The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 8, 2006

2 Putnam Democrats Take Commission Seats; Chip Laibl and Ed Taylor Had Focused on Growth Issues Affecting the Rural County
Byline: DANA TREEN Putnam County voters chose two new commissioners after incumbents did not run again for the four-year terms. With all 55 precincts counted, Democrats Chip Laibl and Ed Taylor soundly won their first elected posts by defeating...
Accord Sought in Nursing Home Suit; St. Marys Hospital Authority Accepts Offer to Resolve Clash with City Council
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - The St. Marys Hospital Authority accepted an offer Monday night to try to resolve a pending lawsuit which could force them to disband and give the St. Marys City Council control of $1.5 million from the sale of...
A County Judge Upholds Orange Park's Sign Code
Byline: MARY MARAGHY A Clay County judge ruled Orange Park's sign code is reasonable, constitutional and promotes traffic safety and community aesthetics. "It's great to have that kind of support from a judge," said Town Manager John Bowles,...
A Family Affair
Peggy Gehm, 70, has been a poll worker in Duval County for 38 years. Along the way, she made it a family affair. Tuesday morning, Gehm, her husband Bill, daughter Laura LeFevre, and granddaughter Ashley LeFevre gathered before 6 a.m. at Arlington...
AFFORDABLE HOUSING; Apartment Preservation
It's a relief that apartment-to-condominium conversions have slowed, but the damage has been done. In only six years, Northeast Florida lost 11,604 apartment units to conversion, according to the Real Estate Strategy Center of North Florida. ...
After Voting, a Long Wait for Results; Voters Reported Few Problems Casting Their Ballots in Duval
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA Duval County voters were able to cast their ballots with few reported problems Tuesday, but they had to wait a long while for results. Voting elsewhere in Northeast Florida went off with no major glitches. But much...
All aboard for a Bride's Last Hurrah
Byline: Laura Capitano Ten blondes and a brunette sat hitching up their striped tube socks, washing down shrimp cocktails with whiskey and 7-Up. No, the Northwestern University women's lacrosse team wasn't back at the White House, this time in...
A.M.Stir
SEPARATED AT BIRTH? Who's an actor, who's a football player? Were Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich and noted actor Forest Whitaker separated at birth? You be the judge but according to Wikipedia, they have a couple of things in common besides...
A Pair of GOP Newcomers Will Be Joining the County Commission
Byline: MATT GALNOR There will be two new faces but still all Republicans on the Nassau County Commission. Mike Boyle, handily beat Democrat Phil Scanlan for the District 2 seat representing Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island, winning by about...
Arlington Notebook; Toyota Employees Spruce Up Tree Hill
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Southeast Toyota Distributors celebrated National Public Lands Day on Oct. 21 by sprucing up Arlington's Tree Hill Nature Center at 7512 Lone Star Road. Employees cleaned streams and enhanced landscaping at the 50-acre preserve,...
Augusta, State Look into Ride Injury; A District Attorney and GBI Agents Investigate in Wilmington, N.C
Byline: ADAM FOLK AUGUSTA - District Attorney Danny Craig and agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation traveled to Wilmington, N.C., this week after new questions were raised about an amusement ride that injured a 13-year-old Augusta girl....
Author of 'Freedom Riders' to Speak; Writer Met Wife at Fernandina Beach High. Daughter Named Amelia
Byline: COREY KONDAS FERNANDINA BEACH - A 1965 graduate of Fernandina Beach High School, author Raymond Arsenault spent eight years interviewing more than 200 Freedom Riders who helped desegregate interstate travel throughout the Deep South. ...
Barber Had Unique View of Presidents; Ponte Vedra Man Treasures His Father's Collection of White House Memorabilia
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY When Stephen Martini was a little boy, he was introduced to President Eisenhower. When he was a teen, he met President Kennedy. As a young adult, his family befriended President Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird. After...
Beach Shorts; LIKE A MOVIE SET
Veterans Day closings City Halls and other government offices at the Beaches will be closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day. Garbage collection in the three Beaches cities and Ponte Vedra Beach will not be affected. The Beaches branch...
