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Articles from October 22, 2003

2002 Stumble Humbled Episcopal; Boys Cross-Country Team Won't Be Overconfident at District Meet This Time
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT, The Times-Union Episcopal's boys cross-country team heads into today's District 2-A Meet at Gainesville Oak Hall confident that they won't be overconfident. The girls race starts at 9:30 a.m., with the boys race following...
60 Sample Living in a Disaster Shelter; Parents, Students Get a Preview at Landmark School of What to Do If a Hurricane Strikes
Byline: CYNTHIA L. GARZA, The Times-Union Despite the dry sky and soft breeze Tuesday night, about 60 people filed into Landmark Middle School -- one of Northeast Florida's Red Cross hurricane shelters -- toting gallons of water, sleeping bags and...
After-School Time Used Productively; Hilliard: Students, Families like Program
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Nassau County Communities in Schools, Hilliard Middle-Senior High School and more than a 100 Hilliard students and their families took a leap of faith last month. And they're hoping Nassau County...
Bands Nail Look, Tunes to Compete; Fletcher High Hosts Seaside Invitational
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer With a walkie-talkie in one hand and a rope in the other, Lauren Knopp planted herself before Trinity Christian Academy's marching band. She looked at the corps of musicians in front of her. The silver...
Beach Dunes Will Get Protection from 'Invasion'
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Organizers of this week's Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular, a four-day event in Jacksonville Beach that includes an air show and Marine Corps units storming the beach, will rely on hundreds...
Beach Shorts
CHECK SMOKE ALARMS The Jacksonville Beach Fire Department has reminded Beaches residents that when daylight-saving time ends Sunday -- set the clocks back one hour -- it's a good time to replace the batteries in smoke alarms. For more information,...
Blanding Bridge Renamed; Span to Honor Jim Deaton
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Jim Deaton had a heart for the working man. Those who knew him said he expressed it in various ways, from serving on the board that manages Jacksonville's public transportation system to heading...
Blue Devils Make a Run for District; Clay High Win Weak on Offense, but Good Enough Golden Eagles Can't Find Wings
Byline: Thomas Petrucci, County Line staff writer Clay High School secured both a homecoming victory and a spot in the playoffs last week with a 54-0 win over the Fleming Island Golden Eagles. The Blue Devils improved to 6-1, but they can't rest...
Bridge Lights Plan Regains Power; Sidewalk Funds Could Be Switched
Byline: David Bauerlein, The Times-Union A much-hyped plan to festively light two Jacksonville bridges in time for the 2005 Super Bowl is close to getting the jolt it needs -- more than $1.6 million in funding. Mayor John Peyton's office has...
Challenges Don't Stop; but Teacher Has Overcome a Lot in Her Life
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Fifty-five years ago, a doctor delivered a baby in a small town in the Everglades. Born in a breach position, the baby had a heartbeat but wasn't breathing. The doctor worked hard to save the...
Commissioners Look at Options for Future
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Nassau County Commissioners started planning the county's future Thursday. The meeting was the first of four commissioners will hold in rapid succession that focus specifically on Nassau County's...
Condo Builder Gets OK, If Traffic Handled
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer After requiring the developer to pay its share of a traffic study and improvements on South Beach Parkway, the Jacksonville Beach City Council gave preliminary approval Monday for Valencia at South...
Country Fans Get Real Treat at the Fair
Byline: EYDER PERALTA, The Times-Union The Baseball Grounds finally came alive Monday night for the last of three country shows that were part of the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair. The trip into the stadium was much noisier than it had...
Deleting Spam Takes All My Time
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, County Line correspondent I have pretty well decided that I will never be able to leave my home for any extended period of time. At least, I will not be able to go anywhere that I do not have access to the Internet. It is...
Dolphins' Hunter Muscles toward Rushing Records; JU Senior Could Set Three Marks on Saturday
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union Jacksonville University running back Emmett Hunter is part pit bull, part workhorse on the football field. Known for his strength and not letting up when he has a team by the throat, Hunter even got a tattoo...
Driving Deadbeat Parents to Pay; Moms with Kids Have Some Leverage
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Parents who don't comply with court orders to provide financial support for their children in divorce cases could find themselves grounded. If they fall behind in their required payments to...
