Group seeks holiday cards for troops from community

Group seeks holiday cards for troops from community

The Heartillery Group has sent 3.5 million holiday cards to military service members all over the world. More »

20th annual Winter Celebration to honor World War II veterans 

20th annual Winter Celebration to honor World War II veterans 

The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society will host its 20th annual Winter Celebration in Walter Jones Historical Park on Dec. 7. More »

Julington Creek Boat Parade to spread holiday cheer

Julington Creek Boat Parade to spread holiday cheer

The annual Julington Creek Boat Parade known as “Christmas on the Creek” returns Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. to delight spectators with festive lights and holiday cheer. More »

Nease Band’s “Wanderlust” earns awards

Nease Band’s “Wanderlust” earns awards

During the month of October, the Nease Band won two class championships, and was named a top 10 finalist at a major national regional held in Orlando. More »

Back in Time with Brett: Mandarin Community Club

Back in Time with Brett: Mandarin Community Club

The Mandarin Community Club is “a direct link to the post-Civil War Reconstruction era, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the educational, religious and cultural life of early Mandarin.” More »

Cross country coach wants heart more than fast feet

Cross country coach wants heart more than fast feet

Both the Fruit Cove Middle School XC boys and girls teams won first place in the Florida Youth Championship in Lake City. More »

 

Ponte Vedra NewsLine

Q&A with State Attorney, 7th Judicial Circuit, R.J. Larizza

Q: The holiday season is upon us, which unfortunately often means that scammers are out in full force. Do you have any tips to avoid being taken advantage of?
A: The irony of the season is that among the goodwill, gifts, and parties, there is an opportunity for scammers to take advantage of the generosity of the community. I have a few things to look out for.

Q&A with St. Johns County Commissioner Jeremiah Blocker (District 4)

Q: Can you give some background on the recent closure of the Mickler’s Beach parking lot?

A: We had a number of homeowners come to us with a request to allow them to use county property, Mickler’s parking lot — only a portion of it and only for a limited period of time. (The homeowners have approval from the State of Florida to do their renourishment project and they are spending their own money on it.) This is a routine request that we receive regularly from private citizens. On Oct. 1, the Board of County Commissioners gave permission to use a portion of the Mickler’s Beach parking lot. At some point, our staff changed the agreement with the homeowners and the entire parking lot ended up being shut down. This signed contract was not the one the commissioners approved; we were very clear that we would only approve the contract if it didn’t impact residents and was for a limited period of time. We are looking into how this happened. We, the commissioners, are accountable to the voters and the staff is accountable to us.

Q & A with St. Johns County School Board Member, District 4, Kelly Barrera

Q: St. Johns County continues to grow. Does the school district have plans for additional schools beyond the recently announced new High School HHH and K-8 School MM?
A: At our meeting in November, the school board approved our latest five year plan for facilities. In addition to High School HHH and K-8 School MM, we are planning for another K-8 and another high school, in addition to two school expansions, one at Liberty Pines Academy and one at South Woods. The locations of these new schools hasn’t been determined yet. 

Nease Band’s “Wanderlust” earns awards

By NewsLine Staff
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The Nease Marching Band just completed a successful marching season. During the month of October, the band won two class championships, and was named a top 10 finalist at a major national regional held in Orlando. It also received straight superiors at the MPA adjudication in Fernandina Beach. The Nease Band traveled to Fayette County High School in Georgia where it competed in the 35th annual Lafayette Classic. Despite less than ideal weather conditions, the ensemble performed beautifully and took home awards for percussion and colorguard, as well as winning the title of Grand Champions. In November, the Nease Band hosted its 2019 First Coast Marching Invitational. Ten bands from Florida to Georgia competed in the day long event, with Duncan U. Fletcher High School earning the Grand Championship. Nease had the opportunity to perform its award-winning show “Wanderlust” as an exhibition at this event.

Palm Valley Boat Parade celebrates the season

By Cassy Fiano-Chesser
mail@floridanewsline.com

With so much water access in the First Coast area, there’s no shortage of boat parades during the holiday season — but the Palm Valley Boat Parade is, as they say, not your average boat parade. Originally started by local families almost 40 years ago, it’s now become a much-cherished community tradition. This year, the Palm Valley Boat Parade will be held this year on Dec. 7, at 6 p.m.