Breaking It Down with Barnes
Watch out, Jaguars offensive lineman Khalif Barnes just might karate chop you if you upset him. Just kidding. But in all seriousness, Barnes does hold a first-degree black belt in tae kwon do. Barnes sat down with Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright...
Cagle Leads Lieutenant Governor Race
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - Republicans appeared poised to take another key step in their drive to control state politics as Sen. Casey Cagle, R-Oakwood, took a commanding lead over former Human Resources Commissioner Jim Martin in the race...
Camerabug Has Memories on Film; Seeing Her Photo on the National News Brings Back Her Years in Washington
Byline: ANNE SPONHOLTZ When longtime friends and Keystone Heights residents Jane Driscoll and Harriet "Hap" Flowers were watching NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams last month, they were saddened to hear about the death of Father Knows Best star...
CD Reviews
DJ JAZZY JEFF 'HIP HOP FOREVER III' Rapster, ***1/2 (3 1/2) stars On his second mix CD for the Rapster label, Jeff Townes, as usual, shines by pointing the spotlight at others. On Hip Hop Forever III, a follow-up to 2004's HHF II, Will Smith's...
Cecil Field Referendum Rejected; Mayor Says Private Development Will Proceed Unabated at Center
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Opponents of the hotly debated referendum to return Cecil Field to the Navy celebrated Tuesday night as incomplete election results showed the measure being shot down by Duval County voters. Guarded enthusiasm at 9:30 p.m....
Celebrating the Generations; Grandparents Spend Day at San Jose Episcopal
Byline: RHONDA REESE Students' grandparents and special friends took advantage of a recent opportunity at San Jose Episcopal Day School to travel the halls with children, sit in on some of their classes and chapel services, dine with their loved...
College Extra
NUMBERS GAME 27*****TDs thrown by Texas freshman quarterback Colt McCoy, a school record. 62*****Years since Wake Forest had an 8-1 record. 131-20*****Combined margin of victory by Hawaii in its past two games (68-10 over Idaho and 63-10 over...
COLLEGE SMACKDOWN; Same Story, but Gators Win Again
Byline: Eric Corbett The Gators never seem to make it look easy, but they pulled out another victory this week over an outmanned Vanderbilt team to run their record to 8-1 and win the SEC Eastern Division. The win and West Virginia's loss inched...
COLLEGE SMACKDOWN; So Many Share Blame for Losing
Byline: Trey Dennard Writing this after a 24-20 loss to Kentucky feels almost like writing an obituary. The Dawgs traveled to Lexington to take on the Wildcats on yet another perfect autumn day - crisp and clear. Once again the Dawgs are not televised,...
COLLEGE SMACKDOWN; X Marks the Spot for Seminoles
Byline: W.D. Rodeffer The X-man cometh, the X-factor, Seminole to the power of X. Xavier Lee. Where has this guy been? On the bench? Why, you might ask. I have no clue either. Patiently, he waited. Bad attitude you might think, asked to transfer,...
Community Notebook; JEA Begins Work in Riverside Area
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND JEA is to begin work this week on a project to upgrade sewer pipelines on parts of Riverside and St. Johns avenues, Herschel Street and the cross streets within a 4-mile area. The project is expected to be completed by...
Community Notebook; Rotarys Seek Students for Overseas
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization has a full slate of meetings this month at its Southside office at 1022 Prudential Drive. The Board meets at 10 a.m. Thursday. Its Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee meets...
Condemned House Now Has until Jan. 15; Callahan Has Moved to Demolish a Home That Officials Say Is in Violation of Code
Byline: KEVIN TURNER CALLAHAN - Rickey Darby's small blue house on the corner of Page Street and Martin Luther King Avenue in Callahan is surrounded by debris, bicycle parts and 13 lawn mowers in various states of disrepair. Upon closer inspection,...
Conkey, Stewart Win Commission Races; At-Large Plan Passes; the Republican Candidates Easily Won in a Heavily GOP County. Voters Also Approved Two Other Proposals
Byline: ANNE MARIE APOLLO Republican Doug Conkey didn't have to live through any nail-biters this election season. After defeating Ronnie Coleman in the September primary, the 44-year-old real estate agent and retired Navy pilot had no problem...
