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W.S. Smith
Place of Publication: Port St. Joe, Fla
Publication Date: May 1, 2008
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City News 3A

USPS 518-880

Obituaries 4B

Law Enforcement 8B

70th Year, Number 28 Port St. Joe, FL 2 Sections 24 Pages

The Salt Air Market, which
will be open this Saturday, has
changed its hours from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m. Come on out next
to City Hall in Port St. Joe and
purchase fresh produce and
other items.

May 1, 2008


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

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

Though its moment in the
sun was short-lived, St. Joseph
made a lasting impression on
William Kenney.
With its railroad and wharf
extending into the beautiful St.

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Joseph Bay, the city captivated
Kenney's attention long after it
became a ghost town, decimated
by a yellow fever epidemic and
two hurricanes.
Following the death of his
father, Jeremiah Kenney, on
Sept. 1, 1840, Kenney returned
to his native Massachusetts
with his mother, Elmira, and
siblings Gilbert and Lydia.
In Massachusetts, Kenney
became a man of some
distinction, and was well
known throughout Cape Cod
(see sidebar on page 1 OA).
We cannot know when
precisely Kenney began to
inquire about the fate of St.
(See LETTERS on Page 2A)

In a Feb. 20, 1883 letter to
William Kenney of Massachusetts,
Wewahitchka merchant W.O.
Donalson reported no activity in
the lost city of St. Joseph. "There is
not now one stone standing upon
another," he wrote.



PSJHS Girls Win State Track Title

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

All season Port St. Joe High
School girls track coach Kenny
Parker had a simple philoso-
It went something like this -
get off the bus at each meet, do
what we are supposed to do and
everything else will take care of

Along the way, the Lady Ti-
ger Sharks won the prestigious
Ram and Panhandle Relays and
history-laden North Florida Re-
lays as well as a second-place
finish in the district and a Re-
gion 1-1A title.
Last Friday night, that step-
by-step deliberative approach
hit the stretch run and ended
in a sprint to the state Class 1A
championship, the 22nd state

title of any kind in school histo-
ry and the first for a girls track
team at least as far as anybody
can remember.
"We showed up, I'm proud
of them," Parker said late Friday
from Winter Park High School,
the site of the Class 1 track and
field championships. "They did
a good job; they did what they
were supposed to do."
Or maybe it was simply the

socks, knee-high black num-
bers with triangles of fluores-
cent hues which made the Port
St. Joe team distinctly distin-
guishable, even from a distance,
and served as something of gar-
ments of solidarity and cama-
raderie among the eight of the
team's 10 members who quali-
fied for state.

(See TRACK on Page 8A)

Bill Williams (R) is pleased
to announce his candidacy for re-
election as Gulf County Commis-
sioner for District III. As a native
of Gulf County, Bill was raised in
Overstreet and is a 1983 graduate
of Port St. Joe High School. Bill
Williams is married to Geri, his
wife for over 17 years. Together,
they have three children, Kaelyri
(17), Madison (12), and Will (5).
As a team, they have owned and
operated Beacon Villa Retirement
Center and Geri-Care Assisted
Living Facility at Beacon Hill since
Since Bill's election in 2004,
he has separated himself as "The
Commissioner" that fights for
transparent, accountable govern-
ment. He has constantly voted
against tax increases, and "run-
away spending!" Bill has pro-
vided long-term vision and busi-
ness leadership while working for
county-wide voting, modernized
infrastructure, healthcare ex-
pansion, smart growth, and eco-

nomic development. Bill strongly
believes that during the current
economic and tax crisis at the
state and county level, it is critical
that Gulf County keep a commis-
sioner who has the knowledge, ex-
perience and relationships which
one can only achieve with a busi-
ness background and a proven
(See WILLIAMS on Page 8A)

Bill Williams


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Palm, Monument

Work to Begin
By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

The long-awaited and antici-
pated "Basin 7" water and sewer
project in Port St. Joe is on the
verge of coming to fruition, rep-.
resentatives for the engineering
company overseeing the work
said last week.
And the city wants to hear
from homeowners who could be
potentially impacted by the 14-
month project which will entail
considerable infrastructure work
within a heavily populated area of
the city.
City officials will hold a public
hearing at 5:30 p.m. ET on Mon-
day, May 5 at the Commission
meeting room in City Hall.
"We are holding the public
hearing to hear people's con-
cerns," said Bill Kennedy, vice
president of Preble Rish, the en-
gineering firm on the project. "We
will work with people as much as
we can."
The scope of work is signifi-
Within the so-called Basin
7 the boundary lines are Byrd
Alley, Monument Avenue as far as
the bridge near 16th Street, Palm
Blvd. and the Sixteenth Street lift
station the entire sewer system
will be replaced.
This will include running new
sewer lines into homes, itself a
challenging undertaking, Kennedy
"The contractor has to main-
tain access for people to their
homes while this is going on,"
Kennedy said. "This is not going
to be an easy project."
In addition, the roughly $6
million project, will include re-
placing water lines on Palm Blvd.,
something long-sought by resi-
Kennedy estimated that with
the ordering of parts and pipe for
the project, it will likely be about
12 weeks before work is under-
way, or sometime in July.
The work is expected to con-
tinue until the fall of 2009.
Residents are encouraged to
attend Monday's public hearing to
voice their concerns and have any
questions asked.

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Wewahitchka merchant
J.R. Hollinger's April 5, 1907
letter to William Kenney
noted a recent purchase of
bay front land by a railroad
syndicate. The syndicate was
the Apalachicola Northern
Railroad, which completed its
track to Port St. Joe in 1910.
Joseph, but the Kenney
family letters indicate that
he contacted a Wewahitchka
merchant for information
sometime prior to Feb. 20,
In a letter of response
written on that date by
W.O. Donalson, a dealer
in "dry goods, groceries,
boots, shoes and notions,"
we learn that St. Joseph is
now uninhabited.
",There is not now
one stone standing upon
another in the place," wrote
Donalson, who also served
as the postmaster of the
neighboring community of
Donalson noted that
the land upon which the city
once stood had the potential
to become valuable again.
"There is a company
formed to build a canal
from the Apalachicola
River to the St. Joseph
Bay and if they succeed
your property if you have
preserved the titles will be
worth something."
Extending an offer
to help Kenney locate
property, Donalson noted
that the "whole of Old St.
Joseph was sold years ago
for taxes & are now owned
by J.B. Stone & Johnston."
According to Louise
M. Porter's The Lives

From Page 1A

of St. Joseph, James
Bennett Stone purchased
6,011 acres of Gulf (then
Calhoun) County property
for $125.74 on April 6,
The area roughly
comprised a stretch of
land along St. Joseph Bay
extending from a point
on the shoreline east of
Black's Island north to a
point where St. Joe Beach
is now located.
The area, with a
frontage of approximately
11 miles, extended back
from the shoreline to
include the present sites
of Oak Grove, Port St. Joe,
Highland View, the former
site of Kenny's Mill and the
southerly portion of St. Joe
In a May 7, 1888 letter
addressed to Kenney's
older brother, Gilbert, J.M.
Writwow of Thomasville,
Tallahassee and Gulf
Railroad Company, spoke
unfavorably of Stone and
his business partner,
"The men who claims
to own the property now

is not of mutch account,"
wrote Writwow from his
Carrabelle office, "and if
any thing should turn up
that they would oppose you
it will not take mutch to
quiet them."
Though Writwow
closed with a promise to
write Kenney "more fully
soon," no additional letters
of correspond between the
two remain in the Kenney
family archives.
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At the time of Stone's
purchase, St. Joseph had
been virtually uninhabited
for two decades.
As early as 1843, St.
Joseph's remaining homes
were dismantled and
shipped to Apalachicola for
re-building, many of which
still remain today.
During the Civil War,
the Confederacy established
Salt Works at the site of the
abandoned city, producing
salt by boiling seawater in
large iron kettles and sheet-

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Community Diamonds

Tonight at Port St. Joe Elementary School a group
of community folks who have been meeting for months
will convene an "economic summit" to discuss the
dynamics that have Gulf County in a bit of an eco-
nomic pickle.
A variety of subjects will be presented by a series
of members of the organizing committee an entirely
grassroots effort with time set aside around those
presentations for input from the audience.
Invites have been sent, the forum advertised and
everybody with a stake in the county, which pretty
much leaves no one out, is encouraged to participate.
The hope of organizers is that a cross-section of
the county demographics. working folks, elected offi-
cials and civic leaders will be in attendance to lend
their voices and opinions.
This "economic summit" takes place at time which
seems pregnant with potential.
We could feel like Herve Villeches in Fantasy
Island, shouting, "The Trailer, the trailer" as the first
construction trailer was hauled onto the site of the
new Sacred Heart Hospital last week.
According to a press release sent out by Sacred
Heart, the trailer signifies, essentially, that all or most
of the minutia of bringing the building from the draw-
ing board to foundation has been accomplished.
Sacred Heart representatives, such as Dr. Henry
Roberts of the Sacred Heart Foundation, remain opti-
mistic about the opening-relatively on time-at some
point in the second half of 2009.
Then there is the port.
The Port Authority is on track to begin bulkhead
work soon and be able to operate from that bulkhead
along the Intracoastal Waterway by the end of the
A proposal to The St. Joe Company to allow tem-
porary use of the bulkhead at the old mill site has yet
to be resolved, but the hope is that customers will
be using a fledgling, but growing, port sometime in
This weekend, St. Joe formally cuts the ribbon on
WindMark Beach, which even as it was restructuring

late last year, the company said was one of three main
projects for the immediate future.
Finally, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund has announced
the establishment of a pool of grant money to bolster
the non-profit infrastructure in the county.
This is the kind of stuff that makes community,
partnerships among private sector stakeholders.
For can there be any faith in government any-
The combination of property tax burdens and
painfully inefficient government, so perfectly demon-
strated by recent events from mosquito spraying to
spending two days in preparation of a harangue of a
detractor, has been nothing but a drag on the econo-
my. Commissioners demonstrate by their actions that
they are oblivious to the pain.
And while 60 percent of the votes might get the
Florida Constitution amended, it has failed thus far to
secure county-wide voting from the three bullies who
hold it hostage.
Roberts, in speaking recently to the Kiwanis Club,
talked about thinking that something won't happen
long enough might make it not happen, essentially that
negative thoughts could be self-fulfilling.
That's why tonight's meeting at Port St. Joe
Elementary School is so vitally important. Here is the
forum for the public to get involved in making positive
changes without worry of intimidation or not being
That is also why the port and hospital need to
be racing to that 2009 finish line, racing to provide
high-paying, high-skilled jobs jobs that can sustain
a community of which WindMark will represent one
This could be perceived as one of the seminal
moments in the history of Gulf County. To be an
active part, possibly, in shaping the future and it's
been proved again and again it isn't going to happen
given the current make-up of the Board of County
Commissioners is a rare opportunity.
Start seizing it tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Leading Ladies

Congratulations to the Port St. Joe girls track
team that proved that a little engine still can.
This squad of just eight young ladies, only one a
senior, took home the precious hardware of a state
championship trophy last Friday night, one year after
coming up just short.
This time they went all the way to the tape.
The championship highlights what a rare oppor-
tunity local sports fans are missing because the team
has no real home track. Sophomore Kayla Parker is
already one of the best in the country and beat 40 of
the teams at the state meet by herself.
But she is also surrounded by an exceptional
group of complimentary athletes.
Samone Smiley, Mariah Johnson, Fanequa Larry,
Natasha Allen, Naomi Warren and Tayler Byrd and
Ashleigh Lewis, the Lady Tiger Sharks did themselves,
a community and a county proud last Friday night at

Winter Park High School.
Also, a hat in the air for the Wewahitchka girls
softball team that turned aside Port St. Joe last Friday
night and this paper goes to press on Tuesday is
likely gearing up to defend its state title in Sarasota.
Despite being one of the smallest schools, in
terms of enrollment, in its classification, Wewahitchka
has staked out what has seems a permanent place in
the softball Final Four this decade.
Given the presence of at least one college coach
last Friday, there are likely several players on Gator
Field last Friday we'll be reading about when they
reach the next level.
And all of this occurred with a focus on discipline,
sportsmanship, team work and just having fun.
Taken in sum, last Friday night was a proud day
for girls' athletics and for an entire community.

I have a suggestion for holding future county meet-
ings, particularly in the spring.
Conduct them immediately after a Wewahitchka ver-
sus Port St. Joe softball game.
Last Friday night could serve as Exhibit A.
The two teams met in the regional semifinals and
the score is irrelevant in this space
because the story here was the crowd.
This wasn't standing room only,
this was a bulging-at-the-seams crowd,
with people surrounding Lady Gator
Field all the way around to the outfield
There were flags, there were
chants, there was radio and newspa-
per coverage and more photographers
than could fit in the tiny boxes set
aside for media along both baselines.
Tim Croft I have attended a lot of softball
Times News games over the years I began in this
Editor business as a sportswriter and it was
the single largest crowd for a softball
game I have ever seen.
Don Rich, the public address
announcer and father of star Wewahitchka pitcher
Samantha Rich, commented on the number of people
around the third inning.
Leaning out and scanning the tops of all those heads
below, Rich said it was the biggest crowd he'd ever seen
for a softball game, including those for the state champi-
Considering how much Mr. Rich has followed his
daughter around Florida and the country watching her
play, his statement had the gravitas of experience.
And it was a happy crowd, enjoying themselves under
a bright sky, darkened only by the somewhat mysterious
appearance of a mosquito spray truck beyond the outfield
fences, spraying while in the middle the game to consider-
able consternation by some in the crowd.
But mostly, this was community at work.
You can convene all the town hall meetings and eco-
nomic forums desired, but it would be hard to believe any
event has attracted such a crowd in recent memory, unless
it was a festival or the like.
The grills were churning out hot dogs and hamburg-
ers, the refreshments, whether a water or soda, were flow-
ing and, where the stands ended, folks were lined up two
and three deep to watch the action.
Let me first say, what a game. Tense, back and forth
action, the Lady Gators jumping out first, Port St. Joe
answering and Wewahitchka responding to pull out a 3-1
As Wewahitchka coach Coy Adkins noted after the
game, it was about as tough a scrape as the Lady Gators
have had in their region Northwest Florida and their
classification in some time.
The Lady Tiger Sharks have closed the gap, having
a standout pitcher such as Kayla Minger provides a huge
assist in that regard, but Wewahitchka's playoff experience
and their overall depth was enough.
Oh, what next year, when both Samantha Rich and
Minger will be seniors, could bring.
After all, it was last year that it appeared the two
teams would face each other four times, twice in the regu-
lar season, then for the district championship and then
(See KLATTERINGS on Page 5A)

Wife Thinks She's Richard Petty!

I bought the vehicle in October
of 1989. It was, and is, nothing
special. It's just a pick-up truck;
a means to get from point A to
point B. In a world of aging moms,
innocent grand kids, loving wives,
solid daughter-in-laws and friends
that sticketh closer than a brother,
it is no big deal.
The guy who sold it to me
tried to push the gray one, with the
bucket seats, "You will like these
seats much better. That old bench
seat is a thing of the past. You'll
be disappointed with it within a
I scratched my head and
wished my Father was still alive.
He knew about disc brakes, power
trains, cubic inches and such.
The boys were fourteen and elev-
en. I wanted to be able to haul
them both "up front with me".
Comfortably. "I'll take the red one
with the bench seat."
"Excellent choice," the sales-
man was shaking my hand, "It is
the exact one that I would have
chosen. Come on in the office, I'll
have you out the door in five min-
I bought a thirteen thousand
dollar automobile because of the
seat. You might think that a bit
irresponsible, BUT you ought to
have seen the three of us riding

side by side around town!
The boys are now
thirty-two and twenty-nine.
They both have trucks of
their own. I don't need the
bench seat anymore. But I
haven't "let go" of the truck.
I wheel past the football
field or Ace Hardware or
Doyle Collier's old store
and I "remember".
Plus, the truck is still
getting me from point A
to point B. It has been doing so
for most of eighteen years and
248,764 miles. It has given me
no reason to get rid of it. It really
hasn't demanded much upkeep.
And I am one lucky son of a gun,
the NAPA people have a part that
matches anything I can break!
I take care of it. I. change the
oil, filters, etc. on a regular basis.
I don't rip and roar around in
it...... Believe me, I am way past
the ripping and roaring stage! The
ole truck has hung in there. We
have enjoyed aging together. And
the longer we have been together
the more I have come to like and
respect and care for the old thing.
Here, as we say in this writing
business, is where the story takes
a turn.
Cathy was out for spring break
and ended up at Jess's house in


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Columbus, Georgia. I drove over mig
for the week-end and I was going out.
to stay and play golf with the boys would
for a couple of days. We were
also going to a golf tournament in caug
Augusta. It was a bit of traveling. ing
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needed the van to get around in.
"That's ok," Cathy is so agreeable
at times it will make you sick, "I'll Smc
just drive dad's truck home." ho
Before I could protest or even
raise my hand to ask a question, Aas
everyone quickly agreed to the fully
plan. I was trying to point out and
the truck had a bench seat and anturn
plenty of room in the back..... It
was too late! They were cramming ever
golf equipment, cameras, back ever:
packs, suitcases, electronic "find
out where you are going" machines par
and I don't know what all else into par
every nook and cranny of the van. too

