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Obituaries 4B



The Art of Public Speaking 1 B

mber 27 Port St. Joe, FL 2 Sections 24 Pages

April 24, 2008

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This is the first of
a two-part story on the
discovery of the Kenney
family's letters from the
lost city of St. Joseph.
Passages from the,
letters are quoted as
written, with spelling
and punctuation errors in

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

Justine Squailia was
searching for a dollhouse
when she uncovered a
treasure trove of family
Hoping to retrieve the
beloved childhood toy of
her cousin Barbara, 89,
who was then ailing in a
hospital, Squailia traveled
to Barbara's father's home
in Barnstable, Cape Cod.
The home, which
had been deserted for
a quarter-century, bore
the distinct signs of
As Squailia scoured
the wreckage for Barbara's


dollhouse, she observed a
leather box resting atop a
pantry shelf.
The box was locked,
but the keys rested
conveniently on top.
Squailia's motives in
visiting her uncle Harold's
home were not entirely
In his life, Harold had
been an avid genealogist,
and Squailia shared his
passion for family history.
Squailia hoped she would
discover some of his
cherished papers.
"Every other
generation, there's
someone who has the
genealogy bug," noted
Squailia from her home in
Mashpee, Mass.
"Uncle Harold was
someone we called a
keeper, not a hoarder,
because he didn't keep
things that had no
meaning. He was very
interested in his family's
In the leather box,
Harold had stashed a

collection of priceless
family letters.
Squallia discovered
several letters written to
her beloved grandmother,
Maude Weekes on top,
but the greatest discovery
rested at the bottom.
Eight letters, written
between Jan. 21, 1838
and June 3, 1907 told the
story of Squallia's great-
great-great grandparents
Jeremiah and Elmira
The Kenneys had left
South Yarmouth, Mass.
to make their fortunes
in St. Joseph, a lost city
established on the eastern
shore of St. Joseph Bay
near the present city of
Port St. Joe.
Squ all ia s
grandmother often
recounted Jeremiah
and Elmira Kenney's
adventures in St. Joseph,
but the stories remained
little more than legend
until Squallia discovered
the letters.
(See LETTERS on Page 2A)

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Candidates Announce

Nugent Seeks

Election as Sheriff

Gulf County Sheriff
Joe Nugent has announced
that he will seek election to
the post he has held since
appointed last summer by
Gov. Charlie Crist.
"I've been in law en-
forcement in Gulf County
for 21 years and I've worked
for both the Port St. Joe
Police Department and the
Sheriff's Office," said Nu-
gent, who served as captain
and major under previous

Joe Nugent

Nugent has also been a
member of the Gulf County
EMS since 1997 and also
served on the South Gulf
County and Wewahitchka
Search and Rescue for
many years. Nugent has
also been a certified K-9 of-
ficer the past seven years.
After earning a bach-
elor's degree in criminology
from Florida State Universi-
ty, Nugent has logged some
1,500 hours in advanced
Since becoming sheriff
last year, Nugent has al-
ready implemented one of
his critical initiatives, hav-
ing established partnership
with Neighborhood Watch
programs in two communi-
ties in the county. "We are
looking forward to getting
started in any community
where people want it," Nu-
geAt added.
A SWAT team has been
established and deputies
have undergone special
training for dealing with
dangerous events such

(See NUGENT on Page 7A)

Grantland Seeks

Commission Seat

John Grantland (R) is
announcing his candidacy
for County Commission
District 3. John and his
wife of 11 years Regina
have two children Jaden, 7,
and Owen, 2, and live in St.
Joe Beach. John has been a
resident of Gulf County for
the last twelve years and his
wife was born and raised in
Port St. Joe along with her
brother Troy. His wife Chris
is the daughter of Glen and
Dorthey Williams of Port St.

John Grantland

John is employed by
the City of Port St. Joe as
the Public Works Director.
Prior to his move to the City
of Port St. Joe in 2005, he
was employed by the City
of Mexico Beach, serving as
their Public Works Director
from 1999 to 2005 and
sitting twice as interim
City Administrator. He also
served in the Mexico Beach
Department of Public
Safety as an auxiliary Police
Officer, first-responder and
volunteer Fire Fighter from
1999 to 2002. John also
works part-time with Gulf
County EMS as an EMT
serving its citizens since
2002. John's professional
memberships include
the Florida City County
Management Association,
the Florida Planning and
Zoning Association and
the American Public Works
There are many
issues that Gulf County is

on Page 7A)

Bozeman Announces

for BOCC

Greg Bozeman (R) is
announcing his candidacy
for the office of Gulf County
Commissioner District 1:
Greg Bozeman is the
youngest son of the late
Clyde and Ada Bozeman.
He grew up in Wewahitchka
and graduated', from
Wewahitchka High School
and Gulf Coast Community
College. He attended the
University of Southern
Mississippi, where he
earned a master's degree in
Social Work. Immediately

Greg Bozeman

following, he joined the
US Army and served as a
psychiatric social worker
with emphasis in child and
spouse abuse. He served
on active duty for 28 years
and retired in 2004. He
currently lives with his
wife in Dalkeith on Burgess
He has been married
for 31 years to Libby Wright
Bozeman of Marianna. He is
the father of two daughters
and one son and grandfather
of four grandsons and
one granddaughter. He
and Libby attend Glad
Tidings Assembly of God
in Wewahitchka. He
serves as a volunteer fire
fighter for the Dalkeith
VFD. His interests include
gardening, community
service, traveling, and
visiting family.
When asked why he
is seeking this position,
Bozeman replied, "I have
been asked to run for office
by several people that I
respect. I would like to
see the leadership of Gulf
(See BOZEMAN on Page 7A)

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By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

They've been meeting for
several months, examining
and dissecting the economic
forces at play in Gulf County
and the region.
Now, this hardy group
is seeking input and
ideas from the public,
recommendations, a
consensus on how to move
A town hall meeting,
or forum, which has been
called something of an
economic summit, will be
held at 5:30 p.m. ET on
Thursday, May 1 in the
cool air-conditioning of the
auditorium at Port St. Joe
Elementary School.
Municipal and county
elected officials have been
invited as well as key
business and civic leaders.
But most of all, the
public is encouraged to
come out and participate
and provide some shoulder
to move the boulder of
economic development
As a broad outline,
the forum will consist of
presentations on a series
of subjects, including

(See TOWN HALL on Page 7A)

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Jeremiah and Elmira (sometimes called Almira) Kenney were married in 1827. They
lived together in St. Joseph from November 1838 until Jeremiah Kenney's death on Sept. 1,
1840, when Elmira and her children returned to South Yarmouth, Mass.

Letters -
"I think that was
the most exciting part of
finding the letters," said
Squailia. "I thought it was
just stories and it was just
to keep us quiet."
In Harold's files,
Squailia also unearthed two
articles written about the
Kenneys' son, William, who
recounted many details of
his boyhood in St. Joseph.
The letters and
articles sparked Squailia's
Searching for more
details about St. Joseph
on the Internet, Squailia
encountered the name of
Gulf County Genealogy
Society president Beverly
Over the course of
several weeks, Squailia
e-mailed Mount-Douds
with stories of her fabled
Then, Squailia did
something Mount-Douds
could have never imagined

From Page 1A
- she mailed the two-
century old letters to her
home, with instructions to
keep them indefinitely.
Mount-Douds, who
plans to display the letters
in the Port St. Joe library's
new history/genealogy
wing, was thrilled by the
unexpected gift.
"This is a find. It's
something you don't find
everyday," said Mount-
Douds as she perused the
surprisingly well-preserved
and readable letters.
"This is history that
nobody has recorded and
nobody's put in a book."
Squailia, who plans to
donate other family letters
to historical societies in
New Hampshire and South
Yarmouth, has made copies
of all originals for her files.
"I don't have the facilites
to keep the old letters,"
she said. "It was good that
Beverly got in touch with
me. I'm glad they have a

Meet the Kenneys

The earliest letter
from Squailia's archives,
dated Jan. 21, 1838,
finds Jeremiah Kenney
confirming the imminent
shipment of 14 bales of
cotton to his sister, Mary
McCutlum, of New York.
A merchant and
steamboat captain,
Jeremiah Kenney was
one of eight children born
to Robert and Catherine
Kenney of St. John Bay,
In 1827, he married
Elmira Farris sometimes
identified as Almira and
the couple welcomed the
birth of two sons, Gilbert
and William, in the South
Yarmouth home Kenney
purchased from his mother-
Business required
Kenney to leave his family
behind in South Yarmouth
while he settled in the
newly established city of St.

The Kenney children: Gilbert (1831-1904), William (1835-1926) and Lydia (1839-?).
Lydia Kenney Chesley was the only child born in St. Joseph.

this business
T h e
for 'Jeremiah
Kenney, Feather
Store," bears
a 196 Hudson
Street, New
York address.
Kenney's letter
to his sister the
previous year
is addressed to
the nearby 228
Hudson Street.
T h e
lists a variety
of merchandise
- feather beds,
cushions, pillow
cases, curled
hair, moss paper
hangings and
borders and long
white and black
horse hair.
By 1838.
Kenney sought
a reunion with
his wife. He
his letter to
McCutlum with
a postscript: "I
wish you to send

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In a Jan. 21, 1838 letter to his sister, Mary McCutlum, Jeremiah
Kenney pledges to send 14 bales of cotton. In St. Joseph, Kenney owned
a dry goods store that sold items ranging from otten to furniture. ,

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Established 1937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 70 years

If anything was demonstrated last week it was
that when governments bargain, taxpayers seem the
only losers.
During a regular meeting of the Port St. Joe City
Commission and the subsequent public meeting about
water lines to Overstreet it would have sounded as if
elected officials were reading from two different play-
They certainly weren't on the same page as far as
little things like tap fees, costs to individual property
owners, timeframes and the like.
All the things, say, property owners would 'wish to
know about, would consider important.
The root problem, as it has been time and time
again when it comes to the deal brokered to allow the
city to annex WindMark Beach Phase II the agree-
ment itself, a mix of demands worthy of a kidnapper
and more loopholes than a Wiffle ball.
This one is pretty easy rip up the agreement.
It was brokered under different circumstances, on
a greatly altered landscape.
There is no question that all parties have a vested
interest in seeing water and sewer run to communities
such as White City, Overstreet and Highland View.
Better for the environment, better for sustainabil-
ity and better for the city, which envisions a day when
it is a regional water supplier with its new surface-
water treatment plant.
And better for the county commissioners who
have been so diverted by this agreement that they have
threatened court action on at least three occasions, or
triple the number of calls to take county-wide voting
into court.

Last week Gulf District School officials were
blindsided, to say the least, by a proposal put on the
table during a meeting of their peers in Bay County.
During a budget workshop it was discussed by
Bay District School officials that maybe they would
stop paying for students in Mexico Beach, around 80,
to attend Gulf County schools.
In this difficult budget year for all branches of
government, such a proposal should give taxpayers
This has little to do with the children.
They have grown up in Gulf County schools -
nobody can remember when Mexico Beach students
didn't come over to Bay County and all their friends
are there. If they petition both superintendents, they
are almost certainly going to be allowed to remain in
Gulf County.
The nearest elementary school in Bay County
might be a shorter distance emphasis on might -
but middle and high schools would be further drives,
adding to travel times for students and transportation

There is also the reality that the WindMark build-
out will not occur as originally imagined by those with
green tinting their view, the development a taxation
gold mine a bit more distant in the future.
The county and city should sit down at the table in
a public workshop and hammer out a new agreement,
taking into account the altered landscape, taking real
stock of pressing needs as opposed to perks.
After all, in addition to large-view items such as
water and sewer, the city was also asked to pony up
money for various county departments due to the
additional workload growth and WindMark would
Given that the county has 150 percent more
employees now as in 2000 when the population
has remained flat and the economy stagnated, such
requests seem unnecessary and counter-productive to
the future of both county and city.
And elected officials for the city and county need
to make the case for a re-drafted agreement and edu-
cate the public.
County commissioner Billy Traylor was in and out
of last week's public hearing at Overstreet. Not a single
city official was on hand to field questions and assist
county administrator Don Butler, who seemed unsure
himself about the technicalities.
Within this annexation agreement are substantive
issues about managing growth in this county. They are
important and demand deliberation and clear under-
standing of how to get from Point A to Point B.
So far, county and city officials don't even seem to
be on the same map.

What this proposal was about was saving$120,000
in transportation and food service dollars paid to Gulf
County out of a Bay County school budget that runs in
the tens of millions.
And putting those costs on a district already deal-
ing with declining enrollment, a label as one of just
seven property-rich districts in the state though
county government is seen as "fiscally-restrained" -
and thus getting fiscally hammered by state lawmak-
ers right now during the regular session.
A district that is wrestling with the same rise in
gas and food prices as Bay County, but with far fewer
It's like those nature shows where creatures eat
their young.
And if governments will do that to one another
when the money gets tight, heaven knows what is in
store for taxpayers.
Taxpayers should have their alert levels dialed to
red as local budgets begin to be crafted.

Start Over

Finally. 4
The first neighbors that
entered my life did so when we
lived in a little house out on
the Gleason highway. Actually, I
couldn't tell you one thing about
them. I remember their dog. He
was big and ugly and mean. One
day he reared up in front of
David Mark and bit him right on
the face. We were standing side
by side in the driveway and it
happened so fast I couldn't do a
We would go down everyday
to the pen behind our neighbor's
house and see if that dog was
foaming at the mouth. We were
very young but I was afraid I
might lose my little brother. He
was worried about taking those
shots if that dog turned out to be
We moved pretty soon after
I figured my folks were look-
ing for a neighborhood that had
kittens and pet turtles......
Our new house was on the
corner on Stonewall Street and
Como Road. Our nearest neigh-
bor back toward town hired me
to pick up walnuts. I worked all
day. She paid me a dime. Now,
listen, I'm only five or six and this
is in the early fifties when a dollar
was still a dollar. But let me tell

you, I had done a lot more
than a dime's worth! It
took twice that amount of
lye soap to get that green
gook off my hands!
Mr. and Mr. Brooks
lived across the street and
down just a ways. They
were older than dirt but
really nice. Mr. Brooks cut
our hair. He could only cut
it one way---off! I mean
he peeled us every time!
I didn't mind it so much until
we got to junior high. All of a
sudden my hair became a little
more important. I explained to
Mr. Brooks that I might have a
chance with Graylene Lemonds
if he'd leave just a little there in
front. I don't believe his clippers
or his haircutting knowledge
allowed for it.
We would pick cotton for Mr.
Brooks in the fall. He paid bet-
ter than our walnut neighbor.....
but he'd work you till you near
'bout fell out! David would come
by about dark, dragging that
sack behind, and moan, "KC,
the money ain't going to do us no
good if we are dead!"
I was beginning to wonder if
they made "regular" neighbors.
It sure wasn't the guy who
lived in the big house up on the


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hill. We never saw him. Leon said
the house was haunted. And that Mavi
a man was hanged in the living Davy
room. I wouldn't even go trick or moti
treatin' up there coonf
And, of course, the day
Cunningham's lived just down grad
the Como Road from us. They'd real
win my quarter every time on
their possum races. They used oPPC
me and David for the "hay toss". Huni
They took us Snipe hunting. And Jud3
they insisted on testing out my year
bicycles and Red Ryder gloves to tiest
make sure there were no "manu- one
facturing bugs" in them. namn
We finally had a pretty regu- get a
lar looking family move in down
below us. Leon crawled up on town
our roof and peered at them Gen(
through a spy glass. "They've got the c
a big dog. It looks uglier than also
the one that bit Dave." He was ing-
reporting to us as we clung to the "livir

