Health

Mosquitoes: More this Year than Last Year?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Peggy Munsey and her dog Gunner head out for their morning run each day, and every time, there's a pesky disruption.

"Yeah, they're very bad in this area," said Munsey.

The mosquitoes around her Clifton Road neighborhood in Jacksonville are unbearable and her neighbors agree it's the worst they've seen.

Jacksonville's Mosquito Control is tracking increasing calls for service on maps. In May, there were about 300 calls for service.  In June, that number doubled, and already in July, calls for service have exceeded 600.

"It's very irritating.  I was just talking to a neighbor yesterday and said, can you call the mosquito people because I've already called them twice," said Munsey.

Richard Smith, mosquito control superintendent, said he thinks the number of service requests will top 5,000. "That's a lot of service requests," he said.

Clay County Family Waits for Chinese Drywall Settlement

Clay County Family Waits for Chinese Drywall Settlement

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Every night when the Stricklands go home, they're reminded of the bane of their complaint and their stress: defective Chinese drywall.

"You can smell it when you walk in the door, you can smell it when you step in the garage... it hits you," said Melissa Strickland. 

In June, imported drywall suppliers reached reached a $55 million settlement with Florida homeowners who used boards from Banner Supply.  The Stricklands were hoping they were included, but they're not.

In February, James and Melissa Strickland showed us the damage to their Clay County home; damage they say was caused by Chinese drywall.

Innovative Internships Open Job Opportunities For Floridians Overcoming Mental Illness

Floridians who have been treated for mental illnesses will have the opportunity to be employed by private businesses under a new partnership between the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).


Twenty-five paid internships will be available within the next few months for persons who are ready to go to work as part of their treatment and recovery from serious mental illnesses. Typically the unemployment rate of adults with significant mental health issues is extremely high – around 80 percent.

Orange Park Medical Center Receives Award for Newborn Hearing Screening Program

Orange Park Medical Center Receives Award for Newborn Hearing Screening Program

Today the Florida Department of Health Newborn Hearing Screening Program recognized Orange Park Medical Center (OPMC) with an award for excellent performance. Laura Olson, the State of Florida Department of Health Hospital Hearing Educator presented the award, which also came with $1000.00 in newborn hearing screening supplies.

A Confirmed Case of Rabies Reported in Orange Park

The Clay County Animal Control and Clay County Health Department reminds residents and visitors to avoid contact with wild and stray animals.  A confirmed case of rabies in a raccoon has been reported. 

St. Vincent's Breaks Ground on Clay Hospital

St. Vincent's Breaks Ground on Clay Hospital

It’s a vision that started years ago.  Now, St. Vincent’s new Clay County hospital is one step closer to becoming a reality.  Hundreds of people gathered this morning to participate in the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new hospital located at 1580 Branan Field Road.

OPMC Volunteers honored with the "President's Volunteer Service Award"

OPMC Volunteers honored with the "President's Volunteer Service Award"

Orange Park Medical Center (OPMC) awarded 20 volunteers the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service. Three volunteers were recognized with a silver pin and certificate from President Barak Obama for giving 500 hours of service to the hospital in 2010. The 17 other awardees were recognized with a gold pin and certificate from the President for giving 1000 hours of service to the hospital in 2010.