The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 25, 2006

$120,000 Grant Targets Academies
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The Clay County school district has received $120,000 in state grants to study innovative high school academies in place at three other Florida school districts. If implementation funding is available, district officials...
A Family Affair
Byline: MARY HURST Funnel cakes ain't what they used to be. At the Northeast Florida Fair in Callahan, which opened Friday, funnel cakes varied from plain to apple, from cherry to chocolate. It was definitely a family affair, as parents, grandparents...
A Man of Many Plans
Byline: Michael C. Wright On the left wall of his office at Alltel Stadium hangs a framed poster from the movie Unforgiven, autographed by the film's stars, Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. Yet, there's nothing outlaw about the approach of Jaguars...
AMENDMENT 8; Protect Rights
Florida voters this fall are feeling the tremors from a big U.S. Supreme Court case from last year. The court's ruling that a local government can condemn property for economic development reasons put property rights advocates nationwide in a panic....
A.M.Stir
Byline: Gary T. Mills DANCE FEVER GET INTO THE SPOOK GROOVE In the '80s, it was Thriller. The '90s? The Macarena, of course. And six years into the 21st century, brace yourself for the latest dance craze - Creatures of the Night by club...
Arlington Notebook; Italian Festival on Saturday Benefits Charity, Scholarship
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Go for the cannolli and stay for the lasagna and other Italian treats as Festa Italiana comes to Arlington from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Fort Caroline Presbyterian Church, 3754 University Club Blvd. The fun, food and festivities...
Around the Bend; Native Sun Mandarin 10K Run Continues 27-Year-Old Tradition Jewish Agency Needs Donations for Annual Thanksgiving Baskets
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The annual Native Sun Mandarin 10K Run is set to launch at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Mandarin Park at 14780 Mandarin Road, continuing a tradition set 27 years ago that will see runners following a scenic track around Mandarin...
At 61, Eric Clapton Still Rocks Guitar; in Show at the Arena, the Veteran Musician Shows Why He's One of the Best
Byline: ROGER BULL The electric guitar is still the heart of rock 'n' roll. And for decades now Eric Clapton has been considered about as good as it gets. Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Arena, Clapton proved that he is still very much the...
Audits Criticize Miller's Running of Tax Office; the Former Tax Collector However Says Nothing Wrong Took Place
Byline: KEVIN TURNER NASSAU COUNTY - Two audits of past practices at the Nassau County Tax Collector's Office reveal an office that used index cards for records and cigar boxes for cash boxes as well as questionable practices such as borrowing tax...
Beaches Voices; Vote If You Value the Natural Life We Enjoy at the Beaches
Byline: Bill Longenecker This column was suggested by a candidate for a Beaches office. This person wants to be sure that we are informed voters and that we make the best choices for our communities. The suggestion comes too late for last week's...
Beach Shorts
Nease band annual event Nease High School's Panther Pride Band will seek donations from area merchants to provide prizes for its fifth annual Lasagna Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit the band program. The event is scheduled for 5:30 to 8...
Beach Shorts; JUST A GENTLE TOSS
Wal-Mart hearing set A special master hearing has been set for Thursday, Nov. 30, to resolve a dispute between Wal-Mart and Neptune Beach over the city's rejection of the retailer's application to build a store on Atlantic Boulevard. The hearing...
BULLDOGS NOTEBOOK; Georgia's Record in Rivalry Takes Back Seat to Struggles
Byline: MARC WEISZER ATHENS, Ga. - This is a rare Georgia-Florida rivalry week for the Bulldogs. Instead of question after question about why they struggle mightily against Florida - Georgia has lost 14 of the past 16 to the Gators - fans are...
Burlesque: It's a Risque Business
Byline: Laura Capitano It's not everyday I catch the word "burlesque" when passing a posted flyer, but when I do, you can bet your bonbon that I stop and read the fine print. It's a saucy term, straight out of early 1900s erotica. And it's one...
