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Title: The star
Uniform Title: Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.)
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Place of Publication: Port St. Joe Fla
Creation Date: December 14, 2006
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69th Year, Number 8 Port St. Joe, FL 3 Sections 32 Pages

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December 14, 2006

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

NOTE: This is the second in a series of
articles that examine aspects of the national
problem of appraisal and mortgage fraud,
and how they relate to the Florida Panhandle.

In the last two years (2004-2006).
public outcry across Florida counties
- especially in Bay, Gulf and Franklin -
has erupted against property taxes that
have suddenly soared way above most
property owners' abilities to pay them.
A pyramid of factors is behind these
unprecedented property taxes, including:
1. Florida laws that determine the
formula for calculating state property taxes;
2. Current state legislation
that inequitably treats all, Florida
counties as financially identical;
3. And locally, misalignment of
land ownership and the subsequent
tax burden in Gulf County.
At the base of this pyramid of causative
factors lie appraisal and mortgage fraud
which, in many states, according to the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),
have become white collar crime's new toy.

What Is It and How Does It Work?
The Florida Department of Business
and Professional Regulation defines fraud
as deception, with the intent .to illegally
obtain money or property from someone
who relies on those deceptive statements
or acts, believing them to be true.
Whilesometimes considered separatetypes
of fraud, appraisal fraud and mortgage fraud
often run hand in glove. Indeed, appraisal fraud
is often a primary indicator of mortgage fraud.
According the Federal Bureau of
Investigation Financial Crimes Report to the
Public (May 2005), recent analyses of mortgage
industry fraud surveys identified 26 states as
having significant mortgage fraud problems.
And every survey identified Georgia
and Florida as "having significant

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Stephen Justine Roche served 41 days
as a delegate to the Florida Constitutional
Convention, representing Washington County at
the 1830s conclave which would craft Florida's
bedrock document along the shores of St.
Joseph Bay.'
For his service, Roche earned the whop-
ping sum of $4 per day $164 in addition to
mileage, $4 for every 20 miles traveled to Port
St. Joe, or $32, for the sum of $196 reflected in
a check dated July of 1839 from the Treasurer

mortgage fraud related investigations."
The report termed mortgage fraud as
"a pervasive and growing" problem in the
current market climate, especially in Florida.
In August of 2005, John Taylor, president
and chief executive of the Washington, D.C.
based National Community Reinvestment
Coalition told the Orlando Business Journal
that "research shows that one-third to one-

The Federal Bureau of Investigation web-
site details a variety of real estate frauds. For
example, in a Detroit flipping scheme, this house
was bought for $19,000 and sold the same day
for $112,00 (the appraised valued). The appraisal
did not contain photos; it was justified by using
the four-bedroom brick home below as a compa-
rable listing. Photos courtesy of www.fbi.gov.

of the Territory of Florida.
Roche was typical of many of the delegates
who traveled from around Florida to attend the
convention, ratify a Constitution and give birth
to a state.
Born in France in 1790, Roche trained as
a physician and came to Boston around 181'7.
He married Sally Russ from North Carolina in
1827 or 1S28 and had at least six children,
the number becoming foggy with the passage
of time.
He served in the first Florida militia in
Washington and Jackson counties after moving
to West Florida in the 1820s.

David and Willie Roche (center) present Stephen Roche's family Bible to members of the St. Joseph
Historical Society, from left, Charlotte Pierce, Beverly Mount-Douds, Mary Belin, Betty Fensom, Pauline
Pendarvis, Mazie Stone, Lynda Bordelon and Barbara Muldoon.

half of appraisals are overpriced [inflated
value], and the problem is endemic in Florida."

Appraisal Fraud
Appraisal fraud, the FBI says, can be as
minor as reporting on an official appraisal
form that a house is owner-occupied when
the appraiser knows it is rented; or it
can be as, involved as collusion between
real estate licensees, mortgage brokers
and appraisers in flipping properties.
Appraisal fraud involves falsifying an
represent the true market value of the property.
For instance, an appraiser may
fraudulently justify an inflated market value
by using comparable that are not really
similar and competitive properties or ignoring
property defects that negatively impact value.
Typically, this is done in response to
pressure from mortgage brokers, lenders,
or real estate brokers to "meet the mark"
or "hit the number" in other words, for
the appraiser to certify an appraisal in the
amount required to sustain the sales price
and bring the loan to a close, a number either
suggested or outright named by the lender
or broker when the appraisal is ordered.
Often this means that the appraised
value arbitrarily ends up equaling the
contract price, or somewhat more.
The broad approach to appraisal fraud
and its overall consequences are aptly
described in terms anyone can understand
in an article in the Fall 2004 newsletter
from the Florida Department of Business
and Professional Regulation, Florida
Real Estate Appraisal Board (FREAB)
Written by former Board Counsel Daniel
Villazon, the article states that the objective
of land flipping schemes is to purchase real
property at a fair-marketvalue and immediately
re-sell (flip) the property at an artificially,
inflated price to a non-qualified buyer"who
obtained funds from an unsuspecting lender.
An appraisers used to artificially inflate the
value of the real property in order to "formulate
(See FRAUD on Page 6A)

Upon entering Florida, Roche traveled up
the Choctawhatchee River to a tributary which
would ultimately be named Holmes Creek.
Roche marked a site on a high bluff
overlooking the creek, eventually returning to
the bluff to establish a trading post on what
became known as Roche's bluff.
Henceforth he nurtured the development
of the valley and cared for the medical needs
of the Native Americans and six white families
that lived in the area.
He contracted with the federal government
for the building of roads in the region, main-
tained a block house to provide shelter for indi-
gents and tradition holds that he contributed
the materials for the construction of the Moss
Hill Methodist Church.
His medical practices, while typical of the
times, are peculiar for today's world. He advo-
cated "bleeding" patients and the consumption
of watermelon for the relief of high blood pres-
Roche was a justice of the peace, a county
commissioner, a notary public in Washington
County and served as postmaster in Vernon.
He also raised livestock and cultivated
farms in Washington County and on two tracts
of land in Leon County.
By 1851, he had $2,000 loaned at interest,
making him a frontier entrepreneur.
He died of pneumonia in 1872 and is bur-
ied in Vernon Cemetery.
Last week, one of his descendants, David
Roche, and. his wife Willie, contributed the Bible
owned by David's great-great-grandfather to the
St. Joseph Historical Society, which will place
the Bible as part of the exhibit in the Alfred I.
DuPont Florida History and Genealogical wing
of the Port St. Joe Public Library.

Anatomy of a Fraud

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In a four to one vote on Dec. 5 Port
St. Joe city commissioners decided to
proceed with the planned Overstreet water
system. The vote followed a Dec. 4 work-
shop at which Bill Kennedy, vice-president
of Preble Rish Engineers, told commis-
sioners the project would "take care of the
master plan for the next 20 years."
Port St. Joe has an agreement with
Gulf County to provide water to Overstreet
-and White City in exchange for the county
allowing the WindMark Beach Phase II
development to be annexed into the city.
Commissioner Benny Roberts was the
only dissenting vote in a decision that will
see the city take on more than $790,000
in debt for the first phase of the project,
Phase 1-A.
The Phase 1-A portion of the project
will consist of running a transmission line
from Port St. Joe to Overstreet. This por-
tion of the project Kennedy believes should
be done first because he already has. the
necessary permits and the city has the
right facilities in place.
The city will finance a loan for the
$790,000 through Capital City Bank at one-
half cent over the city's current Certificates
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Hard Work

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
Decorating one's life .with beauty, hard
work, good taste and style, and sharing those
qualities with others pays dividends in so many
Melissa Farrell, owner of the interior
decorating shop Joseph's Cottage in Port St.
Joe, is a smiling example of that formula's
Farrell was tapped to furnish the first of
the newly completed model homes in the St.
Joe Company's WindMark II development, just
to the west of Port St. Joe.

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the middle of a line of model
homes under construction just
behind the Southern Accents
showhouse, is not Farrell's
first time to work with St.

wanted to use local talent for
this," said St. Joe Company
representative Pollyanna
Huie. "This is not our first
collaboration with Melissa."
During the year-long
process of building and
decorating, Farrell said her
initial vision of the home was
that it suited the area.

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Local interior decorator Melissa Ferrell and her daughter, Mary
Margaret, on the enclosed porch of the WindMark II newly com-
pleted model home.

"It needed to be fresh,
natural, comfortable," said
Farrell, who loves to mix
vintage and modern styles
in her decorating. "This is a
blend of Old Florida, modern
and the uniquely WindMark
From the front, the house
offers a wide, full-width porch,
with multiple seating groups
and privacy curtains on either
The boardwalk that passes
in front of the house leads
directly to the beach, as will
all the boardwalks throughout
the development.
The development will be a
mix of boardwalk homes, like
the model, and other houses
that face onto the streets.
All resident parking will
be off-street and golf carts
will be the primary mode
of transportation within the
development, according to Ray
Markwell, Director of Sales for
The challenge for the sales
community, he said, was to
paint for people, mentally,
what the home will be. "Melissa
has now given us something
to see. With the completion
of the construction and the
interior furnishing, people
now, have an opportunity to
visualize themselves in one of
the WindMark beach homes,
as the development's Phase
Two continues."
To bring authenticity to

the Old Florida ambiance,
Farrell used local artists' work
and local materials to accent
the home.
A giant section of an
ancient cypress tree, dragged
from the Aucilla River, is used
as a coffee table. A wooden
bird by Earnest Hand, the
internationally acclaimed wood
sculptor from Wewahitchka,
adorns one wall in the great
Recovered cypress planks
form a long dining table and
benches on the side screened
porch. A large painting of a
rescued heron, the work of
a local artist, dominates the
Rocking chairs, floor
lamps from driftwood, vintage
photographs in aged wooden
frames, whimsical sea trunks,
regional pictures, native
foliage, a beach-like, neutral
color palette, all punctuate the
older style that Farrell was
aiming to offer.
"The stories of these pieces
of art make your house extra
special, add an extra layer,"
Farrell said in describing her
focus. "They all speak volumes
about the area and what is
available, because it is the
collected things that make a
After years in retail and
as a sales rep, Farrell opened
Joseph's Cottage in April,
2002, after moving to Port St.
Joe the previous September.
Farrell was also recently
profiled in a two-page spread
in the winter issue of Coastal
Living magazine.

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Motorists should be mindful that the highway will be blocked off
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the parade and remain so until approximately 15 minutes after the
parade ends.
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By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

After reviewing for the
board the current state of the
county jail, which falls under
the County Commission's man-
agement as of Jan. 1, County
Administrator Don Butler
offered the commissioners a
possible timeline for action.
Butler reported his

research into potential options
for housing inmates during
jail renovations, during over-
crowding, and for inmates
needing isolation from the
main jail population.
According to Butler,
jail auditors are scheduled
to inspect the facilities and
review the policies and.proce-
dures over the coming week-
end, making their recommen-

" dations to the board on Dec.
Next Tuesday, Butler is
scheduled to meet with officials
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sider an interlocal agreement
with Gulf County for handling
Gulf County inmates.
Butler reported that at the
Tuesday meeting Bay County
officials will give him a rough
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from Bay.
"Right now we have noth-
ing settled to house inmates
during the jail renovations,"
said Butler, "but in some form
or fashion, we will be running
the jail Jan. 1."
County commission chair
Carmen McLemore told the
board he wanted them to know
"that we're not sitting around
on this."
Gulf County attorney Tim
McFarland told the board that
he had already talked to offi-
cials in Franklin and Calhoun
counties about possibly taking
some Gulf County inmates,
but officials in both counties
told him they did not have the
facilities to house prisoners
from Gulf County.
Commissioner Bill
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and plumbing in the jail, there
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After Bay County decides
what help they are willing to
offer, officials from Corrections
Corporation of America (CCA),
the private corporation that
manages Bay County's jail, will
meet on Dec. 19 with Gulf
County officials to set prices
for services to Gulf County,
said Williams.
The Gulf County board
called a special meeting at
4 p.m. E.T. Dec. 19 to final-
ize their decisions, after the
morning meeting with CCA.
Commissioners also voted
3-2 (McLemore and Traylor
voting against) to give the City
of Port St. Joe 18 percent of
building permit fees for per-
mifs issued for building inside
the city limits. Currently, all
building permits inside the
county are issued by the coun-
ty, which also collects all the
Port St. Joe will contin-
ue to use the county building
inspector instead of hiring its
own, but will be reimbursed
18 percent instead of the 15
percent that the city and coun-
ty had previously agreed on,
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Commissioners also
agreed the county needed to
work more closely with the
city on the city's comprehen-
sive plans, so that no more
developments like Barefoot
Cottages, along U.S. 98 near
the Dixie Belle Curve, are per-
mitted anywhere inside the
The commissioners agreed
unanimously that what the city
originally permitted for that
development was nothing like
what was built.
'Another Barefoot Cottages
development never 'needs to
happen in this county again,".
said Williams, voicing the
unanimous agreement of the
In other business:
The board voted unani-
mously to elect Bill Williams
and Jerry Barnes, respective-
ly, as chair and vice-chair for
2007. Williams and Barnes
will assume their new posts at
the first January. regular com-
mission meeting.
Butler recommended
the board approve, the bid
contract proposed last com-

mission meeting, between
Cathey Construction and the
county, for repair of the county
courthouse roof. The motion
to accept the recommendation
passed unanimously. '.,: ',
George Core swore '
Nathan Peters, who retained
his commission seat after run-
ning unopposed in this year's
county commission elections,
Peters took his oath of office
flanked by his wife and son.
Sandy Lieberman, of the
Gulf County Senior Citizens.
Association, asked the board
for assistance in complet-: .
ing the organization's annual
Christmas project for children
and elderly residents in the
Lieberman told the board
that donations' of toys and
particularly food were down ;.
about 50 percent this year,
and there were still about 100
families the organization need-
ed to help.
The comnussioners voted
unanimously to give S100
each to the organization, along
with small donations to sev-
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Cart Before the Horse

Tear the thing up. Call a mulligan.
Certainly there are attorneys for the
county and the City of Port St. Joe clever
and resourceful enough to figure out how
to de-annex WindMark Beach Phase II and
rip up the agreement with the county that
allowed the city to annex the development
that is largely vision at this point.
And in turn nullify the ransom demands
the county placed on that annexation, and to
which the city agreed with visions of green-
backed fairies dancing in their heads.
Because at this point it is becoming
increasingly clear that when governments
negotiate among themselves, the people,
their constituents, are too often the ones
who wind up the losers.
From the beginning this agreement was
erected on a foundation of sand.
In simple terms, it was based on the
concept that folks who haven't even moved
into the area yet would find not just the
county but the city with hands in their pock-
ets, a double-dipping taxing concept that
only local elected officials could author.
Maybe there was a tacit agreement from
the outset that The St. Joe Company would
allow voluntary annexation of the develop-
ment into the city, as some city officials have
long maintained.
But that horse is out of the barn and
city officials, rather than dealing realisti-
cally with the altering landscape, couldn't
seem to rinse the sweet taste of an explod-
ing tax base out of their mouths.
And so commissioners entered into a
pact, the terms of which were dubious from
the outset.
City commissioner Benny Roberts
rightfully questioned from the beginning
the city's wherewithal for meeting a list
of demands which read like terms for the
release of oil reserves.
And, in maintaining that stance, his has
too often been the lone voice of sense as
the city has taken shaky steps forward, Mr.
Roberts asking pointedly about the price
tag without -seeing much more than tap
The conceit that grants would somehow
foot the entire bill to run water and sewer
to Overstreet and White City and points in
between seemed implausible from the get-
That was never clearer than last week's

Faron Young
I reckon the first Christmas "fad" I remem-
ber was back in 1953. It was a coiled up spring
called, appropriately enough, a Slinky. It was
on every Holiday flier I saw that year and it had
almost a whole page in the Sears and Roebuck
Christmas, Catalogue. We got one between the
three of us. We could put it at the stop of the
stairs and give it just a little nudge and it would
walk all the way to the bottom. It was a hoot!
Until Leon stomped on it on the first floor try-
ing to get that thing to hop back up the steps....
and we discovered it didn't have much "outside"
value. When you had seen it go down the steps,
you'd a'seen about all it could do. I was only 6,
and of course too young to express real ideas, but
I thought the hype out weighted the goods!
It was a little like that Wooly Willy man. After.
you waved the "magic" wand over him and he
changed clothes a couple of times,. it was. kinda
more of the same every time after that.....or when
you threw those "Pick Up Sticks" down, no mat-
ter what shape they ended up,. picking them up
was pretty much the same. 'Course, Leon would
wrap a rubber band tightly above the tip of one
end of those things and make arrows out of them.
I've come down the hall on Christmas evening
and been attack from the back bedroom by a fly-
ing covey of brightly colored Pick Up Sticks!
The next Christmas our little section of the
world went after Duncan yo-yos. Bobby Brewer
had brought one to school after the Thanksgiving
break. He could "loop the loop", "rock the cradle"
or "walk the' dog" with equal aplomb. This time
we each got our own yo-yo. And this "fad" was
good inside the house....and out! It wouldn't rust.
You could take it on the road with you. David
and I got to backing off a couple of yards apart
and playing war with them. If Leon got mad, he'd
throw his at youl It -was one of the most versatile
toys ever found under a Christmas tree.
In 1955 the fad was set to music. Tennessee
Ernie Ford had come out with an old Merle
Travis song, Sixteen Tons. Leon had used his
"swimming pool" money from the summer to
purchase a fourteen dollar 45 RPM record player.
We rounded up 49 cents and near 'bout' ran the

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workshop on the Overstreet project when
the most viable financing for the project
appeared to be a grant/loan package from
the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural
Development office.
The key component of that package,
however, is a loan to cover 70 percent of the
And any resident out there who doesn't
believe that extra cost won't be passed on
to consumers, users of the city's water
and sewer system, is deluding themselves,
which has been part
of Mr. Roberts' argu-
ment all along. At this point
Higher taxes or becoming in
higher water and becoming in
sewer rates are logi- ingly clear tl
cal outcomes in that when over
equation, and it en gover
doesn't require the negotiate an
rate study being per- themselves,
formed now to do the emseves,
math. people, theii
As for the stituents, ar
Overstreet water
project itself, and often the on
the rationale for the wind u the
county placing that at
the top of the list, two
aspects are worth chewing on.
One is that the tap fee ceiling of $500
should be considered a steal considering, as
comparison, that existing homeowners in
the path of the ongoing Cape sewer project
paid eight times that amount for taps into
that system.
Further the county does not consider
itself responsible for any debt service for
running water to the 250 existing homes in
the Overstreet area, which seems ludicrous
on its face.
Simple math, therefore, informs that
with just 250 existing homes in the area
on wells and septic tanks with no real
incentive to tap into the system coming
their way the Overstreet is a project aimed
at development and enriching the few who
would do the developing commissioners
and special interests driving another money
drain in the county.
Now, if one of those developers stepped
forward with a plan and promisee to turn
over some workforce housing, that would
be another matter, but essentially the city is

assuming hundreds of thousands of dollars
in debt so a few could cash in.
The city must also ensure that water
flow before a new water plant is even built,
before the rehabilitation of the wastewater
plant has even begun.
The city, in short strokes, is placing
the system in the ground in reverse order,
which simply adds to the cockamamie tenor
of this agreement from the outset.
But that is parsing the larger picture.
And that is an agreement over which the
county and city have argued
since its inception and con-
it is tinue, as last Monday's meet-
ing illustrated, to see from
creas- wildly varying viewpoints,
hat with the disputes primarily
ments centering around extracting
iments as much from the other side
Iong as possible.
the The city has already
the chosen to put a referendum
r con- before the voters sometime
e too this spring on alcohol sales
e t on Sunday.
es who Additionally, commis-
losers. sioners should task mod-
eling of the White City,
Overstreet and other proj-
ects mandated in its pact with the county
to arrive at, minimally, a ballpark in which
every citizen could decide if they want the
city to play.
They can even fold in estimates as to
how WindMark Beach might build out and
the tax projections over what is certain to
be at least two decades and how much the
city coffers might actually bulge, if the city
isn't bankrupt by then meeting the county's
And then put it all before the voters
and gauge their interest in this conten-
tious agreement, the product of talks, well
outside of purview of the Sunshine Law,
between a handful of officials from the
county and city.
Lacking that will, some elected officials
call it courage, the path is,'clear.
Rip up the agreement, de-annex
WindMark and start again.
This one is a loser for one key player at
the table the taxpayers footing the bill.

Saves Store Clerk's Life!



Kesley Colbert
Contributing Writer

couple of miles to town. It was actually two days
before Christmas but we figured we'd ring in the
season a little early.
The Main Street Record Shop had the sold
out sign right in the window! "NO SIXTEEN
,TONS" Me and David Mark stood on the street in
disbelief. We had no idea about fads, supply and
demand or the early bird getting the worm. Leon
charged in and was looking for someone to beat
up when he heard Faron Young's Live Fast, Love
Hard, Die Hard and Leave a Beautiful' Memory
blasting out over the shop's loud speakers.
We didn't haul any coal that Christmas. But
we didn't waste our long walk to town either. We
went home with the latest Capitol record from
Faron tucked under Leon's arm. It wasn't a bad
second., choice.
The next year it was those pink and back
Elvis hats. Now listen, you might not think of a
floppy .hat with an outline of Elvis and his guitar
on the front as a fad. But in West Tennessee in
the mid fifties it the beat the heck out of an Etch
A Sketch.
And it was along about this time Paint By
Numbers made a splash as Christmas gifts. It
was always horses. And we'd patiently color in
the correct shades until the horse looked a little
too sissified for us. We'd decide there wasn't
enough brown and black so we'd drift away from
the chart a little. Then Leon would "take a notion"
to paint on me and David Mark. The fight lasted
longer than the genuine easel and the four "life-
time" brushes.....
Daddy obviously believed that oranges and

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chestnuts constituted a fad. He'd bring home a
sack of each every Christmas and .count them
as part of our gifts. No amount of arguing and
moaning could change Dad's mind. He just didn't
"get it"!'
By the beginning of the next decade, we
moved into hula hoops. I spent hours watching
that thing go around my belly. I scratch my head
today and wonder exactly why. There had to be
more to it back then than I can recall this morn-
At least I had the good sense to NOT. pay
hard earned money for a Pet Rock. I picked my
rock up beside the church on the Mt. Zion road.
Didn't cost a thing! And it looked a lot better
than some I saw advertised.... Dad would have
thought that buying a rock would be akin to pay-
ing for bottled water.
I didn't go for the Mood Rings either. Leon
always let us know what kind of mood we were
in. And I took one look at a Rubik's Cube back
in 1974 and knew that was a tad too cerebral
for me.
By the time I had children I realized that
most of these Christmas "fads" padded some
entrepreneur's pocket more than they fostered
the holiday spirit. I stood in line for forty-five
minutes in December of 1982 to get a He-Man
and any other Masters of the Universe Figure.
When they finally opened the front door one hun-
dred and twenty seven big women ran over me to
get to Skeletor. A fight broke out that would have
made Leon cringe!
The next Christmas it was Cabbage Patch
Kids. And we went through our share of Lava
Lamps, Pound Puppies, Tickle Me Elmo and
Pokemon Cards.
I couldn't figure out where the Slinky had
gone. Or the yo-yo. Or the Elvis hats. I start-
ed buying the boys oranges and chestnuts for
Christmas. Some things just never go out of

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NI-eed to Read
I was fortunate.
Some of my earliest memories were of spread-
ing that day's newspaper on the floor and scanning
it for things I wanted to read.
The only agonizing part was waiting until the
early evening to get my chance.
My father worked for newspapers all his life,
moving up the ladder at a series of daily papers in
major cities.
Therefore, when he came home he arrived
bearing the day's newspaper, crisp and fresh off
the press or as crisp as he could keep it on the
bus and I was generally the one who pounced on
it first.
It was a fascinating world, so much happening
beyond my front door, my street. I became hooked,
I remember, on a feature called "Two Minute
Mysteries" which would seem anachronistic now,
but completely enraptured me.
Even though I didn't set out after high school
to provide food for the dinner table in the manner I
now do, there has always been a comfort to a news-
paper in the hand.
But, as I said, I was fortunate.
There were many kids my age and, later, adults
my age who hardly glanced at a newspaper and
if they did, once the sports and comics had been
perused, it was trash or mullet wrapping.
Looking back, hindsight being as clear as it
is, those early years poring over any and all news-
papers I could lay my hands on also poured the
foundation for reading which has become part of
my DNA.
Talk about broadening horizons, allowing you
to glimpse worlds far larger and far smaller than
our own, to expand on how one perceives an ever-
increasingly complex world, reading is the ticket.
This love of the printed word and the produc-
tion of something that people might feel compelled
to take an extra look at, to read, is part of this
ink-stained life that isn't really so ink-stained any-
The newspaper business, as my father repeat-
edly reminded his brood, won't help facilitate that
vacation home in the Caribbean and it won't make
you famous.
After all, for the last 30 years of his career,
he was the editorial page editor on ,a major met-
ropolitan paper. He wrote only to illustrate the
newspapers' position on the issues, not his own.
For 30 years, his name never appeared anywhere
near his work.
Yet, my father einphasized, the importance, of
_a free press in a democracy such as America's, was
so fundamental that the Founding Fathers put it
right up there at the- top of the list.
This is why we take Newspapers in Education,
a program to bring newspapers into schools, is so
Why we chose the NIE program as one of the
charities to benefit from the golf tournament held
this past weekend and thank you to those who
participated, your effort is appreciated.
The hope is to bolster and expand the NIE pro-
gram, to provide the newspapers which are not
free-or even cheap to produce to schools.
And as we grow and our NIE program does
likewise, wp hope to provide a host of pages and
features in the newspapers aimed directly-at use in
the schools.
Sure, there is a bit of enlightened self-interest
for us in this.
After all, just like me, once you hook a kid on
holding, reading and scanning through that news-
paper, chances are it newspapers and reading
will become part of their life as an adult.
There is a young man at one of the elementary
schools, a student who is smart but whose brain
functions in ways different from most, who is
enraptured with just holding the newspaper, look-
ing at the pictures, even meeting an old hack just
because he works at the newspaper.
So, we would be disingenuous to not assert
that part of NIE is creating a newspaper reader
today who will remain a newspaper ,reader in five
years, 10 years, 20 years and on and on.
We are trying to build our future customer
That said,.though, there is also some enlight-
ened self-interest for the community.
Reading and writing are two of the core focuses
of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
One of the fine things Gov. Jeb Bush did during
eight years in office was to stress reading, imple-
menting the '"Just Read, Florida" program.
Further, report after report indicates that busi-
nesses are becoming increasingly challenged in
recruiting sufficient employees as they emerge from
college because of an inability to read and write
coherently enough for the workplace.
The local evidence is troubling in some areas.
In Gulf County nearly one in nine minority high
school students does not read at grade level. School
grades at several schools have been impacted
downward by inadequate progress in reading by the
most academically at-risk students.
In Franklin County, the percentage of students
reading at grade level at several schools and grades
does not reach the threshold of what the state con-
siders academic progress. Percentages which have
slipped below 50 are too common.
Are newspapers the placebo?
Probably not, but it is also true that when com-
munity newspapers are available, reading teachers
at several area schools use them as a springboard
for lessons.
Newspapers are easy to read aloud after all,
this isn't Tale of Two Cities or Moby Dick and
that is a key component of reading instruction.
Newspapers also provide something of interest,
something happening in their town, their neighbor-
hood, for students to read about.
Most of all, it can keep students informed,
about the world in which they will have increasing
responsibility and which will increasingly impact
them as they grow into adulthood.
An informed citizen is a better citizen. And
isn't that, from the opening bell and the Pledge of
Allegiance forward, what we are trying to build in
our schools each day?


