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Saturday
Wewahitchka's annual
Christmas parade will bye held 5
p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 20.
Sponsored by Port Realty,
Bank Trust, Gulf Coast Electric
Coop and Lester Appraisal, this
year's parade will begin on River
Road and Hwy. 71 and will proceed
through town, ending north of Main
Street. Cash prizes will be awarded
for the best decorated floats.
Santa will arrive at the old
Courthouse at 4:30 CT on Friday,
and, following the parade, Santa
will be back at the old Courthouse
for area kids.
Everyone, is invited to attend
and enjoy all of the entries for this
year including the Shriners' brigade
through town.
For more information on the
parade, please contact the City of
Wewahitchka at 639-2605. or the
Gulf Conuty Chamber of Commerce
at 227-1223.


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Employees to Receive Back Pay / Sale Moving Forward


by Tim Croft
Christmas looked a bit merrier
at Gulf Pines Hospital this week.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney
in Washington released a portion of
Medicare underpayments which
date to more than two years ago -
to the hospital's accounts.
That infusion of cash will mean
employees are likely to see at least
a month's worth of pay in their
envelopes this week as the hospital
comes close to catching up all back
payroll.
"It couldn't be at a better time,"
said Edwin Rude, the Tallahassee
attorney who has handled the hos-
pital's bankruptcy proceedings the
past few years.
The final numbers remain a bit
unclear, in part due to the govern-
ment's entangling red tape.
But the lump payment, which
approached $200,000,. was large
enough that employees, some of
whom were more than a month
behind in receiving their pay-
checks, will receive more stuffing
for their stockings.
"We got the money," said hos-
pital CEO/administrator Hubert
Steeley. 'The employees are all
happy. It takes so much pressure
off."
Steeley added that it was a
"sinking, depressing feeling" as the
hospital's employees, so loyal, so
stalwart, as they stuck it out dur-
ing the roller coaster that has been
the hospital's financial state, faced
the potential of a lean lump-of-coal
Christmas.
Steeley said employees will


receive a month's worth of pay
immediately.
He added that normal bill col-
lections in the next month, com-
bined with the lump sum Medicare
payment, should mean a healthy
cash flow for the hospital at least
through the end of the next month,
by which time the $3.8 million sale
of the hospital to a Tampa-area
orthopedic surgeon is expected to
be finalized.
"It takes away some of the anx-
iety" of the hospital maintaining
,operations while awaiting the clos-
ing of the sale, Steeley said.
The Medicare underpayments
had been held up by a lien from the
Internal Revenue Service, and had
created a cash crunch at the hos-
pital.
The IRS, claiming it was owed
some $315,000 in back payroll
taxes and penalties, set to recoup
that money through money owed
the hospital for Medicare under-
payments.
Medicare's practice is to initial-
ly pay just a portion of bills sub-
mitted for payment, though that
portion, Rude said, was intended
to be'nearly the entire amount.
The underpayments owed Gulf
Pines, Rude noted, amounted to
some 38 percent of the submitted
bills, a significant shortfall for a
small rural hospital, and dated to
the period of June 1, 2000 to May
31, 2001.
Two weeks ago, a federal bank-
ruptcy judge ordered that the IRS
remove the lien against the
Medicare money, saying the agency


could at this time collect only
$67,000 of those funds.
The status of recent Medicare
'collections remains unclear.
Rude said that those payments
were apparently still sitting in


Washington, and that the hospital
had not received its payments in
more than a month.
Rude said this week that the
U.S. Attorney was still investigat-
ing the situation.
Steeley, in turn, sounded con-


fident that payments should flow
as normal in the short-term, suffi-
cient to bridge the span before Dr.
Alfred Bonati assumes the reins of
the hospital.
(See Gulf Pines Sale on Page 5A)


Port Visioning Coming Into Focus


i Th e
I E-' Gulf County
Beaches Fire Department has once
again gotten Santa to ride their fire
truck on Saturday, December 20th,
starting around 10:00 a.m. The
truck will travel up and down the
streets of St. Joe Beach, Gulf Aire,
and Beacon Hill. Young and old
alike are invited to go out and greet
Santa as he passes by.

Santa Visiting

Highland View
Santa will'be visiting the resi-
dents of Highland View on
Saturday, December 20th, starting
at 1:00 p.m. on Angelfish Street. He
will be passing out bags of candy
and fruit and riding on the back of
a Highland View Fire Department
fire truck. Young and old are invit-
ed to go out and greet Santa as he
passes by.


by Tim Croft
The blanks are beginning to be
filled, wisps of a vision coming into
sharper relief.
The port visioningg" process,
examining long-term plans, issues
and goals for the port in Port St.
Joe, wrote its seventh chapter last
week, as stakeholders continued to
work through a host of concepts to
grow the port.
And a consensus, a spot where
the various visions can,be mixed,
matched and overlaid into a single
portrait, seemed all the more with-
in reach.
Playing out for several months,
the visioning aims to take advan-
tage of an opportunity it could be
argued is unique in Florida, if not,
possibly, the entire country.
The City of Port St. Joe's is one
of just 14 deepwater ports in
Florida. Growth is knocking on the
door land-side.
There is time and' enough
available open space, particularly
with the clean-up, of the 125-acre
mill' site nearing completion, to
provide flexibility and allow for
careful planning.
Added together such dynamics
represent a singularly rare oppor-
tunity to create the sort of econom-
ic engine that can potentially raise
up an entire community's standard
of living.
"What do you want in the long


term?" Steve Seibert askec
cally.
Seibert, a former sece
the Department of Cor
Affairs, was hired by The
Co., .to facilitate the v
process.
"What's the'vision?"
continued. "You have th
opportunity to choose w
want to be."
Sometime early nex
when a common vision
possibly as soon as the a
of the next meeting in F
the issue will be brought
public for comment and in
"It's incumbent on us
go out to the public that we
one face," said John Hend
County project manager fo
And after a slow st
momentum toward that
vision, that one face, has p
over the past couple of mo
"We are making
progress," Seibert said. "V
ready to take anything op
public), yet. There ar
requirements for citizen p
tion. We are almost there."
Fact-finding comprise
last week's meeting, this ti
a design team and its press
of an overview, examining
cons, of the four primary
the visioning group has
focus on:


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Using the current port bulk-
head, at the back of the mill site, as
the focus of operations.
Creating a series of finger
piers along the existing bulkhead.
Extending the pier to the
north, putting it immediately adja-
cent to the barge canal.
Widening and deepening the
barge canal and moving port oper-
ations north and up the canal.
All four options carry a storage
hold of advantages and disadvan-
tages, depending .on whether the
issue is flexibility, number of
potential berths, cost, permitabilj-


ty, potential time span to reality
and mix of uses.
'This is what we asked them to
do, fill in the blanks on these
options," Seibert said.
Blanks, however, still exist.
The work over the next few
weeks will be aimed at filling in
more: a survey to port users and
tenants asking for input on a vari-
ety of issues; engineers assessing
permit issues regarding a possible
port move to the north as well as
the state of the current bulkhead.
But among the more intriguing
concepts tossed around last week:


The port here apparently has
considerable potential as a cruise
ship start and end destination.
Ken Karpinski, a consultant to
the Port Authority, outlined several
aspects that make cruise ships
attractive, particularly the revenue
stream they could create.
And while cruise lines don't
generate the type of high-end jobs
other industries would, the cruise
business is currently growing at.10
percent a year.
"The cruise industry, from the
port's perspective, is the ultimate,"
(See Port Vision on Page 7A)


Report States No Public


Health Risk at Mill View


it (to the by Tim Croft
re clear Soil, surface water and
larticipa- groundwater testing in the Mill
View area in 2001-2002 indicate
1 most of chemical contamination present,
ime from but at levels "not likely to cause ill-
sentation ness," according to a final report
pros and issued last week by the Florida
options Department of Health.
come to While samples taken by the
Florida Department of
Environmental Protection found
S.. the presence of arsenic, polychlori-
nated biphenyls (PCBs) and poly-
cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
S (PAHs), in some cases at levels
above screening levels, they were
not at levels likely to cause cancer
or non-cancer illnesses, the report
'... ,';: stated.
In fact, the "Mill View Health
Consultation" report issued last
week indicated that even acciden-
tally ingesting soil or water con-
taminated by arsenic, PCBs or
PAHs at the highest levels found in
Mill View "would not likely cause
non-cancer illness" and "would not
likely result in an apparent
increased cancer risk."
The major precaution the
report urges is the adopting of so-
called "good gardening" practices
Sfor those who garden in the Mill
View area, due to two soil samples
with elevated PCB levels.
"There is no real health risk"
from the soil or groundwater in Mill
S View, said Doug Kent, administra-
tor at the Gulf County Health
a visual Department. "But for precaution-
irs. ary reasons we are including the


gardening guidelines."
Those guidelines include
adding compost or soil to gardens;
ensuring phosphate and pH levels
do not fall below recommended lev-
els; avoiding dust; don't eat and
drink while in the garden; limit
intake of homegrown root crops
such as carrots; and thoroughly
washing, with a dash of vinegar,
leafy vegetables grown close to the
ground.
A layer of clean topsoil would
also provide something of a buffer,
the report stated.
The gardening precautions
stem from PCB levels between one
and 10 parts per million found in
two soil samples taken deeper than
two feet below the surface.
The Agency for Toxic
Substances and Disease Registry
(ATSDR) recommends that resi-
dents not garden in soils contain-
ing PCBs in concentrations greater
than 10 ppm.
The report states that, "the
DEP did not find any surface soil
with PCBs measuring more than
10 ppm" in what is known as the
Mill View western fill area.
"DOH found the PCBs only in
some soil samples, all at two feet
deep or deeper," the report states in
part. "But, because DOH cannot
rule out PCBs being in shallower
soil, it recommends gardeners use
'Good Gardening Practices.'"
Last week's report was the final
version of a draft report that that
the Florida Department of Health
released in 2002, following which a


public hearing was held.
Public input gleaned from that
meeting formed the platform for
additional investigation and
assessment the DEP testing was
done from Aug. 2001 through Oct.
2002.
"They said at the public hear-
ing that there was no public health
threat, but they want to get as
much information out as possible,"
Kent said.
Kent said the primary positive
in the report is that, "because they
-had a couple of high readings
they'll do more testing."
(See Mill View on Page 10A)

Early Deadlines

for the Holidays
Due to the Christmas
and New Year's holidays, The.
Star will move up its dead-
line one day. Therefore,.
school news and real estate
ads will be due by Friday,
December 19th and
December 26th at 12:00.
Regular news, classified and
display ads will be due by
Monday. December 22nd
and December 29th at
12:00. The paper will be
printed on Tuesdays and
those with mail delivery
should receive their issue on
Wednesday.


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EDITORIAL COMMENTARY
COLUMN
WRITTEN BY
WILLIE RAMSEY, EDITOR


Hu kef44 Do4/ Wt 4C4 by Kesley Colbert



What A Special Heart!


Like A Rat


In A Hole
There is a lot of excitement in the air after the capture over the
weekend of Saddam Hussein. The first I heard of it was in church
Sunday morning, and I could hardly wait to get home and find out
what was going on.
"We got him!", was the headline of the News Herald and the
Democrat led with, "CAPTURED," in Monday's paper.
Saddam reportedly said, "I'm Saddam Hussein and I'm the
president of Iraq," when American forces pulled the top off his rat
hole.
I guess the ex-president of Iraq has been in that hole a little bit
too long, and does not know that he is no longer in charge of Iraq.
Fact is, he looked a lot more like a bum than a president as he was
drug from his rat's nest.
Just a few months ago, Saddam's biggest decision of the day
may have been to try and decide which of his many palaces he
wanted to sleep in that night. Obviously, life has taken a 1800
when you're now hiding in holes in the ground and living like an
animal.
The ex-president of Iraq looked like anything but a president
with his unruly hair and an unkempt beard covering his face. The
real question is, what are we going to do with him now that we
have him?
In my mind, I figured that when it got to this point Saddam
would fight to his death before being captured by the infidels. I
thought he would have taken his own life rather than be subject-
ed to the embarrassment of capture, ;
After all, this is the same man who, encouraged all his follow-
ers to fight till their dying breath against the Americans, the
British and other countries fighting to overthrow Saddam's gov-
ernment. This is the same Saddam who has lost much of his fam-
ily at the hands of these forces, and now, they have taken the cover
off his rat hole.
President Bush had Saddam's number a long time ago when
he labeled him a "coward!"
Now, here we are with Saddam Hussein trying to figure out
what we are going to do with him. Right off the bat, it goes with-
out saying that he has more rights than any Iraq citizen was ever
given by him. Maybe the best thing that could happen would be for
tus to turn him over. to the Kurds and let them oversee his trial for
war crimes.. ,. .,,,,
I'm sure the French would be glad to send in one of their best
defense'lawyers to defend Hussein. Maybe Dan Rather would even
like to go along and cover the event.
One of my fellow workers at The Star, Pat Patterson, suggest-
ed that if we want to see how quickly Saddam could talk, we
should give him a list of questions and give him the choice of
answering the questions or being turned over to the families of
some of the hundreds of thousands of people he has murdered.
The people of Iraq are getting a look at Hussein that I'm sure
they never imagined.
Now, if we could just locate Bin Ladin, maybe we could have a"
double trial and take care of both of them at the same time.
There is no way to predict what kind of impact this will have
on the efforts to establish a new government in Iraq, help restore
infrastructure and get the country's oil economy back on track.
Hopefully, when all is said and done,, a portion of the oil revenues
will be used to repay the cost of this war for a free Iraq.
There are, of course, some things that can not be replaced with
any amount of money. American Soldiers are losing their lives daily
in this battle, and if the capture of Hussein will help shorten the
war and turn the country back over to Iraqi citizens at a quicker
pace, I'm sure we're all glad to see this day arrive.


Jane Hall grew up two farms
over from us. She had a funny
middle name which I can't reveal
to you. She knows my first name.
And we made a pact when we were
six years old never to "rat" on each
other!
She beat me up right regularly
until we were ten or so. She prob-
ably still could have whipped me
after that....but I think she took it
easy on me those last couple of
years in elementary school out of
pity. She pretty much left me alone
unless Ricky Gene or Buddy made
some wise crack at recess about
her liking me.. Then, of course,
she'd have to trounce me thor-
oughly to disprove that silly
notionI
I don't want to imply here that
she was a big girl. Nor was she
extra mean. Actually, it was just
the opposite. Jane was the happi-
est kid in our whole neighborhood,
She lived life, like God intended.


She didn't tolerate any turn down
days! Heck. she didn't even get
upset when Old Yeller died.....
We were near "bout best
friends when she wasn't beating
up on mel
She was always up at our
house. Or you could find us in
that big ditch down behind George
Sexton's barn. Or we'd go swim-
ming in Sugar Creek. She was
pretty good at marbles and
mumbly peg. She couldn't spit
worth a darn. But she could climb
to the very top limb on Miss Boaz's
walnut tree- and let me tell you,
a lot of the guys couldn't make it
up there!
Jane was the best girl baseball
player I ever saw. Some of the guys
wouldn't want her to play and they
were pretty vocal about it right
in front of her! Listen, she could
throw better than Buddy, run
faster than anyone on the field.
except maybe Spider Hitchcock
and, the Lord knows, she could hit
circles around Larry, Randall and
Yogi.
Jane Hall would work too! Her
father made her cut okra, clean
fence rows, plant corn, shovel feed
down into those slanted


troughs ...just like everyone else in
our little rural section of the uni-
verse. We hauled ha\ side by side
from sun-up "til sun-down. We
chased cows every time they'd
break through the fence down by
the big wash-out. We picked cotton
until she'd get two or three rows
over and lob dirt clods down on my
head.....then the fight would break
out!
Our families would get togeth-
er at.Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Boy, how she loved this time of
year! She would actually glow with
excitement. And she was the first
person I ever knew that actually
got more joy out of giving_....than
receiving
Jane and Iwent to the same
church. We came down with the
measles and the whooping cough
at the same time. You had to walk
right past the Hall farm going to
town. If she could rustle up the
required fifteen cents she'd come
along to the Saturday matinee.
with us.
I had two brothers. And no sis-
ters. I didn't know nothing about
girls. Mothers, of course, don't
Count as girls Jane and I would sit
down behind the barn, watching


the clouds turn from a elephant
without a trunk to an old man with
a lona beard, and discuss the intn-
cacies ofi hie.
We pondered why the city guys
never seemed to ,ork. And tned to
reason why watermelons were
encumbered with so many seeds.
We wondered why Moon Pies taste
better on the front porch of
Woodrow Kennon's Store than they
did in your own kitchen. And why
some folks were nice to young peo-
ple and others seemed to be obliv-
ious to their very existence. We
talked tractors and Elvis, Mickey
Mantle, junior high football and
Halloween carnivals. And the dif-
ference between boys and girls.
I never will forget the ninth
grade Valentine dance. Mother
suggested fairly strongly that I
take Jane. "Mother, I can't take
Jane. She's not a girl..... she's
just.... she's; well..;. she's just
Jane'?
It wasn't that she'd grown up
ugly. Quite the contrary. She was
extra good looking in, her country
sort of way! She didn't pile on the
make up like Elizabeth Pendleton
See Kesley on Page 3


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ONLY SEVEN MORE days to
go until the "BIG C" and every kid
under 100 will be ecstatic!
Kesley informed me Sunday at
church that he already had his
Christmas column written.
Good for Kes. I don't!
I'm going to write it today,
though. I don't want to be both-
ered with having to write it Mon-
day: besides, the paper is going to
be printed on Tuesday of 'next
week.
I'm thinking of printing the
Gettysburg Address or the Pream-
ble to the Constitution, or some
other document that will fill up
this space next week. Nobody has
the time to read ETAOIN SHRDLU,
anyhow, on Christmas week.
I don't have my Christmas
shopping done yet, nor does it look
like I'm going to have the time or
opportunity to get it done.
The dialysis center isn't even
going to give me a free day. They
have even re-scheduled me for a


ETAOIN SHRDLU

' Witten b Wesley Ramsey
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couple of other days, "for my con-
venience"l I told Dr. Mina, the doc-
tor on call, that I had just as soon
have a day off, if it was alright with
him.
He replied that he would just
as soon I didn't .

I GOT A TYPICAL Christmas
letter, along with a copy of a col-
umn from my. pen pal, Bob Stein-
metz, in the niail last Wednesday,
which went the 'route of all Christ-
mas letters.
It told of his participation in
the Oskaloosa, Kansas, old timers
parade. He was the one cleaning
up the road after the horses had


passed by.
He told of getting rid of Sam-
mie, the poodle, just because he
anointed his floor-not with
oil-instead 'of waiting until he
was outside: because he was a,
rowdy puppy iistead of affection-
ate, like his departed female dog,
-Ginger Lee.
I can't understand his doing
that. He had Sammie for seven
months! He should have wormed'
his way unto Bob's affection by ,
that time.
We acquired Little Bit about
the same time and Little Bit has
"established" herself in our house-
hold, solidly!


'She still qccasionally deposits
a. chunk; just, after' she comes
back after a trip to the backyard.
She always goes on a floor that s
tile, so it can be easily cleaned up
and looks on with the proper
remorse over having caused us an
inconvenience.

I RECEIVED MY first Christ-
mas present the odher day, and
have already eaten it up. ..
,Catherine Player sent me over
a tray filled with divinity, without
nuts. With nuts would- have been
better, but as you'know, I'm not
supposed to eat nuts on my renal
diet. .
I say "supposed". I "fudge",
every once in a while {not choco-
late fudge,] it's not. onf my diet.
either.. which h makes it hard,
fight here at Christmas time.,
I.guess that's why Dr. Mina re-
arranged my schedule, to allow ine
to have Christmas day free of dial-
ysis. [I normally have to go on


Thursdaysl. He, knew I'd cheat,
anyhow.
I enjoyed the divinity. with-
out nuts!
Let's see, there are now eight
ladies fixing me cooked goodies
periodically... and five menl
Keep itup!

