The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 16, 2004

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ACC at Stake for Seminoles; No. 6 Virginia's Visit to Doak Campbell Will Test No. 7 FSU, Which Struggled Last Week
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- It began with a halftime tongue-lashing last Saturday at Syracuse, and it hasn't stopped. Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden has been short on patience for more than a week, agitated by...
Acc Saturday
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union Duke (1-4, 0-2) at Georgia Tech (3-2, 2-2), Noon (Sunshine): Chan Gailey is looking for some elusive momentum for his Yellow Jackets and shouldn't have any trouble building some following last week's lock-down...
AFGHANISTAN; Historic Times
The final tallies are not expected until later this month, but the mere holding of Afghanistan's first presidential election is already a landmark event. People in this war-torn country -- run by an oppressive Taliban government and a training headquarters...
Around the Bend; Pumpkins, Crafts at Fall Festival
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Come for a pumpkin in the Pumpkin Patch and stay for Mandarin United Methodist Church's annual Fall Craft Festival, running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at 11270 San Jose Blvd. Ceramics, candles, country...
Arsenic Found at Warehouse Location; Chemical Discovered as Talleyrand Site Is Readied for Finnish Company
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS, Times-Union staff writer Arsenic has been found on the 22-acre site at Talleyrand Marine Terminal that is being readied for construction of one of the port's largest warehouses. The Jacksonville Port Authority, which...
Atlantic Donates to Beautify
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer The Atlantic Beach City Commission this week approved donating $2,500 to a residents group that wants to improve the aesthetics of the 10th Street beach access, which is one of the city's busiest,...
Award Buoys Former Clay Playwright
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer A former Clay County resident has become an award-winning playwright. Bert Royal, 27, the son of developer Van Royal and Sandra Royal of Magnolia Pointe, won an award for his first play, which was...
BCS Could Be a Mess, Again, by December
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer Those of you hoping for postseason chaos in college football to help facilitate the demise of the bowl system, your wish may be granted this year. We're at the midway point of the 2004 season and...
Beach Shorts
JOHNSTON ISLAND PLAN Atlantic Beach's Community Development Board will review a revised Johnston Island condo project on Tuesday. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the commission chambers, 800 Seminole Road. Last month, the City Commission asked...
Beauclerc School Parents Get Warning
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The signs are everywhere along Craven Road West, asking parents not to drop off their children in the road instead of waiting until they get inside the main entrance lane at Beauclerc Elementary School's...
Big East Kickoff
Byline: Steve Kirk, The Times-Union Boston College (4-1) at Pittsburgh (3-2), Noon (ESPN2): Boston College has lost two in a row to Pittsburgh for the first time since the schools helped formed the Big East football conference13 years ago. The Eagles...
Bills Pile Up for 21-Year-Old Dealing with Heart Failure
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Charles Akin of the Greenwood subdivision assumed his 21-year-old son, Sean, was being lazy and milking a minor chest cold. "I told him to get up and do something around here," said the elder Akin,...
Briefly; Gourmet Food Will Benefit Area Children
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The Avenues mall hosts the Children's Home Society of Florida's 21st annual Caring Chefs Gala from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, with about 2,000 guests expected to attend and sample some of the best...
Bush, Kerry Supporters Talk Up Their Man; Campaigns Target Jacksonville, Sending Prominent Politicians to Encourage Voters
Byline: DAVID DECAMP, The Times-Union Presidential campaigns ramped up for the final weeks of turning out voters with big-name visitors in Jacksonville on Friday, though the spotlight remained on local voting issues. Republicans and Democrats...
Butterflies Flutter in Honor of Ponte Vedra Artist
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg, Shorelines correspondent On the morning of Sept. 11, Ponte Vedra Beach painter Susanne Schuenke was honored in an unusual celebration. "It is meaningful that we celebrate Susanne's art by releasing butterflies on...
Canada-Bound Seniors Search for Cheaper Prescription Drugs; Train Stops in Savannah to Pick Up People Who Can't Afford Medicine Here
SAVANNAH -- Nellie and David McGowan boarded a train in Savannah on Monday on their way to Canada. But it's no pleasure trip. The Guyton duo are among 25 people aboard the Rx Express, a chartered train taking U.S. residents from the East Coast to...
Cancer Victims' Friend in Need; Survivor Comforts Others Who Have Breast Cancer
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Since 1996, Orange Park resident Rita Harper has visited hundreds of frightened women in Clay County shortly after they have been diagnosed with breast cancer. At the moment, she's the only active...
