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Title: The star
Uniform Title: Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: W.S. Smith
Place of Publication: Port St. Joe Fla
Creation Date: December 30, 1999
Frequency: weekly
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Gulf -- Port Saint Joe
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1937.
General Note: Editor: Wesley R. Ramsey, <1970>.
General Note: Publisher: The Star Pub. Co., <1970>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 7 (Dec. 2, 1938).
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TheStar On Line at http:lwww.StarFL.com
PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA 32456 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1999


Geri-Care Officially Open
for Business
Story, Photos on Page 5A
Letters to the Editor
Read Page 3A
Young Woman Found Dead
on Cape Beach See Page 3A
Obituaries Page 7A
9th Annual GC Classic
a Tipping Off Sports on Page 8A,
Realtor Association Installs
New Officers See Page 3B
News From GC Schools
What's Happening? Page 1B
Law Enforcement Activities
County &'Cities Page 6A
GCCC Registration Page 4B
Worship Opportunities
Wher&?. When? See Page 2B


Gulf's Back at

#1 With 13.4%
Unemployment
: Last month (October's report),
Gulf County slipped from its
stronghold at the number one.
position on the state's monthly
unemployment figures at 12.7%/-
just behind Hardee County (#2) at
.12.8,b and Hendry County(#1) at
14.1%.
Unfortunately, Gulf County
has leapfrogged both counties
and regained' the #1 position,
according to the Florida Depart-
ment of Labor and Employmient's
preliminary reports for November.
Gulfs unemployment rate jumped
.07uo to 13.4%, according to the
state's figures, while Hendry and
Hardee counties fell to 11.6q% and
l'.0? respectively.
If there is any good news in
Gulfls unemployment statistics
over the past year, it's that the
greatest over-the-year decline
(minus 5.5 percentage points)
occurred in'Gulf County. In spite
of that, Gulf still leads the state in
unemployment because of the
lasting effects of the shutdown of
Florida Coast Paper Company
over a year ago-mid-August
1998.
Approximately 120 laid off
mill workers, are currently
enrolled in various- educational
and vocational-technical course
being offered through' the
Gulf/Franklin Center of Gulf
Coast Community College.
The state is assisting in vari-
ous educational and retraining
programs through the W.A.G.E.S.
program' and Gulf County has
been included in the governor's
eight county area of counties with
critical economic concern.
!The state of Florida as a
whole "ranks just below the
national unemployment average
at 4.6. .


Tri-State River

Compact Dispute

Continues On
The only one of its kind in
southeastern United States, the
|t Tri-State River Basin Compact is
designed ,to end the quarrel
between Alabama, Georgia, and
Florida over water allocation.
However, negotiations over
minimum flow levels in each state
have extended exactly one year
beyond the original settlement
deadline. And, as the first exten-
sion's .designated time period
approaches, the states are about
td initiate a second, four month
extension..
In a meeting in Tallahassee
on December 3rd, the three par-
ties agreed to request the exten-
sion after thoroughly outlining
their position differences.
"The goal is to come to a
mutual agreement," says alter-
nate to lead negotiator Doug Barr,
from the Northwest Florida Water
Management District.
SBarr is optimistic that this
extension will be the last:
At the November 22nd negoti-
ation meeting, Georgia presented
Florida with flow levels calculated
to match Florida's "historical min-
imum flow regime." This was
(See RIVER on Page 3A)


"We certainly don't anticipate
any problems and are expecting a
normal New Year's Eve, but, we
have made a few precautions-
just in case," said Gulf County
Sheriff Frank McKeithen.
The sheriff isn't the only orne
taking measures to ensure that
emergency services stay on line,
in spite of whatever may or may
not happen. The. Gulf County
Emergency Management/911 and
the .Port St. Joe Police
Department will be ready to


Local union president John
Reeves is taking his fellow work-
ers' torch all the way to Delaware
bankruptcy court.
During a conversation with
Reeves Moriday morning, he said
the international union' lawyers
have requested that the bank-
ruptcy judge set aside time to
speak with him prior to next
Wednesday's hearing on Stone
Container's plan to settle Florida
Coast Paper Company's bank-
ruptcy proceedings.
Reeves said the judge has
agreed to. meet with. him on
Wednesday morning just prior to
the hearing.
"I just feel like if he .(the judge)
has an opportunity to hear first-
hand what has happened to this
community, he'll be touched,"
SReeves.said of the planned meet-
ing
He said it was difficult for him
to understand that after the
union has agreed to do its part to
help make the mill a money-mak-
'ing operation for the owners, they.
will not get the opportunity to try
under the current plan.
"I've got an obligation to my
unemployed brothers and friends
to exhaust every possible effort to
restart the mill. As I board the

PristineOystercom
Signs for Property
Bill Thomas, president of
PristineOyster.com, verified
Tuesday morning that the firm
has signed an agreement to pur-
chase 5.1 acres of property adja-
cent to the Industrial Road, just'
beyond 'the city's wastewater
treatment plant. The firm will
relocate and build the firm's
expandeId operations on the site.
Thomas announced two
weeks ago that the firm had nego-
tiated "a good piece of property at
a fair price," from the St. Joe
Company and that they expected'
to sign the fi papers thi the
next few days.
"That transaction has taken
place and we're moving forward*
with our plans," Thomas said
Tuesday.
(See PRISTINE on Page .3A)

Wewa Opts to Rebid

Lift Station Repair
During Monday's regular
Wewahitchka city commission
meeting, the board decided to
rebid repair work needed on lift
station #5.
They had originally bid the
project for materials only, and the
repair work was to be done with
city labor. The board only received
one bid for the materials from Jim
House & Associates, a Georgia
firm.
They rejected the bid and
moved forward with a vote to
rebid the job including both mate-
rials and labor.
Wants To Look At Better Fire
Department Communications
Commissioners also dis-
cussed looking into alternative
methods to notify volunteer fire-
men of fire calls. The department
is currently notified via pagers
and through fire phones located
in their homes.
The board instructed City
Manager' Don Minchew to
research the board's 'options.


respond if things don't work right.
McKeithen said that begin-
ning at 7:00 a.m. on December
31st all personnel at the sheriffs
office will go on 12-hour shifts.
This will last throughout New
Year's Eve and Day..

In the event of any type
community or utility service fail-
ure, officers will be deployed and
strategically placed throughout
the county. He said those officers
will locate at all volunteer fire


plane Monday. I will feel 'as'
though the hearts and hopes of
hundreds of displaced workers
will be packed in my suitcase with
(See REEVES on Page 3A)


department buildings, as well as
be roving throughout the county.
th "If persons need to contact
the .sheriffs office or have an
emergency. we will have a conve-
nient point of contact where they'
can get assistance," McKeithen
said.
"We're not trying to overreact,
we just simply want to be pre-
pared," he said.
Emergency Management/911
Manning Post
Gulf County 911 Coordinator
JMarshall Nelson said tests have
indicated that their systems are
compliant; but just in case, they
will be on hand throughout the
night. Emergency Management
Director Larry Wells said the
Emergency Management Center
will also be staffed throughout the
evening.
Port St. Joe Police.
Department Will Be Out
Port St. Joe Police Chief Jay
Leffert said all officers will be on
duty except for two day shift units
on New Year's Eve.
The police department will be


City, and Utilities Will Be On Alert


patrolling throughout the city,
and will be available at the police
station, or just around the comer.
Other utility and service
providers throughout the county


have also made arrangements- to
be prepared for whatever may
happen. All will downgrade just
as soon as the situation appears
to warrant.


Mexico Beach Has Some Big

Plans to Ring in Millennium


On December 31st, Mexico
Beach encourages residents .and
visitors alike to celebrate New
Year's and the coming of the new
millennium in a fun and safe set-
ting.
Free transportation for all will
be provided on the Bay Town,
Trolley cars between the hours of
7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., CT, to
assure a safe New Year's' celebra-
tion for the millennium.
Many of the restaurants,'
lounges, and shops will have spe-
clal celebrations. The trolleys .will
travel from Mexico Beach to the
Wonder Bar in St. Joe Beach and
will be making stops at participat-
ing restaurants, motels, and


lounges, as well as various resi-
dential stops in' between along
Highway 98.
A grand finale fireworks dis-
play will be shot at 12:00 mid-
night, CT, the same evening from
the newly renovated Mexico Beach
municipal pier.
Mexico Beach invites you to
relax, be safe, and set your wor-
ries aside while bringing in the
new century in Mexico Beach
without having to drive.
Remember you can celebrate
New Year's twice, both on eastern
time and central time, if you cele-
brate at the beaches! For more
information, please call 1-888-
723-2546.


