The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 19, 2002

3 Ponte Vedra Projects Survive JEA Money Talks
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer After a second discussion this week on how to divvy up $7.1 million St. Johns County received for letting JEA service its northern territory, county commissioners kept three Ponte Vedra Beach projects...
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4-H Honors Members at Banquet; Youth Council Also Names New President
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer With a new president and two new professional agents to schedule activities and training programs, the Clay County 4-H Youth Council is off to a good start for the coming year. "Thanks to...
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7-Year-Old Shows Skill on the Surf
Byline: Brian Kosoy, Shorelines correspondent At age 2, Gabriel Shumaker of Jacksonville Beach would spend hours pretending to surf on his boogie board. At age 4, he finally got a surfboard. Now, at age 7, he's making a name for himself as...
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A Big Patch of Orange; Sacred Heart Fund-Raiser Aglow
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer The Great Pumpkin arrived via truck last week to entertain some youngsters on the Westside. So did the medium-sized pumpkin. And the miniature pumpkin. Indeed, there are 1,500 of the vivid orange gourds...
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African-American Novelist Celebrated; Zora Neale Hurston Focus of Show
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Zora Neale Hurston, a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, is scheduled to come to life next week in Fernandina Beach in a free performance at the First Presbyterian Church....
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Agassi Makes Madrid Semis
Andre Agassi swept past Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 6-2 yesterday to reach the Madrid (Spain) Masters semifinals. His semifinal opponent will be seventh-seeded Sebastien Grosjean, who beat qualifier Agustin Calleri 6-3, 7-6 (4). Jiri Novak will play...
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Area Jobless Rate Keeps Going Down
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union business writer Jacksonville's unemployment rate fell in September for the third straight month, with job growth remaining moderate, the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation reported yesterday. The jobless rate...
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Area's Prices Edged Up Last Month, but Infaltion Modest
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union business writer The consumer price index for the Jacksonville area edged slightly higher in September, but it still left the annual inflation rate at a very modest 0.36 percent this year, according to the University...
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Around the Nation
Byline: Jeff Walker, Times-Union sports writer TODAY NO. 9 IOWA STATE (6-1) VS. NO. 2 OKLAHOMA (6-0) 3:30 p.m. at Norman, Okla.: Cyclones, who already beat Nebraska, haven't defeated 'Huskers and Sooners in same season since 1960. RUTGERS...
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Around Town
Watch floral arranging demonstrations and discuss outdoor living spaces and indoor gardens at a "Gardening by Design" seminar at 10 a.m. Friday at Belk at The Avenues. Karin Sufalko and Lee Stoetzel of 57 Treasury and Paula Hunter of Floral Emporium...
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Artists Get Their Hands on an Idea and Create Enduring Alternatives to Traditional Jack-O'-Lanterns; the Great Pumpkin
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Times-Union home and garden editor Halloween turns our thoughts to the ethereal: mist-shrouded landscapes, wandering ghosts and mansions haunted by sad histories. We also think of gaudier, ghoulish, fantastic images:...
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Atlantic Beach Plans New Rules for Mayport Road
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Atlantic Beach will develop new zoning regulations and design standards to improve the visual aesthetics of Mayport Road, long known as the city's rough back entrance. "What we are looking...
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Aviation Center Takes off; FCCJ Students to Work on Jets
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer With a Boeing 727 jet as a backdrop, some of Northeast Florida's most prominent lawmakers gathered on the Westside in a giant hangar for the formal dedication of Florida Community College at Jacksonville's...
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Beach Shorts
MARCHING BANDS COMPETE About 4,000 people, including 16 high school marching bands, are expected at the Seaside Invitational Marching Band Festival today at Fletcher High School. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Fletcher, 700 Seagate...
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Big Projects Denied Parking Waivers
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Two developers who separately want to build a conference center and condominium on First Street North in Jacksonville Beach were denied requests this week to waive parking and building codes. ...
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Blazers Return to Site of Great Escape
Byline: Matt Stewart, Times-Union correspondent Valdosta State returns to the scene of the crime today at 4 p.m. for a showdown with Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark. Blazers coach Chris Hatcher will not forget last year's game in Estes Stadium...
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Blind Dissatisfied with Crosswalks; the Few Devices Fail to Assure Safety
Byline: Carol Childers, River City News correspondent Robert A. Jones, blinded in a car accident years ago, stood at University Boulevard South and Booth Road, listening to traffic and waiting for an audible call box to tell him it was safe to cross...
