Alhambra’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” sure to delight audiences of all ages

Alhambra’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” sure to delight audiences of all ages

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is a fantasmagorically fun family musical now being performed at Alhambra Theatre and Dining — and the star of the show is a car. More »

Giving Closet Project repurposes unclaimed lost & found items

Giving Closet Project repurposes unclaimed lost & found items

Student homelessness has doubled in the past 10 years and former teacher Jennifer Smith is helping many students feel more loved and comfortable in the classroom. More »

Mandarin Middle School Lady Hawks cap undefeated season

Mandarin Middle School Lady Hawks cap undefeated season

The Mandarin Middle School softball team recently made a run for a second city championship in three years. More »

Look to nature for beach renourishment?

Look to nature for beach renourishment?

Development, along with a change in the weather cycle, has prevented enough sand from naturally renourishing the beaches. More »


Q&A with St. Johns County Commissioner Jimmy Johns (District 1)

Q: What is the latest news from the County Commission?

A: Right now, it is raining requests for money — everything from beach renourishment to the School Board to people requesting their drainage issues be fixed. We are in budget season and our Office of Management and Budget is saying we should not spend all of our cash reserves. For instance, we have only received one-third of the reimbursement amount we expect to receive from FEMA from the hurricanes. This reimbursement process is working, but it is working slowly … so we have a cash flow issue. So we are looking at the budget for next year and asking, where is the money going to come from?

Q & A with St. Johns County School Board Member, District 1, Beverly Slough

Q: Can you give us an update as of today (June 15) about what the St. Johns County School District is doing to comply with the school safety act?

A: We just had a joint meeting with the Board of County Commissioners where we presented our plan and asked for their help. Currently we have 15 Youth Resource Officers that the school district and the sheriff’s office jointly pay for. This leaves us a gap of 28 officers in order to have one on each school campus.

This ‘n That | Seen on a t-shirt: “I Am Silently Correcting Your Grammar”

By Mims Cushing

Gentle readers, prepare to loathe this column. Be ready to stop reading it after the first paragraph. I sometimes receive what Martie Thompson, editor of this newspaper, calls “fan mail.” I won’t get any love notes for this one. That’s okay. It’s something I want to write about and it’s my column. Besides my kids and grands haven’t done anything heinous to write about lately.

Travel | The new U.S. Civil Rights Trail and Mississippi Museum

By Debi Lander

On July 4, Americans celebrate our country’s independence. While the 13 colonies broke free in 1776, individual freedoms have come more slowly, with the struggle for Civil Rights continuing to this day.

Pantry Raiders | Serve steak alongside a backyard barbecue staple

By NewsLine Staff

A night of al fresco dining next to a grill in the backyard can be a great way to spend an evening. Nearly any type of food can be grilled, and steaks tend to be especially good when cooked over an open flame. The following recipe for Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks with Mushroom-Shallot Butter from Laurie McNamara’s “Simple Scratch” (Avery) is sure to please, especially when coupled with McNamara’s recipe for Baked Beans, a must-have staple for any backyard barbecue.