School begins in St. Johns County

School begins in St. Johns County

Amidst a bustle of minivans, yellow buses, bike riders and walkers, schools opened for the first day of the 2016 – 2017 school year in St. Johns County on Aug. 10 More »

Kickoff is right around the corner for SenioRITAs

Kickoff is right around the corner for SenioRITAs

The main event is the three-day tennis tournament that will be held Oct. 21 – 23 at the Sawgrass Racquet Club with more than 300 women from all over north Florida participating. More »

Mandarin’s mysterious frogs

Mandarin’s mysterious frogs

Since 2015, people have been talking about the colorful concrete frogs placed along the roadways in Mandarin. And they all wonder, “Where are these frogs coming from?” More »

Mammoglams paddle to win battle

Mammoglams paddle to win battle

The Mammoglams are an all-breast cancer dragon boat team that is part of the Jacksonville Dragon Boat Club. They live by the motto, “We won the battle, now let’s paddle.” More »


Mandarin NewsLine

Travel: Wonderful family-friendly Wales

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By Debi Lander

American tourists often overlook Wales, an independent country about the size of Massachusetts, belonging to the United Kingdom along with Scotland, England and Northern Ireland; however, of all the countries I’ve visited, Wales is the most family-friendly I’ve encountered.

The Pantry Raiders | Turn dinner time into family time

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Fall for football food

By Scott Stegmaier

With September quickly passing by comes the season we all seem to enjoy: fall. There is so much to endure during these fun months, especially football. A time for family, friends and food — and what would football be without the food?

Gardening: Storms and autumn delights


By Lesley Arrandale

As September rolled in, so did Hurricane Hermine. We watched with bated breath as the track gradually shifted and lifted to the north and breathed again as we were spared the worst of the storm. Not everyone was so lucky.

Captain David’s Fishing Report

St. Johns River Fishing Tips

By David Lifka

Have you ever noticed the crowds often fishing the banks at the Shands Bridge on State Road 16 and wonder what they are catching? On certain days people can be seen lined up almost elbow to elbow with fishing poles in hand. If you watch long enough you will probably get to see an angler hook up, battle and land this mystery fish, tossing it into their cooler and quickly casting out again.

Pick your pumpkin patch

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By Mare Contrare

“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”

~Linus from “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

The Great Pumpkin will have difficulty choosing the most “sincere” pumpkin patch here in Mandarin, as each offers its own distinctive choices.