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Teacher of the week: Tammy Gayle


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Your family is often your biggest support system, but would would guess an in-law would nominate our Teacher of the Week!

Third grade teacher Tammy Gayle was overwhelmed when we told her who helped make her teacher of the week.

It was her own daughter-in-law who often helps out in Gayle's classroom at Spring Park Elementary School, and says Gayle's free spirit and loving personality make her the best teacher ever.

Gayle says the kids inspire her unique teaching style which sometimes means classes in the hallways, or even outside!

DCPS Workers Raking in Thousands in Overtime

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local high school athletes Kaitlyn Hamby and Alana Hall live for lacrosse. That's why they could not believe when Duval County Public Schools cut funding for their sport. "I love lacrosse with my whole heart," said Hall.

It wasn't just lacrosse, the district cut numerous sports, music and arts programs. These students knew they had to do something to save their sport. Last summer they started fundraising. "We had a benefit dinner, where we had a silent auction," said high school junior Hamby.

Last year, the district cut nearly $4 million from school programs. Art, music and physical education programs took a $3 million cut, while athletic supplements took a cut of $932,000.

"I was upset, I was very upset because lacrosse is something I need to get into college," added Hamby.

Mysterious Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Missing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Police are investigating mysterious circumstances after a crash in San Marco.

Jacksonville Traffic Homicide Investigators were called out to the 2000 block of Olevia Street around midnight. That's just off of Philips Highway.

According to police two people were in the vehicle when it crashed into a utility pole. They believe the driver fled on foot.

The passenger was taken to Shands Jacksonville, where he died.

Officials at Shands notified police saying they believed the victim's injuries were not caused from the crash but from something else.

Duval Schools Use Discretion in Marijuana Offenses

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  -- A first time offender, if caught with marijuana in Duval County schools likely will lead in discipline, but will not involve a student facing legal consequences.

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The legislature three years ago passed legislation that became law and does not require school districts to report petty acts of misconduct and misdemeanors to police.

Sen. Stephen Wise from Jacksonville sponsored that legislation designed not to bog down law enforcement with minor incidents that happen at schools that give students an arrest record.

A Pea To An Egg in Six Weeks?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville woman found out that breast cancers can grow fast. Really fast. Her lump went from a pea-size to the size of an egg in six weeks.

Good thing she was checking and doing self exams.  Terri Baldin has been doing Buddy Check faithfully. "Buddy Check saved my life," she says.

Terri says she was in the shower checking and felt a small lump like a pea.  That's a typical way women find breast cancer. The lump is usually hard or at least firm.

Terri says she was "shocked" when she was diagnosed, but now she has the date of her diagnosis in a tattoo on her neck.

Why? It's a way to celebrate her victory over a major battle.

"I beat cancer," she said. "Cancer didn't beat me."

Terri deserves a little treat now.  Kimberly Clarke Salon in San Marco invited Terri for a free make-over day. Now her natural red hair has some gloss and glow, her make-up "pops," and Terri is feeling pampered.

Clean Out Those Cabinets: Stamp Out Hunger is Saturday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Check your mailbox!  The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is Saturday and letter carriers have been dropping off donation bags at homes all over the First Coast this week.  

This is the 20th year of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive.  

The donation drive is designed to make giving easy.  All people have to do is put some non-perishable food in a bag and leave it by their mailboxes Saturday.  Postal workers will take the donations and transport them to Second Harvest of North Florida.  

Doctors Use Eco-friendly Technology to Ablate AFIB

Doctors Use Eco-friendly Technology to Ablate AFIB

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Richard McCoy, 66, has always enjoyed an active lifestyle between tending to his greenhouse, working full time and playing with his three grandchildren. When all of this was compromised by a heart condition, McCoy’s doctors turned to Soundstar®eco technology to help fix his ticker.