The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 26, 2006

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4 of County's Public Schools among State's Highest Rated; Now the Challenge Is for the Schools to Keep High Marks
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Four Clay County public schools - Fleming Island and Orange Park elementaries, Lakeside Junior High and Fleming Island High - are among the top high-performing schools in Florida. On Monday, state Education Commissioner...
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After Katrina, He's Getting Back on His Feet in Hilliard; Allen Wilkinson Lost Everything in the Storm, but He's Starting Business Again
Byline: KEVIN TURNER HILLIARD - A year after Hurricane Katrina ripped through Louisiana and Mississippi devastating thousands, one survivor is restarting his life and business in this small Nassau County community. Allen Wilkinson said he's glad...
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Airborne Truck Kills Motorist
One person died and another suffered life-threatening injuries Friday when a pickup truck crossed a grass median in heavy rain and went airborne before colliding with a car going the other way on Gate Parkway West. The pickup truck sheared off part...
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Allegations Fly in St. Johns Commission Race; A Former Sheriff Headed a News Conference to Accuse a Candidate of Having a Sordid Past
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL An acrimonious news conference Tuesday in which a former St. Johns County sheriff said County Commission candidate Tom Manuel had ties with organized crime inevitably will affect the race, Supervisor of Elections Penny Halyburton...
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A.M.Stir
Byline: Compiled by Brandy Hilboldt Allport THE SHOW ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY The first televised major league baseball game, actually a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, aired 67 years ago today....
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Angler Proud of Accomplishments for Pier
Byline: DREW DIXON When Joe Dionne started a club this year for anglers using the Jacksonville Beach pier, he had no idea he'd be landing such a big one. "Actually, I don't know what possessed me to do this," Dionne said. He was voted in this...
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Anti-Drug Programs Will Stay in Elementary Schools after All
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Despite financial restraints, the Sheriff's Office will conduct anti-drug programs in Clay County elementary schools this year after all. But school resource officers' presence will be reduced, with one fewer officer...
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Anti-War Activists Confront Kingston; the Congressman Is Challenged on Why His Son Isn't Fighting in Iraq
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., met Friday with members of GlynnPeace, an activist organization, but did not sign a resolution to pull out of Iraq. Kingston met with the group for about 45 minutes at the Brunswick-Golden...
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Arlington Notebook; Jacksonville University Appoints Dean of Education Christina Ramirez-Smith Has Held Many Leadership Positions
Byline: JOHN CARTER Christina Ramirez-Smith is Jacksonville University's new dean of the School of Education. Her appointment was announced recently by Lois Becker, senior vice president of academic affairs, and President Kerry Romesburg. ...
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Around the Bend; Mandarin High's PTSA to Meet
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The first general meeting of Mandarin High School's Parent Teacher Student Association is at 7 p.m. Monday at the school, 4831 Greenland Road. The meeting is open to all Mandarin High School parents and students and will focus...
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Around Town; Volunteers Needed at Symphony Showhouse
Members of the Jacksonville Symphony Guild need volunteers to help staff the Showhouse, which will be open to the public Saturday, Oct. 7, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in Jacksonville's historic Springfield neighborhood. Participants must sign up in advance....
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Arrests
Those booked into the Clay County Jail Monday through Wednesday include: Kristopher Bradley, 22, Green Cove Springs, violation of probation/criminal mischief Richard Cheshire, 27, Orange Park, failure to appear/driving while license is suspended,...
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Arts Academy Opens West Branch in Callahan Church; the Nonprofit Is One of Florida's Four Certified Community Arts Schools
Byline: MARY HURST CALLAHAN - The Amelia Arts Academy has gone west. The nonprofit arts academy, one of four certified Community Schools of the Arts in Florida, has been offering low-cost music and other arts instruction to residents on the east...
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Attackers Beat Up, Rob Victims; These 3 Incidents Occurred in Recent Days on the Southside
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A series of unrelated robberies got physical on the Southside earlier this week, leaving victims nursing bumps and bruises and missing cash and other personal items. The first was Aug. 19, when a 39-year-old Southside man...
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Beaches Watch Applauded for Advocacy Efforts
Byline: Jackie Rooney It's time scientists stop trying to reinvent the world and its citizens through genetic engineering. If they want to find unusual life forms, they should consider the political scene in Washington, D.C. - no, just kidding -...
