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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8,2009 www.starf I. c o rn 50(

Education Encore

begins spring


David and Abigail Taunton, back left and right, pose for a 1980s-era family photo outside the
Honeyville home that burned to the ground on New Year's Eve. Since founding the Taunton Family
Children's Home in 1979, the Tauntons have taken in between 250 and 275 kids.

After fire at children's home, memories remain

- By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
You're never too old
to learn something new.
Education Encore, a
program of Gulf Coast
Community College's
Office of Lifelong Learn-
ing, resumes this spring
at the Gulf/Franklin
Center, with its largest-
ever roster of non-credit
enrichment classes.
adults can enroll in the
computer basics course
or dabble in digital pho-
tography, creative writ-
ing or home decorating.
No habla Espafiol?
The program offers a
course in conversational
Spanish, along with in-
struction in gardening,

Interested adults
are invited to attend
a special reception
and registration
event for Gulf Coast
Corn unity College's
Education Encore
Spring program at I
p.m. ETWednesday,
Jan. 14, at the Gulf/
Franklin 'Center in
Port St. Joe.
will last about an
hour, will be held in
Room A-101.
For more
information, contact
850-872-3823 or
visit www.gulfcoast.

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Looking out from the deck of an outdoor pavilion
onto the pile of dust and ash where her home once'
stood, Abigail Taunton recalled
a night long ago.
She and her husband, David, p
awakened their children from
their beds, and under the cover
of night, they scurried to the
pavilion's swimming pool.
The little ones stood on their
designated spots around the
pool, wiping sleep from their
tired eyes as the older children
counted heads.
A fire drill at the Taunton
Family Children's Home, once
a sweet memory, now took the
shape of a mother's nightmare.
"If the fire had happened
years ago," Abigail began, her
thought lingering in the still
smoky air. .
"We'd have gotten them out,"
she said finally "Or we would've David and
died trying."
When the Tauntons' Honeyville residence, the
centerpiece of the 80-acre children's home site,
burst into flames in the early morning of New
Year's Eve, the couple counted themselves lucky
No one was harmed in the blaze, which officials
believe began in the gymnasium in the rear of the

The Tauntons were. vacationing in Tennessee
at the time. The six children who lived in the main
house were staying elsewhere, and their three
houseguests fled to safety.
The other children living on
the compound slept quietly in
their beds, far from harm's way
"We've seen tragic and
we've seen terrible, arid that's
not it," said Abigail, nodding at
the ruins.
On Monday, two bicycles
rose from the piles of charred
earth, one a Christmas present
of the Tauntons' teenage
The fire consumed other
mementos: the children's
homemade costumes, the
hundreds of athletic medals
lining the trophy room walls,
decades' worth of first-day-of-
school videos.
Each year, Abigail.and David
lined all their children in a row
Abigail Taunton and filmed them as they stated
their name, age, grade and hopes
for the school year..
Hundreds of videos, as difficult to number as the
children who passed through the children's home
maybe 300 videos, said Abigail, 250-275 ~cldren.
The fire has made the Tauntons more active

The large granite rocks, top, will be placed on
top of the smaller existing "watermelon" rocks,
above, after the smaller rocks are placed on a
marine blanket, creating a 24-foot wall of rock at
the Stump Hole.

Stump Hole


under way

?y Tim Croft
StarNews Editor
The Stump Hole sec-
tion of County 30-E re-
sembles something out
of the Stone Age these
Reinforcement of the
rock revetment that pro-
vides the barrier between
the gulf waters and the
lone artery onto St. Jo-
seph Peninsula is under-
way, and the concept of
"huge" rocks could not
be in more stark relief for
travelers through that
section of road.
To the left, or south,

side of the road, sit the
rocks that have held -
or in many cases not -
back the waters for more
than a decade, rocks that
have been tossed across
the roadway and tossed
like ping-pong balls in
major storms.
On the right are' two-
and three-ton boulders
of granite that clearly
will provide more of an
obstacle the next time
the ocean chums in the
peninsula's direction.
At the same time, the
beach restoration project

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Port of Port St. Joe potential a positive

Construction on the new port bulkhead ajong the Intracoastal Waterway, on land purchased from The St. Joe Company early. last year, is roughly 60 percent complete.

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The economy has
soured, but the potential
for the Port of Port St. Joe
is sweet, said the port au-
thority's newest member.
Patrick. Jones, owner
and operator of North
Florida Land and Capital
in Port St. Joe, was recent-
ly appointed to the port
authority by Gov. Charlie
Jones succeeds Warren
Yeager, who stepped down
as chairman and off the
board after being elected
to the District 5 county
commission seat in No-
Jones brings a par-
ticular skill set to the port
authority board, having
worked for several years
for Colonial Bank Group
in his native Alabama, as-
sessing risk and serving
as a portfolio analyst for a
company with more than
$3 billion in assets.
"My expertise is in the
capital-raising side, evalu-

