The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 28, 1998

[3] Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Northside to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. ROBBERY: A 41-year-old woman told police that an armed man pushed his way into her home through an unlocked front door in...
Apaches Bully Way to Win
To say that Arlington Country Day's boys basketball team dominated Apalachicola while earning a Class A final four playoff berth would be an understatement. The Apaches led the entire game en route to a 78-57 victory. Arlington took a 22-point...
Blind Advocates: Guide Dog Law Not Followed
Linda Jacobson and her 4 1/2-year-old guide dog Ira go everywhere together, although a restaurant recently refused to allow Ira inside. Wherever Linda Jacobson goes, her faithful four-legged companion, Ira, is by her side, dutifully guiding...
Boat-Racing Revision Sailboat Racers Escape Consent Rule
TALLAHASSEE -- Sailboat racers in Florida may have gotten off the state's regulatory hook. But their powerboat-racing counterparts apparently have not. During the third meeting of the Department of Environmental Protection's Technical Advisory...
Bobby Joe's Wins Zoning Fight, Getting Commercial Zoning Tag
Bobby Joe's bar could burn to the ground, or be torn from its foundation by a tornado, and the owner could legally rebuild the Fleming Island watering hole on County Road 220. Although a final vote won't come until March 24, county commissioners...
Brake-Ing for a Big Relocation
Brake Headquarters U.S.A. Inc., a Long Island-based auto parts manufacturer, is considering Jacksonville for a corporate relocation that could bring 250 jobs to town. Chief Financial Officer Marc Ruskin said yesterday that Brake Headquarters...
Broadband on Way, Section by Section When You Get Media One's Upgrading Depends on What Part of Town You Live In
Media One, the cable television company that serves most of Clay County, is promising great things with its new Broadband system. Besides expanding the number of channels available to cable TV subscribers, the fiber-optic system also offers...
Census Shows Homeless Numbers Growing
For the first time since anyone has kept an official count, the homeless population in Jacksonville has topped 3,000, or 30 percent more than last year. Many of the homeless, despite pending legislation in the city and Jacksonville Beach...
Charges Filed against 7 in Gang Melee
For one Jacksonville high school student, Thursday was a day he won't soon forget. The 14-year-old was standing in front of Forrest High School, waiting for afriend to pick him up. He noticed two groups of men arguing nearby. Suddenly,...
Children's Commission Forms
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- A coalition of social service agencies that has been huddling about the needs of local children and families since last fall has decided to push itself a step further and form a Clay County children's commission. The...
Coming Soon: Do-It-Yourself ADSL Service
Hooking up to high-speed ADSL Internet access soon will be easier. Jacksonville is one of seven markets where BellSouth Corp. has launched ADSL service. ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) allows computer users to cruise the Net over the same...
Council Gets an Apology
Harsh words uttered after this month's devastating flooding in Jacksonville earned a high-level apology to all 19 City Council members this week. Henry Dean, executive director of the St. Johns River Water Management District, said he was...
Defensive Tackle Costly Jaguars to Consider Washington's Price
If the Jaguars are serious about signing Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Ted Washington to an offer sheet it will cost them between $5 million and $6 million. Angelo Wright, the agent for Washington, said he talked with Michael Huyghue,...
DEVASTATED Destroyed Home a 6-Year Project
Bob Peters lost more than a houseboat in last week's fatal plane crash at the Green Cove Springs Marina -- he lost a way of life. The third-generation seafarer and his wife, Pauline, were retiring in the two-story houseboat to watch pelicans...
Driving Records Protected Senators Denied Arbitrary Access
ATLANTA -- State senators concluded they didn't trust one another with the authority to look up anyone's driving record without written consent, passing a redrafted version yesterday that wouldn't give them special access. The bill, by...
Enduring Pain for Rodeo Pleasure
The image of the rodeo cowboy as a loner who endures hard luck, hard spills and heartbreak has been ingrained in the imaginations of many, reinforced through songs and literature. While two of the three characteristics may be more lore than...
