The Florida Times Union

Articles from July 4, 1998

112,000 Flee Coast Flagler Empties; Firefighters Regroup as Nation Rushes in Aid County's Evacuation Unprecedented
Emergency officials ordered an unprecedented mandatory evacuation yesterday that sent 40,000 Flagler County residents scrambling for refuge in surrounding counties as three raging fires threatened to converge into a massive, uncontrollable...
125 Miles of I-95 Still Shut Down
As three fires devoured Flagler County yesterday, police stations and jails emptied, nursing homes and hospitals moved patients, an oceanarium shut down and 40,000 residents fled. Only firefighters were left to battle the flames -- 5,000 ...
14 Nations Converge in Duval Youth Exposed to New Cultures
After this weekend's plethora of national patriotism, a little foreign culture might be just the ticket to cure an appetite for "vive la difference." Look no further than Arlington Middle School, where songs, dances and skits will be performed...
2-Minute Drill
HULL A STAR Brett Hull, the most sought-after free agent in the NHL this year, signed a three-year, $17.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars yesterday. The 33-year-old right wing became an unrestricted free agent earlier this week after...
[3] Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents on the Northside reported recently to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. ROBBERY Police arrested a man Monday who had held two women at knifepoint while he robbed them in their home in the 300 block...
3 Up for Glynn School Seat
BRUNSWICK -- Three people will square off in the July 21 Republican primary for the District 3B seat on the Glynn County School Board. The candidates are Joseph Iannicelli, a 69-year-old businessman; Robert "Mike" Kennedy, a 42-year-old...
[5] Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents on the Southside reported recently to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. ARMED ROBBERY A man, 18, called police at 10:34 p.m. Sunday to report he had just been robbed by two men while he was at the...
A Home Away from Home Winnebago's Smallest Model Offers Comfort, Easy Driving
The two wild turkeys trotted past our 1998 Winnebago Rialta's large side window, but our son watched the built-in TV. Out front, a flock of mallards waddled past the wide windshield en route to the lake. Still, my son watched the Disney ...
Brown Aide Didn't Report $9,800 Fees
A financial disclosure form filed by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's chief of staff did not report $9,800 in fees he received for work on her 1996 campaign. House rules require public disclosure of any outside income in excess of $200 for representatives...
Brown's Daughter Says Car Was a Present to Her
U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's daughter said yesterday the congresswoman had "nothing to do with" the gift of a $50,000 luxury car the daughter received after the Jacksonville lawmaker lobbied to free a millionaire businessman from a prison ...
Chicken Ranch Proposal Meets Opposition in Rural Clay Area
Lots of folks around rural Thunder Road in Middleburg have farm animals, including chickens. Just not thousands of them. But that may not be the case much longer if Tyson Foods Inc., the nation's largest poultry producer, gets its way. ...
Clay Water Supply Still Plentiful Citizens Credited for Conserving without Any Official Restrictions
Mandatory lawn-watering restrictions in Jacksonville have been so well-publicized that even some people in Clay County are adhering to them, utility officials said. But that's not the primary reason the Clay County Utility Authority, which...
Closed Roads Snag Holiday Travelers, Evacuees
With the entire population of Flagler County forced to evacuate north, south or west of relentlessly burning fires, "stay put" was the advice being given to everyone else this weekend. The Florida Highway Patrol was prepared for holiday traffic...
Coast Lines
"You can't fight this thing with a garden hose." -- Richard Van Brocken, speaking of the wildfires approaching his Ormond Beach home. Story, Page A-17. PARENTS SUE OVER BURNS Parents of three 2-year-olds whose feet were burned while ...
Cops: Keep Kids Busy on Break
You probably know the old saying usually heard this time of year: "School's Out, Drive Carefully." Now, Jacksonville police are issuing another warning for the long, hot summer: Provide summertime activities for your children to keep them...
Duval Firefighters Tackle Brevard Flames
SCOTTSMOOR -- Jacksonville firefighter Jason Kerr came to Brevard County this week to save some of the thousands of homes that have been threatened by forest fires. For a few minutes on Thursday, however, Kerr and a handful of his Duval...
Educators Gain `Real World' Experience Summer Jobs Are Way to Chalk Up Experience
Drafting teacher Chris Pagel said he hadn't done any serious drafting in seven years and was forgetting the basics. So instead of lifeguarding this summer, the Fernandina Beach High School teacher decided to go back to the drawing board. ...
