Posted on 31 December 2012 by Admin Arthia
Posted on 28 December 2012 by Admin Arthia
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!
Posted on 25 December 2012 by Admin Arthia
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
Posted on 20 December 2012 by Admin Arthia
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
Posted on 17 December 2012 by Admin Arthia
Newtown High School
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
Posted on 14 December 2012 by Admin Arthia
By ARTHIA NIXON
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
Posted on 11 December 2012 by Admin Arthia
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
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.
Posted on 03 December 2012 by Admin Arthia
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
Posted on 30 November 2012 by Admin Arthia
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Tony D. Hansberry is not your average college freshman. Perceived at as a child prodigy after developing an innovative suture method that decreases hospital stay and increases efficiency during operations for hysterectomies, the then 14-year-old said he just wanted to bring a prize back home from the science fair.
“People think I’m a genius,” Hansberry said. “It’s not that at all, I just like medicine.” TContinue Reading
Posted on 30 November 2012 by Admin Arthia
By MARSHA DEAN PHELTS, Florida/Georgia Star
The Inaugural Memorial Ceremony in recognition of the more than 2 million blacks who died at sea after being sold into slavery headed for the Americas was held on the International Day of Remembrance, August 23, 2012 at the Fells Point Pier in Baltimore, Maryland.
Here ceremonies at dawn and dusk were held in remembrance of those who perished at sea over three and a half centuries from the 1500-1870 period. The realization for a Memorial Ceremony of our African ancestors was a driving force that compelled Ann L. Chinn more than half of her life. Through research Chinn followed the path of 86 named and documented slave ships that made countless crossings that trafficked blacks through what has infamously become known as the Middle Passage. TContinue Reading
Posted on 24 March 2012 by The Florida Star Online
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Posted on 07 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online
Two Republican-sponsored bills backed by Gov. Rick Scott (House Bill 7107 and House Bill 7109) that shift Florida’s responsibility of providing health care for the poor and disabled to for-profit managed care companies are in the midst of being debated.
Rep. Mia Jones of Jacksonville said, “Don’t be fooled. This doesn’t mean the state is going to save money. The state is shifting costs and will pay a larger amount once (Medicaid recipients) end up having to receive more expensive care in the emergency rooms.”
Rep. Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach said, “This is a massive shift to for-profit, capitated care that will reduce the scope amount and duration of care… We have a governor who transferred Solantic to his wife, the first lady of the state, and apparently, the media has found a connection to this bill…There are tremendous conflicts of interest in this bill… This is a giveaway of 20 billion dollars a year to for-profit; private managed care companies outside the sunshine.”
Taxpayers lose accountability when for-profit private insurance companies take over.
There are several talking points regarding these bills that should be pointed out to the public since they are not in the best interest of Florida taxpayers.
Posted on 25 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online
The most important question that has not been asked about the Friday Cleveland Arms JSO killing is why in the world would a judge issue a warrant to authorize a raid on a low income crowded 200 unit apartment complex at 5 p.m. in the afternoon? Everyone knows that this is the time of day when kids are home from school, residents, who work are home or arriving home; a recipe for maximum collateral damage. What was the urgency? Why put so many innocent lives at risk?
Apparently, the white policemen who arrived, at the complex, dressed in black with masks on did not care about the potential endangerment of the innocent lives of the residents. Again, what was the need to raid a crowded low income black apartment complex, at 5:20 p.m., on a hot afternoon when most of the residents would be outside and exposed to gunfire?
If the warrant was for drugs being sold out of the apartment then why wasn’t the two other occupants, including the lease holder arrested? And where are they now? We would like to hear their account of what happened when the police broke into the apartment says the citizens of Jacksonville.
If the drug raid was set up by the police informant, then why was only a small amount of marijuana and cocaine found in a supposedly drug house? The apartment was under surveillance by the informant.
