The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 31, 2005

$200,000 Donation Helps Shelter; Publix, Matovina Help Trinity Rescue Mission
Byline: JOHN CARTER They hope to open in mid-November. "Before the holiday season. It's just too heartbreaking to turn women and children away," said Gene Pruett. He's executive director of the Trinity Rescue Mission and he's talking about...
ABET Hits Lights on Musical Comedy
Byline: Tamara McClaran It would be foolish to miss the American musical comedy Crazy for You, which opens the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre's 14th season Friday, Sept. 9. The musical features 21 of George and Ira Gershwin's most memorable...
Around the Bend; Artist Brenda Councill in Running for an Award
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Artist and part-time Mandarin resident Brenda Mauney Councill has been nominated for a 2005 ARTV Award and will compete among the nation's top artists on Friday, Oct. 28, at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Councill's career...
At Times, Love Isn't All You Need; Group Helps in Raising Relatives' Kids
Byline: AMELIA A. HART NASSAU COUNTY -- Dee West was at the end of her rope. After raising their own brood of three children, West, 57, and her husband Morrie, 60, thought their parenting days were over. But almost two years ago, after Morrie...
Author, Dream Interpreter Opens Clementina's
Byline: AMELIA A. HART FERNANDINA BEACH -- Clementina Marie Giovannetti's life has taken her from a childhood spent largely on the streets of Chicago to fame as a dream interpreter appearing on radio and TV talk shows across the country to what...
Beaches Emergency Aid Group Stretching Resources; Decline in Affordable Housing Pushes Need
Byline: Caren Burmeister JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- A loss of affordable housing at the Beaches is placing record-breaking demands on Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry, a non-profit group that can't keep up with the demand for food and financial...
Beach Shorts
PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS Guardian ad Litem officials in Duval and St. Johns counties are calling on people to volunteer with the program to help abused and neglected children. Guardians ad Litem are trained volunteers who represent children in...
Birthdays Go beyond Cake Parties
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee At 5-year-old Jay Gyorog's birthday party Sunday, there was lots of pizza, Cheetos and Doritos. And, of course, there was a cake. But there were no plans for him, nor his guests, to plop down in front of the latest...
Bryceville 4-H Club Galloping for St. Jude
Byline: KEVIN TURNER BRYCEVILLE -- Members of the Bryceville "Busy Bees" 4-H Club are getting ready to saddle up horses and ride to raise money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The 4-Hers and other riders who sign up to help the...
Build a Pier, Nourish the Beach and Surf Will Be Up
Byline: Bill Longenecker The Miracle of July 8 inspired this column. On that day, the surf was running about a foot high and glassy throughout Neptune Beach and south down to Jacksonville Beach. Upon my approach to our new pier, I was quite literally...
Business Briefs
CENTEX HOMES REPORTS SELLOUT IN 2 NEIGHBORHOODS Two Centex Homes neighborhoods in Fleming Island Plantation -- The Links and Lake Ridge Villas South -- have reached sellout, the company said in a news release. A golf course community, The Links...
CECIL FIELD; Placing the Bets
Like a high-stakes poker player, the city of Jacksonville is gambling heavily as it courts the return of a Navy base to Cecil Field. Cecil, with its vast expanses of land and no encroachment problems, obviously is more suitable than Oceana Naval...
Coalition to Fight New Development on Crane Island
Byline: AMELIA A. HART AMELIA ISLAND -- A disparate group of homeowners, community activists, environmentalists and pilots is banding together to fight development of Crane Island. The Amelia Island Association, the East Nassau Homeowners Council,...
Community Notebook; Jewish Community Alliance Lists Offerings
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The Jewish Community Alliance has a busy September scheduled, including shows and activities for all ages at its facility at 8505 San Jose Blvd. The JCA's Vandroff Art Gallery will host an exhibition of Darrel Joseph's photographs...
Community Notebook; Rotaract Picnic Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND The Rotaract Club of Florida's First Coast hosted a picnic this month for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. President Lauren Weedon said the annual picnic is one of...
