The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 14, 2005

2 Krispy Kreme Stores Close; Cassat Avenue Store Had Been Open for 35 Years, Orange Park Store for 10
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN The hot doughnut signs went cold on two Jacksonville-area Krispy Kreme stores this week. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said Tuesday it closed two of its four First Coast stores on Sunday but provided few other details...
A Four-Legged Festival; Humane Society Hosts Holiday Pet Fest
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Nuzzling his nose against Santa's beard, Rudy, a fluffy white West Highland terrier, looked at his owner Karen Simpson as she snapped his picture. "You're the same color as I am," Santa said to Rudy...
And on Float the Lights; Annual Boat Parade Fun for Those on, off Shore
Byline: Christina Abel PALM VALLEY -- It's not every day that more than a dozen people, dressed as Vikings, row a 50-foot boat down the Intracoastal Waterway. But each year, as the Palm Valley Light Parade grows in popularity and cash prizes, the...
Annual Party Serves Up Smiles; Children Awed by Emergency Vehicles, Jaguars
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Ethan Haupel made a beeline on the morning of Dec. 6 for the two police cars parked near the fire engines outside Christ's Church on Greenland Road, intent on making some noise. Officer Rick Cosio was all right with that....
A PASS FOR DOWNTOWN DEVELOPERS; Council Votes to Waive Traffic as Grounds to Reject Projects the Focus in the Downtown Zone Would Be on Transit, Bicycling and Walking
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Downtown Jacksonville with its renaissance of high-rise, urban living could become the first place in Northeast Florida where developers get a pass on complying with the usual growth-management regulations for traffic. ...
Around the Bend; Riverside Fine Arts Series Celebrates Season with Variety of Music
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND The Riverside Fine Arts Series is celebrating the holiday season with a big band, brass and organ concert. The Rick Kirkland Orchestra, Brass Nouveau and organist Andrew Clarke will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Church of...
AROUND THE NATION; JU Punter Receives I-AA Honor
Jacksonville University senior punter Ryan Feely was chosen Tuesday to The Sports Network Division I-AA All-America team. Feely, who was recently selected to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District team and earned first team All-Pioneer Football...
Atlantic Beach Says 1 Lot Can't Be Divided into 3
Byline: Drew Dixon ATLANTIC BEACH -- Plans to subdivide a parcel of land into three lots were rejected by the City Commission Monday and the board also passed a moratorium on any other plans to subdivide property until the city's land regulations...
Beach Shorts
SANTA AT SHOPS Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Marsh Landing Parkway Shopping Center on Saturday to greet children and hear their Christmas wishes. The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is sponsoring the free event from 11 a.m. to...
Business Briefs; Orange Park Store Says to Think Tropical
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN The temperatures may be cooling off, but one Orange Park merchant is hoping residents will warm to the idea of a boutique geared to cruise, beach and resort wear. I Land Fashions, 664 Kingsley Ave., in the Towne Center...
Carnival Commits to 2 More Years in Jacksonville; the Cruise Line Says First Coast Is a Convenient Location, and It Might Add a Ship to Its Local Fleet
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS Carnival Cruise Lines has signed another two-year contract through November 2007 with the Jacksonville Port Authority, citing a strong response from customers to the four- and five-day cruises it operates out of the First...
Charities Biggest Winner in Funk's Big Year; Popular Players Champion Donating Large Chunk of His Career-Best Earnings
Byline: GARRY SMITS Fred Funk enjoyed his best season on the PGA Tour in 2005, finishing 11th on the money list with more than $2.8 million. That performance, highlighted by a victory on The Players Championship, opened the doors for the Ponte...
Charity Store Endures after 2 Burglaries
Byline: DAN SCANLAN It was a hard hit for the non-profit AngelAID agency's thrift store, and it happened twice in 24 hours. Someone smashed the front window about 6 a.m. Dec. 4 and stole $1,200 from a cash register. Then between 7 p.m. the same...
Charter Government May Go under Review; City Manager Contract Limits Also at Issue
Byline: AMELIA A. HART FERNANDINA BEACH -- Commissioners will discuss creating a citizens committee to review the city's charter form of government at their meeting Tuesday. During that 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall, commissioners also will have...
Christ Church Dances in Annual Charity 'Nutcracker'
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy Dozens of dancers of all ages buzzed about in the hallways behind the stage of University of North Florida's Lazzara Performance Hall Saturday night. Preschoolers were garbed as clowns, others as Raggedy Anns. Little boys...
