The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 15, 1998

Art Museum Field Trip Just a Click Away
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- Ponte Vedra Beach students can save themselves a trip to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa, because a world of art is coming soon to schools and the library in the form of a fine art CD-ROM. SuperStock Inc., an international...
Banks Report Big Earnings Increases
First Union Corp., NationsBank Corp. and AmSouth Bancorp. this week all reported double digit increases in earnings for the first quarter. First Union said yesterday that operating income rose 20 percent to $606 million compared to the...
Best of Show 3 of 7 High School Drama Programs Going to the Florida State Thespian Festival Are from Jacksonville
********** CORRECTION (4/15/98) Because of information supplied by a committee member of the Florida State Thespian Festival, a T-U Rap story on Page C-1 yesterday listed an incorrect location for H.B. Plant High School. The school...
Bishop Kenny Wins Softball Tourney
In the first three games of the Burger King Invitational softball tournament at Parker High School, a total of four runs separated the winners from the losers. In last night's championship game, Bishop Kenny beat that spread with a five-run...
Bowers Helping Ex-Lover `Other Woman' Interviewed by Magazine
BUFORD -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Bowers admitted yesterday giving financial support to his long-time lover after ending their more than decadelong extramarital affair. Bowers said his wife, Bette Rose, agreed with his...
Bridge Still Lures Big Rigs about 60 Trucks Defy Ban Daily
The old habit of crossing Jacksonville's Fuller Warren Bridge is proving to be tough to break for truckers. Even though a ban prohibiting heavy trucks from the bridge has been in effect nearly two weeks, about 60 big rigs still use the ...
Brown's Challenger Is Having a Difficult Time Raising Money
Republican Bill Randall picked up another issue for his campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., in the 3rd District yesterday, but what he really needs is money. Right now, Randall's long-shot campaign is so short on cash he ...
Cecil Gets Northrop Grumman
After eight months of negotiations, the Jacksonville City Council has finally inked the deal that will bring Northrop Grumman to Cecil Field Naval Air Station. The airplane-overhaul company will be the city's first major tenant at the closing...
Check from Baptist Leader Haunts Brown
An attorney for Rep. Corrine Brown of Jacksonville said yesterday the congresswoman did nothing illegal or unethical when she accepted a $10,000 check from Baptist leader Henry Lyons in 1996, but Republicans say the check will bounce back...
Christians Lose Slugfest Morristown Outlasts UC 18-17
East Morristown (Tenn.) high school scored 13 runs in the final two innings to complete a dramatic 18-17 baseball win over University Christian yesterday. "It feels great to come back like that," said Hurricanes pitcher David Kinsler, who...
Clay County Proving to Be in Just the Right Location
Today is tax day again. That being said, let's move on to something pleasant, like all the exciting things happening in and around Clay County. I hope you had a chance to visit the Clay County Agricultural Fair, and a chance to see Atlanta...
Club Beach Enrolling Members
Club Beach has reopened its rolls to new members. Club Beach, the club without walls -- and without dues, for that matter -- offers more than any other so-called fitness club known to humanity. Let's review the extensive list of benefits....
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I ain't quitting." -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Bowers, who admitted yesterday to giving financial support to his long-time lover after ending their extramarital affair. Story on Page A-1. TORNADO CHECK...
Comments Could Blow Park Plans
*********** CORRECTION (4/16/97) Because of an editing error, a story on Page B-1 yesterday misidentified a Jacksonville City Councilman as the writer of a letter to attract a Six Flags amusement park. Councilman Eric Smith wrote...
Dial, Ferrell: Just like Old Times
JNJ Silverbullet was one of the great racing greyhounds of the decade on the Jacksonville Racing Circuit several years ago. But the Dial Kennel superstar was a lousy stake racer. He was 0-10 in stake races in his career. A major reason...
Golf Facility to Boost St. Johns Building
********** CORRECTION (4/16/98) Because of a reporting error, a story yesterday on Page B-4 incorrectly reflected comments by Charles Clark of American Metro/Study Corp. about the local real estate market. Clark said residential...
Helping History Survive Time Designation Lets Community Preserve Its Character, Charm
Fittingly, Riverside-Avondale resident Sherri Horne was reminded why she supports historic preservation while laboring on her own turn-of-the-century home at 2227 Forbes St. one recent Sunday. "I was stripping the wallpaper in the baby's...
Home Insurance Rates to Fall Commissioner's Order Stuns Insurers
Taking matters into his own hands, Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson yesterday ordered Florida's insurers to slash their homeowner rates by amounts that could exceed 15 percent. Nelson took his dramatic step after learning earlier in the...
