The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 13, 2008

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4 Southeast Georgia Schools Earn Honors; They Have Been Picked for a List of "America's Best High Schools."
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI Pierce County High School is among four in Southeast Georgia to earn national recognition for excellence in education as one of "America's Best High Schools" in an annual evaluation conducted by U.S. News & World...
Agency Thinks out of the Box
Byline: BRANDIS JEST Claudette Fort will not acknowledge herself as chief executive officer of Out of the Box Outreach Center. She won't even consider the title of director. Fort believes she is simply a visionary and an instrument for the...
A 'Natural Orifice' Surgery at Shands; A Portion of a Patient's Colon Is Removed through Her Vagina
Byline: JEREMY COX Jacksonville is now home to a revolutionary colon surgery that leads to less scarring and shortens post-surgical hospital stays. Sorry, guys. This one's just for the ladies. University of Florida surgeons Zaid Awad and...
Annual Holiday Production Has Delightful Shenanigans
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND The Abominable Snowman was sprawled on the tile floor solving a crossword puzzle. But when he stood up, his shaggy white fur causing his palms to sweat, he tried "to look mad, really mad." The glowering was a way of...
A Potpourri of Great Tips and Tricks
Byline: Beverly Fleming Over the years I have collected a number of ideas and tips for yard, garden and home. Some of them have been incorporated into full-time use. Others have been tried and discarded as needs change and better ideas come along....
Area Gets Its Gourmet on with Whole Foods
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Foodies in the Northwest now have two places to shop when it comes to gourmet food. Whole Foods Market just opened in the Mandarin Landing Shopping Center, while construction begins this spring on a bigger home for the ...
Around the World for One Very Special Day: Christmas; Creekside Church Displays Some Holiday Diversity with Traditions from Germany, Mexico and Ghana
Byline: MAC MITCHELL Sure, you will hear Merry Christmas tonight at the World of Christmas Celebration at Creekside Christian Church. But you'll also hear some new words, like Frohe Weihnachten, Feliz Navidad and Afishapa. Got that? The church's...
A Special Shopping Trip for Underprivileged Children; John P. Hall Sr. Charity and Kmart Pair Up to Help Kids Get Presents
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Like worker bees on a mission, the mostly red-shirted volunteers fanned out from one end of the Orange Park Kmart to the other. They scoured the toy section, the shoe section, the winter clothes section, the infants...
AVONDALE MERCHANTS GET THE SEASON GOING; the Annual Event Began as a Decorating Contest, Has Grown to Draw Hundreds
Byline: CHRISTY WHITEHEAD The streets of Avondale were jammed with adults, children and pets in a holiday mood, all smiling, dancing and some even decked out in Christmas lights. Several hundred people crowded around shops Dec. 5 for the annual...
Beaches Voices; North Carolina Mountains Are Place to Be Each Summer
Byline: Bill Longenecker Our sand is truly tough stuff. Some beach sand was stuck to the bottom of my kayak when I left for the mountains in August. After a 450-mile drive, it was still there. Another 85 miles later, deep in the campground at...
Beach Shorts
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Cooks and servers are needed to help with the annual Mission House Christmas Dinner. The dinner is open to homeless people and anyone else in need of a home-cooked meal served with care and love. It will take place at 1 p.m....
Board Shifts Focus from Building to Improving Schools; $35 Million Plan Includes Upgrades for Several Campuses
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Clay County school system officials agreed Monday that upgrading existing public schools will take precedence in the next five years. "We owe it to the older schools. Every child deserves the same opportunities. That's...
BTHS Student Going to Miss Florida
Byline: MAC MITCHELL Taylor Hallberg is living the dream of many young girls across the country. On Nov. 15, Hallberg won earned the title of Miss Northeast Florida, and will go on to compete in the Miss Florida Pageant next June in Tampa. ...
Bus Drivers Send Good Cheer, Gifts to Soldiers in Iraq; Please Send 'Photos of Things Other Than the Desert' Asks One Soldier
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Hundreds of Clay County school bus drivers are reaching out far beyond the county line this holiday season, sending care packages to a Florida military unit stationed in Iraq. The drivers collected about $700 to purchase...