Mill Tops Millennium News


New Future Being Shaped for 21st Century as 1999 Ends


Back on April 8th, 1938, The Star was
just less than six months old when it fea-
tured the opening of the St. Joe Paper
Company mill in its Progress Special Edition.
The paper's cover was printed on some of
the very first kraft paper produced ,at "the
South's newest and finest milll 'Actwrding to
an .article by W. S. Smith-the .paper's first
editor and publisher-it took two years to
construct the $7.5 million dollar plant.
Here we are nearly 62 years later and
approaching the new millennium or, as
someone quipped the other day."...
is this the new millennium or
the mill-end-de-um?"
There is no :,
question about
it, the St. Joe
Paper Coim-
pany,, and now
'Florida 'Coast
Paper Company,
mill has been one
-of,' if not the #1,
story of- this mil-
lennium for Gulf
Count .
It surely contin-
ues to be the #1 story .
of 199,9, as laid off t.
mill workers and many
other affected business *-
people and residents
have experienced a roller
coaster ride of emotional
ups and downs. Reports -
of plans to restart the mill
.and negotiations to lower
costs were followed with
delays, postponements, law-
suits, Chapter 11 bankrupt-
cy, 'and eventually Chapter 7
bankruptcy. .
W. 'J. Smurfit removed
much of the uncertainty of
what the future holds for
Florida Coast Paper Company,
when he was reported as stating
the mill will not run again. This
occurred at a time when reports
were filtering down from Maryland
Bankruptcy Court that Stone
Container (a wholly owned sub-
sidiary of Smurfit-Stone Container,
Inc.) had a plan for purchasing and
reopening the mill.
While a January 5th hearing Is yet
to be held to approve the plan, and
union representatives, Gulf County. and
the City of Port St. Joe are voicing their
objections based on Smurfllt's statement,
the cards do not seem to stack favorably
for the future of the local mill.
Gulf Correctional Institute Annex
Opening Brings 170 Jobs to Gulf
If the mill's closure Is the #1 story of
1999, then the opening of Gulf Correctional
Institute's (GCI) annex and the creation of
170 new jobs in Gulf County certainly has to
be the #1 1/2 story.
Florida Governor Jeb Bush and new
Department of Corrections Secretary Michael
Moore announced a plan to push forward the
opening of the GCI annex during a Gulf
County Task Force meeting held in
Tallahassee on February 4th.
The Gulf/Franklin Center opened its
doors and began corrections officers training


and many correctional officers were hired
through, a cooperative training program
while they attended classes.
According to Henry Alford, GCI warden,
170 new jobs have been created since that
date.
But that's not the end of the story-when
fully operational, the GCI annex
will employ approxi- ."
mately 100 -. -
cor .,-


rectional
officers, security
" personnel, food service
workers, maintenance personnel,
secretaries, and administrative staff. The
annex currently houses about 600 inmates
and can hold 1,200 when all the dorms are
operational.
GCI and its satellite units-the annex,
Gulf Forestry Camp, and Franklin Forestry
Camp-currently house approximately 2,100
inmates. Over 500 workers staff the facilities


and that figure will reach approximately 700
when the remaining five dorms of the annex
are put into operation.
Nekton & PristineOyster.com Make
Commitments to Locate in Gulf
Bringing Approximately 200 Jobs
Nekton Dive Cruise Ships recently.
announced that it will begin accepting job
applications in mid-January for Qulf County
Shipbuilding. the company will employ 61
people at its location along the Intracoastal
Waterway (the old Dynamite Dock).
\ Nekton also plans to employ approxi-
mately 30 people at another business, Port
St. Joe Boat Works and Dry Storage, along
the canal.
PristineOyster.com recently an-
nounced its plans to open in June 2000
and grow to approximately 100 employ-
ees. The company processes oysters as
a frozen food product.
Nearly 100 More Jobs Lost
Material Transfer. Inc. (MTI) and
Sthe Apalachicola Northern Railroad
Company (ANRR) were:both drasti-
cally impacted by Seminole
SElectric buying out its coal haul-
ing contract early in 1999.
MTI closed Its doors since
Seminole was the fnim's only
customer and litigation failed to
Si"pi force the issue. ANRR reduced
its workforce by 66 employees
-1V. for the same reason.
Port St. Joe's wastewater
,- treatment plant's workforce
S '. was decreased by 16 in an
Effort to 'reduce cost,
i" %'': because of the failure of
... Florida 'Coast' Paper
Company to fulfill Its
contractual obligation.
b ._ St. Joe Company
S* Moves To Spur
Economy
The St. Joe
"'- Company made, se-
veral moves that
will likely spur
Gulf County's
S' economy for
many years to
come.
SThe com-
pany negoti-
ated a lease
to operate the
Port St. Joe
M a ri n a ,
revealed develop-
*' 'm" il ment plans on over three
Smiles of pristine beachfront
property along St. Joseph 'Bay
between the Dixie Belle Curve and St.
Joe Beach. The company is currently in the
middle of a study to evaluate realigning
Highway 98.
This proposal has met with resistance
from local residents. The long term solution
may eventually be the construction of a
"back beach road" behind St. Joe Beach and
Mexico Beach to re-route the increased traf-
fic load.
St. Joe has also been actively involved in
land negotiating with prospective companies
and businesses wishing to locate in the area.
See 1999 IN REVIEW on Page 3


Sheriff's Office, Police Department, County,


Reeves Going To


See The Judge

Leaves.For Trip to Delaware Monday


1 1 1 I I 1,


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SThe Star

PAGE TWO THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1999 -
v.


We're Ready for the


Y2K Experience

We Predict That Most Glitches Will Be

Caused by Human Failures, As Usual
THE NEW YEAR IS UPON US AND is already full of the kind
of changes one might expect to accompany a new year. Things
aren't as drastic as the Y2K prognosticators predicted, however.
As a matter of fact, things are pretty normal for this time of year.
A host of new laws are scheduled to take effect. Hijackers are
still taking over airplanes with the admonition, "Fly me to
[Timbuktu] or I'll kill [several persons or everybody on 'board]."
Europe was battered with a severe storm over the Christmas hol-
idays and several were killed. Einstein was chosen as Time maga-
zine's person of the year. The bowl games are heating up with the
national championship to be decided in the Sugar Bowl,
Sounds pretty ordinary to us; doesn't.it sound ordinary to you,
too?
WE'LL BE MIGHTY SURPRISED IF WE awaken next Sunday
morning to chaos, rather than just another day in the new year of
our Lord.
The biggest hype of the century seems to be the coined cliche
Y2K.
So much has been made of this new year, which will also mark
the beginning.of a new millennium that we will probably all be dis-
appointed if things don't become all confused and fail to function
as it should. The electricity is supposed to give problems. The
water is supposed to be off. Didn't we have over a year of officials
telling us it would'?
We probably will all be disappointed if it isn't.
WE, HERE AT THE STAR WILL BE put out if our presses fail
to work correctly, or. even worse, if our computers fail to function
correctly when it comes time to set type for next week's issue of
the paper. We're vulnerable in this department. We depend on
these electronic marvels to put our thoughts down on paper.
We're not expecting to have anything but the normal problems,
such as a machine locking up, deleting some copy because we hit
a wrong key about the time we got a piece of information just like
we wanted it, or any other of a number of human errors which can
creep up onto the keyboard while we are composing an article or
an advertisement. Expect a wrong spelling of a word or two, the
wrong tense of a verb or the wrong use of an antonym when we
wanted another.
We predict that most of our Y2K glitches will be the old-fash-
ioned kind-human kind!


Positive, Not Negative

CITIZENS OF PORT ST. JOE ARE beginning their second
year of economic doldrums no nearer to a solution pf. any kind or
even an idea of what that solution may be. To the people's credit.
they Fave made the most of their situation, and haven't allowed
the economic status of our town to completely annihilate us.
Things have continued on a pretty even keel.
Visitors to our city are surprised to see that there continues to
be a vibrant community still operating here, even after it has had
so many strikes against it. The city is still progressing, positively,
and making steps which can only be described as "building."
There are a number of attributes happening which spell
progress. For much of the year. we weren't even number one in
unemployment
THE NEW YEAR, IN PLACE OF BEING a disaster, which peo-
ple are expecting, should prove to be a year of new horizons for the
people.of Port St. Joe. Nekton sending out a hiring call for the first
cadre of men is a welcome change. The enlargement of the com-
munity college is also a positive event. Development in and around
the new marina is expected to get underway soon after the new
year. with its promise of an economic shot in the arm.
Things are looking positive for us. after so much negative evi-
dence. This isn't just so much "chamber of commerce" talk on our
part. either.
It's a fact! Jackl
We're on the road to recovery. Our Y2K will be one of positive
events, not negative!
The preceding ed.ronals are writren by Wesley R Ramsey, Ed,tor Emerirus


My oldest son called in the
middle of the day. While I was at
work! I didn't figure he'd be calling
at that hour to announce, .he'd
made the water polo team.
"Dad, what'ya doing?"'
They start the conversation in
this manner so you can begin to
conjure up all sorts of things that
could be wrong here.


