The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 8, 2005

2 Events Will Celebrate Beach Lady's Spirit
The A.L. Lewis Historical Society and the family of MaVynee Oshun Betsch, widely known as the Beach Lady, will celebrate her life and spirit at ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23. "It is so appropriate that the Beach Lady's courageous...
2 Jaguars Visit Clay Kids to Offer Advice; 'Stay in School' Core Message of the Players
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Stay in school and away from drugs and alcohol, obey your elders, and practice, practice, practice. That's advice Jacksonville Jaguar Quinn Gray gave members of the Clay County Police Activities League during a special...
4 Church Members Are Suing Preacher; St. Paul Missionary Baptist Pastor Accused of Conducting Financial Dealings in Secret
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Four members of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville are taking their high-profile pastor to court, claiming the Rev. John E. Guns has plunged the congregation into debt and violated church bylaws by conducting...
5 Say They're Surprised to Earn Perfect Scores on FCAT
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Michael Brown of Keystone Heights said he shouted "Woo hoo" when he learned he aced the FCAT test. "There were a few problems that I wasn't sure of," said the seventh-grader at Keystone Heights Junior-Senior High. "But it...
'Angels,' Special in This World; Down Syndrome Fails to Dampen Young Spirits
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy Wade Pritchett almost died when he was born. He had inhaled amniotic fluid in the womb and his mother, Kristi Pritchett, caught only a glimpse of his face before a nurse whisked him away so doctors could suction the fluid...
A Rockin' Good Time at Beaches, Even If Not Prehistoric
Byline: Jackie Rooney The large number of receptions, galas and benefits on the social calendar is mind-boggling. Party ideas are conjured at the drop of a martini glass at the Beaches, yet no one has come up with the idea to celebrate dirt. ...
Around the Bend; Dog Wash Set at Episcopal Church of Our Savior Today
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Pamper your puppies with the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour's third annual Dog Wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, all part of the church's annual Blessing of the Animals program. Teens from the church's Living In Faith Everyday...
Authorities Seize Drug Paraphernalia
Authorities served federal search and seizure warrants this week at nine Jacksonville-area stores and seized 8,000 pieces of drug paraphernalia worth $250,000, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Warrants were served...
'Bark in the Park' Brings Funds to Humane Society; but Animal Shelters Stay in Need Due to Pet Numbers
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Dogs of all sizes and shapes walked last weekend to help the Clay County Humane Society. One of the major fund-raising events for the group, the Bark in the Park dog walk and pet fair brought in about $6,000 to help keep...
Beach Shorts
PARTY PLANNER SUED Four Ponte Vedra Beach businesses have sued the man in charge of an NFL VIP party that was to be held during Super Bowl week in February for failing to meet the terms of his contract and issuing bad checks. Michael Heckman...
Best of the Rest
Byline: Justin Hathaway GAME OF THE WEEK WEST VIRGINIA (4-1, 1-0 BIG EAST) AT RUTGERS (3-1, 1-0), NOON; WJXT-TV-4 ON TAPE AT MIDNIGHT The Scarlet Knights have only been to one postseason game -- the 1978 Garden State Bowl -- and lost (34-18...
Bills Going Up for Electricity in Green Cove; Cost of Fuel Cited as the Reason for Increases; the Average Bill Will Be $159
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Beginning next month, Green Cove Springs electric customers will see an increase in their bills, as the city system passes on an increase from its power supplier, said City Manager Don Bowles. As the cost of natural...
Boat Ramp at Goodby's Lake Nears Completion; Long-Delayed Ramp Will Be City's First in 18 Years
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The first new city boat ramp in 18 years is going to take a bit longer to get done, despite city pronouncements it was set to be completed by last weekend. Although ground was broken for the Goodby's Lake boat ramp on San...
Bowling for Food for Those in Need; Young Artists See Market for Their Craft
Byline: JOHN CARTER The annual event is designed to remind children -- and the rest of us -- that some people need a helping hand. But this year, in the wake of devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes, the haunting images of desperate people have driven...
