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Flood Waters Leave Gulf County

in Local State of Emergency

by Blair Shiver
Star Staff Writer
Standing ankle-deep in the ris-
ing waters surrounding his home,
Wewahitchka resident Robert
Dansby pointed to a tiny nail signi-
fying the high water mark in the
last major flood of 1998.

"We came in and out on a boat
for about a week," Dansby recalled.
As roughly six inches of rain
drenched northern Gulf County
last Friday, Dansby said he figured
he would stay and weather the
storm just as he did seven years

The Saga Takes

More Twists

Even before the rain fell last
Friday, however, residents anxious-
ly watched river levels rise through-
out the week and nervously antici-
pated daily river readings from an
observation station in
Don Minchew, Wewahitchka
city manager and president of the
Wewahitchka Search and Rescue,
said he started getting a gut feeling
last Wednesday about the looks of

the local river levels.
On Tuesday afternoon,
Minchew could not determine an
exact number of homes in
Wewahitchka that have been
impacted by the flood waters, but
he knew one thing for a fact.
"We got more water than we
were supposed to get according to
the reading we got," Minchew said.
At a special-called meeting on
(See Flood on Page 8A)

Wewahitchka resident Robert
Dansby pointed to a tiny nail mark-
ing the high water mark in the flood
of 1998.

by Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The doors might be closed but
the wheels continue to spin.
What more could be said about
a week in which the receiver for
Gulf Pines Hospital gained more
time to address issues with the
Agency of Health Care
Administration (AHCA).
While an attorney for the owner
of the hospital, Hubert Steeley, filed
a motion in Florida's First District
Court of Appeals to have AHCA's
suspension of the hospital's license
The most newsworthy part of
the week, at least for those pushing
to get the hospital's doors
reopened, is more time.
Gulf Pines officials desperately
needed it and they received a dose
of it last Thursday.
A petition filed last Wednesday
afternoon in Tallahassee challenges
the administrative complaint from
AHCA which sought revocation of
the hospital's license.
In filing the petition, an option
provided under law, the hospital's
court-appointed receiver Liz
Register and Medical Capital,
which loaned $1.7 million to
Steeley last year, received addition-
al time to address deficiencies cited
by the state and a chance to keep
the license intact.
"The appeal has the effect of
keeping the license alive," said
attorney Al Clark, whq was retained
to assist in navigating the regulato-
ry environment in Tallahassee.

by Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
It's a story of ego and influence
on the high seas.
Two boatbuilders, one a famed
Dunedin yacht designer, the other,
a Greek-born fisherman, cross
paths, and one makes sailing 1histo-
Demo George's double-ended
sponge boats inspire the design of
John Hanna's Tahiti ketch sailing
George lives a life of quiet
anonymity in Apalachicola while
Hanna and his ketch cause a stir
throughout the world.
And then the controversy

"The important thing right now
was to get the appeal filed."
The appeal was critical since
March 31 was the deadline for
answering AHCA's administrative
If no appeal had been mounted,
the license could have been
revoked as soon as this week, Clark
noted, erecting an enormous,
maybe insurmountable, hurdle to
re-opening the hospital.
"I'm hopeful with the filing it
will provide us additional opportu-
nities to work with the state to
identify the concerns they have and
correct them," Register said.
Some work on the more minor
deficiencies, such as repairs to cell-
ings, floors and paneling, had
already been undertaken, though

Register suspended work earlier
this week when AHCA denied, fol-
lowing a meeting with hospital offi-l
dals and attorneys last Friday, a
request for more time to answer the
Clark said informal discus-
sions with the agency will continue.
"Everybody who wants the hos-
pital to remain open is cooperat-
ing," Clark said. "We think the hos-
pital can be operated within the
The hope is that while those
discussions progress, AHCA will
hold further action in abeyance,
Clark added.
If not, the next step could be a
hearing before an administrative
law judge, which would take place
(See Gulf Pines on Page 5A)

Accused of merely copying the
form of the sponge boat in his
Tahiti design, Hanna fires off letter
after letter in a prestigious boating
magazine, fiercely resisting any
association with "those gosh awful
The story of the Tahiti ketch is
the story of the clash between the
old world and the new, of classic
design and novel invention.
It is the story of Demo George
and John Hanna.
The Unsinkable John Hanna
Born in Galveston, Tex., on
Oct. 12, 1889, John Griffin Hanna
began his life struggling with twin

A postcard of sponge boats at Tarpon Springs, circa 1935.

Getting to Brass Tacks

by Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Most of the cards have been
put on the table.
How they'll look on the final
deal remains somewhat close to the
vest, or in this case vests.
Officials from the county
health committee and Sacred Heart

Health System out of Pensacola, as
well as the city and county, sat
down this week and made what all
parties involved said was solid
progress toward a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) on a partner-
ship to bring a new hospital to the
The details, though, contain
the devil, as Peter Heckathorn,
executive vice president of Sacred
Heart and president of its medical
group noted, and those remained
murky this week.
And they are likely to remain so
for at least another month, possibly
as long as 60 days, Heckathorn
"We made tremendous
progress," Heckathorn said. "We
know the numbers. The reason we
need the time is to figure out" the
most effective, creative, and cost-

conscious way of reaching the
brass ring.
"The community needs this
resource," he continued. "We are
going to work robustly to make that
The most newsworthy aspect of
this week's meeting may have been
the commitment by Sacred Heart to
assist in the creation of' an
"advanced" walk-in clinic at the
county Health Department facility
in Port St. Joe.
Sacred Heart would provide
equipment and other resources to
help create an ambulatory clinic at
the health department, Heckathorn
"We will be able to take advan-
tage of Sacred Heart's expertise and
Sacred Heart's equipment," said
(See Sacred Heart on Page 11A)

As a boy, Hanna contracted
scarlet fever, a serious disease
about which little was known at the
time. The scarlet fever ravaged
Hanna's body and left him in a
coma for several days.
When. Hanna awakened, his
family was shocked to learn that
the infection had spread to his
ears, and rendered him deaf.
Months later, tragedy struck
again when, walking home from
school and unable to hear the
approach of the coming vehicle',
Hanna was struck by a trolley, his
right foot severed upon impact.
Possessed of a prodigious intel-
lect and can-do spirit, Hanna
bounced back quickly from the
unforeseen events.
He adjusted to wearing a pros-
thetic limb and learned a rudimen-
tary form of sign language, known
then as the "finger alphabet."
Hanna developed a passion for
boats early in life, studying the ves-
sels entering Galveston Bay, paying
close attention to their lines and
their behavior in the water.
Hanna learned woodworking
by tinkering in his father's shop,
and channeled his talent for crafts-
manship into a career as a boat
Hanna's first published design,
for the Pelican, appeared in the
April 25, 1919 edition of Motor Boat
His design career launched,
Hanna settled in the small, coastal
town of Dunedin, Fla. with his new
(See Boats on Page 6A)

by Tim Croft
Star New Editor
Some of the faces in high
places at Wewahitchka High School
will have a different profile as the
month of April traipses along.
The Gulf County School Board
on Tuesday approved the hiring of
Greg Jordan as the new football
coach at Wewahitchka High School.
Jordan, who will replace
Charles Winchester, came on board
this week, meeting with players
and beginning the process of mov-
ing his family from Blountstown,
where he's been the past eight
years, to Wewahitchka.
Jordan was selected from a
pool of more than 60 applicants
which was winnowed to six finalists
by a committee of Wewahitchka
residents and football boosters.
The committee and Wilder con-
ducted the final interviews.
More than 40 athletes met with
the coach this week, and if that
turnout translates into the fall the
program will already begin moving
forward, superintendent Tim
Wilder indicated.

"There's some excitement
there," Wilder said.
Winchester is also the athletic
director and Wilder indicated he
will be coming back to the board at
some point to advertise that posi-
In addition to changes on the
field, the high school will see
changes in the halls.
School board members on
Tuesday also approved advertising
for a new principal immediately.
Terry Linton is slated to leave
the district by the end of the
The board approved the hiring
of a temporary replacement for
Linton, the interim principal taking
the reins from April 25 through
June 15.
At that point, a permanent
replacement for Linton will have
been hired and be ready to take the
reins at the, county's north end
high school.
In other action taken during
Tuesday's regular monthly meeting
of the school board:
(See School Board on Page 10A)

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Boundless Playground Dedication Held, Despite Bad Weather

by Blair Shiver
Star Staff Writer
.The ceremony could
have brought a tear to the
eyes of even the hardest of
Despite impending
treacherous weather last
Friday, ESE teacher
Margaret Ellmer, her staff
arid students held a dedica-
tion ceremony for their
boundless playground, now
officially open at Port St. Joe
After Principal Chris

Earley welcomed members of
the school board and repre-
sentatives from the St. Joe
Community Foundation, two
of the primary donors to the
project, several emotional
presentations from students
and staff brought a swell of
emotions into the auditori-
A video documentary of
the playground building,
from conception to comple-
tion,. was produced by David
Whitfield, a major partici-
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Opening with the loom-
ing theme music to Jaws, the
lines flashed across the audi-
torium screen:
"Mrs. Ellmer said I need
a 'little' playground."
"David (Whitfield) stuck
his nose in her business."
"Pam Selton said, 'Have
you ever heard of a bound-
less playground?'"
This little introduction
summed up the playground's
As the adults chuckled,
reminiscing over the efforts
and finances invested in the
year-long project, children in
Ellmer's class pointed and
squealed as their photos
appeared across the screen.
Ellmer offered her heart-
felt thanks to all those who
lent a hand or made contri-
butions to the project.
She said she thought'it
was a particularly fitting
tribute to have fifth grader
Kaley Wilder read poems at
the start of the ceremony.
"She -has given up her
breaks and her free time to
come help us in the ESE
classroom," Ellmer said.
Also recognizing her par-
ents who had traveled from
Atlanta for the dedication
ceremony and her husband,
whom she said had patiently
listened to daily construction
updates on the project,
Ellmer paraphrased ; a
famous quote applicable for
the occasion.
"It takes a village to build
a playground," she laughed.
Her dedication to her
students and her cause as a
special education teacher
was clear.
"All I asked for was a
$500 piece of equipment,"
Ellmer said. "I didn't even

The five-point harness swing, one of the many features of Port St. Joe Elementary's new
boundless playground, affords wheelchair bound students mobility and playtime of normally
developing children.

know where it was going to
come from."
Now her students have a
safe playground, with inclu-
sive equipment, and interac-
tive stations with a
$100,000-plus final price
After viewing the video
and listening to Ellmer's
remarks, Gulf County School
Superintendent Tim Wilder
followed with a special senti-
Wilder was principal at
Port St. Joe Elementary
when Ellmer first decided to
begin the project and had a
large part in encouraging the
school board to help fund the
"When Ifirst heard what
she had in mind, I thought
she was crazy, not for wanti-
ng to do something for these
kids, but for wanting to get
this project started so quick-
ly," Wilder said.
Following the emotional
speeches and presentations,
the ceremony moved to the
ESE classroom for a7"bad
weather picnic." in which

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Despite impending treacherous weather last Friday, local
dignitaries and school board officials turned out for2 the ESE
playground dedication at Port St. Joe Elementary.

staff and students served hot
dogs to their guests.
Representatives from the
St. Joe Community
Foundation and the school
boardwitnessed the children,
boundirig about safely on the
"Playground of Dreams."

David Whitfield (left) explained the sand and water table, a
feature designed for integrated sensory skills, to Sue Joffe (cen-
ter) and Jane McNabb of the St. Joe Community Foundation.

Whitfield, who has a son
in Ellmer's class, took a vest-
ed interest in the project and
researched each piece of
equipment that was added to
the .playground. He also
staited-a; .fnidraising organi-
zation appropriately named
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As Whitfield explained
each piece of equipment,
from the picnic bench that
permits wheelchair-bound
students to sit in the middle
of their peers to the paint
stations designed for senso-
ry-integrated education,
adults marveled each of the
special features of the play-
ground, particularly the rub-
berized surface.
"For all the naysayers
who said it couldn't be done,
they have never, met
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City to Urge State to Work with Gulf Pines

by Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The receiver at Gulf
Pines Hospital and the for-
mer medical and emergency
room director sought it
Tuesday from Port St. Joe
city commissioners.
Liz Register and Dr.
Michael White asked com-
missioners to lobby the
Agency for Health Care
Administration (AHCA) to
work with current hospital
officials on re-opening the
Commissioners in turn
agreed to write a letter to
AHCA in the hope the agency
will provide the opportunity
for more, time to deal with
deficiencies and restore the
hospital's suspended license.
AHCA has formally
moved, and an appeal has
been filed, to revoke the

Pate. "I'd like to see (it stay
open) until we get a new one
... We need that hospital
until we get a new one built."
The hurdles remain
steep even if the license is
restored, as Register
acknowledged to commis-
The hospital's Medicare
number has been pulled and
future financial viability
would hinge on gaining "crit-
ical access" designation that
given the past couple of
months now seems like d
distant mirage.
Given the demographics
of the hospital's patient load,
the ability to bill under
Medicare, and receive 100
percent of costs which is the
allure of the "critical access"
designation are key, Register
It is also unclear to what
extent Medical Capital,
which has already put more

Radiologist Gerald Alcorn checks a crash cart at Gulf Pines
Hospital after a receiver was appointed by a Circuit Court judge
last month.

A timeline for a resolu-
tion of that action is unclear,
as the sides continue infor-
mal discussions and formal
proceedings commence. (See
related story on Page 1A).
"I'm 100' percent for the
hospital," said Mayor Frank

than $2 million into the hos-
pital through.a loan to owner
Hubert Steeley arid the bond
to finalize a Circuit Court
order appointing a receiver,
would continue to put money
into the facility.
SConsider it the chicken-

and-the-egg syndrome.
As Register told commis-
sioners, Medical Capital has
indicated that it will invest
more money in the hospital
should AHCA be willing to
work with current officials on
re-opening the facility.
The agency, on the other
hand, has cited financial sol-
vency and cash flow repeat-
edly in paperwork for, in
order, a follow-up survey for
"critical access" designation,
a moratorium on new
patients, the suspension of
the hospital's license and,
finally, the revocation of the
Register said the initial
price tag to address deficien-
cies cited by AHCA was
between $1-$2 million.
"We would not continue
if we were not comfortable
that Medical Capital would
not provide the cash flow
until we could re-establish.
cash flow," Register said.
Medical Capital has also
indicated that its intentions'
would be to operate the facil-
ity only until a new one
would, open, that any equip-
ment or the like would be
turned over to any new hos-
And she noted that a
number of the deficiencies
with infrastructure within
the facility had already been
"We are trying everything
we can to get AHCA on
board," White said. "It's the
worst thing for the communi-
ty, it's a crime to shut down
a perfectly good facility.
"We want to' be a bridge
to get to the future."
Pate also noted that
Tuesday, when a Circuit
Court hearing in the foreclo-
sure case Medical Capital
has brought against Steeley
- at which it is expected to
request that Steeley turn
over all his stock in Gulf
Pines Hospital Inc., in theory.
removing him from the pic-
ture looms as a significant
day. .
"That (would) be 90, 99
percent of the problem," Pate
Commissioner John
Reeves made the motion,
which was unanimously

approved, to send a letter
from the city to AHCA.
approved a contract for the
first phase of what will, in
about two years, be its new
water plant.
Commissioners agreed
to spend $1.3 million on the
equipment package for the
microfiltration system which
will be the nuts and bolts of
the plant, which will pull
water from the city's fresh-
water canal to provide drink-
ing water to residents.
S The delivery date on the
equipment from U.S. Filter,
the low bidder and which
conducted a pilot project to
test the viability of tapping
the canal which is fed by
the Chipola River is about
eight months, said Philip
Jones of Preble Rish, engi-
neers on the project.
"During,that time we will
be doing the design and per-
mitting for the whole job,"
Jones added.
Should .the design and
permitting be complete at

that point, and the first
shovel of turn can be turned,
construction should take
about 18 months.
Which would put the
plant on line by the spring of
The dollars for the water
plant project, as well as a
parallel overhaul of the city's
wastewater treatment plant,
are coming from $12 million
The St. Joe Co. put up in the
form upfront tap fees for
WindMark Beach Phase II.
In other action taken up
during Tuesday's regular bi-
monthly meeting:
City manager Lee
Vincent informed commis-
sioners that the top candi-
date for the job of Public
Works Director is John
Grantland, current supervi-
sor of public works and act-
ing administrator in Mexico
Grantland emerged from
the final four candidates for
the job.
Commissioners also
approved Vincent's request
to waive the city rule that

requires an employee be
employed for six months
before receiving full medical
benefits to enhance the.
recruitment of department
The signs demarcating
"Clifford Sims Parkway" on
U.S. 98 through the city lim-
its have been delivered and
should be erected in the next
few days.
At Vincent's request,
commissioners approved, a
motion that mandates that.
all water bills be paid hence-
forth at City Hall.
approved using some
$18,000 in state parks and
recreation grant dollars., to
purchase a mower and trac-
tor, primarily for use at
Lamar Faison Fields.
Commissioners : also
approved spending more
than $36,000 on two back-
up generators.
One, 40 kw, is for the
First Street lift station; the
second, a 125 kw unit, for
City Hall and surrounding

Gulf Pines From Page IA

in Port St. Joe.
"Legally, now' this is a
formal proceeding," Clark
George Indest III would
almost certainly agree..
Last week, Indest, at the
behest of Gulf Pines Hospital
Inc., of which Steeley is the
president and primary stock-
holder, has filed a motion in
the First District Court of
Appeals to overturn the sus-
pension of the hospital's
The motion challenges
the suspension order on its
face and argues that the
appellate court has oversight
It also disputes several of
the rationale laid out by the
agency in issuing the Sus-
tFist _r, rct .ii .I ,I ,.
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prttlon ol 'ttl ThoLion argues
th-t in suspending the

license the agency alleged late court determined
the hospital had not submit- whether to take up the case
ted documentation that if or to have a hearing on the
had professional liability motion, Indest indicated.
insurance when in fact, Indest said his firm was
Indest said, the hospital had representing Steeley in other
submitted such documenta- legal matters, though he said
tion last year. he was not in a position to
'That's what is impor- elaborate on what those mat.
tant in there, I think," Indest ters are
said during a phone inter- One possibility could be
view from his Altamonte handlingSteeleys defense In
Springs office with TheanAp 12hea ore a
Heath Law Firm. an April 12 hearing before a
The option contends Circuit Court judge during
that AHCA's action demon- which Medical Capital will
that AHCA's action demon-
strates a "pattern of harass- attempt to forecose on the
ing visits" and .a "failure to loan to Steeley, forcing him
provide Gulf Pine sufficient to, in part, surrender the
opportunity to remedy the stock in Gulf Pines Hospital,
:conditions identified." Inc., which would, in theory,
It continued by labeling remove Steeley from the plc-
the license suspension, a ture at Gulf Pines.
'..Jiastid ""'and overboaT~""r$,'.r.t,..I ',- ". *
action. There seems to atwa
It would likely be be more chapters to be wM-'
"monthds before the appel- ten in this saga. .

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Saving the Net

by Tim Croft
Star Newls Editor
There it's been all along.
As Reps. Allen Boyd. a Democrat from
Florida. and Jim Kolbe, an Arizona
Republican, pointed out early last month.
they're been working on it for seven years.
Attempting to save Social Security,
just as President Bush has said that goal
is his domestic priority for his second
Boyd was in town this week to tout
the Kolbe-Boyd bill. to walk folks through
the morass of numbers and timelines that
accompany any discussion of Social
It was one of 12 town meetings Boyd
is holding throughout his district and
was, as one participant put it, "very edu-
It was also, and here's the rub, lightly
The time wasn't ideal in the middle
.of a weekday and the meeting was just
an hour long, but the crowd that wasn't
was disappointing.
If only because this issue is of such
apparent gravity Can you turn a page in
a newspaper or turn on a T.V. broadcast
without hearing about it? and the
crowd, actually the lack thereof, reflected
the skewed sense of the important we live
with when it comes to Washington these
Apathy breeds.
Washington is a place where thou-
sands of taxpayer dollars can be spent,
hours of debate undertaken, reams of
newspapers expended and hours of televi-
sion loops produced over steroids and oh
the damage that could be done to men
and women PLAYING,GAMES.
But we can't, as Boyd pointed out, get
the top elected officials in the same room
for a discussion of Social Security and
hoi to go about saving it.
Whether the Kolbe-Boyd bill has merit
isn't the argument.
It's that it is a starting point, one that
includes much of what the president has
made a second-term priority but arrives
with a much smaller price tag.
And, Boyd noted, actual details.
As.laid .out, in his presentation it
woufl'ke'ep Social Security, which bipar-
tisan analysts and the Congressional
Budget Office says will run dry by the
time my grandson reaches retirement age.
"The objective is solvency," Boyd said.
It does not impact those who have
retired or, at 55 and older, are about to
It would also provide a mechanism for
personal accounts.
Low-income workers would have a
minimum benefit conversely higher
income workers would have a reduction
in benefits;-
And personal accounts would provide
lovw-income workers the, opportunity for
the government to match a portion of
their contributions to such accounts.
"It strengthens the program for low-
wage earners and encourages savings,"
Boyd said.
Younger generations, who will likely
see smaller benefits upon retirement, can
offset that by contributing a small portion

of their payroll taxes into the personal
accounts, administered by the govern-
Those personal accounts are modeled
after the Thrift Saxings Plan ITSPI avail-
able to all federal employees.
That program. with 3.4 million partic-
ipants and 8152 billion in assets, offers
two main options.
Stick with Treasury bills. as \ith
Social Security. and the return might be
less but the risk of investing is eliminat-
For a higher return. invest in those
options researched and approved by the
government and used in the TSP pro-
Bottom-lined, all workers would
receive a defined benefit and what was
invested and accrued in personal savings
accounts would exist above and beyond.
The Kolbe-Boyd plan would be paid
for by raising the payroll tax cap. That
cap, which fluctuates with wage growth in
the country, is now $89,000.
Any money earned beyond that
amount is not subject.to Social Security
Kolbe-Boyd would raise that cap over
five years to $142,500.
There is no borrowing of money, no
additional debt taken on.
It is the only plan put forth, according'
to the Congressional'Budget Office, which
would keep Social Security solvent over
the.next century, Boyd said.
As one listener said of the plan, "It
doesn't seem so drastic to me. It sounds
Which begs the question: why hasn't
it received anything resembling a true
and fair hearing on Capitol Hill in seven
Maybe it's not the answer, but no one
can know until the tires are. kicked and
under the hood checked.
This is a complicated, complex issue,
as overwhelming as health care,. and as
vulnerable to sound bites and targeted
media campaigns as health care reforms
were more than 10 years ago.
Nobody questions that there will be a
day of reckoning with Social Security -
some analysts-report that day.will arrive
even sooner for Medicare -, ,but, there
seems no rush to address the problem.
So instead of solutions we get misin-
formation or distortions, partisan bicker-
ing and hearings on steroids and laws
passed to address the case of one individ-
ual and we really have no one but our-
selves to blame.
As Boyd said, he harbored no illu-
sions that he and Kolbe would be in the
room when any future Social Security leg-
islation is written.
But we at the grassroots can demand
one thing that the bill be written and
done so in a bipartisan way.
This isn't a Republican issue or a
Democratic one, it is one of those things
where nobody wins unless everybody
Call your senators, call other mem-
bers of the Florida delegation.
As evidenced by the existence of the
Kolbe-Boyd bill, enough time has been

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by Kesley Colbert

Let's Not Lose

SOur Appetite!

