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The star
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Title: The star
Uniform Title: Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.)
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Language: English
Publisher: W.S. Smith
Place of Publication: Port St. Joe Fla
Creation Date: December 22, 2005
Frequency: weekly
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1937.
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    Section C: Special: Letters to Santa Claus
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Letters to Santa Section C


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Remembering Christmases Past

Small Town Memories fro e

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Over the years, Billy Howell, Tom Parker,
George Core and Dave Maddox have shared
many stories about Port St. Joe's rich history
with The Star.

They are the city's foremost historians,
who sprinkle their tales of days gone by with
equal pinches of intelligence, insight and
good humor.
This Christmas, they share a little about
themselves, recalling their most memorable

Christmas moments.
Their stories provide a glimpse into Port
St. Joe's past, when the railroad was king,
pop guns were still the rage and bar pilots
couldn't get a break, not even on Christmas

Port St. Joe resident Billy Howell worked on the Apalachicola Northern Railroad during Christmas of 1943, at a time when the trains delivered mail
to little towns from Port St. Joe to Climax, Ga.

City Talks Roads Dollars

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Port St. Joe city commissioners spent
much of Tuesday's regular bi-monthly meet-
ing debating two significant infrastructure
issues without making a decision on either.
Commissioners took under advisement
the county's request for an answer by next
Tuesday whether or not Port St. Joe would
join in a new bond for paving roads and
a proposal from The St. Joe Company to
rezone and make land-use changes to a par-
cel on which the company intends to build

After lengthy discussion on both topics,
commissioners had no consensus on either
issue, deciding that they would workshop the
latter prior to commissioners' first meeting in
County Commission chairman Nathan
Peters, Jr. was at the meeting to con-
vey the request that the Board of County
Commissioners know by time of its special
meeting on Dec. 27 whether the city is in or
out on the proposal to float a new bond issue
to provide money for road paving.

(See CITY on Page 12A)

Billy Howell

As a child, Billy Howell became fascinated
with the Apalachicola Northern Railroad after
listening to stories told by his father, a railroad
engineer who began his 58-year career at age
Howell helped his father on the railroad
when he was young, performing a variety of
tasks for $2 a night.
After a stint in the Coast Guard, Howell
took a job at the paper mill, where he worked
for 42 years.
Though he did not follow in his father's
footsteps, Howell's passion for the railroad
In this story, Howell remembers a
Christmas morning aboard an ANRR train
delivering presents to the poor men, women
and children along the railroad's northern
Panhandle line.
The railroad discontinued mail and
express service in 1952, nine years after this
story took place.

The train carried one coach and a
combination U.S. Mail and Railway Express,
which is what UPS is today. There was a US
Mail section in that car and a post office with
a man locked up in there armed, and the
Railway Express man on the railroad was
also armed.
If you were in Hosford or Telogia you
could mail a letter in a little slot on the train
when it came through that afternoon or that
There was no highway connecting all the
little places along the rail line. Back then
there was nothing but a dirt road.
The only way these people got anything
was a Sears Roebuck catalogue or a Spiegel
catalogue or a Montgomery Ward catalogue.
When Christmas came, everything they
ordered came by rail.
The railroad didn't hand out mail. They
had an attendant that handled mail. The
person that handled mail for that town would
take the mail when they stopped at the depot
or at a designated spot.
People that had ordered stuff for
Christmas for a few days before were there
before daylight looking to see their gifts. On
Christmas morning, if the order hadn't got
there yet they were therd when the train
came in half a dozen or a dozen people at
these little places like Wilma or Telogia.
These poor people were poor, poor, poor.
Turpentine or sawmill workers, most of
If you had ordered bicycles for your
young'un or tricycles, they knew if it was
there. The little young'uns were there

Bond Issue for County Road

Paving Appears to Be a "Go"

In a special meeting Wednesday night,
Dec. 14, the Gulf County Board of County
Commissioners passed a motion to approve
a bond issue to cover the costs of paving
county roads, particularly in areas of new
The motion to approve was passed by
commissioners Carmen McLemore, Billy
Traylor and Bill Williams. Commissioners
Nathan Peters and Jerry Barnes were
The three commissioners did, however,
express serious concern about the amount

of debt the county was carrying, and the
potential for problems in assuming more
debt with this new bond issue. The county
carries nearly $6 million dollars in bonds
now, with one bond set to expire in 2009.
Addition of the new bond will bring the total
debt to almost 10 million.
The commissioners did not set the terms
of the bond at this meeting, in order to gather
quotes and determine the best rates. It will
take 60-90 days for the bond to be issued.

(See COUNTY on Page 12A)

Pearl Harbor Veteran Remembers Day of Infamy

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
The image still haunts Bill Bricker's
A young sailor plucked from the fire-
covered waters of Pearl Harbor, perishing in
a rescue boat and crying for his mother.
"A lot of times at night I hear him calling,
'Mama, Mama.' It never goes away," said
Bricker, then only 18 years old, a "scared
kid," who found himself in the middle of the
most infamous conflict in America's history.
Bricker arrived in Oahu, Hawaii, a year
before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor
on Dec. 7, 1941.
The place had seemed a paradise to
the young sailor, a land of sweet-smelling
flowers and showers that fell every afternoon
(Right) The battleship USS Arizona burns
during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
on Dec. 7, 1941. Overstreet resident Bill Bricker
rescued many of the Arizona's crewmembers who
dove into the water following the bombing.

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at 3:00.
"Hawaii was a teenage boy's dream,"
Bricker remembered. "The Japanese put a
stop to my vacation."
Bricker had been eating breakfast the
morning of Dec. 7 on a submarine base
located 600 yards across the channel from the
USS Arizona, one of seven battleships moored
in pairs along Ford Island's southeastern
At 7:55 a.m., nine dive bombers
descended over the island and dropped their
first bombs over Battleship Row.
The force of the impact blew the windows
out of the submarine base. Inside, Bricker
and his fellow sailors clamored for a view of
what happened.
"As soon as we heard something going
on, we went outside and saw airplanes with
rising suns," Bricker said.

(See PEARL HARBOR on Page 13A)

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County Faces Critical Teacher Shortage

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Gulf County
Superintendent Tim Wilder
spent the last month nego-
tiating with a Bristol math
teacher Shortage
her who was interested
in the vacant math position
at Port St. Joe High School.
Negotiations ended last
Wednesday, when the man
declined the school system's
offer, citing the high costs
of commuting to the area,
which he estimated at $260-
$280 a month.
Faced with a lack of
affordable housing options,
the Bristol teacher, who has a

wife, two children and a third
on the way, could not afford
to relocate to the area.
The promise of summer
employment was not enough
to change his mind.
Wilder expressed his
frustrations to the school
board last Thursday at a spe-
cial meeting called to resolve
some lingering personnel
The board filled three
teaching positions at Port St.
Joe Elementary, Port St. Joe
High and Wewahitchka High
and two assistant basketball
coach positions at Port St.
Joe High, but were troubled


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by their failure to recruit the
Bristol teacher.
"We thought we had
a lock with this guy," said
Wilder, adding that a math
vacancy is "not a unique
situation" in Florida school
The Port St. Joe High
School position has been
filled by former math teach-
ers Carol Cathey and Sue
Gannon since the school
year began in August.

The vacancy has proved
especially troublesome since
Gannon's recent appoint-
ment as the school sys-
tem's Human Resources
Covering the math posi-
tion during the school day
has kept Gannon away from
her regular duties, which
include supervising all test-
ing, certification and person-
nel matters.
While at the county

office, Gannon has been
actively searching for her
replacement. She is looking
at candidates from Valdosta,
Ga., and students who will
soon graduate from Florida
"FSU has a gradua-
tion coming up and well be
on their doorstep," Wilder
The school board will
hold a workshop on Jan.
10, prior to their regular

Beacon Villa Retirement Center Grand Opening

Chief executive officer
Bill Williams and Chief
operational officer Chauncey
Belser celebrated last week
the grand opening of their
new venture, the Beacon Villa
Retirement Center, located
at 141 Kaelyn Lane, St. Joe
Williams and Chauncey
are partners in Integras
Therapy and Wellness
Centers, Inc., which began its
operations in Dothan, Ala.,
and opened its first assisted
living facility, Geri-Care, in
Beacon Hill in 1999.
Conceptualized as
an assisted living facility
that serves a more active

and independent senior
population, Beacon Villa
can host a maximum of 28
residents, who may opt to
live in one room efficiency
apartments or two-room
Amenities included
in the monthly rent are
meals, housekeeping,

laundry services and a free
membership to a campus
fitness facility.
At Friday's ceremony,
Williams emphasized Beacon
Villa's resident-friendly
"This is not an institution,
it's designed to be a home,"
Williams said.


Gulf County ARC/Transportation Announce Cruise Winner

At a recent fundraiser,
Gulf County ARC and Gulf
CountyTransportation raffled
off a 4-day, 3-night cruise for
two to the Bahamas.
Pauline Pendarvis, who
has never won anything
in her life, was the lucky
winrier. ".

"I spent $20 and got $600
back. That's better than the
stock market, isn't it?" said
the excited Pendarvis.
Gulf County
Transportation director
Kathy Balentine extended
her thanks to all those who
supported 'the" '' ridfadis,

which generated $1,050 for
the two organizations.
Pendarvis will leave for
her cruise on Feb. 2, and
she is looking forward to the
unexpected vacation.
"I get to get away from
the cold and into the sun,"
she said.

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Established 1937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 68 years

2A The Star. Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, December 22, 2005

meeting, to further explore
options relating to teacher
recruitment and retention.
Among the topics to be
discussed is the creation
of affordable teacher hous-
ing on the nine-acre former
Highland View Elementary
School site.
Wilder has also been in
talks with a Georgia school
district that offers up to a
$5,000 signing bonus, with
the condition that teachers
stay in the school system for
two years.
Wilder said Gulf County
might chose to negotiate
similar incentives with the
teacher's union.
In* the meantime, the
superintendent has been in
weekly contact with Governor
Jeb Bush and Florida
Commissioner of Education
John Winn and has urged
them to support increased
education funding.
He plans to lobby the
state legislature in January.
"We're doing as much as
we can do," said Wilder. "We
need some state help."

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Bridge, Boat Trailer Park, Dock Are Hot Topics

at Mexico Beach City Council Meeting

By Marie Logan in Mexico Beach that the
Star Staff Writer company is overseeing. He
Several items of interest said that construction of the
to the general populace of taller bridge at the west end
Mexico Beach were discussed of Mexico Beach is behind
at the regular meeting of the schedule.
Mexico Beach City Council The span currently
meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13. under construction was
Mayor Chuck Risinger supposed to have been
announced two more completed two months ago,
groups will leave for Mexico in October, and the entire
Beach's "adopted" town of bridge is scheduled to be
Pearlington, Mississippi, finished by May, 2006. One
beginning Wednesday, Dec. council member stated that
14, for continued hurricane the St. Joe Company was
relief work. pressuring the construction
Pearlington is a company to complete the
town on the hurricane- bridge project by Memorial
ravaged Mississippi coast Day, a statement that was
approximately the same size seconded by Forehand.
(population 1,600) as Mexico Forehand also stated
Beach. that easement papers
The United Methodist pertaining to the new city
Church of Mexico Beach has boat trailer park and ramp,
been spearheading the relief just outside the western
efforts from Mexico Beach, boundary of Mexico Beach,
which has taken Pearlington were delivered to him by
as its special project. the St. Joe Company on
Risinger said that Monday, Dec. 12.
he talks once a week Forehand said he
with Pearlington's fire had a letter for Risinger
chief, the town's ranking already prepared, when
administrator, to determine he discovered that the
specific needs for the town's easement papers mentioned
remaining residents. The nothing about the new dock
United Methodist Church of that is supposed to be part
Mexico Beach has collected of the boat trailer park and
enough Christmas stockings ramp project. Forehand
to provide some holiday announced to the council
joy for all of Pearlington's that the information about
current children. Risinger the proposed dock would be
reported that most of inserted in the letter to the
Pearlington's residents now mayor and then presented
have FEMA trailers for living to Risinger on Wednesday,
quarters, but still need beds and could be signed by
and bedding. Risinger that day, making
Chris Forehand, vice the next phase of the project
president of Preble-Rish gave possible.
an update on several projects Forehand also stated

To All Mexico Beach

Sanitation Customers

The City of Mexico Beach
will observe the following
schedule for sanitation
services during the month of
Week of December 19-
25: Monday- Regular garbage
pick up
Tuesday- Regular
garbage pick up.
Wednesday- 15th Street
to Canal Pkwy;
Thursday-15th Street to
Hwy 386;
,Friday-Holiday-No. pick

Week of December 26-
Monday- Holiday- No
pick up.
Tuesday-14th Street to
Canal Pkwy;
Wednesday- 15th. Street
to Hwy 386;
garbage pick up;
Friday Regular garbage
pick up.

that the easement papers
were valid only for one
year, and that the St. Joe
Company wants to approve
Mexico Beach's boat trailer
park and ramp design
plans. He said that the
St. Joe Company suggested
that the city's plans should
not be quite as extensive as
they initially appear to be,
since the lease is only for
one year.
Risinger answered
that a year to year lease
makes sense, and another
council member said this
suggests that St. Joe may
be planning to do its own
extensive building of a dock
in the future.
Later in the meeting the
council members discussed
various types of docks to be
built at the new boat trailer
park, to allow access from
the boat trailer parking lot
to the city's marina and into
the Gulf.
The discussion focused
heavily on benefits, negative
aspects, and costs of a
floating dock versus a fixed
dock. The discussion about
the dock was concluded with
instructions to Troy Williams,
Mexico Beach Public Works
Director, to gather several
more bids for both types of
dock construction for price
Williams was also
instructed to begin
construction of the ramp as
soon as the exact location
of the ramp and dock
were determined from the
easement papers.
Risinger stated that
Williams should also check
on the availability of a labor
force from the regional
correctional institution,
which the city has used
on previous projects, to
help with construction.
Risinger also asked the
representative of the local
boaters' association for their
help in construction of the
The association's
representative stated that
the members would be
glad to provide the labor
and possibly also set the
pilings, if the city provided
the materials.,

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Established 1937 Servinq Gulf county and surrounding areas for 68 years


Editorials, Comments ..

The Star
'AGE FOUR THURSDAY, December 22, 2005


Golden Roac
Good intentions may lay under the
County Commission's decision last week to
move ahead with a new bond issue for road
paving, but the proposal, as outlined by
the county's current bonding agent, appears
pocked by potholes.
During a special meeting last week, three
commissioners Chairman Nathan Peters.
Jr. and Commissioner Jerry Barnes were
absent voted to take the necessary steps to
float a new bond senes.aimed at road paving.
with the commissioners present identifying.
in parucular, areas of need. according to a
survey by Road Department staff.
The proposal in front of commissioners,
provided by Morgan Keegan and Company
of Gainesville, would, depending on length
of the bond series, bring in anywhere from
$4.085 million to $8.655 million for road pav-
ing once debt service and issuance costs are
Commissioners seem leaning toward
a 25-year, $15.375 million proposal which
upon close inspection seems to have a speed
bump or two.
Start with commissioners proposing sud-
denly the issue came to the board publicly
just weeks ago to more than double current
. long-term debt of $6 million.
The most optimistic and least-costly sce-
narios for paying the new bonds would
depend on Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka
agreeing through an inter-local agreement to
extend, the Local Option Gas Tax of six cents
and in turn assume a portion of a debt load
which will extend 25 year.
The LOGT be mindful of pump prices
this summer expires in Sept. 1, 2009. There
are no guarantees how much of that new
road paving money will ultimately reside in
either municipality particularly given the
pronouncement from one commissioner that
he could spend up to $10 million on roads in
his district.
While the county would get $15 million
up front, let -us consider this as a batting
Last year, with the LOGT part of the
formula, gas taxes in the county raised $1.4
million dollars last year.
According to a memo from Morgan Keegan
detailing their proposal, annual debt service
through 2009, if the LOGT was not going to
be extended, would be just over $1 million,
which means that broken down on an annual
basis, the county would be hitting an aver-
age of roughly $350,000 each year for road

The numbers get worse from there.
The county also pays $447,000 for the
pleasure of extending its long-term debt, pay-
ing nearly hall a million dollars, just under
3 percent of the bond total, for attorney fees
and issuance and insurance costs, according
to the Morgan Keegan proposal.
Add to that, part of the proposal is the
retirement of two current bond sees, issued
in 1995 and 2001. for which the country will
pay a premium to bond holders of 1 to 2
percent on each note for retiring those bonds
Morgan Keegan noted that retiring the
bonds early which would typically be done
to save money would actually produce a
"disssavings" to the county.
Further, it is unclear, because it is not
found in the Morgan Keegan documents,
what premium the county would pay if gas
taxes run ahead of current levels and com-
missioners are presented with an opportunity
to retire the debt early.
And the county suddenly needs this road
money at a time when like any cost of con-
struction road paving prices rise almost by
the day.
None of this makes long-term sense, as
even one commissioner readily acknowledged,
yet at least three commissioners appear ready
to plunge ahead none the same, revealing
that any hint about lessons learned this year
seem political in nature.
For the cynic easily could make an argu-
ment about the reasons behind this rush to
put the county deeper in debt to pave roads.
They would call it re-election.
Consider one-fifth of that $8.655 million a
commissioner's special projects fund which
they so enjoy spreading around on steroids,
with the power to sway a slew of voters.
Given the rough year commissioners have
had in 2005 and a re-election cycle kicking
up next year, the bond issue might seem a
nice stocking stuffer.
Look closely, though, and county taxpay-
ers might find several lumps of coal.

Land for Homes

As was stated in this space several weeks
ago and reiterated by School Board members
-last week, the district faces a growing crunch
in recruiting and retaining teachers, which
could significantly impact much of what
makes Gulf County schools so special.
Graduation rates that rank with the best
in the state, FCAT scores and school grades
which are consistently solid, if not outstand-
ing, are the product of good instruction and
passionate teachers.
The number of those teachers dwindles
by the year as retirement and the cost of
living drives excellent teachers out of the
The School Board plans to conduct a
workshop next month at which members will
discuss steps they can take to lure and keep
good teachers.
Among those options is constructing
affordable housing a key sticking point in
enticing teachers from out of the county at
the old Highland View Elementary School

We offer one suggestion which could pro-
duce more bang for the buck.
Sell the school property. The district
is sitting on nine acres of coastal property
which may not even be suitable for building
homes, but would certainly fetch millions of
dollars. This is what they call a silver lining.
After selling the property, the district
would have a nice cache of dollars with
which to, for example, approach The St. Joe
Company about purchasing some land on
which to construct houses affordable on a
teacher's salary.
The St. Joe Co. has already demonstrated
its support for finding solutions to affordable
housing in a variety of ways, from Bridgeport
to its significant backing of the Community
Development Council.
Maybe it's not feasible, but if the School
Board is looking at all options, the Highland
View site seems to offer one heckuva chip to
toss on the table.

Go The Distance
by Tim Croft
Star News Editor

The Passing of a Legend
What is Christmas and most who encountered him,
New Year's except a chance and in the span of 100
to remember the people years that adds up to real
who help weave the fabric numbers, just knew him as
of a community such as "Daddy Doc." And, lo, the
Gulf County, to cherish and wrath to those who trotted
recall their impact as they out that Oscar, which until
crossed our paths. the day he died he despised
It's at the heart of the with a palpable passion.
most famous Christmas Daddy Doc was born in
movie of them all, "A rural Georgia at a time when
Wonderful Life," in which a household phone was the
Jimmy Stewart's charac- exception, not the rule, and
ter discovers that it is the he lived long enough to see
people in our life, not the a phone line become a win-
money in our bank account, dow to the global world of
which matter most. the Internet.
In that spirit, III pause He lived to see kerosene
to toast with a bagged replaced by electricity for
chicken-and-onion dinner, illumination. He loved his
perhaps one who crossed Louis L'Amour books and
my path in recent years and was, as he put it himself, a
who was called by his maker collector of people, poems
over the weekend after 100 and history.
well-lived and prosperous This was a man who
- measured in progeny and was still making his annu-
heart years strolling this al drive from his home in
mortal world. Wewahitchka to his former
James Oscar Johns home in Miami, a trip he
was his birth name, but more often than not made

by himself, when he was 97
years young.
Only the insistence of
his daughter forced him
to apply the brakes to
those trips, during which
he would relive and remi-
nisce about old days which
included encounters with
some famous and infamous
How many of us could
say they sat in a bedroom
and argued paint colors
with Al Capone?
Or that he crossed paths
with a young Jimmy Hoffa
before he became the labor
kingpin he would become.
When I think of Daddy
Doc, however, I think of
family, which seems most
appropriate at Christmas.
As it seems most fitting
that he would pass from
this world to the next close
to Christmas because it was
on a Christmas Day nearly
80 years ago that Daddy
Doc married his cherished
They had 65 years -
"and a half," he would note
- together and the walls of
his home in his last years
were decorated with the
roses she loved so much,
which he gave her to bring
her joy and a smile to her


by Kesley Colbert

Christmas, Christmas,


There just isn't anything
better than Christmas. Do
you reckon any of us, truth-
fully, could ever enjoy, or
even "make it" in this world,
without Christmas? Let me
tell you, I like everything that
moves, that abounds, that
springs forth, that comes
down that shouts out, that
proclaims from on high, that
glistens, that brings joy, that
points to or makes known
that Christmas time is near
and really
And I have learned to
appreciate, respect and love
Christmas more as each year
passes. Listen, you experi-
ence as many Christmases
as I have and you realize that
they take on a life of their own
as each year that wonderful
spirit entwines itself around
your heart and your soul.
Christmas ain't no happy
Christmas is alive
I can remember trying to
step in my Father's footprints
as we trekked through the
woods in search of the perfect
Christmas tree. Dad didn't
settle for no second rate
Christmas tree He worked
hard, he didn't put up with
slackers or foolishness but he
slowed his pace at Christmas
time. He was a hard man who
came up in hard times---but
he softened each Christmas.
The wonderful magic that is
Christmas touched him too!
I loved Leon yodeling
those Christmas carols as we
drug the perfect tree back to
the house. Mom helped us'
with the needle as we sowed
popcorn together to string
around that Christmas tree.
Our house was never warmer,
the joy never rang louder,
the smells were never sweeter
and the love was never more
complete than when that
Christmas tree stood as a
sentinel from its comer by
the old Zenith radio.
Leon didn't even beat on
us at Christmas time.
Mom would read the
Christmas story from the sec-
ond chapter of Luke as we
lay on that old braided rug in
front of the fireplace. I was a
little young for virgin births
and swaddling clothes, but
if my Mother allowed that

"I kissed her so much
I'd like to have died from
the (lipstick)," Johns would
say of the woman who was
always his "honey."
That marriage produced
six children who produced
23 grandchildren who pro-
duced 44 great-grandchil-
As Daddy Doc, a
Pentecostal of deep faith
who quit smoking, drink-
ing and cussing when he
joined the church, liked to
say, he and his Ruth took
that Bible verse about being
fruitful and multiplying to
"We're kind of a prolific
outfit," he said.
Daddy Doc possessed
a green thumb, providing
suggestions to all sorts of
folks and passersby on how
to care for plants and nur-
ture their growth. He could
recite any number of poems
off the top of his head, vol-
umes of verse hard-wired
into his brain like DNA
which only receded as the
years finally caught up to
What struck me most
about Daddy Doc, though,
was how he welcomed a
Yankee into his home,
cooked his special chicken-
and-onions in the bag for

we couldn't have Christmas
without'em---l'd trust her and
wait a year or two before
seeking out the answers to
that one.
And you talk about
visions of Christmas sugar
plums dancing in our heads!
The tree was great but a
Red Ryder range glove neat-
ly wrapped as a Christmas
gift with my name on it was
even better One of the most
vivid memories of my youth
that lingers so strongly till
this day is Leon shaking me
awake on Christmas morn-
ing. I fairly leaped out of bed

and raced down that hall..the
Christmas excitement is like
that of no other!
I grew to understand life,
love, hope, fear, tragedy, joy,
heartbreak, defeat, victory,
human nature and Christmas
as the years slid by. And
the passing decades and the
knowledge and the maturing
and the growth have only
enhanced and enlarged my
capacity to "take in", to be
"filled" to "grasp" all that
Christmas entails.
I love it when fam-
ily members wrap their arms
around me and say "Merry
Christmas". I love it when
perfect strangers walking
out of Wal-mart or Target
tell me "Merry Christmas".
I love it when I walk by a
store front window and the
thoughtful merchant has let-
tered in snow with a bright
red and green border, "Merry
Christmas". I love Jimmy
Stewart running down the
street in that old movie yell-
ing "Merry Christmas Bedford
You know, I've even
learned that store bought
Christmas ornaments are
okay, too. I especially like the
ones that read, "Baby's First
Christmas". We have two of
those that you'd better believe
hang with special honor on
our Christmas tree! As does
the big silver Christmas orna-
ment that holds a picture of
Josh when he was in kin-
dergarten. I wouldn't take
nothing for the fruit jar lid
adornment that depicts Jess
as he appeared in a long
ago Christmas play. And, of
course, we have a remark-
able Christmas angel that
watches over our tree...and
our house
And I don't usually tell
this out loud, but I even
enjoy a certain amount of

lunch, and patiently ran
through story after story,
about Capone, about his
days as a hunting dog
trainer in Miami, about
the mugging of his beloved
Ruth which brought them
to Wewahitchka in the late
He was the genuine
deal, as guileless as they
come. No airs, nothing spe-
cial, just a kind and gentle
man who lived a long life
and enjoyed speaking about
the years and of times good
and bad.
An invitation to his
annual birthday parties -
which considering the size
of his family were bash-
es in the truest sense, full
of singing and rejoicing in
how the Lord had touched
Daddy Doc and his family
- was a standing one, even
for the reporter who kind of
pushed his way into Daddy
Doc's orbit.
Then again, as many
around Wewahitchka could
attest, everybody it seemed
was part of Daddy Doc's
orbit. His regular strolls
into town and Johns lived
a couple of miles south of
the city limits were always
remarkable to those he
encountered as he spun his
magic through stories and

Christmas shopping. There is
just something extraordinari-
ly uplifting about finding the
right Christmas gift for those
special '"someones" on your
list. If Christmas is about one
thing----it is the joy of giv-
ing. I can still remember how
the boys leaped and shouted
and ran for their shoes the
Christmas they received the
four-wheeler. I can still see
the look of utter astonishment
on Cathy's face on our tenth
Christmas together when she
un-wrapped that diamond
ring. And I would give six
hundred million trillion dol-
lars if I could just walk up
one more time in this life and
lay an old ugly Christmas tie
or a pair of Wolverine work
gloves on my Daddy's lap..
I thank God for Christmas
memories that no one, no
group or no government can
legislate out of our heads.
I raised up from that
braided rug in 1953 and the
question finally came because
the story she just finished
for the umpteenth time had
Caesar Augustus in it, and
Nazareth, and Joseph and
Mary, and a little baby, and
shepherds abiding in the
field, and the glory of the
Lord shinning all around..but
there wasn't one mention of
Christmas..and me and Leon
and David had, once again,
sat as quiet as little church
mousses through the whole
thing! "Son," Mom wasn't
smiling, she was radiating,
"Christmas is the time God
didn't call on the phone or
write a letter or send Daniel
or John the Baptist---because
He cared enough, He sent His
very best!"
She said that Christmas
was personal. And that
Christmas was wonderful.
And that Christmas gave hope
to all mankind:. She taught us
to have-pity and try to help
those poor, unfortunate, mis-
guided and unlearned indi-
viduals that think Christmas
is just another holiday.
Real mothers are pret-
ty smart when it comes to
Christmas. I read the second
chapter of Luke today and
Christmas screams out from
every verse, every line, every
And Merry Christmas
to those would say "Happy
Holidays" instead.
Oh, And Merry Christmas
To You,

that beaming smile.
In his final months,
his medical care exceeded
the deep reservoirs of his
daughter, and son-in-law
and he went to live in a
nursing home.
When the end came
last Friday, though, Daddy
Doc endured no suffering,
another daughter noted,
experienced no pain.
He recognized those
who had come to gather
around him, remembered
with remarkable clarity his
loved ones.
And ultimately he was
quietly called.
It was a privilege to have
had him cross my path, an
honor to be invited into his
home to break bread and
jokes with a man who had
more stories to tell than 0.
This community was
a better place for Daddy
Doc's walking through it
- and there could hardly
be a better eulogy or a bet-
ter testament to what this
Christmas holiday is all
about when the wrapping
paper has been stripped
The faint tinkle of a bell
plays in my brain because
I know another angel has
received his wings.

