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YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER FOR OVER 69 YEARS
USPS 518-880 70th Year, Number 12 Port St. Joe, FL 2 Sections 24 Pages


January 10, 2007


Too Cold for Turtles


Photo courtesy of ANERR
Jamie Luten, Stranding Coordinator for the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, holds two of the 95 sea turtles rescued
from last week's hard freeze in St. Joe Bay.


By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer ,

It's not just pets, pipes, plants and
people that .need protection from a
hard freeze. Add all creatures outdoors,
including sea turtles, to the list.,
On New Year's Day the temperature
began dropping. By Jan. 2 and 3, the
temperature in the area was well below
freezing, even at the coastline. With the
constant north winds blowing at 15-20
miles per hour, the wind chill sank even
'lower. And the turtles in the bay were
stunned literally.
In all, 95 affected turtles were pulled
from St. Joseph Bay between Jan. 2 and 5.


At last count, on Jan. 8, 32 of the 95 were
dead and 63 were, to be released either
Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the
water temperature and weather forecast.
Jamie Luten, Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP)
EnvironmentalSpecialistattheApalachicola
National Estuarine Research Reserve
(ANERR) and Stranding Coordinator for
ANERR, coordinated the effort to rescue
the cold-stunned marine creatures in St.
Joseph Bay.
It was a well-choreographed joint effort
by several volunteer groups, official wildlife
agencies and Gulf World in Panama City
Beach.
Sea turtles, a universal favorite of locals


an i^tors ahkeA refrequent visitorsand,
,temporary residents of St. Joseph Bay and ,.
the surrounding waters.
Bysummer theyreturn to the Panhandle
and come ashore in large numbers to nest.
By winter many of the juveniles enter St.
Joseph Bay to feed in the sea grass beds.
But on the occasions when this area
suffers the shock of a real winter blast,
such as on New Year's Day, the bay water
temperature plummets in a very short
period of time, literally stunning the turtles
into immobility.
According to Barbara Eells, the area's
well-known turtle expert and licensed
wildlife rehabilitator, ANERR personnel
(See TURTLES on Page 12A)


Weston



Named City



Manager

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

Monday night the city of Port St. Joe hired
a new city manager to replace Lee Vincent,
who is leaving at the end of January.
The city commission voted unanimously
to offer the job to Charlie Weston, a retired
Army colonel who, with his wife Betty Ray,
has lived in the Gulf County community since
2001.
After a short negotiation, the city agreed
to pay Weston a base salary of $70,000 on
a one-year contract, with a total benefits
package of just over $85,000, according to
Port St. Joe city clerk Pauline Pendarvis.
Weston will officially take the position
Jan. 10.
He is only the second city manager for
Port St. Joe. Lee Vincent, also a retired
military officer, served the past two years as
the city's first manager.
Vincent's current salary is listed in city
records as $93,000, with a total benefits
package of $113,115.
According to Pendarvis, the city's current
budget is just over $40 million, about $65
million of which is connected to an unusually
large number of infrastructure projects.
In the opening discussion Monday night,
Weston told the board he knew there were
concerns by some of the commissioners about
his experience, nodding at Commnssioner
David Horton, but that he was."very
comfortable working With a budgetof-
size."
Horton said his main concern during
interviews with Weston was that Weston had
no actual municipal government experience.
Weston told the, commission he would
first make an assessment of the organization,
then hold a discussion of the assessment
with the board, and their consensus would
be his game plan.
At 60 years old, Weston retired as a
colonel after 29-plus years in the Army. He
and his.wife currently live on Cape San Blas,
and plan to continue living there, he told the
commission.
On his resume, Weston listed positions
as the chair of the Gulf County Budget Review
(See CITY MANAGER on Page 11 A)


Honeyville Storm Shelter a Reality


By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

When' hurricane season comes, Gulf
County residents can feel a little bit safer.
If evacuation of the county becomes
necessary, for whatever reason, county
residents who have no place to go or who
cannot afford to leave can now gather in the
county's new storm shelter in Honeyville.
The official ribbon cutting and opening
of the shelter took place Dec. 21. Although
offices within the shelter are still being
furnished, the space is officially open for
business.
The public had the opportunity to
explore the $887,000 9,309 square-foot
building at the opening reception, and will
soon have the ability to use the facility as a
community center as well.
"This is going to be a help in so many
ways," said Marshall Nelson, Gulf County's
director of emergency management. "For
years, we haven't had a shelter. Wewahitchka
Middle School was our designated shelter of
last resort, but it has a very limited capacity
and it's not good as a shelter because it is
separated from the kitchen area."
But the Honeyville shelter "brings us the
capability to shelter residents in any type of
situation," he said.


According to Nelson, the new shelter can
hold approximately 280 people. It is designed
to handle a 155 mile-per-hour wind load, and
can be used to house people not just during
hurricanes, but also tornados, flooding
disasters, and in situations like widespread
power outages during cold weather.
The building was also constructed to
serve as an alternate emergency operations
center (EOC) in case the main center in Port
St. Joe became unusable.
"If we have to move off of the coast
and out of our primary EOC because of a'
Category 5 hurricane or because of storm
surge, the Honeyville facility has been
designed to become the alternate EOC,"
Nelson explained.
"We'll simply take our laptop computers
up there and plug them into the docking
stations. We've also installed complete
communications and 9-1-1 systems, plus
phone lines and all our dispatch radios are
set up there.
"If we need to use' Honeyville as an EOC,
we'll cdll GTCom and have them activate the
lines and we're good to go."
In addition to room for almost 300 people
and the emergency operations capabilities,
the shelter has a large commercial kitchen
and walk-in cooler to serve everyone, plus
restrooms with showers.


Marie Logan/The Star
Joined by county employees and other dignitaries, Wewahitchka mayor Ray Dickens and
County Commissioner Carmen McLemore cut the ribbon dedicating the new Honeyville storm
shelter.
The shelter has already been drafted to The facility is also expected to serve
serve as the temporary Wewahitchka senior the community as a reception area and
citizens center while the main center is being community events center.
renovated.


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Mobile Homes Have Some Help, Protection from Hurricanes


By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
It's a mixed bag for
mobile home owners when
it comes to participating in
the state storm mitigation
program called My Safe
Florida Home (MSFH).
There is some help for
mobile/manufactured home
homeowners in Florida
under an ancillary program
- it's just not particularly


suited for the Panhandle
right now.
When MSFH began in
2006, the state legislature
earmarked some money
for Tallahassee Community
College to design and
administer an ancillary
program specifically to
mitigate wind damage to
mobile and manufactured
homes.
It is called the
Manufactured Housing and
Mobile Home Mitigation and
Enhancement Program, or
Windstorm Enhancement
Program for brevity.
The Windstorm
Enhancement Program was
created in 2007 with $7.5
million. Its budget, was
doubled to $15 million for
2008.
Under the program,
mobile homes in designated
mobile home parks are


eligible for a free wind
inspection and possible
$3,500 grants for wind
mitigation improvements.
The grants do not have to be
repaid.
However, shortly
after the program began,
Florida governor Charlie
Crist removed the $15
million earmarked for the
Windstorm Enhancement
Program from the state
budget.
But after much lobbying
by the manufactured home
industry and a Florida
aluminum fabrication
company that handled the
mobile home improvements,
Crist restored the money to
the program in October.
Nowcertainmobilehome
owners can participate in the
Windstorm Enhancement
Program if they meet the
requirements.
Accordingtoinformation
from Christy Pendleton,
assistant program director
for the program, no one in
Gulf or Franklin Counties
is currently eligible for the
mobile home program,
unless they live in a mobile
home park.


Pendleton said that the budget insecurity, they can
program is so "up in the reach more homeowners
air right now" (because of by working with existing
funding questions), that they mobile home parks, which
are concentrating mostly are mostly located in central
on the mobile home parks and south Florida, she
farther south. explained.
Program administrators They did, however, work
feel that under the current with two mobile home parks


in Santa Rosa County and
one in Escambia County in
2007, she said.
According to Pendleton,
the program just received
the $15 million at the end
of November and must have
it all spent by June of this
year. She said they will find
out in May if the program
will receive more funding.
If the program receives
more funding, Pendleton
said they will try to begin
working with small
neighborhoods comprised
of mobile/ manufactured
homes, and will hopefully
begin working with mobile
home owners who own
individual parcels of land,
maybe on a street by street
basis.
According to Pendleton,
they were looking at working
with individually owned
mobile homes in 2007,
but when the money was
removed from the program,
everything stopped.
"We are looking for
different ways to help more
(See SAFE en Page 6A)


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Hospital Contractor to Hold Meeting



for Potential Subcontractors


By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

Under the direction
of Commissioner Billy
Traylor, this year's chair
of the Board of County
Commissioners, the board
held its first regular meeting
bf 2008 Tuesday night.
Of importance to a
large number of Gulf County
residents and business
owners, county manager
Don Butler announced that
there will be a meeting on
Thursday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m.
E.T. in the Commission


board room for all
contractors interested in
working on the new Sacred
Heart Hospital coming to
Port St. Joe.
The general contractor,
Green Hut, will hold the
informational meeting to
give local contractors the
opportunity to apply for
work on the project.
According to Traylor,
Green Hut has committed
to actively pursuing as
much local labor to handle
the project as possible.
In other business
conducted at the meeting:


Presidential Primaries


Approaching


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Early voting for the
Democratic and Republican
Presidential Preference
primaries will begin
Jan. 14, Linda Griffin,
Supervisor of Elections,
announced this week.
Early voting will take
place from 9 a.m. until 5
p.m. ET Monday through
Saturday through Saturday,
Jan. 26.
The primary elections
will be held Tuesday, Jan.
29.
Also on the ballot that
day will be the property tax
amendment proposed by
Florida legislators to amend
the Florida Constitution, so
there will also be a non-
partisan ballot for those not
voting in either Democratic
or Republican primary.


There will be two early
voting sites: the Supervisor
of Elections Office on Long
Avenue in Port St. Joe and
the Wewahitchka Library.
Those wishing to vote
by absentee ballot may call
Griffin's office at 229-6117.
Requests for absentee
ballots to be mailed will be
taken through 5 p.m. Jan.
23.
The voter registration
books for the Presidential
primaries closed on Dec.
31.
While the Democratic
National Committee has
announced it will not
recognize Florida delegates
because of the early primary
date, the rest of the country
will know how Florida
Democrats voted.
Voters with any
questions should call
Griffin's office at 229-6117.


Traylor presented
outgoing chair,
Commissioner BillWilliams,
a plaque for his past year's
service.
County grant writer
Loretta Costin relayed to the
board that the Gulf County
Economic Development
Council (EDC), with which
she is working closely,
recognized that they need
to restructure their board
of directors and bring new
members on board.
She said the EDC also
recognized that they need a
more central office location
and has talked with the
county Tourist Development
Council (TDC) about sharing
the TDC's new building in
Port St. Joe.
That building, located
on South Fourth Street
across from the historic
Maddox House, is currently


being remodeled to house
both the TDC and the
Gulf County Chamber of
Commerce.
Costin said the question
of the EDC sharing space,
rent-free for one year, will be
brought to the TDC board
in February.
Costin also told the
commissioners that they
needed to hold a workshop
very soon to discuss the
new routes proposed for the
Gulf Coast Parkway, which
will affect Gulf County, she
said.
She asked for a
meeting with the board, the
TDC, EDC and the local
transportation committee
at a date and time to be
announced.
Williams and
Commissioner Carmen
McLemore, Gulf County's
representatives to a six-


county committee dealing
with the "water wars" over
the water in the Apalachicola
River, requested the county
officially ask Governor
Charlie Crist to formally
recognize the committee so
the committee members can
gain access to Department
of Environmental Protection
data concerning the water
slowdown.
Without formal
recognition of the six-
county committee, Williams
said they could not get the
information they needed
from official government
sources.
The motion to as for
formal recognition passed
5-0.
Commissioner Nathan
Peters announced the grand
opening of the Port St. Joe
Washington High School/
Elementary School Museum


will be Jan. 21 at 1 p.m.
E.T. The public is invited.
McLemore presented a
check for $199,500 to Billy
Ray Moore, fire chief of the
Howard Creek Volunteer
Fire Department, for the
purchase of a new, 2,500
gallon tanker-pumper
truck.
The fire department
will still need to provide
$10,500 additional funds
for the total purchase price
of the new truck, Moore
said.
Traylor told the board
that the "no wake" signs
requested in 2007 for .the
White City, Highland View
and Overstreet portions of
the Intracoastal Waterway
are now in and will be
installed at the boat
ramps in those locations
immediately.


Boyd Staff Holds Office Hours

in Port St. Joe

A member of Congressman Allen Boyd's (D-North
Florida) staff will be visiting Port St. Joe on the third
Thursday of every month so the people of GulfCounty
have the opportunity3to discuss issues concerning
them.
Congressman Boyd's staff is trairied to assist
constituents with avariety of issues relating tovarious
federal agencies. It is.important to, Congressman
Boyd that his staff is lavailtable forIthose who are not
able to travel to either his PanamaCity or Tallahassee
offices.

Office Hours with Congressmian Boyd's Staff
Thursday, JanuarIy 17, 2008
9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. EST
Gulf County Courthouse Administration Annex
Port St. Joe


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Established 1937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 70 years


To the Editor:
State Rep. Dan Gelber stated in a recent
Florida Trend article that "Florida has really
major challenges right now and we're just mov-
ing everything in the in-box to the bottom, hoping
it goes away." That statement is right on point.
After a 60-day regular session and four
expensive special sessions in 2007, you would
think the Governor and Legislature could suc-
cessfully address some of Florida's many chal-
lenges. Instead, they draw on the frustrations
and fears of citizens in order to divert attention
away from their failures and direct it toward cit-
ies, counties, and school districts. These are the
very governmental entities that provide day to
day services to all Florida citizens.
So what do our state leaders do? They draw
attention away from their failures to address
numerous important state issues. Homeowners
insurance is just one example. Tens of thou-
sands of our citizens have either had their
property insurance cancelled or they had to
drop their coverage because of sky-high premi-
ums. The Governor and Legislature should have
stayed focused on the insurance crises instead of
manufacturing another crisis as a diversion.
We are now told that the state knows best
when it comes to running city and county gov-
ernments and local school districts. Actually,
the Governor and Legislature are not qualified
to run local governments. They are out of their
league when it comes to being responsible for
the day-to-day delivery of vital local services and
for educating our children. Local officials elected
by and working with local citizens are the best
qualified for these challenges,
Here is the crux of this state-created crisis.
They say local governments spend too much
money resulting in' high property taxes. Hello?
Almost without exception, each year the Florida
'Legislature imposes unfunded mandates on local
governments and school districts. Now, they
have the nerve to say these same local govern-
ments must be fiscally controlled by the state.
Floridians, pay attention! We are being sold
a bill of goods and the goods are bad. Whether
we are native Floridians or have been here for
a short period of time, this is our state and


we deserve better from Charlie Crist and the.
Legislature. The Governor should lead Florida,
not participate in a diversionary shell game that
could very well cripple local governments in the
delivery of adequate vital public safety and qual-
ity of life services.
My family and I as well as many of our
friends will be voting NO on the property tax
amendment Jan. 29. Granted, our tax system
certainly needs some adjustments and improve-
ments. This issue is being addressed by the
Taxation and Budget Reform Commission. Let's
give the commission a chance to work through
this complicated issue and recommend needed
substantive changes. The Jan. 29 property tax
referendum is a result of shallow politics out
of Tallahassee that draws on the frustrations of
hardworking taxpayers.
In conclusion, instead of the state becoming
an obstruction to local governments it should
partner with them. This partnership will result
in better solutions for all. As Rep. Gelber stated,
"...we're just moving everything in the in-box to
the bottom."
Ernie Padgett
Marianna


