Bartram Trail girls’ swim and dive team wins state

Bartram Trail girls’ swim and dive team wins state

The Bartram Trail High School girls’ swim and dive team is undefeated this season; they beat out 51 other teams to win the 2016 3A FHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championship. More »

Red Coats visit Five Star Veterans Center

Red Coats visit Five Star Veterans Center

On Nov. 7 at the Five Star Veterans Center, the Red Coats presented the staff and residents with a check for $10,000. More »

Gingerbread House Extravaganza showcases Mandarin residents

Gingerbread House Extravaganza showcases Mandarin residents

Jacksonville Historical Society’s Gingerbread House Extravaganza is open until Dec. 23, showcasing dozens of gingerbread houses and confection creations made by area professionals and amateurs. More »

The Avenues’ Santa Watch: Look to the sky

The Avenues’ Santa Watch: Look to the sky

On Friday evening, Nov. 4, a crowd had formed in the lot of The Avenues Mall. Word was out that Santa was arriving by special helicopter. More »

 

Mandarin NewsLine

Mandarin Council’s Chili Cook-Off fun for all

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By NewsLine Staff
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The 20th annual Mandarin Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off, hosted each year by the Mandarin Council of the JAX Chamber, was held on Saturday, Nov. 19 at RiverPlace Shopping Center. Community members enjoyed entertainment for young and old with live music, a bounce house, a silent auction and the main event, the Chili Cook-Off. This event is the main fundraiser each year for the Mandarin Council and proceeds benefit the Mandarin Food Bank, Junior Achievement and the Janice Meisel Scholarship Fund.

Bigger than ever Gingerbread House Extravaganza showcases Mandarin organizations and residents

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By NewsLine Staff
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Jacksonville Historical Society’s Gingerbread House Extravaganza opens for a three-week run November 30, showcasing dozens of gingerbread houses and confection creations made by area professionals and amateurs. A local holiday tradition, the Gingerbread Extravaganza was called one of the “five best holiday events in the South” last year by Southern Living magazine.

Get to Know … Sam Burney

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By Susan D. Brandenburg
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At age 85, Sam Burney is a local treasure. Born and raised in a house at the intersection of Orange Picker and Brady roads in Mandarin, he has many stories to tell.

Captain David’s Fishing Report

St. Johns River Fishing Tips

By David Lifka
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When winter arrives in North Florida it is often hard to believe that it is really that time of year. Weather often dictates our mindset for the season rather than the actual calendar date. The same goes for the mindset of many of the fish we like to fish for here in North Florida.

Gardening Considering our wildlife

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By Lesley Arrandale
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By the end of October, beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) bushes in my backyard had been denuded of berries. The birds had been making a determined assault on them for several weeks, and when hurricane Matthew passed through it finished the job. Cardinals and catbirds then busied themselves stripping any accessible fruits from my firebushes (Hamelia patens). Since these fruits dangle on the ends of slender stems, the only way for the birds to reach them was to fly at them and grab them in passing, much like a flycatcher’s technique; it was so comical to see.