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Dwight Davis, 59, of Sanderson dies

Dwight Wray “Mouse” Davis, 59, of Sanderson died on Sunday, March 3, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late Les and Bonnie Alford Davis on July 1, 1953. Mr. Davis was an avid hunter who enjoyed watching Florida Gator football and NASCAR racing and spending time with family and friends.

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John Lauramore, a retired plumber

John Lauramore, 59, of Sanderson, died on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Mr. Lauramore, a retired plumber, enjoyed fishing and watching football. He was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan.

He also loved spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by son John Kevin (Jessica) Lauramore of Jacksonville; daughter Amanda (Richard) Rhoden of Macclenny; step-daughter Brandi (John) Binion of Sanderson; brothers Pete (Audrey) Lauramore of Macclenny and Frankie (Lynn) Burnham of Tifton, GA; sisters Patty (Donald) Brantley of Taylor, Rita (Eugene) Hodges of Sanderson and Sonya (Melvin) Burkes of Jacksonville; six grandchildren.

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Violet Rhoden, 93, of Macclenny

Violet Rhoden, 93, of Macclenny died on March 2, 2013 following a brief illness. She was born and raised in Cuyler before moving to Macclenny after marrying her husband of 72 years, the late Paul Rhoden. They owned and operated Paul’s Rexall Drug Store in downtown Macclenny for 33 years. Violet enjoyed spending time with her family and sharing the gospel with family and friends. She dedicated her life to serving the Lord and to the Macclenny Church of God.

Other than her husband, Mrs. Rhoden was preceded in death by son Edward Wray Rhoden. She is survived by daughter Paula Rhoden; son Phil Rhoden (Debbie); granddaughter Jana Sowell (Kevin); great-grandchildren Kallie, Kaleb and Taylor Sowell, all of Macclenny; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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County inmates driving deficits

In recent years Baker County’s crime rate has dropped but its inmate population in county jail has not. It’s been growing and draining the county’s once healthy rainy-day fund in the process.

Since the new Baker County Sheriff’s Complex opened in June 2009, the annual deficit in the county’s fine and forfeiture fund, which covers corrections, law enforcement and other related costs, has steadily grown to $3.9 million.

In the four years between 2007-08 and 2011-12, the deficit more than doubled.

Part of that jump is due to the higher daily rate the county pays per inmate at the new 500-bed facility — roughly $85 per day or $40 more than the rate at the former jail adjacent to the courthouse. But the rising local prisoner population, which has been expanding about 10 percent per year, is also stressing the fine and forfeiture fund.

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