Regional

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...

Be the Change

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Young volunteers sort clothing at Be the Change Northeast Florida’s clothing giveaway and yard sale Aug. 8. The non-profit hosts regular yard sales to raise funds for helping the homeless and others in need. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Be-the-Change-NE-Florida-Inc-280042779206525 for more...

GBI serves search warrant in murder case

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GBI agents searched the home of a Brantley County man last week as they continue investigating a 1985 murder case that has been reopened. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been re-examining the murders of Harold and Thelma Swain and looking at Erik Sparre as a possible suspect. “Agents...

Back to school with COVID: It's up to DPH to notify, track cases

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By the first day of school on Tuesday, rumor had it that a teacher had already tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed other staff who had contact with students. Camden County Schools won't say whether that’s true or not — and neither can the health department. Leading up to schools...