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Articles from January 9, 1999

[2] Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently in Mandarin to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Accidental injury: A 34-year-old Southside man was injured Tuesday when a cable snapped and hit him at the state Department of Transportation's...
[3] Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Westside to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Armed robbery: The Hardee's restaurant in the 800 block of Lane Avenue South was robbed by an armed gunman at 8:49 p.m. Sunday. ...
All That Glitters Several More Restaurants in the Works for Deerwood Park North
The area near Cinemark's new Tinseltown USA is about to become a dining and entertainment mecca. At least six more restaurants are in the works in for Deerwood Park North, which houses the ultramodern Tinseltown theater as well as Don Pablo's Mexican...
Ambassador to Austria Tapped Right Here in River City
Celebrate 2000 Jan. 9, 1930 A daily look at events in First Coast history President Hoover reached to Jacksonville and named Gilchrist B. Stockton minister to Austria. It was an unprecedented stretch. We never had an ambassador before. Or since....
A Real Power Move DaimlerChrysler Unveils Hybrid Concept Vehicles
If DaimlerChrysler has its way, the future of transportation may be a natural gas, or a bit of a shock. Three of the concept cars the automaker unveiled this week at Detroit's North American International Auto Show are hybrid vehicles that use batteries...
Baseball Camp Aimed at Youngsters with Dreams
For area high school baseball players who dream of playing professionally someday, attending the first Kevin Witt Baseball Camp should be right up their alleys. The camp runs Jan. 23 and 24 at Bishop Kenny High School. Organizers said the camp...
Be Armed with Skills, Minorities Advised Breakfast Honors Martin Luther King
In the future of computers, John W. Thompson sees the opportunities for minorities envisioned decades ago by civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. "I'd submit that information technology holds special promise for African-Americans, for Hispanics,...
BIG PRESSURE FOR YOUNGSTERS UF Freshmen Deal with Comparisons to Fab 5
GAINESVILLE -- They are forced to this point every year. A different recruiting class, a different team, the same comparisons. With nearly unreachable expectations. If anyone is to blame, it's Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King...
Camping for Seats at Magnet Parents Wait Overnight at Orange Park School
ORANGE PARK -- Dozens of parents went to extraordinary lengths yesterday to enroll their children at Orange Park Elementary School, the only magnet-style school in Clay County. They spent a chilly night camped out on the school's front porch and...
City Council Staff Director Leaving Post, Going to JEA
After nearly 10 years as staff director for the Jacksonville City Council, Jordan Logue is leaving his post to do research for the JEA, Jacksonville's main public utility provider. "I love the council, I really do," Logue said this week. "This is...
Clay Football Teams Realigned in New Districts
One of the benefits of the new Florida High School Activities Association football district assignments is the initial meeting between two county high schools. Next season Middleburg High and Ridgeview High, both placed in District 2-4A, will meet...
Clay Shows Interest in Regulating Title Loans
Regulating the title loan industry and seeking innovative financing programs for public improvements are among the topics slated for discussion by county commissioners Tuesday. By the end of January, Clay County is expected to join a growing list...
Comments for Council Too Curt? Bridge Fishing Spat Raised Issue
Neptune Beach Vice Mayor Tom Tankersley said he's just looking for some middle ground. Prompted in part by a squabble between city resident Connie Grubbs and council member Robert Shimp, Tankersley said he wants the city to provide a forum for discussions...
Commissioners Want More Project Specifics
ST. AUGUSTINE -- To provide county commissioners with a better picture of the impacts of new development, St. Johns County planners were told Tuesday to adjust some procedures and provide more detailed reports about new projects. At an all-day meeting...
Conference for Disabled Today
What is being billed as Jacksonville's first conference for the disabled, the Hope First First Coast Disabilities Conference, will be today at University Center on the University of North Florida campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Journalist John Hockenberry,...
Council Ready to Lower Title-Loan Rates
As she has from the start, City Councilwoman Denise Lee holds the trump card in Mayor John Delaney's battle to regulate the high-interest title-loan business in Jacksonville. The question is whether she will dare to use it -- and what council President...
Dirty Birds Have Atlanta Fans Flocking
ATLANTA -- For a long time, they were simply the rotten Atlanta Falcons -- an NFL team disowned by its hometown and largely ignored by the rest of the state. Now, they are the beloved "Dirty Birds," today hosting their first playoff game since the...
Elections Office Gets the Boot Finance Department Prompts Relocation
Nobody is tossing their furniture out on the street, but Supervisor of Elections Barbara Kirkman and eight employees are being evicted from the Clay County Administration Building in Green Cove Springs. Their most likely new home will be a remote...
Falcons New at Winning Football
ATLANTA -- For a long time they were simply the rotten Atlanta Falcons -- an NFL team disowned by its hometown and largely ignored by the rest of the state. Now they are the beloved "Dirty Birds," today playing host to their first playoff game since...