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Beach Shorts; THEY'RE NO. 1
Group helps with grief Members of a national peer support group program will be meeting at several Beaches elementary schools to help children deal with painful experiences in their lives such as death, divorce and abandonment. The Rainbows program...
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Blue Star Mothers Doing Their Part; These Moms Start First Florida Chapter
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A light has been burning in the window of a Westside woman's home since Christmas Eve. It will remain aglow until Judy Edwards' son returns from military service in Iraq and turns off what she calls his guiding light. ...
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Busch Looking beyond Chase; NASCAR Superstars Battling for Spot in Top 10, While Trying to Avoid Bristol's Nasty Pitfalls
Byline: DON COBLE BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kurt Busch hasn't given up on qualifying for the Chase for the Championship, but he knows he faces nearly impossible odds -- like getting through tonight's Sharpie 500 without denting a fender. Busch, like...
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Carnival Ship under Repair in Bahamas; A Scheduled Five-Day Cruise Will Be Cut to Three and Leave Jacksonville Monday
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS Carnival Cruise Line's Jacksonville-based ship Celebration will not return home until Monday, remaining in dry dock in the Bahamas while shipwrights continue to repair damage that occurred last week. Because of the...
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Character Proposal Now Faces the Public; the Ordinance Will Be Presented at a Formal Hearing on Monday
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - The long-debated community-character ordinance, a proposal that has pit opponents of "big-box" homes against property-rights advocates, will be presented at its first formal public hearing before the City Commission...
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City Acts on Riprap at Ramp; Mandarin Park Boaters Complained
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A new city sign warning boaters of the danger lurking under the algae-tinted waters at the Mandarin Park boat ramp is just the first step in bringing the 2-month-old facility up to snuff. More signs, lights and three more...
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City Clerk Wants Assistant Position to Receive a Raise; the City Manager Says Such a Pay Increase Would Be Complicated
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - With city staff members getting busier because of growth, City Clerk Donna Bussey says her assistant deserves a raise. But City Manager Jim Hanson disagrees. Bussey is requesting the city increase her assistant's...
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Covered P.E. Areas Coming to 2 Schools
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Lakeside and Paterson elementary schools will be the first recipients of a Clay County school district program to provide matching funds to build long-needed covered physical education areas. Each of the two schools...
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Creating a Florida-Friendly Landscape; Planning and Choosing the Right Plants Will Help Save Environment
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE Are you tired of battling insect problems or pruning that hedge to keep it under the eaves? Have increases in energy and water bills gotten your attention? Consider making changes to save time and money and create a...
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DB Goes from Walk-On to Captain
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- A month ago, Mikhal Kornegay was a senior walk-on defensive back at Florida State, whose career had gone largely unnoticed beyond his teammates and the coaching staff. That's no longer the case. Awarded a...
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Defense Covers Jackets; First Coast Threatens Upset, but St. Augustine Extends Winning Streak to 16
Byline: CHASE GOODBREAD ST. AUGUSTINE -- St. Augustine High might have graduated much of the talent that won a state football title last season, but the formula for that success -- tough defense -- apparently hasn't received its diploma yet. ...
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Developer Buys the Palms Complex; Chris Hionides Plans to Upgrade the Buildings and Convert Them into Condos
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - A condemned apartment complex sought for affordable housing has been bought instead by a Beaches developer who wants to turn the site into condominiums. City officials said this week Chris Hionides purchased...
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D.R. Horton Adjusting to Area Market
Byline: Alison Trinidad As new home sales drop across the country, D.R. Horton Inc. still plans to build hundreds in Northeast Florida. In its crosshairs: Jacksonville's Northside and Westside, areas where land for planned subdivisions is abundant....
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Election 2006; 6 Republicans Crowd the Race for District 4
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Six people have crowded the field of those trying to win the most votes of Republicans for the District 4 County Commission seat. The winner of the Sept. 5 primary will face write-in independent Theresa L. Noakes in the...
