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YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937


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A look at babies
born in 2008
Page B1


Thursday, January 1, 2009 w w w. sta rf II. c om 50(


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor


As 2008 segues into 2009, it's appropriate to take a look
back at the stories that made headlines over the previous
12 months.
Appropriate against the backdrop of that old adage that
those who choose not to consider history are bound to re-
peat it, and it is safe to say some of the top stories of the past
year are ones few would like to see rerun a year from now.
The following pages comprise our stab at the top 10
stories of the year. It may be, dear reader, that other lists
might look a bit different. That's part of the beauty of this
great community we live in. We have our differences, but in
the end, we are more alike than some would assert.




1. 77he Eciwmy


Florida and Gulf County
seemed to serve as microcosms
of the greater ills plaguing the
national economy.
Florida is ranked at No. 4
among the states in the worst
financial messes, as Florida's
housing slump is one of the
worst in the nation and only ap-
pears to be getting worse. The
$66 billion Florida budget for
the coming year is about $6 bil-
lion less than the one approved
the previous year. It includes a
$332 million reduction in pub-
lic school spending and cuts to
state hospitals, nursing homes
and various social programs.
The Florida. legislature next
month will convene to decide
how to plug the midyear gap.
And the impacts on the state
trickled down to Gulf County.


Taxable property value in the
county dropped for the second-
straight year after never drop-
ping in the county's modern
history.
The school district, plagued
by declining enrollment, was
forced to cut nearly $2 million
from its budget, slicing more
than 40 jobs. More funding cuts
were handed down by the state
this month, and the district will
put an additional mill levy in
front of voters in the spring.
Gas prices rose above $4
a gallon for a time during the
summer, causing local govern-
ing bodies to examine all sorts
of travel-related cuts, before
settling back down as national
demand declined, and prices
were below $2 a gallon by the
end of the year.


Reflecting another national
trend, the county saw a huge
spike in foreclosures as the
popping of housing bubble and
declining property values left
many homeowners in a fiscal
spiral.
The local economy also shed
jobs. The St. Joe Company,
the county's largest private
landowner, went through sev-
eral reorganizations and jetti-
soned more than 100 jobs. The
county's unemployment rate
climbed to 6.6 percent at the
end of the year, nearly three
percentage points higher than
a year ago as unemployment
claims spiked.
The picture for 2009 is being
painted in less than rosy colors
by experts, many of whom by
the end of year had lost all cred-
ibility anyway as the federal
government bailed out many in
the banking, insurance and auto
industries.


BEACON
HILL FIRE

Vandals set fire
to pipes stored
at Beacon Hill
to be laid for
water lines to
Overstreet.


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review


Construction began this year on a new bulkhead on a
parcel of land acquired from The St. Joe Company by
the Port St. Joe Port Authority.


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The port served as the
bookend to 2008, occupying
the front page of the first edi-
tion of this newspaper in 2008
and the front page of the last
edition prior to Christmas.
In between was a roller
coaster as the Port Author-
ity and The St. Joe Company
wrangled over the vision of
an expanded facility that
would, as one speaker ear-
lier this month put it, place
the "port" back in Port St.
Joe.
The year started posi-
tively for the port as the Port
Authority purchased just
more than 60 acres from The
St. Joe Company and used
some $5 million in grants to
construct a new bulkhead


along the Gulf County Canal
and dredge work to allow
light draft vessels entry to
the new port facility under
the George Tapper Bridge.
But a lease for the bulk-
head at the old paper mill
site, not to mention for a par-
cel of approximately 63 acres
that would provide bay and
canal waterfront for an ex-
panded port, proved a much
trickier lock to pick.
Through some three
years of visioning among
the Port Authority, the city of
Port St. Joe, the county and
The St. Joe Company, that
prime parcel, just north of
the mill site, was considered
See YEAR A2


Commissioners set a new record for year's end


By Marie Logan
Contributing Writer
County commissioners evi-
dently were anticipating their
Christmas vacation on Dec. 22.
Within the space of one hour
and 49 minutes, the board held
a workshop, took a break, held a
legislative public hearing and, ac-
cording to commission chair Billy
Traylor, took a stab at beating his
previous record for the shortest
meeting he had chaired on re-
cord.
They succeeded.
At 4:30 p.m. ET Dec. 22, com-
missioners held a workshop to
discuss election precincts, the


Tourist Development Council
(TDC) stand on the beach resto-
ration bond and animal control.
All three topics had been dis-
cussed in recent commission
meetings.
Commissioners continued to
debate whether to move a cur-
rent full-time employee into the
new animal control officer posi-
tion or outsource the job.
The county currently has only
one animal control officer to cov-
er the entire county.
Denise Manuel, Human Re-
sources and Risk Management
Director, was instructed to con-
tact the county's union represen-
tatives and discuss options for


the new position.
As for the restoration bonds,
Commissioner Bill Williams reit-
erated earlier explanations that
the TDC was anticipating further
drops in county property values,
which would affect the bond the
county is paying.
The bond covers the beach re-
nourishment project just being
completed on the Gulf side of St.
Joseph Peninsula and Cape San
Blas.
Gulf-front and Gulf-interior
property owners on the Cape and
peninsula are paying the bond
through an MSTU (Municipal
Service Taxing Unit) the prop-
erty owners voted on in 2007.


According to Paula Pickett,
TDC director, the TDC is covering
its bases and planning contingen-
cies in the event that declining
property values create a shortfall
in tax revenues earmarked, for
the bond repayment.
Only tax dollars from the spe-
cific Cape and peninsula proper-
ty owners are used to repay the
bond.
As to voting precincts, com-
missioners agreed that the Nov.
4 election showed the Overstreet
voting precinct should be re-
opened.
Six county precincts were
closed earlier in the year because
of budget cuts.


The board's consensus was
that the Overstreet precinct was
the only one that needed to be
reopened for future elections be-
cause early voting had become
"very popular" in the county and
would be the trend of the future.
According to commissioners,
early voting significantly reduced
actual voter numbers at county
precincts on Election Day.
Only Overstreet voters were
forced to drive a significant dis-
tance (30-plus miles round-trip)
to vote.
After the 30-minute workshop,
commissioners took a break and

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Thursday, January 1, 2009


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the most appropriate spot for expanding
the port.
The mill site bulkhead was considered
a prime location for the port to begin gen-
erating income as The St. Joe Company
considered its plans for mill site develop-
ment.
A lease was elusive, with The St. Joe
Company at one point denying use of the
mill site, but continued negotiations re-
sulted in a deal that seemed a nice fit for
all the stakeholders.
The Port Authority ended up with a
short-term lease on 20 acres on the mill
site and roughly half the bulkhead, allow-
ing at least one customer, already work-
ing on the reinforcement of the Stump
Hole area of County 30E, to begin bring-
ing aggregate through the port.
The company expects some 1 million
pounds to flow through the port in 2009.
The Port Authority also secured a long-
term lease on the parcel it targeted north
of the mill site to facilitate expansion into
the shipping channel and the ability to
berth deeper draft boats.
And The St. Joe Company reaffirmed
its commitment to economic development
of the county and region while at the same
time providing the Port Authority the op-
portunity to demonstrate it could create a
viable, operational port that would attract
businesses as well as create high-paying
jobs for an area in serious need of them.


3.


Elediot year


Never was this a typical political season, with
a woman running for President and the coun-
try electing an African-American to the nation's
highest office. The energy helped produce an
80-percent turnout locally, one of the highest in
anyone's recent memory.
The season was already one of great import
and change in Gulf County.
Benny Roberts and David Horton ended long-
time tenures Roberts some three decades all
told of service to Port St. Joe, stepping away in
advance of the spring elections, which brought Rex
Buzzett to the commission unopposed as well as
former commissioner John Reeves, who emerged
from a three-person race to reclaim a seat.
Kesley Colbert, county property appraiser, and
Tim Wilder, superintendent of schools, each won
another four-year term during primary season.
Supervisor of Elections Linda Griffin; Shirley
Jenkins, county tax collector; and county Clerk
of the Circuit Court Becky Norris all secured an-
other term without opposition.
Sheriff Joe Nugent, appointed by the governor
last year after the indictment of former sheriff
Dalton Upchurch, emerged from a primary run
to defeat Mike Harrison by. a comfortable margin
in the November general election to win his first
elected term.
Three county commission seats were decided


as District 1 and District 3 incumbents
Carmen McLemore and Bill Williams,
respectively, won new terms.
Williams had survived a testy Re-
publican primary, and his race in the
general election against Bo Williams,
a rematch of four years ago, ultimately
was marred by a probe by Tyndall Air
Force Base officials who found govern-
ment resources had been used improperly
in the challenger's campaign, and charges
were lodged with the Florida Division of Elec-
tions.
In District 5, Jerry Barnes chose not to seek
re-election, and his seat was filled by Warren
Yeager, formerly a member and briefly chair-
man of the Port Authority of Port St. Joe.
Overriding much of that, though, was
the election of Barack Obama as Presi-
dent, a historic occasion regardless of
party affiliation or how the county voted,
which was overwhelmingly in favor of
Sen. John McCain.
Commissioner Nathan Peters Jr., made
an emotional speech about the outcome
during a county commission meeting and
noted in the days after the election that
this seismic event had provided an oppor-
tunity for healing.


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No single issue this year engaged more
people in their government than the de-
cision by a majority of commissioners
pushed for the lifting of the prohibition on
Sunday sales of alcohol in the city limits.
Noting that there are, 14 businesses
located on property valued at more than
$7 million and which employed dozens of
people, proponents pushed the amending
of the city's alcohol ordinance as one of
economics in challenging fiscal times.
With folks able to purchase alcohol on
Sunday in the county, in Wewahitchka and
in Apalachicola, the city was losing tax
revenue and small businesses were losing
potential additional revenue by treating
Sunday as any other day, allowing alcohol
sales from 7 a.m. until midnight.
The majority also advocated providing
a choice; that government had no busi-
ness dictating the choice of people to have
a glass of wine with lunch or purchase


their beer on a Sunday.
But opponents were outraged, pointing
to not one but two referendums that had
been held over the years and which result-
ed in people turning away Sunday sales.
The town would lose part of its charac-
ter, its charm, opponents argued, and the
debates during the first two public meet-
ings on the issue became often testy dis-
cussions about morals, teen drinking, the
Bible, referendums and even referendums
found in the Bible.
At times it took on a surreal tenor.
In the end the majority of three held,
commissioner Perky White and Charles
Stephens voting in the minority, and as
was noted several times in the process, the
real referendums begin when the majority
- commissioners Rex Buzzett and John
Reeves as well as Mayor Mel Magidson

See YEAR A6


NOTICE OF INTENDED ACTION

THE GULF COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

Purpose and Effect: The Gulf County School Board proposes to amend and
adopt policies, as provided for in the Administrative Procedures Act, for the
purpose of bringing said policies into compliance with Florida Statutes and
State Board of Education Rules.

Summary: The following is a brief description of each proposal change.

2.70 Prohibiting Discrimination, Including Sexual and other forms of
Harassment.
4.19 Physical Education
5.14 Homeless Students
5.70 Physical Education
6.10 Employment of Personnel
6.17 Appointment or Employment Requirements
6.27 Professional Ethics
6.29 Report of Misconduct
6.30 Violation of Local, State and/or Federal Laws
6.36 Complaints Against Employees
6.542 Family and Medical Leave
6.546 Personal Leave
7.20 Accounting and Control Procedures
7.40 Fund-raising for School Projects and Activities
7.71(1) Selecting Professional Services
8.33 Bus Emergency Evacuation Drills
8.502 Prequalification of Contractors for Educational Facilities Construc-
tion

Economic Impact: These proposals may result in direct costs associated
with implementation.

IF REQUESTED, A HEARING WILL BE HELD AT:

Time: 6:00 PM EDT
Date: January 13, 2009
Place: Gulf County School Board Room
150 Middle School Road
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

The entire text of the proposed rules can be inspected during regular office
hours at the Gulf County School Board Office, 150 Middle School Road,
Port St. Joe, FL.

Special Legal authority under which the adoption is authorized and the law
being implemented and interpreted is made specific.

The addition and changes are proposed by Bill Carr, Assistant Superinten-
dent for Business Services and approved for consideration by Tim Wilder,
Superintendent.

Amendments: See above.









In Memory


A3 | The Star


'-I


Thursday, January 1, 2009'


By Despina Williams
Star StaffWriter


As we look forward to 2009, and all the promises

a new year brings,

these are things worth remembering:

The wisdom of Emile Twine,
The humor of Eddie Belle White,
The artistry of Corky Richards,
The humility of Steve Heyser,
The charm of Billy Joe Rish,
The dedication of Wesley Ramsey,
And everything L.L. Lanier taught us about bees,
tupelo honey and life.
May we keep the memories of all those we lost this
year alive in our hearts forever.

See IN MEMORY A5


Eddie Belle White
Eddie Belle White, the oldest licensed hair
stylist in Florida, passed away on June 8, at
age 85.
The daughter of a Wewahitchka turpen-
tine man, White completed her hair and
cosmetology training at Jack's School of
Beauty Culture in Wichita Falls, Texas, in
1945.
She returned to Wewahitchka to found a
beauty salon, and continued to keep regu-
lar hours into her 80s, despite bouts with ill-
ness.
A colorful character with a great sense of
humor, White also played master of ceremo-
nies at annual Wewahitchka Class of 1930-58
reunions.


Emile Twine
Emile Twine, the former principal of
George Washington Elementary/High
School, succumbed to cancer on March 10
in Tallahassee, at age 86.
Twine was a principal, teacher and coach
at the Port St. Joe school for African-Amer-
ican children during the segregation era.
A firm disciplinarian who believed in the
innate potential of all African-American
children, Twine fought for his students and
earned their lasting respect.
He is regarded as a father figure by a
generation of Port St. Joe residents.
The new George Washington Elemen-
tary/High School Museum, located on a
portion of the former school site, honors
Twine's career as an educator.


Steve Heyser
Steve Heyser, a U-2 spy plane pilot
who snapped the iconic photos of the
Cuban missile crisis, died on Oct. 8 at
age 81.
On Oct. 14, 1962, Heyser, an Apala-
chicola native, flew over San Cristobal
in western Cuba and photographed
the Soviet military installing medium-
range nuclear missiles 90 miles from
Key West.
The photos made international news,
leading to the two-week missile crisis.
Heyser expressed relief that the cri-
sis ended peacefully, telling the Wash-
ington Post that he did not want to go
down in history as the man who started
World War III.
After retiring from the Air Force,
Heyser lived a quiet life in Apalachic-
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A4 I The Star O 1p nion


Thursday, January 1, 2009


When this edition rolls
around every year, there is
always a concern about what
makes a list of top stories of
the year, what doesn't.
Should there be 10 stories,
a nice even number most of
the media is enraptured by,
or were there enough stories
to justify a list that is, as it has
been in the past, a baker's
dozen or even more?
The reality is such lists
are very subjective; just as
an opinion or a vote, every-
body is entitled to their list.
It can make for good holiday
discussions or in
some cases, a good
excuse to steer the
holiday conversation
away from today's
events because
sometimes they just
aren't all that pretty.
But in compiling TIM (
the lists the reader Starne
will find throughout
this edition of The
Star, certain stories that
touched close to the heart
merited attention, even if
they did not make our cut of
top stories of the year.
The first would involve
generosity, of spirit and soul.
This space touched on the
work of Jerry Stokoe and his
tireless efforts on behalf of
those who could use a help-
ing hand feeding 700 folks at
Christmas serving as just one
example but there were oth-
ers who made 2008 a year to
spotlight a significant portion
of this community's character
There is the group from
theUnitedMethodistChurch
that, when a storm ravages
any area of the Southeast, is
willing to pack up their tools
and their clothes and head
off to help, no questions ask.
Remove debris, cut
downed tree limbs, help re-
pair homes, transport equip-
ment that is the kind of
right stuff this group unfail-
ingly and without expectation
accomplishes, understand-
ing that one day. they might
be the folks in Gulf County
who need the assistance.
The Methodist Church
also sent a team to the Af-
rican nation of Cameroon
to sow the seeds of their
faith while also providing re-
sources to, as one example,
sustain a nurse in a govern-
ment-run pharmaceutical
dispensary.
The nine-day trip, Judy
Kosin said, was an almost
surreal experience and a
lesson in how blessed we are
to live in this country.
That same lesson was
also gleaned from a week-
long journey some parishio-
ners at Long Avenue Baptist
Church took to the Amazon
rain forest, rapidly disap-
pearing to development and
wholesale logging.
But this group journeyed
deep into the jungle to help
one village build a church,
to help aid villagers from
around a region medically,


and to spread their faith to
those who chose to listen.
Both trips, as interviews
with Kosin, Cathey Colbert,
Trevor Burch and others
made clear, were life-alter-
ing experiences.
Colbert related one par-
ticularly poignant story that
underscores how much we
take for granted.
Alittle girl, friendly, gregar-
ious around these Americans
she had never even known
existed, has run around the
village mostly naked save a
pair of old panties for most of
the week the group
from Long Avenue
was in Brazil.
On the final day,
as the group was
preparing to leave,
the girl's mother
presented her to the
CROFT interpreter in her
wseditor finest white dress,
with bows in the
girl's hair.
Her mother wanted the
group to take her daughter
to a better life she knew lay
beyond her village. Colbert
could barely get through the
story without tearing up.
We can all take much
from such stories, and in a
way, they belong right there
in the top 10 of any stories I
covered in the past year.
Another story involved
Buck Watford, who was
awarded a prestigious mili-
tary honor for "non-combat
meritorious service to the
United States" after he at-
tended a training program.
Coach Watford, as most
know him, is now serving
what, if memory serves, is his
third tour in the Middle East.
He was typically self-depre-
cating and humble about the
honor, it never seemed to en-
ter his mind that his service
to his country, the selfless
sacrifice of. himself, his wife
and two children, is truly
something to marvel at.
Just knowing the man
and talking to him, one walks
away with chest a little fuller,
pride in the folks who do
serve at great risk and sac-
rifice and define courage no
matter the language.
Finally, there is Capt. Dave
and Sarah Maddox and their
60th wedding anniversary.
If there are more down-
to-earth, kind people on this
earth, Ihaveyetto meet them.
Capt. Dave tries the crusty
act, but there is a heart of gold
beneath the exterior, and he
has been incredibly kind to
this paper in researching sto-
ries, providing story ideas and
just being a friend.
His wife, who refers to
the captain as "deckhand,"
is a jewel. No other words
come close to describing
that open heart, warm smile
and soothing voice.
None of these stories
made the cut of "Top Stories
of 2008," but they were tops in
my book and stories I will re-
member for a long, long time.