Crenshaw, Brown, Mica and Stearns All Keep Seats
Byline: MATT GALNOR There will be no changes in Northeast Florida's congressional delegation. Three incumbent Republicans won handily Tuesday, and Democrat Corrine Brown was unopposed in her re-election bid. Republicans Ander Crenshaw of Jacksonville,...
Crist Claims Governor's Office; His Victory Sustains a Republican Grip on the State's Top Position
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING and CHARLIE PATTON ST. PETERSBURG - Affable, unflappable Charlie Crist swept into the governor's office Tuesday, using a $40 million campaign to defy the national trend toward Democrats and succeed Jeb Bush to keep the...
Does Anyone Want a Free, Cute, Cuddly Kitten Who Likes Sardines?
Byline: Anne Sponholtz I am boiling mad at someone, but don't know who it is. If I did I would give them a piece of my mind. It seems that some individual or individuals - likely in the dead of night - dropped off an unwanted kitten in our neighborhood....
E-Mail Leads to Demand for an Apology; Overby Asks Jacksonville Beach Council to Say Sorry
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - A citizen activist asked a City Council member to apologize Monday for an e-mail that he said tramples on his right to free speech and shows disrespect for concerns he raised about a new Home Depot's...
Fitzgerald's Official Misconduct Charge Reinstated
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL The lone felony charge against former County Commissioner Christy Fitzgerald has been refiled, and when it will be tried has yet to be determined. The official misconduct accusation was dropped in October, when Judge Richard...
Fleming Theaters Could Open in a Year
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Back by popular demand: a movie theater for Fleming Island. And the third time was a charm for developer John O'Connor, whose request for the movieplex was approved by county commissioners on Oct. 24. O'Connor's plan did...
Gala Will Raise Funds for Heroes; Parents Are Working to Build Monuments for Soldiers Lost in the Iraq War
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND They know the pain of losing a child. They also know the pride of having their child die in service to their country. Now they want to recognize that sacrifice by erecting monuments at the Jacksonville-area high schools...
GATEWAY to the GREEN; the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa Now Controls 85 Percent of Tee Times at TPC Sawgrass. That's Something the New Owners Will Lean on as They Market the Renovated Resort
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD Ever dream of playing where the pros play? Golf enthusiasts who follow The Players Championship can make that dream a reality in Ponte Vedra Beach. But they probably should stay at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa....
GIVE 'EM A HAND; College Football Fans Aren't Shy When It Comes to Expressing Affection for Their Favorite Team, and Few Expressions of Such Love (or Hate) Are as Recognizable as Hand Signals
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER GIVE 'EM A HAND College football fans aren't shy when it comes to expressing affection for their favorite team, and few expressions of such love (or hate) are as recognizable as hand signals. From Florida State's chop,...
Grant to Be Used in Teen Premarital Counseling; Project SOS Will Receive $2.3 Million from the Federal Government
Byline: JOHN CARTER A nonprofit health education organization in Jacksonville will get a $2.3 million federal grant to create teen education outreach programs in Northeast Florida. The grant will also allow Project SOS to create a premarital...
Grant Volunteers in Agencies That Provide Help for Children
Byline: MARY HURST O'NEIL - Eugene Grant volunteers on boards of directors of various agencies in the county, agencies that mainly benefit children. "I like to participate in things that benefit boys and girls. It's all about them, not about...
Group Seeking Improvements to Baker Act; State Officials Are Examining Treatment of the Mentally Ill
Byline: KEN LEWIS The 20-year-old Jacksonville woman swallowed a handful of Tylenol then announced she wanted to die. Jacksonville police responded, transporting her to Shands Jacksonville hospital under the Baker Act. While police handle this...
Ham Jam Attendance Was Lean; Barbecue Fat
Byline: PATTI LEVINE-BROWN Whether it was entertainment, arts and crafts, rides or good food that brought patrons to the 19th annual First Coast Ham Jam, the event that began in Clay County was back in the area for the second year and a lot of people...
