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HelpFourPaws Announces Director of Social Media

HelpFourPaws Announces Director of Social Media

HelpFourPaws, a multi-modal animal transport rescue organization, announced Monday it has named a new Director of Social Media. Teresa Brabham has recently become the Director of Social Media. She is currently enrolled at Flagler College studying Communication with an interest in Public Relations and Advertising. Teresa is originally from Spring Hill, Florida which is located 35 minutes north of Tampa, where her parents and two dogs still live. She has a great interest in Not for Profit P.R. and is excited to work with HelpFourPaws Organization and their cause.

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Phyisicans at St. Vincent's Medical Center are warning people about the health effects of the smoke from recent wildfires.  Doctors say they are seeing a rise in the number of patients complaining about irritation from smoke.

Pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Szwed, who works at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says people exercising outdoors may feel the effects.

Local MS Scholarships Announcedby The National MS Society North Florida Chapter

Local MS Scholarships Announcedby The National MS Society North Florida Chapter

The National MS Society North Florida Chapter announces Grace Hoffman of Ponte Vedra and Joshua Dopson of Jacksonville as two of its 2011 scholarship recipients.

The annual MS Scholarship Program helps students affected by Multiple Sclerosis pursue a college or technical school education. The program is open to students living with MS, students with parents living with MS, and anyone living with MS that has not received a post-secondary education.

Civil Rights Activist Andrew Young Remembers Beating in St. Augustine

Civil Rights Activist Andrew Young Remembers Beating in St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A non-violent stand in the nation's oldest city may have changed the civil rights era in America.
    
Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young is returning to St. Augustine this weekend for a special honor.

Almost 50 years ago, Young and other activists were beaten as they attempted to march to the Plaza de la Constitucion.

It happened on June 9, 1964, just a month before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. Young believes the event in St. Augustine may have changed the course of history.

"It was St. Augustine that pulled all of the history of the civil rights struggle together," Young said. "And maybe just sort of put the icing on the cake."

But Young said he never intended to lead the march.

St. Augustine Prepares to Unveil Monument to Honor Civil Rights Icon

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Workers were back-filling dirt and blowing leaves off a new monument in the Plaza de la Constitucion on Wednesday.

The piece, to be unveiled Saturday, honors a little-known event in the Civil Rights movement, Andrew Young's crossing.

"450 years of history and only 47 years ago, we had one of the most profound histories that changed our nation, changed our culture," explained John Regan, St. Augustine city manager.

Young was leading a group of activists into the Plaza on June 9, 1964, when an opposing group stopped them and began to beat Young in the intersection of King Street and St. George Street.
That intersection will be re-named Saturday as "Andrew Young Crossing" in honor of his leadership that day. 

St. Johns County Remembers Judge Watson Memorial

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Johns County said good-bye to Judge Richard Watson today.

The St. Johns County Courthouse is named after him.

Judge Watson presided over some high-profile cases in St. Johns County.

He's remembered as being tough, fair, and having a sense of humor.

Watson died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer.

He was 78 years old.

Memorial Service Saturday for Retired Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Watson

Memorial Service Saturday for Retired Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Watson

St. Augustine, Fla.-- A memorial service will be held on Saturday for retired Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Watson, who died on Tuesday morning.

He was a native of St. Augustine and served as a circuit judge for the 7th Judicial Circuit from 1977 to 1996. 

Judge Watson was appointed to the bench in 1977 to replace Judge Howell Melton. He was twice elected by his fellow judges as the chief judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit, and he also served as the administrative judge for St. Johns County for approximately 20 years. He continued to serve as a senior circuit judge from 1996 to his death.

In 2008, the St. Johns County Courthouse was renamed in his honor. The memorial service will take place at the courthouse beginning at 9 a.m. 

Judge Watson is survived by his wife of 50 years, Peggy Pope Watson and three children.