The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 16, 2010

A1A Cleanup Group Seeks New Funding for Projects; Beaches Nonprofit Enjoys Community Support for Its Environmental Campaigns
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PONTE VEDRA BEACH- Now that a grant for beach cleanups has run out, Florida A1A advocates are seeking private donations until they can find new sponsors. Last year, Friends of A1A, a citizens group that works to preserve,...
A Change in Focus for Stein Mart; "Specialty Store Fashion at Discount Prices," Company CEO Says
Byline: MARK BASCH During David Stovall's first year as CEO of Stein Mart Inc., he focused largely on improving profit margins. But while the company became profitable last year due to lower expenses, sales continued to fall at the Jacksonville-based...
As It Gets Hotter, Risks to the Elderly Rise Too; They're among Those Most Vulnerable to Heat-Related Illnesses
Byline: JEREMY COX It's hot. Not that George Grant needs reminding. Within hours of his mother's return home Tuesday from two months of rehabilitation, the temperature inside his Northside home was as high as her age: 91. He wants to make...
Baldwin Takes Step in Handling Hobos; Train Riders, as They Are Now Called, Were Too Often a Nuisance
Byline: JAMES CANNON Trash strewn throughout wooded areas, massive piles of beer cans and a community under siege were some of the problems caused by hobos before police and Baldwin community leaders took action. It might sound like a problem...
Beach Shorts
MEMORIAL SERVICE FRIDAY A memorial service will be Friday for the man who developed the Pablo Plaza Shopping Center in South Jacksonville Beach and many Beaches-area residential communities, including the Rip Tide, Ponte Vedra Landing and Isle of...
Car Wash Gives Fresh Start to Former Prison Inmates
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee They could just knock on doors. Or they could commandeer space beneath a shade tree, to make a few bucks washing people's cars. Until last Saturday, knocking on doors was one of the few options that workers at Transformations...
City Adds Recording of Minutes to Website; Atlantic Beach Commission Votes to Give Residents Greater Access to Meetings
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - After months of debate over the accuracy of minutes for commission meetings, the board agreed Monday to add audio recordings of the regular meetings to the city's Internet site. The commission vote was 4-1,...
CITY GOVERNMENT; Competition Is Key
There is an immediate cost-saving attraction to privatizing city services. More and more, city government, with its generous retirement and benefits package, has become a high-cost provider. While private business rarely offers defined benefit...
Early Voting off to Fast Start in Ware County; A Likely Reason Is the Referendum on Closing a Popular Magnet School
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI A referendum on overturning the Ware County school board's decision to close Ware Magnet School may have given early voting a kick start, officials said. That referendum and a three-way Republican primary race for the...
Emergency Personnel Help Library Kick off Summertime Reading Project
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY On the first day of their summer vacation Thursday, scores of kids headed to the Ponte Vedra Beach branch library. They got goody bags filled with materials for the library's summer kids' program, which encourages lots...
Ford Trying to Get a Grip; Roush Looking for Better Idea to Get Manufacturer a Victory
Byline: DON COBLE DETROIT - Kasey Kahne couldn't have asked for more of his race team, or his car, last Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. The pit crew was flawless on pit road. He hit all of his marks on the racetrack. The engine was...
GOP Candidates Split on Water Transfers; Two Gubernatorial Hopefuls Say It's an Option, but the Other Two Say No
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Two of the leading Republican candidates for governor told the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Tuesday they're willing to consider interbasin water transfers from one river drainage area to another as a way to...
Gratitude Abounds for Newfound Jobs; but Only 3 Featured Job-Seekers Have Found Employment
Byline: ROGER BULL Mark Bridwell has found a job and the family will finally get back together. Plenty of people have stepped forward to offer help to Dannie and Ruth Ann Averitt, but no one has offered a job. But Kathryn Sherman has gone back to...
Green Cove Mom Who Drowned Had Way with Nature; Her House Became a Collection of Interesting Trees, Plants, Even Rocks
Byline: DANA TREEN GREEN COVE SPRINGS - The rustic, jumbled yard around the house her family has had for generations is filled with the spirit of the lady they called Momma Dee. Denise Moody Brown, 57, transplanted plants from the roadsides that...
