The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 24, 2007

2 Firefighters Injured While Battling a Fire; the Blaze Was Wednesday at a Building off River Road near County Road 108
HILLIARD - Two firefighters were injured Wednesday morning while battling a structure fire. The Nassau County Fire Rescue firefighters were injured in a blaze that started before 11 a.m. in a building off River Road near County Road 108, said Deputy...
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Alaska Coach Discovers New Friends, Himself in Local Community
Byline: TERRY BROWN On the eve of the Barrow, Alaska Whalers first home football game in August on their new blue and yellow turf field, assistant coach Brian Houston wanted his players to have a tradition - something they could always hold special...
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Around the Nation
RIVALRIES OF THE WEEK (NON-KANSAS-MISSOURI DIVISION) UTAH (8-3, 5-2 MOUNTAIN WEST) AT NO. 23 BYU (8-2, 6-0), 2 P.M., VERSUS: The "Holy War" consumes the Beehive State every season, and if this year's meeting is anything like the last two, it...
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A Visit to Il Borro Is a Trip to Bountiful; Someone Will Win a Trip to This Tuscany Village at the Art and Antiques Show
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL Shorelines staff writer Christina Abel vacationed in September in Tuscany, Italy, where she visited the village of Il Borro. For the second year, a stay at the village will be auctioned off at the Art and Antiques Show produced...
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Bartram Trail Collects Most in Food Drive, Will Host Food Fight
Byline: MARK PETTUS The first round of the 2007 Salvation Army Food Fight is over and Bartram Trail High School is the undisputed winner. Next week, the real fun begins. Bartram is hosting the second round - an actual food fight where students...
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Beach Shorts
MAYPORT TSUNAMI READY The National Weather Service has designated Mayport Naval Station the nation's first naval site to achieve TsunamiReady status. The achievement affords the thousands of military and civilian personnel at the station or on...
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Bickner Contract OK'd, despite Objection from Van Zant Sr. $145,000 Contract Approved for Bickner, with Some Strong Protest
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Despite the adamant protests of one of its members, the Clay County School Board approved a new $145,000-a-year contract for board attorney Bruce Bickner on Tuesday. The board also renewed a separate contract for legal...
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BLACK FRIDAY; Bigger Deals, Smaller Crowds This Was the Starting Gun. Will Consumers Pull Up at the Finish Line?
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON In an effort to entice more shoppers on Black Friday, retailers opened earlier, closed later and furiously courted the penny-pinching shopper. For many of the shoppers, waking up at an such an early hour was worth it....
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Blackouts Jeopardize Jags' Survival
Byline: Gene Frenette When an NFL team is 7-3 and contending for a division title, that's usually a formula for an excited, engaged fan base. Not necessarily in Jacksonville. I'm never one to suggest that citizens should financially support any...
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Blog-O-Mania
Enough's Enough! I was raised a Roman Catholic until I was old enough to make my own decisions and not blindly follow someone else. How many Northerners out there like the Yankees or Giants or Jets because my dady or granddaddy did? What has irked...
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Bulldogs' Win Streak Hanging over Jackets; Georgia Tech Wants to End UGa's Dominance in the Annual Rivalry
Byline: BRIAN COSTA ATLANTA -- Morgan Burnett couldn't forget about the streak even if he wanted to do so. The Georgia Tech freshman defensive back has been hearing about it all week from his older brother, Cap, a former Georgia safety. "He just...
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CHARITIES; These Organizations Can Use Your Help
If you are looking for a charity or charities to donate to during the holiday season, here is a list of area non-profits: ANIMALS - Springfield Animal Care and Rescue Club, 210 Seventh St. W., Jacksonville, 32206. Rescues and rehabilitates abandoned...
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Clay Foreign Language Teachers Honored by State
Two Clay County teachers have been honored by the Florida Foreign Language Association. The association, a non-profit educational organization, selected Orange Park High teacher Cheryl Thingvold as French teacher of the year and St. Johns Country...
