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Celebrating Good Times 8A

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Wewa Finalizes Water Bond 2A

Rembering A Love Affair 13A



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Funding Fram
By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
A "skeleton" for potential county funding
for beach restoration, as it was described by
Commissioner Bill Williams, was assembled
by the County Commission during Tuesday's
regular bi-monthly meeting.
That meat and flesh must still
be applied has been, in large measure,
where opinion from impacted prop-
erty owners has shifted from the start
The County Commission approved 4-1 with
chairman Nathan Peters, Jr., as he has from
the beginning, dissenting ordinances which
establish the broad strokes of three Municipal
Services Taxing Units (MSTU) aimed at beach
The taxing units are a mechanism
through which property owners between the
Stump Hole and St. Joseph Peninsula State
Park would be asked at the request of a sig-
nificant percentage of those property owners
- to at least partially fund the rebuilding of
the peninsula beaches.
Those property owners or at least the
small number who are registered voters in
the county will have the final say in a voter
referendum which would have to be called by
the County Commission, and which beach
restoration proponents hope would come
early next year after studies aimed at putting
that meat and flesh providing data address-
ing a host of unknowns are completed.
But for the members of the Beach
Advisory Committee which proposed the
MSTU funding and massaged for some five
hours last Friday proposals for final language
of the ordinances as well as defining the pan-
el's ultimate goals it was a significant step
in a long climb to completing a beach res-
toration project, which the group hopes will
come by the end of 2007, said Laurel Eiler,
co-chair of the Beach Advisory Committee.
"I'm extremely happy, now the real work
begins," said Susan Wright of the Beach
Advisory Committee and among the most

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passionate and thoughtful proponents of the
MSTU concept. "Actually, this (getting the
ordinances drafted and approved) took a lot
of work, but this is a big one.
"I'm happy, but there is a lot of work left
to do."

Gulf side property in red; gulf side
interior in purple; bay side in green,
each will have a separate MSTU
under ordinances approved Tuesday.
Orange designates government
property and the placement of blue
areas has yet to be determined.

The ordinances approved by commis-
sioners included several provisions aimed at
assuaging some unknowns which had raised
the heat in the debate.


Bethany, Caleb and Matthew Murrah

Back from Baghdad to

Celebrate Christmas
By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Only two and a half months into his
deployment in Iraq, Army E5 Matthew
Murrah had not planned to return home
until February.
When a chance arose to take his leave
sooner, he seized the opportunity.
"I didn't want to spend another Christmas
away," said Murrah on Tuesday surrounded
by family at his parents' Mexico Beach
This year will mark Murrah's first time
spending an entire Christmas with his wife
Bethany and two-year old son, Caleb.
Stationed in Korea the first year of
Caleb's life, Murrah returned on leave in
March to find that Bethany had decorated a
Christmas tree.
Knowing that Murrah would not be home
in December, the couple celebrated their
son's first Christmas nine months early.
Last year, on 24-hour leave, Murrah was
able to spend only Christmas morning with
his family.
On Monday, Murrah had intended to
surprise Bethany and Caleb, who were staying
at Bethany's parents' home in Panama City,
but announced his return when he learned
his family would have already departed for a
trip to Disney World.
Bethany picked Murrah up at the airport
and drove him home to see Caleb, who turned
two the week before Murrah left for Iraq.
A joyful Caleb would not leave his father's
"No one else could get near Caleb," said
Bethany. "All he wanted was daddy."
The time apart had been difficult for Caleb.
In the first days of Murrah's deployment in
Iraq, Bethany told her son that his father
was at work, but Caleb did not understand
why he could not come home.
Bethany told him the truth.
When asked where his father is, Caleb
says, "Daddy Iraq. Daddy far away."
In Iraq, Murrah, 23, works as a lab
technician at a small base hospital near
Baghdad. He performs various lab tests such

(See BAGHDAD on Page 14A)

Hospital Checkup Spotlights Progress

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The quiet progress toward a new county
hospital described by the Sacred Heart's
Peter Heckathorn was broken Tuesday night
by applause garnered by the presence of a
- literally large check.
Acting on behalf of the St. Joe Community
Foundation, established by The St. Joe
Company to invest in community initia-
tives between Walton and Franklin coun-
ties, Clay Smallwood presented Heckathorn
with a $500,000 check, two if counting the
out-sized mock-up, toward construction of a
new hospital to be built on 27 acres near the
Gulf/Franklin Center.
The check, presented during a meeting
of the County Commission, represented the
first installment in a 10-year, $5 million
commitment from the foundation to help in
the creation of the Sacred Heart facility, a
25-bed hospital with intensive care depart-
ment, 24-hour emergency room and three
operating rooms.
"This is the kickoff of an exciting new
future in Gulf County," Smallwood said.
As outlined by Heckathorn, the project
moves ahead though it has been somewhat
in stealth mode in the public for a few
"We have been quietly making progress,"
said Heckathorn, executive vice-president of
Sacred Heart Health System and president of
its medical group.
A commitment for a half-cent sales tax
to fund indigent care which will provide

Clay Smallwood (left), representing the St. Joe Community Foundation, presents to Peter
Heckathorn of Sacred Heart (right) a check for $500,000 as part of a $5 million commitment to fund
construction of a new county hosptial in Port St. Joe.

Sacred Heart with $21.5 million over 25
years has been approved by the county and
The financing for initial construction of
the hospital and equipment, now pegged at
$24.4 million, is now in place, Heckathorn

St. Joe and Sacred Heart are now final-
izing a formal agreement to transfer the site
for the hospital and a medical office building
and the final touches are being applied to a
hospital design and site plan.

Some permitting has begun.
Another major component has also fallen
into place, Heckathorn said, referencing a
bill passed two years ago by state lawmakers.
Because Sacred Heart is a non-profit and
the county has a population below 15,000,
state officials have assured the company it
will not be forced through the Certificate of
Need (CON) process with the Florida Agency
for Health Care Administration, Heckathorn
That will save time and money.
In addition, Sacred Heart is assisting the
county Health Department in establishing
its urgent care clinic, with extended weekday
and Saturday hours.
"These are exciting times for Gulf County
as it looks to build new communities and the
facilities to support that growth," said Sacred
Heart president and CEO Patrick Madden in
a statement. "We look forward to building a
hospital that will create jobs, provide excel-
lent health care and attract new doctors and
nurses to Gulf County."
The timeline for the hospital has it open-
ing sometime in the second half of 2007.
Smallwood also carried with him Tuesday
a second check, for $200,000, which he pre-
sented to the County Commission.
That money, to purchase new fire equip-
ment aimed at meeting expanding needs as
WindMark Beach Phase II is constructed in
the coming years, was a commitment made
during the Development of Regional Impact
(DRI) process the company went through to

(See HOSPITAL on Page 12A)

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Wewahitchka Commissioners Finalize Water Extension Bond; Talk River Road Traffic

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Wewahitchka city
commissioners during their
regular bi-monthly meeting
on Monday night put the
final touches on a $350,000
bond issue to aid in funding
the expansion of water lines
throughout the city limits.
The $350,000 serves
as the local match for a
Community Development
Block Grantwhich will pay the
remainder of the $1.1 million
project which will bring city
water to all residents within
the city proper.
Commissioners held the
final reading for and then
approved an ordinance which
puts the wheels in motion to
float the bond issue.
The water project is,
along with a parallel effort to
extend sewer to the Red Bull
and Red Bull Island areas, a
long-sought and long-needed

infrastructure improvement
as the city continues to see
the steady growth of the last
couple of years.
Commissioners also
discussed what should be
done about traffic flows
on River Road during the
hours in the morning and
afternoon when school buses
are dropping off and picking
up children at the city's three
public schools.
Several years ago, at the
request of the Gulf County
School Board, the city
transformed River Road into
a one-way street heading
east during morning drop-
off of students and one-way
heading west when students
were picked up from school
each afternoon.
However, the city has
received in recent weeks
severalcomplaints concerning
buses and teachers driving
against the flow of traffic

during those peak hours, said
city manager Don Minchew.
A year ago, several
complaints had come from
area residents who objected
to the traffic which was
flowing on to side streets
such as Pine, Chipola and
Seventh and into residential
Attempting to aid the
school district to the extent it
could, commissioners voted
to maintain the one-way
status during school peak
"We voted to
accommodate the School
Board back before the school
year started," Minchew said.
But following the recent
complaints, city officials
discussed the situation with
bus drivers and the Gulf
County Sheriffs Office.
From those
conversations, a letter was
forwarded this past week

to the School Board from
the GCSO alerting district
officials that if the one-way
designations were to remain
intact, the only vehicles
allowed to drive against
the one-way flow would be
emergency vehicles.
"We said we want a
request from the School
Board and the Sheriffs
Department," Minchew said.
"We want to know what they
During a School Board
meeting on Tuesday, district
staff and Superintendent Tim
Wilder appeared to be leaning
in the direction of returning to
two-way traffic on River Road
should buses not be allowed
to turn against traffic as
needed for a several reasons,
especially, for instance,
students missing the bus
in the afternoon requiring it
to turn back around to pick
them up after making the

typical school stops.
"We are not trying to
be difficult, we are trying to
do what the School Board
wants," Minchew said. "We
just want them to tell us
what they want us to do. The
Commission will follow their
In other business
taken up during Monday's
Commission meeting:
Commissioners will
move ahead in drafting and
approving an ordinance
pertaining to the construction
of subdivisions which models
the county's mandates.
Currently, the city has
minimal requirements for the
building of such things as
roads for subdivisions in its
building codes. The city's is
largely a land-use ordinance;
the county's an ordinance on
development specifics.
After an appearance
from county building official

Brad Ray and considerable
discussion, commissions will
bring the ordinance up for
a first reading at their next
Commissioners also
had a final reading on an
ordinance renewing Gulf
Coast Electric Cooperative's
15-year franchise agreement.
executed an agreement which
will provide the city a site near
S.R. 22 and Williamsburg
Road to construct a new lift
station No. 9.
The city has been trying
to rehab the sewer lift station,
but that work has been
constrained by the presence
of an underground gas line
and roadway right-of-way.
Due to the Christmas
holiday, the next regular
meeting of the Commission
will be on Thursday, Dec.

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of Commerce director Sandra Chafin last Thursday.

Progress Energy Shares the Wealth

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Progress Energy
Community Relations
Manager Larry Watson
presented $1,000 to the
Gulf County Chamber of
Commerce director Sandra
Chafin on Thursday. The

funds will benefit the
Chamber's annual Christmas
on the Coast celebration.
Also receiving Progress
Energy grants that afternoon
were : the Economic
Development Council
($1,000) and the Gulf County
Education Foundation

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and education are among
the company's primary
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represent Progress Energy's
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District to Participate in Pilot Project to Address Alcohol Use by Teens

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
District school officials
hope to change some atti-
tudes about underage drink-
The district is one of five
in the region which will take
part in a program, "Too Good
for Drugs," aimed at address-
ing the use of alcohol and
drugs among teenagers.
A survey is the first part
of two-pronged approach, pro-
viding base line information
on students' attitudes in Gulf
District schools about teen
drinking. It will be followed by
an alcohol reduction program
to be implemented at Port St.
Joe and Wewahitchka high
schools in the spring.
Sara Joe Wooten, district
supervisor for instruction,
said annual state surveys
assessing students' attitudes
-toward and participation in
'underage drinking, drug use
and smoking of tobacco have

vide feedback and data.
"We are one of the pilot
counties," Wooten said.
In other business taken
up during Tuesday's meet-
Board members set
their salaries for next year
at $23,560, up about 5 per-
cent from last year's salary of
In doing so, School Board
members followed the rec-
ommendation of their state
lobbying organization, which
provides those recommenda-
tions based on the state for-
mula in place for establish-
ing the pay of Constitutional
officers, which is based in
large measure on the size of
the county.
"We are still in line with
all the other constitutional
officers," noted board mem-
ber Linda Wood.
Several years ago, state
lawmakers required individu-
al School Boards to establish

salaries for members. They
are the only Constitutional
officers required to do so.
The raise board members
gave themselves this year was
roughly that negotiated this
year for teachers and non-
instructional personnel in the
It is also nearly $6,000
below the starting pay for
first-year teachers.
"As long as it stays well
under a starting teachers'
salary I don't see a reason
to change (the recommenda-
tion)," said board member
George Cox.
Board members
approved a $102,625 con-
tract with C.W. Roberts
Contracting, Inc. for paving of
a parking lot at Wewahitchka
High School. The bid was
about $3,000 under the
amount the district had bud-
geted for the project.
The paving work will
begin in February.

School Board chairwoman Charlotte Pierce and Superintendent Tim Wilder honored Hazel Simmons
for her 29 years of dedicated service to the school district. Simmons, who has a hearing-impaired
daughter, has long served as the bus driver for special needs students in Gulf County, transporting
them tirelessly to Bay County and back.

Wewahitchka sixth-grader Trey Sims is joined by his parents, Quincy and Treasure Waites, as he
was honored for saving the life of a kindergartner choking on a plastic coin on the school bus as
the two traveled from school.

Board members also
accepted a bid of $42,850
from Indesco Sales to remove
and replace 606 student
lockers at Port St. Joe High
That work, as with a sim-
ilar project at Wewahitchka
High School, will take place
over the Christmas break.
The installation of new
lights at the Port St. Joe High
School baseball field is sched-
uled to begin next week.
Board members
approved the following dates
for elementary school grad-
uations: at Wewahitchka
Elementary, sixth-grade
graduation will be at 6 p.m.
CT on May 19; at Port St. Joe
Elementary fifth-grade gradu-
ation will be 6 p.m. ET on
May 18.
During a recent state
convention, the Florida
School Boards Association
honored Gulf County board
members for two significant
Cox completed the 96
hours of training required
to earn the distinction of
Certified Board Member, one
of only 89 board members in
the state to achieve the goal.
The School Board
also earned Master Board
Distinction again this year,
with four members and
Superintendent Tim Wilder

having all completed the req-
uisite training.
Gulf District is one of 27
of Florida's 67 to earn the

honor and Cox noted that it
is the only board in the state
with four Certified Board

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of the recent middle school science fair, Michelle Hiscock, Melanie Raffield, Cody Clark and Rebecca
Furr, to the School Board.

spotlighted an issue with
teen consumption of alcohol
among district public school
"We do have a problem
with alcohol in particular,"
Wooten told School Board
members during their regu-
lar monthly meeting. "It's not
a crisis by any means, but
it is a significant cause for
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This has always seemed like a county
populated by folks who never really\ under-
stood the concept of hurt lurking at the
other end of giving.
Holiday spirit thrives here, it would
seem, because that same sort of spirit
seems to waft through the ether 365 days
a year. with an exception now and then,
for instance when the subject turns to
county-wide voting, property taxes or beach
But even the Beach Advisory Committee
provided a lesson in the season Tuesday
night when members of the newly-com-
prised board, some sharply divided over a
variety of issues, could shake hands, smile
and pledge to work together toward com-
mon ground.
There is no shortage this year of pro-
grams to reach out to those who might
not have the merriest of holidays; and no
absence of those willing to extend a hand.
Christmas for the Young and Elderly
is close to reaching a goal of $26,000 and
has begun its distribution of toys and food
to needy families around the county this
week. At the STAC House in Port St. Joe
on Tuesday, there was program coordinator
Jerry Stokoe and his merry band of elves
handing out presents and toys to parents
and children who might have otherwise had
a barren tree and empty stockings.
Speaking of empty stockings, the
Salvation Army's fund-raising effort to ful-
fill Christmas wishes for so many called the
Empty Stocking Fund, well-publicized in
this newspaper and its sisters, has seen the
mercury on the thermometer steadily rise
as the temperatures drop and dollars roll in
from folks across Northwest Florida.
Local civic organizations have food
drives planned to provide holiday dinner to
those with scant to celebrate.
This year, the campaigns seemed to
have taken a special urgency as victims
of Hurricane Katrina continue to popu-
late, and settle in, our area, many arriving
months ago with little but the clothes and

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that he had lost touch with
a lot of the men and women
who had become, during
his time punching the clock
at the mill, like his second
"A lot of us hadn't seen
each other since the mill
went down in '98," Dawson
said. "I thought it would
be a good time to get back
Dawson figured why
not hold a reunion, similar
to the high school variety,
bringing folks together to
remember the good times,
the happy times when the
mill was chugging at full
steam and supporting an
entire community, much

belongings they could grab before Katnna
swamped their homes.
Beyond the glitter and lights, that is,
after all, what the holiday is supposed to
be all about, honoring a man who long ago
championed the poor, the meek, the needy
of this world.
Who turned his back against the trap-
pings of glory and the fame of his time to
live as a humble servant of the less fortu-
nate of this world, who denounced the mon-
eymakers who turned their back on those of
lesser heel.
Regardless of religious background,
that constitutes the foundation supporting
the gift-giving and the shopping and the
erection of lights, that provides the oppor-
tunity for indulgence.
So, at this time of year, we pause to ask
that all those who can, give.
Give what you can this holiday sea-
son because chances are strong for the
vast majority of us that there is someone
who have a little less, who can't provide a
little more for their children, for whom the
holiday season only compounds the dis-
tance, in means, between themselves and
so many.
This holiday, more than any other on
Hallmark's calendar, is about community,
about reaching out, with a quarter or a
canned ham or beans if that's all that can
be squeezed out, to fellow man.
As we stated before, many in this com-
munity we proudly call home can't even
comprehend the concept, but this is a time
to give until it hurts so that the holiday is
not a wound for the less fortunate, for those
displaced by storms, health issues or sta-
tion in life.
There are no catchy acronyms required
on this one. It doesn't matter what any-
body, living or dead, would do.
It's more about what should you do and
what can you do. That is the holiday spirit
we encourage all to embrace in the next
couple of weeks.

The Young Will Lead Them

Can a football team salve a wound?
That would be a pretty fair question
this past week as the county seemed to
join together north and south in a haze of
purple-and-gold to salute a state champi-
onship high school football team.
There were George Cox and Danny
Little, School Board members from the
north end of the county, wearing their
"Purple Pride" shirts proudly at last week's
community celebration of the Port St. Joe
High School Sharks.
On Tuesday night, county commission-
ers Billy Traylor and Carmen McLemore,
who represent district encompassing the
north end, were the first on their feet for a
standing ovation of Coach John Palmer and
a few of his players and the first to donate
special project funds -which all five commis-
sioners brought to a total of $2,000 to the
team to help defray expenses of traveling to
Miami for the title game and toward cham-
pionship rings for the players and coaches.

Now, the cynical among us might condemn
all the hoopla as another example of how
high school sports are played on too large a
stage in too bright a light.
But well take a more positive approach
in a year in which the scabs of long-simmer-
ing north-south tensions were scratched
Sure, sports receives an out-sized share
of attention compared to academic achieve-
ment in our public schools heck, the
middle school science fair winners can't
even get to a regional competition but that
is the reality from peewees to college.
That said, well take the past week for
what it was, a community, an entire county,
coming together to celebrate and take pride
in a very special achievement by a special
group of young men.
Maybe it's an ephemeral union, but for
the moment, it can't be bad, for a communi-
ty and, maybe more importantly, a county.

the event so plentiful that
Dawson and friends have
decided to make it a yearly
event and to work a bit bet-
ter at spreading the news in
advance of the event.
"Everybody was so glad
to do it, it was awesome,"
Dawson said. "I'm trying
my best to get the word out
so people will know about it
this year."
The second annual
Old Mill Family Reunion
will be held from 10 a.m.
until, well, whenever the
memories are exhausted,
on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the
Port, St. Joe High School
All of those who worked
at the paper mill over the
decades from the late
1930s through to 1998 -
are invited and encouraged
to attend.
The cost is $10 per per-
son a pittance consider-
ing the grub that will be on
the menu and Dawson
has set Jan. 1 as the dead-
line for remitting the admit-
tance fee, if for no other
reason than he needs to
know how many mouths
will require feeding.

of a county and signifi-
cant numbers across the
Forgotten Coast.
Dawson figured there
might be a level of interest
for such an endeavor. He
didn't want the decades to
vaporize like the bricks and
mortar of the mill when it
was demolished a couple of
years ago.
He didn't bargain for
the response he received.
"It was great," Dawson
said. "People came from
out of town to get there.
People from other mills in
Georgia and Florida wanted
to come.
"We had 250 people
and we are looking for a lot
more this year."
The response was such
- and the number of peo-
ple who regretted not being
able to attend because they
simply didn't know about

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What a wonderful sound.
The game was just 41 sec-
onds from becoming history
and I did something that I had
never done in my thirty odd
years or so on the sidelines.
I turned my attention away
from the field. I figured Honk
could take a knee and run out
the clock without me. I went
to searching the crowd for my
wife. She's the one who talked
me into giving this coaching
gig one more shot.
I wanted to thank her. I
wanted to share this moment
with her. After all, she's the
one who's been making the
Mississippi Mud cakes for
various St. Joe football play-
ers since 1974. She celebrates
when we win. She is very
quiet when we loose. She has
learned the difference between
a split four and the forty-
six defense. And she hears
about it long and often when
Pat stops in the hole. Or Pup
gets too far up field. Or Coast
doesn't pick up the back side
end. Or Zack takes that long,
slow, looping first step. Or M.
G. can't find either line back-
er.... She cleans up after the
pizza parties. She buys the
Gatorade. She waits up after
long road games. She's got a
chest where she keeps all my
old coaching shirts.....
The gun sounded before I
could find her.
Jonathan Graham hugged
me in the bedlam that fol-
lowed and unashamedly said,
"I love you, coach". Sidney was
grinning from ear to ear as he
grabbed me, "I told you!" he
was referring to Ft. Meade's
offensive tackle that Sid had
assured me all week couldn't
block him---and he didn't! He
added, "I love you coach."
Rock just stood beside me
as quiet as he usually is... .and
we both made a lifelong mem-
ory. Ash Parker gave me his
patented sideways grin. Grant
shook my hand, "I love you
coach." Jordan leaned down
and laid a big arm across
my shoulders, ,"You know,

