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County 3A

USPS 518-880

Junior Miss


70th Year, Number 4 Port St. Joe, FL 2 Sections ,

November 15, 2007

Down on the

Farm Shrimp

By Tim Croft brought more knowledge and that, combined with
Star News Editor the hard work required of most farming, is critical
to harvesting shrimp.
Size matters in farming even when the crop is "It is real complex," Godwin said. "A lot of it is a
a shrimp. balance between instinct and experience, educated
So as Mark Godwin harvested one of his fields, guesses based on what you know from history."

un, ponds on a recent cool morning, he observed
his bounty with a mixture of pleasure and frustra-
tion from another lesson learned.
The shrimp spilling from the white PVC pipe
into one of eight blue vats atop a trailer were plump
and long, the 15-16 count number per pound -
that Godwin set as the goal.
But the yield from this pond, one of six measur-
ing roughly from 3.8 to 4.6 acres and with the sixth
yet to be harvested, was not what Godwin hoped.
He estimated he would bring 11,000-12,000
pounds to the processing plant at Wood's Fisheries
that day. It could have been more, but Godwin
points to his hatchlings his farming seeds, if you
will from the spring which might not have been as
mature and hardy as he would have liked.
This, though, is just the second harvest in
what has turned out to be a five-year journey to
make aquaculture, specifically, shrimp farming,
work in Gulf County, an effort
that recently earned Godwin and -
his family recognition as county -,
Farm Fandy of the Year.
Last year, Godwin started
with one pond. This year it w\as
six. Each step along the way has

Harvest Time
After spending mid-April to mid-October the
ideal growing season flourishing in the warm
saline waters Godwin has pumped into his series
of ponds in Howard Creek, the shrimp are ready
to harvest.
Each pond is carved into the ground a unique
kind of clay, as it turns out like a bathtub, a deep
end draining toward a shallower end.
The drain in this case is a C-shaped cement
block on the shallow end, its plug a line of boards
that have been pulled out this day to allow the water
to flow through the "drain box."
The water travels by gravity and pipe through
an embankment into what is a long ditch of water
oh the other side where it meets a pump surround-
ed by netting akin to a sock on a foot.

Tim Croft/The SLar Tim Crot e St
This machine takes the drained Tim Croft/The St
saltwater from each pond and sepa- A vat of 15-count shrimp harvested from a farm in Howard Creek owne
rates shrimp from water. and operated by Wood's Fisheries.

Veterans Park Dedicated

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
In a moving ceremony under flaw-
less skies, veterans and their families
gathered on Veterans' Day to re-name
and re-dedicate Gulf County's Beacon
*Hill Park in honor of American veter-
ans of war.
The re-naming resulted from the
visit of the traveling half-size replica
,of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial,
'The Wall That Heals, to Beacon Hill
Park in March of this year.
Nine thousand people from
,across the region visited the traveling
'exhibition during its three-day stay
at the park, prompting the John C.
Gainous Veterans of
Foreign Wars (VFW)
Post 10069 to lobby
the Gulf County
Board of County
'Commissioners to re-
dedicate the park in
honor of veterans.
The commission
passed a resolution
in April to change the
name from Beacon
Hill Park to Veterans'
Memorial Park of
Beacon Hill, dedicat-
ing it particularly "to
those guarding coast-

al areas," the resolution read.
Along with 34 flag-bearing honor
guards, primarily American Legion
Riders, approximately 130 people lis-
tened to a number of speakers at the
ceremony. By the end of the almost
two-hour program, the crowd had
swelled to about 160 people.
Highlights of the program includ-
ed musical tributes and remarks by
local VFW essay winners Michelle
Hitchcock arid Molly Matty.
Hitchcock is the local winner
of the Patriot's Pen award, an essay
contest for middle school. Matty
is the local winner of the Voice of
Democracy essay contest for high
school students.

The featured speaker v
Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col.) Don
C. Arias (USAF), an award-winn
military journalist and chief of pul
affairs for the 1st Air Force and
Continental US NORAD Region.
A former New York Guardsn
and New York City firefighter, Arias
the creator and editor-in-chief of
American Defender magazine, and
head writer for the Air Guard's te
vision news program, 1st Air Fo:
Arias used the events of Se
11, 2001 as the basis of his spee
telling of his last conversation w
his brother, who died in the collar
of the second World Trade Cen
He spoke of the imp
' tance of continuing the fi1
S against terrorism and 1
need for continued supp
of all American troops.
chair Bill Williams brie
outlined the county's futu
plans for the park, whi
include static displays, p
haps of military equipme
a lake, informational kios
on the five military branch
of the U.S. Armed Forc
and naming several veteran
to the park's committee.

County Looking for

Greener Pastures

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
With the current fiscal belt-tightening constraints in place, the county
is looking for untapped sources of revenue. It appears to be a hunt
through a minefield of government regulations and taxpayer decisions.
In a special meeting Nov. 8, Gulf County administrator Don Butler
presented a list of 11 options for alternative revenue sources compiled by
the Gulf County Alternative Revenue Committee.
The overwhelming source of general operating funds, for the county
comes from ad valorem, or property. taxes.
These taxes have risen dramatically in the past several years, creating
a statewide problem for legislators, as residents and businesses clamor
for property tax relief.
According to the information presented by Butler to four of the
county commissioners (Commissioner Carmen McLemore was absent),
65 percent of the actual value of county property is taxed, with 35 percent
Homestead property represents 16 percent of the total property value
in the county, and 11 percent of the county's tax base.
Agricultural land in the county is valued at $214,000,000 and is
taxed at 18 percent of its value, generating just 8182,840,in taxes.
Agricultural land totals 232,000 acres, or roughly 85 percent of
Gulf County, and the vast majority of which is owned by The St. Joe
In January the state is slated to hold a referendum on a new super-
homestead exemption.
According to the county presentation, if the referendum passes [by
60 percent of Florida voters], homesteads will receive up to $25,000 in
additional exemptions on the taxable value of a homesteaded property
above $50,000.
If the law passes, the state will make an annual appropriation to "fis-
cally constrained counties" to supplement those counties' budgets for the
revenue lost from the additional homestead exemptions, or ad valorem
taxes no longer paid by homesteaded property owners.
Gulf County is currently in the "fiscally constrained" designation.
Options suggested for alternative sources of revenue were:
1. Levy the local government infrastructure surtax.
This must be approved by a simple majority vote of the Commission,
requires an interlocal agreement with each city, and approval by the vot-
ers in a countywide referendum.
Proceeds must be used only for financing, planning and constructing
of infrastructure, acquiring land for public recreation, and financing the
closure of landfills on order of the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection. (FDEP).
.'' Since the combined rate-of-all local options sales, taxes4bfor example,
the Infrastructure Sales Surtax. the Small County Surtax and the Indigent
Care Surtax) may not exceed I percent, the county could only levy 0.5 per-
cent because it already levies the Small County Surtax of 0.5 percent.
Estimated revenue from the 0.5 percent additional surtax is
2. Small County Surtax.
According to Butler, this option "would be much easier to handle than
option one, and it's pretty broad what we can do with it," he said.
Potential revenue is calculated at $626,769 countywide, requires an
interlocal agreement with the cities, and can be passed by ordinance.
3. Adopt the additional Elms five-cent gas tax.
This must be imposed by ordinance and adopted before July 1 to
take effect Jan. 1, and must be shared with the cities.
The county levied 1 cent last year of the maximum five cents allowed
(See COUNTY on Page 6A)

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Reaching a milestone in a long journey, the St. Joseph Historical
Society officially cut the ribbon (right) and had its first customer (left)
at the gift shop on the first floor of the refurbished "Sleeping Beauty"
lighthouse keeper's quarters at Cape San Bias. A museum will occupy-
the second floor sometime early next year as the Society begins to
realize its dream of creating a park/museum at the Cape San Bias

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The pump drives the
water up into what in the
Midwest would be mistak-
en for a small thresher -
the machine that removes
chaff from wheat, corn frorp
husk, etc. where water and
shrimp are separated.
The water, and each
pond holds something along
the lines of 1.25 million gal-
lons, is sent back over the
ditch to a retention pond
where it will gradually evap-
orate. The total size of the
property on which Godwin
is working is roughly 300
acres, ensuring that saltwa-
ter does not migrate off the

Meanwhile the shrimp
travel down a large-bore
PVC tunnel to the set of vats,
along with, on this day, a few
fat and sassy bream which
worker William Raffield toss-
es into a bucket, destined
for his kitchen or grill.
The trailer of .vats,
once filled, will be trans-
ported by Godwin's father-
in-law Buddy Wood to the
Wood's Fisheries fish house
in Highland View for imme-
diate processing. Before he
leaves, Buddy Wood will
leave behind another set
of vats, just emptied at the
The pond will be drained

From Page 1A

of all shrimp as the water
levels go down it becomes
a kind of mosh pit for the
occasional "shrimp stam-
pede," as Godwin called it
- by noon, about six hours
after the work day began,
as Godwin and Raffield set
up the machinery, ensuring
no holes in the net around
the pump and everything is
Shrimp Farming
Aquaculture and the
farming of shrimp is hardly
a new trend.
"It's been around awhile.
Florida has not been attrac-
tive because of the price of
the land," Godwin said.

Tim Croft/The Star
A few plump and tasty bream inevitably become a part of the harvest.

Tim Croft/The Star
As the pond drains and the space tightens, a "shrimp stampede" is a frequent sight.

The state nonetheless
has championed the concept
for more than a decade and
there are'shrimp farms dot-
ting the Southeast, particu-
larly in Texas.
The flood of imports
that has roiled the United
States market in the past
five or six years is in large
measure fueled by shrimp
farming in far-flung locales
such as China, Taiwan and
The plot of land on
which Wood's Fisheries now
operates its shrimp farming
operation was once home to
a catfish farm operated by a
Japanese firm, which made
the land extremely attractive
to the Wood family when they
decided to take the plunge.
The project, Godwin
said, started in part out of
the need for a new project to
wrap his hands around.
The family-owned and
operated business had, in
the wake of 9/11, retooled
and enhanced its processing
plant and Godwin was in
search of another challenge.
The question, Godwin won-
dered, was what was next.
"I like a challenge,"
Godwin said. "My father-in-
law has a work ethic like
nothing you'd believe.
"We feed off each other

and it snowballed from
there. Put his experience and
put the two of us together, it
was like pouring gasoline on
a fire."
The concept, however,
proved far easier to identify
than to execute.
Learning Curve
Godwin, who possess-
es a business degree and
a drive that has propelled
him since he was a self-em-
ployed teenager, set to work
learning all he could about
shrimp farming.
"We didn't have a plan,
we just went to work,"
Godwin said. "We pushed
and pushed and pushed."
He and Buddy .went to
Harlingen, Texas to observe
an operation there, where
the quality of the shrimp
and the ease of processing
impressed the pair.
Another aspect that
appealed was the collegial
nature of the business, the
information sharing among
farmers and universities
such as Auburn and Texas
"We decided let's go back
and look at it and see if we
could do it," Godwin said.
"We didn't know anything ...
And nobody had thought of
an inland farm.
"I found that it wasn't


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Florida-Alabama, Okaloosa-Walton, and Bay County Transportation Planning Organizations (TPO), is
seeking the services of two (2) qualified transportation consultants to act as the General Planning Con-
sultant (GPC) for the TPOs. The selected firms will become the GPC for the three TPOs. The GPC will
be expected to work on multiple transportation planning tasks identified in the TPOs' Unified Planning
Work Programs, and on various regional planning tasks. Qualified consultants shall be pre-qualified by
the Florida Department of Transportation in Multi-Model Systems Transportation Planning. The con-
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Letters shall be received by the West Florida Regional Planning Council no lter than
Friday, December 14, 2007, at 4:00 PVM. Central Time and shall be sent to:

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ATIN: Michael W. Ziegler, Director of Transportation Planning
P.O. Box 11399
Pensacola, FL 32524-1399
850-332-7976, ext. 203

Between the dates of November 12 and November 26, communications shall be sent to
Ms. Mary Robinson, (same address), 850-332-7976, ext 229,

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the fill point, Mark Godwin prepares to switch the pi
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rocket science, it was hard
There were a few factors
working in his favor.
The catfish farming
operation, long since aban-
doned, left behind a plot of
land that, Godwin eventually
determined, could be pur-
chased and it already had
much of the infrastructure
he would need.
Additionally, the soil he
needed, one that would not
percolate called meggett,
it is a type of fine clay -
and therefore would hold
the water without need of
any form of lining, could
be found in the county, not
so coincidentally, at Howard
Creek, including that roughly
300 acres on which the cat-
fish farm sat and the Woods
would ultimately buy.
The project, however,
was not without its hurdles.
The first of which was
the family getting its hands
on the land, which became
more dicey as Godwin
undertook the necessary
first step, a feasibility study
to determine that the project
had viability.
As Godwin noted, the
result was a consultant who
told him he had the makings
of a shrimp farm and a price
for the land that was decent
and affordable, but not as
low as it could have been
due to the entrance onto the
scene of another potential

In any case, the next
major step was determining
how best to get to saltwater,
the tricky part to establish-
ing an inland farm.
"That was a large part
of the feasibility study, could
I find saline water," Godwin
A 16-inch production
well had been drilled just
north of the site and trans-
S ported to the catfish oper-
oft/The Star ation through a series of
her reaches ditches.
pe through The hurdle for Godwin
was. to 1) find the saltwa-
ter of sufficient quality and
ilC 2) convince the Northwest
Water Management District
that his project would not
Further strain the upper, or
freshwater portion, of the
o underground limestone
5 sponge called the Floridan

The problem for the cat-
fish farm was that at 500
Feet deep, the water became
S too salty. So Godwin and
crew drilled to 1,000 feet in
100-feet increments, tested
and sent the samples off to
"It was good water, real
Good water," Godwin said,
adding that the production
well ended up at 1,200 feet
and a salinity level more
than two times the minimum
C. needed for quality farm pro-
And managing that
water, its levels of oxygen
and nitrates, the tempera-
ture and the level of feed
the No. 2 input cost in
shrimp farming that goes
into each pond, was the crit-
t ical part of shrimp farming.
-p ^t5. Aerators, like tiny pad-
dlewheels, spin continuously
in the water to oxygenate
the water, de-stratisfy the
water to fight potential algae
bloom and to cool the.water
through evaporation.
Mid-October is the per-
fect time for harvest because
water less than 25-degree
i Celsius is too cool to facili-
j tate growth.
Likewise, if the water is
too hot, the algae "go crazy"
and growth is mutated
because the shrimp will not
n eat.
"A shrimp farmer is not
S. so much a farmer, but a
n manager of the water param-
eters," Godwin said.
S The wrangling with the

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Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

County Commission Accepts Land Use Settlement

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

In short meeting before
a sparse audience, the Board
of County Commissioners
mostly steered away from
controversial subjects
during their relatively short
regular bi-monthly meeting
on Tuesday night.
By far the most
passionate subject discussed
at the meeting was the state
of the Apalachicola River.
Representatives from
Apalachicola Riverkeeper
asked the board for a
resolution supporting
the joint efforts of the six

riparian counties along the
Apalachicola River in two
They asked that the
counties join forces in
requiring Florida Governor
Charlie Crist to have a clearer
statement of the importance
of the Apalachicola River
to Florida, to question in-
depth what Georgia is doing
in regards to the river, and
to require Georgia to list its
moves to reduce the need for
the river water.
They also asked for two
people to serve on a joint
county committee, and to
meet with interested Florida
governmental departments

before the scheduled Dec.
12 meeting that Crist has
scheduled with the governors
of Georgia and Alabama over
the river water issues.
The motion passed
unanimously, and
Commission chair Bill
Williams and Commissioner
Carmen McLemore agreed to
serve on the committee.
In other business
conducted at the meeting:
The board adopted an
ordinance (5-0) accepting the
county's settlement with the
Department of Community
Affairs (DCA) regarding the
county's future land use

The revised DCA
plan included tighter
controls on such items
as development involving
wetlands and coastal areas,
septic tank placement, land
use categories and school
Gulf County Sheriff Joe
Nugent told commissioners
the Sheriff's Office was
working on changes to the
local ordinance governing sex
offenders to bring the local
ordinance into compliance
with new state laws.
He said the county was
also creating a map showing
all current school bus stops,
nurseries, daycare centers,

elementary schools, etc.,
so the Sheriff's Office can
determine where in the
county a convicted sex
offender can legally live.
Nugent told the board
that the new auditing firm
had completed the Sheriff's
Office audit Tuesday, and it
showed that the Sheriff's
Office was $66,000 "plus
change" over budget from
last year.
Commissioner Billy
Traylor displayed a copy
of the latest National
Geographic magazine that
featured the Dead Lakes.
Williams announced
an economic summit in

the county commission
chambers on Dec. 5 from
5-7 p.m. E.T.
According to Williams, it
willbe a focus group including
merchants, developers,
citizens, educators, bankers
and other interested groups.
The Sludge Oversight
Committee reported that
testing was now underway
upriver of Wetappo Farms on
Wetappo Creek for a variety
of bacteria and pathogens.
Testing downstream of
Wetappo Farms on the creek
will begin next week.

