The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 15, 2006

17 Wrestlers Qualify for State Meet; Clay High Is Sending 13 to the Tournament
Byline: BRENT BEAIRD Five Clay County high school wrestling teams qualified a total of 17 wrestlers for the state tournament that begins Thursday in Lakeland. Wrestlers finishing in the top six in the state tournament are medalists compared to the...
Accident Puts Ex-Linebacker, Rodeo Cowboy in Bike Industry
Byline: Bill Longenecker "This has got to be the stupidest thing I've ever done!" American Bicycle Company's new owner, Jeff Kopp, will soon celebrate his first year at the Jacksonville Beach shop. He was talking about an incident in his second...
Alcohol to Minors Could Soon Cost Drivers; King Says Targeting an Adult's Driving Privileges Would Have a Greater Impact Than a Bigger Fine
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE -- Sen. Jim King on Tuesday pitched legislation to suspend the driver's license of any Florida adult who provides alcohol to minors. King, R-Jacksonville, cited statistics that underage drinking is reaching...
Alzheimer's Study Comes to Mayo; Program to Look for Biomarkers That Will Help with Diagnosis
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA Mayo Clinic Jacksonville is part of a nationwide study on Alzheimer's disease that could help identify effective treatments and cut the cost of clinical trials by up to 50 percent. The Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging...
Area Mental Health Care: Not Enough to Meet Need; Thousands Can Use Help, but Only Hundreds Can Get It -- Unless They Are Willing to Go to Jail
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA Most people try to stay out of the slammer. But for many mentally ill people, getting booked raises their odds of getting care. That's because the Duval County jail is one of the largest providers of mental health care...
Around the Bend; Scout's Project Renovates Family Room at Hospice
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The family room at Mandarin's Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida is more family friendly these days thanks to a 14-year-old Boy Scout. Eagle Scout candidate Mack Butikis, with Troop...
A Valentine's Wish: Peace in the Home
Byline: Tonya Weathersbee The people who run Hubbard House and Men Against Violence Against Women know that peace begins at home. What they also know is that it takes healthy relationships to nurture that sort of peace. That's why, just in...
Black Residents Who Made a Difference for Many
Byline: Mary Jo McTammany The history of day-to-day lives of ordinary people seems to get lost in the academic focus on big events and famous people. This is especially true for blacks. When Selective Service began sending out invitations before...
Bolles Grad Takes Crown in India; the University of Florida Student Wins the Miss India World Wide Contest
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Trina Chakravarty is going to run out of space soon for all her crowns, when she's not grabbing them for trips overseas. The 19-year-old Deercreek resident spent the past six months as Miss India USA 2005, following her Aug....
Bush Retreats on Tuition Hike; after Students Complain, Governor Plans to File a New Recommendation
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday he is reconsidering tuition rate increases in his eighth and last budget recommendation after seeing entrance fees to Florida universities climb 37 percent since 2000. Bush,...
City Wants Speed Hump Policy Set
Byline: Drew Dixon NEPTUNE BEACH -- Now that the city has committed to replacing speed bumps with speed humps on seven streets, the City Council is trying to finalize a policy to oversee the installation of speed humps on any street in the future....
Clay, Ridgeview Boys Poised for Regionals
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Ridgeview and Clay might have lost their district battles Saturday night, but the boys basketball regional wars still loom. And if you listen to Panthers Coach Rob Feltner, anyone who takes his runner-up qualifiers lightly does...
Community Notebook; Theater Lets Diners Figure out the Killer
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Reality TV is taking a deadly twist at Professor Plum's Playhouse, 4578 Blanding Blvd. The Bachelorette is being served up at the comedy dinner theater on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through April 8. It seems...
Connecticut Man Linked to Slaying during Traffic Stop
A North Carolina trooper's fugitive arrest led Jacksonville police to find the victim of a fatal stabbing inside a Westside apartment late Monday. Local police identified the victim as 26-year-old Jermaine Curtis Taylor of the 1700 block of Blanding...
