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Articles from July 14, 2007

2 Arrested after Man, 88, Robbed
Byline: JOHN CARTER An 18-year-old man and 16-year-old boy were arrested at 8:15 a.m. July 6 at Washington Heights Apartments, 4229 W. Moncrief Road, and charged with carjacking, drug possession and burglary. An 88-year-old-man told police he...
3 Being Investigated in String of Car Burglaries; but More Have Been Reported during the Police Inquiry
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Police are investigating three people in connection with about 30 recent car burglaries in the Municipal Service District, but more thefts have occurred during the probe, the St. Johns County Sheriff's...
ACTION SPORTS; Do-It-Yourself Thrills Here Are Five Places Where First Coast Adrenaline Junkies Can Get Their Fix This Summer
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER WAKEBOARDING BLACK CREEK The key to a good wake is a deep body of water, and this creek, at about 30 feet down in some places, is one of the best in the area. More depth also means cooler water, and at this time of...
All-Stars Find Big-Time Baseball Costs Big Bucks; Priorities Fundraising Proves as Valuable as Athletics in Sports Success. Planning One Local Team Solicits Donations throughout the Year
Byline: MARK PETTUS If you want to be a winner, you have to pay the price. Two local youth baseball teams that are winning big this summer have learned the hard way that the price isn't just hard work and dedication. It's also cold, hard cash. ...
A.M.Stir
Byline: RACHEL DAVIS WORD OF THE WEEK IT'S GETTING HOT OUT HERE HELIOLATER (HEE-lee-AHL-uh-tur): n. from Greek-derived heli- (sun) and -latry, latreia (service, worship): sun-worshiper. With the mercury on the rise, local heliolaters are...
Baby Born after Mom Shot Called 'A Miracle'
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY MOM'S CONDITION: Both she and her baby were reported in stable condition Friday afternoon. TWO TEENS ARRESTED: They face charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault. Antonette Johnson-Lee spent her first day as...
Bargain Stores in a Pinch? A Supreme Court Ruling May Dry Up Your Savings at Off-Price Retailers
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON It could have been a bargain shopper's worst nightmare. Off-price chains such as Stein Mart, Ross, Marshalls and TJ Maxx have long used their designer-wares-at-bargain-prices mantra as a way to attract shoppers. But...
Beaches Group Producing Guide to Assist Paddlers
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER A Beaches environmental institute has received a grant to produce a guide and Web site that will help paddlers explore the Intracoastal Waterway and its tributaries, tidal marshes and preserves. On July 5, the group learned...
Beach Shorts
SPECIAL MAGISTRATE The Jacksonville Beach City Council will consider an ordinance calling for a special magistrate to handle code enforcement violations when it meets Monday. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall at 11 Third St. N. At...
Big Screen Proves Big Plus with Latest Harry Potter Movie; 10 Reasons to See 'Order of the Phoenix' on the IMAX 80-Foot Screen
Byline: PAUL R. MAY Ralph Fiennes, the actor behind the evil Lord "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" is scary enough to begin with. But his reptilian blue-white skin and those terrifying pit viper slits he has for nostrils are even freakier when he's standing...
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; County Staff Unwraps $501 Million Budget at Meeting
Byline: TERRY BROWN Cutting more than $100 million from the 2007 budget amount, County Commissioners Ben Rich, Tom Manuel and Ron Sanchez listened to details of the proposed 2008 county budget Tuesday. The budget news was welcomed by the trio who...
Capitol Not Quite Millionaires' Club; Financial Disclosure by Legislators Comes with Few Surprises
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Charlie Crist, who campaigned for the state's highest office by stressing his ties to everyday Floridians, has a bank account to match his words. Recently filed financial disclosure forms show Crist...
Charter Government Has Some Drawbacks, Too, Officials Are Told
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL While a charter government in St. Johns County could give residents more power over their elected politicians, a state official said Tuesday that sometimes that authority can backfire. Virginia Delegal, general counsel...