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Bluegrass, Gospel Bring Visitors; Music Festivals Back-to-Back
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Bluegrass music is filling the air at the Clay County Agricultural Fairgrounds this week. Next week, it'll be three days of gospel music. The back-to-back concerts, which feature a different...
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Bush, McBride Turn to Seniors
For weeks, the Florida gubernatorial campaign sounded almost like a race for county school superintendent. Bill McBride and Jeb Bush spent most of their time arguing about class sizes, per-student spending, teacher salaries and test scores. But...
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Business Briefs
Byline: Stephen Kindland, County Line correspondent SHOP TAKES WING Wild Birds Unlimited owner Rick Archambault is hoping people will flock to his grand opening celebration this weekend. Activities continue today and tomorrow at Archambault's...
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Businessman Forms Circle Ofconnections
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Tony Peacock had to endure a bit of inconvenience to inspire his dreams while growing up in Gainesville. "I used to watch television at the Boys Club because we didn't have a television at home,"...
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Cancer Relay Focuses on Victory Lap; Nassau: Fund-Raising Event's Goal to End Illness
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Betty Beck has beaten breast cancer, and Friday evening she'll walk her third victory lap. Beck and other Nassau County cancer survivors' victory lap around the track at Fernandina Beach...
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Candidates Hone Image for Voters; Pressure Building in Dead-Heat Race
Byline: Thomas B. Pfankuch, Times-Union staff writer Recent polls show the race for Florida's attorney general essentially is a dead heat, and with only three weeks until the Nov. 5 election, the two candidates are sharpening their attacks on each...
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Chamber Creates Scholarship Link; Web Site Points Students to Funds
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer A new Web site has been created to help Clay County high school students navigate the complicated world of scholarships. The Business Education Partnership, an arm of the Clay County Chamber...
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Clay County Cooks Up Some Fun; Chili Benefit One Hot Event by Day's End, $14,500 Raised to Support Shelter
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Property appraisers played banjos. Prosecutors offered to lock folks up, $2 a pop. But tax collectors, dressed like Clampetts leaving their hillbilly hillside, walked off with the display prize yesterday at the seventh annual...
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Coalition Forms to Aid Girls; Groups Team Up to Increase Clout
Byline: David Johnson, Staff writer Partners in the First Coast Girls Initiative are counting on the power of a coalition. "We believe things are much more powerful when you bring people together rather than organizing individually for people...
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Coast Lines
SEA TURTLE RELEASE The Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Project will release an endangered loggerhead sea turtle and present a program on sea turtles at 11 a.m. today at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Beachview Drive. Terry Norton, staff veterinarian...
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Community Notebook; Program Offers Festive Ideas Christmas Treats for Busy Families
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer It's not too early to think ahead to Christmas. So the Duval County Office of the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service is offering a program titled "Christmas Dinner -- Fast and Festive" at 10...
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Composter Quick, Clean and Serves 'Tea'
Byline: Roger Bull, Times-Union staff writer The Envirocycle has a good name. Composting is good for the environment, and the gadget does turn. Tumbling composters have been around awhile. Usually, they're big barrels on stands, looking kind...
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County Divvies Funds; St. Johns Looks to Add Recreation
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer With St. Johns County Commissioners preparing to cut up a $7.1 million pie for various projects, residents of the Northwest had a simple message for them this week: give us more than just a sliver of it. The...
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County Uses Flu Shots in Anti-Bioterrorism Trials; Nassau: Vaccine Clinic to Test System
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer About 300 Nassau County residents will get flu shots Wednesday. And health officials wil try to do them in record time. Combining one need with another, health workers will use the flu shots...
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Cross-Country Move Not So Far-Fetched for This Chef
Byline: Barbara Gavan, Times-Union staff From a rustic, turn-of-the-century stone house in California's Napa wine region to an authentic French cafe in Ponte Vedra Beach may have been a long distance for Steven Roth to travel geographically, but...
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DiMarco Getting Grip at Disney Classic
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Chris DiMarco, a former University of Florida golfer who used to drive from one Buy.com Tour site to another in a blue-and-orange van, will tolerate the color red for one reason:...
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Elder Affairs Council Gets Earful; Seniors Raise Safety, Medicaid Issues
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Beaches seniors expressed concerns this week about such issues as parking near the Pablo Towers senior citizens residence, being able to take their seeing eye dogs and other assistance animals to...