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Clay Mamas Are Making Pregnant Fitness a Priority
Byline: LISA KOHLBRENNER Maybe you've seen them during your morning commute. They walk down the street in a small group and stop to do squats, push-ups or various other stretches. They seem oblivious as the cars pass by. And they're pushing strollers...
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Commission Zeroes in on Controversial Zoning Code; City Commissioner Paul Parsons Has Requested a Discussion of Floor Area Ratio
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - Less than a month after taking the oath of office, the mostly new City Commission will take on one of the most controversial zoning codes in city history Monday. City Commissioner Paul Parsons has requested...
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County, Callahan in Year-Old Spat over Contract, $12,000
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER CALLAHAN - Nassau County and Callahan are embroiled in a dispute that has dragged on for a year over $12,000 in taxpayer funds. The dispute centers around the town's fire service contract for fiscal year 2006-07. Nassau...
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Deployed Sailor Gets Presidential Call; He Was "Humbled and Honored" to Be One of the 12 People in the Armed Forces That Bush Spoke To
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Half a world away from home on Thanksgiving, Navy sailor William Jamieson II was answering duty's call when he had to take another call. President Bush was on the phone. Jamieson, a 27-year-old seaman deployed with...
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Difference Maker
Byline: Mark Pettus St. Francis House is the only homeless shelter in St. Johns County. The facility's 28 bunks (20 for men and 8 for women) aren't enough to serve the county's homeless and it can't provide shelter to families with children. ...
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Don't Let Nightmares Spread
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage I've spent a good bit of time lately driving in Clay County. At times the journey is quite pleasant. At times it's more akin to a nightmare. (Blanding Boulevard in Orange Park. Enough said.) The trick for Clay...
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EDUCATION; Catch Up with Duval Schools' New Board Chair
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Betty Burney was elected to a one-year term as chairwoman of the Duval County School Board during a special board meeting on Tuesday evening. Tommy Hazouri was elected vice chairman. Both terms began immediately. The Times-Union...
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FIRST COAST 42, TALLAHASSEE LINCOLN 15; Bucs Profit from Late Turnovers, Continue Historic Run First Coast to Play in Its First Regional Final after a 28-Point Third Quarter
Byline: GARRY SMITS First Coast High School led visiting Tallahassee Lincoln by seven at halftime in their Class 4A regional semifinal Friday. The Buccaneers, especially those on defense, were disappointed it wasn't much more, considering the fact...
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First Coast Community; Art & Antiques Show Begins Wednesday
Byline: TRACY COLLINS Elegance and style come together this week to benefit Wolfson Children's Hospital at the 2007 Art & Antiques Show at the Prime Osborn Convention Center Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 1. A preview gala, exhibitions and...
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Fleming Island Students Studying Fast-Growing Crop
Byline: VIRGINIA J. PILLSBURY Science students at Fleming Island High School are learning hands-on about going green as they grow the fiber crop kenaf, which is used to make biodegradable products. The project is primarily a teaching tool incorporating...
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FLORIDA STATE 65, NO. 25 FLORIDA 51; Rich Comes Up Huge for 'Noles the FSU Guard Takes Advantage of Florida's Inexperienced Players
Byline: BOB THOMAS GAINESVILLE -- Jason Rich had to pause and think about what he was doing in 1992, the last time a Florida State men's basketball team defeated Florida at the O'Connell Center. Reading Clifford the Big Red Dog, Rich blurted...
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Florida State at No. 12 Florida, 5 P.M. Today (Cbs)
MATCHUPS PASSING With 26 touchdown passes, a 68.5 completion percentage and the nation's No. 2 passer rating at 177.5, Florida QB Tim Tebow has proven he's more than capable of carrying the Gators with his arm. The Heisman Trophy front-runner...
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Forget the Boxy Look of the Past. the Sexy 2008 C30 Coupe Is Definitely ... Volvo's Hot Hatch
Byline: Dan Scanlan The 2008 C30 Coupe is the sexiest Volvo I have ever seen. And that includes its new C70 hardtop convertible and S60 sedan. The C30 isn't Volvo's first foray into the compact sportswagon market. The first was the 1972 P1800...