Church Group's 'Road Trip' Includes Building Houses
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY They slept all night on a plane from Denver. They'd worked for two days delivering food to homeless people and helping at a food kitchen, and now they had no idea where they were heading next. At 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, they...
City Council Must Make 1 Tough Choice
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis The Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce took two bold steps this week. It withdrew its request for $875,000 in public service grants, and it created a fund to pay for 21 public officials to take two leadership...
CITY COUNCIL; Play by the Rules
City Council flung itself into a credibility crater by blatantly snubbing Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine Law. Climbing out can begin now, even during a grand jury probe. Council members have insisted they do follow the law. The grand jury...
Commissioners Approve Special Election
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The Clay County Commission has formally called for a special election next year for voters to consider two proposed charter amendments. The special election will be held in conjunction with the Nov. 4, 2008, general...
Community Crime
Bucket brigade going back to court - again Three men charged will illegally soliciting donations at the intersection of Florida 13 and Race Track Road in February did not have their day in court again this week, but will instead appear again Sept....
Concurrency Doesn't Mean Forever, Commission Decides
Byline: KEVIN TURNER YULEE - Nassau County commissioners put an expiration on concurrency Monday, ending development privileges being permanently attached to undeveloped land. "I think this is a great thing," Growth Management Director Walter...
Cool Ice Stand Offers 280 Flavors to Choose From
Byline: RHONDA REESE When summer arrives, Mandarin residents know there is one sure way to beat the heat. For the past three years, a growing number of visitors have stopped by Scott Easton's small house-like structure sitting under two trees...
Cutbacks Won't Stop Community Center Plan; the St. Johns Commission Finds Funds for the Long-Awaited Ponte Vedra Project
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Even with projected cutbacks to comply with the state's property tax reform, the St. Johns County Commission plans to convert a Ponte Vedra Beach church building into a long-sought community center. ...
Cyclists Will Pedal for Fallen Comrade and Right to Bike
Byline: BILL JOHNSON July 14 is a date most Clay County bicyclists would rather forget. But they won't. And they won't allow others to forget it, either. Five years ago today, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jim Warmowski and his fiancee were out for a morning...
Dad Gets Life in Prison for Killing Child's Mom; Bryant Raynard Payne, Who Confessed to the Murder, Is Not Eligible for Parole
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR It took a Circuit Court jury just one hour and 45 minutes Friday to find a Jacksonville man guilty of first-degree murder for strangling and burying the young mother of his child. Circuit Judge Jack Schemer immediately...
Difference Makers
Byline: Terry Brown nina johnson Get the candles ready and lots of them. On July 23, Westminster Woods resident Nina Johnson will celebrate a birthday - her 103rd! Still very active, the centenarian is a prominent feature at the retirement...
DO IT BIG on the Board
Byline: Jacob Milano Kona Skatepark's 30th birthday party July 7 in Arlington had everything: a wakeboarding obstacle course, Hooter's hot wings and even a temporary swimming pool in the bottom of the snake run after a huge rainstorm. Multiple bands...
Don't Dump Utility, Instead Negotiate for Same Benefits
Is St. Johns County well-served by having JEA provide electric utilities here? JEA has about 11,000 electric customers in the county, while FPL serves almost 69,000 customers countywide. The issue raised by a citizen at a recent county commission...
Fans Can Get Football Fix with 7-on-7 Tournament
Byline: Brent Beaird Sure it's hot and nearly all that is on television is Major League Baseball, but if you are looking for a football fix then Fleming Island High School is the place to be today for the Inaugural Golden Eagle "Air Assault" 7-on-7...
Ferry's Future Now Rests with JaxPort; If There's No Money Forthcoming, the Service Could End on Oct. 1
Byline: DREW DIXON Now that Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton has axed city subsidies for the Mayport ferry, it's up to the Jacksonville Port Authority to keep the service afloat beyond this year. Peyton's proposed 2007-08 city budget, which will...