Candidates Differ on Role of the Department; Thurmond Praises the Success of the Office; Brown Sees Too Much Focus on Unemployment
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA - Georgia's Department of Labor is viewed as one of the best in the country, according to Michael Thurmond, who is vying for his third term to lead the agency. But his opponent, Brent Brown, says the department...
CD Reviews
MINDY SMITH 'LONG ISLAND SHORES' Vanguard Records, **1/2 (2 1/2 stars) out of 4 Mindy Smith garnered a good deal of attention with her 2004 debut album, One Moment More. Though she was played on country TV, the singer-songwriter is in the Americana...
Charges Dismissed in Clay Scandal; the Official Misconduct Counts Are Affected, but Some Other Accusations Remain
Byline: ANNE MARIE APOLLO Official misconduct charges against two figureheads in a Clay County illegal dumping scandal have been dismissed - at least for now - over wording. A judge agreed with defense attorney motions that the state failed to...
Cherub Comes Home to Springfield; CHERUB FLIES HOME
Byline: JOHN CARTER After years in the dark, a plump little bronze cherub is back out in the bright light of day. And gleaming impressively atop a restored marble perch in the Springfield park where it first stood nearly a century ago. The...
Choice Looking for Repeat Effort; Georgia Tech RB Had Breakthrough Game Last Season at Miami
Byline: ADAM VAN BRIMMER ATLANTA - Tashard Choice didn't mind being overlooked. The story of Georgia Tech's upset of then-No. 3 Miami last November at the Orange Bowl was a defense that made seven sacks, seven pass-breakups and an interception...
Christy Fitzgerald's Trial Reset for Nov. 27; the Judge Has Yet to Rule on a Motion to Dismiss Ivey's Misconduct Charges
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL The misdemeanor trial of Christy Fitzgerald, the county commissioner suspended in the wake of the illegal dumping investigation, has been reset. Originally scheduled for Monday, the new trial date is Monday, Nov. 27. ...
City Clerk Returns to Post after 4 Years; Mary Mercer, 53, Has Some New Ideas and Goals for the Fernandina Beach Position
Byline: MARY HURST FERNANDINA BEACH - Mary Mercer looked comfortable as she sat in the city clerk's chair at the City Commission meeting Oct. 17. That's because she's been in that chair before. Mercer, 53, returned to the job Oct. 13 after working...
Clay Considers Opting out of ATV Law; the New State Law Allows Riders on Unpaved County-Owned Roads
Byline: DAVID HUNT GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Cruising down a country road on an all-terrain vehicle may be a short-lived pastime in Clay County. The County Commission is seeking public comment before deciding whether to override a recent state law...
Clay Couldn't Sustain Drives
Byline: BRENT BEAIRD For the second straight year, Clay High's playoff hopes ended with a loss to Palatka in District 4-3A . The Blue Devils (3-6, 1-2) scored early, but they couldn't sustain any offensive continuity, allowing the Panthers (5-3,...
College Extra
Byline: BART HUBBUCH NUMBERS GAME 3 Undefeated teams in the Big East Conference (Louisville, Rutgers, West Virginia) 4 Winless teams remaining in Division I-A (Duke, Florida International, Stanford, Temple) 5 Division I-A quarterbacks with...
College Smackdown; Enough Is Enough. Fire Jeff Bowden
Byline: W.D. Rodeffer I wonder if anyone in the world can tell me what is going on. Did we lose to Boston College and Miami almost lost to Duke? Surely it must be basketball season or something. Two powerhouses that now look like two outhouses....
College Smackdown; Hard to Find Positives, but I Do
Byline: Trey Dennard Just like old times, I listened to the legendary Larry Munson on the radio while I worked Saturday. With the cocktail party on the horizon, my workload always increases. The Dawgs are hosting the Mississippi State Bulldogs on...
College Smackdown; Noles, Canes Drop: Gotta Love It
Byline: Eric Corbett The Gators had a bye this week so I got to spend this week like W.D. spends most of his during football season - watching football on TV. Well, maybe I did a little more cheering and a lot less crying, but I still sort of spent...