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Dear friends and fellow Port
St. Joe citizens,

For the past year many of
you have been encouraging me
to run for the office of Mayor
of Port St. Joe. I have been
honored and humbled beyond
words by your outpouring of
support, respect, and love.
As a native of our beauti-
ful city, I care deeply about
our future. You, the citizens of
Port St. Joe, are why our small
town is so great. By working
together our future will be even
For 38 years we have-been
lead by Mayor Frank Pate, an
extremely dedicated public ser-
vant. No one can replace him.
They can only occupy his seat
at city hall. At every opportu-
nity please thank him for his
service to our city.
By now I know that you


to the Editor

must be wondering what direc-
tion this letter is headed. So,
with much soul searching and
sleepless nights, I have decided
it is not the right time for me
to seek the office of Mayor of
Port St. Joe. I am sorry if I
have disappointed some of you
and I hope you will respect my
decision. I will never stop help-
ing you and our civic leaders
in any way possible and I will
not rule out public service in
the future.
I remain...

Respectfully yours,
Rex Buzzet

A message to College

I am a college student at
the University of West Florida
and concerned with the political
socialization of today's college
age students. What I mean by

"It Shouldn't
By River Shannon McTavish

this is that young people have
no real concept of what politics
really are. We label ourselves as
staunch liberals, extreme con-
servatives, and even religious
independents. We proudly dis-
play the elephant and donkey
on bumper stickers and sweat
shirts but are we truly grasp-
ing the ideals that differentiate
these parties.
My peers boldly proclaim
their allegiance to their respec-
tive parties but aren't even
sure why they find themselves
connected to that particular
party. My theory is that my
peers seem to adopt the politi-
cal beliefs of their parents and
closest friends. The problem
with this is that they have no
real knowledge of what the
party they subscribe to stands
for. Sure we can make the gen-
eralizations that democrats are
pro-choice and republicans are

Happen To I
and paw pecking this article
on my owners computer to set

pro-life. And we can go on to
say that democrats are in favor
of stem cell research while
republicans aren't. But beyond
the major. publicized issues,
most are in the dark of party
policies. For this, I truly place
a considerable amount of the
blame on today's politicians.
They actively dodge announc-
ing their stance on less con-
troversial issues in hopes that
the will not reduce their voting
pool, by ostracizing some.
I am not trying to preach
from a soap box because I
am still finding my political
identity that I will acquire with
time and knowledge. However,
I want to point out that ulti-
mately is up to us as voters to
research the issues and our
representatives so that we are
in the know. Otherwise, if we
leave it up to the politicians to
inform of what is going on we
may be in the dark forever. Our
generation is the generation of
the very near future and it is up
to us to have a firm knowledge
of what is going on in politics
so that we can ensure that
politicians are addressing our

Daniel Elijah Lowery
Apopka, FL 32703

A Dog!"
that, he displays a cute little tilt
of the head and does a perky

Story after story, report
after report, everywhere you
look is another "expert" stating
that "The United States Military
is losing or has lost The War in
Iraq". Well nothing could be
further from the truth. Our
brave men and women carved
through Saddam Hussein's
troops like a hot knife through
butter. Hussein and his army
fled the battlefield and hid like
cowardly rats in underground
holes. They used women and
children to shield themselves
from our mighty forces. They
hide in homes, churches and
mosques to prevent our troops
from tracking them down and
enforcing justice upon them.
This doesn't sound like we
have lost the war at all. What
we have lost is the concept of
fighting a war.
Since when did it become
the responsibility of the victor
to provide security and rebuild
infrastructure for the losing
side? Our military is a lean
mean fighting machine. If the
Iraqi's need police protection,
let's send over some of the
abundance, of doughnut eating,
anger-filled, big city cops 'that
have nothing more to do than
harass the people that they are
supposed to serve. Maybe Iraq
could use a few "boot camps". I
bet there are some experienced
guards available that know how
to deal with "problems".
Everyday our troops are
being ambushed by an ever-
growing number of behind
the shadow terrorists. These

people hate us. We invaded
their country. The only way
we will be able to feel secure
from attacks by these people
is to attack them relentlessly
just as we did our enemies in
WWII. Germany was bombed
to oblivion as was Japan. When
we stopped shooting everybody
was waving a white flag or salut-
ing The Star Spangled Banner.
This probably goes against the
opinions of the bleeding heart
humanitarians that live in a
fantasy world where everyone
-loves and respects everyone
else. A nirvana land where all
people are rich, good looking,
smart, tolerant, etc.
* In the real world we have
kings, queens, presidents, dic-
tators, big business, politicians,
diplomats, corporate execu-
tives, workers, crooks, bums,
Catholics, Jews, Muslims,
Protestants, etc. All of these
folks are driven and motivat-
ed by a multitude of reasons
and agendas. Most are honest,
some are not. Too many of the
aforementioned make a lot of
money through war, while not
enough make money through
peace. This is surely one of the
reasons why we have more war
than peace. We need to find a
way that peace pays more than
war. In the meantime we need
to remember that the only way
to win a war is by fighting until
there is a complete surrender.

Kevin Welch
Pelican Walk Real Estate,

If a soft, warming wind the record straight. Although ear thing whenever they speal
wasn't blowing from a south- Dog Grooming Plus is probably to him.
ernly direction and had the the most patient and friendli- Spunky also went to Do1
windows been closed in the est shop my owners have ever Grooming Plus along with mi
seaside house my Snowbird taken me, I was not a bad boy and has carried a turned uI
owners leased for five winter for the two ladies, Laura and nose, 'I don't care attitude' eve:
months, perhaps the business Wanda Adams. The newspa- since he found. out his namc
section of the November 30th per photo of me attached to or picture did nQt appear i
edition of the Star newspaper the table by cables and metal the November Star article. Hi,,
wouldn't have blown off thefirst place, right? bars sends the wrong message, main complaint is how he ha,
din room table and land- tThe other all black mutt Even beloved family members 'seniority,' whatever that is.
eda lhtleptoinwhereon as un the poto was me, stand- .get the same results of danc- So what I'd like to dc
eacefully sleepingon the su in the photo was me stand ing, prancing, wiggle-waggles now as the season of love an<
drenched carpet. ing very distraught and forlorn and vocal complaints because good will comes to the 'forgot
A quick glance of a color looking, ears down, tail droop- I am seriously 'ticklish.' At ten coast' and as proof tha
photooftwodogsbeinggroomed ing, soaking wet and shiver- home 'and out in the yard dur- Scotties are not the 'clod c
on tables at 'Do Grooming g. Although I am a through ing summer time, a mere ten seaweed' as shown in write
Plus,' 513 Fourth Street in Port reed Scottish Terrier ons' in mya seconds of belly tickling makes Despina Williams' otherwises
St. Joe soon caught my ful multitude of 'champions' in my me run around the pole barn nice) article, is submit a 'pos
attention. One dog, a little pug I the several times at break-neck groomed' picture of my bes
nosed, black and white Shih- term 'mutt' because I looked speeds. friend;, Spunk"y
tzu looked adorable because more e a clump of matte I would also like to men- I couldn't get him to smil
he was already washed, blown seaweed, recently pulled up tion here that I have an elder because he still has the grump:
dried and in the middle of the frothehe depths of some local Sottish Terrier partner in both attitude about being left out c
shearing process. However, if canal. our Ohio and Florida house- the article. Hopefully, if th
asked, I suppose he'd be upset Actually, my registered title holds. His registered name is Star editor decides to run thi
as I was, that the entire article is River Shannon McTavish, Sanford McSpunk the Third. submission, my best friend wi]
never mentioned our names. butmy Ohio farm community His farm name is Spunky and talk to me again and we can ge
Without us dogs, there wouldn't name (street name) s just plain he is eleven years old. A lot of back to the business of chain
even be a classy grooming 'Shannon.' I am four years old his admirers up North think he sea gulls and fetching stick
shop, a five -star night lodge -and an admitted 'han-full in a should be a full-time show dog out on the beach.
called Barngham Palace, r any grooming parlor, but I am because of the many 'champi-
any newspaper articles in m now takng the time in hunting ons'. in his pedigree and the fact ,, ,

Report on Payday Loans Doesn't Add Up
Center for ,s o nsib, Lending's Irresponsible Math M ise.nds Consumers and Policymakers





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Port St. Joe City Commissioners

Residents and taxpayers can contact City
Commissioners in the following fashion.
By city cell phone:

Mayor Frank' Pate
can be contacted by'
phone at 227-1696.:

, Frank Pate

The recent report, from
Center for Responsible Lending
(CRL), "Financial Quicksand,"
purposely deceives consum-
ers and policv:makers by using.
"evidence" that sunpl3 does not
exist. The entire report should
be discredited, according to the,
'Community Financial Services
Association of America (CFSA),
the national trade association of
responsible payday lenders
CRL has taken data points
from various sources, applied
their own convoluted math and
passed it off as information
confirmed by state regulators
and third parties," said Darrin
Andersen, CFSA .president. "In-
reality. CRL has applied its own
'assumptions,' 'calculations' and
'adjustments'to the original data
points. They also take the liberty
of 'estimating' data that simply
does not exist," Andersen' said.
"By publishing false infor-
mation in their reports, CRL is
misleading consumers, legisla-
tors and the media who believe
and repeat their false allegations.
Any report released by CRL

should be reviewed carefully in
order to separate fact from the
fiction they use to make up their
allegations," said Andersen.
"CREs discredited claims
about the costs. of the. typical
payday advance and .the inability
of consumers to pay them back
makes the overarching conclu-
sion of the report invalid," con-
cluded Andersen.
CRL Claim: "The typical
payday, borrower pays back
$793 for a $325 loan."
The Facts: A typical payday
borrower pays back $52, for a
$325 loan.
In CREs calculation, the
average borrower takes out nine
loans per year, the'average loan
amount is $325 and typical fee
per $100 borrowed is $16. For
a loan of $325, the fee would
be $52.
However, CRL makes the
assumption that eight of these
loans are rollovers or extensions
of the original loan.
."This figure is absolutely
wrong," said Darrin Andersen,
CFSA president, "To come up

with that number, CRL counts
the principal for only one loan-
but adds the fees for nine loans,"
said Andersen. "While it makes,
for a good headline, CREs sce-
nario is impossible."
In 37 states, rollovers are
limited or prohibited. In states,
without limits, CFSA members
limit the number of rollovers to
four. Therefore, it is not possible
for someone ,to roll a loan over
in the manner CRL contends or
to accrue the kinds of fees they
CRL Claim: "Ninety per-
cent of payday advance revenue
comes from borrowers who can-
not pay off their loans when
The Facts: According to
state regulator reports, more
than 90 percent of transactions
are paid when due and more
than 95 percent are ultimately
The most recent reports
from state regulators with-
out the "benefit" of CRLs spin
or re-calculations show that
more than 90 percent of trans-

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more than 95 percent are ulti-
mately collected. (The filings of
public companies show similar
data.) Theretore, CREs assump-
tion that borrowers' who take
out more than four loans are
"trapped" and cannot pay them
back is false.
To use California, Virginia
and Florida as examples-
.Accordingto to die Caflfornia
Department of Corporations
2005 Annual Report, only
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checks were returned unpaid
and .3.44% were charged off as
In Florida. "Trends In
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off as uncollectible
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4.3% of customer checks were
returned unpaid and 2.27% were
charged off as uncollectible.
CRL Claim: "Predatory pay-
day lending now costs American
families $4.2 billion per year in
excessive fees."
FACT: The underlying
premise to support this claim
has no basis.
CRL arbitrarily decided
that taking but more than four
payday advances in 'a year is
inappropriate and that any con-
sumer who does is caught in a
"predatory debt trap." This runs
contrary to research -showing
that 92% of customers think
payday lenders offer a valuable
service and that .90% of cus-
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understanding ofthe terms' and
costs, of payday loans.
A majority of customers
have used payday advances
to avoid more costly bounced
check fees or late charges on
bills. But CRL makes no men-
tion of the benefits reaped by
these customers the prob-
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versus more expensive options.
It gives no attention to the possi-
ble harm caused by eliminating
lawful access to payday advance
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a basis on which to increase the
amount of financing available
for the real property."
Villazon states that, in
order to boost the values,
appraisers travel outside
the market area looking for
comparable sold at much
higher prices than the subject
However, he wrote, once
several properties have been
"flipped" within a particular
area, the flipped properties
become the comparable that
allegedly legitimize future
inflated estimates of value used
in other land flip schemes.
As fraudulent land flip
schemes increase throughout
the nation, Willazon wrote,
lenders, regulatory agencies
and courts are "carefully
scrutinizing the data upon
which appraisers rely to arrive
at an opinion of value." More
and more, they are discovering
that appraisal reports which,
on their face appear legitimate,
are in fact riddled with
comparable that emerged
from flipped (i.e. artificially
inflated) transactions "to force
predetermined, investor-
dictated prices.
"This amounts to fraud;
conspiracyto defraud; breaches
of the Uniform Standards of
Appraisal Practice; and, in
Florida. Violations of Chapter
475, Part II, ES."
In congressional
testimony in October 2004,
Chris Swecker, Assistant
Director Criminal Investigative
Division, addressed the
House Financial Services
Subcommittee on Housing
and Community Opportunity,
telling them that the -FBI
compiles data on mortgage
fraud through Suspicious
Activity .Reports (SARs) filed
by financial institutions, and
Department of Housing and
Urban Development Office of
Inspector General (HUD-OIG)
reports, and also receives
complaints fr6m the industry
at large.
He continued to inform the

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committee that "a significant
portion of the mortgage
industry is void of any
mandatory fraud reporting. In
addition, mortgage fraud in
the secondary market is often
underreported. Therefore, the
true level of mortgage fraud is
largely unknown.
"The mortgage industry
itself does not provide
estimates on total industry
fraud. The industry provides
incomplete or inconsistent
fraud date. Based on various
industry reports and FBI
analysis, mortgage fraud is
pervasive and growing."

Mortgage Fraud
According to department
information, the FBI
investigates mortgage fraud in
two distinct areas: fraud for
property and fraud for profit.
Fraud for property, also
called fraud for housing,
usually involves just the
borrower as the perpetrator
on a single loan.
Motive behind this type
of fraud is simply to acquire
and maintain ownership of a
house under false pretenses,
characterized by a borrower
who misrepresents his income,
employment history, etc., to
qualify for a loan.
Sometimes industry
professionals are involved by
coaching the borrower so he
or she qualifies for the loan.
This type of fraud accounts
for 20 percent of all fraud,
according to the FBI.
Fraud for profit involves
,industry professionals and
is sometimes called industry
insider fraud.
The FBI defines industry
insiders as: appraisers,
accountants, attorneys, real
estate brokers, mortgage
underwriters and processors,
settlement/title company
employees, mortgage brokers,
loan originators, and other
mortgage professionals
engaged in the mortgage
The motive behind

fraud for profit is to falsely
inflate property value, issue
loans based on fictitious
property(ies), or remove
One frequently used
method of removing equity
(called "milking" a property),
is for a distressed investor
to turn to an intermediary,
like a real estate licensee or
organized crime figure, who
agrees to arrange the purchase
of a property. This is after
the investor has already
approached his usual lenders
for needed funds he needs
money to pay real estate taxes
and mortgage payments on
other property he owns and
has been turned down.
As the property is
purchased, the asking price
is dramatically inflated (as
much as 50 percent), and
an appraiser is retained who
commits to appraising the
property for its asking price
or even slightly more. -
Under the watchful eye. of
the real estate licensee and/or
organized crime intermediary,
the transaction closes at the
local settlement office.
All applicable taxes are
paid on the purchase price,
all legalities are observed, and
once the transaction is closed
and the seller has received
the funds, he then turns over
the difference .between the
property's actual value and the
inflated property price, which
is funded by the loan, which
was fraudulently obtained.
For example: recent sales
of competitive properties show
that a property's value could
be certified as $800,000.
Parties, like the ones described
above, conspire to manipulate
a purchase for $1,200,000,
obtaining a loan for 95 percent,
or $1,140,000.
The buyer and seller close
the deal and the seller returns
$400,000 to the buyer. Of this
returned money, $340,000
is fraudulently obtained-
lender funds. The seller's net
proceeds are $800,000, which
equals the actual market value
of the property.
Again, according, to FBI
statistics based on existing

investigations and mortgage
fraud reporting, 80 percent
of all reported fraud losses
involve collaboration or
collusion by industry insiders,
permitting industry insiders to
override lender controls.
In fraud for profit, there
are -generally multiple loan
transactions with several
financial institutions involved.
These frauds are
comprised of numerous gross
misrepresentations including:
overstated income
overstated assets
overstated collateral
overstated or fictitious
length of employment (and
employment is backstopped
by co-conspirators)
Partial disclosure only of
borrower's debts
Partial disclosure only
of borrower's credit history,
which is often altered
Frequent assumption
of another person's identity
(straw buyer) by the borrower
borrower stating he/she
intends to use the property
for occupancy, when he/she
intends to use it for rental
income, or is purchasing the
property for another party
Appraisals that almost
always list the property as
Down payments that do
not exist or are borrowed and
disguised with a fraudulent
gift letter
Property value that is
inflated (bogus appraisal) to
increase the sales value to
make up for no down payment
and to generate cash proceeds
in fraud for profit scheme.
As listed on the FBI
website, mortgage fraud
indicators include:
A. Inflated Appraisals
Exclusive use of one
B. Increased commissions/
bonuses for brokers ,and/or
Bonuses paid (outside
or at settlement) for fee-based
Higher than customary

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Common Mortgage Schemes

(source: Federal Bureau of Investigation Financial Crimes
Report to the Public, May 2005)

Backward Applications After identifying a property to
purchase, a borrower customizes his/her income to meet the
loan criteria.

Air Loans Non-existent property loans where there is
usually no collateral
An example. a broker invents borrowers and properties,
establishes accounts for payments and maintains custodial
accounts for escrows.
The broker may set up an office with a bank of telephones,
each one used as the employer, appraiser, credit agency, etc for
verification purposes

Silent Seconds The buyer of a property borrows the down
payment from the seller through the issuance of a non-disclosed
second mortgage
The primary lender believes the borrower has invested his
own money in the down payment, when in fact, it is borrowed.
The second mortgage may not be recorded to further conceal its
status from the primary lender.

Nominee Loans/Straw Buyers The identity of the borrower
is concealed through the use of a nominee who allows the
borrower to use the nominee's name and credit history to apply
for a loan.

Foreclosure Schemes The subject identifies homeowners
who are at risk of defaulting on loans or whose houses are
already in foreclosure.
Subjects mislead the homeowners into believing that they
can save their homes in exchange for a transfer of the deed and
up-front fees.
The subject profits from these schemes by re-mortgaging
the property or pocketing the fees paid by the homeowner.

Equity Skimming An investor may use a straw buyer,
false income documents, and false credit reports to obtain a
mortgage loan in the straw buyer's name.
Subsequent to closing, the straw buyer signs the property
over to the investor in a quit claim deed which relinquishes all
rights to the property and provides no guaranty to title The
investor does not make any mortgage payments and rents the
property until foreclosure takes place several months later.

Fictitious/Stolen Identity A fictitious/stolen identity may
be used on the loan application. The applicant may be involved
in an identity theft scheme: the applicant's name, personal
identifying information, and credit history are used without the
true person's knowledge.

Property Flipping Property is purchased, falsely appraised
at a higher value, and then quickly sold.
What makes property flipping illegal is that the appraisal
information is fraudulent.
The scheme typically involves fraudulent appraisals, doctored
loan documents, and inflation of the buyer's income.
Kickbacks to buyers, investors, loan brokers, appraisers,
and title company employees are common in this scheme. .

Since 1999. the FBI has utilized several methods to detect
and combat mortgage fraud, one being the development of a
property flipping analytical computer application, first developed
by the Washington, D.C. field office, to effectively identify property
flipping in the Baltimore and Washington areas.
The concept has evolved into a national FBI program that
uses statistical correlations and other computer technology
to search for -companies and people with patterns of property
As potential targets are flagged, the information is provided
to the respective FBI field office for further investigation.

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C. Falsification on loan
Buyers told/explained
how to falsify the mortgage
Buyers requested to sign
blank application
D. Fake. supporting loan
Buyer requested to
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Anatomy of a Bogus
Private Property Appraisal

The law describes an
appraisal as a certification
of value, with the appraiser's
opinion accompanying the

certification. The opinion
must also be developed using
very specific criteria, as stated
by law.
The law further states
that an appraisal must be

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To reduce property taxes
and appraisals to counter an
assessment by the county
property assessor;
Estate planning;
Divorce settlements.
Most lenders are required
by federal and state laws and
current banking regulations to
obtain an appraisal for most
loans secured by real estate.
As of Jan. 1, 1993, all
appraisals made for mortgage
loans from federally insured
lenders and other federally
related transactions must be
made by a licensed or certified
The majority of private
real estate appraisals are
requested by mortgage
companies to validate the
property's' purchase price for
loan purposes.
A bogus private property
Uses non-competitive
sales to "compare" to the
subject property;
Ignores key differences
in location and other factors,
like view arid quality of
.Ignores changes 'in
market conditions over time

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Is biased toward the
needs of the mortgage company
or borrower;
Conceals important
information that, if known,
would affect the value estimate,
for example, by ignoring a
recent sale.
Using information
obtained entirely from public
records, the following two local
examples of private property
appraisals show the anatomy
of a bogus appraisal.
Example One: 114
South 41st Street, Mexico
Beach (Tx#04699-000-000) ,
Sale No. 1: July 28, 2004
for $460,000, Warranty Deed
Book 2485, page 1596
Sale No. 2: December 27,
2004 for $817,000, Warranty

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Deed Book 2547, page 1501
Lender: A Birmingham,
Alabama lender, located
hundreds of miles away from
the property
Mortgage Amount:
Closing Agent: local
Location: 4th lot away
from beach/Gulf of Mexico
(4th tier)

This sale was funded with
a mortgage. Thus, by law, a
certified appraisal had to be
performed and relied upon to
provide the loan amount of
$650,000 (approximately 80
percent loan to value ratio).
This indicates that
the appraisal certified this
property's value equal to
or greater than $817,000
(purchase price).
At this time, the appraiser
who produced this certified
value is unknown.
How/why the above
appraisal had to be bogus:
An analysis of the sales in
the immediate vicinity of'
114 South 41st Street shows
that no similar/competitive
property sold that would
support a certification of an
appraised value of $817,000
between July 28, 2004 and
December 27, 2004.
Rather, the best indication
of value for this property is its
own prior sale of $460,000
only five months previous, on
July 28, 2004.,
There is one sale,
especially, that shows, without
question, a bogus appraisal

was produced to support
the inflated transaction of
$817,000: that is the sale of
199 South 41st Street, which
sold on December 8, 2004 for
for $817.000 is supported by
a bogus appraisal. In order
to produce such an appraisal,
the appraiser certifying the
value of $817,000 ignored
this property's previous sale
of $460,000 and the sale of a
superior property at 119 South.
41st Street for $750,000.
The reason the sale of 119
South 41st Street is superior
to 114 South 41st Street is
that 119 South 41st Street is:
Superior in location -
first tier. It is much closer to
the beach/Gulf of Mexico;
Superior in view it has
a broader and less obstructed
view of the Gulf of Mexico;
Higher 'quality
construction (modern metal
roof, wrap deck, modernized
windows, doors and siding,
among other things);
Recent remodeling.

