The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 16, 2001

[0] Police Briefing
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer Two men were arrested on charges of selling crack cocaine in two separate sting operations on the Westside Sunday, police said. After a brief chase, a 51-year-old man was captured at 6 p.m. after selling...
2 Fernandina Beach Men Die in Wreck
Byline: Derek L. Kinner, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Two Fernandina Beach men were killed when their car left County Road 107 early June 9, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Richard Villia Jr., 24, was driving the car at 100 mph about 4 a.m....
A Daughter Begins Life -- for Real
Byline: Sylvia Simmons, Shorelines columnist It is June. The townies and tourists have joined us on our busy streets, in our restaurants and, of course, on the beach. School is over for another year and for many young people, graduation signals...
And Now, Attention Turns to Baymeadows Road
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer How bad is Baymeadows Road, and what can be done to make it better? That's what the Florida Department of Transportation wants to hear about this week from residents, property owners and businesspeople who live...
Auxiliary Aids Coast Guard Fernandina Beach: Crew Covers Area All the Way to Jekyll Island
Byline: Susan P. Respess, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Tom Clare eased his 34-foot boat out of the Amelia Island Yacht Basin and headed north on the Intracoastal Waterway under darkening, day's-end skies when most boaters were already home. ...
Beaches Playground Is Built, but Now
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Sunshine Park, a wooden playground built last week by 2,160 volunteers soaked in rain and sweat, is finished but won't open to the public until the city builds a parking lot....
Beaches Team Wins State Tournament
Byline: Kevin Clark, Shorelines staff writer Twelve members of a Beaches softball team were recently named queens of the diamond at a state tournament in Bronson. Breezing through three games with an unblemished record, the 8-and-under Beaches...
Board Drafts 2-Year Deal to Offer Fryer Vote on Tuesday to Decide Fate of Schools Chief
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer Superintendent John Fryer could be paid $192,000 a year to lead Duval County public schools for two more years, according to a draft contract. The proposal, which the School Board is scheduled to...
Ceremonial Swords, Martial Arts Weapons Stolen
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer One hundred seven ceremonial swords, knives and martial arts weapons valued together at $3,352 were stolen from the Knives-R-Us vendor's booth at the Beach Boulevard Flea Market, 11041 Beach Blvd. Flea market...
Clay Forms Council on Disability
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- For the first time ever in Clay County, an official board has been established to represent the interests of a group that has been overlooked for years: people with physical...
Cleland Coming to Glynn Fund-Raiser Arranged to Stir Up Members
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writers BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga., will be in Glynn County Monday for a $40-a-plate fund-raiser and a barbecue, said Billie Conyers, president of the Glynn County Democratic Party. ...
Coach Jerry Offers Some Topics about Organized Youth Sports
Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff writer Ask Coach Jerry Lifelong community sports enthusiast Jerry Norton has been writing as a First Coast Community columnist for several weeks now. His "GoodSports" column covers topics for players, coaches,...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It's got all the same services, only smaller." -- Leroy Woodard, who uses the tiny post office in White Oak to send packages. Story, this page. WORK PARTY TODAY The Nature Conservancy will lead a work party to remove damaging,...
Construction Begins New Ramp Will Have Increased Rental Fees
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer By the end of summer, a new dock containing dozens of boat rental slips should be completed at the county-owned Knight's Boat Ramp, where Black Creek meets the St. Johns River. Demolition...
Council Bill Delays Use of Boathouse's Helicopter Pad
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A Mandarin man who wants city permission for his helicopter to land atop a specially built boathouse on the St. Johns River is in a holding pattern, thanks to a proposed City Council bill that would...
Duval, Furyk Poised at Turn Ponte Vedra Residents Confident for Weekend Run despite Stumbling at 17
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer TULSA, Okla. -- David Duval and Jim Furyk were on the move. Then the short, par-4 17th hole at the Southern Hills Country bit them. However, the two Ponte Vedra Beach residents recovered from mistakes...
Expensive Audio Equipment Stolen from Landon Middle
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Twelve pieces of expensive audio equipment valued together at $10,450 were stolen last weekend from San Marco's Landon Middle School at 1819 Thacker Ave., just as a $15 million remodeling project was scheduled to...
FAMU Board in Place Search to Start for New President
********** CORRECTION June 17, 2001 Marta Prado has been named a member of the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees. Because of a reporter's error, her first name was misspelled in a story on Page B-1 yesterday. *************** The...
