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Articles from September 1, 2004

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Amelia Arts Centre Appoints 6 to Board; Group Converting First Baptist Church
Six members recently were appointed to the Amelia Arts Centre Board of Directors. The Amelia Arts Centre is a non-profit organization that has offered to buy the First Baptist Church building in the Fernandina Beach historic district and convert it...
Another Hitch in Peyton's Plans; Mayor Is Advised to Seek Bids for All Long-Term Consulting Work on the Courthouse
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA, The Times-Union Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton has run into another glitch with the controversial new Duval County Courthouse complex, this time involving the company brought in this year to help get the project back on...
A Rich Beaches History; Much to Choose from for New Museum
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Vintage surfboards line the walls. Big band music from the 1940s plays softly in the background. Black-and-white photographs surround visitors, bringing the past to life: images of Model A Fords on...
Around the Bend; Canoe, Kayak Trips Aid Riverkeeper First of Those Events Is a Midnight Paddle
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Paddle around Mandarin and the St. Johns River, and help the St. Johns Riverkeeper. Outdoor Adventures is hosting a series of canoe and kayak trips in and around the river this fall, the first one...
Ash Properties Changes Course with Baymeadows Junction
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, The Times-Union Now stripped to its steel skeleton, the former General Motors parts distribution center at Philips Highway and Baymeadows Road should be rebuilt as a shopping center by early summer 2005. Jacksonville-based...
Atlantic Beach Gives $10,000 for Artwork; Source of Money to Be Determined
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer The Atlantic Beach City Commission will give to a city subcommittee $10,000 to find an art piece to place in the city, but that's $60,000 less than what Commissioner Paul Parsons had requested...
Author's Passions Come to Life in Writings
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Author Jane Marie Malcolm, a Fernandina Beach resident, leads a romantic life. She and her husband, Bruce, live in "Stately Malcolm Manor," which is lushly decorated with all that interests...
BAKER COUNTY COMMISSION; Incumbents Combs, Hartley Re-Elected Challenger Crews Defeats 20-Year Commission Veteran Barton for Seat
Byline: LUKE O'BRIEN, The Times-Union Julie Combs, Gordon Crews and Mark Hartley were all winners Tuesday night in the races for the Districts 1, 3 and 5 seats on the Baker County Commission. With no Republicans running for the seats, the election...
B-CC Just Looking for Somebody, Anybody, at QB
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union Bethune-Cookman College coach Alvin Wyatt likes to tell things the way they are, which is why he doesn't sound too optimistic about his quarterback situation. "Right now, I'm in trouble. I need help, and I'm...
Beaches Shorts
CHIEF VISITS SAILORS Vice Adm. John G. Cotton, chief of Naval Reserve, visited Mayport Naval Station Saturday and addressed sailors aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin. Cotton is leading the transformation of the Navy Reserve into...
Blue Cross Doctors to Treat Patients Online; Web-Based Program, Launched in California, Is the First in Florida
Byline: SARAH SKIDMORE, The Times-Union Some doctors will be making house calls -- online -- under a new program from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. The Jacksonville-based health insurer is launching the first program in the state to reimburse...
Blue Cross Gets Its Incentive; Grant Clears Way for Operations Center in OakLeaf
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer Clay County commissioners approved an ordinance last week finalizing a plan for an economic development grant to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc. for a new $25 million operations...
Blue Devils Poised for Another Playoff Run
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer With six Division 1 prospects returning from an 11-2 team that nearly won a regional championship, Clay High School again looks like the Clay County team to beat. Add two senior transfers...
Bolles Student in Hindu Ceremony; Ancient Initiation for Boys 9-14
Byline: GRANT MCMANUS, Times-Union correspondent Tushar Chakravarty has a unique experience to share with his classmates at The Bolles School. Over the summer, the ninth-grader participated in an Upanayan, also known as the sacred thread ceremony,...
