The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 17, 2004

2 Counties Talk Boat Ramps as Boating Numbers near Spike; International Boat Show Seen as a Harbinger of River Traffic in Growing St. Johns and Duval
Byline: David Bauerlein, The Times-Union The mighty St. Johns River has no visible boundary markers where it flows from St. Johns County into Duval County. So when it comes to hunting waterfront sites for boat ramps, officials from the two counties...
3 Intruders Enter Apartment, Rob, Beat Resident, Kill His Pet
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer A man and two accomplices forced their way into an apartment at 3200 Hartley Road at gunpoint April 10, beat up the resident inside, killed his pet bird and stole $400 in cash before fleeing, police said. The...
Agency: Mother Not Cooperating; Judge to Determine Who Gets Custody of 2-Year-Old Girl Left Alone for 19 Days
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM, The Times-Union A Jacksonville mother accused of leaving her 2-year-old daughter home alone for 19 days hasn't cooperated with a court-appointed agency that is evaluating her and her estranged husband to help determine custody,...
Area Planning Board to Meet with Mayor
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The Southeast Citizens Planning Advisory Committee has scheduled its first community meeting with Mayor John Peyton for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts auditorium, 2445 San...
Arts Center Copes with Money Woes; Artists May Be Losing Beaches Gallery
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Artists who volunteer to run the Beaches Arts Center in Jacksonville Beach gave impassioned pleas Thursday to keep the organization afloat as financial problems are driving them out of their gallery...
BEACHES BUSINESS; New Executive Director at Helm of Ponte Vedra Chamber
Ginger Lilley Peace took over recently as executive director of the Ponte Vedra Beach Chamber of Commerce. She moved to the St. Johns County area two years ago to help manage the St. Johns County Visitor & Convention Bureau advertising account...
Beach Shorts
SHOW FOR SUV VICTIM Freebird Live will host a benefit concert Sunday to honor the life of a young man killed last month in front of the Jacksonville Beach nightclub. The benefit concert will be held for 21-year-old Ben Cabacungan Jr. of Jacksonville,...
Cadillac Crosses over; SRX Serves Equally Well as Station Wagon, SUV
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Say hello to Cadillac's new station wagon. Built on its successful CTS sports sedan platform, but with a healthy 4.6-liter, 320-horsepower V-8 and all-wheel-drive, the folks at Cadillac would rather...
Cancer Fight Keeps on Going
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer At an all-night fund-raiser at Clay High School, Green Cove Springs residents raised more than $28,000 for Clay County cancer patients. Now Orange Park and Middleburg will participate in the...
Challengers Step Up to Take on Bush
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Facing term limits for the first time in his political career, Clay County Commissioner George Bush is seeking re-election to a final term. If he wins, he would leave office in 2008. But his...
Champion Rider Sees Racing as Relief from Work
Byline: TENESHIA L. WRIGHT, Times-Union staff writer Chuck Jerabek's life is centered on cycling, and it provides an escape from helping save lives. Jerabek, 48, of San Marco, began racing in high school, and he estimated logging 15,000 miles...
City Honors Public Works Director with a Day
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer When Neptune Beach Public Works Director Leon Smith began working for the city 28 years ago as a wastewater plant trainee, he got one of the worst first-day assignments. He was told to rake...
Classic Jaguars on Display at World Golf Village
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer The big cats come to the World Golf Village from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, as the Jaguar Car Club of Northeast Florida presents its Legends on the Green Concours d'Elegance to benefit the Shriners Children's Burn...
COLLEGE ROUNDUP; Hurricanes Deal 'Noles Second Shutout in Week
J.D. Cockroft allowed three hits in seven innings, Jim Burt drove in three runs and the host Miami Hurricanes used an eight-run fifth inning to beat rival Florida State 10-0 on Friday night. The victory was Miami's third in a row -- and second consecutive...
Consultant Talks about Roundabout
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer An Atlantic Beach consultant has determined that a roundabout is feasible for the five-way intersection across from City Hall, but the City Commission questioned Monday if the $530,000 project...
County Hires Attorney to Fight Sign Ordinance Suit
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Clay County's sign ordinance, which was revamped in 1998 to add more regulatory controls over roadside advertising, is under legal attack from an Atlanta advertising company trying to get a federal...
Crime Shows Increase in Mandarin, Southside
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Overall crime on the Southside and in Mandarin increased 4 percent from 2002 to 2003, with murders and robberies showing the largest increases, according to preliminary Jacksonville Sheriff's Office statistics....