This, Dawson empha-
sized, is not an occasion
for regurgitating the bile
left in many mouths when
the mill finally closed for
good, now more than five
years ago.
It's not a time for bit-
terness over service pins
not given out, for reliving
the pain and dislocation
caused by the end of an era,
but a time to remember the
good times, to swap stories
about working within the
grounds of the 120 acres
which dominated this area
of the map.
Not that there won't be
plenty of emotion.
"Last years guys would
just come in and hug each
other," Dawson said. "There
were some tears, no doubt
about it."
But the mill has closed,
it isn't coming back and the
reunion is about recalling,
with the appropriate mix
of laughter and glow, what
the mill meant to so many
people for so many years.
It's about swapping sto-
ries with those who can best
put within the gray cells
the scenes and the people

coach... .
People. if 'ou think win-
ning a state championship
lias to do with ruiiiiing fast or
leaping hiaih or being -trone....
VOLI don't really understand!
There are a lot of players out
there that can outrun a late
freight train or they weigh
300 lbs or they can throw a
football 60 yards....that have
never won a state champion-
You win championships
by having excellent young men
that are willing to dig deep.
And good coaching helps.
John Palmer is a real football
coach! The only un-intelligent
thing I've ever seen him do
was hire me. Chuck Gannon
can flat-out coach. Curtis Ray
had his line humming in this
game. Mike Bullock has run
that scout team all year....and
believe me, that's a challenged
Kenny Parker keeps us fresh
in the fourth quarter. We are
fortunate to have them. My
job was to stay out of the way.
And see that Deputy Dan got
to the game day breakfast on
Mud Cat shook my
hand.....as he has done near
'bout everyday for three years.
"Cat"---- "Coach," he interrupt-
ed and finished my thought
for me, "I wish it was three
o'clock and we were just get-
ting here!" Mike Byrd bounced
by---and I remembered a cou-
ple of game saving tackles
he'd given this team just a few
weeks earlier. Matt gave me
a pat on the back. He didn't
mention the meal he owes
me. Tug hugged me, "I love
you coach." I thought of Tug
staying after practice, sweat
soaking through his .pants, to-
work on his take-off's.
I watched as Greg, Robbie
and Corbin congratulated
each other. As captains of the
scout team they understood
better than anyone what Ft.
Meade was up against. Ty gave
me a big grin. I thought of his
Upward Basketball days and
marveled again at how fast
these kids grow up! I grabbed
Bryson City and Chaz by the
collars, "You guys have just
been riding along for a season
or two---you better start get-
ting ready for next year---your
time is fast approaching!"
I slapped Will on the
head. He just barely got here
in time! Fuze-ee gave me a
hug. Biscuit reminded me that

that provide the backdrop
and context to what life was
like within the paper mill
and the surrounding com-
There will also be an
opportunity to remem-
ber those who are absent,
who have passed on or
who could not make the
reunion because of illness
or frailty.
It is, as the title indi-
cates, about remembering
a family and life within that
family, warts and all.
Dawson provided a list
of contacts for anybody
seeking more information
or to know where they can
pay their money to ensure
a seat at the table.
In Port St. Joe, there is
Robert Wahl at 229-8092,
Dawson at 227-1424,
Charlie Cloud at 229-6677,
Marlen Taylor at 229-8424
and Duke Jones at 340-
In Wewahitchka, there
is Eddie Hunter at 639-
5550. In Apalachicola give
Freddie Brown a call at 653-
9425 and in Panama City
Alvin Miller at 265-6595
can provide the appropriate

he %was going to start for this
team next year.
Sapp wasexplainingexact-
ly how he might have missed
that one trap block---it wasn't
exactly his fault. the wind and
the Astroturf and die stars
didn't line up exactly as had
been forecast and when you
throw in Pythagorean's theo-
ry.... Josh Jenkins reminded
me of another Josh Jenkins.
Chan made it through the
whole season. Reazey showed
us his good hands down
on the goal line. And Come
Back Shane made a hundred
mistakes that you'd expect a
sophomore getting a lot of
playing time to make---but he
made everyone of them com-
ing forward....with both eyes
wide open.....as fast as his
legs would propel him!
I thanked Mica for his
efforts on a kick-off return. It
probably went unnoticed by
some and it didn't prevent a
score, but I will never forget
his twisted body, his spin,
his outstretched hand and
his fight as he did everything
within his power to make a
play. I thanked Ash for the
way he "ran the alley" from his
safety position and "bingo-ed"
a runner. He didn't just tackle
him mind you; he "put a hit
on him". There is a big dif-
I marveled at how Tuna
hustled his large frame 25
yards downfield and forced
the corner out on the screen.
That's a big league play! I
saw guys throwing their bod-
ies around. I saw grit. And
determination. And character.
And focus. And fortitude. And
.courage by the bucket-fulls.
Football.is not a place or a
game for the feint of heart.
What a group
What a team
And this wasn't just for
the state championship game.
This was the way they prac-
ticed every day. It was the way
they got ready. It is the way
they will continue with their
And I will remember till
my last breath, "I love you
That's better than a state

Thanks For The Ride,


directions and information.
As so many seem to
say around the community
these days, it seems dif-
ficult to comprehend the
transformation that has
taken place in the five years
since the mill closed for
. It's often difficult to
remember when driving
over the Tapper Bridge that
a mill stood sentinel over
the entrance to town as
recently as three years ago.
It is shocking for many
how quickly a way of life
can be relegated to the
picklocks of historians.
Dawson and his bud-
dies hundreds of them
- are the gatekeepers of
that history. And each year
they want their memories
to serve as the foundation
for cheer and goodwill.
They invite all former
mill workers and their fam-
ilies to help in that endeav-
or. Pick up the phone, toss
over the $10 and come Jan.
14 drive on over to Port St.
Joe High School.
Your stomach, and your
heart, will come away full.



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Dear Editor:
To the person who took
the basket of flowers from
the grave of my husband,
Hubert Harrison.
I don't know who you
are, but God does.
If you have any
compassion, please put
them back. They were put
there on his birthday by his
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This article is about
development and beach
renourishment on Cape
San Blas: By Pallas
It never ceases to amaze
me on how we fail to learn
from previous generations
that have lived on the coast
of Florida. For instance
the people of Port St. Joe
established a town and
housing development where it
now exists. They knew better
than to build their houses
on the shifting sands of the
peninsula of St. Joseph or
Cape San Blas. They learned
from their forefathers that
storm events would destroy
their buildings.
The Northwestern
Panhandle of the State of
Florida was known as the
Wilderness Coast and St. Joe
Company owned most of the
land, turning it into Silva
Culture, growing Pine trees

too make paper products.
The East Coast of
Florida was covered in high-
density development, high
rise condos, hotels and
businesses. Highway A1A
had to be closed because
the beaches eroded away,
the sand dunes were leveled
for the highway. As time
marched on the beaches
eroded away by normal wave
action then started washing
out the highway during
storm events. They had to
build a new highway parallel
to the old one further inland.
They allow the sand dunes
to continue to be leveled in
the name of progress and
development. The state and
federal government did start
saving some small plots of
coastal lands and turning
them into public parks to
try to save and restore the
natural beauty of the East
Coast beaches which they
called the Gold Coast.
Twenty five years ago
my husband and I had
good fortune to be able to
move our young family to
Port St. Joe and raise them
here in very low development
paradise. I learned some
time in the twentieth century
that there was a bill placed
before the legislature that
would prevent anyone from
building on the wilderness
coast. The bill stated that
they would not allow coastal
property owners to buy
insurance to protect their

property because they knew
coastal property was the
first to be washed away by
waves and tidal surge during
hurricanes. The bill did not
The state tries to educate
people about the dangers of
developing on the coastal
beaches. It passed a law that
states that one could buy
coastal property and develop
it above the high mean tide
line. There is another law
stating that the sand dunes
could not be disturbed or
leveled. Well sand dunes are
constantly everyday building
up, reshaping and moving
naturally by the constant
blow and changing directions
of the prevailing sea breezes.
The problem with the
mean high tide line was
that it changed with the
seasons from year to year.
The shoreline increases and
or decreases with Florida's
seasonal changes. Our
lawmakers forgot to factor
in the natural littoral drift or
fluid sand that moves back
and forth and from east to
west along the coast of our
beach. Plus lets factor in
hurricane and spring and
winter storm events. They
also forgot to take note of date
collected by their researchers
and geologists who have
been tracing natural beach
Their data reveals
through satellite imagery
and based studies that the

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Boyd Introduces Legislation To Help Gulf Mariners

Congressman 'Allen Boyd
(D-North Florida) joined
Congressman Don Young (R-
Alaska) today in introducing
legislation to temporarily
extend the duration of Coast
Guard licenses, Certificates
of Registry, Certificates of
Inspection and Merchant
Mariners' documents that
were housed at the. U.S.
Coast Guard facility in New
Due to the. damage
caused by Hurricane Katrina,
the U.S. Coast Guard facility
in New Orleans was severely
damaged, and many records
were destroyed.
Currently, those
mariners whose licenses
were held at this facility have
been unable to renew their
licenses because of the loss
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Under this legislation, the
documents will be extended
through February 28, 2006.
"This legislation is so
important for the mariners
of the Gulf Coast, whose
livelihood is at risk if
they are unable to renew
these documents," said
Congressman Boyd.
"Hurricane Katrina caused
many problems for owners
and operators of seafaring
vessels in the Gulf of
"Bytemporarily extending
the licenses of those

mariners, we are helping
provide the assistance they
need to rebuild their lives."
A chief architect of the
bill, Congressman Boyd
pushed the legislation when
it became clear that the
Coast Guard Reauthorization
bill, which also extends the
duration of a license for
mariners in the Gulf States,
would not be completed until
next year.
"As we begin to
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the storm fall through the
cracks," Boyd stated.
"It is important for
Congress to pass this
legislation so that we do
not inadvertently punish
seafarers in the Gulf States
who make a living from the

spit of St. Joseph peninsula
loses an average of a foot of
sand in the waves of the Gulf
of Mexico each year. In other
words the gulf side beach
sand is eroding and moving
inland one foot a year. Now it
doesn't take much reasoning
to realize that if you can buy
coastal property and build
close to the mean high tide
line that within your lifetime
your building is going to be
swallowed up by the mighty
Gulf of Mexico.
A friend of mine, who is
a second generation Port St.
Joe resident and in his 80's
showed me a property plat
that he received from his
father. It was right in the
heart of Port St. Joe on the
bay. It read like this: 180
ft. on the North, 200 ft. on
east, 180 ft. on the South
end on the West Side to the
meanderings of the shore.
It laid out the locations of
three sides on they land but
on the fourth side, the St..
Joseph Bay side, they called
it to the meanderings of the
shore. He and his father's
generation knew and clearly
understood that there was
no way to keep the shore
side of any property stable
or fixed. The sand came and
was removed by the twenty-
four hour transport of water.
Influenced by currents,
waves and the rise and fall
of the low tides. Water is a
very powerful natural force
that constantly reshapes and
moves our coastline everyday.
The winds constantly reshape
and move our sand dunes.
Now the Army Corp of
Engineers tells us that they
can stabilize our beaches
by implementing beach
renourishment projects.
They pump in sand from off
shore onto our beaches. By




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the way our beaches belong Lo
everyone they do not belong
to the property owners on the
beach side of the peninsula.
The federal government will
pay a certain amount for
beach renourishment out of
our federal taxes and the
county must match with our
county tax dollars. There
may even be some state
taxes that are used. Now
let's do the math. We pay
taxes to the state, federal and
county government. Now the
property owners are pleading
with these agencies to pump
sand into our beaches
because they are loosing the
sand that they bought to
build their house on. Now
our county commissioners
who were so eager to allow the
new growth and development
on our beaches are being
ask by these new property
owners to help save their
sand property. How do you
get money to do this? Our
commissioners want to raise
the taxes on the people of
Gulf County. What! You tax
the people who built wisely
on the main land in order
to save the beach owners
property? I don't think so.
We are already paying
more for the higher cost on
city utilities, electricity, gas,

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fuel, food medical insurance
and other insurances to
name a few. Our wages
are not increasing. Some
people receive a cost of living
increase that is just enough
to cover the raise in medical
insurance. Now there is talk
about raising our county
taxes to help replace the
sand that is only going to
wash away again and again?
I think that if they want
to save their beachfront
property they should pay for
it themselves. Let them
fight the loosing battle with
Mother Nature, not penalize
Residents of Gulf
County you voted in these
commissioners. Tell them
what you want done with
your money. Don't waste
your money on beach
renourishment or you are
going to be taxed right
out of this county. You
will not be able to afford
to live here anymore. Tell
your commissioners what
you feel about having your
taxes raised only to have
that money washed out into
the Gulf of Mexico again and
again and again. If you don't
let them know what you want
then you will have no one
else to blame but yourself.


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An artist's rendering of the new Sacred Heart Hospital, 49,000 square feet and 25 beds, which will be built near the Gulf/Franklin
Center in Port St. Joe. Sacred Heart has lined up the initial funding of $24 million needed for initial construction and equipment.

secure a development
order for the second
phase of its largest pro-
posed development in the
In other business con-
ducted during Tuesday's
At the suggestion
of county attorney Tim
McFarland, commission-
ers agreed to restore dis-
trict boundary lines to
where they were prior to
this year in an effort to
grease the path to county-
wide voting.
The new boundar-
ies which commissioners
approved this year trans-
formed Chairman Nathan
Peters' district from one
where the minority popu-

lation was in the majority
to one in which it was less
than 50 percent.
Such a move would
have to be approved by
a federal judge under the
1982 decree which estab-
lished single-member dis-
tricts to ensure minority
participation in govern-
Gaining the approval
of the new district bound-
aries would only slow
the process of securing
a judge's approval for a
return to county-wide vot-
ing, McFarland said.
In a deal brokered
with St. Joe, local contrac-
tors and Commissioner
.Bill Williams, Red Fish
Street in Highland View

will close to truck traffic
in and out of the sand pit
on Dec. 31.
On a temporary basis,
Williams said, Angel Fish
will be used for some
dump truck traffic while
an alternate route which
skirts adjacent to pro-
posed land for a port site
is created.
Gulf Asphalt has also
agreed to come back and
resurface the Red Fish
and Williams said com-
missioners might have to
examine other damage
done by dump truck traf-
fic over decades.
Emergency manager
Marshall Nelson notified
the board that the county
had received a $200,895

grant for the next phase
of 9-1-1 wireless upgrade
to enhance GIS mapping
in the county so emer-
gency personnel can more
efficiently and quickly
respond to an emergency
dialed in on a cell phone.
"It will make all map-
ping that much more
accurate," Nelson said.
approved moving ahead
on engineering work for
a new roof for the county
approved the Highland
View Volunteer Fire
Department spending
$14,000 to purchase new
radio equipment

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Duren, a veteran of the
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active in many civic and
business organizations
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including the Gulf Coast
Community College board

of trustees, Bayside
Savings Bank board of
directors, Kiwanis Club,
Chamber of Commerce,
and many other
community organizations
and projects.
He is owner of both
Duren's Piggly Wiggly and
Bluewater Outriggers in
Port St. Joe.
Duren said that
he is "very proud and
honored to join the
board and to participate
in seeing this project to

Three Servicemen
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profit organization with
plans to bring a bronze
sculpture of the famed
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Vietnam Memorial to
Apalachicola. The Three
Servicemen Statue in
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Holiday Garbage Pick-Up Schedule

The employees of Big
Wheel of Florida, L.L.C. will
be off for the Christmas
holiday on Dec. 26.
Tuesday, Dec. 27
North Port St. Joe will
be scheduled for pick-up.
Garrison and Marvin to 22nd
St., all circles off Garrison
and side streets, and 2nd, 3rd
and 4th between Woodward
and Long Ave.
Wednesday, Dec. 28

South Port St. Joe, from
Cecil Costin Blvd, Woodward
to Hwy. 98, Long Ave. to
Wardridge, Elementary
School area, Centennial area
and hospital zone.
Thursday and Friday,
Dec. 29 and 30
Pick-up will return
to regular schedule for all
residential routes. Please
place carts within two to
three feet from the curb or

alleyway the night before
pick-up. Commercial garbage
will be scheduled from
Tuesday thru Friday.
Commercial garbage will
be scheduled from Tuesday
thru Friday.
Due to the high volume
of garbage during the
Christmas holidays. Big
Wheel of Florida urges city
residential customers to
observe the following rules:

*Place carts within two
to three feet of the curb and
alleyway for pick-up
*Limit pick-up to one
cart full and three bags
*If possible, break down
all cardboard boxes. (Note:
Please do not use cardboard
as containers for excess
garbage. When cardboard
boxes containing garbage are
wet with rain or dew, they
become contaminated and

can harbor diseases such as
*Separate your yard
debris, metal, wood and
building materials from
garbage bags and carts.
*Place all loose garbage
in plastic bags inside
containers or carts. (Do not
leave Styrofoam and loose
packing material in boxes.)
Big Wheel of Florida
supervisor Chester Davis

asked for the community's
patience in the weeks
following the Christmas
"We know that all
garbage cannot be picked
up at one time; be we do
appreciate your working with
us to make this Christmas
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off to benefit the non-profit which has selected its first partner family and is near identifying a site for its first home building project.
Nancy Caterham (right, above) donated her house to Nathan Peters Park, a gift which was celebrated this week by, from left, Dannie
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May all the Children's & AdultsFor' Christmas Dreams Come True!
May all the Children's & Adults' Christmas Dreams Come True!

The "Christmas for Kids and Elders" program just keeps
getting bigger and better.
Last year's goal was set for $20,000 in toys, food, clothes
and donations, and the program was expanded to include elderly
men and women in the community.
Thanks to the "big-
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to the children and adults served through the
program, together as major sponsors
of this year's community-
wide program. The Salvation Army is also a major partner and
contributor to the success of this program.
On the anniversary of the 6th year of the Christmas
program a goal of $30,000 in gifts, clothes, donations and food has
been set. The new challenge for Christmas 2005 is to help the 200
or so families that are currently displaced in this area as a result of
Hurricane Katrina.
Donations may be mailed to the Gulf County Senior Citi-

zens, 120 Library Drive, Port St. Joe, FL 32456. Donations may
also be dropped off at Ramseys' at 209 Reid Avenue in downtown
Port St. Joe.
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prior to December 21st in order to complete the program. New
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Port St. Joe Football Team Takes Victory Lap

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
From the gym at Port
St. Joe High School to the
School Board to the County
Commission they stood and
applauded the state's Class
1A football championship
this past week.
The Port St. Joe Sharks
football team, players,
coaches and boosters, made
something of a victory lap
around the county as the
community puffed its chest,
donned purple and gold and
saluted a 38-31 victory over
Fort Meade in the Class 1A
title game on Dec. 2.
"To play football you
have to be dedicated and
determined to play well,"
said Port St. Joe Mayor
Frank Pate during a Friday
community celebration at
the high school gym. "It's a
tough game.
'Thank you for the honor
you have bestowed on your
school, your town. and your

As was noted again and
again, this year's team had
a connection to the 1984
championship team that
ran red as opposed to solely
The fathers of Quentin
Jenkins, Josh Jenkins,
Sidney Harris and Mike
Quinn all played on the 1984
squad, as did the brother of
Byron Peters.
"It has a ripple effect,
it creates relationships in
the community that will
last a lifetime," County
Commissioner Nathan
Peters, Jr. said during the
pep rally.
Gov. Jeb Bush and
Sen. Bill Nelson conveyed
congratulations in letters and
Commissioner Bill Williams
said Tuesday that Speaker
of the House Allan Bense
has indicated a support for
a proclamation honoring
the team and bringing the
squad to Tallahassee to be

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It's all about the trophy as the players huddle one last time to touch in unison the product of their 13-1 season. Other honors came
last week, including Class 1A Coach of the Year awarded to John Palmer and Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 3 Player of

the Year accolades t .

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44, were bestowed on members
of the Shark family.
ki Coach John Palmer
was named the state Class
,1A Coach of the Year by
A the Florida Daify Farmers
Association and running
back/receiver Ash Parker
,finished as runner-up for the
state Class IA Player of the
Parker was named the
Florida Athletic Coaches
R. Association District 3 Player
Sof the Year and will take
part in the prestigious FACA
North-South game on Dec.
Z7 Additionally, prior to
t, the title game, Port St. Joe
lineman Jordan Todd was
---honbred with, the Junior-
Orange Bowl Academic
.. Awrd -fo 'his 3.9'7grade
': point average.
ovation d ccIn all, by the time
ling ovation dingng a community celebration at Port St. Joe Tuesday ended, the team had
mething of a victory lap for the team following its Class 1A state been feted by folks from one

Port St. Joe Girls Enjoy Unbeaten Week Port St. Joe

The Port St. Joe girls
soccer team went 2-0-1 for
the week to raise the Lady
Sharks' record to 5-4-1 for
the season.
The Lady Sharks played
Bozeman, which dominated
Port St. Joe earlier this year,
last Wednesday in a steady
rain and came away with a
3-3 tie in large measure due
to the defense of Elizabeth
Gibson, who shut down a
Bozeman girl who had scored
eight goals in the previous
Kayla Minger, a
freshman, scored two goals
and another freshman, Emily
Baxley, scored the other goal
for the Lady Sharks.
The next night Port St.
Joe traveled to Sneads and
registered a 5-0 shutout in
cold and wet conditions.

Baxley *had two goals
and Minger, Gibson and
Samantha Denton added a
goal apiece.
This past Monday, the
Lady Sharks registered
another 5-0 whitewash, this
time over the Wakulla High
junior varsity.
Baxley again had
two goals, with Courtney
Hermsdorfer, Jessie Faircloth
and Samantha Plessinger,
playing the stopper position
behind midfield, all adding a
goal apiece.
It will be a busy week
for the Lady Sharks as they
play at Tallahassee Maclay
on Tuesday and at Chipley
on Thursday before hosting
John Paul, in a game
postponed last week due to
weather, on Friday night at
6 p.m. ET.

Nov. 29
Mosley 3, Port St. Joe 1
Will Just on an assist
from Kevin Quaranta tallied
the lone goal for the Sharks
as they fell to large-school
area power Mosley.
Dec. 2
Wakulla 5, Port St. Joe 0
The Sharks, playing
short-handed due to the
state football championship
game that day, were shutout
despite the yeoman's effort
of Sam Ellmer, who made 11
saves in goal.
Dec. 3
John Paul 4, Port St. Joe 2
Playing short-handed
again versus a team the
Sharks had beaten once this
season, host Port St. Joe
fell. Sam Ellmer, assisted
by Jimmy Curry, scored the
Sharks first goal and Kevin
Quaranta and Kurtis Krum
tallied what Coach Tom

end of the county to another,
received standing ovation
after ovation and were able,
for a few days, to bask in the
accomplishment of bringing
a state football title to the
county for the first time since
As the mother of one
player and president of
the team's booster club
characterized the trip to
Miami for the team and
fans, 'Thirty-three hundred
dollars for meals, $10,000
for hotel rooms, one state
championship priceless."
Note: the Port St. Joe-
Fort Meade game will be
televised on the Sunshine
Network at 9:30 a.m. on Dec.
24 and noon on Dec. 26.
Additionally, the
campaign to raise funds
to purchase rings for each
member of the championship
continues. Contact the high
scho6ldt'229-8251 for more
information on how to donate
to the fund.

Boys Soccer
Curry called a "mutual" goal
when both put a foot toward
propelling the ball into the
Dec. 7
Port St. Joe 6, Bozeman 2
Port St. Joe (4-4-1) broke
a three-game losing skid with
a home victory. Adam Footlik
and Mica Ashcraft both had
a goal and an assist and Alex
Flanagan scored twice and
assisted on one goal.
Jimmy Curry scored
unassisted and provided an
assist on Flanagan's second
goal and Jeremy Baxley
closed out the Shark scoring
with an unassisted goal.
Sam Ellmer had five
saves in goal.
The -Sharks are on the
road this weekend, traveling
to Mosley on Friday and
Marianna on Saturday to
make up a game previously
rained out.

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Port St. Joe Boys Sweep Two; Gators Have 3-0 Week,

Ranked Seventh in State
The Sharks took a pair of games in the past week, including notching their
first district win in a blowout over Liberty County, and finished the week
ranked No. 7 in the state Class 2A sportswriters' poll.

Tuesday, Dec. 6
Port St. Joe 58, Lynn Haven Mosley 46
Ash Parker, fresh off a successful football
season, led the Sharks with 16 points and
newcomer Kelly Miller added 12 points and
Ash Larry nine points and seven rebounds as
the Sharks coasted.
Mosley managed just three field goals in
the opening half as the Sharks opened a 37-
21 halftime lead.
"Defensively we played very well," said
Coach Derek Kurnitsky.
Arsenio Sanders had eight points; Mike
Quinn five; Daniel Welch and Zach Lee four
apiece; Rashard Rouse three and Quentin
Jenkins one.
Friday, Dec. 9
Port St. Joe 60, Liberty County 26
The Sharks (2-1 overall, 1-0 in District 4-

2A) blew open the game with a 29-point third
quarter, putting them up by 35 points in the
second half bringing on the running clock in
the final period.
Kelly Miller led all scorers with 16 points
while Ash Parker rested his foot which was
broken during the football season.
Ash Larry and Mike Quinn had 10
points each; Rashard Rouse and Zach Lee
eight points apiece; Daniel Welch three;
and Channing Beard, Quentin Jenkins and
Ricardo Clemmons two points each. Sidney
Harris had one point.
The Sharks head to Milton High School
and the Santa Rosa Shootout over the
weekend, playing Milton and Walton High,
before returning home to host their annual
Christmas tournament beginning Wednesday,
Dec. 21.

