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Articles from January 22, 2003

$27 Million Debt, Tarnished Public Image and Falling Enrollment Have Morris Brown College on the Ropes; Historic School Fights to Survive
Byline: Brian Basinger, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- When Candice Davis chose to enroll at Morris Brown College, she never thought to ask if the historically black school had money problems. Like many students, she assumed the 121-year-old...
3 Face Charges in Abduction, Theft; Victim Found in Trunk Hours Later
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Three men are in police custody in Jacksonville facing charges in connection with the abduction at gunpoint of an Orange Park man. His Chevrolet Cavalier was stolen about 3 a.m. Saturday and...
4 Pianists Perform Together in St. Cecilia Musical Series
Byline: Mark Faulkner, Shorelines correspondent Call it classical dueling pianists, squared. Saturday, the St. Cecilia Music Society hosts pianists Elizabeth Kiebler, Joy Myers, Sandra Stewart and Vera Watson in concert at the Our Lady Star...
5 Sentenced in Crime Spree with Former Cop; Judge Grants Leniency for Help
Byline: Jim Schoettler, Times-Union staff writer They came in a parade, the convicted kidnappers, robbers, drug-sellers and thieves. Two even had roles in a man's slaying. Facing prison time, they apologized for the people they attacked and the...
Amazing Potential; 'Amazing Race' Gives Buddies a Chance to Make Changes
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Since winning $1 million in the 55,000-mile Amazing Race around the world last year, two Neptune Beach men have been living their dreams, investing in Beaches real estate, launching television careers...
Atlantic Beach Officer Suspended after 2 Queries
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer An Atlantic Beach police sergeant has been suspended with pay following a fall internal affairs investigation that concluded he made false statements to investigators and provided information...
Barstool Center of Cycle Shop's Grand Opening
Byline: Stephen Kindland, County Line correspondent B.A.'s Thunder Road, a custom-built motorcycles and accessories business at 4213-6 County Road 218 in Middleburg, will feature "the world's fastest barstool" during the store's grand opening on...
Beaches Shorts
GRILL RAISES $7,000 About 250 people recently attended a benefit dinner at the new Bonefish Grill restaurant that raised about $7,000 for the Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry. The restaurant, the first tenant at the Third Street Village...
Boeing to Add Jobs; $150 Million Contract Will Upgrade Navy Planes
Byline: Christopher Calnan, Times-Union business writer The Boeing Co. said this week it plans to add 80 jobs to its Cecil Commerce Center operations during the next six months to upgrade 15 large communication planes for the Navy. The Navy awarded...
Boys Basketball Report
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer RECRUITING TRAIL -- Name: T.J. Bannister. -- School: Arlington Country Day. -- What he's doing: Enjoying his best season as an Apache with 22.4 points per game scoring average, including 103...
Breaking the Chain; Twin Lakes Students Trash Their Worries
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Their worries stretched 1,014 feet. But in a symbolic gesture that took only seconds, they ripped them to pieces. Students at Twin Lakes Academy Elementary School formed a giant chain of worries...
Call IRS Hotline for Tax Forms
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: I normally receive my income tax forms before Jan. 1. They still haven't come. Is there a delay? -- L.M., East Arlington Dear L.M. If you are an electronic filer, you would have received...
Child Safety Seat Program Grows; Nassau: 4 Gain Installation Training
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Mary McNichles pushed down on the child seat with her knee, snapped the seat belt into the buckle, then tried to move the seat. It didn't budge. "Holy smokes! Wow!" McNichles exclaimed. "It's...
Clay High Gets a Better Weight Room for Athletes
Byline: Brent Beaird, Clay County Line sports writer Clay High School has a new addition. It can't be fed or changed, but school officials are proud of it just the same. "It is just like a new baby," said Clay Principal Pete McCabe. "We are so...
Coaches Start Mind Games
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer SAN DIEGO -- Let the gamesmanship begin. When Bucs' coach Jon Gruden decided to wait until yesterday to fly to the Super Bowl site, it meant he wouldn't be available for the informal session with...
Coast Lines
GLYNN CHILI BATTLE The Glynn County Rotary Club is sponsoring its second annual "Red Hot in Redfern Chili Cook-Off" from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Redfern Village on St. Simons Island. The club is seeking teams to square off for the title...
Community Notebook; Pianist to Play in Benefit Concert
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer ******************CORRECTION January 22, 2003 The 2003 Duval County Special Olympics Spring Games are Feb. 1. Because of a reporter's error, an item on Page 4 of the Westside editon and Page 3 of the Southside...
