The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 11, 2001

2 Beaches Schools in Line for Neighborhood Sidewalks
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Two Beaches elementary schools are in line to receive more neighborhood sidewalks to help children arrive safely at class. The Duval County School Board approved a priority...
'Amazing Girton' Is 106 She Doesn't Know What the Secret Is
Byline: Jackie Rooney, Shorelines correspondent PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- Edna Girton appears to have found the Fountain of Youth in Ponte Vedra Beach. At age 106, she just keeps going and going. "We call her 'Amazing Girton,' " said Pam Dickson,...
Amelia Island Water Challenge Officials Already Ready for 2002
Byline: Susan P. Respess, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Organizers of the Amelia Island Open Water Challenge already have set a date for next year's event and have given $1,650 to local swim and surfing groups. Ed Gaw of Fernandina Beach, who...
Armed Robberies Keep Police Busy
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer A rash of armed robberies between Aug. 4 and Monday has police searching for whoever robbed two Southside convenience store clerks at gunpoint, forced their way into two separate apartments with guns drawn and robbed...
Athletic Facility Is More Baldwin School Getting New Space
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer Baldwin Middle-Senior High School has a new $1.1 million athletic facility that isn't just for athletes. It will provide needed storage space and a classroom for physical education students, eliminate sharing...
Attacks Meet Harris Denials as Spin Wars Go On
Florida Democrats thought they had a big gotcha. With reporters sifting through state computer files Tuesday, Democratic Party spokesman Tony Welch bounced into newspaper offices to spread the word about a discovery that linked Secretary of State...
BEACHES BUSINESS BRIEFS Oceanside Bank Celebrates Four Years, Opens New Branch
Oceanside Bank's newest branch isn't exactly oceanside; it's near Hodges and Beach boulevards in the West Beaches. The July 21 opening of the branch at Hodges Plaza, 13799 Beach Blvd., came on the Beaches bank's four-year anniversary. The bank,...
Beaches Kids Excel in Tough School Curriculum
Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines editor Here's a stereotype buster: For those who think of Beaches kids simply as dreamers aboard surfboards, a dozen are entering Stanton College Preparatory School this year as International Baccalaureate students....
Bitter Hearing Had Its Funny Moments, Too
Byline: Susan D. Respess and Derek L. Kinner, Times-Union staff writer Lost in all the anger during Monday's Nassau County Commission public hearing to discuss the proposed special tax district for fire protection were a lot of humorous statements...
Brogan Teaches Class at Keystone Heights
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, Times-Union correspondent KEYSTONE HEIGHTS -- When students at Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High School took their seats in the newly formed Exploring Teaching class the first day of school, they had no idea the class would...
Centre Street Gallery Features Watercolorist
702 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 277-2717. Gallery Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; 6-9 p.m. first Fridays. With more than 185 local, regional and international artists represented. Featured Artist for August, Leigh Murphy,...
Clay Baseball Player Plays in National Series
Byline: Brent Beaird, Times-Union correspondent Mike McCallister, a baseball player at Clay High School, has taken a sneak peek into his future. McCallister, an outfielder, participated in the Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series...
Clay Principals Set Aside Funds to Deal with Budget Crunch
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey and Diana Marrero , County Line staff writer As they start out the new school year, Clay County principals have been directed to set aside 20 percent of their schools' state funding -- as well as reduce electric and other...
Clay Schools Winners in Contest
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Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "We are investigating the possibility that it is linked to about 10 to 12 home invasions that have occurred in Savannah over the past couple of weeks." -- 1st Lt. Jack Boyet of the Glynn County Police Department, about a home invasion...
COME SAIL AWAY Keith Michaud's Boat Turned Gazebo/lounge Keeps His Back Yard in Shipshape Fun
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Times-Union home and garden editor Keith Michaud has the lowest maintenance boat in Jacksonville. No dock fees. No barnacle scraping. Not a minute spent troubleshooting a stalled engine on his wooden and fiberglass...
County Hit with Lawsuit No Promotion, Threats Claimed
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Times-Union staff writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- A Clay County road construction employee is asserting in a federal lawsuit against the county that he has been threatened and denied promotions because he is black. County...
Did Jags' Jinx Follow Searcy to Baltimore?