He Wanted to Live and Die Serving His Country; the Middleburg Soldier Was Killed Nov. 1 in Iraq
Byline: ANNE MARIE APOLLO For most young men, the question would have been rhetorical. For Army Pfc. Kevin Ellenburg, it was a given. Tucked between his desire to someday be a sports trainer and a fervent hope to be home in Florida with his...
Horseback Riding at Guana under Study; Concerns Raised about What Effects More Activity Will Have on the Environment
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL State environmental officials confirmed that they won't approve any equestrian plans at the Guana Reserve that would harm the dunes, but they do want to extend a year-long horseback riding program to test what effects, if...
Hudson Far Ahead with Most Precincts Reporting
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Dawn Hudson, a 32-year-old assistant state attorney, held a healthy lead over Virginia Norton, an assistant general counsel for Jacksonville, in their bid to win the Duval County Court Judge Group 17 seat, according to unofficial...
Incumbent Fields Subdues Challenge for District 14 Seat; the Democrat Rolls Up a Healthy Margin over Republican Donald Foy
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Terry Fields held a decisive lead in his re-election bid to the state House of Representatives District 14 seat, according to unofficial election results. Fields, the Democratic incumbent, was leading Donald Foy, a Republican,...
Indians Turn Their Attention to State Playoffs; Keystone Heights Pounds Hawthorne, Now Must Get Ready for South Sumter
Byline: KEN PLATO With his team's ninth victory barely in the books, Keystone Heights coach Chuck Dickinson was already thinking about the challenge ahead in his initial playoff game Friday with the South Sumter Raiders. Dickinson had just congratulated...
Jacksonville Journal
STOCKTON STREET I-95 OFFRAMP CLOSING TONIGHT A new southbound offramp from Interstate 95 to Forest Street opened Tuesday and an offramp from I-95 to Stockton Street is scheduled to close tonight. The changes are part of an Interstate 10/I-95...
Junior High Tries to Put Bullies out of Business; Lakeside Sets Up a System for Students to Report Them
Byline: MARY MARAGHY At Lakeside Junior High, officials are trying to empower students and abolish a belief that bullying is normal kid stuff. In addition to physical aggression, bullying is defined as any behavior intended to harm another person...
Lee on Camden Board; District 4 Goes to Runoff
Byline: GORDON JACKSON WOODBINE - A winner was declared in one Camden County school board race, while another one won't be determined until a runoff is held in December. Randy Lee narrowly defeated Jim Kennedy in District 2, which spans much...
Mandarin Park Boat Ramp Is Upgraded; Floating Docks Are in Place and a Fence Is Nearly Finished after Boater Complaints
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Three new floating docks have been added to the 5-month-old city boat ramp at Mandarin Park to give waiting boaters more room to load and unload. As promised, a decorative $15,000 metal fence to separate the busy ramp from...
Merrett Takes Lead as New Judge in the 4th Circuit
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Voters in Clay, Duval and Nassau counties were on their way to choosing John Merrett as a new judge of the 4th Judicial Circuit. Voters in the 7th Judicial Circuit, which covers Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia...
Miami QB Wright Might Miss Game
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER Miami fans won't be able to blame quarterback Kyle Wright should the Hurricanes lose to No. 23 Maryland Saturday night. According to the Associated Press, the junior has small fracture on the inside of his right thumb...
Morning Briefs
WEBSITE PROS SEES REVENUE CLIMB Third-quarter revenue for Jacksonville-based Website Pros Inc. jumped 19 percent over a year ago, although the increase was not as much as the company had expected. The increase in revenue to $12 million helped...
Moving Drama 'Cavedweller' Is a Journey into a Family's Struggle
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Death changes everything. That's how Dorothy Allison started her novel Cavedweller, which has been adapted for stage by Kate Moira Ryan and is showing at the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre. Directed by ABET Artistic...
Nease, BK Making History; Two of Final Four Schools Vying for 4A Title Are from Jacksonville Area
Byline: ZACHARY SPAIN During today's Class 4A state volleyball semifinals in Lakeland, Bishop Kenny and Nease will seem a lot closer than the 20 miles that separate their campuses. In Lakeland, their team hotels are across the street from each...
