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Our 114th Year, 19th Issue


Thursday, May 14, 2009


Serving Wakulla County For More Than A Century


Three Sections

50 Cents


Commission seeks financial accountability


By WILLIAM SNOWDEN
wsnowden@thewakullanews.net
Pointing to a story in The Wakulla
News that they said portrayed them
as doing something criminal, mem-
bers of the county Recreation Board
were at a workshop with. county
commissioners to defend their
management of the county's sports
programs and facilities.
But commissioners and county
staff continued to insist at the work-


Rec. board members hope to iron out issues


shop, held on Tuesday, May 5, that
what they were concerned about
was having some kind of account-
ability for the money and equipment
in the recreation programs.
"It's all or nothing," Commis-
sioner Mike Stewart told the rec.
board. Either the rec. board takes
in all the money and accounts for it


under some status independent of
the county, or else the money needs
to go through the county and be ac-
counted for by the clerk of courts.
Some rec. board members said
they wanted another option to
turn over money taken in for sports
programs, but to keep other money,
such as the concessions, to spend.


One example used was if a pitch-
ing machine went down and it was
urgent to get a part to fix it or get a
new machine, the rec. board could
use the other money to repair the
problem without having to wait
for the county bureaucracy to go
through its processes and eventually
cut a check.


But that example created two
concerns: one, as Commissioner
Stewart noted, the pitching ma-
chine is county property and the
county has to account for it. Rec.
board member Philip Vause noted
that volunteers had spent $10,000
on John Deere mowers to maintain
the sports fields and asked if those
mowers were considered county
property.
Continued on Page 5A


Olah saves DMV

office from closing
By KEITH BLACKMAR She is in the process of
kblackmar@thewakullanews.net hammering out an agreement
The Crawfordville state to operate the office and keep
driver license office would be it open for the convenience
closing on July 1 if Wakulla of local residents.
County Tax Collector Chdryll In addition, she said the
Olah did not come to the office operation under a
rescue and agree to keep the Wakulla County constitu-
office open. tional officer will allow the
Olah said she could not county to collect enough rev-
see forcing Wakiilla County enue to keep the office open
motorists to drive to Talla- and provide a little extra for
hassee to take driving tests county coffers;
and renew licenses. Continued on Page 5A


Comp Plan ideas

are shot down


iFloida State University Football Coach Bobby Bowden speaks next to Houston Taff portrait at Wildwood.



Bowden visits for Taff Scholarship


By KEITH BLACKMAR
kblackma@thewakullanews.net
Legendary Florida State
University Football Coach
Bobby Bowden was in Me-
dart recently to show off his
golfing skills as part of the
Wakulla Bank-Wakulla FSU
Seminole Boosters Houston
Taff Scholarship Golf Tour-
nament.
The event gave the local
chapter of the FSU Boosters
a chance to raise money for
the Taff Scholarship which
provides an opportunity for
a male or female Wakulla
War Eagle athlete to attend
FSU.
The event drew a huge
crowd to the Wildwood
SCountry Club and golf and
activities continued well
into the evening.
Wakulla County Sheriff
David Harvey joked that he
does not hit a golf ball as far


as he once did, but enjoyed
the opportunity to socialize
with the legendary coach.
The late Houston Taff
played baseball at FSU be-
fore coaching at Wakulla
High School. Taff died of
cancer last year.
The Master of Ceremo-
nies was Charlie Barnes and
Coach Bowden took time to
pose for pictures with the in-
dividuals attending the golf
tournament. Coach Bowden
and Seminole Boosters'
President Andy Miller spoke
to the crowd during the
awards reception.
Sheriff Harvey said the
golf tournament raised
$35.000 on the way to rais-
ing $320.000 and endowing
the scholarship. This is the
second year that the sheriff
has been involved in the
tournament.
Continued on Page 5A


By WILLIAM SNOWDEN
wsnowden-'thewakullanews.net
The Wakulla County Com-
mission voted down a cou-
ple of comprehensive plan
amendments last week, say-
ing the projects were in the
wrong place. One was a mixed
commercial-residential project
south of Crawfordville on
Highway 319 that commission-
ers rejected because it would
promote growth outside the
urban core, and another was
for a residential development
near Spring Creek that would
feature 23 10-acre homesites
that commissioners said was a


By a split voite,the board did
approve a comp plan ameni-
ment for a mixed commercial
and residential development
near Riversink Elementary
SSchool, though it was outside
of the Crafordville town cen-
ter, saying the planned office
space would provide for jobs
and allow children to walk to
school.
The focus of the debate on
the comp plan amendments
was the board's concern that
continuing to approve devel-
opment outside of Crawford-
ville was watering down its
desire to direct growth to the


concern because of its proxim- town center.
ity to wetlands. Continued on Page 5A


Wakulla Commission

adjust meeting times


,By WILIAM SNOWDEN
wsnowden@thewakullanews.net,
With the past' several
meetings running well past
11 p.m., and starting at 5
p.m. or earlier with work-
.. shops, county commission-
ers agreed to move the start
of its regular meetings an
f,-.. hour earlier, and to hold
workshops on the third
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SThe changes will go into
effect in June.
Sheriff Harvey, Coach Bowdei 'get ready to t "' Commissioners voted
". .U unanimously for the chang-


es at their meeting on Tues-
day, May 5, a meeting which
ended just before 11 p.m.
With the earlier start time
of 5 p.m., Chairman Howard
Kessler anticipated that
items such as Citizens to be
Heard could be pushed later
in the agenda to come up
at, say, 6 or 7 p.m. for the
convenience of residents,
many of whom work in Tal-
lahassee until'5 p.m'. and
then must fight the traffic
home.
Continued on Page 5A


inside Piano vandalized:

This Week a fnn in rnaman


Comment&Opinion.... Page 2A
Week in Wakulla ........ Page 2A
Church......................... Page 4A
Sports........................ Page 6A
People........................ Page 7A
Law Enforcement....... Page 9A
Outdoors ............. Page 10A
Almanac................... Page 11Ay
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A Yamaha grand piano, 6
feet, 6 inches, was discovered
significantly vandalized on
April 27 at the home of Gale
Mathers in Ivan Community.
On April 36, piano techni-
cian Charles Hagan, of Charles
Hagan's piano service, attended
by Deputy Ben Steinle of the
Wakulla County Sheriffs Of-
fice, and power-of-attorney
Mike Mathers, of Cairo, Ga.,
confirmed extensive damage.
The lock on the instrument had
been pried open and a corrosive
material placed on the strings,
soundboard and other internal
parts, in addition to visible
places of the wood cabinetry,
ruining a satin ebony finish.
Since 1980, the piano was


that used by Daniel E. Mathers,
Ph.D. Candidate in Music Theo-
ry at the College Conservatory
of Music, of the University of
Cincinnati, in Ohio, where he is
also on the adjunct faculty.
The piano was originally pre-
sented to him by his parents,
Gale and the late Alice Mathers
(1934-2006), in whose memory
the restored piano will one
day bear a plaque. The piano
was being stored at the Ivan
address temporarily when the
vandalism occurred.
No culprit has been pub-
licly identified. Anyone with
information is asked to con-
tact Mathers directly at (850)
443-5168.
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Corrosive material was applied to the piano strings to ruin the instrument.


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Slue crabs, Havana,

Tallahassee & more


S" NURSE JUDTS NOOK
S By JUDY CONIN
.':~~pedal to The Wakulla News
SNurse Judy, (my alter ego)
Ai the bookings for a recent
weekend and she forgets I'm
a 40 something female. (Hey,
stop that snickering. I didn't
define the 'something.') It was
an exhausting tri-county excur-
sion, but I have to admit I did
enjoy it, despite the fact that I
wilted early on.
First, she signed me up for
the Leon County Public Library
Book Fair at the downtown
marketplace in Tallahassee. This
was a lovely event from 9 a.m.
toi 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2 with
advance for local authors to sell
and sign books.
O:.f course, Nurse Judy had
to be in charge of my wardrobe
and I was the only author there
done up in a white satin top
.ith a huge floppy bow on
thi shoulder, dangling sparkly
chandelier earrings and satin
strapped high heels.
The other sensible writers,
cad in comfortable sensible
clothing, looked askance at this
'silly creature hobbling back and
forth from her car carrying her
boas, cat ears, bowties, badges
a4 oh yes, Ialmost forgot) her
bili'm sure I wasn't viewed
as a serious writer.
S. as great fun meeting oth-
,: -0olrs, new people, and re-
t meeting tons of old friends who
dropped by. The wind came up
'occaionally blowing the tents
*ver, which was exciting. All
the sensible writers were quick
to grab poles and right the
canopies until help arrived. on
t 4~0bther hand, was useless. By
the time I got my complaining
joints at the ready and my high
heel shod feet under me, the
crisis was over.
S I read a novel, sold some
books. people (and dog)
watched, and enjoyed the beau-
tiful Florida weather. At 3 p.m.,
itVPas time to move on to the
next venture-the Blue Crab
Festival in Panacea.
Of course, Nurse Judy had
orchestrated a costume change
for this phase of the weekend,
so I arrived in.a spiffy outfit
.consisting of wide-leg pants,
pin-tucked turquoise top, hoop
earrings, flat sandals with flow-


ers perched on their tops and
huge sunglasses. I was thank-
ful for those flat shoes until
I found out that the wide-leg
pants caught under my heel
with every step and pulled
the pants down as I walked.
I may have looked like a crab
as I stepped, swinging my leg
in an attempt to disengage the
pants and then tugging at the
waist band to avoid exposing
heaven knows what. It wasn't
pretty and it wasn't fun. Thank
goodness for those sunglasses.
Hopefully, no one could tell
that the spastic figure sidling,
kicking and hitching her way
around the festival was me.
This little fishing village
was bulging with people and
excitement. I ate dinner at
Hook Wreck Henry's, looking
out over the water and listening
to music that made me want
to dance. (There was no hope
for that considering my ward-
robe malfunctions.) I made my
way to the dock to watch the
fireworks-the glorious end to
a busy day.
Next morning, back in Ha-
vana, I hastened downtown to
participate in the end of Old
Time Havana Days, sorry I had
missed the pancake breakfast
and other :doings' the day
before. Nurse Judy had chosen
capris with multi-colored ruffles
on the bottom of the legs for
this grand finale. This time
I protested. Done up in this
with a matching jacket featur-
ing the same multi-colored
ruffles down the front, I closely
resembled Clara the Clown. All
that was missing were huge
down shoes. The biggest sun-
glasses in the world would not
hide who I was from the people
in my town. I jumped into my
jeans and a sweatshirt and
enjoyed this last phase of my
weekend, proud of how hard
the merchants work to make
these events successful.
Back home, I took a nap,
thankful I would soon be back
at work. Then it hit me. What
in the world is Nurse Judy go-
ing to have me decked out in
for work? Will I be in sequin
encrusted scrubs? Will my nurs-
ing shoes have flowers glued on
them? Will my uniform pants be
ruffled capris?
I hope you find Nurse Judy
amusing, because living with
her is not always fun. I put
up with her mainly for you.
Besides, I have no idea how to
get rid of her.
More later,
Judy.
Judy Conlin and her alter ego
write from Havana.
She can be reached ats Judy_
conlin@bellsouth.net,


Touched by the support


Editor, The News:
On April 29, our beloved
son and brother, Kelly Pelt,
passed away. We were deeply
.tA. ched by the outpouring
of support from the com-
munity.


to name. Your prayers and
thoughts are deeply appreci-
ated at this difficult time. God
bless you all. God is love.
Richard, Cindy, Robin
and Dustin Pelt
Crawfordville, Atlanta,


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Johnson makes difference in lives of others


Editor, The News: on me. I would not be where
Hi, my name is Heather I am today without her. Ms.
Obenland and I would like to' Johnson has truly given me
say a few things. My life has the courage and strength to
changed so much in the last change my life. She puts in
two years. Up until the last few countless hours in this com-
months if you were to ask me munity and constantly shows
how I was I would tell you I and teaches the true meaning.
was miserable and had given of giving back. There are so
up and did not like or even feel many people from Franklin
safe in my own skin Every time to Leon and Wakulla counties
I thought things could not get whose lives have changed and
worse, they did. been given hope because Ms.
If you read the newspaper Johnson has a program that I
then you would know that in have personally experienced
my family there has been much that works. Day after day, one
chaos in my life and there were step at a time, Ms. Johnson is
times I thought it would never constantly transforming some-
end. I have lost so many things one else's life and making the
and I did not want to deal with world a better place.
anything anymore. So you see, 'I and so' many others will
that was the decision I made forever be thankful to know
that led me to where I am that she is the reason that
now co-dependent no more. our lives have changed and
I realized that I had a choice brought us so far while giv-
to change my life and become ing us a chance to regain our
able to live my life without all independence and freedom
of this chaos while regaining to become co-dependent no
my independence as a strong more.
woman and become the person All I know is Ms. Johnson is
I am so proud of being, truly the most caring individual
I would like to thank Joanna who strives to make the world
Johnson for not ever giving up a better place. It is because

Code Enforcement

has double standards


Editor, The Newss
The letter to the editor in
last week's The Wakulla News
by Bill Catalina, entitled "Code
enforcement drama plays out,"
was heart-breaking. Wakulla
County is apparently awash
in double-standards. The laws
and ordinances that forced
Mr. Catalina out of his home
are enforced by the Office
of Planning and Community
Development, but they dearly
don't apply to Jaime Baze, the
code enforcement officer who
diligently harassed Mr. Cata-
lina while he served overseas
in our armed forces.
Ms. Baze is my neighbor
and she has been living in a
mobile home that was erected
as a family enclave structure,
but is no longer in compli-
ance with Wakulla zoning
ordinances. According to the
Wakulla County Code, which
she enforces, her property
should have been abated two
years ago (ie: improvements
removed and the property
restored to its original con-
dition.) However, she didn't
bother to send herself a
threatening letter or file a
lien on her own property or
attempt to seize it on behalf of
the county, as she apparently
did to Mr. Catalina probably
because the documentation
for the changes to her prop-
erty are "missing."
When our neighboring
homeowners association at-
tempted to expose this con-
flict of interest by a county
employee to our elected law-
makers, we were demon-
ized and marginalized by
the county commission who


refused to enforce relevant
county ordinances. Instead
Ms. Paze is the unencumbered
beneficiary of a zoning change
and variance in order to bring
the law into compliance with
her property.
In her own defense Ms.
Baze claimed, on the record,
that she didn't know that
her actions violated Wakulla
Codes (which she is trained
to enforce), that her former
boss (Donnie Sparkman) had
signed-off on the property
improvements and that she
suffered from a financial hard-
ship that prevented her from
complying with the law.
Obviously, Mr. Catalina
doesn't have the right con-
nections. He doesn't work for
the county so he didn't enjoy
a two-year free ride like Ms.
Baze did. Even worse, he is not
receiving the political support
of the county commission
since they didn't come to his
rescue with code-stomping
authority like they did for
Ms. Baze.
All Mr. Catalina needs is a
friend on the "inside." Surely
there's a patriot with the right
influence who can assist one
of our boys overseas. After
all, the freedom that they
are defending is the reason
why you can run willy-nilly
through your life without the
burden of having to adhere to
the law. The rest of us would
love to help but, considering
the nature of the playing-field,
we are powerless as mere
citizens.
John Palumbo
Crawfordville


www. thewakullanews.corn


of her compassion and heart,
showing someone she truly
does care Now that is dedica-
tion. She has given me and so
many others a chance to once
again have hope and faith. It
is because of you that today is
going to be the first day of the


rest of my life.
Thank you Joanna Johnson
and The Recovery Center in
Crawfordville. What the world
needs is more people like
youl
Heather Obenland
Crawfordville


For online community calendar
visit www.thewakullanews.com
and click on calendar.

