The Morning Show welcomes its newest member to the team
As many of you have noticed, we have a new member of the Morning Show team. Meteorologist, Katie Garner, joined us in May. Since she is new to our area, we asked our viewers for some suggestions of places she should visit to get to know Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia better.
Police photos show note written by prominent political donor before he was found dead in Atlantic Beach
Late last year, a prominent Northeast Florida businessman and well-known political donor Kent Stermon was found dead in his truck at the Mayport Post Office in Atlantic Beach. No foul play is suspected.
PossAbilities Plus is a young nonprofit in Atlantic Beach that helps individuals with autism and related abilities learn job skills and social skills to work in the community. They have a thrift boutique, Tearoom, and Garden. In addition, we offer a social club, music therapy, drama club, and art. There is much more. Rance dropped in to have tea and chat with the founder Susan Peters. www.possabilitiesplus.com
DCPS students have a say in the district’s direction, thanks to newly resurrected group
Elijah Melendez-Eyster is a senior at Mandarin High School and part of the Jacksonville Association of Governing Students, or “JAGS,” a recently-rebooted initiative by Duval County Public Schools, aimed at providing students with a direct conduit to the highest offices in the district.
Jacksonville-area beaches reopen, but public urged to keep off dunes, stay out of ocean
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Friday afternoon that Duval County’s beaches are reopening after Ian passed through the area. But while much of Jacksonville was spared by Ian, the storm did do a number on Duval County’s shoreline. Beachgoers are also asked to stay off the fragile dunes, and Curry warned people to stay out of the water, as there is a strong rip current risk, along with a high surf advisory.
Neighbor saves lives when apartment building catches fire in Atlantic Beach
An apartment fire that destroyed a six-unit complex on Beach Avenue in Atlantic Beach early Tuesday morning spread to a home that was just 5 feet away, causing severe damage to that home also, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said.
Woodpecker chicks rescued by JEA lineworkers last year ready to leave roost
When pileated woodpeckers made a home in a utility pole in Atlantic Beach last year, their drilling damaged the pole to the point it had to be replaced. But when lineworkers put in the new pole, they were careful to preserve the home of the woodpeckers, which are a protected species.
Commission discusses alerting the public of offshore spills following barge crash off Atlantic Beach
The Jacksonville Waterways Commission met Wednesday to talk about better ways to respond to marine incidents like the one last year when thousands of tons of coal ash spilled into the ocean off the coast of Atlantic Beach.
Explainer: Duval County schools’ half-cent sales tax vs. millage rate increase
As Duval County Public Schools continues to grapple with a crippling teacher shortage and retention problem, superintendent Diana Greene recommended that the school board consider hiking property taxes by one mill in order to boost salaries, fill the record number of vacant staffing positions and bolster the district’s arts and athletic programs.
Atlantic Beach police officer honored for saving life of officer who was attacked
Atlantic Beach Police Officer Dustin Joiner on Wednesday received the Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer award for his role in saving the life of fellow officer Tim Stafford after he was brutally attacked outside a restaurant last year.
How one Jacksonville Beach high rise built 45 years ago is renovating to stay safe
While the specific cause of a deadly high-rise condo building collapse in the Miami area is still unknown, a local condominium board leader says the tragedy underscores the vital need for structural maintenance of coastal buildings.
State releases assessment from grounding of barge Bridgeport off Atlantic Beach
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has released the sampling and assessment results that were taken in the waters near where a barge carrying coal ash has been stranded off the coast of Atlantic Beach for months.
Jacksonville’s beaches launch sexual assault awareness campaign
Last year, the Women’s Center of Jacksonville performed more than 300 sexual assault exams and the tip line got more than 2,000 reports. Leaders say only about 1 in 4 victims of sexual assault actually come forward. With Sexual Assault Awareness Month about to kick off in April and crowds growing at Jacksonville’s busiest beach businesses, city leaders and advocates say the message about preventing sexual assault is more important now than ever -- particularly when you mix the dangers of parties, people and alcohol. Diamond joined the mayors of Jacksonville, Atlantic and Neptune beaches on Tuesday to launch a sexual assault campaign in conjunction with the Women’s Center of Jacksonville. The campaign includes the slogan, “3 beaches... 1 mission: Wipe out sexual assault” along with the Women’s Center’s 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 904-721-7273.
