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December 13, 2007

Sketching an Economic Vision Renourishment

By Marie Logan before they actually visited the area agreed. educating local business people on Project Back
Star Staff Writer in person. Another issue all agreed on was the importance of attracting local
When prospective incoming the need to educate non-business senior residents, and educating Track
Talk may be cheap, but the businesses hear from residents residents on the benefits of the area's seniors on the benefits of UI
results of talking can be priceless, how local government constantly supporting their local merchants, spending locally.
Gulf County business people vacillates, those potential business Community activist Amy By Marie Logan
have been meeting and talking people will look elsewhere, they all Rogers included the necessity of (See SUMMIT on Page 6A) Star Staff Writer

- recently to try to find ways to
jump-start the county's economy
and begin reversing the economic
downward spin in the area.
The third meeting in a series
of workshops leading to an
economic summit was held Dec. 6,
and. continued the discussions of
identifying and researching issues
of economic concern to the county.
The date for the final economic
summit has not yet been set.
Issues collectively listed
as primary importance, in no
particular order, were:
Real estate and banking;
population decline; the county's
labor market; tax money being
spent effectively; locals supporting
locals; proper use of local resources;
existingand newbusiness incentives;
the public school system; alcohol
sales on Sundays; government
instability with decision-making;
transportation issues; land
availability, infrastructure, zoning,
transportation and distribution;
marketing to targeted markets; and
public support for city and county
Business people in the audience
freely gave their perceptions of
the issues, making it clear that
until peoples' perceptions of local
government change little can be
done to attract new business to the
Lorinda Gingell, owner of 10th
Street Bed and Breakfast in Port St.
Joe, said she often talked to visitors
looking to invest in the county "who
want to know the ground rules,"
she said. "They don't want to invest
when they know that the rules keep
changing," Gingell continued in
describing visitors' perception of
local government.
Other local business people,
including Eric Davidson and
Joe Rentfro, representatives of
the St. Joe Company, described
how potential business people
investigated a community well

The cliffhanger that has been
the Cape San Bias beach renourish-
ment project seems headed toward
a crowd-pleasing finish.
After the Gplf County Board of
County Commissioners agreed in
late October to purchase the single
property holding up the project, the
sale was completed Dec. 4.
Upon receiving payment for
his lot, property owner Michael
Nicholson dropped the peti-
tion he had filed with the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection (FDEP), which was pre-
venting the issuance of one of two
permits needed to begin the pro-
The second permit will come
from the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, which Paula Pickett said
should be in the county's hands "in
a very short period of time.'
"Our engineer, Michael
Dombrowski, is talking daily with
the Corps to get that permit,"
Pickett reported, adding that they
were expecting to receive the permit
"certainly by mid-month."
Pickett is the director of the
Gulf County Tourist Development
Council and a board member of
the St. Joseph Peninsula Beach
Advisory Committee (SJPBAC), the
group spearheading the Peninsula
beach renourishment project.
At the Nov. 27 regular county
commission meeting, Gulf County
attorney Tim McFarland announced
that the county had reached a pur-
chase agreement with Nicholson
for S550.00Q plus closing costs
and attorney's lees, which, he esti-
mated, would bring the total to
approximately $600,000.
McFarland told the board that
two separate appraisals on the
Nicholson property set the value of
the lot at approximately 8400.000.
Since the appraisals did not sup-
port the purchase price, McFarland
told the board that the motion to
purchase must pass by at least a
4-1 vote of the board.
S Although commissioners
announced they did not like the

Tim Croft/The Star
Port St. Joe city officials plugged in the lights and turned on the city's annual Christmas
on the Coast celebration last Saturday evening. For more pictures see Page 1 B.

Fuel from the Fryer

Travelers' Truck Runs on Recycled Vegetable Oil

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

S Eleven thousand miles into
their cross-country road trip,
Michael Pike and his wife, Chris
Nelson, pulled into the Piggly Wiggly
parking lot in Port St. Joe.
Outside, as their dog Sasha
explored the sidewalk, the couple
stretched their weary legs and took
a deep breath. The air smelled
faintly of stir .fry and fried chicken.
The aroma of chicken, a fixture
of this particular parking lot, wafted
from the Piggly Wiggly's lunch
The smell of stir fry came from
a more unlikely source.
The scent had followed Pike
and Nelson throughout their
journey from their home in Chico,
Ca., where the retired nurses co-
own a 12-acre organic farm, to this
Panhandle patch of asphalt.
It wafted from the exhaust pipe
of their 1987 Ford F-250 pickup
truck, which the engineering-savvy

Pike converted to run on vegetable
oil a year ago, in anticipation of
Nelson's retirement.
The couple had long planned
an extended expedition to explore
the natural beauty of the U.S. and
They hoped to visit all the
green spots on the map, the wildlife
refuges and nature preserves that
remained untouched by pollution
and development.
Both committed
environmentalists, Pike and Nelson
knew they could justify the 20,000-
mile expedition only if they could
reduce their vehicle's carbon
They formulated a plan.
From a Canadian-based
company called Plant Drive, ike
purchased the equipment to co ert
the Ford's diesel engine into/one
which can run off of biodie el or
straight vegetable oil, or SVO.
He added an 8-foot cabin
that would serve as their sleeping
quarters and a cozy place for Nelson

to record their travels on her online
Pike and Nelson dubbed the
Ford the "Veggie Voyager" and
began their eco-friendly voyage in
late July.
With their tank filled with
SVO, they traveled without feeling
guilty that their long trip would
irrevocably harm the planet.
"When you use vegetable oil or
biodiesel, there's less than half the
emissions. We're not contributing to
greenhouse gases or global warming.
It's carbon-neutral because it comes
from a plant source," said Pike.
"It was our.way we thought we
could do this and feel okay about

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Though converting the truck
took research and time, the work
really began when Pike and Nelson
hit the road.
Running on SVO, the Ford gets
15 miles to the gallon.
Pike and Nelson travel, on

Michael Pike and Chris Nelson, with dog Sasha, are traveling across the
country in a Ford F-250 pick-up truck which Pike converted to run on recycled
vegetable oil. They arrived in Port St. Joe last week.

average, 100 miles a day, and remain
on the look-out for restaurants with
drums of used vegetable oil.
Most places keep the drums
behind their restaurant before
disposing of them, and exploring the
nation's back alleys and dumpsters
has lent a new dimension to the
couple's travels..
"It's very interesting, the back
of restaurants," said Nelson.

Pike prefers used oil from
Chinese and other Asian restaurants
because most cook-with canola
oil rather than the partially
hydrogenated oils used at fast food
Pike noted one exception to this
rule. Arbys, he said, consistently
has "pretty good oil."
When begging for oil,
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WHS Students Ask DOT Officials to

Widen the Wetappo Creek Bridge

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

They've already conduct-
ed a petition drive, written
letters to elected officials and
pled their case before a tele-
vision audience.
Last Thursday, Matt
Bullard's Wewahitchka High
School government students
continued their campaign
to widen the Wetappo Creek
Bridge by sharing their con-
cerns directly with Florida
At Bullard's request,
Regina Battles and Ed
Gassman, of DOT's Chipley
office, addressed his first
and third period government
Having launched their
"Widen Wetappo for Wewa
(WWW)" campaign in
September, Bullard's stu-
dents were already familiar
with most of the facts and
figures provided by the DOT
They knew that the
bridge was built in 1939,
measures 27 feet wide, 24

feet from curb to curb and is
225.9 feet long.
The students contended
that the bridge was old, nar-
row and unsafe, and cau-
tioned that it was an "acci-
dent waiting to happen."
In response, the DOT
officials said the bridge
had passed an inspection
in November, and was not
structurally deficient a nec-
essary prerequisite for bridge
"Even though it was built
in 1939, it's still in good
shape," said Battles, who
noted that the bridge was,
however, "functionally obso-
Functionally obsolete
bridges do not meet current
road design standards, which
include wider, 12-foot lanes
and 10-foot shoulders.
Battles noted that when
the Wetappo Creek Bridge
is finally replaced she
acknowledged it might take
decades it would be built
to meet current DOT stan-
The bridge was old, but
not dangerous. said Battles.

who cited only two car acci-
dents on the bridge in recent
One, she noted, involved
an intoxicated driver.
Though they remained
polite and respectful, the
students, as a whole, were
unconvinced by the DOT
officials' assessment of the
bridge's safety.
Ashley Gates asked
Battles if she had driven over
the Wettapo Creek Bridge on
her way to Wewahitchka, and
if she felt unsafe while doing
Battles said she had
driven over the bridge, and
acknowledged that the taper-
ing guard rails gave her the
"sensation" that the bridge
narrowed as she drove.
"You are narrowing
down. It's not just a sensa-
tion," retorted Gates.
Michael Stripling told
the DOT officials that his
father commutes daily from
Wewahitchka to Tyndall.
He asked how long DOT
was willing to wait before a
tragedy forced them to widen
the Wetappo Creek Bridge.
Gassman suggested that
students slow down when
driving over the bridge to
prevent a potential accident.
"We are in control of our
vehicle. We don't have to hit

The Wetappo Creek Bridge measures 24 feet from curb to curb. Wewahitchka High School
government students call the bridge "an accident waiting to happen."

the bridge at 60 miles an
hour," he said.
With an estimated $3.8
million cost for replacing
the bridge, Gassman said
"there's not enough money in
the world to bring everything
up to the new standards
He likened the Wetappo
Creek Bridge to Wewahitchka
High School, an older school
that is less expansive than
modern facilities.
Gates found the analogy
"It doesn't scare anybody
to walk through the halls (of
Wewahitchka High School). It
scares people to go through
that bridge. That's the differ-
ence," she said.

Other students noted the
frequent presence of over-
sized logging trucks on the
bridge and its location along
a primary evacuation route.
"Would you be worried
if it was storming, 35 mile
an hour winds, rain. Then
would you be worried?"
asked Stripling.
Though he let his stu-
dents take the lead in the dis-
cussion, Bullard expressed
his own concerns to the DOT
"The problem is not
going to go away. It's going
to continue to be a problem.
We're going to have a major
accident on that bridge. It's
just a matter of time," he

Bullard said the students
plan to photograph two cars
parked on either lane of the
bridge, with a ruler showing
the distance in between.
They will send the pho-
tograph to Gov. Charlie Crist;
the only state elected offi-
cial who did not personally
answer the students' letters.
At the end of the spir-
ited, one-hour discussion,
the students gave Battles
and Gassman a round of
applause and thanked them
for their time.
Just to show there were
no hard feelings, Stripling
offered an apology of sorts.
"We didn't mean to give
you a hard time," he said.
"We just want a new bridge."'

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Representatives from the Department of Transportation's
Chipley office, Regina Battles (left) and Ed Gassman (right)
speak to Matt Bullard's Wewahitchka High School government
class about the Wetappo Creek Bridge. Though the students
are lobbying to have the bridge widened, DOT officials say the
bridge is not structurally deficient.

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Molly Matty, a senior at
Port St. Joe High School,
has already received what
she described as a "cool"
She will soon have the
opportunity to demonstrate
her acumen with numbers
and science, calculator or no
Matty has been select-
ed as a District Scholar for
the 2008 Sunshine State
Scholars Program, which

recognizes outstanding
achievement in math and
Consider Matty's 4.08
un-weighted stress again,
un-weighted GPA and the
list of courses she's taken
since a freshman, while
earning that lofty GPA she
scored more than a 100 in
one course, hence the 4.08 -
to get a pretty good read on
why Matty was a fairly easy
"This is a pretty big
deal," said Port St. Joe High
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math and science courses
students take as well as the
course levels and grades.
"Molly has taken every
single science class we offer
here; the same with math."
This would seem natu-
ral for a student who plans
on majoring in biochemistry,
with a minor in environmen-
tal sciences, in college.
That college, Matty, unit
commander for the high
school's NJROTC program,
hopes is North Carolina
Matty should know by
the end of the week whether
she's been accepted into the
Physical and Mathematic
Sciences (PAMS) program
at North Carolina State and
whether that will mean a
$25,000 scholarship to the
Raleigh-based school.
"That is also a pretty big
deal," Bernal said understat-
edly as Matty described her
excitement over the prospect
of a year of college paid for
by her four years of effort in
high school.
As a District Scholar in
the Sunshine State Scholars
Program, Matty qualifies for
regional competition, which
will take place in DeFuniak
Springs early next month.
From the regional conm-
petition the state is divided
into six regions in the pro'-
gram Matty could qualify
for the state competition.
The regional competi-
tion will consist of a three-
hour exam administered oii
Jan. 9.
The exam will include
problems integrating a vari-
ety of topics from mathemat-
ics, statistics, biology, chem-
istry and physics.
That "cool" calculator,
along with pencils, paper,
ruler and other materials
is all the students will be
allowed to use.
The "cool" calculator is
part of the awards package
received in honor of achiev-
ing District Scholar designa-
"It's an honor to be cho-
sen out of all the scholars
in Gulf County," Matty said,
"There are a lot of really
intelligent students in our
"I'm pretty excited. I
heard about one boy who
last year only earned points
by signing his name. Maybe
I can solve a few problems.
Science and math is my
That last sentence would
constitute the second major
understatement of Monday
morning during an interview
in Bernal's office.

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Traylor to Chair County

Commission in 2008

By Marie Logan
SStar Staff Writer

Gulf County commission
chair Bill Williams served
his final meeting as board
chairman Tuesday night.
Williams's tenure as
chair ends Dec. 30, but the
regularly scheduled second
County Commission meeting
will not be held this month
because it falls on Christmas
The board elected
Commissioner Billy Traylor
as the incoming chair, with
Commissioner Nathan Peters
as vice-chair for 2008.
The St. Joseph Bay
Humane Society asked to
meet with commissioners to
discuss the county's help in
euthanizing and disposing of


deal, they thought it was
necessary to keep the beach
restoration project alive,
and the motion passed
4-1, Commissioner Nathan
Peters dissenting.
The lot will now become
an additional public access
point to the beach and will
belong to the county.
, According to Pickett,
the county commission
approved a contract with
the previously selected
dredging company, Manson
Construction, on Dec. 3.
She said as soon as the
Corps' permit is. issued, the
contract with Manson will
be formally signed and they
will begin mobilizing their
equipmentfor the project.
:ji "Mobilization pf equip-,
ment can, .take anywhere
from six to eight weeks,"

animals the Humane Society
handles for the county.
Sandi Christy, a Humane
Society board member, told
the commission that the
$19,000 the Humane Society
receives this fiscal year from
the county does not cover
the cost to euthanize or dis-
pose of animals picked up
by county Animal Control
and taken to the Humane
Society facility.
She told the board that
the Humane Society had
never had to dispose of ani-
mals regularly and did not
factor the expense into the
cost it charges the county for
handling all county animals.
The board agreed to
meet with representatives of
the Humane Society and the
county to work out a solu-

Pickett said. "Barring any
unforseen delays, we expect
to begin pumping [sand]
approximately the first week
of February, 2008."
Mobilization of equip-
ment involves staging heavy
equipment and pipe along
the project area, Pickett
said, adding that people
can expect to see pipe on
the beach in specific staging
areas. But the pipe will tra-
verse no more than one mile
at any given time, she said.
According to Pickett,
there is still no specific
timelines detailing when the
project and related heavy
construction machinery will
be in front of any partic-
ular properties along the
Peninsula's gulf side.
. 'According to' informa-
tion on the SJPBAC web-

tion for the extra expense.
In other business con-
ducted at the meeting:
The board agreed to
cancel the second regular-
ly scheduled commission
meeting in December, since
it falls on Christmas Day.
Regularly scheduled meet-
ings will resume Jan. 8.
There will be an open
house at the Honeyville
storm shelter/community
center on Dec. 21 between
11 a.m. and noon CT.
The board passed
three resolutions to begin
the process for establishing
MSTUs-MSBUs if decided
upon in the future.
Accordingto Gulf County
attorney Tim McFarland,
under state law the proce-
dure must be set in place

site (www.savethecape.
com), construction time for
the entire project is seven
months, depending on
equipment, weather delays,
and any taking of an endan-
gered species, like sea tur-
Without delays, projects
typically progress by 100 to
500 feet a day, the site says.
Weather permitting, the
project runs continuously
around the clock, although
renters and homeowners
may still use the beach.
The original start date
for the actual construction
of the beach was Oct. 1.
When that did not happen,
the project received approv-
al from permitting agencies
to extend the project: over
a two-year period, it neces-

up to one year in advance,
but the county does not have
to follow any of the proce-
dures to actually establish
the uniform method of tax
The resolution to begin
the establishment proce-
dures passed unanimously
for a special assessment for
emergency medical services,
solid wastewater manage-
ment services, and mosquito
control and services.
The board passed two
ordinances modifying the
Overstreet and Tupelo fire
They also instructed
county administrator Don
Butler to ask the City of Port
St. Joe to remit two years
worth of fire tax to the coun-
ty as soon as possible.

rom Page 1A

The project began in
late 2004, when the county
applied for a beach manage-
ment feasibility study. The
state awarded the county
$500,000 for the feasibil-
ity study and related sand
search on Feb. 22, 2005.
In addition to renour-
ishing the beach, Pickett
said the project "should
also be a boost to the local
"Some men will live
on the barge, while others,
like the engineers, will rent
houses for the duration of
the project," said Pickett.
"The dredge company is
already shopping for rental
homes, and we're already'
seeing results of,the project
htiTown. " '

According to Butler,
under an agreement with the
county, the City of Port St.
Joe agreed to compensate
the county for lost fire taxes
when the WindMark devel-
opment was annexed into
the city.
Butler said the city was
to pay $36,000 per year, and
it was the second year of
The county wants the
money to use as a down pay-
ment on a new fire truck.
Williams also asked the
board to think about finding
some money to begin pay-
ing the county volunteer fire-
fighters a very small stipend
for each fire they fight.
Williams wanted the sti-
pend to be similar to the

small amount the city of Port
St. Joe pays its volunteer
The motion to proceed
with gathering information
on the topic passed 5-0.
Peters asked the board
to invite the Port Authority
to the first January meet-
ing to update the board on
the progress of opening the
The night before (Dec.
10) the Port Authority and
Port St. Joe city officials held
a workshop during which
the Port Authority presented
the city with' the complet-
ed proposal for initial and
phased development of the
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Opportunity Lost

When a civil rights lawsuit was filed earlier
this year by a dozen or so mostly minority resi-
dents against the City of Port St. Joe, it was noted
in this space the opportunities presented by the
legal action, unfortunate as that course was.
Here was a genuine chance for dialogue, for
bridging the gulf that is symbolized by a set of
railroad tracks and borne out in history.
Now, with a federal judge poised to enforce a
settlement proposed by the city, it would appear
the chasm is wider than ever.
Personal agendas are certainly near the heart
of the problem, with voices on both sides of the
table sounding at times as if they weren't party to
anything more than a struggle for power, for hold-
ing on to or securing turf.
There is also a fair amount of criticism for the
legal tactics employed and whether they fostered
the kind of trust and transparency that bargaining
requires, on which reaching solutions depends.
The outcome of the settlement is testament
to the inability of the two sides to sit in the same
room and talk in even remotely the same lan-
The expanded redevelopment agency area -
expanded from downtown to include most of the
area north of the railroad tracks will be erased
from existence as if it was pencil notes on a test
The city, and in that, both sides of the rail-
road tracks, will have lost a significant amount
of tax income from the county, a detriment to an
entire community above and beyond the attor-
neys' fees during economic times that call out
for a summit of citizens to reach for answers.
And maybe most importantly, the opportunity
to address four or five decades of racism the
800 pound elephant in the room is lost for
another day in the future, the wounds left for oth-
ers to dress and heal.
But what appeared to sit at the center of this
lawsuit in the months that followed its filing was
a fundamental disagreement over what the sides
were tussling about.
It turned, listening to participants on both
sides of the case, to be as simple as the differ-
ence in the meaning of the words "dollars" and
The city was never, ever going to put money
in the pockets of*he litigants; that was apparent
from the get-go.
No litigant was going to receive damages; as
was asked for in the original lawsuit, and the liti-
gants or their designated entity were never going
to receive tax increment dollars to use as they
Put it this way money in politics translates
into power and this was a loosening of power that
was a non-starter.

