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Sheriff-Elect Mike Williams Pledges Transparency, Accountability

Republican Mike Williams is Jacksonville’s new sheriff. He edged out Democrat Ken Jefferson with over 51 percent of the vote Tuesday. Williams says he looks forward to working with the new City Council and Mayor-elect Lenny Curry.

Williams said, “I pledge to the citizens of this community that our financial affairs will be transparent and to you I pledge my complete cooperation as we work to restore the city’s priority to public safety. And hold ourselves, all of us, accountable to our taxpayers.”

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Author Of Novel Set In Jacksonville To Share ‘Education’ At Main Library

The author of a new novel set in the First Coast is speaking at the Jacksonville Public Library on Wednesday.

Larry Baker will be discussing his latest book, “The Education of Nancy Adams.” Adams is a teacher in a Jacksonville high school.

The Jacksonville Public Library’s Olga Bayer says Baker used to live in the area.

“He has several books which he has set in Northeast Florida. In this one, I think he talks about the St. Johns River quite a bit,” Bayer said.

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Florida Folk Festival Bring State’s Music, Art And Culture Together

Way down upon the Suwannee River in White Springs, Florida, the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is preparing for its biggest weekend of the year.

For 63 years, the Florida Folk Festival has brought together the state’s music and culture over Memorial Day weekend. Organizers say it’s the country’s oldest state-run festival.

“The Florida Folk Festival is like a melody of all the cultures of Florida , so it’s the best of Florida’s music, arts and culture,” said festival spokeswoman Andrea Thomas. “We like to showcase everything that makes Florida unique.”

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Judge Rejects Challenge To Tax Credit Scholarships

In a victory for school-choice supporters, a circuit judge Monday tossed out a constitutional challenge to a state program that helps send tens of thousands of low-income children to private schools.

Leon County Circuit Judge George Reynolds ruled that plaintiffs in the case — spearheaded by the Florida Education Association teachers union — did not have legal “standing” to challenge the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

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MOCA Jax’s ‘Southern Exposure’ Tells Stories Through Portraits Of The American South

A new photography exhibit at Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art focuses on the American South. Southern Exposure: Portraits of a Changing Landscape features the work of seven renowned photographers.

The project looks at the stories the land can tell.

MOCA Jacksonville Assistant Curator Jaime DeSimone says she knew the new show would be about the South.

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