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Publication Date: March 20, 2008
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City News


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Obituaries 4B


A Leap Forward 1B


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YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER FOR OVER 69 YEARS
70th Year, Number 21 Port St. Joe, FL 2 Sections 24 Pages


GlH EEN THOUSAND DOLLkRS


March 20, 2008


A New Home for Gulf




ARC/Transportation


By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

For decades, they endured leaky roofs,
overflowing toilets and carpets that went
"squish, squish" every time it
rained.
Today, the clients and staff of
the Gulf County Association for
Retarded Citizens (ARC) and Gulf
Transportation have a new, $1.4
million facility, and they could not
be more proud of how far they've
come.
Speaking at last Friday's rib-
bon cutting ceremony, ARC direc-
tor Dianna Harrison, joined by
Gulf Transportation director
Kathy Balentine, called the new
facility a "dream come true."
"We're not sure whether we
should cry, jump up and down or
pinch each other to determine if
it's real," said Harrison..
A large crowd of communi-
ty members and representatives
from USDA Rural Development
attended the ceremony, which was
book-ended by a facility tour and
a free fish fry.
USDA Rural Development
provided $700,130 in loan and
grant funds for the 4,400 square
foot facility, located on six acres
of city-donated land at 122 Water
Plant Road in Port St. Joe's
Industrial Park.
The facility, which features
ample parking spaces for Gulf
Transportation vehicles, multiple
offices, separate lounges for cli-
ents and staff and a large con-
ference room, was designed by
Paul Donofro and built by Windolf
Construction;
That Was Then...
The building represents a
giant leap in both organizations'
evolution.
'ARC was founded in the
1970s by Chester and Maxine We
Gant to provide services for the in ShoA
community's developmentally dis- Peep C
abled residents.C
The organization's first office


was located in a tiny room on Martin Luther
King Blvd.
Gloria Langston, who'celebrated 31 years
with ARC last Friday, recalled covering her
desk, Royal typewriter, and calculator in plas-


tic every time it rained.
In 1979, ARC moved to Peters Street, set-
tling into two former George Washington High
School classrooms.
(See ARC on Page 7A)


Cape San

Bias Beach

Project Still

Waiting

BDy arie Loega
Star Staff Writer

Sand will begin filling the
Cape San Bias beaches on
March 23, according to the latest
update.
An e-mail blast from the St
Joseph Peninsula Beach Advisory
Committee on March 11 stat-
ed that dredging will begin on
Sunday, March 23, as soon as the
dredge arrives on the Cape.
According to the eblast, the
dredge "Baypor received some
damage at its last project and
had to divert to Jacksonville for
repairs. The dredge was complet-
ing a project in Moorehead City,
North Carolina and was sched-
uled to travel directly from that
project to the Cape.
Manson Construction. the
company selected to handle the
beach renourishment project on
the Cape, has committed crews
to round-the-clock repairs in
order to expedite the process.
All the necessary crews, heavy
equipment and pipe needed for
the Cape project are already in
place in Gulf County and on the
beach itself.
The project will begin on the
beaches within the TIH. Stone
St Joseph Peninsula State Park
at the north end of St Joseph
Peninsula and move southward
over the summer and faiL end-
ing at the Stump Hole at Cape
San Bias.
Manson Construction said
on March 11 that the dredge is
expected to leave Jacksonville an
March 19 and arrive at Cape San
Bias on March 23 and will imme-
diately begin pumping sand-,


Risinger Announces for


Mexico Beach Council


Dear Residents of Mexico Beach:
On April 22nd voters will be making a
choice for a council member of Group 4. I
hope it will be me, Connie Risinger.
I have lived in Mexico Beach for the
past sixteen years. My husband, Chuck,
and I built our permanent home in 2000,
on Maryland Blvd and named it 'Magnolia
Manor.' It is a wonderful home in a wonder-
ful town, and together, we not only worked
on our new home, but also were involved
in all community affairs. And then, one
Sunday in May, two years ago, God called
Chuck home. Chuck's work was finished.
Evidently mine is not, because I am still
here. Don't be mistaken that I am trying
to carry on Chuck's work. I am not. I am
my own person with my own ideas and
my own thoughts. I am not an extension of
anyone. I stand on my own two feet, with
the help of God.
Mexico Beach is the most precious
little city in the world; the best beach, the
best fishing, the best marine life and wild-
life, the best weather, and the best people
you could ever hope to meet.
But even though we have the best, we
also have things that need attention. We
need an established post office. Not one
that has to continuously be moving from
one storage shed to another. We need a
ladder for the fire department that is tall
enough to reach the upper floors of our
taller buildings. We need to help the police
department obtain the 'Reverse 911 sys-
tem' so you know to boil water BEFORE
you find out the boil notice has expired.
And the 'Reverse 911' is used for so much


more. We should have a monthly newslet-
ter. Our communication with one another,
and 'the city,' is a problem that needs fix-
ing. Our drainage in Mexico Beach needs
attention. We build and clear lands and
don't think through where the water is
going to go now that the landscape has
changed. The ditches we do have need
regular cleaning service BEFORE we have
a huge downpour. Our marine and wildlife
deserve our protection. If you ever had the
wonderful experience of watching a baby
turtle emerge from its nest and try to find
its way to the water, you would never again
think that turning off and modifying lights
is not important. I am very involved with

(See RISINGER on Page 6A)


Reaching Out to Help


the County's Seniors


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor


There is an old adage that holds that
a society can be judged by how it treats its
seniors, the elderly.
The Gulf County Senior Citizens
Center wants to put that adage to the test,
confident this community will earn perfect
scores.
With budget cuts at the federal, state
and county level that are being felt as
"razor sharp reality" at the grassroots
level, according to executive director of the
Senior Citizens Center Larry Broome, the
center is reaching out to the community for
assistance.
Not a hand-out, a hand-up at a time
when the need has rarely been greater.
"There is a tremendous need for edu-
cation for the county, for all counties,
about the needs of seniors," Broome said.
"Most people think of the center and think
of Meals on Wheels. But there is so much
more than that.
"The programs we have offer a lot of
help, with medical supplies, with nutri-
tional supplements, with other needs. But
the program money lasts just so long."
For instance, the federal budget, which
has been progressively reduced in recent
years and is one leg of the-Meals on Wheels
program, ran out in August of last year,
meaning Broome and staff had to find
assistance to keep the program rolling for
several months until the new fiscal year
began.
"If we didn't have a generous base of


support in the community who gave, we
would not have made it," Broome said.
Additionally, the center also provides
folks who will go in and clean the houses
of senior unable to get around and will also
provide people to spell in-home caretak-
ers.
"That stress level of caring for some of
these people (in their homes) will just wear
you out," Broome said. "That has a real
'domino effect' on household dynamics."
Added Russ Scholz, a member of the
board of directors for the center, "Our
programs are designed to keep people in
their houses, in the community, for as long
as we can," noting that nursing home care
is far more expensive a burden on families
that keeping folks in their homes.
Ori top of program expenses, there is
the cost of maintaining buildings, paying
utilities and so on.
This at a time when budgets are being
slashed and the safety net programs seem
to be hit early and hard.
Cutbacks in Tallahassee, 4 percent for
all state programs, have been particularly
brutal.
The Medicaid Waiver program, which
allows those on fixed incomes and little
assets access to certain medical care, is
currently frozen for new clients, only add-
ing to that waiting list which has some
local residents who have been on it for two
years.
"Because of the freeze we
have people not being served who

(See SENIORS on Page 6A)


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we announced our
first ever Star/Times
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Diorama Contest.



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the dioramas, plus
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We asked our
readers to construct
scenes of Panhandle
living using
marshmallow Peeps as
main characters.
We suggested ideas,
offered encouragement
and the lure of prizes,
and then we waited.
The entries began
trickling in two weeks
"Redneck Peep Club" ago, and last Thursday,
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Category: Ages 14-18 overtaken by Peeps
featured in every
imaginable scenario.
There were
Peeps surfing, Peeps
oystering, Peeps playing
football and softball,
camping Peeps, praying
Peeps and Peeps stung
repeatedly by honey
bees.
The dioramas were
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brought a smile to the
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Sour offices.
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customers was so
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entry that she went
Mike Ilyson on the ear
of a bunny Peep.
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creative services
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Mexio Beach Peeps" intervened before the
Sophia Adsit, Katie Lacour and Emily Lacour carnage was complete.
SCalegory: Ages "-13 Judging the
dioramas proved
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J Z several ties because we
simply couldn't choose
between some of the
outstanding work.
All winners may
pick up their prizes
on Friday at the office
where they dropped off
their diorama.
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dioramas will remain
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Beach" and The Times' offices
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Lily Meizner (Dinner
Theatre) "We are the
Peepersons"

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Kimberly Pi'ckett'
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YOUR HOMETOWI: V NEWSPAPER FOR OItER 70 )ERS
Established 7937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 70 years


Spent Ideas


The pocketbook is already a tad bit lighter and
future income appears constrained so the logical
course of action is spend and spend.some more,
naturally.
County commissioners might be willing to
ignore, at all costs, even broaching the subject of
county-wide voting, yet they are willing to maintain
the status quo no matter what it costs their con-
stituents.
Two more exhibits are currently before taxpay-
ers and consider that against the backdrop of this
year, when three of the five commissioners are up for
re-election and the associated potential for upheaval
in the dynamics on the board.
Start with the decision that taxpayers ought to
pay for the concept of consolidating several of the
county's major departments in a more centralized
location.
Mind you, commissioners are not seeking pub-
lic input or a voter mandate on adding another half
penny to the sales tax being levied in the county.
If it is possible, and the hope inside the Robert
Moore Building is that it will be, commissioners, by
super-majority vote, or four of five commissioners,
are positioning themselves to add the half-penny.
The revenue generated would be. put toward
construction of a complex in the vicinity White City
that would house, primarily, the Road Department,
Public Works and Mosquito Control.
If there aren't four votes and how many times
have commissioners entered the meeting room
without the vote appearing to be fairly set would be
a worthy question, particularly in light of, say, those
dinners the five sit down to after many a regular
meeting the public would have to be given a say
and commissioners likely wouldn't be interested in
the questions that might cross the public's mind.
Such as, why after five years of unprecedented
property tax collections, do commissioners not have
enough in the piggy bank to pay for the consolida-
tion they propose?
Why, for instance, should the public foot the bill
to allow commissioners to construct the mirrors
and start the smoke concerning fiscal responsibil-
ity and efficiency, when, given, say, for example, the
emptiness of the piggy bank in front of them, com-
missioners have pretty much defined fiscal irrespon-
sibility this decade?
What exactly, in other words, has all the expe-
rience in years of serving on this Board of County
Commissioners brought to the bottom line?
Further, how exactly, commissioners should
explain, does putting all those departments under
one roof provide a genuine foundation for fiscal effi-
ciencies when the county has yet to even put in place
the semblance of a uniform work order policy across
all operations?
Is it supposed to happen by osmosis?
In addition, why should taxpayers be soaked
for additional sales tax when they have been paying
a full penny for two-and-a-half years for a hospital
which has yet to be more than a cleared piece of


ground?
Finally, what is the source of the hubris that
compels commissioners to extend, once again, their
hand to an already tax-burdened public for the
freight to maintain a train that has been kept togeth-
er for years with back-door tax increases fueled by
the real estate market?
This brings us to the second topic because tax-
payers are about to be further weighted on by the
Honeyville Storm Shelter.
As was pretty much laid out in the board packet
last week, the shelter will never be a FEMA approved
shelter or have a federal certification of any kind
and as a result commissioners intend to take out a
loan of $337,000 or so to pay off the bill of around
$700,000 and some change.
There appears to be several factors the federal
requirements are stringent, and in some respects
not entirely applicable to Florida, as the state has
been arguing, and those requirements would have
significantly raised the bill.
But, as correspondence from FEMA and Craig
Fugate, the state's emergency rIanager makes clear,
the requirements for federal certification, meaning
federal grant dollars, has been the same the entire
decade.
FEMA doesn't fund any project that has not been
approved prior to construction, let alone already
built. FEMA never indicated it would fund the shel-
ter and initially received an incomplete application
from the state.
The county was even turned down to retrofit the
shelter this after the plans have been tweaked and
tweaked repeatedly from the county to state level,
costing taxpayers in construction delays since the
state had notified all counties that new construction
on shelters had to adhere to FEMA guidelines.
And while FEMAs requirements would have
raised the roof on the price, it would have also paid
for 75 percent of the shelter if completed according
to government specifications.
In short, the county appears to have rushed
from drawing board to building when it was unnec-
essary this shelter has been in the pipeline as long
as the hospital and came after the construction of
the adjacent park and doing so cost taxpayers
money at least $337,000 and placed quotation
marks on either side of "storm shelter."
This raises a central question for taxpayers -
would that $337,000 and the interest that will ulti-
mately be paid, been better spent in other ways?
Such as, taking a wild stab here, building the
complex for consolidation?
Or actually making real economic development
more of than a hobby, taking better care of seniors
or even, inhale taxpayers, putting some of that
money back in people's pockets. '37
The difference in how that $37,000 will be
spent and how it should be is the exact difference
between county-wide government and single-mem-
ber districts.


KEYBOARD KLRAbERIfG



Diamond Dandies


This will be a fairly
fine couple of weeks if you
enjoy, as I do, high school
girls' softball.
Over the next two
weeks the county's two high
school teams will spotlight
quality softball on both
ends of the county.
For
those
who have
recently
arrived
in the
county,
are trav-
eling
through
or stay-
ing a
Tim Croft spell,
Star News or just
Editor returned
from the
moon,
these are salad days for
softball in this county.
The Wewahitchka High
School Lady Gators are the
defending Class 1A state:
champion and though they
lost a nucleus of seniors
from that team, they seem
to have the winning for-
mula bottled at Lady Gator
Field.
When a team mashes
a school season record for
home runs in the first 11
games, arcing over-the-
fence blasts, well that team
is one to watch for another
championship run.
The team has lost only
to Tallahassee Lincoln, just
a few size classifications up
there above Wewahitchka,
one of the smallest schools
enrollment-wise in Class
1A.
And the Lady Gators
somewhat avenged that loss
this past weekend by win-
ning the Tallahassee Lincoln
Invitational Tournament.
As for Port St. Joe, the
program is steadily reach-
ing for the same rung of
the ladder where the Lady
Gators are perched, with
a nice mix of upper- and
under-classmen on the ros-
ter.
Of course, as with soft-
ball in general, it all starts
on the mound and that is


where Gulf County should
find particular pride.
Not just sports fans,
but all residents because in
juniors Samantha Rich and
Kayla Minger you have the
definition of young ladies.
They are somewhat
opposites, Rich tall and ath-
letic with uncommon fluid-
ity of motion while Minger,
a genuine power pitcher,
seems to uncoil every pitch
from a burst of arm and
leg drive as if having been
ignited.
They each have a rep-
ertoire of pitches start-
ing with almost untouch-
able fastballs, can change
speeds at any count, pos-
sess almost unerring com-
mand of the strike zone
and bear down when most
needed Minger's three
straight strikeouts to get
out of a bases-loaded no
outs jam last week a fine
example.
On top of that, there is
grace about each that would
make any parent proud.
They have played
together on summer teams
that have battled in pres-
tigious national tourna-
ments, have tossed practice
to players at Gulf Coast
Community College, carry
good grades and do all that
with an ease and humility
not commonly found in so
uncommonly talented ath-
letes.
And before every game
the two play against each
other, there is a shared
hug near the mound, as
if to say, "I'm going to try
like heck to beat you, but if
lose I must, I'd rather it be
to you."
Each and every time it
is a wonderful and welcome
moment in the current
uber-competitive sports
environment we live in.
They say it all the time
about pro athletes, but Gulf
County sports fans should
enjoy Minger and Rich,
who have been aces for
their teams since arriving
as freshmen, while they can
because after next season

(See KLATTERING on Page 5A)


Here's Your Sign!


