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SNEAK PEAK TO OUR 2012 GOOD, BAD & SAD LIST!

Posted on 31 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

The Florida and Georgia Star was there, bringing you local, national and international news for 2012. Thank you for choosing us! Stay with us in 2013 as we continue to be your choice news source!

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SNEAK PEAK: Georgia Star’s Best of 2012

Posted on 28 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Highlights of our Georgia Star 2012 year in review

Who made this year’s list of what was most talked about in Georgia for 2012? Our team highlights some of our more memorable stories.
When our paper hits newstands, you’ll see who broke a traditon at a church that stood for well over 100 years. You’ll also see who went from mom to momprenuer. You’ll recall which official got caught in scandal and what senior citizens did to fight back.
From Oprah to open house at the first female owned tertiary level institution, the NAACP to the RYCA’s, you’ll learn who gave south Georgia something to talk about this weekend in The Star!

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COPPA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN: Police/Pastor Spreading Cheer In Hospitals And Jail In Glynn and Chatham Counties For Nearly 20 Years

Posted on 25 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

By ARTHIA NIXON, Florida/Georgia Star  

He’s making a list and checkin’ it twice,

His heart is real big and his blue suit is real nice,

Coppa Claus is comin’ to town!

Sure, those are not the original lyrics to the timeless holiday classic but after meeting Rev. Todd A. Rhodes, I am convinced that children of Savannah and Brunswick will be singing the aforementioned words. Why? TContinue Reading

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Jags Donate 1,000 Holiday Meals To Greater Jacksonville Families

Posted on 20 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Jacksonville Jaguars spread holiday cheer (Photo Jaguars)

In the spirit of the season of giving, the Jacksonville Jaguars, PEPSI, Winn-Dixie and Second Harvest North Florida are partnering to provide food over the next week for 1,000 families in time for the Christmas holiday. TContinue Reading

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VIDEO: President Obama at Prayer Vigil for Connecticut Shooting Victims: “Newtown, You Are Not Alone”

Posted on 17 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Newtown High School

Newtown, Connecticut

8:37 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Governor.  To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, guests — Scripture tells us:  “…do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away…inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”

We gather here in memory of twenty beautiful children and six remarkable adults.  They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school; in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America. TContinue Reading

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President Obama Wipes Tears During Media Address Stating: “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years”

Posted on 14 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

By ARTHIA NIXON

Florida/Georgia Star

After flags were ordered to be flown at half staff to honor the victims of the Stony Hook school shooting in Connecticut, an emotional President Barack Obama briefed the media at 3:16p.m, visibly pausing with a trembling lip, keeping his eyes off the media as he wiped away at least two escaping tears.

He was addressing the morning’s tragic events in Newtown, CT where 24 year-old Ryan Lanza slaughtered the school principal plus 20 children between age 5 and 10, most of them kindergarten students in his mother’s class. His father was found dead in New Jersey and his mother also killed, both in their homes.

“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years,” said President Obama who stated that when he heard the news, he not only acted as president but also as a parent.

He fought back tears by consistently blinking and took frequent breaths between speaking.

“They had their entire lives ahead of them,” he struggled to say. “Birthdays, graduations, weddings… kids of their own.” TContinue Reading

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BREAKING NEWS: 18 Children Among 27 Dead In Elementary School Shooting: Comes Hours After 22 Kids Stabbed At School In China

Posted on 14 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Children being led away from crime scene (Photo: Shannon Hicks, AP)

By ARTHIA NIXON

Florida/Georgia Star

Just hours after sympathizing over news that 22 children and an 85 year-old woman were stabbed at a school in China by a “deranged madman”, America would find itself in the international spotlight for another school shooting. (DEVELOPING)

As of 1p.m, unconfirmed reports reaching our newsroom said that 18 children were among the 27 dead at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newton, Connecticut after a 20 year-old gunman entered the school with bullet proof vest and four weapons. Parents received a town wide call that there was a shooting but the school had not been named. Shortly after that, a text alert reaching those with children at Sandy Hook indicated that this was the school that was under attack. TContinue Reading

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VIDEO: First Lady Michelle Obama And Bo, The Presidential Pet Spread Joy To All With White House Christmas Tours

Posted on 13 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes guests to the White House.