We had a great trip.
I was enjoying every min-
ute of it right up until
Cathy called, "Kes, there is
something dripping from
underneath the truck.
There was a big pool of
it on the driveway as I
backed out....."
I've had that truck for
eighteen years! 248,764
miles! Nothing ever leaked!
Nothing blew up! A battery
.t go bad. The fan belt frazzled
The windshield washer fluid
d get low. And the alternator
Lht on fire once. But noth-
major. I knew better than to
ome stranger get behind the
She probably bumped into
ky and the Bandit on the way
e. She ran interference for
Reynolds and Jerry Reed'
hey hauled bootleg liquor to
nta! I'm driving her van care-
at just below the speed limit
slowing for every curve and
And she in my precious truck
running Buford T. Justice and
y other law enforcement offi-
n three states!
She's doing wheelies through
ing lots and jumping pon-
bridges. She's driving though
Is and forest where there ain't

no roads and up and down cliffs
where angels fear to tread and hid-
ing out in gorges and behind tattoo
parlors in Midland, Georgia and
Slocomb, Alabama!
She's been watching that
NASCAR stuff for years now. She
follows Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett,
and Junior like it was a Soap
Opera. She's been to Talladega,
Martinsville, Rockingham and
Darlington. I'm a sap for not put-
ting two and two together!
My poor truck. I wonder if the
warranty has expired.
I thought about cutting my
trip short and rushing home. She
called back the next evening. "It's
transmission fluid." I wondered if
she tasted it to find out. "The rear
seal is leaking."
Folks, I drive this truck for
umpteen years and it serves me
well. It practically drove itself.
Hardly any trouble at all. She
drives it two hundred miles. And
I have a problem that could be
This is going to cause some
deep turmoil. I'm sure the NAPA
people have got a replacement rear
seal. But will it be cost effective
on this old a model? I bet a new
truck would run fifteen, maybe
sixteen thousand. I like to spend
my money on golf putters and run-
ning shoes. I don't want to waste it
on a new vehicle!
"Cathy, do they make a spray
or something we could apply to
stop the leak? I once fixed a drip
in Mr. Slim's gas tank with chewing
gum. Would STP help? Maybe we
could have the truck undercoated.
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Do We Have a

The past few days I
have been visiting down-
town businesses to get
some insight and an idea
of overall consensus on a
several items. One question
has been about downtown
parking: employee parking
on Reid Avenue and park-
ing in general. I will tell
you, the range of responses
on this issue is all over
the map. Some say parking
is a number-one problem.
Other s think that park-
ing is only a problem dur-
ing the lunch hour. Some
feel there is adequate park-
ing and we have no prob-
lem at all. Still others are

concerned that
of other busin
all day in fro
storefront and v
those spaces r
for customers.
This leaves
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we need more p
parking, manage
or is everything
as it is?
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parking is fir
there are alm
spaces directly
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also enjoy pro
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Parking Problem?
employees nience of parking close to
lesses park the entrance. Others park
nt of their on the side streets to leave
would prefer the Reid spaces for custom-
emain open ers. I have heard others
state, time after time, that
the redevel- we have a parking problem
wondering if and that we should go so
parking less far as to remove the land-
ged parking scaping to create addition-
is just fine al parking spaces. Robert
Gibbs, small-city expert,
o say the actually recommended
ne indicate we eliminate a few park-
iost always ing spaces to increase out-
in front of door dining opportunities
h the excep- in front of restaurants and
h hour. They coffee shops. Mr. Gibbs also
viding their indicates that, to be most
the conve- effective, parking spaces
should accommodate 8 to
20 turns per day and that in
age 4A a vibrant shopping district,
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It May Depend on Who You Ask!

each parking place repre-
sents $125,000 $175,000
in retail dollars spent each
year (We may not enjoy
those revenues today, but
we will get there, and it is
always better to plan ahead
than to lose revenue taking
time to catch up.)
The PSJRA would like
to address the parking
issue... as soon as we know
what to address! This sur-
vey is the direct result of a
recommendation by a pri-
vate citizen that the PSJRA
provide off-site employee
parking. This could be
a great idea, and we are
attempting to determine if
it would be utilized.
Maybe some opinions
would change after hear-

ing from others. Maybe we
don't have a problem at
all but will forecast how to
prevent problems. Maybe
we would have a different
approach during tourist
season and relax it in the
off season. We would like
to hear from you. If we set
the goals, benchmark the
problems, and set a man-
ageable path to each goal,
this would benefit us all.
This brings me to the
point of this article: the
more unified the voices of
the merchants, the greater
your influence and success
can be. There is a venue
for your voice, and that
is the newly reorganized
Merchant's Association.
This group meets on the

first Monday of every month,
with the next meeting May
5th at Palm Tree Books at
6 PM. In addition, we can
always call special meetings
through the PSJRA for spe-
cific issues...Whatever we
can do to understand your
needs and goals and to help
Many issues impor-
tant to merchants will be
addressed at the Economic
Summit, Thursday, May
1, 5:30 PM at the PSJ
Elementary School. One of
the eight topics for discus-
sion is "Locals Supporting
Locals." Please come and
share your thoughts to
incorporate into strategies
to improve the economic
climate for Gulf County.

for the regional title. Port St.
Joe stumbled in the region
playoffs instead.
This year that vision
came into focus, though the
'Florida High School Athletic
Association, in its infinite
* wisdom which has little
correlation to the exorbi-
tant ticket prices they force
schools to charge or the
absurd messages Mr. Rich
had to read after every half
inning, seeded the brackets
such that the two best Class
2A teams in the region met
in the semifinals instead of
the finals.
Having jumped the hur-
dle of the Lady Tiger Sharks,
Wewahitchka seems poised
to successfully defend their
state championship.
The striking thing,
though, wasn't so much
on the field as the stands.
Sure, the teams played
their usual spirited game,
complete with unblemished
But in the stands, there
were folks clothed in the
purple-and-gold of Port St.
Joe sitting beside others
with T-shirts emblazoned

with "Beat PSJ."
There was no visitor's
side, no home side and,
finally, there were no dis-
trict lines to divide, just the
softball fans of Gulf County
gathered for a much-antici-
pated game.
Folks weren't nasty
with each other because
they lived on different ends
of the county, there was
no one there advocating for
a bridge at White City to
divide north and south, no
dissing of players, schools,
just fun under the setting
There is a boatload of
research out there that sup-
ports the argument that ath-
letics is one of the last bas-
tions of genuine discipline
for school-age children.
On Friday night, under
a glorious dome of a sky,
two high school teams and
hundreds from the county
demonstrated that athlet-
ics might also be one of the
last arenas where political,
social and philosophical
differences can be eclipsed.
It was hard not to walk
away with a chest bursting
with community pride.

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Early Voting Starts Monday, April 28 at the Supervisor of
Elections office at 401 Long Avenue. Voting times are Monday
thru Saturday 9 am to 5 pm
If you need a ride to the polls give me a call
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Organizations I currently belong to:
First Baptist Church
Port St. Joe Masonic Lodge Number 111
32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason
Committees and organizations I have served on:
Dixie Youth Baseball Assistant Coach SaveWay
Minor League Team 1987
Dixie Youth Baseball Head Coach & Assistant Coach Boxers
Major League Team 1988-89
Gulf County Parks Commission
Vice Chairman 1989-90 Chairman 1991-92
As chairman obtained over $250,000 state grants to develop Salinas';
Stac House Renovation Committee 1989-1990
Obtained $20,000 state grant.
Dixie Youth Little League Committee 1990
Obtained $45,000 state grant to light fields and build batting
Florida Private Industry Council 1989-91, 1992-94
Provided job training for displaced workers
Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board 2002-2006
Gulf Coast Community College Student Ambassador 1999
SGulf County Tourist Development Committee 2003-2007
Northwest Florida League of Cities 2005-2007
Florida League of Cities -
Taxation & Finance Committee 2005-2006
Port St. Joe City Commissioner 2003-2007
As president of U.P.I.U. Local 379, led the effort to sell the old Union Hall
and donate the money to Gulf Coast Community College for scholarships
for the children and defendants of former U.P.I.U Local 379 workers, thus
assuring the memory of these hard working men and women lives on.
Personal Achievements:
2001 Magna Cum Laude Graduate Gulf Coast Community College -
Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration & Management
Owned and Operated Reeves Furniture and Refinishing since 1982
Owned and Operated Cabinets by Reeves since 2004
A Proud sponsor of Dixie Youth little league.
My proudest achievement are my children Bryan Simon and Brittany
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Early Voting Starts Monday, April 28
Early voting polls are located at the Supervisor of Elections office at 401
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Voting times are Monday thru Saturday 9 am to 5 pm
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Established 1937 Serving Gulf County and surroundingareas for 70 years



Mullis Supporters Descend on Wewa

By Marie Logan
Star Staaff Writer

It's amazing what a
little help from friends -
even from "friends" you
don't know can produce
when you just ask.
The April 17 issue of
The Star recounted the
story of Jell Mullis and
his mother. Fay Mullis, of
Wcwahitchka, and their
gi'avc under pressure to
deal with Jeff's medical
problems. The article was
to let the community know
about a fundraiser for the
Mullises last Saturday in
Jeff was paralyzed
from the waist down in
a traffic accident more
than a decade ago. His
mother has been his sole
caregiver. particularly over
the past three years that
Jeff has been confined to
bed because of problems
related to the car wreck. A
few weeks ago Jeff had one
of his legs and part of his
hip amputated because of a
continuous infection.
The recounting of
Jeff's accident became
somewhat muddled during
the telling, so Michelle

Stacy, the young lady in the
prom photograph that was
published in the original
article, called to clear up
the story.
The prom picture that
accompanied the Mullis's
story was of Jeff and
Michelle at Jeff's junior
prom in 1995. That was the
year before the accident.
Michelle recalled. Jeff's
accident happened the
following year as he was on
the way to the 1996 prom,
she recounted. In telling of
that night, she gave another
glimpse into the remarkable
character of Jeff Mullis.
"He [Jeff] had gone to
Panama City to eat and was
traveling on SR22 back to
Wewa when he wrecked,"
Michelle said. "To show you
what kind of character he
has, as he was lying there
after the accident, with
his back broken and in
terrible pain, he was asking
the paramedics to please
not cut the tux off of him
because he knew his mom
couldn't afford to buy it if it
was damaged." ,
Michelle said she was
still very close to the family
and still sees the Mullises at
least twice a week- she's the

one who has been driving
Mrs. Mullis to Panama City
to visit Jeff since he went
into the hospital.
"Jeff's spirits are great,"
Michelle said. "He has such
a positive attitude about
everything. And even better,
he has promised me he was
going back to school."
Going back to school
for Jeff Mullis means
resuming his college classes
that were interrupted a
number of years ago. Since
most of his classes are now
online, he can resume his
He was attending Gulf
Coast Community College
in Panama City until the
public transportation he
was using was no longer
available. Transportation
then became so problematic
that Jeff had to quit
school. He had attended
a few semesters of college
intending to study law,
Michelle said.
Transportation still
remains the biggest
problem for both Jeff and
his mother, according to
"Transportation really
is their biggest issue," she
said. "They are the nicest

people they never ask
anything of anybody, they
just make do. But just
getting to the store can
difficult for them."
Faye Parr, the manager
of Moss Creek Apartments
in Wewa, where the
Mullises live, was the one
who organized the April 26
It was a huge success,
she said, even though it had
to end a couple of hours
early because of rain.
Nonetheless, Parr
reported that they had
raised over $3,000, with
donations still coming in.
She also said she was
currently working with an
organization in Tallahassee
to try to secure a handicap
accessible van for Jeff so he
can become mobile again.

"Thank You"

Parr expressed her heartfelt appreciation to everyone.
who worked on the April 26 fundraiser, including the
Raffield Fisheries, Carmen McLemore, Sam Peterson,
Piggly Wiggly, CVS, Hungry Howies, Burger King,
McDonalds, Cooper's Hair Styles, Light House, R and D
Pest, Mike Parr, K Lee Beauty Shop, Buffalo Rock, Florida
Pest Control, Wewa Beauty Shop, Fishers in Wewa,
Subway in Wewa, St. Joe Rent-All, IGA, Brad Nichols,
Chris Hodges and Mike Kelsey for entertainment.
Zion Hill Church in Brewton, Alabama, everyone who
provided food and dishes, all the servers, ticket sellers
and ladies who made food, Doug and Janice Williamson
($1,000 donation), Friedman's Jewelers (donated a
diamond necklace and bracelet for the raffle, which was
won by Stephen Brown of Wewa).
Special thanks goes to Miss Bea of Moss Creek
Apartments who "outdid herself selling raffle tickets," and
to Eddie Jones who provided the giant cooker, cooking oil
and his time to help prepare the food.

Mother's Day Expo Correction
The parade for the Mother's Day Expo scheduled for May 11 in Port St. Joe was
incorrectly listed last week as 3 p.m. ET. The correct time for the parade is 2 p.m.
ET. The parade will travel along Reid Avenue, beginning at 2 p.m., culminating in
a dinner at 4 p.m. ET at Port St. Joe High School honoring mothers. For further
information, call Maria Freeman at 850-227-3148.

Williams From Page 1A

track record. It is imperative
for the future of this district
to have a commissioner who
has proven his ability to see
the big picture, navigate criti-
cal issues through the board,
and work for the future of
Gulf County.
Throughout Bill's term,
it has been of the utmost im-
portance to hear constituents'
concerns personally and stay
in continual contact regard-
ing issues facing District III.
He has strived to do this over
the past 3 V2 years by holding
rotating town hall meetings
each month throughout his
district. Bill has carried the
voices and issues of District
III residents beyond Gulf
County by working to estab-
lish relationships at the State
and Federal level. Such re-
lationships have enabled
him to successfully lobby
the State Legislature for $4.5
million for wastewater ex-
pansion to Highland View,
White City and the Beaches

of District III. Through Bill's
diligent negotiations with
the City of Port St. Joe, he
stopped runaway annexation
efforts, specifically in High-
land View, and established
expanded services and rate
structures which will save
residents of District III thou-
sands of dollars. Residents
in District III will only pay
$500 in sewer tap fees and
will NOT be charged more on
a monthly basis than the res-
idents within the city limits.
Bill will continue to monitor
the city's plans and ensure
they comply with the terms
negotiated under the annexa-
tion agreement.
Throughout District
III one can see numerous
improvements. Americus
Ditch Storm-water Project
in St. Joe Beach, a $1.2 mil-
lion dollar improvement,
is underway and will serve
to more effectively control
flooding, water run-off, en-
vironmental hazards, and

mosquito populations by
burying several miles of open
ditch. Park improvements
in Highland View have been
made possible by a $200,000
grant from DEP Bill worked
with DEP to receive funding
and the Park Committee to
facilitate the project which
is nearing completion. A
$100,000 grant from FWC
has recently been secured
for White City Park improve-
ments, which are scheduled
to begin in June.
Bill holds a M.S. degree
in Business Management
from Troy State University.
Since his election in 2004,
he has continued his educa-
tion to better serve the resi-
dents of Gulf County. Follow-
ing his election he attained
his designation as a Certified
County Commissioner. He
attended the University of
Florida's Natural Resource &
Leadership Fellowship pro-
gram to enhance his knowl-
edge of natural resource
protection, comprehensive
planning, and smart growth
strategies for Gulf County.
He has actively represented
Gulf County through his
leadership roles with the
Florida Association of Coun-
ties and the Small Counties
Coalition. Bill is currently
on the Executive Leadership
Team which advocates leg-
islative tax policy & county
priorities. He also chairs
the Health & Human Ser-
vices Committee and' State
Workman's Compensation
Reform Committee. Bill was
awarded the Florida Associa-
tion of Counties Presidential
Advocacy Award in 2007 for
his leadership and policy
testimony to the Legislature
regarding small counties &
tax reform. He continues his
dedication to healthcare in
Gulf County and all small
counties throughout the Pan-
handle, specifically through
his tireless efforts to bring
Sacred Heart to Gulf County.
In addition, he has been ap-
pointed to the Governor's
Council of Mental Health &
Aging and the Department of
Elder Affairs' Senior Health
Innovations Committee. Bill
has served as Chairman for
United States Congressman
Allen Boyd 's 2nd Congres-
sional District Health Coun-
cil for 4 years with specific
emphasis on economic and
healthcare initiatives in rural
"Since my election in
2004, I have become more
steadfast in my convictions.
As a parent, business owner
and native of Gulf County,
I feel the community must
have a commissioner with
a strategic vision and busi-
ness background that will
control our growth, protect
our cultural history and re-
store residents' confidence in
their elected representation.
I respectfully request your
consideration to allow me
to continue to serve as Gulf
County Commissioner for
District III."
Bill can be reached at
(850) 227-6422 with any
questions or concerns.

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6A Thursday, May 1, 2008 The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Established 1937

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By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

Samantha Rich
acknowledged she started
Friday's Region 1-2A semi-
final against county rival
Port St. Joe a bit shaky.
She ended the contest
with a wallop.
Rich hit a critical home
run which seemed to add
oomph to her fastball and
was her typical dominant
self on the pitching mound
as Wewahitchka emerged
with a 3-1 victory and a
trip to still another regional
The Lady Gators, 24-2,
will meet the winner of
Sneads versus Cottondale
on Tuesday night. The site

of the game is to be deter-
"That was the biggest
playoff hurdle we've faced in
Northwest Florida in a long
time," said Wewahitchka
coach Coy Adkins of the
fourth meeting between the
schools this year. "I was
proud of our team.
"(Port St. Joe) has
a good team and Kayla
(Minger) is an excellent
If two at-bats can decide
a seven-inning game, then
the bottom of the fifth and
the top of the sixth were the
tipping point.
Leading off the
Wewahitchka half of the
fifth, Rich turned on the
first pitch from Minger and
launched it over the left-

field fence to give the Lady
Gators, leading 2-1 at the
time, some crucial breath-
ing room.
It was Rich's 11"'
homer of the season and
the Lady Gators' 39"', a
school record.
In the visitor's half
of the sixth, Jo Williams
and Minger walked to start
the inning and reached
second and third one out
later on a bunt by Heather
Heather Strange, who
has been a nemesis of the
Lady Gators all season,
worked the count full but
struck out looking to end
the threat.
"I think after she hit
that home run, Samantha
kicked it up a notch,"

Adkins said. "We walked
Minger intentionally there
because we didn't want her
to hurt us. What was big for
us was we made the plays
after that."
Rich (16-2) struck out
the side in the seventh to
end the game, finishing
with a two-hitter.
"I was going kind of
slow at beginning, but I
picked it up toward the
end," Rich said. "The home
run was definitely big for
That such heroics were
needed at all was in large
part due to Minger (19-6),
who was also solid on the
mound, striking out seven
while being nicked for
seven hits.
Hilary Chapman led off

Andrew Wardlow/Florida Freedom
Wewa's Samantha Wade (#21) lays down a sacrifice bunt against Port St. Joe on Friday.

