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George Crawford, 61, of Macclenny

George Dwain Crawford, 61, of Macclenny died January 5, 2012 at Orange Park Medical Center following an extended illness. Mr. Crawford was a lifelong resident of Macclenny and the son of the late Amos and Nancy Mae Bennett Crawford.  He was a truck driver for many years and a member of the Macclenny Primitive Baptist Church.

Survivors include six stepchildren; sisters Janice Crawford of Macclenny, Betty (Millage) Burnsed of Jacksonville and Bonnie Jean (Finis) McDonald of Katie, TX; brothers  Amos Crawford of Lake Butler, Auzzie (Bertha) Crawford and Bobby (Bernice Jean) Crawford, both of Glen St. Mary; several step-grandchildren also survive.

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Mary Harrington, 74, of Auburn, AL

Mary Ruis Harrington, 74, of Auburn died January 3, 2012 at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. She was born in Sanderson on July 14, 1937 and was a member of Society Hill Baptist Church. Mrs. Harrington was preceded in death by her parents Bert Ruis and Margaret Skinner; brother Archie Ruis; sisters Matilda Johnson and Annie Mae Sequine, and grandson Matt Jones.

Survivors include husband John Harrington; sister Jewel Reddish; son Douglas (Jane) Brown and Randy (Sharon) Brown; daughters Letricia (Tommy) McInarnay, Penny (Robert) Walters, Brenda (Roy) Cadenhead; stepchildren Vickie Hamby, Mickey (Karen) Harrington, Debra Reach, Sharon (Chip) Davis; 19 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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Updated: High school gets ‘B’ after two straight ‘Ds’

From left: BCHS principal Tom Hill, Tyler Mobley, Jonny Lambright, Dillon Jones, Jena Sands, Superintendent Sherrie Raulerson and Robert Raulerson in the BCHS gym after the school's new grade was announced.Baker County High School made history last week by garnering its highest grade from the Florida Department of Education since the state began grading the school 13 years ago.

Superintendent of Schools Sherrie Raulerson convened teachers, faculty and students in the BCHS gym the morning of January 4 to make the announcement.

She addressed them with school principal Tom Hill alongside balloons, a large foam letter “B,” signifying the school’s new grade; all while the speakers pumped Kool and the Gang’s “Celebrate Good Times.”

“It’s the first time for Baker County High School, so of course, we’re thrilled,” Ms. Raulerson said later that day.

The new grade has been pending for months and Mr. Hill was confident his school would shake its “D” grade.

He just wasn’t sure how high it would go.His optimism came from the school’s 4 percent jump in graduation and improved FCAT performance, which makes up half the state’s formula for grading high schools.

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Bobby Bowden speaks at Wildcats football awards banquet

Former FSU football coach Bobby Bowden at the awards banquet.Legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden, who lead the Florida State Seminoles to a national titles in 1999 and 1993, addressed the 2012 Wildcat football awards banquet January 6.

BCHS football coach Ryan Sulkowski said this week that his players, who met Coach Bowden before the event, were excited and humbled by the experience.

“That is what the banquet was all about, those kids,” he said. “And to have a speaker of that magnitude in not describable ... Our kids were honored that he chose to spend time with us for our special night ... He’s a great coach and even better man. Our kids have a memory to take with them for a lifetime.”

Mr. Bowden shared humorous stories and talked about the role that successful athletics programs often play in academic achievement.

And he gave players some words of wisdom to take with them as they prepare to enter adulthood.

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