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Obituaries 4B

70th Year, Number 1 Port St. Joe, FL 2 Sections 26 Pages

October 25, 2007

Budgets Impacted by Value Drop Watch Out

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

Gulf County tax rolls were devalued by
more than $41 million last week, taking
county and city commissioners by surprise.
In response, both the Gulf County Board
of County Commissioners and the Port St.
Joe city commission raised their respective
village rates slightly to compensate for the
loss of revenue from the lower property tax
The notice of the valuation reduction
was delivered to the city late Wednesday
afternoon, according to Port St. Joe Clerk of
Court Pauline Pendarvis.
It was hand-delivered by a staff member
of the Gulf' County Property Appraiser's
Kesley Colbert, the county Property
Appraiser, responsible for certifying the
county tax rolls, was not at either of the
special meetings because he was called out
of town on a family emergency, Pendarvis
According to county manager Don
Butler, the county did not receive its adjusted
certificates until mid-morning Thursday.
Both commissions held emergency
special meetings Oct. 18 to deal with the
drop in anticipated budget revenues for the
2007-08 fiscal year, which began Oct. 1.
The city of Port St. Joe held its special
meeting at noon on Thursday, with four of the
five commissioners present. Commissioner
Charles Stephens was absent.
According to Mayor Mel Magidson,
the emergency meeting was called because
the city had to meet the state deadline for
submission of final paperwork on the millage
rate that day.
The city had to have its officially
adopted millage rate submission to the state
postmarked on Oct. 18, so a decision on
how to handle the revenue shortfall had to
be made at the noon meeting.
After 45 minutes of questions,
explanations, discussion, and debate,
commissioners decided to raise the city's
2007-08 millage rate from the adopted
3.6524 to 3.8829.
The motion passed 3-1, Commissioner
Benny Roberts dissenting.
By Florida statute, a city or county can
administratively adjust the adopted millage
rate after a reduction in the assessment roll
based on the actions of the Value Adjustment
Board (VAB), or from the correction of errors
in the assessment rolls.,
"Let's be clear here," Magidson told the
board. "Even if we raise the millage rate, we
are still reducing it from last year and we are
still under the required roll back."
According to figures from the city,
the July 1 valuation for Port St. Joe was

At the 3,6524 millage rate set at the
final September budget hearing, that yielded
$1,552,550 in ad valorem taxes for the city.
However, the Oct. 19 valuation, which
caused the emergency special meeting,
produced a value of $406,122,906 for
the city. At 3.6524 mills, that gave the city
$1,483,323, a loss of $69,226.70, or a 4.46
percent change in taxable value.
To keep the same $1,552,550 in ad
valorem taxes using the adjusted valuations,
the city needed to raise the millage rate to
3.8229, which would yield $1,552,567.26.
The board considered keeping the millage

rate at 3.6524, and finding somewhere to cut
the $69,226.70 during the year.
But city attorney Russell Scholz
reminded them that if they cut something
from the budget this year, they would have to
cut something else from next year's budget
and the impact would be greater next year,
due to Governor Charlie Crist's mandatory
three-year budget plan that went into effect
Oct. 1.
The majority of commissioners decided
that it would be better for the city and tax

(See BUDGETS on Page 6A)

for MRSA
By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

One year ago this month MRSA -
methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus arueus
- was rampant in Gulf County.
This year "it is [still] very active in our
community," said Douglas Kent, Supervisor
of the Gulf County Health Department.
"'Tihr is nc ,, knithr+ohr1, e in fterm, f

S .death, like we are hearing about from other
s," Kent said. "But in checking with
dio,1ors in the county, we do have MRSA and
Don't End Up L ke Thple are having problems [with it] in Gulf
Kent added that pediatricians particularly
--,; Ii the area are working closely with parents
ito r ducate them about MRSA, as are the
.. L unty Health Department staff and school
: health officials.
'Since this time last year, we've taken
a more active role in educating the public,"
l Kent said, "because MRSA is present on
:ve \rything. People just don't realize."
i. Kent said the county's Health Department
S\as aggressively pushing to educate all
.i'-. re-;idents in the county on prevention and
i control of MRSA, which occurs primarily
.'e. through hand washing and good hygiene, he
S.-. .-cplIined.
r.. Hand wash, hand wash, hand wash,"
"*- ~K, nt recited. "People need to pay attention to
t ii tir hygiene."
MRSA has been prominently in the
national news again this month, with school
. .......... ris'tricts in at least six states reporting on
Oc t. 18 that they had students infected with
At least three children, ages pre-school
to 17, in Virginia, New Hampshire and
S.~- Nlhssissippi, have died as a result of MRSA
ii factions since the beginning of the month,
ar : o riding to- officials.
Additionally, six football players at a
Nror th Carolina high school, seven students at
.thre-c different West Virginia schools, and at
-I least two teens in Connecticut were diagnosed
M with the potentially deadly infection.
Last year at this time Kent said the
tl county health department was diagnosing
'" ar ;,d Ireating 30-40 cases of MRSA per month,
SMarie Logan Th. Stair Ifecting people of all ages.
Sheriff Joe Nugent shows County Commission chairman Bill Williams what Also at that time, Kent told the county
, happens when those suspects known to support youth in Port St. Joe don't pony Sc hool Board that "an aggressive policy on
Sup 5100 by Oct. 31 for Project Graduation at Port St. Joe High School. Beginning 1 hand washing and personal hygiene was
'- at 3 p.m. next Wednesday the round up of the usual suspects will begin. The "jail", mandatory" for Gulf County schools.
-will be erected at the corner of Reid Avenue and Hwy. 71 between 3-6:30 p.m. 1- He also emphasized that a major area
. Bread and water will be served for the prisoners' enjoyment. Mail contributions to fo Ir this initiative should be education for the
iI. Project Graduation 2008, P.O. Box 485, Port St. Joe 32457. Or call 596-3653 for more Qc coaching staff and school athletes.
information. -This year Kent was still pushing for more
-.. ) "' .'.:'-i'."5;'- (See MRSA on Pagel2A)

St. Joe Foundation Boosts College Opportunities

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

College just got closer for a growing
number of Gulf and Franklin County
Thanks to the generosity of the St. Joe
Community Foundation (STJCF), $60,000
has been added to the College For Every
Student (CFES) campaign, a national
initiative, and that means more postsecondary
opportunities for local students.
During a luncheon and presentation
recently at Sunset Coastal Grill in Port St
Joe, Clay Smallwood, vie president of the
STJCF, presented the check to Rick Dalton,
president of CFES.
Assisting at the presentation were Carol
Cathey, CFES Coordinator in Gulf and
Franklin counties, Jo Ann Gander, Franklin
County School Superintendent, Tim Wilder,
Gulf County School Superintendent, and Dr.
Isaac Neal, the newly-appointed principal
of the consolidated Franklin County High
CFES, formerly the Foundation for
Excellent Schools (FES), is a national
organization that has worked with more than

100,000 underprivileged students nationwide
to help them prepare for, gain access to, and
succeed on a collegiate level.
CFES has been working in Gulf and
Franklin Counties for the past five years
to help increase the number of students
attending postsecondary schools after high
school graduation.
STJCF has supported the program
over the five years, with the recent donation
bringing the foundation's contributions to
$210,000.for the program.
CFES will use the funds to continue The
Century Program (TCP) in all six Gulf County
schools, as well as to assist in the creation
of a mentoring program for Franklin County
educators, with the goal of expanding TCP in
the future.
A nationwide program, TCP pairs
schools in low-income counties with nearby
colleges to encourage educational aspirations
and increase student performance
through methods such as instructor and
peer mentoring and student leadership
According to Dalton, who founded FES in
1991, the Gulf County schools have become
(See CFES on Page 2A)

Four Gulf County students involved with the CFES program surround Rick Dalton, founder
and president of CFES. Pictured, (L-R): Wewahitchka High School student Ryan Myers, Port St.
Joe Middle School student Heather King, Rick Dalton, Wewahitchka Middle School student Katie
Parker and Port St. Joe High School student Samone Smiley.

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Florida Students Advance on Learning Curve

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Florida students proved
an exception in educational
achievement last year when
compared to the other 49
states in the country.
Dr. David Langston
believes he knows why.
Florida was one of just
a handful of states in which
fourth- and eighth-grade
students improved in reading
and math on standardized
test scores, according to
the National Assessment of
Educational Progress.
According to results
posted, called the Nation's
Report Card under the
federal No Child Left Behind
Act, 70 percent of Florida
fourth-graders and 71
percent of eighth-graders
have basic or better reading
That was up from 65
percent and 66 percent,
respectively, in 2005.
Only Florida, Hawaii
and Maryland, joined by
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improved in reading at both
grade levels.
In math, 86 percent
of fourth-graders and 68
percent of eighth-graders can
calculate on at least a basic
level, both numbers also up
from 2005.
Florida has gone from
ranking 281h among states to

18'" in fourth-grade reading.
More impressively, while
nationally achievement gaps
betweenwhites and minorities
remain stark, Florida, since
the implementation of the
Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test nearly a
decade ago, has become an
Florida has seen
gaps between white and
black students in reading
assessment shaved by 24
points compared to 1992
and the gap in reading
achievement between low-
income students and more
affluent students has also
been narrowed, by eight
Only two other states
showed improved reading
scores in eighth grade as well
as fourth grade. More black
students are being directed
into advanced classes in
Florida and more black
students are taking the SAT.
The scores for high
school seniors will be
released soon.
What all the data points
to, Langston said during a
recent interview, is that those
who opposed former Gov.
Jeb Bush's A+ Education
plan and the implementation
of the FCAT were wrong in
their assumptions.
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Students at Port St. Joe Elementary School have benefited from after-school programs offered through the Norris D. Langston
Youth Scholarship Foundation.

said Langston, a long-time
supporter of Bush and his
education initiatives. "The
major reason was they never
read the plan. Most of the
people didn't even know
what was in the plan.
"I think it was something
similar to the civil rights bill.
All (Bush) was doing was
leveling the playing field. I
am excited to finally show we

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are getting results."
A key also highlighted in
the report from the National
Assessment of Educational
Progress was the ancillary
programs that can be used to
complement and supplement
standardized testing.
Locally, the Norris D.
Langston Youth Scholarship
Foundation, Inc., a non-
profit that is preparing to

construct a learning center
on Avenue A in Port St. Joe
and which serves students
in six counties, provides just
those kind of programs.
After-school tutoring,
mentoring opportunities,
motivational speakers,
exposure to college and
post-secondary education
opportunities have become
the focus of the Langston
Youth Scholarship
Foundation the past few
years after receiving a federal
educational grant that
passed through the Florida
Department of Education to
the foundation.
"This is a pivotal point
in our program," Langston
said. "After school programs
can be as valuable or more
valuable as regular school.
Kids don't want to go to
school. If they do they use
it as an opportunity to show
"All children can learn.
We don't all learn at the
same time, but at some point
the light bulb goes off. In
Florida, we have narrowed
the gap between white and
black students. This is what
our program is all about."


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successful implementation
of the CFES program.
And as both Dalton and
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And, Langston noted, the
foundation's offerings feed
into addressing the larger
picture of how education is
the cure for many of the ills
in minority or low-income
"Education eliminates
violent crime," Langston
said. "We are building all
these prisons, but the most
cost-effective way to address
violent crime is education. If
we don't educate kids, they
aren't going to get jobs and
they are going to go out and
rob and steal."
Langston further noted
that while the A+ Plan
and FCAT have brought
accountability to schools
and teachers, those are
only two legs of the stool in
"We can't just pinpoint
teachers, your child has to be
prepared at home to learn,"
Langston said. "Parents and
families need to get involved
as much as they can. You
take- a step in this world, it
can be like a bear trap.
"I think what Jeb did was
the right thing for education.
The vision he had put us on
the right path."

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the luncheon, the success of
the program was sitting in
the room.
They were referring to
several students participating
in the CFES program who
were being honored at the
Katie Parker, from
Wewahitchka Middle School,
said the mentors "become
your friends, and they learn
from us as we do from
Ryan Myers, of
Wewahitchka High School,
told the group that he
particularly enjoyed
"mentoring the smaller
Heather King, s seventh-
grader at Port St .Joe Middle
School, said she really
enjoyed having a mentor and
the chance to find out about
"The only time I had the
opportunity to visit college
was with the TCP group. It
was the highlight of my TCP
experience," she said.
Alesha Smiley a senior
at Port St. Joe High School,
told the gathering that CFES
had helped her "set goals in
and after school, be a leader
and visit colleges."
Dalton also recognized
and its representatives,
recruiter J. Robinette and
Karen Parham, of the College
Reach-Out Program, for
their participation in the
As part of TCP GCCC
was greatly instrumental in
helping the majority of the
400 Gulf County students
who have already participated
in the program to make
significant gains in grades,
attendance and goals, said

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County Drops Lawsuit against City

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

Gulf County and the
City of Port St. Joe have
declared a truce, at least
over their water and sewer
County Commission
chair Bill Williams began
Tuesday night's regu-
lar commission meeting
with the announcement
that the county Board
of Commissioners had
decided to drop its lawsuit
against the city over certain
water and sewer projects.
At issue was the agree-
ment in 2005 that Port
St. Joe would run water
and sewer lines to White
City, Highland View, St. Joe
Beach and Overstreet at no
cost to the county.
In exchange, Gulf
County commissioners
approved the annexation of
the St. Joe Company's new
subdivision, WindMark
Beach II, into the Port St.
Joe city limits.
But according to the
county, the city had been
dragging its feet about
installing the lines, and
had not held up its end of
the bargain.
So several months ago,
the county filed a lawsuit
against the city in an effort
to force the city to com-
plete the project.
The county had also
held up any payments, in
grants, etc., that it had
promised to the city.
Currently, the water
and sewer lines have
been partially installed in
Highland View and not at
all in White City.
Lines have been laid

a portion of the way along
C.R. 386 at the Bay-Gulf
County line, from U.S. 98
north toward .Overstreet,
but have not yet been start-
ed from Highland View
through St. Joe Beach.
The original agreement
was struck with the county
board and City Commission
under the tenure of former
Mayor Frank Pate.
But with Williams
working closely with Mel
Magidson, Port St. Joe's
new mayor, Williams said
Magidson was the first
mayor to "come in and
work with me and the first
mayor to talk to the resi-
dents and listen to their
He told the audience
that "there were lots of
issues the city ran into in
Highland View [with the
sewer project] that will not
happen in White City and
The Beaches."
Magidson responded
by saying he and Williams
had met and "tried to work
out the problems with
Highland View, and I think
we have."
He said he hoped the
project would be finished
by December or January,
and had already approved
the city to go forward with
the sewer project to White
City, "then The Beach, then
Overstreet," telling the
board that the city had
funded a bond project to
do so.
Then Magidson told
Williams "the wheels are
turning and we appreciate
the county's forbearance
with the lawsuit.
"I also came tonight
begging for our $450,000,"

County Commissioner chair Bill Williams and Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson bury the hatchet over a lawsuit the county
had filed against the city concerning water and sewer projects unincorporated communities, as Williams presents Magidson with
a $450,000 check toward the project.

he said to laughter from
the audience, referring to a
grant the county had obli-
gated to the projects.
Williams then handed
Magidson a check, and
both men shook hands and
posed for pictures.
In other business con-
ducted at the meeting:
Gulf county planner
David Richardson gave the
board final comments and
instructions on the coun-
ty's EAR or Evaluation and
Appraisal Report that had
to be adopted at the meet-
ing and sent immediately
to the state Department of
Community Affairs (DCA)

for approval.
The plan was unani-
mously adopted.
State statutes require
each local government to
adopt EARs once every
seven years to assess the
progress in implementing
that local government's
comprehensive plan.
The EAR evaluates how
successfully a community
has addressed major land
use planning issues by
using its comprehensive
Based on the evalua-
tion, the EAR suggests
ways to improve commu-
nity objectives, address

changing conditions and
trends affecting the com-
munity, and changes in
state requirements.
The board passed
a motion 5-0 to pay an
unexpected bill of nearly
$10,000 to have electrical
power hooked up to the
new Honeyville storm shel-
Deputy county admin-
istrator Lynn Lanier pre-
sented the invoice to the
board, to everyone's appar-
ent shock.
Commissioner Carmen
McLemore, who pushed to
have the shelter built in
his district, said he was

just as surprised as anyone
when the electric coopera-
tive charged the county for
the hook-up and installa-
tion work.
He told the board he
"thought the electric co-op
would hook up the storm
shelter for free."
When asked how the
board was planning on pay-
ing the bill, county admin-
istrator Don Butler said
the county had anticipated
the shelter's septic system
would cost "a lot more than
it did," so there was "ample
money" left over to pay for
the electric installation.



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Placing the Burden Elsewhere

When the cashier at the local pizza joint is
telling a customer that hers was the best job to
be found in town after being laid off from another
restaurant, the entire county is in trouble.
And last week local lawmakers provided another
sterling example of why.
Faced with a sudden reassessment of property
values in the county which translated into a drop in
revenue for the county and municipalities, elected
officials acted as they too often do they passed
the expense onto taxpayers.
This is why state legislators can't get this
property tax relief puzzle solved. While the system
might indeed be broken, as many said last week,
the root of the problem is local governments
unwilling to let go of their grip on the public teat.
Instead of absorbing the reduction in income
that might flow into county and city coffers
during the coming fiscal year, tightening belts that
are bulging like the before pictures in a Weight
Watchers commercial, elected officials decided to
raise millage rates and force taxpayers to pay the
This is part of an overall picture in a county
where conservatism is the default political position
except when it comes to spending the public's
The county comes in for particular blame.
Commissioners can express all the dismay they
wish about the property tax system and the late -
extremely late reassessment of property values,
but the truth is that the county only grudgingly
and tepidly dipped its toes into the concept of tax
It was only at the last minute that
commissioners reversed course how many times
has that occurred the past five or six years and
decided to go along with state mandates to cut
taxes by 9 percent this year.
Commissioners were more than willing to force
constitutional officers to do all the heavy lifting
until finally running out of the Kool-Aid they'd been
drinking that allowed them to delude themselves
into believing the county above the tax relief fray.
In reality commissioners simply eliminated a
solid waste transfer station in Wewahitchka and a
couple of positions that paid salaries that would be
the envy of many working folks in the county.
This was not exactly wielding a scythe to a
budget that has ballooned by some 150 percent
this decade and any county commissioner who
wants to continue to insist that they have really
- really cut taxes the past couple of years must
have found a secret stash of that Kool-Aid.
Because at least some commissioners have
their own take on this whole equation and it boils
down to the response of one to the inquiries from
a taxpayer wondering how their property tax bills
have grown while the values of their property has
dropped if you don't like it, get out of dodge.
Should commissioners continue on their
current course, there will be a whole lot of folks,
many born and raised here, who will be forced to

do exactly that.
Want a gated playground reserved only for
the rich just give the county the slack of rope
commissioners have enjoyed this decade and the
wish will become reality.
The evidence that exists for all to see is that
taxpayers need, and deserve, a break and local
governments seem unwilling to offer much more
than a chair to sit in to absorb the latest beating to
the public's pocketbook.
Last week, the Port St. Joe city commissioners
saddled taxpayers with a $3 million loan to help
defray the costs of the Highland View water/sewer
project, just one portion of the ransom demand
from the county for allowing the city to annex that
tax mirage called WindMark Beach.
Never mind that even mighty St. Joe is now
retrenching and shedding jobs and projects or
that water and sewer bills are rising for current
residents the city is still held hostage to meet
county demands for water and sewer to myriad
spots on the map.
And, remember, when this agreement was
being brokered, questioners about the burden the
city was taking on were quieted by the insistence
that grants an alternate form of tax gouging -
would foot most of the bill to run water and sewer
to White City, Overstreet and Highland View.
Now, the city takes out a $3 million loan for
the Highland View project, providing shivers to city
taxpayers as to what they will be forced to pay for
the Overstreet and White City projects.
The county and city should be working
collegially, rather than as protagonists, in these
tough economic times to make those projects
happen infrastructure is needed, after all, for
economic development without placing an even
more onerous burden on taxpayers.
Even something much smaller in scale, the
Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency, seems to
have lost track of how to best serve its taxpaying
Shade trees, a new parking lot with a shaded
picnic area and historic banners are all well and
good, but, as was stated in this space months
ago, those PSJRA tax dollars could be put to
good use by establishing a mini-grant program
to assist small businesses in the downtown area
dealing with bottom-line-choking property tax and
insurance bills.
Enhancing downtown as a destination spot
seems secondary to actually ensuring there are
businesses to provide that destination.
These are lean times, just ask the cashier at the
pizza parlor. Flush times figure to lurk somewhere
around the corner, but it could be years rather
than months.
And until those charged with spending the
public's dough quit placing the burden of the
transition from flush to lean on taxpayers, that
cashier, and many others, might as well listen to
that county commissioner and just get out of dodge
while they still have two nickels to rub together.