ating underwriting, pro-
poshls," Jones said of his
background working with
bonds and reading and
creating bond covenants.
He, will provide anoth-
er set of valued eyes as
the port authority moves
ahead with expansion on
several. fronts. Construc-
tion is nearing completion
on dredging and a new
bulkhead on a 60-plus acre
parcel purchased early
last year from The St. Joe
The port authority and
St. Joe also recently an-
nounced agreement on a
long-term lase for anoith-
er 60-plus acre site across
U.S. 98 from purchased
parcel, allowing for ac-
cess to the bay, as well as
the Intracoastal Waterway
through the Gulf County
The port authority also
has secured a short-term
lease from St. Joe for ac-
cess to roughly 20 acres on
the old paper mill site, as
well as just over half the
.existing mill site bulkhead,

with an option to lease an-
other 20 acres as needed
for expansion.
The St. Joe Company
also recently entered into
an agreement with Gen-
esee & Wyoming Inc. to
operate the Apalachicola
Northern Railroad be-
tween the port and Chatta-
hoochee, providing a criti-
cal rail link.
The port already has a
customer lined up to begin
moving aggregate through
the port facility as early as
this month.
The same company is
assisting Gulf Asphalt with
the 'r6inforceient of 'the
Stump Hole revetment,
work along C.R. 30-E.
Jones said' these de-
velopments only stoked
his existing interest in
the port and desire to as-
sist in the creation and
expansion of a port at the
lone deepwater port in the
southeast that has yet to
be developed.
The Port at Port St. Joe
is one of just 14 deepwater
ports in Florida.

"I've been interested in
the port and wanted to be
involved in it for years,"
Jones said. "I've always
had an interest in the port
and its potential."
The reasons are two-
fold for the local business-
"First and foremost is,
jobs," Jones said. "That is
the great multiplier for a
community and its econo-
my.I see jobs as a market
generator for the commu-
"The other factor is eco-
nomic diversity," Jones add-
ed. "Our community has a
history of being dependent
on a single industry."
Whether the paper mill
of decade's past or the real
estate boom of the first
half of this decade, the lo-
cal economy has too often
been propped by a single
leg, Jones said.
But a burgeoning port,
a hospital rising from the
ground near the Gulf/
Franklin Center, a grow-
ing tourism niche and a
hoped-for uptick in the

future in the real estate
market could produce the
kind of varied economy on
which a community's long-
term economic foundation
can be built.
"The thought of that to
me is very exciting," Jones
While the global'econo-
my has taken a downturn,
Jones' optimism about the
port is not diminished due
to a number of factors.
"You have a global
'economy that is not going
into isolationist mode" and
therefore the value of a
port for export and import
figures 6nly to arc upward,
Jones said.
*The widening of the
Panama Canal to accom-
modate larger cargo ships
will mean the southeast,
from Galveston, Texas,
to Jacksonville, will reap
even more benefits from
trade, Jones added.
With access to a rail
facility, the Intracoastal
Waterway and the gulf,
the Port of Port St. Joe has
abundant positives, Jones

"From a fundamentals
perspective, the port is an
attractive asset to inves-
tors" and the long-term
fundamentals point to good'
chances for a long-term
return on any investment,
Jones said.
"There is a lot of excite-
ment for this area," Jones
continued. "Without ques-
tion, I am very excited
about this opportunity. I
am also very humbled by
the confidence of those
who supported me for this
and eager to contribute
what I can to (grow) a vital
asset for this community."
North Florida Land and
Capital is a local commer-
cial real estate brokerage
that performs buying and
leasing services, as well as
development consulting.
The company also raises
capital as part of a group
to invest in assets through-
out the region.
Jones and his wife, Man-
di, a teacher at Faith Chris-
tian School, have two sons,
Raynes,'5, and Jake, 2.

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Boat crash near White City

kills Panama City man

By Will Hobson
Florida Freedom Newspapers
New Year's Day 2009 was a
somber holiday for the Hutchin-
son family.
That was the day they lost
Claude Hutchinson, 64, when
the boat the retired Panama
City native was driving struck a
tree in the Brothers River.
Hutchinson and Dennis
Becker, 36, were thrown from
the boat and into the river, ac-
cording to Lt. Stan Kirkland,
spokesman for the Fl6rida
Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. It has not yet
been determined if Hutchinson
drowned or if there was anoth-
er cause of death. Becker was
not' seriously injured, Kirkland
"It's been rough," Skipper
Hutchinson, Claude's younger
brother, said Thursday. "Claude
was a loving, giving person. He
would help out anyone with no
interest for getting paid or any-
The accident occurred about
sunset Wednesday, and the FWC
received a call at 5:33 p.m. from
two boys who had been hunting
in the area and heard the crash
and screams. Hutchinson's rel-
atives said he and Becker were
fishing. Hutchinson is Becker's

Becker told FWC officers
Hutchinson was steering the
boat, about 15 feet in length,
around a bend in the river but
did not turn sharp enough.
Neither man was wearing a
lifejacket, officials said, but it
is unclear whether a lifejacket
would have saved Hutchinson.
Kirkland said there was
considerable damage to both
the tree and the boat, which
careened across the river and
landed on the opposite bank.
Alcohol is not believed to have
been a factor, he said.
Hutchinson, a former own-
er of a gas services company,
leaves behind a wife, four broth-
ers, four sons, three daughters
and several grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. Born
and raised in Panama City, he
served three years with the
Army in Vietnam before return-
ing to the area.
Skipper Hutchinson talked
Thursday about the trips he and
his brother took to Maggie Val-
ley in North Carolina. Claude
loved a cabin they stayed in
there so much that he built one
like it on his Panama City prop-
"He loved his grandchildren,
he loved his houseboat and he
loved his cabin," Skipper said.