Candidates Speak in Forum
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer Jacksonville Beach City Council candidates spoke about maximum building heights and other issues this week at a candidates forum. And those vying for seats on the Neptune Beach council made...
Can FSU Hold off Virginia?
Byline: Brent Beaird, Times-Union correspondent The big game this week is in Tallahassee as unbeaten Virginia, ranked No. 6, comes to town tonight to play Florida State, ranked No. 7. The game is on ESPN. The 'Noles nearly stubbed their toe last...
Casino Granted Reprieve; Boat Owner Awaiting Appeal
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer After initially giving the La Cruise Casino boat owner three days to remove his vessel from U.S. waters because of safety infractions, the U.S. Coast Guard this week allowed the boat to stay...
Charity Run Raises Money for Abuse Victims
The Collections of Stein Mart in Fernandina Beach, through the Dignity U Wear charity, sponsored a 5K Walk/Run to benefit Micah's Place. Ten Fernandina Beach High School students from the Beta Club volunteered at the race. Trophies and ribbons were...
Circus Rolls into Green Cove Springs; Family Operation Set to Perform 2 Shows Monday
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer The Walker Brothers Circus is coming to town, hauling a five-generation legacy and an old-fashioned big-top act that is becoming one of the last of its kind. The Sarasota-based circus will perform...
Commission Defers Beltway Stance; DOT Will Have to State Preference First
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Pulled in two directions by opposing factions on the issue of where a four-lane highway -- the so-called Outer Beltway -- should be built, Clay County commissioners took the path of least resistance...
Community Notebook; Barbecue Celebrates Taking Care to Kids
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Pediatric health care is going mobile on the Northside. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile unit will be unveiled at a community barbecue from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at A. Philip Randolph Heritage...
County Approves Purchase of Historic Land
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Nassau County commissioners voted 4-0 Monday to acquire three oceanfront properties for use as a public park in American Beach. There was little discussion among commissioners prior to the...
Crossfire Wings It ... So Stylish SRT-6 Will Get More Looks
Byline: Dan Scanlan, The Times-Union Call this sleek dark-silver winged coupe a melding of Mercedes muscle and Chrysler cool. American designers created the first version of the Art Deco-inspired Chrysler Crossfire a year ago, giving it a slick...
Divers Find Woman's Body after St. Johns Boat Crash
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer The body of a 32-year-old Middleburg woman was found in the St. Johns River on Monday, about 18 hours after a boat that she and three friends were in smashed into a pier in Green Cove Springs...
Eatery Bringing Flavor to Busy Yulee Area
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD, Nassau Neighbors staff writer In a westward trek off Amelia Island, the owners of Senorita's Coffee, Bakery and Wine in Fernandina Beach are opening a third location this month in Yulee. Neil and Tabatha Patton, who opened...
Ethics Panel Puts Perdue on Notice; the State Commission Decides to Further Investigate Three of Accusations from Democrats
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue faces the prospect of a full-blown ethics hearing after the State Ethics Commission found "reasonable grounds" to believe he violated the codes governing elected officials' behavior....
Faithful Pumpkin Patch; Church Has Made Believers out of It
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer It was pumpkin bowling that hooked 18-year-old Dylan Banks on Calvary United Methodist Church on Blanding Boulevard. Two years ago, Banks and his mother, newcomers to the area, stopped at the church's...
Fernandina Girl Keeps Tabs for Sick
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD, Nassau Neighbors staff writer A 6-year-old Fernandina Beach girl collected nearly her weight in aluminum tab tops -- or about 90,000 tabs -- to raise money for sick children at Ronald McDonald House. Maddison Langley,...
Fernandina Yearbook Hits the Big Time
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD, Nassau Neighbors staff writer It's more than just 15 minutes of fame for the 2004 Fernandina Beach High School yearbook staff. The student-run organization recently received national recognition from the American Scholastic...
Flu Shots in Short Supply This Season
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: Where can children, seniors and others get flu shots? .J.C., Southside Dear J.C.: The shortage of flu vaccine has complicated matters. The city Health Department does not have...
Folk Music Fans Braved Weather; but Crowds Down at Mandarin Festival
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Threatening weather and a lack of crafts sellers due to recent hurricanes may have cut down the expected attendance at the third annual Mandarin Folk Festival last weekend. But about 2,000 people...
Free Food Could Stop Coming; Non-Profit Might Shut Down Due to Operating Costs
Byline: AMELIA A. HART, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Gleaners Dispatch, an organization that's been giving away food in Callahan since February, might be shutting down operations in Nassau County. Officials with the non-profit organization say...