'Cudas WHA2 Champs; Jacksonville Twice Comes Back from Two-Goal Deficits to Down Macon 7-4
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union MACON, Ga. -- In the visiting locker room of the Macon Centreplex, the Jacksonville Barracudas hung up the Friday edition of the local newspaper. On the front page of the sports section there was a story...
Device Is Step toward Walking Again; Parastep Allows Paralyzed Man to Do What Was Once Thought Impossible
Byline: CHERIE BLACK, The Times-Union As Jerry Garrett takes one slow but definitive step after another across the white tile floors of Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital's gym, his eyes light up with renewed determination. After about 20 steps he's...
Dispose of Old Batteries, Save Environment
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: Last year you published information about our Great Battery Roundup. When people dropped off their batteries, I personally asked where they heard about the round up and 138 people said,...
Diverse Outlook Useful
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Like most people, Dennis Stouse is proud of his roots. Unlike a lot of people, though, he revels in understanding why others are proud of theirs. "I grew up in an upper-middle class community,"...
Easter Is More Than Eggs and a Guy in a Bunny Suit
Byline: Jackie Rooney, Shorelines columnist Easter weekend had me hopping all over the place. Everyone, it seems, held Easter parades, egg hunts and other activities for children that parents and grandparents enjoyed as well. I began Easter with...
Ex-Keystone Heights Students File Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer ********************CORRECTION April 24, 2004 Because of a reporter's error, a story on page 8 of the April 17 edition of Clay County Line contained several inaccuracies about two students'...
Ex-Marines Setting Standard for Road Adoption
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer On 6 a.m. on Mondays, some retired U.S. Marines pick up trash around the Knight's Boat Ramp on Black Creek. "They do it religiously," said Tania Jolley, executive director of Keep Clay Beautiful...
Expectations May Be Greater Than Jaguars
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer Before Jaguars fans jump-start expectations in 2004 with the P-word, let's bring a reality check based on the schedule, roster changes and other factors still to be determined, notably the hits or...
Freshman Helps Power St. Johns to District Title
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer Freshman Amanda Martorana won three events and placed third in another, and three of her teammates finished in the top four of the discus to give St. Johns Country Day School its first district...
G-8 to Affect Routine on St. Simons; Some Closures, Vehicle Restrictions Will Be Imposed on Residents
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- Island residents and visitors won't be able to use their boats and airplanes and should expect delays on the roadways of up to an hour during the G-8 Summit on Sea Island in June. Residents...
Get Growing
IT'S SHOWTIME Members of the the Jacksonville Rose Society put their flowers center stage during the annual show from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Ave. Attend a lecture and demonstration at 3:30 p.m. about...
Green Cove, Dairy on Collision Course; Gustafson Underbilled; City Wants Its Money
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer An inadvertent metering mistake by Green Cove Springs might land the city and Gustafson's Dairy in court over $236,600 in unpaid electrical service. City attorneys said they hope to avoid litigation...
Group Wants to Dramatize Violence against Women
Byline: PATTI LEVINE-BROWN, River City News correspondent Adriana Santos wants to help young people like herself stop the cycle of violence against women. One way the 22-year-old is trying to get her message across is by entering a theater competition,...
Harris Teeter Neighbors Hope Vacancy Gets Filled
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Five years ago, Harris Teeter opened its first Florida supermarket, behind Mandarin's Ramsgate neighborhood. But the December 1998 grand opening didn't happen until those neighbors and City Councilman Dick Kravitz...
High Fives at 4-2A; Murray, Frith Score in Five Different Events to Pace District Meets
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT, The Times-Union Episcopal's Teresa Murray and Bolles' Matt Frith will welcome a day off today. The two senior track standouts each placed in five events Friday to help their team to convincing championships at the District...
Holland Has Faced Voter Anger Before
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer An effort to recall Jacksonville City Councilman Jerry Holland over his support for two huge stores on a Beach Boulevard corner isn't the first time constituents have threatened to throw him out...
Homeless Center Wants to Buy House for Single Women
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer A Jacksonville Beach daytime care center for homeless people wants to buy a house at the Beaches or in Jacksonville to use as a temporary home for its female clients. Leaders of a Mission House...
