The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 25, 1996

2-Minute Drill
JUSTICE ON MEND Just last week the possibility seemed farfetched, but the Atlanta Braves now are seriously considering the possibility of right fielder David Justice being available for the postseason. "The way I saw him swing the bat,...
A City Losing Count Some Build, but Impacts Not Factored
With office complexes, apartments and shopping all under development, Deerwood Park is one of the fastest-growing places in Jacksonville. But when city planners predict where new traffic will come from, they aren't counting the growth that's...
`American Girl' Dared to Soar Ruth Elder Helped Put Jacksonville on the Aviation Map
Jacksonville once soared with The American Girl. "Ruth ribbons" were in the hair of every flapper. It was the summer 1927. Ruth Elder was a neighbor child. She dared destiny and grasped glory. She came out of nowhere -- well, Lakeland --...
Boating Notes
WALLACE WINS ST. JOHNS RACE A Hobie 33 with a "tape" name took first place in last weekend's Florida Yacht Club, but there was a different name at the helm. Steve Suddath and his 33, Duct Tape, is often at the top of the first-in-fleet...
Bridge Work Postponed until Late September
The Ortega River Bridge, the most-opened draw span in Florida, is getting something of a reprieve on two fronts. It now appears virtually certain that the 2 1/2-month closing of the span to vehicular traffic and a projected shutdown to...
Brunswick Must Rebuild to Contend in '96
The task facing the Brunswick football team this season is a daunting one. Not only will the Pirates (7-3, 4-2 Region 3-AAAA B) be playing one of the toughest schedules in school history, they'll do so with only three starters returning....
Building Continues at Glynn New Coach Using Pride as Motivator
Under new head coach Perry Tulley, Glynn Academy is hoping to put the disappointments of the past two football seasons behind it. In 1995, Glynn Academy had to settle for a second consecutive 1-9 finish, after which firstyear coach Steve...
Catalanotto Drives Suns to Victory
If this four-game series against Carolina is a preview of the first round of the Southern League playoffs, the Jacksonville Suns should be pretty pleased with themselves. With a 7-6 win over the Mudcats last night in front of 5,215 at Wolfson...
Challenger Wages Uphill Battle to Fend off Fowler Landslide
If experience, incumbency, money and name recognition count for anything in politics, U.S. Rep. Tillie Fowler would appear to be in pretty good shape for re-election. Nobody even bothered to oppose the Jacksonville Republican for her second...
Chant Goes Up for Defense Area's Best Dominated by Ball Hawks
Last season, the dominant high school football players in Northeast Florida were almost exclusively made up of wide receivers and running backs. In 1996, defense will have its revenge. Nine of the 1996 Florida Times-Union Super 11 play...
Cheyunski Changing Christians' Attitude
When Jim Cheyunski finally settled in at his new post as football coach at University Christian, there were two immediate differences. First, Cheyunski's brand new Dodge Ram truck had 9,000 extra miles on it from all the traveling he did...
Clinch Is Shooting for Second Place
Clinch County head football coach Cecil Barber isn't buying it. When he heard that Charlton head coach Rich McWhorter believed Clinch would finish a the top of Region 2-A and his own team would finish sixth, Barber couldn't help but let out...
Coaches Warning: Beware of Gators
Brad Scott has heard it all, and still can't understand the commotion of all the promotion. The coach at South Carolina, Scott has a corny, cliched response to Tennessee fever sweeping the Southeastern Conference: Beware of the sleeping...
Concussions Cause for Concern for Smeenge, Jaguars
A week ago tonight, Donelle Smeenge made it a point to wake her husband up several times during the night. That's because she wanted to make sure he was still alive. Smeenge sustained a concussion in last Sunday's preseason victory over...
Convention to Bear Brunt of Teachers
There will be a different brand of Chicago boss influencing the goings-on at this year's Democratic convention: teachers. When Democrats gavel in their national convention tomorrow, members of the National Education Association will account...
Country Vet Writes of Humorous Experiences
John E. McCormack always loved his work. He just hated what he was called. "The most common was vetinary," McCormack said. "Others I got were veteran, venetian, vegetarian, and, this was the worst one, venereal." McCormack was actually...
Delegates Must Face Full Agenda
Delegates face some tough choices at the Democratic National Convention. Take tomorrow's opening night, for example. There's the Reggae Victory Splash, Comedy Central's Democratic National Convention Blowout, Late Night Blues, the All-Star...