The Shark baseball team is seeking

support from the community in the

form of signs for the baseball field.

It is time to renew your
commitment for fence signs
for the upcoming season.
The program has almost 65
signs up for renewal at a fee
of $100.
Any business or
individual interested in
purchasing a new sign the
cost is $300 for initial entry.
Checks can be sent to:
Port St. Joe High

Coach Chuck Gannon
2201 Long Avenue
Port St. Joe, Florida
The Sharks are coming
off a 25-5 season and a spot
in the state Class 2A Final
The 2005 Sharks will
open with their annual 100
innings and Alumni game

on Feb. 4. A week later, the
Sharks play in the Oak Hall
Preseason Classic on Feb.
10-11 in Gainesville.
Port St. Joe High baseball
is very thankful to their many
supporters and the continued
growth of such a tremendous
group. Contact Gannon with
any questions or comments
about the sign program.

Improve to 4-1

Tuesday, Dec. 6
Wewahitchka 78,
Covenant Christian 43
Trannon Myers scored 17
points, grabbed six rebounds,
tossed out four assists and
blocked four shots to pace
the Gators (2-1) to victory
over Covenant Christian out
of Panama City.
David Edwards was also
a triple threat with nine
points, six rebounds and
a team-high eight assists,
while Trey Goodwin paced
the Gators on the glass with
11 rebounds and also scored
six points.
Dee Baker led all scorers
with 18 points and added
four rebounds.
Johnny Jones had 12
points; Ryan Ranie four
points and eight rebounds;
Patrick Gates eight points
and three rebounds; Clarence
Gray five points and three
assists; Joey Shipman two
points and four rebounds;
and Kevin Strickland added
a pair of rebounds.
Thursday, Dec. 8
Wewahitchka 70,
Liberty County 67
David Edwards dropped
in 17 points and added nine

rebounds, three assists and
three blocks as the Gators
won their first district game
in four seasons with a District
4-2A win.
Trey Goodwin had a
double-double with 15
points and 10 rebounds
and Dee Baker was also in
double-figures in scoring
with 16 points, adding seven
rebounds and four assists.
Ryan Ranie had eight
points, one rebound and
two steals; Patrick Gates
seven points and two assists;
Johnny Jones four points and
two rebounds; Clarence Gray
two points and two rebounds
and Trannon Myers had one
point and six rebounds.
Friday, Dec. 9
Wewahitchka 88,
Carrabelle 28
The Gators (4-1 overall,
1-0 in district play) ratcheted
up the defense with 30
steals and the clock was
running continuously by the
start of the second half as
Wewahitchka won its third-
"They've have really
come along," said Coach Coy
Adkins. "They have really
surprised me. We are winning

with defense."
The Gators have also
crafted an efficient eight-man
rotation, with Trannon Myers
leading the way against the
Panthers with 20 points, five
rebounds and three steals.
Johnny Jones had 18
points, five rebounds and
three assists and David
Edwards added 13 points,
six rebounds, four assists
and three steals.
The Gators had two more
players in double-digits in
scoring, with Patrick Gates
dropping in 12 to go with
three assists and three steals
and Dee Baker adding 10
points, seven rebounds and
four steals.
Clarence Gray had eight
points, two rebounds, three
assists and six steals; Trey
'Goodwin two rebounds and
two steals; Joey Shipman one
rebound and two steals; Kevin
Strickland two rebounds and
Taylor Smith one point and
one steal.
Wewahitchka hosts West
Gadsden at 7:30 p.m. CT on
Thursday before traveling to
take on Bozeman on Friday

Wewahitchka Girls Down Carrabelle

Friday, Dec. 9
Wewahitchka 56, Carrabelle 28
Kayla Williams had a team-high 11 points
to lead the Lady Gators over Carrabelle.
Megan Peak and Mary Taunton added

eight points apiece and Rebecca Barnes and
Summer Grice each had six points.
Natalya Miller had seven points; Vanessa
Wait four points; and Tori Bowles and
Samantha Green added three points each.

Annual Gulf County Classic Basketball Tourney Arrives Next Week

Port St. Joe will host a stiff field next week in the 13th
Annual Gulf County Classic basketball tournament, with
action beginning at 3:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Dec. 21, in
the R. Marion Craig Coliseum.
The double-elimination tournament will continue through
to the championship game which is slated for 8 p.m. on
Friday, Dec. 23.
Among. the .teams scheduled for the tournament is
Apalachicola, an annual contender for a state title, area power
Panama City Bay as well as regional standouts Cottondale
and Tallahassee Godby.
Also in the field are Eustis out of Central Florida, Notre
Dame out of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Mary Montgomery High
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The lineup of games is as follows:
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Godby versus Eustis, 5 p.m.
Apalachicola versus MGM, 6:30 p.m.
Poi-t St. Joe versus Cottondale, 8 p.m.
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Independent Newspaper Showcased Good News in Wewahitchka

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Star Staff Writer
Conceived as a satire, the one
page, letter-sized Wewa News hit
the stands in November of 1995 as
a publication of the Pizza Kitchen
The articles were advertising
tie-ins that announced the Pizza
Kitchen's new video rental deal and
the addition of a breakfast buffet at
Stacy's Restaurant.
Tom Wynn, the newspaper's


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idea during a conversation with
Stacy's husband, Donald Bettie.
Posing as a deejay from the
imaginary Wewa News radio
station, Wynn was conducting a
mock interview with Bettie when
his subject became serious.
"You know what, Tom, that's
a good idea, you oughta do that,"
Bettie said. "You should start- a
radio station."
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The Wewa News did not
print obituaries or dwell on
negative subjects. Its pages --. -
celebrated the community's "The Honor Roll"
accomplishments, large A section of "The Wewa
and small. News" featuring local
Wynn wrote articles e ferng a
about the filming of the .en that demonstrate a
movie Ulee's Gold, the life of service to their
Olympic torch run through f community and family.
the city in the summer of
1996 and the grand opening Alice Gunter, better
of Subway, Wewahitchka's known as "Granny" to
first fast-food franchise. everyone, was born in Columbus, Ga. on July 19,
In March of 1996, he 1921 to James and Jessie Parnell. Her family
added a regular "Honor moved from Columbus, Georgia to Phoenix City,
Roll" article that featured
local residents who Alabama when she was six months old. She
demonstrated "a life of attended grade school and high 'chc service to their community City. At 21 she married Roland Gunter on March
and family." 6, 1943 after a courtship of only 13 days. They
Veronica Carter, a Gulf were married 49 years until his death on March
Coast Electric Co-Operative 10, 1992. Roland was a disabled Vet of World
employee and the wife of War II. They had two daughters, Joy Blanton and
County Extension agent Barbara Alsabrook. They have seven
Roy Lee Carter, was the :grandchildren and two great grandchildren with
first to be profiled. two more on the way.
As more and more Since the age of 49 the Lord Jesus Christ has
advertisers bought space in
thevewspaersuhepa been the main focus of her life. She has received
the newspaper, The Wewa
News gew in size. a diploma from the Berean School of the Bible on
A small business Bible Studies and on teaching .Sunday School,
advocate, Wynn printed She U._.,i Sun ry School for 23 years and is an
many advertisements for J.: i'.: member of the Worship Center.
free and traded others for Recently she received a diploma for training
services such as printing. for the prison fellowship with the help of Glen
In his editorials, Wynn and Emily Boeve. She completed the F.L.I.C.
urged residents to spend (Citizen volunteer training course for the Fla.
their money at home. Dept. Of Corrections). She always tells everyone
In the height of the how God has blessed her over the years. She has
1996 political season, the her daily prayer and Bible reading before she
paper swelled to 16 pages,' begins her d
with advertising inserts beins her day.
announcing the platforms Besides raising her daughter. 'he has helped
of local candidates. raise some of her grandchildren In the summer
Initially producing you can pass 'by her house and see her on her
the newspaper from his riding lawnmower. She is a very caring, uplifting
bedroom, Wynn relocated and enjoyable person to be around, always happy
to the downtown Main and laughing. She never bores you with her
Street Center, sharing problems but always has time to listen to
office space with Main ours
Street owner Jordan Miles. A special event in her life was when Brother &
To fill the paper, he Sister Pettis of the Worship Center sponsored a
recruited a handful of trip to Israel in October 1995. She was able to
columnists, and reprinted .
several articles he wrote enjoy a ride on a Camel in the Hol- Land. The
while a consumer affairs 19th of July will be Granny Gunter's 75th.
and family advocate in the birthday. Happy Birthday!
Coast Guard.
Creating ads and
assembling the pages taxed Sunday school teacher Alice Gunter made The
both Wynn and his old Wewa News "Honor Roll" for her tireless service
computer, to the community.
Wynn spent an average
of three days, with no sleep, in the best interest of our fair city
producing The Wewa News each I think it is much better to have a
month, strong weekly newspaper than a
,In December, 1996, ,14, ,,P[ntlhs,,, monthly one,"'he wrote.
after The Wewa News made its Wynn worked -for The Breeze
first appearance in Wewahitchka, for three years before exiting the
he announced his decision to newspaper business.

Bandjough, the
longtime editor
and publisher of
hometo w n
newspaper, The
Gulf County
Breeze, had
died a few years
The press
room where
he printed the
Breeze on ancient
equipment had
been silent since
his passing.
The wheels
in Wynn's brain
started turning.
He welcomed
the idea to
poke fun at
lack of a
newspaper and
help his friends
gain exposure in
the process.
After Stacy's
agreed to
advertise in
The Wewa
News, Wynn
approached his
friend Howie
Smith of Howie's
Pizza Kitchen.
In exchange
for a good
write-up for
his restaurant,
Smith funded an
initial run of 200
copies, which
Wynn circulated
in various
businesses and
stores. ,
In no time,
he was receiving
calls from
business people
who wanted to
advertise in the
by the response,
Wynn rethought
the satirical
nature of his
The Wewa
News dropped
its affiliation with
the Pizza Kitchen
and became
a publication
of "Wynn's
W y n n
the newspaper
with new focus.
He was certain
that at least
80 percent of
the news in
was good, and he
set out to prove
S W e wa 's
a good place.
It really is.
It's humble,
it's sweet, it's
kind. Even the
bad kids say,
'Yes, sir,' and
'Yes, ma'am,'"
said Wynn last
Wednesday. "I
was amazed."

permanently retire the newspaper.
Wewahitchka residents Rhonda
Hilliar and brother Scott Brown had
purchased the Gulf County Breeze
from the Bandjough family and
were set to begin printing in the
coming weeks.
Wynn offered the new owners his
services and a list of his newspaper
In The Wewa
News, Wynn offered an
Sn "We don't need two
newspapers in Wewa;

He receives the occasional
request for a back issue of The
Wewa News.
The strangest came recently
from a Wewahitchka woman who
was framing each edition, backed
with lace, on the walls of her home.
While grateful for the
opportunity to prove that good news
happens daily in Wewahitchka,
Wynn is not yet ready to reclaim the
editor's chair.
"I miss it a lot, but I don't miss
the stress that goes along with it,"
he said.


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independent newspaper, The Wewa News, which had a 14-month run in the mid
1990s. The slogan printed on the T-shirt and hat: "I enjoy reading good news!
The Wewa News!"

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IOA The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, December 15, 2005

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Beach Restoration

While originally written to
allow commissioners to levy
up to 10 mills on impacted
property owners annually, the
maximum for an MSTU under
state law, all three ordinances
cap the millage south of that
number on a sliding scale.
The MSTU for gulf-front
property owners would be
initially capped at six mills;
for gulf-side interior property
owners the levy could be no
more than four mills; for bay-
side property owners the cap is
two mills.
"Those numbers weren't
pulled out of the air," said
Roland Wilson, who was
recently appointed to serve on
the Beach Advisory Committee.
"It's what people can live
Proponents of beach resto-
ration contend the actual levies
could be likely established by
the Commission much below
those numbers.
The disapproval of voters
in any one taxing district and
the total number of registered
county voters north of the
Stump Hole has been pegged
at roughly 160 while impacted
property owners total many
times that number would
immediately make that MSTU
null and void, said county
attorney Tim McFarland.
And all MSTUs will sunset
upon the paying off of the orig-
inal debt load, said McFarland,
a number yet to be determined

and which will be attached
to the ordinances by the time
they reach referendum.
Proponents of the MSTUs
envision them as providing
local dollars to pool with state
funds from several sources to
foot a bill which has been pre-
liminarily tagged at $12-$15
million, the tab being one of
the major pieces in the puzzle
of how to rebuild the beaches.
A study aimed at quantify-
ing what can be done and the
costs should be completed by
February, its engineer/author
has stated.
Michael Dombrowski is
also conducting a study to
identify sand which, aestheti-
cally and economically, could
be a match for the project.
A study to quantify the
economics of the beach, high-
lighting the dollars generated
from the peninsula and, pro-
ponents say, spotlighting the
need for beach restoration is
nearly complete.
Meanwhile members of
the Beach Advisory Committee
are attempting to identify and
assess the potential for state
sources of funding, particu-
larly a trust fund established
to partially underwrite similar
projects around the state.
The Beach Advisory
Committee included in a mis-
sion statement read to com-
missioners language a goal to
seek out all available sources
of dollars beyond an MSTU.

"I don't think that has
happened. I don't think the
MSTU is the way to go," Peters
said before making a motion
to disapprove the first MSTU
ordinance, which died for lack
of a second.
Wilson said the committee
and county should be looking
beyond local, state and fed-
eral tax dollars for a source of
income, possibly a penny sales
tax or other mechanism.
The unknowns remain
the primary sticking points
between the two sides of the
issue, members of which
were still able to shake hands
and pledge to work together
after weeks of often fractious
The total cost, what the
final millage rates will be for
the MSTUs, the fact that those
millage rates become part of
the county's annual budget-
ary process, where the sand
will come from for restoration,
what happens in the years
beyond 2007 and the poten-
tial completion of the initial
They all remain pieces not
available and generate much,
though not all, of the dissent
over beach restoration.
Ron Westmark, for
instance, noted that the MSTU
amounted to just another tax
on property owners and it was
being proposed by the some of
the same individuals who are
among the most outspoken in

their displeasure with current
But as Linda Wood said
Tuesday night, one walk along
the beaches provides stark
pictures to the words "rapidly
eroding." Any sensitivity to the
cause, to the loss of homes,
however, is somewhat miti-
gated by the huge expanses of
gray remaining.
What would be the final
product the Commission ,puts
before voters and- how will

commissioners massage it in
subsequent years.
"I think what we are afraid
of us is the unknown," Wood
While acknowledging that
the ordinances passed were
just "skeletons" of the final
product, Williams said an
MSTU would almost certainly
be part of the equation regard-
less of the colors which replace
the grays.
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By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Five years ago, when
her eyesight had not
yet deteriorated, Lessie
Ferguson began writing an
autobiographical account of
her 13-year marriage to the
late Jesse Ferguson.

Wewahitchka resident Lessie
Ferguson holds a photograph
of her late husband, Jesse, an
Army sergeant who served in
World War II and Korea. He
was asleep in the Pearl Harbor
barracks during the Dec. 7,
1941 attack.

A love story written in
the precise hand of a former
bookkeeper, Ferguson
entitled it "Jesse and Lessie
- Our Years Together."
Jesse Ferguson met
Lessie Moore at his family
home in Quincy. He was an
Army sergeant fresh from a
stint in World War II. She
was a young woman from
Mobile, Ala. who fell in love
with a stranger.
The unfinished work
details the couple's first
encounter, two proposals
and the four-year separation
that ended in marriage.
From the Wewahitchka
home of her daughter, Lyn
Wynn and son-in-law Tom,
Lessie filled in the blanks,
recalling her life as Mrs.
Jesse Ferguson with the
enthusiasm of one still in
True Love and Karl Malden
"I always knew there was
a person named JesgiMarvin
Ferguson," the manuscript
Lessie's grandmother,
Mary Jordan and step-
grandfather, Charlie, lived
next door to the Fergusons
in Quincy. Her Aunt Ella
married Jesse's brother,
Robert "Dock" Ferguson in
Though their families
were well acquainted, Jesse
and Lessie never met as
adults. Jesse was 10 years
older and had joined the
Army in 1935. When he
was home on leave, Lessie
was across the state line in
That all changed in July
1946, when Aunt Ella asked
Lessie to go with her to visit
her Quincy in-laws.
Jesse was on leave at the
time, and catching up with
old friends while Lessie and
his family congregated on the
front porch.
It was a typical summer
night in Florida. The air was
hot and the mosquitoes were
swarming. The Fergusons
turned the lights off to keep
the bugs at bay.
When Jesse returned
home that evening, he greeted
his family in the dark, taking
vague notice of a slight figure
sitting beside his 12-year-old
niece, Mildred.
The next morning, as
Lessie combed her hair in
preparation for a day trip
to Havana, Jesse walked
by the door. The sight of
Lessie made him turn back
"In the dark I thought
you were Mildred's age,"
he said. "Will you be back
tonight? The movie changes
today. Would you like to go
with me tonight?"
Lessie said she would.
That night, they took a cab

and Lessie:

into town to watch the latest
Karl Malden picture playing
at the downtown movie
On their way back, Jesse
asked Lessie if she'd rather
take a cab or walk the mile
and a half home.
Then he gave his
preference. "Let's walk so we
can talk," he said.
On the way back, the
couple chatted eagerly. Lessie
liked Jesse's personality and
his self-deprecating humor.
Jesse discovered he'd
found his dream girl.
Before they reached his
house, Jesse popped the
question. Lessie said, "Yes."
The courtship followed
the marriage proposal. For
the next three or four days,
Jesse and Lessie took the
Ferguson children to Quincy
Creek. As the children swam,
they sat on the bank, talking
and playing cards.
"That was the extent
of our dating," Lessie
When his leave was over,
Jesse flew to the Panama
Canal Zone, where he was
stationed. He told Lessie he
would make arrangements
for her to join him in
Panama, where they would
be married.
When Lessie returned to
Mobile, she received a letter
from Jesse mailed in New

Orleans detailing the plans.
Lessie never answered
the letter.
"I just didn't feel like I
was ready to be married,"
Lessie remembered. "I was
old enough, I was 23, but I
felt I didn't know him well
Always a practical
person, Lessie had "talked
herself out of it."
A Second Proposal
In the years that followed,
Lessie had other suitors, but
never forgot about Jesse.
She heard of his
whereabouts through her
Aunt Ella, who corresponded
regularly with sister-in-law,
Jesse was stationed in
Japan at the start of the
Korean War. In the war,
he was a reconnaissance
sergeant, who went ahead
of his company to check the
security of bridges and find
suitable campsites.
While stranded for 17
days with a Marine outfit at
the Inchon Reservoir, Jesse's
hands and feet froze.
Aunt Ella learned that he
had been taken to a Japanese
hospital for treatment, and
conveyed the news to Lessie.
Breaking her four-year
silence, Lessie sat down with
a pen and piece of paper.
"I believe I owe you a
letter," she wrote.

Jesse and Lessie Ferguson cut their wedding cake in June 1951.
Jesse proposed to Lessie the night they met and the couple
married four years later.

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She did not explain the
reasons for hei change of
heart. "I acted like I was just
answering his letter from
four years before," Lessie
To her surprise, Jesse
sent a speedy reply.
Lessie had been living
in Houston, near her Aunt
Ella. Jesse wrote that he was
being sent home to recover
from his injuries, and had
planned to make a stop in
Houston to see his brother,
Dock. He asked Lessie if he
could see her, too.
When Jesse arrived in
Houston, Lessie invited him,
her Aunt Ella and Dock over
for dinner.
As he helped Lessie wash
the dishes, Jesse braved a
second proposal.
Lessie said "Yes," and
meant it. The couple married
a week later, on June 25,
"I always did say if I ever
got married it would have
to be a spur of the moment
thing cause I'd talk myself
out of it," Lessie recalled.
Life Together and Apart
After their marriage,
Jesse and Lessie had four
children: Jesse, Jr., Richard,
Lyn and Stanley.
While Jesse served in
the Army, the family lived in
Ft. Benning, Ga. and France
before Jesse retired at the
close of 1956.
Through it all, Lessie
remained his cherished
Every morning of their
nearly 13-year marriage,
Jesse brought her a cup of
coffee in bed. As she slowly
awakened, he sat beside her
and told stories.
The talk, inevitably,
turned to war.
From his stories, Lessie
learned about a time before
they met.
Jesse told her he had
been asleep in the barracks
when the Japanese attacked
Pearl Harbor. He awakened
to a screaming alarm and a
sky filled with fighter planes.
He told her about his
reconnaissance work in the
South Pacific after the U.S.
declared war on Japan,
about the native islanders
and the delicious eggplant

they cooked over an open
He had a way of making
serious subjects seem
funny. A story about being
ambushed and hiding with
his first lieutenant under a
Jeep left Lessie in stitches.
He had been shot at,
narrowly avoided death on
several occasions, and could
find humor in even the most
desperate circumstance.
Jesse and Lessie shared
a lot of laughs in their years
together. There was no
argument Jesse could not
smooth over with humor.
No matter how resolved
Lessie was to not speak to
him, her heart softened when
he smiled and told another
fantastic tale.
Most of the arguments
had not been real after, all.
Jesse was a jokester, and
Lessie did not yet know how
to read him.

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"I got my feelings
hurt many times thinking
he was serious," Lessie
Though the Fergusons
were made for each other,
their time together was short.
Jesse died of heart failure on
Jan. 22, 1964.
When her husband died,
no one could ease the pain of
Lessie's loss.
She had loved Jesse
instantly, had embraced a
marriage she could not talk
herself out of.
Now her feelings were
"I was mad at him for the
longest time for leaving me
and four kids," remembered
Lessie. "I was blaming him
for leaving us and of course
he wouldn't have left us for
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counts, and does not venture
outside the base's confines.
Murrah is the first to admit
that his job is not glamorous.
"There's no way to make it
sound interesting," he said.
When he joined the Army
in March of 2002, he had not
been selective in his choice
of field. He asked them what
they had.
"They said, 'We've got this
lab person, you just work in
a hospital all day,' and I said,
'Well, I'll take that," Murrah
Before joining the Army,
he briefly attended community

day," said Bethany.
After spending time with
his family, Murrah said it will
be difficult to return to Iraq,
but takes comfort in knowing
that he is already on the road
to completing his mission.
"You can start to see the
end of the tunnel at least," he
With Christmas only
a week away, Murrah and
Bethany are making plans to go
Christmas shopping. Murrah
said they hope to "knock it
out" in one day.
Caleb is the easiest to
please. He favors anything
with wheels.