COPING AND HOPING; Penny by Penny, Gallon by Gallon, County's Residents Ease Pain at Tanks
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN It's the little things that count when trying to deal with rising gasoline prices, Clay County drivers said. While they don't like the direction gas prices have gone -- to $2.53 and up for a gallon of regular -- they're...
Corrections Lieutenant Has Come a Long Way
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Ethel McKinnon wasn't trying to make any political statements when she joined the Clay County Sheriff's Office. She just wanted a job with retirement benefits. McKinnon did, however, make history: She was the first black...
Council Puts Park Fee Hike on Hold; Huguenot and Hanna Proposal Criticized
Byline: Drew Dixon Plans to increase entry fees five- or 10-fold for Huguenot and Hanna oceanfront parks have been put on hold by the Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee. During a review of the Department of Parks and Recreation proposed...
DART Raid Shuts Green Cove Home; Drug Team Reports Cocaine, Code Failings
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL In a cooperative effort among the Sheriff's Office narcotics unit, city police and code enforcement and several other city and county departments, a suspected drug house has been closed for health and building code violations....
Dolls Should Just Let Kids Do the Talking
Byline: Laura Capitano I got a Susie Soft Sounds doll for Christmas in '83. She was an advanced talkie, one of the first departures from the "pull my string" variety. Suz had a battery-operated walkie-talkie size voice box stuffed inside her body,...
Driver Sought in I-10 Double Fatality
The mother of two Clay County elementary school students killed in a weekend hit-and-run wreck remained hospitalized Tuesday in critical condition, authorities said. Orange Park resident Nancy Ball, 48, was injured when her 2005 Ford pickup truck...
Exhausted Refugees Weep for Things Gone; Woman Welcomes Louisiana Relatives into Her East Arlington Home, but Can Do Little for Their Pain as They Wonder What's Left of Their Homes
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER In a warm East Arlington living room filled with generations of love, grief kept pounding away at the refugees of Hurricane Katrina. Adeline Deogracia, 78, dabbed her eyes with a crumpled tissue as she spoke of losing her...
Favors Falls out of Jags' Plans; Veteran Linebacker, Who Started 11 Games in 2004, among Jaguars' Eight Roster Cuts
Byline: BART HUBBUCH Greg Favors started 11 games last season and tied for the team lead in sacks, but the veteran defender was no match for the Jaguars' youth movement this year. Favors, who played both outside linebacker and defensive end,...
Fight to Take 5 Blue Devils out of Play; They'll Miss Next 3 Games; Brawl Caps a 35-27 Loss
Byline: STEPHEN KINDLAND Clay High dug itself an early hole in a 35-27 loss to Gainesville, and the hole got even deeper on the last play of the game when five Blue Devils were ejected for fighting. The five players will miss at least three games...
Fire and Rescue Units Head West to Assist
Fire and rescue units from Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties are heading west to help residents along the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department deployed about 45 employees Monday, and 40 more are expected...
Firefighter Occupies His Busy Mind with Business; He's Gone from a School for the Learning Disabled to Being an Inventor
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Mike Carter is a busy guy. He's a fireman for the city of Jacksonville, a husband, a parent, an inventor and a businessman. And he is studying to get his associate's and bachelor's degrees in business so he can become...
Fleming Island Holds on to Win 34-26; Coach Hopes to Carry Momentum into Game against a Weakened Clay This Friday
Byline: BRENT BEAIRD Lightning came from the sky, but it was John Gadson and Mike Smith who provided the sparks on the field as Fleming Island fought off a late Pedro Menendez rally to post a 34-26 win at home Friday night. Gadson, a senior transfer...
Friends, Relatives Mostly Unreachable
Dozens of refugees from Hurricane Katrina or Northeast Florida residents with relatives and friends impacted by the storm have contacted the Times-Union with their stories. Here are a few: -- Michelle McCuen, 36, of Atlantic Beach said she has been...
FX IT'S NOT HBO. BUT IT'S CLOSE; It's Edgy, Sexy -- and Funny, Too Cable Network Takes Chances, Gains Notice
Byline: JEFF VRABEL Last month, after enjoying a years-long run as cable's go-to network for button-pushing drama hard on the violence and sex, FX took a shot at something really hard: comedy. With the one-two punch of Starved, a decidedly dark...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; Leak Learning When to Give Up
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- Of all the things Florida quarterback Chris Leak has learned in his two previous seasons as a starter, perhaps the most important is knowing when to give up. It's just as critical as calling the correct...
