The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 23, 2009

A.M. Stir
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA BACK TALK Want to stir it up with A.M. Stir? Find something new everyone should know about? E-mail your comments, beefs and ideas to backtalk@jacksonville.com. GIFTS WHITE ELEPHANT IDEAS Legend has it the rare albino...
Attorneys Reviewing Additional Probing in Meserve Land Deals
Byline: DREW DIXON Attorneys for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation are reviewing a "supplemental investigation" into Mayport land deals involving former Atlantic Beach Mayor John Meserve. The additional probe was...
Bank Told to Address Capital, Bad Loans; First Bank of Jacksonville Is under an FDIC Consent Order
Byline: MARK BASCH First Bank of Jacksonville has entered into a consent order with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., requiring the small bank to raise additional capital and focus on getting rid of bad loans, according to a bank announcement....
Beach Shorts
PLANS FOR VETERANS PARK New architectural work is about to get underway for a Cities Veterans Memorial Park in Atlantic Beach. The Atlantic Beach City Commission recently approved $10,000 to help pay for architectural work at the half-acre park...
Burning Question: Nelson's Playing Time; del Rio Quiet about Role of Embattled Third-Year Safety
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Reggie Nelson showered earlier than most of his teammates and waited patiently at his locker for nearly 45 minutes. Thoroughly skewered by virtually every local media outlet after surrendering two touchdowns in the Jaguars'...
Businesses Happy for Demolition of Building; A Shopping Center, Empty for Five Years, Used to Bother Nearby Businesses
Byline: DREW DIXON NEPTUNE BEACH - City officials had promised the demolition of a vacant and dilapidated shopping center would be a boon for local businesses and, now that the center's been torn down, nearby business owners are applauding the move....
City Ready to Build 11-Mile Natural Gas Line; It Would Provide Service from Jacksonville Beach to the Guana Reserve
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - After working a decade to bring natural gas to the area, the city is close to signing a contract with Tampa Electric Co. to manage and operate the system. But it's not close enough. One thing is standing...
Couple Arrested in Home Invasion, Neighbor's Slaying; Another Man Is Being Sought in the Fatal Attack on the Westside
Jacksonville police have arrested two people in a Saturday home-invasion slaying at Chase Ridge Apartments and are seeking a third suspect, police said this morning. Jerry Bryan Drake, 31, has been charged with murder in the death of his upstairs...
Dark Christmas on Knoll Drive; with No One to Help, an Elaborate Holiday Tradition Comes to an End
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON Don Engels keeps reminding himself that Christmas is a joyous season. But this year he can't help feeling a little melancholy. After 47 years of decorating his home with increasingly elaborate displays of lights and...
Diner Owner Makes Online Spot for Local Bands
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN A new Web site has been set up for Beaches-area artists to upload original music for fans to purchase and enjoy. LocalBandsOnly.com recently launched and is in its early growing stage. The site was developed by Sun Dog...
Expectant Dad Talks Big Game, Future
Q&A Quentin Groves Jaguars DE Born: Greenville, Miss. On iPod right now: Oh, you don't know? "The State vs. Radric Davis" - the new Gucci [Mane]. Favorite athlete in another sport: Can I say the whole Trinidad & Tobago soccer...
Favre, Childress Not on Same Page
Byline: VITO STELLINO Quarterback Brett Favre was supposed to be the answer for the Minnesota Vikings. Now, he's the question. Favre, being Favre, went public after having what he said was a "heated discussion" with coach Brad Childress after...
First Coast Moms Turn Baking into a Business; SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS the Idea Resulted from Their Own Personal Experience
Byline: ROGER BULL It was just past noon on Monday. Lynn Yeager and Janice Copley were inside their small store on San Jose Boulevard, but Cookie Momsters wasn't really open for business. It was a baking day. The door was open though, and Yanira...
FROM THE ASHES; Church Rebuilds Sanctuary after 2007 Fire Destroyed Old Building
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Sheryl Gates had to think a minute when asked if she'd prefer to be married in the old or new sanctuary at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. Built in 1958, the older structure was known for its towering, stained-glass Jesus...
Georgia Shrimp Season Extended; Trawlers Up to 3 Miles Offshore Now Have until Jan. 18, the DNR Says
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Georgia shrimpers will get some additional time to make some money as state officials extended the state's food shrimp harvest through Jan. 18. Commissioner Chris Clark of the Georgia Department of Natural...
Holiday Spirit, Songs Filled Bolles
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The Bolles School's Ponte Vedra Beach campus was populated Friday with reindeer shirts with red noses, brightly lit holiday wreaths and lots of songs about sleds and holidays. The students held their annual holiday music program....
Home Sales in Area Up 70 Percent Increase; the Increase Is Expected to Stabilize Prices
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Rebounding homes sales in Northeast Florida posted a 70 percent increase in November compared with the previous year, Florida Realtors announced today. The year-over-year gain was higher than the statewide boost of 61...
Hot Start Gets an Icy Reception; Cold Shooting Dooms Gators in a Puzzling Third Consecutive Loss
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - The Florida basketball team jumped into the national rankings with an impressive streak of victories over Florida State, Michigan State and Rutgers in late November. A three-game stretch that was capped by...
