The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 11, 1997

2-Minute Drill
CLARK SUES ADVISER Former Jaguars cornerback Vinnie Clark filed suit yesterday, accusing his financial adviser of costing Clark $1 million by allowing an insurance policy to expire. Clark, a former Ohio State star and first-round draft...
3 Roads Say Goodbye to Dusty Limestone
ORANGE PARK -- Orange Park residents will soon say goodbye to the bumpy limestone roads that stir up dust in a neighborhood east of U.S. 17 and south of Kingsley Avenue. The Orange Park Town Council voted Tuesday to accept a $129,445 bid...
Activist Marjorie Carr Dies Led Fight to Protect Ocklawaha River
Marjorie Carr, a naturalist and environmental activist who led a 30-year campaign to protect the Ocklawaha River in North Central Florida, died yesterday from emphysema at her home in Gainesville. She was 82. Mrs. Carr was a driving force...
All aboard This Old Submarine PBS Host Enjoys Tour of a Trident
The tool belt guy who has crawled through scores of houses under restoration as host of This Old House scrambled all over a Trident submarine at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base last Sunday. Steve Thomas was in Jacksonville last weekend to lecture...
Appointee Powers Wants Term
NEPTUNE BEACH -- Councilwoman Jean M. Powers enjoys her 3-month assignment on the City Council so much she wants to keep the job for two more years. Appointed by the council in mid-July to fill the seat left vacant when Marianne Prescott...
Blazing a New Trail Chevrolet Adds Plenty of Muscle to Blazer ZR-2
We tackled deep mud and shifting sands, tall grass and seemingly bottomless puddles and even a few trees in it. My son called it a monster truck when he saw it. Indeed, the 1997 Chevrolet Blazer ZR-2 plays the part of macho truck well,...
Cafeteria Food Is Reborn Kids Still Gripe, but More Being Served
Like Rodney Dangerfield, school cafeterias get no respect. "The soft taco shells were so hard one day my friends and I used them to cut through our Styrofoam plates," said Mandarin Oaks student Brandon Lane. Students complain that hot food...
'Cats Can't Shake Drubbing
The final score -- 61-21 -- continues to linger in the back of the minds of Bethune-Cookman's football players. The Wildcats left Howard's Greene Stadium last Oct. 12 having been totally humiliated by the Bison. That alone should provide...
City's Planners Target Philips Highway Blight
City officials, business owners and property owners are taking a hard look at the northern end of Philips Highway. The abundance of vacant store-fronts and shuttered motels has prompted the group to begin a three-phase study of how to improve...
Clay Man Charged with 4 DUI Deaths
Clay County deputies arrested a Middleburg man Thursday and charged him with killing four people and injuring three in an Aug. 22 drunken-driving accident. Gene W. Higginbotham Jr., 30, had a blood-alcohol level of .25 percent, more than...
Clay Stifles Bishop Kenny
Kevin Gilbride and the Bishop Kenny defense lived the same nightmare last night. Gilbride was sacked five times and Clay's Travis Francis ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns as the host Blue Devils beat the Crusaders 38-14 in a District...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "To say this shows they care about employees is a hoax." -- Tyrone Freeman, executive director of the Georgia State Employees Union, said the state has failed to prosecute the dozens of inmates who have physically assaulted...
Columbia's Hospitals May Be Up for Sale
Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. executives are contemplating selling off a significant number of their hospitals in what is the latest sign yet that a dramatic shift is taking place in the business strategy of America's largest hospital chain....
Commissioner: Delay Vote on Clerk's Duties
Next week, the Clay County Commission might reconsider the timing of a planned referendum on splitting the clerk of court's duties. Commission Chairman Dale Wilson said he had had second thoughts whether the referendum should be on a special...
Development Foes Win First Zoning Round
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- It didn't take long to figure out what a big audience wanted at Tuesday night's Clay County Planning Commission meeting. And about 100 Doctors Inlet-area homeowners got what they wanted -- at least for the time being....