And it was for practical reasons, also. The
redevelopment agency, in lieu of the city, is the
lone entity that could spend those tax increment
dollars. There was no way under law to have it
any other way.
But as the trial played out what became
apparent and led, to at least to an extent, the
imposition of the settlement agreement was that
dollars weren't the issue, having control of those
tax increment dollars wasn't the issue.
What mattered most was being part of the
process of how the community as a whole, and
especially the neighborhood north of the railroad
tracks, would be redeveloped.
Sure, there was and is minority represen-
tation on the PSJRA board and the city made
several attempts workshops, public hearings
- to reach out to the entire community, particu-
larly minority residents, to do nothing more than
explain the vision.
But asking those residents to take as an
article of faith that they would be part of the
process, that an advisory committee of residents
living north of the railroad tracks would be heard
as loud and clearly as one made up of downtown
merchants, is a stretch.
History dictates that as a non-starter, too.
One of the most striking images from the
workshop held at the WIG building to alleviate
concerns about eminent domain was this com-
bination of a desire for education mixed with a
healthy dose of skepticism.
Skepticism grounded, rightfully, in decades
of being after-thoughts or worse and the realiza-
tion that those who have long avowed to be advo-
cates for lifting up have instead, on many levels,
been enablers for this jarring disparity in their
neighborhood and from the majority of the com-
For whatever else might be claimed about this
lawsuit and its outcome, about the rationale for
settling and cutting losses, about trying to sepa-
rate the winners and the losers, the bottom line is
pretty evident to even casual observers.
On the day the notice of the press conference
announcing the lawsuit, a visitor from New Jersey
intending to move to Gulf County happened to be
at City Hall and noted her amazement at the divi-
sion in the community evidenced by the railroad
tracks that still meander onto the old paper mill
No matter hlow the parties care to couch the
outcome of the lawsuit, everyone failed on moral
and ethical grounds to use the suit as a platform
for the dialogue needed to one day bridge that
The old adage is painfully true this week: the
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Lights are on in Wewahitchka

There is something commu-
nity about a good old fashioned
Christmas parade.
This was on full display this
past weekend as Christmas on
the Coast concluded with the tree
lighting and a
parade in Port
St. Joe.
SBeach officials
plugged in their
lights and lit
up the city's
Christmas tree
on Monday
Tim Croft Theset.
Star News events remind
Editor so many of us
why we live in'
this postcard
capital of the world.
Yes, the sun and the water and
the waves and the forests though
rapidly vanishing it seems pro-
vide the images, it is the sense of
place, of community, that frames
it all.
Children from eight weeks to
80 years turned out last Saturday
in Port St. Joe, in many cases early
for a critical vantage point, and
squealed and laughed with delight
as the sirens roared, the trucks
and floats and Santa passed, dol-
ing out candy and, in a first for
me, ice cream, courtesy of the
Piggly Wiggly.
This weekend the Wewahitchka
Women's Club lights up the night
around Lake Alice Park.
Starting at 10 a.m. CT the
Women's Club and the City of
Wewahitchka will host the annual
Christmas Lights in the Park.
The daytime festivities include
a 5K run/walk, cake walks,
mechanical bull ride, power tramp
rides, children activities, as well
as food, craft and arts booths.
This is the top fund-raiser for
the Women's Club, which donates
to a host of local and regional
The entry fee for the 5K is a
new toy, along with $10 or $15
depending on time of registration
and the winner will be part of the
ceremony to turn on the lights

around the park around, oh, say,
Beyond that, the entire day is
free because of the many commu-
nity sponsors striving to provide
a little bit of merry in everybody's
Christmas season.
Come dusk, the parade will
get started down Hwy. 71.
And that means Santa and too
many elves to count.
Some of those elves have been
hard at work already, thanks to the
Women's Club, Gulf Correctional
Institute's Randy Tifft and many
They have been busy at work
collecting and refurbishing used
bicycles and tricycles donated
from around the community in
an effort to provide 100 needy
children with some wheels under
the tree.
The volunteer fire depart-
ments have been serving as drop-
off points and the inmates from
the Howard Creek work camp have
been doing the refurbishing and
reports are that better work is rare-
ly accomplished at the North Pole.
Donations have come from
throughout the area, Mexico Beach
to Wewahitchka.
And there is still time to make
a donation of a used bike or trike
for a needy child this Christmas.
Drop it off at the volunteer fire
departments around the county, or
North Florida Child Development
and the elves will take care of the
And you will remind yourself
again, as another opportunity for
merriment and cheer arrives this
Saturday, why we choose to live
in this area, why this community
will wrap you in its arms and not
let go.
It was on display last weekend
along IReid Avenue in Port St. Joe,
Monday night at Sunset Park in
Mexico Beach and will be again
this Saturday in Wewahitchka.
They are the sights and sounds
of the holiday spirit. They are the
sights and sounds of community.
No other time of year, no other
place on the map, seems to make
the two one.

Not So Fast There, Honey!

Cathy told me she wanted
a new mail box for Christmas.
Whew! That's better than a genu-
ine pearl necklace. Or a diamond
watch, a Tahiti cruise, an extreme
make over or the complete Box Set
of Remington Steele CDs! I fully
understand that I may be getting
off "easy" this year. But I've got a
serious problem or two with a new
mail box......
First of all, I like the one we've
got. There's some character there.
It's been backed into a half a dozen
times and I run the lawnmower
into it just about every time I make
that tight turn between the drive-
way and the street. I can't tell you
the times I've had to straighten it
up. I've weed-eated a trench in the
post just above ground level. The
little curved "pulley thing" is bro-
ken off. You have to use your finger
nails and pry a little to get it open.
I know a couple of the wooden dec-
orative slats have come unglued.
But I did find one of them and I've
got it sitting kind'a straight and
almost in the right spot.
I've gotten to know this mail-
box. I like the way it tilts a little
to the north. I love the casual look
of it. The charm it displays in a
rather bland, nondescript way. I

appreciate that it has
weathered rain, sleet,
pestilence and hurri-
canes for our benefit. I
can remember when it
had "1310" displayed
proudly in big bold
"stick on" numbers
on both sides. It helps
people find the house,
"just go down to the
ugly mailbox and turn

It may be a classic.
It is paid for.
And Cathy wants to "toss it
out" like a worn out old umbrella.
I think we've got to give a little'
more credence to the past history,
use and "feelings" of this box. It
has been with us for ages. It has
worked its way into our hearts. It
has brought us birth announce-
ments, baseball scheduleP, pic-
tures of our grandchildren, Golf
Digest, wedding invitations, let-
ters, gifts, Merle Haggard/tickets,
credit card offers, J C Penny cata-
logues, water bills, AAIRP cards,
news from Oral Roberts Iniversity,
free internet CDs, milli n dollar
sweepstakes, offers to help the
needy in Ruanda......
I reckon Cathy's sen e of nos-


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talgia is overcome by the "eye
sore" she thinks our mail box has
become. I fear it's going the way of
the dinosaur, wax records, hoola
hoops, moon hub caps and duck
tail haircuts......
It's our neighbors fault. Our
old box didn't look all that bad till
they went and put up that brand
new white one right beside ours!
It has the architecturally pleasing
cut knob adorning the top of the
"real" mailbox post that holds the
shinny metal box ramrod straight
and facing directly to the street. All
their numbers are, of course, still
in their proper place. I think they
paint it every other day! They've
still got that red flag thing on the
side of theirs!
I asked Cathy if they rushed
out and bought a new car would

you want one, too. She pointed
out that they had brought home
three new cars since we purchased
the van in '95. I shut up as I saw
this conversation was getting a
might deeper than I was willing to
What happen to the days when
a sweater and box of chocolate was
And this is not a bah humbug
story. I love Christmas. I love the
thought of the stockings hang-
ing so carefully by the chimney,
the fake icicles glimmering on the
tree, the chestnuts roasting on an
open fire, horses pulling the sleigh
across a snow covered field..... I
love the little kids literally glowing
with anticipation.' I love the close-
ness of family, real friends and
Jesus. I want to linger after the
presents are opened and remem-
ber Christmas's past.
It is the best time of the year!
But do I have to sacrifice my
mail box for it!
We've got one that works! Why
would I want to dig up a perfectly
operational mailbox and cast it
aside! If it ain't broke..... Plus,
if we bought a new one, "some
assembly might be required". You
know what that means! I liked to

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have killed myself and ruined a
Christmas for a young mother and
two little boys when I spent six
and a half hours on Christmas Eve
putting together a plastic tricycle.
It only had eight separate parts but
the picture wasn't the correct one
and the directions were in Hindu.
I cringe when it says "Be sure
to check that all parts are included
and read the complete instruc-
tions before beginning....."
Now I know, as Christmas gifts
go, a mail box is not as practical as
the Ronco Vegi-matic I bought her
the second year we were married.
Or the wet/dry shop vac I got her
the year after the dish washer
leaked and flooded the kitchen
table, five chairs and the refrigera-
tor out the back door! And a new
mail box may not save her life like
the steel belted radial tire I got
her last year probably did. But it
appears I've run out of ideas after
thirty years of Christmas gifts.
I wonder if I could interest her
in some steak knives. Do they have
any new "non stick" woks out this
year? I just brought home a dog I
found on the side of the road so a
new puppy is out.
I figured I'd bite the bullet and
talk this Christmas gift thing over.
Cathy is pretty mature. She will
understand my sentiment for our
current mail receptacle. Our mar-
riage enjoys that special under-
standing that only the years can
develop..... "Honey, I'm not sure I
can replace our old mailbox."
"That's ok. I've been thinking
about a new Lexus."
"Cathy, would you like that
new mail box to have the same
kind of top knob as our neigh-
bors, do you want it taller than
theirs, I'll get those reflector type
numbers, you want it up for the

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Parents Be Warned

"I'm trying to undermine
the basis of Christian belief,"
and "If there is a God, and he
Sis as the Christians describe
Shim, then he deserves to
be put down and rebelled
Do I have your atten-
tion? Wow! Those are pret-
ty strong words that come
from an author named
Phillip Pullman. You see, Mr.
Pullman is a vocal atheist
and has written a series of
books "His Dark Materials" of
which a new movie titled "The
Golden Compass" is recently
released. This movie is basi-
cally a toned down version of
aggressively anti-Christian.
Should he have the right to
say the things he does? Yes,
this is America. Freedom of what we do.
Do we have to let our chil-
dren go and see the movie or
Sby his books? The answer is
Absolutely not!
From "His DarkMaterials"
books, my brief research
shows that he proclaims the
- church as evil, controlling,
ignorant, intolerant of dis-
sent, and sadistic. So, are
there any "believers" read-
ing the paper today? Since
the "people" are the church,
isn't it nice that he thinks
so highly of you? These
are not my words friends,
they are Mr. Pullman's. He
attacks Christianity, it's plain
and simple. Sadly, he will
become even richer because
of movie ticket and book
sales purchases you will
make-laughing at us, all the
way to the bank. The second
and third books in the series
become even more "sermon-
like" and overtly hostile to
Christianity. The movie "The

Golden Compass" has the
anti-religious rhetoric but it's
subtle and downplayed. The
intent here is to get your
children into the movie the-
aters and afterwards, they
will want the series of books
and being good parents like
you are, you'll rush out and
purchase them. Not knowing
any better, it's just another
book, right?
Listen to me. This man
has a powerful ability to tell
children 's stories and his
distaste for religion. Are the
books deliberately atheis-
tic? Pullman has stated, "My
books are about killing God,"
Are they anti-Christian?
Again, Pullman has said, "I'm
trying to undermine the basis
of Christian belief," and "If
there is a God, and he is as
the Christians describe him,
then he deserves to be put
down and rebelled against."
During the book trilogy, a
major character intones,
"The Christian religion is a
powerful and convincing mis-
take, that's all." It would be
dishonest for anyone to claim
that this trilogy, which "The
Golden Compass" is a part
of, is not deliberately anti-
The Golden Compass,
along with any other works
connected to the "His Dark
Materials" trilogy, are cer-
tainly anti-Christian both
in content and intent. The
advertising of this movie has
been very misleading about
the religious message it con-
veys. The trilogy, both books
and presumably the movies,
introduce atheistic themes
gradually, luring children into
the story as a way to slip the
message in. Advertisements
are comparing "The Golden
Compass" to "The Lord of the

Rings" and "The Chronicles
of Narnia." It's harmless,
right? You'll have to decide.
Works such as these
need to be countered, but
only in a Christ-like way. At
their core, the "His Dark
Materials" stories are a fan-
tasy setting for the atheis-
tic worldview, where death
is the end of everything, all
morals are subjective, and
any idea of God is a tool for
evil. Christians should not
respond in ways that play
into Pullman's stereotypes
of believers as ignorant,
oppressive, and bigoted. A
loving, polite response com-
bined with truthful answers
can turn the release of "The
Golden Compass" into a
great opportunity to witness
for Christ's sake.
There are ample reasons
for Christians to avoid sup-
porting this series through
movie tickets or book sales.
It would be counterproduc-
tive to stage protests, overt
boycotts, or other measures,
since that would only give
free publicity to the studio
selling the film. At the same
time, "The Golden Compass"
has to be taken seriously
by Christian families because
the source material is explic-
itly anti-Christian, and tar-
geted at children. Christian
parents and children alike
should be prepared to answer
some of the false claims made
by this series.
SParents-be a parent and
don't give in! Hey, but what
do I know; after all, they're
your kids anyway...

