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Publication Date: September 25, 2008
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Obituaries 4B

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70th Year, Number 48 Port St. Joe, FL 2 Sections 24 Pages

September 25, 2008


Draws Old


New Visitors

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

The Cape San Blas Lighthouse Open
House and Homecoming celebration
brought more than 100 visitors to the
lighthouse on Saturday.
Some arrived just to climb the tower,
which has been closed for more than a
decade, while Coast Guard families came
to visit their former home.
Visitors enjoyed the ceremonies from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., touring the grounds
and visiting the Sleeping Beauty Gift Shop,
housed in the beautifully restored assistant
lighthouse keeper's quarters.
Local artist Glynis Holcombe painted
the lighthouse tower beneath a covered
tent and donated the finished painting to
a raffle that raised $125 for the St. Joseph
Historical Society.
Carla O'Dell took home the masterpiece.

Two former Coast Guard sailors sta-
tioned at the lighthouse in 1955-56 reunit-
ed after 52 years apart.
Roger McDaniel, of Lookout Mountain,
Ga., and Bob Wood, of Birmingham, Ala.,
were close friends during their time at
Cape San Blas.
McDaniel, then in his early 20s, per-
formed maintenance on the generators and
Coast Guard vehicles. Wood, a 19-year-old
fresh out of boot camp, stood watch at the
LORAN (Long Range Navigation station.
The Air Force set up the LORAN stauon in
1951 and left in 1955. shortly after McDaniel
and Wood arrived.
Both w-ere happy

A.' "'We were

Despina Wlilliams/ff
Above, Dan Hall, Roger McDaniel and
Wood shared their memories of living at the
San Bias lighthouse at Saturday's reunion
open house. At right, the St. Joseph Hist
Society raffled off this painting of the Cape
Blan Lighthouse by Glynis Holcombe.

McDaniel shot fiddler crabs outside
his Jeep's wmdow and drove over the
nian-of-wars that lined the beach
"They went 'pop. pop. pop* like bubble
wrap," he said.
Wood made beer runs to the all-black
nightclub in Money Bayou and watched
movies at the Port Theatre in town.

Lighthouse Children
1.'an- H.11! ,and I laro c.'et Tid ,nor %,.re
children when their lathers served at the
Hall. of LaPlace, La.. was 1 I when his
father. David Hall. became lighthouse
keeper in 1953.
For two years. Hall lived in the build-
ing that now houses the gift shop with
his father. sisters, grandparents and
Being a young boy at the lighthouse
had its perks. Hall chased turtles.
watched movies with the Coast Guard
boys and generally "raised hell and dis-
Tidmore. of Panama City. lived with
her family at the lighthouse while her
father. Chief Herman Bosarge, com-
manded the Coast Guard station from
Tidmore remembered the young
' Coastles taking her by Jeep to school in
'.Port St. Joe. where her mother. Evelyn.
..taught third grade.
Despina Williams/f'he Star
More than a hundred people climbed
the lighthouse tower Saturday. Danny
Raffield led tours throughout the day.

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As a young girl, she fished along
the beach and accompanied her father
inside the tower each day to polish the
On Saturday. she climbed the tower
for the first time since 1945.
Being in the lighthouse brought back
pleasant memoret' of her father. who
died in 1946.
"It was really a tug at my heart." she

Looking Good
All those who once lived at the light-
house were impressed by the restora-
tion of the tower and keeper's quarters.
"They've done a tremendous job. I
don't see how they did it." said Wood.
who last visited in 2001.
Tidmore, whose early years in Cape
San Bias inspired a lifelong fascination
with lighthouses, said she was thrilled
to be home again.
"It's so wonderful that the historical
society has restored this very important
part of our history." she said. "I'm so
privileged that I was a part of it."
Before he returned to Louisiana. Hall
snuck a peak at Sleeping Beauty's sec-
ond floor, which someday will be a light-
house museum
In the empty room that was once
hIs bedroom, he left his father's Coast
Guard hat.


Fined for



Audit Commends Control
Group on Low Costs

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

In separate but related actions
over the past five months, Gulf
County Commissioner, Carmen
McLemore received a cease and
desist order and a $500 fine,
while Gulf County Mosquito
Control was commended.
After McLemore commandeered
a county mosquito spray truck
in March and illegally sprayed
for mosquitoes, the state slapped
him with a cease and desist order
and a $500 fine less than 60 days
A document sent from Michael
Page, Chief of the Bureau of
Entomology and Pest Control,
Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services (FDACS),
ordered McLemore to cease
and desist,, charging him with
two ,counts of violating Florida
Administrative Code.
The document was dated May
12 and delivered to McLemore at
the County Commission adminis-
trative offices.
The cease and desist order stat-
ed that on April 8, inspector Steve
Harrison, environmental manager
of FDACS' Bureau. of Entomology
and Pest Control, investigated alle-
gations that McLemore applied
pesticides during daylight hours
without a proper license or sur-
veillance data.
Harrison found that on March
24, McLemore ordered a county
mosquito control employee to
drive to his home with a spray
truck, where McLemore then drove
the truck around Wewahitchka,
spraying for mosquitoes within
his political district.
He applied the pesticides
without possessing the required
license and without having the
required mosquito surveillance
data to demonstrate a need to
spray, the document stated.
The document said McLemore
was fined $500.
A settlement agreement dated
May 19 was submitted to FDACS
in which McLemore agreed to
pay the fine and comply with all
laws concerning mosquito control
See MOSQUITO on Page A7

Beach Restoration Holds

Cape San Bias Project Passes
First Test Against Hurricane Ike
By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
Despite high waves, flooding and road clo-
sures, Hurricane Ike did not destroy the St.
Joseph Peninsula beach.
The beach restoration project along the gulf
side of St. Joseph Peninsula, known locally as the
Cape [San Blas] beach project, held firm as wave
action from Hurricane Ike came ashore along the
vulnerable peninsula.
Paula Pickett, director of the Gulf County
Tourist Development Council (TDC) and coordi-
nator of the restoration project, said the renour-

ished portion of the nine-mile long beach "per-
formed beautifully."
Although the storm drove gulf waters all the
way to the primary dune line, the waves didn't
crash into the beach.
"They crashed into the toe of the slope, about
100 feet out into the water," Pickett said. "It's
when the waves crash into the dune that it really
takes the sand out."
The storm, which was more than 250 miles
away from the Cape, showed the power of nature,
Pickett said.
Surveyors and engineers were out on the Cape
and peninsula last week to determine just what
had happened. Pickett said the sand was "still in
the system," with the water just ankle-deep for an
extended distance out into the Gulf.
See BEACH on Page A12

Photo courtesy of Debbie Hooper
This picture show the area where the beach restoration project has
taken effect and spotlights that much of the sand remained in place despite
the high seas and surf from Hurricane Ike.


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Residents Urged to Attend Substance Abuse Coalition Meeting

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

After a disappointing turnout at their
Sept. 4 meeting in Honeyville, Gulf County
Substance Abuse Coalition members hit
the street to drum up community support
for their mission.
Formed to combat teenage alcohol abuse
in the county, the coalition is funded by the
Substance Abuse Response Guide (SARG)
The grant is sponsored by the Florida
Department of Children and Families and
administered by the Gulf County School
SARG coordinator Carly Pickels report-
ed last Wednesday that she and other
coalition members have distributed fliers
throughout the county to promote the
coalition's next meeting.
The meeting is scheduled for Monday,
Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. (ET) at the Gulf
Coast Community College Gulf/Franklin
Center in Port St. Joe.
Coalition members have distributed
meeting information at area schools and
civic organizations, and placed notices in

church bulletins.
Several residents have gone o I.-
the extra mile to get the word %R'1
out. A
Gulf County School ciz o
superintendent Tim Wilder
added several new names v-o, ..
to the coalition's e-mail list,
Bernadette Hackett with the \/
Department of Juvenile Justice ,
Council spoke to members at
local churches and Suzanne Doran
sent out meeting information through
the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce's
To bolster student participation at coali-
tion meetings, new Port St. Joe High
School football coach Vern Barth assured
Pickels he'd attend the meeting with a del-
egation of athletes.
Pickels has been thrilled by the com-
munity's expressed commitment to the
She assured interested residents that
they would need to commit only a little
time per month to attending meetings.
Regular meetings last only around an
hour. Those who sign on to be a coalition



LEFT: The Gulf
S / County Substance
^ ,- Abuse Coalition
hopes to gain sup-
s0 port from all groups
Drug-Fr ~fo listed on the wheel.
Comn i so "
c '^^v s schools

S officer or assess-
*. i ment committee
eij J member will only be
asked for a three-hour
monthly commitment at most.
"We're letting people know it's not going
to take a lot of their time," said Pickels.
"We don't want it to be a drag. We want it to
be something people look forward to."
The coalition hopes to gain broad com-
munity support, with members represent-
ing businesses, religious groups, service
organizations, health and education fields,
law enforcement, etc.
The selection of officers and assess-
ment committee members to review data
on Gulf County underage drinking was
postponed Sept. 4 due to poor meeting
Pickels said she hoped to accomplish

Percentages of Gulf County and
Statewide youth drug use in past 30-days
Past-30-day alcohol use. Gulf County 2000-2006
and Florida 2006

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The 2006 Florida Youth Substance Abuse
Survey, administered to area middle and
high school students, ranked Gulf County
second in the state in past 30-day underage
binge drinking.
both tasks at the Sept. 29 meeting, while
also highlighting the problem of teen alco-
"We want to keep the kids safe and we
want to keep them as kids. We don't want
them to grow up too fast," she said.
For more information on the Gulf
County Substance Abuse Coalition, con-
tact SARG coordinator Carly Pickels at
(850) 227-4913.

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Saturday, Oct. 11

Free Concert College GameDay Events 10k Road Race
Live music with Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers. A 10k road race and college
football on our big screens. And, in true Oktoberfest tradition, authentic Bratwurst will
be available hot-off-the-grill with proceeds benefiting the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society.


Race for Autism at WindMark
10K Race & 1 Mile Fun Run
along the new BeachWalk
and through the streets of
WindMark. First 100 people
registered receive a T-shirt!
Contact Christine Hermsdofer, 850-227-4392

Authentic Turkey Bratwurst
will be available hot-off-the-
grill in THREE delicious flavors.
'Combo meals are just $5 and
all proceeds go to St. Joseph
Bay Humane Society.
Pets welcome, dogs eat free!
4 7PM (EST)
Food tickets are available in advance at
our Sales Center at 101 Good Morning St.

College Gameday Events!
School of Fish Restaurant
Join us for big screen TVs
behind the bar indoors and
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Local Veterans to Hear From Three Levels of Government

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
Local veterans should
mark their calendars for
Oct. 2, when they will hear
from local, state and feder-
al officials about veterans'
A town hall meeting
Oct. 2 will be held at the
Highland View Veterans of
Foreign Wars (VFW) Post
Among those slat-
ed to attend are U.S.
Congressman Allen Boyd
(D-North Florida), State
Rep. Jimmy Patronis (R-
Panama City), Gulf County
commissioner Bill Williams,
Secretary Douglas Beach
of the Florida Department
of Elder Affairs, Lynn
Banister from the office of
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
(D-Fla.) office, and Sally
Ferland from the Florida
Department of Veterans
The meeting will be 3-5
p.m. ET at the VFW, 1774
Trout Avenue in Highland
It is sponsored by VFW
Post 10069, the American
Legion and Ladies Auxiliary,
and the Gulf County
Veterans Service Office.
"This is a first in several
ways," said Williams. "We'll
have all three branches of
the government represent-
ed local, state and feder-
al; we have the first woman
commander of the VFW
Post, Sharon Laplante; and
it's the first time a U.S.
Congressman has come to

the Highland View VFW."
James Kennedy, director
of Gulf County's Veterans
Services Office, requested
veterans who have ques-
tions about any issues sub-
mit the questions to him
before Oct. 2 so he can
forward them to the appro-
priate officials for answers
that will be given at the
Questions should be
emailed to Kennedy at, or vet-
erans can call Kennedy at
Kennedy said he would
also respond back to any
veterans who cannot attend
the Oct. 2 meeting to receive
answers to their questions
in person.
According to Williams
and Kennedy, Boyd will
discuss the Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) budget
and how plans to decentral-
ize VA hospitals nationwide
will impact veterans' health-
care, plus the transition of
the decentralization.
Patronis will discuss
what is available to veter-
ans through the state, the
basics of state-provided
senior health care, and
access to state programs.
Williams will discuss
how the county is looking
for state assistance with a
Community Budget Issue
Request (CBIR) to help the
Veterans Memorial Park of
Beacon Hill park commit-
tee with park designs and
future plans.
He said he would also
be asking Boyd for direct

federal appropriations for
the park, and direct appro-
priations from the state,
as well.
"This park is not just an
isolated park for veterans,
but will hopefully become
part of a 'veterans trail'
stretching from Escambia
to Franklin County,"
Williams said.
Kennedy said he was
working steadily on a
master plan for the bay-
view park in Beacon Hill.
The park was re-named
Veterans Memorial Park of
Beacon Hill after the travel-
ing replica of the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial came to
Beacon Hill Park in March
Since it will be a park
dedicated both to veterans
and families, it will eventu-
ally have walking paths and
playgrounds, Kennedy said.
He indicated long-range
plans might include:
An amphitheater;
A ship's mast flagpole
displaying flags from the
five military branches plus
the merchant marines;
A physical designation
of the old Beacon Hill light-

Statuary and possibly
a replica of the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial;
A handicapped acces-
sible flyover across U.S. 98
to the public beach in front
of the park;
A fishing pier;
*- Combination nature,
educational, walking, exer-
cise trails.
"We've got lots of ideas,
we just have to get them
from our heads to paper,"
Kennedy said.
The park planning com-
mittee is comprised of local
veterans and community
stakeholders, and plans
are to heavily involve the
community, private busi-
ness and civic organiza-
tions, Williams said.
One possible unique
addition to the 40-acre
park that has dedicated
beach access is a dog park
memorializing canines that
served in the U.S. military,
according to Kennedy and
The idea,, both said,
would tie in nicely with
Gulf County's dog-friendly

WHO: Veterans of Gulf County

WHAT: Special Veterans Town Hall Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 2, 3-5 p.m. ET
WHERE: Highland View VFW Post 10069,1774 Trout
Avenue, Highland View
WHY: To meet with local, state and federal officials on issues
of concern to Gulf County veterans
For more information, contact James Kennedy, Gulf County
Veterans Servics Office, 850-229-6125, or vsgulfco



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Northwest Florida Regional Housing
Authority will hold a Special Meeting,
October 2, 2008 in the Cambridge Room,
of the 'Ramada Inn North, 2900 North
Monroe, St., Tallahassee, Florida. Meeting
will begin at 1:00 p.m. E.S.T. The meeting
will be open to the public.

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Booths Exciting Pet Contests
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Suggested Donation $5
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4A The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, September 25, 2008

Status Quo Reigns

Say this for county commissioners; they aren't
allowing bad economic news to halt the gravy train.
The Board of County Commissioners held its
first public hearing on its proposed 2008-09 budget
last week, and with hardly a whisper of dissent
from the public or commissioners, maintained the
status quo.
That is, they ensured that despite all the gloomy
state, national and local economic news surrounding
their meeting room they wouldn't let their spending
train fall off the tracks.
Even though the county is in a similar fiscal state
as a decade ago after the mill closed, commissioners
are still determined to hold on to every penny they
can of those back-door tax increases they enjoyed
the first half of this decade.
Commissioners even managed to puncture the
balloon they've flown in the face of criticism about
their spending by actually increasing the village
rate, that faux touchstone of fiscal responsibility
commissioners have pointed to in the past.
While they maintained the spending status
quo, actually .increasing the amount of property
taxes collected this year by about $235,000,
commissioners undermined the argument that, hey
taxpayers of Gulf County, at least the village rate
keeps going down.
That was the case while property values were
advancing, but with county property rolls in retreat,
commissioners were forced to illuminate how
disingenuous this slipping village rate argument
has been by raising it to maintain their spending
And if the private sector is suffering, with business
districts at both ends of the county pocked by empty
storefronts and buildings for sale, that seems fine
in the Robert Moore Annex meeting room as long
as taxpayers can be soaked like a stalled tropical
If ever there was a time for belt-tightening this is
it, with economic news ranging from bad to worse

and with residents and small businesses in need of
any break in the pocketbook.
The newly-formed Economic Development
Council ought to just give up the ghost as long as
county commissioners refuse to reside in the real
What business would be inclined to relocate to
a county where tax and insurance bills are driving
existing businesses into the red or out of town
altogether and the five gentlemen who can most
provide relief on tax bills continue to wear rose-
colored glasses?
Or rather green-colored glasses because the focus
for commissioners seems to be mostly on public
greenbacks and how many can they keep.
This is what the residents can expect, though,
when county wide voting and a county wide vision is
lacking. That has been demonstrated all summer.
The equation becomes less about services and
more about maintaining fiefdoms for the next
election cycle, less about assisting citizens with
services and more about relieving them of hard-
earned dollars.
We've had the tech bubble, the housing bubble,
and now in Gulf County there is the property tax
bubble, which appears destined to burst only when
commissioners have rendered the county a ghost
town by shaking down every resident and business
for every last penny.
There is no small irony that county officials
want to travel to Jacksonville to urge The St. Joe
Company to relent on a temporary lease to the mill
site bulkhead for the Port Authority.
Because if there is one outfit in the county that
appears determined to render a diversified economy
unattainable it is commissioners and their tax-and-
spend policies and lack of county-wide vision.
That gravy train they've ridden the past decade
seems headed. down the tracks for a single
destination for residents and businesses alike: the
poor house.

The recent meeting. in Highland View
concerning sewer hook-ups for residents and
who is responsible for the price they will pay had
everything required of high comedy if the punch
line wasn't at the cost of residents.
Despite what was asserted, the city of Port
St. Joe had already put in place a timeline, with
deadlines, for residents in Highland View to hook
up to the new sewer lines at a bargain price.
In fact, the county commissioner who led
the meeting knew all too well that the city had
accommodated residents at several junctures,
extending deadlines for payment during an April
special meeting at the request of the very county
commissioner who is now flogging the city over
tap fees and the like.
That said: $500 as opposed to $7,000? That
vast chasm requires bridging.
What the diverging opinions about the issue
spotlight is what a loser the inter-local agreement
over annexation of WindMark Beach has been for
taxpayers and residents.

A document written so broadly as to provide
as many interpretations of the fine points as
there are translations of the Bible, the inter-local
agreement was a tax grab by elected officials in
the city and county with the real bill footed by the
private sector.
Those state andfederalgrantsfor infrastructure,
the deadlines and timelines and prices and fees,
all are coming out of people's pockets and their
numbers sure don't include the elected officials
who brokered the deal.
Every time this document flares to life provides
a reminder of what former city commissioner
Benny Roberts asked again and again during the
negotiations of the inter-local agreement how
the bill will be paid.
Residents in Port St. Joe, who have seen their
water and sewer bills jump, as well as those in
Highland View and soon Overstreet and White
City can provide the answer to that one.
And it wasn't the same answer offered up while
the agreement was being hammered out.

Established 1937 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

Keyboard Klattering

No Losers Here

With another political
campaign taking shape around
the county in the coming weeks
as the General Election draws
near, let's pause and consider
the labels we assign those on
either side of the
Just as this past
primary day, it is
hard to look at any
candidate heading
toward the general
election as qualifying
to become a loser or
Sure, the votes
will decide who
remains or, heads Tim (
into office for the Star 1N
next few years, Edit
but the harshness
of the winner and
loser adjectives is no more
appropriate than in sports or
Any candidate willing to
place themselves in front of
people, to be judged, to be
prodded and poked at like
a horse at auction deserves
plaudits just for the effort, for
the discipline of dividing each
day into making a living and
trying to make a difference.
Ask any candidate and
they will tell you it is no easy
thing to hit the campaign trail,
knocking on the doors, shaking
hands and kissing babies while
trying to separate yourself and
your views.
That is why regardless
of outcome, regardless of
outlandish statements or
stances, every candidate
should be given his or her due
just for putting themselves out
there for judgment.
That so many are just good
people makes the "loser" label
so inappropriate.
Robert Miller, who was a
candidate for sheriff in the
Democratic primary, is one
Mr. Miller is a class act, his
family the same, including a
wife with a smile and cheery
disposition that illuminates any
room and a son whose brain
and ingenuity was showcased
over and over in high school.
For years Mr. Miller was a
wildlife officer and regardless
of what one might feel about
his qualifications or name-
recognition, the reality is that
this is man who wears decency
like a tailored sports jacket.


Another fine' example would
be Jay Bidwell.
Bidwell lost his bid to unseat
Superintendent of Schools
Tim Wilder, but he did so while
running a clean race devoid of
nasty attacks and was
a gentleman to the end,
even as the last vote
was being counted.
There were a few
maybes he asked
himself after the race,
things he might have
done differently and
might do differently
in the future, but this
was a candidate who
roft could walk away and
ews look in the mirror each
or morning.
By all accounts he is
a fine teacher, has been
for some years, and is president
of the union representing
district employees, a job which
by all accounts he also performs
with class and few rough edges,
even in negotiations.
James Rish, who again
challenged for Property
Appraiser,- provides another
exhibit for the case being built
in this space.
Yes, Mr. Rish made some
statements in his advertising
and at forums that were
demonstrably off the mark
and there are nuances in the
world of property assessment
in Florida that he might not
fully account for, but Mr. Rish
is at heart a decent man.
A man one could sit and
have a lively chat with, laugh
and joke with and a man with a
dry and wry wit he can display
when he lets his guard down.
Decent folk, and not a loser in
any sense of the word.
And it seems from this little
humble corner of the world
that in this day and age we
need all the good people we
can get who desire to serve' the
This is not to cast aspersions
on those who won more votes -
Joe Nugent and Mike Harrison
are two more decent men
running for the office to which
Miller aspired and Nugent
This is simply to say that to
put your name on the ballot,
to sign up for everything that
comes during the campaign
and anything that might come
after it, well, loser doesn't enter
the equation at all.

