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Feed the Children aides 250-300 families

Families collect food at distribution point.The Oklahoma City-based nonprofit Feed the Children sent a semi-trailer full of food, toiletries and household cleaning supplies to Macclenny on March 15 for distribution to families in need.

Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition in Jacksonville orchestrated the delivery and distribution of donated goods here and at similar events in St. Johns and Duval counties the same day.

Local nonprofit groups, which supplied some 30 volunteers for the event, were asked to register families in advance to receive food. The only requirement was that recipients have children in the home.

An estimated 250-300 families picked up donations beginning at 3:30 pm in the National Children’s Study parking lot on S. 6th St. in the Crossroads Shopping Center.

“The event was a great success yesterday when every bit of food, cleaning and hygiene items were distributed to Baker families,” said Kerry Dunlavey, director of the Baker County Health Department, by e-mail last week. “We were blessed to have the event here this year for the first time.”

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Losses to Kenny, NF Christian Verot in UNF tourney

Waddell on the mound.Last week was one the Wildcat baseball team would like to forget.

The Cats lost a close one to district foe Bishop Kenny and then dropped games against state powers North Florida Christian and Bishop Verot in the UNF Tournament of Champions. They bounced back a little in their final game of the tourney, beating Eagle’s View.

The week started badly with a 2-1 district loss to Kenny as the Crusaders took advantage of some breaks at home on Thursday, March 15.

Chris Waddell threw five innings and Brad Stone came in for the sixth inning.

“We just didn’t execute enough to win the game,” said Coach Fred Matricardi. “We had chances but couldn’t get that big hit.”

The Cats came out on Friday with a hangover from the Kenny game and it showed as they lost to North Florida Christian 8-3. BCHS gave up five runs in the second inning and that proved to be the difference.

“We made a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes and came out a little flat after the Kenny game,” commented Matricardi.

Hunter Hanks led the offense, going 3 for 4.

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Shelton Carter, 76, of Macclenny

Shelton M. Carter, 76, of Macclenny died Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at his residence. Mr. Carter was a retired mechanic and lifelong resident of Baker County who loved fishing and riding through the forest with his son.

Survivors include son Larry M. (Barbara) Carter of Macclenny; daughters Betty (Gene) Gomillion of Defuniak Springs, FL, Cyndi (Jerry) Crews of Macclenny and Alisa (Jason) Carter of Macclenny; step-sons Steve (Theresa) Dyess and Chris (Shirley) Dyess; brother Alvin (Clara) Carter of Glen St. Mary; sister Esther Clemons of Macclenny; 20 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 11 am, Friday, February 17 at Oak Grove Cemetery with Rev. Albert Starling officiating. Forbes funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

Neila Crews, 92, of Macclenny dies

Neila Odom Crews, 92, of Macclenny died February 15, 2012 at Cypress Creek Assisted Living Facility, Sun City, Florida. Mrs. Crews was a resident of Baker County for the past 65 years and was the daughter of the late King Solomon and Leoma Taylor Odom.

She retired from the Winn-Dixie produce department after 20 years and also enjoyed working at the former Karalle’s Town Shop in Macclenny. She was an organizer of the Friends of Baker County Nursing Home and a member of the Women’s Club, where she received the Woman of the Year award in 2000. She was a member of the Glen First Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years Edward Crews.

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