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NAS Jax Participating in Security Exercise

Naval Air Station Jacksonville will participate in Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield ’11, an anti-terrorism/force protection exercise that will be conducted on all continental United States (CONUS) naval installations Feb. 21-25.

The week-long exercise is conducted nation-wide each year to enhance security force readiness to respond to threats to installations and units in the event of an actual emergency.  This is a routine exercise and is NOT in response to any specific threat.

Clay County Kicks Off Distracted Driving Reduction Campaign

Clay County Kicks Off Distracted Driving Reduction Campaign

Through a grant from State Farm officials, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office placed multiple banners around our county this week to raise awareness about this problem.  The message on the banners reads “Texting + Driving: A Deadly Combination”. Banner locations include Orange Park, Middleburg, Green Cove Springs, Keystone and Fleming Island.

FWC Wants Public's Input About More Daylight Alligator Hunting

FWC Wants Public's Input About More Daylight Alligator Hunting

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to know what Floridians think about providing more daylight-hunting hours to alligator hunters. The public can comment via an online survey.

Use Caution Driving During the Thanksgiving Holiday, Patches of Dense Fog Expected

Florida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging residents and visitors to use caution during the Thanksgiving holiday as patches of dense fog

Creating Visibility on Halloween is the Key to Child Safety

Creating Visibility on Halloween is the Key to Child Safety; Life+Gear Offers Tips to Increase Visibility

Dark streets, distracted motorists and lots of children walking around make Halloween one of the most dangerous pedestrian walking days of the year. Below are both facts and tips to help your viewers (and their children) have a safe Halloween.

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.

New Blood Perks Up Florida Panther Population

USA Today - By the early 1990s there were only 20 to 25 Florida panthers left out of what was once a large and thriving population – and those that remained were sickly and inbred, destined for extinction within 20 years, experts estimated. So in 1995 conservation managers moved eight wild-caught female pumas from Texas to the area – a reintroduction so successful that between 1995 and 2008 a total of 424 panther births have been documented.