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Articles from March 23, 2014

Area Golf Notebook; Event Includes Hall of Famers
Byline: Garry Smits A golf tournament involving juniors and World Golf Hall of Fame members will be held March 30-31 at Deerwood Country Club. The First Tee North Florida Golf Classic is being played in the memory of the late Bob Feagin, who...
Around the Region
Do you have something to share about your community outside Jacksonville? Send tips to Scott Butler at scott.butler@jacksonville.com or (904) 359-4566. FIRST COAST RELIEF SOCIETY CELEBRATES 172ND About 150 women from 11 congregations - one...
Artists Might Find Home in Old Furniture Building
Byline: Roger Bull Steve Williams, owner of Harbinger Signs, gallery owner and artist, has the old Davis Furniture building downtown under contract. He hasn't closed on it and is still doing due diligence and drawing up plans. But what he envisions...
A SWEET REMINDER; Woman Gets Her Candy Drop Decades after Berlin
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK | Inge Thompson was in West Berlin in 1948 and 1949 when U.S. pilots flying supplies in the Berlin Airlift dropped candy dangling from little parachutes to children below. She finally got her Hershey bar Saturday....
Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport SWAMP FOLKS Photographer Wayne Morgan and swamp expert Don Berryhill introduce their new book "Okefenokee Swamp: Wild and Natural" at The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island's "Coffee with the Author" at 3:30 p.m....
Bowling
HONOR SCORES Men: Andy Brown 300, 280 (818), Wayne Lachowicz Jr. 300 (804), Derek Smith (801), Steve O Farris Jr. (800), Jim Elvers 300 (764), Scott Taylor 300 (731), Vaughn Curtis 299, Rusty Mee 296 (775), Mark Freeman 290 (11 in a row), Jim Graham...
Chase Boosts Broadway in Jacksonville
Byline: Charlie Patton Chase has agreed to a multiyear partnership with the FSCJ Artist Series and will sponsor the 2014-15 Broadway in Jacksonville season. That season will include the Jacksonville debut of "The Book of Mormon," which was nominated...
City Credit Rating on the Line; Fitch Could Downgrade Some Bonds If No Pension Fix
Byline: David Bauerlein The analysts at Fitch Ratings have put Mayor Alvin Brown and city leaders on the clock to fix Jacksonville's pension problems. If there isn't a solution by the end of the year, Fitch warns, the rating service will downgrade...
Classic Can-Do Message Makes a Perfect Gift
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport For marketing gurus and shoppers who plan, March means "grads and dads" season approaches fast. It is the ideal month to issue a slip-covered commemorative copy of Dr. Seuss' classic "Oh the Places You Will Go!" The...
College Baseball Roundup
FLORIDA STATE******11 CLEMSON*********1 Behind a complete game from Brandon Leibrandt, visiting Florida State (18-4, 6-2 ACC) defeated Clemson (14-8, 6-2 ACC) in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. Leibrandt threw his second career complete...
Education Venue to Debut at One Spark
Byline: Heather Grace Rubino A new venture designed to encourage more innovative ideas in education will make its debut at One Spark this year. Created by Deborah Gianoulis, the president of the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership, #EDSPARK...
FACT CHECK; Jolly Was Correct about Social Security
Byline: Carole Fader Times-Union readers want to know: In a debate between Alex Sink and David Jolly before the special election for Florida's 13th Congressional District, Jolly said that Social Security isn't guaranteed according to the Supreme...
Finding Ways to Help; Shots Didn't Fall Early, but That Didn't Stop Young
Byline: Garry Smits ORLANDO | If the shots aren't falling for Florida senior center Patric Young, he said he never holds a self-pity party. Instead, he focuses on whatever else he can do to help the Gators win. Young rallied from a scoreless...
Giving Back Jennifer Mahnken; Once-Shy Volunteer Turns into a Leader for Outreach
Byline: Nancy Winckler-Zuniga When people volunteer, they can change lives - including their own. Each week in Reason, we will highlight a volunteer's story of giving back and how that selfless act was a true revelation. The volunteer project is...