ENCORE from page A1l

religion, fishing, film apprecia-
tion and tai chi.
"I really believe we have the
best selection of classes sched-
uled this spring than we've ever
had," said Education Encore
coordinator Jim Barr.
Classes are held each
Wednesday for six weeks. The
$60 enrollment fee allows stu-
dents to take up to three class-
es, scheduled in hour blocks
beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Instructors represent the
best of area talent.
County Extension director
Roy Lee Carter will teach stu-
dents the art of container gar-
dening and shiitake mushroom
Wewahitchka author and
playwright Michael Lister will
share the secrets of great writ-
ing, and Panama City artist
Jennifer Bonaventura will help
students channel their inner
Several popular instructors
are back for another semester,
including computer expert Bill
Barker, tai chi instructor Tom
Adams and Spanish teacher
and author Dawn Radford.
Though the program is de-
signed for active adults, ages 50
and older, Barr said he won't be
checking birth certificates.
The Encore program boast-
ed an enrollment of 70 last
spring, with both residents and
snowbirds, ages 30-70, compris-
ing the student body. ,
Karen Buddo, who chairs

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Students attending Gulf Coast Community College's Educa-
tion Encore Spring semester at the Gulf/Franklin Center can
choose from a wide variety of courses.

the Education Encore Advi-
sory Council, has been attend-
ing Encore classes for several
She began with watercolor
and drawing courses, and ad-
vanced to writing, computers,
photography, cartooning and
tai chi.
This semester, she plans
to attend Bonaventura's art
courses, along with yoga and
other courses at the Panama
City campus.
Buddo credits the Encore
program with enhancing her
skills as an artist and photog-
"I couldn't even draw a stick
person before; it has helped,"
said Buddo, who now shows

her work in local art and pho-
tography festivals.
Buddo encourages everyone
to attend the upcoming recep-
tion and registration event at 1
p.m. Jan. 14 at the Gulf/Frank-
lin Center. The event will allow
interested adults to meet with
instructors and discuss course
Those needing financial aid
also can request a scholarship
"It's ideal for everyone, es-
pecially a mother that wants to
iget away one day a week and
take some of the classes," said
Buddo, who is anxious to begin
her art instruction.
"I can't wait for this semes-
ter to start."

STUMP from page Al'

has reached the Stump
Hole, providing an eye-
ful of sugary sand beach
where none existed in re-
cent years, particularly af-
ter the hurricane seasons
since 2005.
Late last year, the
county received $2.6 mil-
lion in Transportation Re-
gional Incentive Program
(TRIP) funds for reinforc-
ing the rock revetment in
an attempt to maintain the
integrity of the roadway
regardless of the weather.
The Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental
Protection finally issued
the required permit last
The cost of reinforce-

ment is significant.
Each foot of reinforce-
ment under the design
crafted by the same coast-
al engineering company
that designed the beach
restoration project will
cost just over $4,500.
The original design
was to reinforce 1,300 feet,
nearly the entire Stump
Hole area, but the TRIP
funds will not fully cover
those costs, and county
administrator Don Butler
said the county is seeking
other sources of funding to
reinforce the area beyond
the proposed 525 feet to
be reinforced in the next
couple of weeks.
The reinforcement, the

design of which FDEP offi-
cials called one of the best
they had seen, Butler said,
effectively would construct
a 24-foot high wall of rocks
at the Stump Hole, with
roughly 12 feet under the
water level and the other
12 feet above the water's
surface, Butler said.
The process would be
for the existing "watermel-
on" rocks to be removed, a
"marine" blanket placed
down and the "watermel-
on" rocks put back on top
of the blanket. The large
granite rocks would go on
top of the existing "water-
melon" rocks.
The large rocks are
167 pounds per cubic foot,

or between two and three
tons per rock.
The ,reinforcement of
the Stump Hole is estimat-
ed to provide two to three
years of breathing room
for the county as officials
examine more permanent
solutions, such as an el-
evated roadway and addi-
tional reinforcement of the
The DEP permit has a
five-year life span, provid-

ing additional breathing
room for county commis-
The county bid the proj-
ectout to GAC Contractors
late last year.
The job should take
about two weeks, with
company officials indicat-
ing that, weather permit-
ting, they would be able to
complete roughly 50 feet
per day.
The large granite rocks

have been ordered and
are being stockpiled on
the right, or north, side
of County 30-E, in order
to have two to three days
worth of rock available on
any given day to facilitate
efficient completion of the
The project will create
minor impacts on traffic
as rocks are moved back
and forth across the road-