Final Race of Fine Arts Triathlon Series Set This morningYour Crossword Puzzle
Byline: Brian Kosoy From baseball all-stars to tae kwon do champs, the Beaches sports scene had a wide array of action this week. Here are this week's top performers and events: - Today: The third and final race of the Lifestyles Realtors Beaches...
First Coast Community; It's a Competition for Filmmakers, with a 48-Hour Deadline
Byline: TRACY COLLINS & JONATHAN BENNETT Area filmmakers will be competing Aug. 3-5 in the 48 Hour Film Project, an international competition that spans more than 60 cities in seven months. Jacksonville competitors will have just two days to...
For Fernandina's Historic District, It's a Question of Neon
Byline: MARY HURST FERNANDINA BEACH - To have neon or not to have neon or exactly how much neon should be in the city's Historic District - that is the question. The dialogue has been ongoing for a couple of months at City Commission meetings....
Former Drug Dealer Needs to Promote His New, Legitimate Ways
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee One of the most enduring photos from the drug wars of the late 1980s was that of Henry Manns. Smiling, weighed down with gold chains and wads of cash, he looked like a guy who was pleased with himself; a black man who...
Georgia Briefs
PHONE BOOK RECYCLING UNDER WAY IN BRUNSWICK BRUNSWICK - Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful is sponsoring a monthlong telephone book recycling campaign beginning Monday. Old directories may be dropped off at the following locations: - Brunswick...
Getting Warped in Green Cove Springs; Vans Warped Tour Features Big Crowd, Skateboarding, Water Slides ... and a Middleburg Band
Byline: MARY MARAGHY The 2007 Vans Warped Tour is expected to bring 7,500 young people, 60 punk rock bands, skateboarding demonstrations and water slides to Green Cove Springs next Thursday for an interactive concert and extreme sports interactive...
Hawk's Flight to Stardom Features Kona Memories
Byline: DAVID HUNT TONY HAWK Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk has become a household name over the past three decades after winning countless skateboard competitions, leading to endorsements, television commercials and a successful series...
Home & Garden
CLINIC EXPERTS OFFER ADVICE ABOUT GARDEN ISSUES Wonder about what to plant when? Horticultural staffers from the St. Johns County extension office will have a free plant clinic from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. today at the Farmers' Market inside the St....
How My Vegetable Garden Grew - and Grew; Lessons Learned as a Season of Working in the Soil Nears Its End
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA The vegetable gardening season in Florida is just about finished. It's just too darned hot for the plants - or the gardeners, for that matter - to survive. But it's been a good run. For a while there, I had more cucumbers than...
If You're Reading This, You Must Have Survived Friday the 13th
Byline: Jackie Rooney I hope Rooney Bin readers survived Friday without mishap. It was, after all, the second time this year people suffering from paraskevidekatriaphobia - irrational fear of Friday the 13th - had to clutch a lucky rabbit's foot...
Jackson's 'Due Process' Is Ridiculous
Byline: Gene Frenette Here's a pot-calling-the-kettle-black moment if there ever was one: Jesse Jackson ripped Major League Baseball this week for its treatment of Barry Bonds as the San Francisco Giants slugger pursues Hank Aaron's all-time home...
Jags Still Looking for a Preseason TV Home
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT While the NFL Network continues to make its presence felt in the inner circle of NFL telecasts, the Jaguars have not made a deal with any local television stations to broadcast its preseason games. The preseason game at Green...
Jr.'s Move Makes Early Impact; Earnhardt's Popular Appeal Helping to Create a Super Team
Byline: DON COBLE Motorsports Authentics sent five tractor-trailers stocked full of Dale Earnhardt Jr. souvenirs to the Daytona International Speedway for last week's Pepsi 400. And for the first time, some prices have been slashed. The company...