Dostalik Wants to Be `Intelligent Voice'
NEPTUNE BEACH -- For Phillip M. Dostalik, running for the City Council is the next logical step. A city resident for a decade, Dostalik describes himself as a concerned citizen. One, he said, without a personal ax to grind. "I feel that...
Farmer's Markets Multiply St. Augustine Now Has Two
ST. AUGUSTINE -- Pep Hutchinson said he'll be in trouble today. The Sebring citrus grower almost sold out of fruit at a new farmer's market that opened yesterday in St. Augustine. He is scheduled to sell at a Gainesville farmer's market today....
Feds Pull Funds from Public Housing Tenants
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development pulled the money last month after years of squabbling with the Tenant Ad visory Council, a group of leaders from the city's public housing complexes. HUD gave about $900,000 to the group...
Friendly QBs to Square Off
The two good friends talked Thursday night, and, as usual, the conversation had little to do with football. Ty Detmer and Mark Brunell's friendship may have been jump-started because of the game they both love, but now it goes well beyond...
Georgia Tech Freshman Removing Doubts
ATLANTA -- Freshman fullback Ed Wilder has touched the ball four times this season for Georgia Tech, and he has scored two touchdowns. That's impressive, considering that several schools apparently doubted whether Wilder would ever be a...
Glass with Class Produced When Times Were Bad, Depression Glass Bringing Top Dollar
Remember those pink transparent glass dishes with the floral pattern your relatives stored away in old newspaper and boxes? They might have been remnants of the cheap, machine-molded glass dishes your grandmother or great-aunt had in the 1920s...
GOP Reaffirms Faith in Bowers
ATLANTA -- State Republican office-holders rallied around gubernatorial hopeful Mike Bowers yesterday in an effort to show he still has the support of some GOP leaders. Most Republican lawmakers signed up to back Bowers this year, but he...
Green Cove Redevelopment Plan Moving Ahead
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- The notion of redeveloping Green Cove Springs' historic downtown area is being transformed from little more than a dream to an ongoing project. And the project's primary workers -- the five appointed members of the...
Groundbreaking Vote Shaughnessy Win: 1st Female Mayor in Duval
ATLANTIC BEACH -- When voters chose Commissioner Suzanne Shaughnessy to be the city's next mayor Tuesday, they also chose the first female mayor in Duval County. Supervisor of Elections Tommie Bell said Shaughnessy, who beat Commissioner...
Heart at Work for the Hard at Work Chiropractor Picked to Head Clay Program
When Stephen S. Smith moved to the area two years ago, he looked for ways to get involved in the community and meet new people. He chose one of the volunteer organizations on a list he had received from the Clay County Chamber of Commerce....
Herbert Worried Corps Will Leave City
The way Adam Herbert sees it, it is time for U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and Mayor John Delaney to put up or shut up. In a blunt news conference yesterday, the president of the University of North Florida warned that the U.S. Army Corps of ...
It Was Safety First for Improving Exits
Q: They recently redid the exits of the Arlington Expressway to make them safer. But nothing was done to the eastbound exit for Arlington Road. It is a very short exit and you have to yield for other traffic. Any plans to improve it? A:...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I am trying to cooperate." -- Clay County Clerk of Court John Keene, who said he will hand over by Tuesday some of the records sought by the commission, which is looking into his use of public funds to pay ethics-related...
Jaguars Notewook
TY IS THE GUY This is what happens when you start 1-3. So said Eagles coach Ray Rhodes, who insisted there is no quarterback controversy on his team. The speculation began last week, when the Eagles were 1-3 and Ty Detmer -- who beat Rodney...
Jones Cites Legal Career, Leadership
NEPTUNE BEACH -- Attorney Edward S. Jones emphasizes that his legal training, experience and leadership skills might help him win the race for Seat 3 on the City Council. Jones said he gained valuable experience while serving on the Jacksonville...
Keene Holds Sheriff's Check Political Tiff with Commission Involves Month's Funding
The monthly funding draw for the Clay County Sheriff's Office -- about $1.6 million -- was withheld by Clerk of Court John Keene this week until the County Commission authorizes its release. The sheriff's funding, which the commission is...
