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Meet county fire chief Steven Marfongella

The county’s new fire chief doesn’t come from a family of firefighters. He attributes his interest in the field to a childhood fascination with his uncle’s model antique fire engines.

“I was always attracted to them, but I couldn’t touch them,” said Steven Marfongella, 44, during an interview with The Press the morning of July 9, after less than two weeks on the job.

At 12 years old  he joined a fire service explorers group at school. After that, he says, “it got into the blood.”

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Praise for little league volunteers

Dear Editor:

Baker County Little League just finished up 2 ½ weeks of hosting All-Star softball teams from all over north and central Florida, in both district and sectional tournaments.

Fans, coaches and players’ parents from those teams had high praise for the remarkable successful completion of more than thirty games, despite nine inches of rain including the remnants of a tropical storm that made the fields a boggy quagmire of clay.

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Drug house raided in eastern county

Carol Parker

Carol Parker

Sheriff’s deputies descended on a residence on D. E. Long Dr. near Macclenny the afternoon of July 9 and arrested an occupant on numerous felony and misdemeanor drug possession counts.

The raid was the result of an undercover buy conducted at the address in June.
Investigator Matt Yarborough said Carol Parker, 22, of Macclenny was arrested following a search of a bedroom where she had been staying off and on.

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Mr. Register, 82, was tree surgeon in Jacksonville

Register

Register

Tommie Ray Register, 82, of Jacksonville died on Tuesday, July 9, at  St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville following a long illness. He was born in Raiford and resided in Macclenny before moving to Jacksonville in 1958. Mr. Register was a tree surgeon for over 27 years and retired as a foreman with the Jacksonville Parks and Recreational Department in 1986.

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