Ed McAteer
Port St. Joe

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We are delighted at the
number of businesses who
Share asking for more informa-
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program. While we are put-
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the application and the pro-
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with you a few details to
help you begin plans for
your exterior improvements.
Remember, our goal is to
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January 10 board'meeting of
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improve their appearance in
Order to attract new custom-
ers from among not only our
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and vacationers. The visual
appearance of the Port St.
Joe businesses in our his-
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Important role in portraying
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ing commerce for the commu-
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an incentive through finan-
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exterior of existing buildings
-to meet commercial codes,
bring the business closer
in line to the PSJRA design
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Property owners (or ten-
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completed exterior improve- pressure cleaning; repair of
ments. Tax-exempt business stucco, patching, priming
may request design advice, and painting; new windows,
but the improvements will doors or replacements; new
not be funded by the PSJRA. or replacement woodwork
The grant will be applicable details or approved archi-
to both occupied and unoc- tectural elements; signs and
cupied buildings, and cor- awnings (including removal
ner buildings or extra-wide and new design, production
facades may be eligible for and installation); enhanced
increased grant awards. landscaping; and exterior
Qualifying businesses lighting. The following will
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cation and then meet with the able: professional fees, sala-
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their design concepts will be applicants will have a six-
briefly discussed. Applicants month time frame in which
will be provided with the to complete the approved
approved colors, color com- work. Upon completion of
binations, materials, and the work, the applicant will
specific specifications to be provide the PSJRA with item-
followed (e.g. lighting, awning sized, original receipts, copies
design and color, landscap- of all applicable permits and
ing, and signage material, inspections, photographs of
size and composition). Prior the completed project, and
to beginning the work, appli- sign-off by the PSJRA Design
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and the specifications. The requirements have been sat-
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a schedule, with milestones, the reimbursement check for
to monitor the progress. Any up to $5000.
and all permits and inspec- Should you wish to
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ability of the applicant and eel free to attend the PSJRA
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The importance of the regionally, not locally as
proposed Port of Port St. Joe the local city and county
and the overall significance governments do.
of the county's location close It was noted that the
to water were also cited as closer a town was to Interstate
primary factors in attracting 10, the more population and
and holding new business. businesses developed, and
The population local businesses needed to
committee established by the "think how Gulf and Franklin
group presented information counties can get to I-10 and
gathered on changes in the [get] 1-10 to us."
county's population, income It was pointed out that if
and other economic factors the port can get off the ground,
from 1990 to the present, the Florida Department of
Trends were also Transportation has said that,
contrasted with four coastal with firm commitments from
areas in the Panhandle in port users, S.R. 71 could be
terms of population and fast-tracked for expansion
earnings to illustrate the into a four-lane highway to
importance of location to assist port customers in
water in the local economies. shipping their goods to and
Area A (Escambia and from the port.
Santa Rosa) population This would give Gulf and
451,000; total earnings, Franklin counties a major
public and private sectors artery to I-10 and increase
(1996 dollars) $7 billion; the opportunities for new
Area B (Okaloosa and businesses to come into both
Walton) population 240,385; counties.
earnings (1996 dollars) Another issue of major
$4.746 billion; impact that was discussed
Area C (Bay County was the need to begin bringing
alone) population 161,626; military families and retired
- earnings (1996 dollars) military folks to Gulf County.
almost $2.7 billion; Impediments cited were
Area D (Gulf and the current cost of homes
Franklin) population 22,894 in the area and needed
(including approximately improvements to the existing
4,000 inmates); earnings school system.
(1996 dollars) $238 million. County commissioner
What was emphasized Bill Williams added that Gulf
was the importance of the County needed to "link with
county's government and Bay County to learn how
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military affairs."
Edward A. Nelson, Jr.,
owner of EAN International
Consulting, Inc. out of Stone
Mountain, Georgia, offered
his opinion on the situation.
The county, he said, must
devise a "doable" plan that
was "simple and reasonable,
and do it in bits.
"Economic development
is not a short-term
achievement. It takes a long
time," he told the gathering.'
Nelson was brought into
the county by Gall Alsobrook,
director of the Port St. Joe
Economic Redevelopment
Agency, to assist the county
through its reconfiguration of
the Economic Development
Gulf County planner
David Richardson warned
the group that everything
that had been discussed was
"right on," but to be aware
of the state's "bureaucratic
nightmare that just about
stifles development.
"You must be united as
a group; otherwise, you can't
win. Only a united group
can beat the bureaucracy,"
Richardson told the meeting.
Rentfro also cautioned
the gathering by reminding
them not to set only large,
long-term goals.
"You've got to hit some
short-term singles while
planning your long-term
home runs," he said.
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discuss the topics will be
scheduled in January.

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settlement to a civil rights
lawsuit filed against the City
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city action to put the case
to bed.
As soon as the city
rescinds a resolution that
expanded the bound-
aries of the Port St. Joe
Redevelopment Agency, the
judge will sign off on the
settlement of the lawsuit.
Judge Robert Hinkle
convened a telephone con-
ference with the parties last
week to consider a motion
from the litigants withdraw-
ing their opposition to the
Acting as their own
attorneys because they
had been unable to secure
counsel after their original
lawyer withdrew from the
case, the litigants told the
judge last week that drop-
ping their opposition to the
settlement proposed by the
city was their only available
After much discussion,
with the judge repeatedly
making clear this was the
direction the litigants wanted

to take, he accepted the set-
tlement which only seven
of the original 13 litigants
signed and said resolution
of the case rested with the
City Commission.
"Our next step is to fol-
low the judge's decree," said
city manager Lee Vincent.
"It appears we will have
to rescind the resolution
expanding the boundaries."
Vincent added that he
would encourage commis-
sioners to take all future
steps regarding the case in
a public hearing format so
that all residents will be able
to understand what is being
done and why.
The practical effects
would be to return the
boundaries of the city's
redevelopment area back to
the original lines, essentially
covering all of downtown.
The resolution to expand
the boundaries, passed by
the city more than a year
ago, folded nearly all the
neighborhood known as
North Port St. Joe into the
redevelopment area.
By rescinding that
boundary expansion, the
North Port St. Joe neighbor-
hood would no longer be in
line to receive any tax incre-
ment funds (TIF) to assist

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historic minority neighbor-
The city, as a whole, has
also lost TIF funds from the
county it would have other-
wise received if not for the
lawsuit and its outcome.
In addition, all other
claims for discrimination
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neighborhood, also part of
the civil rights lawsuit, would
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Sharks Split Week

Port St. Joe High School's
boys' basketball team opened
the week with a "too close for
comfort" win over Blountstown
and closed it with a tough dou-
ble-overtime loss to Tallahassee
Pope John Paul II.
The Sharks stand 3-1 head-
ing into a Tuesday night game
against visiting Tallahassee
Maclay and then travel to
Chipola Junior College over
the weekend for the Langston
Education Classic.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
Port St. Joe 60,
Blountstown 58
The Sharks overcame a
first-half deficit with a third-
quarter rally and then had to
hold off the visiting Tigers for
the win.
"We were down nine, five
at halftime and came back,
but it was a sloppy, sloppy
game for us," said Port St. Joe
coach Derek Kurnitsky, who

called the win "too close for
Ricardo Clemmons led the
Sharks with 14 points and
Jordan McNair, with 12 points,
and Willie Quinn, with 10, also
finished in double figures.
Chaz Byrd had eight
points, Fonda Davis and Calvin
Pryor six, Raheem Clemons
four and Ramone Beard two
for Port St. Joe.
Saturday, Dec. 8
John Paul 80,
Port St. Joe 77
In a see-saw game, the
Sharks came back from the
brink in the final minute of reg-
ulation only to have John Paul
sink a last-second 3-pointer to
send the game into a second
overtime during which the visi-
tors pulled away.
The Sharks were down
eight points with 1:30 left in
regulation before mounting a
furious comeback that culmi-

nated in two tying free throws
from Raheem Clemons with
1.9 seconds on the clock.
The Sharks were up three
with 11 seconds left in the first
overtime before a John Paul
player drained a trey from the
corner to knot the game and
send the game to another extra
"It was a fun, entertaining
game for our fans, but it was a
tough loss," Kurnitsky said.
Ricardo Clemmons had
a game-high 19 points and
Calvin Pryor had 15 points and
a team-high 12 rebounds.
Raheem Clemons was
also in double figures with 12
Fonda Davis added nine
points, Ramone Beard had
seven, Jordan McNair six, Chaz
Byrd five and Willie Quinn four
points for Port St. Joe.

Gators go 2-1 at Godby Duals

WewahitchkaHigh School's
wrestling team won three
matches in the B.J. Fletcher
Duals at Tallahassee Godby
High School last week.
The Gators beat
Tallahassee Rickards and
Godby before falling to
Tallahassee Leon.
Daniel House had three
pins for the Gators, who
also got three wins from T.J.
Corbin, Josh Richardson and
Matt Irwin.
The results:
Wewahitchka 4S, Rickards
103 Nick Malcolm (W)
won by forfeit; 112 double
forfeit; 119 Daniel House
(W) pinned Collin Cox 1:25;
125 double forfeit; 130 -
Dakota Ake (W) pinned Michael
Charles :18; 135 Jake Fowler
(W) won by forfeit; 140 Vince
Hurd (W) prnned by Theo
Roberson :45;,1145 Matt Irwin

(W) pinned Johnny Hunter
2:56; 152 T.J. Corbin (W)
pinned Dylan Mancuso 1:37;
160 Allan House (W) won by
forfeit; 171 double forfeit;
189 Josh Richardson pinned
Kendall Williams 1:12; 215
- double forfeit; Hwy. Chris
Herring pinned by Nic Pinnock
Wewahitchka 48,
Godby 18
103 Nick Malcom (W)
won by forfeit; 112 double
forfeit; 119 Daniel House
(W) pinned Jaytawn Bullard
3:34; 125 Wewahitchka for-
feit to Luis Guitterez; 130
- Dakota Ake pinned Micah
Kelser 3:14; 135 Jake Fowler
(W) pinned by Jarrod Fletcher;
140 Vince Hurd (W) pinned
Anthony Granger 1:16; 145 -
Matt Irwin pinned Kyle Bates
1:01; 152 T.J. Corbin (W)
pinned David March 5:42; 160
- Alan House (W) won by for-

feit; 171 double forfeit; 189
- Josh Richardson (W) won,
by forfeit; 215 double forfeit;
Hwy. Chris Herring (W) pinned
by Damian McGriff :42.
Leon 44, Wewahitchka 21
103 Nick Malcolm (W)
won by forfeit; 112 double
forfeit; 119 Daniel House
pinned opponent 1:04; 125 -
Wewahitchka forfeit to Terry
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(W) pinned by Ross Cullen :30;'
135 Jake Fowler (W) pinned:. -
by Ian Geda 1:22; 140 Vince'
Hurd (W) lost to Devin Todman ,
8-4; 145 Matt Irwin (W) won
by forfeit; 152 Allan House,
(W) pinned by Joey Walters
:59; 160 T.J. Corbin (W) beat
Nic Davalos 11-8; 171 double *.
forfeit; 189 Josh Richardson ,
(W) pinned Kendall Williams -
1:53; 215 double forfeit; Hwy. ,
- Chris Herring (W) pinned by -.
Dustin Hutchy :26.

Tough Road for Gators

The road was a very
unfriendly place for the
Wewahitchka High School boys'
basketball team last week.
The Gators lost games
at West Gadsden, Altha and
Liberty County, sandwiching
district losses around a non-
league defeat.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
West Gadsden 78,
Wewahitchka 29
The Panthers jumped out
to a 32-11 first-quarter lead
.and padded it with a 26-8
second quarter and cruised to
Christian Owens had
seven points and 10 rebounds
to lead the Gators.
Chris Peak and Chance
Knowles each scored six points
and Brandon Tifft added five

Peak also had five
rebounds and Chance Knowles
pulled down four rebounds.
Thursday, Dec. 6
Altha 66,
Wewahitchka 43
Altha sprinted to an early
lead that the Gators closed to
30-19 by halftime. Altha out-
scored the Gators 14-7 in the
third quarter and held off- a
late Wewahitchka rally.
Brandon Tifft led the
Gators with 12 points while
Chance Knowles added 10.
Christian Owens and Chris
Peak added eight points apiece
and Marquis Hurley had five.
Peak had seven rebounds
and two blocks and Hurley and
Knowles each had four steals.
Friday, Dec. 7
Liberty County 71,
Wewahitchka 45

The Gators could only
muster five first-quarter
points as the Bulldogs raced
to an early lead that held
despite a second-half rally by
Chance Knowles had a
team-high 16 points for the
Gators, with Brandon Tifft add-
ing 10 points, Christian Owens
seven and Marquis Hurley six.
Owens had a team-high
eight boards while Tifft pulled
down seven rebounds. Tifft
also had four steals while
Hurley and Knowles each had
three steals.
The Gators play in the
Langston Education Classic this
weekend and the Blountstown
Tournament next week.
The open the new year on
Jan. 4 at Port St. Joe.

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Dec. 14 (all times CST)
1 p r .,
2:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
7 p.m.
8:30 p.m.

Dec. 15 (all times CST)
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11:30, a.m.
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2:30 p.m.
7 p.m.
8:30 p.m.


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employs a tried-and-true
"He sends the dog in to
charm the employees, then
he goes in and talks to them, '
said Nelson.
Pike frequently struggles
to break through the language
barrier at Asian restaurants.
"You want what?" and
"What do you use that for?"
are typical responses to
Pike's request to tap the
used oil drums.
Three-quarters of the
time, the oil is too dirty to
process, which, if there is an
upside, tells the couple to go
elsewhere for dinner.

Processing Oil
Every four days, usually
early in the morning, Pike
drives the Ford to a remote
location. As his wife walks
Sasha or blogs in the cabin,
he begins processing the
used oil.

The oil must be cleaned
and stripped of all water
before it can be used as fuel.
To accomplish this,
Pike employs a modified,
18-pound commercial
juicer that serves as a small
but powerful centrifuge,
removing the water and all
dirt larger than one micron,
or one-millionth of a meter.
To facilitate the
separation process, Pike
first heats the oil to 160
degrees F on a two-and-a-
half gallon pot warmed on a
small propane stove.
He then transfers the
heated oil to a five gallon
cooler that rests on an upper
rung of a five foot ladder.
A tube runs from the
cooler's spigot into the juicer,
and the clean oil flows down
to a second cooler resting on
the ground.
Pike tests the clean fuel
for water by placing a sample


Michael Pike processes the oil using a commercial-grade juicer (shown in the ladder's center).
He pours the used oil in the top cooler, and the clean oil flows down into the second cooler resting
on the ground.

in the frying pan. If the oil
bubbles, Pike knows water
is still inside it.
Once the oil has been
processed, it is pumped
directly into the truck's
"veggie tank" by a small, 12-
volt fuel pump.
Two solar panels on the
cabin roof charge the two golf
cart batteries used to power
the processing equipment.
It takes one hour to
process five gallons of
vegetable oil, and Pike
works steadily throughout
the morning. He saves the
remaining oil in tanks placed
throughout the truck.
On a few occasions,
curious passersby have
stopped to ask Pike what
he's doing.
One police officer
approached slowly with his
hand on his holster.
"He didn't know if it was
a still or what it was," said
For the most part,
people keep their distance.
"We're surprised by how

little interest people seem to
have," noted Pike.
After the couple got into
a fender-bender in front
of a nuclear power plant,
an officer approached to
review the damage to their
bumper, which also housed
fuel drums and processing
"He's staring at all
this greasy stuff and didn't
say anything," said Pike.
"You'd think he'd ask out of

On the Road
Vegetable oil must be
heated to 150 to 170 degrees
F before it becomes the
consistency of'diesel fuel.
As part of the engine
conversion, Pike installed
a small heat exchanger
box which, along with a
series of hoses and pick-up
tubes, warms the oil to the
necessary temperature.
Pike starts the truck on
diesel fuel or biodiesel for
a few miles, then switches
over to vegetable oil once the
engine is hot enough.
Unlike SVO, biodiesel is
produced from a chemical
reaction of alcohol and

vegetable or animal oils,
fats or greases. Through a
refinery process, glycerin,
which harms a car's engine,
is removed.
Biodiesel does not
require heating to thin,
and poses less problems in
northern climates..
Pike notes that 100
percent biodiesel begins to
thicken in extreme cold.
When traveling in colder
climates, he uses a smaller
percentage of biodiesel in the
truck's tank.
Whenever possible, he
uses SVO, which has already
saved him a large amount of
money in fuel costs.
Nelson laments that
more travelers have not
discovered the beauty of
"There's no effort to
use all the used oil. We're
not taking advantage of the
things we have," she said.

The Other Florida
Pike and Nelson had
never ventured into the
Florida panhandle before,
and were pleased to discover
its unspoiled beauty.
Nelson, who previously

associated Florida with
Orlando's urban sprawl,
said it was "really wonderful
to see this and get a whole
different feel for Florida."
During their stay, the
couple visited St. George
Island, Indian Pass and
Cape San Bias, avoiding
campgrounds and the usual
trappings of civilization
whenever possible.
"This trip has forced us
to be frugal and enjoy just
what we have," said Nelson.
"The point of the trip for me
is wanting to see the natural
beauty of the world."
After retrieving their
clothes from the Laundromat,
Pike and Nelson pulled out
of the Piggly Wiggly parking
lot and back onto the road.
They journeyed to their
next destination, leaving
good wishes for a better
planet and the faint smell of
stir fry behind them.'

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Nelson's Veggie Voyage,
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Lindsay McBride Nobles
and Christopher Morgan
Brunson were married on
June 16, 2007 at Chautauqua
Hall in DeFuniak Springs, Fl.
The bride is the daughter of
Rodney and Julie Nobles of
Crestview, Fl. The groom is
the son of DeWitt and Wanda
Brunson of Niceville, Fl.
The Rev. Dennis Brown
officiated at the double-ring
ceremony, where the bride
was given in marriage by her
Music was provided
by Steve Horton and Chris
Queen. Vocalists were Kristen
Boisjolie and Tim Norton.
The bride chose her sis-
ter, Holly Nobles, as Maid of
Honor and Kristen Boisjolie,
as Matron of Honor. The
bridesmaids were Carrie
Brunson, sister of the groom
and Kara Armbrester, Jenn
Bradshaw, Jenny Brunson


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Reflections on The Wall
25th Anniversary Commemorative Publication

In the November 29 editions, The Starand The Times proudly presented
an extraordinary publication honoring the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial, entitled Reflections on The Wall, as a complimentary
gift to our readers.
The culmination of three months of research and interviews by the staffs
of both newspapers, the glossy, 64-page commemorative publication pays
tribute to the men and women from Northwest Florida who answered the
call to service.
Reflections on The Wall features:
An in-depth history of "The Wall"
Intimate profiles of Gulf and Franklin County's honored dead
Personal tributes to Northwest Florida Vietnam Veterans
Coverage of the Beacon Hill exhibition of "The Wall That Heals," a
traveling, half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Information about the future arrival in Apalachicola of the Three Ser-
vicemen Statue South (a replica of a portion of the original statute
in Washington)

Additional copies of this keepsake publication are
now available at The Star and The Times offices for $5
(tax included).

