Tony Boselli reflects on hall of fame career in letter to Jaguars fans
One day before the NFL draft, the first selection in Jaguars history penned an inspiring letter to Jacksonville fans and the city. In a video released on social media, Tony Boselli said that “from the moment I was drafted, it was the only place I wanted to be.”
James Weldon Johnson Park hosts Hip Hop Festival
James Weldon Johnson Park’s Hip Hop Festival returns for its second year to once again shine light on the Duval Hip Hop scene while paying special homage to the late Paten Locke – a Duval based, internationally acclaimed Hip Hop Legend whose influence reverberates throughout Duval’s Hip Hop circles to this day. The festival will feature many local food trucks and vendors, be family friendly, free to attend and will take place from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, February 18, 2023.
Florida First District Court of Appeals judicial retention
Rulings from six North Florida judicial circuits, including the Fourth Circuit (Clay, Duval and Nassau counties) and the Eight Circuit (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist Levy and Union counties), are appealed to the First District Court of Appeals.
A-Train Live! The Experience
Comedian A-Train, Duval’s favorite funny man and host of the largest and longest-running ultimate night of entertainment, A-Train Live! The Experience, is back August 26th with Birthday Celebration Edition featuring Comedienne Dominiqe (Black Jesus, Chapelle Show, Last Comic Standing), Eric Carter Band, other special guests, hosted by Gene Dot Com. Comedian A-Train has been seen on Funny Not Famous and Season 6 of Braxton Family Values, and has traveled with and opened for Original King of Comedy D. L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy, and more. He can be seen headlining all over the country.
Shopping to support survivors
Hubbard House is the certified domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker counties, with free shelter and services available for survivors and their children. Supporting the Hubbard House Thrift Store supports the work of Hubbard House in many key ways! The revenue from your purchases directly funds Hubbard House’s outreach services, and survivors working with Hubbard House are able to shop for free from your donations.
Dry walk to school, can not say the same for the return home
Today has been a bit hazy with dusty Saharan air and this will suppress some storms. The drier location will be at the beaches and areas over Putnam and southern St. Johns counties. Rain will develop near the Gulf and track northeastward through north Florida this afternoon. Inland locations of Duval, Baker and the Suwannee River Valley should get storms that may last late into the evening, especially over southeast Georgia.
Happy lawns and gardens, showers, storms increase this week
Showers with isolated thunderstorms continue across central St. Johns county. These will slowly push north as they weaken. Showers will be possible over Clay, Putnam and southern Duval through around 2 p.m. Near seasonal afternoon highs with increasing rain and storm coverage this week.
Proposed DCPS property tax increase would generate $81M, address historic teacher shortage
The Duval County School Board is poised to discuss an official proposal to ask voters for a one-mill increase to the county’s property tax rate in order to fund salary increases for teachers and reduce the record number of vacant staffing positions.
Umbrella afternoon as a cold front swings through Jacksonville
Forecast models continue to be really aggressive, wanting to bring heavy rains to our forecast. The reality though? Somewhat disappointing. Thursday, we saw a brief heavy downpour along I-95 in Duval and St. Johns counties and that was it. Rather disappointing.
October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month | River City Live
Serving Duval and Baker Counties, Hubbard House, a full-service certified domestic violence center, has answered more than 101,500 hotline calls and sheltered more than 42,900 survivors and their children in its life-saving and life-changing 44-year history. The agency’s impact can be measured in suffering spared, lives liberated and tragic deaths avoided right here in the local community. And, for most survivors, it all begins when they make a confidential connection with an advocate at the 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline, available by phone at (904) 354-3114,or by text at (904) 210-3698.
Dog days of August shift into tropics watching
Short term, tonight through Friday evening will be some of our quietest weather days we have seen all summer. As we saw earlier Thursday, a few isolated pop-up thundershowers along the sea-breeze in St. Johns and Duval counties developed around 4 p.m. and they quickly faded. That was basically it for rainfall.
The little low pressure that could
It was a wild weather Thursday evening in Northern Clay and Duval counties. Although there were numerous counties under severe thunderstorm warnings, Exact Track 4D didn’t see the two categories for severe thunderstorms actually take place. Hail greater than an inch (at the surface) and / or winds at or above 60 mph were never recorded. Nor were there any significant reports of trees down or wind damage. All good things.