Byron Absorbs Too Much Punishment
Byline: Gene Frenette This appeal might fall on deaf ears, but can we please dial it down a bit on the Byron Leftwich bashing? I'm not suggesting that the Jaguars quarterback should be immune from criticism for his team's lukewarm start. His...
Callahan Has Officially Become a 'Crossroads to the Future'
Byline: KEVIN TURNER CALLAHAN -- After months of discussion and public input, Town Council members chose a slogan for this small west Nassau County town on Monday. But not before another 30-minute debate. "Callahan: Crossroads to the future"...
Car Show Roars in Helping Charity; Ronald McDonald House Benefits to the Tune of $20,000
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The sounds of supercharged V-8 engines combined with the shine of chrome exhaust pipes and glow of metallic paint Oct. 1 at the Avenues Mall. It was the First Coast Car Council's 19th Truckin' Down Memory Lane Car, Truck and...
Center, Former Burma Have Several Ties
Byline: MARIAN CHAPMAN Did you know Elizabeth Taylor was a missionary? (No, not the actress.) Gam Shae was one of her students in the school in a small village in Burma (now Myanmar), where he was born. After completing "middle school" there, he...
Chaplain's New Book Is a Kids' Flight of Fancy
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg As a Navy chaplain, Randy Mortenson has taken many flights. Deployed in 1999 to the Persian Gulf, he flew by helicopter ("holy helo") from the carrier USS Constellation to other ships in its battle group, conducting...
City's Response Date Nears in Dangerous-Dog Case
Byline: Drew Dixon ATLANTIC BEACH -- Did Baron scrape Chris Burgin, or bite him? That question is at the core of an ongoing lawsuit between the city and a couple who own Baron the German shepherd. The city has until Oct. 17 to respond to the...
Clay Cops Who Entered Duval Punished; Sergeant Is Demoted after the Pair Interfered with a Prostitution Sting
Byline: BRAD SCHMIDT A Clay County sergeant will be demoted and a deputy has been suspended without pay for violating numerous directives and disrupting a prostitution sting in Jacksonville last month, Sheriff Rick Beseler said Friday. Beseler...
Club Ceiling under Repair; It Risked Collapse
Byline: AMELIA A. HART FERNANDINA BEACH -- Workers are stabilizing a ceiling in the Fernandina Beach Golf Club clubhouse that a structural engineer warned might collapse, but the investigation is continuing into what caused the problem, city officials...
Community Notebook; Pair of Craft Fairs on Tap Today at Arlington Churches
Byline: JOHN CARTER Two huge Arlington craft fairs continue today. There will be crafts galore at fairs run by Fort Caroline Presbyterian Church and Arlington United Methodist Church. The Fort Caroline Presbyterian Church Craft Fair is set...
Community Notebook; Police, Fire, Rescue Speakers at Men's Club
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Police, fire and law enforcement issues will be the topics at the next few Southside Business Men's Club meetings, held at noon each Wednesday at the University Club at 1301 Riverplace Blvd. The scheduled speakers are Clarence...
Cooperate on Transit Goals, Counties Advised; Leaders Told That Regional Planning Would Smooth Funding, Manage Growth
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Clay and its sister Northeast Florida counties are more likely to get funding for major road and transit projects, such as the proposed outer beltway, by working together than pursuing single-minded goals. Regionalism...
Could It Be? This Year? Well, Maybe
Byline: Lamar Thames Every year I say I'm not going to do it. I'm not going to let myself get carried away with unreasonable assumptions that this is going to be the year for the Jaguars. I've tried not to allow myself to think that they will be...
County Nearing Job Growth Plan; Initiative Aims to Change Clay's Commuter Community Image
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Clay County businesses have helped the Clay County Chamber of Commerce reach its goal by contributing more than $1.25 million to a job growth initiative launched in April. Meanwhile, a strategic plan should be finished and...
Courthouse Mold Will Cost $35,000 to Remove
Byline: KEVIN TURNER FERNANDINA BEACH -- The county will pay $35,000 to remove black mold from the historic Nassau County Courthouse in Fernandina Beach, but a contractor who restored the building will pay to make sure it doesn't happen again. ...
