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3/19/2018: Trump Club; Medic; Avant Events; Cole Pepper

Monday on First Coast Connect with guest host Jessica Palombo we heard about the upcoming inaugural Duval County Trump Club meeting. Club President Jim Davis and Duval County GOP Chair Karyn Morton (01:20) joined us.

We heard about the local company, Medic, that features vending machines for pharmacy products with cofounder Garlene Atcherson (28:40).

Keith Marks, a local artist and the founder of Avant Music, told us about two upcoming events he is involved in (38:40).

Sports analysts Cole Pepper talked about a wild weekend of March Madness and Jaguars free agency (46:00).  

Trump Club

The 2020 election is still well over two years away, but supporters of President Donald Trump are wasting no time getting ready for what could be a close re-election race.

Trump Clubs are places where the president’s supporters get together to start building momentum. Duval’s Trump Club will be holding its inaugural meeting this Saturday.


Have you ever had a headache and just needed a couple of aspirin? Or maybe you went to the gym and forgot your headphones, or a hair band, maybe?

A Jacksonville company that was started two years ago is offering vending machines with these types of items. Three local pharmacists started the company called Medic and the machines are available at several locations in Jacksonville.

Avant Events

Avant is launching a quarterly film series at Sun-Ray Cinema beginning at 7:00 p.m. on March 21. It starts with the reissue of the Monterey Pop Festival documentary, celebrating 50 years since the festival happened. Every quarter another music related movie will be screened..

Avant is also hosting an educational program during the April 4 downtown Art Walk in the downtown library. It'll be a program focusing on hip-hop with Paten Locke and Willie Evans, Jr.

Cole Pepper

It was a wild weekend of “March Madness.” For the first time a 16 seed beat a number one seed at the University of Maryland. Baltimore County knocked off overall #1 seed Virginia. Florida State is in the Sweet 16 after beating Xavier on Sunday.

The Jaguars made a good haul in free agency and Tiger Woods didn’t win but performed well for the second week in a row, this time at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and finished fifth. Rory McIIory got the win.   

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.