Hunker Down With Kes


*Not much, what's with you?"
You learn over the years not to
be too direct. You don't want to
frighten them, by over reacting to
whatever it is they are about to
frighten you with.
'l'm just hanging out down at
the Midas place."
SA clue! Either they've come up
with some new jewelry store,for the.
big malls that I haven't heard
about or he's got car problems.
"How's mother?"
"She's fine son. She's doing all
that Christmas stuff. You know
how she gets at this time of the
year. Your Aunt Jo Blair calls every
fifteen minutes to make sure morn


doesn't buy a gift and get ahead of
her. is there a problem with the
truck?"
"No sir. It's just the brakes."
"You haven't run over anyone.
have you?"
"No sir. it's nothing like that.
What are calipers?".
Now, I am the most un-car
man that ever came down the pike.
I had heard 'the term. But, beyond
that, I didn't have a clue. "Son,'
they're over by the brakes-next to"
the,four, speed, double bevei edged.
rear view,.finder winder, carbure-
tor cable holder adjustor knob."
You donrft want to appear to be a
complete dunce in front of your'


by Kesley Colbert


son!
"The guy here says mine are .
froze up." .-
'T1he cold weather will do that.,
Did he give you an estimate'?"
You see, we'd been at this for
eight minutes and we were now
getting down to the brass tacks..
"Yes.sir. Five hundred dollars:"
This is where the conversation'
really gets Interesting. I'm think-''
ing, FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARSIfI
don't have that kind of money. It's
Christmas! I've got a wife that is
trying to keep up with Jo Blair "
FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS!!I No'
wonder they call the place Midas!
But I hear myself saying as:
calm as can be; "Five hundred dol-"
lars, what all are they going to do
to it?"
"I know it's a lot of money. But
the man said he's got to replace,,
the pads and druins and ; .."
He is sounding so calm. He,,
knows how, bad I, hate to spend,
money! This couldn't be easy for
him.. Wonder what. he is really,
thinking? Is he afraid I'm going to
explode? He's got some semester
finals coming. up. No need to worry -
him any more than he probably
already, is.
"Son, that old truck has been.:
a good one. Don't worry about it."-I
can't believe this is me talking!
"Tell them to go ahead and do it."-
""Well; Dad; actually, they've
already started."
Now I'm having two conversa-:
.tions here. One with Josh. And one
with me., That .child started a five'-
hundred dollar project without my
consent I've got a good mind -to,-
hop up there and put my hands"
'around his throat- '
"Dad; I had no choice! I could'-
n't make it home likeit is. It'll have-
a' lifetime guarantee!" I saw no
need to point out that the guaran'-'
tee probably wouldn't have much:
trouble, outlasting a thirteen year
old vehicle with two hundred thou-
sand miles'on it.
"It's k., soin. You -dd the
right thing." What else could I say?
It didn't matter what I was think-'
ing. Gosh, he's done so well in'
school, it's hard to fuss at him'
about anything. Plus, he'd sur-'
veyed the situation and made ,a'
decision. I was kinda proud tha:Y
,he assumed Td trust his judgment. .
As a matter of fact, I had beezi
trusting his judgment for several'
years now...
"Son, don't worry about the'
money. We'll split the cost of this
thing, that way it won't hurt either
one as-"
"Well, 'that was one of the rea-
sons I was calling. I have very little
money in' my' -account. I have.
almost nothing in my account! And-.
I want to pay the rent before I
come home for Christmas and I got
to buy a few gifts ."
Now, you don't need to know
what I'm thinking here! But' I also
couldn't help but wonder what he
(See KESLEY ON PAGE 3)


Id Be More Surprised If the New Year Didn't Bring a Number of Changes!


THIS IS BEING written
Thursday before Christmas and
I'm worried!
A quick glance under our
Chnstmas tree fails to show any
evidence of a present designated
for me. Preliminary reports show
that [ have been left out this year.
Old Santa must have glanced in
my closet and come to the con-,
clusion 'that I didn't need' any-
thing else. He may have looked on
the shower curtain rod in my
shower and drawn the same con-
clusion. Frenchie has a habit of
hanging some of my shirts there.
A quick glance in the kitchen:
assures me that I haven't been'
totally left out -,in the 'cold,
because I can see the raw materi-
als which will end up being some-
thing good to eat, and the broth-
er-in-law is coming. He usually
brings a bunch of goodies along
with him. -
But the presents are woefully
lacking this year. Like I said,
there's absolutely nothing under
the tree for me and I don't khow if


&L Cd


this situation will stay consistent
for the Christmas season, or not.

IT'S JUST AS WELL, though:
IL don't' know where the closet
space would come from to hang
any' clothing items I. might
receive. I don't have time t6 read
any more. magazines, should
someone give me a subscription
as a gift.
I guess I'm just'one of those,
folks people don't know, what to
buy for because they have every-
thing.
I don't know what -to expect,
with the new year coming in the
next few days. I didn't even


-THE STAR-


USPHS 51880
Published Every Thursday at 304-308 Williams Avenue'
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
by The Star Publishing Company of Port St. Joe, Inc.
Second Class Postage Paid at Port St. Joe, FL

William H. Ramsey . Editor & Publisher, President
Wesley R. Ramsey . . ..... Editor Emeritus
Shirley Ramsey . Graphic Design/Office Manager


ETAOIN SHRDLU


... by Wesley Ramsey


receive a calendar. I don't even
know whether or not I need one.
This Y2K supposition has me all
confused. Ordinarily, I receive a
number of calendars, but not this
year. They're conspicuous by
their absence.

MY ISSUE OF Newsweek-
magazine came in the mail yester-
day, filled from cover to cover
with the editor's ideas ol what the
future holds In store Ior us. The
future, according to hit, [or them[
'will be filled with things different.'
I suppose 'it. will, since the
last 100 years spelled a difference
in lifestyle for us.


Postmaster:
Send Address Change to:
THE STAR
Post Office Box 308
Port St. Joe, FL 32457-0308
Phone (850) 227-1278
SECOND-CLASS POSTAGE
PAID AT PORT.ST. JOE, FL 32457
WEEKLY PUBLISHING


Transportation changed from
mule and wagon to jet planes.
Roads changed from dirt paths to
modern interstate highways.
Communications changed from a
squawky box and a telegraph dot
and dash to a modern cell phone
which is useable anywhere.
Moving picture shows are
now available in every home. from
anywhere in the world. Instantly
Moving pictures weren't: even
dreamed of in .1900.
The Panama Canal wasn't
built yet, in 1900. Now, 'our
nation has built it, .used, It for
about 80 years, and given it away
to the host nation it created when
the canal was built. '
Progress!

BUT, WHAT DOES all that
have to do with me riot receiving
any Christmas presents under
our tree. as recently as two days
before Christmas? ,,
Nothing, I 'suppose.
It does point out that, my


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the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than
amount received for such advertisement.
The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed
word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely
asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The
spoken word is' lost; the printed word remains.


receiving, or not receiving, any
Christmas gifts is pretty inconse-
quential when you consider the
big picture and how it has
changed over the last century.
A new shirt or two is pretty
far down on the pecking list when
It-compares to the gilt of a vaccine
to prevent polio or tuberculo-
sis or smallpox. Or the Inven-
tion of television, the computer or
automobiles with afir, condition-
ing, or even the cordless tele-
phone.
Things have changed more in
the last 100 years than in the
previous 1,000 years., We have,
more with less effort than
mankind has ever had available
to him.
I told you about my reading
more and more since. I have
retired. Well, a part of that read-
ing was a historic novel written by
a distant relative with -"common
cousins. It seems that several of'.
the distant uncles and half uncles
were doctors in Arkansas and
Oklahoma. They still 'collected.


theirTees in'chickens, pigs, eggs,'
a. anything'bu't cash! '
Doctors did 'these things it
the early part of the turn of the'
century. 'And,-they made house
calls '

SO, IN RETROSPECT,' I dorX't
suppose it really matters whether
I have a dhristrris gift or not. I
already have. far more than my
grandfather had, back in the
enlightened '20s.
, He never even had running
water nor an indoor restroom,
a'nd'he owned a huge cotton farm
'in 'Northwest Texass'The grandfa-
ther on my father's side of tle
family, .died of 'Injuries he
received in the open-pit coal
mines of southern Kansas, which
were complicated .with Influenza.
The only thing we have In
common, with 75 years dividing
us, is that I take an annual shot
to avoid the flu and his double-
barrel 12 gauge shotgun hangs
over my fireplace..


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SDate Time Ht. Time Ht.
December 31 5:58 a.m. L 0.0 7:10 p.m. H 0.8
\ \ January 1 5:35 a.m. L -0.1 7:27 p.m. H 1.0
\ January 2, 5:58.>a.m. L -0.3 7:53 p.m. H 1.1
> January 3 6:27 a.m. L -0.4 8:25 p.m. H 1.2
, -7. January 4 7:01 a.m. L -0.5 8:59' p.m. H 1.3
January 5 7:36 a.m. L -0.5 9:35 p.m. H 1.3
January 6' 8:13 a.m. L -0.6 10:10 p.m. H 1.3


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THE STAR, PORT ST. JOE, FL THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1999 i'AGE


According to information
received from the Gulf County
Sheriffs Office, a Panama City
woman was found dead last week-
end in her vehicle at the Stump
Hole on Cape San Bias.