Callahan Tax Holds Steady
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Callahan property owners won't be seeing an increase in their property tax rate this year. The Callahan Town Council has tentatively adopted the same property tax rate of $3 per $1,000 of...
Castor, Martinez Face off for Senate; Democrat Castor Wins Easily; Martinez Came from Behind in Recent Polls
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM AND CHARLIE PATTON, The Times-Union Former U.S. Housing Secretary Mel Martinez, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, will launch his campaign against Democrat Betty Castor, the former Florida education commissioner, with...
Charley, Frances on Minds
Byline: DAVID DECAMP, The Times-Union Florida Republicans are watching the projected path of Hurricane Frances toward the state, wondering if their returns Friday will be greeted by a massive storm. They were already trying Tuesday to boost a...
City Holds off on Service Reductions Just to Save Funds
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer Every year, Green Cove Springs City Council members, as part of their annual budget review, compare revenues and costs. And every so often, that process leads them to ponder reducing the size...
CLAY COUNTY COMMISSION; Rutledge, Bush Win; Fitzgerald Has Slim Lead No Opponents Qualified, So All Voters Could Participate in the Republican Primary
Byline: David Bauerlein, The Times-Union Harold Rutledge, a Clay County Sheriff's Office sergeant, made the leap to county commission Tuesday when he won a race to replace outgoing commissioner Larry Lancaster. Commissioner George Bush won re-election,...
Climbing to Stardom; KaDee Strickland Is the Pride of Patterson, Ga
Byline: Matt Soergel, The Times-Union Here's a guarantee: Talk to KaDee Strickland for 45 minutes over the phone from her new home in Los Angeles, and she'll call you "honey" at least a half-dozen times. It's a Southern thing, and there's no...
Coaches Are Fired Up about Cheerleaders
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer Middleburg High School's new cheerleading coach, Michelle Allen, cringes nervously when her squad members build a pyramid or perform stunts. "She's flinchy and she's very protective of us. But...
College Fair Promotes Joy of Reading; Youth Main Focus of Family Literacy Fair
Byline: JANELLE THOMAS, Times-Union correspondent Hurricane Charley may have messed with their plans, but Florida Community College at Jacksonville's North Campus weathered a weeklong postponement to tout reading's importance to attendees young...
Community Notebook; Wesconnett School Reunion Sept. 11
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer A documentary on The Lost Boys of Sudan will be shown at the San Marco Theatre, 1961 San Marco Blvd., Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12. The award-winning film by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk follows the...
County Denies Surfrider Chair's Parking Request
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer The chairman of the First Coast chapter of Surfrider Foundation was rejected in his request for permission to park on Ponte Vedra Boulevard, where there's a ban on public parking. Scott Shine asked...
Cyclists Reward Selves with Grand View, Gold-Medal Pancakes
Byline: Bill Longenecker, Shorelines columnist North Carolina was 57 Heaven for my 11-day visit last month. Part II of my Hilly Bill Chronicles: "How to Celebrate a Birthday, Beach-Person Style." As I write this episode my mind wanders back to...
Dead Fish on Beach Blamed on Fishing Boats Dumping
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer For the second time in a month, hundreds of dead fish washed up on the shore in Atlantic Beach. Once again, state officials believe it's the by-catch, or unusable marine life dumped by fishermen....
DELEGATE Q&A; Veteran Conventioneer Impressed with Police
Name: Norma Smith Age: Did not disclose Home: Jacksonville Occupation: Housewife, owner of Spillers Framing and Art Gallery Convention role: Delegate at fourth convention; Smith is former chairwoman of the Duval County Republican Party....
Devils Hope to Shake Mistakes; Gainesville High Visits on Friday
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer The absence of three starters might have factored in to Clay's 24-14 loss to Trinity Christian in a preseason game Thursday, but coach Jim Reape says the real culprit was costly mistakes....
Difficult Schedule Will Test Indians' Resolve
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer Head coach Chuck Dickinson has been delighted with the upbeat attitude of this year's Keystone Heights High School players, and he's hoping it will stick for the next 10 weeks. That might...
Douglas to Blame for His Rocky Road
Byline: Mike Freeman, The Times-Union Hugh Douglas has told this story before, and it explains a few things. Last year, during one of his first few days in Jacksonville, Douglas was driving through town when he pulled behind a pickup truck. He recounted...
DUVAL SCHOOL BOARD; Close Win for Barnes; District 7 in Runoff Incumbent Squeaks Past Challenger Condon; Recount Could Be Held
Byline: BETH KORMANIK, The Times-Union Winners in races for two Duval County School Board seats were hard to come by Tuesday evening, with one race headed for a runoff and another tightly contested race going late into the evening without a clear...
Earning a Spot in Police Work; Female Officers Play Key Role in Clay Law Enforcement
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer A decade ago, Renee Scucci, a wife and mother, was working as a tour guide in St. Augustine when she decided to trade in her horse and buggy for a badge and a patrol car. "I really wanted to...
Ex-Police Officer Faces New Sex Charge; Defendant Arrested after Court Hearing
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM, The Times-Union A former Jacksonville narcotics detective charged with sexually assaulting two women was arrested on a new sex charge when he showed up for court Tuesday, and a prosecutor told the judge there are at least four...
Festival of the Lakes Cancels for Labor Day
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, Clay County Line correspondent For more than a quarter of a century, Labor Day weekend in Keystone Heights marked the arrival of the Festival of the Lakes, where artists and crafters combined with food vendors and entertainers...
Fleming Island YMCA Opens with Caribbean Flavor
Byline: Tracy Spengler, Clay County Line correspondent Scenes from the new Barco-Newton YMCA on Fleming Island rivaled a Caribbean cruise as the sound of island music filled the air, children played games in the August sun and families posed for...
Florida Justices Hear Sides in Schiavo Right-to-Die Case; Witnesses Say Justices Peppered the Governor's Lawyer with Questions and Are Likely to Rule Soon on "Terri's Law."
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING, Capital Bureau Chief TALLAHASSEE -- The legal battle over Terri Schiavo's life and law reached the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday, with attorneys for Gov. Jeb Bush squaring off against Schiavo's husband in a tug-of-war...
Frances Alters Area High School Schedule
The start of the college football season in Florida could be delayed because of Hurricane Frances, which has already scrambled the opening week of high school football on the First Coast. The season openers for the University of Florida, Florida...
FSU-Miami Game Brother vs. Brother
Byline: IRA SCHOFFEL, Times-Union correspondent TALLAHASSEE -- Freshman offensive lineman Dumaka Atkins knows he'll have a contingent of family and friends in the Orange Bowl on Monday night. He just isn't sure if they'll be cheering for him. ...
Georgia Delegates Keep Disagreement Quiet; despite Some Differences, They Stay Focused on a Common Theme -- How to Re-Elect the President
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union NEW YORK -- Heeding a request from party leaders for unity, Georgia delegates to this week's Republican National Convention are putting aside their intraparty squabbles over divisive issues like the federal...
Golden Eagles 'A Lot Better in All Phases'
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer As a new school without a senior class last year, head coach Neal Chipoletti told his group of 20 juniors that they would need to act and play like seniors throughout their inaugural season....
Gore Back after Major Repairs; 'Canes RB to Test Knee against Seminoles
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union CORAL GABLES -- It was an eerie sound that went unheard by nearly everyone inside the Orange Bowl on Oct. 2, 2003. But it was all too familiar to Frank Gore's ears. Pop. That's all Gore had to hear to...
Green Cove Ups City Employee Pay
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer In an attempt to become more competitive in the race for top-flight municipal workers, Green Cove Springs has boosted salaries at all levels of its employee pay plan. For current employees,...
