Democrats to hear from author on election myths
University of North Florida Assistant Professor Nicholas Seabrook, whose upcoming book is “Election Myths,” will speak on what he says are prevailing misconceptions such as the dangers of gerrymandering; “independent” voters and voter fraud at the Beaches Democrats Club, from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at the Beaches Library, 600 3rd St N, Neptune Beach. For more, call (904) 401-4790.
Firewood cutting at Cary State Forest
It is fuel wood-cutting time at Cary State Forest at 7465 Pavilion Road in Bryceville. A fuel wood-cutting permit is required — contact the forester, at (904) 266-5021 or Devon.McFall@freshfromflorida.com. For $15, one quarter of a cord of various oaks can be cut. Access to the Thomas Creek Tract is at Jennifer Road - 6.3 miles north of Bryceville or 7.1 miles south of Callahan on US 301. Information and maps: www.floridaforestservice.com/state_forests/cary.html
U.S. 301 work scheduled on Thursday
Traffic on U.S. 301 south of Callahan is set to be switched to a new overpass on Thursday, affecting southbound traffic at Crawford Road. This is part of the $68 million widening project from north of Baldwin to Callahan. Southbound traffic will shift onto a mile of new roadway while construction begins in the northbound lanes. Wide-load vehicles should use alternate routes. The 17-mile long project should be done by spring 2015, depending on weather. Information: www.US301NorthFlorida.com.
Adult male mentors needed
Take Stock in Children, a state-wide mentoring program for low-income public school students, needs male adult mentors in Keystone Heights, Middleburg, Green Cove Springs and Oakleaf. After the training and application process is completed, the time commitment is approximately one hour per week in a public school during the regular school year. For more, call (904)272-8144, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.takestockinchildren.org.
Technical Review Committee
The city’s Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. Thursday at City Hall, 204 Ash St. Among the agenda items is a plan to convert an existing home into a pre-kindergarten facility for St. Michael Academy and development inquiries from applicants. The meeting is open to the public.
Fund-raiser for animal shelter
Spirit Night for Safe Animal Shelter will be held from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Brick Oven on Fleming Island (located directly behind Sonic). By mentioning Safe Animal Shelter to your waiter, Brick Oven will donate 10 percent of the sales to this nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter located on CR 220, just west of Knight Boxx Road. Additionally, a raffle for Jaguars tickets will he held and the tickets will be awarded that night. For more, Nancy Ryan, Safe Animal Shelter, 276-7233
Civilian mounted posse
Sheriff Bill Leeper swore in the newest Nassau County Sheriff’s Office’s volunteer Civilian Mounted Posse members. The posse assists with parades, community events, search and rescue efforts and other law enforcement functions. The volunteers and horses attended a basic training course which included obstacles, search techniques and team formation.
Water district budget news
The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board approved a tentative budget July 8 that reduces the millage rate and funds major district projects. The tentative 0.3164 millage rate would result in $81.8 million in revenue, part of a total $141.9 million budget for fiscal year 2014‒15. That is about 3.6 percent less than the current year rate. Public hearings are set for 5 p.m. Sept. 9 and 23. Final budget adoption is set at the Sept. 23 meeting. Information: www.floridaswater.com.
Florida 207 lane closures
Daytime lane closures are scheduled on Florida 207 just west of Florida 206 through Friday, July 18 to take roadway samples. One lane will be closed between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily on the eastern or western approaches to the Deep Creek Bridge east of Hastings. This work precedes the road’s future resurfacing between Florida 206 and the Putnam County line, starting in late 2015. Information - www.nflroads.com
Chamber of Commerce hosts candidates night
The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce hosts Politics in St. Johns for anyone aspiring for political office at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Solomon Calhoun Center at 1300 Duval St. Candidates registered for the event will make their case for public service. Attendees can support favorite candidates in a straw poll. Food and beverage tickets are $20 each. Information: www.sjcchamber.com/politics.