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Articles from January 8, 2005

1,000 Teens Sought for Big Effort before Big Game
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A Mandarin resident has been tapped to spearhead Jacksonville's end of a fund-raising campaign that gathered $4.25 million nationwide last year for the hungry on Super Bowl Sunday. Local Souper Bowl...
2 Top Principals Tapped to Lead New Schools
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Clay County Superintendent David Owens on Wednesday tapped two principals he believes are top performers to take the helm at the district's newest schools opening in August. W.E. Cherry Elementary...
32 Contestants to Face off during Scholarship Pageants
The 50th annual Miss Jacksonville/Miss First Coast Scholarship Pageant will be at 7 p.m. today, and the Miss Jacksonville Teen/Miss First Coast Teen Pageant will be at 7 p.m. Sunday. Both pageants will be at The Florida Theatre at 128 E. Forsyth St....
Advocating a System of Lawn Order
Byline: Lamar Thames, Clay County Line General Manager A homeowner on Marco Island and Green Cove Springs city officials are people after my own heart. I'm sure you caught the item in the paper the other day about the man who was denied a certificate...
AFRICA; Use Aid Wisely
A British official made a remarkable statement of principle -- and, unfortunately, also naivete -- when he called on "rich nations" to take their compassion toward tsunami-ravaged regions of Asia and direct it also toward long-suffering Africa. ...
All 1,000 Ponte Vedra Hotel Rooms Reserved for Super Bowl; Corporate Groups Staying in Resort Area
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer About a month before Super Bowl XXXIX, it appears the northeast corner of St. Johns County will score big from the impact of thegame. Glenn Hastings, executive director of the St. Johns County Tourist...
Area Businesses Depend on USS John F. Kennedy; Government Wants to Retire Carrier
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer MAYPORT -- The possible early retirement of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy could be an economic loss to Mayport and the Beaches area, but that will not stop redevelopment efforts...
Auburn Deserved a Shot
Byline: Brent Beaird, Times-Union correspondent Southern California is a worthy national champion, but Auburn, one of the other unbeaten teams, deserved a shot to play the Trojans. No team should complete its season unscathed as the Tigers did in...
A Work of Art; Lamborghini Gallardo Is Civilized Exotic Supercar
Byline: Dan Scanlan, The Times-Union It has the power of a raging bull, encased in a shrink-wrapped wedge of aluminum and composite over an alloy skeleton. A 500-horsepower V-10 sits behind the driver and passenger, whose cocoon is a comfortable...
Beach Shorts
SUPER BOWL MEETING Jacksonville Beach has invited business owners and managers to the second and final Super Bowl information meeting on Wednesday to discuss traffic control, security and other issues. The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. in...
Beseler Takes Helm as New Sheriff; He Pledges to Uphold Public Trust
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Rick Beseler took office as Clay County's 27th sheriff Tuesday, pledging to uphold the public trust, spend taxpayers' money wisely and use "outside the box thinking" to reduce crime. "Criminals...
Bids for Kennedy Overhaul Extended; Move Allows Navy to Wait for Word on Carrier's Fate
Byline: GREGORY PIATT, The Times-Union WASHINGTON -- The Navy has extended the deadline for accepting bids on a $378 million overhaul on the USS John F. Kennedy by two months. The extension allows the Navy to wait for direction from the Pentagon...
Builder Sues for High-Rise Condo on Site
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- A condo developer has sued the city, charging that he had vested rights in his property before Nov. 2, when voters passed a citizens initiative for a 35-foot building height...
Business Briefs; 2 Housing Developments Rising
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN, County Line correspondent The New Year will bring two new housing developments along a short stretch of Peoria Road in Orange Park. Peoria Oaks, which will lie at the corner of Peoria and Doctors Lake Drive, just north...
Business Leaders Successful; Group Grows in Members, Charity
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Westside Business Leaders Association had a banner year in 2004, raising $16,000 for nonprofit organizations and recruiting 50 new members. The money, which includes $5,300 for the group's scholarship...
