The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 1, 2003

2003; Resolution Time
Most Americans think of New Year's Day as a time of hangovers, fattening snacks and college football games. It is that -- and much more. First and foremost, it's a time to pause. The frantic pace of the Christmas season is over. Now is the time...
Band Got Big Send-Off for Cotton Bowl Trip
Byline: Patti Levine-Brown, County Line correspondent The Clay High School marching band is starting off the new year with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The school's 110-member Blue Devil Brigade arrived in Dallas on Sunday to participate...
Beach Shorts
IT'S TIME TO PLUNGE People interested in watching or indulging in a cold ocean swim today have two options for group "polar bear" swims. The WaveMasters Society will have its 2003 Polar Plunge at 9 a.m. in front of the SeaWalk Pavilion at the...
Bowl's First Chairwoman Has Passion for Game
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer Bill and Vonette Owens' only child was a girl. It didn't matter to him, because boy or girl, his love of Auburn football would be passed on. So it was that Susan, a bright-eyed 11-year-old who was...
Boxing Might Return to NBC
NBC, the first network to televise boxing, may be bringing the sport back to broadcast TV for the first time in seven years. Boxing promoter Kathy Duva said she is negotiating with NBC to show a series of 90-minute boxing telecasts on weekend afternoons...
CitiStreet Cleared for Construction
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer As the New Year takes shape, so does space for CitiStreet in Southside. The city has approved a $660,000 construction job that represents part of the first of three phases that should...
Clay Utility Authority Files Eminent Domain Petition; Keystone Water Provider Refuses to Sell System
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer The friendly approach didn't work. Now, the Clay County Utility Authority is playing legal hardball to acquire a privately owned water utility system in the Keystone Heights area. True...
Concerts Feature 3 Musicians; JCA Performances Will Begin Jan. 12
The David A. Stein Jewish Community Alliance and Young Concert Artists Inc. will present musical artists from around the world in the alliance's fourth annual Concert Series in the Round. This season's artists are Russian pianist Vassily Primakov,...
Coughlin's Style Omitted Aspect of Fun
Byline: Charlie Patton, Times-Union columnist Coming out of Alltel Stadium Nov. 10, after watching what turned out to be Tom Coughlin's last significant victory, I ran into a friend who is among the Jaguars' most passionate fans. A Jacksonville...
Crady Picked to Lead Friends of State Parks; Nassau: Promises to Maintain Quality
Byline: Derek L. Kinner, Nassau Neighbors editor A longtime Nassau County public servant now has a statewide task -- president of the Friends of Florida State Parks, a citizen support organization of the Florida Park Service. George Crady, who...
Crowded Races Now Common
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer It may seem odd that nine people still are talking seriously about becoming Jacksonville's next mayor. After all, there's only one chair behind the mayor's desk. But the crowded field actually...
Cruising into Green Cove Springs
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer Abe Blohm just happened to be taking a stroll on Green Cove Springs' city pier, visiting with an old friend, when a gleaming, white cruise ship came into view on the St. Johns River. Blohm...
Death Probes Carry into 2003
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer They are unidentified and unclaimed. As the new year begins, Southeast Georgia authorities continue working to identify three men who died under suspicious circumstances, including one smuggling...
Denzel Washington's Directorial Debut; 'Antwone Fisher' Beats the Odds
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union movie writer ********************CLARIFICATION January 3, 2003 A review of Denzel Washington's new film, Antwone Fisher, ran Wednesday on Page C-1. The movie, however, has not yet opened in Jacksonville. The...
Donor Dog Gives Blood to Save Lives
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Fleas had sucked so much blood from the ailing German shepherd that he needed a blood transfusion to survive. "The dog was emaciated, eaten up with fleas and parasites, white as a ghost," said veterinarian...
DOT Sets Meeting on Roads; Residents' Input Being Requested
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The state wants to hear what residents and business owners along Philips Highway between Florida 9A and the St. Johns County line have to say about a proposed plan to widen that four-lane road to six...
Driving Force Is Divine Guidance; Idea Helps Needy Get Transportation
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer It started with a prayer and ended with a dream come true. Dean Black was praying a few weeks before Christmas when he knew he had to help people in need get a car. Angelique Hanley ended up on...
DUI Crackdown Will Continue; and It Doesn't Let Up with End of Holidays
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer If you awoke this morning without a hangover, congratulations. You either drank alcohol in moderation or not at all last night, as 2002 slid into 2003. But many others came to this morning...