WEEK IN WAKULLA

Thursday, May 14, 2009
COASTAL OPTIMIST CLUB meets at Posey's Up the Creek
in Panacea at noon.
ROTARY CLUB meets at the senior center at noon.
ST. MARKS CITY COMMISSION meets at city hall in St..
Marks at 7:30 p.m. .
VFW BINGO will be held at the VFW Post on Arran Road
from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, May 15, 2009
AA meets at the American Legion Building next to the
Women's Club in Crawfordville with an open meeting at
8 p.m. There are also open meetings
FRIDAY AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB meets at the public
library from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS meets at St. Teresa's Episcopal
Church in Medart from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
PICKING' 'N' GRINNING' JAM SESSION will be held at the
senior center from 10 a.m. to noon. (Also on Tuesdays)
RED/BLUE AND WHITE SCRIMMAGE of Wakulla High
football will be held at Reynolds Field at Jones Stadium
beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $2 adults, $1 for students.
WAKULLA GRIDION FISH FRY will be held at the Wakulla
High School field house before the start of the Red and
White Scrimmage, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fish plates are $6.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
FISH FRY AND BAKE SALE, sponsored by Christian
Worship Center, will be held at Hudson Park in from
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fish plates will be $7 for adults, $5
for children. Proceeds for the event will go to the Rev.
Steve Harrell Bulding Fund.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets at 3240 Crawfordville
Highway at 5 p.m. For more information, call 224-2321.
RALLY FOR THE CURE GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held
at Wildwood Golf Course in Medart with a survivor ceremony
on the 18th green at 12:45 p.m. The golf tournament
begins check-in at 11 a.m. for the four-person, 18-hole
scramble. Survivors tee-off at 1:15 p.m. and tee-off at
1:30 p.m. For more information, call Karen Waters at
926-4653 or 349-2754.
SPRINGS 5K RUN, to benefit Friends of Wakulla Springs, will
be held at Wakulla Springs State Park with a one-mile
family run at 8 a.m. and the 5K race beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Registration is $15 day of the race, or without a T-shirt the
cost is $7 for the 5K and $5 for the family run.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
MEN'S FRATERNITY OF WAKULLA meets at First Baptist
Church of Crawfordville at 7 p.m.
Monday, May 18, 2009
SCHOOL BOARD meets at 5:45 p.m. in the school district
meeting room.
MOOSE CLUB members meeting will be held at the lodge
in Panacea at 7:30 p.m.
SAVVY SENIOR PROGRAM, sponsored by Capital Health
Plan, will be held at the senior center at 10:30 a.m.
Physical therapist Kevin Jones will speak on back and neck
pain. The program is open to the public.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS, for licensed drivers over 50
years old, will be held at TCC Wakulla from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. (Continues on Wednesday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m.) To register, call Jack Campbell at 421-7568.
BOOK BUNCH, for pre-school and home school families,
meets at the public library at 10:30 a.m.
COUNTY COMMISSION meets in the commission boardroom
at 6 p.m. A workshop on budget development is set for 5 p.m.
FARMER'S MARKET will be held at Purple Martin Nuseries,
north of Crawfordville, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets at 3240 Crawfordville
Highway at 7 p.m. For more information, call 224-2321.
SARRACENIA CHAPTER of Florida Native Plant Society
meets at the library at 6:30 p.m. This month's program is on
identifying weeds. For information, contact Nona Elder at
510-4501.
VFW LADIES AUXILIARY BINGO will be held at the VFW
Post on Arran Road from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
AA meets at Ochlockonee Bay UMC on Surf Road at noon.
BETTER BREATHERS meets at the senior center at 1 p.m.
BOOK BABIES, for infants and toddlers, will be held at the
public library at 10:30 a.m.
BOOK NOOK for children in grades K-5, is 10:30 a.m. and
1 p.m.


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THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, May 14, 2009 Page 3A


More Letters to the Editor Be part of The Wakulla
m m MEm -. m mNm m0m


Editor, The News
When Mike, Jess, and I
started Florida Wild Mammal
Association we never dreamed
what a rollercoaster ride it
would be. We had no idea
the joys or the pains it would
bring us. In 1995, Wakulla
was a very small, rural, uncon-
gested community.
As a matter of fact, it was
quite a controversial concept
to save injured and orphaned
wildlife. Even with all of the
ups and downs, we have come
such a long way. The center
has grown along with our
community and the aware-
ness of everyone involved.
With the help and dedication
of our staff, volunteers, and
donors, FWMA cares for more


Editor, The News:
Like most Americans, fam-
ily farmers and ranchers are
affected by the current eco-
nomic situation facing our
nation. Unfortunately, farmers
and ranchers face an added
economic hardship: the fed-
eral estate taxes that come
due when a family member
dies.
We should all commend
Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and
Mel Martinez for urging Con-
gress to improve existing


By WILLIAM SNOWDEN
wsnowden@thewakullanews.net
Wakulla County commis-
sioners approved a grant
agreement for a stormwater
study in Wakulla Gardens and
directed the county attorney
to draft a resolution for a
construction moratorium in
the subdivision.
The agreement with the
Northwest Florida Water Man-
agement District will provide
$50,000 funding, with Preble-
Rish Engineers, which was
the county's selection, doing
the study.
Commissioners approved
the grant agreement and
scope of work at their meeting
on Tuesday, May 5.
The board will consider
the moratorium at a future
meeting, and it is likely to be
in place while the stormwa-
ter study is being done and
potentially during the time
the planned improvements
,to Wakulla Gardens are un-
Sderway. Commissioners are
considering a $16 million
project to run sewer service
to some phases of Wakulla
Gardens and paving some of
the streets.
Wakulla Gardens and some
other historic subdivisions
such as Magnolia Gardens,
Greiner's Addition, and Lake
Ellen Estates are non-conform-
ing developments that were
platted before the county had
zoning and which feature
small lots and dense devel-
opment on unpaved roads
without sewer or, access to
municipal water,
It was a priority of the past
board to run sewer to Wakulla


than .1,000 wildlife patients
each year.
Our property is filled to
the brim with outdoor habi-
tats housing a large variety
of recovering native wildlife.
As I am writing this, animals
are steadily healing and grow-
ing, Dr. Griggs is saving one
through surgery,
Rob is bringing some of'
our permanent residents out
to educate the children of
our community, our staff is
scrubbing and feeding, and
volunteers are trying to raise
enough money to keep this
all happening. We have all
touched numerous lives and
have been touched by the
caring community innumer-
able times. We have met some


estate tax law to allow farms
to continue operating when
a family member dies. Sen.
Nelson was one of only 10
Senate Democrats who voted
to approve a crucial biparti-
san amendment offered re-
cently by Arlansas Democrat
Blanche Lincoln and Arizona
Republican Jon Kyl.
Unless Congress acts, the
estate tax exemption will
drop to $1 million in 2011.
The resulting tax hit may
force families to sell farm as-


Gardens as quickly as possible,
and it was part of an overall
$20 million project that in-
duded upgrading the sewage
treatment plant to advanced
wastewater standards. The
current board has been more
cautious, concerned that they
may not have the revenues in
place from the sewer service
to pay back the loan.
County Administrator Ben
Pingree said staff has submit-
ted an application for federal
stimulus money to fund the
project.
The State Revolving Fund,
which had given initial ap-
provals for the project, ex-
tended its deadline to July
for the county to apply for
the money. The deadline had
been mid-May. Commission-
ers have indicated unanimous
support for the portion of the
project that calls for upgrading
the sewer plant.
In other matters:
County Commissioner
Mike Stewart brought up the
issue of mosquito spraying,
noting that the mosquitoes
have been very bad this year
and he was hearing a lot of
complaints.
Stewart noted that mos-
Squito control is no longer un-
der county government, but is
under the health department.
He stated that citizens with
complaints about mosquitoes
should call the health depart-
ment;
Assistant County Admin-
istrator Lindsay Stevens read
an e-mail from her BlackBerry
that indicated the health
department was down to
only one truck. The problem,


wonderful and caring people
and helped thousands of ani-
mals along the way. But a few
problems seem to remain.
The largest challenge the
center faces each year is the
pure cost of running the fa-
cility, As our animal intake
increases and our programs
grow larger, our feed bills go
up and the number of people
we need to care for the critters
rises. With our floundering
economy, everyone is strug-
gling. The center, like so many
other non-profits, is trying to
keep its head above water.
Numerous fundraisers were
held from September to April
in hopes that it would be
enough. But the fact is, we
have hit our busiest time


sets induding land to pay the
taxes when a family member
dies. Here in Florida, buyers
are likely to be developers and
the farm is ultimately replaced
with more intensive uses.
Compared to other sectors
of the economy, federal estate
taxes fall heaviest on family
farms and ranches. Family
operations make up 98 per-
cent of all U.S. farms. Freezing
the estate tax exemption at
or below the current level is
not an acceptable option for


Stevens said, according to the
e-mail from Padraic Juarez of
the environmental health unit
of the health department, is
that with budget cutbacks,
the department doesn't have
enough drivers.
It was indicated that Juarez
himself is out driving the
truck at times.
Stewart volunteered to
drive a mosquito truck, draw-
ing some chuckles.
public Works Director Cleve
Fleming said the health del
apartment should have three
mosquito trucks available
to them, and said he.would
check his staff and see if any
personnel were up-to-date
on licensing requirements to
drive a mosquito truck.
The board voted 4-1 for
the Panacea Overlay District
with certain building require-
ments such as a height restric-
tion for structures, and basic
architectural guidelines to
keep maintain the character
of the community as a fishing
village.
Paige Killeen, who serves
on Panacea's Waterfronts Flor-
ida Committee, noted that if
the overlay requirements had


of the year, "Baby Season."
FWMA is filling up with baby
wild animals that need around
the dock care and feeding. We
are all doing our part to see
these animals make it through
the rehab process and to the
release stage. But despite all of
our efforts, we couldn't raise
enough money. We just can't
continue without your help.
Donations are urgently
needed, much appreciated and
tax deductible, tool
If you can help please send
your donation to: FWMA, 198
Edgar Poole Rd, Crawfprdville
Fl 32327.
Thank you for caring about
our wildlife
Chris Beatty
Crawfordville


America's farming and ranch-
ing families. It is also bad for
consumers, who rely on U.S.-
grown farm products to feed
their families.
America's farmers and
ranchers will benefit from
Sens. Martinez's and Nelson's
leadership as will the rest of
the consumers.
John Hoblick
President
Florida Farm Bureau
Federation
Gainesville


been in place a few years ago,
buildings like the Family Dol-
lar store would have had to be
designed in keeping with the
community's character,
County Commissioner Lynn
Artz voted against the overlay,
saying she felt the commit-
tee, had watered-down its
requirements and that what
was submitted did not go far
enough.
It was decided a Voluntary
Review Board will be made
up of five people, appointed
by the commission, to in-
dude three business owners
and two residents from the
district. Nominations can be
made by the waterfronts com-
mittee or from the community


at large.
The board approved a
federal grant of $44,338 o-


News tribute to WHS

graduating seniors


Get your copy of the Wakul-
la High School graduating
seniors special tabloid.section
that will be in the Thursday,
May 28 issue of The Wakulla
News. Here is your chance to
honor your favorite senior
with good wishes and old
photographs.
To be part of the special
section, come by our office
and visit with Lynda or De-


Some of the features of the
Class of 2009 Special Section
include: senior dass portraits,
awards day information and
pictures, Honor Court memo-
ries, dass overview by Princi-
pal Mike Crouch, a message
from Superintendent David
Miller, senior trip and prom
memories, scholarships and
sports memories. For more
information, call The Wakulla
News at 926-7102..


Take advantage of


your own
Editor, The News:
Are you stressed out over
all the bad news and down
economy? Sounds like you
need a "Stay-cation." May 9
through May 17 is National
Tourism Week and the Wakulla
County Tourist Development
Council is encouraging our
local citizens to enjoy a little
down time right here at home.
Wakulla County has something
to offer everyone an amazing
diversity of scenery, places, and
experiences await you.
Get back to nature and
experience Florida as it was
hundreds of years ago by visit-
ing the preserved natural lands
in the St. Marks National Wild-
life Refuge, the Apalachicola
National Forest or the Florida
Scenic Trails. These areas pro-
vide excellent opportunities
for hiking, biking, birding, na-
ture photography, and wildlife
viewing.
Need to cool off? Take a
swim at Wakulla Springs State
Park or paddle a kayak or canoe
along the Wakulla, St. Marks or
Sopchoppy Rivers. Enjoy a pic-
nic lunch at one of our many
waterside parks like Newport
Park, Wakulla River City Park,
Woolley Park and Otter Lake.
In the mood for a little his-
tory? Take a bike ride along
the Tallahassee-St. Marks His-
toric Railroad Trail to the San
Marcos de Apalache Historic
State Park or visit our recently
restored courthouse in Craw-
fordville. True history buffs
can enjoy a quiet walk through
our historic cemeteries, such as
Pigott Cemetery or the Bethel


A....... I .............. r-Historic Site.
ing to the Wakulla County Historic S .
Sheriff's Office that will be Enjoy a day of family fun
spent on patrol vehicles. N
The Edward Byrne Memo- News
rial Justice Assistance Grant
was funded by federal stimu- "Our calling was never
lus money with it to be spent more important. We have the
on criminal justice. capacity to inform, to enlight-
The sheriffs office will pur- en, to awaken and to inspire.
chase two fully equipped road We have the opportunity to
vehicles with the money.


backyard
(and education) for "children
of all ages" at Gulf Speci-
men Aquarium and Marine
Lab, with open touch tanks,
aquarium displays, and diora-
mas providing a dose look at
the enormous diversity of Big
Bend sea life,
Need a day at, the beach?
We've got that tool Enjoy the
beautiful scenery and recre-
ational facilities at Shell Point
Beach Park and Mashes Sands
Recreation Area. These two
parks offer some sand between
your toes and the most beauti-
ful sunset views around.
Quaint fishing village and
historic small town atmo-
spheres await your visits to St.
Marks, Panacea and Sopchoppy.
These small "walkable" com-
munities have unique shops,
excellent dining and even
some evening "jam sessions"
to keep you entertained.
If all this wasn't enough,
we also have opportunities for
golfing, fishing and horseback
riding.
Take a little break and ex-
plore "your own backyard."
A wealth of iiiformation on
where to go and what to do
is available at the beautiful
Wakulla Welcome Center in
Panacea. Help your local econ-
omy and become a "Wakulla
County Ambassador" by shar-
ing your experiences with
friends and family.I guarantee
your stay-cation will create a
world of memories and stories
to tell for years to come.
Pam Portwood, Director
Wakulla Tourist
Development Council


iers 2009


enrich the lives of thousands
of people every day."
Frank Batten, retired chair-
man of Landmark Comnu-
nications


In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Month



3. NAMI Wakulla


will present a screening of the documentary


Crawfordville area


pets are online
Paws in Prison, Crawford- housed, and each group has
ville, recently joined other its own policies.
animal welfare organizations Petfinder.com was created
in the area that list their in early 1996 as a grassroots
homeless pets on Petfinder. project by Jared and' Betsy
com, the oldest and-largest da- Saul to end the euthanasia of
tabase of adoptable animals adoptablepets, Since its incep-
on the Internet. The site has tion, the site has facilitated
more than 275,000 homeless approximately 20 million
pets listed, and it is updated adoptions, making it the most
continuously, life-saving initiative in animal
More than 12,500 animal welfare.
welfare organizations in the Sponsors include The An-
U.S,, Canada and other coun- imal Rescue Site, BISSELL
tries post their pets on the Homecare, Inc., a manufac-
site. Paws in Prison can be turer of home cleaning and
viewed at http://www.pet- floor care products, PETCO,
finder.com/shelters/FL873. a national pet supply retailer
html. A potential adopter en- that sponsors in-store adop-
ters search criteria for the kind tions and provides coupon
of pet he or she wants, and a books for new adopters, and
list is returned that ranks the Merial, maker of the number
pets in proximity to the Zip one veterinary-recommended
Code entered. Adoptions are flea and tick preventative
handled by the animal place- FRONTLINE(r),,and heartworm
ment group where the pet is preventative HEARTGARD(r).


