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Grace Episcopal Day School Teacher of the Week

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- He was born a month early and in his first few days of life he had a brain hemorrhage and severe lung disease.

His doctors thought he would always have difficulty learning but now seven years later, Jacob Davis, is doing well in class due in large part to our Teacher of the Week. 

First-graders walk into Suzanne Bennett's classroom at Grace Episcopal Day School excited and ready to learn. Bennett enjoys teaching first grade because she said she loves seeing that light bulb go off when her students finally get it.

"I'm lucky because I'm at the right place at the right time. First grade is a time when they just come alive; all those little pieces floating around finally come together and I get credit for it," said Bennett. 

Microwave Oven Causes Bomb Scare in Eagle Harbor

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- The sheriff's office has confirmed a suspicious device found in a gazebo in Eagle Harbor was a microwave oven.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, it was an old microwave with "bomb" scratched on the side of it.

The sheriff's office called in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office bomb squad, who detonated the oven before 3 p.m.

While the incident was ongoing, residents were not being allowed to their homes, as several told First Coast News.

The scene was cleared by 3 p.m.

Click Here for our My Community coverage from earlier today.

Something's Going on in Eagle Harbor

Something's Going on in Eagle Harbor

We've received a few tips today that there's something going on in Eagle Harbor. No official information has been released, but know we are looking into it. Please send any info you have to news@firstcoastnews.com or leave a comment below.

Here's what you're telling us:

Jeff: "My wife was at the park in Eagle Harbor and CCSD told her to leave due to a bomb threat. They're clearing the park now." (12:36pm)

Scott: " Lots of police activity and a police helicopter flying real low." (1:44pm)

Sherry: "...Cops and CSI are surrounding the Eagle Harbor Forest Park area" (1:30pm via Facebook)

Tammy: "They found a microwave that had written "Bomb" on it." (1:43pm via Facebook)

Frozen Volleyballs Fired at Home; Demolition Has Begun

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Demolition is nearly complete as the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" show transforms one Clay County block into a real television set.

The family that won a new home through the show has been sent on vacation, but the work, to be featured in the ABC show, is just beginning at the Middleburg home on North Chicory Avenue. 

North Chicory has been converted as taping started this morning with host Ty Pennington taping the message that the family watches while they are vacationing.

Just after 2 p.m. today, demolition involving shooting frozen volleyballs at the home with a pumpkin launcher got underway.

Middleburg Volleyball Coach Surprised by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A family in Clay County got the surprise of a lifetime Wednesday morning when television host Ty Pennington tracked them down.

"Ty walked in and I went down to my knees.  I was so overwhelmed that I just couldn't even stand it," said Carrie Prewitt.

The Prewitt-Brewer family found out they'll get a new home. They will go on vacation in the Virgin Islands until they "move that bus" next week.

"It's such a humbling experience that they think we're worthy enough to do this.  I just can't get over it," said Prewitt.

"ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is in Clay County for the next seven days, building the local family a new home.

Carrie Prewitt is a volleyball coach at Middleburg High and took in one of her players, Ashley Brewer, and her two sisters when their mother and father died.

"Coach Prewitt told me, 'I'll take you', right away.  No questions,"  said 18-year-old Ashley Brewer.

I-95 Improvement Has Huge Price Tag

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Reworking a 2.5 mile stretch of Interstate 95 through the city is in final planning stages, with work expected to begin later next year.

The stretch of I-95 starting near the base of the Fuller Warren Bridge south to San Diego Road is scheduled to be renovated, with aging overpasses replaced and an interchange built.

VIEW A DETAILED MAP OF THE PROJECT

The project is expected to cost $224 million and take years to complete.

The Florida Department of Transportation said the improvements likely will require the acquisition of 56 homes along the interstate.

One business along Hendricks Avenue, Tidbits, is already planning to move because of the construction.

The restaurant has been at its present location for 26 years.

New Smartphone App Lets You Check Tax Refund Status

New Smartphone App Lets You Check Tax Refund Status
The IRS unveiled a new smartphone app Monday that will allow taxpayers to check the status of their tax refunds and get other information about their tax returns.