Garrard Takes to the Airwaves
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT, The Times-Union Jaguars backup quarterback David Garrard takes his first step to what might develop into a career after his football-playing days are over when he sits in with Cole Pepper on today's Jacksonville University-Austin...
Golden Voices, Golden Years; Singers by the Sea Put Their Wealth of Experience to Song
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer For most of his life, Torben Andersen didn't think he could sing. He didn't think he had a good enough voice, he couldn't read music and he had never joined a choir. But there he was, up on stage,...
Growth Is Top Issue in Race; 2 Seek to Be Nassau Property Appraiser
Byline: AMELIA A. HART, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Two candidates will vie Nov. 2 to become Nassau County's first new property appraiser in 24 years. Democrat Pauline Calhoun and Republican Greg Haddock are running to replace incumbent James...
He Did Get Mad -- and It Paid Off
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Eddie Staton got mad back in 1989. But in the years since, he's been getting even. He's also made a career of helping neighborhoods do the same. Staton got mad when, while living in Omaha,...
He Died While He Was Working to Help Others; Friends Recall Rothenberg's Unselfish Acts
Byline: SUSAN D. BRANDENBURG, Times-Union correspondent When he died earlier this month at age 52, after a 14-foot fall from the roof of the pediatric ward on the Island of Grenada's General Hospital, Elie Rothenberg of Fruit Cove was a very old...
He's Back in a Flash; Hilliard's Mentor Returns to Lend Hand
Byline: Chase Goodbread, The Times-Union HILLIARD -- When Hilliard High lost Paul Whittenburg as head football coach after the 2000 season, the tiny Nassau County public school lost a piece of its history. After all, Whittenburg had been on the...
Hilliard Council Delays Voting on Zoning Ordinance Amendment
Byline: AMELIA A. HART, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Hilliard officials have put an indefinite hold on a controversial zoning ordinance amendment. The Hilliard Town Council voted Oct. 7 to table changes to the town's zoning ordinance that had...
Incomplete Voter Registrations Can Be Fixed; City Attorneys Tell Elections Office to Waive Deadline
Byline: DAVID DECAMP, The Times-Union Reversing course, Duval County will allow the Democratic and Republican parties three days to contact 1,522 people whose voter registration forms were incomplete after the Oct. 4 deadline. The residents will...
Incumbent Tax Collector Relying on Experience
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Long-time Nassau County Tax Collector Gwendolyn Miller, a Republican, is bidding for another four years in office in the Tuesday, Nov. 2, general election. She faces Democratic nominee Raymond...
It's like a Trip to the Zoo, and Kids Feel the Animals; Sensory Safari Visits School on Westside
Byline: KATIE LAMBERT, Times-Union correspondent Lisa Brady was speechless as she watched Brian Commissaris' fifth-grade class listen to birdcalls with their mouths open and their eyes gleaming with excitement. Many children from elementary schools...
Jacksonville Journal
GOVERNOR RECOGNIZES HISPANIC ADVISORY BOARD Gov. Jeb Bush recognized the Jacksonville Mayor's Hispanic American Advisory Board as this week's Points of Light Award recipient. Organized in 1998, the board recognizes the concerns and desires of...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Nerve Problem Derails DE Barnes for Season
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union Injuries continue to batter and reshuffle the Jaguars' defensive line, which could have an entirely new look once again Sunday. The Jaguars made several line-related moves Friday, most notably placing defensive...
Keeping the Faith
REVIVAL PLANNED The River of Praise Worship Center's revival with evangelist Farrell Kyser will run from Sunday through Wednesday. Sunday services will be at 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Weekday services will be at 7:30 p.m. The church is at 83410...
Keystone OKs Selling 24 Acres of Airpark Land for Trail Link
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, County Line correspondent The Keystone Heights Airpark Authority was given the go-ahead Tuesday by the City Council to wrap up an offer from the U.S. Department of Interior to purchase 24 acres of airpark property. The...
KIDS Conference Is about Ideas, and Not Just for Kids
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer St. Augustine-based educator Linda Stoler sang the alphabet song aloud and with sign language to make a point. She used the song to demonstrate her belief that children learn with their whole brain,...
Knight Marina Getting Sped-Up Fix-Up
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer After Clay County's Knight Marina was overhauled a couple of years ago and outfitted with a new ramp and dock, the 40-slip facility quickly filled up and has stayed that way ever since. At...
