The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 12, 2003

2 Trailer Parks at Beaches Will Close
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Two Jacksonville Beach mobile home parks are closing next month to make room for condominiums, bringing to four the number of mobile home parks that have closed in the city in as many years. Reaves...
Area Jobless Rate Falls in February
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union business writer Jacksonville's unemployment rate fell in February while job growth remained moderate, the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation reported yesterday. The unemployment rate in the Jacksonville metropolitan...
Arsenal Oak Faces Cloning Try; Diseased Tree an Augusta Landmark
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It was there during the Civil War and has lived through the invention of the automobile and the airplane. But this week, Augusta State University's Arsenal Oak was witness to a historic event that could help it survive even longer:...
Bats Turn Silent in Suns' Loss; Only 3 Hits in Front of Record Crowd
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer The largest baseball crowd in Jacksonville history left the city's new ballpark last night with two thoughts -- what a great place to watch baseball, and where are the Suns bats? The Jacksonville...
Beach Shorts
PAINT THE TOWN EVENT Hundreds of North Florida volunteers will converge on Jacksonville Beach at the end of this month to beautify homes in the South Pablo Beach neighborhood as part of the Housing Partnership of Jacksonville's annual Paint the...
Big Crowds Finding Fun at Clay Fair
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor From all accounts, the crowds at the 17th annual Clay County Agricultural Fair have been spectacular and on a record-setting pace. There are several reasons for that, I think. One reason has to be the...
Catching Broader Market; More Than Just Kids Are Buying Toyota Echo
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer When the Toyota Echo sub-compact was introduced to the Florida media at the 2000 South Florida Auto Show, it was seen as the price-leader of a trio of new small cars aimed at the Gen-X and Gen-Y consumers....
CITY COUNCIL; Good Selection
The caliber of candidates is remarkably high in the April 15 Jacksonville City Council elections and, with about 50 people running in only 17 contested races, voters will have to make some difficult choices. In the Group 1 at-large contest, Republican...
Clay Prohibits Fight Nights at Bars
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer Clay County commissioners dealt a knockout punch Tuesday to fight nights in bars. Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance banning patron or amateur boxing events, as well as...
Clay Voters to Make 1 Decision on Tuesday
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer While people in Jacksonville have a full slate of candidates from which to choose on election day Tuesday, voters in Clay County can be in and out in just a few seconds after registering...
College Roundup
-- MIAMI 6, VIRGINIA 1 -- J.D. Cockroft pitched the first complete game by a Miami pitcher in 145 games, as the visiting Hurricanes cruised to a win over Virginia last night. Cockroft gave up one unearned run and six hits in his nine innings, while...
Community Boundaries; Welcome Signs Spark Property Value Debate
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer The name Ponte Vedra Beach triggers visions of stately oceanfront homes, wall-to-wall gated communities and a planned unit utopia, virtually free of poverty and crime. People have said they flock to...
Concert Producer Singing the Blues
Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines editor Rules are rules, even when it means cutting into a live artistic performance. Sam Veal, producer of last weekend's George's Music Springing the Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach, and hundreds of blues...
Council Hopefuls Stump in Final Days
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer It was the last chance any candidate running for Jacksonville's at-large, Mandarin and Southside City Council seats had to present their qualifications in a public forum before Tuesday's election. So the Southside...
Crime Lab May Soon Cost Users; State Service Caught in Budget Crunch
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer A proposed $15 million cut in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's crime lab budget likely would be passed on to local governments, straining already tight budgets and slowing criminal...
Crowd Enjoys the View; Record Number Fills Up Stadium
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Fresh off work, hundreds of Jacksonville Suns fans arrived more than two hours before the first pitch of the team's home opener against the Huntsville Stars to check out the new Baseball Grounds...
Darius, Brady No-Shows; All but Veteran Pair Attend Practice
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer The start of Jack Del Rio's first minicamp as an NFL head coach was overshadowed by the absence of two of the Jaguars' most prominent players yesterday. Strong safety Donovin Darius and tight end...
