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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.


(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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FAMU Freshman From Jacksonville Continues to Excel After Inventing Surgical Technique at Age 14

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

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17 Arrested In Operation Zig Zag

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Admin Arthia


31 year old Larry Worth is considered one of the ringleaders in a group of 17 who were arrested in connection to identification theft recently. At least 185 people are said to be at risk of having their identities used to file fraudulent tax returns and cash refund checks according to State Attorney Angela Corey and other investigators. TContinue Reading

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Brunswick Senior Foreclosure “Scandal”

Posted on 18 June 2012 by The Florida Star Online

Written by: Arthia Nixon
Photo by: Angela Favors-Morrell 

Raymond and Mary Harris in front of their dream home prior to it being foreclosed.

(BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA) Gardening, beach walks, dinner plans, health checks and looking forward to spending holidays with the grandkids – these are the things senior years are made of. However, for many area seniors, the security of living out their years surrounded by the things they worked their youth to achieve is becoming more and more farfetched as many are finding themselves using their retirement funds to restart life as their homes are being foreclosed on. Some call it circumstance but others are calling it an ugly scheme to remove black seniors from property rightfully owed to them since post-emancipation days. And still there are others who feel that it is a part of SunTrust Bank’s discrimination case that was exposed earlier this year in which 20,000 African-American and Latinos were allegedly charged more on loans based on their race.

One couple caught in the crossfire is Mary and Raymond Harris. Pictured standing in front of what was their dream home on Oak Grove Island, the 70-something year-old heart patients are reduced to living in an apartment. They’ve sought emotional refuge in the Neighbor to Neighbor outreach group which has become an advocate to prevent foreclosures and evictions of people in similar situations. TContinue Reading

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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Again Celebrates a Mortgage Burning

Posted on 09 June 2012 by The Florida Star Online


In 1919 a small church was organized as Palmer Grove Baptist and after several name changes and locations, in 1978 moved to 1824 Prospect Street, Jacksonville. Lining up with its new address, the church became prospective, changed its name to New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church and relished in its growth in membership while continuing its achievements. Under the leadership of its deacons, officers and members, the church paid off the mortgage in 1983.

With no debt, in 1984, the Reverend Joe Calhoun became their pastor and the church was able to purchase all of the land surrounding their existing church. With this acquisition, a decision was made to construct a new building to accommodate the growth in membership. In 1997, the present building went under construction and on May 17, 1998 they were able to move into their new sanctuary. The Rev. Landon Williams of The Greater Macedonia Baptist Church was the guest speaker.

The challenge was again met and on March 18, 2012 the last mortgage check was written and the church was again, mortgage free. A pre-mortgage burning service was held on May 17, with Rev. E. L. Griffin of Shalom Missionary Baptist Church presiding and on Friday, May 18, their Service of Thanksgiving was held with a theme, “To God Be the Glory,” with Rev. Johnny L. Johnson of Philadelphia Baptist Church delivering the word.

On Sunday morning, May 20, Pastor Emeritus Joe Calhoun delivered the sermon with Rev. W. L. Phillips presiding. The congregation and guest returned that afternoon at 4:00 p.m. The Rev. Landon Williams again gave the sermon, and Pastor Emeritus Calhoun stood between chairman of the Deacon Board Robert Jackson and Brother Lawrence Starling, chairman of Finance & Trustee to light the fire, and burn the mortgage. And the church joyfully said: “Amen!”

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Trial To Triumph: Brunswick’s Baker Brothers

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

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Members of White Supremacist Goup Arrested

Posted on 13 May 2012 by The Florida Star Online

[Left] Marcus Faella, 39 and wife, Patricia, 36,leaders of American Front.

So far, eleven members of a white supremacist group who was reported plotting to kill Jews, minorities, and immigrants in Central Florida were arrested in Osceola County on hate crime and conspiracy charges.

Seven were arrested over the weekend, three were taken into custody Tuesday and another Thursday.
Investigators say the group was conducting paramilitary training with AK-47s and hand-to-hand combat for a race war they believe is impending.

What is really frightening is the report earlier this week of a monthly newsletter published by the Greene County Republican Committee in Virginia. In it, McPhee urges readers to encourage other conservatives to vote in November. He goes on to warn that the consequences of not defeating Obama, a so-called “ideologue unlike anything world history has ever witnessed or recognized,” would be dire.

