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Mark Woods

Ocala Star-Banner

Jacksonville, FL, United States

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Past:
  • Ocala Star-Banner
  • news-journalonline
  • Florida Times-Union
  • Tallahassee Democrat
  • The Ledger

Past articles by Mark:

Florida’s summer COVID wave leaves Jacksonville gasping: 'It’s like the floodgates broke open'

As Florida sees its worst of the COVID pandemic, exhaustion, anxiety and frustration push Jacksonville to its limits. Fear looms about what's to come. → Read More

A day of life and death in a COVID hotspot: Jacksonville

A look inside UF Health Jacksonville, a local mortuary and outside a Regeneron clinic as Jacksonville battles COVID-19. → Read More

A day of life and death in a COVID hotspot: Jacksonville

A look inside UF Health Jacksonville, a local mortuary and outside a Regeneron clinic as Jacksonville battles COVID-19. → Read More

Mark Woods: Get in line behind Dr. Haley. Get vaccinated.

It felt like we had turned the corner. So this latest COVID surge, making Jacksonville one of the nation's hotspots, is particularly demoralizing. → Read More

Mark Woods: Pay-go, penny slots and something good for business — not leading nation in COVID

News and notes: Borrowing to build for Jaguars, remembering Dad and slots, hoping for something good for Florida business — not leading U.S. in COVID. → Read More

Mark Woods: Nothing completely prepared Andy Hyatt for his new job — town manager of Surfside

Andy Hyatt, former Neptune Beach city manager, started a new job at the end of 2020: town manager of Surfside. → Read More

Lost in Surfside, Florida: Cristina Beatriz Elvira, Leon Oliwkowicz followed family from Venezuela

The couple, parents of four and grandparents of 11, came to South Florida from Venezuela and were active in the local Jewish community. → Read More

Mark Woods: When it comes to handling sewage, Florida is a sludge show

For nearly 15 years, South Florida has been putting tons of "biosolids" in trucks and sending it north. As public policy goes, it's a sludge show. → Read More

Mark Woods: From state Legislature to Florida State University, Thrasher creates bright futures

The FSU president was tactfully critical when asked about Sen. Dennis Baxley's plan to reduce Bright Futures scholarships. → Read More

Mark Woods: For the past year, T-U photographer has been collecting mask shots

During a year of COVID, Times-Union photographer Bob Self kept adding to a collection of photos: people of Northeast Florida wearing masks. → Read More

Mark Woods: Make sure it doesn't turn into the World's Largest Outdoor COVID Party

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis opened the door to full football stadiums, leading Gators Coach Dan Mullen to respond to a loss by calling for packed Swamp. → Read More

Jake Godbold, 1933-2020: Jacksonville’s bold, brash champion

Jake Godbold, the populist mayor who rose from a poor childhood on the Northside to the pinnacles of power in Jacksonville City Hall, has died, according to Mike Tolbert, a long-time friend who has served as an aide to Godbold throughout his retirement. → Read More

A war story with a Florida chapter — and now an epilogue

This is a war story, one that has an early chapter in Jacksonville — and returns here 70 years later. It is the story of Jesse L. Brown and Thomas Hudner, two Navy pilots who came from different worlds in the same country, yet ended up forever linked by what happened Dec. 4, 1950, on a snowy mountainside in North Korea. Brown grew up the son of a Mississippi sharecropper, in a home with no… → Read More

A war story with a Florida chapter — and now an epilogue

This is a war story, one that has an early chapter in Jacksonville — and returns here 70 years later. It is the story of Jesse L. Brown and Thomas Hudner, two Navy pilots who came from different worlds in the same country, yet ended up forever linked by what happened Dec. 4, 1950, on a snowy mountainside in North Korea. Brown grew up the son of a Mississippi sharecropper, in a home with no… → Read More

Passengers from plane that landed in St. Johns River recall troubled flight

The last time Katherine Helms flew home she had gone into premature labor. She was having contractions. She had to be medevaced off Cuba.That trip had a → Read More

New work boots from nonprofit provides opportunity, hope

JACKSONVILLE — When Mark O'Neill got a construction job through the day labor pool, he made sure to put a roll of duct tape in his pocket.The tape → Read More

New work boots from nonprofit provides opportunity, hope

JACKSONVILLE — When Mark O'Neill got a construction job through the day labor pool, he made sure to put a roll of duct tape in his pocket.The tape wasn't for fixing anything on the site.It was for his work boots.His boots once were shiny black and new. But when O'Neill walked into the home of the Downtown Ecumenical Services Council — the basement of First Presbyterian Church in downtown… → Read More

Jacksonville public utility CEO has controversial tie to Polk County

In past job, Aaron Zahn’s company , BCR NuTerra, lost waste recycling contract over odor controversy in Haines City → Read More

Interim JEA CEO's former company lost contract over odor controversy

Residents said life became unbearable, and business owners complained of losing customers. Some even said they developed health problems, like headaches, difficulty breathing and burning eyes. The company denies that its facility harmed anybody’s health. → Read More

Mark Woods: Nease senior could go from commencement to deportation

Medina Blekic loves to sing.If you look at her Facebook page, following the timeline of photos back to when her family moved to North Florida about 10 → Read More