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Lakesha Burton; Daniel Kids; Restaurants Hiring; Author Dawnie Walton

JSO Assistant Chief Lakesha Burton poses for a selfie with area Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement in this file photo.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Assistant Chief Lakesha Burton joined us to discuss her plan to run for Jacksonville Sheriff in 2023

If she wins, she would be JSO's first female sheriff and the organization's second Black sheriff.  

Daniel’s Furnish their Future 

The oldest child welfare agency in Florida, Daniel Kids, recently announced a new fundraiser, “Furnish their Future.” CEO Lesley Wells joined us with details, and an update on their work.

Restaurants Having A Hard Time Finding Employees

Restaurant owners have a new problem. Now that diners are coming back, they’re having trouble finding workers to staff their eateries. Chef Richard Robinson from Pink Salt joined us to explain why.

'The Final Revival Of Opal And Nev'

Author Dawnie Walton grew up in Jacksonville. And she’s scored a smash with her debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev. She joined us with more on growing up here and her novel.

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Michael Gonzalez is joining WJCT News as a spring intern from Jacksonville University.