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New Zion invites community to celebrate its 150th anniversary

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New Zion Missionary Baptist Church is one of the oldest churches on Amelia Island. New Zion was established in 1870 under the leadership of Reverend Lewis Cook, a pioneer of the Gospel, with 69 followers. These 69 Christians, ably supported by Father Cook, as he was sometimes called, erected the...

Code Enforcement Board hears about land cleared at Flora Parke

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The Nassau County Code Enforcement Board met Sept. 8 to consider three code violations, one of which received a lot of attention from the residents on Fern Parke Way in the Flora Parke community. On Aug. 12, construction vehicles began clearing trees and brush from the cul-de-sac area, which alarmed...

City Commission seems set on not making big budget cuts

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At a Sept. 8 workshop to discuss the city of Fernandina Beach’s proposed budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, some city commissioners offered suggestions for cutting expenses in order for the city to operate using a rollback millage rate, and citizens let commissioners know, in no uncertain terms,...

County’s death count related to COVID-19 reaches 29

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Dr. Eugenia Ngo-Seidel, director of the county health department, started back-to-back meetings of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners Wednesday by providing an update on the county’s coronavirus pandemic statistics as of that morning. “Unfortunately, we’ve had 15 additional...

Pickleball tourney held

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The Fernandina Beach Pickleball Pirates hosted the Swingers round robin tournament Sept. 4-5 at the Central Park pickleball courts. Eight teams in each of the three divisions (3.0, 3.5 and 4.0+) competed. Players were required to have a partner who was not related to him or her. Winners at the...

Q & A for county officials about virus infections at jail

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The News-Leader is aware that its readers are concerned about COVID-19 in all of its aspects in the Nassau County community, including the Nassau County Jail and Detention Center. The News-Leader reached out to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Health – Nassau...

The COVID-19 numbers for Nassau County

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Tuesday, Sept 8: Five more deaths related to COVID-19 were officially reported in Nassau County in the past week, bringing the total to 25. According to a post on Facebook Tuesday by Nassau County Emergency Management, the total number of confirmed cases of infection with the...

Wicked Bao takes good care of its customers

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Dillon Basse / Special to the News-Leader Natalie Wu has been serving Southeast Asian flavors to the community of Fernandina Beach for almost three years now. Her restaurant, Wicked Bao, has been open since December 2017 and has become one of the most unique and highly recommended...

Chip Ross wants to continue city’s progress

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Dr. Chip Ross is the first to admit he’s “not a warm and fuzzy person,” but, he says, he gets things done, so he’s running for a second time to finish the work he started during his first term. Ross currently holds the Group 3 seat on the City Commission. “I want to go on with projects...

Schools could lose 35 teachers

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At a bargaining session between the Nassau Teachers Association and representatives of the Nassau County School District, district officials told the union it will begin reducing the number of teachers in the district with “laser focus,” as the union wants to ask parents to reconsider enrolling...