The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 15, 2002

Activists Focus on Church Role Pastors Take Up Voting Cross
Byline: Tiffany Lankes, Times-Union staff writer In the wake of the controversy surrounding the 2000 presidential election, black political activists are mobilizing for the 2002 election. And they're doing it from the pulpit. An institution...
Activities Are in the Works for Several Partner Groups
Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff writer Several of our featured partner groups are holding June events. ST. JOHNS COUNTY COUNCIL ON AGING The St. Johns County Council On Aging will hold a six-week course, Introduction to Sign Language,...
Alert Focuses on Illegal Catfish Fort Stewart Tracks Flatheads
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer Fort Stewart Fish and Wildlife Branch biologists want fishermen to report any catching or sighting of flathead catfish, a species that has been introduced illegally into Southeast Georgia streams....
Attorney Says He'll Appeal Vote Denying Development
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union sports writer An attorney representing the developer of a proposed subdivision and Publix shopping center on County Road 210 said he will appeal a St. Johns County Commission vote Tuesday that denied a development...
Beaches Sewer Line Saga Continues
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Neptune Beach workers reconnected a controversial sewer line on Penman Road Wednesday after the line, which crossed a neighbor's property, was cut this week for the third time since early May....
Beach Shorts
BEACH RENTALS The Jacksonville Beach Planning Commission gave permission Monday for a beach rentals shop at 224 N. Oceanfront to rent bicycles, chairs, umbrellas, surfboards and other beach accessories. The rental shop will operate on the boardwalk...
Bishops Vote to Remove Abusers but Errant Priests Not Defrocked in New Policy
Byline: Paul Pinkham, Times-Union staff writer DALLAS -- Catholic priests who have sexually abused a child -- whether in the "past, present or future" -- would be removed from ministry under a historic document adopted yesterday by America's bishops....
Blacks Tie Vote into Juneteenth Festival
Byline: Alliniece T. Andino, Times-Union staff writer They fired housekeepers. They kidnapped volunteers. They bombed houses. In the 1950s and '60s, members of secret societies threatened and killed people who encouraged African-Americans...
Bucs, Bucks a No-Brainer for McCardell
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer It didn't take long for free agent-shopper Keenan McCardell to choose the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs simply weren't prepared to match the $2 million signing bonus...
Champ Lewis Mum on Future
Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis returned to Britain yesterday and sidestepped questions on whether he plans to retire. Lewis stopped Mike Tyson with a crashing right hand in the eighth round last Saturday in Memphis to retain his WBC and IBF titles....
Church to Add Building Fruit Cove Baptist Plans Family Center
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Four years after it added a $1.7 million sanctuary to handle growth in its congregation and the surrounding community, Fruit Cove Baptist Church will break ground tomorrow on a $6 million Family Ministry...
Clay High Class of 2002
The County Line will be publishing the names of recent graduates of Clay, Keystone Heights, Middleburg, Orange Park and Ridgeview high schools. The lists, which will run in alphabetical order by school, were compiled by the schools. CLAY HIGH CLASS...
Clay Teens' Patriotic Music Stirs Area Audiences
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Joe Chisolm is only 13 years old and Josh Abbey is 16. But the two Clay County youths demonstrate a passion for something many kids their age rarely exhibit: patriotism. Their devotion to...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I feel like I'm doing something." -- Bob "Rocky" Russo, an Atlanta pizzeria owner who is on a hunger strike to raise awareness about the tensions between India and Pakistan. See story, this page. PARTY AT THE FORT Fort King...
Community Spotlight Liz C. Kawecki She Finds Beach Is a Good Spot to Teach Yoga
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer In addition to gulls and sandpipers, early morning beachgoers on the south end of Amelia Island have gotten used to seeing people stretching themselves into cobras and tigers during yoga classes...
CVS Corp. Pharmacy Closer to Start
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer CVS Corp. appears to be a significant step closer to opening its first Jacksonville pharmacy. The city approved a site-clearing permit this week for developer Zaremba Group LLC to...
Designing Begins for New Arena Facility Would Host Horse, Other Events
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer The Clay County Agricultural Fairgrounds is one step closer to having a new multi-purpose arena for equestrian events, as well as musical concerts, car and truck shows and other attractions....
