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Waiting to breathe freely

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Daniel Kicklighter just wants to breathe freely again.  The 34-year-old awaits his second double-lung transplant in Gainesville.  Born with cystic fibrosis, Kicklighter received two new lungs in 2015.  His body has since rejected the second set. He is in the process of...

FAA fast tracks EIS, will not seek comments

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The Federal Aviation Administration has decided that it will not seek additional public comments as the result of Spaceport Camden's amended launch site operator’s license application and will apparently fast track the licensing decision.   The agency is using federal executive orders...

Board restores historic school

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A century ago, Camden County had three Rosenwald schools. Today, there’s just one, the big red school house in the Kinlaw community. The one that Black families raised $909 to build. More contributions added $950, then philanthropist Julius Rosenwald chipped in the last $1,000. The Kinlaw...

County waives garbage collection fee for churches

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A little known provision of Camden County's garbage contract offers free curbside collection service to any church in the unincorporated area that can provide proof of its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.  At a Sept. 1 meeting, county staff brought that provision to the attention of the Camden...

Firefighter faces felony for allegedly filming coworker

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A St. Marys firefighter was arrested last week for allegedly trying to film a coworker while she was in the bathroom at the fire station. Connor Wade Hodges, 22, of Hilliard, Florida, was arrested Sept. 1 and charged with unlawful eavesdropping or surveillance, which is a felony. He was released...

Free meals for children

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Free breakfast and lunch are available for all Nassau County children, regardless of school attendance. Curbside pickup is available on Tuesdays for those who are not eating in a school cafeteria.  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the offerings in August. “This...

Youth market fair animals

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Joan Kramer planned to show 16-month-old steer Winston at this year’s fair until it and the live animal auction were canceled amid COVID-19 concerns.  “I was disappointed, but it’s a bit of a break, because you’re working with those animals all year,” Kramer said, adding that she...

Kingsland presents budget at 8 mills

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With slight growth in the tax digest, City of Kingsland staff presented a budget to council in late August that keeps the millage rate at 8 mills for the fiscal year 2021 budget. The first budget hearing will be Sept. 14. The digest is up 2.77% from new construction, which means the city will...

Camden sees steady drops in virus data

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After a surge of cases in July that reached its peak in early August, Camden has seen lower coronavirus case numbers over the last few weeks and dropped to the yellow zone on the latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report published Sunday. While the numbers are looking better across the...