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Articles from April 27, 2005

Arts Center Could Hardly Be Any Better
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, County Line correspondent "Peter never stopped running or looked behind him till he got home to the big fir-tree." That is one of my favorite lines from the Tale of Peter Rabbit. In fact, the book is filled with priceless...
A Shining Example; Converted QB Bennett Knows Jones' Mission
Byline: BART HUBBUCH Those who doubt the Jaguars' ability to turn Matt Jones into a wide receiver -- and there seem to be many of them around the country -- might not know about Steve Walters. Walters, the Jaguars' new receivers coach, is no...
Beaches Parade: It's a Tradition; Growth of Area Reflected at 59th Annual Event
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Jesse Keene began leading the Shriners Oriental Band in 1959 and began marching in the Beaches Parade not long after that. After decades of helping celebrate the annual opening...
Big Donors Walk Away from UGa; Fallout from Split with Foundation Is Hurting School's Fund-Raising
Byline: JENNIFER MOORE ATHENS, Ga. -- The fallout from last week's Board of Regents decision to sever ties with the University of Georgia Foundation is affecting the university's $500 million capital campaign. At least six foundation trustees...
Bill on Street-Side Seafood Sales Generates Opposition
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer MAYPORT -- Business and civic leaders in the historic shrimping village are reiterating their opposition to a proposed Jacksonville City Council bill that would prohibit people from selling...
Board Wants Help Funding Schools; Developers, Builders to Pay More under Plan?
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer The Clay County School Board will ask the Clay County Commission to help it get more money from developers to pay for schools. At Thursday night's board meeting, a 20-year plan was presented calling...
Bolles Girls on Top after Upset
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON Bolles junior Katja Decker-Sadowski and Whitney Spencer stood waiting more than two minutes for an official on Tuesday. Decker-Sadowski had hit a forehand winner, but Spencer called a let because a ball from another court...
British Open to Accept Women
The British Open will allow women to compete starting in 2006, and might even accept Michelle Wie this summer if she qualifies. The Royal & Ancient Club said Tuesday it has agreed to alter the wording of entry regulations -- a change that could...
Can't You Just Feel All the Good Vibes? during Your Busy Day, Don't Forget: Today Is Positive Energy Day
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON Don't worry, be happy. If you've been feeling vibrations of positive energy radiating through the city today, you can thank Jon Gordon and John Peyton. Thanks to them, today is Positive Energy Day. That's why everybody...
Carnival Is Reward for Good Grades at Orange Park High
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Orange Park High School friends Tim Carter and Jeff Mikulak, donned overstuffed boxing gloves and pummeled each other until they were out of breath. "This is tight," Carter said. (That means he liked...
Center Serves Up Lunch, Awards Volunteers' Service
Byline: KEVIN TURNER, Nassau Neighbors staff writer For the 20th time, Nassau County's public service community on Thursday thanked those who gave their time and asked nothing in return. The Nassau County Volunteer Center commemorated the efforts...
Chamber Initiative to Hunt Jobs Paying More
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Drawing people to Clay County is a no-brainer. But drawing industries that offer high-paying jobs is another story. In hopes of changing that, the Clay County Chamber of Commerce is launching a $1.25...
Church Sales Amass $15,000 for Tsunami Relief
Byline: Rhonda Reese, Times-Union staff writer Furniture, toys, clothing, plants, exercise equipment, books and many other items were strewn across the lawn and parking lot April 17 at First Christian Church. The unusual scene was part of the Mandarin...
City Manager Gets Praise and Raise; Forbes Credited for Thriving City
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- City Manager George Forbes received a glowing annual review and a 4 percent raise Monday, bringing his salary to $132,344. Forbes received kudos from each of the seven City...
Clay Public Works Changes Win Laurels; Acting Director Takes Action in Wake of Illegal Dumping Situation
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Clay County commissioners Tuesday praised the acting public works director's attempts to turn around a department whose previous management received much of the blame for the county's illegal dumping...
Clay's New State Attorney Director Feels Right at Home; He Takes Shauna Wright's Old Office after Serving There Beginning Eight Years Ago
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL, County Line staff writer Dan Skinner is back in the State Attorney's Office in Clay County -- and this time he's heading it. Skinner is the newly appointed director in the office where he began his legal career eight...