BUSY BEEKEEPERS; Raising Bees as a Hobby Isn't a Job for Any Old Drone
Byline: MATT SOERGEL The humble honeybee is, if you'll pardon the pun, a bit of a drone: It's modest in size, not particularly colorful, and it pretty much works around the clock until it dies. But for backyard beekeepers, it's a marvel. Calvin...
Camden Has Perfect Plan; the Wildcats (14-0) Need One More Victory to Reach Some Impressive Goals
Byline: DON COBLE ATLANTA -- There is a lot at stake tonight when Camden County plays Peachtree Ridge for the Class AAAAA Georgia state championship. First is the opportunity for the Wildcats to win their second football championship in six...
Cancer Is Devastating Scourge on Our Society
Byline: Kanesha Fuller I have endured multiple obstacles this past year. It has been a very tumultuous one for me. There is a stain growing on America that has hurt me, and has been the source of pain for millions of other people. Cancer. ...
Child-Care Center Set for Christ the King Campus
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND In the months to come, the 16,000 drivers and their passengers that pass by Arlington Road each day will see a new facility arise on the Christ the King Catholic Church campus. It's a child-care facility that parish...
City Faces Issues to Get Rid of Boat Wrecks in Mandarin; Removal of Two Abandoned Boats Is Not a Simple as Just Towing Them Away
Byline: DAN SCANLAN It's a scene straight out of Gilligan's Island: A shipwrecked boat, sitting askew on the shore - except this is on the banks of the St. Johns River, not on a Pacific isle. Another boat floated, capsized, in the middle of...
City: Get Rid of Mayport Chain-Links; Businesses Are Being Asked to Remove Them or Face Fines in Effort to Beautify the Area
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - Business owners along Mayport Road who want to keep their chain-link fences up are finding it increasingly difficult as the city continues its push to improve the aesthetics in the commercial area that's been...
Clown Coffee Wins
Byline: Gill Johnston Just when you think your morning coffee is about the only stable moment during your hectic day, here comes a surprise: Starbucks, the largest purveyor of coffee, has lost in a Consumer Reports taste test to the largest purveyor...
Coach Retires from One Sport for Family
Byline: Brent Beaird Clay High School football coach James Reape might be able to take a family vacation next year. He's resigning as football coach to concentrate on his duties as Blue Devil wrestling coach. He has coached both sports for the...
Coheed and Cambria Are a Band Worth Checking Out
Byline: Jaymes Romanofski One of my favorite albums ever celebrated its fifth birthday not too long ago. Five years ago, on Oct. 7, the world received quite a gift. I'm speaking of In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 by Coheed and Cambria....
College Smackdown; Dawgs on the Way to Capital One Bowl Game
Byline: Trey Dennard Once again, the BCS - Beauty Contest Series - has worked to perfection. Just ask Texas, Utah, Boise State, USC and old JoPa at Penn State, who was coaching the Nittany Lions when football was played with leather helmets...
College Smackdown; Gator-Bama Game Had Lots of Good Story Lines
Byline: Eric Corbett The Gators faced off against the Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday night, and football fans everywhere were treated with a game that finally lived up to the considerable pre-game hype. Alabama came in as the only undefeated BCS...
College Smackdown; Snubbed for Clemson, We'll Just Snub Jacksonville
Byline: W.D. Rodeffer Somebody call the police, FSU has been robbed, stabbed, and assaulted. Robbed financially, stabbed in the back, and insulted more so than assaulted by the Hator Bowl committee. I mean Gator Bowl. I was in Tallahassee last...
Community Comes to Aid of Family Facing Hard Holidays; amid a Money Crunch, a Son Is Suffering a Life-Threatening Illness
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Clay County residents are rallying around an unemployed single mother from Orange Park who is on the brink of foreclosure while trying to help her 12-year-old son, who has cystic fibrosis, battle a life-threatening lung infection....
Community Notebook; Learn to Make Gingerbread Houses
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Start salivating and get ready to impress the kids. The University Park branch library will teach you how to make gingerbread houses as part of its family storytime session. The fun begins at 4 p.m. Thursday at 3435 University...
