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Veterans-Only Job Fair Happening Today

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Veterans across the country will be able to log on and apply for post-service careers as part of a virtual job fair today.

Just one day before the celebration of Veteran's Day, more than 36,000 former servicemen and women have signed up to participate in the online job fair.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, recent war veterans had a slightly higher unemployment rate than the rest of the country in 2010. 

"Gulf War-era II veterans," or members of the military who have served since 2001, had a jobless rate of 11.5 percent last year.  Non-veterans had a jobless rate of 9.4 percent. 

In July 2010, a quarter of Gulf War-era II veterans reported some sort of disability from their time in the armed forces.

To help these men and women find new careers, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Milicruit.com are holding a virtual job fair from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today. 

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in Mandarin elects officers for 2012

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in Mandarin elects officers for 2012

 MANDARIN, FL – Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-8 held annual elections on Tuesday, November 1 at the Florida Tackle and Gun Club on San Jose Boulevard.  Whit Vick was re-elected to the office of Flotilla Commander and Kevin Koehl was elected to the office of Vice Commander.  Their terms begin January 1, 2012.

Vick joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1998 in Georgia and transferred to the Mandarin Flotilla in 2008. Vick also serves as the Operations Officer for the Flotilla.  He is qualified as an Auxiliary Coxswain and volunteers his boat as an Auxiliary Facility conducting safety patrols for the Coast Guard on the St. Johns River.

Koehl joined the Auxiliary in 2010 and also serves as Public Affairs Officer for the Flotilla.

$53,353.79 Winning Fantasy 5 Tickes Sold in Ponte Vedra Beach

$53,353.79 Winning Fantasy 5 Tickes Sold in Ponte Vedra Beach

The numbers drawn last night for the Fantasy 5 drawing were 5-21-28-30-36

 

There were 4 lucky winners each winning a whopping $53,353.79 top prize!

 

One of the winning tickets was purchased right here in the First Coast area.

 

Florida Lottery said Wednesday that one of the winning tickets was sold in Ponte Vedra Beach.

 

The other three were sold in Hialeah, Venice and Coral Springs.

 

286 lucky players missed the jackpot by one number, but still madeout with $120.00.

 

 

 

Economy Forcing Small Businesses Close Doors

Economy Forcing Small Businesses Close Doors

PALATKA, FL- A hot, made the way you like it, breakfast has always been a traditional way to start the day in Palatka. There is nothing like walking into a small town diner where everyone knows your name in the morning and having a hot cup of coffee, a warm smile, and a delicious breakfast made just the way you like it.

Governor Scott Gets to Work at NAS JAX

Governor Scott Gets to Work at NAS JAX

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott will hold his third "Let's Get to Work" day at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

The Governor's will be there from approximately 5:15 a.m. until 3:30 in Thursday afternoon.

We're told the Governor will begin the day by working at the gate.

Good Morning Jacksonville will join the Governor live starting at 5:45 a.m.

From Palatka, Florida to Guanaja, Honduras

From Palatka, Florida to Guanaja, Honduras

Getting to the village of Savannah Bight in Guanaja, Honduras is not an easy thing to do, but well worth the effort.  It's a place like most of us cannot imagine.  No malls or grocery stores, no mail carriers to fill your mailbox.  My TV had one channel, ESPN.

First, let me tell you I am not from Palatka, I live in Fleming Island. But, Palatka was very important to the success of the trip.