Group seeks holiday cards for troops from community

Group seeks holiday cards for troops from community

The Heartillery Group has sent 3.5 million holiday cards to military service members all over the world. More »

20th annual Winter Celebration to honor World War II veterans 

20th annual Winter Celebration to honor World War II veterans 

The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society will host its 20th annual Winter Celebration in Walter Jones Historical Park on Dec. 7. More »

Julington Creek Boat Parade to spread holiday cheer

Julington Creek Boat Parade to spread holiday cheer

The annual Julington Creek Boat Parade known as “Christmas on the Creek” returns Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. to delight spectators with festive lights and holiday cheer. More »

Nease Band’s “Wanderlust” earns awards

Nease Band’s “Wanderlust” earns awards

During the month of October, the Nease Band won two class championships, and was named a top 10 finalist at a major national regional held in Orlando. More »

Back in Time with Brett: Mandarin Community Club

Back in Time with Brett: Mandarin Community Club

The Mandarin Community Club is “a direct link to the post-Civil War Reconstruction era, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the educational, religious and cultural life of early Mandarin.” More »

Cross country coach wants heart more than fast feet

Cross country coach wants heart more than fast feet

Both the Fruit Cove Middle School XC boys and girls teams won first place in the Florida Youth Championship in Lake City. More »

 

The CreekLine

Q&A with State Attorney, 7th Judicial Circuit, R.J. Larizza

Q: The holiday season is upon us, which unfortunately often means that scammers are out in full force. Do you have any tips to avoid being taken advantage of?
A: The irony of the season is that among the goodwill, gifts, and parties, there is an opportunity for scammers to take advantage of the generosity of the community. I have a few things to look out for.

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

Q: St. Johns County continues to grow. Does the school district have plans for additional schools beyond the recently announced new High School HHH and K-8 School MM?
A: At our meeting in November, the school board approved our latest five year plan for facilities. In addition to High School HHH and K-8 School MM, we are planning for another K-8 and another high school, in addition to two school expansions, one of which will be to Liberty Pines Academy.

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

Q: Can you give some background on the recent closure of the Mickler’s Beach parking lot?
A: First of all, the contractor working on the current beachfront restoration project is working for the private party homeowners. Initially, the Board of County Commissioners listened to the request from the homeowners’ contractor about using 25 percent of the Micker’s parking lot for staging equipment. Somehow, through some miscommunication, things got changed and the entire lot was blocked, negatively impacting the well being of the community. 

Cross country coach wants heart more than fast feet

By Heidy Brosofsky-Weaver
mail@floridanewsline.com

Standing in the middle of a busy corridor at Fruit Cove Middle School, Phillipine Rydel, a new seventh grade student from France, frantically looked for answers for her pressing questions. Lost, anxious, and unable to speak but a few words of English, she breathed a sigh of relief as a French-speaking teacher rescued her by providing directions to cross country (XC) practice.

Nease Band’s “Wanderlust” earns awards

By NewsLine Staff
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The Nease Marching Band just completed a successful marching season. During the month of October, the band won two class championships, and was named a top 10 finalist at a major national regional held in Orlando. It also received straight superiors at the MPA adjudication in Fernandina Beach. The Nease Band traveled to Fayette County High School in Georgia where it competed in the 35th annual Lafayette Classic. Despite less than ideal weather conditions, the ensemble performed beautifully and took home awards for percussion and colorguard, as well as winning the title of Grand Champions. In November, the Nease Band hosted its 2019 First Coast Marching Invitational. Ten bands from Florida to Georgia competed in the day long event, with Duncan U. Fletcher High School earning the Grand Championship. Nease had the opportunity to perform its award-winning show “Wanderlust” as an exhibition at this event.