The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 4, 1998

A Ban on the Span Fuller Warren Restrictions Go into Effect Today
A ban on most heavy trucks and commercial vehicles with more than two axles starts today on Jacksonville's Fuller Warren Bridge, which state officials said needs millions of dollars in repairs due to vibrations from heavy truck traffic. ...
AccuStaff Sells Health Division
AccuStaff Inc., which has expanded rapidly through acquisitions over the last few years, announced yesterday it is shedding a business. The Jacksonville-based business services company said it sold its health care division, which provides...
Adoption Laws May Face a Makeover
Mary Morris Williams of Jacksonville spent two weeks with her daughter before giving her up for adoption in New York in 1970. Almost 30 years later, Williams still feels grief and guilt over the adoption. But Williams said the first 14 days,...
Alltel Crew Faces Challenge
It's probably not going to be a very happy holiday season for any member of the Alltel Stadium grounds crew. Alltel Stadium could play host to three football games -- the Jaguars' regular-season finale on Monday, Dec. 28, the Jan. 1 Toyota...
Arlington Schools to Lose 2 Principals
If fourth-graders at Fort Caroline Elementary School score well on their Florida Writes! exams, Principal Barbara Langley has promised to wear her pajamas to school for a day. That's what Ann Yearwood, the school's Parent-Teacher Association...
Beach Native Dives into Hobby
Not many folks can boast being in a family of five generations of Jacksonville residents, but Charlotte Lloyd isn't like most folks. Her great-grandfather moved from Virginia and established a mercantile store on Bay Street that was lost...
Camera Offer Might Contain a Few Strings
Dear Call Box: I received an offer in the mail that says I've won a camera, tripod and 100 free rolls of film. All I have to pay is about $12 shipping. Is this legit? -- W.N. Dear W.N.: This offer has been around for several years. So far...
Church Dropping Parking Project
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church in Springfield has dropped plans to add parking spaces to a park across from the church because of opposition from the community. Some Springfield residents, such as Phil Neary, who wrote a letter to...
Clay Grad May Play before Home Crowd
Mike Peeples, a second baseman in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system and a former Clay High School student, has advanced to the Knoxville Blue Jays' Class AA Southern League team. Last season, Peeples spent the year in Class A with Dunedin....
Completion of Dudley Branch Project Cheered
ORANGE PARK -- After years of sweat and toil, bulldozers have finally transformed a remote homestead into a 12-acre lake and wetland site to alleviate flooding along Dudley Branch. The Dudley Branch Restoration Project also will help filter...
Court Clerk's Job Top Clay Charter Question
The Clay County Charter Review Commission wants public input on three proposed amendments to the county charter, one of which would split the duties of the county clerk of court. On Monday, the commission will hold the first of three public...
Depressed-Area Businesses See Hope in State Program
Though the stretch of Philips Highway where he works is dotted with drainage problems, abandoned businesses and undeveloped lots, Thomas Fitzpatrick sees the future as bright. Fitzpatrick bought Vulcan Steel 20 months ago and has added 15...
Doctor Agrees to Prison Term
A Jacksonville gynecologist, accused of giving teen girls drugs in exchange for oral sex, pleaded no contest yesterday to two sex charges and agreed to go to prison and give up his medical license. A week before he was set to go to trial...
Drainage Permit Revoked Atlantic Beach Asked for `Overall Plan'
ATLANTIC BEACH -- A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers letter to Atlantic Beach dated Monday says the agency will revoke a permit granted in October for a core-city stormwater drainage, sewer and water project. The Nationwide Permit would have...
Forbes Speaks on Incorporation
Consider the cost, level of service and quality of life when considering the proposal to incorporate Ponte Vedra Beach. That was the advice of Jacksonville Beach City Manager George Forbes Wednesday to members of the Ponte Vedra Beach Coalition....
Green Cove Council Vote Tuesday Pair Challenge Incumbent Will
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- One of the two candidates challenging City Councilman Greg Will's re-election bid for Seat 4 next week says current council members are unresponsive to the public and should be ousted. "They are not listening to what...
Greenland Park Damage Frustrates Athletic Club
Vandals caused an estimated $5,000 damage to Mandarin's Greenland Park in late February and late March, hitting the city park's concession stand, press room and storage facility at the end of Fayal Drive off Greenland Road. To make matters...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "The purpose is to provide incentives for businesses to create jobs." -- Burt Von Hoff, a state development agency official about a program to offer tax breaks to businesses that build or expand in depressed areas. Story...