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from Baghdad on Monday morning to celebrate the Christmas
holiday in Mexico Beach with (from left) grandmother Cathy
Henderson, father Eddie Murrah, mother Suzanne Murrah, son
Caleb and wife Bethany.

college, but was unmotivated
to finish.
He enlisted because he
was "young and needed the
money," and believed the Army
would restore needed balance
to his life.
When he married Bethany
that August, he knew his
career would provide a stable
source of income.
Raised in a military
family, he was also prepared
for the sacrifices the Army life
Murrah's father, Eddie,
is on active duty in the Air
Force, stationed at Tyndall.
His grandfather was, also in
the Air Force, and his brother,
Nicholas, had been in the Navy
and completed tours in Iraq
and Afghanistan before taking
a job in Port St. Joe.
Growing up, Murrah
moved every three years. He
lived in England and Japan,
and endured long periods away
from his father.
Bethany had a much more
stable life. "Poor Bethany, she
just married into it," lamented
Murrah's mother, Suzanne.
When Murrah returns to
Iraq to complete the last nine
months of his tour, he will
have been away half the length
of their marriage.
The time apart is eased
by Bethany's unwavering
support and Murrah's daily
"He's really good about
trying to call or e-mail every

Believing they would be
.apart this Christmas, Murrah
and Bethany exchanged gifts
before Murrah's deployment.
Bethany received a new
wedding ring and said she and
her husband were "trying to
think of something small to
give each other."
After a brief trip to
Disney World, Murrah, Caleb
and Bethany will celebrate
Christmas in Mexico Beach.
Murrah will return to Iraq
at the conclusion of his 15-day
He has recently reenlisted
for another six years and hopes
to enter the Army's Green to
Gold program, which will allow
him to study Biology for two
years and reenter the service
as an officer.
Already a careerist,
Murrah believes the Army's
opportunities outweigh
its sacrifices. In Iraq, he is
surrounded by a supportive
group of friends, and he knows
his family is taken care of back
"You're not going to have
a good day every day. Some
mornings you wake up and
don't want to be there and
you've got those days you
wouldn't, trade it for anything,"
said Murrah as he watched
his son play with toys in his
parents' living room.
"The only part I worry
about is Caleb, because I know
how hard it was for me when
dad was gone."

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VFW Post 10069 in Highland View hosted a Pearl Harbor Day
ceremony last Wednesday to honor the 2,403 U.S. soldiers who
lost their lives in the Dec. 7, 1941 attack. Cadets from Port St. Joe
High School, led by VFW Commander Wayne Taylor, unfolded an
American flag and VFW Chaplain Ron Groleau offered a prayer for
all soldiers, past and present. Following the ceremony, members
of the VFW and Ladies' Auxiliary gathered inside the post for
conversation and fellowship.


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Sawmill Dollar Part Two

By; Vince Raffield
Contributing Writer
s history has
shown us there
was a time when
timber was a leading indus-
try in the area, the towns
were run by lumber barons,
and mostly owned by lumber
barons, there were compa-
ny stores, company houses,
company transportation, and
company sponsored outings
to keep the labor force rela-
tively happy. Cooperation's
were behind the company
and owners were buying up
the land for as little as .25
cents an acre, mostly from
northern investors, who were
taking advantage of the local
economy in distress and
farming paying far less than
the average wage for working
in the mills. Small sawmills
owned and operated by fam-
ily could no longer compete
with the larger business so
they either went bust or sold
out to the company.
Typical company towns
in North Florida includ-
ed Foley, Shamrock, and
Bagdad. These communities
were permanent in nature,
unlike other semi-perma-
nent mill camps. The com-
munity of Foley, Florida, was
located approximately five
miles south of Perry, Florida,
in Taylor County. The town
was built in 1928, and was
named after Jeremiah, or
Jerry S. Foley. After serving
as general manager of the
Brooks-Scanlon operation in
Kentwood, Loiiana, Foley
moved with the company to
Eastpoint, Florida, as vice-
president and general man-
ager and later to Foley in the
same capacity. In 1930, he
succeeded Mr. Scanlon as,
president of Brooks-Scanlon
Corporation in Foley, a posi-
tion he held until his death
in 1945. Foley, like other
company towns in Florida,
was a permanent, self con-
tained, company-dominated
setting with a population of
over 1;300 people. The Florida
Historical Quarterly
Companies soon found
a need for more housing as
the population grew with
the need for more laborers.
Schools, churches and activ-
ities were all supported by
the company and the use of
the land for which they were
built on remained' in the pos-
session of the company to
harvest at their discretion.
Company -picnics, baseball
games and social activities
were company sponsored in
an effort to convince the good
will of the company to their
employees, and one of the
first instances of a company
doctor was provided.
There was a fee that was
deducted" from the pay for
each worker arid the enforce-
ment of medical insurance
was put into place regardless
if the services of the doctor
was required by the workers
or not.
For every advancement
and improvement there was
a deduction and another rea-
son for the pay to be even
smaller. While companies
and cooperation's may not
have started out to be so
controlling, there is no denial
that the end result was the
same, lives controlled and
manifested around company
towns and the industry.
As the demand for lum-
ber grew so did the purses
of the sawmill owners and
corporations, and the rail-
road industry which were
becoming booming business.
Because of the: relative lack
of alternative employment
opportunities, the heavy
handed paternalism of mill
owners, the company store,
company doctor, company-
built houses, and company
financed churches were all
part of the pattern of life
which became accepted in
the company towns of North
Florida. The acceptance of
company paternalism must
also be seen in the context of
living and working conditions
in the rural South during the
first half of the 20th century.
Workers and their families
did not have to migrate to
the sawmill town. However,

the chronic misery of rural
life, whether it was in North
Florida, Georgia, Alabama,
or South Carolina, was a
powerful push factor.
Low wages, long hours,
heavy physical labor, inferior
housing, isolation, the scar-
city of medical care, and the
uncertainty of agriculture,
gave community residents a
different perspective on their
situation. For many, subsis-
tence farming held out lim-
ited opportunity while work

vented Triay's appointment to
an earlier vacancy. Shipping
and agricultural interests,
acting chiefly through the
Farmers Alliance, attempted
to thwart the revived appoint-
ment by making the commis-
sion an elected body. Failing
that, they mustered the votes
to abolish it rather than risk
railroad control.
Politicians had ever so
delicately aligned themselves
in a position to have a say
in matters of decision. With

bought seats of representa-
tion and with political dona-
tions to the right person, it
was only a matter of dollars
and cents as to which way
votes were swayed.
The unfair practices of
labor and wage were a mat-
ter to, sweep under the rug
at ones discretion, and the
railroad barons and timber
barons controlled many of
the politicians "who were in
position to help them.
Greed ran amuck, as evi-


in a large sawmill offered
what seemed to be limitless
opportunities. Roads, rail-
roads, towns, store, electric
lighting, medical and den-
tal care, and most families
welcomed modern educa-
tion. Unemployment played
the most important role in
the make up of the company
town. With so little other
than logging or labor jobs,
a man gave up the farm life
to feed his family the best'
way he could, and although
there was no doubt it was
a controlled environment, it
was far better than seeing
his family do without.
Oppression no doubt
did exist in the communi-
ties and there were some
towns that were much better
than others, but consider-
ing the alternatives, even the
unfair wage practices, the
overinflated company stores
and the unsafe working
conditions were often over-
looked for the other benefits
By the mid-1930s the
vast forests of virgin pine
and cypress that had covered
North Florida were nearly
depleted. Most companies
had not adopted forestation
practices by this time, or if
they had, their timber would
not be harvestable for anoth-
er 20 years
Beginning in the late
1940s, lumber production
began to slow and then ceased
altogether as the last great
trees were cut and processed.
As the industry declined,
many company towns were
systematically dismantled
and company homes were
sold to former workers for as
little as one and two dollars.
The last vestiges of company
paternalism-the company
stores, company-sponsored
baseball teams, and compa-
.ny-sponsored churches- all
vanished. As the institutions
died, the company culture
they spawned was interred
with them. The Florida Historical
In 1887 the Florida
Legislature created the state's
first Railroad Commission
to curb monopoly abuses
by railroad companies. The
legislation, which vested
regulatory jurisdiction in a
three-person commission
appointed by the governor,
was popular and suited to
the reform tenor of the times.
It had passed unanimously
in the house, with only three
dissenting votes in the sen-
ate. Yet, in a peculiar twist of
Florida political history, the
commission's statutory basis
was abruptly repealed only
four years later. Florida's
intrastate rail service was
left once again unfettered by
regulatory constraints. Then,
six years later, the legisla-
ture reestablished the com-
mission in almost its original
form. Such quick reversals
of political direction strongly
infer that collateral issues
dominated the outcome of
railroad regulation. Early
in the 1891 legislative ses-
sion, reports circulated that
Governor Francis P. Fleming
was considering appointing
E. J. Triay, a pro-railroad
man, to the commission.
Public opposition had pre-
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denced by the lack of con- had been sold for their tim-
trol over cutting the precious ber, because as, farmland
natural resource without they were unproductive at
implementing some form of the time.
conservation and reforesta- In the wake of the dev-
tion efforts until they were stated industry devastated
forced to do so. many were led to other forms
For the average man they of work. Some in the local
were left with empty pockets, area once again turned to
broke backs and nowhere to the water for their livelihood,
call their own. An industry others .moved away following
devastated, and diminished. the textile and mill influence.
The company towns no lon- Some remained in the local
ger existed and the land they timber trade struggling to
had once called their farms
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Sawmill 2-- /,

regain small saw mills, oth-
ers turned to general labor
doing what ever it took to
put food on the' family's
The ones most affected
were the ones in the small
hometowns, the ones who
were doing fine, just mak-
ing it by, but making it none
the less before the industry
and all its company con-
trol moved into town. The
small saw mills that had
been run by families for
generations who had lost it
all to the large companies,
culture and traditions put
to the side for the sake
of an industry, only to be
left holding the bag, while
the corporations took bags
of money to their bank in
other states.
As a young boy when

my grandfather explained
the sawmill days to me, he
had pride in what he had
done, what he had accom-
plished, the work that he
did, an honest day's work
for an honest dollar, the
sawmill dollar.
To Grandpa Wise, it
was not that the pay was so
bad, although the company
took the greatest part of his
pay each week, with twelve
hour days working, wading
in swamps, back breaking
work in freezing cold and
blazing heat, it was hard
work and he was accus-
tomed to that. It wasn't
even that the company was
in control. To him it was
more about what they did
not do.
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word was his bond. If you

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promised a man some-
thing, you stood by it, or if
you could not, you better
have a real good reason
and you would at least go
and explain why you could
not stand by that word. Big
industry, big money and
corporations quickly made
their values known; they
were all about one thing,
the bottom line, how much
money they could make.
It was not just him,
but thousands who had
been displaced, and taken
advantage of, and left at
the end to depend on them-
selves for making a living
the best way they could.
Even though my Grandpa
Wise was older he managed,
and he did so with pride
and dignity. In fact, he not
only raised his children, but
some of his grandchildren,
as their mother had died at
an early age. He instilled
in them his morals, values
and passed down to them
his knowledge of the value
of a dollar and a hard day's

work. My Grandpa and
thousands more like him
went on to make a living for
their family. The Peachy
Man did not. give up, but
that's another story.
To them the true value
of the sawmill 'dollar was
that the dollar was not
worth a dollar, you might

work all day for $2.00, but
by the time the compa-
ny took out their deduc-
tions, and with the pric-
es in their stores where
you could only spend the
"Good For's" or coupons,
credits and punch cards
which was another form of
your pay, the $1.00 would

only amount to a fraction
of its face value. In their
day it was the beginning of
inflation, and a sign that
if you owned it, it was of
little value, but if the com-
pany owned it, you could
.not afford it. Hard lessons
learned from earning the
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$579,900. 5165,000 Call Doug Birmingham 227-5239 Overstreel, Mockingbird-Canal front lot 100'x800'. $269,900 Call Carol Bell 850-227-
* Casun Residential lot in brand new subdivision, located beside pool and club house, groatf Cape San Bias, Jubilation-Premier subdivision on Cope San Bias with beautiful lots available to 4252
investment property or homesite $210,000. Call Sonla arffield at 340-0900 build your beach home. Pool, club house, HOA. Call today for more information. Port St. Joe, Commercial Lots-100'x170' $330,000 Call Carol Bell 850-227-4252
* Cape San Bias, 251 Cord Grass Way This lot is convenient the pool and beaches. 101 Lagoon Drive 2nd Tier homesite with beach access. $595,000 Call KIm Harrison This lot Is located In Garrison Plantation In Port St. Joe Florida. Garrison Planoation is
Mis#106386 $540,000 Call Joe McCallister 648-5683 227-3745 MLS#1 06214. fast growing area with currently five houses under construction. Seller will listen to all offers. Call
* Lot 3C, St. Charles Street, Casuna Subdivision, Mexico Beach Wilhin walking distance Chcksaw 'Lane, Indian Pass Gulf Front ol in a very private community. $1,380,000 Call Kim Moses Medina 527-0441
of beach with easy Access. Pool and pool house. MLS#108169, $224,900 Brenda Miller Harrison 227-3745 MLS#105561. .Port St. Joe,115 StoneDrive-Greaot lot, affordable investment in Port St. Joe, mls#106528
227-5380 Mexico Beach, 180 St. Christopher Street Interior Lot. $249,000 MLS#106206. $137,000 Call Candice Upchurch 850-227.6402
* Cope San Bias, Park Point-Nice lot located next to the St. Joseph State Park with deeded gulf PORT ST. JOE Southgate Subdivision In beautiful Port St. Joe. Gated Community, Brick Pavers, underground
access. $375,000 Call Jay Rish 227-9600 Port St. Joe, Garrison Avenue Lot is .26 acrs and is partially cleared. SELLER MOTIVATED. utilities. Close to schools, churches and downtown. Call Mark Schultz at 850-227-5605.
* Cape San BlasPark Point-This let sits beside the pool and pool house with deeded gulf access. mls#108304 $119,000 Call Moses Medina 527-0441 Overtreet 41 Acres in tile quiet and peaceful area of Ovoostreoot MLS#109009 Call Brett
The St. Joseph State Pork sits directly behind this lot. S449,900 Call Jay Rish 227-9600 Port St. Joe,608 Marvin Avenue This lot Is already cleared and ready to go. Mis#108302 Lowry 227-5535
* Sunset Village-.This development is located ot St. Joe Beach surrounded by Windmark Beach $129,900 Call Moses Medina 527-0441 Overstreet, East Bay- 162 acre +/- parcel that would be excellentfor a development. Wetappo
Development Amenities include pool, both house, landscaped entrance accented with brick pavers, 8325 C R 386, Oversreet Corner of Hwy 386 and Pleasant Rest Cometery Rd. Gret LocalionI Creek and East y Frontage. MLS#109103
Now Orleans stylestrnet linhhtin envenants end rersrtiionn Ofl soon .Ltsltarting ofo cn Ol net...accnyP.. Pi.;rll$.5 no n ,0 00 t tonenn 70CallEllen lt.. 11 50nm n2.27".5146

* 6807 Hwy 71 White City Groat Investment Opportunityl 100' x 444' fronting Hwy 71. City
water there, sowor to be in place in opproximntely 1 year Properly adjacent to this is olso on the
market. .MLS# 108718. Contact Perky or Susie White 800-451-2349 or 850-227-4046.
l Tie property consists of Itroo lots tiat maei olmost on acr, of land and hav already boon
cleared. Sellor is mnolivoted and will listen to all offers. Call Mosas Medina 527-0441.
* The Landings at Wetappo, Oveorslroo-Locoted just off the intracoaslal walorway. Call for
more details. 850-648-5683
* 149 Long Leaf Road, Eastpoint Lakes On The Bluff Subdivision. Adjacent to pool and
pool house, Paved roads, under Ground utilities. MLS#108054 $175,000 Call Brenda Miller
SEastponlt, Lakes On The Bluff Subdivision. Nice single family lots available. HOA, under-
ground utililns, pool and cluab house. Call Patrick Jones 814-5878


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Wendy Robbins and
Bobby Guilford are proud
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6th, at Tamara's Restaurant
was the occasion of a cel-
ebration honoring Peggy
and Charlie Stevens on her
seventy-eighth birthday and
their fifty-fifth wedding anni-
versary. The event was very
graciously hosted by Jim
Armour and attended by Jay
Stevens, "Yank" Lyle,- Sara
Pittman, Randy and Judy
McClain, Jim LeRoy, Dot and
Zed Storey, Dell and John
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Pat O'Neill, and Jan and
David Sapte. Sumptuous
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pared by executive chef, Kim
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Danny Itzkovitz and served
by Sandra and Derek. It was
a most enjoyable event with
wonderful food and special
friends. A great time was
had by all!

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Port St. Joe High School,
has been identified as
Gulf County's Academic
Top Scholar for the 2005
graduating class.
Anna was selected
because she is a Florida
Academic Scholar who
received funding for the fall
term at an eligible Florida
postsecondary institution,
and was ranked based on-the
product of her Bright Futures
GPA and her best composite
ACT/SAT score, as reported
for her Florida Academic Top
Scholars eligibility.
In addition to the Florida
Academic Scholars award,
the Academic Top Scholars
award will provide a fixed
annual amount of $1,500.
Anna is the daughter
of Rocker Salzer of St.
Petersburg. She is currently
enrolled in the University of
Florida's pre-med program,
with plans to enter the field
of medical research. While
attending Port St. Joe High
School, Anna was president
of the student body, selected
Junior Miss, and was a
member of National Honor
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"Storm surge," "Category
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"hurricanes of the past," and
"satellite imagery" are now
common phrases and terms
in the language of almost
every Floridian. Because
this shared experience is
contemporary, relevant,
and, in many cases, life-
changing, it can and should
be transformed into an
opportunity for teaching,
learning and recovery. The
Community Classroom
Consortium, Inc. (CCC) has
taken the lead by designing
a professional development
workshop that will provide
pre-collegiate teachers with
subject-specific lessons
that transform this shared
experience into positive
learning activities.
The 2006 "Beyond
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professional development
workshop, "From Disaster to
Discovery: Learning From

Natural Hazards," will take
place on Saturday, Jan.21,
2006, from 8 a.m. 3 p.m.,
at the new Tallahassee
Community College Capitol
Center facilities located at
The Mary Brogan Museum
of Art and Science (350 S.
Duval Street).
National Weather Service
Meteorologist Bob Goree
and Flbrida Department of
Environmental Protection
Secretary Colleen Castille
will be keynote speakers at
the event. The program will
include sessions relating
to the following subjects:
language arts/reading,
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and can register by contacting
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Community Classroom
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teachers can register for in-
service credits through the
Panhandle Area Education
Consortium (PAEC) or Leon
County Schools. Registration
costs before January 6 will
be $30, and registration at
the door will be $40.
Earlier this year, the
Community Consortium
received the Sustainable
Florida Non-Profit Award
for 2005, in part for its
work in support of teacher
professional development.
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thirty cultural, scientific,
natural history, and civic
organizations in north
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Our reward for those
students with no discipline
referrals for the month of
December will be a dance on
Tuesday, December 20th.
School will be dismissed
at 11:50 on Tuesday,
December 20th. Students
return to school on Thursday,
January 5th. Have a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New
Our grading period ends
on Tuesday, December 20th.
Report cards will be sent
home on Friday, January
13th. You can go online
to check out your child's
grades. Please see Mrs. Belin
to receive your PIN number.
School will not be held
on January 16th to observe
Martin Luther King Day.
College tuition in Florida
is expected to triple by the
time today's newborn goes
to college. Don't wait! Start
saving now. The Florida
Prepaid College Plan and the
Florida College Investment
Plan make saving for
college easier and more

affordable than ever. Sign
up online today at www.
florida529plans.com or call
1-800-552-GRAD (4723) to
request an Enrollment Kit
and application.
You can now go online
and view the reading list for
accelerated reader, lunch
menu and school calendar
are located on the Port St.
Joe Middle School web site.
Go to www.gulf.kl2.fl.us ,
click on PSJMS (on the right
hand side) and check out the
menu and important dates.
Here is your link http..'/.
to an online library of
full text articles and other
materials to be used for
research. The subscription
has been funded this year by
the Gulf County Education
Foundation to benefit
students and teachers. This
resource is available 24/7
from any computer with
internet access.

Port St. Joe Middle School
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Does your child need help
with homework or finding
information on any topic?
"Ask a Librarian" can assist
you Sunday through Friday
from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
and Saturdays from 10:00
am to 5:00 pm. Go to www.
askalibrarian.org and chat
live with a librarian from one
of Florida's public, school, or
academic libraries. Questions
can also be submitted vie e-
mail at any time.
Tutoring is available on
Monday and Wednesdays
from 3:00-4:00 in the
Opportunity Center Building
# 1 (located behind the PSJHS
gym). Parents may also use
the Opportunity Center to
go online and view your
child's grades. For more
information call Gloria Gant
at 229-9359.
Check out these free
websites for math practice for
the reluctant, disenchanted,
or struggling math student.
It is appropriate for all
ages, even pre-school, up
through algebra. http:.//
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News Column

Faith Christian School

Students in grades
three through twelve toured
the Governor's Mansion in
Tallahassee last Friday. This
was a wonderful experience
and the Christmas
decorations were incredible.
Thanks to all the parents and
teachers who drove vehicles
and chaperoned. We had
about 72 in our tour and
it seemed everyone had a
great time. A special thank
you goes to Carol Beck, who
serves as the curator of the
Governor's Mansion, and
the docents who gave the
A quick side trip to the
Capitol Observation Deck (on
the 22nd floor of the state
capitol building) was just

one more adventure afforded
to our students. Many
could see the rooftop of the
Governor's Mansion eight
blocks away. We all saw the
FSU and FAMU campuses.
Some of our group (including
chaperones) had never been
to the top of our state capitol
, and were quite impressed
with the view. It was a
perfectly clear day.
Another trip by grades
5-8 took place on Tuesday
(December 13th). The visit
to the television studios
of WMBB (Channel 13) in
Panama City will be updated
when we return to school in
Please remember that
students will be dismissed

on Friday, December 16th at
their regular dismissal times.
There will be no extended
care on Friday, December
16th or through the holiday
vacation. Students will
return on Wednesday,
January 4, 2006.
Our next Lion's Tale will
be published on the week
of January 12th. Thanks
for a great first semester.
Remember that we are
celebrating the birth of our
Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ. On behalf of the
faculty and staff of Faith
Christian School, Faith Bible
Church, and all of the Faith
family, have a blessed and
Merry Christmas.