Generations on the Run; Summer Beach Events Bring out Kids of Kids
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- After driving all the way from Alabama for Saturday's Summer Beach Run, Pamela Rogers and her daughter Madison, 8, did some last-minute stretches and then were ready to go. Rogers said she and many...
Group Learns of Useful Weeds; Mandarin Park Tour Shows Their Edible Value
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Most folks think of them as weeds to be eradicated from a front lawn. But Jacksonville parks naturalist Lesley Royce says dollar weed is actually tasty in a salad. Just don't pick it off your lawn, she told a group of parents...
HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP; Menendez Hangs on, Wins Match at St. Augustine
Menendez won the first two games, then stopped a rally by host St. Augustine to pull out a five-game victory on Tuesday in high school volleyball action, 25-16, 25-23, 23-25, 21-25, 15-10. St. Augustine's comeback in the third and fourth games was...
Hospitals Need Free Enterprise
Byline: Anne Sponholtz I must say this business about the hospital turf war that is expected to come to our area makes me pretty darn sick. In case you haven't heard, Orange Park Medical Center wants to expand its facilities, while Baptist hospital...
HURRICANES; Help and Prepare
Hurricane Katrina whacked the coasts of four states and moved on. Authorities along the Gulf Coast are still figuring out just how extensively their areas were hit. Some victims know more than they wish to know already. Dozens of people are...
In the Courts; Trespassing Student Receives Jail, Probation
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL A man who fought with a resource officer attempting to make him leave Middleburg High School's campus has been sentenced to six months in jail followed by three years of probation. Cory Roussell, 18, of Middleburg also...
Jacksonville Considers Ferry Change
Byline: Drew Dixon MAYPORT -- The Jacksonville Port Authority is considering taking over the Mayport ferry in hopes of making it profitable, and City Hall is welcoming the proposal. The St. Johns River Ferry Service, which carries vehicles between...
Jacksonville Journal
FREE CLASSES OFFERED ON HOME IMPROVEMENTS There will be a series of two-hour classes teaching how to choose home improvement projects to enhance the value of a house and how to avoid pitfalls in remodeling. Those who attend can learn decorating...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Dallas Games Still Meaningful to Smith
Byline: BART HUBBUCH Thursday night's preseason finale at Dallas isn't just another meaningless exhibition for Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith. No trip to Texas Stadium is ever routine for Smith, a second-round pick by the Cowboys in 1992 who...
Keeping the Faith
BIBLE STUDY First Baptist Church of Callahan will host an 11-week women's Bible study based on Breaking Free by Beth Moore from 6:45 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning today. The study will focus on helping women identify spiritual strongholds...
Keystone Returns to Labor Day Swing
Byline: ANNE SPONHOLTZ For more than 25 years, Labor Day weekend in Keystone Heights was marked with an art festival that attracted artists and crafters from around the state and beyond. Over the years the festival changed hands and was passed...
Kindergartners Dig Their Green Thumbs into Dirt
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- Kindergartner Addie Spencer wasn't afraid to get dirty. She grabbed a spade to help plant seeds in her school garden. When an over-zealous classmate flipped dirt onto her skirt, she stood up and just brushed...
Making Purses Has Hairdressers Pocketing Money; They Sell Bags at Shows and Area Shops, Where They've Proven Popular
Byline: MARY MARAGHY The hand-made handbags created by two crafty Orange Park hairdressers are selling so quickly that keeping up with demand is getting hairy. "It's crazy," said purse-maker Laura Weaver, who works at The Look hair salon on Park...
Maxville Embraces Its Library; on First Day Open, More Than 600 People Show Up
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Terri McCrackin waited nine years for the Maxville branch library to open. When it finally did, she cried. "You talk about it for years," said McCrackin, who's lived in the unincorporated community 15 years. "You see...
Middleburg Takes First Win of Season against Baker; Bronco's New Coach Also Celebrates His Inaugural Game with 10-9 Score
Byline: SCOTT DYE Middleburg's game against Baker County on Friday night proved to be an evening of firsts. The Broncos scored twice in the first half, then turned the game over to the defense, which held off the host Wildcats en route to a 10-9...