Daddy Thawed Me Out I


It was so cold one January that
Mr. Archie Moore's pond froze. We
stood there in amazement as the
cows came down to the bank and
couldn't "break through" to get a
drink. Ricky Gene threw a crabapple
as hard as he could against that
solid sheet of ice and it didn't even
cause a dent. Cautiously we eased
out on it and checked for cracks.
Arlo Cunningham, who was a little
big for his age, jumped up and
down..the ice held!
We didn't know exactly what
to do but this was too good of an
opportunity to pass up! It didn't take
Yogi's fertile mind long, "How about a
baseball game on ice?"
We sprinted back to the house,
got our gloves and a bat, called
Miss Estine up at the Southern Bell
Company and asked her to ring
Kenny, Jim Bob, Buddy, B-Mack and
Mary Hadley and tell them to hi-tail
it down to the pond. There is noth-
ing like a first time for anything...
It was another "great idea" that
didn't exactly work. Choosing up
sides was no problem. And we had
played so much together everyone
instinctively moved to their posi-
tions. We tossed down a couple of
dirt clods for bases..it looked like we
were ready for the day of our lives!
But those winter boots didn't


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"dig in" the ice like our PF
Flyers took to the grass
on that field beside Aunt HUNKKER DOWN1
Jesse's house. You fig-
ure in those heavy jack-
ets and long underwear WITH KESF
and it made it near bout
impossible to swing a bat
or get down in front of a Kesley Colbert
hard hit ball. You couldn't Contributing Writer
keep your balance when Contributing Writer
you were pitching or hit-
ting. When someone did and the startled cows as spectators
make contact the ball skidded by would have been right up his alley.
the infielders way too fast to make 'Course, that thought never
a play. B-Mack slid into second base crossed our minds. We just didn't
and ended up out behind Kenny in want to waste the frozen pondl None
left field! s had ever seen a pair of ce
We took most of our clothes off. of us had ever seen a pair of ice
Sure, it was plenty cold but some- skates and hockey was only played
hure it was plenty cold but some- by people who were from Wisconsin
how it wasn't so hard on you back or Canada.
in those days. Besides, the sun was "How about football?" We had
out.
plopped down behind "home plate"
We slipped and slid for an hour not about to admit the baseball
or two trying to make it work. An ga me was a sham but lookhe for a
outfielder didn't have a chance. He'd gamewas a sham but looking for a
ytime he started for a graceful way out.
wipeout every time he started for a "We don't have a ball and I ain't
deep fly. No traction! We laughed at walkin back to the house again," It
the folly of it more than we played wa back tothe house again
baseball. Norman Rockwell could was cold enough to see your breath
have had a field day with the over- as we discussed the opportunities of
coat, scarves, boots and toboggans the moment. "Do you think we could
scattered indiscriminately across the get the pigs down here?"
There was a moment of silence.
ice as the handful of yokels tried to Therewas amoment of slence
make the game work The old barn It was a given that Arlo wasn't the
make the game work. The old barn


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Nostalgia for



the Future


Property Tax




Amendment is




Shell Game


Lather Q
smartest one in the bunch. But what
did he possibly think we could do
with a herd of pigs on ice?
"Do you reckon a tractor or a
car would have more traction?" Yogi
moved the conversation on.
"What do you mean?"
"I was just wondering which
would win if we raced'em across
this ice."
"The car has more speed, it
would win going away!"
"I dunno, those big back tires
on the tractor would have way more
grip, which would be more impor-
tant than speed!"
We debated this for a few min-
utes like it was a matter of national
importance.
"There's one way to find out."
The tractor was no problem.
We had an old Farmall up at the
house. The only question was would
it crank in this cold weather? Mary
Hadley put her hand on my arm
as we stood up, "Kes, this is not a
good idea. Please don't do something
stup-"
"We can get Lonnie Stoner's
dad's old Dodge." Ricky Gene didn't
let her finish. And it wouldn't have
mattered anyway. I knew these guys-
the idea had passed the planning
stage. We had crossed the Rubicon.
Plus, I was pretty interested by now


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wishing is nostalgia for the future.
Especially as a new year rolls
around, we become susceptible
to an irrational hope that the
coming year will eventually be
remembered as part of the good
old days.
As a general rule, such an
outcome is unlikely. And as we
roll into 2008, our prospects seem
dimmer than usual. Nevertheless,
we still cast our hope forward and
haul in a net full of possibilities.
With little but blind faith to go
on, here are some results of a few
casts of the net.
While it seems that racism
is making a comeback, there
is reason to believe that the
recent eructations represent its
last desperate gasps. Its last
bastion, interracial marriage,
has been breached. Neither
dating nor marriage between
races is considered remarkable
these days, particularly amongst
the members of the younger
generation.
We oldsters did not tackle
this final rampart of racism to any
great degree while we fought for
integration, civil rights and equal
opportunity. We considered it too
great a barrier to breach.
Our children and
grandchildren, by contrast, have
simply stepped over it as though
it were just a bump in the road.
If they keep on this way, then
thirty years from now interracial
marriage will be as commonplace
as interethnic marriage among
white Americans is now.
May they continue on their
way in the coming year.
As the rubble of racism
crumbles away, other issues
begin to stand out. One problem
common to us all is the disparity
of incomes in today's economy. Is
it too much to ask for that, while
CEOs and professional athletes


earn tens of millions a year, the
rest of us could make as much as
our parents did?
Forty years ago, a yearly
income of $10,000 was within
the reach of many working class
Americans. The equivalent
income today, $50,000, is not.
A new racism, international
demonism, has been invented to
deflect our attention from this
simple fact. Unfortunately for its
inventors, it hasn't worked as well
as they hoped.
May our eyes continue to open
as the newyear unfolds.
Speaking of the economy,
the guardians of our currency
seem to have given up all hope of
preserving its value. They appear
to have no better plan for saving
our economy than igniting a
firestorm of inflation.
May their plan be doused
by an ocean of common sense
spending by all of us.
Education is another
caldron of hope and concern.
Arguments rage all across the
land over the costs and value
of our public schools. Despite
the disagreements, most people
realize that it is education that
mainly separates the haves from
the have-nots in our economic
butter churn.
Perhaps in 2008 we can at
least agree that we will all be better
off if there are more haves than
have-nots when all the churning
is done.
Let's stop here and give
credibility a chance to catch its
breath. Age may not always
bring wisdom but it does provide
perspective. Nostalgiaof any kind
is best indulged in lightly. Too
much hope can lead to too much
disappointment. But still and all,
some hope is better than no hope
at all.
So let's not restrain our
nostalgia for the future too severely
this year. With a little luck, we
may still catch a good one.





uickly!
to see which one would get across
the ice first.
Wasn't any of us quite old enough
to have a driver's license. But back
,then if you just drove around the
house or across the fields, didn't no
one object. I choked that old trac-
tor till it finally turned over and I
eased down the gravel road toward
the pond.
I got there about the same time
Arlo drove up in Mr. Stoner's pick-
up truck. Lonnie wasn't with them
and I wondered how they got the
truck without him. Mary Hadley was
the only one who didn't look happy
as we lined up on the bank opposite
the old barn. "First one to pull out by
the barn is the winner." B-Mack was
the official starter. "And don't hit any
cows!" He dropped his hand.
I was already in second gear for
a quick take off. I popped the clutch
and roared out onto the icel Arlo slid
the truck side ways almost immedi-
ately. He was spinning every tire on
that old Dodge. I think I had himl I
shoved the gas arm out as far as it
would go. I was two lengths ahead
and over half way to the barn when
the ice broke! The Farmall didn't go
all the way under at first. But you
can't imagine how cold that water
was cascading over me as the front
end harpooned into the black abyss!
I was knocked over on the back
fender and somehow managed to
leap, off..miraculously avoiding the
still spinning Dodge and the cows on
my way down!
I learned some very important
lessons that day. One of which was
that tractors weigh more than teen-
agers. Sun melts ice. Mary Hadley
was smarter than she looked. And I
never listened to Yogi again...

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Most Wanted host John Walsh
hosted a discussion today
with members of the Attorney
General's CyberCrime Unit
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CyberSafety initiatives and
their impact on child vic-
tims. Joining the Attorney
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the CyberCrime Unit, who
provided information about
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tigations and instances where
children have been rescued
as a result of those investi-
gations. Also present were
volunteer educators from
the Attorney General's Office
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ing McCollum's 50-minute
CyberSafety program to mid-
dle and high school students
throughout the state.
"The startling number
of children who are victim-
ized through cybercrimes
is evidence enough for why
a heavy-handed approach
toward internet child preda-
tors is so important,", said
Attorney General McCollum.
"Every single child who can
be saved from the devastating
impact of cybercrime is one
more child who will not have
to live with the scars of that
victimization for the rest of
his or her life."
Information on the
CyberCrime Unit's investiga-
tions was provided by Chuck
McMullen, Chief of Law
Enforcement for the Attorney
General's CyberCrime Unit.
Chief McMullen described
instances where CyberCrime
investigators have identified
or rescued child victims in
danger of being further vic-
timized as a result of inves-
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CyberCrime investigators
also regularly conduct under-
cover investigations online
where they are approached
by internet child predators
who believe they are solicit-
ing children or the parents
of those children for sex.
National statistics show that
last week alone, 260 children
reported being sexually solic-
ited over the internet. More
than 33,000 reported online
solicitations have occurred
since 1998. Since October
2005, the Attorney General's
CyberCrime Unit has made
57. arrests. Of those indi-
viduals arrested, 10 believed
they were talking to a child
online and traveled to -meet
that child for the purpose of
further sexually abusing him
or her. Four of these arrests
have been in the past four
months.
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students who have received


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the CyberSafety presenta-
tions and the number who
subsequently revealed vic-
timization to an advocate or
educator. Launched at 'the
beginning of this school year,
the CyberSafety program
combines real-life stories and
examples to help students
identify the ways they could
be victimized online and .is
designed to empower chil-
dren to use the internet safe-
ly. During the presentations,
the students receive informa-
tion about internet dangers
as well as tactics used by
online child predators. They
also learn what constitutes, a
cybercrime and how to report
it. An open line of communi-
cation between the students
and the victim advocates is
strongly encouraged to give
the opportunity for private
disclosure of any offenses.
The Attorney General's
victim advocates also offer
counseling to any child who
discloses victimization' and
can refer any reported offens-
es to law. enforcement for
investigation. During today's
discussion, the victim advo-
cates -reported that more
than 23,000 students have
received the presentations to
date and more than 1,400
students have reported some
type of victimization, includ-
ing unsolicited pornographic
material and direct sexual
advances.
Attorney General
McCollum has set a goal
of bringing the critical
CyberSafety Education mes-
sage to all middle and high
schools in Florida by the end
of this school year. More
information on the program,
including information about
how to schedule presenta-
tions at Florida schools and
tips on internet safety is avail-
able online at http:// www.
safeflorida.net/safesurf.


benefits).
Defined benefit plan lim-
its. The annual limit on how
much employees can receive
from.a defined benefit (pen-
sion) plan increases from
$180,000 to $185,000 in
2008.
Individual Retirement
Accounts (IRAs). The maxi-
mum amount you can con-
tribute to a regular or Roth
IRA increases from $4,000
to $5,000 in 2008 (and from
$5,000 to $6,000 for those
aged 50 and older).
Savers credit. Low- and
moderate-income workers
who contribute to an IRA
or company-sponsored plan
may be eligible for an addi-
tional savers credit of up to
$1,000 ($2,000 if filing joint-
ly). Qualifying income ceiling
limits rise to $53,000 for joint
filers, $39,750 for heads of
household, and $26,500 for
singles or married persons
filing separately. Read Form
8880 at www.irs.gov for more
information.
SIMPLE plan contribu-
*tions. The employee contri-
bution limit for these small-
employer plans, which resem-
ble 401(k) plans, remains
unchanged at $10,500.
Maximum catch-up contribu-
tions for those over age 50
remain at $2,500.
Simplified Employee
Pension (SEP) IRA plans. In
these plans, your employer
(or you, if self-employed) con-
tributes directly to an IRA on
your behalf. The annual mini-
mum wage you must earn to
participate remains at $500,
the 2007 level. The maxi-


mum contribution allowed is
a percentage of pay (25 per-
cent if the company is incor-
porated; 20, 'percent if not)
up to an annual pay limit of
$230,000 a $5,000 increase
from 2007.
College tax credit. You
may be able to claim a
Hope credit of up to $1,800
(increased from $1,650 in
2007).for qualified education
expenses paid for each eligible
student during their first two
years of post-secondary edu-
cation. Read Publication 970
at www.irs.gov for details.
Social Security wage
base. The maximum earn-
ings amount subject to Social
Security tax has increased to
$102,000, from $97,500 in
2007.
Reexamine your filing
status options each year, par-
ticularly if your income or,
living situation has changed.
And, if you held two or more
jobs during the year, make
sure you haven't overpaid
Social Security. As always,
consult a financial advisor for
your particular situation.
Be a wise consumer
when it comes to paying your
taxes: You'll have more money
to save for your future or
to spend on the things you
want.

Jason Alderman directs
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By Jason Alderman

In this era of big-box dis-
count stores, it's practically,
a badge of honor not to pay
full price for anything. A simi-
lar philosophy reigns when it
comes to paying taxes: Yes,
we should all. shoulder our
fair share, but overpay? No
way.
One good way to lower
your tax bill is to take advan-
tage of favorable annual IRS
tax code changes, such as
cost-of-living adjustments
to various personal exemp-
tion amounts, allowable tax
deductions and 'rising income
limits for retirement savings
plan contributions.
Here are a few 2008 tax
code amounts to keep, in
mind:
Defined contribution plan
limits. After regularly increas-
ing since 2001, the maxi-
mum individual contribution
for 401(k), 403(b) and 457
plans remains unchanged at
$15,500. If you're over age 50
you can also contribute up to
another $5,000 per year. The
annual limit for combined
employee and employer con-
tributions to these plans rises
from $45,000 to $46,000 in
2008.
Remember, making pre-
tax contributions to these
plans reduces your taxable
income, which in turn low-
ers your taxes. To learn more
about how 401(k) plans
work, go to Practical Money
Skills for Life, a free person-
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When unexpected visitors
drop by your house, how do
you spend the precious sec-
onds it takes your friends
to get from the front yard to
your front door? I typically
take the 45 seconds or so
to pick up newspapers or
place any dishes in the sink
or put the bedroom slippers
away that I left by the sofa the
night before. We can bump
up expectations when we put
a house on the market. We
likely have a laundry list of
items to be fixed, cleaned up
or replaced prior to allowing
prospective buyers to walk
through. I actually know peo-
ple who fixed up their house
to sell and decided they liked
it just fine after the work
was done! Hotels have a term
when their rooms are ready
to rent: "guest-ready." This
means everything is working
correctly, all amenities are in
place, and everything is clean
and straight.
In business, we have the
obligation to ourselves and
our profit margins to keep
our businesses "guest-ready "
every day. A few cost-effective
things we can look at right
now can provide huge return
in appearance and appeal to
our customer base-current
and future.
Just about a year ago,
small-city expert Robert Gibbs
toured our Historic Downtown
and was very impressed. He


stated "Reid Avenue is one
of the most attractive small
main streets that I have seen
in many years" with an his-
torical and "old-time, main-
street" feel. He also repeatedly
stated we need to "freshen
up what we have," and the
downtown district "contains
numerous well-maintained,
independent stores, offices
and restaurants; however,
in eyery area of each busi-
ness district, deferred main-
tenance, crooked signage and
decaying facades will detract
and actually turn potential
shoppers away." Importantly,
he stated, "Every feature of
the business district needs to
look like somebody cares."
Your storefront does
more for your business than
anything else. According to
retail expert Rick Segel, your
storefront defines your busi-
ness and tells how you feel
about your business. Display
windows create interest and
make customers want to enter
and buy. While the PSJRA
is preparing to help each of
you make your business more
attractive, there are many
things you can do along with
this effort to increase busi-
ness potential.
And now for the chal-
lenge: next time you enter
your place of business, stop
at the front and take an inven-
tory of what 30 minutes of
care can accomplish... or one


hour...or one Saturday morn-
ing., Ask yourself a few ques-
tions such as the following:
Are the windows clean? How
about the window sills? Are
there any left-over pieces of
Scotch tape on the window?
Are there outdated flyers on
the window? Are there hooks
or nails, rusted and empty,
in the overhang? Has anyone
thrown trash onto your over-
hang that is visible from the
sidewalk? If you have furni-
ture out front, is it clean and
in like-new condition? If you
have planters our front, are
they free of chips or cracks
and are the plants healthy
and well-tended? Is the letter-
ing on your window chipped
or cracked? If your property
houses a vacant business,
are the old signs removed?
Are any windows cracked or
broken? What do potential
customers see through the
glass? Will the condition of
your property help or hinder
perception of business in the
rest of the district? Is your
building or property, vacant
or otherwise in "guest-ready"
condition?
One of the most effective
tools we can utilize to increase
business and attract new cus-
tomers is to make sure every
detail, every day, looks as
though "somebody cares" and
to keep every aspect of our
businesses "guest-ready."


