Mountain biking journey began on Florida’s flat trails

Twenty five years ago, a new world opened to me. I became a “mountain biker” here at the Beaches. It seemed like the ultimate oxymoronic title, but it was appropriate for me. My skills in biking, kayaking, and surfing were learned and improved at the beach. These skills have traveled well with me to many […]

Q&A: Work still remains for historic schoolhouse

Memories of Jacksonville Beach Elementary School No. 144 remain with Lillie Sullivan even today — nearly 50 years after she walked its rooms as a student. Sixteen years ago, Sullivan, now president of the Jacksonville Beach Elementary Preservation Fund Inc., fought hard to ensure the four-room brick building would not become just a moment in […]

Girls-only camp teaches surfing, self confidence

Every summer, for at least a couple weeks, Steffi Howard lives by a single, but profound, motto: Don’t worry — you are going to fall down a couple times when trying to catch that really great wave. Over the last seven years, those summertime lessons — taught while balanced on a surfboard — instilled in […]

St. Vincent’s Clay County announces $33.1 million expansion

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County has announced plans for a significant expansion 17 months after it opened as a 64-bed hospital. The $33.1 million expansion will add maternity and women’s services, 30 inpatient beds, 13 treatment rooms in the emergency department and a shell to add 30 more in-patient beds in the future. The […]

Business Briefs: Local contractor cited by OSHA

Local contractor cited by OSHA Jasper Contractors of Jacksonville has been issued a proposed fine of $186,200 by the Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health after workers of the company were seen on rooftops without proper safety gear. OSHA said in a news release Thursday that inspections in August and December found Jasper workers […]

LAMAR THAMES: There’s more work ahead for Orange Park’s Skip Cramer

I have come across a few dedicated volunteers in my life and they all seem to have been cut from a certain kind of cloth, born to lead and to be of service to mankind. Orange Park resident Skip Cramer is the latest example of one of these servants. Cramer recently received a Presidential Award […]

After winning another district title, Clay High’s wrestling team presses on to regionals

The Clay High School wrestling team is hosting the regional tournament this weekend after winning the district 1-5A title held last weekend at The Villages. Clay, winner of 16 straight district titles, will compete for its third straight regional title this weekend. Clay had nine district champions, four runners-up and one third-place finisher at last […]

Clay County school nurses contend with complex medical issues, low annual salaries

GREEN COVE SPRINGS | The morning rush was busy but otherwise uneventful for Beverly Burstell and Angela Fish. A steady stream of children complaining of coughs, sore throats, headaches or tummy troubles last month filed into the clinic at Shadowlawn Elementary School to be examined by the two registered nurses. Burstell and Fish deftly assessed […]

Proposed South Carolina law would recognize Georgia’s concealed carry permits

COLUMBIA, S.C. | Against the wishes of law enforcement officials, South Carolina lawmakers advanced a bill his week that would allow concealed-weapon permit holders from Georgia and other states with lower safety standards to come into the state and enjoy the same gun freedoms. Under Rep. Alan Clemmons’ house bill, South Carolina would join the […]

Federal grand jury indicts former coroner

AUGUSTA, GA. | Former Richmond County Coroner Grover E. Tuten Jr., who is facing charges of theft and violating his oath of office, has been indicted in federal court. This week, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Tuten, 71, accusing him of use of an unauthorized access device and aggravated identity theft between […]

Georgia Senate tackles four tough issues this week

ATLANTA | The Senate tackled some of its most controversial legislation Thursday with sharp divisions that didn’t always divide along partisan or geographic lines. Here’s how local senators voted on all four measures. Senate Resolution 287: This is a constitutional amendment proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal to create a statewide “district” of 100 chronically struggling […]

O.A.R. to headline festival before inaugural Armada soccer game

Jam band O.A.R. will headline the first CAN-DOO Fest at Metropolitan Park on Saturday, April 4, as part of the festivities surrounding the Jacksonville Armada’s inaugural soccer game. The festival also includes craft beers from Oskar Blues, Veterans United, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams and Miller-Coors. Tishamingo and the Corbitt Brothers will also perform […]