The Florida Times Union

Articles from July 26, 2003

1 Woman's Passion Sprouts Ideas in Others
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Growing up on a farm in coastal North Carolina was big fun for Terry DelValle. "I grew up surrounded by plants," said DelValle, who is the urban horticultural extension agent at Jacksonville's...
ACC Basks in New Popularity after Showing Strength Last Year
Byline: Brent Beaird, County Line correspondent The Atlantic Coast Conference is no longer considered one of the nation's weaker college football conferences after placing four teams in the top 25 and winning four bowl games last year. After...
Activist Aims to Preserve Civil War Site
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer A Marietta community activist has launched a petition drive urging the city to buy a 7-acre parcel that was part of a Civil War outpost. Fred Singletary, former president of the Thomas Jefferson...
'Antiques Roadshow' Draws Locals' Treasures
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Times-Union staff writer More than 5,000 people swarmed into the International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, Ga., recently to attend a taping of PBS' hit Antiques Roadshow. Barbara Lee and Chuck and...
Approval Process Set for Docks; Homeowners Spur Action
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Jacksonville Beach came up with a way to resolve disputes over docks and other structures along the shores of Lake Duval. On Monday, the City Council authorized City Manager George Forbes to grant...
Beach Shorts
JUNKYARD REQUEST The Jacksonville Beach Planning Commission will consider a request Monday to operate a junkyard at a towing service operation at 922 Eighth Ave. S. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall, located at 11 Third St. N. Art...
Berkman Sells for $46 Million; No Changes for Tenants Expected
Byline: Earl Daniels, Times-Union business writer Will Stolz and Alan Travis stood shoulder-to-shoulder near an entrance of the Berkman Plaza with grins on their faces. And rightfully so, the two stand to gain a great deal. They were discussing...
Bicyclists Take on France Tour; Amateurs' Race Challenges, Thrills
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Steve and Jennifer Armstrong could relate to Lance Armstrong's cycling adventures this week during The Tour de France -- the cheering crowds, the mountainous hairpin curves, the speed, the danger,...
Black Society Thrived in Community; American Beach: Group Discussions Point to Recent Past
Byline: Kandace Lankford, Nassau Neighbors correspondent American Beach is like an unfinished book. The beginning chapters are filled with anecdotes of burgeoning businesses, bus loads of visitors and a community bursting at the seams with vitality....
Brackens' Career in Doubt; Knee Still Hasn't Fully Recovered
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer Jaguars defensive end Tony Brackens moved another step closer to the possible end of his NFL playing career yesterday. Brackens, the Jaguars' all-time leader in sacks, was placed on the "active/physically...
Budget Plan Includes Tax Hikes; Property Levy Could Rise 6%, Utility 10%
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer Clay County homeowners, renters and business owners could find their cost of living going up in the near future. A proposed 6 percent increase in property taxes and a 10 percent utility...
Calls Mounting to Open, Mark Access to Beaches
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer While some St. Johns County officials say they won't increase the number of beach access signs for Ponte Vedra Beach, calls to mark the access points and clear the paths are mounting. "I am disappointed,"...
Celebration of Recreation; American Playground Founder Has His Day
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer It was a sight to warm the heart of Joseph Lee, father of the American playground. Under the towering pine trees at Drew Park on the Southside, more than 2,000 youngsters, clad mainly in yellow...
City Gives New Life to Communications Tax Proposal; Keystone Heights Would Draw $40,000
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, Clay County Line correspondent If a vote by the Keystone Heights City Council to bring a communications tax increase back to the table is any indication of its outcome, taxpayers in Keystone Heights could see their local...
Clay Sees Small Cuts in Schools; Proposed Budget Is Tight in Some Areas, Up Overall
Byline: Nin-Hai Tseng, Times-Union staff writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- In its first budget vote since Clay County residents rejected a sales tax to help pay for school facilities, the county School Board doesn't expect dramatic changes. The overall...