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AsadBsFifth Grade David Davis

The Port St. Joe Middle School Christmas
Party and Dance will be held Tuesday, Dec.
20 from 10:15 a.m. until 11:50 a.m. At the
Christmas Party we have always asked for
students to bring homemade baked goods,
hot dips, and other festival holiday treats.
We know how busy all your parents are
during the Holiday Season, so this year we

are asking all students to bring $5 for the
Christmas Party.
With this money the PTSO will purchase
food and soft drinks for the Christmas
Please bring $5 to your AA Class no
later than Friday, December 16th. Your AA
teacher will remind you! Happy Holiday

Gulf Area Host Families Needed Now

Foreign high school stu-
dents are scheduled to arrive
soon for academic semester
and year program homestays,
and the sponsoring organiza-
tion needs a few more local
host families.
According to Pacific
Intercultural Exchange
(P.I.E.) Executive Director,
John, Doty, the students are
all between the ages of 15 and
18 years, are English-speak-
ing, have their own spending
money, carry accident and
health insurance, and are
anxious to share their cul-
tural experiences with their
new American families. P.I.E.
currently has programs to
match almost every family's
needs, ranging in length from
a semester to a full academ-
ic year, where the students
attend local high schools.
P.I.E. area representa-
tives match students with
host families by finding com-
mon interests and lifestyles
through an informal in-home
meeting. Prospective host
families are able to review
student applications and
select the perfect match. As
there are no "typical" host
families, P.I.E. can fit a stu-
dent into just about any situ-
ation, whether it is a single
parent, a childless couple,
a retired couple or a large
Families who host for
P.I.E. are also eligible to claim
a $50.00 per month chari-
table contribution deduction
on their itemized tax returns
for each month they host a

sponsored student.
For the upcoming pro-
grams, P.I.E. has students
from Germany, the Former
Soviet Union, Venezuela,
Argentina, Brazil, Macedonia,
Hungary, Korea, Mexico,
Australia, Yugoslavia, China,
and many other countries.
P.I.E. is also participating
in two special government-
funded programs to bring
scholarship students from
the Newly Independent States
of the former Soviet Union as
well as predominantly Islamic
countries such as Yemen,
Syria, Jordan, Morocco,
Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar to
the United States. P.I.E. is a
non-profit educational orga-
nization that has sponsored
more than 25,000 students
from 45 countries since its
founding in 1975. The orga-
nization is designated by the
United States Department of
State and is listed by the
Council on Standards for

International Educational
Travel (CSIET), certifying
that the organization com-
plies with the standards set
forth in CSIETs Standards
for International Educational
Travel Programs.
Doty encourages families
to contact the program imme-
diately, as it will allow the
proper time for the students
and hosts to get to know one
another before they actually
meet for the first time.
Gulf area families inter-
ested in learning more about
student exchange or arrang-
ing for a meeting with a com-
munity representative may
call P.I.E., toll-free, at 1-866-
546-1402. The agency also
has travel/study program
opportunities available for
American high school stu-
dents as well as possibilities
for community volunteers to
assist and work with area
host families, students and

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Third Grade
Caitlin Godwin

Fourth Grade
Allen Davis

Fifth Grade
Mary Caitlin Bouington

Sixth Grade
Tiffany Burch
Erin Kennedy

Tenth Grade
Trevor Burch

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Port St. JoeoMsexico Beach
Amnlicolsa Car belle
For All Your
Financial Needs

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

W. P. "Rocky Comforter
(850) 227-1818

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

129 Commerce St. 135 WHwy 98 & SCHOLZ, P.A.
Apalachicola Port St. Joe WilliamJ. Rish, ThomasS. Gibson,
(850) 653-8868 (850) 227-1278 RussellScholz
www.ApalachTimes.com www.StarFL.com (850) 229-8211
1139,SO llafl,,

The Potter's House
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
10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Worship 7:00 p.m.

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

Cttnmpfy Smavi 9 00 am.
MAring Wer:11:00a.m.
Mcddit Yoat euship: 6:0 0 p.m.
mwing W om40':700p.m.
All Times are EST

Dan Rhodes
]ff Whiny
Deborab yles
Direor ofChildreMinistri

Jesus is Lord an He is waiting

iglanu iew $ aptist t urto
. 382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456

Mike Westbrook,

Sunday School
Morning Worship
Evening Service
Discipleship Training
Wednesday Prayer

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

The Catholic Church of Gulf County
wiAe& euueame a AMew Ctima4

St. Joseph
20th & Monument
Port St. Joe, FL

St. Lawrence
788 N. Hwy 71
Wewahitchka, FL

Christmas Eve
4:00 pm & 10:00 pm (ET) 6:00 pm (CT)

Christmas Day
9:30 am (ET)

.*' 508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
Sunday Worship
10:00 a.m. Sixteenth Street
Fellowship Time /
10:45 a.m. C
Adult School T- .
11:00 a.m.
-Sunday School 0
*Young Children
Highway 71/ Cecil Costin Sr. Blv
Pastor Rev. J. Reid Cameron

M U ned Jtdot

111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
S*uldq enilr ism: 9:00 a.m. CST
IHiqkSdl: 10:15 a.m. CST
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
.t pfHlo of Mlik luhk Ilidlethd ist (Crkch
lun stl hovinID
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

Family Life Church
"Touch lives with the Love of Jesus"
Join us in worship Apalachicola Pana
10:30 Sunday Morning Hwy. 98
7:00 Wednesday Evening <


Cathy Ruth d Reid Ave.
Rh l gaining Center graduates mily e
Visit our website at:
familylifechurch.net y Wewahitchka
323 Reid Avenue* Port St. Joe 229-LIFE (5433)

"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 ....

You're Among i)/ends at
SOak Grove AssemblvafGod
David A. fernandez, Pastor
Office: 850-227-1837 Parsonage: 850-229-6271
613 Madison Street Port St. Joe. fC
Schedule of Services
Sunday Wednesday
Sunday School 9:45am lid Week Meal 5:00pm
Morning Worship 1O:45am Mid 'Week Bible Study 6:15pm
Xids on the.Nove 10:45am .Ministry In Action 6:15pm
Cross Training Youth 6:15pm
men'ss Minlstry- Monday 6:30pm
Ladies Ministry Tuesday 7:00pm
Dynamic Praise 'Worship -Preaching the Pure Word .

Church of Christ

at the Beaches
314 Firehouse Road *
OVERSTREET 850-647-1622
Sunday Bible Study: 10:00 am EST
Sunday Worship: 11:00 am EST
Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 pm

Singing: 9 a.m. Sunday
Worship: 9:30 a.m. Sunday
Call 229-8310
P. 0. Box 758 *,Port,St. Joe, FL 32457
SCorner of 20th Street & Marvin Avenue)j

311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
SUNDAY: General Assembly 9:45am. Bible Study all ages 10a.m.
Morning Worship 11a.m. Evening Worship 6p.m.
WEDNESDAY Choir Practice 6 p.m
Prayer Meeting & Youth Group 7p.m.
'0 taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.'
2L,.o ,, ,..l i, iia.,,r ,'. .r, .I. i'i s, i 5 ,ic God bless you!
: Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725

" 'first 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

The friendly place to worship! rt

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 6:30p.m.
Please note, all times central!
Nursery Provided for All Services!
Reverend Eddie LaFountain

"A Reformed Voice
.of f in the Community"

'i Dr. Bill 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 ...

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

Long Avenue Baptist Church

iWhere Faith, Family c

Friendship are found
No Other Name ...The name of Jesus comes from the Hebrew name of Joshua, or Je-
hoshua, meaning "Jehovah will save." His name is a testimony to God's salvation & our reason
to celebrate Christmas.
The Bible says, "There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that
has been given among men, by which we must be saved. "When the angel announced that Mary
would "bear a Son: & you shall call His name Jesus," he was declaring that Mary's Son would
be the very embodiment of God's salvation! Yes, indeed it is a very Merry Christmas!!
1601 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL For More Information Call 229-8691
Worship on Sunday: 10:30am Bible Study on Sunday: Worship on Wednesday:
and 7:00pm 9:15am and 6:00pm 7:00pm

St. Joseph Catholic Church Middle School Students

Assist Christmas Food Drive for 2005

The St. Joseph Catholic
Church Middle School stu-
dents, supervised by Mrs. Jill
Jones, helped with the food
program. Transported in the
church van, the kids arrived
eager to help, and bagged
over 180 grocery sacks of

donated food, some of which
was gathered by the parents
and children. The food will
be delivered to needy families
and senior citizens in Gulf
County and Mexico Beach.
The St. Joe Company has
been a major contributor of

the food being distributed.
Pictured are: Bryanna
Stuart, Robyn Carroll, Ginny
McCall, Pulci McCall, Chelsea
Flanagan, Sammy Buccieri,
Calder Mahan, Timothy
Stuart, James Miller.

Charitable Giving Incentives Through December 31

With the end of the year
rapidly approaching, the
Florida Federation of NARFE
(the National Active and
Retired Federal Employees
Association) wishes to
remind all Floridians to a
very special charitable giv-
ing opportunity made pos-
sible by. the enactment of
the Katrina Emergency Tax
Relief Act of 2005. The Act
contains a significant chari-
table giving incentive for
donations through the end of
2005. It allows donors who
make cash gifts to almost
any charity or non-profit
institution between'rAugust:
28, 2005 and December 31,
2005-including colleges
and universities-to deduct
an amount equal to 100 per-
cent of their adjusted gross
income. This is double the
normal limit of 50 percent
of income. You should check
with your tax consultant
regarding the applicability of
the new law to any donation
you make, as there are some
This law encourages

Americans to give generous-
ly to victims of Hurricane
Katrina while maintaining or
increasing donations to other
This is a great "win/win"
situation-an opportunity to
benefit from boosting your
charitable giving to all worthy
As you finalize your year-
end giving, NARFE hopes
you will consider this the
right time-for many rea-
sons-to give generously to
the Alzheimer's Foundation
([ http://www.alzfdn.org/
]www.alzfdn.org), Federal
Employees Education and:
Assistance Fund ([ http:/1
www.feea.org/ ]www.feea.
org), or whatever charity you
may choose.
Editors note: NARFE
(the National Active and
Retired Federal Employees
Association) is the nation's
oldest and largestfederal
employee/retire organization
with a National membership
of nearly 350,000, within
10 National Regions and
nearly 1600 Chapters, with

Federations in all 50 states.
The Florida Federation
has 11 Districts with 79
Chapters and over 20,000
members representing over
166,000 retired federal civil
service annuitants, survi-
vor annuitants and several
hundred current employees,
along with many present and
former dependents of these
members. NARFE informa-
tion is available from [ http:
www.narfefl.net/ ]www.[

Youth Christmas

The New Life Christian
Center Church would
like to invite everyone to
18th. At 5:00 P.M. This pro-
gram will include the Birth
of Jesus, Recitals, Skits, and
Creative Dance. Come out
and join us in the celebration

No Room In The Inn

Born in a manger, wad no place for a king.
his lowly birth o wic we sing.

Jhey had no room for iim in the Inn.

They went to a stable, where Ae was born back then.

nothing has changed, it. deemSdto, me .. .. .

any still don 't have room, its plain to see.

Jhey don't have prayer in the school anymore.

You can t podt the Jen Commandments, on the wallor the floor.

TJhe judes Say murder, through abortion id find.
od view is different and so it mine.

A/hen reciting ihe /w ed4e of Algiance, "under god can t be said.

Jomosexuaa getting specialrights, waSn'tin the bible read.

People wonder why the world is in the shape it' in.

It' a three letter word god called it sin.

Make room in your heart, e Se coming bact again,

-41HAJe ll be after is believers then. J f ou re a believer, when Je comes back

again, e ready.

He '/ need no room in the jnn. Billy Johnson
qi V

Marion E. Childs,

Jr. (Gene)...
Funeral services for
Marion E. Childs, iJr.
(Gene) were held on Dec.
6 in Mexico Beach. The
Reverend Eddie LaFountain
of the First Baptist Church
of Mexico Beach of officiated.
Gene was a 1969. graduate of
Colquitt County High School
in Moultrie, Georgia, and he
also graduated from Mercer
University wit a degree in
English Literature in 1974.
He was an English teacher
in Tennessee and also taught
English at Colquitt County
School in Moultrie, GA.
He retired to Mexico
Beach in 1997, where he

worked as an outdoor writ"
er for the STAR newspaper.
He was a member of the
Florida Outdoor Writer's
Association, a past member
of the Mexico Beach Artificial
Reef Association's Board of
Directors, and a past mem-
ber of the Mexico Beach
Community Development
He is survived by his
parents, Marion and Doris
Childs of Moultrie, GA, three
children, Chance Childs
of Tampa, Sarah childs
Sof Bellefontaine, OH and
Charlie Childs of Miami, and
his brother, Dr. Ron Childs
of Bainbridge, GA. He has
one niece, Dr. April Childs of
Seattle, WA and one neph-
ew, Zach Childs, of Mexico

, "Our Church can be your home"

first Church of the Nazarene
2420 Long Avenue fPort St. Joe, florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

Sunday School .................. 10 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship ......... 11 a.m.
Sunday Evening Worship ........... 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Service . 7 p.m.

* The family has requested
.that in lieu of flowers peo-
ple can contribute to Gene
Childs Memorial reef which
will be built out in the Gulf of
Mexico by the Mexico Beach
Artificial Reef Association.
Donations may be mailed to
the MBARA, PO Box 13006,
Mexico Beach, 32410.



Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center

Holding Services at the Mexico Beach Civic Center
Sunday 9:30 AM
For Info 648-5773


At the
Church of
Your Choice
this Sunday

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Holiday Breakfasts Celebrate Southern Traditions

(Holidays 2005)--Southerners
love breakfast, so it's not sur-
prising that a festive break-
fast or brunch has become
a holiday tradition in many
"Our Southern heritage
is steeped in the rural life-
style where a hearty break-
fast was necessary for a day
of work on the farm. Times
have changed, but our love
for a big country breakfast
hasn't, so we often serve those,
once daily foods at times of
celebration," observes Linda,
Carman, the Martha White@
Southern baking expert.
Holiday Traditions
In many families a holi-
day breakfast is a much
anticipated tradition passed
down through generations -
an almost reverent offering of
special family recipes. Often
highlighted by Southern
favorites such as country
ham and biscuits served with
red eye gravy, eggs, grits and
assorted homemade fruit
preserves or sorghum molas-
ses, this great hearty meal
is meant to be lingered over
with good conversation and
to tide you over until din-

Others like to open up'
their homes to family and
friends for a festive holiday'
brunch. Serving a casual
buffet creates a relaxed set-
ting for guests to visit and
enjoy an array of delectable
dishes. Trays of delicate little
biscuits filled with thin slic-
es of, country, ham, sausage
pinwheels, sausage balls,
cheese grits and egg cas-
seroles, bowls of sparkling
ambrosia and an assortment"
of coffeecakes, muffins and
sweet rolls are only a few of
the Southern delicacies that
may be found on a bountiful.
holiday buffet.
And all during the holi-
day season, there are oppor-
tunities to relax around the
kitchen table with overnight
guests and family. Serving
a simple breakfast of bacon,
eggs and a pan of hot bis-
cuits is an enormous plea-
sure when shared with those
we love.
But no matter the occa-
sion, a Southern breakfast
is just not complete without
biscuits. They may be served
with sausage gravy, filled
with country ham or slath-,:

ered. with butter and jam.
Or they may be one of many
* variations created by good
Southern cooks like cheese
biscuits, cinnamon biscuits
or sweet potato biscuits.
Biscuit Tips
Good biscuit makers are
held in such high esteem, it is
surprising that basic biscuits
have only three ingredients
self-rising flour, shortening
and milk and are really not
hard to make. With just a
few tips, you can be a great
biscuit maker, too.
Tip .1 Cut solid short-
ening into the flour with a
pastry blender, two knives
or a fork forming little bits
of shortening in the dough.
When baked,, the shortening
melts and forms flaky layers
in the biscuit. It is easier to
cut the shortening into the
flour if it is cold, rather than
room temperature.
Tip 2 Stir dough gen-
tly so that the little bits of
shortening remain in the
dough. After adding milk
to .the flour and shortening,
stir with a fork just until
the dough forms a ball. If
you have stirred about 20
strokes and still have dry

flour, add a little more milk.
You shouldn't have to stir
hard and the dough should
be slightly sticky.
Tip 3 Turn out onto
a lightly floured surface. A
pastry cloth that you can
rub flour into works well
because you don't want to
add much more flour. Knead
very gently only 10 to 12
strokes remember you want
to maintain those little bits of
shortening in the dough.
Holiday Biscuits
There is no way to top
an old-fashioned homemade

biscuit for serving with a tra-
ditional breakfast or filled
with country ham slices.
But there are some delicious
and fun variations that you
might like to add to a holiday
party menu or serve to guests
around the kitchen table.
Sausage Pinwheels have
been a favorite party biscuit
for generations in the SouU t.
Nothing looks more appealing
or tastes better than a good'
biscuit swirled with savory
For a biscuit with a little
different fgair, Walnut Blue
Cheese Biscuit Bites will add

,,a new dinensiln to your boli-*
Sday brunch. Sirpl# drilped
onto to the baking. sleet,
these little biscuits ,arei.risp
and flavorful. : \
If you still feel a-ilittle
iinsecure about baking bis-'
cults from stratchl, Glazed'
Cranberry Orange Biscuits'
are delicious arid eas' to
make '~lth a convenient bis-
,CLit mix.' ,. I
For-, .mre delicious
Suthefn biscuit (and other
holiday recipes, visit the
Martha White websitee "at

Correctional Officers Graduate from GCCC

Correctional Officer
Basic Standards classes #
171/172 graduated from Gulf
Coast Community College on
December 5, 2005.
Russell K. Hensley
and Benjamin Watts both
receivedAcademic and Perfect
Attendance awards. Top Guri

Tyndall Eye .
Sabre Gate outgoing
traffic only
Drivers are allowed to1
exit via the Sabre Drive Gate
only for the next few months;
therefore, drivers should,
plan accordingly for traffic
congestion on Highway 98.
The entrance to the base is
under construction and is
being widened to increases
efficiency. All inbound traffic
through School Road Gate
will be required to turn right
onto DeJarnette Road, and
all outbound traffic on Sabre
Drive will not be permitted
to turn right on DeJarnette
Road. All other traffic should
use the main gate at Illinois
" Retiree Activities Office
volunteers needed

awards were presented to
Christopher John Blount:
ahd-., Raymond L. Thomas,&
Perfect Attendance
awards were also given to
Franklin George Hayward,
Russell S. Moranor, Patricia
Ann Welch and Clifton-

.The Retiree Activities
Office is seeking volunteers to
assist with the various tasks
associated with running the
office. The RAO is an all-
volunteer organization that
provides assistance and
information toTyndall'sretiree
community on retiree-related
issues. Those interested in
volunteering should contact
the office by e-mail at tyndall.
RAO@tyndall.af.mll or phone
at (850) 283-2737.
Remembering troops
According to guidelines
issued by the Military Postal
Service Agency (MPSA),
Americans who want to send,,
support to troops spending
the holidays in Operations
Iraqi or Enduring Freedom

FRay Howell President
G Keith "Duke" Jones VP/Business Development

CLJ Gulf Countu Land 8

Abstract Company
Title Insurance Abstracts Escrows Real Estate Closings
411 Reid Avenue
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9388 Fax: (850) 229-9398
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Edward Whaley.
The following students
also;graduated: Shana Renne
Bdlling,Tommie Ray Cooper,
Chad Eric Jensen, Kendra
N. Pechanec, Samuel Robert
Savelli, Cecilia Sheere Webb,
Chryss A. Weeks.

are running out of time.
Mailing deadlines issued by
the MPSA range from Nov. 12
for parcel post to December
10 for first-class mail. Any
American can log on to
aafes.org or call 877-770-
4438 to show their support
for '-. America's deployed
troops. through "Gifts from
the Home front." "Help Our
Troops Call Home" phone
cards are also available at
aafes.org or 800-527-2345.
From there, gift certificates
and phone cards can be
sent to individual service
members (designated by the
purchaser) or distributed
to, "'any.,.service member",
through the American Red
Cross, Air Force Aid Society,
Fisher House or USO.


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A tooth with a damaged pulp may become discolored, usually from iron in the blood thaj has
leaked. It usually occurs from trauma to the tooth, and it may be the first sign [hit the pulp has been
damaged. The discoloration problem may usually be solved by internally.bleaching the crown.
It is important to note that all discolored teeth are not "dead." 'Sometimsi, the pulp may recover
completely after some trauma and leave a healthy and yet discolored tooih. When pulp therapy is
completed your dentist introduces a bleaching solution internally in che tooth. More than one.visit _
may be necessary and between visits a milder bleach is sealed in the tooth. When a satisfactpry degree'
of lightening has been achieved, a tooth colored filling will be inserted to seal the chamber. Ahpugh
generally successful, bleaching doesn't always remove all stains. Other techniques such as jackets,
bonding or veneering may then be used. '

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trying to determine if the real
estate market is peaking, and,
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Restaurant and Ice Cream Hamburgers
Several Salads and Sides available including
Our wonderful Mahi-Mahi Salad
Karaoke every Wednesday night with $1 drafts.
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Due to the generosity of Arizona

Chemical, local merchants and the

residents of Port St. Joe, Christmas

dinner with all the trimmings will be

available Sunday December 25th, at the

Stiles Brown Senior Citizens Building

located at 120 Liberty Drive.

Dinners will

be served from 11 A.M. 2 PM.

You are welcome to come out and have

dinner with us, or if you would like your

dinner delivered, please contact Prophet

Billy Dixon at (850) 227-5126.

Delivery also available to Wewahitchka

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

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Comfy open living area w/postcard
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to river/park. Gleaming hardwood
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counters. Built in 2003. Includes
348 sq ft bldg. with many possible
uses, MLS 105867 $749.500

fully wooded lot in Southbeach. Adjacent lot is listed at
$485,000. Terrific investment opportunity. MLS 105570
TREASURE SHORES Gulf 1st tier large corner lot. FEMA
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coveted Indian Pass Subdivirion
FEMA flood, great views, hut
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a large lot, in a quiet neigh-
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gorgeous views and spectacu-
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great vegetation make this afA
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After Hours
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NEARLY NEW well maintained
GULFVIEW home featuring gran-
ite countertops, stainless appli-
ances, BAMBOO flooring, 1 block
to beach access & views of Mon-
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rental, & morel $547,000

FRONT lot $499,000
corner lot $425,00
terior lot $450,000
0 lot $299,900.,
erior lot $375,000
ipe San Bias $749,000


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10B The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, December 15, 2005

State Efforts to Combat Meth Labs You Drink & Drive. You Lose Narcotics Task Force

Tom Gallager, State Fire
Marshal, said today that his
office has responded to nearly
50 fires and explosions at
methamphetamine or "meth"
labs, including two the first
week of December. The
State Fire Marshal's Office
is hosting a meeting today
with representatives from the
Department of Environmental
Protection to forge a stronger
partnership for combating
this growing menace to
Florida communities.
Gallager is pushing
for laws that would allow
the immediate removal
of children from a home
being used as a meth lab,
and enhanced penalties for
methamphetamine makers,
particularly those whose labs
injure first responders.
Detectives with the
Division of State Fire
Marshal's Bureau of Fire and
Arson Investigations were
called to a recent meth lab
fire that severely damaged a
Daytona home, and a fire in a
Destin motel. Investigations
are ongoing and arrests are
'"The threat from
clandestine meth labs is

significant and the need
for increased inter-agency
cooperation is critical to
meet the challenge of better
protecting our communities,"
Gallager said.
Exact figures on first
responder injuries and
deaths are hard to collect, but
according to recent reports
from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
(CDC), injuries and deaths for
first responders dealing with
clandestine meth labs are on
the rise. Methamphetamine-
related events recorded by
the Hazardous Substances
Emergency Events
Surveillance (HSEES) system
increased from 184 in
2000 to 320 in June, 2004,
totaling 1,791 events in the
16 states, including Florida.
These events resulted in
almost 960 injuries to police
officers, firefighters and
other first-responders. The
most frequent injuries were
respiratory irritation, eye
irritation, and bums. Nine
deaths were also reported.
In Florida, there has been
a more than 1,000-percent
increase in the number of
meth labs seized since 2001.




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The Port St. Joe Police
Department Will be actively
participating in the "You
Drink & Drive. You Lose."
mobilization that begins.
December 10th and ends
January 1st throughout the
State of Florida
The Port St. Joe
Police Department will be
conducting special DUI
enforcement operations
during the Christmas holiday
season to identify and arrest
impaired drivers as part of
Florida's You Drink & Drive.
You Lose. DUI enforcement
The You Drink and Drive.
You Lose. mobilization runs
from December 10, 2005
through January 1, 2006.
Law enforcement agencies
across Florida are mobilizing
to save lives.

"Florida recorded 15
alcohol-related traffic deaths
during the official Christmas
holiday period last year." said
Chief James Hersey. "We will
do everything in our power
to insure that this holiday
season is safer."
DUI saturation patrols
and checkpoints will be
scheduled during this holiday
period. These operations
will take place throughout
the city as well as other areas
in Gulf County.
"We encourage everyone
to act responsibly during the
Christmas holiday season,"
said Chief Hersey. "If you
intend to drink, make
arrangements to get home
safely. Use a designated
driver, public transportation,
or a taxi. Remember, You
Drink & Drive. You Lose."

