The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 6, 1999

2-Minute Drill
YOWELL ALL-AMERICAN Jacksonville University coach Steve Gilbert knew he had a special player in Justin Yowell, even before the Dolphins inaugural season began last fall. Now it's official. Following his freshman season, the defensive end was named...
'99 a Year of Action in Clay Major Projects to Get Started
In Clay County, 1999 will be a year of resolutions. Projects that have been long planned will start to become reality. Issues that have been long talked about will finally be settled. And Clay County will prepare itself for the new century beginning...
Another Player from Clay Makes Big Impact in Gator Bowl
For the second consecutive year, a football player from Orange Park has made an impact in the Gator Bowl. Last year, senior Ryan Hoffman, an Orange Park High graduate, and his offensive line teammates helped North Carolina gain 427 yards in the Tar...
Bolles Hot Even in the Cold Bishop Kenny Girls Fall 2-0 as Leventhal Posts Soccer Shutout
Not even the cold could slow down the Bolles girls soccer team last night as they shut out host Bishop Kenny 2-0. Kenny came out strong with sharp passing that created several early shots. Unfortunately for Kenny, Bolles senior goalkeeper Dana Leventhal...
Briefly
Home-stage advantage The Backstreet Boys returned home for a special, sold-out New Year's Eve show at the Orlando Arena. The pop group opened its set with That's The Way I Like It, followed by one of their first songs, Just To Be Close To You....
Citibank Says Renewed Leases Show Local Commitment
In what a spokesman calls "a commitment to the city of Jacksonville," Citibank Universal Card Services started its new year with renewed leases on two of the three buildings it rents in Baymeadows and intends to renew on the third. "This is home,"...
City Park Planning Ambitious Funds, Volunteers Sought to Finish Job
Jogging trails, a fishing pier and a wooden playground designed by children could soon become reality at Clarke Park in Orange Park -- if the community is willing to shoulder most of the labor and costs. The 15-acre park on Kingsley Avenue could...
College Football Ahead for Coffman Star at Fletcher Makes Commitment
At 6-feet-3 and 295 pounds, Kyle Coffman is a hard guy to miss. But missing him is exactly what his football coaches at Fletcher High School will do, as the graduating senior and standout offensive guard is taking his game to the next level, having...
Crash Kills Trucker Fiery Accident Closes I-95; Explosion Seen 2 Miles Away
BRUNSWICK -- A South Carolina truck driver died yesterday in a fiery crash on Interstate 95 that tore apart his rig and sent its trailer plummeting off a highway bridge almost 30 feet down an embankment to a railroad bed. The accident occurred about...
Customer Service? Yeah, Right over There, I Think
My daughter and I took on the daunting task last week of exchanging for family members the Christmas gifts that were too small or too large. Undertaking such a task always reminds me of the time my dad left his sweater at our home one Christmas....
First Coast Athletes Set Sights on College Choices
It's an exciting time for high school seniors, patiently waiting for college acceptance letters and hoping their hard work pays off. But for some lucky seniors, colleges actually court them. Whether it be for academic excellence or outstanding athletic...
Florida Gets a Bush New Governor Hoping State Can Be `Nicer Place'
TALLAHASSEE -- Completing the Republican takeover of Florida government, Jeb Bush became the state's 43rd governor yesterday with a pledge to temper conservatism with compassion. Bush, continuing the themes he sounded in his successful campaign,...
Friend Recalls Cultist Ex-Duval Student Arrested in Israel
Anne Biondo was a smart girl who wasn't considered strange or eccentric as a student at Jacksonville's Bishop Kenny High School, but friends say she did dabble in cults. At 26, she's now deeply involved. She and 13 others -- seven adults and...
FSU Picks Up Pieces Another High Ranking Small Consolation
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Looking ahead can be difficult when the memory of what was left behind is so vivid, and that's exactly the view Florida State players faced yesterday morning. Top-ranked Tennessee's 23-16 Fiesta Bowl victory Monday night marked the...
Girls Sports at 2 Schools Almost Equal
Two Clay County schools remain out of compliance with a 5-year-old state mandate for equal sports opportunities for boys and girls, according to a recent state review. But Nancy Benda, program director for the Equal Educational Opportunity Program...
Grand Jury Doesn't Indict Police Chief
FOLKSTON -- A Charlton County grand jury yesterday ruled there was not enough evidence to indict Homeland Police Chief Jerry Gibson on charges he sexually molested a juvenile girl. In a separate case, the grand jury indicted Folkston police Officer...
