Annual Julington Creek Boat Parade to spread holiday cheer

Annual Julington Creek Boat Parade to spread holiday cheer

The “Holiday on the Creek” boat parade will again be presented by the Julington Creek Prop Club on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. More »

Small feet leave big footprints in Uganda, Africa

Small feet leave big footprints in Uganda, Africa

Tyler Workman grew up in Palm Valley, but always knew he wanted to open an orphanage … which he finally did 10 years ago with Okoa Refuge. More »

Battle for the best chili at 22nd annual Mandarin Fall Festival

Battle for the best chili at 22nd annual Mandarin Fall Festival

Held on a crisp and cool fall Saturday, Nov. 17 at RiverPlace, the 22nd annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off exceeded attendance expectations. More »

Back in Time with Brett: The Webb Farmhouse

Back in Time with Brett: The Webb Farmhouse

Let’s go back in time to when a local house museum was once home to one of the largest citrus farms in Mandarin. More »

 

Mandarin NewsLine

OneBlood leading worldwide search to locate donors; Florida child in need of extremely rare blood

By NewsLine Staff
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OneBlood, the local not-for-profit blood center serving Florida and other parts of the southeast, is leading a worldwide search to find some of the rarest blood in the world.  It’s needed to help save two-year-old Zainab, a South Florida girl who is battling neuroblastoma, a very aggressive form of cancer.

Back in Time with Brett: The Webb Farmhouse

By Brett Nolan
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This month, let’s go back in time to when a local house museum was once home to one of the largest citrus farms in Mandarin. Let’s go back in the late 19th Century to the Major William Wirt Webb Farmhouse. After growing up in New York, serving in the Union army as a general and after many years of service well beyond the Civil War, Webb was discharged from the military after an eye injury. This injury led Webb to purchase 30 acres of land for a farm in Mandarin along the St. Johns River. In 1875 this house was built along with a barn and 1000-foot wharf for produce shipment from his farm to steam boats via the river. The retired major even had a wooden railroad track built on this dock, so his produce could be rolled out to the ships instead of hauled by horse and wagon. On his land, he grew oranges, potatoes, cucumbers, beans and strawberries. Webb sold 10 acres (mostly where the Mandarin Presbyterian Church is today) to one of his friends in 1878.

Battle for the best chili at 22nd annual Mandarin Fall Festival

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Held on a crisp and cool fall Saturday, Nov. 17 at RiverPlace shopping center, the 22nd annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off exceeded attendance expectations. This highly anticipated event had an estimated crowd of 1,500 who came to enjoy chili tasting, music, craft vendors and a bounce house for kids. New this year was the opportunity to enjoy a beer or glass of wine while tasting the varieties of homemade chili.

Holiday on the Creek: Annual Julington Creek Boat Parade to spread holiday cheer

By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

The “Holiday on the Creek” boat parade will again be presented by the Julington Creek Prop Club for the community to enjoy. This holiday tradition will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. The highly anticipated night is for all families to gather and enjoy the beauty of color, lights, and sounds of the season along Julington Creek. Participants will decorate their boats, homes, and docks to spread the joy and excitement of the holidays.

Get to Know … Jerald Jay

By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Jacksonville native Jerald Jay grew up on the Northside. He received his degree in music from Florida State University. After college graduation, he moved back to his hometown and began teaching at the school his mother, a former public school teacher, began in 1983. The Little Country School is where Jay spends a great deal of time as an administrator, teacher and headmaster. Jay grew up in church and has been involved with music direction inside of churches for the past 25 years. Currently, he serves as music director at First Christian Church in Mandarin.