The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 2, 1996

100 Independent Jobs to Move
Of 700 local Independent Insurance Group Inc. employees, "up to 100" will be offered jobs in Nashville, the company's new owners said. James S. D'Agostino, chairman and CEO of American General Life and Accident Insurance Co., was in Jacksonville...
19-Month Search Finally Pays: Girl, 9, Will Get Aunt's Kidney
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- For 19 months, Delores Snow of Green Cove Springs has been waiting for a particular phone call. She has been praying that a donated kidney would be found for her 9-year-old daughter, Deedee, who doctors diagnosed in July...
2 Charged in Reopened Death Probes
In 1982, Navy Lt. Verle Lee Hartley died of arsenic poisoning. In 1985, Joan Clark died of gunshot wounds. Police suspected Hartley's widow in his death and a career criminal in Clark's. But both Jacksonville cases went unsolved and were...
Airlines: Where've You Been? Orange Park Resident Invents Sophisticated De-Icing Sensor
Matthew Graham's idea of having fun is to work on the robot he and his classmates are building for Stanton High School's engineering club. He likes SCUBA diving and tennis but he doesn't have much time for them anymore. He doesn't see many...
`Better to Do Something' despite Setback, UF Put Hopes on Gene Therapy
One Monday last July, doctors squeezed 15 syringefuls of an experimental fluid into the cancer-ridden brain of Louis Goodfriend. Two days later, they had a news conference celebrating the treatment. The subject was gene therapy, a young...
Big News on the Big Screen New, Larger Theaters Planned for Area
There's a chance that not all of the new movie theaters planned for Jacksonville's neighborhoods will actually get built. But one thing's for sure. Moviegoers are in for some changes, including: There will be more places to show the biggest...
Black History Assembly Recaps Civil Rights Legacy
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- The highlights of this year's Black History program at Green Cove Springs Middle School was a speaker who touched on the pitfalls of racism and a fourth-grader who impressively delivered Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous...
Boat Ramp Will Stay Open for Fishermen Mayor: `Until We Get Another One Open'
Fishermen who live north of the Trout River say that a city plan to close a dead-end road used mostly for fishing in New Berlin would cut off their livelihood. However, leaders of the North Citizens Planning and Advisory Committee disagree....
Bound to a Wheelchair? Racing Champion Revels in It
Ann Shannon usually doesn't get surprised by anything her daughter LeAnn does. After years of watching LeAnn conquer one task after another -- table tennis, water-skiing -- Ann is numb to the surprises her wheelchair-bound daughter keeps...
Clerk of Court Keene Far Ahead of Others Building a War Chest
Almost a year ago, Clay County Clerk of Circuit Court John Keene quietly filed papers with the Supervisor of Elections Office declaring that he would seek a second term. Since then, he has quietly raised over $23,000 from contributors in...
Computers Just CHILD's Play
Sometimes, 8-year-old Jennifer Bradwell fumbles her numbers in math class. But when that happens, her computer beeps and requests that she try and try again. "I have to try it until I get it right," said Jennifer, a second-grader at...
Council Sued for Denial of Rezoning Bid
A property owner is charging the Jacksonville City Council had no legal right to kill its request to rezone a 26.5-acre site at Old St. Augustine and Losco roads for a 450-unit apartment complex. So Duval Equity Group of Boca Raton has...
Countdown: Art Fest 28 More Than 100 Artists Set to Showcase Their Work
Right now, it's a big blown glass ball, awaiting the finishing touch of Riverside artist Bill Slade. But by Easter weekend, Slade's artwork won't be sitting in his studio. Instead, it will be enthralling the thousands of visitors who ...
Deputy Suspended in Wrongdoing Probe
A Clay County deputy has been suspended pending further investigation into allegations of wrongdoing leveled by the former wife of a prominent Keystone Heights physician who killed himself six months ago. Sgt. Pat Murphy was suspended with...
Gym Dandy Multipurpose Exercise Equipment Is Bringing the Fitness Craze into the Home
As the desire for fitness with convenience increases, more and more new dream houses are incorporating home gyms in the corners of bedrooms or in nooks as small as a 9-by-10-foot space to a 15-by-20-foot family exercise room. Others are...
