The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 28, 2002

1,200 State Guardsmen Called Up; about 40 to Come from Jacksonville
Byline: Shawna Sundin and Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writers The federal government has ordered the mobilization of more than 1,200 members of the Florida National Guard amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf and on the Korean peninsula....
Area Event Inspiration for Chapter; Author Puts Keystone Parade in First Book
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, Clay County Line correspondent For Jacksonville author Wayne Bryant, a parade in Keystone Heights was the inspiration for a chapter in his first book, The Last Train Home. In the book, Bryant's main character, Ted, stumbles...
Beach Project's Contractor to Pay $1 Million to Settle
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer The contractor in charge of Duval County's beach renourishment project recently agreed to pay a settlement of nearly $1 million to a federal agency to restore environmental damage it caused to the...
Before You Buy a House, Ask Questions
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Owning a home has many benefits. When you make a mortgage payment, you are building equity. Owning a home also qualifies you for tax breaks. Here are some questions to determine if home ownership...
Boater's Longtime Hobby Also His Career
Byline: Rachel Tittle, River Bend Review correspondent His grandfather got him hooked on boat motors in 1951, and half a century later Jerry Hastings is still going full throttle. Hastings has owned Advance Marine Inc., an outboard specialty...
Book Explores Stained Glass; Windows Depict Stories of the New Testament
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer It's all about light. It's about the colorful, soothing light that streams into the sanctuary of the Avondale church -- but also about the message of faith, hope and redemption those light rays symbolize,...
Bowden Retires the Rumors; Coach Says He'll Stay and Straighten out 'Noles' Woes
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer NEW ORLEANS -- Consecutive four-loss seasons, punctuated by this season's off-field incidents, have some Florida State fans suggesting Bobby Bowden should consider retirement following the Seminoles'...
Caring Discipline Guides Boys & Girls Club; Nassau: Director Once Trained Army Drill Sergeants
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Arms wavered in the air, while some quivered with fatigue. Heads turned and eyes shifted from left to right to follow the booming baritone of a seasoned drill sergeant. The group of middle...
Christmas Memories Rich, Even If Writer's Family Wasn't
Byline: Elizabeth Seney, Shorelines columnist My favorite Christmas memory as a child easily could have ended in a misdemeanor criminal charge being filed against my family. Ignorance is bliss, as they say, and at 8 years old in the early '70s,...
Cloister to Face Massive Overhaul; Luxury 1928 Resort to Be Dismantled, Rebuilt
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer SEA ISLAND -- The Cloister, widely known as a grande dame among resort hotels, will undergo a $200 million restoration and renovation beginning next year as it celebrates its 75th anniversary....
Committee President Active Volunteer
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer When his son was dying of an inoperable brain tumor, Carl Moore Jr. realized the value of volunteers. He saw how they helped his 8-year-old son deal with the emotional, social and medical challenges...
Confederate Sons Offer Libraries Link to History
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer Native Clay County residents who think their family tree might include soldiers from the Civil War era now have a new source of historical information that may be helpful through the Clay...
County Decides to Rent Space; Nassau: Courthouse Annex Being Rebuilt
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Nassau County commissioners have decided to lease a building in downtown Fernandina Beach to temporarily house the tax collector and supervisor of elections and their staffs until their offices...
Dancers Win over Audience; Team Gets Second in Competition
Byline: Phillip J. Milano, River City News editor The LeRoy Butler Foundation Midget Dance Team Cobras knew they were on to something when the crowd at the National Cheerleading Championship in Orlando started roaring their approval during their...
Event Raises Money for Habijax
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg, River City News correspondent Two-year old Elizabeth Duvall's sturdy little body was still for the moment, her blonde cap of hair sparkling in the sunlight. Draped over the bridge railing, she concentrated her gaze...
Family Has Art History; Yulee: Father, Son Teach Sculpture at Nassau Institute
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Sculptor Dante V. de Florio Sr. still remembers the silent westerns that inspired him to draw cowboys and horses when he was a little boy in the medieval town of Maddaloni, Italy. "Tom Mix....
Farmers Look Ahead to Life after Chickens
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer Standing in a dusty 400-foot-long steel building, one of four such structures at his Clay Hill farm, County Commissioner Glenn Lassiter was surrounded by thousands of baby chickens -- perhaps...
Firefighter Also Responds to Calls to Entertain
Byline: Christy Whitehead, Clay County Line correspondent Fire trucks at a party are usually a sign of disaster, but not when Billy Futch is the driver. Futch's Orange Park company, Hire a Fire Truck, responds to calls for fun and entertainment...
