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Articles from August 13, 2003

A Big 'No' to Golf Course Bailout; Special Assessment Plan Abandoned
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer About 300 people crowded into Fleming Island United Methodist Church Thursday, but not to worship. Most were there to protest a proposed increase in special assessments on every Eagle Harbor...
Abuse Hot Line Working to Get Word out; Nassau: Agency Has Many Services
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Barbara Oden is anxious to get a telephone call she doesn't really want to receive. The Fernandina Beach resident is volunteering four hours a week to answer the 24-hour hot line at Micah's...
AFRICA; Freedom Is Losing
Freedom and oppression continue to vie across the globe, and people die in the struggle. Africa is a continent where the toll is especially heavy. Millions are at risk of dying from disease and famine, largely because of policies that repressive...
Anglers' Tourney to Help; Fishing Accident Cost Man His Right Arm
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer All David Tagliarini remembers is being thrown out of the boat on Doctors Lake in a freak accident and opening his eyes underwater to see blood all around him. He doesn't remember much about...
Another Year of Learning; Students, Teachers Trade Beach for Class
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Even after a summer of swimming in her family's new pool, 8-year-old Allison Moore was ready to go back to school. "I love school. I make new friends and I get to learn," the Neptune Beach Elementary...
Arlington Student Goes to Leadership Meeting
THREE CHEERS -- Employees of the Super Wal-Mart at Atlantic and Kernan boulevards have presented checks to several organizations: Lone Star Elementary School received a $1,000 Literacy Grant, Alden Road School received a $500 Environmental Grant...
Atlantic Beach Cuts 2003-04 Budget by 23 Percent
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer The upcoming completion of Atlantic Beach's core city project and other capital projects, along with the early payoff of some city debt, have contributed to a city budget for fiscal year 2003-04...
Beach Shorts
NEPTUNE BEING SUED Neptune Beach received notice Thursday that a 22-year-old Jacksonville Beach resident plans to sue the city over an injury that occurred July 19. The notice calls the city "negligent," saying it allowed improper barricades...
Blue Jay Drive-Area Residents Petition for Tax
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Some country roads are scenic and restful, offering a pleasant diversion from the hustle and bustle of congested highways. Then, there are those that you want to drive on only if you don't care...
Briefly; Bike Ride, Dinner out to Benefit Hospice 50-Miler Starts, Ends on Wells
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Community Hospice Foundation will present Jim Kuhn's Kickstands for Kids charity motorcycle ride at 10 a.m. Sept. 20, starting at Big City Tattoo, 1975 Wells Road in Orange Park, and ending 50 miles...
Business, Residents Get School Supplies for Those in Need; Nassau: Third Year for Helping Program
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer For many parents and their children, shopping for school supplies is an annual ritual at the start of the school year. Backpacks, binders, notebooks, paper, glue sticks, crayons, No. 2 pencils,...
Camp Report
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer CHARTING THE QUARTERBACKS MARK BRUNELL -- Completions: 6 of 13 -- Comment: Brunell was given the afternoon practice off after a ragged display in the morning session. Brunell had two passes...
Cell Phones Are Useful -- If Used Wisely
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: Could you talk about cell phone etiquette? It is getting totally out of hand. -- No name Dear Reader: We asked our interactive e-mail group, 419 strong, and learned the cell phone...
Clay Swim Teams Still Treading Water, Waiting for Pools
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Times-Union sports writer Orange Park resident Laura Burk was a national-level swimmer at Arizona State University before a serious car accident cut short her career at the end of her freshman year. Before that, Burk...
Commission Reviews City Investments, Purchasing
Byline: Mary Kelli Palka, Times-Union staff writer Jacksonville banking and business experts met for the first time yesterday to begin reviewing City Hall's plan to change the way it invests money and purchases vehicles. Most of the meeting of...
Debra Logeson; She's 'Loving It' as Hilliard Postmaster
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Debra Logeson has been postmaster of the Hilliard Post Office for only 2 1/2 weeks, but she's already a happy camper. "I'm loving it; I am so thrilled to be out here," Logeson said. Being...