Keene to Release Records State Reviewing Clay Documents
The prospect of another subpoena from the State Attorney's Office has compelled Clay County Clerk of Court John Keene to act on a records request made by the County Commission last month. Meanwhile, the State Attorney's Office is reviewing...
Lawyers Fight Fraud Ruling St. Simons Island Home-Health Giant Jailed
ATLANTA -- Lawyers for former St. Simons Island home-health giant Robert "Jack" Mills were back in federal court yesterday seeking to overturn his 1996 Medicare fraud conviction. Two members of a three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals panel ...
Leaders Learn from Failings of St. Louis
ST. LOUIS -- A light-rail system, downtown housing, education and regional economic development took top billing as lessons learned by Jacksonville leaders meeting in St. Louis. Not only did they learn how St. Louis generated approvals for...
Lifting Selves out of Old Age Senior Weightlifters Gain Muscle, Health, Accolades
According to three men from Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, life doesn't begin or end at any particular time. And there's certainly no reason to give up just because you're getting older. Anton Reel Jr., Joseph Yanovitch and Hurley...
Lowndes Hammers Coffee 49-21
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Lowndes' defense slowed down Coffee's Region 1-4A leading rusher Louis Smith last night, while its offense put on quite a display of its own. Georgia's top-ranked Class AAAA team rolled up 26 first downs and 526 yards of...
LSU Can Find Lesson in History
Mikey likes. . . . No. 1 Florida (5-0) at No. 14 LSU (4-1): In a column earlier this week, we traced the coaching background of Florida's prodigal defensive coordinator Bob Stoops, whose father and three brothers also made a career of coaching...
McIntosh Academy Shows off Successful Schools Focus of Bus Tour
DARIEN -- McIntosh County officials proudly showed off one of their schools yesterday during a two-hour stop by a bus tour of state leaders. The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education's bus rolled into McIntosh Academy's parking...
Metal Spikes on Shoes Increasing in Disfavor
More than 2,500 golf courses in the country have banned metal spikes, including 63 of the top 100 courses rated by Golf Digest. The transition, however, is not going smoothly everywhere. There are currently six lawsuits pending against...
Middleburg's 10th Festival Runs the Gamut
Are you a history buff or an art lover? Perhaps your interest lies in American Indian culture or wood carving? Maybe you just love country crafts, Elvis impersonators and down-home food. Middleburg's 10th annual Historic Festival from 9 a.m....
Neighborhood Trainees Focus on the Positive
Rosa Stephens learned that it takes some initiative to protect her Royal Terrace community from crime, even if she has to do it alone. "I will keep in touch with the police," she said. "I will make myself accountable and put time into making...
Neighbor to Neighbor
Question: On Blanding Boulevard in Orange Park, where they just opened the AMC 24 Theaters, there is a dangerous traffic condition. Going south on Blanding, you can make a left turn into the theater area, but you have to cut across three lanes...
Off-Field Distractions Don't Stop Conquerors
No matter what's happening off the field, Trinity is still winning football games on the field. The key is focus. Conquerors coach Verlon Dorminey readied his players for tougher Class 3A competition in the preseason and even though ...
Old Mall Becoming Haven for Churches Expressway Facility Filling
Looking for a new church home? Try Arlington's former Expressway Mall. To some, the former mall on Arlington Expressway with four new religious establishments is on its way to becoming a religious complex. But that hasn't happened on...
Parents of Girl Hit by School Bus to Sue Driver, Board
The parents of a 15-year-old Mandarin girl hit by a school bus June 2 on Mandarin Road plan to sue the bus driver and the Duval County School Board for negligence in the accident. Attorney Christopher Burns sent a letter of intent to both...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Northside to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. ROBBERY: A 56-year-old woman told police two boys approached her and one pointed a gun at her throat and then snatched her...
Police Clue in 2 Heists: Hand Truck
BRUNSWICK -- Police are hoping to solve some big heists by identifying an unwitting accomplice. The subject is 4-foot-3, weighs about 30 pounds, is green and has pneumatic tires. It is a hand truck that was left behind in a McIntosh County...
