The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 22, 1998

'97'S Washout Forgotten, Beach Fest, Parade Set
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Last year the rain didn't go away and the annual Beaches Parade was washed out. No rainy-day backup is ever scheduled for the event because of coordination difficulties and other Jacksonville Beach events slated for...
Agreement on Park May Be Near
The YMCA of Florida's First Coast and St. Johns County are close to finalizing details of an agreement that would let the public have free access to a significant part of 160 acres the Davis family wants to give to the YMCA for a park. ...
Airbag Injuries Kill Baby
A 3-week-old girl injured by an airbag died at University Medical Center yesterday, hospital officials said. Chanel Fields died about 1 p.m. from injuries she sustained when an airbag deployed during a two-vehicle accident Monday morning....
All-American Gymnasts All-Around Medal Winners
Gymnastics teams from All-American Gymnastics went to Charleston, S.C., to compete in the annual Charleston Cup. The Level 4 team of Kim Salmon, Yvonne Scott, Lisa Domaradzki, Lindsey Womack, Gabrielle Montgomery and Allison Bagley took ...
Arlington Upgrades Explained Water and Sewer Projects under Way
Some Arlington residents can expect to see surveyors in their neighborhoods during the next few weeks. Jacksonville Electric Authority officials told residents at a town meeting sponsored by City Councilman John Crescimbeni Thursday that...
Boselli Deal on Hold Jags' Tackle Yet to Sign Extension
The Jaguars' plans to extend the contract of tackle Tony Boselli and make him among the highest paid at his position, have been put on hold, according to Boselli's agent. Agent Jack Mills said the sides have talked several times regarding...
Briefly
WRITING CONTEST The Newspaper Association of America Foundation is sponsoring a writing contest for teens on the topic "Profiles in Courage: Young People Who Stand Up For Their Rights." Contestants will profile a teen, living or dead, who...
Challenge Accepted Jags' Stewart Promises: `I'm Not Going to Vanish'
The Jaguars sent their message to James Stewart loud and clear this past weekend. By taking two running backs in the NFL Draft, including using the ninth overall pick on Florida's Fred Taylor, the Jaguars have put Stewart on notice that there...
CHANGE OF SCENERY JU to Dedicate New Stadium
Jacksonville University assistant baseball coach Marc Marini leaned against the padded wall behind home plate. While doing so, he remembered what Alexander Brest Field looked like just seven years ago when he was an outfielder for the Dolphins....
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It's time for him to abandon ship and get on with his life." -- Senate Minority Whip Eric Johnson, R-Savannah, thinks GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike Bowers should drop out of the race after he admitted giving financial...
Commission Has Full Plate of Incentives
About $50 million in incentive proposals by three Jacksonville organizations and the St. Louis-based Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts chain are scheduled to be pitched to the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission tomorrow. The Northeast...
County to Get 1 More Code Enforcement Officer in Zoning
For the past several years, officials charged with enforcing Clay County's complex code of ordinances have been hard pressed to keep up with the demands of a growing caseload. But the workload soon will become a little lighter for those ...
Dantzler Making His Move MacKay Now Seen as Vulnerable
TALLAHASSEE -- Former state Sen. Rick Dantzler is moving quickly to take advantage of problems for Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay among Democratic Party ranks in the race for governor. Dantzler, a Winter Haven lawyer, picked up endorsements yesterday...
Event of the Season This Party the Place to Be
Absolutely everyone who was anyone was at June Hines' garden tea party for young women last week, and their outfits were simply too devine. This is the sixth year that Hines has held a tea party for her granddaughters and little girls in...
Fleming Island Church Tour Sunday
Florida is usually associated with sun and surf, but there are many areas that have remained unspoiled by development and exist much as they did hundreds of years ago. One such area on Fleming Island enables people to experience what Florida...
Former Middleburg High Pitcher Finding Success at North Carolina
A former Clay County baseball player is beating the sophomore jinx. Mike Bynum, a sophomore pitcher for the University of North Carolina, has already won more games (4) and allowed fewer runs (6.04 ERA) than he did during his freshman year...
