The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 7, 2008

3 Bills Would Limit Growth on Jekyll; the Measures Have Public Support, State Lawmaker Says
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS State Sen. Jeff Chapman, R-Brunswick, introduced three bills Wednesday that would rein in plans for large-scale beach hotel developments on Jekyll Island. The first bill limits beachside construction to the footprint of...
A BIG IDEA; Hope, Not Hammer
You're an employer. A young man applies for a job opening. You read the application. It shows the applicant has recently been released from prison. Do you toss out the application? Not if the young man has already paid all fines and made restitution....
A BOND BEYOND DEATH; A Fallen Marine's 'Brother' from College Won't Let His Memory -- or Honor -- Die
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Sam Spearl grew up as an only child in St. Augustine, graduating from St. Augustine High School. Joshua Watkins grew up as an only child in St. Johns County, graduating from Nease High School. When they met as freshmen...
A Milestone of Sorts: His 101st Arrest; Palatka Man Caught in Drug Sweep No Stranger to Police
Byline: DANA TREEN When James Griffith worked burglaries for the Palatka Police Department years ago, he could usually depend on Alger Scott to track the goods. "I'd go hunt Algie down, he'd probably know where it went," said Griffith, now the...
Area Commitments
Players going to NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools. POS.***PLAYER******SCHOOL******COLLEGE SS***Daniel Andrews***Trinity Christian***Clemson QB***Ryan Aplin******Fleming Island***Arkansas State WR***Charles Bailey******Bartram Trail******Mississippi...
Around Clay County
WINTER NATURE, BIRD FESTIVAL SET FOR SATURDAY IN MIDDLEBURG A winter nature and bird festival will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Middleburg on Blanding Boulevard. The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by...
Atlantic Coast Conference
Byline: BOB THOMAS THREE WINNERS Miami: The Hurricanes mined South Florida for 18 of their 33 signees from a class that ranks No. 4 nationally, according to Rivals.com. Linebackers Arthur Brown and Ramon Buchanan, defensive tackle Marcus Fortson...
CAMBODIAN GIRL; Prayers Answered
Last October, the Cambodian Christian Arts Ministry put out an urgent call for help. "One of our 12-year-old students named Buntheep Chun (who played the part of Molly in our 2006 production of Annie and toured Europe with our performing team in...
Charlton Plans to Remove 3 Assessors; County Faced with State Penalty over Inconsistent Property Ratings
Byline: GORDON JACKSON FOLKSTON - For the second time since 1999, the Charlton County Commission is trying to remove some county Board of Assessors members before their terms expire. The first time, the commission lost a legal battle to remove...
Construction Begun for Final Rails to Trails Sections
Construction began Monday on the final two sections of the Rails to Trails Project along Florida 100 in Clay County, the Florida Department of Transportation said. The two new sections, to be built by Vallencourt Construction Company of Middleburg,...
Dolphins Want First in A-Sun; JU Would Strengthen Its Hold on the League with a Victory over Belmont
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Jacksonville University's hold on first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference men's basketball standings will be on the line at 8 p.m. today when the Dolphins take on the Belmont Bruins in Nashville, Tenn. JU (12-9, 8-1) has...
Earnings
REGENCY CENTERS CORP. Regency Centers Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $50.6 million, or 72 cents a share, down from $61.5 million, or 89 cents a share, the previous year. Funds from operations for the quarter were $81.2...
Ethan Becker Still Finds Much Joy in 'Cooking'; His Grandmother and Mother Wrote Original; He and Wife Updated It
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT Ethan Becker will spread some Joy of Cooking this week when he attends the Chocolates of the World Gala and does a book signing. Becker is the grandson of Irma Rombauer and the son of Marion Rombauer Becker, the...
Girls Basketball Regional Quarterfinals
Byline: ZACHARY SPAIN All games 7 p.m. today REGION 1-6A Fletcher (11-14) at Port Orange Spruce Creek (18-6) Outlook: Fletcher reached the district championship as the fourth seed in a five-team district, so just making it this far was...
