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Articles from June 19, 2010

A Catch-Up with 2 Former Clay Athletes
Byline: Brent Beaird It was great to catch up this week with two well-known Clay County athletes - Alan Hall, a former Middleburg High School quarterback, and Danielle Richardson, a former Orange Park High School basketball player. Hall is back...
Around the County
JULINGTON CREEK PLANTATION JAZZ EVENT Julington Creek Plantation is holding "Night at the Copa" with big band jazz featuring Class Act today. Dinner will be served for $32. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.jcpcdd.org...
Artist's Photography on Display at Mandarin Library; She Said Taking Photos Comes Easiest to Her, and It "Depicts Reality."
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Deb Bowman was standing in line to check out books at the Mandarin branch library when it clicked. She turned to the woman having her picture shot in front of a row of photographs and asked, "Are you Kara Heydon? I absolutely...
Beach Shorts
PARK COMMITTEE SELECTED A board was set up this week for the planned Beaches Veterans Memorial Park in Atlantic Beach. Following a meeting with Atlantic Beach city officials Tuesday, nine members were appointed as the board overseeing the development...
Braggin' Rights
Kudos to these Nassau County residents: ACADEMIC - Emma Love Hardee Elementary School recently announced for the first time that two students, fourth-grader Kevin Zhou and fifth-grader Hannah Easter, tallied up more than 1,000 Accelerated Reader...
Business Briefs; Times Grill Opens New Fleming Island Eatery
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN Times Grill officials said it's about time they opened on Fleming Island. The family sports grill, which opened last week in the Blu Grotto's old digs at 1811 Town Center Blvd., will serve up a variety of offerings from...
Chaste Tree Flowers Eye-Catching; the Ornamental Plant Has a Long History and Needs Little Care
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE Chaste tree (vitex agnus-castus) has been putting on a show for several weeks. When the plant is covered with flowers, it's a real eye-catcher and generates a lot of interest. Chaste tree is native to southern Europe...
CHURCHES TRY TO LOSE THAT 'MEGA' FEELING FOR MEMBERS; DIVIDE Groups Set Up by Age, ZIP Codes Help People Feel Connected
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Ryan Chandler joined CrossRoad Church's young adults group as a way to live out his faith through service. "It's important to reach out to the community," the 28-year-old said as he helped set up snack tables and games for...
Clay School Board Tries to Avoid Job Cuts While Cutting Budget
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The news came last month that the Clay County School Board had to cut $10.8 million from its 2010-11 budget and $16.2 million from its 2011-12 budget to maintain state-required reserve fund levels. This week, Superintendent...
Coalition Hopes to Retain Bowles
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN In one of its first missions, a new Green Cove Springs citizens group will try to see if retiring City Manager Don Bowles can be retained. The group, called the Green Cove Springs Coalition, has filed papers with the city...
Cold Noses; Pets of the Week
Each Saturday, the Times-Union's pet blog, Cold Noses, is featuring pets available for adoption at area shelters. For more information and photos of all the animals featured, go to jacksonville.com/ColdNoses. Meet Elvira! This adorable 6-month-old...
Density Is Key Issue in Downtown Development
Byline: Chuck Hall On June 10 at City Hall, there was a meeting of local citizens, each coming with their own ideas about the direction of the downtown-density issue in Fernandina Beach. It was a dynamic, shifting conversation to say the least!...
Difference Maker; Belinda Smith
Pinned to a bulletin board above Belinda Smith's desk is a two-page, typed list of her duties at Bartram Trail High School. She puts it there to prioritize and remind her of all the jobs she needs to do. It's dedicated employees like Smith who are...
Dignity U Wear Launches Its Back-to-School Clothing Drive
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Dignity U Wear wants "Learning with Dignity" for Clay County students. The Jacksonville-based national clothing ministry has launched a back-to-school campaign to make sure Clay students from needy families have appropriate...
Ditch Witches Return with a Trip to Matanzas State Forest
Byline: Beverly Fleming Occasionally, readers who have been following my column for several years will ask me if the Ditch Witches are still active. I have to say that we haven't done as much since our dear friend and renowned photographer Eileen...
