Clara White Mission CEO Pittman Refutes Accusations By Former Board Members

Aug 23, 2021
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In a news conference Sunday afternoon, Ju'Coby Pittman refuted accusations leveled against her by five of six former Clara White Mission executive board members.

Void Magazine has announced its September issue will be the last one for its high gloss print edition.

Amy Donofrio

An investigation into a Duval County Public Schools teacher terminated after displaying a Black Lives Matter flag found that the teacher engaged in poor judgment when it came to separating her personal beliefs from her professional responsibilities. 

Clara White Mission via Facebook

Five members of the executive board of the Clara White Mission resigned this week over concerns with leadership, especially amid last month’s COVID outbreak at the Downtown facility. 

'Safer Together' Report IDs Ways To Mend Community-Police Relations

Aug 20, 2021

The result of the city of Jacksonville’s “Safer Together” initiative was unveiled this week, with its final report shining light on the relationship between local law enforcement and people of color.

Changes Coming To COVID Testing In Glynn, Camden Counties

Aug 20, 2021
Someone getting tested for COVID-19 at the drive-thru testing site, someone reaching into a car where a patient is, while dressed in a mask and gown and gloves.
John Raoux / Associated Press

Changes are on the way for public health’s free COVID-19 testing program in Glynn and Camden Counties.

Can A Duval Student Ask To Sit Away From One Who's Unmasked? District Says 'No'

Aug 20, 2021
Chris O'Meara / AP

More than 8,000 students have opted out of wearing masks within Duval County Public Schools within the second week of school — a small number representing only about 6.5 percent of the 125,000 students on campus. But teachers say the numbers are disproportionately dispersed classroom-to-classroom.

Two potent tropical systems do not pose a direct threat to Florida, but their impacts could still be felt across Florida — and the greater Tampa Bay region.

High surf and dangerous rip currents are possible this weekend as Hurricane Grace is poised to make landfall in Mexico and Tropical Storm Henri is likely to strengthen into a hurricane on a path toward New England.

Jeff Huffman, meteorologist with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, said beachgoers on both coasts will want to use extra caution this weekend.

The text message Shanel Garrell got from Glenn Gotay was hard to make out, almost like a child had written it. Like many parents, the 32-year-old Gotay was worried about his 7-year-old daughter Natalie starting school.

“It says, ‘Can you please make sure that Natalie teacher likes her,’” said Garrell. who co-parents Natalie with Gotay. “So, yeah, even on about to get intubated, he was caring about her.”

Gotay, a father of three, is in the intensive care unit at Osceola Regional Medical Center, where a machine has been breathing for him since July 31.

Wounded Warrior Project

The Jacksonville-based Wounded Warrior Project nonprofit it’s making about 40,000 phone calls to support veterans amid the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the country’s takeover by the Taliban. 

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There are now Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment clinics in Jacksonville, Ormond Beach, and a handful of other locations around Florida.


LifeSouth is once again testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies.


Area Congressman John Rutherford (R-04) met with sheriffs from across Northeast Florida at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Thursday to discuss federal legislation he says would harm local law enforcement. 


Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday raised questions about whether a federal move to require nursing home workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 could hurt staffing levels in long-term care facilities.

Work Starts On The 1230 Hendricks Apartment Project

Aug 19, 2021
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Trevato Development Group has started clearing the Southbank site where it intends to build The 1230 Hendricks, a 345-unit apartment project with a parking deck and ground-level retail space.

Louie Lopez

A photo circulating on social media shows COVID-19 patients lying on the floor of the antibody treatment clinic at the Jacksonville Public Library Downtown. 

Mary Altaffer / Associated Press file photo

Health departments in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties in Georgia are now offering offering third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines to immunocompromised people, in line with new federal guidelines for boosters.

Redevelopment Of Old Times-Union Property Gets More Review By DIA For Restaurant

Aug 19, 2021
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The Downtown Investment Authority tabled a vote Wednesday on a development deal for the old Florida Times-Union building's property so DIA staff can talk more with Fuqua Development about adding a riverfront restaurant that  might require several hundred thousand dollars in taxpayer assistance.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis said whatever the federal government approves for the next round of COVID-19 vaccinations, booster shots will be available in Florida.

Hubbard House, a Jacksonville-based domestic violence center that serves survivors and their families in Duval and Baker counties, has received a pledge donation of $1 million.

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Florida faith leaders are launching a new campaign to encourage congregants to get vaccinated. The “Keep the Faith, Get Vaccinated Florida” campaign is from the progressive nonprofit group Faith in Public Life. 

American Lung Association

Another event is being postponed due to concerns about the local COVID-19 surge and the delta variant. The American Lung Association in Florida announced Wednesday that the Jacksonville Lung Force Run/Walk, originally scheduled for this Saturday, August 21, at The Haskell Company, is being postponed. 

Florida Sports Betting Deal Faces 2nd Court Challenge

Aug 18, 2021
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Upping the ante in the courts, two pari-mutuel facilities have filed a second federal lawsuit challenging a 30-year gambling agreement reached by Gov. Ron DeSantis that gives the Seminole Tribe control over sports betting throughout Florida.


Meridian Waste Florida will begin residential solid waste and recycling collection for the City of Jacksonville on Oct. 1. To get ready, Meridian is hosting a job fair this Saturday, Aug. 21.

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Baptist Medical Center South is among the Jacksonville hospitals swamped with COVID-19 patients, with some staff pulling double or even triple shifts to treat everyone.

The Nassau County School Board is pictured meeting Tuesday.

Following calls for masks in schools at a previous school district meeting, the Nassau County School Board on Tuesday held a special meeting to discuss the hot button topic and get feedback from the community.

Jacksonville Fire Rescue Lieutenant Dies From COVID-19

Aug 18, 2021
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Jacksonville Fire Rescue Lt. Mario Moya, a 17-year veteran of the department, has passed away from COVID-19, JFRD confirmed Wednesday morning.

Fla. State Education Board Takes Aim At Districts Over Mask Mandates

Aug 18, 2021
News Service of Florida

The State Board of Education on Tuesday ratcheted up pressure on officials in two school districts who want student mask mandates with exceptions only for medical reasons, floating the possibility that district leaders who defy state directives could be removed from office.

Duval County Becomes Nation's Coronavirus Hotspot For Hospitalizations

Aug 18, 2021
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

With one of every 813 residents hospitalized with COVID-19, Duval County is the nation's hot spot at this moment in the pandemic that's seen a summer surge of infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

Taliban fighters pray while raising their flag at the Ghazni provincial governor's house, in Ghazni, southeastern, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.
Gulabuddin Amiri / Associated Press

Mariam Nasery fled Afghanistan with her family when she was 10 to escape violence stemming from the Soviet-Afghan War. This week she woke up to what she describes as her “worst nightmare” as Taliban forces took over Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul.