Stories about the people in our community.

Allie George

Local organizations are calling for an independent review and a U.S. Justice Department investigation of the police-involved shooting of 22-year-old Vernell Bing Jr.

First Coast Connect: Keeping It Local

Jun 6, 2016


Local business owner Katherine Way started a clothing company four years ago with one goal in mind: keep jobs in the United states. 

The products in the fashion line, Katherine Way Collections, are made in the U.S.  It started out in just eight stores and has now expanded into over 300 stores across the country.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

School picture day Friday at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary on Jacksonville’s Northside was thanks to the generosity of professional photographer Charles Sutton and two volunteers.

First Coast Connect: Business Isn't Just For Adults

Jun 1, 2016

The millennial generation has become part of a growing trend in teen entrepreneurship.

New Dinosaur Exhibit At Jacksonville's MOSH

May 26, 2016
Paleontologist Mike Triebold (left) and co-curator Angus Carroll (right) pose next to "Ava", a new dinosaur featured at their exhibit, Darwin & Dinosaurs.
Allie George

When paleontologist Mike Triebold unearthed part of a dinosaur shoulder blade in Montana three years ago, he had no idea that he had stumbled upon a new species.

“When we collected it, we at first thought it was what is known as an Avaceratops, which is a known but rare Ceratopsian,” he said. “After we were working on it for a while, and began really thoroughly preparing the bones and analyzing them and comparing them, we realized, ‘Wait a minute. This is not an Avaceratops. It’s a brand new species.’ ”

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Activists are demanding for a Jacksonville police officer who killed an unarmed man be charged with first-degree murder.

The New Black Panther Party and Kemetic Empire of Jacksonville rallied at City Hall Tuesday to protest the killing of Vernell Bing.

First Coast Connect: Stay-At-Home Dads Find Support

May 23, 2016

Husbands and fathers of the First Coast have become passionate about creating a community for stay at home dads.

Their hope  is to reach out to other stay-at-home dads who may be feeling isolated and would like support.


Public health consultant and LGBTQ activist Willy Wilkinson, and clinical counselor Deanna Lovino will be leading a free training workshop on providing equal Access for transgender and gender non-conforming populations.

The free cultural competency training will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Monday at the University of North Florida's Student Ballroom.


Barbeque hall of famer and PBS TV host Steven Raichlen authored a new cook book, "Project Smoke."  

In recent years, more attention has been paid to the use of deadly force by police officers towards unarmed civilians. Nick Selby, Ben Singleton, and Ed Flosi are the authors of “In context: Understanding Police Killings of Unarmed Civilians," which takes an in-depth look at the issue.

During Wednesday’s First Coast Connect, Selby talked about the book and answered questions surrounding police-involved shootings.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

A Jacksonville couple wants to open a lounge serving up sweet treats and sweet music in Springfield.

The Sweet Spot and Urban Lounge is a step closer to becoming a brick and mortar location after winning a national small-business contest — and now it’s in the running for a $25,000 grand prize.

During this election season, it can be easy to forget the real people behind the issues. Our occasional commentator Jay Solomon rips a story from the headlines in this edition of With All Due Respect on Wednesday's First Coast Connect.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Art therapy is an increasingly popular treatment option for those struggling with mental illness.

But for some patients, a perceived lack of artistic ability can keep them from exploring it.

One new Jacksonville nonprofit is hoping to change that.

Project: Cold Case


Duval County has more than 1,200 unsolved murders dating back to 1970, but no statewide data is available.

Now advocates from the Jacksonville group Project: Cold Case hope their online database will help find justice for forgotten victims.

Courtney Griffin was addicted to heroin and ready to get help. She packed up her things, and her mom drove her to a residential treatment facility about an hour from their home in New Hampshire. There was a bed waiting for her.

But unfortunately, that's not where her story ends. Ninety minutes after they arrived, Pamela Griffin said, her daughter was back in the waiting room, shaking her head. Their health insurance company declined to cover the treatment.