The Port St. Joe Police
Department/Gulf County
Sheriff s Narcotics Task
Force served a search
warrant at 228 Avenue D on
A search of the residence
revealed a quantity of powder
cocaine and crack cocaine
packaged for distribution.
The home, occupied by Willie
"Ball" Quinn, was a notorious
spot for drug sales and drug
related activity. There were
also several items believed to
be stolen in the residence
that had been traded for
narcotics, along with a stash
of U.S. Currency.
The Task Force consist of
Investigators from the Police
Department and Sheriffs

Office and is sponsored by
a Grant that was obtained
through the Sheriffs Office.
The Task Force was formed
less than a month ago
and have made numerous
drug related arrest and is
responsible for Narcotics
Investigations throughout
the whole county and is
currently trying to extend to
an adjacent county.
Anyone having
information on narcotics
activity, please call 227-
1115 and ask for Major Mike
Harrison or anyone with the
Task Force or Port St. Joe
Police Department and ask
for Sgt. Chris Teeter. You will
remain anonymous.


On Dec. 04, 2005
Paula A. Horton age 37 of
Panama City Beach, Florida
was arrested for driving with
a suspended license. Horton
was transported to the Gulf
County Jail to await first
On Dec. 05, 2005
Jermaine, T. Fedd age 31

of Port St. Joe, Florida was
arrested for driving with a
suspended license. Fedd was
arrested without incident
and transported to the Gulf
County Jail.
On Dec. 11, 2005
Daniel L. McKenzie age 27
of Eastpoint, Florida was
arrested for driving with a

suspended license. McKenzie
was transported to the Gulf
County Jail to await first
appearance. On Dec. 11,
2005 John E. Brier age 34
of Wewahitchka, Florida was
arrested for possession of
marijuana and possession
of drug paraphernalia.
Brier was stopped for a

traffic infraction and he was
found to be in possession
of illegal narcotics. Brier
was transported to the Gulf
County Jail to await first
appearance. Brier is currently
on probation for a prior drug
related charge.

Gulf County Arrest Log 12/02/2005-12/09/2005

Johnny Ray Hatcher,
w/m, 53, Wewahitchka,
DUI, fleeing, and eluding,
aggravated assault on Leo,
Aggravated Battery on Leo.
; Justin Gerald Love, w/m
32, Port St. Joe, Burglary
Caroline Junette Massey,
w/m, 37, Port St. Joe,
Teresa Eugenia Hicks w/
f, 28, Panama City, Vio;ation
of Probation.
Mark Kelsoe, Jr., w/m
Wewahitchka, 25, Worthless
David W. Dwight. w/m
26. Port St. Joe, Attaching
tag not assigned.
Jermaine Topaze Fedd b/
m, 31, Por St. Joe, DWLSR
Thomas Paul Lee, w/m.
26, Apalachicola, DWLSR
William Lewis Reynolds,
w/m, 37, 'Port, St. Joe,

Violation Probation..
Michael Len Neville, w/
m, 31, Panama City, Violation
Charles Earl Hood, w/
m, 31, Wewahitchka, Grand
Theft (Bay County).
Charles Woodrow Hood,
Jr., w/m, 39, Wewahitchka,
Grand Theft (Bay County).
Jeremy C. Lucas, w/m
27, Wewahitchka, Possession
Emmanual De La Rosa,
h/m, 24, Panama City, No
Drivers License.
James William Quirk, w/
m, 25, Panama City, Failure
to appear.
Charles Wayne
Thompson, w/m, 42, Port
St. Joe, Violation Pre Trial
Michael Ray Hancock,
w/m, 40, Wewahitchka,
Possession Marijuana.
Possession Marijuana
intent to sell. Conspiracy

Expeditious Service 24/7
(850) 229-BOND (2663)
(850) 639-BOND (2663)
Jobie Barfield, Agent 383 Lena's Lane
Cell 814-BOND (2663) Wewahitchka, FL 32465


Important Rate & Lineup
Information for

Port St. Joe And Gulf County

Mediacom provides the latest digital technology to deliver the
best telecommunications services to your home. While we con-
tinue to take every measure to keep our costs under control, our
operational and cable programming costs have risen sharply.
Because of these increases, we now find it necessary to adjust
some of the product and service rates commencing with the
January 15, 2006 billing statements. Changes are listed below.

Product and Services Price List Changes*
Old Rate New Rate Adjusted Cost
Broadcast Basic ........ $17.95 $19.95 $2.00
Family Cable
(includes Broadcast Basic) .... $39.95 $41.95 $2.00
Digital Packages and Servicest
In addition, all digital accounts will be increased by $1.00
on the primary TV and $1.00 on each additional TV
receiving digital programming. For example:
One Star Pak . . . $4.95 $5.95 $1.00
Two Star Showtime Pak ...... $12.95 $13.95 $1.00
Two Star HBO Pak ......... $16.95 $17.95 $1.00
Three Star Pak ............ $24.95 $25.95 $1.00
Four Star Pak ............. $37.95 $38.95 $1.00
tFamily Cable and converter
charges not included in above listed rates.
Digital Gateway
(additional outlet) .......... $3.00 $4.00 $1.00
*Rates shown do not include franchise fees, copyright fees,
taxes and associated surcharges.


1080, 1090

to introduce contaband into
Department of Corrections.
StevenArrio Knight, b/m,
19, Panama City, Possession
Larche Vandell Ware,
b/m, 22, Port St. Joe,
Possession Marijuana.
James Jared Thomas
w/m, 24, Wewahitchka,
Arthur Harris III, b/m,
33, Port St. Joe, DWLSR

On 12/02/2005 shortly
after 9:00 AM, Gulf County
dispatcher's received the first
of many 911 calls in reference
to a small red truck forcing
other drivers off the road
driving in a wrecklessly on
Hwy 71 near the Doc Whitfield
Rd. Before the suspect
vehicle reached the White
City bridge the Sheriffs office
received 5 calls complaining
about the suspect vehicle
driving several of the callers
stated that they were either
forced off the road or left the
road in order to avoid a crash.
Two deputies got behind the
suspect vehicle as it crossed
the White City bridge with
lights and sirens on, the
driver of the suspect vehicle
made no attempt to stop. A
third deputy traveling north
on Hwy. 71 moved over into
the south bound lane, trying
to force the suspect vehicle
off the road, the driver again
made no attempt to stop and
almost struck the Sheriffs
office vehicle. One of the
two deputies that had been
following the suspect pulled
along the side trying to get

the drivers attention and stop
him, the driver then turned
his truck to the left sticking
the deputies car. Both cars
came to a stop. The driver
was pulled from the suspect
vehicle and taken into
custody, the driver Johnny
Ray Hatcher of Wewahitchka
was charged with aggravated
assault (for almost hitting
one Sheriffs Officers vehicle)
Agggravated Battery (for
hitting the Sheriffs officers
vehicle), Driving under the
influence of alcohol and/or
drugs, fleeing and attempting
to elude.
On 12/07/2005 Officers
from Gulf Correctional
Institute, Gulf County
Sheriffs Office and the Port
St. Joe Police Department
Arrested Michael Ray
Hancock a corrections officer
at Gulf Correctional Officer
for possession of marijuana,
possession of marijuana
with intent to distribute
and conspiracy to introduce
contraband into a corrections
facility. The officers had
developed information
that Hancock had received
a package containing
marijuana and was planning
to bring it into the prison,
they interviewed Hancock
and received permission to
search his residence, they
found approximately 180
grams (6 oz.) of marijuana
in Hancocks he was arrested
and taken to the Gulf County
jail. Additional charges and
arrest are pending in this

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FILE NO. 05-80-PR
/ .
The administration of the
BARBEE, deceased, File
Number 05-80-PR is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for
Gulf County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which
is Gulf County' Courthouse,
1000 Fifth Street, Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456, The names
and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal
representative's .attorney are
set forth below.
All persons on whom this
notice is served who have objec-
tions that challenge the validity
of the will, the qualifications
of the personal representa-
tive, venue,' or jurisdiction of
this Court are required to file
their objections with this Court
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served
within three (3) months after
the date of the first publica-
tion of this notice must file,
their claims with this Court
All other creditors of the
decedent and persons having
claims or demands against
the decedent's estate must file
their claims with this Court

The date of first publica-
tion of this Notice is December
8, 2005.
Attorney for Personal
Charles A. Costin
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Florida Bar No. 699070
Personal Representative:
Glenda Dale Barbee
1901 Long Ave.
Port St. Joe, Fl. 32456
Telephone: (904) 227-1159
Publish December 8, 15, 22, &
29, 2005 ,. '
File No. 05000071PR
'Deceased. .

The administration of the
estate of MAX W. KILBOURN,
deceased, whose date of
death was July 15; 2004, id
pending in' the Circuit Court
for Gulf County, Florida,
Probate Division, File Number
05000071PR, the address
of which is Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456. The names and
addresses of the personal rep-
resentative and the personal
representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and all persons having claims
against the decedent's estate,
including unmatured, contin-
gent, or unliquidated claims,
on whom a copy of this notice
is served must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THE

All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons
having claims or demands
against the decedent's estate,
including unmatured, contin-
gent, or unliquidated claims,
must file their claims with
this court WITHIN THREE (3)
The date of the first publica-
tion of this notice is December
15, 2005.
Attorney for Personal
203 North Gadsden Street,
No. 6
Tallahassee, Florida
(850) 222-7266
FL Bar No. 0099850
Personal Representative:
7853 J. B. Clark Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32305
Publish December 8, 15, 2005
Notice of Public Sale
'gives Notice of Foreclosure of
Lien and intent to sell these
vehicles on 12/26/2005, on
09:00 a.m. ET at 8082 W. Hwy
98, Port St. Joe, FL 32456, pur-
suant to subsection 713.78 of
the Florida Statutes, COASTAL
SERVICE, INC. reserves the
right to accept or reject any
and/or all bids.
1994 Toyota Pick-up
1997 Hyundai
1988 Honda

1995 Ford
1994 Dodge
1992 Toyota
1985 Lincoln,
# 1LNBP96F3Y621314
1998 Nissan
Publish December 15, 2005
BID #0506-08
The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners will
receive bids from any person,
company, or corporation inter-
ested in providing the follow-
Fuel Management and
Hardware for two (2)
Fueling Sites
Specifications may be obtained
from the Office of the Clerk of
Court, 1000 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida
32156, (850) 229-6112. Any
questions regarding this bid
should be directed to Solid
Waste Director Joe Danford at
(850) 227-1401..
Please indicate on the envelope
that this is a SEALED BID, the
BID NUMBER, and what the
BID is for.
Bids will be received until
Friday, December 30, 2005 at
5:00 p.m., E.S.T. at the Office
of the Clerk of Court, 1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456.
Bids will be opened at this same
location on Tuesday, January
3, 2006 at 10:00 a.m., E.S.T.
The Board reserves the right
to reject any and all proposals
/s/ Nathan Peters, Jr.,
Attest: Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk
Publish: December 15 & 22,
Ad #2005-112

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Services j ing visitors, must be able
205Offered to work weekends, fax re-
sumes to 850-229-7930 or
apply online @ joe.com


ER, have openings on my
schedule, excellent refer-
ences. 624-8226

!! Affordable !
Home Improvements
Sheetrock work,Textured
Ceilings & Repairs, etc.
9 850-896-6197, David

By Pat & Larry

Start a new career
as a tax preparers
,/Competive say
/Rexdble hours
/Professional work environment
,/Bonus Incritves
Year Round Employment (F & PI)
Now accepting applications

ffes are ndependty n end operaed

L1/School Health Aide
Broadband Code:
31-1011-1 Pay Band: 02
Class Title: Health Support
Tech/School Health Aide
Class Code: 5518
Requisition No: 64086343
Closing Date: 12/30/2005
Location: Gulf County:
Salary: $8.43 per hour
Contact Person:
Lesia Hathaway
Gulf County Health Dept.
2475 Garrison Ave.
Port St. Joe, Fl. 32456
(850)227-1276 x149
Announcement Type:
Open Competitive
An Equal Opportunity
Affirmative Action
Special Notes:
This Agency is accepting
electronic applications
only for this position.
Apply at:
For assistance, contact:
People First at

The Port St Joe Star
has an opening for a
Creative Team Member.
Applicants must have computer experience and have
a team-player attitude.
Responsibilities Include: Advertising design and
page layout. Experience in InDesign and Photoshop
a plus, but we will train the right person.
Benefits Include: medical, dental and vision insur-
ande, 401K, success sharing, paid holiday, paid va-
cation and sick leave.
The Star is a drug free workplace and
an equal opportunity employer.
Contact Kathy Smith
Creative Design Manager, 850-227-1290
or email resume to ksmith@starfl.com
or fax resume to (850) 227-7212.
You may also apply in person at the Star office
located at 135 W. Hwy. 98 in Port St. Joe.

Health Care
Be part of the multidisci-
plinary health service
team to open the new
State Correctoinal Fa-
cility in Franklin County,
Highway 67, Carabelle,
*Florida Department of
Corrections is actively
recruiting for:
-Registered Nurses
-Licensed Practical
In addition to salary,
employment benefits
with the State of Florida
include career service
job security; a state
funded retirement plan-
vested after 6 years,
health insurance plan,
life insurance plan, an-
nual & sick leave, .holi-
Interested applicants
contact Sharon
McKinnie, R.N. at
850-410-4643 or email:
mail. dc.state.fl.us

General Practitioners
and Psychiatrist
Work side by side with oth-
er correctional health care
professionals in Florida
prisons. Vacancies at Jef-
ferson C.I., Monticello, Ap-
alachee C.I., Sneads, FL,
Washington C.I., Chipley,
Fl. and Franklin C.I.,
Carabelle, FL.
Great schedules and ex-
cellent State of Florida
benefits including teh high-
est rated retirement sys-
tem in the country. Must
have Florida license prior
to hire. For further informa-
tion contact: Contact:
Sharon McKinnie, R.N. @



St. Joe Towns & Re-
sorts is currently seek-
Ing an experienced
Construction Superin-
tendent for our GULF
COUNTY Homebuilding
Operations. Candidate
will supervise the con-
struction of detailed
unique homes. Candi-
date should have great
organizational and lead-
ership abilities; includ-
ing strong communica-
tion skills and the ability
to follow in place proce-
dures while managing
multiple tasks. An un-
derstanding of external
and internal customer
concepts are essential
In addition to strong
people skills. Five years
residential supervision
required and two year
college degree pre-
We offer great pay &
benefit package.
Mail resume to
245 Riverside Ave.,
Suite 500,
Jacksonville, FL 32202,
Fax resuime'to
or email to
Equal Opportunity
Enrployer* Pre-
Employment Drug
Screening and Back-
ground check Required

Now hiring front & back of
house posit, apply in per-
son, 980 Cape San Bias
Rd. or call 850-625 -5561

port position for a growing
co. in Port St. Joe. Pleas-
ant telephone voice, or-
ganiziation and computer
skills a must. 40 hours a
week. Pay based on expe-
rience & skills. To apply
e-mail resume to

The Gulf County School
Board has immediate
openings for substitute
bus drivers. Training will
consist of 40 total hours in-
cluding 20 hours in the
classroom and 20. hours
on a bus. Training is free if
an applicant drives a bus
for the Gulf County School
Board. All other applicants
for bus driver training must
pay a $52 fee. All appli-
cants must be finger print-
ed, take a bus driver phys-
ical, and be drug tested
before being approved by
the School *Board as a
driver. All licensed drivers
for the Gulf County School
Board are eligible for any
full time positions that
come available. If interest-
ed or want more informa-
tion, call Carolyn at the
Gulf County Adult School
at 850-227-1744

The Gulf County Health
Department has one
opening for a part-time
Custodian. Twenty hours
per week @ $8.00 per
hour. Fingerprinting and
emergency duties re-
quired. OPS position, no
benefits assigned. For
more information, contact
Lesia Hathaway at (850)
227-1276, ext. 149.
Refer to Requisition Num-
ber 649230908.
An Equal Opportuni-
ty/Affirmative Action Em-
Apply at:
or for assistance, contact:
People First at

NEEDED NOW1 No expe-
rience required. Werner
Enterprises has immediate
openings for entry-level
semi drivers. Our avg. driv-
ers earn more than $36k
first year. 60% of our driv-
ers get home nightly/
weekly. 15-day CDL train-
ing available in your area.
Call today 1-866-280-5309

Readymix Concrete
Now hiring CL A&B CDL
Readymix Drivers. Ex-
cellent wages and Ben-
efits. $500 Sign on Bo
nusl USA is an EOE
Call 850-670-5740

every night. 1 years experi-
ence. Clean MVR. Class A
& B license. $300 Sign- On
-Bonus after 90 Days. Call

Compass Physical Thera-
py in Panama City is hiring
PT/PTAs. Come join a
growing company with
great benefits. E-mail re-
sumes to compass pt
(@hotmailcom or fax

St. George Island State
Park is now accepting ap-
plications for OPS Employ-
ment. This position is re-
sponsible for providing
Visitor Services, Mainte-
nance, Cash Register op-
erations, daily financial re-
ports, and giving tours to
the public at John Gorrie
Museum & Orman House
State Park. This position
does require weekend
work. Pay rate is $8.00
hourly. Submit State of
Florida application to: St.
George Island State Park,
Dept. of Environmental
Protection, Attn: Tony
Tindell, 1900 E. Gulf Beach
Dr. St. George Island, FL.
32328. Any questions,
please call 850-653-9347
Closing date is 5pm on
December 15. DEP is an
EEO/AA Employer.

pair aluminum building that
a big rotten tree limb fell
on. call 229-6387
PLUMBERS Helper & ex-
perience plumbers, will
train, paid vacation & holi-
days, Starting pay $9hr,
639-5227 for application

The Gulf County School
Board has immediate
openings for substitute
custodians in the Port St.
Joe area and in the
Wewahitchka area. All sub-
stitute custodians are im-
mediately eligible for any
full time custodial posi-
tions that may come open.
All applicants must be
drug tested, take a physi-
cal, and be finger printed.
If interested or want more
information, call Don Rich
or Carolyn Peak at the Gulf
County Adult School at
res, farm land, Hi & Dry,
extensive irrigation, can be
sub divided. $459k. Shaun
Donahoe, Broker,
850-653-8330 or

0 For Sale


*Gun Show*
Dec 17th & 18th
Bay Co Fair Grounds
2230 E 15th St. (Hwy 98)
Panama City FL
Sat 9a-5p/Sun 10a-4p

SINGER Sewing Machine
cabinet, 3 drawers, con-
verts to desk, $75, Whicker
table w/ 3.5x5.5ft glass
top, with four chairs, four
matching high back bar
stools, $175, 229-5204

Furniture & Refinishing
234 Reid Ave. ,229-6374 "_A.
Tempur-pedic Beds
Oreck Vacuums -

; .
Ready to
S':. Finish

nrfg rm

Lots of Items, INCLUDING
Furniture & More. 9am to
2pm EST., 409 Nautilus
Dr., in St. Joe Beach.

386, 4 miles from Mexico
Beach. Take Rte 98 Mexi-
co Beach to Rte 386, 4 to
5 miles on 386, Look for
Pond View Circle, on right
or follow signs. HUGE
SAT., 7am-? Furniture, ex-
ercise equipment, clothing,
bedding, appliances, 2
large AC units, hot water
tank, work van, refrigera-
tor, freezer, live plants, &

1317 McClelland Ave.
SAT. Dec 17, 7am-?
Too Many Items to list
Come by and Seelll

YOU PICK, Satsuma or-
anges, $2.00 a dozen, also
lemons the size of grape-
fruit & kumiquats, 639-9698


PLAY HOUSE, 8x8x6, 3
windows, carpeted, barn
style roof, shingles, wired
for electricity. New paint.
Yellow & white. 'Toys in-
cluded. $600. 827-2685

this classification may or
may not require an in-
vestment or may be
multi-level marketing
opportunities. We do
not recommend giving
credit card or bank ac-
count information out
over the phone. Always
research the company
you plan'to do business
with BEFORE investing.

If you have a variable rate
mortgage, now is the time
to get a low fixed rate. Call
America's First Home Mort-
gage at 850-323-0824 for
local, personal service.

1 BDRM, 1 BATH, fully
furnished with great view
of Bay/Simmons Bayou.
$650 mo., inci elec., water
and garbage pickup. No
pets. First, last, & $325 se-
curity deposit req'd. 850-
229-7799 M-F, 8-5pm.
GULF AIRE, Executive
1 BR apartment, privacy
fenced, private beach,
pool, tennis court, washer/
dryer. Animals OK.
$650mo. 227-5317


2 2 BR Long Term rentals,
available in Mexico Beach.
Call Hambrick Realty
648-1102 for details.

Mexico Beach
3 br, 2.5 ba, with gulf view,
beach side of Hwy 98. Ful-
ly furnished, balcony, sepa-
rate laundry with storage,
large kitchen, $1050 mo.
side condo, 2br, 1:5ba,
avail. 12/1/05-5/1/06. $875
mo + util. no pets.
available 2 br, 2 ba. & 2 br,
1 ba fully furnished. Locat-
ed at Simmons Bayou and
St. Joe Beach. $900 and
$950/mo w/ minimum 6
month lease. call Century
21 at 229-1200

3 BR 3 Ba bay front, fully
furnished, no smkoing/
pets, 850-229-5204
3 BR HOME just minutes
from downtown Port St.
Joe and walking distance
to beautiful St. Joseph
Bay. Nice quaint neighbor-
hood. Perfect for small
family. $950 per month
with $950 secuirty/damage
deposit. Avail. starting
12/15/05. Call 229-2706 or
229-4600 for details.
3 BR, 2 BA house at Bea-
con Hill, fully furn'd with
beautiful Gulf views. $1500
mo. incl's util's. 647-8317
Port St. Joe Bch. call

3 BR, 1.5 BATH
Very clean, screen front
porch, deck, bonus rm,
carport, Ig yd on 2 lots,
$875 mo + dep. 527-6883.
BEAUTIFUL furnished
2BR, 2BA townhouse lo-
cated in The Village at Port
St. Joe. Conveniently lo-
cated near shopping and
schools. All electric with
gas heat. Immediately
available at $1000 per
month with one months
rent as deposit. A must
see. call (850)229-2706 for
more information.
AVAIL. NOWI fully furnd,
2br, 1.5ba, idyllic location
on stream. .Beautiful View.
$850mo. 850-227-8719

Joe Beach, 3BR, 2BA,
large yard, $1000mo. Call
Gene at 850-830-9342
smoking/pets, 3br, 2ba fur-
nished mobile home with
deck, dishwasher, fridge,
washer & dryer incl'd.
CH/A. $900. mo + util's.
Call 803-604-0289
RENT. 8876 Hwy 98, Bea-
con Hill, 2br, 2 ba, down-
stairs apt, recently renov.,
no smoking/pets $850mo.
Incl's util's. Call Roy
227-1133 or Rex 227-1753

rent in home on St joe bay.
Looking for quiet stable
person non smoker. Avail-
ible imrhendialty This a
great home over looking
the bay. $580 includes all.
Call 229-8787.


220 REID AVE. 650sf.
commercial space, down-
town Port St. Joe.
$905.25/mo, utilities split
with neighboring tenant.
$850 security deposit with
1 year lease. Contact Kim
at 850-227-4960 or
jlabiak(@ameritech.net .