Commission Structure Nears Vote; Candidates Air Their Views on Changing It to Five Plus Two
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL With the St. Johns County Commission elections and the referendum on the board's structure coming to a vote in about three weeks, more community leaders are taking a stand on the issues. In addition to choosing commissioners...
Community Notebook; Extension Office Offering Holiday Entertaining Tips Nature Programs Offer Close-Up Experiences for People of All Ages
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND It's not too early to start thinking about the holidays. So the Duval County Cooperative Extension Office is offering three programs to help residents with their entertaining. The first program, "Christmas Dinner - Fast...
Corporate Earnings
DUPONT CO. Chemical maker Dupont Co. said Tuesday that it swung to a third-quarter profit on higher sales and lower fixed costs, despite higher expenses for raw materials. The company earned $485 million, or 52 cents per share, versus a year-ago...
Court TV Examining Barber Case Forensics; Documentary Crews for 'Forensic Files' Have Been Filming in St. Augustine
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL Because of the role that DNA and other medical evidence played in the Justin Barber first-degree murder case, Court TV is taking a special look at the investigation in the documentary drama series Forensic Files. While...
Del Rio Needs Proof; Coach Says Sore Ankle Affected Leftwich, Who Will Be Watched Closely
Byline: VITO STELLINO Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio faces a tough question after conducting a detailed videotape review of quarterback Byron Leftwich's shaky play in Jacksonville's 27-7 loss in Houston. Del Rio has decided that Leftwich must demonstrate...
Drawings of 2 Suspects Released; Two Men Shot at a Glynn Motel Guest after Taking a Computer and Cash
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Police released composite drawings Tuesday of two gunmen who shot at a Glynn County motel guest after robbing him of cash and a laptop computer last week. The 49-year-old Tennessee man wasn't injured in the...
Dreams Come True for Small Business, Too
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee Those who have ever dreamed of owning a pair of Jimmy Choo pumps or a Prada bag may be able to get a head start at making their Christmas wish - as well as the wishes of a sick child - come true. That is, if they act...
ELECTION 2006: GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION; Voters Will Get a Say in Pair of Races All Candidates Are Promising They Won't Micromanage School Operations
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Voters will decide two contested races for the Glynn County Board of Education on Nov. 7, completing an overhaul of the panel. The seven-member school board sets policies and procedures, manages the budget...
Experimental Theater Explores Edgy Drama of 'Cavedweller'
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Cavedweller, an edgy drama that examines the redemptive power of love, will open Friday, Nov. 3 at the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre in the off-Broadway hit's Jacksonville area premiere. "This is the kind of unusual...
Ex-Teacher, Student Face off at Forum; Beaches Watch Hosts the Event for City Council Candidates
Byline: DREW DIXON JACKSONVILLE BEACH - As confrontational as politics can be, it can also generate kind words between opponents, as was evidenced at a City Council candidates forum Thursday. A former teacher and her student were adversaries,...
Fair's Farm Exhibit Is a Favorite of Children; Old MacDonald's Farm Will Be at the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Tom Braddock was sitting in a rocking chair near the barn when the young couple walked up. In rapt fascination, the woman looked at the sow nursing its piglets. Then she turned to her husband and said in a serious...
Friends of Grove Park Plead with Board
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Emotional Grove Park Elementary School teachers and parents begged the Clay County School Board not to close their school. District officials are considering shutting down the centrally located Orange Park school due to low...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; Leak Gets Sneak Peek at 'Dogs
Byline: IAN FISHER GAINESVILLE - Maybe there is a reason Florida quarterback Chris Leak has been so effective against Georgia. Leak has thrown for 590 yards and four touchdowns against the Bulldogs in his career. He also hasn't thrown an interception....
Geiger Blends New-School Pop, Rock
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Singer songwriter Teddy Geiger said he never would have considered becoming an entertainer if it wasn't for his mother. Two years ago, she urged him to enter VH-1's reality TV show In Search of the Partridge Family. ...
