Regional

Why counting everyone in 2020 is so important

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The 2020 census is just around the corner. A requirement of the U.S. Constitution, a census of the populace has been undertaken every decade since 1790. Americans will have more options on how to participate this year and, for the first time, will be able to respond online, by phone, or by mail. ...

Residents hear sea level, storm surge predictions

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Nassau County residents were recently invited by the county’s Planning & Economic Opportunity Department to review data projecting the impact of flooding, storm surge, and sea-level rise on property, homes, and businesses. The News-Leader attended a Feb. 5 meeting on Amelia Island. Another...

County to host additional event Feb. 19 on flood risks

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Nassau County has scheduled a flood outreach event for 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Hilliard Library, located at 15821 County Road 108, according to a news release. Officials will discuss the following: • Results from the county’s Vulnerability Assessment that looks at flood and...

Book Festival novel pulled back at FBHS

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A book featured in the 2020 Amelia Island Book Festival was determined to be too racy for local high school students to study, but a Nassau County School District official said the district substituted another book by author Lisa Scottoline and is still giving students the chance to read the...

Fernandina’s place in the history of slavery

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The importation of human beings through Old Town Fernandina for slave labor is a story that does not appear in most Amelia Island tourist guides, but the fact remains that most of the treasure brought to the island by pirates was not meant for secret burial, it was meant to be sold.

Powder released at LignoTech plant

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LignoTech Florida has temporarily shut down the spray dryer at its plant at the Rayonier Advanced Materials mill on Gum Street after two incidents that caused a non-hazardous material called lignosulfonate to be released at the plant. According to a public information release from the Florida...

School Board discusses sale of Callahan fairgrounds land

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The Nassau County School Board is considering partnering with the Northeast Florida Fair Association on a plan to improve the Callahan property where the fair is held. That partnership might include the School Board selling the property to the NFFA.  Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathy Burns...

CRC continues survey work

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The Charter Review Committee of the city of Fernandina Beach met Monday to discuss a survey meant to gain insight into how city employees interact with their supervisors, charter officers, and city commissioners. The goal is to more clearly define the roles and responsibilities of each. At...

Pair from Brunswick arrested on drug charges after shoplifting call

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A woman from Brunswick, Ga. left the Yulee Walmart without paying for a cartload of merchandise Saturday and ended up being arrested for a lot more than shoplifting. Ashley Marr, 32, was charged with theft and possession of methamphetamine as well as possession of heroin, and Zachery Chewning,...

And the vision is...

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In the first month of each year, the Fernandina Beach City Commission has a Visioning Workshop with city staff to look at the goals and objective for the upcoming fiscal year and how best to work toward those goals. This year’s was held Jan. 28. City Manager Dale Martin spoke Tuesday about the...