Established 1937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 70 years


Isadore and Spot-Spot Need Help

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

Beth Mortimer is caught in the
riptide of time, and trying to save
her dogs before the tide carries her
Many in town will recognize
Beth's name, for she has lived
in Port St. Joe the better part of
a decade, often a familiar figure
running and walking her dogs all
over town.
Beth, has worked for many
years as a FEMA investigator and
claims adjuster, going wherever
needed to disaster sites and helping
whomever she can.
An avid outdoors woman,
tall and athletic, Beth loves sea
kayaking and canoeing, frequently
paddling around Cape San Blas.
About two years ago she visited
Cedar Key down the coast, fell in
love with that area, and decided to
move there.
But a few months ago,
acknowledging that she really
missed the Port St. Joe area, Beth
decided to move back to town.
The first thing she did, before she
made any other arrangements, was
to fence in her new back yard so
her two beloved dogs, Isadore and
Spot-Spot, would be happy.
While in the moving- back
process, she went to her doctor
because of a virus she couldn't
seem to shake.
Surprisingly to her, the doctor
said her liver was not functioning
properly, and placed her on
As Beth proceeded with her
move back home to Port St. Joe
about three weeks ago, she suddenly
collapsed at her new house and was
rushed to the hospital.
There doctors discovered that
she was suffering from terminal
stage liver cancer, and sadly called
in hospice care and sent Beth
home. They told her she had two to
four weeks left. That was about two
weeks ago.
Beth's remaining family is
in town helping her make final
arrangements and caring for her.
She has sent word, through friends,
that the hardest part of this ordeal
has been acceptance of her reality.
But, she said, she has come to
terms with it.

However, equally hard, she
adds, has been trying to find a new,
good, loving home for her beloved
Isadore and Spot-Spot.
Both of Beth's canine
companions joined her from the St.
Joseph Bay Humane Society, one in
1999, the other in 2001.
Isadore is a Walker hound mix,
a fat and sassy girl of 10 years.
Spot-Spot is a very well-fed, mixed-
breed black and white eight-year
old fellow who loves his Isadore.
Together, they and Beth have had
many good years of fun, adventure
and love.
Now Beth has asked her friend
Carolyn Lee, Director of the St.
Joseph Bay Humane Society, to do
one last favor for her: find a good
home for Isadore and Spot-Spot
to live out their remaining years
together. And to try to do it in time
for Beth to know her babies are
So once again, Carolyn is asking
this community for its loving help.
It will take a special person
or family to care for Isadore and
Spot-Spot. They are very friendly
and gentle, but are both outside
dogs, not truly happy inside. They
will need a large, well-fenced back -
yard to play in, and someone to sit
outside often and talk to them, even
walk them from time to time.
Isadore and Spot-Spot will be
glad to bring their own doghouse
with them to their new home, as well
as their collars and leashes; bowls
and all the paraphernalia that two
happy dogs seem to collect.
Carolyn Lee will be handling
the requests and placement of
Isadore and Spot-Spot, so everyone
who is interested in adopting Beth's
babies, call Carolyn at 850-227-
1108. And please do so quickly,
before the tide is completely out,
and Beth is gone from view.

Courting for the Court

I thought it was me! Your mind
can play silly tricks on you at times. I
mean. Jane Hill hadn't spoken to me
in five years. And then, all of a sud-
den out of the clear blue she shows
up and walks to class with me.
Pam Collins sat with me at lunch.
And gave me her cornbread! Ruth
Ann Wiley said she was cold and
"wouldn't mind" borrowing my letter
jacket. LaRenda Bradfield offered to
do my math homework.
We were all sophomores at good
ole McKenzie High School. The year
was 1962. And I had sure been
thinking about girls for a while...they
just had obviously NOT been think-
ing about me. Until today! I figured
my zits had miraculously dried up
and somehow Paul Newman's face
had been superimposed over mine.
I didn't "fight" it. Or question
anything. I appreciated the extra
cornbread, didn't mind Ruth Ann
wearing my jacket and if LaRenda
wanted to do my math, more power
to her.
It was Homecoming week. Coach
Scott warned us everyday to keep
our minds focused on the game. He
didn't want us working on any floats,
getting involved with the battle of the
classes, staying out late or lollygag-
ging around with any girls. I was
trying to focus..but my new found

celebrity among the fairer
sex was quite intoxicating
for me.
Maybe I underesti-
mated my good looks and
natural charm all these
years! Finally, the girls
were coming to their sens-
es! Just maybe they real-
ized what a real "catch"
was right here in their
We voted for the
Homecoming court on Wednesday
after practice. Back in those days the
football players elected a queen and
an attendant from each grade. I stud-
ied hard on it before I marked my
ballot. It was tough choosing between
Pam, Ruth Ann, LaRenda and Jane.
They had all been so nice...
I combed my hair a little extra
the next morning. I put on a madras
shirt that had faded out just right.
And I even splashed on a dab of
Leon's Old Spice. I figured I was
going to knock'em dead in World
Jane didn't even nod as she
closed the door to her locker and
started to first period. She must be
having a bad hair day... Not only did
I not get Pam's cornbread at lunch.,
she didn't even bother to save me
seat. She must a'not had any SUl-


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per. LaRenda came to algebra class
WITHOUT my homework! You talk
about hanging me out to dry! And
when I politely commented to Ruth
Ann that she didn't have on my Jacket
she curtly informed me that she'd
left it in the back of Rollin Trull's
pickup. I was "welcome to go get it if
I wanted to."
You reckon you just get to be
Paul Newman for two days in your
I spent a full year trying to
grope my way through the menagerie
of hopes, disappointments, twisted
turns and awkward situations that
accompany you from the tenth grade
into your junior year.
Homecomingweek rolled around
in 1963. We were playing the Gleason
High Bulldogs. And, you ain't going to
believe this, even before Coach Smith
(new coach, same philosophy) could

give us the standard focus/no lol-
lygagging speech Jane Hill appeared
as if by magic, grabbed my books
out of my hand, and went to talking
up a storm as we strolled toward Mr.
Berry's science class.
Pam brought me a hamburger
and a Peach soda at lunch. Ruth Ann
was cold again and LaRenda stopped
by to tell me she knew Julius Caesar
personally if I needed any help in
I went to looking for my madras
Obviously, the girls were matur-
ing. We all had grown so much in the
passing year. On Tuesday Pam came
in with ham and biscuits and a side
order of turnip greens. I thought I
might ought to turn down the charm.
She was getting serious! LaRenda
conjugated three lessons of Latin
verbs for me. Jane walked me to
every class.
Wednesday Pam surprised me
with macaroni and cheese. And choc-
olate covered doughnuts for dessert.
And, I tell you, that letter jacket
looked much better on Ruth Ann
than it did on me. Life is good...
We voted on the Homecoming
queen and attendants that afternoon.
I had another difficult choice.
Thursday morning Jane had lock
jaw. Pam ate with Buddy Wiggleton


and LaRenda confessed it was Tony
Caesar, who lived down at Atwood,
and not Julius that she knew. When
Ruth Ann came in wearing a green
sweater instead of my coat I didn't
bother to mention it to her. I picked
it up out of Rollin's truck on my way
to football practice.
Getting older didn't necessarily
equate to understanding the com-
plexities of exactly how this thing
called "life" worked!
Most boys date girls from out of
town using the grass is greener the-
ory. Not me! I had to date girls from
Huntingdon and Gleason and Hollow
Rock because none of the girls in our
class would go out with me! I worked
for Jane Hill's father for two sum-
mers trying to "get in good" with her.
I started going to church where Ruth
Ann and LaRenda went. I asked Pam
for some advice once when I saw this
girl over at Paris that I kinda thought
was cute. She said, "Your best bet is
to date her over the phone."
But, guess what, there is a sil-
ver lining behind every cloud! The
Saturday before Homecoming week
our senior year Jane called me, "Kes,
if dad gives you a hard time, you let
me know."
Pam brought eggs and hot balo-
ney sandwiches. LaRenda made a
special point of letting me know how
she and Albert Einstein were about
on equal par in regard to physical
sciences. When I handed the well
worn coat to Ruth Ann I told her not
to bother returning it, I'd pick it up
from Rollin later.
On Wednesday, after practice, I
had a heck of a time trying to decide
which one of them to cast my ballot
for. I mean, they had all been so nice
all week...



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Established 1 937 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, October 25, 2007 5A

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Banners Not

Dear Editor:

I just read the article,
"Redevelopment Agency
Garners Award," and how
artist Chuck Creasy's
historic banners are "defining
features of each century
of Port St. Joe's history."
While these are impressive
and very well done, it's very
obvious the artist, the FRA,
and the PSJRA neglected to
do their history homework.
Let me explain each
American. If we could time
travel to St. Joe during
that era we would be hard-
pressed to meet-up with an
Indian. Archaeologically,
Indians didn't inhabit the
St. Joe area, it's too low.
They preferred high ground,
especially Richardson's


to the Editor

Hammock on the southern
peninsula. Besides,
European diseases and
violence had pretty much
already depopulated the bay
area by the 1600's.
1700's-A Privateer
(pirate). First, they aren't the
same. A privateer has the
blessings of a king or queen
to rob the enemy while a
pirate robs anyone. I have
not been able to historically
verify the existence of pirates
in this area. Most pirate tales
are myths and fabrications.
The only people to live
on the bar in the 1700's
were the Spanish, who had
a settlement and fort on the
northern end of St. Joseph
Peninsula. A Spanish soldier
would have been a more
fitting subject.
Remember, pirates need
a source of income and a
place to debauch and spend
their ill-gotten plunder. This
section of Florida was barren
for hundreds of miles,

there were better picking's
1 8 0 0' s -Th e
Apalachicola R.R. Total miss
on this one. The Apalachicola
Northern Railroad didn't
come until 1910; May 7 to
be exact.
In the 1830's and 40's the
old city of St. Joseph existed
on present Oak Grove. It
had two steam railroads (the
first in Florida), the Lake
Wimico and St. Joseph R.R.
and a few years later, the St.
Joseph and Iola R.R. A tiny
Baldwin locomotive, no more
than a boiler and pistons
on six wheels, puffing along
on a huge wharf to waiting
ships would have been a
true representation of the
1900's-A Shrimping
Boat. Shrimping didn't
get going here until after
WWII, and then it was
headquartered in Highland
View, not St. Joe. What
characterized St. Joe in the

1900's was the dominance of
companies reliant upon the
local pine forests.
With the coming of the
A.N.R.R. and its long wharf,
lumber companies came to
cut the surrounding virgin
longleaf pines; they were
gone in twenty years. The
almost valueless land was
then obtained by Ed Ball,
and the St. Joe Paper Co.
came to town in 1938.
How about an award and
trophy for "Most Historical

Enough said,
Herman Jones
St. Joe Beach

Thief among Us

Dear Editor:

On Wednesday, October
10, 2007 our lives was
changed forever. That phone
call that no one wants to
receive, the call to tell you
to come to the hospital right
away, something's wrong. So
you get to the hospital to find
your mom and aunt in the
hallway crying, but you're still
wondering what went wrong.
Then you hear those words
that you will never forget the
doctor saying... "It doesn't
look good, we've done all we

can she's not going to make
it", and at that moment your
heart stops and you know
that your life will never be
the same. You know that
Grandma is not coming
back, she will no longer ask
you to give her a tootsie roll
or a peppermint (her favorite
candies). Coming to Port
St Joe will no longer be the
same. I will not be able to
call her house to see how
she is doing or to ask what
she did at the senior center.
These things will never be
the same. We all know that
life goes on and with time
the wounds will heal. For we
know that "God will never
put more on us than we can
On Monday, October
15, 2007 we laid my
grandmother, Emily Bernice
Speights, to rest. This was
the second most painful
thing my family has had to
endure in the last couple of
On Wednesday morning,
the first of many visits to
come, her daughter went to
arrange the flowers on her
grave and make it nice and
neat. Then on Thursday
morning a family friend
stopped by to notify us that
the flowers were gone from
the Forest Hill Cemetery.

Enviros Settle Landmark Seven-Year Case for Cleaner Water in Florida

Don't si/ 't Tell Polic

Years of litigation over
the implementation of the
Clean Water Act in Florida
have stopped, at least tempo-
rarily, with the signing of a fi-
nal settlement between Flor-
ida environmental groups
and the US Environmental

Protection Agency.
Since 2000, Clean Wa-
ter Network of Florida, Si-
erra Club and several other
groups have battled the
Florida Department of En-
vironmental Protection and
the US EPA over Florida's

Impaired Waters Rule. In
December 2002, the groups
filed suit alleging that EPA
had failed to review the IWR
for consistency with the
Clean Water Act, in violation
of the Agency's mandatory
duties set forth at 33 U.S.C.

Rick Segel Timeless Tips for Retailers

Lastweek retail specialist
Rick Segel presented an
exciting, motivational and
informative seminar for
retail businesses in the
redevelopment area. We
asked Rick to discuss what
makes potential customers
walk through the front
door of your business and
for specific guidelines to
make your business more
appealing-to make someone
want to stop and enter your
store. Here are some of the
major points he offered to
help you:
Store Windows: A store
window offers a glimpse into
another world; your window
is your ultimate billboard
to invite customers to visit,
browse, stop in, and enjoy.
Don't clutter it up with
Storefronts are a "silent
salesperson" and do more for
your business than anything
else. Your storefront "teases"
customers about what is
inside and creates interest
in your merchandise. It
also defines your business
and builds an emotional
connection to your store.
"Create a niche and you'll get
rich," and "You can't be all
things to all people."
WhatPrevents Customers
from Entering your Store? If
your window and/or store is
dark and dirty, you will drive
customers away. If your
window is plastered with
posters and signs (yes, even
signs promoting community
events), you will drive
customers away. Discounting
the appearance of your
storefront also discounts
your merchandise. "Respect

yourself; respect your
customers, and customers
will respect your product."
Community events should
be displayed no more than
one week prior to the event
and removed immediately
What Makes a Storefront
Exciting? The displays must
be clean and well-tended.
"Chipped lettering is the
same as chipped nail polish."
Interesting displays, effective
lighting of merchandise and a
sense of humor are essential
When To Use Exterior
Banners-only for a going-
out-of-business sale.
Lighting-The Most
Misunderstood and
Underutilized Element. Rick
never recommends track
lighting. Pole lighting is fine,
and the small tensor lights
are widely used. Lighting
should highlight the item and
not the wall, ceiling or floor.
Color-Beige is the
most utilized wall color to
enable merchandise to be
the dominating feature;
however, some displays will
"pop" against colored walls
in unique situations. "Color
is King."
The Ultimate Customer
Greeting: "Thank you
for coming in." When the
customer enters, ensure they
will see "planned confusion."
Place your cash register near
the front and group exciting
displays together to give
everyone the feel of activity
and excitement.
Signage provides instant
enhancementofyour product,
brand, professionalism and
experience. Signs should

never be hand-written
(unless you can print in
perfect calligraphy or other
professional style). Studies
prove an increase of sales
by 43 percent when interior
displays have professional-
looking signage with them.
Aggressive signage can
reduce additional advertising
expense. Directional internal
signs increase sales between
4 and 12 percent.
Why Do Customers
Need Signs? Signs encourage
customers to buy products
to provide explanations, and
to highlight new products.
Why Do Retailers Need
Signs? Retailers with effective
signage increase soft,
suggestive selling, increase
multiple and impulse buying,
and decrease the need for
personnel and advertising.
The ISEEE Formula for
"It is the story that sells,"
and a combination of the
above elements in signage
"are home runs." "Features
tell but stories sell."
Final notes on visual
merchandising essentials:
customers don't bend,
stretch or reach.
/Where the eyes go, the
fe follow.
The store should always
lo k full (better to have empty
sp ce than empty racks).
Make your business
m re likable by adding an
em tional component.

n 1313(c).
"It's truly unfortunate
that environmental groups
have to sue the government
to secure the protections
for their community waters
which were intended by Con-
gress," said Linda Young,
director of the Clean Water
Network of Florida and a
plaintiff in the case. "Sadly,
Florida DEP has not stopped
pursuing a way to get around
the Clean Water Act, and I
expect that more litigation is
yet to come. However, this
case moves the chess game
out of a dark closet and into
the sunlight."
After the l1th Circuit
court of appeals' ruled in
favor of the Plaintiffs in the
case, in 2005, EPA deter-
mined that Florida's IWR
was largely a change to Flori-
da's water quality standards.
Since that determination was
made Florida has made sub-

stantial revisions to the IWR
and has resubmitted it to
EPA as a change to Florida's
water quality standards.
The final agreement be-
tween EPA and the Plaintiffs
says that after Florida com-
pletes the IWR revisions, EPA
intends to review the IWR to
determine which provisions
of the Rule are new and re-
vised water quality stan-
dards." EPA further stated
that, "Iflor those provisions
of the Rule that EPA deter-
mines to be new and revised
water quality standards, EPA
would take action pursuant
to section 303(c) of the CWA
to approve or disapprove."
"This settlement culmi-
nates 7 years of effort and is
a hard won victory for clean-
er water in Florida," said
James R. May, lead counsel
for the Plaintiffs and an at-
torney with the Mid Atlantic
Environmental Law Center

in Wilmington, Delaware.
"In 2004 we earned a land-
Smark decision from the Fed-
eral Court of Appeals that
rejected EPA's "don't ask,
don't tell" policy regarding
poor water quality in Flori-
da. Then in 2005 the federal
court in Florida had EPA
take a hard look at Florida's
program and ensure im-
provements were made. Now
EPA has agreed to continue
to do so for future changes to
the program."

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The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, October 25, 2007 SA

It was quite upsetting to
be notified that not even two
days after the burial of my
grandmother to discover that
her flowers had been stolen.
The act was very hurtful and
disrespectful towards our
family. We are furious that
someone would steal from
one of the kindest people
who graced this earth with
her presence. If any of you
knew Bernice then you know
what I mean. She was very
kind and unselfish, always
willing to lend a helping
hand. The flowers were
all very beautiful and came
from family and friends all
over the United States. The
flowers may be gone but the
legacy of her love will forever
live on!
Community,, please
beware that there is a thief
among us stealing from the
dead. These people should
be resting in peace and their
families should be coping
with the loss of their loved
one and not the lost of their
For the person that did
this disgusting act, if you
have any remorse or shame,
please don't let another
family go though this.

The family of Bernice


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WES Teacher Crazy About Kindergarten

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

This year, 22 new
teachers joined the
faculties of Port St. Joe and
Wewahitchka's elementary,
middle and high schools.
For the last several
weeks, The Star has
introduced its readers to the
newest faces of Gulf County
We conclude this
week with Kelley Gerken,
Wewahitchka Elementary
School's new Kindergarten
Originally from Wilton,
Connecticut, Gerken earned
a bachelor's degree in
elementary education from
Miami University in Oxford,
Fresh from college,
Gerken served as a substitute
teacher for a year in San
She, then relocated to
Washington, D.C. and taught
Kindergarten for two years
at a Maryland elementary
This summer, Gerken
moved to Mexico Beach to be
closer to her boyfriend, who
is stationed at Tyndall Air
Force Base, and was pleased
to find a Kindergarten
opening at Wewahitchka
Elementary School.
Though the school
had four faculty vacancies,
Gerken convinced principal
Lori Price that she belonged
with her beloved five year
"Kindergarten is my

definite favorite passion,"
said Gerken. "I love their
youth and their innocence
and their excitement to be in
school and learning things
for the first time.
"I was very happy that I
could move here and stay in
Gerken has 18 students
and opts for a hands-on
approach to teaching.
"Anything they're actively
involved in, they love to
do," said Gerken, who
coordinates her lesson plans
with the elementary school's
three other Kindergarten
In teaching the alphabet,
Gerken introduces her
students to a new letter
each week and plans fun,
letter-themed activities that
incorporate science, social
studies and math skills.
This week, during a
lesson on the letter "R"
Gerken's students ate
pancakes, made pumpkin
patches out of paper bags,
and learned the concepts of
push and pull.
Developing her students'
reading skills ranks high on
Gerken's list of priorities.
Her students engage
in reading activities for 90
minutes each day. They
practice phonemic awareness
in the morning, participate
in small reading groups and
read aloud.
The students also
write in journals and are
learning social skills that
Gerken hopes they will
carry throughout their lives,

Kelley Gerken is
Wewahitchka Elementary
School's new Kindergarten
such as being a good friend,
making good choices and
taking responsibility for their
Though battling five-
year-old attention spans has
proven a challenge, Gerken
has nothing but praise for
her students.
"They are all very
enthusiastic and excited
about being here and
learning," said Gerken,
noting that "95 percent or
higher" have adjusted well to
the classroom environment.
As for Gerken, she seems
to be adjusting to small town
life as well.
"Everyone has been so
friendly and welcoming, it
makes it easy to adjust to,
Wewa," she said.

