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Articles from March 5, 2011

A Beaches Voice in Jacksonville; City Council Candidates Debate Interlocal Agreement and Other Coastal Issues
Byline: DREW DIXON The Beaches' working relationship with Jacksonville was the hot topic at this week's forum for candidates seeking the Jacksonville City Council District 13 seat representing the coast and several adjacent areas. Some said the...
Arts Notes
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON DALTON LAUNCHES 'DALTON CARES' CAMPAIGN The Dalton Agency, a national advertising and public relations firm headquartered on Hemming Plaza in Jacksonville, has launched a campaign called "Dalton Cares," aimed at raising...
Beaches Resisting Ethics Changes; Jacksonville Proposals Have Run into Coastal Independence Streak
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY As the Jacksonville City Council moves to make its Ethics Commission an independent agency that would oversee the Beaches, the coastal cities are opting out. To some, it's another example of the Beaches, which have long...
Beach Shorts
MISS FLETCHER PAGEANT With the theme Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, the 2011 Miss Fletcher Scholarship Pageant will showcase girls representing everything from student government to bowling. The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, in the...
Boy, 13, Youngest in Troop to Achieve Eagle Scout Status
Byline: CINDY HOLIFIELD & SANDY STRICKLAND Zachary Ahlheim, 13, has become the youngest Eagle Scout in his Boy Scout troop's 65-year history. He also has some high-flying dreams that he is on track with having come true. Zachary, an eighth-grader...
Cold Noses; Pets of the Week
Each Saturday, the Times-Union's pet blog, Cold Noses, is featuring pets available for adoption at area shelters. For more information and photos of all the animals featured, go to Jacksonville.com/ColdNoses. Meet Louie! He is a 5-month-old domestic...
Controlling Insects as They Spring into Action; Watch for Pests Emerging Now That Can Harm Plants, Trees
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE Signs of spring are all around us. Redbuds are in full bloom, and dogwoods are starting to show color. Cars are covered with pollen, while folks with allergies are feeling the effects. After a winter's rest, pests...
Couple Indicted in Bank Robbery; the Man, Already a Convicted Murderer, Is Charged in Robbery, His Wife as an Accessory
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Marriage isn't the only bond between a Glynn County convicted murderer and his wife. A federal grand jury indicted them together on charges stemming from the February robbery of a Brunswick bank by a man...
Crash Victims Remembered by Friends, Family Members; the Teens, Who Were Always Together, Died Together Wednesday
Byline: BIANCA CAIN and KYLE MARTIN Michael Perry - Mikey, as he was known - was a skateboarder, big into video games, friends with everybody, always upbeat. "He always knew how to make you laugh," said his aunt, Sabrina Herndon. Sarah Riffe...
Despite Decrease, Impact Fees Go Up; County Votes to Lower Its Share, but Schools Want a Big Hike
Byline: DREW DIXON In their continuing effort to lure more businesses to St. Johns County, commissioners voted this week to lower impact fees for construction - especially commercial construction. That way, the county can provide a big incentive...
Effort to Recast Eatery at Fish Camp a Murky Mess; an Investor Whose Contract for the Space Was Canceled by the City Threatens to Sue
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Jacksonville's parks department is ready to try again to launch a restaurant where the old Palms Fish Camp stood. But a developer who had nearly completed the new building on city land, then lost his contract before he...
ELECTION 2011: COUNCIL AT-LARGE GROUP 4; Candidates Dig at Each Other's Resumes the Three Are Trying for the Seat Held by Kevin Hyde, Who Had Made a Bid for Mayor
Byline: KATE HOWARD They're all political newcomers, and all Republican candidates who market themselves as fiscal conservatives. And the candidates for the Jacksonville City Council's At-large Group 4 race have much in common when it comes to...
Event Chairman: Wife Would 'Be Happy'; Ponte Vedra's Ben Sheldon Is Heading the Cancer Society's Cowford Ball
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY When she was dying of cancer, Kitty Sheldon didn't let it show that she was sick and in pain. Vivacious and cheerful, she worked out by lifting weights, doing aerobic exercises and practicing yoga. She traveled with her...
Florida Keeps Focus on Defense; Team Could Surpass Championship Squads in Points Allowed
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Whenever anyone talks about the Florida basketball team, the first thing Kenny Boynton wants to hear is how good the Gators are defensively. That's always the first thing he and his teammates talk about....
HOPE Fight Part Urban vs. Rural; Grades and SAT Scores at Issue; Scholarship Program Faces Cuts
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Wide-ranging changes to the HOPE Scholarship program passed a 30-minute Senate committee meeting Friday, but minority Democrats say they plan to introduce amendments next week on the Senate floor that were blocked...
Jacksonville Man Found Guilty in Triple Murder
A Jacksonville man who authorities say is part of a recently dismantled street gang faces a possible death sentence after he was convicted of killing three people during a 2007 drug robbery. Terry Antonio Smith, 22, was found guilty of three counts...
JU Women Upset No. 1 Seed; Dolphins Hold off ETSU, Will Play Stetson for NCAA Berth
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT MACON, Ga. - East Tennessee State's hex over the Jacksonville University women's basketball team is over. The Dolphins survived a furious ETSU comeback, including a flurry of last-second shots, and hung on for a 61-59 upset...
Last American Cup in Jacksonville Launched a Star; Olympics Hopefuls Hope to Follow in Shawn Johnson's Footsteps
Byline: FRANCINE KING The last time the American Cup visited Jacksonville, fans were abuzz about a cherub-faced, talented gymnast making her senior level debut. Shawn Johnson enjoyed one heck of a coming-out party, winning the 2007 American Cup...
