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Publication Date: February 28, 2008
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70th Year, Number 19 Port St. Joe, FL 2 Sections 24 Pages

February 28, 2008

Community of the Year

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

Port St. Joe has always been a resilient
Born from the ashes of a lost city
decimated by hurricanes and yellow fever,
Port St. Joe thrived for decades as a mill
town before losing its major industry.
Even in hard times, the city persevered,
through the efforts of an engaged populace
and responsive city government.
In reviewing applications for the U. S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural
Development Florida "Community of the
Year" award, state director Ron Whitfield
was struck by Port St. Joe's evolution.
A native of the rural community of
Cottondale, Whitfield once retrieved paper
rolls from the mill, which he used to
construct prom decorations back home.
He admired Port St. Joe's response
to the closing of the mill, and efforts to
enhance economic opportunity and quality
of life for its residents.
Before a large crowd in the Centennial
Building last Thursday, gathered to honor
the city's recognition as USDA Rural
Development Florida "Community of the
Year," Whitfield sang the city's praises.
"In seeing all that you have gone
through over the years, it's refreshing and
encouraging to see how you rebounded
from all the things that can be considered
adverse or a nail in the coffin," he said.
Port St. Joe received the Community of
the Year recognition for projects completed,
or in progress, during 2007.
The seven projects featured in the
award application written by city grant
writer Charlotte Pierce were:
*Buck Griffin Lake, a former drainage
ditch that now features a walking area,
covered pavilion and benches;
*Lamar Faison Field, which boasts-
two soccer fields, tennis courts and other
*the historic Maddox House, which
received several structural improvements
and upgrades;
*Port St. Joe Business Incubator,
a facility located on the former George
Washington High School site, which will
soon house two emerging businesses;
*Improvements to Williams Avenue,
which include expanding parking and a

U.S. Department of Agriculture state director Ron Whitfield (right) presented Port St.
Joe mayor Mel Magidson with a plaque commemorating Port St. Joe's selection as USDA's
Florida Rural Community of the Year. The ceremony was held last Thursday in the Centennial

small park;
*North Port St. Joe sewer project,
of which only Phase III remains to be
*Sunset Circle Stormwater
Improvement Project, which will soon
replace the entire drainage system that
was damaged during the 2005 Hurricane
To assist with the Sunset Circle
Stormwater Improvement Project, USDA
presented Mayor Mel Magidson a check for
The $370,000 grant and $262,600
loan will finance the replacement of 2,250
linear feet of stormwater pipe and 29 inlets,
the addition of an outfall structure and re-
grading sale ditches to alleviate flooding.
In accepting the Community of the
Year honor, Magidson referenced his recent
election by noting the old saying, "timing is
"I can't claim any credit for what we're
being honored for today, but I'm proud to be
the mayor of the city that's being recognized
as the number one community in the state
of Florida," he said.

A festive cake commemorated Port St.
Joe's accolade.

Magidson's predecessor, Frank Pate,
rose to thank the community for allowing
him to serve as mayor for nearly four
With a nod to the dozen USDA
representatives attending the ceremony,
Pate commended the agency for its efficiency
and cooperation.
"I have never worked with a better
(See CITY on Page 11A)

Mexico Beach

Elections Upcoming,

Housing Assistance


By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

Mexico Beach Elections
Two Mexico Beach city council members
are up for election in April; one of them will
face opposition.
Qualifying for council positions was Feb.
10-15. Current city council member Robert
"Bob" Ginsberg ran unopposed and will
return to his seat on the commission.
Current council member Gary Woodham
will face opposition from Connie Risinger at
the polls on April 22.
The remaining three city council members
(Butch Dale, Jack Mullen and Mayor Al
Cathey) ran unopposed in 2007.

Mexico Beach Housing Assistance
The city is still looking for at least four
more residents to apply for the housing
rehabilitation grants currently available to
the city.
In January, Mexico Beach announced
it was accepting applicants to participate
in a Community Development Block Grant
(CDBG) Housing Rehabilitation program to
assist homeowners with home repairs.
The program will help qualified very-
low, low and moderate-income homeowners
in the city make general code-related repairs
and improvements to their homes.
Some items eligible for repair include
roofs, heating systems, windows, plumbing,
electrical and other code-related housing
The city needs a minimum of eight
homeowners to participate in the program,
but so far only four have applied, Hubbard
"This is a fantastic opportunity for
qualified homeowners in Mexico Beach," he
said. "This is free money Ibr home repairs.
If we don't use it, the money will just go to
another community."
According to Hubbard, since the money
is a federal grant, homeowners do not have to
repay any of the money used to improve and
repair their homes. Certain criteria apply if a
homeowner accepts the grant, but those are
not hard to meet. Paperwork is minimal and
not at all difficult to fill out, he added.
Homeowners within the city limits of
Mexico Beach can apply if they own their
(See MEXICO BEACH on Page 7A)

Port St. Joe City Commission

Buzzett Announces for Group IV Seat

Reeves to Run

Port St. Joe native and long-
time businessman Rex Buzzett has
announced his intention seek the
Group IV seat on the Port St. Joe
City Commission.

Rex Buzzett

Buzzett seeks to replace David
Horton, who announced his retire-
ment last week.
"As a native, born and raised
here, I love the city and have been
involved in various public service
efforts in the past," Buzzett said.
"This is the ultimate public ser-
Buzzett has been involved with
the county Tourist Development
Council, the Downtown
Redevelopment Agency, serving as
president at one time and the
Lions Club.
Buzzett said the goal of his
candidacy is to "improve on what
the past leaders have started."
"I believe in controlled growth,"
Buzzett said. "We have to maintain
the character of the community we
have. The people here are great.
The people who have moved here
or are moving here are finding
a place that is a friendly, helpful
After completing pharmacy
school, Buzzett returned to Port

St. Joe and joined the family's
pharmacy business in 1972 and
worked as pharmacist until 2003.
For the past five years, he has
been "John Q" citizen, as Buzzett
put it. ,
"So I've seen it from the other
side, also," Buzzett noted.
He is a member of St. Joseph
Catholic Church, was a member of
the Florida Board of Pharmacy for
four years and spent a term on the
14'" Judicial Circuit Nominating
"It was very interesting,"
Buzzett said of his time on the
Pharmacy Board. "You deal with
writing regulations and rules. It
was a very interesting time."
Buzzett and his wife Nancy
will celebrate their 37"' anniversary
later this year.
The couple has two grown
children: Brad, wife JoAnne and
son Gannon of Port St. Joe and
Amy and husband Scott Croker
and daughter Alatia of Franklin,

A Floridian by birth, I have
lived here since 1979. While I am
not a native resident of Port St.
Joe, I got here as quick as I could. I
wake up every day wanting to serve
you, the people of our wonderful
town. I have no hidden agenda.
Living in a town like Port St. Joe
is a dream many people have and
only a few ever realize. I am blessed
to call Port St. Joe home. Having
said this, I humbly announce by
candidacy for City Commissioner of
Port St. Joe.
Our city is growing and we will
become .a destination unlike any
other along this coast. Ensuring
that you the people who live here
today are not forced out by this
growth is my No. 1 objective as
your next city commissioner. I hear
your fears of being run over by big
time developers and as your com-
missioner you will be heard. You
will have a voice at City Hall. I want
our people to benefit from this
growth; not suffer as a result.
As a former commissioner I
worked with my fellow commis-
sioners and we accomplished a
great deal on behalf of our city.
We now have a beautiful lake that

is designated to treat storm water
runoff while improving the quality
of life for our people. An aggressive
program to replace our sidewalks
over the past few years has resulted
in safer sidewalks for you. Perhaps,
(See REEVES on Page 7A)

John Reeves


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Gulf County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner

On Monday night the
Gulf County business
community and other
local residents gathered
at the Centennial Building
in Port St. Joe for the
Gulf County Chamber of
Commerce annual dinner
and business awards.
With 300 people
attending, the community
paid tribute to both
local businesses and a
community leader who has
influenced the county for
more than 50 years.
Port St. Joe attorney
Billy Joe Rish, of Rish,
Gibson, Scholz and
Groom, was honored with
the Chamber's Lifetime
Achievement Award for his
professional, business and
personal service to the city,
county and state.
Noted among his
many achievements were
his more than 40 years
of service as attorney of
record for the city of Port
St. Joe; his involvement
in the establishment of
what is now Preble Rish
Engineering, his terms in
the Florida legislature;

and the naming of William
J. (Billy Joe) Rish Park on
Cape San Bias after him.
Ralph Roberson, of
Roberson and Friedman,
told the crowd about the
time he needed to work
while in college and asked
Rish for a summer job.
He said Rish gave him
work and that is where
he met his wife of many
decades, so he thanked
Rish for the opportunity.
Tom Gibson, who
works with Rish in' the
law firm of Rish, Gibson,
Scholz and Groom, told
the story of Rish hiring
him in 1984, when Rish
wanted to groom someone
to take over the firm, as he
planned to retire.
Former Port St. Joe
mayor Frank Pate also
spoke of his long years of
association with Rish, both
as a friend and as the city's
Pate retired in June of
2007 after serving almost
40 years as the city's
State Representative
Jimmy Patronis was

Pedals By the Bay owner Clay Keels (center) was hon-
ored as the Chamber's Business Person of the Year. Keels
is pictured with former board member Patti Blaylock and
former Chamber president Jim Norton.

Attorney Billy Joe Rish, with wife Carol, was honored with the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce's Lifetime Achievement
Award at Monday night's reception, held at the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe. All photos courtesy of Debbie Hooper.

the keynote speaker,
describing how important
both Gulf county and the
state of Florida are to the
nation by enumerating
some of the discoveries
and inventions that have
come from the state.
Other presentations
made at the dinner
Business of the Year:
Petals By the Bay, Clay
Keels, owner
Member of the Year:
Port St. Joe Lions Club
Jim Norton and
Patti Blaylock stepped
down from their posts as
president and treasurer,
respectively, ofthe Chamber
Board of Directors.
Board members are:
(See CHAMBER on Page 12A)

Former Chamber president Jim Norton (right) hands over his gavel to new president
Ralph Roberson.

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Our annual meeting is an occasion for management and elected officials to
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issues, and goals. You'll meet face-to-face with the people who run your
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Segree Pleads Not Guilty in Grant Money Theft

By David Adlerstein
Florida Freedom

Bonnie Segrec, a long-
time community activist
in Eastpoint, pleaded not
guilty to federal charges
last week that she took
part in a scheme to steal
from a federal education
grant while directing the
county's literacy program.
'All I can say is I feel
sure this is going to cleared
up and I'm going to be
vindicated. I haven't done
anything wrong," said
Segree, a few days after
being released on a sig-
nature bond following her
appearance before Federal
Magistrate Judge William
Sherrill on Feb. 21 in
"I have had numbers
of calls of support, from
the whole community, that
don't believe that I'm guilty
of anything, which I'm not,"
she said. "It's just some-
thing that has to be worked
out and I'm sure it will be. I
appreciate everybody that's
standing by me."
Segree was indicted
last week by a federal grand
jury, along with Patricia
Walker McGill, 60, of
Tallahassee, former direc-
tor of the Institute on Urban
Policy and Commerce at
the Florida Agricultural

and Mechanical University
The 21-count indict-
ment alleges that McGill,
60, led a conspiracy that
involved stealing money
from a 21" Century
Community Learning
Center federal education
grant that she adminis-
tered over Franklin, as
well as Calhoun, Gadsden,
Gulf, Liberty, Union and
Washington counties.
While McGill's alleged
crimes are more numerous
than Segree's, the indict-
ment said both women
used the grant monies "to
pay individuals and enti-
ties for goods and services
not related to, provided
to, or authorized by the
educational grants," and
that they claimed "mon-
ies as payment for drafting
and submitting the grant
application, despite being
advised that no grant mon-
ies could be expended or
utilized as payment for
individuals for writing the
grant application."
Randy Murrell, the
federal public defender for
the Northern District of
Florida, who is represent-
ing Segree, said the trial of
both defendants has been
scheduled for April 21 in
Panama City before United
States District Judge
Richard Smoak.

typicallyly these federal
cases go pretty quickly,"
said Murrcll.
If convicted on the 21
counts of the indictment,
McGill faces a maximum
total term of 350 years'
imprisonment and total
fines of $5.25 million. On
the eight counts with which
she is charged, Segree faces
a total maximum term of
140 years' imprisonment,
and $2 million in fines.
The Franklin County
Literacy Program sought
to distance itself from the
case, stressing the monies
involved stemmed from a
single grant, and did not
involve any county monies
appropriated to the pro-
"That was something
over and above what was
being done by the county.
Nothing involving county
funds," said Tom Adams,
who chairs the board that
oversees the literacy pro-
"The grant was done
independently, and there
was not a commingling
of county money and the
grant money," he said. "To
my knowledge there was
no impropriety on the part
of the county organization
or any misappropriation
of any money that came
through the county. There
is nothing that represents

a black eye for county
In a statement issued
by the literacy program,
they noted that the' non-
profit program is "primar-
ily funded by the county
(and) provides educational
services to county residents
without charge.
"The Franklin County
Literacy Program has
helped hundreds of indi-
viduals achieve GED cer-
tification allowing them to
go to college or to qualify
for other advanced training
necessary for higher level
jobs," they wrote. "The 21st
Century Grant funds were
used to develop and oper-
ate a computer lab which
enhanced and expanded
our regular services to
include computer literacy
and computer-assisted
learning opportunities to
the public."
The program, now
under the direction of
Maxine Creamer, noted
that "These allegations
should not in any way cast
doubt on the value, integ-
rity, and purpose of the
existing Franklin County
Literacy Program or the
present staff. All expen-
ditures by the (program)
have been reviewed by state
and federal investigators.
No impropriety was report-
ed or alleged from audits

of our financial records by
these Investigators."
Segree retired from
her post as director of
Franklin County Literacy,
Inc., in the summer of'
2005, and was replaced
by Paula Sapp. Segree had
served in the post for 12
,years, and it was from July
2003 through Feb. 2005
when the incidents in ques-
tion are alleged to have

Indictment Says Women
Not Entitled to Money

The indictment says
that both Walker and
Segree allowed a $3,500
check from the county's
literacy grant funds to be
issued on July 9, 2003 to
"a business that did not
provide any services to the
literacy grant program in
Franklin County."
It goes on to say that
also on July 9, the two
women caused a check for
$1,500 to be written to
McGill, "based upon an
invoice that falsely rep-
resented that McGill had
provided services to the
literacy grant in Franklin
The same allegation
of checks being written by
both women to McGill is
made regarding a $2,500
check on Sept. 26, 2003,

a $1,600 check on Oct. 29,
2003, a $1,000 check on
Nov. 25, 2003, a $1,400
check on Dec. 18, 2003,
a $1,500 check on Jan.
21, 2004, an $800 check
on June 9, 2004, an $800
check on Aug. 24, 2004,
and three checks, totaling
$1,512, between Sept. 28
and Nov. 18, 2004.
The first checks writ-
ten by the two women to
Segree appear on Oct. 4,
2004, for $7,500, and Nov.
23, 2004 for $2,500, and
allegedly are "based upon
an invoice that falsely rep-
resented that Segree had
provided services to the
literacy grant in Franklin
Both women are impli-
cated in several other
examples of checks being
written to McGill and other
FAMU employees.
On. Dec. 7, 2004,
Segree is alleged to have
wrongly claimed $500 in
services from the grant
money, and again on Jan.
6, 2005, when she was
issued a $4,000 check.
The indictment says
that McGill and Segree
caused checks totaling
more than $125,000 to be
issued to themselves from
educational grant mon-
ies to which they were not

(See SEGREE on Page 7A)

School Board Honors Wewahitchka Elementary

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

A packed crowd
filled the Wewahitchka
Elementary School
commons area for a Feb.
12 special meeting of the
Gulf County School Board.
Attendees were
inquisitive, well mannered,
and&intellectually engaged.
Most were under the
age of 11.
The School Board
traveled to the elementary
school to honor its recent

selection as a Distinguished
Title I School.
The elementary school
was one of only two Florida
schools to earn the honor,
bestowed by the National
Association of State Title I
In Florida, a school is
classified as a Title I school
if at least 50 percent of its
students receive free or
reduced-cost lunch.
To become a
Distinguished Title I School,
schools must demonstrate
a significant, sustained

academic improvement in
spite of having a 35 percent
or higher poverty rate.
A total of 71 schools
throughout the U.S. earned
the title of Distinguished
Title I School this year.
We wah i t c h k a
Elementary School, a
previous honoree, was
selected this year based on
the achievement of its ESE
students in. reading scores
on standardized tests.
Superintendent Tim


from students.
The students made it
clear from the start that the
board had some explaining
to do.
Why, for instance,
did they have to take the
Why didn't their
lunchroom have
vending machines and a
scrumptious salad bar'?
And just why, exactly,
was there no gymnasium

for them to play in?
Though many of the
answers were not what the
students wanted to hear -
the school board would not
be banishing the FCAT or
installing salad bars one
answer met with universal
Wilder told the
students that the school
board is currently looking
into building an outdoor
physical education facility

on the Wewahitchka
Elementary School
The students are
currently bused to a nearby
gymnasium that once
served the old Wewahitchka
school. .
Wilder told the students
they were correct in wanting
their own gymnasium.
"Y'all stay on Mrs. Price
and stay on us about that,"
he said.

's staff,

teachers and students on a
job well done.
"For the second time,
Wewahitchka Elementary
School gets the honor of
being one of two schools
in the state of Florida, and
a hundred or less in the
whole U.S., so you guys
have done a great job. That
is a true honor."
Principal Lori Price
accepted the award on
behalf of her students
and ESE teachers Diane
Atchison, Renee Lynn, Pam
Sumner and Larry Brown.
Following the award
presentation, the school
board led by vice-
chairman George Cox,
a former Wewahitchka
educator fielded questions

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raises her fist in triumph after receiving a plaque honoring
the school's designation as a Distinguished Title I School
from school board member George Cox.

The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, February 28, 2008 3A

Established 1937 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

4A The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, February 28, 2008

Said Enough?

During the Feb. 12 meeting of the Board of
County Commissioners one taxpayer made a
dreadful mistake.
He had the audacious idea to wonder where
commissioners were on county-wide voting and
the replies, or better characterized, the responses,
were certainly a lesson for all county residents.
After the taxpayer's brief comments,
Commissioner Bill Williams asked the chairman
if he could explain.
The explanation was one that residents have
become all too familiar with and to paraphrase
here and that is that the county was being held
hostage on county-wide voting by three votes,
those of commissioners Billy Traylor, Carmen
McLemore and Nathan Peters, Jr.
Williams attempted to explain that because
upon the casting of the last vote on the issue
he and Commissioner Jerry Barnes were on
the losing side on a motion to move ahead on
eliminating single-member districts, he and Mr.
Barnes were prohibited by procedure from re-
raising the issue.
The chairman, Mr. Traylor, wasn't even willing
to offer an explanation and, of course, Mr.
Peters and Mr. McLemore never uttered a peep
- effectively telling the gentleman that all that
needed to be said on the topic had been said.
This might have been the reason the gentleman
even had the courage to stand up doing so with
county commissioners comes with peril.
Because the commissioners, especially two,
have been all over the map while trying to avoid
that point where the rubber hits the road on
getting rid of this out-dated, good-old-boy circus
called our system of county government.
These are commissioners who profess
to have the pulse of the people last year one
remarked that people in his district didn't really
want county-wide voting but three of them have
decided to hold up the wishes of more than 4,000
Commissioners, or at least three, seem to
have forgotten that voters in every district, in
all but one ,precinct, overwhelmingly supported
county-wide voting when offered the chance to
cast their vote without Big Brother-like over-the-
shoulder gazing.
Not only did the issue carry the day, it was
a resounding boom from the populace, with the
numbers adding up to nearly 50 percent of all
residents in the county.
There was a time in the past four years -
yes, how time flies when having fun, but it has
been almost four years since voters put that
punctuation point on this issue when two of

those obstacles promised to resign if they did not
continue down the path of forward momentum
on county-wide voting.
There was a time in the last four years when
the decision to excise money from the budget for
legal fees for county-wide voting became another of
those wink-wink moments when commissioners
feign interest in doing the people's work and then
dodge in another direction.
A time when the matter was going, in the words
of one of those three boulders in the road, all the
way to the White House or the Supreme Court if
necessary because the people had spoken.
The contrast could not be starker as this
week local residents announce their candidacies
for municipal election.
For those not living in either municipality,
who are unfamiliar with the concept, these are
elections in which all the voters every single
dadgum one of them gets to vote on every single
None of that, 'Hey, I've only got to worry
about one-fifth of the voters and one-fifth of the
city,' but an honest to goodness election as the
George, Thomas, Ben and their fellow fathers at
the founding of the country envisioned.
In this year of supposed change on a national
scale after all, the choice for president is down
to a woman, an African-American and a man
considered ready for pasture a few generations ago
- there is this nagging problem for Gulf County:
voters are still stuck in the same tax-soaking,
inefficiently-operated, personally-aggrandizing
system of government.
And damn to those who dare question the
status quo.
From this corner, a template to gauge any
candidate for any local office, constitutional
officer to municipal official this year, is that the
candidate take an active stance against single-
member districts.
County commissioners may hold the key
votes, but the more and heftier the push, the less
commissioners will be able to continue to use the
issue as a political survival chit, the less they will
be able to soak taxpayers to operate a patronage
system designed to ensure re-election.
So, commissioners should cut some slack
to the man who had the bravery to ask a small
question about county-wide voting.
Given the words and actions of at least three
of the commissioners the past three-plus years,
there seems plenty more that should be said
to taxpayers to explain why they continue to be
forced to live with a rigged game.