Hunley Remains to Receive Historic Burial; Confederate Submarine Which Sank in 1864 with Eight aboard, Was Recovered in 2000
Byline: Dan Scanlan, The Times-Union They sailed on Feb. 17, 1864, eight men crammed into a 40-foot long iron tube that went into the history books as the first submarine to sink a ship. Then they disappeared. Now, 140 years after the CSS...
In Arlington, Police Do Sweat the Small Stuff
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer When it comes to patrolling his Arlington zone, the idea is to think small, says Assistant Chief Rick Graham of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. "If you sweat the small stuff, you'll cut down on...
In Clay, We Have a Lot Going for Us
Byline: Lamar Thames, Clay County Line General Manager I have always been drawn to communities like Clay County: small but near a larger metropolitan area; conservative, but with an open mind about differing opinions; and rural, but with a sophistication...
It's Prom Time and That Means Safety Concerns
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer It is prom time for Clay County high schools -- a time for corsages, an expensive dinner out, dancing and sometimes drinking or taking drugs. Clay County deputy Mark Ottervanger, the school resource...
Jacksonville Jobless Rate Holds Steady
Byline: Mark Basch, The Times-Union Jacksonville's unemployment rate held basically steady in March, with job growth continuing at a solid rate, the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation reported Friday. The unemployment rate in the Jacksonville...
Keeping the Faith
FAMILY/FRIENDS DAY The Mount Olive Baptist Church in Kings Ferry will be observing its annual Family and Friends Day at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Jackie Hooper, pastor of Mount Horeb Baptist Church in Lessie, will speak. Everyone is invited....
Keystone Heights Airport Authority Stirs Up a Crowd; Council Reappoints 2 Members Only after Heated Debate
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, County Line correspondent A standing-room-only crowd came to Tuesday's Keystone Heights City Council meeting, and after the swearing-in ceremonies of a newly elected mayor and council member, it became apparent the overflow...
League Marks 50 with New Park; Sans Souci Milestone to Be Marked Today
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer When the Sans Souci Athletic Association opens its 50th season at 9 a.m. today, its teams will -- at long last -- be playing in a baseball park worthy of a new century. "The association has had...
Library, Davis Park Vie for Share of Funds
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer The Ponte Vedra Beach branch library and Davis Park would get significant financial help next fiscal year under St. Johns County's proposed capital improvement plan. The library could get a major boost...
Mandarin Art Festival Changes Are Pleasing; Patrons Loved Ambience, Variety at 36th Annual Event
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Blame a new septic tank drain field for last weekend's redesign of the 36th annual Mandarin Arts Festival. The only place to put the grass-covered field and picket fence was the festival site's northern border,...
Marcy Knight; School Volunteer Has Done It All
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Marcy Knight was commandeered Tuesday to sew a Bobcat mascot costume. That might be the only thing Knight hasn't done in the 13 years she's been volunteering at Bryceville Elementary School....
Mickler's Landing Upgraded
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer The only public parking area for beachgoers in Ponte Vedra Beach got a makeover. St. Johns County recreation officials are finishing up about $25,000 worth of improvements to Mickler's Landing, including...
Money Spent, but Work Isn't Done; Shipyards Developer, City Disagree over How Funds Could Be Used
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA and MATT GALNOR, The Times-Union The Shipyards developer has spent most, if not all, of the millions Jacksonville gave the company to construct a public park and Riverwalk expansion, records show, though the work on the...
More Than 2,000 Expected to Attend Wednesday's Career Fair at UNF
Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff writer Those looking for a job or career change may want to attend annual Career Destinations. Billed as the First Coast's premier college and career fair and co-sponsored by the Jacksonville Regional Chamber...
Morning Briefs
MIRACLE TO EMBARK TODAY ON FINAL JACKSONVILLE VOYAGE The Carnival Miracle sets sail on its final passenger voyage from Jacksonville today, leaving at about 4 p.m. from the JaxPort Cruise Terminal off Heckscher Drive on a six-day cruise to the Bahamas...
Nahunta Police Chief Vows to Fight Dismissal; He Was Fired While out of Town by City Council; a Move Criticized as Unjust
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, The Times-Union NAHUNTA -- Christopher Beasley found himself voted out of his job as Nahunta police chief Wednesday while out of town attending law enforcement training. He was terminated by a unanimous vote of the...
Nassau Notes
SHRIMP LECTURES The Amelia Island Museum of History will be presenting two lectures related to the 41st Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. The first is at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Nick Deonas, whose family built boats, will discuss wooden boat building,...