Codetalkers Excited to Play along with Trucks, Sumlin
Byline: Tamara McClaran For about 40 years, Col. Bruce Hampton has been a touring performer whose destiny appears to be bringing great musicians together in front of audiences. Hampton and the Codetalkers plan to do that again Saturday in Jacksonville...
Community Notebook; Empty Bowls from Luncheons Up for Sale
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Handcrafted bowls created by area children and artists this fall for the Empty Bowls Luncheon are now available for purchase, the proceeds helping hungry families. More than 800 guests attended the 21st Annual Empty Bowls...
Copter Based at Mayport Crashes; It Went Down off the Coast of Colombia; Missing Crew Members Aren't Identified
Byline: GREGORY PIATT The U.S. and Colombian navies were searching Tuesday for the crew of a Jacksonville-based helicopter that crashed earlier in the day in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Colombia. Operating off the Mayport-based USS DeWert,...
Development Limit Still Pending Via a New State Law
Byline: KEVIN TURNER NASSAU COUNTY -- Although Nassau County commissioners rejected a proposed moratorium on high-traffic developments last month, the county has one without a name, some officials say. Nassau County planners asked for the nine-month...
Don't Look Now, but Here Come the Patriots
Byline: Vito Stellino On a clear day, you can see them on a distant horizon. The Patriots are coming. The Patriots are coming. Just two weeks ago, the two-time defending champions fell to 6-5 when Tom Brady threw four interceptions in a 26-16...
Fighting Cancer with Knowledge
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee When Jackie Anglin discovered she had colorectal cancer in 1999, she was afraid. But she was also angry -- angry that she hadn't known enough about the disease and its links to heredity to ask her doctor to order specific...
Fleming Parents Want Junior High; More Than 1,500 People Have Signed Petitions Asking for a New School within Six Years
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY More than 1,500 people have signed petitions asking the Clay County school district to build a junior high school on Fleming Island within the next six years. The group of residents behind the drive, Fleming Island Parents...
From Thrill of Competition to the Thrill of Child-Rearing
Byline: Bill Longenecker Their brick in the Town Center sidewalk is a nice wordplay set in stone: "Tansy Moon/George May 4th." "One of her first words was 'beach,' " Tansy Moon says of Taylor, her and husband George Mayforth's high-energy, 3-year-old...
Gas Line Break Forces Eastside Evacuations; Residents from Several Blocks Are Taken to a Red Cross Shelter
Several square blocks on Jacksonville's Eastside were evacuated Tuesday about 5 p.m. when construction workers broke a natural gas line. By 7:30 p.m., about 20 of the two dozen evacuees were taken to a Red Cross shelter at Riverside Baptist Church...
Gators' Depth Chart at QB Springs Leak after Starter
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- There's still one game to be played before Tim Tebow arrives at Florida. In the meantime, Cornelius Ingram is still a quarterback. But he's also a receiver and a tight end. Gavin Dickey is still a receiver....
Grand Jury Begins Look at Clay Government; Shorstein Reviews Auditor's Report
Byline: BRAD SCHMIDT GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- As the 2 o'clock hour passed Tuesday afternoon, two very different scenes played out in Clay County government buildings within a few-block radius. At the administration building, where seemingly it...
Green Cove Envisions Its Future; the Visioning Committee Submits Its Final Report, Calling for Redevelopment
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY As Green Cove Springs transitions from a sleepy riverfront town with a rich history to a growing riverfront town full of promise, its future success comes down to one thing. Redevelopment. That was the bottom line...
GROWTH; Quality Is the Goal
Florida counties have a year to draw their own model ordinances to comply with new growth management standards from the state of Florida. A model ordinance proposed by the Florida Department of Transportation offers hope for the future. The ordinance...
Helping Helps Make Season Right
Byline: Rhonda Reese The day after Thanksgiving may be the busiest shopping day of the year, but for several Mandarin-area residents, the day held an opportunity to help others. Lance and Carlene Haney, Dee Dee and Perry Kenner and the Faulkner...
Hey, What's Your Sign, You Sexy '70S Ape? the 1976 Version of King Kong Is So Bad It's Good; for Cheesy Laughs, It Won't Let You Down
Byline: MATT SOERGEL People like to mock the 1976 version of King Kong, for good reason. But let's be thankful for its cheesy wit, because without it we wouldn't have the memory of Jessica Lange scolding the titular gorilla as a: "chauvinist pig...
HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP; Unbeaten Sandalwood Routs Fletcher
Sandalwood solidified its No. 7 state ranking in Class 6A with an 86-59 boys basketball victory over district rival Fletcher. Five players scored in double figures for the Saints (6-0). "Any time we can get double-digit scoring from five players...