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Port St. Joe,

Version 3.0

Listen up, people. Your
future is at stake.
And I'm talking about
almost every aspect of your
from the
color of
ha n g -
ing from
Reid Ave.

S fronts
to how
we edu-
cate our
a n d
Ron Isbell grand-
General Manager, to the
Star Publications road in
of your
home and the water you
Port St. Joe and Gulf
County are redefining
themselves. Your grandfa-
ther's Oldsmobile and your
grandfather's town are both
footnotes in history. We
can have fond memories of
drives through the country
in a Rocket 88 and a life
pretty much without tough
choices, but we can't drive
a new Olds and we have to
make some weighty deci-
Since my return to Gulf
County a month ago I've
attended a few meetings
where people say it's time
to take charge of our future
and make our communi-
ty what we want it to be.
They're not shooting from
the hip, either. They come
prepared with information,
research and ideas. Graphs,
charts and Powerpoint.
They're serious. They're
totaling up our assets and.
planning to leverage those
assets to shape Port St. Joe
Version 3.0.
Version 1.0 was, of
course, the milltown. A
solid model that ran for
decades. Not a lot of bells,
buttons and bright lights,
but it worked well. It offered
good paying jobs with secu-
rity that actually bridged

In hindsight, we prob-
ably should have upgrad-
ed to Version 1.0.1, then
1.0.2. But we didn't. Then
it crashed.
We had to build a new
model: Version 2.0, those
wonderful real estate years.
Investment money
flowed freely. Fortunes were
made. Money was spent
and life looked pretty good.
Then Version 2.0 crashed.
We didn't bother to upgrade
that version when we had
the chance either.
Version 3.0? It's in
research and development.
However, it'll be at that pro-
verbial "store near you" very
soon. We'll probably get a
test model to try out before
the next city election.
Working parallel to citi-
zens groups are our county
and city cQmmissions. The
city has been discussing a
comprehensive infrastruc-
ture plan with an eye on
development without break-
ing the bank. Growth is
expensive, and we need to
pay close attention to the
needs, the wants and the
prices of both...the price
of upgrading and expan-
sion as well as the price of
Even the county com-
mission, which spent like
drunken sailors during
the wild real estate years,
is making a nod toward
moderation. Discussion of
a restructuring of depart-
ments and administrators
could be the commission's
first step in visioning.
I mention our local gov-
ernments for a particular
reason. Many of the people
I've listened to this month
are dead serious about tak-
ing charge of their future.
They intend to unite under
a common agenda and move
forward with it. That agen-
da will likely include work-
ing to put elected people in
place who are likeminded.
The challenge has been
issued to the residents
of Port St. Joe and Gulf
County. Speak up and con-

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Ralph Broadened Our Horizon!

I was sitting in a side booth
at the' Skyway Grill enjoying my
cheeseburger and Cherry Coke
when the fight started. I don't
know who threw the first punch
and I didn't care. Watching grown
men duke it out in a juke joint
wasn't someplace I needed to be.
I leaped for the front door like I'd
been shot out of a cannon! If my
parents found out I was here...I'd
look worse than any of them fell-
ers being catapulted over the bar
back there.
I had Pam Collins by the arm
and we were just about across the
parking lo-
"Wait a minute, Kes, I left half
my sandwich!"
"Are you nuts! I'm not stick-
ing around to be interviewed by
the police. I ain't supposed to be
here!" I half tossed her into Dad's
1960 Chevrolet and fumbled for
the key. Dadgum'it, Pam talked
me into coming up here! I was sit-
ting at Frank's Dairy Bar about to
order when she decided the food
was better "up the road". "This is
all your fault!" I turned an accus-
ing eye toward her but she was
laughing too hard to accept any
As we roared out of the park-
ing lot I could still hear George
Jones blasting out of that Wurlitzer,

"Why, Baby, Why."
My sentiments exactly!
Pam finally got her mer-
riment to a level that she ,
could speak. "Scaredy Cat!
We could have at least hung
around long enough to see
who won. And you owe me
a grilled cheese and some
onion rings..."
The Skyway Grill was
much more than a beer
joint. 'Course, you had to
look past the long bar, the dance
floor in the back, the always blar-
ing music box and the flashing
neon signs to understand it.
McKenzie was a "dry" town
back in our formative years. If a
person wanted a drink (stronger
than SSS Tonic, Milk of Magnesium
or Dr Pepper) he had to cross the
county line and head ten miles or
so up highway 79 toward Henry.
They didn't make you drink
beer there. They'd take you money
just as quick for a Seven Up or a
big Orange Crush. Their burgers
were the talk of three counties.
And they still had Hank Williams
(eleven years after his death) and
Bob Wills on the juke box!
My parents didn't care about
the food or any other ameniities.
They never got past the Falstaff
and the Pabst Blue Ribbon. The


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Skyway Grill was off limits when
I was growing up. Mother was
pretty set in her ways concerning
the evils of alcohol. She could even
preach on it if the subject came
up. I'm not sure Dad saw it exactly
like Mom, but he went along to
keep peace in the family.
Of course, the stellar cheese-
burgers and the real Cherry Cokes,
coupled with the "don't go there"
warnings were more than any teen-
ager could resist. Plus, Pam loved
the place. She never met a Skyway
onion ring that she didn't like! And
when Buddy Wiggleton and his
band started playing there on the
week-ends, we figured we ought to
go and support one of our class-
mates. At the very least, we would
be broadening our horizons..
One night Mud Watson
and some of those punks from
Huntingdon came in. They always

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beat us in football and I
reckon they had come over
to rub it in. "What are they
doing in our place?"
I just shook my head.
"Pam, what are you talk-
ing about, OUR PLACE! We
haven't been up here but a
couple of times. This is not
our place!"
"Well, it is closer
to McKenzie than it is to
Huntingdon." She then pro-
ed to tell Mud to get the heck
Df "our place". He immediately
ed for me. Rollin and Yogi
d up behind me. Mud had
r load with him. Somebody
ed Pam. Rollin said some-
, that I didn't quite hear, one
le Huntingdon guys coughed
somebody beside me raised
arm. I hit Mud just as hard
could right in the face!
Johnny Horton was sing-
North To Alaska" as we ran
igh the parking lot. I was
king about taking him up on
Rollin and Pam dived into
back seat. I hit the ignition
burned rubber leaving there.
stuck her head up when she
y righted herself and said; "If
re going to keep doing this, I
est you start parking closer to
front door!"

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I didn't go back for months.
But Pam and Buddy and Rollin
assured me things had calmed
down. We were enjoying our fries
when Mrs. Carlton phoned for
Ralph. We heard Slick Tosh tell
her that he hadn't seen Ralph all
day; which, of course, was just a
tad more than a little white lie.
Ralph was anchored *down at the
far corner of the bar and by the
way he was washing down those
Carling Black Label beers we sur-
mised he'd been there for a while!
Mrs. Carlton called twice
more before I could work my
way though a cheeseburger. Ralph
ordered another round or two but
I could tell he looked a little more
concerned after each call. Pam
was ready to go but I kinda wanted
to hang around. I was wondering
how this thing might unfold if Mrs.
Carlton suddenly appeared in the
I bet she'd whip Ralph and
Slick both. "Well, she might come
after us," Pam reached over and
stole my last fry, "and I am not
running through that parking lot
We were up front paying for
our meal when Ralph stumbled
into the phone booth. We leaned
an ear in that direction to see
exactly how grownups handled
these types of situations. Ralph
straightened up when he heard the
concerned hello on the other end,
"Honey," he near 'bout shouted
into the phone, "don't pay the ran-
som, I've escaped! My wrists and
ankles are a little sore from the
tape, but I'm going to be o.k."
Faron Young was rocking out
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Reverse Mortgages Can Help Seniors

By Jason Alderman
More andi more seniors
unable to keep up with
escalating living expenses
have begun exploring
reverse mortgages, where
they draw equity from their
paid-off homes and continue
living there with no monthly
Although reverse
mortgages make sense for
some people especially
those on fixed incomes who
want to remain in their
homes as long as possible -
they have complex rules and
hefty upfront costs, so look
carefully before you leap.
Keep these
considerations in mind:
You may qualify for
a reverse mortgage at age
62 if you've paid off your

Amendment 1 a Start

Dear Editor:
Now that Amendment
1 has passed, here is
Amendment 1A for the
November Ballot.
1) All homes,
commercial properties, and
vacant land have the tax
base returned to the 1995
assessed value.
2) All homes and
commercial properties built
between 1995 and 2008
have the tax base returned
to the original assessed
value for the year added to
the tax rolls.
3) The value of all
homes and commercial
properties increases by
3% compounded annually
to determine the 2008
assessed value.
4) Any taxable
improvements made to

Last week, we quoted
from documents created
over the last 18 years that
point to the importance
of and public support for
improving the 98 corridor
through the Historic Dis-
trict. Imagine for a moment
that you are a first-time visi-
tor to the panhandle and are
driving from Panama City to
Apalachicola, You have just
entered the Port St. Joe city
limits. Next, imagine your-
self driving on 98 (Monu-
ment) between First and
Costin (71). Imagine viewing
picturesque sidewalks, dot-
ted with trees that create a
canopy of shade and well-
tended potted plants along
the sidewalks. Imagine a
play of color and shading
to separate the traffic from
the pedestrian area, and top
it off with an open cafe area
for the hungry and weary
traveler. Imagine crosswalks
that make you feel safe and
traffic that is aware and
careful of pedestrians and
families crossing back and
forth from the Marina to the
Historic District. Unfortu-
nately, this is not our cur-.
rent picture. In fact, the ap-
pearance and safety built in
to this stretch of road does
little to represent the Port
St. Joe we know-the P'ort
St. Joe that was named last
week as the USDA Florida
Community of the Year for
There are approximate-
ly 12,000 car trips each day
passing through this area.
And yet, we do not currently
see near the capture of po-
tential business that is pos-
sible and for which we need
to vigorously plan. Some-
thing is missing; something
is wrong with this picture.
With the FDOT resurfacing
project in planning, now is
the time to present our case
to improve-and we mean
really improve-this gateway
to our city. We should see
successful businesses along
that stretch of road, and we
should see sidewalks teem-
ing with pedestrimin traffic.

home and it's your primary
residculce. The loan amloulnt
is determined by a forlunlah
based on your home's
appraised value, your age,
current interest rates,
mortgage insurance and
applicable fees. Generally,
the older you are and the
more valuable your home.
the greater the available
Unlike regular home
equity loans/lines of credit,
where you make monthly
payments to repay the
money you've borrowed,
with reverse mortgages you
don't need to repay until you
move out permanently, sell
the property or die. You or
your heirs must then repay
the borrowed amount or
sell the house. Any leftover

the home or commercial
property adds to the
assessed value from in the
year of the improvement.
5)Vacant land treatment
a) With no change, the
land remains at the 1995
assessed value with no
increase annually.
b) The owner signs a
Conservation Easement,
the assessed value is set at
c) The property is
rezoned, the value is set at
the current assessed value.
d) The property sells,
the taxable value moves to
the greater of assessment or
sale price.
6) All new construction
enters the tax rolls at the
selling price.
7) The $25,000
Homestead exemption
applies to all qualifying

However, this is currently
not the case.
The intersection at
First/Marina and 98 could
and should be a beautiful.
And efficient. It is neither.
This intersection needs to
be widened to accommodate
left- and right-hand turns
from each direction. In ad-
dition, First has become a
favorite surface street, with
traffic counts outnumber-
ing those on the four-lane
71. The intersection at 71
and 98 is likewise in need of
improvement. These condi-
tions will do nothing but get
more dangerous and ineffec-
tive as the beautiful Marina
business/commercial area
continues to populate.
Let's look at traffic flow
into and out of the Piggly
Wiggly Center. Let's find a
way to turn left out of the
parking lot that is a safe
distance from the intersec-
tion to, again, lessen the
congestion at the Marina/98
intersection. Let's open this
alternate route and get rid
of the bollards that are un-
sightly and serve to collect
dirt and any free-floating
paper. Let's make this in-
tersection something that
will encourage visitors and
passers-by that our city is
worth exploring.
Remarkably, Pat Stray-
er and Officer Larry Dickey
just came to my office to
discuss an accident at 71
and 98-and accident that
could have been avoided
with implementation of the
plan the PSJRA has laid
out. Additionally, Officer
Dickey also noted that ve-
hicles regularly exceed the
35-mph speed limit (he
used the words "45 to 50").
Next week, I will lay
out the ways by which we
can implement these plans,
and these plans will indeed
be expensive. Careful plan-
ning and partnering (and
funding through grant pro-
grams) will get us there...
sooner rather than later.

moiiey goes to you or your
Oilier key differences
from regular home equity
loans/lines oferedil: Reverse
mortgages have no minimum
income requirements; the
repayment amount never
exceeds the home's sale
value, so you're never
liable for more than you
originally borrowed as with
a traditional mortgage when
the home's value decreases.
You can take the money
as a lump sum, a line ofcredit,
fixed monthly payments
or any combination. And
because it's a loan, it's not
considered taxable income
so Social Security and
Medicare benefits usually
aren't impacted.
Observe these cautions,

My logic is that existing
properties require no
increase in services so why
should the tax rise because
the value has gone up.
With this, existing
homes sell, 1st time buyers
can afford to buy, and part-
time residents can again
afford to winter in Florida.
New homes require
an increase in services so
impact fees have to cover
those costs.
The last part of this is
that it has to be retroactive
to stop the exodus of people
from Florida. By this, I
mean that regardless of any
change in ownership, the
above applies.
The millage rate we are
willing to pay and sales taxes
pay for services. To avoid
increases in the village
rate, the only exemption
to sales tax should be food
and prescription drugs this
makes the sales tax a true
usage tax.
Government will have
to learn how to spend like
a citizen and quit writing
bad checks. This tax system
is fair to every existing and
new citizen of Florida.

Richard Ross

Should Bears Have
By Edward G. McAteer

Listening to the early
morning radio news report
and sipping on a hot cup of
coffee, I was cruising west
on Highway 98 a little after
5 a.m. This was another
typical morning as I headed
for work at Tyndall Air
Force Base, Panama City,
Florida. I've made the trip
thousands of times. It was.
too early for Mr. Sunshine
to rise from an eastern
sky and no radiance from
a hidden moon could be
found. The maddening
darkness covered me like a
large heavy blindfold.
Suddenly, I caught the
glimmer of movement at
my ten o'clock position and
turned my head rapidly to
glance out the window. With
disbelief,, looking back at me
was the biggest black bear I
have ever seen. This bear's
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-Reverse mortgage
fees are quite high (up to 5
percent of the loan's value),
so also consider other
alternatives such as a home
equity loan or line of credit,
downsizing homes or selling
your home and renting.
-Reverse mortgages are
a better deal over a longer
period of time, so if you
plan to move in a few years
they're probably not your
best solution.
-Because you continue
to own the home, you're
responsible for any
homeowner's fees, property
taxes, insurance and repairs.
Failure to meet those
obligations could ultimately
result in loan cancellation
or even foreclosure.

-The longer you carry a
reverse mortgage, the more
it will decrease your home
equity, so the inheritance
you leave behind will be
smaller. However, weigh
that and living in your own
home against the expense
and possible inconvenience
of moving into assisted
Be sure to consult
a financial professional
before applying for a reverse
mortgage. Note that federally
insured reverse mortgages
require you to meet with
an approved independent
counselor before applying
for one.
AARP provides a
comprehensive overview of
reverse mortgages, including
a free online seminar and a

After buying the trailer,
I immediately called my
insurance agent to report
the new utility purchase. I
provided the registration
and tag number and the n
the agent told me the trailer
is covered under my existing
full coverage policy. Great!
I'm satisfied and content.
We hung up.
Okay, hold on to your
seats as I tell you... "the
rest of the story." On the
morning of the accident,
I reported to my carrier
that my vehicle was hit by
a big bear as I was going to
work. The agent asked, "Is
there any physical injury
to anyone?" I replied. "No,
only to the bear I suppose."
She listened as I described
the vehicle and trailer
damage. After a brief pause
and much to my surprise,
she told me my SUV is
covered but the trailer is
not. How can that be? In
shock, I reminded her of the
recent call when I made the
purchase and was told the
trailer was insured under
my full coverage automobile
Check this out. She
proceeded to tell me the
trailer wasn't protected
by my policy because I.
well technically, didn't hit
anything. It was the bear
that hit me. I laughed
and said, "You've got to be
kidding." Her voice now
changed to a serious tone.
Without delay I called
the claims adjuster office
in south Florida and was
stunned when a very
strong voiced supervisor
uttered those same words

loan calculator (
org/money/revmort). Also,
visit the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban
Development's site and
enter "reverse mortgage"
in the search box (www. Another good
information source for
issues retirees often face is
Visa's free personal financial
management site, Practical
Money Skills for Life (www.
Reverse mortgages
aren't for everyone, but if
staying in your home as,
long as possible is a goal,
this kind of loan could be a
good choice.
Jason Alderman
directs Visa's financial
education programs.

of disappointment in my
ear. I replied, "Okay, I
guess since the bear didn't
have any insurance, I'm out
$797, huh?" "Mr. McAteer,
I think you are being a
little sarcastic aren't you?"
she replied." My response
was trying to find humor
in this situation, especially
since the local agent had led
me to believe I was totally
insured. If you had crashed
into another vehicle or hit
an object after the bear hit
you, your trailer would be
covered. But Mr McAteer,
you didn't hit anything.
The bear hit you; therefore,
liability is not an issue. "I'm
sorry," was all the adjuster
could say.
Friend, the moral of the
story is this, ensure you are
smarter than a 5th grader
and ask the question that I
failed to ask. The question
being; "Is my trailer covered
if an animal or object hits
me accidentally and I am
not the cause or at fault,
like a deer coyote, fox, or
Did you know for a mere
$12 to $20 per year, you
can have a separate policy
issued for total coverage on
your trailer which insures
you in special situations.
0 yes, and if you loan your
trailer to someone else and
they are towing it with their
vehicle and an accident
happens, your trailer may
not be covered by either
policy because your vehicle
was not towing it.
So to all the readers
who own utility trailers,
make sure you ask the right
question to your insurance

my window. No more than
two inches separated us
from rubbing nose to nose.
I could see the exhausted
breath, long snout, and the
dribbling of saliva running
like flowing water from a
In the blink of an eye
and at full gallop-BAM!
He hit me broadside. The
initial impact was lightning
fast and powerful enough
to push my SUV off the
pavement. On this particular
day I was towing my 5 x 10
utility trailer. Having used
the trailer twice, it was only
three months old. The bear
bounced off the steel I-beam.
within the door and then
spun around to the rear
of the vehicle. Continuing
to pounce onto the tongue
and front rails of the trailer
and with the vehicle fender
and mud flap already in
tatters, the bear landed on
the trailer fender well and
left tire, twisting the axle
to a 90- degree angle. This
humongous bear estimated
between 400 to 600 pounds,
shattered the steel rails
as easily as you or I would
snap a toothpick in half.
Looking in the rear
view mirror, I could see the
trailer was still attached but
no longer rolling: rather,
it was bouncing up and
down. I prayed out loud,
"Lord, please don't let me
flip or hit a tree-help me to
stop." What seemed like an
eternity was probably less
than 60 seconds before the
vehicle stopped. My first
thought after stopping was
wonderment if the bear now
rested in what was left of my
trailer, or had he wandered
off into the woods. I knew
he could not be very happy
either way. I used the
reverse lights to illuminate
the rear of the vehicle and
I could see the trailer was
empty. Whew! Thank you
Lord I remember saying.
After calling 911 to report
the accident, I stepped out
of the vehicle and looked
at the damage. Later that
day, the collision center
estimated $3,000 of damage
to the SUV and the trailer
was declared not cost
advantageous" to try and
repair. It was a total loss.
"Several months

tribute your personal vision
or keep quiet and let oth-
ers decide your fate. Talk
to members of every agency
involved in planning. Talk to
your commissioners. Write
letters to the editor. Learn
enough to have an opinion,
then share it.
I don't say this to be
critical of any group or
individual who is working
to make our town a better
place to live. Quite the con-
trary. I applaud all efforts to
define who we are, what we

want and how we're going
to get there. And I want to
emphasize that none of this
is being done secretly. The
process is completely opep.
All I ask is that we pay atten-
tion to what is being done. If
we agree, show our support;
if we don't, say so.
An old adage says that
if you're not part of the
solution, you're part of the
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By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

