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High School Art Contest to Benefit Manatees

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The state is always concerned about the safety of the gentle giants of local waterways, and it is inviting school children across the state to join the effort.

During November's Manatee Awareness Month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is inviting high school students to compete for the artwork that will adorn the 2011-2012 manatee decal.

Only five entries will be allowed per school, so teachers will have to be involved to coordinate each school's best artwork.

Home-schooled students are eligible to enter as well.

Decal sales help fund the state's manatee protection program, and they are available for a donation of at least $5 to the Save the Manatee Trust Fund.

All entries must be postmarked no later than Jan. 28, 2011. Complete rules and requirements are available online.

Stuck Truck

This was sent to us by a community member. Around noon today Tom spotted a truck stuck on the railroad tracks on Lakeside Villa Rd. at Doctors Inlet RD.

Sasha Pringle Gets 45 Years for Fatal Buckman Bridge Crash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The woman responsible for bumping a mother of two off the Buckman Bridge, killing her, will spend the next 30 years in prison serving concurrent sentences on two counts.

Sasha Pringle was found guilty of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash. She was accused of bumping Luma Kajy's car off the Buckman Bridge last February.

Judge Linda McCallum sentenced her to 15 years and 30 years on the counts, with credit for time served. The sentences will run concurrently and she also was ordered to pay court costs.

There is no way someone could not know a car was tumbling into the Buckman, said McCalllum. "There are times when sorry is not enough...and this is one of those times."

Woman Hurt When Large Tree Branch Falls on House in Orange Park

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A woman went to the hospital after part of a tree fell on her home in Doctors Inlet.

A huge branch from a large oak tree fell on the roof of a home on Holly Ridge Drive. One of limbs crashed through the living room and landed next to Ana Nogueras, 52, who was sitting in a  recliner.

Family members said today that she had been watching television around 9:30 p.m. Thursday when the tree crashed in.

A neigbhor said the falling tree caused the her own home to vibrate. She thought it came from the nearby railroad tracks.

"She was sitting in the chair; one of the branches landed in the chair beside her," said Clay County Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Swartz. "It hit her in the head."

She is recovering at a relative's home from a cut on her face under her eye, and bumps and bruises.

Jacksonville Fair Kicks Off

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The 2010 Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair kicked off today.

The fair runs through Nov. 14.