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By Krichelle Halualani
General Manager Star/Times Publications

The older we get, the
faster time flies...wasn't
Halloween just the other day,
and I'm sure Thanksgiving
was yesterday. Well, it has
happened again this year,
too. It surprises me when
anyone says, "Christmas is
here." To me, the holidays
feel like I'm waiting for the
bus to arrive. I know the bus
is coming; it's just around the
corner. Then, just when I can
see the bus approaching, the
bus driver "puts the pedal-
to-the-metal," and the bus
flies by me going 80 miles per

hour, purposely driving close
to the curb and splashes a
huge puddle of muddy water
all over me. Then I'm left to
wonder where the bus went,
how come I wasn't on it, and
how did I end up looking
so disheveled after it passed
As a child, I remember
soaking-in each holiday, try-
ing to make it last forever.
Just the anticipation of the
holiday was enough to fill
me with the jitters. Trick-or-
treating and planning our

costumes felt like it took
days. We'd take our buckets
of candy and count the pieces
over and over again, and I'm
sure we stayed up until mid-
night eating our candy that
lasted forever.
Thanksgiving felt the
same way. I'm sure mom
started cooking on November
1st and the turkey was always
in the oven for at least a
week. Sweet potatoes, green
beans, dressing, mashed
potatoes and gravy lined the
huge table that seemed to go

from one end of the house
to the other. Thanksgiving
Day, with all of the family
around the table, must have
lasted for days. I wouldn't
eat for an entire week after
Thanksgiving finally ended.
Now, those holidays were
fun, but Christmas was a
different story all together.
Time stood still when I was
a child and everything lasted
forever, especially Christmas.
Christmas took a full, long
year to arrive. I counted
each day down from 364 in
anticipation of creating my
new Christmas list. October
couldn't come fast enough,
then November, and finally
December. I was ready; the
bus wasn't going to leave me
standing on the curb! As the
decorations lined the house,
and the Christmas music

filled the air, I would get a
case of the jitters that lasted
the entire month.
The trimming of the tree
was an occasion to itself
which seemed to last about
two months. We had a party
devoted entirely to decorating
the tree, complete with egg-
nog and homemade cookies.
(Of course it seemed like mom
had us making cookies in
November, sometime around
Thanksgiving.) Once the tree
was decorated with lights,
ornaments, and garland, we
would all sit around the won-
derful aroma of pine and bask
in the glow of Christmas. Not
moving, my whole family
would stare at the tree for
what seemed like an entire
After eating all of the little
candies in the "Christmas-

countdown-calendar," Chris
tmas Eve would finally arrive.
It seemed to go on for eter-
nity and was the one night
no one had to tell me when
to go to bed. But once I got
there, I couldn't go to sleep.
Christmas was coming. The
one day I had waited for,
counted-down and anticipat-
ed was finally here!
On Christmas morning
time was infinite. It never
seemed to stop, the presents,
packages, paper, and toys.
The magic was real, I felt it
in my heart and it lasted an
This Christmas, my wish
to you is that you find the
long-lasting spirit of a child at
Christmas. May it bless you
and your family and may it
help to make your Christmas
morning last forever.

rOur Readers


Letters to

Dear Editor:
God's Beauty and Man's
It was in March, 1993
that we leased a small place
on the Gulf, our first intro-
duction to the Cape. The first
few days were idyllic with the
gentle emerald surf breaking
on the shoreline of pure white
sugar sand. Things changed
rapidly, however, when winds
moved eastward from Texas
to our shore.
Although winds rose to
85 mph sustained and gusts
of 120 mph, the metrological
department never proclaimed
this occurrence as a hurri-
cane for it hit in March, out
of the hurricane season and
at that time was referred to
as "No Name." It has since
achieved the distinction of
being the fifth worst storm in
America's recorded weather
history. "No Name" ran all
the way up the East Coast to
Maine leaving a destructive
path of felled trees, snow, ice,
and rain. It penetrated as far
inland as the Ohio Valley.
Our little home was mer-
cilessly, pummeled for sev-
eral hours and my wife still
recalls the glass on the patio
doors being bowed inward by
the winds, which tested the
tensile strength of.the .glass
to just short, of its' breaking
point. All electricity was inter-
rupted on the Cape except
for a single light at Billy Rish
Park which was supported
by their generator. Darkness
enveloped all as the wind
roared and howled outside.
There was not a single candle
in our rental but we did have
our flashlight.
After several hours the
wind subsided to a death-
ly silence as suddenly as it
arrived, for we now were in
the eye. In this lull we were
able to get some sleep, but as
the eye passed the wind once
again regained its ungodly
ferocity but this time from
the opposite direction. At first
light we awoke and could
see topless breakers batter-
ing the beach with a steady
cloud of white foam hovering
above them as the foam was
wrenched off their crests
We fell in love with the
Cape regardless of its lulls
or lashings, but vowed to
one another we would never
build on the Gulf side. We
did buy land for a retirement
home .but land located on the

the Editor... .

Bay. A year later we built our
home and shortly thereafter
became residents of Florida.
This was some time ago, but
as we reflect over the past
decade we have lost count
of the number of hurricanes
which have lashed at the
gulf shores. How many times
structure on its shores have
been toppled or undermined
and how many times revetted
sand has been washed away.
Even our Cape San Bias light
house has been moved inland
five different times in an effort
to fortify it against being top-
pled to the sea.
Our life has been
enhanced many times by the
dear warm hearted friends we
have made as well as by the
indescribable beauty of the
Pan Handle. We have trod old
trails and broken new ones in
search for sinks and springs.
We have boated from the
headwaters of our creeks and
rivers to off shore reefs, each
time experiencing the thrill of
God's creative beauty.
Sooner or later land
developers, many being land
despoilers, having little if any
respect for the ecology of the
land, bring in their graders
*itpwrTench out the pines and
palmettos, to level the dunes
and, to create a barren sandy
patch which a week previous-
ly was freely roamed by deer,
fox and coyotes, armadillos,
raccoons and bobcats. There
is little regard for the preser-
vation of nature for they are
motivated by greed in their,
search for money. There are
properties on the Cape which
have been sold four times
over, each with attendant
unbelievable cash increas-
es, yet only a few are being
bought with the thought of
maintaining, residency, but
rather to obtain quick specu-
lative profits. The Gulf shore
seems to particularly attract
this type of investor.
As nature through its
tides, winds, currents and
cataclysmic events seeks to
reclaim the shifting sand it
has deposited over the eons,
these people look to the sur-
rounding community, county,
state or federal government
to rescue them. Rescue them
from their ill conceived deci-
sion to build on what the
state has already declared
as the most rapidly eroding
beach in Florida. We stand
firm in our belief that a per-


redfish, scallops, oysters,
clams, shrimp, blue crab, and
other economically important

Most people in Florida
don't know much about this
crazy plan, but they should.
We still have time to stop
it. A tiny band of Taylor
County citizens as well as
myself have filed a petition
to force the state to hold an
administrative hearing on the
pipeline. We point out that
this pollution is preventable
and illegal. DEP's draft permit
is full of special loopholes.
Incredibly, the five-year per-
mit allows Buckeye to ignore
water quality standards for
the next nine years!
EPA has proved repeat-
edly that. Buckeye is dis-
charging the deadly chemical
dioxin into the water, but
DEP's permit sets no limits
on dioxin. And if you think
that's bad then here's the
kicker: At the end of that
nine years, when the permit
at long last becomes effec-
tive, DEP has a loophole for
Buckeye that will allow a spe-
cial "mixing zone" for "chronic
toxicity" that extends a full
three miles around the pipe.
The state is officially sanc-
tioning a legal three-mile dead
zone, on top of the fact that
the pipe will send gender-
bending chemicals out into
Gulf marine nursery grounds.
Scientists have documented
the sex-changing fish. What
*they don't know is what these
chemicals will do to people.
You might think what
'happens in' rural Taylor
County won't affect you. But

it will, because those polluted
marine creatures will be com-
ing to shores all over the Gulf,
and around the peninsula to
the Atlantic.
We need a good dose of
public outrage to stop the
state's misguided gift to the
polluting Buckeye, and we
need it now, before the DEP
issues the final permit. This
aging pulp mill already killed

a perfectly good river the
Fenholloway once was full of
fish and had a drinking-water
bottling plant on its bank.
Let's not let it kill the Gulf,
Contact Linda Young
at llyoung2@earthlink.net.
Clean Water Network of
Florida is a coalition of 156
grassroots groups working to
protect Florida waters.

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Director, Clean Water
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beaches and a glistening Gulf
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tourists have had this year.
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one of the South's biggest
polluters Buckeye Florida's
pulp mill in Taylor County
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Gulf County Community Development Corporation on behalf of Gulf 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-
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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.
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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-
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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.
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December 29, 2005 at Gulf County Community Development Corporation, Gulf County Florida,
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.-, Christmas morning just
before daylight. They were
running around, little snotty
noses, freezing to death, and
.- they've got a little fire built.
The railroad was just
like a parent to me. I was
fascinated by the way they
operated the railroads.
They had no radios and
they operated the rails with
watches and hand signals.
It was all done manually. It
just fascinated the devil out
of me.
In Christmas of 1943, my
father was the engineer and
he was on the passenger train
that night. I was 15 and was
paid $2 a night to work as a
helper on there.
I helped with anything
helped with the mail, helped
with the express had to fire
the coach. There was a coal
burning heater in there.
Before we left St. Joe that
afternoon, I went to the 5 and
ichicola 10 cent store, 5 and Dime
they called it. They had two
of them in St. Joe, and they
were very popular then like
dollar stores are today, and
everything was cheap.
I bought 50 cents worth
of striped candy canes at a
penny a piece. I had the ones
about as big around as your
little finger.
I had overalls on and
could put some of them in
the bib, and my zipper jacket
had pockets on the side.
Coming down, we stopped
in Greensboro that morning.
There were six or.eight people
there meeting the train. I
handed the candy canes out
to the little young'uns.
These people were poor.
The candy cane was like
somebody coming up and
handing you a big box of
candy. They didn't get one
candy cane a year.
Everything seemed to turn
out just fine. The young'uns
could see their stuff got there
and everybody was happy.
When we got down to
X, Beverly, there were just five
or six people that lived there.
They were waiting for
some stuff and it didn't come
", in, and the little young'uns
6409 were crying.

I didn't have many canes
left, but I gave each one of the
little young'uns four or five
candy canes and they were
just as happy as if somebody
walked up to you and handed
you a $100 bill.
I really felt good about
that Christmas.
When we got back, Daddy
said, "Where did you get the
candy canes and I said, Well I
bought them.
He gave me the 50 cents
He said, "I'll buy the
candy canes, since you did
that. You sure did make some
young'uns happy."

Tom Parker

Tom Parker was born in
Port St. Joe in 1927, the oldest
of eight children.
As a young man, he
worked at the Port Theatre
with lifelong friend, Billy
Howell, scraping bubble gum
off of the bottoms of theater
seats, and later retired from
the paper mill after a 44-year
In two vignettes, Parker
recounts the heartache of
being denied a coveted toy
and a joyful Christmas when a
stranger played Santa Claus.

When I was 4 years old,
this would've been in 1931,
we lived down by where the
credit union is now, where I
was born.
Mama was real young
then. She didn't take time to
get us all dressed up to go to
Sunday school and church,
so we wound up not attending
too much. We were always
Church rolled around and
all the kids were notified to
come to church. Santa Claus
was going to give presents to
all the children.
I recognized our Santa
Claus as being Mrs. Josh
Miller, a big fat lady who was
our neighbor later. She was
dressed up like Santa. You
couldn't hardly tell it was a
She was passing out little
rubber balls, wrapped up in
tissue paper with a bow on
top, to the boys, and the little
girls got some type of doll.
She went through 12 or
so little boys and so many
little girls, and I didn't get a
present, so I started crying.
Mrs. Lola Costin, she was
the one who bought all the
toys and was a very good
organizer, had left my name
off the list. So she came over
to my mother.
My mother was a little
distraught about it; she was

George Core spent his youth in Apalachicola and moved to
Port St. Joe on Aug. 11, 1937.

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a little upset because her
little baby boy didn't get a
Mrs. Costin came over
and apologized to mama and
said, "Dessie Lee, I'm real
sorry, I just didn't have his
name on the list."
And it was rightly so,
because we didn't go to
Sunday School that much, so
it was easily understandable
that she would leave my
name off.
She said, "Il1 just get him
I don't remember what the
outcome was, I think mama
just got a little perturbed,
of all places to get upset in

Another story I remember
was when I was five years old.
It was about a week or two
before Christmas.
We were going downtown
on a Saturday night, which a
lot of times we'd do. Mom and
Dad would walk around town
and talk to a few neighbors.
There were not too many
people here at that time.
There probably wasn't over
250 people in Port St. Joe.
I was at Mr. Cecil
Costin's hardware store with
my Daddy, and I was just
walking around lookjig, at the
toys, fascinated.
Back then toys were so
simple. Everything was made
out of a little bit of wood. We
didn't have plastic; plastics
were totally unknown. Now
days, everything's made out
of plastic.
I was looking at these toys,
standing at this particular toy
counter. I picked up a little
pop gun.
It had a little handle on
it and a little cork stopper at
the end of it. I was making
it pop.
While I was looking at
it, I felt somebody looking
at me, and I turned around
and looked and it was this
elderly man. He seemed like
he was ancient to me, but I
know he wasn't that old, me
being five.
He was just a smiling,
looking at me. He said, "You
like that little feller," and I
was just a popping it.
I said, "Yes sir, I sure
He said, "Ok it's yours,"
and he went up and paid Mr.
The man was Wayne
Childers' granddaddy. The
Childers are an old family
that has been in St. Joe since
back in the teens almost a
hundred years.
Mr. Childers went up and
paid Mr. Costin. I thought
that was great. I never forgot
that. A little kid never forgets

George Core

Before moving to Port St.
Joe in 1937 and serving for 31

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(Left) Tom Parker reclines in
his living room by the Christmas
tree. Parker was born in Port
St. Joe in 1927, a time before
street lights and plastic toys.
(Above) A rare photograph of
Parker as a young boy.

years as the Gulf County Clerk
of Court, George Core spent
his youth in Apalachicola.
In a Christmas memory
from that time, Core recalls the
tragic accident that prevented
his older brother, Arthur David,
from joining in the family's
Christmas celebration.

One of the saddest
Christmases I ever had
was when I was living in
Apalachicola with my mother
and daddy and two brothers,
John Core and Arthur David
Core we always called
him by both names, Arthur
He had typhoid fever for
several months and had been
in bed all that time. I was 13
and he was 15.
The doctor back then
would come to your house.
We didn't have a hospital or
a clinic in Apalachicola, or in
any of the small towns then.
The doctor said, "We're
going to let Arthur David
get up on Christmas. He's
recovering real nice, he's
regained his strength and
he's looking real good."
So we were so happy
he was going to get up for
On Christmas Eve, daddy
had bought us some Roman
candles and we were out in
the yard shooting them up
so that my brother could see
them from the bed.
He was watching them
and enjoying them, wishing
he could be out there.
One of the Roman
candles pooped out, it didn't
do anything. So I broke it
open and got all that powder
and put it on a piece of paper
in a little pile. I took it back
into my brother's bedroom.
In his bedroom, there was
a fireplace. The fire had gone
down and the coals were red,
real pretty and real warm.
The hearth came out
about three-and-a-half feet
from the fireplace and I had it
down there.
I called my brother Bubba
back then. I said, "Bubba, if
you feel strong enough, come
down here, I want to show
you something."
So he got up and he was
so glad he could stand up.
He eased over there and got
down on his knees and was
looking at what I had.
I had the' piece of paper
balled up in the fireplace and
set it on fire, and it blew up
in his face.
It burned all his hair and
eyelashes off, and put him
back in bed for a month.
He didn't get to get up for
That was one of my
saddest Christmases, knowing
that I was dumb enough to do
that, and that I'd caused him
more pain.
We had to laugh at it and
cry at the same time.
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The Port St. Joe High
School boys' basketball
team, ranked seventh in
the state Class 1A sports-
writers poll, split a pair
of games against winning
larger schools over this
past weekend at the Santa

Rosa Shootout.
The Sharks (3-2)
opened the tournament
with a 66-62 win over
tournament host Milton
High School (8-3) and fol-
lowed that with a 69-68
overtime loss to Walton

High School (8-2) the fol- minutes for the win.

lowing night.
Against Milton, the
Sharks were behind by
double-digits with just a
minute to go in the third
period before pouring in
34 points in the final nine

"We were down by 16
points with a minute to go
in the third quarter and
came back to win," said
Port St. Joe coach Derek
Kurnitsky. "It was a great

Clean Sweep for the Week for Shark Soccer

The Port St. Joe High
School boys soccer team
raised its record to 7-4-1
with three victories last
Tuesday, Dec. 13
Port St. Joe 8,
Apalachicola 0
The Sharks overpow-
ered Apalachicola's devel-
opmental squad as Alex
Flanagan and Sam Cox
each scored two goals and
Kurtis Krum had three
Will Just and Jeremy
Baxley fueled Port St. Joe
early, with Just scoring
a goal on an assist from
Baxley before returning
the favor in setting up a
Baxley goal minutes later.
Flanagan scored the
first of his two goals on an
assist from Mica Ashcraft
before Krum set up three
consecutive goals, one by
Jimmy Curry, the next off
the foot of Cox and the

third Flanagan's second
goal of the game.
Cox then scored his
second goal with Elijah
Quaranta assisting and
Carlos Castillo closed out
the scoring with an unas-
sisted goal.
Friday, Dec. 16
Port St. Joe 2, Lynn
Haven Mosley 1
As they have the past
two years, the Sharks
and Dolphins contin-
ued the trend of beat-
ing trading road victories.
Mosley beat the Sharks
earlier this year in Port
St. Joe; last Friday the
Sharks returned the favor
at Tommy Oliver Stadium
in Panama City.
Mosley struck first to
take a 1-0 before Zeke
Stevens evened the score
on a penalty kick.
Will Just tallied the
winning goal on an assist
from Jimmy Curry.

"Our defense and
our offense played well,"
said Coach Tom Curry.
"Everybody just played
really well. We controlled
the ball throughout the
Saturday, Dec. 17
Port St. Joe 3,
Marianna 0
The Sharks completed
a perfect week with anoth-
er road victory as Mica
Ashcraft scored twice to

pace the attack.
Ashcraft scored early
with an assist from Will
Just and Just followed
minutes later with a goal
on an assist from Zeke
Ashcraft finished the
scoring with an unassist-
ed goal.
The Sharks are now
off for the holiday break
and will return to action
when they host Wakulla

Ash Larry led the
Sharks with 25 points.
Rashard Rouse added 16
points and Ash Parker
Mike Quinn and Kelly
Miller had five points
each; Zack Lee and Daniel
Welch added two points
apiece and Sidney Harris
had one point.
The next night's game
was a close affair from
the opening quarter, with
Port St. Joe opening a 14-
10 lead after one quarter
and the teams exchang-
ing leads the rest of the
The Sharks scored the
first four points of the
overtime period only to
see Walton High score the
final five points for the
Parker led the Sharks
with 25 points and Larry

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was the only other player
in double figures with 15
Rouse and Lee each
added eight points, Miller
chipped in four points and
Welch, Quinn, Arsenio
Sanders and Quentin
Jenkins all scored two
points apiece.
The Sharks host the
Gulf County Classic tour-
nament this week, with
games beginning at 3:30
p.m. on Wednesday and
continuing through to
the championship game
scheduled for 8 p.m. on
The field also includes
Apalachicola, Bay High,
Tallahassee Godby,
Cottondale, Eustis, Notre
Dame out of Chattanooga,
Tenn., and Mary
Montgomery High out of
Mobile, Ala.

Lady Sharks End 2005
Portion of Season
It was a cold night for
the weather and the Port
St. Joe Lady Sharks' attack
as the girls' soccer team fell
behind 4-0 in the first half
to the John Paul Panthers
last Friday night en route
to a loss. It was the end
of a tough week for the
Lady Sharks who traveled
to Tallahassee Maclay on
Tuesday and Chipley on
Thursday. Results were not
provided to the newspaper.
Port St. Joe is off for the
holidays and will next play
Jan. 7 when the Lady Sharks
host East Hills.


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Walton High during last weekend's
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Coaches We Need You

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Coaches across Gulf
County we need ya.'
Athletic directors and
principals are also urged
- heck, pleaded with to
We need help getting
all those sports scores and
players names into these
pages. If we could get a
little hand from coaches,
we might be able to lick
this thing.
Let's examine the fall.
Tracking two football
teams all season was tough
enough Coaches Greg
Jordan and John Palmer
could not have been more
,gracious but the volley-
ball, golf and cross coun-
try teams pretty much fell
through the cracks, save
those kind of enough to
take pity and lend a hand.

The fact is any daily
newspaper would be ask-
ing probably a lot less
politely, we might humbly
add for the same infor-
mation, asking coaches
to call in games at spe-
cific numbers, taking the
basics and getting in the
It's the nature of the
newspaper business and
prep sports that there are
simply not sufficient bod-
ies to go around.
Now playing are four
basketball teams, a wres-
tling team, two soccer
teams and we're probably
overlooking some perspir-
ing athletes at that. As
winter turns to spring,
that group fades only to
be replaced by a similarly
large flock of teams.
And that's just on the
high school level.

Those teams must
travel much of the time
across Northwest Florida
to find opponents. Many
times two teams are host-
ing foes 30 minutes and
one time zone apart.
Basketball games tend
to be every Tuesday and
Friday, with Thursday and
Saturday in the mix.
As we noted, the logis-
tics would be daunting
for a daily newspaper, let
alone one which publishes
There are so many lev-
els on which this infor-
mation is important to a
community and its news-
There is something
uniting about sports in a
county our size.
It's important to rec-
ognize any student learn-
ing about discipline, team-

[r Help
work, while representing
their county, their city,
on the hardwood, mat or
Winners or losers on
the scoreboard, they are
taking advantage of what
most research indicates
is among the last venues
in which kids learn about
self-sacrifice and working
as a group. They deserve
their names and their pic-
tures in the paper.
We enjoy the opportu-
nity to do it.
This is where coaches
come in and, moving up
the ladder, athletic direc-
tors and principals.
We will cover as many
games as we can during
the coming months of win-
ter sports but considering
the number it will be just
a fraction.
So, please extend a

Sign Up for Shark Baseball Signs

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

Checks can be sent to:
Port St. Joe High
Coach Chuck Gannon
2201 Long Avenue
Port St. Joe, Florida

spot in the state Class 2A
Final Four.
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

The Sharks are coming Classic on Feb. 10-11 in
off a 25-5 season and a 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.

Submit game scores:
the basics such as score by
periods and team scores,
individual performers,
game highlights and nomi-
nated players of the week.
There are several ways
you can accomplish this
much-appreciated task.
The easiest in this day
and age is sending an e-
mail to www.timc(%,starfl.
com. That gets directly to
me and I can take it from
That's also the case if
you have a student, man-
ager, booster or fan taking
pictures of games. They
can be e-mailed and we've
found that there a lot of
fine amateur photogra-
phers out there. Provide
a little information about
what's in the frame.
Results can also be
faxed to 227-7212 or you
can call 227-7827 and the
information can be taken

over the phone.
The last is the most
dicey since there will be
many time an answering
machine will pick up but
if you provide a call-back
time and number well try
to get back in touch.
We know teach-
ers already have enough
paperwork and red tape
they must endure each
day, week, month, but
we hope coaches will take
the few minutes a week to
submit this information.
One final item we
publish every Tuesday
night so we need the infor-
mation from the previ-
ous week by noon every
We wish for our sports
pages to be bursting with
game pictures, statistics
and wrap-ups.
As they say in bas-
ketball, we just need an

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Annual Gulf County Classic Basketball Tourney Arrives This Week

Port St. Joe will host a stiff field this week in the 13th
Annual Gulf County Classic basketball tournament,
.with action beginning at 3:30 p.m. 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 out of Mobile, Ala.
Port St. Joe opens tournament play at 8 p.m. on
Wednesday against Cottondale.