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OUR VIEW




Quality over quantity


Someday maybe tax-
payers will see their coun-
ty commission chair pat
himself on the back over a
decision that benefits the
county rather than brag-
ging about keeping a meet-
ing to under 20 minutes.
Alittle lessigovernmentis
never a bad thing, but clock-
watching somehow doesn't
fit the pay schedule for com-
missioners at this time of
economic turbulence.
In fact, commissioners
could start earning those
government salaries and
Cadillac make that Hon-
da benefits with a few de-
cisions in 2009 that seemed
elusive in 2008.

Stop the bullying

Commissioner Nathan
Peters Jr. described the
presidential election re-
sults as an opportunity to
heal and also spoke at a
recent Economic Devel-.
opment Council meeting
about how he will carry an
olive branch to the city to
smooth the wrinkles that
have arisen in the relation-
ship the past year.
That lasted a few days.
The county's flopping
about on the special school
levy referendum was just
the latest example of how
government has become
the place where bullies go
to thrive.
The negative speeches
about other government
bodies, the lecturing on
taxes when their own
house is not in order, the
calling out and dismissal of
other's work and efforts is
simply not constructive.
Until governments in
this county learn to operate
from the same page, learn
to quit threatening lawsuits


against each other with tax-
payers picking up the tab,
learn to quit the bullying of
the public and other elected
officials, it seems hard to
believe that 2009 will be any
more constructive.
We've said it before, we'll
state it again: It's called
public service for a reason.
Every elected official in the
county should take a long
look in the mirror, and if
their reason for holding of-
fice involves anything else,
then time to hang 'em up.


Budget as if it is

your money

The most galling ob-
servation this year had to
be the county commission
chair pontificating lies on
television about how tax-
es have or have not been
raised in this county.
This from a commis-
sioner who does not even
pay property taxes in the
county, according to coun-
ty records, which renders
statements made about
how the school board bud-
gets toothless.
For the record, the coun-
ty hasn't reduced spending
in the past two years, as
was offered up in one in-
terview; it even increased
spending this past year.
That may have been
accomplished by less of
an increase in property
tax collections than prior
years, but commissioners
simply used other taxes
to keep the gravy train
that stopped for most keep
chugging for government.
If there is a role to play
for the EDC, which is com-
prised of small business
owners from throughout
the county, it is to explain


the role of budgeting for a
business to commission-
ers in order to have some
semblance of sensible
spending in the county.
The county pledges to
begin budget workshops
next month, and the EDC
should be present at every
workshop to explain how
budgeting works in the
real world.
A work order policy that
spreads across county op-
erations would be a place
to start one EDC mem-
ber should explain how
they can't operate without
one but commissioners
have to be reminded about
the pain going on out be-
yond their meeting room.
This is the year the
EDC must prove its worth
to private business and the
county in the long term by
assisting commissioners in
reducing spending, bring-
ing the budget in line with
reality and reducing the
tax burden that is hinder-
ing, not helping, economic
development.

Remember the

Sunshine Laws

When a county commis-
sioner corners one at an
event and discusses con-
cerns about an issue he
and "several" other com-
missioners share, then it
is time for a primer on the
Sunshine Laws that gov-
ern open meetings, open
decision-making. in gov-
ernment.
Maybe those lessons
can be held at the local
restaurant commission-
ers seem to retreat to
after most meetings. We
know they aren't discuss-
ing county business, right?
(Wink, wink).


The Sunshine Laws
were passed decades ago
by the Florida legislature
for a reason, and they are a
model across the country.
For too long, commis-
sioners have openly flaunt-
ed their disregard for
these statutes, pretended
they did not exist and con-
ducted meetings that often
have the feel of being cho-
reographed, down to the
tuning out of the public.

End the division

If Peters is serious
about his time-to-heal and
olive-branch statements,
start the healing by ending
single-member districts.
Returning to the first
point in this space, if all
are to work together for
a common goal of push-
ing the county forward, all
walls must be razed and
the first should be the dis-
trict walls.
Whether or not such
a move changes the spe-
cial-interest marinated,
incestuous back-scratch-
ing form of government
we have in the county is no
longer the point.
Single-member districts
are perceived as little more
than a survival mechanism
for some commissioners
for whom public service to
the entire county is a for-
eign language.
Single-member dis-
tricts are perceived as
being an impediment to
good government, to pub-
lic officials who have the
public as a whole front and
center when decisions are
made.
2009 should be the year
those perceptions are
wiped away with the stroke
of a pen in Peters' hand.


Squeaky made me do it!


It's a new year. My
first wife still likes me.
We've got a brand new
president. Gas prices are
down. I've got new run-
ning shoes. My boys are
healthy. The economy is
so bad that it can only go
up from here...
I don't believe I have
been this excited about a
new year since 1963.
I turned 16 that Janu-
ary. Can you imagine the
possibilities? My hair was
dark. And thick. I could
see with my own eyes. I
woke up every morning
with all the parts working.
My memory was fresh and
clear. I wasn't bothered
with those pesky income
tax returns, and I had no
mortgage payments.
And it gets better!
They gave me a car! Well,
let's be honest here. It
wasn't exactly my car. I
had to share it with Moth-
er and Daddy. And Leon
and David Mark. I couldn't
just hop in and take off.
"Son, regular gas is up to
24 cents a gallon." And I
had to be home by 9 p.m.
But I could "get it" once
in a blue moon. You can't
imagine the power of slid-
ing behind the wheel and
backing down the drive-
way. Solo! I was in charge!
You can bet your bottom
dollar I went looking for a
place to go!
No more hitchhiking or
"borrowing" rides for me.
It is amazing how indepen-
dent and grown up you feel
when you cruise by your
old elementary school. I
circled the town square 'til
my arms grew weary from
turning right. I would sit
for hours .at Frank's Dairy
Bar. I wouldn't dare go in.


Pam had to come out and
take my order. It was im-
portant that everyone saw
that I was not in the back
seat or riding shotgun.
"Kes, drive me over to
Huntingdon. I've met this
beautiful girl and she's
got a friend." Squeaky
Ridinger was five
months younger
and needed me on
this particular late
January evening.
"Squeak, what's
wrong with the girls
here. in town?" I'd
just had my license
for a couple weeks. HUNKE
I hadn't really driv- Kesle
en any farther than
where the Tum-
bling Creek Road turned
off the Gleason Highway.
"Are you kidding? I'm so
tired of looking at LaRenda
and Beverly and Graylene
and Vicki, I could just spit!
We ain't had a decent fe-
male move here in a hun-
dred years. I'm telling you;
these Huntingdon girls are
terrific. Let's go!"
It was 11 miles to Hunt-
ingdon. And my folks had
not cleared that. Of course,
they didn't say I couldn't
go...
Chuck Berry's "Johnny
B. Goode" was blasting out
of the radio when I pulled
up to the small brick house
Squeaky pointed out. He
was right; his girl was
very attractive. Her friend
looked like she could eat
corn off the cob through a
picket fence! Squeak was
in hog (no pun intended)
heaven. I was thinking
Graylene and Vicki didn't
look all that bad if you
studied them in the right
light...
The girls directed us


to the local hangout. We
ordered a round of Cherry
Cokes, and while the group
launched into a discussion
on the Platters' greatest
hits, I was wondering if
my folks were wondering
where in the heck I was!
My new friend pointed out
several times that
Huntingdon had
beaten us in foot-
ball for the past
five years. Not
only did she look
like George Patton
on steroids but she
was obnoxious, as
RDOWN well! I was ready
Colbert to go home. Every-
one else wanted to
"ride around" for
a while. "Listen, I've got
to be back in MeKenzie
before nine!"
I'm not sure if you are
familiar with the insides
of a 1960 Chevrolet. It was
huge! The front seat alone
was spacious enough for
a ping pong match. Leon
used to hold dance con-
test in that thing. We're
talking Grand Canyon
here. The steering wheel
alone wouldn't fit in most
of today's gas conscious
machines. Squeaky and
his good-looking friend
are in one tiny corner of
the back seat, whispering.
Miss Congeniality had slid
over next to me and was
helping me drive! We were
wasting a lot of space! And
it was getting late early! I
had to get this car to the
house!
We were on that gravel
road behind the aluminum
factory, and I was look-
ing for the turn-off back
to town. Squeaky had quit
talking altogether. I was
adjusting the mirror so I


could see exactly what was'
going on in the back seat
when we hit a bump or an
alien jumped out in front
of us or the road moved.
You won't believe how fast
it happened. Before you
could blink, we went ca-
reening sideways down the
big ditch that paralleled
the road. My girl helped by
screaming at the top of her
lungs. Squeaky and Billie
Jean didn't seem to notice
until we hit the culvert.
Seat belts had not been in-
vented at the time, so both
of them flew into the front
seat!
My heart stopped. My
life was over! I saw flashes
of being locked in my room
forever. Food was slipped
in under the door. Daddy
just came in to whip me. I
would be on restriction for
the next decade! Gene Pit-
ney's "Town Without Pity."
was the only sound com-
ing out of that car. Squeak
was the first to find his
voice, "Well, the radio still
works."
Incredibly, I had some-
how managed in one brief
evening to mess up my
entire year. It had started
with so much promise!
And we hadn't even gotten
to February yet!
I am bound and deter-
mined not to let that hap-
pen in 2009. I'm going to
dwell on the positive. I am
going to "will" this to be a
great year. I'm not letting
anything or anybody get
me down. And, to be on the
safe side, I'm staying away
from Huntingdon, and I am
not allowing any ugly girls
in my vehicle.

Respectfully,
Kes


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Corky Richards

Corky Richards, a master crafts-
man from Apalachicola, passed away
on July 8 at age 66.
The self-taught, former fisherman
built oyster tongs, furniture for mil-
lion dollar homes and everything in
between.
Richards used centuries-old dead-
head cypress pulled from the Apala-
chicola River as his primary building
material and admired its.tight, straight
grain and resiliency.
Richards' pieces, though unembel-
lished, bore the mark of a true artist.
His work with acclaimed Washing-
ton, D.C. architect Hugh Newell Ja-
cobsen was featured in Architectural
Digest, Elle Decor and Vero Beach.
magazines.


Wesley Ramsey
Wesley Ramsey, The Star's editor and publish-
er for over four decades, passed away on Oct. 2,
at age 81.
Ramsey purchased the newspaper from his
former boss, Star founder William "Bill" Smith,
in 1952 and made the business a family affair.
The Ramsey clan resided above the newspa-
per office, then located at 306 Williams Ave. in
Port St. Joe, and Ramsey's wife, Frenchie, and
six children helped with many of the newspaper's
operations.
As a reporter, Ramsey wrote stories on a wide
range of community happenings, and typed all
printed editions using a Linotype keyboard.
The Linotype's first two lines ETAOIN SHRD-
LU inspired the name of the weekly column
Ramsey continued to write for many years after
selling the newspaper to his son, Willie, in 1999.


L.L. Lanier
L.L. Lanier, a second generation Wewa-
hitchka beekeeper, passed away on Aug.
12, at age 85.
Lanier was widely known as the elder
statesman of the tupelo honey industry,
and he frequently gave interviews on the
subject of beekeeping.
Bees fascinated and delighted Lanier
since his early childhood. He spoke of their
industriousness with obvious admiration,
calling them "the nearest thing to perfect,"
he'd ever encountered.
Though Lanier retired from the bee-
keeping business in 1991 turning the
reigns over to son, Ben he remained a
visible figure at Wewahitchka's annual
Tupelo Festival.


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Billy Joe Rish
Billy Joe Rish, Port St. Joe's city attorney
for over three decades, passed away on May
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Rish earned his law degree in 1962 and
opened his first law office in Port St. Joe.
In 1970, he was elected to the first of four
terms in the Florida House of Representa-
tives, where he led the impeachment pro-
ceedings of three Florida Supreme Court
justices.
As city attorney, Rish brokered countless
deals with former mayor Frank Pate includ-
ing acquiring the marina site from Hess Oil
Company and annexing WindMark Beach.
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- come up for re-election.
The city's approval of Sunday sales
had a ripple effect in the county as several
county businesses urged the county to


5. C --i-er







For pure comic appeal, the year fea-
tured the spring commandeering of a
mosquito spray truck by county com-
missioner Carmen McLemore.
McLemore was observed driving
the truck and spraying by several resi-
dents who reported the incident, and
it became fodder for
local television and the
beginning of a summer
of fireworks over the
county's Mosquito Con-
trol program.
McLemore initially
apologized in public
McLEMORE for the episode, though
within days, there was
some back-track as it became unclear
whether any laws had been broken.
In short order, commissioners, or at
least several, began a public flogging of
the Mosquito Control Department and
what was perceived as a bloated bud-
get.
Mosquito control staff were asked
by commissioners to provide a host of
information about spraying, programs
and how money was spent, and several
county commission meetings devolved
into little more than placing the entire
Mosquito. Control Department in the
public stocks.
The county asked the state to take
a look, requesting a division of the De-
partment of Agriculture for an audit of
the department.
The result was a report that blast-
ed elected officials for their lack of
knowledge regarding spray rules and
their interference in a department
that was lauded as a model that larg-
er counties with larger budgets could
emulate.
The report also resulted in a fine for
Mr. McLemore for spraying without the
proper licensing or proper statistics to
justify the spraying.


change is alcohol ordinance to reflect the
city's permitted hours given the potential
to lose business that used to come out of
the city.


6. HeAkt care

In a recurring theme from prior years,
health care once again was on the front
burner in the county all year.
It was a watershed year for the.Sacred
Heart Hospital to be constructed near the
Gulf/Franklin Center as site plans were
finalized, all the proper permits secured
and the ground finally broken by some-
thing other than a ceremonial shovel.
Not that the economy wasn't putting
up obstacles in front of the project, forcing
Sacred Heart officials to alter some plans
and slightly scaling back initial construc-
tion as well as the amount of equipping
and outfitting of patient and operating
rooms as a way of planning for the future
while holding down costs now.
The construction work took shape
fairly quickly, with the pad laid down and
steel beginning to reach for the skies by
the middle of the year. Meanwhile, the


7. Arret it 2005

ow~rder case
Almost three years to the date that Justin Curcie
walked out the front door of the Wewahitchka home he
shared with his father, an arrest came in his subsequent
murder.
Curcie's disappearance sent off alarms almost imme-
diately because he was the primary vessel between his
hearing-impaired father and the outside world. He would
not have just gone off, law enforcement officials said in
asking for information.
Curcie disappeared in the early summer of 2005, and
skeletal remains ultimately identified as the 19-year-old
were found in remote woods later that summer.
For three years, the case lay dormant except to law
enforcement, who continually pleaded to the public for
information, and this summer Random Matthew Jack-
son, now in his early 20s, was arrested and indicted by a
grand jury for murder.
Law enforcement officials said Jackson, also from
Wewahitchka, was a suspect early on, and they contend-
ed they had a strong case despite the passage of three
years.
During that time, Jackson had been arrested and im-
prisoned on state charges, and he remains in a state cor-
rectional facility in Northwest Florida awaiting trial on
Curcie's murder.


support for the effort from the private sec-
tor continued, as Sacred Heart collected
donations in ceremonies that seemed to
occur almost once a month.
The construction work steadily pro-
gressing, Sacred Heart officials remain
optimistic the facility will be open by
sometime late next year or the first of
2010.
Meanwhile, the Gulf County Health
Department, despite budget cutbacks
from the state and federal levels, contin-
ued to grow its services.
With Sacred Heart radiology already
established in Port St. Joe, the depart-


The Gulf
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Department
brought a

clinic cand
orthopedic
care to its
Port St. Joe
facility.



ment partnered with Tallahassee Ortho-
pedic Clinic to bring orthopedic care to
patients twice a month. It is hopedathat
the partnership expands with the opening
of the new hospital.
Another partnership helped the de-
partment open a women'its clinic just be-
fore the end of the year, offering a variety
of services aimed at women's health.
The department also formally opened
its new clinic on Hwy. 22 in Wewahitchka.
On the flip side, though, the depart-
ment had to scale back its clinic hours in
the evenings and Saturday because of fi-
nancial cutbacks from the state.


