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Articles from July 17, 2004

2 Bodies Are Found in 2 Cars; 1 Man Held; Police Don't Think Separate Incidents Are Linked, but an Investigation Is under Way
Byline: TIA MITCHELL and DANA TREEN, The Times-Union Jacksonville homicide detectives are investigating two separate cases where bodies were found in the back of vehicles. Sheriff's Office spokesman Ken Jefferson said they are not being linked....
A Medical Mission of Revival; Mandarin Church Takes Ministry to Brazil on Boat
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Alan Vinson's day job is as a custom clothier. But during a two-week period in late May, the 34-year-old Mandarin resident helped local dentists treat children undergoing dental surgery in Brazilian villages...
AS SEEN ON TV; We Put Five Advertised Products to the Test. DID THEY PASS?
Come on, admit it. You stop channel surfing to marvel at those long commercials. You know, the ones that hawk gadgets for gadgets' sake, stuff with really cool names: Ron Popiel's Pocket Fisherman, Stain Zapper and Flowbee. You wonder if a Ginsu knife...
Back Pain Forces Former Tennis No. 1 Rios to Retire at 28
Marcelo Rios retired from tennis on Friday because of a recurring back injury, ending a career that included 18 singles titles. The Chilean, ranked No. 1 for six weeks in 1998, has been mostly inactive for about a year due to back pain. He underwent...
Beaches Center Keeps Seniors Active
Exercise class and Bingo are the traditional favorites at the Beaches Senior Center in Jacksonville Beach, but Coordinator Ruth Woo and other staff members are adding activities all the time. Everything from "fun, silly games" to speeches about osteoporosis...
Beaches Shorts
BEACH PLAN PASSES St. Johns County commissioners adopted a beach management plan this week that calls for more lifeguards and beach access in Ponte Vedra Beach, but one commissioner said there's no money in the budget to implement the recommendations....
Beaches' Youth Take Stage; Arts Guild to Put on 'West Side Story'
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer The air conditioner was broken and no one knew when it would be fixed. Rivulets of sweat ran down the dancers' backs. The leading lady had a sprained ankle. So they opened the door, turned on the...
Briefly
GARDENING GLOVE FOR ARTHRITIS A new type of gardening glove can make gardening easier for people with arthritis. Bionic Gardening Gloves are designed to improve hand strength while reducing pain. Anatomic relief pads on the thumb, fingers and palm...
Brown Keeps Heat on Voting Readiness; A Day after Accusing Opponents of Stealing the 2000 Election, Federal Lawmaker Takes on Duval County's Election Office
Byline: DAVID DECAMP, The Times-Union A day after being rebuked by House colleagues, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown continued ruffling feathers by saying Duval County's ill election chief should be forced out of office. Supervisor of Elections John...
BUSINESS BRIEFS; Orange Park Mall Adding 2 Hip Stores and a Restaurant
Byline: Debra H. Buehn, Clay County Line correspondent Two trendy apparel stores and an eatery will become new residents of the Orange Park Mall this fall. The two new retailers will be Journeys and Aeropostale. Both stores are known nationally...
Callahan Awaits Report on Problems' Correction
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Callahan residents soon will find out how well town officials have implemented changes ordered in a state audit released a year and a half ago. A draft report following up a state audit of...
Cities Oppose Homestead Exemption Push; Petition Seeks to Increase Tax Break
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Beaches officials spoke out this week against a proposal to double Florida's homestead exemption, saying it would cut too much from the three cities' property tax revenues. "If you start...
City Favors Rare, Criticized 'Give a Foot, Get a Foot' Rule
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer A Jacksonville Beach rule that lets developers build taller buildings near the ocean by giving up more side yard space is rare in Florida, where most cities simply set a maximum building height....
City Hesitant about Leasing Public Parking to Complex
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Atlantic Beach wants more information about possible legal issues before leasing 10 city parking spaces at the 10th Street beach access to the residents of an adjacent town home complex. ...
City Offering Way to Finance Sewer Service
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer If Jacksonville's steady diet of heavy rains has caused your toilet to back up, shower pressure to drop or bathtub to clog, the city may have a deal for you. The city has created a new independent...
City Seeks Volunteers to Boost Revitalization; Neptune Business Corridor Blighted
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Neptune Beach is still searching for volunteers to join a committee authorized by the City Council to find ways to lure new businesses and development to the city's main commercial corridor...
Clay County Deputies Say No to Unionization
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer Deputies in the Clay County Sheriff's Office, ranging from patrol officers to lieutenants, took an historic step this week in rejecting an effort to unionize the department. The Fraternal...
Club Thanks Servicemen with 18 Holes; Golf, Feast Popular in Second Year
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Lt. Cmdr. Mike Pietryka recently spent 10 months in the Persian Gulf, fighting the war in Iraq. The Mayport Naval Station-based helicopter pilot spent long days at sea, flying missions with his detachment...
Coach Now Onboard at Sandalwood
Byline: Brent Beaird, County Line correspondent Jeff McCrone, the former three-year Orange Park High School assistant coach and quarterback (1990-91), is leaving Clay County for his next coaching job, but he is not going far. McCrone is happy about...
Coach Returns to Bridge for Charity Ultra-Marathon Today
Byline: Brian Kosoy, Shorelines sports correspondent By the time most Beaches residents roll out of bed and eat their Frosted Flakes today, Craig O'Neal will have run a 31-mile ultra-marathon on the Palm Valley Bridge in Ponte Vedra Beach. (He probably...
Community Columnists Program Allows Residents to Have Their Say
Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff writer The Community Columnists Program at First Coast Community allows residents to share their writings with our community. Scroll down the community columnists page on our Web site and you'll find all sorts...
Community Group Meets with Police; Safety and Other Citizen Concerns Brought to Light
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Keeping up a running dialogue with police about safety, even about the little things, was the topic of discussion at an Arlington civic meeting Monday attended by about 200 people. The meeting, requested...
County Gathers Cash for Improving Park; Nassau: Goffinsville Will Receive Upgrade
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer The clouds darkened as the skies rumbled Tuesday afternoon, and the few anglers fishing off Goffinsville Park quickly packed up their belongings. Three Fernandina Beach teenagers didn't catch...
County to Research Buying Utility
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer St. Johns County will research how much it will cost to buy a utility to service the Ponte Vedra Beach area. The County Commission approved a measure Tuesday directing staff to complete a contract to...
Duval Firm Considers Site in Clay; Commissioners Look at Changing Rules on Tax-Break Eligibility
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer A mystery financial services company with headquarters in Jacksonville, referred to only as "Project Acorn," is looking at a site in northern Clay County to build a $25 million to $30 million...
Excellent Year for Georgia's Peach Crop
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: Is there anyplace in Georgia where we can pick peaches? M.B., Arlington Dear M.B.: We checked with the Georgia Department of Agriculture and found an orchard in Zebulon, which...
Familiar Rivals Run for Board Chairman; Tax Issues, Costs Associated with County Jail, Economic Growth Are Big Issues in Campaign
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union WAYCROSS -- During his two years on the Ware County Commission, Carlton Corbitt was a thorn in the side of commission Chairman Ralph Tyson. After losing a re-election bid in 2002 by three votes, Corbitt...
Fire Caused by Lightning Destroys OakLeaf Home
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer Ed Poole of OakLeaf Plantation said he saw a flash and heard what sounded like a sonic boom when lightning struck a nearby home in the newly developed OakLeaf neighborhood where he lives. Clay...
Fire Department Strikes Up Honor Guard; Group Says It Walks for All in Fernandina
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Honor is a core value of the newest volunteer unit at the Fernandina Beach Fire Department. Seven firefighters, old and new, have joined to form the department Honor Guard. "We've been...