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Evans Couple Guilty of Running Drug Ring; Ronald Sr. Faces at Least 20 Years in Prison; His Wife, at Least 10
Byline: MATT GALNOR For at least 14 years, Ronald Evans Sr. recruited drug addicts, put them to work and sold them crack on credit to keep them in debt. In the last six months before police raided his East Palatka labor camp last summer, he brought...
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Fear of Jury Duty - Can It Really Be Called a Phobia?
Byline: Rich Ray To access the full contributions from the community columnists featured below, go to www.firstcoastcommunity. com, keyword: fcccolumnists. Professor Grayson Psychology in Practice Troianne Grayson is a professor of psychology...
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Fire Rescue Deputy Chief No Newcomer to Firefighting; His Grandfather and His Dad Started a Volunteer Fire Department
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Roger West, Nassau County Fire Rescue's newly promoted deputy chief of operations, has been around firefighting all his life. "My dad and my grandfather started a volunteer fire department in Jacksonville long before consolidation...
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Fitzgerald Wants a Trial This Year; the Suspended County Commissioner Faces Six Counts, One a Felony
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Suspended County Commissioner Christy Fitzgerald is ready to clear the cloud of suspicion that accuses her of misusing her political position. "Ms. Fitzgerald would like to get the case done before the end of the year,"...
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Getting Care Right at Home; Home Care Industry Getting a Boost as Aging Baby Boomers Need the Services
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA As baby boomers start to shuffle into their golden years, the home care business is standing ready. The industry offers a slew of services -- from housekeeping and companionship to physical therapy and nursing care --...
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HANGING WITH THE BIG DOGS; Great Dane Group Chooses Beaches Park for Gathering
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY JACKSONVILLE BEACH - Great Danes ruled at Paws Park on Sunday morning. Other breeds of dogs also came out to play at the dog park, as they usually do. There were pugs and a Golden Retriever and Labrador Retrievers. But...
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High School Classic Ends as 9-Hole Event
Byline: BILL JOHNSON The weather officially stripped Joey Keene of his round of 68, but it couldn't strip him or his Fleming Island teammates of the Boys Clay County High School Classic championship Tuesday. About 10 minutes after Keene walked...
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In Health
BREATHING BOOSTERS CLUB Life Line Home Care in Fernandina Beach is sponsoring the Breathing Boosters Club, a new support group for people living with respirator limitations and their friends and family. The group's first monthly meeting will...
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It's a Big Weekend for High School Sports
Byline: Brian Kosoy This is one of the most eventful weekends of the summer in Beaches sports, with high school football and swimming teams beginning their seasons and the Summer Beach Run taking to the shores Sunday. Here are this week's top highlights...
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It's No Rabbit Trick; GTI Mk V Has a Real Hop to It
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Honda Civic Si; Dodge Omni GLH; Ford Focus ZX3; MINI Cooper S -- all of these compact sports coupes also live under another category. They are hot hatchbacks, or hot hatches for short. But the first hot hatch was the Volkswagen...
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It's the Season for Negative Campaign Ads; Elections Are Coming Up Soon; You Can Tell by Attack Ads Running in Jacksonville
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE - They're mean. They're sneaky. They may be coming to your home. With primary elections looming on Sept. 5 and the Nov. 7 general election coming into view, it's attack-ad season in Florida. Although it's...
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Jacksonville Journal
GROUP IS COLLECTING BACKPACKS FOR CHILDREN Operation Backpack will be soliciting backpacks 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at various locations. Now in its fourth year, Operation Backpack collects backpacks and gift cards for children in...
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Jaguars Simulating Game-Week Approach
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Just like the offense, Jacksonville's defense hasn't conceived specific game plans for its opponents through two preseason games thus far. That changes tonight, when the Jaguars play host to Tampa Bay at Alltel Stadium....
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JAGUARS vs. BUCS
Byline: Michael C. Wright NUMBERS OF THE GAME 4.75*****Jags running back Fred Taylor's career yardage (8,367) converted to miles. Second-year Tampa Bay running back Cadillac Williams needs 7,189 yards to catch Taylor, which means he's got about...
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JU Coach Glad to Have Clay Grads
Byline: Brent Beaird As Jacksonville University is about to start another football season, coach Steve Gilbert said he is pleased to have several Clay County graduates on the roster. "We are glad to get a pipeline going to Clay County," Gilbert...
