St. Johns libraries doing more with less

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.  -- When it comes to population growth and funding for libraries, the two issues don't seem to be on the same page in St. Johns County.

Lyle Gastineau was at the southeast branch library in St. Augustine Wednesday afternoon. He moved to St. Augustine 2 ½ years ago.

"I picked a retirement place that was warm. I wanted to get out of the cold weather," he said.

He is part of the steady rise in population in St. Johns County over the last few years.

He also goes to the library about three times a week. It's a library system -- like many others -- which has seen a recent drop in county, state and federal funding.

St. Johns County Library Director Debra Rhodes Gibson said the library has been asked to do more with less.

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Hidden shipwreck discovered at Ponte Vedra Beach

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- A trip to the beach resulted in an exciting discovery. On Wednesday, Peggy Friedmann, a volunteer turtle patroller at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, spotted a piece of an old shipwreck at Ponte Vedra Beach. 

"I saw a part of the ribs of the boat sticking out of the sand," said Friedmann.

Her discovery lead to a team of archeologists from the St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program working to help unveil the story of the old wooden vessel.

"What we're really looking at is the way the timbers were put together," said Chuck Meide, Director of Archaeology. "The size of the timbers will give us some indication of the size of the vessel. The style of construction."

Shrimp boat previously in distress being towed to Mayport

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. - Jacksonville Fire and Rescue and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) responded to a shrimp boat taking on water off the coast of Ponte Vedra.

The 88-foot shrimp boat was two miles east of Ponte Vedra when it began taking on water, according to the USCG.

A USCG boat and helicopter crews responded as rescue for four people aboard the Sea King shrimp boat.

A Coast Guard boatcrew aboard a 45-foot response boat - medium from Station Mayport in Atlantic Beach, Fla., is continuing to escort the Sea King in to a Mayport port.

The Sea King crew alerted the USCG of the incident at 6:12 a.m., reporting their boat was taking on water and in danger of sinking.

A USCG boatcrew from Station Mayport in Atlantic Beach, Fla., and a helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah, Ga. responded.

The Sea King is expected to arrive in Mayport Tuesday afternoon. The identities of the fishermen are currently unknown.

Game of the Week coverage from Ponte Vedra

The video clip above features our coverage from the Sideline 2013 Game of the Week featuring Bartram Trail and Ponte Vedra.  The clip features our coverage from First Coast News at 5, 5:30, 6, 7, and 11.

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Mother: Teacher called my daughter a 'terrorist'

ST. JOHNS, Fla. -- A student in the NJROTC program at Nease High School said she was called a "terrorist" by a teacher. Now, the mom wants to know why that teacher hasn't been suspended.

"I couldn't believe that her teacher called her a terrorist, and she was dressed in her naval cadet uniform," said Lisa Smith, the student's mother.

It happened at Nease High School in St. Johns County. The principal, Kyle Dresback, said he's talked with the teacher, and issued a "letter of correction." The letter says in part the teacher has to have a classroom that is inviting, and "students should want to participate without fear of inappropriate comments."

"I don't think it's enough," said Smith. "To blurt out the word terrorist, to call my teenage daughter a terrorist is way past inappropriate," she said.

Smith said she expected more when it came to discipline.

Professional T-shirt wearer writing a book

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- He used to go by Jason Sadler. 

Now, $45,500 later, his name is Jason Headsetsdotcom.

He's made a name for himself in local and national media by coming up with interesting marketing and advertising ideas.

It all started with wearing companies t-shirts for a living.

The latest was selling his name to the highest bidder.

"It's changed on my drivers license and everything," he said. 

He's got so many ideas and stories that he's decided to put them all into a book.

Man disrupts Wells Fargo in Ponte Vedra

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A reported unruly man disrupted a Wells Fargo bank Monday in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office arrived at the bank to find the suspect walking outside the building with a video camera in his hand, according to a SJCSO police report.

The unidentified man reportedly acted irrational by allegedly screaming at the employees for his money while filming it with the video recorder. The suspect left the bank and went through the drive-thru and began yelling for his money again.

The suspect left the drive-thru and parked his vehicle. He then proceeded to go back into the bank; however, the employees locked the doors.

Officers were able to secure the suspect and speak with him. The suspect allegedly told police that he had not slept in 40 hours and suffers from headaches and PTSD, which he was diagnosed after losing both his wife and son.