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Articles from November 3, 2004

2nd Group Joins Beach Access Push; Ponte Vedra Meeting Set to Discuss Issue
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- As a new organization has begun pushing for more beach access in Ponte Vedra Beach, more people have expressed interest in helping St. Johns County fight a lawsuit aimed at opening...
5 Students in Clay Hill Science Fair Go to District
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer The Clay Hill Elementary Science Fair recently concluded with quite an array of projects displayed by sixth-grade students. Betsy Ellis, sixth-grade science teacher and science fair coordinator,...
Also on the Ballot
JUDGES STATE SUPREME COURT 98 PERCENT OF PRECINCTS NON-PARTISAN, UNOPPOSED (I) KENNETH BELL Yes******4,229,302******72.72% No********1,586,811******27.28% (I) RAOUL CANTERO III Yes******4,027,326******70% No*******1,726,213******30%...
Around the Bend; Beth Shalom Will Hold Salute to Veterans
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The Beth Shalom Congregation holds a Salute to Veterans program this month to honor Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 11, and the community is invited to attend a special viewing of an exhibit of stamps...
Barry Manilow in Concert
We asked readers to send in their thoughts about last week's Barry Manilow concert, and Eyder Peralta's review of the show. Following are some of the comments: -- Just when you think artists like Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears are ones to be...
Baymeadows Area Residents Hear Plan for Golf Course Site
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer More than 300 people showed up for a town meeting last week to discuss a controversial plan to build a 1,400-home community at Baymeadows Golf Club, many wearing "Preserve the golf course" stickers on...
Beach Shorts
HANNA, HUGUENOT PASSES Patrons of Jacksonville's Hanna and Huguenot parks can buy oceanfront park season passes, which are valid for entry to both parks for one year from the month of purchase. The passes cost $80 for a family and $40 for an individual....
Beauclerc Mascot Rides in Balloon for Reading; J.J. the Jaguar Helping to Fire Up Students
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer It wasn't the mighty Oz leaving the Emerald City and leaving Dorothy behind. It was Beauclerc Elementary School mascot J.J. the Jaguar, waving at the 1,345 students as his hot-air balloon hovered...
Big and Small Campaigns Can Pay off at the Polls
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, The Times-Union Eric Pardee estimates his campaign for Neptune Beach City Council Seat 2 cost about $3,000. There were no fancy campaign parties. Neighbors hosted two events, one with coffee and doughnuts and another...
Blue Devils Build Momentum; Tough Games Looming
Byline: James May, County Line correspondent With the top-ranked 3A team in the state, The Bolles School, looming Friday before a tough opening playoff game against Nease, the Clay Blue Devils wanted to build some momentum against Middleburg. ...
'Boston Marriage' Delivers Laughs with Wit
Byline: Tamara McClaran, Shorelines correspondent A play set at the turn-of-the-century in the Victorian drawing room of two elegant upper-class women speaking high English could sound like a sleep inducer. However, Players-by-the-Sea's presentation...
Both Parties Have to Deal with New Map; It's the First Election in Which Legislators Have Had to Contend with the State's Redrawn Districts
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER and BRANDON LARRABEE, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- Democrats and Republicans kept a close eye on election returns Tuesday, with both parties saying the outcomes in several key swing districts could determine control of the General...
Brandy Branch Ready to Flip Switch on Turbines
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer They've been cleaning their "pipes" at Brandy Branch, sending out giant plumes of steam that could be seen for miles around the woods, pastures and wetlands in western Duval County. The pipe...
Buildings Demolished to Build Parking Lot; Port Required to Build Separate Lot for Workers
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD, Nassau Neighbors staff writer The Port of Fernandina is building a separate parking lot for its employees, but workers demolished two homes on the proposed site without getting approval from the city's Historic District...
Bush Takes Florida's 27 Electoral Votes; No Recount Needed: Republican Stronghold Northeast Florida Helps Deflect Kerry Challenge
Byline: DAVID DECAMP, The Times-Union President Bush took Florida's coveted 27 electoral votes, overcoming a Democratic turnout campaign by winning some of Florida's high-growth communities. Northeast Florida remained a Republican stronghold,...
Camden County Can Offer Its Own Public Transportation; the Idea for Beginning the Non-Profit Bus Service Came from a Sermon in Church
Byline: LIZ HAMPTON, Times-Union correspondent WOODBINE -- In August, Jim Heath's vision to offer public transportation to Camden County became a reality. Heath had been employed for 35 years by the Durango-Georgia Paper Co. in St. Marys in the...
