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‘Disconnect’ over animals’ role

Sharpen your pens, you animal rights people. You’re not going to like this.

How tiresome it’s become to witness the exaggerated fawning on the part of popular media over the animal world. The breathless accounts on the plight of the loggerhead turtles, the gallant efforts to save beached whales, the wailing over horses heading for slaughter so the French can have “horse steaks” or whatever they eat.

“Animal” stories have always been a part of news reporting. They touch an emotional cord in humans, and that is as it should be. Animals are with us here on earth, part of God’s creation. I get that.

What I don’t get is the inference that because they are part of the planet’s mix, they are somehow “equal” to humans. They are animals, to be treated humanely and, in the case of pet animals, enjoyed. I get that also.

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Wildcats clinch first distirct win over Clay

Corey Lawler leaps across the line for yardage.The Baker High varsity football Wildcats notched a big victory on the road Friday, beating Clay County 34-19 in the opening game of district play. The victory avenges a one-point loss at home to the Blue Devils last season that helped keep BCHS from post-season play.

A large contingent of the Wildcat faithful made the trip to Green Cove Springs to see the Cats score first on a 31-yard run by quarterback Corey Lawler. He had a breakout game for the Wildcats, running the ball for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. He threw for a third touchdown.

Lawler’s metamorphosis into a running quarterback doesn’t come as a surprise for fans of Wildcat football. He has been successful running the ball from the quarterback spot at spells this season and last, but was not as dominating as on Friday night.

Clay had a hard time stopping Lawler, and that opened up other aspects of the offense. Falon Lee rushed twelve times for 112 yards as BCHS piled up over 300 yards on the ground.

Clay tied the game up on its next possession as freshman quarterback Jake Smith hit Wes Weeks on a 69-yard pass play. The Smith/Weeks connection troubled BCHS all game long. Neither team had much success with extra points and the contest was knotted at 6-6.

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Your guide to the busy fall events season

Fall is perhaps the busiest time of the year for most of us, not only because of the holidays that seem to arrive one after another following Labor Day, but also due to a number of popular events that occur locally like the county fair, homecoming festivities and the Christmas parade.

Add to the mix a few lower-profile community events, fundraisers, charity drives and church activities and you get a jam-packed fall calendar. So, in an effort to ensure Baker County residents don’t get lost in the avalanche of fall happenings this year, The Press has compiled a comprehensive guide to community events occurring from October through the end of the year, including ways to contribute to a host of good causes this season.

The Baker County Fair

The Baker County Fair will be October 4-13 at the fairgrounds, 5567 Lauramore Rd. in Macclenny. Armband and admission prices drop beginning October 7, and a two-for-one special will be October 9 only. See thisi week’s edition for a full list of midway specials.

The 2012 fair will feature “the largest midway ever assembled” at the fairgrounds, according to the fair’s website. For more information, please see this year’s fair book available at the fairgrounds, the Ag Center and other locations.

Baker County Sheriff’s Office Golf Tournament

The 16th Annual Baker County Sheriff’s Office Golf Tournament and Charles Miller Memorial will be October 5 at the Eagle Landing golf course in Oak Leaf Plantation. Entry fee is $75 per person or $300 per team. For more information, please call Lynn Taylor at 259-2231.

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FHP files charges in death of 25-year-old mom

A Mississippi man was charged September 17 with DUI manslaughter and other counts stemming from the death of a Macclenny woman and her unborn child in a late night accident on March 29 of this year.

The Florida Highway Patrol completed a homicide investigation and submitted the results to the state attorney’s office in the case against Randall Hunter Morrow, 25, of Courtland, MS.

Mr. Morrow, an industrial welder, was driving a 2007 Dodge utility truck east on Andrews St. in Glen St. Mary when it ran a stop sign at CR 125 and slammed into a northbound 2004 Toyota driven by Virginia Kirk, also 25.

The impact killed Ms. Kirk, a Northeast Florida State Hospital aide who just ended her evening shift.

The accident occurred just before midnight when Mr. Morrow and a co-worker left the nearby residence of acquaintance Clinton Harvey. They were returning to a motel near Jacksonville airport.

The charges include DUI manslaughter for Ms. Kirk’s death, vehicular homicide for the death of the unborn child, DUI impairment and DUI with injury or property damage.

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