Category Archives: The Press
Perhaps the most irritating aspect of being in the news business (other than hand blisters from opening fan mail) is having to monitor emergency scanners.
It’s not as annoying as in the past when all the police traffic chattered in the background. Now it’s mostly confined to fire and rescue, and news organizations naturally have to keep an ear on the scanner for things like serious accidents and large fires.
Over the years we’ve grown accustomed to a call that goes something like this: Sanderson rescue and Station 70 — accident with injuries; US 90 and I-10.
When that comes over the air, it’s a cinch we’re not the only ones thinking, “Here we go again.”
A Macclenny man was injured seriously the evening of July 3 when his motorcycle struck the rear of a vehicle in front of him on US 90 in the east city.
Trooper Justin Smatt of the Florida Highway Patrol said it is not known why Lonzie Johns, 47, steered his 1995 Harley-Davidson into the back of a 2005 Acura driven by Genie Taylor, 17, of Macclenny about 6:25. Both were eastbound at the time just west of First St.
In October 2012 I called every Baker County commission candidate to ask two direct questions. The first: “How do you feel about sand mining in Baker County?” The second: “If elected, how will you vote on the matter?”
Every candidate said he was against sand mining in Baker County. They all answered the second question with a resounding “No.”