Callahan School Gains a Principal; Howard Says She Will Bring Passion to Her Job
Byline: TAYLOR MUELLER, Nassau Neighbors staff writer CALLAHAN -- The green rubber plant in Susan Howard's office symbolizes her new position as principal at Callahan Elementary School -- strong, yet flexible. Howard took over the principal position...
Celebrating Other Cultures; Children Learn about Three Kings Day, a Hispanic Tradition
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- About 20 elementary school students from the Montessori Tides School made crowns Wednesday from tin foil and colored tissue paper then personalized them with stickers...
Classrooms without Walls; Middle Schoolers Use Nature Trails for Hands-On Experience and Education
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Tuesday was not a typical school day for seventh-grader Sarah Knapp. Instead of sitting behind a desk listening to a lecture or reading a textbook or doing paperwork, the Landrum Middle School student...
Coach Pleas to Lee to Get More Rebounds
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- David Lee says he got Florida coach Billy Donovan's message. It would have been hard not to. Getting benched against Florida State last Sunday because he wasn't playing with the expected...
Community Notebook; Group Puts on Pre-Valentine Concert
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Mary Lou, Aaron and Joel Krosnick will present a pre-Valentine concert by music's epic love triangle -- Johannes Brahms (B Minor Trio), Robert Schumann (Sonata in A Minor for piano and violin) and Clara...
Couple Faces Murder Charges
A couple charged with arson and auto theft after the shooting death of a Jacksonville man whose apartment was set ablaze faces murder charges, police said Friday. Authorities extradited Angus Wallen and his girlfriend Kara Winn, both 25, to Florida...
Curfew Never Sleeps, Even on New Year's
Byline: Elizabeth Seney, Shorelines columnist I would be embarrassed to admit how I spent New Year's Eve last weekend, except that I honestly believe I was not alone. Middle-aged parents of teens all over the globe were doing the exact same thing,...
Duo Steals Man's Car in Front of His Home
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer A 25-year-old Westside man was in his driveway installing a CD player into his car when two armed men approached him at 7 p.m. Sunday. The carjacking occurred in the 7600 block of Melissa Court...
Episcopal's Trick Play Leads to 1-0 Win over Bolles
Byline: BRIAN KOSOY, Times-Union correspondent The Episcopal girls soccer team avenged last month's loss to Bolles, defeating the visiting Bulldogs 1-0 Friday night and handing them their first district loss of the season. Eighth-grader Ricki...
First Lowe's in Clay County Opens with Board-Cutting
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Richard O'Connell said his wife is already planning a redesign of their kitchen. "I want to personally thank Lowe's for that," O'Connell said, laughing. "I think we'll be shopping here a lot." ...
FSU Struggles with Consistency; Now in Stretch of Winnable ACC Games, Seminoles Face Embattled Hokies
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- A rare opportunity to build some momentum in ACC play -- a concept that has escaped the Florida State basketball program -- is at hand. With Sunday's wire-to-wire 82-69 win over Florida still...
Girl Scouts Throw Shower for Moms to Be Program; Community Invited, Can Donate Gifts
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer A group of Westside girls are throwing a shower for women they don't know and babies they'll never meet. And they're so excited about it that they're inviting the community to participate. The...
Golden Eagles Shake off Rust for 1-0 Victory; Late Goal Vanquishes Columbia
Byline: STEPHEN KINDLAND, Times-Union sports writer Fleming Island High School's boys soccer team shook off just enough rust from a two-week holiday break to post a 1-0 District 6-4A win over visiting Lake City Columbia Tuesday night. Jacob Thomas...
Her Giving Learned at Home
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist No one can tell Madeline Scales-Taylor about the importance of helping people. Her parents taught her that. In real time. "I remember when, as a child, my parents [were] smuggling this [black]...
Home & Garden; Lifestyle
FANS WANTED SHARE YOUR EARLY ELVIS JACKSONVILLE MEMORIES Today would have been Elvis Presley's 70th birthday. A researcher is gathering information on Elvis' life in 1954 and '55, the years when the singer started his career but before he signed...
