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Incumbents retain seats locally, glitch causes early vote recount

Residents listen as results are announced at the elections office November 6.Voters re-elected Sheriff Joey Dobson by a land slide Tuesday and two county commission incumbents, Gordon Crews and Mark Hartley, retained their seats by much narrower margins.

All are registered Democrats.

The final tallies didn’t come from elections officials until about 2:30 am, however, thanks to a technical glitch that triggered a recount of early voting ballots.

But the number of early voting ballots in the recount did not match the total counted when early voting ended the previous Saturday, at least not initially.

Soon a bag of the ballots was uncovered under a book in the vault where ballots are stored after voting. Once the bag’s ballots were counted, the total still did not match the original figure.

About 1:45 am two more bags of early vote ballots were found. They had been mislabeled as absentee ballots when placed in the vault.

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Angus Combs, 89, of Sanderson dies

Angus Jackson Combs, 89, of Glen St. Mary died Friday, August 3 at the Acosta-Rau Center for Caring in Jacksonville following a long illness. He was born in Sanderson and resided in Baker County all of his life. He was a forest ranger with the Florida Division of Forestry for 28 years before his retirement.

Mr. Combs was a member of the Taylor Church, a Navy veteran of World War II and enjoyed fishing, farming and growing his garden. He was preceded in death by parents Cole Younger Combs Sr. and Effie Mae Sweat Combs, and his daughter Deborah Joan Kennedy.

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Mr. Hamilton, 78, of Glen St. Mary

Thurman Z. Hamilton, 78, died on August 4, 2012 at his home in Glen St. Mary. He was a retired Marine Corps veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars and was preceded in death by Donna, his wife of 15 years.

Mr. Hamilton is survived by daughters Debra (Greg) Ellison of Oklahoma City and Susan Daniel of Middleburg; sons Doug Hamilton of Orange Park and Steven (Lisa) Hamilton of Port St. Lucie; brother Linwood Hamilton of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on August 9 at 7 pm at Fraser Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

Richard Harvey, 73, of Sanderson

Richard Elbert Harvey, 73, of Sanderson died Thursday, August 2 at the Acosta-Rau Center for Caring in Jacksonville following an extended illness. He was born and resided in Sanderson all of his life, and retired from the sanitation department of the City of Jacksonville after 22 years. He also retired from the Florida Department of Agriculture as a state inspector in 2000 after 20 years of service. He enjoyed all types of sports, particularly the Florida Gator football and baseball teams, and deer hunting.

Mr. Harvey was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Rosie Harvey. He is survived by his wife Jessie Harvey of Sanderson; son Ricky (Rachel) Harvey, brother E.H. (Clarine) Harvey, sister Doris (Tommy) Combs, all of Sanderson; grandchildren, Daniel (Kandace) Harvey, Autumn Harvey, and Amber (Trace) Reynolds; great-grandchildren Jalynn, Dalton and Maddox Harvey.

The funeral service was held at 11 am on August 6, in the chapel of Guerry Funeral Home in Macclenny with Revs. David and Tim Thomas officiating. Interment was in Cedar Creek Cemetery in Sanderson.

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