Fletcher High Band Makes It to Fiesta Bowl; Band Competition Also on Tap for Trip
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Despite continued fund-raising challenges, the Fletcher High School Marching Band made it to Arizona. They'll perform before 40,000 people tomorrow at the Fiesta Bowl National Championship of Bands...
Friends Recall Bartlett Brothers during Memorial
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer About 300 friends, neighbors and loved ones filled Nease High School's performing arts center this week to bid farewell to two brothers killed in a Dec. 19 auto crash on U.S. 1. Justin Bartlett,...
Gator Bowl Notebook
Byline: Alex Abrams and Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writers NOTRE DAME PRACTICE IRISH OPEN PRACTICE Notre Dame held its first practice in Jacksonville yesterday, focusing on special teams, conditioning and fundamentals. "Today was a...
Gift Possible Source of Duck's Arrow Wounds
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer An early Christmas gift may have sent a Muscovy duck to an animal hospital last week, after the Jacksonville Humane Society recovered it with a brand-new steel arrow piercing its body. Humane society officials...
Good Buy, Christmas
Gift cards are the truest one-size-fits-all present for the giver and the getter. You choose what fits your budget, and Uncle Bob doesn't have to wait in the return line holding his 14th pair of flannel pajamas. To help you make the most of any gift...
Good Night, 2002; Good Day, 2003
Byline: Derek L. Kinner, Nassau Neighbors editor Once again, it's time to put another year to bed and look forward to the coming year. What did 2002 bring us? It brought us more Republicans. No Republicans lost in countywide races in November....
Group Still Seeking Mayport Medians; Funding Halted, Restructuring Considered
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Medians are still planned along Mayport Road even though a major funding initiative by the city of Jacksonville for the project might no longer be available. The Mayport Waterfront Partnership,...
Her Efforts on Youths' Behalf Noticed
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer A Jacksonville Beach resident has won a national award for her work with at-risk youths in Northeast Florida. Brenda Frinks, an outreach manager with the Youth Crisis Center and coordinator...
Holiday Season No Holiday for Musicians
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg, Times-Union correspondent December has been a busy month for 24 young Jacksonville musicians. On Dec. 8, the six new chamber ensembles of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, ages 6 to 12, performed their first...
Irish Linebacker Arrested; Club Manager: No Bruises When Taken into Custody
Byline: Tia Mitchell and Alex Abrams, Times-Union staff writers A Notre Dame football player was arrested early yesterday morning at a Jacksonville Beach nightclub and taken to jail, where he was put in a restraining apparatus for disruptive behavior....
Jacksonville Journal
BANDS OFF TO BOWLS Two Jacksonville-area high school bands will be spending the holidays performing at major bowl games. The Clay County High School Band will kick off its trip to the Cotton Bowl at 4 p.m. today with a celebration meal at the...
Jacksonville Squadrons to Return to Persian Gulf; Navy to Send 2 Battle Groups to Region
WASHINGTON -- About 500 Jacksonville-based sailors who just returned from the Persian Gulf have been ordered back with the rest of the USS George Washington battle group as part of a major, rapid military deployment for a possible war with Iraq. ...
Jags' Season about to End -- Finally
Byline: Brian Kosoy, Times-Union correspondent I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday, and that you're all looking forward to an exciting New Year. I've been doing some reflecting on the past year for next week's Year in Review column. I've...
Jaguars Notebook
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union staff writer COUGHLIN CALLS TIRADE 'SPONTANEOUS' Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin has tried to be supportive and upbeat with his young team all year. Even after last week's 28-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans, which...
JEA Grants Reprieve for 3 Walk-In Sites; Payment Hours to Be Cut at 2
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer Reversing course, the JEA said yesterday it won't close customer service branches in Orange Park, Atlantic Beach and on Soutel Drive in north Jacksonville. The three branches had been slated to...
Keeping the Faith
Byline: Glenda S. Jenkins, Nassau Neighbors correspondent Emancipation service The annual Emancipation Proclamation Service, sponsored by the Nassau County Branch of the NAACP, will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at O'Neal Memorial Baptist Church,...
Kids Raise Money to Buy Gifts for Children Sick during Holiday
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer This holiday season, about 50 Nassau County children learned the joys of hard work, shopping and giving. Bobby and Tricia Nichols earned $20 picking up their neighbor's newspaper and mail....
