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Mary Trimble, 83, of Jacksonville

Mary Frances Penney Trimble, 83, died Monday, April 30, 2012 in Jacksonville. She was born September 5, 1928 in Daytona Beach to William E. and Stella Marie (Fender) Penney and graduated from Lee High School. She retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield after 20 years as a congressional claim examiner. Penney was a faithful member of Murray Hill Methodist Church in Jacksonville for over 40 years.

Her true passions were her family and reading, particularly the Bible. Penney encouraged a book club at St. Catherine Laboure Manor, which proudly had four members. She loved to garden and decorate for all seasons. Penney was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband of 45 years Fred Trimble.

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Charles Wellhausen funeral on May 8th

Charles Evan Wellhausen,  70, of Maxville died May 3, 2012 at his residence. He was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota to the late Walter Wellhausen and Beatrice Jones Wellhausen on November 16, 1941. Charles was a resident of Jacksonville since December 1972. He worked on his father’s farm, enjoyed drinking coffee and eating Buffalo cookies. He also enjoyed watching the Price is Right and Jeopardy.

Mr. Wellhausen loved riding on any moving vehicle, from tractors and lawn mowers to automobiles. He spent his days visiting his family, walking from house to house and became known as the road patrolman of Loest and North Road. He was predeceased by his grandmother Jenny Jones.

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Code board pushed under the bus

The Baker County Commission printed out a road map last week on how to beat a fine by the Baker County Code Enforcement Board for non-compliance.

Wait until an election year and plead hardship.

In a textbook example of how to set a horrible precedent, the county board reduced a non-compliance fine from $1410 down to $187.84, the lower amount equal to what the county zoning department spent processing the case plus a $50 fine.

The code board, at its April meeting, cut the original $2820 fine owed by Roger Harvey for non-skirting of a mobile home in half (by a 5-2 vote) and the defendant, as he has the right to do, appealed it to the commission.

Mr. Harvey, who showed up at the code board meeting with a bit of an attitude, had no credible defense as to why he ignored the initial complaint in 2010, why he did not attend a hearing on the case or why he let the fine accumulate during the maximum 180 days.

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Put ‘African-American’ label in the trash heap

Thank you Gibre George.

If you’ll permit a white guy to write about this subject, how pleasing it is to see that some younger black people aren’t fond of the term “African-American” when referring their race.

If a two-word combo ever equaled the sound of long fingernails dragged down a chalkboard, that is it.

An Associated Press article appearing in Monday’s edition of The Florida Times-Union credited Mr. George, who lives in Hollywood, FL, with starting the Facebook page Don’t Call Me African-American. “It just doesn’t sit well with a younger generation of black people,” the 38-year-old entrepreneur was quoted as saying.

Apparently a lot of people agree, and one can only hope that they are black people, both young and old. It’ll have to be blacks themselves who toss this offensive term into the ash heap.

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