The Florida Times Union

Articles from July 26, 2008

104 (and Counting!); after More Than a Century, Nina Johnson Is Still Going Strong
Byline: MAC MITCHELL Nina Johnson was born premature in 1904 and weighed less than 3 pounds. After her mother swaddled her, placing her inside a shoe box next to a lit oven to keep her warm, doctors said she wouldn't survive. Over a century later,...
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2 Counties Meet Goals in Schools; Others Lag; Tougher Math Curriculum Had Some Schools Missing the Mark, an Official Said
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI Camden and Pierce County schools were among the exceptions in Georgia when it came to meeting student achievement standards for Adequate Yearly Progress mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Both Southeast...
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2 Views of Crime in Putnam Contest; Incumbent, Opponent Are at Odds over What Measures Are Needed
Byline: MATT COLEMAN It's a tale of two counties for the candidates in the Aug. 26 Democratic primary election for Putnam County sheriff. Incumbent Dean Kelly and challenger Jeff Hardy, a former lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office, are scheduled...
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5 FOR ... JEFF ANKROM; Professor of Economics at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio
Byline: Wendi Zongker You recently supervised a group of eight interns from all over the country who worked in Fernandina Beach for eight weeks. Why were you here? What we have done is try to get people interested in public service with this...
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A $180,000 Deficit Spells Trouble for Mayport USO; the Shortfall Is Attributed to Cutbacks from Jacksonville and the United Way
Byline: DREW DIXON MAYPORT - The future of the Mayport USO center is in question as officials said this week the organization that supports Jacksonville-area military personnel and their families is operating with a $180,000 deficit. "I think...
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A Couple of Organizations Make an Effort to 'Pay It Forward'
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg Life works in direct proportion to the commitments you make and keep. That's the slogan of Lifeworks Jacksonville, a nonprofit that holds leadership seminars. Speaking of commitments, Southsiders Marie Rose, Joyce...
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Amid Hard Times, a Single Mom Is Told to Get out of Apartment
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER Lauren Bryant, who is 19 and raising a 9-month-old baby, doesn't know if she's coming or going. On Monday, the young mother, who is making $50 a week selling plasma to the blood bank, was incorrectly told that she had...
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A.M. Stir
Byline: STEFANIE ZIMMERMAN BAND NAME OF THE WEEK COLOR ME SURPRISED Actually, it's Paint Me Irrational. Which might be a perfect way to describe my life. Might not. Either way, Paint Me Irrational will be playing at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Jack...
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And Now for a Sample of Loose Beaches Notes
Byline: Bill Longenecker Note fragments written and kept on a paycheck stub make up this edition of Loose Beaches Notes. - Try to guess the work of these two businesses from their names. "Well Done" and "Mr. Mow It All." One is easy but quite...
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Around the County
LEARNING TO SAVE LIVES The St. Johns County Fire Rescue Junior Lifeguard Camp was in full swing Tuesday as campers spent the morning at St. Augustine Beach Pier surfing, splashing and learning how to save lives. Fire Rescue spokesman Jeremy Robshaw,...
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A Simple Choice; Galant Won't Win Popularity Contest ... but That's OK
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Let's try a game. I say "midsize sedan" and what do you say? Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu, Mazda6, Ford Fusion - that's what I hear, plus a few others from Saturn and Kia. But does anyone...
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At 70 to 100 Miles per Gallon, Why Not Get This Vehicle? the Spike at the Gas Pump Is Joined by a Spike in Scooter Sales
Byline: CRISTIN WILSON With fill-ups costing anywhere from $50 to $70 as gas hovers around a painful $4 a gallon, many drivers are starting to think seriously about parking the car or truck. Philip Kleisler of Avondale says he thinks he's found...
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A Week Left for South Metro YMCA's Rock Climbing Camp
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The South Metro YMCA on Philips Highway starts its final week of Rock Climbing Camp for kids 6 to 12 Aug. 11. Children will learn rock-climbing skills, climbing games and techniques that help build their confidence. Three...