Budgets -- From Page1A

payers to slightly raise the
village rate this year so they
would not have to raise the
rate as much next year to
compensate, thus spreading
the revenue loss over two
years instead of one.
"If we can be prudent
with the budget this year we,
can carry over some to next
year and the people will be
better off," Magidson said
after the vote.
City manager Lee Vincent
also reminded the board that
there was still a wild card in
the process and that was the
"They [VAB] haven't
considered everything,"
Vincent told the
commissioners. "We may
have to take another cut
before they're through."
He had characterized
the situation earlier in the
meeting by saying, "We were
behind the eight ball the
minute we got this thing."
acknowledged several
times that the situation was
"nobody's fault," that the
problem seemed to lie in the
system and the schedule of
events required by law.
Budgets had to be
submitted to the state in
September, with the final
public budget hearing for
Port St. Joe held on Sept.
The city then had only
30 days to submit its final
paperwork to the state, which
was Oct. 18. Yet the VAB will
not complete its reviews of
property appraisal protests
until sometime in October or
later, resulting in the current
Vincent said in all his
time as a city administrator,
"I've never seen this
Commissioners asked
several times where the
property was that had such

a reduction in appraisal.
Scholz said he spoke to
the tax appraiser's office and
reported that it had to do
with discussions on Barefoot
Cottages, but could also
include other properties.
He also told the board
that the VAB had not held its
final meeting.
Magidson then said he
was told by the VAB that they
had only taken up one issue
and had tabled everything
County Impacts
The Board of County
Commissioners responded
to the notice with the same
shock and dismay as their
Port St. Joe counterparts.
The county
commissioners convened an
emergency special meeting
at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 to decide
what they would do about
the county devaluation.
"We had a $41 million
change, which meant an
$187,000 reduction in taxes
for the county," Don Butler,
Gulf County manager, said.
"We had two options:, one,
raise the millage to meet
the shortfall, or two,, cut the
$187,000 from the existing
budget. Either one was
Butler said the board
"unanimously" voted to raise
the millage "to the point to
take In the same amount of
tax dollars."
He said the board also
directed him to send a letter
to Colbert asking for a copy of
the $41 million assessment
he cut.
"They want to know
where it came from," said
Butler, "they want a listing of
the reassessments."
"Last year we had a
millage rate of 4.6371,"
Butler continued. "This year
we thought we had a rate of
4.5168. Now we have a rate
of 4.5862. But it's still lower

than 2006-07."
But Butler, like the city,
considers the system at
"The system is broken,"
he said. "We need to know
everything before we set the
millage," referring to the VAB
hearing held after the millage
rate is adopted by the taxing
entities and submitted to the
"It's nobody's fault, but
we need to fix the system
before this happens again."
The Certificates of Final
Taxable Value delivered
to the county showed the
The county's taxable
value dropped 1.51 percent,
from $2,739,882,153 to
$2,698,413,772 a total of
The Howard Creek fire
zone was the big surprise,
Butler said, pointing out
the tax value certificate that
showed a whopping 9.76
percent drop in property
valuation in the community,
from $39,936,566 to
$36,038,518 a total of
"That sends up a flag,"
Butler added.
The District 9 Gulf
Front MSTU dropped 1.23
percent, from $250,246,361
to $247,178,852 a total of
The District 10 Gulf
Interior MSTU dropped .14
percent, from $241,177,789
to $240,846,491 a total of
In contrast, the city
of Wewahitchka remains
mostly unaffected by the
devaluation, according to
city manager Don Minchew.
On Monday, Minchew
said "it didn't affect us that
much. I don't think we'll be
bothered by it."
He added that "a lot
of our projects are funded
from grants," and said
their financial officer was
"crunching numbers now.

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Established 1937 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

Sharks Swamp Franklin County

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

In a game in which the execution
often matched the sloppy field condi-
tions, Port St. Joe got the most impor-
tant part right another district win.
The Sharks dominated the line of
scrimmage and ran over a mismatched
opponent to win their fourth-straight
District 1-1A contest 42-6 over Franklin
Port St. Joe (4-2 overall, 4-0 in the
district) rushed with abandon despite
the muddy conditions caused by a day of
downpours that wiped out the afternoon




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Tyler Sizemore returned an interception
for a touchdown, one of two defensive scores
for the Sharks.

Homecoming parade and scored twice
on defense to subdue an out-manned but
plucky foe in its first year of play.
"For all high schools the important
thing is to win your district and each
week is a step toward that overall goal,"
said Port St. Joe coach John Palmer. "It
was a good game for us as a team to get
a lot of people in the game and I thought
everyone contributed when they got in."
The damage was inflicted early and
often as the Sharks raced to a 35-0 half-
time lead that brought on a running time
clock in the second half.
With Darrell Smith (100 yards rush-
ing for the game), Chaz Byrd (96 yards)
and Calvin Pryor (95 yards) two sopho-
mores and a freshman respectively -
leading the way the Sharks used a dis-
tinct size advantage up front to control
the game.
They wasted little time once they got
their hands on the ball after stopping the
Seahawks (0-7, 0-5) opening drive inside
Shark territory.
Port St. Joe took over at its 8 after a
Franklin County punt.
Four plays later, Pryor took a pitch
left, broke a tackle and got a block to
open a seam and dashed 75 yards to
the Seahawk 4, falling without being
touched on the soggy turf.
Pryor covered the final yards off left
tackle on the next play and Philip Fuze
made it 7-0 with the extra point.
The Seahawks were stopped on
downs and Port St. Joe took over at the
Franklin County 48 and needed only
four plays to score. Tyrone Dawson
scored the first of his two touchdowns
on a 22-yard scamper around left end.
Fuze's kick made it 14-0 before the
defense chipped in with some points.
After the Seahawks reached their 42
on the ensuing drive, quarterback Gene
Anderson attempted a dump pass into




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Calvin Pryor rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on just four carries.

the right flat for Kyle Sapp.
But defensive lineman Tyler Sizemore
snagged the ball out of the air with one
hand at the 39 and out-raced a flock of
pursuing Seahawks to the end zone and
Fuze made it 21-0.
The Sharks appeared poised to score
again after stopping Franklin County on
downs and marching to the Seahawk 5
but Pryor fumbled the ball away.
Dawson rectified that error two plays
later when he intercepted an Anderson
pass in the middle of the field at the 18
and sprinted into the end zone, breaking
several tackles.
Fuze made it 28-0.
The Sharks again stopped Franklin
County on downs, took over at their 35
and four plays later Smith busted over
left tackle, shook off three tacklers and
went 47 yards to score and a 35-0 lead
after Fuze's extra point.

While dominated statistically -
Franklin County had minus-26 yards
rushing and 108 total yards in the first
half the Seahawks showed imagina-
tion and grit with several gadget plays,
including a hook-and-ladder for 31 yards
and three halfback passes.that provided
positive yardage.
"We were just mismatched, but the
kids keep playing" said Franklin County
coach Bill Sharp. "We are in the best
(Class) 1k district in the state and when
you aren't really ready for that kind of
competition, it's tough. It's like playing
in the NCAA for us right now."
Both teams scored a touchdown in
the second half, Byrd barreling over
from four yards in the third quarter and
Arron Prince catching a 51-yard touch-
down pass from Anderson as the clock
was winding down in the final period.

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team, shooting an 18-hole
score of 75, followed by Sam
Ellmer 94, Hayes Philyaw 98,
and Jacob Combs 98, for a
team score of 366. Teams
qualifying for the Regional
were Wakulla 298, McClay
304, and John Paul II 335.
Grant was second
in individuals. He
will be playing in
Tallahassee at the
Southwood Golf
Course Tuesday,
October 23.
The Lady
Shark Golf
team also par-
ticipated in the
District tourna-
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S Strange, Kathryn
Arnold, and
Lenora Weimorts.
McClay girls won,
followed by NFC,
and Wakulla third.
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The going continued
to be rough for the young
and banged up Wewahitchka
Gators last Friday as they fell
at Sneads 41-0.
The Gators are now 2-5
overall and 1-4 in District
Sneads broke a four-
game losing streak and is
now 3-4 overall and 2-3 in
the district.
It was the second-straight
thrashing on the road for the
Gators who fell big at West
Gadsden the week before, the

victim of youth and injuries.
The Gators, however,
have started the past couple
of games with just one or two
seniors on defense due to
a rash of injuries that have
been particularly focused on
the few upper classmen on
the squad.
That has further deplet-
ed a team that has a roster
dominated by sophomores
and freshmen.
The season gets no easi-
er for the Gators in the final
three weeks.

Wewahitchka completes
a three-game road swing this
Friday when the Gators play
at Jay at 7:30 p.m. CT.
The Gators wrap up the
season with back-to-back
home games against district
leader Port St. Joe which
will be coming off a week in
which the Sharks will host
Freeport for Senior Night this
Friday followed by a trip to
Jay on Tuesday and tradi-
tional power Blountstown.

2nd Annual Gator Gathering November 2

Wewahitchka High
Friday, Nov 2, 2007 5:00
(Before Wewa vs. PSJ
Football Game)
The Wewahitchka Gator
Booster Club will be spon-
soring the Second annual
Gator Gathering on Friday,
November 2, 2007 at 5:00
p.m. Central Time at the
Wewahitchka High School
Commons Area. This spe-
cial benefit dinner is the
Boosters Club's largest fund

raising event of the year. All
proceeds from the sale of
these tickets go directly to
benefit the athletic programs
at WHS and to assist with
the sponsorship of the Gator
Booster Club scholarships
that are awarded each year
to our senior athletes who,
while achieving success in
their various programs, also
achieve academic success in
the class room.
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for this special steak din-


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intense care with hygiene for
school athletes.
"Again, people just
don't realize how easy it
is to transmit MRSA in
settings like athletics," Kent
said. He emphasized that
sharing towels and sweaty
equipment, especially in
sports like soccer 'and
football, increased the risk
of transmission.
And contact sports like
these also increase the risk
of contracting MRSA because
of the increased risk of cuts
and bruises.
"The school health
support teams are really
looking for MRSA in the
schools," said Kent. "Now
we need to get the parents
Health officials are
concerned over the recent
outbreak of MRSA cases in
the east because MRSA does
not respond to penicillin
and o1lhli antibiotics. It can
be spread by skin-to-skin
contact or by sharing an item
used by an infected person,
such as a towel, especially if
the non-infected person has
a cut or an abrasion.
According to health
officials, MRSAs resistance
to antibiotics comes from
several causes: the over-
prescribing and overuse of
antibiotics by physicians
and patients; the use of
antibiotics to try to cure viral
infections, which cannot be
cured by antibiotics; and
the widespread practice
of using antibiotics in
animal husbandry, which
puts antibiotics in the
human system on a regular
basis, resulting in eventual
resistance of bacteria to
commonly prescribed
The bacteria
Staphylococcus aureus
(commonly called Staph) is
and has always been present
on many people, according
to health care professionals.
Generally, it causes no
problem, and people who
carry staph on their skin are
generally healthy; they are
just carriers.
If, however, staph 'gets

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inside the body, such as
under the skin or in the
bloodstream, it can cause
serious infections.
Research from The
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) in
Atlanta, Ga., says MRSA is
associated with close skin-
to-skin contact (including
contact sports), openings in
the skin such as cuts and
abrasions, the touching of
contaminated items and
surfaces, crowded living
conditions and poor hygiene.
The CDC reported last
week that MRSA infections
"are a major public
health problem and more
widespread than previously
A government study, also
released last week, said more
than 90,000 Americans could
get the superbugg" each year.
This was underscored in
a report by CDC researchers,
published in the Oct. 17
Journal of the American
Medical Association (JAMA),
that said MRSA infections
ultimately could kill more
people annually than AIDS.
The report said the
deadly strain of staph killed
nearly 19,000 Americans in
2005, and suggested that
such infections may be twice
as common as previously
thought, according to the
report's lead author, Dr. R.
Monina Klevens.
According to CDC
information, the JAMA study
established the first national
baseline by which to assess
future trends in invasive
MRSA infections.
The studyfound about 85
percent of all invasive MRSA
infections were associated
with health care settings,
where MRSA first surfaced
in the 1960s, according to
About 15 percent of the
reported infections come
from a newer strain of the
bacteria, labeled CA-MRSA,
or community-associated
MRSA, meaning the infection
occurred in people without
documented health care risk

According to the medical
community, prevention of
MRSA infections comes
down to basic hygiene:
Wash your hands
regularly with soap.
Keep yourself clean.
Keep fingernails
trimmed so you do not
scratch yourself.
Keep cuts and scrapes
clean and covered with a
bandage that seals on all
four sides until healed.
SAvoid contact with
other people's wounds or
Try to prevent insect
bites, especially yellow
fly bites, by using insect
repellant with DEET.
But if bitten by any
insect, wash the area
thoroughly with plain soap
and water, then apply a
topical annbiotuc.
Wash sheets, towels
and clothes that have
become soiled with water
and laundry detergent.
Dry clothes in a hot
dryer, instead of air drying
then. The heat from the
dryer helps kill bacteria in
Do not share towels.
other toiletries or personal
grooming products.
Do not share clothing
or uniforms unless they have
been washed in hot soapy
In health clubs or
training facilities use a
barrier, like a towel or
clothing, between your skin
and shared equipment.
Wipe the surface of shared
equipment before and after
"Athletes should shower
u-imediately after practice
or ganes. check themselves
for any scrapes or cuts. and
clean and properly treat any

skin breaks.
Then clean the locker
room and wash all uniforms
immediately after each use.

If a person is diagnosed
with MRSA, along with
the appropriate antibiotic.
regimen, the person should:
*Elevate the affected
area, if possible.
Elevation helps fight
infection by reducing
swelling. Bacteria thrive on
the fluid between cells, so
the more swelling in an area,
the more bacterial growth.
*Apply warm, moist
heat by soaking clean paper
towels in warm water, ringing
out the towel and applying it
directly to the affected area
two to four times daily.
This helps fight the
infection and may bring the
boil or pustule to a head so
it drains spontaneously.
Drain any abscess.
It is often very helpful
to have a professional
health care worker drain
the abscess to make sure all
direction Is removed.

According to medical
professionals. Staph
infections in households.
once introduced. spread
easily, so hand washing is
very important and still'
the best way to control the

Hand washing is
particularly necessary before
eating, after contact, and
after using the bathroom.
In order to wash long
enough for effectiveness, the
standard gauge is to slowly
sing the hill verse of the
"Happy Birthday" song while
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Beach emergency response exercise on Tuesdaymoranif
Mexico Beach Chief of Public Safety Brad Halt'..l'il:.
about the exercise and his personnel's response Iin n
week's edition of The Star.
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Sacred Heart Finalizes Hospital Design

Sacred Heart Health System continues to make
steady progress toward construction of a 25-bed,
65,000-square-foot hospital to serve Gulf and Franklin
counties. The new hospital, located on Highway 98,
is scheduled to open in the spring of 2009.

Recent progress includes:
* Sacred Heart is nearing completion of detailed
design work and will submit final drawings for the
new Sacred Heart Hospital on Nov. 15 to the Florida
Agency for Health Care Administration. The
agency will have 60 days to review the plans.
* Sacred Heart has selected Greenhut Construction
Co. of Pensacola to serve as the construction
management company overseeing the project and
its subcontractors. Greenhut Construction has

* In November, crews will start hauling in fill dirt
to raise the site to 14.7 feet above sea level and
prepare foundations. Contractors also will begin
to extend water and sewer utilities and electric
power lines to the site.
* Actual construction of the new hospital will start
in the spring of next year.

Hospital services will include:
0 24-hour Emergency Room
N 25 private patient rooms
N Intensive Care Unit
0 Operating Rooms
E Urgent Care Clinic treating minor illnesses
and injuries
* Medical Office Building housing

worked with Sacred Heart on major construction physician offices
projects for almost 20 years, including the N Helicopter landing pad
construction of Sacred Heart Women's and
Children's Hospital in Pensacola and Sacred Heart For more information, call
Hospital on the Emerald Coast, located in (850) 416-7000
Walton County.
M The site for the hospital along Highway 98 near
Gulf Coast Community College has been cleared.


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The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, October 25, 2007 SECTION B

Adventures in Agriculture

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

One might not ordinarily associate agri-
culture with adventure.
But the University of Florida Institute
of Food and Agricultural Sciences does, and
after a day-long fieldtrip to Quincy, so do Port
St. Joe Elementary School's fourth-graders.
Some 68 students traveled to the North
Florida Research and Education Center in
Quincy on Oct. 2 to attend the University of
Florida's annual Ag Adventures Day.
The students were accompanied by
county extension agent Roy Lee Carter, who
brings one group of fourth graders each year.
Last year, Wewahitchka Elementary School
students made the trip.
Ag Adventures Day exposes students
from Gulf, Gadsden, Wakulla, Liberty and
Calhoun counties to a variety of crops pro-
duced and researched at the center's 600-
acre facility.
Upon exiting their school bus, Port St.
Joe Elementary students rode a trolley to
stations set up throughout the facility, where
university researchers and other guests gave
interactive crop presentations.

Students learned how corn, maize, pop-
corn and cotton are produced, and indulged
in free samples of popcorn and boiled pea-
Carter, who shares his name with anoth-
er famous peanut farmer, former president
Jimmy Carter, taught the students the finer
points of peanut production.
A sample of Carter's peanut trivia: one
half of U.S. peanut production goes toward
making peanut butter.
The students also viewed several dif-
ferent types of wildflowers and traipsed
through a pumpkin patch.
Each student received a pumpkin to take
home just in time to carve a Halloween jack-

During Ag Adventures Day, the fourth-
graders received several useful tips, which
they can apply during their work in the
school garden.
Carter assists Port St. Joe and
Wewahitchka elementary schools, as well as
Faith Christian School, in planting and har-
vesting a large garden each year.
In the near future, Carter hopes to begin
planting fall crops, such as cabbage, col-
lard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens,
strawberries and onions.
Carter and, his friends at the extension
office will use the seasonal vegetables to pre-
pare tasty dishes for students to enjoy during
a food festival, tentatively slated for March
or April.

S Port St. Joe Elementary School fourth-graders uproot a peanut plant, aided by county exten-
.:. sion agent Roy Lee Carter.

County extension agent Roy Lee Carter Students enjoy a trolley ride on the 600-acre North Florida Research and Education Center
teaches the students about the production of in Quincy.

Reflections on The

Wall: A Preview

The Star continues its sneak peak at
Reflections on The Wall, a special publication
commemorating the 25" anniversary of the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington,
The publication will be distributed in the
November 29 edition of The Star and The
Times to our subscription and rack customers.
Copies will also be available for purchase at
both offices.

Robert Harrison Pilk was born in
Elizabethton, Tenn., but called Wewahitchka
home after marrying city native Mary Lou
In this excerpt
from Star Staff
Writer Despina
Williams' profile
ofPilk, he hasjust '
returned for his
second tour with
the 7 w' Armored
Squadron of the
17"' Air Calvary,
known by the
nickname the
"Ruthless Riders"

At 24, Pilk
At 24, Pilk Robert Harrison Pilk
was the platoon
sergeant of a group of recent high school
graduates, including Ronald Strickland, who
joined the Army shortly after Pilk's return to
Strickland looked up to Pilk, who took a
personal interest in all of his men and served
as a mentor to the younger members of his
"Robert was the old man for us. We were
a bunch of little kids right out of high school
and somebody had to keep us straight,"
remembered Strickland, who now lives in
Tennessee Ridge, Tenn.
When Strickland and his buddies got into
trouble, Pilk pled their case to the commander
and devised alternate punishments to keep
them from losing pay and stripes.
"He was our daddy, our father away from
home, our big brother, our keeper," said
Pilk's men knew that he loved his family
and missed his daughters-Lisa and April,
who had his blue eyes, and Mary Beth, the
baby he'd never met.
"He cherished his children," remembered
Strickland. "He always had pictures of his
kids. When we stopped at fuel points, he was
always taking them out to look at them. He
kept one on the dash of his aircraft."
Oni Jurie 19.1970. Stri kland accompanied
Pilk on his inald niission. Both were ulst weeks
a\vay from returiruni home when they boarded
an OH-6A lght observation helicopter
Because they were both experienced
unnmers, they .tpicalkl flew in separate teams,
but an aircraft crash earher that day forced
Strikliand to joini Pilk ,and pilot Richard
Strickland \\as the co-pilot gunner and
Pdlk w\as tliig in the rear %,when a large enemy
force opened fire on the aircraft.
At 300-400
eet. tdhe aircraft,
whichli \\as loaded

wil 1t hand grenades
and imm nunition,
exploded and
pliumeted to the
ear th
St r i c kland
and Bradley
sur\iiCd tlhe crash,
but Pilk was killed
inIIstantly He was
24 cars old.

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Research and Education Center pumpkin patch. Each student Students make te through a corn field, occasionally stopping to
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Hysmith Twins Turn One
Sara Grace and Savanna Shay Hysmith turned one on
October 24. They are the daughters of Jeremy and Amanda
Hysmith of Wewahitchka. Grandparents of the girls are
Steve and Lisa Stripling, Connie Hysmith and the late Oscar
Hysmith of Wewahitchka, and Renee Stripling of Altha.
Proud great grandparents are Mike and Pat Stripling, Audrey
Smith, Jake and Ruth Ann Hysmith, and Ann Hysmith all of
Wewahitchka, and Ruth Attaway and the late Fred Attaway
of Altha.

Jo [Je aoinee Iw raIrimnony
Connie Robinson of Apalachicola and Rodney McGhee of
Port St. Joe will be married at the Love and Worship Center
in Apalachicola, on November 10, at 3 p.m.

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Jennifer Flatt and Michael Taylor of Panama City, Fl.,
were married at 2:30 p.m. on September 7, in Savannah,
GA., at Forsyth Park.
The bride, daughter of David and Janice Flatt of Panama
City, graduated from Mosley High School in 2001, then
the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Gulf Coast
Community College in 2004. She is currently employed by
The bridegroom, son of Vincent and Patricia Taylor of
Wewahitchka, graduated from Wewahitchka High School
in 2000. He is employed by the U.S. Navy and is currently
training for deployment in Afghanistan.
The ceremony took place in front of Forsyth Fountain
in the historic district of Savannah. The bride's uncle,
the Reverend Craig Perry, performed the ceremony and
the bridegroom's grandmother, Flora Miller, performed the
blessing over the marriage. A reception was held at the
Savannah Hilton with dinner and dancing.
The couple honeymooned at a resort in tropical Dunn's
River, Jamaica. Following Michael's deployment, the couple
will reside in Panama City.