Fred Feels First Freeze
Running off at the typewriter. . . . Jaguars running back Fred Taylor, who grew up in South Florida and attended the University of Florida, says the coldest weather he's ever played in is 45 degrees at Vanderbilt during his junior season. Said Fred,...
Gimme Shelter Homeless Find Warmth, Food
With the mercury around the freezing mark for much of this past week, Beaches homeless people managed to find a warm bed through the Cold Night shelter. Cold Night is a program founded by the Mission House, the Jacksonville Beach organization that...
Green Cove Urged to Upgrade Electric Utility
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- As the new millennium approaches, so does a capacity shortage in Green Cove Springs' city-owned electrical utility that could force the city to make improvements costing as much as $3 million. In 2002 or 2003, the peak demand...
`I'm Being Called' Jarboe Ends Career in Government
ATLANTIC BEACH -- After a seven-year career with the city, City Manager Jim Jarboe has done it all from hashing out an interlocal agreement with Jacksonville to helping lay the groundwork for a new stormwater system. Tuesday, Jarboe is walking away...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I always tell them, `You know it will get better. It might take a year. It might take two years, but it will happen.'" -- Andrea Byrd-Brown, Red Cross disaster captain and volunteer who helps fire victims. Story on Page A-1. ...
Jaguars Practice Report
BRACKENS, LOGAN MAY BE SIDELINED Jaguars DE Tony Brackens and S Mike Logan did not practice yesterday and could be out for tomorrow's AFC Divisional playoff game against the New York Jets. Brackens, who played last week on a bad hip, suffered...
Jets' Pair Remain Apart
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- What Wayne Chrebet wishes people understood is he doesn't care if he likes the guy in the next locker or not. Not that he doesn't like him. Or that he does. It's just that Chrebet -- a wide receiver for the New York Jets --...
Kenny Free Throws Sink Bolles, 67-62
It was just another typical Bishop Kenny vs. Bolles boys basketball game. Arguably one of the city's biggest rivalries, the teams didn't disappoint the packed gym at Bishop Kenny as the Crusaders pulled out a 67-62 win. Crusaders fans toted toy...
Kids Offer Babies Advice Youngsters Write Newborns a Letter
"Dear New Year's baby . . ." The letters are optimistic, thoughtful and right on the money. The students in the sixth-grade extended studies class of Darlene Taylor, a Paterson Elementary School teacher, have accumulated a wealth of wisdom during...
Legs Not Needed in His Life Accident Victim Has Coped for 45 Years
When Chester O'Steen hops on his tractor to mow the grass on his 14-acre property in Mandarin, he uses a piece of wood to control the brakes and the clutch. That's because O'Steen, 74, has no legs. He lost his just below the hip 45 years ago...
Lens Suit Has Some Seeing Red Case Claims Company Misled Contact Wearers
Johnson & Johnson must face a class-action lawsuit that says the company defrauded buyers of disposable contact lens made by Vistakon, the health care giant's Jacksonville-based subsidiary by more than $1 billion. The Appellate Division of the...
L. Kings Top Mysticks for 5th Consecutive Win
The Jacksonville Lizard Kings picked up their fifth victory in a row last night by beating Mobile 3-2 in a shootout in front of 4,292 at the Coliseum. Forward Cail MacLean scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the shootout, and goaltender...
Massey to Head Payroll Firm Ex-Secretary of State Returns to Career Roots
ATLANTA -- Secretary of State Lewis Massey will return to the financial services field when his term ends Monday and become the president of a new payroll company owned by one of his political contributors. T. Stephen Johnson, chairman of Directo...
MSD Mulls Funding Options Group's Authority to Order Sewer Project Still Questioned
In a surprise move Monday, the Municipal Service District board elected as officers two new trustees who have strongly opposed board decisions in the past. Now, Vice Chairman Mack McCuller and Treasurer Marshall Hartmann will team with newly elected...
Navy Seeks Place to Explode Mayport Possible Site for Destroyer Testing
The Navy is once again considering detonating 10,000-pound explosions off the coast of Mayport to test the combat survivability of a new class of destroyer, similar to testing already approved next year for the Seawolf submarine. The Navy says it...
Neighbor to Neighbor
Question: I am very concerned that no work has been done for about two weeks on the Monument Road project between the shopping center and Fort Caroline Road. The road-building equipment is still there, but there are no workers. Have the workers gone...
Pilot's Widow Files Suit Radio by Motorola at Center of Dispute
*********** CORRECTION (1/12/99) Because of a reporting error, a story on Page A-1 Saturday misstated the amount a lawsuit is seeking in damages from a survival radio manufacturer on behalf of the widow of a Navy pilot downed during...
