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Articles from October 26, 2005

$10,000 Donated to Pantry; Kraft Foods Gift Comes with New Nutrition Info
Byline: DAN SCANLAN For the second time in two years, Kraft Foods has donated $10,000 to support the Jewish Family and Community Services on-site Emergency Food Pantry. But unlike the last grant, some of the money will also be used to educate...
$5 per Diem Reduction Causes Flap with Hotels; Government Workers Now Allowed to Spend $73 for Room; Officials Say Difference Will Mean Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Lost Revenue
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN Jacksonville tourism and hospitality industry officials are fighting over $5. The federal government lowered -- by $5 -- the amount Jacksonville hotels can charge government travelers. Hotel operators say the difference...
6 Episcopal Congregations Leaving Diocese; Most Plan to Negotiate, or Possibly Litigate, to Keep Their Property
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Six North Florida Episcopal congregations long at odds with their denomination over homosexual ordination and same-sex blessings are leaving the Jacksonville-based Episcopal Diocese of Florida. The congregations -- three...
A Farewell to the Beach Lady; MaVynee Betsch Remembered at American Beach
Byline: AMELIA A. HART AMERICAN BEACH -- As family and friends embraced each other in the surf that gently lapped the shore of MaVynee Betsch's beloved American Beach as it carried away her ashes, the last rays of the setting sun transformed the...
A Flash of the Pen, and Another Sketch toward 10,000
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- He's a big guy with a quick smile and an even quicker handshake. He's the extra ingredient that adds unique flavor to the fare at the Panera Bread eatery on Third Street South. Panera's "resident...
Ah, the Memories of Past Saturday Runs
Byline: Bill Longenecker Any month with five Saturdays is special for me. My long Saturday run is the beginning ritual for such a sacred day. There are five sacred days this October. My writing career began with articles in the Jacksonville Track...
An Ill Wind Haunts Them; Wherever the Squires Family Goes, Hurricanes Seem to Follow: First Andrew, Then Katrina, Rita and Now, Wilma
Byline: THOMAS LAKE COPELAND -- As Wilma drew near like a whirling blade, neighbors begged the Squires family to leave town. Nothing personal, they joked, but you're all hurricane magnets. Cause and effect are difficult to prove, but the circumstantial...
Area Home Sales Down, but Up from '04; Jacksonville Real Estate Agents Say Traffic Is Steady
Byline: JOE LIGHT September sales of existing single-family homes in Jacksonville dropped 20 percent from August but remained 36 percent above sales from last September, according to the Florida Association of Realtors. The median home price also...
Argyle Co-Teachers Show How Teaming Up Works; Practice Will Not Be Allowed Next Year
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Two teachers are better than one, some Argyle Elementary School students and parents say. "You learn more with two," said Ebonee Maxey. Ebonee is among 31 third-graders who have two classroom teachers this year: Karen...
Atlantic Beach to Sell Wooded Land
Byline: Caren Burmeister ATLANTIC BEACH -- The City Commission voted to rezone about 2 1/2 acres of city-owned wooded land along West First Street to address crime that has been occurring near Tideviews Preserve. Commissioners voted unanimously...
At This Cummer Event, Art Is Meant to Be Touched
Byline: SUSAN D. BRANDENBURG Her tiny fingers curled around the paintbrush, 2-year-old Nija Sampson didn't notice that her brush had wandered away from her painting. Nija was wearing special glasses that impaired her vision. Gently, Nicole Sampson...
Audit: Lax State Policies Make Wage Records Vulnerable; Retired Workers Had Active Passwords; Low-Level Workers Had High-Level Access
Byline: WALTER C. JONES and MORGAN WINSOR ATLANTA -- Records of what every company pays in wages and details about people looking for work and how they lost their jobs are among the files vulnerable to unauthorized exposure, according to a recent...
BK Sweeps Away Bradford
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER All season, Bishop Kenny coach Suzanne Winkler has been looking for consistency from her Crusaders volleyball team. It appears that search will continue into the regional playoffs. In Tuesday's Region 1-4A quarterfinals,...
