The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 8, 1998

[3] Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Southside to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. ROBBERY: A man delivering a pizza from Domino's to an apartment in the 1800 block of San Marco Boulevard about 11:30 a.m....
Adam's Mark Close to Downtown Decision
An Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts executive said yesterday the chain expects to decide within a few weeks whether to aggressively pursue a downtown Jacksonville development. Both Adam's Mark and city officials say the project would require...
A Resting Place for Pets Cemetery Planning to Expand
********** CORRECTION (4/9/98) Because of a reporting error, the location of the Jacksonville Humane Society's pet cemetery was incorrect on a map on Page B-1 yesterday. The cemetery is on the south side of Beach Boulevard. ...
Artists Come to Historic Setting It's Time for the Mandarin Art Festival
The Mandarin Arts Festival has reached middle age. But being 30 years old hasn't slowed the traditional Easter weekend event, which will feature 125 artists displaying their paintings, sculptures, jewelry and crafts Saturday and Sunday at...
Board Takes Offense at Report
Clay County School Board members and Superintendent David Owens, despite bruised egos, promised to give "serious consideration" to consultants' recommendations for changing the way the school district operates. MGT of America Inc., a Tallahasseebased...
Bowlers Return to Old Home Lanes Improving Image with Customers
Eddie Walker said he stopped bowling at the only alley in North Jacksonville three years ago because management didn't seem to value its customers, particularly African-Americans. The bowling alley had poor restroom facilities and dilapidated...
Calling All Business Partners Pilot Program Seeks More Companies to Help Protect Kids
A pilot program that relies on neighborhood resources to help neglected and abused children needs more businesses to support its cause. Jacksonville's Community Partnership for the Protection of Children kicked off last year in struggling...
Church Van's Deaf Driver Missing
Police suspect someone may have harmed a deaf Jacksonville man who was last seen Sunday dropping off members of his church. Robert C. Brown Jr., 58, of the 1600 block of Rutledge Avenue was last seen about 8 p.m. while using the Trinity Baptist...
City Leaders Talk Business with Lawmakers
TALLAHASSEE -- Jacksonville's business and political elite laid claim to Tallahassee this week, urging state lawmakers from Duval County to bring home state dollars commensurate with the city's growing influence. And the legislators, during...
Clay Gator Club Has an Edge in Getting Spurrier -- His Mom
University of Florida football coach Steve Spurrier was the feature attraction at the Clay County Gator Club Thursday night, speaking to more than 900 fans. Spurrier, in his first visit to the club, said he was excited about being in Clay...
Clay Students Prepare Anti-Tobacco Project
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Lori Bayler and Heather Young, who are juniors at Clay High School, are about as busy as any two students can be. Taking on tobacco -- educating kids about its dangers to their health -- is just another service project...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "There's nothing wrong with a roving, roaming street party as long as they do nothing illegal. We will not tolerate inappropriate behavior." -- Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, who said the city is more organized than in years...
Crusaders Hammer Way to Sweep
Youth and experience both shined at the plate for the Bishop Kenny baseball team as the Crusaders swept a doubleheader against Kenmore East of Buffalo (N.Y.). BK (17-4) took the first game 11-1 in just five innings and won the second 6-1....
DOWN MEMORY LANE Nicklaus Looks Back
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The memories flooded back, a combination of family, craft and venue which has spanned parts of five decades. And wearing one of his six green jackets, under a sparkling Georgia sun and surrounded by more than 2,000 fans,...
Dutton Island Deal Finalized by County, Atlantic
ATLANTIC BEACH -- It took two mayors, four years and the cooperation of Jacksonville and other agencies to close the deal for Atlantic Beach to purchase Pine Island. The deal, finalized March 27, was once called by City Manager Jim Jarboe...
Embattled Linn Wins Raise
NEPTUNE BEACH -- Without much comment, Neptune Beach council members voted Monday to give City Manager Richard Linn a 5-percent, $2,500 raise and set an April 29 workshop to discuss the manager's performance. Linn, who started the $50,000-a-year...
Fam-Co Probe Widens Federal Officials Investigating Now
Federal law enforcement officials seized business records yesterday from Fam-Co Learning and Development Center as part of an ongoing investigation of allegations of mismanagement and misuse of government funds at the Jacksonville day-care...
Five Points Renewal in the Works Plans Are to Give Area a Village Look
Sheriff Nat Glover said he has a soft spot for the Five Points commercial district and fond memories of attending movies at its theater. And he pledged his support to efforts by a group of Riverside business leaders and residents to improve...