Gulf County is aiming
for a new way to market its
beaches and attractions.
To that end, the
Gulf County Tourist
Development Council
(TDC), theentityresponsible
for marketing the county to
the rest of the world, has
joined with three other
Florida coastal counties in
a new marketing concept.
The plan was unveiled
earlier this month
by the Coastal Vision
3000 Committee (CV3),
which aims to unify and
strengthen the identities of
Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and
Gulf Counties, according
to a press release from the
new organization.
Paula Pickett, director
of the Gulf County TDC,
was excited about Gulf
County's inclusion in the
""This is such a neat
conglomerate. We know
there's diversity among the
groups in the new coalition-
for instance, Bay County
is much more diverse
than Gulf," Pickett said.
"But we're all going after
the same target and that's
family vacationers."
She agreed that
Okaloosa and Walton
Counties had more affluent

beaches than Gulf. but said
some of those counties'
beaches were similar to
Indian Pass and St. Joe
"As a region, on the
whole, we've got a lot to
offer but we don't have a big
brand for identification,"
Pickett said.
"We don't want to be
the same whitewashed
thing, but we do want to
work together," she added,
citing the Clearwater-
Tampa beaches area as an
example of the same type of
group marketing.
"We've got 126 miles of
beach in this combined area
that are amazing," Pickett
said. "So within that area,
we've got what you want."
According to Pickett,
the idea for the consortium
began with the new Bay
County airport.
The president of
Southwest Airlines recently
came to the Panhandle
coast, including Port St.
Joe, during a trip designed
to lure the airline to the
new airport.
"He told everyone he
wasn't sure we had the
market for Southwest Air,"
Pickett said. "We countered
with the argument that
people come here, but
they go up and down the
coast. That little spark
has created a pretty large

Notes from a CV3 meeting detailing the organizational
structure indicated the executive committee proposed to hire
an executive director as an initial staff member within 30 to
45 days.
The suggested salary range for the director was proposed
at $120,000, with full benefits, using support staff and office
space of stewards.
At the same meeting, notes indicated that 20 stewards
had committed to $15,000 each, for a total of $300,000
annual income for the organization.
Le -- :.,ni-iir ,: .:, the public relations firm handling
the campaign for CV3, has an approved budget of $425,210,
which includes an initial $115,000, according to the meeting

marketing effort but not
much of a brand.
"He described our area
as fractured. We're trying to
say we do have an impact
on people coming and we
began pooling data to prove
it," she continued.
Pickett said Dawn
Moliterno, the Walton
Chamber of Commerce
director, began the push
for the four counties to
join forces. She is also the
liaison for the group.
According to a news
release from Moliterno,
CV3 is a group of what she
termed "regional stewards,
some of northwest Florida's
most respected business
leaders," representing
hospitality, real estate,
tourism and economic
development interests in
the four counties.
The group, according
to the information, will
work to create a consistent,
branded regional identity
to increase national and
international awareness,
help insure the long-
term economic growth of
the region, and grow the
northwest Florida market
by attracting better and
additional domestic and
international air service to
the region.
In the release Davage
"Buddy" Runnels, chairman
of the organization, called
it an unprecedented effort
to bring together business
leaders from northwest
Florida coastal counties
to grow the market to
everyone's benefit.
"For too long, we've
all tried to go it alone.
By working together, we
-will be able to forge a
strong regional identity
and of northwest
Florida's wonderful beach
destinations," he said.
Founder and chairman
of the board of the
Sterling Companies and
Cornerstone Development,

Runnels said the
organization's goal was
to strengthen individual
counties' brands, not
replace them. This is
to be accomplished by
creating what he called a
regional "halo" brand that
complements individual
county and destination
At a recent Walton
County Chamber of
Commerce Power of
Business 'meeting, Runnels
announced that "The
Beach" was the committee's
proposal for the name
under which the region will
be marketed.
According to
Moliterno, this attempt is
different from previous
attempts to raise regional
awareness because now
CV3 has strong support
from the region's business
leaders, regional chambers
of commerce, tourist
development councils,
economic development
councils, and the airport
authorities in both Bay and
Okaloosa Counties.
The release said the
group hopes to be able
to present its complete
regional branding plan
later in the spring, stressing
that this was not an airport
initiative, but a branding
Although the CV3
group is heavily weighted
with major condominium
and resort developers.
Pickett said she believed
the beaches of Gulf
County, with no high rise
condominiums and no
major resort developments,
were safe.
"For us to be able to
participate in this, it's
huge," Pickett said. "We
don't have the marketing
capability on our own. We
share the same resources
and with this program we
can share the marketing
and buying power."

In referencing the list
of stewards comprising
CV3, Pickett said, "They've
got big condos that are
not full. They're trying to
do something about their
empty rooms. These guys
move faster than the speed
of sound., They've got big

dollars and see a need.
"We're trying to bill the
area as the world's largest
beach party because we
have 126 miles of beach
along the four counties.
This is one of the best
things I've got on my plate
right now," Pickett said.

Participating Founders and Stewards:

* Mike Bennett, The Seahaven Companies
* Park Brady, ResortQuest International
* Lino Maldonado, ResortQuest NWFL
* Mike Stange, Intrawest Hospitality Management
* Mike Chouri, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
* Bruce Craul, Legendary Inc,
* Peter Box, Legendary Inc.
* Jeanne Dailey, Newman Daily Resort Properties
* Jack Fiorella, CCIM, Equity Resources LLC
* John A. Hamati, Bay Point Resort
* L. Charles Hilton Jr.
* Robert T. Kamm, Sandcastle Resorts & Hotels
* Earl Durden, Rail Management Corp.
* Chad Gilliland, Rail Management Corp.
* John Heiser, The Howard Group
* Keith Howard, The Howard Group
* John McNeil, The Sterling Companies
* Davage "Buddy" Runnels, The Sterling Companies
* Tom Morgan, The St. Joe Co.
* Jerry Ray, The St. Joe Co.
* Jay Odorn, Crystal Beach Development of NWFL
* Dale E. Peterson, Dale E. Peterson Vacations
*. Ray Sansom, Power South
* Sen. Don Gaetz
* Al Wenstrand, Florida's Great Northwest Inc.
* Darrel Jones, Emerald Coast CVB Inc.
* The Beaches of South Walton TDC
* Larry Sassano, EDC Okaloosa County
* Charlie Clary, DAG Architects
* Andy F'rill,.-, The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach
* Rick Severance, The Severance Group LLC
* Jason Comer, Alys Beach
* Paula Ramsey Pickett, Gulf County Tourist Development
* Ted Corcoran, Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber
* Kathy Houchins, Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber
* Greg Donovan, Olaloosa Regional Airport
* Debi Knight, Greater Panama City Beaches Chamber
* Al McCambry, Greater Panama City Beaches Chamber
* Carol Roberts, Bay County Chamber
* Lori Kelley, Walton Area Chamber
* Sane A. Moody, CCE, IOM, Destin Area Chamber
* Ted Clem, Bay County Economic Development Alliance
* Dan Rowe, Panama City Beach CVB
* Dawn Moliterio, Walton County Chamber


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homes, it the house is their
primary residence. and if
their total annual house-
hold income is below the
guidelines listed below:
One person: $28,900
Twvo people: $33,050
Three people:
Four people: $41,300
Five people: $44,600
Six people: $47,900
Seven people:
Eight people: $54,500
To be considered for
assistance through the pro-
gram. all one has to do is
fill out an application and
submit the completed pack-
age to Hubbard, at Mexico
Beach City Hall, 118 14th
Application packages
are available at City Hall or
can be obtained by calling,
toll-free, 1-877-309-1951,
ext. 15, and requesting an
application be mailed to the
All applications are
subject to review, ranking
and approval by the Mexico
Beach City Council.
The application period
is limited, so people wish-
ing to apply need to do so
immediately. Hubbard said.

February 12 city council
In the last city coun-
cil meeting (Feb. 12), the
council voted to extend the
city pier straight out at this
time and look for grants in
the future to add the ending
"T" structure, according to
Mexico Beach city adminis-

trator Chris Huibbard.
Construction of the
additional length of the pier
will begin later this year.
The council also read,
for the first time, an addi-
tion to Ordinance 555. The
ordinance currently prohib-
its dogs on the city beaches
and, if voted in, will include
the city pier in off-limits
areas for dogs.
During the meeting,
William Stroud and Mary
Blackburn were re-appoint-
ed to their seats on the city's
Planning and Zoning Board.
Both alternates, Shirley
Miller and Ed Greynolds,
were also re-appointed
The city also passed a
resolution to support the
proposed move to allow
wildflowers to grow un-
mowed along ditches, parks
and rural areas.
The move, orchestrated
by the Audubon Society and
pushed by a local coalition
of conservation groups, gar-
den and women's clubs, asks
all Bay County municipali-
ties to curtail mowing along
right of ways and ditches

from March to November
to allow wild flowers lime
to seed and establish them-
selves in those areas.

West Jetty Work
Work is proceeding on
the reconstruction of the
city's west jetty at Tom
Sawyer Park at the west end
of town along the canal:
The project is expected
to be completed by the end
of the first week of March,
according to Hubbard.
The work to repair both
the west and east jetties and
install the sand by-pass sys-
tem will proceed in stages,
Hubbard said.
The cracked and buck-
led concrete of the west
jetty, along with drainage
culverts, will be replaced
and the area covered in
granite boulders.
Repairs to the west
jetty will cost $439,500 and
are being funded entirely
by FEMA funds, Hubbard
said. The cost of the gran-
ite boulders alone will be


City to Step up Code Enforcement

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

For some it is a long-
time coming, for others it
figures to be an eye-opener.
The City of Port St.
Joe will be stepping up its
enforcement of city building
and trash codes in an effort,
long sought by a number of
residents, to give the city a
needed facelift.
From Palm Blvd. to
Avenue C and points in
between the city has ramped
up to provide a better face
for the community.
"We want the city to
stand tall and look good,"
said city manager Charlie
Weston. "We want the gen-
eral public to know we are
going to enforce the codes.
And we want people to help
make the city look better.
"I want to educate
the public and enlist their
Education is found in a
short drive around the city
limits where sites such as
derelict cars there are an
estimated 50-60, according
to code enforcement officer
Richard Burkett houses
with lawns that appear un-
'nowed in years, windows
knocked out or even walls
tumbling down.
This is not to mention
the odd stove in the alley,
television along a roadway
or mattress tossed on the
"You can imagine what
it is like for neighbors to get
up in the morning and see

this kind of stuff and won-
der what the community
is doing about it," Weston
said. "This isn't one area, it
is across the city. It's a city-
wide issue and we are going
to attack it that way."
Once a violation
is noted, it is processed
through City Hall, Weston
said. Burkett is charged
with taking photographs,
identifying the owner of the
property and sending out
notices requesting the vio-
lations be addressed in 15
If the violation contin-
ues, the property owner
could be brought before a
special magistrate, a local
attorney who hears the case
and determines penalties,
which can range up to a
$250 fine.
At this point, city offi-
cials are undertaking an
education process in mid-
March Burkett will be out
enforcing the codes.
"We don't want to pun-
ish as much as we want
things cleaned up," Burkett
Weston said the city
must set an example and
sprucing up around City Hall
is already evident. Outside
walls have been painted,
signs have been replaced,
windows cleaned and where
needed replaced.
"We need to set the
example," Weston said.
City officials will send
Burkett to school later this
year to become fully cer-
tified as a code enforce-

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entitled, and "caused the
creation and submission of
fraudulent invoices to grant
recipients to obtain pay-
ments for goods and ser-
vices purportedly related
to the educational grants,
when in fact the invoices
were submitted to disguise
and conceal the fact that
the goods and services
were provided to the defen-
dants or were for purposes
unrelated to the education-
al grants."
Mail fraud is also
alleged because the two
women "caused checks to
be issued from accounts
containing educational
grant monies and mailed
to themselves and other
entities and persons via
the United States Postal
This indictment is the
result of an investigation
that commenced two years
ago. Segree said she was
interviewed three times by
"The investigation and
prosecution of fraud com-
mitted upon the taxpayers
by those who embezzle
from federal educational
programs is a priority of
the Department of Justice,"
said Gregory R. Miller,
United States Attorney for
the Northern District of
Florida. "This office, along
with the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, the Inspector
General for the Department
of Education, and the
Florida Department of
Financial Services, will
vigorously investigate and
prosecute those who abuse
the public trust by steal-
ing and diverting educa-
tional grant monies from
the intended recipients."
Special Agent In
Charge Michael J. Folmar
of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, Jacksonville
Division, and Department
of Education Inspector
General John P Higgins,
Jr. also were quoted in
the press releases as being
committed to a joint crack-

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education dollars.
"Theft of educational
funds and violations of the
public trust, undermine
institutions at the heart
of our communities," said
"The Office of Inspector
General is committed to
ensuring that education
dollars reach the intended

recipients," said Higgins.
The release also
stressed that an indictment
is merely a formal charge
that a defendant has com-
mitted a violation of fed-
eral criminal law, and every
defendant is presumed
innocent until, and unless.
proven guilty beyond a rea-
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I am most proud of the fact
that we worked diligently to
lower the millage rate each
year I was in office. This
allows you the taxpayer to
keep more of your hard-
earned money. As your
next city commissioner I
am committed to continue
working with all the com-
missioners to achieve even
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citizens of Port St. Joe.
As your next city com-
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Being elected as a pub-
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The experience I gained
during the four years I pre-
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me for the challenges that lie
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will continue to be my guid-
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me to serve you again.
In closing, let me urge
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"The intent is to have
people pay attention to their
place and have a little civic
pride," Weston said. "If we
get everybody's support on
this we can do it. It will take
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Pensacola Christian Edges Tiger Sharks

By Bill Gamblin
Florida Freedom

It didn't matter how
long Port St. Joe held the
lead during the Region
1-2A championship game
Saturday night. This was
one time the Tiger Sharks'
tradition and experience
couldn't carry them

PortSt.Joe(19-11 )came
up short against Pensacola
Christian Academy 57-56
despite being ahead for 31
minutes, 57 seconds all
but 3 seconds of the game.
PSJ jumped out to a
12-0 cushion, but that was
all but gone in the fourth
quarter. With the Tiger
Sharks clinging to a one-
point lead, Calvin Pryor
missed the front end of a

The PCA Warriors
(23-3) grabbed the rebound.
Following a timeout with
16.7 seconds remaining,
the Tiger Sharks kept
a watchful eye on Matt
Gotesch, but they needed to
stop John Andrews on this
trip downcourt.
Andrews took a pass
on the right block near the
baseline and worked his
way in to bank a shot off
the glass to give Pensacola
Christian its only lead of
the game. Three seconds
Following a PSJ
timeout, the Tiger Sharks
tried to quickly work their
way down the floor but a
des-peration shot never had
a chance and the Warriors
were headed to their
first Final Four in school
Port St. Joe hurt itself
by missing the front end of
three bonus situations.
"I kept telling them that
no lead is good enough and
to be aggressive," Coach
Derek Kurnitsky said. "I
told them to pull it back
and then attack the zone
from the back end, but they
are a big. long and tall team
that made us alter our shots
and kept us from scoring on
some trips.
"They are a very good
team and definitely earned

this win. We didn't shoot
from the free-throw line
as well as we should have,
but that didn't cost us this
After PSJ's fast start,
Gotesch rallied PCA. He
eventually led all scorers
with 30 points, including
eight 3-pointers and one
four-point play when he was
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"Matt definitely kept
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Andrews' game-winning
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Wewahitchka's Fortner named to FHSA Hall of Fame

By Josh Weinfuss
Florida Freedom

It is days like these that
Charles Fortner loves best.
The former
Wewahitchka softball coach
retired after the Lady
Gators won their first state
championship last May. His
replacement, Coy Adkins,
asked Fortner to join him
on this year's staff as an
The 59-year old gets to
the ballpark around 2 p.m.,
readies the field for practice
or a game, and then helps
coach the junior varsity and

"I'm like a college coach
now," Fortner said. "I don't
have to go to work. I just
go do what I want to do. I
love coaching softball. I love
doing what I did, so I went
back out."
The difference is that
Fortner now is doing so as
a hall of famer.
Fortner has been named
one of eight new members
who will be inducted into
the Florida High School
Athletic Hall of Fame, the
FHSAA announced Monday.
He coached at Wewahitchka
for 28 years, winning the
Class 2A state title last year.
He took six teams to the
Final Four and retired with

a record of 542-171.
Fortner was nominated
by Wewa Athletic Director&
and football coach Todd
"The guy coached
over 20 years at the same
school and won 542 softball
games," Lanter said. "To me.
that deserved recognition
in the FHSAA coaches hall
of fame. I thought he paid
his dues and deserved the
After Lanter nominated
Fortner, there were three
possibilities: Fortner
could have either been
rejected, put in a file for
consideration next year or
accepted. FHSAA Director

of Special Programs Laurel
Ring said Fortner made it
through the eight-member
screening committee and
the 16-member selection
committee where he received
enough votes to become part
of this year's class.
The induction
ceremony, hosted by Fox
Sports' announcer Charles
Davis, will be April 6 at
the Gateway Grand Hotel
in Gainesville. Fortner will
receive a plaque, a ring and
a lifetime pass to Florida
high school sporting events.
Fortner, a Wewa
graduate, didn't plan on
coaching softball. He
started at the rural school

Duty Inks with Culver-Stockton

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

The dream became a
little clearer this week for
Port St. Joe High School's
Shane Duty.
The senior signed to
attend Culver-Stockton
College, a four-year liber-
al arts school located in
Canton, Mo., north of St.
The Wildcats, a NAIA
program, play in the Heart
of America Conference.
"It's a dream come true
for me," Duty said. "I've
been waiting for this for
quite a while and it is excit-
ing to have it finally come
Duty, primarily a line-
backer for the Tiger Sharks,
will also play linebacker at
Duty had a team-high
145 total tackles last year
and was an All-State second
team selection.
Duty was a three-year
starter for Port St. Joe and
was a member of the squad

that won the 2005 state
Class 1A championship.
"You hate to lose a kid
like Shane," said Port St.
Joe defensive coordina-
tor Chuck Gannon. "He's
worked hard and did a good

job for us."
Duty had considered a
few other schools, but fell in
love with Culver-Stockton
during a recent family visit
to the rural campus.
"They had been talking

to us all along this year and
the campus is just beauti-
ful," Duty said. "The coach-
es were great to me. I love it
up there."

located about 30 miles east
of Panama City as a football
"When they started
fastpitch, I got more and
more interested in it and I
put more and more time in
it," Fortner said. "The more
we had success, the harder I
worked to keep the program
Looking back on his
career at Wewa. Fortner
said some his greatest
accomplishments were
defeating private schools in
the state playoffs. The losses
to those powers stand out,
but wins against teams such
as Mount Dora Bible in
last year's state semifinals
and Miami Westminster
Christian in the finals were
the sweetest, he said.
"I'm happy because
not only am I getting the
recognition, but the school
is getting some recognition
and our teams and all the
hard work they've done
in the past, they're getting
some recognition," Fortner
said. "If we didn't have the
success we did. I wouldn't
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hall of fame."
During the summer
Fortner underwent back
surgery to relieve chronic
pain. He also traveled to
Brazil twice. He's been
on medication to slow
down the progression of
Parkinson's disease and
still has tremors in his right
arm. but said the medicine
has helped.
Fortner is the fourth
FHSAA hall of fame inductee
from the area.joiningformer
Port St. Joe basketball
coach Vernon Eppinette,
former Vernon basketball
and football coach Sam
Mitchell and former Chipley
coach Phillip Rountree.
This class of eight will
join 104 members already
"I guess it's a reward for
consistency," Fortner said.
'"Just staying with it. Just
doing what I've done for all
these years It's kinda like
an award for sticking with
it. For not quitting. Staying
with the program that I

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Lions Club Gives to Boys and Girls Club

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

Last November, the
Port St. Joe Lions Club
decided to revamp its
annual fundraiser, the
Gulf-Franklin Sportsman's
The banquet, which
historically benefited the
non-profit organization
Ducks Unlimited, now
benefited club projects and
area organizations.
In reviewing potential
Franklin County funding
recipients, the club could
not think of a more
deserving organization than
the Boys and Girls Club of
Franklin County.
During a club meeting
at Sunset Coastal Grill in
Port St. Joe last Wednesday,
Lions Club president Andy
Smith presented Boys and
Girls Club of Franklin
County director Joe Hayes
with a $1,000 check.
Hayes, who has helmed
the Boys and Girls Club
for four of its five years,
thanked the club for its
generous support.
"On behalf of the Girls
and Boys Club of Franklin
County, I'm just grateful for
what ya'll do," he said.
The Boys and Girls
Club of Franklin County
serves students in grades
K-12 at three sites in
Apalachicola, Eastpoint
and Carrabelle.
With an annual budget
of $600,000, the club
utilizes public school
facilities and receives state
and local funding, as well
as private contributions.
Students can
participate in Boys and
Girls Club activities year

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following a meeting at the Sunset Coastal Grill in Port St. Joe last Wednesday.

