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Believe In Ghosts? Here Are The Haunted Places Around Jacksonville

Sep 20, 2021
The refurbished "ghost chair" and its companion seat are pictured.
Florida Theatre

Northeast Florida has witnessed centuries of history, and not all of it has been pleasant. Murders, suicides, betrayals, executions and other tragedies have left spiritual echoes behind that can give the creeps to people who encounter them today. Here are some of our favorite haunted places in the area.

King House, Mayport

DIA Committee Approves Fuqua's Proposal For Former Times-Union Site

Aug 17, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The proposed $182.2 million redevelopment of the former Florida Times-Union campus along Riverside Avenue is moving forward.

David Zalubowski / Associated Press file photo

Gannett is closing its printing plant at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which will result in the loss of 95 jobs.

Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

WJCT offers congratulations to The Florida Times-Union's Sandy Strickland, who is celebrating 50 years of reporting in Jacksonville. 

Photo provided by Andrew Pantazi

Reporters at The Florida Times-Union spent their lunch hour on Thursday handing out flyers and urging people to support local news coverage.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

A subsidiary of Gatehouse Media, which owns The Florida Times-Union and St. Augustine Record, has filed a letter with Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity announcing plans to shut down its press at The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Non-News Businesses Boost Owner Of The Florida Times-Union

Mar 8, 2019
Times Union building at 1 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville Daily Record

New Media Investment Group Inc., owner of The Florida Times-Union and 145 other daily newspapers, is growing revenue, but not because of its newspaper business.

Morris Communications Co. LLC. / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

As The Florida-Times Union staff prepares to move Downtown in the second quarter, the Morris family is laying the groundwork to redevelop the 1 Riverside Ave. riverfront property the newspaper has anchored since 1967.

Jacksonville Daily Record

More than 50 years after moving from Downtown to Riverside, The Florida Times-Union is prepping to return to the urban core.

Transformer Fire Forces Evacuation At Florida Times-Union

Oct 18, 2018
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Florida Times-Union employees evacuated their building for most of the day Thursday due to smoke caused by a malfunctioning electrical transformer, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, radio host Angela Spears and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons (00:54).

Our panel discussed

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

Florida Times-Union photojournalist Bob Self is getting a grant to print and frame pictures he took in Jacksonville’s LaVilla neighborhood before its mostly-black residents were displaced and most of its historic buildings were bulldozed in the mid-90s.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Mark Woods from the Florida Times-Union, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Folio Weekly reporter Madeleine Peck Wagner and Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons.

Issues discussed included

USA Today

Thursday on First Coast Connect  Melissa read an editorial from Thursday’s Florida Times-Union, which was one of many published by over 300 newspapers across the country promoting the freedom of the press and the need to end the war between President Donald Trump and the media. We asked the audience to respond (01:15).  

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect  featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, The Victory’s Jax Engage radio host Angela Spears, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan.

Topics discussed included:

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan and WJCT contributor Fred Matthews.

Topics included

Bruce Lipsky / Florida Times-Union

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we learned about the plans for The Florida Times-Union newsroom to join a union with reporters Andrew Pantazi and Tessa Duvall (01:03).

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporters Nate Monroe and Christopher Hong on their investigative series regarding how dredging affects the flow of the St. Johns River (01:06).

Bob Self / Florida Times-Union

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter John Reid on his investigation into the connection between football and concussions and what is being done to prevent and treat them (01:16).

Will Dickey / The Florida Times-Union

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter Ben Conarck about his investigation into how visitors to Baker Correctional Institution are treated (01:02).

Ahead of his appearance in Jacksonville next week we heard from legendary Disney and Pixar animator Floyd Norman (27:46).

With World Glaucoma Week just ending we heard about some new treatments for sufferers with Florida Eye Specialists Dr. Kathryn Friedl and patient Carol Matthews (38:30).

Ahead of this weekend’s A Brush With Nature event at the Jacksonville Arboretum we spoke with painter Randy Pitts and Board Chair Patty Miller.

Kerry Speckman told us what’s coming up this weekend and next week in the world of entertainment.  (46:00)    

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall on her report looking into how children in Florida’s juvenile justice system fare once they are released from prison (01:19).

Commentator Jay Solomon gave us his thoughts on the #NeverAgain movement (25:00).  

Mary Anne Jacobs with Girls Scouts of Gateway Council talked about this year’s Girl Scout cookie sales drive (30:50).

Hendricks Baptist Church music director Tommy Shapard told us about a free concert this weekend by organist Andrew Clarke (37:44).

With the Monster Jam coming to Everbank Field this weekend we spoke with the driver of Soldier of Fortune, Chad Fortune (46:00).                    

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

There were more layoffs Thursday at The Florida Times-Union.


Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The Florida Times-Union has announced it will outsource its newspaper printing beginning in February, which will displace approximately 50 employees. 


Times-Union's Ron Littlepage Ends Decades-Long 'Great Ride'

Dec 13, 2017
News4Jax

An era is ending at Jacksonville's daily newspaper as columnist Ron Littlepage prepares to head off into the sunset of his retirement.

Mayport shrimp
Bob via Flickr

When city planners talk about “place making,” they mean transforming a space to promote public health, happiness and well-being.

The Jaxson co-founder Ennis Davis said three place making projects in Mayor Curry’s proposed budget have the potential to drastically transform three of the city’s neighborhoods.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly media roundtable included Florida Times-Union columnist Ron Littlepage, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and Timothy Gibbons, editor of the Jacksonville Business Journal (01:12). We heard about the upcoming TEDxJacksonville event with director Sabeen Perwaiz and Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, or “Dr. Q,” who will be one of the speakers (35:04). We head a preview of this weekend’s China Cat Sunflower Festival with organizers Christina Parrish and Brenda Walker. Christina’s daughter, Hadley Parrish-Cotton, will perform at the festival and gave us an in-studio musical preview (43:37).   


    

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with New York Times reporter Walt Bogdanich (01:07) about his recent update on the investigation into the death of Michelle O’Connell. Seaside Community Charter School Principal and University of North Florida Associate Professor of Literacy & Early Childhood Literacy Department of Childhood Education; Literacy and TESOL Katrina Hall (28:03) talked about charter schools. Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Bob Adelhelm (42:29) told us about the upcoming Vets4Vets meeting, and Frank Denton (46:39) from the Florida Times-Union told about its new J Magazine.    


UNF Poll: 'Why Don't You Go Downtown?'

Jun 20, 2017
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There are mixed feelings when it comes to the reputation of downtown Jacksonville.

The Death of St. Augustine Priest Rene Robert

A Georgia prosecutor is seeking the death penalty in the murder of 71-year-old Father Rene Robert of St. Augustine, who was killed last April Burke County Georgia.

A deeply troubled young man, 28-year-old Steven Murray, has already confessed to the crime.

Tobert was a priest firmly opposed to the death penalty, so much so that he signed a document called a “Declaration of Life,” declaring that if he should ever himself be murdered, he did not want to see his killer be put to death.

Florida Times-Union investigative reporter Eileen Kelley examined this and other aspects of the case, including Murray's history of being sexually assaulted, in a recent article. She joins us to discuss it


WJXT building exterior
John Burr

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo the owner of TV station WJXT, Graham Media, is buying rival WCWJ, known as CW17. Graham Media is the former owner of the Washington Post.

Burr notes the purchase completes a network TV consolidation in the Jacksonville market, with TEGNA Media’s controlling the local NBC and ABC affiliates and Cox Media’s controlling the local CBS and Fox affiliates.

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