Here's to the Winners and Losers
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, County Line correspondent Election Day is over, the results, hopefully, are in. Years ago when I was editor of a weekly newspaper in the county, deeply involved with the politicians and covering the elections, the day...
Honored for Job of Bringing Justice; Ex-Prosecutor Led the Case of Contamination against LCP Chemicals Plant in Brunswick
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union BRUNSWICK -- More than five years after the verdict, former Assistant U.S. Attorney William McAbee II received a gold medal Tuesday for his successful prosecution of the owners and managers of the defunct LCP...
In Education
FCCJ FALL REGISTRATION Florida Community College at Jacksonville is continuing its registration for fall term, which began Monday. Official registration ended Sunday but will continue through Tuesday, with a $35 late fee. For registration...
In Health
BREAST CANCER TALK Linda Haigh, director of the Breast Care Center and associate professor of surgery at Shands Jacksonville, will be the guest speaker at Bosom Buddies of Amelia Island's meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at First Coast Community Bank...
Jacksonville Journal
4 FROM AREA APPOINTED TO ADVISORY COUNCIL Four Jacksonville-area people have been appointed to the state Apprenticeship Advisory Council, the Governor's Office announced. Jerry M. Thomas of Jacksonville is training director for Jacksonville Plumbers...
Jax Limit Girls Shine in Winning World Series
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer Allison Wallace's arm was so hot that her grandparents drove all the way from from New York to see for themselves. The 11-year-old Northside resident and her Jax Limit fast-pitch softball team had gone to...
Keeping the Faith
GOSPEL OF JOHN Atlanta actor Brad Sherrill, who was voted the city's best dramatic actor by Atlanta Magazine, will perform The Gospel of John at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, and Sept. 13 in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 9 N. Sixth St....
Kernan Students 'Leap' Forward by Helping; They Build Character in Program for Disabled
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer A program at Kernan Middle School helps students make various kinds of leaps. Some get to leap a grade, to overcome previously being held back. And some make a leap in terms of character development,...
Keystone Heights Outplays Bronson; Ridgeview Takes Loss
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer Keystone Heights' varsity beat an undermanned Bronson varsity 13-0 in one quarter of play, and Lake City Columbia downed Ridgeview 28-13 in a pair of preseason games Friday. Keystone coach...
Lancaster out as Clay Sheriff, Beseler Wins in 3-Way Race
Byline: NIN-HAI TSENG, The Times-Union Months of scrutiny over Clay County Sheriff Scott Lancaster's lavish spending with taxpayer money knocked him out of a fourth term in office Tuesday as county voters elected Rick Beseler sheriff. The 50-year-old...
LEGISLATURE; Wise, Proctor Score Victories Senator to Face Write-In Foes in November; Educator Making First Run
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING, Capital Bureau Chief TALLAHASSEE --State Sen. Stephen Wise and Flagler College Chancellor Bill Proctor both handily won primary races Tuesday to advance to the November general election on the Republican side of the ballot....
Locals Plan to Restore Former Five Points Theater; Project Would Convert Site to Lofts, Office and Retail Space and Restaurant; Future of Club 5 Undetermined
Byline: M.C. MOEWE, The Times-Union A Jacksonville businessman plans to restore the former Five Points Theatre building on Park Street, one of the first built for films with sound in Florida in 1927. "This is a building that has been under-used...
Loss Leaves Broncos Looking for Spark
Byline: Travis Smith, Clay County Line correspondent First Coast blanked Middleburg 14-0 in a preseason football game Thursday, but coach Alan Powers' Broncos showed signs of promise. After giving up a pair of touchdowns, Middleburg drove to...
Man Charged in Theft of ATVs
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer A Middleburg man was arrested last week following a two-year investigation into the theft of at least 25 all-terrain vehicles, largely from the Clay Hill area, Clay County Sheriff Scott Lancaster...