)AjecfJ& cpeeafe /o ri-ar1ry
Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Whitfield of Wewahitchka, would
like to announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter
Jamie Elizabeth to Mr. Jason Speegle of Lynn Haven, FL.
Jason is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Darelle Nelson and the
late Robert Speegle of Lynn Haven. He is the grandson,of
Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Hamm of Abbeville, AL and the late
Mike Freeman of Highland Park, IL. Jamie is the daughter of
the late Price and Mary Melvin of Wewahitchka, Mavis Chase
of Mobile, AL,.Art and Joyce Schaefer of Milton, FL, and
Bernice Whitfield of Wewahitchka.
Jason has been employed with Lewis Bear Company of
Panama City as a sales representative for five years.
Jamie, a former employee of Carpet Country for eight
years in Port St. Joe is now working with Machelle Sparks
of Panama City.
A November 3 wedding is planned at the West Side
-Baptist Church in Wewahitchka at 5:00 p.m. with the Rev.
Dave Fernandez performing the ceremony. A reception will
follow at the Wewahitchka Community Building; all family
and friends are invited to share in this union.

Class of 1967 Reunites

Row 1 (L to R): Principal Wayne Saunders, Coach Ron Peterson, Ms. Jacque Row 1 (L to R): Vicki McGill Smith, Rainey Findley Cooper, Julia Mitchell
Price, Ms. Miriam Dismuke, Mrs. Linda Wood, Mr. Ron Nelson. Row 2 (L to R): Robinson, Margaret Elaine Sims Maige, Linda Marshall Mings, Betty Creamer
Tommy Atchison, Kaye Clemens Reed, Belinda Jordan Atchison, Peggy White Hardin. Row 2 (L to R): Wayne Pate, Tom Buttram, Jerry Swan, Charlotte
Raffield, Elaine Blackburn Davidson, Judy Herring Williams, Carol Mapes Carr. Maddox Pierce, Diane Wise Howard, Kay Altstaetter Reed.Row 3 (L to R): Randy
Row 3 (L to R): Denny Adams, Jackie Raffield, Jimmy Cox, Clark Downs, Mike Armstrong, Danny Raffield, Eddie McFarland, JoAnn VanCamp Hall, Paul Strobel.
Weston. Not pictured: Muriel Everton and Sue McCormick Richter

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Lines from the Library

Welcome to the Gulf
County Library. The hours of
operation are: 10 a.m. to 8
p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.
The library is open from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday
and Friday. The library is
open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
on Saturday.
He library is closed on
Sunday, Wednesdays, and all
major holidays.
The Friends of the Library
holds its monthly Used Book
Sale on the third Saturday
of the month. The book sale

hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please stop by and support
your library either by dona-
tions or purchase of used
books, movies, or children's
The Friends of the Library
holds a monthly meeting the
first Monday of each month at
5:30 p.m. We would encour-
age the public to attend.
Please check out our new
fiction, non-fiction, and gene-
alogy sections of the library,
You may find something that
interests you.

Food Drive October 20-27

Help our local support
network stock their pantries
with the following canned,
bottled, or dried foods:
Canned vegetables, rice,
spaghetti sauce, soups, tuna,
canned juices, grits, sweet
potatoes, peanut butter, jelly,
dried fruits, macaroni and
cheese, cereal, noodles/pasta,
canned fruits, beef stew, dried
Food donations will be

accepted at:
The Dollar General,
Duren's Piggly Wiggly, Family
Dollar Store, First Prebyterian
Church, First United
Methoidst Church, St. James
Episcopal Church, Oak Grove
Assembly of God Church, St.
Joseph Catholic Church.
Look for collection boxes
at these locations starting
October 20.

BBQ Sandwich Meal Sale for Senior Citizens

The Gulf County Senior
Citizens will be selling BBQ
Pork Sandwiches on Friday,
October 26 in Port St. Joe
and Wewahitchka from 11
a.m. 1 p.m. We will make
group deliveries to local busi-
The meal will include a
large BBQ Pork sandwich,
chips, pickle, and homemade
dessert. The cost is $4 and

all proceeds will be used
to pay the cost of meals for
seniors at our Port St. Joe
and Wewahitchka centers.
We will be accepting orders
through October 23. Please
call 229-8466 in Port St. Joe
to place orders or fax your
order to 227-1877. To place
orders in Wewahitchka call
639-9910 or fax your order to

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The Star Wins Multiple

Florida Press Club Awards

The Star won eight
awards in the 2007 Florida
Press Club's annual
journalism competition,
which were presented at the
annual awards dinner Oct.
20 in Fort Myers.
Reporter Marie Logan
attended the dinner and
accepted the awards for the
This was FPC's 56th
annual Excellence in
Journalism Competition,
which is open to members
statewide of the Florida Press
Entries from newspapers
across the state were judged
in numerous categories by
members of Atlanta Press
Club, Milwaukee Press Club,
New York Press Club, Nevada
Press Club, Pennsylvania
Press Club, Peninsula Press
Club, Press Club of Cleveland,
and Press Club of Dallas.
The Star competed in
Class D, which included
non-daily newspapers,
community, tribal and college
newspapers across Florida.
It is the only category for non-
daily newspapers.
The Star won the
following awards:

Tim Croft, first place,
Opinion Writing;
Despina Williams,
second place, Business
Writing; third place,
Community News;
Marie Logan and
Despina Williams, first place,
Feature Photo Essay (for
their joint coverage of The
Wall That Heals at Beacon
Hill Park in March, 2007);
MarieLogan, thirdplace,
General News Photography;
third place, Spot News
Photography; second place,
Special Sections (for the
2007 Hurricane Guide).
Logan was also one of
two recipients of the FPC's
Frances DeVore Award for
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The FPC's most
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Aileen Helms Harper

Aileen Helms Harper, 67, of Wewahitchka, went to be
with her Lord on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 after an
extended illness. Mrs. Harper was born in Alliance, Fl and
spent most of her life in Calhoun and Gulf counties. She
was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wewahitchka
and worked for many years as a teller with the Wewahitchka
State Bank. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother
who was always there when she was needed.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years,
Jimmy H. Helms and also her husband of 4 years, Bill
Survivors include her children, Douglas Helms and wife
Shawn of Panama City and Christopher Helms and wife
Laurel of Wewahitchka; her grandchildren, Crystal, Jillian,
Drew, Anna, Chris, and Stephen; four great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Sylvia Grandal and Barbara Mears, both of
Marianna; a special niece, Jennifer McDowell, and several
other family members and many friends.
The funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. CDT
Saturday, October 20, 2007 at the First Baptist Church in
Wewahitchka, conducted by the Rev. Mike Stroud. Interment
followed in the family plot in Jehu Cemetery.
Those who wish may make donations in her memory to
Hospice of the Emerald Coast, E O. Box 1520, Lynn Haven,
FL 32444-4611.
All services were under the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home, Wewahitchka Branch Chapel.

Beatrice Elizabeth Mullins

Beatrice Elizabeth Mullins, age 92 of Mexico Beach,
passed away Friday, October 19, 2007, at a local health
care facility. She was born in New Jersey, and had lived in
Mexico Beach since 1968. Mrs. Mullins worked as a Public
Accountant for the Department of Revenue for several years.
She was Methodist by faith, and enjoyed fishing and visiting
with family and friends.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Tollie R.
Mullins of Mexico Beach; her sons, James Mullins and wife
Billie of Chattahoochee, Claude Mullins and wife Carol of
Charlotte, NC and Earl Mullins of Connecticut; also surviv-
ing are numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and
A private family memorial service will be held at a later
date. Memorial contributions in Beatrice's name may be
made to the American Heart Association 205 Forest Park
Circle, Panama City, FL 32405.

Dora Mae Dykes

Mrs. Dora Mae Dykes, 89, of Oak Grove, FL, went to be
with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 18, 2007.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George
Dykes, and her children, Mack Dykes and Frances Ringer.
She is survived by her six children, Louise Hart, Johnny
Dykes and wife, Patricia, George Dykes and wife Joyce, Mary
Rhames, Bertha Davis and husband, Paul, and Phillip Dykes;
she also leaves to cherish her memory, 25 grandchildren; 50
great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren; along
with numerous neices and nephews, who lovingly referred to
her as Aunt Doll.
Granny was a strong Christian woman who was greatly
loved by her family. Her legacy lives on in the large family
she leaves behind.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 21, 2007
at 11:00 a.m. EDT at Oak Grove Assembly of God Church
with the Rev. David Fernandez and the Rev. James Wiley offi-
ciating. Those who wish may make donations in her memory
to Emerald Coast Hospice, 2925 Martin Luther King Blvd,
Panama City, FL, 32405.
All services were under the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.

it United JMeJtdwi3t

111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
S8:00 a.m. & 9:30 a.m CST

Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Beach United Methodist (horth
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

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

S"iifi~ "A Reformed Voice
j t'i .L', in the Community"

LkwvL Dr. Bill Taylor, Pastor

Sunday School ........................................ 9:30 a.m .
Sunday Fellowship........... ........................ 10:30 a.m .
Sunday Morning Service ........................ 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service...............................6:00 p.m.
Thursday Firehouse Fellowship.....................6:00 p.m.
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home of Faith Christian School

Bennon Thompson

Bennon Thompson was the first born of eight children
born to the marriage of Cullen Thompson, Sr., and Willie
Mae Thompson. He was born in Campbellton, FL on
September 15, 1949.
Spiritually inspired by his parents at an early age, he
attended New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Bennon
attended George Washington Elementary and High School
in Port St. Joe, FL. He enlisted in the United States Army
in August of 1968 and served through June of 1971.
He returned to Port St. Joe and was employed at Basic
Magnesium Chemicals. He relocated to Fayetteville, NC
where he met and married Debra Small. They moved to
Riverdale, GA where he became a resident. After a brief ill-
ness, God, in his infinite wisdom and mercy, in His own way
and for His own purpose, plucked from his garden a rose
named "Bennon" who peacefully passed away from this life
on Friday, October 5, 2007.
He was preceded in death by (son) Bennon "Fuji",
(daughter) Felisha "Spoony", and (mother) Willie Mae.
His beautiful memory will always be cherished by: his
wife Debra; two sons, Tori (Sherry) of Kissimmee, FL, and
Kerry of Port St. Joe; two step-sons, Terry Small and Lewis
Small of Riverdale, GA; father, Cullen (Lillian) Thompson,
Sr., of Port St Joe; four brothers, Cullen (Ann) Thompson Jr.,
of Fayetteville, NC, Leonard (Mary) Thompson of Harrisburg,
PA, Bobby Thompson of Panama City, and Lyndon (Paula)
of Dallas TX; three sisters, Betty (Charles) Underwood of
Birmingham, AL, Joy (Willie) Escalante of Tampa, FL, Gloria
(Roosevelt) Escalante of Tampa, FL; grandchildren, Jarquez,
Shalonda, Ryan, Asia, Tre'kiyan, Jazmyn-Miami; nephews
(7); nieces (9); special friends, David and Geraldine Lewis,
Eugene and Linda Hill of Port St. Joe, and a host of other
cousins, and sorrowing friends.
Psalms 51:1,10
Have mercy upon me
O God, According to thy Loving kindness;
Create in me a clean heart,
O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
All services are under the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.

Mary Etta

Temple Pope

Mary Etta Temple Pope ,
was born December 14, 1913'
in Columbia, Mississippi.
She passed away September
28, 2007 in Rapieds Hospital
in Alexandria, LA. Her chil-
dren were at her side when the
Lord sent his angels to take her
to her heavenly home.
She was very preceded in death
by her husband, John H. Pope, Sr., a n d
her son and her son, John H. Pope, Jr. Surviving are three
daughters and a son: Verna L Burch of Port St. Joe, Viriginia
Furmagh of Fort Walton Beach, FL, Dorothy Chavers of
Pineville, LA and Bobby W. Pope of Pineville, LA.
She was a homemaker and her life revolved around her
children, 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 6
great great grandchildren.
A private funeral with family members was held Monday,
October 1, 2007 at Holly Hills Cemetery in Port St. Joe with
a very special great grandson, Trevor Burch of Port St. Joe,
Push funeral Home in Pineville, LA and Comforter
Funeral Home in Port St. Joe, FL were in charge of the

The Catholic Church
of Gulf County
St. Joseph Parish
20th Monument Ave. Port St. Joe 227-1417
All Mass Times EDT
Saturday 4:00 pm
Sunday 9:30 am
Monday, Thursday, Friday 9:30 am
Wednesday 5:30 pm
En Espanol: 8:00 am
(Last Sunday of the month)
St. Lawrence Mission
788 N Hwy 71
Wewahitchka, FL
Sunday Mass 11:00 am (CDT)




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

first Baptist Cihurch
Brent Vickery, Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education

Sunday School ........................ 9:45 am
Worship Service ................ 8:30 & 11:00 am
Disciple Training ...................... 6:00 pm
Evening Worship ...................... 7:00 pm
Wednesday Prayer Meeting .............. 6:00 pm
Mon-Fri: Devotion on 105.5 FM ......... 7:49 am ET


First Baptist Fall Festival

First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe will be having
a Fall Festival, Saturday, October 27 from 5 p.m. until.
Admission to enter will be one canned good to donate for our
Thanksgiving Baskets. There will be all kinds of activities for
all ages: Fishing Booth, old-fashioned hay rides, barrel rides,
dunking booth, horseshoes, inflatable games, cake walks,
and many more activities. Our Fall Festival is open to the
public. Please come and enjoy wonderful fellowship.


Honeyville United Methodist Church will celebrate home-
coming with special services November 4, the first Sunday in
November. The worship services will begin at 10 a.m. CST
and Rev. Jeremy Pridgeon will be preaching a bible mes-
A covered dish lunch will be spread in the fellowship hall
at approximately 12 noon.
Please join us for worship and fellowship.
We welcome and encourage you to be prepared to share
your memories, special songs, music, or any other talent you
may wish to share.
Call Rev. Anthony Cuchens, pastor, at (850) 639-3411
or Henrietta Branch at (850) 827-8863 for more information
about homecoming.
The church is located four miles south of Wewahitchka,
FL on Hwy. 71.

"Trunk or Treat"

Beach Baptist Chapel will be holding its annual Fall
Festival on Wed. Oct 31st from 6-8 pm ET. There will be
games, prizes, face painting, lots of capdy and loads of fun.
This year's theme is "Trunk or Treat" with prizes for the
best decorated trunk. Bring the whole family for a fun filled
Beach Baptist is located at 311 Columbus Street, St. Joe
Beach. Phone 647-3950.

Appreciation Service

It is with a grateful and joyful heart that the Port St. Joe
and the Yes Lord Deliverance Church of God in Christ, is
seeking your presence and support in honoring our beloved
pastor, Elder David Woods, Jr. at his annual Appreciation
Service on October 28, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. EST located at 163
Avenue D, Port St. Joe, Fl. Contact Deacon John Crosby at

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Attention Bikers
It is a privilege to invite all bikers to our first "Biker
Sunday" on November 4th, at Beach Baptist Chapel, 311
Columbus Street, St. Joe Beach.
We will begin at 10:45 am, ET, with a meet & greet fol-
lowed by contemporary morning worship at 11 with guest
speakers from the "Christian Motorcyclists Association."
Dinner on the grounds will follow the morning service,
with all visiting bikers as honored guests.
An after dinner ride will include a stop at the Dairy
Queen on Panama City Beach.
Mark this date on your calendar and join us for a won-
derful time of worship & fellowship. Everyone, including
non-bikers, is invited.
"He whom the Son has set free is free indeed" John

FUM Low Country Boil

First United Methodist Church enjoyed a time of fellow-
ship at their "Low Country Boil" on this past Sunday evening.
The food was great and the weather was perfect out under the
pine trees. A special thanks to our professional boilers, Ed
Creamer, Walter Wilder, Wayne Taunton and Hazen Sadler.
They were terrific! In Acts 2:46 we read, "And day by day
continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread
from house to house, they were taking their meals together
with gladness and sincerity of heart." Everyone had a great
time together as we shared our "meals together with gladness
and sincerity of heart." If you are not a part of a local church
family, feel free to call our church office at 227-1724.

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(850) 227-1818

Rish, Gibson, Scholz &
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William J. Rish, Thomas S. Gibson, Russell Scholz,
Paul W. Groom II
(850) 229-8211

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Personal Injury Real Estate
Workers' Compensation
(850) 227-1159


507 10th Street Port St. Joe
(850) 229-8111

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Highland View Church

of God "Youth Night"
Highland View Church of God is located at 482 Pompano
Street Port St. Joe (Highland View area). We meet every
Monday night at 6:30 p.m. If you need a ride make sure to
call (229-6235) by Monday 4 p.m. We would love for you to
be a part in youth choir, drama, mission trips, Christian con-
certs, and fundraisers. We also have Sunday school (classes
for all ages) at 9:45 a.m. and Bible Classes on Wednesdays
(classes for all ages) at 7 p.m. Please call by 4 p.m. if you
need a ride. Can't wait to see you here!!!

Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe

(850) 227-1724

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

Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m.
Methodist Youth Fellowship: 6.00 p.m.
Evening Worship: 7:30p.m.
All Times are EST

Rev. Mac Fulcher
Jeff Whity
Assistant Pastor/Music
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries

SThe friendly place to worship!

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

311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
SUNDAY: General Assembly 9:45 a.m. Bible Study all ages 10 a.m.
Morning Worship 11 a.m. Evening Worship 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Choir Practice 6 p.m.
Prayer Meeting & Youth Group 7 p.m.
"0 taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Hint."
Please accept this invitation to join us in worship. God bless you!
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-5026 Home 769-8725

A Call For Unction

The handmaiden no
one wants. The Lord has
a handmaid that is despised
and undesired. She has no
fine clothes nor does she wear
costly jewelry that appeals to
the eye. She does not have
the appeal of the intellectual
nor found in the rooms of the
philosophical. She is very
simple and down to earth in
appearance and in humility
will she be found without fear
kneeling. This humble hand-
maid is prayer.
Revival has been tucked
away in some prayer closet,
just waiting to be let out
to the work of reaching the
backslidden church and to
stir a fire in our community
to reach the lost. We have
so misplaced prayer in the
church that many could not
tell you the last time that they
actually did it. I am not talk-
ing about some rehearsed
notion that we speak in pub-
lic meetings or the "now I lay

me down to sleep poem" I
am talking about stilling away
with God and getting down to
the business at hand. First
on the list, seek forgiveness
for the lack of desire to live
Holy and be the example to a
lost and dieing world.
Leonard Ravenhill wrote,
"The tragedy of this late hour
is that we have too many dead
men in the pulpits giving out
too many dead sermons to
too many dead people. Oh!
The horror of it. There is
a strange thing that I have
seen "under the sun," even
in the fundamentalist circles,
it is preaching without unc-
tion. What is unction? I
hardly know. But I know
what it is not (or at least I
know when it is not upon my
own soul). Preaching with-
out unction kills instead of
giving life. The unctionless
preacher is a savor of death
unto death. The Word does
not live unless the unction is

upon the preacher."
Now, before many of
you lay all the blame to the
preacher let us look and see
why just maybe it could have
happened. Were not the dea-
cons elected or appointed
to serve bread to the body?
I do not find anywhere in
the Holy Bible where their
responsibilities are to tell
the preacher what, when
and where or for that mat-
ter to worry over the money.
Just serve bread! Why? So
that the ministers can keep
themselves to the Word and
prayer to be empowered with
Holy Unction to do the Work
called to do.
I would pray that we in
this great community of ours,
Gulf County, would from one
end to the other, feel a burn-
ing in our hearts to seek out
the Will of God and the Power
of the Holy Ghost, and the
embedded Word of God for
the greatest revival that this

part of the county has ever
seen. It will not come if we
find ourselves doing every-
thing else except the Kingdom
Business. We are called to be
about the Father's Will not
overrun in our lives with the
pleasures of this world.
I will tell you that I am
seeking God for revival and I
know that God said He would
give us the desires of our
heart and He knows mine.
The church is lost and must
find its way back to Holiness
and truth. Prayers, the lost
handmaid, will you find her
beauty or will she just con-
tinue to be the Cinderella of
the Church?
God bless and have a
great week.

