The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 21, 2009

$500,000 Drug Bust Leads to Indictment; the August Confiscation Was the Second Largest in Jacksonville Beach History
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - In the second-largest drug confiscation in the city's history, police have seized about $500,000 worth of marijuana from an empty business in the 500 block of Third Street South. A grand jury issued...
'After the Murders' in Lizzie Borden Case
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN A mystery drama by Fernandina Beach playwright Richard Wolf will premiere Friday at Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre. "After the Murders: The Quest of Lizzie Borden" follows the real-life title character after her acquittal...
A.M. Stir
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA BOO! Haunted house scarier than we gave it credit for In Friday's Jack section, I listed area haunted attrac-tions and scare houses, classifying them as Terrifyin' (the big-time, professional houses), Frightenin' (com-munity...
Atlantic Beach Proposes Building Permit Fees Increase; the Hike Is Necessary to Make Up for a Budget Shortfall in the Department, City Says
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - On the heels of a 5 percent tax increase, the City Commission gave preliminary approval to a proposed hike in permit fees the Building Department charges for businesses and home builders. The fees to be increased...
Average Seat Belt Use Is Up in Glynn; It's in the Statistics Rates of Use Are Up Due to Increased Enforcement and Public Education, Officer Says
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK -They are statistics to smile about, although more work remains to be done. More people are using seat belts while driving in Glynn County, a recent survey conducted by officers with the county police traffic...
Beach Shorts
COSTUME CONTEST, PARADE The Beaches Town Center Costume Contest and Parade, a free family event for children of all ages, is set for Saturday in the area around the foot of Atlantic Boulevard. A make-your-own-crafts area, games and refreshments...
Big Upgrades, Disruptions in Fort Caroline Road Project; the Project Will Affect about 25,000 Daily Users in the Arlington Area
Byline: LARRY HANNAN Motorists on Fort Caroline Road in Arlington are in for a long 2010. Construction on the road from Townsend Boulevard to Merrill Road will begin in the next few weeks and continue into early 2011. About 25,000 motorists travel...
Brrr! There's a Chill in the Coastal Air; Cold Front Doesn't Keep People Away from the Beaches, but It Does Keep Them Bundled Up
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Cirly Abriam hates cold weather. That's why he lives in Florida. And that's why he bundled up in a gray winter coat and blue head and face mask Monday morning at the Jacksonville Beach pier. Only his eyes, nose and mouth...
Brunswick Farmers Market Doing Well in Tough Economy; Flea Market-Types Move in, but Produce Is Still King
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Faye Terrell's eyes lit up as she made a beeline for the baskets of plump green and red tomatoes nestled near freshly shucked sweet corn that farmers Mary and Morris Thornton were offering for sale Tuesday morning....
Charlton Budget Cuts Questioned; A County Official Assures Residents That Recreation Programs Would Not Suffer
Byline: GORDON JACKSON FOLKSTON - For the past month, Charlton County residents concerned about a proposed tax hike have demanded to meet with department heads to discuss their budgets. Monday, they finally got their wish. About 130 residents...
Children's Poet Laureate at the Bookmark
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT "The Tree That Time Built," is an anthology of poems selected by Mary Ann Hoberman, U.S. Poet Laureate for Children, and Linda Winston, an anthropologist, author and teacher. As its subtitle states, the book is "a...
City Heat Put on Illegal Workers; the Push Follows the Arrest of 15 People Working at the Courthouse Construction Site
Byline: MATT GALNOR Jacksonville officials required every worker on the Duval County Courthouse construction project to fill out a new form Tuesday and get re-certified to work there - part of an effort to crack down on undocumented workers. ...
Clijsters Picks Up Where She Left Off
Byline: . Kim Clijsters won her first match since capturing the U.S. Open, defeating Meghann Shaughnessy 6-2, 6-2 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Luxembourg Open. Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who lost to Clijsters in...
Down-and-Dirty Work for Latest 'Halo' Troops Events.Jacksonville.Com; Plenty of Ground-Level Action as You Battle Enemy
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY You might have "finished the fight" when you beat "Halo 3" two years ago, but "Halo ODST" lets you take a look at some of the battles that happened beforehand. It's an extension of the series, not a sequel, and it focuses...
