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Miss Valentine .... Pg. 7B

Lincoln Day Dinner Pg. 6A
Sports............ Pgs. 8-9A
Law Enforcement News. Pg. 6A
Church News ........ Pg. 6B
Obituaries. . Pgs. 4B
School News . Pgs. 9-11B
Classified, Legals. Pgs. 12-14B



Early Primary


Voting Starts


February 27th
Early voting in the Supervisor
of Elections Office for the Florida
Democratic presidential primary
will be 9 a.m. ET on Monday, Feb.
27.
In-office voting will end at 5
p.m. ET on Monday, March 8, the
day before the Democratic presi-
dential primary.
There will be no in-office on pri-
mary day; all votes must be cast in
the voter's precinct. -
Absentee ballots for the presi-
dential primary are being mailed
out. Voters can still request an
absentee ballot for the primary.
For more information contact
the Supervisor of Elections office at
229-6117.


by Tim Croft
Be sweet to your child this
Valentine's Day have their car
seat checked.
National Child Passenger
Safety Week ends this Saturday
,with a "Child Safety Seat Check"
from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET in the


Eppinette to be Honored Friday



Former Coach Led Sharks to Five State Championships Over 10 Seasons


by Tim Croft
They'll remember the wins,
that line of trophies, the teams that
played with frenzied discipline.
They'll recall the class of the
conductor of this hardwood
orchestra, who demanded the best
out of all, none more than himself.
Who engendered respect not
through the thunder of his voice
but the resonance of his knowledge
and passion for, excellence.
And, of course, they'll also


much as a mill.
Or those socks.,
"As much notoriety and recog-
nition, and as much class, as he
brought to this little old school in
Port St. Joe, (we) would be remiss
not to recognize him," said Tim
Wilder, principal at Port St. Joe
High School.
Not that Eppinette will be all
that comfortable with the atten-
tion.
As a coach, as a teacher, he


"Not many people win state
championships and sportsman-
ship awards every year," Wilder
said, noting that while the sports-
manship awards were certainly
school and community awards, no


cent) and the Sharks took on all
comers, one year upsetting or at
least that's what the rest of the
state believed a Miami Senior
team, at the time one of the top big-
school programs in the state, dur-


playing 'professional baseball, a
future starting defensive end for
the Hurricanes and a future
University of Florida and National
Football League wide receiver.
"He worked with what he had
and made them the best that they
could be," Wilder said.
For that he was named the
Florida high school coach of the
year four times and was twice one
of six finalists for national coach of
,the year;
When' he stood uip one year at
a coaching clinic in Vernon to
explain how his team shot 33 per-
cent from the floor for the year and
.still won a state championship, it
was the coaching equivalent of E.F.
Hutton opening his mouth,
No the trics were ever needed.
Eppinette Aommanded through a
steely co0.rolled resolve, a cool
confidence that,. maybe in part,
reflected his training as a classical
pianist in his youth.
During a career that spanned
more than 500 games, the number
of technicals he drew could be
counted on one hand with fingers
left over.
Eppinette put the black suit he
wore on the sidelines away several
years ago and will, as he said he
would several years ago to a
reporter, retire from the Gulf
County school system at the end of
the current school year. ,
"That's when it really hit us,
when he wrote his letter of retire-
ment," Wilder said.
The decision was easy; some-
thing has to be done to pay homage
to this guy, even if for only 20 min-
utes or so.
Friends and family have been
''invited and will 'be flying in from
disparate locals.
Former players, people who ;
coached against him have been
asked to turn out.
Fans and folks from the com-
munity are encourage to attend.
How appropriate that the
event, the kudos, the thank yous,
come on that 94-feet he and his
Sharks lorded over for a decade.


remember those .socks, those
homely horizon;tally-striped yellow
and purple creations that, from
Wewahitchka t6 Lakeland, became
something of talisman for a pro-
gram, and maybe, for a communi-
ty.
Friday nigit, during halftime
of ,the final regular-season boys
basketball game, 'The Dome" will
become the venue for a long thank
you to Vernon Eppinette, who over
a 10-year span) at the helm of the
Sharks' ship charted a course that
came to define! a town nearly as


parking lot of' the Piggly Wiggly
shopping center' in Port St. Joe.
"We need tb take car. of pur
kids." said Jill oness with the Gulf
County Health Department. which
is sponsoring the event with help
(See CHILD FAIR on Page 1 OA)
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always pretty much defined a just-
let-me-do-my-job-and-I'll-let-the-
results-talk-for-me style.
It was reflected in a team lack-
ing "I's", which typically went 10 or
11 deep and played with a blue-
collar style reflective of the ethics of
a community and their coach.
In the case of Eppinette, the
honors and there have been a
mantle-full, including his induc-
tion into the Florida High School
Athletics Association Hall of Fame
- never seemed as important as
how his team played on the court,
how his players carried themselves
off the court.
One of his proudest, moments
as a coach, he once told a certain
reporter, came in a restaurant after
a game, when another patron
sauntered over to tell Eppinette
how impressed he was with the
players' comportment in the eatery.
.And as much.as the five state'
championships, the seven-straight
state "Final Four" appearances,
meant, symbolized, those trophies
gleamed no more brightly to
Eppinette than the seven consecu-
tive state "Rozelle Sportsmanship"
awards the school, and, in fact the
community, garnered while the
Sharks were harassing the rest of
the state.


Coach Vernon Eppinette will be honored Friday evening at the Sharks
basketball game. He will be retiring at the .nd of this school year.
File Photo


small portion of the credit belongs
to Eppinette. .
"What, he's brought to, our
school, I 'can't think of a better guy
(to honor)." m I .
Eppinette's record at Port St.
Joe was a gaudy 258-64 (80 per-


ing a holiday tournament.
The lone loss during a string of
six-straight state championship
game appearances came to a pri-
vate school with a line-up .that
included a future starting quarter-
back for the Miami Hurricanes now,


School Board Approves WMS Fitness Program


Buddy Cumbie is shown checking a child's car seat during last year's
Child Fair safety check.


Becky Norris Announces Candidacy

for Clerk of the Circuit Court Race


Becky Norris announced her
intent to seek the Office of the Clerk
of Court. She said, "I am excited
about the opportunities to serve the
citizens of Gulf County should you
elect me as your clerk."
She's now approaching 20
years of service in the Clerk's office
(one and one-half years in the


Becky Norris and family


Franklin County Clerks Office). She
has worked in the Court Division
before going to the Finance
Department where she now serves
as the Budget and Finance
Director. She is responsible for
preparing and certifying the annual
budget, Financial Grants
Management, Ii vestments and all
financial requirements for the
Clerk.
Norris is art active member of
the Florida Government Finance
Officers Association, an ongoing
educational association composed
of Government Finance Officers in
the State. She 'further stated, "I
have stayed current on laws affect-
ing the Clerk's office by attending
ongoing educational classes. I am
qualified to im-plement the new
state required mandate of funding
the Court System under Article V,
Revision 7, of the Florida
Constitution effective July 1, 2004.
I am also qualified to supervise and
give training to, each department
that comes under the duties of the
Clerk."
"Gulf County is now on the fast
(See NORRIS on Page 9A)


by Tim Croft
They want to pump, umph,
those middle-schoolers up. Or at
least get them off their posteriors.
The members .of the Gulf
County School Board on Tuesday
unanimously approved a request
from Wewahitchka Middle School
to participating in what:amounts to
a national advocacy/research proj-
ect promoting physical fitness in
students.
Pending approval of a contract
between the district andc the
National School Fitness
Foundation (NSFF), Wewahitchka
Middle School will in the future
become part of an initiative to get
kids up off the cotich, out from
behind the computer and moving.
Called the L.I.F.T. (Leadership
in Fitness Training) program, the
proposal would mean that.
Wewahitchka Middle School would
receive state-of-the-art equipment
for circuit training, which com-
bines weight work with cardiovas-
cular exercise, in return for provid-
ing comprehensive data on the
impact regular exercise has on stu-
dents.
In what is essentially a three-
year lease agreement, the district
will pay $219,000 up front for the
NSFF package, which includes the
equipment, installation and staff
training in the exercise, equipment
and monitoring results. '
As long as the school adheres
to NSFF guidelines and submits its
participating students' data
monthly, the district will get its
money back in monthly install-
ments over the 36-month period.
"I. think kids have to be
engaged into being physically fit,"
said Pam -Lister, principal at
Wewahitchka Middle School. "I
knew it would enthuse kids to see
a gym like that. It will make them
feel they worth the investment."
To understand the need for
such an investment, check out just
a sampling of scientific research.


Roughly 30 percent of children
and adolecents are overweight; 15
percent 'are classified as obese,,
according to the American Obesity
Foundation.
Those numbers have tripled
over the past two decades.
According to the Centers for
Disease Control, poor nutrition
and a lack of physical exercise
leads to 3p0,000 premature deaths
each year.
Overweight individuals are far
more likely to develop a string of
lethal conditions from heart dis-
ease to cancer, and the incidence of
teenage obesity and adult-onset
diabetes, or Type II diabetes, in'
children is skyrocketing.
"Exercise is the answer, and
diet," said Sdhool Board chair-
woman Linda Wood. 'This (the
NSFF program) is a step in the
right direction."
Representatives from NSFF
made a presentation to district offi-
cials some months back, and the
concept was floated to schools
throughout the district, said
---Superintendent Jerry Kelley.
He said Lister expressed the
most interest.
Lister said that with children
seeking so much of their entertain-
ment from inert activities videos,
computers she had noticed a tell-
tale decline in fitness levels among
students in recent years. .
She added that in middle
school, when children are undergo-
ing so many physical transforma-
tions, is a key juncture to instill
healthy habits for life.
"Middle school,' the research
I've read shows, is where weight
problems often begin," Lister said.
"Research shows that if they begin
a fitness regime in their early teens
they will maintain it throughout
-their adult years."
Once the wellness center is set
up the middle school will use the
old auto mechanic building which
has already been transformed into


a physical education area stu-
dents, participating with parental
permission, will be given a key
code and swipe card.
Each time they circuit train,
and: the gym will have everything
from weights to step machines,
they will use their card or key code
- ensuring security of information


- at each machine.
The machine will monitor and
track the progress that child has
made.
Theinformation will be fed to a
high-tech kiosk where. various
items are measured, including per-
centage of body fat, body mass
(See School Board on Page 9A)


Wewa Bans Paint Ball


Guns on Public Property


by Tim Croft
Acting in response to damage
at a city park over the weekend, the
Wewahitchka City' Commission on
Monday night passed/ an emer-
gency ordinance banning paint ball
guns on public or city-owned prop-
erty.
Further, the ordinance pro-
hibits firing a paint ball gun from
or across a right-of-way and pos-
sessing or firing a paint ball gun on
private property without the prop-
erty owners' permission.
The ordinance was driven by
paint ball play discovered at T.L.
James Park this past weekend.
According to reports, more
than a dozen individuals were at
the park, playing .the "battle"
games that constitute the fun of
paint ball.
And, city officials discovered,
the paint is not easily washed away
in its entirety, as paint ball devo-
tees insist.
"I can't afford the cost to tax-
payers to repaint (public property)
for them to play their games," said
city manager Don Minchew.
Minchew added that paint ball
has recently become a quite popu-
lar form of entertainment in
Wewahitchka.
That is evidenced, in part, by
the opening of a new paint ball
business in recent months on
Highway 71.


Violation of the new ordinance
would be a misdemeanor, but a
portion of the ordinance requires
that restitution be paid for any
damage done.
In other, business during
Monday's regular bi-monthly meet-
ing:
*. Commissioners paid a draw
on the improvements to Lake Alice
Park which is nearing completion
and looks impressive.
Those improvements funded
through a $125,000 state parks
and recreation grant include new
restrooms, a new water line feeding
the park facilities, additional play-
ground equipment and a sparkling
new amphitheater area, including
roof.
"I'm really proud of it,"
Minchew said. "It's going to be
super."
The work should be finished by
the end of the month, Minchew
said.
Construction will continue on
a new 50-foot dock into Lake Alice.
' The dock should be completed in
time for the Tupelo Festival in May,-.
Minchew added.
Opened and approved a bid
for a new transmission for an
inmate. van. The work, costing
$435 will be done by Cox
Transmission, the only company to
submit a bid.


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Editorials,


Comments


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The Star

PAGE TWO THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2004


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EDITORIAL COMMENTARY
S COLUMN


WILLIE.RAMSEY. EDITOR.



Water Wate Everywvhere


When the City of Port St. Joepurchase the-freshwater canal
from Stone Container a. few .yeaFrs ago there wa -little doubt it
would play an important-role in the futuiirewvter neeis-of.not only :-
the city, but the entire- southern p'6ilon of the .coihty. .
On Several.occasioins I've bragged 6n-Port St: Joe Maybor, Frank'
Pate's ability to make good business deals for the Port St. Joe
community and county residei ts One more time, 'he and. the rest ...
of the city boaid have proven great insight by making ia diamond
in the rough investment. -.- .
The picture on the froint page of last week's edition of The Star
tells the whole. stoiy. Water, that was pumped through the fresh-
water canal froni the Chippola River, is shown after being treated
as part of a pilot project aiied at determining the feasibility of
using the canal to supply Port St.-Joe and potentially surround-
ing areas with potable drinking water."
Many in this area remember wheni-the paper mill was up and.
operating. All 6f its water carime from the friehwater. canal. At that -
time, the mill would use between 25 to 30 million gallons of water
per day in the production of paper. ., .
That's right, Isaid 25 to 30-million gallons of water per day. In
the hey days of operation much.more water than that was used
per day and, believe it or not,f; the mifill was permitted to draw up
to approximately 50 million, gallons of water per day through the
canal.
The city does not have plans to use this amount of water, but.
does anticipate that the current 1.1 million gallons per day is
expected to grow to 3.5 million over the next 20 years. The big deal*
here is that the city is permitted to take 2 million gallons per day
from the Floridan Aquifer by the Northwest Florida Water Man-
agement District.
The Floridan Aquifer is a major area of concern across the:
state. Saltwater intrusion is. already occurring in several areas of
the state and is even considered to be a real threat in the future
for Northwest Florida. This makes a major potable water supply
not only a plus, but in the eyes of the Northwest Water Manage-
ment District, an opportunity-to take additional strain away from
the Floridan Aquifer, '
With the announcement last week that the St. -Joe company
has pledged up to $12 filllion dollars to build a new water plant
($8 million estimated cost).and to help rehab the city's Wastewater
Treatment Plant, The lofig term benefits of this could take'water
and sewer service all the way through St. Joe Beach in the very.-
near future. Furthermore, ..there is enough water to meet even
greater water needs as. they aferialize.


Turned Just In Time

I don't generally witclf pro.football. I love the.college and high
school games butr most pro games just don't interest he..'.
This year's.Super Bowl was different. It was one heck of a ball
- game. At the end oftheifift half I looked over at-m y-,wife Shirley
and said, "Since you've be.nSo patiently Afting through the game,
I'll watch the half tithe :shoWtwitl iou.' ..
That was said just before Justin ._imberlake grabbed his
crotch. Shoot, we river made it to the BBB (br.te-booby blooming).
Two or, three suggestive' body jerks (you.khnow..what I mean) and-
one crotch grabbing- aid we were gone-from there; 'Turn that
trash!" I think. those were her ..exctword'. -. "
Needless to say, it.waq the next day bef6re.I -foundobut what
had taken place. This isMfdtOhuig .new, yoi can't even turn on the
tube without being exposed to some-type. of perversion, half nudi-
ty or filthy language. At least In riiost cases you can elect to watch
* or not watch the trash because you have a pretty good idea When
and where you're going to get exposed. :. ..'
This surprise showing went way too far long before the'BBB
episode. Heck, next.thfig you know I guess gay couples will be
entitled to legal marriage. .Kind pf reminds you of Sodom and
Gomorrah, doesni'tt ,


1>ukCer4 D4V4/ o W4 kfi 4 by Kesley Colbert


I


February


When we were -in the second
. grade the worst thing about Valen-
tine week was the girls.
I didn't like to cut out those
President's heads: George's was
- too wide on the sides with all that
hair poaching out. And you had to
be a magician with the scissors to
navigate along Abe's beard. But we
managed. Every second week ,of
February was the same. I think
some of those multi colored tarts
were actually left -over from the
year before! We'd eat them anyway.
The little Valentine cards weren't
much of a problem. Mother could
buy a box of a hundred for a quar-
ter downtown at the Ben Franklin
store. They all looked about alike
to me....
We could live through Presi-
dent's Day, the red suckers, Be
'Mine Tarts and all the card swap-
ping. It was the girls that would
about do us in!
It is still remarkable to this


day how excited they got over this
Valentine thing' Mary E. Pendleton
would literally paint little white
hearts on hr-r big red hearts that
she \\as giving' out to everyone.
Ruth Ann Wiley added a Valentine
poem inside each card. Vickl
Fields painstakingly put the first
and last name of everyone in the
class room on each envelope.
There wasn't but fifteen of us. And
how many Graylenes do you think
we could have? Or LaRendas? Or
Kesleys for that matter! ,
Jane Hill would go on and on
with some wild tale about a half
naked little fat guy with wings and
a bow and .arrow that picked out
who had to be each person's "spe-
cial Valentine". This winged infant
"selected" your partner by shoot-
ing him or her with an arrowl Can
you believe -that? Bobby Brewer
would drive Jane nuts by grasping
his heart, falling out on the floor,
writhing. in pain and crying, "I'm
hit! He got me! The little fat guy
shot me!"
Pam Collins spent twenty min-
utes one mornpg explaining to us
that you had to get "the just right
card" for "the just right person".
My gosh, they all looked alike!


Madness


"Pam." bYog tried not to shout.
"Every card is red and has "Be MyN
Valentine' on them' What differ-
ence does it make','"
Pam wasn't going to take that
lyng dow-n! She went through the
whole package' She contrasted the
ones that said "Special" from the
"Forevers". She pointed out that
some asked the question, "Will you
be mine?" and others were. more
declaratory, "You ARE my Valen-
tine".
t-You say tomato, I say toma'-
to..... Me and Yogi couldn't grasp
her point!
Mary Hadley Hayden would
turn beet red when she shyly laid
her card on your desk. But she
didn't leave anyone out. I don't
know how it was at your school
but I believe it was mandatory
when I was in the second grade
that you had to give a Valentine
card to everyone in -the class.
It was the. same way in the
third grade. And the fourth.... By
the sixth grade we had thankfully
out grown the head cutting out
part.
And some thoughtful soul had
introduced chocolate candy to the
Valentine menu.


It gave us guys a pleasant
option. "Pam." I eased over to her
desk with a hand full of cards. I'll
trade you a "Forever'. two Be
lMine's" and throw in this red and
white "Special" for half of your
Whitman Sampler."
I ran down Ruth Ann at the
class party, "I'll write you-a poem
for a handful of those Hershey
Kisses." And I toldVicki I'd be glad
to ..address all of her cards in
exchange for one cor two bites of
her solid chocolate heart. -
By junior high-we could toler-
ate Valentine and the girls a little
better just as long as they came
bearing sweets.....
Life moves in strange and
mysterious ways. Backin my day
this truism didn't start to take,
hold on you til about the ninth
grade. LaRenda came to school
.that year wearing a dress. And she
looked pretty good in itl Bobby Jo

Patterson, who I barely noticed in
grammar school, let her hair grow
out and shed a few pounds. And
Mary Hadley still iwas as shy as
always.....but now I was trying to
think of ways to talk to her!
See Kesley on Page 3


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There's Notng Like "Back To The Basics" Eating!
,-ehi "ke:'


DID YOU EVER eat syrup over
biscuits for breakfast?
That's what I had, to replace -
my regular oatmeal and a bowl of.
fruit, the other morning.
FPrachie had smacked a ca
on the corner of the cabinet and
called herself "mixing" up a mess
of the world-favorite breakfast
bread.
Momma used to mix together
a fist-full of flour, some shortening.
[lard], some buttermilk and a little
baking powder, and to0 .them -in
the oven, every morning. Then she
would fry some bacon and eggs;.
Sometime, she would fix some
white cream gravyanrid we would
chow down on those liiscuits, cov-
ered with that cream gravy and
call ourselves eating, high on the
hog.
Often, we would have some
sliced pork, which we had stored
out in the storage shed in-an old
easket box, filled with. rock salt.
STheri--wedlkniew that-we.were.-.


,.. ETAOIN SHRDLU


i Written by Wesley Ramsey

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eating high on the hog! .
S:."THE FIRST TIME I had: creamfi
gravy and.biscuiits as sbme years
after I had' left Momma and
Daddy's house. Actually, it was in
a 'Cracker Barrel restaurant in
Pigeon Forge.
We had gone up there for. a
week end and a sweet lady from"
Orlando waited on.us.
I ordered the country break-
fast and among other things, it
came with a couple of biscuits and


Rotary Club, when ,they were
meeting at.Mimns' Boarding House
at St. Joe Lumber & Export Com-
pany. They served Tupelo Honey
and "cathead"' biscuits for dessert.
I was then introduced to the
second tastiest way to eat biscuits!
At any rate, I have had cream
gravy and biscuits and. honey or
syrup for breakfast many times,
since then, but never "hand rolled,
mixed and patted" biscuits since,
that time. until.recently .
when daughter-in-law, Sue, sent


a bowl of cream gravy! me some "baked from scratch" bis-
I ate the whole thing! cults over by son, Ray.
-'Then, as a: teen-ager, I was .. I chowed down on both fioney.
Sivited as -a student -guest. at -' and biscuits and syrup over bis-


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cuts!

FRENCHIE GOT into the bis-
cuit-making act, but she doesn't
exactly mix hers and then roll
them out.-
Like. I said earlier, she does
her "mixing" by smacking the edge
of the cabinet with Mr. Pillsbury's
'can of "Grands".
They're not the ,same, but
they will do when: liberally doused '
with syrup and honey and laced *
with a generous amount of oleo.


year. They bartered what they
grew, br made, for what they need-
ed.
And, they fought the British
and Indians even after the British
announced that they had captured
all of Georgia.
. They, homesteaded and grew
such things as wheat, corn, indigo
and sweet potatoes and raised pigs
and "ows for meat and milk.
They ate the basics!
And they were all healthy!