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This real life film shows a candid view of depression.


Please join us on Monday, May 18th, at 6:30p.m. at the

in the Manatee Room located at

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Wlwood Ressort Crawfordville, Florida
a noxlur.-wl>s Light refreshments will be served.

For more information call 850-926-1033 or 850-671-4445

NAMI thanks the Wildwood Resort Hotel for offering the space
to screen this documentary.


Donations are greatly appreciated


Farmers face extra economic hardship


Board moves ahead with stormwater study


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Page 4A THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, May 14, 2009


Obituaries Church News
Financial Peace University The church is located at 58 Ot-


Edward M. Everett
Edward Murphy "Mutt"
Everett, 86, of Madison County
died May 8.
The funeral service was
held at Beggs Chapel in Madi-
son on Tuesday, May 12. Inter-
ment followed at Mt. Horeb
Cemetery in Pinetta. In lieu
of flowers, donations may be
made to Big Bend Hospice,
1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tal-
lahassee, FL 32308.
He was born October 27,
1922, in Pinetta, to William
Thomas and Noley Grambling
Everett. He was of the Chris-
tian faith and had attended
both Hickory Grove Methodist
and Pinetta Baptist churches
at various times during his
lifetime. He was a lifelong
farmer. He enjoyed hunting
and training- dogs.
Survivors include his wife
of 67 years, Doris Williams Ev-
erett and their children, James
"Jim" Everett and Sandy of
Jacksonville, Ruth Rodgers and
Bill of Titusville, William "Bill"
Everett and Judy of DeFuniak
Springs, Elizabeth "Libby"
Hutto.and James "Buddy" of
Madison, Ann Olan and Phil
of Madison and Lynn Waller
and Glenn of Pinetta. He also
leaves behind grandchildren,
James Everett and Melissa of
Lancaster, Pa., Sandra Everett
Elmer and Adam of Jackson-
ville, Matthew Rodgers of
Augusta, Ga., Amy Rodgers
Teed and Glenn of Titusville,
Will Rodgers of MacClenny,
Brandi Lofgren of Lake Worth,
Lori Hutto Sapp and Mike of
Cookeville, Tenn., James Hutto
and Lynda of Crawfordville,
Melanie Herndon Strickland
and Browning of Statenville,
Ga., Christy Herndon Glass
and Ben of Madison, Edward
"Ted" Waller and Alesha of
Pinetta, and Jillian Waller of
Jacksonville; a brother, John
Paul Evirett and Bertie; 22.
great-grandchildren, and many
nieces, nephews, cousins and
friends.. ..

Billy C. Isaacs
Billy Carroll Isaacs, 51, of
Crawfordville died Monday,
May 4 in Crawfordville.
A memorial service was
held Saturday, May 9 at Har--
vey-Young Funeral Home in
Crawfordville. In lieu of flow-
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Saint Teresa I


1255 Rehwinkel Rd.
At the corner of Rehwinkel Rd. & US 98
Holy Eucharist
10:30 am
Sunday School Provided
The Reverend Roy Lima
926-1742


Trinity
Lutheran
Church of Wakulla County
Hwy. 98, Across from WHS
Web site:
Lutheransonline.com/trinityofwakulla


Bible Class 9:00 a.m.
Worship 10:00 a.m.
Pre-School M-F (3-5 Years)
Pastor Vicar Bert Matlock
Church 926-7808 Pre-School 926-5557


- Crawfordville United

Methodist Church
Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship 11:00 a.m.
Pastor Tony Rosenberger 926-7209
Ochlockonee &Arran Road "Come Grow With Us' wew.crawftonvllle-mc.org


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SUNDAY
Early Worship- 8:30 a.m.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning, WoY/rshirn 1 1:00 am


T g p. v I. > V W f4 .
Evening Worship 6:00 p.m.
Discipleship Training 7:00 p.m

First Baptist Church WEDNESDAY
C CRAWFORDVILLE Fellowship Meal 6:00 p.m.
3086 Crawfordville Hwy. (call for reservations)
(South of the Courthouse) Children's Events 6:30 p.m.
Church Office: 926-7896 Student Worship 7:00 p.m.
www.fbec.embarqspace.com Prayer/Bible Study 7:00 p.m.


ST. MARKS FIRST

BAPTIST CHURCH
,Invites you to attendits


100TH ANNIVERSARY
Sunday, May 17, 2009

FELLOWSHIP BEGINS
at 9:30 a.m.
With Refreshments
SERVICES 10:00a.m. to 12:00 NOON
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!


Ir our church


c


i5 havingVbS,


will,be held at River of Life ter Creek Road. The program


is open to children in Pre-K
through sixth grade.
The theme this year is Boo-
merang Express.

Unity in the Community
rally is planned

All Wakulla County church-
es, youth leaders and youths
are invited to take part in Uni-
ty in the Community, a rally
on Saturday, May 16 from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Baptist
Church in Crawfordville.
The rally theme is "Here
We Go Again" and all churches
are invited to attend a full
day of praise, worship, bible
study, fellowship, music, spe-
cials, dramas/skits, food and
more.
The church is located at 803
Crawfordville Highway. Gary
Tucker is pastor.

Blessed Hope Church
will host revival


ers, memorial donations may
be made to Second Touch
Ministries, Inc., 46 Ace High
Stables Road, Crawfordville,
FL 32327 (421-9369).
A native of Royal Oak, Md.,
he had lived in the Wakulla
County area for seven years.
He was self-employed in the
home renovations business.
He worked in the prison min-
istry as a volunteer chaplain
at Wakulla Correctional Insti-
tution and was a volunteer
maintenance man at Wakulla
Christian School.
Survivors include his wife,
Sheila Kelly Isaacs of Craw-
fordville; a daughter, Emily
Creek of Crawfordville; two
grandchildren, M'lynn Creek
and Breeanna Hollan; four
brothers, Jimmy Coleman of
Hawaii, Wayne Coleman of
Jackson, Ga., Bobby Isaacs
of Pennsylvania and George
Isaacs of Delaware: five sisters,
Ruth Coleman and Lois Car-
rier, both of Maryland, Anna
Coleman of Los Angeles, Hazel
Jones of Delaware and Wanda
Damon of Arkansas.
Harvey-Young Funeral
Home in Crawfordville was in
charge of the arrangements.

Robert.E. Langston
SRobert Edward "Eddy"
Langston, 49, of Sopchoppy
died Monday, May 4 in Sop-
choppy.
The funeral service was
held'Wednesday, May 6, at
Mt. Elon Baptist Church in
Sopchoppy with burial at
Mt. Elon Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations
may be made to the American
Cancer Society, 241 John Knox
Road, Suite 100, Tallahassee,
FL 32303, or Big Bend Hospice,
1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tal-
lahassee, FL 32308.
A native of Tallahassee, he
lived in Tallahassee and Smith
Creek his whole life. He was
of the Southern Baptist faith.
He was a beekeeper..
Survivors include a sister,
Rhonda L. Davis and husband
Carl of Tallahassee; two broth-
ers, William "Bill" Langston
and wife Linda of Smith Creek
and Wesley "Gary" Langs-
ton and wife Becky of Smith
Creek; and a nephew, Randall
Langston and wife Jenny.
Harvey-Young Funeral


Home in Crawfordville was in
charge of the arrangements.

Leaston L. Spears
Leaston Lamar Spears, 60,
of St. Marks died Monday.
May 4 in St. Marks.
Graveside services were
held Tuesday, May 12 at New
Light Cemetery:
A native of Wakulla County,
he had lived in the area his
entire life. He was of the
Christian faith and loved to
work and help everybody. He
loved motorcycles and muscle
cars. He owned Spears Small
Engines in Crawfordville.
Survivors include his son,
David Leaston Spears of Craw-
fordville; a brother, Robert
Gary Spears of Crawford-
ville; two sisters, Marilyn Jean
Spears Moore and husband
Ray E. of St. Marks and Nellie
Spears Tully of Panama City
and husband Robert M. Tully
of Crawfordville; two grand-
children, Hailey Daniel Spears
and Leaston Dale Spears, both
of Crawfordville; the mother
of his son, Betty Ann Grimes;
parents, John and Norma
Whiddon and many other
family members and friends.
Harvey-Young Funeral
Home in Crawfordville was in
charge of the arrangements.

Sara C. Ward
Sara Carlton Ward, 80, of
Woodville died Monday, May
4 at Margaret Dozier Hospice
House at Big Bend Hospice.
A graveside service was
held at Thursday, May 7 at St.
Elizabeth Anne Seton Cem-

Octhlokonee

lay
United
Methodist
Church
Sunday Worship 9 a.m.
Adult Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
astor M1ittl k a.s
(850)984-0127


St. Elizabeth
Ann Seton .
Catholic Cl
Mass 9 a.m. Sunday
Sunday School 10 a.m.
Father lames MacGee, Pastor
3609 Coastal Hwy. (US 98)
926-1797


2 Te t lakulta aeW.s

Scall Sherr 926-7102


etery in Crawfordville. Me-
morial contributions may be
made to Big Bend Hospice,
1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tal-
lahassee, FL 32308.
She was a "simple Georgia
woman" with an indomitable
spirit, whose testimony exem-
plified a life of sacrificial living
and giving.
Survivors included her
daughter, Latrelle Hobby El-
liott and Hugh of Crawford-
ville; two sons, L.T. "Tommy"
Ward and Laura of Tallahassee
and Jerry W. Ward of Wood-
ville; two brothers, Thomas
Carlton and Margie of Craw-
fordville and Dell Carlton and
Nell ofTallahassee; two grand-
daughters, Kathy Pandolfi and
Chris of Crawfordville and Su-
zanne Ward of Woodville; two
great-granddaughters, Nicole
Pandolfi and Ashley Pandolfi,
both of Crawfordville; and
her longtime caregiver, Glenn
Hanna of Woodville.
Harvey-Young Funeral
Home in Crawfordville was in
charge of the arrangements.

Church plans

Homecoming
The First Baptist Church
of Wakulla Station will host
Homecoming on Sunday, May
17. Sunday school will be held
for all ages at 9:45 a.m. At
the 11 a.m. worship service,
a special guest singer will be
featured. The service will be
followed by fellowship and a
covered dish lunch. Everyone
is invited to attend.

Panacea Park

Baptist Church
24 MissionaRoad, Paacesa
Sunday School 10 a.m.
Worship 11 a.m.
Wed. Prayer Meeting 7p.m.
Paster, Jerry Spears


,Wakulla United
Methodist Church
Sunday Contemporary Service 8:30 am.
Sunday School forall ages- 10 an.
S Sunday Worship- 11 am.
Wednesday Service 7 p.m.
1584 Old Woodville Rd.
Wakulla Station
421-5741
Pator Janic Hnry Rinebart


S Hwy319 Medart
Office 926-5265
Early Worship 8:30 a.m.
M ] 0 h Sunday School 9:45 am.
D Morning Worship 11:00 am.
C Y rll AWANA 4:00 p.m.
Youth ZoneTime 4:30 p.m.
Evening Worship 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Services 7:00 p.m.
Our Mission is: Loving God and Loving Others
through Worship, Ministry and Service.
Operating like a family; strong in the Word of God, warm and
inviting. Powerful ministries for strengthening our families.
Reaching Children, Youth, Adults and Seniors for Jesus.
We will look forward to seeing you this Lord's Day.
www.lakeellenbaptistchurch.org


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The Blessed Hope Church
Panacea First Baptist in St. Marks will host a revival
Church to host VBS from May 13 to May 15 at 7
p.m. nightly at the church.
Panacea First Baptist Everyone is invited to attend.
Church will host Vacation Elder Grady Harper is pastor.
Bible School Monday, June 15
through Friday, June 19 from
6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. nightly. ( -


Financial Peace University
(FPU), the 13-week program
taught by Dave Ramsey, has
helped more than 750,000
families positively change
their financial future.
This life-changing program
teaches families and indi-
viduals how to handle their
money through common-
sense principles and small
group accountability. FPU is
available for churches, compa-
nies, military bases, financial
literacy programs, Spanish
speaking organizations and
community groups.
FPU classes will be held
in Crawfordville at: River of
Life Church, located at 445
Donaldson-Williams Road in
Crawfordville.
The classes will begin Sun-
day, May 17 at 6 p.m. Contact
Adam Hill at 926-1200 or
adam@startwith5.com for
more information or to reg-
ister.


Ivan Assembly of God
202 Ivan Church Road
Crawfordvile
Pastor,
Daniel Cooksey
'Co-&e Worship Withl U("
926-IVAN(4826)
Sunday School................ ..... 10 a.m.
Sunday Worship ..m................. 11 a.m.
Evening Worship .......................6 p.m.
Wednesday Service..................7 p.m.
& Youth Service......................7 p.m.
Royal Rangers.............7.........7 p.m.
Missionettes ............................7 p.m.

