Local gymnast goes to Nationals

Local gymnast goes to Nationals

At her first time at nationals, St. Johns resident Jenna Mulligan placed fifth on floor exercise, eighth on balance beam and 13th on vault, for an overall ranking of 39th in the U.S. More »

Kayaking around Florida (and contributing to a good cause)

Kayaking around Florida (and contributing to a good cause)

Former U.S. Marine Esteban Blyar finished the journey of a lifetime when he pulled his kayak ashore in mid-May after a 61-day kayaking trip around the coast of Florida on the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail. More »

New Steinway at Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

New Steinway at Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

The success of Play Academy of Arts (PLAY), a holistic approach to music at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, has resulted in a fourth piano to be added to the Center. More »

 

Local gymnast goes to Nationals

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

With determination and discipline that belies her 16 years, St. Johns resident and level 10 gymnast Jenna Mulligan qualified for the Junior Olympic National Championships, May 11 – 12 in Cincinnati. At her first time at nationals, she placed fifth on floor exercise, eighth on balance beam and 13th on vault, for an overall ranking of 39th in the U.S. According to her mom, Terri Arnold, Mulligan had a fall on uneven bars which hurt her ranking both on the apparatus and overall.

Get to Know … Ryan Dexter

By Ken Gillespie
mail@floridanewsline.com

Where were you at 4 a.m. this morning? Most likely in the sack. Not so with Ryan Dexter. The alarm clock’s bell signals the start of his weekday schedule (6 a.m. on weekends). He scampers out of the bed, finds his running gear, then heads out the door to join three other guys as they do their ritual eight-mile run through Nocatee. The “RunNoc” group is often joined by Dexter’s faithful four footed Weimaraner, Brody. Dexter believes this early routine physically and mentally preps him for the day’s challenges.

There’s a new Steinway at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is a place for the community to create, understand, and experience the arts. Through exhibitions of local, regional and national artists, through exciting events and through quality arts classes, lectures and workshops, the Center brings art and people together in a special way.

Q&A with St. Johns County Commissioner Jimmy Johns (District 1)

Q: Can you shed any light on the process that is taking place regarding the collaborative county effort needed for the School District to comply with the school safety bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, which requires a deputy in every school?

A: This is a perfect example of an unfunded mandate. The state is providing some funding to enact this, but sheriffs’ offices across the state, including ours, are saying it is not enough. The County Commissioners will work collaboratively with the School District and the Sheriff’s Office to provide a safe environment for our students, but it will take some time to work itself out. In the meantime, I believe it is the responsibility of the constituents to contact their state legislators to let them know that they have to stop passing funding requirements like this to the local taxpayer.

Q & A with St. Johns County School Board Member, District 1, Beverly Slough

Q: Can you offer any insight as to how the School District intends to comply with the requirement to have an armed deputy at each school as part of the school safety bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott?

A: The School Board is struggling mightily with this. We have held a community meeting at Gamble Rogers Middle School and I have held a focus group meeting to hear from parents as to what their expectations are to ensure that their students are safe at school. I do know that we are not arming current personnel.