Brace yourselves: Jacksonville property tax bills are going in the mail and they’re going to be higher
Jacksonville is mailing out TRIM (truth in millage) notices Friday. It’s the first look at what your property tax bill will be this year -- and unfortunately, that bill will be higher than last year.
Mary Baer recalls George Winterling, the lifetime gardener
For 50 years on WJXT, forecasting temperatures, rainfall and storms was the biggest role of this legendary meteorologist who “lived and breathed” weather. George Winterling was also known, both to his television fans and to his neighbors in Beauclerc, for his love of gardening.
From filling huge shoes, to leaving a lasting legacy: Mary and John are ready for the next chapter
We are celebrating Mary and John, who have spent the last three decades on your TV. 30 years of telling your stories, sharing what's going on in your neighborhood and more. Now it's time for us to hear their stories.
Channel 4 news anchor Tom Wills shares his special memories of Mary Baer and John Gaughan
I'd like to share with you a couple of my John and Mary memories. I want to start with some of the very first comments that former news anchor Deborah Gianoulis and I made about Mary 30 years ago--and we stand by them today. "Mary Baer has fit into our newsroom from the first day she got here. It seems like she's been here all along."
Colleagues and friends of Mary Baer and John Gaughan say good-bye and thank you
Mary Baer and John Gaughan have belonged to this community for 30 years, and it's a big sacrifice to work until 11:30 at night -- or, come into work -- when you're telling everyone else to shelter in place during a storm. Also, to share, in the joy and the sadness in the stories you tell. They have served you so well. But Mary and John also belong to us here at News4JAX, as colleagues and friends. The conversations that happen OFF AIR -- have created relationships that will last a lifetime.
Bittersweet announcement: Mary Baer and John Gaughan to retire from WJXT-TV after 30 years
1992....the year Bill Clinton was elected president, the Olympic games were held in Barcelona, Jay Leno debuted on the Tonight Show and John Gaughan and Mary Baer joined the team at WJXT-TV, Channel 4 in Jacksonville.
Mayoral candidates ready to take stage, debate Jacksonville’s future
During Wednesday night’s debate at Jacksonville University, you’ll get to hear from them directly as they address issues like crime and violence and affordable housing. You can watch it live at 8 p.m. on Channel 4, News4JAX+ or News4JAX.com.
Border Classic on Thursday: Creekside faces Glynn Academy
The Border Classic presented by Baker’s Sports puts high school football in the spotlight this week, with seven games over three days. All games will be streamed on News4JAX+ and select games will be broadcast live on WJXT Channel 4. We look at the matchups.
POLL QUESTION: Have you had a family member or someone close to you overdose?
New data released by Project Opioid on Wednesday showed overdose deaths increased 11% nationwide in 2021. Between December 2020 and December 2021 there were 538 overdose deaths in Duval County, a 3% increase from the year before, according to The Changing Overdose Crisis in JAX.
Sheriff Debate Analysis: Who did the best job getting their message out?
After the five candidates who want to tackle Jacksonville's biggest law enforcement issues squared off Wednesday night on Channel 4, an analyst with the Jacksonville Public Policy Institute shared what he considered the biggest takeaways from the debate.
Legendary meteorologist describes Jacksonville during his childhood in the 1940s
As we mark the 200th anniversary of Jacksonville, we turn to a longtime resident to take us back in time to the Jacksonville he remembers. George Winterling moved to our area in 1941. He was just a boy; his father moved the family from New Jersey when Winterling was about 10 years old.
Boy Scouts help properly dispose of American flags in solemn ceremony
Hundreds of you brought your tattered and faded American flags to Channel 4 on Flag Day, and we gave you a new one in exchange. A group of local Boy Scouts helped us retire and properly dispose of your flags in a solemn, meaningful ceremony.
Florida’s record budget; new bills signed into law; upcoming special legislative session
On this edition of “This Week in Jacksonville,” state Sen. Audrey Gibson and state Rep. Cord Byrd discuss the recent legislative session, the record-setting state budget, newly signed bills and the upcoming special session.
News4Jax Meteorologist Rebecca Barry signs off after 15 years
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The News4Jax family has some bittersweet news: Monday is Meteorologist Rebecca Barry’s last day. After getting a degree in meteorology from Mississippi State, News4Jax gave Rebecca the mic, and she never let it go. When hurricanes battered the state, Rebecca not only did the weather, but also chipped in to help families in need. “I’m deeply grateful for the years working at The Local Station,” Rebecca said. “It’s been my honor to be your meteorologist,” Rebecca said.