That's What I had the other THE CRACKER BARREL in-
day. produced me to having little bits of
I don't know if they're on my pork sausage in', iy white gravy.
diet or not. I just snarfed them I'll be forever grateful for the
down, before I could find out. introduction. It adds,a zing to the
There's nothing like "back to .gravy which step s it up a notch or
. the basics" eating ': two.
I've just finished reading a' It isn't just plain cream gravy,
book written by former president anymore. It's "arnbrosia"!
Jimmy Carter about the state of' ,You don't think I am telling
Georgia during Revolutionary War you the truth?
days. The people in it didn't s.e as Just you try it, and you'll see
much as a. quarter for :an entire "" what I am .talking about..


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IN COUNTY $20.00 IN COUNTY $13.00 SIX MONTHS
OUT OF COUNTY $30.00 YEAR OUT OF COUNTY $20.00 SIX MONTHS
TO ALL ADVERTISERS In case of error or omissions in advertisements
the publishers do not hold themselves liable'for damage further than
amount received for such advertisement.
-The spoken word is 'given scant attention; the printed
word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely
asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The
spoken word is lost; the printed word remains'.


Don't worry about your diet
for a day or two. You can diet any-
time but eating biscuits and cream
gravy laced with sausage is an
adventure!
Why, my little poodles,'
Smudgie, and. Little Bit, like the
dish! They'll, beg for a bite while I
* am eating and never get enough!
Little Bit will even come wake
me up by jumping up on the bed
and licking me in the face to get
me to come to the kitchen to eat
when we are having biscuits and
cream gravy laced with sausage.
She's hooked on-the dish..

i GUESS I HAVE extolled the
virtues of my. favorite-, breakfast
enough for now. I'm hungry!
I think I'll go find me a couple
of cold biscuits, -pop them in the-
microwave fof a few-seconds, cover
them with honey afid chow down!


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Commission Seeking CDBG Grant Funds


Gulf County commissioners
held ,their first public hearing on
efforts to apply for a Community
Development Block Grant.
If approved, the grant funds
could reach up to $700,000 and
would be required to have a positive
impact on low and moderate income
persons when a project is identified.
County Chief Administrator Don
Butler explained that the dollars
spent would have to directly impact
51% low to moderate persons. In
the case of economic development
grants,. the impact would be
through jobs created, or in the case
of services /infrastructure, 51% of
residents in the area would have to
meet the low to moderate income
requirement.
Two areas the board seems to
be considering as possible recipi-
ents of the grant project are infra-
structure for the Presnell economic
development project or water for the
Overstreet community.
Butler suggested commission-
ers look at the two projects dis-
cussed and consider any others
they might have in mind. During
the board's next.public hearing on
the CDBG grant application, com-
missiers will identify which project
for which they will seek funds.
RIVER SAND GRANT
The board is seeking grant dol-
lars to help with another important
economic development project.


Commissioners agreed to a resolu-
tion for a rural infrastructure grant
earmarked for a feasibility study for
the acquisition and removal of river
sand (dredge spoil) from the
Apalachicola River.
The board is seeking to get the
sand removal contract and use the
project as a local economic develop-
ment project, employing local peo-
ple to remove the sand, and identi-
fying a local need for removed sand.
PORT AUTHORITY UPDATE
Port Director Tommy Pitts and
Port Authority Chairman Gary Ross
gave commissioners an update on
efforts by the Port Authority to reac-
tivate the Port of Port St. Joe.
Pitts said reactivating the port
would provide a great opportunity
to bring good paying jobs to the
community. He reminded the board
that the port has been in use for
over 300 years and he felt the future
was bright for future operations.
Ross added to those statements
noting that the Port Authority has
recently had contact from Fortune
500 companies interested in using
the port.
The Port Authority, St. Joe
Company, Smurfitt/Stone, the City
of Port St. Joe and Gulf County
Economic Development have been
involved in a visioning effort for sev-
eral months and are continuing to
map out possible future uses for the


old mill site property and surround-
ing area.
Pitts wil: report back to com-
missioners on occasion and keep
them informed on the progress
being made.
IN OTHER BUSINESS
-Held first reading of an ordi-
nance amending the five-year capi-
tal improvements schedule.
-Accepted the low bid of 2.9%


interest to finance a fire truck for
the White City Fire Department.
-Received a deed from St. Joe
Timberland president Clay
Smallwood for just over 21 acres of
land in the Honeyville area. District
3 Commissioner Carmen McLemore
received the deed on behalf of the
board. The land was donated to the
county as the future site for a com-
munity center.


Annual Chamber of Commerce

Meeting and Dinner March 11


The 68th Annual Gulf County
Chamber of Commerce dinner will
be held Thursday,, March 11th at
6:00 p.m. in the Historic
Centennial Building in Port St. Joe.
Mel Magidson will be recognized as
President for 2004. Gant's Bar-B-
Que will cater steaks with all the
trimmings for this year's event.
Guest speaker will. be Ms. Keri
Post, .Director of New Product
Marketing for Visit Florida, FLA
USA.
Please call the Chamber at
227-1223, to be a sponsor. They
hope that this meeting and dinner
will be one of the best, with the
largest attendance.
Chamber Executive Director,
Sandra Chafin said, "We would like
to see a record number of members
in attendance this year. We encour-
age our members to invite someone
that would benefit from member-
ship in the Chamber. We will have
membership 'packets available, at
the meeting for all wanting to join
the Chamber. We are growing and
hoping to make a difference in our
County. Come to the meeting;
enjoy a great meal, and network,
network, network! That's what the
Chamber is all about. Meet new
members and welcome them to
Gulf County."
Contact the, Gulf County
Chamber for more information,


850-227-1223, e-mail gulfcham-
ber@gtcom.net, .or fax them-850-
227-9684.


The Friends of the Gulf County
Libraries, Inc., will hold its annual
meeting beginning at 2 p.m. on Feb.
21.
All members and prospective
members are invited and encour-
aged to attend.
The keynote speaker will be
Dwan Hightower, author, of Anthrax
the Game and owner of Dream
Catcher Pubhshing, Inc., based out
of St. Joe Beach.
Dannie Bolden will also speak
on the importance of supporting the
public library.
There will also be an overview of
the progress over the past two years
including:
An update from Building
Committee members Neatie Witter
and Bob Faliski. ...
A financial report from Kim


Knight.
An overview of the past two
years from Geri McCarthy.
Door prizes presented by Peg:
Schweizer and Jackie Huft.
The "Friends" will also say
farewell to outgoing board members
and introduce the officers for 2004-
2005. George Core'will be on hand
to install the new Board of
Directors.
The nominees are: Dannie
Bolden, president; Dwan Hightower,
vice president; Michelle Hanlon,
corresponding secretary; Cathy
Colbert, recording secretary; Bob
Faliski, treasurer;. and directors,
Mary Carpenter and Polly Searle.
Refreshments will be served
during the meeting. Please join the
Friends and show your support.


Kes -from page 2


This whole Valentine thing had
somehow turned upside down! All of
a sudden the girls were a much
more important part of the occa-
sion. As a matter of fact they had
managed over the years to move
from' worst to first on the Valentine
list! And wouldn't it just break your.
heart- somewhere along the waywe
had quit giving out cards to'every-
one! -,
I Lned to talk to Pam about the
different kinds of expressions found
on today's really nice Valentine.
cards. She was more interested in
her new black cat-eye.glass frames.'
- [caught up with Ruth Ann and gave..
her ten non-stop minutes of Robert
Burns and Elizabeth Barrett
Browning. She was too busy with
basketball and cheerleading to pay
me much attention. I stopped Jane
over by the flag pole and told her I-
had been, visited by the winged little
fat guy. She didn't, even hear, mel
She was too enthralled with Rollin
Trull roaring through the parking
lot on his new Harleyl I asked Bobby
Jo if she'd lost all that weight by
cutting down on the Valentine
chocolate....
Shucks, I should have been'


paying more, attention when Pam
and Jane were explaining all of this
stuff. I'd never taken 'that "Be Mine
Forever", "Yours Always" and "Your
Special Heart" seriously until now!
And it apparently was too lately
I wasn't interested in a box of
one hundred cards anymore. I
wanted to find one card that would
let Mary Hadley know exactly how I
felt. I .ran into her the Saturday
before Valentine's .coming out of J.
T. Moseley's Seed and Produce
Store. "Mary Hadley,. would you like
to go to the Valentine Dance with
me?" ...
It took her five minutes to. stop
laughing! She had to set the fifty
pound bag of F-R-M Chicken
Scratch down on the steps This shy
young lady finally caught her breath
and said, "You can't dance, you
idiot! Neither can I. I wouldn't be
caught dead going anywhere with
you ,
Shoot! To figure all of this out,
it's going to take a lot more than
cards, candy, flowers, winged
babies and a box of heart shaped
red hots.....
Respectfully,
Kes


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Mexico Beach Plans For Future


by Tim Croft
During a lengthy and oft times
contentious meeting, the Mexico
Beach City Council, during its reg-
ular monthly meeting Tuesday,
wrestled with the future direction of
the city.
The central issues certainly
were not so esoteric the final state
audit report, a parking lot for boat
trailers and planning and zoning
decisions about subdividing lots -
but'it could be clearly argued that
in a broader context, the city coun-'
cil, and the overflow crowd that
came out, were struggling with
direction for the future.
Start with those who continue
to stir the pot, the latest salvo a
certified letter to the city labeling
the construction of a boat-trailer
parking lot on land leased from The
St. Joe Co., with public money
"criminal" and alleging that- city
officials are marshaling efforts to
sell beach access street ends to
construct a boat ramp.
Enough was enough for Mayor
Kathy Kingsland, and it appeared
for a healthy percentage of those in
attendance.
"Show me the proof," Kingsland
said, .adding that she was'fed up
with rumors and allegations based
on beliefs, on suppositions. "I want
hard evidence."
To her, given the names on the
letter, many of which could 'also be.
found at the heart of the audit peti-
tion, the letter was just the latest
attempt to divert attention away
from the business of the city.
And, in particular, a state.
audit; which, at the cost to the city
of $106,000 and counting, showed
nothing of what its proponents
promised, no hidden money, illegal
deeds or malevolent actions in City
Hall.
An audit that showed a city in
need of some, tightening up in
terms of policies and procedures,
but which also highlighted that the
most potentially damaging findings,
concerning the Gulf Breeze loan
and Heritage Bond issue, dated to
the tenures of previous councils
and city administrators.
Heritage, which the city
entered into only after at least one
meeting that appeared to be in vio-
lation of Florida's Sunshine Law,
has already cost the city $55,000
and the meter continues to run.
At least one of the $1.5 million
min questionable expenditures from
the Gulf Breeze loan cited by state
auditors was the Duren property,
recently sold by the city and the
source of considerable controversy.
The current administration,.,
Kingsland said, is laboring to
address the plethora of issues it
had, for the most part, inherited.
"We're going to clean it up,"
Kingsland told her detractors, some
of whom were sitting front and cen-
ter in the audience. "We're going to
fix it. It's hard enough to clean this
up, .though, without this stuff" she
added, holding up the letter.
Then she arrived at what she,
and many of her supporters, believe
is really central to several years of
contentious bickering within the
city.
"I know you want me out of
office," Kingslandi said. "You don't
want me ,as mayor. But I'm not
going to quit."
-Which was greeted with hearty
applause and a "You go girl."
And, has been so often been
the case. over the past .two years or
so, when given the public forum to
make their case, to respond to
Kingsland's statements; there was
nothing from the naysayers.
BOAT TRAILER PARKING
Which is not to say that the
:boat-trailer parking lot wasn't a
prominent point of discussion.
S As both Kingsland and
Councilman Chuck Risinger noted,
the city simply did not supply suffi-
cient paperwork to demonstrate to
the auditors that the proposed
parking lot was the most "economi-
cally viable option." ,
Paperwdrk that would illustrate
that the council debated the park-
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ings, paperwork that would have
shown the exhaustive work that
went in to determining it as the
best option.
"What's really missing is our
solidarity on the issue," Risinger
said. "Let's get the paperwork on
that together" so in 18 months,
when the auditors return, the city
can show its homework.
Kingsland said the parking lot
was four times bigger, less expen-
sive (projected cost between
$100,000-$125,000), and a better
lot than the Duren property, which
it is essentially replacing.
And she said the parking lot is
essential to support tourism, the
city's primary "industry," as well as
the efforts of the Community
Development Council to build a
welcome *center and the Mexico
Beach Artificial Reef Association to
construct fish habitat.
Carol Cox, with the MBARA,
noted that last year's Kingfish
Tournament sponsored by and
benefiting the organization, lured
170 boats, and accompanying
anglers and families.
Most of those folks came from
Georgia, helping to boost business
up and down the city's main
stretch.
"We need boat parking, no mat-
ter how it happens," Cox said. "We
can't hold our tournament without
it. That's a lot of money.
"(The tournament), is a good
revenue-builder. We need the boat
parking."
City attorney Paul Komarek
said that, contrary to assertions
made in the certified letter from the
administration's detractors, "We're
in no violation of (any Florida law)"
as it pertains to the parking lot.
THE FUTURE
OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD
The council also tussled with
the future direction of development
of the city, the result of a protest by


homeowners on Maryland Avenue
near a lot which was approved for
subdivision last month.
As a result of their protests, the
Planning and Zoning committee
denied several similar requests to
subdivide lots with 100-feet of
frontage this month.
The issue, as outlined by Lisa
Logan, elected as spokesperson for
the Maryland Avenue group, was
protecting the character of neigh-
borhoods in the city against "new-
comers" looking to make some
bucks in a growing area.
"It's not how many houses you
can cram on a lot, it's the integrity
of the neighborhood," Logan said,
noting that she and her neighbors
purchased on Maryland because,
like nearby streets such as
Colorado, Georgia, etc., lots are 100
feet, as opposed to 50 feet, typical-
ly, beachside.
Logan found a sympathetic
audience.
"I agree that the integrity of a
neighborhood should not be violat-
ed," Kingsland said. "I believe in the
protecting the integrity of a neigh-
borhood."
Risinger, who lives on
Maryland Avenue, added, "The
notion we would subsidize the den-
sity there ... there are compelling
reasons to deny subdividing 100-
foot lots."
The council took several
actions.
They agreed with P&Z to deny
'requests to subdivide several 100-
foot lots on streets near Maryland.
They asked city administrator
Paul Sabiston to ensure that when
such subdivision requests are
made in the future, neighbors to
the property owner making the
request will be notified.
And they agreed to at least
revisit the decision in the Maryland
Avenue case.
In other business during


Tuesday's meeting:
Bay County Sheriff Frank
McKeithen was on hand to notify
the city that he had assigned one
deputy permanefitly to Mexico
Beach.
He also intended to open a sub-
station in the old restaurant at
15th Street and U.S. 98.
"I'm here humbly to tell you we
are here to help," McKeithen said,
noting a solid working relationship
with the city's police department
and Chief Brad Hall. "We're here to
offer you some services from Bay
County. You deserve it."


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The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004 Page 5A


Gulf and Franklin Counties Prepare to "Step Up Florida"


by Carly Johnson
The Florida Department of
Health, in coordination with sever-
al counties throughout the state,
including Gulf and Franklin, are
challenging citizens to join in a
walk across Florida to promote
physical activity and healthy
lifestyles for all age groups.
Designed as a relay event that
began on Feb. 2 in Key Largo, "Step
Up Florida" will consist of a flag
being passed between county


by Tim Croft
State Rep. Will Kendrick, a
Democrat from
Carrabelle, thinks
he has a pretty .
good brainstorm. .
Allan Bense, ;
the Republican
Speaker-desig-
nate for 2005-
2006, isn't sure t
that Kendrick is wrong..
In letters sent to House leaders
of both parties, Kendrick proposed
the expansion of the committee
framework to include two new pan-
els which would look specifically at
rural and urban issues.
Posiuored under the umbrella
of the House Local Government
Committee, Kendrick is proposing a
Rural Affairs Subcommittee and an
Urban Affairs Subcommittee.
The impetus for the proposal,
Kendrick wrote in a letter fo current
House Speaker Johnnie Byrd, was
Kendrick's continued amazement at
"the differences between our rural
and urban areas."
"I. have found that some pro-
grams/projects could have better
served our constituents had we
looked at the direct effect .on our
rural and urban areas'" Kendrick
wrote in his letter to Byrd.
Such considerations, Kendrick
continued, are paramount as the
state budget continues to be
squeezed by the plethora of needs in
the country's fourth-largest state.
"It is only fair that we consider
this addition to the committee
structure," Kendrick wrote to Byrd.
"We have to continue to represent
.our constituency hi theefa~rest.way
possible."
* ''He added tha4 while there are
statewide lobbying groups, within


members along three separate
routes and transferred along to
adjacent counties, with the routes
converging in Tallahassee on the
steps of the capitol on March 2, for
the opening day of the Florida
State Legislature's regular legisla-
tive session.
Hoping to make this an annual
event to gain awareness for the
need of physical activity by the res-
idents of the area and to fight ill-
nesses such as obesity, health pro-


them the rural counties and the
urban counties are competing with-
out regard to how legislation would
impact each.
"We have to do a better job at
finding balances within our- legisla-
tive system," K(endrick wrote Byrd.
"I truly think these additional sub-
committees could serve as an ade-
quate balance to current proposed
legislation before us."
Kendrick is soliciting support
from county commissions, school
boards and other elected officials,
urging them to lobby Byrd about the
proposed change in committee
structure.
He also has found an ally in the
Florida Senate, Sen, Nancy
Argenziano, R-Crystal River, who
has expressed support for
Kendrick's idea.
Even more importantly,
Kendrick could have an ally in.
Bense, the second most powerful
lawmaker in the House, soon to be
the most powerful.
Bense doubted the chances of
Kendrick's concept taking root for
the upcoming session, but suggest-
ed that he will strongly consider the
proposal % hen he becomes Speaker.
"The rural counties have been
taking it .on the chin," Bense said,
noting that after redistricting put
Gulf County and part of Franklin
County in his district, his apprecia-
tion for the plight of many rural
counties in the state found pur-
chase in his mind.
"I have a genuine interest in the
small counties," Bense said. "I think
Will's on to something. I think it
could very,:well fit in.
I.- want o tao e a look at.in-
terms of the big picture for what I
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understand how it feels for physi-
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together and get the blood circulat-
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motion educator for Gulf and
Franklin counties, Donna
McCroan, said citizens of all ages
have already joined the effort, but
she is still looking for more partici-
pation.
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horseback riders, kayakers, walk-
ers, runners and any groups that
are mobile and exert physical activ-
ity," McCroan said. "In Gulf
County, the senior citizens were
one of the first to sign up for a leg
of the relay, and in Franklin
County, the residents of Lanark
Village were the first. Age or level of
physical fitness does not matter, it
is the participation that really
counts."
During Feb. 25-28, the flag will
be passed from Bay to Gulf County
at Hwy. 386 and U.S. 98, where
residents of Wewahitchka will also
join in the event, and will proceed
through Franklin County and turn
north on Hwy. 319 to Tallahassee.
Area clubs and organizations
are invited to take part in this new
event set to recognize the need for
physical fitness in these communi-
ties. Statistics bear out the need
for folks to get on their feet and
move.
*The age-adjusted death rate
for coronary heart disease is 250.1
deaths per 100,000 populations in
Gulf County and better at 105.4
per 100,000 in Franklin County.
The state average is 157.9.
*The age-adjusted death rate
for stroke is 71.4 deaths 'per
100,000 .population in Gulf
County; in Franklin County at 47.8
per 100,000 population in Franklin
County. Both, are above the 42.7
state average.
*Only 35.8 percent of Gulf
County adults and 44 percent of
Franklin County adults are consid-
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Bense Predicts Challenging Session


by Tim Croft
It likely won't be a rerun of last
year, but this year's regular session
of the state Legislature also isn't
likely to be the premier of "Happy
Days."
Rep. Allan Bense, R-Panama
City, who this time next year figures
to be Speaker of the Florida House
of Representatives, provided some
insight into the upcoming session
last Friday during the Republican
Party's Lincoln Day Dinne'
Bense, the guest spt ker and
the brightest star in a constellation
of lbcal and state lawmakers dotting
an audience of more than 200, took
to the podium to provide some
Republican cheerleading and a
glance into a crystal ball by one who


in terms of the budget.
"It will not be as bad as last
time," Bense told the overflow
crowd. "I expect good news" when
the revenue estimating panel makes
its projections in the coming weeks.
Bense added that the Florida
Senate appeared to have given up
on the idea of raising taxes, which
should ease the budget process
somewhat.
A major issue, Bense said,
would certainly be the process for
amending the Florida Constitution,
particularly the citizen-petition
method.
He noted that of the past 95
amendments to the state charter
document, 89 were driven by spe-
cial interests.