Lingering Aftertaste!

* In my youth there were things you
counted onbeingthere. You didn'tponder
on them. You didn't talk to your friends
about- the permanence of them. You
didn't ask from whence they came. Nor
did we devote any time to their impact on
our lives. They just were.
, If there was an underlying solace in
their stoic appearance we missed it
If they added some kind of stability
to our up-side down world of growth
spurts, learning curves, insecurities,
parental oversight and mad dashes for
the front row, center seat at the Saturday
matinees-more power to them!
- They didn't actually stand out in any
way. If you asked me to name the top
twenty-five biggest influences on my first
eighteen years, neither would have made
the list But ifI could come up with a fifty
cent piece and had an hour or so to kill
you couldn't beat a cheeseburger and
a coke at the City Cafe. And if you had
twenty minutes left over you could stroll
next door to McCadams Tractor and
Implement Company and eyeball the
latest International Harvesters.
The City Caf6 was the first building
on the left just after you crossed the
railroad tracks coming into town from
Stonewall Street McCadams was the

next building They were separated by
a small parking lot I passed by more
than I stopped in. I would always glance
through the plate glass window to see if
any of my friends were enjoying a meal.
You couldn't actually see much in the
tractor place, but you could tell by the
pick-ups if Mr. McCadams was having a
good day or not
They were like sentinels guarding
the entrance to town. When the caf6
came into sight we were "almost there".
Its kinda funny r've spent more time
reminiscing on them over the years than
I actually spent in them!
The City Cafe6 had a sign that touted
"Best Coffee East of the Mississippi
River" and the Veteran's Cab Company
was located inside. I never used a cab the
whole time I was growing up there. Mr.
Red Melton did offer to take me to the
ball field once but I wasn't sure if the ride
was gratis and I didn't have any money
if it wasn't.
The cheeseburgers were special for
two reasons. We were raised on creamed
corn, sliced tomatoes, okra, turnips
and combread. Our garden didn't grow
cheeseburgers. They were a rare treat
and a change of pace for us. And the
City Cafe cheeseburgers were big fat


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and soooo juicy! I can still see the grease
swirling in that plate We didn't worry
much about polyunsaturated anything
in 1959. And this was light years before
cholesterol was invented.
You could sit at a booth. Or on one
of the big stools at the front counter.
There were advantages to both. If you
chose the counter you could watch that
white stuff float up and down in the giant
pickled pig feet jar. And Mr. Jack Cantrell
would be dose by to give you a running
commentary on the ups and downs of
the St Louis Cardinals and why our
chances at the National League pennant

were fading away
If you slid into a booth they had a
device attached to the wall where you
could drop a nickel in and pick your
favorite song on the juke box and play
it right from your seat We felt almost
grown up sipping on a coke, listening
to George Jones singing 'Why, Baby,
Why" and waiting for the cheeseburgers
to arrive.
We couldn't even think ofbuying one of
those new International tractors. But Mr.
McCadams never minded us looking.
He'd even let us crawl up in the seat And
I enjoyed all the talk on the weather and
politics and if someone's wife had run
off with the Electrolux salesman from
Memphis. We didn't do much talking
mind you. This was a grown-up place.
But you could mosey around and listen
and inspect I liked to watch the guy in
the back take one of those old Farmall
transmissions apart. They had more
grease running across the floor than the
City Cafe! I've bet Ricky Gene on more
than one occasion they'd never get that
thing back together!
What an innocent time. What a perfect
time to come along You might think it
slow and boring by today's standards
but then you'd miss the joy and thrill of

making up your own games; and filing
out your own schedule. I feel sorry for
those poor youths saddled by Ipods,
high speed internets, cell phones, etc.
I would hate to be enslaved to instant
They tore the City Cafe down several
years ago. And I'm not sure when Mr.
McCadams went out of business. They
have even taken up the old railroad
tracks. Part of my past that I can never
get back..
I recently stood on the old site and
thought of Mr. Red Melton and Jack
Cantrell and those white things floating
in that big jar. I silently thanked God for
all three. And I regretted that I never once
tried the coffee.
I strolled over to the old tractor place
and was surprised to find the Dinner
Bell Restaurant inside. It was as if a cafe
was supposed to be in this part of town!
I wasn't as hungry as I was curious as I
pushed open the door. I didn't see any
familiar faces as the waitress dropped
the menu in front of me. I wasn't up
for the "big slab of ham" or the "thick
bacon". I settled for two eggs and the
fried baloney.
No juke box or George Jones. And
the modem drink fountain belied any
thoughts of this being like yesteryear. I
remember plows stacked where the cash
register sat The huge space had been
partitioned off and restrooms added.
And the kitchen was toward the back
where the tractor work was done.
I had eaten about half of the fried
baloney when the greasy taste hit me.
And I remembered that Farmall oil
splashing across the floor. I couldn't call
the old days back..but I believe I was
getting a taste of them..



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Boyd: Bill Includes the Largest Expansion

of Domestic Drilling in U.S. History

Thank You St. Joe Co.
Dear Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the St.
Joe Company for accomplishing something that I never
thought I would see again in my lifetime. In one glorious
move of total greed and arrogance on the company's part
it has managed to do what decades of political wrangling
could not. I witnessed today the beginnings of an amazing
turn around in Gulf County politics like I would never
imagined a year ago, a month or even a week ago.
I saw politicians join together to fight a common cause,
one that could very well determine the survival of Gulf
County as we know and love it. There was no more north
and south, no more city versus county, it was just truly
concerned about Gulf County residents coming together
to fight a graver injustice on the part of the St. Joe
I urge all residents, north, south, Port St. Joe,
Wewahitchka, and all areas in between to please get
involved. If we don't work to get more decent paying jobs
into Gulf County it is just a matter of time until we wilt
on the vine. If there are no jobs for our children then they
must leave and before long there will be nobody left. It is
time that we stand up to St. Joe and let them know that
we the people run this county and not the company and its
special interests.
Cecil Lyons III
Port St. Joe

Florida Farm Bureau

to Congress: Time

for Action on Energy

Now is the time for Congress to pass comprehensive
energy legislation that will encourage creation of a more
diverse domestic energy supply. As Congress returned to
Washington this week, Florida Farm Bureau Federation
was pressing for a plan that will address all aspects of the
nation's energy needs.
"Farmers and ranchers in Florida and consumers
across the nation are being beaten up financially by high
energy costs," said Florida Farm Bureau President John
L. Hoblick. "Row crop producers are harvesting, the citrus
industry is preparing to pick and our vegetable producers
are looking toward the winter growing season. It is a critical
time for our producers as they face escalating gasoline
and diesel prices and fertilizer costs that have doubled in
only two years and have been exacerbated by hurricanes.
America is looking to Congress for leadership."
Hoblick said consumers can expect higher costs due to
increased shipping costs, and members of Congress can
expect to hear from the public as well as from agricultural
"What is needed," Hoblick said, "is for Congress to
develop a bipartisan, comprehensive national energy policy
that focuses on energy independence while diversifying
the sources of the nation's energy supply.2 Strategies,
he said, should include tapping domestic oil and natural
gas supplies as well as concentrating on development of
renewable energy sources including ethanol, biodiesel,
biomass, wind and solar.
Congressional action now will help assure consumers
that fuel prices will not whip-saw in the future while
stabilizing costs agricultural producers pay to plant,
fertilize and ship their products. Florida, as the nation's
winter salad bowl and a major tourist destination, is
especially vulnerable to increased energy costs.
The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is the state's
largest general-interest agricultural association with about
140,000 member-families statewide. Headquartered in
Gainesville, the Federation is an independent, nonprofit
agricultural organization. More information about Florida
Farm Bureau is available on the organization's website,

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Comprehensive energy bill
protects military training
area in Gulf, invests in
renewable energy
Congressman Allen Boyd (D-
North Florida) last night voted for
a comprehensive and
responsible energy bill
that includes the largest
expansion of domestic
drilling in U.S. history.
The Comprehensive
Energy Security and
Consumer Protection Act
(HR 6899) also protects
the critical military
training and testing area .
in the Gulf of
Mexico and invests
HR 6899 would
permit oil and gas leasing
between 50 and 100 miles
along the entire Outer
Continental Shelf (OCS),
except for the Eastern
Gulf of Mexico, if a state Rep. Allen
chooses to "opt-in" to
allow leasing and enacts a
state law. The remaining OCS beyond
100 miles would be open to oil and gas
leasing. The legislation also adheres to
the bipartisan 2006 agreement which
protects the military training area in
the Gulf, encompassing most of the
Eastern Gulf, until 2022.


"I worked hard to make sure that
the House Leadership drafting this
bill understood the importance of
the military training range in the Gulf
and the impact that drilling in this
area could have on our communities,
our local and state economies, and
our national defense efforts," said
Congressman Boyd. 'The House
energy bill recognizes
the important role of our
military testing range and
also includes the largest
expansion of domestic
drilling in our country's
S'At the same time, we
are prohibiting drilling
from at least 50 miles
S. off Florida's coastline,
keeping our tourism
and fishing industries
strong and protecting
Our beautiful beaches,"
Boyd continued. "This
bill really is a 'best case
scenario' for Florida, and
those who say it does not
go far enough are looking
at the political polls and
oyd not at the pump."
The offshore drilling
provisions in the bill
would open up 63 to 80 percent, or
319 to 404 million acres, of the OCS
currently closed to drilling, depending
on what states decide. These newly-
opened areas would increase the oil
available by at least 2 billion barrels.
The comprehensive energy bill also

Extend and expand tax incentives
for renewable energy.
Temporarily release nearly 10
percent of oil from the government's
stockpile, known as the Strategic
Petroleum Reserve (SPR), and
replaces it later with heavier, cheaper
crude oil. Past releases have brought
down gas prices by up to 33 percent;
Increase domestic oil production
in the National Petroleum Reserve in
Require oil companies to drill o1r
the 68 million acres of federal lands
they already control.
Advance the development and
deployment of carbon capture and
storage technologies to come up with
a cleaner way to use coal.
Strengthen energy efficiency in
buildings to bring down costs and
provide incentives for energy efficient
"No bill is perfect, and there are
things in this bill that I would like
to remedy in the future, such as th6
renewable electricity standard and
the exclusion of incentives for more
nuclear power," Boyd said. "But this
legislation represents a responsible
and serious compromise to help
bring down gas prices now and
invest in a renewable energy future. I
hope more of my friends on the other
side of the aisle will stop the political
gaming and get behind the bill's
concrete proposals to address high
gas prices, provide more domestic oil,
and encourage alternative energy."

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PROPOSED for ad valorem taxation taxation, just value of the prior subsection, for classification and therein, twenty-five subsequent year and who d(c) shall change
CONSTITUTIONAL purposes. Effective homestead as of January (4) Changes, assessment of land thousand dollars of has received a homestead only as provided in this
AMENDMENTS upon adoption, repeals SECTION 4. Taxation; I of the year in which additions, reductions, used for conservation the assessed value exemption pursuant to subsection.
TO BE VOTED ON the existing renewable assessments.--By general the prior homestead or improvements to purposes, and not of property subject Section 6 of this Article (1)
NOVEMBER 4,2008 energy source device law regulations shall be was abandoned, the such property shall be perpetually encumbered, to tangible personal as of January 1 of Assessments subject to
NOTICE OF exemption no longer in prescribed which shall assessed value of the assessed as provided for solely on the basis of property tax shall be either of the two years this subsection shall be
ELECTION effect, secure a just valuation new homestead shall by general law; however, character or use. Subjects exempt from ad valorem immediately preceding changed annually on
of all property for be the just value of the after the adjustment assessment benefit to taxation, the establishment of the date of assessment
I, Kurt S. Browning, Full Text: ad valorem taxation, new homestead minus for any change, conditions, limitations, (g There the new homestead is provided by law;
Secretary of State of provided: an amount equal to the addition, reduction,, and reasonable shall he granted an ad entitled to have the new but those changes in
the State of Florida, do ARTICLE VII (a) lesser of $500,000 or or improvement, the definitions established by valorem tax exemntion homestead assessed at assessments shall not
hereby give notice that FINANCE AND Agricultural land, the difference between property shall be assessed general law. Applies to fr real nrnertv less than just value. If this exceed ten percent (10%)
an election will be held TAXATION land producing high the just value and the as provided in this property taxes beginning dedicated in nernetuitv revision is approved in of the assessment for the
in each county in Florida, water recharge to assessed value of the subsection, in 2010. for rnnservation January of 2008, a person prior year.
on November 4, 2008, SECTION 3. Florida's aquifers, or prior homestead as (g) For nnmnes including real who establishes a new (2) No
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rejection of proposed (a) All for noncommercial year in which the school district levies, r nernatal ennservation 1, 2008, is entitled to just value.
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Constitution of the State municipality and used may be classified by abandoned. Thereafter, property that is not FINANCE AND nemetual conservatinn assessed at less than just change of ownership or
bf Florida. exclusively by it for general law and assessed the homestead shall be subject to the assessment TAXATION mntectinns as defined by value only if that person control, as defined by
municipal or public solely on the basis of assessed as provided "i limitations set forth in received a homestead general law, including
No. 1 purposes shall be character or use. Lthis suhectiAn herein. subsections (a) through SECTION 3. SECTION 4. exemption on January 1, any change of ownership
CONSTITUTIONAL exempt from taxation. (b) Pursuant 2. If the (c) and (f) shall change Taxes; exemptions.-- Taxation; assessments.- 2007. The assessed value of a legal entity that
AMENDMENT A municipality, owning to general law tangible just value of the new only as provided in this (a) All -By general law of the newly established owns the property,
ARTICLE I, SECTION property outside the personal property held for homestead is less than subsection, property owned by a regulations shall be homestead shall be such property shall be
2 municipality, may be sale as stock in trade and the just value of the prior (1) municipality and used prescribed which shall determined as follows: assessed at just value as
(Legislative) required by general law livestock may be valued homestead as of January Assessments subject to exclusively by it for secure a just valuation 1. If the of the next assessment
to make payment to the for taxation at a specified 1 of the year in which this subsection shall be municipal or public of all property for just value of the new date. Thereafter, such
Ballot Title: taxing unit in which the percentage of its value, the prior homestead changed annually on purposes shall be ad valorem taxation, homestead is greater property shall be assessed
DECLARATION OF property is located. Such may be classified for was abandoned, the the date of assessment exempt from taxation, provided: than or equal to the as provided in this
RIGHTS portions of property as tax purposes, or may be assessed value of the new provided by law; A municipality, owning (a) just value of the prior subsection.
are used predominantly exempted from taxation, homestead shall be equal but those changes in property outside the Agricultural land, homestead as of January (4) Changes,
Ballot Summary: for educational, literary, (c) All to the just value of the assessments shall not municipality, may be land producing high I of the year in which additions, reductions,
Proposing an amendment scientific, religious or persons entitled to a new homestead divided exceed ten percent (10%) required by general law water recharge to the prior homestead or improvements to
to the State Constitution charitable purposes may homestead exemption by the just value of the of the assessment for the to make payment to the Florida's aquifers, or was abandoned, the such property shall be
to delete provisions be exempted by general under Section 6 of this prior homestead and prior year. taxing unit in which the land used exclusively assessed value of the assessed as provided for
authorizing the law from taxation. Article shall have their multiplied by the assessed (2) No property is located. Such for noncommercial new homestead shall by general law; however,
Legislature to regulate or (b) There homestead assessed at value of the prior assessment shall exceed portions of property as recreational purposes be the just value of the after the adjustment
prohibit the ownership, shall be exempt from just value as of January homestead. However, if just value, are used predominantly may be classified by new homestead minus for any change,
inheritance, disposition, taxation, cumulatively, 1 of the year following the difference between (3) The for educational, literary, general law and assessed an amount equal to the addition, reduction,
and possession of real to every head of a family the effective date of the just value of the legislature must provide scientific, religious or solely on the basis of lesser of $500,000 or or improvement, the
property by aliens residing in this state, this amendment. This new homestead and that such property shall charitable purposes may character or use. the difference between property shall be assessed
ineligible for citizenship. household goods and assessment shall change the assessed value of be assessed at just value be exempted by general j the just value and the as provided in this
personal effects to the only as provided iR. the new homestead as of the next assessment law from taxation. nravided hv general law assessed value of the subsection.
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ARTICLE I thousand dollars, and to Assessments subject to greater than $500,000, by general law, is made to taxation, cumulatively, reasonable definitions year in which the school district levies,
DECLARATION OF every widow or widower this Mag&Mg, provision the assessed value of such property. Thereafter, to every head of a family sn eified therein land prior homestead was assessments of real
RIGHTS or person who is blind or shall be changed annually the new homestead shall such property shall be residing in this state, used for anservation abandoned. Thereafter, property that is not
totally and permanently on January 1st of each be increased so that assessed as provided in household goods and nurnMae shall he the homestead shall be subject to the assessment
SECTION 2. Basic disabled, property to the year; but those changes the difference between this subsection, personal effects to the classified hv eAneral law assessed as provided limitations set forth in
ights.--All natural value fixed by general in assessments shall not the just value and the (4) The value fixed by general and assessed soelyv n the herein. subsections (a) through
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male alike, are equal hundred dollars. following: $500,000. Thereafter, that such property shall thousand dollars, and to ,(b) just value of the new change only as provided
before the law and have (c) Any a. Three the homestead shall be be assessed at just value every widow or widower Pursuant to general homestead is less than in this subsection.
inalienable rights, among county or municipality percent (3%) of the assessed as provided in as of the next assessment or person who is blind or law tangible personal the just value of the prior (1)
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enjoy and defend life its respective tax levy and year. b. By ownership or control, as disabled, property to the as stock in trade and 1 of the year in which this subsection shall be
and liberty, to pursue subject to the provisions b. The general law and defined by general law, value fixed by general livestock may be valued the prior homestead changed annually on
happiness, to be rewarded of this subsection and percent change in the subject to conditions including any change law not less than five for taxation at a specified was abandoned, the the date of assessment
for industry, and to general law, grant Consumer Price Index for specified therein, the of ownership of the hundred dollars. percentage of its value, assessed value of the new provided by law;
acquire, possess and community and economic all urban consumers, U.S. Legislature shall provide. legal entity that owns (c) Any may be classified for homestead shall be equal but those changes in
protect property; except development ad valorem City Average, all items for application of this the property. Thereafter,. county or municipality tax purposes, or may be to the just value of the assessments shall not
that the ownership, tax exemptions to 1967=100, or successor paragraph to property such property shall be may, for the purpose of exempted from taxation, new homestead divided exceed ten percent (10%)
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may be regulated or an exemption may Labor, Bureau of Labor by general law, for or improvements to community and economic Article shall have their homestead. However, if just value.
prohibited by law. No be granted only by Statistics. assessment purposes and such property shall be development ad valorem homestead assessed at the difference between (3) The
person shall be deprived ordinance of the county (2) No subject to the provisions assessed as provided for tax exemptions to just value as of January the just value of the legislature must provide
of any right because of or municipality, and assessment shall exceed of this subsection, by general law; however, new businesses and 1 of the year following new homestead and that such property shall
race, religion, national only after the electors just value, allow counties and after the adjustment expansions of existing the effective date of the assessed value of be assessed at just value
origin, or physical of the county or (3) After any municipalities to for any change, businesses, as defined this amendment. This the new homestead as of the next assessment
disability. municipality voting change of ownership, as authorize by ordinance addition, reduction, by general law. Such assessment shall change calculated pursuant to date after a qualifying
on such question in a provided by general law, that historic property may or improvement, the an exemption may only as provided herein, this sub-subparagraph is improvement, as defined
No. 2 referendum authorize the homestead property shall be assessed solely on the property shall be assessed be granted only by (1) greater than $50Q,000, by general law, is made to
CONSTITUTIONAL county or municipality to be assessed at just value basis of character or use. as provided in this ordinance of the county Assessments subject the assessed value of such property. Thereafter,
AMENDMENT adopt such ordinances, as of January 1 of the Such character or use subsection. or municipality, and to this provision shall the new homestead shall such property shall be
ARTICLE I, NEW An exemption so following year, unless the assessment shall apply =. only after the electors be changed annually be increased so that assessed as provided in
SECTION granted shall apply to provisions of paragraph only to the jurisdiction le islatre hv general of the county or on January 1st of each the difference between this subsection.
(Initiative Petition) improvements to real (8) apply. Thereafter, adopting the ordinance., w and suhietttn municipality voting year; but those changes the just value and the (4) The
property made by or for the homestead shall be The requirements for conditions aneeified on such question in a in assessments shall not assessed value equals legislature may provide
Ballot Title: the use of a new business assessed as provided ji. eligible properties must therein may nrhlhit referendum authorize the exceed the lower of the $500,000. Thereafter, that such property shall
FLORIDA MARRIAGE and improvements to real thishetinng herein. be specified by general the .nnsideratinn of county or municipality to following: the homestead shall be be assessed at just value
PROTECTION property related to the (4) New law. the fnll n ini the adopt such ordinances. a. Three assessed as provided as of the next assessment
AMENDMENT expansion of an existing homestead property (e) A county determination of the An exemption so percent (3%) of the herein, date. after a change of
business and shall also shall be assessed at just may, in the manner assessed value of real granted shall apply to assessment for the prior b. By ownership or control, as
apply to tangible personal value as of January 1st prescribed by general nmrnerty ued for improvements to real year. general law and defined by general law,
property of such new of the year following law, provide for a residential nurnoses' property made by or for b. The subject to conditions including any change
business and tangible the establishment of reduction in the assessed 1A the use of a new business percent change in the specified therein, the of ownership of the
Ballot Summary: personal property related the homestead, unless value of homestead change or imnrvement and improvements to real Consumer Price Index for Legislature shall provide legal entity that owns
This amendment protects to the expansion of the provisions of property to the extent made for the niumoase property related to the all urban consumers, U.S. for application of this the property. Thereafter,
marriage as the legal an existing business, paragraph (8) apply. That of any increase in the imnrmvin tghe nnerty's expansion of an existing City Average, all items paragraph to property such property shall be
union of only one man The amount or limits assessment shall only assessed value of that rXsistane to windA business and shall also 1967=100, or successor owned by more than one assessed as provided in
and one woman as of the amount of such change as provided injhis property which results dama apply to tangible personal reports for the preceding person. this subsection.
husband and wife and exemption shall be gbsjtio herein. from the construction I2 W property of such new calendar year as initially e(d) (5) Changes, -
provides that no other specified by general law. (5) Changes, or reconstruction of installation afa business and tangible reported by the United The legislature may, additions, reductions,
legal union that is treated The period of time for additions, reductions, the property for the renewahle energy source personal property related States Department of by general law, for or improvements to
as marriage or the which such exemption or improvements to purpose of providing dGvi to the expansion of Labor, Bureau of Labor assessment purposes and such property shall be
substantial equivalent may be granted to a new homestead property living quarters for one or an existing business. Statistics. subject to the provisions assessed as provided for
thereof shall be valid or business or expansion of shall be assessed as more natural or adoptive ARTICLE XII The amount or limits (2) No of this subsection, by general law; however,
recognized, an existing business shall provided for by general grandparents or parents of SCHEDULE of the amount of such assessment shall exceed allow counties and after the adjustment
be determined by general law; provided, however, the owner of the property exemption shall be just value, municipalities to for any change,
law. The authority to after the adjustment or of the owner's spouse Li&igan specified by general law. (3) After any authorize by ordinance addition, reduction,
Financial Impact grant such exemption for any change, if at least one of the on the eased vaine of The period of time for change of ownership, as that historic property may or improvement,,the
Statement: shall expire ten years addition, reduction, grandparents or parents ret namnertyv sed for which such exemption provided by general law, be assessed solely on the property shall be assessed
The direct financial from the date of approval or improvement, the for whom the living residential nurses -- may be granted to a new homestead property shall basis of character or use. as provided in this
impact this amendment by the electors of the property shall be assessed quarters are provided is (LAL,. business or expansion of be assessed at just value Such character or use subsection.
Will have on state county or municipality, as provided ijajiL 62 years of age or older. renal of the reneahlbe an existing business shall as of January 1 of the assessment shall apply
eind local government and may be renewable by sggbtion herein. Such a reduction may not energy anurce nronertv be determined by general following year, unless the only to the jurisdiction ARTICLE XII
revenues and referendum as provided (6) In the exceed the lesser of the ta exemnntion in Saetion law. The authority to provisions of paragraph adopting the ordinance. SCHEDULE
expenditures cannot by general law. event of a termination following: of Article VIl shall take grant such exemption (8) apply. Thereafter, The requirements for
be determined, but is (d) By of homestead status, the (1) The effect ,inn annrnval hv shall expire ten years the homestead shall be eligible properties must gULQ
expected to be minor. general la and subject property shall be assessed increase in assessed S from the date of approval assessed as provided be specified by general 7R Prnnrtvtax
to conditions spcifi as provided by general value resulting from by the electors of the herein. law. exemntion nd
Full Text: there, there may be. law. construction or amendment to section county or municipality, (4) New &(e) A clasificntin and
a ra d an ad valorm (7) The reconstruction of the nf Article VTT authnrivine and may be renewable by homestead property county may, in the aespment nfland
SARTICLE I, NEW option a ren "al provisions of this property, th. leilature to referendum as provided shall be assessed at just manner prescribed by used for onnservationn
i. SECTION ener n soe5 d and amendment are severable. (2) Twenty nrnihit an increase in by general law. value as of January 1st general law, provide for a nirnnsr! The
DECLARATION OF to real pp.,erty n w.,hch If any of the provisions of percent of the total the aessassred valne of (d) By of the year following reduction in the assessed amendment ta Saection
t RIGHTS sch deie is stalled this amendment shall be assessed value of the real nronertv nsaed fonr general law and subject the establishment of value of homestead l fArticl.VII
and oprated, to the value held unconstitutional by property as improved. residential nturnse as. to conditions specified the homestead, unless property to the extent renuirine the creation
Inasmuch as marriage is fixed by general law not any court of competent (f) For the result of imnmrving therein, there may be the provisions of of any increase in the f an ad valnram tax
the legal union of only to xcced the o, gnal jurisdiction, the decision all levies other than tha nrneartv'a resistance granted an ad valorem tax paragraph (8) apply, assessed value of that exemntion fat real
one man and one woman .of th.. dic. and fo of such court shall not school district levies, to wind damage r exemption to a renewable That assessment shall property which results nrnertv educated
its husband and wife, no de period "f ti, fled affect or impair any assessments of residential installing a renewnhlabe energy source device and only change as provided from the construction in nertlity for
6ther legal union that is by gen .al la not to, remaining provisions of real property, as defined enerov source device to real property on which herein, or reconstruction of conservation nnanes
treated as marriage or the exceed ten-years, this amendment, by general law, which shall take effect ianeary such device is installed (5) Changes, the property for the and the amendment toa
substantial equivalent f(e) Any (8)a. A contains nine units or JQO and operated, to the value additions, reductions, purpose of providing Section 4 of Article VII
thereof shall be valid or county or municipality person who establishes fewer and which is not fixed by general law not or improvements to living quarters for one or reflurin' land used for
recognized, may, for the purpose of a new homestead as subject to the assessment No. 4 to exceed the original homestead property more natural or adoptive conservation nurnnses to
its respective tax levy and of January 1,2009, limitations set forth in CONSTITUTIONAL cost of the device, and for shall be assessed as grandparents or parents of he classified hv general
S No. 3 subject to the provisions or January I of any subsections (a) through AMENDMENT the period of time fixed provided for by general the owner of the property law and assssed solelyv
CONSTITUTIONAL of this subsection and subsequent year and who (c) shall change only ARTICLE VII, by general law not to law; provided, however, or of the owner's spouse on the basi oaf character
SAMENDMENT general law, grant historic has received a homestead as provided in this SECTIONS 3 AND 4 exceed ten years, after the adjustment if at least one of the nr use fonr urnnuses of
i ARTICLE VII, preservation ad valorem exemption pursuant to subsection. ARTICLE XII, (e) Any for any change, grandparents or parents ad valnrem taxation
SSECTIONS 3 AND 4 tax exemptions to owners Section 6 of this Article (1) SECTION 28 county or municipality addition, reduction, for whom the living hall take effect nnnn
ARTICLE XII, NEW of historic properties, as of January 1 of Assessments subject to (Taxation and Budget may, for the purpose of or improvement, the quarters are provided is annmval hv the electors
I SECTION This exemption may either of the two years this subsection shall be Reform Commission) its respective tax levy and property shall be assessed 62 years of age or older. and shall he implemented
(Taxation and Budget be granted only by immediately preceding changed annually on subject to the provisions as provided herein. Such a reduction may not hv anuarv 1 2010 This
SReform Commission) ordinance of the county the establishment of the date of assessment Ballot Title: of this subsection and (6) In the exceed the lesser of the sectioLn shall take effect
;or municipality. The the new homestead is provided by law; PROPERTY TAX general law, grant historic event of a termination following: unn annrmval nfthe
Ballot Title: amount or limits of the entitled to have the new but those changes in EXEMPTION OF preservation ad valorem of homestead status, the (1) The ietr
CHANGES AND ,amount of this exemption homestead assessed at assessments shall not PERPETUALLY tax exemptions to owners property shall be assessed increase in assessed

