Ashton Elder

News Intern

Ashton Elder is a senior at the University of North Florida and was features editor at the UNF Spinnaker. During her time there, she was part of an editing team that won national recognition at a college media conference.

Ashton also writes for Eco Latino magazine, focusing on political issues in the Northeast Florida Latino community and the Hispanic vote. 


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A new Florida law allows more military vets to qualify for a diversion program meant to keep offenders out of prison. 

One Jacksonville army veteran said this program saved his life.

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Jewelry, medallions and historic documents are among the items recently uncovered during renovations of downtown Jacksonville’s historic Bostwick building.

Restaurateur Jacques Klempf is turning the building into the Cowford Chophouse, set to open this summer.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville has announced a new partnership with, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to expanding student’s access to computer science education.

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“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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A young Jacksonville dancer has been invited to workshop with the Royal Ballet in London this summer.

Eleven-year-old Dante Gonzalez is proud to represent a minority in ballet: young boys.



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Florida Sen. and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio campaigned Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium. 

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A new Cummer exhibit is highlighting museum founder Ninah Cummer’s contribution to Jacksonville’s beauty.

Her vision is on display both inside the museum and in places like Riverside’s Memorial Park.

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A program is helping reduce chronic homelessness in Northeast Florida while saving taxpayers money.

Corazon Cinema and Cafe

Movie lovers will gather in St. Augustine this weekend for the annual St. Augustine Film Festival hosted by Flagler College and the Corazon Cinema and Café.

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A recently formed task force is trying to register Duval County Hispanic voters ahead of this year’s elections. The group kicked off its efforts at the Jacksonville Landing last Saturday.

City Rescue Mission

With overnight temperatures hovering above freezing this week, Jacksonville’s City Rescue Mission homeless shelter is adding beds.

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President Obama outlined Tuesday executive actions on gun control that he says should help curb gun deaths in the U.S.  Among the changes, Obama is making it easier for states to share mental health records when someone is buying a gun.

“High-profile mass shootings tend to shine a light on those few mentally unstable people who inflict harm on others, but the truth is that nearly two-in-three gun deaths are from suicides, so a lot our work is to prevent people from hurting themselves," Obama said in a televised speech about the orders.