Single Car Wreck

Injures Three .

Gulf County Youth,
Three Gulf County youth
received injuries in a single vehi-
cle accident last Wednesday
morning, December 21st, accord-
ing a to Florida Highway Patrol
accident report.
'Gregory Steven Barnett (17),
of White City, and John Eric'
McDaniel (19) and Monica Zito
(13), both of Wewahitchka, were-
transported to Bay Medical
Center by ambulance personnel.,
The accident occurred near
the. intersection of Lake Grove
Road and Cox Landing Road. The
1996 Chevrolet (registered to-
* John, Setterich) was traveling.
down Lake Grove Road when the
driyer, Barnett, apparently hit a
pool of rainwater., lost control, and
ran off the road hitting trees in a
wooded area.
'.The driver is being charged by
the Florida Highway Patrol with
driving under the influence
involving serious bodily injury,
driving thunder the influence with
property damage and -'personal
injury, and safety belt violations.


Two local residents passing
by discovered the body when
investigating the vehicle, which
was stuck in the sand, early
Sunday evening (approximately
4:50 p.m.).
Caryn Michelle Kelly, 27; was
discovered lying.in the back seat
covered with a blanket and a pil-
low. After futile attempts to wake
the young woman, they broke out
a window of the car and discov-
ered she was deceased.
No foul play is suspected. The
exact cause of death is undeter-
mined at this time. An autopsy
performed early this week found
no signs of foul play and it will be
several weeks before toxicology
reports are finalized, Sheriffs
Captain Joe Nugent said.
He explained that Kelly had
apparently driven her late model
Mitsubishi onto the beach on
Christmas Day. gotten stuck in
the soft sand, and decided to
spend the night there.

PSJ Garbage

Collection Notice
Garbage collection in the city
of Port St. Joe for the New Year's
holiday will remain on the normal
schedule. As always,. recycling
bags are available at the Public
Works Department, warehouse
(located on Tenth Street) from'
7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The taff of the Public Works
Department wishes you' success
and happiness in the coming year.


TOurl Readers :--

Write o the Editor

Letersto the Editor.


I


Reeves Extends Thanks; Concern


Dear Willie,
-As this year draws to a close,
once again the people in our com-
munity. have shown what makes
our community the best around..
We, are a community that takes
care of our ow.
,.-The Christmas Fund that was
set up for the, workers that are
still in training raised over,
$5,000.00 dollars. This allowed
each participant to receive a "Gulf
County Dollars" gift certificate for,_.
a litde cver $54.00 dollars. ,
,- The .continued closure and
uncertainty of the future of the"
,t paper mill has caused many of,
our neighbors and friends that
worked at the mill to have to refo-
cus their lives. Many have found
'new and better jobs. others have
gone to work doing what it takes
tq make ends meet. To a person
tley are all survivors.
I have had the honor to be the


Kesley,,

'(From Page 2)
was thinking! Bless his heart,
that first year or two. in the real
wbrld can be tough
"Daddy, I'm:sorry. I don't want
to be a burden ..." ...
He doesn't call me daddy as
often as he used to. Neither of us
missed the significance of it here;
4 "Hey, itWs no, problem!. We're
lucky that old truck has been as
trouble free as it has. I'll put the
money in your account before the
sun goes down. Don't. you worry
about a thing!"' :'
I pondered 'on our conversa-
tion all afternoon as I: scrambled to
come tip with the money. And the
n0re I thought .on it, the more.I
Streastired that call .. .
Isp't it wonderful that he still
needs you-and you both are old
enough now to truly appreciate itl
SI could have kissed those old
Scalpers. '.
S What'A Great Way
ToStart
A' NewV Millennidm!
Kes


-president of the papermakers
union and the contact person for
all of these displaced workers; I
have seen the tears of a brother in'
danger of losing his home and not
knowing where to turn. I have
heard the fear in a sister's voice
when she was told she no longer
was going to have health irisur-
ance for her children.
Repeatedly I have been asked
if the mill was going to restart.
Our people holding on to the hope
that the.. mill would somehow.
reopen and they could resume
what had been a normal life.
Through it all our people have
acted with dignity. These men and
women are the real heroes.
The sad part of this story is
men like Dr. Michael Smurfit.
They sit in their Ivory Tower and
look down' on the little people.
They have no heart or compassion
for the little people and the end
results of their greed. These men
could care less that people are
suffering. It does not matter to
them that families are being
destroyed because the bread win-
ner can no longer bring home a
paycheck.
All that matters to them is the
bottom line. They say that is the
way corporate America works. You
begin to understand better the
scripture in the Bible when Jesus
says, "It will be easier for a camel
to go through the eye of a needle
than for a rich man to enter the
gates of heaven."
To' the many people. in our
community that have helped my
people, I want to say a heartfelt
thanks. You. knpw who you are
andd according to" God's master
plan, you will be rewarded;
Thanks.
To the men and women that
worked ..at the paper mill, you
guys are a class act. Mr. Smurfit
only can dream of being the digni-
fled people that you are. Keep
holding your heads high and keep
believing that in the end it will
work bout. It is an honor .and a
privilege to serve men and women
like you.
Sincerely,
'John Reeves,'Pi-esident'
P.A.C.E. Local 379,


1999 In Review


Young Woman Found

Dead On Cape Beach


As reported 'recently,
PristineOyster.com hopes to open
operations In June 2000 and grow
to 100 plus jobs. Initially, it will
employ between 60 to 75 employ-
ees and expand to approximately
100 workers within one year's
time. Future plans to expand
product lines will probably push
the numbers much higher than
that.
The company's oysters-on-
the-half-shell products are cur-
rently shipped throughout the
country and are exported to three
foreign countries. This is made
possible because of the compa-
ny's cryogenic processing and
freezing techniques which pre-
serve that fresh-shucked taste,
while extending the shelf life from


River
(From Page 1)
found as unsatislactory by the
state.
The compact calls for court-
room intervention if the deadlock
between the states is not broken
by the final date.


FEMA Flood Map Proposals
Create Stir
Because of extenuating cir-
cumstances created by a combina-
tion of FEMA's new flood map pro-
'posals and CBRA designation at
Cape San Bias and Indian Pass, a
major riff was created between
property owners, realtors, and
Gulf County versus FEMA and the
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Through the organized efforts
of the county and the newly
formed Gulf County Coastal
Development Association, FEMA's
plans have been placed on hold
while it reviews the proposal, tak-
ing another look at scientific data.
The group will also mount an
effort to have the area removed
from the CBRA.
IMPORTANT
HEADLINES OF 1999
January
NEWSi-.
4- Tornadoes touch down in
Gulf/Damage business just
south of Wewah itch ka /Brings
hard freeze; .
Port St. Joe cuts 16 workers'
from. wastewater treatment,
plant' operation/Take tempo-
rary jobs repairing sewer sys-

Pristine


14 days (fresh) to 14 months as a
frozen seafood product.
They are currently putting the
finishing touches on an applica-
tion for a USDA loan and hope to
submit it sometime next week.


'Reeves

(From Page 1)
me," Reeves said.
He also asked area churches
to participate in a day of prayer
that God will place on his heart
what needs to be said to the
-judge.
W. J. Smurfit, president of
Smurfit-Stone Container, Inc.,
was recently quoted in a trade
publication as stating that. the
Florida Coast Paper Company mill
would not run again.
This came as a shock to those
close to negotiations for the Stone
Container plan (Stone is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Smurfit-
;Stone) because they were receiv-
"in jg justb the opjposite-- itentions
from representatives presenting
the plan.