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weather vane and wondered
what Daddy would do if he
caught us up here. "No, wait
a minute, that's not a dog.
That's the daughter!"
We found out later that
they were some how kin to
David Crockett. There were
quite a few of his descen-
dants in West Tennessee at
the time. Unfortunately for
me, as I was just beginning
to notice the opposite sex,
s Crockett looked more like
y after the Alamo than her
her. We thought she wore a
a skin cap to school every
until along about the ninth
e we discovered it was her
Joe Sasser lived on the
site side of town out toward
tingdon. His neighbor was
y Seratte. She was a few
s older than us and the pret-
girl I had ever seen. No
was surprised when she was
ed Prom Queen. Some guys
ll the luckI
Carol Jean Ellis lived up
1 fairly near Buddy, Ricky
e, Yogi and Hollis. She was in
lass ahead of us and she was
extraordinarily good look-
The guys took great pride in
ng in her neighborhood". She

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was, naturally, the Prom Queen
her senior year. She should have
Ricky, Buddy and the guys got
Carol Jean as a neighbor, I was
stuck with Mavis. Somewhere in
there. I got to thinking "life ain't
always fair"...
I don't have time or space
or the inclination to expound on
my neighbors in college. Most of
them were Alpha Tau Omega's or
Beta Theata Pi's. The screaming,
pillaging and bombs bursting in
air were more than mild distrac-
tions as I tried to cope with a
sometimes hostile environment.
An after mid-night call awak-
ened me not long after Cathy and
I married. It was from our new
neighbor. "Kesley, there is some-
one prowling around my house.
He is out by the garage." I told
her I'd be right over as I jumped
into my pants. The last thing I
heard as I was throwing down the
receiver was "I've got a gun and
I'm shooting the first thing that
moves out there!" Those words
were still ringing in my ears as I
stumbled through her garage just
seconds later.....
I have often sat and wondered
if you picked your neighbors or
did some one at Mayflower do it
for you.
Just this past week my next
door neighbor was voted Prom
Queen. Carson City is prettier
than both Judy Seratte and Carol
Jean Ellis put together! She cer-
tainly deserved it. I was thrilled!
I called Leon and David. And
Buddy, Ricky Gene, Yogi and
Hollis! It took sixty years but it
was worth the wait I'm living
next door to a Prom Queen!
I feel like Mr. Rogers. It is
truly a.great day in the neighbor-

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Policy Outdates-Time to

speak out for change
The economic prosperity and national security dic-
tates that the distortions and false assertions about
offshore oil and gas production be challenged. Many
Floridians are already letting it be known that they have
had enough of this political demagoguery. The Orlando
Sentinel's Mike Thomas wrote on January 31, 2008, "It's
the perception of offshore rigs, not any real hazard they
present, that's a problem." Thomas added, "we are pan-
dering to coastal counties, environmentalists and editorial
boards about a non existing threat."
The facts support such a statement. There has not
been a problem on the beaches in this country from off-
shore drilling for 38 years and the technology to control
any potential problem is light years ahead of where it was
then. Also, that spill at Santa Barbara, Clifornia was from
a well only 6 miles off the coast. No one is proposing drill-
ing any where near that close to Florida. A great example
of how the industry and the government know how to
conduct offshore production in an environmentally sound
manner is what happened during hurricane Katrina.
When that storm was a category 5 plowing through the off-
shore production facilities in the central Gulf, it destroyed
113 platforms and damaged 457 pipeline segments yet,
according t the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS)
press release of May 1, 2006, "no offshore or wildlife
Impacts were noted."
The real concern for Florida should be what is hap-
pening to the cost of fuel to bring the tourist to Florida.
We are seeing more and more statistical proof that the
high prices are affecting the number of visitors to our
state and that in turn is affecting sales tax receipts. At
a time when the state's coffers are shrinking, our policy
makers should be looking at ways to hold down the costs
of energy. They might also look down the road to the day
when Florida could reap the financial rewards of royalty
revenue from oil and gas production off our shores. The
states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas will
be drawing revenues from recently announced record-
breaking $3.7 billion oil and gas leases located 125 miles
south of the Florida Panhandle, however, Florida will not
profit from the deal under a 2006 agreement that speci-
fied how far such drilling must be from our coast.
Another major economic concern for our state is
the high cost of generating our electricity. Now that the
policy makers have ruled out new coal fired power plants,
natural gas will increase dramatically as the needed feed-
stock for such production. The state currently produces
about 37 percent of its electricity from natural gas and
the prediction is that by 2015, electricity prices will be 26
percent higher because of the new state policy. Natural gas
reserves are abundantly available in nearby Gulf waters,
but are currently blocked by the offshore drilling ban.
One final concern often voiced by misinformed drill-
ing opponents is the issue of providing an adequate buffer
for military training. Such activity must be protected and
the vast areas that are set aside for that purpose should
continue to have first priority to assure our defense
needs. However, it is important to note that our nation
needs more domestic production of oil and gas to ensure
adequate supplies of those essential commodities for
military use. For years the oil and gas industry secured
E.S. Government sanctioned leases in the Eastern Gulf
of Mexico with lease stipulations that created "drilling
windows" allowing both activities to take place simultane-
ously when appropriate and requiring lease holders to
give priority to military testing operations when deemed
in need by the military.
See DRILLING on page 5A





Kesley Colbert
Contributing Writer

I '


LCettS to the Editor

Where In The World Is Carmen McLemore?

With tension grow-
ing between the board of
county commissioners and
the public they have sworn
to serve, this is the ques-
tion that everyone must ask
themselves. In reference
to an event that occurred
six years ago the current
county commissioner would
probably be tempted to con-
ceal the truth concerning
his whereabouts, as they
would reflect very poorly
on his political status. This
would prove to be difficult
though, as it is a matter of
public record.
In 2002, Lieutenant
Carmen McLemore, along
with two other correc-
tions officers employed by
the Florida Department
of Corrections were dis-
missed from their positions
for assaulting a state pris-
oner, William. Webb. This
was two years after he was
elected the commissioner
of District 1 in Gulf County,
and six years .before he
committed his most recent
infraction, in which he
was 'busy as a bee' spray-
ing Gulf County Mosquito
Control Chemicals through-
out mosquito "hotspots" in
Wewahitchka. This infrac-
tion of County, E.PA., and
Florida D.A.C.S regulations
is in direct violation of Gulf
County Mosquito Control's
mission statement, found
on their website, "To pro-
vide the citizens of Gulf
County with a detailed inte-
grated mosquito control
program... using proven

and innovative methods
provided by our dedicated
and educated technicians."
If Commissioner
McLemore felt the need
to act as one of Mosquito
Control's "educated tech-
nicians," something that
he is not, he should also
have held himself to their
motto, "To be accountable
to the Board of County
Commissioners and the
public... [and]to comply with
all state and federal law
regulations and standards."
McLemore's actions have
put the entire Gulf 'County
Mosquito Control in jeop-
ardy of being totally shut
down: Considering that
6,000 citizens of Port St.
Joe were killed in 1841 by
Yellow Fever (a disease car-
ried by mosquitoes), that
is a pretty serious mistake.
An admission of guilt for
a wrong means a lot, but
a history of rule breaking
and zero respect for guide-
lines means a lot too, and
former corrections' officer
McLemore has displayed
both. If Billy Traylor, as
chairman of the board of
the county commission-
ers was correct during the
county commissioners'
meeting on Tuesday, March
8, when he said "Inmates...
are the backbone of this
community," then maybe,
just maybe, Commissioner
Carmen McLemore was
indeed, like he stated, "just
trying to help [the] people"
by reflecting the same values

as the people that Chairman
Traylor apparently believes
are the cornerstones of the
Gulf County community.
In answer to the ques-
tion posed at the begin-
ning of this article, Carmen
McLemore is sitting as the
County Commissioner in
District 1 of Gulf County,
a man with a violent past
and an irreverent disre-
spect for rule and authority.
This leads to a much more
important question. Why
is he still in this position?
This County has stood by
Commissioner McLemore
like a battered wife afraid
to walk away from her abu-
sive lover. This man is in
the position to contribute
to important decisions that
could possibly affect every
Gulf County citizen's assets,
family, or children's edu-
cation, yet we continue to
allow his re-election. We
may have turned a blind eye
to his mistakes in the past,
but this is an election year,
and we have the opportu-
nity to avoid a mistake of
our own.
One source says, The
board of county commis-
sioners commonly refers
to The Star as the 'Mullet
wrapper,'" but these words
printed on this page, wheth-
er they are read affection-
ately by the fire, or wrapped
around a fish, are the truth,
and in the end, that is all
that matters.

'-Ben Reilly

Drilling From Page 4A

One example of the use
of such "windows" was the
exploration of a small sec-
tion of Destin Dome areas
south of Panama City where
American companies invest-
ed more than 100 million
dollars exploring for oil
and gas. In fact, a huge
discovery of clean burn-
ing, much needed natural
gas was discovered in that
area and sits unproduced
because of political action
which lead to a buy back
of much of the lease area
about 30 miles south of our
coast. Fortunately, some of
those leases remain in pri-
vate hands and production
of natural gas could begin
in a year or two if our politi-
cians gave the OK. Much of
the production could take
place with sub sea com-
pletions that the military
would find no more prob-
lematic than the Gulfstream
pipeline which traverses
from Mobile to Tampa 'Bay
supplying natural gas to
Florida largely from Gulf
production. The Gulfstream
pipeline construction proj-
ect took place a few years
ago and required industrial
presence for many, many
months in the significant
military testing area.
We must stop the pan-

dering and encourage our
elected officials to listen to
the 63 percent of Florida
who recently responded to
a poll saying that drilling
should be allowed off the
coast of Florida. The old
tired cliche that the U.S.
"won't ever frill its way to
energy independence" just
doesn't stand up. The 1.5
million barrels per day
of oil from central and
western Gulf of Mexico
waters is equivalent to our
imports from Suadi Arabia.
According to conservative
estimates from the MMS
there are about 52 billion
barrels of oil in the Outer
Continental Shelf (OCS) off
the lower 48 states.
Our economic and
national security is at stake
and the increased domestic
production is needed now.
It is possible to protect our
environment and tourism if

we work at this in a calm
and reasoned manner. The
Consumer Energy Alliance
of Florida, a new and rap-
idly growing statewide
coalition of businesses and
organizations supports the
improved utilization alter-
native sources, but to bet-
ter bridge the time gap in
reaching maximum benefit
of such production, CEA
Florida believes it is imper-
ative that increased domes-
tic oil and gas production
be the immediate goal.
All Floridians should
let our elected officials
know we support this goal
and we want them to take
action to implement such
policy to help hold down
the skyrocketing cost of
energy. It. will not happen
unless we make our voices
heard now.

David L. Batt

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The Star are sponsoring a
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An Attitude Problem

With an ego larger
than life our President
likes to talk about what
he has done, is doing and
will do to save the world
but finds it unpleasant to
speck about the more than
35,000 innocent people in
Iraq who have lost their
lives in his war.
Attacking the religious
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With John McCain

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fail to inform the American
people of our deteriating
status around the world.

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County Commission Handles Building and Sludge

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
By unanimous vote, the
county assumed control of
the City of Wewahitchka's
building department at the
city's request.
The county agreed to
resume control of all plan
reviews, collect all fees and
perform all inspections
related to building permits
on the condition it would
not adversely impact the
county's current ISO, or
insurance safety, rating.
According to Lee
Collinsworth, head of
the county's building
department, re-absorbing
the Wewahitchka's building
department would not affect
the county at this time. The
board included in the motion
the option to revisit the city's
inclusion on a year-by-year
According to
Commissioner Bill Williams,
the county had removed
the cities of Wewahitchka
and Port St. Joe from the
county building department
last year because the ratio
of number of inspections
being performed was greater

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
It's not just the bees that
are buzzing in Gulf County.
Beekeepers had a chance
to air their views last week
as county commissioners
held a special meeting April
15 at the Wewahitchka
courthouse to discuss bees
and mosquito spraying.
This meeting followed
a flurry of events and
discussions over the
last several weeks about
mosquito spraying in the
north end of the county
around the bee apiaries.
Commission chair
Billy Traylor asked the four
beekeepers at the meeting
how close to the bee hives
and bee boxes county
workers could spray.
He said some beekeepers
were comfortable with
spraying within 500 feet

than the required number of
full-time employees on staff
with the county Building
Department at that time and
the ISO rating climbed.
Mark Cothran, assistant
director of the Gulf County
Mosquito Control program,
reported that a March 12
biological analysis of Gulf
Farms was well within
acceptable levels.
Of five sites tested at the
older of the two sludge dump
sites in Gulf County, all were
within required parameters,
Cothran said.
Commissioner Carmen
McLemore then reported
that two new sludge haulers
had just received the
necessary Department of
Environmental Protection
(DEP) permits to dump their
sludge at Wetappo Farms,
the second of the county's
sludge farms.
"We can't keep accepting
new [sludge] haulers,"
McLemore said. "One day it
will catch up with us."
Sludge is another term
for the bio-solids remaining
after wastewater has been
The board discussed
with county attorney Timn

and M
of the bees, while others
insisted on no spraying
within two miles of their
The two-mile radius
meant that the county
could not spray within the
Wewahitchka city limits,
Traylor said.
Telling the beekeepers
the Commission wanted to
work with them, Traylor
asked the beekeepers what
they wanted commissioners
to do.
Donald Smiley, a life-
long resident of Wewahitchka
whose sole income, he
told the board, comes
from his bees, said he had
no problem with county
mosquito spraying except
during daylight hours and
within one mile of his bees.
Spraying less than
one mile around his hives
would kill his bees, he said,
reminding the board that

McParland how the county
could stop any new haulers
from using Wetappo Farms.
McParland said the only
way was to tighten county
regulations concerning
dumping, and urged the
board to pass the ordinance
he had written last year.
The board unanimously
passed two motions: to write
a letter to DEP asking that
no additional haulers be
permitted until the county
gets a new ordinance in place
dealing with sludge, and to
re-advertise the previously
proposed ordinance in
preparation for passing it.
In other business
conducted at the meeting:
Commission chair
Billy Traylor said the
April 17 meeting on the
Overstreet water hookup
was successful, but if people
still had questions or did
not know if they qualified for
assistance, to call 229-6111
and talk to Towan Kopinsky
or Lynn Lanier in the county
administrative offices.
The board passed a
motion 5-0, at the request of
Williams, to place a vehicle
weight limit on Redfish Road
in Highland View to keep
logging trucks and other

heavy trucks from damaging
the road.
Gulf County Sheriff
Joe Nugent reported that he
lost two employees this week
because of pay issues.
According to Nugent,
the two former deputies were
both officers with eight to 10
years experience each who
would be earning $10,000
to $14,000 more per year
by joining the Port St. Joe
Police Department.
He told the board he
would rather do without new
cars for the Sheriff's Office,
as the board had indicated
they would budget in the
upcoming fiscal year, and put
that money approximately
$100,000 in a "4 percent
pay raise for his employees.
Williams said the board
must get behind the Sheriff
on this, calling it "a public
safety issued that must be
taken care of in the new
Nugent said the Port St.
Joe Police Department had
13 employees with a $1.2
million budget, while the
Gulf County Sheriff's Office
had 40 employees with a
$2.1 million budget.

osquitoes Still

two years ago the county
spraying had "hurt the bees
Commissioner Carmen
McLemore asked Smiley
what was the best time
to spray without hurting
the bees, to which Smiley
answered "after dark."
McLemore then asked if
the county could safely spray
at dusk and dawn, and at
what he called "30 minutes
before black dark."
Smiley replied, "I
probably can work with that
30 minutes."
The other three
beekeepers offered variations
on the same theme, with
varying safe distances and
time frames for spraying.
McLemore asked why
beekeepers no longer moved
their bees up and down the
river on barges as they did
in the past, indicating that
moving the bees as of old


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would solve the problem of
bees within the spray area.
Smiley said it was too
expensive and was only done
in years past because there
was no other access to the
necessary locations.
Lawrence Cutts,
president of the Florida State
Beekeepers Association told
commissioners he was at
the meeting to see about
brokering a compromise
between the needs of
the beekeepers and the
county's need to spray for
He added that moving
bees along the river was
much too labor- and fuel-
intensive to be practical in
today's world.
Traylor said just
before the meeting he
had participated in a
teleconference call with Jerry
Hayes, Assistant Chief of the
Bureau of Apiary Inspection,
Florida Department of

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Mark Cothra

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Mosquito Control division,
said reported that the county
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'work with additional spray trucks
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that Hayes equipment.
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Lanier. Last allow them to spray for the
want dusk- Mosquito Control division
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saying he, such as currently exists.
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not flexible law requires all apiaries to
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Lat he told where to stop spraying.
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ected in the was reached at the meeting,
unty allows despite Traylor's assurance
needed, and to the audience at the
iat," Traylor beginning of the session that
e. "we'll reach a solution before
in, assistant we leave here tonight."

