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North Florida Land Trust marks record conservation year

The nonprofit North Florida Land Trust celebrated a record year for land conservation — spending about $18 million to preserve more than 6,100 acres of natural land essential to wildlife and water shed throughout the region.Jim McCarthy, land trust president, said money from donors and at the local, state and federal level helped the conservation organization reach some historic acquisitions in 2018 — both the largest conservation easements and the largest […]

Jacksonville boy, 2, mourned as shooting death investigation continues

The shooting death of a 2-year-old Jacksonville boy Saturday at a Westside apartment remains under investigation as prayers and condolences for his family filled social media.Jayden James Piedra died after being shot about 10:16 a.m. while inside an apartment at the MorningSide Apartment complex, 2401 Jammes Road, said the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, which announced at 7:21 p.m. on Twitter that he’d passed away at UF Health Jacksonville.The shooting happened while Jayden, […]

Today in Jacksonville History: Feb. 10, 1916

A new era and a million bucks a week. …That’s what the movies meant to Jacksonville.So said Mayor J.E.T. Bowden and business leader Telfair Stockton, respectively.The movers and shakers rolled out the red carpet for titans of filmdom Feb. 10, 1916. Said titans were represented by Mark M. Dintenfass, treasurer of the Vim Motion Picture Corp. of New York City.Moviemakers were all over Jacksonville in the waning winter of 1916. Dintenfass, very large in […]

JSO: 2-year-old dies after being shot at Westside apartment

Jacksonville police say a 2-year-old boy died after being shot Saturday morning inside an apartment at a Westside complex.The toddler’s death was reported at 7:21 p.m. by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on Twitter. The Sheriff’s Office said more information would be released later.The Sheriff’s Office didn’t release the child’s name. However, relatives as well as neighbors told the Times-Union earlier the boy was named Jayden.He had been shot about 10:16 a.m. inside an […]

Call Box: 'Cross and Sword' brought entertainment and history outdoors in St. Augustine

Dear Call Box: Decades ago, I went to a performances of “Cross and Sword” at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. What can you tell me about the play and what happened to it?T.W., SouthsideDear T.W.: For 32 years, a devastating hurricane hit Northeast Florida.Trees shook violently. Lightning struck St. Augustine’s giant cross. Cracking sounds thundered across the sky. Terrified colonists frantically sought shelter as […]

Call Box: Hangers, yarn, soup and Duval School Board building

Dear Call Box: I cleared my closet and am left with dozens of hangers. I’d like to donate them to a place that could use them.K.M., JacksonvilleDear K.M.: Goodwill Industries of North Florida would be glad to have the coat hangers, said Desi Pappas, vice president of public affairs. They can be dropped off at any of its multiple donation centers in various areas of town, or at its thrift stores. For a listing of the center or store […]

Tebow Foundation's special-needs prom 'means everything' to guests, parents

Ryan Smith came to party.His suit jacket was a sparkly dark blue, and on his feet were a pair of blue suede shoes.He attended the Tim Tebow Foundation’s annual Night to Shine in Jacksonville for the first time last year, so he knew what to expect at the faith-based special-needs prom this year.”It’s danceable! It’s singable! A lot of fun,” he said. “It has everything.”Yousef Kasera, Smith’s volunteer “buddy” for the evening, also was a repeat guest and just as […]

JSO: 2-year-old shot, critically injured on the Westside

Jacksonville police say a 2-year-old child was shot Saturday morning inside a Westside apartment.The child, whose name hasn’t been released, was rushed in life-threatening condition to the hospital, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.Police said the toddler was shot about 10 a.m. at MorningSide Apartments 2401 Jammes Road. Because it was early in the investigation, detectives hadn’t determined the circumstances of the shooting, said Lt. Craig Waldrup of the […]

FHP trooper's gun accidentally discharges following I-95 chase

The Florida Highway Patrol says an auxiliary trooper’s gun “was inadvertently discharged” following a high speed chase Friday night on Interstate 95.No injuries were reported because of the discharged firearm, according to the Highway Patrol.The incident began about 8:13 p.m. when a trooper saw a Toyota Sienna passenger van traveling in a reckless manner consistent with the driver being under the influence of alcohol or drugs on Florida 207 near Interstate 95 in St. Johns […]

Today in Jacksonville History: Feb. 9, 1925

Overwhelming sentiment assured Pablo Beach was done.A mass meeting was expected to declare the shore city here and henceforth Jacksonville Beach.A full 75 percent of Beaches residents wanted to hitch their wagon to a star, the Jacksonville Journal said.”Though many persons in Florida are familiar with the attractive city south of the mouth of the St. Johns River, the name is not nearly as widespread as Jacksonville” the Journal said.By becoming […]