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Christopher Faber, 72, of Macclenny

Christopher Hays Faber, 72, a nine-year resident of Macclenny, died on September 20, 2012 at Baptist Medical Center with family by his side. He was born in Hackensack, New Jersey on April 25, 1940 to the late Herbert H. Faber and Rose M. Hays Faber. Christopher was an avid Cardinals fan and he enjoyed all sports. He was preceded in death by his brother Peter R. Faber.

Survivors include his brother Stephen W. Faber of Clearwater, FL; sister-in-law Kathryn H. Faber of Vero Beach, FL; nephews Stephen B. and Paul R. Faber;  nieces Laurie Faber Stitzer and Donna Faber.

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Ms. Echevarria of Baldwin dies

Beverly G. Echevarria, 72, of Baldwin died on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at her home. She was born in Jacksonville to the late Lacy Anderson and Gertrude Johnson Anderson and lived in Baldwin since 1975 after moving there from Jacksonville. Mrs. Echevarria was generous over the years with donations to help children in other countries with Bibles and cloths. She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Baldwin and was preceded in death by her husband, Rafael Echevarria in 1999.

Survivors include sons David Anderson (Crystal) of Callahan, Keith Echevarria of Jacksonville and Ricky Echevarria of Baldwin; daughter Christina Moore (Darin) of Jacksonville; sister Gloria Cardona (Burt) of  Jacksonville; grandchildren Ricky Echevarria  Jeremiah Moore, Joshua Moore, Deanna and Ricky Echevarria Jr.; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Are ‘live signs’ really a hazard?

The City of Macclenny would be well advised to dump the proposed ordinance bannng “live signs” and instead concentrate on ridding its streets — most notably busy South 6th — of the hodge-podge of ugly signage that is truly a distraction to motorists and the eyes of anyone driving, riding, walking or in the case of late night bar patrons, stumbling along the thoroughfare.

The city commission believes “live signs” that feature warm bodies waving them for pawn shops, restaurants, cellphone companies, etc. pose a danger to motorists because they are often waved directly at oncoming traffic.

Maybe so, but they’re no worse than electronic signs that grace several financial institutions and, more lately, the health department office on Lowder St. Those are  placed in attractive settings and except for one are close to the ground — at eye level — and don’t constitute eyesores.

The commission passed the proposed ordinance on first reading on July 10 and it’s scheduled for a second hearing and final passage on August 14.

Hopefully, business interests affected by the ban will show up, along with others who see this is a further intrusion by government on private small businesses at just the wrong time.

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Church volleyball league growing, tournament next month

Blake Rowan spikes the ball.The church volleyball league has been keeping local athletes busy all summer long with good competition and fellowship. The league started play in early June and has been going strong despite having to dodge around adverse weather conditions.

There are two important tournaments coming up in the next couple of weeks that will help determine the winners for the summer league.

The youth will compete on Aug. 2 and 3 and the adults tip off on Aug 6-10.

The league is split into two divisions, leisure and competitive, with teams for youth and adults.

This season there are 11 competitive teams. First Baptist Church of Glen St. Mary  and Raiford Road each field three teams. First Baptist of Macclenny has two teams and there are others from Christian Fellowship Temple, Destiny’s People and Sanderson Christian Revival Center.

The leisure division is larger with teams from churches around the entire county.

“The adult leisure is so large we had to split it in two this year,” said Missy Whitehead, who organizes the league. “We estimate that we’ve got around 580 people playing in the different leagues.”

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