Dinosaurs See Rebirth in Store; Man Uses Beasts to Shake Up Life
Byline: Christy Whitehead, River City News correspondent Tired of years working in the restaurant business, restless with his duties as an at-home dad and facing a mounting midlife crisis, 41-year-old Terry Sheehan of the Southside was itching to...
Fair to Highlight 4-H Programs; Set for Aug. 28 at Westside Site
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Want to hone your green thumb, emote on stage, sharpen your shutterbug skills or become a computer wizard? 4-H has a program for you. And you can learn all about it at a volunteer kickoff and...
Fix Fire Lane or Lose School Classrooms; Fernandina: High School Gets Ultimatum
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer The Nassau County school district has until 8 a.m. Nov. 10 to construct a fire lane behind Fernandina Beach High School -- or else. Six months after an inspection of the city's schools, Fernandina...
Florida Episcopalians Waiting for Guidance; Concern Widespread about Gay Issues
Byline: Jim Schoettler, Times-Union staff writer Give-and-take sessions of mostly calm concern dominated services last weekend at many Jacksonville Episcopal churches over the election of the church's first openly gay bishop. No bold moves were...
FSU Notebook
Byline: Ira Schoffel, Times-Union correspondent LIMPING LINE For the second consecutive day, the Seminoles' defenders smothered ball carriers and limiting the passing game. However, the defense's improved physical play is taking a toll on FSU's...
Gateway Mall Hosts Third Annual Back-to-School Rally for Kids
Byline: Christina Blakeney, Staff writer Paper, pencils, rulers, binders and crayons weren't the only free things being offered to children and their parents Aug. 2 at the third annual Back-to-School Rally at Gateway Mall. So were health physicals,...
Glynn's School Clash Heats Up; Issue Is Suspension of Education Chief
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Public criticism and controversy continues over the suspension of Glynn County schools Superintendent Robert Winter as the Board of Education seeks guidance from its attorneys in the...
Hayes Headed for Hall? Pending Votes May Provide Best Chance
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer The chances of Bob Hayes being nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame have doubled, but his chances of induction have diminished. Hayes, a Jacksonville native who died on Sept. 18, is...
Hindu Priest Devotes Life to Faith, Followers
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer With three master's degrees, a doctorate and fluency in five languages, Pandit Kadambi Srinathji could have pursued many high-paying careers. But the Orange Park man has devoted his life to his Hindu...
History Restored with Old Technique; Oyster Shells, Lime and Sand Combine to Form Sturdy Material
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer CUMBERLAND ISLAND -- Some historic structures on Georgia's largest barrier island are getting a new look by workers using techniques hundreds of years old. The structures on Cumberland Island all...
HOPE AND HEARTBREAK; UNF Students Try to Make a Difference in Poverty-Stricken Villages of Ghana
Byline: Gerry Smith, Times-Union staff writer A full moon glowed in the purple sky and lit up the room of the Fulera Maternity Home in the West African nation of Ghana. A Ghanaian woman was going into labor and University of North Florida nursing...
Investors Plan Jazzy Venue in LaVilla
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Brothers Ty and Luther Williams and investment partner Eric Hendrick are renovating the former LaVilla Grill downtown into the Uptown at LaVilla jazz restaurant. "Our goal is to set...
Isakson Tries to Build Support in South Georgia
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer WAYCROSS -- As U.S. Rep. Johnny Isakson steps onto the Senate campaign trail, he faces a crowd of Republicans in next year's primary. And he's looking for some crowded rooms as he makes a campaign...
It's an Exclusive Club; Poochies Just for Pooches, Their Owners
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Walt Lehman of Doctors Lake said his energetic yellow Labrador puppy, Merlin, wears him out. "He's so young and so active, and I'm a bit rotund," said Lehman, a retired sheet metal worker patting...
Jacksonville Journal
CHORUS AUDITIONS Singers are invited to audition for a new community chorus formed by Jacksonville University. The group is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and Jacksonville-area residents who can make the Monday evening rehearsals. The...
Jaguars Notebook
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer NO BLACKOUT FOR DOLPHINS GAME The Jaguars have lifted the television blackout for Friday night's preseason home opener against Miami, even though several thousand tickets remain. Yesterday's...