Hoping for One Last Ride at 102, Love of Horses Hasn't Faded
As her frail hand gently stroked Domino's head, Lillian Brown looked up from her wheelchair and smiled at the brown thoroughbred, then cupped her hand and raised it to her nose. "I love to smell a clean horse," said the elderly Orange Park woman...
Inauguration Was a Thrill and a Chill
TALLAHASSEE -- Former Duval County Republican Chairman Don Brewer worked for years to help elect Jeb Bush as Florida's governor. But with temperatures in the low 30s yesterday as Bush gave his inauguration speech outside the Old Capitol in Tallahassee,...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It seems to me like they're going to make a career out of nitpicking this thing all the way through." -- Tenant Advisory Council President Henry Baker referring to an investigation of payments he made to himself. Story on this...
Jacksonville's Best Not Only South of River
This column is about how the other half lives. I decided to do my own unabashedly unscientific survey about Jacksonville north of the St. Johns River after reading Folio Weekly and Jacksonville Magazine last week. They asked their readers to name...
JTA Launches Regency-to-Avenues Service
Serial shoppers now can let the city do the driving on weekends while they make the rounds of Jacksonville's major shopping malls. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has inaugurated bus service between Regency Square and The Avenues with...
Kearse, McGrew Going Pro
The suspense actually ended before last week's Orange Bowl when juniors Jevon Kearse and Reggie McGrew talked a lot about an NFL future that now will begin one year early. Kearse and McGrew, two of the University of Florida's defensive stars, will...
Landing Eatery Shutting Down Frankie's Plans to Close on Monday
After just seven months in business, the financially troubled Frankie's sports-themed restaurant and bar at The Jacksonville Landing plans to close on Monday, a Landing official said yesterday. "These situations happen. Restaurants are some of the...
Lawmakers Target Fees Charged by State Colleges
ATLANTA -- Key lawmakers urged University System of Georgia officials yesterday to keep a closer tab on fees being charged to students at the state's 34 public colleges and universities, and maybe even put a one-year moratorium on them. However,...
Meningitis Victim Is Buried
As a Palatka couple yesterday buried a son who died from bacterial meningitis, Clay, Duval and Nassau health workers fielded worried parents' calls about isolated cases in those counties. Services were held yesterday for George A. Smith, a Palatka...
More of Group's Records Seized Tenant Council's Leader Defiant
Federal and local investigators seized more financial records yesterday from a Jacksonville Housing Authority tenants organization in an ongoing review of spending by the federally funded group. The third visit by investigators in a month to the...
New Amateur Baseball League Offers Fewer Limits Than Legion
The face of amateur baseball in the Jacksonville area is undergoing some major plastic surgery. Ben Stevens, who created the Jacksonville Warriors baseball program in 1986, has started a new 18-and-under league that will rival American Legion baseball....
Non-Standard Card Returned for Lack of Adequate Postage
Dear Call Box: I am writing to ask if stationery manufacturers have an obligation to create mailing envelopes that conform to the U.S. Postal Service's size regulations. One of the Christmas cards my wife mailed to California was returned to her...
No Rest for the Weary Volunteers Already Readying for Next First Night
ATLANTIC BEACH -- The party's over and now on to First Night 2000. For Rosemary Fletcher and the other volunteer organizers of First Night, an alcohol-free alternative to ringing in the new year, there's little time to rest. First Night Atlantic...
On the Playoff Road Again Jags Have Traveled This Route before . . . and Won
A popular theory is it is difficult to win NFL road games. In the playoffs, the task gets tougher. Or so the theory goes. Jaguars defensive tackle John Jurkovic isn't so sure. "Regular season, you've got eight games, and you say, `Hey, let's...
Outzen's Youth Showed FSU Quarterback Picture an Issue Entering Spring
TEMPE, Ariz. -- There, right in front of him and a national television audience, Bobby Bowden's biggest fear was unfolding. And even though he had an idea that it might happen, the Florida State coach could do nothing but watch helplessly. He had...
Park-Goers Pay Price Few Complain about Higher Admission
********** CORRECTION (1/26/99) The base rate for tent camping at Hanna Park is $12 a day, up from $9. Because of information provided by city officials, the new cost of tent camping was incorrect in Page B-1 stories on Jan. 5 and Jan....
PSC Scrutinizes High Natural Gas Bills
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Gas Light has a lot of explaining to do, according to Georgia Public Service commissioners who voted unanimously yesterday to investigate the sharply higher bills many homeowners and small businesses have been receiving. "This...
