The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 1, 2006

28-Year-Old Seeks District 4 Seat
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL At 28, Theresa Lynn Noakes already is concerned about the future of Clay County. The District 4 candidate also wants to get across a point regarding her peers. "I want to make a difference and prove we [20-somethings]...
2 Schools Struggling to Stay Open; One of Them May Be Shut Down, but Both Are Making the Case to Keep Running
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Panic is palpable among staff and parents at W.E. Cherry and Grove Park elementary schools in Orange Park, two schools on the proverbial chopping block. Because both schools are more than 200 students below capacity, the...
AREA COLLEGES NOTEBOOK; Charles May Miss Key Game
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER Bethune-Cookman senior linebacker Taurean Charles is questionable for the Wildcats' game Thursday at Hampton. Charles hurt his ankle earlier this season and injured his shoulder in the Wildcats' 70-7 victory over North...
Arkansas Freshman Is Eligible
Arkansas freshman Michael Washington was declared eligible for the upcoming basketball season by the Southeastern Conference, according to coach Stan Heath. The Razorbacks had been waiting for Washington to be ruled academically eligible. The NCAA...
Around the Bend; 10 Chickens Are Allowed to Stay in Mandarin Family's Backyard
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The Jacksonville Planning Commission hatched a zoning exception that will allow Cory Ponz and his 15-year-old son, Cory James, to keep 10 chickens in the wooded backyard of their home in Mandarin. The unanimous vote Thursday...
As Big as a Sofa, Still a Sleeper; Late-Bloomer Juwan Dupree, a 6-6, 360-Pound Senior at Parker, Could Be Big-Time Find
Byline: CHASE GOODBREAD Not many things can prevent a 6-foot-6, 360-pound football player from earning a college scholarship, but anonymity is one of them. Meet Juwan Dupree. He's the biggest player in Jacksonville, seemingly an inch taller...
A Woman Is Arrested for Child Abuse after MPs Say They Found ... Kids Had Been Duct-Taped Together
Byline: ADAM AASEN A Jacksonville woman was arrested Monday on child abuse charges after her toddlers were found duct-taped together in her home in March, police said. The arrest follows a seven-month investigation into whether Agla Nadia Vincent,...
Bartram's No-Huddle Wears Down Fleming; the Golden Eagle Offense Lit Up the Scoreboard; the Defense Couldn't Stop the Bears
Byline: PAUL IVICE The Fleming Island Golden Eagles got into a back-and-forth barnburner Friday night against Bartram Trail, but in the end it was the Bears that proved to be just a little hotter. The Golden Eagles started slowly, going three-and-out...
Beach Shorts; NICE WEATHER FOR A WALK
Talk on right whales The Sierra Club Program in Jacksonville will be holding a free public discussion session focused on the endangered right whale at Fletcher High School. The program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13. Frank Gromling,...
Beauty Not Easy, Even for the Beautiful
Byline: Laura Capitano The winner of the Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs 2006 Hawaiian Tropic Pageant has foot sweat issues. Not many are privy to such high-profile information -- just those of us who spent Saturday afternoon immersed in...
Big John Designs on His Dime
Byline: Michael C. Wright Martha Stewart and Jaguars defensive tackle John Henderson - an unlikely pairing? Absolutely. But they share a love for transforming an empty room into something special. Creative, funny and possessing a big, hearty...
Braggin' Rights; Park Street House Puts on a Colorful Halloween Display
Byline: ANNE GOLDBAUER We want your submissions for our T-You features, which let you share photos, opinions and community updates with us. For Braggin' Rights, send us short notes about the good things your kids, friends and neighbors have done....
Camden Sheriff May Be Fined $3,300; Election Opponent Files Complaint over Disclosure Forms
Byline: GORDON JACKSON WOODBINE -- Camden County Sheriff Bill Smith faces a $3,300 fine for failing to file an accurate list of his property and business holdings on his financial disclosure forms in 2001, 2002 and 2003, if a recommendation by the...
CD Reviews
MEAT LOAF 'BAT OUT OF HELL III: THE MONSTER IS LOOSE' Virgin Records, * Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell franchise has gone to hell in a handbasket with his third installment. Jim Steinman, co-creator of the first two Bat Out of Hell albums, isn't...
