The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 28, 2008

10-Year-Old Making Strong Recovery after Shooting; He's Now Stable after 2 Surgeries
Byline: STEPHANIE WANG Scott Wilson of East Palatka taught his son, Dakota, to be a fighter, to work for anything he wants. "If I told you he couldn't swim from Palatka to Jacksonville, he would try just to prove you wrong," Wilson said Thursday....
3 Diamond Baseball Teams Capture Honors
Byline: Wesley Mitchell Diamond Baseball of Jacksonville, based on the Southside, announced that three of its teams placed at the Florida Sunshine State Games. The U-18 and U-16 Jacksonville Heat won gold and the Jacksonville Royals brought home...
5 for ... Jeffery Bunch
How many people visit Fernandina's beaches every year? In 2006, we had 190,000 people on the city's beaches from May to September. That number doesn't change much and it's done by doing a daily head count. What are the most common beach injuries?...
A Day after Bike Ride in Her Honor, Terri Evans Dies
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER HILLIARD - Terri Evans lost her fight with breast cancer Sunday, one day after hundreds gathered at Peters Point in Fernandina Beach to honor her with a 90-mile motorcycle ride. She was 47. Evans had fought invasive ductal...
A First-Time Driver Quickly Feels at Ease
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY I rode my first scooter on Friday the 13th. It was scary at first, but after a three-hour ride from Jacksonville Beach to Ponte Vedra Beach and back, I relaxed and it was fun. I've been afraid of riding motorcycles my...
After 10 Years, Mandarin High Class of 1998 Gets Together
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES After 10 years, Mandarin High School's Class of 1998 reunited on June 21 at the River City Brewing Co. But in the midst of all the orange and green, bringing the Mustangs back together for their big night wasn't so easy, said...
A Lot of Flip-Flops at the Beaches ... but Not the Political Kind
Byline: Jackie Rooney Independence Day in a presidential election year marks the height of the flip-flop season on the oceanfront and the political front. There were more flip-flops in the recent debates than you see on Jacksonville Beach on July...
Around the County
QUESTIONS SWIRL AROUND SHOAR'S ROLE IN PROBE St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar said he doesn't regret speaking up two weeks ago about a secret federal investigation into a county commissioner. But some legal experts question whether the sheriff...
Artist Transforms Law Room to Keep Kids Comfortable
Byline: CANDY BOWEN Children involved in the State Attorney's judicial process sometimes have terrifying stories to tell strangers in the court system about what they've seen and heard. When one local artist heard about the process, she decided...
As Gas Prices Climb and Car Sales Fall, Scooters Become the New Hot Wheels
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Deanna Zeek of Atlantic Beach has a short commute between her home and job as a personal trainer in Jacksonville Beach. Even so, she is tired of paying $75 every time she fills her sport-utility vehicle at the gas pump....
Assumption School Readies Ribbon-Cutting for Its Gym
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Assumption Catholic School now has a spacious gym worthy of its status as an athletic stronghold. It's part of Assumption Catholic Church's new 18,000-square-foot Parish Family Center, which houses the 400-seat gym, physical...
At Fitness Pursuit, Golfers Get in Shape
Byline: Wesley Mitchell Fitness Pursuit in Arlington is a place where people can get their bodies into golfing shape by working on better fitness plans. Fitness Pursuit will help anyone who wants to get in shape to be able to hit that long drive...
Atlantic Beach Crackdown Targets Mayport Road; the City Is Vowing to Clean Up the Corridor and Reduce Crime in the Area
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - With a dilapidated shack just west of her home and drugs and prostitution in the apartments to her east, Sarah Thomas has seen crime waves come and crime waves go. While sweeping the driveway of her modest...
Beach Shorts
ATLANTIC BEACH SUED An Atlantic Beach resident sued the city this week in hopes of blocking an ordinance permitting a 16-unit housing development on a tree-canopied wetland area near her home in the Selva Marina Country Club area. "I care because...
Boaters, Take Responsibility for Your Safety, Passengers'
Byline: Bob Conklin The good news is deaths resulting from recreational boating accidents fell in 2007, according to figures announced by the U.S. Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division. The count dropped from 710 in 2006 to 688 in 2007, the lowest...
