The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 13, 2008

ABET Will Present Its Own 'Extravaganza'
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN The Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre's board and guild members are hoping to fill the community theater's seats during its 17th year, so they'll be unveiling new chairs during the season kickoff event to spur that effort...
Airport Move a Knotty Subject; Issues Besides Private Funding Plague St. Marys Officials
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS -- A majority of Camden County voters made it clear in a July 15 straw poll they aren't willing to pay to relocate the St. Marys Airport. So St. Marys officials are now looking for private funding. In the nonbinding...
Beach Shorts
FIRE AT GOLF VILLAS Lightning caused a fire at the Sawgrass Marriott golf villas Friday. St. Johns County Fire Rescue Spokesman Jeremy Robshaw said no one was injured in any of the 12 rooms that were occupied during the fire, which was called...
Bulldogs Standout Lost for Season; Left Tackle Sturdivant Needs Reconstructive Surgery on His Left Knee
Byline: MARC WEISZER ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia football team didn't have to wait for its season to begin to confront its first major dose of adversity. The team's worst fears became reality when they began their second week of preseason practice...
City Officials Hope to Punch Your 'E-Ticket'; "E" Stands for Entertainment and the Hope Is That It Will Also Mean the Downtown Can Make a Scene
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN No one would mistake Jacksonville's weekly Make a Scene Downtown for the shoulder-bumping crowds that thronged Bay Street when the city played host to the Super Bowl in 2005. The Super Bowl packed tens of thousands into...
Council Hopefuls Tout Trust; at Large Group 2 Candidates Cite the Panel's Low Approval Rating
Byline: DAVID HUNT The Jacksonville City Council has had an open slot since February, when Councilman Jay Jabour left after a judge ruled he didn't meet residency requirements for the At Large Group 2 seat. In the time since, a poll came out...
Decision by Voters Runs into a New Obstacle; in Atlantic Beach, Residents Are Being Asked to Change the Plan They Voted for Last Fall
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - The City Commission voted Monday to approve the wording to a proposed referendum that says commissioners wouldn't have to live in the districts they represent. The measure still has to go to a public hearing...
Education Spending's on Trial; A Lawsuit over Georgia School Funding Can Be Heard, a Judge Rules
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - A lawsuit that would force taxpayers statewide to spend more on education will likely go to trial after a judge rejected the state's effort to have the case thrown out. In a ruling released Tuesday, Fulton County...
Expenses Going Up, but Budgets Head South; St. Johns Commissioners and the School Chief Worry about the Financial Future
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL St. Johns County commissioners and school district leaders have a difficult situation to deal with this year - both have increased expenses but tight budgets. Commission Chairman Tom Manuel and school Superintendent Joseph...
FASTPLAY; Rock This Way, Aerosmith Fans Guitar Hero Variation Lets You "Compete" with Boston Band
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY Guitar Hero Aerosmith offers something that is sort of new . . . the chance to beat a dead horse with a plastic guitar. Guitar Hero III was a runaway smash. Guitar Hero World Tour, set to be released in late October, will...
First Coast Was Already Ahead of Curve
Byline: CAROLE FADER Jacksonville already knows a bargain. So say several area auctioneers who note that they've always been busy -- even before the economy drove people to shop for good deals. Luman Beasley, auctioneer and owner of Luman...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; Ingram Facing Eviction for Rent Issues
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - A Gainesville apartment management company filed an eviction complaint in Alachua County Court against Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram for failing to pay rent in July. According to court documents, Paradigm...
Georgia Briefs
HISTORIC HILL HALL REOPENS AT SAVANNAH UNIVERSITY SAVANNAH - Savannah State University celebrated the reopening of historic Hill Hall on Monday with faculty, students, alumni and community supporters. The building, which had been locked up and...
Green Flag: News and Notes
Byline: DON COBLE TROUBLE FOR TRUCKS NASCAR downplayed reports of failing interest in the Craftsman Truck Series, saying it would continue next year with a full 25-race schedule. The series will lose Craftsman as a sponsor at the end of the...