Fans Party before the Storms Hit; Large Parade Runs Downtown; Pep Rallies Held
Byline: Tia Mitchell, Times-Union staff writer A storm system that pounded much of Florida on New Year's Eve stayed away from Jacksonville long enough yesterday to allow everyone a chance to root for their favorite Gator Bowl team and to enjoy at...
Fast End to the Year; Fleischmann, Yuro Winners in Gator Bowl 5K
Byline: Laurie Cason, Times-Union sports writer To Brian Fleischmann, there was really nothing special about his finish in the annual Gator Bowl 5K road race yesterday afternoon. Yes, he completed the 3.1 miles in 15 minutes, 44 seconds to beat...
Florida (8-4) vs. Michigan (9-3)
11 a.m. today -- Raymond James Stadium, Tampa -- ESPN WHEN FLORIDA HAS THE BALL The Gators' offense is more horizontal than vertical, but it has been effective. UF is averaging 398.7 yards per game and is scoring 25.5 points per game. The problem...
Florida State (9-4) vs. Georgia (12-1)
WHEN GEORGIA HAS THE BALL All-SEC QB David Greene (2,836 yds., 22 TDs), TB Musa Smith (1,179, 8) and WR Terrence Edwards (944, 10) are the central figures in a Georgia offense averaging 393 yards, and 32.6 points a game behind a mammoth veteran...
Frat Member Sues UNF for Stunt Injuries
Byline: Beth Kormanik, Times-Union staff writer ********************CORRECTION January 3, 2002 Jeffrey Van Winkle has filed a lawsuit against Pi Kappa Phi fraternity for injuries he suffered two years ago at a University of North Florida fraternity...
FSU's Walker Tests His Hometown Loyalties; Georgia Town Roots for QB and 'Dogs
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer NEW ORLEANS -- In the small Southwest Georgia town of Americus, Florida State quarterback Fabian Walker is near-royalty; the Georgia high school career passing leader led his team to the state final...
Gas Taxes Are 46 Cents per Gallon
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: How much gasoline taxes we are paying? I would like a breakdown of state and local taxes for Duval County. -- R.W. Dear R.W. We asked the Florida Department of Revenue and received...
Gator Bowl Votes Will Count: Elections Office in Charge
Byline: Paul Pinkham, Times-Union staff writer Today's election at the Toyota Gator Bowl isn't likely to have the same historical impact as other recent or upcoming votes, such as the races for president, governor or mayor. Fans attending pregame...
Georgia Troops Readied; Fort Stewart among Units; Deployment in Iraq Likely
Byline: Rachel Davis, Times-Union staff writer One of the Army's heavy artillery units, the 3rd Infantry Division Mechanized based in Georgia, has received orders to deploy overseas, according to an Army spokesman. Army officials will not discuss...
Get a Gauge on the New Year's Trends; WHAT'S HOT WHAT'S NOT
HOT Coach, general manager, offensive coordinator NOT One person doing all three jobs HOT Wine by the glass NOT Micro-brews HOT Mini Coopers NOT Minivans HOT Hummer NOT Suburban HOT Peasant blouses...
Grossman's Big Option; QB Still Undecided about Entering Draft
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer TAMPA -- Florida quarterback Rex Grossman has been answering questions about his plans for the 2003 season for more than a month, and he has stuck to the same answer: "I don't know." Grossman...
Helper Earns Award; Volunteer Gets Special Honor
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer In 1994, Richard Darby spotted an ad recruiting volunteers to serve on a board overseeing the toxic waste cleanup of Cecil Field Naval Air Station. Though he was involved in transportation, growth...
High School Band Looks for Sponsors; Fernandina: New Instruments Needed
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer The Fernandina Beach High School band needs new instruments, and its members are looking to the community for help. For the first time, the band is asking area businesses to consider sponsoring...
In Health
Man to Man The American Cancer Society will have its free education and suuport program, Man to Man, to help men cope with prostate cancer, from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Baptist Medical Center Nassau. To register, call 1-877-258-2619. Looking...
Irish Defense Has Lots to Smile about; under New Coaches, Unit's No Joke
Byline: Alex Abrams, Times-Union sports writer The Notre Dame locker room had an eerie silence to it minutes before the Fighting Irish was to play Florida State on Oct. 26. Then, all of a sudden, laughter erupted from the part of the locker room...
It's a Different Idea of What Makes a Hero
Byline: Bill Longenecker, Shorelines columnist For maybe too many years, one theme has become an ongoing refrain in my column. BE YOUR OWN HERO! Today is again a good day to consider this apparently ego-driven idea. If your head hurts this morning...