CONGRESS; Stark, Raving
The emotional outbursts of U.S. Rep. Pete Stark are legendary on Capitol Hill. The 15-term California Democrat once called a female colleague a whore and said a black Cabinet member was a disgrace to his race. On another occasion he angrily, and...
Courthouse Grabbing City Streets; Sprawling Foundation to Alter Driving Habits as Roads Prepare to Close, Plan Seeks to Revamp Traffic
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer Building the new Duval County Courthouse will force changes in how people drive around downtown Jacksonville, possibly starting in the next two weeks. The huge building's foundation will be built...
Cybersnooping; Workers' Online Habits Becoming More Scrutinized
Byline: Tristan Schweiger, Times-Union staff writer Few workers would think of visiting an adult Web site from their office. But the same group might see nothing wrong with putting in a bid from work at eBay or placing a bet online or simply...
David's to Close after 16 Years of Serving Diners; Restaurant's Owners Sell, Hope to Cut Back
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer To the shock and disappointment of its regular customers, David's Restaurant on Kingsley Avenue closed yesterday after 16 years of service. "We're so sad," said customer Kitty Jordan, who was...
Drive-Ins Get Second Look in Neptune
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer The Neptune Beach City Council could change an ordinance prohibiting drive-in restaurants in the city, a year after the council denied permission for a Sonic drive-in restaurant on Atlantic...
Eagle Scout, 14, Builds Ramp for Handicapped
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer It took 100 hours, 20 feet of lumber and a wrecker to move it across town from the Westside to Arlington. When it was finally in place, Lance Thompson had his Eagle Scout project. And Hearts,...
'Emotion in Motion'; Mazda6 Is a Car with a Personality
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The mathematics of it is really very easy. Twenty-two years ago, Mazda brought out a four-door sedan called the 626. Over the years, it grew in size and displacement, receiving an optional V-6...
Enrollment, Class Sizes Down Slightly; Nassau: School District Gears Up for New Year
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer It's back to books and homework for Nassau County children, who return to school Aug. 8. School officials are preparing for an estimated 10,298 students to start the 2003-04 school year,...
Facility Gives Hope to New Moms
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg, Shorelines correspondent In ancient Greek mythology, the sunny yellow daffodil is a symbol of rebirth and a sign of new beginnings. For pregnant women undergoing treatment for substance abuse at River Region Human...
Family Strives for Goals; Life Changed after Car Crash
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Jewels Rogers and her dog, Gems, moved from their home state of California to Florida five years ago, ready to make it on their own. She was 19 years old. She found an apartment in Arlington and...
Fast-Track Diplomas Worrying Educators; Many Fear Effects on Students, Schools
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer A new fast-track high school diploma option has Beaches school officials in Duval and St. Johns counties worried that students in the program wouldn't be adequately prepared for college and...
Five Position Battles to Watch
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer 1. No. 2 wide receiver The Jaguars didn't have a reliable complement to Jimmy Smith last season after cutting Keenan McCardell for salary-cap reasons. The leading candidate this year is former San...
Former Keystone Councilman Dies
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, Clay County Line correspondent Former Keystone Heights City Council member Wilford "Bill" L. Umphenour, 80, died Sunday, in Gainesville after a lengthy illness. Mr. Umphenour served on the City Council in the mid-1980s with...
Giver Gives Back with Backpacks
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer In lieu of presents, Kelli Warner of Orange Park asked her friends for Sam's gift cards for her 18th birthday, which was July 1. She received $70 worth and used them to purchase pens, pencils,...
Gone Camping; from Kids to QBs, Complaints Are Same
Byline: Charlie Patton, Times-Union staff writer Hello Muddah, hello Fadduh, Here I am at Camp Granada. Camp is very entertaining, And they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining. For our contemporary image of summer camp as a place...
Hispanic Culture to Resound from Metro Park
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer First there was Fiesta Playera. Now it's time for La Primera. The giant all-day event Aug. 2 at Metropolitan Park celebrates Hispanic culture, cuisine and music. "La Primera means 'the first,'...