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FSU's Physical Play Sinks UF; the Seminoles Dominate the Boards as the Gators Struggle to Hit Shots
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- The outside shots didn't fall, and the other team was physically stronger. That's a bad combination for the Florida men's basketball team. That's what happened at the O'Connell Center on Friday night. Florida...
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Get the Remote Ready for Big Rilvary Saturday Games
Byline: Brent Beaird If you like rivalries in college football, you'll love today's games. Georgia Bulldog football players will be watching the scoreboard today during their game at Georgia Tech. Tennessee travels to Kentucky in a game that...
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GIANTS AMONG US; Three Rare Giant Otters Are on Display at the Jacksonville Zoo
Primero, Dante and Magnus, three rare giant otter brothers, have left the Philadelphia Zoo for the more familiar Florida climate as they are added to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens' Emerald Aviary in the Range of the Jaguar exhibit. Giant otters,...
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Glittering 'Nutcracker' Preview Is a Dream Come True
Byline: SUSAN D. BRANDENBURG Dreams do come true. Handsome Nutcracker princes do come to life, and so do snowflakes, flowers, bonbons and candy canes. It happens every year at the Christ Church Nutcracker Tea, as dozens of dancers and their families...
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: WEEK 2; Injuries, Penalties Hurt as Bolles Falls Bulldogs Lose a Quarterback and Running Back in the First Half of Their Class 2A Regional Final Loss at South Sumter
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT BUSHNELL -- Bolles couldn't contain the hard running of South Sumter senior running back Tony Smith, who gained 205 yards on 20 carries as Bolles' two-year winning streak came to an end in a Class 2A regional semifinal with...
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Hilliard Looking for Sewer, Road Funds
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER HILLIARD - Town Hall was packed Nov. 15 as upset residents expressed concern that they would have to pay to fix poorly maintained dirt roads in a part of town that has never had paved roads or municipal sewer and water. ...
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Holiday Events Abound in Keystone Heights, Melrose This Year
Byline: ANNE SPONHOLTZ The Christmas season in Keystone Heights and Melrose is filled with a variety of events, from parades and a madrigal dinner to craft shows and reliving the Christmas story with a walk through Bethlehem. For those interested...
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Home & Garden Briefs
SEASONAL EVENT CHAT WITH MAKERS OF UNIQUE WARES Christmas Made in the South, the annual craft fair featuring hundreds of handmade items, is at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. 1000 W. Water St. It continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and...
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Home Tours, Model Trains and More; Christmas on Centre, a New Event, Kicks off on Friday
The Amelia Island Museum of History will present a Christmas extravaganza, the first "Christmas On Centre: Tours, Trees, Trains" Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1. It is being planned as a kickoff for the Christmas season in Fernandina Beach and will highlight...
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'Huge Parking Issue' on Ponte Vedra Boulevard; Construction Vehicles Are Lining Up Alongside the Roadway
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Parking on Ponte Vedra Boulevard has become an issue, but it's not because of surfers trying to use beach access paths. It's construction workers. Resident Tim Ellis said with the new homes going up...
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It's a Crime to Invite Thieves to Spoil Your Holiday Season
The annual holiday shopping season is here, and that means store cruising, window gazing and bargain hunting for many. But it can also mean grief dealing for those who fall prey to thieves and robbers. And that's the kind of holiday season experience...
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Jackets Try to Smother 'Dogs with Blitz; Tech Leads the Nation in Sacks, So Georgia and Coach Richt Are Making Extra Preparations
Byline: MARC WEISZER NO. 6 GEORGIA AT GEORGIA TECH When: 3:30 p.m., today -- Where: Grant Field, Atlanta -- TV: ABC -- Records: Georgia is 9-2; Georgia Tech is 7-4. ATHENS, Ga. -- When it comes to bringing the heat with its multitude of blitz...
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Jacksonville Journal
FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE RE-ELECTS CUBA AS PRESIDENT The Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in Florida and seventh largest in the United States, re-elected Nelson Cuba as its president for a third term. Cuba ran...