Martin's Decision from Heart; Ponte Vedra Resident, Ranked as High as No. 4, Retires after 14-Year Professional Tennis Career
Byline: Gene Frenette, The Times-Union Thoughts of hanging up his tennis racket had been creeping into Todd Martin's mind for the past year, then turned serious after a second-round loss at Wimbledon in June. Martin was absolutely certain of...
Mathis Turns Corner; Jaguars Defensive Back Has High Expectations for His Second Season
Byline: VITO STELLINO, The Times-Union Rashean Mathis wears No. 27 for the Jaguars, but he also could have a bull's-eye on his uniform this year. With the Jaguars' pass rush in a state of flux now that Tony Brackens and Hugh Douglas have departed...
Meeting Changes Bring out Criticism; Commission Schedule Will Get Review
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer It's only been a month since St. Johns County commissioners changed the frequency, date and order of their meetings and one commissioner is already saying it isn't working. "Point blank, I don't like...
Micah's Place Has Western Look; Callahan: Shelter Is Starting Auxiliary
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Micah's Place officials know there are battered women in west Nassau County who need help, but don't know where to get it. Now they're asking west side women to help them spread the word about...
Missing Children Walk, Fair on Sept. 11; Statewide Event Includes Safety Tips
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer An event in Arlington will put the focus on missing children and also provide safety tips and information. The Have a Heart for Missing Children Walk and Safety Fair is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,...
More Than 500 Expected for Relay for Life; Fernandina: Cancer Event Sept. 24-25
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer The fight against cancer moves to the Fernandina Beach High School track the last weekend of September. More than 500 people, including about 100 cancer survivors, are expected to show up...
Morning Briefs
WINN-DIXIE STOCK SLIDES TO NEARLY 24-YEAR-LOW Shares of Jacksonville-based Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. reached their lowest level since December 1980 Tuesday as they slid 15 percent on heavy trading volume. The stock of the nation's eighth-largest...
NASSAU COUNTY COMMISSION; 1 Incumbent Looks at November Race Marianne Marshall to Face Democrat Gary Larson in District 5
Byline: JON SEIDEL, The Times-Union There is only one incumbent left in the Nassau County Commission races in November. Jim Higginbotham defeated incumbent Nick D. Deonas in the Republican primary Tuesday to become the GOP nominee for the District...
NASSAU COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD; Incumbents in 2 Districts Victorious
Byline: CHERIE BLACK, The Times-Union Nassau County School Board incumbents in two districts won new four-year terms. Gail Cook, 52, who has served in District 2 for the past three terms, said her experience spanning more than a decade qualifies...
NASSAU COUNTY SHERIFF; Seagraves, McCorkel Will Draw for Badge One of Them Will Replace Sheriff Ray Geiger, Who Is Leaving after 12 Years
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA, The Times-Union Nassau County Undersheriff Tommy Seagraves will compete with Democrat Ben McCorkel on Nov. 2 to determine who will become the county's next sheriff. With almost all the votes counted, Seagraves appeared...
Nassau Notes
COASTAL CLEANUP Keep Nassau Beautiful Inc., in partnership with The Ocean Conservancy, has announced the 2004 Coastal Cleanup will be Saturday, Sept. 18. The event is the largest one-day volunteer effort in the world, with 450,000 people in 105...
New Assistant Principal Eager to Make Mark; Thayer Leaves District Office for Rawlings Elementary Post
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Claire Comstock was practically an icon at Rawlings Elementary School. As assistant principal since the school opened in 1992 -- and for years before that at Ponte Vedra-Palm Valley Elementary -- she...
New Coach, New Era: Pirates Beat Hilliard, End Losing Streak
Byline: Robbie Whiting, Times-Union correspondent Much anticipation surrounded Ed Brown's first game as head coach of the Fernandina Beach High School Pirates. Brown did not disappoint. In the Preseason Kickoff Classic at Hilliard Middle-Senior...