Final hot day ends with showers, storms this evening
It is hot even with the breezy SW flow gusting over 25 mph at times. The high hit 92 and we will dip below 90 by 7 pm. It is pretty dry now but some showers or isolated storms may spark toward the evening across Duval and Nassau counties and up into southern Georgia through 8 pm.
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.
Enjoy these warm, dry days Richard says cooler, wetter weather next week
It’s a warm start to the weekend...South-southwest flow as a weak front lifts northward leading to increased cloud cover and warm temperatures going into the weekend. Potential for late evening and early morning patchy fog developments over areas west of the I-75 corridor. Wind S 5-10 mph. Mostly clear with patchy fog overnight. Wind S 5-10 mph.
After delays, Publix stores in Duval, Columbia and Nassau back
Appointments filled quickly Wednesday morning when Publix reopened its online reservation system for COVID-19 vaccine appointments for select stores, including in Columbia, Duval and Nassau counties. Reservations had been on hold because shipments of the vaccine were delayed last week due to winter storms across the country. The grocery chain is resuming its schedule of offering new appointments on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Customers with appointments for their second dose were not impacted by the shipping disruptions caused by last week’s inclement weather. Appointments may not be available in every county during every scheduling opportunity.
2nd candidate emerges to fill Cord Byrd’s Florida House seat
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With state Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, planning to run for the Senate in 2022, a second candidate has emerged to seek his Northeast Florida House seat that currently covers parts of Duval and Nassau counties. Hilliard Republican Bo Wade Hodges opened a campaign account this week to run in what is now House District 11, according to the state Division of Elections website. The filing came a week after Jacksonville Beach Republican Heath Brockwell opened an account for the race. The district boundaries -- and potentially the number -- will change before the 2022 elections because of the once-a-decade reapportionment process.
Turning chilly tonight- clouds and a few showers are back Wednesday
Tonight temperatures turn chilly with overnight lows in the mid to upper 30s over inland Southeastern Georgia, low 40s for inland Northeastern Florida and upper 40s and low 50s for the beaches. Wednesday expect building clouds and afternoon to evening chances for showers- especially in our southern, coastal counties. Temperatures will top out in the mid 60s with northeasterly winds around 10 mph. Friday morning may start off with a few showers, but the we will see clearing skies and chilly temperatures only climbing into the mid 60s. Sunday we wake up around 40° and warm up into the cool low 60s under sunny skies.
Round 2 of today’s rain won’t pack the same punch, milder mid week ahead
Wednesday’s rain chances represent a situation that could be confusing, it’s a numerically low chance- 30%, but only because the showers tomorrow will be confined to a certain area, not because we won’t see showers. Not all of our counties have a chance for showers, but the counties in Southeastern Georgia can expect passing showers throughout the day. Expect cloudy skies and mild temperatures climbing into the low 70s. Thursday will be the best day this week, expect partly sunny skies and mild temperatures topping out around 77 degrees. There is only an isolated chance for a stray shower.
Storms drop heaps of hail and rainfall in Northeast Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Strong to severe thunderstorms are producing penny-sized hail covering lawns in Baker, Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties right now. Areas are seeing blinding downpours, resulting in reduced visibility and temporary flooding. — NAS Jacksonville (@NASJax_) February 9, 2021Behind the line of strong storms is more moderate to light rain, which will add insult to injury for areas already seeing flooding. We could see another .5-1 inch of rainfall within the back end of this round of showers. We’ll see a small break in the rain before the next round of showers and storms pushes through our area, where we may see similar rainfall rates in the strongest storms, but hail will be less of a possibility.
K9s for Warriors founder dies of cancer
Shari Duval, who founded K9s for Warriors in 2011, passed away this week after a battle with cancer. K9s for Warriors uses donations to help warriors train with their service dogs and learn to re-enter civilian life. We will continue our goal of serving our Nation’s Greatest Asset, our Military Men and Women.”Ad“I’m heartbroken,” said K9s for Warriors CEO Rory Diamond. “She had been valiantly fighting cancer over and over and winning, and this last bout was just too much. Shari created K9s For Warriors through sheer grit, love, and a tenacity that I never knew existed.