Deaf Dance Performance Is Emotional; Teacher Leads Last Show on the Westside
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND The children had been practicing for weeks in a language that was foreign to them. Now as they performed a song in sign language, Cheryl Johnson wiped tears from her eyes. "If I had known, I would have worn mascara...
EDUCATION; Teaching for Less
Teacher salaries are dismally low. So low, in fact, that thousands of teachers in the Duval County public school district could qualify for low-income matching programs in Jacksonville aimed at helping people gain "self-sufficiency." Public school...
'Elusive' Show to Celebrate the Arts
Byline: Tamara McClaran Several artists from the beaches and elsewhere are joining for a visual art and performance event that's billed as "elusive," but they hope people won't miss it. "It's called Elusive Art because of the nature of the show,"...
Expansion Plan Set for McArthur YMCA; the $800,000 Project Will Begin in August
Byline: KEVIN TURNER FERNANDINA BEACH -- An $800,000 expansion of the McArthur Family YMCA is set to begin in August. Plans call for 2,400 square feet to be added to the YMCA on Citrona Drive. The additional space will house expanded exercise,...
Families Send Love to Sailors Overseas; They Record Video Valentines at USO Centers in Jacksonville and Atlantic Beach
Byline: KEN LEWIS Smiling in front of a video phone, Navy wife Colleen Hoffman and her daughter sent a Valentine's Day message to her husband overseas. "Hi, sweetheart," she said. "Happy Valentine's Day. We miss you." Two-and-a-half-year-old...
Forecasts Were Pretty Accurate
Byline: Anne Sponholtz Some good news: I received an e-mail from Tom Martin, the soldier from Camp Blanding who is helping the Clay County Line keep track of our men and women from Camp Blanding who are stationed in Afghanistan. As of Thursday,...
Former Ribault Stars Rise to Meet Great Challenges; White at LSU, Williams at FSU Work to Succeed on, off Basketball Court
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER Neither Erica White nor Shante Williams knew what to expect entering their sophomore seasons in college. White, a former Ribault High School guard now at LSU, was stuck behind sophomore Ra-Shonta LeBlanc on the Tigers'...
Giving BACK; Patti Duncan
Byline: KEVIN TURNER FERNANDINA BEACH -- Patti Duncan isn't happy at Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce functions unless she's seeing red. Red clothing being worn by the chamber's volunteer ambassadors that is. Duncan is...
'Happy Birthday, Nana! 104 Years Old!' Family Wishes Grandmother
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Autry Ball of Orange Park turned 104 years old on Jan. 31. "Happy Birthday, Nana! 104 years old! We love you, and we're so proud of you," said her granddaughter, Autrey Larson, of Middleburg. Ball was born and raised in...
Help for Displaced Families Sought
Byline: Drew Dixon ATLANTIC BEACH -- The City Commission received the first appeal this week from a new housing advocacy group that plans to approach local governments, lawmakers and others to aid low- and medium-income families who have been forced...
Her Message: Technology Can Help; Hearing-Impaired Woman Is Organizing Group to Spread the Word
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Judy Martin has adapted well to the hearing world. She goes to well-lit places so she can read lips. She sticks to small dinner parties and avoids crowded gatherings. She's worked in advertising and edited a monthly...
High Murder Rate an Indicator of Deeper Problems in County; T-YOU
Note to readers: We asked members of the Times-Union's E-Mail Interactive Group to comment on Duval County's high murder rate. For 12 of the last 17 years, the county's murder rates has been tops among Florida's metro counties. Find solutions: There...
'Incompetent' Murder Suspect Awaiting Transfer to State Hospital
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL A man charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of four people nearly two years ago remains in the Clay County jail, waiting to be transferred to a state mental hospital. In a Jan. 26 ruling, Circuit Judge Frederic...
In Education
SUMMER PREK REGISTRATION The Nassau County School System will have registration for its 2005-06 summer voluntary prekindergarten from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Yulee Primary School and Friday at Hilliard Elementary School. The summer voluntary...
In Health
STROKE SUPPORT The Nassau County Stroke Support Group will meet 10 to 11:30 a.m. today at Amelia Trace Assisted Living, 1900 Amelia Trace Court in Fernandina Beach. Rabbi Mona Decker will speak on "Angst and Accession: Life's Lessons on the Spiritual...