If Mr. Harris, the victim, knew that it was the police at the door, why would he arm himself to protect a small amount of cocaine and marijuana?
The police said Mr. Harris had a warrant from Ohio, but Mr. Harris’ sister said that her brother was reporting regularly to his probation officer here in Jacksonville.
Why is the outrage only coming from the apartment residents? Where was the NAACP, SCLC, the Urban League, the Human Rights Commission, Mad Dads and the religious community? And for that matter, where was the mayor, Councilman Reggie Brown, the councilman at large and State Representative? Not only was a man killed but hundreds of men, women and children’s lives were unnecessarily put at great risk. As of Saturday, March 20th none of the above had visited the Cleveland Arms to speak with the residents who were traumatized by the police commando attack that killed Mr. Harris. The only group that showed concern was the New Black Panthers. They say the act was puzzling.
Jacksonville’s police involved shootings are troubling. The shooting and killing of a man in the Cleveland Arms Apartment by the police is the third police shooting this year. Last year there were eight, four of which ended in a death. In 2009 there were 15 with nine fatal, preceded by 28 with 14 fatal in 2008 and 19 with nine fatal in 2007.
Posted on 20 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online
It has been less than a month that the family of Makia Coney who was killed by her classmates in February 2010 mourned her death as they met with attorneys regarding the matter.
Again, the family is facing an unexpected death as Makia’s cousin, Tommie Lee Terrence-Jenkins, 30, was shot in the head while inside a house in the 7600 block of Bronson. According to family, he was at a party and someone came in and shot him around 10 p.m. Saturday. No one has been able to provide answers as to why or any possibilities regarding the shooter.
The family says this is very difficult for them and are asking the community to help JSO to find the killer. There has not been an arrest. MAD DADS and Hurting Families are also asking for help. Call 866-845-8477.
Posted on 13 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online
After many years of protesting and voting, Florida finally allowed freedom for non violent felons to return and serve their community as well as vote in elections. Governor Crist signed the bill soon after he was seated as governor of Florida. He served one term as governor. Now, the newly elected governor, Rick Scott, apparently did not agree with the change and has received approval of new clemency policies. The new policies are a step backwards to many but may just be a clear step forward for those millionaires and government haters. The new policy requires ex-felons to wait five to seven years before seeking restorations of civil rights in order to vote and hold public office.
Therefore, after paying their debt for the act committed, they must continue to pay an additional five to seven years. Is this to give the millionaires more time to hold on to the proposed tax cuts and keep the unemployed, unemployed? Did Governor Scott and Lt. Gov. Carroll evaluate or investigate what beneficial progress has been made since Gov. Crist signed his document in 2007 for the State of Florida, and not just the wealthy?
It is believed by many that the new policy is politically and financially motivated and is not in the best interest of the state or the thousand of ex-felons who were looking forward to restoration. A lot has been learned about this country since President Obama moved to the White House. He is trying to do the job he was elected to do, meeting all kinds of obstructions when many agree or disagree with him.
This move, to many, is just another tactic to obstruct.
Posted on 04 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online
Robert Moore, 38, of Jacksonville Beach, was shot and killed on Tuesday by Vannie Collier, 74, also of Jacksonville Beach.
According to sources in the Hill neighborhood, Vannie Collier fired several shots during a confrontation with his next-door neighbor, Robert Moore. More was on his bike when Collier shot him, according to a neighbor. In fact, Collier’s son took the gun from his dad as he continued to shoot Moore, who was lying on the ground.
Even though it was reported that Moore had an extensive criminal record, neighbors say that he had made a complete change with his life and do not know why Collier shot him. They also told Linda Dayson that Collier has been pulling out his gun for years. At one time, they say that the police was called and they emptied all of the bullets from the gun and returned it to Collier, said a neighbor to Dayson. Collier did not have a criminal history.