8. Tke r ir i low


More than three years of
. drought and the havoc that
drought wreaked on the Apala-
chicola-Chattahoochee-Flint
(ACF) river system finally
reached a boiling point this year
over, well, who owns the water.
The spark was a proposal
by the State of Georgia and the
city of Atlanta to hold back even
more of the flow from Lake La-
nier north of Atlanta, a primary
source for the ACE
Already, low river levels were
impacting honey production
in Wewahitchka as well as the
health and vibrancy of the Apala-
chicola Bay.
Soon there was a war of words
between Georgia and Florida
state officials, and it was not too
long before congressional del-
egations got involved, trading
letters of outrage and legislative
proposals.
The governors of Alabama,
Georgia and Florida met and'


agreed to work together, though
what exactly that meant and con-
tinues to mean remains a mys-
tery to many.
Congress has called for a
study of the ACF ecosystem and
the impacts on it from dredging,
water drawdowns and, generally,
activity by the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers, which oversees the
system.
A meeting held in North Flor-
ida to discuss the scope of that
study left many wary and upset
about what might be the outcome
of that study and how impartial
and sensitive the Corps was be-
ing toward the environment and
those who make their living from
the ACF system.
Everybody received some-
thing of a reprieve from the ur-
gency of the situation with a wet
fall, but unless the grip of the
drought lifts in the long term,
this issue figures to rear its head
again in 2009.


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This school year started as few in the
past as Gulf Public Schools faced one of the
worst financial crises of any local govern-
ment.
Two things are working against the
district: enrollment that has been steadily
declining for several years and the state's
designation of the county as property-rich
under the formula for school funding, push-
ing more and more of the budget onto the
shoulders of local taxpayers.
Facing a shortfall of nearly $2 million be-
fore the school year even started, plus a rise
in operational costs as gas went through
the roof, the school board approved cuts
across the board, including more than 40
jobs, nearly half instructional positions.
The state took back another $200,000 of
school funding in December, and the dis-
trict faces the prospect of another two- to


10. P&WAVuda

Thisyearwas a reminder
of the importance placed on
St. Joseph Peninsula and its
role in the local economy, if
not always the environmen-
tal health of the waterfront.
The beach restoration
project can only. be de-
scribed as a success, with
sandy beaches again the
norm between St. Joseph,
Peninsula State Park and
the Stump Hole area of
County 30-E.
The restoration area
held up strongly during
three hurricanes that, at
least peripherally, impacted
Gulf County and a winter
storm that whipped up froth
on the bay early this month.
The county hopes to se- This c
cure mitigation funds from bead
Hurricane Gustavto go back
and apply additional sand to late ii
those areas impacted by the cured
storms, but overall, the res- mits I
toration project has been on reveti
schedule and accomplished Hole.
much of what is was aimed Gu
to do. tery o
And after a year of get- Stump
ting the runaround from a tents
host of government agen- sea le'
cies from the Florida De- by sev
partment of Environmental impac
Protection to the Florida ticulai
Department of Transporta- Hurrin
tion to the U.S. Army Corps Ro
of Engineers the county two-


four-percent cut before the current year
ends.
With all that uncertainty other than
the challenge to balance the annual budget
- and wishing to avoid another personnel
bloodbath, the district will go before voters
in March for an additional mill for operat-
ing funds, effectively the only legal way
the school district can increase operating
funds.
The district almost didn't get there, as
the county went back and forth on approv-
al for the special election until faced with
a lawsuit for which taxpayers would have
had to pick up the tab.
The election is set for March 17, 2009,
and the campaign already has begun as
district officials have met with other elected
officers from around the county to explain
the district's plight.


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aerial photograph tracks the progress of the
h restoration project on St. Joseph Peninsula.


i. the year finally se-
the necessary per-
to reinforce the rock
ment ;at the Stump

arding the lone ar-
nto the peninsula, the
p Hole, which for all in-
and purposes is below
vel, has been breached
'eral of the storms that
;ted Gulf County,.par-
rly Hurricane Ike and
cane Gustav.
ck if one can call
to three-ton granite


boulders rocks already
has begun to arrive as con-
struction soon will begin on
reinforcing the revetment
by essentially stripping it
down and building it back
up with larger, sturdier ma-
terials.
Any storm impacting
Gulf County brings a similar
question to mind: Will the
Stump Hole hold?
County officials are hop-
ing they are buying several
years of peace from that
question.


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No hex here: Tigers defeat Marianna


Marianna's Tre' Long left, and R.J. Bowers, right,
leap along with Port St. Joe's Fonda Davis, center,
during the first half of their Bay Barnstorm Christmas
Classic game at Bay High on Dec. 29.


By BRAD MILNER
Florida Freedom Newspapers
747-5065 / bmilner@pcnh.com
PANAMA CITY Derek Kur-
nitsky said his wife doesn't
believe in hexes or curses.
He does.
Kurnitsky's Port St. Joe
Tigers Sharks defeated
Marianna 74-70 in over-
time on Monday in the
consolation round. It was
Kurnitsky's first victory in
12 tries inside the John L.
Cobb Gymnasium at Bay
High School.
"I was 0-11 going into
that game and I didn't tell
the team that," Kurnitsky
said. "Well, they knew, but
not to what degree.
"I'm proud to win, but
most of all proud for our
kids. There's a whole lot of
love on this team."
Further proof of a curse
came at the end of regula-
tion, when a potential mis-
taken identity cost the Ti-
ger .Sharks leading scorer
Willie Quinn. The Marian-
na scorekeeper, the home


team and therefore official
book, had Quinn with five
fouls with 8.5 seconds left
to play. The PSJ scorebook
had the same number of
team fouls, but two fewer
for Quinn and one more for
two other players.
The referees convened
and went with the official
book. Quinn sat and missed
the overtime period, which
started with the teams tied
63-63.
Marianna's R.J Bowers
opened overtime with a 3-
pointer, and the Bulldogs
held leads of 1, 3 and 1 be-
fore Fonda Davis' putback
gave Port St. Joe (8-2) a
69-68 advantage with 1:35
to go.
The Tiger Sharks never
trailed again. Point guard
Roman Quinn, who had 11
points, hit five free throws
down the stretch to give
Kurnitsky his elusive win.
Marianna (9-5) rallied
from a 30-26 halftime defi-
cit, led by two at the end of
the third quarter and brief-
ly held a one-point edge


early in the fourth quarter. Franklin County at noon,
"We had our chances to while Marianna faces
win the game," Marianna Battle Ground Academy at
coach Travis Blanton said. 1:30 p.m.
"They wouldn't go away, PORT ST. JOE (74)
and you can't expect Port Davis 6 0-0 12, R.Quinn
St. Joe to ever go away." 3 5-6 11, Clemons 3 0-2 6,
Chris Blount, who con- Smith 0 0-2 0, Hill 0 2-2 2,
verted key shots at the W.Quinn 9 4-5 22, Pryor 5 1-
end of the game, scored 22 2 14, Welch 1 0-1 2, Langs-
points to lead Marianna. ton 2 0-0 5. Totals: 29 12-20
Tre' Long scored 18 and 74.
Kruize Pinkins, whose two MARIANNA (70)
free throws sent the game Blount 9 4-7 22, Bowers
into overtime, added 10 for 2 1-2 7, Stephens 1 0-0 2,
the Bulldogs. Gilbert 3 0-0 7, Long 8 1-5
Willie Quinn finished 18, Rhynes 0 0-1 0, Mont-
with 22 points before gomery 1 2-3 4, Pinkins 4
fouling out. Calvin Pryor 2-3 10. Totals: 28 10-21 70.
scored 14 and Davis 12 for Port St. Joe 23 7 12 2111
the Tiger Sharks. 74
The win was Port St. Marianna 21 5 18 19 7
Joe's second over Mari- -70
anna in the past nine 3-point field goals:
days. The Tigers Sharks Port St. Joe 4 (W.Quinn
beat the Bulldogs 67-50 in 3, Langston), Marianna 4
the Langston Classic at (Bowers 2, Gilbert, Long).
Chipola College Dec. 20. Turnovers: Port St. Joe 9,
Barnstorm brackets Marianna 14. Total fouls:
are structured in such a Port St. Joe 16, Marianna
way that the teams could 16. Fouled out: Port St.
play again if both win to- Joe (W.Quinn), Marianna 2
day. Port St. Joe plays (Pinkins, Bowers).


Port St. Joe's Roman Quinn defends Marianna's
Quan Boykin during the first half of their Bay Barn-
storm Christmas Classic game at Bay High on Dec.
29.



Tiger Sharks Fall


in Opening Round


33-29 on Willie Quinn's buck-
et with less than five min-
utes to play. However, Jor-
dan Stentiford scored and


PANAMA CITY- RyanGoolsby Goolsby added a conven-
epitomized the term most tional three-point play for an
valuable player, eight-point advantage with 3
The Madison Ridgeland minutes, 11 seconds left.
senior center, the Missis- The Patriots made 9 of
sippi private school player of 14 free throws down the
the year last season, scored stretch, including four by
21 points to carry to Patriots Goolsby, to seal the out-
to a 48-37 first-round win come.
over Port St. Joe on Satur- Port St. Joe coach Derek
day. Goolsby's participation Kurnitsky didn't make ex-
was in doubt, with the 6-foot- cuses for yet another poor
5 athlete recently undergo- showing in the Barnstorm.
ing a procedure for a heart The fact is, he said, 37 points
condition. aren't enough to beat any
He was cleared to play team.
after it was determined that "Coaches talk about de-
his accelerated heart rate fense, defense, defense and
was treatable by medica- getting into the right spots,"
tion, much to the delight of Kurnitsky said. "But it really
Ridgeland coach Richard comes down to putting the
Duease. ball in the hole. If we would
"He's a very big and im- have shot a little better we
portant part of our team," may have won."
Duease said. "And this was The same can be said for
only his seventh game play- Ridgeland going forward.
ing basketball (this season), Duease watched Fairdale
he's just now getting into dismantle Marianna in the
basketball shape." earlier game and under-
Goolsby's output helped stands that 48 points likely
Ridgeland advance to Mon- won't cut it on Monday
day's 6 p.m. quarterfinal "We'll have to play much
matchup with Fairdale, Ky. better to stay on the court
Port St. Joe dropped into the with them," he said. "But
consolation round, where it this was a good win, and we
takes on Marianna at 3 p.m. still have a chance to win the
Monday title."
For the Tiger Sharks (7-
2), it was another case of RIDGELAND (48)
not playing well in the Barn- Berry 2 2-2 8, Miskelly 4 0-
storm tournament. Past 3 8, Stentiford 2 3-4 7, Tharp
teams have struggled, only 1 0-0 2, Goolsby 8 5-8 21,
to go on to greater things J.Malone 10-0 2, B.Malone 0
during the regional playoffs. 0-2 0. Totals: 18 10-19 48.
Port St. Joe scored only PORT ST. JOE (37)
four baskets in the first half. Davis 2 1-2 5, R.Quinn 2 1-
Fortunately for the Tiger 2 5, Clemons 3 2-3 8, WQuinn
Sharks, the Patriots (12-1) 5 0-0 12, Pryor 2 0-0 4, Langs-
didn't shoot much better ton 1 0-0 3. Totals: 15 4-7 37.
and held a precarious 15-10 Ridgeland 8 7 16 17 48
halftime lead. Port St. Joe 7 3 10 17
Goolsby grew hotter in -37
the third quarter, scoring 3-point goals: Ridgeland
eight points, including the 2 (Berry 2), Port St. Joe 3
final point of the quarter to (W.Quinn 2, Langston). Total
give the Patriots an 11-point fouls: Ridgeland 13, Port St.
edge, 31-20. Joe 20. Fouled out: Port St.
P9rt St. Joe drew within Joe (Smith).


Marianna's Quan Boykin, left, and R.J. Bowers look for a rebound with Port St. Joe's Roman Quinn during
the first half of their Bay Barnstorm Christmas Classic game at Bay High on Dec. 29.


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1. Twice as nice
The Lady Gators of Wewahitchka High School, be-
hind the dominating pitching of Samantha Rich and
a record-shattering power year, defended their state
Class 2A softball title one year after becoming the
county's first athletic team to win a state crown.
Wewahitchka lost just twice, once to large-school
power Tallahassee Lincoln and the second to a Tennes-
see team ranked No. 11 in the country at the time, and
spent another season undefeated in its own classifica-
tion despite the smallest enrollment in Class 2A.
In a season dedicated to assistant coach Daniel
Miller, who suffered a debilitating stroke prior to the
season, the Lady Gators set a school record for home
runs.
And a year after graduating a nucleus of five players
who had known nothing but the state final four during
their high school careers, the Lady Gators scarcely
missed a beat, demonstrating the program reloads the final four, striking out 31 and allowing a single run in In school history, only a boys' basketball team that
rather than rebuilds, two games to secure a second state championship. won a pair of titles in the 1950s had brought home the
Rich was her impressive self, losing only twice all year She was named the state Class 2A player of the ultimate crown.
while reaching double digits in home runs, going past year and was runner-up Ms. Softball Player of the Year. The Lady Gators have now matched that team the
the 100 RBI mark in her illustrious career after only First-year coach Coy Adkins was named overall Coach past two years with Rich and nearly the entire squad
three seasons, no less and slinging her team through of the Year. returning for another run to a ring.



2. Eight is enough
Eight athletes comprised the entire and that pushed the Lady Tiger Sharks
Port St. Joe girls' track contingent at the atop the field.
state Class 1A meet, but it was enough to Samone Smiley won the shot put and
secure the school's first-ever girls track scored in the discus, Fanequa Larry
,. .title. was third in the triple jump and Mariah
In the last two years, county public Johnson was second in the 300 hurdles
schools have won three state titles, all and added points in the 100 hurdles.
by women's teams. The 4x400 relay team finished sec-
The fact was, the Lady Tiger Sharks ond.
T could have taken sophomore sensation Coach Kenny Parker had built the
Kayla Parker alone and still finished team methodically, competing enough to
fourth at state. keep them fresh but not too much in or-
Parker won the long jump, the 100-me- der that they peak at the right time.
ter hurdles and the 100 and 200 sprints to The Lady Tiger Sharks romped
garner 40 points which would have been through the district to the region to the
good enough for fourth place in the team state, with Smiley the lone senior. Coach
competition. Parker put it best when he said, "Maybe
But Parker received plenty of support we are going to start a new tradition."





3. Transition
One of the most successful runs by any led to Vern Barth, then an assistant under
coach in county history ended when Port Perry Brown, a Palmer mentor, at Lynn
St. Joe High football coach John Palmer Haven Mosley High School.
decided to return to his roots and accept a Barth, who preached many of the same
coaching position at Hernando High. offensive philosophies as Palmer, watched
Palmer left after seven seasons at Port his team get off to a slow start, finishing the
St. Joe during which his teams went 57-27, opening four games of the 2008 season 2-
averaging 10 wins a season over his final 2 including a 38-0 gashing at the hands of
four seasons and winning three regional district foe West Gadsden.
titles and three Rural Public School cham- From there, though, the Tiger Sharks
pionships. reeled off eight consecutive wins, includ-
And there was the magical season of ing road wins over No. 1 ranked and unde- .
2005, when the Tiger Sharks lost their feated Mayo Lafayette and West Gadsden, _ ..
opener by one point to Blountstown and to win another Region 1-1A title.
then reeled off 13 straight wins including a Port St. Joe fell to eventual state chanm-
wild come-from-behind victory over then- pion North Florida Christian in the state
defending champion Fort Meade to win the semifinals, the Tiger Sharks' third trip to
state Class 1A title. the state final four in three years, and Barth
John Palmer The search for a replacement ultimately had put his own stamp on the program. Vern Barth


4. Hall of Fame recognition


After more than two decades and 500
wins it seemed only fitting that Charles
"Scootsie" Fortner would earn some state
recognition for the softball program he had
molded virtually from scrap at Wewahitch-
ka High School.
And this year the Florida High School
Athletics Association did just that by induct-
ing Fortner into its Hall of Fame.
Fortner retired due to health issues after
the 2006 season, ending his run with a 542-
171 record to go with six-straight finishes in
the state final four and one, crowning in its
moment of arrival, Class 2A state champi-
onship.
Fortner produced a string of strong


teams built on good pitching his touch
with pitchers is highlighted by the string of
outstanding hurlers his program generated
- and solid fundamentals at the plate and in
the field.
His teams hit, they fielded, they ran and
they did not beat themselves.
Fortner, his health problems in remis-
sion and feeling rejuvenated, returned as
assistant coach in 2007 as the Lady Gators
continued his legacy with another state soft-
ball championship, and in the fall he was on
the sidelines as the defensive coordinator
for the Wewahitchka High football team.
Retirement never seemed to agree with
anybody so well.