Georgia Briefs
BRUNSWICK BRIDGE JUMPER DIES FROM HIS INJURIES BRUNSWICK - A man who jumped from the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick has died. Gary Ingamells, 49, of Brunswick was pulled from the Brunswick River about 8 minutes after a motorist reported seeing...
Girl, 15, Will Be Confined for Armed Robbery Role; Family: Boyfriend Mentally Controlled Her; Judge Doubts It
Byline: KEN LEWIS The 15-year-old Jacksonville girl was demure and repentant as she addressed the judge about her robbery convictions Tuesday. She was accused of using sexy pictures to set up sham dates on the Internet - then mugging the men...
Giving Back; Volunteer Knows Value of a Cold Drink
Byline: MARY HURST CALLAHAN - Monroe Spivey was brought up on a farm in North Carolina and can't stand to be inside. That's a good thing because for the past 11 years, he's spent a lot of time outdoors at the Callahan Sports Complex where he...
Golden Eagles Still Had a Statement to Make
Byline: BILL JOHNSON After coming up seven points short of the playoffs less than a week before, Fleming Island came out Thursday night and made certain there would be no such scoring shortage against Middleburg. The Golden Eagles had two first-quarter...
Green Cove Officials Join Bridge Battle; the City Council Is against a Roadway Project That Would Demolish the Shands Bridge
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Green Cove Springs officials are just as displeased as the Clay County Commission with a state plan to demolish the Shands Bridge, as part of the outer beltway project. And next month, the City Council may make its displeasure...
Ham Jam Dishes Up Music, Barbecue; Festival Returns to Reynolds Park Yacht Center for Second Year
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Country music stars Mark Chesnutt and Craig Morgan join southern rock legend Artimus Pyle as the top entertainers at the 2006 First Coast Ham Jam, which will be next month in Green Cove Springs. Billed as Florida's official...
Harvey Made Fast Break to Sack Specialist at UF; Coaches Say Sophomore Has Big Upside despite Limited Experience
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - The Southeastern Conference's second-leading sacker had his beginnings on a high school basketball court in Maryland. That's where Eleanor Roosevelt High football coach Rich Houchens first spotted Derrick...
Hospital Auxiliary Finds Ways to Pamper Patients
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Two days after having a baby at Orange Park Medical Center, Diana Austin of Middleburg lay in her hospital bed enjoying a hand massage. "This is nice. I like it," said the new mother as massage therapist Dallas Sellers kneaded...
Inkworthy; Middleburg Woman Wins Courage Award
Byline: MARY MARAGHY For her sense of humor and positive attitude while fighting cancer, Marie Moran of Middleburg won the 2006 Courage Award from the Clay County chapter of the American Cancer Society. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, the...
Jacksonville Journal
ANTI-VIOLENCE CAMPAIGN PLANS PANEL DISCUSSIONS Law Students Against Violence and Florida Coastal School of Law are hosting a weeklong campaign to stop violence. There will be a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. today at the Main Library downtown...
J. EVERETT DRAPER: 1915-2006; His Art Is on Display around the Globe He Was Well-Respected as an Artist and Teacher in Jacksonville
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR J. Everett Draper, a watercolorist listed in Who's Who in American Art and whose paintings are in more than 400 corporate, government and private collections throughout the world, died at his home in Ponte Vedra Beach Sunday...
Jim Davis' Wife: We Have Roots Here
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL For Peggy Davis, wife of gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, the visit to Orange Park last weekend was more than a campaign stop. It was a homecoming of sorts. Peggy Davis, in town to hear from area Democrats about what...
Keystone within a Win of State Playoffs; They Defeat Interlachen 28-0 in a Game That Saw Five Turnovers from Interlachen
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Greg Taylor rushed for 147 yards and Matt Story added 106 more as Keystone Heights did what it does best to defeat District 3-2A rival Interlachen 28-0 and move to within one win of the state playoffs. Coach Chuck Dickinson,...