Football Schedules Set for Next Season
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer High school football schedules have been completed, and based on returning players and last year's results, it looks like Clay and Middleburg will again be the Clay County teams to beat in...
For Clay Schools Budget, 5-Year Squeeze Expected
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer Normally in July, Mike Elliott, who is in charge of Clay County public school facilities, gives the School Board a hefty document that outlines the new schools, classroom additions, campus...
Genealogy Information Is at Hand; Exchange Society Library Has Thousands of Books
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer Tucked off bustling Blanding Boulevard is an unassuming white house where residents can trace the dead. "Very few people know about us," said Jon Ferguson, who helps maintain its treasure trove of genealogy...
Got Milk? These Kids Know; They Take Part in Real Milking Demonstration
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer It was unquestionably a moo-ving experience. Little 5-year-old, blond-haired Chloe Snyder said it was also thrilling and "a little warm and ticklish." It was an opportunity recentlyfor kids to milk a cow in...
Incumbent Faces Ex-Senator in 169; Former Lawmaker Seeks Comeback in Rural District
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- House District 169 has one of the few legislative races in rural South Georgia this year where Democrats don't have to worry about any Republican competition. However, the lack of GOP opponents...
Jacksonville Journal
MAN TO FINISH OBESITY AWARENESS WALK TODAY Massachusetts native Gary Marino is scheduled to walk into the Sheraton Boston Prudential Center today to complete a 1,200-mile walk dubbed The Million Calorie March that he started April 6 in Jacksonville....
Lakers on Trial for Choosing Kobe, Not Shaq
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer The Los Angeles Lakers really are living in LaLa Land if they think they're better off long-term with Kobe Bryant as the team anchor than Shaquille O'Neal. Both are great players, and Bryant has...
Landowners Fight for Just Compensation; When Private Property Goes Public, the Process of Bridging the Gap of Land Appraisals Is a Familiar Exercise
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS, The Times-Union Two years ago, Thomas Beeckler and Rick Haskew bought 100 acres where Sisters Creek meets Heckscher Drive on the Northside. In their minds, they could see the woodlands being transformed into a neighborhood...
Lightning, Then Flames; Strike during Storm Set Home on Slow Burn, but Family Didn't Know
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union SEA ISLAND -- A vacation home that was struck by lightning Thursday night was badly damaged after a resulting fire burned undetected for some time and spread through the attic. James Becton, an orthopedic...
Living in Biblical-Era Times; Southside Church Pays Visit to 29 A.D
Byline: GRANT McMANUS, River City News correspondent A recent weeklong visit to 29 A.D. brought a Southside congregation closer together and increased awareness of Jewish Biblical customs. Dressed in Biblical-era costumes, people sat on the floor...
Local Inflation Rate Still Subdued; Consumer Price Index for Jacksonville Shows Prices Rising at Annual Rate of 1.55%
Byline: Mark Basch, The Times-Union Consumer prices rose modestly both nationally and in Jacksonville in June, as the high gasoline prices that have been driving inflation up leveled off a bit. The U.S. Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers,...
Man Charged with Attempted Murder of a Police Officer
Byline: Dana Treen, The Times-Union A Jacksonville man wounded in a gunfight with police late Thursday has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, police said Friday. Norman Jarrell Walker, 27, of the 1600 block of Hiram Street...
Man's Fountain of Youth: Exercise
Byline: MICHELLE McGEE, River City News correspondent Southside resident Bob Beaudreaux, a security guard at Marsh Landing Country Club, exercises two hours a day, five days a week, hitting the weights, doing cardiovascular exercises and cranking...
Man Turns Ministry into Mission
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Daytime temperatures are hovering in the 90s right now, but Stan Grenn is fretting about the days and nights when they will plunge into the 30s. He's worried for the people who won't be ready...