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Beach Shorts
NEW HIGH SCHOOL TOURS Ponte Vedra High School students will be able to tour their new school next month, when a registration week is scheduled. During the week of Monday, Aug. 11, students will be able to come to the school to pick up their schedule,...
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Black Vets Reflect on Desegregation; Racism Was in Civilian Life, but Opportunities in the Military Were Plenty
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Few are likely more grateful to Harry S. Truman for desegregating the military - 60 years ago today - than James Tippins. Tippins joined the Marine Corps in 1953 in search of solid job training and money for college. His...
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Blog-O-Mania
SPEED BUMPS Just wanted to clarify the posts on "speed bumps." ... These are being voted on by residents of Pine Chase, Pine Crossing and Whispering Pines. Residents of these subdivisions requested that a study be done by engineers for St. Johns...
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Callahan and Former Zoning Chief Will 'Go Their Separate Ways'; the City Decides Again to Drop Its Lawsuit against Bobbi Boone
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER CALLAHAN - The Town Council shut the door on the six-year-old Bobbi Boone case Monday night, voting a second time to drop a lawsuit against the former zoning and building administrator. Town Council members originally voted...
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Camden Wants in on Jacksonville Rail Study; Commuter Service a Possibility
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - Commuters making the daily drive from Camden County to Jacksonville may get off the highway in coming years. Bob Noble, director of the Camden County Joint Development Authority, said Friday he wants Camden...
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Candidates Say Where They Stand; Those Seeking Seat on the St. Johns Commission Attend a Forum
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Eight candidates seeking three seats on the St. Johns County Commission shared their opinions at a forum this week on how to fund fire services, long-range planning for the county's economic and population...
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Charter Issue Detractors Have Their Say; Mostly, These St. Johns Residents Wonder If There's Even Any Need for a Change
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PONTE VEDRA BEACH - After months of research, proposals and debate about St. Johns County adopting a charter form of government, some Ponte Vedra Community Association members said this week they're questioning the necessity...
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Clay Deputy Brings Native American Perspective - and Rattlesnake Pot Pie - to Job; Avid Hunter, Gunsmith and Outdoorsman Is Nominated for Award
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Clay County Sheriff's Office Deputy Kerry Redgate said his tranquil nature, derived from his Native American heritage, has helped him thrive in law enforcement. "I'm not an excitable person," said Redgate, of Cherokee and...
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Clay Schools Absorb Costly State Mandate
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The Clay County school district has proposed a 2008-09 property tax rate slightly higher than the previous because of a state-mandated increase. The proposed rate is $7.659 for every $1,000 of assessed value, compared...
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Crime Briefs
NEW HOME INVASION A building contractor reported to the Sheriff's Office that two homes it is building in the Durbin Crossing development were burglarized sometime between July 18 and 21. An official report of the incident states entry to the first...
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CSX Seats 2 Dissidents to Board; A Review of Votes and a Court Challenge Stall 2 Other Nominees
Byline: MARK BASCH CSX Corp. announced Friday that it will immediately seat two nominees of a dissident shareholder group to its board of directors. But two other candidates will have to wait. An independent auditor reported last week that four...
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Developers Seek Go-Ahead to Move Ahead on Projects
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - While home construction is dwindling, bulldozers are clearing the way for a 228-unit apartment complex on Shetter Avenue and two developers have proposed new hotels on First Street North and at the corner...
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Developer to Pay for, Fix Marshland; the McIntosh Site Will Be Restored and $40,000 Will Go to the DNR
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS A northern McIntosh County developer cited last year for bush-hogging marshes and filling wetlands has signed off on a final agreement to reverse the damage. Owners Anthony Silva and Joseph Soares of Waterfront Paradise...
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Different Maker
Byline: MAC MITCHELL Sheli Bagnardi is a stay-at-home mom who has found a way to give back to the community without giving up time with her family. Bagnardi is an artist specializing in murals and paints large set pieces for community productions...
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Dodgers See Some Progress; despite the Suns' Poor Record, the Assistant GM Likes What He's Seeing
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Mobile's John Hester sent a sharp grounder up the middle, where Suns second baseman Ivan DeJesus Jr. made a great backhand stop. With his momentum carrying him toward left field, DeJesus jumped and turned in midair, his throw...