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Library's Sidewalk Is a Concern; Some Say It's Too Narrow at the South Mandarin Branch
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Melanie Cross likes the new South Mandarin branch library, opened almost 14 months ago at 12125 San Jose Blvd. It's just that getting to it could be a challenge for people walking to and from their cars, especially those in...
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Literacy Fair Makes Reading Come Alive; Kids and Their Parents Turn out for Storytelling, Readings and Books for Families
Byline: LYNN SKAPYAK HARLIN Saturday morning is cartoon-watching time for most kids, but storytelling was the attraction that brought them to Florida Community College at Jacksonville's recent Family Literacy Fair on the North Campus. Smiling...
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Longtime Educator Honored; the New Nassau Technical Center Is Dedicated to Lewis "Red" Bean
Byline: MARY HURST YULEE - State Rep. Aaron Bean told the story of Fernandina Beach resident Robert Odom coming to him when he first sought election to the City Commission. "He came to me and said, 'I want to help you as your dad helped me,'...
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Mallows Need Full Sun, Adequate Water
Byline: KAYCE KNOWLTON Q: My mallow plants are about 2 years old, and they don't look very healthy. Is there something I can do to help them out? Mallow is a fast-growing plant related to hibiscus. It can reach heights of 6 feet. Summer blooms...
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Mandarin Artist D'Agnillo Shows 'Simple Tranquility'
Byline: Rhonda Reese It all begins Friday. That's when Laurel D'Agnillo will hold a one-woman art show titled "Simple Tranquility" at the Uncommon Grounds Coffee Co. at 2002-2 Hendricks Ave. This is only the second solo show D'Agnillo has had...
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Man's Going-Away Gift: More Charges
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH A 22-year-old man about to go to prison for a criminal conviction was charged with three counts of battery on a firefighter and inciting a riot...
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Mayport's Future Hinges on Its Ferry; the Waterfront Partnership Says Revitalization in the Village Must Include the Boat
Byline: DREW DIXON MAYPORT - If the future of the historic fishing village lies in redevelopment, it will have to include the ferry service if it's going to succeed, Mayport Waterfront Partnership members said last week. Government officials...
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Meet the Candidates
STEPHEN P. ALLAIN AGE: 53 MARITAL STATUS: Married CHILDREN: Jennifer Renee, 28, and Jason Patrick, 3 RESIDENCE: Keystone Heights BIRTHPLACE: Montreal EDUCATION: Graduated in 1972 from with North Shore Community College, Boston, with...
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RICHARD F. "RICK" BEBOUT AGE: 61 MARITAL STATUS: married 41 years to Carolyn Sue Nelson CHILDREN: David Bebout, 41; Michelle Curtis, 33 RESIDENCE: Keystone Heights BIRTHPLACE: Champaign, Ill. EDUCATION: associate's degree in psychology/counseling,...
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DAVID LEROY NOAKES AGE: 65 MARITAL STATUS: Married, to Sharyn CHILDREN: Theresa RESIDENCE: Keystone Heights BIRTHPLACE: Honolulu EDUCATION: Associate of science WORK HISTORY: United States Marine Corps (30 years), Florida Department...
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TAMMY CHEREESE STEWART AGE: 35 MARITAL STATUS: married (7 years) CHILDREN: Emily, 4, Eli, 2 RESIDENCE: Clay Hill BIRTHPLACE: Starke EDUCATION: 1991, associate of arts, St. Johns River Community College; 1994, bachelor of science in...
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CHARLES R. "SCOTTY" TAYLOR AGE: 48 MARITAL STATUS: married CHILDREN: none RESIDENCE: Middleburg BIRTHPLACE: Clay County EDUCATION: Firefighting academy, Florida Junior College at Jacksonville (now FCCJ) WORK HISTORY: career firefighter...
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JAMES GEORGE "JIM" TROTT AGE: 57 MARITAL STATUS: married 38 years CHILDREN: 4 RESIDENCE: Middleburg BIRTHPLACE: Jacksonville EDUCATION: Bachelor of science, legal assisting, Jones College, 1997 WORK HISTORY: Military from 1968...