Library Park Needs $270,000 for Finish
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PONTE VEDRA BEACH - All the permits and designs have been approved, but before the 4.2-acre Ponte Vedra EcoPark can be built at the Ponte Vedra Beach branch library, about $270,000 needs to be raised to match the funds St....
Lip Service Pays off at JU; Signature Looks Rarely Change, but Gilbert Bucks Trend with Success
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER None of Steve Gilbert's players had seen it. Heck, none of his players was alive the last time it saw the light of day. But there it was, unshorn and manifest to the world - Gilbert's upper lip. The Jacksonville...
LOCAL COLLEGE NOTEBOOK; ESPNU Pumps Up B-CC
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER To most, ESPN is a channel for watching sports. To Alvin Wyatt, ESPN is easy motivation. Wyatt's Bethune-Cookman College team will play on ESPNU against North Carolina A&T on Thursday and has two more games that will...
Loretto Student Finds Creative Ways to Help; Amanda Olsavsky Is Behind a Drive to Collect Clothing for Infants and Toddlers at the Children's Home Society
Byline: RHONDA REESE It began with a movie and culminated in an annual project that has made Amanda Olsavsky's family, friends and teachers proud. Amanda, a fourth-grader at Loretto Elementary School, said she was in first grade when she watched...
Masonic Lodge Thrived despite the Depression
Byline: Mary Jo McTammany The Orange Park Masonic Lodge was chartered in April 1931. It was the midst of the depression and the town's economic situation had been in a slow downward slide since the early 1900s way before the stock market crashed...
Morning Briefs
BJ'S WILL OFFER $4 GENERICS IN SOME AREAS OF FLORIDA BJ's Wholesale Club said Tuesday its pharmacies in Jacksonville, Cape Coral and Miami Lakes, will offer 30-day supplies of about 300 generic medication prescriptions for $4 each. Earlier this...
Nail Salon Robber Misses Cash; Gets Purse, Laptop; Fast-Food Restaurant Shooting Results in Minor Injuries
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A masked intruder tried to steal cash Oct. 16 from T N Nails at 2772 Monument Road, but got none. He did take a purse and a laptop computer before leaving out the same unlocked back door he came in, then fleeing with three...
Neptune Beach Gospel Quartet to Perform at Wyoming Church
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN A Neptune Beach-based gospel quartet is on the road this week preparing for a concert Saturday in Wyoming. But on Sunday, Nov. 5, Beaches-area Christian music fans will be able to hear the group sing at its home church. ...
News in Brief
CORONER FINDS INMATE DIED FROM DRUG INTOXICATION The Duval County Medical Examiner's Office reported last week that drug intoxication caused the death of a Jacksonville man three weeks ago in a Nassau County holding cell. According to a statement...
No Letup in Campaign against Landfill Deal; Ware Residents Are Opposed to the Burial of Fly Ash There
Byline: TERRY DICKSON WAYCROSS - Ware County residents urged county commissioners to cancel a deal to bury fly ash at the county landfill rather than try to recoup $3 million spent on the never-used facility. "We've already paid the debt. We've...
Nothing Is 'Simple' about Cecil Field
Byline: Mark Woods A Clay County resident contacted me Tuesday and said, "I have what I hope is a simple question concerning the Cecil Field brouhaha." He asked whether he and his neighbors would be able to vote on the issue on Nov. 7. I told...
Once Lowly Ribault Adds Wrinkle to Playoff; If They Manage an Upset over the Indians, It Could Put Them in the Playoffs Instead
Byline: BILL JOHNSON With Clay and Orange Park joining Fleming Island on the playoff sidelines last week, 2A Keystone Heights is the lone Indian left standing in Clay County. But while the 7-1 Indians seemingly cleared their District 3-2A playoff...
Opinion; Technology Has Its Good, and All Too Often, Its Bad
Byline: Charles L. Albert As I continue my walk along the path of my life, I observe more and more. I think of varied equipment that have been discovered and explored through my lifetime, specifically visual and audio materials, which can be considered...