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Dog Handler, 10, Prepares for 2009 Westminster Show
Byline: Brandis Jest Trace Mauldin got Jewli, an English springer spaniel, when she was 12 weeks old. Two years later, Trace, 10, and Jewli are preparing to embark on a journey from Jacksonville to the 2009 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in...
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Early Catch Is Tops; First-Day Leader Is a King Taken around 8 A.M
Byline: JIM SUTTON Someone once said there's a difference between being cocky and being convinced. Hang that one on the Jacksonville crew of Charter Lakes' 36-foot Invincible. Captain Chad Branch's crew caught the big fish on the first day...
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Ex-Union Boss Needs Judge's Ruling to Seek Office; He Must Be Declared Rehabilitated to Qualify for a Federal Exemption
Byline: ERIC BRADNER A former Jacksonville union boss will probably have to go through another hearing if he wants to again seek union office, a federal judge said Friday. George Spencer, the former president of International Longshoremen's Association...
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Final JU Dolphins Baseball Camp Coming Up Next Weekend
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The Jacksonville Dolphins finish the summerlong baseball camp schedule with an advanced four-day camp for youths ages 14 to 20 Aug. 1-3. The camp is three days but will split the different positions in half. Infielders...
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Fire Fee Canceled Due to Uproar
Byline: MAC MITCHELL St. Johns County residents were in an uproar early this week after receiving notices in the mail informing them how much the county's proposed fire fee would cost. On Tuesday, county commissioners voted unanimously to cease...
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Fire Service Fee Nixed by St. Johns County; Commissioners Change Their Minds about Imposing the Fee on Homeowners
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL In a surprise move, the St. Johns County Commission decided Tuesday to stop a plan that would have charged homeowners a fee for fire services. Four of the five commissioners had voted in favor of the fee in June, but changed...
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Giving Back; at 79, Eggers Still Takes Time for Volunteer Work He Is a Former Marine Artillery Sergeant Who Now Works at Polls
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER YULEE - John Eggers has received numerous awards during his life. He has signed letters of appreciation from President Bush and a photo album full of pictures with public officials. The former Marine Corps artillery sergeant...
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Green Cove Resident Meets the Pope
Byline: KELLY NGO Not many people can say they've met the pope. However, Green Cove Springs resident Masako Fukata can count herself in that group. Fukata attended an interreligious gathering with Pope Benedict XVI on April 17 as the representative...
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GUEST EDITORIALS; Prepare for Hurricane
From The (Charleston) Post and Courier on hurricane preparedness Population increases along South Carolina's coast increase the difficulty of hurricane evacuations. That's not merely because there will be more people needing to travel inland when...
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HARD TIMES; Lessons from the Great Depression It Taught Frugality and a Strong Work Ethic. and It Wasn't Anything like the Economic Situation Now
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER The price of a gallon of gas is steadily climbing, food prices are soaring and some say we're in an economic recession. But no matter how bad things may seem these days, it pales in comparison to what Willie Lowe Jr. endured...
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Her Teen Drinking Story: No Good, Just the Bad and the Ugly
Byline: BRAD GOLDBACH When her friend got behind the wheel drunk four years ago, the ensuing accident left Southside resident Ashley Cooper with painful memories and a lost friend. Cooper did not walk away from the scene at Bethune Beach. The...
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Home & Garden
SEMINAR TROT ON OUT TO EQUESTRIAN CENTER If you or your family members are considering purchasing an equine friend, you may want to check out the Horsin' Around seminar for youngsters and adults at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The course...
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Ice Cream Shop Owner Grew Up on Dairy Farm
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Hugh Stanley grew up on a dairy farm and since childhood dreamed of opening an ice cream store. His store, Joy Treats, will mark its grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, with a moon walk, free hot dogs,...
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Insurance Firm Moves to Bartram Springs
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Kemper, a Unitrin business that markets and sells automobile, homeowner's and other personal lines of property and casualty insurance, recently moved its corporate office from Belfort Road to Gran Bay Parkway in Bartram Springs....