IMPROVEMENTS and the requirements for less than just value. If this exceed ten percent (10%) CONSERVED LAND; of historic properties. as provided by general value resulting from
NOT AFFECTING THE eligible properties must revision is approved in of the assessment for the CLASSIFICATION This exemption may law. construction or No. 6
ASSESSED VALUE OF be specified by general January of 2008, a person prior year. AND ASSESSMENT ,be granted only by (7) The reconstruction of the CONSTITUTIONAL
RESIDENTIAL REAL law. The period of time who establishes a new (2) No OF LAND USED FOR ordinance of the county provisions of this property. AMENDMENT
PROPERTY for which this exemption homestead as of January assessment shall exceed CONSERVATION or municipality. The amendment are severable. (2) Twenty ARTICLE VII,
may be granted to a 1, 2008, is entitled to just value. amount or limits of the If any of the provisions of percent of the total SECTION 4
Ballot Summary: property owner shall be have the new homestead (3) After a amount of this exemption this amendment shall be assessed value of the ARTICLE XII, NEW
Authorizes the determined by general assessed at less than just change of ownership or and the requirements for held unconstitutional by property as improved. SECTION
Legislature, by general law. value only if that person control, as defined by Ballot Summary: eligible properties nrust any court of competent (g'(f) For (Taxation and Budget
law, to prohibit (e)ff) By received a homestead general law, including Requires Legislature be specified by general jurisdiction, the decision all levies other than Reform Commission)
consideration of changes general law and subject exemption on January 1, any change of ownership to provide a property law. The period of time of such court shall not school district levies,
or improvements to to conditions specified 2007. The assessed value of a legal entity that tax exemption for real for which this exemption affect or impair any assessments of residential Ballot Title:
residential real property therein, twenty-five of the newly established owns the property, property encumbered by may be granted to a remaining provisions of real property, as defined ASSESSMENT
which increase resistance thousand dollars of homestead shall be such property shall be perpetual conservation property owner shall be this amendment, by general law, which OF WORKING
to wind damage and the assessed value determined as follows: assessed at just value as easements or other determined by general (8)a. A contains nine units or WATERFRONT
installation of renewable of property subject 1. If the of the next assessment perpetual conservation law. person who establishes fewer and which is not PROPERTY BASED
energy source devices to tangible personal just value of the new date. Thereafter, such protections, defined by (f) By a new homestead as subject to the assessment UPON CURRENT USE
as factors in assessing property tax shall be homestead is greater property shall be assessed general law. Requires general law and subject of January 1, 2009, limitations set forth in
the property's value exempt from ad valorem than or equal to the as provided in this Legislature to provide to conditions specified or January 1 of any subsections (a) through
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MOSQUITO From page 1A

On June 27, a trans-
mittal of settlement agree-
ment was sent from Page to
Terry Rhodes, chief of staff;
Richard Tritschler, general
counsel; Dr. Joanne Brown,
deputy commissioner;
and Anderson Rackley,
director of the Division of
Agricultural Environmental
Services stating that the
$500 fine had been paid
and that the settlement
agreement would allow
them to establish a viola-
tion of the law and provide
for additional action in the
event of future violations.
Gulf County admin-
istrator Don Butler then
received a document dated
Sept. 3 from FDACS con-
cerning the Gulf County
Management Analysis Audit
of the county's Mosquito
Control Department.
The audit was conducted
by Angela Weeks-Samanie,
regulatory supervisor and
consultant for FDACS.
The audit examined the
mosquito control program's
compliance with laws, poli-
cies and regulations; finan-
cial operations; training
and development; and inte-
grated pest management.
According to the audit,
"When comparing this
program to others of this

magnitude, Gulf County
Mosquito Control is below
the average dollar amount
of other programs. This
program has maximized its
resources and budget, and
provides a quality mosqui-
to control program to its
citizens while insuring pub-
lic health."
Though Mosquito Control
staff and programs received
high marks from the audit,
county commissioners, the
governing board, did not.
The findings and rec-
ommendations concern-
ing county commissioners
stated that:
0 Commissioners lacked
"proper understanding and
separation of responsibili-
ties necessary for proper
internal controls."
Weeks-Samanie said pes-
ticides had been applied
by an unlicensed county
commissioner on property
other than his own without
confirmation or justifica-
tion, as required by law.
She recommended coun-
ty commissioners review
specific state statutes and
attend state classes and
meetings on mosquito con-
trol, regulation and enforce-
ment "to provide them with
a better understanding
of the laws that they are

mandated to adhere to and
sworn to uphold."
The county or district
used equipment purchased
with mosquito control
funds for private use.
Weeks-Samanie said a
commissioner lent mos-
quito control equipment to
another county department,
free of charge and with-
out prior written approval;
"therefore the district used
equipment purchased with
mosquito control funds for
private use when using the
2003 Kawasaki 4x4 in a Flat
Head Fishing Tournament,
a county benefit."
She recommended the
county be required to have
prior approval to use any
equipment purchased with
Mosquito Control funds for
anything other than mos-
quito use, ensuring compli-
ance with state statutes.
The Mosquito Control
state fund account was not
in compliance with admin-
istrative requirements.
Weeks-Samanie said
state funds designated for

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mosquito control were
deposited into a "cash
pool in a general account"
instead of a separate mos-
quito control account, as
required by state law. A
separate account must be
opened just for Mosquito
Chemical storage areas

were not secure.
Weeks-Samanie said lar-
vidicing pesticides were
not stored in a secured
area, and sprayers contain-
ing adulticiding pesticides
were not secured.
In summary, the audit
said, "The governing board
employs a highly qualified

director and staff. They
are well versed in the stat-
utes and rules that pertain
to mosquito control. The
overall program is managed
very effectively and effi-
ciently. The board should
take full advantage of their
knowledge and experience.
for future decisions."

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"Birds, Bay & Butterflies"

October 4, 2008

Port St. Joe, Florida

Field Trips All Day

Shrimp Boil 11AM to 2PM $10 per person

Location: St. Joseph Bay Preserves Center

3915 State Road 30-A, Port St. Joe, FL

=' Aquatic Preserve Boat and Wading Tours

Buffer Preserve Backcountry Tour

Cape San Bias Birding Tour

S= Migratory Hawk Watch at Deal Tract

Bird ID & Ecology at Deal Tract

I Astronomy Walk and Talk

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* There is a suggested donation of $10 for boating and
off-site birding trips

All other activities free

Pre-registration is suggested

* Bear & Butterfly Talks, Music & Local Photography

Funding provided in part by the
Gulf County Tourist Development Council


Ballot Summary:
Provides for assessment
based upon use of land
used predominantly
for commercial fishing
purposes; land used
for vessel launches
into waters that are
navigable and accessible
to the public; marinas
and drystacks that are
open to the public; and
water-dependent marine
manufacturing facilities,
commercial fishing
facilities, and marine
vessel construction and
repair facilities and their
support activities, subject
to conditions, limitations,
and reasonable definitions
specified by general law.

Full Text:


SECTION 4. Taxation;
assessments.--By general
law regulations shall be
prescribed which shall
secure a just valuation
of all property for
ad valorem taxation,
Agricultural land,
land producing high
water recharge to
Florida's aquifers, or
land used exclusively
for noncommercial
recreational purposes may
be classified by general
law and assessed solely on
the basis of character or
(b) Pursuant
to general law tangible
personal property held for
sale as stock in trade and
livestock may be valued
for taxation at a specified
percentage of its value,
may be classified for
tax purposes, or may be
exempted from taxation.
(c) All
persons entitled to a
homestead exemption
under Section 6 of this
Article shall have their
homestead assessed at
just value as of January

1 of the year following
the effective date of
this amendment. This
assessment shall change
only as provided herein.
Assessments subject
to this provision shall
be changed annually
on January 1st of each
year; but those changes
in assessments shall not
exceed the lower of the
a. Three
percent (3%) of the
assessment for the prior
b. The
percent change in the
Consumer Price Index for
all urban consumers, U.S.
City Average, all items
1967=100, or successor
reports for the preceding
calendar year as initially
reported by the United
States Department of
Labor, Bureau of Labor
(2) No
assessment shall exceed
just value.
(3) After any
change of ownership, as
provided by general law,
homestead property shall
be assessed at just value
as of January 1 of the
following year, unless the
provisions of paragraph
(8) apply. Thereafter,
the homestead shall be
assessed as provided
(4) New
homestead property
shall be assessed at just
value as of January 1st
of the year following
the establishment of the
homestead, unless the
provisions of paragraph
(8) apply. That assessment
shall only change as
provided herein.
(5) Changes,
additions, reductions,
or improvements to
homestead property
shall be assessed as
provided for by general
law; provided, however,
after the adjustment
for any change,
addition, reduction, or

improvement, the property
shall be assessed as
provided herein.
(6) In the
event of a termination
of homestead status, the
property shall be assessed
as provided by general
(7) The
provisions of this
amendment are severable.
If any of the provisions of
this amendment shall be
held unconstitutional by
any court of competent
jurisdiction, the decision
of such court shall not
affect or impair any
remaining provisions of
this amendment.
(8)a. A
person who establishes
a new homestead as
of January 1, 2009,
or January 1 of any
subsequent year and who
has received a homestead
exemption pursuant to
Section 6 of this Article
as of January I of
either of the two years
immediately preceding
the establishment of
the new homestead is
entitled to have the new
homestead assessed at
less than just value. If this
revision is approved in
January of 2008, a person
who establishes a new
homestead as of January
1, 2008, is entitled to
have the new homestead
assessed at less than just
value only if that person
received a homestead
exemption on January 1,
2007. The assessed value
of the newly established
homestead shall be
determined as follows:
1. If the
just value of the new
homestead is greater than
or equal to the just value
of the prior homestead as
of January 1 of the year in
which the prior homestead
was abandoned, the
assessed value of the
new homestead shall
be the just value of the
new homestead minus
an amount equal to the
lesser of $500,000 or

the difference between
the .just value and the
assessed value of the prior
homestead as of January
I of the year in which
the prior homestead was
abandoned. Thereafter,
the homestead shall be
assessed as provided
2. If the
just value of the new
homestead is less than
the just value of the prior
homestead as of January
1 of the year in which
the prior homestead
was abandoned, the
assessed value of the new
homestead shall be equal
to the just value of the
new homestead divided by
the just value of the prior
homestead and multiplied
by the assessed value
of the prior homestead.
However, if the difference
between the just value
of the new homestead
and the assessed value
of the new homestead
calculated pursuant to
this sub-subparagraph is
greater than $500,000,
the assessed value of
the new homestead shall
be increased so that the
difference between the
just value and the assessed
value equals $500,000.
Thereafter, the homestead
shall be assessed as
provided herein.
b. By
general law and
subject to conditions
specified therein, the
Legislature shall provide
for application of this
paragraph to property
owned by more than one
(d) The
legislature may,
by general law, for
assessment purposes
and subject to the
provisions of this
subsection, allow counties
and municipalities to
authorize by ordinance
that historic property may
be assessed solely on the
basis of character or use.
Such character or use
assessment shall apply

only to the jurisdiction'
adopting the ordinance.
The requirements for
eligible properties must be
specified by general law.
(e) A county
may, in the manner
prescribed by general law,
provide for a reduction
in the assessed value of
homestead property to the
extent of any increase in
the assessed value of that
property which results
from the construction
or reconstruction of
the property for the
purpose of providing
living quarters for one,or
more natural or adoptive
grandparents or parents of
the owner of the property
or of the owner's spouse
if at least one of the
grandparents or parents
for whom the living
quarters are provided is
62 years of age or older.
Such a reduction may not
exceed the lesser of the
(1) The
increase in assessed
value resulting from
construction or
reconstruction of the
(2) Twenty
percent of the total
assessed value of the
property as improved.
(f) For
all levies other than
school district levies,
assessments of residential
real property, as defined
by general law, which
contains nine units or
fewer and which is not
subject to the assessment
limitations set forth in
subsections (a) through
(c) shall change only
as provided in this
Assessments subject to
this subsection shall be
changed annually on
the date of assessment
provided by law; but those
changes in assessments
shall not exceed ten
percent (10%) of the
assessment for the prior

.(2) No
assessment shall exceed
just value.
(3) After
a change of ownership
or control, as defined by
general law, including
any change of ownership
of a legal entity that
owns the property,
such property shall be
assessed at just value as
of the next assessment
date. Thereafter, such
property shall be assessed
as provided in this
(4) Changes,
additions, reductions,
or improvements to
such property shall be
assessed as provided for
by general law; however,
after the adjustment
for any change,
addition, reduction,
or improvement, the
property shall be assessed
as provided in this
(g) For all
levies other than school
district levies, assessments
of real property that is not
subject to the assessment
limitations set forth in
subsections (a) through
(c) and (f) shall change
only as provided in this
Assessments subject to
this subsection shall be
changed annually on
the date of assessment
provided by law; but those
changes in assessments
shall not exceed ten
percent (10%) of the
assessment for the prior
(2) No
assessment shall exceed
just value.
(3) The
legislature must provide
that such property shall
be assessed at just value
as of the next assessment
date after a qualifying
improvement, as defined
by general law, is made to
such property. Thereafter,
such property shall be
assessed as provided in
this subsection.

