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Jacksonville Must Never Forget Brave Bessie Coleman

Posted on 11 February 2016

By Opio Sokoni
The Florida Star Reporter

The major newspapers in the 1920s had a fascination with aviation. The first black female to fly an airplane, however, was made a household name among African Americans by the black press. They both covered her. Bessie Coleman was called “a vivacious little cutie” in one major newspaper and a “nervy lady” by The Chicago Defender, a black weekly. Continue Reading

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Local resident celebrates 103rd Birthday on Sunday

Posted on 07 February 2016

fannieFannie Mae Garner, who was born February 7th, 1913 in Hawkinsville, Georgia, will celebrate her 103rd birthday on Sunday, Feb. 7th.

Mother Garner is a faithful member of the Greater Friendly Missionary Baptist Church, where she will be celebrating this momentous occasion with friends and family.

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Founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire dies

Posted on 06 February 2016

Maurice White, the founder and lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died.

White died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, said his brother, Verdine White. He was 74.

A former session drummer, White founded Earth, Wind & Fire in the late 1960’s. The group went to sell more than 90 million albums worldwide.

White was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in the late 1980’s, which led him to eventually stop touring with Earth, Wind & Fire in 1994. However, White retained executive control of the band, and remained active in the music business.

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Florida News

JTA and Clean Energy Fuels Open Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Facility with a Public Access Station

Posted on 02 February 2016

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and Clean Energy Fuels celebrated the opening of the public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility at JTA’s Myrtle Avenue operations campus located at 100 N. Myrtle Avenue. The CNG project was made possible through a Public-Private Partnership (P3) with Clean Energy. Continue Reading

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Crime and Justice

Florida caregiver arrested for stealing from elderly residents

Posted on 26 January 2016

A 30-year-old Florida woman was arrested who stole $12,000 in cash and jewelry from residents of the assisted living facility where she worked.

Melissa Taylor, admitted to stealing from multiple residents over the past several months. According to Taylor, since October 2015, she stole a diamond ring, gold chains, cash and a gift card from five separate victims who were all over the age of 80. Taylor said she traded and sold the stolen jewelry for money to pay her utility bills.

Taylor, is charged with five counts of theft from a person 65 years old or older. She was released Monday evening on $7,500 bond.

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Posted on 25 January 2016

By Arthia Nixon
Florida/Georgia Star

With #OscarsSoWhite trending on social media and many up in arms about the lack of diversity at this year’s Academy Awards, actress/singer/producer Jada Pinkett Smith is giving “nothing but love” and challenging people of color Continue Reading

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Georgia News

Georgia lotto winner murdered

Posted on 25 January 2016

Police in Fitzgerald have not made any arrests in the death of a 20 year old who recently won a Georgia lottery jackpot.
Craigory Burch Jr. died from gunshot wounds during a home invasion robbery. His girlfriend who was present at the time of the incident ran for help.

Burch won nearly half a million dollars in a Fantasy 5 in November 2015. The forklift operator used some of his winnings to buy Christmas presents for needy families.

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Florida News


Posted on 25 January 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters College kicked-off its 150th anniversary with a balloon release and celebratory cake-cutting during a Sesquicentennial Celebration January 20th. Continue Reading

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Florida News

N. C. Davis Insurance Launches Mobile Obamacare Enrollment Center!!!

Posted on 12 January 2016

Norwood Davis, owner of N C Davis Insurance, prepares to launch his mobile Obamacare Enrollment Center in the upcoming days serving the citizens in the Jacksonville Florida Metro Area. Continue Reading

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Florida News

100th Birthday Celebration of Mary K. Heard

Posted on 12 January 2016

Mrs. Mary K. Heard of Jacksonville, Florida recently celebrated her 100th Birthday! Continue Reading

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President Obama’s Gun Safety Actions are Important to Communities of Color

Posted on 11 January 2016

President Obama’s recent actions to improve background checks on gun purchases are important steps in protecting Americans of all backgrounds from mass shootings. We should recognize, however, that mass shootings are a very small percentage of U.S. firearm homicides, and that the President’s actions also work to improve the quality of life in communities of color. Continue Reading

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Former EWC star signs with Jacksonville Giants

Posted on 10 January 2016

Former EWC star guard Dontay Sheppard, signed in December 2015 to a professional contract with the Jacksonville Giants of the American Basketball Association.

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