Holiday Feeling Isn't in Stores
Byline: KATHY MARSH "Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." -- Charles Dickens I recently visited a new store on Fleming Island determined to use a $10 coupon...
Iluka to Close Mines in South; the Company Says Florida and Georgia Are No Longer Profitable; Will Lay off 180 Workers
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS An Australian company is shutting down its mining operations in Florida and Georgia, laying off about 180 workers over the next year. The closure will include the shuttering of a mine in Green Cove Springs that the...
IRAQ; Democracy Blooms
First, the bad news: Peace will not suddenly "break out" next year in Iraq, no matter what President Bush does. Now, the good news: A great deal of progress has been made in 2005, and those gains can be solidified and expanded during the next 12 months....
Jacksonville Journal
DOT'S AREA 5-YEAR PLAN TO BE SUBJECT THURSDAY The state will have a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to talk about transportation projects being planned in the region for the next five years. The Florida Department of Transportation presentation...
Jacksonville Native Created Mighty Kong
Byline: MATT SOERGEL The legend of King Kong starts in Jacksonville. Jacksonville is the hometown of Merian C. Cooper, a larger-than-life figure who dreamed up the giant ape and brought him to cinematic life, inspired by the adventure stories...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Block Party: OT Barnes Draws Praise from Coach
Byline: BART HUBBUCH The Jaguars expect to see Khalif Barnes' name on the all-rookie teams that come out after the season. The second-round pick continues to play like a seasoned veteran since taking over at offensive left tackle in Week 5, and...
JEDC Looking for Fresh Start with Revisions
Byline: KAREN BRUNE MATHIS After nine years of what probably seems like constant criticism, or at least incessant observation, I'm tempted to sit back and give the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission a breather. On Monday, commission...
JU, UNF to Pile on the Miles; Dolphins Play Next Five on the Road; Ospreys Will Be out of Town for Next Six
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS It's a good thing Aubrey Conerly has teammates to joke with and plenty of movies and CDs to occupy his time. Because if not, the Jacksonville University shooting guard might be awfully tired of sitting on a bus by now. And...
Keystone Is a Town Worth Bragging About
Byline: Anne Sponholtz I'm going to have to brag a little bit about my hometown. We moved to Keystone Heights in 1981, after visiting many summers at my in-laws' lake place. Coming to Keystone for a summer vacation was not bad, but the idea of living...
Kids Punt, Pass, Kick Their Way to Stardom; 8 Jacksonville Students Are Sectional Winners
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND With more than 68,000 rabid football fans looking on, these kids will show off their throwing arms. They will walk onto Alltel Stadium's field at halftime of the Jaguars-San Francisco 49ers game Sunday primed to become...
Land Deal Will Add to State's Green Belt Corridor; and for the City, It Means the Successful Conclusion of Preservation Project Jacksonville
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Cabinet on Tuesday approved a 3,900-acre, $7.2 million land deal with Jacksonville for a pair of properties with a pair of purposes. Gov. Jeb Bush joined the Cabinet trio of Attorney General...
La Nopalera Will Serve Mexican on Fleming; the Popular Restaurant Is Taking over Where Cedar River Seafood Once Stood
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN It's fiesta time for Mexican-food lovers on Fleming Island, as the popular restaurant La Nopalera plans to open there after the first of the year. The newest La Nopalera will be on County Road 220, in a set of shops in...
Mandarin Gets Revenge; Early Goals Difference against Fletcher; Mustangs Boys Also Edge Senators
Byline: FRANCINE KING The Mandarin girls soccer team was out for revenge Tuesday night -- and got it. The Mustangs defeated visiting District 1-6A rival Fletcher 4-1, avenging an earlier loss to the Senators, despite missing several starters....
Mentors Hope to Help Teens Succeed; Business Leaders Volunteer Their Time for a New Program
Byline: CANDY BOWEN Growing up in the '80s in Jacksonville wasn't easy for Kharis Quaintance. For years, his single mom worked three or four jobs to provide for Quaintance and his brother. Money was often scarce. Only the "nerds" made good...
Miami's DJ Edgar V to Spin at Ocean Club
Byline: Tamara McClaran Edgar V, one of the premiere electronic DJs in the dance music world, will be spinning Saturday at the Ocean Club in Jacksonville Beach. For 15 years, DJ Edgar V, whose real name is Edgar Villamil, has been on the forefront...
Nassau Notes
BABE RUTH MEETING Fernandina Beach Babe Ruth league will hold its second open discussion group at 7 p.m. today in the board room at Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center. Topics will include cost for players, uniforms, tournament team selection of...
