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Mary Trimble, 83, of Jacksonville

Mary Frances Penney Trimble, 83, died Monday, April 30, 2012 in Jacksonville. She was born September 5, 1928 in Daytona Beach to William E. and Stella Marie (Fender) Penney and graduated from Lee High School. She retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield after 20 years as a congressional claim examiner. Penney was a faithful member of Murray Hill Methodist Church in Jacksonville for over 40 years.

Her true passions were her family and reading, particularly the Bible. Penney encouraged a book club at St. Catherine Laboure Manor, which proudly had four members. She loved to garden and decorate for all seasons. Penney was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband of 45 years Fred Trimble.

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Charles Wellhausen funeral on May 8th

Charles Evan Wellhausen,  70, of Maxville died May 3, 2012 at his residence. He was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota to the late Walter Wellhausen and Beatrice Jones Wellhausen on November 16, 1941. Charles was a resident of Jacksonville since December 1972. He worked on his father’s farm, enjoyed drinking coffee and eating Buffalo cookies. He also enjoyed watching the Price is Right and Jeopardy.

Mr. Wellhausen loved riding on any moving vehicle, from tractors and lawn mowers to automobiles. He spent his days visiting his family, walking from house to house and became known as the road patrolman of Loest and North Road. He was predeceased by his grandmother Jenny Jones.

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Code board pushed under the bus

The Baker County Commission printed out a road map last week on how to beat a fine by the Baker County Code Enforcement Board for non-compliance.

Wait until an election year and plead hardship.

In a textbook example of how to set a horrible precedent, the county board reduced a non-compliance fine from $1410 down to $187.84, the lower amount equal to what the county zoning department spent processing the case plus a $50 fine.

The code board, at its April meeting, cut the original $2820 fine owed by Roger Harvey for non-skirting of a mobile home in half (by a 5-2 vote) and the defendant, as he has the right to do, appealed it to the commission.

Mr. Harvey, who showed up at the code board meeting with a bit of an attitude, had no credible defense as to why he ignored the initial complaint in 2010, why he did not attend a hearing on the case or why he let the fine accumulate during the maximum 180 days.

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JU coach, former Gator guest speak at Y’s Playmaker awards

The honorees with Mr. Bell.Former Florida Gator and present day Jacksonville University football coach Kerwin Bell was the guest speaker the evening of April 26 at the Playmaker Awards banquet sponsored by the Baker Family YMCA.

Mr. Bell, a native of Mayo, FL, was a walk-on at UF in 1983 and spoke on how a combination of circumstances brought him to the starting slot after he was initially eighth on the depth chart.

“Look at the positive in any situation,” he advised attendees, reflecting on his on-field experience in high school where he led the Layfayette County High School Hornets to a state championship, his four years on the Gators squad and post-graduate professional career in the NFL and CFL.

He said his inspiration for never giving up came from Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford and Johnny Unitas. All initially failed several times before taking their place in history.

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