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people, and are trying to
keep all options open," she
said.
Iffundingfortheprogram
is continued, Pendleton said
their decision on where
to apply the money also
factors in information based
on the 2004-1005 hurricane
seasons, something that will
work in the Panhandle's
favor.
"Everything is
contingent on funding right
now as to options for next
year," Pendleton said.
The community college
also administers a "tie
down" program which they
developed and have run for
the past seven years. They
have almost $3 million for
free tie downs on mobile
homes. It is a community-
based program mostly
down south, Pendleton said,
and is more difficult to get
into. Through this program
she said they will try to
bring the funding to small
neighborhoods in 2009.
Information from the
MSFH program explains
why all Florida residents
have a stake in windstorm
mitigation for mobile
homes.
Most of Florida's
manufactured home
property insurance is
underwritten by Citizens,
the state-run insurer of last
resort.
Since the company is
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where else to turn in buying
homeowners insurance for
their Florida residences.
If hurricane damage
can be lessened before the
fact by retro-fitting mobile
and manufactured homes
to withstand wind damage,
the less Citizens must pay
out in claims and the less
taxpayers are charged to
cover the claims.
Some of the
enhancements for
mobile homes under the
Windstorm Enhancement
Program include reinforced
tie downs, reinforcement
of aluminum accessories,
carports, sunrooms, screen
rooms and shutters.
While the merits of
mobile homes in storm zones
are hotly debated, there are
several things mobile home
owners can do to strengthen
their dwellings, especially
if the mobile home was
constructed after 1994,
when the toughest building
codes yet for mobile homes
was passed by the Florida
legislature.
Some of the mitigation
efforts for mobile and
manufactured homes are the
same as for site-built homes,
according to David Bowers
and Kelley Mewbourne.
Bowers is astate certified
wind inspector and the
program's regional manager
for Bay, Gulf, Calhoun and
Leon Counties.
Mewbourne is the lead
field assistant for the two-
man team.
According to Bowers,
the team has completed well
over 100 inspections in Gulf
County alone.
"We've done 15 or 20
on just Garrison and Long
Avenues," Bowers said, "but
only a few on Cape San
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street telling everyone.
That's why we've done so
many there. This is a great
networking neighborhood."
Theyrelymostheavilyon
that kind of word-of-mouth
advertising, he said. "Out of
the last 2,000 inspections
we've done, 1,900 of them
were generated by word-of-
mouth."
Bowers said the easiest
part of their job is the
inspections themselves. "It
takes twice as long for the
paperwork," he sighed.
There are only six
wind certification entities
in Florida, according to
Bowers. He and Mewbourne
are paid by the contractors
they work for, and the
contractors are paid by the
state.
Bowers, who has been
working at this job for
the past two and one have
years, takes all the exterior
photographs of the homes
and handles the attic
inspections. Mewbourne
simultaneously inspects the
windows and doors.
Working together, they
said they could inspect a
house, on average, in 20
minutes. They work from
sunup to sundown, as they-
described it, handling 14
to 16 inspections per day.
Most of their time, they
said, is spent talking to and
educating the homeowners..
Bowers said most
owners of site-built homes
can get an automatic wind
insurance reduction of
between 20 and 40 percent
just for having a hip roof.
"Most people don't know
what they've got and can't
tell their insurance carrier,"
Bowers said, "so they are
missing out on savings
automatically."
He said about 80
percent of the houses they
were inspecting were saving
money, although houses
constructed after 2005
were staying about the same
on their insurance costs
because of the tightened
building codes that went


into effect since 2005.
"What people don't
understand is that with a
couple of two by fours and a
handful of eight penny nails,
in one hour they can have
a great brace that can save
them 20 to 40 percent for
gable end bracing. It's not
hard to do," he said.
And Mewbourne
warned homeowners to
make sure their window
protection was specifically
what insurance companies
require, otherwise there
would be no credit to the
insurance policy.
S"If it doesn't say 'Miami-
Dade rated'," it's wrorthless,"
he cautioned.
Since hurricane rated
windows, especially for
retrofitting a home, are
so expensive, Mewbourne
talked about a trademarked
product called Storm
Busters.
According to
Mewbourne, it is a fairly
inexpensive material that
cuts like wood, and is
easily installed over existing
windows. Each panel is cut
to fit and can be stored in
a very small space, he said,
indicating that the panels
need no more storage space
when not in use than the
width and height of the
largest panel, stacked to
a depth of about 12 to 18
inches.
And the product is
available for both site-built
and mobile homes, Bowers
added. The brackets that
are secured to the outside
of the window openings
are bolted into the house's
framework, and the panels,
when needed, are fitted into
the channels. The frames
can easily be bolted onto a
mobile home framework as
well.
It is best to let a
contractor install them,
though, Bowers advised,
because to issue insurance
credit, the insurance
companies want certification
that can only come from a
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"WHICH ONE COSTS MORE TO INSURE?"


Do-it-yourself
installation, while simple
and inexpensive for many
homeowners, will not achieve
the premium reduction that
contractor-installed work
will, he cautioned.
Bowers and Mewbourne
encouraged any homeowner
of a sit-built home to apply
for the free wind inspection.
People can enroll in the
program, on-line, he said,
"but it takes so long for the
information and request for
inspection to filter down to
us, that it's better if they just
call our office to enroll. It's


much easier."
"This has been the
biggest joy of any job I've
ever done," Bowers said.
"The ability to help people
while saving them money is
great."
To enroll in the My Safe
Florida Home program for
a free wind inspection, call
Bowers and Mewbourne
directly at 850-866-4582,
or go online at www.
mysafefloridahome.com,
or call the MSFH hotline at
1-866-513-6734.


Grants and YMCA


Top City
At the first regular
meeting of the Port St. Joe city
commission on Jan. 3, city
grant writer Charlotte Pierce
announced an opportunity
for the city to apply for up to
$6 million in grants from the
Florida Forever Community
Trust.
The sole purpose of
the funding is to preserve
land from development and
exploitation, Pierce told the
commission.
Pierce gave the board
a list of four properties
that had been suggested
for consideration under
the program in an effort to
preserve land inside the city
limits along St. Joseph Bay.
City mayor Mel Magidson
said the city needed to
preserve the bay front "as
best we can," but wanted to
know how much tax revenue
would be taken off the city
tax rolls by the purchase of
each of the four suggested
parcels before submitting the
city's recommendations.
According to Pierce, if
the city acquires any of the
parcels, the city can construct
walking paths, pavilions,
or the like on the property,
but not any significant
structures.
The board voted
unanimously to proceed with
the grant process subject to
a different prioritization of
suggested land parcels.
In other business
conducted at the meeting,
representatives from the
PanamaCityYMCAaddressed
the board, announcing that
they were ready to take the
next step in establishing a


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YMCA in town.
William Byrd and Ken
McGartlin, members of the
Panama City YMCA board
of directors, referenced the
past surveys concerning
residents' interest in a YMCA
in Port St. Joe, and told the
commission that it was now
time hire a professional to
come to Port St. Joe and
establish a program base,
and to establish a citizens'
committee to begin working
on the details.
McGartlin said although
the YMCA of Bay County will
participate in "corporate
ways," it would be up to the.
citizens' committee to handle
things like finding available
land for the facility.
He. said the necessary
building would need to be a
minimum of 25,000 square
feet, with adequate parking
and outdoor space.
Magidson said the
citizens' task force could be
comprised of the city, county,
the YMCA, the Boys and Girls
Club in Gulf County, the
existing Headstart program,
and the city's current citizen
task force.
Byrd insisted that other
groups that he said "had a
large stake" in the proceedings
must also be named to the
YMCA citizens' committee. He
said the DuPont Foundation,
which commissioned
several of the studies on
the efficacy of building
a YMCA in Gulf County,
insisted on the inclusipn of
specific organizations on the
committee "to better round
out the task force."


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Classic Day of


Hoops


Port St. Joe Downs Rams


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Port St. Joe's victory on
Saturday night was a classic
way to finish an afternoon of
basketball.
The Tiger Sharks (7-7)
built a double-digit lead in
the third quarter but need-
ed some clutch free throw
shooting to hold off a furious
Rutherford (6-9) rally and
pull out a 65-56 win.
The victory capped off
the Gulf County Classic,
which this year was tweaked
from a three-day Christmas
holiday tournament into a
one-day celebration of high
school basketball, including
boys' junior varsity and girls'
varsity games.
"We needed that," said
Port St. Joe coach Derek
Kurnitsky. "Our kids did a
good job and grew up a little
bit against a good Rutherford
basketball team.
."This was a great way to
cap off a great day of basket-
ball in Gulf County."
The Tiger Sharks seemed
to put the game away in the
third quarter as they trans-
formed a 25-22 halftime lead
into a 46-33 margin.
Port St. Joe did it the
way the Tiger Sharks started
the game, with a quick break
offense, suffocating defense
and balanced scoring.
Ricardo Clemmons led
Port St. Joe with 13 points,
with Fonda Davis chipping
in 12.
Raheem Clemons and
Ramone Beard scored 10
points apiece and Willie
Quinn added seven as Port
St. Joe received at least five
points from eight players.
The Rams struggled
offensively throughout the
third period as the Tiger
Sharks tallied runs of nine-
and seven-straight points
to bookend the quarter and
build a comfortable lead.


But the Rams would not
go quietly.
With Port St. Joe up
54-41 early in the final peri-
od, the Rams scored six in
a row from the foul line and
minutes later T.J. McCray (a
game-high 18 points) bombed
a 3-pointer from the right arc
and Ben Briggs (eight points)
stole a pass and drove for an
uncontested lay-up to make
it 58-54 with just over a min-
ute remaining.
"I'm pleased with the
kids' effort," said Ram coach
Rodney Ross. "This time of
year what you want to see
is good effort. Basketball is
a game of runs and I told
them if they played hard to
the final whistle that would
be all I could ask. They did
that."
Forced to foul, however,
the Rams could only watch
as Port St. Joe dropped in
seven of eight free throws
in the final minute to clinch
the win.
"It's never easy," said
Kurnitsky. "Something bad
is going to happen in every
game. The question I ask the
kids is 'What's next.' They did
a great job when something
bad happened tonight."
The Tiger Sharks came
out in a sprint paced by
Davis, who is quickly estab-
lishing himself as the tempo-
maker of this squad.
At one point Davis scored
six consecutive points as Port
St. Joe kept the Rams close
at 13-12 after one quarter.
The second quarter was
marked by Javion Langston's
3-pointer followed by baskets
by Clemons and Clemmons
during a seven-point spurt
that gave the Tiger Sharks a
25-22 halftime lead.
In addition to McCray,
Rutherford also had Darron
Austin (12 points) and
Darrien Mack (10) in double
figures.


PSJ Dixie Baseball


Election of Officers
On Thursday, January 24, the PSJ Dixie baseball league
will be holding its annual electiongof officers. The meeting
will take place at the STAC house on 8th St. beginning at
6pm. Anyone interested in becoming an officer in the league
or simply attending is encouraged to do so. Any questions
or concerns regarding this meeting can be directed to Chris
Butts at 527-0989.



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The City of Port St. Joe and


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Office one-way exit only

on SR-71 to a one-way


entrance only.


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Lady
Ponce de Leon I
Port St. Joe 2
Control of the
meant control of the
board in the secoi
for Ponce de Leon (1
the Lady Pirates can
with a 39-26 victory
the Gulf County Cla
Saturday.
The Lady Pirates
the glass and kept at
during the second
blow open a close g
the Lady Tiger Sharl
continued to struggle
quick start this season
The key was th
ence of Ponce de Le
center Mary Hawe;
points).
When Hawes, still
ering from an ankle
was in the game, as
for the most of the,
half, the Lady Pirates
and balance was to(
for Port St. Joe.
Hawes dominat
paint and that helpe
the perimeter, as guar
Griffin scored 10 po
in the second half, in
a key 3-pointer early
final period.
The Lady Pirates
the first five points a
of the first 11 in the
half to build an insure
able lead. Pulling dov
loose ball, Ponce d
forced Port St. Joe t


East Hill Christian 1 vs.
Port St Joe 7
Saturday's game at home
provided the Lady Sharks
a chance to show off their
stuff. The Lady sharks got off
to a slow start, allowing East
Hill Christian to score first
on a breakaway ten minutes
into the game. The first half
was dominated by the Lady
Sharks but it was a case of
girls gone wide. The Lady
Sharks went wide on every
shot and failed to score in
the first half. From the start
of the second half there was
no question that the Lady
Sharks were determined to
score and score big. Emily
Baxley started off the drive
just minutes into the sec-
ond quarter with a solo goal.
This was quickly followed
with a goal by Carson Howse
assisted by Emily Baxley.
Stephanie Furstenberg
scored the next two goals
assisted by Carson Howse
and Lauren Sisk respective-
ly. Cody Clark scored the
fifth goal for the Lady Sharks
assisted by Carson Howze.
Then Carson Howze came
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39, the Lady Tiger Sharks had
;6 10 fouls before the third
boards period was over.
score- In turn, the Lady Tiger
nd half Sharks were stone cold from
.3-4) as the field, open opportunities
ne away clanging off the rim.
during "They kept attacking
issic on and we don't have a (go-to)
scorer," said Port St. Joe
cleaned coach Kenny Parker. "When
ttacking we had the shot we weren't
half to making them. And we didn't
same as attack like we should."
ks (6-7) The first half was a
after a cold-shooting affair as both
:n. defenses dominated en route.
ie pres- to a 15-12 score at intermis-
-on star sion.
s (nine With Hawes in the game,
the Lady Pirates opened an
l1 recov- early 7-2 lead.
injury, But behind five points
she was from Mariah Johnson,
* second including a key three-point
s' height play late in the second quar-
o much ter, the Lady Tiger Sharks
carved away at the lead and
:ed the tied the game at 11-11 on a
rd open Kayla Parker (a team-high
d Gypsy six points) bucket with less
ints, all than two minutes left in the
including half.
y in the Most of the Lady Pirates'
points came from Jennifer
scored Grant; who hit two key
nd nine 3-pointers and Courtney
second Thomas added a late bucket
rmount- and Ashlee Parsons a free
mn every throw to pull Ponce de Leon
le Leon in front at intermission.
to foul -


Sisk. The final goal and
Stephanie's third was scored
with three minutes left to
go. All the girls played well
with Courtney Hermsdorfer,
Angela Canington, Chelsea
Flannigan, and Marianna
Schwabacher all having
shots on goal saved by the
East Hill Christian goalie.
The Lady Sharks travel to
Bozeman on Thursday and
South Walton on Saturday.
Port St Joe 1 at
Marianna 0
The Lady Sharks soc-
cer Team traveled to
Marianna and came back
with a hard earned win. The
Lady Sharks and Marianna
fought a hard game, with the
defense steady sending the
ball down to the offense and
Marianna's defense steady
sending it back to our end.
This was a very aggressive
game from the start and con-
tinued with much pushing
from the Marianna players.
Angela Canington recorded
eight saves in the game.
Kayla Minger scored the only
goal in the game. The Lady
Sharks held on for the vic-
tory.