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5. All-around

prowess

To win the state all-
around sports title for ei-
ther boys or girls in one
classification is remark-
able.
To accomplish wins
in both almost unheard
of, particularly in smaller
classifications.
But that is exactly what
Port St. Joe High School
athletic programs did
during the 2007-08 school
year, with both the boys
and girls programs each
securing enough points to
win the all-around sports
title as named by the Flor-
ida High School Athletic
Association.
This made Port St. Joe
the Class 2A Public School
all-around sports cham-
pion and the clean sweep
was the first for the school
and the county.
One state champion-
ship, several trips to re-
gion finals and a few other
runs deep into the play-
offs, not to mention some
individual achievements,
were enough to rack up
sufficient points for the
Tiger Sharks, the Lady Ti-
ger Sharks and the school
of Port St. Joe to boast of
being the class of their
classification athletically.


7. Making the show


He was listed as one of
the Atlanta Braves' top sev-
en prospects by Baseball
America prior to the 2008
season after a quick ascent
through the team's minor
league, system and by the
end of the season Wewahi-
tchka's Brandon Jones was
in Atlanta and on the field.
The Braves' fourth out-
fielder after joining the
show in mid-June, 'the
sweet-swinging lefty ap-
peared in 41 games, hit-
ting .267 with 10 doubles,
one triple, one home run


6. Signings


The hope for many high school ath-
letes is to parlay success into a ticket
punched for the next level of competi-
tion, and the county had its share of
athletes who are headed ever-higher
with the receipt of a diploma.
Wewahitchka's Samantha Rich,
arguably as dominant a softball play-
er as there is in the region, ended all
speculation early, eschewing such
schools as Michigan, Central Florida,
Florida State, LSU and Virginia Tech,
among a slew of others, to sign with
Jacksonville (AL) State.
Rich became the first female ath-
lete from Wewahitchka to go directly
from high school to a NCAA Division
I scholarship.
Within two weeks, Heather
Strange became the second female
athlete from Port St. Joe to move di-
rectly from high school to a NCAA Di-
vision I scholarship when she signed
to play softball next year at Mercer
University in Macon, Georgia.
Those signings were preceded by


and 17 RBIs, demonstrat-
ing the blend of speed and
power he had showed from
Wewahitchka High School
to Tallahassee Commu-
nity College to the minor
leagues.
Jones slammed his first
career major league home
run in just his third game,
against the Los Angeles
Angels of Anaheim.
He is the only athlete
to come out of Wewahi-
tchka and play in the major
leagues, at least according
to the Elias Sports Bureau.


the decision of Port St. Joe's stand-
out softball pitcher Kayla Minger to
attend and play at Gulf Coast Com-
munity College, one of the finest two-
year programs in the country, next
season.
Those were just the most recent
and touted.
Matt Gannon, former multi-sport
standout at Port St. Joe High, signed
to play baseball at Chipola Junior
College.
Shane Duty graduated from Port
St. Joe High School destined to play
football at Culver Stockton College
and his former teammate Brent Vick-
ery headed to Toccoa Falls College to
continue his baseball career.
And Zac Norris, who spent one
agonizing season watching from the
sidelines as an assistant football
coach at the high school following his
graduation, walked on at the Univer-
sity of Central Florida, earning a spot
on the roster before breaking a finger
in the weight room.


Heather Strange


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8. Individual excellence

While there was plenty of team success on the
athletic fields, hardwoods and tracks this past year,
this was also a year to toast individual achieve-
ment.
Billy Naylor of Wewahitchka High finished
second in the 1,600 at the state Class 1A
meet in the spring, his second trip to the
state meet, and also qualified for the state
cross country meet for the third straight
year in the fall, running a personal best to
finish in the top 20.
Parker Harris of Port St. Joe finished fourth
in the pole vault at the state Class 1A track
meet and was joined there by Travis Dailey,
who won the shot put at the Region 1 meet
but finished just out of the points at the
state meet.
Wewahitchka's Daniel House qualified for
the state meet after compiling a 23-8 record
in the revived program's second year and
is off to a fast start this winter and seems
headed toward another trip to state.
Port St. Joe's Grant Rish qualified for the
state golf tournament this past fall after
winning district and region tournaments.
Megan Walker, a Port St. Joe middle-school-
er, continued her excellence with the pole
vault, setting a national age-group record
and winning gold at the AAU National Ju-
nior Olympic Track and Field meet this
summer.
Natayla Miller and Kayla Williams of We-
wahitchka qualified for the state Class 1A
meet in the 1,600 meters and high jump, re-
spectively.


9. One step further


Megan Walker


The all-around sports titles won by the
boys and girls of Port St. Joe High School
were as much due to the all-around depth
of the school's athletic programs as state
championships, of which the school's girls
track team provided the lone title.
But Port St. Joe teams shone through-
out the calendar year.
The Tiger Sharks came alive, as they
have so often during the tenure of fifth-


year Coach Derek Kurnitsky, down the
stretch and reached the Regionl-2A final
before bowing out of the boys' basketball
tournament a year after another trip to the
final four.
In softball, the Lady Tiger Sharks might
have been the second-best Class 2A team
in the state. Wewahitchka coach Coy Ad-
kins, the state's coach of the year, said it
several times.


Unfortunately, the Lady Gators repre-
sented a huge boulder in the path to the
state semifinals as the Tiger Sharks lost to
Wewahitchka twice during the regular sea-
son, in the district tournament final and in
the Region 1-2A semifinals.
Kayla Minger won 20 games for the sec-
ond-straight year, making her arguably the
second-most dominant player in the region
behind Samantha Rich, but small consola-


tion as again the Lady Tiger Sharks could
not quite get past Wewahitchka.
Port St. Joe's baseball team reached
the Region 1-2A semifinals before losing to
defending champion and eventual runner-
up North Florida Christian.
That Tallahassee school also ended
the Tiger Sharks football run in the fall, as
the Eagles won a state Class 2A semifinal
matchup en route to the state title.





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COMMISSION from page Al.


re-assembled at 5:30 p.m.
ET to conduct a legislative
public hearing concerning
Gulf County and the state's
coastal construction con-
trol line (CCCL).
State Rep. Jimmy Patro-
nis, R-Panama City Beach,
and state Sen. Al Lawson,
D-Tallahassee, read a local
bill they plan to introduce
into the state legislature
for Gulf County.
The as-yet-untitled bill
authorizes the Department
of Environmental Protec-
tion (DEP) to allow con-
struction of single-family
dwellings on parcels affect-
ed by the new CCCL after


Jan. 1, 2009, under certain
conditions.
There were no public
comments from the very
sparsely attended hearing.
Neither Patronis nor
Lawson was available for
comment.
The regular county com-
mission meeting began at 6
p.m. ET, immediately after
the public hearing.
Commissioners asked
Manuel to continue working
on a deal with Coastal Fit-
ness, a local fitness facility,
to allow county employees
access to the facilities in or-
der to help bring down coun-
ty health insurance costs.


Those costs have been
escalating between 15 and
25 percent per year in the
last several years, accord-
ing to Commissioner Bill
Williams.
The board is trying to
push prevention of illness
through fitness in an effort
to lower the cost of employ-
ee health care premiums.
County administrator
Don Butler announced
that reconstruction of the
Stump Hole would begin
immediately after Jan. 1.
The Stump Hole, on the
Gulf side of County 30-E as
it curves from Cape San
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sula, is scheduled to be re-
inforced with huge granite
boulders in an attempt to
stabilize the area.
The beach renourish-
ment project has also add-
ed extensive beach to the
eroded area between the
road and the Gulf.
Williams asked Traylor
to send a letter to the city
of Port St. Joe, inviting the
city to use the county com-
mission meeting room for
city meetings on non-con-
flicting dates.
Williams said the
county seal on the wall
behind the podium could
be turned over during city
meetings, and the use of
the county facility could be
a "symbolic [olive] leaf"
to the city in the effort to
smooth over traditional
in-fighting between the
county and city.
Traylor agreed to write
the, letter and, after one
question from the pub-
lic, declared the meeting
adjourned at 19 minutes,
noting it bested his previ-
ous record for the shortest
meeting he had chaired by
three minutes.


PROPOSED BILL
The proposed local bill, as yet untitled, as pre-
sented Dec. 22 by Representative Jimmy Patronis
(R) and Sen. Al Lawson (D) in a public hearing in
the Gulf County Commission chambers:
"Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State
of Florida:
Section 1. Notwithstanding section 161.053,
Florida Statutes, if pursuant to section 161.053
(2), Florida Statutes, the Department of Environ-
mental Protection reestablishes a Coastal Con-
struction Control Line after January 1, 2009, and
where the application of section 161.053 (6) (b),
Florida Statutes, would preclude the construction
of a structure on property, the majority of which
was previously not subject to the jurisdiction of
the Coastal Construction Control Line program,
the Department of Environmental Protection shall
issue a permit for a single-family dwelling on the
parcel if the parcel is located in Gulf County and
the applicant successfully demonstrates:
(1) The owner of the parcel for which the
single-family dwelling is proposed does not own
another parcel immediately adjacent to and land-
ward of the parcel for which the dwelling is pro-
posed;
(2) The proposed single-family dwelling is lo-
cated landward of the frontal dune structure; and
(3) The proposed single-family dwelling will be
as far landward on its parcel as is practicable
without being located seaward of or on the frontal
dune.
Section 2. This act shall take effect upon be-
coming a law.


Mexico Beach tennis and basketball courts closed


The city of Mexico Beach announced
last week the temporary closing of the
city's tennis court and basketball court.
According to Chris Hubbard, Mexico
Beach city administrator, the two courts
are now closed for about 60 days so they


can be renovated and resurfaced.
The basketball and .tennis courts are
located in the city's municipal park on
Paradise Path (by the city water tower),
north of U.S. 98 between 19th and 22nd
streets.


While you're away, we'll put.yo iiB s!iira s
a student enrolled in our Newspaper l ica
use this unique educational tool to broaden stdeh iiea
It's an easy way to help bring newspapers to local classroor
Before you leave town, remember:
Donate your newspapers.
NE THERALD Simply request "Vacation Donation"
A"I I'i '., Call 747-5050 Today!


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PROJECT #019.134


FRANK PATE PARK FRDAP 2008
PARKING LOT


NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS

The City of Port St. Joe will receive sealed bids from any qualified person, company or corpo-
ration interested in providing construction services for the following project:

FRANK PATE PARK FRDAP 2008
PARKING LOT

This project includes the demolition of the existing dolomite parking lot and construction of a
gravel parking lot, concrete work, and grading as proposed in the construction drawings.

Plans and specifications can be obtained at Preble-Rish, Inc., 324 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456, (850) 227-7200. The bid must conform to Section 287.133(3) Florida Statutes,
on public entity crimes.

Completion date for this project will be 75 days from the date of the Notice to Proceed pre-
sented to the successful bidder.

Liquidated damages for failure to complete the project on the specified date will be set at
$100.00 per day.

Please indicate on the envelope that this is a sealed bid, for the "Frank Pate Park FRDAP
2008 Parking Lot".

Bids will be received until 3.00 p.m. Eastern Time. on January 15.2009 at the City of
Port St. Joe City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, and will be
opened and read aloud at 3:15 P.M. Eastern Time. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Oppor-
tunity Employer/Handicapped Accessible/Fair Housing Jurisdiction.

Cost for Plans and Specifications will be $50.00 per set and is non-refundable. Checks should
be made payable to PREBLE-RISH, INC.

The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to reject any and all bids. All Bids shall remain firm
for a period of sixty days after the opening. A mandatory Pre-Bid Conference shall be held
at the office of Preble-Rish, Inc., 324 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida (850) 227-7200 at
10:00 am Eastern Time, January 6, 2008.

All bidders shall comply with all applicable State and local laws concerning licensing regis-
tration, and regulation of contractors doing business to the State of Florida.

If you have any questions, please call Clay Smallwood at (850) 227-7200.


BUCK GRIFFIN LAKE FRDAP 2008 PROJECT #019.130
TIMBER FISHING PIER & BOARDWALKS

NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS

The City of Port St. Joe will receive sealed bids from any qualified person, company
or corporation interested in providing construction services for the following project:

BUCK GRIFFIN LAKE FRDAP 2008
TIMBER FISHING PIER & BOARDWALKS

This project includes the construction of one timber fishing pier and approximately
232 linear feet of timber boardwalks.

Plans and specifications can be obtained at Preble-Rish, Inc., 324 Marina Drive, Port
St. Joe, Florida 32456, (850) 227-7200. The bid must conform to Section 287.133(3)
Florida Statutes, on public entity crimes.

Completion date for this project will be 60 days from the date of the Notice to Pro-
ceed presented to the successful bidder.

Liquidated damages for failure to complete the project on the specified date will be
set at $100.00 per day.

Please indicate on the envelope that this is a sealed bid, for the ,"Buck Griffin Lake
FRDAP 2008 Timber Fishing Pier & Boardwalks".

Bids will be received until 3.L00 p.m. Eastern Time, on January 15,.2009 at the City
of Port St. Joe City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456,
and will be opened and read aloud at 3:15 P.M. Eastern Time. The City of Port St. Joe
is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Handicapped Accessible/Fair Housing Jurisdic-
tion.

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

The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to reject any and all bids. All Bids shall
remain firm for a period of sixty days after the opening.

All bidders shall comply with all applicable State and local laws concerning licensing
registration and regulation of contractors doing business to the State of Florida.

If you have any questions, please call Clay Smallwood at (850) 227-7200.











Thursday, January 1, 2009


COMMUNITY


www.starfl.com


Michael "Brody" Lemieux
1-4-08
Michael & Crystal Lemieux, parents


Abagail MacKenzie Taylor
1-4-08
Vince & Beth Taylor, parents


Aiden O'Neal Kealan Ryder Mohr Blake Gary Childress
1-11-08 1-26-08 2-26-08
Cheyenne O'Neal, parents DeDe Mohr, mother David & Debbie Childress, par


Hallie Nicole Mize & Joshua James Baker Wyatt Roebuck Linton


2-29-08 (Leap Year babies)
Michael & Ashley Mize, Scott & Wendy Baker, parents


3-11-08
Frank & Joyelle Linton, parents


Nathaniel Gene Ford
4-1-08
John & Jeannie Ford, parents


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Star Staff Writer
:The stork made nu-
merous special deliver-
ies to Gulf County last
* year. These bundles of
joy brightened our pages
in 2008.


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Equine


Coggins


Clinic


on Jan. 2
The Gulf County Cooperative
Extension Service will sponsor an
Equine Coggins Clinic on Jan. 2.
Dr. Carla Hubbard will ad-
minister the Coggins test Friday,
Jan. 2, at Michael Traylor Arena
at T.L. James Park, starting at
8 a.m. CT. The cost for the clinic
will be $30.00 and is mainly for
Wewa and the general vicinity. A
clinic for Port St. Joe and the gen-
eral vicinity will take place at a
later date.
If transporting horses to the
arena is a problem please call the
Gulf County Extension Office at
850-639-3200. You must contact
the Gulf County Extension Office
at 850-639-3200 to be put on list for
this clinic by December 31, 2008.
The Coggins test is a sensitive
diagnostic test for equine infec-
tious anemia developed by Dr. Le-
roy Coggins in the 1970's. Equine
Infectious Anemia (EIA), also
known by horsemen as "Swamp
Fever," is a horse disease caused
by a retrovirus and transmitted
by bloodsucking insects, such as
the horse-fly and deer-fly. EIA
can also be transmitted through
blood, saliva, milk, and body se-
cretions.
Symptoms of EIA include high
fever, anemia (due to the break-
down of red blood cells), weak-
ness, swelling of the lower abdo-
men and legs, weak pulse, and ir-
regular heartbeat. The horse may
die suddenly.
A negative Coggins test is
mandatory in Florida if transport-
ing horses. If you travel without !
a Coggins, you may face a hefty
fine. A Coggins test should be
done on an annual basis.
For more information contact
the Gulf County Cooperative Ex-
tension Service at (850) 639-3200.