78 fl

with shared reception and
kitchen. Beautiful view
overlooking St. Joe Bay at
Simmons Bayou. $350/mo
per office. Utilities included.
First, last month plus $150
security deposit required.
850-229-7799, M-F, 8-5pm
SPACE, 103 N 30th St.,
Mexico Beach, 1250sf, Im-
mediate Occupancy,
$1200 mo., electric includ-
ed. 850-648-5242

New Commercial Office
and warehouse storage for
lease 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 10' roll up
door. Convenient to all lo-
cations, 1/2 mile off Hwy
98. 1000 sq.ft. each space.
$550 per month. 12 month
leases. One month securi-
ty deposit. Office (850)
229-8014. Home (850)
229-8030 C 850-258-4691


Day: 227-7200
Night: 647-3882
St. Joe Beach

Climate Control

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

a5x10 10x10 10x20

On Site Rentals 6 Days
A Week



2176 HWY 98. 4 Lots,
great possibilities for
multi-family. 183ft. Unob-
structed Bay View. City
water & sewer. Currently a
convenience store with
Deli. $1,700,000. Joan
Lovelace, 850-527-2560
Mexico Beach Harmon Re-
alty or 800-239-4959

8 0 '

INVESTMENT Opportunity
1.6 acres corner lot. Hwy
71 North, Wewa. Block
building, commercial. $80k
Call 850-258-5022
General Commercial- Den-
sity should allow Duplex.
Gulf view & Beach access.
$695,000. Joan Lovelace,
850-527-2560 Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty or

81 Lq -

2 BR 1 BA Port St.Joe.
Cor lot w/bay view. $235K
850-762-3252 by owner
Large 3/2 brick home.
Ready to move in. Home
features: 2 car gar., newly
remodeled kitchen & bath-
rooms. Bay windows, nice-
ly landscaped lawn. Ap-
praised value $339k. Will
sell for $299,500. 227-7720
3br, 1.5ba home. Large liv-
ing room w/vaulted ceiling.
Jenaire Grill. Wraparound
deck. 2 blocks from dedi-
cated beach. $349,900
Joan Lovelace
850-527-2560, Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty
Georgia. 3br, 2ba mobile
home on corner lot.
Screened porch and deck.
Fenced in back yard.
$275,000. Joan Lovelace
850-527-2560, Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty

Georgia. 3br, 2ba on
75x112 corner lot. Large
Florida room, screened
back porch. $275,000.
Joan Lovelace
850-527-2560, Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty
$399,900 3br/2.5ba
townhouse. Like new, fully
furnished, Beachside of 98
Joan Lovelace, Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty,
850-527-2560 or
3br/2ba, Beachside of
Hwy, 1/2 Duplex. Well
maintained, fully furnished.
Gulfview. $695,000. Joan
Lovelace, (850)527-2560
Mexico Beach Harmon Re-
alty, 800-239-4959
side Village. 38th St. newly
constructed end unit
townhouse. 2br/2ba, pool,
garage. $549,900. Joan
Lovelace, (850)527-2560
Mexico Beach Harmon Re-
alty, 800-239-4959
OVERSTREET, 3br, 2ba
on 1.25 acres. 15ft deep
fish pond, greenhouse,
screened porch, carport w/
work shop. $274,900 Joan
Lovelace 850-527-2560,
Mexico Beach Harmon Re-
alty (800)239-4959.
OVERSTREET, 3br, 2ba
on 2 acres, outside shed.
Near Wetappo Creek,
$249,900. Joan Lovelace
850-527-2560, Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty
PORT ST JOE, 914 16th
St. less than two years old,
3BR, extra room, 2 full
baths, metal roof, vinyl sid-
ing, sitting on 1.5'lots at
dead end of road, asking
$359,000, 229-1487
PORT ST. JOE. 173 Bar-
bare Dr. 3br/2ba w/ spa-
cious rooms Irg yard near
schools, town. Fireplace in
family room, screened
porch. $385,000. Joan
Lovelace 850-527-2560,
Mexico Beach Harmon Re-
alty (800)239-4959.
Anna St. 3br, 2ba, fire-
place, hot tub, 2 car gar-
age. $275,000. Joan Love-
lace 850-527-2560 Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty
$795,000. 3br/2ba. Corner
lot across from dedicated
beach. Florida room w/ un-
obstructed view of beach.
Commercial possibilities.
Call Joan Lovelace, Mexi-
co Beach Harmon Realty,
850-527-2560 or

D General

Established 1938 0 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 67yelis


St. $225,000. 2br/1ba Mo-
bile home on 75x150 lot,
2nd block from dedicated
beach. Joan Lovelace
(850)527-2560, Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty

front, 2br/1.5ba, canalfrent
townhome, blue water unit
108C, Miramar Dr. 1 blk'to
gulf, deeded boat slip
incl'd. Furn'd. Immaculate.
$585k Call (315) 525-4306.


35 ACRES in Altha, $200K
6 ACRES, $65K; both 1'2
miles South of Marianna,
all wooded with nice creek
20 ACRES in Altha, can be
divided into 1/2 acre lots,
$200K; V2 ACRE LOT in
Altha, $14K. 850-762-8185.
er, creek, river or beach to
build home. Write: L. Pal-
ace, 7945 Fisher Island Dr.
Miami, Fl. 33109
75x150', (high) with mobile
home, 2 br, 2 ba. 1-V/
blocks from gulf. 36x36
carport, 2 sheds, fended
pet area, $280K. Partial
Owner financing available
850-647-9193 By Onrer,*
Pineda Street, 75x150, 3rd
block from beach, $190K.
(956) 943-1514 By Ownere:
1-10 with water and sewvr.
Zoned mh/rv park, now 4'P
use as a small park, sever-
al lots vacant. Includes
small lake. Could be oitce,
apartment, mh sales or W.
Only 0.6 miles from the'l"-
terchange ramp. Lease
possible call 770-973-9496
By Owner.

Call 648-5306
fum'd, w/CH/A on outskirts
of Wewa. Util's furn'd. $675
mo, $675 dep. 648-5905

2003 KEYWEST 23ft Cen-
ter. Console with electron-
ics, 200hp, 180 hour.
Trailer included. $26,500.
call, 850-762-3252 '

27ft 5th wheel, good con-
dition. $2800 or best offer.
Call 850-532-1658 ',
1989 CAMINO Classic
Yellowstone, fully loaded,
brand new 3 quarter inch
floor, with commercial cov-
ering, new refrigerator,
new tires, duel axle, excel-
lent condition, must sell
$3900obo, call 227-4122


CHEVY 96 Suburban,
Black w/leather interior,
4X4, $5000, 647-5942
Christmas convertible,
great condition, moving
must sell, $2,800. Call 850-
227-6624 or 229-5457. _

To Place An Ad"
in The Star "'
(850) 747-5020
1 (800) 345-8688


DODGE '95 Diesel Ram
2500 Club Cab, Laramie
SLT, long bed, auto, air,
power locks & windows,
cruise, tilt, tow package,
AM/FM/cassette, window
tint, running boards, tool
box, new tires, battery,
shocks, ball joints, rebuilt
transmission, 20mpg, 1
owner, excellent condition.
$9,995. Call 850-648-3055

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Pick-up and Delivery A & R Fence
85nn0-227-1671 ae dwde.te W.
850-227-1671 Al Fleischmann K FEE Estimaes
EIN#593115646 (850) 642-4047

Tony Poloronis & Sons, Inc
State Certified Electrician ESI2000204
& Finish Carpentry RG006883
229-6751 Office 227-5666 Cell
-Serving area since 1975 ,

Margaret Presswood
Independent Beauty Consultant
58 H%\ 98 PO Bo-x 14053
iMeilco Beach. FL 32410
I 800 659 0641
1 850 648 4896
ns\' mriaka .com-mpressood

Hills Concrete, Inc.
Commercial & Residential
Licensed & Insured

Billy R. Hill
Lic # 04-1158

(850) 670-8554
Cell: (850)899-0247
Cell: (850) 899-0244

SCaat Cotr 01
'Highway 98 Hlghland View Port St. Joe 850.227241 Fax

Do-It-Yourself Professional Caipel Cleaning with
Great for Cleaning All Carpet, Upholstery, and
Auto and Recreational Vehicle Interiors.


Show Room Located at St. Joe Airport

Buy Direct From

Manufacturer And Save
*Rolling Shutters
: : oClear Panels
*Bahama Accordion Shutters

24 Hour Water Extraction IICRC
_Certified Technicians Mold and
.'Mildew Remediation Free Estimates
* Stain Protection Available
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SHousehold Pesl tCntrol ew Tlealment
R teal Estate (WDO) Repots Conslnrucli Sites
Specializing in Vaction Rentalo Properties

"Serving the Entire Areao"
Free Estimates
Do-It.Yoursell Pest Control Produdst
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Will Work For you & With You
from Framing to Finishing
Residential & Commercial
Call for Estimates & Consultation
license # CBC1253286
Office: (850) 229-5281

Screen Rooms oCarports

Aluminum Railing Florida Rooms

Pool Enclosures



(850) 229-STAR

FAX# (850) 227-9898 770 Hwy98
MV#41279 Port St. Joe, FL 32456

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Port St. Joe, FL

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Circle S Refinishing
Repair Touchup or Complete Refinishing
We do it ALL from furniture to floor.
Free Estimates
This area's most experienced refinishers.
227-4369 ask for Dusty

Rod & Reel Repair
Bluewater Outriggers
Port City Shopping Center

TLC Lawn Service
"Every yard needs a little TLC"

Free Estimates 229-643 Established 1991
Mowing p.rinlder Systems
Trimming, Fertilizing Installed & Repaired

Drywall, Painting, Carpentry &

No Job Too Small! Free Estimatesl
Cell (850) 227-4248



(850) 227-4319

St. Joe Rent-All.

LIC# MV64468

850 229 8651 MOBILE 850 227 8024

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Hardwood Flooring

Decorative Flooring 850-229-7720 offers profes-
sional services for anyone who wants their floor
completed properly and with pride. .
Exotic and Domestic wood Flooring
Inlays- Borders and Medallions
Installation Sanding and Refinishing Repair Custom
National Award winner for best floor in Nation
Largest showroom in the State of Florida
Licensed Insured References
Unmatched Quality and Value for your money


Serving Port St. Joe and Surrounding Area for 20 Plus Years
1 Call Does It All For Your
Major Appliance, Air Condition & Electrical Repairs
Mm f 5Riff Cr .,a I(C.
RA0043378 11 E.R007623

Starratt Roofing, Inc.
Residential Commercial
N Stephen Starratt
Shingles Built-Up Metal

Licensed & Insured
Wauchula, FL 33873

ph (863)773-2651
Fax (863) 773-9871

ALLENCO P.. Box 1171
Lw'lfm" Port St. Joe, FL 32457
BUILDER INC. Ph: (850) 227-1882
Cell: (850) 340-0674
Fax:: (850) 229-1544

Bruce R. Allen
Contractor LIC #RB29003351

Landscape Design &
Consultation Services

Kay Kelley
Florida Certified
Landscape Designer

Plan It before you Plant It!

Home Repair Minor Renovations
Vinyl Siding & Gutters
Doors Windows
Deck Maintenance
All But 6, LLC Licensed/Insured
Charlie Poliski
850-545-1126 or 670-8532..

Lawn r Laidscaping LLC
"When Quality Counts"
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Forgotten Gardening

by Kay Kelly

Ah, Christmas. Here
comes a holiday which puts
us on sensory overload like
no other.
To get beyond the
commercialization, and all
the hoopla about whether the
word 'Christmas' should be
used to identify the season, all
I have to do is close my eyes
and inhale deeply. The crisp,
clean scent of a fresh conifer
is what I seek, even more
than the smell of cookies in
the oven, or bayberry candles
on the hearth. Every year I
moan and complain about
the amount of money that
goes into a cut Christmas
tree, bought from a lot at a
big box store, but I no longer
live where fir trees grow in the
pasture behind the house.
If 'putting in' tobacco
counts as my first job in
horticulture, then working
for a summer on a Christmas
tree farm was my second. I
should have gotten a clue then
that any job in horticulture is
hard, hard work.
Keeping this job
meant that for the first time
in my life I had to drag my
lazy bones out of bed well
before sunrise. Mr. Butell
would pick my friend and
I up at the stoplight where
you turned to enter our small
college campus, and we did
not dare be late. We rode in
the back of the pickup truck,
along with a couple. more
workers, huddled together
against the chilly pre-dawn
air. For twenty or thirty
minutes we would bump up
rough mountain trails to 'the
Christmas tree fields, arriving
just as the sun was rising far
If ever I have had the
sensation of being on top of
the world, it was on these
Balsams and frasier fir
trees, which we were working
on that summer, grow at
high altitudes, on steep
slopes towards the very tops
of the mountains. Far below,
white clouds of fog lay in the
contours the valleys, and
every morning I felt as close

ville-Donovan, Inc. (BDI) to-
day announced that Mike
Reid has been promoted to
the position of Regional Vice
President for the firm's Pana-
ma City Region. Reid brings
to the position more than 18
years of experience in design,
program management and
construction administration
in both environmental and
civil design fields.
Reid, 41, is a licensed
professional engineer in Flor-
ida, Alabama and Mississip-
pi. He joined BDI earlier this
year as a project manager in
the firm's Baldwin County of-
fice. In his new role, he will
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water Treatment Facility, the
Panama City Beach Waste-
water Reuse Facility and
repairs to the Panama City
Beach Pier.
Previously Reid has

to heaven as I ever had.
The feeling didn't last
long, because my boss was all
about work. He was paying
us well, far better money
than I had ever made before,
and I was serious about
holding on to the job. He
handed out our tools for the
day: heavy machetes. These
knives had blades thirty
inches long, and Mr. Butell
honed them every night to be
as sharp as possible. Each of
us trimmed two rows of trees
at a time, with two unworked
rows between us, to keep us
well away from each other's
sharp, knives. With long,
even sweeps of the knife, we
would slice the tips off each
tree, top to bottom, all the
way around. All day. Every
day. Thirty minutes for
lunch, and back to work. The
sun would rise and burn off
the fog below as we worked,.
and remind us that it was
summertime, and hot. Sap
from the cut branches stuck
to our clothes, and bare skin,

worked with other consult-
ing firms including Allen &
Hoshall, Ltd. in Jackson,
Mississippi; BCM Engineers
in Mobile, Alabama; and URS
Consultants in New Orleans,
:, Reid's Northwest Flori-
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years: spent in Niceville with
government contractor BTG,
"The people of Bay Coun-
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will benefit from the wealth
of experience Mike brings to
the office," said Larry Bow-
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Officer. "His range of skills
is an asset to our firm and to
our customers alike." ,
Reid is a 1986 graduate'
of the University of South
Alabama He earned his
master's degree in Civil Eini-
neering with honors frorn
Auburn University in 2000.
He is a member of the Ameri-

and dirt stuck to the sap.
By the end of the day, when
we fell out of the back of the
pickup truck and walked the
short distance home, our
hair would be sticky with sap
and we looked like refugees
who had been too many days
without a bath. We smelled
like a Christmas tree.
My friend Kathy found
this 'job for me, and she
was on her third day when
I started. We were the only
two girls on a crew of perhaps
six people. By the end of the
summer Mr. Butell said we
were the best workers he
had ever had, and he would
hire girls to do the work from
then on. On my second day,
though, Kathy and I decided
to take a break without
asking. We felt we deserved a
break. It was mid-afternoon,
and we were hot, and had
blisters from swinging the
long machete all day. We hid
behind some rhododendron,
flopped on our backs,
moaning about how sore we

can Defense Preparedness
Association (ADPA) and the
Society of Military Engineers
(SAME), and is licensed by
the US Department of Ener-
gy to provide anti-terrorism
support to municipal and
industrial water treatment
facilities. Reid also is certi-
fied by OSHA for hazardous
waste emergency manage-
ment response.
Reid has been married
'.for 15 years to his wife, Dede.
The couple has three chil-
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were and giggling about how
much money we would make
that week. Not five minutes
went by before Mr. Butell
found us, and sternly told us
that if he caught us goofing
off again we were fired.
When you go to the tree
lot in search of that perfect,
full tree, keep in mind how
it gets that way. The trees I
trimmed were six and seven
years old, and ready to be cut
that Christmas. Every year,
someone has circledyour tree,

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slicing the tips off cleanly so
they will sprout two branches
where there was one, and
four where there were two,
and so on. That hole or flat
spot that you place against
the wall might be where a
bear walked by and broke a
branch, or it might be where
a new employee got the tilt of
the knife wrong and cut out
too large a slice.
By the end of that
summer, I had a great tan
and a pocket full of money.

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Far more important, though,
was a new awareness I had for
the natural world, and for the
way plants grow. I remember
this at Christmastime and
give special thanks for the
sharp, clean smell of fir
trees, and the memory of
misty mountain fog filling the
alleys below while I stood at
the edge of heaven.
Comments? Advice? Email
me at kkelley@beachvillage.

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The holidays bring expectations of gifts,
food and fun, unless you're one of the
.hou.san.ds in our area at-risk of going
to bed hungry and empty-handed
on Christmas.

Our communities have suffered
through hurricanes and other
disasters, and many many people
face a bleak holiday, including
workers who've lost their jobs,
seniors, and children the
most frequent victims of
hunger and poverty.

With your help, the
Empty Stocking Fund
can make a difference for
the hundreds of people in
Gulf and Franklin counties
alone, plus thousands more,
in need at Christmas.


The Empty Stocking Fund provides food and toy baskets to thousands of
families in Gulf, Franklin, Bay, Holmes and Washington counties. The Star /
and The Apalachicola 6& Carabelle Times have joined this annual project of
The Salvation Army, Tommy Thomas Chevrolet and The News Herald. S HERAL D
Here's how you can make a difference.
* Donations from Gulf and Franklin counties will be listed weekly in The Star and The Apalachicola &r Carrabelle Times; all
donations will be published in The News Herald on weekdays. Every dollar does make a difference.
* Many area schools will be collecting non-perishable food items, so save your cans. If you are not approached to give cans,
you may bring them by The Salvation Army offices at 1824 West 15th Street.
* Volunteer to be a Bellringer, or help wrap toys and sort food. Call 769-5259 for more information.
* Donate spare change to a Salvation Army kettle when you see one. This money is used for the Christmas Cheer program.

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Expressing appreciation to your customers this holiday season

By Keith L. Jones, CPA
How areyou remembering
your customers this holiday
season? In the hustle and
bustle of the holiday season,
it can be easy to lose sight
of what matters the most
in business: the customer.
Without the people who
purchase your services or
products, you would not
have a business.
One of the most common
ways to show your customers
how much you appreciate
and are thinking of them
this season is with a holiday
card. Expressing your
appreciation with a card is
relatively inexpensive and
easy to deliver. They can be
personalized for your firm or
A major challenge
facing many in selecting an
appropriate "company. card"

to send during the holidays
is to find one that everyone,
regardless of their religious
preferences, will like. The
non-discriminatory "Season's
Greetings" message is
probably the safest route to
Sending a card whose
message is not associated
with a particular holiday
belief, tradition or even
emotion may be an even
better way to thank your
customer. Customer
appreciation cards not only
tell your customers how
* much you appreciate their
business, they also express
your company's commitment
to loyalty, integrity and
goodwill. Such cards are also
a great way to make your
business stand out among
your competitors.
Have you thought about

giving gifts? Gift giving
sounds like a wonderful idea,
but it can quickly get out of
hand. Before you go down
this path ask yourself a few
Who gets gifts and
how much can you spend?
Chances are if you are a
small business, you can not
afford to give gifts to all your
customers. This places you
in the unenviable position of
picking who gets a gift and
who does not. It would be
almost impossible to pick an
individual gift for each client.
Therefore you are going to
have to find a gift suitable
for everyone and nice enough
to make your best customer
feel valued.
What kind of gift do you
want to give? As with cards,
gifts too must be acceptable
to a diverse group. Everyone

does not share the same
religion, culture, taste or
sense of humor. Even if you
confine yourself to office-
related gifts, not everyone
drinks coffee, uses mouse
pads or even has business
What do you have
time to get and send? The
closer we get to the holiday
season, the less likely you
will be able to get everything
purchased and delivered in
time. If you do decide to
send your customers gifts
and have a customer who
produces or sells something
that would be a suitable gift,
order your gifts from them.
Doing so will make for some
fascinating and unexpected
types of gifts; show your
dedication to the success of
your customer, as well as
your belief in the quality of

Ways to minimize your Holiday Debt

By: Keith L. Jones, CPA
Holidays can be difficult
for even the best money
managers, as people tend to
rack up even more debt than
usual during the holiday
season. Tired of starting the
New Year in the poorhouse?
Here are a few tips to make
the most of ypur time and
money so you can enjoy the
holidays without starting out
the New Year with a pile of
Set a holiday budget
before you go near a store.
Many people first, come up,
with a list of people to buy
for, which is wrong. You
should first -decide how
much you can spend. People
more often than not buy with
their hearts rather than their
minds and having a budget
before you begin to shop
can help prevent you from
spending more than you can

really afford. Be careful not
to over look the little extras
like postage for holiday cards
to holiday party favors and
holiday decorations for your
home when you set your
Next is a list. Just like
Santa Claus, you should
make a list and check it twice.
Armed with your budget, list
all of the people you want
to buy for and decide how
much you can spend on each
person on your list. Do not
have enough money in your
budget? If you find this to be
a problem, go through your
list again and cut names
from the list or reduce the
amount you can spend on
each gift. You should first
decide on the amount you
will spend for each gift, not
what you will buy. Once
settling on a dollar amount
for each person, limit your

spending to that amount.
If possible pay with cash
and make sure you get a gift
receipt. When using cash,
set a limit and when the
money's gone, it is over.
If you must use credit
cards, think of them as short
term loans. Ideally, you
will want to pay all your
credit card balances off
immediately. Just in case
you are not able to do this
and you have a choice of
cards, you should use the
credit card that offers the
lowest interest rate on unpaid
After making a budget
and preparing a list, allow
time for all your holiday
shopping and preparations.
If you wait to the last minute
to buy your gifts, you may
find that you pay top dollar
and have a limited choice of

When buying gifts for
people who have everything
they need, look for meaning
over glamour. A thoughtful
gift can be simple and have
a minimal cost.
Want to give someone
a gift but do not have the
money in your budget? If this
is the case, do not overlook
the value of intangible items
given as gifts. Offer to walk
the person's dog or help
clean an elderly relative's
home. Thoughtful gestures
cost next to nothing, but can
be a priceless gift.
Finally, you should
always remember the reason
for the season. Whatever
holiday you celebrate, keep
the holiday season's spiritual
message front and center.
Spend as much time as you
can with family and friends
and less time in the malls

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U.S. Postal Service
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the work they do.
Perhaps the most
importantway to demonstrate
to your customers how
much you appreciate them
this holiday season is by
providing top quality and
cheerful customer service.
It is crucial that you make
a point to focus on the
customer you are serving.
Avoid distractions and allow
yourself plenty of time to
interact with the customer

as well as to follow-up with
anything that needs to be"
taken care of. Pay special
attention to minding your
manners from saying "please"
and "thank you" to opening
doors and not blocking
Most of all, remember
to smile! After all, "it's the
happiest season of all!"


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playing attitude. Responsibilities include:

Advertising design and page layout.

Experience in InDesign and Photoshop

a plus, but we will train the right person.

Benefits include: medical, dental and

vision insurance, 401K, success sharing,

paid holiday, paid vacation and sick leave.

The Star is a drug free workplace and

an equal opportunity employer. Contact

Kathy Smith, Creative Design Manager,

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Fax resume to (850) 227-7212.

