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Good News: Korean War vets get special recognition

U.S. Rep. John Rutherford presented the South Korean Ambassador’s Peace Medal to several Korean War veterans living at Fleet Landing on Wednesday.Rutherford recognized Gene Alvarez, Charles Williamson, Duane St. John and the late Charles Steck, whose wife Peggy Steck accepted his award.The congressman attended a luncheon with the veterans and their families prior to the […]

Man who stole 2 vehicles in St. Johns County, drove 100 mph wrong way on I-95, could be in Jacksonville

A car thief is reportedly in Duval County after St. Johns County deputies said he stole a vehicle from a used car lot in St. Augustine on Sunday, caused a crash, then drove 100 mph on the wrong side of Interstate-95, and later stole a car from a person getting gas.The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said they got a call around 5 p.m. regarding a man stealing a drink and some food from a St. Augustine Walmart.By the time deputies arrived at the scene, the man had already […]

Wife of missing JFRD firefighter: 'I have an army of support ... I have faith'

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — The wife of a missing Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department firefighter says her faith and “army of prayer warriors” is helping her stay strong as the search continues for her husband and his friend who never returned from fishing near Port Canaveral.”I know that the ocean is large and my […]

Coast Guard: False alarm about boat of missing Jacksonville, Virginia firefighters

Hope that Jacksonville and Virginia firefighters missing at sea for two days had been found were dashed Sunday when the U.S. Coast Guard said a civilian pilot’s report of the men’s boat was a false alarm.Coast Guard vessels and aircraft found no boat at the scene about 50 miles east of Jacksonville. A cooler and life jackets seen floating in the water by a search plane turned out to be unrelated debris, the agency said in a Twitter post. There was no sign of Brian McCluney, […]

Veterans calendar

MONDAY CareerSource of Northeast Florida Veterans Career Counseling: 8 a.m.-noon, city of Jacksonville Military Affairs and Veterans Office, Suite 175, 117 W. Duval St. Veterans get free help with resume writing, interview skills and job etiquette. (904) 630-3625.American Legion Post 137 Bingo with Brenda: 7 p.m., 5443 San Juan Av. (904) 662-2325.TUESDAY American Legion Riders Chapter 88 Motors and Margaritas: 6-9 p.m., Los Loros Mexican Restaurant, 5210 […]

50 Jacksonville firefighters join search for colleagues missing at sea

The air and surface search for Jacksonville and Virginia firefighters missing at sea during a fishing trip continued Sunday as about 50 Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department first responders with 11 boats joined the effort.Brian McCluney, a JFRD engineer/paramedic, and Justin Walker, a Fairfax County Va. firefighter, failed to return after leaving the 300 Christopher Columbus boat ramp in Cape Canaveral in a 24-foot center console boat Friday morning, according to the U.S. Coast […]

Man slain at Jacksonville apartment complex

Despite efforts by residents to save him, Jacksonville police said a man died after being shot at a Westside apartment complex late Saturday.The victim, about 25 to 35 years old, had multiple gunshot wounds when found next to the parking lot of the complex in the 8400 block of Helen Trace Drive, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.Police went to the complex about 10:36 p.m. to investigate multiple calls reporting gunshots. Arriving officers found several residents […]

Sunday Notebook: Plans begin for revitalized building on Jacksonville Beach boardwalk

Demolition is underway for a vacant building in a prime oceanfront locale in Jacksonville Beach to be turned into a hotel, restaurant and additional retail and office space.The property at 221 First St. near the SeaWalk Pavilion has long had a vacant building at the site. In its place, a new 25,000-square-foot building will be constructed, announced 221 Surfside Holdings, the company that owns the property.A boutique hotel is planned for on the second floor. The first […]