In His Service
Pastor Tim
LightHouse Pentecostal

Third Annual Touch-a-Truck

The third annual Touch-a-Truck event will be held in
conjunction with Fall Festival at Long Avenue Baptist Church
this year.
The event will take place from 4-6 p.m. ET on Sunday,
Oct. 28 at the church, which is located at 1601 Long Avenue
in Port St. Joe.
There will be fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, dump
trucks and more for kids of all ages to climb on, learn how
they work, sound the horns and generally have some fun.
Smokey the Bear is scheduled to be in attendance.
Please bring a bag of non-perishable food or a new toy
to donate.
All donations benefit the "Christmas for the Kids and the
Elderly in Gulf County."
These donations are especially important this year as
many social programs for seniors and children have been
casualties of budget cuts. This is a chance for locals to bol-
ster that safety net.
For more information please call LABC at 229-8691 or

St. Peter's Anglican Church
(Traditional Episcopal Service 1928 BCP)

Morning Prayer & Holy Communion
Sunday................8:00 a.m.
The Rev. David Mans, Priest
Services being held at the United Pentecostal Church
309 6th Street Port St Joe, FL
"An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World"

Jesus is Lord and He is waiting

igbIlanlb iewt aptiA t Curcb
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a
Morning Worship 11:00

Mike Westbrook,

Evening Service
Discipleship Training
Wednesday Prayer

to lend us a vehicle please contact Suzanne Doran at 227-
For more information about the Christmas charity,
please call Larry Broome at 229-8466
And after the trucks, stick around for the Fall Festival
which will feature a cake walk, games, sack races, chili cook
off, inflatable slides, fall fun and prizes.

Fall Festival

Games, Inflatables, Food and Fun!!!
Everything is FREE!!!
When: October 27, 2007
Where: Highland View Church of God
Time: 11 a.m. 3 p.m.
Everyone is welcome.
Sponsored by Highland View Church of God and
Highland View Baptist.

Chtlrch of Christ
at the Beaches
Established 33 AD in Jerusalem

We meet at ~ 350 Firehouse Rtoad
Overstreet 850.647.1622

Sunday Bible Study
Sunday Worship
Wednesday Bible Study

10:00 a.m. EST
11:00 a.m. EST
7:30 p.m. EST

"We are about our Father's business"

482 Pompano Street 229-6235

Sunday School ..........
Sunday Morning Service ....
Sunday Evening Service.....
Monday Night Youth Service..
Wednesday Night .........

... 9:45 a.m.
...11:00 a.m.
... 6:00 p.m.
... 6:30 p.m.
... 7:00 p.m.

Pastor Howard Riley Welcomes Everyone

Family Life (hOu
"Touching Lives with the Love of Jesus"


7:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.



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9 a.m. Sunday
9:30 a.m. Sunday

Call 229-8310
P. 0. Box 758 Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Corner of 20th Street & Marvin Avenue

Worship within us at

Long Avenue Baptist Church

Where Faith, Family ed

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

Join us in worship ...
10:30 Sunday Morning
7:00 Wednesday Evening
Pastors Andrew
Cathy Rutherford
Rhema Bible Training Center graduates

Port St. Joe
Apolochicola Ponoma City
Hwy. 98
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Reid Ave.
SFamily life Church

Visit our website at: y Wewahitchko
323 Reid Avenue Port St. Joe 229-LIFE (5-33)

"Our Church can be your home"

First Church of the Nazarene
2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

Give unto the Lord theg(oni due His name, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Psa(m 29:2

Sunday School 10 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship ............ 11 a.m.

Sunday Evening Worship ....................6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Service .............. 7 p.m.

W First Presbyterian Church
of Port St. Joe
S508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
Reverend Reid Cameron
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School 11:00 a.m.

> 1601 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL For More Information Ca4ll 229-8691

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Important Dates:
October 16, 2007
Football at Home vs. Wewa at
1:00 p.m.
October 19, 2007
Money due for Science Fair
October 19, 2007 End
of 1st Nine Weeks
October 23, 2007
Football at Franklin County
6:30 p.m.
October 24, 2007 Early
Release Day for students
October 25, 2007
Discipline that Works at
PSJES 6:00 p.m.
Purple and White Game

On October 16 at 1:00
p.m. the Port St. Joe Middle
School Sharks will play the
Wewahitchka Middle School
Gators. Students will be dis-
missed from their 5th period
class and allowed to attend
this game if they have a gold
card or have bought a tick-
et. The tickets will be $1.00
and can be purchased in the
office. Concessions will also

be available for students to
purchase. GO SHARKS!

Discipline That Works!
An Introduction to 1-2-3
It's not easy being a par-
ent. You want kids who listen
and children you can enjoy.
You want to raise happy and
competent youngsters, but
you don't have a lot of free
time to read discipline and
parenting books. Join us
for 1-2-3 Magic and learn
how to handle misbehavior
in public, how to avoid the
talk-Persuade-Argue -Yell-Hit
Syndrome, how to manage
the six kinds of testing and
manipulation and you will
discover how your silence
can speak louder than your
Date: October 25, 2007
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Port St. Joe
Middle School

The new Pinnacle pass-

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Jordan Coleman, Madi Gingell, Riley Kerigan, Jonathan Renfro, Jacob Hopper (Happy Meal),
Jacoby Cryderman.
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Round up the kids and get ready to go fishing!

The 1 stAnnual Kids Fishing Rodeowill be held on Saturday,
November 17, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., C.T.
at Honeyville Park on Hwy. 71 in Wewahitchka.

Consolidated Bass Master's will be the sponsor for
this year's event. Food and Drink will be provided to

To sign your child up, stop by the Gulf County Road
Department located at 318 S. 7th Street in Wewahitchka
between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., C.T.
Participants must be age 12 or under.) But hurry, the
deadline to register is November 9, 20Q7.

So mark your calendars, get the kids registered, grab
the camera and come take part in th 1st Annual Kids
Fishing Rodeo. No doubt it will be a day fun for the
whole family!

words have been released
and are available for pick-
up. Please call 227-3211 to
make an appointment with
Miss Butts to get your stu-
dent's Pinnacle password.
When you come to the school
to pick up your student's
Pinnacle password, please
make sure you bring a pic-
ture I.D. with you. The pin-
nacle passwords are new for
the 6th grade students and
also for any student whose
social security number was
previously their student I.D.
number. If your student is a
7th or 8"' grader and your old
Pinnacle username and pass-
word is not working, please
call Miss Butts at 227-3211.
For those of you who are
not familiar with Pinnacle,
it is an online grade book
that can be accessed through
the Gulf County Schools
This online grade book
makes it easy for parents to
keep track of their student's
grades without having to con-
tact teachers or wait for prog-
ress reports to come home. I
encourage all parents to pick
up their student's Pinnacle
passwords. If you do not
have a computer at home,
you can use the computers in
the Opportunity Center at the
high school or the computers
in the public library to access
the Pinnacle website.

If you are interested in
becoming a parent volunteer
at Port St. Joe Middle School,
please contact Miss Butts at
227-3211 or abutts@gulf. to find out more
about the opportunities avail-
able for volunteers. You can
help make a difference in the
life of a student here at Port
St. Joe Middle School by
donating your time.

Game Plan
Today teens are faced
with incredible pressures
to become sexually active.
Being aware of these chal-
lenges and pressures as well
as the resulting physical,
emotional, mental, and social
consequences of such activi-
ty, Port St. Joe Middle School
has chosen to implement
the Game Plan Abstinence
Program as part of our health
education curriculum. This
curriculum uses a positive
approach to help students
consider their future goals
and dreams and to recognize
the benefits of sexual absti-
nence until marriage. The
eight session program helps
teens to formulate a game
plan for their future and help
them decide for themselves
that abstinence is the healthi-
est choice.
Teachers in our school
have received special train-
ing in the Game Plan cur-
riculum and are committed
to helping each student learn
to resist negative pressures
from media and peers, and
to make healthy decisions for
their future. Students will
receive their very own copy
of the Game Plan workbook
to use and to keep for future
reference. The program also
makes a specific effort to
involve parent interaction
and support. Our school is
dedicated to academic excel-
lence and helping you to help
your child succeed.
Beginning on October 12,
2007, the 7th grade students
in Career Exploration this
semester will be given the
opportunity to participate in
this program. A parent con-
sent form will be sent on with
the students on Wednesday,
October 10, and will need to
be returned to their Career
Exploration Teacher no later
than Friday, October 12, in
order to participate in the
first session. This program
will last for eight weeks and
be taught every Friday. Next
semester, the 71' grade stu-
dents who are currently in
RE. and the 8th grade stu-
dents will be given the oppor-
tunity to participate in this
If you have any ques-
tions or concerns about this
program please contact Miss
Butts at 227-3211. Also,
Project Reality, the company
that produces Game Plan has
also published a parenting
magazine that has some very
useful information for par-
ents of teens. If you would
like a copy of the magazine
please come to the middle
school office and ask for a
copy. The magazine is titled,
The Empowered Parent.

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For more information on this event or if

you wish to

be a volunteer, please contact Commissioner Carmen
McLemore at (850) 227-4965.

/s/ Carmen McLemore, District 1

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By Samantha Layfield

...And the 2007-2008
Homecoming Queen is...!
Well, it's that time of the year
again. School is in full swing
and students are getting
excited about the upcoming
As most of you have
probably heard, homecoming
week was last week and the
students went all out every
day. Monday was sports day
and there were lots of vari-
ous types of sports teams
to be seen. Tuesday was
color wars and boy, were
there some class rivalries.
Wednesday was board game
day and people dressed like
characters varying from
the Monopoly man to Mrs.
Scarlet form Clue. Thursday
was tacky day, enough said.
Then Friday was, of course,
Shark Spirit Day. There were
also various games and activi-
ties everyday for the students
to participate in. I asked fel-
low senior classmate Lauren
Larsen what she thought of
this past week she said, "I
thought it was awesome, and
I especially loved dressing in
togas on Friday with all of
the other seniors."
I sure hope that no one
missed Friday night's game
because it was a night filled
with great news for some. In
the float contest, the seniors
were victorious. Following
the seniors, 2nd place went
to the freshman class, 3rd
place went to the junior
class, and honorable men-
tion went to the sophomore
class. Good job to all that
helped out with the floats.
The halftime festivities of the
game are not soon to be
forgotten as they crowned
our 2007-2008 homecoming
queen. The title went to none
other than Miss Jasmine
Fennell. Congratulations.
Attendance Policy:
There is a new atten-
dance policy at our school.
If you want an absence to
be excused, turn in a note
signed by a parent/guardian
or doctor no later than 3
days after your absence. If
you have more than 4 unex-
cused absences in a 9 weeks,
you will receive a grade no
higher than a 59 or lower if
earned for the grading peri-
od in the class or classes
that you were unexcused for.
Parents will be notified after
the 4th unexcused absence.
Upon notification, the par-
ent will then have a maxi-
mum of 5 days to appeal. If
the appeal is approved, you
student will be allowed to
make up work and receive
the actual grade earned.
Senior News:
Deadline to turn in you
permission forms to attend
College Day at Gulf/Franklin
Center on Oct, 27th was Oct.
19th. Also, there are several
new scholarship applica-
tions available in the guid-
ance office if you are inter-
ested. Some of the schol-
arships include the Coca
Cola Scholarship, Florida





Association of Realtors,
Sam Walton Community
Scholarship, and many
more. There is a respon-
sible senior needed to help
volunteer for a blood drive
at the First Baptist Church
on Monday, November 12th.
For more information, please
contact Mrs, Newsome in the
guidance office.
If any senior wants a
t-shirt, please pay Ms. Barbee
$15 by the end of October
and if you don't have Ms.
Barbee, see Mrs. Caswell in
the front office. Don't for-
get that your next senior
trip payment of $50 is due
November 19th.
Junior News:
There are still conces-
sion stand workers needed
for our last home game. If
you are interested, please
contact Mrs. Karen Taylor
in the front office. Also, if
you have not paid you $20
dues, please pay them to
Jessie Faircloth as soon as
All Classes:
There is an essay con-
test for high school on Ayn
(Ann) Rand's books. Top
prize is $10,000. If you are
interested, contact the guid-
ance office. Also, Veteran's of
Foreign Wars announces its
annual Voice of Democracy
Essay Contest. Ultimate
prize is a $30,000 scholar-
ship. See Senior Chief Wayne
Taylor for more details. All
students need to order their
2007-2008 yearbook before
Oct. 31st to take advantage
of our discounted price. After
the 31st, prices will go up.
See Mrs. Norton for ordering
information. Don't forget to
turn in your underclassmen
picture proofs with payment
to Mrs. Norton by Oct. 26th.
NHS members had their
first service project on Oct.
21st. They met at Beacon
Hill Park and did a beach
clean-up. Mrs. Bernal will be
ordering your NHS shirts on
Oct. 26. All members should
bring your $16 for your shirt
no later than Oct. 25th. Key
Club also had a service proj-
ect last weekend. A group of
members did their part in
cleaning up Shark Stadium
after Friday night's home-
coming game. It was a great
project where there was a
lot accomplished in a little
amount of time.
The Tiger Sharks domi-
nated the football field with
the score of 42-6 against the
Franklin County Seahawks
last Friday night. This Friday,
the Sharks will be hosting
Freeport and there will be
Senior Night Festivities as
well. The game begins at
8:00. Come out and support
you team. Also, the team will
be traveling to Jay Tuesday
night for a make-up game.
Be careful you guys.
Congratulations go out
to Grant Rish as he qualified
to participate in the Region
Golf Tournament. He shot
a 3 over a par 75 at the
District 2 Golf Tournament,
Way to go!
With all of the craziness
of the last few weeks, it is
hard to find time to relax. It
is so hard to believe that this
is my last year walking the
halls of PSJHS. It just seems
so unreal. As I reflect on the
last few years in this school,
I would like to leave you
with a quote form Abraham
Lincoln: "In the end, it's not
about the years in your life,
it is about the life in your
years." Seniors, let's make
this an unforgettable year.A

Established 1937 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

Key Club and NJROTC

Volunteers at Buffer Preserve

Nine young women rep-
resenting Port Saint Joe
High School's Key Club and
NJROTC volunteered at the
St. Joseph Bay State Buffer
Preserve on Friday, October
12, and Saturday, October
13, to prepare the soil and
plant muhly grass donated
by the City of Port Saint Joe
to the Preserve. The grasses
had been removed from Reid
Avenue as a part of the ongo-
ing landscaping effort. The
native plants fit right in with
others at the Preserve Center,
but the real story here is
about girl power.
The job of preparing the
grounds was no small feat.
Armed with shovels, picks,

axes, and determination, the
girls had to remove centipede
grass and roots, loosen the
soil, plant the grass, and add
soil to grade. Jean Huffman,
manager of the preserve, was
right there with the girls,
helping determine the best
method and digging in along
with them. Huffman said,
"These girls represented
themselves, their parents,
the high school, their organi-
zations, and the City of Port
Saint Joe in an exemplary
manner. It was a pleasure to
work alongside such deter-
mined workers. The end
result is beautiful. We invite
the community to come and
see the work accomplished

here at the Preserve Center."
The girls were recruited
by Port Saint Joe High School
Senior Molly Matty, who told
them that they were going to
"be planting pretty little flow-
ers" at the Preserve. Little
did the girls know that there
was a lot of digging to be
done in preparation for the
muhly grass. They kept at
it even after they discovered
that the job was harder than
they had been led to believe.
Some even braved a second
day of the planting.
Those who volun-
teered on the first day were
Molly Matty, Laura Phillips,
Mariana Schwabacher,
Autumn Yoakum, Cody Clark,

Carolyn Marley, Jessica
Chancey, Lauren Larsen, and
Amber McCullough. The
die-hards who returned for
the second day were Molly

Matty, Mariana Schwabacher,
Carolyn Marley, and Amber
McCullough. The end results
were a new appreciation for
planting, a more beauti-

ful Preserve Center, and a
renewed appreciation for
Girl Power.



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Things are buzz-
ing' around Port St. Joe
Elementary School this week.
We are in the middle of Red
Ribbon Week. We have had
various speakers and con-
test to raise drug awareness
among our students) We
are looking forward to the
school-wide march on Friday.
During the march students
and faculty members will
march against drugs around
the school and Centennial
Building. Parents are encour-
aged to come out and sup-
port our students during the
march. If you have any ques-
tion about the Red Ribbon
Week festivities, please feel
free to call the school office
at 227-1221.
We are proud to
announce that classes began
in our new Art Room at Port
St. Joe Elementary School
taught by Mrs. Julie Hodges.
The study of art provides
major opportunities to nour-
ish higher-order thinking.
When well taught, skills asso-
ciated with artistic thinking
include the ability to see
clearly, analyze, reflect, make
judgments, forge connections
among ideas and informa-
tion, and generate new ideas
from diverse sources. So
many times Art is left out
of the curriculum and we
are proud to offer it to our
Please mark your cal-
endar for our Poetry Alive!
Performance at Port St.
Joe Elementary Monday
November 5th. We would
love to have as many parents
there as we can.
9:30-10:15 3-5
12:45-1:30 K-2
Performances funded by
The Gulf County Education

We would like to invite
the community to our annual
Fall Festival at the Centennial
Building on October 26th
from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
It will be filled with booths,
games, and contest for all
ages. Please support your
local school and bring your
whole family for a night of
fun. See you thereflUH!!!!ll

Important Dates to


Port St. Joe

Elementary School

October 24th-1/2 day for
October 26th-Red Ribbon

Week March ainst Drugs
October 26 -Fall Festival
4pm to 7pm
October 30th-Report
Cards go home
October 30th- Picture
October 31st-Clown Day
for 1st Grade
November 5th-Poetry
November 6th-Gold

Day Program

K-Seth Calareso; 1st Alidiea Odom; 2nd Takaylynn Carter; 3rd Crystal Yeager; 4th
- Mason Green*; 5th Krystal Pratt; 5th Willie Hill




Week #5 answers are:
1. Which continent is the largest in square miles and
population? ASIA
2. What is the meaning of the state name Nebraska? Broad
3. What is the meaning of the state name Oregon? Big Ear

Congratulations to: PSJHS Morning Crew, Linda Wood, Vicki
Burke, Bill Carr, Gail Ashbrook, and Tim Wilder for submitting the
winning entry from last week.

Week #6-Questions are:
1. Which ocean stretches all around the world?
2. Which sea is the lowest sea on Earth?
3. Which sea is famous for its floating seaweed?

Please email your responses to:

BID NO. 0708-03\
The Gulf County Board of County Commiss owners is seeking bids
for purchase of the following:
Specifications can be obtained from th Clerk's Office at the
Gulf County Courthouse, Room 148, 100 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.,
Blvd., Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32 56, (850) 229-6112.
Please submit four (4) copies of your bid and indicate on the
envelope YOUR COMPANY NAME, that is is a SEALED BID
and include the BID NUMBER.
Proposals must be turned in to the Gulf County Clerk's Office at
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd, Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida,
32456, by 4:30 p.m., E.T., on Friday, November 2 2007. Bids
will be opened at this location on Monday, November 5, 2007
at 10:00 a.m., E.T.
The Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids.


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Joe High School

p' "' Recently Ms. Barbee's "',
Se manitie students ar- Envntian Pyramid: v6

ticipated in a contest in
which models of several
important historic buildings
were reconstructed. Groups
were assigned the following
projects: an Egyptian pyra-
mid, Solomon's Temple, the
Parthenon in Greece, and the
Colosseum in Rome. While
all the students did a won-
derful job, the Grand Prize
winners were Samantha
Layfield and Melissia Deputy
for their 4 ft x 2 ft x 1.5 ft
wooden reproduction of the
Parthenon. Great job!

Addie Little, Meagen Langley,
Jessica Chancey, Olivia
Lamberson (not pictured)
Solomon's Temple:
Johnny Miller, Sam Baird,
Elijah Quaranta, Kellye
Robinson, and Whitney
Greek Parthenon:
Melissia Deputy and
Samantha Layfield
Roman Collosseum: Eric
Brumbaugh, Matt Wright,
Kathryn Arnold, and Lenora
Weimorts (not pictured)

United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe Fall Fesitval

Saturday, Oct. 27 from at 8 a.m. and there will be a
8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at First silent auction, flea market,
United Methodist Church of hand-painted window panes
Port St. Joe. .and casseroles to go.
Breakfast will be served Start the holidays off

right by visiting our Arts The Book Room is filled
and Crafts Room filled with with used books, books on
wreaths, ornaments and cen- tape, videos stationary, book-
terpieces for all types of occa- marks, baskets and vases.
sions. The Flea Market Room

Reflections on The Wall:
25th Anniversary Commemorative Publication

Star Publications is honoring all living and departed Viet-
nam Veterans in a once-in-a-lifetime special publication.
A collaborative effort undertaken by the staffs of The Star
and The Times, Reflections on the Wall will commemorate
the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in
Washington, D.C. and feature:
* An in-depth history of "The Wall"
* Profiles of Gulf and Franklin County's honored dead
* Personal tributes to Vietnam Veterans throughout
Northwest Florida
Expanded coverage of the Beacon Hill exhibition of "The
Wall That Heals," a traveling half-scale replica of the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Information about the future arrival of the Three
Servicemen Statue South (a replica of a portion of the
original statue in Washington) in Apalachicola
Over 10,000 copies of this glossy, keepsake booklet will be
distributed in The Star and The Times to our subscription
and rack customers.
Additional copies will be available at both The Star and The
Times offices for just $5 (including tax) per copy.

Reserve your space in this
keepsake publication.

Advertrainig Deadline: Friday, November 2
Publish Date: Thursday, November 29

Full Page
7.75" wide by 10.25" tall
Back cover
Inside front cover
Inside back cover
Full page inside
Half page
7.75" wide by 5.125" tall
Quarter page
3.75" wide by 5" tall


Sixth page
3.75" wide by 3.25" tall
Eighth pag
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$1,195 Memorial/Tribute Ads
(Ninth page)
$ 650 2.5" wide by 3.35" tall $ 75*
*Memorial Tribute Ads are intended to honor
$ 450 Vietnam veterans only.