Blue Cross Reorganizing to Trim Costs; Jacksonville-Based Insurer Looking for Ways to Be More Efficient; Job Cuts Included
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida is undergoing a corporate overhaul, including job cuts, to wring excess from its expense sheet. The Jacksonville-based insurer hopes to snip administrative costs by 5 to 8 percent...
Board Hears Pleas for Play Area Covers; Concerns Raised about Costs, Safety from Elements
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The Clay County School Board got an earful last week about its failure to provide covered physical education areas at all elementary schools. Funding constraints prevent the school district from including such projects...
Builder Runs into Trouble over Forged Document; Hilliard Certificate of Occupancy Copied for Buyer
Byline: KEVIN TURNER HILLIARD -- Homebuilder Michael Franklin says he knows he made a mistake last month when he forged a town of Hilliard document to help a home buyer, but he didn't know the matter would go all the way to the state. "What I...
BULLDOGS NOTEBOOK; First Tests for 'Dogs QB: Risk Management, Finance
Byline: MARC WEISZER ATHENS, Ga. -- Having to rely on a backup quarterback to beat Florida to stay alive for a shot at the national championship is hardly an ideal scenario. But it's something that Georgia coach Mark Richt has already done. ...
Canine Costumes Abound; Halloween Can Be Fun for 4-Legged 'Children'
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy When Kathy Brycer was a little girl growing up in rural south Georgia, she went Halloween trick-or-treating with her horse. She was a cowboy -- so was the horse. Brycer has also dressed pet birds and iguanas for the holiday,...
Causeway a Seagate Solution?
Byline: Drew Dixon NEPTUNE BEACH -- City Councilman Eric Pardee says his concept of rebuilding an old causeway leading to the Seagate Forest subdivision is gaining traction, but some Jacksonville Beach residents are already saying they don't like...
CD Puts You in the Mode, Uh, Mood; Playing the Angel Marks a Savvy Comeback by the Brooding Depeche Mode
Byline: JEFF VRABEL Playing the Angel (*** [3 stars]), the most recent comeback from the newly cleaned-up mopesters in Depeche Mode has the usual effect of sending you into the usual synth-driven pit of moonlit despair, but, happily, it's because...
City Would like to Buy Buckman Trust Land; Squatting by Boaters Highlighted the Area
Byline: Drew Dixon ATLANTIC BEACH -- A group of boaters who were squatting on pristine wetlands in the Intracoastal Waterway have moved on, clearing the way for the city to try to purchase and preserve the privately-owned land. The Buckman Pritchard...
Cleaning Up Georgia Beaches; Agencies Look for Sources of Contamination That Have Resulted in Swimming Advisories
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK -- University of Georgia researchers hope testing water for traces of laundry detergent will help them clean up Georgia's beaches. Developing new tests to find cleansers is one of the methods the University of...
Coalition Asks County, State to Act in Utility Deal
Byline: Christina Abel PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- The Ponte Vedra Beaches Coalition decided this week to speak out about repair delays and other problems with the St. Johns Service Co., the water and sewer utility company the county voted to purchase...
Community Notebook; Kickoff to Cure Tosses $85,000 to Cystic Fibrosis Fight
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raised more $85,000 for research Sept. 18 at its Hallmark Partners Tailgate 2005-Kickoff to a Cure party at Alltel Stadium. More than 450 guests watched the Jacksonville Jaguars battle the Indianapolis...
Community Notebook; Westside Regional Park Invites People to Check out Tree Cookies
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Despite their enticing name, don't try eating them. A tree cookie program is on the menu at Westside Regional Park, 7000 Roosevelt Blvd., from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. By examining these "cookies," participants can...
Condos in Plan for Goodby's Lake Area
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Another condominium project may sprout along the shores of Goodby's Lake in the next few years, riding the growing wave of luxury home development along the waterway. Brownstone Developers wants to build 80 condominium units...
Cornerstone Deal Helped by Land Gift
Byline: Christina Abel PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- A land donation will provide a new home for a church and preserve 13 acres of ball fields at Cornerstone Park off Florida A1A. The J.E. Davis family has donated 21 acres east of Davis Park, which is...