Apalachicola State Bank Honors Area Realtors

On Oct. 26, the
Apalachicola State Bank, a
division ofCoastalCommunity.
Bank, held its annual realtor
appreciation dinner at the
Armory in Apalachicola.
"We call it a dinner, but
it's really a party," said Donnie
Gay, senior vice president of
the Apalachicola branch.
"Apalachicola State Bank
has hosted this event for the
last 12 years," said Monica
Lemieux, also on staff at
the bank in Apalachicola.

"Realtors from both Gulf
and Franklin counties are
The evening began with
cocktails, conversation and
light hors d'oeuvres, accom-
panied by feel good old-
ies spun by deejay Michael
Employees of Coastal
Community, and the newly
acquired Bayside Savings
Bank, served shrimp and
tended bar.
Coastal Community

Investments, Inc., par-
ent company of Coastal
Community Bank, purchased
Bayside Savings Bank, head-
quartered in Port St. Joe,
in April. The Bayside offices
are now being converted to
Coastal Community Bank,
with transition expected to be
complete by February 2008.
Coastal Community
Banks also has locations in
Panama City, Lynn Haven,
St. Andrews, Southport and
Carrabelle, with three of

the bank's offices, those in
Apalachicola, Eastpoint and
St. George Island, continuing
to use the name Apalachicola
State Bank

Dinner, catered by
Tamara's Caf6 Floridita and
prepared by Chef Danny
Itzkovitz, featured grilled rib
eye steaks, baked potatoes,

fresh corn with honey butter
and mango cherry cobbler
with ice cream.

Lois Swoboda/Florida Freedom
Karen Borden of Ardire and Borden Appraisers of Port St. Joe and Margaret MacKinnion of
Bluewater Realty of Mexico Beach relax before dinner.

Lois Swoboda/Florida Freedom
Kelli Coombs of Port Saint Joe helped
serve up delicious lemony shrimp at the mixer.

Lois Swoboda/Florida Freedom
Tommy Lake of Port St. Joe was handy
behind the bar.

Lois Swoboda/Florida Freedom
Trish Petrie (center) owner of the Turtle Beach Inn at Indian Pass with escort Ron Bloodworth
of Suncoast Realty and caterer Marisa Getter of Tamara's Cafe Floridita in Apalachicola.


Notice is hereby given that the 2007 Tax Roll has been delivered by the Gulf
County Property Appraiser to the Gulf County Tax Collector. The 2007 Tax Roll is
open for collection beginning November 8, 2007.
The Tax Collector's office is located in the Gulf County Courthouse, Room 147, 1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. Office hours are from 9 A.M. 5 PM.
EST. Monday through Friday except holidays. The Mailing address is.1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., 147, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456.
Real and Personal Property taxes will be collected as levied by the following
Taxing Authorites:
Gulf County Board of County Commissioners
Gulf County School Board
Northwest Florida Water Management District
City of Port St. Joe
City of Wewahitchka
St. Joseph Fire Control District
Tupelo Fire Control District
Howard Creek Fire Control District
Overstreet Fire Control District
Discount Schedule
4% Discount if paid November 8 December 7
3% Discount if paid December 8 December 31
2% Discount if paid January
1% Discount if paid February
Payable without discount in March
Taxes delinquent April 1
Shirley J. Jenkins
Tax Collector
Gulf County, Florida
(850) 229-5353
Publish November 15, 2007

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Too much traffic?
Too much congestion?
These are bad things?
Port St. Joe city commissioners should take
a poll of business owners on Reid Avenue and
survey the results on whether congestion and
traffic might be welcome in a business district
that resembles a ghost town most weekends.
Commissioners should consult the owners
of the all-but-empty restaurants, the closed or
barren shops and ask whether more people and
cars would be a positive or a negative.
Commissioners should do this because
the reactions last week to a proposal from the
Waterfronts Florida group to establish a farmer's
market ranged from apathy to near hostility.
Here was a group proposing a concept that
would increase foot traffic in the downtown
area, would bring folks who might not otherwise
bother with the business district to its doorstep
and has a proven track record across the coun-
try, let alone in nearby communities.
Waterfronts Florida did its homework, solic-
ited expert advice and contacts on how to make
it work and had zeroed in on a location that
seemed ideal the grass and sand open lot next
to City Hall.
They had undertaken most of the heavy
lifting for commissioners before presenting the
concept to the City Commission and for that the
Waterfronts board and president were greeted
as if they had come bearing leprosy.
Because the farmer's market might increase
traffic and congestion if located next to City Hall,
because farmer's market sounded too much like
flea market it was the "f" thing, apparently.
These, judging by the comments, are prob-
lems inside the Commission meeting room,
though just outside and down the block, busi-
ness owners might have an entirely different
slant on the idea.
Leave aside the bona fides of the farmer's
market for a minute, though, and what is left is
an issue citizens in this county face every day
from their local government.
Residents at this point have had it ham-
mered home that unless an idea, a solution, a
proposal, emanates from the mouth or mind of
an elected commissioner, then the proposal has
no real merit.
And if residents don't like that kind of gov-
ernance, they should just ride out of town and
inflict their radical ideas enhancing a sense of
place and community elsewhere.
What other explanation is there for county
commissioners seeking alternative forms of
taxation in light of constraints from state prop-
erty tax reform, rather than finding ways to actu-
ally rein in their, not the constitutional officers',
From the time a budget advisory committee
was established four or five years ago to provide
recommendations on spending, the county has

generally ignored the outcry of taxpayers until
commissioners' hands were forced by the state.
Even then, the first inclination was to ignore
state dictates.
The recommendations of that budget advi-
sory committee were almost entirely discarded
by commissioners who simply continued to
spend as if the golden goose would continue to
line their coffers forever.
Frustrated residents and business owners
haven't made inroads on tax relief since other
than commissioners maintaining the status
quo resulting from five years of double-digit tax
increases and spending levels not justified by
any increase in population or services.
Much of the income alternatives proposed
last week by county staff would require, under
strict dictates in Florida statutes, the kind of
accountability for spending public dollars that
some commissioners have deflected at every
And Port St. Joe officials take a dim view
of an attempt to boost the local economy, even
in an incremental step, and provide reasoning
that arrives from out of left field while ultimately
offering only tepid approval.
The point is that local government seems
less a democracy than a plutocracy where levers
are pulled behind the scenes and power is what
makes the county spin.
There might be plenty of good people and
organizations in the community that are seek-
ing solutions to the ills that plague the county,
but unless they are elected officials or one of
the power elite they have two strikes with two
outs in the bottom of the ninth inning of a los-
ing game.
Commissioners seem more inclined to prove
their fealty to power brokers and favored friends
than they are to the citizens who elected them,
forgetting that those votes cast weren't for the
law firms or engineers or auditors or contrac-
tors or anybody else that benefits at the public
And that's too bad, because there is a wealth
of knowledge and expertise and passion being
poured into a variety of efforts to move the coun-
ty forward in varying ways in difficult times.
There are people whose sense of community
eclipses personal agendas or the building of
power bases, who seek opportunities to build up
rather than tear down and divide the default
position for too many elected officials.
These are citizens who accept the respon-
sibility of engagement in their community, the
obligation a democracy demands of its benefi-
ciaries: to be part of the solution, not the prob-
The shame of it is that, in this county, that
central tenet of civic responsibility seems lost on
too many of the elected officials responsible for
providing a forum to facilitate such efforts.

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Did I Miss Something?

That was the slug line for an
e-mail that swam through the ether
to my computer this week and I
couldn't help sharing the feeling.
The e-mailer was among the
saner I receive in bundles on a daily
Let's face it, no reader would be
scanning these words if any of those
Nigerian lotteries
actually paid out
because I'd be on
the beach sipping
a cool, tall bever-
age and watching
the waves.
And if all
those sales pitch-
es I received actu-
ally led me to
anything resem-
ft bling a pot of
Tim lCrot gold, again, these
Times News words would not
Editor be cluttering this
The most astounding e-mails I
must be on some list concocted by a
former enemy in purgatory because
I get them all,- are those with links
embedded throughout copy that
resembles some language used by
the ancient Egyptians.
The particular e-mail I am ref-
erencing, though, was one inquir-
ing about the clear-cutting of pines
trees near Frank Pate Park in Port
St. Joe.
The writer, an admitted "tree-
hugger," wanted to know exactly
how the city had arrived at a deci-
sion that felling a mess of trees to
construct a stormwater runoff pond
- along the lines of what the city did
at Buck Griffin Lake was any sign
of progress.
This reader was not alone.
A number of folks have walked
in, called or e-mailed to wonder
how the city could move forward
on such a project, expressing par-
ticular dismay about the felling of so
many pine trees that stood so long
and provided such a great vantage
point to watch the bay or a postcard
City officials say they will plant
oaks and maples and generally
stronger trees and they are helping
provide a filter for the bay, protect-
ing it from potentially toxic runoff
that had previously been allowed to
simply flow on in.
A grant from the water manage-
ment district, which also helped
fund Buck Griffin Lake, underwrote
the project.
But this not about the project as
it is the slug line on that e-mail, "Did
I Miss Something?"
Fair question to ask, one pon-
dered from here for quite a spell.
Why, I wonder, do folks of a
certain age group seem more con-
cerned about such things as the
environment as the generations that
will inherit it?
Why aren't more people of the
e-mailer's generation, of my genera-

tion for crying out loud, wondering
about those trees at the end of
Baltzell Avenue instead of the trivial
matters that seem to consume our
I was reminded of this over
recent days after viewing two new
films that ask really the same funda-
mental question.
The first is Sicko about health
care In the country and the other
was No End in Sight about the after-
math, not the run-up or the reasons,
of the invasion of Iraq.
Now both could be considered
partisan works and that is to be
expected when one of them is direct-
ed by Michael Moore, often as given
to demagoguery as those he skew-
However, it is worth noting, for
those .for which such things matter,
that Oprah thought Sicko one of the
most important movies of the year
and built an entire show around its
premise and ranked it Moore's least
partisan movie.
And the war in Iraq and what
has occurred since the "end" of all
combat operations is a lightning rod
that needs no further hashing on
this page.
I get that there will be people
who will not view either movie the
same as I, that their view will digress
sharply with the filmmakers, that a
grain of healthy skepticism should
be part of viewing.
But both movies at their core
ponder the same question can't
America, as most of us grew up to
understand the ideals and founda-
tion of what that name implied, do
This idea seemed particularly
apt during this past weekend, as the
community and country saluted the
nation's military veterans.
Because the idea of better and
more affordable access to health
care, for all Americans, as well as
how to best approach the prospect
of putting men and women in harm's
way, collide most strikingly in that
segment of the population compris-
ing veterans.
As a society, as a member of
the media that bluntly I sometimes
abhor, we have become fixated on
whether Lindsay makes it through
rehab or O.J. goes to jail for steal-
ing his own stuff at gunpoint and in
doing so we have let our eye off the
ball on matters that matter health
care, the health of our environ-
ment, the extent to which govern-
ment invades and controls our lives
while acting in ways not covered in
any civics class I remember.
Where, actually, the heck is that
civics class because it seems many
folks, of all ages, need a refresher?
All this time I was under the
impression that maybe it was only
me until that e-mail arrived this
morning and asked, "Did I Miss
For me, the answer is quite
clearly yes.

My first encounter with life
insurance took place in 1968.
I worked that summer with
the National Life and Accident
Insurance Company in Nashville.
I was researching old cases in the
home office.
I hadn't quite finished the first
week when a salesman appeared
at my desk. He worked up on the.
fifth floor and he was in charge
of "supplying" life insurance to
all the employees. He waved off
my argument that this was only
a temporary job, "Son, everyone
needs life insurance. You've got to
have it!"
I was twenty-one years old.....
and not too smart. I did have one
years of college left. I was hoping
that "things" would become clear-
er if I could just graduate "How
does this insurance stuff work?"
He had a booklet, brochures,
charts, graphs and pictures, "It's
pretty simple, you pay us $19.55
every month now and we will give
it all back to you, plus some, at a
later date."
That didn't sound too bad
except for the $19.55 a month.
Daddy always said if it seemed
too good to be true, look for the
catch! I studied on this thing for a

few minutes. "What do I
have to do to get all this
"Oh, it will be paid
out," the guy was just
a'smiling and I got the
feeling this might not
be the first time he had
given this talk, "to who-
ever you have named as
beneficiary at the time of
your death."
I was gasping for
breath and he quickly added, "And
Kes, here is the good news, if you
die on a common carrier such
as an airplane or train, we will
double you're death benefits!"
I had never been on an air-
plane. Passenger trains had gone
out with hula hoops and half

moon hub caps. Listen, I hadn't
graduated yet but I wasn't an idiot!
I wasn't about to pay for anything
that I had to die to collect!
Somehow, at that particular
age and time in my life, I was
thinking a whole lot more about
living.....than I was about dying!
As a matter of fact, even as
the guy was explaining the dire
consequences if I didn't sign up
today, I was thinking hard on
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Birdsong. She worked in the office
with me. And she had a cousin
who knew Judy Castleman, who
worked in the ticket office at the
Grand Ole Opry.
The only "consequences" that
mattered to me was if Ernest Tubb
and Faron Young were going to be
at the Opry on Saturday night.
And just maybe, if I was real
nice, Beverly might mention to her
cousin to put in a good word for
me with Judy. I knew both shows
were sold out but it was worth a
shot .....
I learned a lot that summer
bout commuting in the big city,
rporate headquarters, inner
fice jealousy, Additional Death
benefit Riders, the Nashville
Sporting Goods baseball team,
gossip around the water cooler

and pork shank and baked beans
at the original Gerst House down
on Second Avenue.....but I didn't
buy no life insurance.
I did date Judy Castleman
pretty steady and I enjoyed front
row seats to see Loretta Lynn,
Stonewall Jackson, Lester Flatt
and Earl Scruggs, Porter Wagoner,
Roy Acuff and the whole Grand
Ole Opry family. And, let me tell
you, that beat rolling the dice with
life insurance sales people all to
Grinders Switch and back!
If you survive college you've
got to figure life owes you a few
years. We all know there are no
guarantees but I didn't have time
to weigh in on it. I was too busy
looking for one of those jobs pay-
ing two dollars an hour! I needed
a new pair of boots, some Levi's
and a car. I got so enthralled with
living that I forgot all about dying.
I married Cathy and figured
she would take care of me if any-
thing happened. Then the boys
came along and I was having trou-
ble "affording" milk and diapers.
An extra $19.55 a month for life
insurance was out of the question!
I did have a couple of insurance
guys come to the house. I told
them if they'd advance me the

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cash promised on the back end
of the policy I'd gladly send them
$19.55 just as soon as my young-
est son graduated from college.
It seemed like a sporting prop-
osition to me, but I learned those
insurance guys are a lot more
interested in their brochures than
they are yours......
Uncle Womack passed away
last week and I figured if it could
happen to him it could happen to
anyone. I see how old Opie has
gotten and that can put a lot of
"perspective" in you life. I'd for-
gotten most of the things that guy
showed me back in 1968 from the
booklet, charts and things. I called
Leon. He is a near 'bout expert on
"Lon, you have any life insur-
"Yes, I do. I'm signed up with
Mutual of Singapore! It covers
me if I'm pregnant but it doesn't
cover Paula if she is. I've got a 'life
and casualty' clause that assures
me they will beat me up if I miss
one premium payment. It pays
double if I'm injured falling off
a camel or if I am attacked by a
Tyrannosaurus. It is only good if
both Paula and I die at the same
instant. It doesn't pay off if I am in
the commission of a crime at the
time I fall off the camel. And I get
two free weeks of coverage after I
die for every family I recommend
to them that takes out a policy."
Listen, years and miles of expe-
rience and "life" hasn't changed
my mind one iota. I still agree with
that confused twenty-one year old
lost in the big city in 1968---it just
doesn't make any sense to pay for
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Dear Editor:

I am reminded of this
wonderful story that bears
repeating not only to us as
individuals, but to a com-
munity, a state, a nation...
Back in January 2000,
leaders in Charlotte, North
Carolina, invited their favor-
ite son, Billy Graham, to
a luncheon in his honor.
Mr Graham initially hesi-
tated to accept the invita-
tion because he struggles
with Parkinson's disease.
But the Charlotte leaders
said, "We don't expect a
major address. Just come
and let us honor you." So
he agreed. After wonder-
ful things were said about
him, Dr. Graham stepped
to the rostrum, looked at
the crowd, and said, "I'm
reminded today of Albert
Einstein, the great physicist
who has been honored by
Time magazine as the Man
of the Century." Einstein
was once traveling from
Princeton on a train when
the conductor came down
the aisle, punching the
tickets of every passenger.
When he came to Einstein,
Einstein reached in his vest
pocket. He couldn't find his
ticket, so he reached in his
trouser pockets. It wasn't
there, so he looked in his
briefcase but couldn't find
it. Then he looked in the
seat beside him. He still
couldn't find it. The con-
ductor said, Dr. Einstein, I
know who you are. We all
know who you are. I'm sure
you bought a ticket. Don't
worry about it. Einstein
nodded appreciatively. The
conductor continued down
the aisle punching tick-
ets. As he was ready to


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move to the next car, he
turned around and saw the
great physicist down on his
hands and knees looking
under his seat for his tick-
et. The conductor rushed
back and said, Dr. Einstein,
Dr. Einstein, don't worry,
I know who you are. No
problem. You don't need a
ticket. I'm sure you bought
one. Einstein looked at
him and said, "Young man,
I too, know who I am. What
I don't know is where I'm
going." Having said that,
Billy Graham continued, see
the suit I'm wearing? It's a
brand new suit. My wife,
my children, and my grand-
children are telling me I
have gotten a little sloppy in
my old age. I used to be a bit
more attentive to. detail. So
I went out and bought a new
suit for this luncheon and
one more occasion. You
know what that occasion is?
This is the suit in which I'll
be buried. But when you
hear I'm dead, I don't want
you to immediately remem-
ber the suit I'm wearing. I
want you to remember this:
I not only know who I am. I
also know where I'm going.
Now those are some
good words for all of us to
ponder upon...