Drainage Upgrades Planned in St. Johns; It Will Affect Areas along North Roscoe and Canal Boulevards
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PALM VALLEY - As soon as next year, hundreds of homeowners near North Roscoe Boulevard could be relieved of flooding and septic tank backups, thanks to planned drainage improvements. For years, residents along Wilderness...
Emotion Expected at Huguenot Meeting; but It Won't Be a Free-for-All, and There Will Be Protocol for Speaking, Spokeswoman Said
Byline: DREW DIXON A large crowd and spirited debate are expected Monday at a meeting to get public input on the future of vehicle access to the beach at Huguenot Memorial Park. Beach access advocates will square off against environmental activists...
Facility for Defense Dedicated; Manufacturing Site Produces Elevators for Crews on Navy Ships
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - Navy Rear Adm. James P. McManamon flew into town Friday to cut the ribbon on a 70,000-square-foot building where workers will produce defense equipment that never makes the headlines. McManamon, with PaR Defense...
Fathers Are Icing on the Cake in the Family; Share Time with Yours
Byline: Lamar Thames Dads and their families will be out in force around Clay County this weekend celebrating Father's Day. And that is as it should be. As comedian Chris Rock said in a recent interview with Dateline concerning his upcoming movie...
First Fridays Going Down like a Cool Drink in Five Points; on the First Friday of Each Month, Shops and Restaurants Go All out for Patrons
Byline: MARIA CONNOR Jacksonville's Five Points neighborhood has a reputation that is both compelling and intimidating. Known for years as a bohemian haven for hippies, and in later decades, dark-garbed, pierced and tattooed Goths, the historic...
Former Peyton Aide Still on City Payroll; Mosley Kept Accruing Leave Time; Mayor's OK Got Him Extra $7,000
Byline: MATT GALNOR Alan Mosley's name is long gone from the Jacksonville City Hall office he left in February for a new gig with the state. But every two weeks, his name reappears on a paycheck that's more than $6,800 before taxes are taken...
Gulf Coast Offers Beautiful Break from Local Beaches
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy The colors were dazzling. Yellow dune sunflowers grew around craggy tan boulders, framing a sugar white beach and the sparkling waters of the blue-green Gulf of Mexico beyond. As I stood between two palm trees and soaked...
Hearing Set for Ethics Probe into Parsons, Money Raised
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - A Florida Commission on Ethics probe into City Commissioner Paul Parsons and money raised for a city statue will proceed to a formal hearing before the state panel next month. The "probable cause" hearing will...
Her Recipe for 106 Healthy Years? Bananas
Born in 1904, Ruth Cooke Palmer has a lifetime full of stories, some momentous, others small but just as memorable. Her favorite memory is a trip she took around the world with her husband - she especially loved the birds in Alaska and the sights...
Improvements to A1A Will Likely Finish in 2011
Byline: COULTER KIRKPATRICK The Florida Department of Transportation began improvements last week on the 10.7-mile stretch of Florida A1A in Nassau County from the Nassau Sound Bridge to Atlantic Avenue. According to a release from the Department...
IN THE LOOP; Couple Stops in Jacksonville on Boating Journey around Eastern United States
Byline: BRIAN AKEL Traveling the North American waterways from Maryland, through the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi, across the Gulf of Mexico and up the Eastern seaboard might seem like a fairy tale. But for one retired couple, fairy tales have...
JTA Requests Funds from Beaches to Keep Trolley Running
Byline: DREW DIXON The Atlantic Beach City Commission agreed Monday to spend $2,500 to help keep the Beaches trolley running this year, while the Jacksonville Transportation Authority is seeking more funds from Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach....
Jury Awards Woman Nearly $2M in Insurance Case; She's Thankful but Says There Are Some Things Money Can't Buy
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Cynthia Deen's life was changed in an instant three years ago when an air conditioning truck slammed into her car as she slowed for a traffic signal at U.S. 17 and Fleming Island Parkway. "I saw him coming in the rearview...