Corporate Earnings
SOUTH FINANCIAL GROUP The South Financial Group yesterday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $15.9 million, or 35 cents per diluted share, up from $12.6 million, or 30 cents a share, the previous year. The Greenville, S.C.-based company operates...
Council on Aging Asks for Raise; Money Needed to Keep Vans on Road
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer The Clay County Council on Aging is facing an insurance crisis and is asking the County Commission to ante up more money to keep the agency's vans rolling and insured. "We transport...
County Schools Honor Volunteers of Year at Meeting
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer For 12 years, through the age of 94, Betty Chappell volunteered at Doctors Inlet Elementary School. She got daily rewards from her service in the form of thanks and appreciation of students...
Court Hears Glynn Tax Issue; Projects Illegal, Challengers Say
Byline: Walter C. Jones, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- A year-old 1-cent sales tax in Glynn County could be scrapped if the Georgia Supreme Court agrees with a former city commissioner that most of the planned uses for the revenue are illegal....
Dickens House Now Christian Ministry Center
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer The Dickens house on Centre Street is open and new again. The late Victorian-era home, which used to be owned by the town doctor, is now The Partin Center for Christian Ministry, part of...
Donated Trees to Provide Shade on Playground
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer The idea of seeking reprieve from hot, humid weather was hard to imagine for the crowd standing outside Grove Park Elementary School in bitingly cold weather. But that's why they were there...
Don't Look Now, but April 15 Is Coming
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer If the specter of April 15 causes your blood pressure to skyrocket, take a deep breath. You don't have to pull an all-nighter to meet the tax return deadline. The AARP is offering free help...
ECONOMY; Taxes Matter
Anti-capitalists are very annoyed by the president's proposal to tax dividends fairly. That in itself is not surprising. If you harbor an irrational hatred of capitalism and are doing everything you can to morph it into socialism, disrupting its...
Farm Doesn't Want Kids to like It; Bryceville: Home Will Look Better after a Visit
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer TV? No. Telephone? Uh uh. Computer? Sorry. Air conditioning? No way. Milking cows? Yes. Scrubbing floors? Definitely. Pulling weeds? You got it. If that sounds like one lousy weekend for a...
FCCJ Offers Students Insights into Careers
Byline: Phillip J. Milano, River City News editor Community college doesn't have to be just a stop along the way to the university. It can be the final destination. Florida Community College at Jacksonville will try to convey that message to...
Fire aboard Ship Injures Man; Vessel Moored at Blount Island
Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer One person was injured yesterday when an explosion and fire erupted in the hold of a container ship moored at the Blount Island Marine Terminal. The fire started about 2:45 p.m. in an area where workers...
Fleming Island Has Surge of Crime
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer The Clay County Sheriff's Office has a warning for people who live on Fleming Island: Always keep your automobiles and bicycles locked. Due to a rash of bike thefts and vehicle burglaries...
Florida Churches Denounce Mandarin Sign against Islam
Byline: Steve Patterson, Times-Union staff writer An umbrella group representing 3,500 Florida churches led a chorus of denunciations yesterday aimed at a Jacksonville church sign saying Islam's founder approved of murder. The executive director...
Friends Honor Memory of Late Judge; McAnnally Died in Accident
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer Virginia "Bruce" McAnnally blotted her eyes with a tissue during a visit from well-wishers who came to honor the memory of her late husband. Clay County Court Judge L. Thomas McAnnally died...
Gators Sense End to Late-Game Woes
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- Justin Hamilton can feel a difference in the Florida basketball team. When the game is close in the final minutes, things change. There's a surge of confidence, a touch of arrogance,...
Girls Basketball Report
Byline: Alex Abrams, Times-Union sports writer RECRUITING TRAIL -- Name: Latheria Lewis. -- School: Lee High School. -- What she's doing: At 6-foot-2, Lewis is one of the area's few true centers. She has the size to battle in the paint...
Golf News
Despite cool and windy weather, there was a good turnout for both the Jan. 8 and 10 blitzes at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course. On Jan. 8, when 73 players showed up, Steve Johnson took individual honors with a 69-plus 9. He also was on...
Governor: State in 'Tough Budget' Year; Class Sizes Cut, as Are University, Juvenile Programs
Byline: Jim Saunders, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- Saying he was trying to meet Florida's priorities in a very tight budget year, Gov. Jeb Bush yesterday proposed a $54 billion budget that would reduce school class sizes but slash spending...