Tornado watch for NE Florida, SE Georgia expires
The tornado watch has been canceled in the Georgia counties of Brantley, Camden, Charlton and Glynn. The tornado watch continues until 6 p.m. in the Florida counties of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Gilchrist, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns and Union. The National Weather Service has canceled a tornado warning for Clay and Duval counties. The watch continues for Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns and Union counties in Georgia. Tornado Warning including La Crosse FL, Brooker FL, Worthington Springs FL until 3:30 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/qcJrcaIkP1 — NWS Jacksonville (@NWSJacksonville) March 18, 2021This comes as a Tornado Watch continues across Southeast Georgia and Northeast Georgia until 6 p.m.
News4Jax studio manager celebrates 50 years with Channel 4!
The year Freddie Rhodes started at Channel 4, a gallon of gas cost 40 cents, the microprocessor was first invented and Disney World opened in Orlando. A 53-year broadcast radio veteran, Freddie -- who is legendary for his baritone voice and size 17 shoes -- clearly has no problems committing. News4Jax celebrated with Freddie five years ago for his 45th anniversary, so we knew we had to come back even bigger this year. It’s your old friend, George.”Mayor Lenny Curry even recognized Freddie’s long term of exceptional service with News4Jax and declared Jan. 15, 2021, as Freddie Rhodes Day in Jacksonville! “I want to take this time to congratulate my man, Freddie Rhodes, you know you’re one of my favorites.
News4Jax changing programming for the holidays
Tune in to Channel 4 on Christmas Day and you’ll likely notice some changes to our programming. We’re airing an abbreviated programming schedule on Christmas so that our employees can spend more time with their families over the holidays. Another item of note: on Christmas Eve, we’ll carry a special performance by the acclaimed Gracias Choir. You can watch the same performance on Christmas Day starting at 11 a.m. The choir will sing some of your favorite Christmas carols as you and your loved ones celebrate the holiday.
News4Jax viewers spread holiday cheer by donating toys to kids in need
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Channel 4 devoted Thursday to collecting toys to help make it a merry Christmas for children in need. Viewers dropped off new and unwrapped toys that will go to children across the River City. So we’re blessed to be a blessing.”One of the first vehicles into the parking lot Thursday morning was a truck from Maxwell House -- filled with toys! “We have been collecting the toys for the kids since the beginning of the summer,” Archie Harris, Line Coordinator at Maxwell House Coffee Co, said. Like I said we have a good working staff over the Maxwell House.
Christmas tree brightens Jacksonville’s James Weldon Johnson Park
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Its officially Christmas time in Jacksonville - the switch was flipped on Tuesday night, lighting the tree downtown. At 6:15 p.m., the lights on the tree lit up, showcasing the beautiful blue, red and gold ornaments. This year the tree lighting was virtual, so many people watched at home on their tv screens. “This is a very special time of the year for everyone, and we just love to see the lighting of the Christmas tree, especially in Jacksonville,” Steward said. Last year during the demolition, the ceremony was moved to the park, formerly known as Hemming Park.
Spread some holiday cheer: Donate to Toys for Tots
Channel 4 is partnering with ACE Hardware and Toys for Toys to collect toys for children, and you can help. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at participating ACE Hardware locations in Northeast Florida from now through Dec. 8. Donated toys can also be dropped off at Channel 4 at 4 Broadcast Place. And we’re hosting a toy drive at Channel 4 on Dec. 10, so if you stop by that day, we’ll make sure your donated toys get delivered. That toy drive will run from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.It’s worth mentioning that the drop-off process will be a little different this year.
Trending above average to round out the weekend
Highs will sit in the mid to low 80s with partly sunny skies and a 20%-30% chance for showers. Right now the launch is a go and will take off at 7:27 p.m. You can catch the launch live on Channel 4. By Sunday evening a cold front will move in from the northwest leaving us with cooler air come Monday morning. Monday morning those across SE GA could see lows in the upper 40s and low 50s across NE FL. Thanks to the passing cold front we will keep the fall-like weather with daily highs in the upper 60s low 70s and lows in the mid to low 50s through the next week.
Biden planning to give prime-time address tonight
(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)Joe Biden is expected to speak during prime time Friday night. Kamala Harris is expected to speak before Joe Biden. We will let you know as soon as that information become available. You will be able to watch the address on Channel 4 or right here on News4Jax.com.