Candlelight Vigil for Teens Killed in Boating Accident

Candlelight Vigil for Teens Killed in Boating Accident

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than 150 family members and friends remembered two teenagers who died in a boating accident on Black Creek.

Middleburg High School junior Travis Hanner, 17, and freshman Halee Mickey, 15, were killed Monday when the boat hit a tree growing out over the water, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigator Jeff Summers.

Summers said the boat operator, Ted Hanner, was Travis' father.

Ted Hanner, 48, was injured. He is out of the hospital and was at Wednesday night's vigil.

Hanner's stepfather, Jason Green, was also there. "It's just overwhelming the show of love and support. It's just a testament to both Halee and Travis," said Green.

Hanner was an ROTC student who had planned to go into the military, said Middleburg High Principal David Broskie, who didn't know Mickey as well, but described her as shy, quiet and polite.

Resignation of Oakleaf High School Coach

February 1, Coach Chris Bullock resigned as the head coach of the Oakleaf Knights.  This unexpected announcement was made before a group of players and staff.   Players were shocked and sadened by the news.

This program has had a great start; he will be missed.

"Dancing With The Stars" Julianne Hough Holds Benefit Concert for Children’s Miracle Network

99.9 Gator Country presents a benefit concert for Children’s Miracle Network featuring Mercury Records Nashville artists Julianne Hough and Randy Montana on Friday, December 17th at Mavericks at the Jacksonville Landing. Tickets are just $10 at the door and proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

Jacksonville Couple Chosen for First Times Square New Year's Wedding

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- How many guests make for a "full house" at a wedding? One local couple will have about a million.

Bethany Philips and Geoffrey Dubie, who live in Jacksonville,  met in Iraq while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.  They live in Jacksonville.

They entered a contest to be the first people ever married in a ceremony at Times Square on New Year's Eve.

After looking through nearly 2,000 entries, Get Married Media chose Philips and Dubie to say "I do" as the ball drops with the world watching.

Philips, originally from Georgia, is heading to Florida State College Jacksonville to study nursing, and Dubie, from North Carolina, is studying at Jacksonville University.

The couple chose Jacksonville to start their life together after their service in the military.

Kids Still Walk Solo Where Somer Kidnapped, Killed

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- One year after Somer Thompson was killed on her walk home from school, we found kids still going by the suspect's house alone, with no parents in sight.

On Gano Avenue, kids ride their bikes and walk past the house on the way to Grove Park Elementary without any supervision. One year ago, authorities say this is where Jarred Harrell kidnapped and killed Thompson.

"We see quite a few still walking solo. We'd like more parents to do this year-round, to walk with them. But the longer it goes the less parents we see," said Orange Park Police Chief Jim Boivin.

The signs of Somer are still everywhere. Fresh purple ribbons are at her school, the school crossing and the on the mailbox outside Harrell's old house.

That house on Gano Avenue has smashed windows and appears abandoned. A CrimeStoppers sign is posted on the garage door.

Jaguars trade safety Anthony Smith to Green Bay; sign cornerback Chevis Jackson

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Green Bay Packers finalized a trade today with safety Anthony Smith going to the Packers in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.  In addition, the Jaguars signed third-year cornerback Chevis Jackson.

Diena Thompson on 'Today' Show Talking about Harrell Trial

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The mother of slain 7-year-old Somer Thompson says she will be in court every day for the trial of the man accused of kidnapping and murdering her daughter.

Diena Thompson told NBC's "Today Show" that she still feels guilty over what happened to her daughter.

Somer Thompson disappeared while walking home from school with her siblings in north Florida last year. Her body was found two days later in a Georgia landfill.

Jared Mitchell Harrell has been charged in her death.

Thompson said Thursday she had taught her daughter about stranger danger, but that parents need to go a step further, teaching them things like running away when they have a bad feeling about an adult.

A vigil will take place on the anniversary of the Somer Thompson's death next week.