Chief Says Residents Can Help Take Back Streets; Robert Musco Asks Green Cove Citizens to Keep in Contact with Police
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The man standing in the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church fellowship hall delivered a passionate message, hoping to convert his listeners into soldiers for the cause. Though not a pastor, Green Cove Springs Police Chief...
Clay Swimmers Head to State Meet
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Twelve Clay County high school swimmers will compete in 17 events during this week's state championship meets at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex. Six Fleming Island swimmers will compete in seven events in Thursday's...
Clay's Win Gives Seniors a Boost, Team Momentum
Byline: BRENT BEAIRD For the second straight season, the Clay High football team ended its season with a win after being eliminated from the playoffs the previous week as it out-played 1-8 Pedro Menendez, 17-6, Friday night. Clay Coach James...
College Extra
Byline: BART HUBBUCH NUMBERS GAME 13 Years since Indiana's last bowl appearance; the Hoosiers are one victory away from becoming bowl-eligible 19 Dropped passes by Michigan State in its past three games 127 Consecutive games played...
College Smackdown; Gators Haven't Played to Potential
Byline: Eric Corbett The Gators never seem to make it look easy, but they pulled out another victory this week over our neighbors to the north to run their record to 7-1 and remain in control of the SEC Eastern Division. The win and USC's loss placed...
Community Notebook; Blue Angels Pilot Tells NJROTC Cadets from Region to Aim High
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A Blue Angel landed Friday at Bishop Kenny High School to visit with members of three NJROTC programs. Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Walley, a Dunwoody, Ga., native and 10-year veteran Navy jet fighter pilot, spoke to about 100 NJROTC...
Companies Giving Big in Court Race; Anti-Hunstein Committee Gets $1.3 Million from Businesses
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA -- Money poured this month into Georgia's Supreme Court race has sparked new charges of judge buying. A group formed by the National Association of Manufacturers pumped $1.3 million into an independent committee...
Council Considers Requiring Helmets for Skateboarders
Byline: ANNE SPONHOLTZ With skateboarders continuing to use the sidewalks in front of businesses in Keystone Heights as a skateboard park, the City Council reviewed a proposed ordinance that may help mandate safety measurers and some say would crackdown...
County Attorney to Retire after 25 Years; Mike Mullin Has Seen Tumultuous Growth during His Tenure with the County
Byline: KEVIN TURNER NASSAU COUNTY - County Attorney Mike Mullin, who has offered legal counsel to Nassau County for 25 years, will retire Jan. 12. Mullin, 60, who said he has about 15 years of career left, said he's now considering other offers....
Court: Onion Labeling Up to Agriculture Chief; 'Vidalia' Farmers Sued to Stop Other Growers from Adding Extra Certification
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA -- Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is not required to stop Vidalia onion growers from adding extra certification labels to their produce, the state's high court ruled this week. In a unanimous decision,...
Cradle Creek Preserve Is a Natural Wonder for Beaches; 43.3-Acre Park Took Six Years and $2 Million to Create between Plantation Oaks, Marshside and the Intracoastal
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY JACKSONVILLE BEACH - Bobcats live in Cradle Creek Preserve. So do alligators and broad-headed skinks, fiddler crabs, wood storks and turkey vultures. Loblolly pine trees grow there, as do cabbage palms, live oaks, pignut...
CRC Has 3 Revisions for Voters to Consider; the Most Controversial Is Adding Two At-Large Commissioners
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL It's been eight years since a Charter Review Commission has had any suggestions for change to the county's governing document, but this year's group is suggesting three revisions be made. From an original list of 15 issues...
Crist Stumps in Area, Davis in Tampa as Race Enters Final Week; GOP Workers Were Told the Next Six Days Are Important to Secure Victory
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Florida's Republican gubernatorial candidate campaigned Tuesday in Northeast Florida, urging voters to "Crist-en" their cars with a "Charlie Crist for Governor" bumper sticker as his pursuit for the state's highest office...
Farmers Market to Offer Fresh Veggies Every Friday
Byline: ANNE SPONHOLTZ Sandy Rodgers, market manager for the Keystone Heights Farmers Market, is more than pleased over the response this new venture has had from the community and vendors. With the grand opening set for Friday, Rodgers sees the...