S The dryer was tossing prac-
tice pants around in tight cir-
cles as we stood in line. I didn't
'know if the "something is burning"
-aroma was from a worn out belt,
'the out dated inner workings of
-the ancient machine or the pants
'had caught on fire. We were high
-school freshmen, and, naturally,
-bringing up the rear. We huddled
.around the equipment room door
over the next four years that the
-slightly burning smell was as natu-
ral a part of a locker room as the
jock straps or the used up strips
,of tape strewn about after a long
-hot afternoon on the field.
"Next." Coach Scott didn't
even look up. I stepped into the
doorway. Before I could even look
around or relish my moment at
the head of the line a jersey hit me
in the chest. "Next."
I extended my "game shirt" to
arms length to get a good look. It
had already served in a campaign
or two. There was a small hole on
the upper left side and a smear
of blue paint, hopefully off of a
Paris High Blue Devil helmet, on
one sleeve. It was faded out to a
light gray, with two UCLA type
red stripes across each shoulder.
It happened to be a large, but it


didn't matter, with fresh-
men "one size fits all". The
most distinguishing feature
on the heavy cotton jer-
sey was the big red 45
emblazed on both front and
back.
Blind luck!
That's how my number
was picked. Just a jersey
selected at random by an
over worked coach at the
end of another long day.
It was the least favorite of all his
duties. And he had no way of
knowing the lasting effect of his
routine action......
I immediately begin to bond
with "45" wearers across the
nation. Johnny Podres was sport-
ing that number back in 1955
when he defeated the New York
Yankees in game seven of the
World Series to bring the Brooklyn
Dodgers their only championship.
Emlen Tunnell wore number 45 as
a defensive back for the New York
Giants in the NFL. I began to track
his interceptions. My beloved St.
Louis Cardinals had just given
that number to an untested rookie
up from the minors. His name was
Bob Gibson. I'd never heard of him
but I pledged to follow him closely.
I was going to do everything in my


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power to help him along.
Us "45'ers" have got to stick
together!
I wore it so proudly that first
season! I had a good look at every
game from way down on the end of
the bench. I never got close to get-
ting in the game. But Coach Scott
declared that us freshmen had
really helped to prepare the team
each week. What he meant was we
lined up on defense day after gruel-
ing day like we were Blue Devils or
Gleason Bulldogs or Huntingdon
High Mustangs while Bob Cassidy,
Tommy Herron and Doug Paschall
stomped right over us!
I earned my number one foot-
print at a time!
I begged Coach Givens to give
me "45" for my basketball number.
I almost quit the baseball team
because the highest number they


had was 18. And when the
new football coach came in
and moved me to quarter-
back he wanted me to take
a number in the teens,
"Son, you've got to have a
quarterback number."
No, I didn't. I'd worn it
for a couple of years now
and I fought to keep it! I'm
not sure I understand to
this day such loyalty to a
number. But I know there


was magic in it for mel And you
can't outgrow it. Number "45" has
been with me now just a year short
of half a century.
You went by your number
in the locker room. "Hey, 'four-
five', that was the worst pass I've
ever seen! I was wide open! You
couldn't hit the broad side of a
barn!" "'Four-five', you want to
cruise by the dairy bar before we
go home?" "Listen, 'four-five', I'm
in kind of a pickle, you got five I
can borrow?"
Stan Musial had the most
famous number in our neck of the
woods. Everyone knew who "6"
was. We still hold that number in
reverence. Ted Williams' number
9 or Mickey Mantle's "7" are just
as well known. In football, even
the most novice sportsman rec-


ognized Johnny Unitas' "19" and
Red Grange's "77". You had to get
a little more into it to remember
Bill George was "61" and Bronko
Nagurski sported a big "3"on his
Minnesota Gopher uniform.
I had other numbers over the
years. My college baseball number
was 10. I don't know what it was
with baseball and low numbers
back in the sixties. I wore it but I
told Coach Majors the first day I
could never reach my full potential
in this jersey. "Oh, that's alright
son," Shirley Majors was the most
direct man I've ever met, "we're
not expecting all that much out of
you anyway."
I named my first son "6". Cathy
was a little surprised I didn't give
him "45". I didn't want a junior.
My second son was "14". He was
named for Ken Boyer, a third base-
man for the St. Louis Cardinals
that I admired. Having the right
number is serious business in
our family! Both of our boys have
already selected a worthy number
for their children.
I'm so proud of them.
And if you think this is all
silly......check with Michael
Jordan (who, incidentally, has
worn "45"on occasion), Payton
Manning, Alex Rodriguez, Dale
Earnhardt, Jr.......
That old high school football
jersey still holds a place of honor
in my closet. It is a tad more faded
and seems to have shrunk over the
years but I wouldn't take a million'
dollars for it. I get it out every
once in a while. I run my fingers
across the numbers and remem-
ber another place and another
time. I hold it up close and I can
still smell the burnt odor from a
now extinct dryer......
Respectfully,
Kes


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March is National
Colorectal Cancer
Awareness Month, and the
American Cancer Society is
encouraging all Americans
50 or older to get tested.
Colon cancer is often
preventable, and it's also
very treatable when caught
early. In fact, the five-year
survival rate is approxi-
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In Florida, less than
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they should. Because test-
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39 percent of colon can-
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the earliest, most treat-
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10,900 people will be diag-
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more than 3,400 will die
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there are bigger stages
ahead for those two.
In any case, take stock
of the next two weeks, with
the Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test largely
out of the way and the
stretch run of the season
ahead for Port St. Joe and
Wewahitchka.
The Lady Tiger Sharks
will host regional power
North Florida Christian at
7 p.m. ET this Thursday.
At the same time, start-
ing at 6 p.m. ET, the Lady
Gators will host Riverdale,
Tenn., currently ranked
No. 11 in the nation yep,
the nation according to
rivals.com, a scholastic
sports web site.
The following night the


two county teams will face
off for the first time this
season, at 7 p.m. ET on
Friday in Wewahitchka.
The first meeting of
the teams was to be March
7 but weather got in the
way.
So that game will be
made up next Thursday,
March 27, at 7 p.m. ET at
Port St. Joe.
Almost certainly those
two games will serve as
prelude to a district cham-
pionship match-up in mid-
April when the tournament
is played at Liberty County
and, with the right bounc-
es and good health, the
two squads could face each
other again in a best-of-
three series for the region-


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al title.
And before they get
to that district title game,
each team has tough sled-
ding ahead.
State power Lakeland
McKeel and area big-
school Goliath Niceville
come to Wewahitchka in
early April.
Port St. Joe will travel
to a tournament in Bell and
also hits the road to play
always-tough Tallahassee
Maclay and Springfield
Rutherford, which took the
Lady Tiger Sharks to nine
innings in a 1-0 victory last
Friday.
To Gulf County sports
fans the only word left to
say is simple enjoy.


PSJRA News


Coming of Age


We all know that
change, even change for the
better, is difficult-more
difficult from some than
others. Last week we let
you know that increased
code enforcement is head-
ing our way, and we are
pleased to announce your
overwhelming support for
the commitment of the City
and the PSJRA to help us
all clean up. This effort
is pro-business and is
intended to create an envi-
ronment that invites explo-
ration (and investment) by
those who might otherwise
pass us by.
The PSJRA has taken
a comprehensive approach
to redevelopment that
started with public input
and then planning, plan-
ning and more planning.
As a result, we have begun
to implement these plans.
You will see the "coming-
of-age" of many these plans
over the next few months...
just in time for our tourist
season.
Currently, there
exist programs available
through the PSJRA to help
business. We have twice
engaged retail expert Rick
Segal to provide seminars
and one-on-one consul-
tation to redevelopment
businesses. His advice is
respected nation-wide, and
he loves coming to Port St.
Joe because of the charm
and because of the rela-
tionships he has formed
with business owners. He
feels that is has made won-
derful friends here!


Over the past four
months, the PSJRA has
been providing business
development services with-
in the redevelopment area
through our contract with
economic development
professional, Ed Nelson.
Ed has visited most of you
individually over the last
two months and has pro-
vided you with surveys to
help him create incentive
and marketing programs
for our redevelopment
area. Please don't procras-
tinate; mail your forms to
him. He has helped in the
sale of one businesses and
is assisting in procure-
ment programs between at
least one additional local
business and Tyndall Air
Force Base. If you have not
met Ed or need assistance
in your economic develop-
ment, please contact me
directly (229-6899).

We have also rolled out
the facade grant program
and have seven businesses
currently working with us
to improve their exterior
appearance. Our Design
Review Committee is work-
ing overtime (literally, as
this is volunteer work in
addition to their regular
jobs) for the sole purpose
to help our businesses look
better, increase their cus-
tomer base and to improve
their revenue. Keep those
applications coming!
The 98 improvements
are being reviewed by our
consultant team prior to a
conceptual presentation to


FDOT within the next cou-
ple of weeks. Improving
that stretch of road and
connecting the Marina-
visually, practically and
safely-to the Historic
District will enable pass-
ers-by to understand there
is more to Port St. Joe
than they see on US 98.
We are in design for
our plans for a primary
gateway to the Historic
District (at Third Street)
and monument signage at
either end of the district to
invite people to explore our
downtown. We are design-
ing and pricing custom
street signs that are unique
to the Historic District. We
have even designed custom
"For Rent" signage to pro-
vide free of charge to busi-
nesses to keep the "look"
of the Historic District
for businesses in between
leases (check out the pro-
totype sign at the Hobbs
Building). You asked for
additional benches on Reid
Avenue, and we are order-
ing them.
We look forward to the
SaltAir Market, opening
April 5, and have provided
financial support toward
that effort. This commu-
nity program will have
far-reaching and positive
impact on our entire City.
We encourage local retail-
ers to link their promotions
with the SaltAir Market
and with each other.
Stay tuned; the best is
yet to come.


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North Port St. Joe Wants Back




in Redevelopment Area


By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

It was a night for con-
trasts.
On one hand, Port St.
Joe city commissioners offi-
cially adopted the proposed
revised redevelopment plan
for downtown Port St. Joe.
On the other hand, the
North Port St. Joe commu-
nity asked commissioners
to re-instate the commu-
nity into the redevelopment
area.
At the beginning of the
meeting, Resolution 08-07
was read for the second
time and adopted, making
the proposed Port St. Joe
Redevelopment Plan the
official plan for community
redevelopment within the
redevelopment area in Port
St. Joe.
At the end of the meet-
ing, Annie Fields told the
board that as of March 18
she had more than 225 sig-
natures on a petition asking
for North Port St. Joe to be
re-instated in the redevel-
opment area.
Fields said the resi-
dents of North Port St. Joe
had "a better understand-
ing" of the issue and that 60
percent of the households
in North Port St. Joe were
requesting that the City
Commission consider rein-
stating the community in
the redevelopment district.
Port St. Joe Mayor Mel
Magidson told Fields that
the city could pass a new
redevelopment area and
could set a new baseline
for funding, but the county
must approve the inclusion
of North Port St. Joe back
into the redevelopment
area.
If the county did not
approve the move, only city
dollars could be used and
that would cut the money in
half, he said.
Fields said she under-
stood and planned to make
her request to the county
as well.
City Commissioner
Benny Roberts asked Gall
Alsobrook, director of the


PSJRA if the re-instatement
was possible.
Alsobrook said "We'd
need to start over," add-
ing that first the PSJRA
would have to see if the
recent finding of necessity
study for North Port St. Joe
was still viable, and recom-
mended the city go through
the public hearing and pub-
lication of notice process
again.
She noted that the re-
instatement request had
just been brought to her
attention that day, but that
when the boundaries were
rescinded late last year "the
PSJRA board looked for-
ward to the time when the
North Port St. Joe commu-
nity wanted to unite."
The city just paid
approximately $3,000 to
have the redevelopment
plan revised to match the
rescinding of the boundar-
ies.
The City Commission
unanimously passed a
motion to begin the process
of re-instating North Port
St. Joe in the redevelop-
ment area.
The boundaries of the
redevelopment area were
rescinded to exclude North
Port St. Joe and reverting
back to the original bound-
aries to include only the
downtown area as part
of the settlement of a civil
rights lawsuit brought
against the city and redevel-
opment agency.
One of the key por-
tions of the lawsuit was the
rescinding of the redevel-
opment boundaries, which
had been expanded in late
2006 to include the neigh-
borhood of North Port St.
Joe.
The city spent over
$90,000 in attorney fees
just for the Panama City law
firm that assisted the city
with the lawsuit, according
to Port St. Joe City Clerk
Pauline Pendarvis.
That did not include
the fees paid to the city's
law firm of record, Rish,
Gibson, Scholz and Groom
of Port St. Joe, she said.


In other business con-
ducted at the meeting:
Port St. Joe city man-
ager Charlie Weston pro-
posed to the board that city
Code Enforcement Officer
Richie Burkett be autho-
rized to remove all the small
wire signs dotting the city
rights of way and post city
signs stating that small wire
signs and other, unauthor-
ized signs, including politi-
cal signs, are illegal along
the right of way.
The irony of replacing
signs with signs was not
lost on the mayor or the
audience.
City attorney Russell
Scholz announced that the
"deeds had been exchanged
successfully" between
the city and The St. Joe
Company regarding Forest
Hill Cemetery, and that the
city now owned the prop-
erty.
The city had been trying
to obtain the proper deeds
to the cemetery land from
St. Joe for well over a year,
resulting in what at one
time Scholz himself called
"a comedy of errors."
Weston said that he, the
city engineer and the city
clerk would have the newly
deeded land "approximately
plotted out" for the next city
commission meeting (April
1).
The board passed
a motion 5-0 to begin the
required land survey for the
60-acre tract proposed for
the joint city-county sports
complex.
According to Weston,
in .a meeting last week
between the city and the St.
Joe Company, the site was
proposed to the city for the
project.
The acreage is across
from the Gulf/Franklin
Center, on the south side
of U.S.98, adjoining Jones
Homestead Road on the
west side.
Weston said after the
survey, annexation was the
next step, which would take
eight to 10 months from the
time of the finished survey.
He said the city had


$600,000 currently ear-
marked for its share of the
project, and he was talk-
ing to county officials about
their promised matching
funds of $600,000.
The board unanimous-
ly passed a motion to adver-
tise their approved zoning
change for the Marina Cove
subdivision.
Village at Marina Cove is
the development bordered
by the city marina parking
lot, Marina Drive, Baltzell
Avenue, and a vacant lot.
The homeowners asso-
ciation for the subdivision
(Village at Marina Cove
Owners Association), as
reported to the board by
property owner Ralph Rish,
asked to have the develop-
ment's zoning changed from
all commercial to mixed use,
allowing residential units
over commercial buildings
throughout the 42-lot devel-
opment.
The city's Technical
Advisory Committee (TAC),
according to Weston, had
already reviewed the pro-
posed changes, and come
to an agreement with the
Marina Cove homeowners.
The agreement includ-
ed a building height not
to exceed 60 feet, which
is already the maximum
height for the develop-
ment; a maximum of two
floors per building, with the
ground floor commercial
and the second floor resi-
dential; and a maximum of
one residential unit per lot.
Weston said the infra-
structure was already in
place to support the mixed
use zoning as agreed on,
and the TAC recommended
the change.
He noted to the board
that the city needed to
address the same mixed
use zoning for the entire
city, such as for Reid and
Williams Avenues. If city-
wide mixed use is adopted,
there must be a large scale
map amendment to the
city's comprehensive plan.


Mark Your
Saturday, April 5th
SaltAir Farmers' Market
OPENS!!!
9am-Noon
Corner of Hwy 71 &
Reid Ave

Calling all Volunteers!
We'd like to extend a
special thanks to our found-
ing volunteers!!
You guys made this
happen!!!
We'd like to extend and
invitation to anyone inter-
ested in participating to join


Calendar!
us for our first official
Port St. Joe SaltAir
Farmers' Market Meeting
Everyone. is invited to
join us at Provisions
Wednesday, March
19th
5:30 Eastern
Please feel free to con-
tact us with any questions
or concerns.
If you are interested in
participating as a vendor an
application will be sent at
your request.


Seniors


From Page 1A


have people not being
served who should be
served," Broome said.
The county has reduced
what was once was a
$65,000 annual contribu-
tion to under $30,000.
At the same time, 11.4
percent of the population
consists of someone 65 and
older who is living alone.
The county population
65 and over is 16.20 per-
cent and climbing those
numbers are based on the
2000 census and have cer-
tainly climbed, said Russ
Scholz, a member of the
board of trustees for the




Risinger

the Feral Cat 'Capture and
Release' program. My neigh-
bor and I have prevented a
lot of babies being born into
the wild, well over a hun-
dred cats neutered, rabies
shot, and ear clip. This
was made possible through
private donations and the
Cast Away Cat organiza-
tion. Our city needs to take
some financial responsibil-
ity in the support of this
program.
Our canal has had many
problems throughout the
years but now we seem to
finally be on the right path.
A reasonable sized dredge,
sand bypass project, and
jetty extension. This should
greatly decrease the cost
of maintaining the canal
and the sand buildup under
the pier, the pier which is
being extended for greater
fishing enjoyment. Fir the
record, I would like to offer
you to the website "641
E2d 1169." This site will
explain all about the canals
in the US and the Corps
of Engineers has jurisdic-
tion over ALL CANALS
CAPABLE OF NAVIGATION.
The court holds that the


Senior Citizens Center,
which has locations in Port
St. Joe, Wewahitchka and
White City.
Of the roughly 2,100
residents of the county 65
and older, Meals on Wheels
serves about 160 people
daily.
"We don't touch a frac-
tion," Broome said. "We
need to have outreach to
touch these people. And we
need resources to help them
if we touch them."
There is an Elder
Helpline 1-800-963-5337
- based out of Tallahassee
for which folks older than


60 can dial in, answer some
questions as a form of
assessment of need which
will produce a priority
score.
That priority score is
the key to access to pro-
grams offered for seniors in
the state.
"That's a safety net
for identifying who needs
to be served rather than
who wants to be served,"
Broome'said.
S One the major misper-
ceptions about the non-
profit, Broome said, is that
there is an infinite number
of programs for any senior,


regardless of actual need.
The two major needs
for the center at this time
are bodies and dollars.
"We need a cadre of vol-
unteers," Scholz said. "The
staff of three or four can't
do it. We need someone to
run a volunteer corps.
"We've got to get some
money to feed these people
and get the organization on
a firm foundation."
A priority is a new
van, toward which Coastal
Community Bank recently
donated $5,000 while issu-
ing a challenge for others
to step forward: Another


$18,000 or so is needed.
The van would not only
assist with the meals pro-
gram, but more importantly
would provide a depend-
able vehicle so seniors can
go on field trips, be taken
shopping, enjoy some of life
outside the house or center.
All donations to the center
are tax deductible.
"You can't just do it with
your head, you have to do it
with your heart and your
head," Broome said. "It is a
heart thing and we need to
be able to provide.
"My goal is to achieve
stability where we are tak-


ing care of the client and
our employees. The stron-
ger we get at our agency, the
more services we can offer
the client and we can still
take care of our employ-
ees."
Scholz put the situation
in other words, "We can't
cut back any more. You can
do more with less only so
long."
For more information,
to get involved at the center
or to make a donation call
229-8466. A friendly and
thankful voice is sure to be
at the other end.


