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Investigators issue warrant after body of missing Nassau woman found in Georgia woods

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued a warrant Monday for a man who was found driving a pickup truck registered to a Bryceville woman found dead in a wooded area just north of the Florida border.Jennifer Lynn Perry, 38, was last seen by family July 7 and was reported missing Wednesday, said Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper. He said Perry traveled to Jacksonville to meet someone and never returned.Leeper said the body found Friday in Charlton County, Ga., had been […]

Kids Mural Project seeks big picture giving youth a voice through 'empowering' art

The spark for the Kids Mural Project came, coincidentally, at One Spark in 2015.Jacksonville artist Nicole Holderbaum’s entry in the local crowd-funding competition was called “Art for Jacksonville’s Youth and Beyond,” which she said was essentially a “coloring book mural” for youth. She didn’t win but met a city parks and recreation department staffer who wanted her mural idea to be part of the summer youth program.”My passion is art and empowering and uplifting those […]

2 new Eastern indigo snakes hatched at Jacksonville Zoo

On Monday, World Snake Day, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens announced the hatching of two Eastern indigo snakes that are threatened species in their native Southeastern United States.On July 10 and 11, the two hatchlings emerged from 4-inch eggs after a 100-day incubation. They are 13 inches long but will quickly grow into the longest native snake species in the country, according to the zoo.They were the first indigo snakes hatched there since 1997.The snake’s […]

St. Johns school district maintenance worker arrested on child-molestation charge

A 34-year-old maintenance employee with the St. Johns County school district is facing a child-molestation charge after he was arrested Friday, according to the Sheriff’s Office.Zachary Scott Bass was booked on a charge of lewd or lascivious molestation on a victim younger than 12 and released on bail Saturday, according to jail records.Authorities responded to a call June 15 and learned a child was complaining that she had been touched inappropriately over the past year, […]

Florida Blue looking to hire 200 temporary workers

Florida Blue, which is planning to hire 200 temporary workers for this fall’s health insurance open enrollment period, will hold two job fairs this week. The fairs will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday and 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday at the Florida Blue Center at River City Marketplace, 13141 City Station Drive. The positions will be for four or five months. Candidates can apply now by going to and clicking on Temporary Jobs. The jobs will be at Florida Blue’s […]

As political tension rises, emergency motion filed in suit over City Council replacement

The Northwest Jacksonville resident suing Gov. Rick Scott over his increasingly controversial appointment of a Mandarin Republican to represent a mostly Democratic City Council district filed a motion Monday asking a judge to put the case on an emergency track.Political tension escalated over the issue at a news conference where the resident, Brenda Priestly Jackson, a former Duval County School Board member, and local Duval Democratic Party officials slammed Scott, as well as Mayor […]

Dog attack leaves Jacksonville girl, 6, with 'life-threatening' injuries

A 6-year-old girl on Sunday suffered severe life-threatening injuries after being bitten by what “appears to be a Pit Bull mixed breed,” the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reports.According to JSO, the child was unresponsive when emergency personnel arrived, and she was immediately transported to a local hospital. The attack occurred Sunday morning around 10 a.m. at a home in the 2700 block of Herrick Drive in Arlington.According to police, more than one dog was in […]

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MONDAY American Legion Post 137 Executive Meeting: 6:30 p.m., bingo 7-9 p.m., 5443 San Juan Ave. (904) 662-2325.TUESDAY Veterans Council of Duval County Meeting: 7 p.m., American Legion Post 137, 5443 San Juan Ave. (904) 662-2325.THURSDAY Veterans Career Counseling Workshop: 1-4 p.m., City Hall, St. James Building, Suite 175, 117 W. Duval St. Veterans get free help with resume writing, interview skills and job etiquette. (904) 630-7902.SATURDAY […]

Jacksonville's Tony Miles places second in World Series of Poker

Tony Miles battled long and hard in his bid to become the World Series of Poker champion, but the former UNF student came up just short in an epic final table.He did not leave unrewarded. Miles’ runner-up payout was $5 million after outlasting all but one of the 7,874 players in the second-largest field in WSOP history.Miles’ magical run through poker’s biggest event ended just before 8 a.m. (EDT) on Sunday when John Cynn of Indianapolis won the marathon heads-up session (199 […]

Is algae at head of St. Johns River tied to sludge?

While state agencies hurried last week to meet Gov. Rick Scott’s emergency order to control algae blanketing South Florida, they also quietly trained attention on algae staining the St. Johns River’s usually pristine headwaters.Those headwaters aren’t in the seven-county area Scott told state scientists to focus on cleaning up. But activists and politicians both pushed the state to do something about bright green, potentially toxic algae covering Blue Cypress Lake in […]