I'm hungry!
Every sunny spring
Sunday afternoon back in
the mid-fifties would find us
all out at that ball field at
the corner of North Park
Street and Walnut Avenue. I
was so young, teenagers
looked like grownups to me.
People brought hound dogs
that were taller than me. I
had no preconceived
notions as to life, love,
death, taxes or the pursuit
of happiness. Every April
afternoon was sunny to me!
And every small town in
our area sported a baseball
team. Ours was pretty good!
So good in fact that I didn't
even notice the big tree that
was partly in play down the
first base line. I just enjoyed
the shade. The small fact
that left field, was twenty
feet lower than home plate
was also of no consequence
to me. I wasn't chasing fly
balls. I came to explore. To
expand. Search. Learn.
Fathom. Articulate. And go
And I came to eat.
Hot dogs, were just hot
dogs when Mom boiled'em
up at the house. But you
buy one out of Marie Hoop-
er's little stand behind the
third base bench and folks,
it was'a dining treatl.'Idon't
know what Miss Marie did
different, maybe it was that
machine that turned'em
over and over as they
cooked, maybe it was the
fresh air and sunshine,
maybe it was the crack of
the bat and the flies.... I'd
put a little mustard on that
thing. And the right amount
of ketchup and pickle rel-
ish.....life was awful good in
I'd lean up against the
.tree, try not to drip too
much mustard on my t-
shirt and yell for our team.
This was eons before the
advent of t. v. Or fast food
places. Or cell phones. Peo-
ple actually smelled of
Vitalis and Brylcreem. And
the world stood still for a
Sunday afternoon baseball
game between a group of
mill workers and store mer-

'chants from one little town
against some loggers, a
bank president and a cou-
ple of school teachers from
Nobody got paid.
Nobody took steroids.
Nobody had an agent. But if
you don't think they played
for real then you weren't
there the Sunday Wild Hoss
Rathborn slid a little hard
into Tex Caruthers. It was
the first time I ever saw twd
grown men stand toe to toe
and slug it out. I believe
they'd still be fighting till
this day if Bobby Jack
Cantrell hadn't run over
from short stop and got
between them!
It was all a part of my
expansion program.
Tom Fields was my

favorite player. He. was
Vicki's father and he
worked out at Keco Mills.
He played second base and
switch, hit. I don't really
know why he caught my
young attention above all
the others. It was another
phenomenon of life "that I
was to discover over and
over....your eyes just fall on
certain people in certain sit-
.I remember a diving
catch he made on a little
soft liner behind second
base. He was sliding on his
stomach with out .stretched
arm when the ball fell into
his glove. And after a half
century and 10 million
innings, it still ranks as one
of the two or three best
defensive plays I have ever
,seen.;, .w .- n .* ,
By the time Goat Hayes
struck out all three batters
in the fourth inning my hot
dog had worn off and I was
over digging in the parched
peanut barrel. They were
free And you can't imagine
how much better peanuts'
always taste at a baseball
We came back year
after year. We'd cheer for
Bobby Jack, Tex and Mr.
Tom. And boo all those Hin-
ton brothers from Frog
Jump, Buck Martin and his
son from Milan and that
big, tall left-handed pitcher
from Dyer.
As time marched on our
conversations grew to
include girls, college, get-
ting a job, were the Rus-
sians really coming and
what "were the towns like"
once you got past Carroll,

Gibson and Henry counties.
\Ve finally saved up
enough money to go to old
Sportsman Park in St.
Louis and see the Cardinals
play. The grass was so
green it hurt your eyes!
They didn't have no tree
hanging over the first base
line! Left field was level with
everybody else! And Miss
Marie musta showed some-
body up there how to cook
hot dogs! But let me tell
you, they charged a dollar
for a sack of peanuts that
didn't weigh an eighth of a
Life can be a little diffi-
cult once you leave the cor-
ner of Park and Walnut.
I grew up and graduat-
ed from high school with
Vicki Fields. I saw Mr. Tom
for years and years. I
remember him long after
his playing days were over.
He used to come down to
the park and watch me play
for the town team! I let him-
die without ever telling him
how much I admired him as
a baseball player.
I said I was growing
back then, I obviously did-
n't have it all figured out!
But listen, I am so
grateful for those days.
Everything I know I learned
down at that ball field. I
have tried to play every
inning of life with the gusto.
with which Hoss Rathborn
ran the bases. I didn't want
to miss one turn at bat. I
never took for granted the
free peanuts. I was thankful
for every pitch. And I still
jlpye to stand and cheer for
good guys like Goat Hayes
Sand Eolbb- Jack Cantrell.
I look back how and
realize it wasn't the score as
much as it was the roar!
There has been a lot of
water under the bridge
since I had to reach up-to
pet a hound dog. But me
and you, we're not just
hanging on! I want to be
just as hungry and eager
over life today as I was
when Miss Marie used to
dispense those ten cent hot
dogs......I want to do better
Spring, baseball and
great eats! I tell you, if you
can find the right tree to
lean against, slow down
just a mite and pick you out
a hero like Mr. Tom---life is
still pretty good.....

t's Been A Good Ride And We've Made A Lot of Friends

Do you know what this
SIt means "finished," or
"the end" to all who are
familiar with printers' terms.
We're saying, "-30-"
with this week's column,
after 53 years.
-30- was always at
the end of every story which
one found in a newspaper. In
the days of the old Linotype
operators, of which we were
one, the operator always
kept a supply of -30-
dashes cast up to put in at
the end of one article before
he started another.
Usually the dash was
removed from the column of
type before it was put in the
page make-up, but not
The,printer usually used
two dashes; a 3 em dash and
a 30 dash, with regularity.
An Em was a space or
dash that was as wide as the
body of type. For instance, if
he was using a font of 10
point type, an em was 10
points wide and a three em
dash was 30 points wide. An


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em was 1/12th inch. So you
see, a printer used an entire-
ly different measuring sys-

the old Linotype keyboard. It
was an em space.-
There were 90 keys on a.
Linotype keyboard. Caps,
lower case and punctuation.
An operator had to know the
keys' and where they were
located. He had to type, on
the machine, at the rate of
two newspaper columns per
hour with as few errors--
from 0 to 8-- per two
This is the background
I'm hanging up with this

issue of "ETAOIN SHRDLU."
It's been a good ride and
we have made a lot of friends
through the column over the
years. A host of people have
come to us with the advice;
"don't stop writing the col-
umn every week. We look for
it first thing."

your sights on something
else to look for, "first thing"
after this week.
I won't be in the newspa-
per, much less, at the bot-
tom of the editorial page.
We've built up a large
following of extremely loyal
fans, over the past 53 years,
and we appreciate them
every one.
You're the only reason
I've kept at it this long.

I've seen stories of edi-
tors who have kept up their
columns for 50 years, in
trade publications, but they
are usually in their 90s and
usually hobble to their office
every week, to keep their
string of columns going.
I have done a similar
activity, although I am not
yet 90 years old.
My wife drives me down
to the office once a week to
keep my string of columns
No more.
It's taking up too much
of my time to keep up with
the dialysis treatments and
have any time remaining to
read. Now I can read all day
Monday and rest up even
more between treatments.
The man who sits diago-

nally across from me and
three chairs down, died over
the week end. His obituary
was printed in Monday's
News-Herald. That's sort of a
reminder that it's time
before you read my obituary
one morning.

I'M NOT ABOUT to die; I
think. I'm still in it for the
long haul, but I'm not going
to do anything, knowingly, to
rush things along.
Besides, things are done
too differently these days,
and I have a heck of a time
keeping current. I remember
the old days, but haven't
completely become
acquainted with the here
and now.
I'm still an active deacon
of my church and an active
Sunday School teacher of
those men whose last stop in
Sunday School is my class.
I guess I'll be the teacher
for as long as my class and I

was involved in, I have given

This column is the last
thing on the agenda, and
-now I'm giving it up. It's hard
to do because I have so
much invested in this news-
paper and the column.
But there comes .a time
and that particular time has
come. I'd rather walk out
than be carried out.
Nearly all my dreams
have been realized, with the
exception of this newspaper
remaining in the family for
at least 100 years, but such
was not to be.
You have been good to
my family and me but it has
taken my undivided atten-
tion over all these years and
I'm satisfied that the news-
paper is in good hands now.
My son and his wife were
about to work themselves
into an early grave keeping
things going. It was growing
too fast for them to keep up,
so they decided to focus on
the printing and office prod-
ucts portion of the business.
So, I'll just say,

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by Blair Shiver officially assumed the rol
Star Staff Writer executive director of the
Jane McNabb is looking Joe Community Foundat
forward to narrowing her On her first official
focus from 67 counties to McNabb witnessed four
four. tion efforts in motion
Last Friday, McNabb attended the

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ion. project made possible in part
day, by a $50.,000 foundation
nda- grant just over six months
and ago.
ESE "Jane not only brings an
abundance of experience to
our Foundation, but also a
knowledge of the state and
the region," said Lewis
!:-. Howell, president of the
board of trustees of the St.
Joe Community Foundation.
"With Jane's direction,
the foundation intends to
initiate focused grants in the
areas of critical concern to
the four counties that we
serve," Howell added.
Before taking the helm of
the SJCF, McNabb served as
executive vice president of
the Florida Chamber of
Commerce for 10 years.
Prior administrative
positions at University of
North Carolina-Charlotte,
Virginia Tech and Florida
State University total more
than 20 years in the non-
S profit management sector.
iiiii McNabb said she looked
forward to meeting the needs
Sof rural communities in Gulf,
S Franklin, Bay and Walton
Counties, specifically in the
areas of infrastructure, edu-
cation and health care.
"The stronger our corpo-
2 rations are, the more money
there is to put back into the
community," McNabb said.
At the Florida Chamber
Foundation, McNabb helped
launch the Florida Alliance
for Stewardship, a two-year
pilot program modeled after
the national program, the
Alliance for Regional
C. Stewardship (ARS).
The Florida Alliance,
according to McNabb,
worked to teach communi-
ties how to work collabora-
tively on large scale projects.
Traditional and non-tradi-
tional .., leaders from
Jacksonville,. Orlando; and
Miami were brought to the

Pictured left to right is Bill Monks, Mrs. Hall, Tweetp Gaskin,
Jenny Wigglesworth and Terry Linton.

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table to discuss important
issues and work towards
achieving a common goal.
With the staggering
needs plaguing Gulf and
Franklin counties, particu-
larly in the areas of infra-
structure and health care,
McNabb said she expects the
board will put her to work
"I'll be looking at strate-
gic investments and seeking
broader community grants,"
McNabb said of her first
tasks in the new position.
Over the course of the
next month, McNabb will be
traveling through the coun-
ties she serves, meeting with
community leaders and
assessing immediate needs
with the foundation's first
executive director, Pam
Selton, who served as
the executive director during
the Foundation's formative
first five years, worked to
administer more than $4
million in regional grants for
education, recreation, cul-
tural arts, the environment
and the health of communi-
"Without Pam's dedica-
tion and hard work, the
Foundation would not be as
successful as it is today,"
said Howell. "She has been a
thoughtful and compassion-
ate ambassador of the foun-
dation's mission, touching
many lives and earning the
respect of those who knew
her," Howell said.
Originally from
Memphis, McNabb said she
is excited about her return to
Northwest Florida. As a resi-
dent in the area in the late
60s, McNabb reminisced
about a time when Panama
City Beach was nothing but
mom-and-pop stores.
She and her husband,
Roger McNabb, a retired
Virginia Tech University pro-
fessor, will reside in Panama
City Beach.

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Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative recently held its
annual Washington, D.C.
Youth Tour Contest in
The Cooperative spon-
sors the contest each year for
high school juniors whose
parents or guardians are
members of Gulf Coast
Two winners are chosen
from a panel of three judges
with the electric cooperative
industry. The rewards are an
all-expense paid trip to
Washington, D.C. in June

where they join other stu-
dents from all over the
nation to tour the capitol.
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organizations, high school
guidance counselors and
principals play in the contest
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wife, Dorothy Trask, at the
start of the 1920s..
A Life-Changing Encounter
For any young boat
designer in need of inspira-
tion, the town of Tarpon
Springs offered a harbor
teeming with exotic sponge
fishing boats.
Hanna's daughter, Helen
J. Brown, a 75-year-old resi-
dent of Goleta, Ca.,)remem-
bered her father making the
12-mile trip from Dunedin to
Tarpon Springs frequently,
bringing back baklava for
her and her siblings.
"He was going up there
all the time," Brown said.
In his day trips to
Tarpon Springs, Hanna
studied the work of the
Greek sponge boat builders.
Not long after his move
to Dunedin, Hanna acquired
a 28-foot double-ended
sponge boat named
In a Feb. 23, 1924 Motor
Boat article entitled "A Study
in Contrast," Hanna called
the purchase of Seaward
"one of the most fortunate
events" of his life.
Hanna worked for sever-
al years converting the boat
into a cruising yacht, which
he would later name
The deeper Hanna went

into the study of Seaward,
the more fascinated he
"I hope I shall never
become that awful bore, the
man who thinks he has
found the one best boat in
the world," wrote Hanna,
who believed the double-
ended model was ideal for
the small auxiliary cruiser, a
design avenue then largely
unexplored by American
Wanting to learn more
about the boat's genesis and
history, Hanna discovered
that the boat was built in
Apalachicola around 1910,
by "one Demo George," who
after many years in America,
still did not spikik da Eenglis'
to any notable extent," and
found intercommunication
Whether Hanna ever
went to Apalachicola to meet
George is difficult to say, but
had he made the trip, he
would've met a fellow boat-
builder who lived a life as
accomplished as his own.
"One Demo George",
Demo George was born
Demosthenes George
Margomenos on March 10,
1874 in the fishing village of
Immigrating to the U.S.
on October 27, 1900, George

Hanna's sketch of American Girl, a sponge boat built by
*Demo George. American Girl would inspire Hanna's Tahiti ketch

sailed on the S.S. Graf
Waldersee to that famed
refuge for immigrants every-
where, Ellis Island.
Upon his arrival in
America, George continued
to ply the traditional Greek
trade of sponge fishing,
swapping the Mediterranean
for the Gulf of Mexico, and
working in the waters from
Apalachicola to St. Marks.
A gifted boatbuilder,
George crafted a number of
sponge boats. It was his cus-
tom to build a boat each
year, which he used for win-
ter fishing and then put up
for sale.
After settling with his
wife, Mary Katsicogianni, in
Apalachicola, George found-
ed the West Point Oyster
Company, and later, the
Standard Fish and Oyster

Company, one of the most
successful fish houses of its
To meet the needs of his
burgeoning fish houses,
George built a fleet of shrimp
boats, naming boats such as
the George D and Little Nick
after his. sons, and others
after his wife and daughters.
George's shrimp boats
were widely admired for their
distinctive shape, elegant
lines and sturdy construc-
tion, features they shared
with the sponge boats so
admired by Hanna.
An Unusual Pair of Greek
In his study of Seaward,
Hanna was most impressed
by the modifications George
made in the traditional
sponge boat form. Seaward
was, wrote Hanna, not of the
'pure Greek type."
S Unlike traditional
sponge boats, which dropped

John Hanna (back with pipe) aboard
the Dunedin Historical Society.

from high ends to a point in
the center near the water
line, a feature that made it
easy for divers to load their
sponges on deck, Seaward
avoided this low drop.
Hanna noted Seaward's
unusual upturn at the stern,
stiff form and firm bildge,
saying, "All this in a boat
modeled by a man who knew
less than nothing about the
theoretical requirements of
naval architecture."
Seaward was not
Hanna's first encounter with
one of George's untraditional
sponge boats.
Three years prior to his
article on Seaward, Hanna
described, in the pages of
Motor Boat, his encounter
with a sponge boat named
American Girl.
The traditional Greek
influence on the American
Girl's design, was apparent,
wrote Hanna, but so were
"wide differences."
Hanna called American
Girl "much more heavily and
soundly built than the Greek
product," and "much more of
a ship and much more com-
fortable and seaworthy."
From American Girl's
owner, George McConkey,
Hanna learned the boat was
built in Apalachicola, for
Greeks, but by: American
builders,' which Hanna
described as accounting for
"the combination of good fea-
Hanna continued to
believe American Girl was a
sort of half-Greek hybrid ves-

the Wyomi in the 1920s. Photo courtesy of

sel when he succeeded in
buying the boat some time
What Hanna did not
know was that the boat he'd
first admired while strolling
the docks in Clearwater was
the sister ship of his own
American Girl is featured
prominently in George's Feb.
3, 1950 Apalachicola Times
obituary, which states that
the Greek-type sponge diving
boat, "which will be remem-
bered by many old timers
here," was built by George
for a friend in Tarpon
Both boats which would
figure greatly in the Tahiti's
design evolution were crafted
in George's Apalachicola

The Tahiti Ketch
In his 1987 book, A
Ketch Called Tahiti, John
Stephen Doherty attributes
the American Girl and
Beachcomber (Seaward) with
alerting Hanna to a new
"type," which would inform
his design of the Tahiti
ketch, and the Tahiti's
immediate prototype, Orca.
Orca, whose design
appeared in Motor Boat in
October 1921, a mere six
months after Hanna spotted
American Girl, was a 30-foot
double-ended cruiser with
dimensions and a two-cabin
layout reminiscent of
George's sponger.
Hanna would refine his
design even further in the

(See Boats on Page 7A)

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form of an improved double-
ended sailing cruiser which
he named Neptune in 1923,
and changed to Tahiti when
the design was included in
the 1935 edition of How to
Build 20 Boats.
In his accompanying
remarks to the published
1935 Tahiti design, Hanna
stressed the seaworthiness
of his 30-foot cruiser,
demonstrating his point with
accounts of the ocean-going
voyages of five existing
Citing the testimonies of
the five Tahiti captains,
Hanna boasted that his
design was "easy in motion,"
"obedient to her helm," and
"extraordinarily well bal-
Hanna acknowledged
that double-ended models
have existed in "all nations of

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John Hanna. Photo
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Historical Society.
the world, for several thou-
sand years," and noted that
this broad spectrum of influ-
Admired for its rugged-
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ters, and inexpensive con-
struction, Tahiti quickly
gained wide popularity. At

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- From Page 6A

over the world, with at least
two Tahiti captains circum-
navigating the globe.
Hanna's popular design
was, however, not without its
detractors. In a phone inter-
view from his home in
Shelter Island Heights, New
York, Doherty noted that
Tahiti "was never considered
a sparkling performer" by
the yachting community.
Though solid and sea-
worthy, Tahiti was a slow
"Hanna was criticized for
making fat boats that were
hard to go sailing fast," said
And then, there was that
lingering question of influ-
Hanna on the Defensive
In the early 1940s, while
a columnist for The Rudder,
Hanna ferociously defended
his Tahiti against the
charges of those who saw In
the double-ended design the
influence of the Greek
Hanna repeatedly insist-
ed that Tahiti was the prod-
uct of years of studying dou-
ble-enders throughout the
world, and leveled a few
cheap shots at the Greek
sponge boat.
After calling the sponger
a "gosh awful tub" in his
Dec. 1942 column, Hanna
wrote that not "one inch of
one line" of the sponger ever
entered into the Tahiti com-
"Her utter unlikeness to
[the sponge boat] is the chief
reason why Tahitis have
tasted the salt of all five
oceans, and come through
their worst disturbances so
brilliantly," continued
Hanna. "So that's that."
The Rudder columnist
pounding frantically at the
typewriter was no longer the
young designer who could
admire, without the corro-

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sive intrusion of self-doubt
and resentment, the crafts-
manship in George's untra-
ditional spongers.
Gone was the designer
who saw his future greatness
in the timeless works of the
Believing it was Hanna's
"ego talking" when he denied
the influence of the Greek
sponger, Doherty noted that
Hanna did make many mod-
ifications to the double-
ended design.
"When Hanna was
accused in many ways of
simply building a Greek
sponge fishing boat and
building a cabin on it to
make it a sail boat, he really
resented it because he felt
he'd changed the shape a
great deal," said Doherty,

whose book on the Tahiti
ketch has recently been reis-
sued in paperback. ,
A young girl at the time
of Hanna's controversial
Rudder columns, Brown
noted that her father's
defense of his designs was
characteristic of his strong
S "Dad had definite opin-
ions," laughed Brown, who
described Hanna as a stern
but loving father.
Though Hanna would
take great pains to distance
his designs from the sponge
boats of Tarpon Springs,
Brown acknowledged that
her father learned a great
deal from the Greek builders.
"When you look at those
designs you'll see," said
Brown, who continues to sell

the plans for her father's
designs, at $45 a piece, from
her California home.
When Brown made a
visit to the Greek isles sever-
al years ago, she came face-
to-face with the ancestors of
her father's Tahiti design, as

she peered into a harbor
filled with double-ended
sponge boats.
"It was heartwarming,"
Brown recalled, "because I
saw those boats that looked
like my dad's or vice versa."


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flood are different," Wells
Gauges for river level
readings are in place north of
Gulf County in Blountstown
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exists for the confluence of
the Apalachicola and Chipola
"They don't have a good
reference point for Gulf
County and they know it,"
Wells said.
The river crested on
Monday at approximately
24.1 feet.
At an emergency meeting
of the Gulf County Board of
Commissioners Tuesday in
Wewahitchka, commission-
ers were left scratching their
heads with several questions
still unanswered.
Surveys of homes dam-
aged by flood waters were
still in progress at press
time, but approximately 65
homes between Magnolia

Lodge and Howards Creek
actually had water inside
with hundreds more
dwellings and structures
with flood water within inch-
es of them.
With flood waters reced-
ing only about four inches in
a 24-hour period on Tuesday
evening, relative to two to
four foot drops in levels in
the days following the 1994
and 1998 floods, damage
assessment for funding is
virtually impossible for sev-
eral more days.
Jim Helms, the state's
area emergency management
coordinator, said survey and
assessment crews from the
state would not move into
the damaged areas until next
Monday, when the waters
had receded.
Wells estimated it would
take about three days for lev-
els to drop a foot in
Wewahitchka, but the
National Weather Service is
predicting another frontal
system to move through the
area Wednesday evening and
Thursday morning. With the
potential to drop one to two
inches of rain and the possi-
bility of three to four inches
locally, a one-foot drop in the
river would be insignificant.
At Monday's special
meeting, the local state of
emergency, in which the
county expends all their
available resources, already
in place was extended for
seven days.
Sheriff Dalton Upchurch
said his staff has been work-
ing double time. As of
Monday, they had accumu-
lated $40,000 worth of over-
time pay.
The American Red Cross
has set up a shelter and
feeding stations for flood
area evacuees in -the
Community Center on Doc
Whitfield Road in
The Salvation Army has
also set up a checkpoint in
Howard's Creek, and more
water will be brought into
the road department in
Wewahitchka today.
Wells said at Tuesday's
meeting that feeding stations
'received a low turnout on the
first day, but he expected a
larger turnout of flood vic-
tims and evacuees over the
next few days.