Nease Fined, Put on Probation; FHSAA Says Football Player Received Improper Benefits; Team Still Qualifies for Playoffs
Byline: CHASE GOODBREAD The Nease High football program was placed on restrictive probation for six years by the Florida High School Athletic Association and fined an association-record $20,000 for violations of its special inducements policy. ...
Nelson Easily Wins Re-Election, Defeating Challenger Harris; the Senator Says He Sees the Election as a Mandate on Ending Partisanship and Solving the Iraq War
Byline: BETH KORMANIK ORLANDO - U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson did not have to wait long to learn he won re-election, soundly defeating his Republican challenger, Katherine Harris. News outlets called the race just past 8 p.m., or one hour after polls...
Neptune Beach OKs Support for Ferry; the Community Is the First of the Three at the Beaches to Do So for the Money-Loser
Byline: DREW DIXON NEPTUNE BEACH - Without promising money from the city's coffers, the City Council Monday made Neptune Beach the first Beaches municipality to officially support the Mayport ferry. The council unanimously approved a resolution...
Newcomer Heads for Glynn School Board; Jones Takes Narrow Lead, While Holmes Almost Certain to Keep Her Seat
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - A political newcomer had a narrow lead on the road to victory, while an incumbent appeared assured of re-election as voters decided two races Tuesday for the Glynn County Board of Education. Frances "Fran"...
New School Expects Big Things; Zarephath Biblical School Has Opened for Students Facing Special Challenges
Byline: JOHN CARTER A new school on the Eastside held a fall festival last week - partly to commemorate the season, but mostly to celebrate a new journey the staff and student body of about 100 have just begun. "We're a small school with small...
New System Could Even out Houses; Developer Says New Method Would Preserve Dips, Dunes
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL A developer in South Ponte Vedra Beach is testing out a new way to measure the height of homes that's intended to protect the natural dips and rises of dunes in the development. Most developers are required to measure the...
Noah Receives AP Honor; Florida's Junior Center Named to Preseason All-America Team
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Florida center Joakim Noah was a relative unknown at this time last season. Now he's regarded as one of the best players in the country. Noah, who was named the Final Four's most outstanding player after helping lead the...
No Need to Worry, '72 Dolphins
Byline: Vito Stellino The 1972 Miami Dolphins can put the champagne on ice. They should be drinking it at some point again this year. The members of the only undefeated team in NFL history -- the NFL doesn't count the records of the unbeaten...
Nora Roberts Quite Familiar with the No. 1 Spot; Prolific Best-Selling Novelist Will Talk about Women Who Win Thursday at UNF
Byline: RACHEL DAVIS Best-selling romance novelist Nora Roberts is taking a break from her furious writing pace for a couple of days to speak at the University of North Florida. The topic: women who win. It's a topic she knows something about....
Old Racer to Have a Second Life; the 1920s Car Will Be Restored in Time for March's Concours d'Elegance
Byline: DAN SCANLAN It spent its youth in the Roaring '20s, chewing up the sands of Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra beaches as it sought victory on wings of wire, rubber and steel. Then Joseph B. Moyers sold the red No. 88 Simplex Piston Ring Special...
OL Rissler to Play on Saturday
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- Florida received a huge scare last weekend when senior center Steve Rissler went down with an apparent knee injury early in the first quarter of the Gators' 25-19 victory over host Vanderbilt. Rissler, who...
Paving of County 121 Settled; the County and Douglas Asphalt Co. Reach an Agreement; Work Is Scheduled to Start by Dec. 4
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Nassau County and Douglas Asphalt Co. officials have hammered out an agreement to split the $2.7 million cost to repair faulty asphalt on 20 miles of County Road 121. The new contract became effective Oct. 30 and work on...
People
Academic -- Rewa Choudhary's award-winning entry in the 2006 Governor's Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest has earned her a four-year university tuition and local fee scholarship from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Choudhary is a...
Police Briefs; Man on Back Porch Shot in Robbery Try
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A 44-year-old man was shot in the neck Nov. 1 while on his back porch talking to a friend on the telephone. Police said the victim was sitting on the back porch at an apartment complex at 9855 Regency Square Blvd. at noon...