SILVER UE
Weddings )STU
Engagements
Senior Portraits
Children & Ba


Call today to reserve your photo session
850-229-9353
www.SilverQuestStudios.com


Meet this week's Pet of the Week- "Golden"! Golden
is an American Staffshire Bull Terrier mix and a very
good girl! Golden does not have a problem with the
other dogs and mostly hangs out doing her own thing-
a very independent girl! Golden is very laid back and
would make a great companion for someone looking
for a low energy dog with lots of love and devotion to
share! Please contact Melody at the Humane Society
if you would like to adopt Golden or any of her other
wonderful friends here at the St. Joseph Bay Humane
Society, 227-1103.

WANT TO WORK WITH ANIMALS! St. Joseph
Bay Huinane Society is anticipating a possible
opportunity for employment. If interested, please
apply in person at 1007 Tenth Street, Port St. Joe,
Tuesday- Saturday between the hours of 10am & 4pm.


Pictured left to right are Melody Townsend, Cherish Jacobs, Lindsay Martin, Krystal Keigans
and Linda Griffin.


CCDF completes mentorship program


The CCDF (Christian Com-
munity Development Find) has
just completed the final Ses-
sion VI of the Youth Mentor-
ship Program. The following
young people participated in
the program this session: Cher-
ish Jacobs worked at the St.


Joseph Bay Humane Society
under the supervision of Melo-
dy Townsend, Lindsay Martin
worked at the Oak Grove Church
office under the supervision of
Pastor James Wiley and Krystal
Keigans worked at the Supervi-
sor of Elections office under the


supervision of Linda Griffin.
Each student completed 168
hours of on the job training.
They were all presented a Cer-
tificate of Completion at a ban-
quet held in their honor at Pep-
per's Mexican Restaurant on
Dec. 22.


Boy Scouts recycling


SChristmas trees


Troop 47 plans drop-off Jan. 10


Christmas trees can be recycled
days, helping the local Boy Scouts
while saving the environment.
The recycled trees will
be mulched by the city's
Public Works Department
thanks to the assistance of
Director John Grantland.
A $10 donation is request-
l ~ ed. Money raised goes toward ex-
penses for the Scouts summer camp


What's

HAPPENING
What's Happening in
Mexico Beach in January
BCCOA, Mexico
Beach meets Tuesday,
Jan. 6 at the Methodist
Church on 22nd Street.
The meeting will be at
10 a.m. CT for bingo and
lunch at approximately
11:30 a.m. For details call
769-3468.
AARP Chapter 4325
will meet at 1 p.m. on Jan.
16, 2009 at the Methodist
Church on 22nd Street. For
details call Naoma at 227-
1506.
BCCOA, Mexico
Beach meets Tuesday, Jan.
20, 2009, at the Method-
ist Church on 22nd Street
at 10 a.m. CT for bingo
and lunch at approximately
11:30 a.m. For details call
769-3468.


and National Jamboree.
The local scouts are under he di-
rection of the Lake Sands District,
part of the Gulf Coast Council.
In addition to fundraising, "one of
the big goals of this operation is keep-
ing trees out of the landfill," said Dave
Oliphant, Scoutmaster for Troop 47.
All ornaments, tinsel, nails and
tree stands must be removed before
leaving your tree at the Boy Scout
center at 2368 Oak Grove Avenue.
The scouts will be there to assist in
unloading your tree and wreath start-
ing at 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.


Isaiah Mims is 3 years old


It's hard to believe you just turned three,
seems like just yesterday we were looking at
the EPT.
We knew immediately you were a gift from
our Lord above,
and from the minute we saw you, our hearts
were filled with love.
You are so amazing in every way,
there's always something special in each
day.
We're glad you had a good birthday with Mc-
Queen and Mater, Disneys Cars.
Happy 3rd Birthday, Isaiah, We love you
more than the moon and stars!


Program


serves


700 at


Christmas
Thanks to the help of
Duren's Piggly Wiggly and
the St. Joe Company plus
the many donations the
People Helping People
committee was able to
serve more than 700 meals
by our wonderful gath-
ering of volunteers. The
volunteers came from all
over Gulf County, Florida,
Alabama, Georgia and Ari-
zona. The volunteers were
ages 3 to 86. This wonder-
ful group plated over 450
dinners in two hours. The
men, women and children
Worked together like a
team that had practiced
for hours. This love of what
they were doing surpassed
any problem that might
have occurred. The People
Helping People committee
is very appreciative to this
great community for their
financial support, prayers,
time, talents and labor
A special thanks to Mr.
and Mrs. Jim Gainey who
have helped spearhead
this project from the begin-
ning. They are one of the
first to arrive and the last
to leave, Mr. Gainey has
led the group in prayer ev-
ery year. This pause to give
thanks to God makes our
program to feed the needy,
shut-ins, and less fortunate
men women, and children
go smoothly.
Thanks to Mrs. Tia Kil-
patrick, Mrs. Connie Mc-
Gee and their families for
the preparation of over 250
plates and their delivery in
Port St. Joe.
The People Helping
People committee would
also like to thank the City of
Port St. Joe, The Gulf Coun-
ty Senior Citizens Board of
Directors, Arizona Chemi-
eal Co, Port St. Joe Branch,
The Washington Improve-
ment Group, and again the
dozen's of dedicated men
women and children who
made this wonderful pro-
gram happen.
The Executive Direc-
tor of the People Helping
people would like to extend
a very happy New Year to
all. Please read the Star for
the announcement of new
programs that will improve
the lives of Gulf County
residents.
Finally the number for
people in need are asked
to call 229-5262 for assis-
tance.
A special thanks to
the following people who
helped make the commu-
nity Christmas dinner such
as success:
Mr. George Duren and
all the Piggly Wiggly staff
and employees; First Unit-
ed Methodist. Church; St.
Joseph Catholic Church;
Mr. Ben Welch; Sandy Ken-
nedy; Bunnie Miller.


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FAITH


These businesses invite you to visit the church of your choice this week.

SOUTHERLAND FAMILY Rish, Gibson, Scholz & COMFORTER
FUNERAL HOME Groom, P.A. FUNERAL HOME
William J. Rish, Thomas S.Gibson, Russell Scholz, W. P. "Rocky" Comforter
507 10th Street Port St Joe Paul W. Groom i L.F.D.
(850) 229-8111 (850) 229-8211 (850) 227-1818


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God's

greatest


gift

The greatest birth in the
world, born in the lowliest
place.
He was born the poorest
of the poor, but would save
the world by God's Grace.
They had no room for
them at the Inn, and many
still don't today.
It seems as though not
much has changed, it's
about the same old way.
He left heaven to come
to earth, and pay a debt we
owe.
We seem so caught up
in our own life, we tend to
forget this though.
Those who are lost have
no reason to care, but we
as Christians have a lot to
share.
Why do we wait until
Christmas to share?
It should be done all
through the year.
Start telling everyone
about Jesus and what He's
done for you. '
When you've told
everyone you know, find
somebody new.
The greatest gift you
could give to Jesus is a lost
soul in repentance of sin.
This should not be a
problem if you're saved,
just tell what happened
back then.
Billy Johnson


Christian CONSCIENCE


The New Year is upon us.
What will it bring? Will it be a
time of excitement, or the same
old, same old?
You celebrated the coming in
of the New Year last night. But,
how do you feel now? Is this how
you want to feel for the rest of the
New Year?
I suspect that for most, of you,
the answer to that last question is
NO! Do you want this year to be
like the last,- going through the
whole year in confusion,- not even
knowing why you are alive? Do
you want to continue wasting your
money, suppressing your sorrows
with things that give only a few
hours of escape,- things that have
no lasting satisfaction? Do you
want to continue being a source of
hurt and embarrassment to those
who love you? Or would you like
to start a new life with purpose,
understanding why you are alive,
and knowing how to make it hap-
py and meaningful?
Can the one who is your spiri-


tual advisor give you a good rea-
son why you should go to church?
Does your advisor say that he/she
believes the Bible, and that the
Bible is infallible, and yet doesn't
acknowledge that the Bible books
were originally written, in He-
brew and Greek? Does he/she
have the resources necessary to
extract the truth from the original
languages? Or, is he/she teach-
ing from what was translated by
scholars, working hundreds of
years ago, with less than 20% of
the manuscripts available today,
and without computers or con-
cordances? Did these translators
understand the importance of be-
ing born again (born from above)?
(John 3:3) Jesus said that one
could not see (understand) the
Kingdom of God, without being
born again (born from above)!
You see these signs that say:
"Christ Is the Answer". NO,
CHRIST IS NOT "THE ANSWER",
but CHRIST HAS THE ANSWER,
for those willing to take the time to


Put God first


The power of words.
A careless word may kindle strife.
A cruel word may wreck a life.
A bitter word may hate instill.
A brutal word may smite and kill.
A gracious word may smooth the way.
A joyous word may light a day.
A timely word may lessen stress.
A loving word may heal and bless.
One thing I know God is coming. Jesus has
a power in his hand. There is not another one
like him. And never would be. I thank him for
being who he is, almighty God, everlasting


+[+.+ TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN


\1/ ST. JAMES'

EPISCOPAL CHURCH

800 22nd STREET, PORT ST,j 1..
8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45
Child Care Provided for at 11:00
www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org 850-227-1845


I Worship with us at
Long Avenue Baptist Church i
'here Faith,. Family &Friendship are found
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pm
Wednesday
A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm

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



J5 'United JM&e t
fA1 &ric Jead
111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Beach Ueiled Methodist (hbrdh
Nulisii PROVIDED
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820




CHURCH OF CHRIST
MEETS
Singing: 9 a.m. Sunday
Worship: 9:30 a.m. Sunday
Call 229-8310
WRITE FOR FREE'EIGHT LESSON BIBLE STUDY
P. 0. Box 758 Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Corner of 20th Street & Marvin Avenue
,. J


prince of peace. He is calling for
us. Love, peace and be holy for h
pure love. Love your enemy. If w
with Jesus we must do like he s
Holy Ghost is about loving one a
are going to hell and burn foreve
Hell has enlarged herself with
See how church people are falling
the truth, doing what they want t
forgiving God, but we have got to
and repent daily. God is a loving
is a terrible God so don't wait tc
while you have a chance. He is


Jesus is Lord and He is waiting
FOR YOU AT:
STig anb view apti t Qur)
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850)227-1306
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Mike Westbrook, Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.


"Our Church can be your home"

first Church of the Nazarene
2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596
IGive nto the1i Lord the gory due Mis name, worshltite Londn the beautyof hoiness,
Psalm 29:2


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


Family Life
Chu.Irch
Pastors Andrew & Cathy Rutherford
Welcome you to worship with us:
Sunday 10:30am
Sunday Night Prayer 6pmr
Wednesday 7pm


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


A Spirit Filled
Outreach Oriented
Word of Faith Church


HOME OF THE
POWERHOUSE
YOUTH MINISTRIES


www.familylifechurch.net
323 Reid Ave ~ Downtown Port St. Joe, FL ~ 850-229-5433


W First Presbyterian Church
,-RaM of Port St. Joe C H U R C H
508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756 Michael Rogers Pastor
9:45 AM ................................................. Sunday School
Reverend Reid Cameron 10:30 AM ................................ Fellowship Breakfast
W orship Service 10:00 a.m 11:00 AM .................. .................. ............. orship
| Sunday School 11:00 a.m 6:00 PM ............................ .......... ........................ W orship
Sunday School 11:00 a.m. www.faithbiblepsj.net
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home of Faith Christian School


read His words, and obey His com-
mandments.
You see all these signs about
Jesus. Yet if you search it out,
you find that His name was re-
ally YESHUA, a Hebrew word that
means Savior, or God is Salvation.
And what most people think was
His last name "Christ" wasn't His
last name at all. Christ actually is
a transliteration from the Greek
word Christos, which means Mes-
siah. What appears to be His name
is actually a title, which tells us,
who He is,- our Savior and Mes-
siah. He was truly the Son of God,,
and He came down from heaven to
die for you. You can read about it
in Philippians 2:5-11.
This year does not have to be
more of the same. Continue run-
ning from God, and it will be more
of the same. Or, take the initiative,
start attending a church where
the teacher knows how to extract
truths from the real Bible, the one
which was written in Hebrew and
Greek, and can tell you how to live


a happy and meaningful life now!
It's up to you!
At the Mexico Beach Christian
Worship Center, we believe that the
original scriptures were divinely
inspired and are totally trustwor-
thy. In our services, I preach using
an English translation, the New
King James Bible. When the origi-
nal languages can provide deeper
meaning, I refer to interlinears
in Hebrew and Greek. The inter-
linear Greek English Bible that
I use is based upon the Received
Text. Our services begin, with a
time of greeting, at 9:30 Sunday
AM CST. Worship begins at 9:45
AM. After the service, we have a
pot luck fellowship luncheon. (He-
brews 10:24 25) We worship at the
Mexico.Beach Civic Center on 105
N. 31st street, behind the Beach
Walk gift shop, just off U.S. 98, in
Mexico Beach, FL.
God Bless,
Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center
pastor@mexicobeachcwc.com


always
peace among change. He is not going to make you live right,
e's calling for he is going to help us. He can make us but he
re want to go leaves it up to us.
aid. That the Change things, remember Jesus is coming
nother or we soon and remember the Devil is busy.
r and ever. Thank God for a new President and a
out measure, prayer can change things so we must pray
ng away from always because prayer has never failed. For
o do. God is a the words of God is sharper, quicker and more
stop sinning powerful than a two-edged sword.
g God and he Have a blessed day,
oo late, come Love,
asking you to Mother Mary Freeman



Oak Grove Church
-foing od, fo,6'iy o/ eol.oe, Jeruinw 9O,, -fo,/d
Come Grow With Us'

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


FIRST UNITED
METHODIST CHURCH
Constitution andv Monument Port St. Joe


11 1o
Suindaiiy:
Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m. ET
Sunday School: 10:00 am. ET
7iaditional Worship: 11:00 a.m. ET
Wednesday
Youth: 5:30p.m. ET
Choir: 7:00 p.m. ET


850) 227-1724
Rev. Mac Fulcher
Pastor
Ann Comforter Jeremy Dixon
Music Director Youth Minister
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries


Al ~ The friendly place to warship!

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


F7 irst BaTtist Cfhurchi
*Jerone Barnes, Interim Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students
New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church
Sunday Wednesday
Contemporary Service ........8:30 am Children's Choir................ 6:00 pm
Sunday School .................:..9:40 am Prayer Meeing ................. 6:30 pm
Traditional Service............11:00 am Children's Ministry
Awana's........................... 5:00 pm Activities......................... 6:30 pm
Youth Choir..... ............. 5:30 pm Youth Ministry Activities...6:30 pm
Youth Groups................. 6:00 pm
M www.fbcpsj.org


BEACH BAPTIST CHAPEL
311 Cohumbus S St. JSt. oe Beach, FL 32456
A LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE LORD
SUNDAY: General Assembly 9:45 a.m. ET- Bible Study all ages 1 0 a.i. E
Morning WVorship 11 a.m. ET Evening Worship 6 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Choir 'racicc 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Kids for Clhrist 6 p.m. /1'rayer .Meeting & Youth Group 7 p.m.
"0 tao r andsee tha it Loraid is 0good:1 bfe, l ise w ahe ,ni ,,, i int IH,:.
'lease acept this imn itarion l o join is ih i '/i God '11 '.fp.
Please call! its our rspir l m /ei.
www.beachchapel.org
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725


ui 4arssnvs~'s'; 15e:m1' I' sr''sc~ t sassiMtrr' 1"T llclr,.:~ 01, "'Y~O ~ 5410A50555 tirt~.L~Th~ ' .


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

Morning Prayer & Holy Commnnunion
Sunday................8:00 a.m.
The Rev. David Mans, Priest
Services being held at the United Pentecostal Church
309 6th Street Port St Joe, FL
"An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World"





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Local


Thursday, January 1, 2009


Congratulations to GCCC Nursing Program graduates


Scholastic achievement in
nursing
Rebecca K Allen
Outstanding Student Nurse
Jeannie Jennings
Outstanding LPN Articulation
Student
Alisa M. Frost
Outstanding Leadership in
Nursing
Bruce W Jeschke

Associate degree in nursing
program graduates
Sara E. Adams, Rebecca K Al-
len, Dee Allred, Shelly Atterbury,
Lindsay E. Bailey, Meghan L. Bo-
mann, Diana R. Brocato, Cierra R.
Brown, Kristen M. Cantwell, Kira
Clenney, Lacey Dupuis Courville,
Jill A. Dreymann, J. Annette Duke,


Stacy. A. Faircloth, Tia H.Fennell,
Alisa M. Frost, Stephanie A. Ga-
gnon, Jane Ingram, Jeannie M. Jen-
nings, Bruce W. Jeschke, Shelley
Keller-Clark, Toby A. Kelley, Van-
quiece Lindsey, Kelly A. MacIsaac,
Kristina A. Mason, Naomi P Mc-
Quary, Donna A. Mims, Mary Ann
Mitchell, Sharon A. Mohr, Shannon
D. Nelson, Brittany Newsome, An-
drea N. Oliver, Rita Olson, Phelecia
Richards, Lori A. Romick, Bethany
A Rowell, Courtney-M. Scruggs,
Meghan Y Strickland and Tracey D.
Whitfield

The nursing program at Gulf
Coast Community College is fully
approved by the Florida State Board
of Nursing and accredited by the
National League for Nursing and
the Accrediting Commission. Insti-
tution membership is maintained in
the NLN Council of Associate De-
gree programs and the Organiza-
tion of Associate Degree Nursing.


