The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 10, 2007

'03 Miss America Speaks out on Bullies; Erika Harold Gave a Presentation at Englewood Elementary School
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Even Miss America has been bullied. When she was in ninth grade, Erika Harold said she faced racial and sexual taunting. It got so bad she transferred to another school in the middle of her sophomore year. The Urbana,...
2 Men Vying for Spot on Clay Commission; Robert Milner Bradley Jr. and Tom Platt Want to Fill the Seat Left by John Thrasher
Byline: ANNE MARIE APOLLO Within hours of John Thrasher's resignation from his appointment to the Clay County Commission this week, talk turned to who might step into a spot on the board now vacant for the second time in a year. Support seems...
2 Musical Performers Raise Funds for Church; DJ and Smooth SP Will Be Onstage at the Mother Midway AME Church
Byline: JOHN CARTER Make a joyful noise unto the lord, the psalm says. And that's just what's going to happen soon on the Eastside. Two super-smooth song and dance men (OK, teens) will take the stage at the Mother Midway AME Church on the...
6-Year-Old Vanishes in Span of City Block; He Was Last Seen Headed Home from a Friend's Yard
Byline: TERRY DICKSON and TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Glynn County police and other agencies searched most of Thursday night and all day Friday without finding a 6-year-old boy who was reported missing about 8 p.m. Thursday. The ground search...
A Heavenly Calling; Third-Generation Baptist Preacher Finds Home at Hickory Grove
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Before becoming a pastor, the Rev. Michael Madaris said he dodged God's calling. "I grew up in a preacher's home, and I knew how hard it is," said Madaris, 34, whose father and grandfather are Baptist preachers who struggled...
Ailing Commissioner Says He's Back; Tom Branan Has Missed 15 Straight Commission Meetings This Year
Byline: KEVIN TURNER YULEE - After missing 15 consecutive Nassau County Commission meetings this year due to illness, Nassau County Commissioner Tom Branan says he's recovered and ready to get back into the thick of things. "I have no plans of...
A.M.Stir
MANLY THINGS FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO CAVE TIME Hey guys! Tired of being marginalized in your own home? Sick of not having your own space for manly gadgets and games? Lifetime Products might have a solution. A Backyard Guy Getaway contest will...
Around Clay County
MIDDLEBURG Jan Sturgeon Memorial Charity Fest set for March 18 Jan Sturgeon of Middleburg, who died of breast cancer three months ago, spent much of her time and energy raising money for the Clay chapter of the American Cancer Society and Quigley...
Around the Bend; Tiger Bay Club Will Hear from District 6 City Council Candidates
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The First Coast Tiger Bay Club welcomes the three candidates for Mandarin's District 6 City Council race to its next meeting at noon Friday at the University Club, 1301 Riverplace Blvd. Candidates Charles Hutcherson, Sean...
Athens-Atlanta 'Brain Train' Gains Steam; Legislative Leaders Are Asking for $500,000 to Study the 72-Mile Route
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA - Plans for a commuter "Brain Train" between Athens and Atlanta are gaining traction in legislative budget negotiations. House appropriations leaders are requesting $500,000 in state money for more study on the...
Authorities Advise Public on Rabies; A Number of Animals in the Area Can Be Infected from Time to Time
Byline: KEVIN TURNER NASSAU COUNTY - Although there isn't a current rabies alert in Nassau County, residents need to be more wary of diseased wild animals as spring approaches, county health officials say. Animals that are disoriented, erratic,...
Bartram Trail Coach Receives Pursuing Victory with Honor Award
Byline: terry brown Bartram Trail football coach Darrell Sutherland is the inaugural recipient of the Pursuing Victory with Honor award. Sutherland was chosen for his dedication to the Six Pillars of Character, a School District program that...
Beach Shorts
BEACHES PARADE The 61st annual Beaches Parade is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, in Jacksonville Beach City officials are seeking organizations and businesses to sign up to march in the parade, which is set to start at 2 p.m. As usual, thousands...
Big John Back in Big Cat City
BEST OF THE BLOG NEW ASSIGNMENT FOR JFK'S COMMANDER Capt. Todd Zecchin, commander of the soon-to-be decommissioned USS John F. Kennedy, is headed to Japan to command the USS Kitty Hawk, he said Friday. "In fact, the orders came in when we...