House OKs Emissions Test Cutback Senate May Stall Move to Scale Down Auto Tests
TALLAHASSEE -- Seven years after the state started making sure cars don't belch too much pollution, the Florida House approved a plan yesterday to scale back auto-emissions tests in Duval and five other counties. The plan, which passed...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It spells trouble in great big letters." -- Tom Slade, chairman of the Florida Republican Party, reacting to the news about U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown accepting a $10,000 check from Baptist leader Henry Lyons. Story, Page A-1....
Jacksonville's Look at Reality-Based Film
She fell 20 feet from the speeding airplane in the shadow of the setting sun. Her young body cartwheeled on the hard sand of Pablo Beach before stopping with a stomach-turning thud as thousands of horrified beachgoers looked on. Women...
Jefferson Students Look Up to Their Pen Pals
Waving hand-lettered signs and flashing smiles of welcome, they stood on the curb, eagerly awaiting their visitors. It was a scene that could have taken place outside an airport terminal. But the sign-toting students were at Ed White High...
MacKay Slams Voucher Proposal
Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay's official visit to a Jacksonville child development center yesterday was about legislation, not campaigning. But it had political overtones all the same. MacKay, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor,...
Man Who Killed Son Gets 12-Year Sentence
A Keystone Heights man received a 12-year prison sentence yesterday in a plea bargain agreement in the fatal shooting of his 13-year-old son. Moody Collins will get credit for the four years he already served after he was initially sentenced...
March Emphasizes Crime Prevention Program
Twenty-four hours after Deryll Burr-Matthews was helping a friend plan a program to commemorate crime victims, her youngest brother was fatally stabbed by a woman he dated. "She stabbed him in the jugular vein. He bled to death," Burr-Matthews...
Mayport Mulls Ideas for What It Could Be
MAYPORT -- A landscape architecture student has some radical ideas for what Mayport could be if LaCruise owner Dewayne Williams and the Navy gave up some land. Wayne Robinson, a University of Florida student, presented his ideas during...
Morning Tea, Petit Fours and Novels
Fifth-grader Amanda Schultz can now eavesdrop on conversations that were once Greek to her. She took a course in Greek which is part of Cunningham Creek Elementary School's blossoming enrichment program. "I wanted to understand what my...
New Hotel Planned for Downtown
Jacksonville's effort to put more hotels downtown took a major step yesterday when Adam's Mark Hotel & Resorts announced plans to construct a $126 million, 17-story riverfront complex. Pending approval of $21 million in incentives, the...
NFL's Message: Mo Is Better UF's Collins Has Improved Draft Status
Had the message been sent in January, it would have been, Mo, Don't Go. Now, the NFL's message to Mo Collins is clear. You could have used another year, but we'll take you anyway. Collins, a University of Florida tackle, surprised many by...
Old Springfield School Purchased by Church
Corinne Scott Elementary, the school in historic Springfield that the city didn't want after it closed in 1991, finally has a new owner. The School Board agreed April 7 to sell the two-story brick building at 1951 Market St. to Vision Christian...
Pitching, Defense Key Paxon Win over Previously Unbeaten Parker
Paxon baseball coach Jack Spencer stood in the outfield at Parker High School addressing his young team minutes after they had shocked the Braves 1-0 last week. "We're not good," he said. "We just played good tonight." How well had his...
Planner Moves to St. Johns Bishop Leaving Green Cove Job
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- The city official who played a key role in the redevelopment of Green Cove Springs -- city Planning Director Teresa Bishop -- has left for a new job. "She has been a tremendous asset to the city of Green Cove Springs...
Poets to Share Their Works Saturday in Orange Park
Love. Hate. Death. Injustice. Beauty. Nature. Such common themes have been expressed and analyzed for centuries by poets, some of whom will gather Saturday for a public poetry reading in the park next to Orange Park Town Hall. The third...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Southside to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. BATTERY/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: A teenage girl was arrested on battery/domestic violence charges about 7 p.m. Thursday in her family's...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently in Arlington to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. SHOOTING INTO A BUILDING: An Arlington Toyota security guard reported to the Sheriff's Office that he heard a gunshot about 4...
Police Briefs
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. JACKSONVILLE BEACH Compact discs, books, a wallet and miscellaneous articles were reported stolen Thursday from a vehicle parked at the Seventh Avenue South...
Prep Standouts Sign with Junior Colleges Clay High's Francis Headed to Kansas
Travis Francis, a running back from Clay High School, has signed a letter of intent with Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan. Francis, 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, gained more than 3,000 yards and scored 35 touchdowns during his...
Project Will Enlighten Activity at Mills Field
St. Johns County recreation officials will begin fixing broken lights at Mills Fields' little league diamond in Fruit Cove this week, after The Creeks Athletic Association suspended nighttime youth league play in late March because the darkened...
