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Articles from November 16, 2002

2 Men Injured in Fight at Truck Stop on U.S. 301; Police Briefs
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer A man was stabbed in the neck and another was cut on the right hand after a fight broke out while they were watching a football game at the U.S. 301 South truck stop at 4:50 p.m. Sunday. The two men, 34 and...
2 Slayings Reopened to Keep Man Confined; Conviction Unlikely for Mental Patient
Byline: Paul Pinkham, Times-Union staff writer Prosecutors have reopened a 16-year-old murder case in a last-ditch effort to keep a mentally ill man incompetent to stand trial in the bludgeoning deaths of two elderly Jacksonville women locked up....
5 People Hurt in Wreck; Fernandina: After Accident, Street Temporarily Closed
Byline: Derek L. Kinner and Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff Five people, including a pedestrian, were injured in a wreck Monday that closed Eighth Street in Fernandina Beach for at least four hours, officials said. The crash, which involved...
Adoptions Saving Animals
Byline: Phillip J. Milano, River City News editor A team effort between a pet organization and the city has boosted the adoption rate for homeless pets from 10 percent to 40 percent in the past five months, while dropping the euthanasia rate by...
Architectural Review Committee Turns Down Sign
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer Beach Chic on Solana Road may have to start the Christmas shopping season without a sign. The Architectural Review Committee Wednesday denied a sign request from Hilah Autrey, the shop's owner, after...
Area's Jobless Rate Is Still Dropping
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union business writer Jacksonville's unemployment rate fell in October for the fourth straight month, while businesses continued to add jobs at a modest rate, the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation reported yesterday....
Around the Nation
Byline: Jeff Walker, Times-Union sports writer TOP 25 No. 2 Ohio State (11-0) vs. Illinois (4-6) 3:30 p.m. at Champaign, Ill.: Only one opponent (Texas Tech) has scored more than 20 points against Buckeyes this season. No. 4 Texas (9-1)...
Art & Antiques Show Dec. 5-7
One of Jacksonville's events that ushers in the holiday season is the annual Art & Antiques Show benefiting Wolfson Children's Hospital. The 2002 show, set for Dec. 5, 6 and 7, showcases antiques presented by 50 exhibitors from cities including...
A World of Options for Holiday Meal
Byline: Barbara Gavan, Special to the Times-Union Imagine how different our Thanksgiving dinners might be if the pilgrims had come to Plymouth Rock from Spain, Ireland or France instead of England. We'd probably be eating the same foods, since they...
Bartram Threat Leads to Lockup
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Three Bartram Trail High School students arrested Nov. 7 on second-degree felony charges of a false report of a bomb or explosion will spend the rest of the month in a juvenile detention center in St. Augustine,...
Beaches Change, but Still the Best
Byline: Sylvia Simmons, Shorelines columnist What a treat to be traveling and find our hometown, Atlantic Beach, featured on the front page of the Sunday Orlando Sentinel travel section. The article was printed "above the fold," and above an...
Beach Shorts
UTILITY STUDY DISCUSSED The Jacksonville Beach City Council will be asked to join a Beaches Utility Study on Monday, to explore the possible savings of an interconnected water and sewer system between Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville Beach. ...
Benefit Barbecue Slated Friday
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer Clay County firefighters union will hold a benefit barbecue Friday to help one of their own. Amber Teetsell, 8, the daughter of Clay firefighter David Teetsell, was diagnosed with bone...
Bid for Paving Project Higher Than Expected
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer There just wasn't enough time. That's why only one contractor bid on the First Avenue paving project in Fernandina Beach, representatives from a private consulting firm told the City Commission...
Blazers Hope to Show Finishing Touch
Byline: Matt Stewart, Times-Union correspondent VALDOSTA -- Though the game doesn't have an official title, such as the Peach Basket, Peach Showdown or the Battle of South Georgia, Valdosta State vs. West Georgia is still one of the fiercest rivalries...
Braddock Counselor of Year; Callahan: Middle School Kids Benefit
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer A student comes to the front office crying and needing to talk. A paraprofessional ducks in to ask where to get cafeteria forms. The head of the exceptional student education department wants...