Inseparable Pair Remembered; Years of Suffering Led Couple to Die Together
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer They faced death the same way they lived life -- together. Norma Jean and Clifford Turner's family and friends gathered yesterday at Cypress Village for a memorial service. They came to pray for...
I Prefer My Spam the Old Way
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor I used to like Spam. When I was a kid, Spam was one of my favorite sandwiches. Give me fried Spam slathered with mayonnaise between two huge slabs of Merita bread and I was one happy camper. My mother even...
Keystone Heights Set to Revamp Event Rules
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, Clay County Line correspondent Two popular Keystone Heights events may be spared from being held in the streets, and they can continue using the city's Theme Park, at least for now. However, the City Council has put organizers...
Kids Enjoy Time with PAL; Nassau: Officers Fill Kids' Days with Fun, Learning
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer If there had been a way to tap into the energy coming out of Peck Gymnasium Tuesday afternoon, Fernandina Beach would have been powered for months. Nassau County kids participating in the...
Kids Sought to Testify; Foster Mom Facing Trial in Child's Death
Byline: Paul Pinkham, Times-Union staff writer Prosecutors asked a Jacksonville judge yesterday to allow them to show jurors videotaped testimony from Lena Cumberbatch's children when Cumberbatch goes on trial next month in the beating and drowning...
Landlord Facing Foreclosure Takes His Tenant Hostage
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer A Jacksonville Beach man who was arrested this week and charged with holding his tenant hostage while demanding rent recently filed for bankruptcy to avoid foreclosure on his Penman Road home. ...
Lawyer, Veteran Lee Dies at Age 81; He Was Active in Many Societies
Byline: Tristan Schweiger, Times-Union staff writer Longtime Jacksonville lawyer Warden Sperry Lee died Thursday of heart failure. He was 81. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at The Church of the Good Shepherd with interment to follow in...
Leftwich Lone Holdout as Training Camp Opens
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer Rookie quarterback Byron Leftwich became the Jaguars' first holdout in their new era yesterday after two days of talks between his agent, Tom Condon, and senior vice president Paul Vance failed to...
Library Brochure Praised; National Award Lauds Artwork
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer The Jacksonville Public Library wants youngsters to take some literary flights of fancy, soaring on the wings of a good book as high and as far as their imaginations will take them. And to make sure young readers...
Man Attacks Relatives' Car
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A 53-year-old Southside man was arrested Monday afternoon on charges of aggravated battery and auto theft after he repeatedly rammed his pickup into a car containing his former son-in-law and two grandchildren....
Morning Briefing
E-LOAN SHUTTERS JACKSONVILLE OFFICE Online loan provider E-Loan Inc. has shut down its Jacksonville operation, transferring the auto loan work done here to its California headquarters. Five of the 90 workers at the local office transferred to the...
Music Festival Director Steps Down; Volunteers Praise Her Leadership
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Diane Bradstock-Jones said most community projects she's participated in need to be babied and pushed along before they take flight. Not the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. "The festival...
Nassau Notes
Garage sale Cats Angels will have a "Christmas in July" garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 2345 Will Hardee Road in Fernandina Beach. All proceeds will go to the organization's spay and neuter program. Visitors can also donate items...
Neptune Council Considering Civil Penalties for Loud Tenants
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer In a continuing effort to curtail problems with noisy renters, Neptune Beach is developing an ordinance that will make tenants responsible for their actions in rental units. The proposed...
New Parks Nearing Completion
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer After years of planning and budgeting, Jacksonville Beach is almost ready to officially open two multimillion-dollar parks, one near the former fishing pier site on First Street South and the other...
No Stopping Traffic Lights; Growth on A1A Leads to More Signals
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer As traffic increases along Florida A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach, so does the need to control it. Traffic signals were recently installed at A1A at TPC Boulevard and more are scheduled to be added next year...