The lineup of games is as follows:
Dec. 21


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Franklin County to Seek New Hospital Manager

By David Adlerstein
Times Staff Writer
After hearing an emo-
tional appeal from the chief
executive officer oversee-
ing Apalachicola's Weems
Memorial Hospital, Franklin
County commissioners
Tuesdayy night voted unani-
mously to seek a new man-
agement company to oversee
the facility.
"For nine years, I have
tried the best I could for the
county," said Mike Lake, CEO
of DasSee Community Health
Systems LLC, the company
that manages Weems. "I will
ever stop doing it. We have
never, ever, ever turned away
a patient at the hospital."
His voice choked with
tears, hesitating at times to
compose himself, Lake said
that bankruptcy at a hospital
in Gadsden County owned by
a sister company to DasSee
has added pressure on the
hospital managers to be able
to make ends meet.
"What I'm here to tell
you is I can't go anymore.
I'm embarrassed I couldn't
do it," he said, before ask-
ing commissioners to put
out a request for proposal to
find another hospital man-
agement company to replace
DasSee as Weems' operator.
"Look at what's out
there," he said. "There's a
few really good companies
that love this hospital."
Although the Gadsden
Memorial Hospital facil-
ity in Quincy is managed by
Ashford Healthcare Systems
Inc., a different fiscal entity
than DasSee, the two compa-
nies are intertwined when it
comes to a common lender.
"I'm facing three 1,000-
pound anvils," Lake said.
"DasSee is collateralized with
another company. The lend-
ing source has taken every
penny I've collected. (But) my
employees have not missed a
; "The way the structure
is, the way it's cross-col-
lateralized, it (revenue) goes
directly to them and then I
have to beg and borrow to get
my money back," he said.
Lake said he could not
say exactly; how long it-would.,
tbe before his resources run
out and he no longer has
money to pay employees,
something he has done faith-
fuilly since taking over the
hospital nearly five years
"It's a day-to-day thing
for me," he said, noting that
his wife, Nancy, and his pas-
tor were both in the audience,
as well as a large number of
Weems' employees. "My next
option is to go mortgage my
house to get money for the
"Can I keep it going
another couple weeks? I
think I can," he said. "It's a
4ay-to-day thing. I think I

can hold out until the end of
the year."
Lake reassured commis-
sioners that he would not
leave them in the lurch, as
had been the case several
years ago when a previous
hospital operator left under
problematic circumstances.
"I'm not going to allow
that to happen. It's not going
to happen," he said. "I may
need some help because I
don't know what happens
"Let me assure the board
of two things. There will not
be a break. It (Weems) will
not close," Lake said. "(And)
I'm not walking away with
anything. Everything's stay-
ing where it's at."
The commissioners had
expressed concern that Lake
could hold on to the hospital
license or the certificate of
need, which would make it
difficult for the county to re-
open the facility under differ-
ent management.
By a unanimous vote,
the commissioners agreed to
put out a request for propos-
al (RFP) for a new hospital
manager. They had initially
sought to do the RFP on an
emergency basis, with RFPs
to be opened Jan. 3 but
decided that would not be
enough time to get the best
applicants to come forward.
""We're not going to
get the numbers we hope
to and we're going to miss
out on somebody," said
Commissioner Russell
Instead, the commission
decided by unanimous vote
to put out a 30-day RFP
and to create a committee to
look into interim measures
to keep the hospital open in
the event DasSee is no longer
able to keep open Weems'
Named to the commit-
tee were County Attorney
Michael Shuler and Director
of Administrative Services
Alan Pierce, along with
Commissioner Noah Lockley,
who sits on the county's
health council.
A motion to appoint
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis to the commit-
tee passed by a 3-2 vote,
with Lockley and Chairman
Cheryl Sanders opposed.
"I think Jimmy does all
well and good, but we have a
representative on that health
council. We could be served
better by Mr. Lockley," said
Lockley agreed to serve,
and Mosconis agreed to step
down, explaining that he
volunteered because he was
unaware that Lockley wished
to serve.
The commissioners,
however, stopped short of
placing a member of the
health council on the interim
committee, explaining that

Lockley would fill that need
since he sits on that council
as well as a regional health
care council organized by
Congressman Allen Boyd.
Apalachicola podiatrist
Dr. Tamara Marsh, who
chairs the local health coun-
cil, urged the commissioners
to consider obtaining provi-
sional licensure of the hospi-
tal, and to look to health care
consultant Dave Berk, who is
already designated to help in
county health care planning,
to help them in their search
for a new hospital provider.
"We could get in a cycle
of jumping from bad manage-
ment company to bad man-
agement company," she said.
Marsh also told commission-
ers that companies -interest-
ed in operating Weems are
likely to ask for a contract
that ensures they will gen-
erate a deficit in operating
the facility, something that
DasSee does not have and,
has not asked for.
"They want a guaran-
tee that they're not going to
lose money on the deal," she
Mosconis said his con-
cern was less with losing
the hospital license based

-. .
,,-',. .-

Mike Lake, chief execu-
tive officer of Weems Memorial
Hospital, addresses the county
commission Tuesday evening.
on state regulations, and
more with finding a suitable
replacement for DasSee.
"The issue here is 'Let's
find the company that has
the money, the expertise, to
run the hospital," he said.
,Mosconis also leveled
criticism against the health
council as well as local doc-

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tors for not coming to Weems'
aid when it became clear it
was facing a financial cri-
sis. Earlier this month, the
medical group that staffs the
emergency room said they no
longer could provide services,
which prompted the hospital
to have to scramble to find
doctors to cover the ER.
Apalachicola family phy-
sician Dr. Stephen Miniat,
and Dr. Michael Wilder, the
part-time pediatrician at the
county health department,
stepped forward to fill in
the gaps in coverage. The
commissioners voted unani-
mously to write a letter of
commendation to both phy-
"Why didn't you step
in there and offer your ser-
vices?" Mosconis asked of
Marsh, prompting the podia-
trist to say that her specialty
was not suitable for ER cov-
"I didn't know anything
about it (the crisis)," said
Marsh. "We want to help the
county in any way possible."

Miniat stepped forward
to say that recent develop-
ments had created "a very
tough situation" and chided
the health council for not
being aware of what was
going on.
t ""I am greatly concerned
that all the common people
knew about it, and they (the
health council) do not," he
said. "A lot of people are
watching every move we do.
The main focus is for all of us
to work together."
Sanders praised the work
of the hospital employees,
many of whom were in the
audience, telling Lake that
he had "a loyal group out
there. They do the best they
can for Franklin County and
we appreciate that."
Mosconis urged the com-
munity to be patient and not
to succumb to unsubstanti-
ated rumors.
"Somebody out there is
serving fear to the public,"
he said. "We're not going
to allow this hospital to be

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"Please send us some
kind of direction by next
Tuesday," Peters said.
A key component of the
proposal in front of county
commissioners is an agree-
ment from Wewahitchka and
Port St. Joe to extend the
Local Option Gas Tax (six
cents per gallon) beyond'its
expiration date of September

While city staff had, dur-
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The Gulf County Board of County Commisioners
has cancelled their regular Board meeting sched-
uled for Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 6:00
p.m., E.S.T. in observance of the Christmas holi-
days. Their next regular meeting will be held on
Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 6:00 p.m., E.S.T.

Have a safe and Happy Holiday!

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what the projected revenue
would be. What would be the
costs? And I want the city to
get its fair share."
Mayor Frank Pate noted
that the city had reaped
benefits from a similar bond
issue during the 1990s and
expressed his support for the
"I think we've had great
success with this'," Pate said.
"I think we'd be in great
shape if we went in with
Benny Roberts said he
would have no problem with
the proposal, provided Peters
- whose district includes the
city championed its priority
list of roads needing paving.
.Peters agreed while at
the same time providing
lukewarm at best support
for the entire process.
"I don't particularly like
(a new bond issue)," Peters
said. "It makes no sense to
me. But what the majority
does, you just roll along with
Peters said the county
was still gathering informa-
tion on road surfacing needs,
but the question came, from
Reeves, about concerns as


While pushing for the new
funds, Williams cautioned
other commissioners that
they "must be careful not to
get caught in the debt trap."
He said several times that he
wanted the commission to
"aggressively attack the debt
and reduce it next year."
Williams said he wanted a.
specific plan to reduce the
debt in place within the 60-
90 day waiting period for the
bond issuance.
In response to Williams's
push for the bond in his
opening statements, Traylor
replied," There has to be a
plan on this road paving.
We don't have a plan, we've
never had a plan, we keep
going into debt with all this
paving. We never dreamed,
even two years ago, that'there
would be' people' living" in
these areas. I'm not beating
up on anybody, but fellas,

to the urgency of moving so
quickly ahead city commis-
sioners first publicly learned
of the proposal two weeks
ago with the bond issu-
"I probably shouldn't
say this, but (Commissioner)
Billy Traylor has to run (for
re-election) next year," Peters
said, alluding to Traylor's
north end district and the
goodwill engendered by sur-
facing un-paved roads.
Peters then added that
he himself was up for re-
election and reiterated his
commitment that the city
receives every dollar of the
paving money "you possibly
Rental Ordinance
Commissioners tabled
the second reading of ordi-
nances which would rezone
and make land-use chang-
es to a parcel of just over
six acres which The St. Joe
Company has identified for
possible construction of a
rental unit complex.
The parcel is adjacent
to Avenue A and is on part
of the Apalachicola Northern
site. According to St. Joe
officials, the company is pro-
posing to build roughly 90
apartment units on the site.
Commissioners will

you can't keep dropping your
millage rate."
He continued by saying
that the debt already in place
scared him, that the county
couldn't keep up with the
roads they already have.
"Where in the budget have
we put the dollars for roads
we haven't done it."
Williams rebutted by
saying, "You're absolutely
correct, but this type of plan
is the responsibility of an
engineer, which we have not
After more discussion
the commissioners agreed
that in the 60-90 day
review period for the new
bond, they could structure
a plan for both the new bond
debt .and determine how to
* ced4ce current debt. When
all agreedoo,: or this course of "
action, the motion to issue a
new bond was passed.

workshop the issue prior to
the Jan. 3 regular meeting.
They have already conducted
a first reading of both ordi-
Concerns are two-fold
for commissioners, as they
expressed Tuesday night.
Foremost is the potential
for, as example, 225 or more
cars traversing Avenue A -
already a busy street dur-
ing all times of the day.
"My concern is having
too many people in too small
an area," said Commissioner
Rachel Crews, noting that
Bridgeport, the company's
first foray into affordable
housing is also on Avenue
Commissioner John
Reeves expressed a symbolic
opportunity before the com-
pany, to bridge two com-
munities Port St. Joe and
North Port St. Joe into one
and that a commitment from
the company on that score
was needed.
"I want a commitment
from (St. Joe) that the bridge
is going to be bridged,"
Reeves said.
Mario Gisbert, represent-
ing St. Joe, noted that the
land-use and zoning chang-
es which was transform
the parcel from agricultural

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They then discussed the
difficulties of getting impact
fees to use for transportation
issues, including their use for
new roads and paving. They
discussed the implementation
of impact fees, recognizing
that county taxpayers are
currently footing all these
bills. The commissioners
stated that they wanted to let
impact fees from developers
assume some of the costs.
At the close of the
meeting, as everyone stood
to leave, Williams made the
final statement," I want an
engineer next budget."

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to residential high-density,
allowing seven or more units
per acre was just the begin-
ning of a long process.
He noted that given a
host of restrictions already in
the comp plan requirements
on pervious soil percentages,
parking, etc. the company
believed no more than 14-15
units, or about 90, could be
built on the site.
At least some of those
units would have an afford-
able-price element, Gisbert
In other business con-
ducted during Tuesday's
approved providing an "opt-
out" option for employees
wishing to pull out of the
current city-provided Blue
Cross/Blue Shield plan in
favor of another policy.
City manager Lee Vincent
said he specifically targeting
military retirees who have
access to TRICare at minimal
The city pays roughly
$550 per month per employ-
ee for BC/BS and they
approved a $250 raise in pay
for all employees who opt-out
of the insurance plan, saving
the city more than half the
cost of insurance.
To opt-out, an employ-
ee must have an alternative
plan, a spouse's, supplemen-
tal or similar products.
Commissioners contin-
ued to deride the service pro-
vided by two familiar targets
- Big Wheel Recycling and
MediaCom cable, over poor
service and lack of response
to city concerns and com-
approved taking a donation
from former employee Bud
Arnold, now with Ashwood
Development, of $28,000
worth, or 200 linear feet of
aluminum handrail. It was
not determined Tuesday
where the handrail would be


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The men rushed to
arm themselves, but found
the armory locked. One
frustrated soldier grabbed
a sack of potatoes that he
planned to carry to the mess
hall, and began hurling the
potatoes at the planes.
When the men found
guns, they could not find
ammunition that fit them.
"We were so close we
could see them grinning at
us and we didn't have no
guns to shoot at them," said
Bricker. "You talk about
Bricker finally managed
to locate a Brownie automatic
rifle loaded with 30 caliber
bullets and aimed at the low-
flying plane that sped by
him at 100 niles an hour.
As oil tanks exploded
along Battleship Row, the
harbor became covered with
a thick layer of burning
bunker oil,
Crewriates aboard the
sinking battleships jumped
into the water and attempted

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to swim through the fire.
Observing what was
happening, Bricker and three
others commandeered a 50-
foot motor launch tied to the
dock outside the submarine
As the boat's paint
bubbled under the flames'
intense heat, Bricker and his
comrades reached their arms
into the water and pulled
onboard the sailors swimming
outside the Arizona.
The Japanese planes
swirled above their heads,
but did not attempt to sink
the boat.
"We were just small
potatoes compared to what
they were trying to blow up,"
noted Bricker.
The burning water
teemed with people, and
Bricker did his best to come
to their aid. It was often too
"There were so many
of them. Some times, you
would reach in the water
and wouldn't get the whole

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person," he remembered.
Bricker made several
trips to the dock, where a
host of nurses awaited to
treat the injured.
"I've got a lot of respect
for those nurses. They
were right in the middle of
everything," Bricker said.
On Bricker's second or
third trip to the dock, one
nurse noticed that his shirt
sleeves were missing.
Bricker's arms had
been severely burned from
reaching into the flaming
water, and the nurse treated
his injuries.
A second wave followed
less than half an hour after
the first attack.
"There was a lull,
we thought it was over,"
remembered Bricker.
The second intense
bombing campaign lasted
until 9:45, when the surviving
Japanese pilots returned to
carriers waiting 190 miles
north of Oahu.
Bricker spent all day
rescuing people. On his
final trip, he just made it to
Merry's Landing when his
boat ran out of diesel fuel.
Everything had died down.
Fearing thatthe Japanese
would return, Bricker and
his fellow soldiers took what
guns they had and set up
patrols on the beach.
The officers did their
best to organize the troops,
but the morning's attack had
left them frazzled.
"They were just as
confused as we were," Bricker
When the Japanese
did not return, Bricker
was tapped the next day to
bring up a Japanese midget
submarine from the water's
depths and disarm its twin
Bricker found both the
submarine's crewmates
The 78-foot, battery
powered midgets had not
played the crucial role the
Japanese military originally
anticipated and only one
crewmate returned to the
designated pick-up point.
A week after the attack,
Bricker was issued an official
postcard to communicate his
status to his family.
The postcards contained
fields that read: "I am well -
sick serious not serious."
The soldiers were told to
check one, and then write
their name and the date.
With heightened security
after the attack, military
personnel could not mail
personal letters.
Bricker checked, "I am
well," and sent the postcard
home to his mother.
Bricker stayed at Pearl
Harbor three or four weeks
after Dec. 7, and completed
torpedo school at the
submarine base.
He then boarded a
destroyer bound for the
South Pacific.

4' .

Bill Bricker was just 18 years old when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. When the U.S.
entered World War II, he fought in 13 major engagements in the South Pacific, and retired from the
Navy after a 30 year career.

In World War II, Bricker
continued to rescue soldiers
from downed Navy ships. At
the Battle of Long Point, he
rescued the crew of the Navy
cruiser USS North Hampton.
Bricker fought in 13
major engagements in the
South Pacific and earned 13
battle stars.
"Thirteen battle stars,
take that and 50 cents and
you get a cup of coffee," joked
He returned to Pearl
Harbor on two occasions after
the attack, for assignments at
Barber's Point Naval Station.
Being back at Pearl
Harbor summoned up
competing emotions.
"There were memories,
but it's also a beautiful place.
It takes your mind off of it,"
said Bricker.
Bricker retired from the
Navy in 1970 and spent
another 30 years in the
heating and air conditioning
business. He has lived in
Overstreet since 1989.
He has recounted his
experience at Pearl Harbor
before, dredged up old
memories to entertain a
curious audience.
"You go around trying
to forget and people try to
get you to remember," said
But the memories are
present always, in his waking
life and in his dreams.
"My wife gets a little
irritated with me," he said.
"I wake up at night, still
fighting the war."
The young boy cries for
his mother, and 54 years
later, Bricker still cannot
save him.

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Christmas Past From age 7A

Arthur David Core
recovered from his illness in
the weeks that followed.
He became a U.S. Army
colonel, served at the Pentagon
and was assigned to a
diplomatic corps in Portugal.
He died eight years ago,
at age 80.
Dave Maddox
Port St. Joe's former bar
pilot, Dave Maddox, recalls
two Christmas mornings in
the early 1950s when the
demands of his job nearly
prevented him from spending
cherished time with wife,
Sara, and children, Charlotte,
David, Donnie and Eva.
This is a Christmas story
that I remember so well. When
our children were small, we
had a Christmas tree and
presents and Santa Claus at
our house and my mother and
father had a Christmas tree
and Santa Claus and presents
at their house down on the
beach where the Chamber of
Commerce is now.
I was a pilot. I piloted
ships in and out of the harbor.
This particular Christmas
morning, at 4:00 in the
morning, a ship was due to
come in and needed a pilot,
and it was my time to pilot.
So what do we do -
because I wanted to be home
when the children got up and
found their presents under
the tree. So my wife and I
decided that the thing for me
to do was to go out and get
the ship.
By the time I got the
ship and boarded it at 4:00
and got it up to the dock, it
would be around daylight and

the kids would be getting up,
finding their presents from
Santa Claus, and I would be
there to see this.
My wife decided that she
would get the kids up while
they were asleep and take
them down to my mother and
father's house so they could
get their Christmas presents
from Santa Claus down
By the time I got the
ship in and got it to the dock
I could go down and pick
them up and we could go
back to our house, and they
could find their Christmas
presents under the tree from
Santa Claus and I would get
to be there with them. And it
worked out real well.
One year later, Christmas
morning, 4:00 in the morning,
there was a ship due to be
brought in and it was my time
to. bring the ship it.
My wife had to get the
kids up, take them down to
my mother and dad's so they
could have their Christmas
down there.
I came in and picked
them up and took them
back to our house and they
had their Santa Claus and
Christmas presents at our
It just so happened that
that ship was the same ship
that I brought in one year ago
at 4:00 in the morning.
The ship had made
two trips to Korea carrying
petroleum products and one
trip around the world in that
one year's time.
It was back at 4:00 in
the morning on Christmas
morning and we had to do the
same thing all over again.

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Established 1937 Servina Gulf county and surrounding areas for 68 years The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, December 22, 2005 13

By Vince Raffield
Contributing Writer
Thanksgiving Day was
a true day of thanks for
the residents of Franklin
County, after months of the
bay being closed, many oys-
termen and seafood work-
ers were able to go back to
From 1740 to 1990
the history of oystering in
Canada and the US in every
estuary has been threat-
ened by outside develop-
ment. Oyster stocks have
been polluted because of
development near the estu-
ary or declined, according
to NOAA.
Around 1880, the U.S.
oyster industry employed
52,805 persons: 38,249
fishermen and 14,556
shoremen (Ingersoll, 1887).
Today, the industry employs
about 4,336 fishermen.
(MacKenzie and Burrell, In
The sited cause for the
oyster industry's eventual
decline has included falling
supply and demand, siltation
of beds, the removal of cultch
needed by oyster larvae
while harvesting oysters,
pollution, and virulent oyster
Oysters traditionally
have been eaten in the 8
months with the letter "R"
in them, September-April.
Oyster meats become fatter
as water temperatures
become cool in the fall.
The oyster-marketing
season traditionally began
on September first each
year, but demand usually
was slow until the weather
became cold in November;
Since refrigeration was an
issue this was common
practice; however, due to
the technology of ice and
refrigeration, as well as
the high demand, summer
harvesting began, and is one
reason that Apalachicola is
well known as the Oyster
Capital of the World, and Dr.
John Gorrie, the originator
or father of the ice machine,
which was invented in
Apalachicola. Bay,, Fla.,.
has long been a large oyster

producer In recent years, it
produced about 20% of U.S.
Gulf of Mexico oysters, which
is about 10% of the eastern
oysters landed in the United
States (Dugas et al., In
Press). Greater Apalachicola
Bay, almost landlocked with
just three narrow outlets into
the Gulf of Mexico, covers
about 45,600 hectares
(113,000 acres)(Thompson
et al., 1984). The turbid
Apalachicola River, entering
about midway along the
north shore of the bay, is
its principal source of fresh
water and a major influence
on bay salinity,
Planting of seed oysters
and shell planting on the
public beds may have begun
as early as 1914 (Danglade,
1917) and has helped to
maintain and increase oyster
abundance. Since 1949, the
state has spread at least 7.6
million- bushels of shells on
the beds (Ingle and Dawson,
1953; Whitfield, 1973; Futch,
1983; Berrigan, 1990). From
1960 to 1992, shells of the
Atlantic rangia clam, Rangia
cuneata, from Louisiana
as well as oyster shell have
been used as cultch (Dugas
et al., In Press).
For the most part, no
one wants to be governed
and told what they can and
cannot do; however, the
fact remains that if certain
laws and regulations were
not put into place to govern
the oyster industry, there
may not be an industry left.
Most veteran oystermen will
tell you that long before the
regulations were put in place,
they were already doing
what is considered now to be
Best Management Practices.
Long before the regulations
pertaining to replanting
beds, it was not uncommon
for an oysterman to take the
shell from the previous days'
catch back to a particular
spot and replant the shell
on that spot, or to catch
only a certain size oyster. It
was a matter of pride and
like any other farmer, they,
too, considered themselves
farmers of the bay, and
herefore .replanted .to have
a better crbp to harvest the




next year or so. Like any
other farmer they seeded
their spot, and harvested
from what they had planted.
As years passed the practice
was all but forgotten and
there had to be rules set in
place to make arrangements
for the replanting efforts by
the state.
The principal method
for harvesting oysters has
been by hand tonging,
and to a lesser extent, and
collection. Fishermen tong
from flat-bottom, shallow-
draft wooden and fiberglass
boats, 5.5-7.6 m long, which,
since World War II, have
been propelled by 5-250 hp
outboard motors. The boats
commonly have walk boards
above the gunnels on which
the fishermen stand while
tonging A culling. board is
placed across each boat. The
oyster fleet usually consists
of 250-500 boats, with 1-2
tongers and a culler working
in each boat (Dugas et al., In
from the bay, highly variable
since 1980, was about 1
million bushels (6.6 million
pounds of meat) in 1981,
but declined to less than
80,000 bushels (0.5 million
pounds) in 1986, following
oyster mortalities associated
with Hurricane Elena, which
struck the bay in September
1985. A downward trend
in production from 1986
to 1989 corresponded with
extended periods of high
salinity (Dugas et al., In
Early 1990's oyster.
'abundance and landings
increased over the late 1980's
(Navarro, 1996). From 1990
to 1993, landings from the
bay exceeded 300,000 bags/
year, and during the 1992-
93 season, many tongers
got the daily state limit of
15 bags/boat/day (a bag
weighs about 60 pounds,
a little less than a bushel).

Estimated yields from
the most productive reefs
exceeded 400 bags/acre,
but harvesting effort was
sharply reduced when yields
fell below 200 bags/acre.
The landed price of oysters
ranged from $6 to $28/bag
between 1986 and 1992.
During the mid-1990's,
heavy rainfall forced the state
to halt commercial oyster
harvesting in the bay for
prolonged periods because
bacteria counts were high.
In 1995, the bay also was
closed to harvesting for an
additional month and a half'
because of the presence
of "red tide." But during
the 1994-95 and 1995-96
seasons, the market demand
increased, and the bay waters
were in good condition most
of the time for oystering.
Apalachicola shucking
plants often process oysters
from Louisiana whenever
the bay is closed due to
pollution. In 1996-97, fewer
fishermen than usual were
on the beds, i.e., 150-200/
day, because many had left
the industry.
In 2005 Franklinhas seen
one of the hardest hit years
in history with the horrific
hurricane season this year,
multiplied twice over with
the Red Tide. The industry
has been devastated and to
date the bay has still not
reopened completely. Only
a handful of seafood houses
remain open and many of
the workers themselves have
sold out, or moved on, some
even finding work in other-
areas. Tradition and culture
has taken a backseat to the
needs of the family and it
will take a while before the
industry will regain strength
in the economy.
According to the
Department of Aquaculture
the annual value of shellfish
to the seafood industry in
Florida exceeds 20 million
dollars, with as many as
2,500 people employed in
the harvesting, processing
and distribution of shellfish.
Oysters have always
been sorted for eating. The
smaller ones are set aside
to be eaten raw usually on
the half-shell; the "culls,"
or medium-sized oysters,
fill the ordinary culinary
purposes; while the large

or "box" oysters usually are
reserved for frying. Manifold
cooking methods evolved
in the late 1800's and early
1900's (Moore, 1915).
This practice was most
likely adopted because of
the European influence of
Europe and France and
countries outside of the
United States which used
the oysters in various
functions and social events
that focused on the well to
do, or wealthy patrons who
requested only the best for
their parties and events.
Later it was adopted as the
norm and the selection of the
oysters became a standard
for the purpose of sales and
resale here and abroad.
Many conditions in
the bay affect the general
health of the bay, and
there are many things that
cannot be controlled, there
are measures that the
oystermen themselves can
take in to their own hands
to control. Since 1985, the
Florida Marine Fisheries
Commission has regulated.
oyster harvesting to maintain
the oyster resource. Its rules
include- limits on harvesting
days, daily hours, and bag
68B-27.014 :Statewide
Bag Limits on Oyster
(1) Commercial Bag
(a) Except as provided in
paragraph (b), in all counties
of the state, no person shall
harvest or take for com-
mercial purposes more than
twenty (20) bags of oysters
per person or vessel, which-
ever is less, per day.
(b) Beginning October 1
each year and continuing
through June 30 of the fol-
lowing year, in Apalachicola
Bay, each person who har-
vests or takes oysters for
commercial purposes shall
'be subject, to a bag limit
of twenty (20) bags of oys-
ters per day. On any ves-
sel in the bay during this
period, a vessel limit equal
to twenty (20) bags of oys-
ters times the number of
persons aboard the, vessel
harvesting or taking oysters
for commercial purposes
shall apply and possession
of more than this number of
bags of oysters aboard such

a vessel in the bay is pro-
hibited. Paragraph (a) shall
apply in Apalachicola Bay
to all commercial harvesters
during the rest of the year.
(2) In all counties of the
state, no person harvest-
ing oysters for recreational
purposes shall possess more
than two (2) bags per person
or vessel, whichever is less,
per day. The possession of
more than two bags of oys-
ters per person or vessel,
whichever is less, per day
by such a harvester shall
constitute a violation, of this
(3) No person shall har-
yest for recreational and
commercial purposes within
any one day.
(4) When vessels are
connected in any way, for
example by towing, no per-
son shall claim more than
one bag limit for all vessels
so connected.
(5) Possession of oysters
in excess of the applicable
bag limit aboard a vessel
harvesting oysters in or on
the waters above any public
oyster bed is prohibited.
Specific Authority Art.
IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law
Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9,
Fla. Const. History-New 3-
10-91, Amended 11-29-93,
Formerly 46-27.014,
Amended 6-1-99.
68B-27.015 Oyster Size
(1) Except as provided
in subsection (3) of this
rule, no person shall har-
vest, possess while in or on
the waters of the state, or
land, any oyster less than
three (3) inches in greatest
dimension. Oysters which
are three (3) inches or more
in greatest dimension shall
be legal size.
(2) Each person harvest-
ing oysters from the waters
of this state shall cull such
oysters, unless otherwise
provided in this chapter, or
unless otherwise permitted
by the Department for the
purpose of planting or relay-
ing as ,provided by law.
(3) Tolerances. There
shall be two types of toler-
ances allowed with regard to
the size of oysters harvested
in or on waters of the state.