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It's a Disappointing Summer for the Booze Crew
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The Tom and Betty's softball team "The Booze Crew" will soon be finished with the summer season, one that has not been too kind to the team, which is now 2-3. The Booze Crew has experienced several losses that should have...
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It's No Joke. False Distress Calls Cost All of Us
Byline: Bob Conklin For more than 200 years, the U.S. Coast Guard has responded to distress calls at sea as quickly as possible as if it were an actual call for help. But every once in a while, some of those calls are found to be false alarms, or...
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I've Been Waiting for This Day since springShy Wings
Byline: Beverly Fleming Swift wings and forked tails in a contrast of black and white glide soundlessly across the azure blue sky. I have been waiting for this day since spring migration. It has finally arrived. Each year, swallow-tailed kites...
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Jacksonville Players Win Series Title
Byline: Mark Boleky No matter what the circumstances, any baseball or softball World Series is a big deal. So winning it is an accomplishment few ever achieve. The Jacksonville Players 12-Under softball team is enjoying that sweet taste of victory...
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Jewish Community Alliance Plans a Busy August Schedule
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Fitness, film and the U.S. Navy Band are just some of the things coming in August to the Jewish Commu-nty Alliance at 8505 San Jose Blvd. There also will be back-to-school events to bring the summer to a close. The Navy...
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Jones Says He's 'Embarrassed'; the Jaguars Wideout Reports to Camp after His Felony Drug Arrest
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT As his teammates trickled into Jacksonville Municipal Stadium to report for training camp Friday, Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones expressed remorse about his recent felony cocaine arrest. "I'm embarrassed for Mr. and...
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Judicial Candidates' Forum Set Tuesday
The D.W. Perkins Bar Association and Jacksonville branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will have a candidate forum for the 4th Judicial Circuit posts to be decided in the Aug. 26 election. Mark Hulsey III and...
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Local Volunteers Bond with Athletes across the Country
Byline: ALEX AUSTIN Folks from Alaska to Carolina were feeling the St. Johns County love last week. And the lessons learned were life-changing for everyone involved. Two volunteer groups from St. Johns County worked with Athletes to Champions,...
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Mandarin Kids Get 'Wild about Quilting' This Summer
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Youngsters who participated in the All Star Quilter's Guild kids camp this summer were "Wild About Quilting," this year's theme, stitching their way to the quilting feast that takes place the third week in September at the...
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Mandarinsun.Jacksonville.Com
PET OF THE WEEK Name: ZoeOwner: Jim MessinkBreed: Boxer/yellow Labrador mixInfo: Zoe was rescued from the Mandarin Humane Society two years ago and now enjoys visiting Pet Supermarket every Saturday. Do you want to see your pet's picture here?...
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Man Fends off Attackers in Apartment
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 35-year-old man was lying in bed when he heard voices in his Arlington apartment at 3:25 a.m. July 19. When he went to his bedroom door, two men tried to barge inside. He put his weight against the door, shouted and asked...
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Marathon Swimmers Taking the Plunge Once Again
Byline: Brian Kosoy From ocean swimmers to Olympic soccer players, the Beaches have action to report from a wide array of athletes this week. Here are this week's top performers and events: - Swim time: The Meninak Club of Jacksonville will hold...
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Mayport Village Move May Be Hard to Sell
Byline: DREW DIXON MAYPORT - The suggestion of moving the entire Mayport village west to an island in the St. Johns River is drawing fire from some residents who say they want to stay put no matter what. "They don't plan on moving me, I'll put...
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Meet the Candidates -- Clerk of Court
This is the latest in a series of information packages on candidates in the upcoming primary and general election. The primary election is Aug. 26. Early voting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Aug. 11-23, at the following...
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Memory Loss in MCI Is Not Total
Byline: Bob Howat While selecting a topic this month, it became clear that I'd forgotten most of my recent thoughts and possibilities. Later, I recalled one area of interest dealing with mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, which originally had been...