Police Still Looking for Stolen Baby
It's been nearly six months since the disappearance of Kamiyah Mobley, the newborn stolen from a Jacksonville hospital hours after her birth. Jacksonville police said yesterday they are checking three to five leads a week, hoping one will lead to...
Red Cross Stretched Resources Thin after 17 House Fires in 2 Weeks
Carolyn Carroll said she lost part of herself Monday night when a kerosene heater caused a fire that burned the house she grew up in. With no family near to rush to her aid, Carroll and her tiny poodle Melody have relied on the American Red Cross...
Resist Urge to Prune Cold-Damaged Plants
The past few days of winter, with below-freezing temperatures in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, have many gardeners wondering what plants they've lost and what to do for the next arctic onslaught. Some areas had a heavy blanket of frost,...
Senator Picked by Bush Bankhead Will Lead State Juvenile Justice
TALLAHASSEE -- Sen. Bill Bankhead, a veteran Republican legislator from Ponte Vedra Beach, will head the state Juvenile Justice Department, Gov. Jeb Bush announced yesterday in filling most of the remaining top positions in his administration. Bankhead's...
Skateboarding Park Faces Obstacle Course
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS -- A proposed skateboarding park in the Keystone Heights area got a boost when an area resident announced at Tuesday's city council meeting that he will contribute $5,000 toward the effort. The announcement came at a meeting where...
Softball Elite in Town to Teach, Raise Funds
An NCAA female athlete of the year, USA national championship MVP and Olympic gold medalist, Lisa Fernandez just might be the most qualified softball coach in the country. Lucky for Jacksonville-area softball enthusiasts, Fernandez will be in town...
Soldier Made Headlines; Flier Made Planes
Glenn Hammond Curtiss died July 23, 1930, in Buffalo, N.Y. The newspapers said he was to aviation what horse was to buggy, what ship was to sea. Curtiss came to Jacksonville in January 1919. The newspapers called him then a "flier of note."...
Sports League Taught Right Values
For 24 years a few dedicated souls at the beach waged a war against the status quo acceptance of cutthroat competition. They looked at reality to form their original vision. In a high school or middle school, serving many hundreds of students, only...
Students Exposed to TB Health Officials Test at School
The Duval County Health Department tested 89 students and adults in four classrooms at Crystal Springs Elementary School Wednesday for tuberculosis, after a person at the school was diagnosed with the disease. The health department got results back...
Students Warm to Uniform Idea
NEPTUNE BEACH -- Dressed in crisp white shirts, khaki pants and bright smiles, Neptune Beach Elementary School fifth-graders Jaquanza Brown, Courtney Hartert and Caitlin Ross looked like pint-sized models out of the latest J. Crew or Banana Republic...
Stylish Shoe Store Turns 50 Unique Designs Produced by LaRose
Joseph LaRose is an unlikely man of fashion. But this soft-spoken octogenarian in sensible brown loafers has created some of the most dramatic dress shoes seen in Jacksonville: Four-inch stilettos in a houndstooth weave. Feather-covered pumps...
Tables Turned in Eagle Harbor Case
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- A prosecutor has become a witness in the criminal case against a utility plant operator accused of sending improperly treated wastewater to Eagle Harbor, threatening to further delay the case that began 14 months ago. Charles...
Taxes Stir Up Trouble Charlton County Calls for Assessors to Go
FOLKSTON -- The Charlton County Commission has asked for the resignation of four of the five members serving on the Board of Tax Assessors. The commission asked for the resignations Thursday night after a group of residents created the Charlton...
They're Tired of the Talk Jags' Defensive Backs Want to Silence Critics
They've heard the word plenty of times already, and to them it's an insult. Mismatch. Jets wide receivers against Jaguars defensive backs. "We've heard that stuff the whole year," said cornerback Aaron Beasley. "All this talk about our secondary...
Third-Graders Get Licensed to Read
Third-grader Cameron Wick has always wanted his own public library card. "I was always seeing my mom getting books with her card," said the Loretto Elementary student. "I thought it would be neat to have my own." Now he has one. He and 3,895...
University Tops Episcopal 51-44
*********** CORRECTION (1/12/99) Because of a reporting error, a story on Page C-7 Saturday misidentified one of the leading scorers for the University Christian girls basketball team in its victory over Episcopal Friday night. Brandi Catia...
Vandals' Payback Ordered Julington Creek Targeted by Teens
Two teenage boys will have to pay restitution for damage caused during a vandalism spree in Julington Creek Plantation in June, and a third will face trial in the case. Police said the spree caused an estimated $10,500 in damage and included the...
Warrick Returns FSU Star WR Says Pro Ball Can Wait
TALLAHASSEE -- College football defensive coordinators around the country have never underestimated Peter Warrick's ability on the football field. Sadly, for them, they will have to contend with the Florida State All-American wide receiver for another...
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