He's Staying in Line; Ragan Earns Others' Respect with Improvement
Byline: DON COBLE WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Even before last Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race started, David Ragan tried to make the best of a bad situation. Road courses have been a problem for the 23-year-old driver, and this race was no different....
Homecoming Is a Save for Frontz; the Trinity Christian Grad and Ex-JU Pitcher Closes a Biscuits Victory
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT To most of the 3,183 fans at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Tuesday night, the Montgomery Biscuits' 9-6 victory over the Suns was just another Southern League baseball game. But for some fans in the stands and one...
'Home on Deranged' - Plays on Words
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Jacksonville playwrights Chris Sheppard and Jeff Grove are bringing a trio of humorous one-act comedies to Players by the Sea. Home on Deranged will open Friday and run through Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Players studio theater....
Jacksonville Journal
$900,000 LOTTERY TICKET ABOUT TO EXPIRE Somebody in Jacksonville could be sitting on a lottery ticket worth $900,000, but it's about to expire. The Florida Lottery said the Feb. 29 winning Mega Money ticket sold at the Gate gas station at 570...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Holdout Makes History
Byline: VITO STELLINO The Derrick Harvey holdout will reach a milestone today. The defensive end from Florida will miss his 19th day of practice, tying Byron Leftwich's 19-day holdout in 2003 for the longest in team history. Although the two...
Jaguars Training Camp
TWO-MINUTE DRILl TONY PASHOS OFFENSIVE TACKLE A year ago, you came in with a big free-agent contract with something to prove. Do you feel settled in now? I know a lot more. Everything isn't new to me. Everything from the offense, to the...
Knee Injuries Painful for UF; the Gators Lose Two More Players for the Season with Torn ACLs
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - One more season-ending knee injury for Florida's football team, and coach Urban Meyer will need two hands to list them all. That's because that dubious roster grew by two Tuesday after Meyer announced that...
Man Dies after Being Hit by Car
A Jacksonville man was struck and killed by a car Tuesday as he stood by his vehicle on the shoulder of Lem Turner Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Terrance Fowler, 36, was beside his car with the driver's door open when Maria Fonsica,...
Morning Briefs
ST. LUKE'S HOSPITAL CUTTING 70 POSITIONS St. Luke's Hospital announced Tuesday it is cutting 70 jobs in the face of a weaker-than-expected economy and stiff competition from neighboring health facilities. Administrators hope to transfer 30-35...
Most 'Idol' Dreams Will Be Dashed Today. Here's Some Coping Advice
Byline: MATT SOERGEL All of you thousands of songbirds heading to the American Idol auditions today know, don't you, that you have as much of a chance as a snowball in you-know-where of getting past this first round? It doesn't mean you're not good....
My Sleep Hasn't Been Enhanced
Byline: TERRY DICKSON ST. SIMONS ISLAND - I'm so tired. I stayed up Monday night past midnight watching muscle-bound men swing on bars and rings and vault, flip and spin. It's the Summer Olympics coming to us live from China. We also get most...
No. 1 Receiver Isn't Top Concern; Garrard's Ability Can Overcome Injuries to the Jags' Top Pass-Catchers
Byline: VITO STELLINO The Jaguars haven't had a go-to receiver since Jimmy Smith retired in the spring of 2006. They drafted Reggie Williams and Matt Jones in the first round in 2004 and 2005, respectively, to eventually fill that role, but neither...
Nurturing Spiritual Renewal in Women; Evangelist Daughter of Billy Graham Plans 2009 Revival at Arena
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY It wasn't easy growing up one of evangelist Billy Graham's five children. Anne Graham Lotz - the second of Graham's three daughters - said it meant living without a full-time dad and having everybody wondering how she'd turn...
Police Briefs; Neighbors' Dispute Comes to Bad End
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A 39-year-old man was arrested on drunk-driving and accident charges after driving his GMC Hummer through a yard about 3 p.m. Aug. 4 in the 1200...
Puttering about on a Cart Is OK; St. Marys City Council Approves a Golf-Cart Route for Point Peter
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - Golf cart drivers will soon have a safe, legal route to drive to and from the Point Peter area of St. Marys. City Council members voted unanimously Monday to designate a sidewalk on Point Peter Road as a multiuse...
