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Expedition team’s cross-state trek ends here

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team reached Ocean Pond in west Baker County last week after embarking from the southern tip of the Everglades and heading north last Photographer Carlton Ward Jr. (right) presents FDEP Secretary Hershel Vinyard with map of the envisioned Florida Wildlife Corridor.January.

Its goal: travel 1000 miles in 100 days to highlight the state’s natural resources and ongoing efforts to “re-connect and restore the fragmented lands and waters in Florida.”

The state’s natural landscape and water flow has been altered through more than a century of development and the expedition aims to showcase lands already protected while identifying where additional conservation is needed.

The team is documenting the expedition online with photographs, videos and social media updates, all accessible from the expedition’s website  www.floridawildlifecorridor.org.

The expedition team arrived at Ocean Pond the evening of April 12 and met with Florida Department of Environmental Protection [FDEP] Secretary Herschel Vinyard at Olustee Battlefield the following morning.

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Parade, speeches pay homage to MLK

BCMS Majorettes (from left) Mallory Cain, Kate Walker and Wilnesha Johnson.Area students joined a handful of public officials and others for the annual parade and ceremony to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. near Keller Intermediate School in Macclenny on the cool and sunny morning of January 13.

The event has grown smaller in recent years, with fewer people taking part in the parade and program organized by Rev. Tommy Rollins of Macclenny.

The parade traveled through the center of the city, beginning and ending at Emmanuel Church of God at the northeast corner of South Boulevard and 8th Street.

Children and staff from nearby day care centers and preschools gathered at the roadside waving and clapping as the parade’s various groups marched, walked or rode by. Residents came out of their homes to watch the annual observance as well.

The roughly 45-minute procession was led by the flashing lights of law enforcement motorcycles from the Florida Highway Patrol and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Darius Green, AFJROTC cadet.They were followed by the high school’s Air Force Junior Officer Training Corps [JROTC] cadets, who near the end of the route halted after approaching a crowd from the Episcopal Children Services’ Head Start program. The cadets turned and saluted the  children before marching on.

The school district’s Superintendent Sherrie Raulerson and Associate Superintendent of Human Resources Robin Mobley soon rode by in a bright red Jeep Wrangler, preceded by a golf cart from the Baker County Women’s Political Network. Then came the high school band’s drum line, the middle school’s girls basketball, Dancin’ Paws and Marjorettes teams, and local fire and rescue units.

Click here for more photos from the parade and speeches.

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Seven lady lifters qualify for state

Seven Lady Wildcat weightlifters qualified for the state tournament at the sub-sectional competition January 14 at BCHS.

A dozen schools competed to send lifters to state with one sub-sectional remaining on January 28 in St. Augustine. The top three girls in each weight classification qualified.

Kasey Russell broke three school records at the meet with a 200 pound bench press, a 160 pound clean and jerk, and a 360 pound total in the unlimited class.  Tiffany Braddy continued to smash records with a 160 pound clean and jerk and a 360 pound total in the 169 weight class.

Jordan Perry qualified in the 101-pound class with a second place finish. Laken Head placed third in the weight class.

Kristen Burnham placed first and Ashley Wheeler second in the 139-pound class. McKenzi Hand was third in the 154-pound class.

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