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help combat the mosquitoes in the county.
Mark Cothran, assistant director of the Gulf County Mosquito Control
program, explained the reality of the county's mosquito-fighting capabilities
and his department's plan to deal with the problem.
He asked the board to allow mosquito spray technicians to drive their
spray trucks home at night and begin their designated spraying from there in
the morning, instead of driving to work and retracing their route to reach their
spray areas. This would allow more spraying time, Cothran pointed out.
The board passed the motion unanimously.
Cothran said more larvaciding, or killing mosquito larvae before they
mature, was a necessity and would be resumed, since it had been somewhat
neglected as more spraying was requested.
The sentinel chicken program must be continued, he said, and
Mosquito Control would vary treatments in parks and outdoor gathering
Other plans included cutting back on daytime duties of licensed
sprayers so they could spray at night, asking civic groups to help distribute
literature and tips on mosquito control and protection for the public, and
filling in the numerous stagnant ditches throughout the county to eliminate
breeding sites.
Cothran said, after talking to numerous mosquito control directors, he
proposed to spray two to three hours per night, including 30 minutes before
sunset and sunrise, which were the optimum hours.
He reminded the board that by spraying numerous hours during the
night, which was not optimum time for spraying, Mosquito Control would
quickly exceed the restricted amounts of chemical use allowed every 24
hours and within a 365-day period.
This would prohibit Mosquito Control from spraying after major
storms and later in the summer, he told the commissioners.
"The more we spray at night the closer we get to the limit," Cothran
said. "It puts us in a bind somewhere around summertime."

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Grantland FromPage 1A Nugent From Page 1A

currently facing with many
more on the horizon. Some
of the issues I will address
if elected include, but are
not limited to, County-wide
voting and term limits,
reducing taxes, financial
responsibility, creating a
transparent government
and promoting economic
development. These items,
among others are essential
to Gulf County moving
forward to a point where
we all need it to be.
It is also very important
that Gulf County work
together with the several
other governmental entities
within the County such
as the School Board and
to resolve the problem
we are all and will all be

I am and have been
responsible for multi-
million dollar budgets
and projects, including
program development
and implementation and
feel that my experience
in local government will
be a benefit for all Gulf
County's citizens. I am
looking forward to the
opportunity of continuing
to serve my County and
promise that I will listen
and be responsive to each
of your concerns.
Should anyone have
any questions of concerns
and would like to contact
me, you can reach me by
email at johngrantland@ or at 647-6277
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as a hostage situation or
gunman on the lose in
the schools.
The D.A.R.E. drug
awareness and preven-
tion program will also be
revived in county pub-
lic schools starting with
the next school year, Nu-
gent said, adding that the
School Resource Officers
at both end of the county
be undergoing additional
training for D.A.R.E. dur-
ing the summer.
"I have an open door
policy," Nugent said. "I'm
here. I'll talk to anybody
about anything. My home
phone number is in the
phone book.
"We may not always
agree, but I will talk to any-
body about any issue they
want to discuss."
Nugent said the bud-
get will be the biggest chal-

lenge in the coming years
as the GCSO loses employ-
ees due to better pay rates
elsewhere as well as aging
"I think we have 40
employees who go above
and beyond for the county
and will continue to do so,"
Nugent said.
An ongoing focus on
drugs and their impact on
the county will continue to
be a priority, Nugent said.
"We always have and
will continue to work on
the drug problem in our
county," Nugent said. "My
philosophy is like on the
sides of old-time police
cars, we are here to pro-
tect and serve the people
of Gulf County."
Nugent noted that he
travels the county regu-
larly, for example spending
all of Wednesday morning

at the Wewahitchka sub-
station to listen to any
concerns or issues from
residents of the north end
of the county.
Nugent also expressed
gratitude to those who sent
e-mails or letters or made
phone calls to the gover-
nor last year as the search
for a new sheriff was un-
"I appreciate their sup-
port," Nugent said, adding
that though he's been in
law enforcement for over
two decades he is still
learning on the job, even,
or particularly, as sheriff.
Nugent has been mar-
ried to his wife, Becky, for
27 years. They have two
children and two grand-
children, "who grew up in
the county school system."

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schools, local government,
he real. estate market
and banking and local
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There will be time
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opportunity to bring new
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recommendations on
solutions about the issues
already parsed by the
grassroots committee that
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The agenda is about
identifying and embracing
a new economic model
for all of Gulf County, for
transforming the, county on
so many levels to provide
economic development,
better jobs, better schools
and how best to lift all
There is an old

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Here is the opportunity
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Sharks Snap Back on Senior

By Jonathan Davidson
Star Staff Writer

The Port St. Joe
High School Tiger Sharks
ended a three-game losing
streak last Thursday on
their Senior Night, beating
Sneads 9-1.
"I was very happy to
see our seniors take it
Thursday," said Port St.
Joe coach Mike Bullock.
"It'll help them immensely
to head into the postsea-
son breaking that losing
Monday, April 14,
Rutherford won 7-2 against

Port St. Joe.
The Sharks managed to
score two runs in the first
inning, but went hitless the
rest of the game.
Levi Richter got a single
in the first, was pushed
over by Corbin Vickery with
a sacrifice bunt. Rutherford
unsuccessfully attempted to
throw Richter out, letting
Vickery on base. Later in
the inning Chris Cochran
scored both with a two-out
Cochran took the loss
after three innings, striking
out one, walking two, and
giving up three hits and
three earned runs.

Robbie Martin and
Jacob Gentry entered as
The following evening,
Matt Gannon took the 11-8
loss against Marianna, giv-
ing up eight runs in three
innings with one hit by pitch
and six walks.
Gannon's control,
Bullock said, was not where
it normally was. Brandon
Strickland entered briefly in
relief, giving up three runs,
before Jamie Bird assumed
the mound and pitched
three scoreless inning.
Heading into the fifth
inning, Marianna looked to

mercy-rule Port St. Joe, in
the lead 11-0.
The Sharks finally
found footing in the fifth
and managed to score two,
following it up in the sixth
with six more runs. With
one out and bases loaded,
Port St. Joe had the leading
run on first but was unable
to score any of the base
In the seventh, there
were two Sharks on with
two outs, but nothing hap-
Leading the Shark
offensive was Vickery, 2 for
4 with two RBI, and Jacob
Gentry, 2 for 4 with two runs

scored. Tyrone Dawson,
Richter, and Bird each had
a hit; Dawson had two RBI's
and he and Richter scored
one run apiece.
*Jacob Thompson
pitched his first complete
game, striking out one,
walking five and giving up
four hits and one earned
The Shark offensive
stayed active all night, scor-
ing four in the first inning,
three in the second, and
two in the fifth.
Vickery again led the
Shark offensive, going 3 for
3 with a double and five


RBI's. Dawson and Gannon
were each 1 for 2' with 2
runs, although Gannon also
had an RBI. Hays Philyaw
was 1 for 3 with an RBI.
"We purposefully sched-
uled a difficult season," said
Coach Bullock. "We looked
at it as a preseason. We
meant to get the first seed in
districts, and we've accom-
plished that.
"Because of the sched-
ule, we've dealt with adversi-
ty and challenge, and that's
prepared us for the district.
tournaments and hopefully
the post season."

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Port St. Joe Girls Win Region Track

Meet; Harris and Dailey Also Winners

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Tallahassee Maclay
used numbers to edge the
Port St. Joe girls during the
District 2-1A track and field
meet on April 12.
The Lady Tiger Sharks
returned the favor with qual-
ity at last weekend's Region
1-1A meet at Maclay.
The Lady Tiger Sharks
received points from all
eight girls who competed
last Friday to down Maclay
130-111 the only two
teams over 100 points for
the team title and advanced
all eight members of the
team to the state Class 1A
track meet at Winter Park
on Friday.
Port St. Joe will also
take a pair of boys to Winter
Park, as Parker Harris won
the pole vault and Travis
Dailey the shot put to stamp
their ticket.
The top four qualifiers
in each event earn a trip to
The Port St. Joe girls
were as solid as ever, the
product of hard work and
dedication that has fash-
i6ned a quiet confidence for
a. team that finished third
in the state last year and
has designs this year on
joining the high school ring
of honor reserved for state

"They have come out
every day and worked hard,
just like we have asked
them," said Port St. Joe
coach Kenny Parker. "They
are feeling it. They aren't
cocky, but they are feeling
As has been the case for
the past two years, the Lady
Tiger Sharks were paced by
Kayla Parker but the sopho-
more phenom had plenty
of help.
Parker won the 100
meters in 12.04, more than
a half-second ahead of the
second-place finisher and
also breezed to win in the
100 meter hurdles in 15.05,
less than a second ahead of
teammate Mariah Johnson,

Travis Dailey

who this year added the
100 hurdles to her standout
performances in the 300
meter hurdles.
Parker also won the
200 meters in 25.74 with
teammate Fanequa Larry
making that event another
one-two Port St. Joe sweep
by taking second behind
Finally, Parker won the
long jump she is limited
to three track events and
one field event or vice versa
- with a leap of 18-feet-8.5,
nearly a foot beyond the
runner-up and completing
a day in which she added
40 points to the Port St.
Joe total.
Natasha Allen also
scored in the long jump
with a fifth-place leap.

Kayla Parker

Lady Gators Win District;

Port St. Joe Hits the Road

Johnson added a blaz-
ing victory in the 300 hur-
dles, running 46.10, more
than two seconds ahead of
the field.
Samone Smiley added
16 points for the Lady Tiger
Sharks, winning the shot
put with a toss of 38-9,
nearly four feet beyond the
field, and finishing third in
the discus with a throw of
The Lady Tiger Sharks
4x400 team Tayler Byrd,
Naomi Warren, Larry and
Johnson added to the
bevy of blue ribbons in a
time of 4:04.36, edging St.
Johns Country Day by four-
hundredths of a second.
In addition to finishing
second in the 200 to Parker,
Larry led an impressive
showing in the 400 meters,
with Larry winning in 59.88
- the only runner under one
minute with Byrd fourth
and Warren sixth, all scor-
ing points.
Ashleigh Lewis took
seventh and added two
points in the 800 meters
and did the same in the
pole vault.
And in the triple jump,
Larry took second and Allen
fifth to further pad the Lady
Tiger Sharks' point total.
All eight girls will go
to state because Lewis and
Allen are both alternates on
the 4x400 team.
"If we keep competing
like we have been compet-
ing, competing every week,
we will be fiqp," said Coach

Parker. "We have just been
getting off the bus, stretch-
ing and competing. If we
do that at state, we will be
fine. They all know we are
Given the paucity of
boys athletes out for track,
the showing of Harris and
Dailey was also impres-
sive and was good enough
to place the Tiger Sharks
11th out of 21 teams in the
Harris' winning vault of
14-feet was one foot above
the runner-up and Dailey,
after setting a personal best
early in the competition to
reach third, finished up his
puts of the shot with a heave
of 47-5.50 to win the event
by nearly four inches.
"He surprised even him-
self," Coach Parker said.
Billy Naylor and Kayla
Williams led the way for
Wewahitchka at the region
Naylor was an easy win-
ner in the 800 meters -
edging Whitney Strickland
of North Florida Christian
with a time of 1:59.08 after
a sprint to the wire and
the 1,600 meters his time
of 4:30.86 almost seven
seconds ahead of the field.
On the boys side, the
Gators' 4x800 relay team
of Geoffrey Manor, Colton
Price, Josh Mitchell and
Andrew Bidwell earned a
trip to state with a fourth-
place finish.
Wewahitchka's 4x400

relay team of Mitchell, Price,
Manor and Naylor finished
second and will also travel
to Winter Park.
Price finished just out
of the points race with a
ninth-place finish in the
400 meters, as did Chris
Peak with a ninth-place fin-
ish in the 200 meters.
In the girls meet -
the Lady Gators finished
111' and the boys' eighth
in the team competitions
- Williams was second in

Billy Naylor

the long jump, falling two.
inches short of first.
Natalya Miller took
fourth in the 1,600 meters
and will travel to Winter
Park. Miller just missed
qualifying for the 3,200
meters, but added some
points to the team total with
a sixth-place finish.
Williams finished just
out of the points after plac-
ing ninth in the long jump.

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Wewahitchka came from
two runs down to score the
winning run in the bottom
of the seventh to win the
District 3-2A title with a
3-2 win over Port St. Joe at
Bristol last Thursday.
Pinch runner Kassi
Malcolm scored on Rebecca
Barnes' perfect bunt single
for the winning run, com-
pleting a comeback that
saw the Lady Gators rally
from 2-0 in the final two
The stories of the game,
as would be expected, were
junior pitchers Samantha
Rich of Wewahitchka and
Kayla Minger of Port St.

Samantha Rich

Rich (17-2 for the 22-2
Lady Gators) allowed five
hits in seven innings, strik-
ing out 12.
Minger also allowed
five hits while striking out
seven. She was also the
Lady Tiger Sharks (20-6)
leading hitter, going 3 for 3.
Hillary Chapman
had a pair of hits for
The game was score-
less entering the top of the
sixth when Heather Strange
ripped a two-run double
to stake Port St. Joe to the
lead, the first time they had
led the Lady Gators this
Rich hit a run-scoring
double in the bottom half
of the inning, stole third
and then scored when the
throw to third was high for
an error.
Wewahitchka hosted
Tallahassee Maclay (9-11)
in the opening round of the
Region 1-2A tournament on
Port St. Joe traveled to
Tallahassee to take on North
Florida Christian (18-7).
Victories by both coun-
ty teams would set up a
match-up between the two
in Wewahitchka at 7 p.m..
CT on Friday night.
In the district semifi-




The Quarterback
Club at Wewahitchka High
School is conducting a
savory fund-raising event
centered on the delicious
and sweet Vidalia onion.
The club will be sell-
ing 10-pound bags for
$10 apiece from which the
Quarterback Club collects
The onions will be
delivered to the school on
May 3.
Anyone interested in
some sweet onions should
call Ms. Holley at the school
office, 639-2228.

nals, Port St. Joe downed
host Liberty County 5-0
to advance to the cham-
pionship game against
Minger pitched a two-
hit shutout with 17 strike-
outs. Minger was also 4 for
4 at the plate finishing 7
for 7 for the tournament -
and the Lady Tiger Sharks
received a two-run double
from Megan Gannon.
Angela Canington had
Port St. Joe's other hit.