Bowl Will Get Sponsor before Jags
Byline: Gene Frenette Bill Prescott, the Jaguars' chief financial officer, says the team hopes to land a minimum $4 million annually from a new stadium naming rights deal. The Jaguars face a tough battle in securing that kind of money right now...
Bubbling with Optimism; Tech Confident in NCAA Bid despite 2-OT Loss
Byline: ADAM VAN BRIMMER TAMPA -- As Thursday gave way to Friday, no Georgia Tech player gave a thought to Sunday. Locked in an early morning, double-overtime duel with Wake Forest, the Yellow Jackets' focus was on the Atlantic Coast Conference...
Candidates Try to Top Each Other in Promises; at a Forum, Several Vow to Do Whatever It Takes If They Should Be Elected
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND If all goes well, some City Council candidates said they will voluntarily be putting in lots of overtime. "Seventy hours is not uncommon for me," said Michael Saylor, former city planning director and candidate for District...
Casa del Mar Earns Green Distinction; It's Been Named the First 'Green Lodging' in Northeast Florida
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY The Casa del Mar Inn and Suites in Vilano Beach has been recognized as an environmentally friendly hotel by doing things like using recycled paper products, limiting the use of chemical cleaners and conserving water by cutting...
Chamber of Commerce Members Get Some Business Tips; A Consultant Helps Business Owners Learn How to Focus Thinking
Byline: MARY HURST FERNANDINA BEACH - Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce members learned tactics Tuesday for competing with large retailers and franchises coming to Nassau as part of its rapid growth. Jim McDowell, a consultant...
Check out FCC's Variety of Photo Galleries
Byline: Rich Ray To read these community publications or to create your own, go to www.firstcoast community.com, keyword: fcc publications. IMPACTJAX HAPPENINGS Besides viewing photo galleries from last weekend's Las Vegas Extravaganza, check...
Community Notebook; Area Seniors Pick Their Own King, Queen
Byline: JOHN CARTER There was a royal gathering in Arlington recently. The Arlington Senior Citizen Center crowned its king and queen at a Valentine party. Chuck Church was crowned king; Emelda Floyd received the queen's tiara and a bouquet....
Cornerstone Recognizes Longtime Businesses Traders; Japan's New General Consul Receives a Tour of Port Facilities as Well as a Key to the City
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS Japan's new consul general was up until 2 a.m. Friday writing his report about Jacksonville after a tour of the city's port facility and historic movie studios, the consul said Friday during a visit with the mayor in which...
Crazy about Hoops? It's 'Madness'
Byline: Paul Bowker This is my favorite week of the year. Warm weather. Flowers blooming. And hoops. Just like Dick Vitale, the ol' PTPer himself, I absolutely live for this week in college basketball. Championship Week. It is the real...
Dealers Grab Flawed Coins like Penny Candy; You Might Put Money on Finding One Here; the Mint Sent Many
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS Jacksonville might have been named after the seventh president ... but this week, it's the U.S. first chief executive making the River City famous. Last month, the U.S. Mint rolled out the first of its presidential...
Don't Think Household Garbage ... Think of It All as Artifacts
Byline: Jackie Rooney My household, The Bin, is holding onto artifacts for future generations ... whether they want them or not. There's something about March that makes me want to clean out cupboards, pare down the bric-a-brac, dispose of old books,...
Enjoy Some ... Sunny Delite; VW Eos Convertible Is No Lightweight
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Volkswagen sure loves convertibles. A ragtop VW Beetle was available almost from the start in the 1950s. The beloved "basket handle" Rabbit, then Golf convertibles with the roll bar hoop were popular through the 1990s. And...
For 3 Generations of Woods, Racing's in the Blood; Jon Wood Is the Latest to Join the Family's Racing Business
Byline: don coble LAS VEGAS - When Jon Wood climbed behind the wheel of the famed No. 21 Ford for the first time last month, Eddie Wood was overwhelmed by a sense of family. But after his son completed a few laps during a test session at the...
Former OP Councilman Brownell Back to Run Again - with Family
Byline: BILL JOHNSON David Brownell likens himself to a swallow of Capistrano ... running shoes on its feet and a race number pinned to its chest. Like the flocking birds of the famed Argentine town, the former Orange Park Town Councilman, no...
