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Mary Blalock, 90, of Glen St. Mary

Mary Louise Blalock, 90, of Glen St. Mary died Friday, February 3, 2012. She was a resident of Macclenny Nursing and Rehab Center for the last eleven months.

Survivors include daughters Nina (Bobby) Christmas of Glen St. Mary, Frances Potts and Linda Murphy, both of Sylvester, GA; son James Earl “Jimmy” (Julia) Blalock Jr. of Leesburg, GA; brother Gordon (Susan)Roland of St. Petersburg; 14 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held February 6 at Banks Funeral Home Chapel in Sylvester. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery with Rev. Jesse Hath­­away officiating.

Wildcats baseball opens season with three wins

Dillon Jones pitching.The Wildcat baseball team defeated Orange Park 6-2 on February 13 as freshmen Jacob Milton pitch­­ed four and a half innings and earned his first varsity win.

Milton didn’t give up an earned run in his time on the mound.

John Lambright led the attack with three hits, Ethan Wilkerson and Chris Waddell each added two run doubles, and Hunter Bell added an RBI single.

The boys swung their way to an encouraging season start last week with a pair of home wins over Middleburg and Clay County.

Jacob Milton got the 10-6 win against the Broncos on February 7, throwing three innings of scoreless baseball. Dillon Jones, Jared Crews and Hunter Hanks finished up on the mound. Offensively, Hanks, Kyle Horne and Chris Waddell all had RBI singles.

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Race and country of origin are different

Dear Editor:

In response to the “Impressions” column last week “Put ‘African-American’ in the ash heap,” I beg to differ.

Nationality and race are two concepts used very often by the media. Though the words have totally different meanings, their use has created doubts in the minds of readers. Whereas nationality pertains to the country you were born in, or are in at present, race is the ethnic group you belong to.

The piece of land you were born in decides your nationality, so if your parents moved to another country just before your birth, you may have a new country for your nationality. The word “race” is used mostly in a negative tone these days to refer to discrimination going on in various parts of the world on the basis of skin color and facial features.

It is true that African-Americans, blacks, Negroes, et all have been called by many names over the past 250 years of American history — everything except a “child of God.” But, more to the point of how the term “African-American” entered the lexicon of American dialogue, consider the ethnic groups that comprise our American society.

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Inmates taking advantage of GED prep, tests

Instructor Gary Taylor meets with GED students at county jail.Inmates at county jail who don’t have a high school diploma have ample opportunity to make good use of all that spare time on their hands.

And judging from the number of inmates who have received their GED high school equivalency degrees in recent years, a respectable number are taking advantage of a program offered jointly by the school district’s adult education program and the sheriff’s department.

“The purpose is to get them to complete the education that they started and for one reason or another didn’t complete,” said Ann Watts, the school district’s director of career and adult education.

“Many of them have the maturity level where they now can see the value in it [getting a GED] and they’ve decided this is a good use of their time,” she said.

The study course that draws mostly local inmates but can also include those in the custody of the US Marshals Service is held once a week on Fridays for six hours of individual and group instruction by Gary Taylor, who teaches a similar course at Baker Correctional.

It takes between 120-160 days to complete the requirements and pass the test, and in 2010-11 seven of the 11 inmates enrolled did so. Last year the figures jumped a bit with 11 graduates among the 18 enrollees.

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