Orange Park Man Leads Battle against Gridlock; He Advocates "Roundabouts" and One of His Designs Will Begin Taking Shape Next Year
Byline: DAVID HUNT ORANGE PARK - Curse the red light all you want, you'll never outdo Michael Wallwork. Sitting before a stack of street diagrams and the glow of two computer screens the size of coffee tables in his Orange Park office, the 61-year-old...
Orange Park Surge Falls Short
Byline: BILL JOHNSON This ain't over!" Orange Park running back Brian Sumlar yelled as his weary offensive teammates trudged out onto the field following a psychological body-blow that left them 14 fourth-quarter points shy of their season-long...
Orange Park Traffic Becomes an Adventure for Small-Town Driver
Byline: Anne Sponholtz When you live in a two-traffic-light town, as I do, just the idea of venturing to the big city of Orange Park can be daunting. I can now leave my home and go to a hardware store, two banks, the post office, a paint store,...
Palmer Makes Mark in Victory
Byline: Vito Stellino The Cincinnati Bengals faced second-and-20 on their own 4 with 13:39 left on Sunday. After losing two previous games, they trailed the Carolina Panthers 14-10 and were 96 yards from the end zone. That's when Carson Palmer,...
Panel Reviewing Green Cove Charter
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY A 10-member citizens committee has begun reviewing Green Cove Springs' charter, to determine if any provisions need updating or revising. The charter, which outlines the city government structure and how it should operate,...
Parents of Twins and Triplets Gather for Fun; the Florida Group Met for Three Days in Atlantic Beach for Various Activities
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY When Amy Dungey learned she was pregnant with triplets six years ago, she joined a support group to meet other mothers like her. "Having triplets, and then having someone to talk to, there's nothing like it," she said....
People
ACADEMIC -- JENNA HOUSH was recently selected to perform in Voices of Mobile, a vocal ensemble at the University of Mobile in Alabama. Housh, a sophomore majoring in music education, is the daughter of DORINDA and WELLES HOUSH of the Westside....
Pet Tales
Meet Arthur. I adopted him from Safe Animal Shelter. He had been abandoned there and was very ill. Volunteers there nursed him back to health, and, as you can see, he is very happy and frisky! He loves our other cat and dogs (all rescues) and loves...
Police Briefs; Man Stabbed after Taking Up Women on Hot Tub Offer
Byline: Caren Burmeister and Christina Abel Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH -- A Raleigh, N.C., man reported that he was attacked early Friday morning at an unknown location...
Police Briefs; Southside Man Charged with Shooting into House
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A 45-year-old Southside man was arrested on charges of shooting deadly missiles and using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol after at least two shots were fired into a bedroom floor while three people were in the...
Police Investigating Death of Caged Dog; Neighbors Said They Never Saw the Pit Bull Fed or out of His Cage
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is looking into the death of a pit bull terrier that appeared to have starved in its cage at a home on off Eighth Street, police said. As a police officer was stopped at a convenience store Monday morning, a witness...
PSS 2Q Revenues Hit 18%; Sales of Medical Supplies to Doctors' Offices, Including Flu Vaccines, Stayed Strong
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA Fiscal second-quarter profits at Jacksonville's PSS World Medical Inc. rose 18.5 percent on the shoulders of robust product sales to physicians' offices. Earnings for the quarter were $12.8 million, or 18 cents per diluted...
REGIONAL VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP; Bishop Kenny, SJCD Advance
Byline: ZACHARY SPAIN Judging by their regular-season match, Bishop Kenny didn't seem likely to have to sweat its Region 1-4A quarterfinal with Middleburg on Tuesday at Bishop Kenny. But the Broncos, who don't have any seniors, held the lead...
Relief Nears for CR 210 at I-95; Interstate Expansion Will Include Four Additional Turn Lanes
Byline: MARK PETTUS The Florida Department of Transportation has some good news for those who battle daily traffic tie-ups at the County Road 210 exit ramp from Interstate 95: Help is finally on the way. FDOT District Planning and Environmental...