FSU Improves Record to 18-0
Florida State (18-0) remained undefeated with a 6-0 win over Indiana (4-5) on Friday night in Game 1 of a three-game series against the Hoosiers in Tallahassee. Senior Bryan Henry (5-0) threw a season-high eight innings and Tony Thomas, Jr. and...
Hilliard Takes a Builders' Timeout; the City Has Imposed a Halt on New Building in Areas without Infrastructure
Byline: KEVIN TURNER HILLIARD - The Hilliard Town Council imposed a moratorium March 1 against new construction in places where municipal water, sewer and other infrastructure aren't available. Town officials say the emergency ordinance was necessary...
Home and Garden Events
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport WORKSHOP WHAT ABOUT WATER? Learn to utilize drip irrigation in your landscape. Participate in a hands-on workshop about connecting the parts of the system. Experts from the Duval County extension service will...
Home & Garden
SALE SHOP AT THE PARK Friends of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Palm Coast offer a selection of four-leaf clovers, roses, native plants, staghorn ferns and other varieties during a sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the park, 6400 N....
Homeless Family Sees Outpouring of Assistance
Byline: Rhonda Reese When Phyllis Dedrick stopped by the Mandarin Garden Club's Trash to Treasure sale March 3, she was simply hoping to purchase some bargains for a needy family. Dedrick became teary-eyed when club member Mary Forester told...
Homeowner Group Rules Plan Criticized; an Ex-County Commissioner Says It's a Step Backward
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL A proposed rule change that would let homeowner associations know their residents' building plans but take away the associations' right to veto those plans would be a step backward for St. Johns County, former County Commissioner...
If NCAA Is Consistent, Seminoles Won't Be Hurt
Byline: Sam Borden TAMPA -- It might be a stupid rule, but it's still a rule. Unlike other sports in which injuries are just part of the game, in college basketball, they're more than it. That's a fact the NCAA Tournament selection committee...
Inkworthy; Mark Gilmore Was County's Special Olympics Delegate
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Special Olympics athlete Mark Gilmore of Orange Park was Clay County's delegate at a three-day Special Olympics Florida Athlete Congress in Tallahassee. The Congress, sponsored by the Florida Agency of Persons with Disabilities,...
It's a Battle for Technology Fees; the Clerk of Courts Says They're for His Upgrades, but the City Wants the Money
Byline: BETH KORMANIK Duval County Clerk of Courts Jim Fuller collects millions of dollars in fees on Jacksonville's behalf every year. But the amount he sends back to city coffers is the subject of a three-year dispute that both sides acknowledge...
Jags' Taylor Sees Radio in Future
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Now that Fred Taylor has locked down the contract extension he sought and likely will retire a Jaguar, the running back has started thinking about his post-football plans. It's one reason Taylor joined a handful of NFL players...
Join in the State's War against Exotic, Invasive Weeds; the Top 2 Offenders Are the Air Potato and the Chinese Tallow Tree
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE As part of National Invasive Weed Awareness Week, members of garden-related organizations throughout the country recently hosted informational programs. The weeds are categorized as exotic, invasive plants. Exotics...
Jon Wood's Nextel Cup Debut All about Family, Business
Byline: DON COBLE PENALTIES UPHELD FOR CREW CHIEFS The National Stock Car Commission this week upheld all penalties issued to crew chiefs Robbie Reiser, Ken Francis, Josh Browne and Rodney Childers for violations found before the Daytona 500....
Judicial Process Class Meets Inside Prison for Women; One Student in the Unusual Class Graduated from High School in Jacksonville
Byline: JOHN CARTER You could safely say his college class is quite captivating, an arresting experience. Since early January, Alex Mincey of the Murray Hill area has been taking a Lipscomb University judicial process class that meets inside...
Julington Students Find Podcasting in a Class All by Itself; Teacher Says Practice Improves Student Comprehension
Byline: terry brown If you met a leprechaun who granted three wishes, what might they be? For some Julington Creek Elementary parents, finding their pot of gold was as simple as listening to their child's podcast on the Internet. Second-grade...
'Lion King' Is Royal Good Time; Production at the Times-Union Center Is Quite a Spectacle for Its Audience
Byline: ROGER BULL The Lion King is a whole lot of fun. It's as simple as that. No "buts" or "howevers." It's a treat from start to finish. It is not deep, thought-provoking theater. Almost everyone knows the plot from the 1994 Disney film, which...