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Experience Issue in Race for Seat; Chapman, Johnson Want At-Large Post
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer Jeff Chapman figures Jane Johnson, his opponent for an at-large seat on the Glynn County Commission, would make a good commissioner as long as she sticks with what she knows. "I think she'd make...
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Fairgrounds Fits the Bill
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer For years, a rodeo and a spring fair were about the only events held at the Clay County Agricultural Fairgrounds. But recently, the 63.5-acre site has become a popular venue for many events,...
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Feds to Monitor Florida Elections; Duval Not on List That Isn't Yet Complete
Byline: David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writer The U.S. Department of Justice will send election monitors to Florida for the Nov. 5 election, but Duval County is not yet among counties being watched. Attorney General John Ashcroft has pledged...
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Fest Stirs Folk; Mandarin Plans for More
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Chuck Kranz's tuba kept the beat as the Ancient City Slickers belted out Put Another Log On The Fire at Grandma Jo's Tent a week ago, accompanied by top-hatted Claudia Richards' trumpet and the other members' banjos...
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Fire Closes Lulu's Doors on Intracoastal; Owners Awaiting Permits to Reopen
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer A stream of diners flooded out of Lulu's Waterfront Grill on Sunday afternoon after the popular restaurant off the Intracoastal Waterway caught fire. The restaurant has been shut down ever since and...
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Fishing for a Future; Marine School Lets At-Risk Students Thrive
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer A 10-year old boy peers through his glasses at a large lobster in a tank as the creature stares back. In a room down the hall, his fifth-grade classmates marvel at grains of sand under a microscope,...
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Fletcher Picks off Forrest; 6 Interceptions for Senators
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer Fletcher's potent offensive attack turned defensive last night with overwhelming success. The Senators entered the game with the area's No. 1-rated offensive attack and the leading rusher among...
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Florida Fair Winners
These are the winners of the 2002 Northeast Florida Fair awards that ran Oct. 8--13 in Callahan: HORSE AWARDS JR. ENGLISH HIGH POINT -- Tori Evans and Emily Weed JR. WESTERN HIGH POINT -- Sydney Jones JR. RACKING HIGH POINT -- Clint...
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Garland Evors Dies of Cancer; Retired Fire Captain Was Popular Clown
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- E. Garland Evors of Jesup, a retired captain with the Glynn County Fire Department and the 2001 Georgia Fire Safety Educator of the Year, died yesterday of brain cancer. He was 50. ...
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Gordon Starts Up Front in Martinsville as He Plots Late Rally
Byline: Don Coble, Times-Union sports writer MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- As the sixth-place driver in the point standings with five races to go, Jeff Gordon knows his chances to repeat as the NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion are diminishing. It will...
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Green Machine; Honda Civic Hybrid Delivers More Than 40 MPG
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer It sure looks like a Honda Civic sedan. And for the most part, it is the same seventh-generation Honda Civic sedan the company introduced a year or so ago. But underneath its compact hood resides...
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Idea a Threat to Center? Nassau: Officials Fear Class-Size Plan Would Hurt
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer To help students make money, schools have to spend money, but there's only so much to go around. That's a lesson Nassau County school officials could be about to get a crash course in. ...
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Jacksonville Journal
A FLAG ON THE PLAYS Twenty-six former National Football League stars will return to the football field today in the Flag Football Super Bowl at the University of North Florida. During the all-day event, registered teams will play single-elimination...
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Killer May Be Transferred to Less Secure Site; for Now, He Will Stay at Psychiatric Center
Byline: Paul Pinkham, Times-Union staff writer A Jacksonville judge ruled yesterday that he has no authority to order the state to hold a mentally ill man who bludgeoned two elderly Westside women to death 16 years ago. But Circuit Judge Henry...
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Kohnke Butts Heads with Commission on Tourist Funds
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer Although St. Johns County commissioners adopted the 2003 budget three weeks ago, Commissioner Mary Kohnke protested this week over how Tourist Development Council tax dollars were allotted, charging that...
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Man Arrested after Injury Accident; Police Briefs
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer A 51-year-old Ponte Vedra Beach man who told police he was late for an appointment at a methadone clinic was arrested at 8 a.m. Sunday on a charge of reckless driving that caused serious bodily injury after police...
