The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 11, 2002

4 Top Teachers Awarded $10,000 for Dedication
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer As teachers, they've inspired hundreds of Duval County students. They teach English and history but have provided lessons that inspire students to take risks and do their very best. Yesterday, four...
A New Kingsley Square? Changes Coming to Shopping Center
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Kingsley Square shopping center is at what may be the busiest intersection in Clay County: the corner of Kingsley Avenue and Blanding Boulevard, across the street from Orange Park High School....
A Question of Support Community Center Hits a Costly Snag
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer A proposed community center at Jacksonville Beach's former Sixth Avenue South fishing pier could be in jeopardy since engineers have identified structural problems that could increase the project's...
Artistic Expression It's an Artstravaganza at Twin Lakes
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer Barbara Langley likes children's art so much she frames it and hangs it in her home. She likes to see children express themselves through art, and she likes to surround herself with the results. That's just...
Beach City Hopes for Improvement in Its Flood Rating
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Jacksonville Beach has improved its ranking with a national flood rating system that, if approved, will allow a 10 percent discount on flood insurance premiums for homeowners in the flood plain....
Beaches Institution Will Be Closing
Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines editor Ed Smith Lumber Co. has been like an old friend at the Beaches. Dependable. Personable. Comfortable to be around. Never too overbearing, like some of those big, glitzy characters who like to corner the market...
Bicyclists Make 'Wish List' Path
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer A Beaches bicyclist's dream path would begin at the Mayport ferry, run through historic Mayport, pass by shrimp boats and the naval station, then weave through Hanna Park with its green trees...
Bigger and Better Honda CR-V Adds More Power, Standard Features
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer In the beginning, there was the Honda CR-V. Then came all the other cute sport-utes. But it has been five years since the little Honda SUV has been redesigned or even really freshened, while Toyota...
Bikers Display Skills Ministry Holds Show and Rally
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer So you think you know how to maneuver a motorcycle? Try going through an obstacle course while your passenger holds a plastic cup of water on a stick over your head. Or win a race by riding...
BRIEFS Agassi, Roddick Win in Rome
Two weeks before the French Open, Andre Agassi appears to be in top form. So does Andy Roddick. Agassi beat Albert Costa 6-2, 6-2, and Roddick eliminated Tommy Robredo 6-4, 7-6 (2) yesterday to reach the semifinals at the Italian Open. It's the...
Celebration Fireworks Come Early Residents Protest Fourth of July Parade
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Folks on River Road in Orange Park say they enjoy a good Fourth of July parade as much as any other patriotic American. Just not on River Road. On Tuesday night, a contingent of River Road...
Celebrations 'On the Cheap' Practical Party Pointers for 4 Festive Fetes under $50
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Times-Union home and garden editor 'Tis the season. Didn't expect to hear that phrase in May, did you? Except for winter holidays, spring is the busiest time of year for get-togethers. Backyard barbecues and pool...
Citibank's Site Options Are Open
Byline: Earl Daniels, Times-Union business writer Despite earlier statements by Republican state Sen. Jim King, officials in Birmingham, Ala., and New Mexico have not offered financial incentives to lure Citibank's Jacksonville office to their regions....
City's Anti-Litter Ads Hit the Airwaves
Byline: David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writer Mayor John Delaney unveiled a $250,000, anti-litter advertising campaign yesterday for "Don't Trash Jacksonville," the latest phase of an effort now buttressed by more cleanups by litter crews. The...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "You learn as much from the children as they learn from you." -- Joanna Allen, 85, who has volunteered at the Mary House Day Care center on St. Simons Island since it opened. Story, this page. MOTHER FOUND DEAD A 26-year-old...
Columbia Wins Boys 3A Title
Byline: Bob Emanuel Jr., Times-Union correspondent CORAL SPRINGS -- Heading into the final event, the 4x400-meter relay, Columbia's boys track and field team found itself in position to win the Class 3A FHSAA Track and Field Championships at Coral...