Miss India USA 2005 Hails from Deercreek
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The crown is safely stored at the family home for now, after a cross-state trip tucked in her grandmother's purse. But 18-year-old Deercreek resident Trina Chakravarty knows it will adorn her head again as she embarks on the...
Mississippi County Expects to Tally Hundreds of Dead; Biloxi and Gulfport Areas Hardest-Hit by Storm's Fury
Byline: MATT GALNOR BILOXI, Miss. -- Leon Duvall trudged away from the rubble, with a stone face and four fingers in the air. "He needs four," Duvall's wife, Elizabeth, yelled back to rescue crews. A Biloxi firefighter cursed under his breath...
Morning Briefs
WINN-DIXIE RECORDS ANOTHER LOSS IN JULY Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. recorded an operating loss of $32.5 million on sales of $732.9 million in the four weeks ended July 27, according to its latest financial statement filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. ...
Murder, Marriage and Politics; the Constant Gardener Is a Smart Thriller with Fabulous Performances
Byline: MATT SOERGEL For those who have little desire to see a middle-aged virgin get his chest waxed, there's The Constant Gardener, coming just in time. Based on a John le Carre novel of intrigue and conspiracy in Kenya, it's an urgent, adult...
New Amelia Home Depot Is Rising Quickly
Byline: KEVIN TURNER YULEE -- A new Home Depot store began to take shape last week. With its foundation in place, crews with project contractor White-Spunner Construction Inc. of Mobile, Ala., raised its structural steel frame and installed towering...
New or Old, QBs Are Key to Success
Byline: Alex Abrams Nothing marks the start of the college football season like uncertainty at the quarterback position. It's like Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow on Groundhog Day, except the possibilities could be even scarier for coaches...
New Outpatient Complex in Works; Center ONE Will Focus on Orthopedic, Spine and Ear, Nose and Throat Procedures
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA An estimated $25 million outpatient surgery and diagnostic imaging center is being planned for the bustling Butler Boulevard corridor -- a testament to the demand for low-hassle, lower-cost surgery. The project will be the...
NOTEBOOK; Dolphins' Opener Could Move to JU
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS Jacksonville University will not open the football season Thursday night at Southeastern Louisiana, but there's a chance the game could be played Saturday afternoon at the Dolphins' Milne Field. Because of Hurricane Katrina,...
Officers: Make It Tough for Thieves; People Too Often Leave Car Doors Unlocked, Leading to Easy Thefts, Police Warn
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL The Clay County Sheriff's Office is swamped with at least 41 burglary and theft cases that occurred in just two months this summer. What is perhaps most agonizing is that the crimes most likely were preventable. "We're...
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Byline: Compiled by Dan Beynon KEYS RESURRECTING MTV'S ACOUSTIC 'UNPLUGGED' SERIES Alicia Keys has resurrected MTV Unplugged. The singer and pianist has performed an acoustic set for the dormant MTV series, to air Friday, Sept. 23 (10 p.m.)....
Parks in Planning for Behind Library; 2 Parks, One to Be 4.2 Acres, Are in the Works
Byline: Christina Abel PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- Two parks planned for the area behind the Ponte Vedra Beach branch library are progressing after recent approvals from the Architectural Review Committee. Construction of a Friends of the Library project,...
People
Byline: Heather Lovejoy Appointments Safe Harbor Boys Home elected James Filmont of Arlington as its 2005-06 board chairman. Safe Harbor is a Christian-based residential facility in Jacksonville. Troubled, at-risk boys live aboard vessels,...
Police Briefs; Man Arrested over Auto Max Break-In, Theft
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A 43-year-old Mandarin man was arrested Thursday on various theft-related charges after a car was taken from near a Philips Highway business. Police were called to Auto Max at 5711 Philips Highway at 11:27 p.m. Aug. 24 and...
Police Briefs; Mandarin Man Jailed after Argument, Fight
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A man went after another with a knife Thursday and got hit in the head with a golf club after the attack outside a home in the 11000 block of Warrior Way. Now a 21-year-old Mandarin man is under arrest on a charge of aggravated...