Kayla Minger

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Letters -

From Page 2A
she have a worm off her
stomach a bout 8 in chis
long & since she has injoyed
exeeden good helth."
Ehlmira wrested the
pen from her husband and
presented her own version
of the events.
"Dear Mother I sit
down to wright a few lines
to inform you of my health
is not very good," wrote
Elmira. "I have not got over
my sea sickness yet I was
verry sick all the way."
Elmira happily reports
that the chickens "all lived
and growing nicely" and
that she found a "good girl"
from Boston to presumably
keep house for 15 dollars a
"We have a large new
house which I like and
every thing to my hand as I
want it," she wrote.
Jeremiah Kenney then
resumes his letter, telling
his mother-in-law, "Elmira
is in a hurry to go out and
cant spare time to wright."
Kenney reports that his
oldest son, Gilbert, then 7,
attends school "which I
pay 8 dollars a quarter for"
- and his wife yearns for
"Elmira is much dilited
at the place and thinks she
wants one of her sisters to
come for compiny which I
wood like very much."
Kenney closes with a
flourish "We send our
Love to all the family and
wish them well and well to

St. Joseph's Heyday

1838 was a banner
year for the Kenney family
and the city of St. Joseph
as well.
- The Kenneys settled
into a home on Columbus
Avenue across from City Hall
and operated a boarding
house and dry goods store
that sold many items, from

This copy of a St. Joseph street map, originally drawn by Lydia Kenney Chesley, locates the Kenney home on Columbus
Street, across the street from City Hall. The map also shows the location of a wharf, measuring 1,800 feet long and 60 feet
wide, with a railroad track extending out into the bay.

cotton to furniture.
St. Joseph, which had
originally been a part of
Franklin County, became
the county seat of the newly
created Calhoun County
and entered a new age of
Selected as the site of
Convention in 1838, St.
Joseph evolved from a
sleepy southern town to
a city boasting numerous
banks, churches, stores,
schools and hotels,
including two named
for the poet Lord Byron
and playwright William
Fifty-six delegates,
chosen from Florida's 20
counties, convened in St.
Joseph to, draft Florida's
Constitution and their

presence elevated the city's
At the time of the
convention, St. Joseph
was said to have been the
largest city in Florida.
From 1835 to its
decline in 1841, St.
Joseph flourished as a
place of 'industry and
The St. Joseph and
Lake Wimico Railroad,
begun in October 1835,
became the first steam
railroad in Florida and one
of only a handful in the
The St. Joseph and
Iola Railroad, completed
in 1839, boasted a 30-
mile track, ,the longest
constructed during
Florida's territorial period.
The railroad

transported a variety of
goods, including lumber,
brick, wood, horses, oxen,
cows, sheep, hogs and
chickens, and also operated
a passenger service.
The Calhoun Course
racetrack opened in early
1840 and drew a number
of visitors to St. Joseph.
The circular track
measured approximately
one mile long and 35-
40 feet wide. The facility
featured separate stands
for judges and women.
Well-maintained stables
were located within 100
yards of the track.
The races lasted five
days, with one race held
each day. During the 1841
season, a patron won
$1,000, setting a racetrack

Events of the day were
faithfully recorded by the
city's newspaper, The St.
Joseph Times, owned and
operated by prominent
citizen Peter Gautier.
On Oct. 18, 1837, the
St. Joseph Times featured
advertisements for two
schools: Mrs. Stuart's
School for Young Ladies
and St. Joseph Academy.
The curriculum of
Mrs. Stuart's School
included geography,
grammar, history, writing,
arithmetic and plain and
fancy needlework for $10 a
quarter. Music was offered
at $18 a quarter and
French, at $15.
St. Joseph Academy
offered instruction
in reading, writing,
orthography, arithmetic,

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Journeys by Steamboat

In a Dec. 18, 1888
interview with the Cape Cod
Item, William Kenney, then
53, recalled his father's
excursions as a steamboat
"My father, Capt.
Jeremiah Kenney,
commanded a steamboat
(of which he was part
owner) that plied from
Iola, up the rivers, as far
north as Columbus, Ga.,
occasionally varying his
trips by carrying Gen.
Zachary Taylor and his
troops, who were in pursuit
of the Seminole Indians,
landing them at different
points along the rivers."
Jeremiah Kenney
made Iola the terminus for
his boating trips.
The merchandise he
brought down the river -
bales of cotton, bundles
of sugar cane and other
products were then
taken over the railroad and
reshipped north by sailing
The city wharf, we learn
from Louise M. Porter's
The Lives of St. Joseph,
extended three-fourths of a
mile out into the bay, and
featured double docking
facilities measuring 1,800
feet long and 60 feet wide.
The wharf handled
shipping from many ports
in the world. Ships left St.
Joseph for destinations like
Liverpool, London, New
York and New Orleans.
According to William
Kenney, his father's fellow
Cape Codders manned
many vessels that visited
St. Joseph.

St. Joseph and lola

Judging by his
interviews in the Cape Cod
Item and the Yarmouth
Register (Jan. 2, 1895),
William Kenney enjoyed

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his time in the "land of
sunshine and oranges."
He was particularly
.fascinated by the railroad,
which he acknowledged, in
the Cape Cod Item, was a
"very primitive affair."
"The rails were laid

upon piles for
the greater
part of the way,
over swampy
lands between
the two places.
The passenger
cars had
four wheels
each and
seated sixteen
passengers, a
door on each
side with steps
to let down, a
seat at either
end on top for
the brakeman.
Altogether it
was patterned

Firom Page 10A

the fortunes of both the
Kenney family and the city
of St. Joseph have changed
Elmira Kenney and
her three children (the
youngest, Lydia, was born
in St. Joseph in 1839) have

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torn out of the grave and
devoured by wolves."
The same year as
Kenney's death, St. Joseph
began experiencing an
economic downturn.
In the Cape Cod Item,
William Kenney reported




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Elmira Kenney was living in South Yarmouth, Mass. when
she received this letter from friend Mary Ann Rowen.

as closely as possible after
the stagecoach of that day."
The "diminutive"
locomotive, Kennev
explained, had two driving
wheels, one on each side,
and featured no cab or any
,other protection for the
engineer and stoker "from
-cinders, smoke and the


William Kenney's
interviews provide valuable
insight into the events that
'occurred in the three-year
gap between the second
and third letters.
At the time of the third
letter, dated Nov. 14, 1841,

left St. Joseph forever,
returning to Elmira's native
South Yarmouth, Ma.
In the Cape Cod Item,
William Kenney attributes
the family's departure to
the sudden death of his
father on Sept. 1, 1840,
presumably from yellow
Kenney offers this
account: "The steamboat
struck a snag and filled
with water; my father made
every effort possible to raise
it, but failed, was taken sick
with the fever, died and
was buried -under Masonic
orders in the burial ground
in the outskirts of the city,
and before his body had
lain at rest 24 hours, it was

t h a t
soon after
1 8 4 0
on account
of the
effects of
a money
1) a n i c
which the
had just
or that a
new and
m o r e

way had been discovered to
forward cotton, the staple
article, to the North by
other routes."
Kenney's analysis
accords with that of Porter's
The Lives of St. Joseph,
which indicates that St.
Joseph approached its
1840 commercial season
"in an almost hopeless
frame of mind."
"The financial
resources of the 'Saints'
were practically exhausted;
the heyday of their strongest
allies, the banks, had
long since passed. It was
evident that the commerce
of the place would not be

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of St. Joseph yellow fever casualties.
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24:44 in her description of a friend's death by yellow fever: "her sudent death bring very
forseabely to my mind that pasage of scripter be you all so redey for you know not what our
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Gulf County Genealogy
Society president Beverly
Mount-Douds displays one
of the historic Kenney family
letters. Mount-Douds is in the
process of framing the letters
in two-sided frames and will
display them in the Port St.
Joe library's history/geneal-
ogy wing.

sufficient to support the
To keep St. Joseph
afloat, city leaders had
hoped to transform the
former commercial center
into a pleasure resort, but a
yellow fever epidemic foiled
their plans.

Yellow Fever Devastates
St. Joseph

At the time of St.
Joseph resident Mary Ann
Rowen's Nov. 18, 1841
letter to "Almira" Kenney,

From Page 11A

yellow fever had already
devastated St. Joseph.
Rowen's letter
catalogues a long list of the
"I will stat all of those
that you was acquaintede
with," wrote Rowen, who
apologized for her "bad
writing and spiling."
A doctor, a tailor, a
captain, a merchant, two
gardeners, wives and
numerous babies were
among those who perished
from yellow fever.
Rowen mentions the
death of "Mrs. Whealy,"
evoking the Biblical passage
Matthew 24:44.
"She expired fridey
morning 3 oclock her
sudent death bring very
forseabely to my mind that
pasage of scripter be you
all so redey for you know
not what our the Son of
Man cometh."
The death of "Mr.
Clork" was also sudden.
In describing the
manner of his death, Rowen
references a previous
period of calm that gave
residents a false sense of
hope that the epidemic had
"The citizens was
restored to perfect health
and severel famelles out
of the number which

fled from St. Joseph had
returned and thear was
not a singel cas of that
dretfull contigious fever in
this city when Mr. G. Clork
was taken very un well
Thursday evingin he retired
to bead and never sat up
after he died the following
Tusday about 7 oclock I saw
and conversed with him
monday in the afternoon
he then complained only
of weekness he thought
that he should be abel to
sit up in a fue ours after he
groo out of his sences and
remained so that night and
expired in the morning in
the yellow fever."
Three months earlier,
in August of 1841, Peter
Gautier described a similar
period of calm in The St.
Joseph Times.
"The sickness in our
town has materially abated,
the number of cases on
hand not exceeding half
a dozen, and one or two
only of those regarded as
serious. We trust that the
epidemic is now over, and
in a few days we shall be
enabled to give a distinct
assurance that the health
of the place is restored."
In her letter, Rowen
made no such assurances.
In a moment of piercing
honesty, she wrote Kenney
that she envied her position
far from the reach of the
yellow fever epidemic.
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hous of God and mingiling
with his peopel."
Though she envied her
friend's security in South
Yarmouth, Rowen affirmed
her intentions to stay in St.
Joseph despite the mass
exodus of its residents.
"Father has an idear
of going to Apalachicola
but we shall remain in
St. Joseph the peapeal is
mooving out dailey siking
Rowen urged Kenney
to reply immediately upon
receiving her letter, and
extended her well wishes to
Kenney and her children.
"All the family give
thear best love to you and
to Gilbert and William.
Kiss Lidde for Mother and

me giv my love to G and
W and git a good sleap for
your silf."
Following the death of
her husband, Kenney never
returned to St. Joseph.
A massive hurricane
on Sept. 8, 1844 delivered
the final blow to the city,
which remained deserted
for the next 60 years.
Whether Rowen
ultimately took her father's
advice and moved to
Apalachicola is not known.
At the close of her
1841 letter to Kenney, she
imagined a reunion that
would never come to pass
"I should be glad to see
you wonce more in St.

Next week: Part II
- Following a personal
tragedy, the Kenney
family resumes life in
South Yarmouth.

Overstreet Water Meeting Muddies Water

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

Rules, regulations
and progress about the
Overstreet water lines
seemed pretty murky last
About 150 residents
overflowed a meeting on
April 17 at the Overstreet
VFD to receive the status
report on participation in,
and progress of, the first
water lines to come to the
Under an inter-local
agreement between the
Port St. Joe and the county,
the city is running water
lines to Overstreet to allow
property owners to move
off well water.
The move to city-
supplied water will
also open the door for
development of properties
between the U.S. 98 and
Overstreet, which hugs
Wetappo Creek and the
Intracoastal Waterway
along C.R, 386.
In 2005 the county
received a grant to run
water, and in some
cases sewer, lines to the
Overstreet, White City.
Highland View and St. Joe
Beach communities.
The city of Port St. Joe
agreed to run the utility lines
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for the county in exchange
for the chance to annex the
WindMark Beach.
According to Fred Fox,
the grant administrator, the
data used in determining
which Overstreet residents
qualify for the low-to-
moderate income (LMI),
hookups to the water line
was compiled three years
ago, when the grant was
first submitted.
The people who
qualified as LMI households
receive free hookup to the
lines, and the lines will be
run to those houses.
After several people said
their circumstances had
changed in the three years
since the initial household
survey, and contended
they now qualified as LMI
households, Fox replied
that they would not be
allowed free hookups.
Instead, they would
have to pay $500, he said,
citing "no flexibility in the
grant" to revise the three-
year old data.
Owners of vacant lots
in the area will have to pay
$1,935 for hookup to the
water lines, according to
Don Butler, Gulf County
Everyone will have to
pay an initial $110 deposit
and the monthly water bills,
Fox and Butler said.

According to Butler,
Overstreet residents have
90 days from April 17 to
apply for participation
in the program, plus ar
additional 90 days to pay
the connection fee if they
did not qualify for the
Fox said everyone wh6
qualified through the grant
should be hooked up to the
water line in the next three
to four weeks.
However, he also said
the water line cannot
run farther than the last
qualifying household based
on the original survey, even
if other LMI households
have been built outside that
original boundary.
Butler added that
the county has agreed
with the city to extend the
water lines past the LMI
boundary at no extra cost
to households after Phase
One is completed.
Phase One
encompasses the original
survey area. Phase Two,
according to Butler, will be
the additional lines.
The water rates for
Overstreet residents will be
the current rates in Port St.
Joe $21.45 per month for
4,000 gallons usage, which
is the lowest residential

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For historical
information on the lost
city of St. Joseph, the
author relied heavily on
The Lives of St. Joseph
by Louise M. Porter.
researched and
extremely informative,
the book is one of
the most accurate
accounts of St.
Joseph's short but
fascinating history.
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published in 1975, The
Lives of St. Joseph is
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the Port St. Joe public



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The Art of Public Speaking

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
To trot out one of the oldest cliches in the book, there
were no losers last week during the county's 4-H Public
Speaking competition sponsored by Tropicana.
Not when the second-place finisher among dis-
trict middle-school students provided an insightful and
thought-provoking essay about jealousy and walking a
mile in other people's shoes.
Not when the runner-up among the district's elemen-
tary students gave a presentation, sans notes, regarding
an imaginary mission assigned her alter ego, a super-hero
for the school set.

"I don't know if I could have done what they did when
I was that age," was how Kesley Colbert, one of the judges
for the competition, summed it up.
As one of Colbert's fellow judges, let this reporter just
say, "Amen."
Whatever it lacked in quantity of entries this year, the
district competition more than made up for it in quality,
as anyone in the Port St. Joe middle school media center
saw and heard.
The district competition is the final step in the local
public speaking contest, which starts at the classroom
level, moves to individual schools and culminates at dis-
The students have about a week to prepare their

speeches prior to the classroom competition.
"I like speaking, so I did it in front of my family a lot,"
said McKenna Waters, a Wewahitchka Elementary School
student who took home first prize in her age level.
(See SPEAKING on Page 12B)

Tim Croft/The Star
McKenna Waters (below) and Dantasia Welch (above)
took home first-place prices

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Four (4)1Plei Air artists on-site
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(Uires &0 i7o &eof
Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Squires, Sr. and Mr. and
Mrs. Paul S. Penn all of Donalsonville, Georgia are pleased
to announce the engagement of their daughter Jessica
Juree Squires to William J. Rish, Jr. the son of Mr. and
Mrs. William J. Rish of Port St. Joe, Florida.
The wedding will take place on July 12, 2008 at the
Trinity Episcopal Church of Apalachicola and reception
will follow.

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Jius and-cuer to 7eof
Bruce and Carolyn Husband of Wewahitchka, FL are
proud to announce the engagement and approaching mar-
riage of their daughter Laura Jade to Jeremy Ray Suber,
son of Donny and Angie Suber of Wewahitchka, FL.
Laura is the granddaughter of Mrs. Bobbie Husband
and the late Thomas Joyce Husband of Wewahitchka,
Florida and Claude and Bertie McGill of Kinard, Florida.
Jeremy is the grandson of Jerry and Rose Suber and
Cecelia and Harry Blanding, and the late Raymond Griffin
of Wewahitchka, FL.
Laura Jade is a 2004 graduate of Wewahitchka High
School and 2007 graduate of Florida State University. She
is currently a Graduate student at Florida State University
where she is pursuing a Masters Degree in School
Psychology. Jeremy is a 2001 graduate of Wewahitchka
High School and is presently serving as an active duty
member of the United States Coast Guard, stationed in
Panama City, Florida.
A May 3, 2008 wedding is planned for 6:00 p.m.
(C.D.T) at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in
Wewahitchka, Fl. A reception will follow at the home of
Bruce and Carolyn Husband. All friends and relatives are
invited to attend.