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JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Mathis Expects to Play Sunday
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Rashean Mathis has never missed a game in his four-year tenure with the Jaguars. If Mathis has his way Sunday, he won't miss the game against the Buffalo Bills, either. Listed as questionable on the Jaguars' injury...
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Journeyman Pitcher Dies at 28
Joe Kennedy, a journeyman left-hander who pitched for three major-league teams last season, died at his in-laws' home Friday. He was 28. After going to bed early, Kennedy woke up at about 1:15 a.m. Friday and collapsed as he was leaving a bedroom...
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Junior Is the Story; Earnhardt's Move Is the Biggest of Many Changes on the Circuit
Byline: DON COBLE It won't take long to notice the changes ahead for the Nextel Cup Series, starting with a name change. Starting next year, it will be known as the Sprint Cup Series. Gone is the traditional stock car, replaced for good by a...
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Juniors Carry Load in Seminoles' Win; Davis-Cain and Freshour Help FSU Defeat Rival Florida
Byline: BOB THOMAS GAINESVILLE -- Injury and illness have led Florida State women's basketball coach Sue Semrau to ask juniors Tanae Davis-Cain and Mara Freshour to carry a heavier load. Davis-Cain and Freshour proved up to the challenge Friday,...
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Local Entrepreneur Gets Boost from Idea Site; A Web Site Seeks to Encourage Business Creativity through Feedback, Advice and Funding
Byline: SARAH SAMORAJ It can be difficult to start a new business with nothing but an idea, but Advanta's Ideablob.com is changing that by giving feedback, advice and $10,000, and a Jacksonville man is taking full advantage of it. Advanta, one...
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Mandarin Helps 302 Families with a Thanksgiving Turkey
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Volunteers prepared food baskets for 300 families, 60 more than last year's Thanksgiving giveaway at the Mandarin Food Bank. Turns out that was the smart thing to do, because the agency tied its record as 302 families asked...
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Mandarin High School PTSA Is Honored with State Award
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Two years in a row, and four times in seven years. That's how many times Mandarin High School's PTSA has received the Florida PTA/PTSA's President's Achievement Award. And this year's award comes to the school after the...
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Man's Intestines Were Protruding Following Fistfight, Knife Attack
Byline: DAN SCANLAN First there was an argument between two groups of men late Nov. 17. Then a fist fight started between two of them outside an apartment at 2600 Art Museum Drive. When it was over, a 33-year-old victim was lying on the ground,...
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Marriage Has Its Challenges but They Can Be Worked Out
Byline: Bob Howat The question I often ask myself is "Why are divorce rates of first and second marriages so high?" It is true, and the numbers back me up. Maybe the question should be, "Why is it so hard to make marriages work?" Since my wife...
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McBurney Goes from Page to Lawmaker; the Jacksonville Republican Never Gave Up on His Goal to Serve in the Legislature
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE - Whether one agrees or not with the votes Charles McBurney will cast in the Legislature, no one can say he didn't display patience and persistence to get there. For about 40 years, the veteran Jacksonville...
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Morning Briefs
STOCKS GAIN IN SHORTENED SESSION AFTER PULLBACK Stocks rose as investors capped a capricious week by engaging in a bit of Black Friday bargain hunting while awaiting word of how retailers might fare during what is expected to be a tough holiday...
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My Southside Notes; Grief Support Group to Help Those Coping during Holidays
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Haven Hospice is offering a two-week grief support group aimed at helping people who have lost a loved one cope with the holidays. Group members can express their feelings and gain an understanding of grief and its impact on...
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My Thanks to All Readers as I Prepare to Open a New Chapter of My Life
Byline: Larry Williams The third chapter of Ecclesiastes begins by saying, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." For well over a year now I have been writing about the things I think are important to the...
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Navy Takes No Sides in Cruise Ship Discussions; Also the St. Johns Bar Pilot Association Doesn't Oppose the Terminal Proposal
Byline: DREW DIXON MAYPORT - The Navy and bar pilots said they don't oppose a proposal to build a cruise ship terminal in the St. Johns River, dashing some village residents' hopes of getting help stopping the project. Capt. Aaron Bowman, commanding...