Near-Idol Bo Bice Lacks Spice
Byline: JEFF VRABEL Not that American Idol needed to screw around with its plan or anything, but for a second last year, they seemed to become briefly aware of rock music, pitching Bo Bice as a razorless, hair-banging scruff who rolled with Skynyrd...
Normandy Cheerleaders Are Champs; the Squad Competed at Nationals in Orlando
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND They're training champions at an early age at the Normandy Athletic Association. The Normandy Junior Pee Wee cheerleading squad, ages 8 to 11, parlayed some sharp cheering routines, adept stunt work and an energetic performance...
Page 2 People
Byline: Compiled by Stan Franklin IT'S JUST A COUPLE OF OLD PALS GETTING TOGETHER FOR A MEAL Bono and Jesse Helms? Not only are they friends, but the Irish rocker and archconservative former North Carolina senator also share a common cause: fighting...
Palm Valley Marina Hits Length Snag
Byline: Christina Abel PALM VALLEY -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding up permits for a planned marina near the Palm Valley bridge, saying boats parked at the dock could end up too close to the Intracoastal Waterway's narrow channel....
Pastor Led Holy Church of the Living God; He Helped Build the Jacksonville Church's Sanctuary on West 14th Street in the 1940s
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Moses Baker, bishop, chief overseer, presiding prelate and pastor of Jacksonville's Holy Church of the Living God, died Saturday. He was 105. There will be a victory celebration of his life from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday...
People
ACADEMIC Sabrina Colleen Clark of the Southside has been named to the president's honor list at Louisiana Tech University for the fall quarter. John Kummer of Mandarin recently received his master's degree in science from the University of South...
Pianist Has All the Keys to Success; He Won First Place in a Statewide Competition
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND When he was 3 1/2, David Fung heard a pianist playing classical music at a shopping mall in Hong Kong. It made such an impression that the young boy turned to his mother and told her he loved the sound of the music. So...
Police Briefing
Byline: Caren Burmeister and Drew Dixon Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches area police depart- ments ATLANTIC BEACH Five armed men wearing ski masks and gloves broke into a home in the 300 block of Royal Palms Drive...
Police Briefs; Bank Robber Brings Note, Leaves with It
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The note the man handed to the 20-year-old Compass Bank teller Dec. 7 told her she was being robbed and to stay calm. She did, telling the man it wasn't her station, only to be told to "just get it" during the 2:15 p.m. robbery...
Police Briefs; Jeep, Driver Sought in Road Rage Attack
Byline: DAN SCANLAN An apparent case of road rage left a 35-year-old Riverside woman's car with multiple dents early Thursday after a man in a red Jeep tried to cut in front of her, then rammed her repeatedly in the 9000 block of Butler Boulevard....
Public Safety; Man Charged with Seeking Sex on Net
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL A Jacksonville man was in for a surprise when he went to the Toys 'R Us store on Wells Road on Dec. 1. James W. Flowers had arranged to meet a 13-year-old girl there on the premise of having sex with her, according to...
Purchase of Sewer Utility Still in Plans; but County Can Get Better Deal on Contract
Byline: Christina Abel St. Johns County plans to go ahead with its controversial purchase of the St. Johns Service Co. water and sewer utility, even though it has found the company needs $680,000 worth of repairs. The high repair cost means the...
Rants & Raves; Jags' Play Sends Wrong Message
I just want to say that I think the Jaguars played so dirty Sunday, and after reading coach Jack Del Rio's comments about how he doesn't have a problem with the way we play football . . . he needs to take another look at the tapes when one of his players...
Residents List Qualities to Make a Good Fernandina Manager
Byline: AMELIA A. HART FERNANDINA BEACH -- A handful of citizens turned out on a wet and windy night last week to tell the man searching for the next city manager what qualities they'd like to see in candidates for the job. Open to input from...
Roundabout to Hold Triple Play of Holidays; Cities Allow Nativity, Tree, Menorah
Byline: Drew Dixon The Town Center roundabout will be decked with a Christmas tree, a Nativity scene and a menorah, dashing any more visions of lawsuits dancing in Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach city leaders' heads. Now that a federal lawsuit...
Ruined Retailers Optimistic for Future; Businesses Burned in a Blaze Hope to Rebuild, Improve
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL A fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage to a Wells Road strip mall last week started in a dryer inside Venezia's Italian Restaurant, one of three businesses destroyed in the blaze, the state fire marshal's office...
