Baker County, FL

Baker County,

Vets install ramps, receive donations

The nonprofit Baker County Veterans Council recently donated a white sedan to an Army veteran in recovery and installed two wheelchair ramps for local residents and veterans Dick Johnson and Bill Russell. Volunteers Jim Palleschi, Larry Porterfield, Ted Gornto and Dan Masterson (pictured above) furnished the labor. Previously, the council...
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Baker County,

Letter: Rural quality of area at stake

Baker County is a rare gem of a community in North Florida, still boasting country appeal and time-honored traditions. As the slogan says, locals can enjoy a small-town feel with all the big city conveniences. Residents here appreciate knowing their neighbors and having ample agricultural and recreational opportunities, wide-open spaces, and a tranquil atmosphere. Unfortunately, that peace is about to be threatened with the first of many agricultural land use changes on the horizon.
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What kids should know about drugs and alcohol: State education officials propose new standards

Quality Journalism for Critical Times The Department of Education is proposing what appears to be more expansive guidance on drugs and alcohol instruction for middle and high schoolers. A draft of the proposals are posted as a part of a broader review of learning standards that include civics education and the Holocaust. The substance abuse standards may be discussed Thursday […] The post What kids should know about drugs and alcohol: State education officials propose new standards appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
Baker County,

Lonzie Altman, 90, longtime store owner

Lonzie Altman, 90, of Glen St. Mary passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021, at St. Vincent’s Riverside Community Hospice. Lonzie was born in Baker County on November 16, 1930, to Admiral Dewey Altman and Carrie Williams Altman. He was a lifelong resident of Baker County and was a member of Mount Zion Primitive Baptist Church. He was an entrepreneur at heart, who owned and operated Columbia Saw Company and Altman’s Grocery. Lonzie enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, farming and growing watermelons. Most of all, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife of 69 years, Yvonne “Bonnie” Mobley; son Jesse Dean Altman; siblings Hubert Altman, J.B. Altman, Morris Altman, Willie Mae Raulerson, Mallaveene Crawford and Phylis Upchurch.
Baker County,

Summer heat with limited shower, storm coverage

Storms are developing west of the St. Johns river but expect the majority to affect jst a few areas and remain brief. Clay and western Duval will see the rain track into Baker county this afternoon. Mainly dry conditions are expected across NEFLA this evening but rain will focus around...
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Gov. DeSantis signs budget, vetoes $1.5 billion

TALLAHASSEE — While pointing to an economic resurgence amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday used his line-item veto power to slash $1.5 billion as he signed a record $100 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year. [ Gov. DeSantis announces bonuses for educators at Baker County Middle...
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Baker County woman killed in crash on Dunn Avenue at I-295

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — At least one person is dead and multiple people are injured after a deadly crash on Dunn Avenue at I-295. The crash happened on the northbound I-295 off-ramp to Dunn Avenue. An SUV driven by a 31-year-old Sanderson woman was driving west on Dunn Avenue approaching the intersection of the I-295 northbound ramp while a sedan driven by a 59-year-old Jacksonville Beach man was turning left from the eastbound left turn lane of Dunn Avenue to the I-295 northbound entrance ramp, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
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Ron DeSantis Showcases Funds for Teachers

Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis was joined by teachers, school principals, and superintendents in Baker County, Sarasota County and Okaloosa County to announce a total of $765 million in funding to support Florida’s teachers. These investments include $550 million to continue elevating minimum teacher salaries, as well as $215 million...
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Creekside-Baker County spring football takeaways: Loss opens Knights' eyes

ST. JOHNS — Creekside’s 27-0 loss to Baker County Thursday was a bit misleading, because it suggested the Knights didn’t have a chance against the Wildcats. The Knights fought harder after the first quarter, making more plays on offense and defense as the game progressed. They even made it into the red zone a few times but weren’t able to capitalize.

Volunteers install 880 ‘Heroes Forever’ markers

Volunteers with assistance from a county inmate crew erected 880 white crosses with American flags and the names of current and retired military servicemen and women along U.S. 90 in Macclenny on Saturday morning. The annual tribute known as “Heroes Forever” from the Baker Conservative Women’s Network takes place during...
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Florida's Ron DeSantis Giving Teachers $1,000 Bonuses Upon Return to Classroom

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is giving public school teachers and principals in the state $1,000 bonuses as a reward for returning to classrooms following pandemic closures. The governor announced the bonuses at a news conference in Baker County Wednesday and said the funds have been approved by the Legislature. The final step is for him to sign the state budget, which he expects to do soon.