Baseball field for special needs children needs repair


JULINGTON CREEK, Fla. — It's something that special needs parents at Field of Dreams don't take for granted – seeing their child's smile as they put on a baseball uniform and cheering them on as they round the bases. However, this may be the last season.

More than 140 special needs children are playing ball for a fifth season thanks to Field of Dreams and a unique ball field at Aberdeen Park.
It allows children in wheelchairs, on crutches or with vision or mobility problems take part in American's favorite pastime.

'Partridge Family' star Dave Madden dies

Dave Madden, who played constantly-agitated band manager Reuben Kincaid on 1970s TV show The Partridge Family, has died, reports TMZ.

He was 82.

TMZ says the actor died of congestive heart and kidney failure Thursday morning after a long illness. He lived in Fruit Cove, Fla. with his wife.

Madden, who was born in Canada, started his career in stand-up comedy. He went on to appear on TV shows including Laugh-In, Love American Style, Happy Days, Starsky & Hutch and Love, American Style. He had a recurring role as a customer in Mel's Diner on Alice.

In 2009, he published a memoir, Reuben on Wry: The Memoirs of Dave Madden.

Get a free, sober ride home tonight

JACKSONVILLE, FLA-- We want you to get the new year started off safely so put this number in your phone, 885-286-9246.

855-286-9246 is the phone number to AAA's Tow-To-Go program.  You don't have to be a AAA member to use the service, it just gets you a safe, free ride home and saves you from driving intoxicated.

"New Year's Eve is the busiest night of the year for the Tow to Go program because so many motorists seem to be more inclined to use a designated driver but don't always have someone willing to be one in their own party during the biggest celebration of the year," said Gerry Gutowski, Sr. Vice President, Automotive Services, AAA–The Auto Club Group. "We prepare our call center teams and tow truck service providers for weeks in advance, so we can manage the increased call volume that's typical of this time of year."

Bartram Trail hosts "Silent Night" girls basketball game

ST. JOHNS, Fla. -- The Bartram Trail High School girls basketball team hosted it's third annual Silent Night game on Wednesday night.

During a silent night game, students dress in costumes or pajamas and they remain silent until the home team scores 10 points.  Once the 10th point is scored, the crowd goes wild.

The Lady Bears borrowed the idea from Taylor University in Indiana which has hosted a silent night game for a few years.  Each year they host a silent night game, video clips from these games go viral.

Creeks Outlaws win Super Bowl of Pop Warner

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Outlaws from Julington Creek played a team from California for all the marbles ... the Super Bowl of Pop Warner.

In team form they delivered a shutout, only giving up eight points in the regular season; in the national finals, only six points in three games while scoring 84.

A story book season for the team. Players are still taking it all in.

For the coach Mike Hughes, a dream team with plenty of confidence and backing it up on the field.

Reporter: "What do you hope kids take from this?"

"You know just the experience of a lifetime they need to understand they can do anything," Hughes said.

The Outlaws did everything, a perfect record 17-0. They played like champions and brought home a national championship.

Creeks Outlaws advance in Pop Warner Super Bowl

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Creeks Outlaws peewee football team is two wins away from winning the Pop Warner Super Bowl.

The Outlaws defeated the Michigan City Wolves from Indiana 38-6 on Saturday afternoon at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World.  The next game for the Outlaws is Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. against the Ward 5 Warriors from Washington D.C.

Creeks fell behind 6-0 in the first quarter when they allowed a 96-yard touchdown run on the third play of the game.  It was the first touchdown that the Outlaws defense has allowed all season, but it would be the only touchdown they allowed on Saturday as the Outlaws responded to score 38 unanswered points.

St. Johns superintendent removes self from Lt. Gov consideration

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The Superintendent for the St. Johns County School District has removed himself for consideration as Florida's next Lieutenant Governor.

"While I am humbled and honored to have been considered," Joseph Joyner wrote in a letter to colleagues, "this decision would reverse the priorities in my life and ultimately render me ineffective. It is very clear to me that I am a grateful man with many blessings. I have blessings of faith, family and the opportunities to live and work in a wonderful place with amazing students and people."

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