Green Flag: News and Notes
Byline: DON COBLE 'BIG' CHANGES EXPECTED Drivers who met with NASCAR officials last week said changes are coming. The sanctioning body held a town hall meeting with car owners, drivers and crew chiefs at its Research and Development Center...
Handlers Find It Tough to Part with Retiring Canine Warriors; Working Dogs Are an Important Part of Navy Security Teams
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS The German shepherds and Belgian Malinois perk up their ears as visitors walk into the kennel tucked away in a corner of Mayport Naval Station. Some bark, a few trot in circles. In his cage toward the back, Drago,...
HIGH SCHOOLS NOTEBOOK; Photos Not Sent from School
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Former Mandarin football coach Jason Robinson was cleared of any legal wrongdoing on Tuesday when a Duval County Public Schools investigation concluded that he did not use school property to send adult-oriented pictures to his...
Homeland Ending Stray Animal Rescues; Mayor Cites Space Concerns in Waycross Shelter
Byline: GORDON JACKSON HOMELAND - Charlton County's only municipality with an animal control program is getting out of the business of picking up stray dogs and cats - at least temporarily. Homeland Mayor Austin Hickox said Tuesday the decade-old...
Hot Scout Camp Has Cool Answer; Instructors Emphasize Using Lots of Water during Heat Wave
BRUNSWICK - With temperatures hitting 97 degrees before noon, there was a theme running through all the merit badge classes Tuesday at the Boy Scouts' Camp Tolochee: Drink water. Then drink some more. In his less than strenuous archery class, instructor...
IRAN; Keep the Pressure On
The Iranian nuclear crisis will not be resolved quickly. That became painfully obvious last week when the Tehran regime laughed off the U.N. Security Council's fourth round of sanctions in as many years. The sanctions continue to shut down financial...
I Was an Astro-Zombie; Jacksonville Fan of Cult Filmmaker Has a Cameo in His Latest Work
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Ed Tucker is a mild-mannered 43-year-old from Mandarin, a big fan of a cult filmmaker whose latest work, as the poster makes clear, is about creatures whose "demented brains lead them to kill, kill, kill." That would be Ted...
Jacksonville Journal
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SUMMER FOOD SERVICE Fifty-eight Duval County public schools are participating in the 2010 Summer Food Service Program through August. Created to ensure children in lower-income areas continue to receive nutritious meals during...
JAGUARS; QB Wants to Hit Receivers, Not Town Jags' Garrard Says He Passes When It Comes to Night Life
Byline: VITO STELLINO David Garrard leads by example for the Jaguars, on and off the field. That's why the Jaguars don't have to worry about Garrard emulating Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young and getting in a late-night fight at a strip...
Meal Delivery Is Lifeline for Many; Volunteers Find Preparing and Distributing Food to Needy Very Rewarding
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Eugene Branch is elderly and gets around in a wheelchair because he has only one leg. Yet he's the caretaker for his wife, who is bed-ridden in their Jacksonville Beach home with diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. When...
Message from the Jesus Fire? Artist Doesn't See One; LIGHTNING STRIKE A Large Ohio Sculpture Created by a Beaches Man Goes out in a "Blaze of Glory."
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY James Lynch doesn't see any meaning or irony in the lightning-sparked fire that destroyed a giant Jesus sculpture that took him a year to create. The Jacksonville Beach artist said he's heard and read many of the comments....
Morning Briefs
PILGRIM'S PRIDE TO HIRE 250 AT LIVE OAK FACILITY Poultry brand Pilgrim's Pride Corp. has introduced its "Fresh from Florida" campaign in a move that has led to the hiring of 250 more employees to the company's facility in Live Oak. The effort...
Ocean Bite Prompts Shark Warnings; Swimmers Cautioned to Be Vigilant, Especially around Schools of Bait Fish
Byline: DREW DIXON JACKSONVILLE BEACH - A woman bitten on the leg in the ocean near 16th Avenue South has prompted the annual summer vigilance for potential shark activity. The 18-year-old woman was bitten about 2 p.m. Thursday in waist-deep...
