The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 31, 2007

2 Brothers Are Dead, but There Are Still Few Answers; One Was Killed March 23 in a St. Marys Stabbing, the Other Drowned in Iraq in 2003
Byline: KEVIN TURNER LESSIE - Tavaris Scott says he doesn't feel any closer to understanding why his brother was stabbed to death last week just across the St. Marys River than he does to learning how his other brother died four years ago and 7,000...
Advice for Parents, Favorite TV Shows and Spring Gardens
Byline: Rich Ray To read the full contributions from the community columnists featured below, and to start your own community column, go to www.firstcoastcommunity.com, keyword: fcccolumnists. DEBORAH HANSEN PARENTS BUILDING KIDS OF CHARACTER...
A High-Tech Way to Get into Trouble
Byline: Jackie Rooney My spouse's job takes him to exotic lands such as Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Bolivia and Chile, where staying in touch with home can be difficult. The greatest challenge was during a recent trip to India, when he got me in trouble...
A.M.Stir
THE LIST COLD, HARD FACTS Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins launched their business in California after World War II. They came up with the name Baskin-Robbins 31 Ice Cream based on the concept that customers could try a different flavor every day...
Analyst Touts Links with Israel; He Discusses Important U.S. and Beaches Connections
Byline: SUSAN D. BRANDENBURG Michael Cohen glanced at the blinking red light on his PDA, his personal digital assistant. "What used to be measured in eons is now measured in seconds," he said. "I hold the world in my hand - maps, numbers, names,...
Around Clay County
ORANGE PARK Rotary Club to hold***fund-raising event in memory of Louis Huntley The Rotary Club of Orange Park will honor one of its former members, the late Louis Huntley, with a Spring Fling fund-raising event today. Tickets for the event...
Art and Essay Contest Recalls Naturalist's Work; the Art and Essay Contest Was Sponsored by William's Walk Community at Bartram Park
Byline: DAN SCANLAN It was the flora and fauna of the Southeast that led famed 18th-century naturalist William Bartram to write a lavishly illustrated 1791 book about travels that wound through Mandarin, Fruit Cove and beyond. Recently, students...
Artist Finds Inspiration in 'Fruitful Women'
Byline: SUSAN D. BRANDENBURG Her eyes speak warmth as she grasps the perfect orange she has chosen just for you. "Orange Shirley's" bounty of the luscious tropical fruit is ripe, juicy and sweet. She is a fruitful woman. Shirley Davis, the subject...
Barber's Killer Will Get Life Sentence; He Was Found Guilty of the 2003 Murder on Norwood Avenue
A Jacksonville man who was 17 when he murdered a local barber will be sentenced to prison for life after his conviction Friday. Jurors found Kyle Gerard Joyner, now 20, guilty of first-degree murder and armed robbery in the 2003 shooting death of...
Bartram Winter Band Web Sites Temporarily Shut Down
Byline: terry brown The Bartram Trail band and color guard temporarily hit sour notes with School District officials last week over its Web pages. An e-mail sent out by the band booster club on March 22 stated the School District determined the...
Bausch & Lomb Tournament Has New Features, Twists on Traditions; More Entertainment Activities and Volunteer Options Are on Tap
Byline: MARY HURST AMELIA ISLAND - When the Bausch & Lomb Championships opens Monday for the 28th year at the Amelia Island Plantation, the event will feature even more activities for and by Nassau County residents. Sandy Kavanaugh, tournament...
Bigger & Better; Hyundai Redesigns Elantra into Cute Compact
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Is bigger better? Is better ... better? In the case of the new 2007 Hyundai Elantra SE, the answer to those is mostly yes. Hyundai is really cooking of late, the compact Elantra its seventh revised or new model in the...
Bob Hayes Sports Complex Work Done
Byline: JOHN CARTER The legacy of a homegrown football and track legend got a little larger recently with the dedication of major improvements to the Bob Hayes Sports Complex on the Northside near the Lonnie Miller Regional Park. Jacksonville...