Ed McAteer
Port St. Joe

Dear Editor:

It would be beneficial,
leading up to the "Economic
Summit", if these quotes
were published and people
had some time to reflect
on them; given my expected
contributions to the panel

Can a Culture adapt
quickly enough to

In re: Our current eco-
nomic and political circum-
"...laws and insti-
tutions must go hand in
hand with the progress of
the human mind. As that
becomes more developed,
more enlightened, as new
discoveries are made, new
truths discovered and man-
ners and opinions change,
with the change of circum-
stances, institutions must
advance also to keep pace
with the times."
"The two enemies of the
people are criminals and
government, so let us tie
the second down with the
chains of the Constitution so
the second will not become
the legalized version of
the first." both quotes
from Thomas Jefferson,
past US president and
author of the Declaration of
"When the rate of change
outside of the organization
is faster than the rate of
change inside the organiza-
tion, the end is near." Jack
Welch, past CEO, General
Acknowledged wise men
both and proven out by
success and history. Little
of what we are seeing today
hasn't already been noted
by great minds. We've seen
it before.
So the real question
is: Can our manners, opin-
ions and institutions in
Gulf County change quickly
enough to keep pace with
the presumed progress of
the human mind and the
rate of change from with-
out? Have we effectively

The Apalachicola River

needs your help NOW

Speak out for our River and Bay

Please urge Governor
Charlie Crist and our fed-
eral representatives to ada-
mantly OPPPOSE the plan
to cut the flow of water from
Lake Lanier that supplies the
Apalachicola River. Our
oysters are already in trou-
ble. A cut in flow would
be a tragic mistake' not only
impacting the Apalachicola
Bay and the Gulf fishery for
years to come, but could
bankrupt many hardworking
Panhandle communities.
Facts: The U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers has pro-
posed cutting current water
flows out of Georgia by 517
million gallons a day starting
in 2 weeks. That would lower
the river level by another
foot from the already record
low. The river is dangerously
salty and we have already
lost many oyster beds in the
western part of the bay.
Even worse, under the
proposed change Georgia
would get to keep more water
in reservoirs even after the
drought breaks. If Gov. Crist
does not stop the new plan,
river flows could stay at the
current low levels for years,
even if storms dump, gal-
lons of rain on Georgia. That
could be a death sentence for
the river and bay, and cause
many, many people to lose
their jobs.
Florida officials say Gov.
Crist has not agreed to the
plan, but Crist and some
other Florida politicians are
being awfully quiet silent,
almost about the threat our
river and bay faces. Many
news reports and knowledge-
able sources in government
say that Gov. Crist did agree

to some sort of deal last week
in Washington, when he met
with the governors of Georgia
and Alabama. Unfortunately,
both those states now sup-
port a reduction in the flow
to the river.
Georgia has successfully
convinced many people that
the city of Atlanta is about to
run out of water. Georgia offi-
cials did not enact any water
conservation measures until
October. In fact, according to
the Corps of Engineers, Lake
Lanier has about 280 days
of water left even if there is
no rain at all. Plus, there are
other options for Atlanta.
Call or email Gov. Crist
and our federal officials and
tell them to adamantly oppose
any cuts in the water flow for
the Apalachicola River.
Gov. Crist: Charlie. or call
(850) 488-7146
Sen. Bill Nelson: (202)
224-5274 bill nelson(Obill-
Sen. Mel. Martinez: (202)
Rep. Allen Boyd: (850)
A community mes-
sage from the Franklin
County Oyster & Seafood
Industry Task Force and
the Apalachicola Bay Area
Chamber of Commerce
Here's my letter to the

Dear Governor Crist,
My name is Kathy
Robinson and I live in
Apalachicola. Along with
my husband Tommy and
his brother Chris, we run
Robinson Brothers Guide
Service. Most of the 30 or so

fishing guides that we book
trips for not only make their
living taking people fish-
ing but they are also 3rd &
4th generation Oystermen,
shrimpers, commercial fish-
ermen, etc. (Most people who
live here find it necessary to
hold 2 or 3 jobs My hus-
band & I are also realtors)
Their wives and families
depend on the health of the
Apalachicola River to sustain
a way of life that is barely up
to poverty standards in most
other communities. This
entire county is predomi-
nately based on seafood and
fishing which attracts tour-
ism. Even a foot less water
sent down the Apalachicola
River will have a devastating
effect on life here as we know
it, now and for future genera-
tions. We are also experienc-
ing a major drought situation
and are making do as neces-
sary If you allow Atlanta, due
to tleir poor forethought and
lac of planning to keep the
w ter that we must have to
k ep the estuary alive, the
e tire Gulf of Mexico will be
h rribly' negatively effected,
n.t just the oyster industry,
which has already felt the
ef cts of the drought. Please
do our homework, listen to
the marine biologists who
regulaly study our pristine
estuary which is the nursery
to the gulf of mexico and
please, please don't sell us
down the river!!

Kathy Robinson
Robinson Brothers
Guide Service




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kept the second from legiti-
mizing the first?
External changerequires
internal adaptation for us to
survive. We must persevere
and make the changes that
we already know need to be
made. Never easy or conve-
nient, but clearly necessary.
I guess we just need to make
sure we understand why.

Eric Davidson
Port St. Joe

(By the way, I see a
copy of the Declaration of
Independence (establish-
ing a confederacy which
didn't work-well for us in
expressing ourselves as a
single nation) and the Bill of
Rights (establishing individ-
ual rights, which are trea-
sured) posted outside the
City Commission Chambers
- but no Constitution (estab-
lishing a federation sup-
posedly only alterable by
the affirming votes of 4/5
of the states). What kind
of message does that visu-
al send about our collec-
tive institutional values as
we practice them here as
opposed to the rest of the
state and nation?)
The Real Villains in
Water Wars

Dear Editor:

Lastweekend, I made my
annual trip to Appalachicola
from Atlanta for the Seafood
Festival. While in town, I
went to the parade and vis-
ited my favorite shops.
At the Tin Shed, the
lady told me that people in
Atlanta should have put a
brick in their toilets three
years ago to prevent these
water problems.
In Atlanta, we are told
that the water is being
released in quantities of
four times greater than it
is flowing into Lake Lanier
because of the mussels and
the oysters.
The media and the gov-
ernment are pitting citizens
against citizens in this mat-
ter and not pointing to the
real villians...the govern-
Last year the Corps of
Engineers \"accidentally\"

lowered the level of Lake
lanier by three feet because
they didn't have their valve
calibrated properly.
Every year, water is
needlessly released from
the water shed reservoirs to
support a barge that trav-
els to Columbus, GA so
that the Corps of Engineers
can maintain that the
Chattahoochee is navigable
and, therefore, under their
The States of Alabama
and Florida proposed on
the Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the
A-C-F basin that the level of
Lake Lanier be permanent-
ly lowered by 26 feet (and
where would we be today
if that proposal had been
Folks, Mother Nature is
cyclic and there are droughts
periodically. We are in one.
The fact that there is not
sufficient water to carry
us through is not because
there are too many hot tubs
in Atlanta any more than
the fact that there are cur-
rently no mandated water-
ing restrictions in either
Alabama or Florida. The
problem is that the govern-
ment and their various agen-
cies (Corps of Engineers)
have failed miserably to
protect our resources while
playing politics and power
over the basin.
Let us not get angry
with each other, let us get
angry with those that are
the real villians...the goven-
ments that we installed in
power to keep these disas-
ters from taking the toll
they are about to take.
When each governemt
tries to deflect the blame
from them by pitting the
citizens of one area against
the other, let the voters rise
up and let them know that
we know who the real prob-
lem is...not us, but the very
people we elected to oversee
this process.

John Orrison
Atlanta, GA

Dear Editor,

I have had the oppor-
tunity to visit and stay

at St. Joseph State Park
twice in the last two years.
While there we visited
Apalachicola, Port St. Joe,
and Mexico Beach, as well
as with many other beauti-
ful places in the are. During
my most recent stay this
past September 2007, while
my husband and I were
relaxing and enjoying the
solitude and beauty of the
beach, I was inspired to
write this poem.

Clouds dispersing,
coast is clear
No human presence,
only sea gulls jeer.
The beauty of the ocean
is truly unsurpassed
On the coast of Florida
at Cape San Bias.
White sandy beaches
stretch as far as the eye
can see
Amidst sea oat dunes
and tall palm trees.
Mint green, turquoise to
deep blue hues
Ocean, sky and sun
combine creating this awe-
some view.
Finding conches, olive
shells, scallops in the bay
Driftwood, blue crab
claws, Oh Lord, what a
The ocean waves crash
wild yet rhythmic.
Awakening all our sense,
relaxing our defenses.
Father God, mother
nature, Heaven here on
Thinking, praying,
a place for stories to be
The majestic ocean
where, sea life abounds
Jelly fish, crab fish'
jumping all around.
You may see a dolphin
with baby by her side
Or net a puffer fish or
two, depending on the tide.
Shelling, fishing or
walking on the shore
Inspires, excited the
beach is all that and more.
January, June
September is the best
The Gulf Coast and God
are never at rest.

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The City of Port St. Joe
took a significant step for-
ward in local economic devel-
opment Tuesday.
In a small ceremony at
City Hall, Jim Dean, Rural
Development Area Director
of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA), Rural
Development, presented
Mayor Mel Magidson a check
for $217,870 specifically for
two city projects.
The funds, from the
Rural Business Enterprise
Grant (RBEG), will be used
to start the city's first busi-
ness incubator and improve
sidewalks in the downtown
area in an effort to bring
increased economic opportu-
nity to town.
The new business incu-
bator, which the city has been
working on for over a year,
will receive $117,870 of the
RBEG grant, and will house
two small start-up business-
Located at 196 Peters
Street, at the end of Avenue
D, the business incuba-
tor will be established in a
soon to be renovated build-
ing next to the new George
Washington High/Elementary
School Museum.
Brittney Ward and LM
Logan were selected earlier

this year as the incubator's
first two tenants.
Ward's business will
be called Sweet Grass,
International. Logan's busi-
ness will be Old Florida
Photography and Art Gallery.
Ward, a 21-year old
native of Port St. Joe, plans
to operate a combination
retail store and community
center, she said, sending part
of the proceeds back to the
community for incentive.
"It's a wonderful oppor-
tunity, the first for our com-
munity,"' Ward said. "For a
person my age to open a
business, it's overwhelming
yet at the same time, it will be
well worth shooting for."
She said her specific
product lines are still in the
development stage, but may
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Logan, a reporter and
photographer for The Star
newspaper, plans to establish
an art gallery primarily for
eastern Panhandle artists.
"We have an abundance of
fabulous artists, in all media,
living in this region," Logan
said. "Visitors and residents
alike want art representing
the many faces of our region
to keep as souvenirs of their
time here, and to remember
our history as it falls to devel-
opment. That's what this gal-
lery will offer."
Logan, a documentary
photographer who works
primarily in black-and-white
film, said she will be one
of about two dozen artists
exhibiting in the new busi-
The downtown redevelop-
ment project, which received
$100,000 from the RBEG
grant, will include construc-
tion of new sidewalks, park-
ing and roadway upgrades,
plus the addition of green
It is designed to.establish
pedestrian access to Williams
Avenue, where none is cur-
rently available.
In addition to the Rural
Development funding, the
city is contributing $25,000
to the project, along with
$54,281 from the Port St.
Joe Redevelopment Agency.

County -

under this tax. The addition-
al four cents would gener-
ate approximately $211,667
countywide, or $158,748 for
unincorporated Gulf County.
However, since any pen-
nies imposed could not be
collected until Jan. 1, 2009,
none would be realized in
fiscal year 2007-08, and only
three-quarters of projected
revenue would be realized in
the 2008-09 fiscal year.
This gas tax could be
used for construction of new
roads, resurfacing of existing
roads and paving of existing
graded roads, but not routine
road maintenance.
4. Solid Waste Special
Assessment an assessment
levied on property which
benefits from solid waste
management services; in
other words, organizations
and entities that benefit from
using the county landfill free
of charge.
These include federal,
state, and local governments,
churches and non-profit
groups like Senior Citizens
and A.R.C.
"There are so many
strings tied to this it's going
to take a professional to fig-
ure it out," Butler told the
And, he added, any
exceptions to the assessment
must be funded from unre-
stricted county funds.
5. Standard Franchise
Agreement with the Electric
Utilities a fee charged to a
utility company for the privi-,
lege of using the county right
of way.
In order to implement
this fee, the county would
have to enter into an agree-
ment with each utility compa-
ny, and in 1999 the Supreme
Court of Florida ruled that
the utility company may have
to give its consent for the
franchising fee to be valid.
Larry Watson, the com-
munity liaison for Progress
Energy, told the commission
that Progress Energy's cur-
rent franchise fee with cities
is a pass-through fee, which
is passed on to the customer
at the current rate of 6 per-

He said the utility com-
pany currently did not have
any franchise agreements
with any counties.
Commission chair Bill
Williams told the board that
any utility company would
see this fee as a pass-through
fee, "so we must be very care-
ful about this."
Butler told the board that
"there are so many strings
tied to it, we will have to
change the way we do busi-
6. Occupational License
Tax a county tax "on the
privilege of engaging in or
managing any business, pro-
fessional or occupational,
within the county."
These funds would have
to be shared with the cities,
and, based on Butler's esti-
mate of fewer than 500 busi-
nesses in the county, would
not generate much revenue.
7. Communications
Service Tax a tax placed on
local, long distance and cable
services, up to 1.6 percent.
The tax is paid by the
customer and collected by
the dealer. It is charged to
billable customers in the
unincorporated. county.
The tax revenue can be
used for any public purpose,
including bonded indebted-
In addition to the current
collection of $29,000, the
county could collect an addi-
tional $71,000 by increasing
the current rate of .54 per-
cent to 1.84 percent, Butler
"The other 66 [Florida]
counties are doing this, we're
in the minority on this one,"
Butler added.
8. Public Service Tax -
a levy on the purchase of
electricity, metered natural
gas, and liquified petroleum,
not to exceed 10 percent of
the payments required by the
seller of the taxable item.
Butler told the board
that this tax had already been
challenged in court, and the
county would "spend some
legal money oi this one." The
board said, in that case, to
skip it and move on.
9. Fire Service Special

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Assessment a charge
imposed against property
that specifically benefits from
fire services.
According to Butler, a
number of areas within the
county are not paying any fire
tax, but that will change very
shortly, he said.
The fact that many Gulf
County residents do not
pay anything for fire pro-
tection from the county yet
reap the benefit has been a
topic of discussion among
the commissioners for sev-
eral months.
Butler also discussed
the option of billing property
owners' insurance companies
to help cover the cost of fight-
ing fires on that property.
He used this summer's
Overstreet fire, which burned
mostly St. Joe Company tim-
ber land, as an example.
"The county had three to
four times more personnel
than the property owner out
there fighting that fire," Butler
said. "The county absorbed
all the cost and didn't sent a
bill to the property owner,"
indicating the county needed
to review this policy.
One of the problems with
this assessment, Butler con-
tinued, was determining just
how to accurately and fairly
assess the cost of fire protec-
10. Special Assessment
for road construction, paving
and maintenance a charge
imposed against property
that benefits from the con-
struction and maintenance
of a road.
Like other special assess-
ments, it must meet the
special benefit requirement
and the fair and reasonable
apportionment requirement.
11. MSBU (Municipal
Services Benefit Unit).
The Alternative Revenue
Committee developed a list of
non-state mandated services
that possibly could be funded
by a MSBU, including mos-
quito control, health depart-
ment, emergency medical
services (EMS), corrections,
emergency management,
solid waste, etc.
Each MSBU would need
to pass the legal test and be
addressed separately. Each
would have to be approved
separately by ordinance and
each assessment would be
listed separately on tax bills.
The county must hold a
public hearing on any pro-
posed MSBUs and adopt a
resolution for each.
Since the notice of public
hearing to adopt the resolu-
tion of intent must be pub-
lished in the local newspa-
per once a week for four
consecutive weeks immedi-.
ately before the date of the
hearing, and the resolution
[of intent] must be adopted
before January 1, the board
voted unanimously to pro-
ceed with public notification
in order to reserve the coun-
ty's right to use this method
of tax collection beginning in
Nov. 2008.
It does not obligate the
board to actually do so,
Butler pointed out.