Know How
Shopping for carpet? Not all carpet is created equal. The type of fiber and the method of construction determine how well a carpet will perform and keep its original appearance. Carpet density directly relates to the amount of yarn used. Here's a simple...
Kwanzaa Celebration Won't Be Held at Beaches This Year
Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines editor In recent years at the Beaches, winter holiday celebrations have continued for days after the Christmas presents were opened. But not this year. The Beaches' Kwanzaa celebration, part of an international...
Lady Raiders Are Champs
Byline: Brent Beaird, Clay County Line sports writer After winning three games in two days, the Orange Park girls soccer team has earned a few well-deserved days off. The Lady Raiders (9-2-1) won the 11th annual Palm Coast Christmas soccer tournament....
Land Donation Allows Camden to Expand Park; Sea Island Deal Saves $100,000
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer WOODBINE -- A new county park planned for the high-growth Harriets Bluff area in Camden County will be much more than residents expected when county commissioners earmarked $250,000 for the project....
LAW; Tricky Arrests
The plaintiffs make a strong emotional case, but a weak legal one, in a class-action lawsuit filed by several Arab activist groups against the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Under a new federal law, men from 20 Arab and Islamic countries...
Migrants Receive Presents; Food Bank Arranges Meals
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer They spent Dec. 15 at five St. Johns County migrant farm worker camps, providing donated duffel bags full of necessities to the people who work the farms around Hastings, as well as home-cooked meals. Five days...
'Morning Crew' Rises Early; Ponte Vedra YMCA Opens at 5 A.M
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Sherry Bos' jam-packed day starts early. She needs to pack the kids' lunches, toss in a load of laundry, walk the dog and work out -- before she heads to work. Since staying in shape is a priority...
Nassau Notes
Boating course The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary on Jan. 14 will begin teaching a "Boating Skills and Seamanship" class, which details the rules, equipment and techniques used in operating motorboats safely in Nassau County waters. Classes...
Orlando Team Owner Buys Share of Barracudas
Byline: Jeff Walker, Times-Union sports writer The Jacksonville Barracudas are calling upon a developer to help them build a franchise. David Waronker, a real estate developer who works in New Jersey and Florida, has bought a 34 percent interest...
Outback Bowl Notebook
Byline: David Fox, Times-Union sports writer ODOM DRAWS PRAISE Florida's John Thompson didn't have to look far to find his first defensive coordinator at East Carolina. The newly hired Pirates coach found exactly what he was looking for in Florida...
Out of the Mouths of 8-Year-Olds
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor Just running off at the typewriter in the middle of the year-end holidays . . . Is it time for changes at Alltel Stadium? My 8-year-old grandson seems to think so. In the middle of the third quarter...
PAL Organizing Basketball Games
Byline: Compiled by Brent Beaird, County Line staff writer The Police Athletic League of Clay County is holding signups for its 2003 basketball season. The season begins Jan. 11 and is open to children ages 5 to 18. There are four age groups for...
Parents Get Safety Tips; Program Offers Car Seat Safety Checks around Town
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer Argyle mom Lyndi Spencer said she worried that her children's car seats wiggled too much. "It never seems tight enough," she said. But after a recent visit with car seat safety experts at...
Patriotic WWII Veteran Dies on Christmas Day; His Love of U.S.A. Instilled in Others
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer Wilbert Hayes Snively, known for the patriotism he instilled in his daughters, died Christmas Day in a nursing home after a lengthy illness. He was 82. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at...
POLICE BRIEFING; Armed Robbery Attempt Fails Refrigerator Door Blocks Bullets
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Police are searching for a man who fired five shots at the refrigerator door where the manager of the Bono's barbecue restaurant at 10111 San Jose Blvd. was hiding Sunday night during a robbery attempt. Police...
Police Briefs; 3 Charged with Home Invasion Robbery 14-Year-Old Boy among Suspects
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer A 22-year-old man, a19-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy were arrested at 2 p.m. Sunday in the 2800 block of Sophia Street and charged with home invasion robbery. Witnesses called police when they...
POLICE BRIEFS; Christmas Gifts Stolen from Car
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH Two women reported Dec. 17 that someone stole their Christmas presents from a car in the 2200 block...
Police Briefs; Man Charged with Stalking, Slapping His Ex-Girlfriend
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A 30-year-old Arlington man was arrested late Dec. 21 on charges of aggravated stalking, battery, criminal mischief and threatening telephone calls after police said he harassed a former girlfriend,...