QB Suit Claims Missing Funds
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell has sued the former president of his 1997 charity golf tournament, claiming proceeds from the event never made it to the intended charity. Instead, the lawsuit contends, Bruce Speegle misappropriated...
Quigley House Has New Director Class at School Got Hanson's Attention
Samantha Hanson was in social studies class one day in high school in Minnesota when she first learned about the ugly facts of domestic violence and sexual assault. "We had some women come in and talk about surviving sexual assault and...
Rare Terns Pick Glynn Mall for Home Base
BRUNSWICK -- A rare group of out-of-state tourists soon will be flocking to Glynn Place Mall as part of their annual spring vacation. But unlike other mall visitors, they won't be searching for bargains. Instead, they are winging in to...
Reports of Crime Fall 38% in Northeast St. Johns
Overall crime fell 38 percent in northeastern St. Johns County from 1996 to 1997, led by drops in larceny, assaults and vandalism. The numbers in the Ponte Vedra and Palm Valley areas magnify a countywide decrease in crime but, while there...
River Finds Ally in Senate Committee Chief Says Bill Will Die
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida House yesterday approved a bill that could block the St. Johns River from being named one of the nation's most treasured rivers, but a key lawmaker said the bill likely will die in the Senate. Sen. Jack Latvala,...
Road Plan, Sewer Job in Contention
ATLANTIC BEACH -- Residents voiced concerns about the Mayport Road/Atlantic Boulevard flyover, the mayor discussed her own concerns about the project and the City Commission deferred action on awarding the contract for expanding the Buccaneer...
Senate Democrats `Plug Leak'
ATLANTA -- Senate Democratic Caucus leaders emerged from a closed-door meeting yesterday to declare their ranks solid in the wake of the defection of their highest-ranking member, Senate President Pro-tempore Sonny Perdue. Perdue announced...
Soccer Park a Joint Project
A soccer tournament touted for bringing in an estimated $1.5 million to the Jacksonville area last year is scheduled to take place this year at a new 120-acre park in East Arlington. City parks director Bill Potter said soccer fans can expect...
Spring Break Fun Kids Make Friends at YMCA Camp
School was out, so camp was in. Last week during the Clay County School District's spring break, about 150 boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grade spent their days at the Dye-Clay Family YMCA's Easter Holiday Camp. About a...
Staggering Realities at School
When Maurice Jones retires in June after six years as principal of Long Branch Elementary, he will have been at the East Jacksonville school longer than many of the students who started there six years ago. That's not the way it ought to...
STOPPING THE SKID JU Hopes to Right Ship against FSU
Last Wednesday, Jacksonville University did nearly everything it had to do to knock of highly ranked Florida State in Tallahassee. The Dolphins received a pitching gem from senior Juan Padilla, who kept the FSU hitters in check all night....
Target: Better Voting New Equipment Encounters Human Error
The small crowd that watched the Green Cove Springs election returns come in at the Clay County Supervisor of Elections Office last week learned a lesson. Even $500,000 worth of technologically advanced, computerized ballot-tabulating equipment...
The Answer Line
Answers to readers' questions and other often-asked questions of area agencies and services. CLAY ELECTRIC CO-OP: I participate in the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) program and have my payment automatically deducted from my bank account....
Thomas' Move Paid off FSU Tackle Has First-Round Future
The decision was made and Tra Thomas knew it, so he didn't argue with his coaches when they suggested he move from defense to offense. "I figured they'd been doing it a long time -- they must know what they're doing," Thomas said. Credit...
Tuition Increase Studied Plan Feared Short of System's Goals
For the third straight year, Florida lawmakers have proposed a tuition increase for the state's 10 public universities. The Legislature is considering a 7 percent tuition increase for in-state students and a 12.5 percent hike for out-of-state...
UNF Builds Momentum with Win
With a critical weekend series with Peach Belt Athletic Conference foe Georgia College & State looming, the North Florida baseball team wanted to gain some momentum. Beating fifth-ranked NAIA Embry-Riddle last night at Harmon Stadium...
Woman Seeks Forgotten Cash Left by Father
Dear Call Box: I ran across a bank statement of my deceased father. It was from April 1989 from American Federal Savings Bank of Duval County. I can't find the bank anywhere in the phone book. -- L.H. Dear L.H.: You should contact the unclaimed...
Youthbuild Loses Grant to Help Dropouts
Sixty-six young people will get awards Friday for doing something for themselves and their community. The awards will be presented by Youthbuild, an apprenticeship program financed by a federal grant for high school dropouts. Youthbuild,...