St. Johns County Schools Welcome Fewer Restrictions With Amendment 8

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. --  When there are more than 18 students in a classroom at Ketterlinus Elementary in St. Augustine, two teachers will team up in the room.

State guidelines allow 18 students per teacher in elementary schools, 22 in middle schools.  

St. Johns Superintendent Joseph Joyner says the constant balancing act from those hard class size caps has been a burden on school districts.

"All of the decisions and I would call those unintended consequences, have not been necessarily good for kids.  So our first objection is on an instructional, student level," said Joyner.

He says he would welcome new flexibility offered by Amendment 8, which is on the ballot November 2nd.

"I think smaller classes are good but I don't think teachers like children moved out of their classroom after they've formed relationships," said Joyner.

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Animal Emergency Hospital of St. Johns Open House Oct. 9

Animal Emergency Hospital of St. Johns is having an open house on Oct 9th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Pony rides, silent auctions, give a ways, food, pet information, vaccines etc etc.

All proceeds go to the St. Augustine Hhumane Society. 2505 Old Moultrie Rd. St. Aug.

High Tide Shows Reason for King Street Drainage Project

An update from a story we first brought you last month on the potential solution to flooding on King Street...during high tide this morning, with no rain for days, water crept onto the road.  These pictures were sent in this morning.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- With a heavy rain and a high tide, the intersection of King Street and Malaga Street in St. Augustine often floods. Sometimes King Street is blocked off when it floods and that can hurt businesses along the road.

At Magrieta's Quilt Shop on King Street, water even slips into the building.

"When it rains hard, we have water all around the shop and then we all panic because every time we have water coming close to the building," owner Magrieta Hanekom said. "Then we need to lift the merchandise off the floor."

Little Gator Bowl Pop Warner Youth Championships Oct 31

October 31, 2010, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at EverBank Field. Admission is free.

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Jinglebells ProAm December 7th, 2010

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children is hosting its annual Jinglebells ProAm golf tournament
on Tuesday, December 7th, at The Golf Club at South Hampton in St. Augustine.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Employees Get Extra $1,000

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The men and women of the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office received something that many people haven't seen in years, a $1,000 bonus. 

It was Sheriff David Shoar's decision. 

Sgt. Chuck Mulligan, a spokesman for the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said there was some extra money in the personnel fund because staff had found ways to scrimp and save over the year.

"At the end of the fiscal cycle, [the financial staff] had been so lean with our budget, there was some money left over at the end of the budget cycle," Mulligan said. 

St. Johns County Sheriff's employees have not received pay raises in two years and probably won't for another two years.  Also, empty positions from retirements and departures have not been filled.

From office personnel to deputies on the street, everybody who works for the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office received that extra $1,000.

Fiery SUV Crash Sends One to Hospital

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A fiery SUV on its side in the woods...that was the scene on Interstate 95 near the rest stop in southern St. Johns County Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Betina Worley, 46, was headed south when her driver's side tire separated, throwing her Ford Explorer off the roadway.

Worley's vehicle rolled onto the shoulder and into the woods before finally stopping on its left side.  At some point after that, troopers said her truck caught fire.

The Hastings, Fla., native was able to get out of the vehicle before it burst into flames, and witnesses said she her arm was burnt.

St. Johns County Fire and Rescue transported Worley to Flagler Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.