State Rep. Bev Kilmer, left, who is running for Congress, and Speaker-
designate Allan Bense were among the featured guests for the Lincoln Day
dinner. Photo by Debbie Hooper.


steered toward education last year.
"We need to make it more diffi-
cult to amend the Constitution,"
Bense urged. "We will make some
changes."
He offered one possible solu-
tion: requiring 60-65 percent of the
vote to ensure passage of an
amendment.
'There are other-ideas floating
around," Bense said.'
Campaign finance reform will
also be at the top of the priority list
when lawmakers return to
Tallahassee, Bense hinted.
Specifically, legislation requir-


Dr. Jorge San Pedro is congratulated as he walks to the podium to
receive a "Lifetime Achievement" award during last week's Lincoln Day
Dinner.


probably sees the content better
than most.
The budget, Bense said, will be
one of the toughest issues state law-
makers make during their annual
60-day foray into handling the
state's business for the next year. ,
The dollars, however, won't be
quite as difficult to massage as last
year, which many veteran lawmak-,
ers called the worst of their tenure,


Bense added that he voted in
favor of the amendment aimed at
protecting pregnant pigs as a way to
support its passage to make that
amendment a poster child for what
is wrong with the system.
And he, at one point during his
talk, pointed out the hamstringing
effect of the class-size amendment,
which consumed nearly all of the
additional dollars lawmakers


Arrest Made In Fatal Accident


by Tim. Croft
A, Wewahitchka man was
arrested last Friday in connection
with a late December auto accident
that claimed the life of a
Wewahitchka woman.
John M. Richter surrendered
to Florida Highway Patrol troopers
and was booked into the Gulf
County Jail charged with one
count of DUI manslaughter.
Richter was the driver in a sin-
gle-vehicle accident on CR' 386
which claimed the life of Bobbie Jo
Skipper Lincoln.
Skipper was the passenger in
Richter's pickup truck as it trav-
eled toward Wewahitchka on CR
386 (Overstreet Road).
The truck veered off the south,
shoulder of the road before Richter
over-corrected, crossed both lanes
of the road and off the opposite
shoulder before striking a power
pole, according to a report from the
FHP.
Lincoln was pronounced dead
at the scene.
Laboratory tests showed the
Richter's blood, drawn after the
crash, had an alcohol level of .079.
The legal limit in Florida is .08.'
Under Florida law, an individ-
ual with a blood alcohol level of .05
can still be charged with a DUI
offense if extenuating circum-
stance, according to the FHP office
in Panama City.
Drug screen results from


Richter's blood were unavailable
pending receipt of the laboratory
results from the Florida
Department or Law Enforcemenq
Richter is the second person,
arrested on DUI charges stemming
from the series of automobile acci-
dents that claimed five lives and
permanently injured one other, all
Wewahitchka residents, during the
last five months of the 2003.

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Bense said his immediate pri-
ority was to bring back all 81 cur-
rent House Republicans, and add,
where possible, to the 81-39 mar-
gin the GOP enjoys in the House.
Looking down the road, he said
one thing that folks won't see when
he is Speaker is a lot of bickering
between the Senate President, who
will be Tom Lee, and himself.
If there are disagreements,
they'll be hashed out elsewhere but
in the media, a situation that has
provided a soap opera backdrop to
the Legislature for several years.
During the program portion of
the Lincoln Day dinner, several


awards were handed out.


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Sheriff's Report
On February 5th, Timothy W.
Williams of Oak Grove was arrested
for sexual battery on a child.
Williams gave statements to the
investigators and admitted to
molesting the child for approximate-
ly eight months, his bond was set at
$50,000 at the first appearance.
Williams is currently out of jail after
posting bond on February 9th.
Additional charges of sexual battery
on a child under the age of 12 were
filed against Williams. Williams is
currently being held without bond.
February 2: Howard Bailey,
b/m, 48, Jackson County, FTA-pos-
session controlled substance;
Steven P. ) Tucker; w/m, 35,
Wewahitchka, child support
(Calhoun County); Alexander
Martin II, w/m, 27, Fountain,
DWLSR.
February 4: Cleatha Simmons,
w/f, 32, Wewahitchka, VOP-resist-
ing with violence; Tamara L. Gowan,
w/f, 38, Tallahassee, theft.
February 6: Charles J. Smith,.
b/m, 49, Port St. Joe, VOP-sale of
controlled substance.
February 7: George A. Wood,
w/m, 28, Panama City Beach, pos-
session drug paraphernalia; Cecil
H. Lyons III, w/m, 36, Port St. Joe,
DUI.
February 8: Stephen G. Reeder,
w/m, 50, Wewahitchka, attaching
tag not assigned, DWLSR;
Christopher A. Kennington, w/m,
34, Port St. Joe, DUI.
February 9, Charles E. Johns,
w/m, 49, Apalachicola,' worthless
checks X 6, Johnathan Mann, w/m,
25, Eastpoint, VOP-disorderly con-
duct:. Shannon J Gortman. w/f, 25,
ApalaJcncola, VOP-grand theft ,
VOP-petit theft, worthless checks X
2; Sandra L. Williams, w/f, 38, Port
St. Joe, aggravated child abuse;
Timothy Williams, w/m, 38, Port St.
Joe, sexual battery on child under
12; Shelton D. Hall, w/m, 24,
Wewahitchka, child support;
Joshua C. Reagan, w/m, 23,
Panama City, FTA-aggravated bat-
tery, FTA-uttering forged instru-
ments X 13, FTA-assault.

PSJ Police Beat
February 8: Christopher A.
Kennington, 34, Port St. Joe, DUI.
The Port St. Joe Police
Department is committed to pro-
moting safety for all citizens. Port
St. Joe Police Department's goal is
to ensure everyone using the high-
way and roadway system may do so
safely and to provide a deterrent for
those who violate laws.
Enforcement is a .tool to facilitate


the achievement of this .safety.
Recognizing that alcohol is consis-
tently involved in many crashes
resulting in a fatality mandates
unwavering attention. Reducing
death and injury associated with
impaired drivers is one of the most
important objectives. The State of
Florida, Gulf County and the City of
Port St. Joe provide the roadway as
a benefit to the public at large.
Accordingly, these agencies seek to
safeguard all drivers through the
use of a non-intrusive checkpoint to
detect and remove impaired drivers
from the road.
The use of the Roadside. Safety
Checkpoint, public education and
enforcement are combined to
achieve and enhance the reduction
in deaths and injuries caused by
impaired vehicle operators. These
law enforcement agencies are dedi-
cated to aggressive DUI law enforce-
ment. Zero tolerance of DUI contin-
ues to be top priority in traffic law
enforcement.
The Port St. Joe Police
Department will be conducting DUI
Sobriety Checkpoints on Highway
98 throughout this year in effort to
maintain a safe driving environment
for all drivers.
See L E REPORT on Page 10


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Sharks Beat Apalachicola 87-79
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH 14, Wood 7,. Williams 6, Cato 4, teams have plenty of athletes that Smiley 17, Ash Parker 12, Thomas !


The Port St. Joe Tiger Sharks
fell to 13-8 on the season with
Thursday night's 62-39 loss to East
Gadsden in "The Dome."
East Gadsden, who shot 63 %
from 3-point range and 56 % from
inside the arch, led 30-19 at half-
time.
Ash Parker led the Tiger
Sharks with 16 points. Antonio
Smiley followed with nine points.
Score by Quarters
Jaguars 15 15 17 15 62
Sharks 11 8 3 17 39
PSJ (39)- Raye Bailey 5, Ashton
Larry 6, Bo Lenox 3, Antonio
Smiley 9, and Ash Parker 16.


Betsy 3, and Daniels 10.
PORT ST. JOE 87, APALACHICOLA 79
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH
On January 24th it was
Apalachicola who rallied from a
nine point deficit in the fourth
quarter to pull off a 61-60 victory
in "The Dome." Saturday night the
Tiger Sharks traveled East to
Apalachicola for their rematch in
"The Matchbox," and this time it
was Port St. Joe that, came' from
behind for an 87-79 victory.,
This rivalry has heated uip over
the last couple of years, and
Saturday's rematch proved to :be


can run the floor, and play relent-
less defense.
The Tiger .
Sharks trailed by ,M
nine points, 72-63
with 4:47 remain- -
ing. They quickly u "
closed the gap to ..
72-68 with 4:04 '
left, when Raye --'. .
Bailey was fouled
on, a 3-point ....'.*.'.-
attempt. 'Bailey
made two of his
three shots from
the charity stripe. = ,'"
Bo Lenox then
stole, the ball, took
it the length of the i '
'court for a lay-up '
and drew a foul
for a 3-point play.
Port St. Joe
tied the game at ,
74-74 with 3:00
minutes left on
two more foul.
shots from Bailey,
and a lay-up by
Ash Parker after a
steal by Bailey.
The Tiger
Sharks took the .
lead for good at
.the 2:18 mark on
two more foul on
shots from Bailey,
Bailey scored 29
of his game high
36. points in the Ash Parker
second half, and points against E
was an impressive
17 of 19 from the foul line. He also
had five rebounds and seven
assists. Port St. Joe (14-8) made 22
of 25 foul shots as a team.
Antonio Smiley also had a big
night for the Tiger Sharks, shooting
80% from the field for 17 points. He
added nine rebounds, four assists
and six steals. Bo Lenox followed
with 12 points and seven assists,
and Ash. Parker chipped in 12.
Dennis Warren and Thomas Webb,
each had six rebounds.
Score by Quarters ,
iSharks 15 26 18 28 87
Apialach 22 B19- 17 21 79.
PSJ (87)- Raye Bailey 36, Ashtfn


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Webb 4, and Dennis Warren 4.
AHS (79)-
Evans 9. Irving
i, i. 5~5, Williams 6,
0 .. Ross 27,
S > Delmar Griggs
S19,Turrell 13.


lays in two of his 16
ast Gadsden.


PORT ST. JOE 45,
BAY 57
TUESDAY,
FEBRUARY
10TH
The Tiger
Sharks fell to
14-9 overall on
the season with
Tuesday night's
57-45 loss at
Bay High.
T h e
Tornados
jumped out to a
19-10 lead by
the end of the
first. quarter,
and led 33-18
at halftime.
Ashton
Larry led Port
St. Joe with 16
points. Bo
Lenox followed
with 10, while
Dennis Warren
grabbed six
rebounds.
The Tiger
Sharks will
host Marianna


Friday in "The
Dome" at 7:30 ET for senior night.
During halftime, legendary coach
Vernon Eppinette will honored.
Port St. Joe will close out its regu-
lar season on Saturday, traveling to
Quincy to play East Gadsden at
4:30.
Score by Quarters
Sharks 10 8 12 15 45
Bay 19 14 12 12 57
PSJ (45)- Ashton Larry' 16, Bo
Lenox 10, Antonio Smiley 4, Ash
Parker. 7, Thomas Webb 2, and
Dennis Warren 6.
BHS (57)- Gaiher 4,, Veazey 8,
Haves 4.._ Reed 2, McGriff 10,
Mason 19, and Raspberry 10.


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Antonio Smiley finishes off a fast break with a dunk.

Lady Sharks to Host District


The Port St. Joe Lady Sharks
are hosting the District 3-2A tour-
nament this week in "The Dome."
The Lady Sharks, the #3 seed, will
play second seeded Sneads at 7:30
ET on Thursday.


STop seeded. Cottondale will
play Blountstown, a 32-21 winner
over Wewahitchka on' Tuesday, at
6:00 on Thursday.
The championship game will
be on Saturday at 7:30 ET.


PSJ Baseball Alumni Game Set
The Port St. Joe baseball team in participating in the game need to
will' hold "its alumni game this contact Coach Chuck Gannon at
Saturday. February 14th .t 3-00 227-1221 ori 229-9030; 6i- Eric
ET. All alumni that are interested Ramsey at"229-6864 or 229-8997.


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Port St. Joe High School


Raye

o Bailey


led the Tiger
scored 2 ior pteoin guard,
Sharks with a
game high 36
S points and seven
assists iri their'
87-79 victory over Apalachicola Saturday. He
made 17 of 19 shots from the foul line, and
scored 29 of his points in the second half.


Sharks victory at Apalaci
Sharks victory at Apalach


Antonio

Smiley
Antonio, a sen-
ior forward, shot
80% from the field
and had 17 points,
nine rebounds,
four assists and six
steals in the Tiger
Iicola.


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This Week In Sports


- PSJ 14igh


BASKETBALL

Boys Varsity Team
Friday, February 13, 7:30, Home Saturday, February 14, 4:30, Away -
SHARKS vs MARIANNA SHARKS vs QUINCY
February 16 February 21
DISTRICT TOURNAMENT

Girls' Varsity Team
Thursday, February 12, TBA, Home Saturday, February 14, TBA, Home 4
DISTRICT TOURNAMENT DISTRICT TOURNAMENT


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Saturday, February 14, 3:00 ET
High School Baseball Field


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Lady Gators Finish

Regular Season Play


WEWAHITCHKA 21, BLOUNTSTOWN 32
TUESDAY, JANUARY 13TH
The Wewahftchka Lady Gators
ended their 2003-2004 basketball
season Tuesday night with a 32-21
loss to Blountstown in the District
3-2A tournament held in Port St.
Joe.
The _airez was tight at the end


Score by Quarters
Gators 6 2 10 3 -21
Tigers 9 11 6 6 32
WHS (21)- Candace Little 3,
Shavetta Fisher 2, Megan Whitfield


2, Hali Price 4, Megan Peak 8, and
Hanna Price 4.
BHS (32)- Kastli 2, Lockhart 9,
Carder 2, Futch 17, and Martin 2.


of the first quarter, with
Blountstown leading 9-6. But the
Tigers pulled away in the second
when they outscored the Lady
Gators 11-2.
Megan Peak led the Lady
Gators with eight points. Hali and
Hanna Price followed with four
points each.


Megan Peak led the Lady Gators with eight points.
A, ,-wr


Hanna Price hits a jump shot for the Lady Gators

Wewa to Host 3-2A Tourney,


The Wewahitchka Gators did
not play this past week, and will
close out their regular season
Friday." The Gators will travel to
Panama City Beach to take-on the
Arnold Blue Marlins at 7:30 CT.
The Gators will then host the
District 3-2A tournament on
Tuesday, February 17th thru
Saturday, February 21st. '
.On Tuesday. fourthk.s:eded
Sneads will tal, ,oir -fifth seeded


Wewahitchka at 7:30 CT.
On Friday, February 20th, sec-
onded seeded Blountstown will
play third seeded Port St. Joe at
6:00 CT. Top seeded Cottondale
will then play, the winner of the
Sneads versus Wewahitchka game
at 7:30.
The district championship
igaei wil )1be onSaturday, ,at ,7:30
CT.


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Hali Price hustles for a loose ball.


School Board
from page 1


a bit," Kelley said.
Entered into a contract with
the Health Department and
Juvenile Justice Council to provide
behavinral health services fnr indi-


index, body composition (a compar-
ison of fat to lean muscle), blood viduals required to enter the Teen
pressure and the like. Court program.
"The kiosk is able to show Approved a plan through
where they are progressing and which teachers can earn their Add-
track the data," said Stacy Reed, a On Endorsement for Reading
spokeswoman with Utah-based -through the Panhandle Area
NSFF. 'This program is proven to Educational Consortium.
work." Approved a $39,449 contract
Other tests on the exercise F o
equipment will gauge enhanced aer-, with Fisher Construction Co., of
obic capacity, joint flexibility and Wewahitchka for the construction of
muscular strength and endurance. the metal roof atop the new field
And all that data will be used as house being built at Wewahitchka
research into the impacts of exer-. High School.
cise and physical activity. Accepted the low bid from
"This will actually be used for Fisher Construction equal to the
research data so it is a win-wn," cost of materials for the removal of
said School Board member Sharon
Gaskin. the covered play area at the former

Kelley added, "If it's what they Highland View.Elementary.
say it is and what we hope it is, we Approved graduation dates at
should look at. this (at other each elementary school.
schools). This is something we need Sixth-grade graduation at
to look at, not just at this school but Wewahitchka Elementary will be at
every one." 6 p.m. CT o Monday, May 24.
The district will use capital out- 6 p.m. CT on Monday, May 24.
lay dollars to .fund the $219,000. Fifth-grade graduation at Port
District officials believe: savings in St. Joe Elementary will be at 6 p.m.
other capital projects will offset that ET on the same day.
outlay. N ri
.In either case, the NSFF, pro-
vided the district does its part, will N o FII #--from page 1
repay the full amount in three
years.- track of considerable growth, which
The NSFF is a non-profit public is already affecting our local govern-
organization founded in March ment. With 'this growth comes an
2000. Its curriculum is based on increased need for services and
the pioneering and nationally-rec- availability. Through technology
bgnized work of Dr. Kenneth Cooper and a satellite office in
of Texas. Wewahitchka, I hope to increase our
"It is a scientifically-based cur- services to you. We need a Clerk
riculum," Reed said.
It is supported through federal who already has the experience,
and state funding as well as private knowledge and energy that I pos-
and corporate donations, according sess to operate the Office of Clerk
to Reed, and there are some 560 professionally and always .with. a
schools in 20 states currently par- personal touch that our citizens
ticipating in the program, deserve and expect from public offi-
In other business during cials."
Tuesday's regular monthly meeting: Norris is a lifelong resident of
Accepted the report of a state Gulf County, born and raised in
audit of the district which contained Wewahitchka where she graduated
no specific findings or issues of con- from Wewahitchka High School. She
cern, a noteworthy fact given that has lived in Port St. Joe with her
by definition the state auditors are
paid to find, Well, something amiss, husband Steve Norris since 1990
and a first for the district:. and the havetwo children, Za and
;, ;"!' need. to bragv on ldistric.,..Ashto-n. .who. attend. Port _St. Joe
financial officer) Sissy (Worley) just High and Middle Schools.


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PSJ Girls Softball Slates

Registration Saturday


Attention all girls Girls softball
will be holding sign-ups this
Saturday, February 14th at the fire
station in Port St. Joe. Don't miss
out on the fun.
Children who have not played
before will need a copy of their


birth certificate. Also, the child
needs to be present at the time of
registration so that they can be.
sized. The cost is $45.00.
For more information, contact
David Davis, league president, at
647-6377.


Fastpitch Softball Hit &

Pitch-a-thon in Wewahitchka


The 2004 Fastpitch Softball Hit
and Pitch-a-thon for all girls ten to
18 will be held on Saturday, March
13th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
CT at the T. L. James Sports
Complex in Wewahitchka.
There will be two age groups,
ten to 14 and 15 to 18. Girls must
be within these age ranges as of
January 1st. Contests will be in
hitting, pitching, and baserunning
for both groups. Prizes will be
awarded to the winner of each age


group. There will be a homerun
contest for all ages. The winner of
this will receive a new Easton soft-
ball bat.
In order to participate, all play-
ers have to get ten $10.00 spon-
sors. They must bring the sponsor-
ship money with them at registra-
tion. Registration will be from 9:30
to 10:45 that morning.,
For more information, call Coy
Adkins at 850-762-4644 (home) or
850-639-2228 (work).


L.E. Report From Page 7


Mexico Beach Police
The Mexico Beach Police ID ; informa
department answered 786 calls for Johnson III
service during the weeks of Dustin Kilpa
January 26th to February 8th. reckless w/al
During this same time period, offi- February
cers issued two traffic citations, six Hodges, Mex
traffic warnings, and one theft. battery.
January 31: Jonathan Michael February
Stokely, Crawfordville, forgery 2X, Boyce, Mobil
false ID, criminal use of personal cent exposure


Report
tion; Billy Milton
, Bristol, VOP; J.
trick, Port St. Joe,
alcohol.
y 1: Robert William
ico Beach, domestic
4: James Patrick
e, AL, battery, inde-
e.


Sheriff's Dept. Offers I.D. Seminar


The Gulf County Sheriffs
Department will be conducting ,a
seminar on the problems facing
everyone these days, identity theft
and prescription theft.
This free seminar will, be held
at the Gulf County Senior Citizens
Center in Port St. Joe on February


I


25th starting at 10:30 a.m.
Everyone attending will be provid-
ed with an ID card issued by the
Sheriffs Department free of
charge. The department will be
providing chicken dinner plates for
all, who attend. Please call 229-
8466 to sign up.


Child Fair
From Page 1
from the Kiwanis Club, the fire
department and local law enforce-
ment.
"You see a lot of kids in our
community who are not strapped
in in any way. We are putting more
education and awareness out
there."
Awareness about the influence
parents can play in their child's
safety, present and future.
"Research shows that when
parents mentor their children
about wearing seat belts, a higher
percentage will wear seat belts"
later irW life, Jones said.
Traffic accidents are the lead-
ing cause of death in children aged
four to 14.
And in 2000, more than half of
children under age 15 who were
killed in traffic accidents, were not
using a seat belt or similar
restraint.
A 2003 national survey found
that 96 percent of children car
seats checked were not installed
correctly.
During Saturday's event tech-
micians will be on hand to check all
child safety seats and answer
questions about the installation of
seats.
The Gulf County Health
Department will also have some
seats available for those in need,
theirs for a $10 minimum dona-
tion.
There will also be child identi-'
fication kits on hand to be com-
pleted, blood pressure checks and
drug awareness information.
The Kiwanis Club will be serv-
ing up free hot dogs. The event is
free and open to the public.

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Thursday, February 12th

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Dr. Ivers


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for Opening
Assisted by Sandra Chafin,
executive director of the Gulf
County Chamber of Commerce,
his wife, Juliette, and the staff of
his new office, Dr. Vincent Ivers,
who specializes in internal medi-
cine, slices the ribbon to officially
open his general family practice,
which is located at the corner of
Monument Avenue and 20th
Street.

K of C Free

Throw Update
Knights of Columbus Free
Throw Championships have com-
pleted two of four possible pro-
gressions towards state in the
past three weeks.
Council level competition pit-
ted local girls and boys between
the ages of ten and 14 to challenge
one another to a best of 15 con-


secutive free throw shots,, at Port
St. Joe and Wewahitchka, in
January. Seven finalists to district
level this past weekend. Once
again, the prospects were reduced
to three opening .champs, Roman
Quinn, 10, Tiara Smith, 10, and
Mary Taunton, 14, as the level of
consecutive throws was increased
to 25. Many thanks to all the par-
ents and friends who have sup-


ported all of the youth.
To catch a glimpse of the ten-
sion the competitors face, there
will be a regional level competition
on Saturday, February 21st at
11:00 CST at the Niceville High
School Gymnasium, Niceville.
Go out and support the local
champs and enjoy the thrill of the
Knights of Columbus Free Throw
Championships.


FCAT Parent Night at
WHS February 17th
There will be an FCAT parent
night at Wewahitchka High
School on Tuesday, February
17th, at 6:30 p.m. Topics dis-
cussed will be what to expect on
the reading and math parts of the
FCAT. There will be some sample
tests so parents can see what
children are preparing for.
All freshmen and sophomore
parents are encouraged to attend.
For additional information, con-
tact Wewahitchka High School at
639-2228.