Doing Defense by Design How's This for a Switch?
Someone had to tackle him. Fall on him, stumble into him, trip him. Somewhere along and in between those 15 seconds of defensive disbelief is the foundation of a champion. Some teams have it, others search for it. Some can't seem to grab...
Do-It-All Brown Too Busy to Count Stats
For those of you planning to attend Hamilton County games this fall, here's a little reminder: Alex Brown wears No. 3. Officially, the all-everything linebacker who was named Hamilton County's Most Valuable Player in 1995 didn't even lead...
Dolphins Aim to Establish Ground Attack
DAVIE -- He is either very smart, stubborn or both, which may explain the offensive strate gy of Jimmy Johnson this season. He wants to run. Then, he wants to run. And after that, he wants to run. The Miami Dolphins have a rookie with the...
Dungy Molding Tougher Bucs
Nothing, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers well know, provides more cause for giddy, happy NFL preseasons than a coaching change. Out went John McKay; in went Leeman Bennett. As with those that followed, in came high hopes, all unfulfilled. Out went...
Electronic Sketch Pads Offer Alternative for Mouse-Haters
Afraid of mice? If you're new to computing, you may become frustrated trying to get around the screen using a mouse. Artists may find it awkward to draw with a mouse, and for those suffering from repetitive stress injury, mousing around can...
Episcopal Trying to Develop Consistency
Cameron Cooper had better be in shape -- good shape. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound junior at Episcopal should be seeing a lot of playing time this season at wide receiver, free safety and kicker. "Right now, he's one of the best athletes on...
Expectations Running High at Trinity
Enthusiasm and expectations are high at Trinity Christian Academy. Coming off the first playoff appearance in school history, Conquerors players, fans and parents expect this year to be no different. "Last year was great," said head coach...
Ex-Principal's Career on Line Hearing to Decide Trawick's Fate
Former Forrest High School Principal Emory Trawick's personnel file offers radically different views of the longtime Jacksonville educator. One view portrays Trawick as a principal who sexually harassed female employees behind closed doors...
Falcons Planning on Playoff Spot
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons allowed the most passing yards in NFL history and still made the playoffs last year. How? They had a 4,000-yard passer in Jeff George, a 1,000-yard rusher in Craig Heyward, three 1,000-yard receivers in Eric...
Falling Star Caught Nightmarish 1995 Behind Anthony
GAINESVILLE -- Summers used to be different for Reidel Anthony, when the work was easy and the rewards even sweeter. He'd race anyone down steamy E Street in South Bay. Have your money -- and be prepared to lose it. That all ended this...
FAMU Gets a Title Try
TALLAHASSEE -- It's hard to improve on perfection, but Florida A&M football coach Billy Joe is willing to give it a whirl, now that the Rattlers' schedule is cleared in time to receive a Division I-AA playoff berth in 1996. By pushing...
Fierce Battle Brews in District 5
It could be the tightest of all four Duval County School Board races. Incumbent Gwendola Jones acknowledges it won't be easy to win a second term representing District 5, a diverse district that spans from the Westside Skills Center across...
Generals Hoping Bell Propels Them to Playoffs
The Lee High School football team knew it had something special in Atrews Bell the first time he touched the ball. As a freshman in 1993, the Lee coaches threw Bell into a game as part of the punt return team. Less than a minute later he ran...
GOP Effort to Blame Drug Use on Clinton Is Hypocritical
What a crock. The Republicans have been screaming for years that the federal government is out of control. You know the story line: The feds need to get their big noses out of our lives. Return the power to the people. For instance,...
Growing Just Gaga for Grapes Crowds Get Juiced on Muscadines
In the fields behind a Fleming Island subdivision, there were dry lectures and juicy grapes yesterday. And a crowd of people ate up both. Perhaps 1,000 people wandered through vineyards, nibbling on nine varieties of grapes during the Muscadine...
Hardy Takes Creek Less Traveled
When you fish the unspoiled stretch of Intracoastal Waterway between Pine Island and St. Augustine with Carl Hardy, you'll go places that don't appear on any chart. Places like Pittsburgh Creek ("I took some Yankee from Pittsburgh in there...