According 'to a news
release, residents in flooded
low lying areas of Gulf
County, which does not
include residents of the City
of Wewahitchka, are current-
ly without drinking water.
The Red Cross has issued a
public appeal for donations
of bottled water for these res-
idents; .
i Jdasdn Flowers' of, the
Health Departrieit said any-
time surface water pene-
trates a well, residents are
encouraged to use bottled
The Central Panhandle
Chapter of the Red Cross
predicts this condition to last,
up to, and perhaps longer
than two weeks.
Wewahitchka Search
and Rescue crews will con-
tinue distributing water to
people stranded in their
homes over the next few
An Executive Order from
the governor's office for a
state declaration of emer-
gency was requested on
Monday, but was not expect-
ed to yield necessary funding
to assist flood victims.
This order would open
up available resources at the
state level, but with the 2004
hurricane season usurping
emergency funds, availability
of assistance is unclear.
A Presidential
Declaration would yield.fed-
eral funding assistance, but
according to Wells, was high-
ly unlikely.
A $16.5 million cumula-
tive damage assessment is
necessary for federal public,
For individual assistance

from the federal government
for Gulf County residents, a
total of 100 uninsured, pri-
mary dwellings to have sus-
tained major damage is the
threshold of qualification for
federal funding.
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have been affected thus far

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and hunting camps.
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afternoon, everyone's still
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family members or by other
means. To effectively com-
municate your wishes
regarding these end' of life
decisions and avoid the need
for family members to make
these decisions for you, I
encourage everyone to sign
either a Living Will or
Healthcare Surrogate
Designation according to
your qwn personal desires
and beliefs. These docu-
ments can be obtained
through any local attorney
and are also available in
preprinted format in office
supply stores. You may also
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by Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Last year, Patti Blayl
said, it was cross-the-fin
This year, they start
pockets filled.
Thanks to the large
a local businessman,
organizers of that sav
confection known as 'Ta
of the Coast" made only
stop in searching for

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underwriter this year.
After packing the
Centennial Building last
year, organizers aimed high-
er and got the boost they
needed out of the gate from
Jay Rish and his partners at
Century 21 Gulf Coast
Rish, with a wife heavily
involved in the arts and
growing kids, and his part-
ners decided to chip in

$5,000 to underwrite this
year's event.
"What we are trying to do
is get involved in as many
worthwhile causes as we
can," Rish said. "We want to
give back to the community
because the community has
been good to us."
And, since the festival is
drawing artists from around
the region and beyond, who
knows, there might be a
future property owner arriv-
ing to find out what the
Forgotten Coast is all about,
Rish noted.
The fit was perfect for
the fledgling 'Taste of the
Coast," which enters its sec-
ond year with more artists,
more performers and more
offerings than last.
And, thanks to Rish,
more dollars to invest in the
"Last year we had zero
money and had our fingers

crossed," said Patti Blaylock
of the event committee.
Organizers hoped this
year to create a Parisian cafe
atmosphere inside the
Centennial Building.
They wanted to upgrade
the sound system. They
wanted suitable decorations.
And there were, the
printing costs of advertising
and the like for the event.
"We wanted it to be a
walk in the park, a cafe and
park kind of atmosphere,"
Blaylock said.
So with just under
$5,000 from the Tourist
Development Council, an
annual underwriter for
advertising, and dollars from
Rish, organizers have just
under $10,000 to make
visions reality.
'This is their money, out
of their own pockets,"
Blaylock said of the Rish

This year's event
received additional help in
putting out the word on the
Rick Lamberson and his
Bluewater Inet group created
a Web site for the event,
where event schedules,
sponsors, ticket information
and an assortment of infor-
mation can be found.
Lamberson was hooked
after becoming the ticket-
taker at last year's event,
which raised more than
$14,000 for several causes.
"We try to donate four
times a year, create a Web
site to a cause that is some-
thing we are interested in,"
Lamberson said. "I was so
impressed with the event last
year ... I said I'll do Web site.
"It's a neat, neat cause."
The cause is the cre-
ation, and ultimate endow-
ment, of arts scholarships to
be administered through the

Gulf County Scholarship
program, which has been a
national leader in providing
scholarships to graduating
high school seniors.
In addition, ticket sales
for the 'Taste of the Coast"
event itself go the Chamber
of Commerce to bring a big-
ger bang during the Fourth
of July fireworks.
'Taste of the Coast" is
slated for April 29-30. It
includes "Art in the Park" -
which is free and the ensu-
ing art auction, food and
wine tasting event on
Saturday, April 30.
Tickets to the 'Taste of
the Coast" are $25 and can
be purchased by contacting
the Chamber of Commerce,
Bayside Savings Bank or
Sunset Coastal Grille.
For more information
visit www.atasteofthecoast

Jay Rish, second from left, Patrick Jones, left, and Brent Faison, right, of Century 21 Gulf
Coast Realty, provided $5,000 to underwrite this year's "Taste of the Coast." Pictured with them
are event committee members Dana Boyer, middle, and Patti Blaylock, second from right.

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VFW Post 10069 and its
auxiliary are pleased to be a
part of the American Cancer
Society Relay for Life in Gulf
County. In keeping with the
theme of this year's event,
"It's all about the 80's", they
have chosen "Strawberry

Shortcake" and her friends
as their theme. The VFW
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SThe district will go out
for bid on athletic equipment
which will be purchased
using a nearly $100,000 fed-
eral grant secured by the
office of Congressman Allen
While the intent of the
grant was to upgrade the
weight room at Port St. Joe
High School engineers were
examining the feasibility of
creating a workout area on
the mezzanine of 'The Dome"
- Wilder indicated that
Wewahitchka High School
will be considered should it
have further equipment
needs after the construction
of a new field house and
weight room.
Due to rising costs, the
price for school breakfast

and lunch will rise next year.
Next year, the price of
breakfast will rise from $1 to
Lunch will cost $2 for
students and $2.75 for
adults compared to the cur-
rent $1.75 and $2.50,
And the cost of a single
carton of milk will go from 20
cents to 25 cents.
The reasoning is simple
Take, for example,
The district's cost per
meal is $3.20 and it is reim-
bursed under state and fed-
eral programs 23 cents.
Add the $1.75 paid by
students and the difference
between cost and total reim-

bursement is $1.22.
And that $3.20 cost for
lunch that's up nearly 20
cents from last school year.
The arithmetic is the
same across the menu.
"Over the past couple of
years we've been seeing an
increase in prices," said
deputy superintendent
Carolyn Witten. With the new
prices, "We know we'll come
out better than we are now."
Third-grade summer
school, for those students
scoring in the lowest quartile
on the reading portion of the
Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test (FCAT), will
be held May 31 through
June 28.

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Water levels continued to rise as flash flooding drenched northern Gulf County last Friday afternoon. Heavy rains in southern
Georgia and Alabama filled rivers with excess water, flooding homes along the Chipola and Apalachicola Rivers. Even as water
levels began to slowly recede on Tuesday, the Dead Lakes took over roadways around Red Bull Island and Byrd Parker Drive, mak-
ing them accessible only by boat or four-wheel drive vehicle.

Precautionary Boil Water Notice

Attention Gulf County
residents in low lying or
riverside areas:
Due to recent flash flood-
ing and current river flood-
ing, there is a concern for
possible contamination in
the above referenced areas.
Therefore, as a precau-
tion, we advise that all water
used for drinking or cooking
be boiled. A rolling boil of one
minute is sufficient. As an
alternative, bottled water
may be used.

This "precautionary boil
water notice" will remain in
effect until the problem has
been corrected and a bacteri-
ological survey shows, that
the water is safe to drink.
Notice will be posted when
the water boil notice is lifted.
Information packets con-
taining water testing bags
are available upon request at
the Environmental Health
Section of the Gulf County
Health Department.
Individuals will be responsi-

Sacred Heart

ble for water testing fees
through laboratories listed in
information packets. Cans of
deet are also available to
help protect against mosqui-
If you have any ques-
tions, you may contact Larry
Wells, Gulf County
Emergency Management
Office at 229-9111 or the
Environmental Health
Section of the Gulf County
Health Department at 227-
1276, ext. 125.


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'A A :1 Pel-cit'

Doug Kent, executive direc-
tor of the Health Depart-
The clinic is the county's
short-term solution to the
closing of Gulf Pines Hospital
and the lack of urgent care in
the county.
Commissioners had
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equipment for the clinic,
however that money may
now not be necessary.
Operational costs of the
clinic remain unclear, as well
as the funding source.
The clinic, operating
through the St. Joseph Care
Clinic, a Federally Qualified
Health Clinic within the
health department, would
offer urgent care services,
seeing many of the same
patients, dealing with many
of the same maladies as with
Gulf Pines when the hospital
was open, Kent has noted.
But it will have its limita-
tioins and hurdles remain,
though health officials hope
to have the facility open
before the end of April.
It now appears, after this
week's meeting, that it will be
at least next month, possibly
beyond, before an MOU with
Sacred Heart is brought to
county commissioners for
their consideration and
The footprint of the pro-
posed new hospital remains

largely unchanged a
50;000 square foot facility
with 25 private beds, full
diagnostics, 24/7 emergency
room, three operating rooms
and helipad.
The facility, which would
upon full build-out employ
roughly 145 people this
beyond any employed by
doctors and specialists who
will occupy an adjoining
medical office building is
seen as meeting tivo commu-
nity needs: job creation and
emergency health care
It won't come cheap. The
neighborhood of $20 million
to $30 million, maybe more,
is a likely residence to start,
all involved in this week's
meeting aIgreecd.
*The numbers are 'ignif-
icant," Heckathorn said. "We
want to vet those numbers.
We feel we are in a strong
position to move forward."
He noted that The St.
Joe Co., which has agreed to
donate land and start-up
construction costs is also
"willing to put in significant
amounts of cash into the

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survey and mitigation of the
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That is above the $5 mil-
lion over 10 years already
pledged to the hospital pro-
ject by The St. Joe
Community Foundation.
"We are going to put in
cash, expertise and time,"
Heckathorn said of Sacred
The county's tab is
unclear at this time but will
be a significant percentage of
the overall, and ongoing,
costs of the facility, which
Heckathorn said could open
as soon as the summer of
Heckathorn said it was
important to answer all the
questions from (the County
Commission definitively,
which was simply not possi-
ble until after a thorough
vetting of numbers and pro-
Sacred Heart is exploring
a variety of funding options,
Heckathorn said, noting also
that actual ownership of the
land, whether the county or
Sacred Heart is the actual
recipient of The St. Joe Co.'s
donation, could hold a key to
that exploration.
.Bonds, grants or loans,
and in a variety of combina-
tions, are all potential vehi-
cles for financing and Sacred
Heart has an existing part-
nership with a company who
specializes in the construc-
tion of hospital an existing
template would be cost-effec-
"Nothing is simple and
easy," Heckathorn said. "We
think if all these details can
come together, we will move
'The critical path is fig-
uring how to put the financ-
ing and package together."
After some two hours
discussions, county health
officials emerged optimistic.
"We are a good point to
create the MOU," Kent said.

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by Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Sharks take to water
like politicians to rhetoric.
The Port St. Joe Sharks
dodged the raindrops suffi-
ciently enough the past
week to run their winning
streak to 13-straight with
three victories.
The Sharks (13-2) dom-
inated Wewahitchka 11-1
on Saturday afternoon -
the game was rained out
Friday night, in a game
shortened to five innings
due to the mercy rule.
Later, that night, Port
St. Joe made it 12 in a row
with a 13-3 victory over
Mount Paran out of Georgia
in a game also shortened to
five innings under the
mercy rule.


On Monday, the Sharks
forged a huge lead, let it
slip away and then came
from behind for an 11-10
win over Liberty County.
The template for the
county matchup with the
Gators was simple score
seven runs in the. first
inning and let senior ace
Travis Burge do the rest.
It was a game of fives
for Burge, who pitched all
five innings while allowing
five hits and striking out
Burge also walked two
and allowed a single earned
run in the fourth inning.
Bart Lowry and Zach
Williams paced the offense,
driving in three runs
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Justin McCroan was
also 2 for 3 with a double
and two RBI and Kenny
McFarland was 1 for 3 with
an RBI.
Sophomore Justin
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to 3-0 the next day against
Mount Paran.
Henderson pitched five
innings, giving up four hits
and one earned run while
walking one and fanning
McFarland paced the
attack, going 2 for 2 with
two RBI.
Lowry was 2 for 4 with
an RBI and Burge 2 for 2.
The Sharks were also
aided by eight Mount Paran
Against Liberty County,
the host Sharks jumped a
7-2 lead in the first five
innings, only to cough it up
as four errors in the top of
the sixth, combined with
two walks, led to eight
Liberty County runs and a
10-7 deficit heading into
the bottom of the seventh.
Key hits by Burge and
McFarland tied the score
and Randall Johnson plat-
ed the game-winner with a
hit through a drawn-in
Zach Williams started
and went six innings for
the Sharks, allowing six
hits and 10 runs, just two
earned runs, while fanning
Johnson pitched a
scoreless, hitless seventh
for the win.
Burge was 3 for 4 with
four RBI and McFarland
was 3 for 5 with two singles
and a double and two RBI.
Aaron Little was 2 for
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from safe light to 3:00 CST.
The entry fee is $100 per
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50 boats and a five-fish
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by Blair Shiver
Star Staff Writer
Winners train. Losers
With this motto embla-
zoned across the back of
their practice shirts, six
seniors have lived and
practiced their mantra,

proving their value to the
Wewahitchka Lady Gators
softball team.
Their friendship on and
off the field traces back to
their T-ball days, and at
the end of the 2005 season,
the six will end as fine a
run as seen in the county.

Britney Grice, Kayla
Rich, Brandy Sasser, Jade
Gaskin, Brandy Little and
Jill Pippin have been a part
of Wewahitchka's fast pitch
softball program since its
In typical fashion, they
finish each others sen-

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Gators Split Tw(

by Tim Croft then were drummed
Star News Editor Port St. Joe in a a ra

It was a divided week
for Wewahitchka baseball
last week, as the Gators
edged Blountstown last
Tuesday,, March 29, and

postponed game
In the 11-1 loss
St. Joe, Sean Bie
Brandon Skipper

to P
. a

Steven Peak all pitched in
trying to shut down the
Shark attack.
Bierman led the attack
with a single and double
b while Skipper and Ryan
y Ranie added two singles
in- apiece.
on Against Blountstown,
freshman Tyler Bush hit a
lort first-inning grand slam to
an, stake the Gators (8-4) to an
ind early 4-1 lead.
Blountstown chipped
away at the margin to tie
the score in the fifth
inning, but the Gators won
in the last of the seventh
when the winning run was
plated on a wild pitch.
Johnny Jones started
and went 3 1/3 before. giv-
ing way to Will Strange (2-
1) who finished up for the
3- Bierman and Skipper
had a pair of single~"ihlile
Dee Baker and Strange also
added hits.
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tences. They laugh hearti-
ly. They all talk at once.
Driving in and out of
Wewahitchka, one cannot
help but notice the sign
commemorating the 1999
championship "Wild
Thangs" team, of which
these six players were all a
Head coach Charles
Fortner said of his graduat-
ing seniors, "You couldn't
find a more committed
group of girls."
Recounting an experi-
ence roughly six years ago,
when he and others were
making the transition from
slow pitch to fast pitch and
initiating the program,
Fortner said a Gulf Coast
Community College softball
coach came to watch his
young players and size up
their potential.
After watching the
young players during a
practice, the coach told
Fortner that his girls were

too small and that
Wewahitchka would never
have a successful fast pitch
If he knew their four-
year record as teammates,
that coach would surely be
eating his words.
After chalking up their
first loss for the 2005 sea-
son a couple of weeks ago
against Springfield
Rutherford, Fortner figured
his senior girls had racked
up 147 wins in their past
five years of play.
When outstanding Lady
Gator Judith Husband
pitched her last high school
game two years ago, Little
said everyone thought the
team was finished.
S- "Everybody said we'd
never win another game
again," Little recounted.
However, a star was
rising from the eighth,
"Samantha Green was
a freshman and she

stepped up and carried us
all the way to state," Little
proudly announced.
As their senior year
begins its final stages -
prom, finals, graduation -
the girls are counting down
their games of the season.
Sasser, named to first
team All-State and All-Big
Bend in 2003, and Grice,
who received Big Bend
Honorable Mention the
same year, are hoping to
attend Chipola College in
Marianna on softball schol-
As for the remaining
four, there is little reason
to indicate they will lose
touch Rich, Gaskin, Little
and Pippin say they all
plan to attend Gulf Coast
Community College.
"We're all real close,"
said Pippin.
The girls all laugh and
smile at Fortner, telling
him, "You know you'll miss
us, Coach Fortnerl"

Lady Gators Drop Second of the Season

by Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Rain played havoc with
the schedule for the state-
ranked Lady Gators of
Wewahitchka and the week
ended with the team drop-
ping its second of the sea-
The Lady Gators (11-2)
beat host Sneads 6-3 last
Tuesday, March 29, and
did not play; again until
Monday night when they
lost 2-0 despite a one-hit-
ter from pitcher Samantha
Green was also domi-
nant against Sneads,
allowing just five hits while
striking out a career-high
13 batters.
Jade Gaskin paced the
offense, going 3 for 3 with
an RBI and run scored.
Brandi Sasser, Hanna
Price, Jill Pippin and
Summer Grice all added

Britney Grice :added a
The difference in >the
game was a six-run sixth-
inning which broke open a
1-0 game.
Two crucial second-
inning errors proved the
difference against Liberty
County, leading to a pair of
unearned runs which were
the winning margin.

Green (8-2) struck out
nine while pitching a com-
plete game.
Green and Kayla Rich
had singles, Sasser a dou-
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by Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Eyeing the plaque pre-
sented to him by the Florida
Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc.
and the Gulf County Sheriffs
Department, Richard Logan
III hesitantly extended a
"I don't know if I'm going
to live up to that," he said.
Logan and Faith, his wife
of 44 years, gathered
Tuesday afternoon in the
office of Gulf County Sheriff
Dalton 'Upchurch to receive
the plaque, a bifold award
and a pair of surprisingly
strong magnetic lapel pins
for their most recent dona-
tion to the Florida Sheriffs
Youth Ranches organization.
The couple's philan-
thropic contributions extend
back to 1993, when
impressed ,by some of the
organization's literature,
Richard Logan wrote the first
of many personal checks.

south Organization

Frank Kenny, the Donor the program at the request of
Relations Officer for the parents struggling with their
Florida Sheriffs Youth children's behavior prob-
Ranches, in town for the lems.
awards presentation, noted After a parent submits a
that 85 percent of the organi- Request for Service form with
zation's operating expenses a local sheriffs department,
are contributed by donations a social worker visits the
from private citizens such as family to assess the situation
the Logans.' and determine if the child is
Founded in 1957 by the a suitable candidate.
Florida Sheriffs Association, The Youth Ranches are
the Florida Sheriffs Youth residential camps, where
children live year round. At
Ranches is a non-profit orga- children live round At
nization dedicated to teach-
ing at-risk children responsi-
bility and self-respect within
a communal camp environ-
There are currently six
Youth Ranch facilities
throughout Florida, as well
as three "opportunity
stores," Goodwill-type opera-
Itions that solicit donations of
furniture, appliances, books' ",A t
and clothing. i '' .
Kenny noted that the
majority of campers enter

Honors Charitable Couple

messed the work of Youth was a good organization that "We're old and tired,"
Ranches throughout the helped children." said Faith, noting that she
state, said he has experi- The couple has, through and her husband were
enced first-hand the pro- the years, also supported the through with making long
bund changes in ranch par- Humane Society and the trips.

"If you saw what they
started with and what they
finished with, you'd under-
stand," Upchurch said.
The Logans' involvement
in' the program stems from
their desire to help at-risk
children develop into well-

Palmer Children's Hospital in
Columbus Miss., located
across the street from where
the couple lived while
Richard was a professor at
the Mississippi University for
Though invited on sever-
al occasions, the Logans

Just' knowing that their
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way to a worthy organization
is enough for the couple, who
have also allocated a gift for
the Youth Ranches in their
estate planning.
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Frank Kenny of Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches (left) and Gulf County Sheriff Dalton Upchurch (right) present Faith and Richard
Logan III with awards for their contributions to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches organization.

the ranch, 10 children live in
a cottage staffed by a pair of
"cottage parents," who pro-
vide guidance and instruc-
tion that Kenny notes is
nearly always lacking in the
children's personal lives.
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2005 Beach Blast in St. Joe Beach a Success

by Blair Shiver
Star Staff Writer
Athletes from across the
tri-state area descended on
St. Joe Beach last Saturday
to participate in what orga-
nizers hope will become an
annual event.
SThough wind gusts of up
to 15 miles per hour and a
marine advisory cancelled
the swim leg of the triathlon,
The Beach Blast, according
to organizers and partici-
pants, was a success.
Friday's flash flooding
and a chilly wind from the
southwest turned Saturday's
triathlon, traditionally a
swim-bike-run, into a
duathlon, run-bike-run.
Approximately 150 ath-
letes, along with their spous-
es and children, met at
Beacon Hill Park bright and
early Saturday morning.
After picking up their
computerized ankle bracelets

Mike Moore of Panama
City took first place overall in
Saturday's race.

that helped organizers record
times and register partici-
pants, the athletes gathered
at the starting line and were
informed about the change of
A shotgun start signaled
the first leg of the race in
which athletes ran a 1.2-mile
sprint through the park area
and along the shoulder of
U.S 98.
The second leg of the
race was a 15-mile bike ride
through the quaint neighbor-
hood of Beacon Hill and
north on Hwy. 386 towards
The final leg of the com-
petition was a 5K run back
through Beacon Hill park,
along Hwy. 98 and through
the GulfAire community.
Mike Moore of Panama
City breezed through the fin-
ish line first, with an overall,
time of 1:10:21.
"It was a good course,
and they (organizers) did a
great job," Moore said as he
began his cool down walk.
John Lowrey of Panama
City took second in the male
overall category with an time
of 1:11:04, followed closely
by Daryl Clarke of Lockport,
NY in third, recording a time
of 1:11:33.
In the overall female cat-
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Pensacola recorded a first
place finish with a time of
1:17:58, followed by Leah
Tingley of Panama City in
second place with a time of
1:19:25 and Lisa Harrison,
also of Pensacola, with a time
of 1:20:59.
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in the female 30-34 year old
with a time of 1:27:59.
Vince Bishop of Port St.
Joe completed the race in
1:38:18, good enough to
secure third place in the 50-
54 year old male category.
William Bernardo, also
of Mexico Beach, took fourth
place in the 45-49 year old
male category, recording a
John Mazzonovich of
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Finally, Brian Marshal of
Port St. Joe took ninth in the
30-34 year old male category
with a final time of 1:28:53.
SAn awards ceremony
immediately followed the
race in Beacon Hill Park, and
organizers held a beach
party at the El Governor on
Saturday evening. A door
prize drawing, with several
prizes valued up to $400 was
a highlight of the beach
The final event of the
weekend was a 35-mile bike
ride up Hwy. 386 on Sunday
Race organizer Olga
Cemore said she received
several calls and e-mails fol-,
lowing the event, thanking
her for the organizers'
"The athletes said they
really enjoyed the race and'
they fully understood the
problems with the weather,"
Cemore said.
Volunteers. posted at
most turns and transition
points on the course, "were
great," Cemore added, and
without them, the event
would not have been as suc-
'This event brought a lot
of business to the area,"
Cemore said.
'The more we work to
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year, the more people will
return and bring their
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Local Author Finalist for Book of the Year

Local author, Michael
Lister's latest John Jordan
Mystery, Blood of the Lamb.
s a finalist for ForeWord
Magazine's Book of the. Year

Before becoming a full-
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Florida Panhandle, was the
youngest chaplain within the
Florida Department of

Gulf County Residents Bring

Easter Joy to Bay St. Joseph Care

and Rehab Center Residents

The children from Joann Clements class "hopped" over to
bay St. Joseph Care and Rehabilitation Center to begin the
Easter celebration early in the week. They constructed a large
beautiful Easter card to present to the residents.

Dominique Bryant gives
an Easter basket to resident,
Annie Collins. She and other
congregation members from
the Zion Fair Baptist deliv-
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Sister Georgia Pierson and
Gloria and Ernest Gant
served lunch and played the
piano and sang to the resi-

The North Port St. Joe Children's Choir, with leader Brenda
Fisher and assistant Pam Harris, gave an Easter program and
had Easter eggs for each resident.