Bring along a Frozen Block of Chum to Attract Catches
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson Our local anglers are reporting the action is heating up along with our summer temperatures. There is plenty of live bait available at the buoy line, reefs, wrecks, jetties and the backwater. The arrival of the bait means...
Buscher a Bargain for Twins
Byline: GENE FRENETTE It's a good thing for Parker High graduate Brian Buscher that Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire doesn't let economics dictate who will be his starting third baseman. Buscher is currently one of the best values in baseball,...
Car for Town Manager, New Sidewalks Win OK
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Orange Park officials on Tuesday evening earmarked money for new sidewalks on Laurel Lane and McIntosh Avenue and a new car for Town Manager John Bowles. "I don't want our CEO driving a piece of junk," said Councilman Steve...
Charming Jim Carey Was a True Clay Legend
Byline: Mary Jo McTammany It was 1945 when a Hoosier from Indiana, by way of a stint as a U.S. Army artillery major in Italy, arrived in Green Cove Springs. For the next 50 years and more, Jim Carey proceeded to make things interesting in Clay County....
Commission Candidates Respond to Variety of Questions
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY At a Republican Executive Committee forum Monday, candidates for three district seats on the Clay County Commission took questions on a variety of issues - from impact fees to political action committee campaign contributions...
CONFIDENCE CRISIS; Middle Class Feels It
Why is consumer confidence so low? A Washington Post story noted that consumer confidence is at its lowest point in 30 years. Only 12 percent of Americans believe the economy is in good shape. Yet, the so-called misery index popularized by...
County Offers Places to Hunt Boar, Deer
Byline: Beverly Fleming Hunting has been a way of life for most rural families for many years. Until about 20 years ago, all of northwest St. Johns County was rural because most of the land was owned by timber companies such as Container Corporation,...
Crime Briefs
VET BREAK-IN A possible burglary of the Bartram Veterinary Hospital was reported by a veterinarian. According to a St. Johns County Sheriff's report, an employee disarmed the alarm but could not get it to engage when she left. Later, when the veterinarian...
Cumberland Wildfire Spreads despite Rain; 1,200 Acres Have Burned since a Suspected Lightning Jolt Sunday
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - A wildfire on Cumberland Island continued to grow Friday, more than doubling in size despite rain throughout the region. Justin Helton, a public information officer for the barrier island, said the fire has...
Cyclists Push City for Better Biking; Jacksonville Trails Other Cities in Bike-Friendly Streets, a Study Finds
Byline: LARRY HANNAN Candido Huertas used to bike 12 to 13 miles to work while living in Mandarin and working downtown. "I loved to ride my bike to work," said Huertas. "By the time I reached the Main Street bridge, the sun was rising, a spectacular...
Diamond Dogs Baseball Team Wins Rookie League District
Byline: Rhonda Reese The Diamond Dogs have done it. On June 12, Joshua Youngblood, Dominick Santiago, Nathan Hickey, Mathieu Lawson, Rylan Elstein, Tucker Talbott, Braden Dunn, Cove Moyle, Trenton DiFilippo, Nolan Lepkoske, Nathan Skinner and Christian...
Don't Be Easy Target for Crime This Summer
Byline: DAN SCANLAN It's summertime, and the living is easy - at least that's what the song says. But it's a bit too easy for some criminals in the Mandarin and Southside area, warned a police lieutenant during Monday's Southeast Citizens Planning...
Fall Soccer League Sign-Up Has Begun
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The Johnson Family YMCA at 5700 Cleveland Road has started annual sign-ups for its fall soccer league for ages 4 to 13, and registration will be open until mid-July. Players will receive a complete uniform and a one-day...
Fire Station 32 Firefighters Move into Upgraded Home on Westside
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY An official ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony was held Monday for the city's new Fire Station 32 on the Westside, but it felt more like a housewarming party. Pecan trees in front of the building provided a little...
First Coast Beach Volleyball Series at Beach Sunday
Byline: Brian Kosoy Beaches athletes continued to make marks all over the country this week. As June nears its end, here are this week's top performers and events: - This weekend: The second tournament of the First Coast Beach Volleyball Series...