Courts; Woman's Murder Charge Dropped
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL A woman accused of the attempted killing of a convenience store clerk has had that charge dropped. Prosecutors will take no action on the attempted second-degree murder charge against Melissa S. Ford of Jacksonville. However,...
'Dogs Can't Forget Parys; Tennessee's Undersized End Gives Foes Fits
Byline: CHRIS J. STARRS ATHENS -- At 6 feet 2 and 248 pounds, defensive end Parys Haralson is the smallest starter on No. 8 Tennessee's defensive front. But he's come up big in the Volunteers' past two games, and he no doubt hopes to be living even...
Elks Breaking Ground for Lodge Double Size of Current Building
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Duval County's only Elks Lodge is about to double in size. Ground will be broken at noon today for a new 10,000-square-foot facility to be built behind the existing lodge at 1855 West Road. City Councilwoman Suzanne Jenkins...
EPIC Surf Ministries' Fall Classic Starts This Morning
Byline: Brian Kosoy The baseball playoffs are heating up, hockey (remember that?) has returned, and the Jacksonville Jaguars will have their chance to shine in the national spotlight Sunday night against the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals. But here...
Flooding Swamps Georgia Counties; Schools Dismissed, Roads Washed out, Homes Soaked with Contaminated Water
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK -- The rain poured down and floodwaters rose higher Friday, swamping hundreds of Glynn County homes, washing out roads and prompting school officials to dismiss classes early at several schools. Overnight and...
Green Cove Renews Fall Festival Season; Bluegrass Music, Barbecue and Soul Food Will Be among Offerings in Town
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Fall is here, and that means festivals are too, and Green Cove Springs is the place to go. Here is a list of upcoming events. A day of bluegrass music is planned for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Spring Park...
High School Opening Day Moves to '08
Byline: Caren Burmeister PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- St. Johns County schools officials started negotiating to buy land for a new high school near the Talbot's shopping center off Florida A1A 18 months ago, and Superintendent Joseph Joyner expects the...
Home & Garden Lifestyle
MAINTENANCE Aging microwave should have a checkup Microwaves were introduced in the early '70s. Today, many are 15, 20 or even 25 years old and still being used on a daily basis. As microwave ovens age, think about efficiency and safety. First,...
How to Help Hurricane Victims
United Jewish Communities P.O. Box 30, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113 Specify UJC Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund on checks. Online donations can be made at www.ujc.org North Main Street Baptist Church (in partnership with...
IOC Wants Independent Inquiry of Armstrong
IOC president Jacques Rogge called Friday for outside "independent observers" to investigate allegations that seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong tested positive for EPO at the 1999 race. Both the International Cycling Union and the...
IRAQ; Objective Gauges
Whether you agree with the war in Iraq or not, it has been frustrating that progress cannot be benchmarked. Some of the results had been classified, in fact. The news media do a great job of reporting the violence in Iraq. Of course, human lives...
Jacksonville Journal
FLU, PNEUMONIA SHOTS OFFERED AT REGENCY MALL Regency Square mall is offering flu vaccinations from noon to 4 p.m. today and Sunday while supplies last. Clinical Health Systems will facilitate the vaccinations for $25 for a flu shot and $35 for...
Jaguars Deal to Add Linebacker Depth; in Acquiring Winborn, Team Has ''Good Football Player at Modest Price.''
Byline: BART HUBBUCH The Jaguars gave up a seventh-round draft pick Friday to bolster their linebacker corps by acquiring veteran Jamie Winborn from the San Francisco 49ers. Winborn had fallen out of favor with coach Mike Nolan and the 49ers,...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Leftwich Says He Never Bad-Mouthed Bengals
Byline: BART HUBBUCH Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich reacted angrily Friday to media reports in Ohio this week that he denigrated the Cincinnati Bengals during a 2002 radio interview. The Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported this week that Leftwich,...
Jaguars Won't Bite on City's New Outline for Alltel Lease; Team's Financial Officer Says Jacksonville's Latest Proposal "Doesn't Make Sense for Us."
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS Trying to end the yearlong negotiations over amendments to the Jacksonville Jaguars' Alltel Stadium lease, the city this month put forth its latest proposal that city officials say will give the team $22 million by 2019...
Just What Doctor-to-Be Ordered; Premed Student Wins State Pageant Crown
Byline: JOHN CARTER She loves the crown and gown -- but mostly because it will help her earn her physician's lab coat. Nineteen-year-old Pranoo Kumar of Jacksonville was recently crowned Miss Florida at the American Coed Pageant. She met with...
Karate Competition with a Special Kick; Ko Am Mu Do's First World Championship Set for Today at FCCJ South
Byline: ZACHARY SPAIN Few people are familiar with this fledgling martial art, but to its devotees, Ko Am Mu Do represents a turnabout. It's an answer to traditional Korean martial arts' recent focus on competitions and places more emphasis on...
Keeping the Faith
FALL REVIVAL The First Baptist Church of Fernandina Beach is hosting Evangelist Brian Fossett for its Fall Revival from Sunday, Oct. 16, through Wednesday, Oct. 19. Musical guest will be Joel Goddard. Sunday services with Fossett will be at 6...
Magic's Point Is Versatility; Orlando Contemplates Moving Steve Francis to Off-Guard This Season
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS Grant Hill's surgically repaired left ankle no longer is the most discussed topic involving the Orlando Magic. The question that seems to be on the minds of fans and reporters alike involves Steve Francis. Specifically, everyone...
MAKING ROOM TO GROW; 80-Year-Old Brick Home Indeed Mobile as St. Vincent's Hospital Expands, Former Daughters of Charity House Gets New Location
Byline: BOB MACK It was never intended to be a mobile home, but the two-story, 5200-square-foot house at 1860 King St. became just that. Built in 1925, the historic brick home was purchased by St. Vincent's Medical Center in 1974 as a home for...
Mayport Road Medians Cause Some Concerns
Byline: Drew Dixon ATLANTIC BEACH -- Rusty Pritchett simply wants to make sure customers can get into his Nationwide Insurance office on Mayport Road. Pritchett was among about 30 residents and business owners who were at Atlantic Beach City...
Medical Studies Are Making Strides along First Coast; Almost 400 Trials Are Being Conducted to Study Treatments for Medical Conditions
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR For some, it's about hope. For others, it's about the lack of it. Regardless of the reasons, the region is a fertile ground for clinical studies. Almost 400 trials are being conducted in Jacksonville to investigate...
Mildred "Mel" Price Doesn't Hide Her Love for All Things Equine -- She Displays Them at Home; She's Not Horsing Around
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT Mildred Price's friends call her Mel for short. Most other people know her as "The Horse Lady." She corrals more than 10,000 model horses in her Riverside home. Her hobby, which she refers to alternately as a passion...
Mormons Lend a Helping Hand to Storm Victims
Byline: MARY MARAGHY While on a Katrina relief trip, Mormon bishop Granville Taylor of Orange Park said he was overwhelmed by both the devastation and the gratitude from victims his church was able to help. "Everywhere there were just big piles...
Musuem Plans Re-Created Garden of Late 19th Century
Byline: DAN SCANLAN History will come alive at Mandarin's Walter Jones Historical Park this month. But first, a few folks might get dirty. The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society planted a demonstration citrus grove with a dozen trees at...
Nassau Clerk Encourages County to Drop Auditor That Missed Theft
Byline: JORDAN RODACK Nassau County Clerk of Courts John Crawford is urging county commissioners to replace an auditing firm that failed to uncover the theft of $1.35 million from county accounts. In a letter to commission Chairman Ansley Acree,...
Nease Homecoming Dance Space Is Too Small; UNF Space Can Hold Only 850 out of 1,900
Byline: Christina Abel As Nease High School students work feverishly to make last-minute hair appointments, limo reservations and date arrangements for the Oct. 15 homecoming, school officials are working at the same pace to accommodate their 1,900...
Newell May Get Speed Hump Help; Drivers on Shortcut Go Too Fast, Neighbors Say
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Paul Miller and Mayra Rothwell said they've been awakened at 4 a.m. by cars rumbling by their houses so fast it vibrated their windows. They were among 25 residents who recently attended a community meeting on traffic...
Non-Profit to Finance over 350 Homes
Byline: Alison Trinidad One year after establishing a North Florida affiliate, a non-profit lending consortium working to advance affordable housing development said it will finance 376 homes for low- to moderate-income residents in the region....
NRA Pushes 'Guns-at-Work' Bill in Florida; A Proposed Law Would Force Florida Workplaces to Allow Firearms in Employees' Vehicles
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE -- A rare and spectacular showdown may be coming in Florida's Republican Party: Big Business vs. Big Guns. And the stakes couldn't be higher. To critics, it's about the safety of workplaces, including hospitals...
On the Right Path; Mercedes Puts the 'Wow!' into Redesigned ML350
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Admit it, the first-generation Mercedes-Benz M-Class, which just ended its eight-year reign as one of the first luxury sports utility vehicles, was a bit bland. So when I laid eyes on the 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML350, my first...
OP High's Rifkin Sits atop Heap
Byline: Brent Beaird Kyle Rifkin is a great example of the true meaning of student-athlete. While, the term is overused in sports, Rifkin, a senior at Orange Park High, defines it well while he tries to balance participating with the Raiders cross-country...
Orange Park Council Works on Alcohol Bill; the Proposal, in Planning Stages, Would Allow Restaurants to Get Permits for Outdoor Parties
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Occasional outdoor events featuring alcohol may become legal in Orange Park. Council members, at their meeting Tuesday night, worked on wording an ordinance that would allow restaurateurs with liquor licenses to apply for...
Ornamental Grasses Add Texture and Color to the Landscape; There Are a Variety to Choose from; Some of Them Even Have Flowers
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE Ornamental grasses are growing in popularity all over the country. Today's nurseries offer a variety of sizes, shapes and colors compared to 30 years ago, when pampas grass was the standard. Now there are grasses to...
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Byline: Compiled by Stan Franklin 'THE DAILY SHOW' EARNS ITS STRIPES -- THE MUSICAL KIND The blue vs. red political quips of The Daily Show is getting a peppermint infusion. The White Stripes will be the first band to perform on the Comedy Central...
Plan: 10,000 New Homes near Airport; Thomas Creek Preserve Would Mix Homes with Offices, Retail, Parks, Schools
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD Developers revealed plans this week to build about 10,000 homes in a 6,100-acre stretch near Jacksonville International Airport, pushing the number of proposed homes to 15,000 in that area between New Kings and Lem Turner...
Plant Muscari and Tulip Bulbs in January; the Proper Preparation and Care Should Result in Blooms by Early Spring
Byline: CAMILLE HUNTER Q: I have recently moved here from Chicago and would like to know if this is the time to plant tulips and muscari for flowers in spring. Plant tulip and muscari (grape hyacinth) bulbs in January for early spring blooms....
POLICE BRIEFS; Bar Patron Talking to Woman Is Attacked with Cue Stick
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH A 35-year-old man needed nine staples to his forehead to close a gash after he was attacked with a pool cue Oct. 1. The man was at The Harbor...
Police Briefs; Bullets Spray on a Street, but Witness Isn't Very Helpful
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A man in a white Buick peppered a Southside street with rifle fire Sept. 30, then drove off without hitting a 24-year-old woman who lived there or her two children, ages 2 and 3. But police didn't get too much help from the...
Police Briefs; Police Arrest 1 of Pair Found Sleeping in Car with Water Pipe, Marijuana
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A 25-year-old Mandarin man was arrested early Sunday on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after police found two people sleeping in a car with marijuana and a water pipe next to them in Mandarin Park,...
Police Briefs; Police Looking for Pizza Restaurant Robber
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Police are looking for a man who robbed a Westside pizza restaurant at 1 a.m. Sunday. The robber, who had a black bandanna over his face, walked into Cannalli's Pizza, 5123 Timuquana Road, and placed his left hand in...
Police: Man Fights with Cop at Bus; Incident Which Starts on JTA Bus Results in Arrest of Passenger, Authorities Say
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Handcuffed after he was pepper-sprayed, the man still had some spirit left as he sat in the back seat of a police cruiser Oct. 1 in the 4200 block of Belfort Road. "He didn't win," the 43-year-old North Jacksonville man said...
Public Safety; Bomb Scare Shuts Down Post Office
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL A bomb scare at the post office on College Avenue in Orange Park shut down the area for four hours Tuesday, but the suspected packages contained only cloths, clothes, newspapers and photos. Almost two dozen Clay County...
QB Battle Goes to Jackets; Cooper Proves Too Much for Tebow, Nease
Byline: CHASE GOODBREAD To most fans, St. Augustine High School's Quinterrance Cooper entered Friday night's football game with Nease as "the other quarterback." Few quarterbacks opposing Panthers star passer Tim Tebow ever receive any more recognition...
Raines Pulls Upset of Bolles; Vikings' Pollard Returns Interception for TD, Snuffs out Bulldogs' Late Rally
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER Clinging to a seven-point lead with less two minutes to go, the Raines coaches begged one of their defensive players to make a play against Bolles. Greg Pollard answered, picking off a Randy Hardin pass and returning it...
Read This, Then Consider Helping Someone Else
Byline: JOHN CARTER It's an essential, life-altering skill. And one most of us take for granted. You're doing it right now. Reading. And you might be surprised at those who can't. Heather Corey, executive director of Learn to Read,...
Really, It's Not Too Much; Trouble If She's the Bomb
Byline: Elizabeth Seney The things we do for our children. That thought kept scrolling across my brain like a CNN ticker tape. Breaking news . . . parents do the most outrageous things for their children. More at the top of the hour . . . At...
Refurbishing a House Can Mean Trouble for Neighbors
Byline: Drew Dixon ATLANTIC BEACH -- After 18 months of construction next door, damage to his swimming pool and a lot of noise, Dominick Bisbano had just about all he could take. Bisbano lives on the beachfront in the 1800 block of Beach Avenue....
Regard for Tennis Isn't Just Love; Teacher Says Game Gains Fans in Area
Byline: KEVIN TURNER FERNANDINA BEACH -- When Lanny Kalpin came to east Nassau County and offered his services as a professional tennis instructor last year, he found he'd come to the right place at the right time. Since then, he has tutored...
Replacing Kings Road Span Gets More Costly for Neptune
Byline: Drew Dixon NEPTUNE BEACH -- If the Kings Road bridge is ever going to be replaced, it's going to cost more than the last estimate that made it too expensive for the city in the first place. During a discussion Monday night at the City...
Roundup
Eagle's View 14, Bishop Snyder 7: Eagle's View fullback Chris Aucoin rushed for 123 yards in 14 carries, including a 26-yard touchdown that sealed the win. He also caught one pass for 20 yards. . . . Eagle's View (4-2) quarterback Ian McRee was 2 of...
Savannah to Embark on Trade Mission to Ireland
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA -- Savannah companies and economic development officials are expected to travel to Ireland next year as the state makes its first trade mission to the Emerald Isle. James Gaffey, executive director of the Ireland...
Seminole, Deacon Are Friendly Rivals
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- Kyler Hall and Cory Randolph can wax nostalgically about their high school rivalry days as the quarterbacks for Live Oak Suwannee and Lake City Columbia, competing for the "Old Oaken Bucket" trophy. "Back in...
Senior Tennis Squad off to Nationals; Age 60 and Older Team a Force on the Courts
Byline: KATHY MARSH There is at least one group of active women who are not spending their golden years in granny gowns and rocking chairs. While Medicare and Social Security may dominate the conversations of many of their peers, these women...
Sewage Problem Raises Ire; County Plans to Buy Company Drawing Residents' Complaints
Byline: Christina Abel PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- About two months have passed since raw sewage spilled through Gloria Rivera's bedroom, kitchen and bathroom and flowed down her driveway. Her Dolphin Cove home has been cleaned, but with about $27,000...
Shoppers Wait in Line for Kohl's Big Opening
Byline: DEBRA. W. BUEHN Even gray skies and the threat of rain couldn't dampen the spirits of Clay County shoppers who flocked to Fleming Island for the grand opening of Kohl's early Thursday morning. There was a party-like atmosphere among...