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Pauline Pendarvis, who
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stock market, isn't it?" said
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Gulf County

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(From left) Beach Baptist Chapel pastor David Nichols; Bill
Williams' wife, Geri; Beacon Villa CEO Bill Williams; Chief opera-
tional officer Chauncey Belser, PT; Belser's wife, Rachel; marketing
director Kim McFarland; and chief financial officer Steve Miller
conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday at the Beacon Villa
Retirement Center.

Beacon Villa Retirement Center

Grand Opening
Chief executive offi-
cer Bill Williams and Chief
operational officer Chauncey
Belser celebrated last week
the grand opening of their
new venture, the Beacon Villa
Retirement Center, located
at 141 Kaelyn Lane, St. Joe
Williams and Chauncey
are partners in Integras
Therapy and Wellness
Centers, Inc., which began its
operations in Dothan, Ala.,
and opened its first assisted
living facility, Geri-Care, in
Beacon Hill in 1999.
Conceptualized as an
assisted living facility that

serves a more active and
independent senior popula-
tion, Beacon Villa can host
a maximum of 28 residents,
who may opt to live in one
room efficiency apartments
or two-room suites.
Amenities included in
the monthly rent are meals,
housekeeping, laundry ser-
vices and a free membership
to a campus fitness facility.
At Friday's ceremony,
Williams emphasized Beacon
Villa's resident-friendly
"This is not an institu-
tion, it's designed to be a
home," Williams said.

Transportation director
Kathy Balentine extended
her thanks to all those who
supported the fundraiser,
which generated $1,050*for
the two organizations.
Pendarvis will leave for
her cruise on Feb. 2, and
she is looking forward to the
unexpected vacation.
"I get to get away from
the cold and into the sun,"
she said.

VFW Post 10069 Donates

Christmas Toys for Community

The local VFW Post
10069 presented two large
bags of toys to Jerry Stokoe,
chairman of the 2005
Christmas Program for the
Young and Elderly. These
toys will be given to needy
children in Gulf County and
Mexico Beach. Making the

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of helping 1,300 people and
raising over $30,000 has
been reached. Organizations
came forward when toys
were all gone and the tables
of toys were re-supplied. The
people would again flag me
down, stop me in all types of
settings and donate a check,
cash and clothing, or toys.
The response has been over-
whelming. The Christmas
committee's members., are
filled with love and appre-
ciation for the great support
for our needy families and
senior citizens.
A special thanks to the
Salvation Army, St. Joe Paper
Co., Faith Christian School
students and parents, Port
St. Joe High School ROTC
students, Lions Club, the Gulf
County Health Department,
and our wonderful volun-
teers, Loretta Costin, Lyd
Stokoe, Dick Race, Laura
Murphy, Billy Dixson and Jill
Jones. A complete list of all
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dent Nancy Jo Garlin, sec-
retary Nancy Calendine, and
treasurer Betty Rudd. The
VFW Post 10069 has been a
strong community support-
er since its beginning. The
committee is very'grateful for
the VFW's support.

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re: Bryanna Stuart, Robyn Carroll, Ginny McCall,
helsea Flanagan, Sammy Buccieri, Calder Mahan,
James Miller.

Catholic Church Middle School

assist Christmas Food Drive for 2005

The St. Joseph Catholic
Church Middle School
students, 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.

The Port St. Joe Soccer
League held a toy and food
drive to honor the Currys,
who were responsible for
founding the soccer league.
The league has been instru-
mental in the develop-
ment of our youth. All toys

were donated to the 2005
Christmas Committee for the
Young and Elderly.
Shown in the picture
are the Kennedy, Kerrigan,
Costin and Hendry children,
who are members of the Port
St. Joe Soccer League.

A public hearing will be held at the Planning and Devel-
opment Board meeting on Tuesday, December 27, 2005
at 6:00 RM. Central Time and at the Wewahitchka City
Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday, December
29, 2005 at 5 RM. Central Time. Both public hearings
will be held in the Wewahitchka City Hall located at 109
South Second Street, Wewahitchka, FL 32456. The pub-
lic hearings will be to discuss and act on the following:

Small Scale Land Use Change WE. & Ruby C. Gilbert,
the south half of Parcel ID#01916-000R, more particu-
larly described as S 1/2 of the E 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of
the SE 1/4 less the W 33' strip for road R/W Gulf County,
changing 10 acres from agriculture/residential to resi-
dential low density. Subject to all development regula-
tions required by the City of Wewahitchka, Florida.

The public is encouraged to attend and be heard on
these matters. Information prior to the meeting can be
viewed at the City Hall located at 109 South Second
Street in Wewahitchka, Florida.


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Simmons andMerchant

Join in Holy Matrimony

Carol Lynn Simmons and
William R. Merchant Jr. were
married Saturday, September
24th at Bradfordville
First Baptist Church in
Tallahassee, Florida. Pastor
Mark Wilbanks officiated the
Carol is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. John Simmons
of Birmingham, Alabama.
William is the son of Mrs.
Frances H. Merchant and the
late William R. Merchant Sr.
April Caskie, sister of
the bride, was the matron
of honor. Tarah Merchant,
daughter of the groom, as the
maid of honor. Bridesmaids
were Connie Mayo, Marlerie
Babski, Cyndy Perkins, and
Jaki Wray Faircloth, all
friends of the bride.
Will Merchant, son of
the groom, was best man.
Groomsmen were Andy

Wilkinson, Joey Fontaine,
Danny McDermott, Mark
Strickland, friends of the
groom, and John P. Merchant
III, cousin of the groom.
Flower girls were Hannah
Strickland and Delaney
McCarley. The ring bearer
was Max Caskie, nephew of
the bride.
Carol is a graduate of
Florida State University
with a degree in account-
ing, and is employed with
the Florida State Board of
Administration. William is
a graduate of Tallahassee
Community College with
a degree in Information
Technology and is Director
of Public Sector Business for
Prosys Information Systems,
After a honeymoon in
France and Belgium, the cou-
ple resides in Tallahassee.

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Jacob Cryderman Turns 9!

Jacoby Cryderman celebrated his 9th Birthday December
18 with friends and family. He is in 3rd grade at Port St. Joe
Elementary School. We love you. Mom

Brookelyn White is Born

David and Joni White
would like to announce
the birth of their daughter,
Brookelyn Leann White. She
was born on November 24,
2005 at Gulf Coast Hospital.
Brooke is the granddaughter
of Jerry and Carolyn Peak of
Highland View and Bill and
Ann White of Port St. Joe.
She is great-granddaughter

of Mary Lee White of Pinson,
AL, and Mary Whitfield of
Altha, FL. Brooke was wel-
comed home by three cous-
ins, Jordon, Lexie and Heath
Plair. The family would
like to express their sincere
thanks to everyone for their
thoughts and prayers dur-
ing Brooklyn's stay in the

Carol Lynn Simmons and William R. Merchant Jr.

Kiwanis Club

Helps the Needy

On Tuesday, Kiwanis Club members assembled at the
Piggly Wiggly to purchase turkeys, dressing and other holi-
day staples for inclusion in 25 Christmas baskets.
The members distributed the baskets to needy families
that afternoon.

Steve, Kasey (Ward), and
big sister Madeline Gunde,
all of Charlotte, N.C., are
happy to announce the arriv-
al of Katelyn Grace Gunde.
She was born Nov. 15 at
9:16 a.m., in Charlotte, N.C.

weighing 7 lbs 12 oz. and 19
inches long. Proud grandpar-
ents are Melvin and Wanda
Ward of Port St. Joe, FL. Also
Steve" and Beverly Gunde Sr.
and the late Patricia Gunde,
all of Pittsburch, PA.

Three' Servicemen Statue South

Welcomes New Board Member

Three Servicemen Statue
South, Inc., President Jimmy
Mosconis is pleased to
announce a new addition to
its board of directors. George
W. Duren of Port St. Joe has
been one of the project's most
dedicated volunteers. from
the beginning and would
make an excellent director,
Mosconis said.
(. Duren, a Vietnam
Veteran, has been active in
many civic and business
organizations in the region
since 1973, 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 completion."
Mosconis said, "We look
forward to his continued
active participation in this
project to help Ls bring the
statue home."
Three Servicemen
Statue South is a non-profit
organization with plans to
bring a bronze sculpture of
the famed'Three Servicemen
Statue Vietnam Memorial to
Apalachicola, Florida. The
Three Servicemen Statue in
Washington, D.C. gives a
human face to the 58,235
names inscribed nearby on
The Wall Of Honor.. The
Apalachicola project will
honor Vietnam Veterans
and veterans of all American

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Gulf View 104429 $1,200,000
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Gulf Front 106051 $1,450,000
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Interior 105522 $130,000
Nice lot in growing community. CLose to
schools and shopping.
Gulf View 107044 $329,000
Nice deep lot at the end of the street. Great
opportunity to build.

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Price Reducedl .55 acre located on Cape San
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Poston Bayou lot with access to the Carrobelle
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Wewahitchka Elementary

School's A Christmas Carol ,

Charles Dickens' A
Christmas Carol was delight-
fully brought to life at
Wewahitchka Elementary on
December 16 when the 4th
grade classes performed this
classic story.
With songs and danc-

Poetry Alive at Port St.

Joe Elementary School

Port St. Joe Elementary
students recently enjoyed
performances by Poetry Alive!
in the school auditorium.
Students were encouraged
to participate and use their
imaginations as the team
of two actors truly brought
poetry to life. Poetry Alive!
actors have memorized

the serious to the silly--and
perform these theatrically.
Shown in the pictures are
the enthusiastic audience
members as they act out a
poem about picking apples
and students on stage,
performing to a familiar
rhyme of monkeys jumping
on the bed.

es, colorful costumes and
graphic backdrops, the stu-
dents portrayed the story
of Scrooge and the visiting
spirits. Thanks, students,
for vividly reminded us once
again of what is important
in life.

Pictured from left to right are Megan Udell, Rahul Nana,
Nicole Owens, and Faith Harrell.

Christmas Stockings

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so graciously provided deli-
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& Aliya Chaudhry) and
King and Queen (8th grade
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PSJ Middle School Reading Assignments

Your child should be
reading 20 minutes each
day, completing their
reading log and a parent
should sign the reading
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teacher know they are

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as a parent are aware they
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nered Wewahitchka
Elementary School students
were rewarded with giant
Christmas stockings filled
with great toys and games.
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"caught being good" during
lunch and their names were
entered in the drawing. One
name from each lunch period
was drawn.



School News.

Our reward for those
ents with no disci line

referrals for the month of
December will be a dance
on Tuesday, December 20th.
Please bring $2 to your AA
teacher. The PTSO will
use the money to purchase
drinks and food.
School will be dis-
missed at 11:50 on Tuesday,
December 20th. Students
return to school on Thursday,
January 5th. Have a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New
Year. Please encourage your
child to read over the holi-
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,se students became eli-

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 Monday January 16th to
observe Martin Luther King
College tuition in Florida
is expected to triple by the
time today's newborn goes to
college. Don't wait! Start sav-
ing now. The Florida Prepaid
College Plan and the Florida
College Investment Plan
make saving for college eas-
ier 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 ww\- wuilfkl2.fl us
click o'n PS.JMS'(uiri he right
hand side) and check out the
menu and important dates. ,
Hereis your link http://
search.epnet.com/ to -an
online library of full text arti-
clesand other materials to be
used for research. The sub:
scription has been funded
this year by the Gulf County
Education Foundation to
benefit students and teach-
ers. This resource is avail-
able 24/7 from any computer
with internet access.
Port St. Joe Middle
Username: psjms
Password : sharks
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 librar-
ies. Questions can also be
submitted vie e-mail at any
-... 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 informa-
tion call Gloria Gant at 229-
Check out these free
websites for math practice
for the reluctant, disen-
chanted, or struggling math
student. It is appropriate
forall ages, even pre-school,
up through algebra. http://
and http://coolmath.com/
We still have many stu-
dents who need to come by
the front office to pick up
their Gold Card. Use your
Gold Card for free admission
to all athletic events in Gulf

A Visit from Santa

The students at
Wewahitchka Elementary
had a visit from Santa on
December 16th. The staff
at Gulf CI delivered hand-
made wooden toys creat-
ed for the children by the
inmates. Each kindergarten,
1st and 2nd grade student
was allowed to choose a toy.

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World Class Readers

W e w a h.i t c h k a
Elementary Solhool students
have read hundreds of books
this senfester and have
earned / 9,048 Accelerated
Read.r points school wide.
The top four point earners
jVf each class were present-
ed with some very impres-
sive prizes in an assembly
on Monday, December 19,
2005. First place winners
received a portable DVD
player, second place a Pixter
with case, third place a DJ
Station, and fourth place a
Dance Mat.
First Grade Winners
1st place
Savannah Lowrey 47.6
2nd place
Ethan Hinote 47.0
3rd place
Gregory Pettite 2.9
4th place
Blake Harrison 28.3
Second Grade Winners
1st place
Carla Peavy 50.7
2nd place
Ashleigh Price 35.8
3rd place
Peter Setterich 29.5
4th place
Tanner Harden 17.7
Third Grade Winners
1st place
Justin Barrier 88.9
2nd place
Makenna Waters 43.6
3rd place
Homer Womack 40.5

Port St. Joe

High School

Military Ball

Santa's uniform is red
and fuzzy, but these giv-
ing cadets wear uniforms of
black. At Port St Joe High
School NJROTC's annual
Military Ball, we gave toys
for Toys for the Young and
This soiree, held on
December 10th, yielded
many gifts for under privi-
leged children. Hopefully we
can make not only the shine
of our shoes, but children in
our area's Christmas a little

4th place
Triston Nunery 40.0
Fourth Grade Winners
1st place
Seth Goodwin 148.8
2nd place
Savannah Pippen 133.4
3rd place
Braden Buckalew 76.1
4th period
Megan Whittington 41.5
Fifth Grade Winners
1st place
Alexa Allison 112.6
2nd place
Shelby Wood 104.1
3rd place
Rebecca Holyfield 59.5
4th place
Gabrielle Jones 50.2
Sixth Grade Winners
1st place
Bryce Gerber 196.1
2nd place
Jaria Pippin 157.9
3rd place
Gauge Combs 135.3
4th place
Mathew Tanner 102.4

GCCC Offers Free GED

Preparation Course

Gulf Coast Community
College' Passport Progran
will offer a free three day
GED preparation course foi
adults on January 26, 27
and 28.
A GED scholarship worth
$50 will be provided to al
students who successfully
pass the course. Pre-regis
tration is required. For mor
information, call 872-3849.

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By: Lindsey Dimitrijevich
Its Christmas time in
the city, "Port St. Joe" that
is; decorative streets and
holiday spirit.. May your
Christmas be a journey of
the heart bringing peace and
happiness to all. As this
year comes to an end, we all
have so much to be thankful
for; I know the years I've
spent at Port St. Joe High
will follow me the rest of my
The dedication and hard
work of the teachers and
staff has been astronomical.
I hope the memories we all
made together will stay with
us forever. It truly is the best
years of our lives. Although
it's the end of the year 2005
it's the beginning of the
year 2006, and many new
beginnings for us all, with
so much to look forward to.
D I know everyone is just as
excited as I am to start the
beginning of the end for the
graduating class of 2006!
Now here are some
y club announcements: The
n Keyettes recently surprised
y twenty children at PSJ
r Elementary school with toys
for Christmas. The Barbie
dolls, skateboards, and
h all the other toys brought
l smiles that were priceless.
y The Keyettes saw firsthand
- that it is better to give than
e to receive.
In sports news: Don't

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forget to support our
basketball team and come
to the games. Good luck
Now to the seniors, there
is so much to do in so little
time, only a few months
before we walk across the
stage in the great dome. I
will leave you all with this
quote from Charles Dickens
"Nature gives to every time
and season some beauties
of its own." I hope everyone
has a safe and treasured
holiday season, see you next

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Spring Registration And

Advising For Spring At GCCC

Gulf Coast Community
College will conduct regis-
tration and advising for the
spring 2006 semester as fol-
Spring registration
will take place January 3
4 in the Lifelong Learning
Conference Center in the
Student Union East build-
ing, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday Thursday, and
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
Spring registration at
the Gulf/Franklin Center
will take place January 3
4, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Spring registration for
Tyndall Air Force Base will
be January 4, from 9 a.m.

r online at

to 5 p.m.
Classes begin January
5, 2006. Late Registration
and drop/add will take place
at all facilities January 5
- 11.
Advisors in the divisions
will be available in their
respective offices on the
main campus during their
regular office hours. For
additional information, or
registration, call 872-3892,
for advising call 747-3211.

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4 Bedroom 4.5 Bath home comes fully
furnished with over 3,300 Sq. Ft. of liv-
ing space. This home is complete with
Hardwood floors throughout, granite
counter tops, and much much more. A
Must Seel MLS # 109061 Call Brett
Lowry at 850-227-5535.

INDIAN PASS 170 5. Palm St. Must
See this house, beautiful newly reno-
vated home with heart of pine walls,
flooring and ceilings from early 1900's,
stainless steel kitchen, 2 working fire-
places in bedrooms, surround sound in
all rooms, sprinkler system, with many,
namy extras... 3BR/2BA, this is the most
CHARMING house on the market. Indian
Pass area is very artistic and secluded.
MLS#107664 $779,900 Call Natalie

Duplex Home On 2 Acres, with lots of
extras that include 1/2 acre pond, boat
house fish house, 2 wells, sprinkler system
and avobe ground pool. MLS#107617
$739,000 Call Carol Bell at 850-227-

588 Ling Street 100 x 135 lot, great
investment, close to beaches and just min-
utes from public boat ramp and intracoast-
al waterway. Just reduced MLS#106688
$185,000. Call Sonlia Raffield 340-

1309 Marvin Avenue 3BR 2BA home
situated on nice lot in Port St. Joe. Very
well maintained. Central H/A, carpet, nice
deck out back. MLS#106482 Call Susie
White for appointment 800-451-2349
or 850-227-4046. $229,900.

Beacon Hill, 8876 Hwy. 98 Great beach
view from screen porch! Has 3BR/2BA upstairs
with entry from back street and 2BR/2BA down-
stairs with entry from Hwy. 98. MLS#101275
$695,000 Call Ellen Allenmore.

1225 Cape San Bias Road Unique BAY
FRONT home with breathtaking views of
beautiful St. Joe Bay. This home is nestled
on a huge wooded lot with lots of privacy
MLS#108564. $1,300,000 Call Sonjia
Raffield 340-0900.

2911 Garrison Ave, Port St Joe Im-
maculate ranch style home situated on
2 lots in Ward Ridge. Large kitchen w/
dining room, family room, florida room,
formal living room. Very spacious home
that has been well maintained. Yard
work shop. A must see. $399,000
MLS#108089 Call Susie White 850-
227-4046 or 800-451-2349

147 Money Bayou rive Great view,
FEMA Insurance Area. Close to drive on
beach access. MLS#107427 Call Mark
Schultz 850-227-5605. $549,000.

1205 Long Avenue Charming 3 bd,
2 ba home with extra bonus room, well
maintained and updated in great loca-
tion just minutes from downtown Port St.
Joe and beaches, large fenced in yard
with water garden, in ground swimming
pool, large tool shed with air condi-
tioned work area, covered boat storage
and much more. Call Sonjia Raffield
today at 340-0900. $259,900


* 103 W Sand Dollar Way 1ST TIER lot in Son Boas Plantation with deeded access to Gulf of
Mexico, boardwalk to beach is located in front of this lot Call Soniia Raffleld at 340-0900
* Caosna Residential lot in brand now subdivision, located beside pool and club house, great
investment property or homesile $210,000. Call Sonila Raffleld at 340-0900
* Cape San Bias, 251 Cord Graoss Way This lot is convenient the pool and beaches.
Mls#1 06386 $540,000 Call Joe McCalilster 648-5683
* Lot 3C, St. Charles Street, Casuna Subdivision, Mexico Beach Within walking dislonce
of beach with easy Access. Pool and pool house. MLS#108169, $224,900 Brenda Miller
Cape Son Bias, Park Point-Nice lot located next to the St. Joseph State Park with deeded gulf
ccess. $375,000 Call Jay Rish 227-9600
* Cape San Blas,Pork Polnt-This lot sits beside the pool and pool house with deeded gulf access.
The St. Joseph State Pork sits directly behind this lot. $449,900 Call Jay Rish 227-9600
SSunset Village-This development is located at St. Joe Beach surrounded by Windmoark Beach
Development. Amenities include pool, both house, landscaped entrance accented with brick pavers,

* Casuna Subdivision Lot 4, St. Charles Street, subdivision will include a pool & pool house.
$238,000. Call Richard Squires or Sonila Raffield at 227-9600.
* New subdivision in Bay Co. with doeepwalor access and community docks. mls#107052
$165,000 Call Doug Birmingham 227.5239
* Cape San Bias, Jubilation-Promier subdivision on Cape Son Bias with beautiful lots available to
build your beach home. Pool, club house, HOA,.Call today for more information.
* 101 Lagoon Drive 2nd Tier homesile with beach access. $595,000 Coall Kim Harrison
227-3745 MLS#106214.
* Chicksaw Lane, Indian Pass Gulf Front lot in o very private community. $1,380,000 Call KIm
Harrison 227-3745 MLS#105561.
* Mexico Beach, 180 St. Christopher Street Interior Lot. $249,000 MLS#106206.
* Port St. Joe, Garrison Avenue Lot is .26 across and is partially cleared. SELLER MOTIVATED.
mls#108304 $119,000 Call Moses Medina 527-0441
* Port St. Joe,608 Marvin Avenue This lot is already cleared and ready to go. Mls#108302
$129,900 Call Moses Medina 527-0441
S8325 C R 386, Overstreet Corner of Hwy 386 and Pleasant Rest Cemetary Rd. Greaot Location!

* 247 Quarierliorse Lane, Overstreet 2.73 acres with electric, well on property, and septic
permitted Partially cleared and landscaped. Peace and quiet. $125,000 MLS 108296 Call Ellen
Allemore 850-227-5146
* Overstreet, Mockingbird-Conol front lot 100'x800'. $269,900 Call Carol Bell 850-227.
* Port St. Joe, Commercial Lots-100O'x170' 5330,000 Call Carol Bell 850-227-4252
* This lot is located In Garrison Plantatlon In Port St. Joe Florida. Gorrison Plantation is a
fast growing area with currently five houses under construction, Seller will listen to all offers. Call
Moses Medina 527-0441
*Port St. Joe,115 Stone Drive-Great lot, affordable investment in Port St Joe. mls#106528
$137,000 Call Candice Upchurch 850-227-6402
SSouthgate Subdivision in beautiful Port St. Joe. Gated Community, Brick Pavers, underground
utiltics. Close to schools, churches and downtown. Call Mark Schultz at 850-.227-5605.
* Overtreet 41 Acres in the quiet and peaceful area o Overslreet. MLS#109009 Call Brett
Lowry 227-5535
* Overstreet, East Bay 162 acre +/- parcel that would be excellent for a development. Wetappo
Crook and East Boy Frontage. MLS#109103

* 6807 Hwy 71 White City Grool Investment Opportunityl 100' x 444' fronting Hwy 71. City
water there, sewer to be in place in approximately 1 year. Property adjacent to Ihis is also on Ihe
market. MLS# 108718. Contact Perky or Susie While 800-451-2349 or 850-227-4046.
The property consists of three lots that make almost on acre of land and have already been
cleared. Seller is motivated and will listen to all offers. Call Moses Medina 527-0441
* The Landings at Wetoppo, Overstreet-Locoled just off the intracoostal woteorway 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
* Eastpoint, Lakes On The Bluff Subdivision. Nice single family lots available. HOA, under-
ground utilities, pool and club house Call Patrick Jones 814-5878

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Port St. Joe
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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

Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m.

Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m.
Methodist Youth Fellowship: 6:00p.nm.
Evening Worship: 7:00 p.m.
\. All Times are EST

Dan Rhodes
Minster of Music/Youth
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries

You're .mong fiends at
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David .. fernandez. Pastor
Office: 850-227-1837 Parsonage: 850-229-6271
613 .Madlson Street Port St.Joe. fC
Schedule of Services
Sunday Wednesday
Sunday School 9:45am .Midldeek.Meal 5:00pm
Morning Worship 10:45am Mid 'Week Bible Study 6:15pm
YXds on the Move 10:4Sam Ministry In Action 6:15pm
Cross Training Youth 6:J15pm
Men's Ministry. Monday 6:30pm
Ladies Ministry- Tuesday- 7.00pm
Dynamic Praise & "Worship Preaching the Pure "Word

Church of Christ

at the Beaches
S314 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

Jesus is Lord an He is waiting


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L 382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
j1: (850)227-1306

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
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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 y
10:45 a.m. 0'
Adult School T .
11:00 a.m. -
*Sunday School 0
*Young Children
Highway 71/ Cecil Costin Sr. Blv .
Pastor Rev. J. Reid Cameron

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111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410

Suidq Worship Services: 9:00 a.m. CST
Sindiq School:10:15 am. CST
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Beach United Methodist churchh
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

Family Life Church
"Touching Lives with the Love of Jesus"

Join us in worship... Apal
10:30 Sunday Morning
7:00 Wednesday Evening
Pastors Andrew
Cathy Rutherford
Rhema Bible Training Center graduates
Visit our website at:
323 Reid Avenue Port St. Joe

achicola Panama City
Hwy. 98
5 Reid Ave.
Family Life Church
Wewohitchka ,_
* 229-LIFE (5433)

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9 a.. Sunday
30 a.n. Sunday

P. 0. Box 758 Port St. Joe, FL 32457
KCorner of 20th Street & Marvin Avensg

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


S'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!

