Millers Creek Special Tax District hires new attorney to pursue litigation

In July, the Millers Creek Special Tax District board hired a new attorney to confront litigation in a contract dispute with the company it hired to dredge Millers Creek. In March, DredgIt, a Texas-based dredging company cited the unknown nature of COVID-19 and walked off its job of removing sediment from Millers Creek. Unwilling to […]

Cemetery to expand onto Calico Corners site

Cemetery to expand onto Calico Corners site

Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Cemetery and its popular event venue, Legacy Lodge, is due to get more exposure to travelers on San Jose Boulevard thanks to the funeral company’s purchase of an iconic fabric store next door. A casualty of business closures due to the Coronavirus, Calico Corners, a fabric store in Lakewood that specialized in decorator […]

Work commences on two Southbank construction projects

Work commences on two Southbank construction projects

While the Coronavirus pandemic may have caused many Jacksonville businesses to slow down or come to a screeching halt, construction on two Southbank developments appears to be full steam ahead. Construction crews were working hard in July on Southbank Apartments, an infill multi-family complex on the Southbank, which is being built near the railroad bridge […]

Angels for Allison honors local students with awards, scholarship

Angels for Allison honors local students with awards, scholarship

Four Northeast Florida students were recognized in June for their service by Angels for Allison, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance for expenses associated with the death of a child. Recipients of the second annual Angels for Allison Service Award were Anna Medley of Paxson School for Advanced Studies, Jahkari Smothers of Robert E. Lee […]

Ortega student selected for bank leadership internship

Ortega student selected for bank leadership internship

Caroline Davis of Ortega was one of four Duval County high school juniors and seniors selected by Bank of America as Student Leaders® to take part in a paid summer internship experience focusing on leadership, civic engagement, and workforce skills building.  In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the program has been adapted to a virtual […]

More than serving orange juice: Ortega student enjoys Washington internship

More than serving orange juice: Ortega student enjoys Washington internship

At a time when so many college students have had summer jobs or internships cancelled due to COVID-19, Liza Bishop of Ortega, a rising junior at Catholic University in Washington D.C., is spending her days on Capitol Hill serving as an intern at Florida House, a nonprofit, non-partisan state embassy that “works to connect, celebrate, […]

Uncertainty haunts educators as start of school year nears

The only thing that is certain about start of this school year is that nothing is certain.  Due to a continuing spike of COVID-19 infections in Duval County, plans to reopen have been made, remade, and changed again. As of July 23, the Duval County School Board approved a plan to reopen Wednesday, Aug. 20, […]

Riverside fosters restore health to two ‘miracle’ kittens

Riverside fosters restore health to two ‘miracle’ kittens

Whether it’s an orphaned kitten that rode 38 miles on the frame of a tractor-trailer truck or a “COVID” orphan kitten, three days old, found in critical condition, only a truly dedicated foster-to-adoptive family could handle these two:  Juan Vegega and Hardee Mahoney of Riverside.  No one knows how the first orphan, a two–week-old male […]

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