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Mrs. Vardaman, 76, of Macclenny

Norma Jean Vardaman, 76, of Macclenny died on January 28, 2013 at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born in Elizabeth, West Virginia on October 14, 1936 to the late George Archibald Bain and Edna Stella Evans Bain and was a resident of Macclenny since 1978 after moving from Tallahassee. She was a Christian woman who enjoyed crocheting, working on puzzles and plastic canvases.

She also enjoyed volunteering and helping others. Norma was once employed by the Council on Aging assisting with the home health care program. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be missed. She was preceded in death by her son Ray Hyman; brothers and sisters Lawson Bain, Virginia Wehrkamp, Deloris Patterson, Blanche Freeland, Juanita Howard and Betty Watkins; half-sisters Adelia Learned and Gladys Cutler.

Mrs. Vardaman is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, William George “Bill” Vardaman of Macclenny; children Bill (Amy) Hoelscher and Mary Lynn (Kevin) Meyer of Celina, OH, Sandy (Pat) Vardaman of Gainesville, Anita (Paul) Patterson of Jacksonville and Sharon (Kenny) Vardaman of Clearwater; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sister Glenola (Skeet) Eddy.

The funeral service will be held at a later date, and interment will be at South Prong Cemetery. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Rowdy win over Forrest

Jefferson gets the rebound and the basket.The Baker High varsity basketball Wildcats got a pair of big wins over district opponents the past week to help move them into the second spot in the district race. The Cats defeated Forrest on January 22 and Terry Parker three nights later in the BCHS gym. The wins moved the Cats to 16-4 overall and 2-2 in the district race.

To call the 75-66 win over Forrest hard fought would be an understatement. This was a chippy game that saw the visitors hit with technical fouls and a delay of game warning.

It was a battle under the basket with an excess of physical play. At one point the benches cleared when a scuffle broke out involving CeCe Jefferson and other  players.

The Wildcats and Rebels went basket for basket in the early going. Forrest nailed shots from the outside, including a trio of three pointers. Jesse Gardner and Johnny Lamb answered with long range shots of their own and at the end of the first period the score was knotted 16-16.

The Rebels continued to shoot the ball well in the first half and slowly pulled ahead of their hosts. They broke the tie and went into the intermission up by three points.

The quality of a good team shows in its ability to make adjustments to what an opponent is doing, and the Cats came out in the third period to shut down the Rebels’ top three scorers. None of them scored in the period and BCHS went on a 15-7 run that gave them a five-point edge going into the final quarter of the game.

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Three lady wrestlers breaking the mold at BCHS

From left: Catherine Davis, Jenna Reeves and Sydney Williams.Go to a BCHS wrestling match and you’ll find athleticism, intensity and hard working wrestlers. But  among those usual sights you might also come across something surprising.

Three of them actually.

The high school fields a trio of female wrestlers as part of the team. Catherine Davis, Jenna Reeves and Sydney Williams take the mat and wrestle male and female competition.

Wrestling is one of the few sports that went coed on the high school level. The reason is quite simple; it is played out in specific weight classifications so it doesn’t really matter whether the competitor is male or female.

Coach Adam Brunner, in his first year, enjoys coaching his lady wrestlers and has not altered his style at all because of their gender.

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Mental healthcare at root of curbing mass shootings

Gun control is one of those hot button issues that invites the partisan grandstanding and bickering that plagues our leaders in state and national government. But if there’s one point that the Obama administration and the NRA appear to agree on, it’s that our mental healthcare system needs some work.

As far as I can tell, it’s even more of a patchwork system than the traditional physical healthcare system and it has little in the way of an early warning mechanism that could prevent mass shootings before they happen.

It’s all too easy to dismiss the trigger men in mass shooting cases as crazy, evil or deranged and to blame their families, friends or coworkers for not doing something to stop them from committing such heinous crimes.

That pretty much gets society at large off the hook from taking responsibility for these murders or taking any action to prevent them in the future.

Deep down though, I think we all know that reducing the frequency and deadliness of mass shootings will take a collective effort to be more vigilant of each other’s behavior.

But even then, who do you call when you think there may be a problem?

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