Dolphins Have Bright Night Idea
Byline: Alex Abrams There is a reason why TV networks show repeats during the Super Bowl. It's the same reason why you don't see too many films come out on the same weekend as the newest Star Wars flick. Everyone is too wrapped up in the hype...
Duval Semi Driver Dies in Crash
A tractor-trailer truck driver died Monday when his rig hit a Interstate 295 guardrail near Blanding Boulevard in Jacksonville then left the highway and ran into the tree line, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. UPS driver Michael Edward Duffy,...
Farewells Begin for Retiring Top Cop amid Staff Shifts
Byline: AMELIA A. HART FERNANDINA BEACH -- Police colleagues and city commissioners wished Police Chief Robert "Chip" Hammond well this week following his decision to resign after more than six years as the city's top cop. Hammond's last day...
Fleming Island Hosts Area Band Evaluations
Fleming Island High School will host marching band evaluations Saturday, Nov. 5. Thirteen high school bands from Clay, St. Johns, Putnam and Flagler counties will perform their halftime shows for a panel of Florida Bandmasters Association Marching...
Flying Fortress Is Still Soaring; B-17 Takes to the Skies with Memories of WWII
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND As he stood on the runway, Robert Kling looked at the Fuddy Duddy and thought of the thousands of young men who died in its cramped quarters. "The plane looks very romantic, but I think about all the blood that was lost,"...
Gators Coach in for an Awakening; Meyer Won't Know Game's Full Fervor 'Til Saturday
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer says he understands how important the Florida-Georgia game is. He says he understands the passion. He says he understands the history. He says he realizes how electric the...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; UF Loses Demps for Season
Byline: IAN FISHER GAINESVILLE -- Freshman linebacker Jon Demps suffered a torn ACL Monday in a non-contact drill and will undergo surgery in a couple of weeks. Coach Urban Meyer originally thought it was a sprain, but a Tuesday MRI exam revealed...
If Not Cecil Field, Why Not Camp Blanding for Jet Base? Clay Commission Chairman Pitches Idea to Governor; Rest of Commission Not So Sure
Byline: BRAD SCHMIDT GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Clay County commissioners said Tuesday they are hesitant to repeat Jacksonville's mistakes and are skeptical of an attempt to pitch Camp Blanding as a Navy jet base. Chairman George Bush floated the...
It's Tough to Be Blue with Gigs and a Recording in the Works
Byline: Tamara McClaran Despite his positive and optimistic attitude, Ponte Vedra Beach musician Chuck Baxter has experienced more than his share of the blues during the past year. In November, Baxter, the frontman of blues band VuduBlu, had...
Jacksonville a Great Place for Singles to Mingle
Byline: Laura Capitano If you're single, consider digging out your reindeer sweaters, UGG boots and snowboard from under the bed and heading to Colorado. Forbes magazine points to the Denver-Boulder metro area as America's best city for you. So...
Jacksonville Journal
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SUMMIT NOV. 4 AT JU The Center for Law and Public Policy at Florida Coastal School of Law, the Environmental Law Community Action Team and Jacksonville University will host an environmental summit in November to focus on preserving...
Jacksonville Man Knew Civil Rights Icon Well; He Was Rosa Parks' Bodyguard for Nearly a Decade
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Jacksonville resident Mark Kerrin knew civil rights matriarch Rosa Parks as perhaps few others did. For nearly a decade, Kerrin, 52, was her bodyguard and director of security. It all started after Parks was attacked...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Former Jags Assistant Ligashesky Leads St. Louis' Special Teams
Byline: BART HUBBUCH The pupil will try to upstage the teacher when the Jaguars travel to face the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Jaguars special teams coordinator Pete Rodriguez will be matched against one of his many proteges in Rams counterpart...
KATRINA; Bogus Victims
Some fraud was expected in the disbursement of aid to Hurricane Katrina victims. Con artists frequently try to abuse federal programs -- and their chances of success went up dramatically when the Federal Emergency Management Agency began bypassing...
Keeping the Faith
HOLIDAY BAZAAR The St. Peter's Episcopal Church Women's Holiday Bazaar Preview Party will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church's parish hall, 801 Atlantic Ave. in Fernandina Beach. The preview party includes hors d'oeuvres, wine and the opportunity...
LOCAL NOTEBOOK; FAMU QB Chester Could Start Again
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS Albert Chester II will likely get another chance to be Florida A&M's starting quarterback. With senior Josh Driscoll nursing a groin injury and freshman Chris Owens out indefinitely because of a concussion, FAMU coach...
Love for Scrapbooking Leads to New Business
Byline: AMELIA A. HART FERNANDINA BEACH -- The small scrapbook Yulee resident Jennifer Erickson made to commemorate her son Billy's ninth birthday party has photos of the birthday boy and his friends pasted on pages of brightly colored card stock...
MaVynee Lived with Dedication
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee A person had to try really, really hard to miss MaVynee Oshun Betsch. She was big in stature, about 6 feet tall. She had big hair -- 7 feet of woolly, grey dreadlocks that she had to carry alongside her like a shopping...
Message and Movement; Prestigious Company Tackles Social Issue in Dance
Byline: TANYA PEREZ-BRENNAN The 12 blocks of ice illuminated and suspended above the stage melt and drip. The dancers below keep moving, oblivious to the slippery danger building around them. The lead dancer, based on the dismissed Greek prophetess...
Mistakes Cost Clay Playoff Gig; Palatka Panthers Beat the Blue Devils 27-21
Byline: BRENT BEAIRD Five turnovers, including a blocked punt that was recovered in the end zone for the winning score with 25 seconds left, spelled the end of the Clay High football team's district 4-3A playoff hopes as Palatka beat the Blue Devils,...
Morning Briefs
FIDELITY NATIONAL, FNT ANNOUNCE DIVIDEND Jacksonville-based Fidelity National Financial Inc., a Fortune 500 provider of products and outsourced services and solutions to financial institutions and the real estate industry, said in a news release...
NASCAR NOTEBOOK; Homestead-Miami Speedway Should Be Ready for Finale
Byline: DON COBLE HAMPTON, Ga. -- The Homestead-Miami Speedway suffered significant damage during Hurricane Wilma on Monday, but it should be ready for the season-finale Ford 400. The most damage came in the garage area, according to raceway...
Nassau Notes
BABE RUTH MEETING Fernandina Beach Babe Ruth will have an informal planning session to help the league board plan the upcoming season at 7 p.m. today at Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach. Concession-stand volunteers, fund-raising,...
Neil Diamond, from Both Sides Now; Singer-Songwriter Brings Both Substance and Glitter to Monday's Performance
Byline: JEFF VRABEL The two sides of Neil Diamond -- the fantastic Tin Pan Alley songwriter and the glitter-dripping Vegas bush elephant -- coexist in a state of uneasy peace, like Simon and Garfunkel, or Leno and Letterman, or Cartman and Butters....
NFC East Roars Back
Byline: Vito Stellino For the 15-year span from 1981 to 1995, the odds of correctly picking the Super Bowl winner at the start of the season were about one in four. All you had to do was pick one of three NFC East teams (Redskins, Cowboys and...
October's Quite a Time, More or Less
Byline: Anne Sponholtz October is an interesting month and with it coming to an end I thought I would discuss politics and sleep. Two issues that often go together, don't you think? It seems that a slew of presidents and vice presidents were...
Page 2 People
Byline: Compiled by Dan Beynon 'GIVE PEACE A CHANCE' ORIGINAL TO BE AUCTIONED The envelope on which John Lennon handwrote the lyrics of Give Peace a Chance is going on the auction block. The words to the song, which Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded...
Parks' Bus Story Started Much Earlier
Byline: Mark Woods Camilla Thompson laughed, then politely avoided the question. Her age? Put it this way, she is old enough to remember what it was like for an African-American to ride a bus in Jacksonville before anyone here had heard of a...
People
APPOINTMENTS Womenade, a charitable organization that works with the child-serving agency daniel, has elected its new board: Founder Judy Hicks, president; Kathy Timmons, first vice chairwoman; Kathie Lee Menninger, second vice chairwoman; Cynthia...