Meet the Candidates Thursday
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer The Northwest St. Johns County Community Coalition hosts a Meet the Candidates night at 7 p.m. Thursday at the St. Johns County Service Center, 725 Flora Branch Blvd., next to the Unity Church. A question-and-answer...
Micah's Place Offers Safe Haven Nearer to Home; Nassau: Help for Abuse Victims Grows
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Micah's Place supporters have long believed Nassau County needed a shelter for victims of domestic violence as well as programs to help them start a violence-free life. Now, they're getting...
MIDEAST; A Blow to Peace
Perhaps nothing illustrates the absurdity of the international law concept more than the "ruling" by the International Court of Justice on Israel security. In no way was this a legal decision, nor even a court case. The court has no jurisdiction,...
Mom Wrangles Meningitis; Bryceville: Sister's Resolve to Get Her into Therapy Reaps Exciting Progress
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer On July 8, Sherry Manning leaned her head in close to her sister, Ann Jowers, trying to whisper into her ear. For most sisters, that wouldn't be an extraordinary gesture. And it wouldn't have...
Morning Briefs
SOUTH FINANCIAL COMPLETES PURCHASE OF LOCAL BANKS The South Financial Group Inc. Friday completed its acquisitions of two Jacksonville-based banking companies, CNB Florida Bancshares Inc. and Florida Banks Inc. Greenville, S.C.-based South Financial...
No Vacation for Budget Planners; but School Board, Citing Cost Increases, Wants a Small Tax Hike
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer The Clay County School Board is pondering a proposed 2004-05 budget that totals $266.5 million and, because of increased costs, calls for a slight property tax rate increase. After several...
No Vacation for Budget Planners; County Holds Line on Property Tax .
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer Clay County commissioners got their first glimpse Tuesday of a proposed budget calling for expenditures of $176.9 million next year, including enough money for 3 percent pay raises and increased...
Orange Park Man to Lead Florida VFW
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer An Orange Park man is now heading Florida's VFW, making him the first in North Florida to hold this post in nearly 20 years. A.E. Gene Hall is the new state commander of the Veterans of Foreign...
Pablo Historical Park Considered for Community Center Location
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer The Jacksonville Beach City Council is considering building a community center near the future historical museum at Pablo Historical Park off Beach Boulevard. The council will discuss the proposal...
POLICE BRIEFS; Man Beaten Unconscious While Walking Down Street
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police depart- ments: ATLANTIC BEACH A man reported June 27 that as he walked in the 900 block of Plaza Drive he was beaten...
Police Briefs; Man Charged in June Home Burglary
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer A 44-year-old man was arrested at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the 3700 block of Ionia Street and charged with burglary. Police said the man was arrested when he attempted to use credit cards reported stolen June 2 in...
POLICE BRIEFS; Man Charged with Threats of Explosives
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer A man sought by Clay County authorities since March is in the county jail facing felony charges after witnesses told police he began making explosive devices and threatened to blow up the...
Police Briefs; Man Stabbed in Side during Fight outside Apartment Complex
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer A 46-year-old Southside man was arrested Sunday on a charge of aggravated assault after a man was cut during a fight outside an apartment at 5800 University Blvd. S., police said. Police said the 26-year-old...
POLICE BRIEFS; Several Watches, Other Items Reported Missing from Home
Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Mandarin area, according to the Jacksonville and St. Johns County sheriff's offices: Burglary: 12000 block of Mayors Drive -- Eight watches, bottles of vodka and bourbon, a...
Police Briefs; Woman Arrested on Grand Theft Charge at Naval Station
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer A 25-year-old woman was arrested at noon Tuesday at Jacksonville Naval Air Station, 6800 Roosevelt Blvd., on a charge of grand theft in the stealing of $1,500 from the base's Morale, Welfare and Recreation...
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK; Debate between County Commission Hopefuls
The Republican Men of Clay County will sponsor a debate between the candidates for the Clay County Commission at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Ronnie's Wings and Oyster Bar, Loch Rane Boulevard, Orange Park. The debate is open to the public. PUBLIC FORUM...