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

T2-w' j "A Reformed Voice
W O in the Community"

"g 4eck 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
All times Eastern Standard
Christmas Eve Service, December 24th at 11:00 P.M.
Christmas Day Service, December 25th at 11:00 A.M.
There will be no 8:00 A.M. Service on
December 25th or January 1st
New Years Day Service, January 1st at 11:00 A.M.....
www.stiamesepiscopalchurch.org 850-227-1845

Long Avenue Baptist Church

Where Faith, Family 6&

Friendship are found
True Value ...Recently, on a television news station it was reported that a very popular item on the
market this Christmas season was stolen from the arms of a mother who had just purchased it for her
son. She spent approximately $500.00 on this item & lamented in an interview, "They've stolen my
son's Christmas!"
Indeed, that event is awful. But, had they really stolen her son's Christmas? I hope they recover her
stolen item. More importantly, I hope our generation will recover the true value of Christmas. Christ-
mas is receiving the 'gift of God in Christ, His Son. There is eternal value in that & no one can take it
1601 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL For More Information Call 229-8691

and 7:00pm 9:15am and 6:00pm 7:00pm

Thompson Temple

First Born Church
You are cordially invited
to come out and worship the
Lord this Christmas Season
with Thompson Temple for
our Christmas Program
Saturday 24m at 7:30 p.m.
Please come out and be lifted
in the spirit of Christmas
carols, Hymns, and speeches
may. May God bless you
Happy Birthday Jesus
It's been a long time
Since Jesus came to pay
- a debt we owe.
Why He wanted to do it
is something I11 never know.
We live for self and leave
Him out until we have a
To be made in the image
of God,
We sure are aselfish breed.
He said for us to ask and
He'd supply our need.
Nothing was said about
our wants, because he knows
our greed.
I would like to say "thank
you," Lord, for going to the
cross for me.
Without your birth and
death on the cross, salvation
could not be.
So happy birthday Jesus,
without you we are lost.
Billy Johnson


Abercrombie, Jr.
Henry Abercrombie, Jr.,
89, of Apalachicola passed
away Tuesday, December
13, 2005. He grew up in
Petrey, AL, and served in the
United States Army during
WWII. Mr. Abercrombie came
to Apalachicola in the early
1940's. He ran Abercrombie
Fishing Lodge and later
Abercrombie Service Station.
He also worked for Franklin
County and later retired as
an outboard motor mechan-
He is survived by his
children, Bonnie Hayes and
husband Leon of Highland
View, Ricky Abercrombie and
wife Debbie, Betsy Lashley
and husband Jimmy Wayne
of Apalachicola; eight grand-
children, Chris Williamson
and wife Stacey, Donna
Odom, Jennifer Hayes, Ricky
Henry Abercrombie, Jr. and
wife Melissa, Toni Lashley,
Jimmy Lashley and wife,
Crystal, Corey Lashley and
Cameron Lashley; his great-
grandchildren, Amanda,
Josh, Ashley, Alishia, William,
Katie, Dalton, Jasmine,
Jaden, Alyssia; Henry Wyatt,
Landon, Chandler, and
Funeral services were
held Sunday, December 18,
2005 at 2 p.m. ET at Highland
Park Church in Apalachicola
with the Rev. Ray Creamer

Candy Neei
Currently for adoption at
the St.Joseph Bay Humane
Society are : Candy, a chi-
huahua mix, female (pic-
tured); Boomerang, a beau-
tiful male Beagle; Jessie, a
small, beautiful lady; Melita,
a small female chihuahua
mix; Margo, a young black

and the Rev. Authur Coulter
officiating. Interment fol-
lowed in the family plot in
Magnolia Cemetery. A view-
ing was held at the Highland
Park Church on Saturday,
December 17, from 4:00 p.m.
until 6 p.m.
All services were under
the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.

Gregg Farmer
Gregg Farmer was born
and raised in Port St. Joe,
Florida. He attended public
school in Gulf County. He
departed this life on December
9, 2005 in Orlando, Florida.
He was a member of Freewill
Holiness Church.
He leaves to cherish his
memory his wife, Pauline;
five children, Joshua,
Jasmine, Tyler, Direk, and
Greg Jr.; stepchildren, Steve,
Nastasha and Juan; grand-
child, William Lee; mother,
Ruby Farmer; grandmoth-
er, Pecola Smiley; brothers,
Andrew, James, Freddick,
Collins, and Carlos; sis-
ters, Mary (Michael), Loratta
(Watson), Sylvia (Harold),
Valerie (Ron), and Keesha;
mother-in-law, Pearlie Mae
Rochelle and a host of
uncles, aunts, nieces, neph-
ews, cousins, and many car-
ing friends and neighbors.
Funeral services were
held Saturday, December 17,
2005 at 1 p.m. ET at Zion Fair
Missionary Baptist Church

"Our Church can be your home"

Sirst Church of the Nazarene
2420 Long Avenue Port 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..

Is a Home
Lab female; Patches and
Buster, two dynamic kitten
entertainers; Amos & Andy,
six month old kitties. Always
kittens! Come see.
Volunteers are needed to
transport animals to meet
with couriers (usually in
Alabama towns).

in Port St. Joe, with the
Bishop James McFarley offi-
ciating. Interment followed at
Forest Hill Cemetery. A visi-
tation was held at the church .
Friday evening, December
16, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30
p.m. ET.
All services were under
the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.

Emma Jean


Jan 18, 1954-Dec 15,
Survived by her par-
ents Willie F. Nobles Sr. and
Dorothy R. Nobles. Also,
Emma leaves her three chil-
dren Gerald Nobles, Sheneka
Nobles, and Ayesha Myhand.
Her funeral will be held
Wednesday at Faison Temple
Church of Christ in Heaven
at 1:00 p.m. on December
21, 2005. A wake will be
held at the same location
Tuesday December 12, 2005
at 5:00 p.m.


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



Established 1937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 68 years

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Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative Recognizes

Employees and Trustees for Years of Service

Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative recently rec-
ognized 27 employees and
trustees for a combined total
of 266 years of service to the
Employees receiving
service pins were: Patty
Corbin, Chris Dohanyos,
Pam Harden, Tim Mauldin,
Chris Pippin and Harold
Ruth, one year pins; Chad

Brackin and David Syfrett,
five year pins; Kinneth
Daniels and Eddie Jones,
10 year pins; Tony Turner,
20 year pin; Perry Flowers,
Woody Hughen and Wes
Smith, 30 year pins; and
L. L. Lanier, Jr. and Linda
Skipper, 35 year pins.
Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative is part of the
Touchstone Energy national

alliance of local, consumer-
owned electric cooperatives
providing high standards of,..
service to customers large
and small. GCEC serves
approximately 19,300 con-
sumers in Bay, Calhoun,
Gulf, Jackson, Walton and
Washington counties and
in the municipalities of
Wewahitchka, Ebro, White
City, Fountain, Lynn Haven
and Southport.

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative Employee News

Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative is proud to
announce the promotion
of one of its employees, the
transfer of one of its employ-
ees and the addition of five
new employees to its staff.
Sharon M. McGhee, CPA
was recently promoted and
now has the title of Manager
of Accounting. Sharon has
been an employee of Gulf
Coast Electric since the
beginning of 2005, when she
was hired as Supervisor of
Accounting. Her job entails
managing all accounting and
fiscal functions of GCEC,
including payroll, general
ledger, payables, work orders
and cash management. She
is responsible for managing
the accounting team and
preparing corporate financial
reports, cost reports and tax
Sharon graduated
from Clark University in
Massachusetts and has a
strong background working
for non-profit organizations,
including Early Childhood
Services, Inc. of Panama City
and the New England Science
Museum in Worchester,
Mass. She serves as a federal
fiscal monitor for Health and
Human Services two weeks
a year. Most recently, she
worked as the resident CPA
for The Florida Lottery.
Becky Kent was recent-
ly transferred to the title of
Collections Representative.

An anonymous donor on
December 19 presented Gulf
Coast Community College
President Bob McSpadden
and Trustees Chair Bill
Cramer a check for $1 mil-
The gift will endow 67
perpetual scholarships for
GCCC students. This gift,
when matched $1 for $1 by
the state matching funds
program, will add $2 million
to the foundation's A Legacy
of Trust Campaign.
"This is by far the most

Becky has been an employ-
ee of GCEC for near-
ly 10 years and has also
held the titles of Cashier/
Receptionist, Customer
Service Representative and
General Clerk. Throughout
her tenure with Gulf Coast
Electric, Becky has taken
various computer courses
and is a notary. Her new
job duties will include col-
lecting bad debt, arranging
mediations and handling the
research and filing duties
to take those who owe the
Cooperative to small claims
court. All of this is part of an
aggressive effort to control
the Cooperative's bad debt
situation, along with the cus-
tomer deposit policy, using
an online collection service
and filing debts against con-
sumers' credit reports.
Richard Fay is Gulf
Coast Electric Cooperative's
- nw Manager of Engineering.
Richard holds a Bachelor of
Science degree in Electrical
Engineering. His job duties
include coordinating the
design and documentation of
overhead and underground
facilities and assisting the
GIS/mapping work group.
Doug Goodwin joins
the Southport Right-Of-
Way Department as an
Equipment Operator, and
his daily job responsibilities
are to clear right-of-ways.
Doug is a graduate of Mosley
High School and worked at

generous gift our, college
has ever received," said
McSpadden. "How many
ways can you say "Thank
You?" I hope that eventu-
ally we'll be able to publicly
recognize this benefactor and
his major gift." McSpadden
added that the donor made
the gift because he "has
always liked the college."
According to Cramer, the
*donor said he trusted the
college to be a good steward
of the gift. "That's a tremen-
dous honor and a tremen-
dous responsibility. Over

Good Measure

(a) Tolerance for Attached
Oysters. In instances in
which culled oysters less
than three (3) inches in
greatest dimension are
attached to legal size
oysters such that to sep-
arate them would destroy
either oyster, a person may
harvest, possess while in or
on the waters of the state,
and land such undersize
attached oysters provided
that such oysters number
no more than 15% of the
oysters in any bag or equiva-
lent container. The legal size
oysters to which the under-
size oysters are attached
shall be counted separately
from the attached oysters.
(b) Tolerance for
Individual, Unattached
Oysters. A person may har-
vest, possess while in or
on the waters of the state,
and land oysters less than
three (3) inches in greatest
dimension, provided, that
such oysters number no

Arizona Chemical.
Trey. Luck joins the
Southport Operations
Department as a First-Class
Lineman. Prior to joining.,,
Gulf Coast Electric, Trey
worked for seven years doing
contract line work.
Bryan Newton joins
the Southport Right-Of-Way
Department as an Equipment
Operator. Bryan is a gradu-
ate of Mosley High School
and worked at Honeywell for
five years.
Bill Priester also joins
the Southport .Right-of-Way;.,
Department as an Equipment-.
Operator. :His job duties are
to clear right-of-ways u'sing-
various equipment. Prior 't6
coming on board at GCEC,
Bill' worked as a welder of
heavy equipment.
Gulf Coast Electric.
Cooperative is part of the
Touchstone Energynational
alliance of local, consumer-
owned electric cooperatives
providing high standards of
service to customers large
and small. GCEC serves
approximately 19,300 con-
sumers in Bay, Calhoun,
Gulf, Jackson, Walton and
Washington counties and
in the municipalities of
Wewahitchka, Ebro, White
City, Fountain, Lynn Haven
and Southport. -

Carr, Riggs & Ingram Announces Addition Of

T. Michael Tucker, Cpa Into Organization

Panama City Managing
Partner, Mike Scott (1975
graduate of Port St. Joe High
School) and the Carr, Riggs
and Ingram CPA firm are
proud to announce the addi-
tion of Blountstown CPA, T.
Michael Tucker into their
organization and part of their
team of professionals- serv-
ing Port St. Joe, Gulf County
and surrounding areas.
"Mike Tucker has suc-
cessfully served Port St. Joe
and the surrounding area for
years and we are extreme-

ly proud for him to have
become part of our team,"
said Mike Scott, formerly of
Port St. Joe. "Having grown
up here and now having
Mike join our firm, it feels
like I've come home to begin
an exciting new era of our
firm's growth that we hope
will be an asset to the growth
of this area."
Carr, Riggs and Ingram
has offices in 13 locations and
was recently named the 38th
largest CPA firm in the United
States and the 4th largest

in the Southeast region, as
ranked in Public Accounting
Report's (PAR) top u 100 'frli-,i'S
in the nation. With otlices,
in Jackson, Ms., Atlanta,
Ga., Enterprise, Geneva,
Dothan,,. Montgomery and
Birmingham, Alabama and
Fort Walton, Destin, Niceville,
Marianna, Tallahassee and
Panama. City, Florida, the
firm of over 400 employees.
looks to possibly open a Port
St. Joe location. very .soon,
with the addition of Tucker.

the almost 50 years of 'the.
college's existence and 40
years of the foundation's, we
have grounded ourselves in
integrity and trust," Cramer
"It' is both hurribling
and exhilarating to experi-
ence this level of generosity,"
McSpadden said. "Our col-'.
lege and our community have
a very special relationship
one I believe is uneqidallekd
anywhere in this c,-Lintrv
There's a level -of trust and'
mutual commitment that
exists nowhere else."

-- From Page lB

more than 5% of the oysters
in any bag or equivalent
(4) For purposes of this
rule, the term "land" means
the physical act of bringing
harvested oysters ashore.
Specific Authority Art. IV,
Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law
Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9,
Fla. Const. History-New 3-
10-91, Formerly 46-27.015,
Amended 10-7-01
Although many will
argue that the restrictions
and the laws need to be
revised and the legal size
needs to be lowered, the size
was set in place to assure
the continuing growth of the
bay, and that there will be
an ample harvest for years to
come. Others argue that in
lowering this size would only
lead to a greater depletion of
oysters which have already
been over harvested and are
in peril of being depleted
each year due to both natu-
ral and man made disasters.

Both agree that the check
point system needs to be
reinforced because' of the
abuse of the illegal size oys-
ters being caught.,'. 1
The rules and regula-
tions that were set in place
to protect the future of the
bay cannot work without the
help of those who work in
the bay each day, it is the
responsibility of the oyster
industry, every worker, from
the oysterman to the dealer
to see to it that the laws are
If each time you bought
a pair of shoes, you got one
half size smaller, the first
time your feet might be real
uncomfortable and hurt,
but eventually, you could not
wear the shoes at all, so if
the shoe fits, you should
wear it, there are instances
when size does matter.
For Good Measure, half
of a dollar bill is exactly
three inches long.

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Receives $1 Million Gift

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Put Toy Safety First

The Florida Department
of Health (DOH) and the
SAFE KIDS Coalition reminds
Florida residents and visitors
to put toy safety first when
purchasing toys and gifts for
children during the holiday
"During this time of cel-
ebration with family and
friends, I urge all parents
and caregivers to make sure
they're choosing safe toys for
their children by paying close
attention to warning labels
and manufacturer's guide-
lines," said DOH Secretary
M. Rony Frangois, M.D.,
M.S.P.H., Ph.D. "If the manu-
facturer sets a minimum age
or other restrictions, there's
a reason please follow the
According to SAFE KIDS
Florida, "an estimated 4 mil-
lion Florida children (1 out
of 4), ages 14 and under,
will sustain injuries serious
enough to require medical
attention each year."
Florida childhood injury
facts include:
Unintentional inju-
ry is the leading cause of
death and disability among
Florida's children ages 14
and under.
250,000 children are
treated in Florida hospi-
tal emergency departments
Approximately 7,000 of
Florida's children are admit-
ted annually to a hospital
because of injuries.
Parents should also
monitor children with riding
toys to ensure they're not
pedaling near vehicle traffic,
stairs, swimming pools or
bodies of water. According to
the U.S. Consumer Product
and Safety Commission,
"Riding toys (including non-
powered scooters) continue
to be associated with injuries
(70,600 or 34 percent) more
than any other category of
toys in 2003."
There are also several
Federal laws that govern
hazardous substances and
toys, including:
The Federal Hazardous
Substances Act bans any toy
or children's article that con-
sists of or contains any haz-
ardous substance, including
hazardous levels of lead, or
that presents an electrical,
mechanical or thermal haz-
Secretary Of Health

Announces New

Deputy Secretary
Today, the Florida
Department of Health (DOH)
announced the appoint-
ment of Robert Eadie, J.D.,
as Deputy Secretary for
Administration. Mr. Eadie
will assume the post on
January 2, 2006.
"Bob has had a long and
successful career in both
the public and private sec-
tors and brings a wealth of
experience to this position,"
said DOH Secretary M. Rony
Frangois, M.D., M.S.P.H.,
Ph.D. "Both the Department
and the people we serve will
benefit from his expertise in
public health administra-
Mr. Eadie is a gradu-
ate of the University of
North Carolina and received
his Juris Doctorate from
Vanderbilt University. Mr.
Eadie has more than 30 years
of legal and public health
experience, serving as legal
counsel to the Nashville City
Government, Vice President
of a multi-state division of
Willis Corron, an interna-
tional insurance brokerage
firm. Most recently, Mr.
Eadie served as the Deputy
Director of the Metro Public
Health Department, Nashville
Tennessee, where his duties
included management and
operation, policy develop-
ment and legal services.
As Deputy Director,
Mr. Eadie will supervise the
divisions of Medical Quality
Assurance, Administration,
Information Technology,
Disability Determination and
Performance Improvement.
The mission of the

Department of Health is to
promote and protect the
health and safety of all resi-
dents, workers, and visitors
of Florida through the deliv-
ery of quality public health
services and promotion of
health care standards. For
more information about the
executive staff, please visit
the DOH Web -site at www.
doh.state.fl.us and select
organizational chart from the
drop box.

The Child Safety
Protection Act bans any toy
intended for use by children
under age 3 that may pose a
choking, aspiration or inges-
tion hazard. It also requires
choking hazard warning
labels for toys intended for
use by children ages 3 to 6.
The Labeling of
Hazardous Art Materials
Act mandates the labeling
of hazardous art materials
as inappropriate for use by
Toy guns must conform
to marking requirements
under the U.S. Department
of Commerce "Marking of
Toy Look-Alike and Imitation
Firearms" regulation.
Coalition recommends fol-
lowing these safety precau-
Use the cardboard tube
from a roll of toilet paper to
identify choking hazards. Do
not let small children play
with anything that can fit
into one of these cylinders.
Inspect toys often to
make sure they are in good

maintenance. Do not let
young children play with bro-
ken toys or toys with straps,
cords or strings longer than
7 inches, due to the risk of
Supervise children when
they're playing with any toy
that has small parts and mov-
ing parts, electrical or bat-
tery-powered, cords, wheels
or any other potentially risky
component. Simply being in
the same place as your child
is not necessarily supervis-
ing. An actively supervised
child is in sight and in reach
at all times receiving your
undivided attention.
Teach children to put toys
away after playing in order
to prevent falls and unsuper-
vised play. Make sure toys,
intended for younger chil-
dren, are stored separately
from those of older children.
The Safe Kids Florida
coalition works to prevent
accidental childhood injury,
the leading killer of
children 14 and under.
Safe Kids Florida is a mem-
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and select injury prevention
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Girl Scouts Donate Gifts
Instead of exchanging gifts with each other this Christmas, the girls of Girl Scout Troop 242
donated a toy for a needy child. Pictured (left to right) are: Katelyn Lewis, Haley Anderson, Emily
Balestracci, McKayla Woodham and Bobby Joe Hanson. Troop leader Tammy Canington and assistant
Angela Canington are in back.






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the check-out counters.

Long drives when your

time is valuable. Traffic

jams and red lights.

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the hassles of big city

shopping? Especially

when you have a great

alternative. This year

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TransplaTgr Poinsettias

By Roy Lee Carter
If you received a potted
poinsettia for Christmas,
your enjoyment of this
attractive plant needn't end
with the holidays. So, don't
throw it away! With a little
extra care, and a bit of luck,
a gift poinsettia's life can be
extended for many seasons
to come.
All too often, we give up
on potted poinsettias, once
they've lost their colorful
bracts. Fortunately, it's
relatively easy to save
poinsettias from one
Christmas to the next, by
planting them briefly review
the proper care of poinsettias
while they're still in your
Poinsettias are especially
sensitive to extremes of heat
and cold, as well as sudden
temperature changes. So
keep' your potted plant away
from hot air vents, cold
windows, and doorways,
where temperature fluctuate s
rapidly. Also, avoid over
watering. A thorough
soaking about once a week
should, be sufficient. Keep
your poinsettia in a brightly
lighted area, but never in
direct sun.
;,Once your gift poinsettia
starts to fade after the
holidays, you can prepare it
for transplanting'. Since we
live in the northern area of

our sate, you'll have to hold
your plants in a protected
area until the danger of frost
has past. During this period,
the poinsettia should be
allowed to dry and become
dormant. Water it only
occasionally just enough to
keep it from drying out.
When you're ready to
plant your poinsettia outside,
you should carefully consider
its placement relative to the
amount of light it will receive
in the area where you want to
set it. Poinsettias are "short
day" plants. This means
they will set buds in the fall
only if the daily period of
light they receive is relatively
short. If you plant your
poinsettia where it's exposed
to extra illumination from
porch, window, or street
light, it may never bloom.

In late winter or early
spring, after blooming is
over and the danger of frost
is past, poinsettias should
be pruned back to within 12
to 18 inches of the ground.
If they've been frozen, you
may have to cut even lower,
to get to live wood. To insure
compact, showy plants at
flowering time, poinsettias
should be pruned several
times during the growing
season. Each time new
growth reaches a length of
12 inches, it should be cut
or pinched back, leaving
four leaves on each shoot.
This operation should
be continued until about
September tenth, but no
later. Because poinsettias
begin to set buds as days
become shorter, pruning
after September tenth may
reduce flower production.
Poinsettias will grow in
a wide range of soils sand,
muck, mushroom compost,
and clay. But, they do need
fertilizer. Apply a complete,
balanced analysis mix, such
as 8-8-8, three times a year
- when growth starts in the
spring, again in June, and
finally in the 'late fall, after
the bracts have set. This
last application promotes
large bracts with showy.
color. Apply one-and-a-half
pounds of 8-8-8 per 100
square feet or if they are
individually set in container
apply 2 or 3 tablespoons per
plant each time you fertilize.
If you wait until the
danger of frost has past ...
transplant your poinsettia
to a landscape location
protected from artificial light
...it should reward you with
another beautiful burst of
color next Christmas.

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I'm not going to preach
to .you. I only preach to my
kids and believe me that's
not anything to write about.
They never listen to me any-
I'm only going to write
about the idea the sermon
had within it, that I have
never been able to forget.
It was based on Proverbs
verse 25-11 from the bible.
"A word fitly spoken is like
apples of gold in pictures of
Looking back, I remem-
ber such "words fitly spo-
ken" that have affected me
all of my life one way or
another. Words that I imme-
diately recognized when I
heard them and sometimes
the person who spoke them.
Some of my favorites were:
"It's not what your
country can do for you, but
what you can do for your
country." John Kennedy
*"I cannot tell a lie I
chopped down the cherry
tree." George Washington
*"There's nothing to fear
but fear itself'. Franklin
Delano Roosevelt.
*"Read my lips."George

W Bu

W. Bush
*"The buck stops here"
Harry Truman
"I shall return." "I
have returned." General
McArthur-(during WW2)
*"Give me liberty or give
me death." Patrick Henry
*"Life's like a scooter
car; nothing happens unless
you peddle."
*"We grow only when
we push beyond what we
already know."
"The trick is to live, a
long, long life without get-
ting very old."
*"You can't expect your
children to listen to your
advice and ignore your
That wasn't quite true
that my children didn't lis-
ten to me. It's true that
they didn't listened to me
very closely at the'time, but
much later I have noticed
that they have sometimes
heeded what I have said.
So I learned long ago not to
hold back from my family
what I really felt strongly
about. You can never tell
what statements they will
remember and help them to
make a hard decision in the
right way.

