The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 26, 2008

2 Building Projects Set for Palm Valley Area; A Marina Plus a 20,000- Square-Foot Shopping Center Are Coming
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PALM VALLEY - Palm Valley will be getting two significant developments near the Palm Valley Bridge along the Intracoastal Waterway in the next several months. While the bridge is handling increased road traffic, the two...
3 Charged with Kidnapping, Rape of Teen
Three men were arrested Friday and charged in the kidnapping and rape of a Jacksonville teen who was attacked while walking to a Westside school. A police officer spotted the 16-year-old victim walking on Kivler Drive about 9:30 a.m. Thursday and...
A Decked-Out Flagship; 2008 Suzuki XL7 Offers Value, Room
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Every company needs a leader. Someone to rally around. Someone to lead. Car companies need flagships, too, to show the world the biggest and best they have to offer. Mercedes-Benz has its S-Class, Cadillac its DTS and Rolls-Royce...
A.M.Stir
Byline: DAVID C.L. BAUER LIST SILLY LOVE SONGS Everybody loves lists at Valentine's Day. There's The Most Romantic Movies or Best Ways to Save I Love You or the Most Expensive Valentine's Day Gifts. Here's ours: The top love songs, according...
Around Clay County
PROCTOR TO DISCUSS TAX REFORM DURING GREEN COVE MEETING State Rep. Bill Proctor, R-St. Augustine, will continue his series of town hall meetings with one in Green Cove Springs on Monday to discuss the recent property tax reform legislation. The...
A Sport to Tackle; Local Fans Receive a Look at Football-Like Rugby League
Byline: FRANCINE KING The South Sydney Rabbitohs haven't played a game in the Jaguars' shoes, but they tried on football pads and helmets and came away with a new perspective on what it takes to be an NFL player. The Rabbitohs hope Jacksonville...
Beaches Leaders Concerned about Property Tax Measure
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER Beaches officials are trying to prepare for a property tax amendment that they say would trigger an unpredictable level of revenue loss and jeopardize services for residents. The constitutional amendment will appear on...
Beach Shorts
BEAM AND YOUR TAXES The Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry will open its free tax-preparation site from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The service, at 850 Sixth Ave. S. in Jacksonville Beach, will be open each Saturday through April 15. The site...
Before You Vote, Learn All about the Tax Amendment
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER Nassau County residents will go to the polls Tuesday to make a decision about the property tax referendum. The referendum - Amendment 1 on the ballot - needs 60 percent approval from Florida voters to pass. If it passes,...
Best of the Blogs
NEW TRAFFIC LIGHT? Has anyone heard anything about a new traffic light going in at Third Street and Jacksonville Drive/37th Street? I thought I read something about this about eght months ago and also how they planned to make changes to the road...
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER ROUNDUP; Fleming Island Breaks Through
Byline: FRANCINE KING Fleming Island broke open a scoreless tie in the second half and poured on the offense to defeat Bartram Trail 4-1 in the District 3-5A championship on Friday at Wolfson. Four players scored for the Golden Eagles, as they...
Brumos Misses Leader; Team Is Motivated for Its First Daytona without Snodgrass
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH - Brumos Racing arrived at the Daytona International Speedway on Thursday with throwback paint schemes and a renewed vigor for this weekend's Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Both cars, the Nos. 58 and 59 Porsche-powered...
Cagle Rips Water Policies; Mismanagement, Drought Contributed to the Shortages, He Says
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Georgia has plenty of water for drinking, industry and agriculture, but the state needs better management to prevent shortages such as those suffered in the past year, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said. Speaking...
City Criticizes Effort to Move Post Office
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - Plans to move the U.S. post office to a shopping plaza on Beach Boulevard are on again following massive confusion over the site's suitability. Exasperated City Council members chastised Jacksonville's...
Clients at the Arc Create Pottery Art for Sale
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Art teacher Beth Tarver walked into a room full of enthusiastic students at The Arc of the St. Johns, Beaches Extension, one recent day in Jacksonville Beach. The clients at the center for adults with developmental disabilities...