Instrument Zoo Makes Youngsters into Musicians
Byline: AMELIA A. HART, Nassau Neighbors staff writer FERNANDINA BEACH -- Emma Love Hardee Elementary School music teacher Diane Demeranville had a word of caution Tuesday for volunteers when it came to one particular member of the ARIAS Instrument...
Jacksonville Journal
BLUE FOUNDATION GIVES AWAY $532,112 IN GRANTS The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida's philanthropic affiliate, has awarded $532,112 in grants to 10 non-profit health-care organizations. The organizations...
Kids Give Christmas Cash to Help Young Girl's Family; School's Fund-Raiser for Toddler Surpasses Goal
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer In so many ways, Juliana Wetmore is like any normal 22-month-old. The Orange Park youngster likes to bang pots and pans, watch Baby Einstein videos, ride her rocking horse and look at herself...
Labels, Trivialize, Judge Says; Florida Supreme Court Justice Says Media Buzzwords Reduce Understanding of Rulings
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING, Capital Bureau Chief TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente said in an interview this week that sharpening political criticism of controversial judicial decisions is damaging the public's ability...
Last Meeting Set on Interchange Project
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer It's the beginning of the end of the Interstate 295/Interstate 95/Florida 9A interchange construction project, and the state will hold one of its last public meetings at 6:30 p.m. Monday Florida Department...
Legal Questions Arise over Complex's Move to Condos
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer The owners of Tree House Apartments in Orange Park plan to transform their complex into condominiums. There's been talk of a similar conversion taking place at Club Continental, officials said at...
Loader Crushes Car; Man, 18, Faces Charges
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Thuy Huong Dang Vu said she was just driving the right way up the Gate Parkway ramp onto Butler Boulevard on Monday night, when a yellow John Deere front-end loader appeared in her headlights, and kept...
Man Hopes New Treatment Will Make Walking Bearable Again; Device Will Remove Plaque That Has Built Up in His Arteries, Blocking Blood Flow to His Legs
Byline: CHERIE BLACK, The Times-Union ********************CORRECTION January 11, 2005 The SilverHawk device for treatment of peripheral vascular disease is also being used by surgeons at other hospitals in Jacksonville, including Mayo Clinic...
Mayor: Clay Electric Offer 'Didn't Even Come Close'
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Times-Union staff The Green Cove Springs City Council tabled a $6.6 million Clay Electric Cooperative Inc. proposal to buy its electrical distribution system, saying the offer was too low and failed to consider growth...
Morning Briefs
FIRM GIVES LOCAL REAL ESTATE MARKET LOW SCORE Jacksonville remains one of the worst-performing commercial real estate markets in the nation, according to a report issued this week by Moody's Investors Service. Moody's Red-Yellow-Green Report, a...
Navy Cancels Program at Jacksonville Depot; Cutback Is in Maintenance on Engines in Older Jets; No Jobs Will Be Lost
Byline: Steve Patterson, The Times-Union A jet-engine maintenance program at Jacksonville's Naval Air Depot is being canceled as part of a Navy streamlining effort but no jobs will be lost, a spokeswoman said Friday. The depot is one of four...
New Beginnings for Leagues and Indoor Sports Complex
Byline: Brian Kosoy, Shorelines correspondent Now that the New Year is in full swing, it's time to get back to the future and take a look at what's happening on the Beaches sports scene. This week's highlights include surfing, soccer, some football...
New Vandalism Breaks out at USO
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer MAYPORT -- The United Service Organizations' office on Mayport Road was vandalized three more times last week despite an increased police presence at the building. That brings the number...
NFL Honors Pouring in for Raines Grads
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer The NFL or Associated Press keeps no such statistics, but former Raines High standouts and current Philadelphia Eagles teammates Brian Dawkins and Lito Sheppard are believed to be among the few players...
N. Mexico St.'s Henson Remains Hospitalized
New Mexico State basketball coach Lou Henson remained hospitalized in Las Cruces, N.M., Friday with pneumonia, a day after he fell ill shortly before team practice. Henson is expected to make a full recovery, but NMSU sports information director...