Kennel Club Exonerated in Dog's Injury
An accusation of animal cruelty against the Orange Park Kennel Club during a race in February has been dismissed by state regulators. But criminal prosecutors have not completed a separate investigation. Tim Collins, director of the State...
Marriott to Open Assisted Living Center
Village Oaks at Orange Park, an assisted living community for senior citizens, is under construction at 1248 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park. The one-story, 42,880 square-foot facility is expected to open in November. The community is planned...
`Mercury Rising' a Thriller That's Familiar
There isn't a moment in Mercury Rising that we haven't seen a couple of dozen times before, and not a moment where we can't figure out where it's going next. Most aren't likely to quibble, though: Think of it as comfort food for the moviegoing...
Miami Keeps Martin at 999 Wins
TALLAHASSEE -- Mike Martin waited three days to score career-win No. 1 against Miami in 1980, so it was hardly surprising that the Hurricanes postponed his first shot at career win No. 1,000. Capitalizing on seventh-ranked Florida State's...
Money Watch
FORBES VISIT Magazine publisher and possible presidential candidate Steve Forbes will come to town on Monday to promote a coming special advertising section that will feature Jacksonville. Forbes will join Mayor John Delaney and Leerie...
Neighbors Fail to Act on Attack Teen Raped, Shot; No One Calls Police
Gunshots and a girl's screams sent residents of a Jacksonville neighborhood diving to the floor and hiding under beds, but none of them called police to help the teenager, who was shot running from a rapist. The 14-year-old girl was walking...
Neighbor to Neighbor
Question: Whatever happened to those little orange flags that used to be on the speed limit signs on the interstate highways? Answer: They're back. They were erected to give special emphasis to the speed limit when it was reduced to 55 mph...
Northeast St. Johns Voters Wanted Charter
Voters in northeastern St. Johns County bucked the countywide trend in the vote to turn down a county charter this week, leading to speculation about what will happen if those same electors get to decide whether to incorporate as Ponte Vedra...
Office-Bound PSC Chief Complicates Renovation Work Barber Discounts Rumors of Feud
ATLANTA -- Public Service Commission Chairman Mac Barber just can't seem to leave his office. While that might be a good thing for consumers trying to reach him at work -- it's keeping at bay a $4.5 million renovation of the building he...
Officials Ready for Lobbying
Jacksonville officials and businesspeople are revving their engines for the annual drive to Tallahassee next week, where they will meet with state lawmakers and try to get good things for Jacksonville on the legislative agenda. The city's...
Performer Shares Her Success Artist Urges Students to Pursue Dreams
Roslyn Burrough was 27 before she saw her first musical on the Great White Way, but she responded with the competitive spirit of a true Broadway gypsy: "I can do that," she said to herself. And she did. Burrough spent 10 years on Broadway...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Southside to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. AGGRAVATED BATTERY A Mandarin man, 20, suffered a fractured skull after he was hit in the head several times by a man, 19,...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Westside to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. AGGRAVATED BATTERY/ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Police say they will seek an arrest warrant for a 34-year-old woman who cut her husband...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently in Mandarin to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. BURGLARY A computer, two printers and a fax machine valued together at $6,700 were stolen from the Fortune Insurance Co. in the...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Northside to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. ROBBERY A 37-year-old woman told police two men pushed her to the ground in the 1700 block of Hubbard Street and stole an...
Ports Busy Courting Auto Distributor
The ports of Jacksonville and Brunswick are squaring off over a prime piece of business. At stake are some 400 jobs and at least $1 million a year in rent. Southeast Toyota Distributors Inc. is thinking about moving its auto processing...
Public Safety
CLAY COUNTY The Sheriff's Office is investigating a $4,420 theft against an elderly Green Cove Springs couple that occurred while they were being distracted by someone posing as a tree surgeon. The couple, who are 83 and 84 years old and...
Pure Food Exists Only in Taters, 1909 Culinary Authority Said
Only the potato is pure. So said Winnifred Harper Cooley. My grandmother on the Cork side knew this. Although she cooked potatoes 365 days a year, she always cooked them the same way: Mashed. Luckily, I had two grandmothers. The...
QB Not FSU's Only Race
TALLAHASSEE -- The quarterback competition between Dan Kendra and Chris Weinke may have been the most ballyhooed of Florida State's spring drills, but it is far from the most competitive. During the past three weeks linebackers coach Chuck...
Redesigned with Panache Panoz AIV Roadster Faster Than Speeding Bullet
The car has the 305-hp soul of a Mustang Cobra, but the shape of a bullet on wheels and the weight of a VW Beetle. Get the power down to its massive Z-rated 18-inch B.F. Goodrich Comp T/A radials, and the 1998 Panoz AIV Roadster will rocket...
