Sydney Boles

Newsletter Editor/Community Engagement Editor

Sydney is WJCT's Newsletter and Engagement Editor, and she's joining WJCT News from Ohio Valley ReSource, a collaborative of NPR stations covering Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia; where she was a producer and reporter, covering economic issues in the Appalachian coalfields.

Sydney is from upstate New York and received a Masters of Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. 

Her bylines include NPR, the Ohio Valley ReSource, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Southerly Magazine.  

Sydney Boles can be reached via email at sboles@wjct.org, or on Twitter at @sydneyboles.

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Orange Crush Festival

The Orange Crush music festival has been billed as a Jacksonville Beaches event, but mayors in Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville beaches say their cities have not issued any event permits related to the festival.

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A novel program at UF Health Jacksonville is making healthy food a part of the treatment plan. 

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Florida’s new history curriculum standards banning critical race theory in public school classrooms won’t have any impact on Duval County’s curricula, according to a spokesperson for the county school board. 

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At its meeting in Jacksonville, the Florida State Board of Education approved a controversial rule Thursday banning teachers from indoctrinating or persuading students. 

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The State Board of Education is set to meet in Jacksonville Thursday to discuss, among other things, a controversial change to Florida’s history curriculum that critics say would make it difficult for teachers to accurately discuss slavery and the genocide of Native people. 

UF Health Campus
UF Health Jacksonville

The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized at UF Health Jacksonville is the lowest it's been since last spring. 

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Jacksonville Transportation Authority

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is expanding its mobile COVID vaccine program, Wellness on Wheels. 

Work continues on the Barge Bridgeport
Barge Bridgeport Response

On March 14, 2021, a cargo ship called the Bridgeport departed Guayama, Puerto Rico, bound for a private port in Jacksonville. 

DeSantis speaks at Trinity Christian Academy
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St. Johns County civil rights attorney Rook Ringer loved playing soccer as a kid, but she quit when it became clear to her that she just didn’t belong on the boy’s team. It never occurred to her that she could even ask to play with the girls. 

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After dueling protests mounted outside the district administration building, the Duval County School Board voted Tuesday night to change the names of six schools named for Confederate generals. 

DeSantis smiles while holding the signed copy of the Fairness in Women's Sports Act
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

Governor Ron DeSantis visited Jacksonville Tuesday to sign a controversial bill banning trans girls and women from girls and women’s sports. The ban comes on the first day of LGBTQ Pride month, but DeSantis denied the ban had anything to do with discrimination. 

City of Jacksonville

If you cast your mind back to the blurry, early months of the coronavirus pandemic, you may recall filling out a form from the Census Bureau. Maybe you filled it out online; maybe you filled out a paper version. Maybe a friendly census worker knocked on your door reminding you of your civic duty to acknowledge how many people live in your household. 

Jax Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council has elected Republicans Sam Newby and Terrance Freeman as the body’s next president and vice president. 

Jacksonville Symphony performs in masks
Claymaker

The Jacksonville Symphony has received a $1 million gift from the Michael Ward and Jennifer Glock Foundation. 

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Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Diana Greene is recommending the school board change the names of six public schools.

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The Proclamation of Emancipation was issued in 1863, formally ending slavery across the country. But it wasn’t until two and a half years later, on May 20, 1865, that emancipation became a reality in Florida. More than 150 years later, the city of Jacksonville is hosting its inaugural emancipation celebration honoring freedom for African Americans. 

Mayor Lenny Curry announces Dun & Bradstreet's relocation to Jacksonville
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Leading financial services firm Dun & Bradstreet is opening a new office in Jacksonville and plans to designate the city as its corporate headquarters. The move is expected to create about 500 jobs over the course of five years, the company announced Thursday alongside Mayor Lenny Curry. 

School Name Change Election Canvassing Board considers ballots the machines could not read
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Students, alumni and community members of six Duval County schools want to change their names, and three schools’ communities want to keep their names. Those are the result of Wednesday’s ballot tallies at the county Supervisor of Elections Office.

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A Robert E. Lee High School teacher who says she was removed from her classroom for flying a Black Lives Matter flag has filed a whistleblower complaint against the Duval County Public Schools district.

Democratic Party Chair Daniel Henry speaks at a holiday party.
Courtesy Duval Dems

The Duval County Democratic Party punted on whether to remove their party chair Monday night after a member of a grievance committee raised a concern about a technicality. 

Robert E. Lee High School teacher Amy Donofrio — removed from her classroom in March after she refused to take down a Black Lives Matter flag from outside her classroom — said she believed she’d been ultimately fired based on a speech last week by state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. 

State Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said in a recent address that a Duval County Public Schools teacher has been fired after displaying Black Lives Matter flags.

Democratic Party Chair Daniel Henry
DUVAL COUNTY DEMS

A grievance committee of the Duval County Democratic Party is recommending the party remove its chairman after an internal investigation found he violated local and state Democratic Party bylaws. 

JTA

The Jacksonville City Council is considering amendments to the 6-cent gas tax increase proposal, which would be used to fund infrastructure projects across the city.

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Florida Coastal School of Law (Coastal Law) in Jacksonville has been dealt a major blow by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE)’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) office, which announced Thursday the law school’s application for reinstatement of student federal aid programs has been denied.

Democratic Party Chair Daniel Henry
DUVAL COUNTY DEMS

The Duval County Democratic Party has said it will reveal the results of a corruption investigation into party chair Daniel Henry later this month. 

Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri
City Council President Tommy Hazouri's Facebook Page

The Jacksonville City Council listened as people spoke out Tuesday night during public comments on a proposed 6-cent gas tax hike.

The Jacksonville City Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday night and plans to discuss the local gas tax hike proposal. That’s the six-cent-per-gallon tax the city could levy to fund infrastructure projects.

Florida Supreme Court
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

If you are accused of a crime, you are entitled to a lawyer, even if you can’t afford one. But in civil cases, — things like evictions, foreclosures, or wrongful denial of government assistance — there is no guarantee of an attorney. 

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Jane Lockett is 73, and her husband is 79. They’re renting in Ponte Vedra Beach right now, while they look to buy a house with bedrooms on the ground floor.

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