'Christmas on the Creek' Parade of Light this weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Julington Creek will glow this weekend when the Julington Creek Prop Club presents their annual "Christmas on the Creek" boat parade.

Boat owners will decorate their boats with lights and other decorations for the parade which will take place Saturday, December 1.

The parade is scheduled to start around 7 p.m., just after sunset.

Boats will gather on the west side of the State Road 13 bridge over Julington Creek.

They will then travel around Bulls Bay and back under the bridge, all the way down to Durbin Creek.

The boats will then return to the marina at Julington Creek for an awards ceremony.

Anyone who lives along the creek is asked to invite their friends and family to watch from their homes or docks.

The parade may also be viewed from the Julington Creek Bridge Walkways.

Parking is available at the Food Lion shopping center at Race Track Road and State Road 13.

Black (Thursday) Friday: Shopping hours

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As you plot your shopping for Thanksgiving night and Black Friday, here's a list of shopping hours at major retailers across the First Coast News.


Avenues Mall:
Closed Thanksgiving
Black Friday 12am - 9pm

Best Buy:
Closed Thanksgiving
Black Friday Open 12AM to 10PM

Closed Thanksgiving
Black Friday 12AM to 1PM

Orange Park Mall:
Closed Thanksgiving
Black Friday 12AM to 10PM

Mandarin couple survives fire; pet did not

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  It was a normal day on Mandarin's Toucan Drive until Harley Mimbs and his wife, Jane, came running from their home.

"I threw a shirt on and saw Harley and my mom said 'call 911,'" said Zack Gibbons.

The Mimbs home was on fire. Before firefighters would snuff out the last ember, there would be a rescue and there would a be a tragedy.

"The last we heard, the dog didn't make it," said Miles Gibbons.

It started around 9 a.m. when the Mimbs' screams for help cracked the silence of the Julington Hills community.

SLIDESHOW: 2 hospitalized after Mandarin house fire

Name of deputy seriously injured in crash released, suspect apprehended

SWITZERLAND, Fla. -- A St. Johns County Sheriff's Office deputy suffered serious injuries in a crash Friday morning near the intersection of State Road 13 and Scott Road.

Matthew Sara, Public Information Officer with St. Johns County Fire Rescue said the crash happened at approximately 10:30 Friday morning, trapping the deputy. Sara said by 11:04 Fire Rescue personnel had extricated the deputy from his vehicle.

Emergency personnel wanted to fly the deputy to the hospital, Sara said, but due to inclement weather they were not able to but the deputy was rushed to Shands Jacksonville hospital in serious condition in a trauma vehicle by St. Johns County Fire/Rescue.

The deputy's patrol vehicle hit a tree, Sara said, and a second vehicle.

Sara said the other driver was also injured in the crash. That person has been taken to Julington Creek Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Jaguars announce partnership with St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars announced a partnership between the team and St. Johns County to increase the team's involvement in the county while increasing the fan base.

The first event in honor of the new partnership will be at the next Jaguars home game against the Tennessee Titans on November 25.

The Creekside High School Marching Band will perform both before the game and during halftime. Prior to kickoff, St. Johns County representatives will participate in an honorary coin toss.

Jaguars President Mark Lamping said, "This is an extremely important partnership for the Jaguars. St. Johns County is one of our biggest markets and represents a real growth opportunity for the franchise.  We're thrilled to host St. Johns County Day at our upcoming game against the Titans and recognize some of the innovative St. Johns County public schools, sports and educational initiatives."

'Food for Fines' program starts at St. Johns County Libraries

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Library goers who were tardy returning their rented reading materials can bring non-perishable food items as payment for their overdue fines.

The canned goods and non-perishable food items collected during the program will be donated to the St. Johns County Food Closet to be distributed locally to help feed the needy.

St. Johns County patrons can trade food for fines through January 5, 2013.

One dollar in overdue fines will be cleared for each sealed, non-expired, non-perishable food item donated.

The donation waivers may be used for library fines only and cannot be applied to fees for printing, lost items or for credit against future fines.

Even if you do not owe fines, you can still donate non-perishable food at any library branch or bookmobile stop.

Last year, more than 18,000 donations were collected during the Food for Fines program.

Creekside 23, Nease 20

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Creekside defeated Nease 23-20 on Friday night.

With the win, Creekside clinches a spot in the playoffs.  Nease finishes the season with a (5-5) record.