Andrew WardlowlFlorida Freedom
Wewa's Samantha Wade (#21) lays down a sacrifice bunt
against Port St. Joe on Friday.

the game for Wewahitchka
with a single to right, stole
second and advanced to
third on a fielder's choice.
Rich followed with
a bunt to Minger who
turned toward first base
but wheeled and caught
Chapman off third, catch-
ing Chapman in a rundown
that ended with Williams
tagging her at the plate.
In the third, Becca
Barnes led off with a sin-
gle to right-field, Chapman
(3 for 3) singled to right-
center, sending Barnes to
third. Chapman went to
second as Port St. Joe did
not attempt to stop her.
Summer Grice bunted
straight to Minger, who
again looked toward first
and turned to third to catch
Barnes off the bag and pro-
ducing another rundown
which ended with Strange
applying the tag at third.
"I thought we hit Kayla
early but we ran ourselves
out of some big innings,"

Adkins said. "I'll take the
blame for that."
The Lady Gators' third
inning, however, did not
end before they produced
the first run as Rich (2 for
2 with two RBIs) bounced a
single over third base scor-
ing Chapman from second.
Leading off the fourth,
Minger, who entered the
game on a 10 for 10 tear at
the plate and who reached
base each of her three plate
appearances, tied the game
at 1-1 by scorching a 3-2
pitch over the centerfield
The tie was short-lived
as Barnes singled in a run
in the bottom of the fourth
inning and the rest was up
to Rich.
"We get in there but
we can't quite get it done,"
said Port St. Joe coach Jim
Belin. "The two things that
kill us continued to kill us,
Samantha Rich and Hilary
Chapman. We just couldn't
get them out."

Gators Strike it Rich

By Josh Weinfuss
Florida Freedom

Samantha Rich wasn't
satisfied with near perfec-
tion Tuesday night.
The junior pitcher from
Wewahitchka knew there
was work to be done after
her third career no-hitter
in a 15-0 run-rule win over
Tallahassee Maclay in the
Region 1-2A softball quar-
"Tonight wasn't that
good of a pitching night,"
Rich said. "It's hard to get
motivated when you're up
that far."
As dominant as Rich
was, striking out 13 includ-
ing the first eight batters
she faced, Wewahitchka's
offense overshadowed its
star pitcher.
The Lady Gators hit
four home runs, bringing
their season total to 38. Two
were knocked out by first
baseman Amanda Robbins.
As a freshman, Robbins
was Wewahitchka's clean-up
batter, this year as a junior
she's hitting from the No.
8 spot. Wewahitchka coach
Coy Adkins worked with
Robbins on a few mechan-
ical issues leading up to
Tuesday's game. Although
he wouldn't reveal what they

were, they worked.
Robbins went deep in
her first at bat with a two-
run shot to right field that
put the Lady Gators up 4-0
in the second inning. She
hit another two-run home
run to right in the third
that gave the Lady Gators a
10-0 lead. Robbins finished
3 for 3 with a game-high
four RBIs.
"She's capable of doing
that," Adkins said. "I think
we got her on track. If we
can get her back to her
capabilities, we're in good
Hilary Chapman, who
was 2 for 4 with three
RBIs, also hit a two-run
home run in the second,
two batters after Robbins.
Summer Grice was 3 for 3
with two RBIs and conclud-
ed Wewahitchka's home run
derby with a two-run homer
to center field in the third.
After taking a 2-0 lead
in the first inning, the Lady
Gators exploded for five
runs in the second and six
in the third. They added

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two more in the fourth.
Rich had a perfect
game through 3 2/3 innings.
She threw 32 pitches in
the first three innings and
then slowed down in the
fourth, throwing 34 pitches
in the final two innings.
Maclay (9-12) hitters bare-
ly touched Rich's pitches
throughout the game. The
only contact Maclay had
was on two pop-fly outs,
its only outs that weren't
In the fourth inning,
Rich walked two consecu-
tive Marauders, All Lewis
and Mary Hughes, but
stranded them by striking
out Karl Newton for the
third out of the inning.
"We just came out and
set the tone early," Adkins
said. "The key for us is if
we score early. That's how
we've hit the ball all year if
we stay focused and disci-
plined at the plate. We can
be shut down, but we're
going to make it very diffi-
cult for the other team.
"I feel good about it.
My No. 1 goal was a shut-

out. If we shut them out,
they couldn't win. My sec-
ond goal was to come out
and get this one over with
quickly and I wanted them
to stay sharp."

Port St. Joe 7,
Tallahassee North
Florida Christian 2
Kayla Minger hit a pair
of three-run home runs and
extended her hitting streak
to 10 for 10 in the playoffs
as the Lady Tiger Sharks
won a Region 1-2A quar-
Minger hit a three-run
shot in the third inning to
break open a 1-1 game and
hit another in the fourth
to finish off North Florida
Minger also won the
game, allowing five hits
while strikig out nine.
Torie Greer was 2 for
4 with two runs scored,
Meredith Todd went 2 for 4
with a run scored and drove
in the only run not plated by
Minger and Heather Strange
and Heather Brinkmeier
each doubled.

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Port St. Joe Beats Liberty County in Bottom of the Seventh

By Jonathan Davidson
Star Staff Writer

Last Thursday's dis-
trict championship host-
ed by Liberty County
remained close the entire
night between the Port St.
Joe Sharks and Liberty
County Bulldogs.
Only in the bottom of
the seventh did the Sharks
manage to pull into the
lead, winning 4-3.
To reach the district
championship, Port St. Joe
beat Wewahitchka 10-1 and
Liberty County beat West
Gadsden 9-5.
Both teams in the title
game used their pitchers
the complete game, Matt

Gannon for the Sharks
and Ryan Travis for the
Gannon gave up five
hits and two walks, strik-
ing out nine. Striking out
six Port St. Joe players,
Travis gave up four hits but
walked eight.
Play was punctuated
by unusual occurrences
Thursday night, not least
of which was a wild pitch
by Gannon in the second
Gannon threw clear
over the batter, hard enough
to bounce the ball off the
brick backstop to himself
in front of the mound. He
threw out Scotty Brown,
a base runner on second

who tried to reach third on
the wild pitch.
Liberty County seized
the lead in the top of the
third inning.
Gannon hit seven-hole
hitter Jordan Reddick with
a pitch, allowing Reddick
the opportunity to come to
third. Jeremy Shuler hit a
fielder's choice to second
base, but the Sharks were
unable to beat Reddick at
the plate.
Later Travis drove
Shuler in with a grounder
past the third baseman. The
score might have continued
escalating but Gannon shut
the inning down with two
Noting that the team

in general sharpened after
Liberty County's early
scores, Port St. Joe coach
Mike Bullock said, 'About
the third inning Gannon
settled into a groove and
started locating better."
Answering with two
runs of their own in the
bottom of the third, the
Sharks received plenty
of help from Travis, who
hit Levi Richter and then
walked four-straight bat-
ters to bring in two runs
for a Shark lead.
Derek Shuler bounced
a grounder clear over
Shark third baseman Chris
Cochran's head to start the
fourth inning. Derek Shuler
reached third by stealing a

base and utilizing a sacri-
fice bunt by Jared Barber.
Reddick's short pop fly to
centerfield was enough to
score Derek Shuler, secur-
ing the Bulldogs the lead
for another inning.
With a morale boost
from three consecutive
strikeouts by Gannon in
the top of the fifth, Port St.
Joe finally tied the game
again in the bottom of the
Leadoff hitter Jamie
Bird walked, stealing two
bases to put him in scoring
position for Gannon's RBI
single to right field.
Hit by pitch in the
seventh inning and after
stealing two bases, Tyrone

Dawson scored a run on
Cochran's RBI double to
the left-center fence, earn-
ing Port St. Joe the District
"That was a big game
for us, we treated it as a big
game-it was a champion-
ship," Bullock said. "Our
players didn't play flat, but
it took a couple innings for
them to see that Liberty
County was going to fight.
"I'm proud of the way
our guys battled. It was good
for them to hear the crowd
and feel the adrenaline; it'll
prepare us for those later
games when a bad day is
your last game."

Track -

The Lady Tiger Sharks
easily captured the team
title as the only team over
60 points. They led the field
with 79 points to 57.33
points for Melbourne Holy
Trinity, the defending state
champion. Dade Christian.
Those were the only
three teams over 40 points.
This means that Port
St. Joe sophomore Kayla
Parker beat more than 40
teams by herself.
Parker won the
long jump with a leap of
18-feet-10.5, the 100 me-
ter hurdles (14.77) and
the 100-meter (12.49) and
200-meter (25.68) dashes,
giving the Lady Tiger Sharks
40 points on her own.
"Kayla won the long
jump and a few minutes
later things just fell into
place," Parker said.
Samone Smiley pro-
vided another 12 points,
winning the shot put (with a
winning toss of 37-feet-9.75
feet) while taking seventh
in the discus, with a toss of
"Kayla and Samone did
what they were supposed
to do," Parker said. "We ex-
pected to get a lot of points


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from those two and they did
the job.
"They set the tempo for
the whole team. They are
our leaders and they did
what leaders are supposed
to do, they kept everybody
focused, everybody's minds
on what they had to do. I
was real proud of them."
Despite battling illness,
Fanequa Larry was third in
the triple jump with a leap
of 34 feet and finished fifth
behind Kayla Parker in the
200 meters with a time of
Larry was also 10th and
out of the points in the 400
meters, with Tayler Byrd
finishing 12th.
Mariah Johnson also
overcame some trouble to
provide multiple points.
Despite finishing just
behind Kayla Parker in the
preliminaries of the 100
meter hurdles, Johnson
stumbled over one of the
last hurdles in the finals
and finished eighth but still
adding a point to the team's
Coach Parker said
Johnson was easily in sec-
ond before the stumble.
Johnson brushed her-

self off and took second in
the 300 meter hurdles af-
ter being the top qualifier
during preliminaries in a
time of 45.48 and anchored
the 4x400-meter relay team
that finished second in the
final event of the night.
"We didn't need the
points (from the relay for
the championship), but I
told them we did," Coach
Parker said.
He used two of his al-
ternates, Naomi Warren and
Natasha Allen, who joined
lead-off runner Byrd and
anchor Johnson.
And a bit later in the
evening, the Lady Tiger
Sharks were climbing to the
top of the podium erected
in the infield of the track
at Winter Park High School
and basked in the glow
of being pioneers, at least
when it comes to girls track
in Gulf County.
"We hope that this is not
the last one," Coach Parker
said, noting that Smiley is
the lone senior on the team.
"Hopefully there are going
to be some more champion-
ships. Hopefully we started
a tradition for the girls."
Other Local Results

The Port St. Joe High
School girls may have en-
joyed the most success,
but they were not the only
county athletes to make
their schools proud at Win-
ter Park.
Parker Harris of Port
St. Joe High School finished
fourth in the pole vault with
a vault of 13-feet-6, earning
the boys' only points at the
state meet.
Travis Dailey finished
11th in the shot put for Port
St. Joe.
Billy Naylor, a junior at
Wewahitchka High School,
finished second in the 1,600
meters in 4:28.72 and sev-
enth in the 800 meters for
the only points notched
by the Wewahitchka boys
The Gators' 4x800 re-
lay team of Josh Mitchell,
Andrew Bidwell, Colton
Price and Geoffrey Manor
was 15th.
Kayla Williams, also of
Wewahitchka, was 14th in
the high jump. Teammate
Natalya Miller finished 11th
in the 1,600 meters.

Parker Harris finished Fourth in the Pole Vault.
Photo courtesy of Keith Chiles

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Elmira Kenney

Following her
husband's September
1; 1840 death by yellow
fever, an epidemic that
would devastate St.
Joseph's population
:; in a year's time, Elmira
Kenney packed her
Capt. Ebenezer
Kelly, a Cape Cod
relative, arrived in Florida
to return Kenney. her
sister, and children
Gilbert, William and Lydia
to South Yarmouth.
From her great-great-
-, great granddaughter.
Justine Squailia. of
Mashpee, Mass. we
learn that Kenney settled
into a modest house on
Main Street, close to her
parents' home
After a brief
widowhood, she married
Nathaniel Shephard,
ra New Bedford
Squailia possesses
,no letters detailing the
events of Kenney's life
after her return to South

Gilbert Kenney

From Squailia's
family records, we learn
that Kenney's oldest
son, Gilbert, operated
a furniture store in
Providence, Rhode
Gilbert Kenney lived
a life marked by multiple
tragedies: the early loss
of his father, the deaths
of two wives and four
"He wasn't very
lucky," noted Squailia.
"He spent most of his life
alone "


Lydia Kenney Chesley

The only Kenney
sibling born in St. Joseph,
Lydia Kenney married
David Crowell Chesley,
the brother of her sister-
in-law, Urainia
The 'couple had
two sons, Franklin and
William, and lived in New
At age 72, Lydia
Chesley took a much-
dreamed about vacation
to Phoenix, Az.,
Squailia has a
postcard she sent to a
friend in Massachusetts,
which features a
photograph of Chesley,
dressed in a long black
,.smock, posing by a

Letters -

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iron boilers.
The salt was used
to preserve meats, fish
and other foods for the
army and citizens of the
Confederate states.
From a letter written
by Rear Admiral Lardner,
Commander of the U.S.
Bark "Kingfisher," originally
published in Harper's
Weekly, A Journal of
Civilization on Nov. 15,
1862, we learn that the
St. Joseph Salt Works
produced 100 to 150
bushels a day.
Lardner, who arrived
in St. Joseph Bay on
Sept. 15, 1862, recalled
the destruction of the Salt
"We started whistling
'Yankee Doodle.' I advanced
by men in a straight line to
the other side of the works,
when we entered the woods
and extended our lines
entirely around the place.
The main body then began
their work of destruction,
and in less than two hours
the whole place was in
flames, and the machinery
broken up."
Noting that the entire
Florida coast was lined
with Salt Works of similar
size, Lardner described
the St. Joseph site as
uncompleted at the time of
its destruction.
"This one, when
finished, would have been
capable of making five
hundred bushels a day,
at $10.00 per bushel,"
Lardner wrote.

The Railroad Cometh

Twenty-four years after
receiving his reply from
Donalson, William Kenney
continued his quest for
information on St. Joseph.
Writing to Kenney
in response to a "letter
of inquire in regard to
St. Joseph deed," J.R.
Hollinger of Higgins &
Hollinger noted a recent
purchase of bay front land
by a railroad syndicate.
The letter, dated
April 5, 1907, identifies
Hollinger and his partner
as Wewahitchka dealers in
general merchandise and
"Pure Tupelo Honey."
'"A road is being built
from River Junction to St.
Joe via. Apalachicola about
40 miles of the tract has been
played and the bridge across
the river near Apalachicola
is about completed," wrote
The syndicate
referenced was the
Apalachicola Northern
Railroad Company, which
outlined its plan to build
a railroad across the
lower part of Georgia and
northern Florida that same
In his letter, Hollinger
wrote that he did not believe
the railroad company
intended to improve
"St. Joe" until after the


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In his May 26, 1907 letter to A. Pick Higgins, William Kenney inquired about St. Joseph's future: "I have taken the liberty
of writing to you, hoping to elicit some ideas of its prospects for the future and whether there seemed to be a spirit moving
to rebuild and make it a bustling place."

railroad was complete, and
expressed hope that the
tracks would extend north
through Wewahitchka.
"There is lots of
undeveloped country here
and a RR would give every
thing a start."
As for the site of old St.
Joseph, Hollinger wrote, "I
know that there is absolutely
nothing post
office there. However there
is a turpentine plant there
which consists of a bout 1
doz. shanties."
T.H. Stone, the son
of James Bennett Stone,
owned the naval stores
operation referenced in
Hollinger's letters.
He was a pioneer settler
of what would become Port
St. Joe, settling into a log
home in the city sometime
between 1904-1905.
Stone would
become Port St. Joe's
first postmaster, having
previously operated a post
office in Indian Pass, and
serve several terms as

"A Spirit Moving to

Seemingly heartened
by Hollinger's reply, Kenney
dispatched a letter a month
later to A. Pick Higgins,
whose name he found in
the Apalachicola Times.
In the letter, dated May
26, 1907, Kenney wrote
that he hoped to elicit
some ideas of St. Joseph's
"prospects for the future
and whether there seems to
be a spirit moving to rebuild
and make it a bustling place
of business as it was during
several years before 1840."
Kenney asked Higgins
if a hotel still remained
that existed during his stay
in St. Joseph, as well as a
two-story house across the
From Kenney family
records, we know that the
two-story structure was the
Kenney home.
Kenney also inquired
about the long wharf where
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In a June 1, 1907 letter, Calhoun County tax collector
L.M. Barbee informed William Kenney that the records from
St. Joseph "have all bin burned up since 1839."

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Permit File No. 0286234-001

The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice of its intent to issue a
permit to the City of Wewahitchka to construct a new public water system to be
known as Stone Mill Creek. This proposed water system will consist of two wells,
each with a 360 gallon per minute (gpm) pumping system, a gas chlorination
disinfection system, a 327,000-gallon ground storage tank, a 12,000-gallon hy-
dropneumatic storage tank, four-550 gpm high service pumps, a diesel generator,
approximately 11,300 linear feet (LF) of six-inch PVC water main, and approxi-
mately 650 LF of 12-inch PVC water main. This proposed public water system will
serve the Stone Mill Creek area, currently consisting of 411 existing residences.
Stone Mill Creek is located approximately 3,000 LF west of the intersection of
Stone Mill Creek Road and S.R. 71, in Gulf County, Florida.

The Intent to Issue document and application file are available for public inspec-
tion during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Fri-
day, except legal holidays, at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection,
160 Governmental Center, Pensacola, Florida, 32502-5794.

The Department will issue the permit with the attached conditions unless a timely
petition for an administrative hearing is filed under Sections 120.569 and 120.57,
Florida Statutes, within fourteen days of receipt of notice. The procedures for pe-
titioning for a hearing are set forth below.

A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Department's proposed
permitting decision may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under
Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes. The petition must contain the
information set forth below and must be filed (received by the clerk) in the Office
of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail
Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000.

Under Rule 62-110.106(4), Florida Administrative Code, a person may request
enlargement of the time for filing a petition for an administrative hearing. The re-
quest must be filed (received by the clerk) in the Office of General Counsel before
the end of the time period for filing a petition for an administrative hearing.