“[W]e shall not have any coarse [sic] but armed revolution should we fail with the power of the vote in November,” McPhee writes. “This Republic cannot survive for 4 more years underneath this political socialist ideologue.”

The laws of the United States must be more tough and strickly enforced.

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New Trial Denied Battered Wife

Posted on 04 May 2012 by The Florida Star Online

Written by: Dan Evans, The Florida Star
Photographer: Angie Nixon

Justice Rally for Marissa with SCLC, NAACP, Hurting Families, and many more.

Supporters, community leaders, and organizers gathered outside the court house to voice concerns for Marissa Alexander, facing a 20 year prison term for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The law is 10-20-Life.

A jury, deliberating only 12 minutes March 16, convicted Marissa Alexander on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A 20-year mandatory minimum sentence unless she could win a new trial. Thursday morning, Judge James H. Daniel denied Ms. Alexander a new trail. TContinue Reading

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FAMU Band Members Charged and Arrested

Posted on 04 May 2012 by The Florida Star Online

The FAMU marching band is famous for their musical and marching skills and has performed at many events, including the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The band was suspended shortly after drum major Robert Champion died from the hazing activities immediately after the 2011 Florida Classics.

Now that 13 of the members have been charged, many wish to know if the band’s suspension will end. Of the 13 arrested, 11 were charged with felony hazing resulting in death and two were charged with misdemeanor charges. Is such sufficient for the lesson needed to end hazing?

There are high school students in Florida who are praying for the band’s suspension to be lifted so that they can become a member because of the band’s great history. Right now, the task force is still working on what decision should be made.

Most of the members who were charged turned themselves in soon after it was learned of the decision on Thursday, and have been released on bond.

The attorney representing Robert Champion’s family has stated that he is not comfortable with the band getting back together yet because his clients fear hazing would continue. The attorney, Christopher Chestnut, when asked about the band getting back together to perform, said, according to reports, “You’re asking us for a prescription to a flu, and we don’t know the virus. We’re still piecing this together.”

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Deaths – Week of May 5th, 2012

Posted on 04 May 2012 by The Florida Star Online


ALLEN, Maria Theresa
Agustin, 39, died April
24, 2012.

ASHLEY, Fred James,
died April 30, 2012.

died April 24, 2012.

BASSOO, Seeta Sheila,
80, died April 27, 2012.

BONNER, Darryn
Antonio, 45, died April
27, 2012.

BRODEUR, Paul, 64,
died April 28, 2012.

BURGER, Paul Dean,
75, died April 30, 2012.

Gail, 50, died April 29,

CLAY, Thordan Cork, 70,
died April 27, 2012.

DAVIS, Vernon, died
April 25, 2012.

DOWDELL, Mack, died
April 29, 2012.

DOZIER, Alonzo L.,
died April 27, 2012.

ELLIOT, James, died
April 27, 2012.

FOWLER, Marion
Benjamin “M.B.,” Sr., 71,
died April 29, 2012.

Crosby, died April 25,

FRANKLIN, Kecia, 43,
died April 22, 2012.

GAUSE, John C., Jr., 58,
died April 27, 2012.

GELSEY, Gwendolyn,
died April 29, 2012.

GILBERT, Jeffie T., Sr.,
70, died April 26, 2012.

HALL, James V., 66, died
April 28, 2012.

Harding, III, died April
25, 2012.

HAY, Margaret Jean, died
April 30, 2012.

HEATH, Larry L., 53,
died April 26, 2012.

HODGES, Hillie Donald,
80, died April 30, 2012.

JONES, Carlton Pete,
died April 25, 2012.

JOYNER, Anglyne E.,
died April 26, 2012.

KENNEDY, Brad Alan,
50, died April 26, 2012.

KISH, Diana Lynn, 60,
died April 24, 2012.

LAW, Lanora Thelma
Mathis, 78, died April 29,

LUSTER, Cheryl Lavon,
55, died April 26, 2012.

MADDOX, Crystal
D’Onna, died April 24,

MARTIN, Carolyn, died
April 24, 2012.

MERCHANT, Narcilyn
Elaine, 61, died April 28,

NAPIER, Charles David,
49, died April 29, 2012.