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Mandarin 28, Sandalwood 13
Byline: Laurie Cason, Times-Union sports writer Senior running back Brian Dennison threw for one touchdown and scored on three long runs to lead visiting Mandarin to a District 1-6A win over Sandalwood. Mandarin defensive back Tony Carter intercepted...
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Man Dies in 2-Car Collision
Byline: Veronica Chapin, Times-Union staff writer A 20-year-old Jacksonville man was killed yesterday morning after a vehicle went through a stop sign and collided with his 1998 Honda, police said. Thomas Eugene Daley lll was eastbound on Duval...
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Mayport Light Bid Mired in Red Tape; Leaders to Take Fight to State Officials
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer The Mayport Waterfront Partnership continues to struggle with state and local bureaucracy in its attempt to install "historical style" lights along Florida A1A through the fishing village....
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Morning Briefing
LUCENT PLANNING REVERSE STOCK SPLIT TO BOOST PRICE Lucent Technologies said yesterday it will seek shareholder approval for a reverse stock split to boost its stock price, which has averaged below $1 for the past 30 trading days. The company's...
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New Park, Familiar Problem
Byline: Derek Kinner, Nassau Neighbors editor Fernandina Beach will have a new park at the beach access at South Fletcher Avenue and Sadler Road. But there could be some squirming beachgoers. City commissioners have decided not to install...
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Norm's Memories
Perhaps nobody knows more about University of Florida football than Norm Carlson, who has been at the school since 1963. He has seen Steve Spurrier win the Heisman Trophy, NCAA probation, the 1996 national championship and the hiring of Ron Zook. This...
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NOTES FROM HIGH POINT; Blue and Modern Hot in Furniture
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Times-Union home and garden editor HIGH POINT, N.C. -- It's "market" time in High Point, which means thousands of buyers and sellers are getting together to preview the home fashions that will start showing up in...
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Orange Park Son to Start for Southern Mississippi
Byline: Brent Beaird, County Line correspondent Dustin Almond, a 6-foot-2, 211-pound redshirt freshman quarterback at Southern Mississippi (4-2), is getting his first collegiate start today in a home game against Cincinnati. Almond, who was a three-year...
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Pantry's Shelves Bare; Agency Pins Hope on Fund-Raiser
Byline: Penny Powell, County Line correspondent Art teachers and students in Clay County have been making hundreds of clay bowls as their contribution to Empty Bowls, a hunger-awareness program. The clay bowls, about 6 inches in size, will be...
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Phone Switch Permission Not Granted
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: Our long distance carrier was changed without our knowledge. I thought that was an offense. What agency can I contact? -- D.L., Ponte Vedra Beach Dear D.L. Switching a consumer's...
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Police Briefs
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH A man told police Oct. 11 that someone stole $330 from his wallet while he was in the shower at his home in the 200 block of Atlantic Gardens Circle....
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Police Briefs; Bullet Hits Motorist in Legs While Asleep Behind RaceTrac
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer A 39-year-old man was shot in the legs while sleeping in his truck at the back of the RaceTrac parking lot, 647 Cassat Ave. The man told police he was shot through the passenger door at 3:05 a.m. Monday. He...
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PUBLIC SAFETY; Burglaries, Thefts Target Car Owners
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Investigators with the Clay County Sheriff's Office are looking into a series of recent automobile burglaries and thefts of car stereos and other personal items in neighborhoods south of Orange...
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Rays of Hope Shine in Haiti despite Poverty and Chaos
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist PORT AU PRINCE -- For a place where one out of seven people don't have a regular job, you'll find few folks here with idle time on their hands. Each morning, throngs of Haitians stream into the...
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Rested JU Seeks to Snap Skid
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Before leaving Thursday for a road trip to play Morehead (Ky.) State, Jacksonville University used a 14-day break in competition to regroup from its fourth consecutive loss. "We're refreshed....
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Robber Tricks Worker to Get Access to Cash; Police Briefing
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer An undetermined amount of cash was stolen at gunpoint Monday afternoon from a 21-year-old employee at Harmonious Monk's, 10550 St. Augustine Road. Police said the employee was working in the restaurant at 2:30...
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Roundup
-- CLAY 25, GAINESVILLE 15 -- Clay running back William Kendrick carried 22 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns to lead host Clay (5-2, 2-1 District 2-4A) to a victory over Gainesville (5-2, 2-1 District 2 4A). Clay's defense kept the Hurricanes...
