Regional

State leaders hear requests for funding

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The theme from Monday evening’s Nassau County Legislative Delegation meeting was simple and repetitive. One after another, local government agencies and nonprofits asked state Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) and state Rep. Cord Byrd (R-Neptune Beach) for state appropriations. Bean and Byrd...

Former fed agent faces sex crime

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A 71-year-old Fernandina Beach man and former federal immigration agent has been charged with sexual battery of a person over the age of 12, according to a Fernandina Beach Police Department report. Anthony Koziol, 71, 96061 Stoney Drive in Fernandina Beach, was arrested Nov. 25 by Fernandina...

Town honors Beasley

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Hilliard Town Council President John Beasley received recognition for 20 years of municipal service Thursday evening.  He was honored with a reception, which was attended by current and former town officials, family and friends. Former Mayor David Buchanan read a special resolution from the...

City boards and committees must meet in person per governor

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The Fernandina Beach City Commission extended an order requiring face coverings be worn inside public buildings, but the city can’t enforce that order through fines because of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to waive all penalties for noncompliance with facial covering ordinances. DeSantis has...

Jewelry shop plans 2021 move to new shopping center

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While busy serving customers’ jewelry needs during this holiday season, Gary Crawford is well underway preparing for the new year by developing a small shopping center at 2149 Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach, where he plans to move his Crawford Jewelers store by May.  Crawford, who opened...

City OKs 60-day golf course extension

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Although management of the city-owned Fernandina Beach Golf Club has been discussed for hours at City Commission meetings, City Attorney Tammi Bach pointed out commissioners still have not answered a crucial question: What do they envision for the golf club? For the past 10 years, Indigo Golf,...

Dreams become reality

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LeeAnn Purvis moves closer to her dreams of a music career.  The country music vocalist signed with Nashville Entertainment Weekly Records in November.  She recently released the album “Dream It Anyway,” her first compilation of covers and original songs, which is available on...

Callahan’s Smith succumbs to illness

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Kathy Smith will be remembered for her community service, business acumen and Christian faith. The longtime Callahan resident died Sunday after a months-long battle with brain cancer. She was 69 years old.