Shop for Gifts, Right at School; Several Elementaries in Clay Offered Kids Lessons on Cash with Santa Shops
Byline: MARY MARAGHY There were pocket mirrors, pens and ornaments monogrammed with "Mom." Mini tool sets, playing cards, tape measures marked especially for dads, coffee mugs for grandpas and picture frames for grandmas. During this season...
Sports Extra
Byline: Garry Smits 2CENTS We all know that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson want a shorter season on the PGA Tour. But it certainly takes many of us by surprise that they wanted to start lopping their schedule at the beginning. Earlier this...
Sprinter Montgomery Hit with Two-Year Ban
Tim Montgomery's 100-meter world record was broken earlier this year. Now it's been wiped completely from the books. The American sprinter was banned for two years Tuesday in the BALCO steroid scandal, and all his results, medals and prize money...
TEBOW ON TO GAINESVILLE; Going, Going ... to Gators Nease's Tebow Picks UF over 'Bama, Others
Byline: CHASE GOODBREAD Tim Tebow was still torn between Florida and Alabama on Tuesday afternoon, less than an hour before he was to appear on ESPNews to announce a decision that had fans of both schools on edge. Neither 12 hours with Crimson...
The KING of 'KONGS'; This Beauty-and-the-Beast Tale Is a Kick,
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Go ahead: Pound your chest and howl into the sunset -- Peter Jackson's King Kong is that good. It's a giddily entertaining creature-feature with tons of heart, humor and sadness, finding new pathos in the love story -- for...
There's a Lot of Good to Talk about, Too
Byline: Mark Woods The paper recently introduced a new feature called "Rants & Raves" that gives you, the reader, a chance to let everyone know what's on your mind. So far it has been more like "Rants and More Rants." This isn't because...
Three from Clay Place among Top of Miss Senior High Contestants
Byline: MARY MARAGHY They didn't win first prize, but three Clay County high school girls were among the top winners in the Miss Senior High scholarship pageant held recently at the Florida Theatre. Fleming Island High School's Ashleigh Grant...
Unleash Your Inner Child: It's a Scream
Byline: Laura Capitano Filmmaker Peter Jackson says he's wanted to make King Kong since he was 9 years old. I believe him. It makes sense that the energy and dedication he needed to co-write the remake's screenplay and produce and direct the movie...
Vandals Target Holiday Displays; They Slash Inflatable Decorations, Damage Lights and Speed Away
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The Grinch hit a Mandarin neighborhood Dec. 6, destroying Christmas ornaments and front lawns of five houses in a vandalism spree. Police recorded another holiday crime after someone stole four Christmas decorations from a...
Vendors Sell Wares, Raise School Funds; St. Joseph School Extended the Event to 2 Days
Byline: KAY DAY St. Joseph School, a landmark on St. Augustine Road in Mandarin, offered bargains and gift items from more than 50 vendors during its recent annual winter fund-raiser. The Just in Time for Christmas Extravaganza drew visitors...
Volunteer Teacher Proves Art Knows No Bounds; Her Philosophy Is That No One Is Too Old to Learn Something New --- Including Painting
Byline: Mary Maraghy Jessie Bellamy shook her head when she looked at the portraits she painted recently. "I just can't believe it. I didn't know I could do that," said Bellamy, a 78-year-old stroke victim from Orange Park who learned to paint...
'Waving Man' Lifted Spirits along Sunbeam Road
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Almost no one knew his name, except to call him "The Waving Man." But thousands of commuters saw the regal bearded fellow who waved and smiled from his spot in the 4600 block of Sunbeam Road for years. Many have probably guessed...
Web Site Provides Residents a Bridge about King's Road
Byline: Drew Dixon NEPTUNE BEACH -- Two neighborhoods' opposition over the future of the Kings Road Bridge has made it to the Internet. One man has started a Web site supporting his and his neighbors' views. "I felt starting a Web site could...
We, Not Tebow, Have Created This Monster
Byline: Mike Freeman A Gulfstream jet carrying Alabama football coach Mike Shula -- call sign N1UA -- crossed into Jacksonville airspace sometime after 9 a.m. on Monday morning. Some Alabama fans, maybe hundreds, maybe more, were tracking the...
Winn-Dixie Creditors Ask for Stock; Shareholders Would Be Left out in the Cold, If the Bankruptcy Court Agrees
Byline: MARK BASCH Winn-Dixie Stores Inc.'s creditors committee filed a motion in bankruptcy court this week suggesting that current shareholders should be wiped out in Winn-Dixie's Chapter 11 reorganization, the first time any party in the case...