Jacksonville Centre of the Arts expanding to Amelia Island


Submitted by Kezia Rolle

Executive Director, Amelia Island Centre of the Arts

Kezia Rolle is the Founder/Executive Director of Amelia Island Centre of the Arts, a new division of Jacksonville Centre of the Arts (JCA) Pre-Professional School and Company. Mrs. Rolle’s original vision, program, and school was introduced to Jacksonville in January of 1997 with 30 eager students. It has since grown and touched thousands of dancers, some of whom are dancing internationally based on their training under the direction of JCA. “Our Continue reading

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Meet your Yulee neighbor

Submitted by Gerry Clare
Roving Reporter

Linda Buehler

The mountain or lap dulcimer had its origins in Appalachia in the late 1800’s according to Wikipedia. Mostly heard as a parlor instrument, due to its soft sounds, it became more popular in the 1950’s with the revival of folk music.

Now, Linda Buehler has brought it to Yulee and met up with Florida native, Carolyn Welsch, to form the Yulee Dulcimers group, which meets at New Vision Congregational Church at 96072 Chester Road in Yulee on the second Saturday morning of each month from 10:30 to 12:30.Those interested in joining the group can just show up at one of the meetings. Bring your instrument and copies of a few songs to share.

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Nassau County Economic Development Board (NCEDB) Hires New Director of Communications and Public Relations


Submitted by Nassau County Economic Development Board

The Nassau County Economic Development Board (NCEDB) recently announced that Karen Schexnayder has joined the organization as the Director of Communications and Public Relations.  In her new role, Ms. Schexnayder will work closely with the Board and its investors to further their mission of promoting economic development in Continue reading

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Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by Priscilla Footlik

Priscilla Footlik - Beach
Sunrise at Seaside Beach
Photo courtesy of Priscilla Fooklik

Editor’s Note: Priscilla has lived on Amelia Island for 5 years. Prior to arriving on Amelia, she lived most often in Colorado. She is a preschool teacher at Miss Kate’s PreK, and enjoys being an amateur photographer in her spare time.

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April 13, 2014 1:00 a.m.

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Barnabas expands health services

Barnabas Center Press Release
Submitted by Mary Pitcher
Community Relations Manager

Barnabas recently announced an expansion of its health services at the opening of its new facility at 1303 Jasmine Street in Fernandina Beach. The new facility was named the J Wayne & Delores Barr Weaver Center after the major contributors to the agency’s building campaign.

Barnabas Health Care
Barnabas Health Services Staff – Dr. Peter Harding, Medical Director; Jessie Hiott, Physician’s Assistant; Ellen Schmidt, Nurse; Zayda Serrano, Community Health Specialist; and Marionette Mack, Medical Receptionist.

The expansion of health services to lower income adults in Nassau County enables Barnabas to offer primary medical care and chronic disease management, mental health counseling, and vision and hearing screenings at its new location. The Barnabas food pantry has been expanded as well, allowing the agency to provide more fresh and frozen foods, as well as offering cooking classes to demonstrate ways to prepare healthy, nutritious meals on a limited budget.

Barnabas secured funding and resources to implement this comprehensive “medical home” approach for lower income adults that will integrate primary and preventative medical care with dental care and other services. The Florida Blue Foundation and Baptist Health awarded three-year grants to Barnabas, which will allow the nonprofit agency to hire staff and pay for other start- up costs. Mental health services will be available onsite through a partnership with Starting Point Behavioral Health, and will include services specifically focused on women and girls made possible by a grant by the Women’s Giving Alliance.

Vision and hearing services will be added through partnerships with CW Vision, Vision Is Priceless, and the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center. Nutrition education will be integrated through on-site cooking classes in a new teaching kitchen, focusing initially on patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases.

As a major nonprofit service provider in Nassau County, Barnabas is committed to increasing access to affordable, quality health care for lower income adults. Additionally, Barnabas offers services that help those in crisis get back on their feet with short-term aid including financial assistance, emergency food, clothing, and bicycles for job transportation. For information about its health or other services, contact Barnabas at 261-7000.

April 11, 2014 4:11 p.m.

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Furman Clark convicted of scheme to defraud

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger

Furman Clark
Photo of Furman Clark

According to Steve Siegel, prosecutor for the state attorneys’ office, Furman Clark was convicted on April 8, of one count of an “organized scheme to defraud.”  The charge is a first degree felony punishable up to 30 years in the Florida State prison system.  Bond was revoked and Clark is currently in the Nassau County Jail.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 24.

Siegel told the Fernandina Observer that between January of 2008 and September of 2008, Clark approached two couples about various land related deals.  One involved  a parcel of timberland in the Big Bend area of Continue reading

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Island residents urged to “Bag the [plastic] Bag”

Submitted by Anne H. Oman

Some 12,000 plastic bags are given out free every day in just three Amelia Island stores – Publix, Winn-Dixie and Harris Teeter.

“That’s approximately four million a year,” Tony Crawford, a member of the steering committee of Bag the Bag/Save the Ocean told a small gathering of environmental advocates at Uncle Charlie’s Saturday.

Mr. Crawford talked to officials of the supermarket about the group’s campaign to get people to eschew plastic and use cloth bags instead. He also Continue reading

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Barnabas announces April mobile food distribution

Barnabas Center Press ReleaseBarnabas
Submitted by Mary Pitcher
Communications Manager

Barnabas Center announces two mobile food pantries have been scheduled for April as part of the Hunger Coalition of Nassau County and Nourishment Network’s collaborative effort to distribute fresh food in Nassau County each month.

The purpose is to reach out across Nassau County and make it easy for Continue reading

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Around town and moving days

Submitted by Gerry Clare
Roving Reporter

This past weekend was a busy one starting downtown with Sounds on Centre Street. The Honey Badgers played Beatles tunes to a large and appreciative crowd Friday night. The nice weather brought lots of residents and tourists alike including the Long family (above) from Indianapolis,

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