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PUBLIC NOTICE

The Gulf County Enterprise Zone
Development Agency will meet Thursday,
January 17, 2008, at 12:00 noon, E.T.
in Room 307 of the Robert M. Moore
Administration Building, Gulf County
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Sheriff's Office

Encouraging

Neighborhood

Watch Groups


-
Gulf County Sheriff Joe
'Nugent

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

There is most assuredly
safety in numbers, so
,neighborhood watch groups
-only make sense.
,And when law
enforcement resources are
limited to begin with, citizen
help is even more critical. That
is why Gulf County Sheriff
Joe Nugent is encouraging
the formation of the St. Joe
Beach Neighborhood Watch.
"Neighborhood watch
groups give us more eyes and
ears in the community,": said
Nugent. "Gulf County covers
about 60 or 70 square miles,
and'the most personnel we
have out at any one time is
four. So we certainly can use
the help."
'- Nugent said one man in
the newly organized St. Joe
Beach neighborhood watch
,group helped the Sheriff's
Office last week and as a
result, a burglar had already
been apprehended. "It's
already come forward and
worked," Nugent pointed out,
"and it's still in the formative
stage."
The biggest stumbling
block in enlisting..citizens'
help, according tb "Nie-htW i,
that.people "think it's dumb
or stupid to call and report
something that they think
"nlght not be important.
"They think they are
.bothering us if they call
and report, something just
a little out of place in the
.neighborhood," Nugent said.
But in actuality, he
continued, those little
details may be the break law
enforcement needs to solve a
crime.
And that is especially
important in times of
budget cuts, Nugent added.
So he is really pushing for
neighborhood watch groups
-county-wide.
"We'd like to get small
groups organized in all
the communities," he said.
."People need to remember
that it's not the Sheriff's
Office neighborhood watch,
it's the neighborhood watch."
The newly formed St. Joe
Beach Neighborhood Watch
is the only organized watch
group in the county so far,
*according to Nugent.
He said they have held
several organizational
meetings already, with a
"pretty big base involved -
about 50 at the first meeting
and about 30 at the last
meeting."
He thinks there is a good
core group for the, St. Joe
program of about 15 to 20
involved homeowners, which,
In his words, "will keep it
"going."
There is a public
meeting of the St. Joe Beach
Neighborhood Watch set for
Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. E.T at the
Evan Williams Community
Center (Gulf Beaches Fire
House). Homeowners are
'; encouraged to attend.


St. Joe Beach Citizens Forming


Neighb
Folks in St.
have decided to pl
role in keeping
eye on their neighl
A planning
has been formed
meeting earlier tI
as St. Joe Beach
initiate the pr
establishing a Neij
Watch Program i
Beach.
The program
created, would cov
from Hidden Ri
to the beginning
Road.


Watch


Joe Beach
ay a major
a watchful
borhood.
committee
and held a
his month
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*ocess of
ghborhood
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n, newly-
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dge Road
of Gulfaire


Neighborhood Watch
Programs around the county
was a stated priority of
Sheriff Joe Nugent when
Gov. Charlie Crist appointed
him sheriff earlier this year.
The planning committee
has already met with Nugent,
Maj. Bobby Plair and Lt.
Richard Burkett from
Nugent's office and committee
members described the
meeting as educational and
supportive of the effort to
establish the program.
The program will be
overseen and funded by the
Sheriff's Department.
Neighborhood Watch is
one of the oldest and most
well-known crime prevention
concepts, created to unite law
enforcement agencies, private
organizations and individual


ds Spotte

Virginia Rail and Sora were
spotted this year was unusu-
al because rails are secretive
and difficult to find.
Also, 37 bald eagles
were seen. "The number of
eagles in Franklin County is
definitely increasing," said
Knothe.
The CBC is a worldwide
bird census, coordinated
by .the National Audubon
Society, performed annually
by volunteer birders. The
purpose is to provide popu-
lation data for use in sci-
ence, especially conservation
biology, though many people
participate for recreation.
Local participants had
a rare opportunity to visit
locations like St. Vincent's
Island and Little St. George
Island and spend a day tak-
ing a closer look at these
natural wonders. In addition


orhood


The group will hold its
first meeting for the general
public at 7 p.m. ET on
Jan. 22, 2008 at the Evan
Williams Community Center
(Gulf Beaches Fire House).
Establishing


Rare Bir

Organizers said that the
Apalachicola \ St.Vincent's
Island Christmas Bird Count
(CBC) went very well this
year with the number of spe-
cies a bit higher than* in
recent years. The number
of individual birds counted
was almost double what was
counted in 2004.
The weather on Dec. 28
was perfect and although
rain threatened. late in the
day, warm temperatures and
fair skies combined to make
hiking a pleasure.
The local CBC is spon-
sored and organized by
the Apalachicola National
Estuarine Research Reserve
(ANERR). Alan Knothe,
an education specialist at
ANERR is the compiler for
the bird count in Franklin
County and participated in
the count.
Seven teams of bird
counters went into the field
for a total of 61.5 team hours.
They walked, drove or boat-
ed 184 miles and counted
16,372 birds belonging to
.139 species. An additional
three species were found
during count week; 28 spe-
cies were spotted by only
one'tfea iof birders.
'Ami'g the rare birds
spotted this year were endan-
gered Wood Storks on St.
Vincent's and a Grasshopper
Sparrow at the airport.
Lincoln's Sparrows were
seen both downtown and at
the miles. Rusty Blackbirds
were spotted on little St.
George Island.
Knothe said the fact
that Clapper Rail, King Rail,


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Committee 2003, president
of the South Gulf Coastal
Community Association
(2004-2006), and founding
member of the St. Joseph
Peninsula Beach Advisory
Committee as his community
involvement.
He is a member and past
president (2005-2006) of the
Port St. Joe Lion's Club, and
was voted "Lion of the Year."
He currently serves as a
volunteer fireman and first
responder for the South
Gulf County Volunteer Fire
Department; and passed the
state Firefighter I exam in
2006.
Among his, professional
experience Weston listed:
logistics consultant at
Caterpillar (1999-2002);
Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4,
Logistics, III Corps (1997-
1999); Commander, Division


Support Command, 3rd
Infantry Division (1995-
1997); Chief, Logistics
Resource Division, U.S.
Pacific Command (1993-
1995); Assistant Chief of
.Staff, G-4, Logistics, 4th
Infantry Division (1991-
1992); Commander, 4th
Forward Support Battalion,
4th Infantry Division (1989-
1991); mid-level management
positions in Germany and
U.S. locations prior to 1989;
and overseas experience
in Alaska, Europe and the
Pacific Rim.
He holds a bachelor of
science degree in business
administration from Virginia
Tech (1970), a masters of
science degree in logistics
management from Florida
Institute of Technology
(1982), and several diplomas
from selected Army schools.


d in Christmas Bird Count


to birding, teams observed
other native plants and ani-
mals, with time. for shell-
ing, hiking and just fooling
around.
At the end of the day, the
teams met at ANERR head-
quarters to compare finds
and share a victory supper.
The. tradition of a
Christmas count dates back
to the turn of the 19th cen-
tury.
At one time, many North
Americans participated in
the tradition of Christmas
"side hunts," in which they
competed to see who could
kill the most animals,
including birds. The hunt
was purely for sport, and the
animals were often discard-
ed unused. Any bird, includ-
ing the beneficial, beautiful,
and rare was fair game.
U.S. ornithologist Frank


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posed counting birds on
Christmas, instead of killing
them. In 1900, 27 observers
took part in the first count
in 25 places in the United
States and Canada, 15 of
them in the northeastern
U.S. from Massachusetts to


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were already aware of what
might happen and were
already out in the bay on Jan.
2, searching for turtles in
distress.
"We started finding
stunned turtles on
Wednesday," said Eells. "By
Thursday we had so many
we sent them to Gulf World to
recover."
She was still finding
dead turtles on Saturday that
had been floating and were
brought into the bay on the
tides.
The rescue effort was
coordinated by Luten and
involved ANERR personnel,
volunteers of the Gulf and
East Bay Turtle Patrol, Nancy
Evou of the National Marine
Fisheries, Gulf World and
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
officers.
Even one bay resident.
and her children, and guests
of Old Saltworks Cabins on
the bay, helped rescue tlhe
helpless creatures.
"This year they were all
small green turtles, smaller
than the ones from the large
2001 turtle stun event," Eells
said. "They were either grazing
or sleeping when the cold hit.
It just stunned them and they
couldn't do anything.
"Generally when the cold
hits like that, their systems
shut down and they literally
can't move," Eells added. She
said some of the turtles drown
in this situation because they
cannot lift their heads out of
the water to breathe.
Fresh water gets colder
than salt water, according to
Eells, and the bay's brackish
water "turns [cold] real quick.


It hit these little guys harder,"
she said.
Luten said the majority
of the turtles were found in
the southwest portion of the
bay, around the Stump Hole
and the kayak launch.
For the two days of
the stun period, according
to Luten, the water in the
southern portion of the bay
was 3.4 degrees Celsius, or
38 degrees Fahrenheit.
She said all the turtles
were endangered juvenile
green [sea] turtles probably
between two and four years
old. Eells described them as
about the size of dinner plates,
roughly 10 to 20 pounds.
Mature green sea turtles
weigh up to 400 pounds..
Secret Holmes,
the stranding response
coordinator at Gulf World,
said the remaining 60-plus
turtles were doing fine.
"Our stingray pool
happens to be empty right
now, so we put all the turtles
in there," Holmes said. 'All we
need to do is warm the water
to 70 degrees Fahrenheit and
maintain that temperature
for them. We also wrapped
Visqueen around the podo to
keep the heat in and the cold
and wind out."
Holmes said personnel
from the National Marine
Fisheries would tag as many
of the turtles as possible
before releasing them back
into the bay.
There was a smaller
turtle stun event in 2003,
and a major stun event in the
winter of 2001-02, in which
463 turtles were rescued, 62
of which died.


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Not Quite 1985, but ...


It was still mighty cold last week as
overnight temperatures dipped into
the mid-20's with stiff winds out of
the north and northeast making it seem even
colder.


The temperatures which one day last
week never reached the 50's reminded
local resident Richard Logan of the freeze
of 1985 and the long-time reader of The
Star was kind enough to share his old copy


It W AS Cold!!

Mercury Reported Plunging to 50


Temperatures took ,a sudden and
draniatic drop here in northwest Florida
Sunday, placing the entire northern
two-thirds of the state in a deep-freeze.
Temperatures here in Port St. Joe
reached a record, when they dipped to
around six or seven degrees, with a wind,
chill factor of minus 30 degrees. There is
no official temperature kept in Port St.
Joe, but reports have been received
from serious weather watchers of
thermometer readings as low as five
degrees early Monday morning,
During the evening Monday, televi.
sion stations in the area were interrupt-
ing their programs to bring temperature
readings wiiich started at 17 degrees just
after dark to around 10 degrees at 11 :0,
p.m.


Frig~i temperatures didn't catch
rewiaints f Port St. Joe unprepared.
According to locl law enforcement
officials. thonlt domiage .used by the
extrecmcoldiswa ata broken power line in
the St, isepfh Peninsulsa rea.
I Herif t the City. let peltted the
vicinity for abuit ihallohour Sunday
afternoon, beginning about '' 0a The
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7The Star ook th aw t tqt the
Wewahitchka State Bank'. sign at 8;30,
after the sun had been out for nearly an;
hour and the sign still read 10 degrees
For Port St. Jo te.tiat's cold!


recording that frigid spell.
Maybe it wasn't as bad as 1985, but don't
try telling that to bundled residents and visi-
tors as they made the dash from warm place
to warm place a December replacement for


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the summer sprint for air conditioning.
Of course, this being Florida, the tem-
peratures were back over 70 by the time this
edition of The Star went to press.


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the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter
Amanda Nicole Baxley to Adam Dennis Frasier, son of Dennis
Frasier, Tallahassee, and Margo Frasier of Washington. The
bride-to-be is the daughter of the late Richard Baxley and
the granddaughter of Mary Baxley and the late Robert Baxley
of Port St. Joe and Lavinia Hicks Radel of Havana. The
groom-to-be is the grandson of Joann Frasier and the late
Robert Frasier of Tallahassee and Gilbert and Tomie Lopez
of Washington. Amanda attended North Florida Christian
School and is currently pursuing a Nursing degree and work-
ing in the Pediatric Unit at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
Adam attended Maranatha Christian Academy and is cur-
rently employed as a Sargeant/EMT with Thomas County
Fire Rescue in Thomasville, Georgia. Following their wed-
ding in March 2008, the couple will reside in Thomasville.



Mr. and Mrs Ronald Bizek of Overstreet are proud to
announce the engagement and approaching wedding of their
son Brant R. Bizek to Eva Marie Lewis of San Antonio, Texas.
Eva is the daughter of Christa Dickinson and the late Harold
Dickinsoni of Newport News, Virginia. The wedding to take
place at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Club, on February 3,
2008 in San Antonio, Texas.
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From panning for "gold" (gold-colored stones) to fishing
for prizes to scavenging for the Pirate's "booty" to breaking
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Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Novota and Mr. & Mrs. Sonny
Redmond are pleased to announce the engagement of their
daughter, Elizabeth Deann of Thomasville, GA, to Morgan
Denmark Garcia of Cairo, Georgia. Morgan is the son of
Denmark and Barbara Garcia also of Cairo, Georgia.
The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Ms. Joan
Smithwick and the late Mr. Lloyd Smithwick of Mexico
Beach, FL.
Deann is a 1996 graduate of Port St. Joe High School,
and graduated with her B.A. from Brenau University in 2000.
She earned her teaching certificate in 2004 from North
Georgia College & State University. She is currently work-
ing on a Masters Degree at Valdosta State University. She is
a middle school teacher at the Scholars Academy with the
Thomasville City Schools in Thomasville, Georgia.
Morgan is a 1993 graduate of Cairo High School, and
graduated in 1999 with his EMS degree from Darton College
in Albany, Georgia. He is a paramedic with Dougherty
County Emergency Medical Services in Albany, Georgia.
Their wedding is planned for March 29, 2008 at Coalson
Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia.


Look Who's 1
Hannah Sexton, celebrated her 1st birthday on Saturday,
December 29, 2007 with family and friends, parents Chris
and Amanda Sexton. Happy Birthday Hannah! Love Mommy
and Daddy.