Note of Thanks
We wish to express our .sin-
cere thanks for the many acts and
words of kindness and comfort
given to us at the passing of our
loved one. Though our hearts are
saddened, we are rejoicing that
her long journey is over and she is
resting and at peace.
The family of Aline Ledet Stevens

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NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS
BID NO. 0203-21

The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will receive sealed bids from any
person, company, or corporation interested in purchasing the following:
1994 Buick LeSabre
The vehicle may be viewed at the Public Works Department at 1001 10th Street, Port
St. Joe, from 7:30 a.m., E.T. until 4:00 p.m., E.T., Monday thru Friday. Bids should be
turned in at the Office of the Clerk of Court, Room 148, Gulf County Courthouse, 1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., by Friday, February 20, 2004. Any questions regarding this
bid should be directed to Public Works Director Gerald Shearer at (850) 227-1401.
Please indicate on envelope YOUR NAME, that this is a-SEALED BID and include
the BID NUMBER on what the bid is for. I
Bids will be received until Friday, February 20, 2004 at 5:00 p.m., E.T., at the Office
of the Clerk of Court, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd., Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. Bids will be opened at this same location on February 23, 2004 at 10:00 a.m.
The Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids received..
GULF COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Isl Billy E. Traylor, Chairman
Attest: Douglas C. Birmingham, Clerk


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by Tim Croft
She can be found in just about
any WalMart.
Which means for an eight-
month old, Kailey Ludlum gets
around way, way better than her
parents could have possibly hoped.
Kailey is the daughter of Casey
(White) and Josh Ludlum of
Atlanta, the granddaughter of
Johanna and Perky White here in
Port St. Joe.
She's also the giggly, cuddly
bundle appearing to have the time
of her young life on the front of
every box of the Baby Connection
brand of the "Soothing Vibrations
Bouncer" baby carrier.
Manufactured by Kids II out of
Alpharetta, Ga., the carrier is car-
ried by WalMart, and will also be
distributed by Babies 'R Us and
KMart in the near future.
Adorning every box and any
word with adore as a root is appro-
priately plugged in here is
Kailey, or at least Kailey in her
younger days, when she was, oh,
six months old.
"It's exciting," Casey Ludlum
said during a phone conversation
this week, which, judging by the lilt
in her voice, was something of an
understatement.
. "I am absolutely so proud. I'm
a proud mama."
Mama, she added, could bare-
ly go anywhere when Kailey was a
babe of three or four months with-
out somebody remarking how
much Kailey looked like the Gerber
baby, an image itself drawn from a
real-life child, now 77 and a mys-
tery writer.
"Strangers in the grocery store
would stop me' and say she was
just beautiful, that she looked just
like the Gerber baby," Ludlum
said.
And after considerable prod-
-ding, and on something of a lark,
Ludlum called modeling agencies
around the Atlanta area, of which
there are not just a few.
Ultimately, she found Babes
and Beaus, one -of the few that did-
n't ask for money up front.
Kailey, who mom said is hard-
ly reticent about having a lens in
her face, earned attention immedi-
ately.
"Kids II got (her) pictures and
they just adored her," Ludlum said.
"She's a true ham in front .of the


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camera. She has been- since she
was born. She is a true performer."
Ludlum illustrated the point
with a story of the Christmas play
at the family church two months
ago, in which Kailey was the baby
Jesus.
It was getting late in the
evening, close to 10 p.m., and
Kailey, as babies will, was becom-
ing sleepy and grumpy.
She smiled and lit up, however,
when the spotlight found the
manger.
In any case, Kailey has since
been on five photo shoots the
agency calls when Kids' II has
another product they want to kid-
test which last 25 minutes and
earn Kailey a few dollars.
She even garnered an audition
for a commercial for a cable televi-
sion provider and got a call back,
but didn't make the final cut.
Two weeks ago a call from the
agency alerted Ludlum that
Kailey's picture taken while
Kailey was in the carrier with a
smiling "mother" hovering over her
- had been selected for the front of
the boxes for the "Soothing
Vibrations Bouncer."
.Johanna and Perky White soon
found their granddaughter "gig-
gling" away at the WalMart in
Panama City the week before last.
Perky said the boxes were lined
on the shelves, clearly in error,


lengthwise, so only the end of each
box could be seen.
Being the loyal and courteous
customer that he is, or proud
grandpa, take your pick, Perky
said he turned the boxes around to
the proper position, with Kailey's
picture beaming for all.
If you see Johanna, she'll glad-
ly show you Kalley's picture she
carries the carrier box in the trunk
of her car.
This past weekend, Ludlum
shopped at WalMart, strolled
through the baby section and
there, she discovered, was Kailey.
With no one else on the aisle -
what mamma doesn't want to do a
little braggin' for crying out loud -
Ludlum walked one aisle over and
found a store employee.
Upon looking at the box and
looking at the real-life Kailey, the
employee was soon bringing others
from around the store to come look
at the celebrity in their midst.
"She said 'We have a real model
in our store,' Ludlum said. "I was
just grinning from ear to ear seeing
my baby bn the box.
"We were hoping (Kailey would
get a job or two), but I didn't imag-
ine what it would feel like to, see
her in WalMart. And to think she's
in the WalMart in, Tallahassee and
the WalMart in Panama City; my
baby is nationwide."


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Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Sexton of
Wewahitchka and Mr. and Mrs.
Ron Padgett of Noblesville, IN are
proud to announce the engage-
ment and upcoming marriage of
their daughter, Ashley Padgett, to
James Taunton, son of Mr. and
Mrs. David Taunton of
Wewahitchka.
Both Ashley and James are
graduates of Wewahitchka High
School. Ashley, a junior at the
University of West Florida, majors
in Marine Biology and plans to con-
duct marine mammal research


after graduation. James is a recent
graduate of the University of West
Florida with a Bachelor's degree in
Engineering Technology/Building
Construction and is employed by
Taunton Truss.
A May 8th wedding is planned
for 5:30 p.m. C.S.T. at Honeyville
United Methodist Church of
Wewahitchka, with a reception to
follow at the Taunton Family Guest
Cabin.
All friends and family of the
couple are invited to attend.


Garry and Traci Gaddis of
Mexico Beach are pleased to
announce the engagement of their
daughter, Stephanie Julaine to
William Hubert Cribbs II, son of
William H. Cribbs, Sr. PHD and the
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PSJ Garden Club
The Port St. Joe Garden Club
met January 8th, at the Garden
iCenter with President Betty Lewis
presiding. The program; "Gardeni
Therapy" was given by *Iris
Anderson and after the business
meeting, refreshments were served
to the attending members.
Everyone was reminded about the
plant sale to be held in March.
The next regular meeting will
be held this Thursday, February
12th, at 2:00 p.m. All members are
urged to attend and please bring a
guest.


Fish Fry for Sarah
* There will be a benefit fish fry
to aid the family of Sarah Shores
on Saturday, February 14th at
Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka.
Dinners will be available starting
at 11:00 a.m. and go until they are
sold out. Donations of $5.00 per
plate are requested.
Sarah, who is seven, was
ree ttly" diagnosed with cancer.
She is e. daughter .of Jimmy ,,
Shores and Marie Naegele.


late Mary Olive S. Cribbs of
Valdosta, GA.
Stephanie is a graduate of Port
St. Joe High School and Florida
State University. William is a grad-
uate of Clinch County High School
and Valdosta State University. A
March 13th wedding is planned at
Oak Grove Assembly of God in Port
St. Joe, at 3:00 p.m. EST.
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February 29th.
Christina is a graduate of Faith
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Dixie Theatre

Auditions Feb. 18
The Panhandle Players need
all ages for the performance of a
melodrama being presented near
the end .of April at the Dixie'
Theatre, Apalachicola. Anyone
who can sing, dance, play an
instrument, juggle or has a spe-
cialty act is invited to attend the
auditions being held at the theatre
on February 18 and 18, 7:'00 p.m.
The date and time of the melodra-
ma will be announced later.
For more information, contact
Betty Bryan at 670-5483.


steering for a six year enlistment in
the United States Air Force .where
she eventually met her "husband
to be."
They will be living in the Sari
Antonio, Texas area as long as
their assignment allows.
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March of Dimes Benefit Concert

February 14 at Dixie Theatre


Seth and Caleb Clary

Seth Turns One Year


Caleb is shown helping his
baby brother, Seth blow out his
candle. Seth Clary celebrated his
first birthday on January 18th with
family and friends.
Seth is the son of Phillip and
Krystal Clary of Wewahitchka. He


is the grandson of Phyllis Davis,
Wewahitchka; Steve Rudd,
Greensboro; Jim and Lois Clary,
Wewahitchka; and Helern Grace of
Alabama. He is also the great-
grandson of Rupert and Sue Rudd
of Greensboro.


The Dixie Theatre,
Apalachicola, will be sponsoring a
bluegrass concert to benefit the
March of Dimes on Saturday,
February 14th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets
are $18.00 for general admission.
Fifth Gear will be the featured
bluegrass band along with Susan
Bach and Basically Harmless; Tori

Note of Thanks
We, the family of "Mooky
Littles," would like to express our
heartfelt thanks and appreciation
for your thoughts and prayers dur-
ing 'his stay in the hospital. We
would like to extend a special
thanks to our family, New Bethel
Baptist, New Life Christian Center,
Bay St. Joseph Care and
Rehabilitation Center, Primitive
Baptist Mission Group arid his
coaches, Coach Mal (wife) and Big
D.


"Mooky,"
Emanuel Fisher


Brenda, and


Sparks; and Brittany Lane. The
concert promises to offer a variety
of music; bluegrass, country, and
rock.

Munn Wins $100
Grocery Certificate
The winner of the $100.00 gro-
cery drawing was held at the 2004
Miss Valentine pageant. Reese
Forehand drew the winning num-
ber held by Ocyle Munn of Port St.
Joe. She was not present to accept
the certificate in person.
The Gulf County Senior
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Floores Enjoy

50th Anniversary
The 50th wedding anniversary
of Mr. and Mrs. Cary E. Floore was
indeed a success.
Guests from New York,
Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and
Florida were in attendance to share
this happy event.
The band was great and so was
the food.
In closing, Gene Floore and his
wife, Sharon gave his mom and
dad a Rolex watch. Thanks to
everyone for making it a day to
remember.










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Emily Crosby


Miss Diamond


USA 2004
Emily L. Crosby was crowned
Pee Wee Miss Diamond USA in
Panama City at the Holiday Inn
Select on February 7th. She also
won Photogenic and Prettiest Hair.
This win qualifies her to attend the [
state finals in Orlando.
Emily is the daughter of
Dennis and Deedee Crosby. She is
the granddaughter of Nonie
Schoelles,.Apalachicola and Sally "i
Gainous, Port St. Joe. Her godpar- I
ents are Chris, and Vonnie Hendels
of Apalachicola.
Emily attends Pre-K at Davis
Child Development Center in
Apalachicola. Emily Crosby,

VFW Post #10069 Thanks

Regina Capps' 5th Grade Class


The John C. Gainous VFW
Post #10069 and its ladies auxil-
iary of Highland View would like to
thank Regina Capps' fifth grade
class at Port St. Joe Elementary
for the Valentine cards they made
for the veterans in area veterans'
hospitals. They were brightly dec-
orated with many colors, hearts,
frogs, and sharks and said things
like "Thanks for serving our coun-
try," or as Cassie Tullis said,
"Thank you for risking your lives
for our freedom!" and Charlotte
Murnan who said, "The country is
safe because of you! Thanks for-
serving us!" and Evan Brumbaugh
who said, "V-Veteran, V-Valentine,
Thank you for serving our coun-
try." These Valentines will really
brighten the day for the veterans
and they thank them for taking


Tamah Johnson
Tamah I. Johnson, 88, of
Beacon Hill, passed away Friday,
February 6, at the Courtyard in
Marianna. She was born in
Vermont and was a resident of
Gulf County. Mrs. Johnson was a
foster parent for ten years in Dade
County, where she cared for 19
children.
She is survived by her adopted
daughter, Emily Johnson of


the time to make them.
' On Thursday, February 12th,'
at 2:00 p.m. ET, the ladies auxil-
iary will be helping with the
Valentine's party at the the Bay St.
Joseph. Care and Rehabilitation
Center in Port St. Joe. They will be
furnishing Valentine goodies for
the residents and handing out
Valentines to them.
The district meeting for this
area will be held on Saturday,
February 14th, at the VFW Post
#2185 on Sherman Avenue in
Panama City, at 11:00 .a.m. CT.
The local Voice of Democracy win-
ner, Rachel Bixler, will be attend-
ing and will, be reading her win-
ning essay. All, members should
try to attend and support the win-
ner who went on to win at the dis-
trict level.


Greenwood; a granddaughter,
Tami L. Yates of Opelika, AL; a
brother, Howard Luce; and a sister
Margaret Armour, both of Salem,
South Carolina.
The family has requested no
flowers, those who wish may make
donations to Taunton's Children's
Home in Wewahitchka in memory
of Mrs. Johnson
Comforter Funeral Home was
in charge of all arrangements.


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The month of February marks
the seventh anniversary of the
Gulf County Genealogical Society.
All members are urged and
'encouraged to attend the meeting
,on February 14th at 10:00 am.
EST in the meeting room of the
Port St. Joe library.,
In the last seven years the
society has seen change and
accomplishments. All cemeteries
in Gulf County have been record-
ed as have marriage and military
records. These records have been
placed in the Port St. Joe and
Wewahitchka libraries. One of the
palm trees on Cecil G. Costin Blvd.
was purchased in the name of the
,Gulf County Genealogical Society.
SThey eagerly await the new
4wy on to the Port St. Je library'
as ifo 'will pro(Ide an excellent
genealogy and historical room for
local memorabilia that will be a


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Currently available for adop-
tion at the Humane Society are
Duke, a good yard security robot
(pictured); Petey, a white, English
bulldog pup; Rusty, a nice grown
lab, neutered and vaccinated and
free; Jake, a grown lab mix,
already neutered, $7.00 adoption
fee.
Princess, white with orange
spots, 18 months old; Jay Jay, a


seven month old black and white
male kitty, neutered; Gator Bait, a
black and white seven month old
male kitty, already neutered; 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.


very important addition to the
community's history. This will give
ample space to display and use
present resources for research as
well as future materials .
The guest, speaker for
February, Dawn Evans Radford,
holds a Master's degree in English
and in Fine Arts/Creative Writing.
Dawn lectures and conducts sem-
inars on writing, public speaking,
self-improvement, and literary
subjects.
She will be speaking about
writing family histories and mem-
oirs and can assist participants in
writing and bringing their own
family stories to life. The meeting
is open to the .public. Light
refreshments will be enjoyed after
the,mraeeting. For more, informa-
;tifoii,"0 fitact Beverly Douds at
229-1094 or e-mail her at
bmdouds2002@yahoo.com.


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Candlelight Tour at Torreya State Park


By: Barbara Eells,
wildlife rehabilitator
The sunset was gorgeous! The
deep red, almost blue-purple color
enveloped the whole western sky as
it was viewed from the bluffs of the
Apalachicola River north of Bristol.
The trees, most of which were leaf-
less for the winter, provided an even
more beautiful setting with only
their dark silhouttes breaking into
the serene beauty of this magnifi-
cent view!
This was the view that was
observed by visitors and partici-
pants alike at the annual candle-
light tour of the Gregory house
which is located within Torreya
State Park.
Each year, visitors from all over
come together for a day at the park
where life goes back to the 1800's.
The setting is family oriented for all
ages offering wildlife observations
while hiking the trails within the
park to entering a time zone depict-
ing a way of life in another time
period.
Torreya State Park is unique.
Unique in that it lies on a 150 foot,
high bluff overlooking the
Apalachicola River. Unique in that it
is the only -place 'in the United
States that includes the Torreya
tree for which the park is named.
Other rare trees include the Florida
yew and the U.S. champion winged
elm. The land is unique in that it is
very similar to the Appalachian
Mountains in Georgia-river
swamps, highland, pine forests,
hardwood hammocks -with each
setting offering its own unique
trees, shrubs, flowers and wildlife
that inhabit the areas.
Many animals and birds, rep-
tiles and amphibians livewithin the


park and surrounding areas,
including an American bald eagle
pair who, at this time, has one
eaglet they are caring for.
Another unique feature is the
Gregory House, built in 1849 at
Ocheesee Landing on the opposite
side of the river by Jason Gregory. It
was a plantation that thrived with
cotton being the major source of
produce. One can look across the
river toward the swamp hardwood
area and imagine the vast cotton
fields that once were.
After the Civil War, the Gregory
family moved to Gainesville, never
to return. One daughter, the
youngest, Atchafalaya (Chaffa), did
return in 1895, living there until
her death in 1916.. In 1935, the
house was dismantled piece by
piece including all the pegs which
held the house together, and floated
across the river to its present loca-
tion where it was rebuilt by the
Civilian Conservation Corps who
were also developing the park.
The candlelight tour, enacted
several years ago by long-time
ranger Frank Dyer, is an annual
event that allows visitors a peek
into the past by providing learning
experiences for all ages through
presentations and which culmi-
nates with a candlelight tour of the
Gregory House. While hiking within
the park, one will experience the
different topographies of the park
observing many different species of
wildlife, and viewing the old gun pit
along the bluff trail. Visitors will
observe a blacksmith working, can-
dle-making using beeswax and but-
ter churning. They may learn how
cooking was done in the cast iron
pots over an open fire or experience
the taste of cracklins,!


Community Wide Yard Sale to

Benefit American Cancer Society


Now's the chance to "spring
clean" and donate unused house-
hold items. On February 28th, at
the corner of Reid Avenue and
Cecil G. Costin Boulevard (next to
City Hall), a team of local individu-
als is sponsoring a .community
wide yard sale to benefit the
American Cancer Society's "Relay
for Life". The public is ,being
encouraged to donate good used
furniture, new and used clothing,
household items, working electron-
ics and appliances, and tools.
The American Cancer Society,
a nationwide, community based
volunteer organization :was found-
ed in 1913. Objectives of the socie-
ty include: cancer, information
services, community programs,
cancer research, and advocacy &
public policy. According to Tracy
Melvin, chairperson for the 2004
Gulf County Relay for Life, "Gulf
County has the highest incidence
of cancer, per capital, of any county
in the state of Florida"!
All proceeds from the yard sale
will make a difference right here in
Gulf County, including funding for
the local program "Look Good, Feel
Better" designed to assist
chemotherapy patients with self-
esteem arid beauty issues.
Sharon Anderson, a member of
the Relay for Life team, encourages
everyone in the community to con-
sider household items that are cur-
rently sitting unused in their home
as possible donations. Please call
Sharon at 229-2445 or Alison
Kerigan at 229-1471 for more



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Wednesday, February 25th).


Ann Harvey, manager of St.
Joseph's State Park and former
manager of 'orreya State Park and
her mother, Ernestine Harvey,
return each year to cook and bake
tasty treats on the hearth as people
did in the days of old. The success
of cooking in the early days depend-
ed on the fire-the fire had to be
just right! Ann and Ernestine pro-
duced scme mighty tasty eats using
old recipes. Tea cakes, pecan
tassies, apple dapple, up-side-down
pear cake made from pears, grown
near the park, and blueberry pie
were just a few of the goodies
shared with everyone.
The booming sound of the can-
i nons and older rifles could be heard
'around the area as Civil War sol-
diers and their families related sto-
ries of a soldier's life in' the 1800's.
During the Civil War, there were
gun pits and cannon stations all
along the bluff as it was an impor-
tant defensive position.
Before sunset, it is tradition for
people to gather on the front lawn
overlooking the river for a presenta-
tion of birds from Big Bend Wildlife
Sanctuary located in. Altha and St.
Joe Beach. These educational birds
are all birds of prey that are perma-
nently damaged and non-releasable
and represent the raptors that were
common in the 1800's. These birds
include the red-tail hawk, the
Swainson's hawk, the great-horned
owl, the barred owl, and the screech
owl., As the sky begins to tinge


somewhat into those beautiful col-
ors, our last bird of prey, our
nation's symbol, the American bald
eagle is presented!
The sunset is observed and an
invitation is extended to everyone to
enter the Gregory House for the
candlelight tour. The candlelight
colors are warm ard beautiful in
the night-quite a contrast to day-
time viewing of the house. It does
make one stop and think about the
lack of electricity and running
water-really not too many years
agol
The guides and park personnel
answer many questions about the
house and the family who built it
and lived in it. Ernestine was a
guide at one time, so I ask her to tell
of something memorable in her time
and she related that "there was one
grandchild of one of the siblings
that lived and the descendents of
that grandchild brought his wife
and child to visit the house." I also
asked her about ghosts in the
house-she replied that the only
thing she knew about was that
when you go upstairs and into one
of the front bedrooms where the
baby's cradle is located-that "the
cradle will be.rocking!" One other
lady who worked there used to hear
footsteps on the stairs
If you've never been to Torreya
State Park, you will enjoy a visit.,
And, next February, you may want
to visit the candlelight tour events:


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"A Medley of Instruments" at Trinity Episcopal


The Ilse Newell Fund for the per-
forming arts will present "A Medley of
Instruments" at Trinity Episcopal
Church, Apalachicola, on Sunday,
February 15, at 4:00 p.m.
Performing will be Aisha Moughrabi,
violin, Deanna Bertsche, flute, Dr.
Leo Welch, guitar, and Dr. R. Bedford
Watkins, piano and organ.
Ms. Moughrabi, violinist,
received a B.A. in music from the
University of Chattanooga. She
attended Vanderbilt University
School of Music and has done addi-
tional studying and teaching. She
will perform music by J.S. Bach and
Handel and Scottish and Irish fiddle
tunes.
Dr. Welch and Ms. Bertsche will
perform ds a duo, playing composi-
tions by C.P.E. Bach and Mozart and


a contemporary work, "Dances in the
Madhouse," by Leisner. Dr. Welch
received masters and doctoral


degrees in music performance from
Florida State University. Before
returning to FSU as Assistant Dean


Port St. Joe Church of God Hosting

Night of Revival February 22


Port St. Joe Church of God in
Christ, 163 Avenue D, will have pas-
toral teaching on Wednesdays before
the first and third Sundays and bible
study on the other Wednesdays at
7:30 p.m.
On the fourth Sunday evening,
February 22nd, at 6:00 p.m. Pastor
David Woods will be hosting a night
of revival in the sanctuary of the
church. Pastor Woods, who is new to
the community, will share the word


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EPISCOPAL CHURCH

334 S. Hwy. 71 P.O. Box 595
Wewahitchka, Florida 32465
8:00 am Sunday
JHUFT@AOL.COM 850-639-2280

The friendly place to worship!