Lee High School 60-Year Class Reunion Is Aug. 20
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Robert Lee High School's 60-year class reunion will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the Florida Yacht Club in Ortega. The class of 1950 will celebrate with a $30 luncheon. All classes are welcome. Call Mary Lee Goethe at 733-1807....
Longtime Mandarin Resident Recognized for His Green Thumb
By his own admission, Billy Barwald did not like school while growing up. "I was not educable," he said with a smile. Riding along with a friend who signed up for college classes after returning from World War II changed all that. Now Barwald,...
Man Guilty of Shooting Woman over Her Abortion; He Could Face the Death Penalty in the Killing of His Ex-Girlfriend
A weeklong Jacksonville trial ended Friday with 26-year-old Justin Ryan McMillian guilty of killing his ex-girlfriend because he was angry she had an abortion. Danielle DeAnn Stubbs, 26, was shot twice -once in the head - in her Pineverde Lane home...
Man Revives Record Popularity at Store
Byline: DALIA MOUSA With the emergence of the compact disc era in the late 1980s, vinyl records - the long-standing music source for teens nationwide - soon became obsolete. Records slowly disappeared into history books as the digital age emerged....
Marchers Ask Witnesses to Speak out; in a Chant, Family and Friends Appealed to Eureka Garden Residents
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Roughly 100 family members and friends of one of Jacksonville's latest homicide victims gathered at the place where he was slain to ask for help finding his killer. Moses Parrott Jr.'s mother and the rest of the group flooded...
Mayor Says Don't Trust Police-Fire Candidate; PEYTON'S ABOUT-FACE Contentious Debates about City Pay Could Come before Council Members
Byline: MATT GALNOR The same man who rode the police and fire unions into the Jacksonville mayor's office seven years ago told a political group Friday to be wary of any 2011 mayoral candidate with the backing of cops and firefighters. Mayor...
More Artists Wanted to Join Animal Event
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Picture Thomas Gainsborough's famous "The Blue Boy" painting with a cocker spaniel's head and a Labrador's mug on a Van Gogh. Such paintings make up the logo for the Bark'n Art Summer Festival, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday,...
More Honors for 'Shots Fired' Series; Times-Union Wins 12 Awards from the Florida Society of News Editors
A three-part series examining the rise in shootings by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office written by Times-Union writer Matt Galnor took first place for explanatory reporting in the Florida Society of News Editors journalism competition. For Galnor...
Morning Briefs
WINN-DIXIE DISTRIBUTES SHARES FROM RESERVES Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. distributed Friday approximately 6.8 million shares of its common stock, which represents substantially all of the shares that had been held in reserve to settle outstanding unsecured...
Ninth Street Road Work Set to Begin in July; Adding Traffic Signals and Improved Drainage Are Part of the Project
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - Since 2002, city leaders have strategized, met with the public and proposed to upgrade Ninth Street South, a two-lane road that's often used as an alternate to busy Florida A1A. Now, the $3.28 million...
Notebook; Landscaping Tips Focus of Library Workshop
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A program on "Florida-Friendly Landscape Principles" is being offered from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at the South Mandarin branch library, 12125 San Jose Blvd. The Duval County Extension Office will teach the University...
Not Quite Thrift, Not Consignment; A New Kind of Secondhand Store Takes Root on First Coast
Byline: KEVIN TURNER A new breed of secondhand stores is emerging as a bigger player in Jacksonville and nationwide, thanks in part to the recession. These stores fall between traditional thrift stores, which rely on donated merchandise, and...
Orchids Really Aren't That Hard to Grow
Byline: Jane Brown Orchids with their exotic beauty have a certain mystique with a rich emotional tone and appeal. They come in an infinite variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Because the brilliant blooms of orchids can last six weeks or more,...
Pair of 94-Year-Old Dads Reflect, Offer Fatherly Advice; in Honor of Father's Day, a Trip to Riverside Presbyterian House
Byline: MARY MARAGHY "You set the bar high, Dad, our great mentor, there's none more loyal and true. And you raised us as part of a church family, a great asset in helping us through. You've been there in tough times to support us and care,...