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer The Baltimore Ravens lose star running back Jamal Lewis to a knee injury shortly after watching offensive tackle Leon Searcy go down with a torn triceps. Hmmm, sound familiar? If the Ravens...
Disputed Proposal Is 'Dead' Plan Would Approve Garage Apartments
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer NEPTUNE BEACH -- A proposed ordinance that would let people build garage apartments east of Third Street is "dead," said Vice Mayor Bob Shimp, who introduced the controversial bill. City...
Dog Sinks Teeth into Deputy's Calf
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Times-Union staff writer MIDDLEBURG -- An off-duty Clay County sheriff's deputy responding to a burglary alarm call Tuesday was bitten on his calf by a large dog, a Sheriff's Office report said. Deputy M. Veaughn...
Don't Worry about the Ugly Streaks -- They'll Wear Off
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer Question: I live on Ashcroft Landing Drive in the Cherokee Lakes neighborhood off Joeandy Road in East Arlington. Someone down the street had people working on their driveway with three or four...
Drug May Have Led to Sexual Assaults Women Not Clear about What Happened
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Two women recently told police they may have been sexually assaulted or kidnapped after their drinks were laced with a drug that made them get dizzy and pass out. The women...
Eagle Harbor Celebrates Sixth Anniversary
Byline: Pam Morgan, County Line correspondent It's hard to believe, but "that new place on Fleming Island with the big pool" isn't so new anymore. Eagle Harbor marked its sixth summer with a Homecoming Weekend July 20 to 22. Nearly 10 families returned...
Early Birds Get the Gov Bush Chats in Macclenny Local Problems Brought before State's Top Man
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer MACCLENNY -- Just north of the Baker County Courthouse, where Florida 228 runs into Florida 121, residents say that people die regularly for the lack of a stoplight. The state Department of...
Eger Comes of Age Ponte Vedra Player Ranked No. 9 at 49
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer David Eger knows all about coming full circle. Take his Walker Cup experience, for example. When the 49-year-old Ponte Vedra Beach resident last played the event in 1991, his U.S. teammates included...
Elder Bush Praises Coverdell's Service Brunswick Dedicates Federal Learning Center
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Former President George Herbert Walker Bush joined U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, Gov. Roy Barnes and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston yesterday in praising the late Sen. Paul D. Coverdell at the dedication...
Ex-Officer Was Storing Explosives Police Seize More C-4 from His Home
Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer A retired Jacksonville police officer who worked on the bomb squad for about 12 years was charged yesterday with improperly storing about 200 pounds of dynamite and C-4 in a public storage facility....
Fighting Crime with a Party National Night out a Big Event
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer All Morris Donald has to do is remind his neighbors it's that time of year, and they're ready to celebrate. Nope, not Christmas or Thanksgiving. It's National Night Out. Much to his delight, Donald, the...
Firm Puts Cimarrone Club Up for Sale
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Northwest St. Johns County's Cimarrone Golf and Country Club is up for sale by the company that has owned it just 2 1/2 years. The Links Corp. owns the course at 2800 Cimarrone Blvd., which sits off County Road...
First Coast Community Can Be Important Site for Schools
Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff writer Was that a quick summer or what? It's hard to believe, but many students have already returned to the classroom. With thoughts of book reports, pop quizzes and demanding teachers dancing in their heads,...
Florida Notebook
Byline: Debi Jones, Times-Union correspondent QUARTERBACK BATTLE UNDER WAY Florida's quarterback competition got started without much excitement last night in the Gators' first full team practice. It was the first time sophomores Rex Grossman...
Helipad Landing Delay Council Argues Site Requirements
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer A bill that could prohibit a private helipad from being built on any site of less than 10 acres, unless it has a zoning exception, was sent back to a special subcommittee after a half-hour of wrangling Tuesday before...
In Education
YULEE STUDENT DOES YALE PROGRAM University of Miami sophomore LaRae Coleman of Yulee completed the Yale University School of Medicine Minority Medical Education Program last month. Coleman, one of 100 undergraduates from across the country selected...
In Recreation
RUNNING CLUB FORMING A Fernandina Beach Runners Club is forming at the McArthur Family YMCA. Contact Fred Stepanek at fsstepanek@aol.com for more details. ADULT SOFTBALL The Atlantic Center is registering for fall softball until Aug. 31 at...
