The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 9, 2008

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5 FOR... JOHN HENDRICKS; Presidents of the West Nassau Historical Society
The Nassau County Commission declared this month to be Hilliard, Kings Ferry and Boulogne history month. What is the plan to celebrate it? The West Nassau Historical Society and the West Nassau Genealogical Society decided to put a display in the...
$6 Million in Pot Yanked out of Pierce Woods; the 5,000 Marijuana Plants Seized Is the Largest Such Find in County History
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI Authorities have seized almost 5,000 marijuana plants from a carefully tended patch hidden in woods east of Blackshear in Pierce County. The high-quality plants, ranging from 2 inches to 6 feet tall, had a potential...
A.M.Stir
Byline: ADAM AASEN QUOTE "It looks real good right now with Kentucky Fried Chicken in Fallujah." Former Gen. Tommy Franks on Fox and Friends talking about a KFC opening in Iraq, somehow symbolizing freedom. Turns out there is no KFC there,...
Angelwood Raises Money with Its Own Jet-Set Getaway
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The Mandarin-based Angelwood program launches The Ultimate Jet-Set Getaway fashion show and luncheon at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach. And some local notables will be modeling for charity. ...
Apple for the Teacher? Depot Sees They Get More Than That; Duval County Schools' Giveaway Helps Teachers Lower Their Out-of-Pocket Costs
Byline: ERIC BRADNER Woodland Acres Elementary School gave Marci Kline two jobs. The new hire soon will start her first year of teaching third grade there. First, she has to turn the blank walls and empty spaces of the place in which she works...
A Special Date -- So Some Newlyweds Say; Couples Pick "Lucky" 8-8-08 as Their Day to Start Married Life
Byline: STEPHANIE WANG They were supposed to be married on her birthday, a February wedding. But Johana Escobar and Ivory Glenn didn't have the money for it then, so their vows remained unspoken for another six months. The Jacksonville couple...
Audi's Real Deal; A5 Has Grades to Enter GT Class
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Lots of cars are called GTs. But only a rare few fit the definition of a grand tourer - a two-seat or two-plus-two coupe with a powerful engine, luxurious yet capable suspension and a stunning shape that is almost, but not...
Bass Showcases Receiving Talents at Elite Camp
Byline: BILL JOHNSON With size and speed that don't necessarily separate him from the pack, Ridgeview wide receiver Tyler Bass is relying on his athletic play to make his case to college scouts. That's why the veteran Panther pass-catcher attended...
Beach Shorts
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT An Atlantic Beach commissioner is proposing an ordinance that says city commissioners wouldn't have to live in the districts they represent. Voters approved a plan in October to assign each of the four commissioners a specific...
Blog
pride in ownership When driving on Sparrow Branch Circle you become aware of the residents who have little concern for the appearance of their property from the street. The following are items that demonstrate a "lack of pride in ownership". ...
Cable Cut Disrupts School, City Hall Web Site Access; Accidental Cutting of Fiber-Optics Cable Also Affects Residents
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A world without the Internet - that was the problem facing Jacksonville's City Hall, the Duval County School District and an unknown number of area business customers on Monday after a JEA crew accidentally sliced a major Comcast...
Candidate's $100-a-Month Office Rent Raises Questions; A Citizen Asks the Florida Elections Commission to Look into the Issue
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL With the primary election about two weeks away, St. Johns County Commission candidate Randy Brunson is getting grilled about the amount of rent he's paying for his campaign headquarters in St. Augustine. The rent isn't...
Chamber President: Get Involved, Especially Young People, and Vote
Byline: Regina Duncan When my daughter turned 18, she exercised her right to vote by not voting. Given my work and interest in politics, I was terribly disappointed. Nearly 10 years later, my daughter follows politics closely, especially local...
Change Strategy amid Lower Water Temperatures
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson The cooler-than-normal water temperatures are once again the topic of conversation amongst our local anglers. The dreaded thermacline has once again lowered our water temperatures almost 10 degrees below what the temperature...