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Florida
'Legislature meets in
coming days to figure
how they bit into a mi
billion fiscal pickle an
how best to climb out
If history provides
any indicators,
education is sure
to be.a casualty.
the question is
becoming more
and more whether
the state desires
to heal the wounds
of years of playing
shell games with
education funding
and pushing more an(
more onto the backs
local taxpayers.
Unless one is just
emerging from a cave
is no secret that the C
County public schools
are navigating troubli
economic waters, buf
by a real estate mark
that has gone south a
too many state lawma
interested more in pu
pork to their districts
reinforcing the social
safety net of the state
Florida, according
to a recent report, is
ranked No. 4 in the
country among states
a scale that determin
the financial wellness
each state. It is not th
ranking that evokes n
Nor is a ranking of
49 or 50, which is whe
Florida stands among
all states in terms qf
spending on public
In Gulf County, the
real estate boom of th
first half of this decad
resulted in the county
becoming, under
Department of Educa
guidelines, a "propert
rich" county even thoi
the county continues t
be considered by othe
state agencies a coun
of "critical economic
concern," according
to a dictum from the
governor's office.
Typical bureaucrat
speak, a foreign langu
to most.
What has occurred
Gulf County, as a resu
of that "property-rich'
designation that for
many homeowners is
evaporating by the da:
is that more and more
public school funding
onto the shoulders of ]
As the DOE report
the third calculation o
the Florida Education
Finance Program (FE
demonstrates in black

and white.
the The DOE calculates
out student enrollment four
ulti- times a year and bases
id funding for a particular
district's public schools
on those calculations.
Those DOE
during the school
year can mean
the difference
Sin hundreds of
thousands of
dollars, and that
TIM CROFT is on top of the
Star news editor governor's office
requiring school
.districtsto hold
d t back two to fourpercent
of of funding in December
with another cut likely
before the school year is
a, it out as the state's budget
.ulf spirals.
s What the funding for
ing Gulf County reflects is
feted that the "property-rich"
et designation is forcing
nd local taxpayers to foot
akers three times the bill for
ling public schools as the state
than is willing to cough up.
State funding,
o according to numbers
just released by the
DOE, amounted to $3.8
million under the FEFP
on formula, while local
es funding, gleaned from
of local property owners, is
e roughly $10.7 million.
nuch The required local
effort, state mandates
for receiving money
re from Tallahassee, has
grown steadily over the
past five years to the
point that it represents
one of the largest single
components on Truth in
e Millage (TRIM) notices in
e the county.
TIs The district also is
not helped by steadily
tion declining enrollment, a
y- problem that is being felt
ugh throughout the state as
to more folks leave the state
r for job and family-building
ty opportunities elsewhere.
The third state FEFP
calculation showed
the overall number of
students and the funding
ic both in decline.
[age The real issue, though,
is that with a budget of
I in over $65 billion, down
It from previous years,
" yes, but still a prodigious
number, the state spends
just $8 billion on FEFP
y, funding. Less than 13
of percent of overall funding
fell goes to public schools.
local At the same time,
state lawmakers long
of have made lottery money
f the state equivalent of
1 Social Security a pot


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Special session


governmental interference, well-
intentioned but the equivalent of
closing the barn door after the cows
jumped the fence.
The state long ago dropped the
ball on controlling construction on the
vulnerable peninsula, with the county
a partner in allowing the platting of
land long after a Congressional bill
passed more than 20 years ago all
but mandated a stop to construction
on such sensitive coastal barrier
peninsulas or islands.
The lack of state oversight was
apparent two years ago when the state
seemed poised to redraw the CCCL
and 30-year erosion lines without
realizing that much of the peninsula
was platted, making the redraws the
equivalent to taking of land.
The DEP committee charged
with considering a redraw of the
CCCL was also unaware of the beach
restoration project then about to begin
and which is now nearly complete; a
stupefying example of governmental
bureaucracy at its least responsive
considering state taxpayers foot a
pretty good chunk of the tab.
Further legislating construction

in an area that has already been built
upon to near its limits is nothing
more than government interference
and redundant to property owners
on the peninsula who know better
than anybody or any entity the
risks involved. That such a bill also
would mean more tax revenue for
the county is assuredly not lost on
Mr. Patronis and Mr. Lawson are
spinning wheels and wasting taxpayer
money. In this year of the budget
crunch, with the state deep in the red
and bleeding profusely, surely there
are better ways for state lawmakers to
employ their time.
They could start with a bill that
would begin to chop away at the
taxpayer-funded bureaucratic
machinery in which as the DEP
has so deftly indicated in the case of
the peninsula the left hand has no
clue what the right is doing and long
ago was greased with the so-called
Peter Principle, which holds that in
a hierarchy, every employee tends to
rise to his own level of incompetence.
That would be a bill that locals
around the state could get behind.

