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Abandoned bicycles serve good purpose for new lives

Abandoned bicycles serve good purpose for new lives

Officers in the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s Zone 4 Walking Beat know firsthand crime often occurs when someone lacks gainful employment. They also know getting and keeping a job depends on having reliable transportation to a bus stop or to the workplace. If you don’t have a car, a bicycle can be the next best thing. […]

‘Dirt’ fisherman searches for treasure among trash

‘Dirt’ fisherman searches for treasure among trash

It took 50 years, but Chip Kirkpatrick, a former Boy Scout at Lakeshore Methodist Church, finally found his uniform kerchief slide. Kirkpatrick had lost it at his very first Scout meeting in 1964. He found it five decades later buried in four inches of mud on the church grounds. He also found a toy gun […]

Homeless feeding ministry in need of saving

Homeless feeding ministry in need of saving

Lead volunteers retiring after 16 years On April 30, when Murray Hill United Methodist Church members Larry and Jane Dixon retire from the Kester Kitchen Feeding Ministry, hundreds of homeless in the Murray Hill community may find it hard to locate their next free meal. After 16 years, the couple is retiring from their work […]

New group crosses beautiful barrier to unite riverfront residents

New group crosses beautiful barrier to unite riverfront residents

Though the river is considered by some to be Jacksonville’s “great divide,” for Sandra Fradd and Dorothy Merrick, the St. Johns is a means to bring together residents living in downtown condominiums and apartment buildings. It began 10 years ago when Merrick moved to Jacksonville and, in her words, “became completely engaged with living in […]

Residents paint trees blue for art and awareness

Residents paint trees blue for art and awareness

Blue is the new green – at least temporarily. Thanks to grants from The Late Bloomers Garden Club, the 2016 SPARK Grant Program and Wells Fargo, with additional support from Deutsche Bank, more than 100 trees in several locations in Jacksonville are sporting a coat of a blue pigment. The Blue Trees, a project conceived […]

Taking up music later in life good for mind and body

Taking up music later in life good for mind and body

“Mature” violin student Laverne Stearns of Fairfax Manor is hoping meet an equally mature drummer. “We could get together, find a couple of other musicians and form a group – play for the veterans or for people older than us,” Stearns said with a laugh, but with some seriousness. Lisa Kirkwood of Clark’s Music Center […]

 Favorite lunch spot for politicians makes way for gas station

 Favorite lunch spot for politicians makes way for gas station

Not many businesses have the opportunity to go out on top. Judging by the number of recent and long-time customers who are dismayed that Two Doors Down shut its door on Nov. 25, Norman Abraham had a great run. “We built a great following here, the business has been wonderful,” said Abraham, a Lakeside resident. […]

 You’re never too old

 You’re never too old

Lorna Bell, 90, really hasn’t ever known a time when she didn’t work. Even now, the Murray Hill resident still gets into her car once or twice a week to drive to the Jacksonville International Airport where she maintains the desk at the Visitor Information Center in baggage claim. Bell must love her job because […]