(4) The
legislature may provide
that such property shall
be assessed at just value
as of the next assessment
date after a change of
ownership or control, as
defined by general law,
including any change of
ownership of the legal
entity that owns the
property. Thereafter, such
property shall be assessed
as provided in this
(5) Changes,
additions, reductions,
or improvements to
such property shall be
assessed as provided for
by general law; however,
after the adjustment
for any change,
addition, reduction,
or improvement, the
property shall be assessed
as provided in this

The assessment of the
following working
waterfront nrnnerties shall
he hased lnon the renrrent
nse of the nrnnertv

,,sed nredominantlyv
for commercial fishin,

that is accessihle to the
nuhlie and used for vessel
lamnches into waters that
are navilahle

and dirvistacks that are
onen to the nuhlic
d. Watr-
denendent marine
manufacthring facilities
commercial fishing
facilities and marine
vessel cnnstnction and
repair facilities and their
sunnort activities

assessment benefit
nrovided hv this
s b section is snhieet to
cnnditinns and limitations
and reasonahle definitions
as snrified hv the
legislanre hv general law


of working waterfront
nrnnertv --The amendment
to Section 4 of Article
VIT providing for the
assessment of working
waterfront nronertv based
on current use and this
sectionn shall take effect
aon annroval hv the
electors and shall first
annlv to assessments
for tax years beginning
Tanuary 1 7f0100

No. 8
(Taxation and Budget
Reform Commission)

Ballot Title:

Ballot Summary:
Proposing an amendment
to the State Constitution
to require that the
Legislature authorize
counties to levy a local
option sales tax to
supplement community
college funding; requiring
voter approval to levy
the tax; providing that
approved taxes will sunset
after 5 years and may be
reauthorized by the voters.

Full Text:

Local taxes.-
(a) Counties,
school districts, and
municipalities shall, and
special districts may, be
authorized by law to levy
ad valorem taxes and may
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More Options for Local

Grocery Shopping

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
(Editor's note: This is the second of
several articles examining retail shop-
ping in Mexico Beach and Gulf County.
Using the price of gasoline as a launch-
ing point, The Star is examining retail in
the area, shopping options for residents,
merchants' opinions and some possi-
bilities for the future of retail in Mexico
Beach and Gulf County.
This article continues last week's arti-
cle, listing additional local options for
buying groceries without driving into
Panama City.)

Home Grown Options
Since gasoline is once again hovering
near the $4 per gallon mark, residents of
Gulf County are beginning to factor in the
time and cost of driving into Panama City
for groceries.
As shown last week, whether traveling
to Winn Dixie and WalMart in Callaway

or shopping along 23rd Street and the
Panama City Mall area, after costs of time
and fuel are added to grocery prices,
shopping locally becomes much more
In Gulf County, especially Port St. Joe,
the newly-formed Port St. Joe SaltAir
Farmer's Market, which opened in April,
has been a welcome outlet for fresh fruits
and vegetables.
The market currently operates every
first and third Saturday, April through
November, at the Port St. Joe city hall
parking lot on the corner of Reid Avenue
and Cecil G. Costin Boulevard.
Additional grocery shopping is available
in Port St. Joe at Henderson's Produce
on U.S. 98 and Paradise Grocery on the
corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard
and Avenue C.
Dollar General stores (on U.S. 98 in Port
St. Joe and on S.R. 71 in Wewahitchka)
and Family Dollar (on Costin Boulevard
in Port St. Joe) also carry a small selec-
tion of food staples at competitive prices,
although they stock very few dairy prod-

In Wewahitchka, grocery shopping is
available at the IGA and in Mexico Beach
at Gulf Foods.
The Wewahitchka IGA, on S.R. 71, is
comparably priced to the Piggly Wiggly (for
some items, slightly higher), with a large
selection of fresh produce from surround-
ing truck farms and a sizeable wine and
,beer selection.
At the corner of U.S. 98 and Ninth
Street, Gulf Foods much, much smaller
than either Piggly Wiggly or IGA serves a
niche market in Mexico Beach.

Prices there are generally higher than
Piggly Wiggly, but the meat market, while
tiny, offers excellent prices and prime
cuts. The store also carries a nice selec-
tion of wine and beer.
The Port St. Joe Piggly Wiggly does not
carry alcoholic beverages.
Wines and specialty foods are avail-
able at Prickly Pears Gourmet Gallery in
Mexico Beach.
The little former beach cottage on
U.S. 98 at Thirty-Sixth Street offers a
wide range of specialty cheeses, sauces,
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crackers, organic spices, gourmet
coffees and teas, wines and choco-
-.Its prices are reasonable for its
slhcialty products, although they are
on the higher side, just as similar
items are at the Piggly Wiggly or IGA.
But that is to be expected for items
that are not in great demand at the
larger local stores.
Fresh seafood is also readily avail-
able in both Mexico Beach and south
Gulf County.
The Shell Shack in Mexico Beach,
on U.S. 98 beside Marquardt's
Marina, St. Patrick's Seafood in Port
St. Joe on Costin Boulevard, St. Joe
Shrimp and Triple Tails Liquor and
Gifts, both on C.R. 30-A in Simmons
Bayou, sell to the public.
,They are all very competitively
priced, both with each other and with
vendors in Panama City.
In fact, during the summertime,
buying local seafood is an excellent
bargain, with jumbo six per pound
- shrimp currently running about
$8 to $9 per pound, and medium to
large shrimp currently selling locally
at between four and eight dollars per
There are also several home-based
seafood vendors who advertise along

U.S. 98 in St. Joe Beach by signs on
the side of the road, and generally
their prices are also competitive.
Hungry people can also get reason-
ably-priced fresh seafood at several
local steam bars, where your choices
are steamed often for free while
you wait.
Local steam bars, some offering
more selections than others, current-
ly include Two Crabs and The Lazy
Grouper (both on U.S. 98 in Mexico
Beach), Half Shells (in Port St. Joe),
Piggly Wiggly, Triple Tails, and Indian
Pass Raw Bar (C.R. 30-A).
For people who live or who are
vacationing in the farther parts of the
area and who do not want to drive
even into Port St. Joe or Wewahitchka
for groceries, options are still avail-
There are little local stores scat-
tered throughout the county, and,
while prices may be higher than at
IGA or the Piggly Wiggly, when you
factor in time spent and gas burned
to drive from Indian Pass or Cape
San Blas or the far end of St. Joseph
Peninsula, the food prices quickly
even out.
For locals and visitors alike an
assortment of basic grocery staples
and, in some cases, a selection of
alcoholic beverages, are available
at locations such as: Indian Pass
Campground (at the end of Indian
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hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on
the budget AND TAXES will be held on

Monday, September 29th, 2008
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TAXES: Millages
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AD VALOREM: Fine & Forfeiture 1.5713
AD VALOREM: St. Joseph Fire 0.5000
AD VALOREM: Tupelo Fire 0.5000
AD VALOREM: Overstreet Fire 0.5000
AD VALOREM: Howard Creek Fire 0.5000
AD VALOREM: Voted Debt Gulf Front MSTU 6.0000

AD VALOREM: Voted Debt Interior MSTU

Sales, Use, and Fuel Taxes
Communications Service Tax
Licenses and Permits
Intergovernmental Revenue
'-Charges for Services
"Judgments and Fines
Miscellaneous Revenue
Other Financing Sources


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.Physical Environment
Economic Environment
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Gator Defense Shines in Win over Cottondale

By Josh Weinfuss
Florida Freedom Newspapers

Wewahitchka's young defense
grew up in a hurry Friday
A week after giving up more
than 40 points, the Gators
came out in a new look and
shut down Cottondale's fast
and experienced offense 26-
It was a vast difference from
last weekend, when both teams
allowed more than 40 points.
After a little coaxing by his

defensive coaches and another
viewing of last week's game
film, Wewahitchka coach Todd
Lanter changed the defensive
front from a 5-3 set to a 4-4.
"It allowed them to get to the
ball quicker," Lanter said. "The
key was we did some things last
week where we had some peo-
ple trying to do other people's
jobs. This week, people did
their own job."
If there was any question the
change worked, Wewahitchka
(1-1) forced three key turnovers
and held the Hornets' best play-

er, senior Jacob Herring, to
minus-13 yards rushing.
"It was because their defense
played a heck of a game,"
Cottondale coach Mike Melvin
said. "We didn't block anybody,
and they put a lot of pressure
on our quarterback."
When Wewa needed its
defense the most, it rose to
the occasion. With 2 minutes,
9 seconds left in the game,
Herring completed a 21-yard
halfback pass to Nick Jackson.
Trailing by six points, but with
a fresh first down, the Hornets

(1-2) had the momentum until
Cottondale quarterback Jesse
Freeman was sacked and lost
the ball. The Gators' Marquis
Hurley recovered, and the
Gators ran out the clock.
Gator quarterback Cody Wade
rushed for 52 yards, includ-
ing a 9-yard touchdown. He
passed for123 yards and two
touchdowns, both to Chance
Knowles, on 8 of 13 passing. .
The Gators' defense was so
effective in the first half that
the only way the Hornets scored
was on a trick play. Herring

threw a 40-yard halfback pass
to Terry Benbow late in the sec-
ond quarter to give Cottondale
a 6-0 lead. Freeman passed for
the other TD, part of his 129-
yard night on 13 of 22 passing.
While Wewa's defense was
doing its job, the offense was
picking apart Cottondale, scor-
ing all its points in the second
half. Knowles had 69 yards and
two TDs receiving and scored a
third TD on the ground.
"Anytime we got Knowles one
on one with someone, I feel we
got a chance," Lanter said.

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Residents in the Big Bend region have gathered for
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Crowder Excavation's Kingfish Shootout is a chance
to remember friends and family who have been affected
by leukemia. Boats will shove off from the C-Quarters
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PSJ Middle School Still Unbeaten

There are two games
in the belt for Port St.
Joe Middle School, two
wins and an unbeaten
season heading into a
Tuesday showdown with
another unbeaten team,
The Sharks entered
Tuesday's game at
Blountstown, which was
played after press time,
on a roll after easy vic-
tories over Wewahitchka
and Franklin County.
Against Wewahitchka on
Sept. 9, the Sharks scored
22 first-half points and
rested their starters the
rest of the way in a 22-2
Jarkeice Davis started
Port St. Joe's engine early
with a 60-yard touchdown
run on the Sharks' first
Quarterback Tucker

Farmer, with
scored four
to lead Port
St. Joe Middle
School over
Fran k I n
County last

Smith connected with
Austin Farmer on a 45-
yard touchdown pass
later in the opening quar-
ter. Natrone Lee broke
a 45-yard run in the
second quarter that set
up Davis' second touch-
down, which came on a
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70-yard touchdown pass
from Smith. Farmer also

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halfback pass from Jay
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a Franklin County fumble
and rumbled 95 yards for
a touchdown, and Frankie
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Shut out

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The first taste seemed par-
ticularly sweet for Port St. Joe
coach Vern Barth on Friday
Port St. Joe capitalized on
two punt team mistakes in the
first half and dominated the
second 24 minutes with rushing
and defense for a 25-0 victory
over rival Blountstown at Shark
The win was the first at home
and in purple and gold for Barth
and evened his record at 1-1 in
his first year at Port St. Joe.
. The loss dropped Blountstown
to 0-3.
"This is one I wanted a lot,"
Barth said. "On both sides of
the ball the effort was there.
We had last week off, and we
worked hard.
"I was real pleased with our
effort, our hard work and their
belief in me that we could get
this done."
During a first half largely
lacking offense the teams
combined for 144 yards two
punt plays put Blountstown in
an early hole.
The Tigers stopped Port St.

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Greg Farmer (No. 10) had 126 total yards and three rushing touchdowns to lead the Shark attack.

Joe on it first possession, but
PJ. Buggs made a mere stab
with his left hand at Rakeem
Quinn's punt, and the ball car-
omed off Buggs' glove to the
ground, where Willie Quinn
pounced on top of it at the
Blountstown 10.
Greg Farmer, who finished
with 109 yards and three touch-
downs along with two recep-
tions for another 17 yards, bar-
reled through a gaping hole on a
trap play to score on the ensu-
ing play.
Jonathan Waldo hit the extra
point for a 7-0 Port St. Joe
With 3:55 left in the half,
Blountstown offered up another
key mistake on a punt play,

roughing the kicker for a 15-
yard penalty and keeping a
Tiger Shark drive alive at the
Port St. Joe 49.
Five plays later, Farmer bust-
ed over left tackle from the
Blountstown 8, and the teams
went into halftime with Port St.
Joe up 13-0 after the snap on
the extra point was high.
"Our futility on offense
is the biggest concern," said
Blountstown coach Greg Jordan
after his team was limited to less
than 100 yards total offense.
"We are starting a lot of young
players, and they are going to
get better, they just aren't there
yet. For that, I take responsibil-
The Tiger Sharks, meanwhile,

had 185 yards in the second
half alone, all but five of those
yards coming on the ground as
they melted the clock.
Port St. Joe took the second
half kickoff and drove 76 yards
in nine plays, the final five yards
coming from Farmer up the gut.
The Tiger Sharks tried to pass
for two points but failed.
The Tiger Sharks' first drive
of the fourth quarter was almost
identical, a 77-yard march in
nine plays.
Calvin Pryor, who had 99
rushing yards, dashed up the
middle on a 15-yard trap play
for the touchdown.
The extra point was blocked,
and Barth had his first win at
Port St. Joe.

Golf Tourney to

Benefit Seniors
The Port St. Joe Arizona Chemical
Company plant is co-sponsoring a golf
tournament for the Gulf County Senior
Citizens Meals on Wheels program.
This tournament will be open to all
members and guests. The entry fee
will be $60 per person. This fee will
include green fee, golf cart, a chance
for a hole-in-one prize of $10,000 and
eight special event prizes and a buffet
dinner during the awards program.
There will be drawings for door prizes
as well.
Entry forms will be available at
the St. Joseph Bay Country Club Pro
Shop, Senior Citizen's Center and
Hannon Insurance Agency. All players
must meet the handicap requirements
on the entry form. The deadline for
entry is Oct. 24.
Any individual, business or orga-
nization who would like to sponsor a
team or a hole is asked to call Jerry
at 899-1036 or Heather or Johanna at
Help us fill all 22 team slots and join
in a day of fun as we show our support
for the cause, which supports elderly
men and women of Gulf County.
Players may call Jerry Stokoe 899-
1036 and register by telephone. Please
have the handicaps for all players. The
entry fee can be dropped off at the
St. Joseph Bay Country Club prior to
Oct. 24.
The team prizes are as follows
First Place: $600
Second Place: $400
Third Place: $200
Fourth Place: $100


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"We could not be more thrilled with
how the renourished area performed," she
said. "Unfortunately, it's just heartbreak-
ing about the houses along the final two
miles that didn't have the new beach in
front of them."
Twenty-six houses and dwellings have
been listed as condemned by the county,
which can mean something as small as the
steps being destroyed, Pickett said.
Structural engineers who examined the
dwellings last week said none were com-
pletely totaled, said Pickett, who added,
"Hopefully, the property owners can do
with their property what they want to do.
"While we definitely had some sand loss,
the completed portion of the project pro-
tected the beach and private property as it
was supposed to do," she said. "If the proj-
ect had been completed before the storm,
I feel confident that none of the houses
would be damaged."
There are about two miles left in the

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project, "the longest, slowest part, where
they're going to add the most sand to make
the widest beach," Pickett said.
The project began at the northern end of
St. Joseph Peninsula in the state park and
moved south, where it will end in the area
known as the Stump Hole.
There, the beach will have almost three
times the amount of material placed on
it as the rest of the renourishment area,
Pickett said.
The project originally had been sched-
uled to end in November but probably will
continue through December because of
several weather delays, Pickett said.
She said the county is waiting to hear if
the state will receive a presidential declara-
tion of emergency, which will allow them to
apply for Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) funds.
If the county receives FEMA funding,
more sand will be added to the project
area, she said.

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Construction is continu-
ing on the new $35 mil-
lion Sacred Heart Hospital
being built along Highway
98 in Port St. Joe. The
new hospital and adjacent
medical office building will
bring quality healthcare to
Gulf and Franklin counties
and will provide as many
as 150 new jobs.
"The construction is
progressing nicely, and we
have been fortunate not to
be impacted by any inclem-
ent weather, which could
delay the project," said
Brian Matson, vice presi-
dent of strategic planning
for Sacred Heart Health
System. "We are still on
target to open the hospital
in the fall of 2009."
Work on the foundation
and excavation of retention
ponds on the 27-acre site is
now complete. Installation
of underground electrical
and plumbing infrastruc-
tures is under way, and
vertical construction of the
building is slated to begin
the first week in October.
Construction of the adja-
cent medical office build-
ing is anticipated to begin
in the next 60 days aind .i.
scheduled to open with the
new hospital,
"Offering a medical
office building on the hos-
pital' campus will provide
patients convenient access
both to physicians and any
required diagnostic servic-
es," said Peter Heckathofn,
executive vice president,
Sacred Heart Health
Sacred Heart has pro-
vided radiology services in
local area for more than
a year and recently began
offering rehabilitation ser-
vices in both the Port St.
Joe and Beacon Hill com-
"Sacred Heart is pleased
to show our commitment
to the local communi-
ty by offering these ser-
vices in advance of our
hospital opening," said
Sidney Scarborough, vice
president of ambulatory
care, Sacred Heart Heath
System. "Response to the
rehab clinics and radiology
services has been encour-
aging, and the physicians
have been extremely sup-
The new Sacred Heart
Hospital will provide resi-
dents of Gulf and Franklin
counties with healthcare
facilities that include:
A community hospi-
tal with private rooms,
a 24-hour emergency
department and operating
A full complement of
diagnostic and laboratory
A medical office build-
ing with space for primary
care and specialty physi-
cians, as well as various
outpatient services.
A helipad to be used
by Sacred Heart's AirHeart
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transport for trauma
patients and other criti-
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Humane Society Fundraiser

Kicks Off Saturday

Last Call for Paws in Park, Bow Wow Bash

A pair of 14 karat gold diamond encrusted earrings will be auctioned during the Sept.
27 Bow Wow Bash.

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
The time is almost here for people and
pets to party in the park.
The fourth annual Paws in the Park/Bow
Wow Bash will be Sept. 27 at Centennial
Park in Port St. Joe. It is the primary
fundraiser for the St. Joseph Bay Humane
The free daytime Paws in the Park kicks
off with an 8 a.m. ET 5K walk/run on a
certified course, open to both people and
Beginning at 10 a.m., booths, arts and
crafts, activities and food for the entire
family, including pet-interactive events,
will offer entertainment until 2 p.m. The

Gulf County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit will
entertain the crowd from 11:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m.
The adult-styled Bow-Wow Bash that
evening will- feature the Smackwater
Retrievers, a blues and jazz group from
the Eastpoint area. One of the Bash's
highlights is always the live and silent
auction throughout the evening. Tickets
for the Bash are $30 each or $250 for a
table of 10.
In addition to the party, this year's
Bash raffle gives some lucky ticket holder
$10,000 in cash.
The raffle will also award five additional
prizes of $1,000 each.
See PAWS on Page 12B'

Fundraiser to Help Animals like Bob the Dog

The St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, unlike many
humane societies across the nation, has a very active, hands-
on board of directors, along with amazingly dedicated
and generous volunteers and staff. And Gulf County is
an admirably supportive community for abandoned and
abused animals and their plights.
Funds raised from the annual community favorite
Paws in the Park/Bow Wow Bash are the mainstay for the
Society's yearly operations.
But the St. Joe Bay Humane Society is struggling in the
current local economic situation, and for the first time in
11 years is actively soliciting donations from the general
public, according to board member Sandi Christy.
The Society's resources are stretched alarmingly thin,
and it is beginning to affect some of the needier animals
that require specialized care, or that have been at the
Society for several months.
Like Bob the dog.
Bob has become the favorite of the Society's staff. who
call him their "big white teddy bear."

When Bob becomes nervous, he suffers from a severe skin

Voter Drive

Under Way

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
In this all important year
at the ballot box, Supervisor
of Elections Linda Griffin is
keeping the full-court press
on educating the voting
Griffin's office will hold
two voter registration
drives in the coming weeks
to provide an opportunity
for those not already on the
rolls to get on there before
the general election arrives
on Nov. 4.
The first event will be in
front of the Piggly Wiggly in
Port St. Joe on Saturday,
Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. until
12 noon ET.
This will provide
people an opportunity to
register to vote, change
parties or update their
voter information, such as
address changes and the
The second event in this
get out the vote effort will
be held in front of the Piggly
Wiggly on Wednesday, Oct.
1 from 1-4 p.m. ET.
These two voter
registration events are

just a sampling of the
effort Griffin's office puts
into engaging voters every
election cycle..
Staff members from her
office have already been to
each of the county's high
schools to sign up those
seniors who will be of voting
age on Nov. 4.
In addition, last week,
a voter registration drive
was held in front of the IGA
store in Wewahitchka for
voters on the north end of
the county.
Voters should be mindful
that the books for the
General Election close on
Oct. 6, so changes in party
and other critical voter
information, including
registering to vote, can not
by law be accommodated
after that date.
People with questions or
concerns about their voter
registration are encouraged
to contact Griffin's office at
229-6117. Please do not
wait until Election Day.
Dates for early voting as
well as information about
requesting absentee ballots
will be printed at a later

Bob is a special needs dog whose time is, unfortunately,
running out at the Society, Christy admitted.
"Bob has been here well over six months, and while we
have been continually looking for a 'forever' home for Bob,
we just haven't found it yet," Christy said. "But because
Bob has special needs and requires so much time and
treatment, we're going to have to make a decision about
him very soon. He really is running out of time."
Bob, about 50 pounds of white fur with a black patch
above his left eye and a big black nose, is fine as long as he
is in a quiet, safe place, surrounded by people and other
dogs with whom he is already well acquainted.,
But when Bob's surroundings change like when a new
batch of dogs is sheltered in the Society kennels around
Bob, and he has to meet and associate with strange canines,
Bob gets so nervous he develops a terrible skin problem.
With special baths, skin treatments and several rounds
of antibiotics, along with semi-seclusion and quiet, Bob's
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Meredith Leigh Godfrey and Antwione
Demetrios Allen, of Lynn Haven, Fla.,
along with their parents are pleased to
announce their engagement and forth-
coming marriage.
Meredith is the daughter of Rick
Godfrey, of Port St. Joe, Fla., and Edith
McLawhon, of Panama City, Fla. The
bride is a 1999 graduate of Port St.
Joe High School and a 2004 graduate
of Auburn University with a degree in
sociology. She is currently employed
with Big Bend Community Based Care
in Panama City.
Antwione is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Billy Martin ,of Crestview, Fla. The
groom is a 1995 graduate of Port St.
Joe High School and a 1998 graduate
of Meridian Community College with an
associates degree in business manage-
An Oct. 18 wedding is planned for
6 p.m. EST at The Coombs Inn in
Apalachicola, Fla., with a reception
immediately following. The couple
would like to extend an invitation to all
of their family and friends.