The Star: Port City Shopping Center *135 W. Hwy. 98 Port St.
Joe, FL 32456 (850) 227-1278
The Times: 129 Commerce Street Apalachicola, FL 32320 *
(850) 653-8868


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and Kelly Ross,
The Junior bridesmaid
was Katie Nobles, cousin
of the bride. The flower
girls were Rainey Nobles and
Erica Ramsey, cousins of the
The groom chose his
best friend, Joey Boisjolie, as
the Best Man. Groomsmen
were Matt Norton, Tyler
Akos, Robin Noah, Brian
King, Kyle Corbett, and David
Presson. The ring bearer
was Bodhi Brunson, cousin
of the groom.
Special guests were the
bride's grandparents, George
and Louise Holland and Bob
Nobles and wife Lois. The
groom's grandparents were
Patie and Joyce Brunson and
Doris Allen.
The honeymoon will be
taken at a later date. The
couple resides in Freeport,

Donations Needed For
Gulf County Christmas
Program For Young

And Elderly
The Christmas program
for the Young and Elderly
needs financial support. Our
committee will be provid-
ing toys, food and clothing
to over 1,700 men, women,
and children for this holiday
season. We need the com-
munity to join in helping our
committee and the Salvation
Army to do this. Please mail
your check to the following
Gulf County Senior
Citizens Assoc. Inc
120 Library Drive
Port St. Joe, Florida,
Please contact Jerry
Stokoe at 899-1036 if you
would like to donate clothing
(new) toys, or food. There are
several hundred people in
need in Gulf County.

Amber Reeves

Graduates from UT
Amber Jaclyn Reeves graduated from the University,
of Texas at Austin on Sunday, December 9, 2007 at 10:00
a.m. in the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Special Events Center. She'
received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in
Business honors and a Bachelor of Business Administration.
in Management with a concentration in Consulting and
Change Management.
Amber is the daughter of proud parents Les and
Michelle Reeves of Houston, Texas and the granddaughter
of Mary Reeves of Port St. Joe.


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University of South Florida

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Stephen James Gaddis, former 2003 graduate of Port
St. Joe High School, will be graduating from the University
of South Florida on December 15, 2007. Stephen will be
receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. Gaddis is
known state wide for his pole vaulting ability and is pres-
ently continuing to help with the girl's pole vault team at
USE While running track for the university he has also
become an accomplished photographer and has sold some
of his photos for the upcoming 2008 USF track media
Stephen would like to thank Coaches Eppinette, Chiles,
Parker, Gannon and Palmer for always pushing him to go
farther. His family for their constant love, devotion and
patience in allowing him to jump off of everything imag-
inable from the age of one until now. The Community,
Gulf County School Board, Oak Grove Assembly, The Star
Newspaper for believing in me and God....which is where
his talent comes from.

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Tyndall Spreads Holiday Tyndall

Cheer with Cookie Drive

Volunteers collected and
distributed more than 386
batches of homemade cook-
ies to airmen living in the
dormitories in support of the
base's annual holiday cookie
drive today.
The base-wide communi-
ty project was led by the First
Sergeants' Council, Officers'
Spouses' Club and Enlisted
Spouses' Club.
"We have approximate-
ly 370 airmen living in the
dorms. Homemade cookies
and holiday wishes are a great
way to show our support and
appreciation to all of them,"
said Charlene Wolters, event
organizer and wife of Brig.
Gen. Tod Wolters, 325th
Fighter Wing commander.

Once collected and pack-
aged, the cookies were deliv-
ered to the dorm residents by
the base first sergeants.
"Single airmen might not
have the opportunity to go
home for the holidays. This
is our way to say, 'happy holi-
days,' and also to bring them
some treats," said Master
Sgt. Billie Statom, 601st Air
and Space Operation Center
first sergeant and cookie
drive volunteer.
"We're really trying to give
the airmen a sense of home,"
said Linda Nicolas, officer
spouses' club representative.
"It's a little bit of mom. We
need to be taking care of our
airmen while they're away
from their families."

Cheryl Haswell begins the process of packing cookies at
the Tyndall AFB holiday cookie drive Dec. 10. Volunteers from
throughout the base came together to pack more than 386 bun-
dles of goodies for the Airmen living in Tyndall's dormitories.

December 16th and 17th, Noel:

Jesus is Born, A Choral Performance
Performed by Long Avenue Baptist Church Adult Choir,
7:00 p.m. Long Avenue Baptist Church December 16 and
17. There will be finger foods after the Sunday night perfor-

Commissary holi
The base comn
will be closed for th
days Dec. 25 and J
Hours of operations c
24 are from 9 a.m. to
and on Dec. 31 from
to 6 p.m.
Services facility clo
and holiday hou
The following is
of Services facilities
day hours: The 1
Collocated Club,
Snack Bar and The Zo
be closed Dec. 22 -J
the Golf Course and :
Center will be closed D
the Veterinary Clinic
closed Dec. 24-25 an
1; the Arts and Craf
Hobby Center will be
Dec. 23-Jan. 1; O
Recreation will be close
24-Jan. 4; the FAM
Office will be close
25 and Jan. 1; the I
will be closed Dec.
and Dec. 31- Jan.l; a
Community Center v
closed Dec. 25-Jan.1

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day Raptor Lanes Bowling
Center is closed through Jan.
nissary 2 due to construction.
le holi- Retiree Activities Office
Jan. 1. holiday hours
Dn Dec. The Tyndall Air Force
3 p.m. Base Retiree Activities Office
9 a.m. will be closed for the holiday
season Dec. 24-Jan. 2.
isures Daniel Smith Concert
irs Daniel Smith will be
a list playing at 7:30 p.m. Dec.
Sholi- 14 at The Zone. Smith is
marina, the singer of "Thank You," a
Oasis song dedicated to the men
mne will and women of the U.S. mili-
Jan. 2; tary. Get advanced tickets at
Fitness the Club, the Pizza Pub, the
)ec. 25; Community Center and the
will be base library for $5.
d Jan. Christmas tree sale
ts/Auto The 325th
closed Communications Squadron
outdoor is holding a Christmas tree
ed Dec. sale will be held through Dec.
ICAMP 16, or until all trees are sold,
d Dec. adjacent to the visitor center
Library parking lot.
24-26 For the latest Tyndall
nd the news and events, visit www.
will be

A night of painting at

Prickly Pear Gallery, Dec 13
Participants create their own version of "Antiquity",
acrylic on 16 x 20 canvas, under the instruction of Heather
Parker, visual artist and art instructor. All supplies and can-
vas are included. Light refreshments provided by Dolores
Lowery, compliments of Prickly Pear, Gourmet Gallery. $40
a person.
Questions: Heather Parker, 850-249-9295, painter-
Space is limited, Registration and prepayment required
to reserve your space. Make check or money order payable
to Prickly Pear. Credit cards accepted.
Contact Dolores 850-648-1115, info(
or stop by 101 S. 36th Street, Mexico Beach, Florida 32456

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Available now for adoption from the St..
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Chico, a male terrier, year and a half (pic-,
tured); Warden, a beautifully colored male:
tabby; Joe Joe, small male entertainer;
Prissy, a three month old lab pup; Fran &
Freckles, sixteen week old female pups;'
orange kittens, about fourteen weeks old;
Smiley, a chocolate colored female pup about
six months; Sassy, a nice female brindle
Always kittens! Come see.
Please visit Faith's Thrift Hut, 1007 Tenth
Street. Wednesday through Saturday, 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call 227-1109 for more
information. Volunteers appreciated.


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Johnny Frank Scott
Johnny Frank Scott, 61, of Port St. Joe, FL passed away
Thursday, December 6, 2007. He was born January 16,
1946 in Port St. Joe. John served in the United States Army
in 1965 and lived in Port St. Joe most of his life. He retired
from Verizon in 2000. Of all of his accomplishments in life
John was most proud of his family and close friends.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Scott; sons, Chris Scott
and wife Stephenie and Jay Scott and wife Kelley; stepdaugh-
ters, Tracy Clark, Wendy Graupman, and Heidi Hudson and
husband Tim; his sister, Charline Guerry and husband Paul
of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was greatly loved by his four grand-
sons and two beautiful granddaughters.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 10,
2007 at 11:00 a.m. EST at the Oak Grove Assembly of
God Church in Oak Grove, conducted by the Rev. David
Fernandez and the Rev. James Wiley. Interment followed in
Holly Hill Cemetery. Those who wish may make donations in
his memory to the Oak Grove Assembly of God Church, 613
Madison Street, Port St. Joe, FL 32456.
All services were under the directions of Comforter
Funeral Home.

Dr. Edward T. Saunders, Sr.

November 30, 1947 August 7, 2005
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Could Build A
Memories A Lane,
I'd Walk
Right Up To
And Bring
You Home Again.
Father and
We Miss You
So Much Daddyl
Dana, Terry Jr.,
and Samantha

Brenda Lee Werbacker
Brenda Lee Werbacker of Wewahitchka passed away
Friday, December 7, 2007 after a long illness.
Brenda was preceded in death by her father, Nils
Raymond Stansen, and one brother, John Stansen.
She is survived by hier husband, Donald Werbacker of
Wewahitchka; mother, Ma ryStansen of North Brunswick,
NJ; brother, Richard Stansen of Edison, NJ; sister, Christine
Herka and husband Douglas of Piscataway, NJ; brother,
Norman Stansen and wife Kathy of Edison, NJ; sister, Tanya
Reid and husband John of Edison, NJ; brother, Christopher
Stansen and wife Carrie of Jackson, NJ; 14 neices and
There will be a private memorial and funeral service held
in Sandisfield, Mass.
Ull services were under the directions..of ,Comforter
Funeral Home


Program at

Historic Trinity

The Bay Area Choral
Society, the First Methodist
Church Bell Choir, the
Eastpoint Church of God
Women's Quintet, and the
Riverkeeper Quartet will fill
the church with sounds of
the season December 16. The
finale has become an antici-
pated tradition: The Choral
Society and audience sing-
ing the Hallelujah Chorus
from Handel's Messiah!
Admission donation $2.00.
Sun, January 13, 2008 4:00

Lewis Gardner

We've solved all riddles, turn after turn
Break every chain, our ignorance burn
Except the riddle that fills the urn.
-Omar Khayyam

Lewis Leon Gardner, age 82, passed away on Thursday,
December 6, 2007, at his home in Mexico Beach, from con-
gestive heart failure with his son Jef and his hospice nurse
at his side.
He was born May 3, 1925. On October 10, 1947, nearly
60 years ago, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Ann Gay in
Donaldsonville, Georgia. He spent his married life, in the Air
Force, raising five sons and retiring in 1975 after nearly 30
years with the Armed Forces. He was a licensed radio opera-
tor, W4MTH, for 57 years.
His wife had just passed away on July 12th after a coura-
geous battle with colon cancer. Lewis is survived by his son
Jef, of Mexico Beach; son Jon wife Pam of San Antonio, Texas;
son Lewis, Jr. wife Linda of Albuquerque, New Mexico; son
Jac of Cross City, Florida; son Jan wife Ellen from Dayton,
Ohio. He is further survived by his brother Bill Gardner and
sister Janet Crouch, both from Cincinatti, Ohio; granddaugh-
ter Julie Gardner of San Antonio, Texas; granddaughter
Carrie Schray and grandson Aaron Gardner, of Albuquerque,
New Mexico; granddaughter Heather Gardner of Cross City,
Florida; granddaughters Cara Joy Gardner and Emily Ann
Gardner, of Tallahassee, Florida; grandson Matthew Alexius
Gardner of Savannah, Georgia; and granddaughter Skylyn
Gardner and grandson Fred Gardner, of Dayton, Ohio. He is
further survived by great-granddaughters, great-grandsons,
other relatives, and many friends.
Funeral services for Lewis Leon Gardner were held at 3
p.m. EST, Monday, December 10, 2007, at Holly Hill in Port
St. Joe.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be
made to the Taunton Family Home.
The family would like to thank Trish of Covenant
Hospice for her tender care and love to Lewis; and the excel-
lent care provided to him at Coastal Kidney Center.
All services are under the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.

Margaret Nichols

Margaret Nichols of Port St. Joe passed a way Sunday,
December 9, 2007. Margaret was born June 13, 1913 in
Malone, FL and graduated from Malone High School. She
moved to Port St. Joe in 1940 after a short stay in Quincy,
She was preceded in death by her mother and father,
Fannie and Luther Herring; her husband Ottway Nichols;
and her sisters, Lillian Cox, Ethel Hall, and Ora Mae Grier.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jason
and Sande Nichols of Ocala, FL; two brothers, L. F Herring
of Macon, GA and W. J. Herring of Port St. Joe; also many
nieces and nephews.
Since moving to Port St. Joe, she has been an active
member of the'First Baptist Church, she loved her Lord, her
pastors and her church family.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 12,
2007 at 11:00 a.m. EST at the First Baptist Church with the
Rev. Brent Vickery officiating. Interment followed in Holly
Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in
her memory to the Brotherhood of First Baptist Church, 102
3rd Street, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456.
All services are under the.direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home. ;

Covenant Hospice; The Art Garden Offer

Free Junior Mask Workshops For Children

Children in grades K-5
are invited to discover their
creative spirit by participat-
ing in the third annual Junior
Mask Project, a companion
event to Covenant Hospice's
signature fundraiser, The
Mask Parade Exhibit and
Gala. T wo workshop oppor-
tunities are being offered on
Sa turday, January 12th: the
first is Session A from 9 a.m.
to 12 p.m. and the second
is Session B from 1 p.m. to
4 p.m. Both workshops will
be. held at The Art Garden,
located at 3454 E. Business
98 in Springfield, Fl.
Covenant Hospice greatly
appreciates The Art Garden's
support and sponsorship
of the Junior Mask Project.
These workshops offer
children an opportunity to

Pastor: James wiley
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




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

become creative artists and
help a charitable cause by
painting and decorating clay
masks for Covenant Hospice's
Mask Parade.
A select number of the
junior masks will be cho-
sen for silent auction at the
Mask Parade Gala on March
22, and proceeds will benefit
the compassionate programs
of Covenant Hospice, help-
ing care for those with life-
limiting illnesses and their
families regardless of their
ability to pay.
The workshops are
free with refreshments, clay
masks, and art materials
provided. Pre-registration is
required, and space is lim-
ited. Registration is on a
first come, first serve basis.
Reservations are not con-

firmed until you have been
contacted. The registration
deadline is December 21st.
A parent or guardian must
accompany child. If you
would like to register or get
more information, call Bekki
Worrell at 785-3040. For
more information about the
Sixth Annual Mask Parade
Exhibit and Gala go online
Covenant Hospice cur-
rently serves approximately
1,200 patients daily and is
a not-for-profit organization
dedicated to providing com-
prehensive, compassionate
care to patients and loved
ones facing life limiting ill-
nesses regardless of their
ability to pay.

T- "A Reformed Voice
? i1 hi in the Community"
i '^ICAk w ck 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

1ioiS United M iet~oii~t
ehCic of J Mmaie Seacd
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 Mxico Beach Ulited Molhodist (hirch
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

Grown Folks Night
Tis' the Season
To a night of "Spiritual Bliss"
Please come dressed down not dressed up!
CallingAll.............Single, Divorced, Married, Unmarried,
Saved, Unsaved, Widowed, Young Adult, Old Adults, All Men
and Women!!!!
Opening Night will be December 18, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
There will be a lot of surprises in store for those who
So encourage yourself to and enjoy a spirit filled atmo-
sphere, let your hair down, prop your feet up, get your
laugh (plenty of laughing!) on kick back, relax and enjoy the
The show will take place at
New Life Christian Center
504 6th Street, Port Saint Joe
Pastors Johnny and Shirley Jenkins

Jrnipiration Point

The Teeter

Doesn't Totter

"They broke it," my wife said. "Are you
serious?" I said, looking at the broken
teeter-totter plank. She's great with
unruly children. But even she seemed
slightly frazzled by the six children she
had rounded up for a church party.
Despite all the disciplining challenges,
we understood clearly why we had
brought the children. Our desire is that
they will become our spiritual children by
influencing them to become followers of
Jesus. And then someday, the words of
the Apostle John could become ours: "I
have no greater joy than to hear that my
children are walking in the truth."
A featured event of the evening
was the bashing of a pinfata. We were
watching closely.
When the busting blow burst the
pifiata, it became a grab-shove moment.
Even the church kids turned unruly. Our
most challenging, Daniel, was in the
middle of the fray. He's a 190 pound
twelve-year old hulk.
He quickly scooped up half a bag of
candy. Then he guarded another sizable
pile with his body like a hockey goalie
sprawling on an inches-from-the-net
To a girl, who looked tiny compared to
Daniel, he said, "Here, this is for you." A
couple of church kids lunged once more
as he fended them off. He then helped fill
her still empty bag with candy from the
guarded pile.
I'll never know what teeter-tottered
Daniel's behavior from being the teeter-
totter destroyer to being the role model
for pinata etiquette.
Believe me, after that he didn't
suddenly turn saintly. But for us, it was a
no-greater-joy moment.
Where will these children's lives
teeter-totter to? That's unanswerable.
But all of us are on one side or the other
as we influence children in the teeter-
totter between good and evil. Which side
are you on?
Rick Leland

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Brent Vickery, Pastor
"Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students
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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(850) 229-8211

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Personal Injury Real Estate-
Workers' Compensation
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(850) 229-8111

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Constitution andMonument Port St. Joe
(850) 227-1724

Contemporary Service.9:00 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m.
Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m.
Methodist Youth Fellowship: 600 p.m.
Evening Worship: 7:30 p.m.
" All Times are EST

Rev. MacFulcher
Assistant Pastor/Miaic
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries

The friendly place to worship!