Delaney Named in Lawsuit; Developers Say City Reneged on Hotel Deal
Byline: Earl Daniels, Times-Union business writer A local development team, led by Charles "Bucky" Clarkson, has accused Mayor John Delaney of fraudulent misrepresentation regarding an agreement the group has with the city to build a downtown hotel....
Developing Sports Tourism; Businessmen Want to Get It off the Ground
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer It's not a field of dreams this trio of Clay County businessmen has, but a dream of fields. Lots of them. George Francisco, Joe Wiggins and Neil Frandsen, who founded the not-for-profit...
Disclosure Forms Reveal Wealth, Financial Ties of Candidates; Peyton Not the Only Millionaire in Race
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer There's more than one millionaire running for mayor of Jacksonville. Republican John Peyton is worth $11.9 million, more than the other six candidates combined, according to disclosure forms...
Don't Fret, Last-Minute Filers; IRS Volunteers Ready to Assist Taxpayers
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union business writer For the last few years, the Internal Revenue Service has been touting the benefits of filing your federal income tax returns by computer. And if you need to see it for yourself, the IRS will probably...
Do Something Subversive: Slip Pajamas on Early
Byline: Elizabeth Seney, Shorelines columnist One of the perks of working out of my home is the office dress code. On some mornings I work in the sweatpants I put on first thing in the morning when I walk the dog. Some mornings, when I have to...
Easter Bunny Makes Early Stop
The Easter Bunny hopped into town a week early to hide thousands of eggs for today's Easter egg hunt at the Jacksonville Museum of Science & History. The free hunt, for children ages 8 and under, begins at 10 a.m. on the grounds around the museum...
Educator Spins Paranormal Tale
Byline: Nicole Smith-Johns, River City News correspondent On the outside, she's Arlington resident Dana Thomas, a soft-spoken mother of two teenagers and associate dean of liberal arts and sciences at Florida Community College at Jacksonville's...
ELECTION 2003; THE MAYOR'S RACE Mayoral Campaigns Pour Cash into Coffers
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer Jacksonville's mayoral candidates continued to shatter fund-raising benchmarks, raising their total collections to more than $4.3 million with only days remaining before Tuesday's election. ...
Election to Help Shape Area's Future
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Beaches voters will help elect a dozen Jacksonville officials on Tuesday who have promised to fix their roads, build more libraries and construct a new oceanfront fishing pier in Jacksonville Beach....
Exercise Group Deep-Seated; Longtime Members Form Bond
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer The 17 women sat in chairs and did the cha cha, conducted an orchestra and swam the breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke. Welcome to the chair exercise class at Murray Hill Presbyterian Church. Some have...
Fair Results
PAINTING Best of Show: Austin Hudson Amateur Painting Division First place: Rene Scucci Second place: Lindsay Pullen Third place: Scott Siedschlog Youth Division First place: Wade White Second place: Evan Otte Third place:...
Families Oppose Lawsuit Caps; Malpractice Cases Face Limits in Florida
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer Melinda Hause of Orange Park said she is disgusted because she thinks the media continues to portray health care workers as the victims of the current medical crisis in Florida. Doctors are...
Firefighters Turn Up Contract Heat; Talks Languish over Salaries, Benefits Changes
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer There probably was no safer place to be anywhere in Clay County Tuesday than on the fourth floor of the county administration building in Green Cove Springs. Dozens of off-duty firefighters...
First Coast Girls Get a Chance to Play; Amelia Island: They'll Take on Stars
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer When the professional tennis players come to Amelia Island next week for the Bausch & Lomb Championships, a couple of Jacksonville girls will find themselves at center stage. Rebekah...
Fitness Trainer Puts Food in Needy Hands
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer It couldn't have seemed simpler to Tina Williams, owner of three fitness centers for women. "Many of my members need to cut down on food, the kids need food -- simple as that," Williams said. "I told them, 'Hey,...
Follow These Security Tips for Travelers
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Traveling is more security oriented than ever, says Consumer Reports. -- A valid government-issued photo ID is now required for simple transactions. Even driving your own car can subject you to...