That is the way it worked
out for me. When my life was
in turmoil, I remembered
some of things my parents
had told me:
*"Don't do anything that
you wouldn't want to read
about in the paper."
*"A wise old owl sat in
an oak, the more he heard,
the less he spoke,
The, less he spoke the
more he heard, why aren't
we all more like that bird."
*"Germs ride on tobac-
co smoke so please DON'T
*"You never learn any-
thing until you realize how
little you know."
*"When things always
seemed to go wrong, he said,
"This too shall pass."
These were definitely
words fitly spoken and when
I tempted to take the wrong
path, my parent's words
came into my head and put
me back on the right track.
I want to wish each
and every one a: MERRY

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Forgotten Gardening

By Kay Kelley
Reminiscing last week
about work on a Christmas
tree farm reminded me of
another stint I served raising
Christmas trees. This was
several years later, while I
was employed by a small
garden center in NC. My
boss, a girl of about my
own age, had been selling
Christmas trees for several
years. We would take off
a day in late summer,
she and I, and go down
the mountain, through the
gorge, and across the valley
to where our friend Bill
lived. Bill grew Christmas
trees. We would pile into
the cab of his Chevy truck
and ease through the ruts
and creek beds up into the
mountains behind his house
where the trees grew. Bill
did not grow any more trees

than he could tend to by
himself, and as a result the
trees were full, fat, perfect
specimens. We would
pretend otherwise, though,
and spend a couple of hours
roaming the fields and
tagging the trees we deemed
superior with pink surveyor's
tape. After Thanksgiving we
would return to the fields
to claim our trees. Bill cut
them with the chain saw,
and we dragged them down
the mountainside to load
on the trailer. The next day
they would be ready for sale,
fresh as could be.
Bill was a lean, quiet
mountain man who had
spent all of his sixty plus
years right there on that
land. He always wore a
flannel shirt and a big smile.
His voice drawled out like
thick molasses, and when

he spoke he had something
to say, usually with a twinkle
in his blue eyes. He loved
to tease us, but the day he
proposed to my friend that
she start growing her own
trees, he was serious. He
knew he was not getting
any younger, and some day
he would not be around
to continue the hard work
of Chriptmas tree farming.
He knew my friend was the
right person to carry on his
tradition of growing perfect
The next spring the
two of them left me behind
and traveled north into the
National Forest, permits in
hand, to pull up thousands
of Frasier fir seedlings. They
returned with big bundles of
little trees wrapped in damp
burlap. We went to work
immediately, my friend and

I, planting the one to two
foot trees in long, evenly
spaced rows which wrapped
gently around the flank of
the mountain. The land was
in my friend's husband's
family, and steep, but it
was perfect for growing
trees. Some days I worked
up there all alone, other
days there would be two or
three of us digging holes
and planting trees. Before
long we had them all in the
ground, several acres worth.
A few weeks later we were
back, lugging heavy five
gallon buckets of fertilizer
through the rows, taking
care to brush the fertilizer
out of the needles when we
cast it too carelessly.
Tending trees that don't
yet touch your knees is a
far different experience
than tending trees that are
over your head. The fields
seem bigger, the work more
endless. Knowing it will
be six or seven years, or
longer, before the trees are
harvested takes a special

FWC Division Of Law Enforcement

Field Operations Weekly Report

patience and dedication, as
well as pockets deep enough
to finance those several
years of fertilizer and labor
Before my friend's trees
were old enough to shear
I had ended my five year
employment at the garden
center and started a new
life as a business owner.
I felt like I had done my
time in the Christmas
tree business, and didn't
miss the long hot hours of
swinging a long knife, over
and over, to achieve that
perfect all around Christmas
tree shape.
The whole experience
has turned me into quite a
connoisseur, however, and

nothing puts me in the spirit
of the holiday season like
being around a fragrant,
dark green, well-formed
Frasier fir. My friend has
been growing trees for a
couple of decades now, and
my bet is that her trees are
just as healthy and perfect
as our old friend Bill's. Next
Christmas, if you want
the freshest, prettiest tree
available out of the North
Carolina mountains, head
up to Highlands and visit the
Country Store and Garden
Center. Ask for Sherry. Tell
her Kay says hi.
Questions? Comments?
Advice? Email me at
kkelley@beachvillage. net

Santa and Helpers Visit

Mexico Beach Christmas Eve

The Mexico Beach
Department of Police, Fire
and ESU will hold its annual
"Christmas Wishes" distri-
bution of food and gifts to
numerous families in the
city on Saturday, Dec. 24,
beginning at 8 a.m.. Local
businesses have donated all

food and gifts.
And Santa, riding the
city's fire truck and distrib-
uting candy to children of
all ages, will accompany city
personnel. So be listening
and watching for the big
guy in red riding a big red


This report represents
some significant events the
FWC handled over the past
week; ,however, it does not
include all actions taken
by the Division of Law

Officer Brian Parkton
stopped a vehicle for a traf-
fic violation and discovered
the driver had an active war-
rant for failure to appear on
fraud charges. The sub-
ject was booked into the
Okaloosa County Jail.
Officer Alan Kirchinger
continues to find night hunt-
ing violations in Blackwater
On Friday night, just
before midnight, he stopped
a truck containing two men.
He observed them working
a spotlight and when they
stopped, he found a BAR
rifle, shells, and a spotlight.
Both were cited for attempt-
ing to take deer at night.

Officers Nick Price, Neal
Goss, and David Erdman
worked together last week-
end and discovered some
resource violations as well
as BUIs. Working in and
around Panama City Pass,
they inspected numer-
ous vessels and collective-
ly made two BUIs and two
cases for undersize greater
Officer Joe Chambers
conducted a camp check in
the Pine Log WMA Archery-
Only area. At the camp-
site were five subjects with
alcohol in plain view and a
baggie of cannabis. Officer
Chambers located in the
camp a 12-gauge shotgun
and a box of shells. A war-
rant check revealed one
subject to have an outstand-
ing warrant for failure to
appear on a traffic offense.
Citations were issued for
"the cannabis and the fire-
arm and the wanted subject
was transported to the Bay
County Jail.

Over the last two
months, Officers Neal Goss,
Mike Nobles, Dennis Palmer,
and Nick Price worked as a
unit to monitor Bay County's
annual "mullet run." Three
illegal nets were located dur-
ing the detail with the assis-
tance of Lt. Dennis Welsh.
These nets were moni-
tored and later seized and
destroyed after no fishers
returned to fish them.
Officer Joe Chambers
inspected a fisher on the
Bailey Bridge who possessed
three undersized speck-
led trout. A citation was


Officer Warren
Walsingham and a represen-
tative of Forest and Lakes
property testified in court
concerning felony armed
trespass stemming from an
incident during last year's"
hunting season. The jury
found the New Hope resident
guilty of felony trespassing.
Sentencing is pending.
Officers Lane Kinney
and Warren Walsingham
utilized the replica deer in
the Sunny Hills area. Before
daylight, the first candidate
hastily jumped out of his
pickup and aimed a scoped
rifle at the target in the
woods ahead of the head-
.lights. He had neglected

to place his vehicle in park
causing him to have to run
after it still in gear. After
catching up and placing his
rifle into the cab, he jumped
in and hit the brakes as the
vehicle left the roadway into
the woods. Being only a
few feet from the replica, he
backed out of the woods and
left on down the road with-
out shooting the replica.
After daylight, the offi-
cers maintain right-of-way
road hunting in the same
complaint area. A vehicle
approached, spotted the
replica and drove past and
turned into the trail where
the officers were hidden.
The vehicle stopped and
two individuals got out with
their guns and took aim
from the county roadway.
Officer Kinney was leaning
against a light pole within
a few feet of the individual
when he shot striking the
replica. Officer Kinney cited
him for shooting from road-
way. Officer Walsingham
charged the other with dis-
play and attempting to take
from the roadway and pos-
session of cannabis.

Officer Shon Brower was
patrolling for night hunters
on a local dirt road when he
observed a flashlight being
used from a vehicle. Officer
Brower made contact with

the vehicle occupants and
discovered the driver was
possibly impaired. Field
sobriety tasks were per-
formed and the defendant
was arrested for DUI and
no valid driver's license.. The
subject has a long history of
offenses and is classified as
a habitual traffic offender.
Officer Robert Miller
responded to a complaint
of four juveniles supposed-
ly lost in the woods some-
where between Lola Landing
and Scotts Ferry. One
of the teens' grandfathers
owns a houseboat between
these locations on the
Apalachicola River. Officer
Miller arrived at the house-
boat to find the juveniles
hiding inside. The juve-
niles had walked through
the woods (trespassing with
firearm) several miles to the
houseboat. Officer Miller
discovered the houseboat
next door had been burglar-
ized. Officer Shon Brower
launched and assisted in
getting them back to land.
They were turned over to the
Sheriff's Office for skipping
school, trespassing, and

Wayne Rowlett, Realtor

Real estate agents are not
necessarily mortgage special-
ists. However, we all know
that financing is an integral
part of any real estate transac-
tion, and buyers often look to
agents for some guidance re-
lating to their loan options.
It is for this very reason that
agents maintain strong re-
lationships with local lend-
ers and mortgage specialists.
With all the issues involved
in coordinating the sale and
purchase of property, many
agents simply don't have the
resources to become experts
In such an ever-changing field
as mortgage products.
There are now more choices
than ever in terms of docu-
mentation, payment options,
and loan terms. Just as ex-
amples, some of the most
popular loans are Fixed-Rate
Mortgages, Adjustable-Rate

Barefoot Propertnies
Mortgages (ARMs). and inter-
est-Only loans.
"Fixed" are just that regular
principal and interest pay-
ments for an established pe-
riod of time. ARMs fluctuate,
but new "hybrids" offer a fixed
rate after a certain number of
years. Interest-only loans are
uncertain if'you choose not to
pay any principal in the early
part of the loan, but can work
out if you need short-term
cash flow or intend to move or
refinance shortly.
Every buyer has a best mort-
gage match, and there are
literally hundreds of options.
It can make your head spin!
Have an agent recommend
another professional who can
help get you into the home of
your dreams.

Thinking of selling? Call for
a free consultation. Wayne
Rowlett of Barefoot Properties,
1085 Cape San Blas Road,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456. (850)
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State Agencies Encourage Awareness of Impaired Drivers this Holiday Season

The Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT) and
Athe Florida Office of Drug
Control are sponsoring high
visibility DUI enforcement
,operations during the last
three weeks of December as
part of the Drunk and Drugged
Driving (3D) Prevention Month
Enforcement Wave.
State and local law
enforcement agencies in all
6'? Florida counties have been
asked to participate in the DUI
,wave between December 10,
4005 and January 1, 2006.
"There were 293 fatal
traffic crashes last year during
the month of December,"
said the Governor's Highway
Safety Representative and
FDOT Assistant Secretary
Kevin Thibault. "It was the
worst month for fatal crashes
during 2004 and contributed
to the record fatality numbers
reported for the year."
The Florida Department

of Transportation and Florida
Office of Drug Control
suggest the following tips for
those who plan on drinking
alcoholic beverages this
holiday season:
Don't risk getting sent to
jail. If you plan to drink, don't
Take mass transit, a
taxicab or ask a sober friend
to drive you home.
Choose a sober designated
driver before taking the first
Designated drivers are
not those individuals who
drank the least. Be sure the
designated driver has had
nothing to drink before taking
the wheel.
Spend the night where the
activity or party is being held.
Party hosts should prepare
accommodations or safe rides
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consuming alcohol are of legal
drinking age.
Report impaired drivers
to law enforcement. Anyone
can do this by dialing *FHP
on their cellular phone.
Always wear your safety
belt. This is the best defense

"Substance abuse
impaired driving is not an
accident-it's a crime that can
be prevented," said Florida
Office of Drug Control Director
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"There is no excuse for
substance abuse impaired
driving. People over the age of

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The December holidays
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The Best Gift is your Presence Please,

Colonel Chris Knight of
the Florida Highway Patrol
announced today the FHP's
statewide enforcement plans
for the upcoming Christmas
and New Years holidays. FHP
will implement zero tolerance
enforcement strategies target-
ing D.U.I., unlawful speed,
aggressive driving and haz-

ardous throughout the state.
The FHP is also urging motor-
ists to be mindful and con-
siderate of pedestrians and
bicyclist that are walking
& riding within the public
right-of-way. This year's
Christmas holiday period
will begin at 00:01 hours
on Saturday, December 24,

2005 and ending at midnight,
Monday, December 26, 2005.
The New Year holiday period
will run from 00:01 hours on
Saturday, December 31, and
end at midnight, Monday,
January 2, 2006. Last year,
33 persons were killed in 32
traffic crashes during the
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Gulf County Sheriff's Office Prepares for Holiday Traffic

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Gulf County- Florida's
Click It or Ticket campaign
brings attention to the
needless deaths that occur
on our roadways each year
during the Christmas holiday
because motorists fail to use
their safety belts.
is joining law enforcement
across the state in an effort to
save lives this holiday season
by reminding everyone to
buckle up. Traditionally,, the
Christmas holiday period is
one of the heaviest traveled
times across the U.S. The
result is a significant increase
in traffic crashes. Last year
the Florida alone, during

year's campaign, 77 people
dies in motor vehicle related
crashes and over half of those
fatties were not using their
safety belts.
"Christmas is a joyous
holiday, but it is one of the
deadliest on our roadways,"
said Sheriff Dalton Upchurch.
"Too many people are being
killed in traffic crashes
because they just didn't take
a few seconds to put on their
safety belt. Children and
young adults learn best by
example, and we all need to
make sure they see the right
"The Click It or Ticket
Florida enforcement and

clear message that safety belts
and children safety seats when
used properly save lives," said
Sheriff Dalton Upchurch.
"We know this is true because
unfortunately we must
respond to fatal crashes. This
is why we enforce the law and
issue citations to unblocked
The Gulf County Sheriffs
Office and law enforcement
agencies across the state, are
joining together to remind
everyone this holiday season
to click it or you will receive
a ticket.
Sheriff Dalton Upchurch
wishes everyone a safe and

the same time period as this education campaign sends a happy holiday season.

You Drink & Drive. You Lose. Mobilization Begins Dec. 10th

The Gulf County Sheriffs
Office will be conducting spe-
cial DUI enforcement opera-
tions during the Christmas
holiday season to identify and
arrest impaired drivers as
part of Florida's You Drink &
Drive. You Lose. DUI enforce-
ment mobilization.
The You Drink and Drive.
You Lose. Mobilization runs
from December 10, 2005
through January 1, 2006.
Law enforcement agencies
across Florida are mobiliz-
ing to save lives. "Florida
recorded 15 alcohol-rated
traffic deaths during the offi-

cial Christmas holiday peri-
od last year." Said Sheriff
Dalton Upchurch. "We will
do everything in our power to
insure that this holiday sea-
son is safer."
"We encourage everyone
to act responsibly during the
Christmas holiday season,"
said Sheriff Dalton Upchurch.
"If you intend to drink, make

arrangements to get home
safely. Use a designated driv-
er, public transportation, or a
taxi. Remember You Drink &.
Drive. You Lose"

of alcohol and/or drugs
accounts for 40 percent of the
A partial list of the DUI
enforcement activities being
conducted during the 3D
Month DUI Enforcement
Wave is available on the You
Drink and Drive. You Lose.
Web site, www.fl-dui.com.

Drive Safely!
period. Also, 38 people were
killed in 36 traffic crashes
during the 72-hour New Year
As in the past, Colonel
Knight has suspended office
operations for all sworn per-
sonnel effective at the close
of the workday on Thursday,
December 22 and December
29, 2005. All FHP sworn
personnel normally assigned
to administrative duties will
be reassigned to patrol duties
on interstates, major state
roads, and Florida's turnpike
throughout both holiday peri-
Additionally, the FHP
will be expanding enforce-
ment operation during the
Christmas and New Year
holidays in an effort to iden-
tify and arrest impaired driv-
ers as part of Florida's You
Drink and Drive, You Lose.
D.U.I. enforcement crack-
down, which began Saturday,
December 10 and concludes
Sunday, January 1, 2006.
Motorists are urged to
contact the FHP or Local law
enforcement officials when
reporting an impaired, aggres-
sive, or dangerous driver by
simply dialing FHP (347) from
a cellular phone. Callers can
remain anonymous. Motorists
who experience car trouble
are in need of assistance are
also encouraged to use *FHP.
For real-time traffic and road
condition reports, as well as
maps and other safety tips,
please visit the FHP website
at www.fhp.state.fl.us

Gulf County Sheriff's Office Arrest Log

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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

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decedent and persons having
claims or demands against
the decedent's estate must file
their claims with this Court
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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

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
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1997 Hyundai
1988 Honda
1995 Ford
1994 Dodge
1992 Toyota
1985 Lincoln
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1998 Nissan
Publish December 15 & 22,

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
32456, .(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

PURSUANT TO Section 336.10

Florida Statutes, that the Board
of County Commissioners of
Gulf County, Florida, at its
regular meeting on the 13th
day of December, 2005 at 6:00
p.m., E.T., after duly advertised
notice of hearing on said mat-
ter, has closed, vacated and
abandoned the interest of the
County and the public in the
following described roadway:
A portion of S. Long
Street from its intersec-
tion of Shell Road to the
southern-most property
line. Parcel I.D. #03517-
. 100R owned by William
J. Guilford, Sr. and Parcel
I.D. #03517-150R owned
by Larry Turner.
Notice hereof shall be published
one (1) time from the adoption
of the Resolution abandoning
said alleyway.
By: /s/ Nathan Peters, Jr.,
Attest: /s/ Rebecca L. Norris,
Ad #2005-121
Publish: December 22, 2005

BID #0506-09
The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners will
receive bids from any person,
company, or corporation inter-
ested in providing the follow-
One (1) new emergency
generator for Gulf County
Road Dept., 318 S. 7th
Street, Wewahitchka, FL
Specifications may be
obtained from the Office of the
Clerk of Court, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456, (850) 229-6112.
Any questions regarding this
bid should be directed to Road
Department Superintendent
Bobby Knee at (850) 639-

Please indicate on the enve-
lope 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, 2005 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 22 & 29,
Ad #2005-114

BID #0506-12
The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners will
receive bids from any person,
company, or corporation inter-
ested in providing the follow-
ing public water well system
work at the Honeyville Park pnd
Community Center:
1. Construct and per-
mit a public water well
system for a park restroom
facility and irrigation.
2. Construct and per-
mit a public water well
system for a community
center that will accommo-
date 300 persons.
A pre-bid conference will be
held at the site at 10:00 a.m.,
Central Time on January
5, 2006 at the Honeyville
Community Center and Park
located at Highway 71.
Questions should be direct-
ed to the Gulf County Road
Department at (850) 639-2238.
Please indicate on the envelope
this is a SEALED BID, the

BID NUMBER, and what the
bid is for.
Bids must be submitted to the
Gulf County Clerk's Office at
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.,
Blvd, Room 148, Port St.
Joe, Florida, 32456, by 5:00
p.m., E.T., on Friday, January
20, 2006.
Bids will be opened at this same
location on Monday, January
23, 2006 at 10:00 a.m., E.T.
The Board reserves the right to
reject any and all bids.
Publish: December 22 & 29,
Ad #2005-118

BID #0506-11
The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners will
receive bids from any person,
company, or corporation inter-
ested in providing the follow-
One (1) new Tractor and
Bush Hog
Specifications may be obtained
from the Office of the Clerk of
Court, 1000 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr., Blvd., Port Sl. Joe, Florida
32456, (850) 229-6112. Any
questions regarding this bid
should be directed to Road
Department Superintendent
Bobby Knee at (850) 639-2238.
Please indicate on the envelope
this is a SEALED BID, the BID
Bids must be submitted to the
Gulf County Clerk's Office at
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.,
Blvd, Room 148, Port St. Joe,
Florida, 32456, by 5:00 p.m.,
E.T., on Friday, December
30, 2005.
Bids will be opened at this same
location on Tuesday, January
3, 2006 at 10:00 a.m., E.ST.

The Board reserves the right
to reject any and all proposals
Publish: December 22 & 29,
Ad #2005-116

BID NO. 0506-10
The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners will
receive sealed bids from any
person, company, or corpora-
tion interested in purchasing
the following item:
(1) 25-Ton Phelan Lo-Boy
The item may be viewed by con-
tacting the Gulf County Road
Department at (850) 639-2238.
Please indicate on the envelope
this is a SEALED BID and
include the BID NUMBER.
Bids must be submitted to the
Gulf County Clerk's Office at
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.,
Blvd, Room 148, Port St. Joe,
Florida, 32456, by 5:00 p.m.,
E.T., on Friday, December
30, 2005.
Bids will be opened at this loca-
tion on Tuesday, January 3,
2006 at 10:00 a.m., E.T.
The Board reserves the right to
reject any and all bids.
Publish: December 22 & 29,
AD #2005-115

BID #0506-13
The Gulf County Board of

County Commissioners will
receive bids from any person,
company, or corporation inter-
ested in providing the follow-
ing septic system work at the
Honeyville Park and Community
1. Construct and per-
mit a septic system for a
park restroom facility that
will have two sinks and
four flush toilets.
2. Construct and per-
mit a septic system for
a community center that
will accommodate 300 per-
A pre-bid conference will be
held at the site'at 10:00 a.m.,
Central Time on January
5, 2006 at the Honeyville
Community Center and Park
located at Highway 71.
Questions should be direct-
ed to the Gulf County Road
Department at (850) 639-2238.
Please indicate on the envelope
this is a SEALED BID, the BID
NUMBER, and what the bid
is for.
Bids must be submitted to the
Gulf County Clerk's Office at
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.,
Blvd, Room 148, Port St.
Joe, Florida, 32456, by 5:00
p.m., E.T., on Friday, January
20, 2006.
Bids will be opened at this same
location on Monday, January
23, 2006 at 10:00 a.m., E.T.
The Board reserves the right to
reject any and all bids.
Publsih December 22 & 29,
Ad #2005-119

AUGUST 23, 2005

Planner Richardson dis-
cussed the Impact Fees and
that he and Chief Administrator
Butler has met with Govern-
ment Services Groups, Inc. and
they have proposed to set up a
impact fees for Fire, E.M.S., and
Parks & 'Recreation. He stated
this would be for $52,900.00
but, he also stated that the
parks have to be County owned
and not leased. Planner Rich-
ardson stated that they will
let their legal team review the
deeds for the parks. Planner
Richardson discussed that Cor-
rections is eligible for Impact
Fees and he stated that they
can drop Parks & Recreation
and substitute Corrections for
the same price. Commissioner
McLemore inquired and Chief
Administrator Butler discussed
that this is in line with other
Counties. Chief Administrator
Butler discussed that if we can
get the legal opinion back from
G.S.G. he recommends that we
do Fire, E.M.S., Parks & Rec-
reation and Corrections. Com-
missioner Traylor motioned to
accept this recommendation.
Commissioner McLemore sec-
onded the motion, and it passed
Commissioner Williams
inquired about the Florida As-
sociation of Counties workshop
and if we have a member on this
committee. Chief Administrator
Butler stated that the State
is enforcing the rules on how
you can impose Impact Fees.
He stated that this would be a
very important meeting for Gulf
County to attend.
Sandra Chafin, Director
of the Gulf County Chamber
of Commerce, appeared before
the Board to report that on La-
bor Day weekend Saturday and
Sunday September 3rd & 4th
they will have the Scallop Festi-
val downtown Port St. Joe, and
invited the public to attend the
Alan McNair, E.D.C. Direc-
tor appeared before the Board
and discussed a Landfill and In-
dustrial Park site on the North
end of the County. He stated
that he has* a letter from Gulf
Coast Electric that they would
finance for 0% interest for 10
years. He also stated that it
would have to be paid back in
ten years at 0% interest. Chief
Administrator Butler discussed
that St. Joe Company is not in-
terested in selling all the land
around the Buckhorn Landfill
but, they will sell 20 acres at a
reduced rate.

Sharon Gaskin, Executive
Director of North Florida Child
Development appeared before
the Board to request a Local
Non Federal Match. She stat-
ed that they are seeking local
match and in the past the Board
has been very supportive of their
program. She requested a local
match contribution in the form
of donated space. Mrs. Gaskin
stated that the space that they
occupy at this time is in the Old
Courthouse in Wewahitchka.
She stated that 83% of the op-
erations are in Gulf County.
Mrs. Gaskin requested the con-
tribution of space for a three
year lease agreement. Commis-
sioner Traylor stated the Board
would take this under advise-
ment. Commissioner Williams
inquired about the legal issues
for not for profit. County Attor-
ney McFarland discussed this
could be done but, the person
leasing the space has to pay
the ad valorem tax value on the
leased space and we can abate
the rent. Commissioner Traylor
Solid Waste Director Dan-
ford discussed the drainage
problem at Indian Pass and
Money Bayou. He stated that
the water stands in these areas
and there is no where for it to go
but, in the gulf.
Chairman Peters stated he
has received a call from Mr. &
Mrs. Gay about the water flood-
ing on the back of there prop-
erty. Commissioner Williams
discussed that he and Public
Works Director Shearer are
looking into this matter.
Commissioner Williams in-
quired about putting the signs
back up at Highland View.
County Attorney McFarland
stated he has reviewed the maps
and placing the signs back is go-
ing to be very limited because it
has been annexed into the City
of Port St. Joe. County Attorney
McFarland stated that the signs
could be placed on the feeder
roads. Commissioner Williams
discussed, with Road Depart-
ment Superintendent Knee to
have the signs put back up on
the feeder roads immediately.
Commissioner Williams
discussed meeting with St. Joe
Company and Gulf Asphalt and
the requested to use Red Fish
Street over the next few months
due to them being awarded
the contract. He stated that
they would wrap a feeder band
around the pit and Gulf Asphalt
would pay for this. Commis-
sioner Williams motioned to

put a weight limit on Red Fish
Street effective January 27,
2006 and be allowed to send
letters to main developers that
are County based not outside'
entities. Commissioner Barnes
seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.
Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed the dredge and fill per-
mit with the Corp of Engineers
and why has it not been signed.
Commissioner Traylor stated
that the City of Wewahitchka
passed the motion to proceed
with the cent sales tax. Com-
missioner Williams inquired
about the status of the City of
Port St. Joe. County Attorney
McFarland reported that the
City of Wewahitchka has agreed
to relinquish their portion of the
, cent sales tax into the General
Fund and the City of Port St. Joe
has expressed to County Attor-
ney McFarland that they have
concerns. County Attorney Mc-
Farland reported that we have
to assess it starting January 1,
2006, therefore we have to have
the agreement in place no later
than mid November. Commis-
sioner Williams discussed that
we have to have Health Care in
this community. Commissioner
Williams requested permission
from the Board to have County
Attorney McFarland push the
issue with the City of Port St.
Joe. Commissioner Traylor sec-
onded the motion, and it passed
unanimously. John Reeves, City
Commissioner appeared before
the Board and stated that he
has no comment on the cent
sales tax.
Commissioner Traylor re-
ported that Senator Nelson will
be Here on Thursday, Septem-
ber 1st at 1:00 p.m. E.S.T. in the
Board Room.
Commissioner McLemore
discussed 32 new homes in
this area of Pridgeon Lane in
Wewahitchka. He stated the
road is 12' wide and 615' long
and is in need of being paved.
Commissioner McLemore stat-
ed that the cost would be ap-
proximately about $19,000.00
to have it paved. Commissioner
McLemore motioned to pave
this road and pay it from the
Road & Bridge Fund. Commis-
sioner Williams inquired and
Road Department Superinten-
dent Knee recommended the
road be paved. Commissioner
Traylor seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.
Commissioner McLemore
discussed that 68% of the
people in this County want
County Wide voting. Commis-
sioner McLemore motioned to
proceed with litigation to return

to County Wide Voting, and
Commissioner Williams sec-
onded the motion. Chairman
Peters called for discussion and
stated that the simple majority
vote cannot change this County
to County Wide election. Com-
missioner McLemore inquired
as to what Commissioner will
run County Wide and if it goes
to Court proceed to proceed. Af-
ter discussion, motion passed
4-1 with Chairman Peters op-
Commissioner McLemore
discussed Chairman Peters
opposing to County Wide Vot-
ing and that 68% of the people
want County Wide Voting. Com-
missioner McLemore motioned
to remove Chairman Peters
from Chairman of the Board
immediately. Commissioner
Williams seconded the motion
for discussion. He inquired to
Chairman Peters about stop-
ping the law suit and Chairman
Peters stated no he would not
drop the law suit. Commis-
sioner Traylor discussed that
he and Chairman Peters has
been on the Board longer than
anyone. He stated that the only
thing that they have ask for is
for Chairman Peters to drop the
law suit. Commissioner Traylor
discussed that the people not
only need one representative
they need five representatives.
After discussion, the motion
passed 3-2 with Chairman Pe-
ters and Commissioner Barnes
Commissioner McLemore
discussed Chairman Peters
opposing the County Wide Vot-
ing and motioned to remove
Chairman Peters from Chair-
man of the Board immediately.
Commissioner Williams sec-
onded the motion for discus-
sion. Commissioner Williams
inquired about Chairman Pe-
ters stepping down from the
lawsuit. Commissioner Traylor
discussed Chairman Peters has
been here 19 years and we are
only asking you to drop the law-
suit and be able to represent the
entire County. After discussion
motion passed 3-2 with Chair-
man Peters and Commissioner
Barnes opposing.
Chairman McLemore
passed the chair to Commis-
sioner Peters. Commissioner
McLemore discussed the Coun-
ty Wide Voting Committee and
Julia Cunningham appeared
before the Board and discussed
the redistricting scenarios.
Commissioner McLemore re-
ported the current scenario to-
tals and the proposed scenario.
He then recommended that
scenario 05-03R be adopted
contingent upon the Commit-
tee reviewing and accepting.