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Shayleigh Dawson turned 5 years old on December 31. Haley Guffey turned 4 on January 5! She celebrated
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John Anderson Dillard
John Anderson Dillard, age 68, of Port Saint Joe,
Florida, passed away after a long illness Saturday, December
15, 2007, in the home of his son in Springfield, Missouri.
He was born February 4, 1939, in Geary, Oklahoma,
the son of William and Callie (Moore) Dillard. Mr. Dillard
retired after 35 years as a sales representative for Crader
Distributing, selling Stihl power products. For the past five
years he lived in warm, sunny Florida. He was a loving hus-
band, father, and grandfather, and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include eight children, Kirk, Jim, Kathie,
Diane, Bill, Jay, Chris and Gina; 14 grandchildren, Shanna,
Dustin, Zach, Jeremiah, Thomas, Jessica, Casey, Jamie,
Carley, Palge, Landon, Trey, Blair and Ryan; a great-grand-
son, Gavin; and a brother, George. He was preceded in death
by his wife, B.J., in 2006; a brother, Jim; and his parents.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January
12, 2008, in the First United Methodist Church of Port St.
Joe, Florida. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made
to the American Cancer Society.


Ard Family Thank You


We would like to take this
opportunity to send thanks
to all of you who touched our
lives during the recent illness
and passing of our father,
Herman R. Ard.
To the community of
Port St. Joe, as the old say-
ing goes, A small town is
like a big family. This has
been proven true, time and
time again over the past few
months through your vis-
its, calls, cards, food and
prayers. Such an outpour-


The New Year always
brings us to look back at
the year that has passed
and to look forward to new
beginnings and fresh starts.
My family got a head start
on this process when we
moved to this community
in September. My name is
Howard Riley; I am the new
pastor at Highland View
Church of God. My wife
Amanda and our three chil-
dren have really enjoyed our
transition from Virginia to
Highland View/Port St. Joe.


ing of love and support for
our family that will never be
forgotten.
To our church family,
Oak Grove Assembly of God,
and all the other church-
es in our community, you
have always been there for
us through the years, and
this was certainly no excep-
tion. There were many days
that we knew we were being
carried through by your
prayers and the prayers of
others. A special thank you


We wanted to thank all of
our church family and those
in the community who have
welcomed us and made us
feel like we, are one of the
family. I have met some won-
*derful ministers that have
encouraged my family and
me. We already love it here
and look forward to many
years living here and working
for the Lord. We are praying
for revival throughout the
area as we come together to
worship and work together
with one goal-seeing lost


to Covenant Hospice, Pastor
James Wiley, Kenneth Ellis,
daddy's long time friend, who
has been there from day one
not only for daddy but for the
family as well.
We love you all.
Young and old passed
through to wish Daddy well
over the past few weeks; you
all made his last days so very
special by dropping by and
saying hello. In closing, we
would like to leave you with a
saying that our Dad lived by


souls saved! We are excited
about what God is doing and
is continuing to do in our
church. We have seen people
saved and have seen growth.
We hope that you will come
join us in worship.
If you were discour-
aged in 2007 turn your eyes
toward Jesus and he will
lift you up. Be encouraged...
God loves you and so do I.
I will be writing an article
every week that, I hope, will
bring you joy and encourage
you as you live for the Lord.


every day of his life, "If you're
not doing anything for oth-
ers... you are doing nothing
for the Lord."
May this inspire you to
do something special for
someone you come in con-
tact with today; what a loving
tribute to the man we knew
and loved.
God bless you all,
Tim Ard, Jacque Yeager
and Family


If you are not a Christian I
hope this article will show
you that being a Christian
is the best thing there is.
I Would love to."hear back
from you in response to each
article.
I pray that God will bless
you and yours in 2008.
Pastors Howard &
Amanda Riley
pastorilevymchsi.com


Legend Speaks

"The guitar legend shares the keys to
a life well lived" headlined the newspaper
article.
As the article approached the conclusion,
a highlighted heading proclaimed: "The.
difference between spirituality and religion."
Here we go; this is my kind of stuff.
The guitar legend said, "Spirituality is
saying: 'May the heaven open up and angels
bless everyone with a deep awareness of
his own light. Religion is saying that only
Jesus got the light; you're full of (expletive)
and you are in the dark. They are the only.
ones that got it and you've gotta go through
them to get it. Man. In this life the only thing:
that's holy is your relationship with your;
heart..."
Can I confess? Sometimes when I
become aware of my own light, it's dull;
sometimes a mere flicker.
Can I confess again? I do believe Jesus:
is "the only," but you don't go through a
person to get the light. Jesus said, "I am.
the Light of the world; he who follows Me:
will not walk in the darkness..."
And then if my relationship with my heart,
is the only-holy thing; we've got a problem.:
My heart is too often not holy.
Why is it I find more alignment with what:
the Apostle Paul said? "For the good that Il
want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil:
that I do not want."
Honestly; I'm not the only one. And I'm:
not talking major-felony evil but all those:
unholy heart flaws.
I'll never have a holy heart enough to:
face a Holy God. It's my relationship with:
Jesus that connects me to this Holy God.:
While the transforming power of the Holy:
Spirit renews my heart, making it holy.
One more confession-my heart needs
that everyday.
Rick Leland


Manhattan Piano Trio Visits First United Methodist


Have you ever heard a
music group for the first time
and thought to yourself "Wow,
that was incredible Their
music took me to another
world!!!" ...In the classical
music world, that's what
audiences have been saying
about Manhattan Piano Trio
(MPT).
But incase you are not
up for traveling to the Big
Apple anytime soon to hear
them, don't fret as First
United Methodist Church in
Port St. Joe has got you cov-
ered. They will be presenting
MPT on Thursday, January
17 at 7:30 p.m.
Hailed by critics as a
"Grand departure from the
usual", MPT is currently one


of the most prominent, ver-
satile, exciting and busiest
emerging chamber music
groups in the country. It
is the Grand Prize Winner
of the 2007 Yellow Springs
Chamber Music Competition,
2006 Plowman Competition
and Runner Up at the 2006
Chesapeake International
Competition. It is also recipi-
ent of the 2007 ABC Classic
FM Listener's choice award
in Australia. The Trio com-
prises Milana Strezeva
(piano), Dmitry Lukin (violin)
and Dmitry Kouzov (cello).
The "Dmitrys" are from St.
Petersburg (Russia) and met
Milana, a Moldavian born
American, literally "on the
front steps" of The Juilliard


School during the summer
of 2004.
Just the past three sea-
sons has seen MPT give over
a 250 concerts spanning 25
US States at many presti-
gious venues. They were
also one of the first chamber
music groups to perform in
New Orleans, post Hurricane
Katrina.
"Two years back MPT
had the pleasure of perform-
ing for an enthusiastic cham-
ber music loving audience
in Port St. Joe." says Reggie
Bahl, the NYC based classi-
cal music manager. "We are
grateful to Pastor Mac Fulcher
at the Methodist Church for
extending another invitation.
I know that music lovers


in and around Port St. Joe
would once again immensely
share my enthusiasm for this
award winning group."
The program is billed as
"'Music of the Masters" show-
casing captivating music of
different styles and musical
periods. For more informa-
tion about the concert please
contact Joanne Christie at
850-227-1720. The concert
is free and open to the pub-
lic and an offering will be
taken. First United Methodist
Church is located at 1001
Constitution Drive in Port St.
Joe.
For more information
about MPT, please visit their
website: www.manhattan-
planotrio.com.


OAK GROVE
ASSEMBLY OF GOD
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
850-227-1837


"A Reformed Voice
W1i_.r in the Community"



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


++ ++ TO KNOWCHRISTAND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN

ST. JAMES'

EPISCOPAL CHURCH

800 22nd STREET, PORT ST. JOE
8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45
Child Care Provided for at 11:00
www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org 850-227-1845



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111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:00 a.m. & 9:30 a.m CST

Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico ia Uited lMethodist (kir(h
NURSIRY PROVIDED
Rev. Ted Loveloce, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820


In Christ's Service


first Baptist Church
102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE


" 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
www.fbcpsj.org ,


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CHURCH NEWS


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


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Church of Christ
at the Beaches
Established 33 AD in Jerusalemn


We meet at 350 Firelhouse Road
Overstreet 850.647.1622


Sunday Bible Study
Sunday Worship
Wednesday Bible Study


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


"'We are about our Father's business"


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


FIRST UNITED
METHODIST CHURCH
Constitution and Monument 'Port St. Joe
(850) 227-1724
a.m. Rev. Mac Fulcher
PASTOR
. Jeff Whitty
600 p.m. Assistant Pastor/Music
Deborah Loyless
EST Director of Children Ministries


The friendly place to worship!

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


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


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Unction


in Matthew 16. We receive them after we have received
Him, the "Divine Revelation". We can also see a further
understanding in 1 Corinthians 2:9-13, the workings
of the flesh cannot have spiritual understanding; that only
comes through a deeper walk with God. It tells us that He
has great things in store for those that love Him and we will
be shown the deep things of God only by the Spirit of God,
(Holy Ghost).
Now, if we live and have our being in this then the
supernatural working of the Holy Spirit can and will replace
our natural understanding with the mind of God. Now if we
are living in this place we will defeat the power of fear in our
lives and walk a more victorious life in Christ.
The Bible is absolute and the Power of God is all reign-
ing! If only we would strive to search out God more in this
coming year in stead of earthly lust and desires, then we
will find that a fuller life awaits us and it is not found in
the complexities of this world but in the simplicity of God.
Live with the Keys of the Kingdom in hand by receiving HIM
fully that the boundaries of fear are broken down and this
be true in your life. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18, "Now the
Lord is that spirit and where the spirit of the Lord is
there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding
as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into
the same image from glory to glory, even us by the
Spirit of the Lord."
God bless and have a great week.
In His Service
Pastor Tim
LightHouse Pentecostal Ministries


The Book of Romans Investigated Take The Next Step


An investigation of ROMANS is scheduled to be con-
ducted at Beach Baptist Chapel each Sunday in January
beginning at 6:00 PM (ET). Lead investigator, Clarence
Roland, will be leading the class. For more information,
call Brother Roland at 648-5808.
Beach Baptist Chapel is located at 311 Columbus
Street, St. Joe Beach. THE PUBLIC & (ESPECIALLY) YOU
ARE INVITED


Worship with us at
^A Long Avenue Baptist Church
Where Faith, Family & Friendship are found
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pm
Wednesday
A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm

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



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

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


Jesus is Lord and He is waiting


FOR YOU AT:
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382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850)227-1306
Sunday School 9:45a
Morning Worship 11:00
eveningq-,;-ice 5:00


Mike Westbrook,
Pastor


Evening Service
Discipleship Training
Wednesday Prayer


i.m.
a.m.


/:uu p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.


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MEETS


Singing:
Worship:


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


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


Starting the first Sunday in January, First United
Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, are going to begin a new
Sermon Series, Take the Next Step. What a great way to
start the new year. Don't miss this opportunity and don't
miss a single week. The series is as follows. 1/6 Take the
Next Step; 1/13 Slowing Down; 1/20 Setting Boundaries;
1/27 First Things First; 2/3 When Work is Work; 2/10 -
Lighten Up!; 2/17 Getting Into Focus; 2/23 K.I.S.S. For
more information, call the church office at 227-1724.


482 Pompano Street 229-6235
Sunday School .............. 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Service .......11:00 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service........ 6:00 p.m.
Monday Night Youth Service. . . 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Night ............ 7:00 p.m.
Pastor Howard Riley Welcomes Everyone
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Familymfe (hunk
"Touching Lives with the Love of Jesus"
Join us in worship. . Apoachic noma CiS y
10:30 Sunday Morning Hwy. 98
7:00 Wednesday Evening
Pastors Andrew
& Reid Ave.
Cathy Rutherford Famiy LifeChurh
Rhema Bible Training Center graduates
Visit our website at: familylifechurch.net Wewahitchka
323 Reid Avenue Port St. Joe 229-LIFE (5433)


"Our Church can be your home"
first Church of the Nazarene
2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596
give unto the Lord the glory due His name, worship the Lord in the beauty of hoiness.
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.


SFirst Presbyterian Church
,___ of Port St. Joe
508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
Reverend Reid Cameron
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School 11:00 a.m.


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


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


W ell, we are in a fresh new year and I believe that
God desires that we move into a deeper spiritual
plain. We have faced many things over this past
year, some good and others bad but still victors in Christ.
There is not a greater revelation than that of Jesus Christ.
Can I get an AMENI '
We do have a problem and that is human intellect. This
limited understanding is not of a spiritual nature but of a
natural nature. With its limitation we often find the most
defeating factor of our godly walk and that is fear. Fear robs
us of power to live victorious, peace to rest, and knowledge
of the divine. Paul told Timothy that God did not give us
a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. (2
Timothy 1:7)
If you will look with me for just a moment in Matthew
16, Christ asked a question that was of a natural nature if
you will. "Whom do men say that I the Son of Man
am?" The answer was of the same, strictly human under-
standing. In other words people were making guesses
because they had not received the spiritual understand-
ing. That is the "DIVINE REVELATION"! So Christ
asked again but this time directed at the disciples for
their answer. That's when Peter spoke up with a divine or
spiritual answer, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the
living God". Herein is the Divine Revelation which offers
keys that only work in a spiritual realm. Without the divine
we will continue to live in the fears, confusions and failure
because we are limited in the natural. God did not and
does not intend us to be crippled by the world but to be
victors through Him. (Philippians 4:13)
If you will look at John 1:12-13, we can get a deeper
understanding of the "Keys of Power" that are given us


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TMccollum, Sink And Mccarty Announce

$6 Million Insurance Settlement


SHERIFF SRRESb LOG


The Gulf County Sheriff's
Office will be conducting
vehicle safety checkpoints
and DUI check points during
the month of January. 2008.
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 DalkiethArea and Highway
71 near the Calhoun County
Line.

On 12/28 deputies picked
up Joseph Lee Cordell, 31,
from the Bay County Jail on
a warrant for violation of pro-
bation on an original charge
of DWLSR.
On 12/28 deputies
responded to a disturbance
in the Stone Mill Creek area.
They arrested Frank Kevin
Bailey, on a charge of disor-
derly intoxication.
On 12/28 a vehicle oper-
ated by Will Edward Hale,
31, was stopped for a traffic
violation. Mr. Hale gave dep-
uties permission to search
his vehicle and a quantity of
marijuana was found under
the drivers seat. Hale was
arrested and charged with
possession of marijuana.
On 12/29 deputies
responded to a domestic dis-
turbance in Wewahitchka.


During their investiga-
tion they found that Jerald
Edward Graves Jr., 42, alleg-
edly threaten the victim with
a knife he was arrested and
charged with aggravated
assault.
On 12/29 deputies locat-
ed a vehicle driven by Jerry
Mark Yarborough, 31, block-
ing both lanes of Canning
Dr. The deputy found that
Yarborough was intoxicated
and arrested him for DUI.
On 12/30 a vehicle was
stopped near Whitfield Hill
on Highway 71 for a traf-
fic violation. Jason Edward
Strimel, 24, a passenger in
the vehicle was arrested on
a violation of probation war-
rant on an original charge of
DWLSR.
On 01/01 a citizen called
in a suspicious person in the
St Joe Beach area. A deputy
responding to the call found
Justan Andrew Demand,
20, standing in the door of
a truck near the Coronado
town Houses as the deputy
approached Demand started
to walk away. The deputy
found that Demand had bro-
ken into three trucks in the
area. Demand was charged
with three counts of burglary
to a conveyance.
On 01/02 Kenyatta
Rashawne Thomas, 19, was
picked up from the Wakulla
County Jail on a warrant for
violation of probation.


