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Voting security on the First Coast

Early voters wait in line in October 2020.
David Luckin
Early voters wait in line in October 2020.

As misinformation spreads, local election officials are intensifying initiatives to educate voters. Worries about the security of elections in the United States have never been more prevalent than they are leading up to the 2024 presidential elections.

Tuesday night, join WJCT for a public discussion aimed at elucidating how voting works, featuring Duval Elections Supervisor Jerry Holland.

If you are interested in attending the event, you can find more information here.


St. Benedict the Moor schoolhouse

Two nuns from the local convent, the Sisters of St. Joseph, are on a mission to restore the historic St. Benedict the Moor schoolhouse in St. Augustine. These nuns have a unique connection to the school, where, in the past, their fellow sisters were arrested for teaching Black children during segregation. This act of defiance occurred in 1916, breaking a state law that prohibited white people from teaching in Black schools.

If you want to find how you can help with this mission, contact Phyllis Croucher at


  • Jessica Clark, St. Augustine bureau reporter and anchor at First Coast News. 
  • Frank Castillo, chief financial officer at St. Joseph Neighborhood Center.
  • Sister Kathleen Carr, Sisters of St. Joseph.
  • Thomas “TJ” Jackson, a former student at St. Benedict the Moor School.

Lit Chat

In honor of Library Lovers Day, the Jacksonville Public Library is organizing a Lit Chat on Tuesday featuring the internationally bestselling author renowned for the captivating Jacksonville Rays series. Emily Rath, an author in the genres of romance and fantasy, joins us today to tell us about tomorrow’s event.

You can find more information here.

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.