Girls Answering Call for Sports High Schools Begin Flag Football, Weights
With a football clamped under her arm, 17-year-old Nicole Cowan faked left, faked right, spun around and cruised by her blocker this week on the football field at Ribault High School. Some male students with perplexed faces giggled or snickered....
Governor Signs $12.5 B Budget
ATLANTA -- Gov. Zell Miller has signed his final state budget, using his veto pen to nix $3.3 million scheduled to equip applied technology labs in schools and another $2.78 million in bond money for vocational lab equipment. Miller vetoed...
Hearing on New Park Slated for May 7
City officials want to know what Mandarin and Southside residents want in the proposed Julington Creek Headwaters Park and Preserve, formerly known as the Southeast Regional Park. So the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Entertainment...
Heart Association Turns to `Wizard of Oz' Theme
Would you like to have copies of the original cast photos and movie posters from The Wizard Of Oz? Maybe you'd rather win a getaway for two in Washington, D.C., feast on baked sesame seed salmon, or meet Penney Farms resident Meinhardt...
Holmes Honored by B-CC Campus Building to Be Named for Him
Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach will dedicate its new $4.2 million business building Sunday in honor of Wendell P. Holmes Jr. Holmes was chosen for the recognition because of his 10 years of leadership as chairman of the college's...
Intrusion at Cemetery Hurts Us All
Gertrude Moller didn't need this. Four times a year, Moller goes to Greenlawn Cemetery on Beach Boulevard to put flowers on the graves and crypts of her two daughters, her husband and her parents. The trips are never easy because two of...
It Takes a Significant Lottery Win to Really Be a Win
It was a typical Saturday. Grocery shopping, stopping by the convenience store to purchase a lottery ticket and checking to see if last week's ticket was a winner. One ticket, same number, every Saturday for the past many, many years. The...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I'm excited and uplifted about the way this congregation has come together to do this project." -- Ken Kruger, parish administrator at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Riverside, on the renovation of the church....
Jury Indicts Coffee Deputy
DOUGLAS -- A Coffee County sheriff's deputy has been indicted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Douglas man last year. Deputy Charlie Morgan shot and killed 39-year-old Nathaniel Hutchinson during a drug trafficking arrest on Oct. 15...
Lawmakers OK $45.3B Budget
TALLAHASSEE -- Flush with money and heading toward fall elections, Florida lawmakers yesterday approved a $45.3 billion budget for 1998-99 while also proposing $50 tax rebates for homeowners. The rebates, which were proposed in the Senate,...
Legislative Briefing
MEASURE WOULD OK VOTE ON PONTE VEDRA AS TOWN Residents in the Ponte Vedra Beach area are a step closer to getting to vote on becoming a town. The House Community Affairs Committee approved House Bill 4821 yesterday that would allow voters...
Line Drives
JACKSONVILLE This week: JU (27-18 overall, 11-10 Sun Belt) will play host to fifth-ranked Florida at 7 tonight. The Dolphins will then play host to Lamar in a pivotal Sun Belt Conference series this weekend. The two team will play a doubleheader...
Medical Office for Fruit Cove Baptist/St. Vincent's Primary Care Facility to Open in June
Northwest St. Johns County will have its first full-service doctor's office with the construction of the Baptist/St. Vincent's Primary Care facility at 1400 Bishop Estates Road. The facility should open in mid-June with a staff of three ...
Millionaire Coles Enters Senate Race Democratic Chairman Challenges Coverdell
ATLANTA -- Georgia cookie retailer and state Democratic Party Chairman Michael Coles announced yesterday he will challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell, giving Democrats a well-heeled candidate atop their 1998 ticket. Coles, who...
Nemours Co-Founder Dies Pediatric Urologist Known for Warmth
Peter Sheldon Stevens, a co-founder of The Nemours Children's Clinic, died at his Jacksonville home Sunday after a lengthy illness. He was 56. Dr. Stevens was a pediatric urologist. He chose a career in the medical field because of his...
Orange Park Actress Taking Steps Up the Ladder
When Sarah Watson was growing up in Orange Park, there was little doubt what career path she would follow. She was going to be an actress. Even in preschool, she was always "play acting," recalled her mother, Jean Watson. But now she...
