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Plans for construction materials storage site irks neighborhood residents

Noise, dust and heavy truck traffic are nuisances that homeowners in the quiet Macclenny II subdivision say they don’t want on the edge of their neighborhood just outside the city limits south of Interstate 10 near SR 121.

Several residents from the neighborhood drove home that point to the Macclenny Commission the evening of July 9 during a public hearing to consider annexing and rezoning a 6-acre parcel for industrial use by a local road construction firm.

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Arrested for tirade in pharmacy after prescription not filled

Cops-attempted burglary

James Simpson

The sheriff’s department filed multiple charges against a north county man who went berserk at the Macclenny Walgreen Pharmacy the afternoon of July 13 when informed his prescription would not be filled.

Store employees told Deputy Tony Norman that James Simpson, 40, of Sanderson cursed loudly and swept merchandise off shelves about 5:30 when a pharmacist insisted she needed permission from his physician to dispense an unspecified medication.

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Listen to the Press’ interview with new county fire chief

Baker County Fire Chief Steven Marfongella.

Baker County Fire Chief Steven Marfongella.

The Press‘ managing editor Joel Addington sat down with the county’s new fire chief Steven Marfongella on July 9 at his office for interview to learn more about the man behind the fire helmet.

Click the link below to listen to full 30-minute interview, the highlights of which will be published in the print edition of The Baker County Press. The file takes about a minute to load.

Marfongella interview

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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