From Page 1A


mere capability of navigabil-
ity in commercial use and/
or the fact that the canal
is subject to the ebb and
flow of the tide is suffi-
cient to establish the Corps'
jurisdiction over private
and artificial canals in the
US. This came about with
the first suit in 1944, the
United States of America,
Plaintiff-Apellee v. Savare
DeFELICE, Defendant-
appellant. No one can close
the canal, ever. So those
persons, who are trying to
gather votes for my oppo-
nent, by attempting to con-
vince the voters, especially
the boaters and fishermen,
that I will close the canal
if elected, now know how
ridiculous this rumor is.
We are facing large
financial challenges. Our
water lines are old and need
replacing. Our sewer system
has almost reach capac-
ity. And soon we will lose a
third of our water costum-
ers when Gulf County com-
pletes its own water lines
in Overstreet and takes
over the service in St. Joe
Beach. It i important we
stay strong, be informed,


and solve problems united.
Together we will decide
how best to finance the
coming demands of the city.
I could write about lots and
lots of things, but space


doesn't allow me to write
a book. My door is always
open for you, my ears are
good, and your concern.
Please don't hesitate to talk
to me. I will be having a


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The following petition, with
over 225 signatures, was pre-
sented to the Port St. Joe City
Commission by Annie Fields:

"We, the majority of the citizens who reside
in the North Port St. Joe neighborhood know-
ingly and willingly are working in collabora-
tion with the Gulf County NAACP Branch, in
its efforts to improve the economic viability
and preserve the historical significance of the
African-American community. We are aware of
the economic potential and benefits associated
with the redevelopment of our community and
the inherent value of being in close proximity
to valuable waterfront property. Pursuant to the
stated desires of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment
Agency (PSJRA) at its January 10, 2008 meet-
ing, we are encouraged and supportive of
(PSJRA) commitment to reintroduce a new
resolution, to expand the redevelopment area,
to encompass North Port St. Joe. It is with great
pride that we affix our signatures to this petition,
to facilitate an inclusive process of empowering
the North Port St. Joe community in participat-
ing in all redevelopment activities and opportu-
nities. This petition has been generated by the
North Port St. Joe residents and ive therefore
sign our names to this petition and request that
the North Port St. Joe neighborhood is included
in the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Plan, and this
critical issue be placed on the upcoming 2008
election ballot."


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ARC -" From Page 1A
A tree grew out of one of Despite less than ideal
tile 'ItIiI.-.- and the rain working conditions, many
came through both build- of the employees remained
ings' roofs and walls. c with the organizations for
There were no desks, over a decade.
only folding tables, and the At the ceremony, sever-
toilets routinely overflowed, al staff members applauded
Langston said she and Harrison and Balentine's
her fellow employees quick- perseverance and commit-
ly learned the meaning of a ment to serving their cli-
phrase in their employment ents.
contracts: "and other duties ARC administrative
as required." assistant Catherine Minger
While at the Peters presented Harrison and
Street address. ARC expand- Balentine with bouquets of
ed its services to provide flowers as a token of the
transportation services to staff's affection.
the county's transportation "They give, they give,
*.i s.d,,nIi.I- _they give, and they give some
Gulf Transportation more," said Minger.
began in 1990 with a tele- After hearing the chal-
phone, notebook, pencil, lenges faced by ARC and
adding machine, one van Gulf Transportation's long-
and two drivers, and shared time staff members, USDA
office quarters with ARC. Rural Development State
When a violent 2004 Director Ronald Whitfield
hurricane season left the quipped, "I feel like these
Peters Street facility unin- ladies deserve a battlefield
habitable, ARC and Gulf promotion for all they've
Transportation relocated to went through."
a cramped building at 309 This is Now...
Williams Avenue. Though ARC and Gulf



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Dianna Harrison and Kathy Balentine called the new
facility a "dream come true," and shared the long histories
of Gulf ARC and Gulf Transportation.


Transportation have a long
history, many residents are
unaware of the services both
organizations provide.
ARC currently serves 25
developmentally disabled
clients over the age of 18.
Several vocational
programs allow clients to
become functioning mem-
bers of the community.
Under the supervision
of ARC staff, clients work in
lawn service, custodial and
highway crews and main-
tain the grounds of area
churches, businesses and
other organizations, which
contract the ARC for ser-
vices. Clients are paid for
their work.
Harrison hopes to
expand the Adult Day
Training program to include
other services such as land-
scaping, wash and fold
laundry, and aluminum
recycling.
"We want to provide
more services to the clients,
and as a result, provide
more to the community,"
said Harrison.
In addition to the ARC's
Day Program, the organiza-
tion also operates the Gulf
House, a group home locat-
ed on Peters Street.
Eight male clients live
in the group home, which
is managed by Sandy Quinn
and four full-time staff mem-
bers who tend to the clients'
personal needs.
ARC staff members pro-
vide a variety of services to
the 10 clients who live on
their own, including help
with shopping, bill paying
and scheduling doctors'
appointments.
Several ARC clients
have also accompanied staff
members on trips to Biloxi,
England and other faraway
places.
ARC is funded by
Medicaid, and receives
additional support from the
county and private contri-


Gulf County Association for Retarded Citizens director Dianna Harrison and Gulf
Transportation director Kathy Balentine (center) join clients, board members and area resi-
dents to cut the ribbon on the new ARC/Gulf Transportation facility, located at 122 Water
Plant Road in Port St. Joe. (Photo by Sonny Chafin)


butions.
Gulf Transportation
Gulf Transportation
provides residents transport
to life sustaining doctors'
appointments, veteran's
hospitals, grocery stores
and other locations as far
as Tampa and Birmingham,
Ala.
Passengers include the
elderly, low income, devel-
opmentally disabled, physi-
cally or mentally impaired,
children and non-sponsored
individuals of all ages.
The organization
employs two full-time driv-
ers and eight part-time driv-
ers, who operate 13 vehi-
cles.
Services are available
for those in wheelchairs or
stretchers.
The organization
receives funding from the
Florida Transportation
Disadvantaged Trust Fund,
county and private contri-
butions.
Passengers on Medicaid
pay a small co-pay based on
destination. For instance, a
round trip ticket to Panama


City costs $6.
Those who don't qualify
for government assistance
can pay out-of-pocket.
Raising Profile
ARC and Gulf
Transportation's staff, board
members and supporters
F- --..


Gloria Langston cel-
ebrated 31 years as an ARC
employee at Friday's cere-
mony.

hope that the new facility
will raise the organizations'
profile in the community.
In particular, they hope
that residents will appreci-
ate the services ARC pro-
vides to its very special cli-
ents.
Speaking at last Friday's
ceremony, Bill Holton, an


ARC board member who
worked tirelessly to make
the facility the best it could
be, said he hoped the facil-
ity would help "bridge the
gap of understanding" that
separates the developmen-
tally disabled from the larg-
er population.
Holton, who is the proud
father of a developmentally
disabled son, urged those
in attendance to focus on
similarities rather than dif-
ferences.
"These clients are you
and me with autism, with
Down's Syndrome, brain
damage, chemical imbal-
ance. They're just as real
as you and me, except their
hearts are way bigger," said
Holton.
Applauding ARC's
record of helping those with
special needs, Holton said
Gulf County had much to be
proud of.
"There are special needs
people in every community
in the United States, but in
Gulf County, we know how
to take care of them."


Flu, no
By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

The information circu-
lating in the county that
MRSA has reached epidem-
ic proportion in Port St.
Joe schools is unfounded,
according to both school
and Gulf County Health
Department officials.
However, flu is currently
taking a major toll on stu-
dents.


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Ramsey
Joe Ele
was re
one-fou
missing
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MRSA,
cording to Melissa the Marcl
y, principal of Port St. because o
ementary School, flu said.
sponsible for about She
Birth of the fifth grade hand sa
g class last week. installed
don't know of any last year s
g in the number ing and t
ph [MRSA] cases," students
y said, "but we have the static
Awful lot of kids their hand
th the flu." A num- Rams
students have missed that Regi
FCAT tests during the Port


Hitting Schools Hard
h testing sessions health program nurse, and Information Officer, data is in the school
Af the flu, Ramsey her staff visited individual from the state health depart- ing at the data i
classes in all the grades to ment currently shows that thing that is r
added that the talk about hand washing, its Gulf County's MRSA data pant in the cou
nitizing stations importance and the proper is steady. People are bec<
in county schools way to wash effectively. "Our numbers are low, more educated
seemed to be help- According to Clarissa but MRSA in general is tive about it," s
hat teachers and Herndon, Gulf County being talked about more,"
alike were using Health Department Public Herndon said. "Yes, MRSA


,ns and washing
Is more often.
ey said last fall
ina Washabaugh,
St. Joe school


Is, but look-
it isn't some-
unning ram-
mty schools.
coming much
Sand sensi-
he added.


In the case of either the flu or MRSA, hand washing is essential for good health. Proper hand
washing needs to be observed by everyone, at home, at school and in the workplace.
In order to help protect themselves from illnesses spread from contact with sick people or con-
taminated surfaces, everyone needs to:
Wash your hands regularly with soap.
Keep yourself clean.
Keep fingernails trimmed so you do not scratch yourself.
Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage'that seals on all four sides until
healed.
Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages.
Try to prevent insect bites, especially yellow fly bites, by using insect repellant with DEET.
But if bitten by any insect, wash the area thoroughly with plain soap and water, then apply a
topical antibiotic.
Wash sheets, towels and clothes that have become soiled with water and laundry detergent.
Dry clothes in a hot dryer, instead of air drying them. The heat from the dryer helps kill bacteria
in clothes.
Do not share towels, other toiletries or personal grooming products.
Do not share clothing or uniforms unless they have been washed in hot soapy water.
In health clubs or training facilities, use a barrier, like a towel or clothing, between your skin and
shared equipment. Wipe the surface of shared equipment before and after use.
Athletes should shower immediately after practice or games, check themselves for any scrapes
or cuts, and clean and properly treat any skin breaks.
Then clean the locker room and wash all uniforms immediately after each use.

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

According to medical professionals, Staph infections in households, once introduced, spread
easily, so hand washing is very important and still the best way to control the bacteria.
Hand washing is particularly necessary before eating, after contact, and after using the bath-
room.
In order to wash long enough for effectiveness, the standard gauge is to slowly sing the full verse
of the "Happy Birthday" song while washing.
Maybe two or three times.




NOTICE OF INTENT


Pursuant to Section 121.055, Florida Statutes, the
Gulf County Board of County Commissioners intends
to designate the position of Grant Coordinator
as Senior Management Class under the Florida
Retirement System, effective April 7, 2008.
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Port St. Joe Edges Rutherford


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

For nearly nine innings
it appeared Rutherford and
Port St. Joe might play all
night on a cool Thursday
evening.
Then a pair of Lady
Tiger Shark freshmen decid-
ed enough was enough.
Cassie Tullis, a fresh-
man who entered the game
as the team's leading hit-
ter, smoked a double into
right-center field to score
another freshman, pinch-
runner Casey Thomas, with
the only run in a 1-0 to end
a pitching gem with two
outs in last of the ninth
frame.
Tullis' hit kept Port St.
Joe unbeaten at 11-0 while
dropping the Lady Rams
to 5-6.
While a pair of young-
sters provided the winning


combination, it was dialed
by a pair of veterans.
Kayla Minger, spectacu-
lar again on the mound in
running her record to 6-0,
ripped a one-out single to
right to put the winning run
on base.
Angela Canington -
the only player with more
than one hit on the night
- put that potential run into
scoring position when she
scorched a pitch through
Rutherford third-baseman
April Wilson and Minger,
at second, gave way to the
swifter legs of Thomas.
One out later, Tullis
came to the plate and sec-
onds later Thomas was fly-
ing from second to victory.
"We played good defense
and we had some hits, but
the freshmen just pulled
up and added something,"
said Port St. Joe coach Jim
Belin. "It was a game of


Kayla Minger had a dominating week.


inches and could have gone
either way."
It was precisely that
kind of game because of
Minger and her Rutherford
counterpart Katy Kitto.
Kitto was nicked for
seven hits, but walked no
batter, struck out four and
allowed just one runner
into scoring position in the
first five innings.
And late in the game as
the Lady Tiger Sharks twice
put a runner at third the
first courtesy of a hit from
another freshman, Megan
Gannon Kitto battled and
got the outs she needed
until the fateful ninth.
"Katy pitched a hecku-
va game," said Rutherford
coach Allen Colburn. "We
had our chances early, but
couldn't quite get the hit.
They are a solid ball club
and we hung in there. We
have nothing to hang our


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Ange
heads about."
The most pressing
problem for the Lady Rams
was that Minger was even
better than Kitto, especially
when it counted most and
it never counted more than
the fourth inning when an
error, a bloop hit and an
infield hit loaded the bases
with no outs.
Minger got the next
three hitters, fifth-seventh
in the lineup, on strikes,
three of nine on the night
for the junior standout.
"That was the whole
turning point," Belin said.
"They had no outs and three
on and she pitched great."
Minger scattered four
hits, walked none and
allowed no runner into
scoring position after the
pivotal fourth.


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Lady Tiger
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Tournament
Port St. Joe improved
to 15-0 after beating
Blountstown to win the
Dothan High School Dr.
Pepper Invitational.
The Lady Tiger Sharks
went 4-0 in the tournament,
beating Headland, Ala., 3-0
in their opening game fol-
lowed by a 5-3 victory over
Excell, Ala., and a 5-0 white-
wash of Jackson, Ala.
Kayla Minger dominat-
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pitching six innings while


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third.
striking out 14. Minger
struck out 51 in 24 2/3
innings during the tourna-
ment.
Torie Greer was 1 for 2
with a run scored in the title
game, Heather Brinkmeier
was 1 for 3 with a run
scored and Meredith Todd
went 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Greer and Todd each
went 5 for 10 in the tourna-
ment while Minger was 6
for 13.
The Lady Tiger Sharks
entertain North Florida
Christian at 7 p.m. ET on
Thursday and travel to
Wewahitchka at 7 p.m. ET
on Friday.
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Marianna on Monday,
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Shark Baseball Ends Winning Streak at 5 Games


By Jonathan Davidson
Star Staff Writer

The Port St. Joe High
School baseball team (6-7)
won a single game Tuesday
against Brew Tech 7-1, win-
ning its fifth straight game.
The Tigers Shark streak
ended over the weekend as
the team lost on the road
3-1 to Mosley and 8-7 to
Florida High.
Brew Tech
Jacob Thompson


picked up his second win
when he pitched five innings
against the 4-A school from
Montgomery, Alabama.
Thompson struck out four
and gave up six hits, an
unearned run and walked
none.
"That Brew Tech game
was JT's best start of the
year," said Port St. Joe
coach Mike Bullock. "His
control was excellent, as
the no walks showed.
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and Jacob Gentry pitched
scoreless relief.
The team had eight
hits. Levi Richter went 2
for 3 with two runs and
stole three bases. Corbin
Vickery was also 2 for 3
with one RBI.
Hayes Philyaw hit a
two-run double in the third
inning and Matt Gannon
drove in Philyaw with
another double.
Gentry was 1 for 3 and
scored once. Matt Wright
was 1 for 2 with an RBI
double.
Mosley
The bats were silent on
Friday night.
During the fourth
Richter was hit by a pitch
and Vickery bunted him
to second, but the Sharks
stranded both when walked
and Philyaw and Gannon
each hit fielder's choice
grounders.
The Sharks scored
their only run in the sixth
after Richter led off with a
single. Bird's walked and
Richter scored on Philyaw's
single to left field.
Gannon took the loss,
pitching all six innings. He
walked one and allowed


seven hits and two earned
runs. Three hits and two
runs came in the first giv-
ing Mosley an early lead.
Mosley's final run came
from a leadoff double and
a failed pickoff at third that
allowed the runner to steal
home.
"Mosley's a really good
team," Coach Bullock said.
"Defensively, we played
to compete," he said, "but
our hitting was just not
successful. We saw two
pitchers, one left- and one
right-handed, and our
swings were too long."

Florida High
Saturday's game went
into extra innings as the
teams battled into the
eighth.
In the bottom of the
eighth Port St. Joe led
by one, but Florida High
scored twice with help from
Port St. Joe.
Bird started and
pitched 1 2/3 innings,
striking out one and walk-
ing one, and giving up nine
hits and six earned runs.
Thompson came on in the
second and pitched into
the eighth, striking out


three while walking none
and giving up three hits but
no runs.
'UT did a really good
job of coming out of the
bullpen, pitching five-plus
innings for us," Coach
Bullock said. "Without him
it could have really gotten
out of hand."
In the first, Richter
walked and Vickery bunted
for a base hit. Bird hit a
sacrifice fly to score Richter
for a quick 1-0 lead. Florida
High responded in the bot-
tom of the first with four
runs on four hits.
During the second,
Brandon Strickland and
Tyrone Dawson both
reached base with walks.
One scored on a pass ball,
and Richter scored another
with a two-out RBI single
up the middle. Vickery had
a hit and scored on the
third baseman's throw-
ing error, giving the Tiger
Sharks back the lead at
5-4.
Florida High answered
in the bottom of the frame
with two runs off a home
run and two doubles.
After the second double
Thompson replaced Bird


on the mound.
Dawson led off with a
walk in the sixth, reaching
third on pass balls and
scoring on Richter's sacri-
fice fly.
In the top of the eighth
Richter hit a one-out single
and Vickery walked. Bird
loaded the bases when he
was hit by a pitch. Philyaw
performed a squeeze bunt
RBI single to give Port St.
Joe a 7-6 lead.
Chris Cochran took the
mound in the bottom of the
eighth, taking the loss. A
leadoff single walk and a
hit batter loaded the bases.
Another walk tied the game,
at which time Gannon took
the mound. Gannon threw
a wild pitch which bounced
over the catcher's head and
allowed Florida High's win-
ning run.
"I'm proud of our
defense," Bullock said.
"There were no defensive
errors. They got down to it
and did a good job coming
back at the plate.
"We just have to make
them earn it," he contin-
ued, "like with that wild
pitch at the end. We don' t
want to beat ourselves."