Busch Takes Pole; Late-Season Surge Continues for Driver
Byline: Don Coble, Times-Union sports writer HOMESTEAD -- While this year's NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship may be unsettled, Kurt Busch momentarily diverted the attention to next season by winning the pole for the Ford 400 yesterday. ...
Chorale Performs Holocaust Musical
Byline: Tracy Spengler, Clay County Line correspondent If you're searching for an evening filled with light-hearted laughter, the Orange Park Chorale's performance of We Remember Them is not the place to be. If, however, you're in a mood for...
Citizens Group Looking to Future
Byline: David Johnson, Times-Union staff writer Northside residents reflected on the success of this year's grant money for children's services and looked ahead to next year's application process during a community meeting Wednesday at the Florida...
City Losing Patience with Golf Club
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer The day of reckoning for Royal Amelia Golf Links could come early, only two years after it opened. After months of negotiating to amend its lease, the Royal Amelia golf course will have to...
City Seeks Records on Illegal Workers
Byline: Steve Patterson, Times-Union staff writer Embarrassed by the arrest of undocumented aliens working at a city construction site, Jacksonville officials yesterday said they want to review a contractor's records on the workers. The 35 to...
Clay Star Will Play Alabama Baseball
Byline: Brent Beaird, Clay County Line sports writer Mike McCallister, a 6-foot-4, 210 pound football and baseball player at Clay High, has signed a letter of intent with the University of Alabama to play baseball. Last season, McCallister hit...
Collecting Bear Hugs; Girl's Death Inspires Kindness
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer It began as an idea a year ago to surprise a classmate who had leukemia with a gift from the heart. But when Mandarin Middle School seventh-grader Sarah Elizabeth Baldwin died Nov. 4, her friends and band teacher...
Community Shares Family's Loss of Son, 18,
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg, Special to the Times-Union Nov. 6 was a day of shock and sorrow for many of us at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida on the Southside. Our friend and co-worker, Chuck Pickren, lost his 18-year-old son, James,...
County Girds for Trouble; Lancaster Gets Gavel to Lead
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer Facing a year of financial challenges related to funding new roads and other infrastructure improvements in a growing county, Clay County commissioners Tuesday put their faith in their...
County Officials Cite Roads, Sewers as Top Issues
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer Roads topped the $126.4 million wish list that St. Johns County will present to the county's legislative delegation next month. Ponte Vedra Beach could benefit if state lawmakers secure $150,000 to...
County Reviews Safer Options for RoscoeBoulevard
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer It will be difficult, but not impossible, to make Roscoe Boulevard safer without changing its quaint character, county officials told St. Johns County commissioners last week. The narrow, two-lane stretch...
Couple Leave Argentina, Start Over
Adriana Itzcovitz and her husband, Juan Martin, did their homework before escaping the devastating economic situation in Argentina after their native country's banking system collapsed in December. With Adriana serving primarily as a translator...
Court Is in Session; Fletcher Students Learn Legal System
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer In a classroom at Fletcher High School, students in Ed Lange's law studies class are getting a real taste of how the American legal system works. The classroom is equipped with a judge's...
Cross Country Regional Meets
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer Top six teams and first 15 individual finishers from each site advance to the State Meet in Tampa Nov. 23 Class 4A -- Where: Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville. -- When: Girls 9:30 a.m.,...
Defense Official Visits Mayport; Wolfowitz Speaks with Sailors, Tours USS Gettysburg
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz made his first visit to Mayport Naval Station yesterday and within three hours he rubbed shoulders with top officers, schmoozed with sailors, sat in a...
Division I-A Grease Slides, I-AA Doesn't
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer Officials from the Big Sky Conference have confirmed that some players from Sacramento State applied nonstick cooking spray to their uniforms during last week's 31-24 loss to Montana, the top-ranked...
Doctors Seek Legal Liability Reforms; Group Rallies at Capitol to Fight Rising Premiums
Byline: Dave Williams, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- Firing the first shot in what promises to be a major fight, doctors from across Georgia marched on the Capitol yesterday, demanding legal reforms to curb soaring malpractice insurance rates....
