rattled off the next four wins, including three on the road.

Last week opened with a 4-2 victory at Paxon on February 12. The Lady Cats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Jennifer Hodges scored. Paxon tied the game in the third but the Cats got the lead right back when Brooke Roberts scored in the top of the fourth.

BCHS extended its lead with insurance runs for Hodges and Brandy Callaway in the seventh. Paxon got a run in its half of the seventh. Mackenzie Wingard got the win.

The girls traveled to Middleburg and took a 5-3 Valentine’s Day victory from the Broncos. The game was back and forth through the first two innings with both teams scoring runs. BCHS got a solo home run from Kylie Holton in the first and Corley Sweat scored in the second.

From then on it was all Lady Wildcats as Wingard, Hodges, and Delicia Washington scored. Wingard got the win.

The Cats got their biggest offensive showing of the season on February 15 at Fernandina with a 20-4 drubbing of the Lady Pirates. Washington scored four times and Callaway, Casey Blue and Ashton Alford touched home three times. Sweat scored twice and Callie Paine, Holton, Branda Jarvis, Peyton Parker and Genie Davis all scored. Corley Sweat got the win for the Lady Cats.

The girls host West Nassau on Friday, February 22 at 6 pm.

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Show me the money: GOP’s outsourcing of state government

Over the last decade or so the state has become an incubator of sorts for the conservative government policy commonly called outsourcing.

Steered by the Florida Legislature and three consecutive Republican governors, Florida has been turning over more and more state functions to private entities, arguing they can deliver the services just as effectively as state employees, but for less money.

The legislature’s regular session doesn’t start until March 5 but it’s clear already that the GOP-controlled House and Senate chambers are poised to stay the course; giving more public school money to for-profit charter schools, putting more of the state’s Medicaid recipients and the associated state and federal funding into the hands of private health insurers and outsourcing more operations within the state prison and mental health systems.

It would appear that if there’s any private entity inside or outside Florida willing, for a small fee of course, to assume what has historically been a state function, the state is more than happy to make a deal.

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Backup plan: use eminent domain to take slugde property

One month after suing Rayonier in an effort to force the sale of 114 acres of company land to the city for a sewage sludge disposal site, the Macclenny City Commission has already launched its backup plan: taking the property under the state’s power of eminent domain.

The strategy, which enables governmental agencies to take private property for a public use and requires a jury trial to determine the price to be paid, was recommended by City Attorney Frank Maloney in the event the city loses the lawsuit.

Commissioners approved the eminent domain measure during a board meeting on the evening of February 12, four weeks after filing the civil action in circuit court asking the court to order Rayonier to honor a contract it later reneged on after agreeing to sell the parcel to a Realtor working on behalf of the city in June 2012.

Before reading a resolution explaining the necessity of acquiring the Rayonier property for a public purpose, Mr. Maloney told commissioners he wanted to employ “both (legal) proceedings in case something happens to our specific performance lawsuit.”

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