The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 7, 2005

Ads Show Golden Age of Orchards; Vintage Crate Labels on Display at Museum
Byline: AMELIA A. HART FERNANDINA BEACH -- A traveling exhibit of vintage crate labels that once advertised the state's citrus fruit and helped popularize Florida's image as a land of sun and fun is now at the Amelia Island Museum of History. ...
American Beach Loses Its Strongest Voice; "The Beach Lady" Spent Years Defending the Area against Development
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR A woman known for decades simply as The Beach Lady died Monday at the American Beach home where she dedicated herself to reminding people of the African-American community's heritage. MaVynee Betsch forsook a family...
Baptist Center Gives Shelter; Center near Moultrie Takes in about 300 Evacuees from Katrina
Byline: TERRY DICKSON About 300 evacuees have moved into the Georgia Baptist Conference Center at Norman Park and will likely remain there at least three months. As its name implies, the center northeast of Moultrie normally hosts big church...
Beaches Rally for Storm Victims; Donations Gathered in Wake of Katrina
Byline: Caren Burmeister When Reinaldo Feliciano, a senior at Fletcher High School, saw the devastating television images of Hurricane Katrina's wrath along the Gulf Coast, he had to do something about it. Feliciano's father, a Navy Seabee based...
Beach Shorts
GUARDIANS AD LITEM Guardian ad litem officials in Duval and St. Johns counties are calling for volunteer to join the program helping abused and neglected children. Guardians ad litem are trained volunteers who represent children in court who...
Big Uglies Beautiful for FSU; Offensive, Defensive Lines Pave Way for Win
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- The most aesthetically pleasing moment Monday night at Doak Campbell Stadium came when the game clock flashed 0:00. Only then could Florida State celebrate its 10-7 victory and the end of a six-game losing streak...
Blueprint's Bottom Five Worth a Peek
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis It's often those off-hand comments or those seemingly throwaway lines that really define a situation. Think about the meetings you attend. Those agenda conversations can drag but the chatter during breaks and later...
Briefs; Group Will Protest to Water Board
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The St. Johns Riverkeeper is organizing a caravan to the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board meeting Tuesday in Palatka to demonstrate its opposition to the proposed Freedom Commerce Centre retail, office...
Broncos Wallop Santa Fe; Ten-Point Difference Not Indicative of Middleburg's Dominance
Byline: STEPHEN KINDLAND Middleburg unveiled its passing game while piling up 235 rushing yards, but it was an aggressive defense that put an old-fashioned whoopin' on Alachua Santa Fe, 28-18 in a non-district game Friday night. "You gotta give...
Bush Rewards Andrew Robinson and 'A' Schools
Byline: JOHN CARTER The governor chose a downtown Jacksonville elementary school to announce a multimillion-dollar-reward for state schools that made the grade. Gov. Jeb Bush visited Andrew Robinson Elementary School just off Main Street on Aug....
Businesses Seeing Red over Sign Ordinance Restrictions; Displays on Moving Vehicles Have Become a Sticking Point
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Some Clay County businesses want legislators to relax new sign codes that prohibit them from parking their company vehicles within 100 feet of U.S. 17 or Blanding Boulevard. About a year ago, government leaders in Orange...
Carter Holds on to Hope after Defeat
Byline: Alex Abrams As soon as Rubin Carter got on the telephone, it was apparent that his coaching debut at Florida A&M had not gone as he had hoped. Asked Tuesday morning as to how he was doing, Carter didn't bother giving some rosy answer...
Cecil Field Deal Not as Easy as Pitched; Equestrian Center Is among the Problems with Land Offered to the Navy Last Month
Byline: DAVID DECAMP To land a Navy jet base back at Cecil Field, Jacksonville and Florida leaders offered more land than they could account for and property that isn't supposed to be for military use. Some land -- including the new equestrian...
Cheapest Gas Creates Long Lines at U.S. 1 Store
Byline: KEVIN TURNER HILLIARD -- Business is usually slow at the Lil' Champ convenience store at the corner of County Road 108 and U.S. 1, but Hurricane Katrina's landfall on the Gulf of Mexico coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama changed...
Classic Rivalries Spread around the Horns; A Different Competition Takes Place at Halftime at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS There is no time to wait when it comes to recruiting. As soon as the Florida Classic between archrivals Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman College ends in mid-November, Donovan Wells looks at what kind of talent he has returning...
