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Tony Brady, 63, retired sergeant

Tony Dwight Brady, 63, of Lake Butler died August 18, 2011 at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville after an extended illness. Mr. Brady was born in Macclenny and lived in Lake Butler the past 22 years. He retired as an officer with the Department of Corrections in Lake Butler after 30 years and was a U.S. Army veteran.  He was preceded in death by his parents James and Ethel Starling Brady and brother Tom Brady.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Sharon Yarbrough Brady of Lake Butler; daughters Erin Brady (Dennis) Jackson of Madisonville, TX and Tonya Adams; sister Marlene (Mike) McCray of Lake City; grandchildren Braden and Landen Jackson; Sonya, Sasha, Amy, and Daniel Schmalried.

The funeral service was held on August 21 in the Chapel of Archer Funeral Home of Lake Butler with Bro. Scott Fisher officiating.

Pansy Baker, 78, dies August 19th

Pansy Boland Baker, 78, a of Glen St. Mary died Friday August 19, 2011 at the Kindred Hospital Green Cove Springs following an extended illness. Mrs. Baker was born in Chipley, Florida to Charles H. and Irma Bush Boland. She was a resident of Baker County for the past 46 years.

She loved to sew for cheerleaders, majorettes and all types of dresses including wedding gowns and prom dresses. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a member of the First Baptist Church of Macclenny. She was preceded in death by grandson Christopher Bland.

Survivors include husband of 56 years, Nathan Baker of Glen; daughter Tina Mobley of Macclenny and son Aaron (Carol) Baker of Baldwin; sisters Violet Skipper of Chipley and Genola Shelly of Tallahassee; brother Charles Boland Jr. of Milledgeville, GA;  grandchildren Celeste Baker, Jennifer Cribb, Joseph Bland and Jesselyn Mobley; three great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held August 22 at her church with Dr. Edsell Bone officiating.

Guerry Funeral Home in Macclenny was in charge of arrangements.

Too little known about the ‘pluses’ of virtual classes

I recently received a letter in the mail regarding a new program being offered to incoming fourth and fifth grade students who received either a 4 or a 5 on their FCATs in third grade. My first reaction was how smart my child is and how proud I was of his accomplishments. I thought this a great opportunity for him to accelerate his learning in school and challenge him more.

The program is a virtual school class replacing either grade level reading or math with an advanced middle school level reading or math. A ton of questions came to mind: What if he starts it and struggles? Can I as a parent allow him to quit the virtual program later and return to his grade level studies and does this set a precedent that he can quit when something gets tough? What if he gets bad grades or does poorly on the FCAT? What happens when he gets to BCMS and has already taken his sixth and seventh grade math online?

In my search for answers I attended a meeting held at Keller Thursday evening. I was very surprised at the small attendance in proportion to the number of letters mailed. I can only assume many parents either weren’t interested in enrolling their kids, spoke with teachers at open house or did their own research online.

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