Breaking Down the Game
Jacksonville University's Cliff Warren and North Florida's Matt Kilcullen both faced Florida this season, so the Times-Union asked the coaches to break down tonight's NCAA national semifinal against UCLA. Here are their scouting reports: WARREN'S...
Building the Future of the Industry
CAPTION(S): gil hofmann/st. johns sun Jacob Ochoa of Ridgeview High gets up close and personal with a wheelbarrow while attending the event at Palencia, a community housing development. Will Segui, training coordinator for one of the event's...
Busch on Car of Tomorrow: We've Got Some Work to Do
Byline: Dole Coble When Kyle Busch won last week's race at the Bristol Motor Speedway, he had a lot of criticism for NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow. He said the cars were difficult to drive and it made if hard to do the kind of racing that is customary...
Difference Makers
Byline: terry brown cathy brown Take a look at the word "energetic" in a thesaurus and you open a world of adjectives about Cathy Brown - dynamic, spirited, exuberant, feisty and zestful are just a few that come to mind when describing this fifth...
Donovan on Fast Track to Springfield
Byline: Gene Frenette The stakes for Florida coach Billy Donovan in tonight's Final Four game against UCLA extends beyond the possibility of coaching his third NCAA final or winning a second championship. It's also a chance to likely secure a future...
Enjoy Easter ... and Focus on Its Meaning
Byline: Pam Milton For several weeks now, as we stroll through the stores, we are bombarded with beautifully colored eggs, baskets, bunnies, and bag upon bag of candy and other goodies. Unfortunately, we see little if any representation of the true...
Enterprise Center Earns National Recognition
Byline: JOHN CARTER Beaver Street Enterprise Center has been nationally recognized as one of the most successful business incubators in the United States. One of 12 national nominees for 2007, Incubator of the Year in the National Business Incubator...
Few Answers on Bear Run Property
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Residents in Bear Run wanted specifics. But the prospective new owners of 22.5 acres of vacant land adjacent to the Bear Run subdivision said they can make no development plans until long-running drainage problems on...
Final Four Rundown: Jaguars Teammates on Opposite Sides
Byline: Michael C. Wright Jaguars running backs Fred Taylor (Florida) and Maurice Drew (UCLA) have a bet on tonight's NCAA Tournament game. The loser will take the winner to dinner (no limit on the amount spent), where he has to wear the jersey...
Final Four Spotlights Giant Issue
Byline: Sam Borden ATLANTA - Beneath the sheen of college basketball's marquee event is a truth that is impossible to ignore. This Final Four is primarily about big things: Big men, big business and a big rule that makes amazingly little sense....
Five on Final Four
There's lots of talk about Florida's upcoming Final Four appearance - sometimes, too much - so the Times-Union decided to round up five experts to provide definite answers on five of the day's most pressing topics. Among today's issues: Joakim Noah's...
Florida Braces for Invasion of Vets; Authorities Say the State Is Not Prepared to Be the Nation's Leader in Ex-Military
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE -- State legislators in charge of veterans' affairs are continuing to hear the news they are dreading: A crowd is coming. Already the state with the fastest-growing population of military veterans, 1.8 million...
Fort Mose Play to Become a Movie; Producer: Independent Film Will Shoot Locally Using Area Talent
Byline: terry brown After lying dormant beneath oyster shells and shifting tidal marshlands, the long buried voices of Fort Mose are now coming to life as more learn about America's first road to freedom. Chuck Pfarrer, a best selling author...
Foundation Academy Students Take on 'Real-World' Issues
Byline: SUSAN D. BRANDENBURG Here are some questions being pondered by students at The Foundation Academy in Jacksonville Beach: -- How does our media culture influence well-being and/or violence in our society? -- Are television automobile...