Discovery May Be Religious Ritual Site
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer The remains of a dead rooster, women's clothing and three knives found in an Atlantic Beach park probably wasn't a crime scene but the site of an Afro-Caribbean cleansing ritual meant to remove...
Fight Still on over Mayport Road Speeds
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Atlantic Beach city officials aren't giving up on lowering the Mayport Road speed limit despite a state transportation agency's decision to leave the 45-mph speed limit as it is. "We are...
Gadgets & Gizmos
Tomorrow is Father's Day, so if you haven't bought anything, you are officially in the last-minute shopping category. Try these new whiz-bang widgets. -- Sony Sports Walkman Armband Radio: If Dad is an active jogger -- or just wants to be an active...
Garcia's Best Shots: Verbal Spaniard Raps USGA, Gallery
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- A contentious Sergio Garcia battled the elements, his game and the vocal Bethpage galleries. Then he took on the USGA and The Man. Garcia, the 22-year-old Spaniard who began...
Grant Will Help Track County Vehicles
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer The Clay County Council on Aging has 27 vans and buses running pretty much all the time, transporting elderly and disabled passengers to doctor's offices and clinics for medical treatments. ...
Green Cove Repairs Traffic Will Be Detoured for 5 Days
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Traffic on busy Florida 16 West in Green Cove Springs will be detoured for five days later this month as work crews replace a 15-year-old railroad crossing. The detours will begin at 9 a.m....
Helping Them Learn to Read Is Music to Her
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Back when duPont Middle was a high school, one of its students, 14-year-old Cathryn Winterfield, was working on being a top French horn player. "I might still hold the record as the youngest person...
'His Is a True Generosity' Survivor Now Thrives on Giving Back
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Henri Landwirth knows what it's like to suffer. To be homeless, to have nothing. He has devoted his life to helping others who know these things too. As an adolescent, Landwirth survived hell on...
Historic Qui-Si-Sana Now Relegated to History Hotel's Demise Will Make Way for City Hall
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- The Qui-Si-Sana Hotel began its final crumble yesterday. The rotten interior collapsed as cranes tore into the magnificent facade, dropping bathtubs, heating units and...
Jacksonville Beach Police to Warn of Sexual Predators
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer Please don't hang up. The silence on the other end of the phone may not be a telemarketer, but the delayed start of a recording from the Jacksonville Beach Police Department to warn you about a natural...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It was a landmark, but it had to go." -- Raymond Bland, a longtime Green Cove Springs resident, who watched the demolition of the Qui-Si-Sana Hotel yesterday. See story, this page. SOERGEL AWARD A Times-Union journalist...
Jarrett Earns Michigan Pole
Byline: Don Coble, Times-Union sports writer BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Not even Mother Nature could beat Dale Jarrett during yesterday's pole qualifying for the Sirius Satellite Radio 400. Jarrett, last week's winner at Pocono, Pa., established the...
Jaspers Have a Clay County Flavor
Byline: Brent Beaird, Times-Union correspondent The seventh annual Florida Sports Awards, held June 8, recognized two Clay County sports stars. The two Jasper Awards went to Cindy Hudgins, a Clay High graduate, as amateur softball player of the...
JEA Grants Uncertified Contractor More Time Future Sewer Work Held Pending License
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer A contractor doing $380 million in repairs on Jacksonville's sewer lines will get more time to obtain a state certificate for legally doing business in Florida, the JEA decided yesterday. The...
Last-Minute Mistakes Sink Tomcats
Byline: Jeff Walker, Times-Union sports writer A holding call nullified a potential game-tying touchdown and a fumble proved too difficult to overcome as the Jacksonville Tomcats lost 48-41 to the Macon Knights last night in front of 5,506 at the...
Library Campaign Gets Bold Supporters to Try Raising $17 Million
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer A fund-raising campaign for Jacksonville's new library will aim for $16 million to $17 million in donations, making it one of the most ambitious ever for a cultural activity in the city. The Jacksonville...
Making It Safer for Kids New Davis Park Meets a Need
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Pat Bridgeman no longer has to worry about kids playing in the streets in her Southside neighborhood, dodging cars and trucks. They now have their own park, complete with basketball court, picnic...
Mandarin Shows Little Interest in Free Trees
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Need a free tree? It seems not many organizations and residents in Mandarin and the Southside do, despite the fact that JEA's Communi-Tree program has been donating 14 kinds to qualified groups and...
