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Lady Cats jump out to 3-0 start to basketball season

The Lady Wildcat basketball team has swept to a 3-0 start to the season and new head coach Chris Chisholm couldn’t be happier.

“They are playing hard, working hard and coming together as a team,” said Chisholm. He and assistant coaches Kim Gaskins, Karen Ruise and Kylie Cannady have been preaching the fundamentals and it has paid off with some big early season wins.

Freshman Delicia Washington shone offensively in all three games. She threw in 27 points against Bishop Snyder as the Cats opened the season with a 49-46 win. Hailey Bussell added 8 points in the victory on the road November 13.

The Cats eked out a 39-38 district win on November 15 against a stubborn Forrest Rebels squad. Washington again led the way with 18 points. Joshlyn Brown muscled in 7 on the inside and Shaniece Paige and Bussell added 5 each.

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Plenty to be thankful for this year

There’s a lot we’re thankful for in my house this year and I think that’s probably true throughout the county.

The thing about being thankful is that even when times are difficult it’s possible to find things to be grateful for over the year. I have some Facebook friends who are taking the month of November to do what they call a “Gratitude Journal.”

What a great idea. So many times we read about bad things or see terrible stories on the news. But sometimes it’s heartwarming to read the things that other people are grateful for and realize that there is a lot around us that is good.

So, though I’ll try not to get maudlin, here are some of the things that I’ve been happy about this year.

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‘Bill’ Bevis Jr., 81, a native of Olustee

William Gary (Bill) Bevis Jr., 81, of Rome, GA died on November 13, 2012 with his family at his side. He was born on July 21, 1931 in Olustee to the late William Gary Sr. and Gertrude Bevis. Mr. Bevis graduated from the University of Florida in 1954 and served in the Marine Corps. He retired from Inland Rome’s forestry division.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, camping and passing on his love of carpentry and model train sets to his children and grandchildren (Bill built a complete model train set in his shop). He loved his Florida Gators. Mr. Bevis is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara Ann; son Bev (Susan) Bevis; daughters Kim (Renee) Waid, Judy (Jay) Denney; sister Jacquelyn Davis; brothers Lamar (Fern) and Murwin (Liz) Bevis; five grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Mr. Bevis was held on Friday, November 16 at West Rome Baptist Church where he was a member. Interment was in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with the American Legion conducting military graveside rites.

Alice Gray, 77, dies November 14

Alice Ceretha Gray, 77, of Macclenny died on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 with family and friends by her side. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, working outdoors, taking trips to Biloxi to gamble, and most of all spending time with her family. After working many years as a correctional officer, she retired to travel and take care of her husband Frank.

Ms. Gray is survived by her son Kenneth Clyde Watts of Gainesville; brothers Fred (Sharon) Wood of Wetumpka, AL and Bobby (Barbara) Wood of Gainesville; son-in-law Bryan Mobley of Macclenny; grandchildren Joel (Beverly) Lauramore of Macclenny, Ceretha Alexander of Atlanta and Denise (Don) Weddle of Sanderson;  and great-grandchildren Dalton, Chase and Jordan. She was preceded in death by her husband Franklin Gray, father Joel Marvin Wood, brother JM Wood, and only daughter Deborah Mobley of Macclenny. Alice was many things: a wife, sister and mother, but most importantly she was Nana to everyone she met, to her own grandchildren and to Ricky, Vance, Dena, Rocky, Landon and many others.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, November 17, in the Forbes Funeral Home  chapel in Macclenny. Interment followed at Macedonia Cemetery, Macclenny.

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