I NOTICE THAT the City of
.New York is not going to allow the
Christmas season display of nativ-
ity scenes or the Menorah this
year.
They seem to be going all out
to make this a truly "neutral"
nation.
As if we need it!
New York doesn't believe it
themselves Remember 9/11?
They called on God, en masses Not
Allah, Not Buddah, Not other
gods, but God! .
Now they're trying to erase
any semblance of God from their
sight; and right here at the time of
His birth, tool


How would they like it if any
sign of their individual births were
to be banned? No more birthday
parties; no more bar mitzvas; no
more anniversaries. :;i
And tp think, our forefathers
toyed with making this city our
permanent capitol!
New York has the Yankees and
the Mets. That ought to show them
how much God thinks of their lat-
est thought.
Our "pal", France, is even try-
ing something similar, by trying to
outlaw the wearing of the muslim
head scarf by muslim women.
What happens to those
women who just w t to keep
their head warm?

NO WONDER SO'many people
want to come:to the U.S. to make
their home. At least they can
express their religious preference
here without breaking some law;
at least for the time being.


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PSJ Commission Opens Bids


Port St. Joe city commissioners
had an unusually large number of
bids to open during their regular
meeting Tuesday evening.
First on that list was a bid
request for a new class A fire
truck/pumper. Four bids were
received ranging from $241,905 to
$338,376 for the truck and option-
al equipment. It seemed on the sur-
face that 10-8 Fire Equipment was
the low bidder for the truck, but
the optional equipment list brought
some confusion to that question.
The board turned the bids over
to Port St. Joe fire chief, John Ford,
for his review. Ford will bring a rec-
ommendation back to the board at
its next regular meeting.
Commissioners approved the
purchase of a new sewer cleaner
(pressure pump) accepting the low


Kes

or frizz her hair up everyday like
Betty Ann Creighton. She didn't
have to!
You just. don't date your best
friend.
Mothers don't give up. By our
sophomore year Mom was urging
me to take Jane to the Sadie
Hawkins dance. Shoot, I'd spent
most of the last six months spilling
my heart out to her about how
much I loved Mary Hadley Hayden.
I'd sworn Jane to secrecy. And I
knew she would die before she
would betray my trust....but you
can also see why she would be the
last person I could ever take to a
dance--SHE knew too much!
At different times Ricky Gene
or Buddy or Jim Ed would come to
me and want me to "carefully, so
she won't know I talked to you" put
in a "good word" for him with "your
good buddy, Jane." They didn't
want her to play baseball with us
ten years ago but now it was a dif-
ferent story! I, of course, would
.immediately report the whole thing
to her and we'd get a big laugh over.
it .
In the spring of our senior year
Mary Hadley announced her
engagement to Charles Hinshaw. I
was coming out of John T.
Moseley's Seed and Produce
Company when Jane caught up
with .e \l e walked do\\n to


bid of $28,967 from Truck
Equipment Sales inc., provided the
bid meets specifications.
The board also accepted the
low bid of $7,400 from Wallace
Pump and Supply for a video cam-
era pipe inspection system, and
tabled bids for a well point pump
system until Public Works
Superintendent Terry McDaniel
had the opportunity to review the
three bids received.
.IN OTHER BUSINESS
-Agreed to a request to rezone
lot 9 and the east half of lot 7 (209
Ninth Street) from R-l to R-2B.
This would allow the property
owner to use their home as offices
for a general contractor, similar to
Watson Brothers and Windolf
Construction. During discussion
city attorney Russ Scholz brought


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Woodrow Kennon's front porch and
she explained to me how narrow
Mary Hadley's eyes were as she
poured some peanuts in a coke.
She allowed the whole thing "was
over Charlie's money". My disap-
pointed heart began to howl with
laughter as Jane "demonstrated"
Mary's semi-cross eyed look. She
raised her chin just so and mim-
icked perfectly Mary's high pitched
voice. By the time we finished the
drink we were a million miles over
one lost love.
Graduation and life kinda sent
us in different directions. I heard
she married a marine biologist and
moved to San Antonio, Texas. But
isn't it wonderful how time and
space can't erase a real friendship!
I'll tell you this....if someone
today in Sanr Antonio mentions
Mickey Mantle or covers their
Christmas dressing with cranber-
ries ....Jane will smile and remem-
.ber a creek, free falling out of the
hay loft and a boy with an unusual
first name.
And I never come to this holi-
day season without a nod and a
salute to the girl who taught me life
was a lot more precious than silver
and gold.....and receiving that gift
is good for the eye....but giving
lights up the soul!
I Think I Could Whip Her Now,
Kes


very little humor to the question
when he said, "R-2B or not R-2B
that is the question." The board
agreed it would be R-2B after dis-
cussion.
-Decided to grant a variance to
Rodney and Janice Hall for a home
being constructed at 104 Betty
Drive.
S -Were advised that Aztec/Big
Wheel Recycling will increase its
fees 2.3%, the increase of the cost
of living, as outlined in their con-
tract with the city.
-Heard concern from commis-
sioner Benny Roberts that there
was still a large number of dogs
roaming the city's streets and the
need to do something about the
problem.
-Agreed to advertise for bids to
replace the roof at the waste water
treatment plant and seek prices to
roof the David Jones Memorial
gym.
-After discussions were initiat-
ed by Commissioner John Reeves,
the board supported new vehicle
assignments by city administrative
staff.

PSJ Garbage Schedule
Christmas week garbage pick
up schedule for the city will be as
follows:
Monday and Tuesday, regular
schedule. Thursday pick up will be
on Wednesday, December 24th.
Friday pick up will be on Thursday,
December. 25th. Cardboard will be
picked up on Monday, December
29th.
New Years',week garbage pick
up schedule will be:
SMonday and Tuesday, regular
schedule. Thursday pick up will be
on Wednesday, December 31st.
Friday will be on the regular sched-
ule.

5 Points and Wetappo
Landfill Schedule
Five Points and Wetappo
Landfill will be closed December
24th, 25th, and 26th so that
employees may spend the
Christmas holiday with their fami-
lies. They will reopen on December
27th


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It Takes A Community! / Clean-up Effort Goes Well


by Tim Croft
Asia Whitley's 500-megawatt
smile lit up a chilly overcast morn-
ing.


As she sprightly
pranced around
Avenue C, picking
up pieces of wood, a
candy, bar wrapper
or a discarded soda
bottle, the 10-year-
old explained why
she wasn't spending
this dreary Saturday
morning inside,
watching television
or playing in the
Warmth.
"I wanted to
help," she said,
barely able to con-
tain that cherubic
smile. "It's good. to
help clean up your
community."
Many, obvious-
ly, were of a similar
mind last Saturday.
morning, as young,
old, male, female,
'white and black,
gathered to spruce
up North Port St.
Joe, and, maybe, in
turn raise up a com-
munity.
Despite gray
overcast skies,
despite a nip in the
air, dozens gathered
to don gloves, grab
trash' bags and set
to work down the
streets and alleys of
North Port St. Joe.


As impressive
was that the ranks
of those hardy folks, sweeping
everything in their path into large
plastic bags, were bolstered as oth-
ers drove by and stopped or sud-
denly emerged from their houses to
lend a hand.
"I was surprised by the
turnout," said Dannie Bolden, who
as part of the Community Action
Organization had helped spearhead
the cleanup. "I was surprised and
impressed with the number of peo-
ple, white and black. Diversity is so
important "
it \ s. quite literally. a rainbo-i
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and gathering
and sprucing,
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She may doing "chores" on a Saturday morning, but 10-year-old Asia
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Saturday's community clean-uo.


County Commissioner Nathan Peters Jr., (from left), Port St. Joe City Commissioner Rachel Crews and Port St. Joe
Mayor Frank Pate were on hand to don gloves and lead the sweep into the streets of North Port St. Joe last Saturday
morning during a community clean-up.


5 ..


week.
And so, Tim Wlder and John
Reeves were joined by young Ms.
Whitley and Curtis Lewis of Boyz II
Men.
Dana Boyer and Bill Kennedy
were joined by Freddy Lewis and a
couple of Lewis' young Boyz II Men
,charges, Willie Quinn and Jaylen
Pittman.
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Community from Page 4


said Earl Burns of the Community
Action Committee. "That personal
connection, that's what we are try-
ing to create.
"We're hoping to bring every-
body together and build on that."
The foundation certainly was
poured on Saturday morning. After
lining the streets with overflowing.


Gulf
HOSPITAL SALE MOV
Bonati, meanwhi
over the weekend ti
leaders about health
the community and
future role. '
Bonati met with,
Mayor Frank Pate of
St. Joe, Bill William
the county Health (
Alan McNair, execute
the county Economi
Council.
"He was trying t
the landscape," Steel
really good afterward
the beginning, he
everybody."
Bonati also outl
for the hospital, ind
already has as mar
surgeries Bonati s
surgery technique he
using lasers and
patented lined up fc
January.
That, Bonati ind


trash bags, the volunteers gathered
for lunch, part communion of hot
dogs, hamburgers and fish plates
and part celebration of what had
been accomplished.
And that went well beyond the
cleaner streets of North Port St. Joe.
It was found in the smiles, the
handshakes; the back slaps, the


hands joined in a common goal to
lift up one section of town and,
maybe, an entire community.
"Hopefully, this will be the start
of something great," said Rachel
Crews.
Or as eighth-grader Trevor Seay
put it, parsed through a mischie-
vous grin, "We are doing something
good."
Indeed.


Pines from Page 1
rlNG FORWARD leaders, underscored the fact that Mayo Clinic model.
le, was iri town he will bring a deep and broad "He has the demand for his
o talk to local patient base to the hospital, provid- services," McNair said. "People will
care issues in ing much needed revenue before come to where he is."
the hospital's the first local patient walks in The impact on the local econo-
the door. my, and the local job market, are
among others, That, he. noted in his discus- self-evident.
the City of Port sions, renders geography all but a Bonati also outlined his ulti-
s, chairman of moot issue as Bonati sets out to cre- mate goal of constructing a state-of-
Committee and ate a facility that would follow the the-art 100-bed hospital on the
tive director of footprint at Gulf Pines.
c Development McNair, for one, came away
Suitably impressed.
o get a feel for "He explained what his plans
ey said. "He felt are here..!," McNair said. "He con-
Is. This is just vinced me that he intends to pump
wants to meet a lot of money, into the community
through his new hospital" and its
ined his plans out-of-town patients and local
icating that he employees.
ay as 60 back He added that Bonati had dis-
pecializes in a cussed at length his desire and need
has perfected, for local help in workforce develop-
tools he has ment and training-
or Gulf Pines in "He's a positive person," McNair
said. "He doesn't dwell on nega-
licated to local n. ar a. -.: tives."


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Citing a lack of commitment on
job creation and the potential to
hinder port expansion in the
future, the Port Authority board
decided Monday not to move for-
ward on a proposal to bring a busi-
ness that would refurbish high-end
yachts to Port St. Joe.
The board voted unanimously
to send a letter to businessman
Herman Harmon notifying him that
the Port Authority had decided not
to move ahead with his proposal at
this time.
The Port Authority and
Harmon had been batting the pro-
posal back and forth for the good
part of a year.
However,, with his business
plan in front of them during their
board meeting on Monday, the Port
Authority determined that
Harmon's plan lacked the details
as he'd advertised and fell some-
what short of the commitment the
board needed to go forward.
Specifically, Authority mem-
bers were dismayed with promises
on job creation, which members
said Harmon had originally pegged
at as many as 125 jobs by the time
of full build-out of his business,
which would focus on refurbishing
so-called "mega-yachts" those
more than 80 feet in length and
high-end millwork, such as entry
door and glass components for lux-
ury homes.
The deal had, pending
Harmon's submittal of a formal
written business plan, seemed to
be sailing smoothly forward in
recent months.
However, the business plan
Harmon submitted for considera-
tion, and which the Port Authority
board took up Monday, guaranteed
only a minimum of 25 jobs by the
time permitting was completed, or
in about two years.
That fell far short of what the
Port Authority members felt was
needed.
"And there is nothing in (the
business plan) that during these
two years there are any jobs avail-
able," said board member Johanna
White. "I don't think he is making a
commitment to us."
Board chairman Gary Ross
also questioned revenue numbers
offered in the business plan, which
he believed to be wildly optimistic.
"I have a hard time figuring
where the numbers came from,'
,Ross said.
Underlying those discussions.
'meanwhile, were critical issues of
geography, long-term vision 'and
stewardship of public ,dollars and
assets.
The bottom line for the board
members, it appeared Monday, was
found on the land on which
Harmon proposed to construct his
business.
Harmon was looking at a piece
of the 20-acre parcel sitting north
of the mill site, between the bridge
and the wastewater treatment
plant.
The Port Authority had previ-
ously tendered the potential of a
land swap with The St. Joe Co.,


which would free up the parcel for
Harmon, as well as a large
Louisiana boat-building business
which is still looking at Port St. Joe
as a potential site for a new facility.
However, Iongoing visioning
meetings examining the potential
future options for port expansion
(see related article in this newspa-
per) has apparently identified a
move north, in the direction of the
Intracoastal Waterway, as the most
economically and logistically viable
direction for such'expansion.
"The visioning process has
changed our perception of this
land," Ross noted.
Which in turn made the con-
sideration of possible uses for a
parcel that sits smack in the mid-
dle of such a path a tad premature,
said Port Authority board member
Warren Yeager.
'The timing of this is a little
,off," Yeager said. "I'm not ready to
proceed \-ith this offer at this time."
Board member Dr. David
Langston noted that the Port
Authority is charged with being
stewards of public assets, and that
balancing the Harmon proposal
against the potential value of the
property in question clearly tipped
in favor of turning away the offer.
"I do not feel comfortable with
this, period," Langston said. "The
property is too valuable.
"Holding on to that property at
this time is more valuable than (the
Harmon proposal) to the communi-
ty and to the port."
White agreed.
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further expansion (for us). That
property is going to be very valu-
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Harmon could not be reached
for comment.
In other business:
The board intends to move
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Former Graduate Tells Students of His Tours to Bagdad and Afghanistan ...


by Tim Croft
Eddie Ward enlisted in the U.S.
Army right out of high school "to
see the world."
He did, however, have a differ-


He has already experienced
things undreamed of two summers
ago during basic training: weeks in
stifling heat and full gear, of day-
after-day of rations, firing his


Battalion, 101st Airborne, could
have regaled those students about
it all.
The theme to his stint in the
Army, which Ward originally envi-


sioned as a chance to leave Port St.
Joe behind and travel, was irrevo-
cably altered that first week after
basic ended.


After his country came under
attack by sociopathic terrorists.
"We were angry," Ward said. "It
changed everything. I didn't expect


to go to war. I didn't want to go, I
have family, but it's our job, that's
what we signed up to do.
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which Ward inhabited forever
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And as a result, the 2001 grad-
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spent most of the past two years on
some of the most harrowing ground
on Earth, distant places with
names like Afghanistan, Mosul and/
Baghdad which have become part
of the American lexicon.


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Karpifski said. "It would be a nat-
ural for what we are trying to
accomplish hefe It isfea sible...
Todd Hill, a designer brought
in by Thi St. Joe Co., to bring two-
dimensional life to the various con-
cepts.under discussion, said the
key for the future of the port was
not as much the existing bulkhead
but the shipping channel, which,
due to the cape, is, somewhat
unusual in the direction in which it
snakes into the port.
'The most important thing (in.
any of the options) is access to this
deepwater channel," Hill said.
Discussed at some length was
a concept to construct what would
amount to a peninsula at the
mouth of the barge canal, providing
more berths and flexibility for ships
should the port move north and/or
up the barge canal.
Nothing is remotely set, in con-
crete or plaster of Paris, but the key
to the process is that the discus-
sions. collegial and professional,
continue apace.
"i think we are moving in the
right direction." said Dr. David
Langston. a member of the Port
Authority
The end result, under the plan-
ning agreement between The St.
Joe, Co., and the Port Authority,
will be a design document contain-
ing the fine strokes of the port's
future.
The visioning process is
expected to last as long as a year.
After all, nothing is done right
overrirght.


weapon at enemies seen and
unseen, watching his best buddy
die when his urnt was attacked by
Iraqi insurgents.
And this week, home for six
weeks before heading off for a
three.-ear stint in Germany. Ward
was. at Port St. Joe Elementary.
)I allking to fourth -graders in Karen
Odom's and Carmel Dodson's class
as well as Regina Capps' fifth-
graders.
Monday morning's main topic
was a given, despite all that Ward
could tell the students: Saddam
Hussein was in custody.
"I was happy," Ward said. "We
really didn't think about (Hussein's
capture) a lot in Iraq, we were tak-
ing care of each other. But it was
part of the mission."
Mission. Taking care of each
other. The camaraderie forged- in
minutes on the battlefield to last a
lTelmrne. '
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Ward-From


"I had a job to do, so you might
as well do it. You fight to. come
home. You are fighting to try to get
back home to your family.
By the following March, he was
in Afghanistan, short on the heels of
Operation Anaconda, which routed
the Taliban, Osama Bin Laden's pri-
mary enabler, from power.
All was "chaos" and "turmoil."
And hot, oppressively hot. A ther-
mometer boiling at 120 degrees is
scorching, even for a young man
raised in the South.
Straying from his uni desig-
nated area invited trouble, snipers
a constant threat.
As a "grunt," Ward, with his
unit, was assigned to provide secu-
rity, back-up to the elite soldiers of
Special Operations.
They rooted out the bad guys
and their weapons and searched for
information.
"It was a blast," Ward said.
"They teach you a lot. They were real
laid back and told us a lot. They
were good teachers."
It was back to the States for
more teaching that fall, more pre-
cisely combat arms training in
Louisiana.
Arid as February of this year
rolled around, Ward and his unit
rolled into the desert of southern
Iraq.
Through the desert to Baghdad,
Mosul and most recently Tela Far,
Ward and his unit slogged forward
and experienced, for the initial time,
the intensity, the cacophony, the
disorienting crucible of the battle-
field.
"It's pretty scary, but you have
your training," Ward said. "You have
your muscle-memory. It's all been
wired into you. They shoot at you,
you shoot back.
"With our morale, and the way
we'd been ,trained, we thought we
knew we could take them."
However, the first rule of war-
fare is that young men and women
die.
Ward's sleep remains inhabited
by the image of his best friend, lay-
ing on the ground, bleeding from
mortal wounds inflicted by an
.insurgent's bomb.
A bomb Sgt. Troy Jenkins of
Alabama ensured would not harm
his fellow soldiers.
"He took the brunt to save me
and some of my buddies," Ward
said. "He saved my life.
"You are' scared and angry at
the same time. Your best friend is
laying there, bleeding and you are
doing security, listening to him
scream.
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Advisory Committee Picks Up Torch for Transition of WIG


by Tim Croft
The season for gathering has
turned, the time for planting seeds
at hand.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec.
11, the Washington Improvement
Group, which over the course of a
dozen years has attracted hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars to
North Port St. Joe, formally ceased
to exist.
As it ended its run, it turned
over the reins, and most impor-
tantly its bank accounts, to the
Community Advisory Committee,
which is charged with disbursing
more than $300,000 in the form of
grants and economic development
initiatives in the community.
"We worked so hard, we did so
many things," said Marsha
Harpool, executive director of WIG.
"It's time to see what somebody
else can do. You have to keep evolv-
ing and evolving.
"But we are leaving it better
than we found it."
That is 'due in significant
measure to a partnership between
the Jessie Ball du Pont
Foundation, several ~ocal churches
and WIG, a partnership which has
attracted some $1 million into the


community of North Port St. Joe.
With six churches in the com-
munity acting as a conduit hav-
ing been beneficiaries of du Pont
between 1960-64, those churches
were eligible to receive funds from
the foundation she established -
those dollars have been used to
remodel the David Jones Memorial
Gym, help create the surrounding
park area and install air condition-
ing in the gym, among other proj-
ects.
"Over time we have made sig-
nificant contributions to the com-
munity," said Clarence Monette,
who has been on the WIG board for
some 12 years, the last 11 as chair-
man. "We made a lot of changes to
improve North Port St. Joe.
"(In the future) you'll see a lot
of changes that will benefit this
community and Port St. Joe as a
whole."
Monette added that .through
WIG's efforts, contacts were made
in high places and, maybe most
importantly, horizons have been
broadened for a community and its
residents.
"Every time you set goals, you
set the bar high," Monette said.
"Some things -w didn't get accom-


