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Ortega River Run celebrates 40th anniversary

Ortega River Run celebrates 40th anniversary

With the learning curve well behind them, what’s left for four of the six masterminds behind the annual Ortega River Run are chuckles about early mishaps and a sense of pride about the beloved local 5-mile run, the fourth oldest in Jacksonville. Back in 1978, seven months after the Gate 15K River Run began, Wirt […]

God had other plans for actor wannabe

God had other plans for actor wannabe

The Very Reverend Katherine B. Moorehead, 47, serves as the 10th Dean of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral. She is the first female dean in the Diocese of Florida and the only female dean in Province IV, the Province of Sewanee, one of nine ecclesiastical provinces of the Episcopal Church in the U.S., but don’t let […]

Local realtor gives vehicle to Riverside flood victims

Local realtor gives vehicle to Riverside flood victims

CC Underwood, leader of The Sellin’ With CC Team of Keller Williams Jacksonville Realty, loved her 2006 Toyota 4Runner and, after getting another vehicle, thought she would use the SUV for work. After seeing the devastation Hurricane Irma created in the Historic District, Underwood saw the potential for something much more meaningful. “Being a Jacksonville-based […]

Centenarian a trailblazer, may be record holder as well

Centenarian a trailblazer, may be record holder as well

Mada Allen’s eyes were misty as she listened intently to the old familiar words of her Kappa Delta (KD) sorority song. Always think of KD when you hear this melody. We’ll be wishing you goodnight in sleepy harmony. May your days all be bright ones, may your cares all be light ones, Tonight while moonlight […]

Finding kindness between a rock and a hard place

Finding kindness between a rock and a hard place

Lena Shore credits rocks for helping her resolve her artistic blockage. Not just any old rocks, but ones that she paints.  “I discovered rock painting a few weeks ago and find it to be very useful for relieving stress,” explained Shore. “When I was first introduced to rock painting through a friend, I said, ‘What […]

Pineapple Prince of Ortega

Pineapple Prince of Ortega

Sunny, warm, humid. No, it’s not a weather forecast for a typical North Florida summer.  Instead, it’s the atmospheric recipe for growing pineapples. While people and pets are wilting in the Jacksonville heat and humidity this summer, pineapples are thriving, and one Ortega man has a bumper crop. It all began 17 years ago when […]

Studio aims to make Jacksonville a movie-making mecca, one short film at a time

Studio aims to make Jacksonville a movie-making mecca, one short film at a time

Once known at the Winter Film Capital, Jacksonville’s heyday for movie studios was largely curtailed in the 1930s for a variety of reasons but, in the end, mostly due to Hollywood’s magnetic draw. Movie making in Jacksonville then waxed and waned, with another production spurt occurring in the early 1980s after Gov. Bob Graham made […]

Weise family celebrates 50 years in pharmacy service to community

Weise family celebrates 50 years in pharmacy service to community

Under the watchful portrait of their predecessors, Dr. Emil H. Weise and his father, Emil Weise, Sr., three generations of the Weise family – Gilbert Weise, Sr., his son, Gilbert, Jr. and granddaughter Tiffany Weise Schaible – are carrying on a family tradition in pharmacy, nutrition, and homeopathic medicine at their drugstore in Ortega. Although […]

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