Church That Will 'Help Anybody' Welcomes Lighter Moments; St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Springfield Recently Held a Summer Program, 'Cosmic City.'
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Cosmic or comical? Well, perhaps summer camp at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Springfield was a little bit of both. Patty Halle and her traveling youth group can attest to that. The group, from St. Margaret's Episcopal...
City Council and School Board: Legislation on the Agenda
Byline: DAN SCANLAN This list of pending and recently approved legislation is compiled from Duval County School Board and Jacksonville City Council agendas for the community included in City Council District 5 and 6 within the 32223, 32257 and 32258...
Clay Utility Authority Proposes Rate Hike; Increased Fuel and Other Costs Are to Blame for the Change
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The Clay County Utility Authority is proposing an overall rate increase of 8.03 percent for fiscal 2008-09. The rate increase is necessary because of increased fuel and other costs, despite a lower proposed budget than...
Coca-Cola Provides Financial Aid for College to Local Student
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES The reality of the expenses associated with higher education hit 18-year-old Mandarin resident Gabrielle "Gabby" Bialik like a ton of bricks. "College is very expensive," said the Paxson School for Advance Studies graduate,...
Community Notebook; Noted African-American Oceanographer to Speak at New Lecture Series
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Oceanographer Evan Forde will be in town Friday and Saturday to kick off a new lecture series, "Unleashing Potential to a New Generation," which is sponsored by People of Color Science and Invention Inc., Zarephath Academy...
Convicted Sex Offender Facing Animal Cruelty Charges; Fleming Island Man Is Accused of Abandoning Animals, Caging Others
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Convicted sex offender William Filancia, 44, is being investigated for animal cruelty. Clay County animal control workers on Monday removed two abandoned dogs, feces-covered caged squirrels and a 55-gallon tank of fish from...
Crime Briefs
MINORS GET SERVED Six clerks were charged on August 6 with selling alcohol to a minor after a sweep of St. Johns County businesses. A seventh clerk - who is a minor - was given a civil citation. The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office and the...
Crime Watch
This list of crimes is distributed via e-mail to Clay County residents. To be added to the list, go to www.claysheriff.com and click on the Sharing Tree icon. Then e-mail Dean Jones and ask to be added to the list. THEFTS On July 28, playground...
Developers of New Upscale Hotel Trying to Ease Parking Rules
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - Developers who want to build a four-star hotel at the Mango's bar site on First Street North are banking on the city's Downtown Vision Plan and a movement to revamp downtown parking requirements to help...
Difference Maker; Lisa Darenberg
As a former sixth-grade math and science teacher, Lisa Darenberg has found a new generation of children to educate through the public library. As the Bartram Trail Library's Children's Librarian, Darenberg now teaches the 5-year-old and younger set...
DORIS NEWELL CARSON 1925-2008; She Was a City Pioneer in Women's Reproductive Health the Physician Was an Avid Promoter of Family Planning
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR A pioneer in women's reproductive health in Jacksonville and the city's first female physician to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology, Doris Newell Carson died Friday at World Golf Village. She was 82 and her health...
Drivers on the Bubble Find a Way to Beat High Gas Prices; More of the "Low-Speed Vehicles" Are Turning Up on Roads at the Beaches
Byline: DREW DIXON As gas prices continue to hover around $4 a gallon, more "low-speed vehicles," also called bubble cars, are popping up in Beaches traffic. Owners use them to run errands, see friends and go on short jaunts to the beach. ...
DuPont Middle School Finds 'A' Game under New Leader; the San Jose School Went from a 'B' School to an 'A' School
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Teresa Mowbray set foot on the duPont Middle School campus last year vowing to make it an "A" school. A lofty goal for a first-year principal. Not only did she succeed, but the San Jose school had the highest academic...
Fencing Club in Riverside Is Offering Beginners Course
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The Fencing Club in Riverside is offering an eight-week beginners course from 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday starting Sept. 24. Cost is $150. "The sport of fencing brings discipline and gets you into shape," said Coach Raul...