114 S. 41st Street, Mexico Beach

Example Two: 932 Location: Gulf front lot in
Indian Pass Road "Camp Palms," approximately
(Tx#03245-005) 50.57 feet x 381.32 feet x
51.11 front feet (on the Gulf) x
Sale: May 19, 2006 for 378.22 feet
$1,300,000 from an individual This sale was funded with
to a holding company with a mortgage. Thus, by law, a
three members identified (two certified appraisal had to be .
in Georgia, one in Indiana), performed and relied upon to
Warranty Deed Book 410, provide the loan amount of
page 360 $1,170,000 (approximately 90
percent loan to value ratio).

"If any appraiser (or appraisal company) has been doing
the bulk of the work for ANY single mortgage company for a
number of years you can just about bet a good number of
these appraisal reports are inflated. It is the bad luck of the
draw AND guaranteed to happen for any appraiser to receive
two appraisal assignments in a row that do not meet the
value needed for the Loan Officer to get their commission.
Once this happens these Loan Officers will never give that
appraiser work again."

(Posted May 12, 2005 by S K, on a protected, industry-only appraisers'
website, in response to the release of the Demos report Home Insecurity: How
Widespread Appraisal Fraud Puts Homeowners At Risk)



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Mortgage Amount:
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Closing Agent: A Destin
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(See FRAUD on Page 9A)

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is unknown.
How/why the above
appraisal had to be bogus:
An analysis of sales in the
immediate vicinity of 932
Indian Pass Road shows that
there are no previous sales
of 50-front foot lots which
support a certification of value
of $1,300,000 for this lot from
August 16, 2005 to May 19,
Rather, the best indication
of value for 932 Indian Pass
Road is the sale of Lot 6 in
Vincent Point Subdivision (on
Indian Pass Road) on August
16, 2005 for $800,000.
Hurricane Katrina hit
Florida Aug. 25 and made
landfall in New Orleans Aug.
This sale is the closest
sale geographically and most
similar in size and view to
932 Indian Pass Road, and
federal law requires this Lot
6 of Vincent Point Subdivision
to be disclosed, analyzed, and
used as a guide to certifying
value unless some other sale
is found that is more similar
or more recent.
In this case, no other such
sales exist.
Such examples of inflated
sales whose financing was
gained by a bogus appraisal
exist in every neighborhood
in Gulf and Bay Counties over
the past three years.
. These inflated sales are
used by the county property
appraiser to "appraise" for ad
valorem taxes and therefore
have resulted in the inflated

property taxes.
The above examples of
inflated sales are not market
transactions. However, Florida
law required the property
appraiser to use such sales
to assess the value of real
Nevertheless, such
sales do not represent sales
supported by previous sales
in the market at the time they
occurred. Rather, these sales
are transactions where market
manipulation has occurred.
The taxpayers of Gulf and
Bay Counties (Mexico Beach)
are now paying the price of
such market manipulation.

NOTE: If anyone has
information leading to the
identification of the person
or persons responsible
for certifying the value in
connection with the foregoing
bogus appraisals, or has official
documentation proving other
local examples of appraisal or
mortgage fraud, please contact
Marie Logan at llogan(5;starfl.

(The next article in this
series will examine the
dangers and consequences
of appraisal and mortgage
fraud, especially as they
affect the local area.)

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value is. Let us play detective. A Comp
Check is an APPRAISAL!! Shopping for
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that we be left in the dark regarding
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the city's manager, Lee
Vincent, that the' city can
apply for funding for the
project in the form of a 30
percent grant and 70 per-
cent loan.
On Dec. 5 Roberts
again expressed the same
concerns he had voiced at
the workshop the previous
night, that the city had ini-
tially been told the project
would be funded entirely
by grants and now that was
not the case.
Roberts also brought to
light the city's indebtedness
was greater than commis-
sioner John Reeves indi-
cated earlier in the evening.
The city owes Preble Rish
$200,000 in engineering
costs associated with the
The city has the option
to apply for lower inter-
est funds that are allocated
through the State Revolving
Fund for the loan portion
of the Rural Development
Kennedy later asked
commissioners to approve
spending an additional
$30,000 for reports by
Preble Rish in order to
secure the grants and loans
from the State Revolving,

Fund. Commissioners
approved the request with
Roberts again the only dis-
senting vote.

Sewer and Cemeteries

The city approved a
bid from Delta Process
Equipment, from Louisiana,
to install grinder pump sta-
tions for the sewer system
on Cape San Blas. The total
cost of the project will be
more than $5,300.
The city is doing a rate
study to determine the cost
for providing services to
homes on the cape and the
cost for the grinder pumps
will be passed onto the end
The city also asked
Mike Lacour, director of
parks and recreation, to
provide information back
to the board about different
styles of fences to replace
the existing ones in front
of the two cemeteries in
Lacour also got permis-
sion to contact Keeper Goals
and have them begin work
on a pair of 16-foot por-
table soccer shelters. The
shelter will cost $10,690.
The city will also replace

the David Jones Gym floor
with polymer panels for
$27,250. It will also begin
construction on two play
structures for $38,000
provided the company,
JA Dawson will provided
installation assistance.
Kennedy said he hopes
to have the St. Joe Lake fin-
ished by Jan. 2007. He is
working with an Alabama
contractor who will seed
the area with a winter rye
Kennedy said the
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Commission has checked
the water in the lake and
deemed it acceptable for
fish. It will be stocked with
bream and bass and aer-
ated with fountains.
The city agreed to a
seven year extension with
Emerald Waste who pro-
vides trash pick-up for. Port
St. Joe residents. In the
agreement the city is mov-
ing to once a week service
and increasing the size of
the trash bins to 64 or 96
"The city now can deter-
mine changes in waste man-
agement," said Vincent.

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Run course The run. starts and ends at Petals a Things.
T-shirts: T-shirts to the first 25 registered runners/walkers by race day.
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Lady Gators Run Record to 6-2

With a perfect week the
Lady Gators of Wewahitchka
upped their record on the
hardwood to 6-2 this season,
including 1-0 in the district.
Wewahitchka clamped
down defensively in defeating
Altha and came from behind
for an overtime win over
The Lady Gators hosted
Apalachicola on Tuesday night
and will host Port St. Joe at 6
p.m. CT on Thursday night.
Dec. 5
Wewahitchka 28, Altha 11
The Lady Gators dominat-
ed on the defensive end, play-
ing a box-and-one to negate
Altha's best player and coasted
to, an easy win.

Samantha Green scored
eight points, but more impor-
tantly she was the one in the
box-and-one who blanketed
Altha's best player, holding her
to just two points.
Vanessa Wait led the Lady
Gators with 11 points and
Kaylin Bidwell added eight.
Summer Grice had one point.
Dec. 8
Wewahitchka 32,
Blountstown 26
Down four points with
1:30 showing on the clock,
the Lady Gators came back
to tie the game in regulation
at 25-25 and then dominated
overtime for the victory.
Ashley Gates hit a 3-point-
er and Vanessa Wait added a

late free throw to bring the
Lady Gators from behind in
Wait and Summer Grice
-led Wewahitchka with nine
points apiece.
Gates had six points, all
coming in the fourth quar-
ter and overtime. Megan Peak
added four points and Misty
Robbins and Samantha Green
putting in two points apiece.
"We're playing pretty well,"
said Wewahitchka coach Coy
Adkins. "We're playing better.
"We were playing without
two key players who were sick
last week and I was pleased
to come out of the week with
two wins."

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The Norris D. Langston
Youth*Scholarship Foundation
will hold its annual educa-
tion awards banquet and bas-
ketball classic Dec. 14-16 at
Chipola Junior College.
The annual Student
Education Awards Banquet
will be held at 6 p.m. CT on
Thursday, Dec. 14 in the Fine
Arts Building at Chipola.
Former state legislator
and special assistant to the
president of Chipola, Robert
Trammel, will serve as mod-
The keynote speaker will
be CliffEllis,. former basketball
coach at Auburn University.
Students from Vernon
Elementary School and Port
St. Joe Elementary School will
participate in the program.
Basketball Classic
The annual Basketball

Tim, Croft/The Star
Courtney Hermsdorfer centers the ball against Marianna on Tuesday night.

Lady Sharks End Week on Up Tick

A district win and a tough
home loss to Cottondale pro-
vided the bookends to the
week for the Port St. Joe girls'
basketball team, which also
benefited from the cancella-
tion of a trip to play West
Gadsden on Thursday.
The Lady Sharks, who
played at Malone on Tuesday
night before traveling to
Wewahitchka for a 6 p.m. CT
Thursday match-up, are now
2-3 overall and 1-0 in district
Dec. 5
Port St. Joe 49,
Liberty County 17
The Lady Sharks held
host Liberty County to two
points in the opening quarter
and just nine in the first half
en route to a runaway victory.
Jera Ashabranner led the
offense with 17 points with
Kayla Parker, who scored 10
points, also in double figures.
Tiara Pryor added six
points and Audrey Skanes,
Samone Smiley and Rachel
Parker had four points apiece.
Taylor Byrd and Chloe
Warren each scored two
Dec. 9
Cottondale 32,

Port St. Joe 25
A cold snap from the free
throw line and stretches of
frigid shooting from the floor
doomed the Lady Sharks
against visiting Cottondale.
Port St. Joe was hurt by
missing six-straight fourth-
quarter free throws and
though a pressing defense

forced turnovers, not enough
were converted into points.
Jera Ashabranner led the
Lady Sharks with nine points
and Rachel Parker added
seven points.
Tiara Pryor added five
points, Kayla Parker four
points and Samone Smiley
two points.

Tim Croft/The Star
Samone Smiley drives the lane against Cottondale.

Langston Youth Foundation Banquet and Classic

Classic will be strictly a prep
affair, with the focus on high
school basketball with teams
from around the region.
Port St. Joe, Wewahitchka,
Bay, Cottondale, Vernon,
Malone and Blountstown high
schools are among dozen or so
schools participating.
For the second-straight
year, the tournament will be
held at Chipola as the foun-
dation continues its goal of
exposing youngsters to the
college environment as a way
of expanding horizons beyond
high school.
The tournament is spon-
sored this year by the Florida
Department of Lottery. ,
Following is the slate' of
games. All times noted are
Central Standard Time:
1 p.m. West Gadsden ver-

sus Bay High (girls); 2:30 p.m.
- Vernlon versus Quincy Carter
Parramore; 4 p.m. West
Gadsden versus Tallahassee
Godby; 5:30 p.m. Ocala
Shores Christian versus East
Gadsden; 7 p.m. Malone
versus East Gadsden (girls);
8:30 p.m. Port St. Joe versus
Daytona Beach Seabreeze.
10 a.m. Wewahitchka
versus Vernon; 11:30 a.m.
- Carter Parimore versus Bay
(girls); 1 p.m. Godby versus
Seabreeze; 2:30 p.m. East
Gadsden versus. Cottondale
(girls); 4p.m.-Shores Christian
versus West Gadsden; 5:30
p.m. Blountstown versus
Cottondale; 7 p.m. Malone
versus West Gadsden (girls);
8:30 p.m. Port St. Joe versus
East Gadsden.

Scoring three-goals in the
first 20 nunutes of the first
half, two in the first 10 minn-
utes, the Lady Sharks (4-7-1)
routed Marianna 4-0 to. end
the week with some momen-
In a week during which
Port St. Joe faced stiff compe-
tition, the Lady Sharks needed
a victory, which was quickly
in hand as Kayla Minger and
Kate Shoaf. who each scored
twice, led an early onslaught.
Minger netted a goal from
directly in ..front of the- net
just minutes into the first half
and Shoal added another from
inside the box off a deflection
to make it 2-0.
With roughly 20 minutes
leftjin the. first half, Minger
was selected to take a penalty
kick after a Marianna play-
" er touched the ball with her
hands. in the box. Minger's
point-blank shot sneaked in

the left side past the lunging
goalkeeper for a 3-0 lead.
, ,Shoal would finish the
scoring with goal in the sec-
ond half as the Lady Sharks
consistently kept play in their
offensive end, never really
allowing Marianna much of a
chance to mount an attack.
Nov. 5
Tallahassee Maclay 7-3,
Port St. Joe 0-0
The Lady Sharks traveled
to Tallahassee and lost a pair
to district rival Maclay. The
Lady Sharks dropped the pair
of games in a defensive battle.
Goalie Angela Canington had
16 saves in the first game,
which only saw one shot on
goal for the Lady Sharks, that
by Kate Shoaf.
The second game. the
defense stepped up their
game only allowing three
goals. Defenders Kayla Minger,
Lauren Sisk and Gabby

Wait, a junior point guard, led the
offensive attack in two wins last week,
scoring 11 points against Altha and tossing
in nine points versus Blountstown.

SWhittington repelled shot after
,shot. Canington had eight
saves. Port St. Joe managed
just two shots on goal, one
by Carson Howse and one by
Virginia Drew.
Nov. 8
Wakulla 5, Port St. Joe 1
The Lady Sharks hosted
the Wakulla War Eagles on
Friday night in the coldest
game of the year.
But the offense was run-
ning hot all game.
The. Lady Sharks had
seven attempts on goal with
Courtney Hermsdorfer scoring
the only goal with an assist by
Kayla Minger.
Wakulla scored four of
its five goals on breakaways.
Goalie Angela Canirngton
recorded nine saves.'
The Lady Sharks host
Walton at home at 6 p.m. on
Dec. 19 before taking a break
for the holidays.

Green, a senior forward, played clamp
down defense against Altha's best offen-
sive, threat while adding eight points as
the. Lady Gators won easily.Gray led the
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2006 Boys Varsity
Date Team
Dec. 14 Langston Presentation
Dec. 15 Carrabelle
Dec. 16 Langston Tourney
Dec. 18 Poplar Springs
Dec. 20-22 Blountstown Tourney

Basketball Schedule
Place Time
Away 6:00
Away 5:00
Chipola 12:30
Home 5:00
Blountstown 6:00

2006 Girls Varsity Basketball Schedule
Date T Team Place Time
Dec. 14 Port St Joe Home 6:00
Dec. 19 West Gadsden Away 5:00

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Week for Sharks

by Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Carter Parramore man-
aged six points by halftime;

Liberty County could muster
just two points in the opening
quarter and four points in the
first half.

Tim Croft/The Star
Ricardo Clemmons leans between defenders in the paint to put
up two Saturday against Parramore.

Gulf County
The annual Gulf County
Classic, which lures teams
from around the region for
some holiday basketball, will
take place Dec. 20-22 at "The
In addition to Bay
County stalwarts Rutherford
and Mosley, the tournament
also attracted teamhs from
Tallahassee, Alabama and
The tournament is a dou-
ble-elimination with winner's

Take Bay High out of the
mix and, led by their full-court
pressure defense, the Port St.
Joe Sharks would be unde-
feated at this early stage of the
basketball season.
"We are happy with our
start, but we have a lot of
work to do," said Coach Derek
Kurnitsky. "Our defense is the
key to what we do and we have
been playing good defense."
With the Langston
Foundation tournament com-
ing up later this week, the
Sharks are 5-2 overall, 2-0 in
district play. Both losses have
been to Bay.
Dec. 5
Port St. Joe 50,
Chipley 49
The Sharks built a 16-
point lead midway through the
third quarter before their top
three ball-handlers, Ricardo
Clemmons, Rashard Rouse
and Arsenio Sanders, fouled
out in a matter of minutes.
Chipley made a charge,
but playing with four forwards

Classic on Tap Next Week

and loser's brackets.
.Here is the schedule of
games, all times listed Eastern
Standard Time..
Wednesday, Dec. 20
Greenville, Ala., ver-
sus Olympia at 3:30 p.mi.;
Rutherford versus Paintsville,
Ky. at 5 p.m,; Tallahassee
Godby versus Mosley at 6:30
p.m.; and Port St. Joe vs.
Highland Home, Al. at 8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 21
Greenville-Olympia loser

versus Rutherford-Paintsville
loser, 3:30 p.m.; Godby-
Mosley loser versus PSJ-
Highland Home loser, 5 p.m.;
Greenville-Olympia winner ver-
sus Rutherford-Paintsville win-
ner, 6:30 p.m.; Godby-Mosley
winner versus PSJ-Highland
Home winner, 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 22
Seventh-place game, 3:30
p.m.; Fifth-place game, 5 p.m.;
Third-place game, 6:30 p.m.:
championship game, 8 p.m.

The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, December 14, 2006 1A

and a center on the floor, Port
St. Joe held the hosts at bay.
"It was a pretty good win
for us, a gut check, to go
on the road and get the win
after losing my three top ball-
handlers," Kurnitsky said.
Jordan McNair led the way
for the Sharks with 15 points,
with Ramone Beard also scor-
ing in double digits with, 12
Clemmons had nine
points, Sanders five points
and Rouse four points. Chaz
Byrd added three points and
Reggie Welch two points.
Dec. 8
Port St. Joe 70,
Liberty County 45
The visiting Sharks
opened up a 22-2 lead in the
first period and coasted from
"We were on our game
early on," Kurnitsky said. "It
was a good district win for
Rouse (19 points),
Clemmons (15) and McNair
(10) all scored in double fig-
ures for Port St. Joe.
Byrd added eight points,
Beard and Matt Gannon added
five points apiece and Richard
, Hunter, Billy Martin and

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PSJ Boys Soccer Splits Three

By: Jonathan Davidson
Star Staff Writer
Thursday, November 30,
the Sharks beat Rutherford
4-1 on their home field. They
also proved victorious against
Freeport. the following Monday.
December 4, with a final score
of 6-0. Losing 4-2 to Arnold-
the following evening brought
the winning streak to an end.
Port St. Joe 4,
Rutherford 1
Attempting to gain con-
trol of the match, Rutherford
scored first.
Head Coach Tom Curry
indicated the Sharks'did not
play well early on.
Toward the end of the first
half, a Shark offensive push
succeeded in netting three
goals. Kurtis Krum scored
twice, unassisted, and Zeke
Stephens once.
Recovering perhaps from
the surprise explosion of activ-
ity, Rutherford afforded only
one more goal to the Sharks
the entire second half.
Jimuny Curry scored with
an assist by Jeremy Ba.xey.
Shark Goalie Sam Ellmer
saved three excellent shots in
the latter portion of the game.

preserving the 4-1 score.
Port St. Joe 6,
Freeport 0
Matching the earlier game
this season : versus Freeport
point for point, Port St. Joe
won the match 6-0.
Everyone on the Shark
roster played Monday, with
non-starters contributing al
least 50 percent of playing
time. according to the coach's
As before, Head Coach
Tom Curry relished the chance
to play some of his younger
"We do not have a junior
varsity team," he stated. New
players, therefore, just do not
receive the experience pend-
ing competition from other
Mica Ashcraft scored
two of the six goals and Samn
ElImer. playing forward,
scored the remaining four.
Correcting an error in ear-
lier reporting. this was the
game to make the district
record a clean 6-0.
Arnold 4,
Port St. Joe 2
Hope gleamed at the begin-
ning of Tuesday's match.

Slight problems with
defense aside, opportunities
leaned in the Sharks' favor.
Ashcraft scored first, assisted
by Krum, who later scored the
second goal from an assist by
Ellmer. Over the course of the
game, Hunter Garth averted
six solid shots from Arnold.
He fisted one over the goal
Momentum shifted slow-
ly but inescapably toward
Arnold. The Shark defense
found no means to stop two
headers from erasing the gain
made by Ashcraft and Krum.
Later, referees called a red
card while the Sharks were
defending. Reducing the Port
St. Joe players on the field by
one. the ten left were unable to
prevent the resulting penalty
kick from reaching the net.
Another yellow card fur-
ther diminished Port St. Joe's
manpower to eight men and a
goalie. The temporary weak-
ness proved to be all Arnold
required to put its final point
on the board.
Coach Curry declared, in
retrospect, the week had not
been wonderful and antici-
pates improvement.



2006 Boys Varsity Basketball Schedule
Team Place Time
5 Seabreeze Chipola 10:00
6 East Gadsden Chipola 10:30
0-22 Gulf County Classic Home TBD

2006 Girls Varsity Basketball Schedule
Team Place Time
4 Wewahitchka Away 7:00
8 Blountstown Home 6:30
1 PDL Shootout Away 8:30
2 Holmes Co Away 5:30

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Albany 69 51
Apalachicola 68 55
Bainbridge 68 48
Bristol 69 49
Columbus 68 46
Crystal Lake 71 50
Defuniak Sp. 70 46
Dothan 67 48
Enterprise 68 45
Ft. Walton Bch.68 55
Gainesville 73 51,
Jacksonville 71 51
Marianna 68 47
Mobile 74 48
Montgomery 70 44
Newport 69 51
Niceville 70 50
Panama City 70 54
Pascagoula 68 51
Pensacola 66 55
Port St. Joe 68 55
Tallahassee 69 50
Valdosta 70 50
Wewahitchka 70 52
Wilma 69 52

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The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, December 14, 2006 SECTION B

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

Crowded malls, sore bunions, drunken Santas. Why journey to the big city in pursuit of gifts when you can shop at home? Gifts for
everyone on your Christmas list are available at Gulf County stores. Below are some of the fabulous offerings.

Vintage Camera Bank/Photo
$99.95 Portside Trading Company
An old camera reborn as a bank, complete with a
swivel frame for photos captured on slightly more
modern equipment.

Where the Wild Things Are
$15 Palm Tree Books
A wild gift for your wild child. This puzzle
features a scene from the Caldecott Medal
winning book by Maurice .Sendack (also
available for $7.99).

Baby Shoes
$26 Joseph's Cottage
Wittle baby's feetsies cold? Slip on these hand-
crafted, soft-soled leather shoes by Robeez,
-in a variety of kid-friendly designs. Fits age six
m. n-:.- to a year.

Bath Salts
$5.50 Joseph's Cottage
Suggesting a bath takes delicacy. Say
it with vintage inspired bath salts in lilac
bouquet and white tea/ginger.

iPod Nano
$229.99 Radio Shack
Who doesn't want an iPod? The 4 GB Nano
holds 1,000 songs and works on a PC or
Mac. Also available in green and silver.

Latte Vino Wine
$14.95 Prickly Pears
Spike it'up. Add some
kick to espressos and
a desserts with this
wine syrup by Prickly
y Pears.

Handmade Dolls
$40, $50 Palm Tree Books
Is linile princes: bored with Barbie? Give her these
lanta[,ic:al creaci'rns irom local doll maker Heather
Paul. Pictured Allegra (left) and Rosalka (right).

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Coloring Book
$15.99 Palm Tree Books
Eric Carle gained notoriety for his distinctive
collage liusirati:,rs for The Very Hungry
Caterpillar. See if your child can one-up the
master with this coloring book kit.

^D Robosapien V2
.$12.99 Radio Shack
Robots rule. This one features
light up eyes, articulated arms and
"cool walking action" for a bargain price.

* Doggie Cookies
$1.25 Prickly Pears
This Christmas, don't forget Rover. Give him
these dog cookies by Pawsitively Gourmet in
festive sprinkled, rolled and football shapes.
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Established 1937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 69 years

DS Burrows Retires Happy Birthday to our Lil Brother
DS Burrows retires his drill sergeant hat after a successful from Jacquez, LaPorSha, Elijah
two year tour at C Company 73rd ORD BN FT. Gordon, GA. He
is the son of Raymond and Carol Jean Burrows of 460 Marlin Xavier Coachman born 12/10/99 to Mr. and Mrs. Nathan
St. Port St. Joe. Pittman Jr. celebrated his birthday at Chuck E. Cheese with a
host of family and friends.
1 IHe's the grandson of Christine Taylor, Mr. & Mrs. Theodore
Taylor all of Port St. Joe, and Mr. Nathan Pittman Sr. and the
late Athalean Pittman of Greedwood, FL.