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Marianna Edges Sharks in Overtime

By Josh Weinfuss
Florida Freedom

No matter what visiting
Port St. Joe did Friday night,
Marianna showed it could
do better from halftime to
the end of regulation.
Tied at the intermis-
sion and at the end of 48
minutes, the two schools
matched each other point
for point before the Bulldogs
(7-3) went for a 2-point con-
version on the last play of
overtime to win 43-42.
With 4.2 seconds left,
Port St. Joe (7-3) had a
chance to win on a 23-yard
field goal by Phil Fuze, but
three consecutive timeouts
by Marianna coach Rob
Armstrong to set up the
Bulldogs' defensive strategy'
Marianna senior Brian
Myrick blocked the kick to
send the game to overtime.
"In a game like this you
can't blame one guy," Port St.
Joe coach John Palmer said.
"He's never been in that situ-
In overtime, the Sharks
stuck to what got them there.
From the 10-yard line, they
handed off to Chaz Byrd on
three straight plays to take a
42-35 lead. When Marianna

took over, the Bulldogs didn't
stray either, giving the ball to
Bradley Battles who took it
to the 1 on the first play and
scored. on the next.
Thinking his team
would tire if the game went
into multiple overtimes,
Armstrong took his time in
running what turned out to
be the game-winning play.
Battles, who rushed for 300
yards and four touchdowns
on 26 carries, was the decoy
and Ren Williams scored the
game-winning points.
Neither squad ever held
more than a seven-point
advantage, and five of the 12
...x-- -.

touchdowns scored were on
plays 30 yards or longer.
After a Bulldogs' punt,
Port St. Joe's Darrell Smith
took a Matt Gannon handoff
74 yards from scrimmage to
give the Sharks a 7-0 lead
4 minutes, 17 seconds into
the game.
Battles responded with
a 47-yard touchdown run to
cap a two-play drive and tie
the game at 7-7. Port St. Joe
got one more big play before
the end of the first quarter.
Gannon hit Calvin Pryor for
a 66-yard touchdown play to
take a 14-7 lead.
Marianna tied the game

at 14-14 on a 38-yard run by
Williams. The Bulldogs then
tied the game again at 28-28
when Battles took off for
an 84-yard touchdown run.
The junior eclipsed 2,000
yards for the season during
the game.
"It's fun to block for
that boy," Armstrong said.
"It seems like to me he gets
stronger as the game goes
With Marianna holding
its first lead, 35-28 on a
7-yard touchdown run by
Brandon Gardner with 6:52
left, Port St. Joe's Smith

ripped off a 65-yard touch-
down run to tie the game 9
seconds later.
Port St. Joe had two
players with more than 100
yards. Smith ran for 172 on
eight carries and Byrd had
128 yards on 28. Marianna's
Williams had 84 yards on 11
"I think they made some
key pays when they needed
to and obviously we did,
too," Palmer said. "They
made on more play than we

Port St. Joe 14 7'7 0 7 -

Marianna 7 14 0 0 8 43
First quarter
PSJ Smith 74 run
(Fuze kick), 7-0 PSJ, 7:43
MHS Battles 47 run
(Moore kick), 7-7 MHS,
PSJ Pryor 66 pass
from Gannon (Fuze kick),
14-7 PSJ, 1:42
Second quarter
MHS Williams 38 run
(Moore kick), 14-14 MHS,
PSJ Byrd 6 run (Fuze
kick), 21-14 PSJ, 4:53
MHS Battles 1 run
(Moore kick), 21-21 MHS,
Third quarter
PSJ Byrd 3 run (Fuze
kick), 28-21 PSJ, 8:19
Fourth quarter
MHS Battles 84 run
(Moore kick), 28-28 MSH,
MHS Gardner 7 run
(Moore kick), 35-28, 6:52
PSJ Smith 65 run
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Blountstown traveled to
Wewahitchka to take on the
Gators Friday night and left
town with a 41-6 victory.
It was the regular-sea-
son 'finale for both teams.
The Tigers already were
assured a playoff spot with
a second-place finish behind
Tallahassee Florida High in
District 2-2B. Blountstown
(5-4) will begin its play-
off journey at Vernon next
Ryan Baker rushed for
155 yards on 10 carries and
scored two touchdowns.
Blountstown amassed 390
total yards while maintain-
ing complete command.
Baker continued his stellar
play as/the area's leading
tackler. The Tigers' defense
swarmed the Gators' ball
carrier allowing them only
four f st downs.
"T ey have a tough
scrap group of guys.
There e a lot of fresh-
men and sophomores on
that tea and give them a
couple o\ years, they'll get
it together," Blountstown
head coach Greg Jordan
said of Wewahitchka after
being drenched with a water

The Gators' lone score
came in the second quarter
on a spectacular one-hand-
ed grab by wide receiver
Brandon Tift on a pass from
quarterback Cody Wade. Tift
reached back to snag an
8-yard pass that was thrown
behind him. The reception
cut Blountstown's lead to
21-6 just before halftime.
Baker capped
Blountstown's first drive with
a 15-yard score. The Tigers
took the opening kickoff and
traveled 55 yards on five
plays. Quarterback Cory Cox
then connected with Jason
Byrd for a 5-yard touchdown
pass on the Tigers' next
series. Dillon Burke hauled
in a 35-yard toss from Cox
to add to Blountstown's
early edge.
Cox would end up 9-11
for 132 yards.
"We wanted to come
here and spread things out a
bit tonight, try some things
with the passing game,"
Jordan said. "We had some
guys make some big plays
Blountstown held
Wewahitchka (2-8) to 126
total yards. Fullback Chance
Knowles took most of the
Gators' carries in place of
senior Ryan Myers, who
sat out with an injured leg.

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Knowles ran the ball for 78
tough yards on 23 carries.
Baker broke several
tackles on a 61-yard scoring
run. Blountstown added two
late scores for the 41-6 final,
one coming on a 30-yard
interception return by fresh-

man Paul Mosley.
"We will work hard
this week and prepare for
Vernon," Jordan said. "The
playoffs are one and done,
and we hope to come out on
the winning side."

Vision Bank Sponsors

County Wide Tail-Gate Party

Vision Bank, along with
the Administration and Staff
of Wewahitchka Elementary
School sponsored the first
annual County wide Tail-Gate
Party on Friday, November 2,
2007, prior to the Annual
Wewahitchka High/Port St.
Joe High Football game. This
tail-gate partywas attended by
several hundred people, and
was held at the Wewahitchka
Elementary School Pavilion,
located directly behind
Gator Field in Wewahitchka
and was under the direction
of Mrs. Amy Walsh, teacher
at Wewahitchka Elementary
school, along with Mrs.
Carolyn Husband, Executive
Vice-President, Vision Bank.
Highlights to the after-
noon's party was both of the
county school bands and
cheerleading squads of PSJ
and WHS joining together
and performing several
dance routines together. This

was great to see both of our
local schools combine as one
squad and entertain evepy-
The officers and empldy-
ees of Vision Bank, frori
both the Port St. Joe branch
and the Wewahitchka branch,
cooked up and served hot-
dogs and Pepsis to all 'i1
attendance. A good time waS
had by everyone, and it was
expressed by many in attern-
dance, that they would like
to see this new tradition corn-
tinue year after year, as we
all get together prior to the
County Championship Game
to celebrate "Gulf County"
and be among friends and
neighbors. So hopefully, this
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Gene Raffield Teams Leave It All on the Field in Championship Games

The fans who attended
the Big Bend Youth Football
Championship games last
Saturday in Blountstown
were treated to three ter-
rific football games. Port St.
Joe's Gene Raffleld league,
by winning all three divisions
against Franklin County and
Wewahitchka in an eight
game regular season schedule
which included Blountstown,
Sneads, Liberty County and
Chattahoochie won the South
Division. In the North Division
Blountstown won the 7 and 8
year old Teeny Mite Division,
Chatthoochie won the 9 and
10 year old Tiny Mite Division
and Blountstown won the 11
and 12 year old Pee Wee
Here in Port St. Joe we
call them the Dolphins, the
Jaguars, and the Buccaneers.
And after last Saturday we
can call them all superstars
because they battled their
hearts out at all three divi-
The Buccaneers at 11
and 12 years old battled
a much bigger and faster
Blountstown team which was
undefeated in regular sea-
son play. Tiquan Lang led

the Buccaneers' offense by
running the shotgun forma-
tion behind great blocking up
from Coaches Mark Cothran
and Chris Butts; revamped
offensive line which had lost
earlier in the year to this
team 24-6. With 3:20 left
in the game the Buccaneers
had done the impossible...
they held a 14-12 lead on the
mighty undefeated Tigers.
A Blountstown fourth down
and 4 to go on their own 35
was their last hope. Their
tailback broke free around
left end and also ended the
Buccaneers' hopes of a tre-
mendous upset as they finally
fell 20-14. It was almost one
of the biggest upsets in Big
Bend Youth Football history.
After the game
Blountstown's head coach
Nathan Goodman said,
"Where did that team come
from? That's not the one we
played earlier this year."
And he was right. This
was a championship game
and they played like cham-
pions. Nick Lewis, Ryan
Nichols, Ethan Whittington,
Dusty Richter, Nick Renfro,
Ty Worley, Austin McNeil, and
all the others on this team

gave it their all. It was a total
team effort. Coaches and
players of the Buccaneers
were not losers last Saturday;
they showed everyone in
Blountstown they were win-
The 9-10 year old
Jaguars faced a team from
Chattahoochie in the second
championship game of the
day. The Jaguars' running
back Chad Quinn broke the
scoreless tie with a 54 yard
run to make it 6-0 at half-
time. The second half was a
repeat of the first as Chad
Quinn left the Chattahoochie
players "in the dust" with
his break away speed to
score two more touchdowns
and give the Port St. Joe
Jaguars an 18-0 champion-
ship victory. Head Coach Rob
Jasinski, who was called to
military training six weeks
ago and was unable to be
with his team, made it to the
game to watch his kids win.
This was the team that won
the championship last year
as the Dolphins. In Rob's
absence Mal Parrish, Bill
Ramsey, Eckley Sander, Ross
Yowell, Dane Caldwell, and
others stepped in to coach

these kids weekly and again
prove how our community
steps forward for the sake of
our youth.
The little guys, our 7-8
year old Dolphins faced
another undefeated and
bigger Blountstown squad.
But don't tell running back
Aaron Paul that as he left
the Tigers' defense scratching
their heads when they tried
to tackle him. The Dolphins
offense quickly took a 6-0
lead as Aaron Paul scored
on a long-run. The running
of Xavier Pittman and Tyrek
Simms gave Aaron a break,
but the Tigers outmuscled
the Dolphins in the end by
a score of 24-12. Lamartese
Wyatt, Luke Caldwell, and
Chicago Gainer with a host
of about 28 others kept the
Dolphins' swarming defense
on top of the Tigers all day.
The championship
games of the Big Bend Youth
Football League represent
no losers. All children who
participate are winners. All
coaches are winners. All par-
ents who devote their time to
take these kids to practice
every night, wash their uni-
forms, go to their games, and

cheer them on are winners.
The Gene Raffield
Football League would like
to thank our sponsors who
make all of this possible.
Without these people we
could not do it.

Gene Raffield Football
League 2007 Sponsors

Gold Business Sponsors
Bluewater Bandit
Charters, Common Sense
Conservation, Duren's Piggly
Wiggly, Indian Pass Raw Bar,
Bayside Savings Bank

Silver Business Sponsors
Happy Ours Kayak
& Kanoe Outpost, Raffield
Fisheries, Inc., Tarpon Title

Bronze Business
Beach Realty of Cape San
Bias, Beach to Bay Interiors,
Clerk of the Court Becky
Norris, Bluewatter Outriggers,
Boyer Signs, Coastal Realty
Group, Emerald Coast
Federal Credit Union, First
Baptist Church of Port St.
Joe, The Port Fine Wines,
Preble-Rish, Inc., Ramsey's
Printing & Office Products,

St. Joe News Network, The
Star Newspaper, VFW Post
10069, Vision Bank

Gold Team/Player
Commissioner Jerry
Barnes Commissioner
Carmen McL'emore,
Commissioner Nathan Peters,
Commissioner Billy Traylor,
Commissioner Bill Williams

Silver Team/Player
Capital City Bank,
Charisma Charters, First
Presbyterian Church,
Michael Hammond, Hannon
Insurance Agency, Keith
Jones, CPA, Oil Change
Express, Port St. Joe Lion's
Club, Premier Chemicals,
Roberson & Friedman PA.,
Scallop Cove BP State Farm
Insurance, Tyndall Federal
Credit Union

Bronze Team/Player
Cape Trading Post,
Ed's Red Hot Sauce, Tim
and Julie Matherly, Benny
Roberts, St. Joe Rental &
Nursery Supply

Soccer Season Begins After Long Practice

By Jonathon Davidson
Star Staff Writer

After nearly three months
of diligent practice, the Port
St. Joe Boys Soccer team
hit the road to play their
first pair of games last week.
Tuesday the team took on
Mosley's junior varsity but
lost 5-0, and incurred anoth-
er loss Thursday against
Rutherford's junior varsity
with a score of 6-0.
Undaunted, the team
keeps an even eye toward
the future, using these tough
experiences to measure
potential and learn from.
Twelve seniors left last
year, meaning a significantly
younger team must perse-
vere. Currently composed of
,only three seniors, the team
-stands to double its upper-.
-classmen when the football
-season concludes.
Additionally, Port St. Joe
Soccer programs (boys and
girls) have a new head coach,
'-Nathan McDonald, taking
-over from Tom and Betty
.continue to assist the pro-
"I really, really wanted to
be here," said McDonald. "I
see a lot of opportunity down
the road."
McDonald predicts this
season can be dubbed a
"rebuilding year," but reflect-
ed that the scores last week
weren't accurate indications
of this team's ability.
McDonald, wanting his
players to "enjoy playing the
game," gave everyone time on
the field.
"It's why we started
against JV teams," McDonald
said. "See who could con-
tribute to the team, playing
where, and doing what."
The team's first goals are
to improve defensive play and
communication on the field,
both of which come from
game experience, according
to McDonald.
"We'll have to be patient,"
McDonald said. "We can't
get into a shootout. 8-7 ball

games will be rare."
Offensively, the team will
have to "seize opportunities
when they happen. We look
for 5 or 6 good opportunities
a game."