EWC Celebrates Black History Former U.S. Rep. Chisholm to Discuss Race Relations Today
The first woman to run for the nation's highest office will speak in Jacksonville today about race relations. Former U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm, D-New York, who ran for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in the...
Flag Can Fly on Holidays and Every Day
Dear Call Box: I will appreciate it if you would list the dates that are appropriate to fly the American flag. I realize that every day is appropriate, but some special occasions are more meaningful. Thanks in advance for your help. -- W.C....
Flooded Residents Get Apology, Pledge from Commissioners
Residents whose homes were damaged in the storms that drenched Florida two weeks in a row are eligible for federal assistance for emergency home repairs, food and shelter. Clay County was among the 14 counties that President Clinton declared...
Friends in High Places Could Help Region
TALLAHASSEE -- Banking on powerful leadership positions, Jacksonville-area lawmakers enter this year's legislative session hoping to steer tens of millions of dollars in projects to Northeast Florida. With the session starting Tuesday, lawmakers...
Groundwork to Begin for Shuffleboard Courts Contract for Construction under Review
Preparation work should begin at Mandarin Park in the coming week on Jacksonville's first shuffleboard court, seven months after residents suggested the idea to city recreation officials. However, no one knows when the two courts will actually...
Incorporation Need: Map-Reading
While some residents rally to preserve the historic identity of Palm Valley and prevent it from being absorbed into an incorporated Ponte Vedra Beach, state legislators are asking the community to comment on a preliminary map defining an area...
It's Everywhere A Housing Design of the '90S Known to Some as Florida Style Is Thriving in Neighborhoods near and Far
Even the architects aren't sure what to call it. The Florida Style, a few people said, though they weren't sure why. But it's just as common in Tidewater Virginia or the plains of Texas and even in the ultra-cool drizzle of Seattle. Just...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It's scary to think that our rainy season doesn't even start until Monday." -- Ron McQueen, emergency management director in Gilchrist County. Story on Page A-1. BOB PHELPS' PEOPLE Alice Clark of the Woodstock area was...
Light a Candle and Unwind
Candles are hot in more ways than just their flame. Last year, consumers bought more than $2 billion worth of candles, twice the sales reported for 1996, the National Candle Association said. In the past two years, the sale of scented candles...
Money Watch
DUELING DEVELOPMENTS The owner of Julington Creek Plantation canceled its management contract with Atlantic Gulf Communities Corp. after learning Atlantic plans its own development on 3,000 acres next door to the Plantation. Julington...
Mother Dies, Kids Hurt in Baldwin Area Crash
A woman died from injuries sustained in a car crash just west of Baldwin on Thursday night. Holly Rene Carlton, 36, of Bryceville was killed when the 1986 Buick she was driving was hit by a pickup on Beaver Street about 6:25 p.m. Her son,...
Neighbor to Neighbor
Question: In your column two weeks ago, you answered questions about the sound barrier walls along Interstate 95 on the Southside that are painted that ugly peanut brown color. You said that a committee decided to have plain panels instead...
New City Hall: Built at Last, Built to Last for 50 Years
It's taken eight years and countless variations of redevelopment plans, but Jacksonville Beach is finally opening its new city hall Monday. Controversy over a city hall is nothing new in Jacksonville Beach, however. The current city...
New Light No Help Yet to Fire Station
Mandarin's newest traffic signal is up, hanging over the southbound lane of Philips Highway at Fire Station 54. Now the only thing left to do is turn it on -- and that won't happen anytime soon. That's because a second signal must be put...
NFL's Labor Deal Model of Efficiency
Running off at the typewriter. . . . The swiftness by which NFL owners and players agreed to their new labor deal was absolutely frightening. I mean, what did these guys do, drive through a Wendy's and say, "We'll have four singles, two...