Mandarin YMCA Expands
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The climb up the tall stairs to get to the second-floor entrance of the Williams Family Branch YMCA in Mandarin is a memory now. A new ground-floor lobby and office complex were unveiled Tuesday at...
Mayport Sailor Charged with Drug Trafficking
Byline: Rachel Davis, Times-Union staff writer A Mayport Naval Station sailor was arrested yesterday and charged with the distribution of drugs. Petty Officer 2nd Class Detria Deon Green, whose age was not available, has been under investigation...
Morning Briefing
HOSPITALS' BACKUP APPLICATIONS DENIED State regulators denied backup applications for three new hospitals in Jacksonville that initially were approved but are now being challenged. The Agency for Health Care Administration denied the applications...
Nassau Notes
VOTING DEMONSTRATION The Nassau County Supervisor of Elections office will conduct a demonstration of the new voting machines from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the Westside Senior Center, 37002 Bud Road in Hilliard. For more information, call 845-3331....
Nocatee Wants Land Use Code Flexibility Planning Staff OK's Exemptions
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer Nocatee developers are asking for some leeway from the St. Johns County land use code, including a 1,000-foot distance requirement between churches or schools and places that sell alcohol. The Parc...
Notebook
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer DUVAL FADES AT END Through 15 holes of the second round of the U.S. Open yesterday, David Duval of Ponte Vedra Beach was playing as well as anyone, including leader Tiger Woods. "Too bad you have...
Operation Brightside in Its 18th Year
Some Jacksonville-area youths will have the chance to earn money this summer while providing community service as part of Operation Brightside. Operation Brightside, now in its 18th year, provides work experience for students while expanding the...
Ortega Gets a Facelift Kids Help with New Plantings
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Armed with a little red wagon, 25 bags of mulch, 100 pounds of potting soil and 75 flowering plants, they came prepared to get their hands dirty. When they left several hours later, they did...
Pageant Winners Receive Kudos
Winners of pageants in Northeast Florida were honored Sunday by pageant directors, families and friends. There was a buffet dinner at Windsor Parke Country Club for those competing for state titles this summer, some for Miss Florida in the Miss...
Parting from Motorbike Suzuki Turns Hayabusa into Formula One Race Car
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer It is named after a Japanese falcon that can dive at speeds up to 186 mph, its heart a 175-horsepower engine normally sitting in a motorcycle. But the 1,300-cc DOHC, 16-valve powerplant screaming...
PILOTS DON'T WEAR GLASSES Duval Navy Personnel Can Get Laser Eye Surgery
Byline: Rachel Davis, Times-Union staff writer Kevin Fitzgerald wanted nothing more than to fly, but his eyes wouldn't let him. With imperfect vision, the 21-year-old midshipman would have to surrender to his second-place dream of naval flight officer....
Players: A Good Long Walk Spoiled
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Frustration led to anger, and finally to laughter. Nick Price and Steve Jones, PGA Tour veterans and major championship winners, failed to get their tee shots over cross-rough...
Police Briefing Molotov Cocktail Tossed into Yard
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Someone threw a crude Molotov cocktail at the front door of a home in the 10000 block of Huntington Forest Boulevard East around 2 a.m. Wednesday and punctured tires on three cars in the nearby driveway....
POLICE BRIEFS Man Charged with Child Abuse
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH -- Police arrested a man June 7 and charged him with child abuse after police received several 911 calls about the man beating a child with his fist...
Police Briefs Westside Man Arrested in Online Case
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff A 44-year-old Westside resident was arrested Monday on a charge of solicitation of a child via computer after police posed online as a 14-year-old girl. Police were conducting an undercover investigation...
Police Briefs Woman Robbed at Gunpoint While Getting into Her Car
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A woman was robbed at gunpoint June 7 as she was getting into her car in the 8100 block of Old Kings Road South. Police said the woman was in front of a store at 4 a.m. when a man wearing an orange...
Pool Is Ready -- on Monday Hilliard: Now There's a New Place in Town to Take a Relaxing Swim
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Hilliard Councilman Clint Phillips said wherever he has gone in town recently he's heard one question. "Everywhere I go it's, 'When is the pool going to open?' " Phillips said. Barring...