Five Jaguars to Watch in Tonight's Preseason Game
QUENTIN GROVES DEFENSIVE END The Jaguars' second-round draft pick could develop into part of the solution for the team's pass-rushing woes, especially with first-round pick Derrick Harvey still a holdout. Groves has impressed with his speed through...
Fletcher Students Get an Early Taste of School Year; the High School's Walk-Through Gets It All Started Right
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Bible I, Bible II and Latin American History are some of the new elective courses for Fletcher High School students this year. The Bible will be studied as literature, Principal Dane Gilbert said Tuesday as he watched students...
Foreclosures Are Up 53 Percent in Nassau County
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER Foreclosures are up all across the country and Nassau County is no exception. Fifty-three percent more properties have gone into foreclosure in Nassau since January than the same time last year, according to the Nassau County...
For the Darners, Life Goes on, 'One Hour at a Time'; Nine-Year-Old Madyson Must Fight an Inoperable Brain Tumor
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY When 9-year-old Madyson Darner had breakfast with the Cat in the Hat in Orlando one recent day, she told the tall feline that she has a brain tumor. "He put his head down, and covered his eyes with his hands, like he was...
Free School Supplies Will Be Given out at Splash! Party
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Free school supplies are being given away at a Back-to-School Splash! party from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at San Jose Baptist Church, 6140 San Jose Blvd. The party will feature such water rides as Toodles the Turtle, Pirates...
Gators Will Feel the Loss of Ingram
Byline: GENE FRENETTE In Florida's weapon-loaded offense, you would think the loss of a starting tight end wouldn't be so demoralizing, but a season-ending knee injury to Cornelius Ingram is a major hit on several fronts in the Gators' camp. ...
Green Cove's Lee Field Named after Young Navy Pilot
Byline: Mary Jo McTammany On March 12, 1941, with the traditional military pomp and ceremony, Jacksonville Naval Air Station's auxiliary airfield in Green Cove Springs was dedicated. It quickly became one of the Navy's top-ranked centers for the...
Green Cove Springs Comes Up with Parking Solutions
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN Finding ways to deal with Green Cove Springs' parking problem shifted into the fast lane Tuesday when the City Council gave the green light to finding temporary and permanent solutions to the issue. Two venues to help solve...
Harvin Still out with Pain in Heel; UF's Star Wide Receiver Could Miss All Practices as He Heals from Surgery
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Florida's football team will go through its first full-contact practice today, but it might be a while before Percy Harvin can participate. Possibly even September. Gators coach Urban Meyer said the junior...
Head to School to Get Back to Work; A Speedy Certification Program at UNF Is for Adults Who Were Laid Off
Byline: ADAM AASEN The University of North Florida announced Friday it will offer a fast-track certification program aimed at people who have been laid off. Tim Giles, director of continuing education at UNF, said his department has received...
Huguenot Park Fee Hike in Works; Switch to $3 per Vehicle First Increase since 1991
Byline: TIA MITCHELL After delivering on promised improvements to Huguenot Memorial Park, Jacksonville has proposed increasing the entrance fees to the oceanside destination. If approved Tuesday by the City Council, admission to the park will...
If Scruffy's Story Opens Your Heart, You Can Help Her Out
Byline: Susan Stanton Scruffy, a terrier mix, was brought to the Jacksonville Humane Society in June by an animal welfare officer who received a call that the dog was abandoned when her family moved out of their Westside home. A neighbor said...
IN POLITICS; Early Voting Sites to Open Monday; Days, Hours Vary
Early voting starts Monday, allowing people to cast their vote for the Aug. 26 primary at a number of locations throughout Northeast Florida. Early voting ends Aug. 23; hours vary by county. Early voting locations are: Baker County -- 9 a.m.-5...
In the Military
Jessica L. Beachkofsky has graduated from the Uniformed Services University, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. Beachkofsky is the daughter of Claudia K. Nelson of Green Cove Springs. Army Spec. Uzoma N. Humes has completed basic...