McKayla Woodham,
granddaughter to Bay St. Joe
resident, Robert Woodham,
came with a beautiful Easter
basket filled with a stuffed
bunny and candy filled Easter
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Corrections. His seven years novel. Blood of the Lamb
of prison chaplaincy bring moves at a fast clip as John
authenticity and realism to finds his insider's view help-
his mystery series featuring ful. Blood of the Lamb marks
ex-cop turned prison chap- the return of an intriguing
lain, John Jordan. The first of character."
the series, Power in the The Midwest Book Review
Blood, was published by said, "Blood of the Lamb is a
Pineapple Press in 1997. The gripping locked-room murder
next, Blood of the Lamb, the mystery. Unflinchingly brutal
finalist for Book of the Year, in its portrayal of violence,
was published by Bleak sexual abuse, and murder
House Books in September-of within the prison setting,
2004, garnering rave reviews Blood of the Lamb comes
and solid sales. The third alive with chilling reality and
book of the series, The Body fully humanized, believable
and the Blood, will be pub- character portraits all the
lished in September of 2005. way up to the end. Highly rec-
ForeWord Magazine's ommended for mystery fans
Book of the Year Award was for its attention to detail.and
established to bring increased lack of questionable con-
attention from librarians and trivance."
booksellers to the literary Writing in a variety of for-
achievements of independent mats, Lister has served as
publishers and their authors. senior staff screenwriter for
A jury of librarians, book- Triple Horse Entertainment,
sellers and reviewers are one of the south's largest
selected to judge the cate- independent production com-
gories for entry, and they panies, and as lead writer
select winners and finalists and editor of The. Gilf County
based on editorials excellence Breeze, a Florida newspaper
and professional production established in 1925. His pop-
as well as the originality of ular column River Readings,
the narrative and the value chronicling his search 'for a
the book adds to its genre. life of depth and meaning, is
"It's.a clich .because it's published in print and online
true," Lister said. "It really is at his website,
so nice just to be nominated. www.MichaelLister.com.
I'm very proudof this book, When he's not 'writing,
and am in some great cbmpa- Michael serves as an' adjunct
ny among the other finalists." professor .at Gulf Coast
In Blood of the Lamb, Community College and
which is based on events teaches classes, conducts
Lister actually experienced workshops, and speaks at
while still a full-time chap- conferences on writing, inspi-
lain, John Jordan investi- ration, and the relationship
gates the murder of the seven between art, life, and religion.
year-old adopted daughter of ForeWord Magazine is the
ex-con turned televangelist, only magazine showcasing
Bobby Earl Caldwell, a mur- reviews and title trends
der committed in John's own exclusively from the explosive
locked office when Bobby Earl independent market. This
conducts a service in the coveted information comes at
Potter Correctional a time when most print
Institution chapel, review vehicles are cutting
Critics have been univer- their pages and limiting cov-
sal in their praise for Blood of erage of books from little
the Lamb. Kirkus Reviews known authors or publishers,
said, "The spiritual dimen- the very presses whose out-
sion of John's inner life adds put continues to increase.
a depth that's often absent in 'There are so many books
the mystery genre. A realisti- published each year," jLister
cally portrayed prison setting said, "that anything that
and a cast of characters causes readers to lift yours
depicted with complexity and 'from the pile or pull it from
nuance together form a quiet- the shelf is a good thing and
ly effective character- awards like this one do exact-
study/whodunit." ly that."
Oline Cogdill of the South According to ForeWord,
Florida Sun Sentinel said, the best ideas have always
"Author Michael Lister per- come from independent
fectly blends religion into a thinkers, and its editors and
gritty, realistic look at prison publishers believe that
--tie'--it-nout- preachftng--o maxim holds true for written
overpowering his solid plot. Ideas as well. The most
Lister invigorates the religion thought-provoking, startling
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New Sales Member

Joining the Ct

Sonjia Raffield has
joined the sales team at
Century 21 Gulf Coast
Realty. This Gulf County
native is excited about the
growth in our area. Growing
up in Wewahitchka and liv-
ing in Port St. Joe for the
past 18 years with her hus-
band, Randy and son, Clay,
Sonjia knows Gulf County,
and is excited to bring her

ntury 21 Gulf Coast Realty Team

experience in business and
in the area to the real estate
market in a growing firm.
Sonjia has had extensive
experience working with the
public on a daily basis for
many years; first with a
thriving dental health care
facility, and then with over
six years experience working
for a local attorney where her
main objective was closing

real estate transactions
including preparing con-
tracts and deeds. This expe-
rience has given her signifi-
cant understanding of the
real estate transaction
process from start to finish.
Sonjia is excited to be
working with Century 21
Gulf Coast Realty as the area
leader. Century 21's Port St.
Joe office was recently

ranked #1 in the Southern
Region and has consistently
led Gulf County Sales for the
past three years according to
MLS statistics. Anyone inter-
ested in reaching Sonjia for
help finding the right home
or property can call her at
340-0900 or reach her at the
Century 21 Port St. Joe office
at 227-9600.

How Do I Choose the Right CPA?


Sonjia Raffield

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by Keith L. Jones, CPA
You survived until now
without a trusted business
advisor such as a CPA. But
your small business is grow-
ing and you continually face
more complete business and
tax matters. Suddenly, you
realize that you need some-
one with good analytical
skills and tax acumen to
help you navigate through
these daily challenges. Or
you may have just moved
here from the other coast
and you know you need help,
and soon.
Although it is not as
important as choosing a
spouse or a business part-
ner, choosing the right CPA
to help you is quite impor-
tant. The right one could get
you out of a mess, or keep
you from one, make your life
simpler and be a great
sounding board for key

financial decisions like buy-
ing a house, starting a busi-
ness or retiring. The wrong
one could lead you in trouble
with the IRS, or even worse,
steer your financial ship way
off course, which could take
years and many thousands
of dollars to make right.
Choose Wisely
Treat the decision of
choosing the right CPA like
you do choosing a good
friend, business partner or
trusted companion.
Interview several candidates,
being thorough, and explore
common ground for values,
integrity, and philosophies
about life. Check out the
CPA's listening skills as well'
as ability to analyze and
interpret data. Trust your
instincts on recognizing solid
character traits. If you don't
think you could spend a day
fishing, or a weekend at the

beach, or at least a two-hour
dinner with the prospective
CPA, then she or he is prob-
ably not right for you.
Guidelines to consider
If you need to choose a
CPA, consider the following
1. Assess your own par-
ticular circumstances. Ask
yourself, "What am I looking
for?" This includes deter-
mining your needs and
desires, both immediate and
2. Gather several candi-
dates. Develop a good short
list of candidates from talks
with business associates,
friends, colleagues in com-
munity activities, and other
professionals such as your
attorney or insurance agent.
3. Match what you need
and want from #1 with the
candidates from #2 for an
initial short list of candidates

to interview.
4. Conduct interviews
and evaluate the CPA as a
person and an advisor. Ask
specific questions to the CPA
and others who know her or
him to help you to determine
how well the CPA measures
5. Narrow the list based
on subjective considerations
such as chemistry, attitude,
impressions, etc., and return
to step No. 1 if not fully sat-
Take the CPA to a two-
hour dinner, and talk about
your lives, your personal
sides, not the business sides,
and then see if the person
across the table is the one
whom you would choose. If
so, raise a glass to toast a
new important relationship!
Next Week: Specific ques-
tions to ask when interview-
ing a prospective CPA.

We Thought Cool and Ate the Chili Anyway

by: Virginia Bathurst Beck
We love Mexican food.

Ken Siprell

Your Reliable REALTOR' '

I Want to Earn Your Business

Kernnreth D S.prell has aiined Cenr,.jr 21 Gull Cota- Realr,.Inc a's i sales J:;cl[e jR .. R the. ccmpar.i-,i brol..?r and cr-.rer
[i[t. e..j Ih[ Kenr pr.i'es'i .rI ;tllUde ind, .'.rk ethic .,.ill be i .jluible ia 'e'r t. both the cOmpjn, and the people of Gull
C,:.,r,[i ard Mlxiico Bejch
l-n. .'.h3j gre,.. up ir, Apalchicola hj' reiuried t., our 3rej atiEr .:uc.:,iIjl career' in rhe LIS Arrrm, and German bui'ie::
Kenr .:iTi.plEted The Arrri, Rnger S~hl'ol. errF n the cn..eC-ted KRjnr Terb s..hle :.tlor.eCId ir. Ft Cminpbeill KY He thern jolur.
reEred lf.:.r rmrr pecil Fc-rce: anrd after .crmpletir.2 hi; pirachute r,.1nl 'pec,1i lr.:e: trainin he e.irned the rh-t t.:. ..e3r tlei
Gree,-n erer
Ke,. relrejd i'rn, [h-e %rrT,, June 2000 : a: E. rec3n or tr er le3.r,E he Irm, ir h'e ..er,[ to ..Ork Ic.r /''E DE Germr.n, "
rrm.:.:T p.pulr Internt porr'-l. %.here he .':-.rked ai a trae-,c c irole cr mjnager He .'ja re:pcrn:,ilec f.-:r :e.er31l uc::lul prod.
,ci; and mrjnjdj ,r,.ej,[nrIn ,r, Ic-ur ilerenC t compj,.IE
Cernr. 2 I Gull C:,i:t P.R~jlrt In ".'. the rIel etea rte P let leader i.:.r Gull Courn, ,rn 004 Tlic: id.jrt~e o ,r [ e pertite rnd
m rketIln. p,..-er :r ell r:.ur hr.,n-,i n ndlhr.J C.u r :nr

Mobile: (850) 340-0567
Email: ken@floridaisgreat.com
www.floridaisg reat.com

Gulf Coast Realty
101 S. 33rd St. Mexico Beach, FL 32456
(850) 648-5683
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We waited and waited with
the rest of the town for the
Mexican restaurant, Peppers,
to open here on Reid Ave. in
Port St. Joe. When it finally
did open, we didn't go for a
couple of days as we heard it
was standing room only at
first to get served. Since
Peppers opened, we have
been there three times and
haven't been disappointed
once in their food.
We cook all kinds of
Mexican style food at home
too quite often. When we go
away for the day, we always
try to have something to eat
ready when we come home.
Last July, when we went out
of town once to the doctor, it
was cloudy, rainy and windy.
We had to go that day, how-
ever, because we had waited
quite a while to get our
appointment. It was really
cold outside so we made a
kettle of chili to come home
Soon the wind and rain
quit and the temperature
began to rise. By the time we
returned home it was, as
they say, "96 in the shade."
Since that was what we had
ready, "we thought cool and
ate the chili anyway."
There was a time, when I
was a kid, that 96 wasn't
hot, it was just normal. Over
100 degrees was hot. I can't
Remember suffering from the
heat of July as a child. We
didn't have air conditioning
in our home. I can't remem-
ber if others had it or not. All
we had was a fan. We wore as
few clothes as possible,
sometimes without shoes,
and kept busy playing.
Hot summer nights we
took.a fan and a pillow and
quilt and went out on the
porch to sleep. I can remem-

ber enjoying the satisfaction
of the oscillating fan blowing
on us and waiting for it to
complete its oscillation and
repeat the return of the next
cool breeze.
Now we look at the tem-
perature and begin suffering.
As a child we delighted to see
if the temperature would
reach 100. In all honesty the
general use of air condition-
ing in the home was the

ruination of our heat view-
Obviously this could
cause a heated discussions.
Not many of us would again
want to return to the era of
the "pillow on the porch."
*A smile increases your
face value.
*Before you, borrow
money from a friend, decide
which you need most.

Sea Oats and Dunes

Garden Club Meeting

On Tuesday, April 12, at Those attending 'will
10 a.m. EST, the gardeners, enjoy refreshments and time
of our club will meet at the to sbcialize.
Beaches Fire Department on Walk-ins and interested

Alabama Street in St. Joe
Beach to celebrate the begin-
ning of Spring.
Our program will be on
poisonous native plants by
speaker Glenda Walters.

gardeners are always wel-
come to meet and partake.
Questions? Please contact
president Sally Malone at


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St. Joe Bay Office, 2010 Hwy C-30 Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Toll Free (800) 451-2349 Mobile (850) 227-4252
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Your Capitol Bureau

by Raina McLeod to the Bay County line. has lived in Highland View
Highland View will be the Construction would take 12 60 years, said she wouldn't
first area to get rid of its sep- to 15 months, said Donald mind the extra bill. "We need
tic tanks, if the state gives Butler, county administrator, sewer. I'm for getting sewer,'
Gulf County the $5,774,271 For new sewer cus- said the 64-year-old who has
it has requested. tomers, the removal of septic driven the school bus in the
The county hopes to tanks will mean an addition- Highland View neighborhood
remove fiearly 1,500 septic al utility bill of approximate- for 30 years. "It would
tanks in construction of a ly $30 a month. upgrade everything, the
sewer line from Port St. Joe Shirley Williams, who property and Highland

Douglas Kent, county
health department adminis-
trator, said the removal of
septic tanks is a preventive
method to battle disease. Yet,
Kent said there have been no
known instances of intesti-
nal disease caused by septic
tank pollution.
Bouts of severe weather
can cause septic tanks on
the beach side of the county
to get washed out, resulting
in raw sewage in the water






Anyone can speak
directly, but anonymously,
with a school principal or
school psychologist on April
17, 18 and 19 when the
National Association of
Elementary School
Principals (NAESP) holds its
16th annual Ask-A-Principle
Hotline. It's a yearly, toll-free
phone and e-mail service in
English and Spanish for par-
ents, grandparents or any-
one with a question to ask
about schools, children and
Approximately 125 edu-
cators will staff the phones
and computer terminals
while they are attending
NAESP's annual convention.
Their purpose is to ease diffi-
culties and encourage con-
structive communication
between schools and fami-
lies. Family members who
are curious, troubled or sim-
ply need some reassurance
regarding their children's
education may speak confi-
dentially with a principal or
get specialized advice from a
school psychologist from the
National Association of
School Psychologists (NASP).
Call toll-free, 1-800-944-
1601, or e-mail the Hotline
by accessing www.naesp.org
during the following days
and times in' your area.
(Note: computer users may
also e-mail on Saturday,
April 16.)
Sunday, April 17: 1 to '7
p.m. EST; 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Monday, April 18: 7 a.m.
to 7 p.m. EST; 6 a.m. to 6
p.m. CST.
'Tuesday, April 19: 7 a.m.
to 1 p.m. EST; 6 a.m. to
Noon CST.
Co-sponsored by the
National Association of
Elementary School
Principals, AOL@School,
Family Circle magazine and
the National Association of
School Psychologists, i the
Hotline averages more than
1,000 calls each year from
the continental U.S., Hawaii,
Alaska and Canada. Callers
ask about a variety of topics,
including children's reading
problems, school discipline,
special education policies,
testing, learning difficulties,
kindergarten entrance and
school .safety. Calls on any
subject are welcome.
The 2005 Hotline origi-
nates from Baltimore, MD,
where approximately 5,000
SK-8 principals will attend the
NAESP annual convention.
Educators volunteer in two-
hour shifts. Callers may also
request free copies of parent-
friendly brochures one dis-
cusses children's fears and
another outlines the charac-
teristics of high-quality ele-
mentary education.
Established in 1921, the
National Association of
Elementary School
Principals serves 3,0000 K-8
educators .in the United
States, Canada and over-
seas. NAESP is located in
Alexandria, Va. .

Red Hat "Chit Chat"
The Red Hat Society
Beach Belles, headed by
Queen Mum, Bev Aclin, are
going to learn how to be even
more beautifully! Elizabeth
Arden cosmetics will give a
demonstration on what to do
and how to do it at Dilldrds,
April 11, 10:00 a.m., CST.,
after which we will go to'
lunch or whatever. They can
accommodate just 20 ladies,
so mark your calendar and
call either Eileen Schriner,
648-2447 or Marlene Harris,

Relay for Life Teams
If you would like to be on
an American Cancer Society

survival team, for Relay for
Life on May 6 and 7, call
229-8882 or 227-1708 for
additional information.

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and on the beach, Kent said.
The presence of raw sewage
in the water can cause
health issues like intestinal
diseases caused by organ-
isms like E. coli, Salmonella
and Shugella.
"We're hoping that being
able to add sewer out there is
going to remove a lot of
future problems [that can
cause] contamination to the
Gulf when the storms come
through. If we have a sewer
line close to the road, it

would stay intact," Kent said.
., The state Department of
Environmental Protection
does "encourage removing
septic tanks where and when
possible. The removal of the
septic tank that may not be
properly maintained is the
removing of a potential
source of pollution," said Dee
Ann Miller of DEP.
For more information
about septic tanks, visit

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Indian Pass Raw Bar- this place has
captured the market on "unique din-
ing". The Indian Pass Raw Bar serves
up the area's best oysters, steamed
shrimp, crab legs and variety of simi-
lar delectables. The semi-self service
restaurant offers great atmosphere
and charm (Not to mention Great
Food). This is'a must while vacationing
in Paradise..
Check us out at www.indianpassrawbor.com
8391 C-30A,
South of Port St. Joe
New Hours:
Tuesday Thursday: 12:00-8:00
Friday Saturday: 12:00-9:00
Beginning this Sunday, May
30th we will open at 1:00
pm and this schedule will
continue until Labor Day.

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Local's Favorite

Same Number Some Great Place

Weekday Hours
Monday -Thursday
10:00 am 9:00 pm CST

Weekend Hours
Friday Sunday
7:00 am 9:00 pm CST

On The Bay at
602 Monument Avenue
Port St Joe, FL

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Coastal Grill



Wine Tasting from 5:30pm til 7pm
Call 227-7900 to make get more infor-
mation about this month's win selections
and dinner reservations.

Reservations Encouraged
(850) 227-7900

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Canoe Club Faces Delivery Delay

There has been an cy, and the canoe club's like to apologize to its spon- Those interested will be For more information on lo.cc. For information on the
unfortunate delay in the. order was placed in sors and future paddlers for able to paddle, free of charge, the Kapaki Nalo Outrigger canoe's manufacturer, visit
arrival of the Kapakai Nalo February, after orders placed the unforeseen delay. The with signed liability waivers. Canoe Club, visit the club's, the website www.outrigger-
it. AlIs- I 1-lnop Ao tfor the hula website at www.kaoakaina- connection.com.

Outrigger Canoe Club's 45-
foot outrigger canoe, which
was scheduled to arrive
around the end of April.
Due to an overwhelming
demand for the outrigger
canoes of the manufacturer,
Wenonah Canoes of
Minnesota, the club's canoe
will not be completed until
The manufacturer has a
"first come, first serve" poli-

by canoe cluos stretcmng
from California to Japan.'
The canoes are manufac-
tured in Vancouver Island,
Canada, and then shipped to
Minnesota, and then on to
the canoe's destination.
The company has a mold
for each canoe type, and the
ama, or long arm, takes
three weeks to complete, so
it is quite a long process.
The canoe club would

clUU Wil JIUL Unot e accepu
any more sponsors until they
'have an absolute notice of
The club will reschedule
its ribbon cutting ceremony
and "Hawaiian Day in the
Park" for July.
The club plans to paddle
the remainder of the warm
weather, but will not be col-
lecting membership dues
until next season..

classes, sponsored by the
Kapakai Nalo Canoe Club are
filling up at a steady pace.
The hula instructors
plan to teach some of the
kids from the six through 12
age group a routine that they
will perform at the July 4 cel-
ebration, if there is a desire
to do so. Interested parents,
please contact Lisa Faipea at
227-7014 or 227-3343.

Road Trip to Tallahassee

People of all ages will be
boarding a bus as Gulf
County residents take a road
trip to Tallahassee for
Ambassadors for Aging Day,
a celebration of successful
living, on Wednesday, April

by Roy Lee Carter
County Extension Director
Thatched lawns cause
serious problems for many
Floridians. Thatch is
sneaky. It builds up out of'
sight often reaching damag-
ing levels before you recog-
nize' its presence. Thatch is
not a disease. It's a natural
product of grass growth.
But, if unchecked, it can
threaten the health of your
entire lawn.
Thatch, which causes
lawns to become spongy and
unthrifty, is an- accumula-
tion of dead and dying organ-
ic matter old stems, runners,
and leaves. It builds up
between the soils surface
and the actively growing
green grass.
Acctunulations of thatch
make mowing very difficult.
While providing a home for
turf pests. thatch reduces
the effectiveness of insecti-
cides and fungicides, by
restricting their movement

Miller Family Reunion
The Fifth Annual Mason
C. Miller Family Reunion will
be held on Saturday, April 9,
at the Community Center,
located at the foot of.the
Apalachicola -Bridge in
We will begin arriving at
11 a.m. for visiting and fel-.
Please bring any of your
family photos and other
memorabilia to display.
The lunch will be
catered, but ladies are asked
to bring a dessert.
Please make your plans
now to attend.
For more information,
contact: Martha Pearl Ward
at 850-653-9476; Gary'
Nolan at 352-472-9617 or
Helen Montgomery at 850-

The annual event is
hosted. by the Florida
Department of Elder Affairs
and offers a day about advo-
cacy, retirement trends, pre-
scription drugs, long-term

into the soil. Water and air
movement also are restrict-


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Roy Lee Carter

ed, causing dry spots and
uneven lawn growth.
Saturated thatch dries slow-
ly, stimulating disease prob-
As I said, thatch is a
plant residue problem. A
healthy lawn produces vege-
tation very rapidly. As long
as production of plant tissue
exceeds the rate of decay,
thatch will accumulate.
Over watering and over fertil-
izing contributes to thatch
buildup by stimulating
excessive growth, leaving
excess clippings on the lawn
after mowing will add to a
thatch problem. Failure to
maintain a favorable soil
environment for bacterial
growth decreases the rate of
thatch decomposition.
Thatch control requires
proper lawn management
and, when necessary, physi-
cal thatch removal. Only the
minimum amount of fertiliz-
er for good growth should be
applied. As said, encourage-
ment' of excessive growth
should be avoided. Liming of
acid soils may help increase
thatch decomposition by

care options, intergenera-
tional programs, and tech-
nology available to assist
caregivers. This event offers
something for everyone and
is by no means limited to
senior citizens. Midlifers,

stimulating bacterial action.
Proper watering and
mowing are important.
Maximum decomposition
occurs if the soil is moist,
but is retarded if it's too wet
or too dry. Lawns should
always be owed at the recom-
mended height and frequen-
cy; If not more than one-
fourth to one-third of the leaf
tips are removed at each
mowing, thatch seldom'
If thatch becomes a
problem, corrective action
should be taken as soon as a
buildup is noticed. One
method is top dressing -
applying a layer of new soil
over the lawn. Frequent,
light applications are better
than one heavy application.
The texture and quality of
the top dressing material
should be as close as possi-
ble to that of the soil on
which your grass is growing.
SThe other basic method
of correcting a thatch
buildup is verticutting -
also known as vertical mow-
ing. As -the name suggests,
vertical mowing is a process
of cutting grass vertically
with a series of evenly spaced
metal bales mounted on a
steel shaft which revolves at
high speeds. The space
.between the vertical blades
arid their depth of penetra-
tion into the thatch can be
varied to remove as much of,
the thatch as is desired.
However, improper spacing,
or cutting too deep, can seri-
ously damage or even kill
your 'lawn. It's a jol for
experts. So, if vertical mow-
ing becomes necessary, we
recommend jhat you contact
an expert lawn service
agency for -assistance.
For more information on
thatch control, contact your
local garden center or
Cooperative Extension

For more details, members will need to attend our 57h Annual Meeting
on Saturday, April 16th at our headquarter office in Wewahitchka, with
registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. CST.

-- FREE Prizes

FREEVacation Packages

-- FREE Food & Drinks

FREE Entertainment (Country Gold)


;Poe- 31Gulf' Oas
Electric Cooperative

Baby Boomers and the sand-
wich generation will find the
day of interest.
If you have aging par-
ents, or if you are approach-
ing senior citizenship, this is
an opportunity to make your
:concerns heard, to learn new
skills for coping with issues
of aging for yourself or for
elderly parents or to bend
the ear of a legislator.
Have fun with a purpose:
Tai Chi, Brain Gym, belly
dancing, exercises, driving
safety, complimentary health
screenings, exhibitors, music
and dancing, fashion shows,
walking tours, great
Floridians films, museum
Wear comfortable cloth-
ing and shoes, bring sun-
screen, hat, rain poncho and
dress in layers.
This excellent day-trip is
a great bargain at, only $5
(over age 60) or $8 (under 60)
and includes round-trip bus,
fare, lunch and event ticket.
The. Gulf County Senior
Citizens bus will leave the
Port St. Joe Community and
Senior Center at 8:00 a.m.
(EDT), make a stop in
Wewahitchka to pick up
additional riders, and will
meet up with thousands of
Ambassadors at the Capitol
Complex in Tallahassee
.,around 10:00 a.m. Or,.bring
your own car to convoy with
Bus tickets are limited,
so make your reservation'
today. Call Sara at Gulf
County Senior Citizens, 229-

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/ FREE Real Estate Tours\
A good introduction to local real estate markets without
the pressure of a one-on-one appointment with a Realtor.

Tours leave from Anchor offices and last approx. 1 hour.
Wednesday 3 p.m. ET St. George Island Fridays 3 p.m. ET Carrabelle
Thursday 10 am. CT (11 am. ET) Mexico Beach Saturdays 3 p.m. ET -Apalachicola
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A r l Simmons Bayou 877 929-8001
hiApril ( o St. George Island 800 525-4793
1 4 'p.m EST St. Joe Beach 800 411-3717
11 a.m 4 p.m. EPanama City 850 265-2970

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110 Indiana Street, Lanark Vilage 505 Seenth. Carrabelle U.S. Highway 98, Eastpoint
Directions: from Carrable Anhor ion fm Crabelle Ancho\ Directions: entrance to Gramercy is just
Office continue on Hwy. 98 for approxi- Yoffice travel west on Hwy 98. Turn right east of Hwy. 65 on Hwy. 98. (Meet sales
mently 4 miles. Home is on the left side on Seventh Street. Go down three blocks, agent at guard gate office for an escort to
of highway. Look for balloons! Home is on left. house).
Custom built waterview four bedroom,.3 Three bedroom, two bath house is only Superb bayfront four bedroom, three bath
bath home with 2,600 plus heated sq. ft. three blocks from river and public boat 2,513 sq. ft. home on Lot 5 in Gramercy
plus finished basement, screened patio landing. MLS#104164. Plantation nearing completion by Coastal
room with pool. MLS#102461. Call Brian Fletcher at 850 528-3467. Traditions, LLC. MLS#103223.
Call Brenda Reese at 850 508-9808. Call Pam Collins at 850 899-1054 or
Hall Bell at 850 899-9694.


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220 Gramercy Plant. Bhd.. Eastpoint- 2.40 V Goie Drie. St. George Island. 108 Parkside Circle, Cape San Bias
Directions: on Hwy. 98 just past the \Directions: from park at center of island Dietions: travel north on CR-30E for
intersection of State Road 65. travel west on Gulf Beach Drive two approx. miles until you reach Barrier
Beautiful large new Bayfront four bedroom,' blocks. Turn left on Second Street, then Dunes entrance. Look for yellow signs.
four and one-half bath home in Gramercy right on Gorrie Drive. Complex is on Cozy cottage located within the gated
Plantation. Wrap around balcony and ele- left, beachside. waterfront community of Barrier Dunes.
vator. MLS9103625. (Meet sales agent in Villas of St. George Island condo overlook- MLS#104439.
office for ah escort to house). ing the Gulf of Mexico. MLS#104563. Call Nipper Jewett at 404 788-8836.
Call Pam Collins at 850 899-1054 or Call Nancy Demos at 850 556-3910.
Hall Bell at 850 899-9694.

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118 Magellan Street, St. Joe Beach 894') Auger Ave., Beacon Hill 2I-2 \William Way, Mexico Beach
Directions: from St. Joe Beach office' Ibrections: fiom the St. Joe office travel 'IDirections: from Mexico Beach office
travel northwest on Highway 98. Turn Vorthwest on Hwy. 98 2.5 miles. Turn y[travel west on Hwy. 98. Turn right on
right on Magellan Street. right on Fryer Lane, then right on Auger 21st St., right on Paradise Path, left on
Charming heart pine cottage with office, Avenue. Street deadends in driveway. Nanook Road, right on Lalla Lane, right
screen porch, deck, backyard with land- Beautiful home built in 2000 on large lot on William Way. House is on corner.
scaping and firepit. Fabulous Gulf views, with fantastic gulf views. No thru traffic. Incredible home built to exacting stan-
can't get much closer without being on the Extensive landscaping/gardens. Beautiful dards. Andersen windows throughout.
beachfront! MLS#104611. homesite. MLS#103566. (Garage is.being converted to cottage and
Call Bruce Allen at 850 227-6204. Call Scott Williams at 850 527-2010. is sold separately). MLS#104368.
Call Gail Alsobrooke at 850 625-2056.

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Port St. Joe Mexico Beach
Apalachicola Carrabelle
For All Your
Financial Needs

Charles A. Costin
Personal Injury Real Estate
Workers' Compensation
(850) 227-1159

209-211 Reid Ave.,
Port St. Joe
(850) 227-1278


507 10th Street Port St. Joe
(850) 229-8111

1602 Highway 98,
Mexico Beach
(850) 648-4400 888-385-1844

William J. Rish, Thomas S. Gibson,
Russell Scholz
(850) 229-8211

W. P. "Rocky Comfortery ty
L.F.D. Long Avenue and campaign effort will
(850) 227-1818 Grace Baptist Church answer the question:
together present the 40 "What on earth are we
Days of Community (the church) here for?"
MEXICO BEACH campaign. This united This 7-week campaign
ANIMAL CLINIC Program atAmazing
(850) 648-8811ram at Amazing
1000 Highway 98
Grooming BoardingPetSupplies GraceApostolicChurch
Grace Apostolic Church

Worship at the
Church of Your
Choice this Sunday
t9 0.9 Q 9 1 1

On Sunday, April
10, the Women in
White and Men in
White will host a pro-
gram at Amazing Grace
Apostolic Church,
located on Robbins
Avenue in Port St. Joe.
The theme of the

program is
"Everything's going
down but the words of
Pastor Robert
Lowery will officiate
and everyone is invited
to attend.

will assist both church-
es in discovering the
riches of ministry, ser-
vice, purpose, and wor-
ship together. You and
your family are invited
to attend. Sunday
School is at 9:15 a.m.
and Worship is at 10:30
a.m. Join us for the
Easter musical, "The
Day He Wore My
Crown," presented by
the music ministry of
both GBC and LABC,
this Sunday evening at
7:00 p.m. ("They went
in and did not find the
body of the Lord
Jesus...He is not here,
but is risen," Luke 24).

Annual Yard/Bake Sale
WMU will be, sponsoring Beach Baptist Chapel's annual- Annie
Armstrong Yard/Bake Sale on April 8 and 9 from 8:00 a.m. till, and again on
April 15 and 16 from 8:00 a.m. till. All proceeds go to Annie Armstrong
Missions. Please come out and'help support the Beach Baptist missionaries.



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SThe Potter's House
S Rodney G. Leaman, Pastor
850-639-5993 850-639-4588
636 Second Street Post Office Box 631* Wewahitchka, FL 32465
Sunday Morning Worship & Sunday
School 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Worship 7:00 p.m.

SYou're Among friends at
OakGrove Assembly ofGod
David .A. fernandez. 'astor
Office:850-2271837 'Parsonage: 850-2296271
613 ,.adison Street Port St.Joe. JC
Schedule of Services
Sunday Wednesday
Sunday School 9:45am Mid Week Meal 5:0pm
Morning'Worship 10:45am MidWeekBible Study 6:15pm
XldsontheMove 10:45am M.inistry n Action 6:15pm
Cross Training Youth 6:15pm
Men's Ministry Mondav 6:30pm
"', Cadies Mnistry- Tuesday- 7.00pm
Dynamic 'aise sr Worship teaching the 'Pure Word

Constitution and Monument Port St. .Joe
(850) 227-1724

Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m.
Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m.
Methodist Youth Fellowship: 6:00 p.m.
Evening Worship: 7:00 p.m.
All Timesare EST

Dan Rhodes

Deborah Loyless
Director of ChildrenMinistri

Jesus is Lord an He is waiting

S582 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456

Mike Westbrook,

5umly schooli
Morning Wo rsip
Evening Scrviloe
Wednesday Peoyac

9:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

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508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
Sunday Worship
10:00 a.m. Sixteenth Street
Fellowship Time '
10:45 a.m.
Adult School
11:00 a.m. 0
Sunday School ,
Young Children Highway 71/ Cecil Costin Sr Blvd.
Pastor Rev. J. Reid Cameron

First United Methodist

-Church of Mexico Beach
,1 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410

Sunday Worship Services: 8:00 am. CST & 9:30 a.m. CST
Sunday School: 10:45 a.m CST
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Beach United Methodist Church
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

S l ""A Reformed Voice
M W1B- T in the Community"

SCU ODr. Bil1 Taylor, Pastor
Sunday School ........................... 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Fellowship ...................10:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Service .......... 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service ............6:00 p.m.
Tuesday Night (Bay St. Joseph) .. 6:30 p.m.
Thursday Firehouse Fellowship ....6:00' p.m.
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home of Faith Christian School

Church of Christ

at the Beaches
314 Firehouse Road OVERSTREET
Sunday Bible Study: 10:00 am EST
Sunday Worship: 11:00 am EST
Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 pm


Singing: 9 a.m. Sunday


p: 9:30 a.m. Sunday
Call 229-8310

P. O. Box 758 Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Corner of 20th Street & Marvin Avenue

311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
SUNDAY: General Assembly 9:45 a.m. Bible Study all ages'10 a.m.
Morning Worship 11 a.m. Evening Worship 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Choir Practice 6 p.m
Prayer.Meeting & Youth Group 7 p.m.
"O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in
Him." Please accept this invitation to join us in worship. God bless you!
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725

f WFirst Baptist Church
Brent Vickery, Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Michael Rogers, Minister to Students
Sunday School .................................. 9:45 am
Morning Worship Service ......8:30 & 11:00 am
Disciple Training ................................ 6:00 pm
Evening Worship ........................ 7:00 pm
Wednesday Prayer Meeting .............. 6:30 pm
Mon-Fri: Devotion on 105.5 FM ......7:49 am ET

Good Shepherd utheran Church"
929 South Tyndall Parkway
S anama City, lorida 82404
phone 871-6811

ggular Sunday Worship at 8:00 a.m. d 10:30 a.m
Sunday School /$ldult Iible Study at 9:15 a.m.

l staffed nursery is provided during the
Sunday School hour and 10:30 worship service.
'lease accept this special invitation to be our guest

SThe friendly place to worship!

First Baptist Church
Located at 823 N. 15th St., Mexico Beach
Corner of 15th & California 648-5776
Worship-Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Bible Study-Sundays at 9:00 a.m. (all ages)
Wednesday-Prayer and Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.
Please note, all times central
Nursery Provided for All Services!
Reverend Eddie LaFountain

Wednesday Night Suppers

The menu for Beach Baptist Chapel's
Wednesday night supper for April 6, will be chili,
cole slaw, dessert and tea. April 13, will be ham,
sweet potato casserole, corn casserole, dessert
and tea. Dinners may be eaten in or taken out and
are served from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. EST. A $5.00
donation per plate is appreciated.
The church is located at 311 Columbus
Street, St. Joe Beach. Call 647-3950 tp place
Everyone is welcome.

Pastor Ordination Service

The First Baptist
Church of Mexico
Beach will be having a
Pastor Ordination
Service for Edgar D.
LaFountain, III, on
Saturday, April 16 from

Clennis Shine Harvey
Clennis Shine
Harvey, 68, of Port St.
Joe, died Thursday,
March 31, 2005 at Bay
Memorial Center,
Panama City. He was
born in Cottondale,
then moved to Port St.
Joe at an early age. He
served in the U. S.
Army, drove a taxi for
"Cozy Taxi." In 1967,
he was employed by St.
Joe Paper Company
until his retirement.
The body will lie in
state Saturday, April 9,
2005 from 10:00 a.m.
EDT until services at
2:00 p.m. EDT at New
Bethel A.M.E. Church,
146 Avenue C. Port St.
Joe. Burial will follow
at Forest Hill Cemetery.
All services are
under the direction of
the Comforter Funeral
Louis Theodore Ray
Louis Theodore
Ray, 67, of Port St. Joe,
passed away Saturday,
April 3, 2005.
He loved to write
poetry and was also an
artist who loved draw-
ing boats. He was on
the first Port St. Joe
High School baseball
team to go to the State
Tournament and

11 a.m. to 12 noon
The public is invit-
ed to attend and meet
the new pastor. The
church is located at
823 North 5th Street.

played baseball in
junior college.
Mr. Ray served in
the United States Navy
from 1958 until 1962.
After leaving the mili-
tary, he attended
Lancaster Junior
College in Pomona, Ca.
He spent most of
his working life as a
commercial fisherman
and worked for many
years in south Florida.
He will be most remem-
bered for his story-
He is survived by
two children, Andrew
Ray and Sandy Lee;
brothers and sisters,
Ellen Kyser and hus-
band Hubert, Minnie
Ola Duray and hus-
band Paul, Zola Taylor
and husband Bob, Al
Ray, and wife Donna,
Johnny E. Ray and wife
Margaret, Vivian
Thompson ahid hus-
band Tom, Richard Ray
and wife Yoshi, Lola
Monday and husband
Vic, and Don Ray and
wife Cindy. He was
also survived by
numerous nieces and
will be by cremation. A
memorial service will be
held Wednesday, March
6, at 10 a.m. EST at
Oak Grove Assembly of
God Church with the

"The Churches of Christ Salute You"
Romans 16:16

The Wewahitchka Church of Christ
Meets At 2241 Hwy. 71 South, Wewahitchka
(1/4 Mile North of the Overstreet Road)
(850) 639-5401
Sunday Bible Study: 9:00 a.m. CT
Sunday Worship: 10:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. CT
Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 p.m. CT

by Billy Johnson
Be careful if you're
a Christian, my friend.
Because it's easy
for satan to slip right
As he did in the.
garden with Adam and
Eve, he does with us
We have to watch
what we do, and also
what we say.
We need to keep
looking up, instead of
looking down.
We need to wear a

Rev.' David Fernandez
officiating. Donations
may be made to Clifford
(Chester) Sims State
Veterans Nursing
SHome, 4419 Tram
Road, Springfield, FL
32401 in Mr. Ray's
Melvin Quinn, Sr.
"I will lift up mine
eyes unto the hills from
whence cometh my
help. My help cometh
from the Lord, which
made Heaven and
Mr. Melvin Quinn
of Port St. Joe, Florida,
was the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Billy Quinn, Sr.
He was born June
1, 1961, and he depart-
ed this life at Bay
Medical Hospital
Thursday, March 31.
His early educa-
tion was received in the
public schools of Port
St. Joe school system.
Melvin was a member
of Zion Fair Missionary
Baptist Church.
He was united in
holy matrimony on
December 13, 1997, to
Felisha Quinn, to
whom he leaves to
cherish his memory.
Precious memories
of his life will be cher-
ished by his loving par-
ents, Mr. & Mrs. Billy

smile, get rid of that old
Remember when
you're down and want
to cry.
You'll never fail
until you cease to try.
God doesn't
promise a life of ease,
but He does
promise to supply our
So be careful of
the life you lead,
because you're the
only Bible some people

Quinn, Sr.
Melvin was a
devoted father of four
sons; Reginald Quinn
of Panama City, Tyson,
Ashley and Melvin, Jr.
of Port St. Joe; five
daughters, Sheena
Quinn, Sherry Quinn,
Khalilah Hill, Latricia
Quinn of Panama City,
Dajon Williams of Port
St. Joe; seven brothers
and five sisters, Gloria
Gant (Ernest), Billy C.
Quinn, Jr. (Cheryl),
Sandy Quinn, Sr.
(Beverly) all of Port St.
Joe; Willie Quinn, Sr.,
Vivian Quinn Jones
(Claude) of Orlando;
Deneise Quinn Hall,
Michael Quinn, Sr.
(Bertha) of Port St. Joe;
Terry Quinn, Sr. (Tina)
of Valdosta, Ga.,
Christopher Quinn,
Lenara Harris (Henry)
of Port St. Joe mother-
in-law, Mary Thomas of
Port St. Joe; 11 grand-
children, three sisters-
in-law and one brother-
in-law; one goddaugh-
ter, Marquisia
Clemmons; a host of
uncles, aunts, nieces,
nephews, cousins and
Funeral services
will be held Saturday,
April 9 at 11 a.m. at
Ziont Fair Missionary
Baptist Church.



The Rev.'Joseph A. Hagberg, Rector
8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45
Holy Eucharist With Healing Tuesdays at 12 noon
Holy Eucharist Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Child Care Provided for at 11:00
www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org 850-227-1845

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Fun Day on Saturday
New Bethel Baptist Church Family will have
Fun Day at the church on Saturday, April 9 begin-
ning at 10 a.m.
Everyone is invited to come out and join in
the fun.

Fashion Show Friday, April 18
New Bethel Baptist youth and young adults
will host a dress for the occasion fashion show on
Friday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.
All kids ages 5-17 years old are welcome to
participate. If interested, please contact Brenda
Fisher at 227-1771 or Jenny Bailey at 227-1208.

In Appreciation

With grateful hearts, the family of Eva Mae
Pittman wishes to express appreciation for the
many acts of kindness and prayers rendered dur-
ing the sudden demise of our beloved "Baby."
We are uplifted and comforted by your love
and generosity. We thank you and thank God for
you. Please continue to pray that He will grant us
acceptance, understanding and peace. May God
ever richly bless and keep you.

Be Careful




Student Art Show at GCCC

The Visual and
Performing Arts Division will
present Gulf Coast
Community College's Annual
Student Art Show Reception
on April 8 from 5:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. in the Amelia
Center Gallery on campus.
The event will feature
artwork from photography,
computer imaging and
ceramics classes, as well as
drawing and design classes.
The show is scheduled to run
through May 4.
For additional informa-
tion, call Jonnie Ihlefeld at
769-1551, ext. 2890.



ji "Secret Garden"

b Musical at GCCC

Second Annual

Job Fair at GCCC
On Friday, April 22, job
seekers, and those interested
in making a career change
should bring several copies
of their resume, dress for
success and make their way
to the Second Annual Job
Fair at Gulf Coast
Community College. The Job
Fair will be held at Student
Union East from 9 a.m. to 1
Top employers in Bay
County will be Iooking to fill
a variety of positions from
entry-level to professional.
'There is no need to' spend
time and money on postage,
faxes and e-mail when you
can meet face to face with
the employers you want to
work for. The Second Annual
Job Fair at Gulf Coast
Community College provides
job seekers the opportunity
to discover employment
opportunities they may not
have known existed in one.
convenient location.
SEveryone is encouraged
to come and market their
expertise at the Second
Annual Job Fair at Gulf
Coast Community College
Student Union East, located
at 5230 W. Highway 98,
Panama City, FL, 32401.
If you would like more
information on the job fair,
please call Connie Brackett
at 850-872-4340.

Reserve a Booth

for Job Fair
The Workforce Center of
Gulf Coast Community
College will sponsor a Job
Fair on April 22, from 9 a.m.
to I p.m. in the Student
Union East Conference
Center on campus.
The job fair is free and
open to the general public,
as well as students. Over 40
area employers are expected
to participate.
The fee for reserving a
booth is $50. Registration
forms will be mailed to
employers on March 21.
For additional informa-
tion, call Janet Meadows at

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The Visual and
Performing Arts Division of
Gulf Coast Community
College will present the
musical "Secret Garden" on
April 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and
-24 if tlie iAielia: Center
Theatre on campus. Friday
and Saturday performances
will take place at-7:30 p.m.
and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The Tony award winning
musical, based on the classic
novel by Frances Hodgson
Burnett celebrates the heal-
ing power'of love in a story
for the whole family. The
story is of Mary, the sole sur-
xlvor of a cholera epidemic in
India, who is invited to live
with her uncle in England.
There she meets her cousin,
Colin, a sickly, melancholy
young boy whose mother has
passed away. During Mary's
explorations, a bird magical-
ly shows her the key to'a long
locked garden. There she
meets a young boy named
Dickon, who introduces her
to the exquisite and mysteri-
ous qualities of the garden.
Mary and Dickon share this
with Colin, which helps him'

to heal physically and spiri-
The cast features Sharon
Sossaman Carroll as Lily,
Savannah Swafford as Mary,
Larry Andrews as Archibald,
Stephen LaDow as Neville,
Kristen Pickrell as Martha
and Jameson Hammond as
Dickon. They are joined by a
cast of 25 additional per-
formers, ages three to 82 and
a live orchestra. The show is
directed by Rosemarie
O'Bourke with musical direc-
tion by Rusty Garner. Set
and lighting are by Carmen
Tickets are $10 for
adults and $5 'for children
and are available in advance
at the GCCC bookstore.
Remaining tickets will be on
sale at the Amelia Center
Theatre box office prior to
the performance. The musi-
cal is recommended for all
ages. GCCC students, facul-
ty, staff and retirees are
admitted free with identifica-
For additional informa-
tion, call 872-3886.

Summer and Fall

S -Gulf Coast Community
College campus advising and
registration for the summer
2005 is as follows:
Summer A
Registration: April 18 -
May 6
Classes Begin: May 9 .
Registration Fees Due:
May 4,
Summer B
Registration: April 18-
June 15 to 17
Classes Begin: June 20
Registration Fees. Due:
June 10
Early Fall
Registration: April 18 -
. M ay-6 .......
Registration will occur
from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Monday through Thursday
and from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
on Friday. Web registration
for summer and fall will open
on April 18.
SPlease note web registra-
tion begins April 15. In addi-
tion, the day fees are due
campus office hours will be
7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Gulf/Franklin Center
registration will take place as
Summer A
Registration: April 13 (9
a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST)
Classes Begin: May 9

1 at GCCC

Registration Fees Due:
May 4
Summer B
Registration: April 13
and June 8
Classes Begin: June 20
Registration Fees Due:
June 10
Tyndall Air Force Base,
registration will take place as
Summer A
Registration: April 13
Classes Begin: May 9
Registration Fees Due:
May 4
Summer B
Registration: April 13
and June 8
Classes Begin: June 20
Registration Fees Due:
June 10
Late registration and
drop/add for all facilities is
as follows:
Summer A May 9 10
Summer B June 20 -
Please note that these
dates exclude Saturdays,
Sunday and holidays.
For more information,
call (850) 872-3892 for the
main campus, (850) 227-
9670 for the Gulf/Franklin
,Center (EST) and (850) 283-
4332 and for Tyndall Air
Force Base Education Office.