Citizens' Height Limits Approved; Mayor and City Council Seat 2 Go to Runoff Dec. 7 for a Decision
Byline: JORDAN RODACK, The Times-Union Jacksonville Beach residents overwhelmingly voted to support an amendment that limits the height of structures to no more than 35 feet Tuesday. But the race for mayor and City Council Seat 2 will go to a...
Clay Teacher Hopes to Pass Country Singer Competition
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Steven Amburgey is a chemistry teacher at Clay High School, runs a horse farm and enjoys a quiet life with his wife and 2 1/2-year-old son. But the Green Cove Springs resident, who has been...
Clear the Way for the Kiddie Train
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Wide-eyed preschoolers jumped up and down when Lamar Vining drove up hauling his 30-foot multi-colored kiddie train. The engine looks a lot like Thomas the Tank Engine. Vining, a Green Cove Springs...
Coast Lines
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS PERFORM ANTI-VIOLENCE PLAY Eighth-grade gifted and advanced language arts students from Needwood Middle School will perform the anti-violence play Bang, Bang, You're Dead for the public at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the gymnasium...
Condo's Rooftop Maidens Raise Code Debate; Just Sculptures or Are They Spires?
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Three 8-foot-tall maidens planned for the rooftop of the art deco-style Lorelei condo in Jacksonville Beach have stirred up a debate over the interpretation of the city's land...
Conflicting QB Reports; Leftwich out 5 Games, or Just 1?
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union A day of conflicting and sometimes confusing reports about the severity of Byron Leftwich's injured left knee ended Tuesday with the Jaguars saying their starting quarterback likely would be sidelined for as...
DEMOCRACY; Inroads in Egypt
Even during these troubled times, at home and abroad, there are some encouraging developments. One of the most obvious is the slow political transformation of Egypt, as it takes its first cautious steps toward what some analysts believe may eventually...
Elcess, Nease Reach Region Final; Panthers Hitter Plays through Shin Splints in Victory over Bishop Kenny
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union Lauren Elcess isn't a typical outside hitter. She isn't particularly tall, just 5 feet 6, so she has to rely on an impressive vertical leap. When the Nease senior came down with a case of shin splints...
Festival of Wreaths Will Be Raising Funds for ARC/Nassau
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD, Nassau Neighbors staff writer The third annual Festival of Wreaths, which benefits adults with disabilities, has a new venue: White Oak Plantation in Yulee. The 7,500-acre plantation is a secluded sanctuary that has been...
Florida Writers Discuss Works; Kennedy, Roberts Ridicule 2000 Vote
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg, Shorelines correspondent ATLANTIC BEACH -- Bridging the generations, two Florida writers of like minds met at The Bookmark Friday night. Authors Diane Roberts and Stetson Kennedy lit up the little Atlantic Beach...
Franklin Biographer to Speak; Walter Isaacson Visiting Ponte Vedra
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- Author Walter Isaacson believes that Benjamin Franklin, one of America's best loved founding fathers, has much to teach us today. It's Isaacson's contention that although Franklin...
Freshman Thrust into Kicking Job; Bowden Says Cismesia Will Replace Beitia on Extra Points, Field Goals
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- Eight games into a freshman season that seemed destined for a redshirt, Florida State kicker Gary Cismesia will get his chance to live up to the hype that preceded his August arrival on campus....
Friendship Fountain Not Original Name
Byline: Mike Clark, The Times-Union Dear Call Box: I need you to settle a dispute. Was Friendship Fountain on the Southbank previously named after somebody? R.S., Southside Dear R.S. Yes, it was. The idea of creating a park on the Southbank...
Gallery Features Florida Artists; Orange Park Pair Fund College Site
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Mary Ward Huntley and Louis Huntley, a prominent Orange Park couple who are philanthropists and art collectors, have donated $125,000 to the endowment of the newly completed Thrasher-Horne Center...
Garrard Ready to Play -- If It's Necessary
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union Despite what the Jaguars are saying, David Garrard doesn't think his stint as their starting quarterback will last long -- if it happens at all. Tuesday's announcement by the team that Byron Leftwich would...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; Voting Views Vary
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- Depending on which Florida player you talked to Tuesday, the presidential election was, or wasn't, a big deal. Defensive back Vernell Brown, who said he voted, wore an "I Voted" sticker...
Gavin DeGraw Brings Voice to Freebird Live
Byline: Tamara McClaran, Shorelines correspondent Gavin DeGraw, a musician who has been proclaimed the next major new talent by star-making music producer Clive Davis, will perform at Freebird Live on Saturday. The show was rescheduled from...
