Hugs Across the County assists students living in poverty

Hugs Across the County assists students living in poverty

Hugs Across the County aims to work with school counselors to identify and provide for the basic unmet needs of students — all over St. Johns County. More »

Oldest dance studio glides through time in Switzerland and beyond

Oldest dance studio glides through time in Switzerland and beyond

After enrolling 10 – 15 students by word of mouth, \"Miss Janice\" opened Switzerland Dance School in the back room of the Switzerland Volunteer Fire Department in 1975. More »

Music therapy organization for special needs children expands to Mandarin

Music therapy organization for special needs children expands to Mandarin

By forming Connecting Thru Music, Karen Demuth said her goal is to bring music therapy to as many of the 60 schools Duval County that have dedicated classrooms for children with special needs as possible. More »

Back in Time with Brett: The Losco Winery

Back in Time with Brett: The Losco Winery

The Losco brand attracted customers from all over to come get a taste of the “Pure Scuppernong Grape Wine,” aged finely in wood More »

 

Back in Time with Brett: The Losco Winery

By Brett Nolan
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Citrus fruit is what comes to the minds of many when asked about Mandarin. It was the staple industry for the community during much of the 19th Century and the reason the area was given its name in 1830; however, nestled in the Walter Jones Historical Park is a classic example of a frontier-style log cabin that uncorks another side to Mandarin’s unique history.

Oldest dance studio glides through time in Switzerland and beyond

By Heidy Brosofsky-Weaver and Kimberly Weaver
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Way back when the only school in Northwest St. Johns County was Julington Creek Elementary and the only business at the wooded corner of Race Track Road and State Road 13 was a saloon, “Miss Janice” Torbett moved to Switzerland with her husband, Wayne, and their two young daughters. The area was so remote that “we didn’t even have streetlights,” recalled Torbett, who soon discovered there weren’t many activities for children either.

Get to Know … Bryan Jones

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Bryan Jones is a seventh generation Floridian who was born in the old Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine. He grew up in the area and attended Episcopal High School in Jacksonville, where he met his now-wife, Burton. They live in St. Johns Golf and Country Club and have two young children who attend Liberty Pines Academy. Jones is a third generation farmer and current president of the Putnam/St. Johns County Farm Bureau.

Hugs Across the County assists students living in poverty — all over St. Johns County

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

About six years ago, a small group of women primarily from Ponte Vedra and NW St. Johns County began volunteering in classrooms in Title 1 elementary schools, Webster and Crookshank. The women’s own children were now of middle school or high school age and the women found that they missed volunteering in elementary school classrooms.

Get To Know … Shirli Billings

By Ken Gillespie
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Shirli Billings’ career spans more than 40 years, with achievement starting early in life. She was chosen as “Girl Mayor” of Cincinnati in 1954. After college she spent several years teaching in the classroom. Moving into administration, she took an assignment as junior high principal in Lansing, Mich. It was there she first met young student Erwin Johnson, later known as Magic Johnson. A signed basketball is one of her treasures. While in Lansing, she worked toward and earned a PhD Degree from Ohio State University. Billings would eventually progress through several superintendent positions in public systems across several states. As an African American woman holding leadership roles in mainly white school systems during the ‘70s and ‘80s, she was a trailblazer during times of societal change.