Magical Years of Oz and Munchkins 78; 1939 Was a Big Year for Hollywood: 'Gone with the Wind' and 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' Also Released
Byline: JOE WILHELM JR. There was no way of telling that the Wizard of Oz would make such an indelible mark on the history of filmmaking when it was released in 1939. Meinhardt Raabe, 91, of Penney Farms, has enjoyed the success of the film as...
Mandarin Museum Board Fires Executive Director; They Are Looking for a New Leader Who Can Help Develop Educational Programs
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society is searching for a new executive director after its board discharged the current one earlier this week after almost two years of service. Hugh Palmer was hired as the society's first...
Miscues Are Still an Issue
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO ATLANTA -- Florida pledged to fix its turnover problem before the Southeastern Conference Tournament began. The Gators still have some work to do. UF committed 16 in their 74-57 victory over Georgia at the Georgia Dome...
Mortgage Company Shuts Down Area Office; WMC Mortgage Corp. Lays off 68 Employees as It Goes through Restructuring
Byline: JOE LIGHT WMC Mortgage Corp., a unit of General Electric Co., is shutting down its Jacksonville office and laying off 68 employees. The announcement from the company, which decided to discontinue some of its subprime lending operations,...
Musicians Bring American Tapestry to Orange Park
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Orange Park pianist Joy Myers and award-winning flutist Donna Wissinger bring the American Tapestry touring show to Clay County on Sunday. They'll perform at the Thrasher-Horne Center's Studio Theater. American Tapestry...
Nassau Youths' Skills Bring Them Trophies at State Fair; from Horses to Livestock Shows, the County Was Well Represented by 4-H
Nassau County was well represented at the Florida State Fair, Feb. 8 to 19 in Tampa, with 4-H youth competing in a variety of the contests. Brianna Burnsed, Natalie Hutchinson, Grace Parker, Matthew Simmons and Hunter Whitty all competed in the...
No Charges in Stabbing of Man at SeaWalk; Authorities Say the Evidence in the Jan. 22 Incident Isn't Strong Enough to Convince a Jury
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - The State Attorney's Office will not prosecute a homeless man who was arrested on an attempted murder charge in January after a stabbing on the SeaWalk. Randolph Ragan Hicks, 41, had a severed artery...
No One Is Spared, Everyone Laughs; Larry the Cable Guy Delights Crowd with His Observations Thursday Night at the Arena
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA Dan Whitney is 44 and a little heavy-set, the kind of guy you wouldn't look at twice if you walked past him in Wal-Mart. But when he puts on his sleeveless plaid shirt and camouflage cap, he becomes Larry the Cable Guy. And...
Odyssey Tests 'Minds' of Students
Byline: JOE WILHELM JR. More than 200 students from Northeast and Central Florida participated in the Odyssey of the Mind Tournament last Saturday at Fleming High School. Students presented solutions to problems they had been working on for about...
On the Green
WOMEN'S PLAY The Fernandina Beach Women's Golf Association played low team net Tuesday. The team of Joan Donnelly, Shirley McKain, Diana Hunter and Javene Lamb placed first with a total of 291. Phyllis Lay, MJ Augspurger, Sue Robinson and...
OPINION NUGGETS; Crist in Fine Style
Those watching the political skies for a sign of more bipartisanship in Florida couldn't miss the rocket Gov. Charlie Crist launched this week. In his first State of the State speech as governor, Crist quoted Bobby Kennedy, promoted teacher raises...
Owners of Pair of Buildings Are Facing Problems with the 'View'; Two Structures in the Redevelopment Area Are Blocking the Scenery
Byline: MARY HURST FERNANDINA BEACH - George and Dorothy Venturo are trying to negotiate from Maryland with the city on their vacant building at 101 N. Front St., the first building north of Brett's Waterway Cafe on the Amelia River. It has large...
Pampered Pooches Are Members of Society, Too; in Fact, the Society Has Its Own Special San Marco Meeting Place
Byline: RACHEL TITTLE Tucked away in semi-urban San Marco is a little-known four-legged community. Amid historic neighborhoods breathes an oasis where dogs in the "Pampered Pooch Society" enjoy nearly 15 acres of grassy field sparsely populated...
