The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 27, 2002

17 Teams Put on Walking Shoes for Relay Funds Raised for Research
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer A team of nurses, medical technicians and staff from St. Vincent's Medical Center -- dubbed the Rose Buds -- logged 18 hours walking around a track last weekend. The event was the Northside Relay for Life,...
Arranging a Reunion 30 Years Later Isn't Easy Sell
Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines editor Perhaps 30 years is too long. Ten years after high school graduation, many of us are eager to compare notes with our high school pals, find out the goods on what everyone's up to and see how our attainment...
Auto Thefts Lead Police to Arrest 4 in Suspected Ring
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Four men were arrested Tuesday on multiple charges after police said a task force looking into auto thefts on the Southside turned up enough evidence to connect them to the cases. Police said thefts...
Beach Hotel Ordered to Correct Problems
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Jacksonville Beach and state inspectors have ordered the Brampton Inn at 1201 First St. N. to repair a faulty balcony, column and other structural problems they say create unsafe conditions at the...
Beach Urologist Wins Contract Case against UF
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer A Jacksonville Beach urologist has won an employment contract case against the University of Florida's College of Medicine, which made him close his practice and cancel appointments, including some...
Beetle-Juiced Volkswagen Adds Extra Oomph to Beloved 'Classic'
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer I guess you could call this silver bug a Super Beetle. It isn't officially called that - the name Super Beetle was given to a mid-1970s version of the original Bug with a rounded windshield and a...
Billboards Will Plug Concert Commission Changes Its Thinking
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Two weeks after prohibiting the use of bed-tax revenue to pay for billboards advertising this year's Concert on the Green, a divided Clay County Commission reversed itself on that point Tuesday....
Boeing Keeping Its Options Open
Byline: Christopher Calnan, Times-Union business writer Jacksonville officials have been busy pitching the Cecil Commerce Center to the Boeing Co. recently, but both sides said the talks are still general and no specific project is being planned...
Bush's Education Ads Have Regional Touch 2 Top Teachers Back His Plan
Don't be surprised if kids in Duval and Clay counties start talking about Gov. Jeb Bush's new campaign commercials. They might recognize one of their old teachers. Bush features four former Florida Teachers of the Year in the commercials that...
Caring Returns Pug Home after Week's Adventure
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer When Shannon Sayre climbs down from her loft bed each morning, her constant companion is there to greet her -- panting and wagging his tail. But if it hadn't been for some compassionate people...
Caucus: Balance Security with Time
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer The number of travelers at Jacksonville International Airport is returning to pre-Sept. 11 levels, but hold-ups at security checkpoints will turn people off of flying if airports can't screen people...
City Wants to Revamp Downtown $7 Million Fund Would Go to Historic Buildings
Byline: Matt Galnor, Times-Union staff writer City leaders are hoping a $7 million injection will catalyze interest in redeveloping historic buildings in Jacksonville's downtown. A bill creating the Historic Downtown Trust Fund, which developers...
Class A Teams Go Public with FHSAA Split Hilliard, Baldwin among 22 Football Teams Leaving
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer For two years, small public high schools all over North Florida attempted to fix what they perceived as a competitive fairness problem through legislation. Now, they are taking action without...
Clay Charter to Remain Unchanged
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Clay County's blueprint for government rules and procedures needs no overhaul, not even a little fine-tuning, according to a panel of residents and community leaders appointed by the County Commission...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Navy and American strategic ventures in East Asia go together hand in glove. The role of the Navy is obvious." -- Kent Harrington, a former senior CIA intelligence officer, in a speech to members of the Camden-Kings Bay Navy League...
Community Notebook Teen Named to Leadership Forum
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union senior writer Danielle Stephens, a senior at Terry Parker High School, has been selected as one of 50 delegates to the Florida Youth Leadership Forum, a leadership training program for high school students with disabilities....
Cool Coverings for Island Living Jacksonville Designer's Linens
Byline: Judy Wells, Times-Union staff writer HIGH POINT, NC. -- The pairing of Kenneth Bauer's furniture with Vibha Hutchins-designed linens is as natural as tradewinds rustling palm fronds and an afternoon gin and tonic on the veranda. This...