Paradise under Reconstruction
A song once talked about replacing paradise with a parking lot. On April 13, road builders proved to me it can be done. My need to see rocks and trees was so strong that I made a solo journey to Hard Rock Park north of Ocala. My first visit...
Police Briefs
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. JACKSONVILLE BEACH A 19-year-old Jacksonville man reported Thursday that he was cut with a knife and robbed of his leather jacket and an undetermined amount...
Police Offer Security Survey Effort on Heels of Business Burglaries
As the number of business burglaries in the Southside/Mandarin area has increased, police have become more concerned with finding ways to prevent the crimes. After business burglaries in Zone 3, which stretches from St. Nicholas to Mandarin,...
Putting a Focus on Child Abuse Clay Agencies Call Attention to Problem
Child abuse doesn't only happen in the movies, or in some other town. It happens here. In the house next door, maybe even in your own family. Getting that across to the public is one of the goals of people like Barbara Alexander, supervisor...
Ravaged Parks Get New Trees Memorial, Riverside Receive Oaks, Hollies
A year after a devastating storm ripped through Riverside's two most historic parks, they are being replanted. But it will be generations before they reach their former splendor. Still, residents will be able to notice an immediate difference,...
Riverside Parish Plans Restoration
For 70 years, Jacksonville's Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd has ministered to the Riverside community. Now the church's soaring Gothic sanctuary is in need of care. Good Shepherd has launched a renovation project. The work, which...
Some Urging Bowers to Quit
ATLANTA -- A week after GOP gubernatorial hopeful Mike Bowers acknowledged giving financial support to his longtime lover, some Republicans are calling on him to get out of the race. "The Republican Party is the party of principle and values....
Southside Catholic School Planned Blessed Trinity Expects First Phase to Open September 1999
A Southside church has been given the go-ahead to open a 175-student Catholic school on Beach Boulevard. The city's Planning Commission approved plans Thursday for Blessed Trinity Catholic Church to open a Catholic school on its property...
Starke Teen Raped after Abduction from Daytona
A 17-year-old Starke girl attending Daytona Beach's Black College Reunion was forced into a van by two men, raped as they drove north and released in Jacksonville, police said yesterday. The abduction and sexual assault further marred a college...
Swim Rules: Safety First around Water
Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death for the 5-to-24 age group, according to the National Safety Council's 1996 Accident Facts Report. Call Box has compiled a few tips to keep you and your loved ones safe in the water....
Test Case for Growth Plan Found Butler Corridor to Try to Counter Traffic Ills
City planners are promising to keep close watch on the new statewide petri dish of a growth-management plan that's been approved for the congested Butler Boulevard corridor. "We've been very careful with that," said Jeannie Fewell, chief ...
The Answer Line
Answers to readers' questions and other often-asked questions of area agencies and services. CLAY COUNTY: How do I get a park in my neighborhood? Answer: In order to have a park in your neighborhood, a request should be made to the Parks...
UNF Presidential Hopefuls
Adam Herbert, chancellor of the state university system, has pared the list of candidates for the University of North Florida presidency to 29. After conducting telephone interviews with the candidates and speaking with references, a campus-based...
Water Treatment Plant Not Popular
ST. AUGUSTINE -- Residents of a rural section of northwest St. Johns County urged zoning officials last week to deny a rezoning for a sewer treatment plant in their region, contending the construction would harm the lifestyle they sought by...
Woman Helps Victims in Pain
She works with people in their darkest moments, when they come face to face in a courtroom with the person accused of killing a loved one. She's a shoulder to cry on, an advocate to explain the complexities of the criminal justice system,...
Words Flow on a Day in the Park Poets Gather to Read Works, Hear Others'
ORANGE PARK -- They are an eclectic group and their artistry, much like the music lyrics that refer to different strokes for different folks, can be as different as night and day. Such was the case at the third annual Orange Park Poetry ...
Yellow Jackets Beat Christians in Slugfest
The University Christian baseball field is known as a hitter's ballpark. The right-field line is one of the shortest in the city, measuring 285 feet, and St. Augustine High School and University Christian took full advantage of the short park...