Fruit Cove Traffic Signal Gets Early Green Light
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer It took a year of community lobbying to get a traffic signal approved for the intersection of Florida 13, Fruit Cove Woods Drive and Edgewater Drive in Fruit Cove. Now Florida Department of Transportation officials...
FSU Defensive Chief Will Speak to Boosters
Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews will make his first appearance before the Seminole Club of Clay County during the booster club's next meeting April 21 at Club Continental in Orange Park. Andrews will speak at 7:15 p.m., following...
GENERAL ASSEMBLY; GOP Fails in Bid for Abortion Bill Debate
Byline: Doug Gross, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- House Republicans failed yesterday in their bid to force a debate on an abortion bill they say has been bottled up in a committee. Rep. James Mills, R-Gainesville, attempted the rare tactic...
'Ghosts' Explores Titantic Wreckage in 3-D
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union movie writer You could quibble about some of the choices made in Ghosts of the Abyss, but there's no getting around one thing: It shows you, in 3-D, actual images of the Titanic, outside and inside the ship. ...
Girls Tennis Team Maintains Strength at St. Johns Country Day
Byline: Brent Beaird, Times-Union correspondent The St. Johns Country Day girls tennis team (9-1) is on course to make the Class 1A state tournament for the fourth straight year. The Lady Spartans have already won the Clay County championship and...
Gospel Superstar to Play Ritz Theatre
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer The Ritz Theatre will reverberate next week with the vocal prowess of a gospel superstar supported by an 80-voice choir. Recording artist Damaris Carbaugh, featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir,...
Hardy Hearts Train Pups to Be Guide Dogs; Separation Part of Deal
Byline: Susan Stanton, River City News correspondent Faith Martin of Ponte Vedra Beach got little sleep the night before the "puppy party." "I told my mother it was like the night before Christmas," she said. "I haven't been able to get this...
Hilliard Firefighters 'A Major Issue'
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Hilliard and Nassau County officials disagreed Wednesday about whether a recent decline in membership in the Hilliard Volunteer Fire Department poses a serious problem. According to Hilliard...
Hopeful for UNF Job Takes UCF Slot; List of Candidates Now Down to 6
Byline: Beth Kormanik, Times-Union staff writer The candidate pool for the president of the University of North Florida shrunk by one Thursday after the University of Central Florida hired one of the UNF finalists, Terry Hickey, as its provost....
Hybrid Drivers Say Car a Gas; Cities, Agencies Saving Cash
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Rita Hutton isn't fueling around when she says she enjoys the new car the Jacksonville Transportation Authority got her to use in her job as courier. The Toyota Prius hybrid gets about 50 miles per gallon, more...
Jaguars Notebook
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer QUARTERBACK DRAFT TALK SURPRISING TO GARRARD Backup QB David Garrard is surprised and disconcerted by the Jaguars' recent heavy interest in two of the top passers in the April 26-27 NFL Draft. ...
Kennedy Overhaul Ahead of Schedule
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Maintenance work aboard the Mayport Naval Station-based USS John F. Kennedy is slightly ahead of schedule, good news for the throngs of commuters who are stuck in extra long daily traffic jams...
Keystone Heights Sets Council Member Duties; Donation Buys New Wheels for Sheriff
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, Clay County Line correspondent Three Keystone Heights council members took the oath of office at Tuesday's meeting, with one new council member among the group. Keith Jones, who won Seat 5 when he defeated longtime council...
Last Day for Rides, Music and Horse Shows at Fair
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer If you haven't been to the Clay County Agricultural Fair yet, you've still got today. The fair ends at midnight, after a concert by country music star Neal McCoy that starts at 8 p.m. ...
Leader Is Weir? How? Short Game Leaves Long Hitters Behind
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Long course, wet course, bomber's course. Mike Weir heard it all week while preparing for the Masters Tournament. With six consecutive days of rain pelting the Augusta National Golf...
Local Caddie Carrying a Heavy Burden
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Thirty-six holes? As if it weren't enough for Bruce Edwards, a 48-year-old caddie who lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, to walk one loop of Augusta National Golf Club, a 50-pound bag...
