The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 13, 2008

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10-Year-Old Surfer Plans a Pro Career
Byline: Wesley Mitchell Logan Raulerson, 10, of the Arlington area is an amateur surfer, competing in events all around the state and surfing on the shortboard and longboard. He recently competed in the Aqua East Sandy Forsyth Memorial Boys 14-and-under...
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Amendments Removed from Ballot; A State Judge Nixes Two Controversial Clay Charter Measures
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY A state judge has removed two controversial Clay County charter amendments from the Nov. 4 general election ballot. One of the amendments would have eliminated two new County Commission seats approved by voters in 2006...
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A.M.Stir
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA JUST WONDERING HECK IF WE KNOW Why is an actor in a movie, but on a TV show? TV MUPPETATIONAL! It was 32 years ago today when the greatest television show featuring puppets made its network debut. Sorry, ALF,...
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Anglers Inundated with Large Sailcats
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson Nassau County's anglers are still dealing with the effects of our tropical storm season. Even though Ike, thankfully, has moved out of our area, we are still dealing with Ike's high seas. Our rivers are slowly returning...
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Annual Pier Pressure Surf Contest Is at the Pier Today
Byline: Brian Kosoy As the last week of summer kicks off with plenty of outdoor activities scheduled for Beaches athletes, local high school football teams didn't disappoint in the season's opening games. Here are this week's top performers and...
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Argyle Man Is Happy to Share Passions with Young'uns; the Kids Love Uncle John for Helping Them Learn and Have Fun
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Six-year-old Shannon Kirkpatrick positioned her fingers on her guitar strings as instructed. "That's it, Sugar Pea," said spirited volunteer John Davis, leading free guitar camp at W.E. Cherry Elementary School. Davis,...
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At Children's Hospital, Kids Hear from a Star; Jaguars' Player Meester Reads to Young Patients in San Marco as Part of the Mayor's Book Club
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND It was a treat for them just to get out of their rooms. It was even more exciting when they learned that Brad Meester - the Jaguars' big offensive lineman - was going to read to them. One little boy exclaimed that...
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Bass Tourney Raises $10,000 Donation for Hospice
Byline: Bob Buehn The Thursday Night Workin' Man's invitational bass tournament, known as the Classic, capped a competitive bass fishing season that not only netted lots of fish but a healthy $10,000 donation to Hospice of Northeast Florida. ...
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Become a Gourmet Explorer
Byline: Gill & Barbara Johnston Thanks to marketing and PR professionals, when I see or hear the word "gourmet" I automatically think of pet food. Yes. The little tiny can of putty tat mush labeled "gourmet blend." Of course I think of Gourmet...
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Best of the Blogs
Crime and Safety in Atlantic Beach Recently I returned to my Atlantic Beach home after a challenging day at work. Part of my welcoming committee was missing when I unlocked my front door and stepped inside. I missed one of my dogs straight away,...
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Bishop Snyder Looks for Improved Team
Byline: Wesley Mitchell Bishop Snyder High School finished the last football season with a bad taste in its mouth as the team went 1-9. The Cardinals lost their opener this season to Fernandina Beach, but looked to regroup against the St. Joseph...
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Blogger Calls on Americans to Remember First Responders
I have absolutely no idea who first penned this little missive: "A veteran is someone who, at one point in their lives, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of 'up to and including their life.' That is honor,...
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Board to Analyze Mission, Funding; CHILDREN'S COMMISSION City Could Provide an Additional $9 Million
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Jacksonville has changed a great deal, some for the worse, in the 14 years since its Children's Commission was established. The city is now the state's murder capital, and violence has become such a large issue that the mayor...
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Buffalo Has No Chance on Sunday
Editor's note: This will be the first in a series of columns about the Jaguars, courtesy of our completely unbiased reporter, The Jags Homer. Now is the time to hop on the Jaguars bandwagon - we're boarding the eventual trip to the Super Bowl in...
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Bulldogs Prepare for First Test; after Two Easy Victories, No. 2 Georgia Makes a Trip to South Carolina
Byline: MARC WEISZER NO. 2 GEORGIA AT SOUTH CAROLINA When: 3:30 p.m. -- Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C. -- TV/Radio: CBS; WJSJ (105.3 FM) ATHENS, Ga. -- Hold off on the parade. Yes, Georgia has totaled 101 points in its first...