Police Briefs; 25 Tires Punctured at Apartment Complex
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Police said someone punctured 25 tires on cars, trucks and other vehicles at an apartment complex at 8433 Southside Blvd. between 10:30 p.m. March 2 and 6:30 a.m. March 3. Police said the eight vehicles were parked near each...
Police Briefs; Bomb Joke Turns out to Be a Dud
Byline: JOHN CARTER A 50-year-old man was arrested at 9:30 a.m. March 6 at the Talleyrand Marine Terminal, 2085 Talleyrand Ave., and charged with making a false bomb threat. A security officer told police she verified the truck driver's credentials...
Police Briefs; Girl Hit by Car Is in Hospital
Byline: KEVIN TURNER YULEE - A 13-year-old Yulee girl was in good condition at Shands Jacksonville hospital after being hit by a car Monday afternoon on Florida A1A shortly after getting off her school bus. Jazmyn Richardson had been participating...
Police Briefs; Man Accused of Hitting Another with Beer Bottle
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH -- A 53-year-old man was arrested and charged with battery after police said he knocked a 52-year-old man on the head with a beer bottle during...
Police Briefs; Robber Steals Girl Scout Cookie Money
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Call this one the case of the robber who wanted Samoa money. A Girl Scout troop had a successful day selling its famed cookies until they started walking to the parking lot at 7:05 p.m. March 2. Troop members had set...
Power Lines Are Being Moved Underground; Officials Say the Change Will Increase Reliability, Especially in Storms
Byline: DREW DIXON Utility power lines are going underground in Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach and parts of Ponte Vedra Beach as part of a conversion to make electricity service more reliable. Beaches Energy Services officials said this week...
Property Owners Get a Hearing; They Will Discuss the Plans They Have for Their Land in the Redevelopment Area
Byline: MARY HURST FERNANDINA BEACH - All concerned are anxious to get the Community Redevelopment Area on the map - perhaps none more so than private property owners who have waited in the wings for the city to define what the Amelia River waterfront...
Prune Hybrid Roses for Structure and to Remove the Spent Flowers
Byline: BECKY WERN Q: I bought a bunch of hybrid roses, and the blooms they came with have faded. How should I prune them? All you need to do is remove the spent flower, and the branch it is on, down to the next branch of leaflets coming out....
Quite a Ride after Genie Grants 3 Wishes in 'Aladdin'; A Southside Catholic School Takes on the Disney Classic as a Fundraiser
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND He's a genie with an attitude who travels on Magic Carpet Airlines and sings When You Wish Upon A Star off key. But that's OK because this wise-cracking character gets Aladdin Jr. - Al as he calls him - out of some pretty...
Rants & Blogs
Our commission needs general house cleaning While I have no solid opinion of why John Thrasher resigned, I would venture to say that with the unrest in the county over more than a few issues, cleaning the County Commission house altogether is not...
Rate Hike Will Flip Switch on JEA's Debt; You'll Pay More Than $7,800, 60 Percent More Than Similar Companies, to Help Reduce It
Byline: MATT GALNOR JEA electric customers of today and tomorrow will be paying for the city-owned utility's past reliance on debt - a reliance that far exceeds that of JEA's peers. Wall Street ratings agencies have long harped on JEA's rising...
Rayonier Adds Biomass Boiler; the Equipment Should Reduce Oil Use and Greenhouse Emissions
Byline: AMELIA A. HART FERNANDINA BEACH - Rayonier officials last week celebrated the completion of a $29 million project at its fiber-production mill that reduces oil use by 90 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent. Rayonier Chairman...
Record Numbers Expected at Gate River Run
Byline: Brian Kosoy From softball and lacrosse to bodybuilding and skateboarding, Beaches athletes are staying busy this spring. Here are this week's top performers and events: -- Today: A record number of participants is expected for today's...
Residents Divided over Selva's Bid; the Country Club Is Proposing to Sell about 27 Acres
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - The City Commission will hold a public hearing Monday on a plan by Selva Marina Country Club to sell about 27 acres of its property and turn it into a residential development with revenues paying for a refurbishing...
Rethinking Popular Online Schools; Some State Lawmakers Say the Publicly Funded Schools Need a Reality Check
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER When Kim Spencer recalls the day her middle-schoolers performed a reading of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, she grins almost as wide as the smiley-face icon on her computer screen. The teacher at the Jacksonville-based Florida...