Economists Shrink State Budget; Recovery Coming, but Taking Its Time
Byline: Jim Saunders, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- Already facing money worries, Florida just saw the purse strings get a bit tighter. Economists said yesterday a slower-than-expected recovery will lead the state to collect $232 million...
Election Question Persists
Byline: Derek L. Kinner, Nassau Neighbors editor Once again, the election is over. And, once again, it's not over. A lawsuit and a complaint have been filed against Ansley Acree, a Republican who unseated incumbent Democrat Dave Howard for...
Ex-Durango Workers Try Fishing, Hunting; Emotions Stir as They Await Final Check from Company
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer ST. MARYS -- Bill Joyce was in Fernandina Beach a few days ago when he noticed the smell of the paper mill. "I said this is like home," Joyce said. Actually, it is like home used to be. Durango-Georgia...
Fernandina Artist Has Art in New York Exhibit; Watercolors Are Her Specialty
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Mary Borshard's delicate watercolor flowers and landscapes have long been popular with residents of Amelia Island. But Borshard's work is known well beyond Fernandina Beach, where she has...
Fire Equipment Theft Idles Green Cove Truck
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer Green Cove Springs Fire Chief Richard Knoff is appealing to the public for help recovering more than $16,000 worth of protective firefighter clothing and equipment stolen recently from a fire...
Football Matchups to Decide SEC Standings
Byline: Brent Beaird, Times-Union sports writer There will be a lot of scoreboard watching today in Southeastern Conference football stadiums because the results will determine which team wins the Eastern division of the SEC. Georgia travels...
Former Durango Workers Now Hunting for Jobs; Emotions Stir as They Await Final Paycheck
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer ST. MARYS, Ga. -- Bill Joyce was in Fernandina Beach a few days ago when he noticed the smell of the paper mill. "I said this is like home," Joyce said. Actually, it is like home used to be....
FSU Lands Trio of Commitments
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer TALLAHASSEE -- Hired in March, Leonard Hamilton didn't have much time to make a huge impact with his first Florida State men's basketball signing class. His second one -- announced late last night...
Gladden to Play for FSU
Byline: Brent Beaird, Clay County sports writer Alicia Gladden decided to put an early end to the suspense of where she was going to play basketball in college. Gladden, a 5-foot-11 forward/guard for the Orange Park High girls basketball team,...
Glover Considers Run for Re-Election ... or Mayor; Recent Scandals Scar Chances, Strategist Says
Byline: David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writer Sheriff Nat Glover expects to be on next spring's city election ballot. He just has to decide whether it will be for Jacksonville sheriff or mayor. "I thought at one time I was coming to an end of...
Golden Oldie; Corvette Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer What were you doing in 1953? This writer wasn't around yet, but his parents and others were headed to the movie theaters to see Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur and Van Helflin in Shane, while Casey Stengel's...
Growth Line
Building permits filed in Clay County Sept. 3-15: COMMERCIAL: Tony Mitchell, 619 Park Ave., Commerical Building, Orange Park, $100,000. E.Vaughen Rivers Inc., 1000 Old Orange Park Road, Orange Park, $710,000. SINGLE-FAMILY: Gold Crest...
Helping Area's Hungry; Food Giveaway Set for Nov. 25
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer First, they have to buy hundreds of frozen turkeys and all the fixings, as well as bread and other holiday food items, and store it in the pantry and freezer at the Mandarin Food Bank. At least a $1,000 donation...
Historic Properties May Get a Break; Fernandina: Law Would Help Bread and Breakfasts
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Owners of some historic properties used for commercial or non-profit purposes in Fernandina Beach and Nassau County soon could be breathing a sigh of relief -- tax relief, that is. Both the...
In Education
PATRIOTIC CONTESTS The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10095 and its Ladies Auxiliary have begun several contests for students in western Nassau County. The Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest is open to students in ninth through 12th...