Clay Rises to the Challenge; Team Trounces the Golden Eagles, 28-0
Byline: STEPHEN KINDLAND Head coach Jim Reape had two major concerns heading into Friday night's game against county rival Fleming Island. First, he needed to replace four starters and one backup player who are sitting out three games after being...
Coast Lines
HISTORICAL SOCIETY CHIEF TO ADDRESS OFFICERS Pat Morris, executive director of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, will speak at the Military Officers Association of America meeting Sunday at the King and Prince Hotel on St. Simons Island. ...
Coming to the Gulf's Aid; Ponte Vedra Drives to Help Katrina Victims
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy and Christina Abel PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- They trotted single-file up the ramp and into the back of a rental truck, carrying supplies for victims of Hurricane Katrina. They packed the truck with bags of clothing and paper...
Community Notebook; Classes to Help Second-Round Parents Series Is Intended for Grandparents
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND The Duval County Cooperative Extension Office is offering a lifeline for the growing number of grandparents rearing grandchildren. Stephanie Toelle, who has a master's degree in family and child development, is teaching...
Community Notebook; Retired Teachers Offer Fun Day
Byline: JOHN CARTER How does the idea of a late-summer vacation sound? Educators usually think of returning to work this time of year. But these retired educators are offering colleagues a "Symbolic Vacation Day." The Duval Retired Educators...
Dad Gum It, Kicker Karma Switches Sides
Byline: Mike Freeman The cell phone of Miami football coach Larry Coker rings, just hours after his heartbreaking loss to Florida State. "Hi, coach Coker. It's Bobby Bowden." "Nice work last night, Bobby. I have never in all my years seen...
Director Williams Brings Passion to Stage
Byline: Tamara McClaran Actor/director Barbara Colaciello Williams says she is bringing her lifelong passion for rebelling against the "paralyzing mediocrity of mundane categorization" to the stage Friday and Saturday when she presents Life on the...
Displaced Arriving from Gulf
Byline: Drew Dixon Mayport Naval Station, usually poised to send personnel across the globe in a crisis, now is receiving them. The base last week began receiving people from along the Gulf Coast who fled in the aftermath of Hurricane Kristina....
Displaced Children Coming to Brunswick; Up to 60 Youths Due at Baptist-Affiliated Center Where They'll Stay a Few Months
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK -- Up to 60 children, including some who lost their parents in Hurricane Katrina, will arrive in Brunswick possibly as early as today to live for the next few months. Morningstar Village of Hope, an arm of Morningstar...
District's Board Backs Watering Ban; Recommendation Aimed at Stopping Overwatering
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Summer showers may be commonplace lately, but they may still be followed by winter watering restrictions if the St. Johns River Water Management District has its way. Even though August storms lower the amount of lawn sprinkler...
Donated Goods Pour in; Groups, Families in County Join in Katrina Aid Effort
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Clay County fire rescue personnel braved the scorching heat of the sun this weekend in a two-day event to collect items for victims of Hurricane Katrina, one of many such efforts locally. Organized by the Clay County chapter...
Duval School Chief Candidate till Will Stay on in Broward; That Leaves Five in Running for the Position; List to Be Narrowed Soon
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Broward County schools Superintendent Franklin Till Jr. withdrew as a candidate for Duval County superintendent Tuesday, the day before his scheduled interview with the School Board. The Duval board members learned of his...
Episcopal Grad's Star Rises Fast on 'All My Children'
Byline: ROGER BULL It didn't take Connie Fletcher long to move from the common world of college into the seamy world of daytime soap operas. The 22-year-old grew up in Ponte Vedra Beach and graduated from Episcopal High School in 2001. After...
Evacuees to Glynn Head Home for Salvage; They Know Their Mississippi House Is Gone, but Want to Collect What They Can
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK -- Lee and Leah Hopkins are going to what is left of their home in Ocean Springs, Miss., today to collect a few belongings. The Hopkinses already know they have little left of the home that sat about 200 yards...
Former Marine Drills Band with Militarylike Precision
Byline: WILL DICKEY With a heat index well over 100 degrees, Wolfson High School marching band members, some with towels over their heads, sweated through an after-school practice on the hot asphalt of the driver education lot behind the school....
Girlfriend Charged in Death
Police arrested a Jacksonville woman Tuesday in the stabbing death of her boyfriend. Iris Arlene Williams, 25, of 10525 Monaco Drive was charged with murder in the death Monday of Jerriod Windale Thomas, 27, police said. Thomas, of the 300 block...
GLYNN POLICE REACH OUT; Officers Sending Supplies to Parishes in Louisiana Two Department Members Have Family Members in Law Enforcement near New Orleans
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK -- The long arm of the law is reaching out from Glynn County with relief supplies to aid law enforcement officers in two Louisiana parishes decimated by Hurricane Katrina and related flooding. Boxes filled...
Have a Heart and Take Steps to Aid His; Eagle Harbor Mom Whose Son Has a Congenital Heart Defect Urges People to Join Fund-Raiser
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Doctors are rebuilding the defective heart of an Eagle Harbor toddler named Blake Livesay. "Blake is definitely an example of progress. Twenty years ago, there was nothing doctors could do for him," said his mother, Angela...
Hayward Unfazed; Jaguars Defensive End Not Worried That He Failed to Record a Sack in Three Preseason Games
Byline: VITO STELLINO Defensive end Reggie Hayward said he knows he's going to be under the microscope when the Jaguars open their regular season Sunday. That goes with the territory when a free agent gets $10 million in guaranteed money. ...
Hurricane Katrina: Helping Hands
LEMONADE AID: The price of lemonade outstripped that of gasoline on St. Simons Island over the weekend, but residents paid it willingly. Seven boys, who set up a lemonade and cookie stand to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, raised...
'Incredible Feeling of History'; Mandarin Church Celebrating 125 Years of Prayers
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Judy Morrow walks up to the stained glass window that glows behind the 125-year-old altar in the chapel at Mandarin's Episcopal Church of our Saviour and gently touches the cheek of a golden-gowned child depicted on it. The...
It's Their Day to Shine at the Ball; Youths Attend Vestor Housing's Cotillion Ball
Byline: CANDY BOWEN It was a night for bow ties, gloves and magic as 22 Jacksonville teens dressed in ball gowns and tuxedos took to the dance floor to show their entry into social society Aug. 20. The 14- to 18-year-olds, who live in eight of...
Jax Federal in Expansion Mode; Credit Union Plans Yearly Branch Openings
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN Following the national trend of expanding and merging credit unions, Jax Federal Credit Union said Tuesday it plans to open a Westside branch early next year and one branch annually thereafter. The 70-year-old credit...
JEA Reps Providing Answers on Sewer; Residents to Hook into System by Aug. 2006
Byline: Christina Abel PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- For months, Ponte Vedra Beach residents have been asking for more information about hooking into a massive new vacuum sewer system that JEA finished installing at the end of August. About 675 residents...
Jurors Hear of Violence, Crime in Killer's Life; They'll Deliberate Today on Whether He'll Live or Die for the Slaying of a Father and Son
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM The Jacksonville man convicted last month of murdering a teenage boy and his father grew up with violence, drugs and alcohol abuse, relatives told the jury that will recommend today whether he should live or die. But prosecutors...
Katrina's Housing Impact
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee The pain wrought by Hurricane Katrina may wind up reverberating beyond the ravaged city of New Orleans, the rural and coastal environs of Mississippi and Alabama, and at the gas pumps -- where skyrocketing prices are...
Keeping the Faith
SINGERS NEEDED The Allegiance Youth Choir of seventh- through 12th-graders is accepting new members. The touring choir meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Amelia Baptist Church, Gerbing Road and Buccaneer Trail. BIBLE STUDY First Baptist...
Keystone Outshines Baldwin
Byline: STEPHEN KINDLAND Sophomore running back Greg Taylor ran for only 51 yards, but three of his nine carries went for touchdowns as unbeaten Keystone Heights steamed past Baldwin, 43-0 Friday night. Taylor, who had a pair of touchdowns in...
Kicker Suddenly a Celebrity
Byline: IAN FISHER GAINESVILLE -- Florida kicker Chris Hetland has had a pretty good week. After going 2 for 2 in field goals in his first career game, Hetland was named the Southeastern Conference specialist of the week. Last week, he didn't...
LOCAL HURRICANE NOTEBOOK; Good News, Warm Welcomes and Some Adjustments
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Some local evacuees of Hurricane Katrina received good news about their homes and plenty of other help over the past few days, while others are waiting assistance. Meanwhile, local families continue to adjust to new additions...
Mandarin English Teacher Wins Award
Byline: Rhonda Reese Natalia Wright, a teacher at Mandarin Middle School, has won a Leadership Development Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. Wright was nominated for the award by the Florida Council of Teachers of English,...
Massie Will Not Change Anemic EWC Offense
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS Despite going two games without scoring an offensive touchdown, Edward Waters College coach Lamonte Massie said he has no plans to make any big changes before Saturday's Willie Gary Classic. Massie said he'll stick with Delaney...
Nashville Police Kill Duval Man on Rampage; He Stabbed Security Guard, Tried to Take a Man's Car and Threatened Officers, Police Say
Byline: JOE BLACK Police in Nashville, Tenn., fatally shot a Jacksonville man Sunday after authorities said he stabbed a security guard, tried to carjack another man and then threatened a police officer. Bruce Payne, 29, was shot 20 times by...
Nassau Organizations Offering Katrina Relief
From staff Organizations in Nassau County are asking for help to respond to the unprecedented disaster in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The Emergency Operations Center of Nassau County is coordinating efforts with the Florida Emergency...
Nassau Residents Answer Call to Help Victims of Katrina
Byline: KEVIN TURNER CALLAHAN -- As Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf of Mexico coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama last week, people in Callahan were already reacting with help. The sign in front of the town's Burger King restaurant...
New Berlin Elementary Progressing; Architects Tout School's Appearance, Amenities
Byline: JOHN CARTER Construction is "going very smoothly" on a new elementary school at New Berlin and Cedar Point roads. Even though a groundbreaking ceremony was just held for the yet-unnamed school Thursday, work on the $12 million school...
Nicaragua Catching on as the Next Place to Catch a Big Wave
Byline: Drew Dixon Jacksonville Beach resident Ed Cronin was looking for a new adventure in surfing, and he found it in Nicaragua, which is gaining a reputation for excellent waves instead of revolution. As a veteran traveler who's gone to many...
Orange Park Trumps Forrest; Knee Injuries Have 2 Key Players Out
Byline: STEPHEN KINDLAND Junior running back Brian Sumlar rushed for 188 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns Friday night as Orange Park outlasted host Forrest, but the victory was dulled by the absence of third-year starting linebacker Ryan...
People
Byline: Heather Lovejoy GRADUATES Amanda Holder of the Southside graduated in May from Binghamton University in New York with a bachelor of arts degree. Curtis Horne of the Westside graduated in May from the University of Rhode Island with...
Players By-the-Sea Bringing Flash, Panache with 'Mame'
Byline: Tamara McClaran Players by-the-Sea will open its 40th main stage season Friday, Sept. 16, with Auntie Mame, a show that's described as an ambitious production with a 21-member cast, dozens of lavish costumes and locations that span the globe....
Play-Gramps and 3 Babes: It's a Family
Byline: LauraCapitano The Girls Next Door, I assumed, would be a painful, Anna Nicole Smith sort of show. But then I watched a five-show marathon, blinking only during commercials. The program completely stumped me. Televised footage of Hugh...
Police Briefs; 2 Face Assault, Battery Charges
Byline: JOHN CARTER A 23-year-old woman in the 5800 block of Justina Court was arrested Aug. 29 and charged with aggravated assault, criminal mischief and battery. Witnesses told police the woman shot at her 21-year-old boyfriend with a handgun....
Police Briefs; Man Arrested in String of Trailer Burglaries
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A man initially charged with stealing tools from a trailer ended up being charged in a string of similar thefts. The 33-year-old Northwest Jacksonville man was first charged in the theft of 40 tools taken from a trailer at...
Relief Efforts
DONATE DOWNTOWN From 5 to 8 p.m. today, the Red Cross is accepting financial contributions at the First Wednesday Art Walk headquarters at 100 N. Laura St. in downtown Jacksonville. PRI Productions is coordinating a simultaneous drive at the...
Restaurateur Heads to Mississippi to Feed Victims
Byline: Christina Abel PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- When a friend asked restaurateur Eddie Limon recently if he would be willing to help out and provide catering if a natural disaster were ever to occur, Limon replied "yes" and didn't think much more about...
Reunion Reveals Harrowing Days after Storm; Clay Woman Finds Her Father in His Damaged Mississippi Mobile Home
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER When Cherie and John Pellegrino rode up to her father's Mississippi mobile home Sunday, they found it tilting, with its roof sheared open and the siding ripped away. The Clay County woman last spoke to the disabled veteran...
Ridgeview Hammers Pedro Menendez, 42-7
Byline: BRENT BEAIRD Quarterback Joe Everett and tailback Chris Hawkins were a lethal combination in Ridgeview's 42-7 rout of Pedro Menendez in a St. Johns River Athletic Conference game Friday night. Everett completed 15-of-20 passes for 163...
