The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 18, 1996

2-Minute Drill
ANOTHER TWO-SPORT STAR Jackie Joy ner-Kersee is certain she can make the switch from heptathlon to hoops, although she doesn't know how much her track training will help. "I can run up and down the court forever," Joyner-Kersee said yesterday...
3 Schools Picked for Program to Reduce Domestic Violence
Students who witness violence and abuse in their families and neighborhoods are at risk for becoming violent themselves, according to school and juvenile justice officials. But starting this year, they hope to reduce that risk through a ...
A Rainy Labor Day Was Not Unwelcome
Labor Day weekend was quite a treat. Edouard sent us some fine surf and we enjoyed much-needed rain with unseasonably cool weather interspersed with sunny humid conditions. The much-appreciated rain fell from Saturday through the Tuesday...
A School Crossing Guard `Forever'
As sunlight bathed 46th and North Pearl streets with its burgeoning glow, Verna Price trained her watchful eyes on a straggling student. The 71-year-old school crossing guard raised her arms, halting traffic, and Ettiene Bryant trudged...
Austin Shares Grief: `It's Lonely around Here'
Ed Austin was deeply fixed on a crossword puzzle as he and his wife, Pat, zipped north on Interstate 95 on the afternoon of Aug. 27. Pat Austin had taken over the wheel just before noon because, she had joked, she wanted control of the...
Boys to Find Home with Couple `with Mission'
A plastic duck floats in the empty pool while a pool table sits unused in Sal and Maria Daidone's home on Mandarin Road. It's quiet in the five-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot ranch home near Village Lane the Daidones moved into last year. But...
Businesses a Lifeline to Schools
Mandarin schools may suffer for space, but as long as the area grows, those schools won't suffer for resources to educate students. Just ask Sherry Adams, principal at Crown Point Elementary, where 1,294 students are attending on a year-round...
Butler's Traffic Getting Attention from Delaney
Looking for quick, temporary traffic relief on Butler Boulevard, Mayor John Delaney has asked businesses in the Southpoint area to consider staggering their work hours. Delaney has talked with such companies as CSX Transportation, Vistakon,...
Camden Police Chase Denounced
ST. MARYS -- Some residents are questioning whether sheriff's deputies acted responsibly Friday night during a vehicle chase up to 90 mph through downtown. Camden County deputies chased a driver they initially stopped for failure to yield...
City Buys Time to Buy Up Land for Ocean Cay
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- The city has extended an agreement with a team slated to develop the Ocean Cay subdivision because of snags in the city's effort to acquire the property. The city is still waiting for a judge to rule on whether the ...
Coastal Plan Cheered at Jekyll
JEKYLL ISLAND -- A legislative committee finished two days of work yesterday in a clubhouse overlooking three of the state resort island's immaculately manicured and pricey golf courses. Although no one mentioned it, Jekyll Island was the...
CoastLines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "We've been able to stumble along without their enlightened help." -- Dewey Benefield, an executive with the Sea Island Co., opposing a coastal management program, claiming a federal agency wants Georgia to join the project...
Comedy's Serious Business Aspiring Stand-Ups Study at Comedy Zone Workshop
How deep is a frog pond? Knee-deep, knee-deep. Not the funniest gag in the world. At best, it's a grinner; at worst, a groaner. But, hey, good material is hard to come by. Just ask an aspiring comic. Even the class clowns out there have...
Consolidation Leader Grissett Dies at 70
Services for W.E. "Ted" Grissett, a leader in the movement to consolidate city and county governments in Jacksonville and the first president of the consolidated City Council, will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow in St. John's Episcopal Cathedral....
Dempsey, et Al Saved the Day and River City Got over Its Snit
For their allotted 15 minutes, the most famous people in the world were Dieudonne Coste and Maurice Bellonte. Naturally, like everybody famous at the time, they were supposed to come to Jacksonville. Coste and Bellonte flew from Paris to...
`Dream Houses' Given New Life They're Moved to Another Site
Roger Portzer had been eyeing the unique hollow tile brick bungalow for at least a decade. He even bought the vacant lot next to his current home with hopes of one day moving it to that site. Portzer's dream house will soon be his reality....
Every Step He Takes Is a Huge Challenge MS Can't Spoil Upbeat Outlook on Life
ORANGE PARK -- Each day, Billie Carter faces physical challenges brought on by multiple sclerosis that would make some people lose their zest for life. His struggle to live each day to its fullest is an inspiration to those who know him....
Evict Bambi? No, Say Neighbors Goat Owner Seeks Zoning Exception
Southside resident Anne Fagge stood in her yard, waving a stem of leaves in the air. "Here, Bambi," she said. She paused to talk about how the neighbor children love to visit Bambi, her 8-year-old nanny goat. "She'll be 9 in December,"...