Councilman Says He Regrets Missing Vote Callahan: Absent from Impeachment Hearing
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Barney Adams says he has only missed a handful of meetings in the four years he's been on the Callahan Town Council. In hindsight, he says, the impeachment hearing of former council President...
Defending Champs: Don't Count Us Out
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor With less than two hours to go in last year's inaugural Times-Union Redfish Roundup, the husband-and-wife team of Jimmy and Sharon Price turned a bad fishing day into a great one. Up until that...
Downtown Parking? Yeah, Right Fernandina: Some Say It's Now a 'Crisis Situation'
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer There were more suggestions to relieve overcrowded parking during a workshop Wednesday than there were people. About 15 residents and downtown Fernandina Beach business owners met with...
Educators Take a Walk to Reach out to Parents
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer A few educators are hoping for some company this morning when they take a little stroll through Northside neighborhoods. They're hoping community leaders, pastors and other concerned residents will join them...
Fatal Pool Lacked Safety Inspection
Byline: Steve Patterson, Times-Union staff writer A swimming pool where a 3-year-old Jacksonville boy drowned this week wasn't inspected for safety features required by law, city records show. It's one of several thousand built after the city...
FCCJ Gains a Boeing
Byline: Tia Mitchell, Times-Union staff writer Some retirees become teachers, and the newest addition to the aviation program at Florida Community College at Jacksonville will be a retired Boeing 727. FedEx Express slowly is taking its fleet...
Festival Hero No Longer Invisible Fernandina: Activities Begin Thursday
Byline: William Marden, Times-Union correspondent Like the electric power and propane it has helped provide to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival for years, the role of the Florida Public Utilities Co. has been invisible -- but crucial -- to...
Find out about Summer Camps in FCC Directory
Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff writer SUMMER CAMPS DIRECTORY School will be out before you know it. Have any fun activities planned for your kids this summer? You may want to check out our online directory of summer camps. You'll be able...
First Coast Student Picked for Forum
Stephen Belsky, a junior at First Coast High School, has been selected by The Able Trust as one of 53 student delegates for the third annual Florida Youth Leadership Forum. The forum is a statewide leadership conference for high school juniors and...
Former Tax Official Sentenced McIntosh Thefts Lead to Jail Time
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer DARIEN -- Former Tax Commissioner Shelia Atkinson was sentenced to up to 12 months in jail and ordered to repay $4,472 taken from her office more than 10 years ago. Superior Court Judge David Cavender...
Gator Boosters Overrun Clay during Several Events
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor The Gator Nation recently descended on Clay County en masse. First was the career-scoring leader for the University of Florida football team, place-kicker Jeff Chandler, who spoke at the Clay County Gator...
Golf Gets Patriotic Stroke Tourney Recalls Heroes of War
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor Just the nature of it seemed to guarantee tears. And there were. Elaine and Charles Bartlett lost their only daughter, Hope, 22, in a boating accident four years ago while she was on an assignment for...
'Grease' Still a Big Hit Callahan: School's Students Pitch in to Stage Musical
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer If there was anybody in the West Nassau High School cafetorium Tuesday morning who was not sporting a smile, they were well hidden. Hundreds of students from West Nassau and visiting Fernandina...
Humane Society Wants out of Financial Doghouse
Byline: Kelly Donovan, Times-Union staff writer The Jacksonville Humane Society has launched a mailing campaign to raise $80,000 by June -- one of several 2002 fund-raising efforts aimed to get the non-profit organization out of the red. "The...
Hype a Thin Foundation for Kid Rock
Byline: Nick Marino, Times-Union music writer Thursday night, Kid Rock announced from the Coliseum stage that he considered canceling his Jacksonville show because of poor ticket sales. (He would have been in good company, but that's another story.)...
It's a Beaches Blast Annual Party Celebrates Shore's Opening
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis -- or at least a couple of colorful look-a-likes -- will shake, rattle and roll tomorrow as their 48-foot float drifts down Third Street with the Opening of the Beaches...