Off-Road Triathlon at Hanna Tomorrow
Byline: Brian Kosoy, Times-Union sports correspondent Baseball has passed its halfway point, so football is just around the corner. The Jaguars open training camp today, which should provide some interesting plot lines and depth chart shuffling....
Orange Park's New Football Boss Is Ready; Leasor Gets Vote of Confidence from Principal
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer Ted Leasor says he is more excited than intimidated about being whisked into the football head coaching job at Orange Park High School, mainly because he has "been there and done that" during...
Paxon Middle Upgrades; $12.3 Million to Be Spent
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Paxon Middle School, built in 1956, is undergoing a $12.3 million construction project to ready it for the future. Principal Richard Scott said the school at 3276 Norman Thagard Blvd. badly needs...
People Who Can't Read Waiting for Volunteers to Help
Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff writer The goal of Learn to Read is to increase literacy awareness and improve the reading skills of individuals and families in our community. The group combats illiteracy in North Florida by training volunteers...
Pilots Prepare for Hijackers as the 'Last Line of Defense'; Graduates Become Flight Deck Officers Armed with Guns
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- In a time of terrorism, when passenger jets can become weapons of mass destruction, pilots from across the nation are learning how to defend their cockpits against hijackers. Forty-four...
Police Briefing; Gunman Ransacks Home; Woman Reports Sex Assault
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Two men and a woman told police they were tied up in an Arlington home Sunday and threatened by a man who demanded "dope and money," according to a police report. A 65-year-old man, 38-year-old man...
POLICE BRIEFING; Man with Rifle Threatens to Shoot over Parking Spat
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer A 44-year-old man was arrested at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of North Main Street and charged with aggravated assault. Witnesses told police the man used a rifle to threaten a 35-year-old man when he...
POLICE BRIEFING; Police Seek Bar Brawlers Man Hit by Bat, Knocked Out
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Police are looking for the men who attacked three others during an early Wednesday brawl outside the Mandarin Ale House, 11112 San Jose Blvd., using baseball bats, beer bottles and feet, police said. Police said...
Police Briefing; Woman Arrested after Stabbing Husband in Fight
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Police arrested a 40-year-old Westside woman on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after her husband said she stabbed him for no reason. The 44-year-old man was treated at Jacksonville...
POLICE BRIEFS; 7 Arrested for Making $200 in Counterfeit Bills
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, Clay County Line staff writer Five Orange Park men and two Jacksonville men, ranging in age from 19 to 37, have been arrested by the Clay County Sheriff's Office on charges of passing, or attempting to pass, counterfeit...
POLICE BRIEFS; Man Found in House with Knife in Chest
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH A man with a steak knife stuck in his chest was found hiding Tuesday under a woman's bed in the 100 block of Seminole Road. A woman told...
Residents Want to Keep Rural Setting
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer In what new City Councilwoman Sharon Copeland called "a very angry" town meeting, about 200 residents gathered last week at the Mandarin Community Club to hear more about a planned subdivision at the end of Tar...
River City Championships Prove to Be Family Affair
Byline: Jason Schneider, Times-Union sports writer The River City Swim League Championships are more than just a city swimming competition to Robert Hayes. For him, the competition means a lot, which is why he drove six hours from Atlanta earlier...
Road Dispute in Talks; Plan Would Pave County Road 210
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer Last-minute negotiations between St. Johns County officials and attorneys for two developers and the Sampson Civic Association Tuesday night birthed a tentative agreement that could see all of Russell Sampson Road...
Rotarian Governor on Move; Orange Park Man Takes on Challenge
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Ken Smallwood fears his new Rotarian role may cause him to plump up. On July 1, the Clay County real estate broker became the district governor for Rotary District 6970, which encompasses 12 North...
Schools to Hold Meetings for Students and Parents
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer The countdown is on. Clay County public schools reopen for the 2003-04 year on Aug. 7. Schools are holding parent meetings, orientations or open houses to better acquaint students and parents...