Parking Fees Said to Help Curb Crowds and Crime; Officials Think New $5 Cost Is Helping; Police Haven't Said and Businesses Are Nervous
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - City officials said they're pleased with how $5 parking fees begun two weeks ago appear to be controlling riotous crowds and drinking-related crime in parking lots near the beach. But some business...
Police Briefs; Multiple Auto Burglaries over 2 Days in Jax Beach
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A 62-year-old woman was arrested and charged with resisting an officer without violence after she tried to intervene during a police investigation...
Police Briefs; Woman Scammed by Pair in Parking Lot, Loses $18,000
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 23-year-old man was knocked unconscious for 10 minutes and robbed of his leather wallet and prescription drugs during an armed robbery at 9 p.m. June 10. Rescue took the victim to St. Luke's Hospital. The man told police...
Police Briefs; Woman's Drunken Threats Lead to Arrest
Byline: MARY MARAGHY A 46-year-old female resident of Camille Avenue was charged with disorderly intoxication around 1:45 a.m. June 12. The woman had been drinking at a friend's home and began yelling, cursing and making threats. The friend asked...
Police Shoot Woman in Slow Pursuit; Glynn Officers Fired at a Brunswick Woman as She Drove Her Car at Them
Byline: TERRY DICKSON and GORDON JACKSON BRUNSWICK - Glynn County police shot a woman about noon Friday as she drove her car toward them at the end of a bizarre slow pursuit from Colonial Mall Glynn Place into a neighborhood about a mile away, Police...
Ponte Vedra Woman Wins World University Championship
Byline: Brian Kosoy With the world's eyes on soccer's World Cup and the golf world's attention on the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Calif., (look for Beaches-area golfer Kevin Phelan in this year's field), Beaches athletes continued to perform all...
Public Safety; Man Arrested after Stabbing at Yulee Night Club
Byline: COULTER KIRKPATRICK Detectives with the Nassau County Sheriff's Office arrested a man in the stabbing of another man in the morning hours Sunday in the parking lot of a Yulee nightclub. Police said two 20-year-old Georgia men got into a...
Q&A AMY BUGGLE; Special-Needs Kids Program Born out of a Dream
Byline: MARY MARAGHY The Sun visited Amy Buggle of Riverside, founder of the 21-year-old DLC Nurse and Learn at Murray Hill United Methodist Church and DLC Therapy & Care at Lake Shore Presbyterian Church. Both programs provide education, day...
READER FEEDBACK; Taxes for Roads?
Officials from the Jacksonville Transportation Authority recently informed The Times-Union's editorial board about the revenue needed to improve roads in Duval County. They raised the possibility of extending the current gas tax and noted that an...
RECRUITING NOTEBOOK; First Coast's Henry Picks Gamecocks
Byline: HAYS CARLYON First Coast High free safety Jared Henry committed to South Carolina for its 2011 recruiting class. Henry, who played at Jackson last season before transferring, chose the Gamecocks after taking an unofficial visit to Columbia....
Residential Alarm Systems Need to Be Registered by Sept. 30
Byline: Marci Skinner Hello to all, I recently came across a new county ordinance that will likely affect you. It's about house alarm systems and has a fast-approaching registration deadline that will affect over 24,000 homes in St. Johns County....
Singing Contest Has 'American Idol' Format
Call it Jacksonville's version of "American Idol." Jacksonville Harmony Show Chorus is presenting its third annual "Catch a Rising Star" show at 4 p.m. today at the Terry Theater, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St. Tickets...
Snakes Emerging from Brush for Egg-Laying Season; If Seen near a Dwelling, It Could Indicate Presence of Rat Nests, an Expert Says
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Now that it's snake egg-laying season, people around the Beaches area and elsewhere are more likely to see snakes coming out of their hiding places in brush and other concealed areas to look for food, officials said. Blackracer...
So Who's Really Part of the 'Tea Party'? Florida Republicans Suspect Subterfuge from Democratic Interlopers
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - As the slates for statewide and legislative elections were set Friday, a political war began brewing over who is behind the state's official "Tea Party." Seven of the 16 Tea Party candidates who qualified...