FOR BOYS MISSING 3 YEARS, TIRELESS SEARCH; the Pair Walked Away from Paxon School in 2005 and Were Never Seen Again
Byline: BRAD GOLDBACH Darlene Briggs opens a photo album she's created for the grandson she hopes to see again one day. The Arlington resident's eyes are full of hope as she slowly turns each page, as if not wanting the memories to fade away....
Fresh Market Moving to Julington Creek Site
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Mandarin's gourmet supermarket is headed south and looking for customers from St. Johns. Fresh Market sells gourmet specialty foods and opened its current Mandarin site at the San Jose Plaza at 10950 San Jose Blvd. in mid-1996....
Gathering to Celebrate World Refugee Day
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Smoke from the barbecue hung in the moss-covered trees next to the lakefront building off Greenland Road on June 20, as children gleefully slid down an inflatable slide and their parents talked over lemonade. But this wasn't...
GEORGIA FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK; Recruit Opens Eyes in 'Dogs Workouts
Byline: MARC WEISZER ATHENS, Ga. - There was no hesitation from linebacker Dannell Ellerbe when the question was posed to him. Which Georgia player has opened his eyes in summer workouts? "A.J. Green," Ellerbe said. "He looks real good." ...
Giving Back; Vietnam Vets Use Internet Age to Make Reunions Happen
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER YULEE - In 1999, Jerry Nichols watched a documentary on Vietnam. During the show, a reference was made to reunions where U.S. soldiers who served in Vietnam get together to relive memories and reconnect. "My wife told me...
Gyminators' Hard Work Pays off in Competition
Byline: Wesley Mitchell Gyminators Gymnastics on Blanding Boulevard did exceptionally well in competitions this year. Not only did they take top honors at most competitions they participated in, they won several individual state championships,...
Hadassah Summer Book Reviews Get under Way Next Month
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The annual Hadassah Summer Book Reviews begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, at the Jacksonville Jewish Center Chapel, 3662 Crown Point Road, and continue each subsequent Tuesday morning through July 29. On July 8, Evelyn...
Here's a Look at Who's Running, and Who Doesn't Have To
Qualifying to run for local offices ended June 20, with eight current Nassau County officeholders returned for another term when they were the only ones to qualify to run. All voters - regardless of party affiliation - will be able to cast ballots...
He's Looking for New Energy Sources; This Episcopal High Student Gets Creative with Solar Power
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY While sitting in his dad's Toyota Sequoia sport utility vehicle, eighth-grader Nathan Monroe glanced at the console and noticed the truck got only 8 miles per gallon. Monroe found that alarming, while gazing at the digital...
House Candidate Sues to Be on Ballot; Democrats Say She Was Disqualified for More Than Just a Notary's Error
Byline: ERIC BRADNER Jacksonville Democrats say it's political foul play, not a minor paperwork error, that's keeping their candidate for the state House District 17 seat off the ballot. They're asking the state Supreme Court to intervene by...
Huguenot Finds New Crop of Friends; Group of Park Users Is Forming, Seeking People Who Want to 'Join and Take Action.'
Byline: DREW DIXON A new group, Friends of Huguenot Memorial Park, is forming to serve as park stewards in the face of changing regulations at the last Duval County beach that allows vehicles. Friends of Huguenot Memorial Park has held two organizational...
It's Getting Harder to Find Good Spots for Skateboarding
Byline: Lucas Milano Have you noticed all the good spots around Jacksonville are disappearing? For instance, I have heard rumors that the GGA warehouse is no longer. The only way I can really describe it is that it has been blown up. I saw pictures,...
Jacksonville Journal
NEW CITY COUNCIL CHIEF NAMES COMMITTEE CHAIRS Ronnie Fussell, who was sworn in as Jacksonville City Council president Thursday night, announced Friday the new chairmen of the council's six committees. They will all serve one-year terms. The Finance...
Judgeship Candidates Sought Seat before; Several Bench, District Attorney Positions Are Being Unopposed
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI Voters will decide a rematch of sorts between two experienced lawyers seeking election to one of two Superior Court judgeships in the six-county Waycross Judicial Circuit. Incumbent Michael DeVane will face Sam Edgar...