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Morning Briefs
6 MORE WINGHOUSES ON TAP FOR JACKSONVILLE A Largo-based sports-themed restaurant chain has announced six more locations for Jacksonville by the end of the year. Ker's WingHouse Bar & Grill announced the plans this month as part of its first...
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Nassau 411
2 MEN ARRESTED Two Fernandina Beach men were arrested July 18 in a July 16 burglary at the Florida Public Utilities building on Lime Street. Timothy McEldowney, 20, and Gregory Shields, 26, face multiple charges, including seven counts of burglary...
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New Miss FSU Puts School Pride First, and It Shows
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY The spotlight seems to favor Claire Martin, and she's not one to shy away. This time, it's lighting her up with garnet and gold, Florida State University's colors. A senior filled with Seminole spirit, Martin, 22, a...
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NEW PUMPING STATION WILL RELIEVE SAN MARCO FLOODS; the New System Will Mean Ronald McDonald House Won't Be Cut Off
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND As a steady drizzle fell under lead-gray clouds, Mayor John Peyton said he couldn't have wished for better weather. After all, Peyton was celebrating the completion of a new pumping station expected to stem recurring...
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Novice Kayakers Get Closer to Nature - and Exercise, Too
Byline: Bob Buehn Kayaking continues to grow as a sport, and it's a healthy, quiet and inexpensive way to enjoy Clay County waterways. The recent experience of three friends illustrates how easy it is to start kayaking. Carol Gay of Fleming...
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OPINION NUGGETS; Positives on Energy
Looking for a silver lining in the current energy crisis? One advantage in the nation's wasteful habits is that there is plenty of room to conserve. And the incentive in the current high energy prices is powerful. JEA's recent move to pass along...
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Our Goal Should Be to Keep Nassau Public Schools on Upward Track
Byline: Janet Adkins The recent proposed reductions in the School Board budget have raised a number of questions and concerns among parents, school employees and taxpayers. As a member of the School Board, I have found it helpful to do some research...
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Peyton Yearns for the Return of 'Super' Spirit; Jacksonville Can Attack Its Problems with Super Bowl XXXIX-Like Zeal, the Mayor Said
Byline: DAVID HUNT It was three years, and more than 400 homicides, ago. An energetic, even rejuvenating, time. Jacksonville, if for just a weekend, was not the land of bridge tolls, paper mill stink and other age-old trash-talk. Downtown...
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Police Briefs; Teenagers Charged in Holdup Using BB Gun
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - Two teenage boys were arrested and charged with armed robbery in a holdup with a BB gun about 9:45 p.m. Monday at the Wachovia Bank automatic teller...
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Police Briefs; Woman, 53, Beaten Up in Robbery; Man, 74, Carjacked at Gunpoint
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 53-year-old Southside woman was treated at St. Luke's Hospital after being hit in the face five times during a robbery at 10:20 p.m. July 19. Police found her with her face and shirt covered in blood sitting next to the...
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Police Chief Backed for Assistant Manager; Atlantic Beach's Jim Hanson Wants David Thompson to Be His No. 2
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - The city's top cop could soon become one of its top administrators. City Manager Jim Hanson is recommending in the proposed 2008-09 budget moving Police Chief David Thompson into a new assistant city manager...
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Police News; Man Arrested for Aggravated Battery
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A 71-year-old woman was shoved and harassed late Monday during an argument that ended with the ground around her home in the 8900 block of San Rae Road doused with gasoline but not set ablaze. Now a 49-year-old man has been...
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Precious Cargo's Focus Is Children in Hot Cars
Byline: BRAD GOLDBACH Karen Bowling pulled a lipstick tube out of a car, along with a thermometer. Both had been sitting in the vehicle just 11 minutes. During that time, the temperature rose from 99 to 120 degrees. When Bowling, CEO of Solantic,...
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Rash of Shootings Has Police Fatigued; HOME INVASION an Officer Fires on Suspect When He's Pinned by a Fleeing Vehicle DEADLY SUMMER City Has Had 10 Homicides over the Past Eight Days
Byline: MATT COLEMAN and JEFF BRUMLEY Chief Rick Graham of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has had enough. During a news conference Friday afternoon detailing the events behind the second police shooting in a week, he said he has been speaking...