Judge Makes Appeal for Funds; She Wants the Camden County Commission to Reconsider Budgeting for the Drug Court
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - With funding cut off for Camden County Drug Court, Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams began conducting the court in Glynn County this week. If the Camden County Commission declines to restore the funding, Williams...
Kennedys' Chef Will Prepare Food for Event
Chef Neil Connolly, who spent years cooking for the Kennedys and their guests at their family compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., will lead the culinary efforts at a September fundraiser in Ponte Vedra Beach, organizers said this week. St. Vincent's...
Major Resort Project on Horizon for Jekyll Island; the Plans Are to Spend $90 Million to Replace the Buccaneer Beach Resort
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD The Jekyll Island Authority and three investors are nearing a $90 million deal to redevelop a beachfront resort that would be the first major hotel project on the Georgia barrier island in decades. Led by Dallas-based...
Man Charged with Having Drugs at Jail; Russell Lynn Sr. Faces Six Felony Drug Counts in Ware County
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI A visit to a Ware County jail inmate landed a defense lawyer's investigator behind bars. Russell Lynn Sr., 63, of Waycross, faces six felony drug charges plus one felony count of crossing a guard line with contraband....
Mandarin Man Had Special Reason for Competing in Triathlon
Byline: Rhonda Reese Bill Townsend of Mandarin set out on a 1/4-mile swim July 7, followed by a 10-mile bike ride and three-mile run. Many people participated in the Jacksonville Triathlon Series at Little Talbot Island State Park, but Townsend...
Mandarin Team Captures Cal Ripken Division Tournament
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The Mandarin Athletic Association's Bombers won the Cal Ripken Rookie "B" Division State Tournament in West Palm Beach. The Bombers went undefeated in the state tournament June 28 to July 2, beating a Winter Springs team 8-1;...
MATHEWS BRIDGE; Bridge to Open Any Day Now, State Says
Eighty-seven days after workers started ripping up grating, the Mathews Bridge is almost ready for two-way traffic. WHEN WILL THE BRIDGE OPEN? It could be as early as tonight. All traffic on the bridge was shut down at 9 p.m. Friday to allow...
Mears Has the Pole Made in the Shade
Byline: DON COBLE JOLIET, Ill. -- Casey Mears had a fast car Friday during pole qualifying for the USG Sheetrock 400. So did Martin Truex Jr. The difference might have been a cloud. The Chicagoland Speedway was momentarily shaded by a cloud during...
Medicaid Patients Shunned
Byline: MARY HURST BOULOGNE - Sandra Amerson just wants to know why a rash on her legs won't stay gone. Her doctor, Michael Sharpe of Hilliard Primary Care, wants to get it cleared up, too, but can't get her in to see a dermatologist. Amerson,...
Mosquito Control District Battles Insects, Themselves; St. Johns Deputies Have Been Called to Two Meetings to Keep Order
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH - St. Johns County's independent mosquito control district is under fire again, this time from some who contend public comment and questioning is being squelched. They point to such things as deputies...
Move over Harry Potter, Make Room for Carmen
Byline: MARK PETTUS The final installment of the Harry Potter saga will land in book stores this month and if you're wondering what your teen or pre-teen should read next, Barbara Caridad Ferrer has a couple of suggestions. Ferrer writes novels...
Musical Theater Will Stage 'Once upon a Mattress' This Month
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The second High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience comes to Florida Community College at Jacksonville's South Campus as Once Upon a Mattress comes to the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts' Studio Theatre at 11901 Beach...
NCAA Names 'Buster' Browning Schools' Volunteer of the Year
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY It's no surprise the Athletic Training and Education Center at the University of North Florida is named for Arthur "Buster" Browning. The National Association of Athletic Development Directors recently selected Browning...
NO SILVER STREAK; Sleek Lancer GTS Does Lack Competitive Pep
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Is the new Mitsubishi Lancer GTS a case of all flash and minimal dash? All show and so-so go? Well, under that snarky new (and longer) body style is a stiffer platform. And unlike its rather plain predecessor, our Lancer...
