In Memoriam: Bill Franklin Holton

In Memoriam: Bill Franklin Holton

April 3, 1939 – May 9, 2022 Bill was born on April 3, 1939 in Hazlehurst, Georgia to James and Mattie (Pope) Holton. He is survived by his wife Elaine, his daughter Diane, son-in law Mike, his son John and daughter in law Cathy, as well as his four grandchildren, Steven, Kimberly, Brandon (Ashley) and […]

Progress at Publix, East San Marco making strides

Construction continues as the plans for the long-awaited East San Marco shopping center nears completion at Hendricks Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard. Patrick McKinley, the Regency Centers VP and market officer overseeing the project said in an e-mail, “We are approaching the final stages of the buildout, where we can then turn over the spaces to […]

Episcopal Diocese of Florida Selects the Reverend Charlie Holt as Bishop Coadjutor Elect

Episcopal Diocese of Florida Selects the Reverend Charlie Holt as Bishop Coadjutor Elect

The Episcopal Diocese of Florida selected the Reverend Charlie Holt (Father Charlie) as its Bishop Coadjutor Elect during its 2022 Special Electing Convention Saturday, May 14 at St. John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville. Father Charlie will ultimately succeed the Diocese’s current bishop, the Rt. Reverend Samuel Johnson Howard (Bishop Howard), upon his retirement in late 2023 […]

Hollywood Opening Night event transforms Florida Theatre, raises supporting funds

Hollywood Opening Night event transforms Florida Theatre, raises supporting funds

Four hundred patrons walked the red carpet in their most fabulous attire on May 21 when the historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre was transformed into Hollywood Opening Night presented by Dex Imaging. They enjoyed a fabulous evening full of food, drinks, one-of-a-kind performances and more – all to benefit the theater. “In a typical year the […]

Local Folks: Susan Painter and Rick Pariani

Local Folks: Susan Painter and Rick Pariani

Susan Painter and Rick Pariani have been married for 45 years. She is a retired teacher who had taught art in St. Johns County schools for many years. How apt that she retained her maiden name, Painter. Pariani is a landscape architect retired from Davidson Companies. They bought their Avondale home five years ago, commencing […]

Animal House: HUMMINGBIRDS

Animal House: HUMMINGBIRDS

Hummingbirds flash their tropical parrot feathers of metallic emerald green, ruby red, and silver-gray as they zoom across Jacksonville yards. Their flight speeds are so fast, the eye can barely follow. Homeowners or gardeners can easily attract these fascinating, tiny acrobats and help keep the fragile birds safe and healthy. Hummingbird feeders provide unlimited opportunities […]

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts sweeps Applause Awards

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts sweeps Applause Awards

In its first year of participating in the Applause Awards, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA) received 17 Applause Award wins for its production of A Chorus Line. The awards recognize everyone from set and costume designers to lead actors and actresses. It is a true celebration of all facets of musical theater. DA […]

The Way We Were: Jack Lanier

The Way We Were: Jack Lanier

Jack Lanier arrived in Jacksonville in a stranger’s truck more than eight decades ago. He became known as an inventor and a collector. He is a ceaseless worker, a self-made man. Most extraordinary of all is that he will turn 100 this month! Lanier was born on June 15, 1922 in Matter County, Georgia where […]