A dream sin

This space sends a note of
condolence to Judge David and
Abigail Taunton and their family,.
with a capital F, for the fire that last
week destroyed the main house on
the campus of the Taunton Family
Children's Home.
There is much to admire
about the Tauntons, and the loss
of the structure that started the
transformation of dream into reality
struck like a punch to the gut for
many last week.
TZ e Tauntons turned that dream
into a multi-home campus dedicated
to extending a helping hand, and
providing a roof and sustenance on
many levels, to orphaned, abandoned
or neglected children, among the

most vulnerable in society.
More than 200 children have called
the Taunton campus their home, no
small feat.
The Tauntons did it not through
government assistance or handouts,
but with their own passion and
determination to make a home
for youngsters who lacked the
fundamental foundations for the start
of life.
They have been lauded on national
television and received just about
every local award imaginable, and
humbly accepted every plaudit while
maintaining a dignity and resolve
worthy of emulation.
Their efforts go well beyond
the Children's Home,.as they

have, through their Home Service
Center, Taunton Truss and Taunton
Construction, kept dozens of people
employed and their doors open
through flush and lean times.
They have championed affordable
housing, putting their own resources
behind their words and deeds, and
have tried to create the kind of
environment in the county where
children can go off to continue their
education and come back home to find
a good-paying job.
They are the sort of folks whose
value to a community, to a county, is
not easily measured in words.
Here is hoping the rebuilding effort
on the main house is equal to the lives
the Tauntons have helped rebuild.

Standing in the shadow...

It was cold. Much colder
than I expected. And the
wind was whistling down
the Steadman Ridge. I
turned the collar up on my
light-weight jacket and slid
my hands deep into the
pockets. This place had a
hold on me. I shivered in
the late afternoon chill. But
I did not move back toward
the truck. This
was not my first
December visit. I
had actually seen it
: I wasn't even
coming here when
I started on my
journey nine hours
earlier. And I was HUNKI
75 miles out of my Kesle
intended path. I
was headed to see
Mother. I was standing
before my Father. The
Middle Tennessee weather
can be relentless in
December. I was oblivious
to it when Daddy smiled.
He had no formal
education, did you know
that? He went to work when
he was 12 years old. He
completed the third grade
before Granddaddy Jim
needed him more at the
farm than they did down at
the Mt. Zion Elementary
School. It was not an
unusual occurrence in the
rural south of the mid 1920s.
Granddaddy was more
interested in the immediate
family well-being than he
was in my Father's future
opportunities. I pondered
on that for a few minutes
on this chilly afternoon,
and it made my blood
boil. In essence, Dad was
handicapped in life before
he even started. 'Course, it
must'a not bothered Dad, I
never heard him mention
it one time. He did see that
me and Leon and David


Mark didn't drop out. And
the fact that all three of
us got college degrees is
more of a testimony to his
demanding it than our love
of the academia. That I can
He never lectured about
"back when I was a boy"
or "if I had only gotten my
diploma" or "life sure owes
me something." He
lived in the present
as much as anyone
I have ever known.
And he didn't rant
and rave about the
advantages of a
college education.
He didn't threaten
R DOWN or make any deals
y Colbert with us. It was just
understood from
birth that we were
going to get one! He made
sure that we got what he
had lived without.
I stared at the American
flag someone had left. He
spent World War II island
hopping across the Pacific
with MacArthur. I thought
about his lack of formal
education. That must have
put him at a disadvantage
in the service. And then
again, it might not have
courage, discipline
and a quick trigger finger
probably trumped reading
and writing fundamentals
in that particular chapter
of Dad's life. 'Course, either
way, we'll never know, he
didn't say much about the
war either.
And let's not confuse
education with intelligence.
I've known lots of folks who
had the former but not the
latter. And vice versa.
I squinted off toward the
darkening sky and tried to
remember the first time
I saw him. I could not. He
was just always there. I
remember him bringing

those oranges and walnuts
home for Christmas. He,
counted them as presents!
I remember meeting him
with a ball and a glove as he
stepped down from that old'
International. I remember
his great strength. I ,
remember him lingering at
the supper table, with his
coffee and Camel cigarettes.
I remembered the
whippings. He'd jerk
that wide belt out of the
loops, double it quickly
and administer justice in
a heartbeat. And it was
justice! He whipped us for
talking back, disobeying,
mistreating someone, not
being respectful to Mom
or "getting too big for our
britches." I chuckled to
myself. He didn't say "this is
going to hurt me more than
it does you" or "you have
done wrong, son, and I must
do my duty" or "this will
make a better person out of
you". He didn't say nothing.
He whipped your butt! And
then both of us got on with
our lives.
I remember mostly that
he went to work every day.
He was a truck driver by
choice. He loved the road.
He was good at it. And it put
bread on the table. Daddy
didn't philosophize on it. He
didn't bemoan the long trips
and the time away form
home. He didn't feel sorry
for himself or "trapped"
in life. He simply provided
for his family like a man
should. It wasn't optional
for my Father. He got up
and did the best he could
each day. The United States
of America is built on such
The day I left for college
he came into my bedroom.
"Son," I could tell by his
hesitation that Mom had
sent him to give me some