During the school year,
Hayes and his staff oversee
an average of 300 students
daily during the hours of
2:30-6:30 p.m.
According to Hayes,
the Boys and Girls Club
offers a variety of activities
for children, including
homework assistance,
enrichment, arts and
crafts, tutoring, sports and
Hayes described the
Boys and Girls Club as
providing an important
service in a society that
bears little resemblance to
that in which he and the
Lions Club members were
"Most of you had moms
and dads and your mom
was at home when you came
home from school. Our
society today, unfortunately
both mom and dad are
generally working, and after

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Port St. Joe High School's Band of Gold played several
musical selections during last Thursday's ceremony.

federal agency than USDA.
I can vouch for them 100
percent. They have done a
wonderful job and served
this community well," he
Former city manager
Lee Vincent, in town for the
ceremony, credited the city's
success to the partnership
it has formed with agencies
like USDA and the North
Florida Water Management
Noting the large
delegation of USDA
representatives ini the
audience, Vincent quipped,
"If each one of them
had brought a check for
$100,000, you would've
had it made for the next
100 years."
Senator Bill Nelson,
Senator Mel Martinez,
Congressman Allen Boyd,
Representative Al Lawson
and Representative Jimmy
Patronis expressed their
congratulations through
written letters and
appearances by staffers.
Jerry Smithwick,
Boyd's Florida Chief of
Staff, said Boyd instructed
him to tell the audience that
he was "glad that they've
recognized Port St. Joe for
what we've known all along
- they're the community of
the year every year."
At the ceremony's

close, Whitfield assured the
audience that USDA would
continue its partnership
with Port St. Joe well into
the future.
"We pledge that we will
participate whenever you
call us," he said.

2:30, their kids aren't being
looked after," said Hayes.
During the summer,
the Boys and Girls Club.
is open Monday through
Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4
As part of the Junior
Staff Program, high school
students are paid a little
over minimum wage to
work with the Club's
During the summer,
students are treated to a
number of educational field
trips to nearby attractions
such as the Mary Brogan
Museum, the Junior
Museum and the state
Hayes, who grew up

in Chicago, said he was
surprised to learn that
most Boys and Girls
Club students had never
journeyed outside the area
between Panama City and
The field trips, said
Hayes, are intended to
give the students the
opportunity to "experience
stuff they never, ever get to
The Lions Club's
donation will help cover
the costs of several field
trips slated for the summer
"This money will be a
huge help this summer,"
said Hayes.

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Enter Our Panhandle Keeping a Slice of Florida Vibrant

Peep Show Contest

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

It's two weeks from March 13 do you
know where your Peeps are?
Are they sunning on the beach, fishing
on the Apalachicola River, or playing hoops
with the Port St. Joe Tiger Sharks?
Or are they still lining the lonely gro-
cery store aisles, dreaming of a starring
role in a winning diorama?
If you answered yes to the latter, it's
time to get busy.
The Star/Times Panhandle Peep Show
Contest deadline is only two weeks away,
and the clock is ticking.
For those who haven't heard about the
contest, here's a repeat of the rules:
*Construct a diorama using a box or
*All diorama characters (humans, ani-
mals, etc.) must be marshmallow Peeps;
*Diormas must depict some aspect of
Panhandle living;
*Entries must be in good taste;
*You can work in pairs, teams, or by
Winners will be selected in the follow-
ing age categories:
*19 and up

To encourage local businesses to cre-
ate dioramas depicting their buildings and
employees, we've added a special business
Winners in this category will receive
a free quarter page ad in The Star or The
Age group winners will receive free gift
certificates to local businesses. Lu Lu's
Sweet Expectations in Port St. Joe is a
contest sponsor.

All the winning dioramas will be fea-
tured in the March 20 editions of The Star
and The Times.
Judges will base their decision on the
diorama's design, quality of execution, cre-
ativity and resemblance to our area.
Tape the official entry form, featured
in an ad in this week's newspaper, on the
back of your diorama and deliver it to The
Star or The Times office by March 13.
The Star office is located at 135 W.
Hwy. 98 in Port St. Joe and The Times
is located at 129 Commerce Street in
Dioramas will be on display, so drop
by and take a look.
Peeps are available locally in a variety
of colors and two shapes bunnies and

Apalachicola resident Heather Kemper, 15, submitted this impressive diorama, entitled
"Patio Peeps."

By rTnm Croft
Star News Editor

You've got to have friends.
That was the theme this past Sunday
inside a packed Raw Bar on Indian Pass as
the Friends of St. Vincent National Wildlife
Refuge marked a first year of growth with a
gimlet eye for what the future holds.
Sung again and again were the praises
and the importance of this volunteer group
more than 60 people to its annual meet-
ing particularly in the face of federal bud-
get cutbacks that, as one speaker noted,
leaves protected lands such as St. Vincent
well down the priority list.
For example, the recent vacancy cre-
ated by the departure of wildlife biolo-
gist Thom Lewis leaves the future of the
island's successful red wolf breeding pro-
gram three litters in three years, a record
as far as anyway can tell somewhat in
In the past five years, budget cutbacks
have sliced staff from seven to three.
"Our volunteers are become more and
more critical," said Monica Harris, who, as
board president Denise Williams said, has
been forced to become something of a Jill-
of-all-trades with a skeleton staff.
Harris noted that without the volun-
teers to go out and serve as the eyes of the
staff of the refuge, the red wolf program
would have likely have no future at the
refuge at all.
Three pups were born this past year,
though one died.
Once the pups are about 18 months,
they are sent to the Alligator River Refuge
in North Carolina.
This past year also saw the worst
year for sea turtle nest to the predation of
wild hogs. The refuge lost over half of this
year's nests.
On the flip side, the staff at the refuge
performed controlled burns that rid the
forests of potentially dangerous under-
growth in more than 6,000 acres and
burned some five acres to fight invasive
exotics, in this case Chinese tallow.
The refuge had more than 7,500 visi-
tors and has 75 registered volunteers.
"We are surviving thanks to volun-
teers," Harris said.
With good reason.
As Dr. Joe Collins, the renowned her-
petologist from the University of Kansas
who has made this part of Florida the win-
ter home for he and his wife Suzanne the
past seven or eight years, noted in his key-
note tal to the group, St. Vincent is one of
the most attractive place of the icky and
there is nothing wrong with that.
"My Interest is the creatures you don't
like. but are vital and important to St.
Vincent," Collins said, who with a vari-
ety of students and other volunteers has
surveyed the island for more than a half-
dozen years.
They are using eight of what Collins
calls research pods which are pretty
much comprised of Junk such as old tree

wood and sheet metal to assess the
refuge's biodiversity of snakes, lizards,
salamanders and the sort of animals that
people typically run from, not to.
And St. Vincent has a particular attrac-
tion for Collins. -
"St. Vincent as a refuge is a wonder-
ful place because it is an island," Collins
'As he noted, the Eastern diamond-
back rattlesnake will have much longer
existence on an island than on the main-
land, "because nobody wants them in their
backyard and pretty soon all of Florida
will be somebody's backyard."
So Collins would like to reintroduce
the indigo snake to the island, for exam-
ple, and sees the island as a true refuge for
animals that to most may not be attractive
or suitable company but are so important
in the grand scheme of life on.the planet.
"Island refuges are so important they
should receive extra attention," Collins
said. "Anything you can do is good for
Florida, but also good for the animals."
Williams, who received an award as
volunteer of the year, provided a bookend
to Collins' finish near the beginning of the
Talking about her peers as Baby
Boomers she said, "We need to start giv-
ing back. We need to protect public lands.
This is the time to participate. I throw that
out as a challenge."
Judging by the size and enthusiasm of
the crowd, the challenge is being heard.

Tim Croft/The Star
Denise Williams (left) was honored as
Volunteer of the Year by the staff at the St.
Vincent National Wildlife Refuge.

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Pat and Lewanna Patterson of Port St. Joe, Florida
announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of
their daughter, Jennifer Patterson, to Ryan Stephens, son
of Arden and Susan Stephens of Port St. Joe.
The bride-elect is a 2001 graduate of Port St. Joe High
School and a 2006 graduate of Tallahassee Community
College School of Radiology. She is employed at Women's
Imaging Center as a Radiology Technologist.
Her fiance is a 2000 graduate of Port St. Joe High
School and a 2005 graduate of Tallahassee Community
College. He is employed at Talquin Electric Company as a
Staking engineer.
An April 5 wedding is planned for 2 ET at First
Baptist Church of Port St. Joe. A reception will follow at
the Centennial Building.
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Brenda Bailey Reinhart of Beacon Hill and Frank
Healy of St. Joe Beach were married February 14 at the
First United Methodist Church of Mexico Beach with
church family and friends in attendance.
Reverend Ted Lovelace performed the ceremony. Ray
Butler was the Best Man, Kathy Butler was the Maid of
Honor, and Amy Burlter was the Flower Girl and Ring
Bearer. Connie Risinger provided the music. Jamie
Gardner sang "The Gift of Love."
The bride's gown and attendants' dresses were rose-
colored. The bride and maid of honor carried bouquets
of red, pink, and white roses; the flower girls/ring bearer
wore a crown circlet of roses in the same colors; the
groom and best man had boutonnieres of the three rose
A buffet reception, with a Valentine's Day rose theme
hosted by the women of the church followed the ceremony
in the Church Fellowship Hall. The bride's cake was frost-
ed with white icing and pink rose and ribbon decorations.
The groom's cake was ived in dark and light chocolate,
topped with a school bus design to signify his work as a
substitute school bus driver in Gulf County.
The bride is the daughter of Coline Hoefling Bailey of
Port St. Joe and the late Richard Britton Bailey of Beacon
The groom is the son of the late Iva Stella Healy and
the late Hardy Harold Healy of Massachusetts.
Mr. and Mrs. Healy will reside in the Port St. Joe


In Loving Memory

Dorothy Esteffe Borden

October 1937 February 2007

A year has almost passed since you physically left,
our presence; however, in our hearts your presence has'
never left. You were not only a loving wife, mother, and,
grandmother; you were a woman who truly loved God and;
your church family. Your unselfish love and kindness can
never be replaced and will never be forgotten. Sleep on
until we meet again in that heavenly place. Love always,
your husband Bobby and children: Dannie Sr., Ray, Sr.,
Nathaniel, William, Dan, Barbara, Beverly, Pinkie, Iris,
Karen, Sherry, and Harlotte.

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We would like to con-
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Jolie Grace is the
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"At the Beauty Shop"
by Despina Williams


Entry must be displayed in a box or shoebox '
All characters must be marshmallow Peeps
All scenes must depict some aspect of Panhandle living
* Business entries must depict place of business and employees
Entries must be in good taste
You can work in pairs, teams, or by yourself
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Established 1937 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

IHailvn Turns I1! James Ward Birth

Brandon Hailyn Levins turned one on February 8. She
celebrated with a princess party on Feb. 13 with parents,
Tom and Stephanie Levins, brother. Bladen Levins, grand-
parents, friends, and family.
We can't believe that you are one, big girl! We love you
so much!

Martha Ward of
Apalachicola and Jason
Ward of Wewahitchka are
proud to announce the birth
of their son James Lucas
Ward Nov. 18, 2007 at 7:30
p.m. He weighed 7 lbs 6 ozs
and was 20 inches long.
Maternal grandparents
are Lonnie and Sandra
Moses of Apalachicola.
Paternal grandparent is the
late Deborah Sue Hannah
of Wewahitchka. Maternal
great grandparents are
Martha Moses and the late
Jim Moses of Apalachicola.
Paternal great grandparents
are the late Onita Forehand
and the late Falmer
Forehand of Wewahitchka.


Lucas was welcomed
home by his big broth-
er Logan Crosby, Aunt
KK and Cousin Jackie

Briceson Davis Turns 4

Briceson Drake Davis
turned 4 years old on Feb.
14, 2008. He is the son of
Angela and Tim Davis of
Wewahitchka, Florida.
Maternal grandpar-
ents are Gloria and Jerry
Jackson of Apalachicola,
Florida and the late Angelo
Quinones of Cleveland,
Paternal grandparents
are Roger and Rita Beasley
of Wewahitchka, Florida
and the late Gary Davis of
Port St. Joe, Florida.

National Study Proves 4-H

Strengthens Gulf County Communities

A new study con
that youth involved i
are leaders, contribu
their communities an

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civically engaged,
strengthens commune
The 4-H Study of Po
Youth Development (PY
finding that youth inv
in high-quality, struc
programs during o
school time, such as
offered by Gulf County
are more likely to e:
ence PYD.
Findings of The
Study of PYD a
of-its-kind, longitu
study measuring the ii
personal and social
tors have on youth as
develop reveal th
youth have the capac
thrive, regardless of
they live, their family
nations, their socioecoi
status, their race or ge
Study findings also
that the quality and
tity of structured, o
school-time programs
youth are involved
matters. The more
youth are involved in
quality youth develop
programs, the more
and their communities
"We're excited
this research and w

firms applying what we learn to
n 4-H Gulf County 4-H," said Sara
ite to Shepherd, Gulf County 4-H
.d are Agent. "We want to ensure
that our 4-H program con-
tinues to provide oppor-
tunities that will help our
youth become successful,
contributing members of
Gulf County."
The 4-H Study of PYD
sponsored by National
4-H Council shows that in
addition to sustained adult
interaction and mentor-
ing, communities, families
and schools need to pro-
vide access to youth devel-
opment programs such as
4-H in order for youth to
experience success. Gulf
County currently, offers a
horse club, county coun-
cil, livestock judging, horse
which judging, in-school gardening
cities. clubs, and public speaking
)sitive practices through which the
YD) is youth learn leadership, citi-
volved zenship and organizational
:tured skills among others.
)ut-of- With The 4-H Study of
those PYD, the characteristics of
y 4-H, a successful youth devel-
xperi- opment program are being
defined and measured for
4-H the first time. The study's
first- key findings show that:
idinal Community youth
impact development programs, like
fac- 4-H, are proven to affect
s they youth success.
at all All youth can suc-
city to ceed involvement in 4-H
where increases their potential of
situ- doing well.
nomic All youth need posi-
ender. tive youth development. No
show young person is immune
quan- to the risks and challenges
iut-of- present in today's society.
that Involvement in youth
with development programs
often reduces the likelihood that
high- young people will engage
pment in risk behaviors, such as
they underage drinking, smok-
s ben- ing, bullying, etc.
To learn more about
about 4-H in your community,
ill be visit the Gulf County 4-H

Web site www.gulf.ifas.ufl.
edu or call 639-3200 or
229-2909. Visit www.fourh-
to learn more about The
4-H Study of PYD.
The 4-H Study
of Positive Youth
The 4-H Study of
Positive Youth Development
is the first-ever longitudi-
nal study to measure the
characteristics of positive
youth development (PYD).
Led by Richard M. Lerner,
Ph.D., professor at Tufts
University, the study was
sponsored by National 4-H
Council. It involves more
than 4,000 youth and 2.000
parents from 25 states and

measures the impact per-
sonal and social factors
have on a young person's
National 4-H Council
4-H is the Nation's
largest youth development
organization, serving more
than 6.5 million young peo-
ple across America who are
learning leadership, citizen-
ship and life skills. National
4-H Council is the national,
private sector, non-profit
partner of the 4-H Youth
Development Program and
its parent, the Cooperative
Extension System of the
United States Department
of Agriculture. For more
information, visit www.

To learn how your family can get
involved in 4-H, contact: Gulf
County 4-H at 639-3200 or 229-2909,
Sara Sheperd 4-H Agent, Roy Lee
Carter County Extension Director.

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The Quicklif't's fast becoming one of the most popular
cosmetic procedures in America. You can have the
procedure and return to daily activities within days.
The Plastic & Laser Surgery Center 769-8991

Available now for adoption from the St.
Joseph Bay Humane Society -
Snow, beautiful and friendly (pictured);
Mel & Bear, two of eight lab/mix pups
available soon; full house of puppies.
Always kittens! Come see.
Please visit Faith's Thrift Hut, 1007 Tenth
Street. Thrusday through Saturday, 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Please call 227-1109 for more
information. Volunteers needed.

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Only $15 per wee n
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for more information

The Fish House

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Fresh Seafood Steak Daily Lunch Specials

Dentist with a

Heart Another

Great Success

On February 13, Dr.
Frank May and his staff
opened their office doors
to people in need for their
ninth annual "Dentist with
a Heart" day. During the
course of eight hours, Dr.
May and his staff performed
composite crowns, started
endodontic procedures,
provided fillings, extracted
teeth, and the hygenists
performed 15 cleaning. Dr.
May and his staff estimated
that he and his staff pro-
vided over $22,000 worth

of dentistry on individuals
that are needy in our com-
Dr. May wants to give a
special mention to his staff,
who come in and work the
whole day with no pay, they
deserve as much recogni-
tion as possible. Dr. May
and his staff have practiced
dentistry in Port St. Joe for
over 20 years. They love
working here and are proud
to call this beautiful city
and the Emerald Coast of
Florida their home.



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4B Thursday, February 28, 2008 The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Established 1 937 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years':

Eartha Mae Lee Shakelford
Ms. Eartha Mae Lee Shackelford. 75. went home to
be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at Bay Port
St. Joe Nursing Center in Port St. Joe, FL.
Ms. Shackelford was born in Vernon, FL, on Jan. 17,
1933, to the late Acey and Katie Lee. She was a member of
New Bethel A.M.E. Church in Port St. Joe, FL. She served
on or was a member of the Usher Board 1, Joy Club, City
Wide Usher Board, Jolly Seniors, and Stewardess Board
1. She also was a Sunday school teacher. Ms. Shackelford
attended Roulhac High School in Chipley, FL, and Gulf
County Adult Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur
L. Shackelford, Sr. She leaves a loving family to cher-
ish her memory, Arthur (Versie) Shackelford, Deborah
Shackelford of Port St. Joe, FL, John (Levita) Shackelford
of Detroit, and Beverly (Elder Earnest) Pittman of Fort
Myers, FL; grandchildren, Ketha, Kendra, Earnest II,
Sheline, Lionel, Keva, Lance, Ariel, and Jasmaine; sisters,
Emma LEE Neal and Ethel (Kent) Sheron; brothers, Otis
Lee and Olen Lee; sister-in-law, Oneida Lee; and special
friends, Mr. and Mrs. Carl White, Mr.' and Mrs. Cyrus
Riley and Patricia Bailey.
Special thanks to Bay Medical Selective Care and Bay
St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center.
Visitation for Ms. Shackelford will be held from 6 to
8 p.m. on, Feb. 15, at New Bethel A.M.E. Church in Port
St. Joe. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 16, at New Bethel A.M.E. Church in Port St. Joe, FL.
Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Frank Sisk
Mr. Frank Sisk, 89, of Port Saint Joe, passed away
Thursday, February 21, in Tallahassee. A native of Galian,
LA, he served in the Army during WWII and was retired
from St. Joe Paper Company. He has been a resident of
Port Saint Joe for over 60 years.
Survivors include his sons, Tom Sisk of Navarre,
and Talman Sisk of Tallahassee; his grandsons, Jimmy
Sisk and Chris Sisk; his great-grandchildren, Caitlyn,
Alannah, and Killian, and his sister, Alice Sivils of
Sulphur, Louisiana
The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. EST Saturday,
February 23, from the graveside at Holly Hill Cemetery,
conducted by the Rev. Father Phil Fortin. Interment will
followed. He will lay in state at the Comforter Funeral
Home from 6 until 8 p.m. E.S.T. Friday evening with a
Rosary at 7 p.m.
All services were under the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.