POLICE BRIEFS; Mayport Middle Teen Reports Attack, Theft of Phone
Byline: Caren Burmeister and Drew Dixon Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH A 13-year-old Mayport Middle School student reported Aug. 24 that two men approached him about 3:20...
Principal Wants to Lift Arlington; Improving FCAT Score Is a Priority for New Leader
Byline: JOHN CARTER Timothy Warren says he's happy to take the reins as principal at Arlington Elementary School and believes things are starting off on a positive note. "Still, we've got a little tweaking to do," he said, chuckling. "There's...
Property Tax Looks to Decline; City Considers High Property Values
Byline: Drew Dixon ATLANTIC BEACH -- The property tax rate for city residents could be decreasing in the next fiscal year. There are still two public hearings slated for September, but after several budget workshops for the upcoming 2005-06 fiscal...
Public Safety; Suspect in Car Theft Rams Cruiser, Injuring Deputy
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL A Clay County deputy was recuperating at home Monday, after his cruiser was rear-ended by a man suspected of stealing a car. Deputy Ken West was "fine but beat up" after the Sunday night incident, Clay County Capt. Lee...
Raiders Take Huge Win over Panthers; 31-7 Win May Indicate Orange Park's Rebuilding Is Working
Byline: STEPHEN KINDLAND Disciplined defense and two second-quarter touchdown passes keyed Orange Park's victory over visiting Ridgeview on Friday night, and the surprisingly easy 31-7 non-district win served as a landmark for the Raider coaching...
Rapid Growth Amazes on Bus Tour; Residents Participate in Annual Westside Event
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND As a child, Curtis Johnson would walk through three miles of pine forest on the Westside, picking blackberries and fishing for bream and catfish in a nearby stream. "It's amazing how far you can walk when you're young,"...
Role of Villian Just Doesn't Fit Hospice
Byline: Mark Woods In an 18-month span, Doreen O'Toole lost her mother and her sister. Minnie Dube, 82, and Judi Hilgenberg, 58, died of different causes, under different circumstances. But each passed away in a similar environment -- a hospice...
School Board Narrows Chief List; Six Finalists for Superintendent Selected, Including District's Second-in-Command
Byline: TIA MITCHELL The Duval County School Board has selected six finalists for superintendent, including an internal candidate. The others were from the 77 who submitted applications. The five outside candidates were on the list of 13 semifinalists...
Schools Cite Gas Prices for Deficit
Byline: Christina Abel St. Johns county motorists aren't the only ones feeling the pinch at the gas pumps this year. The school district could face a $300,000 shortfall if high diesel prices continue, officials said. The district's chief financial...
School Tops FCAT Challenge; Governor Praises James Weldon Johnson
Byline: JOHN CARTER James Weldon Johnson Middle School was recently named the best public middle school in Duval County by Gov. Jeb Bush. In a recent letter, Bush congratulated school Principal Marilyn Myrick for challenging her school to improve...
Seamstress Packs Her Spools; She's Moving to Israel, a Running Thread in Her Life
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND When she was 5, Perla Graff made a dress for her doll. When she was 10, she made dresses out of blue fabric with white dots for her four sisters. When she was 11, her sewing teacher in French Morocco told her mother that...
SEMINOLES NOTEBOOK; QB Lee Returns, Will Likely Be No. 2
Byline: IRA SCHOFFEL TALLAHASSEE -- After nursing a sore shoulder for nearly a week, Xavier Lee likely won't have enough time to stake a claim to Florida State's starting quarterback job against Miami. But the fact that he's even back in the...
Sheriff's Office Visits Mall to Help Keep Children Safe
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL They all were cooperative when offering their hands for fingerprinting. One couldn't see over the top of the table. Another grinned through a pacifier. Those getting ID'd were children visiting the Orange Park Mall in...
SOLDIER LAID TO REST; Seamans Is Remembered as an 'All-American Teen' Jacksonville Soldier Killed in Iraq Is Eulogized at Mass by Family, Friends
Byline: GREGORY PIATT In the lobby of Christ the King Catholic Church, a flag-draped casket waited next to a flickering candle and an icon of St. Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of soldiers. Soldiers, sailors and others filed into the...