GATOR MADNESS; It's Great to Be Hated
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO ATLANTA -- If you hate the Florida Gators, regardless of the reasons, ratchet that up this weekend. Be angry because the Gators are in the Final Four for the second consecutive season. Fume because they are two victories...
Georgia Woman Killed in Iraq; Carolyn Edwards of Montezuma, Working as a Civilian, Died Tuesday in a Rocket Attack There
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Until this week, Naomi Tookes was looking forward to Sunday. It was the day her niece, Carolyn Edwards, would come home from Iraq after a year working as a civilian around the U.S. embassy there. Now Sunday will be a day...
Girls' Play Has Price Tag, but Look at What's Ahead
Byline: Elizabeth Seney Last weekend, my 14-year-old daughter Jean spent the day at her friend Lauren's house. When I went to pick her up, I parked the car in the driveway and headed toward the front door. But then I heard excited chatter coming...
Give Me Five
happy lirpa loof Best go ahead and prepare yourself now, because tomorrow is certain to be one of those dreaded days on the calendar. Yes, we're talking April Fools Day, or Lirpa Loof if you are prone to spelling it backward as are many pranksters....
Go-Cart Race's Winner Will Be Worthy Charity
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A miniature dose of Daytona comes to the Westside today as 21 go-cart teams tackle the tarmac to raise funds for the Spina Bifida Association of Jacksonville at the city's 103rd Street Sports Complex on the Westside. Dashing...
Gone with the WIND; A Kite Is All You Really Need to Have a Fun Adventure Outdoors This Season
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT We mean this in the best way possible: Go fly a kite. April is National Kite Month, and throughout the United States people celebrate one of the oldest forms of aircraft that first soared through skies about 2,000...
Green Flag; News and Notes
Byline: Don Coble BUSCH SERIES WON'T ADOPT CAR OF TOMORROW MODEL While the Nextel Cup Series made its switch to the Car of Tomorrow, including Sunday's Goody's Cool Orange 500 at the Martinsville Speedway, the Busch Series continued to race with...
Green: The Color of Bad Luck?
Byline: Don Coble You can find peanut M&M's or a Snickers bar at Robert Yates Racing. You also can find those names splashed across both of the family's race cars. But what you won't find at Robert Yates Racing, or at most race shops in the...
Groups Help the Displaced Navigate the Road Home; Area Homeless People Say It's Hard to Break the Cycle
Byline: DAVID HUNT Home was little more than an enclosed porch, but soon even that would be gone. Eileen Johnson collapsed. She sobbed. Dead-end jobs and her mother's charity cheated this moment for years. Anxiety sunk in. Then fear. ...
Hard Work Pays off for Church - 'New Beginning' Is Sunday; Part of the Payback Is a Pig Roast and Carnival Today
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND No fooling. After six years, Westside Christian Church is launching its "new beginning" - on April Fool's Day. That's when the church will move into its new $1 million facility at 10123 Normandy Blvd. across from the...
Helicopter Crash on Beach under Investigation; Two People on Board the Craft Were Killed When It Went Down This Week
Byline: DREW DIXON PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Investigators are still trying to determine what caused a helicopter to crash on the beach this week, killing a man and woman on board and shocking beachgoers when it plunged onto the sand several yards from...
Here's Some Award-Winning Inspiration for Gardeners; Selections from Various Horticultural Groups May Grow Well for You
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE In one way, the plant business is just like show business. There are many kinds of awards. Here are a few examples: Perennial Plants of the Year and All-America Selection Winners, Georgia Gold Medal Winners, Florida...
His March Madness Glory Days Stretch Back 60 Years
Byline: Brian Kosoy As the March Madness NCAA college basketball tournament resumes tonight with the Final Four in Atlanta, Ponte Vedra Beach resident Chuck Graver will be watching with particular interest. After all, he knows how it feels to win...
Home and Garden Events
SAVE THE DATE FESTIVAL: YEAR II The Garden Club of Jacksonville presents its second annual "Blooms Galore and More." Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15. More than 30 vendors with 500 varieties...