Fernandina Beach Renourishment Set to Go; the $10 Million Project Is to Begin in November 2007, but Contractor Bids Are High
Byline: MARY HURST FERNANDINA BEACH - It was good news for those working to renourish the sands of Fernandina Beach Wednesday, Oct. 25. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy District Engineer for Project Management Richard Bonner said a massive beach...
Film Student Is Planning Bigger Films; the 20-Year-Old Studying at FCCJ Has Won Awards
Byline: TRACY COLLINS Five months ago, John Meisburg won the Jacksonville Film Festival's first student competition. Now in his final semester at Florida Community College at Jacksonville, he's got his sights set on a bigger project - a full-length...
Flowers, Trees, Plants to Beautify Interchange; the State Will Soon Start to Landscape the I-95 Interchange with I-295
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The grassland around the new Interstate 95 interchange with I-295 in Mandarin will soon sprout the first of thousands of trees, shrubbery and wildflowers as the state embarks on a long-awaited landscaping of the highway project....
Game Left Dawg Fans Feeling OK
Byline: Trey Dennard As fall football days go, just behind enemy lines Saturday was perfect for The Football Game. Unless you live under a rock or are seriously color blind, all was red and black and orange and blue in this 85th annual border war...
GAS TAX; It's Baaaaaack
Bad ideas are about like a case of shingles -- unpleasant and you just can't seem to get rid of them. For example, a big increase in the 18.4-cent-a-gallon federal gasoline tax. John Kerry suggested that it be raised 50 cents a gallon in 1994...
Giving Back; Volunteer Helps Build Nassau's ARC
Byline: KEVIN TURNER NASSAU COUNTY - Kenny Wilder and his wife, Donna, have been active in ARC Nassau since 1996. That's when their daughter Kristy, who died in 2002 at age 28, began to go to there for the adult day training services offered...
Glynn Has Plans for Industrial Facility; the 687-Acre Site Was Bought for $14.9 Million
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK -- The Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority bought 687 acres of land that was once to have been a titanium mine, with plans to turn it into a site for a large distribution center. The authority paid...
Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair
IF YOU GO When: Through Sunday, Nov. 12 Where: Fairgrounds, adjacent to Alltel Stadium Tickets: $8; $5, seniors and kids under 13 Info: (904) 353-0535 DAY-BY-DAY GUIDE Today Gates open at 5 p.m. $1 admission, $1 rides. Kids...
Groups Will Collect Food for Thanksgiving Meals
Byline: JOHN CARTER Now here's a slick idea. And one that could result in quite a few satisfied tummies. Girl Scout Troop 722 of San Marco and Jiffy Lube have teamed up to collect nonperishable food on behalf of the Bridge of Northeast Florida...
Ham Jam Opens Thursday Night
The country music sounds and barbecue aroma of the 19th annual First Coast Ham Jam get under way Thursday at Reynolds Park Yacht Center in Green Cove Springs. Country music stars Mark Chesnutt and Craig Morgan and southern rock legend Artimus Pyle...
Homecoming Goes Down Memory Lane
Byline: VIRGINIA J. PILLSBURY Students at Orange Park High School celebrated homecoming week with a "Through the Decades" theme this year. Sponsored by the student council, events of the week included special dress days including a "decade day."...
I'm Having a High-Tech ID Crisis
I have reached a new height of frustration trying to remember passwords, logins, PINS and secret words. Why can't I just be me? From time to time I discover items on eBay I can't resist, which was the case recently. Normally, I get a money order...
Indians Stop Ribault's Offense; Keystone Heights Scored after Each of Two Key Interceptions
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Ribault's explosive passing game imploded against an opportunistic Keystone Heights defense Friday night as the Indians turned two second-half interceptions into points on the way to securing the District 3-2A runner-up playoff...
Issues Often Clouded by Loopholes, Lobbies
Byline: Mark Kaufman Thinking more about one of the questions I asked you to ponder two weeks ago - What is to be gained if we only see the world as either/or or black-and-white? - I had an epiphany of sorts. Whether we talk about global issues...
Middleburg Loss Put into Perspective; the Broncos Suffered a Shutout at the Hands of the Nease Panthers
Byline: KEN PLATO As the Middleburg High Broncos work through a tough rebuilding year, coach Rob Justino is using the experience to teach his players a lesson about life. Following a 49-0 defeat at the hands of the Nease Panthers, Justino tried...