Relay for Life Party Sept. 25
Relay for Life of Port St. Joe will. hold an marathon lasts overnight and is packed with
Early Bird Registration Pool Party on Thursday, fun, entertainment and ceremonies as we fight
Sept. 25. The fun starts at back against cancer. The
5:30 p.m. ET at Southern party will have the same
Resorts at Barefoot Cottages, spirit of fun as the relay
3052 West Hwy. 98, Port St itself.
Joe. The pool will be open, The Port St Joe Relay
and we will be grilling hot RELAY for Life committee cordially
dogs and hamburgers. Soft FOR LIFE invite families, caregivers,
drinks will be provided, and F E cancer survivors, schools,
you are welcome to bring companies, previous year's
your own cooler. teams and any other vol-
It's never too early to unteers to register for the
prepare for our lodal com- 2009 relay, pick out camp
munity celebration of this sites and be first in line to
annual American Cancer pick out your country for the
Society international fund- "Relay Around the World"
raising event, set for spring theme for next year's event.
2009. Relay for Life team members take turns Call Scott Baker at (850) 227-6804 or Suzanne
walking around the track to raise money for Doran at (850) 639-3407 for more informa-
the American Cancer Society. The 18-hour tion.




who's 40
Valerie Hamilton Jones
celebrated her birthday
Sept. 27 with family, friends
and co-workers.

Congratulations to Courtney

Beachum and Allen O'Neal
The families of Courtney Beachum and Allen O'Neal would like to con-
gratulate them on their marriage. They were two for six years and now
have become one on Sept. 15. As they said their vows and exchanged
rings, joining them was pastor Johnny Jenkins, their 3-year-old daughter,
Sha' myra O'Neal, and family.
We are so proud of you.

Community Pride Clean-Up is Saturday
Let's come together to beautify our community at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept.
27. 1 "1 "
We need volunteers to assist with this effort, which will last until about
noon. We will meet at MLK Boulevard and Avenue C.
The city will provide work gloves and trash bags and will hold a cookout
afterward. Clean up your area. Take pride in your community. Sign-up at the
Korner Store.
The point of contact is Eddie Fields at 899-5105.

Oct. 11-18 Make a Difference Week

The People Helping People of Gulf
County, the City of Port St, Joe, Port
St Joe Elementary School, Washington
Improvement Group, Faith Christian
School, Boy Scouts and various church
organizations will be participating in a
major food drive from Oct. 11-18.
Children will be asked to sign up as
Make A Difference helpers to accom-
plish this. The schools will be sending
fliers home with the children. The chil-
dren will collect food in their respective
neighborhoods and bring this food to

the Frank Pate Park from 9 a.m. until 1
p.m. ET on Oct. 18. The children will be
treated to a hot dog, drinks and potato
chips. The children also will be given a
Make A Difference Day pin for them to
wear proudly.
Anyone who would like to donate food
for the community food bank may drop
it off at the tent from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Oct. 18. Please call Jerry Stokoe at 229-
5262 with questions.
Watch the STAR for more informa-

1st Annual

Florida Seafood Festival

Cooking Contest

The Florida Seafood Festival is taking applications for
its first Seafood Cooking Contest to be held on Nov.1st
2008 during the festival. Has people been telling you for
years you have the best oyster stew in the world or your
shrimp salad is to die for and people for some reason
keep inviting them selves over to eat every time you cook
your seafood dish then send in the application to enter in
the 1st annual Florida Seafood Festival cooking contest.
entry is free and the only requirement is included in the
dish must be one of Franklin counties local seafood. If
anyone is interested in showing off how they cook our
local seafood you can find applications on our website prizes and trophies will
be awarded for 1,2,3 places as well as one for the most
original dish if you have any questions you can email us

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Soil's pH Level

Important for

Plant Growth

Suppose you have a
healthy plant, you set it
in what seems to be good
soil, you water and fertilize
it adequately, it appears to
be getting plenty of sun-
shine and still the plant
does poorly. What could
be the matter? The prob-
lem very likely could be
improper soil pH.
PH is just a scientific
scale for measuring dif-
ferent levels of
acidity. Soil pH
is important to
plants because
it influences the
chemical form of
microbial pro-
cesses. Some ele-
ments influenced
by pH are essen-
tial nutrients for
plants, so soil
pH affects plant
PH is simply a
numerical scale Roy
used to express Car
acid levels'. The Gulf C
scale goes 'from Gulf C
0.0 to 14.0 with Exte
the lower num- Ag
bers describing
great acidity. The
midpoint of the scale or a
pH of 7.0 is the value for
pure water, which is neu-
tral because it is neither
acid nor alkaline.
PH is chemical short-
hand, describing the con-
centration of hydrogen in
the soil. Hydrogen is the
element that determines
the level of acidity. Each
whole number drop on the
pH scale indicates 10 times
more acidity.' For example,
a soil with a pH number
higher than 7.0 indicates
alkaline or sweet soils, and
the higher the number, the
more alkaline the soil.
Two good examples of
acid and alkaline liquids
are orange juice and sea-
water. Orange juice is very
acidic, having a pH of 3.7,
while seawater is slight-
ly alkaline, with a. pH of
Most plants have a range
of tolerance to the pH level
of the soil, but plant nutri-
ents are most available in
the pH range of 5.5 to 6.5,
and most popular Florida
landscape ornamentals
grow well in soils rang-
ing fro neutral to slightly
Certain plants, however,
need acid or alkaline soils
having pH values out of
this usual "best" range. For
example, azalea, bougain-
villea, croton, dogwood,
gardenia, hibiscus, holly,
and magnolia need very
acidic soils having a pH
below 5.5 to grow best.
In areas where soils are
alkaline, these plants grow
poorly. There are a few
plants that grow quite well
in alkaline soils, including
cabbage palm and olean-
About the only way you'll
ever know whether your
soil is within the range
that allows for the best
growth of the plants in
your landscape is to have
a soil test run to deter-
mine the pH level. If the
pH is not at the optimum
level, it can be raised or
lowered using chemicals
available to all homeown-
ers. But I must say here
that pH is by no means
and indication of soil fer-
tility. It simply measures
the acid or alkaline condi-
tion of your soil.

How do I raise my
soil pH?
First, have a lime require-
ment test run on your soil.
Such a test measures your
soil buffering capacity


and tells how much lime
you need to apply. Next,
apply the prescribed about
of agricultural limestone.
Always test before liming.
Don't just assume that lime
is needed.

How can I lower
my soil pH?
When soil Ph is high
because of naturally occur-


ring lime (such
as limestone,
marl or sea-
shell), there is
no practical way
of permanently
lowering the soil
pH. There simply
is too much lime
present to neu-
tralize. The same
is often true near
masonry build-
ings where exces-
sive waste con-
crete and mortar
fell on the soil

county during construc-
U tion.
.Sion Elemental sul-
nt fur added to soil
will result in a
lower soil pH.
That's because soil bac-
teria transform elemental
sulfur to sulfuric acid. The
acid in turn neutralizes
any alkalinity with which
it comes into contact.
However, as soon as the
sulfur is "used up," soil
pH will return to its origi-
nal value. The cycle of pH
dropping and then rising
again to its original high
level can be as short as a
couple of weeks, depend-
ing on the rate and method
of sulfur application. If you
try to get around this cycle
by putting on high rates
of sulfur, or if you make
the applications too fre-
quently, your run the risk
of damaging your plants.
For more information on
soil pH, contact the Gulf
County Extension Office
at 639-3200 or 229-2909
or visit www:ll//gulf.ifas.





Bay Day Bringing Country

Shrimp Boi

When: Oct. 4
What: This event will include a
low country shrimp boil, aquatic
preserve boat and wading tours,
buffer preserve backcountry and
butterfly tours, Cape San Blas bird-
ing tour, migratory hawk watch and
birding ID, ecology at the Deal Tract,
astronomy walk and talk and music
and photography. On Oct. 5, there
will be a butterfly field trip with Bill

, Butterfly Tours

Boothe. The shrimp boil will be 11
a.m. to 2 p.m. for $10.
Location: St. Joseph Bay
Preserves Center, 3915 State Road
30A, Port St. Joe
More information: Call (850)
229-1787 or e-mail info@birdfes-
You can 'help us by putting up
some flyers in your area. Visit www.

BayDayFlyer2008.pdf to download.
Thanks! While you're there, check
out pictures of last year's Bay Day.
To register: Tour availability is
by reservation on our Web site or
on a first-come basis the day of
the event. There is a suggested
donation of $10 for boating trips
and off-site birding trips. Register

Gulf County Health Fair Oct. 10

The Gulf County Senior Citizens
Association presents its annual free
Health Fair on Friday, Oct. 10.
Held at the Port St. Joe Senior
and Community Center at 120
Library Drive, the event provides
health and wellness informa-
tion and resources for seniors,
family caregivers and the public.
Examples of information include
financial and disability resources

and info about hospice care, home
healthcare, prevention and treat-
ment of high blood pressure and
The event will be an experience
you will not want to miss. In addi-
tion to information, several vendors
from area health agencies will be
on hand doing health checks. Types
of screening that will be available
include blood pressure and oxy-

Kiwanis Korner
By Johanna White
At this week's meeting of the Port St. Joe Kiwanis
Club, we began discussing our upcoming annual bud-
get, committee assignments and community activi-
ties. Our new fiscal year will begin in October with Bo
Patterson being sworn in as our incoming president,
David Britton as vice president, Pauline Pendarvis as
secretary and Kathy Balentine as treasurer. We are
encouraging all our members to try to be present for
these discussions.
The Port St. Joe Kiwanis Club meets at noon
Tuesday at the Gulf County ARC/Transportation
Building off of Industrial Road. If you are interested
in becoming a member of a civic club and a great
group dedicated to giving back to our community, you
can contact Johanna White at 227-6268.

Voter Drive is Saturday
In a concerted effort, social, civic, religious organi-
zations and individuals have came together to host "A
Community Voter Registration and Restore Of Your.
Civil Rights Drive" for those who are eligible to vote..
This event will be Saturday, Sept. 27, on the corner
of Avenue C and MLK Boulevard, at the North Port St.
Joe Police Substation Building. Our goal is to register
as many people as we can who desire to vote and
help them get their civil rights restored. The public is
welcome from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to register. Contact
Deaconess Sally Jenkins with any questions.

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screening, bone density, hearing and
vision testing.
In addition to all that, the Gulf
County Health Department will be
on hand to administer flu shots. The
department will accept Medicaid
and Medicare along with third-party
insurance. Self-pay will be $28.
For additional information, please
call 229-8466.

This is Bob- a very, very special guy that
desperately needs to find his forever home! Bob
came into the HS with a serious skin condition,
has been treated and has now recovered. In
order to stay healthy and happy Bob must
find his new family where he can be quite and
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Millard 'Smokey' Paul

Millard "Smokey" Paul, age 78, of
Panama City, Fla. journeyed onward
with the Lord on Sunday, September
21, 2008, surrounded by his beloved
family and friends at his home in
Bayou George, as he had wished.
Smokey was born in Bonifay, Fla.
to the late Charlie and
Minnie (Weeks) Paul and
grew up in Wewahitchka,
Fla. He was the youngest
of five children and f
all of his siblings were "
instrumentalists and
,singers. Smokey was a
self-taught guitar player
by the age of 14. He often
said, "Everytime I had
the chance, I would grab
up one of my brothers'
instruments and run
with it." Hence, such a
young and great talent he
became. Smokey enlisted
into the United States
Army at age 20 and would make the
military his career. He was able to
combine his love of music and with
his military service by enlisting in the
United States Third Army Band. In
the marching band, his instrument
was the bass drum. Smokey also
had combo bands as well and played
at functions for the military officers
and non-commissioned officers.
He studied music and was the U.S.
Third Army Band Director at his
last post at Hunter Army Airfield in
Savannah, Georgia where he retired
as a Master Sergeant in June, 1972
and purchased land in Bayou George
where he and his family settled. His
tours of duty included Heidleberg,
Germany (1955-58), a tour of Korea
(1959) and a tour in Vietnam (1966-
67). "Brother Smokey," as he was
known by most, was reborn and

baptized in 1976. He joined and
attended Springfield Community
Church for the past 32 years.
"Brother Smokey" was an active
member in the music ministry:
from mentoring many young church
band members to traveling with
"The Jacksons" which
he enjoyed so much.
He followed his heart
into missionary work
with Brother J.W. Hunt
as their travels took
them to Haiti. "Brother
Smokey" is survived
by his loving wife of
61 years, Nita Paul; a
daughter: Deborah Paul
Schimpt of Youngstown,
Fla.: two grandchildren:
Wil I ia Michael Schimpf
and wife Jennifer of
Panama City Beach,
Stephanie Machelle
Pyers and Thomas
Michael Kimbler of Panama City;
two great-grandchildren: Aubrey
Anna Lee Jinks and Chase Allen
Pyers of Panama City; five nieces:
Faye Sortino and husband Russell of
Panama City, Mary of Panama City,
Donna Marie Hannon and husband
Tim of Winston, Oregon and Karen
Sue Myers and D.J. Maloy of
Panama City; and Carolyn Watkins
of Alabama; a nephew: Larry Paul
and wife Kathy of Crestview, Fla.; a
great-nephew: Dakota Jaymes Myers
of Panama City; a sister-in-law:
Lillie Mae Paul and a host of other
nieces and nephews. Smokey was
preceded in death by his parents;
four brothers: Albert, Curtis, Arthur
and Clarence; a sister: Ruby; a
special niece: Bernice Marie; and
his beloved son-in-law: Bill Schimpf.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00

PM. on Wednesday, September 24,
2008 at Springfield Community
Church with Rev. Donnie Jackson,
Rev. Jon Hall and Rev. Paul Enfinger
officiating. Interment will follow at
Lynn Haven Cemetery. Full military
honors will be accorded by the United
States Army Honor Guard from Fort
Rucker.. Pallbearers will include
the board members of Springfield
Community Church, Clyde Tucker,
(Carl Curti, George Outlaw, Kenneth
Dickerson, Jim Shepherd and
Rosby Ford. Honorary pallbearers
are the Adult Men's Sunday School
Class, Ray Miller, Billy Joe Kelly,
Vince Taylor and John Smith. Our
heartfelt thanks goes out to our
dearest family and friends: our
faithful, pastor and Daddy's best
friend: Donnie Jackson and wife
Shelba Jean; our dearest Ray who
worked so closely beside Daddy this
year; our heroes that go beyond 'the
call of duty: John R. Billingsley and
wife Debbie; Dr. Michael Hennigan of
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital;
Dr. Sohail Khan; Dr. Ismail Zabih;
Cindy Enfinger and all employees
at Tender Touch Healthcare; Adams
Pharmacy; Dr. Peter Sylvester and
the outstanding staff at Covenant
Hospice; Diane Hoskins and family;
Pat Sprayberry; Ginny Pyers; and
Joe D. Gainer and staff at Heritage
Funeral Home. The family will
receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00
PM. on Tuesday, September 23,
2008 at 'Heritage Funeral Home.
Those wishing to express words of
encouragement may do so at www.

Heritage Funeral Home
247 N. Tyndall Parkway
Panama City, FL 32404

Robert Paul Johnson

Mr. Robert P Johnson passed away September 16, 2008
at his home in Mexico Beach, Florida after a protracted
battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Pauline,
daughter Jessica Flathmann (Robert) and son Christopher,
(Joanne). He will be deeply missed as a husband and
His professional life was spent dedicated to the world'
of broadcast radio. He worked in the development of
vacuum tube technology at Raytheon until assuming his
position with the Hearst Corporation, where he served
as Chief Engineer with WISN Radio 1130 in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin for 35 years prior to retiring to Florida.
Mr. Johnson was a lifetime member of the Society of
Broadcast Engineers. Robert also served with distinction
as a staff sergeant in the US Air Force in the Korean War
era. His hobbies included fishing and remote control
The family has made arrangements for a private
memorial service, and asks that any memorial gifts be in
the form of a charitable contribution to either the American
Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.

Ruth L. Seay
Ruth L. Seay, a resident of Dothan, AL, died Monday,
September 15, 2008 at Long Term Care Hospital at
Southeast Alabama Medical Center. She was 82.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, (EST)
September 19, 2008 at Holly Hill Cemetery in Port St.
Joe, Florida with Pastor Mike Dunn officiating and Byrd
Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends
following the graveside services.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Gideon's
International, RO. Box 140800, Nashville, TN, 37214,
Mrs. Seay was born January 4, 1926 in Houston County
to Thomas Hamilton and Mary Girtrude Adams Ledger
and lived all of her life in Dothan. She was employed as
an administrative secretary for several years with Lex-
Dowling Oldsmobile. She was an avid NASCAR and Atlanta
Braves fan and also loved classical music. Mrs. Seay was a
loving wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother.
She was predeceased by her husband, of 46 years, Mr.
Herbert Ray Seay.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, H. C.
"Craig" and Karen Little Seay; two grandchildren, Laura
Danae Seay and Trevor Beau Seay, all of Port St. Joe,

Byrd Funeral Home
3409 W. Main St.
Dothan, Alabama 36305

Ruth Adams Hendrix

Ruth Adams Hendrix, 87,
of Port St. Joe, passed away
Saturday, September 20, 2008.
She was born in Cartersville, GA
on December 18, 1920 to the late
Herman L. and Sue Hull Adams.
She was preceded in death by
her husband, Dr. Wayne Hendrix,
who passed away in 2004; and a
sister, Louise Carlson.
Ruth received her Bachelor
of Arts degree in English from
Georgia State College for Women
in Milledgeville, GA, and taught
school for several years in Fort
Lauderdale, FL before marrying
Wayne in 1945. They came to
Port St. Joe in 1949 where he
established a family medical
practice which he maintained
for over 50 years. Ruth provided
strong support for her husband
and was a proud mother and
grandmother. She was involved
in a number of community
organizations. She and her 'late
husband were members of the
Long Avenue Baptist Church.
Survivors include three
daughters, Becky Hendrix, of
Atlanta, GA; HollyJimisonandher

husband Chuck of Greensboro,
NC, and Judy Brannon and her
husband Lee of Pace, FL; and four
grandchildren, Leslie Jimison,
Kyle Jimison, Emily Stilwell, and
Clayton Brannon.
Funeral services will be held
at 11:00 AM EST on Wednesday,
September 24, 2008, at Long
Avenue Baptist Church in Port
St. Joe, with Pastor Danny
Odum of White Oak Baptist
Church in Lilburn, GA officiating.
Entombment will follow in Holly
Hill Cemetery. The family will
receive friends at the church
one hour prior to the service
from 10:00 11:00 AM EST.
Memorial contributions may be
made to Covenant Hospice, 107
West Nineteenth Street, Panama
City, FL 32405 or a favorite
charity. Expressions of sympathy
may be viewed or submitted at
our online obituary link (www.
Southerland Family
Funeral Homes
507 Tenth Street
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

The friendly place to worship!

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

111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The puple e f iezice lech o listed Methodist (harch
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

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Visit our website at: Wewohitchka
323 Reid Avenue Port St. Joe 229-LIFE (5433)

Ramona Russann

Ramona Russann Boone of Mexico Beach, FL passed
away Sunday, September 14, 2008 at her home. She
was born May 6, 1933 in Oswego Town, NY
Memorialization will be by cremation.

Dorothy Jean Owens

Sept 21 marked a year
that you have been gone,
and although you are, you
will never be forgotten.
We will miss and love
S you today, tomorrow,
and always and forever,
S you will forever be in our
Love always,
Your family and a
special friend of 25 years
Mr. Dale Ray Addison.

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

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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.



Will be Sunday

Beach Baptist Chapel will have pastor
appreciation on Sunday, Sept. 28 to honor
Brother David Nichols. Dinner will be served
Immediately after the morning worship service
at 11 a.m.
Everyone is invited. Beach Baptist Chapel
is located at 311 Columbus Street, St. Joe
Beach. For more information, please call



Program Will

be Oct. 19
A Community Appreciation Program for
Bishop/Overseer Rosa Garland and Elder
Howard Garland, Jr., will be held Sunday,
October 19, 2008 at 5:00pm at the Body
of Christ Church, 106 Harbor Street, Port
St. Joe. All Church Choirs, groups, and
soloists, are invited to participate on the
program. Pastor Johnny Jenkins, Jr.
will present words of Appreciation. The
public is cordially invited to come out and
share with us, and show your love and
appreciation for the kind deeds Bishop
Rosa Garland and Elder Howard Garland,
Jr., has helped to better our community.
Point of Contact: Sister Annie Sue Fields.