Sirst Baptist ChurcI
Located at 823 N. 15th St., Mexico Beach
Corrier 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 bless you!
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-5026 Home 769-8725
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How deep is your love
for Christ? How
dedicated do you
follow? These are two of
the most powerful questions
that can be asked of a person
who claims to be Christian. I
believe that most if answered
truthfully would have to say
not as deep or dedicated as
the Word (Christ) requires. If
that is the case, then are we
really saved or do we just go
through the motions? It's not
a pretty thing to think about
but it is very necessary.
Christ gave us the qual-
ifications to be called His
disciples. First, what is a
disciple? The definition of
disciple is: "a follower of
a person or idea; some-
body who believes in and
follows the teachings of
a leader, a philosophy,
or a religion". I gave this
definition because many like
to associate discipleship to
being in the ministry such as
Christ's disciples were or for
'today's ministers, pastors,

and 'evangelists. But in fact
it is anyone who would call
themselves a Christian.
Looking in the Scriptures
at these words of Christ, "he
cannot be my disciple"
found in Luke 14:26, 27,
33, Christ said it three times
and each time it applied to
a different part of our life.
At the end of this teach-
ing He had literally covered'
every part of our walk in this
F.B. Meyer said, "Three
times Christ repeats these
solemn words; and it may
be that earnest men have
done injury to His cause,
which they desired to serve,
,by omitting these stringent
conditions in their Gospel
invitations. It is quite true
that whosoever will' may
come and take; that whoso-
ever believeth in Him shall
never perish; that the door
of mercy stands open wide.
But it is equally true that the
faith that saves must pass
such tests as these; and if it

On Sunday, Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Wewahitchka
presented a Christmas play entitled "The Mystery of the
Pictured above: Bailey Brogdon and Cameron Lister play a
song on their "guitars." .. 1 ,, .,
Bubba Brogdon plays the drums, accompanied by little
brother, Bailey, and Lister.

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

Morning Prayer & Holy Communion
Sunday..... .... 8:00 a.m.

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
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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 r 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

Switch us at

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Family '-

Friendship are found ,
y Sunday: 9:15am
10:30am and 7:00pmr ,
or all ages beginning at 6:30 pm

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does not, it is not of the qual-
ity which can bear the soul
through the swelling billows
of the river of death."
The three areas that
Christ brought to light are
these, Separation verse
26, Crucifixion verse 27,
and Renunciation verse
33. Let's look at them for
just a minute. The separa-
tion that Christ spoke of is
we cannot love any one which
includes family members
more than HIM. We must be
willing to leave them if neces-
sary in order to serve God.
Crucifixion of ones self is to
take up the cross of Christ
and follow Him. This means
that my will and wants are
no longer in front but the
Will of God. And that will
likely bring trials and tribula-
tions to our lives to endure.
But not alone Christ said,
"low I am with you away
even unto the end of the
world". And last, renun-
ciation simply requires that
everything we have must be

totally surrendered to Him.
Anything from money to my
socks. Absolutely nothing
can be withheld from Him.
If we do, then Christ is not
King and Savior in our life
but what we have placed in
front of Him.
I will close for this week
and leave you with this. Are
we sure that Christ has every-
thing of ours? Are we sure
that all belongs to God? And
if not are we willing to sur-
render it right now? I pray
that during this Christmas
season that we remember the
Gift of God, that is, Christ
Jesus, the only begotten
of the Father that came
to set the captive free
and provided us' a way
of escape from the death
that we deserved.
God bless and have4 a
In His Service
Pastor Tim
LightHouse Pentecostal

The First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe will hold its
annual live nativity on December 16 from 7:00 9:00 p.m. (east-
ern) and on December 17 and 18 from 6:00 8:00. Children
may come and see goats and donkeys and witness the true
meaning of Christmas.

Church of Christ
at the Beaches
Established 33 AD. in Jerusalemn

We meet at- 350 Firelhouse Road ,
Ovei-ft,'eet 850.647.1682

Sunday Bible-Study
Sunday Worship
Wednesday Bible Study

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

Join us in worship...
10:30 Sunday Morning

Port S
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St. Joe
Ponomo City
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Pastors Andrew R
& Reid Ave.
Cathy Rutherford Famiy Ufe hurh
Rhema Bible Training Center graduates
Visit our website at: y Wewohiichka
323 Reid Avenue Port St, Joe 229-LIFE (5L33)

"Our Church can be your home"

First Chutrch of the azarene
2420 Long Avenue Port St. foe, florida 32456
(850) 229-9596
i:'c untoL ti& Li'rJd A" itf'rl [dul .Im m name; worship the Lordin the beauty ooffwiness.
Psalm 29:2

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

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

WI First Presbyterian Church
_N_ _M of Port St. Joe
o 508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
Reverend Reid Cameron
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
S Sunday School 11:00 a.m.

Call For

"We are about our Father's business"

4$2 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

h i Li f with he (h
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A iL- ft ff Student Education Awards Banquet

The Norris D. Langston
Youth Scholarship Foundation
will host a Student Education
Awards banquet on Dec. 13
at 11 a.m. CT in Chipola
College's Fine Arts building.
Robert Trammell, presi-
dent of the Chipola College
Foundation, will be the
guest speaker and Norris D.

Langston Youth Foundation
president/CEO Dr. David
Langston will be presenting
student awards.
Other guests include
Chipola College sociology
professor Dr. Willie Spires,
Chipola College president
Dr. Gene Prough, Havana
Elementary School princi-

pal Hilda Jackson, Florida
Department of Lottery educa-
tion information coordinator
Dog Ott, and Joe Davis of
the Florida Department of
All community members
are invited to attend.

Pizza in the Park for Perfect Attendance
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Christmas is almost here
and we have a wonderful way
for you to share this season
with us. The Challenge class-
es will be presenting the play
"The Second Best Christmas
Pageant Ever" directed by
Mrs. Charlotte Willis. The
play date is December 19th
and the times are 9:45 am
and 1:30 pm. Please try to
make one of these times.
The students' appreciate your
support of their programs.
On December 12, 2007
the Jr. Service League pro-

vided a Christmas Party for
the Norris D. Langston After-
School program. The Jr.
Service League recognizes
that these groups of students
work hard every afternoon
to keep their grades up and
practice their FACT skills.
All who attended enjoyed this
event. The big man. from
the North Pole came and we
made pictures for all the chil-
dren. We also shared snacks
and games. The After-School
program-wishes to thank the
Jr. Service League for their



Week #11 answers are:
1. What is the largest city in Europe? London
2. What state has been nicknamed the "Centennial State"?
Colorado-because it became a state in 1876
3. It takes one full year for Earth to completely revolve
around the sun. Approximately, how long does it take for
Pluto to completely revolve around the sun? 250 years

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

Week #12-Questions are:
1. What was the first slate to ratify the Constitution and
become the first official state?
2. How much of the world's water is stored In all of the
oceans combined?

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 Resourceful!!!!

Please email your responses to:

time and efforts to make this
event happen.
On December 13, 2007
the Norris D. Langston Youth
Foundation, 21 Century
SchoolsAfter-School Program
will travel to Chipola College
in Marianna to participate in
the Celebration of Education
Banquet sponsored by the
Foundation. In attendance at
the celebration will be over
800 students that participate
from 11 different schools in
the panhandle area. This
event will recognize these
students' achievement in the
schools where they attend.
Kindergarten students
get ready!!! It is about time
to create your Gingerbread
houses on December 18th.
Parents you are invited to
attend this event with your
child. It will be a time during
the Christmas season they
will not forget.
Important Dates to
December 13th-Langs-
ton After-School Field Trip to
the Educational Banquet at
Chipola College
December 18th-Kinder-
garten builds Gingerbread
December 19th-Chal-
lenge Play at 9:45am and
1:30 pm and Santa delivers
presents to PreK-2nd grade
December 21st-1/2 day
breakfast no lunch
December 24th-Janu-
ary 4th Christmas Holidays
January 7th-1/2 day
Inservice /2 day teacher
January 8th-Students

Wewahztchka Elementary School recently treated soc-me turtr students to a Perfect
Attendance Pizza Picnic in the Park. These students earned the privilege by being in atten,-
dance every day, all day during the first nine week grading period. They. were never tardyy
and never left school early. WES would like to commend these students for their dedica-;
tion to education and thank the parent volunteers who made the Pizza Picnic in the Park a,
Perfect Pleasure!
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Dazzling Dolphins December 13
Front Row: Farrah Watts, Issac Wockenfuss, Lexie Plair, Dawson Wood, Angel Heckenlively,!
Christian Quaranta,
Back Row: Pete Bernal, Sophie Harrison, Davida Tshudi, LaShavion McCloud, Destiny Breweri
(Happy Meal).

Yachts: 30 65 feet
Larger Vessels: 1,000 ton i
Marine Rail .
Tohatsu outboard dealer 'i
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ICW nearWhite City
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Important Dates:
December 21 Early
Release Day (no lunch),
Christmas Party
December 24-January 8
Christmas Break, No School
January 8 Students
Return to School
January 11 End of
2nd 9 weeks
January 23 Report
Cards Sent Home

The new Pinnacle pass-
words have been released
and are available for pick-
up, 227-3211 to
make an appointment with
Miss Butts to get your stu-
detit's Pinnacle password.
When you come to the school
to pick up your student's
Pinnacle password, please
make sure you bring a pic-
tare I.D. with you. The pin-
nacle passwords are new for
the 6th grade students and
also for any student whose
social security number was
previously their student I.D.
number. If your student
is a 7th or 8th grader and
ybur old Pinnacle username
and password is not work-
ing, please call Miss Butts at
, For those of you who are
not familiar with Pinnacle, it
isan online grade book that
cafi be accessed through the
Culf County Schools website,
w-ww.gulf.kl v>. This
online grade book makes
i~ easy for parents to keep
tFick of their student's grades
without having to contact
teachers or wait for progress
reports to come home. I
entourage all parents to pick
uj1 their student's Pinnacle
passwords. If you do not
have a computer at home,
yoi can use the computers in
the Opportunity Center at the
high school or the computers

in the public library to access
the Pinnacle website.
If you are interested in
becoming a parent volunteer
at Port St. Joe Middle School,
please contact Miss Butts at
227-3211 or abutts(gulf.> to find out
more about the opportunities
available for volunteers. You
can help make a difference
in the life of a student here
at Port St. Joe Middle School
by donating your time.
Holiday Reading
Commissioner Blomberg
Announces Just Read,
Florida! Recommended
Holiday Reading List
Commissioner Jeanine
Blomberg encourages
Florida families to share
the gift of reading during
the holidays by visiting the
2007 Just Read, Florida!
Recommended Holiday
Reading List. Research indi-
cates that children who do
not continue to read while on
holiday breaks and vacations
risk losing progress made
during the school year.
The Just Read, Florida!
Recommended Holiday
Reading List can be found
by visiting www.justreadfami-
This recommended reading
list provides an excellent
source of suggested books,
by grade level, for children of
all ages and will provide fam-
ilies numerous opportuni-
ties to enjoy reading together
during the holidays. The Web
site also offers parents the
tools they need to nurture a
reading-friendly environment
at home. Resources available
online include links to county
and municipal public librar-
ies, and tips for parents on
reading with children.
Just Read, Florida!
makes reading a priority

in Florida's public schools
and the community groups
and volunteer organizations
that support them. For more
information about Just Read,
Florida! please visit www.ius-
Be specific & clear when
setting limits for your middle
It isn't always easy to
discipline your preteen or get
him to follow the rules. After
all, it's normal for him to
test your limits and angle for
more freedom.
Still, your preteen cares
very much what you think of
him and he wants to please
you (even if he doesn't always
act like it). But in order to
behave properly, he needs to
know what you expect. To be
sure he does:
Spell it out. Never
assume your preteen knows
what's allowed. Tell him
exactly what you expect.'
"You must be inside by eight
o'clock on school nights..No
Explain why you have
the rules you do. You don't
need to justify your rules, but
help him understand them.
"You can't watch TV all night
because it cuts into home-
work and family time."
Get his input. If you're
planning to modify a rule,
let your preteen add his two
cents. "We're considering
moving your curfew back a
bit. What time do you think is
reasonable?" You may not fol-
low his suggestion, but hear
him out.
Back off. Once your
preteen has a good under-
standing of the house rules,
don't nag him about them.
Instead, trust that he'll obey
them. If he doesn't, be sure
to enforce reasonable conse-
Reprinted with permis-
sion from the December 2007
issue of Parents Still make
the differencel(r) (Middle
School Edition) newsletter.
Copyright (c) 2007 The Parent
Institute(r), a division of NIS,
Inc. Source: Billie H. Frazier,
Ph.D. and Bonnie B. Tyler,
Ph.D., "Tell Your Preteens

The carpentry classes at Wewahitchka High School recently brought their handiwork
to Wewahitchka Elementary School in a flamboyant gesture of holiday spirit. Reindeer,
snowmen and the jolly ol' elf himself now adorn the front lawn of WES. These young
craftsmen cut nearly-lifesize figures of wood and painted them colorfully, bringing holi-
day cheer to all that see them. WES would like to thank the WHS carpentry classes and
commend them on their community spirit.

What You Expect," University
of Maryland Cooperative
Extension Service, www.agnr.
Building Math Skills
Make math homework
go more smoothly with pic-
tures, phrases
Math is a subject based
on logic, reasoning and pat-
terns. But your child also
needs memory for math suc-
Suggest that your child
make a guide of phrases and
pictures to help him build a
"math memory." Of course
he can't use this on tests at
school, but it can be a great
homework resource. The
guide can free his attention to
focus on solving the problem
and can help him memorize
Your child may want
to include study aids like
Illustrations of shapes.
Did you know there are many
kinds of four-sided figures?
Your child's guide can help
him remember the difference
between a rhombus and a
trapezoid. There are also dif-
ferent kinds of triangles.
Phrases such as My
Dear Aunt Sally. This helps
your child remember to mul-
tiply and Divide before he
Adds and Subtracts.
Pictures that show
real-life uses for math. For

example, a drawing of a pizza
cut into eight equal sections
is a way to show fractions.
One of the eight slices equals
one-eighth. Two equals two-
eighths or one-fourth.
Reprinted with permis-
sion from the December 2007
issue of Parents Still make
the differencel(r) (Middle
School Edition) newslet-
ter. Copyright (c) 2007 The
Parent Institute(r), a division
of NIS, Inc. Source: Drew and
Cynthia Johnson, Homework,
Heroes, ISBN: 0-7432-2259-8
(Kaplan, a Simon & Schuster
company, 1-800-323-7445,

Test Success
Create a study plan that
works for your child

By middle school, your
child should have a sense
of the study plan that works
best for him.

If he is still studying in a
haphazard fashion, he is rob-
bing himself of the chance to
do his best in school.

His plan should include
things like:

When to study. If
possible, your child should
study when he feels sharp-
est and most alert. For some
kids, it's right after school.
For others, it's after dinner.

Where to study. Your
child should avoid distrac-
tions when studying for a
test. If this is not possible at
home, he may need to try the
How to focus. If your
child is in a comfortable and
quiet place, but still can't set
his mind to work, he may be
tired, hungry, thirsty or in
need of a burst of exercise.
Listening to and acting on
these signals from his body
may help his mental sharp-
Methods that work.
Some kids read a chapter
and take notes from it. Some
photocopy the chapter so
they can use a highlighter on
the pages. Some ask parents
to quiz them. Some make
flashcards. Help your child
figure out the methods that
best help him retain infor-
mation. Remind him to keep
necessary supplies on hand
and tell you when he is run-
ning low.
Reprinted with permis-
sion from the December 2007
issue of Parents Still make
the difference!(r) (Middle
School Edition) newslet-
ter. Copyright (c) 2007 The
Parent Institute(r), a divi-
sion of NIS, Inc. Source: Ron
Fry, Ace Any Test, ISBN:
1-56414-230-2 (Career
Press, 1-800-227-3371, www.


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Jonathan Palmer, 5th Rashard Ranie

Faith Christian School Athletes of the Week: Front: Ava Ryan; 2"d Row: Heaven Linton, Kharisma
Langston, Gabi Wood; Back row: Reid Kennedy, Kaitlyn Baker, and Courtney Davidson.)


Faith Christian School
and Sandie Kennedy say,
"Thank you!" to all the peo-
Sple who made our Christmas
Bazaar a success. We could
not have. done it without the
wonderful donations from
Portside Trading Company
and Petals by the Bay and
the hard work from many
people: Lisa Keels, Regina
Washabaugh, Catherine

Godwin, Tanya Costin,
Janice Evans, Denise Miniat,
Lolly Hester, Linda Wood,
Benny Roberts, Bill Kennedy,,
John Cannon, Jack Kerigan,
Jeannie Davis, Simone Davis,
and Mandi Jones.
Thanks also to the ladies
who provided the wonderful
baked goods: Julie Duarte,
Beth Taylor, Libia Taylor,
BunnyGainnie, Denise Miniat,

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Ty Robinson, Dana Ingalls,
and Kathie Sarmiento. It was
a night filled with the real
meaning of Christmas. The
stage was filled with excit-
ed children as Bill Taylor
read The Story of Christmas,
and the beautiful Christian
Christmas music performed
by Jeremy Dixon, Lisa Keels,
The Bouingtons, and Carla
McGhee, Clay Burdeshaw,
Bill Taylor, Judy Evans, and
Janis Ramos truly touched
our hearts. We also truly
appreciate all the people who
came out and supported our
efforts. Our prayers are that
you were blessed likewise.
Thank you again for being a
blessing to our children.
The third and fourth
grade students are busy learn-
ing their lines for the upcom-
ing Christmas play. They will
give a dress rehearsal per-
formance for the rest of the
school on the morning of
Tuesday December 18, in
the new church sanctuary. At
6:30 PM that same day will
be the evening performance
for everyone who would like
to join us at this special
event. We look forward to
seeing you all!
For the week of November
26-30, Miss Janice's
Athletes of the Week are A\a
Ryan-K3, Heaven Linton-K4.
Gabi Wood-K5, Kharisnia
Langston-1"' Grade, Courtney
Davidson-2"d Grade, Kaitlyn
Baker-3rd grade, and Reid
Kennedy-4"' grade.

December 10-14
K-Hanna Davenport, 1st Chelsea Wallen, 2nd Kaleb Zick, 3rd Haley Meredith, 4th.-
Alexandra Paul, 5th Shawn Moore

Attorney General Mccollum Unveils Proposed Code Of

Conduct For Student Lending At Public Universities

Code will be present-
ed to Board of Governors
at upcoming meeting for
approval -

Attorney General Bill
McCollum today unveiled a
proposed Code of Conduct
to protect Florida students
from potentially unfair prac-
tices when they are apply-
ing for educational loans. The
Code of Conduct will be pre-
sented to the Florida Board
of Governors for its consider-
ation at the Board's meeting
.being held today and tomor-
'row at the University of Central
Florida and, if approved,
would be implemented at all
of Florida's public universi-
ties. The Code is also being
reviewed by Florida's com-
munity college presidents for
implementation or adoption
as part of their internal insti-
tutional policies.
S "Our educational institu-
tions must protect the best
interests of the student when
giving out financial guidance.
The Florida code goes a long
way toward ensuring this, and
I appreciate the cooperative
efforts of everyone who has
worked to protect those inter-

ests," said Florida Attorney
General Bill McCollum.
"Students and parents need
full disclosure of all their loan
options in order to make the
best financial decisions for
their education."
The Florida Code was
developed in cooperation
with staff from the Board of
Governors and the Florida
Department of Education as
well as representatives from
Florida's public universi-
ties and community colleges.
Initial development began in
May after Attorney General
McCollum received infor-
mation from the -New York
Attorney General's Office
regarding allegations of unfair
practices in the student lend-
ingindustry. Seeking to protect
Florida students from similar
practices, Attorney General
McCollum's Economic Crimes
Division.sought and obtained
information about student
loan processes at Florida's 11
public universities, 28 com-
munity colleges and several
private universities.
While no significant con-
flicts of interest were uncov-
ered by the Attorney General's
Office during its review of the

public universities, Florida's
investigation into several pri-
vate institutions is still under-
way. Similar investigations
by state Attorneys General
across the nation have uncov-
ered conflicts of interest and
deceptive practices in the $85
billion college loan indus-
try including gifts, trips and
even stock in lender compa-
nies directly given to finan-
cial aid officials by lenders.
The Florida Code was created
to address these and other
questionable practices in the
student loan industry and
to ensure that students and
parents are protected from
conflicts of interest that might
motivate schools to steer stu-
dents to a particular and
possibly more expensive -
lender. Any resolution of the
Attorney General's outstand-
ing investigations of private
institutions in Florida will
more than likely include a
requirement that the institu-
tion adopt Florida's Code.
The Code includes the
following provisions:
The Code prohib-
its university employees from
receiving any personal benefit
from student loan providers.
Cash, stocks, gifts, entertain-
ment and expense paid trips
may never be accepted from a
lending institution. Likewise,
an individual may not accept
payment for lodging, meals or
travel to conferences from a
lending institution.
The Code provides
that university financial aid
employees may not be paid
to serve on lender advisory
A university may not
accept anything from a lend-
ing institution in exchange
for any advantage provided to
that lending institution.
The university shall
not allow lenders to staff the
university's financial aid office
or allow lenders to create the
impression that the lender's
employees are employees of
the university.
S The university must
explain the criteria used for
selecting preferred lenders.
Under the new Code, a
university that decides to use
a preferred lender list will be
required to make extensive
disclosures to the borrower,
including where to find infor-
mation on other lending insti-
tutions or interest rates and
where to find information orn
any agreements by "preferred
lenders" to sell their loans to
other entities. The university
must also disclose that it wilt
promptly certify loans from
any other lender selected by
the borrower.
Nationwide, two-
thirds of all college gradu-
ates leave school with stu-
dent loans. A copy of the.
proposed Florida Code is:
available online at: http:/'
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The Gulf County Board of County

Commissioners is proud to announce

that there will be a Grand Opening

of the Honeyville Community Center

on Friday, December 21, 2007 from

12:00 until 1:00 p.m., E.T. Everyone

is encouraged to come out to tour the

new emergency shelter and commu-

nity center. Light refreshments will

be served.

/s/ Carmen L. McLemore District 1

Publish: December 13 & 20, 2007 Ad #2007-134


Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

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Wewahitchka Elementary School

Students of the Week

Established 1937 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, December 1 3, 2007 '. 9B

Casual Waterfront Dining at Dockside Cafe

"Dockside Caf6 and Raw
-Bar is a great place to come
and see what Port St. Joe is
really about. Other than hav-
ing the best seafood in town,
Dockside is also overlook-
ing the Port St. Joe Marina
where you can enjoy watching
'all of the fishermen bring in
,their catch," writes Kathryn
Arnold after a recent gifted
field trip to Dockside.
Krista Parker agrees,
"For those who have never
'been there, Dockside has a
great atmosphere along with
:an incredible view of St. Joe
-Bay." Arnold adds, "It is very
breezy which adds to the
,overall sensation of dining on
the coast."
"The menu is awe-
:some, offering a variety of
'appetizers including buffalo
shrimp, alligator, and mozza-
rella cheese sticks. Dockside

also offers many baskets
such as grouper, chicken,
and shrimp, which all come
fried, grilled, or blackened.
They also serve many lunch
and dinner dishes such as
Jamaican-jerked shrimp and
a delicious Captain's platter
full of fried shrimp, oysters,
grouper, and calamari for
only $24 (and it's big enough
to share). For dessert, they
offer key lime pie, death by
chocolate, peanut butter pie,
and a fall special of pumpkin
pie," Parker reports.
"Dockside not only has
fantastic seafood, it also has
a full liquor bar and the larg-
est beer selection in the area.
The raw bar is to die for. It
includes oysters on the half
shell or steamed for around
$8, smoked fish dip for $7,
and peel-n-eat or steamed
shrimp for $10. For the

healthy eater, Dockside also
offers a variety of salads like
their tomato and mozzarella
and their mandarin orange
salad," adds Arnold.
Dockside offers dining in
or take out 7 days a week for
breakfast, lunch, and din-
ner. Rick, the manager, told
us, "We have a great new
breakfast menu complete
with pancakes, omelets, and
biscuits & gravy" plus all
the usual (bacon, eggs, and
grits). Breakfast begins at
7:00 and would be perfect for
a Sunday brunch.
Dockside Cafe located at
Port St. Joe's Marina is a
wonderful place to relax and
enjoy a meal. So whether
you're a tourist or a local,
we encourage you to spend
some of your holiday season
at Dockside Caf6.

Scuba Diving Classes at GCCC

* The Wellness & Athletics
divisionn of Gulf Coast
Community College will
offer Basic Skin and Scuba
Diving Classes from January
through May 3, 2008 in
the Wellness and Athletics
Ilatatorium on campus.
The classes are designed
tb provide the classroom
,training, pool practice and
qpen water dives necessary
to meet all standards for cer-
-tification as a SCUBA Diver
by the National Association
of Underwater Instructors
(NAUI). The course is three
.credits and provides con-

fidence training in water,
skin-diving skills and use of
SCUBA equipment. Students
will finish the training by
participating in open water
Students are required
to provide their own mask,
fins, snorkel, logbook and
gloves. Medical forms are
also required along with a
doctor's exam that includes
heart and respiratory, as well
as the completion of a safety
questionnaire. All students
must be 'at least average
swimmers and a preliminary
swimming evaluation will be

Other requirements
include medical forms and
a doctor's exam please call
872-3832 for details.
Classes will meet from
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on
Friday, and from 8:00 a.m.
to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays
in the Natatorium (NA
303). Prospective students
can register in the office of
Admissions and Records.
For more information,
contact Carl Kleinschmidt at

Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony at GCCC

The Health- Science
Division of Gulf Coast
Community College will
hold its Associate Degree
of Nursing (AD) Pinning
Ceremony for Registered
Nursing on December 13,

from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in
the Amelia Center Theatre,
on campus. All students will
be pinned in recognition of
their completion of the ADN
Graduating students will

be eligible to take their licens-
ing exam in the near future.
For additional infor-
mation, call Martha Ruder,
769-1551 ext. 5817.




The City of Mexico Beach is seeking applicants to participate in a
Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation program
to assist homeowners with repairs. This program is designed to perform
general code related repairs and improvements for very low and low and
moderate-income homeowners. Items eligible for repair include roofs,
heating systems, plumbing, electrical and other code related housing
systems. Currently, the City has funds available to assist a limited
number of homeowners. Applicants must meet the following eligibility
requirements for this program:



size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Annual person person person person person person person person
Income $28 900 $33 050 $37.150 $41 300 $44 600 $47 900 $51 200 $54 500

If you would like to be considered for possible assistance, an application
package can be picked up at Mexico Beach City Hall, 118 14th Street,
or call, toll-free (877) 309-1951, Ext. 15, and request an application
package be mailed to you. You may also attend a homeowners'
meeting scheduled for Monday, January 7, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. (CT) in
the City of Mexico Beach Civic Center, 105 N. 31st Street, to discuss
program requirements and receive application materials. All interested
.homeowners should submit completed application materials to Chris
'Hubbard, City Administrator, at Mexico Beach City Hall, 118 14th Street,
Mexico Beach, FL 34760 on or before Monday, January 21, 2008. All
applications are subject to review, ranking and approval by the Mexico
Beach City Council.


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Attorney General Warns Of Identity Theft

Scams Common During Holiday Season

~ Credit Card Fraud, "Phishing" And Other Scams Often More Frequent During Peak Of Holiday Shopping -

Attorney General Bill
McCollum today advised
Florldians to be careful when
using credit and debit cards to
pay for gifts during this holi-
day shopping season in order
to avoid becoming victims of
identity theft. The Attorney
,General also cautioned con-
sumers about a "phishing"
scam that has surfaced
recently, threatening to expose
consumers' personal financial
information. McCollum noted
that occurrences of identity
theft often increase during the
holiday season and encour-
aged residents and guests to
be extra vigilant to protect
The Attorney General
.advised consumers to be
careful when reaching into
their wallet to pay for gift
purchases to make sure no
one is nearby watching to
steal a credit card number.
The Attorney General offered
the following suggestions for
Floridians to avoid identity
theft while shopping:
Making Purchases at
Retail Stores
Don't take out credit
cards before approaching the
register. This allows control
over the number of people
who see the information on
the cards and can protect
credit numbers from the peo-
ple nearby.
Beware of people who
have cell phones in their
hands but are not making
calls. Often, identity thieves
use cell phones to take pho-
tographs or videos of credit
cards or personal information
for later use.
Carry only the credit or
debit cards intended for mak-
ing holiday purchases. If a
wallet or purse is stolen, fewer
accounts will be affected.

Making Purchases Online
or by Cell Phone
Make online purchases
through secure websites from
legitimate and trusted com-
If someone claiming to
be a representative of a bank,
lending institution or a busi-
Sness with which a consumer
has an established account
asks for personal account
information over the internet,
do not do provide the infor-
Keep billing information
private and avoid sharing it
via cell phone, especially in
a location where a strang-
er could overhear and write
down the Information.
Handling the
Documentation of Credit
and Purchases
Keep all receipts togeth-
er so no one else can pick
them up. Destroy receipts
before throwing them away.
Review all credit card
statements carefully to check
for unfamiliar charges.
Contact the credit card com-
pany right away if there are
any problems.
If Your Identity is Stolen
Victims of identity theft
should immediately report it
to the police and then ask
the national credit bureaus
to place a fraud alert on their
credit report. Keep records of
telephone calls and follow up
in writing with credit bureaus,
banks and creditors.
Victims may call
the Attorney General's Fraud
Hotline at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM
(1-866-966-7226). They
may also visit the Attorney
General's website at http:// for
additional helpful infQrma-
Another dangerous form

of cyber-perpetrated iden-
tity theft is phishing, which
occurs when an individual is
sent to a legitimate-looking
website and asked to divulge
personal information such
as Social Security numbers,
bank and credit card account
numbers and other financial
information. The Attorney
General said many consum-
ers, including state employ-
ees, have recently received
bogus emails from individu-
als falsely posing as represen-
tatives of First Florida Credit
Union (FFCU). The scam is
especially brazen in that it
appears to be a legitimate
warning against phishing
attempts and identity theft.

The messages, often with a
signature from a bank secu-
rity manager, claim that FFCU
bank customers have been
targeted by phishing attempts
and, to protect their banking
information, they should log
into the site within the email
and provide their account
numbers and personal PIN
numbers of consumers. FFCU
has confirmed that the emails
are not legitimate.
More information on
phishing may be found on the
Attorney General's website at
sumer through the "Protecting
Yourself from Consumer
Fraud" link.

Upchurch Enters Plea

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Former Gulf County
Sheriff Dalton Upchurch has
pleaded no contest to a single
misdemeanor count for with-
holding documents in a DUI
The written plea, which
has the practical effect of
a guilty plea, was filed by
Upchurch's attorney last
Last month, Gulf County
Judge Fred Witten. recused
himself from the case involv-
ing the former sheriff, who
resigned earlier this year as
a Florida Department of Law
Enforcement investigation
into the DUI case diverged
into a variety of areas.
As of press time, Judge
Kevin Grover was to consider
the plea and hand down sen-
tencing, but a date for that
court date has not been set.
Given the misdemean-

or nature of the crime and
Upchurch's long service in
law enforcement, including
more than two decades with
the Florida Highway Patrol
will likely result in probation
and/or a fine.
It is very unlikely
Upchurch would serve any
jail time and his attorney
asked in filing Upchurch's no
contest plea that the sentence
be $300 in court costs.
While a grand jury heard
evidence on alleged finan-
cial wrongdoing, it indicted
Upchurch only on misde-
meanor charge .of withhold-
ing the documents, or show-
ing favoritism, in a DUI case
involving a neighbor.
Gov. Charlie Crist
removed Upchurch as sher-
iff upon his indictment July,
27 four days before he was
scheduled to step down -
and eventually appointed for-
mer Maj. Joe Nugent to serve
the remainder of Upchurch's
term, which is due to expire
in January 2009.



The Gulf County Sheriff's
Office will be conducting vehi-
cle safety checkpoints and
DUI check points during the
month of 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

The Gulf County Sheriffs
Office arrest log listed Mark W
Moore being arrest on 11/14;
this is not Mark Moore Of St
Joe Shrimp Company.
On 11/30 Gulf County
Deputies picked up two
inmates for Gulf Correctional
institute as they were being
released for failure to pay
child support, Calvin
Leshawn Frazier, 37 and
Michael John Neely, 29.
On 11/30 Mariann Joy
Kelly, 32, was arrested for
violation of probation they
original charge was DUI.
On 12/01 a vehicle driv-
en by Rebecca Lynn Terry,

37 was stopped for failure
to maintain its lane. While
speaking with the driver the
deputy noticed the odor of
an alcoholic beverage. Ms
Terry was asked to perform
several field sobriety exercis-
es, which she did poorly on.
Rebecca Terry was arrested
for DUI and possession of
drug paraphernalia.
On 12/02 deputies
responded to a person try-
ing to get in the back door
of a home in Highland View.
They located Eligio Penagos,
27, who was extremely intox-
icated he was arrested for
loitering and prowling.
On 12/02 John Patrick
Julius, 37, was arrested on
warrants for failure to appear
on a charge of dealing in sto-
len property.
On 12/05 a vehicle driv-
en by Sherry A Floyd, 40,
was stopped for failure to
stop at a stop sign. It was dis-
covered that her license was
suspended. She was arrested
for DWLSR.
On 12/05 Robert Carr,
31, an inmate at Gulf
Correctional unit was arrest-
ed on a warrant for introduc-
tion of contraband into a
correctional facility.

Burglar Sentenced to 20

Years Yrison in Gulf County

State Attorney Steve
Meadows announces the
sentence, in Gulf County
Circuit, of Benjamin Causey,
to 20 years prison on charges
of Burglary of a Dwelling,
Dealing in Stolen Property,
and Possession of a Firearm
by a Convicted Felon.
Causey, WM, DOB:
1-26-1970, 186 West Avenue,
Wewahitchka, was convict-
ed, by a Gulf County jury,
on November 9, 2007. The
evidence at trial was that
Causey entered a residence,
stole firearms, and sold two
Causey was sentenced
to 20 years prison for each

county; all concurrent.
Florida law requires that an
inmate serve at least 85 per
cent of his sentence.
Call Joe Grammer with
any questions.
Please be advised that
Florida has a broad public
records law, and all corre-
spondence to me via e-mail
may be subject to disclosure.
Under Florida Law e-mail
addresses are public record.
If you do not want your e-mail
address released in response
to a public-records request,
do not send electronic email
to this entity. Instead, con-
tact this office by phone or
in writing.