First Baptist Church
MEXICO BEACH
Located at 823 N. 15th St., Mexico Beach Corner of 15th & California 648-5776
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
t^ sff 0 Worship Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
V o s. e Bible Study Sundays at 9:00 a.m. (all ages')
Sll 5- Wednesday Prayer and Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.
Please note, all times centraU

The Rev. Thomas J. Guido
The Catholic Church of Gulf County, FL
Welcomes You
Office
St. Joseph 850-227-1417 St. Lawrence
20th and Monument Ave. Hwy. 71 North
PO Box 820 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Wewahitchka
Mass Schedule
Saturday 4 p.m. EST Mass Schedule
'Sunday 9:30 a.m. EST Sunday 11 a.m. CST
TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN
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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
www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org 850-227-1845

First Bapt ist Cflurch .
102 THIRD STREET PORT ST, JOE,
Brent Vik'cer Pr') P o a c ...
S" Buddy Caswell .Min ie, .'i \l,,- t fJv,),,.,
Michael Rogers Minister to Students
Sunday School ....... ....... 9:45 am
Morning Worship Service .. .8:30 & 11:00 am
Disciple Training . . .. . 6:00 pm
v.- Evening 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 Night Prayer Meeting & Bible Study ... 7.00 p.m.
Home of FAITH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


The Potter's House
WHERE BROKEN VESSELS ARE MADE NEW
S... I Rodney G. Leaman, Pastor
-" 66 850-639-5993 850-639-4588
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


of God.
Pastoral services are held on the
second and fourth Sundays at 11:30
a.m. and the fourth Sunday evening
at 6:00 p.m. Services are held every
Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
The presence and support of the
community will be greatly appreciat-
ed. If more information is needed,
call the church at 229-9490. Go out
and receive a blessing from the Lord.


for Public Service, .Dr. Welch taught
at, Marshall University in
Huntington, WV and served as
Assistant Dean of the College of Fine
Arts. Ms. Bertsche received a
Masters Degree from FSU and is a
candidate for the doctoral degree in
flute performance. She is currently
involved In the FSU graduate wood-
wind quintet "Five oh Tap".
Dr. Watkins retired as Chairman
of the Keyboard Department of the
Illinois Wesleyan School ot MNiusi: in
1988 and has been a frequent per-
former on Ilse Newell Concerts. He is
an organist at Trinity Episcopal
Church.

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S FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
v WW 508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
'S," Sixteenth Street /
Sunday Worship...... ..... 10 a.m. /, ,
Fellowship Time .... 10:45 a.m. o0
Adult School ......... 11 a.m.
*Sunday School
*Young Children 8

Pastor Rev. J. Reid Cameron Highway 71 / Cecil Costin Sr. Blvd.


BEACH BAPTIST CHAPEL
p 311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
A LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE LORD
SUNDAY: GeneraltAssembly 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
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Church of Christ

at the Beaches

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



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


o" rt St. Joe
Hwy. 98
Apalachicola ... ... Panama City
Hwy I Reid Ae..
7 0* family Life Church
Wewahitchka, .,


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

"R-imchir',c church the .'.'i it t,1-'a to be?"
IT STILL 15 AT:

J eN rei artist (T4urch
582 Ling Street Highland View
b .Port.St.Joej'Florida 32450
(850)227-1506 -Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
NO FRILLS! NO FA0S!NO GIMMICKS! Evenlng Service 7:QO p.rh
JUST LETTING GOP00DO CHURCH HIS WAY! D isiplePhipTraining P :00 p.m.
Wed neslay Prayer 7:00 m.


FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ,-


Sunday School
Morning Worship
Methodist Youth Fellow
Evening Worship
Wednesday Choir Practi
SkAll Times a\


Singing:
9 a.m. Sunday


Constitution and Monument St. Joe
(850) 227-1724
10:00 a.m n Dan Rhodes PASTOR
11:00 a.m. Jarrod Wester
'ship 6:00 p.m. Director of Youth Ministries *
Heather Smith
6:00 p.m. Director of Children's Ministries
ce 7:30 p.m. Robin Downs
re EST Die' tnv f Min ic


Worship:
9:30 a.m. Sunday


Call 229-8310
WRITE FOR FREE EIGHT LESSON BIBLE STUDY
P. 0. Box 758 Pori.St. Joe, FL 32457
Corner of 20th Street & Marvin Avenue


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"House of Truth"
. "House of Truth" will be featured
at Glad Tidings Assembly of God
Church in Wewahitchka on Sunday,
February 22nd. The rally is for all
middle and high school students.
There will be a House of Horrors from
5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and then a True
Beach Baptist
Wednesday Menu
The Wednesday night, dinner
menu for February 18th at Beach
Baptist Chapel will be bar-be-que
chicken, potato salad, beans, dessert
and tea.
Dinner is served from 4:00 p.m.
to 6:30 p.m. and take out is available.
Call the church office at 647-5026 to
place orders. A $5.00 donation per
plate is appreciated.
The church is located at 311
Columbus Avenue, St. Joe Beach.


at Glad Tidings
Love Waits rally from 6:00 to 7:00
p.m. CT.
The night will feature drama,
music, guest speakers, food, and
prizes. Port St. Joe High School and
Wewahltchka High School P.O.P.S are
sponsoring the event.
New Life Holds
Valentine's Banquet
New Life Christian Center Church
will be having their annual Valentine's
Day banquet on Saturday, February
14th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gulf County
Senior Citizens Center, 120 Library
Drive, Port St. Joe.
Pastors Johnny and Shirley
Jenkiris invite the community to join
them in this celebration. Dress is for-
mal or semi-formal and tickets may
be purchased at the door. The cost is
$15.00 per person. Photos will be
taken.


Out of

the

Box!


The Mission"
House
2010 Parker Ave.
Highland View
Near Port St. Joe
(850) 229-9001 '
A Youth Ministry


IEph. 5 8-14


* Electric & Live Worship *The JCCaf- Featuring:
*Family/Christian Movies Cappuccino, coffee,
& Drama! .a .


* Study Hall w/ Internet.
Access!


Services Ca1A time
to be anno i ced


Saturday Night Seminars
Next is 2/21 Homosexuality: What the Bible Says &
How We Respond
Sunday Morning Message:
/ 2/15 AM The Priority of Forgiveness
^^ PM Bear the Trials or Blaze Some Trails

*LABC PowerPoint, By Pastor Bruce R. Duty
Valentine..."I do," or "I will." Vows are made & matrimo-
nial union begins. "The two shall become one flesh." Alan
Jackson sings, "Love can walk through fire waihout
blinrkin'...withou smrnebody love ain't wcnh a dime-livin' on
love."
Kim & I have lived on love. It isn't easy, but sure is fun.
Memories are made (hugs, dances, laughter, & more). Dreams,
well, some fulfilled & some not. Next month my bride & I are
married 20 years. Some of you have been married twice that or
more, or perhaps you're just getting started. Either way live
on love.
God has been loving His children for centuries & He has
mightily & s.ometiines quietly used "valentines" .from Adam &
Eve to Abraham & Sarah, Ruth & Boaz, Elkanah & Hannah,
Prisc ill a & Aquilla, Jim & Elizabeth Elliot, Billy & Ruth, Graham,
& well ..maybe you, too!
It may not always be "bliss," but living on love is a "bless-
ing." So, stay true, faithful, loving, & forgiving. Trust in the
Lord & enjoy one ,another. Happy Valentine's Day!!

Long Avenue Baptist Church
1601 Long Avenue 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: 7:00pm

"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:
8:00 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. CST
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Beach United Methodist Church
Rev. Te4j Lovelace, Pastor NURSERY PROVIDED Church/Office: 648-8820
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Currently Meeting on the Second Floor of the Capital City Bank Building
CASUAL CONTEMPORARY CHRIST-CENTERED
Sunday: \ For more
Sunday School 9, 00 I information:
Worship 10:00 'Y
Small Groups 6:00" ..ff 227-1180
Wednesday: www.graceeagles. org
-Night 7:00 J


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MEETS


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Miss Gulf County Valentine Queen: From left to right, second runner
up, Sheiletta Fisher, first runner up, Jessica Wells, and Queen, Lacey
Franklin.


Miss Teen Queen: From left to right, first runner up, Tyra Dupuie,
Queen, Kayla Hall, and second runner up, Jasmine Ward.


The 2004, Miss Valentine
Pageant held on 'Saturday,
February 7th, was a huge success,.
Sara Allen. Karen Taylor. and Bill
Lyles ran a smooth and exciting
event. with 65 young ladies from
two years or age to .18 participating.
The Gulf County Senior ,
Citizens are very grateful to the
Wewahitchka High School staff,
National Honor Society, and Terry
Linton. principal, for the wonderful
support they received. The
Wewahitchka Elementary School
and Middle School staff also helped
collect the pageahtt registration
forms.
The Gulf County Board of,
Dir-ectors. staff and senior citizens
wish to acknowledge the sponsors
for the pageant: Emerald ,Coast'
Federal Credit Union, Bank Trust,
Comforter Funeral Home, Gulf
Coast Electric Co-op, Rich's IGA,
Capital City Bank, Pitts Pharmacy,
Miss Valentine SWeetheart:
From left to right, second run-
ner up, Brailey Stokes, first run-
ner up, Krystal Dupuie, and
Queen, Amber Norris;" 7
Little Miss Valentine:!i"ir left
to right, second runner up,
Savannah Pippen, first runner
up, Alexis Jackson, and Queen,
Cheyenne Peterson.


and the Wewahitchka Lion's Club.
A special thanks to. NJROTC
Commander, Wayne Taylor, for the
beautiful pictures taken of the pag-
eant.
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Mulching Can Be Useful Around Plants


By: Roy Lee Carter,
County Extension Director,
When pine needles, leaves,
grass clippings and plant trim-
mings are collected, stuffed in
plastic bags and transported to the
landfill, these materials account for
20 percent of the waste dumped in
landfills.
Pine needles, leaves and grass
clippings can each, be used alone
as a mulch or in combination. Of
the three, pine needles are the best
mulching material. They are
attractive and not easily removed
from beds by wind or rain and
don't "mat down" excessively.
However, they don't last more than
six months due to rapid decompo-
sition.
Leaves can be used alone as a
mulch, however, they are difficult,
to keep in place in windy locations
and are easily washed from beds
during heavy rain showers. Leaves
perform best as a mulching mate-
rial when they are shredded
and/or composted.
Grass clippings are the least
desirable mulching material. They


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are easily transported by wind,
decompose very, rapidly, and pack
down to form a mat which can
exclude air and water from the root
zone. They should be spread thinly
over the ground, mixed with other
mulching materials or better yet,
composted with other yard waste
plant trimmings such as ,twigs and
small branches which should 'be


shredded before they are used as a
mulch. A mechanical/shredder is
needed for this process.
Yard trash is readily available
in many yards and so it is a very
inexpensive source of mulch.
However, there is some reluctance
to use it as a mulch because it is
not as attractive as some of the
More expensive mulch materials:
This problem can be overcome by
adding a thin layer of a more uni-
form mulch over the yard trash.
Mulch can be used around
plants in beds or around individual
trees and shrubs in a lawn.
Eliminating grass from around
plants greatly reduces the competi-
tion for water and nutrients from
the turf and increases the growth
rate and health of trees and
shrubs. When mulching individual
trees in lawns, create a circle of
mulch about two feet in diameter
for each inch of trunk diameter.
Increase the size of the mulched
area as the tree grows. Pull mulch
one to two inches away from the
stems and trunks of plants. The
high moisture environment created
by mulch increases the chance of
stem and trunk rot which can.
result in plant death.


In addition to being useful
around plants, mulch can be used
as a ground cover for walk, trails,
driveways, play and natural areas.
It can be used to cover low-growing
tender plants to protect them from
frost injury. Mulch can also be
composed and used as a soil
amendment for flower and veg-
etable gardens.
The amount of mulch to apply
will depend on the texture and
density of the mulch. Compost and
many wood and bark mulches are
composed of fine particles and
should not be applied any deeper
than three to four inches (after set-
tling). Excessive amounts of these
fine textured mulches around shal-
low-rooted plants can suffocate
their roots causing chlorosis and
poor growth. Coarse textured
mulches such as pine needles and
pine bark nuggets, which allow
good air movement through them,
can be maintained at a depth of
three inches.
Cypress mulch should be
maintained at a depth of two to
three inches since it appears to
.have a high water holding capacity
which may reduce the'amount of
water reaching the plant root zone.


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"America's First Family of Magic"

at Port St. Joe High School


"America's First Family of
Magic" will be performing at the
Port St. Joe High School Dome on
Tuesday, February 24th at 7:00
p.m. This world-touring show is
sponsored by the Lady Sharks soft-
ball to raise funds for equipment.
Vince Carmen and his family have
won this year's top entertainment
awards.
This year' show features, 'The
Time Ma chine", an entirely new
magic concept in which the
vibrant, blonde Yvonne is visually
transported 75 years into the
future. Also, Vince presents hilari-
ous audience participation seg-
ments which will be remembered
for years by everyone witnessing
the show. Vince Carmen says,, "this
year's show is truly the largest and
funniest show we've ever present-


ed. In addition, my family of pretty
girls and I have a special surprise
guest!"
Special advance priced adult
discount tickets can be purchased
by calling Cindy Belin at 647-5222.
All students with a paying adult
are admitted free.

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Properties For Sale

By Owner
LIBERTY COUNTY PROPERTIES
Ochlockonee Riverfront Property just off Hwy 67, 12 miles North of Carrabelle. 2
through 4 acres Riverfront parcels with private boat landings $100,000 and up. Also V2 to
1 acre parcels with deeded access to landing with 100 foot of river frontage adjoining
State Forest $12,500 and up.
Apalachicola National Forest Small and large acre tracts. Hundreds of acres to
choose from. Located in and around Sumatra in developer friendly Liberty County.
Endless possibilities. With zoning already in place. Just 25 miles from coast up Hwy 65.
Prices starting at $6000 per acre. Also have several homes available in area.

670-9133 or 653-5681


PUBLIC NOTICE
The City of Wewahitchka Board of Commissioners and The
City of Wewahitchka Planning and Review Board will hold a
public hearing at City Hall on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at
6:00 P.M. (CT). The purpose of the public hearing is for pub-
lic input on a request for a land use change from residential
low density to residential low density/commercial of property
I.D. No. 2449-000R, 350 Henry Avenue, Wewahitchka,
Florida.
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News Column
Faith Christian School

The Parent Teacher
Fellowship met February 2nd to
discuss plans for the next few
months. The annual spirit week is
coming up March 1st thru 5th,
and the spaghetti dinner and auc-
tion is being planned for March
6th. A, teacher's appreciation
breakfast for the teachers will be
held on St. Patrick's Day from
8:15 9:00 in the morning. The
PTF reminds our readers that we
are still collecting Campbells and
Prego labels, Vlassic lids, and Box
Tops for Education. This is a won-
derful way to get more playground
equipment at no cost.
All students presently enrolled
at, Faith Christian School have a
place reserved for them for the
next school year. These places are
reserved for you until March 19th,
at which time enrollment will be
open to those who are on the wait-
ing lists. If it is your desire for
your child to come to school here
next year, please come by the
office as soon as possible.
Reenrollment- is not automatic.
You must fill out new forms and
pay the registration fee.
The FCS magazine sales pro-
motion is complete and participa-
tion was great. Thank you par-
ents. This is a painless way to
make money for the school needs.
Much work was done on PTF
work day, everything on the list
was completely: hedges trimmed,
leaves raked, playground cleared,
sidewalks and, picnic tables pres-
sure cleaned, air conditioners
fenced and existing fencing
repaired, slide installed, swing
sets replaced, platform boards
replaced, etc. A big thank you to
Terri Nelson and all the parents,
children and teachers who came.
There is a good feeling in giving of
your time and energy for the com-
mon good of your school.



FruitLIree


Grafting,


Workshop


Feb. 17

The Gulf County Cooperative
Extension Service will sponsor a
fruit tree grafting workshop on
Tuesday, February 17, 6:00 p.m.
CST at the Wewahitchka
Community Building, located at
210 East Third Street,
WtVelahitchka. Dr. Tim Crocker,
Fruit Specialist with. IFAS of the
University of Florida, will be our
instructor for the workshop.
Participants will get some hands
on experience at grafting apple
and pear trees and will be able to
carry one of each home with them.
Please bring a sharp knife.
For more information contact
the Gulf County Cooperative
Extension Service at 639-3200 or
229-2909.


Barbee's ENC1001 Class Raises Money For Leukemia


Ms. Barbee's ENC 1101 class
at Port St. Joe High School-raised
over $300 in the National Honor
Society's "Pennies for Pasta" drive.


The school contributed over $1400
to the Leukemia and Lymphoma
Society. These winning students
were treated to an Olive Garden


lunch for their charity efforts.


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Students Participate In MAP
The students, of Faith Tyler Sarmiento, Tiffany Burch,
Christian School pictured above Patricia Davidson, Jordan Heath,
are qualified to participate in the and Nate Taylor. Not pictured is
Motivation of Academic Brian Pitts. The MAP program is
Performance (MAP) program spbn- designed to provide resources,
scored by Duke University. They are motivation and recognition for gift-
from left to right, Sean Pridgeon, ed fourth and fifth graders.


HALF SHELLS
SEAFOOD MARKET & STEAM BAR
Come and enjoy the freshest seafood with the best atmosphere in the panhandle.
"THE WAY SEAFOOD SHOULD TASTE"
S"Try our famous steamed shrimp."
Mentioned in "Southern Living Magazine"
Check out our "WET & RAW WEDNESDAYS"
($2.00 Dz. Raw- $4.00 Dz. Steam Oysters and $3.00 Pitchers)
New hours (Monday, Closed) (Tuesday 4:00-8:00)
(Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00-8:00) (Friday & Saturday, 10:00-10:00)
(Sunday, 11:00-8:00) All Times CST.










DINE IN OR CARRY OUT
CATERING ALSO AVAILABLE
CALL (850) 648-2000
Located on Hwy 98 in the loop behind Parker Realty in Mexico Beach.


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850-648-1102 Toll Free: 866-648-1102


Website: www.HambrickRealty.com


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for a list of all the amenities.
$579,00


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to.'nlh-i.el T.-I un,[ h' GOUR.GEOl I.
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be 1,1' Call today this won't last long!
$349.000


704 Nautilus Drive 3 BR, 3 BA Thi. home i-
:op od the line. C('mpletc custom '.'ork tl'irouLhoCllt
:he hI-,oIc 2 .ia, unit., 2 % water heatcr. 2 .lcuz/I '..
ill RR hale walk in cloists. Lots ot' ard space in
fr:nt and bick yard Track LL'.ltirc in all ro'-r.m
t:ha are on dimmer '.'. itclies. Skylight, in lhon- h, let
dic natural light hiic in in Co.'vn molding tlhot gh.
Out the lhome \\'-od ctiburning fireplace ,' ith cr-ini-
ic tilc -.rrounding 9' ceiling except fr the l ii' l g
rooml \1 hicih \ .LiltI to 1 '. Lots and lots t. c.ti',..
vent into' thi, hl,.mc Please call for the rest of
the list. Many upgrades were made. $289,000


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Gene Watson at
Blountstown High
School March 13th
Grand Ole Opry star Gene
Watson will be performing at the
Blountstown High School auditori-
um on Saturday, March 13th at
6:00 p.m. CST. Proceeds go to sup-
port the Westside volunteer fire
department.
Tickets are $15.00 for general
admission and credit cards are
accepted. For more information,
call 674-2190 or 674-9800 during
the day or 674-2424 at night.

Adult School Offers
Free Computer Classes
The Gulf County Adult School
is offering free, basic computer
classes in Windows, Microsoft
Word, Excel, Power Point, or learn
how to surf the web. This is an
opportunity to improve computer
skills as well as typing and ten-key
touch calculating.
For more information, call Lisa
in Port St. Joe at 227-1744 or Dee
in Wewahitchka at 639-9292.

Oops! Name Left
Off Honor Roll
Dave Warriner was inadver-
tently left off the first grade A & B
honor roll at Port St. Joe
Elementary School. Congratula-
tions, Dave.


Port St. Joe

Elementary

Top Spellers
Front row, left to right: 3rd
brade, Skysja Adams, runner up
and Jackie Collinsworth, winner.
Back row, from left: 5th grade,
Tiara Smith, runner up; Erica
Protsman, winner; 4th grade,
Joseph Love, runner up, and Bryce
Frazier, winner.


55 Alive Driving Classes Offer

Insurance Discounts to Attendees
The Mexico Beach AARP Chapter #4325 is sponsoring the AARP's
Senior Drive Program, 55 Alive. The driving classes are for seniors, (age
50+) and will be held in, Mexico Beach at the Civic Center, behind Parker
Realty, on February 20th and 21st (Tuesday and Wednesday) from 9:00
a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Classes will be presented in two four-
hour sessions over a two-day period, and will be instructed by Dick
McLaughlin, a trained AARP volunteer.
At' the conclusion of the'class, participants will receive a certificate
that entitles the person to a discount on their insurance for the next three
years. The course must then be taken again. Taking the class also helps
to protect both the driver and his/her loved ones by making them a bet-
ter and safer driver. New laws, highway signs and road markings, and
ways to avoid the criminal while getting into or out of the car are also cov-
ered.
There is a $10.00 [ee, per person, for the course. T' register, call Ruth
McLaughlin at 850-648-3067. Walk-ins are welcome, if the class is not
filled.