Fire Notebook
REQUEST WITHDRAWN With fires forcing the mass evacuation of a neighboring county, the family of a teenager suffering from inoperable brain tumors withdrew a request for a special fireworks show. Michael Roedl, 14, who lives with his parents...
Fire Shifts Prayer Focus for Glenn
When Lamarr Glenn lost the Florida State starting fullback job to Khalid Abdullah for most of the 1997 season, he knew there was one source of comfort he could count on to deal with his frustration and worry. "It really messed with me,...
Fireworks Ban in Clay Still Holds
With six fires breaking out Tuesday night and firefighters working into the night fighting four other fires the night before, it was an easy decision for County Manager Bob Wilson to maintain a ban on fireworks in Clay County. Wilson said...
Girls' Soccer Team Finishes Well
The Clay County United 18-and-under girls club soccer team finished its season third in the state after losing to eventual state champion Country side Lighting in the state cup earlier this month. Chip Chadwell, in his fourth year as coach,...
Growth Worries Residents Politicians Expected to Smooth Changes
ST. AUGUSTINE -- It's growth, stupid. The key issue shaping St. Johns County Commission and School Board elections is how the county will develop, and what elected officials will do to guide it, a group of residents said Monday. Fifteen...
Habijax Puts 24 in Homes Eastside Volunteers Put Heart into Goal
If you ask Tonya Anderson what she likes best about her new Bridier Street home, she won't name a particular room. Instead, she says, "It's mine." "I love it because it's mine. And being able to have my own, that's something I thought I...
Hotels Switch from Race Mode to Evacuee Aid
The postponement of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona Beach freed thousands of badly needed hotel rooms for evacuees and firefighters caught up in the state's worst siege of wildfires. "We're kind of relieved that they canceled the race, because ...
Jacksonville's Elephant History Didn't Start with Rani's Birth
Rani the local elephant turned 2 years old the other day, about 72 years and an entire civilization after Miss Chic, Jacksonville's signature elephant, stepped off a boat from Hamburg. Rani was born here, to Ellie, head elephant of a handful...
List Whittled on Sites for Two High Schools
Chances remain good that northwest St. Johns County will get a new high school, said St. Johns County School Board member Judy Krug. Board members are beginning to whittle a list of potential sites for two new high schools slated to open...
Mandarin's Fox Feeling Better Athletic Director Recovering from Triple Bypass; Back at Work Soon
Jon Fox can laugh now. Three weeks ago, the Mandarin High School athletic director struggled just to smile. Fox continues his recovery from triple-bypass heart surgery, and he finds himself in good spirits -- something he said wasn't the...
Mandarin Water Woes Fixed
Water pressure has improved dramatically in Mandarin, while Southside areas are still having slight problems. Residents are thrilled with the improvements, but some are still concerned. City water officials say things are under control....
Many Stay, Even under `Mandatory Evacuation'
ORMOND BEACH -- Andy Griggers stood on his back porch late Thursday afternoon, ashes landing soft in his hair, flames just beyond a fence to the rear. He was accustomed to the ashes. It was the flames that worried him. "When it reaches...
Marine Park Has New Plan Trust Targets Ecotourism
After decades of declining revenues, Florida's oldest marine park is hoping the latest tourism trend, "ecotourism," will be enough to keep the park afloat. The non-profit Trust for Public Land, which is planning to purchase the bankrupt...
Motor Homes Date Back to Early 1900s
It's a simple Ford Model T truck, circa 1916, done in the "any color you want as long as it's black" typical of Henry Ford's most popular car, brightened only with a brass radiator shell. But what makes this T different is what's behind its...
Neighbor to Neighbor
Question: I have a complaint about the new Baymeadows Road extension from Florida 9A to Southside Boulevard and the traffic signal at Southside. I live in Deerwood Country Club, and in the middle of the day, I drive west on Baymeadows and...
New Police, Fire Station Top Orange Park Plan
ORANGE PARK -- Street improvements and construction of a new police and fire station are the top ticket items in a $2.5 million capital improvement plan approved by the Orange Park Town Council Tuesday night. The council unanimously approved...
