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Weekly humor columnist for the St. Augustine Record Brian Thompson won second place in the Society of Newspaper Columnists’ 2016 column contest with his piece, “A True Disney dream come true.”

Thompson discusses where his inspiration came from for his award-winning piece and his passion for humor writing on Wednesday’s First Coast Connect.

Vince Kong / WJCT

In our series on poverty and housing, Chasing the Dream, we’re hearing from Jacksonville residents struggling to keep decent roofs over their heads.

This segment explores how living in public housing comes with rules and the constant threat of eviction for breaking them.

For low-income families, it can be frustrating finding a decent, affordable place to live. 

The Jacksonville Housing Authority works with the federal government to try to give people roofs over their heads — but thousands more people need homes than the agency can provide.

A 12-year-old Jacksonville girl is setting her sights on space.

Taylor Richardson hopes to be the first African American woman to set foot on Mars.

Richardson spoke about her mission on Monday’s First Coast Connect.

Jacksonville Jaycees

One of the 49 people who died in the June 12 attack on Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub was a member of the Jacksonville Jaycees.

The organization will honor the memory of Darryl “DJ” Burt II with a memorial fundraiser Sunday in Riverside.

Jaycees Vice President Racquel Wood said the goal is to raise $10,000, some of which will go to Burt’s family.

“To help them cover unexpected expenses like travelling," she said. "And we’re doing a memorial for him here in Jacksonville at Willow Branch Park. So that will cover the bench, getting the plaque, installing it.”


A group of 60 Jacksonville teens are graduating today from a program celebrating their differences.

The University of North Florida’s OneJax Institute holds the summer program called Metrotown, which exposes students to different perspectives. 

Naw-am Daniels

A Jacksonville girl needs a bone marrow transplant to give her a fighting chance against cancer, her mom said.

But the hardest part isn’t the transplant procedure, it’s finding a donor.

Are you a newshound? Creative? A public media lover?

As our “First Coast Connect” talk show producer, you’ll get to help drive important — sometimes difficult — conversations on WJCT's flagship, daily call-in show. Since its founding seven years ago, “First Coast Connect” and host Melissa Ross have been voted audience favorites in local polls nearly every year and have racked up national awards recognizing the quality of the show.

This job might be for you if:

Allie George

Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods released his first book Tuesday, “Lassoing in the Sun”, which describes his year-long journey visiting America’s National Parks.

The Bookmark, 220 1st St, Neptune Beach, will be hosting a book signing Tuesday night, at 7:00 pm.

Faith Matters: The Religious Minority Experience In Jacksonville

Jun 9, 2016

Jacksonville is seen as a religiously diverse city with many faiths represented. However, Christianity accounts for 94.4 percent of the religiously identified population.

What is it like for those in the other 5.6 percent?

On this edition of Faith Matters, hosts Kyle Reese and Nancy Broner explore what it means to be in the religious minority in Jacksonville, and hear from health care and military professionals about serving populations of multiple faiths.

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.’ ”