Huntington Fights Cut-Day Agony
Even though he has all but assured himself of a spot on the team, he'll worry today just like he worries every other cut day. When the phone rings, his heart will probably pound out a Buddy Rich drum solo on his chest, his career will pass...
Incidents Make Roster Look like Aftermath of Hurricanes
It wouldn't be the University of Miami if controversy didn't surround its football team. The two almost have become synonymous. Last season, the first for coach Butch Davis at Miami, the school had an NCAA investigation hanging over its head....
It's `Big Country' for FSU Lineman Wilson Closes in on Sack Record
TALLAHASSEE -- The legend of Reinard "Big Country" Wilson began on the family farm outside Lake City, but seems to grow daily. It's a story about a young man who hunted racoons by night with his father after a full day's work in the tobacco...
Lack of Depth Concerns Donnan Talented Starters Should Help Bulldogs
You hear it, see it and feel it everywhere around the campus of the University of Georgia. Talk of red and black has been buoyed with talk of burnt orange and blue -- specifically, the Auburn Tigers. If Terry Bowden can do it, well, so...
Let the Real Games Begin Jaguars Happy Regular Season Will Start Soon
DENVER -- Leon Searcy says it's time for the dance. Andre Rison calls it the show. Whatever the name, the Jacksonville Jaguars are ready for the regular season. After beating the Denver Broncos 31-24 at Mile High Stadium Friday night to...
Loan Deal Is Too Good to Be True
Readers with questions about estate planning, taxes and investing were able to find help when a group of volunteers from the Jacksonville chapter of the Chartered Life Underwriters and Chartered Financial Consultants spent a recent Saturday...
Lowndes New `Super' Fled Spats? Superintendent May Have Been Fed Up with Higher-Paying Job in Tyler, Texas
VALDOSTA -- Depending on who's talking, Lowndes County's new school superintendent either has come home to his Georgia roots or simply escaped from Texas. Tom Hagler, a Buena Vista native and ex-Jacksonville resident, will tell you that...
MAKING IT IN FITZGERALD Homeless Man Given a Chance
FITZGERALD -- When asked to perform a simple subtraction problem, a puzzled look briefly crosses Lorenza Johnson's weathered face. Though the mentally disabled 41-year-old janitor struggles to do basic math, his face brightens as he tries...
McCool Loves More Than Just Football at Palatka
Funny how the most successful football coach in Palatka history lists winning a state baseball title in 1975 as one of his most fond coaching memories in his 30 years at the school. That may be because it's Jim McCool's only state title. ...
Monts Not Planning on Relocating Series
Location. Location. Location. Sometimes it's the difference between a successful race and a bust. Just ask Larry Monts. For the past 19 years, Monts has directed the Run for Fun Olympics Distance Series, a series of nine races over three...
Mother Asks Lott from Talented Son Defensive Back Becomes All-Star
GAINESVILLE -- It was always so much easier when no one knew who the shy kid with the bright face was. When football, like most games, was more a ritual of childhood than a rite of passage. How could things have changed so suddenly with so...
New Carts Reign at Queen's Harbour
The high-tech cart experiment at Queen's Harbour has turned out better than head professional Tom Stecker could have dreamed. It has been most of the spring and an entire summer since the Southside club installed the Pro Shot Global Positioning...
New Coach Ready to Rebuild Suwannee
Paul Landry first met Mike Pittman at a high school football coaches meeting in 1985. Landry was the head coach at Pensacola Catholic and had previously gone through some lean years as an assistant at Live Oak Suwannee in the early 1980s....
Outdoors Notes
Christmas presents It was Christmas in August for three anglers from Waycross, Ga., last Saturday. Donnie Laughinghouse, John Spivey and Mike Dowling, fishing in Christmas Creek on Cumberland Island, caught an incredible 44 flounder...
Pair Drown on Westside
Cleveland Swails of Jacksonville and his 8-year-old grandson, Josh Langham, did almost everything together this summer. Sadly, the two best friends spent their last moments together yesterday afternoon. Swails, 73, and Josh were paddling...
Paralympics Don't Draw, Do Inspire
ATLANTA -- The stands have been mostly empty; thunderstorms dampened and delayed three nights of competition; and athletes complained about late buses and messy rooms in the athletic village. But as the 1996 Paralympic Games come to a close...