Ward-from


"But \ou don't break the rules.
You go by how you are trained
Even whep the rules don't
apply to the fnemiy. an enemy
which takes articular relish in
sending innoctAnt people, children.
carrying explosives toward the
American soldiers. hoping to catch
someone, anyone. off guard.
"The' got really dirt' on us."
Ward said. "They'd have innocent
children bringing these things to
us They'd tell them. "Here. just
take it to the Amenicans.'
The silver in this cloud of car-
nage is the emoronal chain that
links a unit. creating a bond
stronger than Kevlar.
"We take care of each other."
Ward said. 'Our units are all closer
with each other (since expenenc uig
war). We are family over there-. The\
are my family. second only to m\
family back here.'
And while many iraqis clearly
don't want the Amenrcans there.
many. Ward said. particularly
many of the y-oung recognize tihe
help the U.S cua offer.


polished, but a lot of good things got
done.
"We raised a lot of money ... We
were able to bring a lot of ideas and
money back to the community."
Now the Community Advisory
Committee picks up the baton.
Elected in voting of North Port
St. Joe residents in May, the 15-
member committee represents a
cross-section of the community:
youth and seniors, business own-
ers and community organizations,
religious entities and community
groups.
Over the past six months or so,
they have brushed up on the histo-
ry of WIG and, the relationship
between the community and the
Jessie Ball du Pont Foundation.
They have also undergone rig-
orous training to pencil in a unified
vision, to establish internal infra-
structure, by-laws, a governing
pyramid and operating procedures.
'They have been a very good
group, very hard working," said Dr.
Fred Seamon, a consultant
brought in by the du Pont
Foundation several years ago to
assist WIG, and now the advisory
committee, in achieving goals.
See Advisory on page 10


page 8


Ward said that help is gamiin-
a toehold At vari-ous times. W\\'rd
and hs Lunit have br,:iught fio:od to
hungrv people., irst aid to the
wounded. eclectricitv to those with-
out power
The\ have helped train border
guards to protect the boundary-
\ith S\-na anrd have assisted in
training Iraqi pr.lice officer- as \well
as providing secunty an-d support
to elff rts to restore a steady ho\\ of
oil from the country' fields to
relinenes
'\\e are helping themni. \.e are
being hands -on." \'ard said
'Evervday themes \\e are trinae to
gi\e back to the people It's coming
slowly. but surely
I feel we did our job We are
doine a grood job over there. as
much as w\e can
He believed the end of
Hussein's run can o-nly help the
proures.s.
'The people v'ill know. they
no:\w ha\e a full-hearted belief that
he don't t be ,comlnai back to power
that he can t hurt them an\-more."
' WVard said


Finally, about SL\ weeks ago,
lie chance to come home
After re-enlisting. Ward was
sent home in time for Turkey Day.
a chance to see his wife. mother.
father and siblings. not to mention
grandparents and the rest.
And. before heading oil to
Germany. the opportunity to speak
to some elementary school stu-
dents. i\ve them at least a taste of
what is happening each day in
some disconnected world
A chance to emphasize the luLx-
tines. the gifts. that are -too often
taken for granted in this country
Ward now has a far better
understanding about such things
War can do that.
'It makes me more apprecia-
tive." Ward said. 'lln Iraqi you are
always looking for those letters
The Icarel boxes are nice. you get
those all day long, but those long
letters, those five page letters" he
added, his voice trailing i of
IThanksgi\inr was cool. It
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Advisory

Committee


--from page 9
Next month the committee
members will undergo what could
be the most important component
of their training: the grant making
process, including establishing
guidelines, an application process,
criteria for awarding grants, etc.
The committee's charge over
the ensuing months and years is to
use an endowment of more than
$300,000 to invest in local busi-
nesses, support local organizations
reaching out to youth and seniors,
to provide grants to bankroll com-
munity economic development ini-
tiatives and'outreach program.
The group's minimal operating
expenses will also come from the
endowment dollars.
In announcing the committee
makeup last May, Rev. Edward
King Jr., who sits on the Board of
Trustees *for the du Pont
Foundation in Jacksonville, said,
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investor. They will invest in the
organizations and programs that
are doing something in the commu-
nity.,
"Port St. Joe as you used to
know it will no longer exist. Change
is here. The challenge for North
Port St. Joe and this community is
how to deal with the change that is
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grows, as economic development
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"I'm happy for the group
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"It's a happy day for me. I
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The "Health Consultation"
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"will evaluate additional informa-
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groundwater collected" by the
Environmental Protection Agency
and its contractor late last year
and early this year.
The DOH will also continue to
assist the Gulf County Health
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community in reviewing new envi-
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In addition to the assessment
of soil, groundwater and surface
water, the DOH also found physi-
cal hazards in the area, caused by
the sinking of some homes.
Such subsidence, the report
stated, "has caused structural
damage to homes and affects
water, sewer and gas lines.
Cracking outside walls and roofs
could also allow inside access to
water, insects, birds and rodents,


all of which can be disease vectors

"DOH recommends residents
in subsiding houses use flexible
connections for gas, water and
sewer service. Residents are
encouraged to have the appropri-
ate authorities ensure gas, water
and sewage infrastructure meet all
safety standards. DOH recom-
mends residents ensure that
repairs are made to cracked roofs
and walls tb prevent water damage
and limit access to insects, birds
and rodents."
There are a limited number of
copies of the "Health
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PSJ Soccer Teams Netting Experience


As the new Port St. Joe High
School boys and girls soccer teams
continue their season, the boys
have proven to be a dominant force
while the girls have a defense with
which to contend.
The boys junior-varsity team,
led by coaches Paul Sabiston and
Tom Curry, have taken themselves
to a nearly perfect 4-1 season.
During the Nov. 20 game at
Marianna, which has an estab-
lished varsity soccer program, the
Shark boys won 3-2. Mica Ashcraft
scored all three goals for the Sharks
and became the team's leading
scorer with eight goals to date.
The girls team made a valiant
effort and showed a dominant
defense, but lost to Marianna 1-0.
The only goal made was made in
the final seconds of the game, lead-
ing to heartbreak for the Sharks.
Goal-keepers Cori Owens and Julia
Wigsten made outstanding efforts
in keeping Marianna to only one
point.


On Dec. 4, both teams traveled
to Chipley. The boys stomped the
Tigers 6-3, with Ashcraft and Curry
dominating the game scoring three
goals each with assists by Chris
Fuze, Shawn Kemp, Ashcraft and
Curry.
Coach Sabiston couldn't be
more pleased with the showing of
this new team and is working to
provide everyone a chance to get
playing time to increase the success
of the team.
"The team's morale is very high
right now and the entire team saw a
lot of action against Chipley,"
Sabiston said. '"This allowed some
of the younger players to obtain
valuable experience for the future."
The girls team put on a coura-
geous fight against Chipley, to no
avail. Owens, Jenny Garth,
Elizabeth Gibson and Jessica Ford
all scored against the Tigers but
lost the game 5-4. Assists and
strong support during the game
was given by Kyla Moore, Jessie


The Port St. Joe Sharks work on passing drills during practice this week.


With a 4-1 underway, the Port St. Joe High School boys soccer team pre-
pares for their next home game on Jan. 7.


Wagner and Elizabeth Kilbourn.
Head coach Dr. Betty Curry
was extremely proud of the girls
and was impressed with how the
girls continue to fight and learn
with each game.
"We have been working on scor-
ing and we did it," Curry said. "I am
sorry the girls didn't win, but they
really played their hearts, out the
entire game."
The Lady Sharks battled to a tie
game of the season on Thesday,
Dec. 9 against Sneads, 0-0, and
then lost against Mosley the follow-
ing Thursday 5-0.
Friday night, the boys -played
their first home game in Port St. Joe
soccer history and suffering their
first loss of the season against
Mosley, 4-0.
Monday night both teams trav-
eled to Arnold High School where
the Lady Sharks were defeated 8-0.
The boys got back on track with
a 6-1 win over Arnold with Kurtis


Crum, Charlie Cox, Ashcraft and
Zeke Stevens scoring for the
Sharks.
Next, the boys and girls will
face Arnold High School at home on
Wednesday, Jan. 7, with the girls
playing at 5 p.m. and the boys at 7
p.m.


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Sharks Defeat Sneads 70-61 1


BLOUNTSTOWN 57, PORT ST. JOE 52,
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12
The Port St. Joe Tiger Sharks
dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in
District 3-2A with Friday night's
52-57 loss at Blountstown.
The Tiger Sharks jumped out


to a 14-11 lead after one period,
but were out-scored 21-11 in the
second quarter as the Tigers took a
32-25 lead at intermission.
Raye Bailey led Port St. Joe
with 15 points, five'assists and five
rebounds. Bo Lenox added 14


points and Dennis Warren pulled
down seven rebounds.
Score by Quarters
Sharks 14 11 11 16 52
Tigers 11 21 12 13 57
PSJ (52)- Raye Bailey 15, Ashton
Larry 5, Bart Lowry 3, Bo Lenox 14,
Antonio Smiley 7, Ash Parker 2,
Thomas Webb 2, Dennis Warren 2,.
and Randall Johnson 2.
BHS (57)- Fitten 8, Grant 4,
Garrett 22, Headings 10, and Pitts
13.
PORT ST. JOE 70, SNEADS 61
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16
The Tiger Sharks notched their
first win of the season Tuesday
night with a 70-61 District, 3-2A
victory over Sneads.
Pdrt St. Joe took a 15-i2 lead
by the end of the first quarter, then
out-scored the Pirates 23-17 in the
second, taking a 38-29 lead into
the locker room.
Bo Lenox led the Tiger Sharks
(1-4 overall, 1-1 in the district) with
19 points. Antonio Smiley followed
with 16 points and Raye Bailey


added 12.
Port St. Joe will participate in
an eight team Christmas tourna-
ment at Bay High School December
27, 29 and 30. The Tiger Sharks
play Arnold at 4:30 p.m. ET on the
Dec. 27. A win means Port St. Joe
plays at 7 p.m. on Dec; 29, a loss
sends them into the 4 p.m. game.
The championship game, which the
Sharks will reach with two wins,
will be 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 30.
S Teams participating ,in the
tournament are: Arnold, Bay High,
Lake City, Marianna, Miami Dr.
Krop, Port St. Joe, Rutherford and
Tampa Hudson.
Score by Quarters
Sharks 15 23 15 17 70
Pirates 12 17 12 20 61
PSJ (70)- Raye Bailey 12, Ashton
Larry 2, Bo Lenox'19, Antonio
Smiley 16, Ash Parker 8, Dion
Henry 8, Thomas Webb 3, and
Dennis Warren 2.
SHS (61)- Reed 6, Patterson 12,
Lewis 14, Williams 7, Hartfield 2,
Johnson 6, Garrett 2, and Douglas
22.


Lady Sharks Take District

Win Over Blountstown 43-18


Raye Bailey led the Sharks with 15 points against Blountstown.
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PORT ST. JOE 43, BLOUNTSTOWN 18
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11
The Port St. Joe Lady Sharks
improved to 3-2 overall on the sea-
son and to 1-0 in District 3-2A play
with Thursday night's 43-18 victo-
ry at Blountstown.
The Lady Sharks raced to a 17-
8 halftime lead, then outscored the
Lady Tigers 26-10 in the second
half.
Gekeela Clemmons led all scor-
ers with .a game-high 21 points.
Shawna Bond followed with 10
points, while Latrice Larry added
nine.
Score by Quarters
Sharks 13 4 15 11 43
Tigers 3 5 4 6 -18
' SwV' (43)-. Shawna": Bnd:' 16,
Latrice Larry 9, Tavia Registe :2,,
Gekeela Clemmons 21, and Telisa
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Port St. Joe with 19 points in their 70-
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RIcKARDS 54, PORT ST. JOE 17,
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12
The Lady Sharks suffered a 54-
17 loss to Rickards Friday night.
falling to 3-3 for the season.
Port St. Joe trailed 29-8 at
halftime, and were out-scored 25-9
in the second half.
Gekeela Clemmons led the
Lady Sharks with nine points.
Score by Quarters
Sharks 4 4 4 5-17
Rickards 17 12 15 10 54
PSJ (17)- Shawna Bond 6, Latrice
Larry 2, and Gekeela Clemrrnons 9.
RHS (54)- Lemon 8, Raddor 31.4,
Hall 8, Mathew 2, Richardson 3,
Maxey 1, Seaton 12, and Webster
4.


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Friday, January 2, Home
WEWA CLASSIC
Altha vs RF Munroe 3:00 pm
Wewa vs North Florida Christian ....................5:00 pm
Saturday, January 3
WEWA CLASSIC
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Varsity 5:00 pm
Tuesday, January 6, Away
GATORS vs SNEADS
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ALTHA 55, WEWAHITCHKA 39
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12
The Wewahitchka Gators fell to
1-4 on the season with Friday
night's 55-39 loss at Altha.
The Gators trailed 24-18 at
halftime, but out-scored Altha 14-4
in the third quarter to take a 32-28
lead. Altha bounced back in the
fourth quarter, out-scoring
Wewahitchka 27-7.
Trinit Myers led the Gators
with 16 points. David Edwards and
Jamie McCorvey added seven
points apiece.
Score by Quarters
Gators 12 6 14 7 39
Altha 14 10 4 27 55
WEWA (39)- Trinit Myers 16,
Trannon Myers 3, David Edwards
7, Trey Goodwin 4, Jamie
McCorvey 7, and Brad Sanders 2.
AHS (55)- Barfield 16, Gable 11,


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L-R Coach Trey Rose, Ben Jones, Brad Sanders, Trannon Myers, Trey Goodwin, Jamie McCorvey, Trinit
Myers, David Edwards, Kody Bidwell, Johnny Jones, Coach Hollensworth.


Trinit Myers reaches over the defender for a layup.


Trey Goodwin goes up for
two.


Bodifold 17, White 4, and Neil 4.
COTTONDALE 67, WEWAHITCHKA 28,
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
The Gators suffered a 67-28
District 3-2A loss Saturday night to
Cottondale. Wewahitchka (1-5
overall, 0-2 in district play) trailed
44-18 at halftime.
Trey 'Goodwin led the Gators
with seven points. Johnny Jones,
David Edwards and Trannon Myers
each added six points.
Score by Quarters
Hornets 28 16 15 8 -- 67
Gators 8 10 5 5 28
WEWA (28)- Trinit Myers 4,
Johnny Jones 6, David Edwards 6,
Trey Goodwin 7, Trannon Myers 6.
CHS (67)- Henderson 2, Hall 14,
Bellamy 2, Roulhac 12, Hunter 6,
Bellamy 22. and White 2. .
ARNOLD 80, WEWAHITCHKA 50


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16
The Gators fell to 1-6 overall
with Tuesday night's 80-50 loss to
Arnold.
Johnny Jones, David Edwards
and Trinit Myers each had 13
points to pace the Gators.
Wewahitchka will host a four-
team classic January 2-3. The first
day's line-up features Altha versus
R. F. Munroe at 3 p.m. CT, and
SWewahitchka against North Florida
Christian at 5 p.m. It will be North
Florida versus Altha at 3 p.m. the
next day, followed by Gators
against R. F. Munroe at 5 p.m.
Score by Quarters
Marlins 21 24 23 12 80
Gators 14 11 13 12 50
WEWA (50)- Trannon Myers 3,
Johnny Jones 13, David Edwards
13, Trty Goodwin 6, kody Bidwell
,and Trinit 'Myers 13.


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WEWA CLASSIC
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A large crowd gathered for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.


"Christmas on the Coast"



Brings In The Spirit


by Carly Johnson
With Christmas Day rapidly
approaching, the "Christmas on
the Coast" festivities, sponsored by
the Constitution City Business
Association (CCBA), helped spread
the cheer of the season to local res-
idents and businesses.
'This year's 'Christmas on the
Coast' was a real success," said
Sandi Bish, event chair. "Our main
goal was to get residents of this
county together in the downtown
area and we did that.".
Although it was chilly last
Saturday morning, many residents
of Gulf County braved the condi-
tions to participate in the first


annual "Reindeer Run."
Contestants began and ended the
event on Reid Avenue, taking a sce-
nic tour though town along the
way, although for the first person
crossing the finish line, it was more
like a blur.
Jon Clough of Mexico Beach
won the event with a time of 17:56
in the 5K run, some four minutes
in front of the pack.
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said. "I had hoped I would do a lit-
tle better than I did, but I am satis-
fied for the most part."
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Haven came in second in 21:55, fol-


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Wewahitchka at 22:25. Rounding
out the top-5 were Mike Lacour of
Port St. Joe (22:35) and Jay Bidwell
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Neatie Witter, center, president of the Friends of the Library, is shown with supporters of the library's current
building project. Shown from left are City Commissioner John Reeves, John Hendry, project manager for Arvida,
Mayor Frank Pate, Sonny Chafin with the Friends, and Sheriff Michael Hammond.

Rot r7:

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past two years, helped out this hol-
iday season with the bell-ringing in_
support' of the Salvation Army. It A
was only part of the Rotary Club's
holiday efforts, which included a
key role in the "Christmas for Kids
and Adults." Hbre, visiting Rotarian "-
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County each year, rings the bell in "
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8. Vtech toys-Robot kits
9. Dress up clothes or cos-
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Christmas

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Coast-

from page 14
of Wewahitchka (22:54).
The youngest boy to compete in
the run, Bryce Nelson, 13, a stu-
dent at Port St. Joe Middle School,
clocked a respectable 31:51 in his
first 5K.
Following the "Reindeer Run"
was the.annual Christmas parade.
With clubs, dance troops, political
officials, beauty queens and even
the big guy himself, all were repre-
sented on Reid Avenue.
Hayley Ward, 8, and Caitlyn
Thusbay, 9, enjoyed the festivities
from the sidelines, scooping up
candy and beads from passersby.
While Santa is the all-time parade
hit, both girls also enjoyed the
enormous inflatable snowman.
Parade participant Hayden Lee,
4, representing Pam Nobles Dance
Studio, also got a kick out of the
snowman, but noted the parade
route was a little longer than antic-
ipated.
"If was lots of' fun," Lee
explained. "I really liked dancing in
the parade, but it was a long, long
walk."
Judges picked the Port St. Joe
Elementary float as the best, with
Faith Christian School coming in
second and the VFW Post No.
10069 and Roy's Play N Hooke
tying for third. All winners received
prizes from the CCBA.
Following the parade, kids were
invited to meet with Santa at
Family -Life Church. Brandi
Barnes, and James Gavin, both 6,
had no hesitation about climbing
into the lap of Ole St. Nick and ask-
ing for a Barbie Swan Lake with
carriage and a race car, respective-
ly.
Although the wind picked up
that evening and put an end to the
boat parade through St. Joseph
Bay, participants still took time to
show off their nautical treasures
decorated for the season.
Take Your Pic, owned by Boyd
and Paula Pickett took home high
honors with Roy's Play N Hooke,
owned "by Sam and Tammy
Buccieri coming in second. There
was a tie for third between Reel
Buzzin, owned by Matt and
Samantha Allen, and the Patsy
Ray, owned by Ray and Patsy
Whitney.
The final weekend of
"Christmas on the Coast" was
topped off with the annual "Festival
of Lights" on Friday and the Tour of
Homes and the American Cancer
Society's Christmas Ball on
Saturday.
Gulf and Franklin County res-
idents donned their best duds for
the inaugural .charitable event that
featured gaming tables, a silent
and live auction, dinner and danc-
ing.
"We are getting ready for our
wrap-up from this year and are
going to start preparing for next
year very soon," Bish said. "We got
a lot of great feedback from the
community and want next year's
events to be even more successful.
It is all about celebrating where we
live."



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Granny is doing better!
In a conversation with Ron
Hardy, co-owner of Gulf World
Marine Park at Panama City Beach
where Granny is in rehab, and as
of last week, Granny continues to
swim and is eating better than she
had been in the past weeks.
.Granny was loaded with bits
and pieces of shells! These shells,
mostly clam shells, were anywhere
from little pieces to the size of a
quarter and had become impacted
in her system. With the help of an
old stand-by, mineral oil, Granny
has eliminated the shells and is
doing better at staying down on the
bottom of the tank as well as eating
her seafood diet provided by her
caretakers.
Granny was a "floater." Gases
inside the body's cavities caused
her to float and now that those
gases have passed, she is able to.
dive and remain underwater for a
while. Granny had become weak at
some point in the last months at
sea and most likely could rot find
food or was not able to retrieve the
foods she normally eats, so she ate
whatever she could find which
apparently was a lot of shellfish!
She could not eliminate the shells,
thus causing gas build-up within
her body.
Granny's release is question-
able at this point in time. The out-
look for release is hopeful, but that
is also a decision that will be made:
as time passes and as Granny
grows stronger...there is no time-
line. She is an older turtle and it
will take some time, lots of obser-
vation and discussion as to if and
when that release back into the
wild can take place..