From Page 1


tem;
Florida Coast Paper Company
announces plans to restruc-
ture debt;
- Large crowd of laid off workers
attends jobs workshop;
w- Material Transfer, Inc. coal
'hauling shipments end/Will
impact Apalachicola Northern
Railroad and Material Transfer,
Inc.;
w- Voice of Democracy winners
announced;
U-James T. Mayhann wins suit
against CarQuest;
a- 55 Apalachicola Northern
Railroad employees terminated
when coal stops;
U- St. Joe Company expresses
intent in leasing marina;
U- Gulf County Economic Devel-
opment Committee brain-
storms with recruitment man-
ager;
Gaskin boat ramp repaired;
U- 76 graduate from D.A.R.E. pro-
gram;
Kilmer announces "Fast Track"
program at rally;
FEMA proposes flood zone
changes/? Major Impact at
Cape/Indian Pass
SPORTS- ,
Sharks win 8th Gulf County


From Page 1


Basketball Classic;
- Lyndsay Williams signs softball
scholarship with Gulf Coast
Community College Commo-
dores;
- Wewahitchka junior varsity
cheerleaders 1999 C.O.A.S.
champions;
- Three Sharks named to All-
State team.
February
NEWS-
- Gulfs graduation rate is #1 in
state-91.57%;
w- Eglin plans restoration of light-
house keeper's quarters;
- Florida Coast Paper Company
will no longer finance health
insurance;
,- Port St. Joe looks for areas to
economize; ,
w- Sabrina. Burke .chosen as new
tobacco coordinator;
lv Nabbed nets measured;
$810,000 in JTPA funds allo-
cated for displaced workers;
w Governor Bush/Corrections
Secretary Moore announce GCI.
Annex opening and jobs .(dur-
ing Task Force meeting)/250 to
270 jobs created over next sev-
eral months;
w Wewa. leases Community
Center to Senior Citizens;
w- KidCare providing quality
'health care for kids;
o FEMA gets hard time at public*
hearing for proposed flood plan
changes; ,
w- 5.8 miles of SR-71 north of
Wewa to be resurfaced by C. W.
Roberts Construction;
Tapper Foundation names
grant recipients;
Mill workers file class action
suit against Florida .Coast
Paper Company;
Environmental impact meeting
set f6r F-22 jet ,
w- County commission agrees to
try again for voter pe-rmission


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SPORTS-
- Davin Baxter signs with Middle
Georgia;
- Preble-Rish Classic kicks-off
baseball season;
- Sharks win "Shoot-Out";
SDaniels candidate for
McDonald's All-American;;
- Faison chosen for North/South
All-Star Game.
March
NEWS-
-Moore rules hnot guilty in net
case;
- St. Joe makes offer to lease
marina;
- Community gathers for prayer;
w- St. Joe Company announces
plans to sell 800,000 acres;
First Annual Teachers'
Recognition Awards Banquet/
Stryker named "Teacher of the
Year:
w- Mexico Beach bed tax up 8%
over last year;
o- Gulf Correctional Institute
ready to hire 70 trainees:
o- Jobless rate climbs past 20%;
- Wewa hires new city clerk:
- Warriner chamber president:
- Work to begin on 5.800 square
foot addition to Gulf/Franklin
center;
.-Cape residents organize:fight
against FEMA's proposed flood
map regulations/Form Gulf
County Coastal Development
:Association;
Baby sperm whale beached at'
Cape San Bias;
Tax warrants filed against
Florida Coast Paper Company
mill;
"-Hess, rules 4n fayor of
Apalachicola Northern Rail-
road.
SPORTS--
a Upward Basketball concludes
(See REVIEW on Page 7A)








PAGE 4A THE STAR, PORT ST. JOE, FL THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1999

Harwood, Roberts To Marry


Deidre Ann Harwood and
Donald Wayne Roberts will be
. married at midnight on New
Year's Eve on the beach at Mexico
Beach.
Deidre Ann is the daughter of
,James and Betty Harwood of
Welcome New
Brother Home
Proud sisters, Jennifer and
Katherine Kennington, would like
to announce the arrival of their
new baby brother, Brooks. He was
born on November 11 at Bay
Medical Center in Panama City..
Brooks' parents are Chris and
Andrea Kennington.

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Donald Wayne is the son of
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Tennessee.
All friends and family of the
couple are invited to attend.


Gulf Senior Center Rental Fee Change
The Gulf County Senior hopes these changes will enable
Citizens Association Board of more people to use this beautiful
Directors approved a rental fee facility.
charge effective January 1, 2000. This fee will include the use of
The new rental fee will be $50 for the main room, kitchen, tables,
non-profit organization and $75 chairs, and ice machine. A clean-
for private rental fees. ing deposit of $50 will still -be
This change ensures the user required, but will be returned if
the entire day for this fee. The cleaned properly by the user.
board of directors is very grateful
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Jeremy Dwa\-ne Dawson. Jeremy
was born November 15 at Gulf
Coast Hospital. He weighed nine
pounds, 10.6 ounces and was 21
1/2 inches long. .,He was wel-
comed home /by his. big sister,
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, Jeremy's proud grandparents
are Mr. and .Mrs; Wadell Jenkins
of Port St. Joe, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Henderson of Panama
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Catholic Charities
Angel Tree Serves
Over 50 Families
Catholic Charities served over
50 families and 100 children with
its Angel Tree Christmas program.
Toys were distributed on Decem-
ber 21 and 22 to families who
might otherwise not be able to
provide a Christmas to their chil-
dren.
The toys were: received
through the efforts of the Knights
of Columbus Variety Show and'
donations Irom St. Joseph
Catholic Church and numerous
local citizens.
The Knights of' Columbus
would like to thank like to thank,
all the local talent who,through
their efforts made the variety
show a pleasant experience to the
sparse crowd who attended.
The talent included Mary Lou
Cumbie; Glenn Davis and his.
daughter; Gordie Ord; Jim,
Danielle and Stephanie Newton;
James Sheehy; the new high
school band, the St. Joe Sound;
the St. Joe Players (Jim Newton,
Mark York, Danielle Newton,
David Newton, and Nick Com-
forter;) .and Mark York.
Master of ceremonies was
Channel 13's Jerry Tabatt.
The Knights would also like to
thank George Duren. for allowing
Piggly Wiggly .to serve as a toy
drop-off point; Blackstone Cable's
Channel 44 and Channel 13 for
their, publicity, including their
public service announcements.


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Marquetta Nicole Rolack
(Nikki) celebrated her sixth birth-
day on December 21st with a host
of her :relatives and friends at a
ballerina party at the home of her
grandparents-
Nikki is the daughter of
Prenita Rolack and Nicholas
Rolack, and the granddaughter of
James and Almeta Nickson and
,Gene and Linda Hill. all from Port
St. Joe.


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GeritCare Officially Open for Business


By Jessica Summers
Geri-Care Assisted Living
Facility and 'Wellness Center is
now officially open for business,
as of December 27.
Geri-Care is a senior retire-
ment and comprehensive health
living complex. This brand-new
.7,200 square foot facility contains
.1'6 apartment-like areas, a com-
Srhunal dining area, and parlor.
: Next to the living facility is a
fully equipped therapy center.
providing physical, occupational,
arid speech therapy to. residents
as well as the general public.
Owner Billy Williams is no
-tranger to the area. He and his
irwife Geri (who also manages Geri-
:Care, along with Billy) and four
.daughters relocated to St. Joe
.Beach, the place of Billy's child-
food, in August.
The center currently employs
'12 people. More workers will be
hired as census increases. As of
the 27th, a total of four individu-"
als are renting rooms there.
At Geri-Care, all meals are
S 'served in the dining area "family-
S 'style" at large tables. A four-week
rotating menu, approved by a reg-
-:istered dietician, is served. An in-
.fi.buse beauty/barber salon is
available as well. Laundry, iron-
ing, and room maintenance are
done for them also.
All rooms are completely pri-
vate. A regular room includes a


bedroom, bathroom, and walk-in
closet, and a suite includes these
and a small parlor. Each room has
its own phone and television and
can be furnished by the center or
by the resident.
The elderly inhabitants of the
facility are required to be partially
self-sufficient. The typical resi-
dent of aen assisted living facility is
elderly and lives alone. The resi-
dent usually has family residing
in other states from their home
and are either not able or not will-
ing to provide frequent care.
'This facility is set up for peo-.
ple who are medically stable but
not quite capable of living by
themselves. They may be over-
whelmed by the responsibility, at
their age, of maintaining a home.
Generally these people are wid-
owed, and need socialization and
companionship," Geri states.
Williams, before becoming
manager of Geri-Care, spent 19
years in the medical field. She is a
registered nurse with. most of
those years dedicated to geriatrics
and geriatric mental health.
On staff at the center is an
internal medicine physician, car-
diologist, and orthopedic special-
ist.
The Williams both express
concern regarding locals' long
trek to Panama City and Tallahas-
see for specialized care. They
intend to open these special med-
ical services to the public.


The front entrance of Geri-Care's facility at Beacon Hill.


The busy couple is about to
adopt management of another
assisted living facility in Geneva,
Alabama. This .facility is owned in
part by Bill Williams, as well as a
group of businessmen. from the
Southeast Alabama area.
The Williams plan to expand
from their current one building, to
three buildings "just like this one",
as their census increases.
"We decided 12 was the magic
number for us. When our census
reaches 12, whether it be in six
months or a year, we will start
building," Geri reports.
The expansion will be made
on the seven acres owned by Geri-
Care, neighboring the Beacon Hill
Park; also' a new fixture in the
beach community.,


Shown are bedroom
accommodations.


THE STAR, PORT ST. JOE, FL THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1999 PAGE 5A
K > parents were Helen Lee Ross and
0.' B. Lee, Sr. ofApalachicola, and
Leon and Elizabeth O'Bryan of
Greenwood. Lexi is also the great-
great niece of a very special aunt
and uncle, Patty and Earl Bryant
^"^ of Selma, Alabama.


Georgia Alexis Lee

Lexi Arrives!