Plan Urges New Road, Industrial Districts; an Economic Development Consultant Calls for North-South Transportation and Better Jobs
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Clay County needs more industrial parks and a north-south highway, or residents will be faced with higher taxes and increasingly congested roads. A consultant gave this report to some 20 residents at one of two community...
POLICE BRIEFS; Man, 34, Arrested in Sexual Battery of a 4-Year-Old Girl
Byline: Christina Abel Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police depart- ments: ATLANTIC BEACH A 40-year-old Atlantic Beach man was arrested for a drunk-driving incident and careless driving early Saturday morning....
Police Briefs; Mandarin High Student Reports Attack by 2 Men
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Two men attacked a 17-year-old Mandarin High School student Oct. 19 at a baseball park at Greenland Park at 11820 Fayal Drive, sending him to the hospital for treatment of cuts and bruises. Police are looking for the two young...
Police Briefs; Store Robber Takes Money, Clerk's Gems
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A gunman grabbed a 51-year-old cashier's gold necklace and diamond rings on Oct. 19. He also demanded the woman empty the cash register at the Country Corner Produce store at 3824 Emerson St. before he fled with the money...
Police Crash Cars for Charity; Demolitions Raise $30,000
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The 1992 Ford Crown Victoria looked pretty nice when assistant police Chief Rick Graham first checked it out at an Arlington garage Oct. 13, freshly painted with police striping and emergency lights. By the time he got finished...
Praise for Orange Park Off-Broadway Theater; Thrasher-Horne Center Stages I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Byline: PATTI LEVINE-BROWN The lights came up, the doors opened, and a huge crowd poured into the corridors outside the main stage theater at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts. It was intermission and several people emerged still chuckling...
Raiders Rally, but Bears Win; A Halftime Pep Talk Gave Orange Park Defensive Strength, but the Score Didn't Come
Byline: TRAVIS SMITH For the first two quarters of Friday night's game, Orange Park's defense gave up two passing touchdowns and a rushing score to visiting Bartram Trail. After halftime adjustments and a pep-talk by head coach Ted Leasor Sr.,...
RAIN-DELAYED PLAY; Fleming Island Pushes through OT Golden Eagles Fly over Middleburg Broncos, 34-28
Byline: BRENT BEAIRD The Fleming Island High School football team took a two-touchdown lead in the first half over Middleburg, lost it in the second half but rallied in overtime to beat the Broncos, 34-28, in a district 5-4A game Friday. This...
Ridgeview Kids Hit Ropes for Good; Course Teaches Advanced Students to View the World and Each Other Differently
Byline: VIRGINIA PILLSBURY The juniors in the International Baccalaureate program at Ridgeview High School recently spent a day away from classroom studies and books. But brainpower was still needed as they participated in a ropes course on the...
Road Trip
Byline: Alex Abrams 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...
SEC Champs Too Beat Up to Be No. 1
Byline: Mike Freeman Georgia limps into its annual Florida street fight with an undefeated record in its grasp and national title hopes within slobbering range of its jowls. Good team, excellent coach, but little chance to win a national championship...
Second-Guessing Ahead on State Education Policies; Class-Size Amendment Is at the Top of the List, Followed by a Funding Formula Change
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE -- Education money from Tallahassee, like most things from Tallahassee, is rarely guaranteed. That will hold especially true next year, as two of the most closely watched changes in state funding for Florida...
SEMINOLES NOTEBOOK; Bryant in, Ross out of FSU Secondary
Byline: IRA SCHOFFEL TALLAHASSEE -- In an effort to generate more big plays, Florida State is shaking up its secondary. Sophomore J.R. Bryant will start at cornerback Saturday against Maryland, taking the place of Trinity Christian graduate Gerard...
Senior Connection Keeps Golden Years Lively; Latest Activity Was Talk about Aging Gracefully
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy Laughter can help people live longer. Middle age now starts at age 50 and extends to age 70. Drinking juice three or more times a week helps keep the brain healthy. Members of The Senior Connection, a new ministry at Our...