Community Notebook; Nimnicht Donates Half-Million Dollars to Housing Program
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Operation New Hope has about a half-million more dollars in its coffers, thanks to a local vehicle sales company. Ed Nimnicht of Nimnicht Family Dealerships recently presented a $524,064 check to the nonprofit's president,...
Community Notebook; Students Graduate from Program Promoting Health
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY After eight weeks of hard work, several students at two Westside schools have graduated from a program that promotes better physical and emotional health. Thanks to grants from Full Service Schools of Jacksonville, a...
Dealer Ordered to Give Up O.J. Ring
A judge in Santa Monica, Calif., has ordered a former friend of O.J. Simpson to turn over the ex-NFL star's Pro Football Hall of Fame ring to help satisfy a $33.5 million civil court judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit. KLITSCHKO'S IBF TITLE...
Deck the Halls with Lots of Living Plants; Poinsettia Is the No. 1 Seller, but Orchids, Holiday Cactuses Are Popular, Too
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE Poinsettias are the No. 1 potted plant sold in the United States with a value of $242 million, according to a 2006 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This No. 1 rating didn't happen by accident. Innovative...
Difference Maker
The teacher of the year at any school is always someone to be treasured, and Pacetti Bay Middle School's winner is no exception. Band instructor Charlie Rankin has built a successful program for the school, going to great lengths to recruit as many...
Economy Casts Big Shadow over State; Elected Officials Say State and Federal Funds Will Be Hard to Come By
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS ST. SIMONS ISLAND - It's the economy again, stupid. Six local legislators agreed - to a person - that budget cutting and the bailout controversy will dominate upcoming legislative sessions in Atlanta and Washington. ...
Entrepreneur Keeps Grass Green during the Winter; after Getting the Idea from Watching the NFL, He Adapts the Idea to Homeowners
Byline: LARRY HANNAN You don't usually come up with a new idea for a business while watching an NFL pregame show. But that's how Rick Rigsbee came up with the idea for First Coast Greener Grass. "I saw a man in the background painting the...
Establishing Perennial Peanuts as a Ground Cover
Byline: PAULA LAMB I read an article about using perennial peanuts as a ground cover. Can I grow this from seed? If not, is the plant locally available? Perennial peanut is not grown from seed but from rhizomes, or modified underground stems....
Experience Is on Bolles' Side; Corky Rogers Has Been Coaching since before Gulliver's Coach Was Born
Byline: HAYS CARLYON There are many similarities between Bolles and Miami Gulliver Prep. The two teams, who will meet today in Orlando's Citrus Bowl for the Class 2A championship, each have highly-skilled athletes and impressive offensive and...
Fired Superintendent Defends His Decision; Cumberland Chief OK'd Building a Site for the Disabled on Federal Land
Byline: GORDON JACKSON The fired superintendent of Cumberland Island National Seashore defended his decision Friday to allow a construction of a structure on the island without approval of his superiors. Jerre Brumbelow, who was fired last...
Former Mandarin Oaks Student Returns ... on a Mission
Byline: Rhonda Reese Josh Chang, a longtime Mandarin resident, had a great time when he returned to Mandarin Oaks Elementary in November. The trip to his former school was especially fun, as Chang, a Florida State University graduate and manager...
Fundraiser Nets $174,000 for River Garden Foundation
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The River Garden Foundation's 16th annual Feathers, Fountains and Fantasies Vegas-style fundraiser Nov. 8 raised more than $174,000 for the non-profit River Garden Wolfson Health and Aging Center at 11401 Old St. Augustine...
Guitar Hero: BTHS Grad Will Open at Gavin DeGraw Show
Byline: MAC MITCHELL The goal of many unknown bands is to tirelessly play live shows in order to catch a break and make it big. Shawn Fisher and the Jukebox Gypsies may have caught something special. They will open for Gavin Degraw, tonight...
High Grades for 'High-Hy'; Toyota's Hybrid a Solid Competitor
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Don't you think it's cool to drive across downtown on electric power, emitting no exhaust and consuming no gas ... and when it's time to move the family and a trailer, you have the power of a gas engine and torquey electric...