Residents Get Mayor's Ear Neighborhood Airs Complaints in Town Meeting at Jackson
When it rains, Betty Chance has to tiptoe around huge puddles of water to get from her house to her car. "You can go swimming out there when it rains," said Chance, who lives on Mars Street near the 20th Street Expressway in Northwest Jacksonville....
Rural Residents Oppose Change in Land Use Proposal Would Allow More Homes along County Road 218
Patrick and Brenda Heck left the crowded suburbs of West Jacksonville in 1991 for the peace and quiet of rural Clay County, where grazing horses are never far away. Brenda Heck said there's no comparison between Jacksonville and the more...
Sadler's Spot Hard-Earned at Texas Race
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Winning the pole position for today's Coca-Cola 300 Busch Series race was a stressful experience for Elliott Sadler yesterday. "I got a couple of gray hairs and probably lost a few years of my life," said Sadler, who...
School's Theatrics Dazzle
The recipe was simple. A touch of elegance, a dash of drama, a pinch of foot stomping, a bit of razzle-dazzle, a sprinkle of glitz and glitter, a spoonful of playfulness and handfuls of talent thrown in for good measure. Mixed together, the...
School, YMCA Eye Land
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- One of the sites being considered for a high school in the north part of the county is also a site the YMCA of Florida's First Coast wants to acquire for parkland. There is little land left to build schools in the rapidly...
Seniors Question Officials Roads, Drainage, Crime Top Concerns
Drainage and traffic problems were the prime topics Jacksonville's elected and appointed leaders heard Wednesday during a 90-minute senior citizens seminar hosted by City Councilman Dick Kravitz. But while residents posed a lot of questions...
Sports Teams Defend Nike Product Deals
Sports teams defend their partnerships with Nike despite reports of labor abuses and worker mistreatment in Asian factories that manufacture Nike products. The Jacksonville Jaguars wear game-day uniforms provided by Nike, one of eight National...
St. Johns Nabs Bank Bandit Suspect
A man suspected of robbing several St. Augustine area banks was arrested yesterday after police said he held up a bank and hit a bicyclist while fleeing. St. Johns County deputies said the man, who hasn't been identified, walked into the...
Suns Pitchers Squander Lead Again
Perhaps, the Jacksonville Suns need to try another approach in seeking their first win of the season. After two games, it has become apparent that jumping out to early 3-0 leads isn't the answer. For the second consecutive night, Suns relief...
Testing the Waters Jags' Smith Seeks Free Agency
Wide receiver Jimmy Smith, who caught 82 passes for 1,324 yards and four touchdowns last year with the Jaguars, intends to test the free-agent market after this season instead of signing a contract extension. "I love Jacksonville. I plan...
Texas 500 Qualifying Halted
FORT WORTH, Texas -- NASCAR's third richest race was dealt another blow yesterday when most of pole qualifying for the Texas 500 was essentially rained out without a cloud in sight. Only at problem-plagued Texas Motor Speedway could such a...
Threat, School Vandalism Reported in Clay
A 6-year-old boy accused of threatening to cut a girl's throat with a knife at a school bus stop last week has been referred to juvenile justice officials. The boy, a student at W.E. Cherry Elementary School, was not arrested but will be...
Vision for Cuba Hunter Park Closer with City's Dedication
The unusually large number of vehicles parked along Hunter Road on Monday afternoon was the first sign that something was happening in the area. A grassy path led to a small lot where residents were gathering. Some walked around snapping...
Volunteer Puts Zest into Time at School
At Chimney Lakes Elementary School, Tracy Scott is earning a reputation as Wonder Woman. "She does it all," said Babs Shutt, a PTA board member. Scott built a classroom forest out of recycled materials. She painted several reproductions...
Williams Faces 2 in Re-Election Bid
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- City Councilwoman Jerry Williams and the two candidates seeking to end her four-term stint at City Hall have a few things in common. They want to serve their community. They want to help the city be ready for the growth...
Winn-Dixie Seeks Incentive Deal
Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. is seeking about $10 million in incentives for a proposed regional distribution center near Baldwin and for an expansion of its headquarters on Edgewood Court, a top city official said. The Jacksonville-based grocer...
Woman Shoots Friend Kills Him Then Turns Gun on Self
The longtime companion of a 75-year-old Jacksonville man dying from cancer shot and killed him before turning the gun on herself, police said. Warren Masters, 75, and Amy Adams, 42, were found dead about 9 a.m. yesterday in bed at their...