Gene and Paula Wright mother
of Malone are pleased to Jay, Flo
announce the engagement of Kri,
their daughter Kristen Leigh ate of M
Wright to William David Arnette received
IV Will is the son of David and Chipola
Pam Arnette of Marianna. is curri
Maternal grandparents Presiden
of the bride-elect are Ruby Univers
Benton and the late. Samuel will gra
Benton of Malone. Paternal with a
grandparents are the late Langual
Henry and Eleanor Wright of to furt
Lopley, AL. attendih
The. prospective. groom lowing]
is the grandson of Verna L. lowing
Burch and the late Roy L. Will
Burch of Port St. Joe. He is Marian]
the great-grandson Mary Pope. current
of Alexandria, 'La. Paternal Pathwa:
grandparents are Donna The
Arnette Pensacola and the late will tak]
Bill Arnette of Jay. The pro- 30, 20
spective groom's great-grand- Gatlingl

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is Rochelle Arnette of
sten is a 2003 gradu-
[alone High School and
d an A.A. degree from
college in 2005. She
ently a senior on the
nts List at Florida State
ity in Tallahassee. She
duate in April of 2007
B.S. degree in Speech
ge Pathology. She plans
ler her education by
ig graduate school fol-
her graduation.
1 is a 2002 graduate of
na High School and is
ly employed with APD
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ke place on December
)06 at 2:30 PM in
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Alison Faith Gay cel-
ebrated her 8t' birthday on
November 18 at a beach house
on Indian Pass for the week-
end. Also, her birthday pres-
ent from Mama and Scooter
was a Golden Retriever Puppy
that she named Lacy who also
helped celebrate her special
Mama, Scooter, brother
B.J., grandparents, aunts,

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uncles, cousins, and many
friends came and enjoyed the
day with her and Lacy.
Alison Faith is the daugh-
ter of Kellie Braswell and the
late Bobby Gay -of Port St.
Alison is thp granddaugh-
ter of Buddy and Sue Ann
Kennington and Robert and
Audrey Gay, all of Port St.

Boy Scout

Troop No. 47
On November 17, 2006
Boy Scout Troop No. 47 went
to Cape San Blas.
Six Boy Scouts hiked 14
miles on the 17t~ and 18t'.
Everyone had a blast.
Boy Scout meetings are
held every Monday at 7:00
Thank you Mr. Durden
and the Piggly Wiggly for allow-
ing us to be your bag boys.

Send Just One More Christmas Card
The John C. Gainous VFW Avenue NW; Washington, DC;
Post 10069 and its Ladies 20307-5001.
Auxiliary had a float in the Also in the Parade the
annual Christmas Parade VFW hopes everyone noticed
depicting a service man corn- th banner (donated by Boyer
ing home for Christmas. But Signs and Logo Designs) about
there are a lot of service men the Vietnam Memorial moving
and women not able to spend wall coming to Gulf County in
Christmas with their families March 2007. The VFW is still
this year. When sending out asking for donations to help
your Christmas cards this this event be a success and
year "send just one more card" also for help from anyone who
to: A Recovering American is interested in volunteering.
Soldier; C/I Walter Reed Army at the event. There will be an
Medical Center; 6900 /Georgia information tent that must be
manned by 6 to 8 people and
we are asking any organization
At HOEior group (Church, Civic, Work,
etc.) that can take a 5 hour
segment to man this tent. The
people in this tent assist the
visitors that come to the "Wall"
and help locate names that
are o01 the "Wall." We also need
people who are willing to read
the names that are on the Wall.
.. This will be in 20 minute seg-
ments and it will take 189 seg-
Sments. If you own a restaurant
or store, we are accepting any
donations to help feed the vol-
unteers who will be working.
Please contact Ginny Seefeldt
at (850) 648-5303 with any
questions or offers.


Notice is hereby given that a meeting of The
Northwest FJorida Transportation Corridor
Authority will be held on Thursday, December
21, 2006 at 10:00am at the Franklin County:
Courthouse Annex, 34 Forbes. Street,
Apalachicola, FL. Any person requiring special
accommodations to participate in this meeting
is asked to advise the Corridor Authority at
least 48 hours before the meeting by contacting
Denise Curry at 850-381.-27,11 or denise.

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The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, December 14, 2006 3B

By Roy Lee Carter
County Extension Agent
When grass starts to
brown for the winter, make
that final cut of the year at
the highest setting your mower
will go. Do not mow lower
than normal, this will in some
way let the sun hit the soil
and keep it warmer. Current
consensus among many turf
experts is that leaving the
blades high acts like what a
tree canopy does, it lets any
heat trapped in the soil dur-
ing the day linger longer close

to the ground and thus either
keeps the warmth in the soil
longer (thus shortening a grass
runners exposure time to sold
temperatures) or delays ice
crystal formation on the grass
blades longer into the night.
Through the winter, we
may have warm spells but
usually these are not enough
to bring the lawn out of dor-
mancy. They may cause weeds
to start growing, and then
there are the weeds that like
to grown during cooler times
anyway. Rather than getting
the mower out and cutting

Winter Lawn Care

those weeds, consider pull-
ing them, or if that's not any
option, how about using a line
trimmer to whack them back
so they don't go to seed.
Research at the University
of Florida hasn't proved it
feasible to apply a so called
winterize fertilizer to your
lawn during the months of
November, December, January
or February in North Florida.
March-April are the months
we recommend applying your
next application of fertilizer
to your lawn. It is also the
next time we suggest fertilizing
woody shrubs.
Watch those weather fore-
casts. If a hard freeze, (tem-
perature in the 20's) is pre-

Volunteers Needed to Protect Rights of

Elders in Long-Term Care Facilities

The Panhandle Long-Term
Care Ombudsman Council, one
of 17 local consumer advocacy
councils of its kind throughout
-Florida, is in need of volun-
teers to serve the residents of
-2ursing homes, assisted living
Facilities and adult family care

safety, welfare, and human
and civil rights of individuals
living in long-term care facili-
ties throughout Florida. The
program, administered by the
Florida Department of Elder
Affairs, is one of the larg-
est long-term care%. ombuds-

vital to the care and protec-
tion of Florida's seniors," said
Department of Elder Affairs'
Secretary Carole Green.. "It
is imperative that Floridians
continue to answer the call
and volunteer their time to
this exemplary program."
When an elder is admit-
ted to a long-term care facil-
ity, federal law mandates that
he or she is given a special
set of residents' rights cov-
ering issues ranging from
dignity and respect to mea-
surable quality of life and
care. Volunteer ombudsmen
- who are trained by the pro-
gram and approved by the
Department of Elder Affairs
- each spend approximately
20 hours a month inspecting
local facilities and responding
to residents' individual com-
plaints to ensure that their
rights are being maintained
and respected.
Residents, family mem-


bers, friends and concerned
citizens contact the program
for help in resolving the issues
they face at long-term care
facilities, and ombudsmen
personally visit the residents
in their facilities to look into
their concerns and provide
empowerment and assistance
in resolving them.
"We are fortunate to have
so many dedicated volun-
teers throughout the state,"
said State Long-Term Care
Ombudsman Brian Lee. "But
with growing demands, our
volunteers need help. By advo-
cating for residents' rights,
we ensure that they and their
families and loved ones have
peace of mind and enjoy an
acceptable quality of life."
All program services,
including individualized
response to residents' con-
cerns, are free and confiden-
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a week since there was rain,
check the soil to see if it is dry.
If dry, irrigate the lawn with
/2 inch- of water at least 12-36
hours before the freeze. This
will prevent unnecessary root
and runner injury to the grass.
This is because when surface
soils begin to freeze, the ice
crystals need water to form. If
it doesn't come from the soil,
it will come from roots grow-
ing there. Often what we call
winter freeze injury is in fact
severe winter desiccationn."
This can be avoided if the
soil is well moistened. That
extra moisture will also store
daytime heat longer into the
night and may mitigate how

cold the soil becomes and for
how long.
Don't, however, water going
into the night so the top of the
grass is wet. This causes ice
crystals to form there, which
usually leads to grass runI
ners being exposed to colder
temperatures than they would
have been, simply from the aid
temperature. Winter injury
will be increased. Be sure also
to have your automatic sprin-
kler system turned to manual
so there is no way the system
can come on during the night
of the freeze. Such events lead
to more winter injury than
would be normal to both lawn
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Meeting Schedule for Local
Gulf County School Board
The School Board meets once a month,
typically the second Tuesday of the month,
though during the summer that schedule is
subject to change. Meetings are typically con-
ducted at district offices located on Middle
School Drive in Port St. Joe, though dur-
ing the school year the board conducts one
monthly meeting at high schools at each end
of the county.
Postings of all School Board regular
and special meetings and workshops can be
found at the district offices.
City of Port St. Joe
The Port St. Joe City Commission

conducts regular meetings twice a month, on
the first and third Tuesdays of the month at
6 p.m. ET in the Commission meeting room
on the second floor of City Hall on Cecil G.
Costin Blvd. near Reid Avenue.
Postings of all City Commission regular
and special meetings and workshops can be
found at City Hall.
City of Wewahitchka
The Wewahitchka City Commission
conducts regular meetings twice a month,
on the second and fourth Mondays of each
month at 6 p.m. CT in the first floor meeting
room at City Hall.
Postings of all City Commission regular
and special meetings and workshops can be
found at City Hall on Second Street.

Garbage Pickup for

Christmas Week

The employees of Emerald Waste Service will observe
Christmas on Monday, December 25th per their contract with
the City of Port St. Joe.
Commercial Pickup will be Tuesday thru Friday '"A.M."
Monday's route (December 25th) will be picked up on
Tuesday (26th).
(Includes NPSJ, Garrison, Marvin, the Circles and side
streets to 22nd, Woodward and Long, between First and Cecil
G. Costin Blvd.)
Tuesday's route will be picked upearly a.m. on Wednesday,
December 27th. Includes SPSJ, Woodward to Monument;
starting at Cecil Costin Blvd. to High School area, Centennial
area, Ward Ridge, Hospital area and all side streets and
Thursday and Friday (December 28 & 29) will be normal
pickup .
As always, place carts 2-3 feet from curb the night before
and due to high Holiday Volume please limit to 1 full-cart
and 3 bags outside cart; breakdown cardboard boxes--do
not use as a container, separate and bag (plastic only)
everything including packing materials from boxes-divid-
ers, Styrofoam, peanuts, etc. DO NOT MIX GARBAGE

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Tyndall Eyc
Annual Golden Age holiday
Tyndall will be hosting a
party for veterans and their
spouses from 1 to 3 p.m.
Wednesday at the Enlisted
Club. Donations for cook-
ies (sugar-free if possible)
and fruit basket sponsors will
be greatly appreciated. For
more information please con-
tact Chief Master Sgt. Sharrell
Callaway at 283-8845.
Education Grant Program
The Air Force Aid Society's
General Henry H. Arnold
Education Grant Program pro-
vides $2,000 grants for under-
graduate, studies to spouses'
and dependents of military
and retired servicemembers.
The deadline for the 2007-
2008 academic year submis-
sions is March 9, 2007. The
use. of funds is limited to
tuition, books, fees and other
curriculum related expenses.
Apply online at www.afas.org.
For more information, call
Clinic closures during
training hours
Tyndall clinic 'servic-
es will be closed after noon
Wednesday for training. This
includes laboratory, radiology
and pharmacy services. All
services will reopen Thursday

Board of County Commissioners
The Board of County Commissioners
conducts regular meetings twice a month,
at 6 p.m. ET on the second and fourth
Tuesday of each month in the Commission
meeting room located in the Robert Moore
Administrative Building next to the County
Courthouse on Cecil G. Costin Blvd.
Postings of all regular and special meet-
ings and workshops can be found at the
Robert Moore Administrative Building.
City of Mexico Beach
The Mexico Beach City Council con-
ducts its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m.
CT on the second Tuesday of each month in
the Civic Center located behind the business
district on 301h and 31st Streets.


Vehicle registration update
Drivers with a 2006 expi-
ration decal have approxi-
mately one month to renew
their vehicle registration with
the 325th Security Forces
Squadron pass and registra-
tion at Tyndall. When updat-
ing, please bring a current
driver's license, current state
registration form and current
proof of insurance card for
each vehicle. Pass and regis-
tration hours are 7:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. Monday through
Friday. For more information,
call 283-4191.

Christmas Parade
December 16, 2006
Lineup 5:00 RM. CST
$10.00 entry fee
1st, 2"', and 3rd Place win-
"If you can ride it, enter
Fisherman's Landing
7681 Doc Whitfield Rd.
Howard Creek, FL 32465
Please bring finger foods
for after parade & a wrapped
child's gift.
Call: Nancy 827-2395,
Helen 827-2255

Postings of all regular and special meet-
ings and workshops can be found at City
Hall, located on 14' Street, or the Civic
County Economic Development Council
The EDC conducts a monthly meeting,
typically during the lunch hour of the first
Tuesday of the month at Sunset Coastal
Grill. For more information contact the EDC
at 229-1901.
A note to civic organizations and
other groups in the area: submit meet-
ing times and locations to the news-
paper and we will publish them each
week on this page.

WIG/CAC and Gulf County

CDC Host 2nd Community

Economic Summit/Workshop

The Washington
Improvement Group/
Community Advisory
Committee and Gulf County
Community Development
Corporation will conduct the
second of eight workshops
designed to address the issue
of low-wealth, poverty and
gentrification in Gulf County.
The public is invited to attend
the workshop to be held
on Thursday December 21,
2006, 6:30 p.m., Washington
Improvement Center located
200 Peters Street, Port St. Joe,
The workshop will be con-
ducted by, nationally recog-
nized consultant, Ms. Cecilia
E. Holloman. Ms. Holloman is
the Chief Consultant of Cecilia
E. Holloman, LLC consulting
corporation, and a founder
of "The Legacy Communities
Initiative." She has had exten-
sive experience in providing
training and consulting servic-
es in capacity building, devel-
oping collaborations, pro-
gram and fund development,
organizational development,
and strategic planning. "CC",
Holloman served as member of

the "Dream Team" for Caliber
Associates. She was appoint-
ed a Community Builder in
US Dept of HUD, and served
as Expert Consultant for the
City of Miami. She holds a
Law degree and two Masters
degrees and attended Harvaid
University John F Kennedy
School of Government in
Executive Management. Ms.
Holloman was selected as
one of twelve Knight Fellows
in the University of Miami
School of Architecture/James
L. Knight Foundation Program
in Community Building, is a
lead consultant in developing-.
strategic revitalization plans
in gentrifying communities.
She is an author with her
newest publication, research/
toolkit on gentrification and
displacement, "Preserving the
Character of Place without
Displacing the Characters."
and her newest book, "Family,
Matters", soon to be available.
For more informa-
tion please contact Dannie
E. Bolden, 'Gulf County,
Community Development
Corporation (85Q) 229-7986.

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The City of Port St. Joe Commission proposes to hold a public hearing to
consider adoption of an Ordinance which will approve the rezonring of
approximately 10 acres of property from Residential R-1 to Residential
R-2B. The title of the Ordinance is:
The property to be rezoned is a portion of the City of Port St. Joe de-
scribed as follows:
Lots 1-22, Block 1020 and Lots 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19
and 21, Block 1021 of Millview Addition to the City of Port St,.Joe,
Florida, Unit 3, a subdivision as per plat thereof recorded in Plat
Book 2, Page 53 of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida.
i 'This property is bounded on the West by Bay Street, on the by Clif-
ford, Simms Drive, on the East by a 20' wide City alley and on the -
South by Avenue A.
Two public hearings will be held to consider the proposed Ordinance..
One public hearing will be held on November 28, 2006, at 6:00 p.m.
Eastern Time, and the second public hearing will be' held on January
2, 2007, at 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Both public hearings will be held
-at the Municipal Building, 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd.,' Port St. Joe,
Florida, 32456. The .first reading of the Ordinance was held on;No-
vember 7, 2006. Copies of the Ordinances are available for public
inspection at City of Port St. Joe City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Blvd., Port
St. Joe, Florida 32456
Interested persons may attend and be heard at the public hearing or
provide comments in writing to the City Commissionersof the City/of
Port St. Joe, at City of Port St. Joe City Hall, 306 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.;
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. Transactions of the public hearings
will not be recorded. Persons wishing to appeal any decision made dur-
ing the hearing will need a record of the proceeding and should ensure.
that a verbatim record is made, including the testimony on which the
appeal is based. Any person who wishes to attend and requires assis-
tance may call the City Clerk's Office at (850) 229-8261, Est. 114.
BY: Frank Pate
Attest: Pauline Pendarvis
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The Santaland Diaries
Seaside Repertory Theatre,. Northwest Florida's premier pro-
fessional theatre company, is thrilled to announce the limited run
of the 'anti-holiday' cult classic by David Sedaris, The Santaland
Diaries. Adapted for the stage by Joe Montello, the one-man com-
.edy will run Wednesdays Saturdays,' December 13 23 at 7:30 pm
in the Meeting Hall Theatre, 215 Quincy Circle, in Seaside.
Humorist and best-selling author David Sedaris made his comic
debut reading his "Santaland Diaries" on NPR's Morning Edition. He
is the author of the bestsellers Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice,
as well as collections of personal essays, Naked and Me Talk Pretty
One Day. In 2001, David Sedaris became the third recipient of the
Thurber Prize for American Humor and was named .by Time maga-
zine as "Humorist of the Year.".
Based on Sedaris' own personal experiences, this subversive
holiday riff follows the tribulations of "Crumpet," played by Rep vet-
eran Justin Lamb, as. he tells of his surreal job as an elf at Macy's
in Manhattan.
Lamb is a four-year member of SPF 7, the Rep's prodigal
improxV troupe now located in San Francisco, and has been seen
S on the Rep stage in The Complete Works, of William Shakespeare
-' "abridged), and The Legend of Pecos Bill. Rep Founding Artistic
Director Craige Hoover (Oleanna, Loot, Always... Patsy, Cline) is
excited about the opportunity to direct Lamb in this piece. "David
Sedarisis one of the funniest writers of our time, Hoover says, "and
The Santaland Diaries may be his best work. In this play, he some-
how manages to rekindle the Christmas spirit while simultaneously
throwing comic 'darts at the establishment's commercialization of
,-the season. And I cannot think of a person more suited to portray
;Sedaris than Justin Lamb, a truly gifted comedic actor."
The Santaland Diaries contains mature themes and is not suit-
able for children. Tickets are $24 and S20 for members. Order
tickets by calluig (850) 231-0733 or going online to www.seasid-
t rep.or. .
SAlso plaingat the Rep will be the 2007 Season Preview Show,
wuch will take place on0 S aturday. December 30 at 7:30 pm in the
Meeting Hall Theatre. Tickets are 810
About Seaside Repertory Theatre

S Dedicated to providing unique entertainment in conlunction
with cultural ex-posure to residents and guests. Seaside Repertory
Theatre has been a mainstay of Seaside and the surrounding South
Walton communuitvfor five years. The Rep produces an annual sum-
mner stock season consisting of three main'stage productions, and
an outdoor family production. Founded in 2000. The Rep is also
the producer of the Gulf Coast Comedy Festival. an event that
brings together the comedic forms of stand-up comedy. improve
comedy. and sketch with performers from across the country and'
. the Autumn Playwright Festival. which celebrates a unique play-
wright each year with productions, staged readings, panel discus-
sions. and more. Starting mi 2005. Seaside Rep now produces an
annual Christmas show. Additional information regarding show
schedules. tickets, and performance locations can be obtained by
calling I 1850)1 231-0733 or siting www seasiderep.org.

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The American Wrestling Federation is in Chipley Saturday,
December 16. 8 p.m. at the T.J. Roulhac Enrichment and Activity
Center. Tickets 86 general admission.
Card subject to last-minute change. Proceeds benefit the T.J.
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"The Queen of Bingo," 2007 professional
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Plans are being made for the 2007 Quilt Show at Robertsdale
United Methodist Church. The dates are Thursday through
Saturday, February 1-3, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each
day. The church is located at 22220 Highway 59 in Robertsdale
AL. Over 300 quilts will be displayed throughout the church'
A new feature for the Quilt Show will-honor a long-time quil-
ter, Mertis'Childress of Robertsdale AL. This 88 year "young'
lady has been quilting for many, many years. A room with only.
quilts made by Mrs. Childress will be provided for viewers. Not
only will there be quilts but also hooked rugs, Victorian dolls,
embroidered items and much more. She is always been busy
with her hands. You. are invited to come meet Mrs. Childress
and view her hand work.
Lunch will be served each day from 11:00 to 1:00 in the
fellowship hall and live folk music by Jam N Folks will be pre-
sented. Mark your calendars now. You do not want to miss this
wonderful winter event in Central Baldwin County,
The 2005 Quilt Show drew over .1400 viewers during the
three day event with visitors, from many states. Quilters say
"This Show is better than any I have seen." and "This is THE'
All proceeds from the Show and Lunch will be given to vari-
ous mission projects in Baldwin County as well as national and
international projects.
For additional information call Robertsdale UMC
(251.947.4602), Peggy Wilcox (251.228.2518), Betty Gwaltney
,(251.947.5354). or Mary Barnhill (251.964.5169) .
Also you may view pictures at the church website: www.
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Gallery of Art Exhibition
Music for the ear. art for the eye. and gold and silver jevw-
elry for adoriunent will be heard and seen December 22 at the
Gallery of Art. 36 West Beach Drive. downtown Panama City,
from 5-8 PM. when Pensacola-based healing music ensemble
Canticle perform a program of hand bell, flute, piano, and vocal
"music for Christmas as vie%\er; see new art by local and area
painters and craftsmen. '
Patrick Barber and Monica Durbm will be jomed by Buddy
Griffin and Mary Holway as they appear for their second,
Chrisunas concert at the Gallery. The musicians will present a
concert'at 7 p..m. and will play indimidually throughout the later
afternoon and evening.
Eiubtintmg new art for the holidays are Guinn, Higby,
Viclers, Tenhundfeld-Johnson. Cofer. Mayer. Da\is. and Parker.
.Paintings from the secondary Market will be available.
A special feature of the evening will be gold and silver jew-
.elry'by Patricia Phillips with the artist present to explain her
jewelry technique.
The public is invited to hear the concert, see the art and
jewelry and meet with the artists. There is no charge for gallery
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Port. St. Joe
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Orchestra presents its annual Holiday Magicl concert at 8 p.m.
in Ruby Diamond Auditorium on the Florida State University
campus. Guest conductor Alexander Jim6nez will lead the
orchestra and guest vocalist Joyce Guyer through a program of
festive seasonal music that ranges from joyous to reverent.
Conductor Alex Jimenez regularly leads the University
Symphony Orchestra and the University Philharmonia, in addi-
tion to serving as the conductor of the Tallahassee Symphony:.
Youth Orchestras. He has made numerous guest conducting
appearances with -university ensembles nationwide 'and given
master classes at the National Conservatory of Music of the
Dominican Republic, where he also continues to serve as princi-
pal timpanist of the Music Festival of Santo Domingo under the
direction of phillipe Entremont. i '
Soprano Joyce Guyer has appeared in leading roles with
important opera companies and orchestras throughout the
United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera,
the New York Philharmonic, and the Opera de Nice. She will, sing
lovely renditions of several classic carols, including "What Child
is This," "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire," and "\2 Days
of Christmas," among others.
Other highlights of the holiday concert will include a
Hannukah Festival Overture arranged by Lucas Richman, selec-
tions from Rimsky-Korsakov's Christmas Eve Suite, and selec-
tions from Tchaikovsky's Nutracker with performances by bal-
let dancers from local ballet company Pas de Vie.
Subscription tickets to the rest of this entire season of won-
derful music performed.by the TSO are still available through
the TSO Office 1820-224-04611. Tickets to the Holiday Magic!
concert can be purchased through the Fine Arts Box Office (850-
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On November 29, around
10:30 a.m. the Port St. Joe
Police Department arrested
Gary Scott Adkison, age 39,
of Wewahitchka, Florida for
driving while license sus-
pended or revoked. Adkison
was transported to the Gulf
County Jail to await first
On November 28, around
3:10 p.m. the Port St. Joe
Police Department arrested
Joesett Dianna Jones, age
20, of Port St. Joe, Florida
for violating her probation.
Jones was transported to the
Gulf County Jail to await first
On December 4, around
12:18 p.m. the Port St. Joe
Police Department arrested

Joe Policl
Pierre Jontue Hall, age 25,
of Port St. Joe on two war-
rants out of Franklin County.
One warrant was for Sale
of Controlled Substance
and one for Trafficking of a
Controlled Substance. Bond
was set at $120,000. Hall
was also arrested on violation
of probation for leaving his
county of residence and for
law violations while on pro-
bation. Hall was transported
to the Gulf County Jail to
await first appearance and
transport to Franklin County.
On December 05, around
2:53 p.m. the Port St. Joe
Police Department arrested
Michael A. Douds, age 20, of
Wewahitchka, Florida, for vio-
lation of probation. The viola-

Gulf County Sheriff's

The Gulf County Sheriff's
Office will be conducting vehi-
cle safety inspections during
the months of December and
January. The safety inspec-
tion check points will be at
various locations throughout
the county, Highway 71 north
of Westarm Creek Bridge,
Highway 22 near the intersec-
tion of Highway 22A, Highway
,71 Honeyville Area, Highway
98 St. Joe Beach, Highway
98 and Garrison Ave, C30
Simmons Bayou.
On 11/30 deputies
received information from
crime stoppers that, Jessica
.Nicloe' Price, 19, was, at a,
residence in Wewahitchka.
Deputies went to that address

Mr. Randy

Dewayn Hall
'R", 5,0, of Mobile Ala.,
passed away Nov. 29, at Bay
Medical -Center. Randy was
a native of. Gulf County. .He
attended. Port St. Joe High
School. after ,which he worked
for our local seafood industry.
For the last 1.5 years Randy
lived in Mobil Ala. Where he
also worked the water. Randy
was, born Sept. 21, 1956. His
father. Isaac R. Hall. and his.
mother. Annie Lou Hall Sowell,
both preceded him in death.'
He is survived by his three
chddren. Isaac' Hall and wife
. Shawncie Hall, Nina Clark and
husband Chuck Clark, and
Shannon Watson and. part-
ner Jeremy Lewis. His seven
/ grandchildren Erin, Kevin
and Hunter Hall. Alyssa and'
Claryssa Clark, and Paige and
Kaydon Lewis. Two brothers
Tony Hail and Dannv .Hall,
Y sister in law, Tammy Hall.
His stepfather George Sowell.
Two stepbrothers George and
Doug Sowell. And two ladies
he loved very much Elizabeth
anid lary Ellen.
Rand'y never met a
stranger. He loved everyone
,' and would do anthmfin for
anyone. Rand'y didn't have a
home church, but he loved

and arrested her on 15 counts
of worthless checks.'
On 11/30 deputies
received information that
there were drugs at a location
on Pine Street in Wewahitchka,
they went to that address and
inade contact with Kimberly
Lynn Emanuel, 35. She gave
deputies permission to search
her residence. They found
a quantity of marijuana and
cocaine. Kimberly Emanuel
and Adam Joseph Whitfield,
28, were arrested on charges
of possession of a controlled
On 12/01 Lisa Jane
Bernal, 34, was arrested on
a violation of probation war-

e Report
tion was for Douds violating
the law while on probation.
Douds was transported to the
Gulf County Jail where he is
being held without bond.
On December 5, around
4:28 p.m., the Port St. Joe
Police Department arrested
Theresa Nicole Whitfield, age
27, of Port St. Joe, Florida,
on a violation of probation
warrant. The warrant was for
failure to provide proof of
payment of fines and proba-
tion cost of $395. Whitfield
was placed on probation for
driving while license suspend-
ed or revoked. Whitfield was
taken to the Gulf County Jail
to await first appearance.

