Local man arrested again for Bomb Threats

Fernandina Beach Police Department
Press Release
James T. Hurley, Chief

May 25, 2017 5:08 p.m.

The Fernandina Beach Police Department arrested an individual this morning and charged him with making a false report of planting a bomb. David Anthony Moody, 28 years of age, was questioned after being detained shortly after the bomb threat was called into the local Winn Dixie Store.

At approximately 10:30 AM this morning, an individual called the local Winn-Dixie Store, saying “my name is Moody. I’m carrying a bomb and I’m headed toward downtown Fernandina. I’m going to the Marina.” The Fernandina Beach Police Department was familiar with multiple bomb threats from January and February 2016 and immediately began looking for David Moody, who had previously been arrested and convicted of similar threats. Sergeant Jon Hepler located Moody within ten minutes of the first call, while he was working in a downtown business.

The investigation revealed that Moody borrowed a cell phone from a co-worker and made Continue reading

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Attention authors and would-be authors! Workshop scheduled for “Book Publishing Trade Secrets to Success”

Press Release
Amelia Island Book Festival
Raffaela Marie Rizzo Fenn
Author Liaison
May 25, 2017 4:35 p.m.

Don’t miss this workshop to get “Book Publishing Trade Secrets to Success” applicable for All Genres!

Attention Authors and Would-be Authors.

Don’t miss this workshop  to get “Book Publishing Trade Secrets to Success” applicable for All Genres!

The Amelia Island Book Festival and the Florida Authors and Publishers Association have teamed up to bring a chock-full,  half-Day Workshop to share Books Publishing Trade Secrets for Success applicable for all genres!

Have you written a book and wondered, “Now what?” Is your book in the draft stage and have you wondered what to do once it’s done? If so, then, This Workshop is for you. No need to book hotels or pay high registration fees, Now, a local high-quality opportunity at an affordable price is at hand, noted, publishing experts will help you sort out such topics as:

The Big Picture: Your Goals – Why am I doing this? Who is Your Audience – Who will Continue reading

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Fernandina Beach Library to showcase quilts by local artist

Friends of the Library
Press Release
Nancy Graham
Communications Chair

May 25, 2017 4:25  p.m.

Pamela Baity is a local quilt and machine quilting artist exhibiting some of her accomplished works at the Fernandina Beach Library Community Room.

Friends of the Library is pleased to announce a new exhibition of quilts by local artist Pamela Baity. Ms. Baity has taken the opportunity to share her expertise and artistry with Fernandina Beach residents, students and visitors to enhance the community’s understanding and appreciation of the historic art of quilt-making.

At an early age, Ms. Baity was taught to sew and quilt by her mother and two grandmothers, but has been seriously quilting for 17 years. She is an active member of the Amelia Island Quilt Guild and has received numerous awards for her quilts and her machine quilting.

The exhibition is available for viewing now through August 31st, 2017 in the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Library, located at 25 N. 4th Street. Special viewing hours are Saturdays June 10, 17 and 24 from Continue reading

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United Way alters funding framework and processes to better serve community

Press Release
United Way of Northeast Florida
Submitted by Sarah Henderson
Director, Marketing and Communications

May 25, 2017 1:00 p.m.

United Way of Northeast Florida is making changes to its funding practices during the next year in order to broaden the organization’s reach and respond more
effectively to community needs.

The changes, which will begin this summer, will affect how area nonprofits can apply for and receive United Way funding and will define which community challenges United Way seeks to impact through its community partners.

“Communities are not static, they are dynamic, changing places,” said Michelle Braun, President and CEO of United Way of Northeast Florida. “Our community’s needs are changing, our nonprofit sector is changing and charitable giving in our community is changing. United Way needs to be responsive to these changes and, going forward, we Continue reading

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Honoring our Veterans on Memorial Day

Nassau County Supervisor of Elections
Vicki Cannon
Press Contact
Christina Macedo
May 25, 2017 1:00 p.m.

Our hearts overflow with pride and gratitude as we reflect on those that have served our great county, and beyond that, our great country – our hometown veterans! As we approach Memorial Day, we want to take a moment to express our appreciation specifically for those that paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their life in the line of duty.

The sacrifices our veterans have made protecting our rights and freedoms serve as reminders to take our responsibilities seriously, including the right to vote. We proudly recognize those that have served our country through our “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” program. The goal of this program is to encourage voter participation among our entire voting population, and to educate our youth about the sacrifices our veterans made so that we may live in a democratic society. Please visit our website at www.VoteNassau.com and click on “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” to view the list of veteran biographies previously submitted to us. If you have a loved one that is a veteran, living or deceased, whose biography isn’t listed, please take a moment to share their story with us through either the Online Biography Form, or the Deceased/MIA Veteran Biography Form.

One way that we honor Nassau County Veterans of War in our community is by the Memorial Roll. If you visit our Yulee office, you will see that we proudly display this roll at Continue reading

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U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary partners with U S Coast Guard to provide “Life Vest Loaner Kiosk”

Press Release
U.S. Coast Guard
May 25, 2017 11:37 a.m.