Petitions filed by any persons other than those entitled to written notice under Sec-
tion 120.60(3), Florida Statutes, must be filed within fourteen days of publication
of the notice or within fourteen days of receipt of the written notice, whichever
occurs first.

Under Section 120.60(3), Florida Statutes, however, any person who has asked
the Department for notice of agency action may file a petition within fourteen days
of receipt of such notice, regardless of the date of publication.

The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address
indicated above at the time of filing. The failure of any person to file a petition or
request for enlargement of time within fourteen days of receipt of notice shall con-
stitute a waiver of that person's right to request an administrative determination
(hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes. Any subsequent
intervention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the discre-
tion of the presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in compliance with Rule
28-106.205, Florida Administrative Code.

A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Department's action is
based must contain the following information:

(a) The name, address, and telephone number of each petitioner; the name, ad-
dress, and telephone number of the petitioner's representative, if any; the Depart-
ment permit identification number and the county in which the subject matter or
activity is located;
(b) A statement of how and when each petitioner received notice of the Depart-
ment action;
(c) A statement of how each petitioners substantial interests are affected by the
Department action;
(d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the peti-
tion must so indicate;
(e) A statement of facts that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modifica-
tion of the Department action;
(f) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, as well as the rules and stat-
utes which entitle the petitioner to relief; and
(g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action
that the petitioner wants the Department to take.

Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final agency
action, the filing of a petition means that the Department's final action may be
different from the position taken by it in this notice. Persons whose substantial in-
terests will be affected by any such final decision of the Department have the right
to petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the require-
ments set forth above.

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Though the details of the
lives of Elmira, Gilbert and
Lydia Kenney are sketchy, a
wealth of information exists
on the life and times of Wil-
liam Kenney.
At age 59, Kenney was
featured in a Jan. 2, 1895
article in the Yarmouth Reg-
ister, which commemorated
his service as one of Massa-
chusetts' oldest active tele-
graph operators.
In the article, Kenney
recalls his move to New
Bedford at age 10, and the
countless hours spent in his
stepfather's watchmaking
In the shop's backroom,
Kenney mingled with Shep-
hard's friends who congre-
gated daily to discuss whale
fishing and New Bedford
According to Kenney,
famed Massachusetts abo-
litionist William Lloyd Garri-
son was a frequent visitor.
"(Garrison) spent a
great many hours there and
it was there that he and his
colleagues planned for the
escape of the slaves and the
Liberator was issued."
The Liberator, Garrison's
anti-slavery newspaper, had
already been in print for 14
years when Kenney returned
to Massachusetts.
It would remain in print
for 35 years -1,820 issues
- doggedly challenging the
institution of slavery until

As a young man,
Kenney distributed the
anti-slavery newspaper The
Liberator (below), edited by
abolitionist William Lloyd
Garrison (right).

the end of the Civil War in
In the Liberator, Garri-
son advocated the immedi-
ate and complete emancipa-
tion of all slaves, calling the
doctrine of gradual abolition
timid, unjust and absurd.
In a Jan. 1, 1831 col-
umn entitled "To the Public,"
printed in the Liberator's first
edition, Garrison defined his
mission statement.
"On this subject (of slav-
ery), I do not wish to think,
or speak, or write, with mod-
eration. No! No! Tell a man
whose house is on fire, to
give a moderate alarm; tell
him to moderately rescue
his wife from the hand of the
ravisher; tell the mother to
gradually extricate her babe
from the fire into which it has
fallen; but urge me not to
use moderation in a cause
like the present. I am in ear-
nest I will not equivocate -
I will not excuse I will not
retreat a single inch AND I
In the Yarmouth Regis-
ter, Kenney described his
relationship to Garrison as
that of well paid paperboy.

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After leaving St. Joseph
as a young boy, William
Kenney became a telegraph
operator, inventor, watch-
maker, photographer, mer-
chant, railroad station agent
and entrepreneur.

"1I met Mr. Garrison al-
most daily and on Saturdays
I was paid liberally for dis-
tributing thie Liberator."

Adventures in Telegraphy

After cii-iriouLingr Gar-
rison's anti-slavery news-
paper, Kenney worked as a
typesetter on the New Bed-
ford Mercury, occasionally
serving as a press operator.
On top of the office
building was a cupola and
from there, the Mercury staff
had communication with
nearby cities.
"We used what we
called the semaphore sys-
tem," recalled Kenney. "As
soon as a whale ship was
discovered in sight of Cut-
tyhunk the name and owner
was learned and this was

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transmitted to Dumping
Light and from Dumping
Light to the Mercury office.
"We had a man in the
cupola all day with a pow-
erful telescope, and the in-
stant the flags and arms on
the observatory at Dump-
ing Light were displayed
he would refer to his book
and at once the name of the
ship was put on the bulletin
board, the ship would then
perhaps be hardly within
sight at Cuttyhunk and likely
not to arrive at the wharf until
the following day."
The Mercury building
had its own telegraph office,
and Kenney learned to send
and receive messages by
Morse code.
According to Kenney,
no communication via tele-
graph existed in the early
1850s west of the Missis-

I began the study of medi-
cine. I was very fond of it,
and gave much of my time
to it," recalled Kenney in the
Yarmouth Register.
According to Squailia,
Kenney's mother suffered
with rheumatism, and many
of his potions, such as Ken-
ney's Pain Reliever, are
aimed at relieving its symp-
The label from Ken-
ney's Pain Reliever (price 25
cents) identifies the potion
for the cure of Colic, Cramps,
Diarrhea, Indigestion, Incon-
tinence of Urine, Dizziness,
Weak Nerves, Chills, Insom-
nia, Coughs and Colds."
The potion could also
be applied externally (Ken-
ney suggested an applica-
tion with a "flannel") to re-
lieve lameness, rheumatism,

Kenney studied medicine as a hobby and created a
variety of medicinal concoctions, such as his pain reliever,
which cured ailments ranging from rheumatism to corns.

sippi River, east of Halifax,
or further south than New
Kenney remained a
telegraph operator in South
Yarmouth for many years,
and also taught a class in

Medicine Man

A true Renaissance
man, Kenney dabbled in just
about everything.
In addition to being a
telegraph operator, Kenney
was also an inventor, entre-
preneur, watchmaker, pho-
tographer, merchant, eye-
glass peddler and railroad
station agent.
In 1900, Kenney found-
ed the Kenney Speedy Re-
lief Company and sold a
variety of homemade me-
dicinal concoctions.*
"I had a great deal of
sickness in my family, and

sprains, felons, mosquito
bites, chilblains, corns,
toothache and headache.
Kenney left behind sev-
eral notebooks filled with his
patented recipes, such as
this one for his cough drops:
"1/2 cup linseed, 2 cup olive
oil, 1/2 pint molasses or hon-
ey, 1/2 ounce balm of fir, %/
ounce licorice extract. Mix,
simmer, intake from 10-20
drops 3x a day."
According to Squailia,
90 percent of the recipes
contain alcohol and opium
as primary ingredients.
In one of his note-
books, Kenney accused his
brother-in-law, Edward Kelly,
of stealing his Kennedy
Speedy Relief Formula, call-
ing him a "knave."
The recipe: 60 percent
alcohol, 1.53 grams opium.
"Need some relief? Al-
cohol and opium that'll do
it," quipped Squailia.

William Kenney, Renaissance Man


From Page 9A

the railroad cars from lola
"came loaded with cotton',
and sugar cane to be'
shipped from vessels often.
arriving at the wharf for:
cargo to carry north."
Kenney's father,
Jeremiah, had been a;
steamboat captain and,
merchant, and shipped:
his products north via the'
railroad and sailing vessels.
'Anything you think that:
would interest me in relation'
to the old city that struggled,
so hard to live years ago:
will be gratefully received,"'
concluded Kenney, who.
promised to "reciprocate"'
in kind.
Higgins' June 1, 1907
reply was short and sweet,
and no doubt greeted with
disappointment. '
"There is no one living
at the old town of St. Joe.
not a house there nor has
there been one for pass 30
or 40 years. I can give you
no authoritative information.
regarding the rebuilding of
the town," wrote Higgins.
A letter from L.M.
Barbee, Calhoun County Tai'
Collector, dated two days
later, was likewise brief.
"Will say that the
records have all bin burned
up since 1839," wrote'
Barbee, who suggested that
Kenney "consult a lawyer" in
regard to property matters.

The New City of
Port St. Joe

The letter trail ends with
Barbee's 1907 reply, and'
whether Kenney continued
to correspond with various'
merchants, lawyers and
public officials regarding St.
Joseph's efforts to rebuild'
is not known.
Had Kenney ended
his quest for information
in 1907, he would have
been unaware of several'
important milestones, most
notably the completiori
of the railroad and the'
renaming of St. Joseph.
A Dec. 25, 1909 article
in the Apalachicola Times
reported the completion of'
the Apalachicola Northern.
Railroad track to St.
The timbers for the,
piers had been cut, and
pilings were being driven
for the 1,000 feet of slip
wharves that would extend
out into the bay to a depth
of 25 feet.
"It is thought that the
entire work will be finished:
by February 1, (1910),":
reported the Times, "when
the deep sea Port of St..
Joseph will commence to:
resume that commercial'
splendor and activity that*
enlivened these waters from.
1835 to 1843."
In March 21, 1910,
by an. act of the State
Legislature, the new town'
was named Port St. Joe to
distinguish it from the old
city of St. Joseph.
On May 7, 1910,
the Apalachicola Times'
reported on the first*
excursion and passenger'.
train over the Apalachicola
Northern Railroad.
The ladies of the
Apalachicola M. E. Church'
greeted passengers in St.
Joe Beach with a picnic.
For 25 cents, diners
could chose from a menu of,
baked beans, potato salad,
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pickles, baked ham, fried
chicken and roast beef.
Cake, ice cream cones and
fruit punch could also be
purchased for 5 cents a
St. Joseph Alive in
Kenney died in South
Yarmouth on Jan. 7, 1926,
16 years after St. Joseph
rose from the ashes as a
prosperous new city.
Though he would never
visit Port St. Joe, he often
returned to the "land of
sunshine and oranges" in
his thoughts.
In a Dec. 18, 1888
article in the Cape Cod
Item, Kenney recalled the
city's heyday, when "people
had flocked from far and
near for business purposes
or for the selection of a
place for residence."

From Page 10A
His family had come
seeking a better life, and
left before their fortunes
became entangled with the
doomed city's.
Kenney's fondness
for the city of his boyhood
shines through the article,
as it does in the letters.
In the Cape Cod Item,
Kenney mourns the decline
of St. Joseph, and imagines
its glittering restoration
to the boomtown of his

"The state is fast filling
with people from the North
who dislike snow and
piercing cold winds; and this
spot, where old St. Joseph
once stood, may again be
built upon for a famous
winter resort for invalids
and tourists,, and then
again will the sound of the
engine's whistle reverberate
through the forests, and
steam boats with gala flags
flying from their staffs be
seen skimming over the
beautiful bay."

All of the letters
featured in Parts 1
and 2 of this article
will soon be on
display in the Port St
Joe library's history\
genealogy nIng.
J e r e m i a h
Kenney's great-
gr eat great
Justine Squallia of
Mashpee, Mass.
donated the letters.
Gulf County
Genealogy Society
president Bet erly


Responding to William Kenney's letter of inquiry, A. Pick
Higgins reported, on June 1, 1907: "There is no one living at
F the old town of St. Joe. not a house there nor has there been
one for pass 30 or 40 years. I can give you no authoritative
information regarding the rebuilding of the town."


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Pocahontas and

her Descendants

The following article, written by Jacquelyn Kenney
Quarles and Ann Kenney Roberts, was taken from a pre-
sentation to St. Joseph Bay Chapter, National Daughters
of the American Revolution, at their monthly meeting on
March 26, 2008. It was made possible through genea-
logical information recorded in memoirs, "Recollections
of My Life," by their Great Grandmother, Anna Clayton
Logan (1842-1921), and many other books (1597-1617),
daughter of Chief Powhatan of the Algonquin Indians of
the state of Virginia.
Pocahontas's story is one a brave, courageous, and
very compassionate young native American girl who
risked her life time and time again for the very early set-
tlers and colonists of America and played a very impor-
tant part in there survival of the colonies along the Virginia
coast, leading to the birth of our great nation. But it is
also the story of a young girl's amazing journey to her
Christian faith in God. Her life was brief, but her achieve-
ments were remarkable: peacemaker, friend, ambassa-
dor, stateswoman, wife, and mother.
Pocahontas was born approximately 1597, one of

twenty-seven children of Powhatan, great chief of the
Powhatan tribe of the Algonquin Indians. They were a
large tribe (15,000) of many villages, inhabiting most
of the coastal plains of the state of Virginia. They were
a highly civilized tribe, living in bark huts, planting and
growing corn, beans, and pumpkins, and hunting for wild
game and fish. Pocahontas, whose name means "full of
mischief and joy" was the favorite daughter of Powhatan
and while she has no official power, she greatly influenced
her father in many ways.
In 1607, when the first English settlers came to
Virginia and established Jamestown, Pocahontas tried
many times to bring peace between the settlers and
Indians, and even persuaded her father to help feed
them and teach them to grow crops to provide food for
themselves. Of course, history remembers her best for
heroically thrusting herself over the English Captain
John Smith and saving his life after he was captured by
Powhatan's warriors. While many writers of history have
deviated from fact and made this occasion a "roman-
tic" story, Pocahontas was probably only 10-12 years
old when this actually happened. In time, John Smith
would return to England, but Pocahontas continued
to try to bring peace between the settlers and Indians,
and her many missions of mercy and compassion no
doubt saved the fledgling colony at Jamestown time and
time again. Because of continued hostilities between her
tribe and the Jamestown colony, she moved to another
village and, while there, was taken to Jamestown as a
captive. However, she was treated with much kindness
and respect, and lived with a minister and his family,
Rev. Alexander Whitaker. Pocahontas learned the culture
and customs of the English and was taught the language
as Rev. Whitaker read the Bible to her. As she learned
more and more, her faith in God began to grow and after
some time, she expressed her desire to be baptized in the
Christian faith. She was baptized in February, 1914 and

(See POCAHONTAS on Page 12B)

DAR Good

Citizen Luncheon
The DAR Good Citizens Award luncheon was held
Wednesday, April 23 at the Sunset Coastal Grill in Port St.
Joe. The Good Citizens from the area schools were Trevor
Burch of Faith Christian School and Krista Parker of Port
St. Joe High School. Trevor Burch is the overall winner
and is the Good Citizen of the St. Joseph Chapter of the
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution for
the 2007-08 school year.
This award is given to a member of each senior class
chosen by faculty and students on a merit basis. The
student selected must have the qualities of dependability,
service, leadership, and patriotism.

Pictured above are Trevor Burch, Jacquelyn Quarles,
Chairman of the Good Citizens Committee, and Krista

Crash Shuts Down C.R. 30-A
Incredibly, no one was seri-
ously injured late last week
when two trucks, one pulling a
boat on a trailer, sideswiped on
C.R. 30-A. The accident, after o
which one person was trans- "Ls-
ported to the hospital with what .
were at the time characterized as f
minor injuries, shut down C.R. ',-
30-A for about an hour as crews
worked to bring one of the two.
trucks down from a tree (left)
and to move an electrical guide
"ire which was brought down
to the ground in the accident.
Needless to say, the two gentle-
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and Peaches, small and friendly pups; Puppies, puppies:
come see.
Always kittens! Come see.
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Look Who's Two
Zhyion Quinn, the daughter of Evette Gant and
Chaddrick Quinn will celebrate her birthday Sunday May
4th with a Strawberry Shortcake party. Zhyion will cel-
ebrate with her brothers Kendre and Chad, Jr. and her
sister Brooklynn.
Zhyion is the granddaughter of Faye and Bobby
Brown, Annette Woullard and Preston Gant. Great grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Gant, Sr., and Mr and
Mrs Billy Quinn Sr. She is the Goddaughter of Calvin
Pryor, Jr. and Nikki Turrell and the Godsister of Tiara,
Marchelle, and Calvin III.

Nolan Cabaniss, son of Matt and Deanna Cabaniss,
celebrated his second birthday April 6th at Pump It Up.
Nolan enjoyed this special event with his Mom and Dad,
brother Austin, and his grandparents and lots of cousins
and friends. Nolan's cake was decorated with airplanes
and baked by his Granny Davis.

Jackson Graduates Basic Taining
Air Force Airman Christopher J. Jackson has gradu-
ated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force
Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training, the airman studied
the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs
and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches,
and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field
training exercises, and special training in human rela-
In addition, airmen who complete basic training
earn credits toward an associate degree through the
Community College of the Air Force.
He is the nephew of Ronald Brown of Avenue E., Port
St. Joe.

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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 Benny and Linda Linton
of Burgess Creek. Maternal grandparents are David and
Linda Whitfield of Howard Creek. Paternal great grand-
parents are the late Sears Roebuck Linton, Inez and the
late Banard of Colquit, GA and Fannie and the late Early
Sapp of Blountstown. Maternal great grandparents are the
late Doc and Nellie Whitfield of Howard Creek and the late
Thomas and Shirley Webb of Port St. Joe.
Wyatt was welcomed home by his big brothers Jessie
and Luke Linton and his cousins Lacey Linton and Krisfi

PV2 Khrysten P Cunningham, daughter of Tanya R.
Borders and granddaughter of Eddie & Patricia Field,
graduated from Basic and AIT Army Training at Fort
Jackson, S.C. The proud grandparents traveled to South
Carolina for the ceremony. PV2 Cunningham is serving
with HHC 324th Intgr. Theater Signal Battalion at Fort
Gordon, GA.

Old Mill Renuion Thanks
Thanks to everyone who helped make the 4th Old Mill
Family Reunion a great day.