Georgians Approve Ban on Gay Marriages; State One of 11 Where Voters Were Considering Such Constitutional Amendments
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- Nearly one year after a Massachusetts court ruled same-sex couples there have the right to marry, Georgia voters on Tuesday appeared to give overwhelming approval to a referendum placing a ban on...
Grieving Mom Donates to Anti-Drug Effort; Beaches Resource Center Gains Funding
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Brent Braddock was a smart young man, an athlete with a lot of friends who learned to trade baseball cards at age 5 and grew up to help build churches in impoverished countries. On Friday, the...
Guard Green Sharp for Gators; Freshman, Seen as Backup to Roberson, Scores 13 in UF's Exhibition Rout
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- It was an exhibition game against Division II Florida Southern, but it was easy to figure out one thing in Florida's 105-65 victory at the O'Connell Center on Tuesday night. Taurean Green...
Hazouri Beats Buckley for District 7 Opening; Seat Represents Parts of Avondale, Ortega, Riverside and Mandarin
Byline: BETH KORMANIK, The Times-Union Former Jacksonville Mayor Tommy Hazouri has a new elected office. The longtime public servant won the District 7 School Board seat, defeating schools volunteer Chris Buckley. The seat represents parts of...
Helping Park Earns Free Dinner
Jill and Gerry Keites, who have made their Melrose Cafe a local institution, will offer a free spaghetti dinner to the public Thursday in exchange for a donation to the Melrose Heritage Park. The dinner will be held at the cafe beginning at 5:30 p.m....
In Education
COLLEGE FAIR IN JACKSONVILLE Parents and potential college students are invited to attend a free college fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville. The National College Fair of Jacksonville...
In South Georgia, the Rush to Vote Was Early in the Day; Heavy Voter Turnout Approached 80 Percent in Some Counties
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- There's an old joke about voting early and often. Southeast Georgians voted early and in huge numbers. When the poll at St. Williams Catholic Church on St. Simons Island opened...
Isakson Nears Seat of Retiring Miller; He Began Run for Office Almost as Soon as Miller Announced in Early 2003
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- The third time was the charm for U.S. Rep. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., who was expected to handily win his campaign for the seat of retiring Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga. Early returns and projections...
Jacksonville Journal
JAMBOREE WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR JUSTICE COALITION Antique tractors, wagon rides, a petting zoo and barbecue are among the highlights of a Bryceville jamboree Saturday to benefit Jacksonville's Justice Coalition. Tickets to the seventh annual Justice...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Leftwich Return in Game Draws Critical Response
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union Byron Leftwich's ability to decide when he would return to last Sunday's game at Houston came under scrutiny Tuesday after it was learned the Jaguars quarterback might miss four-to-six weeks with a sprained...
Jamali Will Exhibit at Stellers Gallery
Artist and sculptor Jamali, who GQ Magazine called one of "the most fascinating people in the world," will exhibit a new collection of original pieces called Mystical Expressionism at a gallery in Ponte Vedra Beach. The exhibition will be on display...
Keeping the Faith
CROP WALK There will be a Crop Walk at 1 p.m. Sunday to help raise funds to fight world hunger. The walk begins at Memorial United Methodist Church, at Sixth and Centre streets in Fernandina Beach. For more information and to register, call...
Leftwich's Injury Bad Luck; Jaguars' Deception Bad Business
Byline: Mike Freeman, Times-Union sports columnist This is a sad day, and a happy one. This is a day of truths and deception, a day where opportunity and the frailty of the human body were on full display. This is a day where a blossoming...
Let's Hope Today Holds No Mystery
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, Times-Union correspondent This is the morning everyone rushes out to get their newspaper to learn the details of the results of the presidential election. I even have, stored away somewhere, a copy of an early edition of...
LOCAL NOTEBOOK; Wildcats QBs Continue to Take Lumps
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union Another week, another Bethune-Cookman College quarterback is injured. Sophomore Jarod Rucker became the latest Wildcats starter to go down when he suffered an undisclosed injury early in last Saturday's 45-17...
Many Vote, with Few Problems; Northeast Florida Counties See 70-80% Turnout, Some "Minor Hiccups" -- but None like in 2000
Byline: Jim Schoettler, The Times-Union Quick-moving lines and a few glitches made for a fairly smooth Election Day in Northeast Florida as nearly 80 percent of voters turned out in some counties. Despite fears of voter intimidation and irregularities...