Soccer player
Howze and Mrs.
mother of Sam Ellm
nized a lunch on
November 9 in honor
Cox, a former sen

Port St. Joe Girls Soccer
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lior who attend.
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will enjoy a string of home
games over the next three
wvee k s. starting with Wakulla
th is past Tuesday, John Paul II
one week later at 7 p.m., and
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6:00 Bozeman and Port St.
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and tumble down the white pipe on the left while the water is sent by pipe (on right) to a reten- and cool the water through evaporation.
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Shrimp -
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took almost a year, but
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subject succinctly.
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is the heart of my farm,"
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Local Touches
The Woods use a lower
density stocking each pond
than what they saw in Texas
in order to produce the larg-
er shrimp they seek.
Another key is securing
hatchlings 460,000 went
into the water in the spring
- that are robust, mature
and certified as pathogen
free. Only a few hatcheries
in the country offer such a
Godwin said this year's
hatchlings arrived late and

were not of the quality he
expected. Looking toward
next season, Godwin will
seek to secure his "seeds"
from Florida hatcheries that
will return to business this
year for the first time since
the hurricanes of 2004.
The Wood's Fisheries
strategy is to package and
market the farm shrimp
differently than their other
offerings. They sell the
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Godwin described the
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texture and being sweeter,
less fishy than sea shrimp.
The employee, Raffield, said
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taste with the batch he'd
made on the grill the previ-
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The farm shrimp pro-
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the economics of rising fuel
costs, finding good help and
steel costs which can make

a shrimp boat a $1 million
S"The days of the simple
small fishing families is slip-
ping away," Godwin said.
"Boats that are making it now
are those where the owners
are directly involved."
He said after American
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ing focus and a push for
Country of Origin Labeling
(COOL) is starting to make

"All we have to do is,
to the guy sitting down and
eating it, let them make the
choice and the rest will work
itself out," Godwin said. "If
we can get to that place
where you as the consumer
are asking for that product,
that's what we need.
"If we can't niche market
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The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, November 15, 2007 SECTION B

Veterans' Day Celebrations in Gulf

County Bring Outpouring of Thanks
SGulf County residents love rousing musical program led by
S'-"- '-veterans, the Wewa third grade.
Remembering and thanking Under the direction of teacher
'military service personnel and Linda Whitfield, the children sang,
their families, past and present, recited poetry and told the history
is an honor and duty that of Veterans' Day.
Gulf County follows devoutly, Other patriotic musical
particularly on Veterans' Day each tributes, both vocal and
S.. ~ _I . year. instrumental, were performed by

And instilling this love and
patriotic sense of pride in the
young people of the county is
taught by example from an early
On Nov. 9, Wewahitchka and
Port St. Joe Elementary Schools
and Port St. Joe High School
held their annual Veterans' Day
programs with musical tributes,
military speakers, and prayers
for U.S. military personnel.
Wewa students and family
filled the Wewa High School
football stadium stands to hear a

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the a cappella trio Saving Grace,
Rhonda Pridgeon, the Gator
Sound Band and bagpiper Bryce
Master Sgt. John Huft, a
teacher at Wewa, was the guest
speaker. Another teacher, April
Pilk Bidwell, spoke of her father,
Robert Pilk, who was killed in
Vietnam and whose name is listed
on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
in Washington, D.C.
The Port St. Joe Elementary
School joined with the high
school's Naval ROTC for their

Nine elementary students,
all who had a parent currently
serving in the active military, led
the Pledge of Allegiance.
Team gave a close quarter drill
demonstration, followed by a
demonstration by the PSJNROTC
Rifle Drill Team.
Gary Ross read a letter from
President George Bush, and
several students presented letters
of thanks to the veterans in the
Jeremy Dixon closed the
program by singing God Bless the
At Port St. Joe High School,
the program was familiar but no
less moving.
Tears, broken voices and
proclamations of freedom were
partofthe program, accompanying
the poetry reading of Kesley
Colbert, the singing of Mary Lou
Cumbie and a rousing repertoire
from students in the high school
performance academy.
The tolling of the bell to
remember those who sacrificed
during the nation's wars since the
dawn of the 21" Century and the
playing of "Taps" evoked emotions
for young lives lost for freedom.
The "Gettysburg Address"
was read and Maj. U.S. Army
(Ret.) Ronald Daniels, a Port
St. Joe High graduate now an
educator in Georgia was the guest
Daniels may have summed up
the day best during his speech.
"Veterans are a hardy lot,"
he said. "Being able to wear the
uniform is enough for many of
"What does Veterans Day
mean? It comes down to one
sentence: freedom isn't free."

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daughter of Richard Burkett
of Port Saint Joe, and Dana
Burkett of Sarasota.
Maternal grandpar-
ents are Debbie Saunders
of Sarasota, and the late
Dr. Edward T. Saunders.
Paternal grandparents are
Eugene ard Brenda Burkett
of Wewahitchka.
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Needs Volunteers to Help

The Christmas Program
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is planning on serving the
community elderly and
needy a hot delicious meal
on Thanksgiving Day. We had
a wonderful group of volun-
teers that helped last year

at the Gulf County Senior
Citizen's center in Port St.
Joe. We would love to have
you all return and help again.
We expect to deliver over
300-400 meals this year. We
need people to help cook
and carve turkeys, fix des-

sert plates, pack plates, and
deliver plates. Anyone inter-
ested in helping in any way
is asked to call Jerry Stokoe
at 899-1036 or Willy Ramsey
at Ramsey's Printing and
Supply on Reid Ave in Port
St. Joe. The fun starts at 8

a.m. and we promise to have
everyone home by 1:30 p.m.
Please donate a few hours to
help us make Thanksgiving
Day 2007 for these needy
people a very special and
enjoyable one.

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Pet of the Week

Available now for adoption from the St.
Joseph Bay Humane Society -
Joe Joe, small male entertainer (pictured);
Trooper, a dachshund mix; Alvin a beagle
mix puppy; Fran & Freckles, fifteen week old
female pups; orange kittens, about twelve
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Elizabeth Claire


Elizabeth ClaireMortimer
died Nov. 9 in Port St. Joe,
Florida, after a brief but
courageous battle with can-
cer. She had been a Port St.
Joe resident since 2000.
Born Nov. 26, 1950, ,,- '
in Englewood, NJ to Leo
Joseph and Virginia Willis
Mortimer, Beth lived in
New Jersey, New York and
Pennsylvania before moving to
High Point, NC in 1960. After
graduating from High Point Central
High School in 1968, she attended
Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, graduating in
1973 with degrees in political science and social work.
After graduation, Beth worked in social work and com-
munity organizing before entering her primary career field
of disaster assistance services in 1977. Her first assignment
was assisting victims of flooding in Kentucky. Over the years,
she went to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, ice storms and
earthquakes across the United States and U.S. territories in
the Caribbean and south Pacific. She remained employed in
disaster services until a few weeks before her death.
A life highlight was being selected in 1983 for a Paul
Harris Fellowship for International Understanding. Funded
by the International Rotary Club, the fellowship sponsored
her study at Oxford Polytechnic in England on issues related
to post-disaster housing and development. It was followed by
field research in Jamaica on Caribbean disaster-issues. Beth
credited the experience for strengthening her understanding
of the worldwide needs of people.
From 1985-1989, she worked for the American Red
Cross as the North Carolina state disaster coordinator. In
1987, she represented the Red Cross in a National Hurricane
Conference debate on disaster evacuation in Houston, TX. In
the first weeks following Sept. 11, 2001, Beth was dispatched
to assist New York area residents who suffered losses in the
bombing attacks. She drove down Broadway as part of the
first group of official vehicles going to assist impacted fami-
lies who lost homes and loved ones.
Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Beth coordinated
assistance efforts in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana for
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through
contractor PB Disaster Services of Winchester, VA. Her last
position with PB was a disaster assistance trainer. Her
grateful colleagues and friends at PB Services established
the annual "Beth Mortimer 'Extra Mile' Award" to honor the
disaster worker who "best embodies the attributes exhibited
by Elizabeth Claire Mortimer throughout her career."
Beth was grateful for being in a loving family and valued
being raised during tumultuous but historic times in the
She is preceded in death by her parents and is survived
by two brothers, Lee Mortimer (and wife Karen) of Durham,
NC and Allen Mortimer (and wife Suzanne) of Chattanooga,
TN; two sisters, Margaret Mortimer of Atlanta, GA and Judy
Meyler (and husband John) of Greensboro, 'NC; four neph-
ews, Jason Mortimer, Scott Meyler, Samuel Mortimer and
Eric Meyler; three nieces, Allyson Meyler, Melissa Mortimer
and Whitney Mortimer; two uncles, Thomas Mortimer and
Samuel Medlock; and an aunt, Marion Shealy.
A memorial service will be held Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. at St
Joseph's Catholic Church, 202 20th street in Port St. Joe,
FL. A second memorial service and final burial will be held
Friday Nov. 23 at the Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005
New Garden Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27410.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made
to the Virginia W. and Elizabeth C. Mortimer Endowed
Scholarship, c/o Winthrop University Foundation, 638
Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, SC 29733.
Local Services provided by Comforter Funeral Home.

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Lisa Davis Blankinchip

Mrs. Lisa Davis Blankinchip, 35, of Dalkeith, passed
away at the home of her parents on Wednesday morning,
November 7, following an extended illness. Mrs. Blankinchip
was a lifelong resident of Dalkeith and was the Fire Chief for
the Dalkeith Volunteer Fire Department. She was the first
female Fire Chief for Gulf County.
Survivors include her husband, Danny Blankinchip;
her daughter, Tiffany Blankinchip; her stepson, Daniel
Blankinchip; her parents, Bill Davis, Jr, and Lois Davis;
all of Dalkeith; one sister, Cindy Stanley of Washington
State; and two brothers, Bill Davis, III and wife Renea, and
Weldon Davis, all of Dalkeith.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. CST Friday,
November 9, at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church
in Wwewahitchka, conducted by the Rev. Joey Smith and
the Rev. John Clenney. Interment followed in the family plot
in Roberts Cemetery. Those who wish may make donations
in her memory to Covenant Hospice 107 W 19th Street
Panama City, FL 32405 or to the Dalkeith Volunteer Fire
All services are under the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home, Wewahitchka Branch Chapel.

Jack Terrence Weir

Jack Terrence Weir recently
celebrated 50 years of matri-
mony with his wife Shirley this
summer. Family and friends
celebrated his 76 years of a
full life with a wake held at
his favorite watering hole,
Toucans, on Mexico Beach
last Sunday Nov. 11th.
Jack was a retired Air
Force Gunner and peace-time
Plans & Scheduler who was a )
Korean and Vietnam Veteran. He
had been playing tennis his last day i n
this life. Jack enjoyed lifting weights, sw im -
ming and traveling; he was a regular at Irish Festivals and
annual Irish Music Cruises. An imposing man, his tanned
shoulders often carried world issues upon them; although
his serious demeanor belied a quick, dry sense of humor and
irony. Jack's patriotism and passions defined him. He was
a voracious reader, Clancy Brothers' fan, nature lover, snazzy
dresser and ALWAYS immaculately groomed.
Jack Weir was born in Wooster Ohio on March, 1931 to
Lynn Weir and Sarah Miller-Weir who preceded him in death;
his sister Patricia Martin also preceded him in death. Jack
aka Terry is survived by his wife and two daughters Kellie
West and Kathleen-Sanders, their spouses, Steve West and
John Patrick Sanders, and grandchildren, Erik West, Karlie
West and Aiden Sanders as well as great grand children
Harley and Cheyenne West. He leaves cousins, dozens of
friends and a cat behind.
Memorial donations may be made to Covenant Hospice
or the charity of your choice. In honor of Jack, have a peanut
butter sandwich and conserve water.

Melanie Lee Stewart

Melanie Lee Stewart, 51, of Jena passed away tragically
on Monday, November 5, as a result of an automobile acci-
dent. Mrs. Stewart attended First Baptist Church of Jena.
She was a lifetime resident of Steinhatchee/Jena except for
five years that she spent in Port St. Joe. She enjoyed the out-
doors and storytelling.
She is survived by her husband, Nevin M. Stewart of
Jena; mother, Sudney Hilliard of Winter Haven; son, Chuck
Ellison of Lake Wales; daughter Tara Lee Ellison of Lake
Wales; sisters, Tillie Montey of Winter Haven, Tammie Baylor
of Chiefland, and Angle Bussey of Pinetta. She was preceded
in death by her father, Glen McCall.
Memorial services were held Friday, November 9, at 11
a.m. atfthe First Baptist Church of Jena with Rev. Vaughn
Farnell and Rev. Hugh Dampier officiating. In lieu of flow-
ers the family request that donations be made to the First
Baptist Church of Jena.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the
Rick Gooding Funeral Home, US Hwy 19, Cross City 352-

Touch a Truck

Suzanne Doran and Long
Avenue Baptist Church would
like to thank the following
for donating their time and
vehicles to the 3rd Annual
Scott Baker
Rusty Burch
Theo Johnson
Bobby Plair
Joel Finlay Batson
John Arnold Land
Gulf County Beaches.Fire
Gulf County EMS

Gulf County Sheriff
Port St. Joe Fire
Port St. Joe Police
Richard McGhee
Division of Forestry

The event was a huge
success. Kids of all ages had
a lot of fun and many dona-
tions were received to be given
to the charity "Christmas for
the Kids and the Elderly of
Gulf County".




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

wa tj. ""A Reformed Voice
S. in the Community"

il|I ucJ 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

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1ff" of Mw 3c eadf&
111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Bcth United Methodist l hurch
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

Pastor: James Wf ey
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
/ 850-227-1837

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SBrent Vickery, Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
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New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church
Sunday School & Worship Service .................. 9:00 am
Sunday School & Worship Service ................. 10:30 am
Sunday Evening Adult Bible Study ................. 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Supper........................ 5:30 pm
Wednesday Night Adult Prayer Meeting ............. 6:30 pm
Wednesday Night Children's Ministry activities ....... 6:30 pm
Wednesday Night Youth Ministry activities ........... 6:30 pm
Mon-Fri: Devotion on 105.5 FM ................ 7:49 am ET

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don't mean to think
hat Lord! How many
es have you since you
begin your Christian walk
thcght things that were not
whesome and holy. How
miy times have we heard
soeone say something that
w off-colored and we either
inie comment back join-
in in or laugh. After, or
en during the time that
took place we felt like we
fled God, ourselves and
oers who heard or seen
involved with that type of
ioversation. I know that I
,ve found myself in those
nations s over the years of
y converted life. If I were
I find myself there today the
fects of God's presence in
ly life would still bring me
) the same place, that is,
tie feel of shame and disap-
)ointment. These are places
n our walk with God that
ve will probably face until
tve pass from this life to the
e We live in a world full of
perverted thinking and truly
we are confronted with it on a
daily basis. Paul, in Romans

7:15, "Fbr th<
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what I hate
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we must be
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at which I do ity. Truly we must, as the
for what I Word of God has proclaimed,
do I not; but separate ourselves from this
, that do I" present world. This will not
taught us that take away our opportunity to
ally. minister as many say but just
must everyday the opposite will take place.
art, mind and It will allow our lights to
Word of God shine the brighter and show
ombat against others that are in darkness
eight that press- the way out.
ay. We must Let me close with this. I
efforts, through thank God for the Grace pro-
)me this kind vided for our human error.
is imperative We truly fail Him in some
ansformed by area of life without a doubt
of our minds everyday. So if you and I will
stant inflow of commit to the Father, our
g which comes Savior Jesus Christ's words,
;tant commu- the leading of the Holy Spirit,
1. and yes, even a commitment
1:13, we are to ourselves that we will fol-
p the loins of low Him, then by His Grace,
le are to stand we will transcend the adver-
every appear- sities of this life to a life to
hat means that come in glory.
careful not to God bless and have a
involved in the great week.
conversations, In His Service
with unsaved Pastor Tim
ring question- LightHouse Pentecostal
rs or going to Ministries
open doors to
ds into captiv-

Swiplration Point

I'm A Professional Backslider

"I'm a professional backslider," Lynn told Nancy. Even as she joked about her spurtish
relationship with Jesus, she seemed interested in the Bible she was leafing through.
Nancy offered a reconnect-with-God solution. She handed her a twice folded sheet
of paper imprinted with: "YOU ARE INVITED." Lynn accepted it without hesitation,
indicating she would seriously consider it.
The invitation touted "The Challenge." Described as: "Once a week we get together
to encourage each other along life's journey. Please join us in experiencing God!
Challenge meetings are designed to teach you the time tested wisdom of the Bible. The
purpose is to help participants lead meaningful, productive lives."
Held at a funky, non-religious gathering place called Harmony Garden, is this a
backslider's answer to prayer?
The Bible says: "The person who backslides in his heart will be fully repaid for his
Happens ever time from what I've seen. Have you ever seen a person close to God
improve their life after backsliding?
The Bible graphically says: "Better not to have started out on the straight road to God
than to start out and then turn back, repudiating the experience and the holy command.
They prove the point of the proverbs, 'A dog goes back to its own vomit,' and, 'A
scrubbed-up pig heads for the mud.'"
Lynn never made it to the meeting. Someone commented: "I guess she backslid so
far she couldn't make it."
Can a person actually backslide past Jesus' reach? Jesus said, "Here I am! I stand
at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in ..."
Here's the picture. Jesus is gently tapping on the door of Lynn's heart. He won't force
His way in. Yet he patiently waits, anxious to renew the relationship they once had.
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Constitution andMonument Port St. Joe
(850) 227-1724

Contempary Service 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Sool: 10:00 a.m.
MorninjWorship: 11:00 a.m.
Method Youth Fellowship: 6:00p.m.
Eveninforship: 7:30p.m.
, All Times are EST

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

The friendly place to worship!

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

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

Seven Ups for

Christian Living"
The Mothers' Board
Auxiliary of Philadelphia
Primitive Baptist Church in
Port St. Joe will present the
"Seven Ups for Christian
Living" on Sunday, November
18 at 11 a.m. During this
special worship service, guest
speakers will be present-
ing on selected topics that
will improve everyday living.
Everyone is invited to come
out for a blessed and exciting
time. The church is located
at 261 Avenue D.
Contact Mrs. Marie
Bennett for further infor-
mation or directions to the
'Church. 8-

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
Sigblanb view aapti t Curt)
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Mike Westbrook, Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.



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

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

Worship with s at

Long Avenue Baptit Church

"Where Faith, Family

Friends p 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

S1601 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL For More Information Call 229-8691

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Choir Anniversary
New Bethel Baptist Youth and Young Adults will celebrate
their Choir Anniversary Saturday, November 17, at 5 p.m.
Everyone is invited to come out and be blessed in songs
and praise.

Monthly Epilepsy Support Group
Monthly support group for individuals who have epi-
lepsy we meet once a month every third.Wednesday, from
6pm to 8pm at 1137 Harrison Ave, Siute 13, Panama City.
For more information call 850-872-2998.
Beverley Washington, Case Manager, serving Bay and
Gulf Counties.