In Health
YOUTH RALLY Health departments in Baker and Nassau counties will present a youth rally promoting sexual abstinence as part of the counties' abstinence-only education program. The rally will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today behind the Baker County YMCA...
It's Show-and-Tell Time for Vintage Aircraft Owners; Hilliard: Airpark Hosts Today's Event
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Hilliard residents looking into the sky this morning might see some living history fly by. The Hilliard Airpark once again is hosting an annual fly-in by the Florida Sport Aviation Antique...
Jacksonville Journal
GOLF FOR A CURE A group led by golf legend Arnold Palmer will raise money for prostate cancer research today at St. Johns Golf & Country Club. Arnie's Army Battles Prostate Cancer is asking golfers to participate in a closest-to-the-pin contest...
Jaguars Mascot Runs Loose on Post-Game Opinions
Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff writer JAGUARS JOURNAL The Jaguars' victory over the Redskins was significant on many levels. After losing four straight games, the Jaguars were desperate for a win, former Gators coach Steve Spurrier made...
'Jetty Man' Comes to Life for Film Short
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Amid lights, cameras and cries of "roll camera, action" Jacksonville Beach author Bill Reynolds witnessed characters from his first novel, Jetty Man, come to life recently as film crews shot a promotion...
Late Stand Lifts Palatka; Panthers Hold off Baker County, 33-28
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer MACLENNY -- On a night when his unit allowed a 100-yard rusher, a 100-yard receiver, 17 first downs and blew two second-half leads, Wallace Calloway knew a little redemption was in order. With...
Man Says He May Lose Finger over Spider Bite; 'Some of the Worst Pain I've Ever Had'
Byline: P. Douglas Filaroski, Times-Union staff writer As a tree trimmer, Charlie Dukes' work has meant occasional brushes with nearly every creepy, crawling creature nature makes. "I've been around bugs all my life," the Orange Park resident...
Methodist Church Offers Moms a Rare Respite
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer Like most single, working moms constantly on the go, LaToya Granger said she gets so exhausted that fixing dinner seems to be a monumental task. But on Thursday nights, Granger can have a little...
Morning Briefing
LAST OF OYSTER BAY HARBORS LAND BOUGHT O.B. Island Homes LLC of Fernandina Beach said it has bought the remaining property at Oyster Bay Harbors, a gated community in Nassau County. The Dallas-based investors, including managing partner Marc...
Murder Charge Shocks Those Who Knew the Accused
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer A deaf Jacksonville Beach man described as a kind, compassionate person who was easily provoked to anger was indicted Tuesday in the death of Carmen Maria Reyes in St. Augustine last month. Joshua...
Nassau Notes
FARMERS MARKET Grand-opening ceremonies for Fernandina Beach's first farmers market will be at 10 a.m. today at Central Park. The market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the park. Farmers from Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia...
New Covenant to Host Drama; Christian Play Set Nov. 24-26
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Heaven's Gates, Hell's Flames, a Christian play that has traveled the world, is returning to the Southside for a three-day presentation that's expected to attract 3,000 people. It will be presented...
'Noles' Loss to UNC Last Season Not Forgotten
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer North Carolina at FSU 3:30 p.m. -- today -- Doak Campbell Stadium -- ABC TV-25 TALLAHASSEE -- When North Carolina teammates Jeb Terry and Michael Waddell crossed paths with Florida State's Chris...
Oak Hall Ends St. Johns' Run in Semifinals; Class A Volleyball
Byline: Alex Abrams, Times-Union sports writer LAKELAND -- St. Johns Country Day volleyball coach Traci Livingston called timeouts, made lineup changes and gave her team speeches during yesterday's Class A semifinal game against Alachua-Oak Hall...
On the High-Tech Map; Panel Aims to Raise Florida's Profile for Another Kind of Mouse
Byline: Christopher Calnan, Times-Union business writer Joshua High, the 52-year-old president of Enterprise Technology Partners, an Orlando-based information technology consulting company that has a Jacksonville office, speaks with unbridled enthusiasm...
