Articles from Jacksonville - local

Lack of VA hospital in Jacksonville means long drives for certain types of care

The three-hour round-trip drive from Jacksonville to Gainesville is a pretty familiar trek for Air Force veteran Richard Marohn. The Department of Veterans Affairs doesn’t offer the treatment he needs closer to home.This fall he’ll made that drive a sixth when he goes down for another follow-up appointment related to a June 2016 nasal surgery.“We’ve got so many veterans living here, it’s just too bad we don’t have a VA hospital where we can […]

Former fire department leader set to join City Council next month

As a fireman, Randy White’s political savvy helped him become president of Jacksonville’s fire union, and later, second-in-command of the fire department. It also earned him a nickname: The Godfather.Seven years after retiring from the department, his political abilities have helped him win a seat on the City Council without a single ballot being cast, as he was the only candidate who qualified for an upcoming special election to fill the open seat of Councilman Doyle […]

Duval students scrambling after district ends contract with Catapult

Hundreds of Duval County high school students and former dropouts are looking for a new way to finish working toward a diploma, now that the school district and its biggest dropout retrieval partner, Catapult Academy, will officially part ways Aug. 31.Catapult, with seven locations in Jacksonville, is sometimes called a dropout retrieval or “drop-back-in” academy. With flexible class times and online and in-person instruction, Catapult was one of several schools specializing in […]

Good News: Berkshire Hathaway Backpack Challenge reaches 19th year

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty’s 19th annual Backpack Challenge is under way and will continue through July 31.As a result of last year’s challenge, the real estate firm, with help from the community and local charities, provided over 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for local children. New backpacks filled with school supplies for students in kindergarten through grade 12 may be donated at the Berkshire Hathaway […]

Court gives France rights to ancient shipwreck linked to Fort Caroline colony

A granite monument bearing the symbol of France’s coat of arms, the fleur-de-lis, disappeared 453 years ago just off Cape Canaveral, as the ship carrying it sank in a hurricane that changed the course of history.After a ruling in U.S. District Court in Orlando, the monument may one day be lifted from the water and taken, finally, the last few yards to America.If so, it would a provide a tangible link to the history of the doomed French colony of Fort Caroline in what would […]

Jacksonville police: Rape, kidnapping reported off Moncrief Road

Police are investigating a reported kidnapping and rape Thursday afternoon in the Moncrief Road/Golfair Boulevard area, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.It happened about 2:45 p.m. in the 4200 block of Moncrief Road, the Sheriff’s Office said. The man drove the victim in a black sport-utility vehicle to an abandoned house in the 1400 block of Mason Avenue, where the person reported being robbed and sexually battered.The Sheriff’s Office said the man was armed but […]

Cold Noses: Adoptable Pets of the Week

Cold Noses, the Times-Union’s weekly pet column, features pets available for adoption at area government-run shelters. For more go to and search for Cold Noses.Moon is a 4-year-old female mixed-breed dog (ID no. 38124149). She is friendly, sweet and loves to be petted. Meet her at Nassau County Animal Services, 86078 License Road, Fernandina Beach. Regular hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. (904) 530-6150. […]

Young man's body found on Jacksonville's Westside

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a young man on Jacksonville’s Westside.A neighbor noticed the body near the East Bilken Drive and Lafore Road intersection off 103rd Street and called police around 6:45 a.m. Friday, Sgt. Jay Taylor Jr. said.Taylor said the victim appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s.“There’s trauma that resulted in death,” he said, adding investigators would not be releasing a cause of death at the […]

Georgia boy dies in Huguenot Park incident

A 6-year-old Georgia child is dead following an incident at Huguenot Park, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.The child was playing with an older sibling in the shallow surf line about 4:30 p.m. when something happened, Sgt. Mark Musser said. They do not know if it was a drowning or something else but deemed it accidental.”The sibling notified parents that he was in distress,” Musser said. “They responded down and CPR was attempted.”The boy was there with his […]