Ridgeview High Grad in Bullpen for Army
Byline: Brent Beaird When the Army baseball team travels to Gainesville to play Florida next Wednesday, there will be a familiar face in the Black Knights lineup. Chris Simpkins, a Ridgeview High graduate, is a freshman pitcher/infielder for Army....
Robbers Hit Cash Registers in 3 Incidents
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A cash register drawer with about $100 inside was stolen between 9 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 a.m. Monday from the Mandarin sandwich shop at 11584 Old St. Augustine Road, after someone smashed a window with a rock. Then between...
Runners Going the Distance for Cake; the River Run Celebrates with Music, Prizes and an 80-Foot Birthday Cake
Byline: ZACHARY SPAIN As the Gate River Run celebrates its 30th year today, an 80-foot birthday cake will be cut into 10,000 pieces. One runner will win a new car, while 29 others will win prizes worth hundreds of dollars. Thousands will eat,...
Running through Obstacles; Orange Park's Staci Suits Overcomes Health Issues to Start in Today's River Run
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Staci Suits of Orange Park will run her first River Run today, but getting to that starting line has been a long, painful and sometimes scary trip. For most of her adult life, Staci had sought some sport or physical activity...
Seattle Gives Grant $30 Million, 6 Years; the Former Jaguar Will Be among the Highest Paid Safeties in the NFL
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT The free-agency gravy train continued its trek through the NFL, scooping up Deon Grant, who became one of the league's highest-paid safeties Friday after signing a six-year deal worth more than $30 million with the Seattle...
Smaller Oak Harbor Ramp Is a Boater's Hidden Treasure
Byline: DREW DIXON MAYPORT - With the bustle of Mayport Road and other parts of Florida A1A, a naval station and a burgeoning historic fishing village, there are few hidden treasures left in the North Beaches area like the Oak Harbor Boat Ramp....
SMOTHERING START; Florida Shreds Georgia with Impressive Burst
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO ATLANTA -- Florida coach Billy Donovan has talked all season long about how the Gators have received their opponents' best shot because they are the defending national champion. On Friday night, Florida showed it can land...
Snapshots; Standing Triumphantly
Byline: gil hofmann CAPTION(S): gil hofmann/st. johns sun Flag football teams vyed for the champsionships in their age divisions March 4 at Plantation Park. Pictured are winners for: Ages 5 and 6, Minor Panthers -- Robbie Clark (kneeling,...
Something's Got to Give; Counties Get Ready for a Loss of Property Tax
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA, ANNE MARIE APOLLO and J. TAYLOR RUSHING As Florida legislators continue to debate property-tax reform they say could bring relief to residents, government officials throughout Northeast Florida are preparing for what they...
Sports Extra
RICHTER: RIGHT MAN FOR CONGRESS Having endured thousands of bazooka blasts of vulcanized rubber fired at him from short range, Mike Richter, former New York Rangers goaltender, figures he's ready for a career change -- to a job involving less stress,...
Spring Breakers Soak Up the Sun
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Students on spring break from colleges up North, in the Midwest and elsewhere frolicked on the beach in Jacksonville Beach this week, mingling with locals and families who came out for some sun. Girls sunbathed in bikinis...
Springing the Blues Fest Warms Up for 17th Year of Beachside Jamming; the Festival Draws Fans and Musicians from All over and Includes School Sessions
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Sweet notes from Willie Green's harmonica filled the room. The band behind him played along, soulful and jazzy. "Now we're going to slow down a bit for a little something I wrote," Green told his small audience. "I hope...
St. Johns River Celebration Seeks Clean-Up Volunteers
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Sign-ups still are being taken for the St. Johns River Celebration, a day for volunteers to remove debris from the river, its banks and tributaries. The cleanup is set for Saturday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to noon. Lunch...
St. Simons Traffic Stop Nets 13 Arrests; Police Targeted Unlicensed Drivers on the F.J. Torras Causeway for about an Hour
Byline: TERRY DICKSON ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Police arrested 12 people for driving without a license and one for possession of marijuana Friday morning during a predawn traffic check on the F.J. Torras Causeway. It took officers a long time to set...