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NEASE 21, COLUMBIA 0; Panthers Pull Away for Win the Tigers Bring Their "A Game," but Nease Shuts Them out Again
Byline: STUART KORFHAGE Lake City Columbia looked like a different football team in Friday's playoff rematch with Nease. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the result was the same: another shutout. Nease handled Columbia for the second time this...
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Northeaster May Interrupt Good Weekend Fishing; If It Doesn't Get Too Rough, Expect Excellent Catches
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson This weekend's weather outlook predicts another northeaster. But as good as the fishing's been, those anglers wanting to fish backwater should find excellent fishing, especially with the coming cool weather. A low tide...
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NO VOICE, JUST SIGNS; Sign Language Class Opens New World One of Fletcher's ASL Teachers Was Recently Named State Teacher of the Year
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Fletcher High School teacher Julie Durden told her students to pretend she was a waitress, and tell her what they wanted for breakfast. She told them to not use their voices, but to tell her with sign language. "Eggs,"...
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OTHER OPINIONS- GLOBAL WARMING; Common Sense
Excerpts from editorials from U.S. newspapers, with our comments. San Jose Mercury News: Al Gore won well-deserved glory with the Nobel Peace Prize for raising awareness of the threat of climate change - a threat that President Bush largely chooses...
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Petroni Makes Top Ranks in Surfing
Byline: Brian Kosoy Beaches athletes are starting off the holiday season in style, turning in impressive performances around the country. From surfing stars to Santa Claus himself, here are this week's top performers and events: - Surfing star:...
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Playing, Laughing and Analyzing Things
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY How do you cast a dark light on sock puppets? Or make the play-time favorite seem, well, a bit eerie? If you're the Riverside-dwelling singer-songwriter Lauren Fincham, you choreograph and videotape a peculiar sock...
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Playoff Football; Park Dedication Timberlin Creek Fall Festival
Pictures galore and more For pictures and stories about your friends and neighbors in St. Johns County, visit our photo galleries on our Web site, mystjohnssun.com. -year-old Maddie Belanoff hang out in front of the fire truck at the Fruit Cove...
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Police Briefs; 2 Arrested at Regency after 5 Stores Robbed
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Two people were arrested Nov. 17 on charges of grand theft, while a third faced petit theft charges after five stores were robbed and merchandise valued at about $940 was taken at Regency Square Mall at 9501 Arlington Expressway,...
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Police Briefs; Men Force Man to Be Their Chauffeur
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND When a 30-year-old man asked two would-be carjackers not to steal his vehicle because it was the only one he had, they agreed. But they made him chauffeur them around the Westside, police said. The victim told police...
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Program Brings out Young Dance Talent
Byline: AMELIA A. HART FERNANDINA BEACH - Area youngsters are discovering their inner Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers thanks to a Jacksonville-based dance instructor. Since last year, Felix Solis has been offering free ballroom dancing lessons...
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Residents Call Tax Measure Confusing; A St. Johns County Civic Roundtable Hears Concerns about Savings vs. Services
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL The property tax amendment that's going on the ballot Jan. 29 has some residents confused and officials worried about the financial impacts. St. Johns County commissioners and staff members are concerned about the financial...
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Resurrection Shocks St. Matthew's for Title; the Raiders Win the Division 1 Basketball Championship
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND They were supposed to have a decent team this year. But these Arlington students went one better. Resurrection Catholic School's Raiders won the Division 1 basketball championship for the Diocese of St. Augustine by...
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San Jose Episcopal Students Donate to Help Humane Society
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Barking dogs and meowing cats awaiting permanent homes have a new temporary one at the Jacksonville Humane Society, seven months after a fire destroyed the nonprofit agency's offices and buildings. Two modular buildings with...
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School Briefs
ARGYLE ELEMENTARY HOLIDAY SHOP Argyle Elementary is seeking parents and other volunteers for its upcoming Holiday Shop. The shop will be open for one hour at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26; 8:15-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Dec....