To reserve an advertisement in Reflections on the Wall, please contact Star Publications' advertising
representatives: Renee Carroll (Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka) 227-7858, Brett Lowery (The Beach-
es) 227-7856, or Joel Reed (Franklin County) 227-7851 or 653-8869.

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Final Design for New Sacred

Heart Hospital Nearing Completion

Sacred Heart Health System is complet-
ing the detailed design of the new 25-bed
hospital that will open in the spring of 2009
to serve Gulf County and Franklin County.
Sacred Heart will submit final drawings
for the future Sacred Heart Hospital on Nov.
15 to the Florida Agency for Health Care
Administration. The architect's drawings will
show details for each room in the hospital,
including detailed engineering, electrical, and
ventilation drawings. AHCA will have 60 days
to review the plans and make its comments
and recommendations.
The site for the hospital, located along
Highway 98 near Gulf Coast Community
College, has been cleared except for desig-
nated wetland be preserved on the
27-acre site.
Starting next month, crews also will start
hauling in.fill dirt to raise the site to 14.7
feet above sea level and prepare foundations.
Also in November, contractors will begin to
extend underground utilities such as water,
sewer, and electric power lines to the site.
The construction of the hospital will

be overseen by a construction management
company, Greenhut Construction Co. of
Pensacola, which was recently selected for
the manager role. Greenhut Construction
has worked with Sacred Heart on construc-
tion projects for almost 20 years, and has
built major facilities in Northwest Florida,
including Sacred Heart Children's and
Women's Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital
on the Emerald Coast, and the terminal at
Pensacola Regional Airport.
As the construction manager, Greenhut
will review competitive bids from subcontrac-
tors and suppliers, and also oversee work on
the project. Qualified local and regional con-
tractors will have the opportunity to submit
bids. Qualified companies may send letters
of interest to the project architect, DAG
Architects in Destin.
The hospital project will provide resi-
dents of Gulf and Franklin counties with:
A community hospital with 25 private
rooms, an emergency department, and two
operating rooms.
An urgent care clinic to treat minor inju-

ries and illnesses
Laboratory services
Diagnostic imaging services such as CT
scans, xWray, ultrasound and mammogra-
A Medical Office Building to provide
offices for 10 physicians
A helipad to be used by Sacred Heart's
AirHeart helicopter, providing rapid trans-
port for trauma patients and other critically
ill patients to a Trauma Center.
Sacred Heart Health System based in

Pensacola was named recently by National
Research Corporation as winner of the 2007
Consumer Choice Award for the Pensacola
region. The award recognizes hospitals that
"are rated by local consumers as their top
choice for Best Overall Quality, Best Doctors,
Best Nurses and Best Image. Sacred Heart is
part of Ascension Health, the nation's largest
system of not-for-profit health care facilities.
For more information about Sacred
Heart Health System, call 850-416-7000 or
visit online to .

Arizona Chemical's Gulf Coast Facilities

Recognized with 2007 Gulf Guardian Award

Arizona Chemical's Panama City,
Pensacola and Port St. Joe, Fla., plants
together have been recognized by the EPA for
their commitment to environmental excel-
lence and have been named recipients in the
2007 Gulf Guardian Award program.
"At Arizona Chemical, we recognize our
good fortune to be located in some of the best
places in the world and the Gulf of Mexico is
such an important part of what makes these
communities great," said James Leitheiser,
Director-Environmental, Health & Safety for
Arizona Chemical. "All of our employees feel
a strong obligation to ensure we do our part
to protect this natural resource and all the
wonderful things it provides for the region."
The Environmental Protection Agency's
Gulf of Mexico Program was formed in 1988
as a non-regulatory, inclusive partnership
to provide -a broad geographic focus on the
major environmental issues in the Gulf. The
Gulf of Mexico Program Partnership devel-
oped the Gulf Guardian Awards in 2000 as a
way to recognize and honor the businesses,
community groups, individuals, and agencies
in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana,
and Texas that are taking positive steps to
keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and produc-
tive. Each year, first, second and third place
awards are given in seven categories: busi-
ness, civic/non-profit organization, partner-

ships, youth/education, individual, govern-
ment, and bi-national. Arizona Chemical's
plants received the second place award in the
business category.
Arizona Chemical's Panama City,
Pensacola and Port St. Joe facilities have
been involved in many voluntary projects
over the past four years and continue to
demonstrate leadership in environmental
management and performance improvement.
Projects at these three plants have resulted in
reductions in air, water, and waste discharg-
es that go beyond regulatory requirements
for the benefit of environmental protection,
resource conservation, and sustainability. All
results are quantifiable and are confirmed
by USEPA for participation in the National
Environmental Performance Track (NEPT)
Arizona Chemical (arizonachemical.
com), headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.,
is the world's largest producer of natural-
ly derived specialty resins and pine-based
chemicals for the adhesives, inks and coat-
ings, lubricants, fuel additives, mining and
oleochemicals markets. The company has six
manufacturing plants in the U.S. and five in
Europe. Arizona Chemical also has research
and development capabilities and a network
of sales offices throughout the world.

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GRAT rWALL: A Great Place to Eat
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The gifted students of
Port St. Joe High School
recently visited the Great
Wall Chinese Restaurant on
Reid Ave. in downtown Port
St. Joe. Grant Gingell com-
mented, "The Great Wall of
China, the actual wall, is vis-
ible from space, and while
the Great Wall restaurant is
not, its tremendous buffet
selection may be."
Gingell continues, "The
beauty of the buffet lies in
the freedom to start with des-
sert. The fried doughnuts are
sugar coated, light, fluffy, and
golden, just as one hopes.
Crab Rangoon and Kung Pao
Chicken are stocked to the
all-you-can-eat point, while
still maintaining a freshness
that is uncommon in most
Chinese buffets. The Moo
Goo Gai Pan is a fabulous fall
back stir fry dish in Chinese
cuisine, while the Lo Mein,
the staple noodle dish, scores
highly on my taste test. The
egg drop soup is delectable
and there is an assortment of
cut fruit for the more healthy
Krista Parker adds, "The
buffet has many other sides
including fried rice, sweet
and sour chicken, potatoes,
green beans, egg rolls, and a
variety of sushi."
The Great Wall of Port
St. Joe is owned by Shao

Lin and Xiu Lan Lin. They
opened in September of 2000
at the Port Inn in Port St.
Joe and later moved to Reid
Ave. Parker notes, "Their
son Jason is a classmate of
ours and helped to set up
this visit." When interviewed
about the food's authenticity
Lin said, "We eat the same
food." She also informed us
that the food is very healthy
as well as authentic.
"Another plus is that the
wait staff is always expedient,
courteous, and refreshingly
responsible," reports Grant
Gingell. "Booths provide a
private dining experience
that many patrons enjoy,
while the tables, which make
up the center floor, can be
arranged to accommodate a
fairly large party."
"The scenery is quite
authentic with warm reds
and oranges used through-
out the dining area, as well
as two huge Asian pictures,
one of the Great Wall itself,"
describes Krista Parker.
Katherine Arnold adds,
"There is traditional music
playing in the background
which adds to the overall
Asian feel."
"So if you want to get a
taste of the Chinese culture,"
Arnold continues, "you can
try a little bit of everything on
the buffet (with a drink) for

around $8. It's like a little
piece of China right here in
Port St. Joe!"

One of the students had
the perfect fortune cookie
to finish off this wonderful

meal: "Cooking food easy.
Cooking food that tastes good
hard." That's why everyone

should come
cious Chinese
Great Wall.

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cuisine at the

Florida State Parks CONTRIBUTE BIG TO Local Economies

-Tourism and employment among park contributions-

The Florida Department
of Environmental Protection
(DEP) announced today that
Florida's state parks contrib-
uted more than $936 million
to local communities dur-

ecotourism industry," said
DEP Deputy Secretary Bob
Ballard. "Our state parks
offer environmental recre-
ation and education for visi-
tors of all ages, and this

ing the 2006-07 fiscal year. record-breaking success was
During that time, state parks a great boost to the state's
generated more than 18,700 economy."
jobs and welcomed a record- At the top of this year's
breaking 19.5 million visi- list is St. Andrews State Park
tors. in Panama City Beach, which
"Nature-based recre- contributed more than $47
national activities at Florida's million to the state. Closely
state parks are a significant following is Honeymoon
part of Florida's growing Island State Park in Dunedin,

with more than $42 million in
direct economic impact; John
Pennekamp State Park in Key
Largo, contributing $38.3
million; Lovers Key State
Park in Fort Myers Beach,
supplying $37.8 million for
South Florida economies;
and Bill Baggs Cape Florida
State Park in Key Biscayne,
providing $36.6 million for
Southeast Florida.
"Florida's state parks
are a popular draw for
both out-of-state and local
visitors," said DEP Florida

Park Service Director Mike
Bullock. "The beaches, trails,
and recreational and educa-
tional opportunities at state
parks are enjoyed at record-
breaking levels across the
Direct economic impact
is calculated as the amount of
new dollars spent in the local
economy by non-local park
visitors and park operations.
The Florida Park Service
uses the Money Generation
Model designed for and used
by the National Park Service

to assess economic impact
in the local area around a
The first two-time Gold
Medal winner honoring the
nation's best state park sys-
tem, the Florida Park Service
is one of the largest in the
country with 161 parks
spanning 700,000 acres and
100 miles of sandy white
beach. From swimming and
diving in Florida's rivers and
springs to birding and fishing
or hiking and riding on nat-
ural scenic trails, Florida's

state parks offer year-round
outdoor activities for all ages.
Battle reenactments and
Native American festivals cel-
ebrate Florida's unique his-
tory, while art shows, muse-
ums and lighthouses offer
a window into Florida's cul-
tural heritage.
For more information
about Florida State Parks,
visit www.FloridaStateParks.


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Should you Rent or Buy?

In a Confusing Real Estate Market, this Age-Old Question is Even More Complex

By Charles J. Kovaleski

Amid decreasing home
prices, rising foreclosures
and fewer attractive home
loans, deciding whether to
buy a house or continue
renting can be more per-
plexing than ever for many
Floridians. On one hand, it
seems foolish not to buy now
when headlines declare that
home prices are across the
state have rarely, if ever, been
lower. But on the other hand,
the fallout from adjustable
rate mortgages can make
renting seem like a much
safer bet. So how do you cut
through the confusion and
determine whether it's the
right time for you to buy or
rent? Here are a few ques-
tions to consider that may
help you find clarity.
What is your motivation?
The most important
thing to consider is whether
you want to rent or buy and

why. In today's sluggish mar-
ket, it is wise to view a house
first as a place of shelter and
second as an investment. If
you are eager to buy a house
to create a more permanent
home for you and your fam-
ily, it makes sense to explore
buying. With lower prices in
many areas, now could be a
great time to buy-if you do
so for the right reasons. But
if you're looking at a home
solely as an investment, or if
you view home buying as rite
of passage that doesn't really
interest you, then renting can
make a lot of sense.
How long do you plan to
stay in your home?
Ideally, you should stay
in a home long enough to
recoup your buying costs.
So, if it's likely that you will
move in three years or less,
you might want to keep on
renting. Within that time-
frame, your house likely will
not have appreciated enough-

especially in today's market-
to recover your initial buying
costs. Also, if relocation may
be likely in your near future,
you could lose money if you
buy because you will have to
cover your mortgage, insur-
ance and maintenance costs
until you sell.
What's the bottom line?
Compare expenses asso-
ciated with buying versus
renting. While calculating rent
expenses is straightforward-
just add up rent, utilities
and insurance-figuring out
home expenses and financial
benefits can be more diffi-
cult. There are some good
online calculators through
real estate agents or other
sources to help you deter-
mine what expenses and
benefits including tax deduc-
tions that you can expect
with home ownership. Once
you have made some initial
calculations, you will have a
good indication of whether

renting or buying is a better
choice for you financially.
How clean is your credit?
As mortgages are increas-
ingly difficult to obtain in the
wake of the credit crunch, it
is important to have a good
credit rating before applying
for a loan. If your credit is
blemished, work out a plan
with a financial advisor to
increase your score so you
will get a favorable interest
rate when you decide to buy.
If your credit is good, and
you want to buy a house, you
should by all means proceed,
but know that getting a mort-
gage can be a longer process
now, so plan accordingly.
Can you make a down
While there is 100 per-
cent financing available, you
are more likely to get a more
favorable interest rate-and
have greater peace of mind-if
you can make a down pay-

ment. You'll also avoid having
to pay extra for private mort-
gage insurance, which most
lenders require if you put
down less than 20 percent of
the home's price at closing.
Is your rent likely
to go up?
As attractive mortgages
become increasingly rare,
many people are choosing
to rent a home rather than
buy one now. As demand
for rental housing increases,
rents are likely to rise also. If
you are a renter and are not
sure whether your landlord
is able to boost your rent
price easily, consult a real
estate attorney to find out
your rights.
What is your financial
Before making a long-
term commitment to buy-
ing a home, you need to be
financially ready. Do you
have steady and reliable
income? Do you know what
you can realistically afford?
Another thing to consider is
whether you save or make
other investments. For many
people who don't, a home

can be the "forced" savings
they need.
Whether buying or rent-
ing is the best move for you,
be sure to seek the advice of
a real estate attorney before
making your final decision.
Even rental contracts can
have fine print that may sur-
prise you, so it's always wise
to be prepared.

Charles J. Kovaleski
is president of Attorneys'
Title Insurance Fund, Inc.,
(The Fund) the leading title
insurer in Florida and the
sixth largest title insurance
company in the country.
Acknowledged as the Florida
residential real estate
expert, The Fund has been
in business for more than
50 years and supports a
network of more than 6,000
attorney agents statewide
who practice real estate
law. The Fund, based in
Orlando, underwrites more
than 300,000 title insurance
policies for owners and lend-
ers in Florida every year.
For more information, visit
www. fundhomeinfo. cor

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

2008 Program Signup
Deadline November 13, 2007

The 2008 Environmental
Quality Incentives Program
S(EQIP) is a voluntary conser-
vation program for ,farmers
and ranchers that promotes
environmental quality in agri-
cultural production. EQIP
offers financial and technical
assistance to participants to
install or implement struc-
Stural and management prac-
- tices on agricultural land.
EQIP offers contracts
that provide incentive pay-
ments to implement con-

servation practices. Persons
who are engaged in livestock
or agricultural production on
eligible land may participate
in EQIP Activities are carried
out according to a conserva-
tion plan developed in con-
junction with the participant
and NRCS. The practices are
subject to NRCS technical
standards adapted for local
National, state, and
local priorities are used to
guide which producers will
be selected to receive EQIP
assistance, because funding is
limited. The ranking system

evaluates the environmental
benefit of each application
as it relates to the conserva-
tion priorities. The conserva-
tion priorities for Calhoun,
Liberty, Gulf, and Franklin
counties and practices eli-
gible for incentive payments
include soil erosion (no-till
or strip-till & winter cover
crop, sod base rotation, gully
erosion control, pasture &
hay planting), water qual-
ity (fencing livestock out of
wetlands), animal and plant
health (cross-fencing, well,
pipeline, & troughs to pro-
inote rotational grazing and

create sufficient livestock
water supply), wildlife habitat
improvement (tree planting
& prescribed burning), water
quantity (center pivot irriga-
tion retrofit for existing sys-
tems), and pest management
(invasive species control for
plants such as Cogan Grass,
Kudzu, Tropical Soda Apple,
etc.). The listed practices
do no include all practices
eligible to receive incentive
Participants are expect-
ed to maintain all practices
throughout the life of the prac-
tices as established by NRCS.

Annual status reviews are
conducted on all contracts to
ensure proper implementa-
tion. Applicants must meet
criteria for EQIP and must
provide receipts showing a
minimum of $1,000 in farm
sales per year, or 2 years out
of the past 5 years. Forestry
practices are exempt from
the $1,000 in sales.
Applicants must own
or have control of the land
for the length of the EQIP
Contract. Practice installa-
tion can not begin prior to
approval. The deadline for

the 2008 signup period is
November 13, 2007.
.For more information
about EQIP or other USDA-
NRCS programs contact
Brian McGraw or Cathy Davis
at the USDA-NRCS Office
in Blountstown. Our tele-
phone number is (850)674-
8271 ext. 3. For more
information about EQIP and
USDA-NRCS programs check
out the Florida USDA-NRCS
website at http://www.fl.nrcs.

Florida's Great Northwest Announces

2007-08 Board Of Directors

On Thursday, October
11, 2007, Florida's Great
Northwest announced its
2007-08 Board of Directors
at its Annual Meeting held
at Sandestin Golf & Beach
Resort. The members of the
Executive Board are as fol-

Officers of the Board of
Fred Leopold, Vanguard
Vice President:
Jeff Helms, PBS&J
Mary Lou Reed, Workforce

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The four newly elected
Members of the Board of
Directors are:
Jim Alberts, Farm Credit
of Northwest Florida
Chuck Faulkner,
Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood
Marty Stubblefield,
Hancock Bank

Florida's Great Northwest
is a regional economic devel-
opment organization serving
16 counties in Northwest
Florida from Pensacola
through Tallahassee. Its pri-
mary mission is the creation
of high-wage, high-skill jobs,
branding and marketing, as
well as support of the local
economic development orga-
nizations in the region.

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Attorney for Personal
Charles A. Costin
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Telephone: (850)
Florida Bar No. 699070

Personal Representative:
Charles Huff Wright, IV
7595 CR C30
Port St. Joe, Fl. 32456



File No. 07-80PR

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/ Deceased.

The administration of the
estate of CHARLES HUFF
WRIGHT, II deceased, File
Number 07-76PR, 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
representative and the
personal representative's
attorney are set forth be-


All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this
notice is served within
three (3) months after the
date of the first publica-
tion'of this notice must file
their claims with this Court

All other creditors of the
decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against the decedent's es-
tate must file their claims
with this Court WITHIN


hThe date of first publica-
tion of this Notice is Octo-

The date of first
publication of this notice is
October 25, 2007.

Attorney for Personal Rep-
Mel C. Magidson Jr., Esq.
FL Bar No. 261629
Attorney for Sidney Dan-
528 6th St.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Phone: (850) 227-7800/
Fax: (850) 227-7878

Personal Representative:
Sidney Daniels
12002 Saw Mill Ct.
Silver Springs, MD 20902

Publish October 25 & No-
vember 1,2007



The administra-
t i 0 n
of the estate of Dorothy L.
Daniels, deceased, whose
date of death was April 13,
2006, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Gulf
County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of
which is 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456. The
names and addresses of
the personal representa-
tive and the personal rep-
resentative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors ofthe
decedent and other per-
sons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of
this notice is required to
be served must file their
claims with this court
All other creditors
of the decedent and other
persons having claims or
demands against dece-
dent's estate must file
their claims with this court
SECTION 733.702 OF



whose residence is un-
known if he/she/they be
living; and if he/she/they
be dead, the unknown de-
fendants who may be
spouses, heirs, devisees,
grantees, assignees,
lienors, creditors, trus-
tees, and all parties claim-
ing an interest by,
through, under or against
the Defendants, who are
not known to be dead or
alive, and all parties hav-
ing or claiming to have
any right, title or interest
in the property described
in the mortgage being
foreclosed herein.

FIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on
the following property:

303, PAGE 283, OF THE

has been filed against you
and you are required to
serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it
ESQ. Plaintiff's attorney,
whose address is 801 S.
University Drive #500,

I 1100
Plantation, FL 33324 on or
before November 12,
2007, (no later than 30
days from the date of the
first publication of this no-
tice of action ) and file the
original with the clerk of
this court either before
service on Plaintiff's attor-
ney or immediately there-
after; otherwise a default
will be entered against
you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint
or petition filed.herein.
Witness my hand
and the seal of this Court
at GULF County, Florida,
this 11th day of Obtober,
/s/Jasmine Hysmith

Publish October 18 & 25,


CASE NO. 07-CA-240


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of way line of State
Road Number 71 for
641.27 feet; thence turn
120 degrees 13 minutes
right for 647.6 feet for
the Point of Beginning.
This parcel of land is
located in the Northeast
Quarter of the
Northwest Quarter of
Section 36, Township 4
South, Range 10 West,
Gulf County, Florida.