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

Sunday Morning Service ................................ 11:00 a.m.
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
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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 ..... 4. 6:30 pm

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"We are about our Father's business"

I am writing this on September 11, 2008. I'll never
forget what happened seven years ago today. My family
and I were vacationing in southern Rhode Island and
shopping in a discount store. Over the intercom, music
from a local radio station was playing, when suddenly
it stopped. The announcer came on and stated that a
plane had just crashed into one of the twin towers in New
York City. We were as concerned as one would normally
be, when hearing of a tragedy. Thinking that it was an
isolated incident, we continued shopping. When it was
announced that another plane had struck the other
tower, we knew it was no isolated incident.
We immediately checked out of the store and rushed to
the local library. We had been there before, and since we
had no TV easily accessible, we knew that that was the
best place to find out what was going on. They had a 42"
screen TV showing the latest information on the crashes
into the twin towers. We watched in horror as people
chose to jump to their deaths rather than be burned alive
in the buildings. I knew that America would never be the
same. But I also knew the tendency of people to forget
things that are unpleasant, and that soon, even this,
would be forgotten. It was then, that it became obvious
to me that religious beliefs can be dangerous when they
become extreme.
The Apostle Paul wrote (1 Timothy 4:1) "Now the
Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will
DEPART FROM THE FAITH, giving heed to deceiving
spirits and doctrines of demons. Many of today's
religions have their beginnings in a departing from
the Christian faith. And some significant departures
from the Christian faith have occurred within the more
prominent Christian churches. I will have more to say
about departures from the faith in another message.

It is in this regard, that I was quite surprised to
hear a well known American politician, one that claims
to be a "committed Christian," on Sunday, Sept. 7,
on nationwide TV, making a slip of the tongue, and
referring to what he called, "MY MUSLIM FAITH," It
was only after, he was corrected by his interviewer,
George Stepanopoulos, that he corrected it to "my
Christian faith." Anyone, who is interested, can
hear it, and watch it, on Youtube at
com/watch?v=XKGdkqfBICw. I have to wonder how a
"committed Christian" could make such a slip of the
There is more to being a committed Christian than
going to a Christian church when you feel like it. How
does a committed Christian behave? We are given the
answer in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. If those behaviors
are WHAT YOU ARE, you are not even a Christian,
and certainly not a committed Christian. If you are a
committed Christian, those behaviors represent WHAT
At the Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center, we
teach that our behavior, as committed Christians, should
be in line with what God asks us to do in the Holy
Bible. Our services begin, with a time of greeting and
fellowship, at 9:30 Sunday AM central time. Worship
begins at 9:45 AM. We worship at the Mexico Beach
Civic Center on 105 N. 31st street, which is behind the
Beach Walk gift shop, just off rte. 98.
God Bless,
Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center

United Pentecostal Pastoral Installation
We invite you to attend our Pastoral Installation Service
at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the United Pentecostal
Church of Port St. Joe.
The special speaker will be Rev. Daniel Huba.
Praise and worship will be led by ACT's Praise Team
and Choir.
We hope you will come celebrate this special day with
Please join us for dinner and fellowship after the
United Pentecostal Church, 309 Sixth Street, Port St.
Joe, phone number is 229-7100.
Rev. Doug Golden family

The Prayer of a Righteous Man Availeth Much
James 5:17-18
17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained
not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and
the earth brought forth her fruit.
Sincere prayer changes things. We should always pray and never fail. I know prayer changes things.
Hebrews 12:1, 14
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without whach no man shall see the Lord:
We've got to be Holy. We've got to follow peace with everyone and love everyone. If you want to be with Jesus where
the place Jesus prepared for us, we got to forgive, love and live, like the word say repent everyday forgiving one
another and pray and fast, call on on the name of Jesus, His people.
2 Chronicles 7:14-17
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn
from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15 Now mine
eyes shall be open, and mine ears attend unto the prayer that is made in this place. 16 For now have I chosen and
sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have
commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments;
Proverbs 15:1-3
1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
God is good all the time and all the time God is good.
Now is praying time and the sun is almost down. Get right with God and do it now.
Have a blessed day,
Will Love
Mother Mary Freeman

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

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'Where Faith, Fanmily &Friepndship are fund,
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pmr
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



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

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first Church of the N(azarene
2420 Long Avenue Fort St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596
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Wednesday Evening Service ....... 7 p.m.

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Port St. Joe, FL 32456

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(850) 227-1159

507 10th Street* Port St. Joe
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School News by
Lacey and Logan
The 2007-2008 yearbooks at
WHS will go on sale October 10,
2008. There are extras if any
one would like to buy, one for
$40 each. The yearbook is full
of many pictures and memo-
ries that happened last school
year. Don't miss out on your
chance to get your own. Also
you can pre-order your 2008-
2009 yearbook now! If you have
a craving for cookies the S.GA
willbe selling cookie dough dur-
ing the month of October so if
you want some of this delicious
cookie dough you can find an
S.GA member or contact the
school and talk to Mrs. Layton.

WHS homecoming is a big
event for boththe school and
the community. This year's
theme is Super Heroes/Villains.
Everyone reallygets in the mood
with businesses decorating their
windows. The honor alumni
brunch, the parade, coronation
and the big game add to the
mood. It is a day of excitement,
participation and anticipation.
Everyone is welcome, and you
will be glad you shared the event
with the other citizens. Classes
are building floats using this
year's theme. They can be seen
at the homecoming parade
and will be on display at the
homecoming game. There
will be dress up days at WHS:
Monday, opposites/gender
switch; TUesday super-hero/
super-villain; Wednesday, fake

an injury; Thursday, imitate a
staff member/teachers imitate
a student; and Friday, red and
white day.
The alumni brunch will
be held in the Media Center
at WHS at 10 a.m. Oct. 24.
Each member of the honoi
class attending the brunch
will receive two free tickets to
the homecoming game. The
parade will start at 2 pm. The
presentation of the court and
the coronation of King and
Queen will be held prior to the
game at 6:30 p.m.
WHS is honoring all
graduating class ending in 3 or
8. So if you graduated between
1953 or 2008 that end with a
3 or 8 you will be honored. Tb
find out more about this great
event contact the high school
(639-2228) or Mrs. Layton.
Please come out and support
our Gators as we play Sneads
on October 24, 2008 for our
homecoming game. We expect
to see everyone there.

Senior News by
If you would like to buy a
Gator car tag the seniors at
WHS will be selling them all
year they include Gators, Wewa
Gators, Lady Gators, Gator
football, Gator Volleyball, Gator
Basketball, Gator Weightlifting,
Gator Cross Country Gator
Baseball, Gator Softball, Gator
Track, Gator Wrestling, Gator
Sound, Gator Mom, Gator Dad.
'Ib get one of these car tags you
can see Mrs. Micah Peak or one
of the seniors.
The seniors will also be
selling CollegateAfghans, which
are $50 dollars that include
Miami Hurricanes, Seminoles,
Florida Gators, Georgia
Bulldogs, FAMU, and University

of Alabama; also they are selling
Wewa Gator Afghans for $45.
All Seniors will be voting on
senior invitations.
Last week's senior payment
was $90 dollars.
Next senior payment: Oct 17
($78), Nov 14, ($78), Dec. 12,
($78), Jan. 9, 2009 ($78), Feb.
13,2009 (final balance).
Seniors need to turn in ababy
picture for the senior baby page.
Senior ads for the yearbook are
now on sale. Tell your .senior
how proud you are of them by
honoring them with senior ad.
Call Ms. Cox @ 689-5729 for
more information.

by Austin
In sports this week our

Lady Gators volleyball team
will be playing in Blountstown
on Sept. 29, 2008.The J.V will
start at 5:00 and the Varsity
will start at 6 p.m. On the 30th
of September the Lady Gators
will play in West Gadsden J.V
starts at 4:30 p.m. varsity at
5:00 p.m. Then on October
2 they will be playing against
Arnold High here at WHS. the
time will be J.V 5 p.m. and
the varsity will start at 6 p.m.
Wish them good luck. In other
sports news here at WHS,
our foot ball team will go up
against Freeport on September
26, 2008 at 7 p.m. in Freeport.
Come out and support your
Gators. As for the cross
country on September 27 they
will be competing in the FSU
invitational Tallahassee.

FSU-PC Hosts Annual Dinner
Florida State University Panama City will host its annual
dinner Thursday, Oct 23 'in recognition of donors and
supporters who contributed to the campus during the
year. The event will begin with social hour at 6 p.m. at the
Edgewater Beach Resort Conference Center, followed by
dinner at 7 p.m.
James E. Thomsen, Principal Civilian Deputy Assistant
Secretary of the Navy for Research Development and
Acquisition and a 1988 alumnus of FSU Panama City, will be
the keynote speaker. Prior to his appointment in June 2008
to his current position, Thomsen served as the Program
Executive Officer for Littoral and Mine Warfare (PEO LMW)
and the Senior Executive responsible for the Navy's more
than 200 Littoral and Mine warfare programs totaling more
than 2 Billion dollars.
The program will include state of the campus remarks by
FSU Panama City
Dean George DePuy, donor recognition by FSU PC
Development Board President Frank Hall, and remarks by
FSUPCstudentscholarshiprecipients. Localrecordingartist
Chris Godber will provide musical entertainment during
dinner. Community leaders, elected officials, students,
alumni and FSU PC supporters will be in attendance.
For information about tickets or sponsorships, contact
Becky Kelly at (850) 770-2153.

Each year, the Student
Progression Plan is revised
to reflect mandates by the
legislature and to incorporate
changes recommended by
the student progression
committee. The 2008-09
board approved Student
Progression Plan contains
the following revisions:
Students may have five
unexcused absences before
their grade is lowered to a
59. Parents may still initiate
the appeal process within five
days of the last unexcused
The grading scale for
kindergarten has added "E"
for making above average
Middle School students
who fail will be allowed
to participate in credit
recovery options and may be
promoted at the end of the
semester that the required
credit is recovered.
Writing has been removed
as a requirement for
graduating with a standard
diploma for this year's 10th
The forgiveness policy
allows another course to
replace a "D" or "F in an
elective course. Forgiveness
for core courses must still be
the same course number or
a comparable course.
Terminology for ESE
classifications have been
changed. Parents may
access the new terminology
from their child's school.
Beginning with this
year's ninth grade, students
must earn 26 credits for
The district will only pay
for the textbook for one
dual enrollment course each
semester during the regular
school year.
Elementary students will



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have 150 minutes of physical
education per week with at
least 30 consecutive minutes
on the day which physical
education is conducted.
Middle school students
will have a minimum of
one semester of physical
education unless waived for
remedial courses or parent
request to allow band or
another course which is only
offered at a time that conflicts
with physical education.

FCAT reading data for
grades 3-10 is reported
district-wide by number and
percent for Levels 1 and 2:
Grade 3 -24 (15.69%/9)
Grade 4 22 (15.38%)
Grade 5 29 (18.35%)
Grade 6 44 (30.56%)
Grade 7 34 (21.52%)
Grade 8 50 (26.88%)
Grade 9 45 (26.63%)
Grade 10 31.49%

Students retained in
grades 3-10 also are reported
Grade 3 5 (3.27%);
Grade 4 3 (2.04%)
Grade 5 0 (0%)
Grade 6 2 (1.38%)
Grade 7 8 (4.97%)
Grade 8 4 (2.21%)
Grade 9 10 (5.75%)
Grade 10 16 (8.79%)

Third grade promotions
for good cause: Portfolio
assessment 9; ESE and
previously retained with 2+
years of remediation 5.
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At Faith Christian School,
Miss Debbie's K4 class is
, learning their vowel sounds
and more. "One Little, ewo
Little, Three Little Indians"
plus 10 more little lndianswere
Shaving so much fun learning
the vowel "I." Every day is a
great K4 day! Th aid them in
remembering the shape and
sound of the letter, the children
made Indian headbands with a
single feather in it. "I, I, I Indian!"
Stand straight and tall!
Standing straight and tall
is what some children should
have done at last Tuesday's
assembly. Awards were handed
out to the first day top sellers of
Christmas card items and gifts.
Christian Laine topped the list
of the super sellers. Lauren
Costin, Thomas Miniat, Gavin
Branch and Jade Cothran
shared a second place tie,
followed close behind by
Matthew Costin in third place.
Faith Christian School has
once again begun its annual
Christmas card and gift item
sales project The sale of these
quality cards provides money
back to the school to help defer
the expense of tuition for our
families and provide funds for
much needed items. There
are new cards and new gift
items every year, and of course,
cards and gifts items for all
occasions, not just Christmas.
Please take the time to peruse
the catalog if approached by a.
FCS student You might find
something you likely Items that
are ordered will be shipped to

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Miss Debbie's K4 Darlin's. Front row, left to right: Caitlin
White, Erica Ramsey, Sarah Thompson, Megan Saleh. Back
row: Mrs. Mandy Cothran, Ashton Burkett, Gage Medina,
JonMichel Rogers, Donovan Miniat, Madeline Ramsey, Kristen
Bouington, Jillian Driggers and Mrs. Debbie Burch. Not pic-
tured are: Isabella Dumas and Madelyn Gortemoller.

arrive in time to be delivered
before Thanksgiving Thank
you, area residents, for helping
us to raise these much needed
Abundant Fbod Ministries is
doing something new this year.
For every five boxes of cards
each individual student sells,
Abundant Funds, at no charge
to our school, will provide five
meals to starving children in
Kawangware, Africa. Each
child who is able to provide
these meals because of sales
will receive a Wristband of Hope
as a reminder of this Christian
service. Jesus said, "Inasmuch
as ye have done it unto one of
the least of these my brethren,
ye have done it unto me."
We are happy to participate

with Abundant Funds in this
We want to remind everyone
that our students will be selling
items through Sept 26, so
please get your orders in.
If parents need more order
forms, they can be obtained
from the FCS office. If you
would like to order Christmas
cards or gift items, and no one
has approached you, orders
can also be placed in the
Last Wednesday was the day
for fall pictures. What a lovely
group of handsome boys and
beautiful girls! So many came
looking their best, all clean,
bright and fresh, and as is so
important, well-behaved. We're
proud of you, FCS students!

Eagle Scout Dakota Ake visited Wewahitchka Elementary School recently. He
instructed Mr. John Huft's third grade class on proper flag etiquette in conjunction with
National Constitution Week. These third graders were inspired by their guest to accept
responsibility for raising and lowering the school flag each day. Students learned when
the flag should be flown at half-mast and the proper way to fold and store the flag when
not being flown. WES would like to extend its gratitude to both Mr. Ake and Mr. Huft
and his students for serving in this very important.capacity.

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Port St. Joe Band

Attends FSU Band Day

By Stratton Miniat & sign up. in Mrs. Newsom's Clubs
Brandon Strickland office in order to work the
concession stand during Keyettes will be having
Varsity football home their annual initiation
Seniors games. for all the new members.
You needed to pay $65 It will be held Thursday,
dues for "cap and gown" and Sort Sept. 25, during halftime of
T-shirt, Monday Sept. 22. 'p the junior varsity football
If you haven't, please pay Last week, the Tiger game. They also will be
them to Jessie Faircloth. Shark Football Team hosted performing on Friday night
the Blountstown Tigers. See during the pep-rally, just
Juniors the sports section for more in case you miss them on
details. On Friday, The Thursday night.

To the class of 2010:If
you haven't paid your $20
class dues, you need to do
so immediately. Please pay
them to Chellsey O'Neil,
your class Treasurer. If you
do not pay your class dues,
you will not be allowed to
attend prom. Remember to

Tiger Sharks play the Jay
Royals at 7 p.m. at SHARK
Volleyball: On Sept. 25,
the varsity andjunior varsity
teams play Rutherford
at home. Varsity will be
playing at 5 p.m. and junior
varsity at 6 p.m.

Short Briefs
Yearbook Photos:
Senior retakes for formal
and informal pictures
will be on Sept. 30. This
includes underclassmen
as well.

Forty-five high school
marching bands from all over
Florida converged at Florida
State University campus in
Tallahassee on Saturday,
Sept. 13.
Students from Port St. Joe
High School's "Band of Gold,"
directed by Mitch Bouington,
had the honor and pleasure
of being one of the bands to
attend the FSU Seminoles
Marching Chiefs Band Day.
Students, along with
chaperones, enjoyed a fun-
filled day observing the
Seminole Marching Chiefs,
consisting of over 400 band
members, during their pre-
game practice and warm-up
Each section of the
Marching Chiefs serenaded
the audience with a composed
piece designed to accent
their particular instruments,

surprising and delighting
the crowd with humor and
Following the pre-game
show, students attended the
FSU-Chattanooga football
game, which ultimately
showed the students that
practice makes perfect for

halftime festivities.
Wrapping up the day with
the post-game performance,
students left that day with a
renewed sense of pride and
awareness for teamwork,
realizing that through hard
work, dedicationand strength,,
one can achieve great things.

Allyn Family Congratulations
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Our annual Sally Foster Fundraiser is going
great. This is a great way to help your students
and support our school at the same time.
Thank you for helping our kids reach their
fundraising goals.
The 3rd grade parent night was well
attended and we want to thank all the parents
that came out to the school. We just want
everyone to know how important the 3rd
grade is in the subject, of Reading. We must
pass the FCAT test in Reading to pass the 3rd
grade. We provided all the parents with tools
that will assist them in the preparation of this
task. Thanks again for your parent support.
Again we are proud of our students and
their performance last year on the FCAT test.
Because of their scores we were again an 'A'
school. We will reward their hard work with
a few upcoming activities. On Oct. 2 the 3rd
and 4th graders will go to Rocket Lanes and
the 1st grade will have a Water Fun Day, and
on Oct. 3 the 5th and 6th graders will go to
Rocket Lanes and the 2nd graders will have
a Water Fun Day. We can't say enough about
their performance last year and we know we

will do the same this year.
We are recycling cell phone and printer ink
cartridges. Please bring your recycled phones
and cartridges to the school office to donate to
our Cartridge Recycling Program.
FCAT Explorer and Accelerated Reader are
ready for you to use at home. The program is
called Renaissance Place and it is available for
you to use to assist your child with both these,
areas. Should you have any questions please
feel free to call our school. Students have been
given passwords needed to access this great
learning tool.

Important Dates to
Oct. 8-Puss in Boots Performance
Oct. 14-Science on the Move and SACS
Meeting @5:30
Oct. 20-24-Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 21-Fall Picture Re-takes and Open
House 6-7 p.m. and PTO Meeting at 5:30
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By David Angier
Florida Freedom

In David Randy Polk's trial
Sept. 17, there were two quilts.
Jurors saw the prosecution's
quilt, a multi-colored, floral pat-
terned blanket, deliberated for
an hour and then acquitted Polk
of sexual battery on a person
younger than 12, a felony that
would have put him in prison
for life.
The other quilt, a red, white
and blue blanket depicting hot
air balloons, had gotten Polk
released from prison in this
case in 2005.

"I thought I was going to die,"
the alleged victim told jurors
Sept. 17. She was 11 on May
17, 1999, when she said Polk
raped her. "As I'd cry, he'd yank
and pull on me harder and do
it harder."
She said she had fallen asleep
watching TV in her father's
mobile home in Port St. Joe
Beach. She said she awoke twice
May 17, when Polk slammed
the front door and as someone
was undressing her. Polk had
been staying at the residence for
about two weeks as he worked
with the girl's father.
She said her father was
"passed out" on the couch a few
feet away after drinking.

She said Polk put her on her
back on the carpet and raped
her violently for 30 minutes.
She said he stopped when it
appeared her father was wak-
ing up. She said she ran to the
bathroom and cried, then took
her dog, cat and a blanket into
her bedroom and waited for
She said she waited until she
was on her way to school to tell
anyone because she feared for
her safety. She was examined
by a doctor within hours of the
alleged attack. Defense attorney
Clyde Taylor asked if the doc-
tors found bruising, bleeding or
carpet burns. The girl said no.
Taylor told jurors doctors
found no evidence of a rape.
The girl identified a floral-
patterned quilt as her blanket,
which she had with her during
the attack. She initially said
she took that blanket into her

bedroom, then said she wasn't
sure if she had. That quilt was
found in the living room. A bal-
loon-patterned quilt was found
in her room.
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement DNA expert Curtis
Browning told jurors semen was
found on the balloon quilt, but
it wasn't Polk's. 'Taylor asked
Browning if there was any evi-
dence of Polk and the girl "being
together in some sort of sexual
"No, there wasn't," he said.
Polk denied any sexual
contact with the girl.

Polk pleaded no contest in
2000 to the rape charge and
was placed on probation. Before
entering his plea, Polk said he
asked his lawyer repeatedly to
get the results of DNA tests

done on items of evidence.
When Polk was arrested, he
told investigators he was too
drunk to know what happened
the night of the alleged rape but
insisted raping a child was not
in his character.
The girl said Polk ejaculat-
ed on her bed quilt, and Polk
insisted the DNA would exoner-
ate him. His lawyer persuaded
him to take a plea to proba-
tion before the test results were
revealed. Polk violated his pro-
bation by missing an appoint-
ment with his probation officer
and was sentenced to nine years
in prison. While locked up, he
made a public records request
for his DNA test results.
Polk won an appeal on the
issue in 2005, and Circuit Judge
Judy Pittman in 2006 allowed
him to withdraw his plea and,
go to trial if the case could not
be resolved.