Home & Garden
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT FESTIVAL HEARD ABOUT HERBS? Shop for plants, condiments, tea, soap, lotion and many other herbal items at the annual Taster's Choice Fair. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Sunday. Admission is free....
HUD Official Calls Loan Improper; Fernandina Beach Housing Authority Made the $56,000 Loan
Byline: MARY HURST FERNANDINA BEACH - The Fernandina Beach Housing Authority operated according to U.S. Housing and Urban Development rules as long as Harold Perry was its executive director, Joe Winston, former board member said Wednesday. Winston,...
It's Coming: Spring Football Practices, Preview
Byline: Brent Beaird We pause for a brief time out today from storylines of the NCAA college basketball Final Four to check on spring football practice for several of our favorite teams. I'll review the entire spring after all the final practices...
It's Safe to Breathe at Hastings School; Results Come Back from Tests Taken after Two Teens Raised an Alarm over Pesticides
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Air and soil samples from a Hastings elementary school -- taken after a science project by two teens raised concern about pesticide levels -- do not show harmful levels of chemicals, the St. Johns County school system said...
Jacksonville Journal
LEGISLATOR, JUDGES AMONG THOSE SEEKING JUDGESHIP A state legislator and three county judges are among the 12 applicants seeking to succeed Circuit Judge A.C. Soud, who is retiring after 26 years on the bench in Jacksonville. State Rep. Mark...
Journeymen Breeze to Lead; Bryant and Fergus Navigate the Howling Winds to Open at 5 Under
Byline: GARRY SMITS PALM COAST - The wind came howling off the Atlantic Ocean and staying in control of their ball and their emotions was difficult for the field in the first round of the Ginn Championship on Friday. That's why it was odd that...
Just Call Packer a Donovan Backer
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Count Billy Packer among the Billy Donovan backers. Packer, the CBS Sports analyst who is preparing to work his 33rd consecutive Final Four, has seen his share of young, talented coaches. He likes what Donovan has accomplished...
Learning Spanish Enriches Us
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee While I might be falling into a trap that no writer should fall into, judging a book by its movie, I have to confess that one of my favorite films is Like Water for Chocolate. The movie, which is based on the 1989 novel...
Making a Special Fit; Eagle Harbor Group Raising Funds to Retrofit Playgrounds
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Wheelchairs don't roll well on sand, mulch or shredded tires, so 13-year-old Brienna McElyea, who has cerebral palsy, doesn't get much playground time. Her parents, Brian and Jill McElyea, disappointed with North Florida's...
Marina Owner Says Access Will Not Change; Beach Marine Is Seeking the Release of Public Easements, a Move Critics Oppose
Byline: DREW DIXON JACKSONVILLE BEACH - Even though the Florida Inland Navigation District has recommended releasing two public easements on property near an Intracoastal Waterway public boat ramp, the property owner promised this week public access...
MATCHUPS; FLORIDA vs UCLA
8:47 p.m. today -- Georgia Dome, Atlanta -- CBS POINT GUARD Taurean Green (left) is the key to Florida's offense, but Purdue was able to harass the junior throughout an NCAA Tournament second-round game, disrupting the Gators' rhythm. Still,...
McCain Visits, Thanks Fellow Ex-POW; the GOP Senator Visited Fleet Landing Retirement Community
Byline: DREW DIXON While about 400 people packed a conference hall at Fleet Landing Wednesday to get a glimpse of U.S. Sen. John McCain during his presidential campaign stump speech, McCain kept referring to one man as his anchor at the Beaches...
Morning Briefs
ATLANTIC COAST FEDERAL INCREASES DIVIDEND RATE Atlantic Coast Federal Corp., the holding company for Atlantic Coast Bank, increased its quarterly cash dividend rate on common stock to 13 cents per share, the company announced Friday. This is...