In South, Children's Health Poorer Than in Other Regions; That's What Study Shows, but It's Hardly a Revelation for Health Care Professionals
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA Children who live in some Deep South states are two to three times more likely to die or have other health problems than children living in some states in other regions, according to a University of Florida professor. ...
Jacksonville Journal
LOAN TO HELP BUILD HOMES IN CITY'S NORTHWEST Local Initiatives Support Corp. Jacksonville announced it has issued a $1 million loan to help revitalization efforts in Northwest Jacksonville. The loan is for Northwest Jacksonville CDC to help build...
Keeping the Faith
PANCAKE BREAKFAST Memorial United Methodist Church on Centre Street in Fernandina Beach will have a pancake breakfast 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Maxwell Hall. Proceeds benefit the Personal Energy Transportation project. Tickets are $5 in advance...
Keystone Boys Are Edged in Shootout; Orlando's Lake Highland Preparatory Go Ahead 3-2 in the Region 2-3A Final
Byline: KAREN LAKE For the second game in a row, the Keystone Heights High School boys soccer team lived life on the edge taking both its semifinal and region-final games through regulation, two 10-minute overtime periods to penalty kicks, to decide...
Lake Mary Gets Scare from Saints; Top-Ranked Team in State in Class 6A Picks Up Tough Win at Sandalwood
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER No one told Sandalwood's players they weren't supposed to be able to compete with Orlando Lake Mary, the top-ranked Class 6A girls basketball team in the state. The Saints didn't know they were supposed to roll over and...
Landing Twist May Jeopardize Kuhn Deal; Orlando Developer Wants to Build 33-Story Tower on Site Where Parking Garage Was Supposed to Go
Byline: JOE LIGHT Crossing t's and dotting i's can seem trivial when dealing with multimillion dollar deals that have been negotiated over years. But in the case of health-benefits company Humana, the failure to complete what was practically an...
Local Explorers Win Top Honors at Regional Competition
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Deputy John Jordan knew he had a top-notch bunch of youths in his Explorer Post 987. Now he's got two first-place plaques to prove it. Two four-member teams took the top honors in the high-risk warrants and uniforms...
LOOKING FOR OYSTERCATCHERS; Scientists Track Rare Birds along Georgia's Coastline Their Study Tracks Migration and Habits of the Birds, Found from Maine to Florida
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI JEKYLL ISLAND -- Brad Winn took careful aim at his quarry dozing a few yards away Tuesday morning on a sedan-size outcropping of stark white oyster shells in the marsh bordering Jekyll Island. Dark orange beak tucked...
Man to Pay over Katrina Sites; the State Sued to Block the Yulee Resident from Using Five Domain Names
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM A Yulee man accused of using the Internet to illegally solicit relief donations as Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf Coast last year has agreed to pay $10,000 and was barred permanently from using his former Katrina-related...
Middleburg Nets Sweet Win; Longtime Nemesis Bishop Kenny Falls
Byline: BILL JOHNSON For each of the last two years the Middleburg Broncos have battled their way across Northeast Florida soccer fields only to have their seasons end the same way: Bishop Kenny wins, Middleburg goes home. Then on Feb. 7, the...
Monument Stolen from Son's Grave; Marine's Memorial Was Taken from the Cemetery and Dumped in a Park
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK -- In October, Crystal Merillat dealt with the death of her son, Marine Cpl. John Stalvey, who was killed by a mine in Iraq. This past weekend, she had another round of grief when someone ripped a bronze statue...
More Than 175 People Line Up to Receive Free Dental Services
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Long-suffering toothache victim Mary Wilson of Jacksonville's Southside said she was elated to hear about free dental services. "I knew it was absolutely from God," said Wilson, who said she has a temporary job without benefits...
Morning Briefs
THE ST. JOE CO. COO, PRESIDENT RETIRING IN MAY Kevin Twomey, president and chief operating officer of The St. Joe Co., plans to retire in May, company officials announced Tuesday. Twomey will remain in his position until the company's annual meeting...