Morning Briefs
ARMY UPS ARMOR HOLDINGS CONTRACT BY $30 MILLION Armor Holdings Inc. has received a contract modification from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command to supply additional crew protection kits for the Army's heavy truck fleet. The modification...
Nease, Bartram in Fourth; Bishop Kenny Boys Are in Fifth Place
Byline: EMILY MOSIER, The Times-Union PORT ST. LUCIE -- The Nease and Bartram Trail boys golf teams are each in fourth place in their respective divisions after the first day of the state high school golf tournament. The Bishop Kenny boys are...
'Never-Say-Never' Theory Being Proved Once Again
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer The New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers are proving once again how unpredictable the NFL is these days. The Jets and Steelers were 6-10 last year. The Panthers went to the...
New Auto Manufacturer May Use Port; Announcement on Japanese Company Expected in Months
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS, The Times-Union Another Japanese auto manufacturer may soon be directing its vehicle shipments through the port of Jacksonville, officials with the Jacksonville Port Authority say. "Probably within the next 30 to 60...
No Day More American Than Election
Byline: Mark Woods, The Times-Union What a great day for America. That's what I kept thinking Tuesday as I drove around town, as I talked to people waving Bush/Cheney signs, as I chatted with people waving Kerry/Edwards signs, as I watched Americans...
OPCT Performance a Benefit for Clothes Closet
Byline: Patti Levine-Brown, County Line correspondent The cast of Orange Park Community Theatre's production of Don't Mention My Name appeared on stage last week before a sold-out house of patrons who had gathered not only to enjoy a light-hearted...
Overtime Loss Keeps Keystone out of Playoffs; Friday Victory Forced Tiebreaker
Byline: Stephen Kindland, County Line staff writer Marcellus Nelson scored from 10 yards out on the first play of West Nassau's second possession in double overtime to dash the Keystone Heights Indians' hopes for a playoff berth Monday night. ...
Owners Get County's Help on Water-Marred Homes
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer When storms spawned by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne drenched neighborhoods with rain in August and September, streets flooded and yards remained soggy for days. But in one Middleburg neighborhood,...
Parenting Program Summit Slated for Nov. 10
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Glenn Ellison, a former Oakland Raiders football player and youth advocate, will host a "Families Who Care" summit at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Evangel Temple Assembly of God, 5755 Ramona...
Penalties Mean End of Eagles' Comeback; Ridgeview Blows 19-0 Lead, but Wins Game Anyway
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Times-Union sports writer Fleming Island overcame a 19-0 deficit to take a 1-point lead, but back-to-back personal fouls proved costly for the Golden Eagles as Ridgeview walked away with a 22-20 victory Friday. Gerald...
People
APPOINTMENTS -- The Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville recently installed its 2004-05 board of directors: Phil Gullion, president; Glenn Tappan, president-elect; Bob Young, vice president; Rande Le Fevre, secretary; and Mike Collins, treasurer. GRADUATES...
PGA to Announce Ryder Selection; Lehman Reportedly Chosen as U.S. Captain, Inheriting the Job from Hal Sutton
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union The PGA of America will announce the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup captain in a news conference today in Amelia Island, with several media outlets reporting that 1996 British Open champion Tom Lehman will inherit the job...
Pilots Take Kids on Fancy Flights; Two Blue Angels Visit Palm Valley Elementary
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- When the Blue Angels flew, Lt. Gary Mullen was always there to watch. For two years, it's been one of his jobs. On Friday, he told kindergartners, first- and second-graders...
Pine Forest Students Really Dig Their Art Class; All Grades Focus on Greece, History
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer As she dug through a huge mound of sand on a steamy afternoon, Breanna Schmoll felt something sharp underneath her. The young archaeologist jumped up, admittedly excited and a little anxious. ...
Playoffs Likely to Be Difficult for Clay's Football Teams
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Times-Union sports writer With only one game left on their regular season schedules, it doesn't look like Clay County teams will improve on their overall record against outside competition. So far this season, Clay County's...
Police Briefs; 3 Men Robbed, Assaulted on Toledo
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A gun was pulled on him, then he was punched before he lost $200 late Oct. 26 in the 3900 block of Toledo Road. Then the victim's 24-year-old friend was hit in the head with a gun wielded by a second...
POLICE BRIEFS; Armed Men Knock, Then Force Way In
Byline: Caren Burmeister and Christophe Aguilar, Times-Union staff writers Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH Two men reported Wednesday that three men dressed in black and...