Police Briefs; Pot Buyer Tells Police He Was Robbed
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A 19-year-old victim said he and a friend were robbed when he went to an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Hodges Boulevard on Oct. 31 to buy marijuana. Police said the victim and an 18-year-old friend were in their car...
Police Briefs; Visitor Accepts a Ride, Then He's Punched and Robbed
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police departments: JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- An Anchorage, Alaska, man told police Saturday that he was robbed at knifepoint by someone who was giving him a ride to his hotel. ...
Precious Objects to Look at and Buy
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Unique works of holiday art will not only highlight an exhibit opening Friday at the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach, they'll also be for sale. The Precious Objects exhibition will feature diverse artworks from artists...
Raiders Put Their Trust in Sumlar; Orange Park Holds on to Top Fleming Island; Raiders Now Headed to a Bowl Game
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Facing fourth-and-four at the 50 and leading by seven with 3:18 to play, most teams would be happy to punt their opponents into a hole and challenge them to travel the length of the field to try to tie the game. Most teams wouldn't...
Referendum Madness Carries Day
Byline: Mark Woods Phew. It's safe to answer the phones, open the mailbox and turn on the television. Commercial breaks can once again be used as intended. To sell us beer, cars and iPods. We have a new governor. We have the same senator....
Residents Resist Proposals to Close Schools, Bus; More Meetings Are Planned. the Board Could Vote as Early as Nov. 21
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY One after another, people of all ages and backgrounds, some nervous, some tearful, others downright angry, strode to the podium. Most begged. A few demanded. But all of them had the same message for the Clay County...
Sanchez, Manuel Sweep to St. Johns County Wins
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN After a big upset win in the Republican Party primary, perennial St. Johns County Commission candidate Ron Sanchez won a wide victory Tuesday over Democratic nominee Ken Bryan. Sanchez, 63, won the Republican Party nomination...
San Marco Work Eating Up Parking; but the City Promises Relief by Friday, Nov. 17
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The parking spaces disappeared from the middle of San Marco Square just after Labor Day, as did the three medians they were part of. Torn up as part of a city project to improve the look of the square and Atlantic Boulevard...
School Board, JEA Agree on Proposal; the Deal Settles a Problem on Developing Southbank Property
Byline: TIA MITCHELL After a year of negotiating, the Duval County School Board has struck a deal with JEA that will pave the way for new development of the utility's old Southside Generating Station. The deal allows JEA to extend Prudential...
School Zone
Clay County's annual College/Career Night will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. today in the Clay High cafetorium. The event is for all Clay County students, their parents and others interested in exploring post-secondary planning and career awareness. More...
Seminoles Show off Talent in Exhibition; Senior Thornton Gets Plenty of Support from FSU's Solid Backcourt
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- Coupling improved defensive intensity with a balanced scoring attack, Florida State finished its two-game exhibition schedule by routing Division II Nova Southeastern 96-66 on Tuesday night at the Donald L. Tucker...
Seniors Can Show Youths How to Live
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee Louis Dinah, the legendary community leader of New Town and College Gardens, once told me about a time when people in that area saw the future in Edward Waters College. Told me about how they'd bring baskets of barbecue...
Slain Man's Relative Blames Teen Who Pulled Gun before; Sister-in-Law Expresses Her Anger over Death at Moncrief Road Complex
Byline: KEN LEWIS Blue lights and anger flashed in Kenya Artis' eyes Tuesday night as Jacksonville police searched for her brother-in-law's killer. She said he was shot three times, once in the head, at Palm Terrace Apartments about 5:45 p.m....
Some Voters Glad about Confirmation; Others Trust Machines; Voters in Woodbine Checked a Printout before Casting Ballots
Byline: GORDON JACKSON WOODBINE - Voters in Woodbine had mixed reactions - mostly positive - to experimental voting machines used in Tuesday's elections. The machines are identical to others used throughout the state with one exception. Voters...