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Faith Christian School

The Parent Teacher
Fellowship will be sponsoring
a spring workday at the
school this Saturday, April 9.
Mrs. Terri Nelson, PTF presi-
dent, invites all our parents,
staff, and interesting persons
to come out early that morn-
ing to help with cleaning,
painting, fixing up, repairing
and correcting minor prob-
lems. Please bring your
tools, your energy, and your
enthusiasm, so we can have

a great "spring cleaning" at
Faith Christian.
Mrs. Kathie Sarmiento,
head of FCS fundraising
activities, wishes to again
thank all those who were a
part of the Spaghetti Dinner
and Auction. Many helped
set up tables, some cooked,
others served or stayed for
clean up, and all enjoyed the
meal and auction. She espe-
cially appreciates the many
businesses and individuals







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who gave the 102 articles
that were auctioned. It was
the most successful fund-
raiser of the year.
Registration for the
2005-2006 school year is
going well. Because we have
added to our Kindergarten
program, there are openings
in the fodr-year group.
There is also one spot in K-2
and two in K-3. Grade one
has only two places left and
grade four has three. The
other grades, except. K-5,
have more space available. It
is a great help in our plan-
ning and ordering to have all
students enrolled early, so
please register your children
as soon as possible.
Grade three is beginning
their favorite Bible lessons -
centered around Pilgrim's
Progress. They will be study-
ing the armor of God as
found in the sixth chapter of
Ephesians, as they go with
Pilgrim on his journey to the
Celestial City.
Students in Grade four
are studying the
Revolutionary War in U. S.
History. They are learning
much about our

Gulf Coast Community
College will conduct a
Graduate Record
Examination '(GRE) prep
course for five consecutive
Monday and Tuesdays from
March 28 to April 26 from 6
p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Student
Union West building, room
The purpose of the
course is to prepare students
for the graduate school
admissions exam. English

and math will be taught. The
fee for the course is $120 and
registration will take place at
the reception counter in the
Lifelong Learning Office on
the 2nd floor of the Student
Union East building, Monday
to Thursday from 8 a.m. to
5:30 p.m. and on Friday, 8
a.m. to 4 p.m.
For additional informa-
tion, call Jim Barr at 873-

Lifeguard Training Class at GCCC

The Wellness & Athletics
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a series of lifeguard training
classes to be held April 7-18.
Students must be 15
years old on or before the last
day of the class they enroll
in. The prerequisite swim
ability is to be able to swim
500.yards and show stroke
proficiency in freestyle,
breaststroke and sidestroke.
It is also necessary to be able
to recover a 10 pound brick
from the deep end of the pool
and to tread water for two
Classes will meet from
6:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the
Natatorium (NA 303).
Prospective students are
requested to register in the
Admissions and Records
office. The class is limited to
25 students.
The cost for the course is
$95. Enrollment does not
include books obtained from
the American Red Cross at
430 East 15th Street,
Panama City, Florida. The
cost, however, does include
Red Cross certification card,
issued following successful
completion of the course.
For additional informa-
tion, call Carl Kleinschmidt,

Scholarship Money Available

Constitution and memorizing
the first part of the
Declaration of Independence.
Also included in their cur-
riculum are book reports on
both Benjamin Franklin and
Thomas Jefferson.
Grades five through
eight are busy working on
Science Fair projects. They
will be ready to show them to
the judges and also to visi-
tors and students on April
The Achievement Tests
will be administered April 12
through April 15. Parents of
students in K-5 and up,
please plan activities so that
your children will be present
on those days. It is also a
good idea to encourage them
to do their best and to send
them with a full breakfast
and a good night's sleep.
For our students, par-
ents, and staff, we encourage
you with a message found in
Hebrews 10:36. "For you
have need of endurance, so
that you may do the will of
God and receive what is

The, Florida Peanut
Producers Association is
pleased to announce the
opening of their 2005
Scholarship Award Program,
effective April 1.
Two $1,200 scholarships
will be awarded to deserving
high school senior and/or
college students. The win-
ners must be the son or
daughter of an actively pro-
ducing peanut grower, not
necessarily a member of the
FPPA. It is the intent of the
Scholarship Award
Committee, however, that the
award recipients attend a
Florida junior college or four-
year university.
Each winner will receive
$600 when the. scholarship
winners are announced. The
remaining $600 will be
awarded after the completion
of one semester and docu-
mentation of passing grades
is submitted to the FPPA
"The Florida Peanut
Producers Association is

Twelfth Annual Kidfest at Gulf Coast Community College

The Twelfth Annual
Kidfest will be held Saturday,
April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. (Central Time) on
the grounds of Gulf Coast
Community College in
Panama City. The festival
provides a day of activities
and entertainment for chil-
dren and families in the Tri-

State region. Approximately
7,000 people attend Kidfest
each year..
Sponsors, entertainers,
vendors, volunteers, and
other participants of chil-
dren's activities are needed to
partake in Kidfest 2005 pre-
sented by Early 'Education
and Care, Inc. Individuals

interested in being consid-
ered as entertainers, please
send an audio tape or
DVD/VHS tape to Early
Education and Care, Inc.,
c/o Entertainment Chair,
450 Jenks Avenue, Panama
City, FL 32401 or call the
telephone numbers listed
Kidfest is a major com-
munity event that strength-
ens the family unit while
supporting vital children's
programs and services
through Early Education and
Care, Inc. (EEC). These chil-
dren's programs make it pos-
sible for parents to move
from welfare to work. They
encourage the role of the par-
ent as the child's, first
teacher, enhance the profes-


Wayne Rowlett, Realtor

Beginning your home
search? With so many hous-
es advertised, and so many
real estate companies from
which to choose, will you need'
to call them all to gather infor-
mation about each of the
homes you like?
No. You only need one
agent, no matter how many
homes .you want to see.
Actually, you should choose
an agent before you even
begin your home search.
Here's why.
Most agents are able to
show not only their own list-
ings, but those of:all other
agents too. Agents have a
professional fee-splitting
,arrangement that encourages
showings of all homes, so you
can see as many as' possible,
without the inconvenience of
moving from agent to agent.
Agents and companies
provide each other with 'com-

sional development of early
childhood educators, and
provide direct services for
children and families. As a
private, not-for-profit corpo-
ration, EEC counts on the
community to help us fulfill
our mission. Kidfest is a won-
derful celebration that pro-
vides a day of fun and magic
for children of all ages.
All area businesses, indi-
viduals, or organizations
interested in participating in
Kidfest by sponsoring an
activity or contributing
funds, services, or volunteer
hours can contact Early
Education and Care, Inc. at
(850) 872-7550, extension
2260 or 1-800-768-8316,
extension 2260.

Barelool Properties
plete Information on all
homes for sale. so you can
work ~ith a single agent to
obtain details about any prop-
erty you choose. This reduces
the tedium of explaining your
objectives over and over with
different agents.
SThe agent can then take
the time to locate specific
homes that fit your needs,
and then preview them to
eliminate those which are
Finally, the agent will set
appointments to see a wide
selection that fit your criteria.
Taking time to select an agent
first will save untold hours of
searching and frustration.
Soon, the right home will
appear, and the decision will
be easier than expected.

Thinking of selling? Call for
a free consultation. Wayne
Rowlett of Barefoot Properties,
1085 Cape San Bias Road,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456. (850)
227-8492 wr@gtcom.net
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each with a great gulf view. Each
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away from the blue green waters of
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pools, tennis courts, stocked fishing
ponds and clubhouse. For further
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Debbe Wibberg at (850) 227-3200

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Looking for Investment?

We are working hard

committed to helping further
Sthe education of young peo-
ple in Florida and the schol-
arship program is evidence of
our commitment," said Ken
Barton Executive Director of
the FPPA.
"The FPPA welcomes all
applicants. The final selec-
tion will be made by the com-
mittee and all applicants will
be notified by mail, as will
the scholarship winners,"
said Barton.
For an application, con-
tact the FPPA office at 2741
Penn Ave. Suite 1, Marianna,
FL 32488 or call (850) 526-
FPPA Scholarship appli-
cations must be postmarked
no later than July 1, 2005.

Honor Roll Correction
Wewahitchka High
School ninth grader Rebecca
Barnes made the A/B Honor
Roll. Due to an oversight, she
was excluded from the Honor
Roll list in last week's edition
of The Star.

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The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, April 7, 2005 9B


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by Maggy Quaranta
Senioritis is overtaking
the soon-to-be graduates of
Port St. Joe High School.'The
anticipation of walking across
the stage has seniors, and
even their teachers, continu-
ously counting down the
days, the minutes, and, for
some, even the seconds. Who
would have thought four
years could last so long?
Along with the anxious
seniors, underclassmen are
beginning to get Spring fever.

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Port St. Joe and

Wewahitchka Elementary
Thursday, April 7, beef
taco, corn, peaches, lettuce
and tomato and milk. Friday,
April 8, pizza with pork top-
ping, tossed salad with ranch
dressing, breadsticks,
pineapple chunks and milk.
Monday, April 11, chicken
nuggets, tater tots, orange
halves, graham crackers,
bread slices and milk.
Tuesday, April 12, chicken
and rice, turnip greens,
peaches, cornbread and milk.
Wednesday, April 13, ham-
burgers, french fries, gelatin
with applesauce and milk.
Port St. Joe Middle

and High School
Thursday, April 7-
spaghetti and meat sauce,
shredded cheddar cheese,
green beans, rolls, pears and
milk. Friday, April 8, pizza
with pork topping, tossed
salad, ranch dressing,
pineapple chunks, bread
sticks and milk. Monday,
April 11, chicken nuggets,
sweet potatoes, orange
halves, graham crackers,
bread and milk. Tuesday,
April 12, salisbury steak,
peas, mashed potatoes,
brown gravy, cornbread,
peaches and milk.
Wednesday, April 13, sloppy
joes, french fries, pineapple
chunks, spice cake and milk.
Wewahitchka Middle

and High School
Thursday, April 7,
spaghetti and meat sauce,
shredded .cheddar cheese,
green beans, rolls, pears and
milk. Friday, April 8, pizza
with pork topping, tossed
salad, ranch dressing,
pineapple chunks, bread
sticks and milk. Monday,
April 11, chicken nuggets,
tater tots, orange halves, gra-
ham crackers,, bread and
milk. Tuesday, April 12, salis-
bury steak, peas, mashed.
potatoes, brown gravy, corn-
bread, peaches and milk.
Wednesday, April 13, sloppy
joes, french fries, pineapple
chunks, spice cake and milk.

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20+ years experience
State Certified Since 1985

April is here, one semester of
school remains, and summer
sits on the horizon.
Hopefully, all students
received good grades on their
recent report card, and it will
be smooth sailing until the
end of the school year. We
may hit a few bumps in the
road, however, with all the
upcoming events, trying to
wind down the year.
The time has come for
guys to order tuxes and cor-
sages. Girls need to alter
dresses, make hair appoint-
ments and order boutineers.
Roll out the red carpet and
parents: bring a lawn chair.
Prom is here! The night of the
year is Saturday, April 16,
also marking the beginning of
our spring break (April 12-
24). Enjoy your well-deserved
time off of school. Some of us
will hit the beach and soak
up some rays while others
will spend their time touring

The following students
made the honor roll for the
third nine weeks at Port St.
Joe Elementary.
First Grade, All A's:
Kyran Batson,, Alexis
Brinkmeier, Brooke Curcie,
Madelyn Flanagan, Morgan
Gant, Savannah Gibson,
Michael Griffin, Christopher
Hemanes, Cassandra Julian,
Christina LaPlante, Kayleigh
Maxwell, Carissa Morrison,
Shaye McGuffin, Katie
Nobles, Caroline Rish,
Kathleen Rish, Madison
Wilson, Ryan Zaniewski.
'First Grade A's & B's:
Kristiana Arnold, Sloan
Bozeman, Jivyair'e Clayton,
Damari Cutler, Sophie
Harrison, Chloe Hurst, Cierra
Kent, Katelyn Lewis, Maliyah
McNair, Clay Raffield, Sarah
Shores. Matthew SimpSon,
Ryan Teall, Ashleigh Young.
Second Grade All A's:
Dayja Adams, Cameron
Alcorn, Emily Balestracci,
Brandi Barnes, Dallas Bird,
Kenny Bradley,--Stephanie
Brinkmeier, Morgan Butts,
Cole 'Cryderman, Lydsay
Furr, Caleb Hallman, Gabriel
Hendry, Alyson Johnson,
Janel Kerigan, Haley
McCroan, Suede Nolan,
Shannon Pridgeon, Billy
Quaranta, Dave Warriner,
Walt Wilder, Nicole Windolf,
MaKayla Woodham.

Europe on the school trip
with Ms. Barbee.
Upon returning from
spring break, seniors need to
buckle down and prepare for
exams, especially the much-
dreaded ENC 1101 final. After
academics are put first,
seniors will be taking a trip to
Orlando for Grad Nite on
April 29.
Ending the month of
April means entering May
madness. Monday, May 9 will
be the Gold Card Banquet. All
seniors should attend
because more awards will be
given out on this night to cut
down on time at graduation.
Underclassmen will receive
awards and recognition as
well for their achievements.
Stay posted with our weekly
"Shark Talk" to find out dates
and times for the senior
breakfast, baccalaureate and
graduation. Parents, please
remember there will be a pro-
ject graduation meeting
Tuesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. in
the high school commons
area. Thank you all for your
hard work and planning to
make our graduation memo-
As all of these happen-
ings approach, my thoughts
float to May 23: graduation.
My fellow classmates and I


Second Grade All A's &
B's: Haley Anderson, Janie
Aubry, Sierra .Bobzien,
Chelsie Brant, Kaylee Butts,
Austin Combs, Michael Cox,
Jacoby Cryderman, Kelsie
Dalton, Casey Garrett, Bobby
Joe Hanson, Connor
Hermsdorfer, Megan
Hubbard, Haley Hunt,
Zachory Jasinski, Marquez
Johnson, Miranda Joyner,
Rebecca King, Chelsea
Kuhlman, Alexis Lyden,
Ilianna Maestri, Abigail
Oliver, Hayden Palmer, Jak
Riley, Karilyn Samuelson,
Reed Smith, Reggie Smith,
Celeste Thursbay, Da'vida
Tschudi, Damien Wallace,
Qua'Shavya Weatherspoon,
Haley Wood, Tony Yowell.
Third Grade All A's:
Bryce. Godwin, .Ashlin
Morgan, MaKayla Ramsey,
Anastasia Thomason, Hunter
Third Grade A's & B's:
Ben Bridges, Alyssa Davis,
Katie Davis, Heather
Faircloth, Drew LaCour,
Andre Le, Kayla Lindsey,
Antonio Moree, Kaleb Odom,
Sydney Owens, Morgan
Palmer, Anastasya Paul,
Sawyer Raffleld, Britney Rich,
Makenna Rogers, Emily
Shanahan, Danastia Welch,
Madi Williams.
Fourth Grade All A's:
Skysaja Adams, Sophie Adsit,

Cut," 2307 Tally Ho Rd. Magnificent 7BR/7BA, 6000
+/- sq. ft. home boasts extraordinary view of the Cut,
Bay and Gulf. Home offers gourmet kitchen, multiple
fireplaces, master suite on top level, heated pool with
slate decking. MLS#104033......................$5,200,000

Peacebuilders of the Week for April 4 8
Front Row from Left: Pre-K-Gracie Cryderman; Kindergarten-Khaliyah Johnson; Ist Grade-
Clay Raffield
Back Row from Left: 2nd Grade-Kenny Bradley; 3rd Grade-Drew Lacour; 4th Grade-Cierra
Scoggins; 5th Grade-Stephanie Bell

cannot wait to slip on our
purple robes and caps and be
handed our diplomas.

Karah Bradley, Taylor Butts,
Jackie Collingsworth,
Nicolette Haddock, Jaclyn
Kerigan, Jeni McLemore,
Olivia Moree, Allison Oliver,
Alex Wood, Tyler Worley.
Fourth Grade All A's &
B's: Kyle Biggins, Sammy
Buccieri, -Alyssa Catha,
Austin Clayton, Carley
Clements, Colby Gentry, Skye
Hunter, Jena Julian, Heather
King, T.J. Kuhlman, Joe Love,
Nathanial Maestri, Alyssa
Parker, Brittany Perkerson,
Brittnee Peak, Tanyaneka
Pittman, Jada Quaranta,
Monica Sherwood, Cierra
Scoggins, Witt Shoaf, Tucker
Smith, Bryanna Stuart, Bree
Scruggs, Briana Thomas,
Savannah Thomas, Jeremy'
Fifth Grade All A's:
Katie Gardner, Michelle
Hiscock, Avery Little, Erin

Although it will be hard to say
goodbye to this old school,
our loving teachers and close
frindrls it feels rreat to be

Fifth Grade All A's &
B's: Deven Bhakta, Blaine
Bush, Blake Buskins, C.J.
Butts, Connor Clark, Cody
Cook, Lisa Davis, Ashley
Doyle, Alyson Harvey, Jessica
Hopper, Katie Lacour, Luke
Leonard, Daniel May,

able to cross another day off
the calendar and take one
step closer to freedom.

Autumn Merriel, Jenny Miles,
Brandon Moore, Emerald
Muniz, Daniel Neal, Mary
Pollock, Lacey Strickland,
Samantha Taylor, Allie
Thomas, Kaley Wilder, Natalie

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First Grade:
All A's: Kody Bageant,
Jeremy Chase, Zachary Cox,
Trace Flowers, Thomas
Haddock, 'Tanner Harden,
Taylor Harris, Hunter
Hysmith, Jenna Jensen,
Teddy Kennell, Charles Laird,
Cameron Laster, Braydon
Nunnery, Destanie Parrish,
Alex Paul, Carla Peavy,
Carlos Perez, Caleb Rudd,
Maleena Shirah, R.J.
Stricklarid, Tara Walding,
AB: .Taylor Stalnaker,
Deannah Sullivan, Aaliyah
Viney, Jordan Williams,
Chipper Wood, Buddy Wood,
Daniel Wymes, Hunter
Algueseva, Bubba Brogdon,
Gage Broxson, : Shayla
Buckalew, Desiree Fletcher,
Jackie Foster, Mason Green,
Chance Harper, Megan
Hawthorne, Rheanna Linton,
Crystalann Mauldin, Destiny
Mclemore, Cody-Mills, Wyatt





Mystic Palms Waterfront
With over 180' on Indian Lagoon, this secluded
homesite offers panoramic views deeded gulf access,
and community pool.
Offered at $525 000 MLS# 104312

'Nichols, Jonathan Palmer,
Mallory Peak, Shelby Pitts,
Lyndsey Rollison, Peter
S Second Grade:
All A's: Justin Barrier,
Jennifer Bernal, Larson
Bozeman, Hanah Chaudhry,
Chipper Gainnie, Brittany
Griffin, Khalil Jackson,
Megan Knowles, Haleigh
Mcdaniel, Brian Parker,
Ashelyn Paul, Ivy Suber,
Gabrielle Tuller, Mckennah
Waters, Jessie West, Cheslee
AB: Zackory Martin,
Chance Lewis, Dalton
Lowrey, Jarod Melvin,
Amanda Moore, Shawn
Moore, Triston Nunery,
Christian Owens, lan
Quentin, Brea Ropelis, Kiana
Rouse, Brett Satterfield, Roy
Shirah, Kristin Stephens,
Brenda Brown, Breanna
Clemmons, Briana

Demunck, Skylar Destifino,
Jessica Duncan, Robin
Fletcher, Tad Gaskin, Colby
Gay, Trevor Green, Caleb
Greenwood, Haley Griffin,
Jacob Griffin, Brittany
Hamm, Samantha Hoover,
Kelly Johnson
SThird Grade:
All A's: Tyler Adams,
Jakob Bidwell, Braden
Buckalew, ,Chelsea Cook,
Seth Goodwin, Abriale Kemp,
Joni Linton, Matthew Litton,
Elizabeth Miller, Kirsten
Stalnaker, Brittany
Strickland, Kristopher
Taylor, Chelsey Toney,
Brooke Weatherly, Cory
White, Megan Whittington,
Kara Zucci
AB: Hunter Bailey,
Caitlin Burch, Karlee Carr,
Alan Danford, Johnna Florio,
Maggie Fortune, Jonathan
Griffin, Blake Harrelson,
Jamie Hensley, Javar Hill,
Alexis Jackson, Issac Madrid,
Micah Morgan, Cheyenne
Peterson, Janie Pippen,
Jenny Quick, Mia Rogers,
Brittianie Smith, Sheneshia
Stansel, James Tuller, Anna
Fourth Grade:
All A's: Alexa Allison,
Stetson Causey, Cassidy

Indian Lagoon Waterfront
Beautiful homesite on the north shore of Indian Lagoon
with awesome views. Lot has been cleared & culvert
is in ready for you to build.
Offered at $369,000 MLS# 104635


A Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and Development Review Board (PDRB) meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. EST,
and at the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Both public hearings will be held
in the BOCC Meeting Room at the Robert M. Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil G.'Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. The public
hearings will be to discuss and act on the following: '

1. Approve Minutes March 15, 2005
2. LDR Revision Committee Report.
3. Variance Howard & Sally Anderson Encroaching 2'6" into side setback Parcel ID #03798-055R .14 acres in Section 31,
Township 6 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida Subject to all development regulation required by Gulf County, Florida.
4. Small Scale Land Use Change Jon Mark Harrell Parcel ID #04246-050R Changing .87acres of Agricultural to Residential Low
Density. Subject to all-development regulation required by Gulf County.
5. Final Plat Approval Waters Edge East S & D Development Parcel ID #06315-000R & 06315-005R 9.87 acres in Section 23,
Township 9 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida a maximum 5 unit development subject to all development regulation
required by Gulf County.
6. Final Plat Approval Piney Woods Beach II Parvey Development Corp- Parcel ID #06288-015R 13.11 acres in Section 22,
Township 9 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida a maximum 39 unit development subject to all development regulation
required by Gulf County.
7. Final Plat Approval St Joseph Living, Inc. Plantation Palms Parcel ID #03083-020R- 6.50 acres in Section 30, Township 8 South,
Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida -a proposed 21 unit development subject to all development regulation required by Gulf
8. Final Plat Approvdl Booth Associates SE, Inc. Windswept at Cape San Bias Parcel ID #06268-574R, #06268-572R,&06268-
570R 6.59 acres in Section 6, Township 9 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida a proposed 12 unit development subject
to all development regulation required by Gulf County.
9. Preliminary Plat Approval Cape Isle Preserve Phase II & III Tim Dobson Parcel ID #06268-31 OR, #06268-251R 5.47 acres in
Section 20, Township 9 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida, a maximum 8 unit development subject'to all development
regulations required by Gulf County.
10. WVindMcrk Beach DO/PDP.
11. Comprehensive Plan/EAR Update.
12. Revisions to -DR and Subdivision Ordinance.
13. Staff.

The public is encouraged to attend and be heard on these matters. Information prior to the meeting can be viewed at the Planning and
Building Department at 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Room 301.

Chancey, Joshua Epps,
Justin Haddock, Rebecca
Holyfield, Earl Brian Knobel,
Micah Lister, Katelyn Litton,
Wyatt Nunery, Emilee
Strange, Clay Sasser, Kayla
Wood, Shelby Wood
AB: Taylor Pitts, Ellen
Randig, Sean Rice, Shaquille
Scott, Brandon Shaw, Halley
Slentz, Jessica Smith, Rachel
Voris, Wesley Whitfield,
Raheem Wright, Daneysia
Wymes, Michael Yarborough,
Shelby Armstrong, Sage
Baker, Taylor Gainous, Tara
Gaskin, George Goetz
Fifth Grade:
All A's: Heath Bailey,
Austin Chumney, Kaitlyn
Gaskin, Bryce Gerber, Taylor
Husband, 'Katie Jones,
Hunter McDaniel, Jaria
Pippin, Megan Setterich
AB: Gage Combs, Justin
Flowers, Austin Guffey, John
Linton, Trent McGill, Trey
McGill, ,Sebastian Quentin,
Katelyn Roberts, Ashleigh
Rouse, T.J. Rhodes,. Jill
Russell, Mack Sandlin, J.D.
Strickland, Mikaleh Graham,
Cole Harper,. Taylor Hill,
Randall House, Jai Jencks,
Gabrielle Jones, Cameron
McCallum, Nicole Owens,
Katie Parker, Joshua Parnell

Port St. Joe High School
- Class of 1985 is planning
their 20 year Class Reunion
for the weekend of July 1-2. If
you are interested in helping
coordinate the reunion or
know how to contact an
alumnus of '85, please con-
tact Angel Barbee at abar-
bee@gulf.kl2.fl.us or call
Port St. Joe HIgh School at

News From the Halls


High Schoi

Calendar for April 4-8, 2005
Monday, Apr. 4:
Lunch: Hamburger
1:00 Weightlifting quali-
fying meet at Wakulla
1:00 Baseball at PC
2:45 SAC meeting (Gator
6:00 Junior night at
GCCC-PSJ campus (bus
leaves WHS at 5:15)
4:30/6:00 Softball at
Tuesday, Apr. 5: Lunch:
Chicken and Rice
9-11:30 POPS to WES
for performance (Mrs. Kelley)
2:30 Faculty Meeting
4:30 jv Baseball home vs


High School Year

Books on Sale
2004-05 Wewahitchka
High School year books are
currently on sale. Yearbooks
will be $35 until April 11.
After that date'they will be
Reserve yours now!
Come by the school or
call the WHS office at 639-

(850) 229-8251.
Also, any faculty member
of Port St. Joe Elementary
from 1972-1979 or a teacher
at Port St. Joe High School
from 1979-1985 is cordially
invited to attend on Friday,
July 1, at 6:00 at the high
school. For more informa-
tion, call Angel at PSJHS.