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

Pastor: james Wilky
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

B "A Reformed Voice
I1 W I .i. 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

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"

^ first Baptist Church

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 y

Dorothy Frances Rinehart
Dorothy Frances Rinehart, Age 89, passed away on
February 24, surrounded by loving family and care giv-
ers at Bay St. Joseph Rehab and Care Center in Port St.
Joe. She was born April 8, 1918 in Bllssfield, Michigan
to Howard and Blanche (Hoffman) Bailey. She mar-
ried Robert Charles Rinehart of Adrian, Michigan on
September 26, 1935. He preceded her in death on June
22, 1993. She is also preceded in death by her parents
and her brother, Keith.
Due to her husband's job, Dorothy lived in Devil's
Lake, Michigan, New Orleans, Louisiana, Toledo, Ohio,
and many other places. She and her husband owned
multiple businesses throughout their lives, including a gift
shop in Marathon, FL and a motel in Adrian, Michigan.
Upon their retirement they moved to Homossassa Springs,
FL where they lived until his death. She moved to Port St.
Joe, Florida in 1993 to be closer to her children and
Dorothy is survived by her children, Bob (Janna)
and Judi; her nephew whom she loved as a son, John
Bailey (Marsha); her grandchildren, Rob Rinehart (Amy),
Dorann Axon (Chis), Catey McMullon (Natasha); Johanna
Greenlaw (Scott); her great-grandchildren, Easton
Ridgley, Samantha Ridgley, Adam Greenlaw and Zachary
Greenlaw; and her close friends, Buddy McMullon,
Dorothy Weisenberger, Mary Hand and David Davis.
There will be a celebration of her life held at Bob
and Janna Rinehart's home on 1493 Indian Pass Road
on March 8, starting at 1 p.m. All friends and family
are welcome. In Lieu of flowers please send donations
in her name to Covenant Hospice, 107 W. 19th Street,
Panama City, FL 32405, (850) 785-3040 or The Gideon's
International, Port St. Joe Camp, PO. Box 422, Port St.
Joe, FL 32457-0422.
Cremation services rendered by Comforter Funeral
Home, Port St. Joe.

James A. White

Mr. James A. White, 80, of Port Saint Joe, passed
away Monday, February 18, in a Panama City Hospital.
Mr. White was born in Alabama and served in the Navy
during WWII. He has been a resident of Port Saint Joe
since 1956, was a retired machinist from St. Joe Paper
Company, and was a member of Saint James Episcopal
Survivors include his wife Sarah Susie White, a son
James S. Pete White and wife Ima Jean, all of Port Saint
Joe; a daughter, Janice Aurora McIntosh of Honey Hill,
SC; his grandchildren, Ted Owens, Monica French Gibbs,
and Jessica White; and five great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held at 9:30 a.m. E.S.T. on
Thursday, February 21, at Saint James Episcopal Church,
conducted by the Rev. Father John Wave. Interment will
follow in Holly Hill Cemetery. He lay in state at the church
from 8:30 a.m. until 9:15 a.m. on Thursday.
All services are under the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.

Join us at

Because kids

matter to God
Approved workmen are not ashamed
-2 Timothy 2:15

Cubbies 3 and 4 yrs old (3 by Sept. 1)
Sparks K thru 2nd grade
T&T 3rd thru 5th grade

Our AWANA Schedule
Time Sundays 5:00 pm 7:00 pm
August 24th thru May 18th
Starting Iate: March 2nd
Registration is at the Church Office

We extend our deepest,
heartfelt gratitude. We do
not know how we would
have dealt with the loss
of our loved one, Dorothy
Rinehart, without your lov-
ing care and support. Your

First Baptist Church
of Port St. Joe

First Baptist is a member of
the AWANA clubs international.
AWANA is a nondenominational
ministry that assists churches in
reaching children with the Gospel
of Jesus Christ and training them
to serve him. We're here to serve
with a ministry to win and grow kids
for Christ!

Awana blends Bible teaching,
Scripture memorization and tons of
fun. With clubs for ages 3 thru 5th
grade we provide a clear, consis-
tent presentation of the gospel.
With Bible memory, circle games,
competition, and missionary studies
developed with the help from the
SBC and NAMB. We have a fun ap-
proach to learning God's Word and
leadership training that is second
to none. The church leaders of
tomorrow trained to serve today.

Game Time Boys and girls play
games to exercise their bodies and
promote healthy competition and

Handbook Time Children work
through age appropriate handbooks
memorizing Bible verses and doing
activities ranging from patriotism
to community service.

Council Time Consists of sing-
ing, puppets, Bible stories and les-
sons based on Christian principles.

For Further Information
Please contact
our Church office
at 227-1552

Or our AWANA
Commander Buddy Caswell
at 229-6370

hard work and dedication
eased her suffering in her
final hours and we are pro-
foundly grateful. Thank you,
for making two of the hard-
est days of our lives bear-,.7
able. The town of Port St.-,
Joe is truly blessed to have
a facility staffed with such'.
wonderful people.-
With Warmest Regards,
Judi, Bob, Janna, Catey,
and Natasha

Sims Family

Thank You
The family of J.L. Sims
would like to express our
sincere gratitude for the
food, flowers, calls, cards
and especially the prayers
that sustain us during this
very difficult time.
We would especially like
to thank Dr. Michael Barnes
alongwith his staff, members
of the St. James Episcopal
Church, St. Peter's Anglican
Catholic Church and Inwood'.
Baptist of Grand Ridge.:
To the Brothers of Port St.
Joe Masonic Lodge No. 111
there are simply no words
to say thank you for the cer-
emony performed for our
loved one.
We are all so humbled
by your love, support and
compassion, may God smile
on each and every one.
Hazel Sims, Jimmy
Sims, Judy and David
Sudduth, Margaret Elaine
and Tony Maige, grand-
daughters and husbands,



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dessert, beverage of choice:
wine, coffee, or soda
Frl, March 7, 2008
Seating at 5:00 or 6:30
Our Lady of Guadalupe:
Catholic Church
15th Street, Mexico
Adults: Advance
At the door-$11
Children (6-12)- $4
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the CDC Welcome Center,.
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For further information,
call 648-4041.

Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years,

4B Thursday, February 28, 2008 The Star, Port St. Joe, FIL Established 1937

Byron B. Stetson

Byron B. Stetson, 88 of Oklahoma City, died February*
19. Byron was born January 2, 1920 in Creight on, NE,
the son of Benjamin and Mattle Baldwin Stetson. He
served in the Army Air Corp during WWII and fought in
the Battle of the Bulge where he received a Purple Heart.
Byron moved to Florida in 1946 and lived there 60 years
in Parker, Wewahitchka and Port St. Joe. He retired as a
foreman with International Paper Co. in Panama City, FL.-
Byron lived the past four years in Oklahoma City and was
a member of Sunny Lane United Methodist Church. He
loved to fish, hunt, read and garden.
Byron is survived by his daughter, Joy and her
husband, Ed Sweeney of Oklahoma City; stepdaughter,
Vickie Scott of Marianna, FL; stepson, Frank Bass of
Wewahitchka, FL; two granddaughters, Karyn Sweeney of
Littleton, CO. and Susan Lee of Moore, OK; three great-
grandchildren, Destiny, Ashton and Kolby.
Graveside services were held Monday, February 25,
at 2 p.m. CST in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Panama City,
All services were under the direction of Comforter
Funeral Home.

Sidney George Ellis

The Rev. Sidney George Ellis, "Father Sid" died,
Sunday, February 24, at a local nursing home. He was
born In London, England, October 12, 1917. Sid attend-
ed St. Lawrence College, Kent, England, and St. Luke's
seminary at Sewanee, Tennessee.
Sid had served in the British Army as a major in
Egypt, Greece, Malta, Italy, and finally, in Swindon,
England where he met and married his wife, Elizabeth
"Betty" Hardy Ellis. He and his family moved to the United
States in 1954. After ordination as an Episcopal Priest
in 1958, he served in Churches in Corinth and Aberdeen,
MS, Nashville and Germantown, TN. From 1971 to
1983 he had churches in Port St. Joe, Wewahitchka and
Apalachicola. After Retirement in 1983, he continued to
assist with congregations in Panama City and surround-
ing areas.
Besides his wife of 62 years, Betty, he is survived
by a son, Graham Ellis of Bradenton, Fla., a daughter,
Jane Ellis of Panama City, 2 grandsons, Hardy James
and Keene James, and 2 great grandsons, Forest and
Kirkland James.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Feb. 28,
2008 at 10 am at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church with
Bishop Phillip Duncan officiating.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submit-
ted online at
Kent Forest Lawn, 2403 Harrison Ave, Panama City,

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Paul W. Groom II
(850) 229-8211

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Personal Injury Real Estate
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Call to Area Churches

The Star invites all churches in Gulf and Franklin
Counties to participate in our 2008 Easter tab.
We are asking the question to all pastors, ministers,
priests, and leaders of the county churches: What is the
meaning of Easter?
In 300 words or less, tell us your thoughts on Easter
and the meaning of the season.
The Star reserves the right to edit copy for length and
All chilrches wishing to participate must:
1. Call The Star by 5 p.m. E.T. Monday, March 3 and
reserve space.
2. Submit their copy to The Star and The Times (for
Franklin County churches) by 5 p.m. E.T. Wednesday,
March 5. Copy submitted after 5 p.m. Wednesday cannot
be used.
3. Church leaders also need to provide a photograph
(head shot preferable), if possible.

"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 is name, worship the Lord in the beauty ofjholiness.
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.

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

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

Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m.
Methodist Youth Fellowship: 6:00 p.m.
Evening Worship: 7:30p.m.
All Times are EST

Rev. Mac Flcher
Jeremy Dixon
Director of Youth Ministries
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries
Ann Conforter
Music Director

The friendly place to worship! .'

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

311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
SUNDAY: General Assembly 9:45 a.m. ET- Bible Study all ages 10 a.m. ET
Morning Worship 11 a.m. ET Evening Worship 6 p.m. ETl
Tuesday: Choir Practice 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Kids for Christ 6 p.m. /Prayer Meeting & Youth Group 7 p.m.
"0 aste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the tmarn that trusterb in Him,"
Please accept this ivita ltio to joi us ite t orshei. God hb/les peo'
Please catll ts for your sptirittal needtls.
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725
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Patrick's Day Dinner
St. Joseph's Catholic Church will host their annual St.
Patrick's Day Dinner on Saturday. March 8, at S'. Joseph's
Parish Hall located on 20th and Monument. Entertainment
for the event will be special performances by The Niall
O'Leary Irish Dancers. There will be two dinner seatings,
5 p.m. EST and 6:30 p.m. EST with entertainment at each
seating. Advance tickets for dinner seatings/performances
and carry out tickets are $8 each and tickets at the door
will be $10 each. Advance tickets may be purchased at the
Mexico Beach Welcome Center, 648-8196, or St. Joseph's




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Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Mike Westbrook, 1Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.



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9:30 a.m. Sunday

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

In Christ's Service
I would like to take a moment and thank ALL that
came out to church this past Sunday night. We had several
churches in attendance. I would like to thank 1st Baptist
and their praise team for leading us in worship. Pastor
Brent Vickery did an outstanding job presenting the word
of God. There was over 90 in attendance. To me UNITY in
the church is very important. One example of this UNITY
can be found in Philippians 2:1-11.
Here Paul is instructing the church how they are to act
one to another. He's leading them to unity. And it's unity
for a purpose. Vs. 2 says "working together with one heart
and purpose." It's when we follow these instructions of Paul
and we, the Church, are united, that we will accomplish our
purpose. There are three purposes for the church. To wor-
ship God, to build tip the saints, and to spread the Good
News. And unity is important for all three of these purpos-
es. When we are united, it leads to God being glorified. vs.
11 speaks of Jesus' exhibiting the same characteristics that
Paul is admonishing us to exhibit, and he says it led to the
exaltation of Jesus, "to the glory of God the Father." When
we follow' the command to be interested in others, that
leads us to help build them up. Therefore, this unity leads
to building up the body. And as Jesus said to his disciples,
"Your love for one another will prove to the world that you
are my disciples." (John 13:35) So unity is important for
accomplishing all three purposes of the Church.
Self is all about the individual. But the Kingdom is
about the body. As Ephesians 4:4 says, "We are all one one
body." The Church isn't made up of a lot of disconnected
people. The Church is not you over there doing your thing
and me over here doing my thing. Imagine if your hand
suddenly decided that it didn't want to work with your arm.
Your arm and your foot just couldn't get along. They both
wanted to help you, but they had different ideas about how
to do it. So, the hand decided one day that it 'would just
do it's own thing completely separate from your arm, so it
separated itself. It would soon find that it was pretty useless
without the arm. In fact, if you had 100 hands, but none of
them were connected to arms, they wouldn't be as good as
one hand connected to an arm. For your body to work, it
has to work together. And the Church is exactly the same.
I'm sure that we all want to fulfill God's purposes. But if
allow ourselves to become selfish, then we end up all doing
our own thing. It's not that we don't want to do God's work,
but we just don't want to do it with Brother so-and-so or
Sister so-and-so...this church or that church. Well, when
we do that, we're really not accomplishing anything for the
Kingdom, because we're separated from the body. We. the
Church, must be a team, working together accomplishing
God's purposes, because that's the only way they can be

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A" Call For Unction
How many lie at the gate? Today I wonder if we even
see the multitudes that are lying at the gate of the House of
God. Countless numbers are positioned at the entrance of
God's Holy presence with no one helping. I know that we
are telling millions of Jesus! But there is more than telling
"The Old Story", there is offering "The Author of the
Story". That is what Peter and John did at the gate.
The story of Christ is told over and over by. pastors,
evangelist, Sunday school teachers and laity. But how
many are showing the Christ that we say lives in our lives.
How many show the healing power that comes from God
through His Son. There is a difference!
Imagine for just a moment about the man that was
daily laid at the gate called beautiful. Someone brought
him everyday just outside the presence of God. They never
carried him into the fellowship of God or to the fellowship
of God's people. He was just dropped off and picked up.
How many passed him going and coming everyday and how
many saw him more than that? Because they went to the
House of God three times a day to pray and just looked at
him and maybe tossed a token coin out of some kind of pity
or just to say they did it. Is that not what happens today as
well? We just offer a token? People hurting and in need of
real help and we just throw a little coin, if that, and think
we have done something. And everyday they just lay there
in the same condition as from the beginning.
On this day two came who really believed and had the
goods. I am not talking about the "coin of token", but
the "presence of the King". I meet people everyday that
claim to know the Christ. They attend church, pay tithe
and offering yet they show no real presence of a Sovereign
God in their lives. They have good words but none with
power. Their dress is proper looking but no inner shine.
What a sad thing that no one offers the true savior or at
least most don't.
You see, like Peter and John, we should offer the God
that heals, saves, and strengthens the body, mind and soul
of man. This will make someone complete. As I said a few
lines ago, most just offer words or a token in the place of a
real God. God has never changed. He is still the same God
today as He was yesterday and will remain that forever. The
problem is most will not believe and live as God requires to
be able to offer what Peter and John did. If someone really
believes they don't just tell the story, but they offer a hand
of belief to help the feeble up. Have you offered a hand of
belief or Just a token?
When they, Peter and John, came to the gate and found
the man of thirty eight years lying just outside the House
of God, they didn't just tell him of Jesus, they helped him
see Jesus. That will always bring true salvation and heal-
ing to whoever will receive. But they can't receive until it is
offered and not just told.
I will close with this. When is the last time you saw
someone so changed that was outside the House of God,
that they leaped to their feet jumping, running and shout-
ing praise to God for His saving grace, healing power, and
fellowship of love. Maybe we, the church, need to look at
our offering. Is it real or just a token?
God bless you and I will see you next week.
Pastor Tim
LightHouse Pentecostal Ministries

Church office, located in the church hall. 227-1417.
Please join us for our traditional Irish dinner of corned
beef and cabbage, carrots, potatoes, roll, choice of home-
made desserts and beverages. All proceeds will go to Family
Life and Senior Ministries which is a very worthy cause that
helps many people in our community. If you have questions
or need further information, you may contact Charmaine
Earley at 229-8561 or 227-5343. We hope you will join us
for an evening of fun and entertainment!

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Sunday Worship Services:
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9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
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dO^em e-ntary Schiool

We wahItchka
Elementary School recent-
ly sponsored an American
Red Cross Blood Drive.
Classrooms competed to
see which group of students
could bring in the most

donors. Miss Tracy Bowers'
second grade classroom
took top honors. They will
be treated to a pizza party
and their classroom will be
home to Buddy Blooddrop
for the next year. There was

an overwhelming response
to the drive. WES and the
Red Cross would like to
thank all those who gave of
themselves to save others.

Port St. Joe
Elementary to cele-
brate Dr. Suess's birth-
day with Read Across
America Celebration

The teachers and edu-
cation support profession-
als will celebrate Read
Across America from March
3 7 to encourage chil-
dren to pick up a book and
read. As we gear up for
the celebration, we would
like to ask fellow commu-
nity members to put aside
the many hats they wear
for work and play and don
the ultimate reading hat,
the red and white stripped
stovepipe made famous by
the Cat in the Hat.
Port St. Joe Elementary
children will slip into crazy
socks and listen to celeb-
rity readers from the com-
munity in the auditorium
on Monday, wear crazy hair
on Tuesday, book character
costumes for a character
parade in the gym at 9 a.m.
on Wednesday, and college
T-shirts on Thursday. Friday
will culminate the week with
a "color war" each class
wearing a designated color
and a birthday bash in the
media center, cake and
all. Students across the
school will celebrate read-
ing in the classrooms with
a collection of Suess books.
Kindergarten and first grad-
ers will dine on "Green Eggs
and Ham."
We ask all to partici-
pate whether it is donating
a book to the local library
or school or just encourag-
ing your own child to pick
up a book and read. Take
the opportunity to read and
enjoy! Kids who read, and
who are read to, do better
in school and help build
great public schools.
Port St. Joe Elementary
School Odyssey of the Mind
Team earned 1st place in
the Emerald Coast Regional
Tournament in Baker,
FL. Saturday Feb. 23rd.
Congratulations to the team
and thank you for repre-
senting our school so well.
A few of our students
participated in an essay
contest sponsored by the
Franklin/Gulf Retired
Educators Association,
in conjunction with the
Florida Retired Educators
Association. It was open
to all 5th graders who were
interested. Three essays
were chosen from Franklin
County and three from
Gulf County. From those
entries one essay was cho-
sen and submitted to the
next level of competition.
We are proud to recog-
nize Reed Smith from our
school as the overall winner.

Smith Wins

Essay Contest
The Franklin/
Gulf Retired Educators
Association is pleased to
announce that an essay
written by Reed Smith, a
student in Mrs. Woods' 5"'
grade class at PSJE, has
been chosen as the win-
ning entry in its annual
essay contest. A statewide
contest sponsored by the
Florida Retired Educators
Association invites 5t' grade
students to write an essay
about a grandparent or
grandparent figure in their
lives. Reed's essay will be
submitted to district level.
The winner at that level will
go on to the state competi-
tion. Reed will receive a $50
US Savings bond from the

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Also, Haley McCroan and
McKayla Woodham received
honorable mention for their
entries. Congratulations
and keep up the good

Important Dates:

March 4-Spring Pictures

March 5-1/2 day for stu-
March 7-AR Movie
March 11-24-FCAT and
Stanford 10 testing
March 24-28.-Jump Rope
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1. What is the strongest muscle in the human body? Tongue
2. Why is there no air on the moon? No Atmosphere
3. What is the largest volcano in the world? Mauna Loa
4. True or False-There is a company in South America that
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Wood. These people submitted the winning entries.

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Port St. Joe Elementary Odyssey of the Mind
Port St. Joe Elementary
.S^ School Odyssey of the Mind .
Team earned 1st place in ., .
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By Ashton Norris

With the Florida Writes
over and the FCAT coming
up, the students at Port St.
Joe High School could real-
ly use some down time. The
next few weeks are packed
with sporting events, club
activities, and much more
to keep students' minds off
of their stressful stanard-
ized testing.
Senior News:
The February senior
trip payment was due last
Monday, the 18"'. If you
have not yet turned in
your $50 payment to Mrs.
Alcorn, please do so imme-
The "Senior Baby Ads"
Sand payments are due back
to Mrs. Norton by March
18. These baby ads will
appear in the back portion
of the upcoming yearbook.
Forms are available in the
office and may be brought
back in to the school or
emailed to Mrs. Norton at
There are TONS of
scholarships available
in the guidance office.
New scholarships are
added, weekly! The Gulf
Coast Community College
Scholarship deadline is
March 1. Do not miss these
awesome opportunities!
Congratulations to
some of our seniors on
their acceptance to college.
.Sarah Riddel has been
-accepted to the University
- of Central Florida, Meagen
-Langley has been accept-
-ed to Troy University, and
Lauren Larsen has been
accepted to the University
.of West Florida. Way to go,
Clubs and Other News:
The final chance to
purchase a yearbook for
the 2007-2008 school
year is here. The deadline
for purchase is March 7.
Contact Mrs. Norton for
more details.
Students whose prom
date does not attend Port
St. Joe High School is
required to fill out a prom
date permission form.
They are due back to the
office by April 11. If you do
not turn in this form, your
date will not be allowed to
attend prom.
The Musical Theater
presented its annual "Might
of the Improv" Monday eve-
ning, February 25, at 6:30
p.m. in the commons area.
Sign-ups for the
2008-2009 Flag, Majorette,
and Rifle teams are coming
to an end. Be sure to sign
up before you miss out.
The last chance to sign up
is February 27.
To close out Black
History Month, the annu-
al Black History Month
assembly will be held on
February 29 in the Port St.