Ex-Bronco QB Finally Finding His Niche in Oregon
Alan Hall, one of the most highly recruited high school football stars in Northeast Florida, has made his way back to the gridiron after a fouryear absence. Hall, who signed a scholarship with the University of Miami after a record-setting...
Ex-City Examiner Gets Jail Time
Tearful but unapologetic, Jacksonville City Hall's former senior personnel examiner was sentenced yesterday to six months in jail for peddling a civil service test for $1,000. Delaney Williams, 43, angered Circuit Judge Hugh Carithers by ...
FAMU in Big Showdown
TALLAHASSEE -- It's an early season matchup with national championship implications, garnering interest that extends beyond its Southeastern roots. It's a football rivalry rich in tradition, featuring two of the nation's top passers performing...
Fraud Crackdown Leads to Second Duval Arrest
A Southside woman was arrested yesterday on charges of submitting false claims for medical prescriptions, the second Duval County resident charged in a statewide insurance fraud crackdown, officials said. Carolyn F. Howell, 49, was charged...
Glynn OKs Sales Tax Hike
BRUNSWICK -- Glynn County voters approved an additional 1-cent sales tax yesterday that will collect $57.2 million over the next five years to pave roads, construct new buildings, renovate others and repair water and sewer facilities. The...
Growth Panel's Makeup Rankles Mandarin
It has the smallest population of any part of Jacksonville, with an estimated 69,000 residents in 1995. But Mandarin is also expected to have the biggest growth in the next four years, growing 13 percent by 2000, according to estimates...
Hall Rewrote Broncos' Record Book
Alan Hall set nearly every passing record at Middleburg High School and ranked high in a couple of state categories while playing for the Broncos in 1989 and 1990. He finished his three-year career ranked sixth in the state in all-time...
Ham Jam Just Keeps on Growing Country Legend Jennings to Headline Gala Opening
Clay County residents have reported smelling barbecue in the air and hearing the whoops and hollers of teams revving up to compete for $5,000 in prize money at the ninth annual First Coast Ham Jam, Florida 's official barbecue contest. ...
Hidden Statue, Stuck in Crypt, Needs New Site
Dear Call Box: On the evening news, there was a story about the suffragettes' statue that is sitting in the basement of the U.S. Capitol. The story said a group is raising money to move the sculpture to the rotunda of the capitol. Do you have...
Homicide Case Still Open; 5 Held
The investigation into a reputed killing-for-hire scheme, which police think was masterminded by the wife of a Lake Asbury man beaten to death in the couple's home last year, was continuing Monday even though five people have been arrested...
In Short Jacksonville
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It's the beginning of a lot of work." -- City Council President Eric Smith, as the council begins efforts to revamp the way the city plans for growth. Story on this page. BOB PHELPS' PEOPLE Sandra Salem of Mandarin...
Is Spurrier Winning Mind Game with Vols?
GAINESVILLE -- Steve Spurrier was laughing. Guffawing. Busting a gut. This was a few months ago, and he was in his office reading a wrinkled, old newspaper article he'd saved from a couple of years ago. The article ran the week leading...
Jacksonville Juvenile Will Be without Top Dog
Qualifying begins Saturday for the $15,000 Jacksonville Juvenile, and the biggest news may not be which greyhounds will be running, but which one won't. Amanda Ames, one of the most promising young dogs on the Jacksonville circuit in recent...
Jags' Brackens Taking His Time
Here's what Tony Brackens is seeing on NFL fields: Faster players, stranger alignments and better offensive tackles. Here's what he's hearing: Regular season now, rookie. Ain't playtime no more. "That's pretty much it, and then some," Brackens...
Jail Fashion Features Stripes Trusted St. Johns Inmates Issued New Uniforms
ST. AUGUSTINE -- They aren't dragging that ball and chain, yet. But trusted jail inmates in St. Johns County did revive another old jailhouse tradition yesterday that promises to make them, well, obvious. Black and white stripes, with matching...
Mayport Ship Has Message for Saddam
The Jacksonville-based cruiser USS Gettysburg should arrive in the Persian Gulf within a few days carrying the message for Saddam Hussein to check his aggressive behavior or else. What action the Gettysburg, armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles,...
Military Requests Airspace Glynn Air Traffic Would Be Affected
BRUNSWICK -- A proposal to give the military more control over southeast Georgia's airspace has upset general aviation pilots. It would throw up a wall to northbound and southbound aircraft along the coast, forcing some smaller aircraft to...
Nease Expanding to Keep Up High School's Projects Geared to Exploding Enrollment
PALM VALLEY -- Enrollment isn't the only thing growing at Allen D. Nease High School. The campus is, too. Expansion projects are under way to add a gymnasium, weight room, Navy ROTC facilities and more cafeteria space, not to mention...