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The Florida Department Of

Health Cautions Against Winter

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The Florida Department
of Health (DOH) urges
Floridians to take precau-
tions to prevent carbon mon-
oxide (CO) poisoning dur-
ing the cold winter months.
As temperatures drop, the
potential for CO poisonings
and deaths rise.
"Carbon monoxide can
be fatal if people are exposed
to high levels of CO, even for
short periods of time," Dr.
Lisa Conti, Director of the
Division of Environmental
Health, said. "Floridians
who use indoor gas heaters
and fireplaces need to ensure
direct exhaust venting to the
outside, regularly check and
maintain fuel burning appli-
ances, and carefully monitor
themselves and loved ones
for signs of CO poisoning."
Invisible, odorless and
tasteless, CO is a highly
poisonous gas produced by
burning fuels such as gaso-
line, natural gas, kerosene,
charcoal and wood. Inside a
home, CO can come from a
gas-fueled furnace, gas water
heater, gas clothes dryer, gas
ranges, kerosene space heat-
ers, portable generators, gas,
or charcoal grills, fireplaces
or wood stoves. The risk
of illness or death increases
with the level of CO in the
air and the amount of time
exposed. Dangerous CO lev-
els can result when home
appliances are not properly
maintained or when used
incorrectly. Anyone who
suspects symptoms of CO
poisoning should go outside
immediately. If a person has

collapsed or is not breathing, Install CO alarms inside
.call 911 for emergency medi- the house. Purchase bat-
cal assistance immediately tery operated CO alarms or
from a safer location (outside plug-in CO alarms with bat-
or from a neighbor's home). tery backup according to
manufacturer's installation
Signs of carbon monoxide instructions.
poisoning include: The CO alarm should
meet the most recent UL
Fatigue 2034 standard, IAS 6-96
Chest pain standard or the CSA 6.19.01
Impaired vision and standard.
coordination Replace CO alarm bat-
Headaches teries once a year and test
Dizziness, confusion, alarms frequently.
nausea Replace CO alarms once
every five years in accordance
How to prevent carbon with recent recommenda-
monoxide poisoning: tions by the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission.
Install and use fuel-burn- NEVER use a portable
ing appliances, according to generator indoors, includ-
manufacturer instructions. ing in homes, garages, base-
Have fuel-burning appli- ments, crawl spaces, sheds
ances inspected and serviced and other enclosed or partial-
annually by a licensed con- ly enclosed areas. ALWAYS
tractor. place portable generators
Inspect exhaust ventila- outdoors on a dry surface,
tion systems, including chim- away from doors, windows,
neys, flues and vents, every vents and air conditioning
year. equipment that could allow
NEVER burn charcoal CO to-enter.
inside a house, garage, vehi-
cle or tent, even in a fire- DOH promotes, protects
place. and improves the health of
Avoid using unvented all people in Florida. For
gas or kerosene heaters in more information about
enclosed spaces, especially suspected poisoning emer-
sleeping areas. agencies, call the Florida
NEVER leave an automo- Poison Information Center
bile running in a garage, even at 1-800-222-1222. To
with the garage door open. learn more about indoor air
Do not leave the rear quality, please visit www.
window or tailgate of a vehi- or call
cle open while driving. CO 1-800-543-8279.
from the exhaust can be
pulled inside the car, van or

Gulf County Economic

Development Council, Inc.
P.O. Box 649
Wewahitchka, Florida
Telephone 850-229-1901
Fax 850-229-1902

November 19, 2007

Seeking qualified subcontractors for Sacred Heart on the Gulf hospital

Scared Heart Health System has selected Greenhut Construction Company of
Pensacola to serve as the construction management company overseeing the
project and its subcontractors. In order to maximize the participation of Gulf
County businesses, the Gulf County Economic Development Council is making
available the following documents.

1. Greenhut Construction CompanyoSubcontractor/vendor Pre-
qualification form.
Available at:

City of Port St. Joe Building Dept.
10'h Street
Port St. Joe, Florida
Inspector Bo Creel

Gulf County Building Dept.
1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd
Robert Moore Building
Port St. Joe, Florida

City of Wewahitchka Building Dept.
109 South 2nd Street
Wewahitchka City Hall

Alan McNair, Executive Director
Gulf County Economic Development Council
200 North 2nd Street
Wewahitchka Courthouse

To receive or submit a form email gulfedc( or fax to 850-229-1902.

2. The Project Manual and construction drawings of the hospital.
Available at no charge for access to these documents at:

Public Library
110 Library Drive
Port St. Joe, Florida

Public Library
314 North 2nd Street
Wewahitchka, Florida

These documents may not be removed from the libraries. Copies are available
from The Port Blueprint, 407 B Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe, Florida, 227-3484 at a
cost of $368.01.

Holiday Poinsettias

By Roy Lee Carter
County Extension

Poinsettias (Poin-set-
ee-ahs) and Christmas go
together especially here in
Florida. The poinsettia's
bright red bracts and dark
foliage give this plant a festive
appearance, which is espe-
cially appreciated during the
Poinsettias have become
very popular throughout
the country as symbols of
Christmas. As a Floridian,
you have the widest selection
of poinsettia varieties frofn
which to choose. If you plan
to buy a poinsettia this year,
you'll want to know what to
look for, and how to care for
your purchase after you get
it home.
You'll probably hear this
plant called both poinsettia
(poin-set-ah) and poinsettia
(poin-set-ee-ah). The second
pronunciation is preferred by
most garden experts. But,
don't feel you have, to say
"poin-set-ee-ah". If you tell
your nurseryman you want
a poin-set-ah he/she'll know
what you mean.
When shopping for a
poinsettia, look for several
things. Be sure the plant
has green foliage almost to
the soil line. A plant, which
has lost most of its bottom
leaves, is probably getting
old. Factors such as sudden
temperature changes, soil
pests, and insects also can
cause leaf drop. A good sup-
ply of lower leaves is a basic
key to healthier as well as
younger plant.
The showy parts, which
most people call flowers,
aren't flowers at all. They're
special kinds of leaves, called
bracts. These should be large
enough to extend well beyond
the lower green foliage, and
they should be brightly col-
ored. The most popular
poinsettia color is red. But,


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you also can find numerous
shades of pink, white and
every color combinations.
The real poinsettia flow-
ers are small green and yel-
low clusters growing in the
center of the bracts. You
should select a plant with
small, green undeveloped
flower parts. If a poinset-
tia already has open, yellow
flowers, a good portion of
the plant' s display life is
over, and the bracts soon will
begin to fade.
Poinsettias are native to
the warmer, humid regions
of Mexico. So, potted poin-
settias need ,special care.

As house plants, poinset-
tias should be located they'll
enjoy uniform temperature of
60 to 75 degrees Fahrenhdit
during the day, and about 60
degrees at night. They also
should receive bright light,
but not direct sun. Avoid
areas subject- to drafts, sud-
den temperature changes,
low humidity, and dim light.
If you have poinsettias in
you landscape, you'll prob-
ably use them as cut flowers,
to brighten your home 's holi-
day d6cor. To keep the bracts
from wilting, the stem ends
should be singed to coagulate
the milky sap and prevent its
loss. Also, it helps to "condi-
tion" poinsettias, by placing
cuttings in water and holding
them in a cool area overnight,
before bringing them indoors.
Arrangements of cut poin-
settias should be placed in
cook, draft-free areas where
theie's good light. But, like
potted plants, they should
not be exposed to the direct
rays of the sun.,
If carefully selected and
properly cared for, poinset-
tias can add a festive touch
to your home during the holi-

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SI 1100
1100- Legal Advertising WEST, GULF COUNTY,
1110 Classified Notices FLORIDA. LESS A 50
1120 Public Notices/ FOOT STRIP BY 210
130- Adoptions FEET ACROSS THE
15 -P personals LAND.

1160- Lost
1170- Found

| 1100





Last Known Address
Current Residence Is Un-
FIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on
the following described
property in Gulf County,
1/4 OF SW 1/4 OF SEC-

has been filed against you
and you are required to
serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it
PA., Plaintiff's attorneys,
whose address is PO BOX
11438 Fort Lauderdale, FL
33339-1438, within 30
days from first date of
publication, and file the
original with the Clerk of
this Court either before
service on Plaintiff's attor-
neys or immediately there-
after; otherwise a default
will be entered against
you for the relief de-
manded in the compliant
or petition.
DATED on De-
cember 3, 2007.

/s/Rebecca L. Norris,
As Clerk of the Court

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
As Deputy Clerk

Publish December 13 &
20, 2007


File No.: 07-85PR


(Summary Administration)


.'-. Place Your ClassifledAd ,
S24/7 l t '

mail to:
for publication in The Star
. ,toripublication in The Times

:,. By.hrone: (850) 747-5020

B Fax: (850) 747-5044

.' Office Hours: 8-5'Mon.-Frl .
'. ' office Closed Sat. & Sun.

PO. Bo 1940
S Panama City, FL 32402

SPleasie Check Your Ad
on the FIRST day,
of publication.
S "Adjustments"

' , ,
Chck'.your ad for errors the FIRST day of Insertion
Ne Will be'responsible for the first Incorrect Insertion
nlyl The publisher assumes no financial responslDll-
tyfor errors or omissions of copy. Position of any ad
n the'classified section IS NOT guaranteed under
any classlficaton. .

Any copy change, during ordered schedule constri
lutes a new ad charges.

I 1100O
You are hereby
notified that an Order of
Summary Administration
has been entered in the
estate of Lorraine Carolyn
Norton, deceased, File
Number 07-85PR, by the
Circuit Court for Gulf
County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of
which is 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Sr., Blvd, Room
148, Port St. Joe, Florida
32456; that the decedent's
date of death was Sep-
tember 3, 2007; that the
total value of the estate is
$13,650.00 and that the
names and addresses of
those to whom it has been
assigned by such order

Charles W. Norton
103 St. Joseph Drive
Port Saint Joe, Florida

Sarah Norton Johnson
1516 Country Club Drive
Lynn Haven, Florida

All creditors of the
estate of the decedent
and persons having
claims or .'demands
against the estate of the
decedent other than those
for whom provision for full
payment was made in the
Order of Summary Admin-
istration must file their
claims with this court
TION 733.702 OF THE
The date of first
publication of this. Notice
is December 13, 2007.

Attorney of Persons Giv-


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ing Notice:
/s/Charles S. Isler III
Attorney for Petitioners
Florida Bar No. 364436
Isler, Sombathy &
Sombathy, PA.
RO. Box 430
434 Magnolia Avenue
(Zip: 32401)
Panama City, Florida
Telephone: (850)
Fax: (850) 785-5852

Persons Giving Notice:
/s/Charles W. Norton
103 St. Joseph Drive
Port St. Joe, 32456

/s/Sarah Norton Johnson
1516 Country Club Drive
Lynn Haven, Floridah

Publish December 13 &


CASE NO. 07-423 CA






FIED that an action to

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These tiny ads
sell, hire, renl
and inform for
Irhousands of
families each
week. Lei a Iiiile
Classified ad do a
big job for you

Lot 1: Commence at a
four inch square concrete
monument (no identifica-
tion) marking the South-
west corner of Section 36,
Township 8 South, Range
11 West, Gulf County,
Florida and run North 00
degrees 04 minutes 11
seconds West along the
West boundary line of said
Section 36 for 2995.76
feet; thence leaving said
West boundary line run
South 89 degrees 16 min-
utes 31 seconds East for
1063.53 feet to a found
ohe half inch iron rod (no
identification) on the East-
erly right of way line of
State Road No. 30; Iron
rod lying on a curve con-
cave to the Westerly for
the Point of Beginning;
from said Point of Beginn-
ing run Southeasterly
along said right of way
line and curve with a ra-
dius of 5769.78 feet,.
through a central angle of
00 degrees 05 minutes 59
seconds, for an arc dis-
tance of 10,04 feet (chord
of said arc being South 05
degrees 32 minutes 35
seconds East, 10.04 feet);
thence leaving said East-
erly right of way line run
North 89 degrees 39 min-
utes 49 seconds East for a
distance of 227.74 feet;
thence South 00 degrees
11 minutes 33 seconds
East for a distance of
139.25 feet; thence South
89 degrees 48 minutes 25
seconds West for a dis-
tance of 216.56 feet to a
point on the said Easterly
right of way line of State
Road 30; point lying on a
curve concave to the
Westerly; thence North-
westerly along said right
of way line and curve with
a radius of 5769.78 feet,
through a central angle of
01 degrees 22 minutes 54
seconds, for an arc dis-
tance of 139.14 feet
(chord of said arc being
North 04 degrees 48 min-
utes 09 seconds West,
139.13 feet) to the Point of


Lot 2: Commence at a
four inch square concrete
monument (no identifica-
tion) marking the South-
west corner of Section'36,
Township 8 South, Range
11 West, Gulf County,
Florida and run North 00
degrees 04 minutes 11
seconds West along the
West boundary line of said
Section 36 for 2995.76
feet; thence leaving said
West boundary line run
South 89 degrees 16 min-
utes 31 seconds East for
1063.53 feet to a found
one half inch iron rod (no
identification)'on the East-
erly right of way line of
State Road No. 30 for the
Point of Beginning; FROM
said Point of Beginning
run North 89 degrees 39
minutes 49 seconds East
for 350.18 feet to a found
one half inch iron rod and
cap No. 1999; thence
South 04 degrees 57 min-
utes 23 seconds East for
150.07 feet to a found one
half inch iron rod (no iden-
tification); thence South
89 degrees 48 minutes 25
seconds West for 133.97
feet; thence North 00 de-

| 1100 I
grees 11 minutes 35 sec-
onds West for a distance
of 139.25 feet; thence
South 89 degrees 39 min-
utes 49 seconds West for
a distance of 227.74 feet
to a point lying on said
Easterly right of way line
of State Road 30; point ly-
ing on a curve concave to
the Westerly; thence
Northwesterly along said
right of way line and curve
with a radius of 5769.78
feet, through a central an-
gle of 00 degrees 05 min-
utes 59 seconds, for an
arc distance of 10.04 feet,
(chord of said arc being
North 05 degrees 32 min-
utes 35 seconds West,
10.04 feet) to the Point of

suant to a replat of 'rn
lands recorded August 11,
2006, at OR Book 415,
page 743 through 745, in-
clusive, of the public rec-
ords of Gulf County, Flor-
ida, as Parcel "A"
(described on the replat
as containing 0.50 acres,
more or less), Parcel "B"
(described on the replat
as containing 0.37 acres,
more or less), and Parcel
"C" (described on the re-
plat as containing 0.32 ac-
res, more or less), which
descriptions from said OR
Book 415, page 745, pub-
lic records.of Gulf County,
Florida, are incorporated
herein by reference as if
fully set out herein.

has been filed against you
and you are required to
serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it
on Frank A. Baker,
Plaintiff's attorney, whose
address is 4431 Lafayette
Street, Marianna, Florida,
32446, on or before Janu-
ary 10, 2008, and file the
original with the clerk of
this court either before
service'on Plaintiff's attor-
ney or immediately there-
after; otherwise a default
will be entered against
you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint.

DATED this
3 0 t h
day of November, 2007.

As Clerk of the Court

/s/ Jasmine Hysmith
As Deputy Clerk

Publish December 13 &
20, 2007


The Franklin County
Board of County Com-
missioners will be accept-
ing separate sealed Re-
quest for Proposals for the


Specification are on file in
the office of the Franklin
County Board of County
Commissioners, 33 Mar-
ket Street, Suite 203, Apa-
lachicola. FL 32320.

Proposals must be re-
ceived in the office of the
Franklin County Clerk of
the Courts, 33 Market
Street, Suit 203, Apalachi-
cola, Florida 32320 by
4:30 P.M., EST on De-
cember 31,2007. Propos-
als must be clearly labeled

for each separate pro-
posal. The sealed propos-
als will be publicly open
and read aloud at 10:00
A.M. EST, on January 02,
2008, in the County Com-
mission Meeting Room lo-
cated in the Franklin
County Courthouse An-
nex. For further informa-
tion contact Van W. John-
son, Sr., Director, Franklin
County Solid Waste De-
partment at (850)

An original and one copy.
of each proposal shall
be furnished in a sealed
envelope or container,
plainly marked "SOLID

The owner reserves the
right to waive any infor-
mriillI .:.r I.: reject any .:r
all pr...p.:. 3i'

Franklin County is an
equal opportunity em-
ployer and encourages
participation with certified
minority enterprises and
women's business enter-



Publish December 13 &


The Franklin County
Board of County Commis-
sioners will be accepting
separate sealed Request
for Proposals for the fol-


Specification are on file in
the office of the Franklin
County Board of Commis-
sioners, 33 Market Street,
Suite 203, Apalachicola,
FL 32320.

Proposals must be re-
ceived in the office of the
Franklin County Clerk of
the Courts, 33 Market
Street, Suite 203, Apalach-
ciola, Florida 32320 .by
4:30 P.M., EST, on De-
cember 31, 2007. Propos-
als must be clearly labeled
for each separate pro-
posal. The sealed propos-
als will be publicly open
and read aloud at 10:05
A.M. EST, on January 02,
2008, in the County Com-
mission Meeting Room lo-
cated in the Franklin
County Courthouse An-
nex. For further informa-
tion contact Van W. John-
son, Sr., Director, Franklin
County Parks & Recrea-
tion Department at (850)

An original and one copy
of each proposal shall
be furnished in a sealed
envelope or container,
plainly marked "D.W.

The owner reserves the
right to waive any infor-
malities or to reject any or
all proposals.

Franklin County is an
equal opportunity em-

ployer and encourages
participation with certified
minority enterprises and
women's business enter-



Publish December
20, 2007

Notice to Receive
Sealed Bids
Bid #0708-08

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners
will receive sealed .ids
fiom any qualified person,
company or corporation
interested in:

The Interior Construction
of the New Mosquito
Control Building

Plans and specifications
can be obtained at Blue-
print Port, 407 B. Reid
Ave., Port St. Joe, 32456,
(850)227-3484. Cost for
Plans and Specifications
will be $15 per set and this
fee is non-refundable.
Checks should be made
payable to Blueprint Port.

Completion date for this
project will be 120 days
from the date of the Notice
to Proceed presented to
the successful bidder.

Liquidated damages for
failure to complete the
project on the specified
date will be set at $250
per day.