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Mobile Unit Gives Animals a Second Chance at Life, Love
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY PONTE VEDRA BEACH - For some people last Saturday, a quick trip to the grocery store led to years of furry love. When the Humane Society of Northeast Florida's Mobile Adoption Unit, filled with 13 dogs and eight cats, spent...
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Motorists Will Get New Welcome; Officials Break Ground on a New Visitors Center off I-95 in Kingsland
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - Exit 3, the high-traffic interchange on Interstate 95 in Kingsland, attracts thousands of motorists each day for gas, meals and lodging. A year from now, the interchange will also be a place where motorists...
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Mustangs Run over Raines; Seniors Holmes, Howell Lead Mandarin's Offensive Outburst in Season-Opening Rout
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Mike Holmes was patient and consistent. Harold Howell was quick and effective. Together the two seniors combined to lead Mandarin to a 31-8 season-opening win over host Raines Friday night at The Graveyard. Holmes was...
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Nassau County School Board Candidates Have Their Say; DISTRICT 1
JANET H. ADKINS Age: 40 Hometown: Fernandina Beach Occupation: Full-time school board member Education: Master of Business Administration, University of North Florida; bachelor of science in Information Science, UNF Experience: 12 years'...
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Nassau County School Board Candidates Have Their Say; DISTRICT 3
MURIEL CREAMER Age: 61 Hometown: Yulee Occupation: Self-employed (rental properties) Education: Graduate of Yulee High School and Florida Technical College. Experience: Nassau County School Board member, eight years. Family: Married...
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Nassau County School Board Candidates Have Their Say; DISTRICT 5
KATHY KNIGHT BURNS Age: 46 Hometown: Fernandina Beach Occupation: Teacher/School Board member Education: Currently completing doctorate in education; specialist degree in educational leadership; Masters in elementary education, University...
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Nassau Notes
WRITERS, POETS TO MEET The Nassau County Writers & Poets Society will meet at 9 a.m. today in the Community Room at the Fernandina Beach Police Department, 1525 Lime St. NASSAU OAKS GATHERING A Nassau Oaks Community Gathering will be 11...
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Not All Heeding Boulevard Parking Ban; Community Association Members Said Workers Often Ignore the Rule
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PONTE VEDRA BEACH - A long-debated parking ban was implemented on Ponte Vedra Boulevard at the end of July, but that doesn't mean all drivers are paying much attention. At a Ponte Vedra Community Association meeting Monday...
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Officials Give Updates, Hear Concerns on Projects
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - Jacksonville-area elected officials hosted a meeting this week to update residents on everything from projects on Beach Boulevard and Mayport Road to concerns about school overcrowding and a proposed...
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Officials Pleased with Charter Review Commission's Work; the Panel Is Wrapping Up Its Work after Meeting for 10 Months
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Though it does not officially dissolve until the general election is over, the Charter Review Commission has had its last meeting. The panel met Monday to pay its attorney - a little more than $3,000 to Allen Watts of...
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Parker High Newspaper Wins State Competition; the Paper's Faculty Director Praises the Hard Work Students Have Put In
Byline: JOHN CARTER When the smoke cleared at a recent statewide competition, the staff of Smoke Signals was left holding a prestigious award. The Terry Parker High School newspaper received an award for outstanding achievement in graphic design...
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Police Briefs; 3 Men Arrested after Police Stop Their Car
Byline: JOHN CARTER Three men ages, 43, 27 and 26, were arrested at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the 6900 block of Lillian Road and charged with grand theft. The 27-year-old was also charged with criminal mischief, possession of a controlled substance...
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Police Briefs; Man, 25, Robbed at Gunpoint While Returning Rented Movies the Robber Made Him Take Money from a Nearby ATM
Byline: DAN SCANLAN An early-morning video return turned ugly Aug. 18 when a 25-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint outside the Blockbuster video store at 11674 Beach Blvd., then ordered to hand over more cash from an automated teller machine a...
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Police Briefs; Man on Philips Is Robbed at Gunpoint
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A 22-year-old Mandarin man fell victim late Aug. 18 to a gunman and his partner, who stole his cell phone and $100 as he walked down the 8700 block of Philips Highway. The victim said two men drove up in a green car and the...