Sopchoppy
Church Of Christ
Corner of Winthrop & Byrd St.
Sunday: Bible Study ...9:30 a.m.
Worship ............ 10:30 a.m.
Evening Worship ............5 p.m.
Wednesday: Bible Study...7 p.m.
Visitors are welcome!
Home Bible Courses available...
please call for details,
962-2213


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Christ Church
Anglican

Sunday
8:30am Service
9:30am Adult Bible Class
10, :30am Children's Class
10:30am Service
Nursery available
Thursday 10:30 am Adult Bible Study
Wednesday 6:30 pm Supper and
Children, Youth and Adult Bible Classes
850-745-8412
4340 Crawfordville Highway


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Financial


Continued from Page 1A
"Yes," Stewart answered. If
it is equipment purchased for
use on county fields and is
used to maintain those fields,
it belongs to the county, he
said.
Vause seemed stunned by
the answer.
The other concern, ad-
dressed by County Adminis-
trator Ben Pingree, was the
"middle ground" of the rec.
board turning over some funds
while keeping others, which
seemed to be the rec. board's
counter-proposal to the coun-
ty's all-or-nothing stance.
"The middle ground, I be-
lieve-I must tell you, I don't
believe is a best practice,"
Pingree'said.
Commission Chairman
Howard Kessler asked Pingree
about the rec. board's concern
that it might take two or three
weeks for money for a pitching
machine, using the previous
example. Pingree responded


that the administration has
gone to electronic purchasing
cards, which are used like cred-
it cards. Additionally, county
policy gives the administrator
authority to make purchases
of up to $10,000 without board
approval
Still, emotions over an
earlier news article ran high.
Vause, who has served on
the rec. board since 1985, be-
came visibly upset and choked
up as he recounted how his
grandson, in prison at Raiford,
saw the story and asked his
grandfather what he had done
wrong.
"All-of us were upset about
the story in The Wakulla
News," said Ken Busen, who
has served 18 years on the
rec. board.
The story that appeared in
the paper was about an audi-
tor's review of the rec. board's
financial and other records,
and concern that the board did
not have documentation of its


501(c)3 non-profit status, had
been paying some ball-field
employees in'cash without giv-
ing employees a 1099 form for
miscellaneous income, as well
as concerns about the money
from concessions and account-
ing for it, and proof of sales tax
payments to the state.
There were no allegations
of anything criminal in the
report, but it drew concern of
county commissioners about
the rec. board's status as a
semi-independent entity of
county government for which
they were ultimately respon-
sible.
Commissioners indicated at
that April 7 meeting that they
wanted to dissolve the rec.
board on June 30 and put it un-
der the county as an advisory
board beginning July 1.
At the April meeting and
the May 5 workshop, Commis-
sioners and Pingree repeatedly
and often complimented the
rec. board on its success in cre-


THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, May 14, 2009 Page 5A

-Piano


ating sports programs for the
county's youth. Over and over,
they praised the rec. board for
its service to the community
with the goal of doing what's
best for the children.
Ben Withers, the rec. board's
treasurer, was at both meet-
ings and he told commission-
ers both times that he had the
records the auditor wanted,
but was never contacted di-
rectly.
The county's sports pro-
grams are widely hailed as a
success. The recreation park in
Medart draws children, youths
and adults from around the
county to participate in nu-
merous activities throughout
the year.
In fact, the fees from those
programs have grown by 600
percent over the past 10 years.
In 1999, the rec. programs
brought in $22,510. In 2008,
those programs brought in
more than $150,000.


Meeting times


Continued from Page 1A
Calls from others wishing
to donate to the costly resto-
ration project are also greatly
welcomed.
The cost of restoration will
be $9,000.
"I am devastated at the
thought of being without an
instrument now, since my
livelihood depends entirely on
my music, aside from all the
emotional harm, which is con-
siderable," said Daniel Mathers.
"Someone out there surely has
a very sick mind to perpetrate


such a cowardly crime of $9,000
worth of senseless damage to
what is in effect-speaking as a
pianist-a piece of myself."
Anyone who would like to
sponsor a recital or some other
solo event where Mathers can
solicit donations, can contact
him.
"I am afraid raising money
will be the only way I will be
able to use the piano again," he
concluded.
Mathers can also be con-
tacted at mathersdaniel@mac.
coIn.


Bowden


Continued from Page 1A
Coach Jimbo Fisher at-
tended the 2008 event which
raised $39,000. Overall, the.
sheriff said the local booster
club has raised approximately
$100,000 of the total goal.
"I got to play with him
(Bowden) for five hours," said
the sheriff. "I got acquainted
with him. He is a neat gentle-
man."


The late Houston Taff at-
tended the 2008 event and
members of his family attend-
ed in April. Taff's wife, Beth,
who is also Sheriff Harvey's
sister, attended along with
their mother, Houston's chil-
dren and grandchildren.
The sheriff concluded that
plans are underway for an-
other large fundraiser in April
2010.


Continued from Page 1A
Commissioner Mike Stew
art brought up the marathon
length meetings at a previous
meeting when the board me
until midnight one night an
past 11:30 p.m. another.
Stewart complained that a,
it grew later, he was not able
to give full consideration tc
issues because he was tired
and suggested that if then
is so much work for the corn
mission to do, then perhaps
they should look at meeting
weekly.
SAnother consideration is


omp PIh

:: Continued from Page 1A
Land is cheaper outside o:
town, they noted, and develop
ersiwill continue to propose
projects outside of the tower
center, creating urban sprawl
as long as the board allows it
The commercial-residentia
comp plan amendment thai
was rejected was for a change
from Rural 2 to Commercial and
Ri-ial 3 on 26.5 atces owned by
hig Beid LLC, whose principals
are the Ft Lauderdale-based H,
Collins Forman, Jr. and Miles
Austin Forman. The developer
reportedly told a couple of
commissioners that what was
envisioned on the commercial
property was a "big box" store
such as Target and Kmart.
A motion to approve the
change failed by a vote of 3-2
with only commissioners Mike
Stewart and Alan Brock voting
for it.
During the citizens to be
heard portion of the meeting,
resident Hugh Taylor com-
plained that Stewart and Brock
each received campaign dona-
tions of $3,600 from what he
described as "Forman inter-
ests."
"Don't take us as unaware
-of the dangers of big money,"
Taylor 'chided them.
Brock has rejected Taylor's
calls for he and Stewart to re-
cuse themselves from votes on
Forman development projects,
saying that to do so would
imply that the votes of county
commissioners are for sale and
can be bought with campaign
donations.
The comp plan amend-
ment was originally proposed
and passed in 2007. The state
Department of Community
Affairs raised some objections,
including the lack of adequate
sewer and water, and the traffic
impact on Highway 319.
Attorney Robert Routa, rep-
resenting the project, isubmit-
ted a letter verifying water
service from the City of Sop-
choppy and noted the planned
increase in the county's sewer
service. As for the highway
impacts, Routa contended that
road traffic was actually down
as a result of the economic
downturn and that, when he
asked if DCA wanted a new


the strain that the long, late
meetings have on county staff,
many of whom have families
with young children.
The idea of one day a
month for workshops was
embraced by commissioners,
since this board has shown
a tendency to want to study
issues by workshopping them
and has typically held at least
one workshop before the start
of every meeting.
With a workshop day, Coun-
ty Admiinistrator Ben Pingree
noted that the board could
spend more time on issues


and not be constrained by
having to stop a workshop so
that they can go into a regular
meeting.
Stewart 'also said that a
called workshop in which com-
missioners can discuss issues
among themselves, with no
citizen input, would also be
beneficial.
Commissioners are con-
strained by the Florida Gov-
ernment-in-the-Sunshine Law
from discussing any govern-
ment business outside of a
public meeting. Having a work-
shop for discussion would en-


able them to hash out issues
and share their individual
concerns, Stewart said.
Stewart,..who is a Naval
ROTC instructor at Wakulla
High School, and Commission-
er Alan Brock, who is executive
director of Whole Child Leon,
are the only commissioners
with day jobs another con-
cern of the late meetings.
Chairman Kessler is a retired
surgeon, Commissioner George
Green is a retired educator, and
Commissioner Lynn Artz was
formerly a cardiologist and
public health worker.


I


traffic count to confirm it, the
f agency reportedly toldhim no,
-that any impacts of the project
Should come under Proportion-
iate Fair Share- which is where
L the costs of mitigating impacts
by development are supposed
I to be paid by the developer.
t Additionally, the site is in
San Enterprise Zone, which is
San area targeted for revitaliza-
tioh:
S Stewart argued that the
. county needs commercial
s growth to create jobs 'for the
Residents.
f Commissioner Lynn Artz
Countered that she thought
Sthe board had agreed to focus
on putting growth within the
Crawfordville town center
basically the area delineated
as being from Trice Lane south
to Council-Moore Road.
"We do want commercial
growth," Artz said. 'But not
there."
Brock noted that, if the
site was to be used for bigbox
store, then it wouldn't be ap-
propriately located downtown,
He also said he wanted to see
the Enterprise Zone moved.
Commissioner George Green
said he was concerned about
traffic safety, specifically that
the highway there was "slightly
dangerous because of a terrific
curve" in the road and a speed
limit of 55.
"I'll just say a few words,"
Chairman Howard Kessler said.
"319, 319, 319."
He added that "Just be-
cause we have an Enterprise
Zone doesn't mean we have
to approve every commercial"
project proposed within that
zone.
Artz. Green and Kessler
all voted against the amend-
ment
Those three, plus Stewart,
voted against a map and text
amendment for residential
project near Spring Creek. The
property owner is Spring Creek
Farms LLC, another Forman
corporation, also represented
by Routa.
DCA's objections includ-
ed that the change was ur-
ban sprawl, which was ques-
tioned by Brock when he said,
"One home per 10 acres isn't
sprawl."


Stewart said he might be
for it if sewer service was
available for the area, but that
the development's proximity
to wetlands was a concern for
him. Stewart complimented
resident Michael Keys for giv-
ing an impressive presentation
on the potential impact of'
development on the wetlands'
and the county's whole karst
system. '
Stewart additionally noted
the high number of vacant
homes in the county and said,
"I'll fight for commercial, but
I think we have enough resi-
dentiaL"
A motion to approve the
comp plan change failed by a
vote of 4-1.
But Brock, Stewart and
Green voted for a mixed-use
development on nearly 35
acres of property north of Craw-
fordville between Highway
319 and Lonnie Raker Road.
The project proposed creating
10,000 square feet of office
space under commercial zon-
ing and could have as many as
16 homes under the land use
change to Rural 3, which allows
one home per acre with central
water and sewer.
The property owners are S.A.
and Linda Coxwell, with Routa
representing the project,
Citizen Simeon Nelson told
the board, with their previous
votes, "Tonight what I'm see-
ing is a fear of change." He
insisted that the county needs
more commercial development
to create jobs for kids so they
don't have to leave the com-
munity for a career.
"I like it," Stewart said of
the project. "I agree with Mr.
Simeon Nelson that this is
what we need."
Of the concerns about more
traffic on Highway 319, Stewart
countered: "If we keep the
jobs here, we keep the traffic
here."
"This project has strengths,"
Artz conceded. But, while ac-
knowledging she wants to
bring more jobs to Wakulla,
she said she wanted to stop
the urban sprawl.
"We're killing ourselves
with this, with the way things'
have been going," she said.
Kessler too, while compli-


Snow music recital will be held


The students of Michelle
Snow School of Music will pres-
enttheir spring recital on Satur-
day, May 16 at the Sopchoppy
Education Center auditorium.
Two performances will be
held at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Youth
of all ages will be playing a
variety of musical styles and
instruments.
The recital will feature per-
formances by Elizabeth English.


Carole Toler, Danyelle Dias,
Morgan Terry, Shannon Egler,
Caitlin Lentz, Nicholas Lentz,
Joey Rickards, Alexa Rodden-
berry, Sam Roddenberry, Sum-
mer Padgett, Natasha Gunnars-
son, Katarina Gunnarsson, Mat-
tias Gunnarsson, Riley Craig,
Landon Turner, Jason Paris,
Melissa Gentry, Jessica Kinsey,
Steven Kinsey, Zoie Hill, Sydney
Colvin, Jonah Harvey, Marina


Harvey, Jaylen Cunningham,
Blake Bolton, Danna Richard-
son, Jilli Richardson, Coy White,
Victor Palumbo, Oliver Robin-
son, Della Ray Watson, Brenna
McGuire, Kristin Chew, Dylan
Rogers and Adriana Fortier.
The recitals are free and
open to the public and will
be followed by receptions. For
more information, call 926-
7627.


meeting the proposal as "a
class development," said his
concerns were Highway 319
and traffic.
Green was the swing vote.
"Though it's on 319, this is a
good project, I feel" he said,.
With Green's support, the
amendment passed 3-2.


Olah and DMV


Continued from Page 1A
Olah, a Wakulla County
native, said she has seen the
county make great strides of
progress in her time in the
community.
"We are trying to make
progress," she said. "I'm not
going to allow us to go down-
hill (by losing the DMV of-
fice). We've all got to work
together."
Olah said 'the office con-
ducts more than 10,000 trans-
actions per year which shows
a need in the community.
If the DMV office closes,
the only way Wakulla resi-
dents can address motor ve-


hide issues is through Leon
County or the Florida License
on Wheels mobile unit which
visits counties such as Frank-
lin once a month.
If Olah operates the of-
fice she is allowed to keep
some of the proceeds from
the transactions as she does
for licensing functions at the
present time.
"I just want to retain some-
thing for our county," she said.
"I can't see us not having it.
The state has been good. They
have sent a contract and have
agreed not to dose it.
I don't know how we'll do
it all yet, but we'll do it."


Plant society meets


The Sarracenia Chapter
of the Florida native Plant
Society will meet Tuesday,
May 19, at the Wakulla
Public Library.
This month's program
will be about identifying


all those weeds in your
lawn. The meeting starts
at 6:30 p.m.
For more information,
contact Nona Elder at 510-
4501.


Capital Health Plan Proudly Presents


A monthly program for older adults who want to learn more about
creating and maintaining healthy, happy, and active lifestyles.

Sin us Monday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m.

at the Wakulla Senior Center

(33 Michael Drive, Crawfordville,FL)

Featuring

Back and Neck Paini

Evidence Based Guidelines for Care and Prevention
Presented by: Kevin Jones, PT, Dip. MDT
Hosted by: Anna Johnson Riedel

Kevin is a physical therapist at the
Center for Ortheopedic and Sports
Physical Therapy Outpatient Clinic.

Anna is one of the most familiar
faces in Tallahassee as the former
morning host for WCTV's
"Good Morning Show."


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needs, please call Capital Health Plan seven days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.,
at 850-523-7441 or 1-877-247-6512 (TTY 850-383-3534 or 1-800-955-8771).








