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St. Johns County Announces 2010 Employee of the Year

St. Johns County held its annual Employee Service Awards Ceremony today, at which Benjamin Coney was honored as the St. Johns County Employee of the Year. Coney works as the Assistant Director with St. Johns County Housing and Community Services and was selected from a highly talented and deserving group of nominees for this special award. The award is presented to the employee who, through nomination, has demonstrated public service excellence and made exemplary organizational contributions throughout the year. Ben’s commitment to community revitalization, leadership and volunteer work throughout the county were just a few of the qualities that set him apart.

2010 Firefighter and Paramedic of the Year

2010 Firefighter and Paramedic of the Year

St. Johns County Fire Rescue (SJCFR) is pleased to announce the following two fire rescue personnel as the 2010 Firefighter and Paramedic of the year.  They were both selected based on nominations received from their peers, with the final decision being made by a department appointed awards committee.

St. Johns County Veterans Office Wins State Award

St. Johns County Veterans Office Wins State Award

The St. Johns County Veterans Service Office has received recognition from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Department of Florida for being named the State Service Office of the Year for 2010. Kenneth Thie, Director of the Florida Veterans of Foreign Wars, presented the award to the staff of the St. Johns County Veterans Service Office during the County Commission meeting Tuesday.

Richard Willich Joins Tony Steward as VIP Honoree at U.S. Army All-American Tour Event

Richard Willich Joins Tony Steward as VIP Honoree at U.S. Army All-American Tour Event

MDI founder and Chairman, Richard Willich, was invited to a ceremony and pep rally held in honor of star high school football player, Tony Steward’s selection as a U.S. Army All-American. Steward invited Willich to attend the selection celebration as his VIP guest, honoring Willich for his military service and support of youth and high school sports in the area.

"Dancing With The Stars" Julianne Hough Holds Benefit Concert for Children’s Miracle Network

99.9 Gator Country presents a benefit concert for Children’s Miracle Network featuring Mercury Records Nashville artists Julianne Hough and Randy Montana on Friday, December 17th at Mavericks at the Jacksonville Landing. Tickets are just $10 at the door and proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

St. Augustine's Elissa Schee Featured in the U.S. Department of Transportation's New Video Series

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today launched “Faces of Distracted Driving,” an online video series exploring the tragic consequences of texting and cell phone use while driving.  The series features people from across the country, including St. Augustine’s Elissa Schee, who have been injured or lost loved ones in distracted driving crashes.  In 2009, nearly 5,500 people died and half a million were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver.

WATCH: “Faces of Distracted Driving” – www.distraction.gov/faces 

Flagler College Senior Wins 2010 St. Augustine Amateur in Comeback Fashion

Chris Bray, a senior at Flagler College, won the 2010 St. Augustine Amateur at St. Johns Golf Club with a final round 68 for a total of 206. Bray started the final round in 2nd place, 2 shots behind 36-hole leader Chris Kennedy.  Kennedy stretched his lead to four strokes before Bray turned the tide with birdies on #13 and #15 on his way to a back-nine 33.