PALUMBO, Michael, 21,
died April 29, 2012.

died April 25, 2012.

Milan, died April 30,

PERKINS, Annie, died
April 27, 2012.

PERRITTE, Mary, died
April 30, 2012.

PICKETT, Wynona, 22,
died April 26, 2012.

PLATT, Marissa Regina,
infant, died April 29,

Cyle, age 2, died April 24,

Beatrice Gibbs, 70, died
April 29 2012.

ROBINSON, Annie Lou,
76, died April 29, 2012.

ROLIN, James L., 58,
died April 24, 2012.

ROLLINS, Christopher
Lamar, 37, died April 29,

ROTT, Carrie V., 77, died
April 27, 2012.

SMITH, Doris, died April
27, 2012.

STOCK, Jean Helen, 84,
died April 27, 2012.

STONE, Donna Ellen,
57, died April 28, 2012.

Frances, died April 27,

TAYLOR, Clyde Dell,
75, died April 29, 2012.

TAYLOR, Evelyn Jean
Chapman, 72, died April
28, 2012.



Barnard, 66, died April
28, 2012.

Bird Mayo, died April 28,

CURRY, Marvin, died
April 27, 2012.

GANDY, Stephen E., Sr.,
died May 1, 2012.

GAY, Winifred Jeanette
Peeples, 84, died April 30,

GEIGER, Ruby Smith,
79, died April 27, 2012.

GROOMS, Virginia, 85,
died April 27, 2012.

HOWARD, Nathaniel,
died May 1, 2012.

Rose Maynard, 52, died
April 28, 2012.

MARSHALL, Alvin Ray,
83, died April 30, 2012.

Rentz, 74, died April 26,

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Secretary General Honored in Jacksonville

Posted on 04 May 2012 by The Florida Star Online

On April 21st, at the New Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. Wallace J. Sibley and his wife, Dorothy Sibley, were honored with a banquet. Tributes came from all over the country. Dr. Sibley is the Secretary General of the Church of God International of Cleveland, Tennessee. He is the highest ranking Black man in the denomination. The sponsors were the Herring Family and Dr. Charles E. Wilson.

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Deaths – Week of March 24, 2012

Posted on 24 March 2012 by Admin Cheryl

ALLEN, Harold Nelson,
60, died March 17, 2012.

BANTHER, Richard
Larry, 66, died March 15, 2012.

Rudolph, 78, died March
15, 2012. C.L. Page
Mortuary, Inc.

BASINET, Buddy Alan,
47, died March 15, 2012.

Will, 93, died March 17,

BERRY, Bernard Israel,
67, died March 19, 2012.

BOOTH, Emory Edsel,
Jr., 60, died March 13,

BROWN, Susie, 73, died
March 16, 2012.

Desiree, died March 16,

CARBONI, Delores
Ann, 89, died March 18,

CARSON, Stephen
Howard, 59, died March
15, 2012.

CRANK, Carol Louise
Marcy, 57, died March
14, 2012.

CREWS, Edward L., 68,
died March 17, 2012.

DAVIS, Ronald Lee, 72,
died March 18, 2012.

DESMORE, Frances
Virginia, died March 17,
DOUGLAS, Laura M.,
92, died March 15, 2012.

Maureen, 59, died March
16, 2012.

FUSCO, Claude E., III,
31, died March 15, 2012.

GLISSON, Ruby, 91,
died March 19, 2012.

Jean, 78, died March 17,

Girl Elaina Mae, 3
months, died March 14,

JACKSON, Julia H., 80,
died March 20, 2012.

Joyce, 61, died March 17,

JOHNSON, Erving J, Jr.,
75, died March 17, 2012.

LENZEN, Adeline, 99,
died March 18, 2012.

LYKINS, Harold B., 54,
died March 14, 2012.

MANGHAM, Virginia
Ann Jenny, 64, died
March 17, 2012.

MURPHY, Edward D.,
92, died March 18, 2012.

PAIGE, Catherine, 75,
died Marcy 18, 2012.

PARKER, Willie Clyde,
Sr., died Marcy 16, 2012.

PATRICK, Patricia Pat,
81, died March 20, 2012.

Moss, Jr., 92, died March
17, 2012.

RYAN, Tim, died March
17, 2012.