Page 6A THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, May 14, 2009


Lady War Eagles lose to Stanton in Regional Finals


By SCOTT COLLINS
Special to The Wakulla News
The Wakulla Lady War Eagle
softball team finally lost a game and
their historic season came to an end
as Jacksonville Stanton Prep scored
nine runs in the first two innings
and held on for a 9-5 victory Tuesday,
May 5. After scoring two in the first
inning on solo homeruns, Wakulla
answered back with a run in the
bottom of the first.
The second inning proved to
be decisive as Jacksonville Stanton


Prep scored seven runs and batted
around on four hits, a walk and three
Wakulla errors,
"We did things in that inning that
we haven't done since the beginning
of the season" said Coach Tom Gra-
ham. He was referring to costly er-
rors induding a fly ball that dropped
between three players.
"At this point of the season, it was
too much to overcome" said Graham
of the Elite 8 game.
However, the Lady War Eagles
never gave up and added two more


runs in the fourth and two in the sev-
enth. In two other innings. Wakulla
left runners on second and third
base as they were unable to get a
two-out hit.
Pitcher Mandy McClendon settled
down and didn't allow a run after
the second inning. She ended up
giving up 10 hits, with two walks
and three strikeouts.
Five of the nine runs she gave up
were earned. McClendon also had
a hit and two sacrifice bunts to aid
the offense.


Wakulla's only senior, Hannah team. Except for Lovestrand, every-
Lovestrand, led Wakulla at the plate one returns next year, but next time
going 4-4 with two doubles, and two around, Wakulla won't surprise any-
runs scored. Ki Myrick was 1-3 with one as they will start the season as
a two run homer, the team to beat around here.
Artigua Kilpatrick was 3-4 with "I'm very excited about next
a run and an RBI. Sarah Gregory year, but Hannah's bat and leader-
and Jessica Wild each had a each as ship will be hard to replace" stated
Wakulla outhit Jax Prep 11-10. Graham.
A district championship, a re- Wakulla finished 22-4. The Class
gional championship, an 18 game 4A Final Four teams were Stanton
winning streak and a spot in Flori- from Jacksonville, Dunnellon, Lake
da's Elite 8 was more than anyone Wales and Pembroke Pines Charter
could predict for this very young School.


Alyea lands at Hanover College


Mookie Forbes, center, with members of his his family and administrators.

Forbes will wrestle in Kansas


By KEITH BLACKMAR
kblackmat@thewakullanews.net
Wakulla War Eagle Wres-
tling Coach John Wainwright
lost one of his top seniors to
a college program Thursday,
May 6 when Carl "Mookie"
Forbes, Jr. signed to wrestle at
Pratt Community College in
Macksville,,Kan.
The Beavers will be receiving
one of Wakulla High's most
productive athletes as Mookie
played football, wrestled and
lifted weights, He attended the
state championship event in
both wrestling and weightlift-
ing and placed in both sports.
"He held down the 103
pound weight class for us," said
Wainwright. "He is so doggone
athletic, He was a good kid and
worked hard. We wish him well
at Pratt College in Kansas."
Mookie is the son of Brenda
and Carl Forbes, Sr. His mother
said she named him Mookie
after, viewing the Spike Lee
film, 'Do The Right Thing,"
where one of the characters
was named Mookie. "That
was before he was ever born,"


lifted weight at 119 pounds. He
said he enjoyed wrestling as
his favorite sport, but weight-
lifting had an appeal because
it required less practice time.
Despite his size, he was effec-
tive in football as well.
A number of his relatives
attended the scholarship sign-
ing including Turelle Farmer
who played softball at Wakulla
and FAMU until her career was
stopped by an injury,
Coach Daron Harvey, a state
champion wrestler at Wakulla,
during his high school career,
helped Mookie get into college.
He joked that Mookie will get
to experience the colder weath-
er and inow of the midwest.
Forbes' teammates Garrett
Barco and Scotty Varner also
attended the signing.
Mookie finished 43-7 as
a senior and placed third in
the state. Coach Harvey said
Mookie lost to a wrestler early
in the competition, but came
back to defeat the same person
for third place. "That is hard to
do," said Harvey.


"Mookie is not the biggest


Former WHS Wrestling
Coach Buddy Tomaini said
Forbes helped carry on the out-
standing tradition of WHS Wres-
tling. Tomaini started the pro-
gram in the 1970s and watched
Parrish Barwick become the
first WHS state champion.
"He is a three sport guy and
is very versatile," said Tomaini.
"We're proud of you."
"He has worked hard and he
really deserves this," said Coach
Harvey. "But it is education first
and then wrestling." ,
Superintendent David Miller
said Mike Barwick and Bob
Myhre of Wakulla Middle
School talked about Mookie
Forbes when he was a middle
school student. "They knew he
was small, but they knew he
would have an impact at the
high school," said Miller.
"I'm very proud of him." said
his father. "He placed in two
sports in the same year."
"I couldn't have done it
without my coaches and team-
mates," Mookie concluded.


The parents of senior
Wakulla War Eagle football
player LeLand Alyea said they
were pleased to announce
that he has committed to play
football at Hanover College in
Hanover, Ind.
Hanover is Indiana's oldest
private college and is located
on a bluff overlooking the
Ohio River.
Hanover College's inter-
collegiate athletic program
is affiliated with the NCAA
(Division III) and the Heart-
land Collegiate Athletic
Conference, which includes
outstanding schools from
Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.
Alyea was awarded the
Harvey Wiley Scholarship
which is renewable for four
years.
Alyea was a member of
the varsity War Eagle district
champions team where he


LeLand Alyea
played linebacker and tight
end his junior and senior
years, and played junior varsity
his freshman and sophomore
years. Alyea has participated
in football in Wakulla County


since playing on the Wakulla
Middle School football team
for three years where they
enjoyed two undefeated sea-
sons.
In addition, Alyea will trav-
el with the Hanover Panthers
football team in May 2010, to
Germany for 11 days, where
they will play in two football
games, as well asvisit fantas-
tic cities, castles, concentra-
tion camps, museums and
other historically significant
locations.
Alyea was born in Indiana
and moved to Tallahassee
with his family in 1993. Alyea
will be majoring in Exercise
Science while earning his
Teaching Certification and
plans to become a Physical
Education Teacher/Athletic
Trainer. LeLand is the son
of Bryan and Pam Alyea of
Crawfordville.


Sports Shorts


All-Big Bend wrestlers
Wakulla War Eagle Wres-
tling Coach John Wainwright
was named Coach of the Year
and junior wrestler Scotty
Varner was named Wrestler
of the Year by the Tallahassee
Democrat.
Varner won a state .cham-
pionship in overtime at 135
pounds against a wrestler
from Cardinal Gibbons. Varner
finished the season 53-3.
Mookie Forbes was named
to the first team at 103 pounds.
Forbes was 43-7 and finished
third at the state tournament.
Tre McCullough was select-
ed to the team at 125 pounds.
He was 48-3 and placed second
at the state as a sophomore.
Travis Hinsey was 33-14 at
130 and was named to the
first team.
Garrett Barco was 55-6 at
145 pounds to place fifth at


the state tournament. He joins
Forbes as departing seniors.
Brandon Carden was named
to the first team at 152. He was
38-16,
Tyler Corbett was named to
the second team at 215 pounds.
Tyler Hill was named to the
second team at 119 pounds and
Luke Taylor was named to the
second team at 171 pounds.
Travis McCullough was an
honorable mention selection
at heavyweight along with Cole
Woofter at 189 pounds and
Chase Maxwell at 160.
Coach Wainwright was
also named Northwest Florida
Coach of the Year and Varner
was named Northwest Florida
Wrestler of the Year for Class
1A.

McBratney FACA selection
The Florida Athletic Coach-
es Association (FACA) selected


she said. Spike Lee played the guy on the wrestling mat, but
Mookie character in the 1989 he's got the biggest heart here,"
movie, said Principal Mike Crouch "He
Forbes is expected to wrestle was sacrificing (free time) and
at 125 pounds in college. He this is a payoff day for him."

Golfing for a cure


Wakulla High School baseball
player Rance McBratney as the
Class 4A All-Academic Player
of the Year. The selection rep-
resents that opinion of the
coaches in District 4 which
includes the Big Bend area.

Wakulla Springs runs
A 5K Run to benefit the
Friends of Wakulla Springs
State Park will be held Satur-
day, May 16 at 8 a.m.
There will be a one mile
family run at 8 a.m. and the 5K
Run begins at 8:30 a.m.
Pre-registration ends on
May 13. The fee is $12 in ad-
vance and $15 the day of the
race. For those who want to
run but don't want a T-shirt,
the fee is $7 for the 5K and $5
for the one mile run and no
registration is required.
For more information con-
tact Cheryl Creel, 509-7103.

-~


The Third Annual Rally for
the Cure Golf Tournament will
be held on Saturday, May 16
at Wildwood Golf Course. The'
survivor ceremony will be held
on the 18th green at 12:45 p.m.
Everyone who has been touched
by this disease is invited to join
fellow survivors, friends and fam-
ily members for the ceremony.
If you would like to honor or
remember a loved one, dona-
tions are $5.


'LAWN
CARE



850-370-6911


SThis event supports the Su-
san G. Komen Foundation and
is presented by the Wildwood
Women's Ladies Golf Asso-
ciation. Wakulla Bank and North
State Title are major sponsors,
said organizer Karen Waters.
For further information,
please contact Waters at 926-
4653 or 349-2754.

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THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, May 14, 2009 Page 7A


Wakulla County Respite,. Alzheimer's project to start


By DENISE FOLH
classifieds@thewakuflanews.net
When we hear the words
"caregiver" or "Alzheimer's" in
Wakulla County, one person
comes to mind. That person
is Pat Ashley. For many years,
Pat has worked closely with
the caregivers and families
of Wakulla County who have
loved ones suffering from
Dementia. She provides them
with support, orientation and
facilitates for the Alzheimer's
Support Group meetings of
Wakulla that she established.
As a previous caregiver, Ashley
understands the challenges of
caring for a loved one who suf-
fers from Dementia. The May 7
meeting of this group was spe-


cial. She cheerfully announced
that respite care will now be
available in Wakulla County
through The Alzheimer's Proj-
ect of the Big Bend Area.
"In his effort to reach out to
the rural communities of the
Big Bend, Bill Wertman, execu-
tive director of The Alzheimer's
Project' of the Big Bend Area,
will make respite care a reality
for the large group of caregiv-
ers in Wakulla County," Ashley
said.
Recie Culpepper, volun-
teer coordinator with The
Alzheimer's Project of the Big
Bend Area will provide train-
ing for the volunteer workers.
She said she was very pleased
with the response from the


community.
"We will begin providing
this service two Mondays a
month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
and will eventually move to
every Monday. The service will
be provided at no cost to the
families. It will take place at
Lake Ellen Baptist Church's Fel-
lowship Hall on Highway 319.
Now caregivers can leave their
loved ones in a safe environ-
ment, while they take a much
needed break. These clients
will enjoy group activities,
friendly conversation, walks,
games, crafts, music, snacks,
meals and pet therapy interac-
tion," Culpepper said.
Pat Ashley, who has already
offered her assistance as a vol-


unteer, said this program will
be a community-wide effort
and she would like to enlist
everyone's help and support.
"We will start providing this
service by the middle of June.
We need people who can vol-
unteer a few hours a month, as
well as civic groups, organiza-
tions or businesses who can
provide a simple lunch for the
clients," she added.
If you would like to volun-
teer your time, or if you are car-
ing for a loved one who suffers
from any form of Dementia and
would like to bring him/her to
the Respite Care Room, please
contact Rece Culpepper, at 386-
2778 or Pat Ashley at 984-5277
for more information.


Recie Culpepper, volunteer coordinator The Alzheimer's
Project of the Big Bend and Pat Ashley, Wakulla Al-
zheimer's Caregiver Support Group facilitator.


Anna Lichtenwalner

and Henderson to wed


Anna Nodar Lichtenwalner
and Mark Jarrett Henderson,
both of Alpharetta, Ga., an-
nounce their engagement.
Anna is the daughter of
Martha Nodar of Decatur, Ga.
and Jose and Miriam Nodar
of Padstow, Australia. Mark is
the son of Jack and Ann Hen-
derson of Crawfordville, and
grandson of the late J.K. and
Lauvenia Moore and Willis
and Sara Ollie Henderson.
The bride-elect holds a
Bachelor's degree in English
and Spanish from Erskine Col-
lege and a Master's degree in
Clinical Exercise Physiology
from the University of Georgia.
She is currently self-em-


business, and works part-time
for the Institute of Nuclear
Power Operations in Atlanta
as a Health and Wellness
Coach.
Her fiance is a graduate
of Wakulla High School and
holds a Bachelor's degree
in History with a minor in
Economics from Florida State
University. He is employed
with Publix Supermarkets in
Atlanta as a Department Meat
Manager.
The wedding is planned for
Sept. 5, 2009 at the First Bap-
tist Church of Crawfordville
where they will become a fam-
ily with Anna's
two children,
7Rachel, 5 and
David, 3. The
couple will
continue to


Wakulla County is blessed with
the musical talent and a decision
was made to showcase the talent
every third Saturday at Hamaknock-
ers Oasis.
This willbe the third show and
organizers have gotten lots of good
feed back.
Come out to Hamaknocker's
Oasis, 460 Coastal Highway, Och-
lockonee Bay, on Saturday, May 16


from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, It will
be quite an ecectic show filled
with all kinds of music.
Mays featured guests include:
Trafton Harvey with Chelsea Dix-
Kessler; Ralph Pellitier, Harvest
Gypsies and Rick Ott Band with
special guest vocalist "Cookie."


On Saturday, May16,
Chuck Hess will lead a free
expedition to band baby
red-cockaded woodpeckers.
Hess, a wildlife biologist
with the U.S. Forest Service,
has banded many red-cock-
aded woodpeckers and
knows a great deal about
them.
The group will travel
deep into the Apalachicola
National Forest to one of
the 150 woodpecker colo-
nies that Hess has been
monitoring for nearly two
decades. There he will climb
a ladder to retrieve the rare
nestlings from their nest
cavity.
Hess has a three day
window at each nest to
band the nestlings. Chicks
younger than seven days
are too small and delicate
for leg bands. Chicks older
than 10 days have their eyes
open and won't let -him
get near them. Only chicks
seven to 10 days old can be
taken from their nests and
given a unique combina-
tion of plastic leg bands.
On the way to the colony,
participants will glimpse


Trafton Harvey with Chelsea
Dix-Kessler will kick the night off.
Then Harvest Gypsies take the
stage. Host Rick Ott Band will take
the night out with a few tunes with
Master Chief Ralph Pelletier and
then start the rock'n' roll with their
special guest vocalist "Cookie."


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settlers vast expanses
of stately pines in'a park-
like setting, wet savannahs
abloom with pitcher plants
and orchids, and majestic
cypress swamps. Hess will
explain the area's history
of frequent, naturally oc-
curring summer fires and
show what happens when
fire is suppressed, when
prescribed burning is infre-
quent, or when prescribed
burning occurs in the win-
ter. The contrast with a
healthy wiregrass and long
leaf pine forest is striking.
Twenty people will be
able to accompany Hess
on the May 16 banding ex-
pedition. This field trip is
offered as a public service
by the Concerned Citizens
of Wakulla (CCOW). To
sign up, send an e-mail to
ccowrcwtrip@gmail.com or
call 926-5587.