Orange Park Holds off Fleming Island Rally
Orange Park turned back a late Fleming Island rally to pick up its eighth win of the year, Clay made use of a decisive third quarter to beat Episcopal, and Forrest eked out a close win over Ridgeview, highlighting boys high school basketball action...
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Byline: Compiled by Lisa Kohlbrenner, The Times-Union PITT, ANISTON CALL IT QUITS AFTER 4-PLUS YEARS OF MARRIAGE Hollywood glamour couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have split, Pitt's longtime publicist confirmed Friday. "We would like to...
Plan for 'Adult' Store Draws Residents' Fire
Byline: AMELIA A. HART, Nassau Neighbors staff writer YULEE -- Battle lines have been drawn over the proposed arrival this month of an adult toy and clothing store at a strip mall in O'Neil. During two recent public hearings, many Nassau County...
Police Briefs; Man Reports His Car Is Stolen at Gunpoint by Armed Men
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A 21-year-old Atlantic Beach man says his gold 1994 Mazda Millennia was stolen at gunpoint late Monday after he drove another man to the unpaved section of the 10700 block of McLaurin Road East and met...
Police Briefs; Man Shot after Road Rage Incident
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A 21-year-old Northside man was injured Sunday after someone shot him while he drove in the 2700 block of Philips Highway, about an hour after he was involved in what may have been a road rage incident,...
POLICE BRIEFS; Men Steal Bus with Passengers, Hit a Car
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar and Drew Dixon, Times-Union staff writers Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches area police departments JACKSONVILLE BEACH A bus driver reported Saturday that two men stole a Blue Bird...
Ponte Vedra Journalists Take Case against Station to FCC
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- A Marsh Landing couple are in the center of a media case that reaches all the way to the Federal Communications Commission. Jane Akre and Steve Wilson are trying to block the broadcast...
Public Safety; Orange Park Man Arrested Sixth Time
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Times-Union staff A 43-year-old Orange Park man with a long list of prior arrests for exposing himself was arrested again Monday for a November incident in front of a Planet Smoothie store. George Ronald Hager, of the...
Renourishment Will Receive More Sand
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer After hearing concerns from Beaches officials, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to add 27 percent more sand to its initial estimate to replenish 10 miles of beach from the Mayport jetties to...
Ridgeview Player Is First to Hit 1,000 Mark
Byline: STEPHEN KINDLAND, Times-Union sports writer Shantel Smith became the first basketball player to reach the 1,000-point plateau at Ridgeview High School when she hit a 2-pointer in the second quarter of Tuesday's game against visiting Pedro...
Riverfront Festival Ready to Roll -- Ferris Wheel, Too; Green Cove Council OKs Special Permits
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer With less than a month to spare, Reynolds Park Yacht Center in Green Cove Springs has cleared all the permitting hurdles necessary to hold the Riverfront Festival the week of Super Bowl XXXIX in...
Runners to Battle Strokes; 30 from Area to Run in Disney Marathon
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Mickey, Minnie and Goofy won't be joining Darren and Tammy Wind as they and 12,000 other people partake in a special fund-raising marathon run Sunday in Orlando. But the Mandarin couple hopes some...
School Food Drive Nets 2,700 Pounds
Fleming Island Elementary School's Student Council participated in a number of projects before the Christmas holidays. During October, the council worked on Red Ribbon Week with the school's Core Team and was also in charge of the "Let's Can Drugs"...
SEC Launches Inquiry into Safety Studies of Tasers; Company Head Defends Statements about the Devices, Which Are Used in Most First Coast Counties
Byline: NIN-HAI TSENG, The Times-Union Federal authorities have launched an inquiry into statements Taser International Inc. has made about safety studies for its stun guns. The Arizona-based company recently sold 1,800 of its stun guns to the Jacksonville...
Sessions Offer Students Tips on Financial Aid
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate The first step to getting financial aid for college is filling out a federal form. That can be tricky. If you make a mistake, you may risk delay and lose financial aid. Aid often is granted on a first-come,...