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Campbell Bout to Be Non-Title; the Jacksonville Boxer Faces a Foe Who Didn't Make Weight at 135
Byline: CHET FUSSMAN Nate Campbell is the lightweight champion with three belts, and no matter what happens in the ring tonight against Joan Guzman, he will leave with all of them. In a strange development on Friday, Guzman failed to make the...
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Celebrities Turn out for MaliVai's Gala
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The 12th annual MaliVai Washington Celebrity Golf and Tennis Gala took place last week at the Deerwood Country Club Resort/Spa and the Marsh Landing Country Club. Some of the celebrities who attended the events were Tony...
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Chicago Pizza Bakery Is a Master of the Art
Byline: MAC MITCHELL Humans are an incredible species. Think of all the wonderful inventions we have made: the wheel, the written word and the ability to fly. But all are eclipsed by what I consider the greatest invention of all time: Pizza. ...
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Citing Faith and Fate, Many Choose to Stay; TEXAS COASTLINE Tens of Thousands Refuse to Evacuate as the Storm Nears. POSSIBLE DEADLY SURGE Areas That Are Already Flooded May Get Another 20 Feet
Byline: ALLEN G. BREED SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas - At first, even the threat of "certain death" was not enough to persuade Bobby Taylor to flee this small town directly in the path of Hurricane Ike. His wife, Elizabeth, had already decided to leave...
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Classifieds Web Site Leads Police to Prostitution Ring
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A Web site that lets people sell goods and services led Jacksonville police to more than that recently. A 26-year-old Mandarin woman has been arrested on charges of prostitution, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia...
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College Smackdown; Last Week's Victory Shows Noles Have Potential the [Western Carolina] Game, While Being Mainly a Glorified Scrimmage, Was Still an Awesome Show of Power
Byline: W.D. Rodeffer Zzzzz. That is about all I have for last week's game. What a game: a bit of a rain delay and then an instant lead. I have to admit all the empty seats was no mystery to me. So anything after this sentence is just a bunch of...
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College Smackdown; Maybe a Week off Can Help UF's Out-of-Sync Offense
Byline: Eric Corbett Minutes after the game ended Sept. 6, my wife squealed "Even Hawaii scored 10 on us!" I think that pretty well sums it up. Our defense could do no wrong, so the Gators defeated Miami 26-3 at home in front of a record crowd in...
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College Smackdown; Now the Dawgs' Season Gets under Way for Real
Byline: Trey Dennard The good guys took the field at Sanford Stadium last Saturday, taking care of business early in what was another glorified warm-up against an outmanned Central Michigan team. The Dawgs (i.e. good guys) took a 28-point lead...
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Commission Nixes FOP Plea to Mediate Union Disputes; the Impasse Concerns the Appeals Process for the Sheriff's Office
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Clay County commissioners do not want the buck to stop with them in disputes between Sheriff Rick Beseler and the law enforcement officers labor union. The commission on Tuesday rejected a request from the Florida Fraternal...
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Community Notebook; Dollar General, Literacy Supporter, Has New Store
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Dollar General has opened a new store at 999-3 University Blvd. N. The store has 14,700 square feet and employs from six to 10 people. About a third of its merchandise is sold for $1 or less. A longtime literacy supporter,...
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Community Notebook; Time Isn't Standing Still at Enterprise Center
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY There's been a lot going on at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center. David Barber, a business adviser and former restaurant owner, has taken over as finance manager of the center, which offers office space and business...
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CREEKSIDE 35, PONTE VEDRA 0; Knights Pick Up First Victory Creekside Rolls to a Win over Fellow First-Year School Ponte Vedra
Byline: GARRY SMITS The 2008 Creekside Knights will always have the first football victory in school history. With a versatile offense and opportunistic defense, Creekside rolled to a 21-0 halftime lead Friday and went on to beat Ponte Vedra...
