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Articles from October 2, 2010

12 Arrested in Prescription Drug Busts; A Doctor and Office Staff from Dunn Ave. Are Held after Neighbors Reported Crowds
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A 63-year-old doctor with a troubled medical past, a security guard, an office manager and a medical technician were among the 12 people arrested Thursday in two Jacksonville raids related to the abuse of prescription drugs....
15 Years in Fatal DUI Wreck; It Killed a St. Johns County Deputy, Father of Four
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER As St. Johns County Deputy Thomas Evans finished tearfully testifying Friday about the loss of his best pal and partner to a drunken driver, he stood stoically by the side of the victim's sobbing widow as she spoke. Evans...
5 Buildings Approved to Exceed City Height Limit; the Developer Had Approved Plans before Voters Gave the Go Ahead to the Restrictions
Byline: DREW DIXON JACKSONVILLE BEACH - A Circuit Court judge ruled in favor of a Beaches developer Tuesday and said that five buildings can exceed the 35-foot building height limit approved by voters in 2004. Judge Donald Moran approved the...
A BOY'S WAR EFFORT; Posters Created to Inspire Nation and Saved by Gerry Maloney as a Kid Are Now in Cummer Exhibit
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON For Gerry Maloney, the memory remains vivid 70 years later. He was standing on a bluff looking out toward Cape Cod Bay, where a convoy of ships was forming. As he gazed out to sea, a P-40 Warhawk, a fighter plane that...
Action, Rather Than Platitudes, Needed from Republican Party
Byline: ROBERT RINGER I agree with President Barack Obama on at least one issue: Every time he says he intends to call the Republicans' bluff on cutting the deficit, I find myself thinking, "Good for you. Do it. Tell them to put up or shut up."...
Another Reason to Plant Wildflowers: It's in Our Constitution
Byline: Beverly Fleming "It shall be the policy of the state to conserve and protect its natural resources and scenic beauty." -Constitution of the State of Florida, Article II, Section 7(A) This was part of the message from Jeff Caster, state...
Army Field Band Putting on Free Show
The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus, the so-called musical ambassadors of the Army for more than 60 years, will perform Thursday, Oct. 21, at St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park. Since its formation in March 1946, the Field Band...
Around the Acc
Byline: GARRY SMITS 4 FOOTBALLS NO. 1 MIAMI (2-1, 0-0) AT CLEMSON (2-1, 0-0), NOON (ESPN2): Five of the eight meetings between the schools have gone to overtime or been decided by one point, with the past three games extending past regulation....
Around the County
ST. AUGUSTINE EYES SPACE FOR PICASSO EXHIBIT With a world-class Picasso exhibit on the way and with no adequate place to put it, City Manager John Regan presented one option to the St. Augustine City Commission this week that he said might solve...
Around the Nation
4 FOOTBALLS NO. 9 STANFORD (4-0, 1-0 PAC-10) AT NO. 4 OREGON (4-0, 1-0), 8 P.M. (ABC): Stanford is looking for its first 5-0 start since 1951, when the Cardinal won a conference title and earned a Rose Bowl berth. Stanford had not been ranked in...
Arts Project Gets Students in Tune; Music Programs Offer Enrichment, Mentors to Underserved Students
Byline: SARA CONRAD Patrick Smith was the first in his family to go to college, and he attributes that to falling in love with the cello in junior high school. Now he teaches string instruments to young people through the Cathedral Arts Project...
'Bad Act ... Unusual' for Ponte Vedra Community; Local Man Admits Conspiring to Defraud the United States
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PONTE VEDRA BEACH- A former corporate executive and local resident who pleaded guilty to conspiracy this week doesn't portray the hard working and honest people of Ponte Vedra Beach, community leaders said. It's not the...
Beach Shorts
BUSINESS OWNER WORKSHOP Florida's Small Business Resource Network will offer a one-day workshop, "The Entrepreneurs Law School: Be Informed, Reduce Your Risk," from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the University Center on the University...