JU Puts Talent on Holiday CD
When idea meets opportunity, good things can happen. In one case at Jacksonville University, the result was the first-ever compact disc collection of Christmas music by JU student and faculty musicians. The CD, A Musical Celebration: Jacksonville...
Keeping the Faith
Byline: Glenda S. Jenkins, Times-Union correspondent Emancipation service The annual Emancipation Proclamation Service, sponsored by the Nassau County Branch of the NAACP, will begin at 11 a.m. today at O'Neal Memorial Baptist Church, 3859 Florida...
Lighthouse Pointe May Get Good News; Yulee: Water Plan Approved by County
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer This year should be the year that homeowners in Lighthouse Pointe, an upscale development along Bells River near Yulee, can finally move in. On Dec. 19, Nassau County commissioners approved...
Limousine Tour of the Holiday
Byline: Dede Webb, Special to the Times-Union With the holidays behind us we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Here in St. Johns County we received plenty of rain instead of snow. I personally had a hard time with walking around in bare feet with...
Mayor's Race Getting Ready to Heat Up; Candidates Expected to Show Their Stuff
Byline: David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writer Like a kettle stewing, the 2003 mayor's race has snapped and popped, but never quite passed its brim to keep the voting public's attention. Those days are about over. Heading to the April 15 first...
Nassau Notes
Closings Government offices in Callahan, Hilliard, Fernandina Beach and Nassau County will be closed today in observance of New Year's Day. Fernandina Beach residents can call 277-7340 for emergencies. AARP officers The East Nassau County...
New Law Protects Abused; Dating Violence Statute among Those Taking Effect
Byline: Thomas B. Pfankuch, Times-Union staff writer For years, Florida law has made it easier for people who live together to get legal protection when their relationship turns violent or emotionally abusive. For example, judges can issue protective...
New Shopping Center to Take over Old Pic N' Save
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines correspondent A new shopping village with upscale boutiques and restaurants is about to erase the ugly image of the former Pic N' Save building that has occupied the 2400 block of Third Street South in Jacksonville...
NFL Working on Minority Numbers; Rooney: Focus on Present, Not Past
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer There'll be an illustration on the Gator Bowl sidelines today of why the NFL is facing a minority hiring problem. If the NFL's new diversity program had been in effect in past years, it's not likely...
Notebook
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer THREE INDUCTED INTO BOWL'S HALL OF FAME Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill, former Pittsburgh defensive end Hugh Green and long-time volunteer W.W. "Bill" Gay were inducted into the Gator Bowl...
Notre Dame (10-2) vs. N.C. State (10-3)
WHEN NOTRE DAME HAS THE BALL The Fighting Irish offense is built around the running of sophomore TB Ryan Grant (1,017 yards, 9 TDs), who became just the seventh Notre Dame back to gain more than 1,000 yards in one season. His ability to get through...
On the Day after Christmas, Stores Had More Crowds
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer Mardy Lewis was among the hordes of Clay County shoppers who, on the day after Christmas, returned to the scene of their holiday purchases. She returned six skeins of garnet and gold yarn to...
'Pack's Rivers: QB, Family Man
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer Call it The Two Lives of Philip Rivers. One will be on display at 12:30 p.m. today when North Carolina State's junior quarterback leads his team against Notre Dame in the Toyota Gator Bowl, in front...
Parity Loses Potency in Playoffs
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer The New York Jets played the role of Minnesota Fats Sunday. They made the perfect bank shot, one that knocked New England and Miami out of the playoffs, allowed Cleveland in, cost the Green Bay...
Personal Finance Classes Upcoming
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Several Jacksonville-area YMCAs will soon be offering a course to help people stay out of debt or, if it's already too late, to get out of debt. "We're not just a swim and gym," said Rebecca Hart...
Police Briefs; Man Faces Accusations He Attacked Woman
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer A 24-year-old man was arrested at 11:55 p.m. Thursday in the 1700 block of 25th Street East and charged with aggravated assault, battery and false imprisonment of an adult. A 23-year-old woman told...
Police Detail Player's Treatment
Byline: Dana Treen and David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writers Notre Dame football player Chad DeBolt had to be pepper sprayed, punched in the back and arms and given "knee spikes" to the thigh then placed in a restraint chair to be controlled when...
Police Officer Who Resigned Was Facing Discipline
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer A 20-year member of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department who resigned in November was facing discipline on four complaints filed against him last summer. Sgt. Eddie Bounds resigned Nov. 26...