New Season Also Means New League
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer There's yet another reason for five of Clay County's six football teams to get fired up when they face each other this season. Orange Park, Fleming Island, Clay, Ridgeview and Middleburg...
Northeast Florida Eyes on Storm; Friday Is Decision Day for Ordering Evacuations as Hurricane Frances Approaches
Byline: Jim Schoettler, The Times-Union Decisions will be made by Friday morning on evacuating hundreds of thousands of people in Northeast Florida if Hurricane Frances continues powering its way toward the region, emergency management officials...
NOTEBOOK; 'So Much to Do' for Delegates
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union NEW YORK -- Despite being out until late Monday night at various receptions, several members of the Georgia delegation to the Republican National Convention were up early Tuesday hoping to attend batting practice...
Old School, Its Stories Are Worth Saving
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Marjorie Holloway doesn't remember much about her great-great-grandmother, Rhoda L. Martin. But one memory has managed to stick. "Gum in our mouth -- she didn't go for that," Holloway said. "She'd...
Other Local Races
FLAGLER COUNTY Sheriff, Democrat 34 of 34 precincts Thomas Hutson 3,383 52.4% Jim Manfre (I)***3,071 47.6% Sheriff, Republican George Bertish******611 9.2% Donald Fleming 3,655 55.4% David Purdy*******2,337 35.4% County...
Our Goal: Keeping You on Top of Clay Football
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer Hello, and welcome to the second annual edition of High School Football Fever. A lot of work has gone into this year's publication, and we at the Clay County Line are hoping you appreciate...
Outlook? Just Turn to the Stars
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer I've heard so many opinions on how each of Clay County's six high school football teams will do this year that I've decided to take up the issue with a higher authority. Allow me to introduce...
PASSING ALONG SUCCESS; Blackshear Students Learn Lessons of the Green Frog the Luncheonette in Waycross Led to Better Things for Owner
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union The Green Frog is extinct, but it begat the Red Lobster. Although thousands of tourists who once traveled U.S. 1 to Florida knew of the little green restaurant on a side street in Waycross, millions now...
People
HONORS AND AWARDS -- Arjola Miruku has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from Best Buy Children's Foundation. The awards are given to students who volunteer time to their communities, excel in academics, participate in extracurricular activities...
Photos in Exhibit Show 25 Years of Beaches History
Byline: Tamara McClaran, Shorelines correspondent Former Beaches resident Carl Miller has selected the best of thousands of his photographs to create "25 Years of Photography at the Beaches," a historical retrospective and the featured exhibit...
Pig Noses a Far Cry from Iraq for Delegate from Jacksonville; Naval Reservist, Back from War Only a Month, Proves a Media Star
Byline: DAVID DECAMP, The Times-Union NEW YORK -- It had been a late night and early Tuesday morning, and Jack Capra's left eye was acting up again, bloodshot from an old injury. To make matters worse, the Republican National Convention delegate...
Players to Open Season with 'Goodbye Girl"
Byline: Tamara McClaran, Shorelines correspondent Players by-the-Sea is putting the finishing touches on Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl, a modern romantic musical comedy, which opens Players' 2004-05 season. "This is more like a standard play...
Police Briefs; 3 Accused of Heroin Possession
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer A 45-year-old man and two women, 48 and 47, were arrested at 10 p.m. Aug. 17 in the 1800 block of Davis Street and charged with possession of heroin and with resisting arrest. Police said they saw...
POLICE BRIEFS; Driver Cited after Fatal Accident
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Times-Union staff writers Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police departments: MAYPORT Police cited a man Thursday for failure to yield during a left turn after a traffic accident...
Police Briefs; Officer Happens upon Store Burglary
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer At first, the officer was just checking a bank at Emerson Street and Philips Highway early on Aug. 25. Then he noticed the front door of the Iron Gate store next door was open and someone was talking...
