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Articles from November 21, 2001

A Day of Thanksgiving -- and of Hope
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, Times-Union correspondent Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving. We trace the first Thanksgiving back 380 years to 1621, when the Pilgrims and the Indians gathered to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. But the first official...
Art Playing Various Roles among Assorted Jacksonville Groups
Jacksonville is gaining more places to see art these days. With the openings of two major galleries, the Spiller-Vincenty in San Marco and J. Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach, first-time art buyers and those with established collections have...
Attack Survivor Testifies on Ordeal First Baptist Church Holds Special Service
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Times-Union staff writer At Jacksonville's First Baptist Church last night, a World Trade Center survivor asked a crowd of about 8,000 people if they knew where they were going should they suddenly be faced with death. "Friends,...
Battling Billick Ravens Coach Determined to Stick with Grbac
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer Never one to pass up a camera or open microphone, Brian Billick is considered the NFL's most quotable coach. Billick used to be called a quarterback guru and offensive genius, too, but the Baltimore...
Bringing Stories to Life LaVilla Students Put on Living Fiction
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer Students drank tea with a girl named Alice and her friends, the Mad Hatter and March Hare. They watched Victor Frankenstein create a monster. They even traveled in a time machine. Students at LaVilla...
Broad Street's Future Now in Question
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer MAYPORT -- The leader of an effort to restore a 19th-century graveyard is pushing for the removal of part of Broad Street, a main thoroughfare that covers part of the burial plot. The graveyard...
Brunswick to Consider Curb on Street Peddlers 1-Day Licenses Come under Fire
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Every city has one-day salesmen peddling oranges and peaches door-to-door, collards out of the bed of a pickup truck and recliners off a big truck. The City Commission will consider...
Church to Fund Home Facility for Mentally Disabled Adults in Camden County
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer ST. MARYS -- The congregation of the St. Marys United Methodist Church promised to help the community when it was willed one of the largest one-time donations to a church -- $60 million -- a year...
Coffee Bean Plant Plans Perking Up
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Permits are in place at Imeson International Industrial Park for the proposed $23.2 million coffee bean plant for Dupuy Storage and Forwarding Inc. The city OK'd construction permits...
Community Notebook Students at Baldwin Rewarded with Trip
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer Seventy-six students at Baldwin Middle-Senior High School had a wild adventure this month. As in Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Ga. The ninth-graders were rewarded with a trip to the attraction because...
CSXT Solvent Case Will Get Trial Georgia Man Says It Damaged Brain
Byline: Christopher Calnan, Times-Union business writer After a nearly three-year battle, a Georgia man last week won the right for a trial in connection with brain damage he said he received from using toxic cleaning solvents while working for...
Cyber Golfer Takes Long Road to Title
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist ST. AUGUSTINE -- The wind was blowing at Oakmont Country Club. The greens were slick. And the pin placement was brutal. This was, after all, the final round. Of a computer tournament. Before...
Delaney Answers Citizens Concerns Voiced at Town Meeting
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer Mayor John Delaney fielded questions on city sewer service, congested roads, parks and other subjects at a town meeting last week sponsored by the Southwest Citizens Planning Advisory Committee. About 50...
DeLisle's Sugarnooche Back to Winning Ways
Byline: Lawrence Dennis, Times-Union sports writer Sugarnooche is back. The DeLisle Kennel star, which dominated the Jacksonville Racing Circuit in 2000 but had been in a slump since finishing fifth in the prestigious $75,000 Hollywood World...
Different Systems, Different Audiences
Byline: Robert McGinty, Times-Union staff writer So which one is best? Depends on which way you look at it. The PlayStation2, GameCube and Xbox are all geared toward slightly different audiences. PlayStation2: A year's head start means Sony's...
Edward Waters Coach Wants JU
Byline: Teneshia Wright, Times-Union sports writer Buster Harvey might have a point. The fifth-year Edward Waters College coach said he has the best men's college basketball team in the city. What makes him think that? Jacksonville University...
Excavation Slows Sherry Drive Work
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer ATLANTIC BEACH -- The City Commission has approved an additional $75,143 in work to excavate rotting palm and pine trees that formed the foundation of Sherry Drive between Fourth and Sixth...
FAMU, B-CC Coaches Trade Barbs
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Florida A&M coach Billy Joe and Bethune-Cookman College coach Alvin Wyatt were real chummy at the Florida Sports Writers Association's college football coaches kickoff gathering at Orlando's...
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Sets Up Club in Fruit Cove Area
Byline: Dede Webb, Special to the Times-Union Former Jacksonville Jaguars player Rich Griffith was on hand last week to welcome the nearly 50 members of the first Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting at Fruit Cove School. "This club is open...