Other Officers Saw Abuse, Records Show; Flagler Beach Lieutenant Charged with Battery Has Had Other Incidents
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Charges of police brutality against a veteran Northeast Florida lawman include allegations that other officers witnessed repeated abuse, though no others have been charged, police records show. Lt. Robert Wayne Milstead,...
Owner Sees Bright Future for Ragan
Jack Roush is the first to admit this season hasn't gone well for his racing organization. Ford, which gets its engineering and engines from Roush Fenway Racing, is winless in all three of NASCAR's national touring series - Sprint Cup, Nationwide and...
Pair Sought in Home Invasion, Sex Attack
Jacksonville police are asking for the public's help in finding two men charged Tuesday in warrants with a June 1 Westside home invasion and armed sexual battery. Terry Lee Smith, 19, and Michael Francis Daniel, 18, are charged in the attack. Police...
Police Briefs; 2 Platinum Rings Stolen from a Home
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - Two platinum wedding and engagement rings worth about $12,000 and prescription drugs were stolen from a home while a couple was moving into the building...
Ready ... Set ... Go; Arcade Racers Will Have You Feeling the Need for Speed
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY Fans of arcade racing are being well taken care of right now, with three different games to choose from, each with hefty solo challenges and plenty of online competition. You people who are still waiting on the next "Gran...
Romney Helps Raise Funds for Thrasher; the Former Presidential Candidate Spoke in Jacksonville Tuesday
Byline: DAVID HUNT In a year when voters are taking aim at incumbents, state Sen. John Thrasher could be wearing one of the biggest bull's-eyes. In the past several months, educators have rallied against him and political opponents have questioned...
Shattered Thought Sets Its Sights on International Title
Byline: TAMARA MCCLARAN Performance artist Matthew Hernandez of Ponte Vedra Beach turns 23 today and hopes his friends, neighbors and the public will, in his words, "show him some birthday love." The love he's speaking of isn't for him. It's...
'Special Person' Kept School Well Fed; Melissa Johnson and Her Two Sons Were Killed at a Railroad Crossing
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Laura Boilini says Melissa Johnson was "a special person with a kind heart," even though she only knew her for a few months. But in the time she worked with the Pomona Park mother, killed Monday with two sons when an Amtrak...
THE LAST CLASS; Timucuan K-Teacher 'An Icon' SUSAN HARPER She Moved Kids to Achieve by Having Big Expectations of Them
Byline: SARA CONRAD Susan Harper is something of a legend in Duval County. "An icon," said Jill Newhouse, the instructional coach at Timucuan Elementary School. She said watching the retiring kindergarten teacher is like seeing "an artist...
The Skaters Who Helped Inspire a Museum Exhibit Talk of Old Days. STORIES FROM THE BOARDS
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Imagine that: Skateboarding has been around long enough in Jacksonville that there's now a history museum exhibit about it. It's called the "Jacksonville Skate Scene" and includes photos, video and equipment from the old...
This Week
SPRINT CUP Toyota/ Save Mart 350 Where: Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, Calif. When: 3 p.m. Sunday. Track dimensions: 1.99-mile road course with 12 turns. Broadcast: Television - TNT, 2 p.m.; Radio - Performance Racing Network, Sirius Satellite...
T-U 2
HAYS, THE MAGNIFICENTLY INACCURATE The start of college football season is almost here. Why wait to get picks wrong when I can start right now? All summer, your humble seer has been seeing visions of how this season will unfold. Today, I unveil...
Typical JEA Bill to Rise by 9.25% in Fall; Utility's Board OKs Hiking Costs for Electricity and Water Service
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Typical JEA customers will pay more than $200 a month for power and water this fall under a pricing plan the Jacksonville-owned utility's governing board approved Tuesday. "We understand it will be very tough for some...
Yulee Principal Arrested, Charged in Wife's Battery; the Educator Was Arrested Following a Domestic Incident
Byline: MATT COLEMAN A Yulee school principal is charged with aggravated battery and kidnapping-false imprisonment following a weekend altercation with his wife. Scott David Hodges, the 39-year-old principal of Yulee Elementary, was arrested...
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