Inspiration for Yard Decorating
If seeing Keith Michaud's boat-gazebo makes you want to try something different in your back yard, check out these books for inspiration. -- Garden Whimsy by Tovah Martin and Richard W. Brown (Houghton Mifflin Co., $30). Suggestions in this book...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It's senseless . . . My hope is that it was fast so that she didn't suffer." -- Marcy Silverton of Jacksonville, whose niece Shoshana Greenbaum, a New Jersey school teacher, was killed Thursday in a suicide bombing in Israel....
Jacksonville Players Re-Live Improbable Title
Byline: Shawn LaFata, Shorelines correspondent Two weeks after the girls of the Jacksonville Players last saw each other, they gathered at teammate Shelly Frick's house last weekend. Two weeks since they last laughed together on the softball...
Jags' Quinn Left Wizardry in Germany
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer In a mixed bag of reviews from last night's preseason 18-16 win over the Carolina Panthers, the welcome intensity and toughness exhibited by the first-team defense was offset by a skittish performance...
Kickstarted with a 'W' Hollis Boots 6 Field Goals in Win
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer JAGUARS 18, PANTHERS 16 Mixed success for quarterbacks, but kicker almost perfect Mark Brunell showed once again why he's still "The Franchise" for the Jaguars. Brunell appeared to be ready...
Landon Has Temporary Look Middle School Becomes Land of the Double Wides
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The first day of school Tuesday was certainly different for Landon Middle School sixth-grader Rosemary Costich. Not only was it her first day in middle school, but she and all 499 of her classmates...
Lions' Volunteer Heads Leader Dog Program
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer ORANGE PARK -- Bob Richards had perfect vision until he was 37 years old, which means he probably should have read more while growing up. "There's an old saying: If you don't need glasses...
Long-Term Care Centers Need Nursing Assistants
Byline: Sarah Skidmore, Times-Union staff writer Representatives of Jacksonville's long-term care centers yesterday made a desperate cry for certified nursing assistants. The Legislature raised the bar for staffing levels at Florida long-term...
Man Slain in Home Robbery Glynn Attack Similar to Savannah Invasions
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- A Glynn County man was fatally shot yesterday as his terrified girlfriend hid with a baby nearby during a home invasion robbery that police say might be linked to a recent series of...
Map Groups Southeast with Beaches
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer It was an ironic twist for City Councilman Matt Carlucci as he met Monday with 12 of his District 5 constituents to discuss the city's proposed redistricting plan. The way the proposal sits now, some of the dozen...
McIntyre Loses in Unemployment Case
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer ORANGE PARK -- Elected officials are supposed to work for the public. But a state hearing officer has ruled they are not considered "employees" in the general sense of the word and are not entitled...
Morning Briefing
BLUE CHIP STOCKS RISE, BUT EXPERTS WORRY Blue chip stocks rose yesterday after a government report indicated inflation appears under control, but the big advance led few to believe that Wall Street has suddenly become optimistic about an economic...
NAACP to Picket Adam's Mark
Byline: Moshay Simpson, Times-Union business writer The latest installment of the feud between the NAACP and Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts will play out today when the civil rights organization pickets the national chain's 24 locations, including...
Nassau Notes
FALL HUNTS Permits to hunt in Ralph E. Simmons Memorial State Forest in Nassau County went on sale yesterday. The permits cost $25 each, plus a $1 handling fee. The St. Johns River Water Management District will issue 30 permits for each of the...
National Night out Is a Big Hit Events Help Areas Fight against Crime
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer Clara Daniel has been hosting her neighborhood's National Night Out celebration for more than a decade. "Because it so often rains in the afternoons this time of year, we decided to move indoors this year," said...
New Year, New School RideOut Welcomes First Students
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Some of the faces were excited, some reluctant and shy. But Karla Fogarty, a fifth-grade teacher at RideOut Elementary School, welcomed each of her new charges warmly, with encouragement, a...
Northside Child Care Center Holds Grand Opening Program Focuses on Education
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer A new nonprofit Northside child care center is holding its grand opening today. The Northside Involvement Child Development Center will mark its opening with activities, tours and refreshments from 11 a.m. to...