Keeping the Faith
Byline: Glenda S. Jenkins, Nassau Neighbors correspondent GROCERY DISTRIBUTION Five Points Baptist Church, 736 Bonnieview Road in Fernandina Beach, is coordinating the distribution of reduced-cost groceries to area families through Food Source,...
Lawsuit Says City Needs Homeless Shelter; Jacksonville Beach Anti-Camping Law at Issue
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer A revision to the federal lawsuit that charges Jacksonville Beach with mistreating homeless people says its anti-public sleeping law is unconstitutional partly because the city has no shelter for...
Leftwich Set to Sign; Jags' Top Pick Could Start Practicing Today
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer The 19-day holdout of quarterback Byron Leftwich, the signature player of the Jaguars' new era, is all but over. The Jaguars and Leftwich's agent, Tom Condon, reached an oral agreement on a long-term...
Lex & Terry Leave Their Mark on Fans
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union staff writer Lex Staley has two tattoos, one with interlocking S's for his wife and daughter, the other from "a weekend at the lake." Terry Jaymes has one tattoo, a reminder of a favorite inspirational book. ...
Manatees, Nature Take Clay Wins
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, Times-Union correspondent There have been several important environmental issues in the news recently regarding Clay County. There was good news and there was bad news. The good news to me is that a section of Clay County...
Man Killed While Walking in Middle of Interstate 95
Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer ********************CORRECTION AUGUS 16, 2003 James Wesley Goddard, 50, was the transient killed Monday in Jacksonville by a semi on North Main Street. Because of incorrect information provided by...
McCrotty Shuts Down West Tenn
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer It took a demotion to Class-A Vero Beach to help Will McCrotty gain confidence in all four of his pitches. And now the Jacksonville Suns are reaping the benefits of McCrotty's talents. The Suns...
Medical Malpractice on Track; Lawmakers Could Reach Final Agreement Today
Byline: Sarah Skidmore, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- Lawmakers may reach an agreement on medical malpractice as soon as this afternoon, according to Senate and House leaders. "Does anybody like it? Probably not. Every stakeholder lost...
Morning Briefing
REGENCY LAUNCHES STOCK OFFERING Jacksonville-based Regency Centers Corp. announced yesterday a public offering of about 3 million shares of its common stock. The company said in a news release it intends to use the proceeds to redeem all $80...
Nassau Notes
BOOK SALE The Nassau County Friends of the Library will have a book sale at the Fernandina Beach branch library on North Fourth Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. All books are in good condition, officials said. LIBRARY DELAYS The...
Naval Depot Worries Rise; Efficiency Discussion Hints Aviation Facility's Vulnerability to Closure
Byline: Rachel Davis, Times-Union staff writer Months before another round of U.S. base closures ramps up, Mayor John Peyton and City Hall officials have new cause for alarm about the status of Jacksonville's Naval Air Depot. A recent comment...
Navy Came and Green Cove Changed
Byline: Mary Jo McTammany, County Line columnist In 1939, the U.S. Navy came to Green Cove Springs and built Lee Field just southeast of the city limits. The townsfolk had some experience with entertaining guests. In the late 1800s, they were...
Neptune Residents Criticize Manager for Land Division; They Say Access to Beach at Risk
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Some Neptune Beach residents and elected officials are concerned and frustrated that City Manager Dick Linn made the final decision on the division of an oceanfront property at the end of Bay...
Neptune Sticks with Tax Rate
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer After learning that health insurance premiums will not increase as expected, the Neptune Beach City Council tentatively agreed Monday to keep last year's property tax rate for the 2003-04 budget....
New Bicycle Rack to Solve Beach Flap
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer To end a dispute between two neighborhood groups, the Atlantic Beach City Commission agreed Monday to use $1,000 to install a bicycle rack at the end of the Seventh Street beach access. ...
New School Year Opening Goes According to Plan
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer As usual, hundreds of kids who were expected at Clay County public schools had not shown up yet. As usual, some schools had more kids than they anticipated and some schools had less, resulting...