Suspects in Kidnap OK Return to Florida; the Two Captured in Georgia Will Face Charges in Miami
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Two men captured in Camden County following the drug-related kidnapping of three South Florida men have waived extradition to Miami, where they face federal charges in the case. Charles Edmund Preston, 25,...
Time Warp
OK, Clay County folks. Earlier than ever, the time has arrived to set your clocks for daylight savings time. That means an hour less of sleep Saturday night - although if you must, the time officially marches ahead at 2 a.m. Sunday. It also means...
Two Stripes and You're out; New Lines on County Road 210 by Interstate 95 Were Meant to Stop Drivers from Cutting into Line for the Northbound Ramp to the Interstate and Ease Traffic Flow during the Morning Rush Hour. Instead, the Lines Are Causing More Traffic Delays Than before, Especially When County Cops Are Watching for Violators
Byline: mark pettus Drivers on County Road 210 often complain about the long waits to get on and off of Interstate 95, and those waiting for promised road improvements must sometimes feel they are waiting for a zebra to change its stripes. But the...
T-YOU; Easy to Lose Sight When You're at Top
Byline: Deborah Hansen Too many people have lost sight of the rungs on their ladder of success. Many of us worked our way up in our profession, pulling ourselves closer to the top with each rung as we put in the time necessary to advance. All...
T-YOU; Rants & Raves Stop Your Bellyaching, Jaguars Stop Your Bellyaching, Jaguars
I read once again about the Jacksonville Jaguars complaining about revenue sharing, and I just have a few questions. Do Toyota and Honda share with Ford and Chevrolet? Does Wal-Mart share with Kmart and Target? And here's where it really hits home...
T-YOU; 'School's Out' New State Song? T-U Readers Offer Their Suggestions Should "Old Folks at Home" Get Axed
Byline: DAVID C.L. BAUER Some were sublime, some reverent, but there was no shortage of ideas from Times-Union readers about what Florida could use as a new state song if a possible push to replace Old Folks at Home proved successful. State Sen....
Vegas Presents Many Challenges; New Garage, Track, Tires Are Creating a Series of Issues for Drivers
Byline: DON COBLE LAS VEGAS -- The smell of fresh paint was more prominent around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday than the smell of burning tires and boiling brakes. A dramatic overhaul of the popular 1.5-mile racetrack was finished hours...
Web Site Attacking Ben Rich Shuts Down; the Site Closed after the Supervisor of Elections Invoked Rules on Political Ads
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL A Web site closed down Wednesday after it had become a forum for attacking St. Johns County Commission Chairman Ben Rich after he made critical comments about the handling of the Columbine high school shootings in Colorado....
Welcome to My Garden
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA During the next few months I plan to share my successes and failures and, if all goes well, a whole bunch of cucumbers. This will be the fifth year I've planted a garden in a 12-by-22-foot plot beside my home in Clay County....
What Is This?
Byline: terry brown Can you identify the object above? Be the first to e-mail us what it is and its location and we'll send you a St. Johns Sun visor. Plus, we'll heap praise on you in the next edition of the Sun! E-mail answers to stjohnsnews@jacksonville.com....
'Who's the Boss?' Airport Bodies Ask in Court; Judge Will Decide If JAA Answers to City Council or Board of Directors
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS The Jacksonville Aviation Authority and its two unions showed up in court Friday to settle a technical issue that could determine what type of contract the estranged workers will get for the next three years. At the...
Wolfson's Young Patients Get Real Lift from Classic Cars; the North Florida Show Car Association Brought the Cars and Money for the Hospital
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND It was a show worthy of leaving their beds - even on a nippy day. Some walked out, some were carried and some were wheeled out. These youngsters from Wolfson Children's Hospital eagerly checked out 20 classic cars...
Woman Indicted in Bank Fraud; the Waycross Paralegal Is Accused of Stealing More Than $110,000
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - A Ware County paralegal has been charged with stealing more than $110,000 in a bank fraud scheme that a FBI investigation revealed involved forged signatures on federal bankruptcy checks. Gina A. Wooten,...
Women's Lunch Incites Boogie Fever
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis It's not often Mayor John Peyton dances at the dais, but there he was, arms swaying and body moving to Gloria Estefan's Get On Your Feet. He didn't have much of a choice. His other option would have been to stand still...