going off advice, "be good,"
he paused as he wrestled
for the words, "and do
right." He turned and
headed back to the kitchen.
I thought for a second I saw
a tear...
A passing car horn
interrupted. I raised my
hand instinctively and
returned the greeting. It
was the way things are
still done in this part of
Lawrence County. Plus,
there was a good chance it
was a cousin or an in-law.
It was almost dark! I hadn't
noticed. And, man, it was
cold! Almost as cold as the
December back in 1979
when we laid Daddy here.
The lights from the little
church glimmered across
the small cemetery. "Dad,"
I let my chest swell just a
tad, "Josh has a doctorate
degree in physical therapy,
Jesse has his master's and
is working on his PHD." I
had never told anyone.this
before. It sounds too much
like bragging. That would
have gotten me a whipping
in the old days. But it was
important for Daddy to
know that what he started
in us was still ongoing.
He smiled and didn't
unlimber his belt.
"Be good and do
right." Plato, Socrates
and Aristotle in their
heyday couldn't match that
counsel! I pondered on the
depth of it again as I said
goodbye and started back
to the truck It was only
seven miles from Mt. Zion
Elementary School to the
church at Bethel. But what
a journey for my Father!
And what a long shadow it




Is there really a reason for a state
bill governing construction on St.
Joseph Peninsula?
State Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-
Panama City Beach, and state Sen.
Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, were
on hand at the most recent county
commission meeting to provide
a rundown of a local bill a bill
addressing issues specific to a certain
area concerning construction on
the peninsula.
Effectively, it would allow certain
home building to take place should the
Florida Department of Environmental
Protection redraw the Coastal
Construction Control Line on the
The DEP has been looking at
such a redrawing for more than two
years, and if redrawn, the new CCCL
renders dozens of platted land useless
to property owners hoping to build
unless provided some relief, which the
local bill sponsored by Patronis and
Lawson aims to do.
There aren't better things to worry
about in Tallahassee?
This space long has held thaat
redrawing the CCCL was needless


Government hazard



A5 | The Star

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Closing state parks makes no sense

A family driving through
Florida on vacation sees a state
park sign and makes a turn
off U.S. 98 to make a stop at
the Constitutional Convention
Museum'State Park. The door
to the museum is locked, with a
sign: "Closed for 2009."
Unlikely? Not at all. This
fall, Gov. Charlie Crist asked
all state agencies to trim 10
percent or more from their
2009 budgets. To meet that
request, Florida State Parks
recommends closure of 19 state
parks and the "return" of three
state parks to their original
owners to allow these budget
cuts while avoiding layoffs of
personnel. a
The list of parks at risk

of closure in 2009 includes
several archaeological sites,
significant Civil War historical
sites, important botanical
sites and one of the largest
preserves in Florida. All were
chosen because of their low
attendance. Some are museums
that already have limited hours.
Many have no entrance fees at
all. Those that are not Mluseums
are primarily parks for passive
recreation, where you can take
a hike, ride your horse or add
bird sightings to your life list.
The state of Florida was just
named the "Top Trails State in
the Nation" by American Trails,
and many of these sites offer
unique trails to explore.
Why keep these parks open?

First, there's the promise
made to visitors to Florida
through brochures, maps and
guidebooks that our award-
winning Florida State Parks
system is open for business.
Visitors to Florida increasingly
are seeking nature-based
tourism, to the tune of 20.7
million visitors to Florida State
Parks in 2007, which brought
an estimated billion dollars
to Florida's economy. But
closing specific parks "because
they don't make money" is
a dangerous precedent to
set. Public lands are about
stewardship for the common
good. The fact that we profit
from ours overall shouldn't set
one park against another in

competition for income.
Second, there's the cheap
date. The economy's sour. You
need a place to take the family.
Where better to go than your
local state park? Although
tourism is down in most sectors,
visits to parks and campgrounds
are up, according,to reports
given at the December 2008
VISIT FLORIDA board meeting.
Many of the parks at risk are
in rural parts of Florida, where
they help stimulate the local
Finally, there's the egg on
our face. California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger and Illinois
Gov. Rod Blagojevich attempted
to do the same this year and
backed off after hearing from an

angry public.
With our legislature
convening Jan. 5, time is of the
essence. Contact Gov. Crist,
DEP Secretary Michael Sole,
Florida State Parks Director
Michael Bullock and your state
legislators to express your
displeasure with their plans,
which would only save 0.003
percent of the $66 billion dollar
state budget. Better to raise
entrance fees or cut hours
statewide to cover the need for
expense reduction than close
parks entirely.

Sandra Friend
Ocala, FL
Author, Hiker's Guide to the Sunshine State

Dear Editor:
This letter is to the people in the white
truck carrying the utility trailer that hit
our dog "Pepper" in the 1800 block of
Garrison Avenue aroimd 1:00 on Saturday
and drove away. If you would not have
been going 60 but instead the 35 that is
the speed limit, maybe you could have
stopped. Maybe if you had one ounce of
decency, yog would have stopped and

made sure at least that the little 5-pound
animal that you had just used as.a speed
bump was OK May you never suffer the
pain of your beloved friend accidently
escaping and getting hit by a car and
someone not have the human spirit to
stop. I hope you sleep well at night!