In 1964, Johnnie Mae Chappell, Was Gunned Down on a Jacksonville Road. Now, 50 Years Later, Her Children and a Former Police Detective Continue ... the Search for JUSTICE
Byline: Matt Soergel and Eileen Kelley In a small Jacksonville cemetery, Shelton Chappell walks slowly to his mother's grave and rests his hand on a corner of her gravestone, a marker that gives reason for pause. "We'll understand it better by...
Lane Carries Big Lead into Final Day of Bassmaster Event
PALATKA | Chris Lane has a comfortable lead heading into the final day of the Bassmaster Elite Series competition. But he's not relaxing. "Anything can happen on the St. Johns River,'' said Lane, the 2012 Bassmaster Classic champion from Guntersville,...
Mandarin Students Are Honored for Production; Documentary on Gun Control Receives Honorable Mention
Byline: Joe Daraskevich What started as a mandatory assignment in October for three Mandarin High School students turned into a $250 shared prize and an honorable mention in a national documentary contest sponsored by C-SPAN. Jay Morgan, 17,...
More Than a Few Bugs in History of Spanish Pond
Byline: Sandy Strickland Dear Call Box: All this talk about whether Fort Caroline is in Florida or Georgia has made me curious. I have driven by Spanish Pond on Fort Caroline Road before but have never stopped. Can you tell me its historic significance?...
News Quiz
1. Rachel Canning, an 18-year-old New Jersey woman, got her 15 minutes of fame when she sued her parents for financial support. She recently moved back home with her parents. On Tuesday, her suit was dismissed by a judge. Where was she in college?...
NFL Mock Draft 2.0
Byline: Hays Carlyon Since our first mock draft in early February, the process has played out substantially. The NFL Scouting Combine and most pro days are in the books. The impact free agents have signed with their new teams. The first round order...
Pension Solution Is a Must for the Future
Now that the Retirement Reform Task Force has issued its findings, it is imperative that city officials act quickly to resolve costly pension issues. "Unless reform is accomplished soon, the city's quality of life will continue to decline because...
Police Identify Suspected Carjacker Who Was Killed
Police have identified the 21-year-old suspected carjacker killed Friday night while running from police as Homer Ken Warren of Jacksonville. Officer Matthew Bolan, a 13-year veteran, shot several times after Warren pointed a handgun at him during...
Political Gossip and a Big Oops on the Riverwalk
Byline: Ron Littlepage Mousing around the news of the day click. The last thing Jacksonville needs is an abbreviated Southbank Riverwalk. There was considerable finger pointing last week over why the $15 million project to rebuild the 3,600-foot...
Popular Flutist Puts His Music Lessons Online
Byline: Charlie Patton Sir James Galway, known as the "man with the golden flute," will be in Jacksonville Friday to perform Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2 with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. He likes performing the concerto because "it's...
Possible Landing Spots for MJD
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran The clock is ticking for Jaguars free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew to find a new home. If he spends draft weekend unsigned, Jones-Drew's possibilities will dwindle because teams will address their Nos. 2 and 3...
Powering to Sweet 16; Top-Seeded Gators Prepare for Fourth Consecutive Trip
Byline: Garry Smits ORLANDO | Florida's big men were missing layups. Michael Frazier, a 3-point specialist, was having another off-day. And Dorian Finney-Smith, reliable off the bench in recent weeks, couldn't find his rhythm. That left the Gators'...
Republicans Lay out Script for Campaign; They Tout Money for Jobs and Education as Legislative Session Ends
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | The 2014 legislative session that ended Thursday night has now become campaign fodder. The Republicans in charge began tapping that vein immediately. House Speaker David Ralston laid out the script for his...
Revolutionary War Soldier Gets Grave Marker; Great-Great-Great-Greatgrandson, Descendantsunveil Granite Marker
Byline: Terry Dickson WAYNESVILLE, GA. | A cemetery in eastern Brantley County already had the name of Revolutionary War soldier Jacob Highsmith and his family. Thanks to his great-great-great-great-grandson, Jacob Highsmith now has a grave marker...