6prih 7edfiny Pannef
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Davis of Kingston, NY and
Cudjoe Key, FL announce the engagement of their daugh-
ter, Summer Rose Davis, granddaughter of Mrs. Charles
(Bobbie) Davis of Port St. Joe, to David Nichols, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Jim Nichols of Girard, OH and Cudjoe Key, FL.
The Bride-to-be graduated from Florida State University
with a Master's Degree in English Literature and will
graduate from Florida Coastal School of Law this May
with a Juris Doctor Degree. The future Groom graduated
from Youngstown State University with a Master's Degree
in Civil & Environmental Engineering and is currently
employed at CSX in Jacksonville, FL. A Spring 2009 wed-
ding is being planned.

Welcome Wyatt Linton
Frank and Joyelle Linton of Burgess Creek are proud
to announce the birth of their son Wyatt Roebuck Linton
on March 11, 2008 at 12:42 a.m. at Tallahassee Memorial
Hospital. He weighed 6 lbs 6 oz and was 20.5 inches
Paternal grandparents are David and Linda Whitfield
of Howard Creek. Paternal great grandparents are the
late Sears Roebuck Linton, the late Jay and Inez Banard
of Colqult, GA and the late Early and Fanie Sapp of
Blountstown. Maternal great grandparents are the late
Doc and Nellie Whitfield and the late Thomas and Shirley
Wyatt was welcomed home by his big brothers Jessie
and Luke Linton and his cousins Lacey Linton and Kristi

Danielle McLemore Turns 3
Danielle McLemore sister of Destiny, daughter of
Spike and April turns 3 4/29/08. Celebrating her birthday
at home with family and friends.

Kemp Family Reunion ,
Th. T vI~n1,WIg~aUiL i zu

The 49th annual Kemp
Family reunion will be held
on Sunday, May 4, 2008
at the Kemp Community,
located just off of highway
22 at Wetappo Creek. All
friends and relatives please


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come early for some good
ole fashion fellowship and
fun. All relatives please
bring covered-dish lunches
for your family and a couple
more. Lunch will be served
at 12:30 CST. There will be
a drawing for Cash-Prizes
of 50, 30 and 20 dollars at
2:30 CST.
Also Prizes for old-
est man and woman plus
youngest baby. Must be
present to win.
Please bring family pic-
tures for display and we
will be taking pictures for a
family album.
Ice and tableware will
be furnished. Don't forget
now, See you there.

Last week there were
two articles in The Star
newspaper requesting dona-
tions for Troy White and
family. Troy was seriously
injured in an auto accident
and has a long recuperation
ahead of him.
Troy is a true asset to
this community and has a
bright future as a leader. He
currently serves as a board
vice-President for the CDC
and board chairman for the
Port St. Joe Development
These two organization
along with the CCDF and

People Helping People orga-
nization are in full support
of this fund drive.
We ask everyone to
please donate, so Troy's
wife Erika and three and a
half year old daughter will
have funds to live on while
Troy is going through a long
rehabilitation period.
Please send donations
to "The Troy White Fund"
PO Box 113, Port St. Joe,
32456 or drop off at the
Capital City Bank.
If there are any ques-
tions, please call Quen
Lamb 850-774-0288.

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Fifth Annual St. Joseph Bay Cleanup and Kayak Festival

must sign a waiver of liabil-
ity for themselves and their

Saturday-May 10, 2008
9:00 a.m. Noon
Eastern Time
Now is your chance
to enjoy a beautiful morn-
ing on St. Joseph Bay and
shallow Kayak rentals are
being offered FREE for this
event to responsible* adults
and families who wish to
participate. Make sure your
reservations now at:
Happy Ours Kayak &
Canoe Outpost (229-1991
Scallop Cove BP
Seahorse Water Safaris
A limited supply of col-
lection bags are available
or you may bring your own
trash bags.
Water shoes and gloves
are recommended.
Call Happy Ours at
229-1991 for more infor-
*Participants must
provide valid VISA or
MasterCard as security
against loss of or damage to
"free" rental equipment.
Adults (18 and over)

Yard Sale Superior Bank
418 Cecil G. Costin St. Blvd.
April 26, 2008 8-12 EST
Hotdogs, Chips, Drinks & Popcorn
Proceeds to benefit Relay for Life and the Anmerican
Cancer Society.

Community Yard Sale Fundraiser

The community of
Highland View, along with
other families, are joining
together to help raise funds
for the family of Daniel
Bronson. Daniel was acci-
dentally shot, and the funds
will be used to assist with
his medical expenses, as
well as provide for his wife
and two children.
There will be a commu-
nity yard sale on Saturday
and Sunday, April 26 and.
27 at 221 Angelfish. There
will be items from all ends
of the spectrum for sale...

from furniture to baby
items and clothing, house-
hold items to toys. There
will also be a raffle both
days drawn at 2 p.m. for a
house cleaning! Tickets for
the raffle can be purchased
at 221 Angelfish and cost
only $# each.
Come and support this
wonderful family, get some
great merchandise at a great
price, and maybe even win
a cleaning for your home!
Questions or more informa-
tion, call 227-9363.

Gulf County Senior Citizens Famous

BBQ Pork Sandwich Fundraiser

The Gulf County Senior
Citizens will be selling
their Famous BBQ Pork
Sandwiches on Friday,
May 2 in Port St. Joe and
Wewahitchka from 11:00
a.m. 1:00 p.m. We will
make group deliveries to
local businesses.
The meal will include a
large BBQ pokr sandwich,
chips, pickle, and a home-


made dessert. The cost will
be $4.00 and all proceeds,.
will be used to help pay the
cost of meals and services
for seniors in Gulf County.
We will be accepting orders
through April 20. Please call
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Joe/ Mexico Beach are and
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a.m. and 2:00 p.m. CST)
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The City of Port St Joe is dedicated to
the principles of fair housing and non-
discrimination. Fair housing is a concept
that everyone has the right to obtain housing
without fear of discrimination. The City of Port
St Joe has adopted a fair housing ordinance
and periodically provides updates and training
opportunities for its citizens and public
officials. It is the City's intent to protect all of
its citizens to the full extent of the Fair Housing
Act as administered by the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development. If you
feel that you may have been discriminated
against in obtaining a mortgage or securing
or maintaining a lease for any of the following

race or color
national origin

familial status

please contact the Port St Joe City Hall at
229-8261 or the HUD field office in Jacksonville
at (904) 232-2627.

minor children.
Minors must be super-

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Big River Rider's H-4

Horse Club Compete

Members of the Big
River Rider's 4-H Horse
Club competed at Area
A (District) Competition
on April 18 th & 19th in
Marianna, Florida. The
Area A Event is where mem-
bers compete to go to State
Competition which will be
held in Tampa, Florida.
Twelve members com-
peted in a variety of events.
These events consisted of
showmanship, hunter hack,
conformation, and speed
Division (8-13yoa) placed
as follows:
Jr/Interm Pole Bending:
2nd Place Calvin
Cuchens, 4th Place -
Trisha Davidson, 6th
Place Katie Jones.
Jr/Interm Barrel
Race: 3rd Place -
Calvin Cuchens,
4th Place Trisha
Senior Division
(14-18yoa) placed as
Sr Pole Bending:
3rd Place Alicia
Allison, 4th Place -
Tony Ella, 6th Place
- Hayley Smith.
Sr Barrel Race:
2nd Alicia Allison,



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4th Hayley Smith, 5th -
Tony Ella
Keyhole: 3rd Place -
Tony Elia
Stake Race: 5th Place -
Quentin Carter.
All members worked
hard and did a very good
job. We are now waiting
on final results to know
which members have quali-
fied for State Competition.
We will announce our quali-
fiers just as soon as we have
those results.
We had such a great
turn out of supporters and
would like to thank each
and every one of them for
their support.

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The Board of Commissioners of the
Northwest Florida Regional Housing
Authority will hold its Annual Meeting,
April 24, 2008 in the Cambridge Room,
Ramada Inn North, 2900 North Monroe,
St., Tallahassee, Florida. Meeting will begin
at 1:00 p.m. E.D. S. T. The meeting will be
open to the public.

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In Christ's Service

Hooray for trouble!
That sounds ridiculous
doesn't it? Yet that is in
essence what James says
when he tells us to count it
all joy when we face trials
of various kinds. What kind
of crazy man would give us
this kind of advice? Maybe
he's not crazy at all-just
inspired. None of us doubts
for a moment that some
day we will have to face dif-
ficult times. The issue is not
"if" we face suffering, but
"when." In the passage of
scripture before us, James
tells us how to respond in
the face of suffering.
James 1:1-5 says
1James, a servant of God
and of the Lord Jesus
Christ, to the twelve tribes
which are scattered abroad,
greeting. 2My brethren,
count it all joy when ye
fall into divers temptations;
3Knowing this, that the try-
ing of your faith worketh
patience. 4But let patience
have her perfect work,
that ye may be perfect and
entire, wanting nothing. 5If
any of you lack wisdom, let
him ask of God, that giveth
to all men liberally, and
upbraideth not; and it shall

be given him.
So how are we sup-
posed to respond in the face
of suffering? Let me suggest
the following.
Respond positively (v.
2 2My brethren, count it all
joy when ye fall into divers
temptations;) Some choose
to respond to trouble with
rage. This might make us
feel better temporarily, but
in the long run it will not sat-
isfy. When we are in a state
of rage, we do more harm
than good. Some choose
to respond to trouble with
resignation. Just giving in
will certainly not solve the
problem. Just giving in will
not make us feel any better.
James tells us to respond
to trouble with rejoicing. We
don't have to rejoice for the
trouble in and of itself. We
can rejoice over the good
things the trouble can make
happen in our lives and in
our world.
Respond productively
(vv. 3, 4 3Knowing this,
that the trying of your faith
worketh patience. 4But let
patience have her perfect
work, that ye may be per-
fect and entire, wanting
nothing.) Let trouble help

you develop patience. Let
trouble help you develop
perseverance. Let trouble
help you develop maturity.
Respond prayerfully (v.
5 5If any of you lack wis-
dom, let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liber-
ally, and upbraideth not;
and it shall be given him.)
Some might pray for deliv-
erance, and there is noth-
ing wrong with that. Some
might pray for a change
of the circumstances, and
there is nothing wrong with
that. Sometimes, however,
what we really need is wis-
dom. We must ask God for
this wisdom. He will give
generously. He will give
without finding fault.
Do you have wind
chimes at your house? The
next time you face a storm,
listen carefully. Along with
the howling wind, you might
hear a beautiful sound from
the chimes. They are mak-
ing music in the midst of
a storm. That is a parable
of our lives. In the face of
the greatest storms of our
lives, we can make beauti-
ful music.
I have heard it said "If
you want to see what's in a

sponge-just squeeze it. The
contents will reveal them-
selves under pressure." The
same thing will happen to
you. When the pressure gets
tough, you will see what's
inside your heart and soul.
Let me leave you with
this final thought. If it takes
a broken heart to draw us
closer to God, then our
prayer should be, "Break
my heart." Anything that
draws us closer to God has
great value. So you see, we
really can say, "Hooray for
If you or someone you
know is going through
some tough times, please
feel free to call me any-
time 229-6235 or you can
e-mail me at pastorilev(y I will pray for
you... and I am sure all the
Pastors/Clergy feel the same
way... so if you don't call
me, please call someone...
you are NOT alone.

Pastors Howard &
Amanda Riley
Highland View Church
of God

Port St. Joe Relay for Life

The Christian Conscience
In the Bible, in the book of Luke, chapter 16, begin-
ning at the 19th verse, Jesus tells us about two men. One
of the men was quite wealthy. The other was poor, and
obviously disabled. Of the latter it is stated that he was a
beggar, full of sores, and was laid at the rich man's gate.
The rich man died and went to a place called Hades.
Some would call this Hell. It is described as a place of
extreme torment. A conversation takes place between this
rich man and Abraham, who along with Lazarus, the poor
beggar, were in a place of comfort, which some would call
From this conversation we learn that Hades is a place
of torment from which one cannot escape, and that there,
is a great gulf between the heavenly place and the place
of torment.
If this passage is true, and it obviously is (Would
Jesus lie?) then to ignore this teaching would be worse
than suicide. It would be insanity.
How does one avoid this place of torment? By doing
good works? By going to church every Sunday? By being
baptized? By saying a single prayer? By giving lots of
money to a TV evangelist? The Bible, and just plain com-
mon sense, tells us that it is more than this.
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:5, Examine your-
selves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.
Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you,
unless indeed you are disqualified? Have you done this,
or are you trusting in what someone has told you, about
how easy it is to become a Christian?
It was over 20 years ago that I determined that I must
read the Bible for myself, and determine what is true and
what is not. After reading the Bible straight through a
number of times, I came to realize that some of the things
that I had been taught weren't true. I found that to avoid
that place of torment, I needed to surrender control of
my life to Jesus Christ, and to follow His teachings daily.
I'm praying that you will let Jesus take control of your
life also.
Our services are at 9:30 Sunday AM central at the
Mexico Beach Civic Center.
God Bless,

Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center

The 2008 Port St. Joe
Relay for Life event will be
held on May 3rd and 4th
at Shark Stadium. This
event will honor those who
have survived cancer and
remember those who have
lost their battle Opening
Ceremony/Survivors' Walk
will start at 11am ET on
Saturday and Survivors'
Lunch to be served at noon.
Luminaria Ceremony begins
at 9pm. Throughout the day
and night, there will be plen-
ty of fun activities, including
games, live music (John
Mazzanovich, Jeremy Dixon
to mention just a couple),
friendly competitions (Relay
Idol, Are You Smarter Than
a Fifth Grader?) and of
course plenty of food and
drink. To close our event,
we will be having a commu-
nity wide, sunrise worship
service. Please call Suzanne
Doran, Event Chair at
850-370-6614 or email at
net for more information,
or go to
org/rflpsjfl The Port St. Joe

Relay for Life Committee
would like to extend their
thanks to the following
companies for their sup-
port and sponsorship:

FairPoint Communications
St. Joe Company
Preble-Rish Inc.
Progress Energy Florida
Cathey Construction and
Port St. Joe Lions Club
Beach Realty of Cape San
Gulf County School Board

Relay For Life is the
signature event of the
American Cancer Society
and is a team event that
promotes survivorship and
increases cancer awareness
in our community! To find
out more information about
Relay for Life to be held on
May 3rd and 4th 2008
at Shark Stadium, or to
join a relay team, please
join us at our next meet-
ing at Beach Realty, Reid
Avenue, on Tuesday, April
29 at 6:30pm ET. It is NOT

6M TVy

Pat Halcomb

Elner O'Neal Holcomb, 85 years old from Pensacola,
FL, passed away Monday, March 17, 2008.
Surviving her are Barbara Cannon (daughter) and
husband Albert Cannon; grandchildren John Cannon,
Michelle Amison and Lee Cannon, all of Port St. Joe; and
Kelli Holcomb of Suffolk, VA.
She was preceded in death by Robert Lee Holcomb
(husband) and son Royce Holcomb.
Services we held at the Christ's Sanctified Holy
Church in Perry, GA, Friday, March 21, 2008.




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

"A Reformed Voice
PI. min the Community"

Sunday School ....... ............................. 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Fellowship ... ............................ 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Service ...................... 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service ......................... 6:00 p.m.
Thursday Firehouse Fellowship................. 6:00 p.m.
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home of Faith Christian School

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

Morning Prayer & Holy Communion
Sunday .................8:00 a.m .
The Rev. David Mans, Priest
Services being held at the United Pentecostal Church
309 6th Street Port St Joe, FL
"An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World"
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TOO LATE to sign up a
team or become a sponsor
for this COMMUNITY event.
The more teams that we
get, the more fun and par-
ticipants we have, and the
more money we will raise
to fight cancer! Everyone is
welcome and encouraged to
take part in this community
event right here in Port St.
Please call Suzanne
Doran, Event Chair at
Did You Know???
Lung cancer is the
second most common
cancer in both men and
women. During 2008, there
will be about 215,020 new
cases of lung cancer.
Lung cancer is by far

the leading cause of cancer
death among both men and
women. More people die of
lung cancer than of colon,
breast, and prostate can-
cers combined.
Only about 15% of
people diagnosed with lung
cancer survive this disease
after 5 years.
Symptoms of lung
cancer may include: new
cough, coughing up blood,
chest pain (usually dull and
persistent), shortness of
breath, wheezing, hoarse-
ness, and repeated respira-
tory infections.
Our goal is to cut the
death rate in half by 2015
- won't you please help us
by supporting Port St. Joe's
Relay For Life?