High School Playoffs: Today's Game
Class 2A State championship game Miami Gulliver Prep (11-1) vs. No. 2 Bolles (13-0), 7 p.m. at Orlando's Citrus Bowl Last playoff appearance: Gulliver -- 2007, lost in regional semifinals; Bolles: 2007 -- lost in regional finals. All-time...
Holiday Gift Guide for Athletes or Sports Fans at the Beaches
Byline: BRIAN KOSOY For last-minute stocking-stuffers or entire holiday wish lists, plenty of options are available at the Beaches for the athlete or sports fan on your list. Beaches merchants and athletes spoke out this week on what's "hot"...
Holidays Return to Green Cove Springs with Family-Favorite Festivities and Traditions; Holiday Lights and a Candy-Laden Parade Start Season
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Waiting for candy to be thrown from floats in the Green Cove Springs Christmas parade, Paterson Elementary School third-grader Veronica Diaz had an ingenious idea. With threatening rain clouds overhead, her father...
HOPE FUND; Regaining Control of Her Life Is Tough, but She's Doing It LINDA CHAPMAN Used to Build Her Day around Crack. Thanks to LifeBuilders, She's Been off Drugs for a Year
Byline: SAMAN QURAESHI When Linda Chapman was 39, she promised her mother she'd try to quit using crack cocaine. A year later, her mother died, and Chapman's grief made her even more dependent on the drug. It took Chapman five years to fulfill...
Hope Haven to Build New Facilities for Kids
Byline: MARIA CONNOR A small groundbreaking ceremony recently hosted by Hope Haven Children's Clinic and Family Center promises to have far-reaching implications for Jacksonville. The event launched construction on a 15,594-square-foot building...
Hotels Look Local, Stay Confident in Market; 'We Have Seen the Cycles over the Years. We Have Great Optimism.'
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Hoteliers accustomed to corporate meetings and other fruitful business from out of town are relying instead on "members" and other local clients to stay afloat through these rocky economic times. ...
In Historic District, Some Homes Are All in the Family; Several Generations of Relatives Have Lived in These Houses
Byline: MARILYN LEWIS CAMPBELL Garland adorns the mantels and banisters of the stately Victorian-era Baker House in the Fernandina Beach Historic District, heralding the return of the holiday season. "Christmas has always been a special and...
In Nicaragua, Loneliness Set In
Byline: AVI RICHMAN I have just spent the last 15 minutes crying in the bathroom, marking the first time I have cried in Nicaragua and probably the first time since my ex-girlfriend and I ended things about two years ago. I feel as if I was...
Island Ranger Defends Project; Brumbelow Says He Never Lied about the Construction Work
Byline: GORDON JACKSON The fired superintendent of Cumberland Island National Seashore has defended his decision to allow construction of a structure on the island without approval of his superiors. Jerre Brumbelow, who was fired last summer...
It's a Good Time to Fish - near and off Shore; Anglers Are Reporting Good Catches from Grouper to Sailfish to Wahoo and More
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson The winter is upon Nassau County. If the weather is good this weekend, you will have a bunch of options as to what species to target on your fishing trip - from awesome fishing in deep holes in the river, around bridges,...
It's Not Easy Choosing the Winner
Byline: Gene Frenette In 23 years of being a Heisman Trophy voter, I've never felt so uncomfortable about not putting my second or third-place choices on the No. 1 line. There is no wrong choice, but the rules force voters to assign each a spot....
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Porter out with Groin Injury
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT The Jaguars officially ruled out receiver Jerry Porter for Sunday's game due to the groin injury he suffered last week at Chicago. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said earlier in the week that Porter could be a candidate...
Kayakers Tackle St. Johns River; Luxuries Will Be Few and Far between as They Begin Their 310-Mile Journey
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Two kayakers are attempting to paddle the length of the St. Johns River in 11 days - a 310-mile feat some say has never been done. After a year of planning and conditioning, 53-year-old Keith Legette of Middleburg and 19-year-old...
Magical Winter Wonderland Is a Short Ride Away; It's at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy It was a little slice of wintry Christmas in the heart of Northeast Florida. People roasting s'mores over an open fire. Ice skaters holding hands in freshly falling snow. A two-horse open sleigh gliding along a dark...
