Neptune Beach withdraws settlement offer in Jacksonville landfill fee dispute

Neptune Beach, the smallest of the Beaches communities, is calling out the city of Jacksonville over the longtime landfill fee dispute. Mayor Harriet Pruette said her city is withdrawing its tipping-fee settlement proposal because Mayor Alvin Brown and his administration have ignored the municipality and its effort to resolve the matter that dates back to […]

CSX lays off 52 management workers in Jacksonville

CSX Corp. laid off 52 management workers, all of them in Jacksonville, according to a company spokeswoman. The company finished the round of layoffs Monday, spokeswoman Melanie Cost said. “This is all related to the fact that we’re in a competitive industry,” she said. “The separation of the employees was difficult — it’s a difficult […]

Sticking to budget, being environmentally concious

Sometimes I wonder who reads my column, but when I write something that strikes a nerve, a number of people let me know what they think. I thought my column on intentionally saving the money from lower gas prices would not be controversial, but boy, was I wrong. Not about the importance of saving money, […]

Mark Woods: The memories that come back with the music are better than any halftime

When it was announced that Lenny Kravitz would join Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show, one of my first thoughts was that this should be phrased the other way around. Katy Perry will be joining Lenny Kravitz’s halftime show. He’s clearly the headliner, right? I suppose just saying that I date myself, and the way […]

Parole board denies clemency for Warren Lee Hill

The state parole board has declined clemency for Warren lee Hill clearing the way for his execution Tuesday night. The State Board of Pardons and Parole released its decision Tuesday morning, a day after conducting a clemency review. Hill was serving a life sentence at Lee Correctional Institute for the 1985 murder of his girlfriend […]

Georgia Happenings

WEDNESDAY Designer Fragrance Sale to benefit Southeast Georgia Health System, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Southeast Georgia Health System’s Gift Shop, 2415 Parkwood Drive, Brunswick. (912) 466-1193 or email Children’s programs: Book Babies for children 6-23 months, 9:30-10 a.m. Wednesdays; Toddler Time for 2-year olds, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Wednesdays; Camden County Public […]

St. Marys council clears city manager of retaliation claim in grievance hearing

ST. MARYS | The City Council on Tuesday denied Municipal Court Administrator Shavon Gibbs’ grievance that City Manager John Holman had retaliated against her for taking time off. But during its Tuesday morning hearing on the grievance, the council heard evidence that Municipal Court may be misplaced in the organizational structure. After a closed door, […]

U.S. Coast Guard calls off search for UNF student missing since Saturday kayak plans

Rescue workers have called off the search for a missing University of North Florida student who disappeared after planning a kayak trip alone Saturday near the Jacksonville Beach pier, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Garth Sangree, 22, was last seen about 5 p.m. Friday and said that he planned to go kayaking by himself […]

3 years time served, Marissa Alexander expects to be out of jail Tuesday

Marissa Alexander’s long slog through the criminal justice system will likely conclude Tuesday when she is expected to officially be released from Jacksonville’s jail for firing a shot in the direction of her estranged husband and his two children. Alexander, 34, pleaded guilty in November to three counts of aggravated assault with a weapon. Under […]

Marissa Alexander awarded freedom but must wear ankle monitor for 2 years

Marissa Alexander walked out of the Duval County Courthouse a free woman Tuesday evening. She still has to serve two years of house arrest and abide by other stipulations, but the 34-year-old’s well-known saga behind bars officially came to a close after a five-year odyssey that took Alexander from an anonymous Jacksonville woman to someone […]