The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 15, 1997

2 Clerk's Offices Are Closing Middleburg, Keystone Residents Not Happy with Decision
Clay County Clerk of Court John Keene has decided to close his agency's part-time operations in Keystone Heights and Middleburg by the end of this month, citing decreasing usage from area residents. But his decision is not going over well...
2-Minute Drill
HARDING RETURNS Tonya Harding, banned for life from the amateur ranks by the U.S. Figure Skating Association, is returning to the ice for her professional debut and first public performance since the 1994 Winter Olympics. Three years to...
[3] Students Offered Enriching Curricula
At Jefferson Davis Middle School, streetwise kids who are prone to quit school will be learning to manage money and balance a checkbook. At West Jacksonville Elementary, students will be making model rockets that will blast off from the...
43 Seek St. Johns Position 7 Ponte Vedrans Want Rowe's Seat
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- Seven Ponte Vedra Beach residents have applied to fill the at-large St. Johns County Commission seat left vacant when Commissioner Elmanuel "Bubba" Rowe died last month. Gov. Lawton Chiles is expected to appoint a new...
911 Call Leads to Discipline Officer Also Cited in Prior Cases
********** CORRECTION (1/16/97) Because of an editing error, a headline on Page B-1 yesterday misidentified the type of call improperly handled by a police communications officer. The call came over a non-emergency line. **********...
Anti-Abortion Display Damaged
The bishop of the Church of the Messiah in Arlington expected that someone might try to damage the 500 crosses that make up an anti-abortion display outside the sanctuary. Bishop Dale Howard's prophecy was fulfilled this week when someone...
A Smoke Screen in Litigation? Tobacco Firms Warn: Suit Notes Privileged
TALLAHASSEE -- Tobacco companies are warning Florida's attorney general and others not to look at notes on how cigarette makers planned defense strategies against multibillion-dollar lawsuits. In a letter dated Friday, tobacco attorney Robert...
Barnett Acquires Top Independent Auto Lease Firm
Jacksonville-based Barnett Banks Inc. announced the second-largest acquisition in its history yesterday, buying the nation's biggest independent U.S. automobile leasing company, for about $570 million in stock. The acquisition of Oxford...
Bolles Star Picks 'Bama
The University of Alabama football program picked up its third oral commitment from the Bolles school yesterday in the form of linebacker Travis Carroll. Ranked the nation's No. 1 linebacker in the preseason by SuperPrep Magazine, Carroll...
Cable Company Moves to Avoid More Outages
Continental Cablevision -- reeling from three outages during football games and trying to placate displeased customers -- is hiring 52 clerks and spending $1.5 million to improve recent shoddy broadcast service. "This is a real hot button...
Casting His Own Shadow It's Time to Give Holmgren His Due
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Two reporters shouted simultaneously at Green Bay Packers coach Mike Holmgren as he began his news conference after Sunday's 30-13 NFC Championship victory over the Carolina Panthers. One wanted the lights over Holmgren's...
Champagne Turned to Wine
ATLANTIC BEACH -- Some wording in an ordinance regarding the sale of alcohol on Sundays that received initial approval at Monday night's City Commission meeting is expected to be changed before the next meeting. The ordinance would allow...
Children's Ally King Speaker
Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund president and founder, will be the keynote speaker at this morning's 10th annual Martin Luther King Breakfast. The breakfast, held in memory of the slain civil rights leader, starts at 7:45...
City Council Agenda
A look at some of the items considered last night by the Jacksonville City Council. ISSUE: Whether to use $7.2 million freed from a Jacksonville port bond issue to replenish two economic development incentive accounts. What it means:...
City May Try to Build Its Own Amphitheater
The city may try on its own to build an amphitheater at Metropolitan Park if the Cellar Door Co. won't put at least $5 million into the project. The Delaney administration is moving forward with plans to replace the park's pavilion and...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Innocent Georgians are being slaughtered on our highways; Georgia families are being cruelly ripped apart by drunk driving. Georgia's DUI laws are still nowhere near tough enough." -- Gov. Zell Miller, asking for a tougher...
Deal Puts New Spin on Compass
Sometime this morning, when the paperwork is filed with state regulators, Bennett Brown will be transformed from a small community banker to a banker jostling for the No. 3 slot in Jacksonville banking. For Jacksonville, that also means...
Dreams Almost Never Come out That Way
When a dream comes true it usually doesn't turn out exactly the way you had imagined. For example, when I learned while working at the zoo that I would have the honor of giving Maya Angelou a tour of the facility, I wrote down exactly what...
Drugstore, 7 Hopefuls OK'd
NEPTUNE BEACH -- The City Council Monday night approved plans for a standalone Walgreen drug store for the southwest corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Third Street, and narrowed its list of city manager candidates to seven. The city's Planning...