Some in Area Affected by Storm's Fury; Worries Rampant over Family, Friends in Devastated Gulf Coast Communities
Byline: TERRY DICKSON ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- Fear and frustration among Southeast Georgia residents deepened Tuesday as they tried futilely to contact family and friends in areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Steven Pettway continued doing what...
Sports Extra
Byline: Jason Schneider 2CENTS A famous man once said that common sense is not common -- and that couldn't be more true on the First Coast when it comes to Jaguars games and blackouts. There were several people who called to The Times-Union...
State at Bottom with SAT Scores; Officials Try to Put a Good Spin on It, Pointing to the Rise in Average Score
Byline: WALTER C. JONES and BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA -- Georgia's average SAT scores ranked last again this year, tied with South Carolina. The Peach State finished next to last in 2004, but it came in last the two years prior to that. Georgia's...
St. Augustine Considers Adding 'Mooring Fields' in Bay; the Idea Is to Control Problems with Derelict Boats and Get Revenue for the City
Byline: KEN LEWIS ST. AUGUSTINE -- Sailors drawn to St. Augustine for the historic bay front may be latching their boats to city-owned moorings in years to come. The City Commission wants to explore using a field of floating devices to help control...
St. Marys Faces Jail Crunch; Camden Says It Won't Take Inmates until City Signs Contract to Pay
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS -- Inmates incarcerated by the St. Marys City Court may soon have to complete their sentences somewhere besides the Camden County Jail. David Rainer, Camden County Commission chairman, said Tuesday that St. Marys...
Suns Report
Byline: Jeff Elliott JACKSONVILLE***2-3 CAROLINA******1-2 Turning point: Russell Martin's lead-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled the Suns to a 2-1 win in the opener. Martin also was credited with the winning RBI in the...
Tarpon Plays Its Big Role for ESPN Crew
Byline: CAPT. JIM JOHNSON I usually write about what's biting, or I try to give my readers information and ideas that will help fine-tune your fishing skills. This week, my editor thought you'd like to hear about what happened to me this past...
Tell Children about Bad Touching, Officer Advises; Parents Are Urged to Broach the Sensitive Subject Early
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL The investigation of a former director of a day care on sexual molestation charges began when a 12-year-old told a relative about the "games" they played at school, authorities said. Law enforcement officials would say...
The Year's Best? So Far, the CD from Kanye West
Byline: JEFF VRABEL If you were within earshot of the hip-hop universe last spring, you probably detected a faint rumbling sound, that of the music media fumbling all over itself to issue more lavishly orchestrated props to Kanye West's The College...
Thief's Move Should Be Crystal-Clear
Byline: Mike Freeman Dear Knucklehead: Give 'em back. You've made your point. You're a splendid thief, a delicious cat burglar. One day, Oliver Stone will make a movie about the Great Florida State Crystal Caper, and your sorry butt will be the...
Time to Get Defensive; Miami Needs Defense to Dominate
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS ESPN college football analyst Bill Curry couldn't believe what he was seeing. On Oct. 30, 2004, sitting in the broadcast booth, Curry watched as Miami's defense allowed Chad Scott, a third-string running back for North Carolina,...
UF Receivers Ready to Run; Meyer's Playbook Calls for Plenty of Touches for Receivers in Running Game
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- The first time Andre Caldwell saw Urban Meyer's offensive playbook, the former high school quarterback smiled. The Florida wide receiver had thought his days of carrying the football -- aside from an occasional...
Wells Road Safety Work Being Sped Up 2 Years; Clay County and Orange Park Want to Move the Start of the Project to January
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Clay County and the town of Orange Park are working on a plan to accelerate safety improvements to Wells Road by as much as two years. The push stems from safety concerns about increasingly heavy traffic navigating a...
Yeeeeehaaaaaww!!! It's Monster Truck Showdown Time; Family-Oriented Event Is Coming to the County for the First Time
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Monster trucks with 6-foot tires and lawn mowers that travel 70 mph are coming to Clay County. The Southern Monster Truck Showdown is scheduled to make its first appearance in Clay County Sept. 16-18 at the Clay County Fairgrounds...