Shirk Rails over City's Gun Violence; Public Defender's Tweet Calls for 'True Heart Change'
Byline: David Bauerlein Public Defender Matt Shirk, who rarely lodges public criticism of the State Attorney's Office, said Saturday that gun violence in Jacksonville is "out of control" and "aggressive prosecution" has failed to solve the problem....
Short Reports
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY CRYING By Carol Leifer During her 40 years as a stand-up comedian and writer, Carol Leifer has done everything from warm up crowds for Sinatra in Las Vegas to pitch ideas to Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David....
Significant Rule Changes on NFL's Agenda; Extra Point, Replay Could Get Makeover This Week at Owners Meetings
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran Fewer kickoff returns and longer extra points. League office involvement on instant replay and an expanded practice squad. No preseason game overtime and taller goalposts. Those are just some of the combined 21 rule...
Soaring Faith: More Young Men Answering Call to Priesthood; Diocese of St. Augustine Experiences 400 Percent Growth in Seminarians
Byline: David Crumpler Lawrence Peck didn't know when he began preparing for the priesthood in 2008 that he was part of one trend, and soon to be part of another. The first was a steady decline in the number of men studying to be Catholic priests....
Sound off; What Are You Doing to Go 'Green?'
April 22 is Earth Day, so it's right around the corner. We asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group what, if anything, they've done to "go green" and whether they believe that environmental issues are of concern to...
South Regional Notebook; Officer Shot, Killed in Nearby Suburb
Byline: Garry Smits ORLANDO | There were some empty seats at the Amway Center for Florida's victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday. In part, the reason was a tragedy in the nearby suburb of Windemere, when a police officer from that town's force was...
Surefire Way to Late Spring Takes Root
Byline: Terry Dickson ST. SIMONS ISLAND | I have at least a partial solution to global warming. It would cost a little money, but not as much as covering about a third of the American West in solar panels and windmills. The government should...
They Combined Their Love of Adventure and Each Other; What Began as a Bet Turned into a Lifetime Commitment, Several Years in the Making
Byline: Claire Reed Instead of rushing to settle down, this free-spirited pair opted to explore their passions and grow up together. Drawn by the allure of palm trees and warm ocean breezes, Kelly Ford moved to St. Augustine when she graduated...
Transition in Myanmar; A SIMMERING CAULDRON OF DEMOCRACY Buoyed by Visits from Hillary Clinton in 2011 and Barack Obama in 2012, Authoritarian Regime in Southeast Asia Tries to Reform Itself from Within
Byline: Frank Denton YANGON, MYANMAR | The new capital of Myanmar is like a grand, wondrous mirage - massive, sprawling complexes of beautiful Burmese-style buildings suddenly arisen on land that once was the jungle center of the old communist insurgency,...
Visiting 'The Good Old Days'
Byline: Richard Moore A TRIP BACK IN TIME Author: Edwin Becker Data: AuthorHouse, 147 pages, $9 paperback. Happy Days are here again! Remember the Fonz, Potsie, Ralph, Joanie, Chachi and Richie Cunningham on the sitcom "Happy Days"? "A...
Vitti's Open Enrollment Plan
Byline: Nikolai Vitti Two months ago, Blockbuster ended its U.S. retail operations, closing the last of its U.S. retail stores. Its leader, in a news release, said consumer demand for digital services forced them to end their once huge business...
Wilbekin Transforms Self, Team
Byline: Gene Frenette ORLANDO | Pittsburgh is out of the NCAA Tournament because Florida's most indispensable player, Scottie Wilbekin, continued a four-month stretch Saturday of becoming a man on and off the basketball court. Wilbekin is no...
Your Private Sheepshead Spot; Jetty Edges a Popular Area, So Go Deeper for Bigger, Better Catches
Byline: Bob McNally The big inlet jetties at the mouth of the St. Johns River are about as well-known a fishing spot as there is in Northeast Florida. Everything from kingfish to flounder are taken near the massive boulders that line the river mouth...
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