Nocatee Work Unseen, but Fully under Way, Group Says
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer Work on the massive and much anticipated Nocatee development west of Ponte Vedra Beach is on schedule even though no visible construction work is scheduled to begin until late next year. "We are proceeding...
Nursing Facility Earns Honor; Federation Recognizes Center's Effort
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer A Hilliard nursing facility has been honored for its ongoing commitment to be better. The American Health Care Association has named Life Care Center of Hilliard as one of 65 long-term care...
One-Time Judo Coach Teaching Again; He Once Taught Sport in Bosnia
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Suad Zelihic stopped practicing judo, his passion, for 11 years after three bullets pierced his body during the Bosnian War. Zelihic, who commanded a police unit in the Bosnian Army, was...
PGA Championship Notebook
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer LAST CHANCE FOR TIGER If Tiger Woods fails to win the PGA Championship this week, it will be the first year since 1998 -- his sophomore year on the PGA Tour -- that he went a calendar year without...
Player of Year Right Here? Ponte Vedra's Furyk among Top Contenders
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Jim Furyk would rather talk about winning tournaments than awards. If one leads to the other, that's fine by him. If not, the Ponte Vedra Beach resident has his own ideas about...
Police Briefing; Man's Arrest Follows 2 Pistol-Whippings
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer An 18-year-old Southside man was arrested Aug. 6 on a warrant for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after two men were pistol-whipped outside the Steak 'N Shake, 9431 Philips Highway, police said....
POLICE BRIEFS; Suspect Says He Hit Man after Being Hit by Van's Door
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH A man reported Wednesday that a co-worker punched him in the face several times in the 1000 block of Cornell Lane, then ran off. The suspect...
Police Track Down Suspect; Thought to Have Pawned Loot
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A 52-year-old Northside man was arrested Aug. 6 on charges of dealing in stolen property and giving false verification of ownership after the pawning of five nail guns reported stolen from a construction...
Program Aims to Beautify Area near College, Stockton
Byline: Charlie Dixon, Special to the Times-Union Those of us who have seen Town Center meetings advertised and have not attended have missed a great deal. The Town Center program is designed to help rejuvenate older, struggling corridors. A...
Q&a
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Jaguars second-round draft pick Rashean Mathis, an Englewood High School graduate and Division I-AA's career interceptions leader from Bethune-Cookman College, chats once a week with Times-Union...
Quigley House Program Draws Honors
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Clay County's domestic violence shelter received a state award yesterday for addressing the growing problem of elder abuse. At an awards ceremony in Orlando, Quigley House received the 2003 Quality...
Rain Gets Dragonfly Credit; Predators like Insects Found near Beach
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer An abundance of darting, metallic dragonflies have appeared at the Beaches lately, looking for both mates and mosquitoes and other bugs to eat. "I have seen a ton of them," said Terry DelValle,...
Reunited Gin Blossoms at Freebird
Byline: Mark Faulkner, Shorelines correspondent Ten years ago, angry, dejected grunge bands dominated the national music scene. Bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and the pale imitators that followed sold millions of records by tapping into a generation's...
Rezoning Plan Hits Opposition Buzz Saw; Residents Say It's 'Tragedy,' 'Catastrophe'
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer Jacksonville city charts, maps and graphs explaining a proposed rezoning to allow super-sized stores and residential complexes at Beach and Hodges boulevards were met with jeers of "tragedy," "shock" and...
School Days Here Again; in Arlington, 'Absolutely Great First Day'
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Barbara Wolf had a faraway look in her eye. "I guess I'm just a little shocked at how well everything went this year," said Wolf, principal of Woodland Acres Elementary School in Arlington. "We did...
School Days Here Again; Mandarin Schools Get New Leaders
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Mascelia Robinson normally teaches art at Beauclerc Elementary School. But when the first day of school rolled around Thursday, she became a traffic cop as she herded early arrivals in line until...
School Days Here Again; on Southside, First Day Runs Smoothly
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Most kids would like a better birthday present than a return to school. But it suits Zachary DeWitt just fine. For the past three years, Zachary's birthday has coincided with the day Duval County...