Kevin and Jessica Lee, of St.
Joe Beach, are proud to
announce the birth of their
daughter, Georgia Alexis "Lexi"
Lee. She was born Monday,
December 20, at Gulf Coast
Community Hospital in Panama
City and weighed six pounds,
12.8 ounces and was 20 inches
long.
Lexi was welcomed home by,
her grandparents, Eddie and
Teresa :Peak. and Uncle Jason
TPeak of Highland View;: and
grandparents,. Gene and Nadine
Lee' and Uncle Tony and Aunt
Baibara Lee, all of St. Joe Beach.
She is the maternal great-
granddaughter of Edna Mae,
Gaskin and the late David U.
Gaskin and the late Paul and
Georgia Peak, all of Wewahitchka.
4 Lexi is the great-great grand-
daughter of Mrs. Willie Peak of
Highland View.
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G.C. Awarded Funds


for Emergency Food


and Shelter Programs


Gulf County has been chosen
to receive funds to supplement
emergency food and shelter pro-
grams in the area.
The selection was made by a
national board that is chaired by
the Federal Emergency Manage-
Srnent Agency (FEvMAJ and consists
of representatives from the
Salvation Army. American Red
Cross. Council of Jewish Feder-
-aLions. Catholic Charities. USA,
SNaUional Council of Churches of
Christ in the L.S.A. and United
Way of Amenca will provide the
administrative staff and function
as fiscal agent.
The board was charged to dis-
tribute funds appropriated by
Congress to help expand the
capacity of food and shelter pro-
grams in high-need areas around
the country. -
A local board made up of
Members appointed by the Gulf
Count%' Board olf County Commis-
Ssioners will determine how the
funds awarded to Gulf.County are
to be distributed among the emer-
gency food and shelter programs
run by local service organizations
in the area.
The local'board is responsible
for recommending agencies to
receive these funds and any addi-
tional funds available under this
phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant

GPH Plans For
Pediatric Patients
Gulf Pines Hospital in Port St.
Joe is gearing up for the new year
with plans to open up two pedi-
atric rooms by.February 1, 2000.
The facility has historically treat-
ed children in its emergency
room, but has had limited in-
patient pediatric care.
The two pediatric units will'
feature state-of-the-art equipment
designed to maximize medical
" care for children in the Gulf and
Franklin County areas. Area
physicians are working with
Susan McHugh, the hospital's
marketing director, to design and
furnish the rooms.
Dr. Vincent Ivers, Gulf Pines
Hospital Emergency Room Direc-'
tor, says the addition will certain-
ly be utilized as the number of
pediatric patients continues to
grow. Gulf Pines Hospital will
showcase the pediatric rooms in
February.


from the national board, local gov-
ernmental or private voluntary
organizations chosen to receive
funds must: 1). be non-profit; 2)
have an accounting system; 3)
practice nondiscrimination; 4)
have demonstrated the capability
to deliver emergency food and/or
shelter programs; and 5) if they
are a private voluntary organiza-
tion, they must have a voluntary
board.
Qualifying organizations are
urged to apply. Organizations
wishing to apply must do. so by
January 7, 2000.
Gulf County has distributed


emergency food and shelter funds
previously with the Gulf County
Senior Citizens Association par-
ticipating with the Gulf County
Board of County Commissioners.
The funds for: 1999 totaled:'
$14,837 and provided approxi-
mately 7,800 meals'.
Further information on the
program may be obtained by con-
tacting: R. Larry Wells at the Gulf
County Courthouse located at


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4th Annual Forgotten Coast Chefs' Sampler;
The Apalachicola .Bay In addition to a fantastic
Chamber of Commerce will host selection of food from our area's
the 4th Annual Forgotten Coast most talented chefs, there will be -
Chefs' Sampler on February 5, a silent auction featuring week-
2000. Chefs from all over the end accommodation packages,
Apalachicola Bay area will display gift certificates and much, much
their most creative dishes at the more. 'Tickets are $25 each and
historic Fort Coombs Armory will be available at the Chamber
located on 4th Street and Ave. D office. Call (850) 653-9419, email
in Apalachicola. chamberl@digitalexp.com for.,
more information.


The John C. Gqinous VFW Post #10069 and Ladies Auxiliary
gave out 23 food baskets. for Christmas to senior citizens and
needy families. Shown in the photo above with some of the bas-
kets and turkeys are Dick Seefeldt, Jack Hanson, and Gene
Baker.


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The "Birthday Girls of the Beaches" again this year bought
heaters and blankets for the senior citizens instead of exchang-
ing gifts among themselves. Shown in the photo above is Jerry
Stokoe receiving the five heaters and five blankets from Maxine
Brown, Wanda Walker, and Ginny Seefeldt.


(Sheriff's Beat)
RECENT BOOKINGS AT THE GULF
COUNTY JAIL ...
Tuesday. December 21st-
Marvin Clenny. 71, of. South
Carolina, violation of probation
(re: driving under the influence);
and Willie Jones, 34, W/M, of
Apalachicola. sale of cocaine.
Wednesday, December
22nd-Terry Dykes, 43, W/M, of
Port St. Joe, discharge of a
firearm in phllic; and Gabriel
Fisher, 30. B/M, violation of pro-.
bation (re: sale of cocaine).
Thursday. December 23rd-.
Dustin Lafontaine, 20, W/M, of
Port St. 'Joe. burglary; and
Stephen Giffen, 29, W/M. of Port
St. Joe, violation of 'probation (re:
burglary).
Friday, December 24th-
Ronnie Morgan, 44, W/M, of
Wewahitchka. violation of proba- '
tion.
Monday, December 27th-
Shelton Hall, 19. W/M, of
Wewahitchka. violation of injunc'-
tion: and Lerov Yarriell, 24, K W/MT
of P06rt St. Joe, ,olatfdh" of
community control (re: fleeing
and eluding).
Tuesday, December 28th-'
Robert Watson, 42, W/M, of Port
St. Joe, no valid driver's license.

SBeach PD Log)
ACTIVITY REPORT FOR
DECEMBER 6TH THROUGH 26TH
During the above referenced
time period, the Mexico Beach
Police Department answered 102
calls for service., investigated four'
thefts, and no burglaries or,
assaults.
t Also in this sane time frame.
the officers investigated one traf-
fic crash which resulted in prop-,'
erty damages of $5.000 but no,
injuries to the parties involved.
The department officers Issued 20
traffic warnings and 16 citations.
HOLIDAY SAFETY
While traveling this holiday
season, please be sure to buckle'
Sup-for your own safety. un.
Also, If you are celebrating
New Year's Eve in Mexico Beach,,
please assign a designated driver.
,or make use of the public .trans-
portation trolley service provided
by the Community Development
Council. Have a great holiday, but,
remember to "BE SAFE."


MID-DAY MISHAP
On Tuesday, December 21st,
Port St. Joe Police Department
Sergeant ButchArendt investigat-
ed a crash on Constitution
Boulevard involving Walter M.
Hardy and Angus Newton Pely.
Reportedly, Petly had stopped
the vehicle that he was operating
to allow the vehicle in front of him
to make a right turn. Hardy, who
was operating the vehicle behind
Pelly, drove into the rear of Petly's
vehicle.
Hardy was transported to
Gulf Pines Hospital by ambulance
for further medical treatment.
Sergeant Arendt issued Hardy a
citation for following too closely.
KIbs ROBBING KIDS?
On Monday, December 27th,
Officer Chris Teeter arrested two'
juveniles allegedly involved in,
burglarlzing. the Stac House, and
the girls' and boys' little league.
baseball/softball concession
stands, after receiving informa-
tion from a concerned citizen.
Officer Deborah Everett and
Trooper Skip Boer assisted Officer
Teeter in the Investigation.
, Following the arrests. one juvenile
was released to his parents and
the other was transported to...
Juvenile Detention. More arrests
are pending further investigation.


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everyone a very HAPPY,
HEALTHY and PROSPEROUS
new year!


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Review from Page 3A


third season;
-' Sharks make it four in a row;
Eppinette named "Coach of the
Year";
Sr Youth baseball and softball
programs tee up.
April

w- Marina finished-$400,000
;hnder money available;
-'9th Annual Tupelo Festival
;held;
.-"Port St. Joe receives $637,000
SC.O.P.S. grant;
,rFlorida Coast Paper Company
declares bankruptcy;
& Public airs concern. about,
riverinee training center;
we:Gulf Coast Co-op holds annual
;meeting;
.-Tour group visits Cape San
iBlas lighthouse;
lMoney Bayou changes direc-
tion of flow to Gulf;
U" Fire caution (dry conditions)
issued for state;
-' Wewa Community Center reno-
-vations planned;
-'School deals with rumors in
* 'Columbine aftermath;
r Edwin Williams, former princi-
pal, taken by death;.
or- Gulf deals with Telemed for
",250 jobs;
,.Cape resident Gulls first traffic





Janice FGreen
Mrs. Janice F. Green, 63 of
Wewahitchka, passed away
Monday, December 27 in Bay
Medical Center. She was a lifelong
resident of Wewahitchka and was,
a. member of Glad Tidings
Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include two sons:
Charles Green and wife Mary of:
Pahama City. and Michael Green
and wife Elaine of North Carolina;
three grandchildren; three great-
grandchildren: one brother,
Barney Bullock of Panama City:
and one sister. Norma Core of
Columbus, Georgia.
'. The funeral' service will be
hrid at 2:00' p.m., CT, Thursday,
December 30thi at Glad Tidings.
Assembly of God Church, con-
ducted by the" Rev. Neal Miller.
Interment will follow in the family,,
plot in Roberts Cemetery. She will
lie, in state at the church from
11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.,
Thursday.
All services are under the
direction of the Comforter Funeral
Home, Wewahitchka Branch
* Chapel. .