USA Pageant

Southern USA (SUSA)
Valentine/Easter Pageant
with a Q&A on Stage to win
a Scoholarship
Date: March 15, 11 am
for ages 0-6 yrs. And 3
pm ages 7 & Up. Held at
the Port St.Joe Elementary
Auditorium... Everyone is
A Winner!! No One Goes
Home Without A Crown!!
There is no age limits.
All contestants competing
will receive their Beauty
fees paid to the SUSA
Nationals and also to the
Miss Florida Forgotten
Coast State Pageant... Enter
Now! Call Georgette Colson
Deadline is March
3, please call if you need
extended time. We hope
you can come have fun with
our honest award giving
pagaent.... For the commu-
nity we would love to see
you come out and support
all these beautiful contes-

Joe High School gymna-
sium. The quest speaker
this year is Ms. Sharon
Sheffield, the communi-
ty leader of Lynn Haven.
The assembly will begin
at approximately 8:30 a.m.
and will be followed by a
reception in the student
activity room. All guests
are invited to attend. Please
come out to help celebrate
a rich and proud heritage.
The soccer banquet
will be hosted on March
6 at 6:30 p.m. at the St.
Joseph's Bay country Club.
Dinners will be $12 each
for family members. Please
contact Mrs. Carla May by
March 3 to secure your
Cheerleading tryouts
are here! To sign up please
see Mrs. Smallwood.
Tryouts will be held dur-
ing the last week of March.
There will be a mandatory
parent meeting on March
3 for all prospective cheer-
leaders. This is your only
chance; show your Shark
The boys' basket-
ball team progressed fur-
ther in the playoffs with
a 58-38 win over McClay
on Tuesday. After traveling
to Pensacola on Saturday
for the Regional Finals,
the boys' season came to
an end. It was a one-way
game with the Sharks on
top, when the tides turned
to a devasting loss in the
last three seconds of the
game. Pensacola Christian
Academy scored leacing the
final score at 56-57. Led by
Coach Kurnitsky, the team
has had an excellent 19-10
winning season. With the
unbelievable support from
the fans, community, and
"Domers" this season was
one for the books!
The girls' softball team
continues their season with
a good reputation. With
only one error so far this
season, the girls are on top
of their game. Tuesday they
played Cottondale and won
10-3. Kayla Minger had her
first homerun of the season
at this game. Good job,

girls! They hope to con-
tinue their winning streak
as they face Marianna, at
home on Monday evening.
They also have a game on
Tuesday, March 26 against
Liberty County. Both games
begin at 7. When asked
what the secret was to their
success, first baseman,
Meredith Todd replied, "We
have been playing together
for a long time now and our
team's chemistry. is really
great! We have stepped up
our schedule to play more
challenging teams this
year; however, I feel with
our dedication and will,
we will still pull through to
the top."
The boys' baseball
team went to Arnold on
Tuesday, March 19. Even
though they came back with
a 0-2 loss, they still gave it
their all. They also played
Florida High on Saturday
and lost 8-9. This upcoming
week the boys will struggle
to overcome their losing
streak. They will face their
cross-country archrivals,
Wewa, in a district match-
up on Tuesday, March 26
at 7. This game, along with
the make-up game against
Bay High School, will be
hosted here at Port St. Joe.
The Bay game will begin at
3:00 and will be followed
by the J.V game against
Rutherford. On the 29, the
team will travel to Liberty
County to face the Bulldogs
at 7. Come out and support
our Tiger Sharks!
That is all for this
week's edition of "Shark
Talk." We would like to
thank the community
for all of your support. I
would like to leave with
this thought by Franklin D.
Roosevelt for when times
get tough. "When you come
to the end of your rope, tie
a knot and hang on."

Tournament in Baker, FL.
Saturday Feb. 23rd. The
team competed against 6
other teams in Division 1,
Problem 5, The Eccentrics.
The team scored an amaz-
ing 324 out of 350 points.
Odyssey of the Mind is a
creative problem solving
competition. Port St. Joe
Elementary will compete in
the Florida Odyssey of the
Mind State Tournament on
April 5, 2008. Odyssey of
the Mind in is a creative
problem solving competition
for students in Elementary
through High School.

Port St. Joe Elementary Dazzling Dolphins

Front Row: Joshua Russ, Chloe Burke, Caleb Butts, Kyndell Moore (Subway), Cheyenne
Back Row: Ethan Nguyen, Amber Turman, Ethan Sander, Ethan LaFountaine, Dyson Kent
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DAR Essay Contest Winners Announced

The Saint Joseph
Chapter, Daughters of the
American Revolution is
pleased to announce the
winners for this year's
American History Essay
Contest. Fifth grade win-
ners were Cailtlin Godwin
FCS (1I' place), Coy Burke
FCS (2"' place), and Zack
Post FCS (3"' place).
Sixth grade winners
were Morgan Kennington
FCS (1"1 place), Lauren
Costin FCS (2""1 place), and
Allen Davis FCS (3"' place).
Seventh grade winners
were Abagail Davis FCS
(1- place) and Mary Caitlin
Bouington FCS (2nd place).
Eighth grade winners
were Cory Waling WMS
(1st place), Tiffany Burch
FCS (2""11 place), and Ausin
Chumney WMS (3"' place).
The first place win-
ers were treated to din-
ner at the Sunset Coastal
Grill before presenting
their winning papers at the
DAR meeting. Their guests
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were for Caitlin, her par-
ents Mark and Catherine
Godwin and' grandmother
Linda Wood; for Morgan,
his parents Ken and Valeria
Kennington; for Abagail,
her mother Michelle Davis
and grandmothers Mary
Ann Childers and Amelia
Davis; and for Cory, his par-
ents Micheal and Shannon
Walding, brother Ryan
Walding, grandparents Ray
and Marlene Walding, and
aunt Rhonda House.
Each winner was pre-
sented with a beautiful
bronze DAR medal and
check for $25. They also
received a copy of the Bill
of Rights, along with an
essay on George Mason and
the Bill of Rights, Patrick
Henry's famous "Give Me
Liberty or Give Me Death"
speech of 1775, and the
Flag Code.
The American history
essay contest, open to fifth
through eighth graders in
Gulf and Franklin Counties,
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had as its topic this year," I
Spy-Espionage during Ihe
American Revolution." The
I'fth grader paper must be
three hundred to six hun-
dred words in length, while
the sixth through eighth
grades must produce six
hundred to one thousand
Each participant in the
contest will receive a cer-
tificate which may be pre-
sented in the schools on
honors day.
The DAR sponsors the
essay contest to instill in
students and our country-
men a love and respect
for this country with our
God-given freedoms and to
help the participants gain
wisdom, strength of pur-
pose, and vision from those
whom they encountered in
their research in order to
make them better people
and more enlightened citi-

,' "


The winners of the DAR Essay Contest proudly display bronze DAR medals on their
clothes. Pictured from left to right: Eighth-grader Cory Walding, with parents Michael and
Shannon Walding; Seventh-grader Abagail Davis, with Mother Michelle Davis; sixth-grader
Morgan Kennington, with parents Ken and Valeria Kennington and fifth grader Caitlin
Godwin, with parents Mark and Catherine Godwin.

Gulf County Republican Party

The Gulf County Republican Party elected the following officers and precinct com-
mittmen and women at its Feb. monthly meeting held at Capital City Bank.
Elected officers are: Gary Ross, Chairman
Tom Semmes, Vice-Chairman
Debbie Ashbrook, Treasurer
Debbie VanZant, Secretary
The following were elected to the newly redesigned precincts in Gulf County:

Precinct Name Precinct Name
Committeeman 1 Paul Groom 5 Open
Committeewoman 1 Open 5 Debbie Van Zant
Committeeman 2 Tom Semmes 6 Michael Hammond
Committeewoman 2 Open 6 Open
Committeeman 3 Tom Graney 7 Gary Ross
Committeewoman 3 Debbie Ashbrook 7 Phyllis Sellen
Committeeman 4 David Langston 8 Open
Committeewoman 4 Linda Huie 8 Open

Shown in the picture (I
to R) accepting the $7,000
in matching funds from the
State Republican Party to
support the Rural County
Initiative are Chairman
Gary Ross, Treasurer Debbie
Ashbrook and Vice Chairman
Tom Semmes.


A disabled woman rais-
ing grand child needs a good
refrigerator, frost free, no
larger than 18 cubic feet.
An elderly woman just
returned from nursing
home needs chest of drawer
4-5 drawers to put clothing
in and a small cabinet. It
does not have to be new just
in good shape.
A disabled woman
needs large depend diapers
and bed pads.
Our food pantry is
always in need of food to
keep up with the growing
Please call Jerry Stokoe
899-1036 if you would
like to donate any of these
Small appliances are
always in need, microwave
ovens, blenders, etc.
There is always a per-
son who might need a mat-
tress. When you are throw-
ing one away, think about
calling Jerry.
Thank you, Gulf County
for your continuous sup-







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Publish: Feb 28 & March 6, 2008


Ad #2008-20

My Greatest Adventure
By Emily Geiger
(Caitlin Elizabeth Godwin Faith Christian School, Fifth Grade)

"Whoa, Streaker," I exclaimed! "That sure was some ride!"
"Emily, your mother wants you!" shouted our cook Sallie.
"Tell her I'm coming!" I shouted back.
"What is that girl thinking? One minute she says, 'I'll come help,' and the next she's
out riding that hours of hers, Streaker," Sallie mumbled.
"Here I am, Mother," I said as I entered the kitchen.
"Oh good, there you are!" Mother exclaimed, "I need your help. Please take these
plates to General Greene's men."
"Sallie, what's going on?" I whispered, "Why areGreene's men here?"
"Oh, they just stopped to rest their horses, but your mama insisted that they stay.for
supper," Sallie whispered back.
"Wait, what are they talking about?" I thought as I approached the soldiers.
"I can't believe Mr. Geiger is so sick," said one of the soldiers.
"Yes, if he was not sick, he would have delivered the message," replied another.
"He's probably the only person bold enough to cross the British armies' lines and
deliver battle plans to General Sumter," said the third.
The next morning I saddled Streaker and headed for General Greene's headquar-
ters to volunteer to make the long ride through the Tory army's encampments that sepa-
rated the two Whig armies.
"General Greene, sir, a young girl is here to see you," said one of his aides.
"A young girl?" questioned Gen. Greene. "Well, alright, send her in."
"General Greene," I said nervously, "I heard you needed someone brave enough to
make the fifty mile ride on horseback across the river to General Sumter's camp. I'd like
to deliver the message. I know I can do it!"
The general was delighted at the idea of a young girl of seventeen making the ride.
Who would suspect her of being a spy? He quickly accepted my offer. He wrote a letter
and helped me memorize it. I promised that the secret message would only be revealed
to General Sumter, no matter what.
With the secret message safely hidden under my clothes, I rode Streaker at an
unsuspicious pace and followed the road through Tory territory toward my Uncle
Jacob's farm. On the second day, I was startled by Lord Rawdon's scouts who suddenly
appeared in the road. "Where are you going?" they demanded.
I was not accustomed to lying so I blushed and stuttered, "W-w-well, I'm g-going to
my Uncle Jacob's." I wondered if they would release me. Instead, they took the reins of
my horse and led me to a safe place where I could not escape. They left me there while
they looked for a Tory matron to come search my clothing. While waiting I knew I must
dispose of the letter, but what to do with it? Then I had an idea and managed to get
rid of the letter just before Mrs. Hogabook arrived to search me. Of course, she found
nothing suspicious. The soldiers apologized and released me to continue my journey.
When I arrived at Sumter's headquarters, I asked to speak to the general. I told him
what the message had said. The two generals coordinated their attacks and defeated
the British.
I returned safely to my home and family where I sat by my father's bed and told him
about my bold adventure into Tory territory. He looked at me with complete disbelief and
asked, Emily, what did the letter say?"
"I cannot tell you. I promised that I wouldn't tell anyone except General Sumter."
O.K. Emily, but what did you do with the letter?"
"I ate it, of course, what else?" I replied.






AND GANG MEMBERS: Fuel, Batteries, Antifreeze, Lead,
Arsenic, Silver, Cleaners, Fluorescent Lamps,
Mercury Containing Devices, Pesticides, Herbicides
(and other pollutants)

If you find these villains hiding out in your home round them up and bring 'em in.

Gulf County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

March 8 Gulf County Courthouse

9 AM 1 PM Eastern Time
Due to Hazardous Nature of Certain Components in Home Computers,
We Will be Accepting Old Computer Hardware including Processors,
Monitors, Keyboards, Printers, Scanners, etc.
CESQG waste accepted at a reduced rate.
Not accepted: pressurized cylinders, explosives, bio-hazardous or radioactive materials.


Put Hazardous Waste in its place. Keep Gulf County Beautiful!
For more information, please call the Gulf County Solid Waste Department at

Ad# 2007-24 February 21, 28, & March 6, 2008

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The Gulf County
Sheriff's Office will be
conducting vehicle safety
checkpoints and DUI check
points during the month
of February 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 Dalkieth Area
and Highway 71 near the
Calhoun County Line.
On 02/16 Brad Curtis
Phillips, 28, was arrested
after causing a disturbance
at a local bar. He was
charged with disorderly
conduct and violation of
pretrial release.
On 02/17 Jessica Nicole
Price, 20, was arrested on
a Bay County Warrant.
On 02/17 deputies
responded to a distur-

bance at a local motel.
They determined that Jerry
Mack Yarborough, 31, was
causing a disturbance and
was not to be at the motel.
Yarborough was arrested
for disorderly conduct,
trespassing and resisting
without violence.
On 02/18 deputies
transported William Troy
Vordenbaum, 38, from
Oakaloosa County. He was
arrested on a warrant for
violation of probation. The
original charge was DWLSR
and possession of mari-
On 02/19 a vehicle
driven by Heather Marie
Ellerbe, 22, was stopped
for a traffic violation. The
deputy determined that
she ,was operating a vehi-
cle under the influence of
an alcoholic beverage. She
was arrested for DUI, her
breath test results were
.159 and .179 the legal
limit in Florida is .080.
On 02/19 Anthony

Scott Crocker was arrest-
ed for grand theft. It was
determined that he stole
a generator in September
of 2007 and pawned it in
Panama City.
On 02/19 Jackie Faye
Bullington, 58, was arrest-
ed for failure to register as
a convicted felon.
On 02/19 Phyllis Hayes
Arnold, 47, was arrested
on warrants for introduc-
tion of contraband into a
state correctional facility.
On 02/21 Terrance
Dawan Dawson, 19, had
agreed to deliver some
crack cocaine to an under-
cover officer. When Dawson
arrived at the White City
boat ramp to make his
delivery, he was arrested
for sale of crack cocaine.
On 02/22 Van Elliott
Johnson, 35, John Todd
Nelson, 38 and Charles
Dewayne Brant, 48, were
arrested for failure to pay
child support.
On 02/22 Susan

Elizabeth Rester, 44, Rachel
Cristina Spencer, 31, and
Wendy Lee Roberson, 41,
were arrested for violation
of probation warrants.
On 02/23 a vehicle
driven by Donald Eugene
Henley, 40, was stopped for
a traffic violation. The dep-
uty determined that he was
operating a vehicle while
impaired. During a search
of the vehicle a bottle con-
taining 57 Xanax were
found. Henley was charged
with DUI and possession
of a controlled substance.
A passenger Ginger Lynn
Haynes, 39, was charged
with possession of a con-
trolled substance.
The Gulf County
Sheriff's Office will be host-
ing a Neighborhood Watch
Organizational Meeting
at the Highland View Fire
Station on March 2, at 7
pm. All Highland View resi-
dents are invited to attend.

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Established 1937 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

FWC Law Enforcement
February 15 21, 2008 with assistance from FWC
Investigations, concluded a
This report repre- case involving the illegal har-
sents some events the vest of white-tail deer that
FWC handled over the past occurred between February
week; however, it does not 14-17 in the Tate's Hell
include all actions taken Wildlife Management Area
by the Division of Law and Womack Creek Wildlife
Enforcement. Management Area. A total
of five deer were taken file-
Washington County gally. Officer Cook issued
12 citations to two individu-
Officer Lane Kinney als who were involved in the
observed a man and his son game violations. The viola-
hunting deer illegally with tions included attempting
a modern firearm during to take deer with a gun and
muzzleloading gun season, light, taking antlerless deer,
The juvenile was using a taking deer with a modern
30-30 caliber rifle. A cita- firearm during primitive
tion was issued, weapon season, and road
Officer Larry Morris hunting.
requested Lt. Steve Carter On the night
and K-9 Officer Ros Welborn of February 18, Officer
to assist a federal proba- Charlie Wood conducted a
tion officer and the U.S. search and rescue for an
Marshal's Office with the overdue commercial oyster
execution of a search war- vessel in the area of East
rant of a residence of a con- Hole in Apalachicola Bay.
victed felon on probation. The vessel was occupied by
Our officers focused on the three individuals. Officer
exterior of the residence Wood was able to locate
and located several pieces the vessel and its occupants
of evidence. FWC officers who had made their way
seized two bird of prey to an old causeway after
parts including ten wings their outboard motor would
and five tail fans. Violation not start. The men started
of probation and additional a fire to use as a signal
charges are pending. and for warmth from the
cold February winds. The
Franklin County fire was seen by a passing
motorist and the informa-
On February 17, tion was relayed to Officer
Officer Steven Cook, along Wood, aiding in the rescue.


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1100 Legal Advertising
1110 Classified Notices
1120- Public Notices/
1130 Adoptions
1140 Happy Ads
1150 Personals
1160 Lost
1170 Found






The administration of the
estate of FRANCES E.
GRIFFIN deceased, File
Number 2008-0001-PR, is
pending the Circuit Court
for Gulf County, Florida,
Probate Division, the ad-
dress of which is Gulf
County Courthouse, 1000
Cecil Costin Blvd, Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456. The
names and addresses of
the personal representa-
tive and the personal rep-
resentative's attorney are
set forth below.


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

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


The date of first publica-
tion of this Notice February
28, 2008.

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

Personal Representative
Terry Hauck
1026 South Long St.
Overstreet, FL 32456

Publish February 28 &
March 6, 2008



CASE NO.: 08-12PR

IN RE: The Estate of


The administration of the
Estate of HERMAN R.
ARD, File No. 08-12PR, is
pending in the Circuit
Court of Gulf County, Flor-
ida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 1000
Fifth Street, Port St. Joe,
FL 32456. The name and
address of the Personal
Representative and the
Personal Representative's'
attorney are as set forth


All persons on whom this
Notice is served who have
objections that challenge
the qualifications of the
Personal Representative,
venue, or jurisdiction of
this Court, are required to
file their objections with
this Court within the latter
of three (3) months after
the date of the first publi-
cation of this Notice or
thirty (30) days after the
date of service of a copy of
the Notice on them.

All creditors of the Dece-
dent and other persons
having claims or demands
against Decedent's Estate
on whom a copy of this
Notice is served, within
three (3) months after the
date of the first publication
of this Notice must file their
claims with this Court
within the latter of three (3)
months after the date of
the first publication of this
Notice or thirty (30) days
after the date of service of
a copy of this Notice on

All creditors of the Dece-
dent and persons having
claims or demands against
Decedent's Estate must file
their claims with this Court
within three (3) months af-
ter the date of the first pub-
lication of this Notice.


The date of the first publi-
cation of this Notice is
February 2.1; 2008.

Margaret I. Stutzman
Personal Representative
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

/s/Timothy J, McFarland,
P.O. Box 202
326 Reid Avenue
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
FL Bar No.: 0984868
(850) 227-3113
Attorney for Personal

Publish February 21, 28,
March 6, & 13, 2008


CASE NO. 08-09 PR

IN RE: The Estate of

I 1100


The administration of the
estate of MARGARET AN-
ceased, File Number 08-09
PR is pending in the Cir-
cuit Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is
Gulf County Courthouse,
Probate Division, 1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Boule-
vard, Port St. Joe, FL
32456. The name and ad-
dress of the personal rep-
resentative and that per-
sonal representative's at-
torney are set forth below.