Neptune Beach Trash Fees Go Up; You'll Need to Pay an Extra $4.78
Byline: Drew Dixon NEPTUNE BEACH -- Residents will pay a little more for garbage service under a new contract with a hauler, even though service will remain pretty much the same. The City Council Monday approved a new five-year contract with...
New Outdoor Dining Ordinance in Works; City Planners Propose Permit Solely for Dining
Byline: Caren Burmeister JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Recognizing that outdoor drinking or music isn't appropriate for all restaurants, the city planning staff has proposed a new permit solely for outdoor dining. City planners are drafting an ordinance...
New Restaurant Moving in to Replace Lava Grill
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Another restaurant will soon dock at the property next to the Mandarin Holiday Marina at the south end of San Jose Boulevard, a few months after the last one set sail. In an interesting turn of fate, the new eatery will be...
Olympics on TV Not like Being There
Byline: Mark Woods I've been there. I've talked to people who are there now. And, trust me, what you're seeing on TV every night is very different from what really is happening overseas. Iraq? Nah. Italy. OK, I haven't been to Turin. But this...
Parking, Lot Split Decisions on Hold; Issues Affect Ponte Vedra Boulevard
Byline: Christina Abel The Ponte Vedra Zoning and Adjustment Board this week delayed two decisions that will affect Ponte Vedra Boulevard -- one that could change the road's parking ban and another on the subdivision of one of its properties. ...
People
Academic Jennifer Statlick and Peter Lacy, Southside residents and students in the building construction program at the University of North Florida, have been awarded Arnold Tritt Scholarships of $3,000 each by the Northeast Florida Builders Association....
Pioneer Coach Writes of True 'Journey'; Ron Riddle Was Clay High's First Black Teacher, Coach
Byline: BILL JOHNSON When Ron Riddle messed up his knee playing professional football, he thought, "Well, I guess this isn't what the good Lord wants me to do." When Clay High School asked him to become the first African-American in the state...
POLICE BRIEFS; Dominos Reports Missing Checks
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police depart- ments: ATLANTIC BEACH Managers of the Domino's Pizza, 1229 MAYPORT ROAD, reported Feb. 8 that two checks that were supposed to be deposited into a bank were stolen...
Police Briefs; Officer Spots Stolen Vehicle, Holds 2 Who Were in It until Help Arrives
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A police officer en route to an auto burglary scene Feb. 8 found the vehicle being sought passing the police car in the 10000 block of Centurion Parkway North. Seconds later, the two men inside the Ford Expedition were being...
Police Briefs; Pair Arrested after Weapons, Drugs Found
Byline: JOHN CARTER A 22-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were arrested at 3 p.m. Feb. 7 in the 7900 block of Dekle Avenue and charged with armed possession of illegal drugs. Police said an investigation of a burglary led them to a house...
Police Briefs; Police Looking for Man Who Raped Girl, 17, at Knifepoint
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Police are looking for a man who raped a 17-year-old Jacksonville Beach girl Feb. 6 after forcing her into his truck at knifepoint in the 11400 block of St. Augustine Road. Police said the teen was staying with friends in...
Police Foresee No Solution; to Case of Tot Eating Cocaine
Byline: Drew Dixon ATLANTIC BEACH -- Police aren't sure they can do anything about a 2-year-old boy who ingested crack cocaine at a Super Bowl party. The boy wasn't seriously injured, but he was treated at Wolfson Children's Hospital on Feb....
Poor Struggle to Get Mental Health Care
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA In the jostle for Northeast Florida's limited mental health care resources, it is often the uninsured and poor who find themselves elbowed out by those who have the means to pay. Rosalyn, who asked that her last name...
Public Scope No Excuse for Armed Celebs
Byline: Mike Freeman I know what happened to Dick Cheney. Someone told the vice president he was going hunting for quail, and he thought they meant Dan Quayle. There's going to be another Star Wars movie, this one starring Cheney. It's called...
Quartet Pushes Recorder's Limits; Loeki Stardust Quartet Returns
Byline: Tamara McClaran The Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet will return to Jacksonville Beach Sunday in its second appearance for the Beaches Fine Arts Series. Although the group still comprises four masters of recorder music, there have been some...