Parker Pursues His Last Hurrah
Four years ago, Billy Parker said he was running his last campaign for the Duval County School Board. Well, it's 1996, and Parker's name is back on the ballot for the Westside seat he has held for 16 years. Term limits dictate that this...
Pennington Upset with Last Place
WAYCROSS, Ga. -- Ware County fans are eager to usher in the Steve Pennington era. After all, the Gators have suffered through two dismal seasons: 4-6 in 1994 and 1-9 last season. However, Pennington may have taken on more than he can handle...
Playoffs a Challenge for Charlton
After living the good life atop Region 2-A the past two years, the bottom may have dropped out of Charlton County. "I believe we've looked closely at our players," said Charlton coach Rich McWhorter. "For us to make the playoffs will be a...
Plenty of Questions for Camden
KINGSLAND, Ga. -- Jeff Caldwell may have more questions than he has answers for the 1996 edition of the Camden County Wildcats. It appears the 'Cats may start out much like the 1995 squad did. Slowly, but ending with a bang. Camden began...
Quarterbacks Lead Super 11
After a couple of lean years, the passing quarterbacks are back on this year's Florida Times-Union Super 11 team. As usual, though, the throwers must share the offensive glory with the runners. This year's squad, which features the best ...
Raiders Look to Pollard but This Time It's Rico, Not Robert
The name Pollard and football are synonymous at Orange Park. This year it is Rico Pollard, the younger brother of Parade All-American running back Robert Pollard, who will be attracting local attention. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Rico Pollard...
Rams Try to End 30-Year Skid
In 1966 Englewood went to the state playoffs and suffered a 40-14 loss to Melbourne. Since then, a lot has happened. Man has walked on the moon. The Vietnam war ended. Baseball has expanded from 20 to 28 teams. Seven presidents have...
Replacing a Legend New Coach under Pressure in Valdosta
The late Nick Hyder used to say his job running the nationally acclaimed Valdosta High football program was the toughest in the world. But there may be a tougher one -- replacing the 22-year coach, who compiled a 249-36-2 record and won...
Russian Theater Art Exhibition NAS JAX to Help Struggling Artists
They range from Puss in Boots to characters from Pushkin, from The Barber of Seville to Madame Butterfly -- still, these costume designs are all Russian. A brief exhibition and sale, open only this Thursday and Friday at the NAS JAX Officers'...
Sept. 21 Important Date for Hunters
If you're a duck hunter and/or bowhunter, and a college football fan, Sept. 21 is going to be one fine Saturday. That's the opening of Florida's early duck season, the opening of archery season in the state's Central Zone, and the date of...
Several Jaguars Make Most of Final Audition
DENVER -- The worrying had begun for Brant Boyer. Had he done enough? Had a good preseason game, or two, earned him a job? "Ask me Monday," Boyer, a third-year linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars, said Friday after the Jaguars' 31-24 ...
Shula a Shell of Jutted-Jaw Coaching Icon
The news conference was set to begin, and there was Don Shula, same as ever. His chin was chiseled and set; his hair slicked back with a tinge of gray. It was all the same, a scene he knew from experience. At a pregame news conference Monday,...
Something Different: Presidential Book Bites
We fret over the social and political implications of government by sound bite, elections lost and won by image, marketing, instant replay. Thus has it been at least since Richard Nixon neglected to pat pancake over his five o'clock shadow...
Springfield Woman Found Dead; Foul Play Suspected
A 47-year-old woman was found dead in her Springfield home yesterday afternoon, the victim of an apparent homicide. Police found Chyrlene Margaret Boyd, 47, dead in her home in the 1500 block of North Laura Street about 12:30 p.m. yesterday,...
Stepping into the Middle JJ Faces Tall Task in Miami
DAVIE -- The hair is stiff, but the man in the shorts and knit shirt is not. He jumps. He crouches. He cusses, grimaces and peers. He scowls. And Jimmy Johnson is not happy. Not yet. It is a sunny, South Florida morning, and it is hot,...
Still No Sign of Stadium Sponsor
On the eve of the second Jacksonville Jaguars season, there is no corporate name on the stadium. And there's not a peep out of Jaguars officials as to the progress of them finding a sponsor. While Jacksonville Municipal Stadium doesn't...
Taylor Pleads Not Guilty
GAINESVILLE -- University of Florida tailback Fred Taylor pled not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor petty theft in an Alachua County courtroom yesterday, then had his lawyer file two separate motions that could eventually dismiss the case....