Moody Land Co. Wants to Build Complex at Site on Intracoastal
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER Moody Land Co. is trying again to build a mixed-use complex with condos, retail and commercial space at a boat basin and shipyard property on the west bank of the Intracoastal Waterway. Maxey Moody has applied for a comprehensive...
Morning Briefs
AREA FIRMS RECOGNIZED FOR DISABILITY HIRING PRACTICES Four local companies were named winners of the 2006 Corporate Disability Employment Awards at the 15th Annual Dinner with Bill on Oct. 25. This year's winners are Tidbits Restaurant, St. Stephens...
NASCAR NOTEBOOK; Ragan Gets OK to Race
Byline: DON COBLE David Ragan isn't done racing this year in the Nextel Cup Series after all. A week after NASCAR wouldn't let Ragan race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the 20-year-old has won approval to compete in this Sunday's Dickies 500...
Neptune 'Beachers' Celebrate 75 Years in Befitting Manner
Byline: Bill Longenecker The statute of limitations ran out long ago, as I confessed to Officer R.C. Woods near the spot of the transgression. One quiet day in (circa) 1956, a ship (made from a two-by-four) was launched into the south end of the...
Northside Notebook; 200 Kids Earn Free Refurbished Computers
Byline: JOHN CARTER About 200 students now have computers thanks to Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., and her community partners. The congresswoman and partners recently launched a first computer giveaway to the successful readers of the Community...
Oarhouse Clings to the Way It Used to Be; Mickler Road Restaurant's Traditions Keep Customers Coming Back for More
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL Gene Leary remembers when Palm Valley was a series of fish camps, when people drove on the beach and when small cottages, not mansions, dotted Ponte Vedra Beach's shore. That was about half a century ago, before Ponte Vedra...
Orange Park Hopes to End Season on High Note
Byline: TRAVIS SMITH Clinging to a two-point lead with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Orange Park lost a heartbreaker on Friday night when Terry Parker's Darryl Blackshear scored on a 36-yard draw play, 28-23. It was the...
Organic Foods Leader Will Open a Store in Mandarin; Whole Foods Market Will Move into a Former Publix on San Jose Boulevard in '08
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON Whole Foods Market, the nation's largest organic and natural food retailer, will open its first Jacksonville location in Mandarin. It's been a long time coming. The 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods will take the place...
Organist Encourages Youths to Play a Great Instrument
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN One of the leading organists of his generation, Clive Driskill-Smith would like nothing more than to help change his instrument's stereotyped image. "A lot of people think the organ only plays hymns Sunday morning in church,"...
Page2People
Byline: Compiled by Dan Beynon BOB BARKER RETIRING AFTER 35 YEARS HOSTING 'PRICE IS RIGHT' Bob Barker is heading toward his last showcase, his final "Come on down." The silver-haired daytime-TV icon is retiring in June, he told The Associated...
Palencia Sales Indicate Good Trend for Nocatee; the Two Developments Are Similar and Homes Are Being Scooped Up, Showing a 'Pent-Up Demand,' a Developer Says
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL Even though residents won't be moving into the Nocatee development until next summer, the Parc Group, developers of the eventual 30,000-resident community, said sales at Palencia, a smaller adjacent community, indicate good...
Panther Boy, Girl Runners Take Titles
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Ridgeview junior Heather Lundin beat her personal best time by seven seconds to take first place overall as the Panthers girls and boys teams won District 2-3A cross country championships at Lake City Saturday. "Words just...
Patriots, Colts Set to Renew Rivalry
Byline: Vito Stellino The New England Patriots vs. the Indianapolis Colts. Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning. Bill Belichick vs. Tony Dungy. The NFL doesn't get any better than this. In what has been the league's best rivalry in this century...
Play Turned Corner for UF's Lewis; A Year Later, Game-Winning Pick Still Provides Motivation for First Coast Graduate
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Florida cornerbacks Ryan Smith and Reggie Lewis recently had a conversation, and the talk turned to big plays. Lewis asked Smith, a junior who transferred from Utah during the summer, if he knew what it felt...
Police Briefs; Quick-Thinker Tosses Her Jewelry
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A purse-snatcher got a 27-year-old woman's purse but he didn't get her jewelry during an early morning robbery Oct. 24. That's because she threw the jewelry to the roof of the nearby Compass Bank at 5992 St. Augustine Road,...