Coalition Will Conduct Census of Homeless
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Some people might think there are no homeless in Nassau County because they never see the stereotypical elderly man wearing layers of clothing and pushing a shopping cart as he mumbles to himself. But aside from carrying...
College Education Helps Ensure Success, Survey Respondents Say; Most Say It's Also Important to the State's Economic Prosperity
Byline: JOSH WHITE Georgians value higher education, and consider it a road to higher earnings and economic growth, according to an opinion poll released this week by the University of Georgia. In November and December of 2007, researchers interviewed...
CRIME; Less Talk, More Action
When it comes to Jacksonville's burgeoning crime problem, frustration has reached a boiling point. That was obvious during a public forum on the causes of crime, which took place earlier this week in the Times-Union auditorium. The mood was tense...
Cruise Ship Terminal Just Right for Some; It Could Bring Much Needed Cash into Mayport, a Property Owner Says
Byline: DREW DIXON MAYPORT - Mat Roland has been around the historic Mayport village for many of his 81 years. He said its current state is about as bad as he's ever seen it. Blight grips the waterfront and there's little hope for any new employment...
Difference Maker; Recycling Bin
The recycling bin has a job few people would envy. It spends its days lip-deep in garbage and frequently gets kicked to the curb, yet it dedicates itself to taking those bits of filth that still have a shot at redemption and starting them on their...
Distemper Outbreak Forces Euthanization of 32 Dogs
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER YULEE - A distemper outbreak at Nassau County Animal Care and Control led to the euthanization of 32 dogs Jan. 17, interim director Rhett Holden-Dodge said. Animal Control employees began to suspect something was wrong after...
Dolphins Fall in Front of Big Crowd; Promotion Puts 6,783 at Arena as JU Loses Its First Game in A-Sun Play
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Not even the largest home crowd in 23 years could keep Jacksonville University's winning streak and perfect record in Atlantic Sun Conference play intact. The Dolphins lost 83-77 in front of an announced crowd of 6,873, who...
Douglas' Play on Point; the Ex-Shooting Guard Has Done Well Developing into FSU's Floor Leader
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE - An outstanding ball-handler with quickness, Toney Douglas always has been able to drive past defenders and finish at the rim or knock down stop-and-pop jump shots. It's a skill set that has made the Florida State...
Exciting Politics ... but at Other Beaches Rallies, Not So Much
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL When Rudy Giuliani swept into the Sawgrass Marriott on Monday, the crowd closed in tightly and the rock music pumped. Hundreds of people zeroed in on his words and cheered. The place was energized. A perfect campaign event,...
Exercise Should Be a Weekly Event
Byline: Bob Boyd Of course you want to exercise regularly. You believe that staying fit would not only result in a leaner, more shapely you, but would have those even more important perks of less stress, feeling better, fewer days sick and putting...
Ex-Union Leader Wants Back in; A Man Convicted of Witness Tampering Seeks Office Again
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM Four years after he went to jail for witness tampering, a former Jacksonville union boss was back in court this week asking a federal judge's permission to again seek union office. The U.S. Labor Department opposes the request...
Familiarity, Encouragement Enhance Owens' Fourth NFL Year
Byline: Brent Beaird Richard Owens has adjusted well to a new change of address this past season in the National Football League. The Middleburg High graduate spent this season in St. Louis after playing with the Minnesota Vikings his first three...
Families Will Celebrate Catholic Schools Week
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Students, teachers, parents and even grandparents will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week at St. Joseph's Catholic School. In the process, the students will be helping the area's aged, needy and military during activities...
FCC Approves Clear Channel Buyout; the Deal Leaves the Fate of Two Jacksonville TV Stations in Question
Byline: MARK BASCH The Federal Communications Commission cleared up some issues Thursday by releasing its formal order approving the buyout of Clear Channel Communications Inc. But the order makes the future ownership of the company's two Jacksonville...
GEN. JOHN ABIZAID; Next Great Ones
If you see a soldier, sailor or Marine who has just returned from service, tell him you appreciate him. In fact, dig deeply into that advice and you'll find key points in the speech by Gen. John Abizaid at the University of North Florida Tuesday...