Official Quitting City Job
Comptroller Ann Meuse resigned Thursday after exactly five months on the job. Meuse, who came highly recommended to the job after four years in a similar position in Atlantic Beach, replaced Shari Schuman, who left to take a job with the...
Orange Park School Gets Reprieve
After several months of turmoil at Orange Park and Montclair elementary schools, parents and teachers are celebrating good news delivered this week by Superintendent David Owens. A decision to close Orange Park and move the county's only ...
Park Plan Gets Input at Meeting but Funding Not Set for St. Nicholas Work
Southside residents were asked to envision what renovations they'd like for St. Nicholas Park if money were no object, because there isn't any just yet. City Councilman Howard Dale's town meeting June 25 at Englewood High School included...
Planners: Raise Our Taxes
Imagine an expressway loop extending from Interstate 10 down Branan Field Road to Middleburg, then swinging eastward to a new bridge across the St. Johns River linking Clay and St. Johns counties en route to Interstate 95. Picture traffic...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents in Mandarin reported recently to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Burglary: Four Mandarin men were arrested Tuesday on burglary charges after police said they burglarized a home in the 4900 block...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents on the Westside reported recently to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. AGGRAVATED BATTERY/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Police arrested a man, 18, whose sister, 20, said he punched her three times in the face...
Record Times Are Set in Qualifying at Jax
Jax Raceways saw record times in qualifying last weekend as five Late Model drivers set lap times in the 19-second range for the first time since the track's surface was sealed. Jeff Godbee had a lap of 19.452 seconds to establish the fastest...
Reflections on Turning 100: `All I Have Done Is Get Old'
Naomi Abbott turned 100 years old yesterday, and a big birthday party is planned for today at the Hilltop Restaurant. Naomi Abbott recalls the first time she ever saw a car. "I was about 4 and I was standing in the yard at our house in ...
Region's Best in AAU Event
While teams from all over the country were present at the University of North Florida this week for the National Junior Men's Invitational Basketball Championships, the city of Jacksonville was well-represented. The First Coast had three...
Spreading the Word: AIDS Preachers Called upon to Warn Blacks
As more African-Americans in the Jacksonville area are contracting AIDS and the virus that causes it, pastors and other community leaders are being called on to step up the city's fight against the deadly disease. The call comes as the...
Store Owner Beaten, Robbed at Gunpoint
The owner of the 63rd Street Grocery and Market in the 600 block of East 63rd Street said he was robbed at gunpoint as he opened the store Thursday morning. Jung Min Lee, 38, told police a man walked up behind him and pointed a black semiautomatic...
Suns' Defense Helps Darwin Earn Victory
Jacksonville Suns pitcher David Darwin has been a standout performer in his last two outings. But in addition to his performance on the mound, Darwin can thank his teammates for some stellar defense last night. The Suns came up with several...
Teens Charged in Vandalism Spree
Three teenage Julington Creek Plantation boys were arrested Monday on felony criminal mischief charges following a weekend vandalism and theft spree that caused an estimated $10,500 damage. Six other teenagers from the planned community...
True American History Some People Show Their Passion for the Past with Patriotic and Historical Collectibles Such as Photographs, Newspapers and Political Memorabilia
Old Glory will be flying from houses throughout the nation today to celebrate Independence Day, but many Americans show their patriotism indoors year-round with historical American collectibles. Dave Nelson's Virginia heritage and a genuine...
Voters Get Say in Hiring County Auditor
A proposal for an internal auditor to scout out fraud, waste or abuse in Clay County government moved closer to reality this week when a government review body agreed to let voters decide its merits. In its sixth and final public hearing,...
Women Compete for Title 3 from Jacksonville Vie to Be Mrs. Florida
Shelane Burkett has been in training since November. She's on a rigorous diet and exercise regimen. She religiously watches TV news programs and combs the newspaper for stories on political issues and trends. Family members fire questions...
Women's Hockey Team Hits the Ice to Mix Things Up
If watching the Stanley Cup playoffs or the Lizard Kings makes you feel like throwing a cross-check, then you might want to check out the action at Skate World on Philips Highway. The venue formed a women's ice hockey team that saw its first...
YMCA, St. Johns Break Talks Park Control Grounds Deal
The YMCA of Florida's First Coast and St. Johns County have discontinued negotiations over control of about 160 acres of land the Davis family has offered to donate to the YMCA for a park. The YMCA plans to look for funds from private sources...