Public Safety
CLAY COUNTY A short circuit in an extension cord caused $35,000 worth of fire damage to a Green Cove Springs home Thursday. The home, at 809 Bay St., was unoccupied when the fire started about 3 a.m. and no one was injured. The fire started...
Security Officer Dies in Pond
A security officer patrolling the Winn-Dixie corporate office parking lot died when his patrol car drove into a retention pond last night, said police. The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m. in the 5000 block of North Edgewood Court as employees...
'So Much to See and So Much to Do' New Year's Celebration Chock-Full of Family Fun
With a seasonal chill in the clear night air and a full moon shining from above, drummers from Mali drummed around a huge bonfire in Howell Park as First Night Atlantic Beach revelers brought in the new year at midnight. In its third year, First...
Spread the Blame for Fiesta Fiasco
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The morning after Florida State's football program had blown the opportunity of a lifetime, members of Team Breakdown verbally went over a list of nagging questions: How did a national championship at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl slip...
Student Pilot Charged after Runway Chase N.C. Man Forced to Stop Aircraft
It wasn't a normal distress call that had Jacksonville fire and rescue units chasing a Cessna 182 plane down a runway Monday at Craig Municipal Airport. Jacksonville police said it was a drunken student pilot trying to take off, forcing another...
Tapping a Trend Medcom Helps Firms Afford to Insure Themselves
For Bob Metzger, the owner of a Jacksonville label manufacturer, self-insuring to pay for the health claims of his workers offered choices that the traditional, me-too insurance plans couldn't match. For Debra Johnson, the comptroller of the Timuquana...
The Answer Line
Answers to readers' questions and other often-asked questions of area agencies and services. CLAY ELECTRIC CO-OP: How does a heat pump work? Answer: A heat pump transfers heat from one location to another, either from the outside into your home...
Thousands Flocked to the Opening of the City's Biggest Attraction
Celebrate 2000 Jan. 6, 1912 A daily look at events in First Coast history Martial music and shivering thousands opened the New Florida Ostrich Farm, Amusement Park and Zoo. Fifty acres of fun for the whole family unfolded at the former Phoenix...
Time off a Help for Mandarin Soccer Team
The holiday break couldn't have come at a better time for the Mandarin High School girls soccer team. The Mustangs may be 8-4-3, but a two-week break will certainly help them recover from the loss of several players due to injuries, illness and...
Trinity Basketball Team Looking to Make a Run for District Title
The Trinity Christian boys basketball team has a record of 6-4. It's not sterling, but it's not bad. And considering the Conquerors have won four of their past five, they are feeling pretty good about themselves. "These guys expect more out of themselves...
Trojans Press through to Topple Wolfpack
Led by 21 points from Charnesia Bailey, Ribault rolled to a 58-42 win over visiting Wolfson last night in a matchup of two of the First Coast's top high school girls basketball teams. "I thought it was a good game by both teams," Ribault coach Al...
Trying for a Calming Effect Congestion a Problem for Jacksonville Roads
Country Creek Boulevard resident Michael Green describes his winding Westside road as dangerous. Speeders along the popular short cut between Hammond Road and Normandy Boulevard too frequently knock down mailboxes and power poles and hit parked...
Visit the Ocean, It's Always Open
Swims-with-Dolphins would be my name of choice should an indigenous tribe decide to induct me. Recently, a beach walker asked me if I had seen all of the dolphins swimming around me. About 17 years ago, an injury changed my weekend workouts forever....
Winds of Change Are A-Blowing into State Government
TALLAHASSEE -- Change is good. So said Gov. Buddy MacKay before turning over the state seal and reins of government to Gov. Jeb Bush during yesterday's inaugural ceremony. And change it shall be, though certainly more than anticipated by MacKay,...
Young Skaters Learn Online Home Schooling Leaves Enough Time for Competitions
Many years ago in General Electric's World-Of-The-Future pavilion at Disney World, one of the animated scenes was of a child working in his own bedroom on school lessons with a teacher via a computer. That future is here and now. Mesha Hart,...
Zoning Rift Goes to Court Residents: Reverse Council's Approval
A neighborhood battle to stop the rezoning of a 16-acre property on Mandarin's Ilah Road North for a new 44-unit subdivision will continue in Circuit Court. Neighbors opposed to the project have been fighting property owner Kah Lee's rezoning request...

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