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Sailor Finally at Rest; Fernandina Beach: Prisoner of War's Remains Return Home
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Edward John Kent Johnston is home. Johnston, believed to be the last Confederate prisoner of war buried in New England, was laid to rest Monday in Fernandina Beach. The private ceremony...
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Sierra Club Sheds Light on Outdoors
Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff The Sierra Club's Northeast Florida Group facilitates outdoor adventures and environmental education and lobbies local and state government regarding pro-environmental legislation. At their meetings in Jacksonville...
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Skynyrd Tribute Concert Today at Metro Park
Byline: Roger Bull, Times-Union staff writer It's a weekend to honor the band. It will be 25 years ago tomorrow that the Mississippi plane crash killed several members of Jacksonville's own Lynyrd Skynyrd, including leader Ronnie Van Zant. ...
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Slowing the Cadillac; Gators Focus on Auburn's Williams
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- When Auburn's Carnell Williams first earned his nickname, Cadillac, as a junior at Etowah High School in Attalla, Ala., he wasn't too thrilled. A running back is fast and agile,...
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Stafford Faces Political Test in Nov. 5 Election; Potential Challengers in 2003 Are Watching His Performance
Byline: David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writer The Nov. 5 election isn't just a crucial test of the local and Florida voting system. It looms as a pivotal moment for local elections supervisor John Stafford's political career. Stafford, a Republican,...
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Stalking Small Targets; African Treks Done for Health
Byline: Rachel Tittle, River City News correspondent Outfitted with the right equipment, dressed for the chase and focused mentally and physically on his goal, Arlington resident Manuel Lluberas prowls the backcountry of southern Africa, seeking...
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State Is Mandated to Start Work in '03
Byline: Christopher Calnan, Times-Union business writer Two years ago, Florida residents voted for a constitutional amendment requiring the state to fund a long-considered high-speed rail system connecting all major urban areas of the state. But...
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Study: Jacksonville Is Sprawling Out
Byline: Steve Patterson, Times-Union staff writer Neighborhoods that isolate homes from shopping and work are fueling sprawl in Jacksonville despite other factors that control it, a national study has concluded. The study's authors said that...
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Teen Council Looks to Waves Today at Hanna Park
Byline: Brian Kosoy, Shorelines correspondent The weather has cooled and the Fall Classic finally is here. The World Series kicks off tonight in Anaheim, Calif., with statewide bragging rights at stake for the two California teams -- the Anaheim...
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Teen's Death Stuns Folks from Coast to Panhandle
Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines editor The bizarre and sudden death of 14-year-old John Reineking this month has left people stunned, from the Beaches to Tallahassee. Jacksonville resident Jim Wood, who lives on the fringes of Atlantic Beach,...
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The County Line
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor For those of you keeping track, the first official Santa Claus sighting of the year occurred Oct. 10. Yep, the first sign of Christmas is always in the form of holiday decorations in retail stores. And Santa...
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They Dance for God; Ballet Company Emphasizes Skill, Faith
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg, Shorelines correspondent Angelique Smith of Ponte Vedra Beach began taking dance lessons when she was 3 years old, but when she was 9, the music stopped. "When I got cancer and had to quit working, I couldn't afford...
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Wedding Rite Shows Slave-Era Traditions
Byline: Alliniece T. Andino, Times-Union staff writer The bride and bridegroom clasp hands as individuals. They jump over a broom, landing as a couple. The ritual that took place in the 1800s is still practiced today by some African-American...
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What's It Worth? in Some Cases, a Lot
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Times-Union home and garden editor ST. AUGUSTINE -- A mini-version of Antiques Roadshow came to St. Augustine last weekend. Just like the popular PBS television program, the appraisal fair at R.B. Hunt School was...
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White Loses Shootout
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer About the only thing more common than points last night at Commander Stadium may have been missed tackles. White and Tampa Jefferson combined for nearly 1,100 yards of offense as the Dragons...
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Woman's Hobby Uses Detective Skills; She'll Teach Genealogy Workshop
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Sara Ann Wales always wanted to be a detective. That's why she became a genealogist. Wales, who has studied genealogy and researched her family tree seriously for about 30 years, is having a genealogy...
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Woman Shows Heart; Dedicates Hours to Many Charities
Byline: Phillip J. Milano, River City News editor Hope Powers has a message for Jacksonville area workers: Don't just get a job. Get volunteering. The Orange Park resident was recently awarded the Distinguished Corporate Citizen Award by her...
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