NATO Taps Northrop Grumman for Multibillion Contract Team; Award Could Diminish Chances of Creating New Jobs in Jacksonville
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS, The Times-Union Northrop Grumman Corp. was part of the team that Friday won a $4.8 billion contract to build military surveillance aircraft for NATO. Analysts say the major award emphasizes the company's expertise in developing...
New Buildings Push County to Limit; Nassau: 9/11 Big Reason Spending Went to Wire
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer When Nassau County borrowed $34.6 million in 2000 to buy 160 acres of land in Yulee and construct the Nassau County governmental complex, plans called for the county to earn $9 million in interest...
New Lowe's to Make a Relic of Landmark Kingsley Square
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer A landmark for more than three decades is being reduced to rubble and dust at the corner of Blanding Boulevard and Kingsley Avenue. The old Kingsley Square shopping center, which has been...
New Plan for Land Sends Hunters Packing; It'll Be Buffer for Camp Blanding, Green Belt Link
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Don Jones and his buddies in the Cripple Creek Hunt Club have hunted deer, hogs and turkey on 8,500 acres of leased woodlands in south-central Clay County for years. Each member is allotted...
New-School Wait Could Be 4 Years; Wetlands Require Army Permits
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer The good news is that a new school will be built on 48 acres behind the existing Julington Creek Elementary School in Fruit Cove, to ease the overcrowding affecting all the area's public schools. But about 150...
Northside Crime Figures Fall in Many Categories
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer The police chief is proud his Northside zone led the city in the reduction of overall reported crimes last year -- but he always takes those numbers with a grain of salt, he said. "My combined crime totals went...
Nursing Facility on Its Way
A 108-bed skilled nursing facility is under construction on Fleming Island. Tentatively slated to be named Woodland Terrace, the skilled care and rehabilitative nursing facility will sit on about 5 acres on the west side of U.S. 17, just south of...
'Orphaned' Roads Have No Owner, Care; Town, County Both Say Other Is Responsible
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Barbara Pendarvis says Swallowfork Avenue has two phases, neither of them good. "When it's dry, it's a washboard. When it's wet, it's a mud hole," Pendarvis said. Pendarvis and other residents...
Pageant Winner Also Has Another Big Success; Singer Had to Beat Her Eating Disorder
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Erin Lancaster did not start singing in public -- in her church choir -- until the seventh grade. At the time, she said, her singing voice was "very small." That was then. Now 19 and a...
Pine Wood Chips Will Make a Good, Long-Lasting Mulch; Both Coarse and Fine Mulches Can Be Beneficial to Your Azalea Shrubs
Byline: CAMILLE HUNTER, The Times-Union Q: I had a pine tree removed and the stump ground up into small wood chips. I have heard azaleas like pine. Would the grindings make good mulch for my azalea shrubs? Can you tell me how thick mulch should...
Police Briefs; Man Charged in Attack on Officer, Wife
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office lieutenant was harassed and run off the 5000 block of Baymeadows Road Tuesday night by a man eventually arrested on charges of aggravated assault, threat against a public...
POLICE BRIEFS; Man Says Woman Stole $505 after Taking Car, ATM Card
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar and Drew Dixon, Times-Union staff writers Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH A man reported April 2 that a woman who was staying at his home...
Police Briefs; Suspicious Fire at Business Damages Boat, Automobiles Blaze at T.A. Meeks Automotive Was Discovered by Employee
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer Police and fire officials are investigating a suspicious fire that did an estimated $27,000 damage to a boat trailer, tow truck and other vehicles at T.A. Meeks Automotive, 8127 103rd St. Police said the...
PUBLIC SAFETY; Keystone Heights Pair Accused of Assault in Road Rage Incident
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer A Keystone Heights couple are facing charges of aggravated assault after they were accused of pointing a shotgun at three people in a car that passed them on County Road 220. "This is a case...
Ragtime Awaits Outdoor Dining Ruling; Neptune Case Could Open Door
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Managers from Ragtime Tavern and Seafood Grille in Town Center want to offer outdoor dining on a city-owned sidewalk, but will wait to see the results of a similar proposal by Sunny Caribbee...
Raiders Squeeze Past Powerful Blue Devils in Softball Thriller
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer Freshman Miranda Eaton's infield hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Orange Park High School a 1-0 softball win over No. 6-ranked Clay in a non-district game...