Reward Offered in Black

Bear Poaching Case
The Humane Society of for strongly enforcing anti-
the United States and Wildlife poaching and protected spe-
Land Trust are offering a cies laws."
$1,000 reward for infor- The Florida black bear
mation leading to the arrest is protected as a threatened
and conviction of the person species, a designation Florida
or persons responsible for provides for species facing a
illegally killing two threat- "very high risk of extinction."
ened black bears in Gulf The individual or individuals
County. This 'reward is in responsible for killing the
addition to $1,000 offered by bears could be charged with
the Florida Fish and Wildlife a third degree felony, up to 5
Conservation Commission years imprisonment and/or
(FWC) for information lead- up to a $5,000 fine.
ing to an arrest. Poaching:
The Case: Every year, thousands
According to published of poachers are arrested
news reports, two threat- nationwide, however it is
ened Florida black bears estimated that only 1-5 per-
were discovered dead near cent of poachers are caught.
private hunting grounds in Poachers kill wildlife any-
Gulf County, Florida. On time, anywhere and some-
Dec. 22, the FWC was noti- times do so in particularly
fled that the two bears had cruel manners.
been killed illegally. When The Investigators:
authorities responded, they Anyone with information
located a 195-pound female about this case is asked to call
bear on State Road 20, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife
a 125-pound female bear on Conservation Commission at
Jarrott Daniels Road. Both 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).
bears had been shot. The HSUS Media
"Poaching is not only Contact:
callous and irresponsible. Jordan Crump:
It's also a serious crime," 301-548-7793, jcrump(5
said Jennifer Hobgood, humanesociety.org
Ph.D., Southeast Regional The HSUS works to
Coordinator for The Humane stop inhumane and abusive
Society of the United States. hunting practices across the
"The Humane Society of the country. Visit humanesociety.
United States applauds the org/hunt for more informa-
Florida Fish and Wildlife tion.
Conservation Commission


14th District Medical Examiner Update


Medical Examiner issues
in the 14th District will be
handled, on a temporary
basis, by the 2d District
office in Tallahassee. We
are in contact with the 1st
District office, in Pensacola,
in hopes of assistance, begin-
,ning January 8.
After January 8, the 2nd
District office will provide
service to Calhoun, Gulf, and
Jackson Counties.


Dr. David Stewart, Chief
Medical Examiner of the 2d
District, made it clear that
his concern is for the citizens
of the six counties that make
up the 14th District. He is
counting on the cooperation
of law enforcement, medi-
cal personnel, and funeral
homes in our communities
to make this arrangement
work.
Three cases, one from


Jackson County, and two
from Bay County have already
been referred to Tallahassee.
An employee of the local
Medical Examiner's office is
back on the job and working
hard to ease the transition.
When Dr. Siebert's res-
ignation becomes official; we
anticipate the re-opening of
the search for a permanent
medical examiner.


Guardian Ad

Litem

Abused and neglected
children need a Voice in
court! The 14th Circuit
Guardian Ad Litem
Program is in search of
dependable adults interest-
ed ina unique way to con-
tribute to our community.
The volunteer hours are
minimal and the training is
free. Please call 747-5180
for more information. The
next training class begins
on the evening of January
14th.


~ Travelers Companies,
Inc. is latest to settle multi-
state bid-rigging claims -

Attorney General Bill
McCollum, Chief Financial
Officer Alex Sink and
Insurance Commissioner
Kevin McCarty today
announced that Florida
and nine additional states
have reached a settlement
with a large insurance car-
rier involved in a "pay-to-
play" scheme orchestrated
by insurance broker Marsh
& McLennan. The Travelers
Companies, Inc. will pay a
multi-state task force $6 mil-
lion to resolve allegations of
improper business steering
in the commercial insur-
ance market that resulted
in higher premiums being
paid by Florida governmen-
tal entities, companies and
nonprofit organizations.
"Policyholders have
every right to expect fair
and honest treatment from
their insurers," said Attorney
General McCollum. "We will
continue to aggressively
demand accountability and
transparency from the insur-
ance industry in Florida."
Travelers allegedly
conspired with Marsh &
McLennan and other bro-
kers to create the illusion
of a competitive bidding
process by submitting fake
bids even though the bro-
kers had already determined
which insurer would receive
a particular policyholder's
business. Travelers paid
"contingent commissions"
to these brokers, and these
commissions were not dis-
closed to policyholders. The
Florida Attorney General's
Office, Department of
Financial Services and Office
of Insurance Regulation
will receive approximately
$1.1 million of the settle-
ment which will fund a reim-
bursement pool for affected
public entity policyholders
and repay the state agencies'
costs of investigation.
"Policyholders deserve
to know exactly what they
are paying for and that they
are not paying for hidden
charges," said CFO Sink,
who oversees the Department
of Financial Services. "I
applaud this settlement and
coiimend d everyone who
worked'to make it'happen."
"Florida's policyholders
deserve nothing less than
full disclosure in insurance
transactions," said Florida


Insurance Commissioner
Kevin McCarty. "This settle-
ment continues Florida's
progress toward establish-
ing a national standard for
transparency in insurance
transactions and reinforces
our commitment to protect-
ing Florida consumers."
In addition to the finan-
cial settlement, Travelers
has agreed to a consent
decree and final judgment
that will provide comprehen-
sive injunctive relief, includ-
ing a requirement to disclose
compensation that Travelers
pays to insurance brokers.
The company will also be
required to disclose to all
customers and prospective
policyholders the ranges
and averages of payments it
made to insurance brokers
on specific lines of insur-
ance. The consent decree
and final judgment will be
filed in Leon County Circuit
Court this week.
Travelers has cooperat-
ed with the multi-state task
force and will provide assis-
tance to the states as they
continue their investigation
of insurance brokers and
other insurers. The company
has already reimbursed a
nationwide group of policy-
holders for overcharges and
has adopted significant busi-
ness reforms that govern its
bidding and underwriting
practices.
This settlement marks
the third agreement Florida
has reached with insurance
carriers involved with Marsh
& McLennan's illegal tactics.
Similar settlements were
announced in October with
ACE Group Holdings, Inc.
and in December 2006 with
Zurich American Insurance
Company. In addition to
Florida, the following states
and commonwealths par-
ticipated in the investiga-
tion and settlement: Hawaii,
Maryland, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Oregon, Texas,
West Virginia, Pennsylvania
and the District of Columbia.
Litigation against Marsh &
McLennan continues.
Copies of the con-
sent decree and the com-
plaint are available online
at: http://myfloridalegal.
com/webffles.nsf/WF/RWHN-
7AENSE/$file/Travelers + Sti
piulated + Conisent +'Decree +
and+Final+Juldgment.pdf
http://myfloridale-
gal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/
RWHN-7AENTF/$file/
Travelers + Complaint.pdf


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PUBLIC NOTICE


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A Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and Development Review Board
(PDRB) meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 8:45 a.m. EST, and at the Board
of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. EST. Both public hearings will be held in the BOCC Meeting Room at the
Robert M. Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida. The public hearings will be to discuss and act on the following:

1. December 18, 2007 Minutes
2. Public Hearing Small Scale Map Amendment Kenneth Cady -
Parcel ID #01360-000R 6.5 Acres in Section 35, Township 3 South,
Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida Changing 6.5 Acres from
Agricultural to Mixed Commercial/Residential.
3. Public Hearing Small Scale Map Amendment David Lau A
portion of Parcel ID #01692-000R 10 Acres in Section 14, Township
4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf.County, Florida Changing 10 Acres
from Agricultural to Residential.
4. Public Hearing Small Scale Map Amendment Mary Nell House
Parcel ID #00334-180R, #00334-165R, #00334-175R 10
Acres in Section 5, Township 7 South, Range 8 West, Gulf County,
Florida Changing 10 Acres from Residential to Mixed Commercial/
Residential.
5. Public Hearing Small Scale Map Amendment Robert A. Sutton -
Parcel ID # 01555-001 R and #01555-000R 6.50 Acres in Section
11, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida Changing
6.50 Acres from Residential to Mixed Commercial/Residential.
6. Application for Non- Residential Development William J. Rish Park
Parcel ID #06352-000R
7. City of Wewahitchka Stone Mill Creek Water Project, Phase I
8. County Projects
9. Public at Large
10. Staff

The public is encouraged to attend and be heard on these matters. Information
prior to the meeting can be viewed at the Planning and Building Department at


Sr. Blvd., Room 312.


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2. Kenneth Cady


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February:
Annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cookoff, Sunset Park,
Mexico Beach 1-888-723-2546, mbcdc@mexicobeach.
corn
Annual Forgotten Coast's Chef Sampler, Coombs Armory,
Avenue D and 4th Street, Apalachicola, 850-653-9419,
info@apalachicolabay.org


Annual. Charity Rib Cookoff, Eastpoint Fire Department,
Eastpoint, 850-670-9000

April:
Annual Kids Win Fishing Tournament, Port St. Joe
Marina, 850-227-9393
Annual "Taste of the Coast: An Artful Affair" Port St.
Joe, 850-227-1223, ATasteOfTheCoast.com


Annual Spring Mexico Beach "Beach Blast", Beacon Hill
Park, 1-888-723-2546, mbcdc@mexicobeach.com
Annual Historic Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat
Show, Apalachicola, 850-653-9419, info@apalachicolabay.
org
Annual Carrabelle Riverfront Festival, Riverwalk on
Marine Street, Carrabelle, 850-697-2585


March: T YFax T t
Annual St. George Island Charity Chili Cookoff, St.
George Island, 850-927-2753
Annual Camp Gordon Johnston WVWII Veterans' reunion,
Carrabelle, 850-697-8575


Tenth Annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cookoff Calendar of Performing Arts Events


Who Cooks the Best Gumbo?
NO ENTRY FEE
Special Events for Mexico Beach, Inc. wants to know
who cooks the BEST Gumbo! On Saturday, February 16,
*between the hours of 10:30 AM and approximately 2 PM CT
(until' gumbo is sold out), a fierce competition of culinary
skills will determine who's who in the Gumbo Cooking arena.
As we have done for the past two years, we will have 2 catego-
ries Restaurants and Amateurs- In the amateur division,
a $200 First Place cash prize, a $100 Second Place cash
prize and a $75 Third Place cash prize will be forthcoming to
the winners, In the restaurant division, a $200 first prize
will be issued, and a $100 second Place (other prizes may be
awarded depending on how many restaurants sign up for the
'cook-off) and a $100 overall No entry fee will be charged and
.'a panel of judges will determine which pot of gumbo excels
in taste. Entrants will be required to produce *Three (3) or
more gallons of their specialty gumbo. (If possible, 5 gallons
would be great) They will also be responsible for bringing
containers, heating devices to warm their product (crock
pots and propane gas cookers are ideal and preferred) and
labor to sell their gumbo. The committee will provide tables
(one card table or half of an 8' table will be provided)
electricity- we have a new electrical panel that insures
that we will have no problem this year! (please specify if
, needed), bowls, napkins and utensils for consumption and
the location and crowd, (Sunset Park, next to the El Governor
Motel). Gumbo from the Cookoff will be sold by the taste and
various size containers to raise money for the Mexico Beach
Special Events. Those wishing to participate may pick up an
,application at the Mexico Beach CDC Office, e-mail or call
648-8196.

Please Bring:
Warming containers crockpots, gas cookers, grill...)
Ladles for serving
Decorations Mardi Gras theme
Lots of Great Gumbo

Big River Rider's Open Horse Show
The Big River Rideirs. 4-H Horse Club .will have an Open
Horse Showon Saturday, January 12, at Michael Traylor
Arena, at T. L. James Park. Registration starts at 12:00 p.m.
CT with'show starting at 1:00 p.m. CT. Events will include
barrels, poles, cones, arena race, hairpin, keyhole, stake
race with some fun runs. Divisions will be PeeWee, Youth,
Junior, Senior and Exhibition. PeeWee classes are sponsored
by Jesse Eubanks and Jean McMillian.
There will be concessions on the grounds. There will
also be some raffles. So come on out and join the fun. Wither
you are a participant or spectator you will have a good time
while supporting our local youth.


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LOCATION

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Governor Motel) Bigger space this year!
RULES
Have food prepared for judges by 10 AM CT
Be set up with and ready to sell by 10:30 AM CT.
Be present until 2 PM CT or until your gumbo is gone.
*Cook at least 3 Gallons of your specialty Gumbo. Chefs
arriving with less than three (3) gallons of gumbo will
not be included in the judging!
Provide Warming Device and service tools (ladles, etc.) to
keep your gumbo hot.
Allow your gumbo to be sold as a fundraising medium for
Special Events.
Chefs will not be asked to handle cash, tickets which
will be purchased on site through committee members will
be used as the only medium of exchange for purchasing the
gumbo.

Call the Community Development Center at 850-648-8196
with any questions.

Trio Internazionale Presents
The Trio Internazionale will present a musical "time cap-
sule" as well as a potpourri of music never included in previ-
ous coan ced by Martha's stimulating and eru-
dite comments. At the Historic Trinity Church, Apalachicola
Sunday, January 13 Admission donation $2. 4 PM.

Acrylic Painting Workshop at Artemis
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own impressionist style paint- ed: Please bring a light snack
ing of the female figure with to share. $35 per person.
acrylic paints on 16 x 20 can- Artemis Gallery, 252 Water
vas, under the instruction of Street, Apalachicola. Space is
Heather Parker, visual artist limited, Registration and pre-
and art instructor. All sup- payment by Wednesday, Jan


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January 18-TheDifferent 29 and March 1, 2-TopDog/
Art of Three Women Art Show UnderDog. Amelia Center
Opening/Reception, 5 7 p.m. Theatre Lab. Saturdays at
Amelia Center Gallery. Free 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:30
admission. Exhibit will p.m.. Recommended for
remain open until February mature audiences. Admission
11. $10. For reservations call
January 25, 26, 27-Tape. 872-3886.
Amelia Center Theatre Lab. March 15-Singing
Fridays and Saturdays Commodores and Friends -
Februaryl, 2, 3-at 7:30 Amelia Center Theatre 7:30
p.m.. Sundays at 2:30 p.m.. p.m. Free admission.
Recommended for mature March 28-Arts Potpourri
audiences. Admission GCCC Student Art Show
$10. For reservations call Opening/Reception and GCCC
872-3886 Concert Chorale and Singing
January 28-Auditions for Commodores. Amelia Center
Spring 08 musical: And the Gallery and outdoor fountain
World Goes Round, 6:30 p.m. area. 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.. Free
For audition information, call admission.
872-3886. April 18, 19, 20, 25,
February 8-Glenesha 26, 27-And the World Goes
Miller in Concert. Amelia Round- The Songs of Kander
Center Theatre, 7:30 p.m. and Ebb. Musical Amelia
Donations accepted for music Center Theatre Fridays and
scholarships. Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.,
February 12, 13, Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Adult
14-The Vagina Monologues admission $10, Children
(A Celebration of Women's under 18 $5. free to GCCC
History) students, faculty and staff
Amelia Center Theatre April 2008-Auditions
Lab. 7:30 p.m. Recommended for 2008-2009 Music and
for mature audiences. For Theatre scholarships and
reservations call 872-3886. portfolio admission for Visual
'Donations accepted for global Arts scholarships. For dates
and local charities that help and more information, call
women and their families. 872-3886
February 22-Figurative
Ceramic Show. Art Show For more informa-
Opening/Reception, 5:00 tion about our events,
- 7:00 p.m. Amelia Center please call 872-3886.
Gallery. Free admission. Reservations for theatre
Exhibit will remain open until lab performances are
March 10. strongly recommended.
February 22, 23, 24,

Gallery in Apalachicola
9 is required to reserve your Questions: Heather Parker,
space. Please make check 850-249-9295, painterpark-
or money order payable to: er@yahoo.com or Barbara
Heather Parker, PO. Box 93, Holmes, 850-653-8952, hol-
Panama City, Fl 32402. Please mes@gtcom.net
note on check "Impressionist
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8B THE STAR, PORT ST. JOE, FL THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2008


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sonal representative,
venue, or jurisdiction of
this Court are required to
file their objections with
this Court WITHIN THE
I ...1-1- -- LATER OF THREE (3)
1100 Legal Advertising MONTHS AFTER THE
1110 Classified Notices DATE OF THE FIRST
1120- Public Notices/ PUBLICATION OF THIS
Announcements NOTICE OR THIRTY (30)
1130 Adoptions
1140 Happy Ads DAYS AFTER THE DATE
1150 Personals OF SERVICE OF A COPY
1160-Lost OF THIS NOTICE ON
1170 Found THEM.