Police Briefs; Robbers Hit 2 Stores in Arlington Road Area
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Two Arlington Road businesses were robbed at gunpoint Oct. 24. The first robbery was about 7:30 p.m. when a man walked into Fashion Town at 976 Arlington Road N., and told the 53-year-old employee he was looking for stuff...
Police Briefs; Stolen Camera Tracked to Suspect
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A 19-year-old Southside man was arrested at 12:38 p.m. Oct. 25 on charges of burglary, dealing in stolen property and resisting an officer without violence after a digital camera stolen two weeks earlier from an apartment at...
Popular Bluegrass Band Is a Family Affair
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN The Grammy Award-winning Del McCoury Band is considered one of the best bluegrass acts on the circuit today. It is also a major force in bringing bluegrass to wider audiences and responsible for helping to generate the genre's...
Portrait of a Family in All Its Complexity
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Skilled portrait artists aspire to go beneath the surface and reveal their subjects' rich details. Painting Churches, a play by Tina Howe now showing at Players by the Sea, offers a theatrical portrait that illustrates a...
Ramps at A1A and I-95 Set to Close; Two of the On-Ramps at the Interchange Will Shut Down for Two Weeks of Construction
Byline: AMELIA A. HART YULEE - Two of the four ramps from Florida A1A onto Interstate 95 are expected to close Monday as work continues on a $3.2 million overhaul of the intersection of Nassau County's two busiest thoroughfares. The on-ramp from...
Reading Garden Is a Special Gift; Cedar Hills Elementary Is the Recipient from the Heart of America Foundation
Byline: SUSAN D. BRANDENBURG "Read! Succeed!" Parents and students at Cedar Hills Elementary School shouted out the words loudly recently as Bill Halamandaris, chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Heart of America Foundation, cheered them on....
Red Hatters Leave Their Troubles Behind
Byline: JOE KERRIGAN Twenty-nine lovely members of the Red Hat Peppers from Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club stormed Ted's Montana Grill for lunch recently. Decked out in customary red hats and purple attire, they meet monthly at a different...
Report: Fire-Rescue Short on Staffing; Prevention and Rescue Divisions Are Stretched Thin
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY Jacksonville is so strapped for fire inspectors that there is hardly any enforcement of the fire code, according to a new report that critiques the fire department. When it comes to saving lives, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue...
Specter of a Mine Haunting Residents; Florida Rock Has Plans to Dredge Fine Sand from an Area near Bryceville
Byline: ANNE MARIE APOLLO BRYCEVILLE -- Faith Lynn didn't need to make the 30-mile drive to Nassau County's growth management department to guess what was coming the day she noticed a sign advertising a zoning change for 496 pine-shaded acres off...
Sports Extra
Byline: ZACHARY SPAIN 2CENTS At times, they're abusive, confrontational, ill-mannered and obnoxious - and I'm not even talking about the athletes. This is about fans, particularly those who can afford to fill the nation's stadiums and arenas....
Starting to Find Their Own Way; Thrust into QB Spotlight, Jacksonville Natives Are Both Enjoying Storybook Debuts
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER Riley Skinner assumed he would spend most of the 2006 season signaling plays from the Wake Forest sideline, hoping for blowouts so he could get a couple of snaps under center. Kellen Lewis assumed he would be relegated...
Stewart Mindful of the Future
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Chereese Parrish Stewart wants the District 4 seat on the Clay County Commission partially for the present but mostly for the future. "One of the biggest reasons I'm running is my two kids. I want to make this a better...
St. Joe's Earnings for 3Q Fall Short; Home Building Pullout Damaging
Byline: JOE LIGHT Shares of The St. Joe Co. fell nearly 4 percent to $53.78 Tuesday after the Jacksonville-based real estate company posted lower than expected earnings for the third quarter. The company, which has recently shrunk its staff and...
St. Johns, Keystone Blocked at Net
Byline: BILL JOHNSON St. Johns came up three points short and Keystone Heights three games short as the Clay County volleyball season came to a close in the second round of regional play Saturday. But while the Indians finished their 17-12 district...