Ponte Vedra Faced Divisive Issues in 2002
Byline: Lisa Woods and Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writers For Ponte Vedra Beach and Palm Valley, 2002 was the year the hot issue of beach access was resurrected, a new Palm Valley Bridge was completed over the Intracoastal Waterway and the...
Recycling Is Still Important; Stores Helping Collect Materials
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Recycling during the holidays usually means finding someone at work who actually eats fruitcake, or heading to the store to exchange that sort-of-puce-colored sweater thing that doesn't fit anyway....
Retired Architect Finds Joy in Art; His Works Will Be Shown in Fernandina
Byline: Mark Faulkner, Shorelines correspondent In Man and Superman, George Bernard Shaw wrote, "The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for her living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his...
Retired Banker, Golf Developer Dies; He Became Bank President at Age 35
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer Lester Sanders, a retired banker and land developer, died Sunday after a lingering illness. He was 79 and had lived in the Arlington area most of his life. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m....
Santa Rides Harley for Stops
Byline: Patti Levine-Brown, River City News correspondent Rounding the corner on a shiny, burgundy Harley, his long, white beard blowing in the wind, Santa pulled up in front of Christy Corum's house in the Tanglewood subdivision of Orange Park....
Sawgrass Plans New $6 Million Beach Club; Facility Should Be Done in December
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Two cranes crushed through the wooden structure that had stood near the beach as a symbol of Ponte Vedra Beach's grandeur. The demolition of the 30-year-old Sawgrass Beach Club didn't take...
Science Fair Winners Named
Byline: Toi Jefferson, Clay County Line staff writer Wilkinson Elementary School held its Science Fair in December. The first- and second-place winners will go on to compete in the Clay County Science Fair to be held Feb. 10 at the Orange Park...
Signatures Keep Recall Drive Alive; Callahan: Councilman Being Targeted
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Vicki Cannon said Thursday she has verified 85 of the 102 signatures on a petition seeking the recall of Callahan Town Councilman Jack Sikes. Even with...
Singers, Musicians from Tibetan Monastery Will Perform
The multiphonic singers of Tibet's Drepung Loseling Monastery, whose performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center have received national acclaim, will perform this month at Florida Community College at Jacksonville's Wilson Center as part of their...
Sisters Head West, Find Missing Father
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg, River Bend Review correspondent To Julington Creek resident Melissa Munsey-Cox and her sister, Kora, the City of Angels was anything but last fall as they searched desperately for their missing father. "It was like...
Some Projects Advanced, Some Stalled in 2002
Byline: Caren Burmeister and Christophe Aguilar, Shorelines staff writers 2002 was a year for big projects at Jacksonville's Beaches. Some of them, like long-awaited multi-million-dollar sewer projects in Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach, finally...
So What's a New Year without Resolutions?
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, Times-Union correspondent Happy New Year! It is now time for those New Year resolutions. I have never been really big on making resolutions, but decided this would be the year. After all, it is not like you will be struck...
Speaking out, or Learning to; Toastmasters Group Forms
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Um . . . you know . . . ah . . . er . . . yeah. It's been said that more people would rather die than give a speech. According to a survey reported in The Book of Lists, fear of public speaking...
Spring Park Association Fights for Area
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Joni Cusic may be petite, but she describes herself as a live wire when it comes to fighting for her Spring Park community. Five years ago, Cusic and Richard Mette formed the Spring Park Neighborhood...
Sugar Bowl Notebook
RICHT, BOWDEN ABLE TO MEET ONLY TWICE Georgia coach Mark Richt and Florida State coach Bobby Bowden visited for only the second time this week at the final news conference for today's Sugar Bowl. Yesterday morning's visit lasted about five minutes,...
Take Precautions to Make Certain You Aren't Victim of a Home Fire
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer In case you haven't noticed, there have been a few cold snaps in Clay County during the past few weeks. And it will get even colder in the next two or three months, which means people will...
'Twas the Morning after Christmas
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Editor's note: Staff writer Mary Maraghy spent part of Thursday morning, the day after Christmas, the biggest trash day of the year, riding in a Southland Waste Systems Inc. garbage truck. She accompanied...
Unfortunately, 2 out of 3 Dished out by Meat Loaf Were Bad
Byline: Nick Marino, Times-Union music writer Meat Loaf's entire performing schtick revolves around the idea of musical theater. He seems to think he can get away with a ridiculous name and sophomoric stage banter because, you see, he's in character...
Y Plans Course on Debt; Personal Finance Classes on Tap
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Several Jacksonville-area YMCAs will soon be offering a course to help people stay out of debt or, if it's already too late, to get out of debt. "We're not just a swim and gym," said Rebecca Hart...

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