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Local high schools receive their new grades

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Nearly half of Florida's high schools are getting an A grade for the 2012-13 school year.

The grades released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Education show a slight increase in the number of A graded schools.

But the number of D and F rated schools also went up. There were eight high schools that received F grades as opposed to just three in 2012.

Clay County goats find a home

UPDATE, 12/12/13: The female goat was sold for $75 and the male goat sold for $30 at the auction. The goat "couple" went to separate homes, but they will now have good homes, according to Mary Justino of CCSO Public Affairs.

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Looking for furry friends to take home this holiday season?

Two goats, a male and a female who are a "couple," will be auctioned off Thursday morning by the Clay County Sheriff's Office Civil Section.

According to a release from Mary Justino of CCSO Public Affairs, the goats have been living at Clay County Animal Control since they were found wandering loose weeks ago.

The auction will be held at 10 a.m. at Clay County Animal Control, located at 3984 State Road 16 West in Green Cove Springs.

Sideline 2013 Playoffs: Clay & Charlton County advance, Bartram Trail loses

The wild ride in the postseason continues for the Clay High School football team.  The Blue Devils won another nail biter on Friday night as they defeated St. Pete Lakewood 40-38.

With the win, the Blue Devils advance to the Class 5A State Championship Game where they will play Plantation American Heritage on Saturday, December 14th at 7:30 p.m. at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Elsewhere in the FHSAA playoffs, Bartram Trail loses a heartbreaker as the Bears fall to Seffner Armwood 35-28 in triple overtime.

In Georgia, Charlton County squeaks by Irwin County 34-33.  The Indians will play Marion County for the Class A state championship on Saturday, December 14th in the Georgia Dome.

Chris Porter's FCN Cribs: Green Cove Springs

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- This edition of FCN Cribs is in Green Cove Springs. If you love trees inside of your home and a whole bunch of stone you will love this house.

Wayne Nichols has a home like no other we've been in before on FCN cribs. There are lions, zebras, bears, bobcats and deer -- oh my!

There are even Cypress Trees inside the living room.

"We used a crane," Nichols explained on how he got the trees in the home.

The one-of-a-kind countertops in the kitchen are made of stone.

Nichols says, "The wood is actually all poplar, reclaimed poplar out of a building that was tore down. The glass we have in here are actually all recycled bottles with grass weeds in between. We used deer antlers as our pulls everywhere."

Wayne's estate has an open concept, which is great for entertaining.

"This wet bar here," says Nichols, "that's actually a redwood stump turned into a wet bar."

Man rescues 3 children from mangled car

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- A local man is being called a hero after rescuing three children from a mangled car Monday morning.

"I have three girls so pulling those two out, that really hit home," said Anthony Difolco.

Difolco says he's been a painter for most of his life. On Monday morning he was on his way to paint a home in St. Johns County, he was exiting the Shands Bridge onto State Road 16 when he noticed what appeared to be a serious accident.

"I was just scared; scared for the people in the car. I could hear the girls screaming in the car," said Difolco.

He said he got out of the car and rushed to get the children out.

"I saw the boy all bloody. He was having a hard time breathing and the girls in the back were screaming," added Difolco.

He couldn't get the door open to get the boy out, so he bent the back door to get it open and let the girls out. He says the car was starting to give off smoke.

Orange Park man charged in jewelry theft

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The theft of $100,000 worth of jewelry lands an Orange Park home inspector in jail charged with grand theft.

Ronnie Lee Stevens Junior, 49, remains in the Clay County Jail with his bond set at $350,000.

Green Cove Springs Police say a home that was being sold in Magnolia Point that Stevens had inspected and had two Rolex watches and other valuables removed from a safe in a bedroom.

The victim, at the encouragement of investigators, looked for the jewelry allegedly finding some items in Kingsley Jewelry in Orange Park.

The owner, Michael Wild, was charged with a misdemeanor by failure not to record and report jewelry items he had purchased.  That is required by law.

Detective James Acres says the investigation now focuses on whether there might be other victims.

"It's possible," said Acres.

Funeral set for Superhero Logan

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Everyone on the First Coast is invited to show their support for the family of a young super hero who captured our hearts.
    
Five-year-old Logan Channel lost his battle with cancer this week.
    
His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Hibernia Baptist Church.