Granny's condition is improving since these shells "passed."


Cong. Boyd Staff Will Visit St. Joe
A member of Congressman Allen Boyd's (D-North Florida) stai \\ill be
visiting Port St. Joe on the third Thursday of every month so that the peo-
ple of Gulf County will have the opportunity to discuss in person issues of
concern to them.
Congressman Boyd's staff has been trained to assist constituents with
a variety of issues related to various federal agencies. It is important to the
Congressman that his staff make themselves, available to those who are
not able to travel to either his Panama City or Tallahassee offices.
The next office hours with Congressman Boyd's staff will be Thursday,
December 18th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gulf County Courthouse
Administra-tive Annex in Port St. Joe.


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Port St. Joe native, Lynn
Ramsey Kerigan will hang up the
stethoscope, ori Friday, December
19th, in a ceremony at Gulf Coast
Community College in Panama
City where she has served for 25
years of continuous service as a
Nursing Instructor. It is unlikely
that any other healthcare profes-
sional will be more missed in the
Gulf and Bay County' areas for
helping so many.
Lynn Ramsey was born and
raised in Port St. Joe to parents
Ed and Ruth Ramsey. She gradu-
ated Port St. Joe High School after
the 11th grade, then received a
Bachelors of Nursing degree at
Emory University and,. finally a.
Masters in Education from Troy
State University. She taught for
many years at George Wallace
Community College in Dothan, AL
before moving back to the area to
reside in Mexico Beach in 1976.
She then resumed her teaching
career two years later at Gulf
Coast Connlmunity Colleee.
Mrs. Kerigan is loved through-
out the healthcare community
since she has literally counseled
and cared for many thousands of
students and patients. There is.
hardly a nurse in the two-county
area that hasn't studied under
Mrs. Lynn's caring hands and
warm smile. As .Assistant
Professor of Nursing'she has
taught a variety of coursework
including pediatrics; and has led
students on clinical assignments
in both Bay Medical and Gulf
Coast Hospitals. "Everybody [at
the hospital] knows Mom," her
four sons agree. "No matter who
we are there to visit, or which doc-
tor's office we're in, they all say
mom was the best teacher they
ever had."
Lynn Kerigan has been mar-
ried to Jack Kerigan, Sr. for 42
years and is mother to Jack, Jr.,
Pat, Steve and Tim. Three of the
four boys have returned, within
the last two years, to raise -their
families in the area, which has
given Mrs. Kerigan a new "career"
as Grandma Lynn to eight grand-
children living in Port St. Joe and
two more in San Diego, CA. One
great-niece,, little Kerigan Pickett,
even refers to her affectionately as
"Aunt Grandma Lynn."
Remodeling their Mexico Beach
home into what many have real-
ized to bea huge 'grandkids nest,'
also proved Mrs. Lynn is a clever
strategist.
Slowing down may not be easy
for Lynn Kerigan as this is actual-
ly not her first retirement. While
working as a full-time Nursing
Instructor at Gulf Coast
Community College, she also held
another career as an emergency
room -nurse at Bay Medical Center

Equine Coggins
Clinic Jan. 2nd
The Gulf County Extension
Service will be sponsoring an
equine clinic on January 2nd at
10:00 a.m. CST at the Michael
Traylor Arena. The cost is $22.00
per horse for Coggins and $22.00
for West Nile vaccination per
horse.
For more information, call the
Gulf County Extension Service at
639-3200, or 229-2909.


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for 15 years! She only left that
service two years ago as the kids
began returning home with grand-
children. She will now give up the
2-hour daily commute she's made
faithfully for the past 25 years to
spend time with family, traveling,
and her church, Mexico Beach
United Methodist where she serves
as organist. One glimpse into her
garnet and gold adorned office
confirms that she'll also not soon
give up her seats in Tallahassee
where she can be found through-
out the Fall cheering for the
Seminoles.
Mrs.. Kerigan's family will be
celebrating with her Saturday
night, December 20, at Half Shells
on Mexico Beach, beginning at
7:00 p.m. and would like to see
her friends drop by.


river routes, stagecoach routes,
railroad lines, interstate high-
ways, etc. But today, the internet
allows someone to sell, a product
made in Bristol to a consumer in
Paris, France. Example: If I live in
Bristol and my business was rais-
ing and smoking turkeys, I could
sell those turkeys from a web-
site...payment received and
processed by. a bank...put in my
account.. all in less than five min-

utes. Then all I have to do is make
sure that my UPS or FedEx paper-
work is correct...bingo bango...I
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this...each month more business
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than the month before and so on
and so on. More and more people
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Former Resident, "Comfy Cardigan" Designer,


Will Be Featured In January Country Living


Helen Ullmen, 1980 graduate
of Port St. Joe High School, and
now known as Alexandra Wolf, was
honored by Country Living
Magazine with a feature photo and
article on her and one of her
"Comfy Cardigan" designs. The
article will be published in the
January 2004 issue under "Great
Finds".
Seeing Alexandra's 'Twinkling
Toile Cardigan", the editor called to
say she and the staff were fighting
over it. The editor said they loved
the cardigan so much they wanted
to do a feature on her and the
cardigan designs. Alexandra
designs six to nine cardigans a year
to fit women of all age ranges and
sizes. Alexandra has sold her cardi-
gans at shows throughout the


country and in her two stores.
Before becoming a clothing
designer, fifteen of the eighteen
years she spent in New York City
she operated her own business as
an agent for film directors. As an
agent she carried feature film, com-
mercial and music video directors.
Some of the film work she was able
to secure for her directors was, The
Abyss, The Grafters, feature films,
Jell-OF Pudding and Kodak com-
mercials with Bill Cosby, Maytag
and Dr. Pepper, music videos with
ZZ Top, and Duran Duran.
Alexandra now resides in Palm
Springs, California selling her
cardigans at shows and on her
website www.comfycardigans.com.
She invites all her friends to email
her through the website.


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The Northwest Florida Water
Management District (NWFWMD)
approved more than $4 million in
capital improvement grants to local
governmental agencies to help
maintain environmental and water
quality within the District's 16-
county area.
On November 20th, the
District's Governing Board recom-
mended that funds be made avail-
able to 11 recipients through the
Florida Forever program, which
continues the state's long-term
commitment to the improvement
of surface water quality, restora-
tion of degraded natural areas,
environmental land acquisition .and
provision of high-quality nature-
based outdoor recreational oppor-
tunities.
'The Northwest Florida Water


Management District is pleased to
support these local governments to
help rectify water quality issues
that have regional impacts," said
Joyes Estes, Chair of the District's
- Governing Board. "Water is becom-
ing an increasing important issue
for the northwest region. By the
area's response to this grant
opportunity, local governments
have clearly demonstrated a strong
interest in undertaking coopera-
tive, cost-sharing projects and in
correcting some of the environmen-
tal problems that exist."
'This is the first year, the first
grant cycles, for this program,"
explained Douglas E. Barr,
NWFWMD's Executive Director.
'The northwest Florida Legislative
delegation and the District's
Governing Board have been very
supportive of the effort to direct


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projects."
Projects recommended for
grants include those addressing
surface water quality improvement
and protection, stormwater man-
agement, water body and wetland
restoration activities, shoreline
erosion control, flood protection
and sediment reduction.
"I have seen a number of proj-
ects implemented throughout my
tenure as a Governing Board mem-
ber," explained L.E. McMullian,
Vice Chair of the District's
Governing Board from Sneads.
"These 11 projects that reach
across our District faciltate cooper-
ation between the local govern-
ments and the Water Management
District. This is'the kind of cooper-
ation we need if we are to resol've
some of our water issues ard con-
cerns."
The District anticipates enter-
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.each recipient in early spring 2004,
Spt'.a-. a review by- the'. Florida
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A Public Hearing will be held at the Board of
County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on
Monday, December 22, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
The public hearing will be held in the BOCC
Meeting room at the Robert M. Moore
Administration Buillding, 1000 Cecil G. Costin
Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. The public hear-
ing will be to discuss and act on the following:

Variance Approval to use rock and con-
crete curbing instead of asphalt for paving
road for Hammock By The Bay Jimmy
Hambrick Parcel ID #6261-000R a 5
unit townhouse minor subdivision.

Final Plat Approval and Variance Approval
Hammock By The Bay Jimmy
Hambrick Parcel ID # 6261-OOOR 3.75
acres in Section 36, Township 8 South,
Range 11 West, Gulf Coumty, Florida a
maximum 5 unit minor subdivision sub-
ject to all development regulations
required by Gulf County.

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


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PUBLIC NOTICE

The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners has resched-
uled their regular meeting on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 to
Monday, December 22, 2003 at 6:00 p.m., E.S.T., in their meet-
ing room in the Robert M. Moore Administration Building at the
Gulf County Courthouse Complex in Port St. Joe, Florida.

BILLY E. TRAYLOR
CHAIRMAN

Publish December 11 &18 2003


Blackshear Wins Championship Tourney


Dave BlacXshear (standing sec-
ond from left)Vwon the annual St.
Joseph Bay Country Club
Championship with a two day total
of 150 (74-76). The two day tourna-
ment on December 6th and 7th
was sponsored this year by the
Men's Golf Association of St.
Joseph Bay Country Club.
The winds blew hard and cold
for Saturday's round and survival
may have been the only thought on
the players' mind. Only two players


were able to shoot in the 70's,
Blackshear in the championship
flight, and Kenny Weimorts (78) in
the white tee players flight.
Sunday was breezy, but offered
better weather for the brave golfers.
Roy Solomon again won the
Seniors Division with two great
rounds. Kenny Weimorts won the
white tee division also with two
outstanding rounds of golf in diffi-
cult weather conditions.
The final winners were:


Blue tee (Championship-
scratch golfers)
First place--Dave Blackshear
(150), second place-Eric Schoelles
(165), and third place-Gary Settle
(170).
Gold tee players (net scores)
First place-Roy Solomon
(149), second place-Darrell Ward
(154), and third place-Bob
Salinard (156).
White tee players (net scores)
First place-Kenny Weimorts
(151), second place-Kenny Wood
(165), and third place Don Scott
(166).


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Ladies Auxiliary Bring Cheer

toNursing Home Residents

On December 2nd, five ladies
from the John C. Gainous VFW
Post #10069 Ladies Auxiliary deco-
rated three Christmas trees in the
dining room of Bay St. Joseph Care
and Rehabilitation Center in Port
St. Joe. Shown in the photo with
one of the trees are: front row,
Carolyn Groleau and Nancy Jo
Garlin. Back row, Ginny Seefeldt,
Betty Rudd and Catherine
Kennedy. Many of the residents
enjoyed watching and helped with
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Aquatic Classes at GCCC


The Wellness and Athletics
division of Gulf Coast Community
College will offer the following
warm water recreation exercise
classes in the GCCC hydrotherapy
pool from January 8th to March
2nd, 2004, Monday through
Thursday:
Adult Warm Water Recreation
Exercise-This class is designed to
introduce students to hydrody-
namic principles and accepted
forms of warm water exercise such
as Ai Chi, Yoga and Watsu. The
benefits will include improved
range of motion, flexibility relax-
ation abilities and social interac-
tion. The class is not designed to
increase aerobic performance and
swimming skills are not required.
The average water temperature will
be 92-94 degrees. The classes will
meet at 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.


and are limited to six persons. The
cost is $160.
Youth Warm Water Recreation
Exercise-Designed for children
who may have a difficult time with
normal land or water exercise, the
children's workout will be modified
to involve the mind and body.
Programming includes incorporat-
ing the senses through rhythm and
balance and engaging the emotions
to deal with feelings and body
response. Creativity is encouraged
by conceiving images, thoughts
and actions by storytelling in work-
out movement patterns. This class
is not designed to increase aerobic
performance and swimming skills
are not required. The classes will
meet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.
and are limited to six individuals.
For additional information, call
Carl Kleinschmidt at 872-3832.


United Daughters of


the Confederacy Meet


The United Daughters of the
Confederacy, Apalachicola Chapter
#826, met at the home of Jean
Heathcock of Mexico Beach on
Thursday, November 13th.
The program was on the Battle
of Corinth, Mississippi. Corinth
was an important area because the
train track ran from north to
south.
In July 1864 the Union army
burned buildings, even the Corona

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Write

Letters to the

Want My Rights
To the Board of Gulf of Gulf
County Commissioners,
I am requesting in writing a
copy of each of the county commis-
sioners notes taken during the
course of the December 9, 2003
County Commission meeting. I am
also requesting a copy of County
Attorney Timothy J, McFarland's
notes in his capacity as your legal
counsel.
I feel my first amendment night


College which was established in
1857. This college was used as a
hospital during the war.
Both Confederate and Federal
commanders considered the con-
Irol of Connth so strategically
important that two battles were
fought for its possession; but text
books have ignored its importance.
After the program, the meeting
was adjourned and delicious
refreshments were served.


to speak at the December 9, 2003
public County Commission meet-
ing was denied. I intend to pursue
whatever action is necessary to see
that this does not happen to me or
any other citizen in Gulf County in
the future. I believe I am protected
as a private citizen under the
Sunshine Law of the State of
Florida.
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People,

Natural gas supplies vitally needed energy
to thousands of homes, businesses and indus-
tries in Florida. Energy, whether it be in the form
of gas, electricity, oil, water, etc., when uncon-
trolled can be dangerous.

Even though a record of safe operations
has been established over the years by the reg-
ulated gas industry, knowledge of the informa-
tion contained in this ad can assist you in rec-
ognizing a potentially hazardous condition and
take appropriate action to safeguard life and
property. ,
Q. What Are Some Of The Characteristics
Of Natural Gas A User Should Know?
A. Natural gas is a.mixture of hydrocarbons
composed mainly of methane and exhibits
the following characteristics:
1. Odorless-an odor is added to this gas.
2. It is lighter than air and if released will'
rise into the atmosphere unless trapped.
3. It is nontoxic. However, as with any burn-
ing process, incomplete combustion will
form carbon monoxide which is toxic.
4. It is colorless.
5. It has a flammability range of from 4% to
14% (approximate values by volume of
gas to air).
Q. Is Natural Gas Dangerous?
A. Gas, like all forms of energy, is :capable' of
doing damage and must be used properly.
However, the experience with natural gas
use shows it to be more safe than other
energy sources which you use in your
home or business.
Q. What Should You Know About Gas
Odor?
A. 1. Natural gas doesn't normally have an
odor.
2. A substance is added by your gas com-
pany to give natural gas a "rotten-egg"


natural Gas 8 Safety


smell should it escape.
3. Become familiar with the smell. Should
you detect this odor, it doesn't,positively
tell you that there is a gas leak; but this
is sufficient reason for you to call your
gas company and have them investigate.

Q. What Additional Ways Can You Detect A
Gas Leak?
A. 1. When the ground is wet, you may detect
a leak by seeing bubbles rising through
puddles of water-in a uniform manner.
2. A larger leak of gas from underground
piping may be able to be seen by sand
blowing around a 'small hole in the,
ground; it may be felt just as you may
feel air leaking from a small hole in a tire,
or air hose; and if it is a large leak, a
noise can be heard similar to air leaking.
3. A flame at or around appliance piping
other than at the burner indicates leak-
age.
Q. The Fact That A "Rotten-Egg" Odor Is
Detected, Does Than Mean That There Is
A Natural Gas Leak?
A. No. But this should be checked to assure
that the odor isn't an indication of a gas
leak. Call your gas company and report it.
Odors similar to that of, natural gas may
come from the following:
1. A sewer system.
2. A water aeration plant which has a sul-
phur content.
3. Swamps or bogs.
4. Areas where the land has been filled,
etc.
Q. If There Is A Gas Leak, Will You Always
Smell An Odor?
A. No. If gas leaks from an above ground pipe,
there should always be an odor. However,
such as a leak from an underground
service line or main, the ground acts as a
filter and can remove the odor from the
gas.


Q. Why Isn't A Gas Odor Smelled When the
Gas Is Burned On A Gas Range or
Furnace?
A. The material used to odorize the gas is
flammable and is consumed in the process
of burning. If your equipment' is properly
adjusted you should not detect the odor
when you are using your appliances.

Q. What Can One Do To Reduce The
Possibility Of An:Accident?
A. First keep the emergency telephone num-
ber of your gas company handy. A good,
place to' keep this number is to write it
down in the front of your telephone book,
along ,with other emergency telephone
numbers such as fire, police, etc.
Other things which should be done to
improve safety as well, as conserve energy
are:
1. Teach, children that they are not to play
with any appliances in the home.
2. Clean the burners and have them
checked for proper adjustment periodi-
cally.
3. Repairs, installations and removal of
appliances are jobs for qualified per-
sons. Use only qualified people to do
this work.
4. If lighting of an appliance is required,
ALWAYS light match and hold at ignition
point of burner before you turn on the
gas.
5. Follow the manufacturer's .instructions
for operation and care of gas appli-
ances.
6. Never take a chance. If you think you
smell gas, call your gas company.
Q. What Should be Done When One
Believes He Smells Gas?
A. There are many possible conditions which
could be encountered, thus it isn't possible
to give specific instructions for every situa-
tion: The following examples provide gen-
eral instructions which should assist:


1. If a slight odor is detected in a localized
area or room of a building7--do not use a
match or other flame in the area; call the
gas company immediately.
2. If a strong odor is detected in a building
or other confined space-do not operate
electrical switches, light matches or use
an open flame; .however, do open win-
dows and doors to ventilate the area
(caution: don't turn on exhaust fans)
leave the building and call the, gas com-
pany.
3. If a strong odor is detected in a building
and/or a hissing sound.is heard-do not
operate electrical switches, lights or
other devices; do evacuate the building
leaving, exit doors open on your way out,.
warn persons to stay clear of the build-
ing and call the fire departmentand gas
company immediately from another
location.
4. If the odor of gas is detected outside (in
the yard, at the sidewalk, etc.)-immedi-
Sately call the gas company.,

SAFETY IS YOUR BUSINESS, EDUCATE
YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ABOUT THE
PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE WHEN THEY
BELIEVE THEY SMELL THE ODOR OF GAS.

CAUTION: The term "Gas" is used by the
news media and others to include a variety of
products such as liquidified petroleum gases
(propane, butane), gasoline and natural gas.
Each product has its own characteristics which
differ from one another, thus the information
given in this advertisement is applicable only
to NATURAL GAS.

NEVER POSTPONE CALLING THE GAS
COMPANY WHEN YOU BELIEVE THAT
YOU SMELL GAS.
Emergency Telephone Numbers Are:
229-8216 For Office Hours 8:30 to 5 P.M.
227-1115 Gulf County Sheriff's Dept.


229-8265 Police Department


ST. JOE NATURAL GAS COMPANY


301 Long Avenue


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Port St. Joe, FL













Liberty Manor Wishes To


Thank The Community


There will be a merry
Christmas this year at Liberty
Manor thanks to some pretty
impressive elves.
Sunday proved not to be a day
of rest for some as the First United
Methodist Church Mission Group
Four converged onto the Liberty
Manor Clubhouse. The ladies
threw a party worthy of the resi-
dent's excitement and a good time
was had by all.
"Larry the Maintenance Man"
at Liberty Manor wants to thank
all of the Mission Four ladies who


Gulf County ,
Sheriff's Report
December 3: David P.
Forehand, w/m, 28, Wewahitchka,
FTPF worthless checks, VOP-
worthless checks (Bay County);
Jerry Pitts, w/m, 47, Wewahitchka,
disorderly conduct.
December 4: Daniel J. Griffen,
w/m, 23, Port St. Joe, VOP-burgla-
ry; Shannon J. Clayton, b/m, 23,
Port St. Joe, robbery, FTA-resisting
without violence, FTA-disorderly
conduct, FTA-resisting with vio-
lence; William B. Stalls, w/m, 35,
Kinard, lewd and lascivious child
under 16 X 2; April J. Burkett, w/f,
36, Panama city, interference with,
child custody.
December 5: Willerea Royster,
b/f, 42, Port St ,Joe VOP-sale of
cocaine.
December 7: Travis K.
Woullard, b/m, 21, Port St. Joe,
possession marijuana and para-
phernalia, DWLSR; Anthony N.
Hoover, w/m, 18, Wewahitchka, no
valid drivers license.
December 8: Amy R. Jackson,
w/m, 31, Georgia, FTA-worthless
checks X12; Marjorie Reed, w/f,
30, Bristol, FTA-worthless checks;
April Strickland, w/f, 31, Kinard,
VOP-possession marijuana.
December 9: Barry Kershner,
w/m, 48, Georgia, DUI.
December 13: David Edwards,
b/m, 44, Wewahitchka, possession
marijuana, principle possession
cocaine; James W. Porter, w/m, 25,
Kinard, possession marijuana,
cocaine; Kristy J. Garner, w/f, 24,
Eastpoint, VOP-resisting without
violence.
December 14: Benjamin C.
Causey, w/m, 33, Wewahitchka,
VOP-DWLSR X2.

