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    Shortage of Staff in St. Johns County Schools

    St. Johns County School District is feeling major effects of the nation-wide shortage of school staff and teachers. There are nearly 300 jobs in schools that are vacant, and the administration is desperate to have these jobs filled. There is an overload of work that is being pressed onto all the teachers who say that workload is the second biggest concern heard about behind pay, according to Michelle Dillon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and staffing shortages, the pressure being put on our teachers is at an all-time high. The number of students in St. Johns County has been increasing exponentially and will continue to do so for years to…

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    Random Student Checks at Fletcher High School

    Recently a new policy has been installed at Fletcher High, a Duval county school. This plan includes random checks of students as they enter campus starting next week. The reason for this increase in searches is to ensure the safety of students and staff. Fletcher’s principal, James Ledford, was interviewed regarding the decision for this new rule. Ledford claims the reasoning for the increase in security is to make sure the school is “free from prohibited items, especially any type of weapons.” Extra precautions are never a bad thing when the safety of students and staff members are at risk. Ledford emphasizes the importance of this issue through disciplinary consequences…

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    Jaguars Headed Towards a Losing Record

    The Jacksonville Jaguars are headed towards the charts, just not for the best reason. The Jaguars have not won a game in 392 days, holding a losing streak of twenty consecutive losses. They are only seven losses away from becoming the next crowned losing team of the league, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently hold the longest NFL losing streak of 26 games. The team’s last win was the Indianapolis 2020 season opener with a score of 27-20. They have had a tough few seasons, but were hoping to pull through this year with the help of Trevor Lawrence. Nevertheless, their significant number of losses disappointed many fans and yesterday’s…

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    Florida Tourism Is Back!

    As the world starts to open back up after the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida’s tourism economy is slowly coming back at full force. This increase in tourists is mainly due to the advertising Florida received last year. While the less restrictive pandemic policies allowed for more domestic travel, Visit Florida, the state’s official marketing corporation, also had a big impact on tourism. President and CEO Dana Young emphasized their strategy of marketing the state as the only tourist destination without COVID stipulations. “I think Florida does offer tremendous freedom in many ways and people saw that, and that is reflected in the six percent increase that we saw in visitation over 2019,”…

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    First Lady Casey DeSantis Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

    The governor of Florida’s wife, Casey DeSantis, was diagnosed with breast cancer this week. The First Lady is a mother to three children, and has made efforts to solve the mental health crisis among Florida students. Just two years ago, she visited Nease High School to spread awareness about her “Hope for Healing Florida” campaign, and met with students, faculty, and other leaders in the community. Many women across Florida are proud that Mrs. DeSantis went public with her diagnosis, sharing the belief that it might raise awareness for screenings and mammograms. For more information, visit the links below. By: Sophia Yarashas Sources: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ron-desantis-wife-casey-breast-cancer/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/05/casey-desantis-florida-governor-wife-breast-cancer/ https://www.news4jax.com/news/florida/2021/10/04/governors-wife-casey-desantis-diagnosed-with-breast-cancer/

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    Florida Misses Deadline for 2.3 Billion in School Aid

    Florida is the only state that has not applied for $2.3 billion in aid for schools. A letter from the U.S Department of Education was sent to Florida’s Education Department informing them that they had missed the deadline to release the funds. The $2.3 billion is a part of the remaining money from the American Rescue Plan funds. The state needed to submit a plan in June to receive the money. After the June deadline was missed Florida was given two extensions and missed those as well. When asked about the plans to apply for the money Gov. DeSantis’ administration has said it doesn’t need the money and does not…

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    City Council Members Favoring the Removal of A Confederate Statue

    Three members of the City Council have announced their support behind the removal of the confederate statue in Springfield Park. The monument, also known as the Women of the Southern Confederacy monument, would cost around one million dollars to remove, not including preservation and storage. The conversation of removing this statue was brought up back in June of 2020, when Mayor Lenny Curry announced all confederate statues and landmarks were to be removed. This movement of ridding our society of these confederate monuments has changed the city, since the park itself that this monument is in, changed its name from Confederacy Park to Springfield Park.  Once it was realized that…

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    Jacksonville Suspends Recycling Services

    Due to a labor shortage, the City of Jacksonville has announced that curbside recycling pickup services will be temporarily suspended. The purpose of this suspension is to allocate available resources to yard waste collection, which has been behind schedule since August. The suspension starts Monday, October 4th and does not have a set end date. During this time waste put out on curbs in recycling bins will be collected as garbage. People that wish to have their recyclables properly disposed of may visit one of the 14 recycling drop-off sites throughout Jacksonville that are open Monday-Sunday from sunrise to sunset.  By: Mary Vega More Information: https://www.jacksonville.com/story/news/local/2021/09/27/curry-curbside-recycling-pickup-stopping-oct-4-handle-yard-waste/5881623001/ https://www.coj.net/welcome/news/city-announces-temporary-suspension-of-recycling-c https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/jacksonville-recycling-pickup-suspension-begins-monday-focus-on-yard-waste/77-efeba231-4678-445c-9e20-f559de773c17#:~:text=%E2%80%94%20Beginning%20Monday%2C%20the%20City%20of,in%20more%20than%20a%20month. Photo credit:…

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    Fall Activities

    Jacksonville will be hosting a number of entertaining and festive fall events this year. Now that the fall season is upon us, here are some ideas for what to do. The first and most obvious fall activity is going to a pumpkin patch. There are numerous locations around the city that host these, some of which including Southside Methodist Church and Celestial Farms. These are always fun locations to pick out pumpkins to carve for Halloween and to take pictures with friends.  There are also several scary events for those who enjoy a thrilling sensation. Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Orlando is the stereotypical example of this, but there is…

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    Halloween Horror Nights

    As fall approaches us and the cold emerges this brings in the fun and scary holiday known as Halloween.  What better way to spend Halloween than going to Halloween horror nights at Universal Studios. This event host’s many haunted houses, scary creatures, and crazy foods. If you want to get a taste of some of this action, then you better order a ticket before this spooky event is over. The event is set to start September 3rd – October 31st. The scary setting is set to start around 6:30 p/m and goes until 1 to 2 a/m and runs an hour later when October hits. Ticket pricing is $71 for…