'In the Shade' Meeting to Discuss Legal Strategy
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - While six similar property rights cases against the city have been resolved, Chris Hionides is still seeking $5.4 million from the city for adopting a 35-foot building height cap that he says lowered...
It's That Buggy Time of the Year; Be on the Lookout for Chinch Bugs and Sod Webworms in the Lawn
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE Summertime and the living is easy - unless you're stressing over lawn problems. This is the time of year when our lawns provide a smorgasbord for pests. The two pests we get the most questions about now are chinch...
Jacksonville Players 10-Year-Olds Dominate World Series
Byline: Mark Boleky The Jacksonville Players 10-year-olds weren't about to let their older friends get one up on them. Two weeks after the Jacksonville Players 12-and-under squad won the Independent Softball Association World Series in McDonough,...
Judicial Candidate Questions Vow; Voters Deserve to Know Stances, He Says
Byline: JAKE ARMSTRONG ATLANTA -- At least one candidate for the Georgia Court of Appeals says pledging not to take stances on issues -- as four of the seven candidates have done -- may hinder the judicial election process. Candidates should...
Kitten Rescue Has Happy Ending for This Mandarin Family
Byline: Rhonda Reese What started out as an intergeneration art project for Michelle Steighner ended up becoming a lengthy save-a-life mission for a Mandarin family. The saga began when Steighner, an art teacher, was winding down an outing at Westminster...
Local Neighborhood Watch Programs Get a Night out; Mandarin Joined in the National Night out Event to Boost Its Safety Programs
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Things have been quiet in the Gates of Olde Mandarin recently - a neighbor's car stolen and some homes egged. But better safe than sorry, said Neighborhood Watch coordinator Bob Kurowsky during their first National Night Out...
Mandarin's Haven Hospice Honored with Circle of Life Award
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A hospice program that operates its only Jacksonville in-patient center in Mandarin is the sole end-of-life program to win an American Hospital Association Circle of Life Award. Haven Hospice administrators and staff received...
Mandarinsun.Jacksonville.Com
Pet of the week Name: Sebastian Joseph Owners: The Husemans Age: 3 years old Sebastian is one of three Australian Shepherds in his family and loves to play frisbee and catch and swim at Dogwood Dog Park. Submit your pet for Pet of the...
Meet the Candidates -- County Commission District 1
This is the latest in a series of information packages on candidates in the upcoming primary and general election. The primary election is Aug. 26. Early voting is 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Aug. 11-23, at the following locations:...
Nassau 411
No replacement yet It has been almost a month since Tom Branan resigned from the Nassau County Commission July 14 and Gov. Charlie Crist has yet to appoint a replacement. Republicans Wynn Fendig and Stacy Johnson are running to replace Branan...
NEIGHBORS TAKE A NIGHT OUT TO FIGHT CRIME; in One Residential Area, It All Started When Burglars Stole Family Heirlooms
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND The burglars stole wedding presents and her grandmother's jewelry, items she couldn't put a price tag on. Though it happened 22 years ago, the theft remains fresh in Donna Powell's mind, especially during National Night...
Notes
SALE BUY PLANTS FROM STATE PARK At Washington Oaks Garden State Park's monthly plant sale, guests can buy a living piece of the park. The sale is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. (386) 446-6780. RHIZOMES...
Notes from the Past; the Descendants of a Union Soldier Donate Copies of His Letters Home and Other Artifacts to the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Hoop skirts arrayed around them, the ladies sat in the parlor Sunday, politely listening to the guest speakers from Yancey, N.C., some cooling themselves with fans woven from palmetto leaves. The Ladies of the Golden Teacup...
Nothing like a Mountain Retreat to Escape Sweltering Florida Heat
Byline: Lamar Thames My wife and I went on vacation to North Carolina in July. It was a relaxing time with family on a lake in the southwestern mountains, cool in the evening and not too warm in the daytime. We went kayaking, tubing, boating,...