Even though neighbors are shocked about the killing, they said they knew both men. Collier is a landscaper and Moore was a mechanic. Both were well liked. Some neighbors are concerned about the immediate attempt to remove and transfer properties that belong to Collier. They feel this is an effort to hide assets that a court may wish to award to Moore’s family because of his death.
Vannie Collier was taken into custody after the shooting and Moore was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Many of the neighbors are just wondering, “Why?”
Posted on 28 February 2011 by The Florida Star Online
What formula is used when sentencing Black folks? What formula is used when sentencing a law enforcement officer who commits a criminal act, such as the killing of a suspect?
In December 2009, Patricia Spottedcrow and her 50-year-old mother sold a dime worth of weed to a police informant while at her mother’s house in Oklahoma for $11.00. The grandmother received cash from her 9-year-old grandson to make change for the buyer. Two weeks later, the same informant purchased $20 worth of weed while again at her mother’s house and while the children were present.
Both Spottedcrow and Starr were arrested. Because neither had ever been arrested, they would not accept an offered deal of two years for the small amount of marijuana.
Therefore, the judge gave Mrs. Starr a 30-year suspended sentence and no incarceration and five years of drug and alcohol assessments. But her daughter, Patricia, with no consideration for the children, the female judge said that selling weed was a way of life for her, even though she worked at a nursing home, and gave her ten years for distribution and two for possession. She will be eligible for parole in 2014.
Posted on 12 February 2011 by The Florida Star Online
It started on January 10, 2011, when Michelle McCoy, left home and told her twin sister that she felt fear and requested she call her later. Her sister followed through but Michelle never answered her telephone.
The family stated, according to reports, that after a few days and not hearing from Michelle, they reported her missing. It was also learned that a witness said that on the night of January 10, he saw Michelle being forced into a silver or grey mini-van, and called 911. He also attempted to follow the van but lost contact. An officer from the Sheriff’s Office did come to investigate the caller’s report but did find, according to reports, information that made him feel she was actually not in danger since the family did not provide a name of the person she was going to meet, that caused her fear.
The family became more concern and placed flyers around the area and reported her missing on January 28. MAD DADS and other members of the community joined together to search for Michelle and on February 4, 2011, Michelle’s remains were found in an area that The Florida Star was told, belonged to members of the Thompson family. The Florida Star was also told that Michelle and Larry had a romantic relationship, despite the difference in age. In fact, Thompson family members advised The Star that Larry was very proud of his relationship with Michelle and told them that he was providing financial support to Michelle, and other members of her family, including her grandparents. They also stated that Michelle spent many nights at the home of Larry Thompson and his neighbors could confirm such. They said this should explain to many why she was not reported missing immediately. They said Thompson family members met Michelle more than a year ago, when she was 19 years of age, after they asked Larry if she was an adult, and that is when he told them that she was 19.
Thompson family members said that Larry did all that he could to take care of his beautiful young lady and members of her family. He would buy her whatever she wanted. He said that “they (her family members) like me very much.” He also said that he wanted to please Michelle because she made him feel better than he had ever felt in his life. Thompson family members said that they felt Michelle’s fear started when Larry was told that Michelle was showing interest in one of his nephews.
One of Larry Thompson’s family members said that another relative was arrested after Michelle’s disappearance and feel that it is possible that he is the person that gave JSO the leads and may have been with Larry on Michelle’s last day to be known to be alive.
Michelle McCoy died from blunt force trauma, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
The relative that talked with The Star said that she spoke with Larry while the SWAT Team had him surrounded and he told her where he had placed the keys to a car and that he did not kill Michelle. He again said to them that he did not want to go to jail. He felt that no one would believe him. They begged him to give himself up and perhaps they could get him mental help as well as help to prove that he was not the one who did the actual killing of Michelle.
While on the telephone with The Florida Star, the relative heard it announced on the news that the SWAT team had entered the house and found Larry was deceased with a gun in his hand, in an apparent suicide. She then decided to cease the telephone call and join other family members. She said it bothers them that the news keep reporting that Larry abducted Michelle. “He was her ‘sugar daddy’.”