Faraldo Wins Citizen-of-the-Year Honors He Was Leader in Reducing Interest Rates on Title Loans
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor ORANGE PARK -- The Orange Park Rotary Club didn't have to look very far when it began searching for a nominee for its citizen of the year award. The club on Tuesday named one of its own members, retired...
Florida All-Star Team Shorthanded on Line
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer The Florida squad looking to snap a losing streak in today's Florida-Georgia high school football all-star game has run into a problem. The plan is to bully the Georgia squad. Florida all-star...
Food for Fido's Fun Festivities
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Seven years ago, Shirley Haire searched for a birthday cake and ended up finding a bakery. One that's bound to leave a few more spoiled pooches in our midst. "We wanted a birthday cake for...
Glynn Ambulance Strikes Utility Pole
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- A Glynn County rescue ambulance struck a utility pole yesterday morning while swerving to avoid colliding with a car that state troopers say had pulled into the path of...
Growth Line
Building permits filed in Clay County from April 1 to April 30: COMMERCIAL Mickey Hall Inc., 3170 U.S. 17, retail shopping center, $125,000. SINGLE-FAMILY D.S. Ware Homes Inc., 2314 River Boat Court, Bay Harbor, Orange Park, $98,000. ...
Guard's Cecil Move Forecast to Be Westside Boon
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer It may be at least a year before the Florida Army National Guard moves from Craig airport into a portion of Cecil Field, but when the move is made, it will have a significant impact on the Westside, said Bob...
Heroic Soldier Recalls Combat Brokaw-Stone Interview Will Be on TV Tomorrow
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer At the end of World War II, John Stone stashed the trunk in the attic of his brother's Ohio farmhouse, then forgot about it for 25 years. He with the trunk again in 1970, when his nephew unexpectedly delivered...
He Sinks His Teeth in Theater
Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines Editor Enough root canal, already. Gimme the spotlights. Roger Lowe, a Beaches dentist and the president of the Players By-The-Sea community theater, is sacrificing a year of the former to immerse himself in the...
'Hole' Gives Residents More Storage Council to Address the Code's Flaw
Byline: Kevin Clark, Shorelines staff writer NEPTUNE BEACH -- As the Beaches population increases and people try to maximize the use of their properties, some have found a new way to get the most out of their space: Build a garage. The sudden...
House of Comfort Jacksonville Port Ministries Give Seamen a Place to Go
Byline: Christopher Calnan, Times-Union business writer After eight years of working long stretches aboard a container ship, Larry Bemida appreciates the comforts of home. Jacksonville's Seafarer's Fellowships provide a small piece of that. Bemida,...
'It's a Treasure ... with a Future' Fernandina: Centre Street Seems to Be a Hit with Everyone
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer ********** CLARIFICATION June 20, 2001 In a photo caption on Page 1 of Saturday's Nassau Neighbors it was unclear that the developer plans to raze the Tilted Anchor and the Last Flight...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It continues to be the one weakness in the Jacksonville landscape." -- Mayor John Delaney, commenting on the Duval County School Board. Story, this page. POTTSBURG CREEK SPILL A JEA mechanical failure at a sewer pump station...
Jags Should Stop Whining over Concert
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer At a time when the Jaguars are asking fans to "Go All Out" for the team by purchasing season tickets, it's ironic that management gets annoyed over the inconvenience of having a Tim McGraw concert...
Lanes on and around Touchton Road Designed for Safety
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer Question: I don't know how it was allowed to pass, but at the corner of Southside Boulevard and Touchton Road, the city traffic engineer has caused a terrible problem. You cannot exit the Eckerd...
Late Rally Gives Tomcats Victory
Byline: Teneshia Wright, Times-Union sports writer Jacksonville Tomcats fans who left the Coliseum early last night are regretting it. The Tomcats erased an 18-point deficit to take a four-point lead over the visiting Norfolk Nighthawks with...
LaVilla Choirs Give Successful Performances Year-Old School Gets High Scores
Byline: Sarah Guilfoyle, Staff writer LaVilla School of the Arts may be only a year old, but its success is already being forged around the country. The school is enjoying the recent success of groups competing at New York and Atlanta's "Festivals...
Lightning Strikes Tree Memorial
Byline: Kevin Clark, Shorelines staff writer ATLANTIC BEACH -- Try as they may to nurture and protect the city's trees, some residents find they're powerless when Mother Nature decides to prune. That happened Tuesday afternoon as a heavy thunderstorm...
Longevity Seals Place for White Oak Post Office Site Doling out Mail for Nearly 80 Years
Byline: Pat Neleski, Times-Union correspondent WHITE OAK -- The postmaster here doesn't need a fancy electronic beeper to announce customers like LaSoya Green. Marion Butler has a screen door that creaks when people come in and slams, ever so...
