Pink Ribbon Golf Classic set to tee off against breast cancer

Pink Ribbon Golf Classic set to tee off against breast cancer

On Oct. 12, women golfers from Ponte Vedra and the surrounding communities will make their way to the tee box for the 11th annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic. More »

Scenic Highway group plans Switzerland Community Center restoration

Scenic Highway group plans Switzerland Community Center restoration

The William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway Group has had rebuilding or replacing the Switzerland Community Center as part of its plan since 2012; the group decided in 2016 that it was time to take on this project. More »

Mandarin High School opens student managed VyStar branch

Mandarin High School opens student managed VyStar branch

The highly anticipated ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony of VyStar Credit Union’s newest branch was held on Sept. 26 at Mandarin High School. More »

The Carnation Ceremony: A personal story in every flower

The Carnation Ceremony: A personal story in every flower

Pink carnations and the tossing ceremony are rooted in dragon boat culture; on Sept. 23, Jacksonville’s Dragon Boat Festival held its races and carnation ceremony. More »

 

Scenic Highway group plans Switzerland Community Center restoration

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By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Across from Alpine Groves Park on State Road 13 sits an old volunteer firehouse that hasn’t been in use since the county built Fire Station 2 in Switzerland in 2000. What many people don’t know is that behind this old firehouse is a truly historic building that is also in a state of disrepair: The Switzerland Community Center.

Get to Know … Rhonda Gauger

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By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Rhonda Gauger grew up in Georgia surrounded my music. Both of her parents were musicians and she began playing piano while in the fifth grade. Gauger’s passion for music carried on throughout her childhood and still remains today. She earned her bachelor’s degree in piano and masters in education from Columbus State University. She met her husband, Bob, a music leader and piano technician, while pursuing her master’s degree. They recently celebrated their 34th anniversary and are proud parents of Ben and Katie, who both serve in the Marine Corps.

Annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic set to tee off against breast cancer

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By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

On Oct. 12, women golfers from Ponte Vedra and the surrounding communities will make their way to the tee box at the beautiful Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. The 11th annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic has become a much anticipated event led by volunteers, many of whom are breast cancer survivors. The Pink Ribbon Golf Classic supports both Baptist Medical Center – Beaches and Mayo Clinic – Jacksonville by providing direct financial support for breast cancer research and related services.

Get to Know … Jermaine Reynolds

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By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Jermaine Reynolds is the director of bands at Ponte Vedra High School, but that might not be the case if not for a last minute schedule change by his middle school principal. Reynolds, who was born and raised in Alachua, Fla., was a member of his middle school chorus for two years when the principal ended the program. He wanted to stay with his music teacher, Amy Beres, so he decided to give band a try. What followed was an auspicious music career at Santa Fe High School, where he played baritone and was the head drum major as well as band captain his senior year.

Mandarin High School opens student managed VyStar branch

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By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

The highly anticipated ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony of VyStar Credit Union’s newest branch was held on Sept. 26 at Mandarin High School. Each school branch is managed by students under the supervision of a teacher, as well as VyStar Credit Union representatives. The importance of a strong foundation in financial literacy is vital for young students as they prepare to entire adulthood. The program’s mission is to serve the students, teachers, and staff members in their school community. As part of this year long program, students have the opportunity to implement skills acquired within the classroom in a genuine branch environment.