PSJ Police Beat
December 9: Melvinr B. Martin,
S39, Port St. Joe, VOP-burglary, sale
of cocaine.
December 11: Dewayne C.
Brown, 37, Panama City, posses-
sion of marijuana and drug para-
phernalia; Edward D. Morrisseau,


attended. Laura, Cathy, Debbie,
Brenda, Jill, Linda J., Linda E.,
Sharon, Margaret, Janet, Bonnie,
Cindy and Becky delighted the
residents with holiday cheer
throughout the afternoon.
There were even gifts flowing
thanks to Jerry Stokoe and his
mighty crew of helpers that
includes Karen, Eunice, Debbie,
Sara, Marion, Jimmy, Darlene,
Bunny, Lyd and Shawn.
Lots of appreciation goes out
to everyone who made the day so
special. Happy Holidays!


28, Southport, driving with sus-
pended license, possession of con-
trolled substance without prescrip-
tion.
December 12: Mark A. Henry,
37, Eastpoint, driving with sus-
pended license.
The Port St. Joe Police
Department has issued the follow-
ing licensing requirements for rid-
ing motorcycles, mopeds, scooters,
and other two or three wheel motor
vehicles.
If 50cc or less, these vehicles
are not motorcycles by driver
license law definition, FS
322.01(25), so a motorcycle
endorsement is not needed per FS
322.03(4); however, to operate
them on streets and roadways...
You must be at lease 16 years
old and hold at least a regular
operator (Class E) or "Motorcycle.
Only" driver license. (Reason: Even
though these vehicles are 50 cc or
less, they still fall under the driver'
license law definition of "1\otor
Vehicle" and a driver license is
required to operate a "motor vehi-
cle".) FS 322.03(1), 322.01(26), and
322.05(1).
Is there a motorized vehicle
you can operate without a driver
license? Yes, if at least 16, you may
ride a bicycle with an electric
helper-motor that can not go faster
than 20 miles per hour on level
ground. Per 322.03(1), 322.01(26)
and 316.003(2).
It would be. a good idea to
check the laws regarding the safe
and legal operation of scooters
before purchasing these "motor
vehicles". There is currently a con-
cern for the safety of persons oper-
ating these vehicles on the roads
-without proper licensing and the
laws are clear regarding their use.
City Ordinance Regarding
Abandoned and/or Junked
Vehicles in Port St. Joe
The Port St. Joe Police
Department is currently posting
properties for abandoned and/or
junked vehicles. Unsheltered stor-
age for a period of thirty (30) days
or more within the corporate limits
of the city, except in licensed junk


yards, of old and unused stripped
junk automobiles not in good and
safe operating conditions, and of
any other vehicles, machinery,
implements or equipment or per-
sonal property of any kind which is
no longer safe or usable for the
purposes for which it was manu-
factured. Any vehicle which does
not have a current tag shall be con-
sidered a junked automobile.
Officers are currently locating and
documenting these vehicles which
are not in compliance of city ordi-
nance #296. For further informa-
tion, call the Port St. Joe Police
Department at 229-8265.

Mexico Beach
Police Report
The Mexico Beach Police
Department reports the following
activity for the two weeks begin-
ning December 8th thru December
14th. They answered 114 calls for
service, and investigated one theft.
During this same time period they
issued five traffic citations and
nine traffic warnings.
The officers also made four
arrests:
December 10: David Allen
Wood, Wewahitchka, DWLSR.
December 11: James, Leonard
Ostman, Mexico Beach, possession
less than 20 grams, possession
paraphernalia, worthless checks
(X2).
December 12: Craig Allen
Young, Mexico Beach, VOP-war-
rant.
December 15: Douglas Dennis
Caron, Panama City Beach,
DWLSR.


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RISH, GIBSON & SCHOLZ, P.A.
William J. Rish
Thomas S. Gibson
Russell Scholz
(850) 229-8211

THE STAR PUBLISHING CO.
209-211 Reid Ave., Port St. Joe
(850) 227-1278 (850) 229-8997
www.StarFL.com


COMFORTER FUNERAL HOME
W. P. "Rocky Comforter
L.F.D.
(850) 227-1818

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


THE BANK
Port St. Joe Mexico Beach
Apalachicola Carrabelle
For All Your Financial Needs
MEMBER FDIC EQUAL HOUSING LENDER

MEXICO BEACH ANIMAL CLINIC
(850) 648-8811
1000 Highway 98
Grooming Boarding Pet Supplies


Live Nativity at United Methodist December 19, 20, & 21


On December 19th, 20th, and
21st, First United Methodist Church
of Port St. Joe will stage the "Live
Nativity" from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to go by and see


the animals, their friends, and view
the real meaning of Christmas. All
choirs in the community are wel-
come to go and sing by the creche.
On Sunday, December 21st, the


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St. Joseph St. Lawrence Mission
20th & Monument Hwy 71 North
Port St. Joe, FL Wewahitchka, FL
_(850) 227-1417
Weekend Mass schedule


4:00 pm Saturday (ET)
9:30 am Sunday (ET)


11:00 am Sunday (CT)


Christmas Eve Vigil 9:00 pm (ET)
Christm*as/.New Ye.ar's Day 9:30 nm (ET) 11:00 am (CT').

TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN.
ST. JAMES'
A EPISCOPAL CHURCH
800 22nd STREET, PORT ST. JOE
The Rev. Joseph A. Hagberg, Rector
8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45
Holy Eucharist With Healing Tuesdays at 12 noon
Holy Eucharist Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Child Care Provided for at 11:00
Si'. \:rarr ieepic...pa.lchuirch org 850-227-1845


BEACH BAPTIST CHAPEL
311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
A LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE LORD
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 bless you!
Pastor David Nichols Church 647-5026 Home 769-8725



S first Baptist Church
102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE'
Brent Vickery, Pastor
'te. Buddy Caswell Minister ofMusic & Education
Michael Rogers Minister to Students
i" Sunday School .............. .. 45 am
S Morning Worship Service .8:30 & 11:00 am
:n1 Disciple Training ............... 6:00 pm
SEvening Worship ............... 7:00 pm
Wednesday Prayer Meeting ... .... 6:30 pm
Mon-Fri: Devotion on 105.5 FM .7:49 am ET
K "THE EXCITING PLACE TO WORSHIP" j

"Serving the Changeless Christ...
to Change Hearts in a Changing Community"

FAITH BIBLE CHURCH
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Dr. Bill Taylor, Pastor
Sunday School .... .............. .... ........ 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Morning Service ...................... .. 11-00 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service ......................... 6:00 p m.
Wednesday Nighl Prayer Meeting & Bible Study .......7:00 p m.
Home of FAITH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL



The Potter's House
.' WHERE BROKEN VESSELS ARE MADE NEW
.. Rodney G. Leaman, Pastor
-K-". 1 850-639-5993 850-639-4588
--- *.7., 636 Second Street Post Office Box 631 Wewahitchka, FL 32465
SERVICE SCHEDULE
Sunday Morning Worship & Sunday School ............. 10 a.m.
Sunday Evening Worship .... ............ ........... 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Worship ......................... 7 p.m.
YOU ARE WELCOME AT THE POTTER'S HOUSE


Chancel Choir will present the "Joy,
of Christmas". This annual cantata
is under the direction of Robin
Downs and accompanied by Hilda
Duren.


CRYSTAL SANDS REALTY
1602 Highway 98, Mexico Beach
(850) 648-4400 888-385-1844
www.crystalsandsrealty.com

SOUTHERLAND FAMILY
FUNERAL HOME
507 10th Street Port St. Joe
(850) 229-8111.

Sanders Gospel Sing
at New Vision 27th
New Vision Church of God will
be hosting the Second Annual
Sanders Family Gospel Sing on
Saturday, December 27th at 6:00
p.m. CT. The church extends a wel-
come to all members of the com-
munity and other churches to go
and hear this group perform.
They had a great time last year
and are looking forward to another
great success for the Lord.
An offering will be collected for
missions.
The church is located at 109
Bay Avenue, Wewahitchka. For
more information, call Pastor
Sanders at 850-639-2652.
New Year's Celebration
at Hope Family Worship
The Hope Family Worship
Center invites everyone to their
New Year's Eve get-together. Join
them in their fellowship hall for
some food and friendship begin-
ning at 9:00 p.m. At about 11:45
p.m. they will gather in the sanctu-
ary to pray in the New Year. Special
emphasis will be placed on the
spiritual health of the nation. What
better way to usher the New Year in
than to talk with God and pray for
our nation.


Church of Christ

at the Beaches

314 Firehouse Road OVERSTREET 850-647-1622
Sunday Bible Study.. .....................10:00 am EST
Sunday Worship........... 11:00 am EST
Wednesday Bible Study................ 7:00 pm EST
"WE WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE"



f+ ++ ST. JOHN'S

EPISCOPAL CHURCH
334 S. Hwy. 71 P.O. Box 595
Wewahitchka, Florida 32465
S8:00 am Sunday
JHUFT@AOL.COM 850-639-2280



L"L FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
1- E 508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
s USXSixteenth Street
Sunday Worship .. ..... 10 a.m.
Fellowship Time .... 10:45 a.m. c
Adult School ......... .1 a.m. .-
*Sunday School
*Young Children -c

Pastor Rev. J. Reid Cameron Highwy 71CilCostin Sr. .
Highway 71 /Cecil costinSr. Blvd.


"Remeber church the way it used to be?"
IT STILL 15 AT:

^Hftbland Ilideix ^Baptisft UZurc
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850)227-1306
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
NO FRILLS! NO FAS!NO GIMMICKS! Evening Serve 7:00 p.m.
WfI WAY!!N 9N OMiscipleashlp Training 6:00 p.m.
,. LE TIrffil ,,.-: ,L.:l FH HIS. WAY! Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.


FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe
: (850) 227-1724


Sunday School
Morning Worship
Methodist Youth Fellowship
Evening Worship
Wednesday Choir Practice
All Times are EST


Singing:
9 a.m. Sunday


10:00 a.m. Dan Rhodes PASTOR
11:00 a.m. Jarrod Wester
6:00 p.m. Director of Youth Ministries
Heather Smith
6:00 p.m. Director of Children's Ministries
7:30 p.m. Robin Downs
Director of Music


Worship:
9:30 a.m. Sunday


Call 229-8310
WRITE FOR FREE EIGHT LESSON BIBLE STUDY
P. O. Box 758 Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Corner of 20th Street & Marvin Avenue
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Trixie Wants A Home For Christmas


Currently available for adop-
tion at the Humane Society are
Trixie, a 6 year old female, spayed,
housetrained, and on heartworm
preventive (pictured); two white
english bulldog mixes, female,
Tootsie, a grown, yellow lab female,
housetrained; Duke, large,
brown/tan with white chest,
Dudley, a dark brown male long-
hair; Marcel, a golden retriever
mix.


Homer, a black/white kitty
about 6 8 weeks; Cee Cee, a 5
month old tri-colored female kitty;
Cindi, a tabby kitty months old;
and a large number of kittens.
Please come see!
For more information, contact
the St. Joseph, Bay Humane
Society at 227-1103 or visit the
Humane Society's web site at
www.sjbhumanesociety.org.


L.A.B.C-'s PowerPoint
By Bruce R. Duty, Pastor
Identity Crisis?
Couple counseling sessions of ten include a statement (usually from men), "Pastor, I
just need to go find myself'. Find yourself? What do you mean, your wife found you ten
or twenty years ago. She put up with you for this long after finding you. Grow up!
Giving in to lazy, selfish desires is not finding yourself, it's indulging your sinful self. This
apparent "Identity Crisis" is only a focus on flesh. A singular devotion to self. A danger-
ous dance with desires that lead to death and damnation. Whoa, sounds serious? It is!
Aren't you glad Jesus didn't have an identity crisis? I am. Born in that manger 2000
years ago was a baby probably around 7-9 lbs, 22 inches long, some patches of hair, wrin-
kled and wiggling fingers and toes, and a little bit of crying. Oh, He may have looked
and sounded ordinary, but, with His identity in-tact, He was the Son of God, Savior of
man, and Shepherd to His sheep. This Baby left the praises of Heaven to endure the pain
of the cross. Yes, from mansions to a manger, so that you, "sir," could be found not lost
in identity crisis.
This Christmas, please don't leave the cute Baby Jesus in the cradle. His intentions?
Death on a cross, not life in a cradle. He only started there. He subsequently ministered,
healed and taught that God has only one way to Heaven through Jesus Christ. Whether
in the icradl :.r, the cross, or gic.ri:-u-li j :-.ndirn afterrr Hi- de-irh, btunil ind R '.:urretiun.
Je: zul inrJ .; the Son of GC.:1..j '_. i:I. l*:, le.'.1 f,:'.,i.-ii, anJ jnr._re.:l .zir'h rJ-,:
Son of God became the Son of man so that sons of men, might become sons of God. No
identity crisis here! .: .. ., :, .
Wow! I guess that means the ball is in your court. What will you do? My sugges-
tion: bow, surrender, die to sin and self that He might live in you. Choose Heaven vs.
Hell. Lot's of folks still wondering about their.identity in Hell. Ma'am, r!;'rr,. d.:n't .or.-,
about "finding" yourself. Jesus said, "Lose your life'for my sake and ;,['u -l rind "
IdAtity Crisis? More.like "Identity Statement" Merry Christmas!
Long Avenue Baptist Church
.1601 LongAvenue Port St.Joe, FL 32456 229-8691
A community of Worship. Work and Witness to the glory of God
Worship on Sunday: 11:00am and 6:00pm
Bible Study on Sunday: 9:45am and 5:00pm
Worship on Wednesday: 7:b0pm



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


Join us in worship ...
10:30 Sunday Morning 7:00
Wednesday Evening
Pastors Andrew &'Cathy Rutherford
Rhema Bible Training Center graduates
Visit our website at: familylifechurch.net


Port St. Joe
Hwy. 98
Apalachicola .. ... Panama City'
.Hwy Reid Ave.
S 7 Family Life Church
f Wewahilchka


323 Reid Avenue Port St. Joe 229-LIFE (5433)

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

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



First United Methodist Church
of Mexico Beach
111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
Traditional ....................... .... .................... 9:00 a.m., CT
Contemporary ........................................... 11:00 a.m., CT
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Beach United Methodist Church
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor NURSERY PROVIDED Church/Office: 648-8820


MaP-W


Currently Meeting on the Second Floor of the Capital City Bank Building
CASUAL CONTEMPORARY CHRIST-CENTERED


For more
information:
227-1180
www.graceeagles. org


CHURCH OF CHRIST
MEETS


Sunday:
Sunday School 9:00
Worship 10:00
Small Groups 6:00
Wednesday:
Night 7:00


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Comforter Funeral Home was


Lula G. Eldridge
Lula G. Eldridge, 91, of Mexico
Beach, passed away Saturday,
December 6th, at a local nursing
facility. Mrs. Eldridge moved to
Mexico Beach in the late 1960's
where she married Albert G.
Eldridge. She was owner of
Varnadore's Drive-In Restaurant in
Quincy in the late 40's and early
50's.
Mrs. Eldridge is survived by
her husband, Albert G. Eldridge of
Mexico Beach; two brothers, Don
Bullock and wife Donna of Tampa,
and Roy Bullock of Blountstown; a
niece, Sue Tatum and husband
Lloyd of Tallahassee; two great-
nieces, Sheri Tatum of Tallahassee,
and Amanda Levingston and hus-
band Mike of Perry.
Funeral services for Mrs.
Eldridge were conducted Tuesday,
December 9th at Southerland
Family Funeral Home Chapel in
Port St. Joe with Dr. Floyd Wright
officiating. Interment followed at
Mt. .Pleasant Cemetery in
Chattahoochee.
Jesse Hallman
Jesse E. Hallmani, 82, of
Graceville, formerly of Port St. Joe,
died Friday, November 28th, at
Jackson County Convalescent
Center following an extended ill-
ness.


Funeral services were held
Monday, December 1st, at the
Chapel of James & Lipford Funeral
Home with Rev. Larry Anderson
officiating. Burial followed in
Marvin Chapel Cemetery with
James & Lipford Funeral Home of
Graceville directing.
Mr. Hallman was born in
Jackson County, on May 2, 1921 to
the late G.W. and Laura Vickery
Hallman. He was a U.S. Army
Veteran of World War II and a
retired mechanic with St. Joe
Company with over 37 years of
service. Mr. Hallman was a member
of Highland View Baptist Church of
Port St. Joe.
He is survived by his loving
wife, Vita Merle Brock Hallman; a
son, Roger D. "Doug" Hallman and
wife Jackie of Tallahassee; a
daughter, Sharron Minnich and
husband David of Nashville, TN;
four grandchildren, Jay Teague,
Jessica Teague, Christy Hallman
and Travis Hallman; and five great-
grandchildren.
James "Jimmy"
Williams
James A. "Jimmy" 'Williams of
Wewahitchka passed away
Thursday, December 11th, at Bay
Medical Center after suffering a
heart attack. He was the son of the
late State Representative Ben C.
and Alyce M. Williams of Port St.


-Joe. He had been in law enforce-
ment for the past- 30 years, serving
with the Franklin County and Gulf
County Sheriffs Offices. At the
time of his death, he was employed
by the Gulf County Sheriffs Office
as an investigator. He was of the
Protestant faith.
Mr. Williams is survived by his
wife, Connie Williams of
Wewahitchka; a son, James A.
"Jimimy" Williams II and wife Anne-
Elizabeth of Tallahassee; daughter
Cheryl Peak and husband Kenny of
Dalkeith; step-son, Mason
Simmons of Wewahitchka; step-
daughter, Shelly Coumalatsos of
Panama City; brother Bo Williams
and wife Lynn of Port St. Joe; and
five grandchildren, including his
namesake, James A. "Jae" Williams
III of Tallahassee.
Funeral services were held
Monday,. December 15th, at the
Oak Grove Assembly of God
Church with the Rev. David
Fernandez and the Rev. Tim Bailey
officiating.
Interment followed in Holly Hill
Cemetery.
Those desiring may make a
contribution to their favorite chari-
ty in memory of Jimmy Williams.
Asked to serve as pallbearers
were Frank Griffin, Joe Mitchell
(FDLE, Ret.), Investigator Paul.
Beasley (Gulf County Sheriffs
Office), Maj. Mike Joyner (Jefferson
County Sheriffs Office), Under-
Sheriff Donny Crum (Wakulla
County Sheriffs Office), and Al
Gandy (Chief Investigator, State
Attorney's Office, 2nd Judicial
Circuit).


