Armed Forces Day military museum

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's Armed Forces week and U.S. Veteran Herb Steiglman tells Good Morning Jacksonville how a military museum in Green Cove Springs plans to honor military men and women. 

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Vietnam War Memorial Wall replica comes to Green Cove Springs

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The traveling Vietnam War Memorial made its way to Green Cove Springs on Thursday.

It is a replica of the names etched onto the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC. For people who are not able to get to the District, the event is a way for the wall to come to them. There are more than 58,000 names on the replica wall.

Several people at the event told First Coast News they lost loved ones in the war. The names of the fallen are etched both on the wall in the nation's capitol and on the traveling wall. Others who served in Vietnam told FCN what the traveling wall means to them as they thought about friends they lost during the time of war.

The event was made possible by the Clay County Junior/Senior High School Beta club. Two student members told FCN their group raised about $10,000 for the traveling wall to be able to come to their school and serve the community and region.

Board Chairman: Superintendent told us not to talk to staff

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- The combative relationship between the Superintendent of Clay County School and the School Board has reached a new level.

A new directive laid out by Superintendent Charlie Van Zant has many upset.

Clay County school superintendent Charlie Van Zant and the school board have been at odds over several issues since Van Zant's election in the fall. So much so the Chamber of Commerce wrote a letter to both parties asking them to cool it because it was hurting the reputation of the county.

The latest salvo fired by the Superintendent this week: If you are a member of the Clay County School Board and want to ask a question of the school system staff, don't.

That is what school board Chairman Carol Studdard said she was told this week by a staff member. She said she was told if she or any school board member had a question, take it to Van Zant.

Studdard doesn't like it one bit.

Chasing the 'Putnam County Poacher' leads to unlikely friendship

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- Friendships often begin in unlikely places and situations. 

Those unique circumstances give the friends something to bond them for life.

This is especially true for Bob Lee and Roger Gunter, who, despite knowing each other for more than 30 years, are only taking their second fishing trip together.

"I've gone bass fishing with him one other time," Lee said.

That's strange considering how much both men love to fish, and how big the outdoors have been in their lives.

This trip is on the Ocklawaha River in Putnam County, a search for large mouth bass.

"Boss man," as Roger refers to Bob, "You ain't got no beer in here," he shouted while they loaded up the boat.

"Dang it, Roger, it's not even noon yet," Bob replied.

The two still have a lot to learn in their budding friendship.

Yes, the men have known each other for three decades. 

But they're only just now becoming friends.

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Clay County Sheriff's Office honors the fallen

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Fallen officers were honored by the Clay County Sheriff's Office this morning at 10 a.m.

The memorial honored eight fallen officers along with their families as part of the annual Police Memorial Week, according to a Clay County Sheriff's Office press release.

During the memorial, the office also revealed a new Law Enforcement Monument at the entrance of the facility.

The monument includes a granite memorial wall, two granite benches, a new flag pole as well as engraved memorial pavers at the entrance of the grounds.

Clay County remains under state of emergency

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Clay County is still under a declared Local State of Emergency. 

Clay County Emergency Management (CCEM) extended the declaration as a result of continued flooding of homes and roadways in the county.

Damage assessment teams will conduct check homes in affected areas beginning Monday morning. 

Residents are encouraged to contact the Emergency Management Office at (904) 284-7703, to ensure their damage is included in the complete assessment report after the storm.

The CCEM says the Black Creek readings at 7:45 p.m. were reported at the north prong at 15.49', and the south prong was at 15.04'. 

The creek levels are predicted to be below action stage by Monday evening according to the CCEM.

The shelter at the Middleburg First Baptist Church was closed at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

No residents checked into the shelter during the time it was opened.

Clay County remains under a declared Local State of Emergency

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Clay County will remain under a a declared Local State of Emergency according to a Clay County Emergency Management. 

Gauges at North Prong of Black Creek at 3:45 p.m. were at 19.05'.

The creek appears to be cresting and dropping. 

As of 5 p.m., south prong is now at 18.62' and appears to be dropping, according to CCEM.

Flood stage is 16'. 

These predictions do not include additional rainfall which may be received today and tonight. 

CCEM said the shelter will remain open throughout the evening at First Baptist Church of Middleburg, 2645 Blanding Blvd. 

First Baptist Church of Middleburg - (904) 282-5289

The Red Cross will continue to staff the shelter. 

Red Cross Jacksonville: (904) 358-8091