Hero Wins City Prize: Top Firefighter of '95
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Jonathan D. Lamm is a hero in the eyes of his peers and to a woman whose life he saved when she was trapped in the crunched metal of a car following an accident. Lamm, a volunteer lieutenant with the Green Cove Springs...
Historic Labeling Asked for New Area Riverside, Avondale Seeking Designation
George Washington may never have slept there, but Jacksonville preservationists say Riverside and Avondale deserve to be designated as local historic districts. In the coming months, Riverside Avondale Preservation will be stepping up its...
Hot Singh Gives Media Cold Shoulder
MIAMI -- Vijay Singh, now a Ponte Vedra Beach resident by way of Fiji, had his best competitive round of the year yesterday to move into a tie for third place in the Doral-Ryder Open. He apparently didn't want to brag much about it. Singh...
Hundreds Ready to Celebrate Arlington Got an Hour or 2 for the Community?
Got an hour or two to spare today? Tomorrow, maybe? Perhaps later in the week? If the answer is yes, then Celebrate Arlington could use your help. The seven-day, all-volunteer effort officially begins tomorrow. It will include community-wide...
It's Real Pit Barbecue for Good Ol' Boys (and Good Ol' Girls)
Hunting for a unique barbecue restaurant? Just head about a mile south of Julington Creek for something a bit different from Bono's, Woody's or Sonny's. Crackers Real Pit Bar-B-Q restaurant is located in the Food Lion Shopping Center at...
Jacksonville Leery of Winning Streak
They say it's hard to beat a team three times in a season. Well, what about seven times in a row? That's what Jacksonville University (14-12) will be hoping to do tonight when it faces Lamar (12-14) in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt...
Jags Set to Sign McCardell Wide Receiver Shows Promise
One day after signing Houston Oilers linebacker Eddie Robinson, the Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to announce the signing of Baltimore wide receiver Keenan McCardell today. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound McCardell, who led the Cleveland Browns...
Jail Rejection Puts County in Quandary
********** CORRECTION Because of a reporting error, a story on Page 1 of Saturday's County Line misidentified the Green Cove Springs City Council member who appointed Patti Deguio to the city's Board of Zoning Adjustment. Councilwoman...
Jobless Legislation Approved Bills Would Drop Unemployment Taxes and Increase Maximum Benefits
ATLANTA -- Lawmakers are about to give Georgia businesses a $65 million post-Olympic shot-in-the-arm and hike payouts to middle-managers facing layoffs at big companies. The House and Senate have approved separate bills that would drop...
Keystone Girls Making a Habit of Berth in State's Final Four
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS -- For Kathleen Boatwright, the feeling never changes. "I don't care how many times it happens, it is wonderful every time," said the long-time Keystone Heights Junior-Senior High School girls basketball coach. She was...
Lifetime Accomplishments 9 Honorees in Hall of Fame
JACKSONVILLE -- Leon O'Dell will be 78 in July, no small accomplishment in itself. But it's a near-record-breaking feat for O'Dell, the oldest hemophiliac on the East Coast. O'Dell received a special honor Tuesday when he was inducted ...
Lobbyist-Paid Trips Survive Another Legislative Session
ATLANTA -- Government watchdogs hoped a freebie legislative excursion with strippers last year would provide a springboard for reforming the system, but as it turns out, lawmakers could take the same Daufuskie Island vacation this summer....
Marsh Landing on the Move New Lots Will Be the First Sold outside St. Johns County
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Until now, Marsh Landing has been an exclusive Ponte Vedra Beach community, but a new section of the subdivision will soon encroach into Jacksonville Beach. The city's Planning Commission approved plans Monday for another...
McClary, Fox Earn Sun Belt Conference Honors
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The awards were passed out yesterday just prior to the start of the 20th Sun Belt Conference tournament, and Jacksonville University senior Artemus McClary left with mixed emotions. McClary was pleased to be a unanimous...