Grand Jury Finds Disconnect between Government, People
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage I am not going to get into an argument with State Attorney Harry Shorstein over whether elected officials who violate the state's open meeting law should be prosecuted. I'm more interested in another aspect of the...
Harper Ends Suspense, Picks Clemson; Trinity Christian's Star Running Back Likes the Tigers and Their Staff
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Trinity Christian Academy running back Jamie Harper threw off his teammate, Daniel Andrews, on Wednesday when announcing his college football destination. "He had me going for a minute, and I didn't know what was going on,"...
Housing Slump Hits Trucking Company; SunBelt Transport, Which Hauls Building Materials, Has Lagged
Byline: MARK BASCH Patriot Transportation Holding Inc.'s earnings have been hurt and will continue to be impacted by the housing market slump. But outgoing CEO John Anderson told shareholders at Wednesday's annual meeting that Patriot has a strong...
I'm Firmly in the Grip of Grits
Byline: DAN MACDONALD Let's clean the ol' brain pantry, combine a few tidbits of ideas and see if a column can be concocted. Lately, Shrimp and Grits has become one of the new standbys at our house. When most of my family reads this, they may...
In the News
QUOTE OF THE DAY "Al-Qaida in Iraq wants to poison the next generation of Iraqis." REAR ADM. GREGORY SMITH The U.S. military spokesman spoke out in response to videos that show al-Qaida training children. Story, A-5 KEYSTONE CROOKS HUSBAND-AND-WIFE...
It's Official: Williams to Jaguars; the Former Redskins Aide Takes over Jacksonville's Defensive Coordinator Job
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Former Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on Wednesday officially joined the Jaguars' staff, according to Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio. The sides agreed in principle Tuesday before formalizing...
Jam Parts Ways with Premier Basketball League; the Team and the League Put Blame on Each Other for Financial Problems
Byline: MARK BOLEKY The Jacksonville Jam's soap-opera season might have reached a climax this week with a lot of "he said, he said" and the possibility of a second team named the Jacksonville Slam starting up soon. One thing is certain. The...
JEFFREY S. LAWRENCE: 1958-2008; an Officer and a Gentleman A Whiz at Recovering Stolen Cars, He "Never Spoke Down to a Rookie."
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Jacksonville police officer Jeffrey S. Lawrence, who developed the stolen car "hot sheet" used to recover stolen vehicles, died at home Sunday of cancer. He was 50. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today...
Keystone OKs Historic Ordinance, Debates 4th Party
Byline: ANNE SPONHOLTZ A 21-page ordinance dealing with historic preservation was approved in a 3-2 vote at Monday's Keystone Heights City Council meeting, but not before Councilman Don Johnson tried to persuade the council to study the issue further....
Lonely Spartan Keepers Stand Ready for Action
Byline: BILL JOHNSON St. Johns Country Day goal keepers Brooke Chancey and Sarah Voigt love the game of soccer. Yet, despite their shared starting position in front of the Lady Spartans' net this year, they don't really get to play all that much...
MCINTOSH COUNTY COMMISSION; an Absentee Comeback for Grovner Deverger, Who Loses for a Second Time, Says He Won't Appeal This One
Byline: TERRY DICKSON DARIEN - McIntosh County Commissioner George "Bubba" Deverger Jr. summed up his 58-vote loss to the Rev. Nathaniel Grovner with one frustrated word: Again. That again referred to the paper absentee ballots in which Grovner...
McIntosh Fires Animal-Control Boss; He Is Charged with Having Pornography on a Laptop Computer
Byline: MIKE MORRISON DARIEN - McIntosh County is looking for a new animal-control director to replace one charged with having pornography on a computer. County Manager Luther Smart fired Harry "Doc" Kinard, 54, on Jan. 25. Kinard was arrested...
Mihkoa Brings Joy to Lake Asbury Classroom
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Jordan Mitchell was a little skittish about the brown bundle of fur with big eyes that was placed on a chair in front of him. Slowly, Jordan approached, then backed away, then approached again. After a series of stops...
