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Teen excels at jiu jitsu competition

Ashlynn Johnson during training July 22.

Ashlynn Johnson during training July 22.

A teenage girl from Glen St. Mary has been making a name for herself recently in the male-dominated world of martial arts.

Ashlynn Johnson began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), a martial arts discipline focused on grappling and wrestling in favor of striking, when she was 10 years old and has been training for four years now. She said it started as just another sport  — great for getting and staying in shape. It has evolved into much more though.

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Boys’ playoff run ends 9-10 team; finishes 5th in state

Pictured kneeling in front are Jase Knabb (left) and Jordan Rhoden; middle row from left are Weston Johns, Mason Davis, Caleb Combs, Gage Long, Carson Crawford, Cason Milton, Tyce Moore, Landan Hickman, Carson Crawford, Ross Crummey and Justin Brown; in the rear are coaches (from left) Jason Combs, David Crummey and Jason Knabb. Photo by Lea Rhoden.

Pictured kneeling in front are Jase Knabb (left) and Jordan Rhoden; middle row from left are Weston Johns, Mason Davis, Caleb Combs, Gage Long, Carson Crawford, Cason Milton, Tyce Moore, Landan Hickman, Carson Crawford, Ross Crummey and Justin Brown; in the rear are coaches (from left) Jason Combs, David Crummey and Jason Knabb. Photo by Lea Rhoden.

The 9 and 10-year-old Baker County Little League All-Star baseball team finished fifth in the state championship tournament held in Mims, FL last weekend.

The boys were unable to match the success they had when they rolled through the District 11 and Section 3 tournaments earlier this summer, but the team still played well despite going 1-2 during the state tournament.

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What now? Will Oldcastle sue?

The grass roots campaign that led to the rejection of Oldcastle Southern Group’s plans to develop a sand mining operation southeast of Macclenny has been described as a “David and Goliath” type battle.

But in the Bible, the giant was killed on the spot. Oldcastle, a Tampa-based subsidiary of a worldwide conglomerate headquartered in Ireland, was not.

Despite a 5 ½-hour public hearing that ended with a 4-1 vote by county commissioners to deny the company’s application for a special zoning exception at 1:30 am on July 17, Oldcastle evidently has not yet abandoned its desire to extract millions of tons of sand out of Baker County.

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