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Internal Revenue Service
and Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms,
assisted by agents from
the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement, the
Federal Drug Enforcement
Agency and deputies
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Sheriff's Office, served
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Florida Freedom Newspapers
John Boyd, the son of U.S. Rep.
Allen Boyd, was ordered released
from jail and into a residential drug
treatment program on Wednesday,
federal officials said.
Authorities accused John Boyd
of attempting to bring three aliens,
including a 6-year-old girl, across the
border at Wilcox, Ariz., on Sunday.
He was to be paid $3,000 per per-
son but was thwarted by a K-9 unit,
according to a federal criminal com-
plaint. The girl, who was not wearing
her seat belt, was being taken to her
parents, who already had entered
the country, investigators wrote. Two
others were hiding under plywood in
the bed of the truck, according to the
Border agents also found several
rocks of crystal methamphetamine,
four unopened syringes, a spoon
with white residue and burn marks
on the bottom,. three knives and a
Beretta 22LR in John Boyd's truck,
according to the complaint.
John Boyd has not entered a plea
in the case, federal officials said. A
status hearing is scheduled for 10
a.m. Oct. 2, federal officials said.
In a statement, Allen Boyd, D-
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as "a family matter that my family
and I will be dealing with privately."
He added, 'U"John is a grown man
and must face the consequences for
his actions, but he has the love and
support of his family."
Boyd's challenger had little to say
on the issue.
"It's strictly a family matter," said
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CASE NO.: 07-.10CA



HOBSON, Defendants.


Notice is hereby given that
the undersigned, Rebecca
L. Norris, Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court of Gulf County,
Florida, will on the 2nd day
of October, 2008, at 11
o'clock A.M. (EST), in the
front lobby of the Gulf
County Courthouse, 1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd,
Port St. Joe, Florida,
32546, offer for sale and
sell at public outcry to the
highest and best bidder for
cash, the following de-
scribed property situated
in the County of Gulf, State
of Florida, to-wit:

Parcel 1: Commence at
the Northwest corner of
U.S. Government Lot 5,
Section 31, Township 6
South, Range 11 West;
thence South along the
West line of said Govern-
ment Lot 5 for 980.9 feet to
the Southerly Right of Way
line of U.S. Highway 98;
thence South 40 degrees
46 minutes East along said
Right of Way for 1233.36
feet thence North 49 de-
grees 14 minutes East for
100.00 feet to the Northerly
Right of Way line of U.S.
Highway 98; thence North
40 degrees 46 minutes
West along said Right of
Way line for 175 feet to the
Point of-Beginning; thence
continue North 40 degrees
46 minutes West along
said Right of Way line for
100 feet; thence North 49
degrees 14 minutes East
for 250 feet; thence South
40 degrees 46 minutes
East for 100 feet; thence
South 49 degrees 14 min-
utes West for 250 feet to
the Point of Beginning.

Parcel 2: Commence at
the Northwest corner of
U.S. Government Lot 5,
Section 31, Township 6
South, Range 11 West;
thence South along the
West line of said Govern-
ment Lot 5 for 980.9 feet to
the Southerly Right of Way
line of U.S. Highway 98;
thence South 40 degrees
46 minutes East along said
Right of Way for 1233.36
feet; thence North 49 min-
utes 14 seconds East for
100.0 feet to the Northerly
Right of Way line of U.S.
Highway 98; thence North
40 degrees 46 minutes
, West along said Right of
Way line for 275 feet to the
Point of Beginning; thence
continue North 40 degrees
46 minutes West along
said Right of Way line for
75 feet; thence North 49

degrees 14 minutes East
for 250 feet; thence South
40 degrees 46 minutes
East for 75 feet; thence
South 49 degrees 14 min-
utes West for 250 feet to
the Point of Beginning

pursuant to the final judg-
ment entered in a case
pending in said Court, the
style of which is listed
above. Any person claim-
ing an interest in the sur-
plus from the sale, if any,
other than the property
owner as of the date of the
lis pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after
the sale.

Persons with a disability
who need special accom-
modations must notice the
individual signed below
not later than seven days
prior to the proceeding
which is the subject of this
notice to insure that rea-
sonable accommodations
are available.

WITNESS my hand and of-
ficial seal of this Honorable
Court, this 25th day of Oc-
tober, 2008

Clerk of Circuit Court
GULF County, Florida
/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
'September 18 & 25, 2008
CASE NO: 07-446-CA





GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure date August
21, 2008 entered in Civil
Case No. 07-446-CA of the
Circuit Court of the 14TH
Judicial Circuit in and for
GULF County, Port St.
Joe, Florida, I will sell to
the highest and best bid-
der for cash at in the Front
Lobby of the Courthouse
at the GULF County Court-
house located at 1000 5th
Street in Port St. Joe, Flor-
ida, at 11:00 a.m. on the
2nd day of October, 2008
the following described
property as set forth in
said Summary Final Judg-
ment, to-wit:





NE 1/4 OF THE SE 1/4 OF
SE 1/4 (AS MONU-
04'32" EAST FOR A
55'28" EAST FOR A DIS-

| 1100
12'35" WEST FOR A DIS-
55'28" EAST FOR A DIS-


Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the lis pend-
ens, must file a claim
within 60 days after the
Dated this 22nd day of Au-
gust, 2008.

Rebecca L. Norris
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

sons with disabilities need-
ing a special accommoda-
tion should contact
TION, at the GULF County
Courthouse at
1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or
1-800-922-8770, via
.F I o r i d a
Relay Service.
September 18 & 25, 2008
CASE NO.: 07-75PR

IN RE: The Estate of


The administration of the
Estate of HARRY P.
LOWRY File No. 07-75PR,
is pending in the Circuit
Court of Gulf County, Flor-
ida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 1000
Fifth Street, Port St. Joe,
FL 32456. The name and
address of the Personal
Representative and the
Personal Representative's
attorney are as set forth


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

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

the first publication of this
Notice or thirty (30) days
after the date of service of
a copy of this Notice on

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


The date of the first publi-
cation. of this Notice is:
9/11/08. -

Mary Dell Lowry
Personal Representative
410 16th Street
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

Timothy J. McFarland,
RO. Box 202
326 Reid Avenue
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
FL Bar No.: 0984868
(850) 227-3113
Attorney for
Personal Representative
CASE NO.: 08-41PR

IN RE: The Estate of JOHN
C. SHULER, Decedent.


The administration of the
Estate of JOHN C.
SHULER, File No.
08-41PR, is pending in the
Circuit Court of Gulf
County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of
which is 1000 Fifth Street,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456.
The name and address of
the Personal Representa-
tive and the Personal
Representative's attorney
are as set forth below.


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

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

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



The date of the
cation of this
September 11,2

Anthony D. Shul
Personal Repres
Mexico Beach, F

Timothy J. McFa
RO. Box 202
326 Reid Avenui
Port St. Joe, FL
FL Bar No.: 098'
(850) 227-3113
Attorney for
Personal Repres

CASE NO. 08-41

WOOD, as Trus
wife, HAZEL CO
band, KENNET
EASON and w

alive, and if c
heirs, devisees,
creditors and all
ties claiming by
under or again
and if dead, his
ZEL COBB, their
spouses, and c
the Defend@
wife, HAZEL CO
other heirs,
grantees, credit
other parties cl
through under,
them; and KAT
if dead her
spouse and cre
all heirs, devise
ees, creditors,
other parties cl.
through, under,
and husband
and if dead, thei
spouse and cre
all heirs, devise
ees, creditors,
other parties cl.
through, under,
them; GUY
WARD, if alive
and his unknov
and creditors,
heirs, devisees,
creditors, and al
ties claiming by
under, or agai
and wife EM
EASON, if alive
their surviving sp
creditors, and al
visees, grantees
and all other par
ing by, through,
against them;
alive, if dead, th
and respective
spouse, heirs,
grantees and cri
other known par
ing by, through
those unknown
persons; and, t
and respective
assigns, success
terest, trustees

.. ... ... .....

0 1100 1100 1100
ONS NOT other person claiming by, 1/4 of the SE 1/4, as mon- more or less, to the
L BE FOR- through, under or against umented for 247.33 feet for water's edge of the afore-
any of the above or any the POINT OF BEGINN- said West Arm of Dead
corporation or other legal ING, from said POINT OF Lakes; thence Northeast-
first publi- entity named as a defend- BEGINNING, run South 89 early along said water's
Notice is ant; and all claimants, per- Degrees 30 Minutes 22 edge for 37.14 feet, more
2008. sons or parties, natural or Seconds East for 176.16 or less, to the POINT OF
corporate, or whose exact feet; thence South 00 De- BEGINNING. Said parcel
ler legal status is unknown, grees 09 Minutes 53 Sec- of land being in the South-
sentative claiming under any of the onds East for 335.94 feet, east Quarter of the South-
FL 32410 above named or described thence North 71 Degrees east Quarter of Section 14,
defendants or parties 40 Minutes 29 Seconds Township 4 South, Range
irland, claiming to have any right, West along the centerline 10 West, Gulf County, Flor-
title or interest in and to of a graded road for ida, and having an area of
the lands hereinafter de- 184.11 feet; thence North 0.52 acres, more or less.
e scribed. 00 Degrees 28 Minutes 50 Said land also being sub-
32456 Seconds West for 279.58 ject to a 20 foot wide
4868 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that feet to the POINT OF BE-- drainage easement along
an action TO QUIET TITLE GINNING. Said parcel of- the Eastern boundary
on the following property land having an area of, thereof, and also being
tentative in Gulf County, Florida: 1.24 acres, more or less, subject to a 20 foot wide
IT COURT C and being subject-to right :oad.lviy easement lying
RTEENTH Commence attheSouth- of way for graded road. .a'Jj ,:..r.r 'to' the South
UIT STATE west corner fffqetj9j,31, Name in which assessed: bgi'nqlary,nine,of the afore-
AND FOR Township 3S, Range 9W, L.E. Adkins & Linda Adkins said Section 14, along the
FLORIDA and extend a line North South boundary of said
along the West line of said All of said property being lands.
14CA Section 31 for 763.1 feet; in Gulf County, State of
thence North 8132'24" Florida. Unless such cer- Name in which assessed:
3Y UNDER- East for 315.93 feet more tificate shall be redeemed Don C. Rester
stee of the or less to the Easternmost according to law, the All of said property being
HORNSBY right of way line of Chipola property described in such in Gulf County, State of
drive as shown on the plat certificate will be sold to Florida. Unless such cer-
of Stokes Dead Lakes the highest bidder in the tficate shall be redeemed
' .Camp in Plat book 2, Page front Lobby of the Gulf according to law, the
)KES J. 36 Gulf County, Florida for County Courthouse, 1000 property described in such
08' and the Point of Beginning. Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., certificate will be sold to
BB, KATIEn Thence continue North Port St. Joe, Florida at the highest bidder in the
EOD, LO- 8132'24" East for 100feet; 11:00 AM, E.D.T., Wednes- front Lobby of the Gulf
N and hus- thence South 9040'30" East day, the 15th day of Octo- County Courthouse, 1000
NH SCOTT for 60 feet; thence South ber, 2008. Dated this 12th Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,

EDWARD 8132'24" West for 100 day of September, 2008. Port St. Joe, Florida 'at
ALLEN feet; thence North 9040'30" 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednes-
ife, EMILY West along said right of REBECCAL NORRIS day, the 15th day of Qc-
DOUGLAS way of Chipola Drive for 60 CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT tober, 2008. Dated this
; and wife, feet to the Point of Beginn- COURT 12th day of September,
ants. BY: Donna L. Ray
ants. has been filed against you Deputy Clerk REBECCA L. NORRIS
ITICE OF and you are required to CLERK OF THE GULF
serve a copy of your writ- Publish: 09/18/08, COUNTY FLORIDA
STOKES, if ten defenses, if any, to it 09/25/08, 10/02/08,
dead, her on CHARLES A. COSTIN, 10/09/08 BY: Donna L. Ray
grantees, Plaintiff's attorney, whose Ad# 2008-113 Deputy Clerk
other par- address is 413 Williams NOTICE OF APPLICA-
y, through, Avenue, Port St. Joe, Flor- TION FOR TAX DEED Publish: 09/18/08,
t her; J. ida 32456 on or before the NOTICE IS HEREBY 09/25/08, 10/02/08,
BB, ifalive 25th day of November, GIVEN that Wallace G. 9/08
s wife HA- 2008 and file the original Cooley & Jim Holmes the
r unknown with the Clerk of this Court holder of the following Tax Ad# 2008-14
creditors of either before service on Certificate, has filed said NOTICE OF APPLICA-
ants J. Plaintiffs attorney or imme- certificate for a tax deed to TION FOR TAX DEED
OBB and diately thereafter; other- be issued thereon. The
BB, and all wise a default will be en- certificate number and NOTICE IS HEREBY
devisees, tered against you for the year of issuance, the de- GIVEN that Cabernet I,
ors, and all r lief demanded in the scription of the property, LLC the holder of the fol-
aiming by, complaint or petition. and the names in which it lowing Tax Certificate, has
or against Witness my hand and the was assessed are as fol- filed said certificate for a
IE PATRI- official seal of this Honora- lows: tax deed to be issued
alive, and ble Court, on this 18th day thereon. The certificate
unknown of September, 2008. Certificate No. 150 number and year of issu-
ditors, and Application No. 2008-18 ance, the description of
ees, grant- BECKY L. NORRIS Year of Issuance: 2006 the property, and the
and all Clerk of the Circuit Court R.E. No. 01686-002R names in which it was as-
aiming by, sessed are as follows:
or against /s/Jasmine Hysmith Description of Property:
L. MIXON Deputy Clerk COMMENCE at the South- Certificate No. 165
KENNETH east Corner of Section 14,' Application No. 2008 21
I, if alive, Publish September 25, Township 4 South, Range Year of Issuance: 2006
r unknown October 2, 9, & 16, 2008 10 West, Gulf County, Flor- R.E. No. 01826-050R
ditors, and NOTICE OF APPLICA- ida, thence North 88 De-
ees, grant- TION FOR TAX DEED grees 43 Minutes 09 Sec- Description of Property:
and all onds West, along the COMMENCE at an iron
aiming by, NOTICE IS HEREBY South boundary line of pipe at the Northeast Cor-
or against GIVEN that Cabernet I, said Section 14, for 137.71 ner of the Northwest 1/4
EDWARD LLC the holder of the fol- feet, thence North 19 De- (NW 1/4) of Section 23,
if dead, lowing Tax Certificate, has grees 59 Minutes 53 Sec- Township 4 South, Range
wn spouse filed said certificate for a bonds West for 102.61 feet; 10 West, and extend a line
and all tax deed to be issued thence North 58 Degrees South 88 Degrees 45 Min-
grantees, thereon. The certificate 02 Minutes 33 Seconds utes West, Magnetic,
I other par- number and year of issu- West for 160.15 feet; along the North line of said
y, through, ance, the description of thence North 19 Degrees NW 1/4 for 1324.55 feet;
nst them; the property, and the 59 Minutes 53 Seconds then turn 89 Degrees 30
EASON, names in which it was as- West for 61.86 feet, more Minutes left for 665.5 feet;
ILY FAYE sessed are as follows: or less, to the water's edge then turn 90 Degrees 06
e, if dead, of the West Arm of Dead Minutes Left and run
spouse, and Certificate No. 124 Lakes for the POINT OF 208.71 feet to a concrete
I heirs, de- Application No. 2008 17 BEGINNING, thence South monument for a POINT OF
,creditors, Year of Issuance: 2006 19 Degrees 59 Minutes 53 BEGINNING; thentum 89
rties claim- R.E. No. 01526-006R Seconds East for 61.86 Degrees 27 Minutes left
, under, or feet, more or less, thence and run 163.03 feet; then
DOUGLAS Description of Property: South 58 Degrees 02 Min- turn 66 Degrees 31 Min-
3, and wife utes 33 Seconds East for utes left and run 78 feet;
EMIG, if COMMENCE at a concrete 160.15 feet; thence South then turn 113 Degrees 29
ieir,several monument marking .the 19 Degrees 59 Minutes 53 Minutes left and run 200
unknown NW Corner of the NE 1/4 Seconds East for 102.61 feet, then turn 90 Degrees
devisees, SE 1/4 of Section 4, Town- feet to the South boundary 06 Minutes left and run 75
editors, or ship 4 South, Range 10 line of said Section 14; feet to the POINT OF BE-
rties claim- West, Gulf County, Florida, thence North 88 Degrees GINNING.
, or under as per the unrecorded plat 43 Minutes 09 Seconds
n natural of Stone Creek Acres; West along said South (The above described lot
he several thence run South 89 De- boundary line for 143.48 also described as the Epst
unknown grees 46 Minutes 00 Sec- feet; thence North 19 De- 75 Feet of Parcel No. 2 of
sors in in- onds East along the North grees 59 Minutes 53 Sec- a certain survey by Max W.
s or any boundary line of said NE onds West for 226.11 feet, Kilbourn, dated 11/5/60).