Fannie S. Quarles
Fannie S. Quarles, 90, died
on Wednesday, December. 22, at
Gulf Pines Hospital. after a short
illness.. She was a native of
Thscaloosa, Alabama, but' had
moved to Port St. Joe in 1938 with
her late husband, William S.
Quarles, Sr.
She owned and operated
"Fan's Flowers" in Port St. Joe for
oyer 50 years. She was an active
member of First Baptist Church
and was a beloved part of the
community and local area.
Survivors include her son,
William S. Quarles ..and-:his wife
Jacqueline K. Quarles: four
grandchildren and their spouses,
W. S. "Biff' Quarles. Ill and Carol
Quarles, Susan Quarles Harmon
and Craig Harmon, all of
Richmond, Virginia, Anne Quarles
of Hillsboro, North Carolina, and


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fatality;
Students win statewide
Disney-sponsored competition.
SPORTS-
James Daniels and Kedrick
Larry named All-State;
Lady Sharks honor Sam;
Gators take 1st Wewahitchka
State Bank Classic;
w- James Daniels signs with
University of Jacksonville;
Shark boys and girls win dis-
trict track titles.
May
NEWS--
S-131 students honored at Gold
Card banquet;
"- County jury gives $2 million
settlement to Armstrong fami-
ly;
St. Joes ink the deal-agree to
marina operation lease deal;
a- School board votes' to close
Highland View Elementary-to
merge with Port St. Joe
Elementary;-
"- Homage paid to downed offi-
cers;
St. Joe High is co-winner of
sportsmanship award for the,
sixth year;
"- Renee C. Shoaf appointed to
Gulf Coast Community, College,
Board of Trustees;
o 126 graduate Gulf schools:




.Robert and Dawn. Quarles of Gulf
Breeze; seven great-grandchil-
dren, Jessica. Molly, and Logan
Quarles, Caroline, Ezra. and
Grace. Harmon, and Ashley
Quarles.
SGraveside funeral services"
were held on Friday, December
24, at 10:00 a.m. in Holly Hill:
Cemetery, ?conducted by Rev.
Allen Welborn and Rev. Bill
STaylor.
Asked to serve as honorary,
pallbearers were the deacons of
First Baptist Church. In lieu of
flowers. contributions may be
made in her memory to Faith
Christian School or to the First
Baptist Church.
All services were under the
direction of Comforter Funeral
Home of Port St. Joe.

William L. Duke
William L. "Billy" Duke, 66, pf
Wewahitchka, passed away
Wednesday, December 22. at his
home. A native of Calhoun
County, he was. retired from thee"
U.S. Army, serving during the
Korean War. He had been a .resi-
dent of Wewahitchka for the past
30 years.
Survivors include his loving
wife, Ruth Duke of Wewahitchka;
a daughter, Lisa Duke of
Birmingham, Alabama; one
granddaughter; one stepson,
Reggie Miller of Ta]llahassee; two-
step-grandchildren: one', sister,
Agnes Hankins of Tullahoma,
Tennessee; two brothers, Tommy
Duke of Pansey, Alabama, and
Aaron Duke of Hinson's
Crossroads: and two special
: friends. William and Belle Chason
of Wewahitchka.
.The funeral services were held
on Monday, December 27, at 1:00
p.m., CT. at Cypress Creek
Cemetery with Reverend Woodrow
Blackmon officiating. Interment
followed.
All services were under the
direction of the Comforter Funeral
Home, Wewahitchka Branch
Chapel.


VEY WILLIAMS, A 10 YEARI
,T ST. JOE NATIVE, PLAYS LEFT
OR THE HANCOCK RAIDERS. HE
ED IN THIS SEASON AT 4'8" AND,
MDS AND IS THE SON -OF JOEYY
S OF CALLAWAY AND STEPHANIE'
SOF HANCOCK, MARYLAND.
RY PROUD GRANDPARENTS ARE
WILLIAMS OF WEWA, ELEANOR
OF APALACH, AND LINDA SKIP-
BLAKELY, GEORGIA. .5TEVEY'S
GRANDMOTHER IS VERA B'URGE. .


,' Peninsula beach #3 again..
SPORTS-
" Sharks win regional track and
field competition;
w Sharks win district baseball
title-team sets new home run
record in win over Gators;
o- Lady Gators take district title
over Lady Sharks;,
,- Sharks win sixth straight track
and nfeld state title;
Gators advance to Final
Four/Sharks edged out of state
play-offs;
Six Gulf cduntians qualify for
state 4-H;
*w Faison named All Big Bend All-
Scholar Athlete.,
June
NEWS-
Gulf District Schools shows'
large increase in writing: I
"v- Mavor Frank Pate, Commis-
sioners Jorge San Pedro and
Damon McNair sworn into
office:
w Gulf Correctional Institute
annex opens;
"- Advance wastewater treatment
coming for Mexico Beach;
P- ort St. Joe Elementary nearly
ready for school;.
S- DOT accepts County Road C-
30;
w-Mexico Beach police chief
resigns;
w- TeleMed riot coming to Gulf;
Lighthouse keeper's quarters
moved out of harm's way.
SPORTS-
w- Woullard, Todd compete in
Classic track and field meet;
Seven Gulf County athletes
selected to baseball All-State;
Six named to All-Big Bend
teams:
Dave Davis inks with Gulf
Coast:;
Port St. Joe Dixie Tee Bailers -
tourney champs/Minors place
second;
u Falson chosen for Florida
Shriners Bowl;
., Gowan named "Coach of the
Year"/All Big-Bend track and
field named.
July
NEWS- -L-
w-One "million acres saved by
P2000 and C.A.R.L.;
W- Nekton announces plans to
bring 61 jobs' to Gulf;
w- Target Industry status granted'
Florida Coast. Paper Company;
Flood map battle heating up;
-'Health Department looks to
build at Ward Ridge;
Gulf/Franklin graduates first
plumbing class;
Shopping center In Y2K: ,,
Premier strikes; '. :, ,
U Gulf taxable values up ,$78.6:.1
million;
Marina grand opening (just the
beginning);
.Dickens unopposed for Wewa
mayor.
SPORTS-
Dixie Boys in championship
round;
r- Port St. Joe wins pitching
machine tourney; .
w Clay Smallwood takes C. W.
Roberts Tournament;
w" Mays take 5th Raw Bar
' Tourney:
:w AAA all stars headed to state;














AMENDED
INVITATION TO BID
S The City of Wewahitchka will accept sealed
Sbids for materials and labor to upgrade a lift station.'
S. Specfications may be'obtaled from' the City Clerk's
office. Bids will be accepted until 4 P.M. (CST), Jan..
10, 2000 by the City Clerk's office at City HallU.Bids
to be opened at the regular City Commission meet-
ing. 6:30 P.M. (CST) Jan. 10. 2000 at City Hall. City
reserves the right to accept and/or reject any/or all
bids and reward to lowest and best in the opinion of
the City. '
Jerri Linton
City Clerk m
itc, December 30. 1999.


Port St. Joe major leagues
advance to state.
August

- FEMA temporarily halts map
changes/Boyd's request;
e' Material Transfer, Inc. settles
coal suit;
New post office opens;
" Highway 98 realignment talk of
county;
Beacon Hill Therapy &'.
Wellness Center opens; ,c
"e1st anniversary of Florida
Coast Paper Company shut-
down;
. Sheriff nabs 12 dealers:
Schools open;
" Bed tax receipts zoom above
expectations;
" No hurricane shelter in.Gulf;
Red tide rolls in;
Gulf County Commission hon-
ors Gulf Correctional Institute
Superintendent Henry Alford;
U" Two new members named to,
Port Authority: Scholz and'
Johnson.