In accordance with the
Americans With Disabili-
ties Act, persons needing
a special accommodation
to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact
the Court Administrator's
Office no later than seven
(7) days prior to the
proceeding at 300 East
Fourth Street, Panama
City, Florida 32401; Tele-
phone: (850)763-9061,
ext. 327; 1-800-955-8771
(TDD); or 1-800-955-8770
(V), via Florida Relay Serv-
Any person claiming an
interest in the surplus
from the sale, if any, other
than the property owner
as of the date of the lis
pendens must file a claim
within 60 days after the
Witness my hand and the
official seal of this
Honorable Court, on this
11th day of October,

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

NOTICE OF SALE Publish October 25 &
NOTICE is hereby given November 1, 2007
pursuant to a Final
Judgment of Foreclosure
dated October 9, 2007,
entered in Case Number
07-CA-240 of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth NOTICE OF THE SEA-
Judicial Circuit in and for SIDE VILLAGE COMMU-
Gulf County, Florida, NITY DEVELOPMENT
LLC ar the Defendants, I
will sell to the highest NOTICE IS
bidder for cash at the Gulf HEREBY GIVEN that the
County Courthouse, 1000 Seaside Village Commu-
Ceci Costin Boulevard, nity Development District
Port St. Joe, Florida, Gulf (the "District") intends to
Cou ty, at 11:00 a.m. use the uniform method of
East rn Time, on the 8th collecting non-ad valorem
day 3f November, 2007,
thae flowg desrbed assessments to be levied
prop, y situated in Gulf by the District, pursuant to
Count, Florida, and set Section 197.3632, Florida
forth ir the Order or Final Statutes. The Board of
Judgement, to-wit: Supervisors of the District
Commence at the will conduct a public hear-
Northeast corner of the ing on Tuesday, Novem-
Northeast Quarter of the ber 13, 2007, at 2:00 p.m.
Northwest Quarter of at the Carrabelle Senior
Section 36, Township 4 Center, 201 Avenue F,
South, Range 10 West Carrabelle, Florida
and extend a line South 32
along the East line of 32322.
the Northeast Quarter of The purpose of
the Northwest Quarter the public hearing is to
for 355.6 feet for a Point consider the adoption of a
of Beginning. From said resolution authorizing the
Point of Beginning District to use the uniform
continue the line last method of collecting
described above for non-ad valorem assess-
544.4 feet; 88 degrees ments to be levied by the
40 minutes right of District on properties lo-
328.5 feet; thence 61 cated within the District's
degrees 29 minutes i e trt
right along Eastern right: I 3undaries, pursuant to
ISection 197.3632, Florida

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The District may DITCH FITTINGS
levy non-ad valorem as-
sessments for the Specifications can be ob-
purpose(s)of construct- trained at Preble-Rish, Inc.,
purposes) i cn 3 Marina Drive, Port St.
ing, acquiring, making Joe, Florida 32456, (850)
maintaining, operating, 227-7200. The bid must
and equipping infra- conform to Section
structure improvements to 287.133(3) Florida Stat-
serve the District includ- utes, on public entity
ing, but not limited to, crimes.
roadway improvements,
utility improvements and This project consists of in-
other improvements and stalling ADS Fittings in
any other lawful projects Americus Ditch as de-
or services of the District. scribed in Specifications.
Interested parties Completion date for these
may appear at the public projects will be 30 days
hearing to be heard re- from the date of the No-
garding the use of the uni- twice to Proceed presented
form method of collecting to the successful bidder.
such non-ad valorem as-
sessments. Please submit four (4)
The public hear- copies of your bid and in-
i n g dicate on the envelope
may be continued to a YOUR COMPANY NAME,
date, time, and place to that this is a SEALED
BID, and include the BID
be specified on the record NUMBER.n
at the hearing. If any per-
son decides to appeal any Bids will be received until
decision made with re- 4:30 p.m., E.T, on Friday,
spect to any matter con- October 26, 2007, at the
sidered at this public Gulf County Clerk's Office,
hearing, such person will Gulf County Courthouse,
need a record of pro- 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr.
ceedings, and for such Blvd., Room 148, Port St.
purpose such person may Joe, Florida 32456. Bids
need to ensure that a ver- will be opened at this
same location on Mon-
batim record of the pro- day, October 29,2007, at
ceedings is made at their 10:00 a.m., E.T
own expense and that
such record includes the The Board of 'County
testimony and evidence Commissioners reserves
on which the appeal is the right to waive infor-
based. malities in any bid, to ac-
OneormoreSu- cept and/or reject any or
pervisors may participate all bids, and to accept the
in the public hearing by bid that in their judgment
telephone. At the above will be in the best interest
location there will be pres- of Gulf County.
ent a speaker telephone If you have any questions,
so that any interested please call Bill Kennedy at
party can attend the pub- (850) 227-7200.
lic hearing at the above
location and be fully in- BILL WILLIAMS
formed of the discussions CHAIRMAN
taking place either in per-
son or by speaker tple- Publish October 18 & 25,
phone device. 2007
Any person
r e q u i r -
ing a special accommo-
dation to participate in the
hearing because of disa- STATE OF FLORIDA
ability shall contact the Dis- DEPARTMENT OF ENVI
trict Manager at (877) RONMENTAL PROTEC-
276-0889, at least five (5) TION
business days in advance NOTICE OF INTENT TO
to make appropriate ar- ISSUE PERMIT
rangements. Permit File No.

District Manager
Seaside Village Commu-
nity Development

Publish October 18, 25,
November 1, & 8, 2007

BID #0708-02

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners
will receive sealed bids
from any qualified person,
company or cqwporation
interested in constructing:


The Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection
gives notice of its intent to
issue a permit to Black's
Island, LLC, to construct a
new public water system
consisting of a four-inch
well with an 85 gallon per
minute submersible
pumping system, a so-
dium hypochlorite disin-
fection system, two
5,000-gallon ground stor-
age tanks, two 100 gallon
per minute high service
pumps, a 120-gallon pres-
sure tank, and three-inch
PVC distribution piping to
serve the various struc-
tures on Blacks Island, lo-
cated in the southern end
of St. Joseph Bay approxi-

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lately 1.5 miles west of
the eastern shoreline, 1
mile north of the southern
shoreline and 1.13 miles
sast of the western shore-
line in Gulf County, Flor-

The intent to issue and ap-
plication file are available
for public inspection dur-
ing normal business
hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m., Monday through Fri-
day, except legal holidays,
at the Florida Department
of Environmental Protec-
tion, 160 Governmental
Center, Pensacola, Flor-
ida, 32502-5794

The Department will issue
the permit with the at-
tached conditions unless
a timely petition for an ad-
ministrative hearing is filed
under Sections 120.569
and 120.57, Florida Stat-
utes, within fourteen days
of receipt of notice. The
procedures for petitioning
for a hearing are set forth

A person whose substan-
tial interests are affected
by the Department's pro-
posed permitting decision
may petition for an ad-
ministrative proceeding
(hearing) under sections
120.569 and 120.57 of the
Florida Statutes. The pe-
tition must contain the in-
formation set forth below
and must be filed
(received by the clerk) in
the Office of General
Counsel of the Depart-
ment at 3900 Common-
wealth Boulevard, Mail
Station 35, Tallahassee,
Florida 32399-3000.

Under rule 62-110.106(4)
of the Florida Administra-
tive Code, a person may
request enlargement of
the time for filing a petition
for an administrative hear-
ing. The request must be
filed (received by the
clerk) in the Office of Gen-
eral Counsel before the
end of the time period for
filing a petition for an ad-
ministrative hearing.

Petitions filed by any per-
sons other than those en-
titled to written notice un-
der Section 120.60(3),
Florida Statutes, must be
filed within fourteen days
of publication of the notice
or within fourteen days of
receipt of the written no-
tice, whichever occurs
first. Under Section
120.60(3), Florida Stat-
utes, however, any person
who has asked the De-
partment for notice of
agency action may file a
petition within fourteen
days of receipt of such no-
tice, regardless of the date
of publication.

The petitioner shall mail a
copy of the petition to the
appliant at the address
indicted above at the
time of filing. The failure

1100 |
of any person to file a peti-
tion or request for enlarge-
ment of time within four-
teen days of receipt of no-
tice shall constitute a
waiver of that person's
right to request an admin-
istrative determination
(hearing) under Sections
120.569 and 120.57, Flor-
ida Statutes. Any subse-
quent intervention (in a
proceeding initiated by an-
other party) will be only at
the discretion of the pre-
siding officer or pursue
mediation as provided be-
low within the appropriate
time period shall consti-
tute a waiver of those

A petition that disputes the
material facts on which the
Department's action is
based must contain the
following information:

(a) The name,
address, 'and telephone
number of the petitioner;
the name, address, and
telephone number of the
petitioner's representative,
if any, The Department
permit identification num-
ber and the county in
which the subject matter
or activity is located;
A statement of
how and when the peti-
tioner received notice of
the Department action;
A statement of
how each petitioner's sub-
stantial interests are af-
fected by the Department
A statement of all
disputed issues of .mate-
rial fact. If there are none,
the petition must so indi-
A statement of
facts that the petitioner
contends warrant reversal
or modifications of the De-
partment action;
A concise statement of the
ultimate facts alleged, as
well as the rules and stat-
utes which entitle the pe-
titioner, to relief; and
(g) A state-
m e n t
of the relief sought by the
petitioner, stating pre-
cisely the action that the
petitioner wants the De-
partment to take.

Because the administra-
tive hearing process is de-
signed to formulate final
agency action, the filing of
a petition means that the
Department's final action
may be different from the
position taken by it in this
notice. Persons whose
substantial interest will be
affected by any such final
Decision of the Depart-
ment have the right to pe-
tition to become a party to
the proceeding, in accord-
ance with the require-
ments set forth above.

Mediation under Section
120.573, Florida Statutes,
is not available for this



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i110 Is1100 S3100 1S3230 1 41004100 6100 1 6140 7100
JOB NOTICE 2007. MULTI FAMILY YARD Trades/Crafts Gorgeous Bay view Beacon Hill, Dblwide, on
Claim of ownership to be SALE- 105 Texas Street, Drivers FOR RENT home. 4 br, 3 ba, 3000+ 2 lots, Only $400,000
The City of Port St. Joe is sent to James Cobble 613 Lakeside Lodge, SATUR- Ameri-Force, We're Build- sf historic home., Lrg Pelican Walk Real Estate
cepting applications for 25th Ave., Northport, ALC 6 DAY, 8am-? Baby girl stuff Driver Trainees ing a New Future. Let it be 850 sq. ft. warehouse porches,excellent c. 850-647-2473
ahe pfoling ppitions 35476. 0-12mths, girls, toddler NEEDED Yours! Make up to $1,500 w/office in Port St Joe 1409 Constitution Ave.
the following position: Junio rs &, wome 2n NoDiLNs Ps rooblee Na Week. Combo/Welders w/otc orttoe Call Jay Rish for pricing & Brick Home For Sale 291
Publish October 4,117 Fall Harvest hes soes of No CDL? No Problem! (Fluxcore, MIG, Stainless $400/mo including tax. more info. 850-227-5569 Jarrott Daniel Rd,
& 25 2007 clothes & shoes, lots of
Surface Water Plant Op- Sale other items. Earn up to $900/wk.home Steel, Stick) Marine Elec- House for rent in Port St. Wewahitchka, FL 1,296
erator e Antiweekends withTMC tricians (Virginia Only) Call 8 Joe, 2 br 1 ba, CH&A, sq. ft. 3 bedrooms / 1 &
Must have Class "B" or Mall Two Family Yard Sale Company endorsed CDL Outside Machinist/Ship laundry room, nice yard, 1/2 baths / 1.67 acres
higher water license Friday Nov. 2nd Lots of items, Sat. Oct 27. Training. Fitters/Pipe Fitters/Pipe $580/mo + $400 sec dep. Price $149,500 or make
Salary DOQ NoticeofSalem 110 Westcott Circle 1-866-280-5309 Welders *Some positions MINI STORAGE Call 227-6216 offer Call (850) 402-8015
NoticeofSale O1am-8pm Port St. Joe require 3+ years of Ma- Pas, nr beaches & raw
437 HarrisonAve. rin peiencoripas- 1o Ppst St. Joe I. Pass, nr beaches & raw
Maintenance I Notice is hereby given in practical test* Bene- Jbar, 1 br, 1 ba, w/ patio By Owner, Brand New
$10.50/hour that Bayou Storage, pur- Yard Sale fit ing a practludeMedical/Direct BaeA A rm, Ig wooded lot over 3 br, 2 ba 1600sf home.
suant to FS83.806, will 1615 Palm Blvd Deposit/Per Diem Work looking Lagoon. Tile firs, $198,900. In-house fi-
Applications are available dispose of or offer for sell Sat Oct 27th, 8am-? BonusTravel Assistance new appis, W&D, $590 mo nancing Available, Must
at CityHall. Please return after 10/29/2007, the Drivers (where applicable) Pos 814 7400 Furn, Unfurn nego. No Selll Call Steve@
applications to the Munici- miscellaneous items EYard Sale tions available in the fol- smkrs. 850-899-0261/appt 850-340-1334
pal Building, 305 Cecil G. belonging to the following 909 20th St, DRIVERS: lowing locations: Ala- Mexico Bch for Ise No
Costin Sr Blvd., Port St. tenant: Samantha Evans/ 3150 Fri & Sat Oct 26th & 27th. HOME DAILY! bama, California, Indiana, America' smk/pets, 3 br, 2 ba furn'd Gulfaire, 5 br 3 ba, private
Joe, lorida 32456. Posi- unit#212. Unit contents 8am-12pm Top Pay & Benefits! Mississippi, Louisiana, Vir- MH w/deck, 1 blk to bch, beach, pool, tennis. Best
tJoens wll be open uPtil may be redeemed by Paid Holidays/Time Off+ ginia and Washington Mini dishwasher, fridge, W/D, Value in area. $379,900.
tions will be open unt owner prior to 10/29/2007 Perks! S/ & LDisability Contact: 888-269-3381 Ch&a. $975 mo + utilities. Pelican Walk Real Estate
filled. All applicants must for cash only. A CDLA w/X, 25YOA. (Operators available 24 Storage Call 803-604-0289 / 850-647-2473
Driver Lien a valid Social Publish October 18 & 25, 1-866-FLA-ROCK hours) Email resume to 803-397-4869 Mexico Beach, New
Driver License and Social Publish October 18 & 25, | 3300 roeni Mexico Beach, New
Security Card at time of 2007 6'x10' Granite/ Steel Buildings: or fax it to 904-798-1720 850D Mexico Beach- 3 br, 2 ba Townhomes starting at
application. Marble Slabs 5 Only 25x30, 30x40, Healthcare/CNA/Aide EOE/DFWP Se Habla 229-H014 across fro boan t aat, n o899 ch ooelchan W
Many Colors, Perfect for 40x60, 45x72, OxO Espanol 229-8014 across from boat canal. tanceto bch. Pelican Walk
The City of Port St. Joe anCo ors, Pect0Just 5 houses from beach, Real Estate 850-647-2473
The City of Port St. JoeDrug-Free counter tops. $250 each. Must Move Now! CNAs Climate and clean & updated, CH&A,
enforces a Drug-Free Call 850-653-5114. Will sell for balance owed! l clmate screened prc, cered
Workplace Policy and is 1160 FRT PT, Per-Diem. ALL *. &Non-ClImate screened porch, covered
an Equal Opportunity/Af-1-800-411SHIFTS. Must have at Control Storage carport, DW, W&D, fully
an Equal OpportunityAf- 1-800-411-5869 least 6 months experience 4130 unts furnished, Available Nov 1
firmative Action Employer. Ext 70 in term care, *REMEMBER:* Boa storfor 2-month lease (perfect
Publish: October 25, license, CPR and be eligi- o sae for military or temp living), Port St. Joe, beautiful
Publish: October 25, ble to pass pre- employ- Ads in this classifica- O Space incl all utilities, cable, Wi-Fi spacious updated, 3 br 2
Cell Phoneing and background quire an investment or M1,-aJkI d, pet okay. $995 mo., room, cathedral ceiling,
@ Home Coming Game. check. Full Time positions may be multi-level mar- 899-3130. splitplan, split bath,large
Reward Call 647-2504 offer Health Insurance keting opportunities. We master suite w/walk-in
nsrne dn e6110 Mexico Beach, 3 br 2 ba, closet, inside laundry, gas
NOTICE HUGE YARD SALE! Emp- Dental, and Paid Time Off. do not recommend giv-
tying final storage, An- Ca850-747-5401 ext432 ing credit card or bank SMALL 1BR garage, FR new carpet, log fp, separate dining,
The Variance Committee /. tiques, furniture, Someth-n Pelican Walk Real Estate new appliances, tiled
The Variance Commillee S, furnitourea ,me *o or email pgsob acon nation out No sk, all until /cable paint, $850mo+dep, ae custom kitchen w/
meeting scheduled for ing for Everyone Money EMPLOYMENT over the phone. Always smallpetsok. InAppaa- 850-647-2473 thrghout, enclosed patio,
meeto dingscuss theduled following PETS & ANIMALS EPOYEh the company 39th St Mexico Beach porch front & back St Joe Beach 3 br 2 ba,
Thursday,October 25, vBayou, ma for Indian eal for etiee. vail $ mo. $ deck, 2-car carport, priv
S2100-Pes Ins ide t you plan t10 from beach, $ shopping. 850-653-6375 to
2007 has beenre fachednue Pass Raw Bar. 192 Griffin 4100 Help Wanted pi- wh B E i fence, o ide stage
ice vending machine onAvenue, off Lee Road. Sat 413 Employment with BEFORE inve to wished all amenities 2 br 850-647-2473ing
for November 1, 2007 atn 2 An tu Oct 27th information Make an Easy landscaped w/ irrigation.
Oct27th,8:30a$259K. 850-524-595
5:00 p.m. in the Commis 1 ets k s v Cn $250 Dollars POSTAL & GOV'T JOB e off street pa g. 80-54-
sion Chamber at Citney Halldd at St Jo h Pe doing simple typing tasks INFO FOR SALE? P0 ort St. Joe Agents welcome.
to discuss the following. T 4 w on the internet. s F T 8 6120H 2 br 1 ba screened
euest for a aiane n PETS & ANIMALS 4100 www.20WPM.coms 39th St Mexico Beach. porch front & back St Joe Beach, 3 br 2 ba,
request for a variance: auction Ideal for retirees. Avail $400 mo., $300 dep. Carport, workshop, 1 blk
Placementofan 2110 Pets: Free to Mnside c Nov 1st April 1st. Wall to 850-340-1630 from beach, $250,000.
meeting will need a record alo e 1-877-F P wall carpeting, fully fur- from am to 8pmPelican Walk Real Estate
f the rondng macinand Good ie. Home Movng Sa O ty You NEVER have to nished, all amenities, 2 br 850-647-2473
for such purpose may 11636 S.E. Chipola Park Pet SuppliesA public service 455 Angel Fish St, 8a-?$675mo+dep, Please Call 6603 or Cell 229-347-3691 Mexico Beach, Unique
nee o enre a 2130- Farm Animals Saturday Oct 27th ConstructionTrades ssspay for information 2 ba, 4 etwin beds, queen
Avenue D, located in a Supplies Furniture, washer & dryer, urseryns e about federal or postal size sofa sleeper, and am-
C-1, Commercial zone. 2140 Pets/Livestockselling everything Construction Help Sales jobs. If you see a job pie off street parking.
eedins is made, i (Highland View) needed at StJosephPen- Motivated personw/in- "guarantee", contactithe $750/mo move in with Port St. Joe cozy 1 br
All persons are invited to insula State Park, terest in plants able to FTC. linens and groceries, call cottage fr rent. $450/mo Wewa. 3 bd; 2 a must
attend these meetings. Mon-Thurs, 40hr week, work with customers The FederalTrade 850-893-3384 Hurry! +.util. br1 ba stfloor see @ $183,000 call
Any person who decides $8/$1hrbasedonexpe- and retailsales.Salary Commission house apt. $650/mo + until. 639-6958 for more infor-
to appeal any decisions, li rience, Drivers License plus benefits. Apply in i America's consumer 229-1215 mation
St. Joe, Florida will not ing, kitchen cabinets, neededContact Nealry- person800)4915372 Jo Nursery protection agency.
marovide a ere ati cd ing lawn o & m lant a n 850-258-1295 & Supply 706 First St. PSJ, 200 Gautier Memo-
meeting will need a recorsaid Do & Cats PSJ. rial Dr. Lg 4 br 2.5 ba hm,
ofetig t p eedi, d For Sale? P1-877-FTC-HELP 2br2.5baTownhouselo- Bay View, $1500m. Rent
of the proceeings, and KK: Calhoun County, e caeed in Port St Joe. Lease or Sale. 229-535- 7Wyog1
for such purpose may 11636 S.E. Chipola Parkpublic service $675mo+dep, Please Call 6603 orCell 229-347361 Mexico Beach, Unique
need to ensure that a ver- Rd. Sat Oct 27th, 8am CT, Education Sales message from the FTC 850-545-5814 Several LONG TERM design, 3 br 1 ba, scrnd
batim record of the pro- to t Hwy 71, 6 mi N of Wewa. and The News Herald RENTALS Available. Call porch, private backyard,
seedings is made, which Covenant House Coordinator Secret Shoppers Classified dvertsin FORGOTTEN COAST quiet neighborhood, walk
record includes the testi- Yard Sale o nnual in ec Earn up to $150 per day. Departmentess RENTALS @ Mexico to beach. $319,000. 229-
mon nd idnce a for o of of o al/written cm nica SUndercover shoppers Beach 850-648-1012. 669-3027 or 256-796-4295