Arrest Log
On 12/02 Johnny Lee
Roe, 49, was arrested for theft
from a construction site., Roe
was observed removing lum-
ber from a construction site.
He was arrested and taken to
the Gulf County Jail.
On 12/03 John Robert
Redman, 40, was arrested
for possession of a controlled
Kelly Guy Overman, 29,
was arrested on a violation of
probation warrant.
Michael Steven Bateman,
37, was arrested on a viola-
tion of probation warrant.
On 12/05 Vickie Layfield,
41, was arrested for Driving
on a suspended or revoked
driver's license.


the Lord and made his peace
with Him. Randy moved back
to Gulf County 10 days before'
he passed. He'. said this' was
his home and this is where he
wanted to be..
He 'regretted that his
health was too poor to visit the"
people he ,missed, but he said
he knows they love him. There
will be a memorial for Randy,
at a later: date. Due to financial
reasons the funeral home must
be paid before Randy's ,ashes
can be released. If anyone can
help there is a jar at Walker's
Dixie Dandy or you can make
a d io n to Heritage Funeral'
Home in Randy's name. 'Our
fail) would like to say thanks
you to the Covenant Hospice
for their support and caring
during those hard times.

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'was a devoted daughter, sister,
mother, and wife and will be
greatly missed by those' who
loved her.
She is preceded in death
by her father, William Linton,
sister. Ouida.Carol, and broth-
er, Jimmy Linton. .
.She is survived by her
husband, Freddie Miillirons:
mother, Margaret Linton;
her six brothers; her daugh-
ters, Sara Whittington and
boyfriend, ', Cody Harden,
Jonilyn Mock and husband,
Chris, Tina Fisher 'and hus-
band, Robbie; son, Douglas
Whittington; daughters,
Michelle Shurrum and hus-
band, Sonny, Lisa Jeffries
and husband .Ian, Delford
Greegs, daughters, Stacey
Nelson and husband Danny,

December 1-7, 2006

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


Lt. Arnie McMillion was
checking small game hunt-
ers near Howard Creek on
Apalachicola River WEA
property. He approached two
hunters carrying long guns

on a dim two-trail road. One
of the hunters took off run-
ning into the river swamp.
Lt. McMillion ran back to his
truck and drove to the other
side of the wooded area and
caught the suspect coming
out on a dirt road. Officer
Shon Brower arrived to assist
and located the shotgun the
suspect hid at a friend's trail-
er. He admitted to running
because he failed to possess
a hunting license. A citation
was issued for the license and
he was warned for interfer-
Lt. Arnie McMillion and
Officer Shon Brower were on

weekly Report
water patrol on the Brothers
River when they encoun-
tered a subject baiting a trot-
line. He was warned for
using over 25 hooks on the
line and cited for no fishing
license. They later encoun-
tered two individuals pulling
dead head cypress logs off
the Apalachicola River WEA
property. The individuals,
had violated several stipula-
tions within their contract oy-
permit and were cited for cut-
ting down green trees. A fol-'
low up with,DEP is in process
concerning their permit.

"Daddy Doc"
7/28/1906 12/16/2006

One year ago you slipped away from us into a much better place where there is no more
suffering, pain, and only peace. You were such a gentle, kind, and compassionate person.
What a mind you possessed. It was such a storehouse of knowledge. You were always ready
to lend a helping hand and understanding heart to others. Your contagious happy way of think-
ing helped others to be aware of God's great blessings. You touched so many lives with your-
enthusiastic outlook. You instilled in others the desire to read, increasing their knowledge, and
bettering themselves. So many who were not your family loved you as much as -we all loved
Your 100th birthday celebration will always be a high point in our memories and lives. You
will never be forgotten. There is a special place in our hearts where you will always be heldin
honor and respect.

Your daughters
LaVerne Johns
Phyllis Calloway e "
Geraldine Drake .
Linda Seal
Wanda Nevils
Denise Crabtree


Tracey Frasier and husband,
Scott, Mellissa Millirons; and
friend Tanya Rosebush: her
thirteen grandchindrern, best
friend Kay Millirons, and lov-
ing companions, Allie Cat and
Doby. The family would like
to express their appreciation;
to Roger and Sheila Williamsr
and Cindy Treese of Emerald
Coast Hospice.
Funeral services were
at held at 10 a.m. CT on
Thursday, December 7, 2006
at the First Baptist Church
of Wewahitchka. Interment
followed in ,Pine Memorial
Cemetery. Pallbearers include
Kyle Millirons, Raymond
Millirons, Tom Millirons, Jack
Millions, James Millrons,
Leroy Millirons and Marion
In lieu of flowers, dona-
tions can be made to Emerald
Coast Hospice, Post Office
Box 1520, Lynn HAven, FL
32444-4611 or' the Bridge
Program for Students with
Developmental Disabilities at
Port St. Joe Elementary, 2201
Long Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL
All services are under the
direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.

Sarah Myra

"Sallie" Traweek

Sarah Myra "Sallie"
Traweek was born January

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Bernard and Mattie Traweek. wife Tamara of Breckenridge,
She died December 2, at the Texas, Ryan Russell of Dallas-,
home of her daughter Lauren Texas, Dan Northmngton and.
Northington in. Marietta.- wife Laurie of Woodstock,
Georgia: She was buried Georgia; three greatgrandsons,
Saturday, December 9, at RanceRussell of Breckenridge,
the Mt. Moriah Cemetery out- Georgia, Samuel and- Carter
side. of Greenville, Alabama. Northington of Woodstock,
Dunkhn-Daniels Funeral Home Georgia and one great grand-
'in Greenville was in charge of daughter Katie, Russell of
the services. Breckenridge,, Texas. Sallie
She attended school Sellers is also. survived by'
in Monterey, Alabama,. one brother, William C. "Bilrl"-
Blountstown, Florida and Trawe-k and wife Patricia
graduated from Port St. Joe of Brownsville, Texas and-
High School in 1945.. After one sister, Carolyn Traweek'
graduation, she went to work Hellen and husband. Roy of
at Port St. Joe National Bank Houston, Texas. Surviving
as a. teller. She met Jack nephews are Steve Station of
C. Brazeal from Mangum, 'Oklahoma City, Dan Staton of.
Oklahoma while serving in the Altus, Oklahoma, Dale Staton-
U.S. Coast Guard, stationed at .of Mangum, Oklahoma, Roy.
Cape Sanri Blas,-Florida. Hellen of Carson City, Nevada,
.They married June, 17, Donald Traweek of Pasadena,
1946 in Clayton, New Mexico,. Texas, Darryl Traweek of
Sallie ,and Jack had two chil- Houston, Texas, Sid Hamilton
dren, Teresa Ann and Lauren of Clayton, New Mexico, James
Kay who grew up in, Wichita Traweek, Jr. of.Louisiana, Bill
Falls, Texas. Jack died in 1961. Traweek of Washington, D. C.,
She later married George Robert Traweek of Katy, Texas.*
Anderson, a Judge' in Wichita Nieces include Judy Hurt of-
Falls, Texas. After his death, Oklahoma City, 'Oklahoma,
she married Walter Sellers, Pamela Welsh of Kansas,
now deceased, a retired Chief Janet Traweek of Houston,
Petty Officer from the U.S Navy.- Texas, Debbie Little of Colbert,
Sallie worked at City National Oklahoma, Karol Johnson
Bank in Wichita Folls, Texas ,.of Fairbanks, Alaska, and
from the early 1950's until her Katherine Hellen of Seattle,
retirement in the 1970's. She Washington. ,
is survived by her daughters, In lieu of flowers, please
Teresa Crouch of Dallas,Texas make a donation to the
and Lauren Northington of National Multiple Sclerosis
Marietta, Georgia; four grand- Society.

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Annual Live Nativity
The First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe will present their
annual Live Nativity December 17, 18, and 19 at 6 p.m. till 8:30 p.m.
--December 17, at 6 p.m. The evening worship service will be presented
at the creche by the youth of the church.
The Chancel Choir will present their Christmas cantata "Because of
BIethlehem" at the 11 a.m. worship service. The community is welcome
to all the services at' the church. Bring carolers to sing at the nativity at
ahy time.


of Rogers
Pastor Robert
L. Pierson of Zion
Fair Missionary
Baptist Church has
announced to ordain
Brother Raymond
Rogers, Jr. and Sister
Amy Rogers as Deacon
and Deaconess. You
are cordially invited to,
attend this Christian
ceremony to be held
on this Sunday,
December 17, 2006,
at 4 p.m. at Zion Fair
Missionary Baptist
Church. Dinner will
be served immediate-
ly following the cer-

Blood Drive at First Baptist

The First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe
will host an American Red Cross blood drive on
Monday, Dec. 18 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. (EST) in
the Fellowship Hall, located at 102 3rd St.
The fellowship hall will house six to eight
beds, and can accommodate up to 65 donors,
. who must be at least 17 years of age and weigh
at least 110 pounds.
Donating blood takes about an hour from
start to finish. Donors can expect the follow-
*Registration Red Cross staff will com-
plete a form and ask for a donor card, driver's
license or picture ID.
*Mini-physical A staff member will check
a donor's pulse, temperature, blood pressure
and iron to make sure it is safe for him or her
to donate.

Choir Anniversary
New Bethel Baptist Youth & Young Adults
will celebrate their Choir Anniversary. December
17 at 4 p.m.
Everyone is invited to come out and be

I Care

Why should we worry about sin?-
Everyone does it nowand then.
It started back with Adam and Eve,
When Satan started to deceive.
The serpent drew a curse for his part in
-the deal.
Adam and Eve were put out of the garden,'
And had to' till the field.
Satan is still at work,
Deceiv-ing people every day.,
He even has the Supreme Court telling
school kids,
They can't pray.,
Since they took God out of school,
He took His protection away.
Many teachers and kids have been killed,
Since that fateful da\.
I wonder if those judges feel bad,
JI believe, one day they'll pay.
The Bible says if they don't accept Jesus,
They'll pay come Judgment day.
Let's pray more for the lost,
,And \\itn-ess more each day.
Let's don't be ashamed folks,
When it comes Judgment day.
Billy Johnson

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*Donation Actual donation time is about
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*Refreshments Relax and enjoy a snack
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(Traditional Episcopal Service 1928 BCP)

HOLY COMMUNION..............8:00 a.m.

SThe Rev. David Mans, Priest
Services being held at the United Pentecostal Church'
|j ~ 309 6th Street Port St Joe; FL

P The Potter's House
Rodney G. Leaman, Pastor'
850-639-5993 850-639-4588
636 SecondStreet Post Office Box 631 Wewahitchka, FL 32465
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.,
Sunday Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday Evening.Worship 7:00 p.m.

Pastor: James Wiley
A place to celebrate, serve, evangelize, and equip
disciples for the increase of God's kingdom.
Sunday Worship Service: 10:45
Sunday School: 9:45 am
613 Madison Street Port St.Joe, FL


Contemporary Servi
Sunday Schol: 10:0
Morning Worship: 1
Methodist Youth Fel
Evening Worship: 701
All Tin

Constitution and Monument 'Port St. Joe
(850) 227-1724
ce 9:00 a.m. Rev. Mac Fulcher
0 a.m. PASTOR
l:00am. JeffWitty
lowip: 6.00 p.m. Minister of Music/Youth
00p.m. Deborah Loyless
tes are EST Director of ChildrenMinistries

Jesus is Lord and He is waiting

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S382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Srnd (850)227-1306
S Sunday School 9:45 a.m.

Mike Westbrook,

Morning Worship- 11:00
Evening Service 7:00 p.
Discipleship Training 6:00 p.
Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.


lbS Cathoit Church of Gulf County

St. Joseph Parish
20th & Monument, Port St Joe, FL, 227-1417
All Mass times EDT:
Saturday: 4:00 pm, Sunday: 9:30
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30 am
Wednesday: 5:30 pm
En Espanol: 8:00 am, last Sunday of Month
St. Lawrence Mission
788 N Hwy 71 Wewahitchka, FL
Sunday: 11:00 am (CDT)

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first Chiurch of ttic le-.,irenc
2420 Long Aveniue Port St. J. -Hnda 2 4'i0

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

S & Un&ed letfodt
111 North 22nd .Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sidq W0rslhipSemite: 8:00 a.m. CST
SdayShiqool: 9:30 a.m. CST,
libleSStudy:10:45 a.m. CST,
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Beach United Methodist r(hrch
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

Family life (hun
"Touching Lives with the Love of Jesus"
Join us in worship ... ',, ..-
10:30 Sunday Morning Hwy. 98
7:00 Wednesday Evening < >
Pastors Andrew
Cathy Rutherford Reid Ave.
Rhema Bible Training Center graduates Family ufe Church
Visit our website at:
familylifechurch.net y Wewahitchka
323 Reid Avenue '.Port St. Joe 229-LIFE (5433)

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

The Wewahitchka Church of Christ
Meets At 2241 Hwy. 71 South, Wewahitchka
(1/4 Mile North of the Overstreet Road)
(850) 639-5401
Sunday Bible Study 9:00 a.m. CT
Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. CT
Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 p.m. CT

church of Christ
at the Beaches
Established 33 AD in Jerusalem

We meet at 314 Firehouse Road
Overstreet 850.647.1622
Sunday Bible Study lOtOOam EST
Sunday Worship 11:00am EST
Wednesday Bible Study 7:30pm EST
"We are about our Fathers business"


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

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

311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
SUNDAY:. General Assembly 9:45 a.m. Bible Study all ages 10 a.m.
Morning Worship 11 a.m. Evening Worship 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Choir Practice 6 p.m,
Prayer Meeting & Youth Group 7 p.m.
"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 blessyou!
Pastor David Nichols ,
Church 647-5026 Home 769-8725
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S 0 First 'Baptist Church

Brent Vickery, Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Michael Rogers, Minister to Students
Sunday School ................... 9:45 am
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 p.m.
Please note, all, times central!
Reverend Eddie LaFountain

"A Reformed Voice
ip the Community"

| O 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.
Thursday Firehouse Fellowship.... 6.00 p.m.
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home of Faith Christian School




8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45
Child Care Provided for at 11:00
www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org 850-227-1845


Come into

The Star

today to let everyone in the
community know what's
happening in your church!

Worship with us at

Long Avenue Baptist Church

Where Faith, Family d

Friendship are found
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pm
A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm

1601 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL For More Information Call 229-8691

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The K3 class at Faith
Christian School celebrated
Thanksgiving with their annu-
al "Stew Day." The students
shared songs, a memory verse,
and a short version of "The
First Thanksgiving." Thanks
to our K3 families for joining
us on our special day.
The 1st and 2nd grades
presented a four act play depict-
ing "The First Thanksgiving"
on November 22 at the Hope
Worship Center. The cast of
authentic-looking Indians and
Pilgrims gave us some insight
into the Christian beginnings of
our country, even using some
of the Pilgrims' own words
taken from their own writ-
ings. After the play, students,
parents, and friends returned
to the school for Thanksgiving
meals in the classrooms.
FCS wishes to thank
Jessica Patterson, the
Christmas Float Committee, ,'
and all those who worked on
our float for the Christmas

Parade. The hard work
paid off as we won FIRST
place!!! Congratulations to
Jessica & Co.!! Our float
theme, "Coasting along by His
Guiding Light," was a beacon
to point everyone to Jesus,
without Whom, we would have
no Christmas. The babe in
the manger became the Christ
on the Cross. Praise His Holy
name. We also want,
'to congratulate Marcel Duarte
and Coy Burke for respectively
taking 3rd and 4th places in
the 3.1 Reindeer Run.
Some FCS classes will
be collecting unwrapped toys,
canned good, and nonper-
ishable foods for our local
Christmas for Kids and
Elders. These items will go to
people in Gulf County. If you
would like to make a dona-
tion, bins will be set up in the
Marvin Avenue wing. This is a
good way to share our bounty
with the less fortunate and to
let the love of the Lord shine

through us.
I The annual Christmas play
will be presented by the 3ra
and 4th grades on December
19 at the Long Avenue Baptist
Church. A 9 a.m. presenta-
tion will be made for the FCS
students, and a 7 p.m. pre-
sentation will be made for the
parents and community.
The faculty and staff of FCS
had their annual Christmas
party Saturday evening.
After a delicious meal, the
group enjoyed an ornament
exchange (snatch) and, as-
always, the unmatched humor
of their venerable leader, Mr.
FCS holidays begin on
December 21. We will have a
half-day and there will be no
aftercare! Dismissal times
are: K3 K5 11, 1st 4th
- 11:15, 5th h.s. 11:30.
School resumes on
January 8th for teachers, and
January 9th for students.
We welcome Lauren Wells
(2006 graduate) to our staff.
She will be pur new aftercare
Mrs. Lynn Wells; our librar-
ian, is recuperating from hip
surgery. Our prayers are with
her, Mrs. Sherry Davidson,
and Mrs. Mary Anttila also
recovering from surgery.

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December 20th: Half Day; End of the grading'period
December 21st-January 2nd: Winter Break, NO School
January 3rd: Employee Planning, No School

Port Saint Joe Middle
School's Positive Behavior
Support Program reward to
students with no discipline
referrals for the month of
December is attending the
Christmas, Dance which will
,be held on December 20th!
Students keep up the good
work and avoid behavior that
will get you a referral! You
won't want to miss this dance!

Important Information:
Governor Bush announced
the release of the FCAT test
online. "The reading and
mathematics tests are 'actu-
al tests taken by students in
2006 and are no longer in use.
The reading and mathematics
tests for. grades 3, 7, 9, and 10
are available in two formats -
one which can be downloaded,
and a new, interactive version
that allows you to take the test
and get, results online. The
release includes test answer
keys, a fact sheet explaining
uses for the test and frequent-
ly asked questions. Released.
tests are identical to the tests
taken by students' except for
questions that will be used
on future tests. Parents and
teachers can use the released
tests as additional resources
to increase students' comfort
level and familiarity with, the
FCAT." The 2005 and 2006
released FCAT tests, as well as
the supporting documents, can
be found at http:'.'www.firn.

edu/doe/sas/fcatrelease.html .
Parents please take advantage
of this tool and work with
your students to better pre-
pare them for the 2007 FCAT
that will be administered at
the end of February and begin-
ning of March.

Parents, as the end of
the first semester rapidly
approaches I want to encour-
age all of you to speak with your
students about the importance
of maintaining good grades.
The Gulf County School
Board Pupil Progression Plan
concerning promotion and
retention of middle school stu-
dents states: '"Any student who
has a passing grade in each
core subject and meets the
established district/state grade
level performance criteria with
a grade of'60 or better on each
benchmark in reading, writ-
ing, .mathematics, and science
shall be promoted. Any stu-
dent who fails one of the core
subjects and/or fails to meet
the district/state performance
requirements of FCAT (above
level 1 or above 26 percentile)
may be retained." Any student
who fails two or more core,
subjects must be retained.-
If you want to make, an
appointment to talk with
'our student's teachers about
grades please feel free to con-
tact Andria Butts and 227-'
.3211 to set' up an appoint-

Tutoring is available on
Monday and Tuesdays frqm
3:00-6:30 in the Opportupity
Center Building #1 (locat-
ed behind the PSJHS gym).
Parents may also use the
Opportunity Center to go
online and view your child's
grades. For more information
call Gloria Gant at 229-9359.

Check out these free
websites for math practice
for the reluctant, disenchanit-
ed, or struggling math stu-
dent. It is appropriate for'
all ages, even pre-school, up
through algebra. http://w'Vw.
coolmath4kids.com and h .tp:

Does your child need
help with homework or find-
ing information on any topic?
"Ask a Librariah" can assist
you Sunday through Friday
from 10 am to 10 pm and
Saturday from 10 am to, 5
pm. Go to www.askalibrar-
ian.org and chat live with- a
librarian from.one of Florida's
public, school, or academic
libraries. Questions can also
be submitted vie e-mail at afy

Remember Parents,' -
You are able to monitor
your child's grades online..Go,
to wWw.gulf.kl2.fl.us and click
a. for the parents
b. view grades online
c. click here to begin:
[ You will need to enter
the student ID and PIN Code
and then select Port St. Joe
Middle School.
If you do not have a PIN
Code, please call 227-321 r -to
make an, appointment. You
will need to sign a release aid -
:show proof of identity.
All students have niew
Pinnacle passwords this %'ear.
riot just those students new
to the school. Sorry for any
inconvenience this will cause.






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Christmas Bazaar at PSJE

The Port St. Joe Elementary School Bridges program will
be hosting a Christmas Bazaar this Friday from 9 11 a.m.
in the elementary school's art room.
The featured products will be Christmas mugs and plates
hand painted by the Bridges program students under the
direction of local artist, Traci Gaddis.
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Wewahitchka's "HeartSavers"

The "Home of the Dead
Lakes" has a new group of
heroes. A new group of peo-
ple ready to tackle one of
life's most intense
situations. Have you
ever wondered, "If
one of my friends or .
loved ones was sud-
denly struck by sud- g .
den cardiac arrest,
would I KNOW what
,to do?" Over the
past several weeks
that was the ques-
'tion that 87 students
.at Wewahitchka _
High School asked
-themselves. In a
collaborative effort
between Gulf County
Schools, Gulf County
Emergency Medical
Services, and Bay
Medical Center,
these students were
exposed, hands-on, ;,.
-to the reality of being
a "HeartSaver". What
does it mean to be
a "HeartSaver"?
'It- means know-
ing the life saving
,skills of Cardio Pulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR), know-
ing how to use an Automated
External Defibrillator (AED),
,and knowing how to recog-
nize and treat the most corn-
mon life threatening emergen-
cies. The Wewahitchka High

School students were the
students of Mrs. Stephanie
Wade, Mrs. Lana Harrison,
and Mrs. Sonya Chapman.

next generation to save lives.
The students put forth a
tremendous effort, passing
weekly written tests, spend-

on Wednesday, November 29,
2006 at Wewa High, Marie
Patterson, Bay Medical
Center's AHA Training

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For several weeks, these
WHS teachers and Wewa
High's Principal Larry White
opened their doors and the
schedules of various Life
Skills and Science classes
for an amazing opportuni-
ty. Training Wewahitchka's

ing countless hours in the Coordinator awarded 87 status that our county and its
lab, and applying their new students their well earned officials have worked so hard
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Since its publication in 1985, Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express has touched the
hearts of millions of readers, young and old. Whether viewed on the big screen or the
printed page, The Polar Express is a heartwarming story about the power of belief that
resonates across generations and cultures. We invite you to settle in and take a ride on
the Polar Express it's a journey you won't soon forget

The first 150 children to arrive will receive a special treat!
Hot Chocolate and other refreshments will be available.
Don't forget your blanket!