SCOTT, Leonard
Bernard, Sr., died March
19, 2012.

SIMMONS, Charles
Lee, Jr., died March 18,

SOLOMON, Marlene
Stacea, 20, died March
18, 2012.

Rock, 80, died March 16,

STUMPF, Harry, died
March 17, 2012.

Howard, III, 24, died
March 18, 2012.

THOMAS, Willie A., 55,
died March 16, 2012.

C.L. Page Mortuary, Inc.
TURNER, Lyn E., 63,
died March 19, 2012.

VANCE, Gino, died
March 17, 2012.

WANLESS, Muriel, 91,
died March 18, 2012.

WILSON, Deborah L.,
58, died March 20, 2012.

D., 80, died March 17, 2012

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Deaths – Week of March 17, 2012

Posted on 17 March 2012 by Admin Cheryl

ALLISON, Ollie E., 92, died March 7, 2012.

BAILEY, Walter Warren, 64, died March 8, 2012.

BASS-CRISSMAN, Yvonne A., 58, died March 8, 2012.

BELL, David J., 46, died March 7, 2012.

BRUNNER, Larry Lee, died March 7, 2012.

BUSH, Thomas Lee, Sr., 82, died March 9, 2012.

COLE, Robert A., 67, died March 11, 2012.

CUMBERBATCH, Doreen, died March 10, 2012.

FISHER, Bruce Ira, 51, died March 7, 2012.

FOBBS, Ruth Mae, died March 7, 2012.

HARRISON, George, died March 8, 2012.

KING, Doris Holden, died March 8, 2012.

HOOPER, Barbara Lynn, 52, died March 7, 2012.

HUCKLEBERRY, Merdella M., 61, died March 7, 2012.

KELSEY, Virginia, died March 6, 2012.

LEVY, Jermaine Elliott, died March 7, 2012.

MAINOR, Ruby, died March 7, 2012.

MARTIN, Lakia N., died March 6, 2012.

McNEELY, Mary, 87, died March 9, 2012.

MERCER, Larry Don, 61, died March 8, 2012.

MIXON, Bonnie, 61, died March 6, 2012.

MUNDEN, Mildred Marie Dickinson, 85, died March 9, 2012.

NEWSOM, Delores Shields, died March 8, 2012.

PADGETT, Juanita Sellars, died March 9, 2012.

PERRY, Claude A., died March 9, 2012.

RHEUARK, Leland, 62, died March 6, 2012.

SANDERS, Joann Jones, 76, died March 6, 2012.

SCOTT, Teresa Eleanor, died March 8, 2012.

SHABAZZ, Malik Ali, died March 8, 2012.

THOMAS, Mary, 54, died March 8, 2012.

THOMAS, Reginald Leroy, died March 9, 2012.

TODD, Michael Ray, 52, died March 6, 2012.

UNDERWOOD, Landon Roosevelt, 75, died March 9, 2012.

WHITEHEAD, Rupert, Sr., 75, died March 6, 2012.

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Deaths – Week of March 10, 2012