Road Trip
Byline: Scott Kendrick Each week during the college football season, the Times-Union will pick a game worth traveling to attend. We'll tell you how to drive there, places to see in that college town and the best places to eat. The road trip report...
Shepherd's Center Executive Manager Going to Cummer; Martha Thiesen Resigns; Praised for Her Special Leadership Skills
Byline: MARY MARAGHY After eight years as executive manager of the Shepherd's Center of Orange Park, Martha Thiesen has resigned to become a docent at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. About 150 attended her recent retirement party where...
Simple, Simon: Jags' Rival Stronger; Additions of Former Eagles DT, Titans LB Bolster Indianapolis Defense
Byline: BART HUBBUCH The Indianapolis Colts' flurry of personnel moves last week didn't go unnoticed at Alltel Stadium. The Jaguars admit they weren't exactly overjoyed to see the AFC South favorites add Pro Bowl defensive tackle Corey Simon...
Skateboarder Assaulted for Noise
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A confrontation over the noise a skateboarder was making in a shopping center parking lot ended with a man holding something sharp to the boarder's throat before leaving. The man warned the 22-year-old victim "I could have...
Some Pets Are Almost Human to Us Humans
Byline: Anne Sponholtz I have pretty much decided when it comes to people and their animals, there are those who enjoy pets, but believe animals belong outdoors, and those pet owners who consider their pets to be almost human. I happen to fall...
Sports Extra
Byline: Compiled by Alex Abrams 2 CENTS When ABC commentators revealed their possible matchups for who would play in the Rose Bowl for the national championship, it was no surprise that they all had USC. Maybe that's because the Trojans have...
Spurrier: Insults Are Fine
Byline: ANTHONY DASHER COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sticks and stones might break Steve Spurrier's bones, but the Ol' Ball Coach said Tuesday that he's ready for any oral abuse he might receive from Georgia fans when the Bulldogs host South Carolina on Saturday....
St. Johns Has Hope for Veterans' Home; Possible Sites near World Golf Village
Byline: KEN LEWIS ST. AUGUSTINE -- A push to build a nursing home for Florida veterans in St. Johns County gained new momentum Tuesday as county commissioners asked staff to prepare information about possible sites in the World Golf Village area....
SUPREME COURT; Sensible Choice
President Bush has been preparing for Supreme Court vacancies for months. In fact, one of the key issues of the last presidential campaign was the likelihood the president would have several vacancies to fill. So after Chief Justice William Rehnquist...
Taking Walk Can Help Many People's Heart; Mom Tells about Son Born with Heart Defect
Byline: KEVIN TURNER CALLAHAN -- Callahan resident Celeste Busbee found out two weeks ago that her 6-year-old son, Bryce, will need open-heart surgery next year. "He needs a pulmonary valve replacement," Busbee said. "To try to plan an open heart...
Trip Notes on Cycling, Hiking, Kayaking North Carolina Wilds
Byline: Bill Longenecker It was a beautiful experience and ceremony. Very moving. The beach sand from my kayak was returned to the mountains of its (possible) origin. It was mixed with the waters of the mighty Nantahala River for the start of my...
UF Message: The Blitz Is Coming; Gators' New Scheme Heavy on Blitz, and Meyer Says More Could Be on the Way
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- It took only two plays to see just how different Florida's defense is going to be in 2005. Cornerback Vernell Brown raced in on a blitz and nearly sacked Wyoming quarterback Corey Bramlet. Get used to seeing...
Unique Tile Painter to Be at Riverside Fest
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Daniel Bonnell takes common terra cotta floor tiles and turns them into unique works of art that are featured in Neiman Marcus catalogues. Bonnell paints still-life scenes on 12-inch-square tiles made in Saltillo, Mexico....
Vote Keeps Funding for Cannery; Support for Center Helps Boost $56,000 Passage
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Although user fees are going up, the Westside's popular canning kitchen won't be canned. The City Council's Finance Committee voted Thursday to restore an estimated $56,000 to the budget for the Jacksonville Canning Center,...
Waterway Building Height Cap Urged; Councilman Proposes 60-Foot Limits along Intracoastal Waterway, Says They'd Be Safer
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS Buildings could be capped at 60 feet -- roughly six stories -- along the Intracoastal Waterway if a new plan proposed in the Jacksonville City Council is approved. Councilman Richard Clark, who put forth the height restriction,...

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