Officer Has Prior Shootings Suspect Wounded While Fleeing Police
Byline: Veronica Chapin and Rich Tucker , Times-Union staff writers The Jacksonville police officer who Thursday shot an unarmed man wanted for armed robbery has been involved in four prior shootings since he joined the police in 1978, according...
Officials Planning to Call Attention to Litter Police Officers Will Issue Warning Notices
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Litter isn't just a food wrapper tossed out a car window or a cigarette butt flicked on the ground. It's trash piled on a curb, lamps and other items that come flying off pickup trucks, used...
Peaceful Island in Dispute Nassau: Development or State-Owned Park? Future of the Land Is in Question
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Just a few minutes' boat ride from Egan's Creek Marina is Martin's Island, a tranquil roost for the white and spoonbill Ibis that hunt dinner in the marsh and tidal pools. Visitors to the...
Poised Weinke Produces in Debut Panthers Backup QB Puts Experience to Work
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer Carolina's Chris Weinke showed last night that there may be an advantage to being a 29-year-old rookie. The former Florida State standout and 2000 Heisman Trophy winner played with more savvy...
Police Briefing 20-Year-Old Man Arrested for Sexual Battery of Minor
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer A 20-year-old man was arrested at 1:15 a.m. Aug. 4 on Monument Road and charged with sexual battery of a minor. Witnesses said a year ago the man began having consensual sex with a 13-year-old girl....
Police Briefing Man, 31, Facing Charges in Case Involving Children, Firearm
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer A 31-year-old man was arrested at 9:55 p.m. Aug. 3 in the 5800 block of Finch Avenue and charged with aggravated battery, discharging a firearm in public and resisting arrest. Witnesses said the man was driving...
Police Briefing Southside Man Arrested Sunday after Four-Hour Standoff
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A 38-year-old Southside man was arrested Sunday on a charge of aggravated battery after police said he beat up a woman in his home in the 4700 block of San Jose Manor West, then holed up until a police...
Police Briefing Vandals Pound Several Fruit Cove Mailboxes
Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in Mandarin and Northwest St. Johns County, according to the Jacksonville and St. Johns County sheriff's offices: DUVAL COUNTY BATTERY 12000 block of Condor Lane -- A 38-year-old...
Police Briefing Woman and Daughter, 12, Kidnapped during Home-Invasion Robbery
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer A 30-year-old woman and her 12-year-old daughter were kidnapped in a home-invasion robbery and forced to drive to an automatic teller machine on 103rd Street at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, police said. The woman told...
Police Briefs
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH -- Police are investigating an aggravated battery that occurred Aug. 4 in the 100 block of Roberts Street, where police found a man on the floor in...
Prime Time II Hopes to Clone Idol's Success
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- Shading herself under the century-old oak tree at Florida State's practice field, Chris Hernandez strained to get a better view of defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews instructing the Seminoles'...
Productive Placement Pine Castle Gives Developmentally Disabled Adults Chance to Flourish
Byline: Rachel Davis, Times-Union business writer Bill Bishop is a hard worker and sometimes leaves his lunch break early just to get back to work. He's 49 and completely happy with his job. Bishop has Down syndrome and works at Pine Castle,...
Quigley House to Help Older Abuse Victims
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Quigley House has provided emergency shelter and other forms of assistance for hundreds of women and children who have suffered physical and mental abuse at the hands of husbands or boyfriends....
Qui-Si-Sana Runs out of Options Green Cove Springs Hotel Will Be Torn Down
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Farewell, Qui-Si-Sana. After years of architectural studies, cost analysis, debate and frustration, the City Council on Tuesday called it quits on plans to save at least...
Rebuilding Old Pier Makes Sense, Auditor's Office Says
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer The Jacksonville City Council auditor's office says rebuilding Jacksonville Beach's Sixth Avenue South fishing pier would make more economic sense than constructing a new pier downtown because the...
Resident's Niece Dies in Suicide Bombing
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Times-Union staff writer An expressionless Marcy Silverton of Jacksonville fingered photos yesterday that showed her smiling, brown-haired niece as a child, a teenager and most recently as a bride. Silverton's niece was...
Ridgeview's Yaracs Wins First Leg of Tour De Pain
Byline: Michael Boyle, Times-Union sports writer Area runners found one of the coolest spots on the First Coast to begin the 12th annual Tour de Pain. Light cloud cover and a strong seabreeze combined with the setting sun at Jacksonville Beach...