Georgia Plans to Take Its Time against Tennessee; the Bulldogs Hope to Counter Vols' Fast Pace with Deliberate Style
Byline: ROGER CLARKSON ATHENS, Ga. - Pacing is as important to a basketball team as it is to a distance runner. Every team has a speed that feels comfortable, whether it's a fast-tempo sprint or a methodical march. Georgia has played five consecutive...
Getting a Vessel Safety Check Makes You a Smart Boater; It Ensures That You Have Equipment Required by Law
Byline: Richard Trollope It is a fact that safe boats save lives. For recreational boaters operating any size or type of boat, safety should be an all-important part of the boating experience. In addition to wearing lifejackets and completing a...
Growing along with the Port; 100-Year-Old Company Has New Name and More Warehouse Space
Byline: DAVID HUNT At the entrance of the warehouse, Shawn Barnett looked over thousands of empty pallet spaces thinking, "not for long." He's the new CEO of a 100-year-old company with a new name, a restructured staff and a drive to capitalize...
Home & Garden Briefs
SAVE THE DATE GET LOST IN STACKS AT BOOK SALE Bargain hunters, decorators, crafters and hobbyists will want to check out The Great Jacksonville Book Sale from Friday, Feb. 29, to Sunday, March 2. Prices on the tens of thousands of books available...
House Leader Eyes Seat in Senate; If Sen. Isakson Steps Down, Jerry Keen Says He May Seek the Bid
Byline: DICK PETTYS ATLANTA - State House Majority Leader Jerry Keen is considering a possible bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010 if Sen. Johnny Isakson decides not to seek re-election and instead run for governor. "I am going to run for re-election...
HOW TO HONOR THE HEROES; Do School Halls Trump Marble Walls When It Comes to Remembering Fallen Soldiers?
Byline: MARK PETTUS How should a community honor its war heroes? That question has become an important one in St. Johns County in recent weeks. A number of residents have weighed in on the issue, in letters to the editor and blog entries, at St....
Humane Society Receives $3.5 Million Gift; the Boyd Family Donates Six Acres of Land
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON As it prepares to launch an ambitious fundraising campaign this spring, the Jacksonville Humane Society announced a very nice early gift Friday. Seven members of the Boyd family, which once owned the Jacksonville Tars baseball...
I Lost a Guy in 3 Crazy Weeks, but Learned More about Me
Byline: Kris Gamble I broke the land speed record this time. I managed to get dumped a mere three weeks into a relationship. I couldn't manage to write about this tragedy any sooner because despite the abbreviated length of the romance, I am...
In Mandarin; Italian-American Club Installs Officers
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The Italian-American Club of Jacksonville held its Installation Dinner Dance on Jan. 18 at the clubhouse at 2838 Westberry Road. The Rev. Daniel Cody, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and club chaplain, conducted the...
In the News
LET'S GO TO THE VIDEO A fire on the roof of the Monte Carlo hotel-casino forced guests and gamblers to flee and sent a plume of smoke above the Las Vegas Strip before easing about an hour later. Story, A-4 To watch a report, go to the video section...
It May Be Time to Let Sago Palm Go
Byline: PAULA LAMB Q: I have two overgrown sagos that need to be moved, but they are covered with the Asian cycad scale. What should I do? We have an old saying in our family that I think applies here: "Sounds like a lot of work to me." This...
Jackson Repeats as Gateway Champ; Lee Makes Second-Half Comeback, but the Tigers Come through in Overtime
Byline: MARK BOLEKY A shot at a fourth consecutive Gateway Conference girls basketball title came down to four minutes. After blowing a 13-point first-half lead and trailing into the final minute of regulation, Jackson defeated Lee 62-60 in overtime...
Language Exploration Enrichment Celebrates Five Years
Byline: RAINA DEVOID The sound of children laughing seeped out of the oasis at Durbin Creek Elementary Jan. 18 during the five-year anniversary celebration of LEE, or Language Exploration Enrichment program, in northwest St. Johns County schools....
Learn to Read Gets Grant for Health Literacy Program
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Sometimes clients come in with a bottle of pills and ask their tutor what they're for and how long to take them. They are unable to read the directions and are too embarrassed to let their health-care provider know, said...