Political Novices Compete for Post; Seat on the County Board Came Open When a Longtime Commissioner Decided to Run for the General Assembly
Byline: Gordon Jackson, The Times-Union FOLKSTON -- Two political newcomers will face each other in Tuesday's Democratic primary election to replace longtime Charlton County Commissioner Jesse Crews Jr. Crews, who served three terms as commissioner,...
Power Golf, Anyone? Volkwagen's Peppy R32 Offers Above-Par Performance
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Volkswagen has decided to save the best for last, at least for America. The 2004 Volkswagen R32 you see here is the first Golf to get all-wheel-drive and a 240-horsepower, 3.2-liter VR6 engine. It...
Push Is on to Elect County Managers
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer When he was elected to office 12 years ago, County Commissioner George Bush waged a losing effort to transfer the responsibility for running the county's financial affairs from the clerk...
Residents Appeal School Site; County Commission Told to Nix Talbots Site
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer Dolphin Cove residents who oppose a proposed Ponte Vedra Beach high school site appealed to St. Johns County commissioners this week to stop the School Board's plans. Mary Condit, who lives in the subdivision...
Rezoning Gets OK; Developer Alters Plan; Changes Come after Negotiations with Mandarin Neighbors
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer The Jacksonville City Council has approved a request to rezone 45 acres across Hood Road from Mandarin Middle School for up to 80 new homes. The rezoning has had neighbors and school officials worried about its...
Roving Post Office Works for Troops
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan will soon be receiving postcards from the beach. About 300 people purchased patriotic-theme cards and sent them off to U.S. troops at the Fourth of July Liberty Fest...
SCHOOL ZONE; Orange Park Schedules Available
Byline: Toi Jefferson, Clay County Line staff writer Students attending Orange Park High School can pick up their class schedules next week, from Tuesday to Tuesday, July 27, depending on grade levels and the first letter of their last names: Here...
Seasonal Quirks Part of Why Unemployment Rate Up; Jobless Figures Rise in June as New High School and College Graduates Enter the Workforce
Byline: Mark Basch, The Times-Union Jacksonville's unemployment rate jumped sharply higher last month, due in part to seasonal factors that always affect the June data as the school year ends. The unemployment rate for the Jacksonville area --...
Seems I Used to Be More Sure
Byline: Lamar Thames, Clay County Line General Manager *******************CORRECTION July 21, 2004 Because of an editing error, the following paragraph was shortened in the Talk of the Town column on Page 1 Saturday. The full paragraph should...
Services Board Protests Oversized Store Sign; Flak Rises over County Approval
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer More criticism is being heaped on the St. Johns County Commission for allowing an 85-square-foot sign for a pending Office Depot store in Ponte Vedra Beach. But this time the voices of dissent are coming...
'Shaking It Up with Willy' a Success
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer More than 50 children sang, danced, practiced facial gestures, created swords, tambourines and sock puppets while learning about famed poet and playwright William Shakespeare. It was Ridgeview...
Sis Shows Way; Ex-Bolles Star Atkinson, Brother Headed to Athens
Byline: TENESHIA L. WRIGHT, The Times-Union Jevon Atkinson is finally faster than big sister Janelle in the pool, but he cannot beat her shadow. Janelle Atkinson, a 21-year-old University of Florida junior, is a former national swimmer of the...
Some Area Churches Show There's Fun for the Faithful; David Phelps Bringing Tour to Church
Byline: LUKE O'BRIEN, The Times-Union Grammy-winning Christian vocalist David Phelps will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the worship center at Mandarin Christian Church, 6045 Greenland Road. Phelps, best known for his work with the Gaither Vocal...
Sports Fields at School Get Proper Dirt
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer The Clay County School Board has approved a plan that calls for Fleming Island High School's three athletic fields -- built last year with substandard fill dirt that created drainage problems --...
