SOUPer Bowl IV aims to combat hunger

SOUPer Bowl IV aims to combat hunger

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, will mark the return of the SOUPer Bowl at Nease High School for the fourth consecutive year to benefit Blessings in a Backpack. More »

Jacksonville Camera Club captures Mandarin

Jacksonville Camera Club captures Mandarin

The Jacksonville Camera Club is passionate about sharing knowledge of what to practice behind the lens in an effort to make photographs even more beautiful. More »

Meet new St. Johns County Commissioner Jeremiah Blocker

Meet new St. Johns County Commissioner Jeremiah Blocker

Recently elected St. Johns County Commissioner for District 4, Jeremiah Blocker and wife Lauren love St. Johns County, but feel there are some important challenges ahead. More »

Back in Time with Brett : John Henry Jacks House, Part 1

Back in Time with Brett : John Henry Jacks House, Part 1

Built in 1887, this residence was first owned by John Henry Jacks and his family. More »

 

Mandarin NewsLine

Back in Time with Brett : The John Henry Jacks House, Part 1

By Brett Nolan
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Built in 1887, this residence was first owned by John Henry Jacks and his family. In this part one of the story, we are going back in time to look at the history leading up to John Henry Jacks and his family building their home in Mandarin.

Community Hospice & Palliative Care’s PedsCare families receive gifts from THE PLAYERS

By NewsLine Staff
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When innovation meets outstanding community support, a partnership like Community PedsCare teaming up with THE PLAYERS Championship is the winning result. A longstanding supporter of Community PedsCare, a program of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, THE PLAYERS recently presented children and families in the program with hundreds of holiday gifts. Since its inception in 2000, for nearly half of Community Hospice’s 40-year legacy, Community PedsCare has been providing comfort and care to enhance quality of life for patients from prenatal (before birth) to age 21. The program supports the specialized needs and medical care of the child, their parents and siblings, other family members, caregivers, classmates and teachers.

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.