Community Works to Fix Single Mom's Back Yard
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Friends and co-workers supported Jane Kowalski and her two sons during her 45 weeks of chemotherapy, five weeks of radiation and a mastectomy for breast cancer, which is now in remission. They...
Convergys Likely to Handle State's Personnel Needs
When House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget this week, Convergys Corp. in Jacksonville was a big winner. The negotiators resurrected Gov. Jeb Bush's plan to privatize the state's personnel services, a move that is expected to lead to Convergys...
Council Member Seeks Halt to Fights Boxer's Death Prompts Study Call
Byline: Joe Humphrey, Times-Union staff writer Spurred by the death this week of a 23-year-old fighter, Jacksonville City Councilwoman Elaine Brown said yesterday she plans to propose an emergency moratorium on so-called patron boxing. Brown...
Crenshaw Pushes Mayport Funds
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Mayport Naval Station would receive about $2 million to enhance security around the base as well as millions more for updated helicopter equipment and other items under a House Armed Services...
Day Care Celebrates Years of Serving Low-Income Kids
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- Indecision flickered briefly in Cameron Coker's eyes. A split-second and a quick hug for his mom later, the 2 1/2-year-old boy hurried to join his classmates at Mary House...
DCF Workers Tracking Kids All Children to Be Seen within Weeks
Byline: Paul Pinkham, Times-Union staff writer Florida child welfare supervisors began the extraordinary task yesterday of visiting every child in state care and documenting their visits with photographs. The visits are considered so important...
ELECTIONS in the Dark
The better informed the voters are, the better their decisions. So, why would anyone criticize the Florida Senate for passing a bill to give voters an official price tag for all propositions on future ballots? Not everybody is reasonable. One senator...
EWC Signs Baldwin High Guard
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Edward Waters College fell short in its bid for its first men's basketball national championship in March. But the Tigers have made history in another way. EWC coach Buster Harvey signed...
FSU, Lynch Control Terps
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer TALLAHASSEE -- Overshadowed in recent weeks by his teammates' prowess at the plate, Florida State junior left-hander Matt Lynch picked the right night to turn in the most dominating performance of his...
Gators Throw It Away Rose's Error in 10th Gives Game to LSU
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- The inning should have been over. Instead, it was Florida's four-game winning streak that ended last night at McKethan Stadium. Visiting LSU took advantage of a throwing error...
Green Cove Gets a New Mayor Council Selects Hall for Post
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Virginia Hall, a City Council member who runs a prominent Clay County charity founded by her late father, has been named Green Cove Springs' next mayor. The five council members picked Hall,...
Group Sends Formal Bid for Scenic Status
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer A Northwest St. Johns County community group seeking state scenic designation for 17.3 miles of Florida 13 in Fruit Cove and Switzerland received approval from the St. Johns County Commission Tuesday. With that,...
'He Did a Great Thing' Man Rescues Elderly Woman from Fire
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor Joe Wilkerson doesn't consider himself a hero, even if Victoria Esposito's family thinks otherwise. Like the Nike ad says, he just did it. The Marine Corps veteran was walking his dog late on April...
His Knack for Oratory Opens Doors
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Jason Lynch got his first shot at winning an audience when he was in the third grade. "I was Darth Vader in a play in the third grade," the 18-year-old Orange Park High School senior said. "We...
Humanitarian Award Will Be Presented to 4 Tuesday
"Bringing the community together." "Building understanding across our differences." "Making Jacksonville a better place." These are reasons past recipients of the Humanitarian Award gave when asked why they worked so hard in the corporate,...
In Education
ATHLETE GETS MASTER'S Anthony K. Russell Jr. received his masters of science degree in physical education from the University of West Florida in Pensacola April 27. Russell, a 1994 graduate of Fernandina Beach High School, holds the record as...