Student Meal Prices to Stay Same; but Adult Meals, Some Extras to Cost a Bit More Next Year
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer In one bit of good news for parental checkbooks, the Clay County school district likely will keep meal prices for 2004-05 the same as they were on last year's menu. But prices for adult...
Suit Filed to Stop Glynn Board Election; Defendants Want Federal OK That Vote Isn't Discriminatory after 2003 Law Changed Board Makeup
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union BRUNSWICK -- Just two working days before Tuesday's party primaries, three Glynn County residents filed a lawsuit Friday to stop the school board elections. Zack Lyde, Vanessa Coley and Isabelle Myles also...
Summertime Treats at Noon; City Program Offers Lunch, Activities for Many Kids
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer The 200 youngsters filed through the line, filling their plates with hot dogs, peaches, potato chips, cookies, apple juice and milk. In this case, the kids were at The Bridge of Northeast Florida in Springfield....
Takeover Robberies Similar; FBI Investigates Whether Florida Bank Heists Are Linked to Heavily Armed, Violent Groups
Byline: Dana Treen, The Times-Union Federal authorities are investigating whether a series of sometimes-brutal bank heists up and down Florida, including two in Jacksonville, may be connected to the same heavily armed group. The robberies --...
Teens Take over Downtown Today; Youth Symposium in Jacksonville to Offer Tips on Creating a Successful Future
Byline: RACHEL DAVIS, The Times-Union About 200 teenagers are expected to convene in downtown Jacksonville today for a youth symposium on staying in school and keeping off the streets. The symposium, sponsored by the Youth Action Network of Central...
They Made the Party after All; Thanks to Technology, 2 Soldiers in Iraq Attend Class Reunion
Byline: Patti Levine-Brown, Clay County Line correspondent Thanks to technology not available when they graduated from high school, two members of Middleburg High School's Class of 1984 were able to take part in their recent 20-year reunion, even...
Thief Makes Getaway in a School Bus; Supermarket Theft Goes Bad, So Culprit Takes Off
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer The getaway vehicle used Sunday in a Southside supermarket theft stood out a bit, with its bright-yellow color, emergency escape door and imposing length. Then again, school buses are like that. A man tried...
Things We L(heart)ve
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport and Jen Fish, Times-Union home and garden staff Ice-cold martinis, frozen margaritas and lip-puckering lemonade. Refreshing drinks help make the dog days of summer a little more bearable. (The high today is going...
Trail-Blazing Tax Office Worker Celebrates Quarter Century; Nassau: 1st Black in Agency Is Manager
Byline: Michael C. Love, Times-Union correspondent Giselle Menendez was a pioneer in equal rights, and she didn't even know it. "People were coming up to me and shaking my hand and saying they were proud of me," Menendez said of the early days...
United Ready for Shot at Directors Cup
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer ********************CORRECTION July 21, 2004 Two photos that appeared side by side on Page 4 of Saturday's Clay County Line misidentified the youth soccer players participating in this...
Volunteers Help out Historic Cemetery; St. Augustine Site Is 134 Years Old
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer The work crew descended on the tiny cemetery on St. Augustine Road around 8 a.m. Monday and headed for the sweet gum tree that has been lying atop three gravestones since late May. Spurred by news that the owners...
Water, Sewer Rates Being Revamped
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Despite some opposition by residents, Atlantic Beach commissioners gave preliminary approval this week to restructuring the city's water and sewer rates, which would increase some customers'...
Wood Company a Boost for Center
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer A Georgia forest products company will open a new warehouse operation this fall -- and bring 20 new jobs -- in a former Food Lion distribution center south of Green Cove Springs that has been...
Youths Taking Up Bokens and Swinging
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer Thwacking sounds echoed as Middleburg 17-year-olds Shawn Smith and Jake Byers swatted at each other medieval-style with 4-foot sticks. "Uck, I just lost a leg," Byers said when Smith's wooden...
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