Troy White Fund

One of our local resi-
dents, Mr. Troy White, was
very seriously injured in an
auto accident while return-
ing to Port St. Joe from
Atlanta, GA. Troy is the
President of the Port St.
Joe Redevelopment Agency.
Troy has a loving wife, Erica
and a beautiful daughter,
Because of the serious-
ness of his injuries, Troy
will need rehabilitation for
months to come. Funding to

assist Troy and his family
can be deposited at Capital
City Bank:
The Troy White Fund
PO. Box 113
Port St. Joe, FL 32457-
We ask for your help to
assist a family in need! We
thank you in advance for all
you can do. A point of con-
tact number 774-0288.
Quen Lamb
People Helping People
Executive Director

Library Tales

The Gulf County Library
is open Monday and Tuesday
from 10:00 a.m. EST to 8
p.m. Wednesday, the library
is closed. Thursday and
Friday we are open from
10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. and
from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday. We are closed on
We are also closed on
major holidays.
Are you spring clean-
ing? We would appreciate
it if you would donate your

old books to the library.
The money that we raise
from the sale of these
books helps the Friends of
the Library to update the
books and equipment to
better serve our patrons.
Please enlist the help of
your friends and neighbors
to clean out their books and
help the library.
The Gulf County Public
Library is located at 110
Library Drive, Port St. Joe,

Thanks to Howard Creek
Many thanks to the Howard Creek 1I response team
and the Florida game wardens who came to my aid when
I suffered seizure-like episodes.
Norman Margene Martin

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Derrick Hatcher

The funeral service of Derrick Hatcher, 37, of 1120 Acker
Drive, Albany, GA, who died Sunday, April 20, 2008, was con-
ducted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Mathews
Funeral Home. Dr. Wm. (Butch) Knight officiated. Interment
followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.
A native of Fort Benning, GA, Derrick resided in Albany
most of his life. He was a truck driver with Estes Express
Ones, was an Army Veteran, and loved playing golf.
:-' Survivors include his mother, Diane Hatcher of Albany,
fis father and wife Randall and Shelby Hatcher of Port St.
Jie, FL, a special friend and her daughter, Dana Hatcher,
and Brittany Walker of Lee County, his special companion
"Little Bit", his aunts, Brenda Williamson of Orlando, FL,
Blaine McGowan and Janice Padgett of Lee County, Cheryl
Wilkerson and Jean Clark of Rochelle, GA, a number of
oo'usins, and a family friend, Loretta Williams and her family
of.Mitchell County.
'' The family received friends Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home.
S- The family will be at the residence of Ray and Elaine
MlGowan, 164 Berkeley Road, Albany, GA 31707.
To sign our online registry or to send condolences to the
family, you may visit Mathews' website at www.mathcwsfu-

Janie Steele

Janie Mearl Gable Steele, age 69, a native and lifelong
resident of Jackson, County, Florida, was of the Assembly
of God Faith. She was a homemaker, wife, mother, and
grandmother and will be missed by all her family and many
Funeral services were at the Sneads Assembly of God on
Tuesday, April 29, 2008, with Rev. Juno Douglas officiating.
Burial followed at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Highway 90 East of
Chattahoochee, Florida.
She is survived by her mother, Martha Janie McDaniel
of' Chattahoochee; two sons, Danny Clayton & wife Carol of
Wewhitchka, and Glen Clayton & wife Valerie of Port St. Joe,;

one daughter, Susie Harrison and husband Stuart of Sneads,
FL; six brothers, Jimmy McDaniel of Chattahoochee, FL;
Ronnie McDaniel of Tallahassee, FL, Eugene McDaniel of
Gainsville, FL, Wayne McDaniel of Chattahoochee, FL, and
Lesley McDaniel of West Palm Beach, FL; three sisters, Pat
McDaniel of Lakeland, FL, Linda Wiselogel of Panama City,
FL, and Barbara Traylor of Rock Bluff, FL; seven grandchil-
dren and four great grandchildren. Mrs. Steele was preceded
in death by her husband, Eddie Steele, their son, Lamar
Clayton, and daughter Debra D. Clayton, a twin brother, Earl
Gable, and a brother, Broward Gable.
Lanier-Andler Funeral Home of Sneads, Florida was in
charge of arrangements.

James Watford, Sr.,

Our beloved father, James E. Watford, Sr., a veteran of
the Korean War, was born on May 16, 1932 and passed away
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at his home in Beacon Hill, FL.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Odie
E. Watford; his son, Henry (Hank) Watford, Sr.; his son-in-
law, Terrell Tharp; his father, his mother, one brother, and
two sisters.
He is survived by six children: Three sons, Tommy
Watford and wife Venita, James E. Watford, Jr. and wife
Nancy, and Tim Watford and wife Lynda; three daughters,
Sarah Tharp, Debrah Sayers, and Brenda Warner and hus-
band Richard; a granddaugther who was extremely special-
Rita Hollingsworth and husband Marvin; 18 more precious
grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and
Our father will be missed deeply by all. We love you
Daddy, AKA Papa. May you rest in peace.
The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. EDT Monday,
April 28, 2008 at Beach Baptist Chapel, conducted by the
Rev. David Nichols. Interment followed in the family plot in
Holly Hill Cemetery. He lay in state at the Comforter Funeral
home from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday.
Those who wish may make donations in his memory
to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, Memphis, TN,
All services were under the direction of the Comforter
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In Christ's Service
- John 3:16 says...For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
iould not perish, but have everlasting life.
- I think that is the one thing all humans need more than
anything else; to know we are loved. Without love, we feel
worthless and unimportant and useless. And humans need
to feel useful and worthwhile. That is one reason we always
fend to compare ourselves with other people. Sometimes we
consider ourselves better than them, and sometimes we wish
we were as good as they are. We base our level of importance
.n our appearance, our achievements, our being approved by
others and our wealth or power. Do I look good enough? Have
Done enough? What will others think of me? Am I important
enough or powerful enough? And every one of these areas is
based primarily upon one thihg; where we rate ourselves in
comparison to other people. We need to be loved; we need to
be accepted; and we need to feel self-worth.
The problem with these four standards is that none of
them are stable. They will all change depending on moment-
to-moment circumstances. Appearances change with time
There will always be somebody who can do more than "us
and do it better than we can; how well others lik' -fiW' a
change in the blink of an eye; and your affluence can change
with one bad choice.
It took the Lover of Souls to recognize the true value of
people like you and me. If you want to build your self-image,
build it on something that will last; build it on what God
thinks of you, not on what the world thinks of you. When
we understand what God thinks of us, it changes the way
we see ourselves, and that starts changing our hearts to be
There was a man named Zacchaeus that needed the
Lover of Souls to come by. LUKE 19:1-4 tells us about that
encounter. "Jesus entered Jericho and made His way through
the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was
one of the most influential Jews in the Roman tax collecting
business; and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look
at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowds. So, he
ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree beside the road, so
he could watch from there."
Zacchaeus was hoping to see this Jesus; the man every-
one was talking about. He didn't know this, but he needed
Jesus in the worst of ways. If there was ever a man who
needed a stronger sense of self worth, it was Zacchaeus,
because in the four ways we evaluate ourselves (Our appear-
ance, Our achievements, Our being approved by others, Our
wealth or power) he struck out in the first three. His appear-
ance was not the most beautiful to look at because of his very
short stature; the only real achievements he ever had was
overcharging people and cheating them for his own financial
gain; and his approval rating was in the sewer because he
collected taxes from the Jews and gave them to the Roman
government. But, he was wealthy.
For a Jewish man to become a Roman tax collector was
unthinkable. This was high treason. If you became a Roman
tax collector as a Jew it meant three things. One your family
would disown you, two you would never be allowed to wor-
ship in the synagogue and three you'd be looked at as bad as
a murderer.
As a result, Zacchaeus was miserable on the inside. How
do I know that? It's very simple. I know because you can't
have a guilty conscious and feel good about yourself at the
same time. He knew that he was ripping people off, and that
would have caused him to lose most of his self-respect over
a period of time. What we have here is a guy who has a lot of
money but doesn't like himself. But one day, a brief encounter





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with Jesus, changed his life. Why? Because he learned how
much he mattered to God.
If you are feeling a little down or a little empty today,
know this, JESUS NOTICES YOU! No matter how badly
you feel when nobody else seems to notice you; Jesus Christ
notices you. Zacchaeus wanted to get a glimpse but he was so
short he couldn't see above the crowd. So Zacchaeus did two
things that no wealthy Middle Eastern man would do. He ran
through a crowd, and he climbed a tree. These were things
little boys might do in crowds but not well-known business-
men. Look how Jesus responds in LUKE 19:5 "When Jesus
came by, He looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name.
" Zacchaeus!" he said. "Quick, come down! For I must be a
guest in your home today." Why do you think Jesus did that?
It was because Jesus knew Zacchaeus' heart, just like He
knows your heart today.
You might be up a tree today, or maybe even out on a
limb. And you may think God has forgotten you, but in real-
ity, there's never been a time when God took His eyes off
you. He's seen every breath you've ever taken, He's felt every
thought you.ever had, and He's seen every thing you've ever
done. God has always had His loving eyes upon your life -
because God really does care about you.
You might feel that others think you are worthless, but
you matter so much to God that He let His Son die for you.
The deepest expression of love is attention. When you give
somebody your attention you're giving them your love. When
you don't pay attention to your husband or wife or kids you
are actually being unloving. God is always paying attention to
us. Jesus looked up at Zacchaeus in front of this huge crowd
and called him by name, which shocked everybody because
Jesus knew the name of the biggest scoundrel in town. But,
in spite of Zacchaeus' sin, Jesus lifts him up while everybody
else is putting him down.
There are people who have had some very bad things
said to them and done to them over the years. They have been
told they are not worth anything, or that they are stupid, or
ugly or all sorts of unkind things. And, as much as they hurt
us, we keep carrying them around. We need to get rid of these
things so we can live and focus on God rather than to keep
living and focusing on our past hurts.
The only way you can get over these things is by realizing
that you are so special to Jesus, that He makes you a joint
heir to the kingdom of God with Him. The truth is we are
a lot like Zacchaeus was. We have all done things that have
hurt others and others have hurt us. But Jesus is far more
interested in changing us than He is in condemning us. So He
looks at you and He says, "I know you, I love you and I want
you in spite of all that you've done. And I want you to love Me
and have a relationship with Me." With a God that offers us
so much love and eternal happiness, I think we should react
in the same way as Zacchaeus did with great excitement
and joy! I cannot comprehend why anyone would refuse God
when He is standing there with His arms open.
Zacchaeus publicly demonstrated his change of heart. He
said he was going to give all the money he had overcharged
back to the people. That was the first way he started showing
the love he received from Christ Jesus to others. And it is that
love we receive through Jesus that makes up for all the hurts
we have received before.
Do you love Jesus enough to give Him all of your hurts
and disappointments? Do you trust him enough to open your
heart to Him this today? Jesus wants so desperately for you
to respond to His invitation today. Will you do that for Him?
Why should you because He Loves You! I Love You.

Pastors Howard & Amanda Riley
Highland View Church of God

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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.
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Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

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Sunday School 9:45
Sunday Worship Service 10:45
Wednesday Cafe 5 pm 613 Madison St.
Wednesday 6:15 Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Adult Bible Study 850-227-1837
Children & Youth Ministries

The Christian Conscience

The latest events at the polygamist compound in El
Dorado, Texas raise a number of troubling questions.
The first question is, How should we treat those with
a different view of religion than our own." Should we perse-
cute them, and label them as cults? You might be surprised
to learn the number of people who think that your church is
a cult.
Should we rush in and take away the children of those of
other religions? Is it right for the government to take children
into custody without probable cause?
It is important to understand that, to approve the govern-
ment taking action against a church group is to open the door
for the government to do the same against your church.
There are two issues here. The first is polygamy itself.
We, like most practicing Christians, do not agree with the
practice, however, there are many religions in the world
which do. A notable example is Islam, which according to
some sources, is the world's largest religion. In addition,
many of those, whom we respect as Biblical examples prac-
ticed polygamy. Abraham, Jacob, David, and Solomon are
well known examples. And there are over twenty others. We
need to remember that polygamy is never labeled a sin, no
matter how much we might wish it was.
The second issue is the fact that basic human rights
appear to have been violated by some, under the guise of reli-
gious practice. No person, whether child or adult, should be
forced into a marriage or sexual relations, contrary to their
desires. Obviously, if any members of the Fundamentalist
Church of Jesus Christ'of 'Latter Day Saints have done this,
or committed any other act, which is truly abuse, they should
be prosecuted.
However, the imprisonment of a whole congregation, for
the sake of a few offenders, is as wrong as wrong can be. I
am appalled by the statements of so called Child Protective
Service people that say that the children belong to us."
Obviously they haven't studied the things that took place
in Europe in the 1930's, when Adolph Hitler was rising to
power. Even more astounding is that a judge, who at some
point, must have sworn to uphold the US constitution, and
the constitution of the state of Texas, can justify the removal
of 416 children from their parents. Where is the probable
cause in all of this? Is it one anonymous phone call, claim-
ing to come from a teenage girl who claimed abuse, and now
appears to have come from a 33 year old woman living in
Colorado who has a history of filing false reports? It is more
likely the rumors, which have circulated in a town that was
uncomfortable with the FLDS.
The latest report says it has been determined that the
older man, who supposedly had married and impregnated
the 15 year-old, hadn't set foot in Texas for the last five years.
Does any of this justify the removal of 416 children from their
parents? George Washington said it so well, "Government
is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a
dangerous servant and a fearful master."
Whether you call yourself a Baptist, a Catholic, a
Methodist, full-gospel Christian, a Muslim, a Jew, or have
allegiance to another faith, you need to be horrified by what
has gone on in Texas. If these things can happen to the
FLDS congregation, they can happen to your congregation! I
doubt that this matter will be resolved, before this message
is printed. I am amazed that a higher court hasn't intervened
to protect the constitutional rights of these people, especially
the women and children. We urge you to keep a close eye on
this situation.

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

. First Baptist Church

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

New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church
Sunday School & Worship Service .................. 9:00 am
Sunday School & Worship Service ................. 10:30 am
Sunday Evening Adult Bible Study ................. 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Supper..........................5:30 pm
Wednesday Night Adult Prayer Meeting ............. 6:30 pm
Wednesday Night Children's Ministry activities ....... 6:30 pm
Wednesday Night Youth Ministry activities........... 6:30 pm

Jacque Price

Jacque Alline Fabel Price, a 57 year resident of Port St.
Joe, Florida, passed away after a brief illness on Saturday,
April 26, 2008 at the Presbyterian Home in Quitman, Georgia.
She was born on June 16, 1920, in Birmingham, Alabama to
the late John W. and Alline Fabel. She was preceded in death
by her brother, John W. Fabel, Jr.
Mrs. Price was graduated from Centre College in Danville,
Kentucky, and the Florida State University in Tallahassee,
Florida. She was first employed by the Calhoun County,
FL School System and later by the Gulf County, FL School
System, impacting education and administration for 37
years. She was initiated into the Phi Chapter of the Delta
Kappa Gamma Society in 1958, serving in many capacities
including District Director and local chapter President in her
50 years of service in this organization. An avid bridge player,
golfer, traveler, and a loyal Florida State Seminole fan, she
was also an American Cancer Society volunteer.
Mrs. Price committed her life to her Lord at an early age
and was a lifelong Presbyterian. She was an active member
of the First Presbyterian Church of Port St. Joe, Florida for
57 years serving numerous terms on the Session and as
Children's Sunday School Class teacher. She was a ruling
Elder and Clerk of Session at the time of her death. She
devoted many hours of service with the Presbyterian Women
and served multiple times as the organization's president.
She is survived by her three children, John (Judy) Price
of Oviedo, Florida, Linda (Ron) Peterson of Quitman, Georgia,
and Jacque Asbel of Valdosta, Georgia; six grandchildren,
Alisa (John) Barber and Chad Peterson of Atlant, Georgia,
John (Stephanie) Price of Jacksonville, Florida, Neil (Melissa)
Price of Tampa, Florida, Kelly and Kristi Asbel of Valdosta,
Georgia; 4 great grandchildren, Amanda Barchie, Kylie and
Chandler Barber of Atlanta, Georgia, Olivia Price of Tampa,
Florida; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Fabel of Madisonville,
Kentucky; and the families of two nieces and one nephew; and
her faithful canine companion, Blondie.
Committal services were held on April 30, 2008 at 10:00
a.m. at Parkhill Cemetery, 4161 Macon Road, Columbus,
Georgia with the Rev. Art Bishop officiating. Arrangements by
Striffler Hambry Mortuary.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday, May 4 at 3:00
p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Port St. Joe, Florida
with the Rev. Joe Eckstine and Rev. Reid Cameron officiat-
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be
sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 508 Sixteenth St., Port
St. Joe, Florida 32456.

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Revival at New Bethel A.M.E.
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Rev. Jerome J. Goodman
Senior Pastor
246 Avenue C, Port St. Joe, Florida.
Services begin at 7 p.m.
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New Life Christian Ministries
Niceville, Florida

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: 6:00p.m.
Evening Worship: 7:30 p.m.
All Times are EST

Rev. Mac Fulcher
Jerenmy Dixon
Director of Youth Ministries
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 &r 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

t 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

S"A Reformed Voice
in the Community"

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

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Humble yourselves
in the sight of the Lord,
and he shall lift you up.
(James 4:10) Humility
is a powerful word in any
language. It brings out the
finer qualities of a man. If
we look around us today we
will not find many with this
attribute present. But rath-
er find just the opposite!
Throughout the Holy
Word of God we find that
men who recognized there
weaknesses and humbled,
submitted, or surrendered
themselves to God fully
became great tools in the
His hands. Peters pride
was brought low while
warming by a fire and the
accusations of little maiden.
He ran and fell on his face
and wept bitterly before
God. David after becoming
great king decided to take
a count of his accomplish-
ments and was humbled
again after recognizing his
failure. There are many

more that we would not
have time to bring out. To
the point, men will never
reach the goal God has for
them without they become
Over the years I have
seen many men who were
very prideful. Some were
poor as a child and over the
years gained some wealth.
Some were already mem-
bers of some prominent
family in the area and they
walked in that. I have seen
men in the house of God
who God would desire to
use with great power but
they were to busy shining
instead of allowing God to.
This problem not only is
found in men but in today's
society women are full of it
as well. Oh, for the sight of
men to be hidden behind
the glory of a great God!
Isaiah, in chapter 6 of
Isaiah, saw the Lord "high
and lifted up and His
train filled the temple".

Church of Christ
at the Beaches
Established 33 AD in Jerusalem
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We meet at ~ 350 Fireh-ouse, Road
Overstreet ~ 850.647.1622

Sunday Bible Study
Sunday Worship

10:00 a.m. EST
11:00 a.m. EST

Wednesday Bible Study 7:30 p.m. EST
"WAe are about our 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.