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American Heart Association
HeartSaver CPR certification
cards. The cards, which are
valid for 2 full years, were pro-
vided by Bay Medical Center
at cost and Marie Patterson
donated her time and admin-
istrative costs of printing and
preparation to the HeartSaver
cause. The HeartSaver pro-
gram, founded by Gulf EMS
Director Shane McGuffin was
conducted by Jarrod Wester,
AHA CPR Instructor and
Gulf County EMS Education
/ Training Coordinator.
Director McGuffin stated,
"This program is a vital step
toward the health progressive

to attain." Gulf County EMS
instructed the students in the
critical skills required while
performing chest compres-
sions, maintaining a victim's
airway, and providing rescue
breathing. The students also
trained with an Automated
External Defibrillator, or
AED, an automatic device
that can analyze a victim's
heart rhythm and provide
an electrical shock to treat
any disturbances. Now when
faced with the unthinkable
situation the students of
Wewahitchka High School can
now boldly say "I KNOW what
to do". Through the collab-
orative effort of many
individuals and agen-
cies these students can
now look forward to
making their homes,
school, and commu-
nity a much safer and
healthier place to live.
This class marks the
second class in the
Heartsaver program
for Gulf County. With
the successful com-
pletion of this class,
a total of 191 stu-
dents in our county
have. become heroes
and a vital -asset to
the Heartsaver cause.
More classes are being
scheduled in the near
future for our local
For more informa-
tion on CPR training
for your church, busi-
ness, civic organiza-
tion, or group, please
feel free to contact
Jarrod Wester at 850-229-


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Established 1937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 69 years

Gilder Lehrman Institute of

I American History Announces Tuition-

Free Summer Seminars for Teachers

Gulf Coast Community College Spring Registration

Gulf Coast Community
College will conduct registra-
tion and advising for the spring
2007 semester as follows:

Early Spring 2007
online registration at www.
gulfcoast.edu, from December
4, 2006 through December 22,

Shark Talk
By Dusty Alford

Hello students, parents,
and community members.
This is the President of the
Senior Class speaking. I hope
that you have spent every min-
ute of each day enjoying life
to its fullest, because the past
4 'A months have gone by
so quickly ,that it is hard to.
believe. We are almost half
way through our senior year,
and it 'seems as if we have just
begun. Because the year is
coming to a close, all Port St.
Joe High School students will
be preparing for the "loved"
final exams that will be taken
the 18th, 19th, and 20th of
Clubs: The Key Club here
at St. Joe High is one of a
kind. With over 40 members
this year, this has been one of
the biggest, if not the biggest
year we have had yet. The
Thanksgiving food drive that
we hosted, turned out good
enough to provide food for 3
families. There are no service
projects for the rest of the year
for Key, Club. Also, Key Club
has put in over 200 communi,
ty service hours in this senies-
ter alone. The SGA recently
placed their order for Yankee
Candles and they have come
in! Everyone should smell
good, because they had 100's
of candles that came in at one,
time! The Candle Project was
a success.
Class News: Class rings
are in! This only means one
thing: the year is half way
__ _________

Spring registration will
take place from January
2 through January 10,
2007 in the Lifelong Learning
Conference Center in the
Student Union East building
on campus from 7:30 a.m.
to 6:30. p.m. Monday through
Spring registration at the

Gulf/Franklin Center will take
place January 2 3 from 9
a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST).
Spring registration at the
Tyndall Air Force Base office
will be January 3 from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
Classes begin January
4, 2007. Late Registration
and drop/add will take place
at all facilities January 4 10.

All registration fees for the
spring term must be paid on
or before January 2, 2007.

Advisors in each division
will be available on the main
campus during their regular
office hours. For additional
information, for registration
call 872-3892, for advising
call 747-3211.

FSU Professor Receives Grants To

Study Teacher Preparation, Training

over with, and the' latter hall
of the year will go by even
faster, Seniors do not have
any more payments for the
class trip for the 2006 school
year. Payments will resume in
January. Senior Portraits are
in, and those that took retakes
should also be in.
Bookkeeping: 2005-
2006 yearbooks are for sale in
the bookkeeper's office at the
High School for $45. See Mrs.
Taylor or call (850) 229-8251
to talk to her about them. The
2006-2007 yearbook orders
are due in January. If you,
need a form, please see Ms.
Norton at the High School.
Prom: Community mem-,
bers, please buy shark mugs
from Mrs. Taylor to support
this year's prom. The prom'
theme has been decided to
be Midnight Magic. The col-
ors are red, black, white, and
gold. This was decided this
past week. '
C o m m u n i t y
Involvement: The Norris
D. Langston foundation is
hosting tutoring sessions on
Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12
p.m. EST. The service is free
of charge and is for students
who need help in the follow-
ing areas: FCAT, -SAT, ACT,
Reading, and Mathematics, of
which I am a tutor, so if you
want to start coming, just con-
tact Mr. Monette at the High
School for further details.
I hope everyone 'has a
Merry Christmas and enjoy
the holidays and the time off,
from work, school, or even life

A professor in Florida
State University's College of
Education who is working to
develop more-effective mod-
els for teacher preparation
and professional training has
received two grants totaling
more than $600,000 from the
National Science Foundation
With the NSF grants, "we
hope to get a better under-
standing of what changes can
be made to the ways teachers
are taught that'would improve
student achievement," said
Betsy Becker, a professor and
program coordinator in the
Program in Measurement and
Statistics in FSU's department
of educational psychology and
learning systems.
One ,of Becker's
research projects, 'A Linked
Meta-Analysis on Teacher
Knowledge," will examine
results from existing research
to build a model for the devel-
opment of teacher knowl-
edge. The study, which will be
conducted jointly with Mary
Kennedy of Michigan State
University and Fran' O'Reilly
of Abt Associates, a research
and consulting firm, will focus
on the relationship between
existing elements of profes-
sional development, qualifica-
tions and knowledge. Linking
the findings from previous
research will allow the research
team to build a model of devel-
opment that will span across
the training continuum from

preservice training to profes-
sional development.
In the second researchproj-
ect, "Methods for Synthesizing
Regression Results," Becker
will conduct a four-year study
in conjunction with Ingram
Olkin, a world-renowned stat-
istician at Stanford University,
to examine methods of data
analysis in research. The goal
of the project is to develop new
ways for researchers to sum-
marize and, analyze research
data based on real-wprld sit-
uations that often are more
complicated than the sce-
narios created in laboratory
"Methods for Synthesizing
Regression Results" could have
a wide-reaching effect in the
research community, Becker
said, -since many important
studies have the potential of
being omitted because the
researchers have difficulty
deciding how best to analyze
and represent their results.
"The NSF has included
this type of work in its portfo-
lio of grants because it is a way
to support the development
of an infrastructure for the
future building of knowledge
about teachers, math and sci-
ence education, and more,"
she said.
For more informa-
tion about the Program in
Measurement and Statistics
and others offered by the
College of Education at FSU,
visit www.coe.fsu.edu.

For the thirteenth straight
year, the Gilder Lehrman
Institute of American History
will sponsor tuition-free, one-
week summer seminars across
the U.S. and England for teach-
ers at every level. Participants
receive a $400 stipend. books.
and room and board. Public,
parochial, independent school
teachers and National Park
Service employees are eligible.
Each seminar is limited to thir-
ty participants by competitive
Historians from universities
including Stanford, Columbia,

Yale, and the University 'of
Virginia will lead seminars -on
topics ranging from the Colonial
Era, the U.S. Constitution, and
the Underground railroad' to the
Great Depression, the Cold War,
and the Civil Rights Movement
Applications must be post-
marked or submitted electroni-
cally by February 15, 2007. For
information on how to apply,
visit w )' _i1i ,i ri l in.l ..-r
Founded in 1994, the Gilder
Lehrman Institute of Americah
History promotes the study ahdl
love of American history.

Correctional Officers Graduate From GCCC

Correctional Officer Basic Standards Class # 179, held
their Graduation Ceremony sponsored by the Criminal Justice
Training Academy on December 11, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the
Student Union East Conference-Center on campus.
The following students will graduate:
Clarissa Allen, Kristi Elizabeth Bennett, Juanita Brown,
Charlotte Davis, Michael J. Dever, Coretta Denishaka Forward,

Desmond Frankie-Lee Henry, James Matthew Hurtt, Keith B.
Jensen, Faye Pearl King, Keisha G. Leveratt, Sean Franklin Love,
Crystal Lovelace, Antoinette NoVak, Shawn Timothy Meehan,
Bryant F Sallas, Florence L. Sims, Jodi Smith, Elmerlee Taylor
The guest speaker was Chief Olmo Rodriquez, Bay Coufity
Jail, Corrections Corporation of America. For additional infoir-
mation contact Mary Beth Wall 769-1551, ext. 5612.

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Residents of Gulf County,,
Did you know for minor illness or injury...

You can see a doctor

without an appointment!

Walk-in patients

are welcome!

Evening and weekend hours are now available at
St. Joseph Care of Florida located at the
Gulf County Health Department
2475 Garrison Avenue, Port St. Joe

New hours are:
Monday-Friday, 7:30 .am. 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Pediatrician also available for appointments.

Discount rates available based on income.
We look forward to serving you and your family.
For more information, call (850) 227-1276, ext. 100

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2nd Annual Bake

Sale Postponed

Beacon Hill resident Dorothy Ingram regrets that she must
postpone her 2nd annual bake sale benefiting the Gulf County
Humane Society.
The bake sale was slated for Saturday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at
her 181 Sunray Court home.
This week, she broke her hand while walking a dog on a
frosty street, and cannot accomplish her baking.
Ingram hopes to sell her homemade goodies which'were
set to include Christstollen, Applestrudel, Frankfurter Krans,
Philadelphia Cream Cheese Torte, Cakes, Banana Bread, Pies
and Cookies at a Valentine's bake sale in February.

St. Joseph Bay Humane

Society Needs Your Help!
We are in need of a large van or SUV to transport our home-
less dogs and cats to vet appointments and to animal rescue
groups offering them a safe haven.
Please help us help them!
Your donation of a vehicle is tax-deductible.
Please call Sandi at 229-1431 or Carolyn at 227-1103.
Thank you!

Celebrity Dog "Faith"

Coming to Panama City

Faith 'has been featured
bn Oprah Winfrey, Dave
Letterman, Montel Williams,
Animal Planet, and in negotia-
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along the floor, a habit the
veterinarian said would rub
a hole in her chest and chin.
Although their vet recom-
mended they put Faith down,
Jude and the family chose to
give her a home.
The family trained Faith to
walk by holding a spoonful of
peanut butter above her. As a
therapy dog, she interacts with
students learning English as
a Second Language (ESL) by
providing companionship and
emotional support to kids try-
ing to improve their reading.
"Isn't this a miracle dog?"
Oprah says. "If this dog can do
this, it makes you think, 'What
can I do?'"
Come join us from 10
a.m. 12 p.m. at Panama
City Toyota for a book sign-
ing by author/owner Jude
Strinfellow who wrote "With a
Little Faith."
1:30 p.m. Bay High
School: Jude will introduce
her famous dog Faith to the
students of Bay High and tell
her amazing story. (Students
5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. at
the Panama City Mall you can
hear the courageous, remark-
able story of how this dog
overcame her life struggles.

)Qt of th Week

Available now for adoption from the St. Joseph Bay
nane Society -
Pups, 5 mixed breed pups 7 weeks old (pictured); Mello,
autiful, reddish yellow female; Snickers, a five month old
e pup; Angel & Gabriel, a 11 week old female, Siamese
and an 8 week old mail Solid White; Scotty, a five or six
lth old male kitty; Ike, and Mike, 10-11 month old B/T
nds. (1 set shots); Boots, an five-and-a-half month old
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The Franklin County Board

of County Commissioners

will be receiving sealed bids from any qualified
person, company or corporation interested in installing
a fuel management system for the Road Department.
Plans and specifications can be obtained at

Franklin County Road Department, 376 State Road 65,
Eastpoint, FL 32328.

Please indicate on the envelope that it is a sealed
bid. Bids will be received until 4:30 pm (EDT) on
December 21, 2006, at the Franklin County Clerks
office, Franklin County Courthouse, 33 Market
Street Suite 203, Apalachicola, FL 32320 and will
be opened and read aloud on January 2, 2007, at 9
am (EDT) at the County Commissioner meeting at 34
Forbes Street, Apalachicola, FL 32328. The Board
of County Commissioners reserves the right to waive
informalities of any bid, to accept and/or reject any or
all bids, and to accept the bid that in their judgment
will be in the best interest of Franklin County.

If you have any questions) please contact Virginia
Messer at (850) 670-8640 or fcrd@gtcom.net.

Publish: December 7, 2006, and December 14, 2006.

This year we invite you to participate in our "Baby's First Christmas" page which wiil be in our
December 21st edition. The cost of the ad is only $15.00 and will include your baby's photo,
name, city and birth date (sorry, no room for other information). We will accept ads until
December 15th at 5pm, so hurry, space is limited.

In The December 21st edition
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Collectible Bear
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Who can resist a bear in candy cane stripes? Adopt Peter
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Ski Chair
$189 The Pri-,3
Does your snowbird miss
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chair made by an
Atlanta artist.

Sterling Silver Rings
$30 Prickly Pears
Give her pinky ring an
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bold creations by Mexico
Beach artist Ann Mazz.

Hair Barrettes I
$18 Prickly Pears'
She loves me, she loves me not. Help her decide with these floral
hair barrettes by artist Ann Mazz.

Carnival Glass Egg Nog Set
$45 .Ic.i epe
Give the gift of nog. This antique carnival glass bowl
and cup set was manufactured by the
Jeanette Glass Company.

Water Buffalo Bone Earrings
$25 Frost's -. :- GaQrdeia
With looks straight out of Mel's
Mayan epic, Apocalypto, these
water buffalo bone earrings
by Garuda have

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Tree Faces
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These whimsical tree faces
are crafted by Florida
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Entrepreneur Follows Her Muse

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
When the Chicago-born Helen Ullmen
arrived in Port St. Joe 34 years ago, she was a
self-assured kid with big plans for her future.
She sang in the Long Avenue Baptist Church
choir, performed in talent shows, and confided
her aspirations to all who would listen.
She planned to move to New York City,
become a singer, an actress and a dancer. She
sought nothing less than worldwide fame and
At age 44, Ullmen, who now goes by
Alexandra Wolf, has made a name for herself
not as a movie starlet, but as a successful entre-
preneur guided by her creative spirit.
Her new enterprise, The Pet Lounge, has
garnered the attention of numerous national
magazines, including Country Living, which
featured her Kitty A-GoGo bowl set in its
December issue.
As orders for her product came pouring
into her Laconia, NM home office, Wolf reflect-
ed on her varied past and gave a preview of a
new business venture currently in the works.
An Entrepreneurial Spirit
Wolf made good on her promise to move to
New York City.
Shortly after graduating from Port St. Joe
High School in 1980, she departed for the big
city in search of fame.

The Pet Lounge website, designed by
Alexandra Wolf, showcases the company's prod-
ucts in a retro-lounge setting. (www.thepet-

It was there that she founded her own busi-
ness as an agent for directors seeking work in
television and film.
Wolf represented high-profile filmmakers
such as James Cameron and secured work for
directors on the feature films The Abyss and
The Grifters, as well as Jell-O Pudding, Dr.
Pepper and Kodak commercials.
Using the connections she made behind the
scenes, Wolf gained work for herself in front of
the camera,, and appeared in commercials and
ABC specials.
Wolf found her work exciting but stressful.
After 15 years helping others chase their silver
screen dreams, she decided to make a break.
"I was tired of mostly building other peo-
ple's careers," said Wolf. "I decided I should be
my own product."
As she would so often in the years to come,
Wolf began looking for a niche to fill in the
After observing the chaotic lives of high
powered celebrities, she founded The Domestic
Goddess, a professional organizing business.
.Clients paid Wolf $1,000 a day to organize
their homes, schedules and employees..
"Their time management was out of con-
trol," said Wolf, who aimed to help her clients
regain control of their lives.
Wolf did her domestic duties for two years
before entering the clothing design field at age
Though she "could not sew if her life
depended on it," Wolf developed a line of versa-
tile, resort-wear cardigans.
, She hired 10 seamstresses between the
ages of 60-75 to make her designs come to
Wolf sold her line in her stores in Wisconsin
and Palm Springs, CA, which both had sub-
stantial retired populations.
Though the cardigans did not reflect her
personal style, Wolf discovered that the key to
success lay in knowing one's consumer.
'"Anybody can design clothing they like, but
you have to sell what people want," she said..
Wolf marketed the cardigans at wholesale
shows throughout the country and soon caught
the eyes of Country Living magazine ,editors,
who featured her "Twinkling Toile Cardigan" in
their Jan. 2004 "Great Finds" section.
Though her business had garnered national

(Graphic by Alexandra Wolf)
1980 Port St. Joe High School graduate Helen Ullmen, now known as Alexandra Wolf (left, real;
right, cartoon) appears with her dog, Dakota, in "The Pet Lounge." Wolf's dog and cat bowl sets
(above) have been featured in national magazines.

exposure, Wolf felt restless creatively. She knew
that her involvement with Comfy Cardigans
would be short-lived.
"I like to get rid of it while it's good," noted
Wolf. "People get bored with what they're doing
and it becomes less interesting and they make
less money because they get bored."
Wolf sold the business to a friend and
began plotting her next move.
The Pet Lounge
Wolf had enjoyed her work as a film agent
and cardigan designer, but sought something
less stressful to occupy her time.
"I wanted to find something that was just
plain fun," said Wolf.
As a store owner, she noticed that pet own-

ers purchasing gifts for their animals made the
happiest shoppers.
Wolf knew a little something about pet
adoration. The proud owner of Dakota, a 12-
year-old Shetland sheepdog, Wolf did not need
to look far for inspiration.
With Dakota as her "silent partner," Wolf
launched The Pet Lounge in Nov. 2005.
Her first products were the Doggy A-GoGo
and Kitty A-GoGo bowl, sets, complete with
raised melamine dishes and a matching tray in
Wolf's own design.
Before launching her business, Wolf did
extensive research into the bourgeoning pet

(See MUSE on Page 7C)


MLS# 111536 203 Louisiana Drie- MLS# 108551
3 BR/2 BA DW Mobile Home in immaculate con- Make-Us. an Offeo'bn this Resialential Lot. 141
edition. About a block from the beach in Mexico Barbara Dri"e. Close to'Schools aid Chirches,
Beach. Large building & office in back of prop- This beautiful ho site 'is located ii an estab-
erty. $335,000 lished neighborhood of.well kept'homes. Perfect-
building lot fo vour dream*hoie. Reduced to
5109.500 :, .
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MLSt# 108425' 249 BryanLs Landing Road
18.48. Acres mol within .5 Miles from the
cbipola riier. Access to the intracoastal wa-
terway and' lakes. Great place for develop-
'.metit bofcordo .r home. Quiet country lis-
.g,. that is close lto great bunting and fishing.
$ 739bO,000.00 -
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MLS# 106882 221 Angelfish Street MJLS# 11153. 515 Mar land Drive
3 bedroom/2 bath mobile home. Sitting on 2 lots NEXICO BEACH
that look over St. Joseph Ba). This home is in Value is in the land. Mobile home is being sold "as
excellent condition. It has an above ground pool is". Land is located about three blocks from beau-
with decks all around. Launch for boat is just tiful while dedicated beach of N1Meico Beach; lot
about a block away. There are too many ameni. abuts city par. $250.000
ties to ULst. $375.000

l:a. .. m; u-.ooo .B- nianri arnreei ,' : MLS#109317
3 bedroom. 2 bath home remodeled. new vinylsid- 'Approximitely 15 Acrs 300'+/- Highway 98
ing hardwood floors, outside deck, large tarce Frontage..Cefitrally Located to SWihdnmark Beach
plus lot with beautiful oak, rees and sprinkler sys- Barefoot Cottages & Viento De,velopmenL This is
tern on well. Public boat ramp and itercoastal a unique ffering'of. VAlUABLE: DEVELOP-
canal appox. I mile. $395.000 MENT PROPERTY .'

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MLS# 202483 291 Jarrdtl DanieLs Rd
ALL OFFERSI 3,bed'roonil.5 bath in a quiet
'neighborhood. Country liig at4tsbest. Sitting on
1.63 acres. Gr wing ieighb6rhood. Just minutes
..te tibeai~aorRiver system in Wewahitchka.
,. _. : .

MLS4 105948 984 Calf Barn Road
2 acres on Calf Barn Rd., this property has a 2002
mobile home. 3 bedroom/2 bath sitting in middle
of the propert.. This property) has been reduced
due to the motivation of the seller. Bring all offers.

NiLaw 2u0.a 27u3 .ana dotreet
Ver3 nice neighborhood, across the street from
schooL This 2 bedroom/2 bath home has just been
remodeled, new roof last year. laminent flooring.
new cabinets aid many more amenities. It has a
wood burning fireplace, covered deck or the back
of house. Sits on a large corner lot Has to be seen
to appreciate. $239.900

Property is within walking distance from local
schools and ba3. Mobile home will be removed at
sellers expense prior to closing. SELLERS MO-

2nd Tier 75' x 150' lot in St Joe Beach. Mature
oaks. Palmettos and Pines help start your land-
scaping for your new home. For more informa-
tion. one of our experienced-agents is standing by
waiting to help you. $275,000

W11"'5* FuV-

1602 W HIGHWAY 98
850 648-4400

155 W HIGHWAY 98
850 229-6100

MILSO 200371 7276 Dahlia Street
Must see! One owner. well maintained. Property
comes.fully furnished with plenty of storage space
in outside shed/work area. 4 year old metal,rodo
and neu central H&.AVC unit. $249q90(i'

S"L.S# 106883. 1752 Cobia Street 'MLS# 1084 9 .- 2401 Constitution Drive
REDtJCED!'l-2- 25o0 lot with Bay View. There :O. ORT ST. JOE
are rental mobile homes on,l he property. Owner Lot size'e 113 x 304 mol beautiful bay siew lot just
will pay tip to,$5,0o0. ltohase these mobile homes waitingg for your dieam home. Watch the sunset
removed from .ioroperty, after the sale. Close to f*oni your front porch oser St. Joseph Bay. Close
boat ramp'and Intra Coastal Waterway. Bring' lb'downtowi,: shopping and schools. REDUCED
all offers. $22-.000 $850,000.00

For re iiformati o of these or other properties,

Please call one of our Experienced Sales Agents.