Eeni, Meeni, Minie, Moe; Patch a Chance to Pick a Peck of Pumpkins
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Carol Cantalupo watched her grandson, 8-year-old Bradley Jones, pick a pumpkin off the ground and plop it into a wheelbarrow. Her granddaughter, Allie Cantalupo, 6, ran up and down the pumpkin patch,...
Engineering Students Design Subs
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer It was a sink-or-swim test for Orange Park High School engineering students who launched 10 homemade mini-submarines in a swimming pool last week. About 100 students in the school's academy of engineering...
Extension Office Has Entertaining Ideas to Consider
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer It's not too early to think about the holidays. So the Duval County office of the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service is offering three programs to help residents with their entertaining....
FEAR FACTOR; Universal's Halloween Horror Nights Delight in Being Too Close for Comfort
Byline: EYDER PERALTA, The Times-Union ORLANDO -- If a Bob Dylan tune went wrong, it would go something like Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. It would end up being a rant about evil midgets who dance jigs alongside ice queens with glorious...
FHP Identifies 4 Killed in Crash
Byline: TIA MITCHELL, The Times-Union The four people who died over the weekend in a fiery traffic accident in Baker County have been identified by the Florida Highway Patrol. Jessica Diane Gray, 24, and her son, 8-year-old Trenton Lee Gray,...
FLORIDA STATE NOTEBOOK; Bowden Hoping Healthier Offense Will Be Higher-Scoring, Too
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has a pretty good idea why his son, offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden, has been at the center of fan criticism this season. "I think the fans want to see a lot...
Free Meals at School Supported; Would Take Place of Reduced-Price Plan
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer There's no question that children with empty stomachs have a tougher time consuming information than those who are well fed, Clay County School Board members agree. "If a kid's hungry, he...
Girl Scout Troop, Cadettes to Make San Marco Shine
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer A group of Girl Scouts looked around the San Marco neighborhood and decided it needed some tidying up. That appraising glance has blossomed into an ambitious project in which they're enlisting...
Golf Tournament for Charity; Quigley House Will Benefit from Event
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Low-handicap golfers, duffers who usually shoot in the high 80s or 90s, and those who are lucky to come in with a score under 120 will compete in a charity golf tournament Thursday, Nov. 6, at...
Halloween Party Set Saturday
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Na-noo, na-noo. Yep, they're going to scare up Mork and Mrs. Doubtfire for the festivities. Sort of. It's Michael Clayton, a Las Vegas Robin Williams impersonator, and he'll be the featured performer...
HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK; Lady Crusaders Ready to Make Run at Title
All area teams and individuals took last weekend off in preparation for this week's district meets, the first of a three-step process to get to the state cross-country meet Saturday, Nov. 8 at Ed Radice Park in Tampa. A unique feature of this year's...
Historic Festival Helps to Recall How Things Used to Be
Byline: Patti Levine-Brown, County Line correspondent Joshua Wright stood inside the Hill Top Heritage Black Education Center/Museum looking at items, photographs and articles donated and collected by people he has known all his life. But the...
Homecoming Weekend at Clay; Green Cove Springs Celebrates; 'We've Got the Spirit around Here'
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Sitting in the back of a convertible, Miss Clay High smiled like a model in a tooth whitener commercial and waved like a princess. Miss Clay High was one of hundreds of students -- some painted...
Indians' Losing Streak Returns; Latest Loss Threatens District Hopes
Byline: Travis Smith, County Line correspondent After starting the season with three straight wins, Keystone Heights looked to be a lock to improve upon its 5-5 record from last year. After Friday night's devastating 48-6 loss to District 3 2-A...
In Education
Supporting students Nassau County youths are invited to an evening of fellowship, food and music at the Supporting Our Students (S.O.S.) event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The event will be at the Anchor Youth Center at Centre and Sixth streets in Fernandina...
In Golf
With 71 players participating in the Wednesday blitz Oct. 8 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, John "Pap" Scarboro took individual honors by shooting a score under his age, coming in with a 77, for plus 8 points. But he ended up on a team that was...