Fisk Street May Get New Name It's Been Hard to Understand
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer The name of the street usually has to be repeated three or four times. Then it has to be spelled once or twice. That's been the experience of employees of the Scott-McRae Group when giving out their address...
Future of Pier Begins Restaurant's Fate Studied
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- The former pier restaurant, where locals ate eggs and pancakes as they watched the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, has taken its first step toward becoming a community center....
Gator Bowl Bid FSU's with Win Bowl Settle Its Differences with Peach
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan said there was no intention to interfere with the Gator Bowl in an effort to get Florida State to his Dec. 31 game in Atlanta and, after a lengthy telephone conversation...
Hartsfield Expects Smaller Holiday Crowds
Byline: Brian Basinger, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- The numbers alone tell quite a tale. Between today and Sunday, Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport will see nearly 800,000 passengers -- that's 11 times the seating capacity of...
'He Just Goes on and on and On'
Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines editor Some volunteers improve a person's day by helping them get a meal or a place to stay. Craig Burkhart improves their life by helping them become a homeowner. The construction manager for the Beaches chapter...
Historic Church Gets OK Old Facility Wins Vote in Seconds
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer When William Monson designed and built St. Joseph's Catholic Church in 1883, it was in the center of the small farming community then known as Honey Hill. Now, the white clapboard church sits at the...
Holiday Baskets Are Full Apartment Group Donating Food
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer The boxes clanked and clunked as volunteers loaded them in the empty storefront next to Jacksonville's Clara White Mission at 613 W. Ashley St. on Friday. Soon, more than half the floor was covered two or three...
Hornets Have Cook Buzzing State Title Run Unique for Team
Byline: Lawrence Dennis, Times-Union sports writer There are 160 teams in the Georgia High School Association football playoffs, which begin Friday night. It's doubtful any have come as far as fast as the Cook Hornets, who host Albany in the Class...
Inside the Huddle
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer OFFENSE SCHEME Baltimore coach Brian Billick's reputation as a passing-game wizard is taking a beating, thanks in large part to repeated turnovers at crucial times by quarterback Elvis Grbac....
Intensive Program Working
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist A cold and a physician's appointment kept Mae Dinah, widow of College Gardens neighborhood activist Louis Dinah, from making it to the Mayor's Neighborhoods Summit last week. She hated that. ...
Keystone Marking Holiday Season without an Election City Election Set for March
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, County Line correspondent KEYSTONE HEIGHTS -- An unusual thing is happening in Keystone Heights: No one is gearing up for city elections, which usually are held the first Tuesday of December. There are no campaign signs...
Kids Cafes Making Holidays Special
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Hundreds of children in Jacksonville whose families struggle to put food on their tables will be able to share in the bounty of Thanksgiving. Butterball and ConAgra Foods' Feeding Children Better...
'Killer' Barbecue a Family Affair in Clay
Byline: Penny McGee, County Line correspondent MIDDLEBURG -- It's a family affair at Killer Q's Barbecue, where modern meshes with history, great Southern history. Owners Bob and Marina Mathews of Middleburg intertwine an intriguing educational...
Life on the Beach
ATLANTIC BEACH SEAT BELT SAFETY -- The city's police department will step up enforcement of seat belt laws over the Thanksgiving weekend. The effort comes as more people are expected to be driving instead of flying this weekend and the National...
Low-Rent Jokes Snowball in 'Out Cold'
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union movie writer Out Cold is an amiable, off-color comedy in which a motley crew of young men -- and a few young women -- perform all variety of Stupid Human Tricks: drinking to excess, engaging in questionable sexual...
Mandarin Museum Sets Festival
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society celebrates the upcoming holidays in two ways next month, beginning with its second Winter Celebration in Mandarin Dec. 1 at the Walter Jones Historical Park,...
Many Give Thanks for Next Meal
Byline: Charlie Patton, Times-Union columnist Even in the best of times -- the best of times being the sustained prosperity of the last decade -- too many people in America have been hungry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's most recent estimate...
Many Rethink Holiday Travel
Byline: Joe Humphrey, Times-Union staff writer He wanted to go home. He was planning to go home. He had saved up enough money to go home. But James Hall, a junior at Edward Waters College, isn't going home to Boston this Thanksgiving weekend....
Martin Lawrence Goes Back in Time for No Real Reason
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union movie writer It should have been a lot more fun than this, watching Martin Lawrence time-trip back to 1328 England to show the locals the joys of Sly and the Family Stone, high-tech sneakers and World Wrestling...
Meet Bobby Harris
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer When 44-year-old Bobby Harris was growing up in LaVilla, he moved often to homes along Ashley and Davis streets. "We were a family of five and we'd often live in one or two rooms," he said. "It was...