Bird Island Meets Envisioned Plans; the 4.2-Acre Park Has Been in the Works for Eight Years, Is Now Ready for Opening
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY PONTE VEDRA BEACH - After eight years of planning, fundraising, and construction, Bird Island Park will officially open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Oct. 15. The long-awaited milestone-moment at the park, located...
Bowyer Goes Home to Escape Controversy; after Losing Appeal, Driver Changes His Focus for Rest of the Chase
Byline: DON COBLE KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Dirt cars and go-karts worked magic on Clint Bowyer's emotions this week. He came home to Emporia, Kan., a 75-minute drive from Kansas Speedway, to see old friends and play with his favorite toys instead of...
Causes Unclear, Domestic Violence Statistics Are Not; NEW DATA, WORSENING CRISIS A 10 Percent Jump Last Year Has Local Advocates Pleading
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER In what experts say may be a troubling symptom of the recession, domestic violence is on a sharp upward trend both locally and statewide. Although reported incidents of crime, including violent crime, declined by double-digit...
Chets Creek Church Lends a Hand during Service Day
Byline: CINDY HOLIFIELD & SANDY STRICKLAND They fanned out across Jacksonville, more than 450 strong, to install ceiling tiles, host a sock hop for retirees, remove sand spurs, deliver cookies and cards to firefighters, do spring cleaning at...
Church Preps Its Pumpkin Patch for Season Full of Visitors; Popular Patch Can Sell 20,000 Pumpkins and Gourds Annually
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND The great pumpkin arrived in Mandarin last week. So did the medium-sized pumpkin. And the miniature pumpkin, with more expected throughout October. Indeed, there are thousands of the vivid orange gourds artfully...
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 Red! This sweet kitty lives up...
College Smackdown; 'Get Back' or 'Bama Week for the Gators?
Byline: Eric Corbett It was another great day in the Swamp Sept. 25 with the Gators defeating Kentucky 48-14 to run their record to 4-0, the offense getting back on track in time to hopefully satisfy the naysayers (at least for a week), and with...
College Smackdown; Seminoles Don't Have Anything Left to Lose
Byline: W. D. Rodeffer Well this is a little more like it, so here we go. While I would have liked to have beaten Oklahoma, 3-1 is a great start considering the past couple of years. Sept. 24, just before the Wake Forest game, I got a call from...
College Smackdown; UGa Needs to Shape Up Its Act, on Field and Off
Byline: Trey Dennard After the performance between the hedges against those Ragin' Cajuns in week one, I didn't see last week's game coming at all. A 1-3/0-3 start. After November's performance at historic Grant Field, I thought we would pick...
Coming District Play Can Change Fates for Several Teams; Can Fleming Island and Middleburg Stay Unbeaten?
Byline: RANDY LEFKO With some upsets and a couple of wakeup calls, Clay County's high school football squads approach their district schedule with interesting ramifications for playoff hopes in the next few weeks. Can Middleburg and Fleming Island...
Commission Will Hire Search Firm to Help Find New County Manager; Behring Announced His Resignation after Five Years on the Job
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The Clay County Commission will hire a search firm to help find the successor to County Manager Fritz Behring, who announced last week that he planned to resign by Dec. 31. On Tuesday, the commission authorized county...
Councilman Says Mayor Threatened to Shoot Him; Nahunta Leader Is Charged with Making Terroristic Threats against 70-Year-Old Minister during Diatribe at City Hall
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI A judge has ordered Nahunta Mayor Ronnie Jacobs to behave himself should he encounter a City Council member who has accused Jacobs of threatening to beat him with his walking cane and to shoot him. Senior Ware County...
Deemed the Dullest Part of Dinner, Meatloaf Makes Turn to Delicious
Byline: Lisa Waas Meatloaf's reputation dooms it to a lower rung in the gourmet food chain. Jean Shepherd's famous movie, "A Christmas Story," visits the 1940s version of this popular Sunday meal. Ralphie's young brother, Randy, chants "Meat-loaf,...