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

All other creditors of the
decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against the estate of the
decedent must file their
claims with this Court


The date of the first publi-
cation of this Notice is
February 21, 2008.

/s/Thomas S. Gibson
Rish, Gibson, Scholz, &
Groom, RA.
116 Sailor's Cove Drive
PRO. Box 39
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
(850) 229-8211
FL BAR NO. 0350583

/s/Eugene Edward Moody,
8113 Alabama Avenue
St. Joe Beach, FL 32456

Publish February 21 & 28,


CASE NO. 08-10 PR

IN RE: The Estate of



The administration of the
estate of ROSA LEE AN-
THONY, deceased, File
Number 08-10 PR is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for
Gulf County, Florida, Pro-
bate Division, the address
of which is Gulf County
Courthouse, Probate Divi-
sion, 1000 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr. Boulevard, Port St.
Joe, FL 32546. The name
and address of the per-
sonal representative and
that personal
representative's attorney
are set forth below.

S 1100

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

All other creditors of the
decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against the estate of the
decedent must file their
claims with this Court



The date of the first publi-
cation of this Notice is
February 21, 2008,

/s/Thomas S. Gibson
Rish, Gibson, Scholz &
Groom, RA.
116 Sailor's Cove Drive
PO. Box 39
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
(850) 229-8211
Attorney for Personal Rep-
FL BAR NO. 0350583

/s/Sonia E. Farmer
107 Harbor Street
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Personal Representative


The City of Port St. Joe will
receive sealed bids from
any qualified person, com-
pany or corporation inter-
ested in constructing the
following projects:


The project includes con-
struction of a liftstation and
force main to serve the
White City community, the
project begins in the White
City park continues south
along State Road 71, turns
West and continues along
County Road 382, and
ends near the existing City
of Port St. Joe Wastewater
Treatment Plant. The
forcemain includes ap-
proximately 31, 125 LF of
8" PVC forcemain, 2,900
LF of 10" HDPE directional
bore, and all associated
valves and fittings, and
other appurtenances. The
contractor shall provide all
materials, equipment, and
labor to complete the proj-

Plans and specifications
can be obtained at
Preble-Rish, Inc., 324 Ma-
rina Drive, Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456, (85b)
227-7200. The bid must
conform to Section
287.133(3) Florida Stat-
utes, on public entity

The completion dates for
this project are 120 days
from the Notice to Proceed

Liquidated damages for
failure to complete the
project on the specified
date will be set at $500.00
per day.

Cost for Plans and Specifi-
cations will be $100.00 per
set and is non-refundable.
Checks should be made
payable to PREBLE-RISH,

2008, at the City of Port St.
Joe, RO. Box 278, Port St.
Joe, FL 32456 and will be
opened and read aloud on
March 18, 2008 at 5:30
p.m. Eastern Standard
Time at the same location.
A Bid Bond in the amount
of 5% of Bid shall accom-
pany Bid. The City of Port
St. Joe reserves the right
to reject any and all bids.
All Bids shall be firm for a
period of 60 days after
opening. This includes ma-
terial prices.

Point of Contact will be
Philip Jones, RE. or Gena
Johnson, E.I. Preble-Rish,
Inc. Consulting Engineers
at (850) 227-7200 or Fax

Publish February 21, 2008


The Board of County Com-
missioners, Gulf County,
Florida is calling for sub-
mittals for the PREQUALI-
ing the Cape San Bias
Lighthouse Restoration,
and calling for Bids from
those prequalified contrac-
tors for the referenced

Prequalification packets
and construction docu-
ments are available from
the office of the Architect:
MLD Architects, Inc., lo-
cated at 211 John Knox
Road, Suite 105, Tallahas-
see, Florida 32303, tele-
phone 850/385-9200. In-
terested parties may pick
up packets between the
hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m., Monday through
Thursday. Construction
documents will be issued
upon receipt of $100.00
deposit, or may be re-
viewed at the Architect's

Completed prequalification
packets must be delivered
to the Architect at the time
of the mandatory prebid
meeting to be held at
11:00 a.m., E.T, March 12,
2008 at the project site, the
Cape San Bias Light-

Bids will be received un-
til 4:30 p.m., E.T., or Fri-
day, March 28, 2008, from
the prequalified contrac-
tors, at the Office of the
Clerk of Court, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin, Sr. Boulevard,
Room 148, Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456.

Each bid shall be submit-
ted in triplicate and ad-
dressed to:
Gulf County Clerk's Office
1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr.
Room 148
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
and be marked:
1. Bids for Cape San
Bias Lighthouse Restora-
tion, Sealed Bid #0708-19
2. Name of Bidder
3. Address of Bidder
4. City, State, Zip
Code of Bidder

All bids shall be delivered
by a representative of the
Bidder or by registered
mail with return receipt re-
quested. Bid bond or bid
security in the amount of
five percent of the Bid
must accompany each Bid
in accordance with the In-
struction to Bidders. Per-
formance and Payment
Bonds and Workman's
Compensation Insurance
will be required of the suc-
cessful bidder.

All interested parties are
invited to attend the bid
opening; bids will be
opened publicly and read
aloud at 10:00 a.m.,, E.T,
on Monday, March 31,
2008 at the Office of the
Clerk of the Court, Room
148, 1000 Cecil G. Costin
Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456,

Bids will be received until
5:00 p.m. Eastern Stand- Once the bid is awarded,
ard Time, on March 18, the Contractor will have (8)

S 1100
business days to sign the
contract and furnish the re-
quired Performance and
Payment Bonds; failing to
do such within eight (8)
business days after the
award by Owner, Bidder
shall forfeit their bid guar-
antee as liquidated dam-
ages. The Performance
and Payment Bonds shall
be secured from any
agency of a surety or
insurance company, which
agency shall be an estab-
lished place of business in
the State of Florida and be
duly licensed to conduct
business there.

The Owner reserves the
right to waive irregularities
and/or informalities in any
Bid and to reject any or all
Bids in whole or part, with
or without cause and/or
accept the Bid that in its
judgment will be in the
best interest of the Board
of County Commissioners,
Gulf County, Florida.

Questions should be di-
rected to Loretta Costin,
Gulf County Grant Coor-
dinator at 850/229-6144.
Publish: February 28 &
March 6, 2008

Ad #2008-27

Advertisement for Bids
City of Port St. Joe
P.O. Box 278
Port St. Joe, FL 32457

Separate sealed Bids for
the construction of:

Forest Park Lift Station

will be received by: the
City of Port St. Joe at the
office of: City Hall, 305
Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
until 5:00 PM, (Eastern
Time) March 18, 2008, and
then at said office publicly
opened and read aloud on
March 18, 2008. at 6:00
PM (Eastern Time).

The Contract Documents
may be examined at the
following locations:
Preble-Rish, Inc., 324 Ma-
rina Drive, Port St. Joe, FL
3 2 4 5 6
Copies of the Contract
Documents may be ob-
tained at the Issuing Of-
fice, Preble-Rish, Inc., lo-
cated at 324 Marina Drive,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
upon payment of $ 200.00
for each set.

Publish February 28,

BID #0708-17

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

Project No. C.D.B.G.

The Provide-Install firm se-
lected is to perform and/or
provide the necessary re-
sources to extend water
lines from the nearest
existing water mains oper-
ated by the City of Port St,
Joe to the Overstreet Com-
munity and hook-up the
residents in the Overstreet
Community to the ex-
tended potable water sys-


Bids will be received until
4:30 p.m., ET., on March
7, 2008, at the Gulf County
Clerk's Office, Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Sr., Blvd., Room
148, Port St. Joe, Florida,
32456. Bids shall be des-
ignated as "Sealed Bid
#0708-17" Gulf County
Community Development
Block Grant Project for Fis-
cal Year 2006 to be fi-
nanced by the State of
Florida Department of
Community Affairs, Grant
Overstreet Community Dis-
tribution System.

All bids must be submitted
in triplicate. Any bids re-
ceived after the specified
time and date will not be
considered. The sealed
bids will be publicly
opened and read aloud at
10:00 a.m., E.T., on March
10, 2008 in the Gulf
County Clerk's Office, Gulf
County Courthouse, Room
148, 1000 Cecil G. Costin
Sr., Blvd., Port St Joe, FL,

The information for Bid-
ders, Forms of Proposal,
Form of Contract, Plans,
Specifications, and Forms
of Bid Bond, Performance
and Payment Bond, and
other contract documents
may be examined at the
office of Bailey Bishop
and Lane, Inc., located at
407 Reid Ave., Port St.
Joe, FL 32456, (850)
227-9449. Copies may be
obtained at this office
upon payment of $50.00
which amount constitutes
the cost of reproduction
and handling. This pay-
ment will not be refund-
Gulf County reserves the
right to waive any infor-
malities in any bid, or to
reject any or all bids. Each
Bidder must deposit with
his/her bid, security in the
amount, form and subject
to the conditions provided
in the Information for Bid-
ders, Sureties used for
obtaining bonds must ap-
pear as acceptable ac-
cording to the Department
of Treasury Circular 570.

The contractor shall begin
mobilization and procure-
ment of materials within
ten working days of the re-
ceipt of the "Notice to Pro-
ceed." The successful
bidder must fully complete
the project within 90 con-
secutive calendar days.
Fifty percent (50%) of the
contracted amount will be
paid when the project is
substantially completed.
The remainder of the con-
tracted amount will be
paid provided the project
is completed and online
within the 90 day comple-
tion deadline.

Attention of Bidders is par-
ticularly called to the re-
quirements as to condi-
tions of employment to be
observed and minimum
wage rates to be paid un-
der the Contract, Section
3, Segregated Facilities,
Section 109 Executive Or-
der 11246, and all applica-
ble laws and regulations of
the Federal government
and State of Florida, and
bonding and insurance re-

Gulf County is an Equal
Opportunity Employer.


I 1100 I

Publish: February 21 & 28,

Ad #2008-25


The Board of City Com-
mission, sitting as the Lo-
cal Planning Agency, will
hold a Public Hearing for
the following request for a
variance on Tuesday,
March 18, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. in the Commission

Nathan Peters, Ill
302 Avenue C

Located on the west half of
Lot 2, Block 1017, which is
zoned R2-B, the owner is
requesting a variance of
five-feet (5') on the easterly
property line to add a car-
port and a 10-foot (10')
variance on the rear north-
erly property line to con-
struct a new covered
porch.. The distance from
the residence to the car-
port is 7-feet 6-inches.

All persons are invited to
attend these meetings.
Any person who decides
to appeal any decision
made with respect to any
matter considered at said
meeting will need a record
of the proceedings, and for
such purpose may need to
ensure that a verbatim rec-
ord of the proceedings is
made, which record in-
cludes the testimony and
evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.
The City of Port St. Joe,
Florida will not provide a
verbatim record of this

sons needing special ac-
commodations to partici-
pate in this proceedings
should contact Pauline
Pendarvis, City Clerk, City
of Port St. Joe, at City Hall,
Telephone No.

Publish: February 28,

BID NO. 0708-15

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners
will receive bids from any
person, company or cor-
poration interested in pro-
viding the following:

Option 1 Commercial
Chassis Pumper/Tanker
Fire Apparatus (2,500 Gal-
lon Tank)

Option 2 Commercial
Chassis Pumper/Tanker
Fire Apparatus (3,000 Gal-
lon Tank)

Specifications can be ob-
tained from the Office of
the Clerk of Circuit Court,
1000 Cecil G, Costin, Sr.
Blvd., Room 148, Port St.
Joe, FL 32456 / (850)
229-61 ,2. Questions
should be directed to
Howard Creek Fire Chief
Billy Moore at (850)
Delivery Date must be
specified, and liquidated
damages for failure to de-
liver on specified date will
be set at $100.00 per day.

The original bid plus four
(4) copies should be sub-
mitted. Please indicate on
the envelope YOUR COM-
PANY NAME, that this a
SEALED BID and include

Bids will be received until
Friday, March 7, 2008 at
4:30 p.m., E.T at the Of-




Established 1938 0 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 67 years,


fice of the Clerk of Court,
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd., Room 148, Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456. Bids
will be opened at this loca-'
tion on Monday, March 10,'
2008 at 10:00 a.m. E.T.
The Public has a right to
attend. .I

The Board reserves the
right to reject any and all-

Gulf County, Florida

/s/ Billy E. Traylor, Chair-

Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk -

Publish: February 21 & 28,_

Ad #2008-21

BID NO. 0708-16 .-

The Board of Commission-
ers of Gulf County is rq-
leasing this Request for
Proposal /Bids to solicit a
turnkey proposal to de-
sign, furnish and install a-
Multimedia AudioNisual
Presentation System for.
the Gulf County Emer-
gency Operations Center
(EOC) located at 1000:
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,
Bldg. 500, Port St. Joe, FL
32456, in accordance with
the requirements of the at-"
tached instructions, con-
ditions, and specifica-

As optional equipment, tfeb
Board is soliciting a turg-'
key proposal to design,
furnish and install, (Optiont
#1) an AudioNisual CoR-,
ferencing System for tvt
Gulf County Emergensy
Operations Center (EOc)1
located at 1000 Cecil t.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Bldg.S
500, Port St. Joe, FL 32456%
and (Option #2) an.
Audio/Visual Presentatidon
System for the Alternatef
Emergency Operations.
Center (EOC) locate at 240
Honeyville Park DrivW,-t
Wewahitchka, FL 32465, in'
accordance with the re-
quirements of the attached
instructions, conditions,
and specifications.

Specifications can be ob-
tained from the Clerk's Of-
fice at the Gulf County I
Courthouse, Room 148,;
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.,,
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida,
32456. (850) 229-6112.
Bidders wishing to sched-,
ule a tour or have que-1
tions should contact Mar-i
shall Nelson, Project Man-
ager at (850) 229-9110.

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

Proposals must be turned
in to the Gulf County:'
Clerk's Office at 1000 Cecil,
G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Roomi
148, Port St. Joe, Florida,"
32456, by 4:30 p.m., E T.,,
on Friday, March 28, 2008. :
Bids will be opened at;
this location on Monday,'
March 31, 2008 at 10:00,, E.T. ,

The Board reserves the'
right to reject any and all!


Publish: February 21 &,
28, 2008

Ad #2008-23



approve a No Further Ac-
tion Proposal with institu-
tional controls and issue a
Site Rehabilitation Com-
pletion Order with Controls
for a contaminated site.
The St. Joe Company is
seeking this Order in refer-
ence to Former Surface
Impoundment area of the
Port St. Joe Site, Browns-
field Site Identification
Number BF230201001 at
U:S. 98, and intends to re-
sttict exposure to con-
tamination in the following
manner: (i) groundwater
shall not be used for drink-
ing water or irrigation pur-
poses, (ii) no wells, except
for monitoring wells ap-
proved by the Department
or other governmental en-
tity, may be installed on
the property, (iii) there
shall be no stormwater
sales, stormwater de-
tention or retention facili-

Complete copies of the No
Further Action Proposal,
the draft restrictive cove-
nant and the Department's
preliminary evaluation are
available for public in-
spection during normal
business hours 8:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday, except le-
gal holidays, at Florida De-
partment of Environmental
Protection, Waste Cleanup
Section, 160 Governmen-
tal Center, Pensacola,
Florida, 32502.

Local governments with ju-
risdiction over the property
subject to the institutional
control, real property own-
ers of any project subject
to the institutional control,
and residents of any prop-
erty subject to the institu-
tional control have 30 days
from publication of this no-

(3) copies should be sub-
mitted. Please indicate on
the envelope YOUR COM-
PANY NAME, that this a
SEALED BID and include

Bids will be received until
Friday, March 7, 2008 at
4:30 p.m., E.T. at.the Of-
fice of the Clerk of Court,
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd., Room 148, Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456. Bids
will be opened at this loca-
tion on Monday, March 10,
2008 at 10:00 a.m. E.T.
The Public has a right to

The Board reserves the
right to reject any and all

Gulf County, Florida
/s/ Billy E. Traylor, Chair-

Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk

Publish: February
March 6, 2008

28 &

Ad #2008-26

Cleaning Service. In
Business locally for 5
years, honest, depend-
able, reasonable, &
good local references.
Residential, vacation
rentals. Free Estimates.
229-1654 or 227-5876

Vickery Construction
Spray foam insulation, fi-
berglass, cellulose, gar-
age doors, & fireplaces.

Do You Want To Start The
New Year Out Clutter
Free? Then call A+ Or-
ganizing for a Free Con-
sultation @ 850-227-5123

2 Lazy Boy recliners,
swivel rocker w/ottoman,
and lots of misc items.
Cancel if rain.

Port St. Joe Capital City
Bank Parking Lot
504 Monument Avenue
Port St. Joe FL
Saturday March 8, 2008
7:30 -12:00
Due to these hard financial
times, we are asking for
help from our community
to make the 2007-2008
Project Graduation night a
safe and funfilled event.
We are having a yard sale
to earn money. If you
could purchase someth-
ing, make a donation of
used or new items to be
sold or even a small mone-
tary donation, it will be
greatly appreciated. So if
you are ready to spring
clean and tired of the old,
please call Deborah
Brumbaugh @
850-34 0- 1 24 6 ,
850-229-5337 or
850-229-8211 and I will
gladly make arrangements
to pick it up. In case of
rain, will move til the next
Saturday, March 15.

Huge Muli-Family

Yard Sale
To Benefit Boy Scout Troop
22 Feb. 29, March 1 & 2 at
SunCoast Realty Parking Lot
Next to BP Gas/Blue Store on
St. George Island.
Patricia Hale 927-2395
Contact Information



Bidding Ends
Wednesday -:- Mar. 5 -:- 2:00 p.m.

Property 101: "Dream On"

1248 East Gulf Beach Drive
Beach Front Home Built 2005 --
* Fully Furnished -,.
* Three Story .
Six Bedrooms, 6 1/2 Baths ----'
* Theater Room I
* In Ground Swimming Pool ,.'''
Outdoor Shower ', :- '"i ''/ "i '
S4 Stop Elevator -
* Private Beach Boardwalk
Excellent Rental Portfolio ll

Property 102: "Ocean Motion"

1424 East Gulf Beach Drive
S1 \\/// i R\\\

JdLeac rUonllt oillme
Fully Furnished
Two Story
3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths
Excellent Rental Portfolio

Call For Details:

Special Preview Sunday, Feb. 24 from 1 p.m. 'til 4 p.m.

Broker Participation Welcome!