All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons
1100having claims or demands
against decedent's estate
INTHE CIRCUIT COURT on whom a copy of this
FOR GULF COUNTY, notice is served within
FLORIDA three (3) months after the
PROBATE DIVISION date of the first publication
FILE NO.07-97PR of this notice must file
their claims within this Court
IN RE: ESTATE OF WITHIN THE LATER OF
JULIA RE EONDELL O THREE (3) MONTHS AF-
JULIA BLONDELL OW- TE
ENS TER THE DATE OF THE
Deceased. FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
NOTICE TO CREDITORS (30) DAYS AFTER THE
The administration of the DATE OF SERVICE OF A
estate of JULIA BLON- COPY OF THIS NOTICE
DELL OWENS, deceased, ON THEM.
File Number 07-97PR, is All other creditors of the
pending in the Circuit All other creditors of the
Court for Gulf County, decedent and persons
Florida, Probate Division, having claims or demands
the address of which is against the decedent's es-
Gulf County Courthouse, tate must file their claims
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. with this Court WITHIN
Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida THREE (3) MONTHS AF-
32456. The.name and ad- TER THE DATE OF THE
deofthe oal re FIRST PUBLICATION OF
dress of the personal rep- THIS NOTICE.
resentative and the per-
sonal representative's at-
torney are set forth below. ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS
AND OBJECTIONS NOT
ALL INTERESTED PER- SO FILED WILL BE FOR-
SONS ARE NOTIFIED EVER BARRED.
The date of first publica-

All persons on whom this tion of this Notice is Janu-
notice is served who have ary 10 2007.
objections that challenge Atto
the validity of the will, the Attorney for Personal Rep-
- qualifications of the per- Charles A. Costin


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO: 2007-281-CA
THE BANK OF NEW
YORK, AS TRUSTEE,
PLAINTIFF,
VS.
WAYNE E. ROWLETT, ET
AL.,
DEFENDANT(S).
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERV-
ICE
TO: WAYNE ROWLETT
whose residence is un-
known is he/she/they be
living; and if he/she/they
be dead, the unknown de-
fendants who may be
spouses, heirs, devisees,
grantees, assignees,
lienors, creditors, trustees,
and all parties claiming an
interest by, through, under
or .against the Defendants,
who are not known to be
dead or alive, and all par-
ties having or claiming to
have any right, title or in-
terest in the property de-
scribed in the mortgage
being foreclosed herein.

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTI-
FIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on
the following.property:
LOT 1
COMMENCE AT A FOUR
INCH SQUARE CON-
CRETE MONUMENT (NO
IDENTIFICATION) MARK-
ING THE SOUTHWEST
CORNER OF SECTION
36, TOWNSHIP 8 SOUTH,
RANGE 11 WEST, GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA AND
RUN NORTH 00 DE-
GREES 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 DE-
GREES 16 MINUTES 31
SECONDS EAST FOR
1063.53 FEET TO A
FOUND ONE HALF INCH
IRON ROD (NO IDENTIFI-
CATION) ON THE EAST-
ERLY RIGHT OF WAY
LINE OF STATE ROAD
NO. 30; IRON ROD LYING
ON A CURVE CONCAVE
TO THE WESTERLY FOR
THE POINT OF BEGINN-
ING; FROM SAID POINT
OF BEGINNING RUN
SOUTH EASTERLY
ALONG SAID RIGHT OF
WAY LINE AND CURVE
WITH A RADIUS OF
5769.78 FEET, THROUGH
A CENTRAL ANGLE OF
00 DEGREES 05 MIN-
UTES 59 SECONDS, FOR
AN ARC DISTANCE OF
10.04 FEET (CHORD OF
SAID ARC BEING SOUTH
05 DEGREES 32
MINUTES 35 SECONDS
EAST 10.04 FEET);
THENCE LEAVING SAID
EASTERLY RIGHT OF
WAY LINE RUN NORTH


1100 I
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 DE-
GREES 48 MINUTES 25
SECONDS WEST FOR A
DISTANCE 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
NORTHWESTERLY
ALONG SAID RIGHT OF
WAY LINE AND CURVE
WITH A RADIUS OF
5769.78 FEET THROUGH
A CENTRAL ANGLE OF
01 DEGREES 22 MIN-
UTES 54 SECONDS, FOR
AN ARC DISTANCE OF
139.14 FEET (CHORD OF
SAID ARC BEING NORTH
04 DEGREES 45
MINUTES 09 SECONDS
WEST, 139.13 FEET) TO
THE POINT OF BEGINN-
ING. CONTAINING 0.708
ACRES, MORE OR LESS.
ALSO:
LOT 2
COMMENCE AT A FOUR
INCH SQUARE CON-
CRETE MONUMENT (NO
IDENTIFICATION) MARK-
ING THE SOUTHWEST
CORNER OF SECTION
36, TOWNSHIP 8 SOUTH,
RANGE 11' WEST, GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA AND
RUN NORTH 00 DE-
GREES 04 MINUTES 11


41


I 1100
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
MINUTES 31 SECONDS
EAST FOR 1063.53 FEET
TO A FOUND ONE HALF
INCH IRON ROD (NO
IDENTIFICATION) ON
THE EASTERLY RIGHT
OF WAY LINE OF STATE
ROAD NO. 30 FOR THE
POINT OF BEGINNING;
FROM SAID POINT.,OF
BEGINNING RUN NORTH
89 DEGREES 39 MIN-
UTES 49 SECONDS EAST
FOR 350.18 FEET TO A
FOUND ONE HALF INCH
IRON ROD AND CAP NO.
1999; THENCE SOUTH 04
DEGREES 57 MINUTES
23 SECONDS EAST FOR
150.07 FEET TO A
FOUND ONE HALF INCH
IRON ROD (NO IDENTIFI-
CATION); THENCE
SOUTH 89 DEGREES 48
MINUTES 25 SECONDS
WEST FOR 133.97 FEET;
THENCE NORTH 00 DE-
GREES 11 MINUTES 35
SECONDS 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 LYING
ON A CURVE CONCAVE


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TO THE WESTERLY;
THENCE NORTHWEST-
ERLY ALONG SAID
RIGHT OF WAY LINE AND
CURVE WITH A RADIUS
OF 5769.78 FEET,
THROUGH A CENTRAL
ANGLE OF 00 DEGREES
05 MINUTES 59 SEC-
ONDS, FOR AN ARC DIS-
TANCE OF 10.04 FEET
(CHORD OF SAID ARC
BEING NORTH 05 DE-
GREES 32 MINUTES 35
SECONDS WEST, 10.04
FEET) TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING. CONTAIN-
ING 0.491 ACRES, MORE
OR LESS.
has been filed-against you
and you are required to
serve a copy of your Writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it
on David J. STERN, ESQ.
Plaintiff's attorney, whose
address is 801 S. Univer-
sity Drive #500, Planta-
tion, FL 33324 on or be-
fore February 4, 2008, (no
later than 30 days from
the date of the first publi-
cation of this notice of ac-
tion) and file the original
with the clerk of this court
either before service on
Plaintiff's attorney or im-
mediately thereafter; oth-
erwise a default will be en-
tered against you for the
relief demanded in the
complaint or petition filed
herein.
WITNESS my hand and
the seal of this Court of
GULF County, Florida, this
27th day of December,
2007.
CLERK OF CIRCUIT


IN THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 06-487 CA
APALACHICOLA STATE
BANK, a Division of
Coastal Community Bank,
Plaintiff,_' '
Vs.
ERNEST BALOGH, JR.,
GRETCHEN L. BALOGH,
JOSEPHINE B. WILLIAMS,
MERIAL LIMITED, and
UNITED STATE OF
AMERICA ACTING
THROUGH THE INTER-
NAL REVENUE SERVICE,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Judgement of foreclosure
dated July 6, 2007 and en-
tered in Civil Action No.
06-487-CA of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth
Judicial Circuit in and for
Gulf County, Florida,
wherein the parties were
the plaintiff, Apalachicola
State Bank and the de-
fendants, Ernest Balogh,
Jr., Gretchen L. Balogh,


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Josephine B. Williams,
Merial Limited, and United
State of America Acting
Through the Internal Reve-
nue Service, I will sell to
the highest and best bid-
der, for cash, at 11:00
a.m. (Eastern Time) on the
24 day of January, 2008,
at the front door of the
Gulf County Courthouse,
Port St. Joe, Florida, the
following-described real
property as set forth in
said Final Judgement of
Foreclosure:
Lot Three (3), in Block
Ninety-seven (97), Unit
No. 4, of St. Joseph's Ad-
dition of the City' 6fPort
St. Joe, according to the
Official Map or Plat on file
in the Office of the Clerk of
Circuit Court, Gulf County,
Florida.
The successful bidder at
the sale will be required\to
place the requisite state
documentary stamps on
the Certificate of Title.
Date this 11th day of De-
cember, 2007.
HON. REBECCA L. NOR-
RIS, CLERK OF COURT
/S/By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
Publish January 10 & 17,
2007


PUBLIC NOTICE
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PREFERENCE PRIMARY,
ELECTION IS SCHED-
ULED FOR JANUARY 10,
2008 AT 2:00 RM. EST.
AT THE GULF COUNTY
ELECTIONS OFFICE LO-
CATED AT 401 LONG AV-
ENUE. THIS IS A PUBLIC
TEST IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE SUNSHINE
LAW OF FLORIDA
LINDA GRIFFIN
SUPERVISOR OF ELEC-
TIONS
Publish January 3 & 10,
2008







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410- Help Wanted Earn up to $900/wk 6 garage, fenced yard with house w/garage located 7100 Homes Beautiful Beach House, Wrangler '03
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Equipment sO For Rent Mexico Beach, 2BR, 1BA M 7160-Mobile Homes/Lots room along with all bed- miles. Excellent condition.
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3180 Computers Advesing/Mkg/PR 4130 1/2 bath. Across the road furnished, long or short 610 Property some furniture will stay,
3190 Electrond Advricstiin Sales from the beach, term, $850-$1200 mo, 7190- Out-nl-Town completely tiled through- -- I
320 FrePs It On Advertising Sales Clerical 8201 Pelican Walk in St. 850-532-1313 or Room For Rent Real Estate out, heat pump has been TC
3220 Furniture Administrative Joe Beach Call 647-6320 khconsteng@att.net M/F$380mo. Utilities i- 7200- Timeshare salt spray dipped so no
3230 Garage/Yard Sales son sought forFranklin cluded. to share 4 br corrosion will occur, atti160
3240 Guns County publication. Small Earn $12-$48/hour home. Call 227-1711 corrsion will occur, attic
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3310 Musical Instruments 2139 hood, $580 mo + $400 walkways, awning over all foot press, helmet, many
3320 Plants & Shrubs/ eg-oa-3 sa gs dep. Call 227-6216 Port St Joe, near schools, doors, fence railing along extras, $6500 obo. 850-
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onstructionTrades National Company now full baths, 1V2 blocks to Home, 2 br, CH&A, clean 850-229-6549 325,000.00 MUST SACRI-
Re onal Roo hiring 18-23 sharp guys & Villages of beach, great screened & furnished, at Simmons FICEFOR HEALTH REA- 8210
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is l322Contractor USA. 2 week paid training. Like new, 3 br, 3 ba. TH mins to Tyndall, Schools F------ S. .esemail us at:
is looking for the following transportation &guaran- on Palm Blvd. Gas FP Rated A, long term lease, milspec41@bellsouth.ne
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great mggreat great pay, FedeTral Benefits and OTns. 6140 near TAFB, all appliances, lot with 1 room cottage Seller is Motivated[ Keller 7150 built trolling rods, full
e850a913 9 toetsupl a Pid Train 1866V483a0923 beach access, $750 mo. with full bath 9452 Olive Williams Town & Country Bay County cockpit enclosure-clear, 2
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1201 Monument Ave th enclosed back porch,U term rentals available. One 1-941-778-7980/7565 seadrives (outboards) less
Sat Jan 12th 8a-? The Gulf Sep. office/ workrm than 200 hrs on rebuilt
Bedroom suite, Dinnette, Halth 00 2 9 n month rent plus damage/ e overheads, many spare
and other misc. items County Health $850mo, util. not incl. 1 yr mrnmaBy Owner Price Reduced- powerheads, many spare
Sleaze. Unfurn'd. $850 dep. security deposit. Please call Mexico Beach, 2 LOTS parts (lower unit, power
lDepartment 850 227 -2 5 4 9 / Gulf Coast Realty, Inc. 229-1200 for more informationeaulf, 35th Street. packs, stators, rectifiers,
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^ $23,645.18 $31,200.00. school. $875/mo. + 1st & Each 75'x90', $495K Each. nar color fishfinder with
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3300 to this position, contact lease. Call 648-8629 or all new instrumentation on
Lesia Hathaway at (850) 5100 867-3336 Joe $1000 a month plus utilities dash, 2 VHF radios,
20 foot 2005 Gooseneck 227-1276, ext. 149. Clos- ail R- AM/FM CD player (fresh
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Reference call 227-4986 fer to Requisition Number Home. No selling. No Charles, just 7 miles from 8- 50 Ce
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10B Thursday, January 10, 2008 The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Established 1937


Crime Prevention/ Crime Displacement Through It's Germ Season: Troy University Announces Honor
I ,. _rTU\ .. Learn at GCCC Students For Fall Semester


Environmental Design (CPTED) Class


Gulf Coast Community College
January 22-23, 2008
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Student Union East Room # 244


This innovative 16-hour course is for
both law enforcement professionals and
citizens. CPTED seeks to combine the efforts
of law enforcement with city planners, archi-'
tects, traffic engineers, lighting technicians,
landscape designers, and human behav-
ioral experts to better understand oppor-
tunity-based crime and "design out" factors
that attract opportunistic criminal behav-
ior. Truly understanding the opportunistic
criminal and simultaneously reinforcing the
"designing in" those environmental factors
that comprise a desirable quality of life have
resulted in simple and understandable prin-
ciples that have redefined crime prevention
as an integral part of the total 2P1-century
policing package.
Participants will be able to:
Understand the concerns and functions
of different professional fields and the results
of their input, both positive and negative, on
a subject environment.
Develop a global perspective of an envi-
ronment and a comprehensive plan to posi-
tively impact rather than engaging in random
acts of improvement and counterproductive,
short-term "feel good" solutions.
NEVER LOOK AT ANY ENVIRONMENT
THE SAME WAY AGAIN!


