High School Basketball Roundup

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The ladies took center stage on Monday night. The Ribault Trojans defeated the Sandalwood Saints, 65-15 in girls varsity basketball.

In other hoops action, the Orange Park Raiders defeated the Jackson Tigers, 52-37.

Click on the link below to watch highlights from both games.

First Coast Economy Up Slightly

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tiffany's is the newest store at the St. Johns Town Center. The manager of the high-end shop said it opened the new location due to demand, but shoppers say they are still watching their wallets.

Carlos Perez, a shopper at the St. Johns Town Center, said he's better off financially this year compared to last.  Although he said he plans to spend more money on Christmas gifts this year, he's still conscious of his spending.

"By the look of the shopping center, it looks like people have plenty of money," said Perez.

Locally, economists say the latest numbers show the economic indicator is up compared to last year, but only slightly.  It is up under one percent.

At the St. Johns Town Center, businesses have continued to open.  Three restaurants -- Zaxby's, Pollo Tropical and Libretto's Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen -- have opened in the past few weeks.

City Fixing Blocks in Landing Roundabout - Again

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It is a centerpiece on Laura Street, a roundabout made of Belgian blocks that gives motorists a very bumpy ride. Jacksonville's Public Works Director Joey Duncan said that it is designed for that purpose.

"It is a traffic calming defect that is the design here; you want to slow people down," said Duncan.

But now the city is taking a second look at the design. The engineering department discovered that the sand between the blocks is washing out.

"We started noticing sand in the storm drain. We realized immediately something was not working right," he said.

It is a $2.7 million project. So what happened?

"They were put in to the specifications; it called for grouting just like you do pavers," said Duncan.

Duncan said the rains and heavy vibration from the vehicles caused the blocks to loosen.

"They are going to have to redo the entire roundabout," said Duncan.

Jacksonville Country Day School Donates Books to BOOKS-A-GO GO

The youngest students at Jacksonville Country Day School are learning early that the holiday season is not all about receiving gifts. Preprimary students and their families are donating age appropriate books for BOOKS-A-GO GO, a local organization that collects new and gently used children's books for youngsters in low-income families.

Companies Giving More Holiday Parties and Perks This Year

Companies Giving More Holiday Parties and Perks This Year

The economic scrooge may be loosening its grip on holiday cheer in the office as employers indicate their intent to offer more holiday perks (bonuses, parties, gifts) than last year. The nationwide CareerBuilder survey was conducted between August 17 and September 2, 2010 and included more than 3,600 workers and more than 2,600 employers.

Duval County Increases 2010 High School Grades

Today, the Florida Department of Education released the 2010 High School grades. 84 percent of Duval County’s public high schools have maintained or improved a letter grade, while three schools declined a letter grade.

"Our high schools are embracing strategies to ensure that every student is college ready, and it is paying off," said Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals. "These results are proof that our students, teachers, principals and staff are working hard so that all students achieve academic success."

Update: Fire Saturday in St. Johns County

Update: Fire Saturday in St. Johns County

St. Johns County Fire Rescue (SJCFR) responded to a residential structure fire early Saturday morning in the 4500 block of Alvin Street which is located in Flagler Estates.  Upon arrival on scene crews found a single wide mobile home with heavy smoke and flames showing from the structure and a nearby detached shed.  Firefighters were informed that the structure was vacant.  Firefighters extinguished the fire without incident containing the damage to two rooms within the structure.  Damages are estimated at $15,000.