More Parking for New Pier 5 Parcels Given to City for Cars
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- An arm of the city that focuses on redevelopment has given up five parcels to expand parking for the future fishing pier off First Street and Fifth Avenue North. The Community...
Morning Briefing
JAX AIR NEW, TIMES-UNION IN DEAL Jax Air News, Jacksonville Naval Air Station's weekly newspaper, will be published by The Florida Times-Union for the next two years, according to an agreement signed by the naval station's commanding officer, Capt....
NAACP Plans School Ruling Appeal
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer The Jacksonville chapter of the NAACP announced its intention yesterday to appeal a federal court ruling that the Duval County School Board treats all students equal regardless of race. On Monday,...
Nassau Notes
VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT Joy to the Children Inc. is seeking volunteers and businesses to donate time and gifts for this year's Christmas Day celebration. The non-profit organization, in its seventh year, provides a full holiday dinner, clothes, toys...
Neptune to Study Lot Records
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer NEPTUNE BEACH -- The city will pay for a title search to find out which properties on Waters Edge Drive have lots of record. The City Council agreed on the action, which was suggested by...
'New' Clay Theatre Gets off to Spirited Start Green Cove Residents Recall Old Movie House
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Grace Carlisle remembers sitting in the box office, selling tickets to movies when she was in high school. "I worked there nights and weekends in 1942, '43 and '44," said Carlisle,...
Ohio Man Drowns in Beach Riptide
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Times-Union staff writer A 20-year-old Ohio man drowned yesterday about a block north of the lifeguard station at Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach. The drowning occurred about 3:30 p.m. where a riptide had prompted...
Police Briefing Brothers Beaten at High School
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Students were arrested at two Mandarin schools Nov. 13 in separate incidents, one an attack on two brothers in Mandarin High School, the other the theft of a dime by force near Mandarin Middle School....
Police Briefing Would-Be Carjackers Fail to Get Vehicles
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Two unsuccessful carjackings Nov. 14 left two victims with their cars intact, but one was stabbed in the hand and the other was the winner in a fight with his attacker over what turned out to be a BB gun. Police...
POLICE BRIEFS Theft, Burglary, Fighting Occupy Beaches Police
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH A woman reported Sunday that her bicycle was stolen from her garage in the 200 block of Main Street. On Friday, a man reported that someone entered...
Prisons Feel Pinch of Budget, Population More Inmates, Less Money Cloud Future
Byline: Doug Gross, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- At least one Georgia industry isn't expected to slow down in a weakening economy. But state officials aren't celebrating the news. Georgia's prison system, with a population of more than...
Quilters Guild Plans to Give Quilts to Mission
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A good quilt can take weeks or even months to sew, adding different patches of material over downy stuffing, then squaring it off to look perfect and decorate a chair or bed at home. But if you are...
Report Holiday Outages
Question: What should I do if I have a power outage on a holiday? Answer from Clay Electric: On a holiday, evening or weekend -- any time you have a power outage -- call Clay Electric's toll-free automated outage reporting number, 1-800-434-9844....
Reserves Spark FSU Victory Seminoles Roll to 52-Point Win
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State's newcomers stole the show in last night's home opener, outscoring the starters in a 93-41 victory against over-matched Savannah State. First-year Seminoles Anthony Richardson,...
Resolve to Make Some Changes
Byline: Bill Longnecker, Shorelines columnist This Thanksgiving is special. Sept. 11 has made it so. Little will be exactly the same again. It may be time for some personal changes. Give yourself a gift this season. Make yourself into your very...
Retired? You'd Never Guess She's Busy Working
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Judith Jackson goes about her life trying to improve the lives of others. The 60-year-old Fleming Island woman, a retired social worker and community volunteer, has spent years helping feed...
Retooling a Toothy Grin Nassau: Dental Clinic Brings Help Where It's Needed
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Times-Union staff writer Heather Moore gave a closed-lip grin on a recent Friday as she sat in a dental chair having her mouth poked and prodded at the Barnabas Center's Dental Outreach Clinic. Moore said she'd always...
Ridgeview Boys Runner-Up Finish at State Taken Away Panthers Third after Recount
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer That shelf space Ridgeview officials had cleared for the runner-up trophy from last Saturday's state finals cross-country meet is now available again. Ridgeview was one of three teams that figured...
Ridgeview Takes Second in State Cross-Country
Byline: Brent Beaird, Times-Union correspondent The cross-country and swimming seasons are over for Clay County teams, but not before several teams and individuals made their mark in the state meets this past weekend. The Ridgeview Panthers'...
