"It is absolutely not true"; Goodwill defends name

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the past several years, around the holidays, an email surfaces and questions the quality of the program at Goodwill Industries and the level of salaries.

"Our mission is to employ people," said Tracy Collins.

Collins is Vice President of Public Affairs for Goodwill industries of North Florida.

"Eighty-eight cents of every dollar that is raised through donations and sold in thrift stores goes to our community," she said.

But if you did an internet search on Goodwill you may find an email critical of the nonprofit and how its money is spent.

"These emails have been circulating since 2005," said Collins.

It claims Goodwill's CEO makes $2.3 million a year, Collins says not true.

"The person mentioned in the email does not exist in the Goodwill industries,"she said,"secondly the CEO salary is nowhere near 2.3 million dollars."

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Foot Golf comes to Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Foot golf, a mixture of soccer and golf, has come to Jacksonville and is growing in popularity.

Glenn Connelly opened the course at Blue Cypress Golf Club on University Boulevard. It's 18 holes, outfitted specifically to handle soccer balls, built right into the 9 hole course.

"We don't take any more time than they do, so we play right along with them," Connelly said.

They started on December 8 and he says there have been no problems between the traditional and foot golfers.

"I didn't know how the older gentlemen would feel about it," said Kurt Johnson, a UNF student out playing with a couple friends. 

"It's something different, and a lot harder than it looks," he said.

It's a par 68 course, with par 3s, 4s and 5s. 

"We've taken two of the most beautiful sports in the world, golf and soccer, and married them," Connelly said.

Local high schools receive their new grades

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Nearly half of Florida's high schools are getting an A grade for the 2012-13 school year.

The grades released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Education show a slight increase in the number of A graded schools.

But the number of D and F rated schools also went up. There were eight high schools that received F grades as opposed to just three in 2012.

Duval Schools fall short in meeting class size

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County schools made progress this year, but once again fell short of complying with mandated class size limits.

According to a head count conducted in October and analyzed by the Florida Department of Education, nearly 900 Duval County students are impacted by overcrowding.

The Florida Department of Education reported in Duval 1,075 classrooms, out of 21,000, exceed the class limit size.

In Florida, voters approved a class size amendment which states a maximum of 18 kids per pre-k classroom through the third grade, 22 students per class in grades four through eight and 25 students in grades nine through 12.

Duval County School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says a year ago the district had 20% of classrooms out of compliance and now it is down to 5%. 

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Man shot in leg near Woodland Acres apartment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - One person was shot in the leg outside a Woodland Acres apartment complex.

Detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to reports of an aggravated battery in the 8200 block of Kona Avenue late Tuesday morning.

JSO Sgt. Terrence James said at least one man was shot during the incident. Another victim was unharmed.

James said the male victims are being uncooperative at this point in the investigation, police believe the pair was robbed.

The injured victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who has any information about the location or the identity of this suspect is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.

To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

House burglary affects mobile vet clinic clients

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Thieves broke into a home in Arlington and now the victims are community members on the First Coast. A vital item to the River City Community Animal Hospital was stolen.

River City Community Animal Hospital is coming up on its 10-year-anniversary in December. The nonprofit mobile vet clinic goes out into communities in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia three days a week, but last week it faced a major setback.

Hospital Administrator Stacey Chesser Davis was taking the mobile clinic in for repairs and left all of the business valuables in her home.

"The perpetrators broken into my home, they kicked the door in, they locked poor Henry (Davis' dog) into the cat room and stole my laptops, my electronics and my jewelry," said Davis.

3 people killed in plane crash on Southside

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three people are dead after a small plane crashed into a retention pond in the Sutton Lakes subdivision on Sunday.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Michael Huber, 60, Tess Huber, 20 and Abigail Huber, 17, were killed in the plane crash. The victims are from Port St. Lucie.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the CESSNA 310 model plane flew out of Fort Piece and JSO says it was heading to Craig Airport but
crashed around 6:20 Sunday evening.

Local resident David Denais recorded video of the plane in the water. He says after seeing numerous emergency vehicles, he followed officials to the crash site.