In the Military
Ward is ranger Army Staff Sgt. Shawn D. Ward has graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga., with authorization to wear the Ranger Tab. A graduate of the Ranger course is the epitome of the U.S. infantryman. ...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Coaching Staff Scolds Darius for Foul Play
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union Strong safety Donovin Darius has been put on notice. Coach Jack Del Rio said the veteran defensive back was warned to rein in his overly aggressive style by the coaching staff after drawing four personal-foul...
JU Celebrates Its New Health Sciences Center
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer People come first, but the place can make a big difference, too. "I can already tell there's a completely different attitude among both students and faculty -- just because of this great facility,"...
Keystone Awaits Wendy's Arrival; Burger Chain Job Prospects, a Place to Hang, Excite
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, County Line correspondent It is not often a new business decides to locate in Keystone Heights, so when word that Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburger restaurant had decided to do just that, the town was a buzz with excitement....
Lighting a Fire under Blaze; Coach Helps Players Win
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer The Florida Blaze lived up to the name. The team was red hot at the International Baseball Championships recently in Clearwater. So hot they won. The team of boys ages 14 to 16 are from several...
Liquid Blue Performing Final Shows
Byline: Mark Faulkner, Shorelines correspondent Rock 'n' roll marriages rarely last. Just ask the members of Fleetwood Mac, Tommy Lee or Curtis "Dink" Baxter. When Baxter talks about his time in the local rock/funk band Liquid Blue, he compares...
LOCAL BEAT; Plethora of Injuries Bedevils FAMU
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union Florida A&M's roster was thin before the season started because of the NCAA's ruling on the eligibility of several players. Since then, the Rattlers have become even more depleted because of a "plethora"...
Love of Game Bonds Rugby Individualists
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union columnist Fred Cole paused for a moment, wincing as he reached across the table for the ketchup. "Rugby gets a bad rap," he said. "It's no different than being in a country club and playing in a golf league. But...
Makeover Quicker, Cheaper; Temporary Seating Installation Is Taking Advantage of a Deck Built since Last Year's Game
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, The Times-Union The annual temporary enlargement of Alltel Stadium to accommodate fans of the Florida-Georgia Football Classic is costing less money and taking less time this year. The Gators and the Bulldogs will tussle...
Man Arrested in Burglary of Vehicle; Suspect a Crack Addict, He Tells Cops
A 32-year-old man was arrested at 10:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Under Watchful Care Ministries, 564 E. 64th St., and charged with burglary of a vehicle and with possession of burglary tools. Witnesses told police when they left exited a church service they...
Man Chokes to Death on Live Fish in Freak Accident; Scene Was Similar to a Stunt Shown on Television Program
Byline: NIN-HAI TSENG, The Times-Union What started as a relaxing Sunday for fishing at the Ocklawaha River in Palatka ended in a freak tragedy for family and friends of a Middleburg man, who died with a 4-inch fish lodged in his mouth. Henry...
Mayport Ferry Always Ready to 'Load and Go'; for Decades, It Was Only Way to Cross the River North of Downtown's Bridges
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN, The Times-Union IIt was noon and Jacksonville electrician Craig Stickel needed to grab his lunch and retrieve something from his home off Heckscher Drive. He drove his pickup truck from his job at the Naval Station...
Middleburg, Ridgeview Face Tough Games
Byline: Stephen Kindland, County Line staff writer Middleburg High School became the first Clay County team to qualify for the post-season when the Broncos edged Ridgeview 15-14 Thursday in a hard-fought battle that could have gone either way. ...
Morning Briefs
MICROSOFT LAUNCHES NEW OFFICE SOFTWARE VERSION Microsoft Corp. launched the newest version of its Office software Tuesday, kicking off a $150 million ad campaign in hopes of convincing customers that the upgrade is worth the cost despite a skittish...
Nassau Must Deal with New Problem; Rural County Faces Big Growth Issues
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Nassau County is 652 square miles of rural, wooded forests to the west and suburban, sandy beaches to the east. At Georgia's southern border, 30 miles north of Jacksonville, the county boasts...
NATIONAL BEAT; with BCS Rankings out, Critics Are Sure to Follow -- in Force
Now that the first BCS rankings have been released, criticism is almost sure to follow. One of the biggest criticisms of the BCS is that teams can fall in the rankings without losing. For example, several BCS had speculated that Virginia Tech...
Neptune Stops Development at Beach Accesses for a Year
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer The Neptune Beach City Council unanimously approved a one-year moratorium Monday on development of the city's beach accesses to the delight of several dozen residents. "I'm so thrilled you...
Orange Park Coach Having His Say
Byline: Stephen Kindland, County Line sports writer Football coach Ted Leasor wasn't happy with some of his seniors going into Orange Park High School's District 3-5A game against Bartram Trail Friday, and it wasn't necessarily because the first-year...
Orange Park Looks for Winning Edge
Byline: Stephen Kindland, County Line sports writer Carey Grant's 72-yard touchdown on Orange Park High School's first possession was called back on a penalty, and the rest of Friday's game against Bartram Trail didn't go too well, either. Playing...
Orange Park Man Tries to Help Others; He's Assisting Those Struggling with ALS
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Lou Gehrig's disease is swallowing up George Chapman's body like quicksand. Still, he spends hours at his computer, researching information, technology and gadgets to help others who also have this...
Orange Park's Annual Festival Signals Arrival of Fall
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer When she saw a sign that said "Fried Twinkies," Kim Nickerson of Orange Park said she had to taste one. "I figured, hey, it's a Twinkie. You can't go wrong," she said, shrugging. Battered and...
Patching It All Together; Quilting for Cancer Benefit
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer It was a request Southside resident Jackie Chambers said she couldn't refuse: Make a special quilt for a certain auction and have it in New York City by Tuesday. Now that handmade quilt has been sold...
POLICE BRIEFS; Woman Gets Some Vulgar E-Mails at Home
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH A woman reported Oct. 7 that a man sent vulgar e-mails to her home in the 1800 block of Tierra Verde Drive and threatened to post her phone...
Recycling of Glass Returns, but ... No Curbside Service Called 'Disappointing'
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer The return of glass recycling in the form of central collection bins is "disappointing" at best to Palm Valley and Ponte Vedra Beach community leaders. The St. Johns County Commission last week voted...
Robbery Suspect Arrested; Had Apologized during Crimes
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A 25-year-old Mandarin man was arrested Thursday, charged with the arrmed robbery of the General Nutrition Center at 11250 St. Augustine Road June 3 while claiming he had a gun, police said. The same...
SCHOOL ZONE; Ridgeview Issues Fall Carnival Invitation
Byline: Toi Jefferson, County Line staff writer Ridgeview Elementary School's Fall Carnival will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Ridgeview is at 421 Jefferson Ave., about 4 miles southwest of Kingsley Avenue off Blanding Boulevard. There will be games...
Spill Report Spurs Plan to Sue JEA
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA, The Times-Union Some residents of a Jacksonville Southside community say their loved ones and neighbors are suffering from cancer and other illnesses and that a spill of hazardous chemicals at a JEA electric substation...
SPORTS BRIEFS; Middleburg Girls Volleyball Team Falls
Bishop Kenny handed visiting Middleburg a mild upset Thursday after downing the Lady Broncos 25-15, 25-21, 25-18 despite Kavie Sturch's 14 kills and Amanda Youell's 28 assists. Middleburg, ranked sixth in the Oct. 9 state volleyball poll, had beaten...
States' Cooperation Subject of Meeting
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Residents and officials from both sides of the St. Marys River are scheduled to gather in Yulee on Thursday to discuss making uniform laws regarding boating, fishing and other uses. The St....
St. Joe Quarter Strong; It Raises Projections; Company Has about 875,000 Acres in Florida Ready for Development
Byline: Mark Basch, The Times-Union The St. Joe Co. Tuesday reported higher third-quarter earnings and raised its earnings projections for the rest of this year, based on its performance so far and a strong pipeline of new business. The Jacksonville-based...
Students' Butterfly Garden Blooms
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer A butterfly fluttered into the garden where Jordan Barbour and his classmates were spreading mulch. Jordan, 13, whipped out a butterfly handbook and flipped the pages, studying the pictures. "It...