Minister Regroups Anti-Crime Initiative; He's Inviting Churches of All Denominations to a Meeting Today
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER The Rev. Mark Griffin spearheaded an effort two years ago to reduce Jacksonville's murder rate through a group of black ministers who used gun buybacks and public-service commercials as their tools. But the group from African...
Morning Briefs
FIRST FLORIDA CREDIT UNION CAPS MERGER First Florida Credit Union has completed its merger with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Credit Union, according to a statement from First Florida. Members voted for the merger's approval...
Nahunta Forming Its Own Fire Unit; Mayor Jacobs Orders a Volunteer Group to Get out of City Firehouse
Byline: MIKE MORRISON NAHUNTA - The battle for control of Nahunta firefighters came to a head this week when the City Council created a new department and ordered an independent group of volunteers to vacate a city-owned firehouse. A new ordinance,...
NATIONAL SIGNING DAY; Florida
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Total signed: 22 FIVE IMPACT PLAYERS William Green******LB***6-4***215 Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park - Gators lack depth at this position. Omar Hunter******DT***6-0***322 Buford (Ga.) - Might be a starter...
NATIONAL SIGNING DAY; Florida State
Byline: BOB THOMAS Total signed: 30 FIVE IMPACT PLAYERS Nigel Bradham***LB***6-2***225 Crawfordville Wakulla HS - Impact playmaker could start in opener. Jarmon Fortson***ATH***6-3***220 Columbus (Ga.) Carver - Former Auburn...
NATIONAL SIGNING DAY; Georgia
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Total signed: 24 FIVE IMPACT PLAYERS A.J. Green******WR***6-4***184 Summerville (S.C.) - He might be the playmaker the Bulldogs have been looking for at receiver. A.J. Harmon******OL***6-4***308 Jefferson...
NATIONAL SIGNING DAY; Miami
Byline: BOB THOMAS Total signed: 33 FIVE IMPACT PLAYERS Arthur Brown******LB***6-1***210 Wichita (Kan.) East - One of the top players to ever come out of Kansas. Ramon Buchanan***LB***6-1***181 Melbourne Palm Bay - Reminds many...
NATIONAL SIGNING DAY; Strong Classwork
Byline: Hays Carlyon REPORT CARDS Times-Union high school sports editor Hays Carlyon assigns grades based on how effectively each school signed the players it targeted, not on overall talent. FLORIDA******A The Gators were headed for a...
New Flattop Not Only Option; What If Mayport Got a Ship like the USS Wasp? It Just So Happens It's Visiting Today
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY The warship scheduled to arrive in Jacksonville today - the one resembling an aircraft carrier - could foreshadow the future of Mayport Naval Station. Depending on the outcome of an ongoing Navy study of Mayport, it is possible...
News & Notes
Byline: DAVID C.L. BAUER COMPETITION MOTHER, DAUGHTER IN 'RECIPE SHOWDOWN' Amelia Island mother and daughter Autumn Clements and Susan Scarborough will take on other home-kitchen chefs for a chance to win $25,000 and have their recipe on a...
NOTEBOOK; Illinois Again Raids the Area
The Jacksonville-to-Illinois pipeline doubled Wednesday when three more high school players committed to Illini football coach Ron Zook. In addition to Parker wide receiver A.J. Jenkins and Middleburg defensive back Patrick Nixon, former Raines...
Perdue Education Plan Rankles Lawmakers; the Governor's Proposal Would Cut $30 Million from Local Education Grants
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - Proposed cuts to a program aimed at helping some school districts fund local education have angered lawmakers and could contribute to another round of budget friction between Gov. Sonny Perdue and legislative leaders....
Raider QB Fasnacht Follows Father to Lake City
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Orange Park junior quarterback Kam Fasnacht, who topped last season's Florida Times-Union regular-season statistics chart, has transferred to Lake City Columbia High School, where his father, former Raider offensive coordinator...
Save Those E-Mails as They Are Letters from Yesterday
Byline: Anne Sponholtz My intentions were to write a column about the vote on Amendment 1. I was surprised it passed and shocked that Clay County voters favored the changes by a whopping 54 percent. But I decided to check my e-mail first and a message...