Student Says Writing Win Was a Shock; Jennifer Brown Thanks Her Teacher for Encouraging Her
Byline: KAY B. DAY Jennifer Brown walked into the testing room, knowing she had 75 minutes to come up with a six-page composition. Writing a story off the top of your head in that amount of time would challenge even the most seasoned writer....
Students Enjoy Visit by Helicopter; Air National Guard Members Made a Visit to Arlington Heights Elementary
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The students heard the Air National Guard Bell OH-58 reconnaissance helicopter seconds before its dark green hull and whirling blades appeared over the pine trees behind Arlington Heights Elementary School's ball field. That...
Student's Supply Drive Goes a Long Way - Afghanistan; She Organizes a Drive for Students There after Seeing Pictures of Them
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND The pictures show a wondrous look in the children's eyes. Gratitude shines from their faces. They had gathered with their parents near Kabul, Afghanistan, to eagerly await the arrival of a U.S. Air Force vehicle carrying...
Task Force Aims to Aid Homeless Population; Activists Say Several Groups Must Become Involved to Address the Beaches Problem
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER Advocates for homeless people are calling on churches and civic-minded residents to support a transitional housing village on Mayport Road for homeless families with children and to tackle the issue of homelessness at the...
Team's Losing Won't Last Forever
Byline: W. D. Rodeffer This is slowly becoming mundane. FSU sits with its 4-4 record, Florida has beat the Dawgs yet again. Call it crying, call it what you will, but what do you do when your team is last in its conference? I know that one man can't...
Teams See Final Goal Posts Looming in End Zone; St. Johns Country Day Keeps the Faith for a Win to Close out Its Inaugural Season
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Keystone Heights is going to the dance, but if it starts looking ahead it might just get its toes stepped on before it gets there. Fleming Island and Orange Park are facing the end of what were once so-very promising seasons,...
These Witches and Goblins Wagged Their Tails
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Hogan is a dog, but for a few hours on Sunday, he got to be a giraffe. "He's a long-legged pug, so we thought he'd be a good giraffe," Hogan's owner, Chris Tuten of Neptune Beach, said at the second annual Paws Park Howling...
This Unique Approach Helps Kids Learn Value
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee One day a few years ago, McWinni A. Guy got tired of being the bad guy. It seemed that he always had to bear that label whenever he wouldn't give his daughter, who was in elementary school at the time, money or gifts...
Twists and Turns, Gold and Ghosts
Byline: PATTI LEVINE-BROWN It is a shame that only a few people came to see Orange Park Community Theatre's production of The Contrite Spirit on Saturday. With a Navy air show and major college football game on the weekend, many people missed a...
Victim Services Center Eliminates Trip to Duval
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked a big step for Clay County, but the facility itself is one those involved in getting it wish would never have to be used. To the delight of law enforcement and crisis counselors, the...
'We Wouldn't Miss This for the World'; RV City Was the Place for Silly Fun before the Big Game
Byline: JOHN CARTER Approach these city limits with care. And a sense of humor. It's a different world - one in which the residents are a little loosey-goosey and ready to party hearty. It's RV City, the temporary motor home park that springs...
Woman Arrested in Dog's Death at Home
A 35-year-old North Jacksonville woman was arrested Monday on an animal cruelty charge after an autopsy found that a pit bull terrier discovered dead at her home a week earlier was emaciated and malnourished. Shannon Devon Wright was arrested at...
Woman's Car Stolen on Sargo Road
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH -- A 22-year-old Jacksonville woman reported Oct. 25 that her car was stolen from the 400 block of Sargo Road. The woman was parked to drop...
Youth Air Fest Raises Funds to Help Kids; the Airport Event Benefited Give Kids the World Village in Orlando
Byline: NICOLE SMITH-JOHNS At a recent charity fundraiser at Jacksonville International Airport, children and adults toured aircrafts, experienced flight stimulators and received a special visit from a Black Hawk helicopter. The North Florida...
Yulee Has Some Mighty Mites; the Team of 5- and 6-Year-Olds (and One 7-Year-Old) Learned Football Basics
Byline: KEVIN TURNER The blocks and hits of full-contact football aren't for everyone. But as of this year in Yulee, boys as young as 5 or 6 got started in the sport. When the Pop Warner Tiny Mite Yulee Hornets took the field against other...