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Jacksonville police investigating Saturday fatal shooting

Jacksonville police are investigating the shooting death of young man found early Saturday in a neighborhood on the city’s Northwest side.Police discovered the 18-year-old victim with gunshot wounds about 1:15 a.m. in the 8300 block of Gullege Drive near Sibbald Road. He died from his injuries after being taken to UF Health Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.Officers found him after receiving a call reporting a person shot. The Sheriff’s Office didn’t identify […]

Beaches man ran across America, facing his troubled past

Christian Griffith was so alone out there at night, running deep through the Nevada desert, that he could turn off his headlamp, sprawl out in the middle of the Highway 50, “The Loneliest Road in America,” and just lie there, resting, looking at the stars.After all, if any cars or trucks did come along, he could have seen their headlights coming from miles and miles away.He ran through all of Nevada, and 11 other states as well, part of a 22-week, 3,100-mile run across […]

Lots of fighting words as 1967 voters scrapped over consolidation

This is an updated version of a story published in August 2017 to mark the anniversary of the 1967 vote that would, by Oct. 1, 1968, consolidate Jacksonville and Duval County into one 874-square-mile city.A deadly, strangling octopus or a “communistic plot?”Those were some fighting words tossed around 51 years ago, when it became clear that not everyone was happy with the prospect of Jacksonville one day becoming the Bold New City of the South.Indeed, […]

'Crooks, crooked stuff' helped propel Jacksonville-Duval County consolidation

Jacksonville changed forever a half-century ago, reinventing itself as it stretched its borders to the ends of Duval County.But before that happened, voters had to decide they wanted it.They chose fast, approving a consolidation referendum less than two months after the Florida Legislature authorized it.People living with that decision will honor it over the next few weeks with events organized partly by the sons of families who championed consolidation.Attorney […]

Prominent consolidation supporters, foes firm in their beliefs

FIVE PROMINENT SUPPORTERSThe OrganizerClaude Yates was president of the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce when he called a meeting of 22 other business and civic leaders in 1965. The meeting resulted in the Yates Manifesto, a petition to the Duval legislative delegation to allow a consolidation vote. The proposal eventually was placed on the ballot. Yates headed Citizens for Better Government, which waged a full-scale […]

Good News: Osprey Racing Team is $33,000 recipient

APR Energy and The John and Suzanne Campion Family Foundation recently donated $33,000 to the University of North Florida’s Osprey Racing Team.The team is made up of engineering and business students who design and build a race car each year and compete with other colleges in the national Formula Society of Automotive Engineers championship.The donation was presented by APR Energy Chairman John Campion […]

Offill named group publisher of Jacksonville, Daytona and St. Augustine newspapers

Daytona Beach News-Journal publisher Bill Offill has been promoted to the position of group publisher for three GateHouse Media newspapers in Florida, the company announced Friday.Offill will now serve as publisher of the Times-Union, the St. Augustine Record and The News-Journal.“I really look forward to working with the quality teams already in place at the Times-Union and the Record,” Offill said. “Both newspapers have great track records for providing […]

Beach bars, restaurants in Northeast Florida scramble to handle British sailors

Business was booming at the beach bars and restaurants in Northeast Florida this week thanks to hundreds of British sailors who arrived Wednesday when the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth docked for a logistics stop at Naval Station Mayport.When the ship pulled into port there wasn’t much publicity despite the rush of men and women who would soon spread out to the three Beaches communities.The sailors only had a few days in port to stretch their legs, so many of them […]

Mark Woods: No NFL player will make a bigger play

As we watch what happens on football fields during the NFL’s opening weekend — celebrating big hits and bold swagger — maybe we should take a minute to think about the people who gathered in Jacksonville two weeks ago to play a football video game.No NFL player will make a bigger play than a 6-foot-3, 360-pound professional gamer from Ohio did that Sunday afternoon.Ronald Casey, 30, has been playing Madden NFL football since he was growing up in […]

Good News: Osprey Racing Team is $33,000 recipent

APR Energy and The John and Suzanne Campion Family Foundation recently donated $33,000 to the University of North Florida’s Osprey Racing Team.The team is made up of engineering and business students who design and build a race car each year and compete with other colleges in the national Formula Society of Automotive Engineers championship.The donation was presented by APR Energy Chairman John Campion […]

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