Jacksonville Journal
CLOSURES AND SERVICE CHANGES FOR CHRISTMAS Most non-emergency Northeast Florida government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Christmas holiday. Only Express Mail will be delivered. There will be no regular home delivery...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; del Rio Questions Taylor's Comments
Byline: VITO STELLINO Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio wasn't going to let Fred Taylor get the last word Tuesday on the question of whether the New England Patriots watch more film than the Jaguars. In an interview in the Times-Union, Taylor said,...
Kids, Adults Enjoy Building Their Homes
Parents had as much fun as the children at Friday's Gingerbread House Party at the Beaches branch library, arranging M&M's, gum drops, candy canes, pretzels and Life Savers on the sticky white icing. Kristie Delomas of Atlantic Beach giggled...
Kingsland Marina Plans Clear Hurdle; Marshlands Committee Approves Project but Developer Still Needed
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - After nearly five years of legal wrangling that went as high as the Georgia Supreme Court, the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee has approved one of the largest private marina projects in the state. But...
Mentoring Groups Help Women in Business; Two Groups Were Started in the Beaches Area to Help Women Be Successful
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER Two mentoring groups for business owners, one which recently started in St. Johns County, are helping Beaches-area women learn how to lead employees, deal with vendors and otherwise enhance their business. The Business...
Morning Briefs
HOUSTON FIRM MAY BUY SUNCRUZ CASINOS SHIPS A Houston company might buy "selected assets" of the grounded SunCruz Casinos operation, but officials are not giving any indications about how that acquisition would affect resumption of sailing from Jacksonville,...
Officials Discussed HOAs, Laws at Meeting; but a New Ordinance Has Not Been Developed regarding the Homeowner Associations
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES A recent workshop to review Florida's Sunshine Laws and how they affect homeowner associations' ability to rule on building applications in their communities was a "toothless meeting," a Sawgrass County Club representative...
Police Briefs; Woman Turns Self in; Charged with Grand Theft
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A 36-year-old man was arrested and charged with burglary, battery and aggravated child abuse following a break-in about 2 a.m. Sunday at a home in...
Police/fire Pension Sparks Debate; Jacksonville Defends Actions, Targets Reform in Union Negotiations
Byline: MATT GALNOR For every dollar Jacksonville pays a police officer or firefighter in the next two years, the city must put another 49 cents into the pension fund. That math is at the heart of the city's argument for pension reform and claims...
Produce Stand, Whale-Watch Home Approved; but the Request to Use the Yard of a Large Home for Weddings Was Denied
Byline: DAN SCANLAN St. Johns County planners approved a request to set up a produce stand on a corner off Palm Valley Road and another bid to use a Ponte Vedra Boulevard home as a whale-watch center. But they denied a woman's request to use...
Prominent Business Developer Found Dead by Daughter
Byline: DREW DIXON Arthur Kirschman, a longtime Beaches-area commercial developer, was found dead in his Ponte Vedra Beach home Thursday, police said. A St. Johns County Sheriff's Office report states Kirschman, 57, died of an apparent self-inflicted...
Raines Holding School Benefit; Goal Is to Raise $20,000 for Improvements during a Sunday Rally
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS Organizers of a campaign to raise $100,000 for Raines High hope to bring in 20 percent of the money during a rally on Sunday. Tallahassee pastor R.B. Holmes, a 1968 graduate of the school, is leading the fund-raising effort....
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS GIRLS SOCCER RIDGEVIEW 2, MT. DORA 1 Goals: kooset (MD), Flegey (R), LaFontant (R). Half: Mt. Dora 1-1. Records: Ridgeview 8-5-1, Mt. Dora 7-5-0. RIDGEVIEW 4, SANTA FE 0. Goals: Barfield (2), Bates, LaFontant. Half: Ridgeview...
Sibling Rivalry Serves Sisters Well; Nease's Sherman Picks Up Competitive Nature from Her Older Sister
Byline: FRANCINE KING Kamryn Sherman's athletic abilities might have been provided by nature, inherited no doubt from her volleyball-playing parents. But her competitive spirit she credits to nurture - namely to growing up with her older sister,...
Stopping a 'Slow Killer'; Jacksonville Man's Mission Is to Teach about Global Warming
Byline: TONYAA WEATHERSBEE David McLintock was 20 when he got the first inkling that maybe he had picked the wrong career. "As a senior at the Naval Academy, I remember a two-toured Marine captain coming into the room and saying, 'I want you...
'The Taffetas' Will Take Players by the Sea from 1950s to 2010
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Players by the Sea will ring in the New Year and the opening of its next main stage production with a special New Year's Eve celebration and performance of the nostalgic musical "The Taffetas." The Jacksonville Beach community...
T-U 2
SEND US YOUR TEBOW MEMORIES Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will play his final college game in the the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. What are your most vivid memories of Tebow and what will be his legacy? Send an e-mail to tusports@jacksonville.com and...
Whole Family Can Rock out; You Can't Go Wrong with Either "Lego Rock Band" or "Band Hero."
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY If you're looking for a kinder, gentler rock 'n' roll experience with your music games, you've become a target for consumer brand marketing. Actually, we all have. They think they know who we are, where we shop and what we...
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