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Joe, FL Thursday, December 14, 2006 SECTION C

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Mexico Beach Realtors Attend National

Association of Realtors Conference in New Orleans

Barbara Harmon,
Broker/Owner of Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty, Inc.,
and Joan Lovelace, Broker/
Sales Associate with Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty, Inc.
and 2006 ViceVice President
of the Realtors Association
of Franklin & S. Gulf
Counties recently attended
the National Association of
Realtors Conference and Expo
in New Orleans Nov. 10-13.
NARdi Gras as it was called
brought together over 25,000
Realtors from every state and
60 countries. This was the
largest Conference held in
New Orleans since Hurricane

Katrina flooded the city.
The expo was packed
with over 600 exhibitors and
thousands of products. NAR
members volunteered over
8,000 hours to help with the
clean up and rebuilding of
damaged homes. NAR donated
$15,000 to purchase supplies
and equipment for a city park.
Four new Habitat for Humanity
homes were framed by NAR
Several distinguished
speakers were in attendance
includingformer Presidents Bill
Clinton and George H.W.Bush
speaking on the Bush/Clinton
Katrina Fund. This fund was

BBB Warns Of Gift Card Scam

The Better Business
Bureau of Northwest Florida
is warning Panhandle busi-
nesses and consumers to be
on the lookout for a new scam
targeting gift cards.
BBBs across the U.S. are
receiving reports that scam-
mers are writing- down the

merchant name and numbers
from gift cards, waiting a week
or so, and then going online
or calling a toll-free number to
see if that particular card has
been activated.
Once the thief confirms a
card has been activated, they
visit the company's Web site-

founded to assist Americans
affected by the Gulf Coast
disaster of 2005. To date the
fund has received 129 million
in donations from over 60,000
donors. The Presidents stated
working together has been a
source of constructive ideas.
Clinton stated, "The power of
two is greater than the power
of one."
Harry Connick Jr. and
his orchestra performed a
great concert and thanked the
Realtors for $525,000 donated
for homes in the Musicians
village where 80 homes are to
be built.
There were also over 200

and begin buying merchandise
using the gift card(s). When
the actual recipient of the card
attempts to use it (after they
receive it for Christmas), it is
already cleaned out.
If possible, businesses
offering gift cards should keep
them behind the counter or in
plain sight of employees who
can monitor their handling.
Businesses may also consider
using discreet cards or pack-
aging that deters would-be
thieves from obtaining card
numbers. Because a gift card is
like money, businesses should
treat them accordingly and not
let them out of sight.
There are also steps con-
sumers can take to guard
against ending up with an

seminars on topics such as
new computer technology,
marketing strategies, and
leadership training by New
York Times best-selling author
John Maxwell.
Barbara and Joan at
Mexico Beach Harmon Realty
are working to stay up to
date with the latest changes
in Real Estate technology and
marketing ideas.

empty gift card:
When buying a gift card,
keep the original purchase
receipt with the card as proof
of purchase.
Immediately after buying
a gift card, ask the cashier to
scan the card itself to ensure
the card is valid and has the
proper value.
Buy gift cards from rep-
utable sources, preferably
directly from "the store and, if
possible, not off a rack.
For more information or
to report a suspected scam,
contact the Better Business
Bureau at 1-800-729-9226 or

Graybar Opens Panama

City Facility Last Week

ST. LOUIS. Dec. 6,
2006 Graybar, a leading
distributor of electrical and
communications products
and related supply chain
management and logistics
services, has opened a 19,000-
sq.-ft. distribution facility in
Panama City. An open house
and trade show, featuring
more than 30 suppliers of
electrical, comm/data and
security solutions, will be held
on Dec. 7 to mark
the official opening. I
Although Graybar 6
is new in town,
the 137-year-old
company has a
70-year history
serving Florida
customers. With
the addition of its
Panama City facility,
the company now
has 22 locations
Florida, including
a 240,000-sq.-ft.
regional distribution center in
Located at 3513
Transmitter Rd. and Highway
231, Graybar Panama City
stocks more than $700,000 of
inventory, with $25-30 million
of inventory available next-day
from the Tampa distribution
center. Graybar Panama City
offers counter/will-call service
and local truck deliveries

Monday through Friday
from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with
emergency service as needed.
The phone number is (850)
Leading Graybar Panama
City is Branch Manager Dale
Strothman. He and Manager
of Customer Service Robert
Miller have more than 20
combined years with the
company and 30-plus years

of industry experience. "With
the opening of our new
Panama City location, Graybar
can better serve the growing
Panhandle community,"
said Branch Manager Dale
Strothman. "We are ready
to help our customers power
and network their facilities,
offices and housing with speed,
intelligence and efficiency."
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Keith "Duke" Jones VP/Business Development

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411 Reid Avenue
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9388 Fax: (850) 229-9398 -
email: gulfabstract@yahoo.com

Port St Joe, Florida Apalachicola, .Florida

Gulf County Republican Meeting &

Christmas Celebration

Monday, December 18th

7:00p.m. ET

at the home of Chairman, Gary Ross & wife, Sara
420 Treasure Drive (near Indian Pass off C-30)


State Republican Party Chairwoman, Carole Jean Jordan

Executive Director of Party Development, Terry Kester

They will be presenting $7,000 to the local Gulf County
Republican Party & discussing current State and National
Republican Party activities.

All interested Republicans are invited to attend & anyone
wishing to bring a snack is encouraged to do so.

For more information or directions,
please contact Gary or Sara at 227-2590

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Gulf County Board of Cot

Commission Meeting Mini
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File No.: 06-90PR



The administration of the
estate of Brian Adair Stoneback,
deceased, whose date of death
was October 29, 2006, is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for
Gulf County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is
1000 Cecil Costin Sr. Blvd, Port
St. Joe, FL 32456. The names
and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal
representative's attorney are set
forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with'this court WITHIN 3
The date of first publication
of this notice is
Attorney for. Personal
Representative: Personal

Ginger Golson FL No. 16032
Attorney for Patricia J."
Mel Magidson, Jr. PA
P.O. Box 340
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
Telephone: (850) 227-7800

Patricia J. Stoneback -
605 Gulf Aire Dr.
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456

Publish December -14 & 21,


PURSUANT TO en.:-tion :. I.
Fkn:rlda 3.rurei -'ar thai tt, -ard
: 1 ,: e.a r ',.:inMr- ,; er. : :,
Gulf County, Florida at a spe-
cial meeting on the 21st day"
of December, 2006 at 4:00
pm, after duly advertised notice
tI hne rs .:.-r : :ud 'marte,- ha..
cl:.:-ed .:>a-" are abr-ned- hrae
i intr-r r in ,re pujU.: ri tLhe [t:-1-
: 1.: -ir.t: ,:le ::rt-:. .d ,t a:,

'.'Thi- .l'.i-,e -, Sbard.'r.r.,enr
was u-ilu a ed t b 'r LU"
Cou-.r C: mri..:tiner at irea-
November 14, 2006: regular
meeting. Notice. of adoption of
tLh,- r- .:- ur.:.r. I ab _rat d.:-riLr,n the
ad r -a-1Jr a l, Lr, PaJ. :-uhcd
*:,rne ite n. a r-- paper -,'' cei
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Fl,:dr,,; ".r1 r ,l te,- p : 1' i -..i -[lb -
.: .:.r. .,1' Cr.e r.:.rj.:e il hea- ril.,
the resolution as adopted, and-
,the proof of-publication of adop-
tion of such resolution will be
recorded in ,the Public Records
of Gulf County, Florida.

Board of County
. /s/ Carmen
S McLemore, Chairman

Attest: Rebecca L. Norris,

Publish December 14,:2006
Ad #2006-141A


CASE NO. 06-89 PR


IN RE! The Estate of





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: (850)227-7845

The administration of
the estate of MILDRED W.
KENNINGTON, deceased, File
Number 06-89 PR is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for
Gulf County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is
Gulf County Courthouse, 1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Boulevard,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456. The
name and address of the per-
sonal representative and that
personal representative's attor-
ney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
Sand other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
notice is served within three
months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must
file their claims with this Court
All other creditors of the
decedent and persons having
claims or demands against the
estate of the decedent must file
their claims with this Court
The date of the first publica-
tion of this Notice is December
14, 2006.

/s/ Thomas S. Gibson
206 E. 4th Street
P. 0. Box 39
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
(850) 229-8211
FL BAR NO. 0350583

/s/ Katherine W. Wilder
15 i i t-. Street, Panama
City, FL 32405

/s/.George L. Kehnington, III
2904 Garrison Avenue, Port St.
Joe, FL 32456

Fralt.Il it- De-,:'-o r 14. & 21,

Unit #7
Unit # 37
Unit #27
Unit #2 ,
Unit #38
Unit #41'
Located at Second -and
0'- .:.e1a teet_. Gul .,,rar e r
-t.- t.care:la f FL :, br- e ii .e
epr.cd a-id inte:nlri, r .. .:.i- a
or removed on.Friday, December
29, 2006.
Publish December 14. & 21,
2006 ,

vs CASE NO.: 06-418-
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it lj' r and J dead lJ-,nr
urd.nkr..rni 2p,: r, nr,- die.1-

t io-,er p.rie itris r C'
L-t,:.u."h undeer ot aewrn.t dtiers,
.Lr- un Tar.:r-, n p.:.urc e 5 hear
de.-. rmanitees -rid *: radilor
.:,!" the unkrJ-- T, spo se:, araid
all other parties, claiming, by,
tra.-uch frder *:r agaamst Lhee.-
Vd, al uj Linlr.-:.T. nlar-.Aral p.r-"
On.i. alj. a id a deaf, d :.r' r,.:,[
r, : .T [, be dead .:-r al e, J.eu-c
e' eral arid r Sir i .O t ,arIi.",ri
.p,:,u'_' he ir; d-e.'_e,- -ar,.-
en arid ctreduitrO ,:.r .:.tLh r par-
ties claiming by, through, or
Sunder those u-rdmo- T, a: ;r.'.
successors in ilare nt, f ru t c;,
or any other person claiming, by
through under, or against any
corporation or other legal entity
named as defendant; and all
ci amrn.r.t .. persons or parties,
r.- rnara .:..r corporate or whose
exact legal status is unknown,
claiming under any of the above
named or described defendants
or parties or claiming to have
any right, title, or interest in
and to the lands herein, after

BOX 886

BOX 886



that an action to quiet title has
seenr filed again,'..Oa aro tue foil-
':-:-.-ng de ntbed proprp '
Commencing at the
Northwest corner of the-NS
S1/4 of the NW 1/4, of Section
23, Township 4 South, Range
10 West;, thence run E-st
402 feet to South side of old
Panama City Wewahitchka
Public Road; thence run
316.8 feet, more or less,;
Southeasterly along the
Southern Boundary line of
.,id iPublih Road. .hence nan
c.untrn 33, feet, Noi:rtih 4-4
yards for point of beginning;

thence run North 34 yards;
West 25 yards; South 34
yards; East 25 yards, to the
point of beginning, lying and
being in Section 23, Parcel
ID# 01785-003R
and you are required to serve
a copy of your written defens-
es, if any, to Charles S. Isler,
III, Plaintiffs attorney, whose
address is P.O. Box 430,
Panama City, Florida 32402,
within thirty (30) days from the
first date of publication, and file
the original with the Clerk of
this Court either before service
on Plaintiffs attorney or imme-
diately thereafter, otherwise, a
default will be entered against
you for the relief demanded in
the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal
of this Court on the 16 day of
Clerk of the Court
/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
Publish November 23, 30,
December 7, & 14, 2006


BANK, a Division
of Coastal Community Bank,
CASE NO. 06-326-CA




pursuant to a Final Judgement
of Forclosure date November 28,
2006, and entered in Civil Action
No. 06-326-CA of the Curcuit
Court of the Fourteenth Judicial
Circuit in and for Gulf County,
Florida, wherein the parites were
the plaintiff, APALACHICOLA
STATE BANK, a division of
Coastal Community Bank, and,
the defendants, BLUE HEAVEN
WALTON, I will sell to the high-
est and best bidderm for cash,'
at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)k
on the 28th day of December.
2006, at the main door of the
Gulf County Courthouse,, Port
St. Joe, Florida, the following-
described real property as set
forth in said Final-Judgement of

Begin at an iron pipe mark-
ing the intersection of the
Southwesterly R/W bound-
ary of U.S. Highway No. 98
with the Northerly bound-
ary of Fractional Section 6,
Township 7 South, Range
11 West, Gulf County,
Florida; from said Point of
Beginning run S39"50'00"E
along said Southwesterly
R/W boundary 153.27 feet
to a concrete monument;
thence leaving said R/W
boundary run S50O 10'00"W,
204.57 feet to the approxi-
mate mean -high water line
of St. Joseph's Bay: thence
run N39*58'14"W along
said mean high water line
152.23 feet; "thence leav-
ing said mean high water
line run N49*52'28"E,
204.94 feet to the Point of
and a State of Florida
alcoholic beverage license
number BEV 3300028
SCOP (the sale of which
license shall be subject to
all terms and conditions
of the final judgements
entered herein).

The successful bidder at the
sale will be required to place
the requisite state documen-
tary stamps on the Certificate
of Title. ,

DATED this 28th day .of
November, 2006.
Clerk of the Court
GuIJ C:,u-.,r, F:-idra
/s/:Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
Publish December 7 & 14, 2006


and wife
Plaintiff, ,,
Svs ,
Case No.
if alive, and if dead, his
unknown spouse, heirs, devi-"
sees, grantees and creditors
-and. all l-other par : .:l.irir.g
b3. thr.:,.gh, ru der ,:.r ga:.an i.


action TO -REFORM A DEED on
J'le I'fo tnig rroperr, in GultI"
C.:.urr, Flond a
Li 3 Jone ; ile a:. per platr
.reroul u- Plat P oak I, P;ge -,
of the Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida. -
has been filed against you,
and you are required to serve a
copy of your written defenses.
if any, to it on CHARLES A.
COSTIN, Plaintiffs attorney,
whose address is 413 Williams
Avenue, Port Sr. Joe, Florida
32456 on or before the 27th
day of December, 2006 and file
the original with the Clerk of
this Court either before service
on Plaintiffs attorney or imme-
diately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against
you for the relief demanded in
the complaint or petition
DATE this 28th day of
November, 2006

Publish December 7 & 14, 2006


Chief Administrator Butler
discussed a draft agreement
with the Northwest Florida Wa-
ter Management District on site
restoration for the Apalachicola
River sand agreement. He rec-
ommended that the Chairman
schedule a workshop to discuss
the agreement.

AGREEMENT (BID #0506-26)

Chief Administrator Butler
discussed a draft agreement be-
tween Thomas, Howell and Fer-
gusion, P.A/Keith L. Jones CPA
in the amount of $90,500.00,
for County Audit Services. Chief
Administrator Butler stated that
the Board has approved the
amount for the Auditors, and
recommended that the Board
adopt this agreement, contin-
gent upon approval by County
Attorney McFarland. Commis-
sioner Traylor motioned to ac-
cept this recommendation, and
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion for discussion. Upon
inquiry by Commissioner Wil-
liams regarding incorporating
the Munis system for the Audi-
tors, and the possibility of re-
duced costs for auditing, Chief
Administrator. Butler stated
that the Auditors agree to this
change. After further discus-
' sion, the motion passed 4 to 1,
with Commissioner Peters vot-
ing no.

AWARD BID #0506-26 /

Commissioner Traylor mo-
tioned to award Bid #0506-26
for Auditor Services to Thomas,
SHowell and Fergusion P.A. /Keith
L. Jones C.P.A., in the amount
of $90,500.00. Commissioner
Williams seconded the motion,
and it passed 4 to 1, with Com-
missioner Peters voting no.


Chief Administrator But-
ler recommended :a proposed
amendment for engineering fees
and environmental permit assis-
tance on Americus Avenue Ditch
be approved to start the project,
stating that the engineer is Pre-
ble-Rish, Inc, the survey and de,
sign is 7% of construction cost,
inspection is 2.5% of construc-
tion cost, and environmental
permitting is $8,215.00. Com-
missioner Williams motioned to
approve this proposed amend-
ment. Commissioner Traylor
seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.


Chief Administrator But-
ler recommended payment of
invoice #64793 from Preble-
Rish, Inc, in' the amount of
'-_.5 T-" for the Stone Mill
C re, : Ro. .d (grant funds). Com-
missioner Traylor motioned to
approve this recommendation.
c>: mrt; :i :,r.-r mEarne- .co.,nded
're trm.r,.r u-n d ir p ,a'-. u'.ar. -


Chief Administrator But-
ler discussed a letter from the
C.r :-i frt -i r J,:.- regarding
-h,,: C,:.unr, pri d a, Building'
npe :rin .:.er, n,:'-. iE. the City
,of Port St. Joe, and' reimburs-
ing the City a percentage for
the building fees. Commissioner
Traylor motioned not to exceed
fifteen~percent to the City of Port
.St. Joe for building fees. Com-
missioner Peters seconded the
motion for discussion. CoM-
:: e..;rr Williams discussed
r-.ot lo.:ka-i: into a percentage:
at this time, and recommended
that Chief Administrator Butler,
and. Port St. Joe City Manager
Lee Vincent work this process
out and bring a recommenda-
tion to the Board. After further
discussion, the motion 'passed


Chief Administrator Butler
recommended payment of in-
voice #64792 from Preble-Rish,
Inc, in the amount of $9,000'.00,
to close out the Gaskin Park
Phase, II project. Commissioner
Peters motioned to approve this
recommendation. C.-mri: i..on'er
Williams seconded tihe m 'u.:r,,
and it passed unanimously.


Chief Administrator Butler
reported that he received a let-
ter from Opportunity Florida
requesting that a Commissioner
be appointed to the Community
Development Corporation to
represent Gulf County. Chair-
man McLemore appointed Com-
missioner Williams to serve on
this committee.


Chief Administrator Butler
discussed that there will be a
T.R.I.P. meeting on Tuesday,
September 19, 2006 at 10:30
a.m., C.S.T. at Blue Pond Park
.Community Center in Washing-
ton County for the committee to
rank applications. Chief Admin-
istrator Butler also stated that
the County has an application
in for the Stumphole project,
and discussed the importance

Planner Richardson dis-
cussed the Fiscal Impact
Analysis Model, stating it is a
complicated spreadsheet, and
'requested permission for him
and Chief Administrator Butler
to negotiate with A.R.P.C. to
populate it. Commissioner Wil-
liams motioned to approve this
recommendation. Commission-
er Barnes seconded the motion,-
and it passed unanimously.
Planner Richardson requested
permission to pay the'costs from
the 2005-2006 Budget. Com-
missioner Williams motioned to
approve this recommendation.
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion, and it passed unan-.


Bruce Ballister; of A.R.P.C.,
appeared before the Board and
discussed the D.O.T. 5-year
work program and the liaison
roll with District three. He dis-,
cussed the possible future by-
pass around Port St. Joe with
the Highway 98 Corridor, and
stated that the Highway 98 Cor-
ridor committee is handling this
issue. Mr. Ballister discussed
the current work program sum-
mary, and the State highway
program request (Stumphole ar-
moring). He stated that requests
for the list can be submitted un-
til September 30, 2006.


Tom Panaseny, St. Joe

Commissioner Traylor dis-
cussed the grand opening of the
Stone Mill Creek Fire Depart-
ment, and stated that the fire
chief is Michael Bailey.' Commis-
sioner Traylor also thanked St.
Joe Company, Gulf Asphalt, and
the Warden of Gulf Correctional
Institution for their contribu-
tions and help with this facility.


Commissioner Traylor re-
quested permission to advertise
that the Dead Lakes .Park and
S\road .'will be closed while the
p ponds are being filled from Sep-
tember 11th through September
20th. Commissioner Williams
recommended that the signs
from the Public Works Depart-
ment be used on the roadway
during the, closure. Commis-
sioner Traylor motioned to close
the park from September 11,
2006 thru September 20, 2006.
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion, and it passed unan-


Commissioner. Traylor dis-'
cussed that the permits have
*been received for .the extension
of the Overstreet Boat Ramp


Commissioner Peters dis-
cussed page 32 of the Agenda
Packet regarding the Court-
house Roof, stating that it is
time to address this issue. Chief

SEPTEMBER 12, 2006

of Gulf County's representatives
being in attendance.


Chief Administrator Butler
discussed the water system for
the area North of Wewahitchka.
Commissioner Traylor stated
that this issue has been settled
with thd City of Wewahitchka.


Clerk Executive Administra-
tor Kopinsky presented the new
budget packets to the Board,
and reported that the final
2006-2007 budget public hear-
ing is scheduled for Monday,
September 18, 2006 at 5:01
p.m., E.T.


Emergency Management
Director Nelson discussed that
there will be a Firewise Commu-
nity Workshop on Wednesday,
September 13, 2006 at 8:45
a.m. 4:30 p.m., E.T. at the St.
Joseph Bay Preserve in Sim-
mons Bayou.


Emergency Management
Director Nelson discussed that
Resolution No. 2005-32 was
designated for National Incident
Management System (N.I.M.S.)
as the basis for responding to
all incidents within the County.
He stated that the training has
to be completed by the end of
September, and requested that
all department heads and indi-
viduals that have completed the
training submit a copy of their
certificate to Emergency Man-
agement. Upon inquiry by Com-
missioner Williams, Emergency
Management Director' Nelson
.stated that it is recommended
for the Commissioners to take
the training. He also stated that
if ,the staff is not trained under
N.I.M.S., it will affect federal
funding to the County.


Sheriffs Office Major Nugent
requested permission for the
Chairman to execute a Depart-
ment of Transportation D.U.I.,
Grant application. Commission-
er Tra) iJ: r i u..uM:.ri d it: .appr..,e'
this reque. t -,:,mizi ,:Trier
3 mie: [conied -, Lhie iT.:.rja.:.-
and- It p .:e, ur-u'ir.:.u [

Planner Richardson dis-
cussed that the P.D.R.B. rec-
ommends a variance approval
for Gregory Butts (Parcel ID
#03210-000R .22, acres in
S22, T9S, R10W). Commissioner
Traylor motioned to apprqveothis
variance request to. encroach
into the road setback not to
exceed 2.5 feet. Commissioner
Williams seconded the motion,'
'and it passed unanimously.


Planner Pc r',d..r n reco:-
mended thai tLn I 2.."' ,u 0
.. F.R.D.A.P. application-for Don-
nie Brake Park be transferred to
the 2007-2008 fiscal yearonthe
Capital ,Improvements Sched-
ule. Commissioner 'Williams
r :, .:i .appr:., e tLru re-,-.:.n
rrleridaoc.n, ar5-li.mrrier
P'--r. c.:.:,n.. : red Ir m.:.uoirn
Raymond Wood appeared-before
the Board and discussed that
Highland View is being placed'
on the back-burner. Commis-
sioner Williams discussed that
the Parks Committee has held
numerous meetings to discuss
these issues. Afr.'r F.rher di-
cussion, the rn.r,.:on past.ed
unanimously. Planner Richard-
son reported that this will help
the Board receive ranking points,
for the grant.

Company Project Manager for
Windmark Beach, appeared be-
fore the Board and discussed
segment one of the Highway 98
alignment, and that the new
highway will open on Thursday,
September 14, 2006 at 9:00
a.m. Upon inquiry by Chairman
McLemore regarding parking,
public restrooms and beach ac-
cess, Mr. Panaseny stated that
the permanent facility will take
ninety days to complete once the
new road is opened. Upon inqui-
ry by Commissioner Traylor, Mr.
Panaseny stated that the facili-
ties are going to be constructed
where the old road bed lies, and
once the pew road is opened
the facilities will be construct-
ed. Tom Panaseny discussed
a new road that has been con-
structed in the St. Joe Shores
area, stating that the new road
is named Discovery Lane and
the old Highway 98 roadway is
named Watermark Way. missioner Traylor motioned to
extend Mr. Panaseny's speaking
time an additional 6 minutes.
Commissioner Peters second-
ed the motion, and it passed
unanimously>. County Attor-
ney McFarland stated that he
will review the D.R.I. regarding
the completion requirements.
After further discussion, Com-
missioner Williams motioned for
the County to assume Discovery
Lane, contingent upon receiving
a letter from St. Joe Company
stating that the parking lots,
restroom facilities, and beach
access will be completed within
ninety days. :Commissioner Pe-
ters seconded the motion, and
it passed 4 to 1, with Commis-
sioner Traylor voting no.
Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed that there will be a meet-
ing with the residents of the St.
:.,- S ,i:.-vre: area nre. -1 eek to


Patrick Jones appeared be-.
fore the Board and requested
".hat Ea:.' L-.ar ,.Sr, ubdivision
!. *i.rutI i:.ne: Homestead)
:1 r-r:.r:.-..:d an affordable
;, ;:',,.1a udb.i i3iiar n Commis-
sioner Williams discussed that
the County has no criteria for
designating affordable housing,
and requested that C.D.C. Di-
rector Danrj-:- E.,:.iej and the
Steering C ,i- nn;ee establish
criteria :or afn:-rdat.le housing.
County r.:.rrne', McFarland
discussed C.D.C. could recom-
mernd r.:. rhe Board "ihai area_
are avlf-rrdabl C-:-7r C. l u rr
M ti.r!m: m r,:.-ned r.: deit r, re
C D C Dir.cr:.r -.:Kdler, -a: *.rtnr,
that "i rrCmirT-rind .bd' .'
l,On r.: Lh-: Bl-,d a al,t, "( at le.

missioner Barne n :ord.ed the
motion, and rk pa :d:l unani-


Steve Norris, member'of the
C:.rrid.ar .,th-r, appea-ed
*bei;rc the B.: a nr-lrd *.11:uiCe-d
that tr,-, are :,orkini, or, Lh-
master plan. He discussed the
possibility of paving County
Poad 5 1 r,,m C.R. 386 to C.R;'
387, and inquired if this would
be agreeable with the Board.
Chairman McLemore as.: u- :-d
Ur.e ple: ,biit.br, .: :.ubmarTrg
the Lia-ke F.:.rJl .P:.ad Mr Jc-r-
ns ri .sCu:ecd the Icnena l-r the
C.I.G.P. grant includes that it
has to alleviate traffic on Statd
,Ro.ads CI ilrmr, McLemore
dr;cu-s:d l- rn.a e County is,
applying for a grant for Old Bay
City Road. Commissioner Peters
motioned 'toapprove Mr. Nor-
, n; rr:.:,am ere da rJ.: [.rl ,bolt
an FppFlcar.i:,n Ior Coanr, R:.adl
a5 0. in.rTi, :,r.er r % linam .. -
onded the motion, and it passed


C.:.mmi-. ,,,rer Tra, Ir
'rhardne, ti,- .:.I.arieeres ,ar r-Le
%We ti-ur.:-i b t Liltr :. r cr,-.id-
,nr, earl., *' oru .g ,rndd requested a
I-ler t-c [rir. L', laril r m ftS or
allowing use of the facility.