Now Entering the WOLVES' DEN; Students, Parents Enjoy Sneak Peak at Liberty Pines
Byline: MAC MITCHELL While the late-summer air may be muggy in St. Johns County, it's full of electricity at Liberty Pines Academy. The new school was buzzing with incoming students and their parents when they attended an Open House Night on...
OP Considers $15 Million Budget; It Would Mean the First Property Tax Hike since 1999
Byline: MARY MARAGHY The Orange Park Town Council tentatively approved on Tuesday a $15.4 million budget for 2008-09. To support it, the council tentatively approved a tax rate of $6 per $1,000 assessable property value - the first tax hike since...
OPINION NUGGETS; Cell Phone Choices
Would you like to have more choice with cell phone plans? Early cell phone termination fees are gaining focus nationally. A California judge ruled that charging the fees is illegal. If it sticks pending further legal action, Sprint Nextel Corp....
Painter Takes Art to a New Depth; A Teen Artist Leaves a Colorful Mural on the Bottom of a Fountain
Byline: BETSY GILLILAND AUGUSTA -- Sometimes the best ideas strike when you least expect them, and sometimes it takes a little persuasion for other people to buy into your vision. Just ask Doubletree Hotel General Manager Marty Matfess. When...
Past Medalists Reflect on Their Olympic Glory Days; the Gymnast and Sailing Team Member Offer Words to Live By
Byline: MARILYN LEWIS CAMPBELL Barbara Ann Scott of Amelia Island recalls the performance that earned her the gold medal for figure skating in the 1948 Winter Olympic Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland. She was in the middle of a loop-change-loop...
PERFECTLY PUMMELED; Collectors Say That Sea Glass, Made Smooth by the Ocean's Waves, Is Getting Harder to Find
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON Every morning, Madeline Warnock treasure hunts, scouring the sand by her Ponte Vedra Beach home for a sparkle. She has trolled coastlines around the world for 13 years, searching for sea glass. That's the remainder of...
Police Briefs; Homeless Man Stabbed, Slashed during Argument with Another Homeless Man
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 24-year-old homeless man known as "Face" was stabbed during an argument with another homeless man at the Shell gas station at 3244 University Blvd. S., police said. The victim refused to be treated by rescue and walked...
Police Briefs; Man Carjacked When He Stops at Store to Buy Food
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 26-year-old man was carjacked at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday when he stopped at a store in the 6800 block of Lillian Road to buy food. When the victim came out of the store, a man he had seen talking on a pay phone came up and...
Police Briefs; Police Find Bullets, Casings after Man Is Shot
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY The parking lot of a Westside apartment complex was the scene of a shooting earlier this week, according to a police report. The victim, a 21-year-old transient man, was shot in the lower back and right arm at Morningside...
Police Briefs; Shooting Breaks out at Complex, Guard Intervenes, Is Shot
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY An armed security guard was shot when he tried to stop a gunfight at a Northwest Jacksonville apartment complex last week, according to a police report. The guard, a 31-year-old Riverside man, was expected to survive,...
Police Briefs; Taxi Driver Robbed, Threatened by Men
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A 46-year-old taxi driver was robbed by someone who appeared to have a gun about 3:30 a.m. Monday in the 1500 block of Main Street. The Gator...
Police News; Thief Strikes Mall Guard, Escapes
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A woman with a specially rigged shopping bag got away with an undetermined number of items Sunday from The Body Shop at The Avenues mall at 10300 Southside Blvd. In the process of escaping, the woman's vehicle hit a security...
Politics and Humor Have a Longstanding Relationship
Byline: Jackie Rooney Q. What do you call George Washington's false teeth? A: Presidentures! Pardon the corn, but I'm practicing for Monday, Presidential Joke Day. I'm certain to be the life of the political party - or not - with hilarious jokes...
Ponte Vedra Beach MSD Trustees Oppose Charter
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL The Ponte Vedra Beach Municipal Service District trustees came out this week against St. Johns County's proposal for a charter government, which will be on the primary election ballot on Aug. 26. The trustees said they...
