Award for traffic safety

The Atlantic Beach Police Department earned second place among departments its size in the Florida Department of Transportation’s Law Enforcement Challenge, which rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in Florida. The police department receiving $12,000 to spend on traffic-related matters. The program, funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, works to drive down fatalities on roadways by partnering with law enforcement.



Baby-sitter classes offered

Baptist Medical Center Beaches is offering Safe Sitter training classes for boys and girls ages 11-14 from 8:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at the hospital conference center, 1350 13th Ave. S., Jacksonville Beach. The cost is $45. For more, (904) 202-CARE.



Student exchange program needs host families

World Heritage Student Exchange Program is seeking Clay County host families for students from several countries for the 2014-15 school year. For more, (904) 553-9172 or (800) 888-9040.



Horse auction

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office will two horses auction (highest cash bidder) at 10 a.m. Thursday at Clay County Animal Control’s Penney Farms facility at 3984 Florida 16 W. The two horses, a male nicknamed Lucky and a female named Biscuit by the staff, were found roaming last month and have been cared for by county Animal Control staff since their owner couldn’t be located.



81st Annual Meninak Ocean Marathon Swim

The Meninak Club of Jacksonville hosts its 81st annual Ocean Marathon Swim at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, starting at the Ponte Vedra Inn at 200 Ponte Vedra Blvd. and ending at the Red Cross lifeguard station at 2 Ocean Front N. in Jacksonville Beach. The 3.5-mile swim competition is for members of the American Red Cross Volunteer Life Savings Corps, and about 50 are expected to compete.



Property value meetings

Nassau County Property Appraiser Mike Hickox hosts town hall meetings to discuss 2014 property values and answer questions concerning property assessments and exemptions. Callahan - County Building at 45401 Mickler St. from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday July 23; Fernandina - Nassau County Association of Realtors at 910 S. 14th St. from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday July 31.New 2014 values will be posted by Tuesday July 15 at



Road trip starts at Georgie’s

Georgie’s Diner at 100 Malaga St. will be the send-off site for the 13th annual Florida/Alaska world’s longest group motorcycle benefit run on 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26. The bikers are raising funds to help families of deaf babies. For more,



Hot Pets and Hunky Heroes

The St. Augustine Humane Society has launched its fourth annual pet photo contest and calendar fundraiser. The “Hot Pets and Hunky Heroes” calendar will feature local pets with area police, firefighters and others. The deadline is Aug. 23. For more,, (904) 829-2737 or



Temporary County Road 16A closure starting Monday

Concerns about the safety of a deteriorated metal cross-drain culvert in the 6700 block of County Road 16A means the Florida Department of Transportation will be replacing it beginning on Monday. That means the state will close the county road temporarily, hoping to minimize the affect on area traffic since school is out. The road is scheduled to re-open in August.