Downpours move through, temperatures turning chilly
Thursday will be sunny, chilly and windy with temperatures topping out only in the mid 50s. Expect a chilly breeze out of the north around 15 mph. On Friday, temperatures will only make it into the upper 50s under sunny skies. Sunday looks nicer, waking up in the low 50s and warming up into the mid 70s. We expect another round of showers and thunderstorms Monday, plunging us back into the chilly zone on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mild and cloudy evening, rain headed our way Wednesday afternoon to turn us chilly
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Today was warm, topping out in the lovely upper 70s. Wednesday starts out with fog clearing as we warm up into the upper 70s. A more thin, less intense round of showers will push through later, during the evening hours. Expect clearing skies and dropping temperatures behind the rain, as the cold front pushes through our area. Sunday we will see a few clouds with increasing winds, but temperatures will make in into the mild mid 70s.
Duval County parents can speak with school leaders from home
Duval families will be able to tour schools from home today and speak with school leaders. The district’s annual School Choice Expo will be virtual on Saturday, January 9. Duval County Public Schools is a choice district, which means students can attend schools outside their attendance area zones through the school choice application process. This is in the “My Show Planner” tab, where you’ll see your scheduled events to see live school presentations, organize you schedule, and make appointments to talk with school leaders. For those who want to take advantage of school choice, the application window runs thru February 28.
Find a nice warm place tonight as a chilly evening is upon us.
Find a nice warm place tonight as a chilly evening is upon us. The cloudy skies today stay overnight so it won’t be as cold compared to what’s ahead Saturday night. This evening will stay breezy with lows in the mid 30s over SE Georgia and inland north Florida to the lower 40s near the coast in St. Johns and Duval counties. A freeze watch is in effect for Sunday morning covering parts of inland northeast and north central Florida. Saturday night gets colder under mostly clear skies, light sending temps into the 30s with widespread frost inland and patchy frost possible near the coast.
Cloudy and not as chilly tonight, warm end to the year
We wake up in the upper 50s and warm up into the upper 70s under mostly sunny skies. We wake up in the mid to low 60s and warm up into the upper 70s, near 80° for the afternoon. Expect partly sunny skies and breezy southerly winds around 15 mph. Friday night our chances for showers starts to build, expect 50% chances for showers and thunderstorms overnight under mostly cloudy skies as temperatures dip into the low 60s. Sunday will be sunny and chilly, starting out around 50° and only warming into the low 60s.
Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign ends Christmas Eve, and you can still help
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign is ending Thursday. And at this time, even in the midst of a pandemic, the Salvation Army says it’s already up 25% to 30% more in donations than last year. We blasted that number over what our expectations were and today is the final push,” said Maj. Keath Biggers, area commander for Salvation Army of Northeast Florida. This is a 129-year tradition, the Red Kettle program. Diamond Ring Taped to Dollar Bill Dropped in Salvation Army Red Kettle in JacksonvilleThe local Salvation Army campaign made news earlier this month with the donation of a diamond ring that was taped to a dollar bill and dropped into a red kettle.
Crowds gather for local parades as COVID-19 cases climb
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As Florida reported its third consecutive day of more than 10,000 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, large crowds gathered for events across Jacksonville. Organizers asked parade-goers to socially distance and encouraged them to wear masks. News4Jax saw groups both wearing masks and not wearing masks and most tried to keep their distance from one another, but some spots along the parade route did get more congested. “We are still going to try and have some fun but yes, definitely going to maintain some distance from everyone,” Taylor Self said. The Florida Department of Health reported 10,431 new cases of COVID-19 in the state on Saturday with 494 new cases in Duval County.
Shaking off the cold as temperatures will be bouncing back for a Thursday
There will still be freezing temperatures in the normally cold locations just west of Jacksonville to inland Southeastern Georgia. Thursday starts off chilly with inland frost, but warms up into the upper 60s, hitting 70° for an afternoon high. Expect increasing clouds in the afternoon skies and light winds. Saturday we may wake up damp, but the cold front behind the showers pushes through, clearing our skies and cooling us down. We will hit the mid 60s under partly sunny skies.