Church of Christ
at the Beaches .
Established 33 A-.D ini Jerusalem.

We meet at 350 Firehouse Road
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 .............. 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Service .......11:00 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service........ 6:00 p.m.
Monday Night Youth Service..... 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Night ............ 7:00 p.m.

Pastor Howard Riley Welcomes Everyone

Famil life (Ohur
"Touching Lives with the Love of Jesus"

Join us in worship ...
10:30 Sunday Morning
7:00 Wednesday Evening
Pastors Andrew

Port St. Joe
Apalachicola Panamo City
Hwy. 98

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Cathy Rutherford m fe Churh
Rhema Bible Training Center graduates
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"Our Church can be your home"

First Church of the Nazarene
2420 Long avenue Tort St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596
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Sunday School 10 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship ................11 a.m.

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

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.

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(850) 229-8111

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Christian's chapel service
on Nov. 1 were George and
Nancy Miller, global mis-
sionaries with the Church
of the Nazarene. Last week
we told you aboyt the chapel
with the primary grades. In
their presentation to grades
four through 12, Rev. Miler
read John 3:16 from the
Pigin New Testament and
shared what God is doing
in Guadalcanal where he
and Mrs. Miller reside. He
also showed artifacts from
the Solomon Islands, includ-
ing a shell headdress and
necklace that a bride would
wear on her wedding day.
Caitlin Godwin proudly put
on the shell headdress and
necklace for demonstration.

Rev. Miller challenged each
person to listen and obey the
call from God wherever He
The first and second
grade classes will be present-
ing a Thanksgiving play for the
Sunday evening Community
Thanksgiving Service. The
service will be held at Faith
Bible Church at 7 p.m. Many
in our nation today do not
know the facts of what hap-
pened to the Pilgrims in
1620, how they survived or
why they had a celebration
feast. Our children will pres-
ent the Pilgrims' story, show-
ing how, against all odds,
they trusted their Lord for
provision and protection.
Even though the story must
be condensed, we have incor-

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wedding day.

porated some words from
actual Pilgrim journals and
letters in an effort to make it
more authentic. The program
will also be presented to the
school at 9 a.m. on Nov. 21.
Faith Christian's con-
tribution to the Samaritan's
Purse Christmas Shoe Box
was sent off this week. Look
for more about this wonder-
ful project in next week's
Please remember, that
our Christmas Bazaar pre-
view sale will be held from
5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov.
29. We will not be having
Paul Gant dinners as stated
last week. However, we will
have hamburgers, hot dogs
and trimmings along with the
Story of Christmas, Christian
Christmas music by local tal-
ent, the Preview Sale, Silent
Auction, Kid's Corner and
Bake Sale.
We still need volunteers.
Please call Sandie Kennedy at


Elementary School
All A's
Brianna Bailey, Mariah
Brown, Sha Mario Cole,
Austin Haddock, Savannah
Harrison, Dakota Hornsby,
Flower Loveless, Kristen
McMillion, Jocelyn Minchew,
Anna Setterich, Emily Sims,
Christian Smith, Rylee
Waters, Kaleb Zick

A/B Honor Roll
Natalie Adkison, Katie
Nunnery, Brandon Ake,
Sabra Baker, Caleb Benoit,
Jonah Bidwell, Tia' Sheunna
Black, Autumn Bragg,
Takaylynn Carter, Charlene
Dickens, Ethan Hinote,
Stefanie Fuller, Garreth
Hamm, Tyler Harwood,
Chase Herrick, Eddie Hunter,
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Week #8 answers are:
1. What is the world's deepest lake? Lake Baikal
2. What is the warmest sea in the world? Persian Gulf
3. What is the saltiestsea in the'world? Red Sea
4. In what state did a tornado tear up an iron bridge and
suck dry the river beneath it? In what year did this occur?
Kansas, 1879

Congratulations to: Peggy Raffield and Linda Wood. These
people submitted the winning entries. Thank you for participating
with our students.

Week #9-Questions are:
1. What is the longest word in the English language?
2. What sport kills the most people each year?
3. What animal causes the most deaths each year?
4. What three things do turtles breath out of?
5. What thick liquid found in the tropics can be used as an IV

When you answer, list your form of reference to find the answer.
Try to use some other source of research instead of the internet.
Don't take the easy way out. Be Resourcefull!!

Please email your responses to:


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(off Garrison Ave)
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

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Long, Blake McComas,
Janna Miles, Blake Nunnery,
Montana Nunnery

Faith Christian


All A's
First grade Jacob
Kennedy, Ana Lacivita,
Lauren Tomlinson
Second grade Jordan
Alexander, Elijah Hester,
Bryce Johnston, Gabriel
Fifth grade Caitlin
Sixth grade Lauren
Costin, Allen Davis, Christian
Seventh grade Mary
Caitlin Bouington, Abagail
Ninth grade Nate
Twelfth grade Trevor

A's and B's
First grade Brieana

Bozeman, Chandler Godwi
Aubrey Griffin, Isabell
Johnston, Kharism
Langston, Bryce Thomas
Second grade Debr;
Burdeshaw, Celeste Chiles
Matthew Costin, Hannah Lee.
Thomas Miniat
Third grade David
Davis, Alison Gay, Morgan
Peiffer, Dell Pickett, Elijah
Fourth grade Sloan
Bozeman, Reid Kennedy,
Taylor Matincheck
Fifth grade Coy Burke,
Marcel Duarte, Elisha Vereen,
James Austin Wiley
Sixth grade Morgan
Kennington, Danielle
Matincheck, Lexie McGhee,
Bethany Taylor
Seventh grade Daniel
Jones, Olivia Moree, Weston
Eighth grade Tiffany
Burch, Trisha Davidson
Ninth grade- Brian Pitts,
Charles Smith
Tenth grace Darcy
Twelfth grade Derek
Barfield, Zach Thylor


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On Friday, November 9
we celebrated Veteran's Day
with our students. We heard
a compelling speech from
Robert Ramsey, and Mr. Gary
Ross read a letter written
to us from President George
Bush. Jeremy Dixon treated
us to a solo, and the Port St.
Joe High School NJROTC
performed for us using their
rifles and guns. We were very
eager to honor our veterans
and we appreciate those who
came to our Veteran's Day
The Scholastic Book
Fair will be at our school
November 26-27. We will
encourage the love of reading
and connect kids with books
they want to read. We are
looking for Book Fair volun-
teers. If you can help, please
contact Mrs. Karen Minger
in the Media Center. Also,

we invite the publi'to parent
night on November27 from 5
to 8 pm. The library will be
giving away door pizes and
you will be able to-njoy the
Book Fair with yourchild.
We hope everyone
has a safe and Happy
Thanksgiving. Remember
school begins agin on
November 26, 2007.

Important Dats to
November 16-1/ day
early release-NO LNCH-
Kindergarten Pow-Wow
November 19-231ALL
November 26-Egins
Scholastic Book Fair
November 27-Prc-ess
Reports and Parent Nig at
the Book Fair
December 7-AR Mo

Since 1982 Serving the Panhandle
(850) 227-9866

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Credit Cards Accepted

325 Long Avenue


K-Aryann Bauer; 1st Trevor Nunnery; 2nd
Braydon Nunnery; 5th McKenna Waters

Nine Weeks Honor Roll

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Another busy week and
Port St. Joe High School!!
Class news:
Juniors: You still need to
pay those $20 dues to Jessie
Faircloth! Also, concession
stand workers are needed
for our home football games.
See Mrs. Taylor in the office
to sign up.
Seniors: Our next trip
payment is due November
19, 2007. Don't forget to pay
your $50 if you plan on going!
Also, if anyone is interested
in finding out about schol-
arships, there is plenty of
information on the guidance
office. Senior volunteers are
needed for a blood drive at
the First Baptist Church on
November 12. If you have any
questions see Mrs. Newsome
in the guidance office.
The Sharks had a close
game last Friday night in
Marianna, with a final score
of 43-42. Our first round of
the playoffs will be on Friday
at home against Trenton. We
are heading into this year's
season of basketball and
soccer. Our next girls soc-
cer game is at home this
Saturday at 11:00am. Come
support our sharks!
New Attendance Policy:
Due to the outrageous num-
ber of unexcused absences in
the past few years, the high
school and middle school

has come up with a new
attendance policy. Students
have three days to turn in
a note for an absence to be
excused. However, after the
fourth unexcused absence in
one class, the student will
receive a maximum grade of
59 for the grading period.
The parents will then be noti-
fied and will have 5 days to
appeal. The appeal will be
reviewed and if approved, the
student will have to make up
all the work missed from the
Club News:
Key Club is collecting
canned foods and money
to give to four families this
Thanksgiving. This is a great
service that I'm sure the
families will appreciate great-
ly. Also, Key Club is doing
their part in the community
and helping out at the St.
Joseph Humane Society. Last
Thursday we had a couple
people go out and walk the
dogs that stay at the shelter.
The High School / High
Tech Club enjoyed two
dynamic guest speakers this
week. Thanks go out to Ms.
Geri Williams and Mr. Danny
Bolden for sharing informa-
tion about careers in the
medical field and insights on
owning your own business.
Veterans Day:
The Port St. Joe High
School's annual Veterans' Day
Ceremony went great! I asked
Molly Matty, our NJROTC's


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she thinks is important about
our Veterans' Day ceremony
at the school. Her response
was, "I believe this is a great
ceremony because it brings
all of our school clubs togeth-
er to honor our veterans in
and around our community."
The Student Government
and NJROTC did awesome
with their help and perfor-
mances. Also a big thanks to
Carson Howse, and everyone
who help with the set up.
Community News:
Junior Miss is getting closer!
This Saturday, the 17th of
November at 6:00pm and
the Port St. Joe Elementary
School's auditorium. Good
Luck to our Senior girls!
Also, we have a win-
ner for the VFW's Voice of
Democracy Essay Contest!
Congratulations to Molly
This Friday, November
16th will be a halfday to start
off our Thanksgiving break!
Seniors, this is our last
year. We need to make it our
best and most memorable
There is one thing that
I can think of that I believe
everyone should always keep
with them, from someone
I could easily call my best
friend, "10% of your life is
what happens to you, and
90% of it is how you react."

Courtney Jones (Happy Meal), Lindsey Furr, Georgia Lee, James Smith, and Brittany Hanson

Port St. Joe Elementary School

First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

The following students
made the honor roll for the
1st nine weeks at Port St. Joe

1st Grade All As:
Christian Alcorn, Hannah
Anderson, Joel Bogaert,
Caleb Butts, Josh Butts,
Alleya Dague, Cameron
Dorman, Jaden Grantland,
Arieona Hatcher, Abbygale
Hunt, DelaneyIngalls, Katelyn
Jones, Noah Mathis, Kyndell
Moore, McKenzie Ramsey,
Arcel Rico, Teyler Rudd, Zoe
Strickland, Krista Taylor,
Jasmin Thomas, Jonnolan
Treglown, Brandi Whitfield,
Emily Whitfield
1st Grade As & B's:
Dianara Angel, Jarrett
Browning, Samantha
Burkett, Alexis Cherry, Kara
Collett, Jenny Comeaux,
Devin Crews, Brian Darnall,

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Hayes, Angel Heckenlively,
Shayleigh Jackson,, Drew
Jones, Joneisha Jones,
Trey King, Jimmy Lin, Lilia
Pangan, Joshua Richards,
Haleigh Smith
2nd Grade All As:
Josie Adsit, Claudia Alcorn,
Braden Baumgardner, Pete
Bernal, A.J. Brake, Ashton
Childress, Alexis Combs,
Gracie Cryderman, Burke
Godwin, Joshua Hagans,
Lauren Hall, Andrew Harcus,
Brooks Kennington, Cully
Kerigan, Lacey Linton, Kaylin
Morgan, Ethan Nguyen,
Marcella Phelps, Lexie Plair,
Bryce Register, Alexia Taylor,
Cole Thursby, Howard
Townsend, Amber Turman,
Marlowe Van Sant, Derek
Whitehead, Lillie Whitfield,
Ben Wilder, Blake Wood
2nd Grade As & B's:
Arianna Allen, Christopher
Allen, Mary Barwick; Brahdon
Brant, Jordan Cadorna,
Luke Caldwell, Madalynn
Clark, Joseph Clayton,
Cheyenne Crum, Jessica
Davis, Alvin Dempsey, Tyler
Erale, Teiyahna Hutchinson,
Nicholas James, Jordan
Maya, Jake Paterson, Rowan
Paul, Zykeriah Pittman,
Brooklynn Quinn, Isaiah
Russ, Mya Schram, Michael
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3rd Grade All As:
Elizabeth Furstenberg, Giana
Koce, Brantley Lake, Ethan
Sander, Kristen Thursby
3rd Grade As & B's:
Kristen Bird, Isabel Bogaert,
Dalton Brammer, Lilly
Buchanan, Chloe Burke,
Mary Butts, Callie Capps,
Hunter Cook, Lauren Davis,
Emma Doran, Elizabeth
Dumas, Mary Claire Finlay,
Samantha Ford, Gabriel
Forehand, Caden Fox,
Cheyenne Hanlon, Max
Harrison, Lindsey Hightower,
Robert Jones, Rebecca
Kerigan, Hayden Lee, Katilyn
Lolley, Christopher Maestri,
Maliyah McNair, Alex Naus,
Kyle Nicodemus, Austin
Nobles, Anthony Perez, Jay
Spires, Lily Sundeen, Ashley
Williamson, Carly Windolf,
Kyli Wockenfuss
4th Grade All As and
B's: Brooke Curcie, Madelyn
Flanagan, Savannah Gibson,
Michael Griffin, Matthew
Guthrie, Delilah Harrison,
Sophie Harrison, Christina
LaPlante, Shaye McGuffin,
Katie Nobles, Clhy Raffield,
Will Ramsey, Kathleen Rish,
Madison Wilson
5th GradeAllAs: Brandi
Barnes; Dallas Bird, Morgan
Butts, Cole Cryderman,
Megan Hubbard, Janel
Kerigan, Haley McCroan,
Reed Smith, Dave Warriner,
McKayla Woodham
5th Grade All As & B's:
Cameron Alcorn, Bailey
Amison, Haley Anderson,
Emily Balestracci, Hunter
Baumgardner, Chelsie Brant,
Stephanie Brinkmeier,
Lindsay Furr, Luke Galloway,
Casey Garrett, Marissa
George, April King, Chelsea
Kuhlman, Ilianna Maestri,
Justin Martin, Suede Nolan,
Hayden Palmer, Joe Price,
Shannon Pridgeon, Billy
Quaranta, Addison Rice,
Davida Tschudi, Damien
Wallace, Nicole Windolf

WES Students Hit

the Community

Math Trail

Last week, students from
Mr. Brown's class took their
clip boards and tape mea-
sures and hit the trail. Their
goal was to measure various
objects at different locations
within the community. Paired
up in teams, they measured
the height of the stop sign on
2nd Street and also count-
ed the number of sides on
this sign. The group went
on to measure the width of
the sidewalk on Hwy 71, the
height of a soda machine,
and the width and length of
a parking spot at the local
This activity was the
result of a recent in-service
training for the teachers at
WES. Mr. Matt McManus
presented many innovative
methods to introduce new
material to the students in a
way that will easily be accept-
ed and learned. Some future
trips down the Community
Math Trail include one to the
local Subway shop to find
out if their "foot-long sub" is
really a foot long.

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Port St. Joe Lions Club

Members Mentoring Children

Six members of the
PSJ Lions Club spend 1
hour per week in elemen-
tary school. John Bass, Rex
Buzzett, James Christy, Clint
Eason, Gary Ross, and Gary
Settle spend from 12 noon
to 1 p.m. each Monday or
Tuesday mentoring children
in the 51 grade classes taught
by Mrs. Moates, Mrs. Capps,
and Mrs. Hoffman. In addi-
tion, an individual who is
not associated with the Lions
Club, Mr. David Jones of
Mexico Beach Planning and
Zoning Board, is also men-
toring a child.
According to a partici-
pating mentor, "It is one of
the most rewarding jobs I

have ever done. Not only do
you get to know a great kid,
you are helping him grow as
There are numerous
children in the classes, and
according to Mrs. DeEtta
Smallwood, administrator of
the project, each of these
children would benefit from
a mentor. Mrs. Smallwood
stated that she would like to
see other clubs or citizens
involved in the program as
Anyone interested in
helping a child by becoming
a mentor is urged to con-
tact Mrs. DeEtta Smallwood
at PSJ Elementary School,
phone 850-227-1221.