Mandarin Cheerleaders Show They Do Much More Than Just Cheer
Byline: Mark Boleky The next time you see the Mandarin High School cheerleaders perform for 20 seconds during a basketball timeout, know it's just a slice of what they can do. The varsity squad also takes part in competitive events and is ...
Mandarinsun.Jacksonville.Com
BLOGS GUARDIAN LUTHERAN SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE "Guardian Lutheran School at 4911 Losco Road is holding an open house on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a time to check out our school. The mission of our school is to educate children in a safe,...
Morning Briefs
PSS APPOINTS CEO OF HASKELL CO. TO BOARD Jacksonville-based PSS World Medical Inc. Friday said it has appointed Steven Halverson to its board of directors. Halverson is president and chief executive of The Haskell Co. in Jacksonville. He also...
National Merit Semifinalist; Aspiring Doctor Ready to Serve
Byline: MAC MITCHELL Nease High School senior Laura Albert loves living life outdoors, in foreign countries and to help others. This National Merit Scholarship semifinalist said she knows the scholarship is a big deal and if awarded the money,...
New Ocean Yoga Center Is Hosting an Open House Event
Byline: Brian Kosoy In keeping with annual tradition, I'll be counting down the top 10 highlights in Beaches sports from 2008 in next week's column. If there's a highlight, accomplishment or achievement I may have missed this year, feel free...
No Bailouts Here: Financial Seminar for Students Returning
Byline: MAC MITCHELL With our country's economy in a state of turmoil, it's even more important to be aware of how to manage your personal finances. But that doesn't mean just parents: High school and college students also need the same skills....
Not an Easy Job Market to Crack for Graduates; WHAT TO DO? If They Can't Get a Job in Their Field, It's Temp Work or Grad School
Byline: ADAM AASEN Every year, college seniors worry about finding the right job after graduation. This year is expected to be much worse than usual. Students could be waiting several months longer to find a job, if there is a job to be found....
Notes
HOLIDAYS PLANTS MAKE A PERFECT GIFT What's the perfect gift for your favorite gardener? A plant, of course. Today you can shop for the perfect blooms at the Washington Oaks Gardens State Park Holiday Plant Sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. While...
OFF TO THE BIG GAME; Wildcats Get a Community Send-Off to State Championship
Byline: TERRY DICKSON KINGSLAND - The Camden County High Wildcats left school about 9:30 a.m. Friday for tonight's AAAAA state championship against Peachtree Ridge in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. As he watched his charges get ready, head coach...
On Bridge's Anniversary, Hope and Indignation
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee The Bridge of Northeast Florida Inc. is celebrating its 25th anniversary. And it's a milestone that ought to be reflected upon with hope. And indignation. Hope because the Bridge, which serves around 2,000 underprivileged...
Pick-Your-Own-Oranges Event Pays off for Grove House
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Hundreds went to Grove House's two-acre citrus grove last weekend to pick their own oranges. It looks like about 800 people were at the nonprofit's 13th annual Orange Festival at 2940 Claire Lane on Dec. 6 and Sunday, helping...
Police Arrest Man, 20, in Armed Robbery Incidents
The Fernandina Beach Police Department announced Dec. 4 they arrested a 20-year-old man suspected of attempting to rob a woman in downtown Fernandina Beach Nov. 20. The same man also was charged by the Nassau County Sheriff's Office for an armed...
Police Briefs; Home Invaders Tie Up Women, Ransack Home
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Two women were asleep in their Arlington home when two armed men and a woman in masks, gloves and camouflage clothing woke them at 2 a.m. Dec. 4. The assailants told the women, 59 and 61, not to make any noise or they...
Police Briefs; Man Fires Shot from Car, Hitting a Man
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY An afternoon trip to a store ended with a drive-by shooting last week in Biltmore, police said. The victim, 39, of the Westside, was treated at Shands Jacksonville, according to a police report. The victim and another...
Police Briefs; Man Shot by Man Wearing a 'Scream' Movie Mask
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY A man was shot twice in the chest last week in the Northwest area of town during what police said may have been a robbery attempt. The victim, 33, was treated at Shands Jacksonville and had non life-threatening injuries,...