PREP BRIEFS; DeFeo, Myers Lead Clay Cross-Country Runners
Orange Park sophomore Marisa DeFeo and Middleburg's Brittany Myers turned in the best performances of all Clay County runners in regional cross-country competition over the weekend. DeFeo placed seventh in the Region 1-4A meet at Santa Fe Community...
Private Law School Rules Deficit in Parking Needs Valet Solution; Florida Coastal Has Runners Take Cars for Students and Staff to Solve Lack of Vehicle Space
Byline: BETH KORMANIK, The Times-Union A stream of cars pulls into the parking lot, obeying the orange cones and road signs in an atmosphere more befitting a big-name concert or professional sporting event than a typical morning at Florida Coastal...
PUBLIC SAFETY; Sheriff's Deputies Search for Man Accused in Theft
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Investigators with the Clay County Sheriff's Office are searching for a man accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of property from a woman's home while she was in the hospital. Authorities...
Purdy Leading in Race for Public Defender; Republican Says Plan to Increase Training and Professionalism Is Key
Byline: TIA MITCHELL, The Times-Union Republican James S. Purdy was leading Democrat Thomas R. Mott for the office of public defender in the 7th Circuit late Tuesday. Purdy is a former assistant Florida attorney general and assistant state attorney....
Raiders Lose, but Team Can Make Solid Finish
Byline: Travis Smith, County Line correspondent With a playoff spot up for grabs, Orange Park traveled to Gainesville Thursday night, hoping to spoil Buchholz' homecoming festivities. After an early first-quarter 40-yard touchdown reception...
Rembert Remembers Patriot Days
Byline: Alex Abrams, Times-Union sports writer Edward Waters College athletic director Johnny Rembert played on some of the better New England Patriots teams in franchise history, but even he is surprised by the improbable winning streak that came...
Rep. Stearns Easily Defeats Opponent Bruderly; Reps. Corrine Brown and Ander Crenshaw Faced Only Write-In Opposition
Byline: David Bauerlein, The Times-Union U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns won re-election Tuesday and extended his 16-year tenure for another two-year term. Stearns, R-Ocala, won easily in a rematch with Democratic nominee David Bruderly in Florida's...
Republicans Take Majority in All Contested Positions; Most Are Incumbents or Already Have Links with the Posts They're Taking
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA, The Times-Union Nassau County voters stuck with familiar Republican faces Tuesday to represent them on the County Commission. With almost all the votes counted, Republican incumbent Marianne Marshall kept her District...
Return of the Mumme from NCAA Rap; Former Kentucky Coach Has Resurrected Himself and the Program at Southeastern Louisiana
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union The name sounds like it came from a Charles Dickens' novel. It is feared by defensive coordinators, respected by offensive minds, tarnished by scandal, suggested for job openings and not welcomed in parts...
Runoff May Be Needed for Seat
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, The Times-Union BRUNSWICK -- Voters seemed to order a transfusion of new blood to cure chronic contentiousness that has plagued the Glynn County Board of Education over the past few years. Early election results Tuesday...
Salsa Beat Puts Teens on Feet; Fletcher High Applauds Hispanic Culture with Fiesta
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer NEPTUNE BEACH -- The contagious sounds of salsa music blared from speakers at the Fletcher High School cafeteria last week. Tenth-grader Helga Rodriguez, who was wearing a traditional Puerto...
Seagraves Rides Landslide to Top Law Enforcement Job; His Democrat Opponent Ben McCorkel Says He'll Run Again in Four Years
Byline: Dana Treen, The Times-Union Undersheriff Tommy Seagraves said his qualifications and experience in law enforcement were the core factors in his landslide win for Nassau County sheriff. Seagraves, 43, a Republican, beat Democrat Ben McCorkel...
SEMINOLES NOTEBOOK; Thorpe to Sit for Missing Class
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State senior wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe has been suspended for Saturday's homecoming game against Duke. "He is suspended because he hasn't met his academic responsibilities," FSU...
Sheriff Responds on Sting; Release of Ex-Policeman Caught in Prostitution Sting Drew Angry Letter
Byline: TIA MITCHELL, The Times-Union ******************CORRECTION November 8, 2004 The Florida Supreme Court vacated Andrew Busby's death sentence because it said a judge erred in refusing to strike a former Death Row prison guard for cause...
Shift Puts Panel in Support of Garage; Three Commissioners Who Wanted a Vote on the Visitor's Center Facility Lose
Byline: KEN LEWIS, The Times-Union The coalition of Bill Lennon, Hank Whetstone and George Haynes lost bids for the St. Augustine City Commission on Tuesday, meaning a referendum on a proposed parking garage will not be demanded by commissioners....