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Riding Horses Back in the Day Was a Good Treat for Children
Byline: Dorothy Fletcher Most Americans of a certain age can remember falling in love with horses. How could we not, when Westerns dominated TV programming of the '50s and '60s? There was Roy Rogers' Trigger and the Lone Ranger's Silver. Images...
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San Mateo All-Stars Finishing Their Season with Big Games
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The San Mateo Little League All-Stars recently won the District 11 tournament in St. Augustine and the Section 3 tournament in Merritt Island. They were to compete in the State Championship Friday at the South Orange Youth...
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SAVVY SOLUTIONS; Shoppers Shun Retail for Resale Many Consumers Are Heading to Thrift Stores First to Save Big Bucks When Money Gets Tight
Byline: STEPHANIE WANG Millie Haynes is on the prowl. Pushing a loaded shopping cart down the aisles of a Goodwill store in Jacksonville, her sharp eyes search for a bargain. "You should never, ever come to a Goodwill store with a purpose...
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SEC FOOTBALL MEDIA DAYS NOTEBOOK; Auburn's Marks: UF Meant 'Good Win' for Tigers
Byline: MIKE McCALL HOOVER, Ala. - Unless the Southeastern Conference media predictions are correct, and Florida and Auburn meet for the league's football title this December, the teams won't see each other this season. The Tigers defeated the...
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Second Entrance Open to Four Creeks Forest
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER CALLAHAN - A second entrance to the largest state forest in Nassau County opened last week, providing access to more than 8,000 acres of forest via a south entrance on Pacetti Road. The north entrance off Florida A1A four...
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Sheriff: Man Likely Died before Standoff; Authorities Suspect He Shot Himself after His Wife and Daughter Fled
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI A Brantley County man facing charges for choking his wife may have taken his own life before sheriff's deputies arrived Thursday. Authorities surrounded the home for much of the day before finding the man dead inside....
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Shirts, Boards, Vans Sign in Haul from Boards City; the Shop's Report Card Raffle Rewards Skaters' Good Grades
Byline: Lucas Milano The recent Board City annual report card raffle was a hit! With Isak Spoor and Lance Katz as emcees, I think everybody had a good time. I'm pretty sure everybody won something, but as Isak said, "The better your grades, the...
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Soil and Thrips Can Carry Diseases That Kill Impatiens
Byline: TOM BRUTON Every year my mother and I plant impatiens, and every year they wilt and die. One day they'll be just fine, and the next day they're wilted. I water them every day, and most of my yard is in the shade. Can you help me? Impatiens...
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Some Fishermen Have Reported Struggling Lately
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson Anglers are giving mixed reviews on fishing. Some are reporting excellent trips and others are struggling to make a catch. Whether you are catching or not, you had better get out on the water early because of the afternoon...
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Southside Notebook; Special Safety Fair Coming to the Avenues
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND The Sheriff's Advisory Council will stage its 11th annual Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at The Avenues mall, 10300 Southside Blvd. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Community Traffic Safety...
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Spurrier Knows Change Is Needed; after a Bad 2007 Finish, He Calls for a Fresh Start at South Carolina
Byline: MIKE McCALL HOOVER, Ala. - At last year's Southeastern Conference Football Media Days, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said his team finally had enough talent to compete for the league title. Midway through the season, it looked like...
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St. Augustine's Historical Sites Older Than United States
It wasn't hard to imagine all those blue-clad Spanish soldiers hunting wild pigs in the marsh, or fishing off the banks of the Matanzas River. I felt sorry for them, foraging for their dinner in red-ribboned tricorn hats and hot wool uniforms while...
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Stewart, Conkey Complete Certification
Clay County commissioners Douglas Conkey and Chereese Stewart have received Certified County Commissioner designation following their completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the Florida Association of Counties. Conkey and Stewart...
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St. Johns Briefs
BICYCLE CLUB The new roads constructed in Durbin Crossing are favorites of local cyclists who have created the "Tour de Durbin" as one of their weekly rides. The Tour de Durbin starts at Veterans Park and encompasses 28 or 47 miles, whichever the...