It's Time for Some Spring Cleaning at Clarke House Park
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer With tall oak trees providing a shady canopy, Clarke House Park on Kingsley Avenue is a wonderful place to relax, read a book, watch the kids play or take a nap. But if you plan to go to the...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It's no secret that the system has a lot of improvements to make. It's a good first step." -- Donna Edison, who cares for three young foster children, commenting on the comprehensive review ordered by Gov. Jeb Bush last week in...
Jade Opens 4th Season Tonight
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer The Jacksonville Jade women's soccer team kicks off its fourth season at 7:30 tonight, hosting the intrastate rival Tampa Bay Extreme at Mandarin High School. Playing in the W-league, which consists...
Judge to Sentence Drury
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Brunswick physician Carl M. Drury Jr., 62, will be sentenced in federal court Wednesday for trying to hire someone to kill his wife. He will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dudley...
Lady Ospreys Dealt First Tourney Defeat
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Showing no signs of fatigue from pitching earlier in the day, Coker College pitcher Erica Holstein struck out five of host University of North Florida's first six batters in a second-round matchup...
Last Days Are Here for Green Cove Landmark
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Sometime after Memorial Day, a Green Cove Springs landmark will disappear. The Qui-Si-Sana, a historic downtown hotel that had fallen into disrepair when the city bought it in 1998, will be...
Learning Academy Gets Help Company Gives to Aid Literacy
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Teachers sometimes admit it's a little tricky to get a young child's attention. That's getting a little easier at Reddy Early Learning Academy since the Springfield preschool received a gift from...
Military Court Weighs Larceny Navy Officer Faces Theft, Other Charges
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer KINGS BAY NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE -- The Navy equivalent of a grand jury hearing was held yesterday to determine if the officer in charge of purchasing at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base should face a...
More Than Summer Camp Student Discovers His Special Art
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer John Lukas, a Fernandina Beach High School senior, didn't know what he wanted to do with his life until last summer, when a glass-blowing program helped make his future crystal clear. "Before...
Morning Briefing
TOURISM OFFICIALS UPBEAT ABOUT SUMMER TRAVEL Buoyed by a strong spring break and optimistic about the summer, Orlando tourism officials said yesterday they are redirecting their advertising efforts back to the Northeast and Midwest. In the months...
Most of Sherry Drive Roadwork about to End -- Finally
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer The lengthy roadwork on Sherry Drive will end in two weeks, although construction of a new manhole by BellSouth will prevent Atlantic Beach from opening the street to southbound traffic until...
Mother's Day Event Honors Gold Star Mothers
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer They are mothers who made the supreme sacrifice: They lost a son or daughter in a war involving the United States. And as their ranks diminish, they deserve to be recognized, said Maureen Hunter,...
Nassau Notes
HABITAT HOME Nassau Habitat for Humanity has scheduled a groundbreaking for its 12th Habitat home for 10:30 a.m. today at Sixth and Calhoun streets in Fernandina Beach. Funding for the home was donated by one family, Habitat officials said. ...
Neptune Beach Wants Electric Utility to Pay More
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Neptune Beach wants more money from the Jacksonville Beach Electric Utility for the utility's use of Neptune's rights-of-way. Neptune Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach are customers of the electric...
New Law Gives Space to Emergency Crews
Byline: Thomas B. Pfankuch, Times-Union staff writer Three feet, an arm's length, the span of a single step. That distance is all that separates a police officer or other emergency worker from serious injury or death when they interact with a...
New Name for Street Cause for Celebration
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Green Cove Springs plans to celebrate the renaming of Middleburg Avenue to Martin Luther King Boulevard with a neighborhood party. A parade and Soul Food Festival at Vera Francis Hall Park will...
On the Road Again on Rodeo Circuit
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Wiping the sleep from his eyes and yawning, Rodney Gaston stepped down from his travel trailer at the Clay County Agricultural Fairgrounds Wednesday morning and began planning a day trip to historic...
Opportunistic Tomcats Handle Firecats 43-24
Byline: Ed Reed, Times-Union correspondent ESTERO -- When opportunity knocked, the Jacksonville Tomcats answered. And opportunity knocked a lot last night. Four first-half fumbles by the Florida Firecats led to 27 points as the Tomcats built...
