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Appeals court upholds outcome of 2016 Putnam sheriff's election

In a case focused on questions about whether ineligible voters cast ballots, an appeals court Friday upheld the results of a 2016 sheriff’s race in Putnam County that was decided by handful of votes.A panel of the 5th District Court of Appeal sided with the Putnam County Canvassing Board and Sheriff Homer “Gator” DeLoach in the challenge filed by Jonathan Kinney, who ran against DeLoach.The ruling said initial results indicated that Kinney received 18 more […]

Credit agency sours on JEA after lawsuit over faltering nuclear deal

A major Wall Street credit agency criticized Jacksonville’s electric utility Friday for filing a lawsuit that seeks to void an expensive contract obligating local ratepayers to help build and eventually buy power from two planned nuclear reactors in Georgia.In sum, Standard & Poors analysts said JEA’s legal argument — that a previous board of directors […]

Mark Woods: Huge opening for Jags

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 where there were two holy days. Saturday […]

4 men face homicide charges after fatal shooting in St. Johns County

All four men who were taken into custody Thursday after a fatal shooting in St. Johns County are charged with homicide and attempted robbery, according to the Sheriff’s Office.Authorities identified the man killed as 24-year-old Paul Eugene Pettigrew of Jacksonville. He was found shot to death when deputies responded to a report of gunfire just before 2 a.m. Thursday on Usina Road off Cowan Road.A sport-utility vehicle sped by the responding deputies as they arrived, and the […]

Good News: Gatorade Player of the Year comes through for nonprofit

Prior to graduating from The Bolles School this year, Caitlin Collier won the Gatorade Florida Track & Field Player of the Year award.As a state Player of the Year, Caitlin was allowed to choose an organization to receive a grant as part of Gatorade’s Play it Forward program. She chose the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation to receive the $1,000 grant.Caitlyn then wrote an essay about why she chose the foundation and why it would deserve an […]

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.Quinn is a 2-year-old female mixed-breed dog (ID No. A1096026) She is full of life. Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services, 2020 Forest St. Regular hours: noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. (904) 630-2489, […]

Man shoots gun at attackers after getting stabbed in Jacksonville bank parking lot

Jacksonville police are searching for two men who stabbed a man Thursday in a bank parking lot on Moncrief Road and then fled the scene as the victim shot at them.Officers responded to a reported shooting at the Bank of America, 5859 Moncrief Road, about 11:15 a.m. and found a man suffering from stab wounds, police said. The man had pulled into the bank parking lot when two unknown men ran up to him and started stabbing him.Police said the man was able to retrieve a handgun and […]

There's room to grow at new building for Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center

Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center opened in its sleek new 9-story building in San Marco earlier this month, a 330,000-square-foot-space filled with hundreds of pieces of art and walls of glass that give patients and families views over downtown and along the St. Johns River.About 2½ floors are unfinished shell space, room for the growth that the center’s leaders say is guaranteed to come as the cancer center, like Jacksonville itself, becomes an even bigger medical destination. […]

Palm Coast man arrested on sex battery charge after minor found unconscious

A 42-year-old Palm Coast man who was arrested in a 2017 child sex sting is now facing an additional sexual battery charge after a minor was found unconscious this week on his mother’s front porch, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.Authorities received a call Wednesday from the victim’s mother who said her son was disoriented and having trouble breathing after several hours of bed rest, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The teenager had told his mother he voluntarily […]