Grants Available for Neighborhood Fix-Up Groups
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Got a scruffy patch of weeds in your community? A fence that's lost half its bricks? Playground equipment that's become rusty and obsolete? The city has a deal for you. Grant applications...
Heinlein, Widow of Sci-Fi Writer, Dies at 86
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer Virginia Heinlein, widow of one of America's best-known science fiction writers, died in her sleep Saturday morning of respiratory disease at Fleet Landing. Mrs. Heinlein, 86, had lived in Atlantic...
Helping the Children; Ortega Woman Teaches in Guatemala
Byline: Kelly Fisher, River City News correspondent More than a year ago, Claudia Milligan rented her Ortega home, said goodbye to her family and friends and left her position as director of Learn to Read Inc. to live in Guatemala and work at a...
Hoping to Save a Bit of History; Historic Middleburg Post Office the Issue
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer A little piece of Middleburg history has been slowly deteriorating for years, tucked behind bushes and trees and vines about 200 feet off Blanding Boulevard. The rustic clapboard building,...
Impact Fees Aren't Simple to Implement; Public Boards Try to Iron out Rough Spots
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer Approving the concept of impact fees to help fund school construction is one, relatively simple, thing. Implementing them -- with five governmental entities involved and countless administrative,...
In Education
Parent fair Southside Elementary School, 1112 Jasmine St. in Fernandina Beach, will have a learning fair for parents from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.Jan. 28. Parents are invited to learn home practice ideas for reading, writing, science, computer and...
Jacksonville Journal
RADIO SHOW COMING The radio program A Prairie Home Companion, a long-running public radio favorite, will come to the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts on March 8. Hosted by humorist Garrison Keillor, the show reaches almost 5 million...
Jaguars Get Aggressive; del Rio: New Coaches to Instill Attacking Mind-Set
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer Jack Del Rio sent a definitive message to Jaguars' opponents yesterday with the hiring of offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and defensive coordinator Mike Smith: the black and teal will be infused...
Jaguars Notebook
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer BRUNELL 'NOT GOING TO WORRY' Mark Brunell refuses to get caught up in any speculation about his future, saying that he expects to be the Jaguars' quarterback in 2003 under new coach Jack Del Rio...
Key Fumble Still Bothers Ex-Jaguar
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer SAN DIEGO -- Like most Jaguars fans, Reggie Barlow hasn't forgotten about the punt he fumbled in the 1999 AFC title game. "I still struggle with it. That was tough, man,'' the Tampa Bay Buccaneers'...
Lowe's May Be Coming
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse could become the next major business to occupy one of the busiest intersections in Clay County -- Kingsley Avenue and Blanding Boulevard, where 100,000 vehicles...
Mandarin Church Hosts Used Clothing Drive
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Mandarin Christian Church will host a used clothing drive the first two weekends of next month to help needy families in the Central European country of Ukraine. The 3,000-member church has joined...
MarketPlace Planned at Old Theater Site
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer An Atlanta development partnership wants to buy the property in March and break ground by May to redevelop the former United Artists theater site into a center called The MarketPlace...
Morning Briefing
ALLTEL LAYS OFF 15 LOCAL WORKERS Alltel Information Services Inc. laid off about 15 local workers yesterday as part of "staffing adjustments to align with our business needs," company officials said. The workers were in the company's mortgage...
Morris Brown Fights to Survive; Debt, Declining Rolls Plague School
Byline: Brian Basinger, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- When Candice Davis chose to enroll at Morris Brown College, she never thought to ask if the historically black school had money problems. Like many students, she assumed the 121-year-old...
Musgrave Offense Praised by Cavs QB
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer Matt Schaub, the quarterback tutored by Bill Musgrave the past two years at the University of Virginia, says whoever quarterbacks the Jaguars should have success under the team's new offensive coordinator....
NASCAR May Shuffle Race Lineup; Daytona 500, Others Could Be Run at Night
Byline: Don Coble, Times-Union sports writer CONCORD, N.C. -- A prime-time Daytona 500, new venues and an overhaul of the current schedule are ideas now under consideration by NASCAR officials. While promising not to make "radical" changes, the...
New Book Shows off History; Amelia Island: Homes, More Featured
Byline: Derek L. Kinner, Nassau Neighbors editor The exteriors of Amelia Island's historic homes and bed-and-breakfasts have been featured in countless publications and broadcasts. But Jan Johannes says that to truly appreciate their historical...