Pass Makes National Parks Free to Seniors
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: I heard that national parks offer a lifetime pass for senior citizens. Where I can send for it? -- D.G., Westside Dear D.G. For $10, U.S. citizens 62 and older can obtain a lifetime...
Performer Finds Audience at Annie K's
Byline: Tracy Spengler, County Line correspondent By day, Teri A. Coutu works for the American Cancer Society as a program manager, coordinating volunteers to provide cancer education and patient services for Clay, Putnam and Baker counties. ...
Police Briefing 25-Year-Old Shot, Robbed by 4 Males
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer A 25-year-old man was treated for a gunshot wound in the leg after he was robbed while walking in the 3200 block of Post Street at 11:35 p.m. May 4. The man said he was on his way to the grocery...
Police Briefing Man, 54, Attacks Wife, Cuts Self before Arrest
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer A 54-year-old man was arrested at 4 p.m. Sunday in the 3100 block of Thomas Street and charged with burglary with a dangerous weapon and with aggravated assault. Witnesses said that during the prior...
Police Briefing Man Leads Police on High-Speed Chase
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A 29-year-old Southside man was arrested at 11 p.m. Monday on charges of fleeing an officer, driving with a suspended license, running red lights and speeding after police said they had to chase him...
POLICE BRIEFS Woman Told Police Someone Knocked Her Mailbox Down
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH On April 28, a woman reported that someone knocked down her mailbox in the 1600 block of Francis Avenue. A witness told the woman that two cars were...
Police News POLICE ARREST TV-30 PHOTOGRAPHER FOR PUNCHING MAN
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in Mandarin and Northwest St. Johns County, according to the Jacksonville and St. Johns County sheriffs offices: DUVAL COUNTY BATTERY...
PUBLIC SAFETY Man Charged in April Attack
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer A Jacksonville man has been charged in an April attack on a Green Cove Springs man who was struck in the head, stabbed and robbed, a Clay County Sheriff's Office report said. Uriah Jeffrey Davis,...
Rare Surgery a Milestone for Mayo in Only the Fourth Such Operation in U.S. History, Jacksonville Doctors Perform a Successful Heart-Lung-Liver Transplant on an Alabama Woman
Byline: P. Douglas Filaroski, Times-Union staff writer Doctors at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville say a 43-year-old mother is recovering well after a potentially lifesaving heart-lung-liver transplant. The Alabama woman, whose name was not released,...
Residents Can Have Input on New Bridge
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Ponte Vedra Beach residents who live near a wooden bridge on Pablo Road that was originally built for golf carts are being invited to say how they would like the deteriorating structure to be replaced....
Road Improvements in Green Cove Called For
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer It doesn't matter whether you're coming or going in Green Cove Springs. North or south, east or west, eventually you've got to drive on two of the busiest highways in Clay County: U.S. 17 and...
School Celebrates Its Diversity Students Exposed to Other Cultures
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer International students at The Bolles School know how to stage a feast for the senses. Last week they treated students in first through fifth grades to a cultural smorgasbord that included an...
School Honors for Pair Area Educators Are Nominated
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Two of three St. Johns County assistant principals nominated for the 2002 Commissioner's Outstanding Assistant Principal Award are from the Northwest part of the county. The St. Johns County School District nominated...
School's First Graduate Nassau: Special Training Sessions Have Double Benefit
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer It was a topsy-turvy graduation ceremony Tuesday where the teachers received diplomas and the lone graduate got a good rub on the belly. Bella, a 1-year-old border collie mix with soft, yellowish...
SCHOOL ZONE Middleburg Students in National Competition
Nineteen students in Middleburg High School's Family Career and Community Leaders of America program recently competed in proficiency events at a state leadership conference in Orlando. The students were all first-place winners from District III, a...