Sheriff's Officers Facing Discipline; Husband and Ex-Wife Have Been Investigated for Various Allegations
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER A recently demoted Jacksonville police chief and his ex-wife, head of the Sheriff's Office sex crimes unit, face discipline following an internal investigation involving allegations of harassment, illegal tape recordings and...
Sit, Stay for a Romantic Comedy
Byline: Tamara McClaran A romantic comedy about a man and his dog that offers a very human tale about changing relationships and a mid-life crisis is the focus of Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre's next production, Sylvia, which opens Friday,...
Speeding Fines Mean Small-Town Bonanzas; despite Drivers' Ire, Cities Are Not --Officially -- Speed Traps
Byline: TODD DeFEO PENDERGRASS -- The city of Pendergrass brought in about $490,500 in speeding and other traffic fines in 2004 -- roughly $1,025 for every man, woman and child who lives in the tiny town along U.S. 129 in western Jackson County....
Sports Extra
Byline: Francine King 2CENTS Outside the tennis world, the retirement of Silvia Farina Elia will likely go almost unnoticed. That's a shame. I watched the 33-year-old Italian play her way to the final of the Bausch & Lomb Championships...
State Workers Fight for Protection; Justices Hear Case about Legislation That Changed the Merit System
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA -- Tens of thousands of state workers will learn in the coming months whether some job protections that had been in place for decades were unconstitutionally taken away from them. The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday...
St. Joe Cuts Profit Forecast on Slowing Resort Sales
Byline: MARK BASCH The St. Joe Co. Tuesday reported higher third-quarter earnings but said customer traffic at its real estate developments in the Florida Panhandle slowed after Hurricane Katrina, causing the company to lower its full-year earnings...
Summit Brings Trade with Puerto Rico to Forefront; Attendees Discuss Business between Jacksonville and Its Caribbean Neighbor
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS ST. AUGUSTINE -- Trade between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico will remain important in coming years, although that business could be hurt if the commonwealth's economy continues to take on water. About 300 shippers, steamship...
Swedish Dignitary Celebrates Century
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg The 100th birthday of Jacksonville's honorary Swedish consul emeritus, Saga Skafte-Lindblom, was celebrated Oct. 15 at the San Jose Country Club with a gala attended by more than 100 of her closest friends. "Nearly...
Teams Embrace Rewards That Stick; Helmet Stickers Are Badges of Honor at Georgia, Florida State and Ohio State
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS The idea stuck with Vince Dooley after he visited legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler sometime in the 1970s. It was a simple idea and not even an original one at that. But it was good enough that it has left...
The Rise and Fall of Federal Hill
Byline: Mary Jo McTammany With the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction, locals thought they were rid of the Union Army but, like bad bacon, it came back. Now, not all the former soldiers returning as speculators, developers and tourists were...
Tourney Honors Coach, Helps FBHS
Byline: KEVIN TURNER FERNANDINA BEACH -- The second Erk Russell Golf Tournament, which gets under way Thursday, will commemorate a Georgia football legend and benefit a local school. Aside from paying tribute to the celebrated Georgia Southern...
Turnovers Curb Keystone-Interlachen Score; Indians Blank Rams with Pair of Field Goals
Byline: SCOTT DYE Two kicks were the difference Friday in the district 3-2A matchup between Keystone Heights (5-3, 2-2) and the visiting Interlachen Rams (3-5). A total of seven combined turnovers cost both squads prime scoring opportunities, but...
United Methodist Crafts Popular Sale
Byline: Rhonda Reese Mandarin United Methodist Church was the scene of some serious shopping Oct. 15. Those who love handmade gifts had a variety to choose from at the church's 17th annual fall craft festival. Hundreds of guests swarmed the congregation's...
Waterway Dredging Start Is Delayed; Contractor Behind on Another Job, Corps Says
Byline: Christina Abel The dredging of the Intracoastal Waterway through Palm Valley, which was supposed to begin in August, has been delayed yet again -- this time until early November. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the project was delayed...
Will Nassau Leave Home for River City?
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis YULEE -- Ann Patton makes a mean bianca and claims that after one, you're hooked. Patton opened Cafe Vino about 15 months ago along Florida A1A, not far off Interstate 95, and tries to hook as many customers as she...
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