College Corner
SEC at a glance Who's hot: The Florida Gators. Pat McMahon's team is line for a No. 1 seed at the SEC Tournament, which will be held May 25-29 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in suburban Birmingham, Ala. Florida's 13-5 league record is the best in...
Community Notebook; Commission Seeking Sites for Serving Free Lunch to Jacksonville-Area Children
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer The Jacksonville Children's Commission is looking for summer camps, churches and other locations to serve as Summer Lunch Program sites between Wednesday, June 1, and Wednesday, Aug. 3. Every...
Community Notebook; Sites Needed for Summer Lunch Program
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The Jacksonville Children's Commission is looking for summer camps, churches and other locations to serve as Summer Lunch Program sites between Wednesday, June 1, and Wednesday, Aug. 3. Jacksonville...
Counties' Political Links Divide Officials; Maguire Appreciates Connection; Peyton Won't Comment
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer While the St. Johns County Commission chairman says political connections between Ponte Vedra Beach and Jacksonville City Hall are good for the area, Jacksonville's mayor doesn't want to talk about any...
Defendant Denies Killing Beaches Neighbor in '98; Robert Erik Denney Tells Jury He Never Knew Who Victim Corey Parker Was
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM Robert Erik Denney repeatedly denied Tuesday that he killed his neighbor in her Jacksonville Beach apartment seven years ago, testifying in his own defense that he never even knew who she was. "I didn't kill Corey Parker,"...
Dozens from Clay to Run in State Meets
Byline: STEPHEN KINDLAND, Sports editor More than two dozen Clay County high school athletes from six schools will compete in the upcoming state track meets in Coral Springs after finishing in the top four during regional competition last week....
Dredging to Be a Noisy Affair, Corps Says; First Phase to Start in August, Will Take a Year
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- The man in charge of dredging the Intracoastal Waterway through Palm Valley outlined the project to residents Monday, and there were two warnings: It will be long, and it will be loud....
Everything You Need to Know about Interstellar Hitchhiking
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA DON'T PANIC Find your way to 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' with this guide GETTING STARTED: The characters Here's a quick introduction to some of the main inhabitants of the movie version of The Hitchhiker's...
Ex-White High Player Glad to Be Detroit-Bound; Marshall Defender Goddard "Relieved" When Lions Picked Him
Byline: JOSEPH DEMARTINO When the fourth and fifth rounds of the 2005 NFL Draft came and went Sunday without his name being called, Johnathan Goddard began to worry. "It was real nerve-racking," said Goddard, a 2000 graduate of White High School....
Fidelity National's Earnings Benefit from Interest Sale; Jacksonville-Based Company's Total Revenue in the Quarter Grew 24 Percent to $2.27 Billion
Byline: MARK BASCH Fidelity National Financial Inc. Tuesday reported higher first-quarter earnings, due to a gain from the sale of a 25 percent interest in its information services division. But aside from that gain, earnings were lower as a slowdown...
Florida 21 Will Close for Roadwork Only at Night; Businesspeople in Downtown Keystone Heights Got Their Wish
Byline: ANNE SPONHOLTZ, Clay County Line correspondent When Johnny Mason spoke at a council meeting in August requesting that roadwork planned for Florida 21 be done at night, the Florida Department of Transportation listened. "Our heart's desire...
Forestry Now Florida's Economic Heavyweight; New Study Reveals the Changing Face of State's Agriculture
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD Oranges, make way, forestry is the top money maker in Florida agriculture, according to a new University of Florida study. Florida's forests have the greatest economic impact than any other sector in the state's $67 billion...
Fugitive Sweep Nets 11 Arrests for Clay County; Effort Is Part of Operation Falcon, a National Dragnet Involving Several Agencies
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL, County Line staff writer Eleven fugitives from Clay County's justice system -- including murder suspect Chris Deming -- were arrested during Operation Falcon (Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally), the effort that...
'Galaxy' Finally Finds Its Way to Film
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA It's been a radio program, five books, a British television series, a hit record, a stage show, a musical and a computer game. But The Hitch hiker's Guide to the Galaxy has never been a movie. Until this week, that is. ...
Gateway to San Jose's Heyday; Historic Structure on Its Way to Landmark Status
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The four towers used to stand watch over the entrances to the San Jose neighborhood, their neo-Spanish stucco walls and tiled roofs connected to the community's walls with tile-roofed walkways. Now...
