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1967-2018: Jacksonville entrepreneur, humanitarian Sherry Blue 'thrived on helping others'

Sherry Blue dropped out of college after two semesters and was locked into mostly entry-level positions. But she returned to school a dozen years later and armed with determination and a business administration degree made her mark.She found success in the corporate world before founding a bail bond agency, establishing a luxury limo business and launching a foundation to provide scholarships, mentors and educational programs for women at area colleges.Mrs. Blue died Sept. 13 […]

Jacksonville International Airport losing Silver, adding Spirit

Jacksonville’s airport will soon lose an airline and gain one.Silver Airways said Wednesday it would suspend service to Jacksonville International Airport on Nov. 4. Fort Lauderdale-based Silver was notable for its nonstop flights to the Bahamas. The seasonal service there began in 2013 with direct flights to Marsh Harbour.Silver subsequent added flights to cities including Fort Lauderdale; Pensacola; Birmingham, Ala.; and Nassau, Bahamas.”Unfortunately, certain flights […]

Westside High student shot, school bus driver transports him to fire station

A student was critically injured this morning after a drive-by shooting just before he boarded a bus full of Westside High School students, police and district officials said.It happened about 6:15 a.m. as he was walking on Lane Avenue, police said at the scene. The bus driver drove the student to nearby Fire Station 22 on Tiny Tim Lane, with a police lieutenant crediting the driver with possibly saving the student’s life. Police are looking for the shooter, who was in a dark car that […]

JEA wants federal regulators to intervene in Plant Vogtle dispute

JEA asked federal energy regulators to intervene in its dispute with a Georgia electric agency over a controversial agreement that obligates the Jacksonville’s ratepayers to help build two nuclear reactors in that state that are years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget.It’s not clear whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will agree to hear JEA’s case. The federal agency regulates the sale and transmission of electricity across state lines and reviews some […]

Report says Northeast Florida can be nation's No. 1 economy

The seven-county greater Jacksonville area can realistically aspire to become the “highest performing economy in the country” over the next five years, according to an Elevate Northeast Florida report that gives insights into how the region can use its water resources to brand itself nationally and what can be done to convince residents they can flourish here for their entire careers.The Elevate Florida report is a follow-up to a previous five-year strategy called Innovate Florida […]

Jacksonville considers $36 million in incentives to redevelop dormant Berkman II

A developer wants $36 million in city financial incentives to turn a downtown riverfront site occupied by the vacant, partly-built Berkman II building into a 341-room hotel with a family entertainment center, water park and parking garage.The Downtown Investment Authority board will consider the request when it meets Wednesday.A proposed term sheet put together by DIA staff for the board meeting says the total amount of investment would be $112 million. However, it does not […]

Board debates shooting safety video for young students

Duval County’s School Board discussed and debated Tuesday whether to show a series of active shooter safety videos to elementary school students because of some parents’ objections.Superintendent Diana Greene said after the debate that she will recommend removing the safety video for students in kindergarten through second grade, but older elementary school students will have to watch the videos unless their parents opt them out.At least one board member and two parents […]

1919-2018: Pearl Harbor survivor Robert Beaudreau loved baseball, physical fitness

Robert Beaudreau dropped flowers over the side of the USS Milwaukee last December at Naval Station Mayport to honor his shipmates who died in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The Jacksonville resident was again the guest of honor as the only survivor to attend the annual remembrance ceremony each of the last two years.Mr. Beaudreau died Friday after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 98.The Minnesota native joined the Navy in 1940 and was […]

'Red Coats' share proceeds of The Players Championship; Special Olympians are swinging new golf clubs

Fletcher Schaier loves that accomplished feeling he gets when his golf ball drops into the hole.When that happens, he said, he shouts “yessssss” and displays a fist pump.The 21-year-old Special Olympics golfer, who has been playing about a year, loves being on the putting green, the driving range and the full course. And now he gets to develop his game with a brand-new set of clubs donated by The Players Championship.”I got bigger equipment and more equipment,” said a […]