Just Focusing on the Positive Can Be Therapeutic Exercise
Byline: Bob Howat One of the best things about doing psychotherapy is that you are almost forced to think positively, that is, if you really want to help people. In other words, therapy is often therapeutic, even for the therapist. This doesn't...
Keep Cool with Boating, Bird Watching, Night Fishing
Byline: Bob Buehn The arrival of the summer solstice brings us our hottest days, and the broiling sun has even the most avid fishermen looking for shade. Here are some short outdoor items for the dog days of summer: - Keep a look out for the...
Leadership Class Scrubs Boats at Safe Harbor; the Boats Will Be Sold to Raise Money for the Home for Teenage Boys
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Caution: Training to be a community leader may cause seasickness. And it may involve mopping up bird droppings from a poop deck. But members of the Blueprint for Leadership training program didn't let such minor details...
Libertarians Sparse on State's Ballot; They Hope Bob Barr's Candidacy Helps Them Explain the Dearth
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - After the last chance for would-be legislators, judges and statewide candidates to qualify to run for office, one thing was clear: Not much had changed. And some want to make that the issue. The state's Libertarian...
Look Out: Suns Fall Apart, Lose; Chattanooga Hits Rodriguez Hard, and Its Ace Pitches Well
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Things started badly for the Suns on Friday night when the Chattanooga Lookouts scored three runs in the top of the first inning. It got much worse. The Lookouts scored in every inning but the second and third, capped...
Mandarin Athletic Association Teams Advance in Tournaments
Byline: Mark Boleky You go to the tryouts in April. Your regular season follows in May. You made the all-star team and played in some tournaments in early June. You went to districts in the middle of the month and did well enough to advance to state....
Mandarin Oak Thought to Be 300 Years Old Is Taken Down
Byline: DAN SCANLAN It was growing when horse-drawn wagons hauled oranges and vegetables under its limbs before the Civil War, en route to steamship docks at what is now County Dock Road. It provided a perch for students attending the Mandarin...
Mandarin's Summer School: Overhaul of Air Conditioning
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Operation HVAC is under way this summer at Mandarin High School and so is a fresh paint project that will encompass the entire school. The high school is undergoing an HVAC project consisting of the replacement of 32 air-handling...
Mayor Says Solving 'Murder Problem' Crucial to City's Future
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Mayor John Peyton presented the city's problems and potential solutions as proposed by the Jacksonville Journey to Mandarin and Southside members of the Southeast Citizens Planning Advisory Committee late Monday Crime is on...
Medicare Needs Real Solutions for Rampant Fraud and Confusion
Byline: Deborah Hansen Eighty-two-year-old F.J. Paffe asked me what I was willing to do about the problem of a medical billing system that is "sick." He felt that an earlier column I wrote on the topic had not gone far enough, especially in view...
Morning Briefs
EXISTING HOME SALES SHOW UPS AND DOWNS Month-to-month sales of existing homes increased again statewide for May, while yearly comparisons continued to show a decrease. In the Florida Association of Realtors' sales and median price data for May,...
Nassau 411
GOING UP? Florida Public Utility customers in Fernandina Beach may see yet another increase in their electricity bill come August. FPU is asking the Public Service Commission to approve a 15.2- to 17.6-percent increase to adjust for the utility's...
New Director Infuses Lighthouse with Color and Warmth
Byline: MARY MARAGHY The once-drab halls at Lighthouse Learning Center now sport lively banners and bubbling fish aquariums. There's even vibrant flowers painted on ceiling tiles. The center's new director, Cathy Grant, has infused the place...
NEW YEAR, NEW SCHOOL; All You Need to Know about Shadowlawn Elementary
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY What: One of two new elementary schools to open in Clay County in August. The $23 million school has about 130,000 square feet of space on 30 acres, with 41 permanent classrooms and four portable classrooms for special...
Northside Notebook; Students Can Join Upward Bound Program
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Freshmen and sophomores from Andrew Jackson High School and A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology can now join the Upward Bound summer program at Edward Waters College. The free program started this month with students...
Notes
BLUEBERRIES PICK 'EM WHILE YOU STILL CAN Growers at "u-pick" blueberry farms have an assortment of varieties that ripen at different times between now and the first part of July. Call for directions and to confirm hours of operation. Most farms...