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Current Election Sparks Rise in Mandarin Voter Registration
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Is it the drama of Obama, or are they off the chain for McCain? Whatever the reason, people are registering in record numbers to vote in Jacksonville, said Jerry Holland, Duval County's supervisor of elections. In Mandarin...
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Del Rio Makes Up for Mistake
Byline: Gene Frenette Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio played basketball in high school, so he knows a little something about situations where referees throw in a makeup call to offset a previous gaffe. That pretty much summarizes Friday's announcement...
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Difference Maker
Byline: Mac Mitchell Sherman Missick The wide grin of Fire Rescue Captain Sherman Missick is a clear indication of how much he loves his job. Missick works at Station No. 2 in Switzerland and has been serving northwest St. Johns County for the...
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ENERGY IMPACT; Ike's Threat to Gulf Refineries Raises First Coast Fuel Prices
Byline: STEPHANIE WANG Hurricane Ike's winds and rains may have missed the First Coast, but the storm is still hitting Jacksonville residents where it hurts - at the pumps. With a projected path through Galveston, Texas, the hurricane has shut...
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ENERGY IMPACT; Ike's Threat to Refineries a Headache at Gas Stations
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - Ethel Rhone's timing was both good and bad as she scrambled to fill up her vehicles after hearing reports that gas prices were going up because of the threat Hurricane Ike posed to refineries near Houston. Rhone...
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FEMA Representatives in Town to Assess Damage from Storm; Other Help Agencies Are Also Here to Offer Assistance
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY A team of state and national emergency responders were going door to door - and boat to boat - in Jacksonville this week. They're in town to inform residents that they may be eligible for assistance if their homes, live-aboard...
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Fish Fry: Frog Legs, Full Bellies, Fun
Byline: Beverly Fleming I learned to fish in a little pond down the hill from our house in Missouri when I was very small. Dad always stocked our farm ponds with bream and catfish and during the summer we often would have fresh fish to eat. But...
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Fitting in at Georgia; Dobbs, with Support from Second Family, Helps 'Dogs
Byline: MARC WEISZER ATHENS, Ga. -- The 78 yards that Georgia defensive end Demarcus Dobbs covered returning an interception for a touchdown at Sanford Stadium last Saturday prompted tears to be shed in Roswell and cheers to go up in Savannah. ...
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Fletcher Offender Had Light Sentence; the Sex Offender Was Seen on School Grounds on the First Day of Classes
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - If a homeless sex offender had been sentenced under state guidelines for violating registration laws in June, he would have been in prison and not wandering at Fletcher Middle School the first day of...
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Food Bank Struggles to Keep Up with Demand
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee For years now, the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Florida has been helping needy people put food on the table. But now, it seems they're struggling to keep food in their own pantry. Second Harvest is facing an...
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Foreclosure Filings Increase, but at Slower Rate; the Jacksonville Area Ranked 46th among Metropolitan Areas for the Highest Rate of Foreclosure-Related Filings
Foreclosure filings in August increased 27 percent compared with the same month a year ago, a significantly slower pace than in previous months, according to data released Thursday. Nationwide, 303,800 homes received at least one foreclosure-related...
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Froeba for VP? Senior Spends Summer on Capitol Hill
Byline: MAC MITCHELL While most students his age are concerned with who's dating who, 17 year-old Tyler Froeba is interested in who's running his government. Froeba, a senior at Bartram High School, spent his summer working for Congressman John...
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FSU: No New Findings; an NCAA Probe into Academic Fraud at the School Adds Very Little
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State University faces allegations of three major violations after an NCAA investigation into academic fraud involving 61 student-athletes enrolled in an online music course, which the school initially reported...
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Girl Scout Helps Comfort Patients
Byline: PAULA SUHEY If you measured Girl Scout Shannon Bradley's age in Girl Scout cookies rather than years, the answer would be 3,500 boxes. That's a lot of cookies in the nine years the 13-year-old Southside resident has been a Girl Scout....
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GM's 100th Anniversary; Drivin' Down ... Memory Lane It's Been a Classic Ride So Far, GM
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Happy 100th, GM. I've been around for half that, so there's some memories old and new about this venerable, yet fragile corporation that's put millions on wheels as sedate as a Buick and as exciting as a Corvette. These...