PrHUIU O T O AKAI1 bILt
The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Panama City Post
President York Thorpe, left, presents FSU Panama City Dean. George
DePuy with a $25,000 chIeck Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008 during the
monthly SAME meeting. The gift will be used to endow a scholarship for
FSU Panama City engineering undergraduates.


SAME endows FSU-PC


engineering scholarship


The Society of American Military
Engineers Panama City Post has en-
dowed a $25,000 scholarship at Flor-
ida State University-Panama City.
The scholarship is based on financial
need and will be awarded to under-
graduate students admitted to any
engineering program offered at FSU
PC. Students may apply for the schol-
arship through the FSU Panama City
Office of Financial Aid beginning with


the fall 2009 semester.
SAME Panama City Post Presi-
dent York Thorpe presented the check
to FSU Panama City Dean George
DePuy at SAME's Dec. 10 meeting.
"We are very grateful to the SAME
Panama City Post for its support of
FSU Panama City, and we are excited
about the new opportunities that this
partnership will bring to our students
and our campus," DePuy said.


FSU lecture


series to


discuss


'Food Webs'

On Friday, Jan. 9, 2009,
from 7 to 9 p.m., The Florida
State University Coastal and
Marine Laboratory invites
the public to the next lecture
in its Conservation Lecture
Series.
Robert Paine, professor
emeritus of biology at the
University of Washington,
will give the upcoming talk,
titled "Food Webs: from bay-
mouth bar to keystone spe-
cies, interaction strengths
and beyond."
Refreshments will be
served at the conclusion of
his presentation.
As with all lectures in the
series, the Jan. 9 talk will be
held at the FSU Coastal and
Marine Laboratory, located
in St. Teresa, at the intersec-
tion of U.S. highways 98 and .
319 in Franklin County, half-
way between Carrabelle and
Panacea.
For more information
on the Jan. 9 talk or future
lectures in the series, visit
the FSU Coastal and Ma-
rine Laboratory Web site
at http://www.marinelab.
fsu.edu/ or contact Sharon
Thoman at (850) 697-4120 or
via e-mail at sthoman@fsu.
edu.



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Anna Joyce Chatham
passed away peacefully
at Memorial Hospital,
Jacksonville, FL on
Dec. 11, 2008. She was
surrounded by family.
Anna Joyce was born
Jan. 15, 1932, in Louisville,
Kentucky. She, along
with her family, moved
to Port St. Joe, Florida in
September 1947, where
she attended high school,
graduating in 1950. She
was a drum majorette in
the high school band, and
was elected Miss Port St.
Joe High her senior year.
For 11 years, Anna
Joyce was employed by
the medical practice of
Dr. Alexander P Rosin.
She retired as office
manager. She also owned
and operated a business,
Classic Nails, Etc., a nail
salon and boutique, for
10 years.
Anna Joyce was
predeceased by her
parents, J.D. and Sadie L.
Sexton, and a grandson,
Michael Ray Lannom. She


Cluese V Law, 93,
passed away at her
home in Wewahitchka
Wednesday, December 17,
2008.
She was a very loving
mother and deeply loved
her family. She was
preceded in death by her
husband, Earnest C Law
and daughter, Deloris
Ryning, her sister, Marie
Poole and brother, James
Barker.
She is survived by
her son, Cecil E. Law
and wife, Cheryl; three
grandchildren, Donald
Law, Beth Hair,and
Glenda Ryning; four
great-grandchildren,
Donnie Law Jr., Casey
Law and wife Julia, Luke
Hair and Emma Grace
Hair; one great-great-


Blanche Eugenie
"Janie" Zimmerman
passed away December
17, 2008, after an extended
illness with Alzheimer's.
She was preceded in
death in death by her
husband, Carl J. "Yank"
Zimmerman; her father,
Adolph Lehardy; her
mother, Onnie Lindsey
Lehardy Greer; and her
stepfather, James
"Jimmy" Greer all of Port
St. Joe.
She was born April 7,
1925 in Port St. Joe, Fla.,
(except for brief periods
qf time) she grew up and
lived in Port St. Joe. She
met and married Carl
Zimmerman while she
was attending secretarial
school in Dothan during
World War II. She retired
as the secretary of the
Chamber of Commerce of
Port St. Joe after 30 years
of service. She was a
member of the Baptist and
Presbyterian faith.
She is survived
by her two sons, Carl


is survived by her husband
of 55 years, Richard Philip
Chatham; two daughters,
Cynthia C. Lannom
(Ray) and Mary Melinda
Chatham; one son,
Richard Philip Chatham,
Jr. (Maureen); four
grandchildren, Amy Parks
(Mathew), Christopher
Lannom (Kelly), Richard
Philip Chatham, III and
Zachary T. Chatham. Also
surviving are six great-
grandchildren; Joshua
Parks, Seth Parks, James
Parks, Charlotte Anna
Parks, Kemper Lannom
and Kinsey Joyce Lannom.
A visitation was held
from 4-6 p.m. Sunday,
Dec. 14, 2008 at Hardage-
Giddens Funeral Home,
4115 Hendricks Avenue. A
graveside service was held
at Oaklawn Cemetery at 11
a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2008.
In lieu of flowers,
the family requests
contributions to All
Saints Episcopal Church,
4171 Hendricks Ave.,
Jacksonville, FL 32207.


granddaughter, Riley Mae
Law; one sister, Nelia
Doyle and husband, Ed;
and many nephews and
nieces; also many dear
-friends who will miss her.
Her legacy will live forever
in the lives of those she
touched.
The family wishes to
thank Clay Harrelson,
Maggie, Bobby and Elena
Doyle, Kim King, Becky
Miller, Kitty Bourdeau, Dr
Barnes and his staff, A&A
Home Care, Hospice and
friends from Jehovah's
Witness Kingdom Hall for
all there love, help and
comfort.
Local services were
provided by Comforter
Funeral Home,
Wewahitchka Branch
Chapel.


Zimmerman Jr., and wife,
Debbie of Orlando, and
Charles Zimmerman and
wife, Gail of Wewahitchka;
grandchildren, Connie
Zimmerman, Dawn
Zimmerman, C.J.
Zimmerman and Susan
Bennet, all of Orlando,
Melissa Webb of
Wewahitchka, and Aurelia
Miller of Eastpoint; her
sisters, Onnie Herring,
niece Linda Haiar, both of
Port St. Joe, Doris Manuel
and nieces and nephews of
Orlando, and Judy Greer of
Covington, Ga., and several
great-grandchildren.
The Graveside service
was held at Holly Hill
Cemetery in Port St. Joe
on Saturday, Dec. 20 at
11 a.m. EST.
In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to
the Alzheimer's Research
Foundation in Mrs.
Zimmerman's memory.
All services are under
the direction of the
Comforter Funeral
Home.


Obituaries


Anna Joyce Chatham


Clues V. Law


Blanche Eugenie 'Janie' Zimmerman


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DEP aids whooping crane project


ST. MARKS Today the
Florida Department of En-
vironmental Protection
(DEP) announced the an-
ticipated arrival of a flock
of endangered whooping
cranes to the region in Jan-
uary. The cranes' arrival
is a part of the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partner-
ship's (WCEP) Whooping
Crane Reintroduction Proj-
ect at the St. Marks Na-
tional Wildlife Refuge. An
international partnership
of public and private orga-
nizations, WCEP is con-
ducting the reintroduction
project in an effort to return
this endangered species to
its historic range in eastern
North America.
To prepare for the
cranes, the wildlife refuge
constructed a three-acre
pen with two ponds to pro-
vide protective habitat.
The permit for enclosure
construction was issued
by DEP in September and
the enclosures were con-
structed and completed in
October with the assistance
of local volunteers and the
Wakulla High School Navy
Junior Reserve Officer
Training Corps.
The project, designed
by the U.S. Fish and Wild-
life Service, also included
placing oyster shell in the
two ponds to provide a
roosting area. Within the
ponds, reefs were built with
sandbags and oyster shells,
which will be used to teach
the cranes to sleep in the
water to avoid predators.
To aid in the construction,
DEP's Big Bend Seagrass-
es Aquatic Preserve donat-
ed much of the oyster shells
for the project which was
also completed in October.
To fully protect the birds,
the final authorization to
close portions of Mensler
Creek, Cow Creek and the


surrounding marshes to
the public has been granted
by DEE
"To protect the whoop-
ing cranes and enhance
their chances of success, a
protected roosting environ-
ment and seasonal closure
of two creeks leading to the
site was approved," said
DEP Northwest District
Director Dick Fancher. "We
are honored to be part of
this innovative partnership
to bring back a special en-
dangered species."
In 1950 there were es-
timated to be only 16 birds
remaining in the wild. Pres-
ently there are approxi-
mately 525 birds in exis-
tence, 375 in the wild. The


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only wild migratory popula-
tion winters in the Aransas
National Wildlife Refuge
in Texas and summers in
Wood Buffalo National Park
in Canada. Because the
birds are concentrated in
one area of the country, the
Whooping Crane Recovery
Team (WCRT), which is
comprised of ten members,
plans actions to protect the
Aransas/Wood Buffalo natu-
ral flock and is charged with
establishing two additional
flocks in efforts to safeguard
the whooping crane from
possible extinction.
The team's efforts to
establish a non-migratory
whooping crane flock be-
gan in Florida in 1993, using


cranes hatched in captivit
In September, 1999, after
searching for the best poa
sible location to establish
second migratory flock, th
team recommended thi
the flock be taught a rout
with central Wisconsin a
the summer location an
the west coast of Florida a
the wintering location. Th
WCRT sanctioned OperE
tion Migration's ultraligh
led migration techniqu
as the main reintroductio
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For more information on the Whooping Crane
Reintroduction Project, go to WCEP's Web site at
www.bringbackthecranes.org.
Monitor the crane's daily progress at www.
operationmigration.org.
For more information on the St. Marks National
Wildlife Refuge or to find out how to help purchase
a crane cam at www.stmarksrefuge.org.
Additional information on DEP can be found at


www.dep.state.fl.us.

route. Upon arriving in
Florida after traveling more
than 1,100-miles, the cranes
will be split into two groups.
One group will winter at
Chassahowitzka National
Wildlife Refuge and one
group will spend the winter
at St. Marks National Wild-
life Refuge to increase the
chances of success for the
project.
Currently, the cranes
are in Franklin County,
Tennessee and are expect-
ed to resume their journey
and arrive at the St. Marks
National Wildlife Refuge af-
ter the first of the year. The
cranes will remain at the
refuge until they are ready
to migrate back to Wiscon-
sin and it is anticipated that
they will return sometime
around the end of March.


"The St. Marks National
Wildlife Refuge is honored
to have been designated
one of only three whoop-
ing crane sites in the pro-
gram," said Terry Peacock,
St. Marks Wildlife Refuge
Manager. "We are over-
whelmed with the commu-
nity support there has been
for bringing this significant
program to Wakulla Coun-
ty."
The St. Marks National
Wildlife Refuge, established
in 1931 to provide wintering
habitat for migratory birds,
is one of the oldest refuges
in the National Wildlife Ref-
uge System. The refuge
encompasses 68,000 acres
spread out between Wakul-
la, Jefferson, and Taylor
counties along the Gulf
Coast of northwest Florida.


McCollum: Florida


hate crimes lowest

in 10 years


ft TALLAHASSEE Reported
's hate crimes in Florida fell
fe last year to their lowest
)n level since 1998, Attorney
General Bill McCollum
announced today with the
release of the Florida Hate
Crimes Report covering
the 2007 calendar year.
Since hate crime reporting
began in 1990, Florida law
enforcement agencies have
reported an annual aver-
age of 272 reported hate
crime incidents, well above
this year's hate crimes to-
tal of 193.
"Preventing hate crimes
should be the goal of ev-
ery citizen," said Attorney
General McCollum. "I am
proud of the roles the Attor-
ney General's Office and
the citizens of Florida have
played in statewide efforts
against hate-motivated
crimes, and I know these
efforts will continue."
There are two broad
categories of hate crime of-
fenses: crimes against per-
sons and crimes against
property. Reports for 2007
showed a slightly larger
share of hate crimes were
directed at persons than
in the previous year, with
a slight decrease in the
share directed at property.
Crimes against persons
accounted for 66.8 percent
of all incidents reported in
2007, up from 66 percent in
2006, while crimes against
property accounted for the
remaining 33.2 percent,
down from 34 percent in
2006.
The 2007 report also
categorizes the offenses
by the nature of the moti-
vating factor. During 2007,
hate crimes motivated by


the victim's race repre-
sented 53.9 percent of all
reported hate crimes, fol-
lowed by crimes motivated
by ethnicity/national origin
at 17.1 percent; and sexual
orientation and religion
each at 14.5 percent. No
hate crimes were reported
under the categories of dis-
ability or advanced age.
Data in the Hate Crimes
Report was submitted
by local law enforcement
agencies to the Florida De-
partment of Law Enforce-
ment's Audit & Data Col-
lection Unit of the Criminal
Justice Information Ser-
vices Program through the
Uniform Crime Reporting
(UCR) information system.
Currently, 417 agencies
participate in the UCR sys-
tem.
The Attorney General's
Office of Civil Rights, which
compiles, the report also
conducts hate crime train-
ing for law enforcement
throughout Florida and
has developed programs
for elementary, middle
and high school students
to teach them how to rec-
ognize hate crimes, how
the law protects victims of
hate crimes, and how such
crimes affect our commu-
nities. The Office of Civil
Rights can be contacted via
the internet at: http://my-
floridalegal.com/Contact;
nsf/Contact?OpenForm&S
ection= Civil_Rights.
A copy of the Hate
Crimes in Florida 2007
report is available online
at: http://myfloridalegal.
com/webfiles.nsf/WF/
KGRG-7MKSV8/$file/
2007HateCrimesReport.
pdf.


TRANSPORTATION PLANNING MEETING
AGENDA


85022727day!.

850-227-1278


The Bay, Gulf, Holmes
and Washington Regional
Transportation Partnership
will hold a meeting on
Monday, Jan. 5 at Parker
City Hall Commission
Chambers, 1001 W.
Park St. in Parker.
The Nominating
Committee will meet at
10:15 a.m. CT, while the
Executive Committee will
meet at 10:30 a.m. CT.
The agenda includes:
1. Election of Chair


and Vice Chair;
2. Update on
Transportation Regional
Incentive Program (TRIP)
projects and status of
funding.
3. Public Forum. This
is an opportunity for
the public to address
transportation issues.
Direct questions
to Sharon Burnett at
850-392-1104 or
sharon.burnett@wfrpc.
org.


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I 1100

9534S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH. JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION

EVERBANK REVERSE
MORTGAGE, LLC F/K/A
BNY MORTGAGE COM-
PANY, LLC
PLAINTIFF

VS.

THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE,
HEIRS, DEVISES, GRANT-
EES, ASSIGNEES,
LIENORS, CREDITORS,
TRUSTEES AND ALL
OTHER PARTIES CLAIM-
ING BY THROUGH, UN-
DER OR AGAINST THE
ESTATE OF URSULA
ZIEGLER, DECEASED, ET
AL
DEFENDANT(S)

CASE NO: 08-310 CA

NOTICE OF ACTION -
CONSTRUCTIVE SERV-
ICE

TO: UNKNOWN SPOUSE,
HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
LIENORS, CREDITORS,
TRUSTEES, AND ALL
OTHER PARTIES CLAIM-
ING AN INTEREST BY,
THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINST THE ESTATE OF
URSULA ZIEGLER

whose residence is un-
known if he/she/they be
dead, the unknown de-
fendants who may be
spouses, heirs, devisees,
grantees, assignees,
lienors, creditors, trustees,
and all other parties claim-
ing an interest by, through,
under or against the De-
fendants, who are not
known to be dead or alive,
and all parties having or
claiming to have any right,
title or interest in the prop-
erty described in the mort-
gage being foreclosed
herein.

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTI-
FIED that an action to fore-
close a mortgage and en-
force a lost note and/or
mbrtgage on the following
property:

ALL THAT CERTAIN LAND
SITUATE IN GULF
COUNTY, STATE OF
FLORIDA, VIZ:
SOUTH ONE-HALF OF
LOT 7 OF SOUTHERN
HOMES, UNIT NO. 1, AC-
CORDING TO THE OFFI-
CIAL MAP OR PLAT
THEREOF ON FILE IN THE
OFFICE OF THE CLERK
OF THE CIRCUIT COURT,
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA,
IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 3.