The family member did not wish her name published but did wish the community to know their side of the story.
Posted on 07 February 2011 by The Florida Star Online
Unfortunately, what was believed by her family was confirmed by police. The remains were positively identified by the Medical Examiner belonging to Michelle McCoy.
Larry Thompson (52) is wanted in connection to McCoy’s disappearance. He currently has a warrant for his arrest on charges of kidnapping. Thompson has not been charged with McCoy’s murder and it is still uncertain what happened the night of her disappearance.
The community joined in the search for Michelle McCoy, who was reported missing by her family, and finally by JSO, two weeks later. JSO made decision to report Michelle’s disappearance after it was reported by someone that she was seen being forced into a silver minivan in the 8900 block of Washington Avenue, near her home. According to the witness, a shoe, rope and other evidence led him to believe Michelle was being kidnapped at the time he made the observation.
Michelle’s twin sister advised that Michelle had reservations about meeting a man she knew and asked her to call her later, on the day that she disappeared. She did so, but Michelle did not answer her phone.
The man who suspected a kidnapping, called 911 but investigators said they were not able to locate the described vehicle. The man making the report, kept the items he found at the scene and gave them to JSO later.
Sheriff Rutherford said, based upon reports to them, they have been searching the Ribault River Lane area, off Winton Drive. A second tip led them to the area where the body of a female, believed to be Michelle was found.
Sheriff Rutherford, during his press conference said that he could not release details about why they believe the remains found are believed to be Michelle. He did advise that the public fear of a loose kidnapper can be eliminated since based on evidence so far, Michelle was the target of her killer. Both Donald Foy and Linda Dayson held prayer vigils and searches for Michelle with their organizations.
The Sheriff’s Department have stated that they will investigate the manner in which the officer who took the report of Michelle’s possible kidnapping and her missing report was handled. No suspect had been listed at the time of this report.
Posted on 31 January 2011 by The Florida Star Online
Ted Williams, 53, the man with the golden voice, was presented with opportunities galore when a video of him was placed on YouTube.
He was able to see his mother after ten years and was encouraged by his children to develop a new relationship and pursue a great career.
Ted was offered several jobs and was paid $10,000 immediately to do a Kraft Cheese commercial.
After appearing on Dr. Phil’s Show, Ted volunteered to go to rehab at a facility provided through Dr. Phil. The country cried and prayed for him. Later his girl friend of many years too decided to go to rehab. But now, something has happened. Ted, despite advice from the doctors at the facility, left after only two weeks of treatment.
This is sad. Ted, go back and get help.
Posted on 23 January 2011 by The Florida Star Online
Three city workers of Spokane, Washington found a backpack with an improvised explosive device, a remote controlled bomb and two T-shirts in it. The device was on the parade route for children and old folks to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday and reminded many of the bomb that was placed in a church in 1963 that killed four little Black girls with 22 others being injured in the aftermath. For this 2011 incident, one FBI agent said that the device was the most potentially destructive improvised bomb he had ever seen.
The area is known for white supremacist activity but no one has been identified with this apparently psychotic point of view. Because of the quick thinking of the city workers with God on their side and the people, the bag was found, the parade was rerouted and the bomb was defused. What is frightening is the fact that it was well made with the intention of seeing maximum carnage.
Posted on 16 January 2011 by The Florida Star Online
Written by Clara McLaughlin
When the New York Post staff person drew this cartoon which was published in their paper, many were upset and some attorneys said that a drawing such as this which alludes to shooting the president of the United States is a criminal violation. There is a law that prohibits a person from inciting a crime or violence. This drawing was published in February 2009.
The complaint that many have is the fact that nothing was done about this incident. Therefore, a number of other such acts were committed and still the law enforcement officers and the people stood by, citing the right of free speech and the right to carry arms.