Local Marine Wounded in Battle
Byline: Jim Schoettler, Times-Union staff writer On a crisp January day, Don Anderson and his son, David, sat on the back deck of their Jacksonville home, sipped a few drinks and spoke about death. Pfc. David Anderson, a fresh-faced Marine, was...
Magnet School Wins Honors
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer One downtown magnet school has a good prognosis when it comes to competing with other health occupation programs. A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology students took top honors recently at the Regional Competition...
Man's Body Discovered in Spring
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer Spring Park, on the banks of the St. Johns River, is a quiet, picturesque haven, one of the most popular recreational spots in Clay County, usually full of children playing, families picnicking...
Men Brag of Past Robberies to Ladies, Then Take Their Cash
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Police are looking for gunmen who robbed two Southside women early Sunday at a motel at 8200 Salisbury Road, as well as a masked gunman who robbed a female cashier at a Lil' Champ at 4029 Philips Highway the next...
Merger of Fire Agencies under Study; Green Cove Looks at County Help
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer The Green Cove Springs City Council will continue to investigate a possible fire service merger with Clay County, despite somewhat dashed hopes that such a deal would bring the city substantial...
Morning Briefing
FAIR TO PROMOTE FEDERAL EMPOWERMENT INCENTIVES The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will have a street fair this month for local entrepreneurs and business owners to discuss Jacksonville's new federal empowerment zones. At the...
MSD Clashes on Solana Road; County Official's Widening Plan Opposed
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer In the mounting contention over drainage improvements to Solana Road, some residents are asking Municipal Service District trustees to hire their own highway design consultant to figure out how to stop...
New Chief of Schools 'Tickled'; St. Johns Board Selects Joyner
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer St. Johns County's new school superintendent says he feels a "great connection" to the area and is looking forward to living in a "great community with a great school system." Joseph Joyner,...
Notebook
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer AMATEUR HOUR Ricky Barnes, the winner of the 2002 U.S. Amateur Championship and a senior at Arizona, posted the best opening-round Masters score (69) by an amateur since James Driscoll shot 68 in...
On Duty at Skate Station: It's 'The Ultimate Rink Rat'
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer Bobby Ballschneider's home smells of rental roller skates and wood sealer used to treat the roller rink floor. Ballschneider lives at the Orange Park Skate Station, where he has been assistant...
Orange Park, Clay Score Big Victories
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer Clay and Orange Park high schools managed to squeeze in a few baseball games between rain showers this week, and coaches for both teams are glad they did -- not to mention two players in particular....
Orange Park Junior High Rates Superior in Band Assessment
Byline: Toi Jefferson, Clay County Line staff writer Orange Park Junior High's band, under the direction of Charlie Rankin, earned a superior rating at the Florida Bandmasters Association's Middle School Concer Band Music Performers Asssesment at...
Palm Valley Shoppes Won't Clog Street, Sewer
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer The proposal for a Palm Valley shopping center gained momentum Wednesday as county officials ruled that developers proved the roads, sewer and other infrastructure could handle the project. The Sembler...
Pete's Bar Remains a Family Affair; 70th Anniversary Party Set for Today
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Pete's Bar, known as the first establishment in Duval County to receive a liquor license at the end of Prohibition in 1933, actually has roots that predate the historic building at Lemon and...
Physician Heads Panel Looking for School Site; Buskirk a Strong Believer in Public Education
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer As a radiation oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Steve Buskirk spends his days healing cancer patients with high energy X-rays and assisting surgeons during tumor treatment operations. ...
Plan Would Save Athens' Face; Facades Would Be Preserved; Insides Could Be Altered
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Athens-Clarke County Commission's recent initiative to designate downtown Athens as a historic district aims to preserve the character of the area, but will, in fact, do little to preserve the history of many downtown buildings....
POLICE BRIEFING; 2 Pregnant Women Attacked
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Two men were arrested last weekend on aggravated battery charges after they attacked pregnant women in their Southside homes, police said. Meanwhile, a 66-year-old Southside man was arrested Tuesday afternoon...
POLICE BRIEFING; Free Ride Costs Woman Cash
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer When a woman took a man up on his offer to drive her to cash her Social Security check, she ended up the robbery victim of the man and his two sons, police said. A 44-year-old woman told police a man gave her...