Early Voting Low So Far in S. Georgia City Contests; in Some Cases, Voters Will Not Be Casting Ballots in the City at Issue
Byline: GORDON JACKSON WOODBINE - Early voting is being held for city elections throughout the state until Oct. 30. But in some instances, it may not be in the municipality where residents would normally cast their votes. In Camden County, residents...
Effort to Turn around Raines Depends on Help from Alumni
Byline: TONYAA WEATHERSBEE Cleve Warren admits he's still hung over from the Kool-Aid that he drank more than 40 years ago. That was when Warren, a successful businessman and community leader, was a student at William M. Raines High School. ...
Eviction Starts after Dozens of Neighbors Complain; They Ask MSD to Help with Extended Family Renting on Morningside Drive
Byline: DAN SCANLAN PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Two dozen people went to the Municipal Service District last week in search of answers to problems they've had with an extended family renting a house near their homes on Morningside Drive. They complained...
FITNESS: THEY WEAR IT WELL All Five Participants in Shape Up, Jacksonville Have Success Stories to Share
Byline: JEREMY COX and JOY BATTEH-FREIHA After six months of diligent exercise and healthful eating, Cheryl Bend doesn't need to take medicines anymore to control her cholesterol and blood-glucose levels. Allison Haddock Cass lost so much weight...
Fully Committed
Byline: FRANCINE KING College recruiters seem to have taken notice of the area's high school volleyball talent this season. At least eight players have already committed to top-level college programs, and that list is expected to grow. Times-Union...
High School Football
STANDINGS DISTRICT 1-6A***DISTRICT***OVERALL Orange Park******1-0******6-0 Ocala Forest******1-0******3-3 Sandalwood******0-1******4-2 Mandarin******0-1******2-5 FRIDAY Orange Park at Mandarin Sandalwood at Ocala Forest DISTRICT...
Hunter's Loss Is UF's Gain; after Shedding Weight, the Gators DT Is Shedding Blockers
Byline: KYLE MAISTRI GAINESVILLE - For Florida's Omar Hunter, less is more. The redshirt freshman is coming off his most productive game as a Gator, logging six tackles, including two for losses, in the 23-20 victory over Arkansas last Saturday....
'I Am Confident ... Something Good Will Come'; Andrea Zaepfel Cancer Patient, Friend of Cancer Survivor, Mandarin
Byline: ANDREA ZAEPFEL In December 2008, after an abnormal mammogram, the radiologist determined I had cysts and suggested I wait three months and then an additional six months for the next ultrasound. Trusting my instinct, I knew something was...
Jacksonville Beach Term Limits Could Be in for a Change; A Proposal Would Allow a Council Member to Serve Two Terms, Then Run for Mayor
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - Residents may be voting next year on whether to let a two-term council member, who has served eight years, run for mayor. The City Council showed preliminary support Monday for the ballot referendum....
Leaving Fish to Die a Big Problem at Guana Dam; Even "Undesirables" Have a Role in the Ecosystem of the Area, Reserve Officials Say
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES People who catch fish then leave them along the Guana Lake Dam to die could be threatening the life cycle of some fish populations such as lady fish and pogies, which may be considered undesirable catches but are nonetheless...
Measures Taken to Keep H1N1 from the Beaches; Meanwhile, the Vaccine for the Flu Virus Is Starting to Be Available in the Area
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY School absenteeism rates are higher than this time last year. The number of visitors per patient at Baptist Medical Center-Beaches is still limited to two family members at a time. And some health care providers are...
Modis Company Sold to Swiss Agency for $1.3B; MPS Group Hopes the Buyer Will Add to Staff in Jacksonville
Byline: MARK BASCH One of Jacksonville's largest companies has agreed to a buyout by one of the world's largest corporations. MPS Group Inc. announced Tuesday it agreed to a $1.3 billion acquisition by Switzerland-based Adecco Group. Adecco...
Morning Briefs
SAN MARCO PANERA TO CLOSE IN DECEMBER The Panera Bread in San Marco that had operated since 2000 has opted not to renew its lease that expires Dec. 31, according to a representative for the location at 1615 Hendricks Ave. I. Mark Rubin, president...
Mother Pleads for Child's Safe Return; SEARCH Volunteers, Law Enforcement Continue Looking into Night
Byline: DANA TREEN, JIM SCHOETTLER and MATT COLEMAN ORANGE PARK - As the 24-hour mark passed Tuesday in the search for Somer Renee Thompson, worries about what may have happened to the 7-year-old Clay County girl escalated. "Obviously we suspect...
