Northwest set to gain fire station in new year

Northwest set to gain fire station in new year

St. Johns County plans to open its newest fire station — Station 19 on Veterans Parkway near the corner of Race Track Road. More »

A trip to France with three Mandarin connections

A trip to France with three Mandarin connections

The Arpens\\\\\\\' recent trip to France included three stops that were strongly connected to Mandarin\\\\\\\'s history. More »

Horseplay provides hippotherapy for kids

Horseplay provides hippotherapy for kids

Hippotherapy uses a horse’s movements as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment. More »

Get to Know … Donald Bowden

Get to Know … Donald Bowden

Donald Bowden, sometimes better known as Mandarin’s Frog Man, is the originator of the concrete frogs that are all over Mandarin — and in many other states and countries now as well. More »

 

First Coast NewsLine

Pantry Raiders | Fresh and healthy salad makes the perfect meal

By NewsLine Staff
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Weather during the months of September and October can be fickle. As a result, there may be some steamy days left even after summer is long gone. On such days, a light and refreshing meal can be ideal.

Travel | Curious about Clearwater Beach?

By Debi Lander
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Travelers head to Florida for sunshine and world-class beaches. We locals enjoy the nearby Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra beaches, but TripAdvisor’s list of Top Beaches for 2019, 2018 and 2016 gives Clearwater Beach on the Gulf Coast the number one ranking. Here’s why you should consider making the four-hour drive, especially off-season. 

Get to Know  … Violet Keels

By Martie Thompson
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Violet Keels, age 97, was way ahead of her time when, as an adventurous young woman, she left her comfortable life in the Midwest to see the world as a volunteer with the American Red Cross during World War II. An only child, she grew up in Indianapolis before traveling to Langley Air Force Base for training to become a “Doughnut Dolly” assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. She and three other girls traveled with the division and were assigned the task of setting up recreation clubs in each stationed city. The clubs were basically lounges for enlisted servicemen, where they could come to relax, have some doughnuts and coffee, write letters home and find a friendly face. Keels said she lived with the three other girls in small apartments and set up clubs in Paris, Belgium, Holland and three other places in France before the war ended and she returned to the United States with the 82nd Airborne Division. Keels recalled that they were treated to a ticker tape parade in New York City and a delicious dinner at the Waldorf Astoria.

St. Johns County Memorial Day weekend beach update

By NewsLine Staff
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The upcoming holiday weekend is one of the busiest times on St. Johns County Beaches. This Memorial Day weekend (Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27), St. Johns County staff is taking extra precautions to educate the public regarding safe beach driving rules and regulations, temporary closures to vehicle access, and free shuttle services to Mickler’s Beachfront Park and St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier.

Travel | Highlights of the Lowcountry

By Debi Lander
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Charleston and Savannah rank among the top tourist destinations in the United States and fortunately, they are within driving distance from Jacksonville. Visit these Southern gems if you’ve never been, but unfortunately, they are pricey. It is possible to find some less costly but equally fabulous cities and Lowcountry attractions nearby.