It's International Day Every Day at This School
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer When West Riverside Elementary School stages an international festival, it can go to its student body for inspiration. The Herschel Street school has a real United Nations flavor, with students from 21 countries....
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "We are confident that there will be room for everyone." -- Nancy Snyder, Duval schools' chief of staff, on plans to admit students on a waiting list to the county's top high schools. See story, this page. CHANGE OF COMMAND...
Jaguars Notebook
Byline: Bart Hubbuch , Times-Union sports writer COUGHLIN MULLING EXTENSION The long-promised contract extension for Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin still isn't done, although it's on his desk and awaiting his signature. "It's mostly me," Coughlin...
Jaguars Youth May Be Better for Coughlin
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer Many Jaguars fans thought owner Wayne Weaver showed too much patience with Tom Coughlin (66-54 record) and should have hired a new coach after back-to-back losing seasons. But the team's overhauled...
JEA Deal Will Bring Utilities to Lighthouse Pointe Area
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer After more than a year of delays, homeowners in Lighthouse Pointe, an upscale development along Bells River near Yulee, will be able to get water and sewer services and move into their homes....
JEA Water Lines Being Extended Pipes Go under Julington Creek
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A JEA project that will soon connect Mandarin and Fruit Cove with water mains under Julington Creek is under way, with the promise of bringing more water to northwestern St. Johns County. A 20-inch...
Lancaster's Vocals Earn Green
Clay County's 14th annual Concert on the Green announced the winners of its Young Artist Competition. First place went to Erin Lancaster with a vocal performance of Waldensamkeit by Reger and Art is Calling For Me from The Enchantress. Lancaster,...
Landowner Vows to Fight Keystone for 15 Acres
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, County Line correspondent The Keystone Heights City Council took a major step this month when it passed a resolution to go forward with eminent domain proceedings to obtain property it is seeking for a sewage treatment plant,...
Lawsuits from Derailment to Linger
Byline: Christopher Calnan, Times-Union business writer The long legal process already has started with a class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in Jacksonville, and another is planned on behalf of passengers in last week's Amtrak derailment...
Liberty Ship Will Cruise in on June 8
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: Can you give me information on purchasing tickets to ride on the Liberty Ship coming to Jacksonville? -- No name Dear Reader: The tickets cost $125. The ship is scheduled to be...
Magnet Schools Make Room Lottery Losers Will Be Enrolled
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer ********** CORRECTION April 28, 2002 Students from middle schools who hadn't attended a magnet program were accepted last week only to Paxon School for Advanced Studies ahead of some students from...
Morning Briefing
MERRILL LYNCH SENDING 300 TO THE EAST COAST About 300 Merrill Lynch employees who worked at the company's now-shuttered suburban Denver call center accepted transfers to either Jacksonville or suburban Philadelphia, the company said yesterday. A...
Nassau Notes
HABITAT DEDICATION Nassau Habitat for Humanity will host its 11th house dedication at 2:30 p.m. today. The dedication, which is open to the public, is for Yulee resident Dottie Wyatt, whose new house is at 12th and Gum streets in Fernandina Beach....
Navy Keeping an Eye on the Environment
Members of the Navy Environmental Leadership Program distributed green energy guidebooks, crayons, coloring books featuring endangered Northeast Florida species and manatee posters with the message "Earth Day Every Day" during the Earth Day 2002 Ecology...
Navy Role Held Vital for Asia
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer KINGS BAY NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE -- As the war against terrorism continues in Afghanistan, the American government is wrestling with other issues in East Asia that will require the Navy to play an important...
'Noles Batter N.C. State
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer TALLAHASSEE -- Blair McCaleb drove in four runs and Matt Lynch logged the first complete game of the season for Florida State as the fifth-ranked Seminoles continued their climb from a deep hole in Atlantic...
Officer Shot at While Trying to Quell Fight
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A man shot at a police officer who was trying to stop a fight in an apartment complex at 8859 Old Kings Road South, missing the officer before firing into the air and running away. Police said the...
Oh Baby, Look at You Now Beauty Contest Hard to Judge
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Awwwwwwwwww. That's the sound most likely to come from folks looking at the 1,255 photos entered in the 11th annual Beautiful Babies Contest. But they can't all win now, can they? Of course they...