Port St. Joe Girls Dominate Ram Relays


Port St. Joe girls broke
'five meet records and ran
away with the team com-
petition in winning the
prestigious Ram Relays at
Tommy Oliver Stadium in
Panama City on Saturday.
Sophomore Kayla
Parker set meet records in
winning the long jump (18
feet, 41/2 inches) and the
100-meter hurdles (15.03


seconds). Samone Smiley
set a record in the shot put
(39-4) and the Lady Tiger
Sharks' 4x200 (1:45.06)
and 4x400 (4:10.32) relay
teams also established
meet marks.
The girls' team had
109 points to easily out-
distance Niceville's 81 and
Rutherford's 67.4.
Port St. Joe also got


points from its 1,600-meter
sprint medley, which fin-
ished third and from Mariah
Johnson and Meagan
Walker who finished fifth
and sixth, respectively, in
tle high jump.
Walker also was sec-
ond in the pole vault.
Smiley took second -
eight inches out of first
- in the discus and Erin


Williams was fourth in the
3,200.
Fanequa Larry and
Amber Allen took second
and third, respectively, in
the triple jump.
The girls' middle school
team finished fifth.
Boys' results
The Tiger Sharks fin-
ished eighth among 14
teams on the boys' side of


the competition.
Parker Harris won the
pole vault with Christopher
Wall third.
Travis Dailey was third
in the shot put and Fennell


was sixth in the discus.
The Port St. Joe boys
finished sixth in the middle
school competition.


Gators Swi
Two games two wins
for the Wewahitchka High
School baseball team (7-5)
This past week.
Thursday, March 13
The Gators traveled
Sto Vernon and downed the
SYellow Jackets 13-2 behind
a balanced offense and the
pitching of Chase Harvey.
Harvey (2-2) went five
innings allowing no runs
and three hits while strik-
ing out three and walking
..two.
Tyler Bush pitched
,the final two innings in
relief. He allowed a pair
of unearned runs, five hits
and walked two while fan-
Sning three.
Chance Knowles paced
the offense, going 3 for 4
with an RBI. Cody Wade
and Ryan Leaman were
both 2 for 4 with an RBI
and Harvey and Michael
Alguesesa contributed a hit
apiece.
Friday, March 14
The following night
Wewahitchka hosted
Sneads and won 5-0 behind
a spectacular pitching
performance from junior
David Strickland.
Strickland was fir-
ing a perfect game enter-
ing the sixth when a Pirate
reached base on a bunt
single. Strickland prompt-
ly picked the runner off
first base.
Strickland also walked
one batter and immediately
picked him off first also.
Strickland (1-2) fin-


eep Two during Week
ished with seven strikeouts Coach Justin Smith
in seven innings for the noted Cody Wade as the
shutout, most valuable player for
Ryan Leaman led the the week.
offense by going 2 for 3 "He's a team leader and
with an RBI. is making great defensive
Tyler Bush was 1 for 3 plays that don't show up in
with two RBI and Brandon the scorebook," Smith said
Mayhann was 1 for 3 with of his sophomore short-
an RBI. stop.


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Lady Gators Win Lincoln Invitational;



Set School Home Run Record


The Lincoln Invitational
has been a measuring stick
for the Wewahitchka soft-
ball team the past couple of
seasons.
This year was to be no
different.
"We like to come over
here to play because you
see good teams from all
over the state and most of
the schools are large high
schools or private school
powers," said Wewahitchka
coach Coy Adkins. "We get
to find out where we stand
against the best teams
around here, regardless of
their classification.-
"In 2006, we came over,
here and Lakeland Mckeel
beat us 15-0 ...That was
also the last game we lost
that year until we played in
the state semi finals. Last
year we came over here and
went 1-3. We did not lose
again except for a game late
in the year when both of our
pitchers were out."
This year the Lady
Gators had to overcome
being tied or down in the
seventh inning of the last
two games to claim the
title of Lincoln Invitational
champs, the first for a
school with a classification
smaller than 4A.
"To win that tourna-
ment the way we did shows
that our kids have a lot
of fight in them," Adkins
said. "It was a matter that
the kids just refused to get
beat. It was all heart."

Friday, March 14
Wewahitchka 7, Alachua
Santa Fe 4
Winning pitcher:
Samantha Rich
Leading hitters: Hilary
Chapman 3 for 5 with 2
RBI, Samantha Wade was
2 for 4 with a double, triple
and two RBI.
Game 2 Friday,
March 14
Wewahitchka 15,
Wakulla 1
Winning pitcher:
Summer Grice
Leading hitters: Grice
was 3 for 3, Rich 2 for 4
and Tori Bowles 3 for 3.
Saturday, March 15,
semifinals:
Wewahitchka 4,
Jacksonville Trinity
Christian 3
The Lady Gators estab-
lished a 1-0 lead early when
Hilary Chapman led off the
game with a walk and later
scored on a two out hit by
Ashley Gates.
The lead was extend-
ed in the second inning as
Chelsey Pettis hit a line drive
over the left-field fence with
Samantha Wade on base
after she doubled two hit-
ters earlier to make it 3-0.
That lead was cut to


3-2 in the bott
fourth as Trinit
with a two-run


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their own.
The score re
until the sixth ir


:om of the record to 6-1 while giving
y answered up 5 hits 3 earned runs and
homer of striking out 17.
Saturday, March 15,
championship Game
Wewahitchka 5,
Callahan West Nassau 4
This was a classic bat-
tle of two of Florida's better
fast-pitch programs. West
Nassau has been to the
.,"_- Class 3A final four the past
:.- ". four seasons. Wewahitchka
has been to the Class 1A
final four the last 5 seasons,
earning the state title last
year.
The game was score-
less after'two innings of
play as both teams threat-
ened but no one could drive
in a run.
West Nassau got on the
Rich was board with two outs in the
bottom of the third after
a two-out error.. The Lady
Warriors scored four runs
mained 3-2 before the inning was over.
inning when "That was just an


Trinity hit a solo homer to
tie the game at 3-3. In the
seventh, Chelsey Pettis led
off the inning with a single
and Kassi Malcolm entered
as a pinch runner.
Rebecca Barnes sac-
rificed Malcolm to sec-
ond with a bunt. Hilary
Chapman drove in Malcolm
to give the Lady Gators the
lead for good.
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seventh, Trinity led off with
a hit of their own. Samantha
Rich then forced a bunt pop
up and struck out two to
end the game.
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example of why you have to
make routine plays to win,"
Adkins said. "We should
have been tied 0-0 going
into the fourth and we are
down 4-0 because we made
a mistake."
The score remained 4-0
until the top of the seventh.
In the seventh,
Samantha Wade drew
a lead-off walk. Mandy
Robbins singled to right
field. Chelsey Pettis hit
another line drive home run
to bring the team within one.
This home run broke the
single season home run
record .for WHS with 20
home runs in only the 11
games.
Rebecca Barnes kept
the offense going as she
singled to right center field.
Hilary Chapman drew a
walk to put runners at first
and second with still not
outs.
Both runners advanced
on a wild pitch. Samantha


Rich then grounded out
to the shortstop to score
Barnes.
Chapman enticed the
first baseman to throw
behind her at third base
and scored on an errant
throw and the Lady Gators
were up 5-4.
Rich finished it off by
striking out two in a score-
less seventh inning.
Chelsey Pettis was
named the tournaments


offensive MVP and Samantha
Rich was the tournament
defensive MVE The Lady
Gators are now 10-1 and
will take on Riverdale High
School out of Tennessee,
ranked No. 11 in the coun-
try, on Thursday and Port
St. Joe on Friday.
Riverdale's pitcher,
Kat Hosfield has already
signed with the University
of Tennessee.


TRANSPORTATION PLANNING MEETINGS
(THE PUBLIC IS INVITED)
Bay County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO)
Wednesday March 26,2008 at 3:30 p.m.
Panama City City Hall Commission Chambers
The agenda will include the following topics:
1. Approval to Amend the Public Participation Process Quarterly Reporting Procedure
2. Approval of Two Amendments to the TPO's FY2008-2012 Transportation Improvemerit Plan (TIP)
3. Approval to Support Continued Coordination of Medicaid Non-emergency Transportation Through
Florida's Coordinated Transportation System
4. Approval to Adopt the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Plan and Goal and Annual
Certifications and Assurances
5. Approval to Execute a Contract for Purchase of Property for Transit Facility
,6. (Approval to Authorize Execution of aJoint Participation Agreement with FDOT for
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5317 New Freedom Funds
7. Approval to Authorize Execution of a Joint Participation Agreement with FDOT for .
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5316 Job Access Reverse ommute Funds
8. Appointment of TPO Member to Attend the Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council
(MPOAC) Training Institute Workshop for Elected Officials
9. Review of Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) Designation Update
10. Review of Draft FY2009-2010 TPO Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
11. Bay Town Trolley Route Modification- Panama City Beach and Pier Park, .
12. Public Forum. This is an opportunity for the public to address the TPO regarding transportation issues.
The TPO's Advisory Committees will meet as shown below on Wednesday, March 26,2008 in the
Panama City City Hall:
* Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) 10:30 a.m.
* Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) 12:00 p.m.
* Citizens' Advisory Committee (CAC) 1:30 p.m.
Agendas are available on the TPO's website at www.wfrpc.org/bctpo. Direct questions or comments to
Ms. Sharon Bumett at 850-392-1104, or sharon.bumett@wfrpc.org.
The TPO will make reasonable accommodationsfor access to the meetings in accordance with theAmericans
with Disabilities Act and for language requirements other than English. Please notify Ms. Ellie Roberts of
access or language requirements at 1-800-226-8914, ext 218, at least 48 hours in advance.














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Another Leap Forward ECommunity
pWide Easter


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The Norris D. Langston Youth
Scholarship Foundation recently experi-
enced another growth spurt.
The foundation donated $18,000 to
Chipola College in Marianna, the money
earmarked for the endowed scholarship
fund the foundation has established for
students in its service area to attend the
college, which offers two- and four-year
programs.
The $18,000 represents the net pro-


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ceeds from the most recent banquet and
Norris D. Langston Youth Scholarship
Foundation Basketball Classic held each
year at Chipola.
The event drew a field of nearly two-
dozen boys and girls high school basketball
teams from around the region and, most
importantly, more than 2,000 attendees to
the banquet which kicks off the weekend
in December.
To understand where the emphasis
of the annual event and its two days of
hoops is placed, consider that there is
no championship game, no brackets, no


0 o amm


trophies just two games for, each team
participating.
"There is no winner," said Dr. David
Langston, president of the foundation. "It
is all about education. Education comes
first and you want kids to understand
that.
"Basketball saved my life, no doubt
about it. But these kids need to know it is
more about education than round-ball."
The banquet, with former state Rep.
Robert Trammell as keynote speaker,.
included demonstrations from nearly all
the schools in the seven counties where
the Langston Foundation, especially its
after-school and tutoring programs, serves
students.
"I support all children, not- a par-
ticular gender, not one race," Langston
said. "That's why we are all around the
Panhandle."
While Gulf County's Ralph Rish, one
of the foundation's earliest supporters, was
named the foundation's "Man of the Year,"
it was the kids and those presentations
which served to highlight the work being
done at the grassroots level.
"The Norris Langston program is very
important because I work in a rural district
and a lot of students there come from low
income families," related Bonifay (Holmes
County) Elementary School principal Lisa
Robinson.
Added Gadsden County student
Johnny Dixon when speaking about how
the foundation's programs work for him,
"It's fun and nice and it's helping me
expand my vocabulary skills."
Bringing the event to Chipola College
had special meaning for Langston.
One of the central missions of the
foundation, in addition to tutoring and
mentoring programs, is exposing to the
college atmosphere students who might
not otherwise think of hitting the books
after high school.
(See LEAP on Page 12B)


Sunrise Service
The Port Saint Joe Ministerial
Association will sponsor its annual com-
munity-wide Easter Service on Sunday,
March 23 at 7:30 a.m. This event is open
to the public and will be held at Frank Pate
Park. In the event of inclement weather
the event will be held in the First United
Methodist Church of Port St. Joe.
Rev. Howard Riley, pastor of Highland
View Church of God will be this year's
speaker. Rev. Mike Evans and wife Janice,
from the First Church of the Nazarene,
will provide the music. An offering will be
taken for the ministry of the Ministerial
Association.
Port St. Joe Ministerial Association
is comprised of pastors from area church
who proclaim Christ as Savior and the
Bible as the Word of God.
The Ministerial Association not only
provides fellowship for pastors in south-
ern Gulf County, but also works with area
businesses and local leaders in order to
help transients, the needy, and assist in
selective efforts.


Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored
by the Junior Service League will start
at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 22 in
the field across the street from the
STAC House on Eighth Street in Port
St. Joe.



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Lodge. (Front row L to R: Greg Wilson, John Ford, Richie Burkett, George Lambert, Keith
Jones, Jay Frost; Frankie Williams. Back row L to R: Tommy Dabis, John Grantland, Marlen
Taylor, Joe Pippen Forrest Bennett.


By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
Port St. Joe may be a small town, but
unique events take place in town from time
to time.
One such event was the recent initiation
of five new members at one time into the
local Masonic lodge, Port St. Joe Lodge No.
111 F &AM.
According to Lodge member and
spokesman Greg Wilson, it was a "milestone
for this Lodge. That is an unusually high
number of initiates," Wilson said, "not
only because the ritual is so elaborate and


complex, but also because Port St. Joe is
so tiny. And for such a tiny place to have
five new members at once is amazing."
SWilson said the five new members,
all local men, came into the lodge at the
designation of first Masonic degree, entered
apprentice.
The new members of the Lodge are Jay
Frost-, Keith Jones, George Lambert, John
Ford and Richard Burkett.
According to Wilson, the Port St. Joe
Lodge was founded in. 1925 by Cecil G.
Costin Jr. and currently has approximately
80 members. John Grantland is the 2008
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Audrey celebrated her 19th birthday with classmates
and family.

Boyd To Speak At Port St. Joe
Lions Club Weekly Meeting
On Wednesday, March 19, 2008, Congressman Allen
Boyd (D-North Florida) will speak at the weekly meeting
of the Port St. Joe Lions Club. Congressman Boyd will
speak about local, state, and national issues of impor-
tance to the people of Gulf County and take questions.
S Port St. Joe Lions Club Weekly Meeting with
SCongressman Allen Boyd
Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 12:00pm EDT
Sunset Coastal Grill, 602 Monument Avenue, Port St.
Joe


L %"W&'4 Onee!
Ashlyn Ake, daughter of Melissa and Adam of
Wewahitchka is one. Ashlyn will be celebrating her first
birthday on Saturday. She will be partying with friends
and lots of cousins. Happy birthday.
Love you,
Momma and Daddy
Community Cookbook Recipes Needed
Oak Grove Assembly Of God Church is looking for
your favorite recipes to be included in our new cookbook,
'Increasing His Kingdom'. Proceeds will go to the building
fund for our new multi-purpose facility.
Please submit your favorite family recipes or a special
dish you created.
Recipes can be from an individual, organization or
business.
Please be sure to include your name on each entry.
We are also including two special sections, 'I'm The
Man' and 'Just For Kids'. Let the kids write their favor-
ite receive in their own words. Don't worry about mistakes,
that's what makes each one a special creation.
You can submit your recipes by April 15. Mail to: Oak
Grove Assembly Of God Church, 613 Madison St, Port St
Joe, Fl 32456. Or you may give them to a church member.
If you have any questions or need your recipes picked up,
please call Ann Ballard at 229-6154. May God bless you
as he blesses us by 'Increasing His Kingdom.'


Go/fer/als on /o JICarry
Mr. and Mrs. Phil Coller and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby
Kopinsky of Port St. Joe, Florida are proud to announce
the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daugh-
ter, Shanna Brooke Collier to Bryan Scott Watson, soi
of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Watson of Blountstown, Florida.
Shanna is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry
Peters of Port St. Joe, Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Van Lierop
of Blountstown, Mrs. Mary Alice Lyons and the late Cecil
Lyons of Port St. Joe, Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Freeman of
Mobile, Alabama, and the late Benjamin Collier of Port St.
Joe. Bryan is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John F Scott
of Marianna, Florida, and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Watson of
Bristol, Florida.
Shanna is a 2004 graduate of Port St. Joe High
School and a 2007 graduate of Chipola College. She is
currently employed as a registered nurse at Bay Medical
Center in Panama City, Florida. Bryan is a 2002 graduate
of Blountstown High School and is currently employed at
Georgia Pacific in Hosford, Florida.
The couple will be united in holy matrimony on April
26, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. ET, at the Oak Grove Assembly of
God Church in Port St. Joe. No local invitations are being
sent, but all friends and family are invited to witness their
vows and join their celebration of love. A reception will
immediately follow at the Centennial Building in Port St.
Joe.


Arizona Chemical Raises Nearly $10,000 for United Way


Recently, Nick Merolli,
Arizona Chemical Company
plant manager present-
ed Ron Sharpe, regional
resource director of United
Way of Northwest Florida
with a check in the amount
of $9,824, nearly all of
which will go towards the


2007 Gulf County fundrais-
ing campaign.
United Way has raised
over $54,000 in Gulf County
to date. This total marks
a 42. percent increase over
last year's totals. A large
chunk of the money will help
supplement programs of


Gulf County Senior Citizens
Association and Gulf County
Association for Retarded
Citizens & Transportation.
According to Sharpe, howev-
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funds exists and will be allo-
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Got Hula? Soon!