TRACT 2:
ALL THAT CERTAIN LAND
SITUATE IN GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA, VIZ:
COMMENCING AT THE
SOUTHEAST CORNER OF
THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF
THE SOUTHWEST 1/4,
SECTION 24, TOWNSHIP
4 SOUTH, RANGE 10
WEST, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA; THENCE
NORTH 25.00 FEET TO
THE NORTHERLY
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF


I 1100
REID AVENUE (50'R/W)
THEN SOUTH 88 DE-
GREES 47'20" WEST
ALONG SAID
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE FOR
378.36 FEET; THEN
NORTH 158.50 FEET TO
THE POINT OF BEGINN-
ING; THENCE CONTINUE
NORTH FOR 75.00 FEET
THEN SOUTH 88 DE-
GREES 47'20" WEST FOR
151.68 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING.
ALSO TO BE KNOWN AS
LOT 5, BLOCK 1, OF THE
PROSPERED SUBDIVI-
SION, SOUTHERN
HOMES UNIT ONE.

has been filed against you
and you are required to
serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it
on DAVID J. STERN, ESQ.
Plaintiff's attorney, whose
address is 900 SOUTH
PINE ISLAND ROAD,
SUITE 400, PLANTATION,
FL 33324-3920 on or be-
fore January 19, 2009, (no
later than 30 days from the
date of the publication of
this notice of action) and
file the original with the
clerk of this court either
before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a de-
fault will be entered
against you for the relief
demanded in the com-
plaint or petition filed
herein.

WITNESS my hand and
the seal of this Court at
GULF County, Florida, this
8th day of December,
2008.

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
BY: JASMINE HYSMITH
DEPUTY CLERK

IN ACCORDANCE WITH
THE AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT, per-
sons with disabilities need-
ing a special accommoda-
tion should contact
COURT ADMINISTRA-
TION, at the GULF County
Courthouse at ,
1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or
1-80-955-8770, via Florida
Relay Service.

Law Offices of David J.
Stern, PA.
900 South Pine Island
Road Suite 400
Plantation, FL 33324-3920
(954) 233-8000
December 25, 2008, Janu-
ary 1, 2009


9536S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA

U.S. BANK NATIONAL AS-
SOCIATION AS TRUSTEE,
PLAINTIFF,

VS.

CLARA JOHNSON YON
A/K/A CLARA DEAN
JOHNSON AK/A CLARA D
YON A/K/A CLARA
JOHNSON

NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERV-
ICE

TO: CLARA JOHNSON
YON A/K/A CLARA DEAN
JOHNSON A/K/A CLARA D
YON A/K/A CLARA JOHN-
SON AND GLEN YON
A/K/A GLEN LEE YON

whose residence is un-
known if he/she/they be
living; and if he/she/they
be dead, the unknown de-
fendants who may be
spouses, heirs, devisees,
grantees, assignees,
lienors, creditors, trustees;
and all parties claiming an
interest by, through, un-
der, or against the Defend-
ants, who are not known to
be dead or alive, and all


1100
parties having or claiming
to have any right, title or
interest in the property de-
scribed in the mortgage
being foreclosed herein.

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTI-
FIED that an action to fore-
close a mortgage on the
following property:

LOT 7 OF BLOCK B, RED
BULL ISLAND SUBDIVI-
SION, UNIT #2, GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA, AN
UNRECORDED PLAT.

has been filed against you
and you are required to
serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it
on DAVID J. STERN, ESQ.
Plaintiff's attorney, whose
address is 900 South Pine
Island Road #400, Planta-
tion, FL 33324-3920 on or
before January 19, 2009,
(no later than 30 days from
the date of the first publi-
cation of this notice of ac-
tion) and file the original
with the clerk of this court
either before service on
Plaintiffs attorney or imme-
diately thereafter; other-
wise a default will be en-
tered against you for the
relief demanded in the
complaint or petition filed
herein.

WITNESS my hand and
the seal of this Court at
GULF County, Florida, this
10th day of December,
2008.

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
BY: JASMINE HYSMITH
DEPUTY CLERK

LAW OFFICES OF DAVID
J. STERN
ATTORNEY FOR PLAIN-
TIFF
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND
ROAD SUITE 400
PLANTATION, FL
33324-3920

IN ACCORDANCE WITH
THE AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT, per-
sons with disabilities need-
ing a special accommoda-
tion should contact
COURT ADMINISTRA-
TION, at the GULF County
Courthouse at NONE,
1-800-955-8771 TDD) or
1-800-955-8770, via Florida
Relay Service.
December 25, 2008, Janu-
ary 1, 2009
9541S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA

HSBC MORTGAGE SER-
VICES INC,
Plaintiff,

vs.

CLIFFORD PITTS A/K/A
CLIFFORD HILTON PITTS,
et al,
Defendants.

CASE NO.:
23-2008-CA-000342

AMENDED NOTICE OF
ACTION

TO:
CLIFFORD PITTS A/K/A
CLIFFORD HILTON PITTS
Last Known Address: 126
Dawkins Street,
Wewahitchka, FL 32465
Current Mailing Address: P
O Box 884, Wewahitchka,
FL 32465
Also Attempted at: 3861 S
Highway 71, Wewahitchka,
FL 32465
Current Residence Un-
known

MICHELLE PITTS
Last Known Address: 126
Dawkins Street,
Wewahitchka, FL 32465
Also Attempted at: P 0
Box 884, Wewahitchka, FL
32465 and 3861 S High-
way 71, Wewahitchka, FL


1100
32465
Current Residence Un-
known

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTI-
FIED that an action for
Foreclosure of Mortgage
on the following described
property:

COMMENCING AT THE
NORTHEAST CORNER OF
THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF
SECTION 12, AND RUNN-
ING THENCE SOUTH A
DISTANCE OF 15.00 FEET
TO THE POINT OF BE-
GINNING; THENCE CON-
TINUING SOUTH A DIS-
TANCE OF 195.00 FEET;
THENCE SOUTH 85 DE-
GREES 01 MINUTES 00
SECONDS WEST A DIS-
TANCE OF 210.00 FEET;
THENCE NORTH 00 DE-
GREES 00 MINUTES 00
SECONDS WEST FOR
195.00 FEET; THENCE
NORTH 85 DEGREES 01
MINUTES 00 SECONDS
EAST ALONG THE SOUTH
LINE OF A 30 FOOT DIRT
ROAD A DISTANCE OF
210.00 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING.
SAID PROPERTY LYING
IN THE SOUTHWEST 1/4
OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4,
SECTION 12, TOWNSHIP
5 SOUTH, RANGE 10
WEST, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA.

PARCEL #2
BEGINNING AT THE
NORTHEAST CORNER OF
SOUTHWEST QUARTER
OF THE SOUTHEAST
QUARTER OF SECTION
12, TOWNSHIP 5 SOUTH,
RANGE 10 WEST, GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA;
THENCE RUN SOUTH 00
DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00
SECONDS EAST ALONG
THE EAST LINE OF
SOUTHWEST QUARTER
OF THE SOUTHEAST
QUARTER OF SAID SEC-
TION 12 FOR 15.00 FEET;
THENCE RUN SOUTH 885
DEGREES 01 MINUTES 00
SECONDS WEST FOR
210.00 FEET; THENCE
RUN NORTH 00 DE-
GREES 00 MINUTES 00
SECONDS WEST FOR
15.00 FEET; THENCE RUN
NORTH 00 DEGREES 00
MINUTES 00 SECONDS
WEST FOR 15.00 FEET;
THENCE RUN NORTH 85
DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00
SECONDS EAST FOR
210.00 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING.
CONTAINING 0.072 AC-
RES, MORE OR LESS.
has been filed against you
and you are required to
serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it,
on Marshall C. Watson,
PA., Attorney for Plaintiff,
whose address is 1800
NW 49TH STREET, SUITE
120, FT. LAUDERDALE FL
33309 on or before Janu-
ary 19, 2009, a date which
is within (30) days after the
first publication of this No-
tice in THE STAR and file
the original with the Clerk
of this Court either before
service on Plaintiff's attor-
ney or immediately there-
after; otherwise a default,
will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in
the complaint.

In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990 (ADA), disa-
bled persons who,
beacsue of their disabili-
ties, need special accom-
modation to participate in
this proceeding should
contact the ADA Coordina-
tor at 1000 5th Street, Port
St Joe, FL 32456 ot Tele-
phone (850) 229-6113
prior to such proceeding.
WITNESS my hand and
the seal of this Court this
10th day of December,
2008.


I 1100
Rebecca Norris
As Clerk of the Court
By Jasmine Hysmith
As Deputy Clerk.
December 25, 2008, Janu-
ary 1, 2009
9542S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION

U.S. BANK NATIONAL AS-
SOCIATION AS TRUSTEE
FOR THE CERTIFI-
CATEHOLDERS OF SARM
2006-8,
PLAINTIFF,

VS.

GEORGE DAACON, ET
AL.,
DEFENDANT(S).

CASE NO:
23-2008-CA-000262

NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERV-
ICE

TO: GEORGE DAACON
AND THE KNOWN
SPOUSE OF GEORGE
DAACON

whose residence is un-
known if he/she/they be
living; and if he/she/they
be dead, the unknown de-
fendants who may be
spouses, heirs, devisees,
grantees, assignees,
lienors, creditors, trustees,
and all parties claiming an
interest by, through, under
or against the Defendants,
who are not known to be
dead or alive, and all par-
ties having or claiming to
have any right, title or in-
terest in the property de-
scribed in the mortgage
being foreclosed herein.

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTI-
FIED that an action to fore-
close a mortgage on the
following property:

THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT 10
AND ALL OF LOT 11,
BLOCK 2, JR. NORTON
SUBDIVISION, A SUBDIVI-
SION AS PER MAP OR
PLAT THEREOF AS RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK
2, PAGE 5, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTRY, FLORIDA.

has been filed against you
and are required to serve a
copy of your written de-
fenses, if any, to it on DA-
VID J. STERN, ESQ.
Plaintiff's attorney, whose
address is 900 South Pine
Island #400, Plantation, FL
33324-3920 on or before
January 19, 2009, (no later
than 30 days from the date
of the first publication of
this notice of action) and
file the original with the
clerk of this court either
before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a de-
fault will be entered
against you for the relief
demanded in the com-
plaint or petition filed
herein.

WITNESS my hand and
the seal of this Court at
GULF County, Florida, this
10th day of December,
2008.

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
BY: JASMINE HYSMITH
DEPUTY CLERK

LAW OFFICES OF DAVID
J. STERN
ATTORNEY FOR
PALITNIFF
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND
ROAD SUITE 400
PLANTATION, FL
33324-3920

IN ACCORDANCE WITH
THE AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT, per-


S 1100
sons needing a special ac-
commodation should con-
tact the COURT ADMINIS-
TRATION, at the GULF
County Courthouse at ,
1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or
1-800-955-8770, via Florida
Relay Service.
December 25, 2008, Janu-
ary 1,2009
9546S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR GULF
COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION

TAYLOR, BEAN & WHITA-
KER MORTGAGE CORP.R,
Plaintiff,

vs.

PATRICIA A. WHITE-
HURST; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF PATRICIA A.
WHITEHURST; JAMES T.
WHITEHURST; UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF
JAMES T WHITEHURST;
IF LIVING, INCLUDING
ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF SAID
DEFENDANTS(S), IF RE-
MARRIED, AND IF DE-
CEASED, THE RESPEC-
TIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES,
ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, AND TRUS-
TEES, AND ALL OTHER
PERSONS CLAIMING BY
THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINST THE NAMED
DEFENDANT(S); GULF
COUNTY BOARD OF
.COUNTY COMMISSION-
ERS; WHETHER DIS-
SOLVED OR PRESENTLY
EXISTING, TOGETHER
WITH ANY GRANTEES,
ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, OR TRUSTEES,
OF SAID DEFENDANT(S)
AND ALL OTHER PER-
SONS CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, OR
AGAINST DEFENDANT(S);
UNKNOWN TENANT #1;
UNKNOWN TENANT #2;
Defendant(s).

CASE NO. 08-543CA

NOTICE OF ACTION

TO: PATRICIA A. WHITE-
HURST; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF PATRICIA A.
WHITEHURST; JAMES T
WHITEHURST; IF LIVING,
INCLUDING ANY UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF
SAID DEFENDANT(S), IF
REMARRIED, AND IF DE-
CEASED, THE RESPEC-
TIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES,
ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, AND TRUS-
TEES, AND ALL OTHER
PERSONS CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINST THE NAMED
DEFENDANT(S);
Whose residence are/is
Unknown.

YOU ARE HEREBY re-
quired to file your answer
or written defenses, if any,
in the above proceeding
with the Clerk of this Court,
and to serve a copy
thereof upon the plaintiff's
attorney, Law Offices of
Daniel C. Consuegra, 9204
King Palm Drive, Tampa,
FL 33619-1328, telephone
(813) 915-8660, facsimile
(813) 915-0559, by Janu-
ary 19, 2009, the nature of
this proceeding being a
suit for foreclosure of mort-
gage against the following
described property, to wit:

LOT 29 AND 30, BLOCK E,
COLLEGE PARK ADDI-
TION.TO THE TOWN OF
WEWAHITCHKA, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF, AS RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK
1, PAGE 13, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
To include a:


1100
Unknown Unknown VIN
Unknown and Unknown

A/K/A

254 CATALPA STREET
WEWAHITCHKA, FL 32465

If you fall to file your an-
swer or written defenses in
the above proceeding, on
plaintiff's attorney, a de-
fault will be entered
against you for the relief
demanded in the Com-
plaint or Petition.

DATED at GULF County
this 9th day of December,
2008.

Clerk of the Circuit Court
By Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

In accordance with the
American with Disabilities
Act of 1990, persons need-
ing a special accommo-
dation to accommodate to
participate in this proceed-
ing should contact the
ASA Coordinator no later
than seven days prior to
the proceedings. If hearing
impaired, please call (800)
55-9771 (TDD) or (800)
955-8770 (voice), via Flor-
ida Relay Service.
December 25, 2008, Janu-
ary 1, 2009
9574S
NOTICE OF SALE

Notice is hereby given that
Bayou Storage, pursuant
to FS 83.806, will dispose
of or offer for sell after
01/01/2009, the miscella-
neous items belonging to
the following tenant:
Wendy Province Unit
#204. Unit contents may
be redeemed by owner
prior to 01/01/2009 for
CASH ONLY.
December 25, 2008
January 1,2009
9588S
PSJRA BOARD OF DI-
RECTORS MEETING

The Port St Joe Redevel-
opment Agency's regular
Board of Directors Meeting
will be held on Thursday,
January 8, 2009, at 5:00
pm at 150 Capt. Fred's
Place. All persons are in-
vited to attend and partici-
pate. Anyone wanting to
appeal an official decision
made on any subject at
the meeting must have a
verbatim record of the
meeting that includes the
testimony and evidence on
which the appeal is based.
January 1, 2009
9602S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION

U.S BANK, NATIONAL AS-
SOCIATION,
PLAINTIFF,

VS.

EDWARD V. DOUGLASS
A/K/A EDWARD V. DOUG-
LAS, ET AL.,
DEFENDANT(S)

CASE NO:
23-2008-CA-000209

NOTICE OF ACTION -
CONSTRUCTIVE SER-
VICE

TO: LINDA M. DOUGLASS
A/K/A LINDA DOUGLAS

whose residence is un-
known if he/she/they be
living; and if he/she/they
be dead, the unknown de-
fendants who may be
spouses, heirs, devisees,
grantees, assignees,
lienors, creditors, trustees,
and all parties claiming an
interest by. through, under
or against the Defendants,
who are not known to be


1100
dead or alive, and all par-
ties having or claiming to
have any right, title or in-
terest in the property de-
scribed in the mortgage
being foreclosed herein.

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTI-
FIED that an action to fore-
close a mortgage oh the
following property:

LOT S 8 AND 9, BLOCK 86
OF ST JOSEPH'S ADDI-
TION TO THE'CITY OF
PORT ST. JOE, AS PER
PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA.

has been filed against you
and you, are required to
serve a copy of your, writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it
on DAVID J. STERN, ESQ.
Plaintiffs attorney, -whose
address is 900 South Pine
Island Road #400, Planta-
tion, FL 33324-3920 on or
before January 26, 2009,
(no later than 30 days from
the date of the first publi-
cation of this notice of ac-
tion) and file the original
with the clerk of this court
either before service on
Plaintiffs attorney or imme-
diately thereafter; other-
wise a default will be en-
tered against you for the
relief demanded in the
complaint or petition filed
herein.

WITNESS my hand. and
the seal of this Court at
GULF County, Florida, this
15th day of December,
2008.

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
By: Jasmine Hysmith
DEPUTY CLERK

IN ACCORDANCE WITH
TIDE AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT, per-
sons with disabilities need-
ing a special accommoda-
tion should contact
COURT ADMINISTRA-
TION, at the GULF County
Courthouse at (850)
229-6111 1-800-955-8771
(TDD) or 1-800-955-8770,
via Florida Relay Service.