Orange Park High Volleyball Standout Signs to Play at FIU
Byline: Brent Beaird, Times-Union correspondent Several student-athletes from Clay County schools have signed scholarship letters of intent during the past few weeks. There have been two Division I and several junior college signings in volleyball,...
Orange Park Mayor Gets Rude Welcome
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Now that the newly reorganized Orange Park Town Council, with Garry McIntyre in the driver's seat as mayor, has one full meeting behind it, the next step will be primarily a learning experience...
Painting Students Strive to Capture Mayport's Color
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Inside a riverview room at the Dockside Restaurant at La Cruise in Mayport, five adult students prepared for their watercolor painting class. Some traced the drawing they would paint; others...
Pieces from Bridge Demolition to Be Collected on Land
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer The state Department of Transportation this week resumed demolishing Jacksonville's old Fuller Warren Bridge, ending a three-month halt during a federal investigation into the dumping of bridge rubble...
Pit Bulls Attack Child, Aide at School
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer For the second time this year, two pit bulls belonging to a man who lives near J.E.B. Stuart Middle School, broke loose from their Jacksonville yard and roamed the school grounds, scaring students...
Please Be Seated No Matter What Your Taste, There's a Chair for You at the Sprawling Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport and Jud Wells, Times-Union staff writers The setting: A shuttle bus between Greensboro and High Point, N.C. Let's eavesdrop for a moment. Central Florida shop owner: "Did you see the brass-and-crystal candle holders...
Police Briefing Drugs Found in Search of Man's House
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer A 46-year-old man was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the 9300 block of Fish Road and charged with trafficking in amphetamines. Police said they received a tip from police in Charlton County, Ga., that the suspect...
Police Briefing Gunman Robs Bank on San Jose
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union senior writer An undetermined amount of cash was stolen at gunpoint Monday from the First Alliance bank at 10400 San Jose Blvd. by a man police said had been seen casing the storefront bank and surrounding businesses...
Police Briefing Man with Knife Pulls Hold-Up Dry Cleaner the Target
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A knife-wielding man stole an undetermined amount of money Tuesday from the Charles $1.50 Cleaners at 4342 University Blvd. S. Police said a man wearing green shorts and shirt walked into the store...
Police Briefing Shots Fired into Home on Westside
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer Shots were fired into a home in the 8500 block of Bitterwood Court while the residents were watching television and talking on the phone at 1:45 a.m. Monday. No one was injured. Police said nine rounds were...
POLICE BRIEFS Man Charged in Murder Attempt
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH A man reported April 10 that someone broke a water pipe in the 500 block of Levy Road, causing heavy flooding around nearby businesses. The owner estimated...
PUBLIC SAFETY 5 Pit Bulldogs Stolenfrom County Pound
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Five pit bulldogs were stolen from the Clay County Animal Control kennels early Tuesday morning before employees arrived for work. It was not the first time that such an incident has occurred...
QB Casey, Tomcats Get Victory
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer Jacksonville Tomcats quarterback Rashard Casey still doesn't feel like an arena football quarterback. But he played like one last night. After struggling early, Casey settled down and played...
Relay for Life Walk Starts Friday Funds Go to Cancer Research
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Teams of cancer survivors, their relatives and supporters will take turns next weekend walking 18 hours non-stop through the night to symbolize the personal fight against cancer. The American...
Residents Get County Support for Signal
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The St. Johns County Commission agreed Tuesday to support Fruit Cove residents fighting for a traffic signal at Florida 13, Fruit Cove Woods Drive and Edgewater Drive. Despite that support, Florida...
Schools Look for Teachers Principals Recruit at Annual Job Fair
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer Inside the Jacksonville Fairgrounds, principals and administrators from more than 150 Duval County public schools sat waiting to meet prospective teachers. Some schools were looking for special...
Sewer System Gets Another Close Look
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Neptune Beach officials made a visit to a St. Augustine Beach vacuum sewer facility this week to observe the sewer system the city is considering purchasing. "We wanted to let our City Council...