Rod Chambers signs track and
field scholarship with Bevill
State;
' Gowan resigns;
w -Indians World Series champi-
ons;
U"AAA second in state;
1P, Matt Terry signs with Georgia
Southwestern State University:
--First flathead tourney raises
$7,515;
" Davis named, to 'Florida
Academic All-State Team.
SSeptember
EW ,
w- Carolina PP&L purchases
Florida Power;
w, Lighthouse quarters under
repair; -
U Scallop Festival, air show and
more highlight Labor Day;
U Senator Graham tours Apala-
chicola River; ,
Port St. Joe High School
seniors nominated for Wendy's
High School Heisman;
Lightning kills 16 cows;
Florida Coast Paper Company
files Chapter 7 bankruptcy:
o Budget hearing draws atten-
tion;
'" Mexico Beach boaters hot over
canal dredging problems/per-
S niits;
U County trims 1/2 mill .off bud-
get;,
Bondholders eyeing a plan;
r Sheriff implementing school
safety hotliRe;
Traylor commission chairman.
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:wood .duck nest box projectU,
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Kingfish' Tourney;
W 1st Annual Saltwater Fishing
Tournament highlights Scallop
Festival.
October

Port St. Joe Middle School'
awarded $33,828 by state for.
Improvement:
w Nekton verifies intentions to
Gulf;
ow Gulf County named Rural Area
of Critical Economic Concern;
w Highway 98 realignment meet-
ings draw huge crowds/St. Joe
plans revealed;.
SHilton (Bolo) Sewell murdered,
at Oak'Grove residence:
Ur Credit union changes its name
to 'Emerald Coast Federal
Credit Union: '
or Groundbreaking ceremonies,
held for Wewahitchka Senior
Citizens building:
o Sun health Care Group. Inc.
files Chapter 11 bankruptcy:
PristineOyster.com looking to
locate in Gulf/Bringing 100+
jobs:
Apalachicola River gets help to
stop damage and do some
restoration:
Gulf County Scholarship
Program awards' money to 47
students:
Monumental Music enjoyed by
the crowd:
"r Gulf County SDollarsS kicked
ff;.<, : "'. .. *" /",",
'r FEMA to revisit flood maps:
w, New scout hut underway;
U' Stone Container Corporation
files plans;
." Stanley takes over as vice
chairman of commission.
SPORTS-
U' Smallwood takes Tapper'
Tournament;
Little league football teams
reach Super Bowl:
w Minnkota Trials Florida
B.A.S.S. Federation State
Championship held at White
SCity; :.. :
Sheriffs Posse ambushed at
"The Dome"-(volleyball not_.
November
NEWS-.
U' Port St. Joe stands to lose
SMillions$ in bankruptcy-
Florida Coast Paper Company
owes city nearly $5 million;
U" Gators' king and queen. Sarah' -
Bailey' and Rocky Traylor.
named during homecoming
week;
M- Mexico Beach bed tax revenue
increases 37%;
U, Red tide disaster loans avail-,
able to assist Gulf County; \,
U' Nekton expands plans to two
bus tinesses and 91 jobs; -
"Bo" Williams named "Service


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Officer of the Year";
w Veterans Day celebrated;
w' Port St. Joe Garden Club cele-
brates 50th anniversary:
'. Building department shows
25% increase;
w- Redd and Pridgeon take Gulf
School Board reins;
o- Hannon retires, as chairman of
'the board of Citizens Federal
Bank;
Centennial .Committee gets
$50;000 grant to design
restoration;
0- Neikole Royster crowned Port
St. Joe homecoming queen.
SPORTS-
Watford named to TSU's
Baseball Hall of.Fame;
w- DU raises, $21,500 during
annual dinner;
St. Joe Company developing
duck hunting area at old M-K .
Ranches site;
Sharks win county football
championship:
ow Sharks and Gators clinch play-
off spots;
Rod Givens signs with FAMU.
December
NEWS- :
," Doc Whitfield Road tops coun-,
ty,paving list;
or Smurfit reportedly, says mill'
will not run again:
o Bobzien construction project
back before commission:
', Santa comes to Gulf County:
o "Bob" Lester retires after 39
years:
Union opposes Stone's bank-
ruptcy plan:;
.' Veterans, Nursing Home Site
Selection Committee looks at
Gulf:
w' Port Authority in line for
S600.000 grant;
Hendrix, McNeill, Ramsey.
retire from Capital City
Advisory Board;
Gulf County's alive. but is it
well %Why?:
Disaster drill success;
Gulf to place tax abatement on
ballot in March:
:U' Christmas fund set up for dis-
placed workers;
Commission opposes Stone's
bankruptcy plan;
or PristineOyster.com still shuck-
ing; :, -
w Wishes come true for 146 chil-
dren and senior citizens:;
Nekton announces plans to
begin accepting applications:
Inmates build over 800 "Toys
for Tots".
SPORTS-
Basketball season kicks off;
*r Sharks win first and second
shoot-outs: '
o- MBARA sets four new .reef
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It'


OUR EVERY YEAR


The Wewahitchka Gators
opened up the Bronson Christ-
mas Classic with a 64-53 first
round victory over Largo Indian
Rocks Monday. The Gators led 29-
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Derrick Williams led the
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Williams scored 14 of Wewahitch-
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ter. Pete Taunton added 10 points
for the Gafors (6-2).


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9th Annual Classic Now

Tipping Off in "The Dome"
Port St. Joe 78, Providence 33
The #1 ranked Port St. Joe
Tiger Sharks got off to a slow start
Tuesday night in the first round of .,
the Ninth Annual Gulf County i"'r
Classic against Jacksonville Prov-
idence, but picked up their pace'-
the last three quarters of the game
for* a 78-33 victory. The Tiger:
Sharks led 14-11 at the end of the '
first quarter of play, and 36-19 at
halftime. Port St. Joe dominated
the second half of play, outscoring'. ... .
Providence 42-14.
Five Tiger Sharks scored in
double digits. Kedrick Larry led all
scorers with a game high 20
points. DexterGant followed with
13, while Mosi Quinn. Travis
Jenkins and Seneca Chambers
each added 12 points for Port St. K
Joe (11-'0).
PROV.' 11 8 8 6 33
SHARKS 14 22 19 23 78: 4 .
PSJ- .Mosi Quinn 12, Kedrick
Larry 20, Travis Jenkins 12, Dex-
ter Gant 13, Seneca Chambers
12, Lance Larry 2, Clay Small- t
wood 1, and Kyron Bailey 6. ,
CHS- Brogden 3, Crews 2, Potter f
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Cromwell 6. '

., Seneca, Chambers (25) lays
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Sharks.


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Gulf Rifle Club ;
Matches Planned
The Gulf Rifle Club will hold'-
three separate rifle matches, a .22
RF metallic silhouette match, a
hi-power metallic silhouette
match, and a "buffalo" match on'
Saturday morning, January 1st.
The matches will start at 9:00.
There has been very good par-
Siclpation in these matches and
all rifle shooters are invited to go
out and see how many steel tar-
gets you can hit.
..The .22 rimfire match will
Consist of 40 shots fired at metal
targets placed at 40, 60, 75, and
100 yards from the firing line. Ten
shots will be fired at each distance
and the target must be toppled
from the stand to count as'a hit.
The hi-power match will con-
sist of 20 shots, with five shots
fired at metal chickens placed at
.200 yards and five shots each at
metal pigs, turkeys, 'and rams
placed at 300 yards. In both
matches all shots are fired while
in the standing position.
The "buffalo" match consists
of a total of 20 shots. There will be
five shots each at metal targets at.
1.00, 200, and 300 yards and five
shots at 'a paper target at a dis-
ltance, chosen before the match
begins. All shots are shot with the,
aid of cross sticks while the shoot-
er is in the sitting position.


No scopes are allowed, only
open or peep type sights are
allowed, and only cast bullets
with a minimum caliber of .375
may be used. This match favors
the single shot rifle ,in calibers
such as .38/5 or .45/70.

Public Hearing
The Gulf County Transpor-
tation Disadvantaged Coordina-
ting Board will be holding a public
hearing on Wednesday. January
12. 2000 at 2:00 p.m.. ET, in the
Gulf County Courthouse Commis-
sion Meeting Room in Port St. Joe.
Written comments will. be
accepted through January 28,
2000.
The purpose of the public
hearing is to allow residents the
opportunity to discuss. with the
local Transportation Disadvan-
taged Coordinating Board unmet
transportation needs, or any other
areas that relate to local trans-
portation services.
All interested persons are
encouraged to attend.
Transportation will be provid-
ed to eligible individuals by calling
the Community Transportation
Coordinator, Gulf County Trans-
portation, at 229-6327.












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PSJ'S Mosi Quinn (15) makes this jump shot for two of his 12
points in Tuesday's 78-33 victory.over Jacksonville Providence.


WHS Gators Defeated Lar m ht
*
Round of Bronson ChrIstmas Classic
Wewahitchka 64 Indian Rocks SS ond half of play.


IV





9th Annual Classic
Tuesday, Dec. 28
Gl- Lake City.51; Marianna 43
.G2- Rutherford 86, Cottondale' 74
G3- Bay High 68, Bolles 62
G4- Port St. Joe 78, Providence 33
Wednesday, Dec. 29
G5- Marianna vs Cottondale @3:30
G6- Bolles vs Providence @5:00
G7- Lake City vs Rutherford @6:30
G8- Bay High vs Port St. Joe @8:00,
Thursday, Dec. 30
G9- Losers of Games 5 & 6 @3:30
610- Winners of Games 5 & 6 @5:00
G11- Losers of Games 7 & 8 @6:30
G12- Winners of Games 7T& 8 @8:00


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