Singing: 9 a.m. Sunday
Worship: 9:30 a.m. Sunday
Call 229-8310
P. 0. Box 758 Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Corner of 20th Street & Marvin Avenue

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Sof Port St. Joe
S" 508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
Reverend Reid Cameron
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School 11:00 a.m.

If we look just a little fur-
ther down we will find that
because of the Holiness of
God, Isaiah saw himself for
what he was. His cry was,
"woe is me! for I am
undone; because I am
a man of unclean lips,
and I dwell in the midst
of a people of unclean
lips". We must know that
he had already been com-
missioned to do the work
of God earlier. So God had
already seen a man who
would have the desire to
please God and not satisfy
self wills and desires. What
caused him to see him-
self in this fashion? The
last sentence of that verse
explains. "For mine eyes
have seen the King, the
Lord of hosts".
Friends if we will step
down off our pedestal and
recognize our faulty think-
ing and press into the place
where we are no longer the
height of our own sight we

too may find the moment
when we can see the Lord
high and lifted up. But as
long as we sit ourselves in
front, or look for the choice
seats, and desire the praise
of men we will never know
what Isaiah found. The Lord
is looking for someone who
He can trust with a message
of purity, power, and love.
Someone who is not afraid
of what men will say about
them but will carry the mes-
sage of salvation and holy
living to a lost and dying
world. Isaiah, found him-
self there and heard the
Lord ask, "Whom shall I
send, and who will go
for us"? I will say for me,
as Isaiah did. "Here am I;
send me".
God bless you and I
will see you next week.
Pastor Tim
LightHouse Pentecostal

LongAvenue Baptist Church J
Where Faith, Family &Friendship are found
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

"Our Church can be your home"

first Church of the 9 Nazarene
2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596
give unto the Lordthie g{onj due 'His name, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Psatn 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.

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50) 227-1818

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Paul W. Groom It
(850) 229-8211

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

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Call For Unction

Jinippation Point

We Kill People

"So what are you doing this morning?" I asked my twelve year old cousin Timmy while talking on the
phone. "We're playing video games."
I asked him which game he was playing. Being out of the video game loop, I couldn't connect when he told
me its title. "So is that the one where you race cars?" Timmy replied, "No, we kill people."
"We kill people"--his words seemed so casual to him. Yet I couldn't help verbally reacting with disapproval.
Now I don't know exactly what Jesus would think of Timmy's video game. Of course I'm thinking He would find
it offensive. I couldn't imagine Jesus playing it.
Here is one reference Jesus made about killing, "Do not fear those who kill the body."
Does this make sense?
From a challenging-to-perceive perspective, we must realize that Jesus considers physical death more
of a life transition rather than an end. He went on to say: "but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul
and body.. ."And big picture wise, Jesus was talking specifically about a person giving up their actual life for
the cause of the Christian faith, being a martyr.
Jesus, this is blunt.
Die for my faith? With no fear? O.K. give me a minute; let me put my going-to-church-smile on: "Yes, I
can die for my faith in you Jesus." I can give up my life.
Almost too easy to say. Here's my life, but I know I've guarded my wallet valiantly. I don't mind dieing; just
don't kill my personal time-I've got things to do. My life is Yours, as long as my public image stays intact.
"It's pretend," Timmy assured me when I questioned him about killing people.
God, please don't let my relationship with Jesus be pretend.
Rick Leland

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Port St. Joe

^ i' elementary School

Everyone enjoyed Track
and Field Day on Friday.
-We were able to practice
cooperation, our word
-of the month, by inviting
Wewahitchka Elementary
School to share our Field
Day with us. All who par-
ticipated 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 Supply.
This week the students
at Port St. Joe Elementary
School participated in
Career Week. They listed to
speakers and made some
individual decisions con-
cerning their career path.
Come out on Friday at
10:00 am to Shark Football
Field and watch all third
graders launch their rock-
ets. They have done an in-
depth study of the History
of Flight and will end their
study by launching a rocket
they built all by themselves.
They will also be treated
to a Space Lunch provided
by Bayside Saving Bank,
Persnickety, and United
Fund Services. Thank you
to these business partner-
ships of education we are
fortunate to have in Gulf
County. These partner-
ships in education help us
prepare our students for
the future.
Important Dates:
May 1-5 Grade Orientation
May 2-3 grade rocket
launch- Grade Skating Trip
May 3-Relay For Life-11 am
Sunrise Service
May 7-Science Fair-Parents
May 9-Kindergarden
May 14-College T-shirt Day
May 15-Challenge Social .
Studies Fair
May 16-AR Movie-5th grade


School Enty


Prior to entry, atten-
dance, or transfer to
Florida schools (kinder-
garten through 12th grade),
each child shall have on
file a Florida Certification
of Immunization, DH 680,
documenting the following:
Schools Kindergarten
through 12"' Grade:
Four or five doses of
sis.(DTap) vaccine
Two or three doses of
hepatitis B (hep B) vaccine
Three or four doses of
polio vaccine
Two doses of measles-
mumps-rubella (MMR) vac-
NEW! Two doses of
varicela vaccine for kinder-
One dose of varcel-
la vaccine for grades one
through seven
Additional Seventh
Grade Requirement:
One tetanus-diphtheria-
pertussis (Tdap) or tetanus-
diphtheria booster (Td), in
addition to compliance with
all other required immuni-
zations, children entering,
attending, or transferring to
the seventh grade or higher
in Florida schools.
Need health insurance
for your child? Apply online
at or
call 1-888-540-5437 for an
For more information
call 850-245-4342 or visit

Orientation at with 4-5
May 26-Holiday
Rocket Launch
The 3rd Grade team
would like to invite you to
the Ignite The Imagination
Rocket Launch. We will
begin at 10 am on the

Football Field on
May 2. We are ho
will not be as hot if v
earlier in the day. Y
welcome to come all
of the launch. W1
works with your scl
For the lower grades
give the students sor
to look forward to
they reach the 3rd
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BIG rockets at the en
the student rockets,
will be something g
watch. Come if you
3rd grade tea

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Friday, Kindergarten
ping it Registration at Port St.
re do it Joe Elementary
You are Kindergarten regis-
or part tration for the 2008-2009
whatever school year will be held
hedule. at Port St. Joe Elementary
it does School on Friday, May 9,
nothing from 8:30 1:00. Parents
when should bring their child to
grade. the Kindergarten building
g some along with a copy of the
.d of all birth certificate, the Social
so that Security card, proof of
great to immunizations (blue card),
canHH!!!! and proof of a Florida
4 physical within the last 12
im-JO- months. Children must be
ECCA- 5 years old on or before
September 1, 2008 in order
to register for Kindergarten.
For more information call

Athletic Physicals Available

At The Saint Joseph Care

Of Fl, Inc. I Gulf County

Health Department

Athletic Physicals began April 15th and will con-
tinue through August 15th at both the Port St. Joe
and Wewahitchka branches of the health depart-
ment. Appointments must be made and insurances
will be billed for services. Medicaid recipients should
go to their Medi-Pass provider to obtain services.
Compensation by insurance company will be accepted
as payment in full. One appointment for a free physi-
cal will be made per student, for those without health
insurance coverage, during the timeframe given above.
A parent/guardian must accompany the student or
come into the health department in advance to com-
plete a permission form. For more information call
(850) 227-1276 in Port St. Joe or (850) 639-2644 in

Port St. Joe Elementary
School at 227-1221.

Wewahitchka Elementary School

Students of the Week April 21-25



Week #26 answers are:
1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor
the participants know the score or the leader until the
contest ends. Boxing
2. What famous North American landmark is constantly
moving backward? Niagara Falls
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? Asparagus and rhubarb
4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside? Strawberry

Congratulations to: Shane McGuffin, Brenda Chandler, Lindsay
Chandler, Melissa Branton, and Robin Combs of Rish, Gibson,
Scholz & Groom, PA. They submitted the winning entries for
this week's questions.

Week #27-Questions are:
1. Only three words in Standard English begin with the
letters 'dw' and they are all common words. Name
2. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar.
Can you name at least half of them?
3. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold
frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other
form except fresh.
4. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet
that begin with the letter 'S'.

Questions submitted by: Linda Wood, Honorary Challenge
Class Member.

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

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6B Thursday. May 1, 2008 The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Established 1 937 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

J~on~ T1ate,

By Johnny Miller

The time has almost
arrived. The time we have
been waiting on for twelve
long years. With only four
more weeks remaining for
seniors, the day nears when
we will make our last walk
through the halls of Port St.
Joe High School.
Congratulations to the
PSJHS girl's track team
on their state champion-
ship win! In addition, a
congratulation goes out to
the varsity baseball team on
their district championship
win again Liberty County
with a score of 4-3. The
boys play Maclay at home
on Tuesday, April 29 at 7
p.m. I had a chance to sit
down with senior baseball
player Jaime Bird, when

asked how he felt about
the upcoming game against
Maclay he said, "If we con-
tinue to play like we have
been playing we can beat
Maclay and go on to play
North Florida Christian
on Friday for the regional
semi-final." Come out and
support the Sharks!
General Class News
On Friday, May 2 at
6 p.m., NJROTC will be
holding its annual award
program. Awards day for
all students will be held
on Thursday, May 8 at 9
a.m., parents are invited.
The junior vs. seniors pow-
der puff football game is
scheduled on Friday, May 2.
Students get your tickets!
The drama class will be
performing "The Breakfast
Club" in the commons
area on Thursday, May

8th at 6:30 p.m., contact
Mrs. Comforter for more
information. No school for
underclassmen on Monday,
May 26 for Memorial Day!
Exams for underclassmen
final exams are May 29 and
30th, with the 30th being
last day for underclass-
Senior News
ENC 1101 students do
not forget your final exam is
on Friday, May 2. All other
final exams for seniors are
on May 19th and 20th. Last
day for seniors is Tuesday,
May 20! Breakfast and
graduation rehearsal for
seniors is scheduled for
May 30. Graduation for the
2007-2008 graduating class
will be held on June 2 at 6
p.m. in the PSJHS gym.
As the final day of high
school for seniors nears,
I remind all underclass-
men to cherish your times
in high school and make
memories that will last a
lifetime. In the words of
Isabel Waxman, "It is indeed
irony that we spend our
school days yearning to
graduate and our remaining
days waxing nostalgic about
our school days."

The Breakfast Club

Come see the first-ever Port St. Joe Arts
Academy's drama department perform an
adaptation of The Breakfast Club!
If you've never experienced this great
high school drama, don't miss the chance
to follow five students, all different stereo-
types, meet in detention, where they pour
their hearts out to each other and discover
how much more they have in common
than they thought.
Think you already know The Breakfast
Club? Witness it Thursday night in play
form from a new generation's tweaked
perspective, complete with a new sound-

Claire Standish... Whitney Nixon
Brian Johnson... Katie Burdeshaw
Andrew Clark... Jonathan Endres
Andrew's Mother... Savannah Bottkol
John Bender... Lenora Weimorts
Dick Wayne... Jonathan Davidson
Carlotta Domeniconi... Alyssa Pettie

Tickets will be sold at the door for $2
to students and adults. Come early to grab
good seats and peruse the gallery hosted
by the Arts Academy's visual art depart-
ment, free to all. From lunch until after
the play, the visual art department will dis-
play pottery, paintings, and other student
works, some of which will be for sale.

This past Wednesday,
April 23, 2008, Faith
Christian School enjoyed a
garden lunch skillfully pre-
pared by Mr. Roy Lee Carter
and his wonderful staff.
Faith Christian fourth, fifth,
and sixth graders work in
a container garden under
Mr. Carter's able instruc-
tion. In the spring we enjoy
the fruits of our labor and
this year's meal was super
delicious, as usual. On the
menri was broccoli and rice
casserole, turnip greens,
mustard greens, collard'
greens, cauliflower, sweet
potato souffle, grilled chick-
en, corn break, and straw-
berry ice cream. Thanks so
much to Mr. Carter and his
staff. We are always delight-
ed to see them.
At their April meeting

held at Sunset Coastal Frill,
the St. Joseph Chapter of
the National Daughters of
the American Revolution
honored the recipients of the
DAR Good Citizen Award.
After a delicious lunch, Mrs.
Jacque Quarles explained
how candidates are cho-
sen and what requirements
and procedures are neces-
sary for each candidate to
complete before a Good
Citizen is chosen. After
announcing this year's win-
ners, Mrs. Quarles intro-
duced each in turn to read
his essay. Trevor Burch, a
senior at Faith Christian,
had the most points for
candidates from Gulf and
Franklin counties. Trevor's
proud parents, Rusty and
Debbie Burch, and his sis-
ter Tiffany, were his guests


Roy Lee Carter and Bruce Duty oversee Faith Christian students tending to their con-
tainer garden.

Port St. Joe Elementary Dazzling Dolphins

Mr. Roy Carter shows FCS students how to make strawberry icecream. Yumm!

Front Row: Kaylin Morgan, Christian Ward, Cheyenne Nelson
Back Row: Cole Thursby (Happy Meal), Zac Jasinski, Suede Nolan,
Trenton Tapper (Subway Meal)

Faith Christian School Supports Relay for Life

The American Cancer
Society will be hosting their
annual Gulf County Relay
for Life, and Faith Christian
School is a proud partici-
pant. Our first year assist-
ing with the Relay for Life
has been a successful one!

Through hard work and
dedication to the cause,
Faith Christian School is
pleased to present a check
in the amount of $1500.00
to the American Cancer
Society. Thank you to all
of the families who helped


MONDAY, MAY 12, 2008 AT 6:00


Thank you,
Bill Williams, Commissioner District

Publish: May 1 & 8, 2008 Ad #2008-38

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us reach our goal. Faith
Christian will have a tent set
up at the Relay. Please join
us Saturday and Sunday
at Shark Stadium, for fun
games and fellowship in
this community-wide fight
against cancer!

FCS second graders
Debra Burdeshaw, Jordan
Alexander, and Hannah Lee
work diligently and skillfully
and carefully on their glass
painting projects for the auc-

If you like people and

details in equal measure,

we've got the job for you.

The Star wants to improve its customer service, and we are.
looking for the right person to help us achieve that. Must be
personable, neat, like people and obsessive over details. Our
new customer service/major accounts manager will:
Greet our customers, both on the phone and in
Assist them with advertising placements and
circulation issues
Schedule advertising placements for major
Outbound sales via email and phone.
Some light typing.
The right person for this position will have good typing and
computer skills, communication skills and a pleasant telephone
voice. Great organizational skills and an overwhelming desire to
please our customers a must!

This is a fast-paced position with room for advancement locally
and among Freedom newspapers nationwide.

Pool and Jacuzzi Care, LLC
Gulf County and Mexico Beach
Residential & Commercial

Ph: 229-8182

Bryan Paul
.& 3 \ Ph: 639-3942
/ Cell: 340-0734

Lic. & Ins. CPO 32-148993 Locally Owned and Operated

NO. 0708- 20
The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners is requesting
proposals from any individual, company or corporation that is interested
in selling the county land and or lot(s) for affordable housing. Specific
information on the terms and guidelines that are to be considered will
be available upon request in the Clerk's Office, Room 148 at the Gulf
County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd. The proposals
must consist of the following:
Land/lot price; include total acreage
Land/lot(s) shall be located south of Doc Whitfield Road in Gulf
The land use classification for the land/lot(s) must support
residential and the land/lots must be buildable.
Proposal must include a site location map, land description,
USGS quad map of the area along with 5 photographs of the
land (panoramic directional photos of the site are preferred)
Please provide sealed proposal and list on envelope that this is
for Proposal No. 0708-
This land, (if purchased) will be paid from the State Housing Initiative
Program funds to be used to enable affordable housing.
Please Note: Gulf County intends to evaluate the merits of each
proposal to determine the qualitative merit value. This value will be
considered along with the proposed cost of the land/lot(s).
Proposals must be submitted by 4:30 p.m., E.T. on Friday, May 16, 2008
to the Office of the Gulf County Clerk of Court, 1000 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr., Blvd., Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. Proposals will be
opened on Monday, May 19, 2008 at 10:00 a.m., E.T, at the Office of
the Gulf County Clerk of Court.
Gulf County, Florida
/s/Chairman Billy E. Traylor
Attest: Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk
Ad# 2008-39 Publish : May 1 and May 8, 2008

Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

6B Thursday, May 1, 2008 The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Established 1937

at the luncheon and pre-
sentation. Trevor, we are so
proud of you!
Friday afternoon and-
evening saw the completion
of another fantastic Spaghetti
Supper and Auction! In
addition to the items and
activities offered by our
generous merchants and
citizens, this year included
a new donor-the students
at Faith Christian. Paula
Pickett asked each class to
make an item to sell at the
auction. Congratulations,
students! You came up with
some interesting and unique
ideas. Talents overflowed!'
We want to thank Kathie'
Sarmiento, Sue Hanlon,
Regina Wa-shabaugh,
Vanessa Ryan, and all who
had a part in making this
year's event a tremendous
success. And a special
thanks to our auctioneer,
Mr. Gary Gibbl
Please do not forget to
get your children registered
for next year as soon as
possible. Early Registration
forms can be obtained
at the office or by calling
229-6707 and asking for
Mazie Stone.

Establshed. Guf out an urondn ara o 0yasTeSaPr t oF hrdy a ,08 7

2008 Port St. Joe Relay for Life

The 2008 Port St. Joe
Relay for Life event will be
held on May 3rd and 4"h at
Shark Stadium. This event
will honor those who have
survived cancer and remem-
ber 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 plenty
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

Suzanne Doran, Event Chair, thanks Ray Markwell, St. Joe Company, presents
Brian Cathey, Cathey Construction and sponsorship check to Suzanne Doran, Event
Development, for his support and sponsor- Chair, Port St. Joe Relay for Life
ship of the 2008 Relay for Life.