Major Surprise Unlikely Trio Leads; Tiger 9 Back at Open
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer TULSA, Okla. -- With defending champion Tiger Woods struggling, the law of averages and history suggests that someone could very well win a major championship for the first time this week at the 101st...
Meet Ashley Zipperer
Byline: Sarah Guilfoyle, Times-Union staff writer St. Nicholas resident Ashley Zipperer has spent the last 10 years as a tireless community service volunteer helping those less fortunate than herself. Quite remarkable, considering the Assumption...
Meet Nicole Williams
Byline: Toi Jefferson, County Line staff writer Orange Park senior Nicole Williams took a trip recently to Washington D.C. Not for the obvious reasons -- the sights and sounds and tour of the White House -- but as one of four youths selected to...
Morning Briefing
MANUFACTURING FALLS AS INFLATION STABILIZES Manufacturing activity plummeted in May, the eighth straight monthly decline, stifling hopes that the battered industrial sector's darkest days may have passed. With fresh data also released yesterday...
Navy Retiree to Lead Beach Cleanup after 4th of July Fireworks
Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines editor Mort Hanson's vigilant watch over the beach continues. After directing the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol for 18 years and beaches cleanups for eight years, he's leading the charge again this year to clean up...
Notebook
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer KOCH CAN'T LEAVE YET Gary Koch likely won't reach his goal when the U.S. Open 36-hole cut becomes official this morning with the completion of the second round, since he's sitting at 7-over-par,...
Panel Wants Section of City Zoning Code Rewritten
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer Members of the Greater Arlington/Beaches Citizens Planning Advisory Committee want the city to rewrite the section of the city zoning code pertaining to manufactured homes. A motion requesting...
Pharmacy Takes Beating from Palatka Motorist
Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer A Palatka woman was arrested Thursday after a car was repeatedly driven into a pharmacy shop. Police were called to the Prescription Shop at 610 Zeagler Drive about 11:30 p.m. after two security...
Police Briefing
Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in Mandarin, according to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office: BURGLARY: 5200 block of Hide-A-Way Drive -- A couch, chair, bed, telephone, dishes and other furniture were stolen between...
Police Briefing
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer A 38-year-old man was arrested at 10 a.m. June 9 in the 3500 block of Beach Boulevard and charged with armed robbery. Witnesses said he purchased a pack of gum at a Family Dollar store on Beach Boulevard....
Police Briefs
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH A woman told officers June 7 that a man shoved her and stole her purse as she was getting out of her car in the 1500 block of Jordan Street. The...
Police Kill Suicidal Suspect Man Attacks Deputy after Chase on I-95
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer WOODBINE -- A North Florida man who told Jacksonville authorities in May that "he wants to die and has been trying to kill himself" was shot and killed yesterday by a Camden County sheriff's deputy....
Police Question Suspect in Case of Missing Woman
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Times-Union staff writer YULEE -- Nassau County authorities are questioning a murder suspect in the six-month disappearance of a Callahan woman after they realized that her purse was found blocks away from a boxcar where...
POLITICS Stark Raving Mad
A recent tirade by U.S. Rep. Pete Stark makes it easier to understand why many people say they are turned off by politics. A House subcommittee was hearing testimony about the merits of marriage when Stark, D-Calif., attacked the Republican majority's...
Property Values Soar on Amelia
Byline: Susan P. Respess and Derek L. Kinner, Times-Union staff writers It's no secret there's a real estate boom on Amelia Island. And recent figures from the Property Appraiser's Office are confirming it. Property Appraiser James Page recently...
PUBLIC SAFETY Gas Bandits Strike Several Places in Clay County
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer The price of gasoline at the retail pumps might be dropping ever so slightly. But the liquid go-juice still hasn't gotten cheap enough to stop fuel thefts altogether, as demonstrated by a recent...
Rambam Run Results
Rambam Run 5K June 10 at Etz Chaim Synagogue MEN Overall: 1. Lee Yaracs 16:08; 2. Len Ferman 16:35; 3. Dan Domingo 16:50. DIVISION WINNERS 10-under: 1. Jeremy Ferman 26:00; 2. Anthony Bryant 29:54; 3. David Ferman 39:48. 13-under: 1....
Ready to Take Action Residents Want a Better Neighborhood
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Les and Tina Newman live in Atlantic Highlands, an old neighborhood just west of the Intracoastal Waterway that many people recognize only by its more familiar name: Dodge City. Next door to their...
