Burned-out House Deemed Unsafe, Demolished Today

HASTINGS, Fla. -- The burned-out, hundred-year-old house saw its last morning on Main Street in Hastings Monday.

Ronald Henderson drove up from Palm Coast to see it. He was born in the house in 1939.

"I'm just kind of reminiscing," Henderson said as he looked at the two-story burned wooden structure. "It brings back a lot of memories."

Henderson's grandmother owned the house, but he said she did not legally leave it to anyone. So when it burned last winter, no owner could be found.

After getting complaints from neighbors and after an unsuccessful search for the owner, St. Johns County eventually ordered it demolished.

Piece by piece, heavy equipment pulled the house apart as spraying water minimized the dust.


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Quinn Gray's Hearing Postponed Until Feb.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The next hearing for a St. Johns County housewife wrapped up in a high-profile kidnapping scheme won't be until February. 

Quinn Gray's attorney appeared in court this morning without his client; the case was expected to go to trial this month. She is charged with extortion.

Her husband reported her missing from their Ponte Vedra home during the Labor Day weekend, and she was found three days later in Orange Park.

Police at the time said her behavior was strange, but she was okay. She claimed to have been kidnapped.

After investigating, police decided the case was not a kidnapping at all, but a plot between Gray and her boyfriend to extort $50,000 from Gray's husband, so she was arrested.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Holds Last Free Boating Safety Class of 2010 on Nov 13

The Coast Guard Auxiliary in Green Cove Springs in concert with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office will hold its last FREE Boating Safety Class for 2010 on Saturday, November 13th from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at its base of operations off State Rd 16E in the Reynolds Industrial Center, 910 Roland Avenue.

This course satisfies Florida’s mandatory requirement that to operate a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or greater (including PWC’s), a person who was born on or after January 1, 1988, must have completed a boater education course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) or passed an approved equivalency exam. 

Those born before 1/1/1988 can also benefit from the valuable information imparted by the Auxiliary’s knowledgeable instructors. 

City Encourages Participation in "Teal Monday" Events, Offers Free Parking at Select Facilities

Mayor John Peyton has proclaimed Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 as “Teal Monday” in support of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Monday Night Football game against divisional rivals, the Tennessee Titans. To create a fun environment for all to enjoy, the Jaguars and others will host festivities at various locations throughout downtown. 

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Women Invited to St. Johns Town Center for a Night of Fashion and Fun

Grab the girls for a night of fashion, pampering, sweet treats, live entertainment, door prizes and much more! Ladies Night Out presented by St. Vincent’s Healthcare will take place on Thursday, October 14.

Christian Recording Artist Eva Pike To Record Music Video At Florida Baptist Children’s Homes

On Friday, October 15, 2010, up and coming Christian recording artist Eva Kroon Pike will be recording her music video “Grace That Chose Me” at Huguenot Park and also at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. Her video will feature adoptive families and also foster children living at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. 

“Grace That Chose Me” is a song about adoption. Eva has chosen adoption as her platform, since she herself was adopted at 10 weeks of age. The music video will also feature Eva with her adopted mother. She has chosen Florida Baptist Children’s Homes as her charity of choice.

Ten Baby Crocodiles Hatch on 10-10-2010

JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- A tiny saltwater crocodile burst out of its shell at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm today.

Its eyes wide opened and looked up at Jen Walkowich who held him in her hands. "I love to be here for all the babies hatching out. It's a great way to start the day," she said early this morning.

She's the reptile keeper at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, and she has waited for this day for three months.

One by one, the 10 baby saltwater crocodiles poked their noses through their eggshells and started hatching.

Walkowich and Reptile Curator Kevin Torregrosa helped them by peeling away some of the eggshell.

Torregrosa helps the hatchlings out of the shells because, "the eggs in the wild would naturally deteriorate because of the soil they're incubated in. We try to recreate that here, but we can't really do it. So because of that the eggs can be a little harder."