Not Cold Enough for a Count
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- With an expected overnight low around 60 degrees, no cold-night shelter was open Sunday night at the Beaches and that may have thwarted this year's Beaches homeless count. Shelters give volunteers the best opportunity...
OK Given Builder to Start Work Centex Plan: 3,790 Homes, 2,100 Acres
The negotiations and deal-making are over between Fleming Island Plantation developers and county and state authorities. Centex Homes Inc. successfully cleared the last hurdle Tuesday -- the County Commission -- in a bid to build 3,790 new...
Pianist Prepares to Debut Musical West Virginia University Staging Gene Nordan's 'Piano Bar'
Gene Nordan is a piano man. Maybe he's even The Piano Man in this part of the world. Certainly he was The Piano Man when the oceanfront Le Chateau was the place to go for drinks, dinner, music, for the romance of watching the sea slide...
Plan to Seek State Funding of Courts Tabled
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- A proposed constitutional amendment that would require state funding of all state court functions -- relieving counties of that particular financial burden -- drew mixed reactions from the Clay County Commission. Several...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently in Arlington to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS: Someone shot and killed a cat with a BB gun in the 300 block of Hartwell Terrace between 7 p.m. Feb. 21 and...
Public Safety
CLAY COUNTY A contractor who supplies furniture for Rooms to Go reported Monday that someone stole $2,150 in furniture from a trailer outside the business on Blanding Boulevard in Orange Park. The thieves entered the trailer, which had...
Push to Raise Phone Rates Put on Hold
TALLAHASSEE -- House leaders are putting the brakes on legislation to almost double basic telephone rates and plan to change it in the face of heavy opposition from consumer groups. Although the bill, which would phase in the increases over...
Raiders, Broncos Finish in Top 4 of Lake Mary Softball Tournament
The Orange Park and Middleburg softball teams finished in third and fourth place respectively in the 16-team Lake Mary Early Bird Tournament last weekend. Orange Park beat Middleburg 2-0 to place third in the tournament, played in Altamonte...
Ribault's Hines Citadel-Bound
On the field or on the court, Ribault senior William Hines appears to be a born leader. So it should be no surprise that Hines is headed to The Citadel to continue his education. Hines plays two positions associated with leadership. On the...
Ribault Upgrade, but No AC for Gym
Eighteen-year-old Terrance White fans himself with paper to keep cool during basketball games at Ribault High School. The school's gymnasium is one of seven at middle and high schools in Duval County that doesn't have an air-conditioning ...
Rodeo Bullish at Start Riders Enjoy Rodeo Crowds
The cowboys who kicked off the fifth annual Jacksonville Pro Rodeo last night were out to earn a number of things. Obviously, there is the prize money, prestige, and the satisfaction that comes from winning an event. But the riders say that...
Second-Half Surge Lifts Mainland Past Wolfson
DAYTONA BEACH -- Wolfson's basketball team was in control in the first half of last night's Class 5A quarterfinal game at Daytona Beach Mainland, hitting the outside shot to open up the inside game and pressuring the Bucs' shooters on defense....
Security for Park Too Close to Homes
Residents near Lonnie Wurn Park were expecting the city to put park security in place, but they aren't pleased with the placement -- a few feet from their back yards. About a month ago, Fort Caroline Club Estates residents got what they...
Senator Targets Phone Cramming Unwanted Services Slipped into Bills
ATLANTA -- First, slamming. Now, cramming. In the era of telecommunications deregulation, companies have found new ways to abuse a phone bill without bothering to confirm whether a customer wants a new service -- or even providing one....
Shoe Carnival Steps Right Up Barker, Games Greet Customers at Regency Store
A carnival barker shouting out in-store specials. A "money machine" glass booth where customers can grab dollar bills and discount coupons out of the air. A wheel that shoppers can spin for discounts on their purchases. Buying shoes...
Short-Handed JU Falls Short
LAFAYETTE, La. -- On Thursday, Jacksonville University's basketball players were hurt and upset that senior guard John Knox decided he was not going to play in the Sun Belt Conference basketball tournament. Last night, they got over the...