Posted on 10 March 2012 by Admin Cheryl

ALFORD, Donald, Jr., 56, died February 29, 2012.
BERRIAN, Robert, 72, died March 4, 2012.
BOLDEN, Mildred Lee, died March 5, 2012.
BRYAN, Dean, 44, died March 4, 2012.
BYNUM, Sonya L., died March 5, 2012.
CLOER, Cheryl Ann, 59, died March 9, 2012.
COBB, Gary, Jr., died March 2, 2012.
CULVER, Herman Junior, 70, died March 2,  2012
DANIELS, Phyllis Abrams, died March 5, 2012.
DELEGAL, Evelyn, 75, died March 3, 2012.
DRIGGERS, Stanley, died March 6, 2012.
FOX, Russell Wayne, 8, died March 4, 2012.
GAMBLE, Catherine, 77, died March 2, 2012.
GARDNER, Early B., 87, died March 2, 2012.
GRAMM, Christine D.,72, died March 3, 2012.
HAGER, John, 77, died March 2, 2012.
HARGES, Julia E., 78, died March 5, 2012.
HARRIS, Gladys V., died March 4, 2012.
HARTUNG, Jeffrey Brock, 34, died March 4, 2012.
HORNER, Mary L., 76, died March 4, 2012.
HUGHES, Lawrence Monroe, died February 29, 2012.
JACKSON, Courtney Ann, died March 3, 2012.
JOHNSON, Sylvia Juanita, 70, died March 2,2012.
KEEPLER, Tony, died March 1, 2012.
McDOWELL, JoAnn Lee, died March 2, 2012.
McFARLAND, Sherman  P., Sr., 81, died March 4,   2012.
MOODY, Helen, 85, died March 1, 2012.
NEWTON, William Billy, Jr., 51, died March 1, 2012.
POTEE, Cressie Mae, died March 1, 2012.
READER, Jack T., died March 4, 2012.
RIVERA, Eric, 37, died March 2, 2012.
ROGERS, James S. Steve, 59, died March 4, 2012.
ROY, Jeannine T., 82, died March 1, 2012.
SCHOLZ, Frances, 86, died March 2, 2012.
SOLOMON, Darren Vance, 41, died March 1, 2012.
STALLARD, Cynthia Ann, 47, died March 2, 2012.
SWAIN, Rochell, died March 5, 2012.
TONGOL, Susan Daegele, 54, died March 2, 2012.
WILL, Richard Curt, died March 4, 2012.
WILLIAMS, Curtis, Jr., 61, died March 5, 2012.

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Video: 2012 MLK Breakfast honors Mrs. Willye Dennis

Posted on 10 March 2012 by Admin Cheryl

Mayor John Peyton delivered the keynote address at this year’s Jacksonville’s annual MLK Breakfast. The event also honored one of its founders, Mrs. Willye Dennis.

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Deaths – Week of March 3, 2012

Posted on 03 March 2012 by The Florida Star Online

AKE, Walter Maurice,
73, died February 23, 2012.

BARBER, Joseph, died
February 24, 2012.

BEBOUT, Carolyn Sue,
63, died February 26, 2012.

BLUNT, Izell, MD, died
February 19, 2012.

BOLING, Sarah Anne,
26, died February 21, 2012.

BOWMAN, Mary, died
February 22, 2012.

CLINTON, Thomas Jay,
died February 23, 2012.

CROFT, Wallace Dale,
Sr., 60, died February 20, 2012.

Dorrance Paul, 70, died
February 25, 2012.

DAVIS, James William
“Bill,” 84, died February 24, 2012.

DAVIS, Jerome, 61, died
February 29, 2012.

DILLON, Mary E. Roush, 93,
died February 24, 2012.

ELLIOTT, Randall Larry, 56,
died February 23, 2012.

EVERS, Anne, 86, died
February 22, 2012.

Glenn, 55, died February 24, 2012.

FUSSELL, Mary, died
February 25, 2012.

GADSON, Lillyan, 68, died February 24, 2012.

GAINES, Earnie Louise,
Died February 22, 2012.

GOSSETT, Delmer Lee, 92,
died February 22, 2012.

GREEN, Garrick, died
February 25, 2012.

GRIFFIN, Daniel Edward, 59,
Died February 25, 2012.

ISRAEL, Steven J., 61,
died February 27, 2012.

JENKINS, Charles E.,
died February 25, 2012.

JOHNSON, Percy, died
February 24, 2012.

JONES, Richard, died
February 24, 2012.

JONES, Robert, died
February 24, 2012.

LAHEY, Charlene
Elizabeth “Char,” 56,
died February 21, 2012.

LAMB, Danny G., 61,
died February 24, 2012.

LEVESQUE, Shirley,
died February 25, 2012.

LINK, Donald Leo, 68,
died February 22, 2012.

James, died February 25, 2012.

McLENDON, Dwayne Allen, 50,
died February 22, 2012.

Bruce, 64, died February 25, 2012.

PRICE, Ann Margaret,
died February 25, 2012.

PUTMAN, James, died
February 24, 2012.

REYNOLDS, Marjorie L, 85,
died February 24, 2012.

Anthony Joe, 84, died
February 25, 2012.

died February 23, 2012.

SIPOS, Annie, died
February 25, 2012.

STOREY, Veronica, died
February 22, 2012.

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Jacksonville Fight Back Florida

Posted on 20 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Photography: Frank M. Powell, III of The Florida Star

Congresswoman Corrine Brown and over 200 workers and students showed up and marched for the Jacksonville Fight Back Florida statewide rallie on March 25, 2011 from Hemming Park to Jacksonville City Hall.