Suzanne Doran and Scott Baker, Port St. Joe Relay for
Life Committee, thank Clay Kennedy of Preble-Rish, Inc., for
sponsorship of 2008 Relay for Life.

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

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

Oak Grove Church
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Come Grow With Us!

Sunday School 9:45
Sunday Worship Service 10:45
Wednesday Cafe 5 pm
Wednesday 6:15
Adult Bible Study
Children & Youth Ministries

613 Madison St.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

Andy Smith, President of Port St. Joe Lions Club presents.
sponsorship check to Suzanne Doran, Event Chair, Port St. Joe
Relay for Life. Also pictured, Scott Baker, Logistics Chair.

Revival at New Bethel

New Bethel A.M.E. invites you to their Revival April 28
- May 2 at New Bethel A.M.E., Rev. Jerome J. Goodman
Senior Pastor, 246 Avenue C, Port St. Joe, Florida.
Services will begin at 7 p.m., with guest messenger,
Bishop T.P Johnson, Sr. of New Life Christian Ministries,
Niceville, Florida.

Family Life Church Invites You

Family Life Church would like to invite everyone to
experience the ministry of Dr. Tim Hines, this Saturday
night, April 26th, at 7PM, Sunday morning at 10:30AM
and Sunday night at 7PM. Tim has a special gift of deliv-
ering a timely Word from God to individuals, churches,
and communities, while also a vital touch from the hand
of God in the lives and physical bodies of those in need.
Come expecting to experience a unique encounter with
the power of God. A special youth emphasis is on the
Saturday night service, but all are welcome to every ser-
vice! Family Life Church is at 323 Reid Avenue downtown
Port St. Joe. Parking is also available in the rear of the
church off of Williams Avenue. Call 229-LIFE (5433) for


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first Church of the Nazarene
2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

Give unto t(e Lord ti gfoinj 'diue li r nam, worship the Lonf in tie lbeaty of fitness.
Psafm 29:2

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

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

First Baptist Church

i Brent Vickery, Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students

New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church
Sunday School & Worship Service .................. 9:00 am
Sunday School & Worship Service ................. 10:30 am
Sunday Evening Adult Bible Study .................6:00 pin
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 pin

Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

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(850) 227-1818 (850) 229-8211

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(850) 229-8111

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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: 7:30 p.m.
,, All Times are EST

Rev. Mac Fulcher
Jeremy Dixon
Director of Youthin Mistries
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries
Ann Comforter
Music Director

The friendly place to worship!

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

311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
SUNDAY: General Assembly 9:45 a.m. ET' Bible Study all ages 10 a.m. ET
Morning Worship 11 a.m. ET Evening Worship 6 p.m. 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 for your spiritual needs.
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725


A Call For Unction

Iwas reading the
words of a Pastor
in Kentucky by the
name of Emmett Lanham.
The title of his message
"Let us cry Again" caught
my attention as I began to
read it.
Pastor Lanham
wrote this;
In 2 Chronicles
7:14, God promised Israel
that He would bless them,
if they would only be obe-
dient and trust Him. This
was about 1000 B.C. and
yet we find 400 years later
these words in Jeremiah
44:10, "they are not
humbled, neither have
they feared, nor walked
in my law."
I fear we are follow-
ing close behind them. We
have changed the meaning
of words. Salvation is now
joining the church. Being
filled is now just to "repeat
after me." Revival is now
thought of as having a good
singing group. Success is
now who has the largest

church. And because a
man of God won't compro-
mise, he is now labeled a
Is it time for the church
to get out of the entertain-
ment act and to cry again
with Isaiah, "Woe is met
For I am undone;" Then
he cried, "Here am I;
send me." This would
let the world see Christ in
us and their cry would be
as John 12:21, "Sir, we
would see Jesus."
As I gave thought to
his words I began looking
at our own Christian com-
munities. The thought of
how many churches fall
into this category was a
little frightening to say the
least. I couldn't help but
look at the Word of God
and see a direct line drawn
between our churches now
and a church that was men-
tioned in the last day. In
Revelation 3:14-22, we
find one of the letters that
John received from Christ
on the Isle of Patmos to the

Church of Christ
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Established 33 AD iin Jerusalem

We meet at 350 Firellouse Road
Overstreet 850.647.1622

Sunday Bible Study
Sunday Worship
Wednesday Bible Study

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

"We are about ouir Father's business"

Jesus is Lord and He is waiting
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382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Mike Westbrook, Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.



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

Call 229-8310
P. 0. Box 758 Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Corner of 20th Street & Marvin Avenue


seven churches.
"And unto the angel
of the church of the
Laodiceans write; These
things saith the Amen,
the faithful and true wit-
ness, the beginning of the
creation of God; I know
thy works, that thou art
neither cold nor hot: I
would thou wert cold or
hot. So then because
thou art lukewarm, and
neither cold nor hot, I
will spue thee out of my
mouth. Because thou
sayest, I am rich, and
increased with goods,
and have need of noth-
ing; and knowest not
that thou art wretched,
and miserable, and poor,
and blind, and naked: I
counsel thee to buy of
me gold tried in the
fire, that thou mayest
be rich; and white rai-
ment, that thou may-
est be clothed, and that
the shame of thy naked-
ness do not appear; and
anoint thine eyes with
eyesalve, that thou may-
est see. As many as I
love, I rebuke and chas-
ten: be zealous there-
fore, and repent. Behold,

' Worship with us at
Long Avenue Baptist Church
"ere Faith, Family eFriendshap are foi
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pm
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

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: Touching Lives with the Love of Jesus"
Join us in worship .. PA o nm City
10:30 Sunday Morning Hwy. 98
7:00 Wednesday Evening -
Pastors Andrew
& : Reid Ave.
Cathy Rutherford 3: R meCh.rh
Rhema Bible Training Center graduates
Visit our website at: Wewahitchka
323 Reid Avenue Port St. Joe 229-LIFE (5433)

I stand at the door, and
knock: if any man hear
my voice, and open the
door, I will come in to
him, and will sup with
him, and he with me. To
him that overcometh will
I grant to sit with me in
my throne, even as I also
overcame, and am set
down with my Father in
his throne. He that hath
an ear, let him hear what
the Spirit saith unto
the churches". {Rev.
3:14-22 KJV}
If we are not care-
ful to look at this world's
condition and the condi-
tion of many churches we
may wel 1 become, if we
haven't already, just exactly
what has been described
in Revelation 3:14-22.
Shall we take a look at
ourselves? As for me and
my house we will serve the
Lord! This also, "As for me
and the Church I pastor, we
will serve the Lord as He
In His Service
Pastor Tim Bailey
Lighthouse Pentecostal

inipiratwon Point

I Thought I Was A Bum

"Jesus must like this store," Harvey said. Looking around he could see people enjoying their shopping
experience. The printed material at the store said: "Our Mission Statement: To demonstrate the love of Jesus
by providing free clothing, Bibles, books, toys, and small household items to people in need. To provide these
in an uplifting, clean, Christian store-like setting."
The place is called The Free Store. Harvey's eyes-of-Jesus observation is almost definitely right.
Harvey just wandered in to shop one day; now today he's helping by hanging up used clothes. The lady
who runs the store asked him about his statement. "You help bums," Harvey replied.
The Free Store lady quickly assured him, "I don't call the people bums." Yet, she had misunderstood
Harvey's point. He's only ten years old: "I thought I was a bum."
So how did Harvey come to the conclusion that he was a bum? He wasn't born thinking he was a bum.
Did you tell him?
With Harvey's many quirks, its pretty ease to imagine him at least as a miniature bum. Almost what the
Bible categorizes as lowly. Lowly: Humble, meek; of or related to a low social or economical rank. The Bible
says: 'Though the LORD God is high, yet He gives respect, regard and attention to the lowly."
It is too easy for me to mentally rank people on the "lowly scale" when I see them. Have I every non-
verbally conveyed to anyone, child or adult, the message that they are bums? Have you? When we do this,
we are in danger of entering into another category-"the proud."
The Bible verse above continues; "but the proud, God knows afar off." God help me; I don't want to be far
from you. God, I want to be close to you-like Harvey.
Rick Leland

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Personal Injury Real Estate
Workers' Compensation
(850) 227-1159

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Important Dates:
April 23"r Early
Release (with Lunch) for
April 28`' Progress
Reports go home

The new Pinnacle pass-
words have been released
and are available for pick-
up. Please call 227-3211
to make an appointment
with Mrs. Dixon to get your
student's Pinnacle pass-
word. When you come to
the school to pick up your
student's Pinnacle pass-
word, please make sure you'
bring a picture I.D. with
you. The pinnacle pass-
words are new for the 6th
grade students and also for
any student whose social
security number was pre-
viously their student I.D.
number. If your student is
a 7"' or 811th grader and your
old Pinnacle username and
password is not working,
please call Mrs. Dixon at
For those of you who are
not familiar with Pinnacle, it
is an online grade book that
can be accessed through
the Gulf County Schools
This online grade book
makes it easy for parents
to keep track of their stu-
dent's grades without hav-
ing to contact teachers or
wait for progress reports
to come home. I encourage
all parents to pick up their
student's Pinnacle pass-
words. If you do not have
a computer at home, you


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the Opportunity Center at
the high school or the com-
puters in the public library
to access the Pinnacle web-
If you are interested in
becoming a parent volun-
teer at Port St. Joe Middle
School, please contact Mrs.
Dixon at 227-3211 or adix-
on( to find
out more about the oppor-
tunities available for volun-
teers. You can help make
a difference in the life of a
student here at Port St. Joe
Middle School by donating
your time.
AR Access for Families
We have a 'new site
where teachers, students
and parents can view and
search the quizzes we have.
Please note that these are
available tests, not neces-
sarily books in our library!
Pennies for Patients
Students at Port St. Joe
Middle School are proud-
ly participating in The
Leukemia and Lymphoma
Society's Pennies for
Patients program, one
of the Society's national
School & Youth Programs
that raises money to find
cures for leukemia, lym-
phoma, and myeloma while
providing information and
support services to patients
and their families. Pennies
for Patients teaches stu-
dents caring, sharing,
respect for others and the
value of community service,
in addition to supporting

an important cause. The
need for cures is critical:
747,465 Americans are
battling blood cancers, and
leukemia remains the #1
fatal cancer among children
and young adults under the
age of 20.
The Port St. Joe
Middle School Pennies
for Patients program will
take place for a three-week
period kicking off on April
7t1 and running through
April 25"'. The class rais-
ing the most funds in the
school will receive a catered
luncheon. Schools may also
qualify for additional priz-
es based on the amount
School administra-
tors appreciate the value
of having students work
with a goal of helping oth-
ers. "Our Students' involve-
ment with The Leukemia &
Lymnphoma Society teaches
them that they can make
an important difference in
the lives of other," said Ms.
Griffin, Principal at Port St.
Joe Middle School. "This
is a wonderful program for
us to take part in, and the
expected results of our stu-
dents' effort will benefit an
outstanding organization."
For more information
about The Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society's School
& Youth Programs, log onto
nfl. To learn more about
programs and services
provided by the Northern
Florida Chapter of The
Leukemia and Lymphoma
Society, call (904) 332-6414
or (800) 868-0072.
Renaissance Place
Dear Parent or
Your Student is using a
computer software program
called Renaissance Place
to practice reading and/or
math skills at school. This

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respect- not on your mid-
dle schooler
You make a point of
respecting your preteen, but
do you insist that he show
you respect, too? If not, now
is the time to start.
To develop your pre-
teen's sense of respect for
you. himself and others:
Don't let him run the
show. Does your home life
revolve around your pre-
teen's activities, achieve-
ments and desires'? It
shouldn't. If his needs
always come first, he may
not learn to respect the
notion that other people
have needs, too.
Hold your applause. Its
fine to congratulate your
preteen when he does well,
but don't gush over every
accomplishment, big or
small. Instead, save your
highest praise for when
your preteen works hard.
Studies show that kids who
are praised for their effort
rather than their achieve-
ment tend to try harder
and perform better than
kids applauded merely for

"being smart."
Allow him to experience
disappointment. You can't
spare your preteen from all
of life's troubles, nor should
you. Whether it's being cut
from the football team or
failing to earn an A in math,
he needs to learn to take
his lumps. Besides, they're
his-not yours. So give him
a squeeze and let him move
past it. He'll likely respect
himself for bouncing back
and respect you for showing
him he could.
Reprinted with permis-
sion from the April 2008
issue of Parents Still make
the difference! (Middle
School Edition) newslet-
ter. Copyright 2008 The
Parent Institute, a division
of NIS, Inc. Source: Patricia
Dalton, 'A Lost Art: Instilling
Respect," Washingtonpost.
coin, www.washington-
post. com/wp-dyn/con-
Help your middle
schooler banish bullying
and stop being a victim
Is your preteen being
picked on at school? If he
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take to get his power back.
Help him:
Figure out when the
bullying usually happens.
Teach your preteen to notice
where the problem tends to
start, and to avoid that situ-
Respond appropriately.
Help your preteen deter-
mine which reactions-
such as crying or yelling-
fuel more bullying. Would
humor lighten up the situ-
ation? Can he just walk
Widen his horizons.
Isolation can lead to being
bullied, so enlarge your pre-
teen's social circle (such as
through a club or team).
Work with him on his social
Seek help from the
school. Your preteen should
talk with a caring adult
at his school, such as his
guidance counselor. Most
schools have a no tolerance
policy on bullying. Make
sure you and your child
know the details of your
school's policy.
Reprinted with permis-
sion from the February 2008
issue of Parents Still make
the difference! (Middle
School Edition) newslet-

ter. Copyright 2008 The
Parent Institute, a division
of NIS, Inc. Source: Jos6
Bolton Sr., Ph.D., L.PC.
and Stan Graeve, M.A., No
Room for Bullies, ISBN:
1-889322-67-9 (Boys Town
Press, 1-800-282-6657,
Teach your preteen a
five-step process to solve
any problem
Boost your preteen's
self-assurance by boosting
his problem-solving skills.
When he's faced with a
tough dilemma, help him
tackle it by following this
problem-solving model:
Define the issue and set
a goal for handling it. If the
problem is a poor grade in
math, your preteen could
say (and write down), "I
want to bring my grade up
to a B." Simply saying, "I
want to do better," doesn't
give him anything concrete
to work toward.
Brainstorm ways to
reach the goal. Sit with your
preteen while he thinks of
ways to reach his goal, and
write down his ideas.
Evaluate options. Go
over his ideas together.
Help him weed out unre-
alistic ones by having him
ask himself, "Is this really
doable?" At the end of this
step, he should have a list
of reasonable things that he
can try.
Develop a plan for try-
ing his ideas. If one option
was to stay after school
every Tuesday for tutoring,
help him make it happen.
"If you bring your soccer
uniform to school with you
and change after tutoring,
you'll have time to get to
practice by 4:00."
Assess and modify the
plan. After a while, check to
see how his plan is going. Is
he reaching his goal? Great!
If not, have him evaluate his
options again and choose
another course of action.
Reprinted with permis-
sion from the February 2008
issue of Parents Still make
the difference! (Middle
School Edition) newslet-
ter. Copyright 2008 The
Parent Institute@, a division
of NIS, Inc. Source: Susan
Carney. "Problem Solving
Skills for Teens," Suite 101,
http ://youthdevelopment.
suite 101. com/article, cfm/
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Kindergarten Round-Up