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School's Concurrency Plan Making Steps from Planning to Reality
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY After years of planning, studying, writing and rewriting, Clay County's school concurrency plan is one step closer to being implemented. The School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a 420-page package of documents...
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School, Teacher Web Sites Are Now Required by County
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER NASSAU COUNTY - County parents will soon have a new "real-time" way of keeping track of their children's progress in school. All schools and teachers in the district are required to have Web sites by Jan. 17, Nassau County...
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Shoppers Line Up for Big-Deal Sales; Some Residents Say They Prefer Spending Money Close to Home over Fighting Big-City Crowds
Byline: TERRY DICKSON and GORDON JACKSON Although the success or failure of so-called Black Friday won't be known for a while, stores in Southeast Georgia were doing brisk business on a chilly morning with day after Thanksgiving sales. Target,...
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'Snacks for Success' Is Just What Kids Need
Byline: RHONDA REESE It started as a prayer and ended with a snack-collecting project. That, according to Donna Smith, a Mandarin resident trying to help a group of first-graders on the Northside, is how she got into making weekly trips to the store...
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Some Principals Want to Dump State Test; End-of-Course Exams Are Being Weighed as Option
Byline: BENJAMIN PRICE ATHENS - A proposal to nix Georgia's high school graduation test could benefit education by getting rid of an unfair exam, some principals say, but only if the state doesn't replace it with more high-stakes tests. The state...
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Stacey Set Stage for Red, White and Blue at Stadium
Byline: Lamar Thames Most of the entertainment dollars in the Thames' household are spent in five ways: 1. Vacations 2. Golf (for me) 3. 42-inch HD television 4. Jaguar tickets 5. Dining out in Clay County restaurants On Sunday,...
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Stakes Always High in FSU-UF; A National Title Isn't on the Line This Time, but the Rivals Bring the Same Intensity
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO FLORIDA STATE AT NO. 12 FLORIDA When: 5 p.m. today -- Where: Florida Field, Gainesville TV: CBS -- Records: FSU is 7-4; Florida is 8-3. GAINESVILLE -- Florida and Florida State aren't contenders for the national championship....
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ST. AUGUSTINE 30, BAKER COUNTY 6; 'Savage' Jackets Oust Wildcats St. Augustine Advances to Its Sixth Regional Final in the Last Seven Years
Byline: JUSTIN BARNEY GLEN ST. MARY -- The cannons fired at halftime at Baker County, shaking the entire block. But by then, the Wildcats' ship had already sunk. St. Augustine (11-1) reached its sixth regional final in the past seven seasons...
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St. Johns Briefs
SNOW AND ICE IN THE FORECAST Now until Jan. 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. daily go ice skating at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine as it transforms into a Winter Wonderland. Cost $8 to skate and $2 to rent skates....
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St. Johns Resident Doesn't Flush Away Cash with Her New Home
Byline: Beverly Fleming Any new homeowner is generally thrilled with their new house. Audrey Jones is more than excited about hers. Not only is it new, but it is already an award-winner as well. Fruit Cove resident Deirdre Irwin is the St....
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STOCKING LOVE; We're Hung Up on These Fun Styles
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT If you choose a Christmas-themed gift - whether it's a blown-glass bauble or snowman mugs - don't wait until Dec. 24 to deliver them. Send presents soon, so folks can enjoy them right away. Stuff stockings with goodies,...
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Students Get a Look at Being Drunk; Special Goggles Show How Much Their Perceptions and Actions Are Affected
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Arms outstretched, Nease High School senior Alyssa Chvala tried to walk a straight line, carefully placing one foot in front of the other as she made her way along a long piece of blue tape. Some friends laughed at the...
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Take a Moment to Be Really Thankful for Our Lives; Sure, Things Could Be Easier or Better, but There Is Plenty to Appreciate, Too
Byline: Mark Kaufman The more we get caught up in our busy lives, the more likely we are to lose sight of what's really important in life. This holiday weekend, we should remember that Thanksgiving has far more meaning than turkey and all the trimmings,...