Green Cove Council Reverses Spring Park Plans; Vote Would Shift Pavilion to the South Side of the Park among Picnic Areas
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL, County Line staff writer The Green Cove Springs City Council has reversed a decision on the placement of a picnic pavilion at Spring Park. After a field trip to Spring Park on April 6, council members voted 4-0 to erect...
HEMMING PLAZA; Looking for Answers
Hemming Plaza one day may become a municipal government complex. City Hall is in the historic St. James Building. The future courthouse site is nearby, as is the future downtown library. Two bureaucracies may be moved to the city-owned Havertys...
Hermida Continues Rare Power Surge to Beat Suns
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT If only Carolina outfielder Jeremy Hermida had worked more on his weakness and less on what's made him successful this season, the Jacksonville Suns might have won Tuesday's game against the visiting Mudcats. Instead, Hermida's...
His Goal: To Fly in Combat over Vietnam
Byline: Mark Woods Editor's note: This is the first of a three-column series. The night before her oldest son left for Vietnam, Irene Frye went to the doorway of his bedroom. She peeked into a boy's room decorated not with posters of football...
'Hit Lists' Found at Wolfson; Police Arrest Student after Names Discovered, Knife Seized in Bookbag
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY A Jacksonville high school student faces a felony charge after police said school officials found "hit lists" in his locker that named fellow students along with a newspaper with a story about Oklahoma City bomber Timothy...
Inspired by the Story of Uncle Tom
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist DRESDEN, Ontario -- I never expected to find the source of inspiration for one of Jacksonville's most famous residents here. Last week, as I was traveling through Canada researching the influence...
Jag Selection's Trouble at Hawaii Minor
Byline: Mike Freeman This is a tale of a comeback of sorts. The comeback of Chad Owens. From embarrassment. From suspension. From the wrong side of a Honolulu headline. From punishment to the big leagues. From a career on the cusp of being...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Jaguars QB Leftwich: 'Excited' by Selection of Jones
Byline: BART HUBBUCH Byron Leftwich has seen the films, which is why he can't wait to find out in person what he has in the Jaguars' first pick of the draft, Matt Jones. The Jaguars quarterback won't have to wait long, either, because Jones is...
JU Students Volunteer in Ecuador; They Do an Alternative, Unforgettable Spring Break
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer It wasn't exactly a party. They were just trying to impart some good will to children, and maybe learn something in the process. So instead of gathering up sunscreen and heading south to the beach...
Landmark Study Led by Mayo Oncologist; Use of Drug to Lower Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk Called Breakthrough
Byline: CHERIE BLACK A Jacksonville physician played a key role in a study hailed by many experts as a breakthrough in breast cancer treatment. Clinical trials showed cancer drug Herceptin cuts in half the risk one type of breast cancer will...
'Lion' May Be Players' Best Yet; Crowd-Pleaser and Well-Acted
Byline: Tamara McClaran, Shorelines correspondent The Lion in Winter received the roar of an appreciative audience when it opened at Players by-the-Sea Friday. Several members of the audience called the comedy/drama by James Goldman the best show...
Magellan's to Host Benefit Dinner Show
Byline: Tamara McClaran, Shorelines correspondent For those who enjoy theater and dining, an upcoming event offers the opportunity to do both and benefit the Players by-the-Sea community theater. Magellan's Oceanfront restaurant in Jacksonville...
Meeting Called about Unsafe Well Water
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Wells that weren't dug deep enough to provide safe drinking water, combined with confirmed contamination in some of them, has the city asking residents in a community off St. Augustine Road in Mandarin...
Military Measures Sail through State House; on Military Day, Lawmakers Recognize Those Who Serve and Try to Ease Their Burden
Byline: LILLY ROCKWELL TALLAHASSEE -- A half-dozen military bills designed to offer more financial protection of Florida's military reservists and National Guard members and their families passed the House unanimously Tuesday. Rep. Stan Jordan,...
Morning Briefs
ST. JOHNS RIVERKEEPER WINS CSX CIVIC AWARD CSX Corp. has awarded its 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award to St. Johns Riverkeeper, a non-profit advocacy group that works to protect the St. Johns River watershed. Riverkeeper Neil Armingeon accepted the...
New Courthouse Plans Run Higher; Updated Estimates for Options Start at $320 Million
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA Remember that $300 million price tag on a new Duval County courthouse that led Mayor John Peyton to scrap the plans and fire nearly everyone involved? City records now show that may not have been such a bad a deal. ...
Office Taking Care of Loved Ones in Iraq; Clerk of Court Employees Are Sending a Care Package to One Person Each Month to Boost Morale
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL, County Line staff writer Cheese crackers with peanut butter may not sound like much of a treat to some, but to others they are manna from heaven. The crackers -- along with other goodies -- are being shipped to Clerk...
Parking at State Parks Likely Will Cost More; Final Vote Is Expected Today; More Funds Needed to Repair and Upgrade Facilities
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER ATLANTA -- Nature lovers can expect to start shelling out a little more cash to visit Georgia's state parks starting in May. A Department of Natural Resources committee that oversees the state's 48 parks voted Tuesday in...
People
APPOINTMENTS Community Connections of Jacksonville has selected its 2005 executive committee and added new board members. The executive committee includes Charlene Taylor-Hill, executive director of the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, president;...
Police Briefs; Man Arrested after a Break-In at Sonny's
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Police were investigating an early April 20 break-in at a convenience store at 12548 San Jose Blvd. when they heard a burglar alarm go off at the Sonny's restaurant across the street at 12485 San Jose...
Police Briefs; Police Arrest Man in Trailer Park Attack
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The 29-year-old victim screamed out that someone was trying to cut him with a knife late April 19 as the police officer drove into the trailer park at 4351 Philips Highway. As another man ran past...
POLICE BRIEFS; Woman Arrested at Parade
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar and Drew Dixon, Nassau Neighbors staff writers Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches area police departments: JACKSONVILLE BEACH A 36-year-old Jacksonville woman was arrested on a charge...
Proposal Worries Backers of Height Caps on Buildings
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Government watchdogs and city officials are concerned about recent additions to a proposed state growth-management bill that could prohibit local governments from restricting...
Proposed Development Roughed Up in Hearing; about 30 People Speak before Administrative Judge; They Slam Freedom Commerce Centre
Byline: JORDAN RODACK Janet Larson slipped the covers off four jars filled with water, each coming from a different source in Jacksonville. Tap water from her home was crystal clear. Regular creek water had a tinge of green. Water from near a...
Public Speaks on Later Drinking; Reaction Is Mixed, but Any Changes Are on Hold until after a Study of What Other Cities Have Done
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS A plan extending drinking hours from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. in parts of downtown and the Southbank received its first public airing at Jacksonville City Council's meeting Tuesday night. Some said the proposal to push back last...
Reading, Music Connected, Storyteller Says; Atlantic Beach Kids Get Lessons in Both
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer ATLANTIC BEACH -- They read a book about an old lady who swallowed a fly. Then they sang about her silly plight. They read about a unicorn, then sang about that too. "There are a lot of books in...
Ridgeview Earns Top Tournament Seed in Rout
Byline: STEPHEN KINDLAND, Sports editor Rain delays kept four high school baseball teams in the dark about who would be the top seed in next week's District 6-4A tournament, but the question was finally answered in a makeup game Saturday when Ridgeview...
Rights Crusader, Rwandan Friend
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg, Times-Union correspondent Sandy Bond of Deerwood, accompanied by her friends, Roda and Ones Sekananzi of the Southside, attended Sister Maria Laetitia's recent talk at the Southside Church of God in Christ about the...
School Board Works to Reform Itself; Duval Education System Is One of Four in Country Selected for Pilot Program
Byline: TIA MITCHELL The Duval County School Board is slowly reshaping the way it operates, assessing everything from how its meetings are conducted to how constituent concerns are addressed. The goal is to create policies that help the board...
School Welcomes Marine Home; Back from Iraq, He Visits Orange Park Elementary
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, Clay County Line A week back from Iraq, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Chris Emery returned to one of his old stomping grounds as a child, Orange Park Elementary School. In uniform, he thanked his second-grade teacher, Valarie...
SEC NOTEBOOK; Spurrier: No Wide-Open Offense If Opener Today
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier needs a quarterback to run his famous Fun 'n' Gun offense. But he didn't find one in his first spring with the Gamecocks. Spurrier said this week that he has not yet settled on...
SESSION NOTEBOOK; House Votes to Reverse Mental Competency Rule
The House voted 82-31 to repeal a rule from the state Supreme Court dictating when the issue of mental retardation is handled in a capital murder trial. The bill (HB 1867) is sponsored by Rep. Dick Kravitz, R-Jacksonville. A bill passed in 2001...
Shrimp Fest Lauds Educator; Eflein Is Founder of Student Art Show
Byline: AMELIA A. HART, Nassau Neighbors staff writer FERNANDINA BEACH -- Marilyn E. Eflein may be the honoree of this year's Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, but that doesn't mean she's taking the weekend off. Except for when she's performing...
South Beach Condos Rolling; Roadwork Lags; Developer Required to Pay for Part of Road Improvement
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Construction is well under way on the 245-unit Valencia at South Beach condominiums even though roadwork planned to improve the nearby intersection of South Beach Parkway and...
Sports Briefs
FIHS TENNIS TEAMS MAKE STATE Sophomore Sara Federschmidt beat Shreya Rao in No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-4, helping the Fleming Island High School girls tennis team to its second straight Region 3-2A crown Friday afternoon, 7-0 over Lecanto. The victory...
Sports Extra
Byline: Steve Kirk 2CENTS One guy's five wishes for Jacksonville as he loads the truck and heads north with plenty of good memories: That. . . . -- Matt Jones gives Jaguars fans something the NFL has rarely seen: a true triple threat, who...
Starting the Fast Break; JU Hoops Coach Warren Begins New Job with Big Plans and Full Schedule
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS People who know Cliff Warren say he is more energetic than your average 37-year-old. And that is a good thing. In the week since he was hired to replace Hugh Durham as the Jacksonville University men's basketball coach, Warren...
Students Have It Made in Shade: They Planted It; 30 New Trees Growing at Venetia
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer They planted Charlie Brown last week. And the Lorax. And the Tree of Life. Students at Venetia Elementary School planted 30 trees around their Timuquana Road campus to celebrate Earth Day and...
Students Take on Drug Issue in Mock Supreme Court Session
Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer Attorney Jordan Long told Supreme Court justices drug testing high school students in extracurricular programs was un- constitutional and a waste of money. Jordan and the judges were Green Cove Springs...
Suns Report
Carolina***6 Jacksonville***(10) 5 Turning point: Take your choice of Jeremy Hermida home runs. A solo shot in the eighth tied it at 3-3 or a two-run homer in the ninth that sent the game into extra innings, allowing Carolina to win in the 10th...
Talbots School Site Talks Are Quiet; but Deal on Track, Board Member Says
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- It's been a year since St. Johns County school officials began purchasing a 30-acre site for a new high school despite a flurry of protests and anxiety expressed by some residents....
This and That Add Up Tohigh-Quality Life
Byline: Bill Longenecker, Shorelines columnist Certain factors help make beach life especially gratifying. These factors accidentally serve to make the swirling chaotic and often painful worldly events bearable. Observational skills are the keys...
Trail Enthusiasts Draw Map of Wishes for Planners; Planning Group Seeks Input on Places, Types
Byline: KEVIN TURNER, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Nassau County residents helped plan their outdoor recreational future last week, drawing ideas for trails on blank maps of the area. "I was thinking you could have have biking, walking and equestrian...
Warwick Blending Old and New
Byline: Tamara McClaran, Shorelines correspondent Grammy award-winning singer Dionne Warwick is bringing her sophisticated sound to Celebrate Ponte Vedra, an event organized by the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, on Saturday, May 7, at TPC...
Westside Woman Has Kept Streets Clean for 5 Years
Byline: CHRISTY WHITEHEAD, River City News correspondent One Westside woman has taken it into her own hands to clean up her neighborhood's roads. Several tons of trash later, she's getting kudos from neighbors -- as well as money from motorists...
Woman Answers Call to Africa Mission; She Is Collecting Relief Drive Donations
Byline: SUSAN D. BRANDENBURG, River City News correspondent Elizabeth Edwards is going to Africa. Although she is president of the Missions Department at Southside Church of God in Christ on Emerson Street, Edwards had never personally considered...
Years of Festivals Has Fernandina Feeling Secure
Byline: KEVIN TURNER, Nassau Neighbors staff writer What happens if, in the middle of a Shrimp Festival crowd of thousands, someone is injured? How do they get help? The answer lies in a process the city of Fernandina Beach emergency services...
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