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* TRAINING REQUIRED FOR
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* FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL
GULF COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE'S
GULF FRANKLIN CENTER AT 227-9670

GCCC is an EA/EO Institution


PUBLIC NOTICE


THE GULF COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAVE
APPROVED THE FOLLOWING ANIMAL CONTROL CITATION CHARGES AT
THE REGULAR MEETING ON JANUARY 27, 2004


* Animal Roaming At Large


Civil Penalty


* Animal Unvaccinated Against Rabies Civil Penalty
* Animal Unlicensed Civil Penalty
* Tag Not on Animal Civil Penalty
* Female in Season Not Properly Confined Civil Penalty
* Animal Nuisance Civil Penalty,
* Cruelty to Animal Civil Penalty
* Dangerous or Vicious Animal Civil Penalty
* Citation Surcharge Civil Penalty Doubles Penalty per


$50.00
$25.00
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$50.00
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Publish February 5 and 12, 2004


~ ~NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
AND
NOTICE OF LAND USE CHANGE WINDMARK BEACH DEVELOPMENT OF REGIONAL IMPACT

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will hold public hearings and proposes to consider adoption of the following Ordinances with the follow-
ing titles:
An ordinance of Gulf County, Florida amending the Future Land Use Element of the Gulf County Comprehensive Plan pursuant to authority under section
163.3184(7), Florida Statutes, to create Future Land Use Policy 1.7.4, a sub area policy concerning the "Mixed Commercial/Residential" future land use cat-
egory as applied to the WindMark Beach Development of Regional Impact, and amending the Future Land Use Map of the Gulf County Comprehensive Plan
pursuant to section 163.3184(7), Florida Statutes, to provide for a change of land use on approximately 1.,940 acres in Gulf County, Florida, from
"Agricultural" and "Residential Low Density" to "Recreation" and "Mixed Commercial/Residential" lying and being a part of sections 4, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15,
16, 21, 22, 26, and 27 Township 7 South Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida, providing for an effective date.

St. Joe Beach











WindMark Beach DRI

Highland View
An ordinance of Gulf County, Florida approving issuance of a Development Order by Gulf County, Florida pursuant to Chapter 380, on application for
development approval filed by The St. Joe Company for the WindMark Beach Development of Regional Impact, providing for authorization for a develop-
ment which is now undergoing development of regional impact review pursuant to Section 380.06 Florida Statutes, establishing the rights, conditions and
obligations of fhe Development Order, providing for an effective date.
The proposed comprehensive plan amendment, land use amendment, application for development approval, supplemental reports, development order, DRI materials and other information con-
cerning these matters may be reviewed at the Gulf County Planning and Building Department, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Blvd., Room 301, Port St. Joe, Florida, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
The Gulf County Planning Development Review Board will hold public hearings on the proposed comprehensive plan amendment, land use change and the development order at 10:00 A.M.
E.T., on March 16, 2004. The Board'of County Commissioners of Gulf County will hold final public hearings on the proposed comprehensive plan amendment, land use change ald develop-
ment order at 6:00 P.M. E.T. on April 6, 2004. The public hearings on these dates will be held in the County Commission Meeting Room, Robert M. Moore Administration Building,-Gulf County
Courthouse Complex, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida.
All interested parties are encouraged to appear at the meeting to be heard regarding the consideration of amendments to the comprehensive plan, and the conditions and obligations for a DRI
development order.
If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners, with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she may need a record of
the proceedings, and, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal
is to be based. publish Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, & 19, 2004









The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004 Page 11B


By Rachel Marie Bixler
Another exciting week at Port
St. Joe High School has flown by,
and we are in store for another fast
paced one. I first want to remind
seniors and their parents that cap
and gown retakes will be taken on
Friday, February 13th. Also, sen-
iors, if you have not returned your
Senior portrait proofs, you will be
charged for them. Seniors may still
order senior portraits on Friday.
Friendship photographs will also
be taken on Friday, February 13.
Students, remember that you must
pay $8.00 for your photographs,
and you are limited to six people
per photo.
SThis Friday night, the Port St.
Joe High School's boy's basketball
team will host Marianna in the
Dome. The Junior Varsity game
will start at 6:00, and Varsity will
start at 7:30. That evening will also
be Senior Night. We will be recog-
nizing the senior players and
cheerleaders before the Varsity
game to commend them for a year
of hard work. During the halftime
of the Varsity game, Port St. Joe
High School will be recognizing
Vernon Eppinette for his years of
hard work and dedication to the
school and community. We would
like to invite previous players and
managers to participate in the cer-
emony.
Batter up! It's time for baseball
season. The Port St, Joe High
School baseball team will begin
this year with its annual alumni
game. The game will be held on
Saturday, February 14 at 10:00
a.m. V


February 20 from 8:15-11:00 a.m.
The annual football banquet is
right around the corner. We will be
recognizing the football players,
cheerleaders, and all others who
contributed to this year's success-
ful season. The banquet will be
held on Tuesday, February 17, at
6:00 p.m. in the Commons Area.


Shark Talk


plans for life after high school. It
seems as if we will be scattered
through out the United States. We
have been blessed to live and grow
up in Port St. Joe and attend Port
St. Joe High School. This town has
touched the lives of every senior at
Port St. Joe High. No matter where
the Class of 2004 goes, we are
united by one reality, we bleed pur-
ple and gold. As each day passes, I
appreciate my time at Port St. Joe
High all the more. When I am old
and gray, I will reminisce about our
golden years at Port St. Joe High
School, or rather the years of pur-
ple and gold.


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Port St. Joe Elementary School Peacebuilders: front row, from left: 1st grade, Gabriel Hendry; kinder-
garten, Kristiana Arnold. Back row, from left: 5th grade, Katie Graham; 4th grade, Aaron Catha; 3rd grade,
Cierra Scoggins; 2nd grade, Andre Le.


The Port St. Joe High School's
Lady Sharks basketball team will
be competing for the district cham-
pionship this Saturday night at
7:30 in the Dome. We would like to g L W
wish these girls good luck. FROM
Students, listen up! Many stu- T T
dents stated that they did not order PORT ST. OE
a yearbook during the fall of the M ENTARYSCHOOL
year. Mrs. Clayton has arranged for
one last chance for you tospur- A special thanks to.our PTO for President's Day.
break...but order now. You may appreciating our teachers and staff The Pensacola Opera will pres-
order one by going to Jostens.com. in such a giving way. We appreciate ent two performances of "Little Red
If you ordered a yearbook and have you too! Riding Hood" in our auditorium.
not paid, you may view your infor- School will not be held on Parents are invited to attend.
nation online aswel -- onay, Feruary due 'to '" Amagic show will be held at
March is quickly coming and
so is the FCAT. Sophomores,
remember that you will have a
practice FCAT on February 17 from
8:15-11:00 a.m. Freshmen wV ll D n Vpsllr i 1111
also have a practice FCAT on vr fin n


16th Annual Culinary

Classic at GCCC
The Gulf Coast Community
College Culinary Management
Program and the GCCC College
Foundation, in conjunction with
TECO-People's Gas will be hosting"
the 16th Annual Culinary Classic
on February 19, from 5:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m. in the Student Union
East building on campus.
Now in its sixteenth year, this
gastronomic classic showcases
area restaurants by providing the
public with samples of items typi-
cally found on restaurant menus
as well as the chefs special cre-
ations. Entertainment will be pro-
vided by Swing Shift.
Restaurants expected to par-
ticipate are: Captain Anderson's,
Olive Garden, Panama City
Country Club, Schooners Last
Local Beach Club, Spicy Noodle,
St. Andrews Yacht Club, Treasure
Ship, Triple J's and The
Warehouse Market and
Restaurant. Wine will be provided
by Carousel, N. Golding Wine and
Panama City Beach Winery.
LeRoy Hill will provide coffee.
Tickets may be purchased in
advance for $30 from the business
office, or $35 at the door. To pur-
chase advance tickets call, 872-
3879. Benefits provide scholar-
ships for GCCC Culinary
Management students.


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Far East buffet for you
and your Sweetheart
this Saturday, February 14.

We will be starting our adventure at
11:00 AM, sharp and continue on a
gastronomic extravaganza till 3:00 PM.


Port St. Joe High School on
Tuesday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m.
in the gym. Students are admitted
free with a paying adult. Advanced
discount tickets are available at
Port St. Joe Elementary, Middle
and High Schools for $6.00.
The Stanford Nine Test will be
given 'to all students in grades
kindergarten through second the
week of March 1-5. .Students in
grades three thru five will take the
FCAT the weeks of March 1-5 and
8-12. Please encourage your child
to"do their best.


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I would like to personally con-
gratulate Lacey Franklin for her
success at the 2004 Gulf County
Valentine Pageant. Last Saturday,
Lacey was crowned the 2004 Gulf
County Valentine Queen.
Congratulations, Laceyl We are
proud of youl
We know it is hunting season,'
but we would like to remind all stu-
dents to leave their guns and
knives at home. Remember that
these items are not allowed on
school property so make 'sure they
are not left in your vehicles.
As graduation nears, more and
more of my friends finalize their


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PUBLIC NOTICE
A Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and Development Review
Board (PDRB) meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at 10:00 a.m.
EST, and at the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on
Tuesday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Both public hearings will be held,
in the BOCC Meeting Room at the Robert M. Moore Administration
Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. The pub-
lic hearings will be to discuss and act on the following:

1. Approve Minutes January 20, 2004
2 Pclimini_ Piut Approi al Tubilation _. h\vood Development
Company Parcel ID #6288-001R, # 628S 002R, b28 I 03R
& #6288-005R- 24.549 acres in Section 22, Township 9 south,
Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida a maximum 73 unit sub-
division subject to all development regulations required by Gulf
County.
3. Final Plat Approval San Dunes formally San Blas Beach Club -
Parcel ID#6268-061R, #6268-068R, #6268-065R--6.5 acres in
Section 7, Township 9 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County,
Florida a 19 unit subdivision subject to all development regu-
lations required by Gulf County.
4. Final Plat Approval Turtle Dunes Frances Meginnis Booth
Trust Parcel ID #6268-152R & 6269-001R- 4.62 acres in
Section 18, Township 9 South, 11 West, Gulf County, Florida -
a maximum 13 unit development subject to all development reg-
ulations reqLired by Gulf County.
5. Small Scale Map Amendment Lacy L. Gray Parcel ID
#00738-050R changing 3.08 acres in Section 19, Township 5
South, Range 9 West, Gulf County, Florida, from Residential to
Mixed Commerical/Residential
6. Development Procedures
7. St. Joe/Arvida for WindMark Beach DRI
8. Comprehensive Plan/EAR Update'
9. Land Development Regulation (LDR) Revision
10. Staff

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


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2003 Toyota Tundra, Reg.
cab, 4x2, v6, bed liner, roll
top, Exc. cond., 11,000 mi
plus, $16,295, Call 229-
2788. 2tp2/12
1995 Olds Cutlass Supreme,
one owner, 4 door, AT, AC,
V6, low miles, mint. $3400.
960-4464. ltc2/12
1999 Olds Intrigue GLS, AT,
AC, 4 door, sunroof, leather.
$5950. 960-4464. ltc2/12
1994 Chevy S-10 PU, 4WD,
with cd player. Runs great.
$3750. Call 648-4421.
Itp2/12
2000 Pontiac Grand Am, 4
door, AT, AC, low miles, one
owner, $5950. 960-4464.
ltc2/12
1997 Dodge Grand Caravan
SE, 5 door, AT, AC, V6, excel-
lent condition. $4450. 960-
4464. ltc2/12
1997 Chevy Cheyenne work
truck, auto trans., cruise
control, AC/ air bags. Ladder
rack and tool box incl. Exc.
cond. $5500 firm. 227-7001.
2tp2/12
1992 GMC 1/2 ton 4x4 PU.
Good condition $3750. 229-
6565- 201 21 St. 2tp2/12
1987 Toota Celica; 2 door,
AT, AC. I\,.' miles, excellent
condition, clean, dependable.
$2200. 960-4464. Itc2/12
2001 Toyota Echo. 4 door, 5
speed, AC, CD, one owner,
50,000 miles. Mint condition,
must seel $6450. 960-4464.
ltc2/12
1992 Cadillac Deville good
shape. needs a/c work.
$1500 647-5239. 2tp2/12
1981 Chevy LUV. '72,000
original miles" $900 229-
6435. 3tp2/12
1972 VW -Super Beetle
Convertible, Karmen Edition.
Excellent condition, must
see. $4450. 960-4464. Itc2/12
1993 Mazda Miata hardtop
convertible. 5 speed, AC, one
owner, mint condition, must
see. $5450. 960-4464.
ltc2/12


1998 GMC Yukon Black
w/tan interior in great con-
dition call for price.
2000 Eclipse Maroon (white
strips) w/black interior.
$2000 stereo system includ-
ed, grounds lights also. In
great condition give $500
want payoff on car. Call 229-
1487 or 899-6222. 2tp2/12
2002 Nissan Frontier. 4 door,
bed cover, 30,000 miles, one
owner, 5 speed, V6, must
see. $13,900.960-4464.
ltc2/12
1996 Ford Taurus. 4 door,
AT, AC, V6, clean, depend-
able. $2200. 960-4464.
ltc2/12
1989 Ford Crown Vic. Very
dependable car. Looks and
runs great. 639-6149.
$1,500 firm. tfc2/5
1994 Chrysler Concord. 4
door, 'AT, AC, V6, clean,
dependable. $2200. 960-
4464. ltc2/12
2000 Chevy Venture LT van.
Leather, garaged, one owner,
60,000 miles, loaded, must
see. $8950. 960-4464.
ltc2/12
1997 Chrysler Sebring JXI
Convertible. One owner, like
new, loaded, beautiful
amethyst color with black
top. Asking $8,600. Call Bill
at 648-8362 (Mexico Beach).
2tp2/5
1997 Ford Fi50 XLT
Extended Cab. One owner,
AT, AC, V8, loaded, must see
to believe! $8450. 960-4464.
ltc2/12
1999 Chevy Suburban LT.
Leather, loaded! Tow pack-
age, extra clean. $7950. 960-
4464. ltc2/12
1996 Ford F250, ext. cab,
4WD, excellent shape.
$9,500 call Phil 227-2112.
Utfc12/18
2001 Jeep Wrangler, Sahara,
white, tan soft .top, hard
doors, 30 inch wheels, 5
speed man. trans., tow pkg,
cruise, air, 30,000 mi. Exc.
cond. draw tight tow bar and
wired for towing behind your
RV. $15,000. 850-229-1352.
4tcl/22


15.5 ft. Tri-hull, 75hp
Suzuki, New electronics, 2
new props, CG equipped,
galv. trailer. Asking $4000.
Call 229-2788 2tp2/12
1994 12' Aluminum hull,
8hp Evinrude motor, galva-
nized trailer, never been in
salt water, includes acces-
sories. $1500 229-2748.
ltc2/12


1995, 23.5, Hunter sailboat.
New motor, new trailer and
sails. $6,000. 527-7476 or
227-1709. 2tp2/12
For Sale .- 1998 Kenner
ProSkiff 17 with 1998 40 HP
Johnson motor. Center con-
sole, depth finder, cooler
seat, and rod holders. Call
Eric at 229-6864 for more
information. Please leave
message. tfc6/12






Drivers/Company 0/0
make more money Call
today. 2004 pay increase.
Class A CDL w/hazmat, 6
mos. exp. req. Home weekly
1-800-299-4744. ltp2/12
Needa an extra $36,000 a
year? Vending route for sale.
50 high traffic locations. Cost
$5000. 1-800-568-1392 or
www.vendingthatworks.com.
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MEXICO BEACH Long term
lease. 2 bedroom, 3 bath,
unfurnished 3 story duplex,
1.5 blocks from the beach.
Limited gulf view from 2nd
and 3rd. floor decks. Has
washer, dryer, range, ice-
maker frig., dishwasher,
built-in microwave. 2 car
covered parking on ground
floor. $700 month rent, $500
deposit. NO PETS. Call 648-
6739. 4tp2/12
Apt. For Rent 2 & 3
Bedroom. Call Kenney at
227-7241 or Phil at 227-
2112. tfc2/12
House for rent- New,
2BR/2.5BA on Canal. 111 N
32nd St. Avail. April 1st $950
mo. 706-333-0159 ,or 706-'
663-2263 3tp2/12
220 Selma Street, St. Joe
Beach. 3/2 double wide,
deck, fenced yard, view of
gulf. $900/mo. Call 850-
876-4286 or 850-385-0062
4tp2/12
St. Joe Beach: 3 bedroom,
office/study, 1 bath beach
house directly across from
dedicated beach. Central liv-
ing area/kitchen combina-
tion. Microwave, dishwasher,
frig w/icemaker, and stove
furnished.' Washer & dryer
connections. Front and back
porch. $1,050 a month. Call
850/229-9766 or 850/229-
8211 ask for Russ. tfc2/12
For Rent, Commercial Bldg
in Oak Grove, 840 sq ft, Also
includes storage building,
Recently Remodeled, $650
per month, Please call 850-
527-5708, 2tc2/12


2BR apartment for- rent;
close to town; 808 Woodward
Ave.PSJ; call 227-7800.
ltc2/12
Park Model for rent
1BR/1BA loft, washer and
dryer, water and garbage inc.
Single or couple, No 'pets.
$450/mo, $450 sec. dep. 6
mo. lease. Located at 337
Atlantic St. St. Joe Beach.
850-647-5120 leave msg.
2tp2/5
In Wewa 2BR/1BA mobile
home in small park. 325/mo.
and sec. dep. 639-5721.2tc2/5
Beautiful, recently remodeled
3BR/2.5BA furnished, 2000
sq. ft. Victorian home in Gulf
Aire (St. Joe Beach) No Pets -
$1250/mo plus sec. dep. and
utilities. 850-942-2629. tfc2/5
3BR/2BA completely remod-
eled mobile home with 12x24
storage building and carport.,
Sits on 2 lots near Dead
Lakes 'Lodge. Appliances,
water and gas inc. $475/mo
with deposit. References
required. 229-7738 after.
5:00. 2tp2/5
BAYFRONT COMMERCIAL
OR RESIDENTIAL
Simmons Bayou location
great for restaurant, real
estate, outfitter, etc. 2000 sq.
ft. heated, 2000 sq. unheat-.
ed. $1700 per monthly 227-
7234. 3tp2/5
In Wewa RV and mobile
home lots for rent. $100/mo
inc. water and sewer. 639-
5721. 8tcl/29
For rent RV spaces in Oak
Grove, full hookups, 229-
8959. Leave message.
4tpl/22

Mexico Beach townhouse
w/boat slip and lift.
2BR/2BA, garage, fully fur-
nished, $1,200 per mo. plus'
sec, references. Avail. Feb 1.
Call 229-9353. tfcl/15
Newly remodeled 2 btdrquom.
I bath house irth front deck,
in Oak Grove. Central
air/heat. $525 a month with
deposit. Call 229-9766 or
229-8211 and ask for Russ.
tfcl/8
Warehouse rental space
available. Great for storage or
business. 1000 2000 sq ft.
Available Dec 1, 2003. Call
229-9125. tfcll/6
Small Office Spaces for rent.
Call Phil at 227-2112. tfc6/5
Enjoy- Cape living at its
finest. Gated community
offering 2 pools, tennis
courts, three lakes, :and
many more extras. Unique
opportunity to live and play
on the #1 beach in America.
Both furnished and unfur-
nished units available. For
more info call 850-229-2706
tfcll/13


Commercial- Residential
1200 sq. ft. all new 1004 Hwy
98 Mexico Beach. Long Term.
Call 647-2570. 2tp2/5
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
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.,
tfc6/5






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Furniture & Retinishing
234 Reid Ave. 229-6374
Tempur-pedic Beds
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4yr old whirlpool washer and
dryea for sale. Good cond.
$200/pair obo. Call 227-
,4913. tfc2/12
Used furniture for sale.
Johnnie's Trim Shop, 310
4th St., PSJ tfc8/7






Work in Paradise
Marine Mechanic,
Experienced Outboard
tech needed. Excellent pay
and work environment.
Paid health insurance,
paid -,vacation, and paid
training. Yamaha experi-
ence and training a plus.
Desire to fix if right the.
first time a big plus. Call
Carrabelle Marina 850-
697-3351 for an applica-
tion, or stop by and see us
in Carrabelle. 8tp1/15


Seeking experienced truck
driver. FLA. CDL license
required, with clean driving
record. Apply in person to:
Bayside Lumber, 516 first St.
Port St. Joe, FL. tfc2/12
Carpenter and carpenter
helpers needed in south Gulf
Co. Top pay, transportation a
must Contact Paul. cell
527-7374, home 227-1490.
3tp2/12
Assistant Construction
Superintendent position
available Field skills
required $10 per hour.
Transportation available.
tfc2/12

Construction Laborers
wanted $6.50, per hour and
up. Drivers license required.
CDL a plus Drug Free
Workplace. Please call 850-
653-5245. tfc2/12
Security guards needed for
Gulf Pines Hospital. See Rick
Harrison, Head, of Security,
Mon. Fri., 7am 1pm.
2tc2/12
Job Notice
The City of Port St. Joe is
accepting applications for the
following position in the
Police Department:.
Patrolman
$11 per hour \
Application and job descrip-
tion may be picked up and
returned to the Municipal
Building, 305 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456.
Application period is opened
until position is filled.
The City of Port St. Joe
enforces a Drug-Free
Workplace and is an EOAA
Employer. ltc2/12
Local construction compa-
ny looking for experienced
building carpenters and
laborers. Experience
required. (850) 229-5281 -
Please Call! 2tp2/12
Need experienced roofers -
,top pay. Rodney Hall Roofing,,
Inc. 229-6859. 2tp2/12.