Prison Guards Seek Prosecution
ATLANTA -- Suing feces-hurling felons is fine, but the head of the union that represents prison guards says the state has failed to prosecute the dozens of inmates who have physically assaulted corrections officers during 1997. In at least...
Raines Rolls to Win over Fernandina
FERNANDINA BEACH -- Its 50-point-per-game average has been the most attractive and eye-popping statistic for the Raines High football team. After last night's 36-0 District 3-4A victory over host Fernandina Beach, it's now clear the Vikings'...
Rutledge Pearson Due First Major Renovation in 41 Years
Students at Rutledge Pearson Elementary school in Northwest Jacksonville are learning to the sounds of hammers, saws and pickup trucks. Their school, built in 1956, is undergoing major construction and renovation for the first time in its...
`See the Value of This School' Edward Waters Head Issues a Challenge at His Inauguration
Eight months after becoming president of Edward Waters College, Jimmy Jenkins celebrated his inauguration yesterday by issuing a challenge to alumni, faculty and the greater community to work with him in erasing doubt about the Jacksonville...
Shimp Vows to Be `Voice of City'
NEPTUNE BEACH -- Bob Shimp wants to sit on the City Council so the average taxpayer can have a voice. Shimp is running to fill the remaining two years in the term of Marianne Prescott, who resigned from Seat 5 in July. "I promised to be...
Shop around before Buying Water Devices
Dear Call Box: I received a call from someone offering to come out to test my water and talk to me about a water purifier. The salesman mentioned the recent E. coli contamination of the water supply at Jacksonville Beach. Do you think this...
Things Are Just Purr-Fect Trio of Women Become Advocates for Area's Stray Cats
Like a pied piper, Sharon Clark lured the five wild cats out of hiding. But her bait was canned catfish dinners, not a flute. The black cats, topaz eyes glowing, peeked around the corner of an empty garage near a Riverside fast-food restaurant....
Tiny Dollhouse Big Fun for Fans
Visiting Springfield's Heritage Museum this month will be like stepping into a Tom Thumb-sized world. On exhibit through Oct. 31 at the museum at the headquarters of Springfield Restoration and Preservation, 1321 Main St., are dollhouses...
Tiny Setter Plays Big, Helps Wolfpack Win Tiny Setter Helps Wolfpack Win
Jennie White may be only 5 feet 4, but as far as the Wolfson volleyball team is concerned, she plays very big. The fourth-year player helped the Wolfpack win the Suwannee River Tournament two weeks ago. By doing so, White and the Wolfpack...
To Outrun Girls, She Runs with Boys
Stanton cross-country and track runner Erin Merten has been chasing the boys for four seasons. Merten, a senior, started training with the boys track team her sophomore year at the request of her father, who felt she could fully reach her...
Trick Play Helps White Edge Parker
Generally for White and Parker, a pass play is tricky enough. But last night at Commanders Stadium, the District 3-5A rivals pulled out all the stops. On consecutive plays from scrimmage in the fourth quarter, Parker halfback Rasheed Durham...
Various Injuries Have Kept Defensive Linemen Ed Chester and Reggie McGrew out of Florida's Starting Lineup Together since the First Game of the Season. but Today, the Pair Will Be . . . REUNITED
BATON ROUGE, La. -- It seemed so bizarre standing there, a preseason of hopes and expectations playing out in front of them. Reggie McGrew looked at Ed Chester last Saturday as both stood on the sidelines away from the action, and saw the...
Water's Everywhere, So Why Not a Water Polo Club?
Last fall, George Ibanez came up with a concept novel to North Florida: Get area water enthusiasts involved in water polo. He figured if he offered classes that taught fundamental water polo skills, he would corner the market on a little-known...
Wrong Data in Mayport Veto
It appears the White House ignored key information about whether wharf improvements at Mayport Naval Station could begin this year before President Clinton vetoed the $17.9 million project. U.S. Rep. Tillie Fowler's office yesterday provided...
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