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'Said lands being the same the highest bidder in the JOSEPH NUGENT .' Efficiency Rooms. Weekly
Sas described in Mortgage front Lobby of the Gulf IN--A- -C -- or monthly rentals Down- Ave.
recorded in 0. R. Book 14, County Courthouse, 1000 IN ACCORDANCE WITH town PSJ on Reid Ave.
SPage 449, of the Public Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., THE AMERICAN WITHh Call Pat @ 850-227-5747
-Records of Gulf County, Port St. Joe, Florida at DISABIUTIES ACT, PER- *Gun Show* General Medical/Health
-Florida, as the Assessment 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednes- SONS WITH DISABILITIES Sept 27th & 28thlth Aid!e L FENsIAL R TATE R.SA
Sfor said Parcel. day, the 15th day of Octo- THAT NEED A SPECIAL Nat'l Peanut Festival Bldg. Children's Home Health Aide
ber, 2008. Dated this 12th ACCOMMODATION TO US 231 South Miniter A & A HomeCare, Inc. has 5100 oBusiness I 6120 71100- Home /
Name in which assessed: day of September, 2008. PARTICIPATE IN THE Dothan, Alabama Minister an immediate opening for Opportunities 7110 BeachHome /
Jackie Marie Jones REBECCA L. NORRIS PROCEEDING SHOULD OVER 250 TABLES First BaptJoeisnowt Church of Port a HHAide. Please applN Hwy 71in smoking/pets 3 br, 2 ba, 7120 Commercial
All of said property being CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT CONTACT NO LATER Sat., 9-5pm; Sun., 10-4pm s eisfw ep in es We a h2 H 1 in nishe MH 710- Co oe
Florida. Unless such cer- GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PRIOR TO THE PRO- persons.for a Children's EOE and a DFW. If you are bik to bch, dishwasher, 7150- Los and Acreage
tificate shallbe redeemed BY: Donna L. Ray CEEDING AT 850- Minister. You may submit a seeking one on one pa- 5100idge, W/D, CH&A.$1,(803) 00289 7160- Mobil and Are Homes/Lots
according to law, the Deputy Clerk .227-1115. resume by mail to: First tient care and flexible mo + util.(803) 604-0289 7170 Waterfront
property described in such September 4,11, Baptist Church, 102 3rd hours, this is the job for or (803)-397-4869 7180- Investment
certificate will be sold to Publish: 09/18/08, 18, 25, 2008 3300 St., Port St. Joe, FL 32456. you. Property
t09/25/08, 10/02/08, OHThis is a part-time position ,___ _i__7190 Out-of-Town
the highest biddeinthe 025/08, 10/02/08, NOTICE TO CUSTOM- Home and 20 hours/week) with -Other Elder care- assisted living, Real Estate
front Lobby of the Gulf 10/09/08 ERS private room and bath,1 6130 7200- Timeshare
County Courthouse, 1000 Garden Decor cellent hourly pay. For balanced meals, helpwithh 8130 72-Tesh
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Ad# 2008-116 Pursuant to Section Seashell Clocks, Antique mor ofoe mai scri oa Test personal care andnmeds 3bra2a m00mo& 2 b
Port St. Joe, Florida at Notice of Sale 367.081 (4)(a),FloridaStat- Phones, Egyptian and copy of the job description r_
11:00 AM, E.T, Wednes- I, Kay Atchinson, rented utes, water and waste- Pre-Columbian Art, Book- call the church office at Administrator, call 827-2887, please leave deposit req'd. Brand New
day the 15th dayof Octo- storage Unit# 13 from water utilities are permitted ends, Garden Art, and 850-227-1552. Application TAFB (15 hrs/week) se- message. Townhomes, located in7100
ber, 2008. Dated this 12th Beach Storagenit# 13 for Mr. and to adjust, thies are permitted much more. thehome deadline is October 9th by cure & administer tests Jones Homestead 477 Mexico Beach. 3 br, 2 ba,
day of Setember 2008 Beach Storage, for Mr. and to adjust, the rates and re or t 5:00 p.m. EST while maintaining an envi- Ponderosa Pines in Port. MH w/deck, 1 blk to bch,
dayoeptember, Mrs. Johnny Bickens to charges to its customers corga acom ronment conducive to fair \ St. Joe, Now Available, dishwasher, fridge, W/D,
REBECCA L. NORRIS Store personal property without those customers -J & accurate testing of stu- Call 229-881-7021 CH&A. Green house,
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT they have abandoned the bearing the additional ex- .. JOB NOTICE dents; clerical tasks re- shop, & storage $249,500
COURT property and made no at- pense of a public hearing. \ lated to test site (record '. Apalachicola Condo. or consider all serious
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA tempts to pay storage These adjustments in rates The Gulf County Board of keeping, test, file '' Completely redone with offer's (803) 604-0289 or
fees. Mrs Kay Atchinson would depend on in- County Commissioners is security/confidentiality) new tile, new paint & new (803)-397-4869
BY nna L R will conduct a public sale creases or decreases in accepting applications for Requires HS diploma, carpet. 2 br, 2 ba, shows
Y. Do a L.ry October 1, 2008 at 8:00 non-controllable expenses Paramedics. Salary DOE. equivalent, AA degree pre- great. $850 mo, ref's Older 2 br ,1 ba house in
Deputy Clerk a.m. at 324 Marina Drive, subject to inflationary pres- These are fully benefited ferred; ability to operate of- R checked. Call Quint at HB, needs work, w/ 56 x
Publish: 09/18/08 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 to sures such as chemicals, 1 Ppositions. Applications fice equipment; knowledge 6100 Busness/ 865-693-3232. 135 ft lot, City S/W, across
-09/25/08, 10/02/08, the public to. recover per- and other general opera- EMPLO and a complete job de- of computer software & Commercial Mexico Beach newpak, $K obo,
10/09/08 sonalexpense. tion and maintenance scription are available in technology to resolve tech- 6110- Apartments icoBeac Call 827-2992______
Costs. 4100 Help Wanted our Human Resources Of- nical problems. Applicant 6120 Beach Rentals 3 br, 2 ba Twnhme, 1/2
Ad# 2008-117 Publish September 18 & On July 15, 2008, Light- 4130 Employment fice (1000 Cecil G. Costin, must not be an undergrad- 6130-Condo/Townhouse mi. to bch, Pool, No
25,2008 house Utilities Co., Inc. Information Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, uate student. Starts @ 6140 House Rentals smoking, $985/mo. Brian
NOTICE OF APPLICA- NOTICE filed its notice of intention Robert Moore Admin $9.77/hr. Position Open 6150 Roommate Wanted 404-663-0226 7110 ]
TION FOR TAX DEED OFSHERIFF'SSALE with the Florida Public 'Building, Room 301), or at Until Filled with review of 618 -Rooms t for Rent
Service Commission to in- 4 www.gulfcountygovern- applications starting 6180 Out-of-Town Rentals Sale
NOTICE IS HEREBY NOTICE IS HEREBY crease water and waste- 4100 9/30/08. Additional info: 610-meshare wn Rentals 410 5th St. Mexico Beach,
*.GIVEN that Wallace G. GIVEN THAT PURSUANT water rates in County pur- Administrative/Clerical 6200 Vacation Rentals 6140 FL, 4 BLOCKS TO BEACH,
.,Cooley & Jim Holmes the TO A FINAL JUDGEMENT suant to this Statute. The Applications will be ac- GCCC is an 1, 2, & 3 br 2 LOTS 110 x 121.46. x
holder of the following Tax ISSUED IN THE CIRCUIT filing is subject to review Administrative cepted until 5:00 p.m., E.T. E 116.28 x 148.84 Beautiful
SSUED IN THE CIRCUIT Administrative fEAEO/M/F/Vet employer. furn & unfurn houses, in eh House, 9 t
Certificate, has tiled said COURT OF LEON by the Commission Staff on September 26, 2008 atf Port St Joe, 850-229-6777 Beach House, 1935 sq.ft.
certificate for a tax deed to COUNTY DATED FEBRU- for accuracy and com- Coordinator the Gulf County Human Gulf Coast 6100Port St Joe, 850-229-6777 heated and cooled. House
be issued thereon. The ARY 28,2008 IN THE pleteness. Water rates will Resources Office. For m c omu c e is 4 yrs. old. Four bed-
certificate number and CAUSE WHEREIN CAPI- increase by approximately St George Plantation more information, please 3040sf Office Space, 309 room, 2 baths. Screen
year of issuance, the de- TAL CITY BANK WAS 1.4%. These rates should Owners Assoc contact Human Resources WeblD#34008430 Williams Ave., Port St. Joe, Room. The house and rec-
scription of the property, PLAINTIFF, AND C.H be reflected for service (SGPOA) Director Denise Manuel at $2633 mo., Negotiable for 3 br 15 ba, new carpet reaction room along with all
and the names in which it PROPERTIES, LLC; C Q rendered on or after Octo- (SGPA) (850) 229-5335. longer term. Call (850) 1911 Cypress Ave. Large bedroomshave been ce-
was assessed are as fol- PETIE S, ber 15, 2008. i o 1 522-4485 Ext 1101. fenced owA w diec ram ictiled. Walk-ine cls
lows:a DEVELOPMENTS, LLC; This position reports to the Gulf County enforces a 40 _________rfenced yard with deck.ta, some furniture will
JAMES A. COX, INDIVIDU- Publish September 25, General Manager of Drug-Free Workplace P- Great neighborhood near stay, completely tiled
Certificate No.35 ALLY; JEFFERY HART-u SGPOA. The individual MINI ST RA school. $875/mo.+ 1st &
LINE. INDIVIDUALLY; 2008_._POA._Theindividudl icy and is an Equal Oppor- MINI STORAGE last mo r 1 y throughout, heat pump
Application No. 2008-20 should be a team pyer t / Earn up to $500 Weekly MINI STORAGE st m rent dep. 1 yr has been sat spray
ear of Issuance 2006 ALAN T STEWART, INDI- andbe abe to woto- Empoyer assembling our angel pins Port St ease. Call 648-8629 or dipped so no corron will
R.E. No. 00589-OIOR VIDUALLY WAS DEFEND- A .w ward common goals. This mlye in the comfort of your own I P t 867-3336occur, attic space. Recrea-
DrANr oTS, BEING CASE NO. .." position will interface with /s/ Billy Traylor, Chairman home. No experience re- 9 00 3br, 2ba Home, tion room 16 x 24 with cy-
Description of Property: 2007 CA 003419. owners, staff, board mem- qui red. Call 813-944-3351 29 6200 a press wood on the ceiling
Lot 4, Block "E", of Unit 1, bears and various commit- Attest: /s/ Rebecca L. Nor- Mexico Beach and walls, tiled. Outside
Red Bull Island (an unoffi- I JOSEPH NUGENT AS tee members answering ris, Clerk Appliances incl, 1290 sf, shower and deep well. 12
SHERIFF OF GULF questions and soead epwl1
cial plat of land) more par- COUNTY FLORIDA HAVE .questions and performing Other $1250/mo + utilities, Call x 20 Boat shed and 12 x
ticularly described as: ED UPONRI ALLTHAE requested tasks. This will Dates: September 4, 11, 227-4568. 20 Storage coveriingunit.
COMMENCE at the South- RIGHTTITLE AND INTER A rirA aindEeo r 18, & 25, 2008 Mystery Shoppers. Earn Concrete walkways, awn-
east Corner of U. S. Gov- EIGT OFTTE DFND-IN "Mdeailed helping others; is up to $100 a day. Under- ing over all doors, fence
ement LotNo.2, in Sec- ANTS C.H. PROPERTIES 3100- Antiques detailed oriented and able d: #2008-105 cover shoppers needed to 6110 1 railing along walkways
-tion 30, Township 4 South, LLC; C..PRDEVELOP' 3110 Appliances to multi-task. Computer judge retail/ dining estab- around house. Ready for
-Range 9 West, in Gulf JM C 3120-Arts & Crafts skills are a must for this lishments. Exp not re- Apalach. 3 br 1 ba house the summer and family
County, Florida; thence MENTS,LLC; JAMES A. 3130 Auctions position specifically MS Logistics/Transportation quired. Please Call for rent. Cntrl air, firepce, and quests, will sleep
run North 145.4 feet along COX, INDIVIDUALLY; JEF- 3140 Baby Items Word and Outlook. Spe- 1-800-308-4616. N' W/D, d/w, sun deck, shady many. 325,000.00 MUST
the Lot line; thence run FERY HARTUNE, NDVD- 310 Buildin Supplies cific duties include but are Driver Trainees 1 br, 1 ba, all utilities in- fncd in yard, work shed, SACRIFICEFOR HEALTH
North 85 Degrees 04 M- ART INDIVIDUALLY IN Equipment SGPOA meetings, taking & NEEDED POSTAL & GOV'T JOB cluded, Apalachicola, no r d $500s tREASONS,canemail us apc-
Sutes West 1,283.0 ft THE INTEREST OF LOT 2 3170-Collectibles preparing minutes, review- INFO FOR SALE? smoking, walk to gro Call Brenda 227-53800
along the "South right of THstore, urn. 1 yr lease Call Brenda 227-5380.
way line" of Red Bull Island OCK23, CITY OF PORT 3190 Electronics ing legal notes forowner- No CDL? No Problemquired, 1st month and dep Charming home for rent in Mry and Tom Price 334
Drive; thence run South 04 RAPR 3200 Firewood ship changes, and main- upto $900/wk Home req at signing. 653-6375 Port St. Joe. 2 br w/con- 268-0601/334 807-0134
Degrees 55 Minutes West ST.JOE, AS PER MAP OR 3210 Free Pass It On tamining lot files. Wages are Earn up to $900/wk. Home cau n uter room or nursery, 1 -
Degrees 55 Minutes West PLAT THEREOF RE- 3220 Furniture competitive and based on weekends with TMC. Coin- p lutery room or nurse
125.0 feet along the "West CORDED IN THE PUBLIC 3230 Garage/Yard Sales skills bn ends C a, laundry room, Central
right of way line" of Palm RECODS OF GULF 3240 Guns pany endorsed CDL Train- You NEVER have to pay air and heat, fenced yard,A
Street, to the POINT OF COUNTY FLORIDA, AND 3250 Good Things to Eat SGPOA offers a full bene- for information about no pets, $550/m, $400 sec. 7150 |
BEGINNING, thence con- ON THE 30TH DAY OF 3260 Health & Fitness fits package including federal or postal jobs. If 1 or 2 Bedroom apart- deposit, Call 227-6216 Sale or Trade 702 acres,
agrees 55 Minutes West SEPTEMBER,. 2008 AT 3270 Jewelry/Clothing health, dental, life and dis- Medical/Health you see a job ment for rent; Dogwood Howard Creek: 1 br, 1 ba timber/dev. land Holmes
125.0 feet, along the West THE FRONT STEPS OF 320 Machinery/ ability insurance. guarantee", contact the Terrace Apartments. 808 cottage, fully furn'd w/util. Co. Fl. nr 1-10, $3,500 pr
'right of way line of said TH OUSF COUNTY 3290 Medical Equipment CNA/MA, FTC. Woodward Ave in PSJ. $500 mo + $250 Dep Call acre 850-892-3398
Palm Street, thence run COURTHOU INPOn ntThe F federal Trade Call (850) 227-7800 522-9515 / 850 382 4351 Two nice lots in Wewa on
'North 85 ST JOE, FLORIDA, AT 3310,- Musical instrments General Manager SGPOA, Exp. EOE drugfnee Commission 52 1/80 241 Toilti__o
Degree s 05 M- THEHOUROF1100A.M., 3320 Plant & Shrubs/ P Box 516, Apaachicola workplace, background is America's consumer Charming Updated 2 br Mexico Beach paved road. Sewer and
utes West 100.0 feat;ORASON SPSS SuPpliets&Flu32329;6 a xachicolacheck req. Call 227-7070. protection agency h water tapa in place, Coer
thence run North 04 De- BLE I WILL OFFER FOR 3330- Restaurant/Hotel 850-927-3039Web ID 34001624 duplex on quiet Palm Blvd. of 2nd St and Orange Ave.
g s 55 MinuL OF 330 850-927-3039; manager@stg e-m w ftgovi: s Central heat, central air, Adorable, newer 3Br/2Ba $35,000 for both obo. Call
g128.ees 5 inutesEastnSALE ALL OF THE SAID 3340 Sporing Goods manager@stgeorgeplan-
125.0E NDANTS RI 3350- Tickets (Buy & Sell)-HLP washer, dryer, dishwasher, house; fenced, garage. 2 827-2992 for more info-
_South 85 Degree- 05 MPr,-GHTT1 t & ation.cornr"--- "- -- -- 1-877-FTC-HE Pet Friendly. Some breed blocks to beach, dogs
'utes East 1, ',J ee io ir e TLE AND INTEREST IN o_ __ IA public service restrictions. Large de- okay, $900month+deposit *
OFAT PUBLIC OUTCRY ANDBusiness/Mgmt message from the TC achedgarage. $650 mo. 850-545-6128 crosbydc
quarterr oftheSouthwest WIL TH E, OpSations U- i edAvailablenow. For ap---190
uarter oftS etion 30, JECT TO ALL PRIOR KK: Mexico Beach: 416 Classified Advertising ointment please call (850) Texas Land Salena 20 ac-
T pof Section 30, URa ENS ENCUMBRANCES La Fiesta Drive Sat 7-? Manager I Dental Department 229-8818 or340-0927 res Ranches, Near Boom-
Townshtip 4 South, Raining0.3 ac- ANDJUDGEMENTS, IF Huge Yard Sale, clothes, FairPoint Communica instant ing El Paso. Good road
r9es, more or less. 3 ANY, TO THE HIGHEST some furniture, movies, tons Southeast Region, Assistant Port St Joe 3 br, 2 b, access. Surveyed. ONLY
res, moreorless. AND BEST BIDDER OR in Northwest Florida with Cutting edge, high tech central heat and air, big $15,900 $200/down, $159
Na whichassessed: BIDDERS FOR CASH, 55,000 access lines, seeks deal practice looking ard. No pets. $750 mo. Money Back Guaran-
Terri Ann wShecter THE PROCEEDS TO BE -:- an Operations Manager for for a dental assistant. i +utilities. 229-1215 tee. No Credit Checks.
All of aid property bein APPLIED AS FOR AS MAY their Port St. Joe location. Experience in the dental 1 -800-8 43-7537
in Gulf County, Stae BE TO THE PAYMENT OF KK: Port St. Joe 690 Reporting to the Sr. Op- field a plus, but will train FO R
Florida. Unless such ce COSTS AND SATISFAC- Madison St. Fri 8-Spm Sat rations Manager, suc- Ithe right person. Ideal FIRuRENT-7www.sner
tificate shall be redeemed TION OFTHE ABOVE DE- 8-NOON "A Little of cessful candidate will be candidate would have, Single Office Space 616Oo .
,according to law, the SCRIBED EXECUTION. Everything. responsible for the day to experience in dentistry' Of f ..e Sp c
prprtaccrd ieng d i aws uh SCRIE vday management of Out- with a willingness to be I Perfect for an individual Male or female to share "
Sertat describesold tou SHERIFF KK: St Joe Beach side Plant and/or Central a team player. We can I Downtown Port St Joe 4BR House $380/amonthall
8102 Alabama Ave Office activities associated offer a great salary in $0!a-
St. Joe Beach with service provisioning warm and caring at-I $400/month + utilities 850-227-1711
Sept 26th & 27th and network maintenance. I mosphere. Fax resume 101 Reid Avenue
8a-? Areas of responsibility in- Ito 850-653-3190. 1 e n
clude but are not limited to web id#34008540
participation in network-'--"""""-- Prime Retail Space 6170 r OM IoN
planning, assistance with 2 br, RetailMSpone1/2 8101-Aetiquo&Colluctlblm
operations expenditure - -- on Reid Avenue b 1 MHo 2 Antue & Collectibles
acre, chain link back- 8110 -.Cars
Yard Sale budget preparation, con- I 2700 square feet and yard, front porch, freshly 8120 Sports Utility Vehicles
Yard406 5th Salt MEX Be a struction, h, a and operations i ample parking spaces painted inside and out 8130 Trucks
406 5th St MEX BeachpstaffamanagementceA new floor covering, nice 8140-Vans
~~ Fri-Sat 9-2 CT Rain Date Bachelors Degree or Medical/Health I Near businesses and restaurants lawn and shrubbery, 8150 Commercial
Oct 3&4, no erl birds, equivalent with 3 to 5 I Dental 103 Reid Avenue quiet country living on 8180-Motorcycles
Collect., Ip's, hsehld,stuff years of related experience Dental P103ReidAvenue asantRest Rd, $550 8170- AutoParts
Opening Avail. for a 1.5- required. Hygenist mo + $500 deposit. & Accessories
'4 year old child at D & D Landscaping Dr. Robert King We offer a competitive sal- Looking for part time' Stand Alone Office Building Work history and per- 8220-Personal Watercratt
Jeannie's Lis. Family Mowing, Weeding & ary and benefits package I registered dental I sonal references re- 8230 Sailboats
Childcare Home, Less than Mulching, Tree Trimming, Dentist including 401k. Candi- |hygenist. Fast paced approx. 1200 square feet quired. Available Oct. 8240 Boat & Viarine
5 min from area schools, Dan @ 227-8225 dates for this position can practice seeks a caring, ideal for small office needs 1st. 850-643-6812 Supplies
Call 850-227-1665 leave 325 Long Ave apply online at I enthusiastic hygienist to 10 Wll8310 Aircraft/Avaton
message, under I join our patient oriented 1 19 Williams Avenue 8320 ATV/Off Road Vehicles
careers. dental team. A team 8330 Campers & Trailers
SELL ALL YOUR 227-1812 EOE/MFDV player a must l Strong 8340Motorhomes
web id#34007433 communication skills re- I 3 br, 2 be, 1680sf DW mo-
ITEMS I quired. Fax resume:l Ibile home, large comer lot
SiGROUNDS EEPER1850-653190 in Creek Side, oversize liv- 8 60
through classified. E P Web id#34008612 Iingroomw/fireplace, mas-
Cleaning by Donna, vaca- CALL MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT _--_ cset nsewhr an f 98 Yamaha Seo a I 600,
tion rentals, new construe- 747-5020 Port St. Joe Co$mercial pant $675/m + dep Call good cond Only 6K mi.
nmoveouts re dential. CALL 1-850-227 7451 S ace for Lease 1 850-699-4123 $1995.348-1062.
Great rates 229-6165 IIL 1 11742 Cobia Ave lot for rent
FOR APPLICATION PROCESS for $300 m o camper o
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B12 Thursday, September 25, 2008 The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Established 1937 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

BOB Fro.z )pag' lB

skin clears up and he is fine until his
surroundings change significantly and he
gets nervous and it starts all over again.
Having been coddled and comforted to the
best of their ability by Society members and
staff, Bob has been caught in this repeating
cycle of health and pain for well over six
months. So Bob desperately needs to be in
a stable, quiet, secure home with a loving
owner, even with other friendly dogs and
children who don't keep changing on him.
But this big, cuddly, white "teddy bear" of
a dog doesn't have much time left.
Right now, Bob is being treated for
another outbreak. He is completely

housebroken, likes to run and play but is
just as comfortable being quiet, curled up
by someone's side. He interacts well with
people once he gets to know them, and does
not mind cats.
Bob is only about two years old, so can
be a wonderful companion for a long time to
come if someone is willing to take a chance
on him. Otherwise, the love and petting from
Humane Society members will be the last
thing he knows.
If anyone wants to adopt Bob the dog
before his time runs out, please contact
the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society at

Bob the dog desperately needs a stable, quiet home to maintain his health.

NoW as oW asPrime

On a Home Equity
Line of Credit*"

Current monthly payment:
Credit Card: $217
Credit Card 2: $188
Credit Card 3: $157
Auto Loan: $364
Total: $926

One new single payment:
Credit Card: 0
Credit Card 2: 0
Credit Card 3: 0
Auto Loan: 0
Home Equity Payment: $525

[This example is based on an equity line of $35,000 with an APR of 5.00% and a monthly payment of 1.5% of the
outstanding balance.]

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Port St. Joe / 418 Cecil G. Costin Blvd. / 850-227-1416 I Member FDIC

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APR stands for Annual Percentage Rate "Superior Bank pays customary closing costs up to 500 including: credit report, flood certification, collateral valuation property report,
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Items in the Bow Wow Bash auction range from art to a Penn rod and reel.

PAWS From page 1B
Raffle tickets are $100 per ticket, tax deductible, and people do not have to be present
to win.
Raffle and Bow Wow Bash tickets are available from:
* The Humane Society, 1007 Tenth Street, Port St. Joe;
" Faith's Thrift Hut, also at the Tenth Street address;
4 Provisions on Williams Avenue, Port St. Joe;
* Bayside Savings Bank, Port St. Joe;
* Dockside Restaurant, Marina Drive, Port St. Joe;
* Loggerhead Grill, SR/CR30E, Cape San Blas;
* Scallop Cove/BP, SR/CR30E, St. Joseph Peninsula; and
" From any of the Society's board of directors.

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Law Enforcement Experience

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (1991-1995)
Arrest Unit
Division of Criminal Investigations
Florida Intelligence Center

Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, 1995-2004
Patrol Deputy 1995-1997
Patrol Supervisor 1997-2000
Sergeant of Criminal Investigations 2000-2004
Drug Task Force Officer 1995-2004

Gulf County Sheriff's Office, 2005-2008
Major/Chief Investigator
Leader of the Search and Rescue Team for the Child Abduction
Response Team
Florida Intelligence Unit Representative
Regional Organized Crime Information Center Representative
ProgramAdministratorforthe FDLE Violent Crime & Drug Control
Council Grant

I would appreciate your vote on November 4th and will be honored to serve as
your sheriff.

Thank you for your support and may God bless you.

Mike Harrison
(Home) 850-639-5161
(Mobile) 850-227-8706

Political advertisement paid for and approved by Mike Harrison, Republican, for Sheriff

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Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 70 years

B12 Thursday, September 25, 2008 The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Established 1937


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