Around the Region for Saturday, Jan. 9

Published: Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:42 p.m.

Forum invites incoming high school freshmen

Alachua County school students who will head to high school in the fall are invited to attend the Career Academy Forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Buchholz High School for information on the high school programs offered in the district.

Letters inviting current eighth-grade students have been mailed to parents.

The district offers career academies in health care, biotech, information technology, marketing and finance, culinary arts, fire and emergency medical services, automotive, agriculture and environmental resources, early childhood education, and criminal justice.

Each career academy will also host an open house later this month or in February.

Visit under the "Upcoming Calendar" link for more information or call the Career and Technical Education office at 955-7600.

WCJB-TV 20 news goes high definition today

WCJB-TV 20's local newscasts start broadcasting in high definition today.

The station has been providing ABC programming in HD for a number of years, according to Chief Engineer Steve Ingram. Newscasts on WCJB's CW will continue to broadcast in standard definition.

WCJB-TV's HD signal is available free over the air on channel 20.1 and CW is on 20.2.

Mayor saves woman from sinking car

NEW SMYRNA BEACH - The mayor of New Smyrna Beach and three other people jumped into a chilly inland waterway to rescue a woman from her sinking car.

Police say 66-year-old Suzanne Grims failed to yield at an intersection Wednesday, hit another vehicle, sped through a riverside park and went into the water.

Mayor Adam Barringer, who worked as a lifeguard when he was younger, happened to be at a nearby park building for a police ceremony when someone came in and reported the crash.

Barringer and three others, one of whom was a police officer, swam out to the car and got the woman to roll down her window. They got her out of the car and swam her to safety.

Grims was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. It's not clear whether she'll be cited for the crash.

Water temperatures were in the low 50s.

-The Associated Press

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