Police Briefs; Stolen Cars Found at McDonald's
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - Police recovered two stolen cars about 8:15 p.m. Monday at the McDonald's restaurant, 435 Atlantic Blvd. A woman who reported her 2007 Ford...
Police Briefs; Woman Awakens with Shotgun in Her Face, 3 Men in House
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 20-year-old woman fell asleep on her sofa and awoke at 2:15 a.m. Dec. 6 with a shotgun in her face and three men standing over her. The men dragged her into the kitchen and told her to stay on the floor, police said....
Police News; Man Assaulted in Grocery Store after Parking Lot Confrontation
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A 73-year-old Mandarin man was attacked early Dec. 4 in the Publix at 13820 Old St. Augustine Road after he confronted a woman in the parking lot about her driving, police said. Now police are looking for the driver of that...
Ponte Vedra Sidewalk Decision Postponed; Community Association Decides to Wait until Another Group Looks at Project
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PONTE VEDRA BEACH - A decision about a long-debated sidewalk project on Ponte Vedra Boulevard is still up in the air after the Ponte Vedra Community Association delayed a ruling this week on the proposal until next month....
Providence Knocks off ACD; Stallions Beat Apaches with Clutch Free-Throw Shooting Down Stretch
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Those close, low-scoring games between Arlington Country Day and Providence might be a thing of the past. So may be ACD's dominance. Providence used perfect free-throw shooting in the final minute of the game, all from...
Remembering the (Real) Classics; Bandmate's Death Spurs Memories for FCCJ Professor
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON It had been 15 years since Wally Eaton, 64, last saw his friend and former bandmate Dennis Yost, as they were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. But Eaton, a professor at Florida Community College at Jacksonville,...
RICHARD L. (DICK) COOPER: 1926-2008; Plantation Owner Had a Vision for Amelia Island
Richard L. (Dick) Cooper, developer, businessman, and owner of Amelia Island Plantation, died Sunday. He was 82. His vision and commitment to the beauty of Amelia Island were the foundation for Amelia Island Plantation. In 1977, Mr. Cooper began...
Risk for Eye Disease?
Byline: Wilma Allen Diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration can rob you of your sight. However, you may not notice changes in your vision right away. Thankfully, there are ways to detect these diseases...
Roadwork Soon to Begin on 3-Mile Stretch of A1A; the Project Is from the Duval County Line to Ninth Avenue North
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - Motorists on Florida A1A will soon be witnessing broken asphalt, barricades and construction workers in neon safety vests. The public is invited to an open house Wednesday to learn about the $7.6...
Sausage Making Family Tradition; the Azar Family's Business Has Moved Back to the Eastside
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY From an Eastside factory to breakfast plates in the Caribbean - that was the itinerary for about 15,000 sausage links made on a recent afternoon at Azar Sausage and Meat Co. It's unlikely, however, that leisure-seekers...
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS BOYS BASKETBALL BAKER CO. 63, SUWANNEE 51 SUWANNEE (51): K. Cherry 14, Chambers 12, S. Cherry 7, Zander 7, Fountain 5, Solar 4, Swader 2. BAKER CO. (63): Walton 4, Paige 4, Fenley 11, Wiseman 30, Ruise 1, Parker 12, Robinson...
Seized Dogs Show Signs of Fights
Authorities seized 28 malnourished and scarred dogs Wednesday from a Nassau County home that shares an address with a Protestant church. Michael Brown, 45, of Callahan was arrested after authorities were tipped off to dog fighting at his home...
Sen. Nelson: Stimulus Should Help Create Jobs; Democrat's Comments Come during a Visit to Orange Park
Byline: MARY MARAGHY U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., told Clay County business leaders Dec. 3 that he's appalled at the sobering economic picture. "This is one of the most frustrating things in the world for me to see the mismanagement of this...
Sheriff Gives Up His Challenge to Election Loss; Jessup Will Take over the McIntosh County Office the First of the Year
Byline: MIKE MORRISON DARIEN - McIntosh County Sheriff Charles "Chunk" Jones on Friday withdrew his challenge of his re-election defeat to County Commissioner Stephen Jessup last month. This means Jessup will take office, as scheduled, on Jan....