Flamingo in Flight Again
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- Area stores can expect another run on pink, plastic flamingos because trustees of the Municipal Service District want the same right Palm Valley has to opt out of the incorporation of Ponte Vedra Beach. Flamingos first...
FSU Baseball
This week: The Seminoles (30-11, 9-1 ACC, No. 12 Collegiate Baseball) play host to Jacksonville tonight at 6, then travel to Chapel Hill for a three-game, weekend Atlantic Coast Conference series with North Carolina (21-12, 6-5 ACC). Who's...
Grandfather Sends $3,000 to Strangers
Dear Call Box: My grandfather lives in Georgia, and I think he's been scammed. However, he doesn't think so. A man called him and said he had won a million dollars in a lottery. He asked my grandfather to wire $3,000 to California to cover...
Henry Departure Is 15th under Same Chancellor
ATLANTA -- Nicholas Henry's resignation as president of Georgia Southern University this week marked the 15th public college leadership change since Chancellor Stephen Portch took office in 1993. In all, Portch has been in on changing 44...
Heritage River Foes Seek Compromise
TALLAHASSEE -- Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney and a key state lawmaker said yesterday they are trying to reach a compromise in their dispute about whether the St. Johns River should be considered for a federal rivers program. The possible...
It's Beach Season -- but Watch the Cheek Glide
Spring is sprung. Beach season is at hand. The cry of the boom box is heard at the shore. The whine of personal watercraft slices the surf. The first -- gasp! -- thong bikini peeks on the strand. 'Tis time again for the Beaches to hunker...
Jackson Has New Football Coach Sullivan Will Try to Turn School's Struggling Program Around
A decade and a half has passed since the Jackson football team has posted a winning record and, since 1980, the Tigers have registered a .500 mark only three times. So the Tigers have hired Kevin Sullivan in an attempt to turn the program...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "You're never too young to get your hearing checked." -- Anne Rouleau Peck, an audiologist at Nemours Children's Clinic. Story on Page A-1. BOB PHELPS' PEOPLE Carol Logan of Dinsmore was at a playground with her granddaughter,...
No Longer Fun and Games Raymond Knows All about Osterloh's Difficult Transition
AMELIA ISLAND -- The transition from college to the real world isn't easy. But when the real world is the WTA Tour, the transition can be a little harder. After winning the 1997 NCAA singles title for Stanford in her freshman year, Lilia...
Northwest St. Johns Crime Up Request Renewed for More Area Patrols
Overall crime increased 29 percent in the Northwest sector of St. Johns County between 1996 and 1997, prompting the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office to renew a budget request for more deputies in the area this year. The latest crime statistics...
Officials Try to Decide Palm Valley Boundaries
About 25 residents showed up at the Ponte Vedra branch library on Friday to help state legislators finalize the official boundaries on a map of the place they said has always been and should remain Palm Valley. A move to include Palm Valley...
One Year Later, Fuzzy Still Hearing It
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- "We love you, Fuzz," two middle-aged women scream. "You still da man, Fuzz," yells a thirtysomething man chomping on an unlit cigar. "Go get 'em, Fuzzy," says a kid wearing an Atlanta Braves baseball cap. And Frank...
Playing with Big Cats Landrum Fields Team against NFL Players
OK, so it was really bad basketball. Even with a guy named Jordan on the court, the shooters threw up enough bricks to build a new gym and most of the passes failed. But it was really good entertainment Friday when a team of Jacksonville...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently in Arlington to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. ROBBERY: A man walking in the 1400 block of Cesery Boulevard by Arlington Baptist Church about 8:35 p.m. Thursday told police...
Quickness the Key to Middle School Basketball Team
Rudy LeCount liked what he saw when he watched James Weldon Johnson Middle School's seventh-grade boys basketball team practice for the first time earlier this year. "I told them, `Just looking at [the] skills you guys got, you're going...
Quick Work One Set Enough in Seles' Win
AMELIA ISLAND -- Monica Seles made her Amelia Island debut last night, but the match ended before it was supposed to. Seles, seeded No. 3, won the first set 6-3 but was losing the second 1-2 when her opponent, Meike Babel, retired with food...
Regents OK Increases in Fees, Tuition
ATLANTA -- Tuition won't be the only thing going up for public university students this fall. Fees for things like recreation, student activities, parking and health services will rise as well. The Board of Regents, meeting in Albany yesterday,...