Searching for Their Buddy Speicher's Story Unites Friends Classmates Help Campaign to Find Old Pal
Byline: Rachel Davis and Paul Pinkham, Times-Union staff writers With hope and heartbreak they have watched as their friend's story has continued to unfold during the past decade. The fate of Jacksonville Navy pilot Michael Scott Speicher has...
Southside Struck by Robberies
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Two Southside stores and another fast-food restaurant were robbed at gunpoint in three separate incidents last weekend, but one of the three gunmen didn't get away. Meanwhile, police said a 39-year-old...
State Drops Charges against Guards in Valdes' Death Prosecutor Cites High Costs, Failed Best Effort
Byline: Rich Tucker, Times-Union staff writer GAINESVILLE -- State Attorney Bill Cervone said yesterday the costs were too high and the chance of winning convictions too low to prosecute the five prison guards who still faced charges in the fatal...
State Unimpressed by Clay Land Plan
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer ORANGE PARK -- A state oversight agency has asked Clay County to shelve a land use plan for the Lake Asbury area over concerns that the plan is premature and would encourage, rather than manage,...
St. Johns Zoning Bid Gets Mixed Reviews
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Developers seeking zoning approval from St. Johns County for the proposed 517-home St. Johns Forest project say they will widen County Road 210 under Interstate 95 to handle extra traffic the development would bring....
Swamp Fires a Health Threat
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer Heavy smoke from wildfires blazing in the Okefenokee swamp has sparked a public health advisory for people with asthma and other respiratory problems. Children, the elderly and anyone with respiratory...
Theatrical Shows Fill Summer
Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff Players-By-The-Sea will present Communicating Doors, a comedy by Alan Ackborn, June 7 through 23. Players-By-The-Sea is located at 106 Sixth St. N. in Jacksonville Beach. Call 249-2022 for more information. ...
The County Line
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor Telemarketers have come up with a novel approach to getting their message across. At least, for those of us who use automated answering machines from the phone company. The telemarketers still call at...
Tideviews Preserve a Hidden Gem
Byline: Susan Stanton, Times-Union columnist I have found the most wonderful little 9-acre nature park. It's called Tideviews Preserve and it's on the Intracoastal Waterway in Atlantic Beach. But getting there the first time or two could be a challenge....
Tourism Essay Winners Announced
The winners of the Tourism Week Essay Contest were announced Wednesday by Clay County Tourism Director Susan Soltys, who organized the contest. Sixty-four entries were received and each of the two age group winners received a $50 gift certificate...
Town Will Give Money Back Callahan: Water, Sewer Fees Improperly Assessed
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Callahan home and business owners who paid to tap into the town's water and sewer system over the last two years can start looking for a check in the mail. Town Council members decided Monday...
Tyson Exploits Network's Lust for Big Ratings
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer Has any underachieving athlete in history held the media in the palm of his hand more than Mike Tyson? His rambling, nonsensical interview featured on ESPN's Sunday Conversation was just a shameless...
Wastewater Lawsuit Settled Deal Focuses on Effluent Discharge
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer The Altamaha Riverkeeper Inc. and Rayonier have announced a settlement of the conservation organization's lawsuit against the state over its renewal of the discharge permit at the company's Jesup pulp...
Who's the Jaguars Super Fan? Here's a Look at 3 Finalists
The Florida Sports Awards has announced the three finalists for the Jaguars Super Fan Contest. Fans are encouraged to visit the organization's Web site to place their pick for the fan who will present the First Union Jacksonville Jaguars MVP Award...
Woman Arrested in Abuse of Son
Byline: Joe Humphrey, Times-Union staff writer A Macclenny woman was arrested this week following an investigation into the abuse of her 7-year-old son. The boy was being dunked with his mouth taped shut during a swimming lesson last month. Baker...
Young Artist Expressing Himself Hilliard: His High School Has a Tipton Original
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer He's 18, and he's only had one year of art class. But Andrew Tipton, a senior at Hilliard Middle-Senior High School, already has paintings in private collections in New York and Boston. Now...
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