Mah-Jongg from China Has Developed Quite a Following; the Game, Developed around 1850, Is a Mix of Skill and Strategy
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Traditionally, it means bird of 100 intelligences. In modern lingo, it means clattering sparrows. By either meaning, Chinese mah-jongg is making a splash at the Jim Fortuna Senior Center in East Arlington. As a boy...
Mandarin's Senior Center Takes on More Inviting Glow
Byline: Rhonda Reese It may have been a cold, rainy day, but that didn't stop the warm, friendly feelings inside the Mandarin Senior Center Jan. 19. Beginning with breakfast and ending after lunch, more than 30 volunteers from Citigroup descended...
Meth Lab Discovered Close to Yulee High
Byline: KEVIN TURNER YULEE - A nondescript single-wide mobile home several hundred feet from Yulee High School harbored the largest methamphetamine laboratory ever found in Nassau County until Sheriff's Office deputies busted it early Jan. 19. ...
Meyer's Touch Takes a Tumble
Byline: GENE FRENETTE Regardless of the fallout from a University of Florida investigation into football coach Urban Meyer's successful recruitment of 6-foot-4 wide receiver and California junior college transfer Carl Moore, one fact seems indisputable:...
Morning Briefs
CRIST NAMES 3 TO PORT, AVIATION AUTHORITES Gov. Charlie Crist made three appointments this week to the boards governing Jacksonville's Port and Aviation authorities. Reginald Gaffney, 49, chief executive officer of the Community Rehabilitation...
My Community Notebook; Watch out for Detours
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY A portion of East Bay Street from Marsh and Lafayette streets downtown has been closed by the city. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be blocked for about six months, with local traffic being allowed only beyond Liberty...
My Southside Community; Firefighters Raise Funds at Dick's
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Several Jacksonville firefighters will be raising funds from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Dick's Sporting Goods at the St. Johns Town Center so they can participate in the American Lung Association of Florida's Stair Climb Travel...
NEW ANTIQUES? Today's Gadgets May Be Tomorrow's Collectibles
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT No matter when you were born, technological advances change the way you go about daily life. Milk that used to come delivered in glass bottles is now in a carton inside the refrigerator - refrigerator, not ice...
No Change in Ravines Course Status for at Least a Year
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN The Ravines Club and Lodge saga continues to unfold, with one chapter closing at a recent Clay County Commission meeting and another - involving a public auction of the once-lauded golf course - about to open. "There just...
Notes
FLOWERS BEST BLOOMS GARNER PRIZES What does it take to be a winner? Find out when show judges present a program for members of the Camellia Society of North Florida. The free event is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Orange Park Library, 1054 Plainfield...
NOW CLOGGERS BUST A MOVE; A Teacher Says the High-Energy Dance Can Become Addicting
Byline: CARMEN ESSA If you want to try a new hobby or are looking to learn a new dance, clogging is the way to go - at least, according to Greg Dionne, 43, of Mandarin. It's one of the few things a family can do as a group," said Dionne, who...
One Yard's Winter Can Be Another Yard's Citrus-Filled Spring
Byline: Beverly Fleming The landscape around my home reflected a somewhat dark and barren evidence of the winter's presence. Recent rains had knocked off the remainder of the dead leaves on the trees and shrubs. On a late Saturday afternoon,...
Party Celebrates King's Life and Also Teaches about Him
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Loud music greeted guests as they arrived the evening of Jan. 18 at the Blue Cypress Community Center in Arlington. It was a party. A party celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Sitting in her chair tapping...
Police Briefs; 56-Year-Old Man Charged with Cultivating Marijuana
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Police were canvassing an Arlington neighborhood to find an escapee when they found marijuana growing instead. A 56-year-old man was arrested on a charge of cultivating marijuana in his home in the 1600 block of Dibble...
Police Briefs; 76-Year-Old Man Robbed at His Apartment Complex
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Three men robbed a 76-year-old Mandarin man early Sunday, politely telling him "Don't worry, old man" as they stole his money in an apartment complex in the 1500 block of Flanders Road, according to the police report. Then...