Difference Maker
Richard Curran-Kelley isn't just a Julington Creek property manager. He's a Renaissance man. Curran-Kelley is a father of three who spent more than two decades in the military after he graduated from West Point. He speaks fluent French. He has a master's...
FIRST COAST 32, MANDARIN 14; Bucs Run Up Big Lead, Top Mustangs First Coast Dominant in First Half, Tops Mandarin to Improve to 5-0
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT First Coast's running game couldn't be stopped, and its relentless defense totally stymied Mandarin's ground attack in the first half as the Bucs raced to a big lead before coasting to a 32-14 win in a Friday night homecoming...
First Louise Suggs Tournament Will Benefit Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Research; Suggs, Co-Founder of the LPGA, Will Be on Hand as Chairwoman
Home Instead Senior Care will sponsor the first Louise Suggs Four Ball Championship Golf Tournament in Orange Park to benefit the Mayo Research Center for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The event will be held Friday, Oct. 15, at the Country Club of...
Fourth Herb Festival Taking Place This Weekend in New Rustic Setting
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND You can feast on Thai green curry shrimp, lavender-spiced carrot cake and pesto cheesecake this weekend. You also can buy organic worm castings, plant a winter herb garden and learn how to blend organic tea. Only you'll...
Green Cove City Manager Finalists Tour, Meet and Greet; but Residents in a Public Comment Event Kept on Raising Questions about Don Bowles
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN Green Cove Springs' top candidates for city manager spent Tuesday in a whirlwind of activities that included interviews with City Council members, tours of the city and a meet and greet with residents. Three candidates...
Help Lawn, Plants Prepare for Changes; Fall Means Cooler Temperatures and a Variety of New Chores
Byline: RAYMOND H. ZERBA JR. With October comes cooler temperatures. For the gardener, this offers relief from those scorching afternoons. For our plants, it signals a time to begin winter preparation. Gardeners also need to prepare and support...
Inaugural Golf and Run/walk Events Help Open October
Byline: Brian Kosoy From bike races to football stars, October begins with plenty of action on the Beaches sports scene. Here are this week's top performers and events: This weekend: Nocatee will host the third annual Nocatee Stage Race today...
Island Mourns Girl Swept by Sea; Searchers and Residents Comfort Family, Five Siblings at Memorial
Byline: TERRY DICKSON ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Diamine King's family, searchers and island residents tossed flowers into the ocean off St. Simons Island on Friday near the spot where the 14-year-old Ludowici girl disappeared a week ago today. About...
Jacksonville Grant Keeps Veterans Park Plans Moving Forward; the Grant Will Help Pay for the First Phase; Park Dedication Date Now Set
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - The initial stages of the Beaches Veterans Memorial Park got a lot closer to actualization recently after the City Commission approved a $50,000 grant from Jacksonville. The funding will help pay for the first...
Jacksonville Shows Job Growth; August Brings First Positive Move since 2007
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Jacksonville-area private-sector jobs grew in August by about 200 over August the year before- the first showing of positive growth since October 2007 - according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics....
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Ankle Will Keep LB Durant on Sidelines for Colts Game
Byline: TANIA GANGULI The Jaguars will be without linebacker Justin Durant for a second game. Durant sprained his left ankle in the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers. He hasn't practiced since. The Jaguars played Russell Allen...
Low Tide Good for Anglers to Fish the Backwaters and Creeks
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson Our weekend weather is predicted to be sunny, breezy and a little bit cooler. We also have an approaching northeaster on our horizon with 20 knots-plus winds predicted. Most likely this weather prediction will keep most...
Mandarin Sisters Set Up Hits for Belmont Abbey Volleyball
Byline: Mark Boleky When you're part of a 10-person family, it's no wonder you're more comfortable with them around. Sisters Kay and Lydia Schellenberg are the oldest of eight children born to Tom and Catherine Schellenberg of Mandarin. Both...