Sopchoppy Opry guests
Wakulla's own The Pink Shoelaces are Southbound Band's
special guest for the May 30 Sopchoppy Opry in historic Sop-
choppy High School Auditorium. Also appearing are vocalist
Judy Foster, steel guitarist Jimmy Powell, James Ray and Denny
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Robotic arms grip students' interest School News


Challenger Learning Center loaned six robotic arms and computers for program.


What does it take to pique
middle school students' inter-
est in mathematics, science,
and technology? The answer
was discovered recently at
Riversprings Middle School in
the form of robotics. On loan
from the Challenger Learn-
ing Center in Tallahassee,
six robotic arms and desktop
computers are being used by
Riversprings Middle School


mathematics and science to
practical real-world applica-
tions, Robotics are currently
used in many applications in
our society including manu-
facturing, health care, space
exploration, and even in com-
mon-place equipment such as
compact disk (CD) and digital
video disk (DVD) players.
Eighth grade mathemat-
ics students are being chal-


programs for manipulating
the robotic arms to perform
tasks such as picking up and
moving objects without hu-
man intervention. Part of the
task is to use Geometry and
Algebra to determine the nec-
essary direction and angular
motion for each of five axes
in order to achieve the desired
arm motion. Once this is
established and recorded, stu-


into a text file that is saved,
compiled, and downloaded to
the robotic arm. Students then
watched with enthusiasm
as the robotic arm executed
their program. They carefully
observe and compare the step-
by-step motion of the robotic
arm with the instructions in
their program to determine
any corrective action that may
be necessary. After perform-
ing the desired task, the arm
must return to the initial posi-
tion. Students are required to
operate their program through
several complete cycles of
motion to determine and
compensate for accumulative
errors that are often inherent
to robotics.
As a result, students are
learning to write computer
programs and are being in-
troduced to a new way of
thinking. This is an oppor-
tunity many students do not
have until they reach college.
Exposing students to a com-
puter-based paradigm at such
an early stage is important to
developing their interest in
technical disciplines. When
students were asked to give
their thoughts on robotics,
they shared: "We never knew
math could be so funl"


No


for the purpose of relating lenged to develop computer dents entered a series of steps SAC meeting is open
to the public

WHS special section-Coming May 28 issue zoo heSmli
2008/09will be held on Tuesday, Maymittee
will be held on Tuesday, May


WHS multi-year reunion
On Saturday, June 27, the
Wakulla High School Class of
1984 is hosting a multi-year
reunion at the Pickin' Parlour
Park. Come out and enjoy a
casual night of barbecue, remi-
niscing and dancing. Tickets
are $20 each. Please RSVP by
May 30. For more information,
please contact
Missy Brown Rudd at
mbrudd@att.net or Leanne
Roberts Allen at aceawards@
rocketmail.com.

Reading and math
workshop planned
The MAL Foundation will
offer reading and math work-
shops the weeks of June 15
and June 22. The program is
open to youths ages 10 to 12.
The program will be held
at the foundation, 4377-G
Crawfordville Highway in
Tallahassee. Math workshops
are offered in the morning
and reading is offered in the
afternoon. Sessions are slated
for Monday through Thursday
of each week and the cost is
$400.
For more information, call
Mary Cain Hooks at 591-7833
or Jennie V. Jones at 926-
7547.


12 Weeks of exciting Summer Camp experiences
for Pre-K through 8th grade students


Great themes such as: Geophysics U Rock!,
Hollywood Science, Photography, Lego Rdbots,
Magic Camp and Morel


Visit www.thebrogan.org for a Camp Guide
or call 513-0700 Ext. 235


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ab iia
rU~1


I


26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in
the WHS library. Everyone is
welcome to attend.

WHS Class of 1989 reunion
The Wakulla High School;
Class of 1989 will hold a 20;
year reunion July 18 at 6:30,
p.m. at Wildwood Country
Club.
Family Day will be at held;
Wakulla Springs on July 19 at,
2 p.m. The reunion informa-,
tion has been mailed out.,
Organizers have been unable,
to find the addresses for the
following classmates: Yolanda.
Andrews, Dan Blount, Jadai
Boone, Paula Day, Christina1
Douglas, Faith Gunn, Stepha-I
nie Harp, John Jackon, Melissa
Jackson, Kevin Palmer, Keiin,
Shaifer, Dana Sikes and Mar-,
sha Thomas. If anyone knows
how to reach these classmates,
please call Shealyn Beaty Estes
at 926-4378.

TCC financial
assistance day -
TCC will hold a Financial
Assistance Day on Saturday,,
May 16 from 10 a.m. to noont
in the Financial Aid Office,,
in the Student Union, Room
278. Efforts will focus on new
students enrolling at TCC, and
helping students and parents
complete the Free Applica-
tion for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA).
For more information, call'
201-8399, www.tcc.fl.edu/fa.








THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, May 14, 2009 Page 9A





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Sheriff's Report


Wakulla County Sheriff's
Office investigators recovered
the body of a Crawfordville
businessman who was found
in a secluded area near St.
Marks on May 6, according to
Sheriff David Harvey.
Leaston Lamar Spears, 60, of
St Marks was discovered in his
truck by security personnel at
St Marks Powder. The prelimi-
nary investigation noted that
Spears died of a single self-in-
flicted gunshot wound.
Law enforcement officials
were informed by family mem-
bers that Spears had been miss-
ing since May 3. A pistol was
recovered inside the vehicle.
Major Maurice Langston
said the exact time of death has
not been determined. He added
that law enforcement officials
had been searching for Spears
for hours. "He helped a lot of
people," said Langston. "There
has been a real sense of loss in
, the community as people find
out about his death."
Law enforcement officials
are waiting on the final au-
topsy to determine the exact
time of death, but evidence at


the scene is consistent with
suicide, said Langston. CSI Me-
lissa Harris, Det. Ward Kromer,
Sgt. Brent Sanders, Captain
Chris Savary and Deputy Lorne
Whaley investigated.

In other activity reported by
the Wakulla County Sheriffs
Office during the past week:
On May 5, Jeffrey A. Ewaldt
of Crawfordville reported a
vehicle burglary as someone
removed a satellite radio from
his vehicle. The.radio is valued
at $250. Deputy Nick Boutwell
investigated.
On May 5, Scott T. Ferrell
of Crawfordville reported a bur-
glary at his home. A forced en-
try was discovered and $3,161
worth of property was stolen.
The stolen property included
jewelry, knives, an arrowhead
and safe. Deputy Jeremy John-
,ston investigated.
On May 5, Deborah L.
Mills of Crawfordville reported
a criminal mischief as some-
one damaged her vehicle. The
vehicle had been parked in a
field in an attempt to sell it.
Someone carved a curse word


on the door. Deputy Lorne
Whaley investigated.
On May 6, Christine E.
Saulter of Crawfordville report-
ed a criminal mischief at New
Life Ministries. A window was
broken and a screen was dam-
aged. Damage to the structure
was estimated at $150. Deputy
Andrew Vass investigated.
On May 6, Sally N. Burgin
of Sopchoppy reported a crimi-
nal mischief at Sally's Place.
Graffiti was spray painted on
the building as well as two
other places. Damage was
estimated at $200. Sgt. Judd
McAlpin investigated.
On May 6, Larry Strickland
of Crawfordville reported a
criminal mischief as an Embarq
building in Sopchoppy was
vandalized. The building had
been spray painted. Damage
was estimated at $200. Sgt.
Judd McAlpin investigated.
On May 7, Calvin H. Les-
ley of Crawfordville reported a
grand' theft of a gun and bow
from his home. The value of
the stolen property was listed
at $1,100. Deputy Vicki Mitchell
investigated,


On May 7. Beverly J. Met-
calf of Panacea reported the
theft of a bicycle from her
home. The bike was valued at
$80. Deputy Ryan Muse inves-
tigated.
On May 5, Frank J. Gradyan
of Panacea reported a fraud as
someone used his debit card.
Transactions were reported in
London, Paris, Apalachicola,
Colorado, Boca.Raton and Cali-
fornia. Deputy Nick Boutwell
investigated.
On May 1, Richard N.
Spooner of Crawfordville re-
ported a vehicle burglary. A
knife, keys and a remote, val-
ued at $75, were stolen. Deputy
Andrew Vass investigated.
On May 1, Lorin A. Pope
of Crawfordville reported a
residential burglary. A forced
entry was discovered. Captain
Steve Ganey investigated.
On May 3, Barney Holt
of Crawfordville reported a
vehicle burglary. A cell phone
and charger, valued at $100,
was removed from the vehicle.
Deputy Nick Petowsky inves-
tigated.
On May 2, Grace M. Col-


son of Tallahassee reported
a burglary in Sopchoppy. A
garden hose and bunk bed
and mattress, valued at $112,
were stolen. A forced entry was
discovered. Deputy Ryan Muse
investigated. I
On May 8, Roland Strick-
land of Sopchoppy reported
a criminal mischief of graffiti
at the Sopchoppy Education
Center. White paint was found
on the south side of the school.
The damage estimate is un-
known. Deputy Brad Taylor
investigated.
On May 8, Jessica C. Wind-
ham of Sopchoppy reported
a criminal mischief involv-
ing graffiti at the Sopchoppy
Express Lane. Graffiti was
painted on the back of the
store. Deputy Nicholas Gray
investigated.
On May 8, Deputy Nicho-
las Gray received confidential
information about a stolen
John Deere mower. The mower
was discovered in Panacea and
taken to the impound yard. In-
vestigators are still attempting
to determine ownership.
On May 9, John W. Reyn-


olds of Crawfordville reported
a grand theft of $1,800 worth
of transmission cable. The
property was stolen from the
victim's shed. Deputy Scott
Powell investigated.
On May 10, Ramon Z.
Safley of Tallahassee reported
a criminal mischief in Ochlock-
onee Bay. Someone attempted
to break into the victim's home.
Damage to the home was esti-
mated at $2,500. No property
was taken. Deputy Ben Steinle
investigated.
On May 11, Michelle
Chadwell of Woodville re-
ported a criminal mischief as
someone damaged her son's
motorcycle at Wakulla Springs
State Park. Damage was esti-
mated at $300. Sgt Judd McAl-
pin investigated.
The Wakulla County Sher-
iffs Office received 723 calls for
service during the past week.
Note to our readers: The
people who are reported as
charged with crimes in this
column have not yet been to
trial and are therefore innocent
until proven guilty.


Court Shorts


By WILLIAM SNOWDEN
wsnowden@thewakullanews.net
Capital City Bank filed a law-
suit to foreclose on property
owned by a development com-
pany known as Heron Creek of
Wakulla LLC and two related
companies, March Creek and
Linderand Inc. and company
principal Jack M. Green II as an
individual
The lawsuit was filed on
April 8 in Wakulla County Circuit-
Court
According to the complaint,
in March 2008 Heron Creek and
Green executed a promissory
'note for more than $1.3 million
that renewed a September 2007
note for $1.1 million and an
original note in March 2007 for
j.st over $1 million using land in
Wakulla County as collateral.
There was a cross-collateraliza-
tion and cross-default agreement
with Green and his Linderand
company with a different $1.2
million loan to March Creek,
encumbering some Leon County
property.
As of December 2008, the
company was in arrears in its
payments, according to the law-
suit, and the bank is seeking to
foredose on the property. Heron
Creek, Linderand and Green,
jointly and severally, owe the
bnk more than $1.2 million

FHP chases

motorist
A suspects being interviewed
over Florida Highway Patrol ear-
ly morning pursuit on Mother's
Day, according to Wakulla County
law enforcement officials.
On May 10, at approximately
1:15 a.ni., Trooper. S.T. Wilson
was traveling southbound on U.S.
Highway 319 in Wakulla County
near Edgewood Drive. Trooper
Wilson observed a tan GMC
truck traveling northbound at a
high rate of speed. A radar dock
revealed the truck was traveling
75 m.p.h in a posted 55 mp..
zone, Florida Highway Patrol of-
ficials said.
The trooper turned around
and initiated his emergency
lights and attempted to make a
traffic stop on the truck. The truck
failed to stop.
The truck turned east onto
State Road 267 still failing to
stop for the trooper's emergency
lights and siren The truck started
to weave and Trooper Wilson
observed a baseball size object
being thrown out the passenger
side window. The truck turned
north onto Old Woodville High-
way, Laurel Lane, Autumn Wood
Way and Rosewood Road.
The truck then made a right
trim onto Springwood Blvd. and
came back to State Road 363 trav-
'eling southbound, FHP officials
said. The truck then turned east
onto State Road 267 and turned
right onto Card Lane. The subject
jumped out f the vehicle and
left in an easterly direction on
foot Trooper Wilson attempted
to catch him but lost sight of him
due to the darkness.
The Wakulla Sheriffs Office
K-9 was called to search for the
subject but was unable to locate
the individual


plus interest of $9,190 through
December, and accruing at a daily
rate of more than $600.
In other court cases:
A woman filed a lawsuit
against Turner Heritage Homes
and South County Homes after
she allegedly fell in a model
home in the Flowers subdivision
in May 2008.
The woman, Minnie Moore,
claims that the mcdel home was
negligently built or maintained
in that it had a terra cotta floor
that led to a carpeted garage area
- and that there were no warn-
ing signs of the "unnoticeable
change in floor height"
A South Carolina elevator


company filed a lawsuit against
Crawfordville-based Residential
Elevators claiming that it inter-
fered with business relation-
ships.
Advantage Elevators and its
president James Sam Hiatt, claim
that the company suffered dam-
ages in its business relationships
with certain contractors.
Advantage Elevators is repre-
sented by Tallahassee attorney
Stephen Marc Slepin. The lawsuit
was filed on April 28.
Wakulla County filed to
foreclose on two liens for code
enforcement violations.
On April 28, the county filed
to foreclose on eight lots in


Wakulla Gardens owned by
Deloriss Fort, seeking to recoup
money spent by the county to
remove and dispose of trash
and for demolition of dangerous
structures.
In Wakulla Gardens unit 5,
block 48, lots 1 and 2, the county
claims it is owed $9,445 for ocean


- up, according to the lawsuit On
lots 3 and 4, the county claims it
is owed $4,250 from Fort for dean
up: lots 7 and 8, $5,250; unit 3,
block i4, lot 2, the county has a
lien for $2,150; and for another
lot in block 14, $2,150. The total
amount of the liens against Fort
is more than $23,000.