Proposed Navy Neighborhood Draws Questions, Concerns
Byline: BRAD GOLDBACH Usually discussions about the Navy involve battleships and officers. This one centered on traffic, schools and property values. A community meeting at Shindler Drive Baptist Church Aug. 4 about a proposed Navy neighborhood...
Pruning and Fertilizing Can Affect Fruit Production
Byline: BECKY WERN My apple trees are about 5 years old, but I haven't had any fruit on them yet. How long does it take? All fruit trees have to reach a certain stage of maturity before they can grow fruit. Your trees should be at the point where...
Raccoons' Rescuers Get Shots for Rabies; Seven People Have Been Exposed, and One of the Raccoons Was Set Free
Byline: MIKE MORRISON Residents of Southeast Georgia are being warned to stay away from wildlife after seven Camden County residents handled a pair of rabies-infected raccoons. The five adults and two children, whom officials declined to identify,...
Rescue Truck Overturns on Wet I-10
A Jacksonville fire-rescue truck taking a patient to the hospital ran off Interstate 10 and overturned about 1:45 p.m. Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. No one was severely injured, the report said. The Rescue 57 driver, Paul Brennan,...
Residents Flock to Get Antiques Appraised
Byline: TOI JEFFERSON If you built it, they will come. If you pay them, they will come, too. That is what the estimated crowd of 100 wanted - to get paid for the treasures they brought to the Treasure Hunters' Roadshow at the Howard Johnson's...
Run, Walker, Run
Byline: MAC MITCHELL Local girls softball team wins World Series title By Aaron Soto/Special to the Sun One northwest St. Johns County softball team recently discovered the sweet taste of victory. The Jacksonville Players, a 12-and-under...
Safe Animal Shelter Will Lose Some Trees for Retention Pond; Some Projects Are under Way; Others Will Begin in the New Year
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Safe Animal Shelter workers in Middleburg, surrounded by road construction projects, said the sound of heavy equipment and loss of shade trees is unsettling to animals and humans alike. "It looks a little like a hurricane...
School District Finds Ways to Take Sting out of Budget Funding Pinches; So Far, Clay County Fares Better Than Other Districts but Still Could Face Dismal Financial Picture Next School Year
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY At the Clay County school district's recent annual administrators dinner, Deputy Superintendent Denise Adams dangled a symbolic carrot to try to get principals to sing for their outgoing boss, Superintendent David Owens....
School Transfer Requests a Record; A Total of 531 Students Want to Relocate from Duval's Three Double-F High Schools
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS More high school students have requested transfers from failing schools than ever before in Duval County, numbers spurred by having three high-powered magnet schools as transfer options and having, for the first time, three...
SEMINOLES NOTEBOOK; Parker Humbled by Fallout
Byline: IRA SCHOFFEL TALLAHASSEE - He felt bad about letting down his family and Florida State teammates. He worried what coach Bobby Bowden and offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher would say. But when wide receiver Preston Parker was arrested...
Smart Back-to-School Shopping More Important This Year; That's Because There Is No Tax-Free Period for Shoppers in 2008
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Some families in Mandarin are struggling to make ends meet amid soaring costs. To some parents with more than one child, tax-free week is like a child running wild in a candy store. However, this year parents won't have...
Softball Little League Set to Begin Its Fall Season
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The Arlington Softball Little League is about to begin another season of play, and registration will be open in August and September for the fall season, which begins in late September and goes through November. Players...
SOLOMON L. BADGER JR.: 1912-2008; Reverend Touched Lives for Good
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY For 48 years, the Rev. Solomon Badger Jr. delivered concise, powerful sermons at Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church. A champion for education, he will be remembered as a role model who helped shape the lives of young people...
Sports Briefs
Sports physicals Free sports physicals will be available from 8 a.m.-noon today at the Orange Park High School gymnasium. The physicals are for Clay County seventh-12th graders who plan on playing school sports this year. Volleyball sign-up ...
Spraying the River
Byline: Beverly Fleming If you have been on the river lately, you may have noticed some plants appear to be dying along the shore south of Shands Bridge. You are not mistaken. Water hyacinth and water lettuce in creeks and along the banks...