Economists Think Growth Will Continue
Jacksonville's economy is healthy -- job and population growth is strong, unemployment is almost painfully low, construction has slowed but remains healthy and the national economy's good showing is mirrored throughout North Florida. So...
Firm Mum on School Bond Deal
Board on a 1992 bond issue is ignoring a top school official's requests for more details about the controversial deal. The firm earned as much as $700,000 in profits from Treasury securities it sold to the School Board as part of the bond...
Glynn County's Tug-of-War at Issue: Who Do Constables Work For?
BRUNSWICK -- The Glynn County Commission is in a tug-of-war with Chief Magistrate Ernest B. Gilbert over the county's 11 constables, who the commissioners want to strip of their ability to write criminal citations. The commissioners voted...
Heeding the Call of the Wild Shops Specialize in Equipment for the Outdoors Life
When it comes to outdoor recreation, Jacksonville-area residents are on the go with activities that include hiking, camping and canoeing. That's why Black Creek Outfitters plans to open a second store this spring, while a new competitor,...
Here's Something to Really Cheer About
Many people may not realize it, but North Florida is a hotbed of cheerleading activity. Nowhere was that more evident than in Nashville, Tenn., where two coed varsity cheerleading squads delivered a 1-2 punch at the International Open Cheerleading...
Hey, Woody, Water's Fine
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Many Beaches residents didn't see the humor in a recent Denver Post sports column that asked, "Isn't Jacksonville the only Florida city without a beach?" Some city and business leaders figured sports columnist Woody ...
Hilton Opening for Business in February
Question: I'd like some information on what's being done with the old Jacksonville Hilton Hotel. I know it's being renovated. When will it open? Answer: The Jacksonville Hilton and Towers, 565 S. Main St., will open for guests in mid-February...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "There is no job on planet Earth that includes as much rejection as the arts." -- Robocop actor Peter Weller, addressing students at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Story on this page. BOB PHELPS' PEOPLE The Brunswick,...
Landfill Wins 9-8 Approval
After months of court orders telling it to reconsider key zoning decisions, the City Council last night rebelled. In one of its narrowest decisions in months, the council nearly shelved a settlement negotiated by City Hall attorneys that ...
Law Firm Pays $2 Million in PIE Suit
A New Jersey law firm that worked for jailed businessman Leonard Pelullo has paid $2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the bankruptcy trustee for PIE Nationwide Inc., the failed Jacksonville truckline Pelullo once controlled. The out-of-court...
Littlest Fans Get a Big Reaction to Jaguars Rally
ORANGE PARK -- At first, the cheers were a little tentative. "Go, Jaguars!" called out about 35 first- and second-graders from Grace Episcopal Day School. The children -- all decked out in Jaguars clothes -- were lined up along Park Avenue...
Meandering Pigs Keep Officers Busy
You could call them the Pig Posse. Not that stray swine are the only types of critters the Sheriff's Auxiliary helps round up from time to time. Neighborhoods occasionally are disrupted by the sight of a bull lumbering down the street,...
Miller: Jail First-Time Drunk Drivers
ATLANTA -- Acknowledging he had been jailed in his youth on a "drunk charge," Gov. Zell Miller begged lawmakers yesterday to put all first-time drunk drivers in jail and shut legal loopholes that keep them on the roads. The governor, in...
New Bids Sought in Wake of FBI School Probe
The Duval County School Board will seek new bids on contracts for security cameras in four schools in light of an FBI probe into the handling of similar contracts by an assistant schools superintendent. "We just thought it would be the...
`Next Season' Begins Jaguars Coaches to Look for Talent
The transition from this season to next lasted 24 hours for the Jaguars, with the 1997 season officially beginning yesterday. "You have no choice," said Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin. "You have to move right on to the next season." After a...
Nightclub Developer to Appeal Zone Vote
City officials said the nightclub proposed for the old Discovery Zone store on San Jose Boulevard would be too close to the Scott Mill Lane School in Mandarin, so the club's zoning request was denied. Now the developer who wanted to open...
Non-Profit Groups Offered Reinhold Aid
Attention all service organizations with a non-profit status. Could you use $500 in cash? How about $1,000, $3,500 or $10,000? If your organization works to improve the lives of residents of Clay County, this money could be yours simply by...
Northside Could Use a Miracle
Years before the Jaguars guided the national spotlight to Jacksonville, athletes from the city's urban core and Northwest neighborhoods were doing so. Those athletes include "Bullet" Bob Hayes, once the world's fastest man and a former...
Orange Park Hopes to Spur Motel Construction
ORANGE PARK -- When the Orange Park Town Council acted last week to make it easier for developers to build sleep-only hotels and motels, it was hoping to spur some construction activity. "Yes, there's some activity," Ken Smallwood, president...