Early Spring Registration at GCCC
Early registration for the spring 2008 semester at Gulf
Coast Community College will be conducted November 20
to November 30, 2007 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday in th4
Office of Admissions and Records on campus.
Early registration at the Gulf/Franklin Center in Pof
St. Joe, is Thursday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.-
Early registration at the Tyndall Air Force Base Education
Center is Wednesday, November 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All registration fees for the spring term must be
paid on or before
January 4, 2008. All day and evening classes begin
January 10, 2008. For more information, call (850) 872-

7 Annual Student Council Pie Auction
SThe Port St. Joe High School Student Council would like
to invite everyone to their annual pie auction. It will be held
on Thursday, November 15th at the Port St. Joe High School
Media Center. We encourage all parents, community mem-
bers and businesses to come out purchase a pie. Thanks for
all your continued support.

Fun and Games at the

Fall Festival
Last week, The Star mistakenly ran the wrong article
on Port St. Joe Elementary School's Fall Festival. The correct
article follows.
By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Port St. Joe youth made a beeline to the Centennial
building on October 26 for an afternoon of Fall Festival fun.
They Sumo wrestled, jousted with inflatable logs ancd
dunked their favorite teachers into a chilly pool of water.
' 7"~'-:... The festival, hosted by the Port St. Joe Elementary
1 School Parent Teacher Organization, offered a variety of
indoor and outdoor games, fabulous prizes, and treats fori
festival goers.
The fun lasted from 4-7 p.m., with proceeds benefiting
l the PTO and Port St. Joe Elementary School classrooms.

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Apalachicola River NeedsYour Help NOW

Speak Out for Our River and Bay

Please urge Gov. Charlie Crist and our federal representatives
to keep fighting a plan to cut the flow of water
from Lake Lanier, which supplies the Apalachicola River.
This severe cut could bankrupt many hardworking Panhandle communities
and cause many, many Floridians to lose their jobs.

FACTS: The U.S.Army Corps of Engineers has proposed cutting current water flows
out of Georgia by more than 517 million gallons a day starting next week.
That could be a death sentence for our river and the bay. Entire oyster bars
are already dying off from lack of fresh water, and in the swamps the largest stand of
Tupelo Honey trees in the world is threatened by high salt levels.

SEven worse, under the proposed change Georgia would get to keep more water
in reservoirs even after the drought breaks, so river flows could stay
at the current low levels for years, even if buckets of rain fall on Georgia.
Florida officially opposes this new plan to cut flows, but unfortunately the other states support it.

SGeorgia has successfully convinced many people that the city of Atlanta is about to run out of water.
In fact the Corps of Engineers says "drinking supplies are not in imminent danger of running out"
and Lake Lanier could keep supplying the city for an entire year, even with minimal rainfall.
Yet despite all the talk of crisis Georgia only started serious water conservation measures
in September, though even the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted that the state's
"municipal water use jumped by 29 percent between 1990 and 2000 as its population
grew by 26 percent." And according to the Georgia Water Coalition, water lines in the
metro Atlanta area "leak nearly twice the amount of treated water that is considered acceptable"
and every day 18 percent of the water pumped from surrounding waterways
"is lost to leaky pipes before it ever reaches customers."
Otherwise the Apalachicola River may never recover.

What you can do:
Call or email Gov. Crist and these other officials
(and your local officials) and tell them to keep fighting the plan to cut the river flow
and insist that Georgia get serious about water conservation and management.
And let the Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
know that you oppose the plan to cut flows. or call (850) 488-7146

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: (850) 769-0552 or
U.S.Army Corps of Engineers: (202) 761 -1807 or

Also: Sen. Bill Nelson: (202) 224-5274
Sen. r el Martinez: (202) 224-3041

Rep.Allen Boyd: (850) 785-0812

A community message from the Franklin County Oyster & Seafood IndustryTask Force,
the Apalachicola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce.
For more information call Kevin Begos at 850 653 3351 or Anita Grove at 850 653 9419.

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GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Judgment of Foreclosure
date October 16, 2007,
ANNOUNCEMENTS and entered in Case No.
07-18-CA, of the Circuit
1100 Legal Advertising Court of the Fourteenth
1110 Classiied Notices Judicial Circuit in and for
1120 Public Notices/
Announcements GULF County, Florida
1140 Happy Ads ING, LLC, A DELAWARE
1160- Lost PANY, is Plaintiff and
OF THE FOURTEENTH ants. I will sell to the high-
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN est and best bidder for
County Courthouse, 1000
CASE NO.: 07-18-CA Cecil Costin Blvd., Port St.
Joe, FL 32456, at 11:00
BAYVIEW LOAN SERVIC- a.m. on the 29th Day of
ING, LLC, A DELAWARE November, 2007, the fol-
LIMITED LIABILITY COM- lowing described property
PANY, as set forth in said Final
Plaintiff, Judgment, to wit:
WHETHER SAID UN- ance with the Americans
KNOWN PARTIES MAY with Disabilities Act, if you
CLAIM AN INTEREST AS are a person with a disa-
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVI- ability who needs any ac-
SEES, GRANTEES, OR commodation in order to
OTHER CLAIMANTS; participate in this proceed-
UNITED STATES OF ing, you are entitled, at no
AMERICA; INDIAN SUM- cost to you, to provision of
MER HOMEOWNER'S AS- certain assistance. Please
SOCIATION INC.; UN- contact the Court Adminis-
KNOWN TENANT #1 IN trator at 1000 CECIL G.
UNKNOWN TENANT #2 No. 850-229-6113 within 2
IN POSSESSION OF THE working days of your re-
SUBJECT PROPERTY ceipt of this notice or
Defendant(s). pleading,
/ Any persons claiming an
NOTICE OF FORECLO- interest in the surplus from
SURE SALE the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of



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the date of the lis pendens
must file a claim within 60
days after the sale,
Date this 17th day of Octo-
ber, 2007
/S/Jasmine Hysmith
As Deputy Clerk

Publish November 15 &


Case No. 07-337-CA



Notice is hereby given that
pursuant to a Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure dated
October 26, 2007, and en-
tered in Civil Case No.
07-337-CA of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth
Judicial Circuit in and for
Gulf County, Florida
wherein BAYSIDE SAV-
INGS BANK is the Plaintiff
the Defendant, I will sell to
the highest bidder for
cash at the front door of
the Gulf County Court-
house, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida, at 11:00 a.m.,
EST, on the 29 day of No-
vember, 2007, the follow-
ing described property sit-
uated in Gulf County, Flor-
ida and set forth in the Or-
der or Final Judgment,
Lot 17 and Parcel L,
Windmark Beach, ac-
cording to the plat thereof
as recorded in Official Plat
Book 4 at Pages 1-5 inclu-
sive of the Public Records
of Gulf County, Florida.

In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to
participate in this proceed-
ing should contact the
Court Administrator's Of-
fice no later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceed-
ing at 300 East Fourth
Street, Panama City, Flor-
ida 32401; Telephone:
(850)763-9061, ext. 327;
1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or
1-800-955-8770 (V), via
Florida Relay Service.
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 sale. Wit-
ness my hand and the offi-
cial seal of this Honorable
Court, on this day of Octo-
ber 31, 2007.
Clerk of Circuit Court
/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Publish November 15 &
22, 2007



CASE NO 07-219 CA


GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Default Judgement of fore-
closure dated Octber 16,
2007 entered in'Civil Case
No. 07-219 CA of the Cir-
cuit Court in and for GULF
County, Florida, I will sell
to the highest and best
bidder for cash in the
11:00 a.m. on the 29th
day of November, 2007
the following described
property as set forth in
said Final Judgment,
That block of land directly
in front of Lot 3, between
Gulf View Street and
Coastal Highway in Origi-
nal Lot 4, Section 31
Township 6 South, Range
11 West of Gulf County,
Florida and Lot extending
from the property of Mrs.
Lula L. Smith to the alley
leading to the property of
A.H. Parker
That certain 30 foot parcel
of land lying between the
Grantee's parcel of land as
described in OR Book 191
Page 729 of the public
records of Gulf County,
Florida, and the
above-described parcel.
This parcel being 30 foot
wide and running from the
Southwesterly Right of
Way of Gulf View Street to
the Northeasterly Right of
Way of US Highway 98,
and being in Original Gov-
ernment Lot 4, Section 31,
Township 6 South, Range
11 West, of Gulf County,
Florida in Plat Book 1
Page 41A
Date this 17th day of Octo-
ber, 2007
Any person claiming an
interest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the ate of the lis pendens
must file a claim within
si (60) days after the
/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk


Case No. 07-314CA

Georgia Banking Corpo-

Notice is hereby given that
pursuant to a Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure dated
October 26, 2007, and en-
tered in Civil Case No.
07-314-CA of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth
Judicial Circuit in and for

Gulf County, wherein
Plaintiff and RICHARD E.
PARVEY is the Defendant,
I will sell to the highest
bidder for cash at the front
door of the Gulf
County Courthouse, 1000
Cecil G. Costin St. Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida, at
11:00 a.m., EST, on the 29
day of November, 2007,
the following described
property as set forth in
said Final Judgment,

Lot 5, Block 3, Piney
Woods Beach, according
to the plat recorded in the
Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida in Plat
Book 5, Page 46.

In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to
participate in this proceed-
ing should contact the
Court Administrator's Of-
fice no later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceed-
ing at 300 East Fourth
Street, Panama City, Flor-
ida 32401; Telephone:
(850)763-9061, ext. 327;
1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or
1-800-955-8770 (V), via
Florida Relay Service.
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 sale.
Witness my hand and the
official seal of this Honora-
ble Court, on this day of
October 31, 2007.
Clerk of Circuit Court
/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Publish November 15 &
22, 2007


Gulf County, Florida (the
"County") hereby provides
notice, pursuant to section
197.3632(3)(a), Florida
Statutes, of its intent to
use the uniform method of
collecting non-ad valorem
special assessments to be
levied pursuant to Section
125.271 Florida Statutes
and other governing appli-
cable Florida Laws, within
the entire area of the
County, for the cost of
providing emergency
medical services and facil-
ities, solid waste manage-
ment services and facili-
ties, mosquito control ser-
vices and facilities, com-
mencing for the Fiscal
Year beginning on Octo-
ber 1, 2008. The County
will consider the adoption
of a resolution electing to
use the uniform method of
collecting such assess-
ments authorized by sec-
tion 197.3632, Florida
Statutes, at a public hear-
ing to be held 6:00 p.m.
on December 11, 2007 at
the Gulf County Board-
room, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Sr. Blvd., Room
302, Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. Such resolution
will state the need for the
levy and will contain a
legal description of the
boundaries of the real

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levy. Copies

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ct to the ing a written objection County Commissioners is NOTICE OF FCC
of the does not entitle you to a seeking bids for the fol- APPLICATION

proposed form of
resolution, which contains
the legal description of the
real property subject to
the levy, are on file at the
County Offices, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Room
302, Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. All interested
persons are invited to

In the event any person
decides to appeal any de-
cision by the County with
respect to any matter re-
lating to the consideration
of the resolution at the
above-referenced public
hearing, a record of the
proceeding may be
needed and in such an
event, such person may
need to ensure that a ver-
batim record of the public
hearing is made, which
record includes the testi-
mony and evidence on
which the appeal is to be
based. In accordance with
the Americans with Disa-
bilities Act, persons need-
ing a special accommoda-
tion or interpreter to partic-
ipate in this proceeding
should contact the County
Clerk at (850) 229-6444,
seven (7) days prior to the
date of the hearing.

Dated this 9th day of No-
vember, 2007.

By Order of:
William C. Williams, III -
Gulf County, FLORIDA

Ad# 2007-122
Publish November 15, 22,
29, and December 6, 2007

Notice of Receipt of
Stormwater Application

Notice is hereby given that
pursuant to Chapter 373,
Florida Statutes and
Chapter 62-346, Florida
Administrative Code
(F.A.C.), the following
applications) for an Indi-
vidual Stormwater Permit
have been received by the
Northwest Florida Water
Management District:

Application #17, received
October 29, 2007, from
Oak Grove Assembly of
God Church for con-
struction of a 13,162 sq. ft.
church and parking area
located at 645, 675, 687,
and 689 Madison Street
and 680 and 690 Duval
Street, Port St. Joe, FL.

The file containing the
above-listed application is
available for inspection
Monday through Friday
except for legal holidays,
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
eastern time at the North-
west Florida Water Man-
agement District's ERP Of-
fice, Suite 2-D, Delaney
Center Building, 2252
Killearn Center Boulevard,
Tallahassee, Florida
32309. Written objections
to an application may be
made, but should be filed
with the District Clerk, 81
Water Management Drive,
Havana, FL 32333, no
later than 14 days from
the date of publication.
Written objections should
identify the objector by
name and address, and
fully describe the objec-
tion to the application. Fil-

Chapter 120, Florida Stat-
utes (F.S.), Administrative
Hearing. Only those per-
sons whose substantial in-
terests are affected by the
application and who file a
petition meeting the re-
quirements of Sections
120.596 and 120.57, F.S.,
and Chapter 28-106,
FA.C., may obtain an Ad-
ministrative hearing. All
timely filed written objec-
tions will be presented to
the Governing Board for
consideration in .its delib,
erations prior to final ac-
tion on the application.

No further public notice
will be provided regarding
this application. Persons
wishing to remain advised
of further proceedings and
any public hearing date or
to receive a copy of the
Technical Staff Report
should request that in writ-
ing to the Tallahassee ad-
dress above or by e-mail
t o
s. Notices of Pro-
posed Agency Action will
be mailed only to persons
who have filed such re-
Publish November 15,

BID NO. 0708-04

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners is
seeking bids for the fol-


Specifications can be ob-
tained from the Clerk's Of-
fice at the Gulf County
Courthouse, Room 148,
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.,
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida,
32456. (850) 229-6112.

Please submit the original
and (3) copies of the bid
and indicate on the enve-
NAME, that this is a
SEALED BID and include

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, No-
vember 30, 2007. Bids
will be opened at this loca-
tion on Monday, Decem-
ber 3, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.,

The Board reserves the
right to reject any and all


Ad #2007-119
Publish: November 8 &
15, 2007

BID NO. 0708-05

The Gulf County Board of



Specifications can be ob-
tained from the Clerk's Of-
fice at the Gulf County
Courthouse, Room 148,
Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida,
32456. (850) 229-6112.

Please submit the original
and (3) copies of the bid
and indicate on the enve-
NAME, that this is a
SEALED BID and include

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, No-
vember 30, 2007. Bids
will be opened at this loca-
tion on Monday, Decem-
ber 3, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.

The Board reserves the
right to reject any and all


Ad #2007-121
Publish: November 15 &
22, 2007

BID NO. 0708-06

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners is
seeking bids for the



Specifications can be
obtained from the Clerk's
Office at the Gulf County
Courthouse, Room 148,
Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida,
32456. (850) 229-6112.
Questions should be
directed to Grant Writer
Loretta Costin at (850)

Please submit the original
and (3) copies of the bid
and indicate on the
envelope YOUR
this 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, No-
vember 30, 2007. Bids will
be opened at this location
on Monday, December 3,
2007 at 10:00 a.m. E.T

The Board reserves the
right to reject any and all


Publish November
22, 2007

Notice filed pursuant to 47
CFR 73.3580. On October
19, 2007, Help Save the
Apalachicola River Group,
Inc. filed application to the
Federal Communications
Commission for con-
struction permit for a non-
commercial educational
broadcast station FM sta-
tion to serve Port St Joe,
Florida. The applicant
proposes to operate on:
90.3MHz channel 212. Fa-
cilities are class C2; type
FM; power 20 kilowatts
E.R.P Transmitter site lo-
cation is 29 49' 09" N lati-
tude and 085" 15' 34" W
longitude with an antenna
height of 220 meters
Above Ground Level. The
main studio will be located
at a site to be determined
within 25 miles of Port St
Joe. Applicant's officers
and directors are: Marilyn
Blackwell, President; Dan-
iel Taunton, Vice Pres-
ident; Ruth Bryant, Treas-
urer; Diane Brown, Secre-
tary. A copy of this appli-
cation and related materi-
als are on file for public in-
spection during regular
business hours at the Gulf
County Library, 110 Li-
brary Drive, Port St Joe
Publish November 1,


Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners.
will hold a public hearing.
to consider adoption of an
ordinance with the follow-'
ing title:

NANCE 2005-20.

The public hearing
will be held during the
Gulf County Board of
County Commissioner's
meeting on Tuesday, No-
vember 27, 2007 at 6:00
p.m., e.t. in the County
Commissioner's meeting
room in the Robert M.
Moore Administration
Building, Gulf County
Courthouse Complex,
Port St. Joe, Florida.

