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Wesley Crews, 31, corrections officer

Wesley Donald Crews, 31, of Baxter died December 17, 2011. He was born in Jacksonville to Wesley Gibson Crews and Callie Dale Burnsed Crews on May 22, 1980. He was a resident of Baker County all of his life and a member of First Baptist Church of St. George, GA.

Wesley was employed by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office the last nine years as a corrections officer. He loved his wife, children and family, and never met a stranger. He loved his guns and was an avid hunter who enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends.

Mr. Crews was predeceased by paternal grandfather Dean Crews and his maternal grandparents John and Bertha Burn­­sed.

Survivors include his wife of seven years Casey Martin Crews of Baxter; children Kyleigh Mackenzie, Cason Wyatt and Gavin Wesley Crews; his parents; paternal grandmother Mar­­veene Crews of St. George; sisters Stephanie Crews of VA and Renee Crawford of Jacksonville; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday December 22, 2011 at 11:00 am at his church with pastors Ray McKendree and Kenny Marr officiating. Interment will follow at Moniac Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday December 21, 2011 from 5-7 at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services in Macclenny.

Boys win three straight

Number 5, Charles Ruise, Jr.The Wildcat faithful hope that the varsity basketball team has finally turned the corner. The Cats are riding a three-game win streak going into the Florida First Coast Classic (see related story), and won two of those games this past week with home victories over Baldwin and Interlachen.

The wins gave the Cats a 3-5 record after losing their first three games. Coach Charles Ruise was upbeat and promised his team would “surprise people.”

It was sweet retribution for the Wildcats to beat the Indians, who had hammered BCHS in Baldwin 61-44 and dominated all aspects of the game early this season. The Cats returned the favor on December 13 with a 65-55 pasting of Baldwin.

For much of the game it was a nip and tuck affair with both teams trading basket for basket. BCHS got the early edge with three-point shots from Jesse Gardner and Cameron Mack to give them a slim 12-10 lead at the end of the first period.

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Layers of Yule spirit

“You are a cheater and you cheat,” said son Dylan.

“I am not a cheater,” said cousin Ashton.

“We did not cheat,” said Ashton’s friend  Crystal. “You said there weren’t any rules.”

“Once the competition started,” squawked Dylan. “You built half of your house … barn … whatever it is before you got here.”

It’s the Annual Gingerbread House Building Contest and the competitors are at each other’s throats hurling insults and gumdrops.

Somehow this helps promote Christmas cheer, or so they tell me before they take a swipe at each other’s house.

“Are you sure that is even gingerbread?” said Dylan.

“Looks like plywood to me,” chimes in his sister Sara Beth, who is making a miniature gingerbread village with her partner Ana Tomas.

“It is not plywood,” said Ashton. “It is a gingerbread farm. Since Crystal and I are agriculture teachers it seemed appropriate.”

“You’re still a cheater.”

“Am not.”

“Are to.”

Christmas cheer is filling the air.

“I quit,” said Caitlyn Dugger as all four of her walls collapse the moment she tries to put on the roof.

“You can’t quit,” said her mama Cathy Crews. “I’ll help you and Gary.”

The spirit of Christmas cooperation.

“What? You can’t help her. I need you here. We’re making peanut brittle shingles,” said her partner Cheryl Hart.

The spirit of Christmas cooperation quashed.

“You bit the head off my snowman,” said Dylan.

“No I didn’t. That was a spare marshmallow,” said his partner Sarah Davis.

“Sarah, we’re trying to win this thing and you’re eating my snowman.”

“Is that an outhouse?” said Ashton.

“That is not an outhouse,” said Sara Beth, offended. “I’ll have you know that is the cathedral for our gingerbread village.”

“Looks like an outhouse to me.”

“And what is that in your farm?”

“That’s a wagon made out of sugar wafers.”

“What’s in it?” asked Sara Beth.

“Hay,” said Crystal.

“Looks like chicken manure.”


“Stop eating my snowmen.”

“I think we’re pushing the rules this year after last year’s candle fiasco,” said Sara Beth.

“You have to admit that was pretty darned awesome,” said Cheryl.

“Until your house caught on fire and had to be doused with water.”

In last year’s competition, Cheryl cut out the windows, covered them with paper and put a lit candle inside the house for added affect. It was very impressive until we had to call out the gingerbread fire brigade.

I just want you to understand that I have no stake in this contest. I am merely a chronicler like Mark Twain or Alexander Pope.

My bunch is incredibly competitive. They get it from their Mama who has been known to mope around all day after losing a game of Scrabble. Her progeny have been known to sweep all the tiles off a Scrabble board if they lose. So I choose not to compete. I’m a neutral observer, like Switzerland.

“I think our farm looks pretty good,” said Crystal.

“For manufactured housing,” quips Dylan.

“Doesn’t it look good Uncle Bob?” asked Ashton.

“I’m Switzerland.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

There’s a lot of laughter going on in our dining room. A lot of good natured ribbing and plenty of creativity. It’s a fun time.

It’s become something of a Christmas tradition in our house and though I’m not Bob the Builder and prefer to sit back and watch the competitors at work, I still enjoy it a lot.

City budget hearing set for Sept. 26

The Macclenny City Commission will convene at 6 pm September 26 at City Hall, 118 E. Macclenny Ave., to grant final approval to the 2011-12 budget of $7.3 million, though only $744,618 of the budget's revenue is expected from the proposed 3.60 property tax, or millage, rate.

The rate is unchanged from the current year and will mean a more than $20,000 loss in revenue due to falling property values.

Under the proposed rate, which equals $3.60 per $1000 of taxable property value, a property with a taxable value of $100,000 would pay $360 in city property taxes, in addition to levies of the county, school district, hospital authority and water management district.

The public has largely avoided attending the city and county budget hearings in recent weeks, so the city commission hearing isn't expected to last more than a few minutes.

The board will consider the proposed budget, tax rate and the hiring of Parrish & Associates Inc. to administer the city's CDBG housing rehabilitation grant.



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