Christmas has come to the White House. While the first family is celebrating this year’s theme of Joy To All, the first dog Bo is doing his duty as Presidential Pet by giving us a tour of what the inside of The White House looks like for the holidays. TContinue Reading

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STUDENT VETERANS BENEFIT FROM $3,500 DONATION

Posted on 11 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Mayor Alvin Brown, City of Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Nov. 27, 2012 — Mayor Alvin Brown presented a group of 10 military veterans, each now enrolled at Jacksonville University, with a check for

$3,500 to finance a trip to the annual Student Veterans of America national conference in Orlando in January.

“I’m proud to support these brave men and women as they transition to civilian life and embark on a new mission to better themselves through academics,” said Mayor Brown. “More than a donation, this is about our city’s future. TContinue Reading

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SUNSHINE SHOWDOWN: Florida Runs Over FSU With Big Fourth Quarter, 37-26

Posted on 04 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

 By MIKE BONTS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Florida’s running game went into high gear Saturday as the Gators ended a two game losing skid to FSU with a 37-26 win before 83,429 in Tallahassee.
With 140 yards on 24 carries and two TDs senior Mike Gillislee became the first Florida player to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a season since Ciatrick Fason in 2004. Florida rushed for 244 yards on 47 carries and scored three touchdowns on the ground – FSU had been giving up 70.6 yards per game.
“We had a lot of confidence coming in here being able to run the football.  We’ve run it well versus everybody.  We’ve run it well versus better defenses,” said Florida coach Will Muschamp.

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Brunswick Joins North Florida For Club Rush Street’s First Anniversary In Jacksonville With Soul Train Best New Artist Elle Varner

Posted on 03 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

DJ Dr. Doom, R&B princess Elle and Kevin Bodie keep the crowd hyped. (Photo by Luke Engram)

Fresh from her stellar performance of her hit Refill at the 2012 Soul Train Awards, Best New Artist winner Elle Varner joined DJ Dr. Doom in Jacksonville, Florida to celebrate the one year anniversary of Club Rush Street. Georgians crossed the border and took time out to raise their glasses to toast the milestone. TContinue Reading

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Jordan Davis, Teen Shot At Jacksonville Gas Station Over Loud Music, Laid To Rest

Posted on 03 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Hundreds attended the memorial of Jordan Davis, 17 who was shot by Michael David Dunn at a gas station in Jacksonville.

It has not been nine months since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida. Now, another black teenager has been laid to rest after being killed under suspicious circumstances.

Michael David Dunn, the 45-year-old vice president of Dunn & Dunn Data Systems in Vero Beach, was in Jacksonville recently weekend for his son’s wedding. According to records, on Friday when Dunn, a gun collector, encountered Jordan Russell Davis, 17, a student at a Jacksonville magnet school, Samuel W. Wolfson High, in a SUV in the parking lot when Dunn pulled up next to them in a car and asked them to turn down their music. Davis and Dunn exchanged words, and Dunn pulled a gun and shot eight or nine times, striking Jordan twice. TContinue Reading

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Brunswick Gives Thanks As Churches Step Up To Help Community For Thanksgiving

Posted on 02 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Mark Baker, Pastor of Greater Works Than These Ministry Brunswick, GA stands in the center of volunteers assisting with the food outreach.

By ARTHIA NIXON Photos ANGELA FAVORS-MORRELL (Florida/Georgia Staff)

(BRUNSWICK) In the season and spirit of giving and being their brother’s keepers, Greater Works Than These Ministries did not wait until Thanksgiving to share with the community. This year, hundreds were fed as the result of the generosity extended as early as Sunday, leading up to the first true American holiday.

“There were literally hundreds of people who lined up and churches were there to assist,” said volunteer Fred Wrice. “Thank God they stepped in because based on the amount of people who came out, it is evident that we have to fill a void in the community. It literally brought tears to my eyes to see the amount of people who showed up on behalf of themselves and in some cases, on behalf of others who were physically unable to come and stand in the long lines.” TContinue Reading

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