Jaguars' Abry Jones pays a visit to a local military family

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Petty Officer First Class Yolanda Coakley is almost at a loss for words because it's a big day for her military family.

A Hope to Dream program is teaming up with Ashley Furniture Home Store to provide beds for her six children.

Coakley was nominated by coworkers she volunteers with at the USO.

As the beds were unloaded and assembled they also brought along a big helping hand: Jags defensive end Abry Jones.

Giving a good night's rest to a woman and her family who have given so much to their community and country.

Local truckers unaware of rolling protest in D.C.

JACKSONVILLE,Fla. -- At the truck stops near Baldwin and U.S. 301 it was exceptionally busy. Truckers leaving Interstate 10 to buy much needed fuel or to take a break from the road.

Trey Hervey, a six year veteran, was on the way to North Carolina and needed a break.

"I'm not an Independent," said Hervey. "But I want to be."

Hervey loves to talk about the industry and its challenges, but when it came to the rolling protest in the nation's capital he had no knowledge.

"I don't know anything about it," he said.

And at this truck stop, a microcosm of a tight knit community, few trucks knew what was taking place near Washington D.C.

The rolling protest was to challenge the Obama administration and Congressional leaders over the government shutdown. It was to be a strong statement about America's frustration with its government.

On Your Side: Shutdown worries and mystery green water

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thursday, the On Your Side team answered an array of questions you sent in and found the solutions.

Ray Green, 59, of Middleburg, said he has served 20 years in the United States Air Force, all over the world. He depends on Veterans benefits and Social Security payments. But, with the government shutdown, he says he is worried.

"If I don't get paid, I can lose my house, car, truck, boat. Everything," Green said frankly.

Local federal workers feeling effects of shutdown

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Monday, when many of the federal employees left their Jacksonville offices, many walked out without a relatively important document: a GSA form SF50, a notification of personnel action.

"It is very essential," said Marie, which is not her real name. "It allows us to apply for unemployment and other benefits indicating that we are not currently employed."

We spoke with several federal employees who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation.

"We received furlough letters about midnight September 30. That was electronically sent to us," said one worker.

The problem is it happened after they had left for the day, the close of business. The notice is still on their computer, but during a work  furlough there is no access to the building, much less the computer.

Fresh start for Middleburg family battling health problems

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Tired of seeing their children constantly sick, one Middleburg family turned to the public for help.

Misty and Josh O'Connor's home tested positive for mold. They believe the place was making the entire family sick but they didn't have the means to move out. Thanks to donations from friends, church members and complete strangers, today they have a new start.

Misty O'Connor gave First Coast News a tour of her new mobile home from the outside. Still being set up, the trailer was donated to the family along with about $9,000.

"I can't begin to express my gratitude to everybody that has helped us," said Josh O'Connor.

St. Vincent's medical center opens in Clay County

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- A St. Vincent's Medical Center opened its doors to patients in Clay County Tuesday morning.

The center opened at about 7 a.m. and included 64 private inpatient rooms. The rooms are said to expand to 250 beds, enabling the hospital to accommodate the area's growing population. A neighboring 50,000 sq. ft. medical office building that is scheduled to open by the end of the year will have different physician groups.

"St. Vincent's Clay County has been a dream for many years. Today that dream officially became a reality," said St. Vincent's Clay County President Blain Claypool. "We are honored to bring high-quality care closer to home for the families who live in Clay County."

The opening of the medical center and office building will bring an economic impact on the county that is expected to be more than $50 million a year, making it Clay County's largest one-time investment.

CCSO urges awareness of counterfeit bills

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office is trying to increase the public's awareness about counterfeit money being circulated in the community.

On Saturday, the Kangaroo Express at 4486 County Road 218W reported that it had in its possession a counterfeit $100 bill. The bill was ripped, did not have a ribbon or a hologram and did not change color when marked by a counterfeit detection pen, according to a CCSO incident report.

CCSO Detective Bill Roberts shows in a public service announcement tips that citizens and businesspeople should be aware of when handling money.

For example, on a $20 bill, Roberts says a hologram of President Andrew Jackson's face would be visible on the right lower portion of the bill. Also, on the left side of the bill, a strip that says "USA 20" would be visible.