Otterly adorable: City worker rescues young otter from storm drain
A city worker in Atlantic Beach helped rescue a young otter after it became stuck in a storm drain! ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – A city worker in Atlantic Beach helped rescue a young otter after it became stuck in a storm drain. Monica Maldonado McCowan shared this photo of her brother, Emilio, holding the fuzzy creature near Atlantic Beach Elementary School. Another woman heard the distressed animal chirping and called the city. We’re told the otter pup was brought to a wildlife sanctuary to be taken care of.
‘Kindness Kabinet’ in Atlantic Beach: Leave what you can, take what you need
The Kindness Kabinet sits out in front of The Wine Warehouse of Atlantic Beach at 665 Atlantic Blvd. DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. – A business in Atlantic Beach is getting noticed for a random act of kindness that continues to help out the community. The “Kindness Kabinet” sits out in front of the Wine Warehouse on Atlantic Blvd. Business owner Mark Graeser said the community donates food to those who need it. He wrote to tell me how kind our community was and to thank me for starting the Kindness Kabinet,” Graeser said.
Positively Jax: Help us clean up our community this weekend
Then join us on Saturday for our Positively Jax Community Cleanup with Beaches Go Green. Join the MovementAlright, back to Positively Jax. Our goal is to perform and share 1,000 good deeds (or Random Jax of Kindness, as we’re fond of calling them) in 2021. But it’s not something we can do by ourselves — we need your help to make it happen. Sign up and join the Positively Jax movement on PositivelyJax.com.
Help us clean up our community on Saturday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Want to get outside for a change and do your part to make a difference in our community? Then join us this weekend for our Positively Jax Community Cleanup with Beaches Go Green. We’re going to spend Saturday, Feb. 20, picking up litter at three locations throughout the area. Here’s what you need to know:Who: Us (News4Jax), Us (News4Jax), Beaches Go Green , you (hopefully! Insiders who find me (Eden) at the Jacksonville Beach location will receive a complimentary reusable River City Live shopping bag (while supplies last).
Retired FBI agent on serving warrants: ‘You can’t account for everything’
Retired FBI agent Ellen Glasser, who’s now the mayor of Atlantic Beach, said the shooting that killed two FBI agents and injured three others Tuesday in South Florida hits close to home. “I did not know any of these agents, but when something like this happens, the wound is really deep. Glasser knows what it’s like to serve a warrant at a home where you don’t know how the suspect may react. In 1986, bank robbers shot and killed two FBI agents and wounded five others in Miami. “Make no mistake, it is a dangerous job, and every day when you get up and go to work, this may be your final day,” Glasser said.
Positively Jax: Help us clean up our community next month
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – If you missed out on our Positively Jax food drive but still want to make a difference, you’re in luck. Next month, you’re invited to join our Positively Jax Community Cleanup with Beaches Go Green. We’re welcoming volunteers to help us pick up trash and litter at three sites across the area. AdTo get involved or learn more about Beaches Go Green, visit the organization’s website. Sign up and take the pledge to join us on PositivelyJax.com.
Police ask for help to find missing Atlantic Beach woman
Atlantic Beach police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a 45-year-old woman who has been missing since Saturday. Police said Kinsey Smith McCullough has known mental health needs. Police said she left her home on 2nd Street in Atlantic Beach on foot Jan. 16 around 11 p.m. and her destination was not known. McCullough is described as a white woman, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing about 100 pounds. Police said if you make contact with anyone fitting her description, please contact Detective M. J. Fissel at 904-247-5859 or email email@example.com.