Rodeo Families Get Closer
For the second consecutive year, the Florida High School Rodeo proved a big crowd-pleaser at the Clay County Agricultural Fair. More than 10,000 fans turned out over the weekend to watch young cowboys and cowgirls from across the state compete...
Russian Heartthrob Wows 'Em
AMELIA ISLAND -- Jack Barley fell in love. While watching Anna Kournikova warm up for her match with Wiltrud Probst, Barley fell hard for the 16-year-old Russian. So he did what any smitten young man would do. He gave Kournikova a flower....
Shopping Center, Office Complex Coming to Fruit Cove
A new shopping center and office complex is coming to Fruit Cove, although the recent land clearing for the 7.5-acre site at 475 Florida 13 had some Northwest St. Johns County residents concerned. Contractors began clearing trees off the...
Solving through Involving Group's Goal: Work with, Not Against
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- The turn of events clearly pained Roosevelt Paige, as he presided over a meeting of the Green Cove Springs-based community group he heads. In March, a resident accused city officials of racism in their code-enforcement...
Sounding an Alarm Hearing Loss Found in 15 Percent of Kids
About 15 percent of U.S. children have some degree of hearing loss that, even if slight, could impair their speech and learning ability, according to a new study by a University of Florida researcher and others. Most of the detected hearing...
State Scholarships May Be More Difficult to Get
Shocking news. It seems that high school students in Clay County and around the state are actually performing well. Can you believe this? Teachers and schools are actually doing a great job. Students are learning. Now the problem is that...
Stephens Gets Death Penalty for Killing Child
During his trial, Jason Stephens asked to be electrocuted for "all the crimes I'd done all my life." Yesterday, Stephens got his wish to go to the electric chair, when a judge sentenced him to death for the murder of a 3-year-old Jacksonville...
Stoplight Request Renewed Merrill Road Site `1 of Most Hazardous'
Motorists say turning across oncoming traffic on Merrill Road east of Florida 9A is sometimes difficult and risky. And, they say, there's almost always a long wait. In several town hall meetings in Arlington over the last few months, the...
SuperStock Wins Web Photo Suit
A picture's worth more than a thousand words -- even in cyberspace. Three pictures belonging to Jacksonville-based SuperStock that were illegally used on another company's Internet site were worth $3,500 apiece, a jury has determined. ...
Teacher Bonus Idea Puts Lawmakers into Action
If you like hardball politics and don't want to drive to Tallahassee to watch the Florida Legislature, wait awhile and head to a local elementary, middle or high school. That's where the real action could be, depending on what direction...
There's Work, and Then There's Work
Work. Someone has to do it and there's a lot of it no one thinks about. Silver's Pharmacy started me at 50 cents an hour in 1963. My first fringe benefit really impressed me -- an employee discount. Seven days a week, my assignment was...
The Road Back to Atlanta Braves' Smoltz Throws Six Strong Innings but Loses to Suns
John Smoltz still wondered how his right elbow would feel if he pushed himself a little further. After six innings of work last night while pitching for the Greenville Braves, Smoltz felt fine. He actually could have gone longer. What was...
Touched by Tragedy Middle Schoolers' Art Reaches Back to Holocaust Victims and Shares Their Sorrow
Life in middle school is tough. It's the beginning of the teen years, the earliest stages of adulthood. It's a time of worry about self-image and what others think, a time of great bodily changes, new body hair, skin blemishes and psychological...
UF Gets Leading Role in FSU Med School
TALLAHASSEE -- State lawmakers say they will move ahead with plans for a Florida State University medical school, but Mayo Clinic Jacksonville might not play a leading role. House Majority Leader Jim King, R-Jacksonville, said lawmakers ...
Violent Crime Stats Down but Domestic Violence Up in Florida
TALLAHASSEE -- Four out of 10 of the most violent crimes in Florida weren't committed in darkened alleys or crack houses last year -- they happened in hallways and living rooms. "We have a serious domestic crime problem in this state," said...
White Girls Track Team Goes for State Title
Last year, the Ed White girls track team finished second in the state in Class 5A. Coach Steve O'Brien is proud of what his team accomplished, but thinks the team's best achievements may be ahead. "We ought to have a well-rounded team,"...
Wildlife Not Ducking Springfield
This time of year, I always count on experiencing Historic Springfield's vernal awakening. Clover mottles Springfield Park like a Monet painting. The air heaves with its scent. Baby-green sycamore buds unfold into leaves from their winter's...
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