Many of the right wing politicians and common citizens, some quietly and some very vocal appeared to be agreeing with this behavior. In fact, when those who did not agree but also did not go out to vote, it made it appear that most Americans agreed that this, called by some, criminal and disrespectful behavior was what most wanted. If there is no punishment for misbehavior, one would get comfortable and go even further.
When so call American leaders, politicians and business persons say and do certain things publicly and the comments are aired through all of the many outlets, control is lost. You can’t say if a person who commit such a crime as this past weekend is mentally ill or evil.
Now we have political leaders resigning from their jobs or positions expressing fear of the tea party and/or the general public.
President Obama made a very strong speech at the memorial service while others from his administration read scriptures. What many really wanted to hear was that law enforcement departments all over the country would begin immediately, enforcing the laws that are already in place that has gotten out of hand.
Saturday’s shootings caused death, pain and possibly permanent damage for those who were shot, for their family, friends, and ordinary people.
Please, law enforcement officers, enforce the law. We don’t need to see or hear about more of this.
Posted on 10 January 2011 by The Florida Star Online
Story by Rinetta M. Fefie
Photos by Frank M. Powell
It was a historical moment beginning with the Salute to Women in Leadership Breakfast on Monday morning, followed with a Tribute to the First Lady, Honoring Those who Serve, a Path to Prosperity Reception, Florida’s Future Youth Concert and the Inaugural Candlelight Dinner. The two-day event was extremely elaborate but what was most impressive was the swearing in of Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll.
Many in the African American community admitted it was difficult to hold back the tears as Ms. Carroll was sworn in. She was joined by her family as her husband held the Bible that she placed her hand upon.
Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Carroll’s story is even more touching since she was adopted by her parents. She moved to the United States when she was eight years of age, and after graduating from high school, joined the U. S. Navy. She was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and became an Aviation Maintenance Officer in 1985. She retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander and later received an Associate of Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration.
Jennifer Carroll is the first Black and the first female elected as the Lieutenant Governor of Florida. She is also the first African American female Republican elected to the Florida Legislature. Actually, she is the first Black female on any statewide Republican ticket for the state.
Ms. Carroll is married to Nolan Carroll, Sr. They have three children, Nolan Carroll, Jr., Nyckie and Necho. Her son, Nolan Carroll, Jr. plays with the Miami Dolphins.
Even though many are proud of Ms. Carroll and feel she is a quiet but strong person, they are still concerned about what lies ahead for Florida’s minority community under this Republican administration with strong Tea Party ideas. Governor Rick Scott ran his campaign on creating jobs for Floridians and during his inaugural address alluded to how he will do it. Will Ms. Carroll be given the power to help achieve such a goal? Governor Scott said, “We have hard-working people who desperately want jobs. We have energetic entrepreneurs with plenty of ideas.. and persuadable investors with ready cash.” He ended his speech with, “Lets get to work.”
Posted on 27 November 2010 by The Florida Star Online
Cederic Cutter has spent the last 26 months at the Duval County jail. He was arrested in 2007 after being identified as the triggerman who committed a double murder in Arlington.
Cutter was identified by an inmate in the county jail as he was seen walking past another inmate. He was arrested by the U. S. Marshals Service in Statesborough, Georgia about seven months after being pointed out.
The murder was done by two individuals. Killed were David Holmes, 41, and Surapol Martin, 17 in a house on Lone Star Road. The man who was supposed to have been with him at the time of the murders, Anthony Vaughan, was convicted of two counts of murder in the deaths of the two men and sentenced to life in prison.
A private investigator, Allan Wainwright, worked on the case from the very beginning and stated that he could not find any connection between Cutter and Anthony Vaughn. In addition, a witness described the other person with Vaughn as being six inches taller than Cutter.
After gathering much evidence, the prosecutors agreed to drop the charges. Cutter has been released and will have his 30th birthday at home next week.