Police Briefing; Man Swings Sword in Assault on Couple
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer A 25-year-old man was arrested at 1 a.m. Tuesday in the 8300 block of Highfield Avenue and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery. Witnesses said the suspect was with a 24-year-old...
POLICE BRIEFING; Motorist Injured in Hail of Gunfire Man, 21, Shot in Driveby after Going to Club
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer A 21-year-old man was treated at Shands Jacksonville for a gunshot wound to the head that he received when his car was stopped at Stockton and West Beaver streets. Police said they found 10 bullet casings at...
POLICE BRIEFING; St. Johns Man Charged in Attack
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer A 27-year-old St. Johns County man was arrested Sunday on charges of burglary, aggravated assault and domestic battery after he attacked a woman in a home in the 9500 block of County Road 13, police said. The...
POLICE BRIEFS; 43 Arrested on Alcohol Charges
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH -- A man reported Monday that someone stole $300 from a drawer at his home in the 900 block of Ocean Boulevard. The man also said $40 in change...
Political Supporters Who Matter
Byline: Derek Kinner, Nassau Neighbors editor If you were in Fernandina Beach Tuesday, driving down Atlantic Avenue, you probably saw the huge sign on the back of a pickup truck just west of the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center, where city voters...
Pond Project Tries to Net New Anglers
Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's Jacksonville Urban Pond Project provides opportunities for fishing to groups and individuals of all ages. JUPP projects are associated with nine ponds,...
Prayer Day Set for Sawgrass' No. 1 Hole
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Hundreds of people gathered around the first hole of the Stadium Course at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass every day during the last week in March to watch the world's best golfers tee off...
Proposal Surprises Duval's Sister
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer AUGUSTA -- Todd Galley surveyed the beauty around the 12th and 13th holes of the Augusta National Golf Club yesterday and commented to his girlfriend, Deirdre Duval, that it would be a nice place for...
Prosser Staying at Wake Forest
Wake Forest basketball coach Skip Prosser rejected the chance to return to his hometown as coach, announcing yesterday that he would stay with the Demon Deacons and not pursue the Pittsburgh job. The rejection was the second in as many weeks for...
PUBLIC SAFETY; Teens Charged in Break-Ins
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer What originally had been reported as "shots fired" in a neighborhood off Blanding Boulevard turned out to be Jacksonville teens armed with baseball bats breaking into automobiles. Three...
Public's SARS Fear Spreads at Epidemic Rate
Byline: P. Douglas Filaroski, Times-Union staff writer Florida's latest germ scare may mean brisk business for surgical mask suppliers, but it's causing heartburn for health officials dealing with a near-panicked public. As military fighting...
Rain Boosts Coverage on USA Network
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer USA Network got its opportunity to bask in the limelight with more than six hours of coverage in yesterday's 36 holes of The Masters competition. The network had originally planned to show just...
Reports Keep Families Posted, Glued to TV; 'Embedded' Updates Yield Clues about Loved Ones
Byline: Charlie Patton, Times-Union staff writer For the families of 140 Jacksonville-area Marines, the Pentagon's decision to "embed" journalists with military units has provided an invaluable source of information. Thanks to the reporting of...
RiverFest Gets Help from Community
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer More than 60 companies and organizations that do business in Clay County have come forward to help fund RiverFest, Green Cove Springs' annual Memorial Day celebration. A community fund-raising...
School Retools Students' Schedules; Providence to Offer Way to Balance Day
Byline: Beth Kormanik, Times-Union staff writer Administrators at Providence School are hoping a schedule change helps high school students balance homework, sports and family. The Christian school near the Beaches will offer three schedules...
Skate Club on a Roll with First Social Jam; Participants Travel from 12 States
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer They line danced, step danced, break danced and jitterbugged on roller skates. It was the first Jacksonville-area Skate Jam at Orange Park Skate Station. More than 350 skaters from 12 states...