By Grant Glass

One more month of
school left! Well, for seniors
at least. Even so, the school
is still busy. So let us get
down to business!
Senior News:
This Friday is the senior
trip! Seniors who are going
on the trip that need to pay
their balance and turn in
your notarized permission
slip, do so immediately.
Seniors, check the
scholarship box for
the Dorothy N. Beard
Scholarship. Application is
due back in the guidance
office by May 9th.
Junior News:
Prom was a huge suc-
cess! Thank you and good
job with all the work .and
time the juniors put into it.
Clubs and Other News:

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The Faith Christian
School Spaghetti Supper
and Auction will take place
this Friday, April 25, in
the Multipurpose Building
at the school. Supper will
begin to be served at 5:30
p.m., after which the auc-
tion will commence at 7:00
p.m. Tickets can be pur-
chased for $6.00 from the
school office, a school fami-
ly, or purchased at the door.
The supper includes salad,
spaghetti, rolls, tea, and a
dessert. Please come out
and have a delicious supper
and a wonderful time, and
have fun bidding on some-
thing new for your house, a
gift for a friend, or whatever
you might fancy for whatev-
er reason. There are many
great auction items includ-
ing Disney tickets, weekend
getaways, fishing trips, din-
ners, salon gift certificates,
and much more. Come join
us for great fellowship! We'd
love for you to come! That is
tomorrow! See you there!
At the April meeting of
the St. Joseph Bay Chapter
of the Daughters of the
American Revolution, one
of our seniors was honored
with the DAR Good Citizen
Award. Each applicant is
chosen by his school and
then judged on activities,
grades, and also an essay
on our heritage. This essay
must be written within a
time limit of two hours
with no prior knowledge
of the specific subject, no
dictionary, or any other
helps. We are so proud of
Trevor Burch who was the
overall winner for Gulf and
Franklin Counties! Trevor
is the son of Rusty and
Debbie Burch.
It is that time of year
again! Registration is now
open to the general public
at Faith Christian. Parents,
if you have not registered
your children, you must do
so in order to guarantee
them a place for next year.
Registration is now on a
first come, first serve basis.
There are openings in all
classes at this point; howev-
er, there are only a few plac-
es left in K4 and K5. Early
enrollment not only ensures
a place for your child, but
also helps us more accu-
rately and adequately pre-
pare for next year.
Spring is here and that
means just one thing to our
fourth grade class: FIELD
TRIPS! Our recent trip to
the Marianna Caverns was'
a lot of fun. The class hiked
and explored the Florida
Caverns State Park and
then picnicked there.
The FCS elementary
Athletes for the Week of
April 7-11 were Donovan
Miniat and Ava Ryan in
K3, Tate Hallman and Gabi
Woods in K4, Bobby Gay in
K5, Chandler Godwin and

Key Club and Keyette
Members, please remem-
ber that the Annual Kiwanis
Select Shot GolfTournament
is this weekend.
Any student 8th-11th
grade interested in a sum-
mer journalism program
at the University of Florida
come see Mrs. Bernal in
Any student interested
in going to Ireland, Scotland,
Wales, and England this
summer, come see Ms.
Barbee. Hurry before spots

Kharisma Langston in first
grade, Courtney Davidson
and Dakarian Larry in sec-
ond grade, Morgan Peiffer
and Kerigan Pickett in third
grade,* and Hal'leigh Keels
in fourth grade. For this
past week of April 14-18m
the Athletes were Ashton
Burkett and Magnolia
Sarmiento in K3, Raynes
Jones in K4, Mary Kate Wood
in K5, Brieana Bozeman
and Jacob Kennedy in first
grade, Bryce Johnston

fill up.
Sports News:
Port St. Joe Varsity
Baseball are in District
Playoffs this week. Districts
are being held at Liberty
County, and the champion-
ship game is today; come
out and support your
Softball Regional Semi-
Finals is this Friday at 7:00
p.m. Eastern Time. Come
support your Lady Sharks.
Congratulations to
Travis Daily for winning
1st place at the Regional
Finals in Maclay last Friday
and qualifying for the State
Track and Field Meet in
Winter Park, Florida at
10:30 a.m. Good luck Travis
and bring home another
State Championship!
In other Sports news,
I have recently spoken
with Athletic Director
and Head Football Coach
John Palmer about Spring
Football Training this year.
He told me that Practice
begins Monday, April 28th
and that any guy wanting
to come out for the team,
the sign-up sheet is in the
office and must have a copy

of your physical evalua-
tion form by Monday. When
asked what he is expecting
to see this spring in prac-
tice, Palmer said this, "Well
you always hope for over-all
team improvement, but this
year will be a little differ-
ent. After losing 12 seniors
last year, with most of them
starting on both offense and
defense, the team needs
to be rebuilt and we will
need the new seniors to
take leadership. Almost
our whole offensive and
defensive line along with
the quarter-back position is
up for grabs. I really want
to see a lot of improvement
in those areas." The Spring
Jamboree will be held in
Blountstown on May 20th
at 7:30 Eastern Time. Good
luck Coach Palmer with this
year's team and with the
rest of your career.
That's all I have for
this weeks edition of Shark
Talk. I would like to leave
you with this thought. In
the words of Will Farrell,
"Have fun and don't take life
to seriously, nobody comes
out alive anyway."

Mrs. Kathie Sarmiento, Sloan Bozeman, Taylor
Matincheck, Kayla Baker, Kyle Bouington, and Reid Kennedy
enjoy the scenery at Marianna Caverns.

in second grade, James Sloan Bozeman in fourth
Durham in third grade, and grade.


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on a BLUE CARD from Gulf
County Health Department
In order for your child
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he or she must be 5 years
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Pre-K Screenings
Gulf County School Board and FDLRS/PAEC will
co-sponsor free pre-K screenings for children potentially
in need of special education services. Children ages 3-4
years and not already enrolled in a Gulf County school are
eligible for participation. Children will be screened in the
areas of school readiness skills, speaking/listening, motor
and social skills, vision and hearing.
The screening is scheduled for: Port St. Joe Elementary
on April 28 from 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon (Eastern). Parent
or guardian must accompany the child to the screening.
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The City of Port St. Joe,
Florida is calling for bids
from General Contractors
for the renovation of the
USDA Business Incubator
Building (RBEG), in ac-
cordance with Contract
Documents. All bids must
be a lump sum basis; seg-
regated Bids will not be
The City of Port St. Joe
will receive sealed bids
from General Contractors
until 2:00 p.m. local time
on Thursday, May 15,
2008, at the Commission
Chambers, City Hall, Port
St. Joe, Florida 32457.
Bids received after this
time will not be accepted.
All interested parties are
invited to attend the Bid
Opening. Bids will be
opened publicly and read
Bids must be submitted in
full accordance with the re-
quirements of the Draw-
ings, Specifications, Bidd-
ing Conditions and Con-
tractual Conditions, which
may be examined and ob-
tained from the architect,
MLD Architects, Inc., 211
John Knox Road, Suite
105, Tallahassee, Florida
32303, 850/385-9200
(phone), 850/422-3140

(fax). A Prebid Meeting
will be conducted at 10:00
a.m. local time on May 7,
2008 at the jobsite.
A deposit of $100.00 per
set of Drawings and Proj-
ect Manual is required,
with a limit of two (2) sets
per General Contractor.
The deposit shall only be
returned to those Prime
Bidders who after having
examined the drawings
and specification submit a
bona fide bid, and who re-
turn the drawings and Proj-
ect Manual in good condi-
tion within ten (10) days af-
ter receipt of bids. Full
sets of drawings may be
purchased by payment of
the printing and handling
costs at the rate of $100.00
per set.
The City of Port St. Joe re-
serves the right to waive ir-
regularities and/or infor-
malities in any Bid and to
reject any or all Bids in
whole or part, with or with-
out cause, and/or accept
the Bid that in its judgment
will be for the best interest
of the City of Port St. Joe,
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CASE NO. 08-21 PR
IN RE: The Estate of
The administration of the
estate of CHARLES R.
SMITH JR., deceased, File

1100 1
Number 08-21 PR is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for
Gulf County, Florida, Pro-
bate Division, the address
of which is Gulf County
Courthouse, Probated Divi-
sion, 1000 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr. Boulevard, Port St.
Joe, FL 32456. The name
and address of the per-
sonal representative and
that personal
representative's attorney
are set forth below.

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



The date of the first publi-
cation of this Notice is
April 17, 2008.

/s/Thomas S. Gibson
116 Sailor's Cove Drive
PRO. Box 39
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
(850) 229-8211


FL. BAR NO. 0350583
/s/Donnie L. Smith
391 Bayberry Drive
Wewahitchka, FL 32465
Publish April 17 & 24, 2008

CASE NO. 08-26 PR
IN RE: The Estate of MARY

The administration of the
estate of MARY ELLA DA-
VIS, deceased, File Num-
ber 08-26 PR is pending in
the Circuit Court for Gulf
County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of
which is Gulf County
Courthouse, Probate Divi-
sion, 1000 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr. Boulevard, Port St.
Joe, FL 32456. The name
and address of the per-
sonal representative and
that personal
representative's attorney
are set forth below.


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

of the first publication of
this notice must file their
claims with this Court
All other creditors of the
decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against the estate of the
decedent must file their
claims with this Court
The date of the first publi-
cation of this Notice is
April 24, 2008.
/s/Thomas S. Gibson
116 Sailor's Cove Drive
PO. Box 39
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
(850) 229-8211
FL. BAR NO. 0350583
/s/Leroy Davis
9278 Highway 157
Rising Fawn, GA 30738

Publish April 24 & May 1,

CASE NO. 07-94 PR
IN RE: The Estate of






The administration of the
estate of BROOKS RED-
MON, deceased, File
Number 07-94 PR is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for
Gulf County, Florida, Pro-
bate Division, the address
of which is Gulf County
Courthouse, Probate Divi-
sion, 1000 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr. Boulevard, Port St.
Joe, FL 32456. The name
and address of the per-
sonal representative and
that personal
representative's attorney
are set forth below.

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

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

The date of the first publi-
cation of this Notice is
April 17, 2008.
/s/Thomas S. Gibson
116 Sailor's Cove Drive
RO. Box 39
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
(850) 229-8211
FL. BAR NO. 0350583
/s/Pamela Locke
2711 Claremont Avenue
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Publish April 17 & 24, 2008

The Board of City Com-
mission has scheduled a
Public Hearing to discuss
the Basin "7" work pro-
gram for Monument Ave-
nue and Palm Blvd. and
how it will affect residents
in the area. The Hearing
will be May 6, 2008, at
6:00 p.m. in the Commis-
sion Chamber.
All persons are invited to
attend this meeting. [Any
person who decides to ap-
peal any decision made by
the Commission with re-
spect to any matter con-
sidered at said meeting
will need a record of the
proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to en-

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sure that a verbatim record
of the proceeding is made,
which record includes the
testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is
to be based. The Board of
City Commission of the
City of Port St. Joe, Florida
will not provide a verbatim
record of this meeting.]

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.
Pauline Pendarvis
City Clerk
Publish April 24 & May 1,

Notice of Public Sale
INC. gives Notice of Fore-
closure of Lien and intent
to sell these vehicles on
April 14, 2008, on 09:00
a.m. ET at 8082 W. Hwy
98, Port St. Joe, FL 32456,
pursuant to subsection
713.78 of the Florida Stat-
ICE, INC. reserves the
right to accept or reject
any and/or all bids.
2001 Mazda Vin#
4F2YU09191 KM05587
Publish: April 17 & 24 2008

Nicole Summers Gantt,
Matthew Justin Summers
of Panama City Beach,
and Andy Sudatz of Pitts-
burgh, PA announce the
engagement of their
mother and father, Cheryl
W. Summers and Paul W.
Sudatz, both of Panama
City Beach. The
bride-elect is employed as
Office Administrator for
Bay Point Community As-
sociation and her finace is
employed by Corrections
Corporation of America in
their Maintenance Division.
A May 24th wedding is
planned for 6 o'clock PM
at Gulf Beach Baptist
Church, Panama City
Beach. A reception will fol-
low at the bride's resi-
dence in Palmetto Trace.

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


PUPS for Sale. Excellent
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Females. See photos-
Call 850-974-2259

3100 Antiques
3110 Appliances
3120 Arts & Crafts
3130 Auctions
3140 Baby Items
3150 Building Supplies
3160 Business
3170 Collectibles
3180 Computers
3190 Electronics
3200 Firewood
3210 Free Pass it On
3220 Furniture
3230 Garage/Yard Sales
3240 Guns
3250 Good Things to Eat
3260 Health & Fitness
3270 Jewelry/Clothing
3280 Machinery/
3290 Medical Equipment
3300 Miscellaneous
3310 Musical Instruments
3320 Plants & Shrubs/
3330 Restaurant/Hotel
3340 Sporting Goods
3350 Tickets (Buy & Sell)

Brand New Computer Bad
or No Credit No Problem.
Brand name laptops and
desktops. Smallest weekly
payments avail. Its Yours
Now Call 1-800-961-7754

Howard Miller
Beautiful Hierloom Oak fin-
ish, cable driven, Westmin-
ster Chimes, as well as Big
Ben hour gong and silent
modes. $1,140.00 Call

Leather furniture
high quality, sofa, love
seat, chair, and ottoman.
$1200. 850-340-1072

Leather furniture, high
quality, sofa, love seat,
chair, and ottoman. $1200.

Looking for quality used
furniture. Call Lisa @

Gulf Aire Subdivision 103
Perwinkle Drive Saturday,
April 26th 7:00 a.m. 12:00
Toys, Baby clothes and
lots more

1 3230
Back Yard Sale
Fri-Sat Apr 25, 26
8 am -5 pm
St Joe Beach
7426 Georgia Ave
Lots of great stuff
Plus some junk

KK: Port St. Joe 1605 &
1607 Monument Ave. Sat.
April 26th, 8am-? Multi
family yard sale: Furniture,
baby items, housewares,
electronics etc. Rain can-

KK: St. Joe Beach 108
Sundial Ct. Frid 10am-3pm
Eastern & Sat 8am-2pm
Eastern. April 25th & 26th,
Large Family
Yard Sale
Kitchen items, kid cups,.
jewelry, umbrella stroller,
"hunter's" military uniforms
size med., and other mren
& women's clothing S-M,
handbags, and two boxes
of bamboo flooring and'
many other items.