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from irritants and harsh weather

As the chilling cold of
winter sets in, dry, cracked
skin becomes a problem for
many Americans. According
to the Nation al Health
Interview Survey (NHIS)
figures, 81 million Americans
all across the country will
suffer from this painful
skin condition this winter.
Research into this problem
has produced a completely
new type of lotion, called a
shielding lotion, that's getting
remarkable results.
The outer layer of skin,
made up of dead skin cells,
natural oils and lipids (fats),
is designed by nature to
protect your deeper layers
of skin from irritants and
toxins. According to Dr.
Peter Helton, a board-
certified dermatologist in
Newport, California, dry,
itchy skin is nature's way of
letting you know that this
protective barrier has been
stripped away. If it is not
treated effectively, it can
soon deteriorate into painful
cracked and bleeding skin.
"Winter weather is one
the main causes of dry,
cracked skin," says' Dr.
Helton. "Cold weather and
the low humidity that occurs.
as a result of indoor heating
can strip away your natural
protective layer of skin and
wreak havoc with your skin's
ability to stay moisturized." In
the colder parts of the country
the numbers suffering from
dry skin conditions rise
dramatically. "Most people in
our area suffer from severe
dry skin in the wintertime,"
comments Dr. Brian Zogg, a
board-certified dermatologist
who has a clinic in Albert
Lea, Minnesota. "Our harsh
winter conditions can cause
the skin to dehydrate, crack
and bleed."
Dry skin conditions can
be aggravated by everyday

activities most soap and
cleansers contain fragrances,
colorants, antibacterial
agents and other chemical
ingredients that strip away
the protective elements of
the outer layer of your skin.
"Shielding lotion is more than
just a beauty product. Since
it works with the body's own
defenses, it also addresses
common dermatological
health problems. My,
patients have reported very
good experiences using the
product. Some patients have
had hyperkeratosis, psoriasis
and eczema. We have seen it
clear up the redness, soreness
and cracking," writes Dr.
Rozalia Kovelman, a board
certified dermatologist.
The traditional
pre cription for treating
dr3 skin has been a cream
or lotion with artificial
m( sturizers in an attempt to
replace the natural moisture
and oils in the skin. These
artificial moisturizers cannot
penetrate into the deeper
layers of skin and only
serve to mask the dry skin
condition. Recent research
has revealed that this may in
fact be sending your skin a
"negative" message, causing
the skin to produce, less
moisturizing oils where it
is really needed below the
outer layer of skin. And this
is the only place moisture can
resolve a dry skin condition.
"When the skin gets this
'negative' message ;from
artificial moisturizers, it can
make it more difficult for the
skin to heal," says Dr. Zogg.
"The new shielding
lotions are far superior for
treating dry, itchy skin. They
replace the protective barrier
needed to keep irritants out
and your own natural oils,
and moisture in," says Dr.
Shielding lotions protect

against most chemical
irritants, are not removed by
routine washing and wear
off only by exfoliation. "As a
practicing Dermatologist for
over 22 years, I have found
shielding lotions to be the
most revolutionary product
for softening rough hands
that I have seen," states Dr.
David Horowitz, Torrance,
"Shielding lotions don't
wash or rub off," agrees
Dr. Zogg. "And because a
shielding lotion protects the
skin for up to several hours,
it is a very effective treatment
for the dry skin conditions
we see here in the winter
"A conventional lotion is
not formulated to protect the
skin like a shielding lotion
does. Conventional lotions
only add surface moisture
to temporarily alleviate the
dryness or itching. Shielding
lotions stay on because
they bond with the skin and
protect it for long periods of
time. With this protection in
place your skin keeps its own
moisture in and has a chance
to use this natural moisture
in the deep layers of the skin
to heal itself." states Dr. Lisa
Benest, a board certified
Good news for the millions
who suffer from dry skin each
year. Using a shielding lotion
can prevent a costly trip to
your dermatologist and keep
your skin healthy, smooth
and soft all winter.
To find out more
about what dermatologists
say about shielding lotions
visit The National Skin Care
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American Lung Association Extends Arts Deadline

The American Lung Association of Florida
- Southeast Area invites qualified visual
artists, sculptors and photographers from
across Florida to participate in Food Is Art
2006, 'The Flavors of Florid A Taste of the
The March 30, 2006 event at Cafe
Prot6g6 in West Palm Beach marks the 10th
anniversary of this annual fundraiser, which
has become a South Florida tradition. Due
to the recent hurricane, the deadline for
submitting applications has been moved to
December 15, 2005.
The American Lung Association offers
three levels of participation for artists, who
1. Display and offer for sale artwork
which conveys the theme of the event, with
a portion of the proceeds (30%) going to the
American Lung Association of Florida (visual
artists, sculptors and photographers);
2. Create an original work of art which
conveys the theme of the event on site during
Food Is Art, to be donated to the live auction
(visual artists set up between 2:00 PM and
5:00 PM to begin work, and will complete
artwork no later than 7:45PM, at which time
the work will be placed in the live auction);
3. One visual artist will be selected by
a jury of professionals to create an original
work of art, which conveys the theme of the
event (or any aspect of Florida), to be used on
the invitation, program cover
and other collateral materials associated
with the event.
(Applications may be downloaded .from
the American Lung Association of '.Florida

website at http://www.lungfla.org go to the
Southeast Area page and click on Food Is Art
- deadline for submissions is December 15,
2005.) ,
Resume or Artist's Blo Examples
of work (minimum of 5 images): Accepted
formats: slides, hard copy, photographs, DVD
or CD ROM. You may also submit via email.
If large file. please serj,',in a zip file. LInk~.'fo
website accepted. ',--Return of materials:
If you want your materials to be returned to
you, please include a self-addressed stamped
envelope with your application. Each
participating artist, whether creating an
original work on site or displaying artwork,
shall donate one piece of art for either the live
or silent auction, with all proceeds going-to
the American Lung Association of Florida.
Please indicate on your application at which
level you would like to participate. As there
are a limited number of spaces available,
applicants who agree to create an original
work of art the night of the event will be given
special consideration.
(Any incomplete proposals will not be
Send proposals to::'
Jim Sugarman, Executive Director
American Lung Association of Florida -
Southeast Area 2090 Palm Beach Lakes
Blvd, 9th floor West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Notification will be made in writing no
later than 30 days following the submission

Gulf County Community Development Corporation on behalf of Gblf County Board of County
Commissioners announces funding availability for its State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
Program for activities approved by the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners and Florida
Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) in the SHIP Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) pursu-
ant to Florida Statutes Sections 420-907; 420-9079: Administrative Code Rule Chapter 67-55,
The Gulf County Community Development Corporation is requesting proposals from qualified
local organizations) interested in implementing the following SHIP activity during all or a portion
of the anticipated SHIP contract period (anticipated to be 01/01/06-06/30/06)
Activity: Volunteer- Based Housing Initiative
SHIP funds will be used to provide grants for the purchase of building materials, supplies and re-
lated support items to be utilized through volunteer based initiatives in order to complete improve-
ments to very low and low income owner occupied homes as required to address limited scope
health and safety deficiencies with the home, primarily in one or more of the following areas: roof-
ing repair/replacement, minor interior/exterior repairs, painting/siding, handicapped accessibility,
window/door replacement, insulation/energy efficiency improvements, etc. Expenditures of SHIP
funds will be limited to materials, supplies, and associated costs, while labor and installation exper-
tise will be provided by the volunteer based initiative. Repairs will target health and safety concerns
with priority for hurricane repair/recovery needs.
The successful proposal from organizations) will include the identification of low and very low
income families in need of rehabilitation or improvement work on their owner occupied home,
complete documentation of client eligibility for SHIP assistance (with at least 50% of those eli-
gible having income at or below 50% of area median income), the ability to perform the needed
rehabilitation/improvements, evidence of past experience of organization in managing volunteer
based home repair initiatives, commitment of non-SHIP funds or volunteer(in-kind) services as
leverage for SHIP dollars, unit production goals for housing repair in relation to SHIP funds re-
quested, and documentation of the organization's employment or planned employment of per-
sonnel from the WAGES and Workforce Development Initiatives shall result in a priority award of
SHIP funds assuming the organization demonstrate capacity to implement the subject activity.
Proposals must be received by mail, hand delivery and postmarked before 5:00 pm, Eastern Time,
December 29, 2005 at Gulf County Community Development Corporation, Gulf County Florida,
SHIP Program Office. Mail to Gulf County CDC, RO. Box 837, Port St. Joe, FL 32357-0837 or
hand deliver to 301 1st Street, Room 104, Port St. Joe, Fla. 32456.
For further information, please contact Dannie Bolden, Gulf County SHIP Administrator, (850)

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The Dangers Of Carbon Monoxide Exposure during Winter

As Floridians try to well as their children those with heart disease.
keep warm indoors this when using fuel-operated At higher concentrations,
winter, we want to assure appliances." CO inhalation causes
their safety by making Invisible, odorless and impaired vision and
them aware of the risks tasteless, carbonmonoxide coordination, 'headaches,
and dangers associated (CO) is a highly poisonous dizziness, confusion,
with carbon monoxide (CO) gas produced,.by burning nausea and death. The
exposure and poisoning, fuels such "as gasoline, more CO in the air and
warned officials at the, natural gas, kerosene.' the .-longer a person is
Florida Department of charcoal and wood. Inside exposed, the greater the
Health (DOH). a home, CO can come risk of illness or death.
"Carbon monoxide can from a gas-fueled furnace, Dangerous CO levels arise
be fatal if the exposure, gas water heater, gas when .'home appliances
is severe enough, "said,, clothes dryer, gas ranges, are: used incorrectly or are
DOH Secretary M. Ronfy "kerosene space. heaters,;, poorly maintained.
Franqois, M.D., M.S.P.H., -portable .generators,. Here. are some
Ph.D. "Indoor gas heaters gas of .charcoal grills, .very important DOH
and fire places may result fireplaces or wood stoves, precautions to help
in those high exposures, At low concentrations, CO prevent CO poisoning:
and Floridians should causes fatigue in healthy Be sure all
monitor themselves as people and chest pains for combustion appliances
S,, ... re installed and
Fl ida Den used according to
Florida Departmentofthe manufacturer's
instructions. '

Health Commemorates Have the heating

system. inspected
Have exhaust
ventilation systems,
including chimneys, flues
and vents, checked every
NEVER burn
charcoal inside a house,
garage, vehicle or tent -
not even in a fireplace.
Avoid using
unvented gas or kerosene
heaters in enclosed spaces,
especially sleeping areas.
Never leave an
automobile running in
a closed garage or in a
garage attached to the
house even with the
garage door open.
:* Don't leave the rear
window or tailgate of a
vehicle open while driving.
CO from the exhaust can
be pulled inside the car,

van or camper.
If you use any of
the above appliances,
install CO alarms in your
home. Obtain battery-
operated CO alarms or
plug-in CO alarms with
battery backup according
to manufacturer's
installation instructions.
The CO alarm should
be certified to the
requirements of the latest
safety standards for CO
alarms (UL 2034, IAS 6-
96,.CSA 6.19.01).
Replace CO alarm
batteries once a year and
test alarms frequently.
NEVER use a
portable generator indoors,
including in homes,
garages, basements,
crawl spaces, sheds and
other enclosed or partially
enclosed areas.

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outdoors on a dry
surface, away from doors,
windows, vents and air
conditioning equipment
that could allow CO to
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Anyone who suspects
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off gas appliances and
go outside. If you have
a poisoning emergency,
call your nearest Florida
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at 1-800-222-1222. If the
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World AIDS Day 2005

The Florida Department
of Health (DOH) recognizes
Thursday, Dec. 1 as World
AIDS Day .2005. DOH.
promotes this year's theme
of "Stop AIDS: Keep the
Promise." By "Keeping the
Promise," DOH's Bureau
of HIV/AIDS is striving to,,'
reduce the number of new '
HIV infections in Florida
from an estimated 4,000
per year to 2,000 per year.
"I encourage Floridians, :
who are at risk of infection,
to use World AIDS Day
as an opportunity to get
tested for HIV and find out
their status," said DOH
Secretary M. Rony Francois,
M.D., M.S.P.H., Ph.D. "The
Department is committed
to educating Florida about
HIV by offering prevention
strategies proven to be
effective, increasing the
number of Floridians who
know their status and
partnering HIV-infected
people with treatme6intt.'
On this day, Floridians
should take advantage
of their County Health
Departments' (CHD) HX'/
AIDS services. Testing is
free or low-cost at an\
CHD. By practicing safe
sex, individuals can lower
their risks of becoming
infected with the virus.
However, abstinence is the
best practice to prevent
The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
(CDC) reported Florida was
ranked third in the nation,
for the largest numbers of
HIV/AIDS cases. The DOH
Bureau of HIV/AIIDS plans
to impact these numbers
focusing on the
elimination of racial and
ethnic disparities in new
HIV infections;
offering voluntary
counseling and testing to
increase the percentage
who know they are infected
from the current estimated
70 percent to 95 percent;
increasing the
percentage of HIV-infected
people in Florida who
are linked to appropriate
prevention, care and
treatment services from
the current estimated 50
percent to 80 percent .
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Important new study reveals where Americans fail

at setting and achieving New Year's goals.

* The reasons may surprise you.

ThinkTQ.com, the
world's leading publisher of
virtual training products for
personal and professional
excellence, announces the
results of its 2005 Goals
Study. The data, while better
than last year, shows a big
disconnect between people's
hopes and dreams... and
their power to realize their
Given the numbers below,
Americans, once again, get
an "F" in this critical area of
their performance. Simply
put, they fail to consistently
take the actions necessary
to move their dreams and
visions out of their hearts
and heads... and into their
Background... When we
were creating The Power of TQ
and 10 Choices of Intentional
Excellence, we assigned eight.
research editors the task of
"learning everything there is
to know about setting goals."
We wanted to move beyond
the trite, hackneyed cliche's
and "urban legends" that
seem to surround the subject
matter-and methodically

determine if there is a
correlation between setting
goals and a person's overall
success. (For the record, there
is no "Yale Study" of the class
of '53 that proves that "goal
setters become zillionaires
over time" or a Harvard study
that shows that "the simple
act of writing your goals down
causes the brain to develop
new synapses that give you
power over the future." This
one has been a popular myth
for some time now!) [ http:/
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Our research editors
reviewed 50 different books
from such authorities as Brian
Tracy, Zig Ziglar, Stephan
Covey, Peter Drucker, Tom
Peters, Tony Robbins... and
40 other big-name thinkers...
to 1see what they collectively
hal to say on the subject.
. The idea was to see
if a simple pattern would
emerge, or if there would be
highly divergent ideas on the
importance of establishing
crystal-clear goals.
In the end, our editors
extracted, condensed and

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distilled, quite literally, 1,866
great ideas on how-and
most importantly WHY- it is
essential for people to develop
rock-solid goal setting skills.
(To see how well you
match up to the Gold
Standard, http://www.
thinktq.com/ goals ]go to
ThinkTQ.com/Goals and
take the 2 minute Set Goals
TQ Test.).
Ten Important
Considerations... Ultimately,
our editors distilled this
entire body of knowledge
down to 10 key actions that,
when taken, move you closer
to achieving your goals.
Fail to take these steps
and your goals move further
out of sight.
Each year we compile an
overview of how well and how
often people take these ten
key actions. Following are
the results of our 2005 Set
Goals Study:
1. Make all your dreams
real by first identifying and
then focusing on specific,
tangible targets for what you
You ll never make a dream
real until you have something
specific to aim at. There is no

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way you can plan for -- to
say nothing of work toward
- a "better life." You can,
however, stipulate a list of
conditions that would define
a better life. Each of those
items can then be made into
a precise target you can aim
for, and immediately begin
to work towards. So, dream
your dreams, then identify
specific examples in the real
world that best represent
the desired qualities of your
2005 Results: Only 26
percent of those tested say
they do this frequently. Is
it any wonder that, without
a clear vision for what they
want, people fail to find the
success and happiness they
2. Maintain at least one
clearly defined goal for every
major interest and role in
your life.
Creating an ideal life,
where all of your roles are
completely fulfilled, starts
with setting clear goals. If
you never define what you
expect, you will only get what
life gives you -- and that may
be a whole lot less than what
you want. Why leave things to
chance? Every major interest
and role in your life deserves
its own series of clearly
defined goals... providing a
rewarding direction -- and an
ever-present purpose -- for
each area of your life.
2005 Results: Only 12
percent of those tested do
this consistently. Thus, 88%
lack balance in their lives.
3. Set your goals so
they are directly aligned with
your life's mission, purpose
and passion.
Your most powerful and
inspiring goals are those that
are directly aligned with what
you value most. Goals that
are aligned with your life's
mission are those that bring
an ideal personal vision closer
to reality. Mission based goals
will deliver the greatest sense
of pride and satisfaction
once accomplished. As
you establish your goals,
put them to the test: How
connected are they to what
you value most? If they're
not, change them.
2005 Results: Only
19% of those tested do this
consistently. This leaves 81
percentof the population
that cannot connect the dots
between their life's passion
and purpose... and specific
goals that would provide
direction and meaning in
their lives.
4. Create goals high
enough to ignite your spirit
and inspire you to take
The higher the goal,
the more it will excite
and motivate you. Life's
greatest satisfaction comes
from attaining goals that

beyond reach. If most of
your goals are forgotten
before they're achieved,
you need to create more
exciting, more stimulating,
more intoxicating, more
adventurous, more ambitious
and more heart-felt goals.
2005 Results: Only 26
percentof those tested take
this action frequently...
leaving 74 percent to be
monotonously consumed
by living their lives on a
treadmill... rather than
daring to live what's most
important to them.
5. Write down all your
goals in specific, measurable
detail with declared target
Writing down exactly
what you want, and by when,
is the first step to success. If
you won't commit to writing
them down, you'll never do
what it takes to reach your
goals. Writing your goals
in exquisite detail helps
define them in your mind
-- and provides the exact
specifications for what
you want to accomplish.
The more desirable qualities
you add to the goal, the greater
will be your satisfaction when
you attain it.
2005 Results: Less than
15 percent of those tested
write their goals down.
Consequently, 85
percent of the population
have goals that are out-of-
sight, out-of-mind.
6. Absolutely,
unconditionally commit to
hitting each of your targets.
The best predictor of
success, both personally and
professionally is your degree
of commitment to your goals.
Whenever you set a goal, write
out WHY you're committed to
accomplishing it. The "why"
is far more important than
the "how." Commitment --
sheer passion and will power
-- can help overcome any
deficiency in time, money or
education. Make sure each
of your goals is worthy of the
time and effort necessary to
achieve it. Then, make sure
each of your goals is getting
the absolute, unconditional
commitment it deserves.
2005 Results: Only 33
percent of those surveyed
say they are fully committed
to their goals. No wonder
surveys show that 78 percent
of people who set New Year's
Goals in January dump-out
by April.
7. Share your goals
with others for mutual
Nothing is more powerful
than a team of people all
focused on the same goal.
Dare to share your dreams
with others. A shared goal is
an extremely powerful force.
When your goal benefits ahost
of other people, motivation
and commitment to the goal
increases proportionately.
When you align your goals
with those of others, you
dramatically improve the
probability of each person's
2005 Results: Only 22
percentof those tested say
they frequently share their
goals with others. Without
developing powerful leverage
and strong interpersonal
synergy that comes from
team-building, even modest
goals become difficult to
achieve. Message: Fail to
share your goals and you can
kiss them goodbye.
8. Set a whole series
of related daily, weekly and
long-term goals, complete
with starting times and

A series of goals that
build upon each other
is far more productive
than the same number
of random goals. Start by
setting a highly compelling
destination. Then, set all
the intermediary goals that
will lead you to this desired
location. By setting a series
of concrete objectives, you
gain a long-term perspective,
and a higher purpose for
each daily goal.
Once set, your
enthusiasm, self-esteem and
satisfaction will increase
every time you achieve a
milestone towards the final
long-term goal.
2005 Results: Less than
12 percent of those tested
say they do this consistently.
This means some 88%
have fuzzy goals with no
concrete procedure for seeing
them to fruition.
9. Take 10 minutes
every day to imagine how
terrific it will feel when your
goals are actually realized.
It's impossible to keep
striving for something for
which you no longer have any
feelings. The more you stay
in touch with the rewarding
experience, and positive
feelings that each goal
delivers, the more motivated
and committed you'll be to
continue the pursuit. Each
.time you get in touch with the
emotional benefits your goals
produce, you'll feel energized
and enthused to continue -
- regardless of the distance
to the goal. Celebrate your
goals every day. Anticipation
is half the fun, and most of
the motivation for getting
2005 Results: Only
11percent of those tested
do this consistently. This, of
course, is what leads to the
huge disconnect between
goals over time.
10. Take an action step
toward the attainment of at
least one goal every day.
A goal is something
beyond where you are. If you
want to get from here to your
goal, you must take the steps
required to get there. Goals
don't just automatically
"happen." Obvious? You bet.
But if this is obvious, why
do so many people set goals
then never achieve them? If
you want the goal, you have
to do the work. This means
taking the steps necessary to
get there, day-by-day.
2005 Results: Only 7
percent of those tested do
.this daily. With little daily
progress made towards
their goals, people become
discouraged, disheartened
and depressed... which leads
people to resist setting goals
in the future... for fear that
they are doomed to failure
anyway. No question, this
becomes a self-fulfilling
prophecy of turning gloom
into doom.
With an average Set
Goals TQ Score of just 49
out of 100 points, is it any
wonder that the vast majority
of people have difficulty
setting clear and tangible
goals for themselves or their
organizations? With tens
of millions of data points at
ThinkTQ.com, it is obvious'
that people need to invest
significantly more time in
setting their goals for the
years ahead.
Success, both personally
and professionally, depends
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Program for activities approved by the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners and Florida
Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) in the SHIP Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) pursu-
ant to Florida Statutes Sections 420-907, 420-9079: Administrative Code Rule Chapter 67-55,
The Gulf County Community Development Corporation is requesting proposals from qualified
local organizations) interested in implementing the following SHIP activity during all or a portion
of the anticipated SHIP contract period (anticipated to be 01/01/06-06/30/06)
Activity: Construction Loan Fund for Single-Family Homeownership
SHIP. funds will be. made available to area non-profit housing agencies and/or non-profit housing
developers for lot acquisition and construction financing for newly constructed homes. Funds may
also be provided for acquiring and rehabilitating existing units for purchase. The terms of this award
will be in the form of a deferred payment loan. Loans made to non-profits will be at a 0% inter-
est and will be due when the homebuyer secures permanent financing. All loans made under the
program guidelines must be paid off through purchase by a homebuyer within a 24 months period
from initial disbursement of SHIP funds and before the end of the expenditure deadline for the fiscal
year in which the award was made.
The successful proposal from local not-for-profit organizations) will include past experience of
the organization in successfully developing this type of housing, have access to lenders willing to
participate in providing end loans, unit production goals for housing, must have property selected
in advance, including legal description and address, must have an appraisal on property indicat-
ing current value, must show ability to fund remaining purchase price, provide development cost
pro forma indicating the developer fee does not exceed 10% of the sales price, and documenta-
tion of the organization's employment or planned employment of personnel from the WAGES
and Workforce Development Initiatives shall result in a priority award of SHIP funds assuming
the organization demonstrate capacity to implement the subject activity. No housing can be built
upon speculation.
Proposals must be received by mail, hand delivery or postmarked before 5:00 pm, Eastern Time,
December 29, 2005 at Gulf County Community Development Corporation, Gulf County Florida,
SHIP Program Office. Mail to Gulf County CDC, RO. Box 837, Port St. Joe, FL 32357-0837 or
hand deliver to 301 1 st Street, Room 104, Port St. Joe, Fla. 32456.
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