Bozeman (dbl header)
6:00 Softball home vs
LaRue Co, Ky
Wednesday, Apr. 6:
Lunch: Ham Sandwich
8-3 POPS to PSJ all day
(Mrs. Kelley)
2:30 Track meet in
Bristol (leave at 12:45)
Thursday, Apr. 7:
Lunch: Spaghetti
8:00 NHS induction
(NHS members only)
3:30 jv baseball home vs
7:00 var baseball home
vs Sneads
SFriday, Apr. 8:
Lunch: Pizza
3:30 jv baseball home vs
Bay High
Saturday, April 9:
9:00 Weightlifting quali-
fying meet in Wakulla
8-12 PM Prom in WHS
Monday, April 11:
6:00 Academic Banquet'
April 11-14
Registration for all 8-11
grade students- parents
invited by appointment.
April 15,
1/2 day--no lunch
April 18-22
Spring Break




The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners proposes to
adopt by ordinance the following:


CHANGING PARCEL ID #03326-220R, 2.34

A Public Hearing on this ordinance will be held at the Gulf
County Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday,
April 12, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. ET, in the Gulf County
Commission Meeting Room at the Gulf County Court House,
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL. A copy of the
ordinance is available for inspection at the Gulf County Court
House in the Clerk's Office.

All interested parties are encouraged to appear at the meet-
ing to be heard regarding the consideration of the compre-
hensive plan amendment ordinance.

Ad#2005-011 Publish April 7 & 14, 2005

Ad ,#2005-01 3 Publish April 7 & 14, 2005

Waterfront on Indian Lagoon



Sixth Grade:
All A's: Alicia Allison,
Katie Armstrong, Andrew
Bidwell, Jay Bryan, Aliya
Chauhdry, Justin Campbell,
Hannah Culbertson, Jamie
Heath, Amanda Helson,
Randy Hightower, Katie Loyd,
Hope Ludlam, Brandon
Mayhann,. Colton Price,
Jacob Taylor, Britney Weeks
AB: Jennifer Adkison,
Casi Baxley, Shannell
Chumney, Julia Corbin,

Nicki Ferry, Kyle Flanagan,
Samantha Fournoy, Latoya
Gainer, Paul Hand, Simone
Hand, Chartisha Hill,
Michelle Holly, Jamaree
Hunter, Jessica Hysmith,
Seana Jenkins, Tanisha
Jones, Jabrela Lewis, Beau
McCorvey, Jeannie Mitchell,
Jasmyne Owens, Arianna
Paul, Chelse Strange, Randy
Veasey, April Wimberly,
Megan Udell, Cory Walding,
Tyler Whitten

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Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserve will Present Two Lectures

SFriends of St. Joseph
Bay Preserves, will present
two lectures at the St.
Joseph Bay State Buffer
Preserves Center, located at
3915 Hwy C-30 just 4 miles
SE of Port St. Joe. The public
is invited to attend.

"Bottlenose Dolphins of
St. Joseph Bay" comes to the
center on Thursday, April 7,
at 7:00 p.m. (ET). Brian
Balmer from the University
of North Carolina will be
speaking on his current
research on the Bottlenose

Dolphins in St. Joseph Bay.
His research was stimulated
by the two unusual mortality
events.in Northwest Florida
in the last five years, where
Karenia Brevis (Red Tide) is
suspected to have played a
part in it.

Public Hearing on Transportation

The Gulf County
Transportation Disadvant-
aged Coordinating Board will'
hold a public meeting on
Wednesday, April 13 at 2
p.m. EST in the Gulf County
Transportation Office
Conference Room at 309
Williams Avenue.
The purpose of the pub-
lic hearing is to allow resi-

dents the opportunity to dis-
cuss with the local
Transportation Disadvant-
aged Coordinating Board
unmet transportation needs
or any other areas that relate
to local transportation ser-
All interested, persons
are encouraged to attend.
Transportation will be

provided to eligible individu-
als by calling the Community
Transportation Coordinator,
Gulf County Transportation
at 229-6327.
For more information,
contact Vanita Anderson of
the Apalachee Regional
Planning Council at .647-

Flea Market to Raise Scholarship Funds

The Franklin/Gulf
County Retired Educators
Association (FG/REA) will
be holding a flea market,
craft and bake sale on
Saturday, April 16, from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the
Eastpoint Firehouse to raise
money for the FG/REA
Scholarship fund. Money

raised from this event will be
used to fund scholarships for
high school seniors.
This event will be an
opportunity for residents of
Gulf and Franklin counties
to buy many useful, one-of-
a-kind items at VERY REA-
their money contribute to

furthering the education of
high school seniors. Raffle
tickets for a $250 prize are
also available for this worth-
while cause. The raffle draw-
ing will take place at the fire-
house on April 16. For infor-
mation call Arlene at 697-
9790 or Marty at 927-2243.

Tallahassee Orchid Society Show and Sale

The Tallahassee Orchid
Society will hold its annual
orchid show, and sale April
23 and 24 at the Doyle
Conner Agricultural Center
Auditorium, 3125 Conner
Blvd., in. Tallahassee. The
show will be open to the pub-
lic from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
each day. Admission is free.

There will be exhibitors
from around the Southeast,
and vendors will have many
beautiful orchids for sale.
Individuals who may wish to
exhibit their orchids must do
so on Friday, April 22. If you
are interested, please call
William Brown at 850-562-
2490 for information. There

Paving on SR 300 in Franklin County

The Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT)
recently awarded a "fast
response" maintenance con-
tract to C. W. Roberts
Contracting to mill and
resurface a section of SR
300 from Gulf Beach high-
way to the pavement change
at the St. George Island

bridge in Franklin County.
Work is scheduled to begin
Monday, March 28 and
extend for two-weeks.
Motorists can expect inter-
mittent lane closures and are
reminded to use caution
while traveling through the
work zone.

will also be supplies for sale.
The members of the
Tallahassee Orchid Society
will have a potting bench
available for those needing
help repotting their orchids.
There will be a small charge
for the supplies used. in
repotting. Experts will be
available for questions.
There will be raffles of
plants. For more informa-
tion, please call \illiam
Brown or e-mail at
The Tallahassee Orchid
Society meets on the first
Thursday of each month at
the Leon County Cooperative
Extension offices at 7 p.m..
Anyone interested in learn-
ing about orchids is. welcome
to come out and join us.

"Chorus Frogs" will be
the topic researchers Alan
and Emily Lemmon, will be
speaking about on April 16
at 1:00 p.m. (E.T.) Come see
their photos, videos and frog
call recordings. They tell you
about their in depth study of
chorus frogs in the southeast
and how they have appeared
to have discovered a local
case of speciation in action.
Further information can
be found at www.stjoseph-
baypreserves.org or by call-
ing 850-229-1797.



School News .
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Those wishing to try out
for cheerleader should pick
up a packet in the front
office. Practice will begin
April 7 and try outs will be
held on April 15.
All eighth graders and
their parents should attend
an orientation meeting at

S6:00 p.m. in the Port St. Joe
High School commons area
on Thursday, April' 7.
School will not be held
April 18-22. Have a great
spring break!
Progress reports for this
grading period will be sent
home Monday, April 25.

Pam McLure Receives Residential Specialist Designation

Pam McLure, a Mexico
Beach, Gulf Co. and Franklin
Co. Realtor has been "award-
ed the prestigious Certified
Residential Specialist (CRS)
Designation by the Council
of Residential Specialists, the
largest not-for-profit affiliate
of the National Association of
Realtors who receive the
CRS Designation have com-
pleted advanced courses and
have demonstrated profes-
sional expertise in the field of
residential real estate. Only
35,000 Realtors nationwide
have earned the credential.
' Home buyers and sellers
can be assured that CRS
Designees subscribe to the
strict Realtor Code of Ethics,
have access to the latest
technology and are special-
ists in helping clients maxi-
mize profits and minimize
costs when buying or selling
a home.
Pam McLure is a Realtor
Associate with Coldwell
Banker Forgotten Coast
Realty in Mexico Beach, FL.
She is a member of the
Realtors Association of
Franklin and Southern Gulf
Other Certifications:
Certified E-Marketing
Specialist, Certified
Negotiation Specialist
Awards: Coldwell Banker
International Presidents
Circle Team Award, Premier
Office, #1 Coldwell Banker
International in GCS with

employees 1-10 Word Fellowship Church and
Pam McLure is also a a 1st Place Competitor in an
member of the Steering
Committee for the Building Amateur Ballroom Fred
Together Program for Living Astaire Dance Competition.




Pam McLure

Equine Coggins Clinic
Il H 0C X1

The Gulf .County
Cooperative Extension
Service will sponsor an
Equine Coggins Clinic, on
April 9, for equine owners in
Port St. Joe and the general
vicinity. Dr. Che Trejo will be
the visiting veterinarian. If

you desire this testing for
you horse, please contact the
Gulf County Cooperative
Extension Service @ 229-
2909 or. 639-3200 before
April 9 and give residence
location and phone number.

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Call In 850-227-1278
Fax In 850-227-7212
E-mail Articles to Starnews@gtcom.net
E-mail Ads to Starads@gtcom.net
L1X~ Drop Off At 209-211 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe
ified n Mail To P.O. Box 308, Port St. Joe, FL 32456

Every Friday Night at 7
pm Eastern. Great
Auctions Weekly. Often
Including Estates Col.
Wade Clark, Auction-
eer Wade Clark
Auctions 314 Reid
Avenue, Port St Joe
AB1239, AU1737 10%
Buyer's Premium

Lincoln Towncar 1998,
one owner 68,000
miles. Burgundy &
white, new Michelin
tires. $8,900 229-
5488. 2tp4/7

1999 F-150 XLT ext
cab White with Tan
Interior 109,000 miles
great truck runs good
new breaks and tires
tool box bedliner and
receiver trailer hitch
Ice Cold Air $8300.00
Call 850-258-4067 or
850-229-8787 2tp3/31

Suzuki Exante 200 hp.
outboard, V6, 1986
w/stand, controllers &
a ages Runs great,
$2900 nego. PC Call
850-215-2021. 4tp3/17

Cape e San Bias
.i\-frorE home with
dock, 4BR,4BA fur-
nished. Yearly lease
available July $1600
monthly 850-227-7940

House for rent
3BR/1BA Hwy 98
bayview newly renovat-
ed w/new kitchen cen-
tral heat & air. Avail
April 15. $900/mo 1
mo dep. req. 653-8167.
653-2072 eve. 3tp4/7

Waterfront RV lot in
Wdwa. $150/mo. plus
sec dep. 639-5721.

3BR/2BA house for
rent. Just over one
block from beach. Five
years ne.w refrigera-
tor, dishwasher, wash-
er/dryer hookup. 224
DeSota Ave, St. Joe
Beach. $85/month +
utilities (long-term
rental). Available
immediately. Call JD
at (678) 658-5239.

House for rent
2BR/1BA carport cent.
heat & air. 472 Iola St.

For rent 28x56 double
wide 3 bed'2 full bath
in Overstreet right on
386; Beachside of
Overstreet bridge.
$750/mo. 1 mo dep.
req long term renters
only. 647-5722.

RV space, power, water
& sewer hookup. 229-
8959 leave message.

Home or Office 3
BR/1BA home located
in commercial district
on Woodward Ave. Call
227-6224. tfn3/17

Oa4 Gsriimt Are, Pert St Joe, F
(WaidlfeP li, ment door to unii)
229-200 Office
14-7400 Cell Phone

frvstorage space
3o000 sq, ft,
Call 229-6031

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St. Joe
Rent-All, Inc.
706 First Street
Phone 227-2112

a5x10 10x10 10x20

On Site Rentals 6 Days
A Week

For Lease
Commercial Office and
warehouse storage. In
St. Joe commerce park
located on Industrial
Rd. (FL Hwy -382)
behind Arizona
Chemical. Each space
consists of an office,
bath, storage closet
and warehouse with
10ft roll up door.
Convenient to all loca-
tions, 1/2 mile off Hwy
98. 1000 sq ft. each
space. $550 per
month. 12 month leas-
es. One month security
deposit. Office 850-
229-8014. Home 850-
229-8030. Cell 850-
258-4691. tfn4/7

Commercial Downtown
PSJ Reid Ave. Approx.
1300 sq ft retail space.
Call 227-6224. tfn3/17

For Lease: Contractor's
Warehouse/ office
units in PSJ airport/
Jones Homestead area
@ Rutherford &
Ponderosa Pines road,
convenient to Hwy 98
& the Cape. Each unit
is 1250 sf incl. an
office w/bath and a 12
ft Rollup door. Rent is
$600/mo with a year
lease + 1st mo dep.
647-2715 aft. 6pm.

Lorig term rentals
available 3 4 bedroom
homes, ranging from
$750 $1200 a month.
Call Parker Realty @
648-5777. tfcl2/16

Large 2 BR. house,
stove & refrig. cen.
h&a.. screen porch.
carport & laundry rm.
Large 2 BR apt. stove
& refrig., washer/dryer
New extra Ig. 3 BR
house, 1 1/2 ba.,
inside laundry rm.,
ch&a, dishwasher &
stove, fully carpeted.
No pets.
Small 2,bdrm. home,
auto heat & air, wash-
er/dryer hook-up.
One bedroom apart-
ment, washer/ dryer
hookup. Call 229-6777
after 7 PM. tfc5/1

1000 sq. ft. storage
space for lease.
Located in enterprise
zone. $550/mo: Please
call 229-9125. tfc8/5

Apartments/Homes '
for Rent: 1 3 bedroom
for rent in ,Mexico
Beach. Furn. &
unfurn. Call Parker
Realty at 850-648-
.5777 for more info. trbs/

Used furniture for
sale. Johnnie's Trim
Shop, 310 4th St.,
PSJ tfc5/1

Reeves "..
Furniture & Ritri 'r '-
234ReidAve. 2).b:Z`4 04 :
Tempur-pedic Beds
Oreck Vacuums .-.


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Moving Sale everything
must go baby clothes,
toys, work out bench
and weights, dining
room table and chairs,
chest freezer, gas dryer
& much more. 6448
Americus Ave. between
Bay 7 Canal, St. Joe
Beach 8am April 9
Sat. ltp4/7

Garage Sale Sat. April
9 9am 1pm. Boys,
girls, women and
men's clothes and
shoes. Dishes, lamp.
bookshelf computer
desk, fisherprice toy
box. and a lot of other
things. Rain or shine.

Yard Sale 1903
Garrison Ave. April
7&8 8 am 5 pm.
Thursday & Friday.

Mexico Beach 720
Fortner Ave. Saturday
April 9th 7:00 noon
Central. Furniture, TV,
sm exercise equip. lots
of good stuff.

Yard Sale April 7, 8, &
9. 6257 Co. Rd. 386.
PC-6 Cannon Copier
with cabinet, 4 drawer
file cabinets, several
stools & chairs, folding
Ltbles. water cooler,
small air conditioners,
wire racks, some .tools
and an assortment of
other items. Rain date
will be April 14, 15, 7
16, ltp4/7

Yard Sale 3 families -
Furniture, washer,
dryer, tools. Lots of
great stuff April 9 only.
8 am Cortez & Georgia.

Moving Sale Saturday
March 26, April 2 &
April 9. New' things
every week. 7am -
noon. 105 Mimosa Ave.
PSJ. Behind the hospi-
tal. 3tp3/24
The Port Inn is now
accepting applications
for the following posi-
tions: Housekeeping
and Breakfast atten-
dants. Full and part
time positions are
available. Candidate
must be able to work
weekends and early
morning shifts. Please
apply in person at the
address below. Make
beds, make waffles,
make money Inquire
About benefit package
Port Inn
501 Monument Ave.
Port St. Joe, Fl 32456


Competitive pay
Tuition reimbursement
Uniform allowance
Carrie Harrison/Human
Resources Director



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TV Stands Wall Lamps Nightstands,
Kinrrj Queen Beds, elc



1/2 PRICE.


For more information or lo view property
please call Silvia @ (850) 227-9800.

:' )n

Dockside Cafe is now
hiring for all kitchen
positions. Experience a
plus but not required.
Gill, fry, salad & prep
positions available.
Please apply in person
at Dockside Cafe after
5:00 pm. No phone
calls! 229-5200 Mon-
Sat. ltp4/7

Construction labor-
ers, CDL Class A
Licensed driver and
Ass i s tant
Superintendent need-
ed for established
action Company for
work in Gulf and
Franklin Counties.
Salary based upon
knowledge and experi-
ence, for more infor-
mation interested par-
ties should call (850)
653-5245. tfn4/7

Assistant needed for
established Develop-
Company. Applicants
should be familiar with
Microsoft Word and
Excel and possess
good typing skills.
Starting pay $7.00
with a $0.50 raise
available at end of 90
day probationary peri-
od, five paid holidays
per year w/ one week
paid vacation available
after one year.
Interested parties
should email their
resume to
silviad@aedev.net or
fax to (850) 227-9806.

Now hiring wait staff
Amanda's Bistro, in
Mex. Bch. must be 18
648-5102. 2tp3/31

Electrician must have
tools & transportation
min. 2 yrs exp. Call
227-1739 3tp3/31

Bayside Lumber &
Building Materials Port
St. Joe, FL. Now taking
applications for the fol-
lowing positions:
* Experienced Boom
truck driver
* Experienced Mill
work manager.
Apply in person to:
Bayside Lumber 516
First St. Port St. Joe,
FL. Drug Free
Workplace. 2tc3/31

North Florida Child
Development, Inc. is
seeking a teacher for
its South Gulf County
Early Child Develop-
ment Center. Will
instruct children (ages
3-5 years) in activities
designed to promote
social, physical, and
intellectual growth
needed to prepare for
school. An associate
degree in Early
Childhood Education
is preferred or a cur-
rent. CDA and active
enrollment in the asso-
ciate degree program.
Must meet all require-
ments as mandated by
the Department of
Children and Families.
Requires occasional
lifting of preschool
children. Accurate and
timely records. Only
team players consid-
ered. DFWP/M-F/7-
NFCD, Inc., Attn:
Sebrina McGill, PO
Box 38, Wewahitchka
FL 32465, (850) 639-
5080 *10, Fax 639-
4173; Sebrina@head-
startnf.org 2tc3/31

Drivers Home most
nights! Dedicated
Drivers needed for
Hansford, FL. (.37
empty/.38 loaded)
1K) Vacation/Holiday
Pay! Grayson Mitchell,
Inc. 800-247-6321.

GW Services Heating
& Air is now accepting
applications for the fol-
lowing position: exp air
conditioning service
and trim out techni-
cian. Please call 850-,
229-9125 for interview
appointment. 4tc3/24

Liberty National Life
Is expanding its operation
& is looking for upwardly
mobile people to fill insur-
ance sales positions in Port
St. Joe. Fringe benefits
package, two retirement
funds, health insurance,
paid vacation, convention
trips and more. No experi-
ence necessary. On-the-job
training. Requirements:
integrity, good work ethic,
and the desire to earn
$50K + per year. Contact:
Jim Parham
647-3160 3tp3M4

SExtraordinary \

People Needed

Looking for career-minded extraordinary
people with great people skills.
Position(s) available in Gulf County.
Job Summary(s):

SInspectors Full Time (Cape San Bias) -
Inspects rental homes including bathrooms, liv-
ing area, kitchen and foyers. Keen eye for clean-
liness required.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

With Anchor, you will be on the road
to an exciting career challenge with
wonderful opportunities.

Call Celena Long at 229-2777

Aucilor laatioan Ilrcrprries, 3nc

Collins Vacation

Rentals, Inc.

is expanding its
extraordinary service team
by adding the following positions:



Weekends, May August

Benefit and salary packages are
dependent upon position and

For consideration contact:
Marie Allen, Human Resources'
Collins Vacation Rentals, Inc.
60 East Gulf Beach Drive
St. George Island, FL 32328

A major marketing force
on St. George Island since 1973

The Gulf County Board
of County Commis-
sioners is accepting
applications for a GIS
Coordinator. Applica-
tions and a complete
job description are
available in our HR-
office or at www.gulf-
m EOE Application
deadline is Tuesday,
4/12/05 5:00 pmEST.
For more information,
please contact Denise
Manuel, Human ,
Resources Director at
850-229-5335. Gulf
County enforces a
Drug-Free Workplace
Policy and is an Equal
Opportunity /
Affirmative Action
/s/. Nathan Peters,
Jr., Chairman
/s/ Rebecca L. Norris,
Clerk 2tc3/31

LANE, INC. a full ser-
vice engineering, sur-
veying and planning
firm has immediate
needs to fill the follow-
ing positions for our
Port St. Joe Office:
* 2 Civil Engineers
* 3 Survey Party Chiefs
* 3 Survey Instrument
* 1 Engineer CAD
* 1 Survey CAD
Please Fax resumes to
386-755-7771 or e-mail
to: sallbritton@bblmail
.com 4tc3/10

Concrete Finishers &
laborers with own
transportation needed.
Clayton Concrete 229-
6525. 3tp3/24

Part-time cashier
weekends. Call Patricia
Cape Trade Post. 229-
8775. tfcl2/9

Small Engine
Mechanic experience
required. Salary, com-
mission & benefits.
Apply in person. St.
Joe Rent-All. 706 1st
St, PSJ. tfn3/10

Nursing Assistants
Needed Blountstown
Health and Rehab
16690 SW Chipola Rd.,
Blountstown, Fl
32424. 850-674-4311.
Three 3-11 Shifts
available also, need
floats. Benefits avail-
able. 3tc3/24.

Seeking Equipment
Operators & Truck
Drivers. Applicants
must have valid FL dri-
vers license. Apply at
C.W. Roberts Con-
tracting, Inc., PO Box
188, Hosford, FL
32334. 850-379-8116.

experience required.
Werner has immediate
positions for entry-
level semi drivers. Our
avg drivers earn more
than $36K first year.
60% of Werner drivers
Sget home nightly or
weekly. 15 day CDL
Training now available
in your area. For a
solid new career, call
Today 1-866-280-
5309. 4tc4/7

AC duct installers
needed please call GW
Service 229-9125.,

An established local real estate office is search-
ing for licensed real estate agents interested in
being part of a growing agency that offers
extensive agent training, professional support
staff, and a progressive compensation package.
Interested parties email resume and/or call for
an appointment.
Prudential Resort Realty
1252 Cape San Bias Road
Port St. )oe, FL 32456
850-227-7891 Ext. 104
e-mail: libiat@abeachdream.com

Are you an energetic and dependable
worker? If so, you qualify for an opportu-
nity to launch your career with a growing
company! You must be willing to travel
and have valid ID and SS card. Come by,
introduce yourself and fill out an applica-
tion. (EOE)

We offer great benefits to qualifying-
employees such as 401k, group medical
and dental insurance, employee stock pur-
chase, vacation, life and LTD Insurance,
uniforms and per diem.

"'WPliiM a cUstewee i aw ed eueuwc td
a sd ora indauk r 4sne 1946"
We are now hiring
-Class A CDL Drivers
-Equipment Operators
-Constructidn Crew Laborers


1555 South Boulevard / Chipley, FL
850,638.0429 s, /

ST ---

Sales and Service Agent
GT Cor, a Total Communications Company
Provider in Northwest Florida, has immediate
opening for a qualified Customer Sales and
Service Representative in their Port St. Joe,
Florida call center. Successful candidate will be
an outgoing self-starter with excellent communi-
cation skills and a proven background in inside
sales and customer service with the ability to
work in a fast paced, team environment.
Minimum 2 yr. college degree or equivalent sales
experience required.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits pack-
age including 401K. Starting pay $10.05 an hour
plus commission. Please respond in confidence,
via mail, fax, or by calling Erik at 229-7317 for
immediate consideration.