'Noles End ACC Slide with Victory; Late Free Throws Seal Win
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State has a history of struggling to get off the mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play, but the Seminoles have always been able to count on a visit from Clemson to stop a slide....
Nuvell Financial Swaps Offices; Company Signs Lease in Flagler Center
Byline: Gregory Richards, Times-Union business writer Nuvell Financial Services Corp. is moving offices on the Southside, and more than tripling its presence in the process. The subsidiary of General Motors Acceptance Corp. has signed a "long-term...
Organizing to Get Input on Issues; Amelia Island: Group Gains in Strength
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Every person has a voice, but a collective voice is going to be louder. At least that's the theory the Amelia Island Association is banking on, said Amelia Island resident and association...
Owners Get Tips on How to Care for Pets in Cold
As cold weather and deep freeze advisories hit Northeast Florida, the Jacksonville Humane Society is urging the public to take precautionary measures when dealing with pets and outside animals. To prevent health complications, the society strongly...
Palm Valley Sign Foes Organize Opposition
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer Opponents of the Palm Valley Community Association's plans to erect neighborhood welcome signs at key entryways into the community will meet next week to discuss how to dismantle the plan. The community...
Parents Can Get Help
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Contrary to what many outsiders believe, parents of children at struggling schools do care about their children's education. It's just that after juggling jobs -- and after grappling with problems...
Paws in the Park Set Earlier; This Year's Event in February
One of the longest-running and most successful events in the Jacksonville Humane Society's history is seeing significant change in 2003. The seventh annual "Paws in the Park" pet walk-a-thon, normally held in March, will instead be at 9 a.m. Feb....
Plan for Mayport Road Makes Progress
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Atlantic Beach has moved a step closer to creating regulations that will improve the future look of Mayport Road. The City Commission gave preliminary approval Jan. 13 for an ordinance setting...
POLICE BRIEFING; Man Arrested in Vehicle Theft Also Charged with Resisting Arrest
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer A 22-year-old man was arrested at 3:50 a.m. Jan. 12 in the 1100 block of Third Street East and charged with grand theft of a vehicle and resisting arrest. A police officer said he grew suspicious of a 1994 Chevrolet...
Reality Beating Up on Respected
Byline: Charlie Patton, Times-Union columnist Imagine you're a parent. One child is well-behaved, a brilliant student, an All-American kid. The other is a chronic underachiever, undependable, disreputable, a thoroughly wild child. Their...
Release Turns Super; Happy Ending for McCardell
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer SAN DIEGO -- Keenan McCardell is no longer looking back. He's too busy looking ahead to Sunday. The bitterness that McCardell voiced when the Jaguars cut him in their offseason salary cap purge...
River Run Rushing Our Way, but It's Not Too Late to Prepare
Byline: Bill Longenecker, Shorelines columnist Hurry! Hurry! Only 9,000 people will be allowed officially to enter the 26th annual Gate River Run. You have until Jan. 31 to enter for $22. In February, the cost will be $25 and after March 1, it will...
School to Open in Fall; Orthodox Jewish Classes Planned
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A new school dedicated to educating Orthodox Jewish children in the customs, rituals, history, language and prayers of their religion, as well as offering standard academic courses, will open in the...
Seniors Lead Stallions; Bartram Trail Rally Falls Short as Providence Rolls
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer The Providence boys basketball team has a case of senior-itis, and the Stallions had used it to record 16 consecutive wins. Behind the poise and composure of its five senior starters, Providence...
Several Potential School Sites Face Strong Opposition
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer Many of the 100 people who crowded into a northeast St. Johns County high schooll site selection meeting last week liked the idea of a Ponte Vedra Beach high school--just not in their back yard. The...
She's Purging Excess; Mom Delves into Home Organizing
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Susie Dondero has lost 50 pounds since Jan. 1. Not in excess body fat -- excess household fat. Dondero jettisoned a lot of unneeded stuff after joining an international Internet campaign to eliminate...
Silt Buildup Draws Lawsuit Threat; Developer Blames It on Hard Rains
Byline: Steve Patterson, Times-Union staff writer A private environmental group is threatening to sue a Jacksonville developer over silt buildup in a Northside creek. The St. Johns Riverkeeper filed papers that are the first step in accusing...