Man Gets Death for Killing His Former Girlfriend
A Jacksonville man was sentenced to death for the 2009 slaying of his ex-girlfriend, who would have turned 28 Friday. Justin McMillian, 26, was convicted by a jury in June of killing Danielle De-Ann Stubbs. Friday, the jury voted 10-2 for death,...
Millions Drawn to German Oktoberfest, Bountiful Beer
Byline: Jackie Rooney "Prost!" ("Cheers!") Break out the bratwurst, sauerkraut and beer, especially the "bier;" there's still time left to take part in the world's largest keg party. It's Oktoberfest in Munich, the Bavarian capital where the...
Morning Briefs
BANK REGULATORS ORDER CNLBANK TO STRENGTHEN Orlando-based CNLBank announced Friday it has entered into a regulatory agreement with the Florida Office of Financial Regulation and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to address areas the regulators identified...
MSD Able to Keep Same Tax Rate, See Lower Bills; Declining Property Values Will Save Residents Money; Cuts Made to Keep Rate Safe
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PONTE VEDRA BEACH - For the third year in a row, residents in a special taxing district will keep the same tax rate and see lower tax bills due to declining property values. The Municipal Service District board is pulling...
Murder-Suicide Victims Both 85, Married 6 Decades; ST. JOHNS COUNTY Incident Is the Second Involving an Elderly Couple in Three Weeks
Byline: MATT GALNOR An elderly St. Augustine couple, married for more than 60 years, died in a murder-suicide late Thursday evening. Richard Plumb McCarthy and his wife, Lillian Martha McCarthy, both 85, were found dead in the Southwood at Belle...
Museum Honors Jacksonville NAS; It's the Birthplace of the Blue Angels; Celebrates 70th Anniversary
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS A striking photo of an S-3 launching from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is designed to bring visitors in. As gripping as that picture is, it's the older photos - such as a now-antique Stearman or 100 Catalinas lined...
NOTEBOOK; Basketball Players Sought for Competitive Local League
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND The Jewish Community Alliance at 8505 San Jose Blvd. is selecting basketball players who want to compete at the highest level. Players that make the cut will play in a structured training camp prior to joining a competitive...
Pair Sentenced to Life for Killing Classmate; the University Christian Students Shot Makia Coney for Practice
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM Of all the horrific images that define the February murder of University Christian student Makia Coney, one said it all in a Jacksonville courtroom Friday. It's a surveillance photo from inside the school showing her two...
Police Briefs; Man Arrested, Found in Tent with Girl Behind Kmart
ATLANTIC BEACH - Police said a 30-year-old man's Apple laptop worth $1,500 was stolen from his luggage Sept. 23 or 24. While the man called police from his Simmons Road home to report the theft, police said the computer was actually stolen as the...
Police Briefs; Man Chased In-Law and Boy with Baseball Bat, Police Say
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 49-year-old man was arrested on charges of aggravated domestic assault and criminal mischief after police found him sitting on a couch in the 11900 block of Tanya Terrace East with a baseball bat next to him. The incident...
PSC First-Timers' Resumes Lengthy; Both Support Nuclear, Alternative Fuels but Disagree on How to Do It
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - The race for a seat on the utility-regulating Public Service Commission features political operatives who have previously worked behind the scenes. The commission may seem mystifying, but the first-time candidates...
Safety and Well-Being at Heart of Community Fair in Fleming Island; Personal and Property Protection Groups Will Be at the Free Event
Helping families prepare for everything from hurricanes to back injuries is the focus of a Health and Safety Fair to be held in Fleming Island on Saturday, Oct. 9. Multiple government, community and business vendors plan to participate, said Suncoast...
San Diego (1-3, 1-0 Pioneer League) at Jacksonville (3-1, 1-0)
When: Noon today. Where: D.B. Milne Field, JU campus. Series: San Diego leads 3-2. Last meeting: JU won 34-16 in 2009. Last week: Jacksonville 42, Davidson 15; San Diego 24, Butler 0. Radio: WJXL (1010 AM). Outlook: The Dolphins look...