Susan Machemer
Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 220
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457

FAX: 850-229-8689


Waitstaff wanted for
Caroline's Riverfront
Dining & Boss Oyster.
Please apply in person:
123 Water Street,
Apalachicola. tfc5/1

tionist Computer &
public relations experi-
ence required. Some
weekend duty. Call
Parker Realty @ 850-
648-5777 or fax
resumes to 850-648-
5779. tfcl2/16

Volkswagon Dune
Buggy Fiberglass Body
$800. Ovation and
Fender guitar $250
each. 227-1709.

Wanted to Buy Left
over 2"x4" and 2"x6"
bld. studs froni job
sites. Need Qtys of 20
or more, Call 648-5905
after 5pm. 2tp4/7

Sony 46" Projection TV
8 yrs old. Works great.
$1700 new. $300. Call
227-9057. 2tp3/31

Personal Mausoleum -
2 space over & under
in Holly Hill Cemetery
in Port St. Joe. Priced
to sell for $4,000. Will
consider all offers.
Reason for selling is
relocation out of state.
Call 647-8726. or leave
message. 2tp3/31

Tomato/Pepper Plants
- 415 each. Many vari-
eties. From Wewa IGA
go pass ambulance
building 1 block to
entrance sign. 639-
2885, 4tp3/31

Do You Understand
the Bible? Free Bible
study to help. you bet-
ter understand the
Bible and God's will for
your life Send your
name and address to
Bible Study, PO Box
929, Wewahitchka, FL
32465 or call (850)
639-3218 and leave
your name and
address or E-mail your
request to Wewachur
ch@outdrs.net. tfc5/1

For Sale -.Single &
Doublewide mobile
home @ 6724 Alabama
Ave., 6773' Georgia
Ave. Must Sell Make
Offers. (228) 218-
7363. 2tp4/7

Wewa 110 Evergreen
St. Home & land com-
pletely fenced wash
house w/almost new
Kenmore washer &
dryer, new refrig. car-
port/storage room,
large front & back
porch, extra building
can be converted to 2
bed home w/large
porch & beautiful win-
dows. Main house 2
bed/2 bath large liv. &
dining room. Part.
furn. built in cabinets
1/2 mile from Lands
Landing. 639-5669.

Available 2 pre-con-
struction lots in
Carraway Bay
Plantation Carrabelle;
pool, bath house, dock
access,. $209,000. 256-
658-1515. .5tp4/7

Wanted PSJ area.
Individual wants 2 or 3
bedroom fixer upper
house to live in. 850-
340-0643 or 229-
9460. 2tp4/7

2.628 acres located
on Hwy 386. Small A
frame house on stilts
that overlooks beauti-
ful pond. $160,500.
Linda Daniels
Coldwell Banker 850-
814-2057 or 1-800-
868-0405. 4tp4/7
Port St. Joe, nice
3BR/2BA brick corner
lot carport, workshop,
almost new roof.
$240K. Pelican Walk
Real Estate 850-647-
2473. 2tp3/31

Howard Creek 7610
Doc Whitfield Road -
Well kept home on
Corner Lot. 2Br/
1.5Ba. With plenty
extras, boathouse,
workshop, screened in
porch, fruit trees,
palms, deep 100' well,
across street from H/C

boat landing.
$125,000. Gary Poole-
Coldwell Banker 899-


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St. Joe Beach, nice
2BR/1Ba townhouse.
$299,000. Pelican
Walk Real Estate 850-
647-2473. 2tp3/31

White City 3BR/2BA
great for fisherman.
$135K Pelican Walk
Real Estate 850-647-
2473. 2tp3/31

St. Joe Beach, Gulf
view lots 1st block
water .& sewer avail.
beach access $219,000
Pelican Walk Real
Estate 850-647-2473.

Howard Creek 6254
Doc Whitfield Rd.
Relax in the peace and
beauty of Howard
Creek. This home has
plenty to offer for those
seeking country living.
Fishing and hunting
abounds. Plus, you get
a 3bdrm, 2ba, large liv-
ing rm, and screened
in porch on a nice lot.
$92,000. Gary Poole-
Coldwell Banker 899-

2.21 acres for sale in
Overstreet 3/4 of the
way already cleared.
Price is $125,000.
Seller is ready to sell,
so bring all offers
before it is too late.
Call Moses Medina
with Century 21 Gulf
Coast Realty, Inc. Cell
phone# 850-527-0441.

Vacant land
Overstreet, Howard
Creek. Lots to choose.
from. Call for details
Pelican Walk .Real
Estate 850-647-2473.

St. Joe Beach Deed
Restricted Subdivision.
short walk to beach.
3Bd/2Ba 1769 H&C
large lot, 10 ft ceilings,
open floor plan, hot
tub outside, too many
extras to list. $420,000
Call 850-647-6110.

Mexico Beach 507
Georgia : 3BR/2BA-
Mobile home on large
corner lot. Screened
porch in front deck in,
back. Fenced in back
yard Short w\ alk to
beach, 8295.000. Joan
Lotvelace. Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty.
800-239-4959. Local
527-2560. -tfc3/10

Mexico Beach 720
Fortner Ave.
3BR/1.5BA 'mobile
home. Screened
porch 2 IargesC. \Mar I
upgrades. Short walk
to beach, restaurants.
Comer lot -425.000
Joan Lo\elace. Mexilco
Beach Harmon Realty.
'J-10-239-4959 Local
527-2560. tfc2,'24

Howard Creek 7591
Perch Street. Nicely
Landscaped, partially
private fence, Corner
lot for this home in
excellent condition.
Featuring: large front
porch, large living
room, screened in cook
house, covered boat
house, and Culligan
water filtration system,
just two blocks from
Howard :Creek Boat
Landing! $220,000,
Call Gary Poole -
Coldwell Banker 769-
8971/ 800-868-0405
or Cell 899-1134.

1/2 acre lot in Mexico
Beach. for sale by
owner. 225 Bailey Lane
in Grand Isle Subdivi-
sion. Under-ground
utilities. homes only,
just a short walk to the
beach tlrouah a nice
quiet neighborhood A
ireat place to live with
plenty of room.
Dimensions 103 x 210
mol Only $249,000.
Call 850-648:1115 or
850-647-3871. 4tp3/10

410 5th Street. Mexico
Bch., FL. Beautiful
beach house, 1615 sq,
ft, Corner lot, modern
kitchen .and baths.
House 3 yrs old, four
bedrooms, 2 baths A
12x12 screened in
porch. 16x24-recre-
ation room, heated and
cooled, cypress wood
.on the ceiling and
walls. Includes outside
shower with a deep
well on the premises. A

12x20 storage and
boat covering unit,
alarm system, plus
many extras. Close to
beach. Situated on 2
lots. 110 x 121.46 x
116.28 x 148.84,
$499,995. Call for an
appointment. (334)
807-0134. Cell (334)
.268-0601. 9tp3/3

Beacon Hill, mobile
home 2 lots close to
beach, $450,000
Pelican Walk Real
Estate 850-647-2473.

Beacon lot for sale by
owner. 9139 Tulip Ave.
Recently cleared.
$137,500. 227-6630

Home for Sale:
3BD/2BA. fireplace,
24x40 shed, 1'8x33
pool, hot tub, many
extras. Close to
schools, hospital and
beaches. $225k. 1905
Long Ave, Port St. Joe,
FL 850-229-9481.

Mexico Beach Lot
75x113 Water meter
in place 1.5 blocks
from beach high lot
and landscaped ready
to build on w/all utili-
ties. Grand Isle Sub.
648-8201-or 227-
5533. tfn3/10'

Approximately 1 acre
on Dalkeith Rd (Hwy
381) near Douglas
Landing Rd., Gulf
County; $27,5000
(850) 227-7800.

St. Joe Beach Sea
Shores Sub..- 8003
Alabama. Ave. Nice 3
BR/2 BA home, tile
floors, treyed ceiling in
living room, master
bdrm has jacuzzi tub
with sep. shower. Enc.
inground pool & cook-
out area, double car
garage plus addl park-
ing area for boat or RV,
Priced to sell at
$375,000 Call Joan
Lovelace, Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty,
Local (850) 527-2560,
Office 800-329-4959.

Mexico Beach Trade
Winds B beachside,
Gulfview, 3 BR/3.5 BA:
townhouse, garage,
furnished, like new
cond. $495,000. Joan
Lovelace Mexico Beach
Harmon Realty 800-
239-4959 local 850-
527-2560 www. the-
beachside.com tfc6/24

Mexico Beach, 203
8th St., beautiful lot
with 2 BR/2 BA mobile
home. Open floor plan,
landscaped yard, extra
parking area for RV or
boat parking Road
access front & back.
French, doors lead to
deck area with hot tub.
Short walk to beach
and restaurants.
$325,000. 'Joan
Lovelace, Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty,
800-239-4959. Local
call 850-527-2560.

Overstreet 579
Palmetto Drive Large
vacant lot with one of
the highest elevations
in Overstreet, Lot has
been cleared. Lot size
approx. 94 x 350,
Home or Mobile Home
OK, located on paved
street before the bridge
$98,000 Joan Love-
lace, Mexico Beach
Harmon Realty, 800-
239-4959, local cell
850-527-2560. tfc9/30

Port St. Joe 283
Charles Ave. White
City, Nice home with 3
Irg bdrms, private loca-
tion with mature 'trees
on corner lot, fenced
backyard, carport,
large deck for cooking
out. Don't miss this
onel $199,000 Joan
"Lovelace (local 527-
2560) Mexico Beach
Harmon Realty 800-
239-4959 tfc5/1

Large beautiful bldg
lot : in Garrison
Plantation, just before
the cul-de-sac. Lot 22,
$132,900. Call Donna
Murray 227-4546,
Anchor Realty &
Mortgage Co. for
details. : 8tp2/17

Golden Rule Pet
Sitting Service
.Going away and wish
not to jail the four
legged kids? Working
long hours and need
the dog walked?
Mature, reliable, pet
owner and sitter (in
business six years) will
make house visits.
(Mail pick up and plant
care included.) IRefer-
red by Local vets. Call
Diana: 227-5770 or

648-5081. 2tp4/7

Old Maids by the Bay
cleaning service.
Residential, vac.
rental, weekly or bi-
weekly rates. Call 229-
1654. Leave message.


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D & Ds Lawn Service
Reliable Mexico Beach
couple will landscape,
mow, clean gutters,
etc. Also available for
Port St. Joe and the
Cape. Call Dan or
Diana: 648-5081, 227-
8225, or 227-5770.

Computer Repair
Upgrades, networking.
Free phone support.
Lovelace Computer
Services, 6536 Hwy.
98, St. Joe Beach.
Local phone 258-1525

SECTION 00020 -
PHONE (850) 385-6153
You are invited to bid on a
General Contract, including
mechanical and electrical work
for the new construction of the
Port St. Joe Humane Society,
New Animal Shelter.
Port St.' Joe Humane Society
will' receive sealed! bids at
11:00 am on Thursday, April
14,. 2005 at the Senior Citizen
Center, 120 Library Drive, Port.
St. Joe, Florida. Bids received
after that' time will not be
accepted. Bids will be opened
publicly and read aloud at
11:01 am of the same date.
Copies of the' Bidding
Documents may be examined
at the Architect's office, .
Clemons, Rutherford &
2027 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, Florida
(850) 385-6153 ,
at F. W. Dodge, 131) Executive
Center, Suite 108, Tallahassee,
Florida.. Drawings will be
available after 'noon on
Thursday, March 24, 2005.
General Contractors and
Mechanical, Plumbing and
Electrical Subcontractors may
obtain copies of .the Bidding
Documents at the Architect's
office in accordance with the
Instructions to Bidders 'upon
depositing the sum of $125.00
for each set of Documents.
Contractors will be limited to
two (2) sets of Bidding
Documents and Mechanical,
Plumbing and Electrical
Subcontractors will be limited
to one (1) set. Bidders may
receive bid documents in one
of the following' manners: (1)
bring deposit check and pick
up bid documents at the
Architect=s office: (2) mail in
deposit check and bid docu-
ments will be shipped by UPS
ground $15.00 C.O.D. to cover
shipping and handling; or (3)
mail in deposit check and
include a separate check of
$8.00 for handling, and your
FedEx or UPS account number
for shipping.
Other interested parties may
purchase complete sets of
Bidding Documents for the
sum of $125.00 for each set,
which is non-refundable.
Bidders inay obtain a refund of
their deposit by returning the
complete Bidding Documents
...in good.condltiop no later than
ten (10) calendar'days after the
opening of Bids. Bidders who
do not submit a Bid will forfeit
their depositE u. nl.-. Bii..lding
Documents :. re tri in
good condition three (3) days
prior to the Bid Opening.
Bid Security in the amount of
five percent (5%) of the 'Bid
must accompany each Bid in
accordance /with the
Instructions to Bidders.
A letter from a bonding compa-
ny must accompany each bid,
stating that the bidder is'capa-
ble of obtaining all bonds
required by the Construction
Port St. Joe Humane Society
reserves the right to waive
irregularities and to reject any
and all Bids.
Publish March 24, 31 & April 7
Request for Proposal
The Downtown Redeve-
lopment Agency of Port St. Joe
Will receive sealed proposals
No. DRA-001 in the office of
Carol Davis in person at 305
Cecil Costin Blvd, Port St. Joe,
Florida, by mail at P.O. Box
278, Port St. Joe, Florida,
32457' intil'5:00 pin eastern
time, April .11, 2005, for land-
scaping and grounds keeping
services for Reid Avenue.
Submittal forms are
available in the office of the
Carol Davis, 305 Cecil Costin
Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida,
(850) 229-8261, Monday
through Friday, between 9:00
am and 5:00' pm. Proposals
will be publicly opened and
read April 12, 2005, during the
Regular Meeting of the
Downtown Redevelopment
.'.B.o...:, B'.,UJ in the City Fire
ii :.-, F,:'.rr St. Joe; Florida.
/s/ Carol Davis
Publish March 31 & April 7 .
SPlaintiff, "

a Florida Corporation, et al
Case No. 99-347-CA
that the undersigned. Clerk of
Circuit Court of Gulf County,
Florida, pursuant to the
Amended Summary Final
Judgement of mortgage fore-
closure entered in this cause,
will sell at the Front Door of
the Gulf County Courthouse in
Port St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00
A.M. EST on April 15, 2005,
the following described parcel
of real property, to-wit:
That part of the fol-
lowing described
parcel lying North
of the center line of

the Southerly wall
of the original
Mildred S. Lanier
store building
(Spencer Dime
Store Building) as
though said line
were extended fro
the Southwesterly
corner of said build-
ing and extended
through the center
of said wall all the
way to the
Easternmost line of
the following
A parcel of land being a
portion of the Southeast
Quarter of the
Southwest Quarter of
Section 24, Township 4
South, Range 10 West,
Gulf County,, Florida,
and being more particu-
larly described as fol-
Commence at the
Southwest Corner of the

Southeast Quarter of
the Southwest Quarter
of said Section 24;
thence go South 90
degrees 00 minutes 00
seconds East along the
south boundary line of
said Section 24 for
294.17 feet; thence go
North 02 degrees 27
minutes 43 seconds
East for 13.96 feet;
thence go North 05
degrees 40 minutes 12
seconds East'for 58.03
feet; thence go North 12
degrees 45 minutes 33
seconds East for 96.69
feet; thence go North 21
degrees 40 minutes 07
seconds East for 64.20
feet to a point on the
Easterly right of way
line (as maintained) of
State Road No. 71 for
NING. From said Point
of Beginning continue
North 21 degrees 40
.minutes 07 seconds
East along said Easterly'
right of way line for
32.29. feet; thence. go
North 24 degrees 31
minutes 45 seconds
East along said Easterly
right of way line for
96.08 feet; thence go
North 24 degrees 08
minutes 32 seconds
East along said Easterly
right of way line for 1.51
feet; thence departing
said right of way line go
South 90 degrees 00
minutes 00 seconds
East for 170.08 feet;
thence go South .20
degrees 00 minutes 00
seconds West for 114.11
'feet; thence go South 89
degrees 54 minutes 15
seconds West for 68.86
feet. thence go South 00
degrees 30 minutes I4
seconds West for 102.37
feet; thence go North 89
degrees 25 minutes 42
seconds West for 13.03
feet:'thence go North 00
degrees 33 minute 23
seconds East for 88.96
feet. thence go North 90
degrees 00 minutes 00
seconds West for 102.37
feet to the Point of
Beginning Said parcel of
land containing 0.49
acres, more or less.
in r.-I'::-r r,.: with F.S.
4', i( I' ij,: ',ccessful'high
bidder, if other than the
Plaintiff, shall post with the
Clerk a deposit equal to.five (5)
percent of the final bid or
$1,000.00, whichever is less.
The balance shall be paid to
the Clerk within twenty-four
hours of the sale; otherwise the
Clerk shall readvertise the sale
and pay all costs of the sale
from the deposit. Any remain-
ing funds shall be applied
toward the judgment. The suc-
cessful high bid shall be exclu-
sive of the Clerk's registry fee
and documentary stamps on
the Certificate ofTitle.
THIS NOTICE dated this 24
day of March, 2005
Rebecca L. Norris ,
Clerk of Circuit Court
"Publish March 31 & April 7,
a Florida Corporation, 'e jl
Case No. 99-348-CA
that the undersigned, Clerk of
Circuit Court of Gulf C..u..i.
Florida, pursuant, .. itn
Amended Summary. Final
Judgement of mortyqge fore-'
closure I:tii .i-r 3 i rit j -,
will sell at the Front Door of
the Gulf County Courthouse in
Port St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00
A.M. EST on April 15, 2005,
the following described parcel
of real property, to-wit:
That part of the fol-
lowing described
parcel lying South
of the center line of
the Southerly wall
of the original
Mildred S. Lanier
store building.
(Spencer Dime
Store Building) as
though said line
were extended fro
the Southwesterly
corner of said build-
ing and extended
through the center
of said wall all the
way to the
Easternmost line of
the following
A parcel of land being a
portion of the Southeast
Quarter of the
Southwest Quarter of
Section 24, Township 4
South, Range 10 West,
Gulf County, Florida,
and being more particu-
larly described as fol-
Commence at : the
Southwest Corner of the
Southeast Quarter of
the Southwest Quarter
of said Section 24;
thence go South 90
degrees 00 minutes 00
seconds East along the

294.17 feet; thence go
North 02 degrees '27
minutes 43 seconds
East for 13.96 feet;
thence go North 05
degrees 40 minutes 12
seconds East for 58 03.
feet: thence go North 12
degrees 45 minutes 33
seconds East for 96.69
feet; thence go North 21
degrees 40 minutes 07 .
seconds East for 64 20
feet to a point on the
Easterly, right of way
line (as maintained) of
State Road No. 71 for
NING. From said Point
of' Beginning continue
North 21 degrees 40
minutes 07 seconds
East along said Easterly
right of way line for
32.29 feet; thence go
North 24 degrees 31
minutes 45 seconds
East along said Easterly
right of way line for
96.08 feet; thence go
North 24 degrees 08
minutes 32 seconds
East along said Easterly
right of way line for 1.51
feet; thence departing
said right of way line go
South 90 degrees 00
minutes 00 seconds
East for 170.08 feet;
thence go South 20

degrees 00 minutes 00
seconds West for 114.11
feet; thence go South 89
degrees 54 minutes-15
seconds West for 68.86
feet; thence go South 00
degrees 30 minutes 45
seconds West for 102.37
feet; thence go North 89
degrees 25 minutes 42
seconds West for 13.03
feet; thence go North 00
degrees 33 minutes 23
seconds East for 88.96
feet; thence go North 90
degrees 00 minutes 00
seconds West for 102.37
feet to the Point of
Beginning Said parcel of
land containing 0.49
acres, more or less.
In accordance with F.S.
45.031(2). the successful high

bidder, if other than the
Plaintiff, shall post with the
Clerk a deposit equal to five (5)
percent of the final bid or
$1,000.00, whichever is less.
The balance shall be paid to
the Clerk within twenty-four
hours of the sale: otherwise the
Clerk shall readvertise the sale
and pay all costs of the sale
from the deposit. Any remain-
ing funds shall be applied
toward the judgment. The suc-
cessful high bid shall be exclu-
sive of the Clerk's registry fee
and documentary.stamps on
the Certificate ofTitle.
THIS NOTICE dated this 24
day of March, 2005
Rebecca L. Norris
Clerk of Circuit Court
Publish March 31 & April 7,
BID #0405-14
The Board of County
Commissioners of' Gulf
County, Florida, will receive
sealed bids from any qualified.
person, company or corpora-
tion interested In performing
the, following services for Gulf
Gulf County is soliciting
bids for the constrtictibn
of emergency protective
berms located on the
coastal areas of St.
Joseph Peninsula, Gulf
County, Florida. The bid
shall have provisions for
all labor, materials, equip-
ment, machinery, tools,
apparatus, it i ., ..:.I-,
tion, beach :..: : '-
mits, etc. to perform con-
struction of emergency
protective sand berms;
meeting all technical
specifications and
requirements established
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must be performed within
the time parameters
established within the
bidding documents.
Complete plans and specifica-
tions of the work to be per-
formed are available at Gulf
County Clerk of Court, 1000
Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd.. Room'
148, Port St. Joe. Florida
32456 (850) 229-6113. Plans
and specifications can be
picked up or viewed at the
Clerk's Office "between the
hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00
P.M. ET Monday-Friday
(excluding holidays).
Please indicate on the envelope
that this is a SEALED BID, the
Bids will be received until
Friday, May 6, 2005,. 4:00
p.m. ET at the Office of the
Gulf County Clerk of Court,
1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr.,
Blvd, Room 148, Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456, and the
-bids will be opened at this,
location on Monday, May 9,
2005 at 10:00 a.m. ET. A
contract will. be awarded
when funding becomes avail-:
able. The Board reserves the
right to reject any and all
bids .
By: /s/ Nathan Peters, Jr..
Attest: /s/ Rebecca L. Nbrris,
:1. rl
.i-,.t!.:l .-.r, Dates; April 7 &
Ad #2005-012
$1213.00 U.S.
CASE#: 04-105CA

'. .

TO ALL PERSONS who claim
an interest in the above-
described property, which was
seized on or about the 22nd
day of February, 2004, in Gulf
County. Florida. Said property
is in the custody of the Gulf
County Sheriffs Department.
Any owner, entity, bona fide
lienholder or person in posses-
sion of the property when
seized has the right to request
a preliminary adversarial hear-
ing for the probable cause
determination from the Circuit
Court within 15 days of the
first publication of this notice,
with notice sent 'certified mail,
return receipt requested -to
William A. Lewis, Assistant
State Attorney, Post Office Box
1040, Panama City, Florida
32402. A Petition for Final
Order of Forfeiture has been in
the above-styled cause.
William A. Lewis
Assistant Store Attorney
P.O. Box 1040
Panama.City, FL 32402
FL Bar ID# 339520
Publish April'7 &114, 2005
The Port St. Joe Port
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m nc'1' 1-n : I.. l.r11, a .pn! I ,
2005, at 5:00 p.m., E.S.T., at
the Gulf County Public
Library, Library Meeting
'.-':Ii i I1 i '.ji- r 'n Port
,:i ..-- -.:.-i.3J. 11 i wish,
1-, at .II:r lI alI tl.- I, iir-.
11 a!-.- I. Ir -. .iies to
appeal .ri, ,.:l.: :.-r mi ,, i 11r
respe.:r II :.I nui ll-.r :.:- : i-1
ered' t II-.: inr....is Ii .*:r ilhr
will need a record of the pro-
ceedings, and, for such, pur-
pose, he or she may need to
ensure that a verbatim record
of. the proceedings is made,
which record includes the tes-
timony, and evidence upon
which' the appeal is to be
based: .
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days after date set for opening.
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Gulf County School Board
Port St. Joe, Fl 32456
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