Slain Marietta couple spread charity from Alabama to West Virginia, friends say

  MCRAE, GA. | Elrey “Bud” Runion and his wife, June, took their charitable efforts all over the South: from storm-damaged Alabama towns and impoverished pockets of West Virginia to a donation center run from their backyard in suburban Atlanta. “He said, ‘You can’t take money with you when you’re gone,” said the couple’s daughter, […]

Mother, daughter kidnapped and terrorized as part of plan to rob Jacksonville check-cashing business

Robbers terrorized a 3-year-old and her mother Saturday morning in a bizarre plan to rob a Jacksonville check-cashing business. Both were duct taped after two suspects forced their way into the woman’s apartment about 7:45 a.m. They took the woman to the McDuff Avenue business while keeping her daughter at the apartment on Argyle Forest […]

Police looking for man who robbed bank in Jacksonville Saturday

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect who robbed a bank Saturday and ran away with an undisclosed amount of money. The man entered the TD Bank at 6060 St. Augustine Road and passed a note to a teller demanding money, police said. The note said the man had a gun although police […]

Authorities identify motorcyclist who died Friday on Jacksonville’s Westside

The Florida Highway Patrol identified a 54-year-old Jacksonville man who died Friday after a crash between a tractor-trailer and a Harley-Davidson on the Westside. Charles Masters was riding eastbound on Normandy Boulevard about 2:50 p.m. west of Chaffee Road when Rickey Eugene Taylor, who was also eastbound, turned the tractor-trailer in front of the motorcycle, […]

Headway, challenges highlighted at convention of activists discussing Duval schools

By the end of the next school year, all of Duval County’s schools will have wireless service, up from two just two years ago, and students will be about twice as likely to be using a classroom computer. Expansions in technology, investments in training and focuses on achievement by students have improved performance and satisfaction […]

Cheers: Jacksonville Children’s Commission is helping to fight blight

Everyone can help our city fight blight — and the Jacksonville Children’s Commission has found a way to make its own contribution. From now through February, the commission is inviting children in its after-school programs to participate in a contest to name the city’s Fight Blight mascot. The mascot will be an important part of […]

Monday’s Letters: Pro and con on sheriff’s abortion comments

SHERIFF AND ABORTION Logic escapes reader Sheriff John Rutherford equates a legal abortion procedure with murdering a woman at First and Main. If there are arguments to be made for or against abortion, this is not one of them! Does this imply that a woman obtaining a legal medical procedure is, in the mind of […]

Lead Letter: Science, not ideology, should rule in the Rodman debate

Jacksonville University professor Lucy Sonnenberg was right in her Lead Letter in saying that more science is needed to address the Rodman dam controversy. Arguments on both sides of the issue lack credibility because of sound-bite statements that are thrown around carelessly with little or no scientific backup. This controversy has come down to liberal […]

Plugging along for super-sized spotted sea trout

Few people in Northeast Florida catch more and bigger spotted sea trout than Eddie Cabler. And he does it year-round, altering tactics and techniques as weather and water conditions change. He’s so good at it that he regularly places high in local fishing tournaments, doing particularly well in kayak divisions of such events. Right now […]

Patriots and Seahawks, the two best at finding stars, square off in Super Bowl

PHOENIX | Cleveland drafted Brandon Weeden instead of Russell Wilson. Richard Sherman was the 34th defensive back selected four years ago. Somebody named Giovanni Carmazzo was picked 134 spots ahead of Tom Brady. On and on we could go (and we will later), but the early point in this: A big reason why the New […]

Super Bowl: Who has the edge?

Who has the edge in tonight’s Super Bowl? Here is a position by position look: QUARTERBACK  New England: Tom Brady is one of the all-time greats. He will start his record sixth Super Bowl and a fourth win would tie Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for tops. Brady had 33 touchdowns and nine interceptions (97.4 passer […]