Police Briefs; He Nearly Ran Girlfriend off Road
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A 19-year-old man was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and reckless driving after nearly running another vehicle off the road about...
Port CEO: Dredging Could Cost More; Latest Estimate Raises Project Cost by $100 Million to $600 Million
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Deepening Jacksonville's port to handle massive cargo ships would cost about $100 million more than original estimates from a few years ago. The latest "rough estimate" is about $600 million to deepen the channel to 48...
Ready to Build on Rookie Success
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Q&A Mario Chalmers Miami Heat guard Most basketball fans know Mario Chalmers as the player who hit the clutch shot that forced overtime and eventually led Kansas to the NCAA championship over Memphis in 2008. Now,...
RETIREMENT; A Little Work Extends Life
Keeping a little work in your retirement picture may help you to have more retirement to enjoy. Retirees who worked reduced hours remained healthier and could manage on their own longer than counterparts who retired and stopped working altogether,...
Roller-Coaster Ride Headed Up for Jags' Ellison
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Q&A Atiyyah Ellison Jaguars defensive tackle Born: St. Louis. On iPod right now: I don't have my iPod because it's in St. Louis. But if I had it, I'd probably be listening to "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z...
Saints Are Looking Super after Flattening Giants
Byline: VITO STELLINO The New Orleans Saints were born in a back-room political deal in 1966. Pete Rozelle, then the NFL commissioner, wanted an antitrust exemption from Congress so the NFL could merge with the AFL. Russell Long, then the...
Stories of Skynyrd Still Alive
Byline: MARK WOODS One of the fascinating parts of writing about Lynyrd Skynyrd for a newspaper in North Florida is what happens after the column appears. You don't just hear from other people who grew up listening to the band. You hear from...
Too Many Police at Trial Altered Jury's Choice; That's What an Appeals Court Says Led to the Conviction of Jacquan Shootes, Who Had a 2007 Shootout with Police
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM Too many uniformed Jacksonville police officers in the courtroom tainted the jury, an appeals court ruled Tuesday in ordering a new trial for a man convicted of shooting at narcotics detectives. The decision by a panel of...
T-U 2
HAYS' HEADLINES With inspiration from the satirical Web site theonion.com, here are the top sports stories that just missed the paper this week. These are Hays' headlines, with an appreciated assist from the sports desk crew. - Since Urban Meyer's...
University System Suing in Same-Name Spat; the School Wants Name Rights, but the Foundation Began 31 Years before the School Trademarked It
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - The University System of Georgia is suing the MCG Foundation for refusing to stop using the name connected to the Medical College of Georgia, according to court papers filed in Richmond County Superior Court Tuesday....
WILLIAM S. MATHIAS JR.: 1925-2009; Leader Volunteered His Time, Service to Help Care for Kids the Jacksonville Native Has a School Gazebo Named in His Honor
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR William S. "Bill" Mathias Jr., a civic leader with special interests helping children in North Jacksonville, died at his San Mateo home Sunday of lymphoma. He was 83. The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:45...
Woman Not Letting Girl out of Sight; after an Abduction Attempt, a Mother Is Scared for Her Daughter
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER April Boothroyd said she hasn't let her 5-year-old daughter, Kaylee, out of her sight after a woman tried to snatch her off an Orange Park street Oct. 10. So when Boothroyd heard about Monday's disappearance of Somer Renee...
Women of Color Making Efforts to Grow Businesses; Many Aspire to Become Entrepreneurs, but Profits Are Still Lacking
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Women of color are starting businesses at a faster rate than other demographic groups but still lag in revenue earnings, according to findings from a national and local study of entrepreneurship. Findings from the studies...
Working with an Able Spirit; More Businesses Are Using Government Programs to Hire Workers with Disabilities
Byline: JOSH GORE Shannon Mclaughlin treasures her two Persian cats. She works four days a week at Mandarin Veterinary Clinic, mainly filing paperwork. Now, after eight years at the clinic, the 36-year-old recently learned how to use the office...
Years of Neglect, but Still No Charges in Puppy Mill Case; Elderly Couple Keeping 62 Pets Have Been Reported Previously
Byline: ADAM AASEN There's an entire room at Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services center dedicated to this one animal cruelty case. And it still can't fit all the pets. Cage after cage is filled with fluffy white Shih Tzu and Maltese...
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