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Downtown First Baptist Church Property Generates Interest Among Potential Buyers

First Baptist Church Jacksonville made headlines last month when the church put about 90% of its downtown properties on the market.

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In 1979, My Sharona was a new hit song by The Knack,  the cast of the original Star Trek starred in their first movie and Jimmy Carter was president.

That same year, Decorative Fabrics opened in Jacksonville as a specialty fabrics retail store. It would grow into Agnes Agatha, a full-line furniture showroom offering high-end upholstery, rugs, lighting, home décor and interior design services.

But 2019 marks the end of the road for the area’s Norwalk Furniture dealer as its owners retire. 

Church Of Eleven22 Plans $15 Million Expansion

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Jacksonville Daily Record

The Church of Eleven22 filed plans for a $15 million expansion of its San Pablo campus — $13 million more than its $2 million build-out of the property in 2012.

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Maple Street Biscuit Company Inc. CEO Scott Moore said Saturday that customers won’t see changes in recipes, hours or operations now that Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. owns the restaurant company.


North Florida Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL 5th District) wants veterans to know he’s still pushing for a Veterans Administration hospital in Jacksonville, even though the project, he said, is currently on hold.

Downtown Investment Authority

Craig Gibbs is the new chairman at Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority (DIA).

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Florida Democrats Say Voter Registration Is Key For 2020

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If Florida Democrats could sum up the state party’s early 2020 strategy in three words, they would be registration, registration, registration.

Despite a ban in 22 Florida communities, conversion therapy is a widespread practice in Florida, according to activists. 

Hundreds gathered in Mexico Beach on Thursday to celebrate the community’s resiliency one year after Hurricane Michael decimated the small coastal town. 

With a curved carapace, angry-looking eyes and a spiky tail, horseshoe crabs look like nature’s armored tanks, crawling in the sand at the shore.

Officials estimate there are still years of recovery left after Hurricane Michael slammed into the panhandle this time last year.  But for many who are living in tents or doubled up in homes still in disrepair, that’s too long, and insurance companies are bearing part of the blame for what some see as a slow recovery.

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When Life Gives You Avocados, Make Guacamole?

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Beethoven's Shadow

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on Tuesday of a "prolonged" impact from one of the most destructive typhoons in decades to hit the country, with a toll that has now risen to at least 53 dead.

Typhoon Hagibis brought record-breaking rainfall, caused extensive flooding and power outages, forcing the government to approve a special budget for disaster response.

In a parliamentary session, Abe said the rescue effort from the storm that hit central Japan over the weekend was "continuing around the clock."

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Dive into this digital magazine highlighting how Northeast Florida is adapting to rising seas.