Stories about the people in our community.

Ashton Elder

“Hope hop” music is a blend of gospel and hip hop — and it’s growing in popularity in Jacksonville.

A local artist and youth pastor hopes the music will keep teens from going down the wrong path.

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The last of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s “community conversations” on public safety is tonight at WJCT Studios.

The focus will be how health and wellness affect civic well-being.

Jacksonville City Council building
Ray Hollister / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council is looking at how to enforce a new state law requiring human-trafficking-awareness signs to be posted in certain businesses and public areas.

Councilman Tommy Hazouri is sponsoring a bill requiring businesses to pay up to $500 if they don’t post a sign.

The required sign urges people to call a national human-trafficking hotline if they or someone they know are being forced to engage in work or prostitution and can’t leave.

Farryn James

Jacksonville’s Riverside Arts Market is looking for writers to participate in this month’s Local Authors Expo.

RAM features writers from Northeast Florida in its fourth annual expo.

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More than 200 web developers and technology professionals will be in St. Augustine to hear from local and national tech experts during the Ancient City Ruby Conference, which runs April 6-8 at the Casa Monica Hotel.

Bridge of Lions To Close For Maintenance

Apr 1, 2016
Bridge of Lions
Steve Harwood via Flickr

Bridge of Lions will be closed from 8 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

The St. Johns River Ferry is now under the control of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. The city signed over ownership Wednesday.

But without more funding for renovations, the ferry’s fate is far from certain.

School Board Candidate Withdraws After Investigation

Mar 30, 2016
Ricky King campaign photo

A candidate for a seat on the Duval County School Board has withdrawn from the race after police investigated a report that he texted a 16-year-old charter school student, asking her to send him a photo of her in a bikini.

Generation W Profile: Sharry Cramond

Mar 30, 2016

In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women

Sharry Cramond is the executive vice president of marketing and communication for Southeastern Grocers. Born in the United Kingdom, Cramond has headed marketing for numerous brands around the world, including Kraft foods, Tesco PLC (U.K.) and Coles Supermarkets (Australia). She now lives in Jacksonville, where Southeastern Grocers is based.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Duval County is well on the way to accomplishing its goal of reducing veteran and chronic homelessness to what’s called “functional zero” by the end of this year, the group Changing Homelessness announced Tuesday night.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated to include the correct Food and Drug Administration guideline for mosquito repellant usage.

Summer is right around the corner, and along with the heat and rain will come more mosquitoes — mosquitoes possibly carrying the Zika virus.

WG Pitts

A new craft brewery is set to open in Jacksonville’s Mandarin neighborhood this summer, and another one in Murray Hill is looking for a storefront.

The latest offerings will bring the number of Jacksonville breweries to 10. But even with so many choices, the town continues to be quite thirsty for local beer.

downtown  Jacksonville fireworks / City of Jacksonville

Duval County’s immigrant population has grown significantly since 2010, according to new U.S. Census numbers.

More than 20,000 people resettled in Jacksonville over that period — most of them from outside the U.S.

Green Cove Springs

The city of Green Cove Springs is getting state money to refurbish the park that once made it famous.

After decades of disrepair, Spring Park will receive $2.6 million in improvements, including a new concessions building, a concert venue and a children’s water park.

The Office of Governor Rick Scott

Governor Rick Scott signed into law a slew of bills Friday, including one measure allowing the city of Jacksonville to extend a sales tax beyond its sunset date to shore up its indebted pension accounts. The law simply gives the city the ability to take the extension question to voters.