The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 14, 1997

2-Minute Drill
HUNTINGTON RE-SIGNS Greg Huntington, a reserve offensive lineman who was one of the original 10 players to sign with the Jaguars in 1995, signed a new contract with the team yesterday. Terms were not released. Huntington, a guard and center,...
A 'Field Trip' to Yellowstone? Mandarin Middle Students Made It, Thanks to JASON Project
Sixth-graders sat wide-eyed as scientists at Yellowstone National Park dipped a camera into a 195-degree bubbling geyser pool in search of heat-loving bacteria. And through an infrared camera lens, they saw red and yellow flashes where...
Aliases Dot Armored Car Heist Trail Suspect Using Ex-Roommate's ID
The man accused of stealing $20 million from a Jacksonville armored car company has been using the name of a former house mate, Roger D. Lawter. FBI investigators have told Lawter that Philip N. Johnson, who is charged with armed robbery...
Anti-Smoking Campaign Fights Fire with Fire
A new chapter is to begin today in Duval County's unusual billboard campaign against tobacco -- a chapter populated by cows, ostriches and other cartoon characters. For nearly two years, 38 Jacksonville billboards have warned local passers-by...
Arlington's First Public School Still Vital at 75
The oldest school in Arlington is having a birthday. Officials at Arlington Elementary School will celebrate the school's 75th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with events open to the public. Faculty staff and alumni have planned...
Beat Cops Follow Up Crimes in Secret
Undercover cops in Mandarin solved 28 burglaries, arrested 56 people, confiscated 45 grams of illegal drugs and recovered $1,500 in stolen goods in the past six months. The officers who made the busts were the same ones who patrol Mandarin's...
Bloomingdale Ousts Mandarin
VALRICO -- Bloomingdale pitcher Natalie Deckert was dazzling in her winning dual with Mandarin's Kellie Wilkerson, leading the Bulls to a 5-1 victory in last night's North II-6A Regional softball final. Deckert denied the Mustangs (22-11)...
Bulldogs' Comeback Not Quite Enough
As quickly as The Bolles School baseball team could take the lead on Orlando Bishop Moore, the Hornets made their comeback just as easily. The result was a 6-5 defeat of host Bolles in the North II-4A Regional final, quashing the Bulldogs'...
City Can't Win Fight with Jags
So let me see if I've got this straight: The city actually believed it was going to get a good, solid deal over the naming rights of the stadium? The city really and truly thought that it was an equal partner; that it would get just as much...
Clay: Housing Grants Not SHIP-Shape
An $80 million state-funded housing assistance program in Florida is supposed to help the truly needy make essential repairs to their homes to make them safe and habitable. But what appears to be a flaw in the system has come under criticism...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Many in our local public schools would like to have an opportunity for prayer without any consequences." -- State Rep. Jeff Lewis, D-White, about Georgia's mandatory moment of silence law that has become routine throughout...
Colleges May Get Limits Plan Sets Targets for Enrollment
ATLANTA -- In a step toward channeling thousands of incoming college students into the schools that are best-prepared to receive them, the Board of Regents moved yesterday to set enrollment targets for all 34 state campuses. The five-year...
Contact Lens Case Awaits Judge's OK
Dear Call Box: I read yesterday's story in the Times-Union about $35 rebates from CIBA Vision, but it didn't tell me how to apply or file a claim. -- S.V. Dear S.V.: At least 20 million contact lens buyers will be eligible for rebates on...
'Don't Need a Welfare Office' Fletcher Resource Center Won't Be, Residents Assured
NEPTUNE BEACH -- Beaches residents were adamant Monday night that social service agencies should not be at Fletcher High School giving out food stamps if it becomes a Beaches Resource Center. But Principal Leila Mousa said that is something...
Downtown Keystone? It's More Exciting at Home
The other night we decided to celebrate my daughter finishing her first year of college and bringing home some terrific grades. Going out for a celebration in Keystone Heights usually means going out for ice cream. In fact, you know you're...
Durable Boligee Still Going Strong
Durability is a virtue in any greyhound, but Starlight Boligee has turned it into virtuosity. The O'Donnell Kennel veteran has had more starts than any other greyhound in Jacksonville Racing Circuit history -- 264. JNJ Silver Bullet had...
Dying Girl Will Get an Early Diploma
Sixteen-year-old Sutton Persinger is dying of cancer. And doctors say the junior at First Coast High school has only two to three months to live, not long enough for the above-average student to complete the three credits she will need...
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Honoring 47 Kids
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold its Northeast Florida banquet at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow to honor 47 student-athletes. "It's just a chance for the good kids to get some credit," said Don Walker, area director of FCA. The 47...