LAW OFFICES OF DAVID
J. STERN
ATTORNEY FOR PLAIN-
TIFF
900 SOUTH PINT: ISLAND
ROAD SUITE 400
PLANTATION, FL
33324-3920
08-51740(FM)FRB
December 25, 2008
January 1, 2009
9610S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

IN RE: ESTATE OF
GEORGE JAMES AR-
MOUR JR.
Deceased.

File No. 08-89 PR

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The administration of the
estate of George James
Armour Jr., deceased,
whose date of death was
September 12, 2008,. is
pending in the Circuit
Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is
1000 Cecil G. Costin Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456.
The names and addresses
of the personal represent-
ative and the personal
representative's attorney
are set forth below.

All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be
served must file their
claims with this court


I 1100 |
WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS 'NO-
TICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.

All other creditors of the
decedent and other per-
sons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's
estate must file their claims *
with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NO-
TICE.

ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERI-
ODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE
FLORIDA PROBATE CODE
WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.

NOTWITHSTANDING THE
TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE
OF DEATH IS BARRED.

The date of first publica-
tion of this notice is De-
cember 25, 2008.

Personal Representative:
George J. Armour, Sr.
2773 Murphy Lane
Mt. Eden, Kentucky 40046
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
Mel C. Magidson Jr.
Florida Bar No: 261629
528 6th St.
RO. Box 340
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Telephone: (850) 227-7800
Fax: (850) 227-7878
Attorney for George J. Ar-
mour, Sr.
December 25, 2008 '
January 1,2009
9635S
NOTICE TO RECEIVE
SEALED BIDS

BID #0809-05
The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners
will receive bids from any
person, company, or cor-
poration interested in pur-
chasing the following:

1 1991 Ford F-150
Pick-up Truck
VIN #:
1FTDF15N4MNA63346

To see this piece of equip-
ment you must make con-
tact with authorized per-
sonnel at the Gulf County
Maintenance Department.

Please indicate on the en-
velope that this is a
SEALED BID, the BID
NUMBER, and what the
BID is for. Please include 3
Copies of your proposal.

Bids will be received until
Friday, January 9, 2009 at
4:30 p.m., E.T, at the Of-
fice of the Clerk of Court,
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.,
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. The Board reserves
the right to reject any and
all proposals received.

GULF COUNTY BOARD
OF COUNTY COMMIS-
SIONERS
/s/ Billy Traylor, Chairman
AD# 2008-139
January 1, 2009
9653S
BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS, GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA

REQUEST
FOR PROPOSAL

RFP # 0809-06

SOLID WASTE COLLEC-
TION

Gulf County, Florida is
seeking proposals for pro-
fessional Solid Waste col-
lection services. The


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county intends to enter 120.57, FS., or to partici- 41 Minutes 55 Seconds
into a five (5) year contract pate in the administrative West 10.00 feet to a rod POSTAL & GOVT JOB
with a qualified and re- hearing, and cap for the POINT OF r INFO FOR SALE?
sponsible firm. Any firm BEGINNING, thence from
desiring to furnish a pro- After an administrative said POINT OF BEGINN- M c n
posal for such services hearing petition is timely ING, continue along said Medical/Health Caution
must submit a sealed pro- filed, mediation is available right of way North 19 De-
posal according to the in- pursuant to Sub-section grees 41 Minutes 55 Sec- Other Office Manager
structions outlined in the 163.3189(3)(a), F.S., to onds West 89.91 feet to a Needed for local Veterinar You NEVER have to pay
specifications. any affected person who is re-bar; thence leaving said Several Needed for local Vetenar- You NEVER have to pay
m a t right of way run South 70 o tn an with excellent com- for information about
made a party to the pro- right of way run South 70 Positions puter skills Call federal or postal jobs. If
RFP DEADLINE: February ceeding by filing that re- Degrees 18 Minutes 05 you see a job
6, 2009 quest with the administra- Seconds West 329.26 feet Resort Vacation 850-227-7270. uarantee" contact the
tive law judge assigned by to a point lying on the ap- Properties of SGI, FTC.
RFP OPENING: the Division of Administra- proximate mean high Inc The Federal Trade
tive Hearings. The choice water line of the Gulf of A great opportunity Commission
Late submittals received of mediation shall not af- Mexico; thence run along awaits you at the largest is America's consumer
after the fore mentioned fect a party's right to an said approximate mean vacation rental Other protection agency.
deadline date, either by administrative hearing. high water line South 27 company
Mail, or otherwise, will not Degrees 25 Minutes 12 on St George Island. Attention!!!' www.ftc.gov/jobscams
be considered and re- Mike McDaniel, Chief Seconds East 40.69 feet; We are now accepting Home Computer worklll, 1-877-FTC-HELP .
turned unopened. The Office of Comprehensive thence leaving said ap- applications for the Flexible hours, great pay,
time of receipt will be de- Planning proximate mean high following positions will train, Call A public service
termined by the time re- Department of Community water line run North 69 De- *Maintenance 727-865-6795 message from the FTC
ceived in the Clerk To The Affairs grees 04 Minutes 20 Sec- Technician and The News Herald
Board of County Commis- 2555 Shumard Oak Boule- onds East 77.12 feet to a *Independent ClassifiedAdvertising
sioner's office. It is the sole vard rod and cap; thence North contractors: Department
responsibility of the firm for Tallahassee, Florida 59 Degrees 04 Minutes 56 *Housekeeping
assuring that the RFP is re- 32399-2100 Seconds East 104.07 feet +Front Desk Clerk Other
ceived in the clerk's office January 1, 2009 to a rod and cap; thence *Quality Assurance
by the designated date 9663S North 70 Degrees 18 Min- Coordinators 0
and time. No faxed, elec- IN THE CIRCUIT COURT utes 05 Seconds East We offer a great benefits Staff
tronic or oral RFP will be OF THE 20TH JUDICIAL 63.00 feet to a rod and package to full time em- St. Joseph Bay Humane /
accepted. CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR cap; thence South 19 De- ployess or you may join Society is now accepting
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA grees 41 Minutes 55 sec- us on a part time basis applications. Must enjoy :
To be considered, GENERAL JURISDICTION onds East 71.50 feet to a to supplement your cur- working for animals & be
Firm/Team must submit an DIVISION rod and cap; thence North rent income, honest & dependablel
original and seven (7) cop- 70 Degrees 18 Minutes 05 Apply in person today Please apply in person at
ies of RFP in a sealed en- HSBC BANK USA, NA- Seconds East 61.62 feet to at 1007 Tenth St., Port St REAL ESTATE FOR RET
velope or package, clearly TIONAL ASSOCIATION the POINT OF BEGINN 125 Gulf Beach Drive Joe, Tues. Sat., between -REz.
marked with the AS TRUSTEE FOR THE ING. Containing 0.33 ac- West St George Island 10 am & 4pm. Ask for Mel- a10- Buslness/ i
FirmfTeam's name and ad- HOLDERS OF DEUTSCHE res, more or less, FL 32328 ody. PSJHS is an equal 110- Aparments
dress, and the words ALT-A SECURITIES oppurtunity employer & 6120- Beach Rentals
"Solid Waste Collection: MORTGAGE LOAN Name in which assessed: drug free work place. 6130 Condo/Townhouse
RFP NO: "0809-06" ad- MTRUT E R LON John C. Webb 6140- House Rentals
dressed to: Gulf County 2007-BAR1, 6150-Roommate Wanted
Board of County Commis- PLAINTIFF All of said property being 6180- Rooms for Rent
sioners, Guff County Clerk in Gulf County, State of 0 61780- Mobile Home/Lot
of Court, Room 148, 1000 Florida. Unless such certifi-,. 08 6 Out-of-Town Rentals
VS, 0.190 Timeshare Rentals
Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd., cate shall be redeemed n t Vacation Rentals
Port St. Joe, FL 32456. MORRIS PALMER ETAL according to law, the prop- y } ,6)Ula ) ali Renal
RFP's will be received until DEFENDANT(S) erty described in such cer-
4:30 p.m., E.T., on Friday, DEFENDANTS), tificate will be sold to the Start The New Year Rightl
February 6, 2006. RFP's CASE NO: 08-267 CA highest bidder in the front t a The New Year ig
will be opened on Mon- NO: 08-267 CA Lobby of the Gulf County HERE'S YOUR CHANCE-TO BECOME A PART OF 6100
day, February 9, 2006 at NOTICE OF ACTION Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. AN EXTRAORDINARY HEALTHCARE FACILITY.
10:00 a.m., E.T. in the CONSTRUCTIVE SER- Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
VICE Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM WE'RE GROWING! America's
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Copies of required infor- TO MORRIS PALMER of February, 2009 SEEKING GREAT .N.A.'S Mini
mation for the RFR Finan- RS PALMER Dated this 30th day of De- FT, PT & PRNII
cial Statements and Budg- RESA cember, 2008 F r Storage
ets are available in the Gulf whose residence is un- Are You Caring, Reliableand Dedicated
County Clerk of Court's of- wn if he/shethey be REBECCA L. NORRIS To Outstanding Quality Care?
8,knwni heete yb CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
ticeC oonmS48, 1 Cor living; and if he/shethey COERKTOF THE CIRCUIT DoYouBelieveThatQualityofLifeisEssential? [8501
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M a i, 0 m swhoi maybevi BY- Donna L. Ray
E.T. to 5:00 p.m., E.T granted spouses, assignees, Deputy Clerk limate and
The Gulf County Board of lienors, creditors, trustees, January 1, 2009 Non-Climate
County Commissioners re- and all parties claiming an Control Storage
serves the right to reject interest by, through, under 220 NINTH ST PORT STJOE Unis
or against the Defendants, 220 NINTH S1, PORT STJOE Units
any or all bids deemed in who are not' known to be 850-229-7129 FAX Boat/RV storage
the best interest of the dead or alive, and all par- &office space
County.ties having or claiming to
GULF COUNTY have any right, title or in-
BOARD OF COUNTY terest in the property d- N O Tort
COMMISSIONERS scribed in the mortgage MB 1 .O T Port St.
By: Billy E. Traylor, being foreclosed herein.Po t S -,
ChairmanY4100 Help Wanted Spa
Attest: Rebecca Norris, Y ARE HEREBY NOTI- 4130- Employment The Gulf County Board of County S p
Clerk close a mortgage on the Commissioners is accepting applica- Prime Retail S
January 1,8, 2009 following property: tions for fully Certified Corrections 319 Reid Avenu
STATE OF FLORIDA LOT 18, BLOCK B, OLD 410 I Officers. Full-time and part-time po- NNN1350sf- occupant
DEPARTMENT OF COM- TOWN, ACCORDING TO NNN
MUNITY AFFAIRS THE MAP OR PLAT Logistics/Transportation sitions are available. Applications 317 Williams Av
STHEREOF RECORDED IN and a complete job description are 1800sf- tenant impr
NOTICE OF INTENT TO PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28, Driver Trainees
FIND GULF COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS OF NEEDED available in our Human Resources 325ReidAvenu
COMPRENDMENSI P COM-LAN GULF COUNY FLORIDA. Office (1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. 4500sf flex space;.
PLIANCE has been filed against you No CDL? No Probleml Blvd., Port St. Joe, Robert Moore 309 Reid Avenu
and you are required to 6000sf renovated s
DOCKET NO. serve a copy of your writ- Eam up to $900/wk. Home Admin Building, Room 301), or at mod-gross
08-CIE1-NOI-2301-(A)-(I) ten defenses, if any, to it weekends with TMC. Com-
The Department gives no- on DAVID J. STERN, ESQ. pany endorsed CDL Train- www.gulfcountygovernment.com 310 Reid Avenu
tice of its intent to find the Plaintiffs attorney, whose ing 1-866-280-5309 Full time positions start at $27,040, 5750sf Suite B; pel
Amendment to the Corn- address is 900 South Pine NNN
prehensive Plan for Gulf Island Road #400, Planta- part-time position pay ill be based
.County, adopted by Ordi- tion, FL 33324-3920 on or o5n experience Office Space
nance No. 2008-19 on No- before February 2, 2009, on expere 202 Marina Drc i
vember 10, 2008, IN COM- (no later than 30 days from 680sf- well appoint
PLIANCE, pursuantto Sec- the date of .the first publi- (Bay -side Buildlpping)l
tions 163.3184, 163.3187 cation of this notice of ac- Applications. will be accepted un- (Bayside Building)
and 163.3189, FS. tion) and file the original00 p.mj E.T. on January 29, 310 ReidAvenu
with the clerk of this court I til 5:00 p ., E.T. on January 29, 310 Reid Avenui
The adopted Gulf County either before service on 2009 at the Gulf County Human 11ff16sf- Suiteanfini
Comprehensive Plan Plaintiffs attorney or imme- r ooice suites andae in
Amendment and the diately thereafter; other- Resources Office. For more infor- 322 Long Aven
Department's Objections, wise a default will be en- mation, please contact Human Re- 1000sf move-in rea
Recommendations and tered against you for the Golden Rule PET SITTING
Comments Report, (if any), relief demanded in the SERVICE Perfect alterna- sources Director Denise Manuel at Warehouse/F
are available forpublic n- complaint or petition filed tive to kenneling your 4 (850) 229-5335. 110 Trade Circl
Friday, except for legal legged kids. Referred by 22500sf 12500sf-
holidays, during normal WITNESS my hand and local vet. Reliable pet NNN (incl. water/sew
business hours, at the Gulf the seal of this Court at sitter/pet owner. Does Gulf County enforces a Drug-Free
County BOCC Administa- GULF County, Florida, this away In business 8 years. Workplace Policy and is an Equal Marketed E
tion Building, 1000 Cecil 22nd day of DecemberCall Diana 227-5770 & Dan
G. Costin Sr., Blvd., Room 2008. 227-82275 770 Dan Opportunity/Affirmative Action Em- 850-229-
Any affected person, as CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT player.
defined in Section *COURT
163.3184, FS., has a right. BY: Jasmine Hysmith
to petition for an adminis- DEPUTY CLERK
trative hearing to challenge
the proposed agency de- IN ACCORDANCE WITH
termination that the THE AMERICANS WITH
Amendment to the Gulf DISABILITIES ACT, per-
County Comprehensive sons with disabilities need-
Plan is In Compliance, as ing a special accommoda-
defined in Subsection tion should contact
163.3184(1), FS. The pe- COURT ADMINISTRA-
tition must be filed within TION, at the GULF County
twenty-one (21) days after Courthouse at (850)
publication of this notice, 229-6112, 1-800-955-8771
and must include all of the (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770, H
information and contents via Florida Relay Service.
described in Uniform Rule I
28-106.201, FEA.C. The pe- LAW OFFICES OF DAVID i;. ....',.., ,; !,. i!^, .I
tition must be filed with the J. STERN P! 1 1 '' 1 L ..
Agency Clerk, Department ATTORNEY FOR PLAIN- *' ":
of Community Affairs, 2555 TIFF
Shumard Oak Boulevard, 900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND ; J 1
Tallahassee, Florida ROAD SUITE 400 +. .'n ; -+ !
32399-2100, and a copy PLANTATION, FL -,- '- .-" i .
mailed or delivered to the 33324-3920 ,. .g'
local government. Failure 08-47637(ASCF) Y _
to timely file a petition shall January 1,8,2009 P a
constitute a waiver of any 9691S U
istrative proceeding as a TION FOR TAX DEED To Place Y our C
petitioner under Sections
120.569 and 120.57, F.S. If NOTICE IS HEREBY
a petition is filed, the pur- GIVENthatMettotIll,.L Ct he
pose of the administrative holder of t1he following

hearing will be to present H E TA R
evidence and testimony he names in which itax
wasand forward a reco- deedto be issued there as fol-n.

If a petition is filed, other lows:
affected persons may peti- Certificate No.467 LI
tion for leave to intervene Application No.2008-27 O u r N e
tion for intervention must RE No.06269 041 R
be filed at least twenty (20) E No.06269-041 R


days before the final hear- Descr
ing and must include all of Description of Property:
the information and con- COMMENCE at a rod andall:
tents described in Uniform COMMENCE at a rod and ll
Rule 28-106.205, FA.C. A capomarking the Southeasto ll
petition for leave to inter- Cominer of Lot 43 alsoo be- '
vene shall be filed at the ing theNortheastCorner
Division of Administrative of Lott 44) of San Bias Es- Toll Free:
Management Services mapor Pat lathereof re-
1230 Apalachee Parkway, corded in Plat Book 3, x
Tallahassee, Florida Page 20-22, of the Official 7
a323993060.Failureto Records Office of Gulfj E m i
toto323993060 Failure to pe- County, Florida, said point a
tuition to intervene wiEm a il:
the allowed time frame alsolying on thew esterly .
constitutes a waiver of any r Nghtd of way of County '
right such a person has to thence ru Number 30-E,
request a haring under of way North 19ng said egreesight
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