Students Help Students in Reading Program; and Kids Who Get Help Become Better Readers
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Jason Gribbin is gobbling up books. The second-grader, who was reading below his grade level when he entered Neptune Beach Elementary School in August, has earned 60 brightly colored stickers...
'Suddenly Last Summer' Opens Friday at Players
Byline: Mark Faulkner, Shorelines correspondent With Halloween a little more than a week away, Players By-The-Sea is doling out a particularly chilling treat, Tennessee Williams-style. Williams' Suddenly Last Summer opens Friday at the community...
Telemarketers Can Call from 8 A.M. to 9 P.M
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: When can telemarketers call? I had a charity phone me at 8:20 a.m. Is that too early? S.M., Fort Caroline Dear S.M. That call was allowed. The Federal Trade Commission's Telemarketing...
The Players Donates $2 Million; Record Amount Raised by Tournament to Be Divided among 77 Area Charities
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union Despite an uncertain economy, a record amount of charity money raised through proceeds of The Players Championship was announced yesterday at the annual Players Giving Back Luncheon at the Adams Mark Hotel. ...
Thursday a Hectic Day for Police on Southside
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A cab driver was robbed at knife-point early Thursday in an apartment complex at 4070 Barnes Road, but police couldn't track the assailant down. The two men who robbed a sleeping man Thursday afternoon...
TRANSPORTATION; Unclog the Council
As the elected representative for District 11 on Jacksonville's City Council, Warren Alvarez understandably wants to alleviate traffic congestion on the Northside. He should not, however, pursue his district's interests in a way that delays compelling,...
UGa Students Clean Cemetery; Resting Place for Noted Athens Blacks Fell into Disuse in 1960s
ATHENS, Ga. -- Farris Turner looked on as his parents finally got the respect they deserved. The 82-year-old man's parents, Luther and Frances Turner -- a railroad worker and a homemaker who raised seven children -- both are buried at the Gospel...
Wallets, Survivors Open Up at Fashion Show for Cancer
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer First Coast News anchor Donna Hicken cried as she explained how breast cancer has helped her focus her life. She spoke Friday afternoon before about 300 people at a luncheon/fashion show fund-raiser...
Waycross Faces Sewage Deadline; City Faces Stiff EPD Penalties If Improvements Not Completed on Time
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union Waycross has until next summer to correct problems at its sewage treatment plant that resulted in excessive amounts of ammonia being dumped into the Satilla River, officials said. The city and the Georgia...
When It Comes to Theater, Design Is the Name of the Game
Byline: Mark Faulkner, Shorelines correspondent The most interesting art in Florida Community College at Jacksonville DramaWorks' new play Museum could be the set itself. Designer Mikey Livingston flipped traditional theater ideas around so...
Who'll Pay for New Schools? Planners, Builders Try to Sort It Out
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Nassau County government and school planning officials, along with area builders and developers, have given themselves six months to devise a plan to pay for schools that will be needed because...
Winn-Dixie, Store Manager Win Special Recognition
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Joey Lewitt isn't the most punctual grocery stock clerk at Winn-Dixie in Middleburg and he's broken many bottles in his five-year career there. But the mentally challenged 25-year-old works quickly...
Woman Rescued from Blaze; Taxi Driver Looking for Fare Braves Burning Home to Carry out Reluctant Victim
Byline: Dana Treen, The Times-Union With flames rolling across the ceiling of a Mayport home, cabdriver Richard R. Patey struggled with a woman who refused to leave the burning house Tuesday. "I said, 'Lady, if you don't get out of here right...
Working to Put End to Illiteracy
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Terry Algire will never forget the man who was getting so much grief from a Navy Federal Credit Union ATM. "He was trying to make a deposit, and he kept saying the screen wasn't working," said...
World Championship Track Samples to Be Retested for Designer Steroid
Track and field's governing body will retest all samples from the summer World Championships to check whether any athletes were using a previously undetectable designer steroid. The drug, tetrahydrogestrinone, or THG, is at the heart of a doping...
Young Scientists Honored; Their Work Gets Top Recognition
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer When Kristy Tayapongsak wore braces, the 14-year-old became aware that certain foods caused them to stain. So the Mandarin teen developed a science project to test how much brushing offset the staining....
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