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JSO Employees Donate 1,700 Pounds of Pet Food to Animal Care and Protective Services

JSO Employees Donate 1,700 Pounds of Pet Food to Animal Care and Protective Services

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office employees this week donated approximately 600 pounds of dog and cat food and treats to the city’s Animal Care & Protective Services’ Pet Meals on Wheels program. The food will be distributed to senior pet owners who participate in the Meals on Wheels program and may have trouble affording pet food.

“Many times, these seniors are sharing their Meals on Wheels food deliveries with their cats or dogs,” said Christine Parker, community relations supervisor for ACPS. “This helps them to keep their beloved pets – and themselves – nourished.”

The food was collected during a month-long pet food drive at JSO locations across the city. The food drive, spearheaded by Officer Tanya Nelson, took place in March.

Brunet-García Decorated at Regional ADDY Awards

Brunet-García Advertising's creative team was honored at the 2011 American Advertising Federation’s 4th District ADDY Awards with two Best of Category awards, three Gold ADDYs and 15 Silver ADDYs at the event held recently in Miami.  The competition, which honors excellence in advertising, is the second step of a three-step journey, taking winning entries from the local level to the national level.

Brunet-García was the only local agency and one of only three agencies in the district to win two Best of Category awards, joining Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group and SapientNitro. Brunet-García's Players by the Sea Poster Series won Best of Advertising for the Arts and Sciences and the agency’s Block x Block Illustrations won Best of Elements of Advertising.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown Sued for Unpaid Services

Congresswoman Corrine Brown Sued for Unpaid Services

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Congresswoman Corrine Brown raised more than $1 million for her 2010 re-election campaign but one agency says she short-changed them.

"Corinne Brown and her campaign committees owe our clients, who raised over half a million dollars for her, approximately $44 thousand," said Martin Lobel, the attorney representing Berger Hirschberg Strategies, a major Democratic fundraising firm.

Both parties agree, the fundraising firm began working for Brown when she was thinking of running for Senate in 2009.

They entered into a contract in July 2009.

Corrine Brown, her Chief of Staff, and Friends of Corrine Brown are now being told to pay up for underpaid and unpaid fees to the tune of $44,495.

"Congresswoman Brown is not obligated to the defendants as they claim," said Brown's attorney, Frederick Cooke, Jr.

FCN Investigates: Still No Answers as Peyton Questioned about Workers' Compensation Probe

FCN Investigates: Still No Answers as Peyton Questioned about Workers' Compensation Probe

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A decorated firefighter, Rusty Butler spent more than two decades running into burning buildings for the city of Jacksonville.

In 1996, he had to retire. He was diagnosed with heart disease and high blood pressure.

He retired qualifying for Florida's Heart/Lung bill, which mandates that police and firefighters' medical bills related to heart disease and high blood pressure be paid for because the conditions are presumed connected with their jobs.

For seven years, Butler said he had no problems getting heart-related medical bills paid, but something changed in 2003:

The city stopped paying and started denying.

Gymnast Kerri Strug To Visit Jacksonville

Gymnast Kerri Strug To Visit Jacksonville

Kerri Strug, 1996 Olympic team gold-medalist, will be in Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 18-19, to promote the 2011 AT&T American Cup, an International Gymnastics Federation World Cup event that will be held March 5 at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

"Dancing With The Stars" Julianne Hough Holds Benefit Concert for Children’s Miracle Network

99.9 Gator Country presents a benefit concert for Children’s Miracle Network featuring Mercury Records Nashville artists Julianne Hough and Randy Montana on Friday, December 17th at Mavericks at the Jacksonville Landing. Tickets are just $10 at the door and proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

Diebenow Appointed to the JTA Board

Steven Diebenow has been appointed to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s board of directors by Mayor John Peyton. Diebenow will replace Donald P. Hinson who served since 2002, eight years.