16th Annual Historic Apalachicola Home Tour

Friday, May 2-
5:00 p.m.- Evensong at
Trinity Episcopal Church
6:15 p.m.- "History of
Apalachicola Architecture"
Saturday, May 3-
10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Home Tour and Silent
11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Gourmet Lunch, Trinity
Church, Benedict Hall

Silent Auction-submit
your secret bid between
9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
at the ticket sales tent in
front of the church. View
our unique selections of art
and antiques there.
Silent Auction items
1930's Burled mahog-
any zenith console radio
Kristin Anderson silver
and bronze cross
Debbie Hooper photo-
1921 Pilcher wooden
organ pipe
Antique chairs
Antique Japanese tea-

pottery tray
Antique windows paint-
ed by local artists: mer-
maid, beach birds, land-
scape, flowers
Watercolors, oil paint-
ings and morel

Silent Auction at
Apalachicola Home Tour
View unique selections
of art and antiques at the
ticket sales tent in front of
the church. Submit your
secret bid between 9:30
a.m. and 2:00 p.m. when
winners will be announced.

Geri Anderson large

Blood Drive in Port St. Joe
The Bay Medical Center Blood Donor mobile unit will be in Port St. Joe Thursday,
May 8, accepting blood donations.
The mobile unit will be located in the parking lot next to the Gulf County library from
9-30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. ET.



Blood Donor Center

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infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water
from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection
by Cryptosporidinmn and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water
Hotline (800-426-4791).

We at City of Wewahitchka would like you to understand the '... we make to continual improve the water
treatment process and protect otr iwaitr resources. Wte are committed to insuring the quality of your water If
you have any questions or concerns about the information provided. please feel free to call any of the numbers

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The Star, Port St. Joe,;FL Thursday, May 1, 2008 7B

Established 1937 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

2007 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

City of Wewahitchka

We are pleased to announce that our
drinking water meets all federal and
state requirements.

We're pleased to present to you this year s Annual Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform you
about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a
safe and dependable supply of drinking water We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually
improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality
of your water Our water source is ground water fiom two wells. The wells draw fiom the Floriddn Aquifer:
Because of the excellent quality of our water; the only treatments required are chlorine for disinfection purposes
and aeration for removal of hydrogen sulfide.

In 2006 the Department of Environmental Protection performed a Source Water Assessment on our system and
a search of the data sources indicated no potential sources of contamination near our wells. The assessment
results are available on the FDEP Source Water Assessment and Protection Program website at www.dep.state.
fl. us/swapp.

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Don Minchew at
(850)-639-2605 We encourage our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. Ifyou want to
learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings. They are held on the fourth Monday of each
month at 6:30 PM at City Hall.

City of Wewahitchka routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and
State laws, rules, and regulations. Except where indicated otherwise, this report is based on the results of
our monitoring for the period ofJanuary I to December 31, 2007. Data obtained before January 1, 2007,
and presented in this report are fiom the most recent testing done in accordance with the laws, rules, and

In the table below, you may find unfamiliar terms and abbreviations. To help you better understand these terms
we've provided the following definitions:

Maximum Contaminant Level or MCL: The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water:
MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.
Maximum Contaminant Level Goal or MCLG: The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there
is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety
Action Level (AL): The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other
requirements that a water system must follow.
Maximum residual disinfectant level or MRDL: The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water:
There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.
Maximum residual disinfectant level goal or MRDLG: The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which
there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs to not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to
control microbial contaminants.
Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mng/I) one part by weight of analyte to 1 million parts by
weight of the water sample.
Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter (fig/I) one part by weight ofanalyte to 1 billion parts by
weight of the water sample.
Picocurie per liter (pCi/L) measure of the radioactivity in water
Initial Distribution System Evaluation (IDSE): An important part of the Stage 2 Disinfection Byproducts Rule
(DBPR). The IDSE is a one-time study conducted by water systems to identify distribution system locations with
high concentrations of trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs). Water systems will use results
fiom the IDSE, in conjunction with their Stage I DBPR compliance monitoring data, to select compliance
monitoring locations for the Stage 2 DBPR.

Contaminant and Unit of Dates of MCL Level Range of MCLG MCL Likely Source of
Measurement sampling Violation Y/N Detected Results Contamination
Radiological Contaminants
Alpha emitters (pCi/L) Dec-03 N 2.8 N/A 0 15 Erosion of natural deposits
Radium 226 + 228 or Mar-03 N 1.42 N/A 0 5 Erosion of natural deposits
combined radium (pCi/L)
Inorganic Contaminants
Fluoride (ppm) Apr 06 N 0 5 N/A 4 4.0 Erosion of natural deposits;
discharge from fertilizer and
aluminum factories. Water
additive which promotes strong
teeth when at optimum levels
between 0.7 and 1.3 ppm
Sodium (ppm) Apr- 06 N 20.0 N/A N/A 160 Salt water intrusion, leaching
from soil

Contaminant and Dates of VMCL Level Range MCLG or MCt or Likely Source of Contamination
Unit of sampling Violation Detected of MRDLG MRDL
Meaurement (moJyr.) Y/N Results
TTHMs and Stage 1 Disinfectant/Disinfection By-Product (D/DBP) Contaminants
Chlorine (ppm) Jan-Dec N 0.9 0.7-1.1 MRDLG MRDL = 4.0 Water additive used to control microbes
07 = 4
Haloacetic Acids Jul-07 N 22.1 N/A NA MCL = 60 By-product of drinking water disinfection
(five) (HAA5)
TTHM [Total Jul-07 N 44.6 N/A NA MCL = 80 By-product of drinking water disinfection

Contaminant and Dates of AL 90th No. of sampling MCLG AL(Action Likely Source of Contamination
Unit of Measurement sampling Violation Percentile sites exceeding Level)
(moJvr.) Y/N Result the AL ;
Lead and Copper (Tap Water)
Copper (tap water) Jun-Sep N 0.117 0 of 10 1.3 1.3 Corrosion of household plumbing systems;
(ppm) 06 erosion of natural deposits; leaching from
wood preservatives
Lead (tap water) Jun-Sep N 4.0 0 of 10. 0 15 Corrosion of household plumbing systems,
(ppb) 06 ___ erosion of natural deposits

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds,
reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves
naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting
from the presence of animals or from human activity.

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:
(A) Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come fiomn sewage treatment
plants, septic systents, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.
(B) Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturallly-occurring or result fiom
urban stormwater runoff, industrial or testic ttwastewater discharges, oil and gas production.
mining, or farming.
(C) Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban
stortmwater runoff, and residential uses.
(D) Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicalsI which are biy-
products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come front gas stations.
urban stormwaler runoff and septic systems.
(E) Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas
production and mining activities.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the EPA prescribes regulations, which limit the amountt of
certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The Food and Drug Achndministration (FDA)
regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection jfor public

Drinking water; including bottled water; may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of sone
contaminants. The presence of contamntinants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk.
More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental
Protection Agency s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

Thank youbfor allowing us to continue providing your/ family with clean, quality water this yeari In order to
maintain a safe and dependable water supply, we sometimes need to make improvements that will benefit all
of our customers. These improvements are sometimes reflected as rate structure adjustments. Tlhank yotu for

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population.
Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have
undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and

Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years


The Gulf County Sheriff's Office will
be conducting vehicle safety checkpoints
and DUI check points during the month
of April 2008. The check points will be
held throughout the county to include
Highway 98 near St. Joe Beach, Highway
98 and Garrison Ave, C-30 Simmons
Bayou, Highway 71 North of White City,
Highway 22 and Highway 22A, Highway 71
and Westarm Creek, Highway 71 Dalkieth
Area and Highway 71 near the Calhoun
County Line.
On 04/14 Helen Corine Elizabeth
Green, 19, came to the sheriff's office and
turned herself in, she had a warrant for
failure to appear for DWLSR.
On 04/13 a vehicle driven by Ashley
Renee Cloud, 22, was stopped, Cloud was
arrested on two warrants for Obstruction
by disguise and DWLSR.
On 04/15 deputies responded to a
local bar concerning two patrons fighting
in the parking lot. Roy Lee Vercher Jr.,
24, and Brian Kenneth Wilkes, 34, were
arrested for disorderly conduct.
On 04/15 Jerry Thomas Gates, 63,
was arrested on a failure to appear war-
rant and possession of less than twenty
grams of marijuana.
On 04/14 Sean Franklin Porras w/m
31, and Earnest Balogh, 17, were'arrested
on two charges of burglary during a joint
investigation with the Port St Joe Police
Department. The two were arrested for the
burglary of a home in Howards Creek and
one in the City of Port St Joe.
On 04/15 officers responded to a
disturbance in Howards Creek, Jerry R
Mitchell, 52, was arrested for disorderly
conduct and aggravated battery. It was
alleged that he hit an individual in the
head with a 2 x 4.
On 04/16 Jonathan Curtis Gates, 24,
turned himself in at the sheriff's office, he
had a violation of probation warrant.
On 04/16 Eric Gerard Mcadoo, 19,
and Donnie Joseph Cunningham, 44,
were arrested on violation of probation
On 04/16 Bret Charles Kelly, 41, was
arrested for sale of Methamphetemine and
failure to appear.
On 04/16 deputies responded to a
call of an unknown person shooting at an
inmate work crew with a BB gun. Deputies
arrested Stacey Leeann Bauer, 32, for
criminal mischief, shooting deadly mis-
siles into or at a vehicle and two counts of
aggravated battery.
On 04/18 deputies arrested Donna

Sue Mathis, 40, on a warrant for failure
to appear.
On 04/19 Billye Smith Norine, 47, was
arrested on a failure to appear warrant for
leaving the scene of traffic crash in Bay
On 04/19 Benjamin Fielder Holley,
54, was arrested for driving under the
influence of alcohol.
On 04/20 deputies responded to a
local bar, they had received a complaint
that a patron was threatening to shoot
everyone. Michael Eugene Burke, 47, was
arrested for disorderly conduct.
On 04/20 Jason Cory Neely, 22, was
arrested for failure to register as a con-
victed felon.
On 04/20 deputies received informa-
tion that Thomas Wayne Chavous, 42, had
some stolen property and was attempting
to sell it. They located the property and
found that it was a stolen pump; Chavous
was arrested for grand theft and violation
of probation.
On 04/22 James Danny Dady, 54, was
arrested for violation of probation on a
Franklin County Warrant.
On 04/25 a vehicle that was involved
in an altercation in the Overstreet area
was stopped on Highway 98. The driv-
er Brandon Michael Chehardy, 18, was
arrested for DUI.
On 04/25 Bobby Lynn Tipton, 36, was
arrested on a warrant for failure to pay
child support.
On 04/25 Gulf County Deputies went
to Bay County Sheriff's Office and arrest-
ed Norma Beth Bisson, 51, on charg-
es of DUI with serious bodily injury,
DUI Manslaughter, DWLSR and fleeing
and attempting to elude, these charges
are in connection with a fatal crash on
On 04/26 James Burton Clark, 29,
was arrested for DWLSR.
On 04/26 deputies responded to a call
of an intoxicated female at a local busi-
ness that had gotten into a customer car
and refused to get out. When the deputy
arrived, he arrested Teresa Diane Dowell,
41, for disorderly conduct.
On 04/27 a vehicle driven by James
Norman Lassiter, 26 was stopped for a
traffic violation. While the deputy was
speaking with Lassiter he admitted to hav-
ing some marijuana in his back pocket.
Lassiter was arrested for possession of
less than twenty grams of marijuana and
possession of drug paraphernalia.
On 04/27 a vehicle driven by Russell

Allen Wood, 37, was stopped for a traffic
violation, while speaking with Wood the
deputy noticed what appeared to be crack
cocaine in his hand, Wood was arrested
for possession of crack cocaine.
On 04/27 deputies responded to a
domestic disturbance in the Wewa area.

Upon talking with the victim she alleged
that Donald Wayne Brake, Jr., 23, had
thrown her to the ground and struck her
several times with a closed fist. Brake was
arrested for aggravated domestic battery.
During the week of 04/14/2008 -
04/21/2008 Gulf County Dispatchers han-
dled 320 calls for service.
During the week of 04/21/2008 -
04/28/2008 Gulf County Dispatchers han-
dled 329 calls for service, including 38
calls for emergency medical service and
one grass fire.

Emerald Coast Federal Credit

Union Advises Members to Beware!

Emerald Coast Federal Credit Union
has been recently notified by concerned
members that a person or persons claim-
ing to be head of security for the credit
union are calling members at home regard-
ing their account. The callers are asking
members to give or confirm account and
personal information. In some instances
the callers threaten that they will close the
member's account if the member does not

cooperate. These calls are from scammers,
not from Emerald Coast Federal Credit
Union! Do not give them any information!
Hang up instead! We never call members
asking for their account information, card
numbers, etc. If you have already respond-
ed to one of these calls, please inform us
immediately so that we may take action to
protect your account at (850) 227-1156 or
toll-free at 1-877-874-0007.

The Committee for A Taste of the Coast says

Thank You!!!

Gulf County Tourism Development Council
Mexico Beach Community Development Council
GAC Contractors Superior Bank
Bayside Bank, El Governor Motel, Costin and Costin Law Office,
Frank D. May, DMD, PA, Capitol City Bank, Prosperity Bank,
Cape San Bias Realty, St. Joe Company, Preble-Rish, Inc.
Mel Magidson, Atty at Law, Norris D. Langston Foundation,
PSJ Lions Club, Port Fine Wine & Spirits, Mainstay Suites,
Hannon Insurance, Bluewater inetGroup LLC, Must See Magazine,
Panama City Living, The Star, Coastal Community Bank,
Southern Wine & Spirits, St. Joe Rental, & Oyster Radio

Gary Gibbs Debbie Hooper Hurricane Donnie Music
Glenn Elders City of Port St Joe Panache Tents & Events
Lorinda Gingell The Coast 105.5 Oyster Radio
The Star Boyer Signs Forgotten Coastline
St Joe News Network George Boyer Picture Perfect Frame Shop
Art in the Park Participants Jenny Mercuri Classic Car Show Participants
Gulf County Scholarship Fund Volunteers

Official City Election Ballot

City of Port St. Joe Gulf County, Florida

May 13, 2008




Early Voting Start
9 a.m. 5p.n
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401 Long Av
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Also toward the bottom please place this as well:

City Election May 13th
Polls Open 7a.m. to 7p.m.
All Voters vote at Port St Joe Fire Station
Picture and Signature ID is required

Susan Abreau
Penny Anderson
Charles Beck
George Boyer
Alice Cappa
June Coombs Chambers
Anne Eason
Teri Fogler
Sue Gibbs
Shirley Gilmore
Ken Hendrix
Debbie Hooper
Paul Kuhn
Alcidos Lopez
Linda McGlothin
Zan Miller
Tim Nelson
Lee Pack
Paulette Perlman
Emilie Pritchard
O.L. Samuels
Ann Sealy Williams
Betty Sittig
Nancy Swider
Bill Valle
Bedford Watkins

Bill Wood


rating Artists & Contrit
Kristin Anderson,
Michelle Beaudin
David Bonar
Karen Buddo
Sandra Castillo
Janet Cumbaa Taylor
Marlene East
Mickey Friedman
Mary Gibson
Nathan Grimes
Cathey Parker Hobbs
Sam Kates
Vann Outlaw
Lynn Matty
Sandi McInnes
Roshanne Minis
Karen Odom
Heather Parker
Robert Pollock
Amy Raley
Russell Scaturro
Erin Searcy
Marie Stephens
Rhonda Thiel
Tracy Van Atta
Leslie Jean Wentzell
Tom Wood
tors to the Children's 3-D Creature C

Geri Anderson
Jennifer Bonaventura
Peter Burgher
Debbie Cole
Sharon DeLeo
George Elliott
Jim Garth
Ray Gillman
Ernest Hand, Sr
Katie Hoffman
William Koscielniak
Daphne Lloyd
Ann Mazzanovich
Christopher Mikulski
James Needham
Jan Ord
Carol Penrod
Kim Powell
Sara Ross
Marjorie Schoelles
Bea Sheeder
Charlotte Strickland
Ed Tiley
Debbie VanVleet
Leon Wiesener
Sandi Yarbrough

Participating Restaurants
Cone Heads St Joseph's Bay Country Club Sisters
LuLu's Sweet Expectations Amanda's Bistro Provisions
Red Top Caf6 Regans Pub & Oyster Bar Sunset Coastal Grill
Tamara's Caf6 Floridita Veranda's Bistro Wheelhouse Restaurant
Two Crabs Seafood Mango Marley's My Caterer!
Prickly Pears Gourmet Gallery

Patti Blaylock
Carol Cathey
Kimberly Pickett Shoaf
Rick Lamberson
Hiram Nix

committeee Members
Dana Boyer
Clay Keels
Fran Smith
Nancy Buzzett
Susan Magidson

Cornelia Wiley
Nancy Swider
Pamela Garmon
Billie Ward
Barbara Radcliff

Over $16,000 was raised for

Scholarships in Gulf County

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Circuit Court of the 14th MINUTES 31 SECONDS Al
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der for cash at IN THE EASTERLY RIGHT OF no
GULF County Courthouse POINT OF BEGINNING; thi
located at 1000 5th Street, FROM SAID POINT OF cl
JOE, Florida at 11:00 a.m. 89 DEGREES 39 MINUTES T
on the 15th day of May, 49 SECONDS EAST FOR cT
2008 the following de- 350.18 FEETTOAFOUND P
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1100 I
ny person claiming an in-
erest in the surplus from
ie sale, if any, other than
1e property owner as of
ie date of the lis pend-
ns, must file a claim
within 60 days after the
ated this 3rd day of April,
/Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk
/Jasmine Hysmith
eputy Clerk
publish May 1 & 8, 2008

ASE NO. 08-26 PR
I RE: The Estate of MARY
he administration of the
state of MARY ELLA DA-
S, deceased, File Num-
er 08-26 PR is pending in
e Circuit Court for Gulf
county, Florida, Probate
vision, the address of
which is Gulf County
courthouse, Probate Divi-
on, 1000 Cecil G. Costin,
r. Boulevard, Port St.
>e, FL 32456. The name
id address of the per-
inal representative and
at personal
presentative's attorney
e set forth below.

