Politics

Athletics in Duval County Schools Could be Gone Due to Budget Cuts

Athletics in Duval County Schools Could be Gone Due to Budget Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Education budget cuts proposed by Gov. Rick Scott will likely mean the end of sports of any kind in Duval County Schools, according to the chairman of the Duval County School Board.

First Coast News reported two weeks ago that athletic programs were on the table for possible budget cuts as a result of pending legislation.

W.C. Gentry told First Coast News if all the state budget cuts being proposed are made, it is a virtual certainty the upcoming school year will be without sports.

"We cannot right now, looking at the budget, we cannot get there and keep our education system intact without virtually eliminating all extracurricular activities" said Gentry. "There is no money to do anything other than what the state mandates and  what we have to do to maintain accreditation, so that is where we stand."

Voters with Disabilities Vote by Absentee Ballot

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland announces that the courtesy of curbside voting for physically handicapped voters is no longer permitted.
 
Curbside Voting was a courtesy the Supervisor of Elections staff would provide to voters who were unable to come into a precinct because of physical limitations. To assist these voters on Election Day, two precinct poll workers of different political parties would carry a ballot out of the precinct to the voter. Once the voter had marked his or her ballot both precinct poll workers would cast the ballot through the Optical Scanner like all other voters.

Early Voting Underway

Early Voting Underway

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Early voting gets underway in Duval County on Monday at 8 branch library locations and two offices of the Supervisor of Elections.

The polling places open at 10 a.m. and close each day at 6 p.m. during the week for the next two weeks.  On weekends the hours for voting are shorter, 12 - 4 p.m.

The library locations include: Beaches, Highlands, Mandarin, Regency Square, South Mandarin, Southeast,  Webb-Wesconnett, and West Regional.

The Supervisor of Elections main office downtown and on Norwood Avenue also handling early voting.

"We are right now looking for about a 47% overall turnout," said Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland.

The mayor's race is attracting the most attention with six candidates on the ballot and four write-ins.   Other races on the ballot are  for sheriff, city council and tax collector.

  

Mayoral Debate Hosted by the North Side Business Leaders

On March 8th. the North Side Business Leaders will be hosting a formal debate between some of the front running Mayoral candidates. The committed participants are: Warren Lee, Mike Hogan, and Rick Mullaney. This will be held within the Zamburu Room at the Jacksonville Zoological Gardens at 11:30am. Please consider attending this forum and discovering what issues are a concern towards the North Side. For more information view the website, www.northsidebusinessleaders.com.

Write-in Mayoral Candidate James Moser Wants Major Cuts

Write-in Mayoral Candidate James Moser Wants Major Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The first thing James Moser wants you to know about him is how to properly spell his name.

"It's J-A-M-E-S M-O-S-E-R," he said.

That's what you'll have to know if you're going to vote for him on March 22. He's a write-in for mayor, who said he's a conservative who just wants to help the city he's been in his whole life.

"I'm a native of Jacksonville, I love this city a whole lot."

The Navy veteran has more than 20 years under his belt as a teacher and currently teaches computer science at Mandarin High School.

He wants to make cuts in nearly every line item in the city's budget, and he wants to cut taxes. "If we can handle the budget better and not go overboard in this city, we don't need high taxes and we don't need to raise millage rates," he said.

"We can work within the $1.7 billion budget if we use it wisely."

FCN Investigates: Still No Answers as Peyton Questioned about Workers' Compensation Probe

FCN Investigates: Still No Answers as Peyton Questioned about Workers' Compensation Probe

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A decorated firefighter, Rusty Butler spent more than two decades running into burning buildings for the city of Jacksonville.

In 1996, he had to retire. He was diagnosed with heart disease and high blood pressure.

He retired qualifying for Florida's Heart/Lung bill, which mandates that police and firefighters' medical bills related to heart disease and high blood pressure be paid for because the conditions are presumed connected with their jobs.

For seven years, Butler said he had no problems getting heart-related medical bills paid, but something changed in 2003:

The city stopped paying and started denying.

Early Voting Begins Monday

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland announces that Early Voting for Jacksonville's First Consolidated Government Election will begin Monday, March 7, 2011. Early voting is open Monday through Friday (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and on Saturday and Sunday (12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Early voting ends on Sunday, March 20, 2011 for the First Consolidated Government Election. Anyone registered to vote in the state of Florida and living in Duval County may vote at any one of the 10 Early Voting sites: