The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 17, 2005

ACD's Swan Allowed to Play; Judge Rules Former Fernandina Beach Player Eligible; Court Battle with FHSAA Likely Isn't Over
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Round 1 of David Swan and Arlington Country Day vs. the FHSAA went to the player and team when a Circuit Judge ruled that Swan should be declared eligible to compete immediately for the school's basketball team. But it might...
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Agency Head Gets a Fast Start; Salter Takes Control at Community Development Office
Byline: AMELIA A. HART FERNANDINA BEACH -- Accurate. Consistent. Fair. Apolitical. Those are the adjectives the city's new Community Development director, Jeffrey M. Salter, wants to see applied to the three departments under his supervision...
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Agency Prepares for Gift-Giving Program
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The presents are rolling in and being readied for delivery to foster children and senior citizens as the Jewish Family and Community Services annual Holiday Gift Giving program gets into full swing. The non-profit agency annually...
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A Good Return on Investment; Undrafted Wimbush Is Now a Weapon
Byline: BART HUBBUCH So much for rookie jitters. Thrown into the unfamiliar role of kickoff returner barely three months ago, Derrick Wimbush has been a quick study for the Jaguars this season. The undrafted running back from Division II Fort...
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Annual Poppies Grow Here; Plant Seeds Now
Byline: BECKY WERN Q: Can we grow poppies here? We can grow annual poppies. Two kinds are usually sold -- Shirley poppies and California poppies. The seeds should be planted now. The seedlings have tap roots, and resent being transplanted, so...
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Area Jobless Rate Still 3.5%; Education, Health Care Saw Most Gains; Still Lowest Unemployment in the Last Five Years
Byline: MARK BASCH Jacksonville's unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.5 percent in November, keeping the jobless rate at its lowest level in five years, the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation reported Friday. The state labor agency had...
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Auditioning: It's Music, Nerves; Youth Symphony Holds Tryouts
Byline: CHRISTY WHITEHEAD What do you do when your nerves are wound up before auditioning for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra's mid-term auditions? For some high school students, the answer was not to bring their parents along. "It's...
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A 'Versatile Volunteer' in Schools
Byline: AMELIA A. HART FERNANDINA BEACH -- Faye Hamilton says she gets as good as she gives. Hamilton, 64, volunteers every day at Atlantic Elementary School. She averages 10 hours a week, racking up 505 hours in the last year and a half. ...
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Beaches Resident and His Guide; for a Blind Man, Karloff Means Independence
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy Happiness and relief washed over Pete Duffy the first day he and his dog, Karloff, went for a walk together. "He just took over and it just felt so natural to follow him," said Duffy, who is legally blind. "I sensed how...
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Beach Shorts
BOULEVARD WIDENING The Jacksonville Beach City Council will consider a $1.2 million agreement with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority to relocate water and sewer lines as part of the Beach Boulevard widening project when it meets Monday....
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Bears Miss Copter Ride, but Will Still Help Patients Smile; the Annual Trip to Shands at UF with Stuffed Pals for Young Patients Continues
Byline: ANNE SPONHOLTZ Roger Rothwell was nervous, yet excited. He was about to embark on his first helicopter ride as a passenger aboard ShandsCair. His mission: deliver more than 200 stuffed animals donated by the Keystone Heights Rotary Club...
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Boat Aground Had Past Error
The owners of an 80-foot shrimp boat that ran aground this week in south Ponte Vedra Beach were fined last year for violating South Atlantic shrimp fishery regulations. The vessel, Captain A.B. of Abco Shrimp Inc. in Fernandina Beach, was one of...
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Brazilian Pepper Tree Quite Aggressive; It's Important to Remove This Plant from Landscapes to Prevent Its Spread
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE On my route to work, I've admired a plant that resembled a holly at the intersection of Butler Boulevard and Florida A1A. I didn't recognize the plant, so stopped to get photos and a cutting. Once I got a closer look,...
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Building for Community; Volunteer Jehovah's Witnesses Gather to Raise a Hall
Byline: Christina Abel PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- About 500 people joined for a "quick build" last weekend to help build a new Jehovah's Witnesses kingdom hall on Roscoe Boulevard. Volunteers from various Florida congregations lined up to help out...
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Business Owners Still Wary of Medians; Residents along Mayport Road Not So Sure Either
Byline: Drew Dixon ATLANTIC BEACH -- The more the city tries to allay the fears of business owners who face the addition of new medians on Mayport Road, the more those business owners are anxious about the potential impact on their stores. Atlantic...
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Castleberry to Open 10 More Sonics in the Next 3 Years
Byline: Alison Trinidad A Sonic Drive-In franchisee that has eight restaurants on the First Coast hopes to open 10 more from the Georgia border to St. Augustine in the next three years. Castleberry Group entered the Florida market two years ago...
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Churches Honored for Food Ministries
Byline: MARY MARAGHY About five years ago, members of Calvary United Methodist Church began handing out sandwiches to hungry workers on Friday nights at Labor Ready, a day-labor service on Blanding Boulevard near Orange Park. Then volunteers...
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Church History through the Ages; Art Exhibit Shows the Shaping of Catholicism
Byline: JOHN CARTER The story of Christianity and Catholicism is being told in a new artwork exhibit in Arlington -- one image per century. It's 21 paintings in a Millennium collection, with one portraying the life of Jesus and one each for every...
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City That's Not There Yet Could Be Georgia's Fifth-Largest
EVANS, Ga. -- Right now, it would rank No. 7. But by the 2010 Census, if Columbia County incorporates a new city and consolidates it with the county government, officials say, that newly named entity could become the fifth largest city in Georgia....
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Clay High Wrestlers off to Promising Start
Byline: Brent Beaird Despite some struggles in a match last weekend at Winter Springs, the Clay High wrestling team is on course for another fine season. Clay, 5-2 in dual matches, lost only three starters from last year, which means 11 starters...
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Clay vs. Georgia in Battle for Building Supply Site; It Could Bring 150 High-Paying Jobs to the County over Five Years
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN Clay County officials are hoping one of the country's premier building supply manufacturing businesses might soon set up shop in Green Cove Springs, bringing with it scores of high-paying jobs. Stock Building Supply, a...
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Club Keeps Boosting Clay Graduates; Women for Education Gives Students $500 a Year for Four Years
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Three years ago, some Clay County women joined forces for one purpose -- to provide college scholarship money for local students. To date, the members of Clay County Women for Education have awarded scholarships -- $500 a...
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Commissioners OK Park Plans; Architects, Planners Outline Preliminary Ideas for Two Recreational Sites in Clay
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Two huge recreational sites in Clay County have moved a bit closer to becoming the passive parks commissioners intend for the properties. At their regular meeting Tuesday, commissioners voted to accept the conceptual site...
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Corps Wants City to Protect Birds at Huguenot Park
Byline: Drew Dixon Before Jacksonville can renew its lease of Huguenot Park north of the St. Johns River jetties, it must provide federal officials with a better plan to protect the piping plover and other migratory birds that live there. The...
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Council Stalls on Waste Plan
Byline: Caren Burmeister JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- After dozens of residents lashed out at a proposal for a construction waste transfer station on 11th Avenue South, the Jacksonville City Council held back on approving the plan this week. The council...
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Cum Laude Society Inducts 12 to Chapter
Twelve St. Johns Country Day School students were inducted in the Cum Laude Society on Dec. 12. The new members were seniors Jennifer Cowie, Stephen Creighton, Jackie Flanagan, Wyndee Gray, Michael Hoffman, Katie Longo, Miles Moody and Dylan Nestler...
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Delray Beach Candidate Set to Be New Police Chief; Green Cove Springs Offers the Job to Robert A. Musco, Who Accepts
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY A Delray Beach police commander with more than 25 years of law enforcement experience likely will become Green Cove Springs' next police chief. The City Council on Tuesday approved a compensation and benefits package...
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Dickey Becomes UF Backup Plan
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- The competition to be Florida's backup quarterback behind junior Chris Leak didn't last long. Coach Urban Meyer said Friday that Gavin Dickey, a former quarterback-turned-wide receiver, would hold that job...
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Dolphin Cove Families to Get $4,000
Byline: Christina Abel PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- While St. Johns Service Co. officials insist they can't offer Dolphin Cove residents any money to fix their homes damaged after a sewer overflow in August, they did offer each family $4,000 in the spirit...
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Dredging Project Ahead of Schedule; Work on Intracoastal: Close to 3 Miles Done
Byline: Christina Abel PALM VALLEY -- The dredging of the Intracoastal Waterway is about a month ahead of schedule and the contractors, who started late on the 11-mile project, could have the first 3 miles completed by the first week of January,...
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Educator Had History at Many Schools; He Attended Columbia University and Was an Accomplished Violinist
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Students and educators touched by the passion of Henry Ward Jenkins Jr. visited the retired principal's Jacksonville home as recently as a few weeks ago to say thanks. Mr. Jenkins, 95, died Tuesday of natural causes, leaving...
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Ex-Judge Gets Jail for Child Porn; He Was Caught with More Than 300 Images on His Computers
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK -- A St. Simons Island man caught with more than 300 images of young children engaged in sex acts was sentenced Friday to five years and 10 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography. Louis...
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Firefighters to Parade on Fleming Island
Clay County firefighters will have their Fire Truck Christmas parade through many neighborhoods of Fleming Island. Here's the schedule: Today: 5:45 p.m. Denmark Drive and Castille Drive; 6 p.m. Eagle Harbor, including Forest Park Drive, Sandy...
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First Street Grille to Close Its Doors; Developer Wins Suit Allowing Him to Build 7-Story Condo Tower at Site
Byline: Caren Burmeister JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- A New Year's Eve bash will be the last hoorah for First Street Grille, which is closing because a developer won a lawsuit allowing him to build a seven-story condo at the oceanfront site, despite a...
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Flier Lost in Crash Was Set to Be Engaged; the Navy Lieutenant and Two Other Servicemen Were aboard a Helicopter That Went Down off the Coast of Colombia This Week
Byline: GREGORY PIATT Sometime next spring, Navy Lt. Christopher Snyder was planning to give his mother's engagement ring to Sara Carter of Jacksonville Beach when he proposed to her. The couple had talked about getting married, and Carter said...
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Forensics Takes Police to Husband
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler attributes excellent forensics and investigative work which led to the arrest of an Orange Park man in the shooting death of his wife. "They [robbery/homicide unit] did a fantastic job,"...
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Former Wolfson Standout Owens Tears Knee Ligament
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida State football team managed to get in one brief workout in shorts last Saturday before taking six days off for final exams. That workout proved costly for freshman wide receiver Rod Owens. Owens,...
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Forrest Foul Shot Foils First Coast
Forrest forward Jasmine Patrick made a free throw with 2.1 seconds left to give the visiting Rebels a 53-52 overtime win over First Coast in girls high school basketball play Friday. Patrick finished with nine points, while guard Samantha Ingham led...
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For Tebow, the Accolades Keep Coming
Byline: Brian Kosoy The cheering's not over for TIM TEBOW and the NEASE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM, which won its first state championship. But the star senior quarterback is already being sized up for how he'll perform at his chosen college, the...
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For the Gadget Guru; Looking for Something a Little Different This Year? Try These Innovative Finds
Byline: Timothy J. Gibbons Don't worry. You've still got a few days. The holiday season -- and 2005 itself -- is wrapping up, but that doesn't mean you're out of time. Hit the malls! Hit the Internet (just be sure to click on overnight shipping)....
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Fund-Raiser Scam Grows in Scope; Victim Count at 48
Byline: Drew Dixon NEPTUNE BEACH -- What started out as a holiday poinsettia scam involving about $200 taken from seven people in a Beaches elementary school fund-raiser has become a more extensive case that could involve dozens of victims, police...
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Get All the Information You Need on the Jaguars at Jaguarsjournal
Byline: Rich Ray This week's Jaguars Journal is jam-packed with photos from the Colts-Jaguars game at Alltel Stadium. View photos of tailgaters, pregame and halftime festivities, fans in the stands, The Roar, Jaxson de Ville and more. This week's...
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Graham Backs Centers to Teach Leadership Skills; the Facilities Will Help to Steer College Students into Careers in Public Service
Byline: BETH KORMANIK Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham said both the war in Iraq and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, might have been avoided if the country had better intelligence. He's not the first to suggest it, but he is doing something...
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Great Slate Won't Uncover All Alltel Seats
Byline: Gene Frenette The Jaguars' 2006 home schedule will feature visits from New England, Dallas, the New York Giants, the New York Jets and likely the Pittsburgh Steelers, the kind of games that ought to fill Alltel Stadium. With the Indianapolis...
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Holiday Bike Giveaway Brightens Day for Local Kids; Jay and Deanie Stein Give New Wheels to 2,400 Lucky Students at 53 Duval County Schools
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON Kids, bikes and the holiday season: They just seem to go together. So there was an electric atmosphere in the cafeterias and auditoriums of 53 Duval County public schools Friday where hundreds of children were part of a...
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Holiday Celebration a Hit on FCCJ's North Campus; Neighborhood Fest Filled with Games
Byline: KATHERINE CROAKMAN Visitors arriving at Florida Community College at Jacksonville's North Campus Dec. 10 were drawn in at first by music and dancing, then to a sidewalk lined with candy canes. The school played host to a neighborhood...
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Insurer Raising Its Rates by 44%; Citizens' Average Statewide Hike Will Add about $1,028 to Bill for Homeowners in High-Risk Areas
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA Hurricane season has barreled through Florida leaving its trademark trail of chaos. But for some residents, the storms continue to unleash a financial hammering. Citizens Property Insurance Corp. is bumping up insurance...
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In the Military
GENERATIONS OF SERVICE Air Force Col. Robert D. Winston recently hosted his father, retired Air Force Maj. Ramon Winston, for the Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, Air Force Ball honoring the U.S. Air Force birthday. Maj. Winston was the guest of...
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It's All in the PRESENTATION; Special Touches Can Make Receiving Gifts Even More Memorable
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport If you want to wrap presents with panache, don't just think outside the box. Think beyond the bow. "Everything these days is so fast, fast, fast," said Samantha Wyatt, manager of Avondale Gift Boutique. "When you...
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It's Genetic, and I Just Don't Have It
Byline: Lamar Thames Scenes of the season: My neighbor Ed and I were out in our respective yards after dark on a recent Sunday, putting the finishing touches on our outdoor light displays. His looked good, mine didn't. I think it is a genetic...
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JEDC's Enterprise Zone Gets Fuzzy; Requirements for Incentives Being Relaxed in Certain Cases
Byline: JOE LIGHT At a special meeting in late October, the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission took one step down what JEDC Executive Director Ron Barton described as a "slippery slope." Late last month, the City Council took another step,...
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Just Being Represented Counts, Too
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee When Avery Garner was growing up in Arkansas, he had designs on a career in politics. But his honesty toward himself led him on a different path. At least for the time being. "I was class president in high school,...
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Just One of the Boys; Seventh-Grader Proves Girls Can Be Wrestlers Too
Byline: MARY MARAGHY A few Christmases ago, while fetching mistletoe from a tree, Danielle Kitchens of Green Cove Springs fell and broke both her wrists. She never shed a tear, said her father Daniel Kitchens about his only child, who he says...
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Keeping the Faith
QUIET DAY St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Ave. in Fernandina Beach, will host an Advent Quiet Day today. There will be guided meditations at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 1:45 p.m. in the church. The noon session will be in the parish...
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Kids Can Hunt the Elusive Candy Cane in Metro Park
Byline: JOHN CARTER Yipes! Stripes! Here's a sweet diversion for the kids. A massive candy cane hunt will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Kids Kampus at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Blvd. There will also be a visit from Santa...
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Land Use Change for Ravines Is Back; County Advised It Must Mediate Plan
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Bowing to Florida law, Clay County commissioners will have to readdress their recent decision to deny a land use change at the Ravines Club and Lodge. At their regular meeting Tuesday, commissioners directed County Manager...
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League Punishments Not Fine by Veteran Defenders
Byline: BART HUBBUCH Two Jaguars defenders felt the sting of last week's loss to the Indianapolis Colts in their wallets Friday. The NFL fined middle linebacker Mike Peterson $10,000 and defensive tackle John Henderson $7,500 for three separate...
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Learning to Cope and Then Carry on; Community Hospice Helps Widow Brenda Nixon and Her Children Enjoy the Holidays
Byline: MARY MARAGHY The past two Christmases have been horrible for Middleburg resident Brenda Nixon, whose husband, Randy, 33, died of cancer in 2003. "This is the first Christmas that is feeling a little more positive," Nixon said recently,...
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Man Arrested in February Slaying
Jacksonville police arrested a Mexican national Thursday they were seeking in the February slaying of a woman after a tip that he would be on a bus at the Greyhound station downtown. Authorities said Benito Secundino Ramirez, 35, fled to Mexico...
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Marathon Times Are Changing, but Not Quickly; More Are Running in Marathons Than Ever, but They're Not Training to Win
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON Runners are flocking to the nation's marathons in greater numbers than ever. Getting to the finish line is just taking longer -- in some cases, a lot longer. "I think running is healthy. I worry that the sport of running...
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MEDICAID; Reform Is Coming
It's "an 800-pound gorilla with a mind of its own." So says the LeRoy Collins Institute of Medicaid in its report, "Tough Choices." With the signing of a bill yesterday by Gov. Jeb Bush, the state of Florida is attempting to rein in the King...
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Morning Briefs
CSX GAINS $35 MILLION FROM RICHMOND FACILITY CSX Corp. said Friday that it will recognize a gain of about $35 million in the fourth quarter from the sale of its former headquarters facility in Richmond, Va. CSX, now based in Jacksonville, said...
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Nassau Notes
PARENTS DAY OUT The Little Women of Fernandina Beach will host a Parents Day Out from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Fernandina Beach Woman's Club, 201 Jean Lafitte Blvd., behind the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center. Parents can drop off their...
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Nerve Damage Plagues Diabetics; However, There Are New Treatments for a Condition Called Peripheral Neuropathy
Byline: CHERIE BLACK About three months ago, while George Blackwell was fishing in Key West, he developed a blood blister on his foot as a result of the constant standing on the boat. Because Blackwell, 67, is a diabetic, the blister became infected....
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New Rules Threaten Sewer Bills; JEA Must Spend $150 Million to Comply with Tougher Water Pollution Standards
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS New federal water pollution standards being proposed for the St. Johns River could increase sewer rates by as much as 30 percent, according to JEA. The city-owned utility would be required to spend an estimated $150 million...
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Only Thing Ahead Is More Traffic
Byline: Derek L. Kinner I usually like to make fun of the commercial growth and resulting traffic problems along Florida A1A between O'Neil and Interstate 95. I don't think it's funny anymore. In fact, I think our county officials are burying...
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Orange Park Hospital Can Build New Clay Facility; but It Could Be a While Coming; St. Vincent's and Baptist Are Likely to Appeal the Ruling
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA State regulators gave the green light to Orange Park Medical Center's proposed 100-bed hospital in Green Cove Springs on Friday -- a move that is likely to trigger challenges from two competitors whose projects were turned...
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Ordinance Expands Ticketing Power in Nassau
Byline: KEVIN TURNER YULEE -- Judy Main says she's seen enough of people abusing handicapped parking spaces in Nassau County. Main has multiple sclerosis and uses an electric scooter to get around outside her home. When she and her husband, Orrin,...
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'Party in the Park' Gives Kids a Clean Alternative; Four-Hour Event Educates Youth about Underage Drinking and Drug Abuse
It was a busy afternoon for Deputy Tim Geoghagan recently, but he wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Geoghagan and colleagues hosted a "Party in the Park" to educate children that having fun does not have to include alcohol or drugs. "I'm...
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Pastor's Heart Goes out to Kids; He Wants to Help the 'Munchkins'
Byline: JOHN CARTER Though the event happens at year's end, it begins in the summer. Months before Christmas, Lorenzo Jennings' co-workers begin asking about his annual toy drive and collecting goodies for the holiday giveaway. Jennings, a...
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Picking Mandarin Oranges; and It All Helps a Special Cause
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The families happily wandered among the citrus-choked aisles of one of Mandarin's few remaining orange groves last weekend, multi-colored baskets in hand as they filled each with oranges ripe for the picking. For the eighth...
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Police Briefs; AngelAID Window Smashed Windows Broken Twice in a Week
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Someone smashed a window at the non-profit AngelAID agency's thrift store at 3110 Beach Blvd., only a week after the same window and two more next to it were destroyed in separate burglaries within 24 hours. Someone smashed...
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POLICE BRIEFS; Man Fires Rifle from Balcony
Byline: Caren Burmeister and Drew Dixon Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police depart- ments: JACKSONVILLE BEACH A 24-year-old man was cited Tuesday with a notice to appear in court after he fired a 20-gauge...
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Police Briefs; Teens Arrested on Car Burglary Charges
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Two Mandarin teens, 17 and 18, were arrested early Sunday on charges of auto burglary after police found a stolen computer and portable MP3 player on the ground near two men seen hanging around another burglarized car in the...
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Preschool Kids Get Winter Weather; Something Different for Florida -- Snow
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The Iceman cameth to Deermeadows Baptist Church's preschool program Tuesday, leaving behind three tons of snow for 240 tiny students to slip, slide and play in. Bagged ice was chopped into the cold, white stuff by a Westside...
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Property Decision Marks Battle Lines
Byline: Drew Dixon ATLANTIC BEACH -- The City Commission's new moratorium on subdividing property is drawing praise from supporters of community character, but is being assailed by property rights advocates. "I think it's too drastic," said Nancy...