'Sisters Rosensweig' a Delicate Balance at Players-by-the-Sea
Byline: Mark Faulkner, Shorelines correspondent The sisters Rosensweig have problems. Oy veh, do they have problems. There's Sara, an internationally known banker who's turned her back on love and is trying to keep her daughter Tess from joining...
Special Olympics Set for Saturday; the Bolles School Is Site for Event
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer The 2003 Duval County Special Olympics Spring Games are Saturday at The Bolles School, 7400 San Jose Blvd. Volunteers can register at 7:30 a.m. Events run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 9:30...
SPORTS ROUNDUP; Orange Park Soccer Team Wins 2 More; Still Unbeaten
The undefeated Orange Park Raiders boys soccer team, ranked No. 3 in the Student Sports Fab 50 poll, jump back into action tonight with a 7:20 home game against Nease. The defending state champions, 11-0-2, won two games last week, beating Ridgeview...
St. Johns Bans Ponte Vedra Boulevard Parking
Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer ST. AUGUSTINE -- Despite hearing pleas for several months to improve beach access and parking, the St. Johns County Commission yesterday banned parking on Ponte Vedra Boulevard. Proponents for better...
Student Earns Recognition
Byline: Toi Jefferson, County Line staff writer Stacia Godboldt, a senior at St. Johns Country Day School near Orange Park, was one of only 15 students to be recognized as one of Tomorrow's Leaders 2003 at the 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr....
Students Get High-Tech Practice for FCAT
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer Since early January, a group of Wilkinson Junior High students have come to school more than an hour before classes start, two days a week, to hunker down in a computer lab. Their time...
Superintendents Association Eyes First Coast; World Golf Village Makes Final Cut for Possible Move
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has narrowed its choices for a possible move from Lawrence, Kan., to the World Golf Village or Orlando's Championsgate Golf Club. The GCSAA,...
'Survivor' Durham Nearing Wins Milestone
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Hugh Durham has endured tougher times than this. His wife Malinda recalled their early years at Florida State, when Durham was one of the South's first college basketball coaches to sign black...
Tax Time Is Taxing All Around
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, Times-Union correspondent First the important business. Today just happens to be my grandson's second birthday, something I simply could not ignore. Happy birthday. Now we can move on to the more mundane. Last week, I...
Teacher Turnover a CORE Problem; School Officials Say Exits a Peril of New Program
Byline: Cynthia L. Garza, Times-Union staff writer About 9 percent of the teachers in a program designed to encourage experienced educators to work in some of Duval County's lowest-achieving schools have either resigned or been terminated during...
Teens Assist Mission; Collecting Food for Homeless
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer When about 1,000 teenagers gathered recently at the University of North Florida Arena to discuss spirituality, they ended up collecting more than food for thought. They collected food as well. After the gathering,...
Time Is Ticking Away -- If Your Clock Works
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer Maybe it's the round face, the lull of the swinging pendulum, the soothing chimes or the predictable "tick tock, tick tock." For whatever reason, people cherish clocks. To the delight of...
Trio's Return Gives EWC Spark
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer With the return of Steven Hodge, Shannon Martin and Marlon Williams to the lineup in the first four games of the New Year, Edward Waters coach Buster Harvey said his team is finally playing together....
Truck Leads to Arrest in Clay Holdup
Byline: Nin-Hai Tseng, Times-Union staff writer A 19-year-old daughter's spin in grandma's pickup truck landed her mom in the Clay County jail this week on an armed robbery charge. Carolyn S. Boyer, 49, of Middleburg was arrested Sunday in the...
Utility May Face Fine in Accounting Investigation
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines correspondent Intercoastal Utilities could pay $330,000 in fines for failing to turn over documents requested by the St. Johns County Water and Sewer Authority in an investigation of the utility's rates and accounting...
Voters May Have Say in Joining Taxing District
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer For what some say is good insurance, Nassau County voters soon may vote on joining the Florida Inland Navigational District, a taxing district responsible for the upkeep of the Intracoastal...
When Bucs Were Only Good for Yucs
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist "Oh, well, gentlemen, we'll be back. But maybe not in this century." -- John McKay after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 0-14 in 1976. Turns out the Bucs' first coach not only had a wonderfully...
Youths Receive Classical Treat from Top Musicians
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer A world-class chamber ensemble played for hundreds of art, music and dance students at downtown's LaVilla School of the Arts Friday at what organizers say will become an annual event. The Ritz Chamber Players...
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