Sheriff's Son Calls It Quits Accusations in Brenton Butler Case, Other Controversy Dogged Officer
Byline: Jim Schoettler, Times-Union staff writer Jacksonville police officer Michael Glover, the son of Sheriff Nat Glover, retired yesterday while facing suspension for failing to pay $2,033 in fees owed to the city for off-duty work. Glover,...
Ship Opens Eyes, Horizons Young Travelers Return Changed
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer ST. MARYS -- The most anticipated stop of Nick Poland's nine-month voyage is an unlikely location. After sailing throughout the Caribbean and parts of South America, Poland and most of the 18-member...
State Asking for Changes in St. Johns Growth Plan
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer State officials are asking for changes to St. Johns County's Northwest Sector Plan before they will approve a document that will guide the way the county's most rapidly growing section is developed over...
Stay of Kennedy at Mayport Base Could Be Longer
Byline: Matthew I. Pinzur, Times-Union staff writer One of North Florida's most recognizable symbols of military power may be staying on the First Coast longer than expected. The USS John F. Kennedy, the only aircraft carrier based at Mayport...
Students Cook Up Learning, Fun State Culinary Competition Stiff
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Karen Young's classroom at Sandalwood High School isn't your typical classroom. It's a full-sized working kitchen with large restaurant-sized metal stoves and smaller home-style stoves at...
Survivors of Sexual Assault Meet
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Survivors of sexual assault will gather with the people who counsel them and prosecute their attackers today for a special ceremony at a quiet, uplifting location. The hourlong ceremony, "Bringing...
TAXES Little Consolation
There's good news and bad news today, which is Tax Freedom Day, the day when you stop working to pay taxes and start working for yourself. First, the good news. According to the Tax Foundation, a non-profit research group in Washington, D.C.,...
Team Considers Skills within Sheriff's Office
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer A team of law enforcement experts will arrive in Green Cove Springs tomorrow to begin reviewing the Clay County Sheriff's Office to see if the agency still meets national accreditation standards....
The Big Uneasy Naeole Glad to Escape Troubled New Orleans Team
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer He was raised in Hawaii, but Chris Naeole will tell you he already considers Jacksonville paradise. Why? Because it's not New Orleans. The Jaguars' most expensive free-agent signee this offseason...
The County Line
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor As the mayor of Green Cove Springs, Matthew Tinney Jr. learned one of the more difficult lessons of leadership recently when the City Council took up the issue of the Ham Jam. That lesson is that not everyone...
This Is Really the Beach Time of Year
Byline: Sylvia Simmons, Times-Union columnist Ah, spring. The dollar weed thrives on the Weed and Feed that I spread in an attempt to eradicate that very plant. I throw open the windows and doors to hear the birds and smell the jasmine, I hear lawn...
UNF Administrator Going to New School
Byline: Tia Mitchell, Times-Union staff writer The University of North Florida is losing a top administrator to a similar job in Wisconsin. Pierre Allaire, UNF's vice president for institutional advancement, has been named vice chancellor for...
Vandals Strike in Atlantic Beach
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Signs at Dutton Island Preserve and the tennis courts at Bull Park in Atlantic Beach were vandalized with graffiti within three days of each other, said Police Chief David Thompson. Also,...
Wilkinson Program One of the Best Work for Community Service Promoted
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer The kids like it because, among other things, they get to help save the environment, have fun and work in the mud. The principal and teachers at Wilkinson Junior High have other reasons for...
Wolfson Beats No.1 Englewood, 7-3
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer Wolfson's baseball team beat Englewood last night for the first time in three tries this season, but with the District 3-5A championship and a home-field playoff advantage at stake, the Wolfpack...
WWII Memorial Honors Duval Dead Trees Planted at Holy Rosary School
Byline: Kelly Donovan, Staff writer Progress on the National World War II Memorial in Washington has been slow, but Jacksonville volunteers wasted no time last weekend setting up a World War II memorial on the Northside. About 40 volunteers helped...
Year's Celebration Ends Wednesday
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Five years ago, a group of Penney Retirement Community residents started planning a yearlong 75th anniversary celebration of the haven's birth in 1926. The bash, which started last year and...
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