Police Identify Man Killed in Home Invasion Attempt
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer The man who was shot and killed during an attempted home invasion robbery in Clay County last week has been identified as 21-year-old Obryan Crawford. Crawford, of Orange Park, was one...
POLITICS; Dirt Alert
If you are not a Vietnam veteran questioning John Kerry's record, be very glad. Just as women who complained about being groped, raped and harassed by the previous president were vilified as sluts and trash, honored war veterans are being slimed...
Quilters Find Much Happiness in Giving; They Bring Joy to the Sick with Surprise Gift
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY, Times-Union staff writer Recovering from an illness earlier this month, Lucille Lay rested in her hospital bed at Baptist Medical Center-Beaches as she waited for an ambulance to take her to a nursing home for further care....
Raiders Look for Return to Winning Form
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer After taking over at Orange Park a month before the 2003 season, and despite feeling pressure from a number of sources, Ted Leasor Sr. is just now beginning to feel at home. In fact, the...
Raider Soccer Star Opts to Exit Early
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer Orange Park High School's most valuable soccer player won't finish out his senior year with the Raiders, choosing instead to graduate early and play at the University of North Carolina at...
Red Jumpsuit Set to Make It Big on National Music Scene
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, a rock band of five recent Middleburg High School graduates, is getting rave reviews on North Florida's music circuit. "They could easily be a nationally touring...
Resort Proposed for Royal Amelia; Fernandina: Company Has Course Plan
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Fernandina Beach commissioners are considering allowing further development of Royal Amelia Golf Links, a semi-private golf course built on city land. In July, Cortland Dusseau of Hawthorn...
Rookies to Crack Starting Lineup Again
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio appears closer to opening the regular season with three rookies in his starting lineup for the second year in a row. Del Rio said on Tuesday that No. 1 pick Reggie Williams and...
SCHOOL ZONE; Elementary Holds Yearlong Quest
Byline: Toi Jefferson, Clay County Line staff writer While Jacksonville prepared for SuperBowl XXXIX, Orange Park Elementary's coaches, Principal Pam Calloway and Assistant Principal Jane Bromagen, spent their summer getting in the spirit of learning....
Shutout Shows Raiders' Potential
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer Orange Park coach Ted Leasor said only two words when asked what he liked most about his team's performance against Bishop Kenny in last week's preseason game. "The win," he said. Orange...
Singer, Actor Enjoys Performing Classics; Patrick Robinson's Renditions Are Popular
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer As far as Patrick Robinson is concerned, all the world really is a stage -- or at least a rehearsal hall. As far back as he can remember, he knew he wanted to be on stage. And it didn't really matter...
Sisters' Reunion Is Celebration of Life 25 Years after Transplant
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer Carmencita Cuevos of Orange Park, an active community volunteer, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her lifesaving kidney transplant, which is almost twice the average survival period, experts...
Small Schools Face Big Challenges; Division 1-AA Teams Get Paycheck, Sometimes a Nice Trip, but Rarely Beat 1-A Opponents
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union University of Rhode Island football coach Tim Stowers has a message for his NCAA Division I-AA colleagues. If you should open the 2004 season this weekend against a big-time Division I-A opponent, make sure...
Sports Extra
Byline: Jeff Elliott, The Times-Union THE LAST WORD Alan Massengale, a sportscaster with Los Angeles television station KCAL, found it interesting that Adnan Hamad, coach of Iraq's Olympic soccer team, disagreed with American policies in Iraq....
Stadium Gets Brushstrokes, More
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer Orange Park's Hoyt B. Cotney Stadium got a face-lift over the summer, but that's not the only improvement athletic director John Green has brought about in preparation for the 2004 season....
Stanton Senior Gets to Hit Beach; Gateway Conference Champ to Play Famed Pebble Beach Course through Her Participation in the First Tee Program
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union Sara Young has already studied and played the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links dozens of times -- on the Internet and by playing video golf games. The Stanton High School senior gets her chance to play the course...
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