Lanark Village

Yard Sale
2519 Gulf Terrace
Fri & Sat & Sun 8a-4
Cars, ATwo trailers & Boat'
weight set, Clothes, books,
& furniture
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I Estate Sale |i
I Thursbuy & Barnei. I
I Estate i
214 9th St cg
Fri & Sat 9a-5p Est.1
Drive thru Town & Look
I for Signs I
I Over-crowded house in- I
cludes: MahogaTny..
Dresser, Oak Coffee Ta- ..
Ible, Costume jewelnl
I Gun Cabinets, Ethan Af-|
, len Dining Room,
"Queen A. Table &l
I Hutch, Dining set with'
I Table & 6 chairs, sid-:1
board & comer cabinet.
Victorian style furniture,'
I Mirrors, Janorne Sewirii .,
I Machine Quilting Acces-'
sories, China, Pictures,
I Sewing machine caP]I
Inet & Table (new), Vi'
*tage cameras, Roll t
desk, Old bar, Chai^,
I Beds, Cook Books, a5!,'
Sorted kitchen items,'
I glassware, craft sup-1I
plies, Linens, Crochet,
SCast iron Fire place,'
Cover, and have v 'b
mentioned furniture?
Lots of stuff,
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Saturday, April 26th
8:00am-12:00 Eastern
322 Beacon Rd., Gulf Aire

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24, 2008 e
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The following students
made the honor roll for the
3rd nine weeks at Port St.
Joe Elementary.
1st Grade All A's: Josh
Butts. Devin Crews, Angel
Heckenlively, Abbygale Hunt,
Delaney Ingalls, Katelyn
Jones. Kyndell Moore,
McKenzie Ramsey, Joshua
Richards, Arcel Rico, Zoe
1st Grade A's & B's:
Christian Alcorn, Joel
Bogaert, Jarrett Browning,
Caleb Butts, Kara Collett,
Jaden Grantland, Hannah
Graziano, Alexis Grindle,
Kelsey Lolley, Travis
Morrison,. Krista Taylor,
Jonn1 o' Treglown, Brandi
1 2nd Grade All A's:

Josie Adsit, Claudia Alcorn,
Braden Baumgardner,
Ashton Childress, Alexis
Combs, Gracie Cryderman,
Tyler Erale, Lauren Hall,
Cully Kerigan, Kaylin
Morgan, Marcella Phelps,
Bryce Register
2nd Grade A's &
B's: Arianna Allen, Mary
Barwick, Pete Bernal,
Maximus Burgos-Harris,
Cheyenne Crum, James
Giles, Burke Godwin, Elijah
Hester, Nicholas James,
Gerogia Lee, Lacey Linton,
Cheyenne Nelson, Ethan
Nguyen, Rowan Paul,
Zykeriah Pittman, Lexie
Plair, Brooklynn Quinn,
Jacob Renfro, Ruthie
Sherman, Michael Sherrill,
Cole Thursby, Amber
Turman, Marlowe VanSant,

The Norris D. Langston Youth Foundation, 21st
Century Schools After-School Program participated in
a patriotic project which involved making an American
Flag out of cups. Each member was are part of this
project to promote patriotism among young people.
Jivyair'e Clayton and Deontae George a proud to be
Americans. They were a major part of this hands-on

PSJES Third Nine Weeks' Honor Roll

Devlyn Wallace, Derek
Whitehead, Ben Wildcr
3rd Grade All A's:
Lindsey B3rown, Chloe Bitrke,
Elizabeth I Furstenberg,g
(ianna Kocc, Ellian Sander,
Kristen Thursby, Carly
3rd Grade A's & B's:
Kristen Bird, Isabel Bogaert,
Dalton Brammer, Lilly
Buchanan, Callie Capps,
Lauren Davis, Emma Doran,
Gabriel Forehand, Max
Harrison, Rebecca Kerigan,
Jacob Lacour, Brantley
Lake, Anthony Perez, Joy
Spires, Ashley Williamson,
Carly Windolf
4th Grade All A's:
Brooke Curcie, Katie Nobles,
Caroline Rish, Kathleen
4th Grade All A's and
B's: Madelyn Flanagan,
Savannah Gibson,
Michael Griffin, Delilah
Harrison, Sophie Harrison,
Christopher Hemanes,
Cassie,, Julian, Travis
Martinez, Shaye McGuffin,
Carissa Morrison, Alexandra
Nunez, Will Ramsey, Bethany
Spell, Donovan Spell,
Madison Wilson
5th Grade All A's:
Brandi Barnes, Morgan
Butts, Cole Cryderman,
Megan Hubbard, Janel
Kerigan, Haley McCroan,
Reed Smith, Dave Warriner,
McKayla Woodham
5th Grade All A's &
B's: Cameron Alcorn, Bailey
Amison, Haley Anderson,
Hunter Baumgardner,
Dallas Bird, Chelsie Brant,
Stephanie Brinkmeier,
Aaron Brown, Lindsay Furr,
Luke Galloway, Chelsea
Kuhlman, Ilianna Maestri,
Justin Martin, Suede Nolan,
Shannon Pridgeon, Addison
Rice, Davida Tschudi, Nicole
Windolf, Haley Wood, Tony

The CFES Scholars
(College for Every Student)
from Port St. Joe Elementary
School enjoyed a trip and
tour of Gulf Coast College in
Panama City. Each student
was introduced to possible
college class and career
opportunities. Every stu-
dent found out that college
was for them and they could
have a great future if they
attend college.
We celebrated Earth Day
by decorating grocery bags.
These bags will be given out
this weekend at Piggly Wiggly
and we would also like to
thank Mr. George Duren for
donating the grocery bags
that each student decorated.
We must go GREEN!!!!!!
Everyone enjoyed Track
and Field Day on Friday. We
were able to practice cooper-
ation, our word of the month,
by inviting Wewahitchka
Elementary School to share
our Field Day with us. All
who participated had great
fun while competing against
our friends at the other end
of the county. Together we
made new friends and last-
ing memories.
We need your help!!! We
recycle empty printer ink
cartridges and cell phones
all through the year. If you
are a business and would
like pick up email: or
drop off for cartridges is

Ramsey's Printing and Office
Important Dates:
April 28-Career Week
begins-Progress Reports
April 28-Child Find
Pre-K Screening 9:00 am
at Port St. Joe Elementary
April 28-Progress
Reports Issued
April 28-Career Week
speakers all week in the



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April 28-Child Find
Screening 9:00-1OO2:00-o2nd
Grade Social @2:30
May 1-5 Grade
Orientation @10:00
May 2-3 grade rocket
launch-2nd Grade Skating,
May 3-Relay For
Life-11:00 am Sunrise
May 7-Science Fair-
Parents 5:00-6:00pm
May 9-Kindergarden
May 14-College T-shirt
May 15-Challenge Social
Studies Fair
May 16-AR Movie-5th
grade Orientation at with
4th-5th grade
May 26-Holiday


Week #25 answers are:
1. A bust of which composer might be found on the piano of Peanuts? Beethoven
2. What was Ella Fitzgerald's first major hit song in 1938? A-Tisket, A-Tasket
3. How many pins are on the back row at the start of a tenpin howling game?
4. On which day does the President's term of office begin? January 20th
5. What words immediately follow "Return to Sender" in the chorus of Elvis
Presley's hit song? Address Unknown

Congratulations to: Shane McGuffin and Brenda Chandler. They submitted the
winning entries for this week's questions.

Week #26-Questions are:
1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know
the score or the leader until the contest ends.
2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?
3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several
growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What
are the only two perennial vegetables?
4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

Questions submitted by: Linda Wood, Honorary Challenge Class Member
Please email your responses to: cwillis@gulf.k12.fl.u

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Gulf County Tourist Development Opens Welcome Center

The Gulf County Tourist
Development office is set to move
into its new waterfront location
April 28, 2008, and is welcom-
ing( the public to the new Welcome
Center with an art exhibit of Plein
Air paintings from private collec-
tions, May 8-18, 2008.
The TDC office, launched in
2000 and led by Executive Director
Paula Pickett, has continuously
operated from the Gulf County
Court House Annex. Pickett says
the new facility will better serve
the public and the area's growing
tourism business as well as pro-
vide housing for additional organi-
zations. The Gulf County Economic
Development Council, Port St. Joe
Redevelopment Agency and the Gulf
Alliance for the Local Arts (GALA)
offices are also moving into the new
"Our goal is that visitors will
make this their first stop to learn
about everything our county has
to offer from the world famous
Dead Lakes of Wewahitchka to his-

toric Port St. Joe and America's
No. 1-ranked beaches of Cape San
Bias," said Pickett. "From one loca-
tion, they'll be able to see that
we have shopping, dining, lodg-
ing, biking trails, scuba diving, golf
and more. We believe visitors will
want to explore our county further,
extend their trip longer and return
more often when they see all we
have to offer. The Center will pro-
vide free wireless internet service as
well as area maps and brochures.
Additionally, our 4,400 square foot
building will host a variety of events
open to the public."
The kickoff event will take place
May 8-18, as the Plein Air Paintout
returns to Gulf County for its third
year. The Welcome Center will fea-
ture a public exhibit of area paint-
ings from previous Plein Air events.
The new TDC office and
Welcome Center is located at 150
Captain Fred's Place, Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456. More information is
available by calling 850-229-7800,
or by visiting.

Seniors' Romance Embarrasses

Adult Children in "The Second Time Around"

In their "second time
around," a couple of wid-
owed senior citizens strike
up a love affair. When they
decide to live together so

that they can keep Social
Security benefits they would
otherwise lose, their chil-
dren hit the ceiling.
One of their adult

Widowed parent Laura Curtis (Adele Hungerford, center)
attempts to quell an argument between her son Mike (Ben
Bloodworth) and Cynthia Morse (Cathy Watts), daughter of
Laura's lover, in "The Second Time Around."

children asks, "Why don't
you two just get married?
Like everyone else!" add-
ing that their parents' deci-
sion to "shack up together"
is "wholesale middle-class
Oh! the outrage . the
"The Second Time
Around," a comedy in three
acts by Henry Denker, will
be performed at the Dixie
Theatre in Apalachicola,
Friday and Saturday, April
18 and 19, at 8 p.m., and
Sunday, April 20, at 3 p.m.
The Panhandle Players'
final production of its
2007-08 season, "The
Second Time Around" also
will be performed the fol-
lowing weekend at the Port
St. Joe Elementary School
Theatre, 2201 Long Avenue,
Friday and Saturday, April
25 at 26, at 8 p.m.
"'The Second Time

Around' is as timely today
as when it was written in
the 70s," said Director
Margy Oehlert. "Remember
the first time you, realized
your own parents had 'sex?'
Gross! Well, compound that
thought with the fact that
it's your widowed parent
and a stranger. Disgraceful
or romantic? Laura and
Samuel's children run the
gamut of emotions in this
hilarious, adult comedy."
Tickets for all perfor-
mances are $12 and are
available at the door one
half hour before curtain.
Also for tickets and infor-
mation, call 670-8200, or
go to www.panhandleplay- An adult comedy.
The Panhandle Players
expresses its appreciation
for marketing assistance
provided by the Gulf Alliance
for Local Arts (GALA).

Mother's Day Expo

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

Newcomer Maria
Freeman is bringing an
event she founded in Ohio
to Port St. Joe. She hopes
it will be the first step in
bringing community groups
together to offer Port St.
Joe's youth something fun
to do.
The event is a Mother's
Day Expo, with a parade
and dinner in honor of
"We need something for
the youth of Port St. Joe
to do, like a skating ring
or bowling alley," Freeman
said. "To get started on that
is the main purpose of the
Freeman said before she
moved to Port St. Joe she
worked with her commu-
nity and with the University
of Dayton (Ohio) on a simi-
lar project. Through joint
proposals and community

efforts, she said the com-
munity received one-half
million dollars in Bowling
Green, Kentucky to build a
youth center.
She said that in Port
St. Joe she was working
through the city's churches
to try to achieve something
along similar lines.
The May 11 (Mother's
Day) event includes a
parade along Reid Avenue
at 3 p.m. ET, culminating
in a dinner at 4 p.m. ET
at Port St. Joe High School
honoring mothers.
The dinner is $25 per
person. A table of ten can be
reserved for $250. Vendors
can rent space for $50 per
table, as well.
Mothers will have an'
opportunity to participate
in a group waltz at the din-
ner, Freeman said, and one
mother will be crowned.
For further infor-
mation, call Freeman at

Star Publication's Annual Memorial Day

When visitors come to our area to explore the
Forgotten Coast's wonders, they can pick up a copy of The
Visitors Guide to carry along. Complete with information
about what to do and see along our winding roads and
gorgeous beaches and bays, The Visitor's Guide will have
-- local flare. Over 10,000 copies will be distributed in and
around both Gulf and Franklin Counties, the Chambers,
Tourism Centers and inserted into The Star and The

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Girl Scouts Donate

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

Girl Scout cookies from
Mexico Beach have produced
a tangible result, other than
expanded waistlines.
With earnings of
approximately $2.500 from
cookie sales and other food
fundraisers, Mexico Beach
Junmior Girl Scout Troop
629 recently purchased
and donated a flagpole.
decorative finial and flag to
the Mexico Beach Welcome
The flagpole was

installed at the Welcome
Center at the corner of U.S.
98 and Canal Parkway at
the western entrance to
Mexico Beach. A dedication
ceremony was held last
Half of the troop
was in attendance at the
presentation of the flagpole,
along with several members
of the John C. Gainous VFW
Post 10069, parents and city
After presenting the
colors, the girls recited the
Pledge of Allegiance while
simultaneously signing their

words in American Sign
Language (ASL).
The girls received the
ASL version from Virginia
Seefeldt, a member of VFW
"They worked a month
or so on that in preparation
for today." Troop Leader
Shawna Wood said. "They
did a great job."
According to Wood, the
troop will use the remainder
of the money to purchase
playground equipment for
the city park.
There are 21 girls in the
troop, ranging in age from
seven to 14. Two are from
Overstreet, three from St. Joe
Beach, and the remainder
from Mexico Beach.
They are active in the
community, participating
in numerous local projects,
including beach cleanups
and the city's annual
Christmas tree lighting.

The Department of
Environmental Protection's
St. Joseph Peninsula State
Park will host a marina
maintenance event at the
Eagle Harbor boat ramp
and marina near the visitor
center. The Friends of St.
Joseph State Parks, Inc.
(Friend of St. Joe) are ask-
ing for members and non-
members to donate time
to assist in the mainte-
nance of the Eagle Harbor
Marina. Volunteers are
needed for pressure wash-
ing, attaching new piling
caps, weedeating, board-
walk repairs, and collecting
trash. The Friends of St.
Joe will provide refresh-
ments and nourishment for

all volunteers. In addition,
the Friends will be raffling
off fishing poles after the
marina maintenance event.
Admission to the event is
For additional informa-
tion, contact the park office
at (850) 227-1327.
For more information,
org/St. Joseph Peninsula
State Park.
The event will take
10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
St. Joseph Peninsula State
8899 Cape San Blas Road
Port St. Joe, Florida


from page 1B

The contest is aimed at
bringing out a host of lan-
guage arts skills, from the
use of words, how to write
and pretty much memo-
rize a two- to three-minute
essay on a subject of choice
to making it all sound inter-
Most of all, though, the

contest is about speaking
in public, about overcom-
ing the fear we all have
and standing up in front
of a room filled with a mix
of family, friends and com-
plete strangers and engag-
ing them, bringing them
into the world you have cre-

And doing it without
letting them see you sweat,
speaking in a normal tone
of voice, with proper dic-
tion, fluid sentences and a
clear theme.
"We want the kids to
learn to speak well in pub-
lic," said Sara Shepherd,

Sawyer Raffield and Victoria Lanter were runners-up.

APRIL 23 26, 2008
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the 4-H coordinator with the
County Extension Service.
Consider the lesson
absorbed by Waters.
The sprite from
Wewahitchka Elementary
School performed what
amounted to a three-min-
ute play which, until the

end, the listener never real-
ized was the relation of a
Waters used no notes,
her presentation was pitch
on and her "story" imagi-
native and original, as
someone who has become
experienced as a judge can
Could this girl be in
elementary school?
Victoria Lanter, another
student from Wewahitchka
Elementary School, imme-
diately proved the answer
yes with her "play" about the
secret mission she was about
the embark on at school.
With the fashion accesso-
ries to fit the part, Lanter
- like Waters using no notes
- kept the judges guessing,
and engrossed, until the
very end.
"I chose the topic secret
agent because it was excit-
ing to write and fun," Lanter
wrote in. a questionnaire
before the competition.
Sawyer Raffield may
have finished second to


Dantasia Welch at the mid-
dle school level both are
students at Port St. Joe
Middle School but his
speech on jealousy, its
impacts at school and the
need for all of us to walk in
another's steps before judg-
ing them was impressively
thoughtful and observant.
There may have been
nervous moments, but the
passion of Raffield and
Welch was something to
behold from students so
Welch's winning speech
was about her uncle, who
had a huge impact- on her
young life and still has an
impact on her life several
years after his death. It is
hard to tell how many times
she may have practiced her
speech, but it still left Welch
and her audience barely
holding on emotionally at
the end.
"He would have been
proud," Welch said of her
uncle after winning"'first

All three candidates for the *

contested Port St. Joe City *

Commission race will participate *

Lorinda Gingell, Keith Jones *

and John Reeves

Rex Buzzett, unopposed for his

seat, will also be present Judge

Fred Witten will moderate the forum

Sponsored by the Gulf County Republican Party, The
Gulf County Chamber of Commerce and The Star *

* J _

Learn more at the

candidates' forum

6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29

Frank Pate Park
(will be held in the Capital City Bank
meeting room in case of rain)

Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Marina Maintenance Event

Marina Maintenance and
raffling of fishing poles


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