MOTORSPORTS NOTEBOOK; Car Sickens a Few NASCAR Drivers
Brian Vickers was still walking with a limp Friday. Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth still have headaches. Sunday's Goody's Cool Orange 500 at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway might prove whether their ill feelings were the result of NASCAR's Car of...
Nationwide Given OK to Raise Its Rates 54%; Policyholders Are Unlikely to Pay Quite That Much of an Increase, However
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA Nationwide Insurance Co. can increase its statewide average homeowners insurance rates by 54 percent, according to an arbitration panel. The ruling, announced by state regulators Friday, comes after Nationwide's request...
Natural Gas in Pipeline Isn't Certain for Nassau; the 167-Mile Line Is Nearly Finished but the County May Not Have a Demand for the Gas
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Although a natural gas pipeline now runs through Nassau County, there are no plans for it to provide any energy here. Robert Newberry, principal public relations official for El Paso Corp. of Houston, said work began on the...
NJROTC Team Uses Brain to Win Brawl; Terry Parker High's Unit Captures Trophy
Byline: JOHN CARTER These high school cadets not only put on their combat boots, but their thinking caps as well. That's why the Terry Parker High School Navy cadet team recently won a big NJROTC "Brain Brawl." They took first place in the...
'Noles QBs Learn New System; FSU's Weatherford and Lee Compete While Adjusting to Coach Fisher's New Offense
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE - Competing for the opportunity to be Florida State's starting quarterback isn't new to either Drew Weatherford of Xavier Lee. The rising junior classmates have been doing that over the past three seasons. It's...
NOTEBOOK; Donovan: UK Hasn't Made Any Contact
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO ATLANTA - Amid reports that Kentucky officials will offer Billy Donovan a raise of more than a $1 million a year next week to take over the Wildcats, the Florida coach on Friday appeared to say he hasn't had any contact with...
Obama Stumps at Jacksonville Home; about 150 Supporters Attended the Private Fundraiser
Byline: BETH KORMANIK and J. TAYLOR RUSHING He stayed for just over an hour, but presidential hopeful Barack Obama left supporters at a private fund-raiser Friday describing him with superlatives such as "electrifying." Obama, a Democratic senator...
On His Third Birthday, a Key Symbol; Avi's Hair Was Cut, Marking His Emergence into Childhood
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Avi Kurinsky had a special birthday party Monday. Scores of people came to help celebrate his turning 3. But they didn't come just bearing gifts, or to gobble down cake and ice cream. They came to help cut Avi's hair....
ON MANATEE WATCH; Their Protection Was Key during Dredging
Byline: DAN SCANLAN One of the city's newest boat ramps has a deeper waterway for some of the boats that use it, nine months after it was officially opened. And with dredging along Goodbys Lake wrapped up this week, the expected spring influx...
On the Green
WOMEN'S PLAY The Fernandina Women's Golf Association on Tuesday played odd/even low net. The A flight winner was Javene Lamb and second was Marge Stoddart. Sue Robinson and Kay Steindorf tied for third. The B flight was won by Nancy Speck....
Page2People
LENNON: CAB DRIVER THOUGHT I WAS MCCARTNEY'S DAUGHTER Sean Lennon is accustomed to people recognizing him because of his famous parents, but one incident really caught him off-guard. "When I was 15, a cabdriver asked me if I was Paul McCartney's...
Peyton Staff Not Raving about Blogger; the Web Critic Voted for the Mayor but Also Has Called Him 'The Little Prince.'
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON Kevin Conner, who grew up conservative in a small North Carolina town, didn't set out to be a revolutionary. But somewhere along the way, the spirit of muckraking dissent took over the 29-year-old financial planner. ...
Police Briefs; Pair Rob Man at Gunpoint in Broad Daylight on Road
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A 38-year-old Southside man was robbed at gunpoint March 24 as he walked down the 5900 block of Barnes Road. Police said a gray Toyota slowed down near the victim at 4:20 p.m. and two men got out. One pointed a gun at his...