Commissioner McLemore dis-
cussed that the purple area on
the maps was District 4 which
was Mr. Peters District. He
reported that he would pick
up the Indian Pass and White
City areas. Julia Cunningham
discussed that this scenario
spreads the population evenly
as well as dirt roads, parks
and fire departments. Commis-
sioner McLemore motioned to
accept scenario 05-03R includ-
ing White City and contingent
that the Committee agrees with
this motion. Commissioner Wil-
liams seconded the motion for
discussion. He discussed that
if the Committee agrees that it
is equally distributed and the
lines look good he requested
that the Committee attend the
Town Hall Meetings and explain
to the people. County Attorney
McFarland discussed that what
the Constitution and Statutes
mandate is that you divide the
Districts so that they are as
equally balanced in population
as possible. He discussed that
this is as close of a scenario as
we have seen and there is legal
requirements as to how you
draw the lines. Commissioner
Traylor discussed that he would
not support this without the
Committee agreeing. After
further discussion the motion
passed 4-1 with Chairman.Pe-
ters opposing.
To be Continued...


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Gulf County Community Development Corporation on behalf of Gulf 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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alternative to kenneling
your 4 legged kids. Re-
ferred by local vet. Relia-
ble pet sitter/pet owner.
Does home visits while
you are away. In business
7 years. Call Diana or Dan
227-5770 or 648-5081 or

Seeking a highly motivated
SWM, non-smoker, Early person as a personal as-
60's, 5'8", 1651bs, Nice sistant, working in the de-
Looking! Seeking SWF, at- velopment industry. Some
tractive, medium weight, travel will be required.
52 to 64. For Long term re- Please call for interview:
lationship. Call 227-8251. 850-229-1111 or 227-8608
ask for Brenda. Interviews
will be between the hours
of 8:30 til 4pm on Dec. 23.
Please bring resume and
valid ID.

for the arrest and return of
property that was taken ASSISTANT
from the Barfield's Resi- St Joe company is current-
dence in October 2005. ly seeking a administrative
Call 850-648-5001. assistant for our legal de-
partment. Responsible for
professional office work.
Successful candidate will
have a min of 1-2 yrs of
exp as a legal secretary
and/paralegal. Familiarity
w/legal contracts a must.
Apply online @ joe.com

L5) Pets & Livestock

YORKIES, AKC, 6 wks, 2
male $700, 2 female $800,
health cert, shots, parents
on site, 850-569-2777.

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

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No job to big, no job to
small, 653-5098

Interior/Exterior & Carpen-
try Repair. 850-639-2791

St Joe Towns & Resorts is
currently seeking, a recep-
tionist, responsibilities in-
clude: providing clerical
support, answering multi
line switchboard, & greet-
ing visitors, must be able
to work weekends, fax re-
sumes to 850-229-7930 or
apply online @ joe.corn

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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 e-mail:
mail. dc.state.fl.us

DOther Services

Now accepting applicationsl

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Offices mr Indep~xendet cmnd &)d operatd.


The Gulf County Health
Department has one (1)
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
Number 649230908.
An Equal Opportunity/ Af-
firmative Action Employer.
Apply at:
for assistance, contact:
People First at
ing Full time, professional
office personnel. Comput-
er and clerical experience
necessary. Must have ex-
cellent people skills. in-
quiries please contact
850-596-3509 or 527-7785
to apply.
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. @

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

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as a tax preparer
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v/Professionad work environment
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Year Round Employment (FT & P)

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 (1)
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 No.
649230908. -
An Equal Opportuni-
ty/Affirmative Action
Apply at:
for assistance, contact:
People First at

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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 resume to
or email to
Equal Opportunity'
Employer* 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
Now hiring Sous Chef and
line cooks. Salary DOE.
Please call 850-625-5561

TEAM of Prudential Resort
Realty is looking for a
highly motivated, well or-
ganized, licensed real es-
tate sales assistant. Job
description available for
review. Send resume to
Prudential Resort Realty,
Jeff Galloway's office, 45
East First Street, St. Geor-
ge Island, FI 32328 ATTN:
Hollis Vail. Salary com-
mensurate with exp. In-
terviews will be held Janu-
ary 15th- 25th. Call Hollis
Vail if you have specific
questions. (850) 927-2596.


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
(hotmail.com or fax

PLUMBERS Helper & ex-
perience plumbers, will
train, paid vacation & holi-
days, Starting pay $9hr,
639-5227 for application

The Port Inn
is now accepting applica-
tions for a full time Front
Desk Sales Agent, al-
though part time candi-
dates will also be given
consideration. This posi-
tion is a split shift requiring
two shifts a week. Week-
ends and holidays are re-
quired. The ideal candi-
date will have previous
computer and guest serv-
ice skills, but we are willing
to train the right person.
Health Insurance is availa-
ble after 90 days to all full
time employees. If you are
great with guests, and ex-
cellent problem solver and
have a desire to be the
best, we want you. Come
join our family E.O.E.
Apply In person at:
501 Monument Ave.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

res, farm land, Hi & Dry,
extensive irrigation, can be
sub divided. $459k. Shaun
Donahoe, Broker,
850-653-8330 or

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-
ance, 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.


NEEDED NOW! 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-
nus! 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

Electric Cooperative
Accepting applications for
one opening for the posi-
tion of Engineering Techni-
cian at Workforce Center
of Florida, Mariner Plaza,
625 Highway 231, Panama
City, Florida. This opening
is in our Southport office.
We would like to hire as
soon as possible.
Minimum Job
+ College degree in Elec-
trical Engineering required
Must have the ability to
develop knowledge of
company equipment and
materials, Rural Utilities
Service specifications, Gulf
Coast Electric Cooperative
policies & procedures, as
well as the National Electri-
cal Safety Code Require-
ments for the construction
and maintenance of an
electrical distribution sys-
Must possess the ability
to learn and perform stak-
ing functions with mini-
mum supervision.
Must have excellent in-
terpersonal skills for pro-
viding member assistance
and securing necessary in-
formation. I
Requires flexibility of ir-
regular hours for assign-
ment completion.
Must have and maintain
a valid Florida driver's li-
Satisfactorily pass Gulf
Coast Electric Coopera-
tive's employment medical
examination and drug
screen. EOE

gas grill, sandwich press-
es, wotk tables, s/s
3-Comp sinks, refrigera-
tors and freezers, curved
glass deli case, ice cream
freezer, 1/2 size covection
oven, and altosham. Call
850-814-3229 or 785-1568.


Satsuma oranges, $2.00
a dozen, also lemons
the size of grapefruit &
kumquats, 639-9698

553 -

Reeves y,
Furniture & Relinishing :
234 ReidAve.,229-6374
Tempur-pedic Beds W
Oreck Vacuums


'.i. Ready to
-t Finish
'5-f Furniture

7 round brilliant stones
(1.0ct.) Set in 14k 2 tone
mounting w/ diamond ring
guard. Guard is w/ 10
round brilliant diamonds
(.25ct.).. Set in 14k yellow
gold "V" designed. Ap-
praised by Maharaja's at
$2595 selling for $1800.
Call 227-5770 or 648-5081

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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.

Come Grow With Us!
The Gulf County Chamber
of Commerce is looking for
the right person to join our
team. Must: pay attention
to detail; work well with
public; be outgoing & en-
thusiastic; be proficient in
Computer skills. Send re-
sume to 155 Capt. Fred's
Place, Port St. Joe, FL

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.
AIL 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

You'll work with
homeowners to inspect &
identify the need for servic-
es, and build your busi-
ness in Panama City. We
seek professional driven
closer with salessexperi-
ence. You'll also need a
clean driving record, and
pre-screen drug & back-
ground checks. We offer
first year earning potential
to $35K, comprehensive
paid training & outstand-
ing benefits.

Please apply In person at
1337 W. 19th St.,
Panama City, FL 32405
At Terminix, you'll find an
environment that is built
around your success. Our
career paths & training
programs can help you
advance as far as you
want. That is, if you're a
motivated person with ex-
ceptional sales & cus-
tomer service skills who's
ready to join a Fortune 500
leader. From here, your
potential could take you
Success Breeds Success

MEAT SAW, tenderizer,
mixers, 3-comp sinks. Call

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


Mini Storage

(850) 229-8014

Ofc40S Garrison Ave, Port St Joe, FL
(Pritie Pools, next door to units)
229-6200 Office
814-7400 Cell Phone


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.

3 BR, 2 BA Hiland View,
$900/mo., $900/dep. Con-
tact Tammy Sasser@
Coldwell Banker Forgotten
Coast Realty 648-1010.
4 BR 2BA, over street,
$1200mo, 1st & last mo
rent dep, 850-227-8008
Port St. Joe Bch. call
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

73 : 0 1
rent in home on St joe bay.
Looking for quiet stable
person non smoker. Avail-
ible immendialty 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

Large area with separate
office, bathroom and kitch-
en. All utilities included.
Located at 515 4th st. $525
mo. First/ last/ security de-
posit required. Call
227-9292 or 227-6120.
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, 8-5pmi
SPACE, 103 N 30th St.,
Mexico Beach, 1250sf, Im-
mediate Occupancy,
$1200 mo., electric includ-
ed. 850-648-5242

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

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

2 LARGE LOTS for sale
by Owner at St. Joseph
Shores within the beautiful
Windmark beach area. If
interested call
HOME on this Bay View
lot. Breathtaking views of
St Joe Bay from this 113' x
304' lot on Constitution
Drive. Call 850 229-6100
Bluewater Realty of Gulf
great visibility on the cor-
ner of 4th Street and Mon-
ument in downtown Port St
Joe. Call 850 229-6100
Bluewater Realty of Gulf
but minutes from beaches
and bay. Creekview Es-
tates Lot 11. Oversteet
$74,500.00 Bluewater Re-
alty 850-229-6100
DESIRABLE Building Lot
in Established Family
Neighborhood. 141 Barba-
ra Drive, Port St Joe
Bluewater Realty. 850-
BAY access to build your
home? We have just the
lot in Paradise Gulf Para-
dise Bay Subdivision.
850-229-6100 Bluewater
Realty of Gulf County
er, creek, river or beach to
build home. Write: L. Pal-
ace, 7945 Fisher Island Dr.
Miami, FI. 33109

75x150', (high) with mobile
home, 2 br, 2 ba. 1 V1
blocks from gulf. 36x36
carport, 2 sheds, fenced
pet area, $280K. Partial
Owner financing available
850-647-9193 By Owner.
Pineda Street, 75x150, 3rd
block from beach, $199K.
(956) 943-1514 By Owner.



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625 Hwy 231, Mariner Plaza, Panama City
Open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00 pm
The Workforce Center is an equal opportunity employer. Program and
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706 First Street
Phone 227-2112

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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

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

2 BR 1 BA Port St.Joe.
Cor lot w/bay view. $235K
850-762-3252 by owner
sell fast 2 br, 2 ba mobile
home. fenced yard. Two
storage sheds, carport,
only 2 blocks from beach.
804 Georgia Ave. $210k
call 648-5304 ask for own-
er Bob.

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
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Letters to

Santa Claus

Dear Santa,
My name is Ben, I am
6 years old. I have been
good. I want a BB gun, CD
player, camera phone.
Love Ben

Dear Santa,
I love you very much.
I would like a bionicle set,
a lego knight's kingdom
set and tickets to see the
Chronicles of Narnia. I
have been a good boy. I
will leave you a delicious
snack on Christmas Eve.
Love Cole, Age 5

Dear Santa,
My name is Justin, I
am 5 years old. I would
like to ask you to please
bring me a new pet bird,
"Bob the builder" truck
and costume and would
you please make my Mom's
heart better?
Love Justin

Dear Santa,
I've been a good girl
and would like a cabbage
doll, Bratz airplane, sponge
bob square pants-ripped
pants,! new clothes, teddy
bear, crayons, prip & polish
barbie, barbie cell phone,
.elefun and candy. Also a
fly dancer.
Love Ruthie

Dear Santa,
I want a Bratz babydol,
a bike, and a Barbie Table
Love, Brooklynn

Dear Santa,
My name is Lacey
Nicole Linton and I am
5 years old. Please bring
me a Piano, some games,
and pretty clothes. Thank
Love Lacey

Dear Santa Clause,
My name is Brandi
Leigh Whitfield, I am 5
years old. Santa, I would
like to have a Trampolean,
a motor cycle and a CD
player with a Kenny
Chesney CD for Christmas.
Thank You, Brandi

Dear Santa,
I have been a Good
Girl this year. Santa have
a Happy Year. I want a
magic hair fairytale dora.
A Bella Cinderella Studio
Please. Merry Christmas,
Josie Age 5

Dear Santa,
I been a good boy. Will
you please bring me PS2,
Bob the Builder, Gameboy
and a game called crash.
Love, Daniel

Dear Santa,
My name is Chicago
Gainer and I'm 6 years
old. I would like you to
bring me the following
items for Christmas: A
Karate Studio, Guitar and
a Four Wheeler. I will
have plenty of cookies,

cake and milk for you.
Love, Chicago

Dear Santa,
Is Rudolph real and
can he really fly? Can
you bring me a model jet,
a toy power ranger gun
and some treats for dog
Guinness? I have been a
good boy.
Love, Cullen Age 6

Dear Santa,
My name is Zacharies.
I am 5 yrs. Old. I want a
bike, remote Bat mobile,
and a bat mobile that
transforms into a Gothom
City playset. Thank You-
Very Much.
Love, Zacharies

With Love,
Jessie Lynn OX

Dear Santa,
Hello, My name is
Devion. I am 6 years old.
I have been a good boy
this year, so here is my
Christmas list. 1-Scooter
2-Drums 3-Remote Control
Thank You, Devion D.

Dear Santa,
I would like a 101
Dalmation Video game,
Remote Control Hummer
Car and a pair of moon
shoes. I have been a very
good boy.
Love Andrew H. Age

Dear Santa,
I know you are very
busy, but I wanted to
send you a letter before
Christmas. I would really,
really like to have a brown
teddy bear, a Princess
Kitchen and some markers
and a teachers book like
Ms. Tharpes.
See you soon, Brieana

Dear Santa,
Majical Pegus Horse,
My Little Pone, Barbie,
Easy Bake Oven, Dress-
up clothes, coloring book,
artist kit, Dora's talking
Love Alexise

Dear Santa,
My name is Blake Wood.
I am 6 years old. For


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Control Monster Truck",
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Wars" Lego game, and I
would like for it to Snow .
I have been a pretty good
boy this year.
Merry Christmas,
James White

Dear Santa,
My name is Jessie Lynn
and I am 6 years old. I
have been very good dear
Santa and I would love
to have a "Green Machine
Big Wheel", Barbie Play
n'Store House, Barbie Real
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Please bring me
a keyboard and moon
shoes. And a red terrain
Love Bennett

Dear Santa,
I want a baby doll and
I want a new bike, Please
send me an ironing board
Love Lexie Player Age





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Love Blake

Dear Santa,
I would like to have a
Bratz Chair, and a Bratz
babydoll for Christmas.
Thank You very much,
Love, Alexis Brewer
Age 5

Dear Santa,
I want a dirt bike for
Christmas. Please tell

Dear Santa,
I am 6 years old.
Please bring me a castle,
game Boy and football. I
have Been good.
From, Jacob Renfrol

Dear Santa,
For Christmas I would
like a motorcycle, Robot,
Race Track Hummer Toy,
and skateboard. I would
also Like Snow. Thank
Love Jordon Cadornria

Dear Santa,
My name is Dakariah.
I am 6 years old. I am in
kindergarten. I will like
a bike, a phone and a goal
for Christmas.

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good girl. cookies out. GI Joes and a Spiderman.
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Hi my name is Devlyn Capps Tyler Harwood

Wallace and I am 5 years
old. For Christmas I would
like a sponge bob rip my
pants toy, a trian, and a
city playset. .I've tried
REALLY hard to be a good
Love Devlyn W.

Dear Santa,
My name is Callie
Capps and I am 5 years
old. Please bring me a
care bear a hoppy ball, and

bear Santa,
My name is Gracie. I
am 5 years old. Please
bring me a fly dancer
castle, baby doll set and
pet vet.
Love Gracie

Dear Santa,
My name is Kaylin, age
5. Please bring me a doll,
earrings, bracelet, and a
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Dear Santa,
My name is Reese
Jones. I am 5 years old.
I would like a Karate
Master. A Chicken Limbo
game and T-Rex mountain
for Christmas please.
Thanks Reese

Dear Santa,
I would like cash
register and a dirt bike for
Christmas. Also, If you
have any video games I
would like that too. Thank
You a lot Santa Claus. I
am 6 years old now,
I Love You,
Garreth Hamm

bear Santa,
I wota war Picachu,
Race Car Set, Dino Play
Love, Derek

Dear Santa,
My name is Jenny, I
been a good girl this year,
so I would like a baby doll,
game boy and some tapes
and comb for baby.
Love Jenny

bear Santa,
My name is Allie. I am
5. For Christmas I want
House of Style, Nit and
Gem and Barbie Castle.
Thanks, Allie

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Christmas-its peace, its joy,
its love-and may the significance
of that first holy Christmas be
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bear Santa.
I want my own tv. A
real plastic sword like
Coleman Gots. I want a
the Seminoles to win the
National Championship. 5
years old.
Luv Michael

Dear Santa,
My name is Taylor
Todd. I'm almost 6 yrs.
I would like a doll house,
some make-up and some
new Christmas ornaments
for the tree. Thank
You and have a Merry
Love Taylor Todd

bear Santa,
I have been a good
girl. Please bring me a
Play House, Veido Games,
and some barbies P.S. I
will leave you milk and
Mya Schram, 5 years

bear Santa,
My name is Brandon
Brant. I am 6 years old. I
have been a good boy this
year. Santa will you bring
me a puppy, a golf cart,
and a go cart. I will leave
you cookies and milk.
Love Brandon Brant

Dear Santa,
I would like a Dinosaur
Playset a warrior Piclachu
and a Racecar Set for
Love Derek Age 5

Dear Santa Claus,
This is what I want
for Christmas: Motorized
Scooter, Mini Motorcycle,
and clothes and shoes and
everybody in the world to
be happy. I would like
some stuffed, animals,
bella bancerela and Video
Game Now.
Merry Christmas,
Cheyenne, Age 6

Dear Santa,
Will you please bring
me two Barbies, and some
blocks, and a Barbie bike,
and will you bring my little
brother a baby bike and
trucks and cars. Thank
You very much, I promise
I will be good.

Hi, It's me Jessica
Davis. I'm five years old.
I like you Santa and I've
been very good. Please
bring me some perfume.
The pink car at Toys R
some make-up, and Us.
Love Jessica

bear Santa,
I have been a good Boy.
I would like a motorcycle,
X-Box, and a new Bike
Please. I Luvs you,
IUV Bryce.

bear Santa,
I have been such a
good girl this year. Please
bring me a easy bake oven,
a mop set, and a Barbie.
Kaitlin Dykes, Age 5

bear Santa,
Please may I have Art
Supplies, Slurpee Machine,
and spy gear. I Love
Mommy and baddy and I
Love Leanna Hunter.
I Love You Branden.

Dear Santa,
I have been a very good
boy this year and would
really like to have a new
game for my gamecube,
remote control truck and
sharkboy and lava girl.
Love Brooks

bear Santa,
For Christmas I would
like a SPE Power Ranger, a
Spiderman Toy. And a Play
Thank You,
A J Brake

bear Santa,
My name is Bryanna.
I would like a bike,'Baby
Doll, Bratz Dolls.
Love Bryanna

bear Santa, 1x
I would like a horse,
puppy, to be rich ,!
Computer, Video Games,
Baby dolls, I am six years
Love, Savannah

Dear Santa,
For Christmas I
would like a new Barbie &
Playhouse. Barbie needs
a winter dress, its cold. I
hope to have a new special
friend, a christmas bear
as well. Please I've been
really good this year. P.S.
I turned 6 this year.
Your Friend,
Katlyn Debbie Jones

Dear Santa,
I want a Baseketball
goal for Christmas and a
motor bike and lots of toys
of man and a race car,
Thanks, Santa

bear Santa,
I have been a good
boy this year. I think I
deserve seven things this
year from you. The first
thing I want is Sly cooper
Honer Among Thiefs. The
second thing I want is a
bmx bike. The third thing
I want is a real watch.
The fourth thing I want is
Choper Knife. The fivth
thing I want is a fly wheels

Dear Santa,
I think I have been
a good girl these year. I
have helped my mom with
the chores around the
house. I stayed with my
dad and my brothers when
my mom had to go out of
town. I would please like
to see if you could bring
me a couple of things. If
you can not I understand
a lot because the kids in
New Orlens have nothing.
If you can bring these
things I would be happy a
scooter, moon shoes and
the cheetah girls cheetah
licios CD. Have a very
Merry Christmas Santa.
Love, Haley Mc Croan

bear Santa,
I've ben really good
this year, I've helped my
neighbor and my grandma.
I thing I should get
presents.so if I do I want
a four wheeler (minny(,
some.new xbox games. I
want all of the lord of the
rings toys too. I also want
a lap top That I can log my
games onto. I want a miny
motoecycle. I want a cell
phone too. That's what I
want for Cristmas!
Billy T.

Dear Santa,
My name is Janie how
are you doing well I am
doing good. I think I have
been good this year and I
think I should get some
presents this year but
make shor you come to
Texas I'll be their this
year. These are some
presents a x box,_ vidio
games, movies, lab top,
a game boy, gam boy, a
four wheeler, new cloths,
electric scooter, cell
phon, and a vidio camer.
Thank you and good

bear Santa,
Are you having a great
chrismis. I hope you don't
have trouble own nigth. I
hope you are having a grat
time in the nothpoll. I
hope you can find me
A lot of kids on hody
listo is have St. Nics

Dear Santa,
This year I want to
give away some of my toys.
All I want is some new
stuff. That is all I want. I
hope everyone has a great
Christmist. Everyone gets
a lot of presnets
Merry Christmist!

Dear Santa,
My name is Carl Sheline
I have Ben Vere good this
year. And I think I deserde
a geft for Chirismis and
her is/what I wont some
govs/and a toran twistr
and tat is wat I wnan for

Happy chirisnis.
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Dear Santa,
I have been very good
this year. I would like to
i thank you for the presents
you will give me. I would
:also like to thank you for
the presents you will give
to my Mon, Dad, grandmaw,
great grandmaw, grandpa,
ant tanya, ant suezan,
unke brad and my brothers.
I would like some pokemon
video games for my gamboy
Advance. I would also like
a yu-gi-oh duel beck with 2
or 4 packs of rare cards. I
Sf I knew what the rest of
' my family wanted I would
tell you. I will thank you
for giving me this stuf.
Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!
Suede Nolan

Dear Santa,
This is Reggie speaking
'Santa. I am writing to
you because it is close to
Chirstmas. I want to tell
Syou what I want this year. I
been cleaning and cool so I
think I deserve something.
So I was thinking that I
get a go kart, dirt bike,
pool, four wheeler, green
machine, and more. So I
hope that I get all those
Things that I wrote to
you and I have a happy
merry christmas to all and
happy birthday to Jeusus
for "having Christhasi"diy
'*hope, you' get theM letter
bye santa.

Dear Santa,
I have been really
really good this year dor
you. I think I deServe
a few resents this year
from you. Christmas is my
favorite Holiday. Some
,people do not believe in
-,you but I do. Because you
are the one who brings joy
Sto everyone. Not a lot of
people do belive but I do.
'Because it is fun when you
get presents from you.
Happy Holidays.
Kellie E. Varona

Dear Santa,
My Name is
'Keigans. What do I
foe chrimeses is


new game boy games, shell
shoker, Ed, Eddin, Eddy
secense 3, Big foot tichoar
are, new jact some new
DVDs, new mittens, vedo
games- foroour game boys.
John Keigan

Dear Santa,
I've been very very
good this year. Since I
have been good I would
like a spy kit, and car, play
set. And also I would like
a triple shot spiderman
web shother. And if you
don't thing I 've been good
engogh it will be okay. I
will gust give to the lese
forohonate children. I
know it is more important
to give then receive.
Hapy Hoidays, Dallas

Dear Santa,
I think I've been rely
good this year. I think
I deserve some toys for
Chrismas This year. Even
if you get not what I have
on this list it well be ok.
May I have a skooter for
chrismas and a game boy
advance sp and a game for it
amd a video game for game
cude. A fore wheeler or
a state bond. A big cow
stuffed anilmal and the
recse pet pup and I want
a nut cracker. I also want
a stuffed hores. I think
I have been good so thank
you for ringing toys last
year I really thank you.
Chelsea Kuhlsea

Dear Santa,
I have been really good
this year. I haved helped
out my teacher and my
mon clean the house. My
Sisters have been good
and my brother has to been
good. They helped my mon
to. My mom and my dad
has been good. My mom
needs some jewery and
my dad needs some more
tools. My sister Amber
need some toys. My other
sister Ashley needs a
barbie. My brother needs
a toy truck. I want a
nechlease for christmas.
So will you fet it Four us.
If you do Thank you.

Dear Santa,
My name is Shane
Ramirez I Have been very
good and what to geet
more games for my x box
because I do not have very
meny games but I want
to get a forwheelr and a
Stareo and that is" all I
want for crimes.

Dear Santa,
I have been a
boy this year. I
I deserve some


Because I have Helped my
brother feel comfort ehen
he was sick and helped
my mon with chores help
my dad fix a bordwalk.
This year I would like a
electric scooter.

Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl
this year. Please bring
me Barbie makeup, Dora
Kitchen, Water Babies,
Amanda Baby doll and hide
& seek haley. I will leave
you some milk and cookies.
Alex Strickland

Dear Santa,
I have been a very good
boy this year! Please bring
me a play computer, a new
baseball glove, a fooseball
table and a rifle with a
scope and a camoflauge
strap. I will leave you
some milk and cookies by
the fireplace. Love, Bryce
Thomas Age 5

Dear Santa,
Santa, I know I have
not be a good boy but
will you bring me like
20presents. Like a PS3.
Like more load of the
ring toys. Like more viedo
games. Like more x box
games. If you do that
is ok. You do not have
to bring all the toys and
Holly Jolle, Zac

Dear Santa,
I have tried to be
good this year and help my
friends. I tried helping
mon and Dad around the
house so I was wondering I
should get some presents.
But before I tell you what
I want I to know about
you! Do you want me to
lay out about five cookies
or nine. How much milk do
you want? Now let's talk
about the present's. 1-
Could I get a play station
for Christmas. But Santa
I would like most of all
a huge and a kiss from
you because you have been
good to us. I will see you
when you come to town.
Be careful on your trip!
Brandi Barnes

Dear Santa,
I have been a really
good boy I have been doing
some work around here so I
think I desev a present so
all I want for Chrismas

is a psp and I want more
than that I love you Santa.
Christmas is my favrit
holiday. I'm trying to get
my work in school. I won't
be bad the hole day of
December 25, 2005-2007.
I want to have a happy
happy Chrismas. I Love
you santa I really do.

Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy
this year. Please bring
me an Oakland Raiders
Football Uniform, long
black rain boots, football,
computer games, game
boy games, a Georgia and
Charger uniforms. I will
leave you some, milk and
cookies. Thank You and I
love you. Thanks for being
sweet to all the people.
Jacob Kennedy

Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy
this year. Pleae bring me
a gun, a truck a boat and
trailer. I will leave you
some milk and cookies and
a pickle.
Love, Heath Plair

Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl
this year. Please bring
me a Hide-n-seek Hanley,
Dora people and a V smile
pocket. I will leave you
some milk and cookies.
Love, Sara Whitfield

Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl
this year. Please bring
me a sweing machine, an
American Girl Doll, and a
prom dress foe my doll
also! I will leave you some
milk and cookies.
Love, McKenzie

Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy
this year. Please bring me
1-Skateboard 2-Gameboy.
I will leave you some milk
and cookies.
Love Jarret Browning

Dear Santa,
My name is Ryan. I
live on Beacon Road. I am
going to my uncle Bob's
and he lives in Alabama.
I only want three things
for Christmas. I would
like a bike, a video dame
and a new hemet. I hope
you have a safe Merry

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Dear Santa,
My name is Quinton I
am 8 years old. The frist
thing I want is a Star Wars
light Saber. The second
thing is a video game called
raget and click. Now the
third thing is Game doy
tell Mrs Clause that I sed
Hi. Happy Holidays,
your Frinde,
Quinton Willis

Dear Santa,
My mom tells me I was
good helping her. I thank
you for delivering toys and
games to people I want
a motorcycle and I need
a gundum. Can I have to
you a real weapon? Happy
Holidays and a good night!
My name is Chris Brown
from White City!
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Letters to

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Dear Santa,
Hello my name is Sloan
Bozeman and I am in second
grade Mrs. Noble class and
I want a few things for
christmas. First I want
a Robo Reptor. Second I
want a new bike and last
of all I need a Narnio The
Lion The Witch and The
Wardrobe. Have a Merry
Your Friend,

Sloan Bozeman Mrs. Claus I said Hi!
Love, Chloe Hurst

Dear Santa,
My name is Chloe I'm
8 years old I live on long
Ave. My mon says. I've
been good since December
1. I would like 10 things.
I would like a new bike,
skates, electric scooter,
vugo, v.smile, vsmile
games, Monopoly, four
wheeler, rabbit, and a
great christmas!!! And tell

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Dear Santa,
My name is Shacorra
I have been very good!
Santa tell your wife I said
Hi! I am 8 years old.
I hope I get a electric
scooter with kneepads and
helmet. I live on avenue F.
Merry Christmas Santa!
Love Shacorra

Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl
Year Please bring
me a real baby like baby
Jesus. I will leave you
some milk and cookies.
Love Gabi Wood

Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy
this year. Please bring me
a real guitar, a trumpet
and a v-smile. I will leave
you some milk and cookies.
Love Andrew

Dear Santa,
My name is Casey
Garett. I have been a good
boy this year. I am 8 years
old. I would like to have
a chopper knife, Hunting
wallet, a real watch, BMX
Bike, Sly 3 Hinir Among
Theives Playstation 2
game Fly Wheels Rapid
five Launcher, A friend

that will always like me.
Thank You, I Love You
Santa P.S. I would like
a paper signed by you. I
would also like a bell off of
your sled.
Casey Garrett

Dear Santa,
My name is Lacey
Linton. I am 5 years old.
I have been a really Good
girl this year. I would like
a red and green baton and
a mote control convertible
car, a piano and some new
games. Santa I will leave
some Milk and cookies for
a snack.
Love Lacey

Dear Santa,
My name is Juniper, I
am Casey Garrett's puppy.
I would like a Big chew toy,
Doggy Mobile, Big Pupppy
Shirt with flowers on the
side, a ball with my face on
it, Dog Bone, Dog toy.
Thanks Santa, Juniper

Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy
this year. Please bring me
a pool table, skeet ball set
and a trampoline. I will
leave you some milk and
Love Brandon
Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl
this year. Please bring
me a barbie computer, and
a guitar, and also a few
things for my baby sister,
Lexi. I will leave you some
milk and cookies.
Love Hagen Parrish

Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy
this year. Please bring
me something to ride, like
a trackter. A star wars
suit, a G.I. Joe man, and
a transformer. Thank
You! I will leave you some
Love, River Rollins

Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl
this year. Please bring
me white furby & Barbie
Horse & Barbie. I will
leave you some milk and
Love Kristin

Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy
this year. Please bring me
a battery powered Thomas.
I will leave you some milk
and cookies.


Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy
this year. Please bring
me a dinosaur, hot wheel,
abc robot, chicken limbo
and a crab toy. Thank You
Santa. I will leave you
some milk and cookies.
Love, Mason Bateman

Dear Santa,
I've been a good girl.
Please bring me a Care
Bear, a pony and some
Love Abby Denhart

Dear Santa,
Ive been a good girl.
Please bring me some

Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy
this year. Please bring me
a gun, a four wheeler and a
big quitar. I will leave you
some milk and cokies.
Love, Adison Burkett

Dear Santa,

I have been a good
boy this year. Could you
please bring me a train
set, toys to play outside
with, cars, trucks, and
anything that has to do
with fire trucks? .
I will leave you some
strawberry milk and
Love Ya, Zachary

Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl
this year. Could you please
bring me cow girl boots,
a belt that has a K on it,
horse head so that I can
fix its hair, anything to do
with horses?
I would really like a
real horse but I know I
have to wait for that.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies.
Love Ya, Kaitlyn Baker

Dear Santa,
This is what I would
like for Christmas. The
first thing I would like is a
motor scooter because you
can race with your friends,
the second thing I want is
a dirt bike because it goes
fast and I can get dirty.
The last thing I want is
mini motorcycle because
it goes fast and you don't
have to ave a license. P.S.
Please get them for me.
Love John D.

Dear Santa,
This is what I would
like for Christmas. I would
like a car with a real radio
in it for Christmas because
it is cool and very hot. I
would like a shot gun like
the one at Family Dolar
because it look like a real
one. I would like a horse
to ride, but not a real one
because I like fake ones
very much. The is what
I want for Christmas. I

hope you can bring them
to me.
Yours truly,
Gabby Porter

Dear Santa,
This is what I want
for Christmas. I want a
motor scooter, and an ear
ring and a cell phone. I
would like a motor scooter
because you can ride it.
I would like an ear ring
because I would look cool.
I would like a cell phone
because you can call your
friends. This is what I
really wnt for Christmas.
Yours truly,
Jordan Peterson
Dear Santa,
This is what I want for
Christmas. A dirt bike or
bike that looks like a dirt
bike and a cell phone. I
want a dirt bike to ride
all day. I mostly want a
bike that looks loke a dirt
bke to ride real fast. I
want a cell phone to talk
on all day. These arethe
three thing I want for
Yours truly,
Michael Griffin

Dear .Santa,
This is what I would like
foe Christmas. I would like
a CD of Jessie McCartney.
Next, I would like a four
wheeler. Last, something
that would be excellent
would be a hug. I would
like a Jessie McCartney
CD because I like listening
to music a lot. The reason
why I want a four wheeler
is because you can ride it
in the mud puddles. The
reason why I want a hug is
because I love people. I
hope you can find al this
Yours truly,
Carissa Morrison

Dear Santa,
This is what I want I
would like for Christmas.
I would like a car for
Christmas because I like
to drive. I would like a
Dodle bear so I can write
in it. I also would like a
Bratz Rock Angels plane
because I want to see it
fly. I hope you can bring
me these things Santa.
Your friend,
Morgan Gant

Dear Santa,
This is what I would
like for Christmas. I
would like an American girl
doll very, very much. I
would really like a video
now too. I would also like
a digital camera. Well, I
would want the American
girl doll because I collect
them and they are fun to
play with. I love them! I
want a video now because
I need one, I want a
digital camera because I
need it and I would love
to have one. Please make
get one because I really,
really need it. This is what
I would absouloutly love
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Madelyn Flanagan

Dear Santa,
This is what I would
like for Christmas. I
want a DVD player and
movies because I can
watch movies that are not
out yet. Next, I want an
electric scooter because
I want to ride one. Then,
I want a movie called Ski
High so I can watch it.
This is what I really want
for Christmas.
Love, Clay Raffield
bear Santa,
This is what I would
like for christmas. I want
some books, o.k. Sanata,
plus a little cat please. I
also want a L capster. I
want dooks, because they
are fun and you go into a
different world. I want
a little cat because they
are really fun and pretty.
I want a Leapster because
you can learn lots of stuff.
P.S. I love you! Love,
Madison Bateman

Dear Santa,
This is what I would
like Chistmas. I would
like a bike, a dirt bike and
clothes. I would like a
bike because it goes fast.
I would like a dirt bike
because they can ride in
mud. I would like some
clothes because they will
keep me warm. I wish tiy
brng my stuff.
Yours truly, "'
Milek Bailey

Dear Santa
My name is Bailey
Hurst, I am three years
old, my mom says I've been
good this year. Would you
please bring me a Care
Bear, Dora the Explorer
and a guitar.
Love Bailey

bear Santa,
This is what I would
like for Christmas, Santa.
I want some baby clothes
because I love babies and
I think baby dolls need
something to wear. I
want an Amazing Amanda
doll because U love baby
dols and babies. I want
baby accessories because
babies need stuff like
bottles, blankets and more.
This is what I want for
Christmas Santa Claus.
Love you,
Delilah Harrison

Dear Santa,
This is what I would

like for Christmas. I
want a flat screen T.V. I
watch lots of T.V. Next,
I want a new Tony Hawk
Underground 3 for my
P.C.2. I love to play games!
Last I want a car with cool
designs. I like cars with
cool designs. This is what
I want for Christmas.
Love, Parker Clemons

Dear Santa,
This is what I would
like for Christmas. I
would like a cell phone
and I wish you can get it
for me. I also would like
a motorcycle because I
liketo ride one when I get
home from school. Last,
I would like a Bratz doll
because I like to play with
dolls. I want all of this
please, Santa, I love you!
Yours truly,
Nlaliyah McNair

Dear Santa,
This is what I would
like for Christmas. I
would like a Cabage Patch
Kid so I could have a tea
party. I would like some
new lip gloss so I can look
goog. I would like new
skateboard so I can skate
in my driveway. I hope I
get my wishes!
Yours truly,
Savannah Gibson

Dear Santa,
This is what I would
like for Christmas. A fire
fly phone because I could
call my Mom and ad 'and
my friends. This is what
I would like for Christmas.
I hope you could find it
for me.
Yours Truly,
Matther Simpson

Dear Santa.
This is what I wold
want for Christmas. I
want a motorcycle, x box
and dirt bike. I want a
motor cycle because they
are very cool. I want a x
box because I really want
one. I want z dirt bike
because they are cool. I
hope you can bring me
these thing.
Love Brian Brigdon

Dear Santa,
This is what I would
like for Christmas. I wish
I had a puppy. I want a
puppy because you can play
with his. I wish I had a
golf cart to. I want a golf
cart because you can ride
it and have fun. I wish I
had a go cart. I wish I had
a go cart because you can

ride in it and go really fast.
Thank You for bringing
these three things to me.
Yours truly,
Heather Brant

bear Santa,
This is what I would
Like for Christmas. I want
books a Super Nintendo. I
want books because I love
to read them and keep
them forever I want a
Super Nintendo because I
love to play it. And I have
fun. Santa please bring
these things.
Love You,
Seth Newcomb

bear Santa,
My name is Jacob
Curcie. I am 4 years old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a dump truck, blocks and
hot wheel cars.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Jacob

Dear Santa,
My name is Terri Rae
Walters. I am 3 years old.
My mom says I have been
good this year. Would you
please bring me a baby
doll, Barbie computer, girl
hat & gloves. I will leave
you some milk and cookies
and some carrots for the
reindeer out by the tree.
Have a Merl rChristias.
Love Terri Rae

bear Santa,
My name is Haley
Hardy. I am 3 years old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a Dora game, a baby doll,
some candy.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Haley

Dear Santa,
My name is Max. I am
3 years old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring
me a swingset, Godzilla
hot wheels and Dr. Doon
Candy. I will leave you
some milk and cookies
and some carrots for the
reindeer out by the tree.
Have a Merry Christmas.
Love Max

Dear Santa,
My name is Davien J.
Welch. I am 4 years old.
My mom says I have been
good this year. Would you
please bring me a four-
wheeler, a drumset and a
remote control Jeep. I
will leave you some milk
and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love bavien James

bear Santa,
My name is
Sha'Diamond. I am 3
years old. My mom says I
have been good this year.
Would you please bring
me a Cadillac Escalade,
Dancing Dora and a baby
doll stroller.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Sha'bDiamond

Dear Santa,
My name is Kendre
Gant. I am 5 years old.
My mom. says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a Power Rangers, Bike and
a Spiderman.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Kendre

bear Santa,
My name is Curtis
Todd. I am 5 years old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me


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and a Yo stick.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Curtis

Dear Santa,
My name is Micaela. I
am 5 years old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a bicycle, chicken limbo
and a talking & reading
Care Bear. I will leave
you some milk and cookies
and some carrots for the
reindeer out by the tree.
Have a Merry Christmas.
Love Micaela Fedd

Dear Santa,
My name is Lindsay. I
am 1 year old.
My mom and day say I
have been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a Dora & Boots, Pooh Bear
and a Dancing Elmo. I will
leave you some milk and
cookies and some carrots
for the reindeer out by
the tree. Have a Merry
Love Lindsay C.

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Dear Santa,
My name is Sarah. I
am 2 years old. My mom
says I have been good this
year. Would you please
bring me a kitchen set,
power wheels and a new
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Sarah L.

Dear Santa,
My name is Dakota
Sims. I am 1 year old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a basketball goal, power
wheel and a bicycle.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Dakota

Dear Santa,
My name is Juan Carlos
Nixon. I am 2 years old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
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Would you please bring
me a Thomas "The Tank
Engine," Elmo doll and a
soccer ball. I will leave
you some milk and cookies
and some carrots for the
reindeer out by the tree.

milk and cookies and some
e carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Kamaya L.

Dear Santa,
My name is Skylan. I
am 2 years old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a Dora Tricycle, clothes
and some shoes.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Skylan Addison

Dear Santa,
My name is Jaiyden. I
am 2 years old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a swing set, bicycle and a
teddy bear.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Jaiyden S.

Dear Santa,
My name is Shadavia.
I am years old.
My mom says I have
been good this year. Would
you please bring me a Dora
the Explorer Jeep, Dora
the Explorer Doll and a
Dora the Explorer Kitchen
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Shadavia H.

Dear Santa,
My name is Michael. I
am 1 year old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a truck, tractor and some
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
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Dear Santa,
My name is Donta
Jones. I am 1 year old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a Power Wheel car, truck
and a race car.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Donta

Dear Santa,
My name is Macie
Burrows. I am 1 year old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a baby doll, a purse, and
some clothes.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Macie

Dear Santa,
My name is London
White. I am year old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a power wheels, a baby
doll, and some clothes.
I will leave you, some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love London

Dear Santa,
My name is Dalton
Beck. I am 1 year old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a power wheel, some toys,
and some clothes.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Dalton

Dear Santa,
My name is Wyatt. I
am 3 years old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a toy truck, an activity
set, and a ball.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Wyatt

Dear Santa,
My name is Kelsey
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a bicycle, playdough and a
baby doll.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Kelsey

Dear Santa,
My name is Lance Larry
Jr. I am 3 years old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring
me an activity gym, Leap
Frog Touch-n-Learn, and
a walker.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Lance

Dear Santa,
My name is Sha'Necia
Sims. I am 1 year old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a baby doll, clothes and a
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Sha'Necia

Dear Santa,
My name is Shinah. I
am 7 years old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring
me a Fisher-Price Laugh &
Learn Puppy, Learn-Around
Playground, and some
Pampers (smile) size 3.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Shinah A.

Dear Santa,
My name is Thomas
Duncan. I am 11 and 1/2
years old.
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a truck that makes noise,
a push and go toy, and a
riding toy.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Thomas

Dear Santa,
My name is Hannah
Bourque. I am 12 years
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a Teddy Bear, a baby doll,
and some weebles.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer

out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Hannah

Dear Santa,
My name is Cheon
Beachum. I am 10 years
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a rocking horse, a wagon,
and an adoptable puppy.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Cheon

Dear Santa,
My name is Shamyra
Beachum. I am 9 years old.
My mom says I have been
good this year. Would you
please bring me a rockin
horse, a wagon and a play-
n-learn table.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Shamyra

Dear Santa,
My name is ZaDamien
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a truck, a bicycle, and a
Playstation. I will leave
you some milk and cookies
and some carrots for the
reindeer out by the tree.
Have a Merry Christmas.
Love ZaDamien

Dear Santa,
My name is Jahiem
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a four wheeler, a monster
truck, and a scooter.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Jahiem

Dear Santa,
My name is Kelvin
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a truck, Power Rangers,
and a basketball.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Kelvin

Dear Santa,
My name is Alexis
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring
me some markers, some
crayons, and a baby doll.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a

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Love Alexis

Dear Santa,
My name is Dawson
My mom says I have
been good this year. Would
you please bring me
some trucks, and a
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Dawson

Dear Santa,
My name is Paige
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a scooter, a baby doll, and
some movies.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree., Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Paige

Dear Santa,
My name is Courtney
Jones. .
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a skater, some legoes, and
a baby doll.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
o0f by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.

Dear Santa,
My name is Joneisha
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a skater, toys for my dog,
and a baby doll.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Joneisha

Dear Santa,
My name is Ainsleigh
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a baby doll, new shoes, and
toys for my dog.
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Ainsleigh

Dear Santa,
My name is Sheretta
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a bicycle, dolls, and some
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Sheretta

Dear Santa,
My name is Evan
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a T.V., trucks, and some
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Evan

Dear Santa,
My name is Aiden
My mom says I have
been good this year.
Would you please bring me
a puppy and a Spongebob
I will leave you some
milk and cookies and some
carrots for the reindeer
out by the tree. Have a
Merry Christmas.
Love Aiden

Dear Santa,
My name is Levi Hanlon
and I'm one year old and
this year for Christmas, I
would like a rocking horse,
a little red wagon, some
blocks, a walker and lots of
other suprises. My mommy
says I've been really good.
Please leave my brother
and sister something,
they've been pretty good.
too. I will leave you lots
of milk and cookies under
our tree.

Love, Levi Hanlon

Dear Santa,
My name is Cheyanne
Hanlon and I'm 6 years
old and this year for
Christmas, I would like a
Bratz house, lots of Bratz
dolls, some Bratz clothes,
a cabbage patch kid,
some skates, a bike and a
monkey. I've been really
good Santa so please leave
me lots of presents.
Love, Cheyanne Hanlon

Dear Santa,
My name is Justin
Martin and this year
for Christmas, I would
like a PS2, a Dark Vador
Voice Changer, a Bike, a
Skateboard and lots of
Star Wars toys. I've been
really good Santa so please
leave me lots of presents.
Love Justin Martin

Dear Santa,
I want many things
for Christmas. I want a
DVD player, the one's that
have straps on the back of
them, a cat cage, ferret,
rabbit and a radio. Also, I
would like some bracelets
and rings. Santa, bring my
Mom and Dad a ferret,
too, and also bring my
sister something too, like
a big radio. Have a good
Christmas, Santa,

Dear Santa,

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I have lots of stuff
I want. Like an Apple I-
pod, I have been dying
for one. Also, I would like
a skateboard. Another
thing I would like is an
X-box. Please, Santa
Claus bring something to
the Hurricane Katrina
victims. Have a jolly Merry
Christmas. Also, tell the
elves to have a jolly Merry
Kayleigh Maxwell

Dear Santa,
I hope you have a good
Christmas, Santa. I have
a lot of things I want for
Christmas. I want a game
boy for Christmas. I want
you to bring us a trampoline
to bounce on.

Dear Santa,
I hope you have a good
Christmas. I want an X-
box and a pogo stick and a
Game Boy and Harry Potter
Chamber of Secrets, the
video game. Please bring
a Game Cube with James
Bond 007 for Jeremy.
Have a good flight with
your reindeer tonight.

Dear Santa,
Merry Christmas Santa
Claus! I love Christmas
and I love you. When you
come to my house I will
have some cookies for you.
I hope you have enough
presents for everyone.
Have a happy Christmas.
Merry Christmas Santa
Claus. I hope everyone
gets their wish.
Kyran Batson

Dear Santa,
I have been so excited
about Christmas. I am
hoping you have a Merry
Christmas and I hope you
are bringing presents for
my family. I hope you give
me a lot of presents too.

Please give a Yo-Yo and
Santa please give me a
bear. Merry Christmas,

Dear Santa,
I'm excited about
Christmas. I want a guitar
for Christmas. Bring my
sisters a lot of toys, too.
Bring my dad a guitar
stand. Bring my mom a
ferret. Bring my uncle a
lot of coal. Want a lot of
stuff for Christmas. Have
a safe trip, Santa Claus.
Ashleigh Young

Dear Santa,
I want'lots of money
and Merry Christmas. I
love you. I want to give
Tre' a Game Boy. I want
you to give me a Game
Boy too please! I want you
to spend the night at my
home. I want you to stay
with me forever.

Dear Santa,
I wish you a Merry
Christmas. Will you please
get me small drum sticks?
I would be pleased if you
give everybody everything
they asked for. I am so
excited. I would also
like a nicer brother and
sister. May I have new
A.R. books for my class?
Have a wonderful Merry

Dear Santa,
Merry Christmas
Santa! I hope you have
a good Christmas. Please
bring me an Alabama T-
shirt, shorts, socks. I
want a toy pony and a Matt
Kansas bag for Clifton,
also a blue coat for Brandi.
Have a good trip Santa.

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Dear Santa,
I am excited about
Christmas! I want a pogo
stick and I want moon
shoes. I want a new
chocolate fountain. I want
you to get my brother the
new Ed, Edd N Eddy Play
Station 2 game. I would
like a new trampoline for
me and my brother Tyler
to jump on. My dad would
let us get one so please
get me and my brother
Tyler one. Thanks Santa!!
Shaye McGuffin

Dear Santa,
I wish that I could
come to your factory. I
want Santa to bring my
brother something. I
want Jack' Three. I want
Tak' Three. I want Tak'
One, too. Have a Merry

Dear Santa,
I'm hoping that you are
alright in the North Pole.
I am' worried about you.
First, I want a scooter for
Christmas. Second, I want
a computer, third I want a
doll. Four, I want a Game
Boy for Christmas. Five, I
want a trampoline. Merry
Christmas and have a nice
day. I love you Santa.

Dear Santa,
Can you give me and my
brother a lot of stuff for
Christmas? Santa, can you
give me a new bike? Can
you give my Mom a new car
and can you give my granny
a new car?

Dear Santa,
I want a new game and
a new X-box and games
for it to play and why did

you live in the North Pole? too.
And I want a new puppy, I love you,
too. Jaden Grantland


Dear Santa,
Happy Merry
Christmas. I hope that you
bring everybody what they
want for Christmas. I love
you. I want you to do me a
favor. Please give my Mom
and my Godmom a car. I
want it to be a nice car. I
want new shoes.
Ja'quan Quinn

Dear Santa,
I have many things
that I want for Christmas.
I want a skateboard and
some roller skates and
a bike. My sister has
something to say to you
Santa Claus. She wants to
say to you she wants some
presents, too. Santa, have
a Merry Christmas at the
North Pole and the elves
and the reindeers, too!

Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy
this year. For Christmas
I would like a big John
Ceena wrestling man. I also
want another named Randy
Orton, Mr. Fantastic and

Dear Santa,
I have been a very
good boy this year. I want
a motorcycle and a big
dump truck for Christmas.
My baby brother Owen,
has been good too but he
cries a little bit. Please
bring a baby toy for him. I
think he will like that.
Santa I will have some
milk and cookies near my
Christmas tree. I don't
know what reindeer eat.
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Dear Santa,
I have been a very,
very good girl. I would like
a Barbie truck that plays
music with Barbies in it.
I want some paint, too. I
have a little paint, but not
a lot.
My brother has been
bad for five weeks. I
don't think he's going to
get anything. I think he'll
be bad for Christmas Eve
because he doesn't like it.
Oh, and I want a new

snowboard, too. I will
leave cookies and milk for
you and the reindeers.
How are you going to get
down the chimney? I love
P.S. My sister Seri
wants a Christmas present,

Dear Santa,
I have been mostly
good this year and a little
bit bad. Ms. Debbie said I
have been super.
I want a big four-
wheeler for Christmas
with lights and a basket in

the back.
Please bring my Dad
a hunting knife and a
necklace for my Mom.
My baby sister isn't
here yet but will you bring
her a baby dump truck toy:
we'll keep it for her.
I will leave some
Christmas cookies for you.
I have a fireplace outside
but not inside. You can
come in the front door
because we don't have a
chimney yet.

Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl
this year.
I want a Princess Red
Radio and a Princess laptop
and a note pad.
My brothers have been
good, too. Will you bring
them a Super Hero toy for
Hunter and a motorcycle
for Cody?
Mommy and Daddy
have been good, too.
I'll leave you some
cookies, juice and milk.


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Dear Santa,
I am MaLena Ramsey
and I am 3 years old.
I have been good a
whole bunch this year.
I would like a new Barbie,
some makeup, a ride-on toy
like my sister's, and some
Tinker Bell shoes for me,
my Mom and my sister.
You should wear your
tennis shoes so you don't
fall down when you bring
presents in my front door.
Please bring my
brother and Mr. Tim some
sneakers and a present for
my friend Cameron.

Dear Santa,
My name is Cameron
Brown and I am eight
months old.
I have been good for
seven months. Can I please
have a four-wheeler, a
new truck for my daddy,
a mouse for my kitty, Ally,
and a surprise for my
I love you,

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