Korean War Veteran Was One of 'The Chosin Few'; Marine Was a Survivor of the Horrific Battle of Chosin Reservoir
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, The Times-Union William G. Page, a former Jacksonville resident who was one of the Marine survivors of the Korean War Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, died of cancer at a West Palm Beach hospice Wednesday. He was 79. ...
Lawsuit Prolongs Grieving for Deputy
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer The death of St. Johns County Deputy Joshua Edwin Blyler in May took its toll on the Sheriff's Office and the pain continues in the form of a lawsuit, for law enforcement personnel as well as the deputy's...
League Title at Stake for EWC; Massie's Tigers Eye Championship in First Year of SEAC Competition
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union This is what coach Lamonte Massie had in mind when he helped bring a football program back to Edward Waters College in 2001: He wanted to compete for conference championships. Of course, there was one obvious...
Let Us Take a Look at Your Halloween Photo
Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff writer Looking forward to getting dressed up for Halloween this year? If so, make sure to share your look of the season in the Halloween photo gallery at First Coast Community. Like last year, we'll be creating...
Line Paves Fason's Way; Offensive Linemen, Running Back Share in Florida's Scoring Achievements
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- Florida running back Ciatrick Fason's relationship with the Gators' offensive linemen goes beyond running through the holes they create. To Fason, the offensive linemen are friends. They...
Marina San Pablo Work to Begin in a Few Weeks; $100 Million Project Includes 113 Luxury Condos, Revamped Marina and Six Residential Lots
Byline: SARAH SKIDMORE, Times-Union staff Construction of Marina San Pablo, one of several high-end developments on the Intracoastal Waterway, will begin in the next few weeks. Marina San Pablo, near Butler Boulevard and San Pablo Road, will...
Morning Briefs
COLA CALORIES: SOFT DRINKS TO SHOW MORE HEALTH INFO ATLANTA -- No more math required to figure out how many calories are in that 20-ounce bottle of soda. Revised labels will calculate it for you starting next year, The Associated Press reported....
Muscadine Industry Survives in Florida; but Developer Offers for Land Are Tempting
Byline: CLENNON L. KING, Times-Union correspondent Growing muscadine grapes and touting their cancer-fighting benefits used to be the stock and trade of retired Jacksonville lumber company owner Rogers "Tiger" Holmes. That is, until Holmes' 16-acre...
Musical Advice: 'Practice, Practice, Practice'
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Violinist Ruxandra Simion- escu- Marquardt says the one sour note she's experienced in Florida is the lack of emphasis on classical music. The virtuoso, who is second principal violinist for the Jacksonville...
New Complex Will Honor UNF's Rhodes
Dusty Rhodes and the University of North Florida baseball team will have a new addition to the program this year, with a familiar name. On Sunday, the school's athletic department will dedicate the Dusty Rhodes batting facility, honoring its coach...
No Debate about Who Lives at This House: Check the Sign
Byline: Jackie Rooney, Shorelines columnist The silly season has begun. It isn't a coincidence it coincides with elections. Last Saturday morning, I went outside to retrieve my Florida Times-Union, which was in the only puddle in the driveway....
NOTEBOOK; Fear of Being Gone Motivates Rookie Gaughan
Byline: DON COBLE, The Times-Union CONCORD, N.C. -- Fear has been great motivation for rookie Brendan Gaughan. There has been a dramatic improvement in his finishes once rumors of his termination at Penske South Racing started a couple weeks...
Old Soldier Got Purple Heart before He Died
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer When longtime Arlington resident James R. "Bob" Powell got a belated Purple Heart inMay, one he earned 38 years ago in Vietnam, he knew something few others at the ceremony knew. He was dying. ...
Owens Does It All for Wolfson; Wolfpack Standout Has Three Touchdowns, Adds Defensive Effort in 29-14 Win over Sandalwood
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT, The Times-Union Rod Owens felt it was time to step up, to give something back to his Wolfson teammates. To show he could contribute to the Wolfpack. Consider it done. Owens put on a one-man show on offense, defense, special...
Please, Don't Drive Distracted
Byline: Derek L. Kinner, Nassau Neighbors editor A tragedy happened this week in Callahan when a mother and one of her two young children in the car died in a traffic accident on U.S. 301. The second child was critically injured. News reports...
Poker Run to Benefit Officer
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, The Times-Union BRUNSWICK -- A Georgia-to-Florida poker ride, auction and raffle to raise money for a veteran Glynn County police officer battling cancer will be Saturday, Nov. 13. The event will benefit Officer Elmer...
Police Briefs
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer A woman tried to hit a 28-year-old pizza delivery driver with a baseball bat in the 3200 block of Phyllis Street, but the victim was able to drive away. The incident occurred at 7:30 p.m. Oct....
Police Briefs; Food Store Cashier Reports Robbery
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer A 23-year-old female cashier told police she was robbed at knife-point while working at Sprint Food Store, 1839 E. Eighth St., about 5:35 p.m. Tuesday. The woman and two witnesses in the store told...
POLICE BRIEFS; Grill, Beer Stolen in Atlantic
Byline: Caren Burmeister and Drew Dixon, Times-Union staff writers Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH -- A woman reported Oct. 3 that someone stole her barbecue grill valued...
Police Briefs; Man Robbed While Giving Directions to Car Occupants
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The gunman told him to get down on his knees Monday night, then stole a cellular telephone before fleeing down St. Augustine Road. Now police are looking for three men and a green car involved in...
Police Briefs; Masked Burglar Shoveled off to Jail
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The homeowner found the man on his porch Monday and swung at him with a shovel before the masked intruder fled the apartment complex at 3801 Crown Point Road. The intruder didn't get far. He fell...
PUBLIC SAFETY; 2 Men Accused of Receiving Drug Shipment
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Two Orange Park-area men are in the Clay County jail on drug trafficking charges in connection with the shipment of 23 pounds of marijuana from Texas to Clay County. A package addressed to...
Right to Vote Not Something Nursing Home Takes for Granted; Life Care Center Has Political Forum
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer A veteran of World War I, Rev. Everett Watkins, 101, asked God to give individuals guidance and wisdom when voting their conscience in the upcoming presidential election. It was a political pep rally...
Roundup
Bartram Trail 27, Orange Park 20: Trailing 24-0 at the half, Orange Park came back but fell short by 7 points. . . . Bartram Trail running back Joel Raggins carried 18 times for 92 yards and two scores. Arlington Country Day 76, Bradenton Zion Academy...
Rugby Team Combines Athleticism with a Really Good Time
Byline: Brian Kosoy, Shorelines sports correspondent When I finally had a chance to take in a Jacksonville Rugby Club game last Saturday at Davis Park near Ponte Vedra Beach, it was an education for me. Before then, I knew virtually nothing about...
Sadler Sets Sights on No.24 Car; Driver Sees Gordon as the Real Top Contender for the Points Championship
Byline: DON COBLE, The Times-Union CONCORD, N.C. -- Even if Elliott Sadler wins tonight's UAW-GM 500, he can't leave the Lowe's Motor Speedway with the points lead in the Chase for the Championship. But it's not leader Kurt Busch that Sadler...
Savannah Widow Successful in Court; She Moves Closer to Getting the Right to Sue Small Town, Railroad for Husband's Death
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- A Savannah widow moved one step closer this week to winning the right to sue a south Georgia railroad and a Bulloch County town over the 1997 death of her husband at a railway crossing. The Georgia...
School Land Talks Progress
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer Despite months of opposition from nearby residents, St. Johns County school officials said this week they're close to finalizing a deal to buy land behind the Talbots shopping center off Florida A1A for...
Schools Can Cash in with Slot Initiative; Some Wary of Source, If Funds Will Supplement Rather Than Supplant
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer A proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2 ballot could bring Clay County public schools an additional $5 million a year. But even the people in charge of school district purse strings,...
SCHOOL ZONE; Students Publish Their Poems
Byline: Toi Jefferson, County Line staff writer Three Orange Park Junior High students are now published poets. Poems by students Jeisha Matos-Torres, J.B. Ladd and Chris Brewer were published in a hardcover anthology, A Celebration of Young Poets,...
Sculpture Sees Sun, 'Classmates'
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer The life of a sculptor can be a lonely one. They often work alone in a studio, with nothing but their imagination, their passion and their unfolding creation to keep them company. But sculptor Marianne...
Sec Saturday
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union UPSET WATCH No. 24 Southern Miss (4-0) at Alabama (4-2), 3:30 p.m.: The underdog Golden Eagles, even without QB Dustin Almond (Orange Park High School) because of a hamstring injury, are a dangerous team....
Senator Says He Will Fix 'Problems'; Seabaugh Believes He Will Avoid a Full Hearing on Campaign-Finance Disclosures
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- Sen. Mitch Seabaugh pledged Friday to continue revising his previous campaign-finance disclosures even as the State Ethics Commission found "reasonable grounds" to believe he violated ethics laws....
Senior Safety Pins Down Starting Spot; Shift from Linebacker Has Made Sense for JU's Platt
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union Omar Platt is making the most of his opportunities -- now that they are finally coming his way. It just took a little longer than usual for Jacksonville University's coaches to realize that the 23-year-old...
Some Parents Unhappy Storm Days Waived; Lost Learning Time Critical, They Say
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Many Clay County teachers and students cheered at the news they would not have to make up four days of classes missed because of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, but some parents are miffed. They...
'Special Angels' Lend a Much-Needed Hand to Youth Sanctuary
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Debbie Hall says many of the foster children who come to Jacksonville's Youth Sanctuary have shattered confidence and little more than the clothes on their backs. "But every once and a while our special...
Sports Extra
Byline: Bob Pulley, The Times-Union 2 CENTS The network had missed the second-half kickoff of the first Super Bowl, which was kind of important. So all NBC asked Pat Summerall to do was go down and ask Vince Lombardi to kick off again. "You've...
St. Johns Rebounds for Pair of 8-0 Victories
St. Johns Country Day's soccer team bounced back from a loss to Frederica Academy of St. Simons Island with a pair of 8-0 victories over district rivals First Coast Christian and Gainesville-based The Rock Academy. The wins lifted St. Johns to 6-1...
Surf Shop Owner Rides Wave of Life despite Cancer; Activist Says He Does Job He Loves
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer The tan is gone and the radiation treatment has turned his shaggy brown hair into gray stubble, but as Sandy Forsyth walks by the rainbow of colored surfboards standing on end at Aqua East Surf Shop, he...
The T-Word (T-O-L-L) Is Being Said Aloud Now; Jacksonville's Tolls Ended in 1989, but Some Say They Could Be on the Road Again
Byline: David Bauerlein, The Times-Union At high noon on Aug. 11, 1989, car horns blared triumphantly and Jacksonville began smashing the toll booths at four bridges -- the Mathews, Hart, Trout River and Fuller Warren -- and on Butler Boulevard....
Things We L(heart)ve
Byline: Jennifer Fish DeCamp, Times-Union home and garden staff Crackling fires and hot chocolate in the winter. Lilies and chocolate bunnies in the spring. Watermelon and corn-on-the-cob in the summer. And in fall . . . apples and cinnamon, pumpkin...
Tough Middleburg Set for Tournament Test; Broncos and 'Fab Four' Breezed through Regular Season
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Times-Union sports writer *******************CORRECTION October 20. 2004 The Middleburg High School volleyball team beat Bolles 3-0 but lost to Venice, Gainesville's P.K. Yonge and Oak Hall, and a team from Alabama in...
Town Meeting to Discuss Sewers
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer Ponte Vedra Beach residents will get a chance to voice concerns over the installation of a vacuum sewer system during workshops and a town meeting Monday. JEA, Jacksonville's main utility provider,...
Travel Agent Sentenced in Credit Fraud
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer A former Jacksonville Beach travel agent has been sentenced to probation after prosecutors said she charged thousands of dollars in unauthorized expenses on some customers' credit cards. Linda...
T-U to Review Allegations about Editorials; "We Do Not Condone Plagiarism," Publisher Says upon Appointing Panel to Review Opinions Page Material
Byline: Steve Patterson, The Times-Union The Times-Union's publisher appointed a committee Friday to examine whether the newspaper's editorials contained instances of plagiarism. The decision was prompted by a story in Folio Weekly, a Jacksonville...
University Park Branch Library Opens; Weather Is Causing Delays in Some System Addition and Renovation Projects
Byline: JORDAN RODACK, The Times-Union Jacksonville dedicated the new University Park Branch Library on Friday, marking another completed library project funded by the voter-approved Better Jacksonville Plan. The city's new Main Library downtown,...
Weekend of Fun, Not Hurricanes
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line General manager It is that time of year when Clay County comes alive and this is the perfect weekend to put all that hurricane madness behind us and celebrate the fact that our landscape is returning to a more normal...
Woman's Club Leader Harmon Dies at 83
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer For almost half a century, Ruth Harmon worked to improve her community through the Lake Shore Woman's Club. She ran duplicate bridge tournaments at the club with proceeds going to charity. She...
Women Brandishing Weapons Steal a Car
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The gun in her face was followed by the command to "give me all the money," and that's what the 24-year-old employee did early Oct. 1 at the Dunkin' Donuts store at 5150 University Blvd. W. Then the...
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