Scoreboard
FOOTBALL FRIDAY'S RESULTS AREA Atlantic Coast 17, Parker 12 Baldwin 25, Englewood 7 Bartram Trail 147, Bishop Kenny 0 Bishop Snyder 50, Maclay 26 Bolles School 45, Fernandina Beach 0 Cedar Creek Christian 20, Peniel Baptist...
Scott, Thrasher Lead Fundraising Contest; Sink, Gianoulis Report Modest Donations and Campaign Spending
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE and TIA MITCHELL Republican Rick Scott continues to pour his own money into his campaign for governor while his Democratic opponent, Alex Sink, spent modestly last week, according to campaign finance reports filed Friday....
St. Marys in 'Eye' of Filmmaking Storm; HELPING BUSINESS Motels and Restaurants Should Experience the Upside of Having a Film Crew in Town. LOOK TO THE FUTURE City Officials Are Hoping the Movie's Makers Will Have Good Things to Pass on about the City
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - Filming for "Eye of the Hurricane" will begin Oct. 11, but Camden County is already feeling its impact. Susan Johnson, the film's producer, said she and other crew members have been in St. Marys about a month...
Students Achieve Perfect FCAT Scores
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY One Clay County student achieved perfect scores on three of the four components of the 2010 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Thirty-six other students got perfect scores on two of the four sections. And 559...
Tahiry Takes Self out of the Race for Council Seat; Opponent Wishes It Occurred before He Spent on Campaign
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES JACKSONVILLE BEACH- When incumbent City Councilmen Steve Hartkemeyer's opponent dropped out of the race last week, it was a surprise he wished had come a month earlier. In his quest for the District 1 council seat, Hartkemeyer...
Take Survey; Help State Become Bass Capital
Byline: Bob Buehn Clay County anglers who love bass fishing have a unique opportunity to let state officials know how their favorite game fish should be managed in Florida. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, bass...
Taking a Peek at the SI Jinx
Byline: Gene Frenette It appears that infamous Sports Illustrated cover jinx did a number on former Alabama tight end Colin Peek, who graced the cover with his nifty over-the-shoulder touchdown catch last December that propelled the Crimson Tide...
THE ECONOMY; the New Normal
The recession is over, or so the federal government recently said. As for the recovery? We're still waiting. That is the consensus of members of our E-Mail Group. We asked them for their personal analysis of the state of the economy in Jacksonville....
The Time Is Now for Pumpkin Picking in Clay
October is here and so are Clay County pumpkin patches. Compile details of your pumpkin patch: location/street address, operating hours, items to be sold, prices, how proceeds will be used and if group tours are allowed. Send the information to beth.cravey@...
They Lost the Weight, and Found a Story; Weight Watchers Members Share How They Did It and Why
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY When Nancy Johnson walked into her first Weight Watchers meeting in Jacksonville Beach, she was carrying an oxygen tank. She was so heavy and out of shape that she needed it to breathe. Now, the slimmed down 72-year-old...
TRINITY CHRISTIAN 40, NEASE 0; Trinity Rushers Bury Panthers Nease Is Shut out for First Time in Nearly Eight Years
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Talk about style points. Trinity Christian accomplished something no team has achieved in nearly eight years on Friday night. The Conquerors shut out Nease. Trinity wasn't too shabby on offense either, beating the visiting...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES T-U Pursuit of Kids Not Adding Up
Ad revenue being down at the Florida Times-Union is not a reflection on the economy but more rightly a sad commentary on the reality of our local daily being more cartoon than legitimate newspaper. ... The Times-Union continues its dead-end pursuit...
Yes, You Can Repot Your Bamboo
Byline: BECKY WERN I have a decorative bamboo. Some of the leaves are yellowing, and I think it needs to be repotted. Can I repot it? Decorative bamboo is a clever marketing twist on an old favorite houseplant. Dracaena plants are grouped in...

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