The march is to demand an end to attacks on working people and students.

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We turned 60 on April 15th

Posted on 20 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Management and staff of The Florida Star wish to let you know how much we appreciate you for giving us the privilege to serve you for sixty years. Our dream is to continue to be a voice for the citizens of Jacksonville.

It was during trying times for people of color when Eric Simpson started this newspaper. Much progress was made for our people, who at that time, were called ‘colored’ and was very short on civil rights. But what helped to keep us on track and encouraged us as a race, was the work and efforts of citizens like Mr. Simpson through The Florida Star. They kept us informed.

We are facing tough times again in this country. We wish to follow the guidelines of our founder and stay informed as we keep you informed.

The Florida Star plans to celebrate our 60th birthday on June 17, 2011, the week of Juneteenth when all of Black Americans finally learned that slavery had ended. So, mark your calendar

We hope you will join us on that day as we work together to continue to move forward as a people. Again, thank you!

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Big Mayoral Candidates Debate Coming Up

Posted on 10 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online

You have the opportunity to make a difference based upon knowledge and information.

Mayoral candidates Alvin Brown and Mike Hogan who came out as the top two candidates of the large numberwho ran for the position of mayor of Jacksonville last month.

Alvin Brown is a Democrat and is currently Executive in Residence at Jacksonville University’s School of Business. He has worked as a senior advisor for President Clinton and Vice President Gore. He has an MBA from Jacksonville University. His goal is to create jobs, grow the economy, improve the schools and have an efficient and effective government for the city.

Mike Hogan, a Republican retired from BellSouth and has served two terms as Tax Collector, two terms as a city councilman and two terms as a state representative.

Hogan received a BA degree from the University of South Florida and wishes to restore fiscal order, rebuild citizens; trust and create economic growth and jobs in Jacksonville.

They will debate on April 15 at the First Coast Tiger Bay Club, 904-396-6454 and on Channel 4 from 8 to 9 p.m. on April 25. Early voting begins May 2 and May 17 is election day.

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AKA’s Honored in State Capitol – Tallahassee, Florida

Posted on 07 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, joined Florida State Representative Mia Jones in Tallahassee.

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Changes Planned for Medicaid

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.

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Posted on 25 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Photos by Frank M. Powell, III

African American Bikers from around the United States gathered at Daytona Beach on Dr. Mary M. Bethune Blvd., riding their bikes along the road as more than 4,000 spectators watched from both sides of the street.

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Community Loses Saint

Posted on 25 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Sister Beatrice Lawrence Reid

Services will be held Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at the Evangelist Church of God, 1816 Stonewall Street, Brunswick, GA 31520 Officiating is her Grandson, Pastor Barnett Fulton, Presiding is Rev. George Stewart, President of the American Gospel Quartet Convention, Inc., Singing Angels and The Angels of Praise, South East Georgia, Brunswick’s Queen of Gospel Quartet.

Preceding her in death; husband Bishop James Reid Sr. She leaves a legacy of love. One son: James (Cheryl) Reid Jr., Five daughters: Pauline Barnard, Diane Reid, Pastor Rose Reid-Cameron, Mary Reid, Stone Mountain, Ga., Evangelist Sandra Reid, two Sisters: Daisy Brady, Ruth(Isaiah) Chester, two brothers: Rev. Dr. Robert (Inez) Lawrence and Roosevelt (Earlene) Lawrence.

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Have you learned yet? Voting is Essential

Posted on 13 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Leaders of the Jacksonville community gathered to encourage citizens to vote in this upcoming city election for city positions. Those in attendance included ministers and present politicians. They were able to remind the community the problems the country is now facing because many did not vote in this past election. The pain and suffering is, and will continue to be in the minority communities if we do not go out to vote.

Early voting, where citizens can vote at any precinct convenient to them daily until March 20 when early voting ends. Election day is March 22, 2011. At that time, you can only vote in your precinct.

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, IS “TAKE A SOUL TO THE POLL DAY.” Pastors are being encouraged to take their congregations to the Poll after worship service on Sunday to encourage them to exercise their right to vote. REMEMBER, national and state wide elections are important but local elections are much more important.

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Commit a Crime – Serve Overtime

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.

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