Comforter Funeral Home was
in charge of all arrangements.
Scruggs Family
Extends Thanks
We would like to thank the
community for the support that
has been shown to our family
through prayer, food, donations, a
kind word, flowers, or buying a
ticket to the fish fry. It has been
through your prayers and help that
have made us strong and able to
look ahead.
We would like to send a special
thank you to the following busi-
nesses for helping through dona-
tions: James A. Cox Associates,
C.Q. Development, Distinctive
HealthCare, Piggly Wiggly, Builders
By The Sea, IGA, Dixie Dandy of
Wewahitchka, Dixie Dandy of
Highland View, Raffield Fisheries,
Senior Citizens, The Bank, The
Star, Watson Brothers
Construction, C.W. Smith, and
First United Methodist Church.
Sincerely,
The family of Shane Scruggs

Thank You From

Taylor Family
We would like to extend our
sincere thanks and appreciation for
your support and prayers in the
loss of our husband and father.
Thank you,
The Family of Lewis Taylor


Highland View Assembly of
God Choir

Presents

"Worship The King"

A musical celebrating the birth of our lord and saviour
Jesus Christ

December 14, 2003
Morning Service 10:45 12:00
December 21, 2003
Evening Service 6:00 8:00


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GOP Reaches Outside Party


Starting before Thanksgiving,
Gulf County Republicans volun-
teers have been calling county vot-
ers to try and take the political
temperature here in Gulf County
and across the state. Voters of all
political persuasions are being
polled on issues ranging from
Social Security, to abortion and
gun control. The poll is part of a
state wide effort to obtain and lis-
ten to the opinions of Florida vot-
ers.
It will be interesting to hear the
opinions of others here in Gulf
County on key national issues said
volunteer Pat Harris.
Florida will again be a pivotal
state with a lot at stake so hearing
what voters think from all across
the political spectrum is important
to the Republican Party said Gary
Ross head of the Gulf County
Republican Executive Committee.
In addition to the presidential
election, there will be hotly contest-
ed senatorial and congressional
races in this area. It is, therefore,
no surprise that the battle has
begun for Florida voters from all
sides.


While registered Democrats
out number registered Republicans
in Gulf County, the county has
tended Republican in national and
statewide races in recent elections;
Independent voters- especially-
are a crucial swing group that can
decide almost any election. noted
Susan MacManus, professor of
political science at the University of
South Florida.
Since TV adds do not work well
with this group, what you end up
doing is figuring out what pieces of
the independent vote you can
appeal to through direct mail and
other targeted approaches
MacManus said.
Although we get some hang
ups, the majority of people are
ready to voice their opinion, partic-
ularly since most folks have never
participated in a poll before said
Ross.
Now that volunteer Fred Harris
has tried his hand at telemarket-
ing, does this mean he has found a
new calling? "Let's just say I have a
lot of empathy for the people doing
telemarketing," Harris said with a
chuckle.


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By Simon Collins
Here we go again! Every year
about this time we celebrate
Christmas and we get a much-wel-
comed long break from school. But
first, as students, we have to go
through the horrifying pain of dig-
ging into our brains and dusting off
the information we placed there
many chapters ago. Oh yeal It's the
week of finals, so start cramming in
that information if you haven't
already. Wednesday, the students
were blessed with the presence of
their first and third period exams.
Thursday, their second and fourth
period exams will be graciously
placed before them. Friday, fifth
and sixth period exams will wrap
up the week and students get an
early dismissal at 12:00 noon.
In sports, on behalf of the foot-
ball team, band, cheerleaders, and
majorettes, Coach Palmer would
like to thank the community for all
of the support 'during the playoffs.
As our wonderful football season
comes to an end some of the play-
ers are dropping off their pads and
picking up their sneakers.
Basketball season is now in full
swing and it's time to rock "The
Dome" once again. Basketball fans
you will be happy to know that the
old wooden bleachers have been
removed and new updated bleach-
ers will start to be installed on
December 29th.
In other news, the Science
Department would like to recognize


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grade, Trevor Lang; and third grade, Carley Clements. Joneisha Jones of Pre-K was not available for the photo.


and congratulate this year's
Science fair winners. Those stu-
dents winning first or second place
are eligible to compete at the
Regional Science Fair in Panama
City. The first place winners are:
Jessie Weimorts, Angelica
Driesbach, Warren Floyd, Elizabeth
Kilbourn, and Kayleigh Lewis. The
second place winners are: Brooke
Mathes, Candace Branch,
Elizabeth Gibson, Kayla Siprell,
and TJ Ward. Once again,
"Congratulations and good luck at
the Regional Science Fair."
The National Honor Society is
sponsoring a blood drive on


January 14th. It will be held at Port
St. Joe High School from 8:00 a.m.
to 2:00 p.m. Please go out and
donate blood.
The National Honor Society
would like to thank all the classes
that participated in the Pennies for
Pasta Drive. By donating their
change, students raised money for
the Leukemia and Lymphoma
Society. Ms. Barbee's class led the
way by raising around $307.
Second place was Mrs. McKeithen's
class with $200. Third place was
Mr. Lamberson with $194. Overall,
we raised over $1,400 for this great
cause.


As the year 2003 gradually
becomes just memories, I realize
one thing. As a senior, the year
2004 is the finish line. I am proud
to be graduating with the best,
most entertaining, and craziest
class Port St. Joe High School has
ever tried to tame to send out into
the real world. To the entire 2004
class, I wish good luck in the years
beyond high school. Remember and
never forget all the memories we
have made together and go leave
your footprint in the sand of time.
Work hard, accomplish your goals,
and most importantly, remember
where your roots are here at "The
Dome".


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Christmas vacation is herel!
Almost three weeks of rest, relax-
ation and play!! Research has
shown that long breaks from
school can cause some students to
forget skills they have recently
learned in school. Parents can give
their children a wonderful gift to
help prevent that from happening.
That simple, inexpensive little gift
is the gift of reading. Just reading a
few minutes a day to your children
during the holiday season will let
them know you care about them
and will also keep their minds
engaged in the learning process.
Here are a few ideas to keep your
children learning through the 18
days of Christmas break:
1. Read the Christmas story
together on Christmas day to
remind us of the meaning of the
season.
2. Read The Night Before
Christmas on Christmas Eve.
3. Make cookies or other good-
ies together and have your child
read the recipe to you.
4. Help your child write a letter
to Santa Claus.
5. Help your child write thank
you notes for all the gifts they
receive.
6. Help your child write a poem
about the meaning of Christmas to
add to your Christmas cards.
7. Go to the library with your
child and choose some Christmas
books to read together.
8. On New Year's Day, come up
with some New Year's Resolutions
for your family, write them down
and put them in a place for all to
see.
9. Take your child shopping
with you and let them keep track of
the shopping or gift list.
10. See how many words you
can spell using the letters in Santa
Claus, Christmas, Happy Holidays,
or any other seasonal word. Make
it a family contest.
11. Have a Christmas
Scavenger Hunt. Give your chil-
dren a list of Christmas items


(ornament, red candle, reindeer,
etc.). Have them look through mag-
azines and newspapers and cut out
pictures of things on their list.
12. Record your children read-
ing a Christmas book to send to
grandparents who live far away.
Or you can send the books on tape
to a hospital to be shared with chil-
dren who cannot be home during
the holidays.
13. Find the words and music
to a Christmas song and learn
together as a family.
14. Make a Holiday Reading
Basket for your family. Wrap some
of your children's old -books and
maybe a couple of new books. Put
them in a basket near the
Christmas tree. Each evening
choose one "present" to open and
read the book as a family. Your
children will love the surprise of
what book it will be each night.
15. Give your child magazines,
and tell him to cut out 10 pictures
that interest him. After he has cut
the pictures out, tell him to write a
story using all of the pictures.
16. Pick a favorite Christmas
Carol and have your child write
their own verse to sing along.
17. Have your children write a
wish list ...... What they wish that
others in the family would get for
Christmasll
18. Christmas Trivia: Have
your children come up with a list of
20 questions that you can answer
about Christmas.


Owner-Occupied: 0% Down


News Column Faith
Christian School


We want to thank all of the
parenT W1eachers. 'and'friends-who
helped to build the Christmas float
for the Christmas on the Coast
parade. Our float, Jesus is our
Lifesaver, was a favorite and was
well received by the onlookers. We
came in second and won a prize of
$250.00 which we will use to try
for first place next yeai.
The Christmas program, The
Bethlehem Project, was a wonder-
ful musical about the birth of our


Savior, the Lord JesusChrist. The
-third and fourth grade students
gave us a good beginning for our
celebration of God's love for us in
His Son during this season. We are
especially grateful for their teach-
ers, Carla McGhee and Cara
Johnson, and we thank First
Nazarene Church members for the
use of their facilities. We also want
to thank Ronda Caswell, Mike
White, and Richard McGhee for
building and painting the back


drops and to those parents who
brought props.
The PTF served Christmas din-
ner to school staff and spouses
Friday, December 12th. They had a
great time of fellowship and fun,
and the food was delicious. We
appreciate the use of the First
Nazarene Church social hall, and
we thank all the parents who
cooked and served.
S Parents, please keep in mind
that December 19th ends the sec-
ond quarter and first semester of
our school year. Remember that
there will be early dismissal at
noon on Friday, December 19th,
for all students including extended
day students. School will resume
for students on Tuesday;. January
6, 2004.
Some of our third grade stu-
dents wrote a short paper about
what they are thankful for. We will
include more of them next week.
Weston Sarmiento wrote: I am
thankful for my mom, dad, broth-
ers, and sister, for Jesus dying on
the cross, my pastor, my teacher-
she is very nice-and my President
and principal. I am thankful for the
United States of America,
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, the
Fourth of July, and my birthday.
Hayden Henshaw wrote: I am'
thankful for doctors to heal people,
a mom and grandparents to love
me, a house to play and sleep in,
food to eat, friends that I can
depend on, and toys to play with.
These are some things that other
people and kids don't have. I'm
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live in, shoes on my feet, clothes to
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Sheriff Hammond, St. Shine Semmes,nd Mrs. Made Semmes Wewahtchka Elementary School sixth graders with Sgt. Shne
Sheriff Hammond, Sgt. Shane Semmes, and Mrs. Madge Semmes Wewahitchka Elementary School sixth graders with Sgt. Shane


(founder of "On the Outside Looking In").


"SMOKE SIGNALS"
from
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Elementary

School


Sixth grade classes at
Wewahitchka Elementary School
have been fortunate this year to be
involved in a program founded by
Madge Semmes. "On the Outside
Looking In," was designed to famil-

Faith Christian

Students Present

Bethlehem Project
Students in grades three and
four at Faith Christian School who
performed in the Christmas musi-
cal program, The Bethlehem
Project, are shown with their teach-
ers, Carla McGhee and Cara
Johnson. Fi4t row, left to right,
Arion Ward, Abagail Davis, Justin
Cothran, Tierre Ash, Hayden
Renshaw, Rachel Jones, Weston
Sarmiento, Mary Caitlin
Bouington. Standing in the second
row, left-to right, Carla McGhee,
Ryan Nichols, Dylan Cabaniss,
Chase Royal, Trisha Davidson,
Daniel Jones, Tiffany Burch, Cara
Johnson and Tyler Sarmiento.


iarize students with laws and the
court system, as well as provide
them with information about
drugs, tobacco, and other dangers


Semmes.

students face today. On November
24th, Wewahitchka Elementary's
sixth graders were given a tour of,
the Gulf Correctional Institute arid
shown what life is really like in
prison. Here, is what some of the
students had to.say about their
trip.
"Many kids don't know what
the consequences will be if they go
to jail or break the law. By going to
the prison, we learned the basics of
being a corrections officer and,the
punishment the prisoners go
through for breaking the law. We
learned that you have no rights


when you are in prison. The offi-
cers decide what you do and when
you do it. If you break the law,
that's when you decide to lose your
right to make all other decisions.
This program could prevent kids
from going to drastic measures and
lead them away from a life of crin-
inal activities."
"We were also honored to have
our friends from Linda Whitfield's
class perform the skit, "I Care"
written by Madge Semmes. They
did a wonderful job and we were
proud of them."


The Star, Port St. Joe. FL Thursday, Dec. 18. 2003 Page 11B


NOTICE OF SMALL SCALE MAP
AMENDMENT LAND USE
CHANGE

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

ORDINANCE NO. 2003 -

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COMPREHEN-
SIVE PLAN OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY
AND THROUGH PROCEDURES REQUIRED FOR
SMALL-SCALE MAP AMENDMENTS PURSUANT
TO AUTHORITY UNDER STATE STATUES SEC-
TION 163.3187, SPECIFICALLY CHANGING
.918 ACRES OF A TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND
LYING AND BEING PART OF, SECTION 36,
TOWNSHIP 4 SOUTH, RANGE 10 WEST, GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA FROM RESIDENTIAL TO
MIXED COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL LOW
DENSITY PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

A Public Hearing on this ordinance will be held at the
Gulf County Board of County Commissioners meeting
on Monday, December 22, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. ET, in
the Gulf County Commission Meeting Room at the
Gulf County Court House, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr'
Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL. A copy of the ordinance is
available for inspection at the Gulf County Court
House in the Clerk's Office.

All interested parties are encouraged to appear at the
meeting to be heard regarding the consideration of
the comprehensive plan amendment ordinance.








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2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE.
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1987 Ford F-150 4x4 hunt-
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1998 Mazda B4000 pickup.
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1995 Toyota ,Camry as is
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1998 Buick LeSabre Limited.
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1993 a-iechevy Cheyenne
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1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue,
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1999 Mlitsubishi Sp'der con-
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2000 Toyota 'Camry Solara
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condition. $13,500. 960-
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1988 Jeep Comanche Pickup
One owner, clean, cover
and liner, runs good, $2,750
obo. 648-4618.. 4tp12/4


1997 Dodge Grand Caravan
SE. 5 door, AT, AC, V6, one
owner, excellent condition.
Mint! $4250. 960-4464,
ltcl2/18

1995 Ford Ranger XLT. 5
speed, AC, 70,000 miles, one
owner. $3250. 960-4464.
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1990 Acura Integra. AT, AC,
sunroof, mint. $2600. 960-
4464. ltcl2/18
1995 Pontiac Bonneville. AT,
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Mint! $2700. 960-4464.
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2000 Dodge Durango 4x4.
SLT plus equipment, trailer
tow package. Excellent con-
dition, 56K miles. $14,750.
227-3776. 2tp12/18
1988 Mercury Grand
Marquis. $1000 obo. Runs,
needs work 647-5253 or
527-7102. 4tp12/18
2001 Dodge Van 1500 Series.
$9,000 227-5952. 2tc12/04
1988 Dodge Ram 150 SE
Pick-up. Big 6 eng. AT, PS,
PB, tilt, stereo. No rust, new
tires, brakes. Running board,
toolbox. 53K actual miles.
$2850. Call 648-5662. No
answer, leave message.
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1993 Mitsubishi Galant. 4
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$2650. 960-4464.. ltcl2/18
2000 Jeep Wrangler, black,
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1990 Olds Cutlass Sierra.
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cruise, garage kept, no rust,
new tires, brakes., Clean -
$1875 firm. Call 648-5662.
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trailer go with motor $2000.
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Surbass boat 13ft. 9in. 35
H.P. Evinrude. Electric start,
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trailer $875. Call 648-5662
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1998 17.5 ft. Skeeter H-3.
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hp. Yamaha like new, hardly
used Asking $5000. 229-
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Johnson motor. Center con-
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seat, and rod holders. Call
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References and deposit of
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3 BR/2BA fully furnished, .
1st block from dedicated
beach. $750 mo plus 30x30 '
studio/storage $250- mo.
647-5210. 2tp12/4;


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Available Dec 1, 2003. Call
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townhouses available -
unfurnished. $800 monthly
plus utilities. $300 sec. dep.
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$850 monthly plus utilities
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plus utilities. $200 sec. dep.
St. Joe Beach.
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attached garage. $950
monthly plus utilities. $350
sec. dep. Gulf Aire
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gulf and only minutes from
great fishing, and walking
distance to the beach. Two
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rental Dec. 1st. $995 month-
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tfcll/13

Apart./Homes for Rent: 1 3
BR apart/duplexes/homes
for rent in Mex. Bch. Furn. &
unfurnished. 'Call -Parker
Realty at 850-648-5777 for
more info. tfc7/3
3BR/2.5 BA house north
side C30, furnished,
screened porch, workshop,
gulfview. $1,400/mo plus
utilities and deposit. Call
927-3097. tfc9/18
Small Office Spaces for rent.
Call Phil at 227-2112.
tfc6/5


UNFURNISHED
* Large 2 bdrm. house, stove
& refrig. cen. h&a. screen
porch. carport & laundry rm:
* Large 2 bedroom apart-
ment. stove & refrig., wash-
er/dryer hook-up.
* New extra Ig. 3 bdrm.
house, 1 1/2 ba., inside
laundry rm., ch&a, dish-
washer & stove, fully carpet-
ed. No pets.
FURNISHED
* Small 2 bdrm., home, auto
heat & air, washer/dryer
hook-up.
* One bedroom apartment,
washer/ dryer hookup. Call
229-6777 after 7 PM.
ftfc6/5








Reeves
Furniture & Refinishing
234 Reid Ave.* 229-6374
Tempur-pedic Beds
Oreck Vacuums

S.'

Ready to
Finish
2 Furniture


Queen sleeper sofa w/match-
ing love seat $100. 227-1812
after.5:00 229-8383.
2tp12/18

Beautiful 4 piece living room
set, Lazyboy small sofa
s/rich tones, floral tapestry,
2 matching rose Queen Anne
style chairs and round dou-
ble glass coffee table w/gold
spindle legs, exc. cond. $300
227-1795. ltpl2/18
30" Westinghouse gas range
- white, clean. very -good
cohd. Hasbroller $50. 647-
3710. 2tp12/11
A solid oak dining room suit,
oval pedestal table with 4
chairs and glass front hutch
$600 also a large pine buffet
and hutch $200 or best offer
647-5915. 3tcl2/11
Used furniture for sale.
0Johnnie's Trim Shop, 310
4th St., PSJ 't fc8/7


Yard Sale: Misc items, and
Mary Kay products fess than
half price. 620 Duval St.-Oak
Grove. Fnday 19th 7:00 am
till? Itpl2/18


Yard sale Sat. Dec. 2U ~i54


Yard sale Sat. Dec. 20 354
DeSota St., St. Joe Beach
8:00-12:00. ltpl2/18







Warehouse Man FL Driver
licenses, heavy lifting, handy
man abilities. Part time to
start. Afternoons and Sat.
Adult minded and courteous
only,.227-1251. 6tc12/18
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
MEDICAL SUPPORT
Class Title: ENVIRONMEN-
TAL HEALTH SPECIALIST
Class Code: 8857
Position Number: 000248
Closing Date: 12/31/2003
Location: GULF
SCounty: GULF
Annual Salary Range:
$22,281.45
Contact Person:
GWEN ALLEN :
GULF COUNTY HEALTH
DEPT.
2475 GARRISON AVENUE
PORT ST. JOE, FL.
324560000
Phone: (850) 227-1276, x
131
Announcement Type: Open
Competitive Opportunity
An : Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer.
Special Notes: BASED IN
PORT ST. JOE. FINGER-
PRINTING & EMERGENCY
DUTIES REQUIRED. VALID
DRIVERS LICENSE AND
BACHELORS DEGREE WITH
30, SCIENCE CREDIT
HOURS REQUIRED.
Must apply online at peonle-
first.myflorida.com 2tc12/18
Bay St. Joseph Care
is now hiring the following:
(1) Full time 3/11 nurse
RN preferred.
(1) Dietary Relief cook
Housekeeping & Laundry
Aides
Also starting in Jan 04 -
monthly CNA class will be
.. offered
:' Apply to:
220 9th St.
Port St. Joe, FL
Carpenters and framers
needed with own transporta-
tion. 227-5771 or 227-1743,
3tp12/18

Gulf Sands Restaurant now
expanding hiring all posi-
tion,. AM & PM shifts. Call
for appolntnent. 645-5013.
2tc12/,18

Community Mental Health
Practitioner. Gulf county
bachelors degree required.
Experience with children
preferred competitive salary.
Sent resume to:
Twin Oaks Community
t Services, P.O. Box 68,
Bristol, FL 32321. Attention
Norton Kilbourn.2tp12/11


Health Services Specialist


Health Services Specialist
- Responsible for applying
professional expertise in the
field of pediatric health
(includes comprehensive ser-
vices medical, mental
health, dental, pregnancy,
and pediatrics). Provides site
monitoring, consultation,
training, collaboration, and
tracking of services. Includes
case management, referrals,
follow-ups, and treatment of
services. Thorough knowl-
edge of public health
(infants, toddlers, preschool
children, pregnant mothers,
and families). Minimum of
Bachelor's degree in. Health,
Nursing, or related field.
Minimum three years of
experience in specialty areas
of pediatric health services
and education. First Aid and
CPR Instructor. Must be will-
ing to travel.
D FWP/MF/EOE/8-5.
Closing: January 2,2004;
Send Resumes to NFCD, Inc.
Attn: Sebrina McGill, PO Box
38, Wewahitchka,. FL 32465;
fax (850) 639-4173, sebri-
na@headstarnf.org 2tc12/18
Job Opening Purchasing
Clerk/Fiscal Assistant
Responsible for filing, pric-
ing,' purchase requisitions,
typing, and other various
accounting functions. Will
work in the Fiscal
Department as assistant to
the Fiscal Officer. Applicants
should have experience in
purchasing and/or account-
ing, but not required Mail
resumes to North Florida
Child Development, Inc.,
Attn: Human Resources, PO
Box 38, Wewahitchka, FL
32465, fax (850) 639-4173,
or sebrina@headstartnf.org.
Closing: December 17, 2003.
EOE/DFWP/MF/8-5
;2tcl2/11