McCollum calls for government transpi

TALLAHASSEE Attorney General
Bill McCollum last week called on
local governments, sheriffs and
school districts to make government
transparency their New Year's
Resolution and to commit to providing
enhanced access to information before
Sunshine Sunday in March. In a letter
sent to Florida's sheriffs, county
commissions and school boards, the
attorney general reminded local leaders
that with advances in technology,
government in the sunshine can be as
easy as uploading information to public
Web sites..
"As Florida is a national leader in
providing public access to government
records, merely responding to requests
is no longer sufficient in light of the
technological advances which make
it infinitely easier, cheaper and more
efficient to do so," McCollum wrote.
"Open government is not only good
government; it is the right of the tax-
paying public."

McCollum encouraged gov
and school officials to immedi
on their Web sites the e-mail a
phone number for their public
points of contact. Additionally
Attorney General asked the g
Leaders to have their contract
current budgets posted online
Sunshine Week, which starts i
To ensure open government
atop priority in the state, Mc(
asked the sheriffs, county con
and school boards to ensure t
staff members receive proper
on Florida's Sunshine Law, ar
announced that the Attorney
Office is working on an enhan
site and online training resou
assist local governments. The
materials should be available
next few months.
More information about op
government initiatives is avai

KLATTERINGS from page A4

of dollars to be moved
around the ledger sheet to
balance the budget or fund
pet projects; money to be
earmarked on things other
than the classroom.
The result is school
districts that are shedding
jobs, seeking loans
and other borrowing
mechanisms just to get
through the year with the
promise, that more pain is
surely on the way.
This is no way to run
any school system. This
is no way to maintain
the morale of the troops
in the trenches who
do the actual work of

educating our younger
generations. This is no
way to address the reality
that the country is falling
behind others around the
world in too many areas
of education to count
A school teacher-
turned-legislator once said
that local school officials
hold their breath each
year to see just how state
lawmakers were going to
screw up the system.
During the upcoming
special session, state
lawmakers should pledge
that they are done
messing with school


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Musings of an

old young man

Angel Burkett As I sit here this morning and watch
Port St. Joe the evil eye in my living room, I never
cease to wonder where we are going. ,
I knew at one time, but now I'm not so
arency I canlook back over my life, and
the Lord has blessed me with many
ernment years, and I can see many things. I can
lelment remember sitting on the curb-in St.
ately place Louis in 20-degree weather with my
adreords an other and sister while Dad worked his
records way through a two-block line of other
overnment men to get a bowl of bean soup and a
os and piece of bread for each of us. That was
e in time for poor, that wasn't disadvantaged as they
on March are today.
I was always interested in flying
Remains machines. It was not long after the war
nt remains to end all wars, and there was a lot of
nmissionso flying Jennys around. When one would
mheir fly over the school, the teacher would
training let us go out and watch it. Those box
ndtra heg kites that they flew were a far cry from
General's the sleek, fast machines that they have
Generals today, and I was there the whole time.
iced Web Automobiles, the same thing. Our
rces to first care was a 1927 Model T touring car
e training andit was the automotive marvel of that
over the day. Top speed was about 45 or 50 miles
)en per hour, and it would get about 40 miles
liablen on a gallon of 12-cent gas. I drive around
labileat now in a car that has the horsepower of
shine. 12 of our original "T" models.
College was something you only
talked about. The few that made it to
college worked their way through. No
grants, no student loans; just'tables
to wait on and floors to sweep, but I'll
ally. bet the degrees earned back then were
iame time put to use in the lives of those that
. 50 is no struggled to get a higher education.
n it comes Not like those today who receive loans
e children and grants so they can study profound
ality things like urban recreation and social
s that We walked to school. In my case,
board it was seven miles. We walked in all
about the kinds of weather. We didn't know what
rently, the a school bus was. We went to school
t reached no matter what. School was different
has been then. You could be punished for major
offenses like running in the hall and

chewing gum in class by being made to
stand in the hall. And Lord help you if
you were sent to the principal's office
for some major infraction. The much-
feared paddle would come into play,
and you would be corrected. I can't find
a single scar on my body or my psyche
from these corrections. The only thing
I remember it doing was making me
a better citizen, improving my work
ethic and making me a more valuable
contributing individual.
We would compete in the clothing
fads back then, but it was hard because
we all got our clothes from the same
place welfare.
I have been following the news
reluctantly, and I am convinced without
a doubt that we are on a slippery slope
downhill toward that same life of the
'30s. The talk about a bailout interests
me, though, because during my 30
years in the U.S. Navy, I was taught
that if you had to bail out, you must
have a hole in the boat, and if you don't
plug it up, your boat will sink. Some
, of the things that were squeezed into
the bill before Congress were real
relevant to the bailout; such things as
the manufacture of children's wooden
arrows. I guess that is in the event we
are attacked by Indians, the kids can
run them off.
Another pork item was support for
the rum industries, and I understand
there was shouting in the camp
because they didn't even know about it.
I'm an ice tea man myself.
All-in all, unless we plug the hole in
the boat, curb the excessive spending
and get someone in Washington that
has more brains than a flea, we might
be sitting on the curb waiting for our
bean soup and bread if something isn't
done and soon.
I have never liked bean soup
anyhow, and I sure don't want to be as
poor as we were then; like it seems our
statesmen in Happy Hollow are leading
us into.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Shimmering Sands buys Prudential Resort Realty