Arizona Chemical Mfg facil-
ity in Port St. Joe, FL, is cur-
rently hiring laborer position.
Position requirements
include being able to work
with diverse teams, work well
with management and peers.
Be willing to promote into
higher Jobs as opportunities
arise, and willing to work on
a rotating basis (shift work).
Five yrs industrial mfg expe-
rience desired. Starting pay
is $13.12 per hour. Qualified
applicants apply at the
Workforce Center, 625 Hwy
231, Panama City, FL.
Deadline to apply is Friday,
February 2, 2004. No appli-
cations will be accepted at
the manufacturing facility in
Port St. Joe. Arizona
Chemical is an' equal oppor-
tunity employer, M/P/D/V.
2tp2/12


Advertising Sales person -
The Star Publishing Co.
seeks an advertising sales
person to support its sales
.team. Must have good com-
.munication, organizational,
and computer .skills.
Newspaper experience or
advertising sales experience
a plus but not a requirement.
Job includes benefit pack-
age. 'Submit resume to:
The Star
P. 0. Box 308
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
or drop by the office at 209-
211 Reid Avenue, PSJ FL.
DON'T JUST GO TO WORK!
Start Building A Career!!!
Work with 'ind be trained by
one of the area's most suc-
cessful Real Estate Broker's.
DONNA SPEARS REALTY
is seeking g Prorfessional &
MoUtat'ed Realtors with or
v.-ithout training to join our
team. Leads are provided.
$50,000 to over $70,000
Your First Year!!! ,
DONNA SPEARS RENTALS
is seeking Administrative
Professional. Rental experi-
ence is helpful. General
office duties. MS Word,
Excel & Publisher is helpful.
\e re willing to train.
Call us today at 227-7879
2tc2/12
Unskilled Labor 18 or
older, FL' Driver Licenses,
Heavy lifting, Christian need-
ed to work in this area -
advancement a must. Call
850-722-6368. Leave a mes-
sage. We will return calls
between 6-9 pm. 8tpl/15


Steve Brants Roofing Inc. is
looking for experienced
roofers and laborers. Driver's
license helpful. Please call
(850)229-6326 call between
8:00-5:00 Mon-Fri. tfc2/5
Receptionist needed 25 30
hrs- flexible, Simons Bayou
area. Start immediately. Call
Debbie at 648-1010 2tc2'/5
Scallop Cove BP, out on
Cape San Blas Road is look-
ing for a full time cashier.
This is a permanent position.
Hourly pay begins at $7.50
an hour with an opportunity
to make $9.00 an hour with
proven ability. Medical bene-
fits available. Apply in person
at 4310 Cape San Blas'Rd.
Reliable transportation a
must and cashier experience
is desired. Must be depend-
able and honest. 3tpl/29
Bay St. Joseph Care Center
is now hiring for the following
positions:
(4) Baylor weekend CNA's
(2) 3-11 CNA's
11-7 RN Nurse
11-7 CNA's
; Dietary Aides-
Housekeeping/Laundry
Aides
Apply in person to:
220 Ninth Street
Port St, Joe, FL
850-229-8244
tfcl/15

All survey personnel posi-
tions, salary depending on
experience. 850-227-7322;
406 Reid Ave., Port St. Joe
tfc6/5


TRAWICK COMPANY, INC.

Are you an energetic and dependable work-
er? If so, you qualify for an opportunity, to
launch your career with a growing company!
You must be willing to travel and have valid
ID and SS .card. Come by, introduce yourself
and fill out an application. (EOE)
We offer great benefits to qualifying employ-
ees such as 401k, group medical and dental
insurance, employee stock purchase, vaca-
tion, life and LTD Insurance, uniforms and per
diem.



a" twcadfF di9ee f1946"


We are now hiring

-Class A CDL Drivers

-Equipment Operators

-Construction -Crew Laborers

www.trawickconstruction.com
Port St. Joe,FL / 850.229.2708
tfol/22


PINE RIDGE APTS., CLOCK REPAIR
Old or 'Nei -Anniversary Clocks,I US
t= t C ,,C''= ,, I,. .,.,,jP..,.ii, Cuckoo Clocks: .AC ]YOUR AD
125 Venus Dr., 648-5165 227-1278
Port St. Joe, FL 32456


(850) 227-7451
For Rent
1,2 &3
bedroom opts.
Central heat and air
On-site Management
* Carpeting* Laundry facilities

Voice/TTY Access
711-850-227-7451


PLUS SMALL tlNLINt-
REPAIRS
NOW AVAILABLE
Climate Control
St. Joe
Rent-All, Inc.
706 First Street
Phone 227-2112
/ MINI-STORAGE \


a5x10 10x10 10x20
On Site Rentals 6 Days A
Week
ASK ABOUT FREE
MONTH'S RENT!


GULF SHORE
STORAGE
201 Desota
St. Joe Beach
also boat & camper storage

899-3665
8te1/8


Steve Brant's

ROOFING

LICENSED & INSURED

LIC. #RC0050321
Port St. Joe Call

22946326

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


Circle S Refinishing
Repair Touchup or Complete
Refinishing. We do it ALL from
furniture to floor. Free Estimates
This area's most experienced refinishers.
827-2550 ask for Dusty


FOR RENT OR LEASE
Dry storage space
3,000 sq. ft.
Call 229-6031


MINI STORAGE
Ot 28 Reid Ave. Street, Port St Joe, FL
229-6200 Office
814-7400 Cell Phone
785-9777 After Hours

Downtown
Apalachicola
Orman Building
Commercial Space
available for lease
on Hwy 98.
Call 653-1058
or email
gkadkihs@hotmail.cpm


). C. Enterprises 202 Reid Avenue
r PortSt. Joe,
Fl. 32456
( 850-227-9414
Fax 229-6041


ladioShack
Authorized Sales Center

BEACH

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



Bill Lynch

Auto Crushers

If you need your
junk car moved
call Bill Lynch

(850)227-1654
8tc1/29


UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
Specialists in Painting,
Fiberglass Repair and Boat
Detailing, 20 Ton Lift Capability

Deepwater Marina
329 Water St. Apalachicola
850-653-8801
www.deepwatermarina.com


* Residential 'Custom Wood COSTIN'S
" Commercial *Industrial Bookkeeping Service
A R i'Fence Tax Returns A Specialty
Fencing and Concrete Work 202 Reid Ave., Port St. Joe
Albert Fleischmann FREE Estimates Q 25
EIN#59315646 (850) 7.4047 (850) 229-8581

Serving Port St. Joe and Surrounding Area for 20 Plus Years
1 Call Does It All For Your
Major Appliance, Air Condition & Electrical Repairs
DANIELS SERVICE CO., INC.
850-229-8416
RA0043378 ER0007623

COMMERCIAL CUSTOM WOOD
RESIDENTIAL VINYL FENCING


GULF gum[ECO.
Port St. Joe, Florida

Edward (Bit) Clark 850-647-4255



Make your

S"Deeam gouse'



a reality

ALSO GIVE YOU ESTIMATES

Custom plans by Frank Healy, MB.A

850-647-8028


Pool Maintenance & Repair
Over 20 Years Experience *


850-647-8963 850-227-6131
u, il a 1 rll ICn i ; P-Irn .l


+ Ac--,
&@ 4 *e
*8l


Winter pool

covers are in,

order yours today!


*Above Ground Pools Starting at $995 Free Water Testing
* Liquid Chlorine Automatic Pool Cleaners Starting at $175.00
Convert from Baqudcil to Chlorine Ask us How
408 Garrison Ave. Port St. Joe, FL
229-POOL (7665) www.pristine-pool.com
i

Limo Livery

Ricky Shaw
850-229-1040
850-227-5909
Mexico Beach
Pub crawls to Panama City and Beyond
Gambling Junkies to Biloxi and Beyond
Weddings, Proms, Dates and Funerals
tfc1/22


TRADES & SERVICES











THE STAR PORT ST. JOE, FL THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2004 PAGE 13B


DRIVER TRAINEES
NEEDED NOW! Looking for a
great career opportunity?
Werner, Coastal Transp. &
Covenant are hiring entry-
level truck drivers. Long Haul
and Home weekly. Earn
$700+ weekly with great ben-
efits. 15 day CDL training
now available in your area.
Call Today toll free 1-877-
214-3624. 4tp2/5










Sales and Service Agent
GT Com, a Total
Communications Company
Provider in Northwest Florida,
has immediate opening for a
qualified Customer Sales and
Service Representative in
their Port St. Joe, Florida call
center. Successful candidate
will be an outgoing self-starter
with excellent communication
skills and a proven back-
ground in inside sales and
customer service with the abil-
ity to work in a fast paced,
team environment. Minimum
2 yr. college degree or equiva-
lent sales experience
required.
We offer a competitive salary
and benefits package includ-
ing 401K. Please respond in
confidence, via mail or fax to:
Susan Machemer
Human Resources Manager
GTCom
P.O. Box 220
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
FAX: 850-229-8689
EOE/MFDV


Experienced cook wanted -
Sea Level Cafe. 647-9199
tfcl/1

AC duct Installers needed
please call GW Service 229-
9125. tfclO/30

Experienced cook and wait-
staff wanted for Caroline's
Riverfront Dining & Boss
Oyster. Please apply in per-
son: 123 Water Street,
Apalachicola. tfc10/9

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
starramsey@gt com.net tfc10/2

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





Craftsman 25 hp riding
lawnmower. 46" cut just over
100 hrs. $1200. 648-4298.
3tp2/12
HEL


WorCn e


The Workforce Center
Is accepting applications for
Fairfield Industries
Fairfield Industries is known the world over for its development
and use of advanced technology for both acquisition and pro-
cessing of seismic data utilized in the exploration of oil and gas.
Currently Fairfield Industries is working off the coast of Texas & Louisiana
Available positions:
Linesman
Must be able to communicate in English
Chief Engineer
Requires working knowledge of engines & ship board machinery
Oiler
Requires basic knowledge of mechanics & engine maintenance

'.^*ildfieltd"dffers an excellent benefits.package

Apply Now!
Come to the Workforce Center
Mariner Plaza, 625 Hwy 231, Panama City FL
Monday-Friday
Or
Call 850-872-4340 and ask to speak with
Corrine Tison or Joanna Cole

Workforce Center is a service of Gulf CoastCommunity College.


1996 Hobart gas powered
welder, generator with high
frequency unit for tig. com-
plete torch outfit w/bottles
and trailer. Only 64 hrs run-
ning time. $5,100. 648-5994.
ltp2/12

Golf Cart Yamaha Electric
Exc. Condition 648-6491.
ltp2/12

Silent Flame wood burning
fireplace insert. Call 229-
6730 for details. ltp2/12

T.V. stand w/10 shelves $25.
Sears riding lawnmower
w/bagger $500. New roof
mount power vent $40.
Queen sleeper sofa $200.
Novelty lighthouse/yard $25.
ltp2/12

Antique dresser set Make
Offer. Organ $50, 110 win-
dow ac. works good $30.
Steel door w/easing etched
glass in door $250 229-6435.
3tp2/12

Antique Chester Drawer
$900, gun cabinet $150. GE
Freezer $150, Desk $50.
Exercise machines $25 & 30
Cash Only. 227-1280 after
6:00 pm. ltc2/12

ProForm Exercise Cycle.
Model 985R, Excellent condi-
tion, bargain priced at $150.
Call Bill at 648-8362 (Mexico
Beach) 2tp2/5

Horse Boarding
Stall or Pasture
Jobie Barfield
850-639-3600
6tcl/22

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@outdts.net or
call 639-5401 and leave your
name, phone number, and
address. tfc7/24





To R, S, K + K
V Happy Valentine's Day V
Your favorite PSJ wannabe's
-C, B,.K& E


Lease pu rchased :ovnr_
financing 4BR'2B O$5.0,,
mo Duplex $375/mo ea.
side. Kenny 770-889-6232.
ltp2/12

Gulf front lot, Cape San Blas,
50 foot frontage, .4 acres
$495,000. 229-246-0500.
3tp2/12


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

GULF FRONT CAPE DUPLEX
Fantastic rental record! Call for
2003 GRI. 2 BR+ loft. Furnished
MLS# 97419 $449,000


BETTY RAY WESTON &
SHERRI DODSWORTH
227-5566
800-787-1012
info@forgottencoastnews.com



FORGOTTEN COAST
REALTY
Everything We Touch
Turns To SOLDI!!

Howard Creek. dilapi-
dated fixer upper 4-
room shack on beautiful
heavily wooded high and
dry corner on Shellcrak
and Turkey. $40k or best
offer. 763-6815 3tp2/5

MAGNOLIA RIDGE Think you
can't find great investments under
$100k Wrong! Community (near
Apalachicola River with paved
streets, underground utilities,
nature walks. Lots from $39,000
BETTY RAY WESTON &
SHERRI DODSWORTH
227-5566
800-787-1012
info@forgottencoastnews.com



FORGOTTEN COAST
REALTY
Everything We Touch
Turns To SOLD!!!

Howard Creek 3 lots $42,000
for all. Will sell separately
Howard Creek 14 Lots
$84,000 for all. Platted but not
recorded.
Laird Bayoul 500 ft. on
water, 3+ acres, house, dock, lift,
well, $549,900.
Coldwell Banker
Residential Real Estate, Inc.,
Don Yarbrough 648-4618.
4tp1/22
SUNSETS GALORE! Stunning
gulf-view Cape townhome. 4BR,
elevator, beautifully furnished.
MLS# 97419 $449,000


BETTY RAYWESTON &
SHERRI DODSWORTH
227-5566
800-787-1012
info@forgottencoastnews.com





Everything We Touch
Turns To SOLD!!!


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-
2560. tfcll/6

House in Wewahitchka on 2
lots. 436 N. Hwy 71. $85,000
for all or will divide. Call
Andy (850)227-1133 tfcl/29

6677- Alabama Ave. St. Joe
Beach. Nice 2BR home
w/screen porch on 2 beauti-
ful corner lots. 2 blocks from
beach. $259,900. Owners
Anxious. Joan, Lovelace
Mexico Beach Harmon Realty
800-239-4959 or 850-527-
2560. tfcll/6

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

7201 Hwy 98 St. Joe Beach.
Gulf front 1/2 duplex.
2BR/2BA fully furnished,
adjoins dedicated beach.
$595,000. Joan Lovelace
Mexico Beach Harmon
Realty 800-239-4959 or 850-
527-2560. tfcll1/6

Beach lots St. Joe Beach,
Summer Place Subdivision.
Gulf view, pool, $195,000 -
Mexico Beach Hwy 386 1.5
blocks to beach. $95,000.
Joan Lovelace Mexico Beach
Harmon Realty 800-239-
4959 local 527-2560
www.thebeachsite.com. a12/1i

HOUSE FOR SALE -
COMMERCIAL/RESIDEN-
TIAL: Quaint 3 bedroom, 2
bath wood framed house.
Lot: 100'x68.7' road front.
Walking distance to water
and downtown area, close to
schools. 603 Long Avenue.
Call 227-1388. tfc6/5




Free trailer must be moved.
See at 9146 Olive Ave.
Beacon Hill. Call 648-4258
or 647-4490. ltp2/12

RV Bungalow 4 sale w/addi-
tions see at lot 19. El
Governor RV Park $6,000.
ltp2/12





Need To Get Away? What
about your four legged kids?
Pet owner/lover, (with 5 yrs
pet care exp.) will make
house visits. Also offered:
Security checks, mail pick-
up and plant care. Exc. long
term refs. Call Diana 227-
3411. ltc2/12


Household Chores Plus
"no job too small"
Designed to meet all your
needs from cleaning your
house to weeding your gar-
den. Ironing services avail-
able. SPECIAL: Spring clean-
ing and window washing.
15% Discount for our seniors
over sixty-five. .
References & Experience
227-7723
2tp2/5





Small Skiff style fishing boat.
14-16 ft. 648-4085. ltp2/12






IN THE CIRCUIT COURT.
FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY
CASE NO. 04-01-PR
IN PROBATE
IN RE: The Estate of
ARLEY TOMBLIN HARTLEY
deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS
OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE
ESTATE:
The administration of the ESTATE OF
ARLEY TOMBLIN HARTLEY, deceased,
File Number 04-01-PR, is pending in
the Circuit Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate' Division, the address
of which is Gulf County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456. The ,names and
addresses of the personal representa-
tive and his attorney are set forth
below.
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE
NOTIFIED THAT:
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served within
three months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent must
file their claims with this Court WITH-
IN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
Notice is February 5. 2004.
/s/ S. RUSSELL SCHOLZ
RISH, GIBSON & SCHOLZ, P.A.
206 E. 4th Street
P.O. Box 39
,Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
(850) 229-8211
FL BAR NO. 0224839
ATTORNEY FOR PERSONAL REPRE-
SENTATIVE
/s/ GARY THOMAS PITTS
1908 Forest Park Avenue
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE
publish: Feb. 5 & 12, 2004
PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the
,, .:...,,,,y Board of County
ing to consider adaption.. ot an
Ordinance with the following title:
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING
GULF COUNTY ORDINANCE
NUMBER 98-11 RELATING TO
THE REGULATION, LICENS-
ING, VACCINATION. CON-
FINEMENT, CLASSIFICATION
AND DISPOSAL OF CATS AND
DOGS IN GULF COUNTY,
PROVIDING FOR DEFINI-
TIONS, CITATIONS,
ENFORCEMENT AND' PENAL-
TIES FOR VIOLATIONS, PRO-


VPDNELIO PbIs E


VIDING FOR REPEAL OF
ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT
AND PROVIDING AN EFFEC-
TIVE DATE.
*Complete Ordinance on file in the
Clerk's Office*
The public hearing will be held during
the Gulf County Board of County
Commissioner's meeting on Tuesday.
February 24, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. est. In
the County Commissioner's meeting
room in the Robert M. Moore
Administration Building, Gulf County
Courthouse Complex, Port St. Joe,
Florida.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION-
ERS
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
BY: BILLY E. TRAYLOR, CHAIRMAN
publish: February 5 & 12, 2004
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT;
IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
IN RE: The estate of
JESSE E. HALLMAN,
Deceased.
Case No.: 04-06-PR
IN PROBATE
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS
OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE
ESTATE:
The administration of the estate of
Jesse E. Hallman, deceased, File
Number 04-06-PR, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456. The names and
addresses of the personal representa-
,tive and that personal representative's.
Attorney are set forth below.
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE
NOTIFIED THAT:
All creditors of the decendent and other'
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served within
three months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM..
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent must
file their claims with this Court WITH-
IN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
the date of the first publication of this
Notice is February 5, 2004.
/s/PAUL W. GROOM II
RISH. GIBSON & SCHOLZ, P.A.
206 E. 4th Street
P.O. Box 39
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
(850) 229-8211
ATTORNEY FOR PERSONAL REPRE-
SENTATIVE
FL BAR NO. 0037915
/s/ Roger D. Hallman
819 Greenleaf Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32308
PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE
publish: February 5 & 12, 2004
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL
PROTECTION
NOTICE OF APPLICATION
The Department announces receipt of
an application. DEP File No. 23-
0185237-005-DF, for permit from the
Arvlida/St. Joe Company to realign
approximately 3.7, miles of the existing
'U.S. Highway 98 in Gulf County
between the communities of Highland
View and St. Joe Beach. The relocated
portion of the highway will be moved
approximately 2,600 feet inland from
its current location along the edge of
St. Joseph Bay. The proposed typical
section would be constructed within
200 feet of right of way to be donated to
the Florida Department of
[r.=,:_T.,,; 0!'.. b i": St. Joe
J ':. "I- i ,, I ._1 1,3I". ,!'J two lanes
to be built when traffic levels warrant.
Proposed wetlands impacts total 20.36
acres of DEPjurisdictional wetlands in
addition to 1.17 acres of proposed tem-
porary impacts.
This application is being processed and
is available for public inspection during
normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday,
except legal holidays, at the Northwest
District office at 160 Governmental
Center, Pensacola, Florida 32502.


