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Dad-Daughter Date Night Planned for Military Fathers

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- It might just be the break from texting and video games you crave as a father.

Girls Inc. of Jacksonville is inviting active duty military Dads to bring their daugters to a special Dad-Daughter dinner/date night.  The non-profit group is offering a discount on tickets for the October 1st event.

There will be a dinner and dancing for the Dad-Daughter teams.

Front Porch Kind of Day

Front Porch Kind of Day

Recently my husband and I were celebrating our 10 year anniversary and thought it would be fun to take our kids and our wedding photos down to St. Augustine where we got married to take some pictures in the style of Dear Photograph.  While walking through the city, we came across a gentleman who was sitting out on his front porch in his rocking chair.  It was a perfect day for such activity.  He was sitting out there with his cigarettes and his maps.  He asked my husband to come over to him.  More specifically he asked, "Excuse me, Sir.  Could you bring your kids over here?"  He definitely got our attention with that.

Governor Scott Gets to Work at NAS JAX

Governor Scott Gets to Work at NAS JAX

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott will hold his third "Let's Get to Work" day at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

The Governor's will be there from approximately 5:15 a.m. until 3:30 in Thursday afternoon.

We're told the Governor will begin the day by working at the gate.

Good Morning Jacksonville will join the Governor live starting at 5:45 a.m.

Family, Friends Remember Local Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Family, Friends Remember Local Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The family of Gil "Isai" Morales Del Valle, a local soldier killed in Afghanistan Wednesday, welcomed us into their home during this extremely difficult time to honor the memory of the brave soldier. His family and stepfather, Renes Perez, want you to know the man behind the uniform.

He told us Isai walked into his life when he was just 4 years old and gave him more than he could've asked for - he gave him a son.

Perez and Isai's mother married in Puerto Rico. The family moved to Jacksonville when Isai was 8 years old. The mother and father sat down with us and shared his memories, showing us photos and scrapbooks made by Isai as he was growing up.

His mother showed us the card from the last gift he sent her - a big box of chocolates for her birthday.

TODAY: Author Patti Callahan Henry at The BookMark

New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry will be at The BookMark to discuss and sign copies of her new book “Coming Up for Air” for a special afternoon event on Thursday, August 25 at 3 pm.

Mayor Creates Education Commissioner's Office

Mayor Creates Education Commissioner's Office

Mayor Alvin Brown issued an executive order naming the first Education Commissioner for the City of Jacksonville.

The office is designed to serve as a bridge between City Hall and Duval County Public Schools with a mission to increase graduation rates and better prepare Jacksonville’s youths for the 21st Century job market. The office will have no executive powers over the school system but will serve a crucial supportive function to raise private money and rally community support at a time the schools are facing cutbacks.

Sen. Bill Nelson to Visit Jacksonville and Discuss Ports

Sen. Bill Nelson to Visit Jacksonville and Discuss Ports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thirty five- hundred new jobs could be coming to Jacksonville.

Senator Bill Nelson will be in the river city tomorrow to review port improvements. He will also meet and discuss the Army Corps of Engineers' plan to get rid of the Mile Point navigational hazard.

Mile point is a section of the St. Johns River near Mayport. The area has dangerous currents. Large ships can only pass through in a four hour window twice a day.

Nelson says opening the channel could allow Jacksonville ports to expand domestic and international trade.

For more background on Senator Nelson's visit see this earlier story.