Please submit your origi-
nal bid plus (3) copies, in-
dicate on the envelope
that this is a SEALED BID,
and include the BID NUM-

Bids will be received until
4:30 p.m., E.T., on Friday,
Jan. 4, 2008, at the Gulf
County Clerk's Office, Gulf
County Courthouse, 1000
Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd.,
Room 148, Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456. Bids will
be opened at this same lo-
cation on Monday, Jan. 7,
2008, at 10:00 a.m., E.T.

The Board of County
Commissioners reserves
the right to waive informal-
ities in any bid, to accept
and/or reject any or all
bids, and to accept the bid
that in their judgment will
be in the best interest of
Gulf County.

If you have any questions,
please call Mark Cothran
@ (850)227-1401 between
7:30 a.m., E.T and 4:00
p.m., E.T.



Publish: December 13 &
20, 2007

-. r .*

S 1100
Notice is hereby given
that a meeting of The
Northwest Florida Trans-
portation Corridor Author-
ity will be held on Thurs-
day, December 20, 2007
at 10:00am CST at the
South Walton Courthouse
Annex, 31 Coastal Center,
Santa Rosa Beach, FL.
This facility is located on
US 331,1 mile north of US
98. Any person requiring
special accommodations
to participate in this meet-
ing is asked to advise the
Corridor Authority at least
48 hours prior to the meet-
ing by contacting Denise
Curry at 850-215-4081 or
Publish December 13,

On October 22, 2007, Cal-
vary Fellowship, Inc. filed
an application for a new
FM educational station to
serve Port St. Joe, Florida.
The principals of Calvary
Fellowship, Inc. are Bob
Franquiz, Tim Davidson,
Kelly Lyon, and Dan
Plourde. The newistation
will operate on Channel
212C1 With an effective ra-
diated power of 100kW.
The station will operate
from a tower site located
at 29-54-30 N, 85-8-11 W
with an antenna located
92 meters above ground
from a studio to be lo-
cated in accordance with
the Commission's rules. A
copy of the application
can be examined during
normal business hours at
Gulf County Public Li-
brary, 110 Library Drive,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456.

Publish December 6, 2007


2100- Pets
2110 Pets: Free to
Good Home
2120 Pet Supplies
2130 Farm Animals/
2140- Pets/Livestock

Brittany Puppies. Regis-
tered, AKC. Ready on Dec
20th. $500 Can be seen at
639-5947 or 832-5600

Dogs & Cats
For Sale?

There are specific Flor-
ida Statutes applicable
to the sale of dogs and
cats within the state or
transportated into the
state for the purpose of

Please research Flor-
ida Statute 828.29
(Dogs and cats trans-
ported or offered for
sale; health require-
ments; consumer guar-
antee) before you of-
fer for sale a cat or

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rience required; MS pre- Get paid $24 per parcel benefits package that ing credit card or bank w/office Port Joe. 7100
ferred. Must have strong info: includes health/dental/ account information out Call today for $400/mo including tax. 2000sf+ large porch on 1305 Wooodward Ave. 3
1.5 secluded acres, 3 br, 2 b1 FR carport, metal
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get development and fihouse for car, boat, etc. Jarrott .'
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personnel supervision 1337 W. 19th St. Avg. Pay $20/ hour or 200 yards from St Joe Wewahitchka FL 1,296
auctions. preferred. Small business Help Wanted Panama City, FL $57K annually including 420 Reid Ave., Bay, Simmons Bayou, 3 r 15 baths 167
ownership/experience 32405 Federal Benefits and OT Port St. Joe 229-6200 2318 C-30 Rd, $985mo, sq. ft. 3 br 1.5 baths, 1.67
ntiques Old preferred. Starts @ $50k/ Section in the Paid Training, Vacations. 850-227-2185 acres, Price $149,500 or :
Year. Applyby 12/21/07. Clsifi t 1-800-720-9541 PT/FT. 1-866-483-0923 Neubauer 814 7400 make offer Cal (850)
Coins JW lry pS2 Web Id #33968820 USWA ERA Real Estate, Inc. 8.1 402-8015
pp Driving & Firing Port St Joe home 107
Range Manager Westcott Circ. beautiful-
fine (rti & Manage site, coordinate Bay View House spacious updated 3 br 2
and supervise activities For Rent ba, approx 1845sf, Cathe-
SCollectible associated with the opera- dral ceiling, split plan,
tion of the Criminal Justice 3 bra, 1.5 in 3 lots. New large master suite with plan,
Standards and Training carpet, clean. 2448 Victo- walk in closet, gas FP, in-"
S 50-653138 Commission approved ria Ave. $675mo. side laundry.large custom
Antique (192 ) DngCommission approved 850-6883
S / Training Complex which 850-527-6883 kitchen, new appliances,
7 includes firearms range, l on HUll Private Home tiled through out, en-
Market Stret driving range and fire w/ocean view, in ground closed patio, 2 car car-
fighting facility for instruc- heated pool spa, ste.pgtoport, outside storage,
n-tional purposes. Requires beach, Beacon Hill Park & landscaped with irrigation
AAdree6&6,BS'and exp. in HE L -P Wellness Center, 182 Sun- system, $239,9005 t
Eccrimiealt C"'$n0ce publicT 850-524-1595 AgentsuWel-s
service preferred. Must be ray Ct. $1200mo+utilities, o

maintain certification as Hill with ocean view, 2 br, obo Please Call 639-6958
firearm and driving in- 1 b, furn'd, $500 m., for details ,
structor and certification +dep+ utilities.
as an armorer required. sRefs Req'd/Long Term
Antique (1 920's) Dining Range starts @ $28k/year. Rentals. 850-625-4
RoomSet. Table w/ leaf. 6 Apply by 12/21/07. iit 7 150 .
carved chairs & buffett.832 4 9 Frnae ipoes-. .
Paid $7000 will sell for News Director a F ountain Ar
$1700 Call 227-8777 WKGC (grant funded) nt Are
gather/report news, super- 2.5 Acres, $22,500
vise news department, w' she Owner Financing
host daily news maga- TLOPSotG c ,an R, Tag s www.landcallnow.comS
Dining Room zines. Requires 4-yearL 1-941-778-7980/7565
Furniture degree w/exp. preferred in Brand new 2 br 25 ba Cape San Bias. Rock bot-
Excellent c6ndtion. Table, radio/television, journal- Brand new 2 br 2.5 ba Cape San Biasce RoNice 2nd tier,
Exclnt i m or public broadcast- 1200 sq ft cottages in om price. Nice 2d tier,
6 chairs, Chairs re uphol- ing Starts @ $28k/year exclusive Barefoot Cot- gulf side lot. County ap
stored. $500 Call Apply by 12/21/07. stages community raised @ $252K. Must
C la sier 850-229-1542 or 832-2040 r in por ches sell for $180K. (513)- .rs
Additional info: Hardwood floors, car- 697-1777o
t://deptgulfcoastedu jobs. peting, tiled kitchen Lot for Sale
GCCC is an Ed EO/) Fisl -- counter, full size stack
M/F/Vet employer, washer & dryer. Ameni- By Owner
ties: two pools & hot Ward Ridge, on Betty Dr,
tub, playgrounds, com- $79K. Call 340-0215
Great Deals~uCost munity building with E-,.
S Eme rey Dues mu Colle M ercise equipment. Pe a '
Small BC Vest Tank & experience required. Startifriendly. No smokinice 2 br,' "
White Vanity w/mirror TallAFB WATER & SEWER An 2
narrow Glass doors $1 8 .. a ail,720 now $1,10 m
drawer $125 obo. Antique p ortaining- Hper month. Pl eal e n 1ll
Square Oak Dining Tablendum tio, c t La 850-647-2473. PSeek
Expandab Ble 5 Legs 45 way at (850) 227- ,
46" $250. Antique Wicker Construction/Trades & CARRABEmore inventory cJr
"$5A"uWkrently offering reduce.3 ".
rocker brown w/cushions ...C A.Lrnyofigrec..
$150 obo. 2 Dining Arm Stone Mason mgmt fee for 1st year. AUTOMOTIVE MARINE
www.SouthernCoastal.c REZEAfiOMAL, ,.Z.
Chairs Dark Brown wood Wanted for contract work.
w/green white cushions & Needs to be able to work om 8100 -Antique & Collectibles
matching window cushion with Natural & Synthetic -1a0- Cars
$100 obo. .Nautical Bar stone. Layout & Estimat- C Nl Our New Num bers Now Mexico Beach 8120-SportsutilityVehicles
made from boat transom ing skills very helpful. 2 br, 1 ba Gulf View, just 8140 Vans
$500 obo. Wooden chest Please call Kilgore Brick remodeled, furnished, 8150-Commercial
Black w/white starfish Pavers & Tile. Avail Jan 08, Please Call 8160- Motorcycles
$125 obo. Antique Floor 850-229-1980 850-532-1313 or email 8170-Auto Parts
Lamps, Antique Victor khconstang t &Acories
Victrola, Chest Style a : 8210 Boats
w/Queen Anne Legs, cabi- 8220- Personal Watercraft
net needs work, but works 8230 Sailboats
$150 obo. Antique White Healthcare/Other 850- 747--5020 8240S- Boat& MarnSupplies
Wash Stand. Call Port St. Joe, large HIS- 8310- Aircraftl/Aviation
850-541-4093 to see The Gulf 1 TORIC 3 br, 2.5 ba home, 8320- Av/Off Road Vehicles
County Health overlooking Bay. Elegant 8330-Campers &Trallers
rooms includes foyer with 8340- Motorhomes
Department beautiful staircase, formal
has one opening for a living&dining rooms,
full-time, Career Service breakfast room, paneled 80
(benefits assigned) Fiscal -- den/office, back stairs, 6110
MISC Sporting Assistant I based in the II places, screened
G sPort t. ne and Fn- Duepaporch, garage. $1400 mo.,
Goods gerprinting and Oit Due 1 yr lease. Call for appt.
Womans Scuba Gear quired Microsoft Excel ex- Loaded, leather interior,
Small BC Vest Tank & periencerequired. Starting i St. Joe Beach, Nice 2 br,
Fins $150 obo. Girls Bike Annual Salary: ,- 7 A7rI0A A near TAFB, all appliances, 47k miles, $5500. Call
SandbWinder Needs $18,720.00. For informa- '- Pbeach access, $800 me.stat
some TLC $50 obo. An- tion pertaining to this posi- Pelican Walk Real Estate
tique Schwinn Tandum tion, contact Lesia Hatha- 850-647-2473
Bike Babv Blue $100 obo. way at 1850) 227-1276.

Misc Teniis Racquets $15 ext. 149. Closing date is m10* | i0 I
each obo. Water Skis and December 20, 2007.* E a l
trick skis. 17 ft stiffy push
pole white $75. 6ft bait net This Agency is accepting" St. Joe Beach: Walk to
$40. Golf Clubs 1 set electronic applications LI Ce Lds JLI I *.c I beach, 20 min from TAFB, GMC Sierra'97 Extended
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sofa Matchng love seat. An Equal (850) 229-6777 Free Demos, Delivery avail
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iaUl. o y, L is r u l .... .... ....

Biofuel Highlighted At

Florida Ag Expo Last Week

Florida Agriculture
and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson will be at the second
annual Florida Ag Expo for
a demonstration of ethanol,
an energy source Bronson
has advocated for several
years. The two-day expo
will be held December 6-7 at
the Gulf Coast Research and
Education Center in Balm.
The Ag Expo, put on by
the University of Florida IFAS
and a number of agriculture

associations, draws more
than 1,200 people represent-
ing various sectors of the
agriculture industry. It gives
participants a chance to see
the latest in Best Management
Practices (BMPs) for farm-
ing, learn about the latest
research on insects and dis-
eases impacting crops, and
find out about state-of-the-
art agriculture products such
as GPS-controlled tractors
and cold-protection foam
machines. Bronson is espe-

cially pleased that a field
demonstration will highlight
the processing of sorghum
biomass for ethanol produc-
"I think Florida's agri-
culture industry needs to see
first hand that it can be an
integral part of alternative
fuel production in the future,"
Bronson said. "Using post-
harvest residues and other
cellulosic material, Florida
can be a leader in ethanol
production and help reduce

our reliance on foreign oil."
Another critical topic at
the expo will be food safe-
ty initiatives undertaken
by the growers themselves.
This year, in response to
increasing concerns about
contaminated food, tomato
growers sought out stricter
regulations for their indus-
try. These Good Agricultural
Practices (GAPs) will likely be
extended to other commodi-
ties over time.
"The public is under-

standably concerned about
the safety of the food supply
given the many food born
illness outbreaks this year,"
Bronson said. "The agricul-
ture industry in Florida is
taking steps to strengthen
food safety measures and
calm the fears of consum-
Bronson will hold a
press conference to discuss
food safety initiatives under
way in Florida and talk
about the future of ethanol.

and other alternative fuels.
The press conference will,
be held Friday, December 7,
at 10 a.m. at Gulf Coast
Research and Education
Center 14625 County Road
672 in Wimauma. The media
is invited to come and watch,
the various demonstrations
at the expo, which will fea-
ture field tours and more
than 80 vendor booths. For,
more information and direc-
tions to the expo visit http:


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Inspection Passed, Colors Flyi

The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, December 13, 2007 15B


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
There was tell-tale poi-
gnancy that the Port St.
Joe High School NJROTC
program would undergo its
annual Inspection on Pearl
Harbor Day.
As the events of 66 years
ago were remembered as the
ceremony started last Friday,
by the end there was a pal-
pable excitement about the
future of the military, in par-
ticular the U.S. Navy, as evi-
denced by the ranks of the
cadets marching and drilling
inside the R. Marion Craig
"I'm so excited," said one
cadet as the ceremonies got
started. "We've been practic-
ing about a month. We'll still
rrake some mistakes, some
of us are so nervous, but we
are all excited."
On hand to do the inspect-
ing was Lt. Commander
Michael Riordan of the
Coastal Diving and Training
Center in Panama City
Needless to say, after
making close inspection of
each cadet, watching drills,
th'e presentment of colors
and a final parade march in
frbnt of Riordan and school
and district officials, Riordan
left, Port St. Joe suitably
S"The entire company was
exceptional," Riordan said.
'll the cadets went above
and beyond.
S "Some mentioned to me
that this is one of the small-
es't units in the state. But
they prove that it's not 'the
size of the dog in the fight, it
is the size of the fight in the
dog. There is a lot of fight
in this group from what I've
SCommander Marty
J4rosz, who spearheads
the high school's NJROTC
program, said the program
and the cadets enrolled-in it
played a proud and impor-
tant part on the school cam-

vital leadership role the
cadets play in the school,
their ranks filled with stu-
dents for whom athletics or
music or performing arts are
not the answer the uniform
fits the bill.
Riordan noted that these
were volunteers, just as the
armed forces defending the
country are volunteers.
"There is nothing stron-
ger than the heart of a volun-
teer," Riordan said. "Each of
you has volunteered to join
the legacy of many Americans
who came before. I commend
you for that."
And while judging the
effectiveness of the Port St.
Joe High School program,
Riordan also emphasized
some of the characteristics
forged by volunteering to
serve in the NdROTC pro-
Leadership and caring
topped the list.

"To lead you must care
about your country and what
it stands for," Riordan said.
"You must care about your
.unit, about the Navy. Most of
all, you must care about the
people of this country you
And while the oceans
once served as the infor-
mation superhighway, new
highways have been carved

and today's cadets have the
opportunity created by the
intersection of the old and
the new, in the form of ever-
faster and broader technol-
ogy and connectivity.
"Your potential is unlim-
ited, your futures entirely
before you," Riordan said in
a final salute to the corps of
cadets lining the Coliseum
and hanging on every word.

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Salt Air Farmers Market Opens

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
For a dry run it was
a mouth-watering afternoon
last Saturday.
The Salt Air Farmers
Market officially opened in
the lot next to the Port St.
Joe City Hall and drew a
steady stream of customers
throughout the afternoon.
"This has been great,
a great beginning," said Dr.
Jennifer Taylor from Florida
A &M's Small Farm Program,
who has been instrumental
in working with the local
Waterfronts Florida group to
make the farmers market a
This was the fourth
farmers market established
in the six years of the FAMU
extension service Small
Farm Program, Taylor said,
joining similar markets in
Apalachicola and Panama
City on the roster.
The opening drew farm-
ers from Gulf, Jefferson,
Gadsden, Calhoun and Leon
counties. Beach Baptist set
up shop to sell a variety of
baked goods for charity and
an artist from Ecuador by

way of Tallahassee was also
on hand with her exqui-
site hand-made jewelry and
woven rugs.
There were also flowers
and assorted plants for the
The farmers market
concept is part commerce
- the foot and drive-by traf-
fic throughout the afternoon
was impressive and educa-
"There was a lady asking
where some greens were from
and I said Gulf County and
she said there were no farm-
ers in Gulf County," Taylor
said. "I said sure there are
and that is part of the pro-
gram, to educate the public
about the small farmers in
their county."
The farmers market
also provides an opportunity
to purchase fresh from the
ground vegetables and fruits,
promoting good health in
rural areas, Taylor added.
Judging by the comment
cards that were available, the
market was a hit.
From "Great Idea" to
'About Time" the comments
were uniformly glowing and

provided a demographic
highlight that such a market
could be a success in Port
St. Joe.
Most of those who took
the time to fill out the com-
ment cards and the percent-
age was quite high judging
by the turnout throughout a
sunny afternoon leading up
to the Christmas parade -
noted a desire for fresh fruits
and veggies, but also laud-
ed the concept as one they
would frequent if afforded
the opportunity.
As currently conceived
by the Waterfronts Florida
group, the farmers market
will return around April
and be held two Saturdays
a month into the first of
So while last Saturday
could be considered the end
of the season, it seemed to
organizers and farmers alike
to be the start of something
"I'm very pleased," said
Jim Garth of Waterfronts
Florida. "For the first time,
it has exceeded my expecta-

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