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Group Visited Cuba before Hurricane; the Missionaries Helped Restore a Church and Cultivate a Surfing Community
Byline: DREW DIXON As Hurricane Ike raked across Cuba this week, a Beaches man and a group of surfers who recently completed a mission to the island nation were hoping the storm didn't destroy their work and that their newfound friends remained...
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Growing Sweet Potato Plant in Jar Is a Fun Project for Kids
Byline: PAULA LAMB Years ago, my mother used to grow a sweet potato in a jar. I tried it, but the potato just rotted. What do you think I did wrong? When you tried this, you said that you put most of the potato down into the water. I think that...
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Haven't We All Had Our 'Potomac Fever' Days?
Byline: Jackie Rooney Two weeks of political conventions on TV took me back 24 years, to when I served as a delegate at a Virginia state convention. It was a heady experience. When we moved to Virginia two years before the 1984 presidential election,...
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Having More Money Doesn't Guarantee a Political Victory; in Three Clay Races, the Vote Winner Was Not the Big Fundraiser
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The candidates who raise the most money are not necessarily the candidates who win. Mike Taylor had the largest campaign war chest of anyone on the Aug. 26 primary ballot in Clay County, with more than $124,000 for his...
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Hey Max - You Were Right about Those Hypercolor T-Shirts
Byline: Travis Hill For a few glorious months in 1990, Vanilla Ice was far and away the most popular thing at Palm Desert Middle School. I know, I was there. Ice Ice Baby was THE tape to have in your WalkMan for the bus ride after school....
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Illegally Posted Signs Are on Code Enforcement's Hit List; the Major Offenders Are "Bandit" Signs to Promote Sales
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Signs placed illegally in public right of way are again an active target of Clay County code enforcement officers. On Tuesday, the County Commission unanimously added such signs to the list of code violations it wants...
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International Relations, One Swing at a Time; Students from around the World Attend the Tom Burnett Golf Academy in Order to Train with State-of-the-Art Equipment So They Can Improve Their Game
Byline: MAC MITCHELL From Ireland to South Korea, golfers of all ages are coming to St. Johns County. No, not for The Players Championship this time. They're coming to study at the Tom Burnett Golf Academy. Not only are students coming to him,...
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JACKSON 28, MANDARIN 3; Tigers Tough in Clutch Jackson's Fourth-Down Drives, Stifling Defense Sink the Mustangs
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Look out -- Jackson's got a passing attack to go along with that stingy defense. Quarterbacks Corey Addison and Nigel Mitchell both threw a long scoring strike to help the visiting Tigers earn a 28-3 victory over Mandarin...
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Jacksonville Journal
SHRIMP FISHERMAN FINDS ODD CRUSTACEAN IN RIVER A St. Johns River shrimp fisherman who caught a strange, hand-sized crustacean Thursday probably landed an Asian intruder that's been moving into the Southeast, a state wildlife official said. "It's...
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JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Groves Gives Many Looks
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Jaguars rookie defensive end Quentin Groves could soon take a role similar to the one occupied last season by Justin Tuck during the New York Giants' Super Bowl title run. As Tuck did most of last season (when he finished...
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JTA Wants to Bring Beaches Trolley Back
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER Supporters of the Beaches Trolley, a free weekend service that transported about 33,000 people around the Beaches this summer, are trying to figure out how to bring it back next summer and extend it to Ponte Vedra Beach....
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Lady Broncos Endure for Big Win over Providence
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Jessica Burghart registered 19 kills and Katie Davis added 17 more as the Middleburg volleyball team (3-1) took a tight five-set match from Providence Tuesday night and served notice that the Lady Broncos should once again be...
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Learn to Read Looks for Tutors for Its Adult Literacy Program
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND To reduce its student waiting list in half, Learn to Read is seeking volunteer tutors for its adult literacy program. The goal is 25 new tutors. They will be required to attend two training certification sessions at the...
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Look at Those Cool Houses; Builders Find Modern Inspiration in Our Region's Un-Air-Conditioned Past
Byline: JEREMY COX In architecture, the old way is sometimes the best way. "The idea is the way they did it in the old days, there was a reason for that," said Joe Cronk, a Jacksonville architect who recently designed a two-story monument to...