I creditors of the dece-
ent and other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate
n whom a copy of this
notice is served within
ree months after the date
the first publication of
is notice must file their
aims with this Court
I other creditors of the
ecedent and persons
giving claims or demands
lainst the estate of the
icedent must file their
aims with this Court
ie date of the first publi-
ition of this Notice is
april 24, 2008.
Thomas S. Gibson
6 Sailor's Cove Drive
0. Box 39
irt St. Joe, Florida 32457
50) 229-8211
!. BAR NO. 0350583
/Leroy Davis
78 Highway 157

Publish April 24 & May 1,

Crown Castle USA
(Crown) is proposing to
modify the cell tower at the
following site: Port St Joe
#870044 2763 Long Ave,
Port St Joe, Gulf Co.
Crown invites comments
from any interested party
on the impact of the pro-
posed towers on any dis-
tricts, sites, buildings,
structures or objects signif-
icant in American history,
archaeology, engineering
or culture that are listed or
determined eligible for
listing in the National Reg-
ister of Historic Places.
Specific information re-
garding the project is avail-
able for viewing and com-
ments should be sent to
Sue Bottone at 2000 Cor-
porate Drive in Canon-
sburg, PA 15317 or by call-
ing 724-416-2000 during
normal business hours.
Comments must be re-
ceived by May 16, 2008
Publish May 1 & 8

T I 0 N
Permit File No.

The Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection gives
notice of its intent to issue
a permit to the City of
Wewahitchka to construct
a new public water system
to be known as Stone Mill
Creek. This proposed
water system will consist
of two wells, each with a
360 gallon per minute
(gpm) pumping system, a
gas chlorination disinfec-

tion system, a
327,000-gallon ground
storage tank, a
12,000-gallon hydropneu-
matic storage tank,
four-550 gpm high service
pumps, a diesel generator,
approximately 11,300 lin-
ear feet (LF) of six-inch
PVC water main, and ap-
proximately 650 LF of
12-inch PVC water main.
This proposed public
water system will serve the
Stone Mill Creek area, cur-
rently consisting of 411
existing residences. Stone
Mill Creek is located ap-
proximately 3,000 LF west
of the intersection of Stone
Mill Creek Road and S.R.
71, in Gulf County, Florida.
The Intent to Issue docu-
ment and application file
are available for public in-
spection during normal
business hours, 8:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday, except le-
gal holidays, at the Florida
Department of Environ-
mental Protection, 160
Governmental Center,
Pensacola, Florida,
The Department will issue
the permit with the at-
tached conditions unless a
timely petition for an ad-
ministrative hearing is filed
under Sections 120.569
and 120.57, Florida Stat-
utes, within fourteen days
of receipt of notice. The
procedures for petitioning
for a hearing are set forth
A person whose substan-
tial interests are affected
by the Department's pro-
posed permitting decision
may petition for an admin-
istrative proceeding
(hearing) under Sections
120.569 and 120.57, Flor-
ida Statutes. The petition
must contain the informa-
tion set forth below and
must be filed (received by
the clerk) in the Office of
General Counsel of the
Department at 3900 Com-
monwealth Boulevard, Mail

Under Rule 62-110.106(4),
Florida Administrative
Code, a person may re-
quest enlargement of the
time for filing a petition for
an administrative hearing.
The request must be filed
(received by the clerk) in
the Office of General
Counsel before the end of
the time period for filing a
petition for an administra-
tive hearing.
Petitions filed by any per-
sons other than those enti-
tied to written notice under
Section 120.60(3), Florida
Statutes, must be filed
within fourteen days of
publication of the notice or
within fourteen days of re-
ceipt of the written notice,
whichever occurs first.
Under Section 120.60(3),
Florida Statutes, however,
any person who has asked
the Department for notice
of agency action may file a
petition within fourteen
days of receipt of such no-
tice, regardless of the date
of publication.
The petitioner shall mail a
copy of the petition to the
applicant at the address
indicated above at the time
of filing. The failure of any
person to file a petition or
request for enlargement of
time within fourteen days
of receipt of notice shall
constitute a waiver of that
person's right to request
an administrative determi-
nation (hearing) under
Sections 120.569 and
120.57, Florida Statutes.
Any subsequent interven-
tion (in a proceeding initi-
ated by another party) will
be only at the discretion of
the presiding officer upon
the filing of a motion in
compliance with Rule
28-106.205, Florida Admin-
istrative Code.
A petition that disputes the
material facts on which the
Department's action is

(a) The name, address,
and telephone number of
each petitioner; the name,
address, and telephone
number of the petitioner's
representative, if any; the
Department permit identifi-
cation number and the
county in which the sub-
ject matter or activity is lo-
(b) A statement of how and
when each petitioner re-
ceived notice of the De-
partment action;
(c) .A statement of how
each petitioners substan-
tial interests are affected
by the Department action;
(d) A statement of all dis-
puted issues of material
fact. If there are. none, the
petition must so indicate;
(e) A statement of facts
that the petitioner con-
tends warrant reversal or
modification of the Depart-
ment action;
(f) A concise statement of
the ultimate facts alleged,
as well as the rules and
statutes which entitle the
petitioner to relief; and
(g) A statement of the relief
sought by the petitioner,
stating precisely the action
that the petitioner wants
the Department to take.
Because the administrative
hearing process is de-
signed to formulate final
agency action, the filing of
a petition means that the
Department's final action
may be different from the
position taken by it in this
notice. Persons whose
substantial interests will be
affected by any such final
decision of the Department
have the right to petition to
become a party to the pro-
ceeding, in accordance
with the requirements set
forth above.
Mediation under Section
120.573, Florida Statutes,
is not available for this pro-
Publish May 1, 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 5, 2008, at
5:30 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-
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
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Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative

Sponsors Trip for Local Students

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative recently
sponsored a trip to Tallahassee for local high
school juniors. The trip was part of the Rural
Electric Youth Tour Program that rural electric
cooperatives across the nation participate in.
Each year, the Cooperative sponsors the
program for eleventh-graders whose parents or
guardians are members of GCEC. A panel of
three judges from the electric cooperative indus-
try interviews participants, and two winners are
chosen to travel on an all-expenses-paid trip to
Washington, D. C. in June, where they join other
eleventh-grade students from all over the United
States to tour our nation's capital.
Keeli Tritz and Kayla Yon won the Youth
Tour competition, held in February, and will rep-
resent the Cooperative during the Washington
tour in June.
However, every student nominated by a
local civic organization or high school to par-
ticipate in the program is invited to travel on
an all-expenses-paid trip to Tallahassee, where
they join approximately 100 other high school
juniors representing electric cooperatives all
over Florida.
Students representing the Cooperative in
Tallahassee included: Rebecca Barnes, repre-
senting the Wewahitchka Woman's Club; Kalyn
Bidwell, representing the Overstreet Volunteer
Fire Department; Jacob Causey, represent-
ing the Greenhead Volunteer Fire Department;
Jennifer Clayton, representing the Wewahitchka
Volunteer Fire Department; Alex Hardin, rep-
resenting Wewahitchka Ambulance Service;
Cassidy Hitt, representing Altha Public School;
Jessica Husband, representing the White City
Volunteer Fire Department; Warren McDonald,
representing the Dalkeith Volunteer Fire
Department; Wesley Newsome, representing
Blountstown High School; Jordan Paul, rep-
resenting Wewahitchka Search and Rescue;
Kimberly Shirah, representing the Wetappo
Creek Volunteer Fire Department; Keeli Tritz,
representing Vernon High School; and Kayla
Yon, representing the Kinard Volunteer Fire
Department. Gulf Coast Electric employees
Chris Davis, Kristin Douglas, Becky Kent, and

Charlie Little served as chaperones for the trip.
Additionally, Leigh Little traveled with the
group to Tallahassee. Leigh is the daughter
of Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative employee
Charlie Little and is therefore ineligible to
compete in the contest. Instead, she competed
in a statewide essay contest for children and
grandchildren of cooperative employees and
board members for a chance to go on the
trip to Washington, D. C. Shortly after the
Tallahassee trip, it was announced that Leigh
won the essay contest and will also be traveling
to Washington.
While in Tallahassee, the students par-
ticipated in a Congressional Insight exercise,
led by a National Rural Electric Cooperative
Association employee. They also observed
an actual Supreme Court hearing involving a
property dispute and visited the Florida Natural
History museum. The trip concluded with a visit
to the Challenger Learning Center, where the
students watched the Imax movie Magnificent
Desolation: Walking on the Moon.
"The Youth Tour program is a great oppor-
tunity for us to reward local students for being
outstanding leaders in their communities,"
Douglas said.
The Rural Electric Youth Tour Program
has been in existence since 1957 when co-ops
sent students to Washington, D. C. to work dur-
ing the summer. By 1964, the program was
catching on, and the National Rural Electric
Cooperative Association began to coordinate the
efforts of the co-ops. Since then, thousands of
young people have experienced this once-in-a-
lifetime opportunity to visit our nation's capital
and learn about our government.
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is part of the
Touchstone Energy@ national alliance of local,
consumer-owned electric cooperatives provid-
ing high standards of service to customers large
and small. GCEC serves approximately 20,500
consumers in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson,
Walton and Washington counties and in the
municipalities of Wewahitchka, Ebro, White
City, Lynn Haven, Fountain and Southport.

GCEC recently sponsored a trip to Tallahassee for local high school juniors.
Pictured on the steps of the Supreme Courthouse before observing an actual hear-
ing are: (front row, from left) Kimberly Shirah, Kalyn Bidwell, Jessica Husband
and Jennifer Clayton. Middle row, from left: Keeli Tritz, Leigh Little, Jordan Paul,
Kayla Yon and Rebecca Barnes. Back row, from left: Wesley Newsome, Warren
McDonald, Cassidy Hitt, Alex Hardin and Jacob Causey.

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Turtle Beach Inn Earns Two Palms from State

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The Turtle Beach Inn is
winning the race as far as
the state is concerned.
The Florida Department
of Protection recently
announced the Indian
Pass bed and breakfast
had earned its Two Palms
award for its continued
environmental efforts under
the state's "Green Lodging
"The Turtle Beach Inn
is a leader in the lodging
industry and a pioneer for
bed and breakfasts," said
Colleen Castille, DEP sec-
retary, in a prepared state-
ment. "Preserving Florida's
environment by conserving
energy, water and resources
is an example other inns
should strive to achieve."
Last year the Turtle

Beach Inn was awarded One
Palm for its environmental-
ly-friendly touches.
"We were built environ-
mentally-friendly from the
beginning and so the Green
Lodging program fit in with
our property and our natu-
ral landscaping and other
features that were here from
the start," said Stephanie
Petrie of the inn.
This year, the Two Palm
award for the inn's second
year of environmentally-
sensitive efforts under the
Green Lodging program will
be formally presented dur-
ing a ceremony at 1 p.m. on
Thursday, May 1.
The Turtle Beach Inn
is located at 140 Painted
Pony Road in Indian Pass.
It is the first right turn after
turning onto Indian Pass
Road where it meets the
famous Indian Pass Raw

The event is free and
open to the public.
The state launched the
Green Lodging program in
2004 to establish environ-
mental guidelines for hotels
and motels to conserve nat-
ural resources and prevent
Costs can be reduced
for the lodging establish-
ment and they earn Palm
designations for embrac-
ing simple and innovative
"green" practices that con-
serve our natural environ-
Among such features at
the Turtle Beach Inn include
low-flow showerheads and
toilets in bathrooms and
towel and linen re-use
options for guests.
Petrie noted the land-
scaping is with plants native
to this region in Florida,

leading to less watering and
maintenance or no need for
pesticides or other chemi-
Each room had dou-
ble-paned windows and
the inn uses energy effi-
cient lighting and pro-
grammable thermostats.
Air quality is also improved
through the inn's commit-
ment to proper air con-
ditioner maintenance and
efficient AC filters. The inn
has also installed weath-
er stripping and reduces
waste by purchasing in bulk
and recycling.
"We definitely wanted
to see it through the whole
(Green Lodging) program,"
Petrie said. "We saw many
positive changes from it and
it was well-received in the
The Green Lodging
program and state recog-

nition also represent valu-
able marketing and adver-
tising tools while more and
more people are consider-
ing a "green" lifestyle and
expressing concern about

the health of the planet.
For more information
on the Turtle Beach Inn and
Thursday's ceremonies call


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(because she loved the story memory
in the Bible of Rebecca, sion w<
wife of Isaac in the Old and as
Testament). She was the urrectic
first of her tribe to become being th
a Christian and was sig- remain
nificant in opening the door John R
for Christianity in the years raised
after her death. Christie
During this time she Thomas
met a young English wid- to the C
ower John Rolfe, who had learned
come to America to become be a bl,
a tobacco farmer. Soon after settlers
her baptism, they were mar- Indians
ried April 15, 1614. A son, So,
Thomas, was born one year to Amei
later and was given the name young s
"Pepsicanough" by his grand- England
father Chief Powhatan. This son ag.
name meant "Two Mighty in an i
Rivers" and was also signifi- massac
cant because Thomas was fulfilled
the product of two mighty Pocaho]
nations coming together to Thoma,
make one. of an
In 161, John Rolfe, his faith
Pocahontas, and Thomas to God
were invited to come to Thomas
England to be presented see Kir
before King James and was pre
Queen Anne. They were well the firs
received and Pocahontas lations
was respected and hot- The kin
ored in the royal courts, ised Pod
being called Lady Rebecca Bibles,
Rolfe. During this time, she death I
attended a play by William now ma
Shakespeare, met Sir Walter James
Raleigh, and even visit- promise
ed Parliament. She finally overwhe
met again and visited her nificent
old friend, John Smith. In privilege
March 1617, after deciding his mot
to return home to America, to him,
Pocahontas became ill and and re
died before they could set taking
sail. She was buried with a treasury
Christian ceremony at St. ried his
George Church, Gravesend, Jane Pc
England, and the church that no

ter dedicated to her
y. Her dying confes-
as one of great faith
surance in the res-
on; her last request
hat her son Thomas
in England with
Rolfe's family and be
and educated in the
an faith. She wanted
s to one day return
Chesapeake as a well-
man of faith and
messing to the English
and the Algonquin
John Rolfe returned
-ica alone, leaving his
son with his family in
d. He never saw his
ain and was killed
Indian uprising and
re in 1622. How God
the dying wish of
ntas through her son,
s, is in itself a story
amazing journey to
h and commitment
. As a young man,
s was summoned to
ig James where he
esented with one of
t King James trans-
of the Holy Bible.
ig had earlier prom-
cahontas one of these
but her untimely
had intervened and
any years later, King
was fulfilling his
e. Thomas was so
elmed with this mag-
gift and also the
e and responsibility
other had bequeathed
that he left England
turned to Virginia,
his newly acquired
e with him. He mar-
s English sweetheart,
oythress, and learned
t only had he inher-

ited land from his father, but
also lands from his grandfa-
ther, Chief Powhatan of the
Algonquin Indians. He and
Jane settled on his father's
farm, where he was instru-
mental in bringing peace
again between the tribes and
colonists. He lived in the
Chesapeake Bay area until
his death at the age of 87. He
and his wife, Jane, had one
daughter whom they named
Jane Rebecca Rolfe.
And there begins the
genealogy of Pocahontas
and her descendants.
Mrs. Roberts and Mrs.
Quarles then explained and
traced their ancestry from
Pocahontas to the present
day, Pocahontas and John
Rolfe being their 11th great-
Yes, Pocahontas's life
was indeed brief, but certain-
ly significant to the survival
of the Jamestown colony of
1607 and to the birth of our
nation. She risked her life
many times and her struggle
ultimately cost her, her life.
But her legacy remains in
our hearts and in the history
of our great nation.
When John Smith
learned of her death, he
wrote these words in a let-
ter: "When we think of all the
young princess, Pocahontas
accomplished, not only for
my sake, but for her people
and all she cared for in
Jamestown, we can only say
one thing-surely it was God
who made Pocahontas."
"...thank be to God who
has redeemed us from every
kindred and tongue, from
every tribe and nation."
Revelation 5:9

Construction on Gulf County Hospital to begin late April

The architects and
engineers working on plans
for the new Sacred Heart
Hospital in Port St. Joe have
addressed structural design
and site development issues
that held up the start of con-
struction for about 30 days.
After resolving issues
that related to the struc-
tural design elements of the
building and its foundation,
the engineers are now final-
izing revised plans to sup-
port the building permitting
process and the initiation of
construction activities.
Despite the delay,
Sacred Heart Health System
and Greenhut Construction
Company have moved a con-
struction trailer to the site
along Highway 98 and plan
to begin site work by the
end of April. Substantial
completion of the $35 mil-
lion hospital is still pro-
jected for late summer of
2009 with a facility opening
to follow roughly 30 to 45
days thereafter.
An initial soils engineer-
ing report for the project
indicated the potential need
for a more extensive foun-
dation design which would
have resulted in over $1

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Thursday, May 8 at the Gulf
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from 9 a.m. to .1 p.m. It is
free to the public.

million in cost overruns.
"These challenges have
been resolved with the efforts
of our project team and the
availability of updated engi-
neering information, but
it obviously impacted our
schedule for beginning con-
struction," explained Brian
Matson, vice president of
planning for Sacred Heart
Health System. "The good
news is that we are still on
target for a late summer
2009 completion."
In addition to the
design challenges, initial
bids received by Greenhut
Construction for labor and
supplies exceeded the proj-
ect's construction budget.
"Because the bids were
higher than we expected, we
have made prudent modifi-
cations to the building plans
to ensure the most efficient
use of the budgeted funds,"
explained Matson.
For example, one sug-
gested change of plans is
to house diagnostic services
such as mammography in
an adjacent medical office
building rather than pay for
building space for these ser-
vices in the hospital build-
ing itself.

"This is a more cost-
effective option for building
the hospital, and it will be
a convenient option for our
future patients," said Pete
Heckathorn, executive vice
president for Sacred Heart.
While the cost of the
building is still over budget
even with the modifications
to the plans, Sacred Heart
is moving forward. The new
Sacred Heart Hospital will
provide quality health care
to the residents of Gulf and
Franklin counties with facil-
ities that include:
A community hospital
with private rooms,
An emergency depart-
Two operating suites
Laboratory services
A Medical Office
Building to provide space
for primary care and spe-
cialty physicians, as well as
various diagnostic services
A helipad to be used
by Sacred Heart's AirHeart
helicopter, providing rapid
transport for trauma
patients and other critically
ill patients.
For more information
about Sacred Heart Health
System, visit.


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