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Terpsichorean Club Is Still the Hip Place to Be for All These Couples
Byline: KANDACE LANKFORD FERNANDINA BEACH -When Ken and Mandy Stoffa step onto the dance floor, they twirl and glide together with effortless ease. A picture of fluid motion, the Stoffas are following in the footsteps of other couples, who for more...
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They Plan for Top Deals; Fanatics Camp out, Strategize in Effort to Get Most from Store Sales
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON Just call them fanatics for Friday. They camp out. They don't sleep. They mobilize their families into bargain-hunting brigades. One such Black Friday fanatic, Jan Vroegindewey, had one thing on her mind at 4:30 a.m....
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T-U 2
A QUESTION FROM AN SEC GUY Former University of Georgia tight end Randy McMichael, now playing for the St. Louis Rams, is amused by the hype for today's Missouri-Kansas game at Arrowhead Stadium. "You know it's a dark day in college football...
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TV Writer's Strike Is Cue to Take Up Reading a Good Book
Byline: Jackie Rooney The Hollywood writers' strike could have a profound effect on world peace. Without writers, late-night talk shows are relying on reruns, and it's predicted that the new season of prime time favorites, like the CSIs - New...
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T-YOU; Rants & Raves Who Are We to Judge?
I just read the rant concerning the 21-year-old who was Tasered. I can't believe that you as a newspaper published this letter. Do you have no feelings for people? This woman just lost her child. It's Thanksgiving. Who is to say who is good and bad?...
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User Spotlight; All in the Feeling: Maxie Gregory's View of Clay County
Whether it's from her many Page 2 photos or from her noble efforts as a defacto crossing guard near Swimming Pen Creek Elementary, there's a good chance you already know user Maxie. A long-time resident of Green Cove Springs and Orange Park, she's...
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Volunteers Hope to Change Negative Image of Northside
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Abdul Beyah II of the Masonic Temple PHA said a recent cleanup of the Golfair Boulevard and 26th and Moncrief street areas hit close to home in more ways than one. "I grew up on the Northside," said Beyah, a master mason....
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Walnut Street Christmas Ready for 8th Year of Fun
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Santa Claus will be there as usual, ready for children to whisper their Christmas wishes in his ear, but he will greet them in a new spot. A new Christmas program will send gifts much farther than over the river and...
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'We're Calling It Puppy Palace Again'
Byline: KEVIN TURNER YULEE - Rhett Holden-Dodge is back at the reins of Nassau County Animal Control after being away for four years, and is rebuilding bridges with local animal organizations and looking for shelter volunteers. And county residents...
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What Does Christmas Mean to Children? Not Just Gifts
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Amidst the annual barrage of toy commercials during children's television shows in the months leading up to Christmas and peer pressure from friends who always seem to have the latest and greatest toys, some may believe Christmas...
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What's the Most Ignored Law in St. Johns County? HERE'S YOUR SIGN
Byline: MARK PETTUS The most ignored law in St. Johns County might be the statute requiring the use of turn signals. But running a close second is probably the county ordinance against temporary signs. The so-called "bandit signs" pop up on county...
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Why Crape Myrtles Have Small Blooms
Byline: PAULA LAMB Q: When my crape myrtle trees have bloomed for the past couple of years, the blooms have been small. What could be the problem? Several callers have asked me this question during the past few weeks, and it has taken me some...
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Woodworkers Donating Solid Toys for Christmas
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Most people would see the wood as scrap. But these Christmas "elves" see the wood's potential for bringing a smile to a child's face. The elves are members of the Jax Woodworkers Club who spend their spare time transforming...
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Youth Raises Humble Tortoise to Exciting Heights; the 14-Year-Old Is Following in His Father's Footsteps in Working with the Reptiles
Byline: JOHN CARTER You can't say the precocious East Arlington youngster was slow in discovering his passion. In fact, 14-year-old Rick Schaffer came out of his shell quite early in finding a subject that intrigued his curious and scientific...
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Youth Sports
TERRIFIC TUMBLERS Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd., offers an introduction to gymnastics for ages 3-6 throughout the school year. Classes are 45 minutes long and meet once per week for six weeks. Clothing required: play clothes, tennis...
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