Nurses Have Fundraiser for One of Their Own
Byline: MICHELLE TRUMP A group of nurses recently spent a Saturday night in Arlington raising money for one of their own. The Caring and Giving Fun and Dance for Cancer Awareness at the Holly Oaks Forest Community and Swim Club was organized...
O'Neal Holds Amateur Lead
University of North Florida junior Michael O'Neal opened up a two-shot lead at the halfway point of the Jacksonville Amateur Golf Association City Amateur Championship on Friday with a 2-under-par 70 at the Marsh Landing Country Club. "I have been...
Piano Man Passes on His Skills to Youths
Byline: JOHN CARTER He's the Northside's piano man all right. But more than that - he's created quite a few little piano boys and piano girls over the years. And most put their tuneful talent - not to mention charitable attitudes - to good...
Playing a Shell Game; Tortoises Are Struggling to Live in Sprawl
Byline: ANNE MARIE APOLLO Development is the gopher tortoise's biggest predator in Florida. Since 1991, the toll in the First Coast - in Clay and Duval counties in particular -is among the highest in the state, after permits that allowed sprawling...
Police Briefs; Soda Can Thrown from Car Hits Man; His Sight Jeopardized
Following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A man could lose sight in his left eye after he was pelted by a soda can thrown from a car about 5:30 p.m. July 5 in the 1000 block of Atlantic Boulevard....
Project Alaska Field Headed North by Ship, Train and Plane
Byline: TERRY BROWN In a little more than a month, a large patch of synthetic green grass with some white striping and two field goals will rise from the barren, frozen tundra beside the Arctic Ocean on Alaska's North Slope. Sitting in the stands...
Quadruplets Find Ride Home, Thanks to Hospital and Hope; Family's Battle to Fly 4 Babies from California to Georgia Looks Over
Byline: JOHNNY EDWARDS AUGUSTA - A Georgia couple's quadruplets won't be grounded in California much longer. The Sacramento hospital that's been caring for them has agreed to pay $13,000 to fly the two most fragile preemies home in the care...
Run It Up the Flagpole; It's Easier to Salute It
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Jacob Bateh wanted the Stars and Stripes to have a nice launching pad. So the 17-year-old reconstructed the flag pole area at Pine Forest Elementary School of the Arts as an Eagle Scout project. Because students rally...
School District Proposes Decrease in Property Tax for 2007-08; but State's Estimated $1 Billion Shortfall in Sales Tax May Affect Clay's $395 Million Budget
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The Clay County school district has proposed a slight property tax decrease for fiscal 2007-08, based on preliminary figures from the state Department of Education. The state figures - called Required Local Effort, the...
Selva Marina's Development Plans Becoming Clearer; the Country Club Is Requesting a Change in Zoning
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - A bustling community of houses, townhomes with porches, sidewalks and common areas could replace some of the rolling green fairways and driving range at the Selva Marina Country Club. The details of the planned...
Services to Help Poor to Be Improved; Several Programs Are in the Works to Provide Services to People and Families in Need
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER New services are coming to the Beaches that will offer housing for homeless families with children and medical care for people with no insurance. In April, a task force of Beaches-area social service agencies announced...
Signs, Signs, Everywhere Are Signs; County Commissioner Suggests Not-for-Profit Signage Escape Weekend 'Sweeps'
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Bandits, snipes, stuff on a stick, street spam. Their nicknames don't exactly make them sound like beloved cultural icons. And some people so hate the small advertising signs that appear along roads and on utility...
Sisters Are State Title Contenders; but off the Runway, They're Not Competitive
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND The sisterly bond is too strong. Though they're in that most competitive of arenas - beauty pageants - there's no rivalry between these two Westside sisters. No comparing trophies. No trying to outdo each other. Besides,...