Chilly night with inland frost, warming slightly by Friday
Thursday starts off chilly with inland frost, but warms up into the upper 60s, hitting 70° for an afternoon high. Expect mostly sunny skies and light winds. We will hit the upper 60s under mostly sunny skies. Sunday is a tad cooler, waking up in the mid 40s and warming up into the low 60s under mostly cloudy skies. Monday and Tuesday look sunny and cool, only topping out in the low 60s.
Flu vaccines offered at schools through DOH partnership
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Duval schools is teaming up with the Department of Health (DOH) to set up in-school flu immunization clinics at schools beginning Nov. 30, according to Duval County Public Schools. Each weekday, between Nov. 30 and Dec. 18, DOH medical professionals will set up a clinic at different schools for a set number of hours. Participation is not mandatory, and only children who have a signed consent form from their parent will be eligible for a flu vaccine. For parents and guardians, who are un-insured and in need of a flu vaccination, please fluvaxjax.com and select “Get a Vaccine” and then “Click Here” to get a no-cost flu vaccine voucher through the #FluVaxJax program. More information is available on this Flu Vaccine Fact Sheet for children from the Duval County Medical Society.
Breezy and damp with coastal clouds
Cloudier skies we are seeing today will be part of the daily forecast into the weekend. All thos clouds rolling off the Atlantic are carrying several pockets of light showers. Spots of rain last overnight but most won’t carry past the western sections of Putnam, Clay and Duval counties. Coastal showers stick around Friday and into the weekend with the 10-15 mph easterly breeze through Saturday. Highs in the lower 70s Friday climb into the mid to upper 70s this weekend.
Free drive-thru food distribution every Tuesday & Thursday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The City of Jacksonville reminded Duval residents on Twitter of a free, drive-through food distribution happening today. The Catholic Charities ‘Food Pantry at the Jessie’ is in partnership with Farm Share and the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund. The drive-thru distribution happens every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am - 3 pm, at the Jessie Ball Dupont Center at 40 East Adams Street. The groups involved say they have already served tens of thousands of families in need.
Overdue traffic ticket? This program will help you pay for it
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Duval and Flagler counties are announcing a two-week event to help pay overdue traffic tickets or criminal fees without having to pay collection fees. 2020 Operation Greenlight is a two-week online event that waives collection fees on overdue traffic tickets and criminal charges. List the ticket numbers or case numbers that you wish to pay in the space provided on the registration gorm. In Flagler County, residents with suspended licenses will have an opportunity to pay overdue court obligations, including traffic tickets, all while saving 40-percent in collection fees. Click here for the full information on the initiative in Flagler County.
Early Thursday morning Duval downpours, yes even before the sunrises
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Just after midnight and showers and a few downpours are rolling across Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties. Later into the evening these rains will be mainly well west of Jacksonville, along I-75. On Wednesday, Gainesville airport had more than an inch of rain with a couple of heavy downpours. Starting out in the 70s and warming into the mid to upper 80s with widespread chances for passing rounds of showers. The best chance to see rain will be between 2-7 p.m.Friday, Saturday, and Sunday also look similar with rounds of showers and not as hot temperature topping out around 89°.
DCPS moves ticket booths online for athletic games
Duval County Public Schools announced Wednesday that tickets for the school districts paid athletic events will be available for purchase online only for the 2020-2021 school year. To buy tickets, fans just need to visit gofan.co and search for their students school. With capacity limited to 30 percent of a venues capacity, fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early. Tickets for all non-varsity football games are currently available for purchase. Tickets for varsity football games go out first to parents, then are made available to all on Wednesdays.
Husband mourns wife who died of COVID-19 after giving birth to son
Husband Isaac Byrd Jr. told News4Jax Renae had an emergency cesarean section on Aug. 23. Im heartbroken, Byrd Jr. said. Renae Byrd with husband Isaac (Copyright 2020 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.) Renae Byrd wasnt just a new mother, but a brilliant writer and photographer, according to her brother. Most important, she was just so loving, Byrd Jr. said.