Soccer Club Is for the Over-40 Athlete; Members Play Standard Soccer, but with a Few Changes for Mellower Games
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY John Goelz of Atlantic Beach played soccer at Fletcher High School and at the University of Florida. He's still playing at age 50. Eric Ellisen of Ponte Vedra Beach began playing soccer at age 7 and is still playing at...
Southbank Christmas Concert Is at the Chapel
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A "Southbank Christmas Concert" is on tap at The Chapel at Jacksonville at Riverwalk Place. The Chapel is in a former office building at 1515 Prudential Drive. The event will feature Christmas music and dance amidst...
Sports Briefs
VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS St. Johns River Community College will hold tryouts for the 2009 Lady Vikings Volleyball Team 1-4 p.m. today at the Palatka Campus. College students and interested high school seniors should contact Coach Scott Conkling at...
Survey Shows Drop in Trend of Drug Use, Alcohol Use in Youths
Byline: KEVIN TURNER A statewide survey reported last month the number of Nassau County's high school and middle school students who say they're abused drugs, tobacco and alcohol has been on its way down over the last eight years. The survey's...
There Are a Few Things to Remember during Duck Season
Byline: Bob Buehn Duck hunting season opened Dec. 6, opening miles of Clay County shoreline to the popular outdoor pastime. Through Jan. 25, the statewide second phase of waterfowl and coot season will allow shooting from one half-hour before...
Thieves Strike, but Christmas Cheer Isn't Gone; They Stole Gifts for Needy Children, but C2HM Hill Still Plans a Giveaway
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Gifts intended for some of Jacksonville's neediest children were stolen from a local business. But the employees haven't let the thieves steal their Christmas spirit and are now working overtime to make good on their promises....
TOP STORIES OF 2008; Election, Meltdown
Journalists typically poll themselves on the top news stories of the year. What was No. 1? But we decided to ask our readers for their observations, especially for the stories that were underreported. Members of our E-Mail Interactive Group...
T-U 2
BOLLES' COVERAGE Bolles' attempt for another state championship in football will receive TV and radio coverage today when the Bulldogs meet Gulliver Prep in Orlando. Radio coverage on WFXJ (930 AM) begins with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m. with...
Two Days in a Life of Heisman Trophy Contender
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO NEW YORK -- Friday was a busy day for Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Florida's junior quarterback made his way to New York for the second consecutive December for the Heisman Trophy presentation. Doing it again, however,...
T-YOU; Rants & Raves Shootings by Police Not 'Black' Problem
Police shootings have a negative impact on a city's reputation. People [and] businesses are not going to move here. It's really quite simple: If there are too many police shootings, there must be too much crime. To get to the bottom of it, one must...
Wanted: Trolleys, Bicyclists and Walkers; Jacksonville Beach Should Be Innovative in Finding Ways to Ease Traffic Congestion
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - The city wants fewer motorists but more public transit passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists downtown and on traffic-congested segments of Florida A1A and Beach Boulevard. The recommendation is...
Where Did That Red and White Candy Cane Come From?
Byline: Jackie Rooney Look up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a candy cane! Well, maybe it's not a candy cane, but science writer Clara Moskowitz recently reported that by using a radio telescope, scientists found a sugar molecule...
Whole Foods Brings Tasty Variety to Gourmet Shopping; Shoppers Have Options with New Store and Other Markets
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Mandarin foodies now have two places to shop when it comes to gourmet food. Whole Foods Market just opened in the Mandarin Landing Shopping Center, while construction begins this spring on a bigger home for the 12-year-old...
WILL HISTORY REPEAT? Hard to Count Tebow out; Vote Likely to Be Close
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO NEW YORK -- Critics said Tim Tebow couldn't throw the football. They said he wouldn't last a full season in the Southeastern Conference running the football because of the physical pounding. Florida's junior quarterback...
Winter Celebration Has Become Mandarin Tradition
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The leaves fell like colored snowflakes as Capone and Joe clip-clopped their way along the trail at the ninth annual Winter Celebration on Dec. 6, visitors sidestepping the huge horses as the packed hay ride rolled by. ...
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