Officials Worry about Providing Services for Elderly
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER It's no secret that Nassau County's population is growing. In 2006, 68,188 people called Nassau County home. That number is predicted to increase 56 percent to 106,885 by 2030. What isn't as well-known is that the county's...
One for the Ages; Latest Porsche 911 Enhances Legendary Sporting Reputation
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Sometimes, simple is better. Even if it costs a bit more. In the 1950s, Ferdinand Porsche decided a sports car would work well with its flat-four engine in back. The result was the 356. He came out with the 911 in 1964, a...
Parking Planned for Downtown; Landing Owner Hopes the 375 New Spaces Will Attract Crowds
Byline: KEVIN TURNER A new parking garage appears to be on a faster track to giving The Jacksonville Landing hundreds of parking spaces the city promised more than two decades ago. Although Orlando developer Cameron Kuhn has left town and his...
Police Briefs; Cops: Man Caught after Burglary at Shooters
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 26-year-old man was arrested on multiple charges after police found him hiding in a Dumpster. Six rifles and 10 pistols valued at $27,080 were found inside his vehicle after a burglary at Shooters of Jacksonville, 5085...
Police Briefs; Man Injured in Shooting Is Treated at Shands
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY A 43-year-old Northside man was injured in a shooting this week while driving near North Main and 32nd streets, according to a police report. The incident happened shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday. Police who responded...
Police Briefs; Man's Car Is Taken at Gunpoint
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 23-year-old man was the victim of a carjacking in the Walgreens parking lot at 1220 University Blvd. N. As the victim got into his white 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix at 6:20 p.m. Sunday, a man entered and sat down in the...
Police Briefs; Pizza Deliveryman Is Robbed and Carjacked
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY A pizza delivery man was targeted this week in North Riverside by two men who robbed and carjacked him after apparently calling in an order to someone else's address, according to a police report. The incident happened...
Police Briefs; Police Track Down, Arrest Sex Offender
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A 46-year-old man was arrested and charged with domestic battery after a 42-year-old woman received cuts to her forehead during a dispute about 3:30...
Police News; Quick Response Leads to Arrest of Burglary Suspects in Car
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A homeowner in the 4500 block of Princess Labeth Court thought he was coming home to an empty house on the evening of June 19. The victim told police he arrived home early from work around 8:30 p.m. and heard someone curse...
Ponte Vedra High School Officials Are Moving In
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PONTE VEDRA - School officials moved into Ponte Vedra High School this week as the classroom furniture, library shelves and other equipment arrived. Principal Craig Speziale said that everything is happening on schedule...
Ponte Vedra Selling Price for Homes Falls 16 Percent
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Homes in Ponte Vedra Beach sell for about six times as much as the average home in Jacksonville, but the community is experiencing the same real estate slowdown that's affecting North Florida and the country....
Proposed Ordinances Affect Watering, Fertilizing Rules; Both Items Headed to City Council Are Meant to Protect Natural Resources
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE Two proposed ordinances moving through committees will soon go before Jacksonville City Council for approval and will have an impact on how you manage your landscape. Both will help protect our natural resources by...
PUBLIC SAFETY; Council Is MIA
Does it seem that the only time you see police officers is in their vehicles, rushing down the street? Where is all this community policing we hear about? City Council members are finally asking those questions - in public - to the sheriff. ...
Race Study Circles: Surprise, Respect, Some Dropouts
Byline: CANDY BOWEN More than 450 people recently gathered for dinner at the Bethelite Conference Center in Arlington to have a conversation - rather several conversations - about racial relations. In a shortened version of Project Breakthrough's...
Sick Holly Fern Is Probably Thirsty
Byline: BECKY WERN My holly fern seems to be dying back. What could cause this? Holly ferns are wonderful plants and fairly tolerant. But they don't tolerate drought. Your ferns are at the edge of your irrigated zone, and the ones affected sit...
SMILES above the Rest; for Children with Disabilities, the Girl Scouts' Program Is a Big Part of the Fun of Summer
Byline: KELLY NGO While the sun beats down on Lake Asbury, the campers at the 40th annual Smile Camp take a dip to cool off from a full day of singing, dancing and games. Hosted by the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, the free day-camp is a place...