SCHOOL ZONE; Fair Group Awards 5 Scholarships
Byline: Toi Jefferson, County Line staff writer The Clay County Fair Association awarded five $1,000 scholarships this year. The scholarships will be presented during Senior Awards Ceremonies at the students' high schools. Here are the recipients,...
She Puts 'Safety First,' Wins First Prize; Girl's Poster Draws National Honor
Byline: CHERYL B. LEMINE, Times-Union correspondent Safety hats, harnesses and orange vests. Not every second-grader knows why they're important, but 7-year-old Deanna Simons of Arlington does. And she's won a national contest and earned a $1,000...
Sixth-Grader's Creative Essay Vying for Top Prize; Story Already Won State Competition
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Thomas Jefferson woke up in a cold sweat. He was having that nightmare again -- the one about his early days as president of the United States, when he decided to purchase the Louisiana Territory....
Size of Talbot's Site for School Raises Concerns
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer Now that the St. Johns County School Board has dispensed with the controversial Guana River Wildlife Management Area as a potential new high school site for Ponte Vedra Beach, concerns are emerging over...
So Long, Luke, We'll Miss You
Byline: Derek L. Kinner, Nassau Neighbors editor Fernandina Beach lost an original last week, and I, as well as hundreds of others, lost a beloved friend. Larry Duggan, or "Luke," as I knew him, was a fixture for years on "the corner," the series...
SPORTS BRIEFS; Ridgeview Romps 11-1
Ridgeview took an 11-1 softball win over visiting Lake City Columbia on Tuesday, racking up nine hits while ensuring a No. 3 seed in the upcoming District 6-4A tournament. Shannon Wilson homered for the hosts, who rallied for five runs in the second...
St. Catherine Has a Special Friend; Jaguars Coach's Wife Volunteers Her Time
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer Since moving to Jacksonville last year when her husband, Jack, was named head coach of the Jaguars, Linda Del Rio has gotten so involved with St. Catherine Laboure Manor that the two are heading up its anniversary...
Strategies in Place to Deal with Crime on Westside
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer For the second year in a row, crime on the Westside rose slightly, with the biggest upswing in robberies, according to figures recently released by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. The number of crimes...
Students in Take Stock Program See Results; Nassau: Years of Work Earn College Scholarship
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer After seven years in the program, three of Nassau County's graduating high school seniors finally will receive the four-year college scholarships they were promised from Communities in Schools...
Surf Series, Relay for Life, Rugby -- and That's Just Today
Byline: Brian Kosoy, Shorelines sports correspondent What a week it's been in sports. Golfer Phil Mickelson finally ended his major drought last weekend, winning the Masters and donning the green jacket in Augusta, Ga. The baseball season is in...
Tea and Tour of History; St. Margaret's to Showcase Gothic Architecture
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Horse and carriage rides, a 19th century fashion show and a presentation of the Maple Leaf steamship are among the features at this year's public tour of Clay County's oldest Episcopal Church. It's...
TERRORISM; the Blame Game
Robert Mueller, FBI director, made a strong point when testifying before the 9/11 commission. Contrary to the opinion of one partisan commissioner, Mueller said public confidence in the agency has not waned. The fact that is true after years of...
They Read between the Signs; Students Share Their Knowledge of Unspoken Second Language
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Julia Crews of Jacksonville Beach knew sign language once. She hoped to learn it again and came to the class to "refresh" her brain. Carolyn Platz of south Ponte Vedra Beach knew a little sign language....
Tours
SEE THIS KLUTHO HOUSE ON THE RAP TOUR OF HOMES If you go on the 30th annual Riverside Avondale Preservation Tour of Homes, one of the 11 stops you'll make will be this Prairie-style home at 2165 River Blvd. The four-bedroom house features coffered...
Vendors Busy Being 'Lazy'; Callahan: Retirees Enjoy Taste of Freedom Brought by Selling Hot Dogs
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer A shiny steel hot dog cart shaded by a blue and yellow Sabrett umbrella is a familiar sight for big city dwellers. It's a rarer sight in not-so-big Callahan. But since Patti and George Auchter...
Venus, Highest Seed Left, Advances to Family Circle Semis
Venus Williams beat Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Family Circle Cup on Friday in Charleston, S.C. Williams is the highest remaining seed in the event at No. 4. In the semifinals, Williams plays Jelena Kostanic, a 7-6 (4),...