School Days Here Again; on Westside, First Day Runs Smoothly
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Sometimes principals have to serve as traffic cops. That was the case last week when a crossing guard failed to show up at Fishweir Elementary School, and Principal Andrea Akers had to help children...
School Days Here Again; Smooth First Day on the Northside
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer As if cued by the school's-out bell, the afternoon thunderstorm turned roads into rivers and cooled the nerves of thousands of Northside students relieved to have completed the first day of school. ...
Seniors Create Own Programs; Center Lets Them Select Their Interests
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer A center in Arlington helps retired people create their own programs and classes for entertainment -- and for empowerment. "Our goal is to help make people physically, spiritually and mentally stronger,"...
Singer's CD Debut Upcoming; Performer Wears a Lot of Hats Now
Byline: Christina Blakeney, Times-Union staff writer Whether she's waitressing, singing or running her Westside electronics and clothing shop, it's all about trying to make those around her feel good about themselves, says Donna Jones. The 32-year-old...
Some Ponte Vedra Beach Access Areas Due to Get Signs
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer After months of controversy over about a dozen unmarked or obstructed public beach accesses along Ponte Vedra Boulevard, St. Johns County officials said last week they'll at least mark three of the trails....
St. Johns Schools OK -- except for 1
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Friday was supposed to be the first day of school for everybody in St. Johns County. But while approximately 13,000 children went to 29 public schools in the county Friday, about 750 more will have...
Students Get Excited about Class
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Feechee Coon wondered what was up when her son, James Lewis III, came home all pumped about school. In the middle of July. "He enjoyed going to classes every day," said Coon, whose 14-year-old...
Students Settle into Studies; Kids Say Bye to Parents, Hello to Friends
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Six-year-old Amanda Walser scooted down the hall and into her first-grade classroom at Ponte Vedra Palm Valley Elementary School Friday. Her mom, dad and 3-year-old sister, Caroline, followed her to...
Tardy DT Smith Draws Fine; Fifth-Year Pro from Florida State Came Close to Being Cut
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer Already criticized for being out of shape, Jaguars defensive tackle Larry Smith got into further trouble with coach Jack Del Rio yesterday by arriving 30 minutes late to the morning practice. Smith,...
Taylor Ignores Critics, Makes No Apologies for Smooth Jazz
Byline: Mark Faulkner, Shorelines correspondent Paul Taylor's music has been described as "the soul of smooth jazz" but it goes further than that; his personality echoes the genre just as well. On the phone from his Nevada home, Taylor is upbeat,...
Testimony to Begin Today in Roommate Shooting Case
Byline: Paul Pinkham, Times-Union staff writer Testimony begins today in the first-degree murder trial of a Mayport man who says he fatally shot his roommate in the back after he was bullied and threatened. Christopher Todd Timmons, 28, was arrested...
The 'Y' Wants to Know How Much; YMCA Sends Queries to Haskell, St. Joe about Site
Byline: Earl Daniels, Times-Union business writer The Yates Family YMCA wants to know how much its property would sell for and how long it will take The St. Joe Co. or The Haskell Co., to redevelop the YMCA and the land it occupies or relocate the...
Twirling Team Wins 4 National Trophies
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer A team of 15 North Florida baton twirlers called the Legacy Twirling Corps brought home four first-place trophies from a national championship competition. "We just twirl good together and work...
UF Notebook
Byline: David Fox, Times-Union correspondent FIRST SCRIMMAGE TODAY Florida will hold its first scrimmage of the preseason today, but coach Ron Zook said it's still too early to figure the winners in position battles -- most notably quarterback....
Water, Water Everywhere; at Beach, and What a Joy It Is
Byline: Bill Longenecker, Shorelines columnist Summer 1998 still holds a strong influence over my thinking about weather. That summer of flames and drought taught me not to complain about "too much" rain. Those cheery news anchors who ask if...
Workshop on Tree Hill Seeks Residents' Opinion
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer It's a 50-acre wilderness in the middle of suburban Arlington that attracts thousands of school children, teachers, Scouts, visitors and nature lovers from across Jacksonville. And now residents...
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