Course Topics:
What is CPTED?
CPTED application in different environ-
ments.
Recognizing the "War on Crime" for what
it really is.
Looking beyond the "Criminal Event"
into the real issues.
Determining the goal of Human Activity.
The "3 D's" (Designation, Definition, and
Design)
Traffic-related issues: "Traffic Calming"
Light Source Types
Recognizing "Zones of Transition,"
including "Run Like Hell Zones" and "Twilight
Zones"
Evaluating and monitoring your objec-
tives

Course Presenter:
Dan Bates, a retired St. Petersburg
Police Department Officer is the Lead CPTED
Trainer and Project Coordinator for the
Florida RCPI.

Advanced registration is required.
Contact GCCC Continuing Education at Greg
May at 850-913-3297 or Kiin Harrison at
850-747-3216.
David Barnes, the new Chief of Police in
Port St. Joe, recommends this class to all
business owners, community leaders, and
interested citizens.


How long can germs live
on your telephone, keyboard,
door handle, or money? Learn
the answers to these questions
and more at the Community
Acquired Methicillin Resistant
Staphylococcus Aureaus
(CA-MRSA) Community
Workshop. Gulf Coast
Community College's Center
for Business, Continuing and
Community Education, in
partnership with Bay County
Healthcare Facilities, will host
the workshop on January 10,
from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
in the Sarzin Lecture Hall in
the Language and Literature
building on campus.
The workshop will define
and discuss the germ itself,
its usual presentation as a
skin infection, risk factors
and prevention techniques.
Dr. R. Jason Newsome,
Director of the Bay County
Health Department will be the
keynote speaker. A panel of
local experts in infection con-
trol will be present to answer
any questions and concerns.
The MRSA Workshop is
free and open to the public.
For additional informa-
tion, call Sherrie Lock at
872-3819.


Troy University has
announced its honor students
for fall semester, accord-
ing to Dr. Ed Roach, Senior
Executive Vice Chancellor
and Provost.
Full-time undergradu-
ate students who earned a
4.0 grade point average for
the spring semester are rec-
ognized on the Chancellor's
List, the university's to honor
roll. Full-time undergradu-
ate students who earned a
grade point average of 3.65 or
higher on a 4.0 scale are rec-
ognized on the Provost's List.
Troy University offers associ-
ate, bachelor's, master's and


education specialist degrees,
preparing students in the
fields of fine arts, communi-
cation, business, education,
sciences and the humanities,
applied science, nursing and
allied health sciences.
Troy University operates
four campuses in Alabama
and maintains degree pro-
grams at more than 60 cam-
puses in 17 states and 11
foreign countries, serving
more than 27,000 students
worldwide.
CHANCELLOR'S LIST
Gulf County FL
Rebecca Belin
Kelly Geoghagan


Spring 2008 registration


Spring 2008 registration
and advising at Gulf Coast
Community College will be
conducted January 7 to
January 9, from 7:30 a.m.
to 6:30 p.m. Monday through
Wednesday in the Student
Union East building on cam-
pus.
Spring registration at
the Gulf/Franklin Center is
Monday through Wednesday,
January 7 to January 9 from
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., (EST).


Spring registration at the
Tyndall Air Force Base is
Monday through Wednesday,
January 7 to January 9 from
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All registration fees for
the spring term must be
paid on or before January
4. Web registration is avail-
able at All day and evening
classes begin January 10.
For more information, call
(850) 872-3892.


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Cold Damaged Plant Care .


By Roy Lee Carter
County Extension
Director

Sometimes our sun-
shine state isn't so sunny or
warm! In spite of a reputa-
tion tropical breeze, Florida
does have its moments of
frigid temperature perhaps
not cold enough to bother
winter visitors, but certainly
below the safety range for
tender plants. After each
frost, we usually get ques-
tions concerning what to do
about freeze damage.
While the colder loca-
tions of our nation expe-
rience heavy snows during
this season of the year, we
seldom see a blanket of
snow covering Florida land-
scapes. Nevertheless, our
temperature often drops low
enough to injure, and even
kill ornamentals and fruit
trees. So, frost damage is
a real concern throughout
the winter months. Today,
I'll. talk about the kind of
cold.injury that most often
occurs to popular landscape
specimens. I'll offer some
suggestions on what to do
to help plants recover from
Jack Frost's icy attacks.
When landscape plants
freeze, the first impulse of
most gardeners is to get out
the pruning shears and cut
away dead and dying leaves
and branches. But, this
really isn't a good idea. As a
rule, you can't tell how much
damage has been done until
plants start new growth in
the spring. So, if you prune
immediately after a freeze,
you may cut away live wood
that doesn't have to be lost.
Also, leaves and branches
which have been killed can
help protect the rest of a


Roy Lee Carter
plant against further cold
injury and any other needed
protection, to guard what's
left of your plants against the
next cold snap.
Severe cold may kill
some of your tender land-
scape and patio ornamen-
tals all the way down to the
soil lime. But, such speci-
mens -- things like Rubber
Plants, Philodendrons, and
Poinsettias -- could sur-
prise you by sending up new
shoots in the spring. So,
don't give up on them too
soon. Allow enough time for
them to revive, after warm
weather return.
Both flower buds and
stems of azaleas often suffer
cold damage. Bud injury
will be evident if your plants
produce few or no flowers at
blooming time. Stem dam-
age will show up later in
the spring and early sum-
mer, when some branches
die. That will be the time
to prune. Just cut out dead
branches, as you find them,
always pruning back to live
wood.
Low temperature often
cause bud injury and leaf


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burn on Camellias. Damaged
buds will either drop from
the plants, or open only part-
way, revealing brown center.
Leaf damage on Camellias
usually isn't too much of a
problem. In most cases, as
new leaves com out in the
spring, the old, frost-burned
leaves will just drop off the
plants.
Whatever you do, even if
your landscape ornamentals
have already suffered some
cold injury, do not relax your
guard. More frigid weather
may be on the way. So,
be prepared to keep your
prized plants as warm as
possible, each time the
weatherman predicts freez-
ing temperatures. And, try
not to encourage any new
growth, until all frost danger
has past.
For more information on
freeze damage plants please
contact the Gulf County IFAS
Cooperative Extension Office
@ 639-3200 or 229-2909.


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H2-No Reports And Tips On Drought



Impact From The Weather Channel


WHAT: What happens
when H20 becomes H2-NO?
Severe drought continues to
plague the Southeast with
little relief in sight.. A lack of
water not only has hurt agri-
culture, economy and busi-
ness but also has already
impacted residential daily
life. In this special series by
The Weather Channel, cor-
respondent Julie Martin will
discuss the extremes some
affected areas have had to
go to for resident safety and
preparation.
WHEN: Monday, January
14, through Friday, January
18
To air on The Weather
Channel during Abrams &
Bettes Beyond the Forecast
from 7-8 p.m. ET and during
Evening Edition from 9-11
p.m. ET
PROFILES: Reports
from Julie Martin will


include:
Monday, Jan. 14 Near
Talladega, AL: The South's
cattle industry has seen a
drop off due to the drought.
An interview profiles a strug-
gling cattle farmer who has
had to sell off cattle 60
percent of the state's live-
stock and 76 percent of the
state's pasture is in poor or
very poor condition. Viewers
will get tips on how to water
plants using gray water.
Julie Martin will be live near
Talladega.
Tuesday, Jan. 15 Lake
Lanier, GA: At ground zero
for the drought, Julie con-
centrates on how businesses
around the lake are suffer-
ing. The tips segment will
emphasize how businesses
and industry can save water.
Julie Martin will, be live near
Lake Lanier.
Wednesday, Jan. 16


- Greenville, SC: Greenville
has been .planning for a
severe drought for decades,'
and after the driest year
on record, the Greenville
Water System has not had to
resort to drastic water bans
and shortages like those in
Atlanta and Durham, NC.
Tips will focus on how to
conserve water inside homes.
Julie Martin will be live in
Greenville.
Thursday, Jan. 17 -
Apalachicola Bay, FL: There,
is widespread fear that the
billion-dollar seafood indus-
try will be lost due to a lack of
fresh water and the decision
to limit water coming out
of Georgia. Oysters, shrimp
and blue crabs are all being
affected. Tips focus on land-
scaping and what homeown-
ers can plant.
Friday, Jan. 18 -
Greene County, TN: Officials


in Greene County have begun
giving away bottled water
to residents with dried out
creeks, springs and wells.
Emergency managers say
it's a necessary process to
help protect lives. Interviews
include affected residents in
need of water. L
MORE: A leader in the
area of environmental issues
and climate change, The
Weather Channel also- airs
Forecast Earth: This Week
every Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
The original weekly program
helps viewers become more
knowledgeable about envi-
ronmental issues and what
they can do to make a dif-
ference. To learn more,
visit www.weather.com/fore-
castearth.
For more information,
please visit www.weather.
com/press.


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Florida REALTORS Support Property Tax Reform Amendment


John Sebree, Florida
Association of REALTORS@
Vice President of Public
Policy was the guest speaker
at the Property Tax Reform
Forum sponsored by the
REALTORS@ Association
of Franklin & Southern
Gulf Counties on December
20. Mr. Sebree gave a very
detailed and informative pre-
sentation of the high points
contained in Amendment 1,
after which the floor was
open for questions from the
audience. If you were unable
to attend the forum, you
can view FAR's Property Tax
Reform video by- going to
and click on the "Property
Tax Reform Video" link.
Some of the high pointsthat
were discussed during the
forum include:


RHemetead examp-
tiea
The homestead exemp-
tuo increases. The current
$25,000 homestead exemp-
tin remains but a second
$25,000 exemption is added
for home values between
$50,000 and $75,000. The
second $25,000 exemption
does not apply to school
taxes. however. which trans-
lates into a lower-than-
expected savings of about
$240 per homesteaded
owner. The portionfahome
valued between $25,000 and
$50,000 will still be taxed
at all levels FAR fought to
tincude this taxable portion
In order to maintain fair-
ness for smaller cities and
couantes with lower median
home values.


Recall Info
Hair Dryers 2125, 315, 340, 350, 360,
World Dryer Corp. is and 3100. Actual Square D
recalling World Dryer and circuit breakers have (a) the
Bradley Brand Hand and amp rating written on the
Hair Dryers sold nationwide handle in white paint on the
from June 2005 to April front of the breaker; (b) the
2007. Some of the nozzles on Square D insignia molded
these dryers are not ground- onto the breaker side, and;
ed. If an electrical component (c) a yellow chromate mount-
comes into contact with an ing clip with half of the top of
ungrounded nozzle, it can the clip visible. If your break-
pose a shock hazard. er, labeled as Square D, does
The World Dryer and not match this description, it
Bradley brand hand and hair could be counterfeit.
dryers are wall-mounted dry- Consumers should
ers rith nozzles protruding contact NABCO at (866)
from the front that may be 505-5851 from 8 'a.m. to 5
either recessed or surface p.m. PT to determine if the
mounted. The dryers are breaker they have is coun-
used primarily in rest rooms terfeit or visit www.nabcore-
and locker rooms in public call.com. More info at www.
and commercial buildings. recalls.org.
Consumers and facility
managers should call World Toy Tower Blocks
Dryer at (800) 323-0701 eeBoo Corp. is recalling
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tot Tower toy blocks sold
CT Monday through Friday nationwide from January
with serial and model num- 2003 to September 2007.
ber to determine if the dryer The plastic covering on the
is included in this recall or toy blocks can detach, posing
visit http://www.worlddryer. a choking hazard.
com/Website Retrofit Notice. The recalled Tot Tower
html. More info at www. blocks are sold in sets of 10
recalls.org, blocks ranging from 6 x 6


Circuit Breakers
North American Breaker
Co. is recalling Counterfeit
Circuit Breakers labeled as
"Square D" sold nationwide
from March 2003 to April
2006. The recalled circuit
breakers labeled "Square
D" have been determined by
Square D to be counterfeit
and can fail to trip when they
are overloaded, posing a fire
hazard.
The counterfeit cir-
cuit breakers are black and
are labeled as Square D
QO-series models 110, 115,
120, 130, 210, 215, 220,
225, 230, 235, 240, 250,
260, 280, 1515, 1520, 2020,


inches to 1.5 x 1.5 inches. The
blocks have various images
and themes including Things
* I Know New; Garden Fairies;
Hardware Store; Around the
Land; Read-To-Me; Animal
Sounds; Animal Alphabet;
ABC; and Nursery Friends.
"Tot Towers" and "eeBoo
Corporation" are printed on
the product's packaging.
Consumers should
return the blocks to the place
of purchase for a full refund,
or contact eeBoo Corp. at
(800) 791-5619 between 9
a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday
through Friday or visit htitp-/
www.eeboo.com/safety.php.
More info at www.recalls.org.


PFrtakilty **<

Property Aa2 jsavngs
portability moneyy saved
over time on property taxes
because of yearly increase
limits through Florida's Save
Our Homes amendment)
applies to homesteaders
(homeowners with a home-
stead exemption) moving
anywhere within Florida. Up
to $500,000 of accumulated
savings, applied to taxable
value, may be transferred
when one home is sold and
another is purchased, with
the transfer applying to all
taxes, including the school
portion. Homeowners have
two years after they sell a
home to buy a new one and
transfer the savings.
Also, portability is ret-


reactive to Jan. 1, 2007 so
everyone who bought this
year and moved from an
established homestead will
be able to "port' their sav-
ings for next year. Since
yearly tax values are based
on ownership as of Jan. I
each year, portability would
not affect this year's tax
bills, which most homeown-
ers have already received;
but the savings will be appli-
cable to next year's tax bill.
Nea-heomesteaded
property tax eap
A win for FAR and an
importantpieceoftheamend-
ment is a 10 percent annual
assessment cap on non
homestead property, Similar
to Save Our Homes, this cap
limits the assessed increases
of commercal, rental and


second home property taxes
to a maximum amount of
10 percent per year starting
in 2009. protecting against
high spikes in taxes from
year-to-year.
While property values
will not rise 10 percent every
year, FAR believes the cap
offers some relief and pro-
tection to properties in high-
value markets and water-
fronts from unpredictable tax
increases. The Constitution
mandates a tax reassess-
ment to just value upon
transfer for non-homestead
residential properties of nine
units or less, but allows the
Florida Legislature to deter-
mine how reassessment will
occur for commercial and
higher-unit residential prop-
erties. However, implement-


ing legislation passed during
the Special Session provides
for reassessment of these
properties upon a change in
ownership or use.
Teagble personal
property euMmpUtm
Under the amend-
ment, the Tangible Personal
Property (TPP) exemption
for businesses is $25,000.
The Legislature estimates
that this tax paid to local
governments on Items such
as shelving, desks, comput-
ers, and other office equip-
ment will exempt about 1
million of Florida's 1.2 mil-
lion businesses that current-
ly pay it. The amendment
also drops the requirement
to file for the TPP tax.
For more information
about Amendment 1, go to .


Diners Find Rare Pearl in Plate of Clams
A Florida man was about stopped at Dave's Last Resort precious and lovely and valu- Panhandle, said restaurant
halfway through a plate of & Raw Bar for a bite. Their able." manager Tom Gerry.
steamed clams when he find could be worth thou- The gems occur most fre- The Brocks, of Royal
chomped down on something sands. quently in large New England Palm Beach, plan to have the
hard-a rare, iridescent pur- "Few are round and few quahogs, clams known for pearl appraised and said they
ple pearl. George Brock and are a lovely color, so this violet coloring on the inside may sell it if it is valuable.


his wife, Leslie, had been
spending a day at the beach
Friday in South Florida and


is rare," said gemologist
Antoinette Matlins. "I think
they have found something


of their shells. The clams
in the $10 plate came from
Apalachicola in the Florida


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