Preparedness Drill Finds Units Ready
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- This is a drill. This is only a drill. Eleven students and a teacher were injured Wednesday morning when a small plane crashed into Beaches Episcopal School. At least two passengers aboard the plane were pronounced...
Recreation Bond Riles Residents
Todd Rowley reacted angrily last week as the governing board of his St. Johns County community association prepared to pass an $11 million road and recreation bond that will cost Rowley about $200 a year. "It has all the strength and powers...
Recruiting Has Come to NFL
Running off at the typewriter . . . As Eddie Robinson stood at the podium yesterday and de- scribed why he "chose" the Jacksonville Jaguars over the Atlanta Falcons, it occurred to me just how much the NFL's free-agency period is like college...
Schmidt Impressive in Braves Debut
WEST PALM BEACH -- Perspiration glistening on his brow, Jason Schmidt heaved a great sigh of relief yesterday afternoon. Admittedly nervous in his debut as a member of baseball's best rotation, the Braves rookie right-hander worked two impressive...
Schools Need Reality Check, Official Says
KINGSLAND -- Ray Snow believes a fourth "R" -- reality -- should be added to the reading, writing and 'rithmetic already being taught in schools. Snow, a project coordinator for the Lower Coastal Development Council, says young applicants...
SCHOOL WOES Middleburg KKK Posters Latest in Racial Incidents
A Middleburg High School student will spend the rest of the year at the district's school for discipline problems for putting up Ku Klux Klan recruitment posters in the school. The student, who remains unidentified, was suspended for three...
SCHOOL WOES Student Weapons Policy Basis of Teacher Protest
Angered by what they perceive as uneven enforcement of the school district's zero-tolerance policy on weapons, Clay County's teachers have called a public meeting for March 12 to discuss the situation. The teachers are concerned about school...
Sheriff's Office Details Discipline
********** CORRECTION Because of a reporting error, a Law & Disorder item on Page B-3 Saturday misidentified the owner of a car involved in a March 1995 homicide. The car belonged to Randall Viddler. Also, Charles W. Raper's...
Some Set on Building `Blocks' at Englewood
When the Duval County School Board meets Tuesday night, it will be met by some pretty insistent individuals concerned with the future of Englewood High School students. They are parents, teachers and administrators who insist switching...
Sorority House Will Get Makeover
The last vintage home in one of Jacksonville's oldest African-American communities will be stripped today. The paint chipping will mark the rebirth, not the demise, of the historic Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority house. Throughout the day, 15...
Support Is Broad for Soup Kitchen
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- A good compromise was the general consensus this week of a proposal calling for the transformation of a house at the corner of Shetter Avenue and South Eight Street into a soup kitchen and ministry center. The plan...
Swamp Hides Fate of Missing Man
FARGO -- William Goodell tried to talk his son out of a canoe trip at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Nobody should canoe alone in a place as isolated as the Okefenokee swamp, especially when the coldest weather in more than...
Teen Court Has Grown-Up Problem: Funds
A new anticrime program the Clay County Juvenile Justice Council had hoped to implement by now still hasn't gotten off the planning shelf. But Teen Court -- which allows juveniles charged with nonviolent crimes such as shoplifting, theft...
Unity Calls on City to Stop Divisiveness
Members of Unity, a new citizens group that wants to cure divisiveness in Jacksonville, say the mission goes beyond resolving a school desegregation case or reconciling a judge's racist remarks. They say the true cure lies within each Jacksonville...
Water Woes in St. Johns County Asked to Help with Residents' Higher Bills
St. Johns County commissioners have been asked to help some Palm Valley residents find relief from stiff new water rates that have skyrocketed utility bills more than 500 percent in recent months. Baron Bartlett, a Roscoe Boulevard homeowner,...
Witnesses Support Dead Dog St. Simons Residents Say Puppy Was Good
BRUNSWICK -- A dozen character witnesses attended a hearing yesterday to testify in the case of a man charged with illegally carrying a handgun he used to shoot a dog. Unfortunately for the defendant, they were there to say good things...