South Awaits Site's Rebirth as Atlantic Station; Shopping, Housing and More Are an Example of "Brownfield" Development in Atlanta
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA -- It's not often that a new city pops up complete with upscale shopping, plush condos, a ritzy hotel, gleaming office towers and a national reputation. Atlantic Station formally opens Oct. 18 with all the hoopla...
Southside Home Builders Care Star; Makeover No. 501 Latest TV Episode
Byline: KAY DAY Abby Lane curves through a neighborhood just off Philips Highway on the Southside. The homes are modest, the yards shaded by pecan and hickory nut trees. On a recent overly warm afternoon, one house was a beehive of activity....
Sports Extra
Byline: Alex Abrams 2CENTS While doing a quick Internet search, I discovered that no one has registered the Web site domain name of www.fire-isiah-thomas.com. I'd like to do so. It's hard to believe, but Thomas might be the worst general manager/president...
St. Marys Considering Ankle Bracelets; Other Alternatives to Incarceration Come Up to Ease County Jail Crowding
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS -- St. Marys city officials agreed Thursday night to consider new options that could end their ongoing standoff with Camden County about housing prisoners sentenced to the county jail by the St. Marys Municipal Court....
Storms Eat Up Oyster Supply; Most First Coast Suppliers Say Effect Lessened Because They Sell Other Seafood
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN Jacksonville-area seafood suppliers said the oyster shortage caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita is increasing the demand for frozen oysters while they wait for Gulf oyster beds to re-open. And most First Coast distributors...
SunCruz, LaCruise Ships Idled; LaCruise Awaits Vessel, Weather Holds SunCruz
Byline: Caren Burmeister This week's Tropical Storm Tammy temporarily grounded a SunCruz Casinos gambling ship docked at Mayport. But the company has weathered, without disruption, a flurry of arrests in the gangland-style shooting of its founder,...
Temporary Building Halt Raises Concerns; Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Rules Conflict
Byline: AMELIA A. HART FERNANDINA BEACH -- Fernandina Beach's planning office has stopped issuing building permits for residential construction, with the exception of single-family homes. The halt to the construction of duplexes and townhouses...
This Concert Is for Bricks and Mortar; Funds Raised Will Benefit St. Paul's Catholic Church
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Call it music to soothe bricks and mortar. A concert to benefit St. Paul's Catholic Church in Riverside is on tap at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2609 Park St. Cost is $10. Choirs and musicians from several churches...
This Time, Gators 'D' Serious about Jerious; Bulldogs Running Back Ran for 174 Yards, Two TDs in '04 Upset of UF
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- In a way, Mississippi State running back Jerious Norwood was the last straw. Norwood's 174 yards and two rushing touchdowns keyed the Bulldogs' 38-31 upset of Florida in Starkville last season. Norwood's...
UGa Is Bird-Friendly While Anti-Bird; School Won't Hurt Pigeons, but Doesn't Want Unsanitary Messes on Buildings, Either
Byline: BLAKE AUED ATHENS -- For the University of Georgia and some downtown Athens business owners, the term "stool pigeon" is taking on a whole new meaning. The UGa Business Services building already had metal spikes on ledges to discourage...
Wanted: Pet Dawg-Gator Memories
Byline: Derek L. Kinner In three weeks, Amelia Island will be swamped with visitors wearing Red-and-Black and Orange-and-Blue, mostly the former. After all, this island has been called "Georgia's Beach" for decades. I was trying to decide which...
With a Tropical Storm Brewing, This Week Was Not One for Angling
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson As you read this article, Tropical Storm Tammy's effects have pushed out of our area and I hope we can look forward to fall conditions, including light winds and cool temperatures. Due to the persistent winds and rain,...
Wolfson Trumps Money with Win; Race's Record Funds Not the Deciding Factor
Byline: Drew Dixon ATLANTIC BEACH -- The city has a new mayor, but only after a race that cost more stress and dollars than any other in Atlantic Beach's history. Mayor-elect Don Wolfson attributed the heavy focus on the election to developers...