Information‎ > ‎

News


Main Street honored for downtown effort

April 03, 2012 5:25 AM

With decaying historic structures and an inability to attract customers or businesses, it was clear downtown Jacksonville was in an economic slump. 

But it was in finding solutions for these problems and years of work that Jacksonville Main Street received national recognition.

In 1999, the Main Street group began to transform the historic district through demolition, construction, restoration and volunteer efforts.

Now, about 13 years later, most every goal has been achieved.


Downtown's Munch Madness down to Elite 8

March 13, 2012 6:27 AM

It’s down to eight in the battle for gastronomical glory among downtown Jacksonville restaurants.

The Munch Madness contest started March 1 with 16 restaurants featuring a signature item each and paired off against another restaurant. Voting ended Sunday in the first round and now the Elite 8 will go head to head through this Sunday.

READ MORE

Downtown Celebration returning to Jacksonville

December 20, 2011 6:00 AM

Following the success and positive feedback from the first Downtown Celebration this year, Jacksonville Main Street is moving forward with the second — and possibly annual — event.

READ MORE

Jacksonville a semifinalist for Main Street Award

December 01, 2011 6:00 AM

Jacksonville is a semifinalist for a national award that recognizes commercial district revitalization efforts.

Ten communities are competing for the National Trust’s 2012 Great American Main Street Award.

READ MORE

Cannon to return as downtown centerpiece

November 04, 2011 5:35 AM

Jacksonville Main Street is hoping to bring a new fixture downtown by returning a historic Civil War cannon to its former location in Central Park.

A 10-foot-long, nearly two-ton fixture is now on the grounds of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post at 903 E. Morton Ave. It is one of three similar Civil War cannons in the city.

READ MORE

Jacksonville Main Street revamping downtown holiday decor

November 03, 2011 6:00 AM

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer may have saved Christmas for everybody, but Main Street came to the rescue for Jacksonville.

Tom Winner, vice president of the Jacksonville Main Street board, is a self-proclaimed lover of the holiday celebration downtown.

READ MORE

Pumpkin Festival offers family friendly activities

October 29, 2011 6:00 AM

When Allyson Clay learned there was going to be a Halloween costume contest Friday night during Jacksonville Main Street’s Pumpkin Festival, she begged her mom to take her home so she could put her costume on.

The extra trip earned her a trophy in the contest with more than 100 children vying in four age groups.

READ MORE

Fine art fair to return downtown

July 29, 2011 6:08 AM

A fine art fair is returning to the Jacksonville square after more than a decade-long break.

The Jacksonville Main Street Fine Art Festival will give artists the chance to display and sell their work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10 in Central Park.

READ MORE

2 Lincoln markers to be dedicated downtown

May 19, 2011 5:22 AM

The 1858 U.S. Senate race between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas and an anti-slavery speech by Lincoln are the subjects of two new historical markers in Jacksonville’s Central Park.

Jacksonville’s Looking for Lincoln Committee will dedicate the two markers in separate public ceremonies in the park.

READ MORE

Jacksonville a semifinalist for Main Street Award

December 01, 2011 6:00 AM

Jacksonville is a semifinalist for a national award that recognizes commercial district revitalization efforts.

Ten communities are competing for the National Trust’s 2012 Great American Main Street Award.

READ MORE