AC duct installers needed
please call GW Service 229-
9125. : tfc10/30








The Bank has several
excellent opportunities for
you to join our team of
banking professionals in
one of Florida's top growth
markets. The following
openings are immediately
available in our are:
Teller/Port St. Joe
Teller/ Mexico Beach
Send confidential, resume
to The Bank Port St. Joe,
P.O. Box 368, Port St. Joe
FL 32457. AA

SLENDER


PINE RIDGE APTS.,


125 Venus Dr.,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
(850) 227-7451
:-ForRent
1,/2&3
bedroom apts.
: Central heat and air
On-site Management
* Carpeting Laundry facilities

Voice/TTY Access
711-850-227-7451







PLUS StMALL ENGINE
REPAIRS
NOW:AVAILABLE
Climate Control
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Phone 227-2112
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BEACH FOR RENT OR LEASE CO N'SGUF DIESEL SERVICE
Bookkeeping Service GULF DIESEL SERVICE

STORAGE Dry storage space Tax Returns A Specialty Diesel Engie Repair
D: 227-72 0 3,000 sq. ft. 202 Reid Ave., Port St. Joe Phone Mobile
Nig: 647-3882 Call 229-6031 (850) 229-8581 850 850 ,
St. Joe Beach 22-85 227-8024


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Port St. Joe Call

229-6326

Large or Small, We Do Them All
No Job Too Large or Too Small




New Construction or
Renovation
Phone/Fax
(850)227-7107
Lic.# RG0066644


GULF SHORE
STORAGE
St. Joe Beach

899-3665

also
Camper & Boat
Space available
6t 11/13

Downtown
Apalachicola
Orman Building
Commercial Space
aVailable tor lease
on Hwy 98.
Call 653-1058
or email
gkadkins@hotmail.c2pmi


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PLUMBI NC;
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U 647-3612\
QUALITY WORK
A WITH
OCHRISTIAN VALUES
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Deepwater Marina
329 Water St, Apalachicola
850-653-8801
www.deepwatermarina.com


CLOCK REPAIR
Old or New Anniversary Clocks,
Grandfather, Pendulum Cuckoo Clocks
648-5165

Willard's

Appliance Repair
*VEmergency Service Available
VWarranty Work For All Major Brands
Willard Richards, Owner
2482 Hayes Avenue,,H.V.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
850-229-8485


COMMERCIAL CUSTOM WOOD
RESIDENTIAL VINYL FENCING


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Port St. Joe, Florida

Edward (Bit) Clark 850-647-4255



Make your


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850-647-8028


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Over 20 Years Experience *


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AMERICAN SCREEN


* Screen Rooms


* Carports


Aluminum Railing

SFlorida Rooms Pool Enclosures


227-3628
uf724


DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
MEDICAL SUPPORT
Broadband Level: DENTAL
ASSISTANTS L2
Broadband Code: 31-9091-2
Pay Band: 03
Class Title: DENTAL ASSIS-
TANT
Class Code: 5632
Position Number: 086316
Closing Date: 12/31/2003
Location: GULF
County: GULF
Beginning Annual Salary:
$18,754.43
Contact Person:
GWEN ALLEN
GULF COUNTY HEALTH
DEPT..
2475 GARRISON AVENUE
PORT ST. JOE, FL .
324560000.
Phone: (850) 227-1276,. x
131
Announcement Type: Open
Competitive Opportunity
Note:. Education and experi-
ence equivalent to that
required in the minimum
qualifications may be consid-
ered for the vacancy.
Special Notes; *POSITION,
-BASED IN PORT ST. JOE;
FINGERPRINTING AND
EMERGENCY DUTIES
REQUIRED. DENTAL
ASSISTANT CERTIFICATION.
OR EXPANDED FUNCTIONS
REQUIRED.
Must apply online at DeoDle-
first.myflorida.com 2tcl2/18
A&A Homecare, Inc. has an
unmediate openng for a full-
time RN casemanager. A&A
is an EOP and a DFW.
Wonderful work environment
and competitive salary. Come
grow with usl aall for info at
227-3331 or apply in person
at 452 E. 4th St. in Port St.
Joe. 2tc12/11
Gulf Coast Community
College
Instructor (Practical
Nursing) (Port St., Joe &
PC)- to provide instruction in
an Acute Care facility to'
practical nursing students in
Maternal-Newborn. Clinical
rotations are in Panama City.
Requires'a clArentI rPL-RN-:'
lice n& Position is open
until filled. For more infor-
mation contact Sharonr
Milner @ 227-9670.,For more
details visit our website:
http//dept.gulfcoast.edu/jo
bs/ or Job Line: 850-873-
3540. GCCC is an
EA/EO/M/F/Vet employer.
ltcl2/18

Worship Leader/Choir
Director parn tnie employ-'
ment For more info call First.
Linited Methodist Church of
Meco Beach. 648-8820.re9d.

'Behavioral Specialist Gulf
county masters degree
required. Experience with
children preferred competi-
tive salary. Send resume to:
Twin Oaks Community
.Services. P.O. Box 68,
Bristol, FL 32321. Attention
Norton Kilbourn. 2tp12/11


TRDS&SRIE


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THE STAR, PORT ST. JOE, FL THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2003 PAGE IB

andUsupporIn N


We have a very special
opportunity for individuals
who are at least 19 years old,
have a GED or high school
diploma, are drug free, and
desire a job as a corrections
officer and want to move to
South Florida. If this fits you,
please send your resume to
either:
Dr. Patricia McGill, Institute
on Urban Policy and
Commerce at FAMU,
Tallahassee, Florida, 32307
or:
Dr. Kay Williams Stripling at
4659 The Oaks Dr.,
Marianna, FL, 32446.
We will immediately refer.
your resume to the appropri-
ate organization. If you are
hired you will make $30,000
per year. There are many
positions available.
If you need your GED, you
can enroll with' our literacy
organizations at one of our
many locations. Please call
850-561-2592 or 850-482-
7678 immediately for a class
location near you. Don't wait
... this may be your best
Christmas present yetl
2tp12/11

Experienced Nail techni-
cian for busy salon in
Apalachicola. Must have
good work ethics. Please call
653-8714. 4tc12/11

Accepting applications for
Laborer must have a valid
drivers license, 'Itransporta-
tion to and from work and be
able to lift 50 pounds or
more. Starting pay $6.50 per
hour. Apply at C.R. Smith &
son 3055 Hwy 98 W, Port St.
Joe. No Phone Calls.
tfcl2/11l

Help Wanted Clerk at
Auction. Fast and accurate
writing required. Friday
nights only 6-12 pm. Hiring
now to start in January. Call
Paula or Wade 229-9282.
2tc12/11

CDL Class B Dump truck
Drivers Needed. must be
,able to work weekends, oper-
ate a front end, loader and
pass a DOT drug test. Apply
C.R. Smith & Son, 3055 Hwy
98 W, Port St. Joe No Phone
Calls. tfcl2/11

Help Wanted: Full time
inside and outside sales posi-
tion. Apply in person at
Wallace Pump & Supply at
824 15th St., Mexico Beach,
FL. Serious applicants only
Please. tfc10/16

All survey personnel posi-
tions,-Jsalary depending'onp
experience. 850-227-7322,
406 Reid Ave., Port St'Ibe '
tfc6/5

Experienced cook and wait-
staff wanted for Caroline's
Riverfront Dining & Boss
Oyster. Please apply in per-
son: 123 Water Street,
Apalachicola. tfcl0/9


ADMINISTRATIVE ASSIS-
TANT
Motivated self-starter needed
for growing not-for profit
organization. This position
reports directly to the
Executive Officer and appli-
cant must be a proficient
administrator with prior
business and program man-
agement skills including
writing, communications,
office equipment, telephone
etiquette as well as strong
interpersonal skills.
Applicant must have the
ability and initiative to carry
out responsibilities indepen-
dently. Excellent computer
skills are essential to this
position with proficiency in
MS Word, Excel, Access,
Power Point, and MS
Publisher. Applicant must
demonstrate good people
skills, which are essential to
professionally and diplomati-
cally handle the affairs of the
organization. Send resume
including references and
salary requirements to:
Office Manager, 186 B Cape
San Bias Road, Port St. Joe,
FL 32456 2tc12/18

Seeking Equipment
Operators & Truck Drivers.
Applicants must have valid
FL drivers license. Apply at
C.W. Roberts Contracting,
Inc., PO Box 188, Hosford,
FL 32334. 850-379-8116.
tfc6/5

Graphic Designer with profi-
ciency in commercial print
production and prepress.
Excellent pay and benefits.
Use Mac Systems with
Quark, photoshop, freehand,
illustrator, and- pagemaker.
Knowledge in systems opera-
tion, digital docl2 Xerox and
AGFA RIP a plus. Contact
Willie @ The Star Publishing
Company, PO Box 308, Port
St. Joe, FL 32457. Email
WillieR@starFL.com tfcl0/2






Black/White male .persian
cat, neutr. From Gulf Air Sub
Call 647-6209, Reward.
3tp12/11

Grey tabby male cat .from
Gulf Aire Sub. Call 647-,
6209. 3tp12/11






4 tires- on wheels for sale.
Size P235/70R15 229-6694
or 647-9142 ltpl2/18

New, gorgeous men's 'wed-
ding ring, 14k gold with trim,
size 9, paid $375, sell for
$200. 653-3482.-. 2tp12/11


Navy arms lever action .45
rifle, 20 in. octagon barrel,
chrome finish, $400.
Winchester lever action .45
rifle, 16 in. barrel $300. Colt
.38 special $400. Colt .45
3rd gen., western six shooter,
all chrome, $1200. .357
western six shooter, $400.
Winchester (old) model 1897
.12 gauge 'pump shot gun,
$300. 648-9080 after 5 pm.
ltpl2/18

Ml Carbine semi-automatic
military issue with web strap
as issued circa 1950 Korean
War. 5/20 shot clips a 1-30
shot clip, 100 plus rounds of
Ammo. Asking $400. Call
Mike 647-3667. 2tp12/11

Wheel chair .- almost new.
Push type s/o large side
wheels. Lock hand brakes.
New price $300, asking $50.
Call Mike 647-3667.
2tpl2/11

Free "Non-Denominational"
Eight Lesson Bible
Correspondence Course.
Learn how to become a
Christian & nothing else!
Send your name & address
to: Bible Study, PO Box 929,
Wewahitchka, FL 32465 or
E-mail your request to
Wewachurch@outdrs.net or
call 639-5401 and leave your
name, phone number, and
address. tfc7/24






Wewa Area 16x80
3BR/2BA -all electric,
w/island kitchen, glamour
bath, fireplace, cathedral'
ceilings, On rental property
or can be moved. Daytime
639-1644 ask for Sherry
Evenings 624-0668.
2tpl2/18






Waterview lot in Howard
Creek, $35,000. Call Wade
229-9282. ltcl2/18

Downtown Reid Ave lot next
to Video Merchant, $60,000.
Call Wade 229-9282.
Itcl2/18

For sale by owner, 3BR/2BA
well kept older home on 2
lots/corner. $167,000 511
Madison St. 850-227-1454.
S, 4tp12/18 .

204 Hwy 98 MB. Cute update
beach cottage across from
dedicated beach. 2 screen
porches, and elevated sun-
deck, new 3 car garage
$425,000. Joan Lovelace
Mexico Beach Harmon Realty
800-239-4959 or 850-527-
9 fR. tfe11/6


6677 Alabama Ave. St. Joe
Beach. Nice 2BR home
w/screen porch on 2 beauti-
ful corner lots. 2 blocks from
beach. $269,900. Owners
Anxious.. Joan Lovelace
Mexico Beach Harmon Realty
800-239-4959 or 850-527-
2560. tfcll/6

By owner 3BR/2BA remod-
eled home with 2BR/1BA
duplex on same lot. 1402
Long Ave. $259,900. 229-
1340. tfcl2/4

St. Joe Beach 6930
Alabama Ave. 4BA/2BA
home 2 corner lots, pool,
rental space for camper, pri-
vacy fence. $295,000. Joan
Lovelace Mexico Beach
Harmon Realty 800-239-
4959 local 527-2560
www.thebeachsite.com.
tfcl2/11

3 bedroom, 1 bath house for
sale in Wewa. Completely
remodeled. New central h/a,
new kitchen, bathroom,
paint and carpet. Beautiful!
$59,900. Call (850) 639-
9212, (727) 409-5874, or
(727) 394-0156. 4tp12/11

For sale two prime lots, locat-
ed in Southgate Port St. Joe's
newest gated community.
Great place to build your
dream home or just enjoy the
peace of mind knowing you
have made a good invest-
ment. Priced for quick sale at
$82,9000 each or $162,000
for both. Call, 850-229-2248
hours 9am-5pm. 4tc12/11

Large bay front lot next to
Arvida's Windmark beach.
Has boat dock and city
sewage. Lot size 80 x 175
must sell. $575,000. (256)
755-2245. 4tp12/11

7201 Hwy 98 St. Joe Beach.
Gulf front 1/2 duplex.
2BR/2BA fully furnished,
adjoins dedicated beach.
$495,000. Joan Lovelace
Mexico Beach Harmon Realty
800-239-4959 or 8.50-527-
2560. tfcll/6

House Only For Sale $6,000
2BR, large screen porch, 217
Canal St. St. Joe Beach. 647-
8400 or 850-878-7544.
Buyer moves. 4tp12/11

For Sale by Owner 3BR/
2BA house. Owner financing
513 Nautilus Dr. Seashores
St. Joe Beach. 647-5423.
4tp11/20

Built in 2001 4BR/2.5BA,
garage, big back yard, berber
carpet and tile. $195.000.-O
Call229-7780 for more in'or-
mation Stpl 1.'20

5 Acre Farms, near
Wewahitchka. For sale by
owner, 17.5 beautiful acres,
must see. Great bargain 850-
229-6487 or 850-229-6507.
tfc6/26


Beach lots St. Joe Beach, At the time and place noted above, the
Summer Place Subdivision. proposals received will be publicly
opened and read: No extension of the
Gulf view, pool, $225,000 bidding period will be made.
Mexico Beach Hwy 386 1.5 Applications for documents together
blocks to beach. $95,000. with deposit of $75.00 per set should
be filed promptly with the Engineer:
Joan Lovelace Mexico Beach Guilford, Driggers & Associates, Inc.
Harmon Realty 800-239- 3320 County Road 386, Port St. Joe,
4959 local 527-2560 Florida 32456 (850) 647-8077. Bidding
material will be forwarded, shipping
www.thebeachsite.com. charges collect, as soon as possible.
tfc 12/11 The full amount of the deposit for one
set will be refunded to each general
contractor who submits a bona fide bid
HOUSE FOR SALE upon return of such set in good condi-
COMMERCIAL/RESIDEN- tlon within 10 days, after date of open-
TIAL: Quaint 3 bedroom, 2 ing of bids. All other deposits will be
refunded with deductions approximat-
bath wood framed house. ing cost of reproduction of documents
Lot: 100'x68:7' road front. upon return of same in good condition
Walking distance to water within 10 days afat e of opening of
bids.
and downtown area, close to Contract, if awarded, will be on a lump
schools. 603 Long Avenue. sum basis. No bid ,may be withdrawn
Call 227-1388. tfc6/5 for a period of 30 days after time has
been called on. the date of opening.
Bids must be accompanied by a bid
House 4 sale by' owner, bond in an amount not less than 5% of
4BR/3BA 902 10th St. 227- the base bid. Both a performance and
4BR/3A 92 10ta payment bond will be required in an
1296 Call after 4pm. tfcl/2 amount equal to 100% of the contract
price. : '
The party submitting the proposal is
,solely responsible for delivering the
proposal form to the exact location and
by the time stated above.
The owner reserves the right to reject
any or all bids and to waive technicali-
ties and informalities.
Gulf County Humane Society
Need To Get Away? What By: W.J. Guilford, Engineer of Record
about your four legged kids? publish Dec. 4, 11,.& 18, 2003.
Pet owner/lover, (with 5 yrs TI THE CIRCUIT COURT,
pet care exp.) will make FOR GULFCOUNTY
house visits. Also offered: PROBATE DIVISION
Security checks, mail pick- IN RE: Estate of
up and plant care. Exc. long ANDREW F. THOMAS
term refs. Call Diana 227- Deceased.3-76PR
Case No. 03-76PR
3411. .ltcl2/18 NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
In need of a babysitter? ANDREW F. THOMAS, deceased. File
Number 03-76 PR, is pending in the
Contact Laura-Leigh Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida,
Clements at 639-6464 and Probate Division, the address of which
leave a message with details. is 1000 Cecil Costin Blvd., Port St. Joe.
FL 32456. The names and addresses of
Able to sit in PSJ. 3fpl2/04 the personal representative and the
Personal representative's attorney are
HORSE SITTING set forth below.
All creditors of the'decedent and other
Your place or mine. Boarding persons having claims or demands
services available. Jobie against, decedent's estate, including
Barfield 639-3600.' tfc 11/27 unmatured, contingent or unliquidated
claims, on whom a copy of this notice
is served must file their claims with
this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
I MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
1 L SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
_O ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or
IN THE FOURTEENTH demands against decedent's estate,
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, included unmatured, contingent or
IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY unliquidated claims, must file their
DONALD E. McBRIDE, SR., claims with this Court WITHIN 3
Plaintiff, MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
vs. FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
SHIRLEY LUCAS, NOTICE.
Defendant ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE
CASE NO: 00-221, FOREVER BARRED.
TO; DONALD E. McBRIDE, SR., or his The date of first publication of this
heirs Notice is December 11, 2003.
A lawsuit has been filed against you in SUSAN M. THOMAS, Personal
and for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, Representative
Gulf County, Florida. and you have ALISAW. JAMES, ESQ.
moved away. We have made diligent Attorney for Personal Representative
search and inquiry to locate your place 921 Jenks Avenue
of residence and have been unable to Panama City, FL 32401
locate you. (850) 913-8669
You are hereby notified that you have Florida Bar No. 0355496
thirty (30) days from the date of the publish: Dec. 11, and 18, 2003
first publication of this notice to file an
answer to recover property. If you fail PUBLIC NOTICE
to answer, a default will be taken Highway 22 Mini Storage announces
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Florida Bar No. 027928 opedred and, merchandise will be sold at
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and supporting footer around the exist-
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roof with 24 ga. adjusting width and
length to accommodate block wall, stuc-
co and brick outside walls per plans,
replace one window and possible one
or more doors, and relocate electrical
service.),
Additional specifications may be
obtained from the Gulf County Clerk's
Office at 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.,
Blvd., Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. Phone (850) 229-6113/Fax
(850) 229-1990.
Questions should be directed to David
Richardson at (850) 229-8944.
A pre-bid conference will be held
Monday, December 29, 2003 at 10:00
a.m., E.T. at the Gulf County Beaches
Fire Station located at -~12' lcir. a nr
Avenue, St. Joe Beach, l,:.ni-i
Please indicate on the envelope that
this is a SEALED BID, the BID NUM-
BER, and what the BID is for.
Bids will be received until Friday,
January 9, 2004 at 5:00 p.m., E.T., at
the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court,
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Room
148, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, and
the bids will bp opened at this location
on Monday, January 12, 2004 at 10:00
aam., E.T.
The Board reserves the right to reject
any and all bids.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION-
ERS
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
By:/s/ Billy E. Traylor, Chairman
Attest: /s/ Douglas C. Birmingham,
Clerk
publish: December 11 & 18, 2003
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT.
IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY.
FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO: 2003-418-CA
WELLS FARGO'FINANCIAL SYSTEM
FLORIDA, INC F/K/A NORWEST
FINANCIAL SYSTEM FLORIDA, INC.,
PLAINTIFF,
VS.
JOHN DANIELS, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTS)
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO: JOHN DANIELS; NELLIE
DANIELS
whose residence is unknown if
he/she/they be living; and if
he/she/they be dead, the unknown
defendants who may be spouses, heirs,
devisees, grantees, assignees, lenors,
creditors, trustees, and all parties
cliaming an interest by, through, under
or against the Defendants, who are not
known to be dead or alive, and all par-
ties having or claiming to have any
right, title or' interest in the property
described in the mortgage being fore-
closed herein.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an
action to foreclose a mortgage-on the
following property:
BEGIN 144' YARDS NORTH OF
SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SOUTH-
WEST QUARTER OF NORTHEAST
QUARTER OF SECTION 29, TOWN-
SHIP S SOUTH, RANGE 9 WEST;
THENCE RUN NORTH 144 YARDS,
EAST 72 YARDS, SOUTH 144 YARDS,.
WEST 72 YARDS TO POINT OF,
BEGINNING. LESS & EXCEPT; BEGIN
AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF
THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE
NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION
:29, TOWNSHIP 5 SOUTH, RANGE 9
WEST; THENCE RUN NORTH 4.50
CHAINS; THENCE RUN WEST 17
YARDS; THENCE RUN- NORTH 70
YARDS; THENCE RUN WEST 70
YARDS; THENCE SOUTH 70 YARDS
TO POINT OF BEGINNING.
TOGETHER WITH MOBILE HOMES)
LOCATED THERON
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on DAVID J.
STERN, ESQ. Plaintiffs attorney,
whose address is 801 S. University
Drive #500, Plantation, FL 33324 on or
before January 16th, 2004 (no later
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otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded in.
the complaint or petition filed herein.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court at GULF County, Florida, this
10th day of,December, 2003.
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY: /s/ Barbara Baxter
DEPUTY CLERK
LAW OFFICES OF DAVID J. STERN


ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
801 S. UNIVERSITY DRIVE SUITE 500
PLANTATION. FL 33324
publish December 18 & 25, 2003
NOTICE OF INTENDED ACTION
THE GULF COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
Purpose and Effect: The Gulf County
School Board proposes to amend and
adopt policies, as provided for in the
Administrative Procedures Act, for the
purpose of bringing said policies into
compliance with Florida Statutes and
State Board of Education Rules.
Summary: The following is a brief
description of each proposal change:
2.80 Reporting Child'Abuse
5.31 Student Detention,
Search, and Seizure
6.531 Deferred Retirement
OP ,],.,,| F-r,:.j- n ICROF I
E 54 .. rtrual '.acauon Leave
7.70 Purchasing and Bidding
Economic Impact: These proposals
will result in no direct costs associated
with implementation.
IF REQUESTED, A HEARING WILL BE
HELD AT:
Time: 6:00 p.m.ET
Date: January 13, 2004
Place: Gulf County School
Board
150 Middle School Road
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
The entire text of the proposed rules,
can be inspected during regular office
hours at the Gulf County School Board
Office, 150 Middle School Road, Port
St. Joe, FL.
Special legal authority under which the
adoption is authorized and the law
being implemented and interpreted are
made specific.
The addition and changes are proposed
by Temple Watson, Director of Support
Services and approved for considera-
tion by Jerry E. Kelley,
Superintendent.
Amendments: See above
publish December 18, 2003
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
INFANT & TODDLER CLASSROOM '
FURNISHING AND EQUIPMENT
North Florida Child Development, Inc.
is requesting proposals for Early Head
Start classroom furnishing for one (1)
infant Classrooms (ages 0-18 months)
& (3) Toddler Classrooms (ages 19-36
months) with a minimum of 766 sq. ft
Proposals must include a list of fur-
nishing/equipment, manufacturer
name, specifications and any limita-
tions; color of each piece, price for each
piece, per classroom.bid price, and a
lump sum bid price; and, a proposed
;schematic of the classrooms) showing
the location of furnisher/equipment
being proposed. Offerors must include
in their package a certification that the
furnishing/equipment and classroom
arrangements comply with the Early
Head Start Performance Standards
outlined in 45CFR 1304.53 and all
other applicable codes and standards
for infant and toddler classrooms and
classroom furnishing/equipment.
Proposals will be accepted until
January 31, 2004, 4 p.m. cst, at which
time they will.be opened. Offers and/or
any part of an offer may be rejected by.
North Florida Child Development. Inc.
if the above conditions are not met or if
the North Florida Child Deielopment.
Inc. determines that the 'ermz- ard
conditions of the offer are not in the
best interest of the agency, children,
and families being served. North
Florida Child Development, Inc. Attn:
Gerald Thompson, PO Box 38,
Wewahitchka, FL 32465 Clearly
marked on outside of emnelope Bid
#EHS Rooms.
publish December 18. 2003


MINUTES
GULF COUNTY COMMISSION

SEPTEMBER 30, 2003 COMT-
INUED
UNION IMPASSE ISSUES--
Emergency l'laage ment Director I
Wells repond Lhat in March.
2003 the Board and the Union
exchanged tentative proposals to
be added to the Union Contract.
He discussed meetings that were
held with the Union regarding
these proposals and stated that
the following sections will be
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MINUTES...GULF COUNTY COMMISSION


changed due to conflicting lan-
guage, corrections to typographi-
cal errors, and miscellaneous
issues (11.2. 11.5B, 12.2A. 14.2,
14.6. 19.3, 20.1, 20.7, 20.9. 24.1,
and 24.2). Emergency
Management Director Wells
reported that both parties agreed
to adopt a Harassment Policy.
which reads "No employee,
supervisor, or employer shall
curse or harass any other
employee, supervisor, or employ-
er". After discussion, Emergency
Management Director Wells intro-
duced Mr. Larry Finch, represent-
ing the Union, to discuss issues
one, two, and three. Mr. Finch
appeared before the Board to dis-
cuss (#1) wage increase and (#2)
contract duration. He reported
that the Union is requesting a
3.5% increase across the Board,
with a two-year contract.
Commissioner McLemore dis-
cussed new hire rates in various
Counties within the panhandle,
and stated that Gulf County's
start rate is higher.
Commissioner McLemore
motioned to approve a 2.5%0
increase (across the Board) for
the next two years.
Commissioner Traylor seconded
the motion and, after discussion,
the motion passed 3 to 2, with
Chairman Barnes and
Commissioner Fox voting no.' Mr.
Finch reported that (#3) the
Union is requesting additional
paid holidays to include
President's Day, the employee's
birthday, and the day after
Christmas (when Christmas falls
on Thursday). Commissioner
Traylor motioned to deny this
request, and Commissioner
McLemore seconded the motion.
It passed 4 to 1 vote, with
Commissioner Fox voting no.
Emergency Management Director
Wells reported that no agreement
could be made regarding (#4)
compensatory time vs. overtime
pay. After discussion,
Commissioner Traylor motioned
to pay overtime to the Union
employees. The motioned died for
lack of a second. Commissioner
Fox motioned to allow the Union -
employee to decide whether to
receive comp. time or overtime
pay. Commissioner McLemore
seconded the motion and, after
discussion, the motion passed
unanimously. Commissioner
McLemore motioned to reduce
the "build-up comp. time" from
240 hours to 160 hours.


Commissioner Traylor seconded
the motion, and it passed 4 to 1,
with Commissioner Fox voting
no. Emergency Management
Director Wells discussed (#5)
career ladders for Mosquito
Control and Landfill Union
employees, and asked Solid
Waste Director Danford to dis-
cuss this program. After discus-
sion by Solid Waste Director
Danford and members of the
Board, Commissioner McLemore
requested that this issue be
tabled. After further discussion
by Commissioner Peters, he
motioned to support the career
ladder program for Mosquito
Control and Landfill employees.
Commissioner Fox seconded the
motion, and it passed unani-
mously. Emergency Management
Director Wells discussed (#6) a
zero tolerance drug policy and
reported that no agreement could
be made with the Union. Mr.
Finch appeared before the Board
to discuss the language regarding
this policy. After discussion by
members of the, Board,
Commissioner McLemore
motioned to adopt the zero toler-
ance drug policy. Commissioner
Fox seconded the motion, and the
motion passed unanimously.
After further discussion by
Emergency Management Director
Wells, Commissioner Traylor
motioned that if an employee is
tested positive for illegal drugs,
they are to be terminated imme-
diately ("Upon receiving confir-
mation of the presence of illegal
drugs by the initial and confirma-
tion tests from the same sample.
said employee will be immediate-
ly terminated"). Commissioner
McLemore seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously. Upon
inquiry by Road Department
Superintendent Knee. .County
Attorney McFarland discussed
the definition of "illegal drugs".
GRIEVANCE ISSUES
Mr. Finch (for the .Union)
appeared before the Board to dis-
cuss a grievance filed regarding
random drug testing. He stated
that the Union is requesting that
a third-party make the random
selection (to be a truly random
selection), and that the all of the
bargaining-unit employees be
included in the list to be tested.
County Attorney McFarland dis-
cussed the random selection and
reported that computer software
-is available and could be installed
for use at the Gulf County Health


Department. He reported that the
initial set fee is estimated to be
$2,500.00 to $3,500.00, and the
program will select names ran-
domly. After discussion,
Commissioner McLemore
motioned to purchase the com-
puter software. Commissioner
Peters seconded the motion, and
it passed unanimously.
Mr. Finch discussed the second
grievance filed regarding an
employee (mosquito sprayer) that
received a raise before the end of
the Step A period. He reported
that the Union is requesting that
the employee's pay be reduced
(back to Step A) until he works
the same number of hours at that
rate of pay as the other mosquito
sprayers (after his November
26th anniversary date), and then
he can receive his raise (up to
Step B). Commissioner McLemore
stated that he does not agree with
the Union on this matter.
Commissioner Peters motion to
concur with the Union on this
matter. a Commissioner Fox
seconded t motion. The motion
passed to 2. with
Commissioners McLemore and
Traylor voting no.
There being no further business
and upon motion by
Commissioner Peters, the meet-
ing did then adjourn at 5:43
p.m., E.D.T.
JERRY W. BARNES CHAIRMAN
ATTEST:DOUGLAS C. BIRMING-
HAM
CLERK
PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 6, 2003
SPECIAL MEETING
The Gulf County Board of County
Commissioners met this date in
special session with the following
members present: Chairman
Jerry W. Barnes, Vice Chairman
Carl W. Fox, and Commissioners
Carmen L. McLemore, Billy E.
Traylor, and Nathan Peters, Jr.
Others present were: Deputy
Clerk Towan Kopinsky, Deputy
Clerk Leanna Roberts, Deputy
Clerk/Budget & Finance Director
Becky Norris, Chief
Administrator Don Butler,
Administrator Staff Assistant
Denise Manual, Building Official
Michael Hammond, Building
Inspector Brad Bailey,
Emergency Management Director
Larry Wells, Public Works
Director Gerald Shearer, and
Sheriffs Office Major Joe Nugent.
Chairman Barnes called the


meeting to order at 4:30 p.m.,
E.D.T.
BUILDING DEPARTMENT
After discussion. Commissioner
Peters motioned to accept
Building Official Hammond's rec-
ommendation to hire Andrew
Rowell and Lee Collinsworth as
Building Inspectors, effective as
soon as possible. Commissioner
Fox seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously. Upon
inquiry by Deputy Clerk Roberts,
Chief Administrator Butler
reported that the Board adopted
a rate of pay policy, and the
Clerk's Office will be notified of
the rate of pay.
GULF COUNTY HEALTH
DEPARTMENT
Chief Administrator Butler dis-
cussed a letter from the Gulf
County Health. Department
requesting that the Board assist
them in applying for a mini-
grant. He reported that the Board
would be responsible for main-
taining the walking trails at all
the County parks. Upon motion
by Commissioner Peters, second
by Commissioner Fox, and unan-
imous vote, the Board agreed to
submit a letter to the Gulf County
Health Department agreeing to
maintain (and try to upgrade) the
walking paths within the County
parks for the next four years.
SPECIAL PROJECTS PAYMENTS
Upon inquiry by Chairman
Barnes, there were no Special
Projects Payment requests.
PUBLIC WORKS
Public Works Director Shearer
reported that final payment on
the tractor for the beach rake is
due by October 15th, in the
amount of $34,454.00. Upon
inquiry by Commissioner
McLemore, Public Works Director
Shearer stated that funds to pay
this debt were included in the
Bond consolidation funds. After
Board discussion' and inquiry,
Building Official Hammond
reported that the Budget Review
Committee has called a meeting
for next week, and stated that all
outstanding notes were included
in the Bond' except the fire
trucks. After discussion,,
Commissioner Peters motioned tod
pay the balance owed from Bond
funds, contingent upon availabil-
ity. Commissioner Fox seconded
the motion, and it passed unani-
mously.
Public Works Director Shearer
discussed advertising for sealed


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bids for new equipment for Public
Works. Upon inquiry by
Commissioner McLemore,
Building Official Hammond stat-
ed that $150,000.00 (from the
Bond) is available for the pur-
chase of two pieces of equipment
for Public Works. After discus-
sion, the Board agreed to adver-
tise for sealed bids for a new
semi-truck and lo-boy trailer and
a flatbed dump truck.
Public Works Director Shearer
discussed the emergency need for
a new excavator. He stated that
the County can purchase an
excavator from Thompson
Tractor, in4 the amount of
$92,125.00 (after a trade-in of
$20,000.00), and can make four
annual payments of $23,304.78.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner
Peters regarding advertising for
sealed bids, Commissioner
McLemore discussed speaking
with the Budget Review
Committee regarding funding for
this piece of equipment. Public
Works Director Shearer reported
that the first payment would not
be due until the 2004-05 Budget
year. After discussion by mem-
bers of the Board, Public Works
Director Shearer discussed pur-
chasing the machinery on an'
emergency basis. Upon inquiry
by Commissioner Traylor,
Building Official Hammond dis-
cussed the Bond funds, and stat-
edthat the Budget Review
Committee requested that each
department submit a list of what
equipment would need to be'pur-
chased. He reported that Public
Works Director Shearer had two
items (semi-truck with lo-boy
trailer and a flatbed dump truck)
on his list, and Road Department
Superintendent Knee also sub-
mitted a list. After further discus-
sion, Commissioner Peters
motioned to purchase the new
excavator for Public Works from
Thompson Tractor on an emer-
gency basis, in the amount of
$92,125.00 '(after a $20,000.00
trade-in), contingent upon the
balance being paid in full during
the 2004-05 Budget year (no
financing). Commissioner Traylor
seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.
Chief Administrator Butler dis-
cussed a request from Solid
Waste Director Danford to adver-
tise to receive sealed bids for a
tub grinder, and to piggy-back a
previous bid or purchase on State
Contract a closed-cab farm trac-


tor., Commissioner Traylor
motioned to advertise to receive
sealed bids for a tub grinder, and
to purchase a closed-cab farm
tractor on State Contract or
"piggy-back" a previous bid, con-
tingent upon funds being avail-
able for the equipment.
Commissioner Fox seconded the
motion and, after discussion, it
passed unanimously.
Upon recommendation by Public
Works Director Shearer,
Commissioner Traylor motioned
to post job vacancy notices for
three Truck Driver I positions for
Public Works. Commissioner
Peters seconded the motion and,
after discussion that funds are
budgeted for these positions, the
motion passed unanimously.
UNION
Emergency Management Director
Wells discussed a proposed
Memorandum of Understanding
that the Board requested be sub-
mitted to the Union regarding a
pay increase for the Mechanic
position. He reported that the
Union has denied this request,
and he recommended that the
Board allow him to negotiate by
including all job classifications in
the proposed Memorandum of
Understanding. Commissioner.
Peters motioned to withdraw the
request for an increase in pay for
the Mechanic position. After dis-
cussion, Commissioner Fox sec-
onded the motion, and it passed
3 to 2, with Commissioners
McLemore and Traylor voting no.
BOARD PROCEDURES
Commissioner Traylor discussed
the job duties of being Chairman
of the Board, and discussed pro-
cedures regarding public com-
ment during meetings. He recom-
mended that people wanting to
address the Board be placed on
the Agenda with their topic, with
the deadline of 5:00 p.m., E.T. on
Thursday before each regular
board meeting. After discussion,
Commissioner Traylor motioned
to adopt this procedure, effective
October 28th. Commissioner
McLemore seconded the motion,
and it passed 4 to 1, with
Commissioner Peters voting no.
There being no further business,
and upon motion by:
Commissioner Fox, the meeting,
did then adjourn at 4:57 p.m.,
E.D.T.
JERRY W. BARNES CHAIRMAN
ATTEST:DOUGLAS C. BIRMING-
HAM


CLERK
PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 14, 2003
REGULAR MEETING
The Gulf County Board of County
Commissioners met this date in
regular session with the following
members present: Chairman
Billy E. Traylor, Vice Chairman
Nathan Peters, Jr. and
Commissioners Carmen L.
McLemore, Carl W. Fox, and
Jerry W. Barnes.
Others present were: County
Attorney Timothy McFarland,
Deputy Clerk Leanna Roberts,
Deputy Clerk/Budget & Finance
Director Becky Norris, Chief
Administrator Don Butler,
Administrator Staff Assistants
Lynn Stephens and Denise
Manuel, Building Inspector Brad
Bailey, Emergency Management
Director Larry Wells, E.M.S.
Director Shane McGuffin,
Planner David Richardson, Road
Department Superintendent
Bobby Knee, Solid Waste Director
Joe Danford, T.D.C. Director
Paula Pickett, Veterans' Service
Officer Bo Williams, Workcrew
Superintendent Luthus Hand,.
and Sheriffs Office Major Joe
'Nugent.
Chairman Traylor called the
meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.,
E.D.T.
Emergency Management Director
Wells opened the meeting with
prayer, and Chairman Traylor led
the Pledge of Allegiance to the
Flag.
CONSENT AGENDA '
Upon motion by Commissioner
Fox, second by Commissioner
Barnes, and unanimous vote, the
Board approved the Consent
Agenda, after changing the
amount on page .127 (Item #14),
as follows:
Minutes September 23, 2003 -
Special Meeting
- September 23, 2003 Regular
Meeting
- September 30, 2003 Special
Meeting
- September 30, 2003 Special
Meeting Union
- October 6, 2003 Special
Meeting
Budget Amendment Tax
Collector (2002-03 T.D.T.
Collection Fee $8,442,44)
Budget Review. Committee -
Member Resignation (Michael L.
Hammond)
Court Order Payment to


Attorney Timothy McFarland
(#02-174-CF $4,216.93./
#03-152-CF $397.50 to be
paid from Account #61021-
31000)
- Payment to Attorney J. Gordon,
Shuler (#02-142-CF $1,307.36.
to be paid from Account #61021-
31000)
Fee Schedule Health
Department (Physical
Therapy/Clinical Social Services)
Inventory Mosquito
Control/Solid Waste (Junk #70-
392)
Invoice Agency for Health Care
Administration/Medicaid (July,
2003 $4,827.64
/ August, 2003 $17,968.33 to
be paid from Account #52264-
34100)
- Bay Cares, Irc./Indigent Care
($2,850.00 to be paid from
Account
#51462-82000)
- Bay Medical Center/H.C.R.A.
(#03113-00430 $78.10 to be
paid from
Account #51462-31500)
- Bryant, Miller & Olive/Bond
Attorney (#3682-00D *
$25,103.31 to be
paid from board proceeds)
S C. W. Roberts
Contracting/2001-2002 Road
Bond Paving Project (Bid
#0102-13 #14/Final
$122,058.08 to be paid from
Account
#41441-63000)
- County Attorney Timothy
McFarland (September, 2003 *
$4,259.55 to
be paid from Account #21314-
31100)
- Fisher Construction
Company/New. E.O.C. (Bid
#0102-39 #10 *
$70,834.62 to be paid from
Account #21725-62001)
Florida Association of
Counties/B.C.C. Dues
($1,721.00 to be paid from
Account #21111-54200)
- G.A.C. Cornri actc.r- .'lrlnera
Rehabilitation, Pha- e U (Bid
#0203-12 #4
* $145,118.67 to be paid from
Ai-c.:,art 27550-6 '600)
- Harrison,r Rivard, Zimmerman
& Bennett/C.B.R.A. Issues
(#1065
$5,637.50 to be paid from
Account #21111-31300)
TO BE CONTINUED


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