Spring is in the air
and with that comes sway-
ing palm trees, the fra-
grant scent of gardenias,
warm tropical breezes, and
"hula."
Yes, it's almost that
time of year again. Lisa and
Malia Faipea, dance instruc-


tors of the Hawaiian Moon
Dance Company, formally
Malia's Hula School, are
preparing for their fourth
year of bringing a little bit
of Hawaii to you.
"We have plans to begin
hula and Tahitian dance
lessons towards the end of


May. We realize there are a
lot of sport activities tak-
ing place and that's why we
begin when the school year
ends," says Lisa Faipea. "I
have been approached by
several parents and asked
what the age limits are.
This year we will accept
girls as young as 5 years.
We also have plans to split
into two large groups on
two different days. There
will be a class for new
students and one for the
more advanced. The girls


on their second year may
choose which class they are
more comfortable in. We
are very proud of two of our
students that are on their
fourth year: Miss Jaquline
Laluzerne and Miss Morgan
Bell. We will announce the
date and location for regis-
tration in the near future."
For more information or
questions you may call Lisa
or Malia at 340-0913.


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Available now for adoption from the St.
Joseph Bay Humane Society -
Ginger, a beautiful tri-color cat (pic-
tured); Pepper and Peaches, small and
friendly pups Snow, beautiful and friendly;
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.


Faith's Thrift Hut
All Proceeds go to support the St. Joseph's Bay Humane Society
Furniture, Bric-a-Brac, Glassware, -
Household items, Antiques
New items Daily/You never know what you will find!!! ( '
Open Thursday Saturday -
10 a.m.- 3 p.m. ET
1007 10th St. Port St. Joe 227-1109


Looking for Memories of

Centennial Hall:
S The University of Florida Historic Preservation pro-
gram is working to help preserve Centennial Hall. If you
would like to share your memories of experiences you've
had in the building, please send an e-mail to Christine at
'hris36()ufl.edu.

Gulf County Community

Assistance Program
There will be a program vide information that the
to inform the residents of attendees can take with
Gulf County on what pro- them and--will kno wv'1who
grams are available to help t ,call, whgereto g and
the puhLc. There will be what to bring in case there"
from 12-16 agencies on is a need for help. We want
hand to make a short pre- you to treat the information
sentation, pass out informa- like an insurance policy
tion, take applications, and that may help .your fam-
answer questions. The top- ilyfriend, neighbor, or co-
ics to be discussed range worker
'from help with food eye- The program is FREE
glasses, smallhome repairs, and will be held at the Gulf
*SHIP and CCDF program County Senior Citizen's
and low interest loans from
andow om Center in Port St. Joe, next
USDA. And many others to the Library in the Court
incl health issues, pre- to the Library i the Court
scription m, Estimated Tax House complex. The agen-
Income Credit Assistance, cies are very grateful to the
Medicine assistance pro- Senior Citizen's Director
grams, food, clothing, and for providing the facility for
HIV/AIDS awareness. There this program..
are many free assistance or Please call Jerry Stokoe
sliding scale fee programs at 899-1036 for additional
in Gulf County. information. Anyone who is
This program is intested in where the facility
designed for people of all is located is asked to call
ages and income groups. 229-8466 on Mon-Fri for
The agencies want to pro- information.


State Road 30A
Tidal Culvert Replacement Project

Bridge onstndion Projed, G6lf onlyy
financial Projec Idenlification Number:
423064-2-5201
Public Information Meeting
Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (EDT)
Place: St. Joseph Bay State Buffer and
Aquatic Preserves Center
3915 State Road 30A
Port St. Joe, Florida


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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) invites you to attend the Public
Information Meeting regarding proposed culvert replacements on State Road 30A.
The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2008 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
(EDT) at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer and Aquatic Preserves Center, 3915 State
Road 30A, Port St. Joe, Florida. This meeting will provide you an opportunity to
preview the proposed design, ask questions, and/or submit comments. There will be
no formal presentation, representatives from the FDOT will be available to answer
questions and explain the proposed improvements.
The proposed improvements include replacing two existing culverts on State Road
30A with new concrete bridges. The first structure is located adjacent to Presnell's
Bayside Marina approximately 2 V2 miles south of the intersection of State Road
30A and State Road 30 (US 98). The second structure is located adjacent to the St.
Joseph Bay State Buffer and Aquatic Preserve approximately 2 miles south of the
first structure.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age,
sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommoda-
tions under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation
services (free of charge) should contact Kerrie Harrell, P.E., Project Manager at
(850) 638-2288 at least seven days prior to the meeting.
If you have any questions regarding this project or this meeting, please contact Ker-
rie Harrell at (850) 638- 2288 or by email kaharrell@pbsj.com. You may also con-
tact Tommie Speights, District Three Public Information Director; toll free at (888)
638-0250, extension 208 or by email tommie.speights@dot.state.fl.us.


Healthy Start Event
Please Join Healthy Start and the Gulf County Health
Department for a community educational event, "Smoke
Free-The Way to Be for Baby and Me."
The event will be held March 28, 2008 from 10 a.m.
to 1 p.m. (EST) at the Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store at 125
West Highway 98.


PUBLIC NOTICE

A Public Hearing will be held at a special
Planning and Development Review Board
(PDRB) meeting on Tuesday, March 25,
2008 at 8:45 a.m. EST, and at the Board of
County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting
on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.
EST. Both public hearings will be held in
the BOCC Meeting Room at the Robert M.
Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida.
The public hearings will be to discuss and
act on the following:

1. Proposed 7 unit subdivision -
Indian Lagoon, LLC Parcel ID
#03181-000R in Section 20,
Township 9 South, Range 10 West,
Gulf County, Florida Subject
to all Federal, State and Local
Development Regulation state and
unstated.
2. Variance Request George
Newman, Jr. Parcel ID
#03974-000R in Section 5,
Township 7 South, Range 11
West, Gulf County, Florida -
encroachment into road setback to
meet DEP CCCL requirements.
3. Reopen Small Scale Land Use
for Moses Medina Parcel ID
#01041-060R Agricultural to
Residential.
4. Public at Large
5. Staff

The public is encouraged to attend and
be heard on these matters. Information
prior to the meeting can be viewed at the
Planning and Building Department at 1000
Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Room 312.


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Charles Smith
Charles Robert Smith, Jr., 75, of Port St. Joe, died
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at Beacon Villa Retirement
Center. He was born on March 10, 1933 in Attapulgus,
Georgia to Charles Robert Smith, Sr. and Margaret Gibson
Smith. Mr. Smith had been a resident of Gulf County for
70 years. He served his country in the U. S. Air Force
from 1950 until 1954 during the Korean Conflict. He
returned from Germany to Port St. Joe and was a power
plant operator for the St. Joe Paper Company until he
opened his own heavy equipment business, C. R. Smith
& Son, Inc.
Survivors include his son Donnie (Shaleen) Smith of
Dalkeith; two granddaughters, Renee' Smith Brady of Port
St. Joe, and Amanda Smith of Dalkeith; three great-grand-
sons, Jessie Linton, Luke Linton, and Canaan Goddin; one
brother, Thomas (Patricia) Smith of Huntsville, AL; and
sisters, Pauline Miller of Deland, FL, Frances (Charles)
Baumgart of Okeechobee, FL, and Cora Sue Robinson of
Port St. Joe; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was precededed in death by his wife Lois; a grand-
daughter, Regina Smith, great-grandchildren Donnie
Clayton Smith and Kayla Renee' Smith; and sisters,
Margaret L. Smith, Joann Wise and Carolyn Hill.
Visitation was from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. EDT Friday,
March 14, at Comforter Funeral Home, with funeral ser-
vices held at 1:00 p.m. EDT Saturday at the First United
Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Mac Fulcher.
Interment followed in Holly Hill Cemetery.
All services were under the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.

Vita Merle Hallman

Vita Merle Hallman, 87 of Graceville, formerly of
Port St. Joe passed away Saturday March 15, 2008 at
Northwest Florida Community Hospital following an
extended illness.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Monday, March
17, 2008 at the Chapel of James & Lipford Funeral Home
with Rev. Chester Padgett officiating. Burial followed in
Marvin Chapel Cemetery with James & Lipford Funeral
Home directing. Family received friends at the funeral
home on Monday 10 a.m. until time of service.
Mrs. Hallman, a 1938 graduate of Chipley High
School, was born in Washington County, Florida on
February 13, 1921 to the late Irving and Martha Sowell
Brock. She was a member of Highland View Baptist
Church in Port St. Joe, Florida.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jesse E.
Hallman.
She is survived by her children Roger Douglas "Doug"
Hallman and wife Jackie of Graceville, Sharron Minnich
and husband David of Nashville, Tenn., four grandchil-
dren and four great grandchildren.

James McNeill Hemanes and

Walter Robinson Hemanes
James McNeill Hemanes and Walter Robinson
Hemanes passed on March 12, 2008 at Gulf Coast
Community Hospital. The infant twins are survived by
mother Jennifer McNeill and father Brian Hemanes,
brother Christopher and sister Chloe of Port St. Joe, half
sister Dana of Quincy and half brother Brett Albritton,
maternal grandparents Carolyn Barbour and husband
'Bill of Chipley and Jim McNeill of Indian Pass, paternal
grandparents Robert and Virginia Hemanes of Quincy,
'aunt and uncle Meredith and Rusty Ward and cousin
Hunter of Howard Creek, Aunt Debra Kay Hemanes of
,Tallahassee, uncle Robbie Hemanes of Quincy and uncle
-Keith Hemanes of Greensboro, aunt Katie McNeill and
uncle Austin McNeill of Port St. Joe. Maternal great
.grandparents are Jimmie and Betty McNeill of Indian
Pass and Aubrey Boyett of New Hope, Florida. Other sur-
irivors include great aunt Sharon Carter of Wewahitchka,
Great aunt and uncle Imogene and Steve Miles of Ruston
-Louisiana, as well as a host of cousins.
James and Walter were preceded in death by their
-great grandfather WC. Robinson of Wewahitchka and
.great grandmother Marie Boyett of New Hope, as well as
great-uncle Ricky Carter of Wewahitchka and also Great
.Grandparents Marie and Rosby Hemanes of Quincy.
A private memorial was held at Buckhorn Cemetery
,in Wewahitchka with cousin of the twins, Reverend Jason
-Carter, officiating. Hall Funeral Home of Altha handled
funeral arrangements.

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


Mark Miller

Mark Miller, 33, passed away unexpectedly on March
17th. He is survived by his parents, Ernie and Cheryl
Miller of Mexico Beach, and his siblings; Ron (Gabby)
Miller, Michelle (Robert) Miller, Jim (Crystal) Miller,
and Rick (Sylvia) Miller and several nieces and nephews
(Jacob, Austin, Briana, Katelyn, Ricky, Courtney, and
Heather) of GA. Mark previously resided in Acworth, GA,
and most recently in Monticello, FL.
His unique spirit will be missed greatly by all who love
him as we send him home to the Lord.
Local services were provided by Comforter Funeral
Home.



William R. (Rod) Bowdoin

William R. (Rod) Bowdoin, age 59, died March 15,
2008, from complications following open heart surgery.
Mr. Bowdoin was a prominent trial lawyer and practiced
law in Lake City, Florida, since 1974 as a member of the
law firm of Darby, Peele, Bowdoin. & Payne. He was born
in Century, Florida, on February 4, 1949, the son of Leroy
and Hazel Beckel Bowdoin. Mr. Bowdoin was raised in
Port St. Joe and Live Oak, Florida, and was a graduate of
Suwannee High School.
He graduated from Florida State University, with a
Bachelor of Science degree in 1970, and was a member
of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He received a J.D. degree
with honors from the University of Florida Law School in
1973 where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal frater-
nity and the Editorial Board of the Florida Law Review.
Mr. Bowdoin is survived by his widow, Teresa Lynn
Bowdoin; a son, John Michael Bowdoin; and a daughter,
Savannah Lynn Bowdoin. His mother, Hazel Bowdoin;
two brothers, Douglas Bowdoin and Fred Bowdoin; and
two sisters, Cassie Stinson and Bonnie Brice, also survive
him. His father, Leroy Bowdoin, predeceased him.
Mr. Bowdoin was a member of The Florida Bar, the
Lake City Bar Association (President 1982 1983) and
the Third Judicial Circuit Bar Association. He served his
profession in numerous capacities including Chairman
of the Grievance Committee of the Third Judicial Circuit
and Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission
for the Third Judicial Circuit. He also was a member of
the Board of Governors of the Young Lawyers Section of
The Florida Bar and was active in the Academy of Florida
Trial Lawyers and the Association of Trial Lawyers of
America. He was Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer
by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and
Certification and as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National
Board of Trial Advocacy. His areas of law practice were
focused primarily on personal injury and wrongful death,
medical malpractice and commercial litigation. In 2006,
he was selected as a Florida Super Lawyer, which recog-
nized the top 5 percent of lawyers in Florida.
In addition to his career as a trial lawyer, Mr. Bowdoin
was an avid sportsman, cattleman and horseman. He par-
ticipated in numerous cutting horse events and was an
active member of the National Cutting Horse Association.
He competed, along with his wife, Terri, and daughter,
Savannah, in weekly and limited age cutting horse events.
His agricultural activities were centered around his farm,
Savannah Ranch, located west of Lake City, where he
raised horses and cattle.
Funeral services for Mr. Bowdoin will be held at the
First United Methodist Church, Lake City, Florida, on
Friday, March 21, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will fol-
low at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation
with the family will be held on Thursday evening, March
20, 2008, from 6:00 8:00 PM. at the funeral home. Active
pall bearers will be Bobby Case, Craig Busby, Raleigh
Brown, Joe Jordan, Roger Davis, and Rhett Bullard. In
lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that contributions
be made in Mr. Bowdoin's memory to St. Vincent's Health
Foundation for open heart surgery recovery, Jacksonville,
Florida; Shands Hospital Pediatric Oncology, Gainesville,
Florida; or the First United Methodist Church, Lake
City, Florida. Arrangements are under the direction of
GATEWAY-FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 3596 S.
HWY 441, Lake City. (386) 752-1954. Please sign the guest
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Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
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Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820



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Sof Port St. Joe
15i08 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
Reverend Reid Cameron
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School 11:00 a.m.




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In Christ's Service
A man approached a little league baseball game one
afternoon. He asked a boy in the dugout what the score was.
The boy responded, "Eighteen to nothing--we're behind."
"Boy," said the spectator, "I'll bet you're discouraged." "Why
should I be discouraged?" replied the little boy. "We haven't
even gotten up to bat yet!"
I love the attitude expressed by the boy but it would
seem that his hope might just be in vain.
Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no
virtue at all...As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is
mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hope-
less that hope begins to be a strength.
Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever felt that your
hope was in vain? I think we have all been at that point at
some time in our life. The church should be a beacon of hope
in a hopeless world. If there was anywhere in Gulf County
that could be called a place of hope it should be the church.
1st Peter 1:3-4 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our:
Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new.
birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus-
Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can.
never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you...
Three facts about hope
A. God has given us a living hope
1. God has given us new birth through Christ
2. This new birth allows us to have a living hope, a hope.
that makes a difference
3. A hope that will never perish, spoil or fade
B. Hope is more than just wishful thinking
1. Hope is based in fact God loves you
2. Hope is based in firm conviction God cares for you.
3. Hope is based in final assurance God wants to be
with you
C. Hope can and must be a vital part of our life
1. We cannot make It through life without hope
2. Hope is our greatest asset in life
So where do we find this hope that makes a difference?,
I, Our hope comes from an eternal person Revelation 4:8:
says Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and,
is and is to come.
Jesus is pre-existent of us. He existed before time began.;
He was there before light was created. He was there before-
stars were hung in the heavens. He was there before Adam'
became the first man. He was there before sin entered the.
world. He was there before the solution was needed for the'
broken relationship between God and humanity.
Jesus is present with us. He is here in this very moment.
He with us as we worship and praise His very name. He is:
here when we call on Him and when we don't call. He is here.
as we walk with him and as we walk away from Him. He is'
here to call you back to following Him with all of your heart.;
Jesus is preceding us. He is going to return to this bro--
ken and sinful to reclaim it in the name of the Father. He who:
was and who is will come again to fulfill the hope that rests.
in the hearts of those who follow Him.
Jesus always has and always will exist. There has never;
been a time that He has not been and there will never be a-
time that he will cease to exist. Jesus is your source of hope:
because He is the master of eternity and he is always there.
for you.
II. Our hope comes from an eternal promise
Jesus has given us a glimpse of our future with Him it-
says in John 14:2-3(NIV)2 In my Father's house are many:
rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going.
there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a'
place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me;
that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the'
place where I am going."
Jesus has prepared a place for us. Jesus promises to,
come for us. There are only two times in life when Jesus,
comes for you. First, when we ask Him into our heart.:
Second, when Jesus returns to gather His people back to-
Him. Either way the end result is the same. Jesus will bring'
you into fellowship with Him that will never end.
III. Our Hope comes from an eternal plan
Romans 5:8 Out of a Bible called The Message reads...
But God demonstrates His love for us in this; while we were
still sinners, Christ died for us, But God put his love on the
line for us by offering his son in sacrificial death while we
were of no use whatever to him.
Hope is given through sacrifice...Jesus died while we
were still far away from God. Jesus died while we were still
turning our backs on Him. Jesus died while we were still
rejecting Him. God put His love on the line by allowing Jesus
to die in our place before we ever showed an interest in
accepting Him. If there is anything that should give us hope in
this life this is it! God was willing to show us the depth of His
love by sacrificing Jesus while we were still sinners.
Hope is a gift from God to everyone
a.) Hope is a part of having faith
b.) True hope that does not disappoint can only come
from God
Hope changes our lives
a.) Hope transforms how we think and how we act
b.) Hope helps us to see the world with the eyes of
Christ
Hope is always with us
a.) Hope is always available
b.) Hope can always be found all we need to do is
look
Other men see only a hopeless end, but the Christian
rejoices in an endless hope. --
If this is your hope, why keep it to yourself? If this is
your hope, why not share it with others? If this is the hope
that made a difference in your life why not pass it on to those
who are living in hopelessness?
Have a Great Easter!!! Remember our hope is in the fact
that the TOMB IS EMPTY!!! Praise Godl!!
Pastors Howard & Amanda Riley
Highland View Church of God
pastoriley@mchsi.com
hlghlandviewchurchofgod@yahoo.com



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420 Long avenue Port St. Joe, florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

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309 6th Street Port St Joe, FL
"An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World"


weanesaay o:5 Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Adult Bible Study 850-227-1837
Children & Youth Ministries www.oakgrove-church.org


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102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE

Brent Vickery, Pastor
SBuddy 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
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pattern to follow.
Now, the Lord said,
"take heed that ye do
not your alms before
Men". In today's society
and I believe it was a prob-
lem in Jesus' day as well
people love to be recognized
for everything they do. It
makes folks feel good inside
about themselves and it
motivates in someway to
keep going. But somehow
in most everybody's mind
that gets these "pats on the
back" it does something
negative in the spirit of that
person. It changes why they
do it. What possibly started
out truly to be an act of
compassion turns to a tool
of power. Have you ever
noticed how folk remind
you of what they have done
especially when the person


who did something for you
is looking for a special favor
of some sort? The reason
they gave in the first place
was wrong. They more
than likely did not have the
person or cause in mind
when they gave, but them-
selves for future uses. The
-world's way is "me, myself
and I". No one else matters
just me.
This is Easter Week
and a perfect time to talk
about these things. Because
Christ came with compas-
sion in His heart to seek
and save that which was
lost and was willing to do
whatever it takes to do so.
Death would be the price
and He was willing to do so
just for you and me. Praise
God! Jesus, unlike man-
kind had no hidden agenda,


no selfish thoughts, and no
monetary benefits to gain.
Just a pure love for the soul
of man that was lost and
undone.
So the next time you
give do it without look-
ing for a brass plate to be
nailed to a pew, or your
name in the bulletin, or a
man calling out your name
to tell just how great you
are. Just do like Christ,
that is do it with so much
love that you NAIL YOUR
"ME, MYSELF AND I"
TO A CROSS. Then let
the Father in heaven do the
lifting up not man.
God bless you and ,I
will see you next week.
Pastor Tim '
LightHouse Pentecostal
Ministries


Contemporary Service at Children's Ministry


Beach Baptist Chapel

Beach Baptist Chapel will hold a praise and worship
service with special music on Sunday, March 30th, at 8:30
am ET. The church will have light refreshments before
Sunday School at 10, followed by the regular service at 11
ET. All are welcome to join the church for a special time
of worship. Beach Baptist is located at 311 Columbus
Street, St. Joe Beach.


