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Bill To Elect Duval's Superintendent; Mapping Our Past; Frank Thomas Festival; Area Events

Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville

A bill that would let voters decide on electing rather than appointing a superintendent for the Duval County Public Schools is generating controversy. 

The Florida House Local Administration Subcommittee met in Tallahassee Wednesday, approving Rep. Jason Fischer’s proposed House Bill 1079. But there's opposition to the bill in Jacksonville. Emily Bloch covers education for WJCT news partner The Florida Times-Union. She joined us to discuss the details.

Mapping Our Past

An event at the Main Library this Saturday, Jan. 25, called Mapping Our Past, will explore the role of maps in our city’s past, present and future. To give us a closer look we invited Chris Boivin to join us. He's the  Assistant Director of Community Relations and Marketing at the Jacksonville Public Library. Ted Sickley, Director of Cartographic Databases for National Geographic, also joined us in Studio 5.

Frank Thomas Festival

The Frank Thomas Festival is coming up this weekend in Keystone Heights. It’s named after singer/songwriter Frank Thomas, who was inducted a few years ago into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. Performer and spokesman Tom Shed was here to tell us more. This event is being paired with the established Heritage Festival taking place January 25 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park,  located at 6239 State Road 21 in Keystone Heights. The cost is $5 per vehicle, up to 8 people.

Jacksonville Events

Many events are happening here in Jacksonville this week. Matt Pittman of Main Events Jax joined us with his list:

Main Events Jax

Main Events Jax LIVE presents Dixie Motor Lodge and outdoor market in Historic Springfield, next to Main and Six Brewing Company, Thursday 6-9pm. The event is free.

Jacksonville Boat Show

Prime Osborn Convention Center Friday – Sunday, prices start at $12.

Jacksonville Giants vs. Baltimore Hawks

Veterans Memorial Arena, Saturday 7:30, prices start around $10.

Chinese New Year at MOCA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Saturday 11am to 5pm, the event is free.

Volstead Bartender’s Brawl

Volstead in downtown Jacksonville, Tuesday, the event is free.


Times-Union Center, March 17 – 29, prices start at $59, Tickets on sale starting Friday at 10am