Roddick Advances to Second Round
Top-seeded Andy Roddick defeated Ramon Delgado 6-3, 7-6 (4) to end a string of first-round upsets at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic on Tuesday in Washington. Three seeded players - Mardy Fish, Feliciano Lopez and Marat Safin - were eliminated before...
Rumors of Closing Hurt, but Businesses Survive the Talk; the Aqua Grill and Twisted Martini Have Finally Put the Gossip Behind Them
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Now that the rumors about closings have died down, it's back to business as usual for the Twisted Martini and the Aqua Grill. About a month ago, when two Ponte Vedra Beach businesses, Aromas Cigar and...
SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 3; Gentry Stands Out
W.C. Gentry is a nationally known trial lawyer, but he's an educator at heart. His passionate advocacy for education and track record for tackling youth and school issues earn him our recommendation for the Southside District 3 School Board seat...
School Volunteers Honor Upson for Its 'Eye-Opener' A; the School Rose from a C This Year, Its First Top Mark on the FCAT
Byline: STEPHANIE WANG When Ruth N. Upson Elementary School finally earned its first A on the FCAT this year, even community members without children enrolled in the Jacksonville school applauded like proud parents. "It all starts in elementary...
Senators Aim to Clarify Laws on Carrying Guns; the Concealed Weapons Law Clashes with a Public Gatherings Provision
Byline: JAKE ARMSTRONG ATLANTA -- God may not strike down someone who packs a pistol in the pews, but a judge will. Under state law, churches are considered public gatherings, making it a crime for anyone to carry a concealed weapon there. ...
Stars of New Surfing Film Will Take in Jacksonville Premiere
Byline: DREW DIXON Two of surfing's earliest professional world champions will attend Saturday's Jacksonville premiere of Bustin' Down the Door, a documentary film that chronicles how short surfboards have impacted the sport. Shaun Tomson and...
Sulzbacher Clinic for Poor, Homeless Coming to Beaches; the Downtown Jacksonville Center Has Received a Grant to Create a Satellite Clinic
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - A Beaches health center for people who are homeless or uninsured will open this fall now that the Sulzbacher Center has received a $1.9 million grant to expand its downtown medical clinic to a satellite...
Take a Second Look before Catching Bus; JTA Changes 3 Trolley Routes, Renames Them
Byline: LARRY HANNAN In an effort to improve efficiency, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority will be rerouting and renaming three downtown bus routes this month. Changes to the Magnolia, Azalea and Sunflower routes will begin on Aug. 25....
Tennis Event Has New Site, Sponsor; MPS Group Replaces Bausch & Lomb; to Move to Sawgrass
Byline: GENE FRENETTE After a 29-year run at Amelia Island Plantation and being sponsored by Bausch & Lomb since 1987, the annual Women's Tennis Association tournament will move to Sawgrass Country Club in 2009 with the Jacksonville-based MPS...
They'll Be Shaggin' out at Jekyll Music Festival; Carolina Beach Sounds That Brought the Races Together Are on Tap
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS JEKYLL ISLAND - It is music with a sense of place, and the sand of a Georgia barrier island is as good a place as any. Carolina beach music - along with some other sounds of the '50s and '60s - return to the Georgia coast...
This Week
SPRINT CUP SERIES 3M PERFORMANCE 400 When: 2 p.m. Sunday. Where: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich. Track dimensions: 2-mile, D-shaped oval with 18-degree banking. Broadcast: Television - ESPN, 1 p.m.; Radio - Motor Racing...
T-U 2
2 CENTS The Asterisk Police are out again. The ones, for example, who wanted little stars by the names of Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire because they broke home-run records while taking substances that weren't yet banned by Major League Baseball....
Twist at FSU: No Shouting; the Seminoles' Coaches Don't Have Reason to Yell at Their Growing Offense
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE - The weather turned foul Tuesday morning during Florida State's football practice, with an hour-long rainstorm producing fumbles, wobbly throws and dropped passes. Missing from the day? Foul outbursts from the...
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