pate in this proceedings selling. rythinghno reasonable of- tion; able to strategically 511p E MoEnt tend l ate Occupancy! Call 850 a quiet neighborhood, md package (239)
mshouy d appea is bc e furniture, appliances, tools, Events(Foundation) needed to judge retail and
darvisc he City e i Pt e ee chipper shredder house- plans and executesal a as dining establishments. 4 br 25 ba, Mexico Bchd in bk y .
based. The City of Port hold items, linens, shelv- pects of membership pro- Exp not required, call just finished, upgraded
St. Joe, Florida will not a ing2 kitchen cabinets, rid- gi ms and Alumni Assoc.; (800)-491-5372 appliances, poilaccess,
provide a verbatim record ing lawn mower & much plans and executes cpe- mSee Our Job Posting On $1000mo, 678-296-9639 St Joe Beach, 2 br 1 ba,
of this meeting. mo25 ments; consume r guar-ial events for college/ emraldcoastobsealls. Not a job, not MLM. ba beachsidstcome furn'd TH Secm. Dep. Required $850 7
Foundation; assist exec. WeblD#33957963auer No Selling/Explaining. $50 mo. Avail 12/1/07. modeckst carport, covered Dream Wyoming Beach

fer for sale a cat or KK: St. Joe Beach 208 11/9/07. Additional info: R1-888-434-2111. Call 706-333-0159 2 me s e/10Nc theSt.brrMo-
IN ACCORDANCE WITH There are specific Flor- director with development Apt, in Pt. St. Joe 2 br, 2.5st
i tTHE AMERICANS WITH ida Statutes applicable a s. Requires BS de- it Joe10-$3000 2 last, sec. 850-233-4636 land from only $995/acre.
cats within te state oric K Je 8 M activities. Requires BS de- ba eLR, Kitchen, balcony, No qualifying financing.
S TIEALLto the sale of dogs and agree MeeS preferred; exp. BUSINESS & FINACI large garage & front deck, Very Nice 3 br, 2 ba, No closing cost. National
BILIEScats within the state or K: Port St. Joe 813 Mar- in fund-raising, donor and TAKEE lots of parking in rear, newly remodeled house forest. Wild Horses. No in-
sons needing special a- tranportated into the alumni relations; excellent OF YOUR RE 5100 Business near dock & Downtown, that is energy efficient for come taxes. Closetoco
Scommodations atos part wi-w exsti thpur aes of or rOpportunities
pate in this proceedings state for the purpose of 8am-12pm. a little of eve- oral/written communica- ESTATElClyEE 51 o o Long term lease Immedi- low utility bills. Located in radio. Discounts/free infor-
pate n ts rocein selling rythingno reasonable of- tion; able to strategically 5110- Money to Lend ate Occupancy Cll850 a quiet neighborhood, mion package. (239)
should contact Pauline fer refused, tools, plan for development/im- Call today for 229-6333 very close to schools. 938-6054. Premier Plus
Pendarvis, CitybClerk, City Please research Flor- nick-nacks, housewares, plementation of annual dfl Largeifenced in back yard. Realty
of Port St. Joe, at City ida Statute 828.29 toys, etc, must see! No giving prgms; and experi- a confidential Includes nice storage R
Hall, Telephone No. (Dogs and cats trans- early sales. enced level with MS Of- career interview100 building, washer/dryer. No
850/229-8261. a ported or offered for .fice/ data base manage- 1000 a day Possibrig pets. Lease and refer-
sale; health require- ment. GCCC offers com- 850-229-9310 Simply returning phone Mexico Beach 2 br, 1.5 ences required. 1st, &
Publish: October 25, mets; consumer guar- petitive salary and benefits calls. Not a job, not MLM. beachside furn'd TH. Sec. Dep. Required $850 7150

within 30 days after this 3110-Appliances to work & travel entire (229)-891-6583 or (229)- H oom For Rent
Si p m ay 3ee -a re a o of package. Apply by Brian Neubauer No Selling/Explaining. $850 mo. Avail 12/1/07. mo, pest control inc (850) Mexico Beach
r for sale a cat orKK: St. Joe Beach 208 11/9/07. Additional info: 1-888-434-2111. Call706-333-0159 227-7125 leave message/ON

dstteewideamotr rrgistrhae oeg | Jn s o 420 Reid Ave., Callb1 706- -0e0 r 1 9 112Bays S7 Beach, rk ss1"'tiltyhce
o o od Ward St. Sat Oct 28th, rus like a ertual ch Lease Option avail. cao, cHlose to t.
7:30-10:30 am. Cleaning 6 lobs. GCCC is an ENA/EO/ Port St. Joe $1000-$3000 Daily. Re- Summer House, Mexico (850)227-5453. bile Home and lot. Canal
contact this office by ca M/FN-et employer- Fre turning Phone Callsm. No Beach. New 2 br, 2678- beach no p side of 35th, approx 1,200
tur nC Beach. New 2 br, 2 ba Wewa, 3 br, 1. ba w/ car ft from beach. Dead end
ing 850-229-6117 to re- 3220 Furniture end Part'ly furn'd port & basement $750mo St., great lot for building,
LE REGISTEREDWeblD#33961527 RealEstate, Inc. 1-866-479-7054 Beautiful view of gulf. + Sec dep. Call only$215K, all reasonable
A $400,000 First Year In- $ 1mo. W de- Hep. Thru 850-639-5721 offers considered. Real-
The Gulf County Supervi come Potential. Call 3g 850-227-5422 tors welcomebaCall toll free
sole the matter, o rn re- FowersBa3280 Machinn 1-800-372-3141 ore H e i 1888-561 8112
eived information s- the ofThomasville LL www.existingwithpur- Villages of PSJ, 2 or 3 br,
person lted belw are Decorator's Furnished. 6g
persons listed below are 33Perfect for Snowbirds or'
potentially ineligible to be Mh pHDb California Bound National Corforate Rental. 2 br,
registered to vote. Failure -_- .. Company now hiring $1300 o o., 3 br, $1400
to contact this office 3100- Antiques 18-23 sharp guys & gas mo. Deposit required. Call
within 30 days after this 3110-Appliances to work & travel entire (229)-891-6583 or (229)-Rent
notice is published may 3120-Arts & Crafts USA. 2weekpaidtraining. 324-3109. MF $380mo Utiits in-
i 3130-Auctions Transportation & lodging eluded, to share 4 br
result in a determination 14- Baby Items furnished. Return guaran- home Call 227-1711 AUTOM E
of ineligibility by the su- 3150 Building Supplies o AUTM E teed. Call Today-Star, MARt To-
pervisor of elections and 3160 Business & Ac/eptn3 teeda. Call Today-Start To- R RECREATIONAL

removal -f the registered Equipment da 877-36-5660 6140 8100 Antique & Collectibles
r'em.1 -O Colectble G.0on,5iBnmeacon /A.I 8111 ($550/mo-. Furnisheds .
voters' names from the 3170 Collectibles Cash like Clockwork 2 ba 8110- Cars
statewide voter registra- 310-Computers 2 br, 1 b off St Joe Bay8120 Sports Utility Vehicles
3190- Electronics cjTrhUp n How to build a websitcarport. 081
lion system. You should 3200 Firewood acin that runs like a virtual cash month + Deposit. Call 2 br 1 Ba, clean, close to 8140 Vans
contact this office by call- 3210- Free Pass it OnaUein. farmI Amazing formula. 678-517-6001 beach no pets $600mo+ 8150 Commercial
ing 850-229-6117 to re- 3220- Furniture Proven results. Hundreds utilities, negotiable for 8160 Motorcycles
ve information regard- 3230 Garage/Yard Sales of testimonials. Call 8170 Auto Parts
ceive information regard- Equity ownership i t (88 ,, alright tenant. Call 850-
ing the basis for the po- 3240-Guns E ntiqu Old- ( 8 8 8 ) 2 0 4- 6 1 4 1 ; & Accessories
ing the basis for the pa 3250 Good Things to Eat www.Higherresponsemark 271-37008210 Boats
tential ineligibility and in- 3260- Health & Fitness i coinsJewelry 8220g- Personal Watercraft
structions on how to re- 3270 Jewelry/Clothing For more information, coil Johnny Sheptrd. 2 br, 2 ba historic home 8230 Sailboats
solve the matter, or re- 3280-Machinery paper 800/226-2429 Realistically Earn More Handicapped equipped in 8240- Boat & Marine
Equimen 80 money in the next year historic dwntwn district of Supplies
quest additional assis- 3290 Medical Equipment V'ine Art & than the last years. coin- Apalachicola. Conv, to Carrabelle, 3 br, 2 ba, 8s1i- Aircraft/Aviation
3310 Musicallnstniments Cnllmctihl bind (80n)771-0710 shopping & boat launch. SWMH, Ref req'd. No 8320 AV/Off Road Vehicles
-r, .jri,,r,,:l, 3ih.n,-, rr,r,, 3320 Planls & Shrubs' Iw4.. .,W.ju, loweuii, .,, Peli ok w/ dep. 1 yr petsl $650mo /$650 dep. 8330- Campers & Trailers
Supplies n me.jee/lease purchase. For 703 SE 7th St. 2 block 8340- Motorhemes
-, 3330 ReslauranlHolel .. . ... .rr,,:,re info 850-653-6375 from gulf 850-566-4195
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Gulf County I I

Sheriff Report

The Gulf County Sheriff's
Office will be conducting
vehicle safety checkpoints
and DUI check points dur-
ing the months of October
and November 2007. The
check points will be held
throughout the county to
include Highway 98 near St.
Joe Beach, Highway 98 and
Garrison Ave, C-30 Simmons
Bayou, Highway 71 North of
White City, Highway 22 and
Highway 22A, Highway 71
and Westarm Creek, Highway
71 Dalkieth Area and Highway
71 near the Calhoun County
On 10/12 Anthony Lee
Watts, 25, was operating a
vehicle that was stopped for
a traffic violation, the deputy
found his license was sus-
pended and he was arrest for
On 10/13 deputies
responded to a disturbance
in the Honeyville area, they
found Edgar Causey Jr., 46,
walking away from a resi-
dence, he informed the depu-
ty he did not need our assis-
tance and continued walking
down the road. The deputy

made contact with a neigh-
bor to see what the problem
was, Causey returned to the
area and began cussing, he
was arrested for disorderly
On 10/14 deputies
responded to a disturbance
in the Highland View area,
they found that a father and
son had become involved in
an argument and the son
Jonathan Ray White, 19,
had hit his father. Jonathan
Ray White was arrested for
domestic battery.
On 10/14 a vehicle driv-
en by Antawn Lamont Sibert,
25, was stopped for a traffic
violation it was found his
license was suspended. He
was arrested for DWLSR dur-
ing a search of the vehicle
incident to arrest a marijua-
na cigarette was found near
the passenger door. The pas-
senger Tramell A Wooten, 21,
was arrested for possession
of marijuana.
On 10/14 deputies
responded to a disturbance
in the Howard's Creek area,
during there investigation
they found a small bag of

marijuana, upon further
investigation Henry Chester
Johnson, 59, led the depu-
ties to the back yard and
showed them two containers
of marijuana. The deputies
confiscated approximately
305 grams (llozs) of mari-
juana. Johnson was arrested
for possession of more than
20 grams of marijuana and
cultivation of marijuana.
On 10/16 Anita Jones
Bernardez was arrested on
a violation of probation war-
rant, the original charge was
expired Driver's License and
possession of marijuana.
On 10/18 Charles Devin
Goodwin, 24, was arrested
for violation of probation
on charges of possession of
a controlled substance and
fleeing and attempting to
On 10/18 Sarah Florence
Allen, 26, was arrested for
trespassing after repeatedly
being told to leave a local
convenience store and refus-
ing to do so.

During the week of
10/11/2007- 10/18/2007

Gulf County Dispatches han-
dled 365 calls including 42
calls for Emergency Medical
Services and one structure
fire. Gulf County Deputies
handled 289 calls including

serving 54 civil paper 33 traf-
fic stops in which four citation
and 29 warning were issued,
33 calls from citizens with
questions or concerns, nine
disturbances, eight reports

of alleged child abuse, seven
alarms, six traffic crashes,
five prowlers, three burglar-
ies, and 131 miscellaneous



Marijuana seized from Henry Johnson of White City.

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Annual Florida Seafood Festival, BatteryPark,Apalachicola,
Annual Apalachicola Jazz, Blues & Folk Festival, Dixie
Theatre, Apalachicola, 850-653-3200
Annual Christmas Celebration, Apalachicola, 850-653-

Annual Island Lights & Santa's Arrival, St. George Island,
Carrabelle Holiday on the Harbor, Carrabelle, 850-697-

Mexico Beach

Christmas Celebration of Lights,

toDo and See

Sunset Park, Mexico Beach, 1-888-723-2546, mbcdc@ February: Annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cookoff, Sunset Park,
Mexico Beach's New Year's Eve "Celebrate\Twice," Mexico Mexico Beach 1-888-723-2546, mbcdc@mexicobeach.
Beach and St. Joe Beach, 1-888-723-2546, mbcdc@ com
Christmas on the Coast, Port St. Joe

Annual Forgotten Coast's Chef Sampler, Coombs Armory,
Avenue D and 4th Street, Apalachicola, 850-653-9419,

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The 55th Annual Florida Folk Festival

Where Florida's
music, dance, food,
crafts and stories are
St. Augustine's guitar vir-
tuoso Sam Pacetti will give an
extended concert to Florida
Folk Festival audiences on
Friday evening Nov. 9th. The
three-day festival is held by
the majestic Suwannee River,
and has been rescheduled
for Nov. 9-11, at Stephen
Foster Folk Culture Center
State Park. Sponsored by the
Department of Environmental
Protection, the Florida Folk
Festival is Florida's premier
event offering music, dance,
crafts, food and storytelling
about the state's unique his-
tory and heritage.
Pacetti astonishes devot-
ed fans and newcomers alike

with his dazzling command
of the acoustic guitar. Pacetti
learned flamenco-style gui-
tar at the knee of his Cuban
grandfather, pursued clas-
sical guitar studies in his
early teens, and became the
prot6g6 of Florida's song and
storytelling Travis-style gui-
tar master Gamble Rogers.
Pacetti's first CD, Solitary
Travel, was released nearly
ten years ago, when he was
22. It received airplay on
National Public Radio, and
Pacetti was voted "Best New
Artist" at the Falcon Ridge
Folk Festival. In 2006, Pacetti
recorded Union with long-
time friend and guitar whiz
Gabriel Valla. This recording
reflects a journey, through
loss and rapture and love
too fragile to survive, all pas-
sionately embraced. Needless

Make A Difference

Week October 20-27

Make a Difference Day Gulf County. The two main food
banks in Gulf County are dangerously low on food.
The Catholic Charities and its network is conducting
a campaign to help fill there food banks up. The food will
be needed for the hundreds of people who are in need for
this holiday season. The St Joe Elementary School children
can bring in item and drop them off. This, will be greatly
appreciated. There are also drop off points at the following
The Duren's Piggly Wiggly
The Star Newspaper office
CVS Pharmacy
First United Methodist Church
Oakgrove Assembly of God Church
Highland View Assembly of God Church
St. James Episcopal Church
Dollar General
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Family Dollar
Walkers Dixie Dandy Highland View
Express Lane in St. Joe Beach
Gulf County Senior Citizen's PSJ
Please help in this very worthy effort. Anyone who would
like to make a cash donation can call Larry Broome at 229-
8466. Lets make a difference for our people in need in our

Red Ribbon Week

This October marks the
19th annual celebration of
Red Ribbon Week. With more
than 23 million Americans
suffering from drug or alco-
hol abuse, now is the time
for our communities to unite
and take a stand against
If you or someone you

know is struggling with
drug or alcohol addiction,
Narconon Arrowhead can
help. Narconon offers free
addiction counseling, assess-
ments and referrals to reha-
bilitation centers nationwide
by calling 1-800-468-6933 or
logging on to www.stopaddic-

Covenant Hospice To

Host Remembrance


Covenant Hospice would
like to invite the community
to attend a Remembrance
Celebration at 2 p.m. on
Sunday, November 11 at
the First United Methodist
Church located at 903 East
Fourth Street in Panama
This program gives fam-
ily members of all faiths and
backgrounds an opportunity
to remember, honor, and cel-
ebrate the lives of those they
have lost. Coming together
as a community in memory
of loved ones creates a truly

special atmosphere and facil-
itates the healing process.
The celebration will
include a guest speaker,
music, singing, candle light-
ing, and selected readings.
Following the ceremony,
a reception with refresh-
ments will be held at the
Trinity Center, adjacent to
the church.
There is no cost to attend
this event. Please RSVP by
October 31, or for additional
information, call Christina
Coates at 785-3040.

to say, Union is beautiful,
and musical partner Valla
presents guitar parts that
are more in support of the
songs than as a showpiece of
their prodigious instrumen-
tal skills.
Pacetti's playing stands
out for its spiritual depth and
emotional intensity. Festival
audiences are sure to be mes-
merized and entranced by
the fluid melodic styles given
with ease and grace from a
true master of the guitar. Be
prepared for a splendid awe
inspiring musical journey!
Advance tickets for the
Florida Folk Festival are $20
per day or $40 for the week-
end for adults and $25 per
day or $50 for the weekend
at the gate. Children under
6 years of age are admitted
free of charge. Ticket prices
for children between the ages
of 6 and 16 for the entire
weekend are $4 in advance

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or $5 at the gate. Credit card
purchases can be made by
calling 1-877-635-3655. To
order by mail, send a check
or money order to: Florida
Nature & Heritage Tourism
Center, RO. Box 849, White
Springs, FL 32096. Checks
should be made payable to
Florida Folk Festival.
For more information
on the Festival, please visit

The Festival will take
November 9
November 11, 2007
Gates open daily at 8 a.m.
Stephen Foster Folk
Culture Center State
Park White Springs, FL
On US 41, three miles from
1-75 and nine miles from
Directions to the

From 1-75, exit at S.R.
136 (Exit # 439) then east
to U.S. 41 in White Springs;
from I-10, exit at U.S. 41
(Exit #301), then north to'
White Springs. Advance tick-
ets are available. For festi-
val and ticket information
contact the State of Florida's
Nature & Heritage Tourism
Center at 1-877-6FL-FOLK

The Port St. Joe
Elementary School magazine
fund-raiser is now in prog-
ress. This is a great time to
pick up a treat for yourself
or a holiday gift for a friend
or family member. It is the

gift that will last all year.
See a Port St. Joe
Elementary School stu-
dent or come by the
office to take advantage
of this offer and make
an order.

St. Joseph Care of Florida, Inc
Gulf County Health Department/

Walk-in Patients
S Welcome!

Digital X-Rays Pediatrician
Social Services Dental Clinic

Call Today
to schedule an appointment
(850) 227-1276, ext. 100

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

Discount rates available based on income.

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Port St. Joe, FL 32456
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Magazine Fund-Raiser

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From top: Alesha Smiley; Jasmine Fennell; From top: Renee Lewis; Krista Parker;
Rachel Parker; Valentina Lopez; Morgan Wood; Carson Howse; Francie Burgess; Ashton Norris;
Tiara Pryor Katie Lacour (middle school attendant)

Reflections on The Wall:
25th Anniversary Commemorative Publication

Reserve your space
in this keepsake

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Star Publications is honoring all living and depart-
ed Vietnam Veterans in a once-in-a-lifetime special
Collaborative effort undertaken by the staffs of
he Star and The Times, Reflections on the Wall
ill commemorate the 25th anniversary of the
ietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
and feature:
An in-depth history of "The Wall"
Profiles of Gulf and Franklin County's honored
Personal tributes to Vietnam Veterans through-
out Northwest Florida
Expanded coverage of the Beacon Hill exhibi-
tion of "The Wall That Heals," a traveling half-
scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Information about the future arrival of the
Three Servicemen Statue South (a replica of a
portion of the original statue in Washington) in
Over 10,000 copies of this glossy, keepsake booklet
will be distributed in The Star and The Times to
our subscription and rack customers.
Additional copies will be available at both The Star
and The Times offices for just $5 (including tax)
per copy.

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Advertising Deadline: Friday, November 2
Publish Date: Thursday, November 29

Full Page
7.75" wide by 10.25" tall
Back cover
Inside front cover
Inside back cover
Full page inside

Half page
7.75" wide by 5.125" tall

Quarter page
3.75" wide by 5" tall


$ 650

Sixth page
3.75" wide by 3.25" tall

Eighth page
3.75" wide by 2.375" tall

Memorial/Tribute Ads
(Ninth page)
2.5" wide by 3.35" tall



$ 75*

*Memorial/Tribute Ads are intended
$ 450 to honor Vietnam veterans only.

To reserve an advertisement in Reflections on the Wall, please contact Star
Publications' advertising representatives: Renee Carroll (Port St. Joe and
Wewahitchka) 227-7858, Brett Lowery (The Beaches) 227-7856, or Joel Reed
(Franklin County) 227-7851 or 653-8869.

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Please Join Us!!!

Everyone is invited to the Fall Festival, presented by
Port St. Joe Elementary School PTO before the PSJ Sharks Football Game,

Friday, October 26, 2007

4:00 7:00 p.m.

The Centennial Building

Each classroom at the school will have a booth in which you
can play a game of chance for great prizes. Some old, favorite
booths will be back such as the treat walk, dunking booth, fishing
for prizes and the duck pond. There will be many new fun and
exciting blow ups for children of all ages such as the Adrenaline
Rush, Bungee Football, Gladiator Jousting, Goofy GIlf, Sumo
Wrestling and an Island Junp, etc. /
The PTO will also be serving food, including hot dogs, chips,
drinks, popcorn, snow cones and candy.

Everyone is welcome!

If you have any questions please i
call the fall festival chairman, -f
Margie Raffield at 229- '
We look forward to seeing .
you at the Fall Festival! --

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