Police officers squared off against firefighters Saturday night in a game of donkey basketball on the Jacksonville College campus.

The evening held three matches: First responders played first, then Jacksonville College faculty took on the students, and the winner of each game battled a final round — all on the backs of ornery donkeys. Ticket sales benefitted scholarships for local students to attend the college.

The game started with a token of good will when the firefighters presented a box of donuts to the police officers.

Cheerleaders dressed in funky clown costumes kept the crowd energized as the battle blazed on.

The game was difficult. Participants had to pass and shoot the ball from the donkeys’ backs, but they could walk, drag or sweet-talk the animals without the ball.

The chiefs said they were happy to participate if it helped someone pay for an education.

Kaley Dean, Jacksonville College dean of students, said, after expenses, $1,500 was raised, and the college was determining how much to match and how many would benefit.


In world news,… Iran has announced they will target American aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf should a war between the two countries ever break out.

This is according to the naval chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard.

Iran is currently completing work on a large-scale mock-up of a U.S. carrier.

Iran is building a simple replica of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in a shipyard in a southern port to be used in future military exercises.


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