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Mark Woods: Huge opening for Jaguars

Later this year we’ll reach the 25th anniversary of the NFL awarding Jacksonville a franchise.I remember Nov. 30, 1993. I particularly remember what one sportswriter wrote after the announcement. Some guy who spent a fair amount of time in North Florida but was living in Tampa and covering the Buccaneers. He questioned the NFL’s wisdom, basically saying that Jacksonville was a college football town, located in a part of the state […]

JEA, Clay Electric and area relief agencies respond to help Hurricane Florence victims

Neighbors help each other when disaster strikes — even if it’s across state lines.They didn’t know their names but the people who a convoy of 51 JEA employees headed north to help Saturday morning are neighbors in need just the same.”We’re coming. Just be patient …We’ll be there soon to help,” Matthew Stafford, a JEA electric maintenance coordinator, replied when asked what he wanted South Carolina residents without electricity in the aftermath of Hurricane […]

Sunday Notebook: Homes sold faster and for more in August

Homes in Northeast Florida are selling at a pace that continues to accelerate, according to the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors.The group’s August housing market report showed that 2,656 single-family residential and condominium properties sold that month, a 6.2-percent drop from the same month a year earlier.But those homes sold faster and for more money, the Realtors organization said.Sales took an average of 59 days in August, down from 65 days in […]

Call Box: Burt Reynolds, the Duval Room and 'No Time for Sergeants'

Dear Call Box: I have separate photos of Burt Reynolds posing with my wife, Evanne, and me, but neither of us remembers where or when this happened. I’m sure it was in Jacksonville but have no idea where this event was or why he was here. It has to be at least 30 or 40 years ago. I seem to remember it being a book event, though my wife disputes that. My wife recalls that both Ossie Davis and his wife, Ruby Dee, also were there.Vic DiGenti, Ponte Vedra […]

About 100 nonprofits seek Stop the Violence micro grants

The first round of Stop the Violence grants brought applications from about 100 nonprofit organizations, showing widespread interest from grassroots groups trying to reach young people in their own neighborhoods, according to the Kids Hope Alliance.”These are the folks who want to be in the fight,” Kids Hope Alliance CEO Joe Peppers said Friday.Nonprofits that don’t make the cut for the initial $50,000 offering of grants, applications for which were due Friday, will have […]

To those left behind, consolidated government is not all it's cracked up to be

Much of the burden has fallen on black residents. Promises made to improve roads, drainage and sewer systems in the city’s older neighborhoods, many of which are predominantly black, haven’t panned out, a stark failure because it was black voters who lost political power when they largely supported a referendum expanding the city’s boundaries to include growing suburbs and the Beaches cities.

Big gaps in campaign money in all 3 Duval School Board races

So far Duval County’s three School Board races look like a lopsided battle for money.On one side, three candidates endorsed by a host of business and political groups have amassed many times more money than their opponents. They say their fundraising success reflects broad support for their vision for Duval public schools.On the other side are three financial underdogs who say voters are skeptical of so much money, suspecting there are strings attached.League of […]

St. Johns River suffers from salinity gains, wetlands loss, report says

Development filling in wetlands, rising salinity and the spread of non-native wildlife are all increasing strains on the St. Johns River’s health, according to an annual river assessment released Friday.Other changes are helping the river, however, such as lower levels in some areas of a chemical that feeds algae blooms, said the 2018 State of the Lower St. Johns River Basin report.Falling amounts of metals in the St. Johns’ main stem and better oxygen levels in […]

Putnam toddler drowns in pond; second similar case in Jacksonville area in 2 days

For the second time in two days, a toddler got out of his home and was found in a pond.Wednesday a 2-year-old boy was in critical condition after being pulled out of a pond off Joandale Road in Jacksonville. He had wandered away from family shortly after 3 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office said. His updated condition wasn’t available Friday.Thursday evening’s victim died at a hospital. Family found the 20-month-old boy unresponsive in a small pond outside his Ridge Lake Road home in […]

Jacksonville Beach's 'Florida Man' is blowin' in the winds — again — of Hurricane Florence

When Jim Cantore rolls into town, you know the hurricane threat is real.When Jacksonville Beach’s Lane Pittman — AKA “Florida Man” — arrives, it’s about to get real.In the middle of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, Pittman took to the streets donning only board shorts to wave his long red locks and an American Flag in the wind. It was all captured on a 9-second video set to the music of Slayer that’s garnered more than 3.6 million views on YouTube.Last […]