Springfield Rededicates Klutho Fountain and Its Art
Byline: JOHN CARTER The Springfield community recently held a rededication ceremony for a nearly century-old fountain that was restored and reassembled at Klutho Park. The event was attended by dozens of dignitaries, including city officials...
St. Augustine Voters Keep Familiar Faces on City Commission, Elect Boles as Mayor; Voters Also Approve a Referendum Designating One Commission Seat as the Mayor's, with a Two-Year Term
Byline: DANA TREEN St. Augustine voters kept the same faces on the city's five-member commission, but shuffled which seats the two winners will occupy. One of the winners was also headed to the mayor's seat. Voters also decided to untangle...
St. Johns Country Day Honors Seniors and Wins; Fans Also Got a Good Look at Upcoming Underclassmen and Their Playing Style
Byline: PAUL IVICE The St. Johns Country Day Spartans put the crown on what can only be described as a successful inaugural football season with a 76-12 drubbing Friday night of Mandarin Christian. The Spartans were celebrating Senior Night,...
Student Writers, Poets Have a Forum at Fleming Island
Byline: MARY MARAGHY The finger-snapping beatnik generation lives on, daddy-o, at Fleming Island High School, home of the Golden Quill literary magazine and an annual poetry coffee house. Jason Merritt - Quill sponsor, published poet and FIHS's...
Surfer Won't Let Her Injuries Keep Her from Waves; Spur-of-the-Moment Motorcycle Ride Leads to Accident and Paralysis
Byline: DREW DIXON JACKSONVILLE BEACH - Melissa Humber still goes to the beach just down the street from her house off 36th Avenue South and is reminded how much she loves the ocean and surfing. But now she sits in a wheelchair while rehabilitating...
Suwannee River a Place for Riding Bikes or Rapids
Byline: Bill Longenecker Even if one lives in a Beaches paradise, a getaway can be a welcome respite. When Ponte Vedra Beach's Sam Veal called, it was almost too late to mention the Fat Tire Festival last weekend. It was slipped into the end of...
Tybee Man Accused of Stalking Star; Lee Ann Womack Gets a Court Order to Keep Him Away from Her at an Awards Show
Byline: BRET BELL SAVANNAH - Country music star Lee Ann Womack slapped a temporary protective order on a Tybee Island man in an attempt to keep him away from her at Monday night's Country Music Association Awards. Womack, who won album and single...
UGa Narrowing Gender Salary Gap; but the Study Finds Women Faculty Members Still Make Less Than Men
Byline: REBECCA QUIGLEY ATHENS - An age-old salary gap between male and female professors in the United States has nearly closed at the University of Georgia, where women may even have surpassed men among junior faculty, according to a recent report...
Volunteers Planning Day of Ramp-Building for Poor; A Collection of Groups Will Build 16 Wheelchair Ramps on Saturday
Byline: MARY HURST NASSAU COUNTY - Networking. Ask Barnabas Center Chaplain Roland Knight about that. He'll tell you it's a great thing. When he went to First Baptist Church Pastor Jeff Overton to ask for the church's help in building handicapped...
Women Are Getting in the LOOP
Byline: MARY MARAGHY A fully celebrated woman finds adventure easily. She's open to possibilities, steps around obstacles, loves and accepts herself. She's transforming the world. Elizabeth Collander read this definition to about 40 women...
Women's Club Raises Money with Red Hattitude
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Red hatted women giggled and guffawed as Wynell Kain cajoled them into bidding more than $20 for her homemade cake. "C'mon ladies. It's for a good cause. You knew you came here today to spend," the animated auctioneer told...
Yankee General Helped Found Town
Byline: Mary Jo McTammany In the late 1870s, when former Union Gen. Joseph Tarr Copeland arrived in the soon-to-be incorporated town of Orange Park, he was 65 years old and had already lived a life full of military, judicial and business accomplishments....
Youth, 14, Charged in Fatal Shooting; Police Say He Was Trying to Take Back Money a Friend Lost to the Victim, 21
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY With five blasts of a shotgun, police believe a 14-year-old Jacksonville boy gambled away his future Monday. A day after a shooting outside a Westside apartment complex left a 21-year-old man dead, the teen was in custody...