SMILE, You're on Cell Phone Camera! Alexander Graham Bell Couldn't Have Imagined This: Calling Someone and Taking Pictures -- All with the Same Device
Byline: Roger Bull, Times-Union staff writer Derek Wilcoxen is a fitness counselor, so he deals with changes. When he wants to take before-and-after photos of his clients, he reaches for his cell phone. And when his 1-year-old daughter does something...
Spring Differences for Gators and 'Noles
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer Sometime today, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden and Florida coach Ron Zook will take a moment to reflect on spring football practice. Their reactions will not be the same. Bowden, who saw...
Suns' New Ballpark Grounds for Enthusiasm
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer Civic progress doesn't always come cheap, but last night's inaugural game at the $34 million Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville has to rank as a home run for anyone who cares about the sport's connection...
Suspect Boasted of Killing, Inmates Say; Man Charged with First-Degree Murder
Byline: Paul Pinkham, Times-Union staff writer Mark Anthony Alverez boasted of raping and killing a college student he met at a dance, then got a satanic homemade tattoo to memorialize her death, fellow Duval County jail inmates testified yesterday...
Tax Time Leads One to Take Action, like Noshing or Golf
Byline: Jackie Rooney, Shorelines columnist I can't wait until Tax Freedom Day, that point in the year when Americans stop working for the government and begin working for themselves. In 2002, the date was May 3. In 1998, the average family worked...
Teacher Shares Her Experience in Book
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer During Dorothy Fletcher's rookie year as a high school English teacher, two of her students died--one of a brain tumor and the other in a fall down an elevator shaft while working for a construction company....
Tennis World Turns to Nassau; Amelia Island: It's Time for Bausch & Lomb Championships Again
Byline: Derek L. Kinner, Nassau Neighbors editor Twenty years ago, in 1980, Martina Navratilova helped inaugurate the WTA Championships at Amelia Island Plantation. Navratilova, one of the world's premier tennis players at the time, defeated...
The People's Law School in Session; Legal Lessons Taught at Beach
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, River Bend Review writer On April 5, when many Beaches residents were out sunning themselves by the pool, at the beach or at Jacksonville Beach's blues festival, a few folks were ensconced at the Ponte Vedra Beach branch...
The People's Law School Is in Session; Beaches Residents Get Legal Lessons
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer On April 5, when many Beaches residents were out sunning themselves by the pool, at the beach or at Jacksonville Beach's blues festival, a few folks were ensconced at the Ponte Vedra Beach branch library...
Time Change Benefits Beaches Events
Byline: Brian Kosoy, Times-Union correspondent An extra hour of daylight could not have come at a better time, with a multitude of sports and recreation events taking place at the Beaches. Here are this week's newsmakers and happenings: -- Surfing...
UC's Brown Earns 600th Career Win
Byline: Jason Schneider, Times-Union sports writer *******************CORRECTION April 18, 2003 Joey Fields hit two home runs to lead University Christian to a 10-4 victory against Trinity Christian in a high school baseball game April 1. Because...
Victims Rights Ceremony to Mark Awareness Effort
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer A victims rights ceremony will be held in Green Cove Springs Monday, as Clay County caps National Crime Victims Rights Week. The ceremony starts at 6 p.m. in Spring Park, which is located...
Voters Will Decide Sikes' Political Future; Callahan: Recall Election Scheduled for Tuesday
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Callahan voters will have one, possibly two decisions to make when they head to the polls Tuesday: Should Councilman Jack Sikes be removed from the Town Council, and, if he is removed, who should...
Westside Road Project Now Closer to Fast Track; City Could Help near Cecil Center
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer The state Department of Transportation and Jacksonville City Hall have revived talks about getting Branan Field-Chaffee Road in the fast lane for construction through Cecil Commerce Center. The...
Wildflowers Add Beauty along Clay's Roadways
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Texas Bluebonnets greet motorists at the foot of the bridge on U.S. 17 at Doctors Lake. Pink phlox and red California poppies dot the medians on Blanding Boulevard in Middleburg. Ample rain and...
Yulee Students Join Bid for World Record
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Nearly 400 students and 20 teachers at Yulee Elementary School participated in an attempt to break the world record for the largest simultaneous lesson Wednesday. The lesson, which emphasized...
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