Siler Gets Opportunity to Shine as UF Starter; with Crowder Probably out, Freshman Gets His Second Start of Season against Vanderbilt
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- Throughout the preseason, Florida coach Ron Zook kept comparing freshman linebacker Brandon Siler to sophomore Channing Crowder, who was one of the country's best players as a freshman. ...
Slight Lead for Martinez, but Castor Isn't Conceding; Republican Declares Victory; Democrat Says Votes Still to Be Counted
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM and CHARLIE PATTON, The Times-Union The race to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Graham came down to the wire early this morning, with Mel Martinez claiming victory and Betty Castor refusing to concede. "I believe the people...
Sports Extra
Byline: Scott Kendrick, The Times-Union 2 CENTS Hope you all voted Tuesday. It was a contentious presidential campaign, and it's time for all of us to unite: Seminoles, Gators and Bulldogs, Chris Rix supporters and Wyatt Sexton supporters,...
St. Paul's Circles Brew Popular Yearly Bazaar; Crafts, Home-Cooked Items among Draws
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer What has become a neighborhood institution had its roots 82 years ago in a Bay Street restaurant. In 1922 a group of Catholic women staged a bazaar in the restaurant to raise funds for a new...
Students Told to Get out and Play; "Let's Just Play" Gets Kids off the Couch
Byline: AMELIA A. HART, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Seventy-six kids and adults turned out in Ewing Park in Callahan recently for a morning of serious fun. While parents watched and cheered, their children ran and hopped their way through a...
Super Bowl CD Will Showcase City, Its Songwriters; Host Committee Helped Put Together Disc with Seven Songs from Varied Genres
Byline: JORDAN RODACK, The Times-Union Talk about getting into the Super Bowl spirit. Several Jacksonville songwriters have banded together to produce the first-ever Super Bowl album. The seven-song CD, titled Jacksonville Super Jams, features...
Superstars in Line for Super Festival; County Plans Events for Bowl Game
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Country music stars John Michael Montgomery and Sammy Kershaw are among the headliners signed to perform at Clay County's Super Celebration in February. Also on the bill are two popular up and...
Supporters Get More to Cheer About: A Bush Lead; Republicans Hope Their Man Will Win State by Wide Majority to Avoid Accusations like in 2000
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY, The Times-Union For most of Tuesday evening, Griffin Decker paced in front of a big-screen television as election results started trickling in. If he looked a little nervous at the beginning of the evening, he wasn't by...
SWEET INCENTIVE; Voters Get Free Doughnuts, Discounts
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN, The Times-Union Voters had more than Bush and Kerry to choose from Tuesday. How about glazed or lemon-filled, chocolate glazed or raspberry-filled? Krispy Kreme and at least one other Jacksonville business took the...
Thrilling Rides, Free Music and an Eating Contest, Too; Competitors Will Try to Stuff in as Many Krystal Hamburgers as They Can in a Limited Time
Byline: Roger Bull, The Times-Union OK, you have hourly contests to see who can eat the most Krystal hamburgers. And then you have rides that will flip, spin and twirl you around. What do you think, any potential problems there? The Greater...
Time Spent Helping Kids Can Pay Well
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Cindy Harpman has a job spawned by both the problems and the potential of this community. She is executive director of Kesler Mentoring Connection. Among other things, the organization, founded...
Trio Shoots 2 Men in Robbery Try outside Apartments
Homicide detectives were investigating a double shooting Tuesday at a Jacksonville apartment complex in which one man was critically injured. A second man was in serious condition after the two were shot in a robbery as they stood outside River...
Unbeaten St. Joseph Girls Take Division 2A; They Win over San Jose 30-19 in Finals
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The Mandarin team came into the Catholic Grade School Division 2A tournament Thursday night with a 12-0 season. And when the basketball game was over at Bishop John Snyder High School, St. Joseph...
United We Stand; the Voting Is over. Now's the Time to Find Some Common Ground in Our Divided Nation
Now that the votes have been cast, it seems like a good time to reflect on those things that unite us as Americans. We may still disagree about politics and sports and fashion and cars and the eternal Mary Ann-or-Ginger debate, but there are some things...
Volleyball Teams Advance to Semifinals
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Times-Union sports writer The St. Johns Country Day, Middleburg and Clay volleyball teams advanced into this week's region semifinals with victories Thursday, while the season ended for three other Clay County schools after...