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Look out, Netflix - Here Comes the Library
Byline: MAC MITCHELL Netflix and Blockbuster now have a new competitor. Your local library. The St. Johns County Public Library System recently launched MyLibraryDV, a free, online and on-demand video service that can transform your computer...
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Make a $10 Donation, Get Pink Hair for Hope
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Pink hair isn't just for punks. At least, that's the sentiment over at Brittany's Spa Salon, 6251 Argyle Forest Blvd. The stylists there are taking part in Pink Hair For Hope, a national program raising support for breast...
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Mandarin Pet Lovers Show They Care for More Than Just Animals
Byline: Rhonda Reese Pet lovers in the Mandarin area are hard at work preparing to help one of their most loyal critter caretakers in her time of need. The staffs at San Jose Beauclerc Animal Clinic at 9319 San Jose Blvd. and Deerwood Animal...
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Mandarin Rotary Raises $30,000 for Local Organizations
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Orphans and local teens, needy families and children - those are just some of the people who received a financial helping hand recently from the Mandarin Rotary Club. With funds raised at a golf tournament and gala party,...
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Mandarin Teacher State Finalist for National Award
Byline: DAN SCANLAN By day, Timothy Kenney teaches fifth-grade math at Mandarin Oaks Elementary School. He also facilitates professional development programs for other math teachers, teaches math at the University of North Florida and is Duval...
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McCain's Event? I Must Be Sitting in the Front Row
Byline: Lamar Thames Republican presidential candidate John McCain will be in Jacksonville Monday for a pancake breakfast. Expected guests include Cindy McCain, Gov. Charlie Crist, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Mel Martinez, Attorney General Bill...
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MFL Players Return to the Gridiron
Byline: Mark Boleky After the past month, coaches and players from the former Mandarin Football League are just glad to be back playing football. The league is now known as the Baymeadows Youth Athletic Association. Three weeks ago, the MFL was...
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MHS Football Coach Could Be Memorialized with Road Name
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The man who trained Mandarin High School football players to be the best they could be on and off the gridiron before his death in mid-2007 may soon have his name on the busy road in front of the school. A resolution filed...
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Montclair Student Art Available for All World to See; Children's Work Is Posted on the Web, Where It Can Be Purchased on Coffee Cups, T-Shirts and Key Chains
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The creations of Montclair Elementary art teacher Joy Batten's students are displayed on a far larger tableau than the wall outside her classroom or their parents' refrigerators. They're on display on the World Wide...
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Most Will Pay Less in 2008-09 Property Taxes
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER Most Nassau County residents will pay less in property taxes in 2008-09 due mostly to changes from Amendment 1, the property tax referendum Florida voters approved in January. That referendum doubled the homestead exemption...
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MOTORSPORTS NOTEBOOK; Kahne Feeling Left out; Busch Is Awarded Pole
Byline: DON COBLE It rained Friday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, providing a fitting backdrop to Kasey Kahne's mood. Four days earlier, he was eliminated from NASCAR's Chase for the Championship, so the best he can do is...
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Museum Part of Rendezvous Club Renovation Plan
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER AMERICAN BEACH - Proposed renovations to the Evans Rendezvous Club, an abandoned jazz club here that once hosted famous artists such as Louis Armstrong and Ray Charles, include a museum evoking the club's heyday in the 1940s...
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Nassau 411
Back to the airport battle The four-year-long legal battle between McGill Aviation and Fernandina Beach may end soon as an arbitrator is giving them one last shot to come to an agreement before he settles the dispute for them, City Attorney Tammi...
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New Organization Aims to Meet Rising Hunger; Interfaith Dinner Network Organizers Say They're Seeing More People in Need of Food
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER A new organization has formed to serve hot meals to the homeless and those in need even as several nonprofits that provide food are seeing an increase in demand. The Coalition for the Homeless of Nassau County and the East...
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New Plan for Jekyll Could Be on Its Way; REVISIONS TAKE TIME after Months of Delays, the Authority Board Is Wary of Setting a Date
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - A revised plan for a multimillion-dollar development on Jekyll Island could be heard by the Jekyll Island Authority's board as soon as next month, a spokesman for the authority said. But that is not set in stone,...
