Posted on 10 August 2015 by The Florida Star Online
BY ALEJANDRA STACK
For The Florida/Georgia Star
Back to school means homework, pop quizzes, and books but it can also mean a new school (for some), new teachers, and new friends. I sometimes wish I didn’t have to go to school but if you don’t leave Summer you can’t come back and I wouldn’t know half the things I do now. TContinue Reading
Posted on 20 July 2015 by The Florida Star Online
Donna Burrough (Aunt), Welton Coffey (Dad), Kelsey Coffey, Keenya Coffey (Mother) and Roslyn Burrough (Aunt). Kelsey won 1st place for public speaking at the Future Business Leaders of America Conference in Chicago, Ill.
By KELSEY COFFEY
The Florida/Georgia Star
Success is when talent meets opportunity. The right time, the right opportunity, and the right tools must all be in place in order for success to occur. TContinue Reading
Posted on 01 May 2015 by The Florida Star Online
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., – Better food options for children have expanded in west and east Jacksonville thanks to a program announced jointly Monday by Mayor Alvin Brown, the I’m A Star Foundation, the American Beverage Association (ABA), the Florida Beverage Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Florida Department of Health in Duval County. TContinue Reading
Posted on 19 April 2015 by The Florida Star Online
Preparations for the 2015 Learn2Earn college immersion program are underway, and applications will be available to Jacksonville students online at COJ.net/learn2earn beginning Monday, April 20 and will remain open until Friday, May 8. TContinue Reading
Posted on 14 April 2015 by The Florida Star Online
Jacksonville, Fl. – The highest honor bestowed upon a Boys & Girls of Northeast Florida Club member is being named YOUTH OF THE YEAR. TContinue Reading
Posted on 03 April 2015 by The Florida Star Online
Clifford Jordan Tyson, of Brunswick was found dead at home during week of March 30, 2015. Reason not known. TContinue Reading
Posted on 17 March 2015 by The Florida Star Online
JACKSONVILLE, Fl., – Hemming Park, Jacksonville’s oldest public square, continues to revitalize and program the park with diverse patrons in mind. On Thursday, March 19, at 10 a.m., TContinue Reading
Posted on 07 February 2015 by The Florida Star Web Editor
Kelsey Coffey, a sophomore at Camden County High School took the 1st Place title in Public Speaking at the Regional Conference of the Future
Business Leaders of America.
She chose “self-confidence” as her focus area. Her assignment was to write and present a three and a half to four minute speech at the conference to a panel of judges.
Read the full story in the print edition of The Florida/Georgia Star newspapers
Posted on 06 February 2015 by The Florida Star Web Editor
Posted on 30 November 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor
Edward Waters College has named Senior, Bernard Agurs, the institution’s first Call Me MISTER Scholar. TContinue Reading
Posted on 08 November 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor
At the City of Jacksonville’s 2014 Martin Luther King Day breakfast, Mayor Alvin Brown announced a youth initiative that would provide more positive opportunities for Jacksonville’s next generation.
Posted on 04 October 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor
The African adage, “It takes a village to raise a child” was excitedly and fully played out on Saturday, September 20. Auntie Roz Children’s Workshop, themed Lemonade, Lace, and Love Songs for the Little Ones was the platform that parents and friends of parents became the village. TContinue Reading
Posted on 20 June 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor
Malia Obama officially has her first job. The eldest daughter of President Barack Obama has aspirations of making it in the film industry. She landed a gig as a production assistant on the set of a Halle Berry summer series set to air on CBS.
Malia will turn 16 on the 4th of July.
Posted on 06 June 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor
This summer, 11 parks throughout Northwest Jacksonville neighborhoods and the city’s urban core will offer supervised activities for local youth through a new urban parks initiative called “Rec N’ Roll Jax”. TContinue Reading
Posted on 20 September 2013 by Admin Arthia
Mayor Alvin Brown
During an end-of-summer celebration for JaxParks Summer Night Lights (SNL) initiative on Wednesday evening, Mayor Alvin Brown recognized attorney Wayne Hogan of the Terrell Hogan Law Firm for his substantial financial commitment to the youth anti-crime, anti-violence initiative that operates in select parks each summer. Brown then joined TContinue Reading
Posted on 05 August 2013 by Admin Arthia
14 year-old Trey Haze (left) took his hip hop name Spitta Haze to Atlanta where he performed for R&B teen superstars like Jacob Latimore (right) Torian Sellers, Issa and more at Kenedi Treasure’s Sunset Splash Pool Party. The teen affair also served as a fundraiser for NAN spokesperson Mary Pat Hector. “It was a tremendous opportunity,” he said. “I was proud to rep my city with my music.”
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!
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 14 December 2012 by Admin Arthia
Children being led away from crime scene (Photo: Shannon Hicks, AP)
By ARTHIA NIXON
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
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
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 09 June 2012 by The Florida Star Online
Written by: Arthia Nixon
Photo by: Luke Engram, MME
“ I could see my God working through him, because before I talked to him, I was outside his office telling my mother, ‘ There is no way we can pay for this. I don’t even know why we came all the way up here just to get denied!” God showed me that if you just put your trust in him he’ll make a way. I was blessed to have received the $80,000 Oprah Winfrey Scholarship. All I have to do is maintain a 3.0 and I’ll keep it. That scholarship will pay a big chunk of my school’s cost and take a big load off my mother’s back. Shout out to Oprah!” – Akeem Baker, left with brother Rafeal.
When you first meet brothers Akeem and Rafeal Baker, there is an instant attraction. Both are young, intelligent, witty and charming black men who are excited about life and eager to put their best foot forward. Despite the fact that they are now legally adults, they end their sentences during their interview with me respectfully with “yes ma’am” or “beg your pardon ma’am?”, evidence that southern hospitality and good old fashioned manners from mom still reigns in some households. However, if you’re lucky to engage in conversation with them, one might wonder how it’s possible that the two 18 year-olds are not twins. TContinue Reading