TBS Destination: The Documentary Factual Films to Dominate TBS Sunday Nights
It takes more than Atlanta Braves games and Andy Griffith reruns to remain the most-watched cable network in a crowded and competitive cable environment. Increasingly TBS, which is the most-watched cable network, has relied on original...
Tech No Longer a Wreck O'Leary Has Jackets Going Right Direction
Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary might not be a miracle worker, but he certainly left a profound impact on the program after his first full season at the helm. Just four seasons after O'Leary, then defensive coordinator, helped the Yellow...
The Bolles Triangle Opponents Can't Escape Top Defenders
Quarterbacks leaning over center against The Bolles School defense this fall will see a menacing, nationally recruited presence no matter which direction they turn. Looking left, they'll see Sam Matthews, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound freight train...
The Need for Speed Focus Shifts to Defenses
Those poor defensive players. Every year, or so it seems, the NFL seems to do more and more to increase scoring in the league. Offense, after all, is what people want to see. Defense be damned. "People want scoring," said Jaguars defensive...
The Wells Watch
MAKING PLANS Tuesday: Start the evening with a cash bar, light hors d'oeuvres and a little Artitude Adjustment with the Up & Cummers, 6-8 p.m., lecture by Tom Rahner at 8 p.m., Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, reception $3 non-members,...
They're Still Chasing FSU
TALLAHASSEE -- Rest assured the 44,300 raucous fans on hand at Virginia's Scott Stadium weren't the only ones exchanging high-fives when the Cavaliers brought Florida State's 29-game Atlantic Coast Conference winning streak to a close last...
This Fellow's Wise Enough to Create Foolish Position
Fools are my theme, as Byron said. I'm talking about a copy of a letter I recently received from John Flax, who's been artistic director of Grottesco Theatre in New Mexico for 13 years. It's a letter to President Clinton and "what's...
Times-Union Is Fine-Tuning Coverage of College and Professional Football
While football fans dig into three special sections today, like a barbecue feast, it seems appropriate to look forward to the coming season. Last year's opener for the Jacksonville Jaguars didn't delight everyone. Some readers said that...
Transfer Matured Frazier
Chip Frazier gets a little annoyed when talking about his transfer from Trinity Christian to White prior to last season. "Everybody thought that when I came over to White I thought I was a big-shot," he said. "I was coming to play for the...
UCF Facing Big Boys
The much-heralded Daunte Culpepper couldn't have scripted a better start to his collegiate career last year. After being sacked on his first play from scrimmage, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound quarterback completed five passes in a row, capped...
USF Just Concerned with Basics
Jim Leavitt sat quietly and listened as college football coaches from across the state discussed the upcoming season with the media. There was Steve Spurrier of Florida talking about how his Gators would be back after getting trounced by Nebraska...
Valdosta Chasing Colquitt County in 1-AAAA
Year after year, the competition in Region 1-AAAA seemingly gets tougher. This year is no different as region teams gear up for another season. Colquitt County has almost taken over the mountain from Valdosta as it has won the region title...
Valdosta Facing Plenty of Questions in '96
This year's Valdosta team is more of a question mark than any the tradition-rich Wildcats have had in at least 22 years. Because it has been that long since Valdosta has lined up to play a season under a new coach. Mike O'Brien, an assistant...
Wagners Roll in Mixed Doubles
Lisa and Kent Wagner took the second annual LPBT Beach Bowl Mixed Doubles Tournament over Dede Davidson and Doug Becker last weekend. The win was the fifth Mixed Doubles title for the Wagner duo. This win adds to a long list of accolades...
Week by Week, Welcome to the Wacky World of the NFL
We have already gone on record as saying the Jacksonville Jaguars will be the best NFL team in the state this season, which many NFL insiders consider to be an outlandish prediction. Well, that's not even the half of it. In the time-honored...
While UF, UGA Were Away .
No other sport embraces tradition like college football. What would a game at Florida State be without the flaming spear, a game at Ohio State without the dotting of the i, a game at Colorado without Ralphie, a Florida-Georgia game without...
Wiles Isn't Afraid of Coaching Challenge
It's like ordering the soup you know has a fly in it. Joey Wiles knew St. Augustine had had just nine winning seasons in the past 28 years, two previous head coaches in the past three years, and was the setting for a player walkout two ...
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