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A show dog’s perilous road home

 

Joi HoskJoi Hosker with George.er of Macclenny is the proud owner of a very special dog named George.

The 5-year-old plott, whose registered name is “Hosker’s Georgie Boy” won the Award of Excellence in the plott hound division of the American Kennel Club/Eukanuba National Championship held in Orlando December 17.

George will also compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in February.

Both are among the top dog shows in the country and competitors are determined through an invitational system. Ms. Hosker’s dog was one of only 25 invited to be a part of the plott hound division in the AKC/Eukanuba competition and will be one of only five invited to compete in the upcoming WKC show.

“The Eukenuba show was just amazing,” Ms. Hosker told The Press December 19. “This year there were a record-breaking 14,000 entries.”

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Closing in on the ‘pill doc’

For my money, the News Story of the Year in 2011 was the closing down of Dr. Charles Scarborough’s Macclenny office in October.

Mind you, none of the allegations that this amiable physician grossly abused his obligations under Florida law have been proven. Those allegations include that he allowed untrained and unqualified office clerks to write prescriptions for narcotics, that he signed blank prescription orders and he failed to examine patients before allowing them to leave with addictive drugs, among others.

There’s still a process here. The Department of Health made the allegations as cause for temporary suspension of his license to practice. Dr. Scarborough has requested a hearing, presumably to give his side.

We’ll see, but between you and me, he’s in trouble.

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Jack Watts, 82, of Glen St. Mary, dies

Jack H. Watts, 82, of Glen St Mary died September 25, 2011 surrounded by his family. Jack will be remembered for his love of the great outdoors, fishing and a good card game with family. He was predeceased by his parents William and Clara Watts; sister Evelyn Augger.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jacqueline; son Donald Watts (Jana); daughter Sandra Watts; brothers Alton Watts (Bobby) and Harry Watts; sister Betty Herndon (Gerald); one grandchild and two great-grandchildren. 

The funeral service was held Wednesday, September 28 at the First United Methodist Church at 11:00 am. Interment followed at Riverside Memorial Park in Jacksonville. Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home in Jacksonville was in charge of arrangements.

Lorayne Rhoden, 86, of Macclenny, dies

Lorayne McCormick Johns Rhoden, 86, of Macclenny died Friday, September 23, 2011 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville.

Mrs. Rhoden was a lifelong resident of Baker County and the last surviving child to the late John D. and Lillie Leigh McCormick.

She was an Avon representative during the 1970’s in Baker County, the Past Worthy Matron of the OES, and the Mother Advisor for the Rainbow Girls Hilliard Assembly. Mrs. Rhoden was a devout Christian and member of Faith Baptist Church in Macclenny. She enjoyed listening to ministers preach, gospel music on cassette tapes and crocheting. Mrs. Rhoden was preceded in death by son John Marvin Johns in 2006.

Survivors include sons Porter Johns (Barbara) of Waycross and J.D. “Butch” Johns (Ann) of Glen St. Mary; daughters Maime D. Cole (Martin) and Joan Johns, both of Macclenny; 11 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was held Sunday, September 25 at 3:00 pm at her church with Rev. Torran Dismuke officiating. Interment followed at Oak Grove Cemetery. Guerry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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