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Police Briefs; Woman Accused of a Sex Crime
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL A 33-year-old Green Cove Springs woman has been arrested for having sex with a person younger than 18 in her home. Green Cove Springs Police officer E.J. Guzman was dispatched to Roberts Court to investigate "an incident...
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Police Briefs; Woman Robbed, Shot While Waiting for Bus Three Men Drove Up in a Ford Sedan; One Got out and Took $70
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 46-year-old woman was robbed and shot in the hand while waiting for a city bus in the 5400 block of 110th Street. The robbery occurred at 12:20 p.m. Aug. 18 when three men drove up in a white four-door Ford Crown Victoria....
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Preferred Beltway Routes to Be Discussed; the $1.6 Billion Project Is to Connect I-10 to I-95 by Winding through Clay
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Clay County residents may be the first ones to learn of the state Department of Transportation's preferred corridor for the proposed outer beltway at public workshops beginning Tuesday in Clay County, DOT officials said....
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Rapes Increase as UGa Students Return; It Happens in Athens Every Year at This Time, and Alcohol Is Usually Involved
Byline: JOE JOHNSON ATHENS - Police arrested a 25-year-old Athens man Thursday morning in connection with one of four rapes that were reported over the past week. The spate of acquaintance rapes follows a pattern that emerges whenever alcohol...
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Real Estate Agents Partner with Elections Supervisors
Supervisors of elections and real estate agents from Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties launched "Move the Vote," a public and private partnership with the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors to register voters. "When people...
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Roundup
BRADFORD 33, FERNANDINA BEACH 16: Bradford's running game dominated, with freshman Jawan Jamison and junior Rob Harris combining for more than half of the Tornadoes' total offense. Fernandina Beach fumbled two consecutive kickoffs in the fourth quarter,...
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SCHOOL BOARD RACES; Broner Brings Stability
Few races this political season feature an opposing candidate as vocal as John M. Meisburg. A federal administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration, Meisburg is outspoken about his belief that restoring "godly values" to Duval...
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Schools Deal with Crowding
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL and CAREN BURMEISTER Three weeks into the school year, the two Beaches high schools are having growing pains. Principals are dealing with the challenges by altering classroom strategies, ordering more portable classrooms...
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Series Echoes Are Awake; Matchups between Georgia Tech, Notre Dame Have Been Memorable
Byline: ADAM VAN BRIMMER ATLANTA -- For two schools not considered rivals, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame have played some memorable football games. From the inaugural meeting in 1922, when Notre Dame's "Four Horsemen" rode together for the first...
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Skateboard Park Is Preceded by Business Complaints; the Keystone Council Is Considering a Temporary Spot on Basketball Courts
Byline: ANNE SPONHOLTZ With Keystone Heights officials predicting a proposed skateboard park may be as far as a year away from completion, the City Council is contemplating providing a temporary facility on the city's basketball court. However,...
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Some Firsts for County Voters Sept. 5
Byline: Anne Sponholtz Sept. 5 marks the first time that Clay County voters will cast their votes only for the County Commission candidates running in their district. I have read several published reports that leave voters with the impression that...
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So What's for Lunch? School Cafeteria Offerings Are Changing, Too
Byline: MARY MARAGHY On a recent Monday, thousands of Clay County public school students dragged trays along stainless steel counters seeking pizza - which remains a lunch favorite despite a new healthier whole-grain crust many students haven't...
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Sports Extra
Byline: Compiled by JASON SCHNEIDER 2 CENTS It's official. The U.S. sports nation is nuts. Sports Illustrated, the most recognizable name in sports journalism, devoted 12 pages to high school football. Just what a bunch of pimply-faced,...
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Starters Receive Extended Look Tonight; Leftwich Eager to Play Longer Tonight against Bucs, the Top-Ranked Defense in 2005
Byline: VITO STELLINO The Jaguars will stage their annual preseason dress rehearsal at Alltel Stadium tonight. Their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be the third of the preseason, which is usually the one in which the starters see...
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Stern Sets St. Johns Fundraising Record; the Incumbents in the Commission Races Hold the Lead Financially
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL With the primary election about two weeks away, last-minute contributions are adding up and breaking some records in the St. Johns County Commission race, with Commissioner Karen Stern leading the way. So far, Stern, who...