Police Briefs; Police Make Arrest after Reports of a Woman with Gun
ATLANTIC BEACH -- An 18-year-old woman was charged with two counts of aggravated assault after pulling a replica of a gun on two people March 24 on two sections of Atlantic Boulevard. A motorist reported to police that about 9 p.m., a woman in...
Police Report; Masked Man Points Gun at Family
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A man in a stocking mask pointed a gun at a couple and their two sons while they were in their car on a Westside street at 5:50 p.m. March 24. The couple, both 49, told police they were in the 4000 block of Dignan Street...
Postal Service Chooses a New Site on Beach Boulevard to Serve Area
Byline: DREW DIXON JACKSONVILLE BEACH - In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Postal Service has selected a Beach Boulevard site for the new location of a post office serving the Beaches. The property at 1316 Beach Blvd., where the new post office...
Purim Celebration Combines Good Message with Good Time
Byline: RHONDA REESE The Jacksonville Jewish Center was recently filled with singing, storytelling, silly attire and students reading the Megillah (Book of Esther) in Hebrew. The fun sights and sounds were all part of celebrating Purim, a festive...
Ravine Gardens Park Is Something from the Family for Mandarin Man
Byline: Rhonda Reese When Rick Forester, a resident of Mandarin for more than 30 years, asked his wife, Mary, what she wanted for her March birthday, it came as no surprise that a trip to Ravine Gardens State Park topped her wish list. What did...
Region's Jobless Rate Down in February; Local Businesses Added 15,500 Jobs to Their Payrolls over the Past Year
Byline: MARK BASCH Jacksonville's unemployment rate fell in February, showing that the local economy continues to be strong. The jobless rate in the Jacksonville metropolitan area - consisting of Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties...
Residents Zoom to Front of Bus with Neighborhood Bill of Rights
St. Johns County residents won't feel the ground shake when the new Neighborhood Bill of Rights kicks in next week. But they will be moving up in the world of local government nonetheless. St. Johns County commissioners saw to it in January when...
Restructuring Costs Jarzyna Her Position
Byline: KEVIN TURNER YULEE - Former Nassau County Assistant County Attorney Sue Jarzyna found herself on the short end of a restructuring of the Nassau County Attorney's Office March 20 when her job was eliminated after 51/2 years. Nassau County...
Rights vs. Responsibilities; Publishing a High-School Newspaper Proves to Be a First-Amendment Lesson in Free Speech
Byline: mark pettus Do high school journalists have First Amendment rights? Yes, and no. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has said students and teachers do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate, justices have limited those...
See If You Can Take the Purr-Fect Photo
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Here's your chance to pose for the purr-fect photo, and maybe win the Otis Smith Kids Foundation's latest contest. The nonprofit organization that released more than 50 fiberglass jaguar statues into the wilds of Jacksonville...
Shrimp Fest Bites; Miss Shrimp Festival Rehearsals
PAGEANT REHEARSALS Contestant rehearsals for the Miss Shrimp Festival 2007 Scholarship Pageant are weekly at the Bean School of Dance, 25 N. Third St., Fernandina Beach. The pageant winner will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship Friday, May 4,...
Solicitors Return? Another Group Collects on Same Corner with Different Outcome
Byline: mark pettus Solicitors returned to the intersection of Florida 13 and Race Track Road last weekend, but it wasn't the same solicitors charged last month. This time, it was the Knights of Columbus collecting money from drivers, and the group's...
Spring into Big Cat Photo Contest
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Here's your chance to pose for the purr-fect photo, and maybe win the Otis Smith Kids Foundation's latest contest. The nonprofit organization that released more than 50 fiberglass jaguar statues into the wilds of Jacksonville...
St. Johns OKs Plan for Beach Equestrians; the Plan, Which Will Be Sent to Federal Officials, Would Also Limit Beach Driving
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Beaches-area equestrians were all smiles Tuesday night when the St. Johns County Commission passed a revised beach ordinance that allows continued but controlled horseback riding on the beach. The law calls for people to...