Administrator Butler discussed
that the Courthouse has been
leaking for a long time and now
the Courtroom is leaking. Chief
Administrator Butler reported
that the project is going to be
re-bid, and it is to be advertised
within a week or two.


Upon inquiry by Commis-
sioner Barnes, regarding demo-
lition of the King house, County
Attorney McFarland discussed
the possibility of handling this
issue under the new Building
Codes with the condemnation
process. County Attorney Mc-
Farland also stated that they
will have further information by
the next meeting.


Commissioner Barnes dis-
cussed scheduling of the Main-
tenance Department projects,
and requested that the projects
be coordinated through Chief
Administrator Butler.


Commissioner Barnes re-
ported that he has received calls
regarding drainage problems,,
and there are crews out working
on these issues.


Upon inquiry by Chairman
McLemore, Michael Hammond
of Preble-Rish, Inc. appeared
before the Board and discussed
that he has compiled the pro-
posed district road paving list.
After further discussion, Com-
missioner Williams motioned to
proceed with individual district
lists and prioritize all others.
Commissioner Peters seconded
the motion, and it passed 4'to
1, with Chairman McLemore
voting no.

Chief Administrator Butler.
discussed surveys needed to
apply for C.I.G.P. for C.R. 50,
and surveys needed by Commis-
sioner Traylor. Commissioner
Traylor motioned to proceed
with obtaining these surveys.
Commissioner Peters seconded
the motion, and it passed unan-


Chairman McLemore dis-
,:. nzed ad-:.p iru i .a p-:,L.:', re ard-.
r- 4 I .-.i.u" .-.r da. ? ."n
a six month trial basis. County
Attorney McFarland discussed
that there will have to be a Mem-
orandum of Understanding with
the Union. After further discus-
sion, Commissioner Tiaylor sug-
ge J:r.ed thJ Lat 'ha ,-,ari, mlnf-:Lem-:'re
ar-d Cruel AdJmiru-'rator B rder
ry r:.~ether and bru-g a re,:-


Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed Economic De e.lopmert
and Affordable Housing and
recommended the Board hold a
workshop on these issues.


Commissioner Williams
discussed that he held a town
hall meeting in White City, and
stated that Florida Fish and
Wildlife turned down'the grant
application for the bulkhead
funding. Commissioner Wil-
liams motioned to meet with the
ert.ir,' r reeai -ure tlhu pr,:,je.:t
C-:-maiicrs.:ner PEter; -econded
the motion, and it passed unan-


Commissioner Williams
discussed that the Parks Coim-
mittee i? meetinc on a regular
L i;ii arid :aed r.at .asaddlfjoaJ
1ir ad : r.ineede.1 irel,:.: e Lthe
nr dp deparnrenrr net 1r,0 i,, park
(cannot be on the park'prop-
erty). He discussed a .66 acre
exchange with St. Joe Company
for this project.


Commissioner Williams
j;: Iused three (3)> lots owned
,rre County at Beacon Hill
which could be designated for
affordable housing for E.M.S.,
fire department, sheriffs office,
teachers, or other public ser-
vants. Commissioner Williams
motioned, for C.D.C. Director
Dannie Bolden to reviewthese
lots for use as affordable hous-
ing. Commissioner Peters sec-
onded the motion, and it passed
unanimously. Commissioner
Williams stated that a workshop
needs to be scheduled on this


Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed that the deadline to ap-
ply for the F.R.D.A.P. grant for
Donnie Brake Park is Septem-
ber 15th. He also stated that the
Park is under a twenty-five year
lease, and needs to be extended
to a thirty-year lease. Commis-
sioner Williams discussed that
he has met with the St. Joe
Company on this issue. Com-
missioner Williams motioned to
extend the lease to a thirty-year
time frame. Commissioner Tray-
lor seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.


Upon inquiry by Commis-
sioner Williams, Planner Rich-
ardson stated thatN.W.F.W.M.D.

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is scheduled to meet on Septem-
ber 14th regarding L.I.D.A.R.
technology. Commissioner Wil-
liams reported, that this is for
the flood zone remapping.


Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed that the environmental
study on Americus Avenue Ditch
and repairing ditch on a perma-
nent basis, stating he will notify
residents that this affects.


Commissioner Williams mo-
tioned for White City Fire De-
partment to advertise to receive
sealed bids for air packs. Com-
missioner Barnes seconded the
motion, and' it passed unani-


-Upon inquiry by Commis-
sioner Williams, County Attor-
ney McFarland discussed that
the sign ordinance and the gar-
bage ordinance issues need to
be scheduled for a workshop.


Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed the implementation of
impact fees and discussed de-
laying collection of the impact
fees. Patricia Hardman appeared
before the Board and discussed
that the market is in bad shape
at this time, and discussed post-
poning or tiering the impact fees.
County Attorney McFarland
discussed that the ordinance
has been adopted, and the ordi-
nance process would have to be
changed to postpone or tier the
impact fees.


< Bill Stitt, of White City, ap-
peared before the Board and
inquired about the Discovery
Lane road acceptance in Wind-
mark to St. Joe Shores (public
road). Commissioner Williams
discussed that there will be des-
ignated parking for the public to
have access to the beach.


Commissioner Traylor dis-
cussed the Board needs the esti-
mate on Americus Avenue ditch
before the road paving priority
list is completed. Commissioner
Williams discussed thatthe esti-
.,mat illJ be rec.,,ed ea soon as
.- ibIe tr.:.m the engir.eers


Doug Kent, Gulf C6unty
HeaJth Department Administra-
Otr appeared before the Board .
ar-a requered that change
lanes for Oe oem- Hospital be
subiTmied to Bruce B.ailijter
of ARPC a- a request for the
D C T Fite-Near Plan, and also
rer.omnmenaed that Chief Ad-
ministrator Butler submit a let-
ter to Mr. Ballister on this issue,
Commissioner Traylor motioned
to approve this recommenda-
tion. Commissioner Barnes sec-
onded the mita.:.n. and it passed


Raymond Wood,k of High-
land View, appeared before the
Board and inquired about, the
paving of Red Fish Street. Com-
missioner Williams reported
that the road was read%, but the
rain haa caused sc-me problems.
Commsiornner Willams stated
he will contact G.A.C. on this
Raymond Wood, of High-
land View, inquired about
dump trucks traveling on Red
Fish Street. Commissioner Wil-
liams discussed that he has
not received complaints on the
dump trucks, but has received
complaints regarding log trucks
on Red Fish Street. missioner Traylor motioned to
extend Raymond Wood an ad-
ditional 3 minutes of speaking
time. Commissioner Peters sec-
onded the motion, and it passed
unanimously>. Commissioner,
Williams stated that the log
trucks are the only issue that
has not been resolved on Red
Fish Street.


Raymond Wood, of Highland
View, appeared before the Board
and inquired about the Butler
Bay Road. County Attorney Mc-
Farland stated -that Butler Bay
Road still remains a County


Planner Richardson dis-
cussed that on the last Com-
prehensive Plan submittal that
the County is an Area of Critical
Economic Concern, and stated
that if the Board recognizes the
Capital Improvements projects
it will increase and the County
can avoid the twice yearly sub-
mittal. Commissioner Traylor
motioned to approve this recom-
mendation. Commissioner Wil-
liams seconded the motion, and
it passed unanimously.

There being no further busi-
ness, and upon motion by Com-
missioner Traylor, the meeting
Sdid then adjourn at 8:10 p.m.,


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schedule.. Benefits include: medical, dental and vi-
sion insurance, 401 K, success sharing, paid holiday,
paid vacation and sick leave. The Star is a drug free
workplace and an equal opportunity employer.
Contact Tim Croft, Editor, 850-227-7827
or email resume to tcroft@starfl.com
or fax resume.to (850) 227-7212.
Or in person at


135 W. Hwy 98, Port St Joe, Florida.

A Freedom Communication Newspaper

S 3300
14ft Trampoline, in great
shape, assembly instruc-
tions included, $100,
850-340-1329 or 850-227-

For Your Old Coins, Cur-
rency & Pre 60s Memora-
bilias. Call 850-229-7704.

Free Downloads Original
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4100 Help Wanted
4110 Restaurants/Clubs
4120 Sales/Telemarketing
4130 Employment


England Transport
now offers.
On-the-job CDL Training
No credit check
No co-signers
No down payment!

I 4100


Driver Trainees
Werner needs entry level
semi drivers. No exp. re-
quired. Avg $36K 1st yrl
60% home nightly/weekly.
CDL training in your area.


Traffic Signal
& Laborers
with construction exp. La-
borers $9.00/hour; Certi-
fied Traffic Technicians -
$12.00/hour and up
Stop by our PC office at
6509 Highway 22
betw. 7a & 4p Mon. Fri.
to fill out application.
Griffin Traffic Signals -


Call today for a
confidential career


Brian Neubauer
420 Reid Ave., Port St. Joe
ERA Real Estate, Inc.


Professional person wanted at local
animal clinic. Must love pets and
people. Benefits include dental,
health, and retirement. Resumes
may be faxed to 850-670-4402
or phone 850-670-8306 for an
appointment. No walk-ins please.

Creative Team Member
The Star Port St. Joe
Applicants must have computer experience and have
a team playing attitude. Responsibilities include: Ad-
vertising design and page layout. Experience in
InDesign and Photoshop a plus, but we will train the
right person. Benefits include: medical, dental and vi-
sion insurance, 401K, success sharing, paid holiday,
paid vacation and sick leave. The Star is a drug free
workplace and an equal opportunity employer.
Contact Kathy Smith, Creative Design Manager,
850-227-1290 or email resume to ksmith@starfl.com
or fax resume to (850) 227-7212,
Or in person at


135 W. Hwy 98, Port St Joe, Florida.
A Freedom Communication Newspaper

S 4100

The Gulf County Health
Department has one OPS
Interviewing Clerk position
open at the Port St. Joe
branch. Forty (40) hours
per .week @$9.00 per
hour. Fingerprinting and
Emergency Duties Re-
quired. Other Personnel
Services, No benefits as-
signed. After-hours and
weekend work required.
Closing Date: Dec. 21, '06.
For more info. contact:
Lesia Hathawayt
850-227-1276, ext. 149
Refer to Requisition No
64923102. Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Ac-
tion Employer.
Electronic Applications
Only Apply at:
for assistance, contact:
People First at

Cashier Position available
at the Scallop Cove BP,
4310 Cape San Bias Rd.
Starting pay is $8.50/hr
and scheduled increases
up to $9.50/hr with proven
ability. Must have transpo-
tation and be willing to
work both morning and
evening shifts. Call
227-4775 to schedule an

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account information out
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research the company
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with BEFORE investing.

Earn $12-$48/hour. Full
benefits. Paid training. Var-
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Available. Homeland Se-
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Wildlife and more.
Call 7 days
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SCommercial Building for 2 Townhome 2 br, 1 ba, 1/2 block from
S rent- 1500sf, $1500/mo. For Rent, located beach. $750 mo + $750
324 Long Ave., Port St. 5077thst, Port St. Joe dep. No pets. 850-
Joe, FL 850- 340-1246. Unit A: Unfurnished, 3 br 827-1831 or 850-227-5692
2.5 ba, Appliances, Patio/ 3 br, 1 ba with nice big
REAL ESTATE FOR RENT Porch on back, Small yard. $600 per month +
fenced backyard Available $300 dep. 850-340-1630
6100 Business/ Immediately, $1000 De- from 8am til 7pm
Commercial Commercial property for posit, $1100 Monthly.
6110 Apartments rent. 300 ft on Hwy 98. Of- Unit B: Furnished, 3 br 2.5
6120 Beach Rentals fice and shop. Building for- ba, Appliances, Patio/
6130 Condoe/rownhouse ally used car lot. 850 Porch on back, Small
6150 Roommate Wanted 227-6123 fenced backyard, Available 3 br, 2 ba $875mo + dep.
6160- Rooms for Rent Immediately $1000 De- Water/gar, wash/dryer,
6170- Mobile Home/Lot posit, $1250 Monthly, ch&a. No pets/smoking.
6180 Out-of-Town Rentals Please Call 227-7200. 648-5052/(478)-983-2206
6190 Timeshare Rentals3
6200 Vacation Rentals RENT Now Prime office 3br 3 ba, 2 story, unfur- A St, Joe Beach find!
and retail space at steeply nished, quiet street safe for 6312 Hwy 98 & Pine street,
discounted rates Flexible kids, right in Town, brick home facing gulf,
on lease duration and $1800+dep, 850-229-1513 w/roof deck & Irg LR over-
olooking beach, CH/A, 2 br,
terms. 10 locations availa- 3 br, 2 ba & 2 br, 2ba will 1.5 ba, DR, new kitchen &
6 ble in: Appalachicola, St. be avail Jan 1, 2007. appliances unfurn'd, car-
G6100 eorge Island, Port St. Brand New Townhomes, port, laundry room, out-
Joe, Cape San Bias, St. located in Jones Home- side hot/cold shower. No
Joe Beach and Mexico stead in Pt. St. Joe Call pets, $1100mo Conv. to
Beach. Weichert 850-229-1155 TAFB. Call (850) 321-5452
Re aI t oers-A n ch oer. ore 850-3 8--2 620.wner at
B r k e r / 0 w n er Long Term Monthly Rent- or 850-385-2620. Owner at
CONTRACTOR'S 850-899-7999 als.- Barrier Dune Town house Sat & Sun
homes. Furnished/Unfurn- CAPE SAN BLAS, Bay
WAREHOUSE wished. Contact Cape San View home w/500' dock.
unit 1250 SF/ office bath- Blas Vacation Rentals @ Walk to Beach Park. 3 br 2
room 12x12 roll up door, 850-229-6916 ba on St. Joe Bay, nicely
located at the corner of Waterfront Commercial ove Golf? (BLUE TEE) furn. or unfurn. CH/A W/D,
Pondarosa Pines & Ruth- Bldg with Apt. 5000 + sf, a 2 bed 1.5 bath unit next arIng. Long tcoveredm $1395/mopa-
erford in Jones Home- upstairs & down. Nego. to the links. Beautiful view ing Long term $1395/mo
stead. $650 a month in- 317 Water St. 653-8860 niet ati bv St or short term avail. Call
cludes util. 1 year lease in quiet location by St 227-1410
+1 mo. rent dep. 647-2715 Joseph's Bay Country
after 6pm. Club. $875/ mo 850
Mexico Beach 3 br 2 ba
MINI STORAGE Condo, 0.5 miles to beach, House for rent in Port St
MINI UI~MV STOR Pool, no smoking. $1150 Joe. Central heat and air.
mo. Call Brian 404- New tile, spacious upstairs
So St, Joe 1 br, 1 ba 15081/2 Long 663-0226 3 br 2 ba apt $950 + utili-
In t Ave. in Port St. Joe. No ties. Downstairs 2 br 1 ba
pets. $485/mo.+ dep. A $650 + utilities. Rent both
Application and referencesand use downstairs for of-
814-74oo required. Call 850- fice. 229-1215
229-6825 Rent or Lease Hwy 98, St. Joe Bch, 2 br,
To Own 2 ba House, w/gulf view,
Townh can be used for resident,
SBEACH Me br 2 ba Townhouse i business or both. $975
S' Mexico Beach, at mo.+ dep. 850- 647-9214.
STO GE 2 br, 1 ba Apt., on Long Seapines Subdivision, like
Ave., Port St. Joe. Call new with pool, rent is
Day: 2272 Kenny at 227-7241 or Phil $975mo, will discuss lease
Day:224-7200 Kat 227-2112. to own options, Call Brian
Night: 647-3882 850-227-6626 Large 1 br, 1 ba w/
St. Joe Beach .2j -- -y ll T ^jacuazzi rm, washer/dryer,
RETL Bdishwasher. 1 year lease:
-First/last/ and security. Call
Wewahitchka Efficiency ,[ 6140 850-653-6375
America's Apt Great for one $350mo 1, 2, & 3 br
+A$350 sec. dep. No pets. furn& unfurn houses, in
Mini Storage 639-5721 Port St Joe, 850-229-6777
St g 2 br, 1 ba at Howard's Mexico Beach, Call us
(850] S Creek. $375 per month about our long term rent-
-501 I" 6120 I with $300 deposit. Call ale. We have several avail-
229-8014 850-340-1630 between able with good pricing.
8am til 7pm. Hambrick Realty, Inc.,
Climate and -8m- 3001 Hwy 98, Mexico
inmate aml- Beach, FL. or call 850-
N on-Climate Great Location, 2 br, 1 ba 648-1102
ORirOl Storage with. screened porch. Small 2 br, 1 ba house on,
Units :$750/mo year round + 2 br, 2 ba completely fur- large lot in Oak Grove.
Boat/RV storage & $750 deposit. 502 W. Hwy. nished, walk to downtown Great for single or young
office space 98 inT Mexico Beach. Call and bay. Excellent loca- married couple. Washer
0 David or Betty 850- tion, low utilities. $850/mo /dryer hookups. Sec. dep.
639-5343 dys or 639-9311 + 1st, last and dep. Ref's application and ref's req'd.
evenings, 899-9311 cell. required. 706-768-3239 850-227-5301 or 227-6297

St Joe Beach, like new, 2
br TH, $700mo, no smok-
ing/ pets, Pelican Walk
Real Estate 850-647-2473

2 br, 1 ba trailer on Over-
street. $500 month + $300
deposit. Please Call 850-
115 Coronado St, St Joe
Beach, 2 br 2 ba Mobile
Home, $600mo+dep 850-

Wewa RV Lots
$175/mo. + $175 sec dep
Includes water and sewer.
Call 850-639-5721

4 br, 2 ba $650mo +
$650dep. No pets please.
Call 850-639-5721
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7100 Homes
7110- Beach Home/
7120 Commercial
7130 Condo/Townhouse
7140 Farms & Ranches
7150 Lots and Acreage
7160 Mobile Homes/Lots
7170 Waterfront
7180 Investment
7190 Out-of-Town
Real Estate
7200 Timeshare


By Owner: Brand new,
move in ready 3 br, 2 ba
stucco home 86sqft.
Crown molding, stainless
appliances, privacy fence
and much more. 619 Chip-
ola Ave.- Wewahitchka
$162,900. Call (850)
4 br 2 ba Private Beach,
pool, tennis, almost new
roof, tile flooring through-
out, $249K, Pelican Walk
Real Estate 850-647-2473

Established 1938 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 67 years

7100 II 7120 8 8110 0 1 8160
Mexico Beach, new St Joe Beach, Hwy 98
Townhouses, 2 or 3 br, frontage, 800sf office bldg
ceramic tile, pool, starting +20
at $199K, Pelican Walk + 200sf bldg, extra park-
Real Estate 850-647-2473 ing, all brick, room to ex-
pand up & out, great loca- Chrysler Jet Wheels
tion, $759K, Pelican Walk LeBaron '84 215-5000
New 3 br, 2 ba 1500sf Real Estate 850-647-2473 convertible, 3/4 restored' 13415 PCB
home. constructed in '06 must see to believe $5000.
on 1.36 ac. 6 miles South Pkwy
of Wewa. Solid wood cabi-
netry, each room wired for
internet/cable. Beautiful Need
front porch w/ two swings 715S0 Christmas
and Rockers. For sale by Cash?
owner. $199,900. Call 300 feet Ford
227-4075 or 227-5107 or on the West Arm Creek. in Thunderbird '95 Buy a Bike
229-6343 leave message. Wewa. For sale $20,000 needs work as is $500. oBuy a k
obo. Call 850-227-4184. 850-899-9079 or AI
St Joe Beach, beautiful
gulfview, step to dedicated Up to $1000 cash back
beach, 2 homes on 2 lots,
3 br 2 b, upstairs, 2 br 1 No down payment
ba dbl garage, downstairs, No payments
only $695K. Pelican Walk up to a year
Real Estate 850-647-2473 1/2 acre Pleasant Rest Rd Lincoln Towncar '03 Sig- up to a year
Overstreet. For site build nature Series. White with $49/mo 4.95% interest.
or pre fab home. $65,000 leather seats. Asking $49/mo 4.95% interest
or trade for Salt water fish- '$10,000 for quick sale! W.A.C
ing boat of equal value 850 Call 229-2739 for more Seedealerfor details
227-6123 details.
2 br or larger house in Mexico Beach Lot To Place An Ad
Mexico Beach/St. Joe 150x100_ I1block from
Beach area with owner fi- beach, waterview, FORE- in The Times
nancing. 258-4312 CLOSURE. $195K obo. Classifieds Kawasaki KX125
850-596-2057 or 271-1453 Call '04
(850) 747-5020 Like new, $2500 Never
Mexico Beach Lot, or raced. 850-639-2126 or
Wewa home for sale sur- 75'x100', walk to bch. 1 (800) 345-8688 850o639-1644
rounded by great fishing Foreclosure. $149K obo.
area. This is a great starter 596-2057 or 271-1453 BA
home. $67,500 call 850- .
Wewahitchk6 Dead Lakes "M 8120 OCEAN KAYAKS, new &
Park, Peace and Quiet (at 7170 used sit-on-top kayaks'for
the end of dead end street sale at Happy Ours Kayak
in Dead Lks Park neigh- 1 Acre Lot w/dbl slip dock & Canoe. Outpost. Call
borhood) 10 year old, at intersection of Wetapo, 850-229-1991 or see us at
1784 sq. ft. 3 br/2 bath Intercoastal & East Bay. 1995 Mitsubishi Montero 775 Cape San Blas Road.
home w/ fireplace, large Sacrifice at $200K firm. 4x4 LS, AC, PW/L, rack, V6
living, room and master Call (770) 654-9955. New tires, 181k miles, CD
'bedroom suite, above player, 3rd row seating,
ground pool w/ deck, on Great Shapel Best Offer! illif ijif
over an acre lot. 2 car gar- .Call 229-1215. 8240
age, privacy fence. Needs 8, C 2
paint & carpet 191 Cas- Dry BoatStrage
tiewood Ln. MUST SELL 2006 Jeep R y oat Stor age
Seller pays closing costs &, .0 .J pFOR RENT Exclusive
Sellerous painys and carpet Wrangler Unlimited Carrabelle Boat Club.
ag acenr Just $99k p one-owner, excellent, con- Safe, state-of-the-art ma-
(Owner Financing Availa- d' cition, with warranty. White rina. Enjoy The Luxurious
ble to qualified applicant) ..' with soft top, CD, A/C, clubhouse and facilities.
Call Seller at 888-84 OMO MARINE power- steering, automatic, 30'x10'x10'...$280-$330.
or see online at RECR NAL cruise. Spotless interior, Call Caryn 404-643-6971
www.CanDoHomes.com 8100 Antique & Collectibles $18,750,85mo0-229-105 highway
8110 Cars
8120 SportsUtildty Vehicles- -
8130 -Trucks
8140 Vans 8330-
7110 8150 CommercialW
8160 Motorcycles 81 I0 2005 40' Elite
8170- Auto Parts 2 electrical slide outs,
& Accessories CH&A, sleeps 8, lots of ex-
8210 Boats tras, $20,000obo, 724-640-
8220 Personal Watercraft 5455 or 724-309-5690
8230 Sailboats
Beacon Hill OPEN 8240 Boat & Marine Harley FX DWG 2002, fac-
HOUSE Sun Dec 10 & 17 Supplies tory custom, bags, wind- RV SPACE
1-5 ET New Construction 8310 Aircraft/Aviation 'reid, many extras, FOR RENT please call
Beautiful Gulf views 8320-ATV/OffRoadVehicles blacp, w/Red stripe, Pam- 229-8959 please Iv. msg..
$480,000. Buyer Bonusl 8330 Campers & Trailers pered, 1 owner ride, $450/month incl water,
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Though The Pet Lounge
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... unless you're one of
going to bed hungry

the thousands in our area at-risk of
and empty-handed on Christmas.

Many people face a bleak holiday, including children the
most frequent victims of hunger and poverty.
With your help, the Empty Stocking Fund can make a
difference for so many families in need at Christmas.


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

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