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Student Drivers Learn Why They Should Stay out of the 'No-Zone'
Byline: DAN SCANLAN It looked like all the right ingredients for an accident: a UPS Freight truck with a pickup on its right, a car on its left and another behind it. But this static gathering of usually moving metal at Mandarin High School's...
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This Time, Badwater Beats Man Who Made It a Race
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Badwater 2, Jay Birmingham 2. That's the lifetime score as it now stands between one of the world's most grueling ultramarathons and one of the men most responsible for its creation. In his fourth assault on the torturous...
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Traffic Deaths Are Down in Area, but Rise Close to Home
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Traffic deaths in Mandarin and on the Southside are up from last year as of mid-year, despite the fact that overall city and regional fatalities decreased in the same period. A police review of the Mandarin and Southside fatalities...
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Traffic Deaths Decrease Regionally but Rise Close to Home
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Traffic deaths in Mandarin and on the Southside are up from last year as of mid-year, despite the fact that overall city and regional fatalities decreased in the same period. A police review of the Mandarin and Southside fatalities...
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Training, Not Hiring, Is Solution
Why does Jacksonville need so many more officers? Why not just train the ones they have, especially those in the Northwest Quadrant. This is where a lot of the problems are happening, including the children and other innocent bystanders being killed....
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T-U 2
2 CENTS Latrell Sprewell had a family to feed. And Devin Hester apparently would be too ashamed to leave his house. Hester, the Chicago Bears' dynamic kick returner, wants a raise. He's in the third year of the four-year contract he signed...
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Want to Keep Your Car Running? Regular Checkups Are Way to Go
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Regular checkups can add life to your car and keep a little extra cash in your wallet. Routine maintenance on the life of a vehicle is very important in itself, but add summer weather to the equation and car owners who...
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Ware Seeks End Game to Fly Ash Deal; County Commissioners Plan to Ask Company for Buyout Figure
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS Ware County commissioners will examine the cost of buying out a contract to lease the county landfill to a company that wants to bury fly ash there. Opponents who demanded the county get out of the deal that would allow...
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Watch Out: The Parking Posse Is after Illegal Parkers
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Parking next to the front door of a supermarket: priceless access to the store. Parking illegally in that handicapped spot: a $250 ticket. Since June 7, 55 volunteers trained by the city have scoured parking lots and streets,...
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Welcome Center Could Be in for Another Design Change
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER FERNANDINA BEACH - The City Commission may change the design of the marine welcome center for the sixth time in two years. Approval of a new design was delayed July 15 after resident Lynn Williams questioned the requirements...
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When Manatees Gather, Watch but Keep Your Distance
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The water was languid on a recent afternoon as Joy Lordahl and friend Josie Fisher exercised their dogs along the boardwalk at Walter Jones Historic Park. They noticed people staring between moss-draped cypress trees at wet...
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Woman at Fish Camp Is Homicide Victim
Jacksonville police on Friday identified Macclenny resident Trudy Taylor Sarman as the woman whose body was found the day before by construction workers at a Heckscher Drive fish camp. Sarman, of the 5000 block of Farm Lane, was the victim of homicide,...
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Women's Club Celebrates Independence Day at Luncheon
Byline: Rhonda Reese The River City Women's Club celebrated a belated Independence Day while gearing up for the Olympic Games during their July 17 luncheon held at the Mandarin Ramada Inn. Mandarin residents Rita Dower, the club's first vice president,...
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Youth Activities
CREEKSIDE BOOSTER CLUB The Creekside Knights Athletics Booster Club is looking for donations of a few items. The opening of a new high school brings many challenges. As the first day of school rapidly approaches, the club realizes that a few items...
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You've Got to Stay 'Mow-Tivated'; Keeping Your Grass in Good Shape a Constant Battle This Time of Year
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE You know summer has arrived when the once-a-week mowing doesn't keep up with the grass. Frequent rains and hot weather are what our warm season grasses thrive on. Mowing is one of the most important keys to creating...
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