Start 'Em Up: Jaguars Ready for Live Action; del Rio Says His Starters Likely Will Play More in Their Preseason Opener
Byline: VITO STELLINO The Jaguars begin the preseason tonight against the Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, and several starters will receive a longer look than usual. Although the veterans normally only make a cameo in preseason...
Still Some Spots Available at Pablo Creek Pop Warner
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The nonprofit Pablo Creek Pop Warner Association's football program has begun practice, but still has availability depending on the age of the youth. Ten hours of conditioning will need to be executed before the youth is...
Students, Teachers Rake in Awards
Byline: BRANDIS JEST The wealth of good news has been tremendous! Here's some to share for this week: -- Azschrielle Jackson, a rising senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, won a silver medal at the 30th annual NAACP Academic, Cultural,...
Term Limits Exception Idea Won't Be on Ballot; Opposition on the City Council Led to the Bill Being Withdrawn
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - Voters who want to allow a council member who has served eight years, or two terms, on the council to run for mayor will have to wait two more years to exercise that choice. Councilwoman Penny Christian,...
Thieves Take Circuit Boards, Knock out Telephone Service
Byline: DAN SCANLAN About 700 AT&T customers in Mandarin were affected early Monday when someone stripped a telephone switching station box in the 2900 block of Plummer Cove Road. But they weren't the only customers affected by thieves stealing...
Tickets for Different Kinds of Events Available Now at Town Center, Mall
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Tickets to concerts, sporting events, museums, theatrical performances and more are available at The Avenues mall and St. Johns Town Center through a new partnership between Ticketmaster and the malls' owners. They can be...
Tools for Schools Offers Help for Schools
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY When the new school year begins Friday, Aug. 22, all St. Johns County public schools will be operating with a 20 percent budget cut due to state budget shortfalls. To help, the St. Johns County Education Foundation, a support...
Touchstone Village 'Was a Natural' for Its Builder
When the Youth Crisis Center set out to create the Touchstone Village, all it had was a concept: to provide a long-term residential program to prepare at-risk adolescents and young adults for the responsibilities of adulthood. As that concept became...
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2 CENTS Whatever the result of the presidential election in November, I hope it doesn't come down to Barack Obama being too athletic-looking. A Wall Street Journal article recently opined that Obama's lean frame, documented workout schedule and...
Veterans Memorial to Be Dedicated
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER CALLAHAN - A veterans memorial a mile north of town on U.S. 1 has taken eight months to construct. But it's almost complete. Once finished, the West Nassau Veterans Memorial Monuments will honor all Nassau County service...
Vino's Pizza: Trust Us, Try the Zeppolis
Byline: MAC MITCHELL My rule with restaurants has generally been that the less well-known a place is, the better the food. This has back-fired on me before, but Vino's Pizza & Italian Cuisine set things right. The restaurant sits in a small...
Wakeboard Contest Is on Six-Mile Creek in St. Augustine
Byline: Brian Kosoy In honor of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band's first visit to Jacksonville in over five years coming up Friday, here are this week's top performers and events in Beaches sports - with titles courtesy of The Boss. -...
Westside Kart Track Attracts Future Professionals
Byline: BRAD GOLDBACH He looks like he's floating. That's what you want to see, says Scott Pool. Pool's eyes light up as his son Nathan, 9, rounds a corner in his go kart at the 103rd Street Sports Complex on the Westside. He is in the middle...
Westside Neighborhoods Take Time for National Night Out
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY An old-time camaraderie filled Alexon Street Tuesday night. It seemed as if the clock - and the block - had turned back 40 or 50 years. Kids played in the Cedar Hills street and burgers sizzled on grills as about two dozen...
When Do You like to Get Your Sun?
Byline: Travis Hill Despite my rapidly blossoming bald spot, I am not that old. So, it feels a little silly for me to be dispensing life advice to all of you. But if I have learned one thing so far, it's this: Change is inevitable. Sometimes...

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