Sales Tax Holiday Runs from July 28 to Midnight Aug. 5
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate This year's sales tax holiday in Florida will last nine days and cover two weekends. Here are key facts provided by the Florida Department of Revenue. Q: When does this year's tax holiday begin?...
School Board Agenda
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Staff writer School Board member Martha Barrett will ask that her colleagues on the Duval County School Board approve a new contract with Superintendent John C. Fryer Jr. when the board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Central...
School Board Grade Takes a Dive 57% Disapprove of Way Group Does Job, Poll Shows
Byline: Matthew I. Pinzur and David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writers ********** CORRECTION June 17, 2001 The Dalton Agency commissioned a poll about how the public felt Jacksonville government leaders were doing their jobs. Because of a reporter's...
School Official Retiring Eilers Will Leave Post on June 28
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Long after Gail Eilers has exchanged her Clay County assistant school superintendent job for retirement and headed out to travel, play golf and spoil her grandchildren, her...
St. Francis Preparing to Move Inside Church Has Been Meeting Outside
Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines editor PALM VALLEY -- The Rev. David Wilt always knows when his parishioners are zoning out. They're watching the butterflies and birds instead of him. It's one of the prices of having Sunday services outside for...
St. Johns Growth Reflected in Sheriff's Needs
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer St. Johns County Sheriff Neil Perry has laid his growing needs on the line with the County Commission this month, even though he knows he may not get every deputy he wants and that only a few are destined...
Summer Interiors SIMMER DOWN
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Times-Union home and garden editor Aaah, Florida in summertime. Tan, barefooted people clad in loose-fitting linen enembles tend cheery window boxes of vermillion geraniums and dine al fresco for supper. They spend...
Suns Closing in on Division Title
Byline: Bryan Mullen, Times-Union sports writer A big eighth inning moved the Jacksonville Suns to the brink of the Southern League's Eastern Division title last night. The Suns (38-30) broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth when they sent 13 batters...
Talking with the Homeless Changes One Man's Mind
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer By all rights, R. Patrick Hayle, with an MBA in financial management, should be a bean counter. But nowadays he's counting more on his faith in human nature. When a recent assignment took him from behind his...
Talk of the Town
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor The Orange Park Rotary Club annually picks a citizen of the year from residents of Clay County. This year it is Rotarian Dave Faraldo, a retired Navy captain who was instrumental in getting the Legislature...
THE FLORIDA BUDGET Governor Cuts Millions, Says Tough Times Ahead Lawmakers Furious at Losing Pet Projects Again
Byline: Jim Saunders, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- Saying he was preparing Florida for a tough year ahead, Gov. Jeb Bush yesterday slashed nearly $300 million from the new state budget, including more than two dozen projects in the Jacksonville...
There's a Camp for Young Cheerleaders
Byline: Manoucheka Celeste, Nassau Neighbors staff writer The national champion Fernandina Beach High School Pirate cheerleaders went to Cheer Camp last week, not for themselves, but to teach future Pirates the tricks of the trade. Girls as young...
Town Council Plans to Work on Improving Local Services
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer ORANGE PARK -- Plan your work and work your plan. That's what the Orange Park Town Council is doing in an updated five-year capital improvement plan for improving municipal services, including...
Trawlers Soon Can Head Out
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer Georgia will follow a recommendation from fisheries biologists and industry officials and open its territorial waters to commercial and recreational food shrimping at 7 a.m. June 25. Commissioner...
Wise Needles Gentry on Ideology in Senate Seat Debate Loyalty to Party Becomes Issue
Byline: Matthew I. Pinzur, Times-Union staff writer With cordial words but a biting tone, two candidates for the state Senate held their first debate yesterday and immediately pounced on each other's political vulnerabilities. Former state Rep....
Woman Turns Loser Scratch-Off Tickets into Art
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Some people collect velvet Elvises. Others have a thing for paint-by-number works. But Betty Rutter may well have the world's only framed collection of scratch-off lottery tickets....
Workshop to Discuss Fire Division
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer ORANGE PARK -- Capt. Cliff Kidwell, Orange Park's senior firefighter, was assigned to a new work schedule Thursday in a conciliatory move by the town manager to address concerns of low morale...
YMCA Could Be Coming Hilliard: City's Help under Consideration
Byline: Derek L. Kinner, Nassau Neighbors staff writer When the small town of Hilliard offered a basketball program for youth earlier this year, more than 180 kids signed up. That response was confirmation that the town was in dire need of activities...
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