Parishioners Volunteer to Help Bring School Back Up to Speed
Gloriden Norris, principal at Carter G. Woodson Elementary, tutors students every day after school. But it still hasn't been enough to help them improve vastly in their subjects. So when parishioners from St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Southside to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. ATTEMPTED CARJACKING: A girl, 17, told police Thursday a teenage boy attempted to steal her car while she was at a park at...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently in Mandarin and Northwest St. Johns County to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and the St. Johns County Sheriffs Office. BURGLARY A microwave and oven valued at $2,849 was stolen...
Public Boat Ramp at Center of Storm Residents Want County Dock Road Closed; Community Club Says Don't Do It
Residents along County Dock Road in Mandarin want the city to close off part of the road that leads to a public boat ramp at the end of the street. The suggestion has raised the ire of the Mandarin Community Club. Residents say the boat...
Punishment Inadequate, Griffins Say
A rift between the Griffins and the Lancasters, two big names in Clay County politics, may have grown a little wider after a court hearing last week. Rebecca Adams, daughter of County Commissioner Larry Lancaster, pleaded no contest Thursday...
Roller Hockey Players Find New Venue to Play Their Game
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Jennie Purcell was the only girl in her group playing in-line hockey at Blades Saturday morning, but the 7-year-old hardly noticed. "She's tough," said her mom, Nancy Purcell of Ponte Vedra Beach, who had come to watch...
School-Park Plan Offers Promising Fiscal Efficiency
New schools and parks, both in high demand in Jacksonville's growing suburban neighborhoods, may routinely be built side-by-side under plans being pursued by local officials. The idea has been touted as a way that government agencies can ...
Schools Doing Fair, Wilkinson Says
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- Duval County School Board member Susan Wilkinson retold the story of Chicken Little on Thursday to show that no, the sky is not falling. But, she admitted the school system is not facing sunny, cloudless days either....
Special Devotion: Psychologist Aids Olympians of All Abilities
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- The personalized warmups Jim Kerley earned during the 1996 Summer Olympics are nice, but he says they pale in comparison to the free T-shirt he receives for working with the Special Olympics. As a sports psychologist...
State VA Facilities to Get Extra $47 Million
The medical facilities that care for Florida's burgeoning veterans population will see their budget grow $47 million this year, the result of a new funding arrangement announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Under...
Student Dancers Get to Perform with Pro Company Again
Last year, when the Demetrius Klein Dance Company performed in Jacksonville, Klein choreographed a short piece that featured local dance students from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. This year, during Saturday's performance at the Florida...
Students Offered Enriching Curricula
For the next six months, some students at Highlands Middle School will be writing books. Thanks to a $500 enrichment grant, the young authors will use a new computer program called "Easy Book" to write poetry, a bibliography, fiction or...
Take Control of Debt Woes in 10 Steps
If your New Year's resolution is to be a better money manager, these 10 tips from Consumer Credit Counseling should help you get on the right foot. 1. Carefully track your current expenses and trim where possible. Make a list of your monthly...
Talk to Class, Put Self in (on) `Jeopardy'
Final Jeopardy category: Guests of Bill Longenecker's classes. The answers are Claudia Perry and Charlie Patton. Both are recent Jeopardy champions. What rock critic for the Times-Union visited Bill's English classes at Fletcher in 1981?...
Teachers, Students Rewarded with Grants for Enriching Programs
Recently awarded grant money will allow some Mandarin High School students to have more computer links with students abroad and Wolfson High School drama students to perform around town. The Duval Public Education Foundation Inc. last month...
Teens Take Pledge: Their True Love Waits Program Targets Youth, Abstinence
ORANGE PARK -- Youth from all over the Jacksonville area and beyond gathered Saturday night at the First Baptist Church of Orange Park to show their support for True Love Waits, a program that encourages young people to pledge sexual abstinence...
To a Traveling Kid, Border Was Destination, Too
I simply cannot figure out what all the fuss is about billboards in Clay County. Frankly, I like billboards. In fact, I don't think there are enough billboards in Clay County. My liking for billboards, I'm sure, goes back to my childhood....
Unique Visitor Graced Springfield in 1947
Hatsushimo woke up a long way from home, squinting into the winter dawn of the Springfield neighborhood of Jacksonville, which has happened not infrequently to transients unexpectedly finding themselves there. But Hatsushimo was unique,...
Woman Says CSX Sought Deal, Silence
Arlene Reynolds said she could have accepted a $250,000 settlement offer and forgotten about her racial and sexual harassment case. But the Jacksonville woman refused the deal. She said too much is at stake to quietly settle her lawsuit...
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