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Arms Up For Peace

Participants, about 114 in all, hold up their arms as they form the peace sign Friday afternoon at the W.E. Harris Community Center Field in Hastings. The event, part of the International Day of Peace, is the second year Hastings has celebrated with a human peace sign. The Hastings branch of the St. Johns County…

Marion & Mrs. C

From a dead end lane on the north part of town to a well traveled dirt road on the outskirts of town, I was reminded once again today, of the abject poverty that some folks must endure. But more than that, I was reminded of the simple things in life that most of us take…

New Digs For Pie In The Sky, But Mission Remains The Same

HASTINGS — The three farm workers who showed up to help with the food distribution program run by Pie in the Sky barely got through the door on Wednesday before they were at work. “Wash your hands and put on some gloves,” volunteer Deborah Williams told them, pausing in swabbing down the kitchen floor at…

Farmworkers Feted

The tables were set with white linen clothes with folded red napkins, decorated with colored shells and flower petals. The aroma of smoked pork and ribs, dressing and baked beams, cabbage sprouts and collards filled the room. Palm trees and Hawaiian leis were scattered about and as the room began to fill, the music began…

Hastings: Sertoma – the little club that can

Two years ago when a local woman was dying from cancer, her sister needed a wheelchair ramp built so she could get outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air in her final months. On a hot Saturday in June, “the little club that could” along with the St. Johns Housing Partnership, Pie in the…

Hastings Neighbors: Donation from the heart

“It is vital when educating our children’s brains that we do not neglect to educate their hearts.” I read this on Facebook today and it seemed the perfect fit. I am here to report, the future of our country is in good hands, specifically Patricia Eighmy’s fourth grade class at South Woods Elementary. After meeting…

From the Heart…an Amazing Day

From the Heart, a luau for the farmworkers of our community was a huge success for everyone. Nearly 200 men and women enjoyed a day of fabulous food, incredible music, bingo, prizes and so much more. It was a day we will all remember. Thank you to all the donors and volunteers. This wonderful day…

Food Pantry A Success

Thank you Jessica and Marcia

I wanted to take moment to share with you the impact your story on the food pantry in Hastings has had. As a journalist for many years, I know we often toil away reporting and writing daily on stories and never know what happens after they have been printed. This you should know, donations came…

She Called Me

I knew this was going to be a great day. There is a little chill in the air, which always put a spring in my step. I was at the pie shop, the front door wide open, feeling the breeze and watching the trees swaying in the wind across Main Street. And then the phone…