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St. Augustine man cancels sailing record bid

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- He has to "abandon this dream."

That's how Stanley Paris put it.

The St. Augustine man, who was attempting to sail around the world alone in record time, is calling off the attempt, according to his latest blog post.

Damage to his sailboat -- the Kiwi Spirit -- is too severe, Paris said.

Boy finds meth lab remnants bringing in trash

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL. -- Neighbors in one St. Johns County community say they have noticed suspicious activity in the area over the past four months.

Cowboy shooting competition in St. Augustine

SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The Single Action Shooting Society is hosting it's Florida state championships at the Ancient City Shooting Range just off SR-16 and I-95 this weekend.

The Seige at St. Augustine has shooting matches all day Friday and Saturday.

Part of the fun of the event is that all the competitors dress in full cowboy costumes, and compete under the own cowboy names.

They shoot on different "stages" all set up to look like different scenes from the old west. More than 300 shooters from across the country are here for the event.

You can click here for their website, and for more information.

St. Augustine Guardsmen head to Guantanamo Bay

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The deployment ceremony will be held for members of the Florida Army National Guard's 107th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment January 10 at 11 a.m.

MPAD will deploy to Guantanamo Bay in support of Operation Enduring Freedom for a nine-month mission. The ceremony will include family, friends, dignitaries and military leaders from the Florida National Guard.

The event will take place at the Mark Lance National Guard Armory located at 190 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine.

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Cold nights and only 1 homeless shelter in St. Johns

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Matt Dimon is homeless. Right now, he lives and works at the St. Francis House homeless shelter in St. Augustine.

He knows what it's like to be cold on the streets.

"The elements are the worst ... the cold, even the heat in the summer time. Most people don't have a clue what it's like," Dimon noted.

The St. Francis House is the only emergency homeless shelter in St. Johns County.

And the past two nights, "We had more people than we had beds, even in our overflow," Executive Director Judy Dembowski explained.

She told her staff Tuesday night not to turn away anyone. "I said, 'If people have to sit up, have people sit up. Squeeze them in. It's going to be cold out there and there aren't any other indoor options tonight."

Couple escaped early morning house fire, cat died

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A fire ripped through a home which belongs to man and his wife around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

It happened at a house in the 1500 block of Lightsey Road in St. Augustine.

James Little with the State Fire Marshal's office said the husband went to bed around 12:30 a.m. and the smoke detector went off around 4:30 a.m. The wife was at work at the time of the fire.

The husband was able to get out of the house but the couple's cat died. The woman said that the cat was "irreplaceable."

The couple will stay in a hotel for the time being.

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal's office have some theories about the cause but will not release them yet.

St. Augustine welcomes long-awaited detox center

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Starting this month, St. Johns County will shed its dubious distinction as Florida's largest county without a drug and alcohol detox facility.

On Wednesday, January 22 EPIC Recovery Center will host a grand opening of a 16-bed facility to treat drug and alcohol dependent patients in crisis. The detox center, located on US 1 South, will operate 24/7 with 12 detoxification beds and four residential treatment beds, and will consist of a team of nurses, trained substance abuse professionals and doctors.

According to Patti Greenough, EPIC CEO, "the mental clarity, emotional stability, and improved physical condition provided by a drug and alcohol detox will allow for more active participation in the daily requirements of a client's rehabilitation program."