Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

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"You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see we're turning

into a welfare state."

-- Lowell Evjen, a former state budget official, said the

growth in health benefits and incarceration costs is a worrisome

trend. Story on this page.


The search for a new president for the University of Georgia has

narrowed to 14 people, a search committee official announced

Thursday. The remaining pool includes 11 men and three women,

said Betty Whitten , the search committee's chairwoman. The

panel will interview them and narrow the number to five by May

18. "Some of the best land grant, private and Ivy League

universities in the nation are represented in this pool,"

Whitten said.

Her panel sorted through 130 nominations for the college post.

A new president is expected to be named June 11. University of

Georgia president Charles Knapp plans to leave July 1 to become

director of The Aspen Institute, a think tank in Washington.


A Jacksonville-based sailor, Petty Officer 1st Class Robert W.

Betts, was named the Atlantic Fleet's Sea Sailor of the Year

Thursday night at a banquet in Jacksonville.

Betts, 35, a member of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 11 at

Jacksonville Naval Air Station, will be meritoriously promoted

to chief and will serve with the Atlantic Fleet master chief.

"It's an honor and it's a privilege and I'm going to do my best

to serve the sailors of the Atlantic Fleet to the best of my

ability," said Betts, who was presented the award by Adm. J.

Paul Reason, the commander in chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

Petty Officer 1st Class Leander Jerome Sackey , 33, stationed

at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia, was named Shore Sailor

of the Year.


Eighty unidentified black tenant farmers now are resting in a

new cemetery near Macon's Town Creek Reservoir. …

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