Riverside Concert Hall Best by Thefts; the Thieves Are after Copper in the Air Conditioners
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight could have been the theme song for the Friday Musicale this month. On multiple occasions in recent weeks, thieves dismantled the air conditioners at the Riverside concert...
School Zone
ORANGE PARK HIGH The Orange Park High Senior Class has organized homecoming week this week, through Friday, with the theme, "Through the Decades." Alumni will be recognized at the homecoming game, which is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the school's Hoyt...
Skateboard Enthusiasts Hear Plans for a Park; Participants Decided to Form a Committee for Input into an Arlington Skateboard Facility
Byline: CAROL CHILDERS Silhouetted against a sinking late summer sun, skateboarders slid across the concrete porch of a multi-use building at the Police Athletic League's Dunes Park. Hopping barriers, skirting in and out of parked cars, the skateboarders...
'Softball Church' Throwing Its Fall Fest; the Hogan Baptist Church Event at Hogan and Parental Home Will Have a Bible Theme
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Hogan Baptist is best known as the "softball church." But it's also gained recognition for its free fall festival. The 17th annual event is from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the church at Hogan and Parental Home roads. ...
Southside Notebook; Kalliope Seeks Stories, Poems for 'Women and War' Issue
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The editors of Kalliope, Florida Community College at Jacksonville's poetry and short stories, are seeking original stories about women and war for their fall edition entitled Women and War. In remembrance and celebration...
Speakers Raise Pros, Cons of At-Large Reps
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL The Charter Review Commission's proposal to add two at-large commissioners to the county's legislative branch contradicts party philosophy, a member of the Republican Men's Club said. "This looks like expanding government...
Sports Extra
Byline: CHET FUSSMAN 2CENTS Seven weeks into the NFL season, the Indianapolis Colts are still unbeaten. So why is everyone so quick to dismiss them? The Colts are 6-0, averaging nearly 30 points per game, and have the best quarterback in...
STATE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS; Wind Blows Bolles into Sixth at State Lewis Shoots 74 to Lead Bulldogs Girls in Blustery First Round
Byline: FRANCINE KING VERO BEACH - Blustery winds on a fairly open course ensured the first round of the Class A girls golf state final was anything but a breeze on Tuesday. Battling 30-mph gusts at The Links at Pointe West, Bolles edged itself...
St. Johns Kickers Seal Victory over Shekinah
Byline: PAUL IVICE St. Johns Country Day coach Rodney DuBose knew the kicking skill of the state soccer champion Spartans would eventually pay off for his football team. In a game where both the Spartans and Shekinah Christian Academy scored...
The Help Exchange
YULEE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL The Yulee Holiday Festival needs volunteers to make the Dec. 2 event a success. Organizers are looking for adults, student groups, clubs and organizations to assist with planning and decorations. Volunteers also are...
The U.S. Economy According to Art Laffer
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA As stock prices hit nosebleed levels, and gas prices retreat, economist Art Laffer talked up the economy to a Jacksonville University alumni group Monday. "I have never experienced, I have never seen, never heard of,...
They Help Wild, Homeless Cats; Volunteers Have Been Catching the Animals for Spaying and Neutering
Byline: CHRISTY WHITEHEAD In the roomful of 28 patients, the only noise comes from volunteers setting up medical stations - and the occasional lone cry from a feline. The cats' eyes are wide with fright as their metal traps are moved out of a...
Time Warner Customers Switching to Comcast
Byline: ANNE SPONHOLTZ A deal making financial news headlines in April 2005 is about to be in place, allowing cable customers in southern Clay County subscribing to Time Warner Cable to come under the umbrella of Comcast Cable, which serves most...
Voters Will Weigh in on Building Height Limit; the Atlantic Beach 35-Foot Referendum Appears Certain to Be Approved on Nov. 7
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - Mayor Don Wolfson and Commissioner Mike Borno agree that voters will probably approve the city's 35-foot building height charter amendment in the Nov. 7 election. But they disagree over whether the referendum...

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