Poster Puts 'Golden Rule' on Display
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: Could you print the text of the Golden Rule poster referred to on the May 31 Religion page or let me know where I could obtain it? -- R.M., Orange Park Dear R.M. According to CoNexus...
PUBLIC SAFETY Pair Jailed on Armed Robbery Charges
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer While an Argyle man and his girlfriend remain in the Clay County jail on armed robbery charges, investigators are continuing a search for evidence linking the pair to as many as eight other holdups...
RELIGION Speaking His Mind
The Rev. Jerry Vines was not politically correct in a speech this week at a Southern Baptist pastors conference in St. Louis. But that alone cannot justify the harsh criticism afterward. Vines, a Jacksonville clergyman, told his audience that pluralists...
ROCK Camp a Fun Time for Cancer Kids
Byline: Marion Gooding, Times-Union staff writer Student volunteers passed out name tags, shirts, hats and backpacks Sunday morning to children whose eager faces barely crested the table-tops. Pockets the Clown painted flowers, stars and alligators...
Safe Animal Shelter under Way Site to Be Ready by Year's End
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Dozens of men and women, some dressed in suits and others more casually attired, parked their cars on a dirt road Tuesday morning and walked a short distance to a muddy field surrounded by tall...
Schools with F's Plead for Help Small Class Size, Training on List
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer Parents and educators from a dozen Duval County public schools that received a failing mark from the state want the school system to provide extra assistance to help the schools improve. They are...
School Zone Almost Time to Register for Community College
Byline: Toi Jefferson, County Line staff writer Open registration for the Summer B term at St. Johns River Community College is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 26 and from 12:30 to 7 p.m. June 27. Registration is held in the administration office...
ShortCut to Lunch McDonald's to Test Fast-Pay Device for Fast Food
Byline: Ryan Lee, Times-Union business writer If your stomach growls each time you search your wallet for the three singles, two quarters, two dimes and four pennies needed to buy a Big Mac value meal, tell it to hush. Local McDonald's restaurants...
Skater Goes Coast to Coast to Help His Sick Nephew
Byline: Marion Gooding, Staff writer Stacy Olsen-Butler crested the Acosta Bridge Monday on his way through downtown Jacksonville. He paused for a moment -- having in-line-skated about 3,000 miles in almost two months -- to chug an orange sport...
Students Set Their Sights on Peru Brother and Sister Earn Missionary Trip Funds
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Some Clay County teens are spending the summer at play. Others are working to earn spending money for clothes or college. But Dennis Coan, 18, a recent Ridgeview High School graduate, and his...
The County Line
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor While you are reading this, I'll just be returning from vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Sounds exciting, doesn't it? I hope it was. In the meantime, here is a heads-up on something you don't want...
Tiger Alone at Top Woods Leaves Field Waterlogged
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- A wet, weary Jay Haas observed the leaderboard and made a seemingly safe prediction. "I think he's gone for good," Haas said. On a cold, wet day more suited for a British...
Time Share Is Forced into Sale Loan Problems Hit St. Johns Resort Site
Byline: Earl Daniels, Times-Union business writer The owner of the time-share complex at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine is facing a foreclosure sale of its property. Vistana WGV Ltd., the owner of the time share, has failed to sell a...
Trapping Hobby Bonds Father, Son
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Larry Walshaw is carrying on a trapping tradition with his 7-year-old son, Darren, in the backyard of their Atlantic Beach home just as he did with his father in the Adirondack Mountains in...
YMCA Summer Camp Adds Computer Tutoring Fernandina: Idea Is to Keep Kids' Brains Exercised, Too
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer "Think, think, think, think," Janet Faris called out Monday to youngsters as they worked their way through math and vocabulary exercises in the computer lab at Atlantic Elementary School in Fernandina...
Young Cast Makes for Lively 'Annie'
Byline: Patti Levine-Brown, County Line correspondent There are several good reasons to go see Orange Park Community Theatre's musical production of Annie, but the best reason is the cast of young performers that will be taking center stage from...
Youth Challenge Class to Graduate
Thirty-two Clay County teenagers will be among 103 cadets scheduled to graduate tomorrow from the Florida Youth Challenge Academy at Camp Blanding. The cadets are the academy's second class to graduate since the program for at-risk youth began last...