Southside Notebook; Performance Combines Modern Dance, Rock Climbing
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Vertical Play, an athletic combination of modern dance and rock climbing, will be presented at 7:30 tonight at the South Metro Family YMCA at 3563 Philips Highway. It's a joint project of the Braided Light Dance Project,...
Spicer, Jags Agree to Three-Year Deal; the Veteran Defensive End Signs for $10.5 Million through 2010
Byline: VITO STELLINO Paul Spicer received an early wedding present from the Jaguars on Friday - a new contract. The veteran defensive end, who will be married July 13, signed a three-year, $10.5 million deal that ties him to the Jaguars through...
Sports Briefs
BASKETBALL EVENT Lakeside Junior High School is hosting a basketball tournament today and Sunday to raise funds for the Clay County YMCAs. Teams from the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the Jacksonville Fire Department, the Orange Park Medical Center...
St. Johns Briefs
CREEKS ART & MUSICAL FESTIVAL Today, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Veterans Park, on Veterans Parkway off Race Track Road, St. Johns. Live music, dancers, unique works of art, paintings, sculptures, children's playground, free raffle and more. For more...
Street Healers Offer Help and Hope; REWARDS A Smile, a Thank-You, a Significant Change in the Life of a Client
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY The story started like many of his patients' stories. "I had got in a little trouble," the homeless woman explained, after psychiatrist Richard Christensen and fellow outreach workers found Robin Parker in a Jacksonville...
Tennis Tournament Might Be Moving South; Sawgrass Residents Get Letter about Relocation of the Amelia Event
Byline: FRANCINE KING and GENE FRENETTE It appears the WTA Tour tennis tournament that has been played at Amelia Island Plantation since 1980 will remain in the Jacksonville area for its 30th anniversary. But it might have a new home. Residents...
These Kids Can Be Campers, and Diabetes Isn't the Focus; the Summer Camp at JU Offers a Wide Range of Activities
Byline: BRAD GOLDBACH The children cheered when he stood up in front of them. But Joe Zelenka of the Jacksonville Jaguars wasn't there to give a speech. He was there to see their best touchdown celebrations. He picked out several children...
Touchstone Village Will Expand Youth Crisis Center's Services; It Won't Open until July 2009, but Clients Are Already in Line
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Touchstone Village isn't set to open until July 2009, but already clients are lined up. Ayak Roll, a 17-year-old Sudanese refugee, expects to be one of its first residents. When she was 3, Roll and her family fled religious...
T-U 2
2 CENTS Roger Goodell makes me laugh. The NFL commissioner made the bold statement to the media on Friday that rookie contracts are "ridiculous" and that there's "something wrong with the system." Well, duh, Roger. The NFL's salary structure...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Time to Take a Stand as Problems Multiply
A Supreme Court that doesn't feel the rape of a child is worth the death penalty. A Congress that wants to censor radio. A bunch of lobbyists who prevent us from using our own natural resources. A national budget that spends more money on other countries...
Westside Notebook; There's Roadwork on Blanding; Watch out for Lane Closings
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Improvements to Blanding Boulevard between Collins Road and 103rd Street have begun, so expect periodic lane closings. Closing will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., and can be no longer than one mile,...
Which Wood Is Good? Maple Bats Are Controversial, but Some like Them over Ash
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that a player-management safety committee had discussed the possibility of banning maple bats. Later that night, its fears were realized when a shattered piece of a broken maple bat hit...
Wilford's Will Remain Wilford's Even under New Owner
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Back then, San Jose Boulevard was only two lanes and was called State Road 13. Mandarin was "out in the country" to most Jacksonville residents, and State Road 13's crossroads with Mandarin Road in the 1940s was home to Ruth...
Woman Alerts Police to Death
Jacksonville police found a man shot to death inside a Westside mobile home early Friday. Sgt. T.K. Waters said authorities discovered the body in the home on the 2500 block of Stratton Road about 2:30 a.m. after a woman called 911. He estimated...
Youth Activities
ST. JOHNS TRAVEL TEAM The St. Johns Travel Team Wildcats are looking for football players and cheerleaders. The cut-off date has been extended to July 7 for the invitation for 12-14 year olds to attend the free summer camp. Practice location is...