Amanda Brannon

WJCT NEWS INTERN SPRING 2019

Amanda Brannon is a senior at University of North Florida.

Originally from South East Florida she moved to Jacksonville to pursue a Bachelor degree in Multimedia Production.

Amanda has a passion for current events both domestic and international. 

Unrelated to work, Amanda loves finding any excuse to be outside and to spend time with her dogs.

She is excited to intern for WJCT.

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

For the first time since regaining the right to vote after Amendment 4 was passed last November, Jacksonville’s returning citizens have the opportunity to make their voices heard in Tuesday’s mayoral election, the race for sheriff, City Council races, and more.

Mayoral candidate Omega Allen
HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

Mayoral candidate Omega Allen is a Jacksonville native and businesswoman with a Ph.D. in public administration.

Mayoral candidate Omega Allen
HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

Mayoral candidate Omega Allen, who is running with no party affiliation, spoke about her plans for Jacksonville and answered listener's questions before the March 19 election.

Related: WJCT Voter’s Guide

Dentist Shortage

The Floridians for Access Coalition states that five million Floridians live in areas with a dentist shortage crisis.

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

Mayoral Candidate Jimmy Hill has been a part of the Jacksonville community and is now in politics in Jacksonville. He retired after 28 years from the Jacksonville fire department, previously served on the Atlantic City Council and he organized the Southeast U.S. Boat Show for 21 years.  

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

Mayoral Candidate Jimmy Hill joined us to discuss his plans for Jacksonville and what he plans to do in the days leading up to the March 19 election to earn voters' support.

The four candidates running for Jacksonville mayor appeared together on television Wednesday night in a debate. The debate featured Anna Brosche and Lenny Curry, Jimmy Hill and NPA candidate Omega Allen who debated everything from crime to public safety and the plans to sell JEA.

Ballentine picking lettuce
Nathan Ballentine via Instagram

You don’t need a farm to grow your own groceries.

Nathan Ballentine, a.k.a The Man in Overalls, a Jacksonville-based urban gardener, community organizer, and entrepreneur, teaches people how to grow gardens in small spaces.

Ballentine has more than 20 years’ experience in growing vegetables. He rolls his “GrowCart,” an old grocery cart, around Jacksonville to show that people in cities can grow their own groceries.

Florida House of Reprsentatives
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The state Legislature kicks off its session today in Tallahassee, with everything from spending on education and the environment to smoking medical marijuana on the table for debate. 

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

The city’s grim parade of gun violence and homicides has become an election issue this season, with both challengers to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Sheriff Mike Williams calling for change.

Heather Schatz / WJCT News

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams’ Democratic challenger Tony Cummings is a former JSO officer and Army officer. He says JSO needs to change course to reduce violent crime and rebuild the public’s trust.

The Frisch Family Holocaust Gallery

The Frisch Family Holocaust Gallery has just opened an exhibit called Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage from the Holocaust, focusing on the individuals who risked their lives to protect those persecuted during WWII.

Via discoverbooks.com

Bestselling author R.L. Stine is the headliner at this weekend’s third annual Jax Book Fest.

After six homicides in four days, some community leaders and lawmakers are saying it’s time to declare a state of emergency in the city of Jacksonville.

Senator Audrey Gibson and Representative Tracie Davis held a press conference Monday at a park in Northwest Jacksonville, where two people were killed in a quadruple shooting last Thursday.

WLRN

It was one year ago today that a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sparked a national youth protest movement to stop gun violence in America.

Nearly 1,200 American children and teenagers have been killed with guns in the past 12 months, a number that does not take into account the additional 900 to 1,000 youth gun suicides.

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