Swimming with Humans Makes Dolphins' Day
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy When bottlenose dolphins open their mouths, it looks as if they're smiling, but they're not. They're really squeezing salt water out through their teeth. When they're born, they choose their own "names" by developing unique...
The Au Pair Diaries a Hit with German Readers; Not Only Is She Caring for a West Beaches Family, She Also Writes a Column about It
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY In most ways, Darwin and Trella Bromley and their four children, Beth, 10, Paul, 8, Janet, 6, and Daniel, 5, are a typical American family. They live in a suburban home, the three oldest children attend Jacksonville Beach...
The Cost of Fandom; the Mark of a Winning Team Can Demand a Premium in Sports Gear
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON When purchasing orange and blue gear for tonight's game, don't be surprised if the price tags sting a little. If that hat, belt or T-shirt is emblazoned with the Gator logo - and officially licensed by the Collegiate Licensing...
The Crown and the Glory Miss Clay High School; Miss Middleburg High School Spring Is in Swing with Area High Schools Hosting Their Annual Pageants. Some Are for Scholarships, Some Are for the Experience, but It Comes Down to More Than Beauty for These Girls; It Takes Grades, Poise and Dedication to Walk the Walk and Take Home
Nine contestants will compete tonight for the 15th annual Miss Clay High title. Contestants in this year's scholarship pageant are Caitlin Adams, Erica Glisson, Brooke Hildum, Amy Romito, Kelsey Ryan, Allison Shaw, Rachel White, Ashley Wilson and...
These 5 Have Game; Coaches Make Their Selections for All-County Team
While the big boys in the NCAA are vying to see who's best in the nation, Clay County's basketball coaches have been sifting through the remains of their 2006-07 high school seasons, searching for the county's best players. Middleburg Coach Mike...
Tides of Expansion Rolling in Marina; Its Owners Plan to Make Room for More Boats and Build a Condominium
Byline: MIKE MORRISON BRUNSWICK -- The big ships that call on the Port of Brunswick with tons of cargo have long been a boost to the city's economy. But pleasure vessels, from sail boats to cruisers, moored at Bob Torras' Brunswick Landing Marina...
Tips for Correctly Pruning Out-of-Shape Azaleas
Byline: BECKY WERN Q: I have some azaleas that were allowed to just grow without pruning. Now they are about 7 feet tall, and I want to shorten them. They only seem to flower at the top now, and some areas are taller than others. When and how do...
T-U 2
DOG DAYS You can tell a lot by what a person puts on their hot dog. Just mustard? A purist who probably doesn't like the DH, the wild card or night games. Ketchup? A non-traditional fan that's just fine with the home run explosion. But what about...
T-YOU; Philanthropist Landwirth Announces New Foundation
Jacksonville philanthropist and Holocaust survivor Henri Landwirth chose a recent luncheon of the Jacksonville Branch of the National League of American Pen Women to announce a new foundation called Gift of Life in America. The luncheon, held at...
T-YOU; Rants & Raves New Rule: No Shopping after 4 P.M. for the Retired, Elderly
I want to rant about all the "retired and/or old" folks that clog up the roads and the grocery stores weekdays after 4 p.m. You have all day to go to the store and do other errands. Please stay home after 4 p.m. to give working people a chance to do...
Up and at 'Em; UF Stars Back for Another Title Shot
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO ATLANTA - Right now, they could be driving Cadillac Escalades, sitting in an NBA locker room or balancing bank accounts full of six- or seven-figure numbers. Instead, Corey Brewer, Al Horford and Joakim Noah are at Florida,...
Volunteers Keep This Fair Running
Byline: Paul Bowker So ... do you want to know who really runs the Clay County Agricultural Fair? It's not Pete Sutton, the fair's general manager. And it's not Dale Wilson, chairman of the board, or Millie Wilkes, secretary and media coordinator....

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