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‘Sunny’ debut for farmers market

Spring-like weather, complete with high March winds, ushered in this year's edition of the Baker County Farmers Market in north Macclenny.The Baker County Farmers Market kicked off its 2012 season under sunny skies and brisk winds at Macclenny City Park on March 3, offering something for just about everybody, including fresh vegetables, flowering and fruit-bearing plants, handmade jewelry and homemade baked goods.

For entertainment during the five-hour event from 8 am until 1 pm, there was music by the Bluegrass Breeze and clogging demonstrations by a local 4-H group.

If the first Saturday was any indication the weekly market should be a big hit this year, said Darryl Register, co-chair of the event and director of the Baker County Chamber of Commerce.

“I was very satisfied and happy,” Mr. Register said. “We’d love to have more vendors. But we had seven, and during the fall run we never had more than four.”

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Arie ‘Sissy’ Carter, 72, of Macclenny

Arie “Sissy” Lauramore Carter, 72, of Macclenny died Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at her residence after an extended illness. She was born in Moniac, Georgia, the daughter of the late Ernest and Myrtie Johns Crews. She was a homemaker and a very devoted wife and mother whose passion was fishing. She would go fishing and always be home in time to have supper on the table. Sissy will be missed by all. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, the father of her children R.B. Lauramore Sr. and second husband Charlie Carter.

Survivors include son R.B. (Karen) Lauramore Jr. of Raiford; daughters Janice Rhoden of Glen St. Mary and Debbie (Bill) Sirmans of Macclenny; twin brother Aaron “Buddy” (Judy) Crews of Moniac and Jimmy (Debbie) Crews Sr. of Olustee; sisters Ophelia Nipper, Geneva Rewis, and Carolyn Velleca, all of Macclenny; grandchildren Sandra C. (Chris) Harvey, Jimbo Green, Jennifer C. (Nathan) Aldridge, Traci R. (Chris) Mann, Dustin Lauramore, Macy Lauramore, Destiny Lauramore; step-grandson Warren (Danielle) Rhoden; 15 great-grandchildren also survive

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Merri Farley, 62, of West Virginia

Merri Noel Puckett Farley,  62, of Barboursville, WV died Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at her son’s residence in Sanderson.  She was born on December 20, 1949 in Daytona Beach. Mrs. Farley was a member of New Baptist Church, Hunting W.V., where she played the piano for 55 years. She loved traveling, spending time with family and designing gift baskets. She retired as a distribution specialist with the U.S. Postal Service  after 15 years of service. She was predeceased by her husband of 38 years, James M. Farley III.

Survivors include children James M. (Kimberly L.) Farley IV, of Sanderson; Katherine M.(Kevin A.) Kruser of Springfield, MA; aunt Mary Coons of Blairsville, GA; grandchildren Emily, Jimmy and Cody Farley and Zachery A. Kruser.

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Mrs. Yarborough, 86, of Starke dies

Donnie Mae Green Yarborough, 86, of Starke died Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Suwannee Valley Hospice Care Center in Lake City. Mrs. Yarborough was born on October 29, 1925 in Bradford County to the late Willie and Narcis (Thomas) Green and was a lifelong area resident. Donnie was a homemaker and a member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church in Glen St. Mary. She was preceded in death by her husbands William C. Laine and Odis Yarborough. 

Survivors include daughters Joy (Keith) Tetstone of Starke; Barbara (Eddie) McLeod of Jasper; step-children June Walker of Macclenny; Faye Combs of Atmore, AL; Juanita Spurgeon of Melrose; Gloria Mott of Clinton Township, MI; Bobby Yarborough of Glen St. Mary; grandchildren Aaron (Kacie) Tetstone of Lake Butler,  Merideth (Joey) Fitzpatrick of Orlando, and Alana (Andrew) Barnett of Mt. Juliet, TN; great- grandchildren Abby, Ally, Adam, and Brady and many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

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