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Notes
PLANT SALE BUY SOME NATIVES FOR YOUR YARD Looking for some Florida-friendly plants for your landscape? The Second Saturday Plant Sale at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is offering beautiful native plants for sale, and a portion of the proceeds...
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Officer Killed in Crash Didn't Use Seat Belt; but an FHP Spokesman Said He Wouldn't Have Made It with One On
Byline: DAVID HUNT A decorated Jacksonville police officer who was killed in a predawn wreck Sept. 4 was speeding on a road that had been closed for construction and not wearing a seat belt. Christopher Kane, 38, died after his police cruiser...
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OPINION NUGGETS; Standards Matter
Readers reacted ferociously to a proposal to reduce a requirement that students in magnet schools in Duval County maintain a 2.0 grade point average. We asked members of our E-Mail Interactive Group to comment as well as bloggers on our site (news.jacksonville.com/opinion)....
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Pine Trees along CR 220 Cleared for Island Walk Phase
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN One of the last concentrations of pine trees along County Road 220 on Fleming Island has been removed to make way for another phase of the Island Walk commercial development. Half of the 10-acre site, located across from...
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Police Briefs; Driver Is Accused of Hitting Man with Car
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 29-year-old man was treated for abrasions and bruises after police said a motorist hit him so hard that he was knocked onto the car and broke the man's windshield. Witnesses told police the incident was intentional. ...
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Police Briefs; Driver Is Cited after Car Destroys Palm Tree, Hits Parked Car
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH -A 17-year-old girl was cited for careless driving after slamming her 1996 Volvo into a palm tree and another car about 3 p.m. Monday in the Town Center...
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Police Briefs; Man Arrested on Felony Domestic Battery Charge
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY A 23-year-old Westside woman says she warned her boyfriend she would call the police, but that only prompted him to beat her more. She told police she has lived with him for four months, and they were at home arguing the...
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Police Briefs; Man Robbed, Assaulted While Walking near East Arlington Shopping Center
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 20-year-old man was hit in the cheek with a pistol after being robbed near the back of an East Arlington shopping center. The victim was walking home from Subway at 2771 Monument Road near Cobblestone Drive when a man...
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Police Briefs; Man Says 2 Gunmen in Bushes Fired at Him
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Two gunmen were hiding in bushes early Sunday when they fired at a 32-year-old Northside man, striking him in the left thigh, police were told. The victim was treated at Shands Jacksonville, and his injury was not life-threatening,...
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Porter's Jags Debut Likely on Hold Again; the Wide Receiver's Still-Healing Hamstring Might Not Be Ready
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Despite completion of the required two full weeks of practice, Jaguars wide receiver Jerry Porter likely won't play Sunday in the home opener against the Buffalo Bills. Although the Jaguars list Porter as questionable...
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Program Gives Ex-Foster Children a Working Start
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Autumn Sorrell loves where she is in life right now, and she's determined to keep it that way. Times were rocky for a few years after she turned 18 and "aged" out of the state's foster care system, she said, but at 22...
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Providence Football Team Being Noticed
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The Providence football program is starting to get some notice around town. The Stallions went 6-4 last season and missed the playoffs by a slim margin. Providence's football coach said he thinks they have done what they...
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Public School Officials to Hold Mandarin, Southside Meetings to Determine Facility Needs and Boundary Changes
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Community meetings to help Duval County Public School officials determine future facility needs and possible boundary changes to better utilize schools will be held in the Mandarin and Southside areas in the next few weeks. ...
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Relay for Life Ready to Sprint for Lofty 2009 Goals
Byline: MAC MITCHELL We haven't even dressed up for Halloween or unwrapped any Christmas presents, but, one local group is already looking ahead to life seven months from now. On Sept. 10, Bartram Trail Relay for Life held its fundraising kickoff...
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Resident Not Happy about Plan for Land; A Developer Wants to Annex 540 Acres into the 14,000-Acre Nocatee Development
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL When Heidi Busley and her family decided to move from Tennessee to Ponte Vedra Beach, she thought she had done all of her research, including making sure that her view of the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Valley was unspoiled....