Florida's Not Florida without Palm Trees
When Judy and Jerry Sayre moved from Texas to Ponte Vedra Beach last year, they wanted the lawn of their new home to have the look and feel of Florida. The Sayres decided to plant two tall Canary Island date palm trees near the entrance...
Forgotten Mothers Honored at Mission
When the ballerina leaped to the lyrics of Mama, Charlette Simon's eyes swelled with tears as memories of her deceased mother flashed through her mind. "I had to leave the room because the dancer's performance just brought back the memories,"...
From Jets to Links World Golf Village Should Spur Airport
ST. AUGUSTINE -- As a former competitive acrobatic pilot, Jim Moser relied on the horizon to establish his bearing. He's still got his sights set on the horizon. But these days, instead of the world spinning around him, the president of...
Future by Design Project Finished; Scrutiny Next
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- The Visioning project that attracted about 100 volunteers was aimed at "planning the future by design, not allowing it to happen by default," County Commissioner Joanne Cody said Thursday night during a final review of...
Game, Set, State Title for Nease Girls
PALM VALLEY -- Based on last year's third-place finish in the state tournament, Nease girls tennis coach Becky Harper figured something good would happen this season. She just didn't realize it would be this good. "Honestly, I thought we...
Grand Jury to Get Day-Care Inquiry Fam-Co's Use of Public Funds Questioned
Prosecutors plan to turn over the findings of a criminal investigation of Fam-Co Learning and Development Center's use of public funds to a Duval County grand jury. The State Attorney's Office decided this week to take this action after...
Injuries Are Just a Way of Life but the Rodeo Keeps Getting Bigger, Better
Riders mounted on horseback dressed in rhinestone and sequined shirts gallop into the arena carrying the American flag. Everyone joins to sing the national anthem, then bow head for a word of prayer. Clowns in big shirts and baggy pants run...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It makes you think, 'If they've been trying to do this for years, how much more decay is on those pilings?' " -- Cliff Munger, import-export manager for Old Dominion Freight Line in Jacksonville, commenting on plans to close...
JEA Will Take over Water, Sewer Services
The City Council turned over management of city water and sewer services to the Jacksonville Electric Authority last night, blessing a marriage of utilities that is expected to save up to $9 million a year. The savings for the city would...
Marble Firm Open Again after Fire
Wayne Morris is back in business one month after an arson fire destroyed his Empire Marble company building at 11750 Philips Highway. As the remains of his scorched and gutted warehouse were hauled away, he resumed sales operations in an...
Middleburg's Best Softball Season in History Ends in Regional at 23-6
The Middleburg Broncos softball team (23-6) finished a record-setting year last week. Even though the Broncos lost in the regional playoffs to No. 1-ranked 6A Gonzalez Tate 4-3 last week, the Broncos set a school record for number of victories...
Money Watch
ANTHEM EXEC MOVING The head of Anthem Health Plan of Florida is leaving to become the top executive of a health plan that specializes in dentistry. Glenn Kollen will take over as president and chief operating officer of Jacksonville-based...
Orange Pickers Baseball Club Reuniting
The Mandarin Orange Pickers was their name, and baseball was their game. And long before the Jacksonville Jaguars or even the Suns, Mandarin's residents would gather in the shade of the oak trees next to the Mandarin Post Office and General...
Phone Tax Question at Beach Residents Only or Firms, Too?
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Some business owners are unhappy that the City Council intends to reconsider a 7 percent tax on a broad array of telephone services. On the other hand, many residents now paying a 10 percent tax on local phone service...
Pitchers Get Their Space
ST. PETERSBURG -- The "welcome" signs hanging all around Al Lang Stadium, host site for this week's Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament, are more than a token gesture of kindness. One season after boasting the nation's top pitching...
Plan to Develop Inner-City Tainted Land Gets $200,000
A campaign to lure new development to polluted industrial sites in Jacksonville's inner city is getting a $200,000 boost from Washington. The payment represents a first step in a process of finding new uses for so-called brownfields, contaminated...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently in Mandarin and Northwest St. Johns County to the St. Johns County and Jacksonville sheriff's offices. DUVAL COUNTY SEXUAL BATTERY: A 15-year-old Mandarin boy said he was sexually...
Police Report
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently in Arlington to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. ROBBERY: A 24-year-old Southside man told police he was robbed at gunpoint while walking in the 1600 block of Atlantic University...
Recruiting Still Big Concern
GAINESVILLE -- Even as it moves closer toward restructuring to comply with a new state law, the Florida High School Activities Association continues its battle against recruiting. The state's governing body for high school activities introduced...
Rude Boss Costs Navy Woman Gets $77,000 in Discrimination Lawsuit
A Jacksonville woman who worked for the "ultimate obnoxious supervisor" said she was more interested in proving a point than winning $77,000 in a sex discrimination lawsuit against the Navy. "The Navy finally had to own up to what was happening,"...