Ridgeview Football's Gilbert Signs with Webber
Byline: BILL JOHNSON The second link in Ridgeview High School's record-setting quarterback-receiver combination made the biggest grab of his life Friday when he signed a full scholarship to Webber International University. Wide receiver Charles...
River Club's First Woman President the End of an Era
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis It didn't really hit Marty Lanahan that she made history at The River Club until she perused the presidents' list recently and there she was, Martha T. Lanahan, the first and only woman. "I thought 'wow.' I really am...
Runners Tackle Wind, Cold and Sand; Some Find Winter Beach Run Tough; Others Coast
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Little Lorelei Fondren was dressed for the cold. Her pink snow suit, pink hat and pink gloves matched her pink cheeks as she sat in her jogging stroller ready to roll. "She's done all my training runs...
Safer Cigarette Proposal Seems Destined for Ash Can; Even the Bill's Sponsor Admits That Self-Outing Smokes May Be an Idea Ahead of Its Time
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA -- Accidental fires could be reduced by selling cigarettes that burn out when left unattended, according to the author of a Senate bill. But after a parade of corporate lobbyists testified against the measure, the...
School Board Shifts Plans as Need for Space Rises
Byline: KEVIN TURNER FERNANDINA BEACH -- A year ago, Nassau County School District planners determined the district would need 32 new classrooms over the next five years. But student population growth and Florida's Class Size Reduction Amendment...
Seminoles Need to Bring Defense; No. 21 Wolfpack Has Good Offense, Including "Centers [Who] Shoot 3s."
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- North Carolina State might not have the most athletic men's basketball team in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but it could have the most dangerous. Three of the second-place Wolfpack's five losses have come to...
'Shana Banana'; Teaches Children the Value of Love
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy NEPTUNE BEACH -- She wore a banana necklace. She wore bananas on her hat. Her nickname is Banana. "We're going to celebrate Valentine's Day and we're going to go bananas when we do it," Shana "Banana" Smith announced Saturday...
Skating Fans Are Bored by Figures
Byline: Laura Capitano You might have full-blown Olympic fever, or at the very least you're displaying minor symptoms, like trumpeting the Games anthem in the shower. My flu hit me early in the games, as I halted my channel surfing and deemed Sweden...
Slow Land Sales Caused Earnings Decline for FECI; the Company's Railroad and Commercial Rental Subsidiaries Performed Well
Byline: MARK BASCH Florida East Coast Industries Tuesday reported lower fourth-quarter earnings, due to fewer gains from land sales in 2005 than in 2004. But the St. Augustine-based company's railroad and commercial rental properties businesses...
Soccer Player Happily Warms Bench; Middleburg Athlete Rebounds from Hit That Left Him Bleeding and Unconscious
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Bob and Jennifer Booth weren't upset as they watched their son warm the Middleburg bench for the entire regional championship game Friday. The fact that he was sitting there at all was really more than they had expected. ...
Spartan Coach Pins Youth for Semifinal Loss; St. Johns Country Day Girls Soccer Team Falls to Orangewood Christian
Byline: BILL JOHNSON It might seem contradictory that a team that's been to the state finals three straight years could claim that youth and inexperience were factors in losing a game, yet that's exactly how St. Johns Country Day girls soccer Coach...
Sports Briefs
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS ADVANCES Karlyn Reddish scored 19 points as Keystone Heights played its way into the Region 2-3A semifinal basketball round with a 58-36 win over visiting Dixie County. Jessica Whitfield added 15 for the Indians, while Kim Russell...
Sports Extra
Byline: Compiled by Francine King 2 CENTS To any sports fan who thinks the Olympics are just a breeding ground for drug scandals and controversy, I would like to direct your attention to Joey Cheek. The U.S. speedskater announced Monday that...
State Semi Has Worldly Flavor; Wolfson, Bolles Play for Berths in State Finals Today in Fort Lauderdale
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON The World Cup doesn't begin until June. But those looking for soccer with an international flare don't have to go to Germany. The boys soccer state final four, which begins today in Fort Lauderdale, will do just fine. Wolfson...