Police Briefs; Men Snatch Purse at Gunpoint Armed Robbers Carjack Couple
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer A 43-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint after leaving Burlington Coat Factory and returning to her car in the 6000 block of Lake Grey Boulevard. Three men came up behind her, placed a gun to...
Police Group Gives out Cash to 3 Organizations
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer The Fraternal Order of Police has made a donation to three Beaches-area community organizations after a recent fund-raising drive. "We wanted to come into the community, pick different charities...
Redesigned Wagon; 2003 Saturn LW Looks More Distinctive with Face-Lift
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Candy didn't need to be ask a second time to gracefully hop up into the gathered leather bucket seat of the 2003 Saturn LW300 station wagon on a recent sunny Saturday afternoon, plop her lustrous tail...
Scouts Go to Court; Chambers Site of Ceremony
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Dozens of young men went to court last week for their judgment. It was a "Court of Honor" held in Judge Brian Davis' chambers at the Duval County Courthouse where the Boy Scouts received promotions,...
Shrimping Season Will Remain Open; Decision Helps Area's Harvesters
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Georgia commercial and recreational shrimpers will be allowed to keep fishing until further notice, state authorities said yesterday. The state's food shrimp season will be extended...
Soccer Complex Finished; Players Eager to Test New Fields
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Charlie Towers and other Westside soccer parents will no longer have to watch their youngsters play at three different locations. With the long-awaited completion of a major soccer complex at...
State's Best Wrestling? It May Be in Clay County
Byline: Brent Beaird, Clay County Line sports writer Clay County may have the best high school wrestling per capita of any county in the state. You can take that to the mat. For example, at the Westside Kiwanis Tournament Dec. 21, Clay County...
St. Augustine Radio Stations Sold to Chicago Company
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union business writer A Chicago broadcasting company has reached an agreement to buy St. Augustine radio stations WSOS (94.1 FM) and WKLN (1170 AM) for $4 million, a broker for the buyers said yesterday. Lakeshore Media...
St. Johns Town Center Delayed; Developer Blames Economy for Holdup
Byline: Gregory Richards, Times-Union business writer Jacksonville is not getting its proposed high-end shopping mall as soon as hoped. The developers of St. Johns Town Center, a mixed-use retail, office, hotel and apartment complex proposed...
Students Join War of Words; Spelling Bee Tests Nerves, Knowledge
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Some of the words tossed at the 20 fifth- and sixth-graders sitting nervously on the Doctors Inlet Elementary stage might have tripped up adults. "Hogshead." "Orbital." "Earnest." "Sensory."...
Students Show off New Language at Board Meeting
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer Huddled together, their collective eyes focused on their leader, the Middleburg High School students appeared poised to break out in song. And they did. But not a sound was heard. ...
Sugar Bowl Notebook
Byline: Bob Thomas and Collin Mickle, Times-Union sports writers GEORGIA PRACTICE GREENE, BOWDEN SUPPORT RICHT'S EXTENSION Georgia's players were unanimous in praise of the decision to extend coach Mark Richt's contract, which the University...
Texas Track Coach Improves after Surgery
Texas women's track coach Beverly Kearney was in serious condition yesterday after spinal surgery for injuries suffered in a single-car accident that killed two other women on Interstate 10 in Baker County. Kearney, 44, had regained movement in...
The Shoe Man; When Life Threw St. Simons Island Resident Joe Leggett a Curveball, He Decided to Teach Himself a New Craft
Byline: Patricia Neleski, Times-Union correspondent Joe Leggett, 74, went into the shoe repair business 15 years ago on his doctor's advice. Leggett had retired after 36 years at Hercules Inc. to battle rectal cancer. He'd also given up his sideline...
Too Old? He's Still a Champion; at 10, Irish Setter Keeps Going Strong
Byline: Patti Levine-Brown, Clay County Line correspondent An Irish setter owned by a Fleming Island couple should be over the hill, but he doesn't seem to know it. Tyler, a 10-year-old American, Canadian and international dog show champion,...
Western Wear Bites Dust but Couple Sees Gold in Rustic Furnishings
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line correspondent Bill and Barbara Matern recently expanded their Hacienda Decor home furnishings business in Orange Park, and the couple plans to close out Buffalo Bill's Western Outfitters at 9731 Beach Blvd....
Zook Calls on Strong; Coordinator Back with UF
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer TAMPA -- When news leaked that John Thompson was going to be hired as the head coach at East Carolina, potential replacements rushed to submit their names to Florida coach Ron Zook. Because of...