Publish: February 12, 2004
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL
PROTECTION
NOTICE OF APPLICATION
The Department announces receipt of
an application, DEP File No. 23-
0185237-004-DF, for permit from the
Arvida/St. Joe Company to develop
1,020.acres consisting of single and
multi-family residential units, two
inns, commercial retail and office
space, parks and open space. The
development will include two fishing
piers and four day docks in St. Joseph
Bay, canoe/kayak launches In fresh-
water streams, bicycle/pedestrian
trails and beach access areas near St
Joe Beach in Gulf County. Proposed
wetlands impacts total 10.63 acres of
DEP Jurisdictional wetlands in addition
to 1,33 acres of proposed shading
impacts.
This application is being processed and
is available for public inspection during
normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m.. Monday through Friday,
except legal holidays, at the Northwest
District office at 160 Governmental
Center, Pensacola, Florida 32502.
Publish: February 12, 2004

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT.
FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY
EMERALD COAST FEDERAL CREDIT
UNION,.
f/k/a ST. JOE PAPERMAKERS FED-.
ERAL,CREDIT UNION
Plaintiff,
vs.
ESTATE OF LUTHER DAVID DEAN,
through its Personal Representative(s),
Crystal Williams, Kellianne Byrd and,
Megan Watson and/or MARGARET
CONNN DEAN and CRYSTAL WILLIAMS,
KELLIANNE BYRD, MEGAN WATSON
and MARGARET CONN DEAN, individ-
ually,
Defendant.
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NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby give that pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
February 3, 2004 and entered In Civil
Case No. 02-416-CA of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Judicial
Circuit of the State of Florida, in and
for Gulf County, wherein EMERALD
COAST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION,
f/k/a ST. JOE PAPERMAKERS FED-
ERAL CREDIT UNION is Plaintiff and
ESTATE OF LUTHER DAVID DEAN.
through its Personal Representative(s)
Crystal Williams, Kellianne Byrd and
Megan Watson and/or MARGARET.
CONN DEAN and CRYSTAL WILLIAMS,
KELLIANNE BYRD, MEGAN WATSON
and MARGARET CONN DEAN, are
Defendants, I will sell to the highest
bidder for cash at the front door of the
Gulf County Courthouse in Port St.
Joe, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., ET on the
26th day of February, 2004, the follow-
ing described property as set forth in
said Final Judgment:
Lots 2 and 3, Block 10, less the South
25 feet of Lot 3, Block 10, according to
the official map thereof on file in the
Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court
of Gulf County, Florida. being the
Corrective replat of Twin Lakes
Subdivision Unit One.
DATED this 6th day of February, 2004.
DOUGLAS C. BIRMINGHAM
CIRCUIT COURT CLERK
BY /s/ Barbara Baxter
DEPUTY CLERK
Publish: Feb. 12 & 19, 2004
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Cecil Costin Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida
or by mail at P.O. Box 278. Port St. Joe,
Florida, 32457. until 2:00 pm eastern
standard time, February 27, 2004. for
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Costin Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida. (850)
229-8261, Monday through Friday,
between 8:q0 am and 5:00 pm eastern
standard time. Bids will be opened and
read February 27, 2004, at 3:00 pm
eastern standard Utime in the Office of
the City Clerk, City Hall, 305 Cecil
Costin Blvd. Port St. Joe, Florida.
/s/ Pauline Pendarvis, City Clerk
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PAGE 14B THE STAR. PORT ST. JOE. FL THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12. 2004


PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA
DECEMBER 22, 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
Jeny W. Barnes.
Others present were: County,
Attorney Timothy McFarland,
Clerk Douglas C. Birmingham,
Deputy Clerk Towan Kopinsky,
Deputy Clerk/Budget & Finance
Director Becky Norris, Chief
Administrator Don Butler,
Administrator Staff Assistants
Lynn Stephens and Denise
Manuel, Building Official Brad
Bailey. Building Inspectors Lee
Collinsworth and Andrew Rowell,
Emergency Management
Secretary Stephanie Richardson,
Planner David Richardson, Road
Department Employee James
Hysmlth, Solid Waste Director
Joe Danford, Veterans' Service
Officer Bo Williams, Work Crew
Superintendent Luthus Hand,
Sheriffs Office Major Joe Nugent,
and Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff
James Conway.
Major Nugent called the meeting
to.order at 6:00 p.m., E.S.T.
Veterans' Service Officer Williams
opened the meeting with prayer,
and Major Nugent led the Pledge
of Allegiance to the Flag.
CONSENT AGENDA
Upon motion by Commissioner
Fox, second by Commissioner
McLemore, and unanimous vote,
the Board approved the Consent
Agenda, as follows:
1. Minutes December 4, 2003 -
Special Meeting
December 9, 2003 Special
Meeting
December 9, 2003 Regular
Meeting
2. Bid Advertisement Financing
White City Fire Department
Miscellaneous Equipment
($18,507.00 5 Years)
3. Court Order Payment to
Accurate Stenotype Reporters,
Inc. (#02-198-CF $228.45
to be paid from Account
#61015-33023)
Payment to Attorney Susan V.
Carroll (#01-020-CJ $708.31 *
to be paid from Account 67070-
31000 /
Payment to LaVelle. Pitts
Investigations (#02-198-CF *
$334.44 to be paid from
Account #61021-34000)
Payment to Attorney Timothy J.
McFarland (#03-164-CF *
$315.00 to be paid from
Account #61021-31000)
Payment to Middlebrooks,
Richter, Davis & Associates (#02-
198-CF $500.00 to be paid
from Account #61021-34000)
Payment to Attorney S. Russell
Scholz (#03-001-CJ $753.75 *
to be paid from Account #67070-
31000)
Payment to Waterford
Productions (#02-198-CF *
$295.00 to' be paid from
Account #61021-34000)
4. Inventory, Emergency
Management (Remove #90-180 &
#90-186 returned to the
Division of Forestry)
5. Invoice Bay Medical Center -
H.C.R.A. (#03205-00233 *
$4,627.86 to be paid from


Account #51462-31500)
- G.A.C. Contractors/Integras
Rehabilitation, Phase II (Bid
#0203-12 #5a $34.274.57 to
be paid from Account #27550-
63000 /contingent upon
approval by D.C.A.)
Panama Court Reporting
(#1162 12-04-03 $490.00 /
#1163 12-02-03 $155.72 /
#1175 12-04-03 $284.56 /
#1176 12-08-03 *$159.56 to
be paid from various Court
Reporter line items)
Preble-Rish, Inc. Gaskin Park
(#62974 $605.00 to be paid
from Account #26472-31000)
Preble-Rish, Inc. Lake Grove
Road Bridge Repair (Bid #0102-
38 #62990 $400.00 to be
-paid from Account #40741-
31000)
Preble-Rish, Inc. Cape San
Blas Shared-Use/Bike Path
(#63006 *$16,250.00 to be paid
from Account #40341-31000)
6. Job Union Career-Ladder -
Landfill Operators and Mosquito
Sprayers
Disability Retirement /
December 19, 2003 Termination
Date / Road Department
Employee Mike Ludlam
Set Edward Jones up to the
Road Department Equipment
Operator II position, effective
immediately
Set Patrick Carpenter up to the
Maintenance Department'
Maintenance I position, and set
Aaron Money and Stacy Hanlon
up to the Maintenance
Department Maintenance II posi-
tions, effectively immediately
Hire June Whitfield as the Solid
Waste Landfill Spotter for
Wetappo Landfill, at a rate of
$9.42 per hour, effective January
5,2004
7. Payment Request Requesting
Board payment of crew-cab truck
for Highland View Fire
Department, to be reimbursed
with loan proceeds
8. Purchase Request Gulf
County E.M.S. (Monitor
Defibrillator Welch Allyn, Inc.
Sole-Source Provider *
$15,491.00)
District 4 Work Crew Van
(Piggy-Back Bid #0203-28 *
$20,919.00 Champion
Chevrolet).
9. Resolution Adopting a new
Travel and Per Diem Policy for
Oulf County, as follows:
RESOLUTION NO. 2003-42 .
WHEREAS, the Gulf County
Board of County Commissioners,
in accordance with
166.021(10)(a) and (b), Florida
Statutes (S.B. 1426) Chapter
2003-125 adopts this resolution
establishing a travel and per
diem policy; and
WHEREAS, effective January 1,
2004, Gulf County will pay the
following per diem, food and
mileage allowances for authorized
travelers on behalf of Gulf
County. Travel claims containing
a statement that the expenses
were incurred as necessary travel
expenses in the performance of
official duties must be submitted
and must be verified by written
declaration that the statement is
true and correct as to every mate-
rial matter. Any person who sub-
mits a fraudulent claim commits
a misdemeanor of the second
degree. Additionally, any person.
who receives a reimbursement
based upon a false claim is civilly


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MINUTES.. .GULF COUNTY COMMISSION


liable in the amount of the over-
payment.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED that the Gulf County
Board of County Commissioners
has determined that Gulf County
will pay the following per diem:
Lodging: Actual Cost
Mileage: $.36 per mile in private
vehicle
Meals: Breakfast: When travel
begins before 7:00 a.m. and
extends beyond 8:00 a.m. -
$10.00
Lunch: When travel begins before
12:00 noon and extends beyond
2:00 p.m. $15.00
Dinner: When travel begins
before 5:00 p.m. and 'extends
beyond 7:00 p.m. or when travel
occurs during nighttime hours
due to special assignment -
$25.00
All travel must be approved by
the Gulf County Board of County
Commissioners prior to traveling
in order to receive the pay-
ment/reimbursement.
,THIS RESOLUTION ADOPTED by.
the Gulf County Board of County
commissioners this 22nd day of
Ucember, 2003.
10. Road Acceptance 100-foot
section of Squirrel Avenue that
joins Max Fleming Road in
Howard Creek
11. S.H.I.P. Purchase
Assistance -, Charles Toney
($11,615.00)
-' Purchase Assistance Sharon
:Watson ($11,615.00)
- Purchase Assistance Linda
Hensley ($11,615.00)
- Subordination Agreement -
David F. Sasser (Emerald Coast
F.C.U.)
12. Special Projects Payments, as
follows:
Dist. I Dalkeith Fire Department
- Microwave Oven $129.88
Rich's I.G.A. Bags for Farm
Share Program $20.00
Rich's I.G.A. Turkeys for Road
Department Employees $191.04
Walmart Candy for Santa to dis-
tribute at W.E.S.$131.61
Dist. 2 Cemex Sand for W.H.S.
Baseball Field $412.50
Peavy & Son Constr. Co. Clay
for W.H.S. Baseball Field $848.00
Rich's I.G.A. Turkeys for Road
Department Employees $191.03
Walmart Candy for Santa to dis-
tribute at W.E.S.$131.61
Dist. 3 Piggly Wiggly -
Maintenance Dept./Work Crew
Cookout $89.60
Piggly Wiggly Public Works
Dept. Cookout $134.22
Dist. 4 Piggly Wiggly Public
Works Dept. Cookout $134.22
Dist. 5 Piggly Wiggly-' Public
Works Dept. Cookout $134.22
1 -. Travel Commissioner Fox -
S.i.ux Falls, South Dakota
(Inspection of New Fire Truck)
14. Vehicle-Usage Recognize
non-personal use of County
Probation Officer Vehicle and
Maintenance Department trucks
(letter attached)
PUBLIC HEARING P.D.R.B.
RECOMMENDATIONS
12/5/03
There being no public comment,
and upon motion by
Commissioner McLemore, second
by Commissioner Barnes, and
unanimous vote, the Board
approved a variance for Jimmy
Hambrick to allow use of rock
and concrete curbing instead of


asphalt for paving of the road
through Hammock By The Bay
subdivision (Parcel I.D. #0626.1-
OOOR).
There being no public comment,
and upon motion by
Commissioner McLemore, second
by Commissioner Fox, and unan-.
imous vote, the Board approved
the final plat of Hammock By The
Bay subdivision for Jimmy
Hambrick (Parcel I.D. #06261-
OOOR / S36, T8S, RllW / 3.75
Acres / 5 Units).
PUBLIC HEARING LAND USE
CHANGE ORDINANCE
Pursuant to advertisement to
hold a public hearing to consider
adoption of a proposed small-
scale map amendment ordinance
for William & Linda Daniels (.918
acre / S36 T4S R10W), County
Attorney McFarland read the pro-
posed ordinance by title and
called for public comment. There
being. no public comment,
Commissioner Barnes motioned
to adopt the following titled ordi-
nance. Commissioner Fox sec-
onded the motion, and it passed
unanimously.
ORDINANCE NO. 2003-15
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING
THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY
AND THROUGH PROCEDURES
REQUIRED FOR SMALL-SCALE
MAP AMENDMENTS PURSUANT
TO AUTHORITY UNDER STATE
STATUTES SECTION 163.3187,
SPECIFICALLY CHANGING .918
ACRE OF A TRACT OR PARCEL
OF LAND LYING AND BEING
PART OF SECTION 36, TOWN-
SHIP 4 SOUTH, RANGE 10
WEST, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
FROM RESIDENTIAL TO MIXED
COMMERCIAL/ RESIDENTIAL
LOW, DENSITY; AND PROVIDING
AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
(Complete Ordinance of file with
the Clerk)
INVOICE LAKE GROVE ROAD
BRIDGE REPAIR (BID #0102-
38)
Upon recommendation by Chief
Administrator Butler,
Commissioner McLemore
motioned to pay invoice #31 from
McCormick Contracting (in the
amount of $39,754.80) for work
done on the Lake Grove Road
Bridge Repair project.
Commissioner Peters seconded,
the motion, and it passed unani-
mously.
INVOICES INTEGRAS REHA-
BILITATION, PHASE II PRO-
JECT (BID#0203-12)
Upon recommendation by, Chief
Administrator Butler,
Commissioner McLemore
motioned to pay invoice #4A from
G.A.C. (in the amount of
$11,482.41) for work done on the
Integras Rehabilitation, Phase II
project, contingent upon
approval by D.C.A.
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion, and it passed unani-
mously.
Upon recommendation by Chief
Administrator Butler,
Commissioner Peters motioned to
ay invoice #5A from G.A.C. (in
e amount of $34,274.57) for
work done on the Integras
Rehabilitation, Phase II project,
contingent upon approval by,
D.C.A. Commissioner McLemore
seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.
INVOICE EMERGENCY OPER-
ATION COMPLEX (BID #0102-


39)
Upon recommendation by Chief
Administrator Butler,
Commissioner McLemore
motioned to pay invoice #13 from
Fisher Construction (in the
amount of $23,290.10) for work
done on the new E.O.C.
Commissioner Fox seconded the
motion, and it passed unani-
mously.
ENTERPRISE ZONE
Upon recommendation by Chief
Administrator Butler,
Commissioner McLemore
motioned to approve the new'
boundary lines as developed by
the E.Z.D.A. & E.D.C., to be sub-
mitted by December 30th.
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion, and it passed unani-
mously.
ROBERTSON'S CEMETERY
ROAD/DALKEITH
Upon inquiry by Commissioner
McLemore, Chief Administrator
Butler reported that the County
has to either obtain a permit or
an exemption to construct a road
across the swampy area to
Robertson's Cemetery. He stated
that a letter has been received
from the 2 adjacent property
owners giving the County permis-
sion to cross their property, but
the Coufty does not have a defi-
nite legal description of the right-
of-way. Upon discussion that.
there are fuilds budgeted, in
Professional Services .Engineering
to cover, this 'type of work,
Commissioner McLemore
motioned to obtain a survey and
apply for a permit to proceed with
this project. Commissioner
Barnes seconded the motion, and
it passed unanimously.
ROAD STRIPING COUNTY
ROAD DEPARTMENT
Commissioner McLemore dis-
cussed that the Road Department.
is re-striping the Dalkeith Road
(C.R. 382) using inmate labor
(will cost approximately $780.00),
and they could have re-striped
Garrison Avenue at an approxi-
mate cost of $416.00.
ARMED FORCES
Chairman Traylor introduced U.
S. Navy Petty Officer Thad Morris,
a young man from Wewahitchka
who has been stationed in Iraq
and Kuwait for the last several
months, and will go back In
March, 2004. Chairman Traylor
read an award (accompanied by a
Joint-Service Achievement
medal) which was. presented to
Mr. Morris by the U.. S.
Department of Defense, and
thanked him for his dedication in
serving the people of our
Country. Ernest Morris, father of
Petty Officer Morris, stated that
he is very proud of his son and he
thanked the Board .for recogniz-
ing him.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Commissioner Barnes presented
an "Employee of the Year" plaque
to Chief Administrator Don
Butler for his extraordinary ser-
vices to Gulf County during
Commissioner Barnes' tenure as
Chairman.
SPECIAL PROJECTS PAY-
MENTS
Upon motion by Commissioner
Fox, second by Commissioner.
Peters, and unanimous vote, the
Board approved the following
Special Projects Payment:
Dist. 2 Gulf County Senior
Citizens Association Donation
$250.00
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and have to take a cut in pay.
Commissioner Peters stated that
Mr. Hand would not have to start
back over .at Step 1 (would not
lose his seniority). Commissioner
Peters also stated that the Work
Crew Superintendent position did
not work out, and he presented
his recommendation for a job
description for Mr. Hand, as fol-
lows:
1) Request that Mr. Hand be
allowed to return to the bargain-
ing unit,
2) Mr. Hand would return to the
inmate, work crew supervisor
position,
3) Mr. Hand would be assigned to
maintain the Old Gulf County
Courthouse (interior and exteri-
or),
4) Mr. Hand would be assigned to
maintain the new Wewahitchka
Library (interior and exterior), ,
5) Mr. Hand would be assigned to
work with the County Extension
Agent on special projects,
6) Mr. Hand would be assigned to
work with Individual County
Commissioners on special pro-
jects,
7) Mr. Hand would work directly
under the Chief Administrator,
and all requests for special pro-
jects would be made through his
office, .
8) Mr. Hand's work schedule
would be Monday through Friday
(inmates must be picked up at
the proper time), and he would
work 8 hours per day, and
9) Mr. Hand's rate of pay would
be as dictated by the Union con-
tract, and he would be eligible for :
his longevity pay (the same as all
inmate work crew supervisors,
plus $1.00 per hour longevity).,
After discussion that this' would
be a significant cut in pay,
Commissioner Peters motioned to
adopt this recommendation, and
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion. After further discus-
sion, the motion failed 3 to 2,
with Chairman Traylor and
Commissioners McLemore and
Fox voting no. Commissioner Fox
then motioned to table this mat-
ter,.:and Commissioner McLemore
seconded the motion. It passed 4
to 1, with Commissioner Peters
voting no.
BAY COUNTY INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT
Mike Grabarek appeared before
the Board to discuss a proposed
resolution in support of-a new
airport in Bay County, and stated
that he would like for the Board
to reject the resolution for the fol-
lowing reasons:
1) A larger airport north of"
Panama City does not make


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sense because more people are
currently utilizing the smaller air-
port in Destin than the airports
in Pensacola and Panama CJty
combined,
2) The airport would be further
away from the residents of Gulf
County, and
3) Gulf County should look into
the possibility of supporting
expansion of the airport' in
Franklin County (invite
Apalachicola Airport Advisory
Council Chairman Ted Mosteller
to attend a Board meeting to dis-
cuss this matter).
Chairman Traylor and
Commissioner Barnes discussed
that the Board took no action on
the resolution of support, as they
feel that this is a Bay County
issue. They also stated that they
are agreeable to discussing the
Franklin County airport issue:
COUNTY COMMISSION MEET-
ING / SUNSHINE LAW
Donna Grabarek, of Indian Pass,
appeared before the Board to
read a statement regarding being
unable to discuss issues at the
December 9th County
Commission meeting because she
was not on the agenda. She stat-
ed that she was not on the agen-
da because she was not aware
that the topics (road
paving/striping) were going to be
addressed. She also read a? por-
tion of the 2000 Florida Sunshine
Law Manual, stating that she was
denied her right to express her
opinion 'at the December- 9th
meeting. Upon discussion by
Chairman Traylor regarding the
Board's policy for public discus-
sion at the meetings, Mrs.
Grabarek stated that she will
make sure that she is placed on
each agenda.
GULF PINES HOSPITAL
Upon inquiry by Commissioner
Peters, E.D.C. Director Alan
McNair reported that he met with
the doctor who is proposing to
purchase Gulf Pines Hospital
and, if all goes as planned, It will
be a "new" hospital which will
provide many medical phases.
Upon discussion about medical
training programs, Commissioner
Peters requested that the Board
contact ,the Gulf/Franklin Center
regarding the possibility of hold-
ing nursing programs in Gulf
County. Commissioner Peters
then motioned to submit a letter
of request to Gulf Coast
rCo1 mmj unir Coll_-e
Commissioner Barnes feco-lred
tiLh: moLti.n and It passed unani-
mously...
There being no further business
and upon motion by
Commissioner Peters, the meet-
ing did then adjourn at 6:49
p.m., E.S.T.
BILLY E. TRAYLOR
CHAIRMAN
ATTEST:
DOUGLAS C. BIRMINGHAM
CLERK

PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA
DECEMBER 29, 2003
SPECIAL MEETING
The Gulf County Board of County
Commissioners met this date in
special 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,
Chief Administrator Don Butler,


Administrator Staff Assistants
Lynn Stephens and Denise
Manuel, Emergency Management
Director Larry Wells,
Maintenance Superintendent
Steve Mork, Planner David
Richardson, Public Works
Director Gerald Shearer, Work
Crew Superintendent Luthus
Hand, and Sheriffs. Office
Lieutenant James Jensen.
Chairman Traylor called the
meeting to order at 12:00 p.m.,
E.S.T.
SPECIAL PROJECTS PAY-
MENTS
Upon motion by Commissioner
Peters, second by Commissioner
Barnes, and unanimous vote, the
Board approved the following
Special Projects Payments:
Dist. 4 P.S.J.H.S. Varsity Girls'
Basketball Team .- Donation
$300.00
Dist. 5 P.S.J.H.S. Varsity Girls'
Basketball Team Donation
$300.00
LUTHUS HAND
Commissioner Peters discussed
the job description recommenda-
tion which he presented for Mr.
Hand at the December 22nd
meeting, and he motioned to
adopt the recommendation as
presented. Commissioner Barnes
seconided the motion.
Commissioner McLemore then
presented information regarding
an employee who has received
many infractions during a 3-
month period, and stated that
nothing has been. done to that
employee. He stated that this sit-
uation Mr. Hand is in was creat-
ed by the Board, and he does not
feel that Mr. Hand should have
this major cut in pay. Upon dis-
cussion that the Board is not
even sure that Mr. Hand will be
allowed back into the Union or if
an inmate work crew would be
available for him to supervise,
Chairman Traylor stated that he
does not agree with reducing Mr.
Hand's pay. After further discus-
sion, the motion passed 3 to 2,
with Chairman Traylor and
Commissioner McLemore voting
no. Upon further discussion and
Inquiry, Emergency Management
Director Wells reported that he
will meet with the Union repre-
sentatives to see if a
Memorandum of Understanding
can be obtained by the next
Board meeting. Commissioner
McLemore stated that someone
should also check to see If he will,
be able to get an inmate work
crew.
Mr. Hand then appeared before
the Board and discussed that he
feels he has been caught in the
middle of a political situation. He,
stated that he does not feel that'
he has done anything wrong and
if he has done anything against
any Commissioner, he requests;
their forgiveness. After further
discussion by members of the
Board and Mr. Hand, Chairman
Traylor stated: that the Board
does not have anything orfic.all,
stating that he will be accepted
back into the Union at this time,
but should have a reply by the
next meeting.
There being no further business,
and upon motion by
Commj sonr,er Peters, second by
Commissioner McLemore, and
unanimous vote, the meeting did
'then adjourn at 12:21 p.m.,
E.S.T.
BILLY E. TRAYLOR
CHAIRMAN-
ATTEST:
DOUGLAS C. BIRMINGHAM
CLERK


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