On May 1, the county filed
to foreclose on a lien on prop-
erty in the Springwood subdivi-
sion owned by Jimmy Lavone
Dempsey, who is deceased.
The code board issued a deci-
sion in September 2008 finding
him in violation and the county
later spent $7,500 to dean up the


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Page 10A THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, May 14, 2009


Fishermen visit the coast on Mother's Day weekend


From The Dock
BY CAPT. JODY CAMPBELL


I hope all of the Wakulla
County mom's had a nice
Mother's Day. The weather
was absolutely beautiful and
hopefully you got to go fish-
ing. The winds were light on
Sunday morning and by noon
it was flat I saw quite a few
people out fishing on Saturday,
but very few on Sunday. The
color of the water is starting
to clear up on the flats and
the temperature is in the mid
70s. Quite a few fish are being
caught and I'm starting to see
quite a bit of bait out there.
Mike Hopkins at Lanark
Village said fishing was very
good last weekend. They had
about 75 boats launch at the
ramp behind the store. Trout
fishing continues to be .very
good and lots of big trout
were caught last weekend.
Nice trout are being caught
in the same old spots plus
the West End of Dog Island
Reef in the spotted water.
Live shrimp, pilchards and the
Gulp are the top baits, I asked
how redfishing was and it has
been excellent. This time it
was phenomenal All the docks
are holding reds, Lanark Reef,


around the Marine Lab and
around Dog Island there are
plenty of fish. Live pilchards
are probably the number one
preferred bait. Mike said every-
one was talking about catching
flounder and he said they are
everywhere. Lots of Spanish
are still being caught on the
Dog Island Reef both trolling
and casting. The kings have
showed up in big numbers
offshore and plenty of cobia
were also caught. Because of
all the regulations and price of
gas, offshore fishing has really
dropped off. Of the 75 boats
out on Saturday, Mike said
about 15 percent were probably
going offshore. Those who did
go caught plenty of grouper
and had to move from place
to place to keep out of the red
snapper. Hopefully thatwill be
the case on June 1 when snap-
per season reopens.
I was talking with Allen
Hobbs last week when getting
shrimp and he said fishing still
wasn't as good as it should be.
Plenty of fish are being caught,
but not like last year. I was
talking with the FWC yesterday
and they said the same thing,


and all the way to the Aucilla
River.
On Saturday, Glen Peal,
Jerry Alexander and some oth-
ers went grouper fishing and
came back with another good
catch of grouper and he said
they had one big red grouper.
Glenn said almost every spot
they fished had red snapper
on them. The question is, are
they going to be like deer and
disappear when the season
opens. Currently, the snapper
season will run from June 1
until Sept. 1, but they are think-
ing about dosing it either in
early August and will make a
decision in June.
Tammy Morgan at Jerry's


Bait and Tackle said they have
been really busy with the
nice weather we have been
having and plenty of fish are
being caught. Lots of big reds
have been caught around the
Aucilla and the Goose Creek
area. Topwater baits such as
the Skitter Walks, Redfins and
Bombers have been working
very well. Amanda Causseaux
fished around Shell Point and
caught and released a 30-inch
red using a bull minnow. Otto
Hough and Randy Trousdell
fished together last weekend
and brought in two limits of
trout. Otto's stringer weighed
15.5 pounds. Hopefully he can
find those same size fish when


they have their next seatrout
, tournament. The next redfish
tournament is May 16.
On Friday, Saturday and
Sunday. I fished with Suellen
Heckman, her brother Rick,
and sister Dodie, and her
husband Jeff. When Suellen
put a nice Spanish in the box
on her second cast I knew it
was going to be a good three
days if the weather held, and
it did. We had three great days
of fishing which included a
25 and 35 pound cobia, five
pound flounder, two reds of
more than 27 inches, two trout
more than 4 pounds. We also
had limits of reds everyday,
about 60 Spanish and our limit


Outdoor tours, events and programs


Early boat tour
Wakulla Springs State Park
will host an early morning boat
tour on Saturday, June 13.at 8
a.m. The fee is $8 for adults and
$6 for children. Reservations are
suggested.
Visitors are invited to enjoy
the early morning sights and
sounds of the scenic Wakulla
ivr,er.,Beakfast is also available
i..t. h!stoxic,Wakulla Springs
Lodge. For more information
or reservations, call the park at
926-0700.
Blue crab trap penalties
The. Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) approved a rule on Thurs-
day, April 16 that will establish
administrative penalties, for
violations of provisions of the
Blue Crab Effort Management
Program.
This program was developed
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by the FWC to manage the use
of traps in Florida's commercial
blue crab fishery.
These administrative penal-
ties are authorized by Florida
statute (Section 379.366, F.S.) and
will apply to violations such as
untagged traps, trap molesta-
tion, illegal barter of tags and
trap theft.
The new rule standardizes
penalty assessments by creating
a tiered system that allows the
penalties to be assessed relative
to the severity of the violation
and the number of, previous
violations up to the maximum
amount allowed bystatute. This
rule is consistent with existing
administrative penalty rules for
the stone crab and spiny lobster
fisheries.
More information regarding
the new.rule is available online
at MyFWC.com. This rule takes
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effect on July 1.
Rudloe to host event
Gulf Speciment Marine Lab
in Panacea will host a "Sharks
and Chablis" special event on
Sunday, May 17 from 4 p.m. to 7
p.m. in Panacea. The function is
a fundraiser for the lab. Guests
will enjoy a special evening of
wine tasting, a seafood buffet
from the Seineyard Restaurant


music by Sammy Tedder and
Rick Ott and a silent auction.
Tickets are $25 and may be
purchased by calling 984-5297.
FWC bear assistance
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission is
offering financial assistance to
modify dumpsters or buy electric
fencing or garbage caddies for
residents until May 31.


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garbage, the FWC has received
a grant to reimburse residents
one-third of the cost to have
a dumpster modified by your
waste service provider or half of
the cost of constructing electric
fencing or a garbage caddy.
The cost share program re-


quires a submission of a copy
of the contract from the waste
service provider or receipts for
equipment purchased.
Funds are on a first-come,
first-served basis and will notbe
available after May 31.
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day. Everything was caught on
live shrimp on the bottom or
under a Cajun Thunder.
I fished with Ivor Groves,
his daughter Sarah, and her
friend Jim Donovan. We had a
limit of reds and about 12 nice
trout and again everything was
caught on live shrimp under
a Cajun Thunder. When they
got on the boat that morning
Ivor told me that Sarah and
Jim were both boating people.
It turns out that at age 18,
Jim, who was from Cape Cod,
started building his own sail-
boat. Five years later he had
finished a 30-foot Lyle Hess
Cutter that he named Carina.
He sailed down to the Carib-
bean where he worked for a
while and then sailed with a
friend across the Atlantic to
Ireland and Spain. Sarah met
Jim in the Virgin Islands and
they sailed back to Cape Cod to
work for a while and then back
to the Caribbean. From there
they went through the Panama
Canal and finally ended up in
Hawaii where they worked for
eight months. All this sailing
was done with charts and
three hand-held GPS's. Sarah
said they finally got tired of
eating fish. Yes, I would say
they were boating people.
Hopefuly they'll write a book
about this adventure.
Remember to leave that
float plan with someone and
be careful out there. Good luck
and good fishing








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Tide charts by
Zihua Software, LLC


St. Marks River Entrance


Date High Low High Low Hig
Thu 0.1 ft. 2.8ft. 1.7 ft, 3.4 ft.
May 14, 09 12:07 AM 6:36 AM 11:21 AM 5:06 PM
Tr 0.3 ft, 2.8 ft. 1,9 ft, 3.2 ft.
May 15, 09 12:49 AM 7:27 AM 12:14 PM 5:51 PM
Sat 0.5 ft. 2.8 t. 1,9 ft, 2.9 ft.
May 16, 09 1:37 AM 8:26 AM 1:27 PM 6:54 PM
Sun 0.7 ft. 2.8 ft. 1.8 ft. 2.6 ft.
May 17, 09 2:33 AM 9:27 AM 3:02 PM 8:36 PM
Mon 0.9 ft. 3.0 ft. 5 f. -2.6 ft.
May 18, 09 3:33 AM 10:21 AM 4:32 PM 10:30 PM
Tue 1.1 ft. 3.1 ft. 1.0 ft. 2.8 ft.
May 19, 09 4:31 AM 11:04 AM 5:38 PM 11:52 PM
Wed 1.2 ft. 3.3 ft. 0.5ft.
May 20, 09 5:25 AM 11:41 AM 6:30 PM


Alligator Point, Ochlockonee Bay

Date High Low Hgh Low High
7Thu 0.1ft 21f. 1.3 ft. 2.6 ft.
May 14, 09 12:18 AM 6:28 AM 11:32 AM 4:58 PM
Fr- 0.2 ftT. 2.1 ft. 1.4 ft. 2.4 ft.
May 15, 09 1:00 AM 7:19 AM 12:25 PM 5:43 PM
at 0.4 ft. 21 f 1.4ft. 2.2 ft.
May 16, 09 1:48 AM 8:18 AM 1:38 PM 6:46 PM
Sun 0.5 ft. 2.1 ft. 1.3 ft. 2.0 ft.
May 17, 09 2:44 AM 9:19 AM 3:13 PM 8:28 PM
MVon 0.7 ft. 2.2 ft. 1.1 ft. 2.0 ft.
May 18, 09 3:44 AM 10:13 AM 4:43 PM 10:22 PM
Tue 0.8 f. 2.3 ft. 0.7 ft. 2.1 ft.
May 19,09 4:42 AM 10:56 AM 5:49 PM 11:44 PM
Wed 0.9 ft.. 2.5 ft. 0.4 ft.
May 20, 09 5:36 AM 11:33 AM 6:41 PM_


May 14 May 20

City of St. Marks


Date High Low High Low High
Thu 0.1 ft. 2.6 ft. 1.6 ft. 3.2 ft.
May 14, 09 1:11 AM 7:12 AM 12:25 PM 5:42 PM
Fri 0.3 ft. 2.6 ft. 17 ft. 2.9 ft.
May 15, 09 1:53 AM 8:03 AM 1:18 PM 6:27 PM
Sat 0.5 ft. 2.6 ft. 1.7 ft. 2.7 ft.
May 16, 09 2:41 AM 9:02 AM 2:31 PM 7:30 PM
Sun 0.7 ft. 2.6 ft. 1.6 ft. 2.4 ft.
May 17, 09 3:37 AM 10:03 AM 4:06 PM 9:12 PM
Mon 0.8 ft. 2.7 ft. 1.3 ft. 2.5 ft..
May 18, 09 4:37 AM 10:57 AM 5:36 PM 11:06 PM
Tue 1.0 ft. 2.9 ft. 0.9 ft.
May 19, 09 5:35 AM 11:40 AM 6:42 PM
Wed 2.6 ft. 1.1 ft. 3.1 ft. 0.5 ft.
May 20, 09 12:28 AM 6:29 AM 12:17 PM 7:34 PM


St. Teresa, Turikey Pt.

Date High Low High Low High
Thu 2.2 ft. 1.7 ft. 2.7 ft.
May 14, 09 6:20 AM 11:00 AM 4:50 PM
Fri 0.3 ft. 2.2 ft. 1.8 ft. 2.5 ft.
May 15, 09 12:28 AM 7:11 AM 11:53 AM 5:35 PM
Sat 0.5 ft. 2.1 ft. 1.9 ft. 2.2 ft.
May 16, 09 1:16 AM 8:10 AM 1:06 PM 6:38 PM
Sun 0.7 ft. 2.2 ft. 1.8 ft. 2.1 ft.
May 17, 09 2:12 AM 9:11 AM 2:41 PM 8:20 PM
Mon 0.9 ft. 2.3 ft. 1.5 ft. 2.1 ft.
May 18, 09 3:12 AM 10:05 AM 4:11 PM 10:14 PM
Tue 1.1 ft. 2.4 ft. 1.0 ft. 22 ft.
May 19, 09 4:10 AM 10:48 AM 5:17 PM 11:36 PM
Wed 1.2 ft. 2.6 ft. 0.5 ft.
May 20. 09 5:04 AM 11:25 AM 6:09 PM


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add to Dog Island Listings: Ca
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r., 26 Min.


Date High Low High Low High
Thu 0.1 ft. 2.9 ft. 1.9 ft. 3.5 ft.
May 14, 09 12:04 AM 6:33 AM 11:18 AM 5:03 PM
Fri 0.4 ft. 2.8 ft. 2.0 ft. 3.2 ft.
May 15, 09 12:46 AM 7:24 AM 12:11 PM 5:48 PM
Sat 0.6 ft. 2.8 ft. 2.1 ft. 2.9 ft.
May 16, 09 1:34 AM 8:23 AM 1:24 PM 6:51 PM
Sun 0.8 ft. 2.9 ft. 2.0 ft. 2.7 ft.
May 17, 09 2:30 AM 9:24 AM 2:59 PM 8:33 PM
Mon 1.0 ft. 3.0 ft. 1.6 ft. 2.7 ft.
May 18, 09 3:30 AM 10:18 AM 4:29 PM -10:27 PM
Tue 1.2 ft. 3.2 ft. 1.1 ft. 2.9 ft.
May 19, 09 4:28 AM 11:01 AM 5:35 PM 11:49 PM
Wed 1.3 ft. 3.4 ft. 0.5 ft.
May 20, 09 5:22 AM 11:38 AM 6:27 PM


Dog Island West End

Date IHigh Low High Low High
Thu .2.4 ft. 1.7 ft. 2.6 ft.
May 14, 09 8:00 AM 11:18 AM 4:41 PM
Fri 0.1 ft. 2.4 ft. 1.6 ft. 2.4 ft.
May 15, 09 12:11 AM 8:35 AM 12:33 PM 5:41 PM
Sat 0.2 ft. 2.5 ft. 1.4 ft. 2.2 ft.
May 16, 09 12:55 AM 9:08 AM 1:57 PM 6:54 PM
Sun 0.4 ft. 2.5 ft. 1.2 ft. 2.0 ft.
May 17, 09 1:41 AM 9:38 AM 3:15 PM 8:26 PM
Mon 0.6 ft. 2.6 ft. 0.9 ft. 1.9 ft.
May 18, 09 2:28 AM 10:04 AM 4:18 PM 10:11 PM
Tue 0.9 ft. 2.6 ft. 0.5 ft. 1.9 ft.
May 19, 09 3:17 AM 10:27 AM 5:10 PM 11:57 PM
Wed 1.2 ft. 2.7 ft. 0.2 ft.
May 20, 09 4:06 AM 10:49 AM 5:55 PM


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r Boating Emergencies
Coast Guard Station
Panama City .................................................. (850) 234-4228 .
Coast Guard Station
Yankeetown .......................................................... (352) 447-6900
Coast Guard Auxiliary
St. Marlk (Flotilla 12) ................................. (850) 906-0540
or.. ..................... ... ......................... .......... 893-5137
Shell Point (Flotilla 13) ................................ ..... (850) 926-2606
or ............................... ....... 926-5654