Starters Set Tone for Gators; Johnson, Panteliodis and Randall Leading Way for Florida
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Florida's best pitcher this season has been senior closer Kevin Chapman, a third-team All-American and the Gators' only first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection. In the postseason, though, he has...
Stepdad Charged in Boy's Swamp Death; Teen Didn't Have Supplies to Maintain Body Temperature, Agent Said
Byline: TERRY DICKSON Alone, cold and unaware of his surroundings, 15-year-old Daniel Head died face down in a pool of water in a rugged stretch of Georgia woodlands in March. He was left there by his stepfather and hunting partner, Brian Gale....
St. Marys Buys Gilman Waterfront; City Seeking Public/private Deal for Development of the Property
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - The public will soon have access to one of the prime pieces of real estate on the downtown St. Marys waterfront. City officials were the high bidders on a 2.5-acre tract known as the Gilman Boat House at an...
Students' Bright Mural 'Humanizes' Hospital Lobby
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND & MARY MARAGHY The 46-foot mural, called "The Healing Gardens," is the first thing visitors see when they enter the main lobby at Shands Jacksonville. It was painted by 46 students at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts....
Trojans' Arrogance Too Much
Byline: GENE FRENETTE There's nothing all that stunning about the two-year postseason ban, loss of 30 scholarships and vacating wins imposed on the Southern Cal football program recently by the NCAA. The same can't be said for how two of the Trojans'...
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MARLINS BUZZING ABOUT NEW PROMOTION The sound of the World Cup is coming to Florida Marlins baseball. According to the Associated Press, the Marlins are giving away 15,000 air horns to fans at today's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The horns...
Tuition Hike Bumps to 15 Percent; State Approves Another 7 Percent
Byline: MATT COLEMAN The governing body of the state university system approved an additional 7 percent tuition increase Friday for the 2010-11 academic year. The decision comes weeks after the Legislature approved a mandatory 8 percent base...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Let People Buy Own Fireworks
I can't believe the mayor has agreed [to allow the city to pay for Fourth of July fireworks] when the city is in such a financial mess. Last year it cost $55,000 for about 15 minutes of fireworks. If people want fireworks, let them buy their own. I...
UNF Golfers, Coach Sweep A-Sun Awards
North Florida All-American golfer Sean Dale was named the Atlantic Sun Conference player of the year. Teammate Kevin Phelan, who played in the U.S. Open this week, earned freshman of the year honors in the conference. UNF's Scott Schroeder was...
Vets Trade Camouflage for Suits; Wounded Warrior Project Trying to Dress Soldiers for Success
Byline: DAN SCANLAN During veterans' lives in Iraq or Afghanistan, uniforms of the day were khaki or desert camo, with a sidearm accessory. Back in the civilian world, a new suit is the mandatory uniform when it comes to job interviews for service...
Volunteering, Academics Help Her Win MetroPCS Scholarship
Byline: TYLER WHITE During her four years at Mandarin High School, Briana Harrison did it all, from winning the school's pageant to serving on the student council. She was a member of the French Club and the Key Club among several others. On...
Weather May Hinder Fishing, but Catches Can Be Made
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson If you are planning on fishing this weekend, you may have to dodge a thunderstorm or two. The light south winds predicted will provide great fishing conditions for the annual Nassau Sport Fishing Association's Tournament...
Whatever It Takes to Beat Heat; It Takes Multiple Forms, but Water Keeps 'Em Cool
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Nine-year-old Raymond Wright kept cool Tuesday by splashing around streams of spraying water at the Hanna Park kids water park. Julie Vontz kept cool by swimming in the pool at Selva Marina Country Club with her son Zach,...
With Strong Squads, Mandarin Names Its Softball All-Stars
Byline: Mark Boleky We're about to dive head on into All-Star season for recreation baseball and softball. Last week we listed the names of the baseball all stars for Mandarin Sports Association and Mandarin Athletic Association. This week is...
Zebra Longwings like Shaded Passionflowers
Byline: PAULA LAMB Last year, I saw a number of Zebra Longwing butterflies floating around the passionflower vine in my yard. I haven't seen any this year. Will they return? As the summer season progresses in our area, you will probably start...
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