Orange Park Hospital Adding Private Rooms
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer The cost of medical insurance continues to soar, as anybody who has had to see a doctor or spend the night in a hospital recently can attest. Despite the extra expense, however, many...
Perdue Likely to Fill Some School Seats; State Board Begins to Clear Way for Republican Leader
Byline: Doug Gross, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- When Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue takes office in January, he appears likely to have at least five openings on the state school board to fill. At least two of the board's current members -- appointed...
Players Scrabble to Win; Club Members Love Words
Byline: Carol Childers, Times-Union correspondent Anita Coan describes herself as a "word freak." Not satisfied with merely working daily crossword puzzles, she also vies for the best vocabulary when challenging friends at Scrabble with the Arlington...
POLICE BRIEFING; Robber Fails to Get Money at Hooters
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer An armed robbery attempt was thwarted early Monday at the Hooters restaurant at 8938 San Jose Blvd. when the manager told the gun-wielding intruder that he didn't have money and couldn't get into the safe. But when...
Police Briefs; 2 Break into Southside Apartment Intruders Injure Man Trying to Flee
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Police are looking for two men who broke into an apartment at 7816 Southside Blvd. Tuesday evening, stole money, drugs and jewelry, and attacked a man who tried to escape. Police said four men in...
Police Briefs; Crack Cocaine, Marijuana Seized in Beaches Arrests
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH Police arrested a man Nov. 8 and charged him with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia after police found a glass pipe and a Brillo pad inside...
Principals Dodge Storm for Kids; School Releases Adjusted for Weather
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer As a massive weather system sped through Northeast Florida earlier this week, prompting a flurry of watches and warnings from the National Weather Service, some Clay County principals were...
PUBLIC SAFETY; Burglaries Deprive Homeowners of Property
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer The Clay County Sheriff's Office is investigating several burglaries in neighborhoods near Orange Park, resulting in the theft of thousands of dollars in property, including stereo equipment,...
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS; Kennedy to Speak at Landing on Protecting St. Johns River
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a nationally known environmental advocate, will be at The Jacksonville Landing at 10 a.m. today to speak at a rally for protection of the St. Johns River. Kennedy is the president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an organization...
Quilters Stitch Together; Clubs Seeing Membership Rise
Byline: Mary Maraghy, River City News staff writer Rosemary Duncan remembers cold winters when she was a little girl and her aunt would pile handmade quilts on her. "They would be piled five-high, so heavy, I could hardly turn over in the bed,"...
SCHOOL ZONE; Battle of Bands Raises Funds for Scholarships
Byline: Toi Jefferson, County Line staff writer More than $1,400 was raised for the Future Business Leaders of America Scholarship fund during a Battle of the Bands benefit Nov. 7 at Ridgeview High School. The money raised will provide scholarships...
Six Step into Golf's Hall; Emotional Crenshaw Part of 2003 Class
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer ST. AUGUSTINE -- Five players who combined for 125 victories on four golf tours and a teacher who had a major impact on the life and career of one of them were inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame...
Sport Not Feared despite Boy's Injury; He'll Return to Football Field
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer If Jim and Laurie Jacola are a little nervous the next time their son plays football, it would be understandable. Just 12 days ago the Lake Asbury couple wondered if the 12-year-old would...
SPORTS BRIEFS; Youths Can Plan for Hoops Contest
Registration for the annual Hoop Shoot contest will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and from noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Orange Park Elks Lodge No. 2605, 5920 Collins Road, Jacksonville. Registration continues from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 and from...
Stop Station Opens; Argyle to See Officers More Often
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer Memo to Argyle Forest residents: Don't worry if you see more police cars in the area. A long-awaited stop station opened about two weeks ago at the Crescent Hill Office Park on Argyle Forest Boulevard near...
Storm Water Campaign Heads to School; Program to Touch on Environment
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Atlantic Beach will target elementary and middle school children in an educational program aimed at teaching them about storm water runoff and its effects on the environment. "It is unique...
Surf, Subs Up for Surfrider's Post-Tournament Celebration
Byline: Brian Kosoy, Times-Union correspondent For a lazy week in November, there is much ado in the sports world. Tom Coughlin outwitted "The Ol' Ball Coach," Steve Spurrier, to get the Jags back on the winning track with a convincing win over...