Police Briefs; Burglars Strike at 3 Westside Chinese Restaurants; in One of Them, Only Change Was Taken
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND It was a weekend of bad fortune for three Chinese restaurants on the Westside. Police haven't said if the burglaries - two on the same street - are related. Someone stole $240 from the Success Chinese Restaurant at 7900...
Police Briefs; Taxi Driver Robbed of $98 in Stickup
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A taxi driver was robbed at gunpoint about 12:05 a.m. Jan. 19 as he responded to a call for service in the 100 block of 11th Street. The driver...
Port Considers Eminent Domain to Acquire Parcel; Negotiations with the Owner of 167 Acres off Heckscher Continue
Byline: DAVID HUNT The vacant industrial land off Heckscher Drive sits silently amid the negotiations. It's commonly called "the Zion property," taking the name from its owner, a New York businessman who appears willing to sell but has not come...
Punk-Rock Band to Host Benefit for Pet Rescue Group
Byline: Heather LoveJoy It is still too hard for Sue Towler to see pictures of the brittle skeleton of her Riverside home, which was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours Jan. 3. In mere minutes, she saw nearly everything she owned devoured...
Puppy Drum, Speckled Trout, Are Being Reeled in; We're Still Ducking and Dancing the Changing Weather
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson As the northeasters and cold fronts come and go, it's just as easy to get up and take a look outside the morning of your fishing trip and then decide if you're going fishing after all. The weather predicted for this weekend...
Recent Book Brings Together Poets from the First Coast
Byline: LOIS FIORELLI "Flags are flying all over the world On houses, on buildings, on trucks, on cars On bikes, in yards, on schools, in bars Warmth comes over me, when I see these things This picture of unity, oh let it be ..." ...
ROUNDUP; Dunlap Takes a Three-Shot Lead in Panama
Scott Dunlap posted a 2-under-par 68 Friday at the Panama Golf Club and is at 7-under 133 through 36 holes of the Nationwide Tour's Panama Movistar Championship, three shots better than Arjun Atwal (66). Ben Bates (71), Chris Smith (70) and first-round...
Rugby Event at UNF Will Have Major Teams, Star Power
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Two international rugby teams will clash at 1 p.m. today at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium on UNF Drive, off St. Johns Bluff Road and Florida 9A. Some special guests from the popular American Chopper television...
School Briefs
ANNUNCIATION CATHOLIC SCHOOL Annunciation Catholic School will celebrate Catholic Schools Week Sunday through Feb. 2. Activities for the week follow this year's theme: "Catholic Schools Light the Way." Open houses will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday and...
Show Goes on, Minus Headliner; but We Wanted to See More of Little Big Town with George Strait Out
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA Little Big Town was handed a golden opportunity when headliner George Strait was unable to perform Thursday night at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. But, inexplicably, they didn't take advantage of it. Sure, most...
So What Made a Great Birthday Party for Mom? 'Big Snow'
Byline: Megan Mathis After Daddy died, I threw Mom a big birthday party to distract from the fact that he had not been dead a month yet. Growing up, it was not uncommon for Dad to grab me the day before Mom's birthday. "Do you know what tomorrow...
So, You Want to Start Collecting Something .
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT What kind of tips can the experts give on the basics of collecting? We gathered some of the advice given to the newspaper in the past by Tim Luke of HGTV's Cash in the Attic and co-owner of a South Florida appraisal...
St. Johns Briefs
EARLY VOTING Early voting for the Presidential Preference Primary ends today. The county has six voting locations that operate 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voters may go to any location. Locations: Supervisor of Elections, 4455 Avenue A., Suite 101...
Summit Seeks Water Compromise; Sending River Resources to Central Florida Isn't All That Popular
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER ST. AUGUSTINE - They have outrage. They have questions - suspicions, even. What Northeast Florida leaders don't have much of are answers or solutions to avert a water war with Central Florida. As hundreds of their constituents...
Surprise Checkups Inspect Auto Repair Shops' Compliance; A Sweep Found Many Invoice and Licensing Infractions
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Stuart Scott knocked on the door of the Rent-A-Mechanic auto repair shop off Beach Boulevard and was greeted by an office worker who took on a puzzled look. "I'm here to do a compliance inspection," Scott said. "A who?"...