State Says No to High-Rise Condo at Intracoastal; the Moody Site Plans Fail Several Compliance Requirements
Byline: DREW DIXON A state agency has rejected plans for a high-rise condominium complex on the western bank of the Intracoastal Waterway, saying it would threaten the environment and clog traffic on Atlantic Boulevard, especially during hurricane...
The Crowd Gets into Musical Mix of 311; Headliners Show Their Versatility at Arena Show; Matisyahu Impressive Too
Byline: ROGER BULL It has all the makings of a gimmick. Matisyahu, the leading voice in the not-overly-crowded field of Hasidic reggae rappers, brings a supremely non-threatening presence to rap and reggae. Tall, thin, bespectacled and . . . Hasidic....
The Keys to a Perfect Cup
Byline: Gill & Barbara Johnston You have purchased one of your favorite coffees. On your way home the aroma wafting through your car is intoxicating. You wonder why no one has created a coffee aroma for cars. It's earthy sweet, nutty organic....
The Power of the Media Is All in His Mind
Byline: Lamar Thames I have talked to a couple of business owners recently who essentially said the same thing: Bad news about the economy begets bad news. In other words, the more that bad economic news appears on television and in the newspaper,...
There's an Art to Pruning Hibiscus
Byline: BECKY WERN Q: How and when do I prune hibiscus? I see some that are blooming much more than mine, which is too tall. Hibiscus responds well to pruning, but there is a bit of an art to the when and how. First, is the plant getting plenty...
Timing Is Everything
It's disappointing the county's recent land inventory found nothing suitable for affordable housing. The state-required exercise did bring to light a reality that should be faced. If the Chamber of Commerce and Clay County are to create 10,000...
Toddler Drowns in Pool in Yulee
Byline: KEVIN TURNER YULEE - The death of a toddler Monday, two days after her grandfather found her floating in his Yulee swimming pool, brings home the message that competent adults must watch toddlers every second - especially when they're near...
T-U 2
2 CENTS How low will sports go? Who knows, because the coaches/parents/powers-that-be keep finding ways to sink lower. Southern California recently offered a basketball scholarship to a 14-year-old eighth-grader who has yet to set foot on high...
T-U; Rants & Raves Bashing Gays, or Bashing the Paper; or Just Bashing
Thank you, Times-Union, for printing the gay marriage announcement. It's about time that Americans wake up and realize that gay people have feelings just like [they] do. Would you turn your back against your own family member if they came out and told...
T-YOU; Mandarin Middle School Camps Get Kids in School Shape
Byline: Katherine Croakman Mandarin Middle School is offering many camp activities for Jacksonville youths this summer. There are athletic summer camps such as baseball, softball, basketball, agility and football; camps for music, scrapbooking,...
WING MEN; They Cruise the Coast from on High WING MEN on Wednesdays, These Pilot Buddies Fly out Together for Lunch
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Dark blue ocean and bright blue sky merged at the horizon, where wispy white clouds drew a line across the earth. From 500 feet above the ground, people the size of matchsticks could be seen sunbathing on a ribbon of white...
Wolfson Says He Won't Seek Re-Election; the Atlantic Beach Mayor Cites Increased Family and Business Responsibilities
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - Mayor Don Wolfson announced this week that he will not seek another term in office in the Oct. 2 election. In a news release issued Thursday, Wolfson stated, "Increased responsibilities with my aging parents...
Your Voice Gives Sound to Sun's Online Megaphone
Byline: Jonathan Bennett Have you seen the blogs on MyStJohns Sun.com lately? So far, it's been a great way of getting to know what the Sun staff is thinking about. Staff writer Mark Pettus has let us know about his accomplishments as a novelist...
Yulee Gets Its Long-Awaited Park
Byline: KEVIN TURNER YULEE - Concerned eight years ago that the rush of growth in Yulee would trample history underfoot and leave residents lacking parks, Mary Lou Tucker and a group of other Yulee residents formed the Yulee Historic Council. ...
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