Shootings at Basketball Courts Wound 2; Police Are Investigating Possible Links but Have Few Leads after Gunfire at 2 Different Public Courts
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY, The Times-Union Gunfire wounded two men at different Jacksonville basketball courts Thursday, leaving police with few clues to incidents they believe could be linked. Both men suffered serious injuries, with a 19-year-old...
Small Trains and Houses Raise Big Charity Money
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The railroad came to town, and Santa must have been the engineer as Harold Adams' fifth annual Kids Christmas Railroad raised $900 in donations for the Children's Home Society. The society works to restore...
Soldiers' Goodbyes Eased by Turnout; Family, Friends, Veterans and Well-Wishers Line Streets to Wish Soldiers Good Luck
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union BRUNSWICK -- Well-wishers waving flags and signs and wiping tears lined the streets Friday to say goodbye to a Georgia National Guard unit called up for service in Iraq. The members of the Service Battery...
Sports Extra
Byline: Bob Pulley, The Times-Union GETTING LES MILES MONIKER So LSU has hired Les Miles as its football coach. Miles went 28-21 with a state's No. 2 program, Oklahoma State, similar to what ex-Tigers coach Nick Saban had done at Michigan...
Stanton Grad Is County's Top Scholar
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer You might say he's used to scholastic success. He scored a perfect 1,600 on the SAT, the college assessment exam used to assess academic preparation. And his grade point average upon graduation from...
St. Johns Sheriff Ready to Reach out; Shoar Pledges to Meet Needs in Growth Areas
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer With a huge population growth expected in northern St. Johns County, new county Sheriff David Shoar is anticipating the need to set up citizen committees, coordinate with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office...
Student's Interests Score Big; He Wins Award from UNF Alumni Group
Byline: CAROL CHILDERS, Times-Union correspondent Recent University of North Florida graduate Josh Bowling loves basketball -- a passion fostered as a child growing up in Kentucky. "I was born in Kentucky, and when you're born in Kentucky, you're...
Studio Promo Has NFL Upset; Paramount Wants to Stencil Movie Logo around the City during Super Bowl Week
Byline: JORDAN RODACK, The Times-Union Paramount Pictures plans to capitalize on the Super Bowl in Jacksonville by promoting the remake of The Longest Yard throughout the city in a controversial marketing campaign. The studio plans to stencil...
St. Vincent's Plans to Build More Offices; Project Will Also Include Overnight Suites for Out-of-Town Patients
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD, The Times-Union St. Vincent's Medical Center has submitted plans to the city to build more doctor's offices and overnight suites for its out-of-town patients, a separate project from the hospital's overall $70 million expansion....
Trinity Invests in Families; Local Women Found Compassion Works
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer A funny thing happened when a group of successful women formed an alliance to give back to the community. They got back more than they gave. The five "totally optimistic" women from the Jacksonville...
Tsunami Lemon-Aid: 7-Year-Old Raises $700; First-Grader and Pals Want to Help Orphans
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer PALM VALLEY -- Like millions of people around the world in the days after the tsunami disaster, Cameron Horner watched the horrors of the events in Asia unfold on television. He saw video footage of...
Tsunami Puts Life in Perspective
Byline: Derek L. Kinner, Nassau Neighbors editor Florida, of course, had a rough time late last year with all the hurricanes. For many of us, the three- or four-week barrage seemed like the end of the world. But watching the nightly news and...
Veterans Cemetery Location Search Narrows; National Official Tours Potential Sites Again
Byline: Charlie Patton, The Times-Union Following a two-day visit to the Jacksonville area this week, a top official with the National Cemetery Administration said his office is close to identifyng a short list of sites for a veterans cemetery in...
When Puck Stops, Pingpong Begins; 'Cudas' Locker-Room Game Draws Audience, Sharpens Skills and Builds Camaraderie
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union B.J. Stephens walked out of the Jacksonville Barracudas' weight room with a bit of a frown on his face, but the 'Cudas forward wasn't upset about losing a game or playing time. He was ticked off that he had...
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