All interested persons may
appear and be heard with
respect to the proposed
Ordinance. If a person
decides to appeal any de-
cisions made by the Gulf
County Commission with
respect to any matter con-
sidered at this hearing,
he/she will need a record
of the proceedings and
that for such purpose
he/she may need to en-
sure a verbatim record of
the proceedings made
and which would include
any evidence upon which

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1100 1100 1100
the appeal is to be based. ing normal business cisely the action that the
hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 petitioner wants the De-
A opy of the proposed p.m., Monday through Fri- apartment to take.
Ordinance is available for day, except legal holidays,
inspection on weekdays at Northwest District Of- Because the administra-
letween the hours of 9:00 fice, Florida Dept. of Envi- tive hearing process is de- PETS & ANIMALS
am., est., and 5:00 p.m. ronmental Protection, signed to formulate final ..
esf. at the Office of the 1690 Governmental Cen- agency action, the filing of 2100- Pets
Clerk of Court, Gulf ter, Room 302, Pensacola, a petition means that the 2110-Pets: Free to
County Courthouse, 1000 FL 32502-5794. Department's final action Go- P d Home
2120 Pet Supplies
C.G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., may be different from the 2130 Farm Animals/
Port St. Joe, Florida, The Department will issue position taken by it in this Supplies
32456. the permit with the at- notice. Persons whose 2140 Pets/Livestock
tached conditions unless substantial interests will Wanted
BOARD OF COUNTY a timely petition for an ad- be affected by any such fi-
COMMISSIONERS ministrative hearing is filed nal decision of the Depart-
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA under Sections 120.569 ment have the right to pe-
and 120.57, Florida Stat- tuition to become a party to
BY: BILL WILLIAMS, utes, within fourteen days the proceeding, in accord- I 2100
CHAIRMAN of receipt of notice. The ance with the require-
procedures for petitioning ments set forth above. Dogs & Cats
Ad #2007-117 for a hearing are set forth
Publish: November 8 & below. Mediation under Section For Sale?
15, 2007 120.573, Florida Statutes,
A person whose substan- is not available for this
STATE OF FLORIDA tial interests are affected proceeding. .
DEPARTMENT OF ENVI- by the Department's pro-
RONMENTAL PROTEC- posed permitting decision Publish November 15,
l'ON may petition for and ad- 2007
NOTICE OF INTENT TO ministrative proceeding
ISSUE PERMIT (hearing) under Sections PUBLIC NOTICE
(FL0020206-001) 120.569 and 120.57, Flor-
-IW1S/NR) ida Statutes. The petitions
(FL0020206-002) must contain the informa- The Board of City Com-
-DW1P/RA) tion set forth below and mission has rescheduled
(FL0020206-003-DW1/MR must be filed (received by si a
S ) the clerk) in the Office of their regular meeting on There are specific Flor
(FL0020206-004 General Counsel of the November 20th to Tues- There are specific Flor-
-DW1R/RA) Department at 3900 Com- day, November 27th at to the sale of dogs and
monwealth Boulevard, 6:00 p.m. cats within the state or
The Department of Envi- Mail Station 35, Tallahas- transportated into the
roRmental Protection see, Florida 32399-3000. Prior to the meeting a state for the purpose of
gives notice of its intent to "Meet and Greet" recep- selling.
issue a permit to City of Under Rule 62-110.106(4), tion will be held at 5:00
Port St. Joe, Post Office Florida Administrative p.m. in the Commission Please research Flor-
6ox 278, Port St. Joe, FL Code, a person may re- Chamber for the new po- ida Statute 828.29
32457 for a permit to sub- quest enlargement of the lice chief, David Barnes (Dogs and cats trans-
stantially modify the exist- time for filing a petition for ported or offered for
ing City of Port St. Joe an administrative hearing. Please come out and require
wastewater treatmentfacil- The request must be filed meet our new chief. se; consume rquar-
ments; consumer guar-
ity (WWTF). The WWTF (received by the clerk) in REQUEST FOR QUALI- antee) -before you of-
will be reclassified from an the Office of General FICATIONS fer for sale a cat or
industrial wastewater facil- Counsel before the end of FOR DISTRICT ENGI- dog.
ity to (FL0020206-002-D the time period for filing a
W1P/RA). This project in- petition for an administra- NEERING SERVICES
cludes a new mill site tive hearing. SEASIDE VILLAGE
master lift station, (influent COMMUNITY DEVEL-
screening, influent flow Petitions filed by any per- OPMENT DISTRICT
measurement by using a sons other than those en-
parshall flume, grit re- titled to written notice un- NOTICE IS HEREBY21
moval, and influent pump- der Section 120.60(3), GIVEN that the Seaside
ing), the addition of high Florida Statutes, must be Village Community De-
rate filters, effluent disin- filed within fourteen days velopment District, located
fection via chlorine contact of publication of the notice in Franklin County, Florida
chambers, a new effluent or within fourteen days of Needs fenced in yard
pump station. The receipt of the written no- annouces that profes- Needs fenced
WWTF's permittedcapac- ice, whichever occurs signal district engineering Mixed Boxer and English
ity will be reduced from first. Under Section services will be required Bull Dog, house broken.
34:75 MGC to 3.0 MGD 120.60(3), Florida Stat- on a continuing basis,
annual average daily flow utes, however, any person with services to include
(AADF) capacity. who has asked the De- planning, preparing re-
partment for notice of ports and preparing plans, -
Reclaimed water will be agency action may file a designs and specifications
discharged from the petition within fourteen on behalf of the District.
WWTF and applied to a days of receipt of such no-
land application system, twice, regardless of the date The engineering firm se-
The land application sys- of publication. elected will act inthe gen-
tem will have a total per- ed allactinthe gen-
mitted capacity of 3.23 The petitioner shall mail a era capacity of District En-
MGD AADF. The land ap- copy of the petition to the gineer and provide the
plication system will con- applicant at the address District with engineering M CIANDISE
sist of a 2.63 MGD AADF indicated above at the services, as required. Any 3100 -Antiques
permitted capacity time of filing. The failure of firm or individual desiring 3110 -Appliances
slow-rate restricted public any person to file a peti- to provide professional 3120 Arts & Crafts
access sprayfield irrigation tion within fourteen days services to the District 3130 -Auctions
system with eight (8) of receipt of notice shall must furnish a resume of 3140- Baby items
zones (Zones 1 thru 8 with constitute a waiver of that its qualifications and past310 Building Supplies
wetted area of 154.73 Ac- person's right to request experience on Standard Equipment
res) and a 0.6.MGD per- an administrative determi- Form 330 with pertinent 3170 Collectibles
mitted capacity Part IV nation (hearing) under Form 330 with pertinent Coeces
rapid infiltration basin sys- Sections 120.569 and supporting data. 3180- Computers
tern with two (2) percola- 120.57, Florida Statutes. 3200 Firewood
tion ponds with a wetted Any subsequent interven- The District will review all 3210 Free Pass it On
area of 16.30 acres, tion (in a proceeding initi- applicants and will comply 3220 Furniture
ated by another party) will with the State procedures 3230 Garage/Yard Sales
The WWTF facility is lo- be only at the discretion of as established by the 3240 Guns
3250 Good Things to Eat
cated 0.5 miles E. of Hwy the presiding officer upon Consultants' Competitive 3260 Health & Fitness
98 on County Road 382, the filing of a motion in Negotiations Act, Section 3270 Jewelry/Clothing
Port St. Joe, FL 32457 at compliance with Rule 287.055, Florida Statutes. 3280 Machinery/
latitude 2950'30" N, longi- 28-106.25, Florida Admin- All interested applicants Equipment
tude 8510'15" W in Gulf istrative Code. submit one (1 3290- Medical Equipment
County. The land applica- must submit ne(1) 3300 Miscellaneous
tion sites are located north A petition that disputes the nal and seven (7) copies 3310 Musical Instruments
of the WWTF site across material facts on which the of the Standard Form 330 3320 Plants & Shrubs/
the Gulf County Canal in Department's action is and a letter of interest by Supplies
Highland View, FL at lati- based must contain the 10:00 a.m. on Monday, 3330 Restaurant/Hotel
tude 29051'02" N, longi- following information: December 3, 2007 to the 3340 Sporting Goods
tude 85"59'57" W. (a) The name, ad- attention of District Man- 3350- Tickets (Buy & Sell)
dress, and telephone ager, located at 6131 Ly-
The Department has per- number of each petitioner; ons Road, Suite 100, Co- I
emitting jurisdiction under the name, address, and conut Creek, Florida
Section 403.087, Florida telephone number of the 33073, and whose toll-free 3130
Statutes (FS.) and Sec- petitioner's representative, number is (877)
tions 62-4, 62-302, if any; the Department per-s (
62-600, 62-610, 62-620, mit identification number 276-0889.
62-640, and 62-699, Flor- and the county in which
ida Administrative Code the subject matter or activ- District Manager
(FA.C.) The project is not ity is located; Seaside Village Commu-
exempt from permitting (b) A statement of nity Development District .-
procedures. The Depart- how and when each peti- Now .uLing
ment has determined that tioner received notice of Publish: November 15,
a domestic wastewater the Department action; 2007 ('Cc pli 02
permit is required for the (c) A statement of '
proposed work how each petitioner's sub- Request to Receive Consignments
stantial interests are af- Bids for upcoming
Because the existing facil- fected by the Department
ity has not complied with action; The Gulf County School auctions.
the effluent toxicity re- (d) A statement of Board will receive bids un-
quirements in the past, all disputed issues of ma- til 9:00 a.m. ET on Decem- Nntiques Old
and because it does oth- trial fact. If there are er 18, 2007 for School
erwise meet all of the De- none, the petition must so F ood Service Processed fJewlr
apartment's requirements indicate; Food Service Processed COiS
for'a domestic wastewater (e) A statement of and Frozen/Chilled Food paper
facility in accordance with facts that the petitioner Items. Interested parties
Chapters 62-600 and contends warrant reversal should contact Bill Carr, finef 'irt &
62-620, Florida Adminis- or modification of the De- Assistant Superintendent CGollectibles
trative Code (F.A.C.). this partment action; for Business Services, .
permit is accompanied by (f) A concise state- Gulf County Schools, 150 jf
Consent Order, OGC File ment of the ultimate facts Middle School Road, Port 50,65-33
Nd. 06-0326 executed on alleged, as well as the St. Joe FL 32456 or tele- 0-5-5
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lief;and arket tret
The intent to issue and ap- (g) A statement of instructions. 2. ,
plication file are available the relief sought by the
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Gulf County Sheriff Report

The Gulf County Sheriff's
Office will be conducting
vehicle safety checkpoints
and DUI check points dur-
ing the months of November
and December 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 11/03 a deputy had
to take evasive action as he
crossed the Highland View
Bridge in order to avoid a
vehicle that had crossed
the centerline. The deputy
turned around on the vehicle
and stopped it on Hwy 98
in the Highland View Area.
When the deputy spoke with
the driver he noticed the
odor of an alcoholic bever-
age about his person. The
driver, William Robert Fokes,
58, was arrested for Driving
Under the Influence. During
a search incident to arrest
a bag of marijuana and roll-

ing papers were found in the
vehicle, Fokes was charged
with possession of marijuana
and possession of drug para-
On 11/03 deputies
observed what they thought
was a drug transaction in a
local convenience store park-
ing lot. When they approached
the suspect they observed the
suspect throw down a plastic
bag. They received permission
to search the suspect and his
vehicle and found 8 valium
on his person, John Steven
Griffen, 29, was arrested on
charges of possession of a
controlled substance.
On 11/04 deputies
responded to a domestic dis-
turbance in the Wewahitchka
area. When they arrived at the
location no one was home.
Several minutes later the vic-
tim drove up and told depu-
ties that her boyfriend had hit
her several times in the head
and face. Deputies located
Chad Edward Medley, 26,
and arrested him on charges
of domestic battery..
Qn 11/04 deputies
received a call of suspi-
cious people camping on St
Joe Beach near Gulf Street.
When the deputy ran checks

on the people he found that
Timothy Clinton Robison,
22, had warrants for fail-
ure to appear, he was placed
under arrest and taken to the
Gulf County Jail. A baggie of
marijuana was found in his
pants pocket when he was
searched at the jail addition-
ally he was charged with pos-
session of marijuana.
On 11/05 Justin Sinclair
Armstead, 21, turned him-
self in at sheriff's office, he
had warrants for violation of
On 11/05 Deputies
responded to a retail theft
call in Highland View, when
they arrived at the location
the suspect had left the store,
they identified the suspect as
Sheree Sims. Members of the
Port St Joe Police Department
locate Evelyn Sheree Sims at
her home and she was placed
under arrest for retail theft.
On 11/06 Narcotics
Deputies set up an under-
cover operation in which
Tyson Terrell Davis was sup-
pose to deliver three cook-
ies of crack cocaine to an
undercover operative. When
Davis arrived at the scene
he delivered the cocaine and
told the operative that he

had a gun and was going
to kill him. Members of the
Sheriff's Special Response
Team were hiding in near
by bushes and jumped out
placing Davis under arrest.
Tyson Terrel Davis, 24, was
arrested on seven warrants
for sale of crack cocaine,
possession of a controlled
substance with intent to sell,
attempted armed robbery,
DWLSR and on tow warrants
from Bay County. Davis bond
was set at $230,000.00 and
hold without bond on two
failures to appear warrants.

Gulf County dispatchers
handled 328 calls during the
period of 11/01-11/08 includ-
ing 29 calls from Emergency
Medical Services. Gulf
County Deputies responded
to 251 calls including serv-
ing 62 civil papers, 26 traffic
stops in which eight citations
and 18 warning were issued,
26 calls from citizens with
questions or concerns, six
residential alarms, six traffic
crashes, four reports of child
abuse, four thefts one bur-
glary and 116 miscellaneous

Wewa Man Convicted Faces

Up To 45 Years Prison

State Attorney Steve Meadows announces the conviction,
in Gulf County Circuit Court, of Benjamin C. Causey, on
charges of Burglary of a Dwelling, Dealing in Stolen Property,
and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
The four males, two females jury deliberated about one
hour before finding Causey, WM, DOB: 1-26-1970, 186 West
Avenue, Wewahitchka, guilty of the September 20, 2006,
incident. Assistant State Attorney Brian Hill, in his 50th trial,
presented evidence that Causey broke into a home and stole
three firearms and other property. Causey then sold two of
the firearms and got a friend to pawn the third.
Sentencing is set for November 29 2007. Causey faces
up to 15 years in prison for each offense.

Accidental Shooting Death

On Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 6:20 PM Deputies
responded to a call at the White City Boat Ramp, the
Complainant James Cook of Panama City Beach said that he
and a friend had been camping on the White City Canal and
both had been shot. Deputies and Investigators responded
to the boat ramp and found that Cook had been shot in the
hand and that the other individual was at a camp site down
the canal. Law Enforcement ands Ems went to the camp
site and found Jayson Lee Decker, 31, of Lynn Haven was
deceased, from an apparent gun shot wound. Investigators
determined that the Deceased Jayson Lee Decker tossed a
loaded 9mm handgun to Cook. When Cook caught the gun 4t
went off passing through his hand, striking Decker causing
his death.

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Port St. Joe Junior Service League to

Host Gulf County Junior Miss Program

Eight local young ladies
will compete for the title of
Gulf County's Junior Miss
Saturday night at the Port
St. Joe Elementary School
America's Junior Miss
was started in Mobile,
Alabama, in 1958 and
today is one of the larg-
est scholarship providers
of its kind awarding over
$2 million in scholarships
each year. AJM is proud
to have helped many young
women receive an education
and become successful in
their chosen careers. Diane

Sawyer, Debroah Norville,
Kim Basinger and Debra
Messing our just a few of
our well known Junior
Misses, but many others
have achieved success in
various professions such as
business, law, journalism,
medicine and religion.
Unlike pageants, AJM
encourages young women
to be confident in who they
are and to strive to reach
their goals and become
successful leaders in our
communities. Instead of
a crown and sash, AJMs
receive a medallion to sym-

bolize their achievements
within the classroom and
extracurricular activities.
The theme for the 2007-
2008 Gulf County Junior
Miss program is "Let's Go
To The Movies", and the
program will be filled with
songs and scores from pop-
ular motion pictures. The
Gulf County Junior Miss
Program is open to young
ladies who are seniors in
high school with a grade

point average of 3.25 of
higher, and who are active
in school and community
activities. The winner of the
Gulf County Junior Miss
program will compete in
Florida's Junior Miss on
March 1, 2008 in Perry.
America's Junior Miss will
be held in Mobile, Alabama
in June of 2008.
The Junior Service
League is a non-profit orga-
nization of women which

helps area children. The
League's premier project
is Jam Packs. Each year,
over 50 elementary stu-
dents from Port St. Joe and
Wewahitchka receive all of
their school supplies from
the Junior Service League,
complete with a brand new
backpack. Later in the
school year, another 50 stu-
dents receive a new set of
winter clothes, thanks to
a partnership among the

Junior Service League, The
Tapper Foundation and
Sears. The Junior Service
League also awards local
high school seniors with
over $4,500 in scholarships
The contestants this
year are: Jasmine Fennell,
Kathryn Arnold, Krista
Parker, Molly Matty,
Olivia Lamberson, Amber
Ropelis, Rebecca Barnes,
and Samantha Spivey.

Samantha Spivey

Jasmine Fennell

Olivia Lamberson

Amber Ropelis

Krista Parker

Kathryn Arnold

Molly Matty Rebecca Barnes

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