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St. Johns Says Rights Bill Needs to Be Law
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL The St. Johns County Commission agreed Tuesday that for a resident-driven Neighborhood Bill of Rights to effectively give citizens more power, it must be passed as an ordinance. But there was disagreement over whether the...
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Symphony Showhouse Is 4 Houses This Year; the Homes in Springfield Will Be Open for Public Tours Oct. 7-22 as a Fundraiser
Byline: JOHN CARTER They're hoping to welcome a few dozen pairs of helping hands under their roof. The Jacksonville Symphony Guild is looking for volunteers to help staff the 2006 Bank of America Symphony Showhouse, which is open to the public...
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Tax Credits Woo Films, but Mostly to Atlanta; State Incentives Are Aimed at Boosting Rural Economies
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA - Smoke fills the air, and construction debris litters the street at a coffee shop near the Georgia Tech campus. Students duck for cover from an explosion across the street. Then they stand up, comb their hair...
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Teacher Saves Choking Student; She Credits Skills from Lifeguarding, Urges Training
Byline: KEVIN TURNER YULEE - Kindergarten teacher and Flora Parke resident Jenifer Cochran is glad she was trained in skills that allowed her to save a choking 5-year-old student Aug. 18, but said her experience should be a wake-up call to schools...
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Teachers Being Trained to Save Lives; A Number of Faculty in Nassau Are Certified in CPR and Other Skills
Byline: KEVIN TURNER FERNANDINA BEACH - Nassau County School District officials said making sure teachers and other district employees know what to do when someone is choking, drowning or having a heart attack is a priority for the district. ...
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The Fabric of Florida; Exhibition of Quilts in Gainesville Shows off the State's Natural Beauty
An exhibit of 72 quilts and 10 quilt blocks, "Quilting Natural Florida," is on display at the Florida Museum of Natural History, on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, through Monday, Sept. 4. The Florida Museum and the Quilters...
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They're 18, and World Is about Them
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis Schools teach them, employers hire them, retailers crave them, parents fear them. They're 18-year-olds. This coveted demographic is entering the workforce, college, the military and adulthood, and it's wise for the...
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TV Hype Is Too Big for Little League
Byline: Gene Frenette Obviously, the horse is already out of the barn, as ESPN televises every morsel of the Little League World Series. But when a player is dropping an expletive on live television because the network has his Staten Island, N.Y.,...
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T-YOU; Rants & Raves Reader Says Rant Was Unfounded
I feel there is no need to put everything in the paper that you receive. It is totally irresponsible for a paper to print some of this biased trash. As a city, Jacksonville has bent over backwards trying to have better race relations. You printed...
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T-YOU; Reclaim the End of Summer, Just Get on the Road Again
Byline: Shannon Banks It's that time of year when we all step outdoors, get blasted by that cozy "opening-the-oven-door" feeling and think to ourselves, "There has got to be a better place to be than here." Luckily, unless you are a student back...
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Visitation Rights May Put Toddler with Predator; Boy, 3, Is Allowed to Visit His Grandmother, Whose Husband Is a Sexual Predator
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR The courts will be asked to decide whether a foster-child caseworker was right to say a 3-year-old Jacksonville boy should be allowed to visit his grandmother's current husband, who is a registered sexual predator. Thomas...
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Water Safety Precautions Getting Help; Kohl's Grant Helps Safe Kids Mount "Water Watchers."
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Cynthia Dennis doesn't want any family to endure the tragedy of having a child drown. That's why Jacksonville-area residents are going to start seeing ads pop up on television, and parents wearing "water watcher" tags...
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Web Packs Political Punch; the Top Four Florida Governor Hopefuls Have Sites They Hope Will Click with Primary Voters
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE - When Sen. Rod Smith took his gubernatorial campaign to Jacksonville in July, an aide needed mere minutes to post pictures of the North Florida Democrat with a small crowd of local dignitaries, firefighters...
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Working with Wood about Art, Craft, Love; A Master Craftsman Shows Why It's Not a Dying Art in South Georgia
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BLACKSHEAR - The cherry wood was weathered and dull with dirt when Ned Baumbach first noticed it stacked on a neighbor's land in the North Carolina high country. Baumbach saw potential in the pile of 50-year-old hardwood...
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