On Friday, 26 May at 1:00 pm, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and US Coast Guard will be opening its first Life Vest Loaner Kiosk at DD Bartel ramp in Fernandina Beach, FL. This Kiosk is for Boaters using the ramp that forgot or need Life Vest for their boating pleasure. These Life Vest are available ‘free’ to the boating public to use as necessary and then return to the Kiosk when finished.

This is strictly a volunteer loan and return life vest program sponsored by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-1 in Fernandina Beach, FL. All Boater are required to have a Continue reading

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North Florida Land Trust is providing an alternate plan to preserve 15 acres in Fernandina Beach

Submitted by Kelly White
Client Focused Media
May 25, 2017 11:05 a.m.


North Florida Land Trust is working to save 15 acres of land along Egans Creek in Nassau County. NFLT has kicked off a fundraising campaign to preserve the land by securing a matching gift of $250,000 from an anonymous donor. The land is owned by the Nassau County School Board who planned to sell the land to a developer but needs the city to vacate an easement before it can be sold. NFLT, in coordination with local citizens, proposed the land be used instead as an outdoor learning laboratory for students at the nearby middle and high school or as a public park with access to Egans Creek.

“We are enthusiastically engaged in an effort to preserve one of the last large parcels of natural land tracts on our lovely, graceful Amelia Island,” said the anonymous donor.  “We envision this property to be utilized not only as an outdoor learning facility for the Fernandina Middle School and High School, but as a green space for the community to enjoy as they venture along the greenway.”

The 15 acres of land is located directly behind Fernandina Beach High School and borders Egans Creek Greenway. Several members of the Fernandina Beach City Commission had Continue reading

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Barnabas Center Awarded for Excellence in Worksite Wellness

Barnabas Nassau
Press Release
Jeff McDowell
Communications Mgr
May 26, 2017 11:00 a.m.

Barnabas Center was awarded for its Excellence in Worksite Wellness (bronze level) by the First Coast Worksite Wellness Council (FCWWC) during their 9th annual luncheon held on May 10th. Lynne Starling, Barnabas’ Volunteer Coordinator, oversees the agency’s Wellness Program and was delighted to accept the award for the not for profit agency. “Besides the obvious benefits of trying to achieve one’s fitness goals, this program also serves to bring the staff together to achieve a collective goal, to be one of the area’s healthiest companies!”

The FCWWC is an initiative of Healthy Jacksonville 2020. The mission of the Council is to improve the health of the First Coast community by sharing resources and providing Continue reading

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May is Mental Health Month Barnabas’ Services include One-on-One Counseling to Nassau Community

Barnabas Nassau
Press Release
Jeff McDowell, Communications Mgr
May 25, 2017 11:00 a.m.

If someone you know and love suffers from a mental health concern, its affects can take a toll on both the patient and those who care for them. It can be a heavy burden. However, it’s important to keep things in perspective and remember that one’s mental health is a big component of one’s overall well-being. It’s also important to know that many mental illnesses are common and treatable.

May is designated Mental Health Month and this year’s theme is Risky Business- a call to educate ourselves and others about habits and behaviors that MAY increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses. It’s also a call to recognize certain behaviors like compulsive sex, recreational drug usage, obsessive behaviors, including excessive spending and internet habits and others which could be signs of mental health illnesses. The ability to recognize these problem behaviors can be helpful in disrupting someone’s potential spiral towards a path of full blown crisis.

Mental Health Month was started 68 years ago by the national organization, Mental Continue reading

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Rayonier Advanced Materials to Acquire Tembec, Creating a Diversified Global Leader in High Purity Cellulose, Packaging, Paper, High-Yield Pulp and Forest Products

Media Release
May 25, 2017 9:14 a.m.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. and MONTREAL, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (NYSE: RYAM) and Tembec Inc. (TSX: TMB) today announced a definitive agreement under which Rayonier Advanced Materials will acquire Tembec, providing the combined company with leading and complementary positions in key high purity cellulose end-uses and diversified earning streams from packaging, paper, high-yield pulp and forest products businesses. With its expanded geographic reach, enhanced R&D capabilities and broader, more flexible asset base, the combined company will offer customers exceptional product breadth across the spectrum of high purity cellulose products and create additional growth opportunities in packaging and forest products.

The transaction received the unanimous approval of the Boards of Directors of both companies.

Left: Rayonier Advanced Materials’ Chairman, President and CEO, Paul G. Boynton and right: Tembec’s President and CEO, James Lopez (PRNewsfoto/Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc)


Tembec shareholders will have the right to elect to receive either (i) C$4.05 in cash or (ii) 0.2302 of a share of Rayonier Advanced Materials common stock, for each Tembec common share. These elections are subject to proration to ensure that no more than 63% of the aggregate Tembec shares shall receive the cash consideration and no more than 37% will receive the stock consideration.

The purchase price of approximately US$807 million, including the assumption of Continue reading

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