Running in the Rain Sure Sign of Mistakes
April 24 was a Two-Bunny-Sunny-Day. The first two marsh rabbits of the spring were brunching along Atlantic Boulevard during my bike ride. April 23 had been Frog-Gagger-Day. That Wednesday, I made major mistakes despite 30 years as a runner....
Sailing Vanderbol Says He Will Try Again
Fernandina Beach's Steve Vanderbol is disappointed and aggravated after injuries to his crewmen forced him to retire from the Worrell 1000 catamaran race from Fort Lauderdale to Virginia Beach, Va. But he's not discouraged. "I've already...
Stein Mart Distribution Center Grows
Stein Mart Inc., which has grown to 136 stores and plans to add another 14 by the end of the year, has decided to expand its distribution center. The expansion, valued at a construction cost of $600,000, will add almost 30,000 square feet...
Still Doing Business at 80 'Pops' a Fixture at Downtown Fruit Stand
James Hodge has no teeth, so the 80-year-old fruit salesman can eat only an occasional banana or grape from the downtown stand he's operated the past 18 years. But there's another reason Hodge, known as "Pops" to his regular customers,...
St. Joe May Look outside of Florida
St. Joe Corp. is one of Florida's dominant businesses of the 20th century, but in the 21st century, the company will look to conquer new territories. "St. Joe's future will almost certainly take us outside the state's boundaries," new Chairman...
Students at Jennings Elementary Transfixed as Expert Talks of Space
When Leslie J. Gold, an aerospace education specialist from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, discussed space travel and weightlessness with students at S. Bryan Jennings Elementary School, you could hear a pin drop. Gold, who stood in front...
Sue Kept People Abreast on the River
In the 1870s and '80s the St. Johns River teemed with boats of every size and description. The boats brought tourists and settlers and the machinery of life into the North Florida area, then transported out the bountiful harvest and made life...
Teen Fest's Just the Ticket Celebration Provides an Outlet from the Pressure
Times are getting a little stressful for Fletcher High School senior Meghann Meshaw. "I'm getting ready to graduate," Meshaw said. "I'm studying for finals, and all of my teachers are cramming everything into the last two weeks of schools...
These Mosquitoes Will Really Bug You
Jacksonville's mosquito control chief was visibly impressed this week as he peered at the mammoth mosquito. "Hmmmmm. Psorophora ciliata," mumbled Kenneth Roden. He has seen them before. They're some of the largest mosquitoes on record....
They'll Be Street Dancin' Again Saturday
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Put on your dancing shoes, grab your wallet and head for The Corner -- also known as TownCenter -- where Atlantic Boulevard meets the ocean. Festivities for the 12th annual Dancin' in the Streets block party get going...
They're Keepers Cyclones Have Two Starters
The Jacksonville Cyclones will continue alternating goalkeepers Johnny Walker and Phil Wellington despite their 1-4 start. After all, the A-League soccer team's main problem has been production at the opponent's goal, where Jacksonville...
Truckers Distrust I-95 Span Planned Detour 'Is Worth It'
As plans are under way to close Jacksonville's Fuller Warren Bridge to heavy commercial vehicles passing through the city, most truckers would agree the bridge is no place for an 18-wheeler anyway. There are "stories" about the bridge that...
Uninsured Drivers Targeted State Vows Crackdown, Tougher Laws for Violators
ATLANTA -- State officials are promising to crack down on the thousands of Georgia drivers who take to the roads without automobile insurance. Industry and state officials say almost one in three Georgia drivers violate state law by not...
Union Battles Turn into a Police Grudge Match
If your friendly neighborhood police officer seems a little edgy these days, chalk it up to politics. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is in the midst of a political war over which union will represent some 2,300 current and former police...
Wanted: New Site for Skills Center
By the end of the school year, school officials hope to have a grasp on the future of the Southside Skills Center. And, they say, relocating is in its future. For several years, officials have bounced around the issue of what to do with...
Weather, Fans Smile on Pops at the Beach 'The Greatest Place in the World'
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- The weather and the musicians worked in concert Sunday evening to make the the Pops at the Beach performance of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Sunday a success. Many families attended the free, outdoor Mother's...
Will At-Risk Students Work Harder or Drop Out?
When Florida's lawmakers established a higher graduation requirement for incoming high school students this spring, an elevated academic standard was placed on other high school students as well. This fall, all incoming ninth-graders will...
Wolfson Soccer Player Honored for Achievements on, off Field
Daniel Morcum's resume is impressive for a 17-year-old high school senior. He's been to Moscow, worked with the homeless in Harlem and helped build churches in Mexico. But the young man also has tasted success in the classroom and on...
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