Shipwrecks Ahoy! Team Finds Wealth of Maritime Artifacts
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer The wreckage sits in murky waters off the shoreline of Tocoi in Northwest St. Johns County, invisible to the naked eye -- but not to the sophisticated sonar that underwater archaeologist John W. Morris III and his...
Soiree to Benefit City Band; Building Needs a Few Upgrades
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer A swinging soiree this evening will indirectly help spruce up a former downtown church rebuilt after the city's great fire of 1901. The Snyder building at Laura and Monroe streets on Hemming Plaza served as a...
Some Faxes Not Solicited or Wanted
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: I have been receiving unwanted faxes for about six months. I feel I am the innocent party and should not have to go to the trouble and expense of changing my number or subscribing to...
Spartans Hire New Basketball Coach for Ailing Program
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line staff writer Marty Broach has been hired as the new boys basketball coach at St. Johns Country Day School, replacing Aaron Darley, who led the Spartan basketball program the past two seasons. Broach also...
State Official Blames Arson for Blaze at UGa Library; Fire Began in Unsecure Room
ATHENS, Ga. -- Arson was to blame for the fire that caused significant damage to the University of Georgia's Main Library on Wednesday evening, according to state Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine. ''We've ruled out all possible...
State Planning Rustic Look for New Bridge
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer A new Pablo Road bridge over the Ponte Vedra Canal is on the way, but state officials said they'll try to keep the span's rustic look. The 102-foot wooden span built about a quarter century ago has...
Stay Away from A1A or Get Stuck
Byline: Derek Kinner, Nassau Neighbors editor Welcome to the weekly Florida A1A Watchdog column. It seems every time I'm considering what to write about for the week, I'm also seething because of what I see coming on that soon-to-be cursed thoroughfare....
Strict Lists Keep Parents Shopping; Collecting School Supplies like Scavenger Hunt
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer It used to be so simple. Pencils, paper, crayons, glue, scissors. Not anymore. Filling the requirements of a Clay County public elementary school supply list nowadays is somewhat...
Students Can Choose When to Finish School
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line staff writer Clay County high school students and their parents should think long and hard about new graduation criteria approved by the Legislature this year, school district officials said. State-mandated...
Suspects in Slaying, Robbery Sought
Byline: Christina Blakeney, Times-Union staff writer Jacksonville police released sketches of two of the three men described in Thursday's armed robbery and slaying of Irinel Ardelean outside La Mirada Apartments where he lived on the Southside....
Town May Loosen Code on Alcohol; Hilliard: Council Looks at Sale of Beer and Wine
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Hilliard residents are urging Town Council members to take their time and be careful as they consider changing the town's alcohol ordinances. Residents and council members who spoke on the...
Traffic Stop Ends in Police Chase, Arrest
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer A 24-year-old Mandarin man was arrested late Sunday on charges of aggravated battery against a police officer and fleeing an officer after he led police on a chase and then fought them in an apartment complex at...
Trio of Amputees Complete Cross-Country Trip; People Who Lose a Limb Can Still Have Active Lives
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer Three men, each an amputee, rode their bicycles through yesterday's tropical depression-spawned wind and rain and into the Atlantic Ocean, completing a journey that began 57 days earlier in Seattle....
Tropical Depression Set to Soak Georgia
Byline: Tia Mitchell, Times-Union staff writer A tropical depression that formed off the coast of Northeast Florida was expected to move onto land in Southeast Georgia by sunrise this morning, dumping more rain on already saturated terrain. First...
Veteran Excels at Games; Snags Medals from Wheelchair
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Kurt Brown of the Southside had only a week's practice at throwing the shot put, discus and javelin. But that was long enough for the novice competitor to win medals in all three events at the National...
Youths Simulate Navy Experience; Teens Learn Ropes of Maritime Service Sailors Mentor Sea Cadet Corps
Byline: Rachel Davis, Times-Union staff writer Fourteen-year-old Macy "Pony" Jackson saddled up to the helicopter cockpit simulator, reached around for her headset and grabbed hold of the controls. Navy Lt. Eric Young, co-pilot on the flight,...
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