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Commission approves ‘cleaned-up’ campground

Bryan Rhoden left the Baker County Commission meeting this week a happy man in stark contrast to the disappointment he felt five years ago when commissioners flatly denied his request to rezone land on the St. Mary’s River for a waterfront campground and picnic area off Steel Bridge Road.

This time, the board unanimously approved his rezoning request after 10 people lauded Mr. Rhoden for the hard work he has put into his property to keep it a “clean, safe place for families to go for fun and recreation.”

“I’m impressed,” Commission Chairman Gordon Crews told Mr. Rhoden after listening to the glowing endorsements. “Your support speaks volumes. No one spoke against it.”

The commission’s decision on the evening of October 15 rezones a 6.85-acre parcel from residential to recreation resource — the same zoning that applies to a small county park and boat ramp immediately west of Mr. Rhoden’s property, which he calls St. Mary’s Cove Landing.

The county’s comprehensive plan, which designates future land use, also will be changed to reflect the new recreation status of the property, which lies immediately west of St. Mary’s Cove subdivision.

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Lady Cats bring home trophy from Keystone Heights

The Lady Wildcat volleyball team battled their way from the losers bracket to win the Keystone Heights Invitational this past weekend. Candace Clack and Brooke Roberts also made the All-Tournament team.

The Cats struggled on Friday night, losing to 7A Westport 23-25 and 20-25. But on Saturday, they came out ready to play, defeating Yulee in three games — 23-25, 25-21  and 15-10 — with Callie Wheeler and Clack posting five kills each. Kayla Holland and freshman Ashton Alford had six digs.

The Cats then faced Clay County, defeating the Blue Devils 25-23 and 25-14. Wheeler led the offense with five kills and Brooke Roberts had an outstanding defensive effort with nine digs.

The Cats faced a big challenge in the tournament semi-final with a rematch against unbeaten Westport. The Cats defeated them in three games, 19-25, 25-19 and 15-13. Kayla Holland turned in an outstanding match with ten kills and ten digs. Taylor Hancock had 23 assists and Callie Wheeler had eight kills and seven digs.

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Mary Wilson, 69, of Bryceville

Mary Ann Wilson, 69, of Bryce­­ville died April 16, 2012. She was born in Decatur, Alabama to the late Covell and Lavisa Wade Keenum on July 17, 1942. She was a resident of Decatur and Jacksonville most of her life and attended Whitehouse Full Gospel church. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and she often spent time telling others of her grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing Bingo at the nursing home.

Mrs. Wilson was predeceased by her siblings Susan and Robert and grandson Michael Wilson Jr.

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Helen Taylor, 85, of Baker County

Helen Juanita Taylor, 85, of Baker County died April 15, 2012. She was born April 17, 1926 to the late Lloyd and Daisy Harvey. She previously lived in Orlando and Middleburg where she was in home health care before moving back to Baker County. Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her husband Edgar Taylor of Baker County, infant daughter Rebecca Denise Taylor, her brother Virgil Harvey and sister Hazel Taylor.

Survivors include sons Danny (Peggy) Taylor and Darrell Taylor (Lori); daughters Darlene (Jim) Anderson, Delane Sanders and Deloris (Larry) Orr; brother Vernon Harvey of Sanderson; sisters Margie Davis of Sanderson and Jeanette Richards of Jacksonville. Her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the love of her life. Juanita had many friends and acquaintances she met over the years and she never forgot them, especially Billie Driggers of Orlando, who never failed to call her and stay in touch. The family appreciates the dedication, friendship and thoughts.

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