Paddleboard Races Ruled by Lifeguards from Daytona
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Paddle boarder Ricky Gehris, of Daytona Beach, kneeled his way to a win Saturday during the Beaches first paddleboard race. "That's my event," said Gehris, who won the paddleboard race two years in a row at a lifeguard...
Phase 2 for Park Awaiting Funding
First came the cleanup, stucco barbecue pits, picnic shelters and playgrounds. Now the Lonnie C. Miller Regional Park, formerly known as the Northwest Quadrant Regional Park, is preparing for its second facelift. Last month, the Florida...
Pilot Making Its Mark Expansion of Jacksonville Plant Planned
Pilot Pen Corp. of America, which expects to ink U.S. sales of $135 million this year, plans to roll out a $4.5 million expansion of its Jacksonville plant next year. "We have a lot of confidence," said Ron Shaw, president of Pilot Pen...
Planning for City's Growth Council Faces `a Lot of Work'
Under mounting pressure to better manage new development, Jacksonville City Council members started with the basics yesterday in their hunt for solutions. "It's the beginning of a lot of work," said council President Eric Smith, who convened...
Police
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. JACKSONVILLE BEACH A driving under the influence task force will set up a sobriety checkpoint from 10 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Beach...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently in Arlington to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. ROBBERY/HOME INVASION: A 25-year-old resident of the 8000 block of Arlington Expressway told police she was held up at gunpoint...
School Financing Alternatives Divide GOP Board Candidates DECISION '96
With the runoff election just two weeks away, School Board opponents Norene Frazier and C.T. "Mickey" Fields are squaring off on a key issue facing the district: growing financial woes. A battle of words is heating up between the two candidates,...
Schools' All-Year Schedule May End
The traditional nine-month school year with a three-month summer break likely will replace the year-round multitrack calendars used at Mandarin schools by 1998, said Duval County School Board Chairwoman Cheryl Donelan. Donelan and a majority...
Shaking Up the Gators Impact of `the Hit' Still Felt
GAINESVILLE -- Everyone involved will say "The Hit" really didn't mean that much, that one tackle can't determine the events of a game. The short-term results, they say, were minimal. But a year later, that one play made a huge, indelible...
Shockwave Plays Its Way into Nationals
The Jacksonville Shockwave, a National Softball Association team, earned a spot in the NSA's national championship in December. The fast-pitch team, made up of girls 12 1/2 to 16 years old from throughout Jacksonville, went to Winter Haven...
Showing the Badge around the Beach Glover Takes a Walk through Area
MAYPORT -- Sheriff Nat Glover joined members of the public for a breakfast question-and-answer session Saturday and then walked two police beats in the Mayport area, part of his campaign pledge to walk each police beat in Jacksonville annually....
Special New Unit to Fight Crime 24-Hour Patrol in Certain Areas
Arlington resident Ramsey Salem doesn't feel safe driving through neighborhoods around Justina and Bert roads. He says it's a crime-ridden area, and he wants to know what can be done about it. On Thursday, Salem and about 20 other residents...
St. Augustine Hotel Market Is Burgeoning
The hotel market continues to surge in Northeast Florida, where several new projects are under way in St. Augustine. Construction began last week on a 100-room oceanfront Hampton Inn on Beach Boulevard in St. Augustine Beach, and work is ...
Stopped School Buses Are at Risk
Hoping to avoid a potential tragedy, school safety experts are trying to get motorists to refrain from passing stopped school buses. Bob Veres, who oversees Clay County's 210-bus transportation system, and Charlie Hood, director of transportation...
Student Shot at FCCJ 2 Charged in Kent Attack
In the midst of the serene daily ritual of students and faculty arriving for classes, pistol shots rang out at a Jacksonville college campus yesterday and a student lay critically wounded in the parking lot. Police and students said the...
Swim Center Backers to Meet
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- With the deadline to raise $12 million for a proposed aquatic center drawing near, the leader of a group trying to build the world-class facility announced Monday a "strategy meeting" next week to discuss funding options....
Water No Risk Now, Health Officials Say Bacteria Twice Found in City Samples
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Public health officials said bacteria found in a city water sample last month probably was not dangerous to residents and may have originated in the testing materials. It was the city's second violation in two months...
Welfare Concerns Voiced
ATLANTA -- The number of adult Georgians on welfare has dropped 21 percent the past two years, thanks in part to a strong economy and state programs aimed at putting recipients to work. However, state lawmakers yesterday voiced concern about...
Youngsters Show off Football Skills
Are you ready for some football? More than 150 Beaches youths were. They showed their stuff at two Punt, Pass and Kick competitions last weekend. The National Football League-sponsored event, for children 8 to 15 years old, is held each...