Mark Manley, CA/, CES. AARE, Auction Coordinator

iv Rowell Realty & Auction Co., Inc.
10% Buyers Premium AU 479, AB 296
In Cooperation With Helen Spohre;t CCIM, RHS. GRI, Prudential Kesort Realty. 800 974 2666

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Established 1938 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 67 years

F. 1100 1100 1100
NOTICE OF ADMINIS- ties or ditches on the Prop- tice to provide comments
TRATIVE COMPLAINT erty within the areas where to the Department. Such
contaminant concentra- comments must be sent to
Case No.: 91565-07-AG tions in the soil exceed the Florida Department of En-
Chapter 62-777, FAC Soil vironmental Protection, MERCHANDISE
TO: Accurate Land Title, Cleanup Target Levels for Waste Cleanup Section,
LLC Leaching to Groundwater 160 Governmental Center, 3100 Antiques
Port Saint, Joe, FL and/or Leaching to Sur- Pensacola, Florida, 3110 Appliances
3120 Arts & Crafts
A6 ADMINISTRATIVE face Water or contaminant 32502. 3130 Auctions
COMPLAINT to suspend concentrations in the 3140 Baby Items
or revoke your license (s) groundwater exceed the Publish February 28, 3150 Building Supplies
and eligibility for licensure Chapter 62-780, FAC 2008 3160- Business
and appointment has been Groundwater Cleanup Tar- 3170 Collectibles
filed against you. You have get Levels, (iv) for any de- 3180 Computers
the right to request a hear- watering activities, a plan 3190 Electronics
ing pursuant to Sections 3200- Firewood
120.569and 120.57(1) and must be in place to ad- NOTICE TO RECEIVE 3210- Free Ps it On
(2), Florida Statutes, by dress and ensure the ap- NOTICETORECEIVE 3220 Fur it Onure
mailing a request for same propriate handling, treat- SEA3230 Garage/Yard Sales
to the Department of Fi- ment and disposal of any BID NO. 0708-18 3240 GuThin so Ea
riancial Services, Division extracted groundwater that 3250 Goad Things to Eat
of- Legal Services, 200 E. may be contaminated, (v) The Gulf County Board of 3260 Health & Fitness
Gaines St., Tallahassee excavation and construc- County Commissioners 3280 Machinery/
Florida 32399-0333. If a re- tion below two feet surface will receive bids from any Equipment
quest for hearing is not re-
civest by April 3, 2008noth re- elevations is not prohibited qualified person, company 3290 Medical Equipment
ceived by April 3, 2008, the e ions s p or corporation interested in 3300 Miscellaneous
right to a hearing in this provided that any conta- corporation interested in 3310 Musical Instruments
matter will be waived and inated soils that are exca- contracting wth Gulf 3320 Plants & Shrubs/
the Chief Financial Officer vated are removed and County as a Waste Tire Supplies
will dispose of this case in properly disposed of pur- Processor. Only compa- 3330 Restaurant/Hotel
accordance withthe law. suant to Chapter 62-785, nies now listed with the 3340 Spurting Goods
PA.C. (or subsequent con- Florida Department of En- 3350 Tickets (Buy & Sell)
Publish February 21, 28, amination site cleanup cri- vironmental Protection as
March 6 & 13, 2008 terian rules), and (vi) restric- permitted Waste Tire Pro- _
tions against agricultural cessrs need respond 3210
use of the land including "FREE manure compost.
Forestry, fishing and min- Please bid $/ton price for You haul. Cape San Bias
STATE OF FLORIDA ing; hotels or lodging; rec- both delivered and picked 227-2584
DEPARTMENT OF ENVI- rational uses including up tires.
RONMENTAL PROTEC- amusement parks, parks, S
TION camps, museums, zoos, or Questions should be dli-
NOTICE OF PROPOSED gardens; residential uses; reacted to Solid Waste Di- [ 3230 i
AGENCY ACTION and educational uses such rector Joe Danford at (850) Back Yard Sale!
as elementary and sec- 227-1401. 211 Carolina Dr.
The Department of Envi- ondary schools, or day Mexico Beach
ronmental Protection gives care services shall be es- FRIDAY & SATURDAY
notice that it proposes to tablished. The original bid plus three 7:00am-2:00 pm

4100 Help Wanted
4130 Employment


Beach Project
needed to finish building
project. Please send
resume to 6885 S U S
HWY 231, Dothan, AL


Trim Carpenters
Beach Project
Person needed to do trim
and tile work for beach
project. Please send re-
sume to 6885 S US HWY
231, Dothan, AL 36301.

221 B. 8th St., PSJ
in back from Long Street

KK: Port St. Joe 2008
Marvin Ave. Sat March 1st
& Sun. March 2nd 8am-?
Multi Family Sale

Moving Sale!
114 South 39th Street
Mexico Beach
Sat & Sun. Mar 1st & 2nd,
8am 4pm CST
furnishing, tools, clothing,
jewelry, & MORE!

Pt. St Joe 309 6th St.
Moving Sale
3/1 8am-12pm
309 6th St
Treadmill, Living room
suite with lamps & end ta-
bles, Ladies & plus size
clothes and more.

Yard Sale/Bake
Sat. March 1st, 8 am ETtil
? Beach Baptist Chapel,
311 Columbus St., St. Joe
Beach. All proceeds go to
the Annie Armstrong
Easter offering to benefit

*Gun Show*
Marchist & 2nd
Nat'l Peanut Festival Bldg.
US 231 South
Dothan, Alabama
Quality Gun & Knife Show
Sat., 9-5pm; Sun., 10-4pm

L-" 4100 .

NEEDED ......
For Port St. Joe &
Mexico Beach area
Applicants must provide
own transportation, must
have experience, must be
dependable and provide
quality work.
Great pay for the
right applicant.
CALL Trimmasters LLC
Lenny Collins
850-814-0166 OR
Web Id #33977476


CDL Drivers

Now hiring Class A&B
CDL Ready Mix drivers.
Excellent benefits and
Apply In person
1001 Costin
Pt. St. Joe

r - - - -,


CDL & Dump truck
owners/drivers needed
I for job In New Orleans
I starting 3/1/08. Pre eam-I
I ployment drug screen,I
background check. Top
I pay. Call Leonard 1
1850-653-2866 or I
1 WeblD#33979138 I
L- - - -


FT Insurance Clerk
needed for local phar-
macy. Insurance clerk will
work closely with the phar-
macist to process 340B &
Insurance claims. Previous
Pharmacy experience a
plus. Please fax or mail
your resume to
HR Mgr
PO Box 547
Albany, GA 31702
Fax 229-434-0448


Mainstay Suites in Port St.
Joe is now accepting ap-
plications for an Executive
Housekeeper. Candidate
must maintain flexible
schedule, dependability is
a must. If you have an eye
for detail and a passion for
service, We Want you!
Please apply In person
Mainstay Suites
3951 E Hwy 98
Port St. Joe, FL

Real Estate/Mortgage

Real Estate
Looking for Lic'd Real Es-
tate Agent to work in Es-
tablished Real Estate Ofc
in Pt. St. Joe with instant
listing inventory, good
comm split, contact Jay
Rish 850-227-5569

6100 Business/
6110 Apartments
6120 Beach Rentals
6130 Condo/ownhouse
6140 House Rentals
6150 Roommate Wanted
6160- Rooms for Rent
6170 Mobile Hom /Lot
6180 Out-ol-Town Rentals
6190 Timeshare Rentals
6200 Vacation Rentals

850 sq. ft. warehouse
w/office inl Port St. Joe.
$400/mio including tax.

Call 814-7400


In Port St. Joe





Climate and
Control Storage
Boat/RV storage &
office space

Southern Coasral MNanacmienr, Inc.
LONG Ti RII,.S & P<,,Ru,,- M .&-',tN.,\
Barefoot Cottages -Brand new 2br/2.5 ba 1200 sq ft cottages. Screened in porches, hardwood
floors, washer & dryer, two community pools and hot tub, fitness center. S1050 to $1150 per
month. Water, sewer & wireless internet included.
Waterside Village ---Phenomenal 3br/3ba 1600 sq It condo AND 3br/2.5 ba 1900 sq ft home in
gated community in Mexico Beach. Gulf views, washer & dryer, community pool and hot tub.
$1400 to $1700 per month.
Most properties are pet friendly.
Seeking more inventory-offering reduced mgmt fee for 1st year. Please call 850-229-1350
for more into or visit

Century 21 has several long
term rentals available. One
month rent plus damage/
security deposit. Please call
Gulf Coast Realty, Inc. 229-1200 for more information.

Carrs Bungalow #3 1 BR/1 BA near Port St. Joe $600 month
plus utilities.

Carrs Townhome #4 Furnished 2BR/1.5BA located near Port St.
Joe $1000 a month plus utilities

Carrs Townhome #10 Furnished 2 BR/1.5 BA located near Port
St. Joe, $1000 a month plus utilities.

Cozy Haven 1 BR/1 BA cottage $575 month includes
utilities except phone

Ponderosa #18 Located in Ponderosa Pines in Port St. Joe
$1150 month plus utilities.

Seans 2 Townhome in Mexico Beach 2BR/1 BA $600 month
plus utilities

Surf & Sand 30-1 Townhome in Mexico Beach 2BR/2BA
$700 month

Surf & Sand 42A Townhome in Mexico Beach 2BR/2BA
$700 month

Palmetto Plantation located on 15th St. Mexico Beach -
Furnished $1200 month Complex has swimming pool
$1200 month plus utilities.

Paradise Porch 2BR/2BA mobile home in Beacon Hill $650
month plus utilities.

Extra Large 4BR/3BA home overlooking St. Josephs Bay. Home
has double gas fireplace with spectacular sunsets. $2750 per
month plus utilities

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W/D hkup, Carport
w/storage. $625.95 mo Incl
Water/Sewer. No pets.
Close to boat ramrnp. 1/2
blk to Locky Lake & Chipo-
loa river. Call

Oak Grove, 2 br 1 ba, Irg
backyard, no pets,
$500mo+dep, rel, ready
Sept 1st, Call alter 1pm,

5100 Business
5110 Money to Lend

Attention 29 Serious Peo-
ple Wanted To Work From
Home Using A Computer
Earning Up To $1,500-
$5,000, PT/FT.

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For Rent
2 bedroom apartment, 1
1/2 bath. Across the road
from the beach.
8201 Pelican Walk in St.
Joe Beach Call 647-6320

Wanted to Rent:
Responsible Snowbird
couple looking for rental
unit for Dec 2008:March
2009. Need 1 or 2 br, pre-
fer to be on or close to
beach. Must' be clean.
Please send address,
price and contact info to:
PO Box 1,3427 Mexico
Beach, FL 32410

1000 sf office/residential
space, Carrabelle, FL.
Apalahchicola condo.
Completely redone with
new tile, new paint & new
carpet. 2 br, 2 ba, shows
great. $975mo, ref's
checked. Call Quint at

Beach view 3 br, 2.5 ba
townhouse, fully fur-
nished, washer/dryer, full
kitchen. Available March 1
or sooner. $975/mo


Beautifully furnished, all
the extras. Palm Blvd. Will
rent as 2 br or 3 br. Dep.
req. Avail now. 6 mon min.
Call 229-891-6583 or

1404 Long Ave. Cute Bun-
galow, 3 br, 2 ba laundry
rm w/W & D. $850mo. Call

House For Rent, in St.
Joe Beach, 3 br, 2 ba,
large yard, Call Gene at

Mexico Beach- 2 blocks
from beach w/boat slip, 2
br, 2 ba, 2 scrnd porches,
2 decks overlooking water,
$1200 mo+ dep. Call
New Construction Luxu-
ries Townhomes in Mexico
Beach 1/2 miles from
beach with pool & cabana,
3 & 4 br starting at $895.
Limited availability. Call
Ron 229-200-3221

Port St. Joe large His-
toric 3 br, 2.5 ba home,
overlooking Bay. Elegant
rooms includes foyer with
beautiful staircase, formal
living & dining rooms,
breakfast room, paneled
den/office, back stairs, fire-
places, screened porch,
garage. REDUCED to
$1200 mo., 850-227-7234.

Port St. Joe, 3 br, 2 ba,
FP, Great room, private
backyd, pool, Ig shop, dbl
carport, $950 mo.+ dep.

Port St. Joe, 4 br, 2 ba,
FR Ig family rm, laundry
rm, fncd yd, storage bldg,
$925 mo+dep. 227-7765.
Spacious gulf view Mex-
ico Bch, half block from
gulf, 2 br, 1 ba, deck, car-
port, C/HA, W/D, D/W,
$1175mo util incl. 850-
648-5052 or 850 899-0149
St. Joe Beach, Nice 2 br,
near TAFB, all appliances,
beach access, $750 mo.
Pelican Walk Real Estate

furnished & unfurnished.
1, 2 & 3 bedroom homes
in PSJ. Call after 7:00 PM
(850) 229-6777

Room For Rent
M/F $380mo. Utilities
included, to share 4 br
home, Call 227-1711

2 br 2 ba, 2 blks from bch
fenced in backyard, $500/
mo + sec dep. Pets ok
w/dep. 706-319-8889
Lot 14 at Bryants Landing.
2 br, 2 ba.C/HA, furn'd,

8100 Antique & Collectibles
8110- Cars
8120 Sports Utility Vehicles
8130 Trucks
8140 Vans
8150 Commercial
8160 Motorcycles
8170- Auto Parts
& Accessories
8210 Boats
8220 Personal Watercraft
8230 Sailboats
8240 Boat & Marine
8310 Aircraft/Aviation
8320 ATV/Off Road Vehicles
8330 Campors & Trailers
8340 Motorhomes

Honda 996 '98 Superhawk
F2. Like new, new back
tire, sprocket, chain &
brakes, corbin seat, $3900.
OBO. Call 850-340-0865

Mexico Beach
Covered Boat Slip, up to
22'. Call 850-340-1216.

Gas Golf Cart '00
6 passenger shuttle, Lift
kit, pain, Alum wheels,
$4300 Call 229-9236


-- ---- ---

F 6170
Beacon Hill ( Mexico
Beach area) 2 br, 1 ba
kitchen add on, gated
decking, 12x24 shed,
partly furn'd, W/D, walk to
bch, $650 mo+dep.
850-899-0455 or (850)
Wewa Area- 3 br, 2 ba,
large Doublewide Mobile
Home, recently remod-
eled, New doors, tile,
paint, CH&A, all appli-
ances, view of river, 1
block to public boat ramp,
No pets, Refs req'd, 1st &
sec., $650 mo. Available
March 1st. (352) 232-5752

7100 Hoaes
7110 Beach Home/
7120 Commercial
7130 Condo/Townhouse
7140 Farms & Ranches
7150 Lots and Acreage
7160 Mobile Homes/Lots
7170 Waterfront
7180 Investment
7190 Oul-of-Town
Real Estate
7200 Timeshare

3 br, 1 ba home on
I large lot in White City.I
I Exterior storage bldg. I
$65K obo Call,
Gulfaire, 5 br 3 ba, private
beach, pool, tennis. Best
Value in area. $369,900.
Pelican Walk Real Estate

Howard Creek
(Gulf County)
2 br 1 ba home at 172
N Deer Ave. New carpet
appliances, & Linoloum
in kitchen & Ba, $125K
Mexico Beach, 3 br 2 ba,
huge .6 acre lot, dedicated
beach, $275K. Pelican
Walk Real Estate

-- 7110
House for Sale
410 5th St. Mexico Beach,
2 LOTS 110 x 121.46 x
116.28 x 148.84 Beautiful
Beach House, 1935 sq.ft.
heated and cooled. House
is 4 yrs. old. Four bed-
room, 2 baths. Screen
Room. The house and rec-
reation room along with all
bedroomshave been ce-
ram ictiled. Walk-in close
ets, some furniture will
stay, completely tiled
throughout, heat pump
has been salt spray
dipped so no corrsion will
occur, attic space. Recrea-
tion room 16 x 24 with cy-
press wood on the ceiling
and walls, tiled. Outside
shower and deep well. 12
x 20 Boat shed and 12 x
20 Storage coveriingunit.
Concrete walkways, awn-
ing over all doors, fence
railing along walkways
around house. Ready for
the summer and family
and quests, will sleep
many. 325,000.00 MUST
REASONS, can email pic-
turesernail us at:
milspec 41
Mry and Tom Price 334
268-0601/ 334 807-0134

Bay County-
Fountain Area
2.5 Acres, $22,500
Owner Financing .

Lot For Sale
75x1 80, at deadend street,
lot is cleared, with trees,
Make Offer 229-6859.


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Area Tourism Ad Campaigns Win Top Honors

Port St. Joe's Kerigan Marketing Sweeps Panama City ADDY Awards:

Kerigan Marketing Associates, a local
design firm, led all competitors at the Gulf
Coast Media and Marketing Association's
ADDY Awards held at the Visual Arts Center
in Panama City, February 8, 20008. The
American Advertising Federation awarded
Kerigan "Best of Show" and a Gold ADDY for
its St. Joe Marina's brochure and "Judge's
Choice Award" and Gold ADDY for its 2007
Gulf County Discovery Guide.
Along with the top honors, the Kerigan
team took four (4) gold and 14 silver ADDYs.
Neves Media, WMBB TV and CyberSytes, a
Panama City web design firm, each received
two gold.
"We were pretty much blown away,"
said Jack Kerigan, Jr., owner of the firm.


"Of course we work really hard, and, at the
end of the day, it's about creating work that
helps our clients sell something. We don't
enter many competitions but the ADDYS
are judged by a nationwide panel of adver-
tising specialists and it's nice to know how
we stack up.
"I am thankful to our clients for trust-
ing in our creative direction and, especially,
my staff, because we won gold across such
a broad range of categories." In addition to
the brochures, Kerigan won gold for a new
Mowrey Elevator web site and a logo design
for SeaSide Village in Carrabelle. "Much of
our work is out of state but this was an all-
Florida effort," said Kerigan. "Coast2Coast
did a great job of printing the intricate St.

Joe Marina's brochure, and Tom Baird
and Debbie Hooper, both of Port St. Joe,
provided professional photography on the
winning projects."
Kerigan. who holds a marketing
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Lerch completes the Kerigan team and
serves as Office Manager.
Among Kerigan's 14 silver ADDYs,
local winners included email market
ing design for Gulf County-Mexicio
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Have questions about your tax-rebate check from Uncle Sam? Here are the answers.

President Bush signed
a stimulus plan into law,
recently. This law seeks
to spark the economy with
tax rebates for consumers
and tax relief for businesses.
Here is a closer look at how
the rebates will work.
Question: When will the
checks go out?
Answer: By mid-May,
the IRS hopes.
Question: What must
I do to get my stimulus
Answer: MostAmericans
need only to file their usual
2007 tax paperwork before
the April 15 deadline. The
IRS will calculate what you
get and send a letter in
advance. Filers who provide
bank-routing information to
get their usual tax-refund
checks electronically will get
their stimulus checks first.
Question: Who will actu-
ally qualify for a check?
Answer: Individual tax
filers with earned incomes
above $3,000 but less than
$75,000 in 2007 will receive

Florida's Great
Northwest. is pleased to
announce the availabil-
ity of $2.75 million in grant
funding to support training
expenses for newly-created
high skill, high wage posi-
tions in Northwest Florida.
The funding is provided
through the U.S. Department
of Labor WIRED (Workforce
Innovation in Regional
Economic Development)
grant awarded to the orga-
nization in 2006, funding
Florida's Great Northwest's
WIRED Northwest Florida
Grants ranging from
$500 to $5,000 per quali-
fied position are available to
businesses within the target-
ed industries of Aerospace
& Defense, Life Sciences,
Information Technology,
Renewable Energy and
Construction Services (com-
mercial, infrastructure or
industrial) that create and
sustain new positions that
meet specified wage and
benefit requirements. The
maximum grant award is
Since the program's
inception in 2006, eight
companies in Northwest
Florida have applied for
and been awarded a total
of $947,000 to assist with
training expenses related to
personnel expansion.
Qualified business-
es interested in obtaining
more information on the
Employee Skills Training
grant opportunity offered by
Florida's Great Northwest

$300 to $600 checks. For
joint filers with adjust-
ed gross incomes up to
$150,000, the checks range
from $600 to $1,200. For
filers with children who
have valid Social Security
numbers, there will also be
rebates of $300 per child.
Because of anm omission
when the bill was drafted,
the Internal Revenue Service
can not say yet whether the
cutoff to qualify for child
tax rebates is children who
turned 17 in 2007 or in
2008. The answer is expect-
ed later this week.
Question: What if I file
for an extension of the April
15 tax deadline?
Answer: Your rebate
check will be delayed until
you file your tax documents.
You have until Dec. 31 to file
tax paperwork and still get a
stimulus check.
Question: What if my
or our income exceeds the
Answer: There will be
partial rebates for higher

are encouraged to contact
the organization at (850)
337-3469. Grant informa-
tion, including guidelines
and application, can also be
found on the organizations'
web site, .
Florida's Great
Northwest is a regional eco-
nomic development orga-

adjusted gross incomes, up
to $87,000 for individual
filers and $174,000 for joint
filers. In some cases, filers
with incomes above those
thresholds who have chil-
dren may qualify for some
Question: What if
I do not have any earned
Answer: Those who live
on benefit checks from Social
Security or the Department
of Veterans Affairs, and some
retired railway workers, will
receive refund checks of
$300 as long as the sum of
their benefit checks in 2007
exceeds $3,000.
Question: What if I col-
lected benefits for only part
of 2007?
Answer: Multiply the
benefit by the number of
months your received it to
see whether the sum exceeds
$3,000. If it does, you get a
$300 check; if it does not,
you do not.
People living off Social
Security or Veterans Affairs

nization serving 16 coun-
ties in Northwest Florida
from Pensacola through
Tallahassee. Its primary
mission is the creation of
high-wage, high-skill jobs,
branding and marketing, as
well as support of the local
economic development orga-
nizations in the region.

checks who usually don't
file tax documents must file
1040 or 1040A tax forms
this year to receive the stiimu-
lus checks. They will have to
file their names, addresses
and, most importantly, valid
Social Security numbers.
Question: Will this check
count against my tax refund
next year?
Answer: No. The stimu-

his checks will not be treated
as taxable income in 2008,
nor will they be treated as
early refunds subtracted
from the 2008 tax year. They
are bonus checks whose
value is determined by the
adjusted gross income on
2007 tax returns.
Question: If I have taken
out a refund anticipation
loan from a tax preparer,

will this affect my stimulus
Answer: Filers who have
taken out refund anticipa-
tion loans for their regular
2007 taxes will not qualify
for electronic deposits of
their stimulus checks andcL
instead will receive them
later by mail.

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