The Children's Ministry of First United Methodist
Church hosted two Easter egg hunts on Sunday, March
16th. Children from age one to seven enjoyed the
first hunt right after church and the older kids, ages 7
to 12, had a great time at the nighttime hunt. The night-
time hunt kicked off with an egg toss contest. The win-
ners tossed their egg over 40 feet! After the egg toss the
kids had an egg decorating contest where they decorated
their eggs to look like Pastor Mac. As soon as it got
dark, the kids took their flashlights to find their eggs. It
was a great evening at FUMC!


Easter Sunrise Service and Musical


Beach Baptist Chapel
will hold its annual Easter
Morning Sunrise Service at
7 a.m. ET, March 23, at
Beacon Hill Park. There
will be hymns, praise
songs, scripture reading,
and a crucifixion and resur-
rection scene. Everyone is
welcome. In case of inclem-
ent weather, services will
be moved to the church,
located at 311 Columbus
St., St. Joe Beach.
The church will con-
tinue its morning worship
services on Easter Sunday
with Sunday School at 10
and an Easter musical per-
formed by the choir at 11.

Sunrise Service

Sunrise Service will
be held at LightHouse
Pentecostal Ministries in
White City. Everyone wel-
come, bring a lawn chair
please if you have one. We
will have praise and wor-
ship then the sunrise mes-
sage. If there is adverse
weather, we will meet in the
Sanctuary. Time 7:30am
Sunday.
Pastor Tim Bailey and
Congregation


All ages are welcome as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.


FIRST UNITED
METHODIST CHURCH
Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe
(850) 227-1724


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

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


Rev. Mac Fulcher
PASTOR
Jeremy Dixon
Director of Youth Ministries
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries
Ann Comforter
Music Director


fThe friendly place to worship!


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


BEACH BAPTIST CHAPEL
311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
A LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE LORD
SUNDAY: General Assembly 9:45 a.m. ET* Bible Study all ages 10 a.m. ET
Morning Worship 11 a.m. ET Evening Worship 6 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Choir Practice 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Kids for Christ 6 p.m. /Prayer Meeting & Youth Group 7 p.m.
"0 taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."
Please accept this invitation to join us in worship. God bless you!
Please call us foryour spiritual needs.
www.beachchapel.org
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725


Church of Christ
at the Beaches
Established 33 AD in Jerusalem


We meet at 350 Firehouse Road,
Overstreet 850.647.1622


Sunday Bible Study
Sunday Worship
Wednesday Bible Study


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


I "We are about our Father's business"


Jesus is Lord and He is waiting
FOR YOU AT:

sigtlantb iet aptit c urt
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850)227-1306
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Mike Westbrook Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.

EVROEWLOE


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Wo


CHURCH OF CHRIST
MEETS
going: 9 a.m. Sunday
rship: 9:30 a.m. Sur
Call 229-8310


WRITE FOR FREE EIGHT LESSON
P. O. Box 758 Port St. Joe,
Corner of 20th Street & Marv


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BIBLE STUDY
FL 32457
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Worship with us at
Long Avenue Baptist Church

Where Faith, Family crFriendship are found
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pm
Wednesday
A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm

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




482 Pompano Street 229-6235
Sunday School .............. 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Service .......11:00 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service........ 6:00 p.m.
Monday Night Youth Service..... 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Night ............ 7:00 p.m.

Pastor Howard Riley Welcomes Everyone



familylf We hurch
"Touching Lives with the Love of Jesus"
Join us in worship . Apao snam. o ty
10:30 Sunday Morning Hwy. 98
7:00 Wednesday Evening <>
Pastors Andrew
& 3 Reid Ave.
Cathy Rutherford Fami ife Church
Rhema Bible Training Center graduates
Visit our website at: familylifechurch.net Wewahitchka
323 Reid Avenue Port St. Joe 229-LIFE (5433)


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Challenges for the
Christian that are vital
If you look with me in the
Bible, Matthew 6, we find
the Lord Jesus taught
on three items that are
important to maintain in
our Christian walk. They
are Giving, Prayer, and
Fasting. I want to cover
all three over the next few
weeks but I will start with
giving as Christ did.
I read a book about
3 weeks ago I suppose by
Jentezen Franklin on fast-
ing. Now I am a firm believer
in fasting, giving and prayer
as well as believe it is truly
a need in every Christian's
life. Jesus thought it impor-
tant as well or He would not
have placed it in the Word
for you and I to have for a


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ISupervisor of Elections Scholarship Opportunities


r, ,\ from

Port St. Joe

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Testing for this year is over!!! We Tamed The FCAT
and We Did Win On Stanford 10. We are glad this part
of our school year is over and we are preparing now for
Everything we need to know for next year. Thank you to all
,.parents, grand parents, students, and teachers for their
,, hard work and endurance during testing time. We will be
* an "A' school again.
S Jump Rope for Heart will begin the week of March
24th-28th. Our school supports this campaign for heart
healthy awareness through our PE classes. Your child will
be given the opportunity to participate and jump during
SPE to collect money for the American Heart Association.
Through the years we have been the top fundraiser in the
surrounding counties. Let's support our efforts at Port
SSt. Joe Elementary School to help the American Heart
Association.
Spring Break is just around the corner. This will be
a time for you to relax and spend quality time with your
family. The dates are March 31st-April 4th. We will have
early release on March 28th at 11:30. Your child will NOT
Sbe served lunch on that day.
Important Dates:

March 24th-28th-Jump Rope for Heart during PE
Time
March 25th-Spring Pictures
March 28th-1/2 day no lunch and Report Cards go
home
March 31st-April 4th-Spring Break
April 7th-Water Conservation with Glenn Davis
April 1 lth-Gold Cards go home and AR Movie
April 14th-18th-Book Fair-Family Night-April 14th
April 23rd-1/2 day-College T-shirt Day
April 24th-Starts last Dibels week
April 25th-Track and Field Day
April 28th-Career Week



ARE YOU SMARTER

THAN A PSJE DOLPHIN?

Week #21 answers are:

1. An armadillo can get what disease from a mosquito?
Malaria
2. Kangarbbos are allergic to what substance in milk?
Lactic acid
3. Whales can get what bug that people get in their hair?
lice(sea lice)
4. What shark has the name of a mystical creature?
Goblin

Congratulations to: Shane McGuffin and Linda Wood. These
people submitted the winning entries.

Week #22-Questions are:

1. What do angel wings feel like? ;
2. Is the halo bronze or gold?
3. How do they make gowns?
4. Do boys in heaven wear wings?
5. Do you see yourself in heaven?

SQuestions submitted by: Alex Naus, 3rd Grader

Please email your responses to: cwillis@gulf.k12.fl.us


Gulf County Supervisor
of Elections Linda Griffin
has announced that the
Florida State Association
of Supervisors of Elections
will award three (3) $1,200
scholarships at their sum-
mer conference in May this
year. To be eligible for the


FSASE scholarship, the
student must be either a
Political Science/Public or
Business Administration
or Journalism/Mass
Communication Major. The
student must be enrolled
or accepted as a full-time
student in a senior college


or university in Florida.
No postgraduate or second
degree students are eligible.
Application must be turned
in to the Elections Office by
March 26, 2008.
To find out more about
the scholarships and addi-
tional eligibility require-


ments, interested students
can call the Gulf County
Elections Office at 229-6117
or come by the Elections
Office, located at 401 Long
Ave, Port St. Joe.


Port St. Joe High Student Council Attends Conference


The Port St. Joe High
School Student Council
recently attended the
annual Florida Association
of Student Councils con-
ference in Gainesville, FL.
Olivia Lamberson, Megan
Gannon, Kayla Minger and
Erica Balogh were the rep-
resentatives for Port St.


Joe. They were only 4 of the
867 delegates in attendance
at this conference. The con-
ference consisted of many
motivational speakers,
including the University of
Florida Head football coach
Urban Meyer. The girls were
presented with the Gold
Medallion Council honor at


the banquet the last night
of the conference. Port St.
Joe High School is only one
of three schools in class
2A who received the honor
of Gold Medallion Council.
This honor is based on the
number of projects that
a council has throughout
the year. Port St. Joe High


School Student Council
would like to thank Mrs.
Sue Gannon, Mrs. Erica
Norton, and Mrs. Margaret
Ellmer for helping with our
flag project for the confer-
ence.


Wewahitchka Elementary School

Students of the Week: March 10-14


K-Morgan Oglesby; 1st Skylar Barfield; 2nd Blake McComas; 3rd Samantha Pitts; 3rd Tyler Nichols; 4th Janeesa
Lewis; 5th Blake Kemp


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Arts Potpourri at GCCC


The Visual and
Performing Arts Division
of Gulf Coast Community
College wil 1 host the "Arts
Potpourri" on March 28
from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00
p.m. in the Amelia Center
Gallery and the outdoor
fountain area on campus.
The "Student Art Show


Opening" will be a combi-
nation of art exhibits dis-
played in the Amelia Center
Gallery with an outdoor
concert featuring the GCCC
Concert Chorale and the
"Singing Commodores."
The annual show
includes work from the pro-
duction classes. Paintings,


ceramics, silk paintings,
hand made wearable art in
metal, sculptures, digital
photography and digital art
will be on display. All work
has been produced by the
students in the Visual Arts
program of the Visual and
Performing Arts Division
of Gulf Coast Community


College.
Refreshments will be
served both inside the the-
atre and near the court-
yard fountain. Admission
is free and open to the pub-
lic. For more information,
call Tammy Marinuzzi at
769-1551, extension 2890.


Faith Christian School Students


Elisha Vereen and Lexie McGhee examine books of inter-
est at the FCS Book Fair.


FCS 2nd and 3rd Grade students examine the ship's boat on board Columbus's Ship, the Nina.


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By Whitney Nixon and
Samantha Layfield

The countdown is on!
With the second semester
about to be over, students
are in the countdown mode
to summer vacation and, for
some, the end of their high
school careers. However, we
can't forget about all of the
,things that are going on
right now.

Senior News:
The last senior trip
payment of $50 was due on
March 17. If the trip ends
up being more than $300,
the remaining amount will
be paid on April 1st. The
senior (baby) ad due date
had been extended until
Friday, March 28th. Any
turned in after that date will
have a $25 late fee added to
it. All seniors should have
received their graduation
invitations on March 11. If
you did not do so, please
check with Ms. Barbee to
see how you can receive
them.

Club News:
Congratulations go
out to our PSJHS Student
Council as they received
"the Gold Medallion Council
Award and the FASC con-
vention on Feb. 29th in
Gainesville. This honor was
* only given to 3 Class 2A
schools in Florida. Way to
go!!! Also, Key Club has been
volunteering at the Humane
Society on Saturdays and
their efforts are outstand-
ing. Good job for all of the
"True Blue."

Other News:
If you are interested
in applying for the Arts
Academy '-for next year,
the application forms can


be picked up in the front
office, Guidance office, or
with the Arts teachers, Mr.
Burch, Mr. Bouington, or
Mrs. Comforter. All acade-
my members this year must
re-apply. Prom date permis-
sion forms are in the front
office. They are to be turned
in no later than April 11.
There is still a list of juniors
that have not paid their $20
class dues. PLEASE turn
in you payment to Jessie
Faircloth before time runs
out! There will be a prom
preview party on Tuesday,
March 18 from 6:00 PM.
until ? at Petals By The
Bay on Reid Ave. You can
come by and see the lat-
est in Prom Flowers and
Tuxedo fashions for guys.
If the guys get their tuxedo
from Petals By The Bay,
they will save on prom flow-
ers. Come out and see the
new fashions and have good
food and entertainment. At
some point this week, the
parents of PSJHS students
in grades 8-11 should be
receiving an invitation in
the mail inviting you to
come and join their student
in the selection of his/her
schedule for the 2008-2009
school year. The meetings
are only about 15 minutes
long and if you feel that
you need more time to talk
to the guidance counselor,
please feel free to contact
Ginger Bernal at PSJHS at
850-229-8813.

Sports:
Baseball season is still
in full swing. The varsity
team has a home game
March 20th against West
Gadsden at 6:00 PM, an
away game the 24th against
Sneads at 7:00 PM, and an
away game vs. Wewa the
28th at 7:00 PM. Jr varsity


Correctional Officers


Graduate from GCCC

Correctional Officer Basic Standards Class #192
will hold their Graduation Ceremony sponsored by the
Gulf Coast Community College Criminal Justice Training
Academy on March 17, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in
building A at the Gulf Franklin Center campus.
The students have completed training in legal issues,
interpersonal skills, report writing, correctional opera-
tions and emergency management as well as first aid,
defensive tactics and firearms.
Upon graduation of the Basic Standards Class,
these students will be eligible to take the State Officers
Certification Examination, and upon passing the exam
will then be eligible for certification as a Correctional
Officer in the State of Florida.
For additional information contact Sharon Burdeshaw,
227-9670, ext. 5511.


plays Sneads the 24th at
4:30 and faces off against
Wewa the 28th at 4:30. Be
there to support our boys!
An exciting sports event
to hit PSJHS is the upcom-
ing volleyball against the
PSJHS seniors and the
PSJHS and PSJMS faculty.
All students in grades 6-12
are invited to attend the
CLASH between the facul-
ty and seniors. The game
will be during 6th period
on Thursday, March 27th.
Admission is $1.00 and a
concession stand will be
available with snow cones
and other yummy snacks.

Interview:
In an interview, Port St.
Joe High School track mem-
ber, Hunter Wall discusses
PSJHS's track program and
its upcoming events.
How often do you
practice? : "We practice
everyday Mon-Sat and if it
rains than we practice in
the gym. We run 2 warm up
laps and then stretch and
do some drills, after that
everybody goes and practic-
es their event ( high jump,
hurtles, long jump... etc.).
Practice is usually over by
6:00 PM but pole vaulters
usually stay until around
7:30 PM."
Do you enjoy it? : "Yes
I love it. It's really long and
it can be very hard at times.
It makes you really have to
push your limits and take
it to the next level.., but its
the best feeling in the world


when your done and you
can say 'I did that'."
Any upcoming
meets? : "We normally
have meets 2 times a week,
but this week only one, its
next Sat.(day before eas-
ter), it's at Tommy Oliver
Stadium in Panama City.
There should be 15 to 18
different schools there and
around 800 athletes. Meets
last 7 to 8 hrs easy."
How was your last
meet? : "Last meet was
the best. The girls won the
whole thing so they got a
trophy. Kayla Parker totally
dominated, winning every
event she did. I came in
3rd in pole vaulting. Parker
came in first. There was a
very strong wind, that made
everything very difficult. All
in all it was a good day. I
pulled muscle, but other
, than that everything went as
good as planned."
Well that wraps up this
weeks edition of "Shark
Talk". FCAT is over all stu-
dents can finally take a sigh
of relief. The end of the nine
weeks is quickly approach-
ing and the last semester
is half way complete. It's
a countdown until spring
break! Enjoy this quote by
John C. Maxwell: "Don't
take yourself too seriously.
If you can develop ability
to laugh at yourself, you
will be much more relaxed
when given or giving criti-
cism... Blessed is he who
can enjoy his blunders."