Roadwork Is Flying Mayport Flyover Ahead of Schedule
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer ATLANTIC BEACH -- The Mayport Flyover, an elevated road that will link Atlantic Boulevard with Mayport Road, keeps moving ahead of schedule. The $12 million project, which had a completion...
Rules Toughen on Bus Drivers School System to Tally Violations
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer The Duval County School Board last night unanimously adopted more stringent hiring criteria for bus drivers. The rules will be implemented immediately for new applicants and by Jan. 1 for current...
Runaway Sitter Missing, Baby Safe Authorities Track Toddler's Giveaway
Byline: Dana Treen and Veronica Chapin, Times-Union staff writers Seventeen-month-old Sabian James Coleman is being watched closely now after spending four days crisscrossing Jacksonville in the arms of a 14-year-old runaway baby sitter and a string...
School Embraces Charitable Spirit Food Collection Doubles Its Goal
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Andrew Jackson High School's student body is on a roll when it comes to giving. "It all started just after Sept. 11," said Kitty Folker, the school's activities director. "The students quickly raised...
School Psychologist Wins Top State Honor
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer A Clay County school psychologist who has gone out of her way to help create initiatives to ease students through the educational process and through life -- such as an anti-bullying program being...
Second Shot at a Goal Natalie Howard Has a Husband and Four Children Yet Is Finally Getting to Realize Her Basketball Ambition
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union staff writer A white wooden trophy case dominates the family room of Natalie Howard's Southside apartment. It holds basketball, football and baseball trophies. Track medals. Academic awards and perfect attendance...
Sheriff Wants Bomb Disposal Squad Calls on Threats or Scares Are Rising
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer With a limited number of officers on duty to handle hundreds of incidents each day, it can take the Clay County Sheriff's Office anywhere from minutes to hours to respond to calls, depending...
Social Services Get Ready for Cuts
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Beaches social service advocates are bracing for significant budget cuts at the same time growing numbers of people are losing their jobs and may be forced to seek help from...
Spurrier Seethes over Injury
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer Florida coach Steve Spurrier was still steamed yesterday about RB Earnest Graham's allegations that Florida State DT Darnell Dockett intentionally twisted his leg in a pileup in the third quarter...
St. Cecilia Features Family of Musicians Everyone Gets into Act
The McGovern Family Players, children and grandchildren of John and Claire McGovern of Jacksonville Beach, are congregating from as far away as New York and Washington, D.C., as well as the Beaches to perform a classical music concert this weekend....
SuperTarget Store Seems Headed for Clay County
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Mum is the word at corporate headquarters in Minneapolis about detailed plans to build a new SuperTarget on Wells Road across from Orange Park Mall. But according to Clay County building department...
TERRORISM Progress Continues
On the eve of Thanksgiving, Americans have many blessings to count. It was scarcely more than two months ago that Osama bin Laden's terrorists attacked, killing about 6,000 people and sending an already battered stock market into a free fall. ...
The Breakdown of Fred Taylor Jags RB's Season Could Be Finished
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer Jaguars running back Fred Taylor received a second medical opinion yesterday that indicated his severe groin injury could sideline him for up to three months and possibly for the rest of the season....
The County Line
Serving Clay County readers every Wednesday and Saturday. CLAY COUNTY HOLIDAY HOURS: All state and county offices and municipal offices of Green Cove Springs, Keystone Heights and Penney Farms will be closed tomorrow. U.S. post offices will be...
They're Reason for Giving Thanks
Byline: Joanne McClellan Egnor, County Line correspondent We give thanks for these Meadowbrook residents, who are doing their job and adding such sparkle to the process: Sheila Seymour obviously enjoys her job. Her smile reaches out to everyone,...
Video Game Systems Ready to Duke It Out
Byline: Robert McGinty, Times-Union staff writer It's almost been too easy for Sony's PlayStation2. After a year of pummeling lesser video game systems around the marketplace, the real battle for the sacred spot beneath your television begins. ...
Western Nassau Waters Run Deep Nassau: They Hit Water -- Way Down
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Times-Union staff writer Nassau County officials have discovered that drinking water in a layer of the Floridan Aquifer on the county's west side runs deeper than they first thought. Officials say they are hoping the...
What's Open, Closed for Thanksgiving
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Most state and city government offices will be closed tomorrow and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Federal government offices officially are closed tomorrow. There will be no regular mail collection...
YMCA May Wind Up Losing Centex Offer Busy Schedule May Do in Plan
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer As the Dye-Clay Family YMCA moves forward with a proposed lease to manage a 26-acre county-owned park on Fleming Island, a previous plan to build a new YMCA branch on another site owned by Centex...
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