Survivors Are Also Victims of Murder; THE WAITING They Wonder When an Arrest or a Conviction Will Come. THE PAIN Even after the Case Is Solved, the Loss of a Loved One Continues to Hurt
Byline: ADAM AASEN Some can't sleep. Some can't eat. Some can't work. Some families are waiting for an arrest. Others are waiting for a conviction. All are waiting to see what's next. There were 152 homicides -- 123 murders -- in Jacksonville...
Talking about Taxes, Sand Bags and . . . 'Other Things'
Byline: Lamar Thames Today let's talk about taxes, sand bags and evolution. Not necessarily in that order, of course. We all know evolution had to come first; otherwise, how would we have gotten here? Relax, folks. That's a joke. I have no...
Tax Reform Not Such a Good Deal, Opponents Say
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey Getting this bunch into the same room at the same time is a maneuver, much less getting them to agree on something. But there they were - the Clay County Commission chairman and county manager, the School Board vice...
There Won't Be Many Breathers in Rolex 24; Qualifying Speeds Were Higher, and Drivers Won't Be as Patient
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH - Hurley Haywood, a man with five Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona victories, used to believe the key to winning the sports car endurance race was patience. Now he's changed his mind. "In the past, the winning car...
These Days, It Can Pay to Keep Clipping Those Coupons
Byline: Jackie Rooney "Bush wants to give you some money, and quickly," read a front-page headline in The Florida Times-Union on Jan. 19. Give me a date! I hope the rebate is soon. We'll need it to buy gas and give it back in taxes, but I won't...
Think You Can Stand Rigors of Competitive Dancing? There's Hard Training and a Lot of Practice, but It Pays Off
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Competitive dancing isn't for the faint-hearted. At 6 a.m., Susan Walden's personal trainer comes to her Southside home three days a week for a rigorous workout. That's followed by a full day at Miller Electric Co.,...
Third Arrest in Homeless Killing; Police Say Additional Arrests Could Be Made in the Brunswick Case
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK -- Brunswick police arrested a third person Friday in the killing of a homeless man downtown last month. Curtis Lee Grant, 45, of Brunswick was charged with murder in the beating and shooting death of John...
Times-Union Editors Depart the Newspaper; the Vice President of Journalism for Parent Company Morris Will Take Temporary Helm
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA The Times-Union's top two editors have left the newspaper. Pat Yack, who has been editor since 1998, said Friday he was resigning to give the new publisher an opportunity to hire a new editor. Also, Managing Editor...
Today's the Day: Big Rugby Game Will Feature Star Russell Crowe
Byline: Brian Kosoy From rugby and soccer to lacrosse and other activities, there's something for all sports fans this weekend in the Beaches area. Here are this week's top performers and events: - Today: The much-anticipated and much-hyped...
Try to Study the Issues
Byline: Mark Kaufman On Tuesday, Floridians not only have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote, but in doing so, can express their beliefs about the best course of action for our state and our country. For the past year, we have had candidates...
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J-MAC GETS PUBLISHED Remember Jason McElwain? He's the austistic youth who scored 20 points in less than four minutes during a varsity basketball game in suburban Rochester, N.Y., nearly two years ago when he was allowed to suit up and play in his...
T-YOU; Rants & Raves Show Some Effort, and You'll Likely Find a Job
At a recent meeting to discuss the city's murder rate, a 16-year-old told a reporter that no one would hire him. I wish the reporter would have asked how many places exactly had he applied, did he dress appropriately and speak respectfully to the prospective...
Wal-Mart Drops out; What Now for Empty Space? since the Retailer Didn't Build, the City Will Not Get Money for Legal Costs
Byline: DREW DIXON NEPTUNE BEACH - After two years of planning, legal fights with city government and supersized criticism from some residents, Wal-Mart officials have dropped plans to build a 117,000-square-foot Supercenter. The retailer cancelled...
When Will Ponte Vedra Get Its Cell Phone Towers?
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Some residents have started to wonder aloud when their cell phone towers are going to be built. William Rand, the president of Verticality, a communications tower company in Ponte Vedra Beach, said a...