Sign-Off: Ban on New Billboards OK'd Sides Say They Can `Live With' Sixth Version of Revised County Ordinance
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- None of the various forces that helped develop Clay County's new sign ordinance -- from elected officials to the outdoor advertising industry to anti-billboard groups -- were thrilled with the resulting compromise. ...
Some Not Hungry for San Marco Restaurant
Plans for a Japanese restaurant in San Marco are still cooking, but concerns from nearby residents have stalled the project. Terry Moore, who lives directly behind the former Pic N' Save discount store where Sushi Rock was supposed to open...
Sport of First Residents Has New Life on First Coast
A purple lump the size of a tennis ball pops from his battered thigh. Various cuts and scrapes decorate his body, evidence of intense competition manifested in hits and scraps for the ball. Sweat drips as he removes his helmet and pads. ...
Stephens Gets Life in 2nd Slaying
Jason Stephens, already facing a possible death sentence for killing a Jacksonville boy, was sentenced to life in prison without parole yesterday after admitting another slaying. Stephens, who was convicted in December of murdering 3-year-old...
St. Johns Home Rule Nears Vote Light Turnout Forecast March 31
ST. AUGUSTINE -- After 10 years of starts and stalls, a much-debated proposal to change the structure of St. Johns County government is little more than a month from going to voters. Residents who aren't registered to vote on the issue...
`Stomp,' with Its Lighters, Brooms, Worth an Encore
Hard to believe a day would come when patrons would pack a theater and lay down major bucks to watch people popping toilet plungers off a wet floor, flipping lighters on and off in unison and dancing with brooms. But after a performance...
Strawberry Alarm Clock Rocker Made Way Back from California
Jimmy Pitman recalls the day last year when his daughter and some friends went to see the movie Austin Powers . His daughter came home "awfully exited" by a song that was part of the movie's sound track. So Pitman decided to take his wife...
St. Simons Free Access Proposed
ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- Getting onto this barrier island can be aggravating. People who use the 4 1/2 mile long F.J. Torras Causeway often can buy an annual bar-coded decal for $35. Others fumble in pockets and pocketbooks for the 35 cents...
Thinking outside the Boxster Car Brings Porsche Driving Experience to Wider Audience
The Porsche Boxster shows the shape of things to come -- things 911, that is. The year-old Boxster's new chassis, engine and construction design were the basis for the new 911. But while the 911 has just arrived in the U.S., the Boxster...
Time to March out and Fertilize
The first part of March is an ideal time for the spring fertilizer application to lawns. Most any fertilizer is OK but because we are trying to reduce waste and only apply the ratio of nutrients that lawn grasses need, a 16-4-8 is suggested....
Trinity's Bracy Keeps College Options Open
While national signing day for college football has come and gone, not all of the best high school players are sure of where they will be come fall. Such is the case for Trinity Christian running back Darlvon Bracy, who had a stellar career...
Twisters Cause $100 M in Damage
The vicious swarm of killer tornados that struck Central Florida earlier this week caused an estimated $100 million in insured damage, insurance industry officials said yesterday. The twisters, the deadliest in the state's history, killed...
Volunteers Will Spend the Day Caring
Eleven-year-old Dominique Jacobs said he's excited that his after-school play area will be cleared Friday of "sticky burrs," glass, trash and an old couch that vagrants often sleep on. "It's good because we'll get to play out there," he said....
Waiting for Bus Won't Be Boring
At the Potter's House Multiplex, Westside residents can get many of their needs filled under one roof. They can dine on a salad and sandwich, have their hair cut, take their clothes to be dry-cleaned, play video games, get a painting framed...
Water Creeping Up: `It's a Slow Death'
TRENTON -- Kenneth Thompson built a 3-foot plywood wall around his home and fortified it with plastic tarp and sandbags yesterday to hold back the rising tide of Waters Lake. The funny thing, Thompson said, is that for the past three years...