'51 Chevy Fleetline turns heads at Mandarin cruise-in

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Chevrolet Fleetline was among the sleekest automobiles of its time, incorporating a fastback design when it was overhauled for 1949.

One of the first new designs to go into production following World War II, it had a lower look than a traditional sedan, making it a favorite among customizers.  Ed Pierce is one of the original members of the cars and coffee cruise-in at the Krispy Kreme on San Jose Blvd. in Mandarin, and the owner of a 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe two-door sedan.

Pierce's Fleetline came from Oregon and was in good shape when he traded his 1964 Rambler for it in 2011. He went to work making it his own within two weeks, prompted by a bit of bad luck while driving it into his backyard shop. "I got out to close the gate and it jumped into reverse and back out of the gate and made a slow back curve. It backed into my neighbor's truck next door and totaled the right rear corner," said Pierce.

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JSO investigating fatal shooting in Mandarin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting in which police say one friend shot another in the 10100 block of Arrowhead Drive in Mandarin.

The two men went out on Friday night and had a good time, according to JSO Sgt. Shawn Coursey.

They got back to the victim's apartment and got into an altercation. Coursey did not say what the altercation was about.

The altercation was initially reported as a fight, but escalated to shots fired.

When police arrived, the victim was bleeding in the parking lot and the man suspected in the shooting was being held down by his brother.

The suspect is now in police custody.

Several witnesses were taken downtown for questioning, Coursey said. The victim's girlfriend and baby were also at the scene.

The victim has not been identified.

Mandarin lacrosse coach deploys to Afghanistan

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's been a tough season for the Mandarin High School girls lacrosse team.

"I hate losing with a passion," Junior Elizabeth Bourland said.

The young team is 1-10 this year, their lone win against Paxon.

But for these ladies the sport is about much more than wins and loses.

"If I'm stressed, I go out and play lacrosse,"  Player Marni Sapolsky said. "It just clears my head."

"We have bonded as a team and gotten closer," Bourland added.

These two have played since freshman year, and have played along side head coach Keith Porter every step of the way.

"We love Coach Porter," Bourland said.

But no matter the end results of the games this year, their worst loss came Thursday night, when the team had to say goodbye to their coach. He's a Navy reservist being deployed to Afghanistan for a year.

"It's very bittersweet," Bourland said.

Ending the 'R' word in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mora Rossi, 25, has down syndrome and hates the 'R' word.

"People get pushed around a lot because they're different," she said.

Rossi, who completed high school and a transition program at UNF, said her disability does not define her.

"I don't think as myself as a person hearing the 'R' word," said Rossi, "I think of myself as a person who want to change the world."

She wants the word retardation replaced with the phrase 'intellectual disability'.

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Get Involved: 18th Annual Cleanup for St. Johns River

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Consider it spring cleaning for the St. Johns River!

The St. Johns River is a big part of Jacksonville's identity, but it does have a problem with pollution.  Cups, plastic bottles and tires litter the banks of the river, but on Saturday morning volunteers can help make the river shine.

Last year the St. Johns River Celebration 18th Annual Cleanup brought out around 1,000 volunteers and this year organizers are hoping for more.  The volunteers can walk along the banks and pick up trash or kayak out into the river to pluck trash out of the water.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman says last year volunteers pulled around 1,000 lbs of trash out of the river.

"We all experience the river in one way or another almost daily, I drive over it multiple times a day," told Rinaman," so it is extremely important to the health and vitality of our city to have a healthy river."

Teacher of the Week: Kayci Russell

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Kayci Russell is our Teacher of the Week! She's a first-year English-Language Arts teacher at Lighthouse Christian School in Mandarin.

Russell tells us she likes to get the class involved in group lessons, which includes getting out of their seats and working on the white board.

She calls English her passion and said she was thrilled to learn one of her students nominated her.

"I felt so blessed, surprised when I found out," Russell said. "I was floored. It's an honor ... I just want to make an impact on the students. If I can make an impact on at least one person, then that's an accomplishment for me."

 

 

 

 

 

What realtors can't tell you

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- John Lewis is in the market for a house; he is not a first-time homebuyer.

"This is the third time that we have downsized," said Lewis. "We went from 5,000, down to 3,500, down to 2,900 and this is 2,000."

As in square feet, but with each purchase, Lewis said he depends on the experts to steer him from problems.

He said he trusts his realtor.

"For realtors that want to continue in business," said Lewis, "They would rather be upfront and tell you the good, the bad the ugly."

Gene Jones of ERA Dan Jones is Mr. Lewis' realtor

"The basic rule of thumb is disclose, disclose, disclose," said Jones.

But there are some things a realtor won't tell you.

Due to fair housing law:

-Realtors can't tell you demographics, race or religion.

-Realtors can't tell you about the quality of the school districts.