'Duck Dynasty' star to speak at Jacksonville church

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jace Robertson, one of the stars of the popular A&E TV series "Duck Dynasty," will be speaking at Christ's Church Mandarin campus on Greenland Road on Sept. 7 and 8.

Robertson will be speaking at the 5 p.m. service on Sept. 7 and at the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Sept. 8, according to the Duck Commander events page.

All the general seating passes have been distributed, according to the church's website. Attendees without a pass may not have a seat, but are still welcome to attend.

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Local teacher offers free online math help

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's a new way of learning; breaking down complex subjects in online videos. One local teacher has created his own budding online math academy.

From his Mandarin High classroom behind a small camera propped up on a desk, Brian McLogan reaches students both young and old all across the globe. He now has around 4,150 subscribers, on his YouTube page. And has posted nearly 4,000 videos. In the videos, he breaks down the ins and outs of a subject many find to be complex.

"When I took pre-calculus a lot of the class would move pretty fast," said 12th grader John Arbelaez. "So sometimes I would be lost."

He was a student of McLogan's last year. Arbelaez may no longer be in McLogan's class but thanks to the online math tutorial, Arbelaez said he'll likely always be his pupil.

"I have been able to expand my classroom to a whole bunch of students all over the world," said McLogan.

Body pulled from Julington Creek

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to a suspicious death Wednesday morning in the 14000 block of Mandarin Road.

An unidentified body was pulled out of Julington Creek in Mandarin. According to Sgt. Jay Farhat, foul play is suspected.

The white male victim was found by passing boaters in the middle of Julington Creek.

The victim was pulled from the water at the Mandarin Park Boat Ramp wearing a T-shirt, shorts and tennis shoes.

An investigation is ongoing and police are checking missing persons reports.

Anyone who has any information about the identity of the victim is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.

To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $5,000 for this case, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

GMJ helps Mandarin High get into football spirit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was an energetic morning full of team spirit at Mandarin High School on Friday.

FCN looking for 'Friday Night Football' inspiration

First Coast News was live during Good Morning Jacksonville as the school was getting ready for a pep rally.

Members of the varsity football team, varsity cheerleading squad and student leadership team joined FCN's Jacob Long in the school gymnasium and courtyard.

Brian Braddock, the Mustangs' new head football coach, was also there.

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Woman threatened for not cashing fake checks

JACKSONVILLE,Fla. -- Alice Barrett has a full time job, but was looking for some extra income.

"Just part time I have so much time on my hand I just wanted something part time," Barrett said.

She found a part time job in a community where it is often difficult to separate the good from the bad, Craigslist.

"They wanted me to be a mystery shopper," said Barrett. 

Barrett said the company hired her, there was no interview, no background check, and sent her a check for $2,800. She decided to check out the check.

"I called the name of the company on it and was told that it is not their check," said Barrett.

Her due diligence confirmed what she feared, the check is a fake.

"I emailed them and let them know your check is not legit it is a fraud I just want a part time job so don't contact me again," said Barrett. 

Organizer of Washington march has Jacksonville ties

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Asa Philip Randolph is credited with being the organizer of the famous March on Washington, but very few are familiar with his name.

"I have never of A. Philip Randolph," said Essenx Morris. Morris is a tenth grader at Frank H. Peterson Academy. 

And she is not the only one. But the same history that recorded his contribution is now giving Randolph well-deserved attention.

"I bet you didn't know about the things that occurred," said teacher Karen Chester.

On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Chester gathered a number of Frank H. Peterson Academy students to test their knowledge of what happened that hot August day.

"I didn't know there were that many guest speakers and that he would be the last to speak," said Brennan Wolfe.

It gave them a better understanding of the day that changed America and those behind the famous march for jobs and freedom.

TRC Staffing Services Lends a Hand to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

TRC Staffing Services Lends a Hand to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, an organization dedicated to supporting families that are tackling childhood cancer, recently won a grant from TRC Staffing Services of Jacksonville that awarded the nonprofit 40 hours of free, temporary staffing support. The Jay Fund is the first of 12 organizations in the 2013 – 2014 cycle to receive the grant through the Helping Hands Grant program – an initiative aimed at supporting local nonprofits struggling to meet staffing needs within tight timetables and even tighter budgets.