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Riverside Art Fest Is a Hit, but Sales Slow
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY It took a while for Lenny Ferman to decide it was OK for his 14-year-old son, David, to juggle a trio of swords. They're not sharp enough to slice an arm off, but they're not dull, either. He said he finally allowed it...
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Road Not Quite Finished
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Mandarin's newest road may look finished, but the recently widened stretch of Old St. Augustine Road between Hood Landing Road and Julington Creek still needs some final touches. Meanwhile, some folks are wondering why part...
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Salvation Army Sends 2 Teams from Area; Jacksonville Residents Worry about Loved Ones in the Hurricane's Path
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR and JIM SCHOETTLER In its biggest deployment since Hurricane Katrina struck the central Gulf Coast three years ago, The Salvation Army in Florida is dispatching teams to Texas' Gulf Coast to help respond to Hurricane Ike....
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Scoreboard
FOOTBALL AREA Baker Co. 35, Bradford 14 Bishop Kenny 35, Fernandina Beach 14 Clay 49, West Nassau 20 Creekside 35, Ponte Vedra 0 First Coast 21, Raines 12 Fleming Island 34, Forrest 7 Fletcher 54, Paxon 14 Fort White 21,...
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Senator Takes Aim at Oil Price Speculators; Nelson Says Investors Create Inflation for Their Own Profit as Cited in Recent Report
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Sen. Bill Nelson said he hopes that one of three bills on the U.S. Senate floor next week addressing expansion of U.S. oil drilling also will also reel in speculative investors he said are responsible for artificially inflating...
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'Shanks for the Memory' to Showcase Bob Hope Artifacts
World Golf Hall of Fame member Bob Hope shared his love of golf with millions by way of multiple entertainment genres and beginning Saturday, November 8, the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla. will pay tribute to his life in a special exhibition,...
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Shooting Victim Was Ordered to Stay Away; Ex-Girlfriend Cites His Violent Past as Why She Got a Restraining Order
Byline: MATT COLEMAN The restraining order was finalized Wednesday. He was back Thursday. This time he had a gun. Troy D. Merriweather, 44, whose criminal history was heavy with domestic battery charges, killed himself Thursday after shooting...
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Sibling Scientists Pair with Professors on Energy
Byline: BRANDIS JEST Siblings Nathan and Morgan Monroe could be considered modern-day Planeteers. Geared toward the global scientific community, the Episcopal senior and sophomore recently partnered with Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers...
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Sisters of the Sea Ride Waves on a Good Day
Sisters of the Sea Surf Classic results With waves churned up by passing tropical storms, the 10th annual Sisters of the Sea Surf Classic at the Jacksonville Beach pier Sept. 6 was a highly visual and fun event, organizers said. The contest...
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St. Johns Briefs
oktoberfest The 7th Annual Charity Oktoberfest will be held at the World Golf Village Hall of Fame's Walk of Champions on Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The car show will feature fine American and European...
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The Older We Get, the Less We're Getting Remarried; COHABITATION ACTS AS ALTERNATIVE as Baby Boomers Divorce, Many Choose to Remain Unwed but Live with a Committed Partner
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Forget what you thought you knew about marriage, divorce and shacking up. They're not just for young people anymore. Divorce rates have slowly declined since a peak in the 1980s, but there is evidence that divorce rates...
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QUOTABLE "That's OK. I'll win the regular-season championship. He can win the souvenir championship." NASCAR driver Kyle Busch, to the Associated Press' Jenna Fryer after Dale Earnhardt Jr. walked past Busch without a glance in his direction...
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T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Jaguar 'Thugs' Bring Disgrace to First Coast
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver got what he paid for. This bunch of thugs is an insult to the entire area; these players are not role models to those who desperately need them. Jacksonville is descending into a cesspool of crime, drugs and...
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Valuable Help for Pregnant Moms; No Abortion Referrals, but Any Assistance to Women in Crisis
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Tracie Loftis is getting ready for an open house. One hour she's mowing the lawn of a former Arlington home or painting the wall a soothing shade of beige. The next hour - still in her paint clothes - she's rushing across...
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