Coast Guard

Auxiliary Reports
By Sherrie Alverson


Sunday was Mother's Day
and the weatherman cooperat-
ed both weekend days. Many,
many Mothers (and their fami-
lies) were delighted.
Saturday night, Flotilla 13
:held its May meeting. Al-
Athough Mother's Day weekend
-undoubtedly effected member
Attendance, we were pleased
'to have five new guests. Ed
*and Irene Burroughs recently
'moved to our area from Palm
:Beach. Hopefully they will be-
,come new members.
' Membership for the other
-three will be a few years down
,the road. The Reagon trio are
*Mae Waters' grandsons, Cole,
,11, Luke, 8, and Shane, 3.
Members attending were
-Frans and Linda Buytendorp,
John Edrington, Jim McGill,
John Sykes, James and Edith
Taylor, your reporter and our
honorary members, Doro-
,thy Edrington and Ouida
,McGill.
The agenda appeared rou-
,tine until we came down ,to
:new business and things
'changed. Fundraisers, three of
them, are scheduled, a pancake
I m m


breakfast, golf cart parade and
ice cream social, all on the
Fourth of July.
Before we had time to really
think about them, Mae, our Flo-
tilla Commander, whipped out
three sign-up sheets, with pen
attached and a statement in
bold print "you may serve on
more than one committee."
Mae and her enthusiasm
is contagious and before the
meeting adjourned, most of us
had signed up for more than
one committee. Some, like
John Edrington, the Taylors
and Jim McGill, ended up on
four or five committees. As I
have said before, Mae is one
sharp gall
Actually, when you stop
and think about it, pancake
breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10
a.m., golf cart parade at 11 a.m.
and then an old fashioned ice
cream social at 2 p.m. That is
a really neat way to celebrate
July Fourth. Mark your calendar
now so you won't forget.
I As I told you in last week's
column, members of Flotillas
12 (St. Marks) and 13 (Shell
Point) attended the county


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Moon rise
Moon set
Brightness


Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday
6:44 am 6:43 am 6:42 am 6:42 am 6:41 am 6:41 am 6:40 am
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12:32 am
11:00 an
68%


B High schoolers

thank their teachers


Hickman, Sykes, Guttman, Edrington at board meeting,


commission meeting last Tues-
day. Chuck Hickman of Flotilla
12 presented a proclamation
declaring Wakulla County a
participant in National Safe
Boating Week activities, May
18 to May 22, Besides Chuck,
Flotilla 12 Auxiliarists attend-
ing were David Guttman
and from 13 there were John
Edrington, John Sykes and your
reporter,
In other Flotilla 12 news,
On Saturday, they ran a rou-
tine safety patrol. Mark Rosen
was the Coxswain with Bob
Asztalos and Rick Yood as his
crew. Also on board was Wayne
Hicks as a boat crew trainee.
Steve Hults, Vessel Examina-
tion Staff Officer, announced
that he plans to have a ramp
day on May 23 at the fort in St.
Marks. Free Boat inspections
will be available.
Larry Kolk, Public Educa-
tion officer, announced Flotilla
12 will have one more Basic
Navigation Class on May 23.
Anyone interested in the class
should contact Larry at 877-
0818.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary


and the Boy Scouts of America
announced on April 7 that
the two organizations have
signed a Memorandum of
Agreement.
The agreement calls on
the two organizations to work
together in a wide variety of
boating and nautical subjects
and promoting citizenship
training and character devel-
opment.
The Auxiliary is working
with Boy Scouts in recreational
boating safety areas such as
National Scout Jamboree, boat-
ing safety classes, providing
vessel safety checks for Scout
boats.
Flotilla 1-10 in Chattahooch-
ee is involved with the Boy
Scouts in that area and in
Thomasville, Ga.
Bob Morgan of Flotilla 13
has been involved with the
Scouts for years, but not under
this agreement. Who knows
what will happen now.
Any way you look at it, the
Boy Scouts are a wonderful
group.
Remember save boating is
no accident.


students experience Parisian From


On Saturday, May 2, Junior
Class Vice President Amanda
Ricks opened the 2009 Junior-Se-
pnior Prom with a few brief words
'to the more than 320 students in
attendance.
I "It's not easy trying to fit the
feeling of an entire year into one
eight Yet to me, that's the pur-
pose of the Prom," she said. "The
Junior Class Council has worked
for and with you to make this
'evening everything it should be,
From the opening song to the
last dance, we have attempted to
Xouch each of you in that special
.May that makes our school so
'different from any other. If you
leave tonight with good memo-
kies, we have succeeded. In the
years to come, we hope you will


look back on this evening with
fond memories. Enjoy Paris by
Moonlight at the Wakulla High
School 2009 Prom."
Using the Prom colors of
purple, black, and gold, student,
parent, and faculty volunteers
transformed the University Cen-
ter Club ballroom to a Parisian
scene with a cobblestone patio
that lead through an iron gate to
the Seine River, which ran under
a lighted Eiffel Tower. Students
crowded the dance floor to mu-
sic provided by DJ Keith Hewitt
while an original black and
white movie projected scenes
from Paris.
The Parisian theme continued
with the student favor bags, as
they received tall latte mugs, a


personalized photo album and
much more.
Junior Class President Chris
Eichler spoke on behalf of the
Class of 2010 prior to the an-
nouncement of the Prom Court
"Tonight is a very special
evening for all of us since it will
be our last night together before
graduation sends us our separate
ways. We hope this will be an
enjoyable event for you and that
you will cherish these memories
forever. Tonight, we honor the
Senior Class of 2009."
Students selected Prom King
Kyle Britt and Prom Queen Kelsey
Harrell. First runners-up were
Nick Singleton and Shelby Cash.
Second runners-up were Rance
McBratney and Allania Mills, who


tied with Kimberly Franklin. Ryan
Smith was third runner-up. Will
Harvey and Summer Zondervan
were the fourth runners-up.
The Prom is organized by the
Junior Class Council, sponsored
by teachers Nancy Floyd Richard-
son and Melinda House. The of-
ficers are President Chris Eichler,
Vice President Amanda Ricks,
Secretary Shelbi Davis, Treasurer
Katy Parker, and Historian Stevey
Roberts. Council representatives
include Carole Toler, Britanny
Dybiec, Kelsea McCown, Domi-
nique Larrea, Kymi Strickland,
Randi Rae Ministerio, and Crystal
Evans.
Prom pictures are available for
viewing and purchase at www.
swiphoto.com/tallahassee.


It really is the little things.
That's the collective thought of
teachers at Wakulla High School
after students and administrators
showed their appreciation during
Teacher Appreciation Week.
Student groups and classes let
teachers know just how much
they are needed and loved. From
receiving personal letters to re-
energizing with tasty treats and
enjoying a delicious luncheon,
teachers were "feeling the love"
at WHS.
Each morning, teachers were
welcomed with muffins, cookies
and other treats from the year-
book staff, National Honor Soci-
ety, sophomore Class of 2011, and
junior Class of 2010. The Student
Government Association also
provided coffee-life's elixir to
many teachers. The week ended
with a luncheon sponsored
administrators and prepared by
Shirley Bouie's Culinary Arts
students.
The Junior Class Council got
creative in their thanks by pass-
ing out "You're the Cream of the
Crop" Edge shaving cream gifts.
From FCAT scores to academic
competitions and real-life ex-
periences, WHS teachers have
definitely given their students an
"edge" throughout the years.
Several of the teachers in the
English Department continued a
tradition to help students remem-
ber just how important teachers
are. Students were given the


assignment ot writing a letter to
their favorite teacher. While there
surely were some groans in class
after receiving this assignment,
these students brought tears and
smiles to teachers' faces in every
classroom
"You know, you hear teachers
talk about that one day, that one
moment, that makes teaching so
rewarding...well, this is one of
them. To fully realize that I made
a lasting impression on a student
is such a wonderful feeling" said
one teacher.
Hear are the words of just a
few students who will forever be
remembered by their teachers:
"I think of what the next day
will be like because we have
fun, but when it comes down to
do our work we do it and you
help us."
"Overall, you're kind of a role
model to me because you are
mellow and caring which is how
I want to be when I grow up."
"You are the main one who
understood the stress and pres-
sure I have been under this
year"
"Thank you for all the things
you've done to help me through-
out this year."
"You always listen to what I
have to say and help me do better
in school"
"Our teachers are the most
important part of our school and
I appreciate every one of them,"
said Principal Mike Crouch.


1:09 am
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1:42 am
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2:13 am
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50%


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Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday
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NOTICE OF TOWN

HALL MEETING

TIME CHANGE

The Wakulla County Board of County
Commissioners will.hold a Town Hall
Meeting on May 28, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at
the Senior Citizens Center, 33 Michael
Dr., Crawfordville, FL 32327

Purpose of Meeting:

To provide citizens an opportunity to
attend and voice concerns, ask
questions, gather input on projects and
issues, and converse on various issues
of interest, etc.

Any handicapped, visually or hearing impaired person or any non-
English speaking person needing special assistance should contact the
Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners' Office at (850)
926-0919 or TDD (850) 926-1201.







Page 12A THE WAKULLA NEWS, Thursday, May 14, 2009


A Mother's Day message in a bottle


- By TAMMIE BARFIELD
tbarfleld@thewakullanews.net
"Our mothers taught
us, 'if you make a mess,
S clean it up!' It's no
different with our
oceans," stated Margo
Pellegrino adamantly
While discussing her
Commitment to creat-
S l ing awareness about
Cleaning up our plan-
et's oceans. Pellegrino
S began her most recent
S Florida Gulf Coast pad-
dling adventure in Ft. Pierce
then paddled down to Miami
and through the Everglades
to the Gulf of Mexico.
She paddled up the coast
and last weekend, accompanied
by local author and Big Bend Saltwater
Paddling Trail mapper Doug Alderson,
arrived at the Wakulla River Park in the
City of St. Marks greeted by about 35
well-wishers including environmental


consultant Paul Johnson, St. Marks
City Manager Zoe Mansfield, St. Marks
Mayor Chuck Shields, Tourist Develop-
ment Council Director Pam Portwood,
and Wakulla County Administrator Ben
Pingree.
Mayor Shields read a proclamation
declared by the City of St Marks, then
several members of the crowd offered
encouraging and supportive comments
to Pellegrino and her cause.
Pellegrino was also greeted with
great enthusiasm by her husband, Carl,
and her two children, who she had not
seen since April 16. "We get to sleep
together tonight!" her 8-year-old son
exclaimed with much excitement in
his voice. Being with her children in
Wakulla County for Mother's Day was
a rewarding way to take a break from
paddling for a day. Pellegrino visited the
FSU Marine Lab at Turkey Point while
in the area to bring her message to a
group of high school students conduct-
ing research at the lab.
Margo is not a professional athlete,


but it is obvious upon meeting her
she is in excellent physical condition.
She paddles approximately four to 12
hours per day, depending on weather
and waves, and when she reaches New
Orleans will have covered more than
1,000 miles of the Gulf coast to spread
the word about the urgent threats facing
our oceans.
Margo Pellegrino's Gulf Coast paddle
is her third majoroutrigger canoe trip
to Save Our Seas (S;O.S.). The trip is
co-sponsored by the Natural Resources
Defense Council (NRDC) and the Gulf
Restoration Network in New Orleans
(GRN). She carries with her a large
plastic bottle in which she invites citi-
zens to insert index card sized Save Our
Seas messages which will be carried to
Washington, D.C. with the intention of
securing a call to action for the need for
a national oceans protection bill.
To follow Margo's trip go to:
www.miami2maine.com or visit
http://www.onearth.org/author/
healthyoceanspaddle.


Margo Pellegrino holds up her Messages in a Bottle.


From left, Paul Johnson, Margo Pellegrino and her son, and
< Doug Alderson.


St. Marks funded for

refinery assessment


By WILIAM SNOWDEN
wmnowden@thewakullanews.net
The City of St. Marks will
receive $400,000 in grants
through the Environmental
Protection Agency's brown-
fields general program funds to
do an assessment study for the
St. Marks Refinery property.
The city has expressed in-
terest in obtaining the old'
refinery site for some commu-
nity use the possible use as
,a solar energy farm has been
mentioned.
"I am pleased to announce
that the City of St. Marks has
been awarded grants totaling
.$400,000 for assessment of the.
St. Marks Refinery site," City
Commissioner Phil Cantner
wrote in an e-mail on Friday,
May 8. "These grants (two at
$200,000) will provide resourc-
es to assess the site, including
the remaining tank farm.
"Completion of the assess-
ment work will put us on a
path to clearing the site and
making it ready for redevelop-
ment," Cantner wrote,
It. Marks Refinery was in
operation beginning in the
mid-1950s, refining Venezuelan
crude oil into jet fuel. Later, the
facility was known as Seminole
Refining and made asphalt and
other products.
The facility closed in 1985.
Facing severe penalties for en-
vironmental problems at the
site, in 1992 Seminole sold the
property to St. Marks Refinery,
a subsidiary of Houston-based
American International Petro-
leum Corp., with assurances'St.
Marks Refinery would not be
held liable for contamination,
that existed prior to owner-
ship.
The state had encouraged
the sale so that Seminole
would have money to pay for a
cleanup, but it never happened
- and the oversight wasn't no-
ticed until 10 years later when
fishermen on the St. Marks Riv-


er reported seeing an ooze run-
ning into, the river. The state
Department of Environmental
Protection investigated and
found severe contamination
problems, including dioxins on
the property and in the river,
as well as numerous other
hazardous chemicals including
benzenes and arsenic. There
was a "wart pond" on the back
of the property where asphalt
tars had been dumped and it
stood six-feet deep.
The State of Florida went
ahead with a multi-million
dollar cleanup of the site, re-
moving the contaminated soils
and dismantling most of the
storage tanks.
AIPC filed for bankruptcy
in 2006. selling off its assets
such as rights to fields in Ka-
zakhstan.
SCantner has contacted AIPC
officials, who have offered the
land to the city. The St. Marks
Refinery site has some out-
standing tax liens and other
problems, and Cantner has
been seeking federal help to
get the property.
The EPA money will go
toward determining if the con-
taminated site, or "brownfield"
as it's called, is suitable for
some other use.
The St. Marks grant is part
of a $4.8 million inEPA projects
funded with federal stimulus
money. Another area recipi-
ent is the City of Tallahassee,
which is receiving $600,000 for
three properties, including the
Gaines Corridor area.:
"These federal grants will
provide St. Marks with neces-
sary funding to better assess
the presence of hazardous
materials within the commu-
nity," said Rep. Allen Boyd.
"I am pleased that St. Marks
will be able to use this money
to reduce health risks to area
residents and develop a plan
to clean-up the contaminated
sites for future development."


Wakulla Cunty Tourist

Development Council

invites you to enjoy a

Stay-cation!


World Class Birding at St. Mark's

National Wildlife Refuge


Hiking 1 Biking Trails

Fresh & Saltwater Fishing


'


Certified "Greer Guidesn '
offering Eco-Tours

Canoeing / Kayaking

Springs / Rivers

Marine Life

Drive the Big Bend Scenic Byway

Family Fun / History

Shopping/ Dinning


Relax and Retreat

in Wakulla...


National Tourism Week

May 9th- 17th


Call 850-984-3966

or visit www.visitwakulla.com


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