They're hitched! A soldier gets a surprise wedding

Published November 17, 2006

Army Sgt. Chris Cooper and Sheryl Lucas, right, got their storybook wedding. "They were shocked and surprised and amazed, and they loved it," said Vicki Nittinger, Cooper's sister, who helped plan a surprise wedding when Cooper got a two-week leave from Iraq. The couple said their vows just after sunset Friday along the St. John's River in Jacksonville, then sped away in a white Ford Mustang. They watched the sun rise the next morning over the beach. Wednesday, they said goodbye. She flew home to Arizona. He begins his journey back to Baghdad today.

JROTC cadets demoted for disobeying instructor

At least 10 Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets at Crestview High School were demoted after they disobeyed an instructor's order and skipped school to join a Veterans Day parade. Some parents are complaining, saying they supported their children's decision to march after an instructor ordered them not to because of bad weather, according to a report in the Northwest Florida Daily News. Other parents said community service or detention would have been a more suitable punishment. They fear the demotions could hurt their children's scholarship chances.

Carnegie honors Eckerd professor

Proof size doesn't matter: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has named William F. Felice, who teaches political science at tiny Eckerd College, its 2006 Florida Professor of the Year. He gets a certificate and an invitation to an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. In 2004, USF engineering professor Autar Krishen Kaw won.


Oliver P. Buzbee, 87, survived an accident Monday night in Gibsonton that killed James G. Buzbee, 80. Oliver Buzbee was treated and released from Tampa General Hospital. Stories Tuesday and Wednesday incorrectly said Oliver Buzbee also died.