SIGNING DAY AROUND THE FIRST COAST; Trading a Cap for a Headdress Running Back Heads to FSU in Style; Trinity's Harris Switches at Last Minute; Clemson Makes a Home Here
Byline: HAYS CARLYON THE BIG ONE Jamie Harper will be a Clemson Tiger next season. The Trinity Christian standout running back chose the Tigers in an interview televised on ESPNU. Harper, the top back in the Super 75, picked Clemson over Florida...
Snapshots
We want your snapshots! Do you have photos from an athletic event, a business function or family get-together? Do you have pictures of scenery from around Clay County? We want to publish them on "My Snapshots" pages! Post your photos for free on...
Snippets of History Weave Rich Tapestry to Clay's Past
Byline: Mary Jo McTammany If history is likened to a woven tapestry, close examination always shows up the wear and tear, leaving us sometimes just a thread or two, a hint of the longer story. Here are a few of the threads too interesting or just...
Southeastern Conference
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO/ THREE WINNERS Alabama: The Crimson Tide had 12 commitments before the 2007 season began, and coach Nick Saban rode that momentum to land big-time quarterback Star Jackson of Lake Worth in early September. Alabama signed...
St. Marys Wins Designation as a State Main Street Community; the Recognition Will Lead to Increased Tourism, the City Manager Says
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - The gateway to Cumberland Island is now the 108th city in Georgia to earn the designation as a Main Street community. St. Marys was named a Main Street community Wednesday at a downtown ceremony, ending a process...
Suspect Dealer's Downfall Welcomed; Arson Hasn't Stopped a Church from Reaching out to Drug Addicts
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY Daryl Devon Shack might have passed muster as the maintenance man at the Shannon Ridge Apartments to people who didn't live in the neighborhood. But authorities said those who lived in Jacksonville's Biltmore section knew...
There Will Be No $12,000 Doorway; Jacksonville Officials Cancel the Order, with No Financial Penalty
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA Plans for a $12,000 doorway for the Jacksonville City Council are now out the window. City officials canceled the order for a $8,600 cherry wood French door with a sidelight and transom without financial penalty, said...
To Fight Crime, Wage War on Poverty
Byline: Juan P. Gray Those communities most impacted by crime and murder need a voice on Mayor John Peyton's new initiative, The Jacksonville Journey. We also need a war on poverty. The Journey is another classic example of insidious and ancestral...
TOUR NOTEBOOK; Storied Clubs Added to Nicklaus Exhibit
Byline: GARRY SMITS Three large rooms of artifacts and memorabilia about the life and career of Jack Nicklaus already were on display at the World Golf Hall of Fame. This week, the St. Augustine museum received a few more additions to "Golf's Golden...
T-U 2
DIFFERENT KIND OF PITCH Teams such as the NBA's Boston Celtics and NFL's Green Bay Packers have gone public in recent years, offering shares for a little return and the rights to say you own part of a historic sports franchise. Cleveland Indians...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Grand Jury's Findings Were a Slap on the Wrist
The Jacksonville City Council violated aspects of Florida's open meetings laws, but a Duval County grand jury concluded in a report unsealed Monday that there was no criminal wrongdoing. Well, that finding was from the Duval County grand jury. How...
Where the Super 75 Signed
Byline: Hays Carlyon The top 75 senior football players in Florida, as selected by Times-Union sports writer Hays Carlyon, and the colleges they picked. Rankings are based on college potential, not high school success, and include players who have...
Williams, Jags Need Each Other
Byline: GENE FRENETTE Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, who batted .340 in his baseball career at USC, hit a home run Wednesday when Gregg Williams signed on to be his defensive coordinator. Looking at the NFL job-seekers, you'd be hard-pressed to...
WINE TASTINGS; Tasting Events in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia for the Next Week. Prices Vary
Today GROTTO: 2012 San Marco Blvd., 6 to 8 p.m. (904) 398-0726. THE JOYFUL CORK: 1095 S. Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite D, St. Augustine, 5 to 7:30 p.m. (904) 823-9923. MAKE-N-TAKE WINES: 700-9 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 6 to 8 p.m. (904) 276-7572....
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