Suwannee Survives; Last-Minute TD Caps Rally
Byline: Jeff Walker, Times-Union sports writer LIVE OAK -- Suwannee was staring at the longest 24 minutes of the season after Pace took a 17-point halftime lead. But Lyn Gross' 7-yard sweep with 16.9 seconds to play capped a 21-point second half...
Tasers Effective for Atlantic Beach; Suspects, Animals Unharmed by Use
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer In addition to crime suspects, Atlantic Beach police have used their Taser stun guns on a diseased cat stuck in the wheel well of car and an aggressive pit bull. It was for the officers'...
Tattoo Shop to Let Artists Flex Their Talent
Byline: Phillip J. Milano, River City News editor These aren't your grandfather's tattoo artists. A number of Jacksonville-area skin-decorators dabble in the fine arts as well, and their work will be on display at an exhibit that opens at 8 p.m....
Traveler Likes a Taste of Variety
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Wanderlust has worked for Michael Finney. Since 1989, Finney, the chef at Mercury Moon Grille and Bar in Fleming Island, has lived in places like California's San Joaquin Valley and Washington,...
Tree Incident Gets Tougher; Woman Refuses to Remove It
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer A Neptune Beach resident refuses to remove a palm tree she planted in the city right-of-way despite city officials' demands that she do so by the end of the month. "I was permitted to do...
Tunstill Carries Bolles to Finals; Class 3a Volleyball
Byline: Alex Abrams, Times-Union sports writer LAKELAND -- Bolles outside hitter Megan Tunstill seemed to defy a major law of physics last night by being at more than one place at a time during the Bulldogs' 12-15, 15-12, 15-7 victory over Orlando-Bishop...
UF Must Improve 2nd Act; Gators Try to Solve Struggles after Half
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- Instead of a pregame prayer, the University of Florida might try bringing in a priest or minister to say a few words at halftime. At this point, divine intervention might be the only...
Vilano Looks Ahead; Beach Town's Future Is Bright, Most Say
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer It's afternoon in bustling Vilano Beach. Couples sip coffee under striped umbrellas outside quaint cafes. Beachgoers stroll by under an azure sky, heading toward their hotels and motels for a dip in...
Wanted: New Leader for State GOP; Many Names Expected in Hat
Al Cardenas finished leading the state Republican Party to the political promised land. Now, he's ready to step back. Cardenas, a Miami lawyer who is close to Gov. Jeb Bush, announced this week that he wouldn't seek another term as the state...
We Canvassed the Massive Showrooms in High Point, N.C., in Search of Bright Ideas; LET THERE BE LAMPS
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Times-Union home and garden editor Destination: International Home Furnishings Market, High Point, N.C. The largest trade show of its kind in the world, held in April and October each year. Our mission: Assemble...
Weddings Are Allowed on Beaches
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: Are beach weddings permitted on all of Jacksonville's beaches? -- S.C. Dear S.C. The answer is yes for the three beach communities and the city of Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna...
Wine Fest Proves Chamber Knows How to Cut Loose
Byline: Jackie Rooney, Shorelines columnist The word is out about the Ponte Vedra Beach Chamber of Commerce's propensity to party. About 400 people discovered Ponte Vedra is about more than golf when they came to the chamber's first Wine Fest...
Womble Hopes JU Farewell Ends in a 'W'
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer While observing traffic jams and being blocked in the driveway of his home in Bonifay, Jacksonville University offensive lineman Kevin Womble always thought the small town needed more than two...
Wonderwood Plans Get Hearing
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer The Jacksonville Transportation Authority will hold a public meeting Monday to present design options to improve safety at the Wonderwood Drive and Mayport Road intersection and access to nearby...
Worn St. Johns Ball Fields to Get More Help
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Two more workers will be added to the St. Johns County Recreation Department to handle maintenance at county ball fields in the booming Fruit Cove and Switzerland area, after the St. Johns County Commission approved...
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