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Rabbi Upset with City Hall Decision; Menorah Not Allowed in the Holiday Display
Byline: Caren Burmeister JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- The rabbi for a Jewish life center in Ponte Vedra Beach is considering his next move since Jacksonville Beach has declined his request to place a menorah near a Christmas tree at City Hall. City...
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RANTS & RAVES; Drivers Shouldn't Just Cut into Oncoming Traffic When Turning
Discourteous drivers: Why do you feel you have a right to dive (cut) into oncoming traffic? If I have any doubt as to whether I can cut into traffic without impeding the traffic that has the right to continue unimpeded, I just wait my turn and let...
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Ravines Revue Considers New Venue; Organizers Say Although It Won't Be at the Club This Year, the Annual Musical Event May Still Go On
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Don't play taps yet for The Ravines Musical Revue. Event organizer Dianne Lyons said Wednesday she will wait until after the holidays to meet with volunteers to decide whether to move the location of the outdoor concert...
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SCHOOLS; Wise Meets His Media
Joseph Wise, the newly appointed superintendent of Duval County schools, recently met with a group of people that will be following his every move. Wise met the media. His media. The student media. He held a press conference with student-media...
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Second-Half Surge Leads Nease to Win; Bailen's 16 Points Help Panthers Recover from 22-Point First Half
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Back-to-back road wins have helped ease the disappointment that Nease basketball coach Bud Beech felt earlier this week. The Panthers put together a strong second half on Friday night and turned a three-point halftime deficit...
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Sports Extra
Byline: Compiled by Scott Kendrick 2 CENTS Many professional athletes may not be too happy that they face the prospect of tougher penalties for steroid use these days. But they should thank their lucky stars for their unions, because they're...
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State Champs Pay Special Respect; Nease Players Meet Widow of Man School Is Named For
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy As Nease High School's football players and coaches surrounded Margie Nease Monday during a photo shoot, they pumped their hands in the air and hailed her as a heroine. "Hey, Mrs. Nease!" shouted coach Craig Howard. ...
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St. Augustine Boys & Girls Club to Build New Structure; the Expanded Facility Will Meet the Growing Need for Space at the After-School Club
Byline: KATI BEXLEY ST. AUGUSTINE -- Dante Elmore, 14, was known as a troublemaker in West Augustine, but in April he began going to the Boys & Girls Club after school and now says he's become a new person. "I was everywhere before," he said....
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'The Kid' Helps Dad to Victory; Fred Klauk Earns Elusive Win in Gator Bowl Pro-Am with Pro Son
Byline: GARRY SMITS Fred Klauk has played in the Henry Tuten Gator Bowl Pro-Am in most years since he became the superintendent of the TPC at Sawgrass in 1985. Since then, he's been able to coax some pretty good partners into the four-man team event....
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The Season of Fruitcakes Is upon Us
Byline: Jackie Rooney A 6-foot-long fruitcake bench should be added to the TOWN CENTER holiday display, which already has a Christmas tree and a Nativity scene and soon will have a menorah. What would better represent the nuttiness of the holidays...
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Things We Love
Trays fill many roles when holiday guests arrive, and all of them have to do with showcasing your charming hospitality. Whether you offer canapes or a cheese ball at a party, everything looks more enticing when it's served on an attractive tray. Place...
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This Isn't Light Task to 'Noles
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- A three-game winning streak, with a 31-point average margin of victory, has propelled the Florida State men's basketball team to a 5-1 start. With the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season fast approaching,...
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This Victim Turns into Aggressor
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A 40-year-old Mandarin man started out as the victim, attacked by someone early Dec. 10 outside the Cheaters Gentleman's Club at 6347 Philips Highway. But minutes later, others became victims when the man wrestled with paramedics...
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Toy Convoy Makes Its Way to Salvation Army Shop; and It Will All Be Given out to Needy Kids at Christmas
Byline: JOHN CARTER Looks like we had ourselves a convoy. A Toy Convoy. It was the recent Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department holiday convoy complete with a procession of emergency vehicles, including a ladder truck, bearing gifts for...
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Weekend Offerings Include Toy Giveaway, Boat Parade; the Entertainment and Charity Events Go from Day into Night
This morning, thousands of toys will be given away in Green Cove Springs and decked out boats will sail at nightfall in Doctors Lake. The 24th annual J.P. Hall Sr. Children's Charities toy giveaway and Christmas party begins at 8 a.m. at the Clay...
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