Northwest set to gain fire station in new year

Northwest set to gain fire station in new year

St. Johns County plans to open its newest fire station — Station 19 on Veterans Parkway near the corner of Race Track Road. More »

A trip to France with three Mandarin connections

A trip to France with three Mandarin connections

The Arpens\\\\\\\' recent trip to France included three stops that were strongly connected to Mandarin\\\\\\\'s history. More »

Horseplay provides hippotherapy for kids

Horseplay provides hippotherapy for kids

Hippotherapy uses a horse’s movements as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment. More »

Get to Know … Donald Bowden

Get to Know … Donald Bowden

Donald Bowden, sometimes better known as Mandarin’s Frog Man, is the originator of the concrete frogs that are all over Mandarin — and in many other states and countries now as well. More »

 

Back in Time with Brett | Mandarin Cemetery

By Brett Nolan
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It’s hard to imagine what life was like back in old Mandarin, but if there is anything that connects us to those who were here before us, it would be our own mortality. Like taxes, death is inevitable and something we all have to face. There is no better link to our past than walking through the gates of Mandarin Cemetery. The aging oaks, towering with their festoons of moss dancing in the wind, watch as they did over a century ago when the land was first consecrated — it was 1836.

Get to Know … Donald Bowden

By Martie Thompson
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As someone who can trace his ancestors back to Massachusetts in 1675 and whose family has lived in Mandarin since the Spanish Land Grant in 1783, Donald Bowden has plenty of stories to tell. In fact, many streets and roads in Mandarin are named after his family through the years: Bowden Road, Hartley Road, Flynn Road and Plummers Cove Road just to name a few. Bowden has lived his whole life in Mandarin and went to Loretto Elementary School, DuPont Middle School and Wolfson High School. He worked at the old Julington Creek Restaurant that was located where the marina is now near the Julington Creek Bridge before working for Winn Dixie and becoming an assistant store manager of the company’s busy Cedar Hills store at age 22.

Pantry Raiders | Fresh and healthy salad makes the perfect meal

By NewsLine Staff
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Weather during the months of September and October can be fickle. As a result, there may be some steamy days left even after summer is long gone. On such days, a light and refreshing meal can be ideal.

Captain David’s Fishing Report 

By Captain David Lifka
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It’s been a few years since we’ve had a decent shrimping season. With a decent shrimping season comes some prime time fall fishing. Reds, trout, flounder, and sheepshead become the biggest targets of local anglers, with a nice variety of other species out there to still add to the cooler.

Travel | Curious about Clearwater Beach?

By Debi Lander
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Travelers head to Florida for sunshine and world-class beaches. We locals enjoy the nearby Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra beaches, but TripAdvisor’s list of Top Beaches for 2019, 2018 and 2016 gives Clearwater Beach on the Gulf Coast the number one ranking. Here’s why you should consider making the four-hour drive, especially off-season.