Rocky Night for Backup QB Quinn Tough Stretch with 11 Misses in Row
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports writer It started so well. For a few minutes, he brought to mind the Jonathan Quinn who spent the summer in Europe, shredding the Barcelona and Amsterdam defenses. After Mark Brunell played one series,...
School Board Plans Meeting to Discuss Bus Problems Westside Contractor Refuses to Loan Extra Drivers
Byline: Paul Pinkham and Laura Diamond , Times-Union staff writers Responding to what one member called "an emergency that begs our top priority attention," the Duval County School Board plans to meet Monday to discuss ongoing problems with unfilled...
SCHOOLS Transportation Woes
Confusion during the first few days of school is not unusual. The problems with school bus transportation this week were a little out of the ordinary. This week was the debut for new bus contractors, who did not have a lot of time to get prepared....
Scramble Is on to Find New Funds Nassau: Proposed Property Tax Rate Hike Takes Spotlight
Byline: Derek L. Kinner, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Now what? While Nassau County commissioners have nixed a proposal to implement a new tax to pay for fire protection, they say some type of additional funding is needed desperately. That's...
Seat Empty in Wife's Honor
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Westside retiree John Jackson Jr. sat and watched the Jaguars play the visiting Carolina Panthers last night from the seat his wife occupied in Alltel Stadium before she died at the end of last...
Senate Narrowly Approves New Map Republicans Cry Foul, Plan to Go to Court
Byline: Walter C. Jones, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate narrowly approved a new map of its 56 districts yesterday after four hours of emotional, partisan bickering. Immediately afterward, Republican leaders said they would...
Shining a Light on Faith Synagogue Gets New Stained Glass
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer They hang high above the new entrance to Congregation Ahavath Chesed's synagogue, framed on the outside by Italian travatine rock. Inset in the etched sandstone-colored rock, they look like pages of a Torah,...
Stroud Turns Heads in Debut
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer For a guy who wasn't supposed to play much, Marcus Stroud certainly made good use of his time last night. The Jaguars' No. 1 draft pick, as expected, didn't start against Carolina because of a fractured...
Students Head Back to Beaches-Area Schools
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Amid construction crews and heavy traffic from anxious parents dropping off children, everything was going according to schedule Tuesday morning at Mayport Middle School. Children stood...
Taking Care of Family Members
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Frank Charles has spent much of his 35 years trying on careers. He's been a pilot. A volunteer firefighter. A cigar bar proprietor. Now he believes he may have found one that fits. One that comes...
Talk of the Town
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor Tuesday was National Night Out for Crime and judging by a couple of reports, turnout was heavy in some areas. One in particular was the Argyle Forest section of Clay County, where between 400 and 500 residents...
Tavern Is Almost Complete Fernandina: Owners Plan to Open by Fall
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer The upcoming opening of the 1878 Tavern and Grille at 12 N. Second St. in Fernandina Beach will give tourists and locals just one more reason to visit historic downtown. The 5,200-square-foot,...
Terrific Turbos Latest, Most Exotic Porsches Put on a Show
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer So you would think a day driving new Porsches at a race track would be fun, right? It was. But as we spent the steamy morning circling the road course at Homestead-Miami Speedway at a Porsche-sponsored...
There's Magazine Life, and Real Life
Byline: Elizabeth Seney, Shorelines columnist A few years ago, I vowed to stop buying women's "fashion" magazines. After more than 20 years of reading their regurgitated advice on how to lose 10 pounds by the holidays, attract the perfect man and...
Vestcor Sends Renovation Plans to City
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer As it waits for City Council review of its proposed incentives request, Vestcor Properties submitted building plans to the city this week for the proposed residential renovation of The...
Woman Arrested in Carjack Try
Byline: Alexa Jaworski, Times-Union staff writer A St. Johns County woman was arrested yesterday morning on charges of attempted kidnapping and attempted carjacking after an incident Wednesday night. With the help of a composite drawing, police...
Women's Center Benefit Showcases Storytellers
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer Two nationally known storytellers are headed to town to perform at a benefit for the Women's Center of Jacksonville. The benefit, titled The Ear Hears & the Heart Moves: The Wit and Wisdom of the Spoken...