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TEXT, EMAIL SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR TEENS WITH SEXUAL HEALTH QUESTIONS

A new resource was recently launched for teens in the region with questions about sexual health. It’s the BrdzNBz NE Florida text message system.

BrdsNBz NE Florida gives confidential, medically-accurate answers to sexual health questions via text message for teens 12-18 years old Baker, Duval, Nassau, Clay and St. Johns counties. The service is anonymous, provides real-time responses and it’s free, though standard text message rates may apply.

A similar resource from Healthy Baker, Inc. is available online at the non profit’s Oustpoken website called Ask Aunt Cathy. It’s been available for more than a year. Teens can submit any health-related question by filling out the online form and receive a response from a public health professional by e-mail.

To use the BrdzNBz NE Florida service, teens can text NEFLTeen to 66746 to opt-in to the service and then submit their question. Health educators with more than 40 years of combined public health experience respond to questions within 24 hours.

Question topics submitted to the text line include sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, sex, relationships and contraception. Teens can ask follow-up questions and receive referrals to local resources.

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Margie Westberry, 80, of Glen St. Mary

Margie Louise Westberry, 80, of Glen St. Mary died on February 7. She was a native of Live Oak and resided in Jacksonville before moving to Glen St. Mary 38 years ago. She was the daughter of the late Sam Buster and Catherine Cribbs Griffis and the widow of Clinton Westberry. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Sanderson. She enjoyed fishing at her lake place.

Mrs. Westberry is survived by  daughters Patsy (Wendell) Vinzant of Glen St. Mary, Freda (Lee) Harris of Keystone Heights and Margie Elaine (Tommy) Britt of Cave Creek, AZ; sisters Myrtle Johnson of Valdosta and Betty J. Howard of Glen St. Mary; brother Willie Griffis of Sanderson; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Marian Parker, 83, of Bryceville

Marian Shirley Bivins Parker, 83, of Bryceville died on February 9, 2013. She was born on January 24, 1930 in Jacksonville to the late Cecil and Ruth Brown Bivins. She lived most of her life in Bryceville and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bryceville, where she played the piano for many years. She had previously been the pianist at the Beaver Street Baptist Church.

She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. Mrs. Parker was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Royce Chandler “Sonny” Parker Sr. in 2002.

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‘Petey’ Haygood funeral Saturday

Kyler Jamil Haygood, lovingly known as “Petey,” died peacefully on February 5, 2013. He was born on July 8, 2009 to Kelly Marie Haygood and James Thompson Jr.

His brief life was a gift that will live on in our hearts and memories forever. Petey always brought joy and smiles to all who knew him, and touched many lives with his laughter and dazzling smile.

He is survived by a host of siblings; grandparents Gail Haygood, Melinda Thomas, Anne Thompson, Ethel Thomas, George Roberts and James Thompson Sr.; aunts, uncles, cousins and loving friends.

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