St. Johns May Get Big Retail Project; A Developer Plans 600,000 Square Feet of Commercial Space in Northeast Part of County
Byline: PAULETTE PERHACH ST. AUGUSTINE -- A development proposed for U.S. 1 north of the St. Augustine Airport will have more than 600,000 square feet of commercial space but the developer is not sure yet what its use will be. Lemberg North,...
Students Use Flight Training Tactics for FCAT; It's Holiday Hill Elementary's Creative Drive to Succeed
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND The students began each day with calisthenics to the Air Force Song and the theme from Top Gun. The principal and her standards coaches dressed in Air Force flight suits. The media center substituted for an airplane hangar,...
Study Guide for Speedweeks: A NASCAR Glossary
Byline: Compiled by Don Coble and Scott Kendrick Ae--ro--push. n. When the front tires won't turn, like a car trying to steer on ice, when it's in traffic. The turbulence that trails the lead car reduces the amount of downforce on the front tires....
Summer Pre-K Sign-Ups Set amid Qualms
Byline: AMELIA A. HART NASSAU COUNTY -- The Nassau County School District will find out this week how many students it will have for its first summer voluntary pre-kindergarten program. Registration will be Thursday at Yulee Primary School and...
Superintendent and Board Quizzed at Public Meeting
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A question on how to get rid of the new method of teaching math drew the most audience reaction at an educational forum on the Southside. Parents, educators and community representatives got the chance to voice their...
Task Force Reports on School Vandalism; Ideas Range from Simple to Costly; the School Board Will Review Recommendations
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Something as seemingly simple as keeping track of school door keys -- and locking school doors -- could help curb the increasing rate of school vandalism in Clay County, a task force said. But the task force said other,...
The Bridge Helps Youths to Cross Troubled Waters
Byline: JOHN CARTER They see their job as helping kids cross over from often less-than-smooth childhoods into the cultural mainstream as happy, healthy, productive adults. They call themselves The Bridge. They not only want the young children...
'Tinikling' Is a Big Hit -- but What Is It?
Byline: RHONDA REESE When Jack Hughes began teaching physical education in Jacksonville decades ago, he had no idea that an activity he was introduced to by a retiring teacher would affect the lives of hundreds of children. The first time Hughes,...
Trip to 'Hot Seat' Pays off for UNF Student; Ponte Vedra Resident Wins $1,000 on TV Show
Byline: Christina Abel "Which of these high school math classes is usually considered the most advanced?" A) Calculus B) Geometry C) Trigonometry D) Algebra That was the $8,000 question that Ponte Vedra Beach resident Shannon Lewis...
TRIUMPH OF THE SPIRIT; Actress Feels Multiple Connections to Her Role in 'The Color Purple' on Broadway
Byline: LILLA ROSS When Rhonda Sapp saw Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, she felt a connection to the movie's main character. It made the movie one of her all-time favorites. So the woman who spent part of her childhood in St. Augustine has...
UNF Helps Photography Major Focus on Her Art
Byline: KYLE PETERS It wasn't until her sophomore year at the University of North Florida that Southside resident Joella Davis even considered turning her passion for photography into a plausible career path. Yet her photography is responsible...
Upset Is Huge for UNF
Byline: ZACHARY SPAIN and JASON SCHNEIDER Dusty Rhodes isn't the type of guy to say, "I told you so." But if the University of North Florida baseball coach was, he could have said it after the Ospreys' 4-3, 10-inning victory over then-16th-ranked...
Ware Firefighting Plan Back to Square One; Opponents Called the Financing Plan Unfair, and Commissioners All Voted to Start Over
Byline: TERRY DICKSON WAYCROSS -- The Ware County Commission has suppressed a new fire protection plan that would have put paid firefighters in far-flung firehouses. With a courtroom brimming with opponents, the commissioners voted unanimously...
What a Stretch for UF; Game at Vanderbilt Is First of Four Rough Road Tests for No. 10 Gators
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- Whether the Florida men's basketball team will start the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville depends on how well the Gators handle their final six Southeastern Conference games. No. 10 Florida (21-3, 7-3 SEC)...

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