Port St. Joe Elementary

Relay for Life Team

The Port St. Joe Elementary Relay for Life Team
would like to invite you to our first dessert auction! This
is our very first auction to raise funds for the American
Cancer Society. It's easy and fun to participate.
Here's how it works: A variety of homemade desserts
are baked for this event by our very own faculty and par-
ent volunteers. You, our guests, come to the PSJE Media
Center and obtain a bid card for the night. Then the fun
and excitement begins! Not only do you have the oppor-
tunity to select a delicious pie or dessert to bid for and
purchase, butit is a time for laughs and fun as the top
bidder seeks to win that prize dessert!
Our auction will take place on Thursday, March 20
at 5:30 p.m. in the PSJE Media Center. If you have any
questions, contact Principal Melissa Ramsey 227-1221 or
Committee Chairperson Tonya Plair at 227-8657.
Don't miss out on the fun, because you'll be glad you
came and helped contribute to this great cause as we fight
against cancer We hope to see you there!


Port St. Joe Elementary Dazzling Dolphins
Front Row: Lyndsay Butler; Back Row: Jarkeice Davis, Devion Davis, (Happy Meal) Jenny Comeaux (Subway Meal),
Morissa McCall


I Spy-Espionage During

the American Revolution

By: Cory Walding
Wewahitchka Middle School, Grade 8

I have always imagined what it would be like
being a spy for the patriots during the American
Revolution. I could sneak around in disguise to
try and catch pieces of conversations that would
reveal the loyalists' locations. I could travel and
scope the territory to see if the enemy is nearby.
A good disguise would be necessary to get close
to the enemy without being detected. Complete
secrecy of my identity would eb most important
to protect the spy circle. A main agenda as a spy
would be interception of the loyalists' letters while
protecting patriot documents from opposing sides
and assuring their safe delivery to their destina-
tions. Oh, I could only dream of the fun, excitement
and satisfaction of helping the patriots outsmart
the loyalists during the American Revolution.
I cannot believe it! Mr. Washington actually
wants me, Benjamin Tallmadge, a merchant, to
be a patriot spy and I am in charge of creating
a sound group of trustworthy spies, routes, and
secret forms of letter writing. It's a dream come
true! I am to report directly to Mr. Washington and
I have been instructed to gather a gang of people
that I can trust for espionage activities. Upon gath-
ering many trustworthy life-long friends, we now
make up the Culper gang, our new spy identity.
Mr. Washington wants to ensure absolute secrecy
for the identities of espionage spies, so he does
not even know who makes up the gang. We are
instructed to use invisible ink, secret codes, com-
plex routes, secret identities and to keep our daily
routines as much as possible to draw little atten-
tion.
My espionage identity is John Bolton and
I have received a secret request at my store
from Culper, Junior, who most know as Robert
Townsend. Mr. Roe comes into my store to pick up
supplies for Long Island and delivers messages
for John Bolton, me, in disguise as an order to the
store. I secretly read the letters and place them
in the packages and Mr. Roe returns to pick them
up and take them to their next destination. The
spy network is very elaborate and many spies,
men and women, play an important role in making
sure the letters reach Mr. Washington without the
loyalists' knowledge. We use many locations and
drop boxes set up along the spy.route. Our job is
very dangerous and we have to be careful to not
get caught.
Unfortunately, some of our spies fall into the
hands of the enemy. Once they are discovered as
spies and the loyalists get the information they are
wanting, they have the spies killed. Some spies,
such as Benedict Arnold, betray to the loyalists'
side to save their own skin and use their patriot
information to help the enemy. However, others
stay loyal, such as my best friend, Nathan Hale, a
well-educated man, who used his intelligence:to
communicate well with the enemy. He was hung
after being captured by loyalists for carrying spy
letters in his shoes which he had written in Latin.
He admitted his espionage and refused an invita-
tion to change to the loyalists' side. He instead
spoke these patriotic words before his death," I
only regret that I have but one life to lose for my
country." His actions inspired me to form the net-
work of spies. Another captured spy who remained
loyal was agent 355, a woman spy, who was mar-
ried to Culper, Junior. Her identity has been a well
kept secret and she thought her work was impor-
tant enough not to quit espionage even when she
became pregnant. Agent 355 was captured by
loyalists, with information that was maybe given by
Benedict Arnold, and imprisoned on the "Jersey."
After giving birth to her son, Robert Townsend, Jr.,
she died on the British Ship.
Sometimes, information is intentionally allowed
to fall into the hands of the loyalists. Mr. Washington
is a master mind of deceitful, misinforming letters.
He sends letters for interception that contain false
information such as the amount of ammunition at
particular locations to buy more time for reinforce-
ments and supplies. In fact, this is how the patri-
ots would win battles of the American Revolution
and eventually win the final war. It is through the
intentional interception of the patriots' letters to the
British that the loyalists are misinformed to their
defeat at Yorktown after believing that the patriots
were going to attack New York with all available
men. With this misinformation Clinton did not send
reinforcements for Cornwallis and Washington's
strategy led to an American victory.
"Cory!" "Have you finished your homework on
the American Revolution?" "Cory, wake up." Oh,
hi, mom. Was I asleep? Ah, man, it was a really
good dream. All this studying on the American
Revolution has given me nightmares! But at least,
my "dream" came true and now I have a lot less to
study. Espionage during the American Revolution
was everything I imagined it could have been and
without its network, the outcome of the war could
have been very different.


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GULF COUILY SHERIFF'S REPORb


The Gulf County
Sheriff's Office will be con-
ducting vehicle safety check-
points and DUI check points
during the month of March
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 03/09 Alvin Edward
Williams, 82, was arrested
for retail theft.
On 03/10 David Harper
Tarver, 52, was observed
driving a motor vehicle. The
-deputy was aware that his
license was suspended, he
was stopped and arrested
Sfor DWLSR.
On 03/11 Darrell Lamar
Givens, 48, was arrested for
violation of probation as a
result of his arrest in last
week's drug roundup.
On 3/12 a vehicle driven
.byAnthonyJerome Sanders,
50, was stopped for a traf-
fic violation. Sanders gave


the deputy several different
names and dates of birth.
He was arrested for DWLSR
and giving false informa-
tion to a law enforcement
officer.
On 03/12 Jay Thomas
Pullen, 47, was arrested on
two warrants from Georgia.
The warrants were for child
support and negligent treat-
ment of a child.
On 03/13 a vehicle
driven by Dustin Jeffery
Kilpatrick, 25, was stopped
for a traffic violation. The
deputy determined that
Kilpatrick was intoxicated
and he was arrested for
DUI.
On 03/13 Gulf County
dispatchers received sev-
eral calls about a reckless
driver on Hwy 98 coming
from Franklin County. The
vehicle was located and
stopped, and the driver
Sarah Chastain Stoker, 27,
was arrested for DUI and
possession of a controlled
substance.
On 03/14 Tommy Steve
Anderson, 60, was arrested
on a warrant for violation
of an injunction for protec-
tion.
On 03/15 a vehicle driv-
en by Henry Ellis Wade,


Jr., 38, was stopped for
speeding. He was clocked
on radar at 92 MPH in
a 55MPH zone. The dep-
uty determined that Wade
was intoxicated and he
was arrested for DUI and
DWLSR.
On 03/15 Tamala
Danielle Goodell, 43, was
arrested for violation of
probation. The original
charge was possession of a
controlled substance.
On 03/16 Deputies
responded to a domestic
disturbance. After complet-
ing their investigation they
arrested Everett L. Harris,
43, for battery and posses-
sion of marijuana.

Escaped inmate in
custody
Robert Richard Wall,
who had escaped from
the Gulf County Detention
Center on 03/08, was
taken into custody with-
out incident on 03/16 by
the St. Petersburg Police
Department in Pinellas
County, Florida. He is cur-
rently awaiting transport
back to Gulf County. Wall
was arrested driving the
truck he had stolen during
his escape.


Sexual Predator
State Attorney Steve
Meadows announced the
conviction, in Gulf County
Circuit Court, of Kenneth
Donald Weaver on a charge
of Failing to Register as a


Convicted Of Failure To Register
Sexual Predator. Road, Wewahitchka, failed
The three male, three to properly register as a
female jury deliberated sexual predator. Sentencing
for one hour before find- is set for April 3, 2008.
ing that Weaver, WM, DOB: Weaver faces a possible five
2-27-1951, Brian Settritch years prison sentence.


FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report


Bay County
Officers Dennis Palmer
and Mike Nobles worked a
large section of property that
has been experiencing tres-
pass and littering problems.
The owner continuously
posts no trespassing signs
and digs ditches across his
property's entrance roads,
but the locals tear down
the signs and make new
roads. While conducting
surveillance at one of the
posted entrance points, a
Jeep pulled off the road-
way, ran over a no trespass-
ing sign and laughter was
heard as the truck drove
away. Before the officers
could stop the vehicle, they
observed numerous empty
water bottles being thrown
out. Citations were issued
for littering and destruc-
tion of the sign. Later they
watched as a truck backed
onto the property and began
unloading car engine parts
andbicycle frames. Citations
were issued for littering and
trespass. After this, anoth-
er truck was stopped and
a passenger was found to
have less than 20 grams of
cannabis and a pipe in his


front pocket. Citations were
issued for the cannabis and
trespass.
Officer Joe Chambers
checked a bank fisher
who was extremely ner-
vous. Acting as if noth-
ing was wrong, Officer
Chambers-left the area and
ran a check to find the fisher
was a convicted felon with
an extensive criminal his-
tory and a suspended driv-
er's license. Upon leaving
Officer Chambers conducted
a traffic stop and issued the
fisher a citation for driving
with a suspended driver's
license and for fishing with
no license.
K-9 Officer Mike Guy
and K-9 Jake responded to
a request from the Gadsden
County Sheriff's Office in
reference to locating several
firearms that were used in
a home invasion the previ-
ous night. The suspects
had been tracked the previ-
ous night by a K-9 from the
Department of Corrections
and currently the suspects
were in custody. K-9 Jake
followed the same track
taken the previous night and
shortly located the weapons


that had been discarded by
the fleeing suspects.
Officer Joe Chambers
was checking fishers at
Cook Bayou when he noted
the smell of burnt cannabis
coming from a vehicle whose
windows were down. No
one was in the vehicle, but
in plain view was a partially
burnt joint in the vehicle's
ashtray. Officer Chambers
located two fishers associ-
ated with the vehicle and
they admitted to having just
smoked the joint before
beginning to fish. A bag-
gie of cannabis was also
produced from the front
pocket of one of the fishers.
Citations were issued.
Gulf County
An undercover investi-
gator observed a local man
selling oysters out of the
back of his pickup truck.
Officer Tony Lee arrived to
assist in the investigation.
It was discovered the man
was selling uncertified oys-
ters and failed to possess
a saltwater retail license.
The appropriate citations
were issued. Eight bags
of oysters were returned to
Apalachicola Bay.


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the Forgot Coast Area over the last five
years. He is now using his expertise and
outstanding customer service to consult
or coach people who want to manage
the construction of their own home (act
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Why would Luke want to add this
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During the annual award ceremo-
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Gulf County at (850) 229-6111.
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1100

2008 ELECTION
NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that
the City of Port St. Joe's
primary election will be
held Tuesday, May 13,
2008, at the Port St Joe
Eire Station. Polls open at
7:00 a.m., EDT, and close
7:00 p.m., EDT.

Registration books are
now open at the office of
Linda Griffin, Gulf County
Supervisor of Elections,
and will remain open
through Monday, April 14,
2008 at 5:00 p.m.

'A registration drive will be
held on Friday, April 4th at
the Piggly Wiggly from
1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. Res-
idents will be able to reg-
ister to vote or change any
information to their voter
registration records.

Candidate Qualifying
begins Wednesday, March
26th at 12:00 noon and
ends on Wednesday, April
2nd at 12:00 noon.

Beginning April 28th May
10th, Early Voting will be
held at the Supervisor of
Elections office located at
401 Long Avenue.

Absentee Ballots may be
requested by calling the
Elections office at (850)
229-6117. Please note that
in order to mail the ab-
sentee ballot, the request
must be received by the
Elections office by 5 PM
on May 7th.

THE CITY OF PORT ST.
JOE

Pauline Pendarvis
City Clerk

Publish: March 20
& 27, 2008

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

File Number 08-05PR
PROBATE DIVISION

IN RE: ESTATE OF JEW-
ELL S. PAUL
Deceased.

__/
.NOTICE TO CREDI-
TORS
The administration of the
estate of JEWELL S. PAUL
deceased, File Number
08-05PR, is pending in the
'Circuit Court for Gulf
.County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of
'which is Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd. Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456. The
names and addresses of
the personal representa-
tive and the personal
representative's attorney
are set forth below.
ALL INTERESTED PER-
SONS ARE NOTIFIED
THAT:
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
Sdate of the first publication
of this notice must file their
claims with this Court
WITHIN THE LATER OF
THREE (3) MONTHS AF-
STER 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 THEM.
All other creditors of the
'decedent and persons
Shaving claims or demands
against the decedent's es-
tate must file their claims
'with this Court WITHIN
THREE (3) MONTHSAF-
,TER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DE-
, MANDS NOT SO FILED


1100
WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
The date of first publica-
tion of this Notice is March
20,2007.
Attomey for Personal Rep-
resentative:
Charles A. Costin
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Telephone: (850)
227-1159
Florida Bar No. 699070

Personal Representative:
Doloris Koven
279 Roberts Cemetery
Rd
Wewahitchka, Fl. 32465

Publish March 20 & 27,
2008



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA

CASE NO.: 07-159-CA

REGIONS BANK,
Plaintiff,
v.
WESMAV INVESTMENTS,
L.L.C.; MARK A. VIO-
LETTE; AND WARREN E.
SCHOTT
Defendants.

AMENDED NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE
Notice is hereby given that
the undersigned, Rebecca
L. Norris, Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court of Gulf County,
Florida, will on the 27th
day of March, 2008, at
11:00 o'clock A.M. (EST),
in the front lobby of the
Gulf County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida,
32456, offer for sale and
sell at public outcry to the
highest and best bidder for
cash, the following de-
scribed property situated
in the County of Gulf, State
of Florida, to-wit:

Lot 1:
Begin at a found one half
inch iron rod and Cap No.
1782 marking the most
Northerly corner of Lot 31,
of San Bias Estates Subdi-
vision, as per Official Plat
recorded in Plat Book 3,
Pages 20, 21and 22, of the
Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida, (iron rod
also being on the South-
westerly Right of Way line
of State Road No. 30-E
(100 foot right of way);
thence South 70 degrees
18 minutes 07 seconds
West along the North
boundary line of said Lot
31 for 500.46 feet to a
point on the mean high
water line of the Gulf of
Mexico, located at eleva-
tion 0.99 NGVD 29 of Oc-
tober 10, 2003; thence
South 29 degrees 19 min-
utes 57 seconds East
along said mean high
water line for 50.74 feet;
thence leaving said mean
high water line run North
70 degrees 17 minutes 47
seconds East for 302.29
feet; thence North 19 de-
grees 46 minutes 47 sec-
onds West for 40.00 feet;
thence North 70 degrees
18 minutes 07 seconds
East for 189.75 feet to the
said Southwesterly Right
of Way line of State Road
No. 30-E; thence North 19
degrees 46 minutes 47
seconds West for 10.00
feet to the Point of Begin-
ning; the South 2.50 feet
subject to a 5 foot Pedes-
trian Beach Access.

pursuant to the final judg-
ment entered in a case
pending in said Court, the
style of which is listed
above. Any person claim-
ing an interest in the sur-
plus from the sale, if any,
other than the property
owner as of the date of the
lis pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after
the sale.
Persons with a disability
who need special accom-
modations must notice the
individual signed below
not later than seven days
prior to the proceeding
which is the subject of this
notice to insure that rea-
sonable accommodations
are available.
WITNESS my hand and of-
ficial seal of this Honorable
Court, this 3rd day of
March, 2008.

Rebecca L. Norris
Clerk of Circuit Court
Gulf County, Florida
/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Conformed Copies to:

Linda A. Hoffman, Esq.
Robert S. Rushing, Esq.
1300 West Main Street
Pensacola, Florida 32501

Wesmav, Investments,
L.L.C.
42 Business Centre Drive,
Suite 311, The Summit
Miramar Beach, FL 32550


Prepared by:
Linda A. Hoffman, Esquire
Robert S. Rushing, Esquire
Carver, Darden, Koretzky,
Tessier, Finn, Blossman &
Areaux, LLC
1300 West Main Street
Pensacola, Florida 32501

Publish March 13 & 20,
2008



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL COURT
OF THE STATE OF FLOR-
IDA, IN AND FOR GULF
COUNTY

CASE NO.: 07-99 PR

IN RE: The Estate of
EMILY B. SPEIGHTS,
Decedent.
I

NOTICE OF ADMINIS-
TRATION

The adminsra-
t i o n
of the Estate of EMILY B.
SPEIGHTS, File No.
07-PR, is pending in the
Circuit Court of Gulf
County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of
which is 1000 Fifth Street,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456.
The name and address of
the Personal Representa-
tive and the Personal Rep-
resentative's attorney are
as set forth below.

ALL INTERESTED PER-
SONS ARE NOTIFIED
THAT:

All persons on
whom this Notice is served
who have objections that
challenge the qualifica-
tions of the Personal Rep-
resentative, venue, orjuris-
diction of this Court, are
required to file their objec-
tions 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 the Notice on
them.

All creditors of
t h e
Decedent and other per-
sons having claims or de-
mands against Decedents
Estate on whom a copy of
this Notice is served,
within three (3) months af-
ter the date of the first pub-
lication 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 serv-
ice of a copy of this Notice
on them.

All creditors of
t h e
Decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against Decedent's Estate
must file their claims with
this Court within three (3)
months after the date of
the first publication of this
Notice.

ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS,
AND OBJECTIONS NOT
SO FILED WILL BE FOR-
EVER BARRED.

The date of the
f i r s t
publication of this Notice is
March 6, 2008.