Lawmakers Disagree on Tax Reform Proposals; SPECIAL COUNCIL TO REVISE SYSTEM Rewrite Planned Because Recommendations Would Require Constitutional Amendments
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Not all of the sweeping, somewhat controversial, recommendations of the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness are likely to come up for a vote, legislative leaders said Friday. No one will say which ideas...
Leadership Group Works on Informing Parents; the Panel Points to Improved Early Learning and Child Development
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA THE CITY OF HOPE Raising Our Children The City of Hope leadership group will focus on helping inform and engage parents as part of trying to tackle the issue of helping to improve early development and education for...
LOCAL ELECTIONS; Issues in Focus
In the process of interviewing almost 60 candidates for City Council and other races, the editorial board received a unique glimpse into some of the most active citizens in Jacksonville. And so we noticed a few consistent themes: Elections need...
Men Are Sentenced in Deadly Robbery of Student; the FSCJ 20-Year-Old Was Shot in an Apparent Drug Robbery in 2009
Byline: DAVID HUNT One man was sentenced to life and another got 15 years for a Southside Jacksonville apartment complex robbery that left a college student dead. Lamar Desean Hayes, 22, and Marvin Vincent Jenkins, 20, were sentenced Friday before...
MIDEAST; the Call of Freedom Rings
Why has Islam become part of the brand of radicalism in the Mideast? Time magazine explains the one place a secular dictator cannot shut down is a mosque. Thus, the mosque has become a center of political activity and protection. In Muslim-majority...
Morning Briefs
MARSHALLS WILL OPEN 2 NEW STORES HERE Marshalls department store chain is opening two new stores in Jacksonville, at 5149 Normandy Blvd. and at 934 Dunn Ave. in the Highland Square shopping center. Marshalls is an off-price retailer with about...
New Group to Help 4 Schools Speaking out; Several Appointees Share Their Take on What Needs to Be Done
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS They don't expect to change the schools instantly and they don't think they have all the answers, but they all think they can help the Duval County school system improve its most struggling schools. The district this week...
NFL Goes on Hold with Seven-Day Extension; Jaguars' Flurry of Player Moves Ends as League Goes into Limbo
Byline: TANIA GANGULI When the NFL Players Association and NFL league negotiators agreed to a seven-day extension of the collective bargaining agreement, the league entered an odd period of limbo. Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison compared it...
Palatka Rally Falls Short; Panthers Knocked off by Cardinal Gibbons in Class 4A Semifinal
Byline: ROY FUOCO LAKELAND - Palatka started strong and finished strong, but poor shooting in the middle two quarters was too much to overcome. The Panthers shot just 20 percent in the middle two quarters and came up two points short in their...
Part of Mullaney's Pension Paid by City Fund; Issue Is IRS, Taxes, Not Pension, He Said
Byline: MATT GALNOR Jacksonville mayoral candidate Rick Mullaney is one of two city employees whose pension is partially paid by the city general fund because his benefit is higher than what the IRS allows for someone his age. The general fund...
Police Briefs; Stolen Car Found; Guitars in It Still Missing
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A 2007 Hyundai Accent worth $10,000 with about $600 worth of musical equipment inside was stolen as it was parked between 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday...
Ponte Vedra Beach Weight Lifter Wins Silver Medal at Nationals
Byline: Brian Kosoy From heavy lifting to fast paddling, Beaches athletes turned in some impressive performances in a variety of sports this week. Here are this week's top performers and events: - Lifted: Chris Lenahen of Ponte Vedra Beach brought...
Scott OKs Port Funds for Miami; Good for Jacksonville: Commitment to Expand
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Miami's quest to dredge a 50-foot harbor got a big boost on Friday when Gov. Rick Scott announced $77 million in state support - the kind of money Jacksonville port officials have been chasing for their own expansion plans....
Sea Oats Better as Dune Stabilizer
Byline: PAULA LAMB I love the look of sea oats. Would they be considered suitable for planting as an ornamental grass in my landscape? Known primarily as a coastal plant, sea oats once dominated the dunes of the southeastern United States but...
St. Johns Approves Controversial Sidewalk; Commissioners Say Need for It Now Overrides Fact It May Have to Be Removed Later
Byline: DREW DIXON St. Johns County commissioners voted unanimously this week to spend about $1.3 million to build a sidewalk along County Road 210 through Palm Valley, even though it could be removed for an eventual road widening. The 5-foot-wide...
The Artist in Everyone; David Durrett Has Made It His Business to Help Others Paint Their Own Masterpieces
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON David Durrett's plan was to become a commercial artist. But his timing was all wrong. By the time the 46-year-old Durrett graduated from Jacksonville University with a degree in art, most commercial artists were doing...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES How Did 'City Worker' Become Bad Words?
The city workers have been the scapegoats for our leaders. They have been blamed for all the city's financial problems. They have been cut to the bone and the leadership still expects them to work twice as hard, not to mention for less pay. I am talking...
UNF Just One Upset from Big Dance; Ospreys Knock off No. 2 Seed ETSU, Face Belmont in Final Today
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT MACON, Ga. - North Florida is in position to make history. The Ospreys, the No. 6 seed in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament, pulled off their second upset in as many days with a 59-55 win Friday night over East Tennessee...
Waiting for the British Royal Wedding Invite ... and Waiting
Byline: Jackie Rooney Just how long does it take for mail to travel from London to Jacksonville anyway? Britain's Prince William and bride-to-be Kate Middleton posted their gold-embossed royal wedding invitations about two weeks ago, but the Rooney...