Once found throughout Florida, this bird now calls Duval & Nassau counties home
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A tiny bird that once ranged across much of Florida is now only found around the St. Johns River in Duval and in Nassau counties due to increasing human development. The marsh wren’s range in Florida has contracted by 80 percent from its historical extent. The marsh wren’s range contraction, small population size and restricted distribution led to the species being listed as threatened in the state. Researchers looked for Marsh Wren nests at five sites on the Nassau River and Clapboard Creek in Duval and Nassau counties in 2016 and 2017 and found troubling issues. Survey points sampled for Worthington’s Marsh Wrens and MacGillivray’s Seaside Sparrows during 2014 and 2015 breeding seasons.
Duval School Board votes in favor of providing PPE to all students, staff
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Duval County School Board voted Tuesday evening in favor of the purchase of 143,000 reusable face masks to distribute to all students, faculty and staff in the district. The mask policy will next be reviewed by the school board after Dr. Diana Greene -- the school superintendent -- and staff have reviewed CDC protocols for returning students to face to face instruction. A spokesperson for the school district noted that the board voted on a recommendation to purchase the masks, but not to require students and staff to wear them. Your child returns with all students on Aug. 10 to a regular full-time schedule, as usual. Your child returns with all students after Labor Day with personal protection equipment and handwashing protocols.
Man charged with murder in deadly shooting in East Arlington
Published: May 12, 2020, 10:06 pm Updated: May 13, 2020, 7:07 amJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office have arrested a man after a deadly shooting on Tropic Drive in East Arlington. Police arrested Pedro Navarro, 48, and charged him with murder. The shooting occurred on April 24. The man shot, who was not identified, died at a hospital during emergency surgery. Anyone with additional information in the shooting was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
GALLERY: Blue Angels amaze as they fly over greater Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Navy’s elite flying unit flew over greater Jacksonville Friday as part of its nationwide flights to salute health care workers, first responders and other essential workers on the front lines of America’s battle against the coronavirus. News4Jax viewers sent photos and videos from all over Northeast Florida showing the beautiful flyover. Thank you @BlueAngels for saluting our frontline COVID-19 responders and lifting our spirits with your #AmericaStrong flyover Jacksonville today. #JaxInThisTogether #ILoveJax pic.twitter.com/PhzbMmTF4V — City of Jacksonville (COJ) (@CityofJax) May 8, 2020The Blue Angels conduct a flyover of Jacksonville Beach, Florida as a tribute and thanks to frontline workers combatting the coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/e7cnCvJ0AJ — Gwen G (@plumrtlady) May 8, 2020South Jax Beach pic.twitter.com/LVKELkmfl0 — Chris Lee (@chrisrlee63) May 8, 2020
Man shot several times in East Arlington dies
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Homicide detectives are investigating after a man shot several times at a home in East Arlington on Friday night died. Jacksonville officers called to Tropic Drive East before 10 p.m. found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department took the man to a local hospital, he died during emergency surgery. News4Jax spoke with a neighbor who said he was putting his child to bed when he heard at least three gunshots. Lewis said this is the first time anything like this has happened in the six years he’s lived in the neighborhood.
Duval school employees say they need to self-isolate
Duval school employees say they need to self-isolatePublished: March 16, 2020, 6:59 pmHundreds of Jacksonville teachers and other employees say they need to self-isolate because of possible exposure to Coronavirus while traveling during spring break. News4Jax reporter Kelly Wiley is joining us talked with administrators who predict the number of employees who need to stay home will likely increase.
Local high school student customizes, donates shoes to homeless
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A local teen is spreading love throughout Duval by customizing and donating shoes to the homeless community in downtown Jacksonville. Julien Gasca, 16, has a goal to raise awareness about homelessness in our city and inspire more people to give. “I know people in need feel like they are struggling and there’s no hope. The First Coast High School student plans to continue these acts of kindness for years to come. Click here to visit his YouTube channel.
Wash your darn hands, people -- it’s the best way to stay healthy
What’s most concerning about the CDC’s flu review is that health officials are noticing an uptick in flu cases, especially among children. Of the recorded flu cases, 65% occurred in primary or secondary schools, 13% of flu cases occurred in day cares, and 9.7% occurred in long-term care facilities. “But if you put a little soap on, wash and go, you’re not getting everything in there." Esper recommends washing hands with soap and water for even longer -- at least 20 seconds -- and making sure both hands are covered with soap. Even the best handwashing techniques are often worthless if you skimp on drying your hands because germs love to breed in moisture.