Sharon D. Speights
261 Avenue A
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Personal Representative

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

Publish March 6, 13, 20,
27, 2008


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA GEN-
ERAL JURISDICTION DIVI-
SION

CASE NO 07-329 CA

RBC CENTURY BANK
PLAINTIFF,


DEFENDANTS)

NOTICE OF FORECLO-
SURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Default Judgment of fore-
closure date February 26,
2008 entered in Civil Case
No. 07-329 CA of the Cir-
cuit Court in and for GULF
County, Florida, I will sell
to the highest and best
bidder for cash in the
LOBBY of the GULF
COUNTY COURTHOUSE
1000 CECIL G. COSTIN
SR. BOULEVARD, PORT
ST. JOE, FLORIDA at
11:00 a.m. on the 27th day
of March, 2008 the follow-
ing described property as
set forth in said Final Judg-
ment, to-wit:

LOT 19 MYSTIC PALMS A
SUBDIVISION AS PER
MAP OR [PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 5 PAGE 8 PUBLIC
RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA

Date this 27th day of Feb-
ruary, 2008
Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the lis pendens
must file a claim within
sixty (60) days after the
sale.

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Publish March 13 & 20,
2008



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL COURT
OF THE STATE OF FLOR-
IDA, IN AND FOR GULF
COUNTY

CASE NO.: 08-13 PR

IN RE: The Estate of
I OLA R.
LaPLANTE,

Decedent.


NOTICE OF ADMINIS-
TRATION

The administra-
t i o n
of the Estate of OLA R.
LaPLANTE, File No.
08-13PR, is pending in the
Circuit Court of Gulf
County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of
which is 1000 Fifth Street,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456.
The name and address of
the Personal Representa-
tive and the Personal Rep-
resentative's attorney are
as set forth below.

ALL INTERESTED PER-
SONS ARE NOTIFIED
THAT:

All persons on
whom this Notice is served
who have objections that
challenge the qualifica-
tions of the Personal Rep-
resentative, venue, orjuris-
diction of this Court, are
required to file their objec-
tions 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 the Notice on
them.

All editors of
t h e
Decedent and other per-
sons having claims or de-
mands against Decedent's
Estate on whom a copy of
this Notice is served,
within three (3) months af-
ter the date of the first pub-
lication 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 serv-
ice of a copy of this Notice
on them.

All creditors of
t h e
Decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against Decedent's Estate
must file their claims with
this Court within three (3)
months after the date of
the first publication of this
Notice.

ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS,
AND OBJECTIONS NOT
SO FILED WILL BE FOR-
EVER BARRED.


f i


The date of the
r s t


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

Publish March 6,13, 20, &
27, 2008



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION

CASE NO. 07-403CA
DIVISION

US BANK NATIONAL AS-
SOCIATION AS TRUSTEE
FOR JPM ALT 2006-S2,
Plaintiff,
vs.
LUANN M. QUARANTA, et
al,
Defendant(s).

NOTICE OF FORECLO-
SURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Judgment of Mortgage
Foreclosure date March
04, 2008 and entered in
Case No. 07-403CA of the
Circuit Court of the FOUR-
TEENTH Judicial Circuit in
and for GULF County, Flor-
ida wherein US BANK NA-
TIONAL ASSOCIATION AS
TRUSTEE FOR JPM ALT
2006-S2, is the Plaintiff
and LUANN M. QUAR-
ANTA; ALSO KNOWN AS
WILLIAM C. QUARANTA;
CAPITAL CITY BANK; are
the Defendants, I will sell
to the highest and best
bidder for cash at LOBBY
OF THE GULF COUNTY
COURTHOUSE at 11:00
AM, on the 7th day of
April, 2008, the following
described property as set
forth in said Final Judg-
ment:

LOT TWENTY-SIX (26),
BLOCK ONE HUNDRED
THIRTY (130), UNIT NUM-
BER TWELVE (12), OF
THE ST. JOSEPH'S ADDI-
TION TO THE CITY OF
PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA,
ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED APRIL 13, 1982
IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE
27 OF THE PUBLIC REC-
ORDS OF GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
A/K/A 2005 MARVIN AVE-
NUE, PORT SAINT JOE,
FL 324560000

Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the Lis Pend-
ens must file a claim within
sixty (60) days after the
sale.

WITNESS MY HAND and
the seal of this Court on
March 5, 2008.

Rebecca L. Norris,
Clerk of the Circuit Court

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Publish March 20 & 27,
2008



IN THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

CASE NO. 07-423-CA

COASTAL COMMUNITY
BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
WAYNE E. ROWLETT,
JUDY A. ROWLETT,
STONE'S HOUSE
MOVERS, INC., and
others,
Defendants.

NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure date March 4,
2008, and entered in Civil
Action No. 07-423-CA of
the Circuit Court of the
Fourteenth Judicial Circuit
in and for Gulf County,
Florida, wherein the parties
were the plaintiff, Coastal
Community Bank and the
defendants, Wayne E.
Rowlett, Judy A. Rowlett,
Stone's House Movers,
Inc., Southstar Funding,
LLC, The Bank of New
York as Trustee, and Bai-
ley & Sons Diversified,
Inc., I will sell tot he high-
est and best bidder, for
cash, at 11:00 a.m.
(Eastern Time) on the 3rd


Lot 1: Commence at a four
inch square concrete mon-
ument (no identification)
marking the Southwest
corner of Section 36,
Township 8 South, Range
11 West, Gulf County, Flor-
ida and run North 00 de-
grees 04 minutes 11 sec-
onds West along the West
boundary line of said Sec-
tion 35 for 2995.76 feet;
thence leaving said West
boundary line run South
89 degrees 16 minutes 31
seconds East for 1063.53
feet to a found one half
inch iron rod (no identifi-
cation) on the Easterly
right of way line of State
Road No. 30; Iron rod ly-
ing on a curve concave to
the Westerly for the Point
of Beginning; from said
Point of Beginning run
Southeasterly along said
right of way line and curve
with a radius of 5769.78
feet, through a central an-
gle of 00 degrees 05 min-
utes 59 seconds, for an
arc distance of 10.04 feet
(chord of said arc being
South 05 degrees 32 min-
utes 35 seconds, East
10.04 feet); thence leaving
said Easterly right of way
line run North 89 degrees
39 minutes 49 seconds
East for a distance of
227.74 feet; thence South
00 degrees 11 minutes 33
seconds East for a dis-
tance of 139.25 feet;
thence South 89 degrees
48 minutes 25 seconds
West for a distance of
216.56 feet to a point on
the said Easterly right of
way line of State Road 30;
point lying on a curve con-
cave to the Westerly;
thence Northwesterly
along said right of way line
and curve with a radius of
5769.78 feet, through cen-
tral angle of 01 degrees 22
minutes 54 seconds, for
and arc distance of 139.14
feet (chord of said arc be-
ing North 04 degrees 48
minutes 09 seconds West,
139.13 fee) to the Point of
Beginning.

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


1 1100 I
1100
thence North 00 degrees
11 minutes 35 seconds
West for a distance of
139.25 feet; thence South
89 degrees 39 minutes 49
seconds West for a dis-
tance of 227.74 feet to a
point lying on said Easterly
right of way line of State
Road 30; point lying on a
curve concave to the West-
erly; thence Northwesterly
along said right of way line
and curve with a radius of
5769.78 feet, through cen-
tral angle of 00 degrees 05
minutes 59 seconds, for an
arc distance of 10.04 feet
(chord of said arc being
North 05 degrees 32 min-
utes 35 seconds West,
10.04 feet) to the Point of
Beginning.

The successful bidder at
the sale will be required to
place requisite state docu-
mentary stamps on the
Certificate of Title.

Date this 4th day of March,
2008.

HON. REBECCA L. NOR-
RIS
CLERK OF COURT
/s/B.A. Baxter
Clerk/Deputy Clerk

Publish March 20 & 27,
2008


NOTICE

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, April
1, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in the
Commission Chambers.

Mark Costin
109 Mimosa Avenue

Located on Lot 8, Block
118, which is zoned R-1,
the owner is requesting a
variance of five-feet (5') on
the northerly property line
to add a bedroom.

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
meeting.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH
THE AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT, per-
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.
850/229-8261.

Publish: March 20, 2008

CITY OF
WEWAHITCHKA
NOTICE OF INTENT TO


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THE CITY OF
WEWAHITCHKA, Florida is
complying with the re-
quirements of 7CFR
1780.19(a) by publishing
this notice of intent to ap-
ply for a Water Loan/Grant
from the U.S. Department
of Agriculture, Rural Utili-
ties Service.

This project will consist of
construction of a public
water system which serves
the Unincorporated area of
Stone Mill Creek, Gulf
County, Florida.

If you have questions, call
Donald J. Minchew, City
Manager at 1(850)
639-2605.

CITY OF WEWAHITCH-
KA
RAY DICKENS, MAYOR
Publish March 20 & 27,
2008


NOTICE OF PUBLIC
HEARING

To consider adoption of an
Ordinance relating to the
discretionary one-half cent
sales tax.

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that the Gulf
County Board of County
Commissioners will hold a
public hearing to consider
adoption of an Ordinance
with the following title:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE
BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS OF
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
RELATED TO IMPOSING
AN ADDITIONAL DISCRE-
TIONARY ONE-HALF
CENT SMALL COUNTY
SURTAX; PROVIDING FOR
NOTICE TO THE DEPART-
MENT OF REVENUE AND
DIRECTING THE DEPART-
MENT OF REVENUE TO
DISTRIBUTE SAID TAX;
PROVIDING FOR THE
USE OF SAID TAX; AND
PROVIDING FOR AN EF-
FECTIVE DATE.

The public hearing will be
held during the Gulf
County Board of County
Commissioner's meeting
on Tuesday, March 25,
2008 at 6:00 p.m. e.t. in
the County
Commissioner's meeting
room in the Robert M.
Moore Administration
Building, Gulf County
Courthouse Complex, Port
St. Joe, Florida.

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

A copy of the proposed
Ordinance is available for
inspection on weekdays
between the hours of 9:00
a.m. est., and 5:00 p.m.
est. at the Office of the
Clerk of Court, Gulf County


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DA
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CHAIRMAN

Publish: March 13, & 20,
2008

Ad #2008-29


POTENTIALLY INELIGI-
BLE REGISTERED
VOTER'S NOTICE

The Gulf County Supervi-
sor of Elections has re-
ceived information the per-
son listed below is poten-
tially ineligible to be regis-
tered to vote. Failure to
contact this office within 30
days after this notice is
published may result in a
determination of ineligi-
bility by the supervisor of
elections and removal of
the registered voters'
name from the statewide
voter registration system.
You should contact this of-
fice by calling
850-229-6117 to receive in-
formation regarding the
basis for the potential ineli-
gibility and instructions on
how to resolve the matter,
or request additional assis-
tance if needed.

An administrative hearing
will be held regarding the
potential ineligibility of this
person onApril 21, 2008 at
10 AM EST in the Supervi-
sor of Elections Office -
401 LongAve, Port St Joe,
FL 32456.

The supervisor of elections
will make a determination
no less than 30 days after
this published notice and
will notify the voter of the
determination and action
taken.

POTENTIALLY INELIGI-
BLE
REGISTERED VOTERS:
Troy Arthur Phillips
437 Angelfish St
Port St Joe, FL 32456

This notice published
March 20, 2008.

Linda Griffin
Gulf County Supervisor of
Elections
March 20,2008



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The 8 Simple Rules of
If advertising doesn't -
work, then why would '
McDonalds spend millions
of dollars to sell 99 cent .-
hamburgers? And, you'll i .
hunt a long time to find ,.
a McDonalds with boarded .'
up windows. '.
So, the fact is, we Ron Isbell
know advertising works, no good to advertise where
You just have to figure out your customers aren't.
how to make it work for Trust the experts. You
you. How we drive custom- hire experts to do everything
ers to our door is one of from your accounting to get-
the most important ques- ting rid of your bugs. You
tions we should be ask- may provide input, but you
ing ourselves...every bit as trust their judgment. Do the
important as deciding what same with your advertising
inventory to buy and how to and you'll be glad you did.
price it. Have fun with your ads.
Every business needs Is running a cash regis-
to consider the nuances ter fun? Is stocking shelves
that make their business fun? Is unloading a truck
unique. However, there are fun? Then have some fun
some common rules that where you can. If you're
apply universally. And, having a good time with
they're really pretty simple, your ads, your customers
So, here goes...Uncle will know it. When they
Ron's 8 simple rules of spend money, they want to
advertising: have fun. Help them have
Set a plan and a bud- a good time. Smiling faces
get. If any successful busi- spend more!
ness is run by accident, I Track the sales. Unless
haven't seen it. this is going to be your last
Maximize that budget. month in business, you will
When you spend money, need to track sales during
spend it where it does the and following an advertising'
most good. Where should campaign. What did sales
you spend it? The right do during the campaign?
answer is everywhere...if Were there residual sales
you've got Bill Gates' money. after the campaign ended?
If you don't then you need How did sales compare to
to evaluate your business the previous month? Same
and your customers. It does month last year? Year to


Advertising
date monthly averages?
Last year's monthly aver-
age? Accumulate all the
information you can. You'll
need it.
Evaluate. Use all
that knowledge you just
gained. Did sales meet
your goals? Should the ad
campaign have been wid-
ened? Shortened? Was the
customer count what you
expected? Did cross-over
sales (non-sale items) hap-
pen? Did outside influences
come into play (weather,
a new competitor opened
up, economy slumped after
you made sales forecasts,
the city decided to replace
the sidewalk in front of
your store the day the sale
began? Etc.)
Compensate. Make the
necessary adjustments.
If you've followed steps 1
through 6, you'll know what
they are.
Perpetuate. No, it's not
over! Try to stop now and
your next ad campaign will
be a Going-Out-of-Business
Sale! You may not be hav-
ing another sale for a few
months, but your competi-
tors probably will. Make
sure your customers are
thinking of you all the time.
Make sure you get the
chance to explain to those
customers why your prod-
uct is a better buy.


Amendment 1 Has Passed, What


Here is a list of fre-
quently asked questions,
along with answers that you
may find very helpful.

Q: When will the chang-
es from Amendment
1 show up on tax bills?

A: For those who are eli-
gible, benefits from porta-
bility, the additional home-
stead exemption and the
$25,000 exemption for tan-
gible personal property will
show up on 2008 tax bills.

Q: How does a person
apply for portability?

A: The homesteaded prop-
erty owner should turn in
a completed application to
*the office of the proper-
ty appraiser in the county
where the new homestead
is located. The application
can be obtained from the
Department of Revenue.


g: Who's
portability


eligible for
this year?


A: A person who estab-
lishes a new Florida home-
stead for 2008 and filed to
give up the previous home-
stead sometime after Jan.
1, 2007. In other words, a
person who relocated from
a homestead last year and is
claiming a new homestead
for 2008 is eligible. The
deadline for 2008 home-
stead and portability appli-


cations is March 1. The por-
tability benefit would show
up on the 2008 tax bill.

Q: Who's eligible for
portability after that?

A: Any Florida homesteaded
property owner who estab-
lishes a new homestead for
2009 or any subsequent
year-as long as the person
had another valid home-
stead within two years of
establishing the new one.

Q: How much is the por-
tability benefit worth?

A: A homesteaded prop-
erty owner can transfer up
to $500,000 of portability
benefit to a new homestead.
A person moving to a more
expensive home trans-
fers the dollar amount.. A
person moving to a less
expensive home trans-
fers the percentage value.

Q: I don't plan to move.
What happens to the 3 per-
cent cap "on property tax
assessments I got every year
under Save Our Homes?

A: You're stillprotected. Save
Our Homes doesn't go away.


Q: Is there an applica-
tion for the additional
homestead exemption?

A: No. The additional exemp-


Happens Now?
tion will be granted automat-
ically to anyone qualifying
for a base $25,000 home-
stead exemption. It applies
only if a property's assessed
value exceeds $50,000.

Q: How much is the
additional exemption?

A: The exemption is
$25,000, but it does not
apply to property taxes
assessed for local schools.
In other words, no addition-
al exemption will be applied
to a property's assessed
value for the purposes
of levying school taxes.

Q: Do business owners
and mobile-home own-
ers with tangible per-
sonal property have to
apply for the exemption?

A: To receive the exemp-
tion, they must file their
2008 returns. If the value
of tangible personal prop-
erty is under $25,000,
they will not have to file
again the following year.

g: When does the 10
percent cap on annual
assessment increases for
most non-homesteaded
properties go into effect?

A: It goes into effect in
2009. There will also be an
application. Keep checking
the Department of Revenue
web site for details.


Leap


From Page 1B


'A lot of our kids have
never been on a college
campus and this program
exposes them to things
like that," according to
Robinson.
And it is those kids,
many of them arriving at
school from the toughest of
family and economic situ-
ations, who are clearly a
target for the foundation's
efforts. Such students have
to work that much harder,
the foundation is about pro-
viding the tools.
"The have-nots have to
go the extra mile, carry the
extra burden, just to get in
the game," Langston said.
"There will always be peo-
ple putting up barriers.
"It's either you have a
heart or you don't. My atti-
tude is to give to kids to get
them ahead through educa-
tion. The Classic exposes
kids to the college environ-
ment and it also exposes-
them to people who will
motivate them."
And as noted above,
while the endowed scholar-
ship fund is aimed at stu-


dents in the foundation's
service area, that does not
necessarily mean students
who participate in any of
the programs.
"We've supported kids
who have never been part


of our program," Langston
said. "If you apply, you
work hard; we are going to
help you."
Already the planning
has begun for next year's
event and for what appears


to be another growth spurt.
"People from every-
where are calling now,"
Langston said. "They want
to play, they want to be a
part of what the Classic is
all about.


"We want to build that
into the biggest tournament
in Northwest Florida."
As long as the educa-
tion comes before toss-up.
The annual Norris D.
Langston Youth Scholarship


Foundation Basketball
Classic is primarily spon-
sored by the Florida
Lottery.


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