By David Adlerstein
Florida Freedom Newspapers

Helen Spohrer, owner of
a St. George Island real es-
tate company that shaped
the homebuying boom of
the past 20 years, has sold
the franchise to a larger
Panama City firm.
As of Jan. 1, Prudential
Shimmering Sands Realty
acquired Prudential Resort
Realty, and in doing so ex-
panded its six-county reach
east from its Panama City
base through Gulf County
to Franklin County.
The new owner, Dana
Paramore Dunnigan, said
she plans to rename the
local franchise Shimmer-
ing Sands and close the
Apalachicola office, which
had shrunk to an entirely
administrative function.
Broker Rose Drye will con-
tinue to serve as manager
of the company's office on
St. George Island.
"There is a gap for Pru-
dential in Mexico Beach
and Port St. Joe," said Dun-
nigan. "She (Spohrer) ,has
an exclusive with Franklin
and Gulf counties. Now we
will be able to cover this en-
tire stretch and to expand a
real estate company."
"The best time to do it is
when the market is down,"
she said. "We're not scaling
back in a slow time. We're
positioning ourselves so
we'll continue to be the
strongest company when
the market turns around."
Spohrer, who an-
nounced the deal in a New
Year's Day e-mail, wrote,
that "this merger of two
leading companies will
create one even stronger
company with better re-
sources to thrive in today's
real estate market.
"The additional market-
ing exposure alone will be a
boost to our local economy,
here in Franklin County,
And we will continue to
have the strength of the
Prudential network to sup-
port us," she said. "It's very
much what you see in real
estate. Brokers are get-
ting together to combine all
their efforts."
Dunnigan, who opened
her.first office in 1994 and
now has four offices in Bay
County with 105 realtors
and 15 employees, said she
plans to expand her prop-

Dana Dunnigan

erty management division
of long-term rental units
and of commercial leasing
as part of this acquisition.
"We will probably scale
back on some realtors a
little bit," she said. "We do
expect to lose a few real-
tors who are getting out of
the real estate business."
Spohrer said her. firm
had 14 full-time sales as-
sociates and three employ-
ees. She said she expects
the expanded company to
continue Prudential Resort
Realty's current market-
ing, including the local
television coverage and
foreclosure marketing, and
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the ground floor.
Both women agree that
turnaround won't come in
earnest until 2010, following
a year in which the rate of
foreclosures will get worse
before it improves.
"Hopefully 2009 is go-
ing to be about the same as
2008," said Dunnigan. "We'll
be doing a lot of short sales
and foreclosures. We're go-
ing to continue to see the

foreclosures grow over the
next year."
Spohrer said there's
light flickering at the end of
the tunnel for a real estate
market that peaked about
four years ago.
"By 2011, things will be
really moving again," she
said, adding that when
they look back, they'll say
2007 was the low point for
the market, for her com-
pany and likely her com-
"It was the lowest point
in terms of activity, with 151
transactions," said Spohrer.
"Last year we had 168
transactions, but the dol-
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The number of transactions
have to start increasing for
a while before the market
will ever recover."
"This is a positive sign.
The prices may be falling
but that means people have
confidence," she said. '"Ac-
tivity is picking back up."
In terms of the buyer
prospects, Spohrer is see-
ing "it's very much like sell-
ing real estate in the 'late
'80s and early'90s. They are
in love with the area and
they are looking for a way
to buy something and be a
part of this community. It's
not just about the money;
they want to make a good
"That's a wonderful
thing for Franklin County,"
she said. "In my opinion,
it's been a financial blow to
this county that the profi-
teers are gone. Now we're
back to working with peo-
ple who really love the area
and want to be part of it.
"That's 'the first and
most important thing for
this county. That psyches
me up," she said.
Spohrer's Prudential
franchise, which she ac-
quired in 1996 after 11
years as a realtor in the
county, did more than $26
million in sales volume last
year, about a quarter of
Shimmering Sands' $105.8
The merger of the small-
er company is in keeping
with nationwide trends,
said both women.
"There are a lot of
mergers and acquisitions
of real estate companies;
you're seeing brands ac-
quire independent firms
and seeing smaller firms
merge with larger firms,"'
said Dunnigan. "This is
typically a type of struc-
ture that works, wher-
ever a company like ours
doesn't have market share
in any area and we try to
"'We are very excited

about the potential for
growth," she said. "We are
looking to grow that office
with hopefully bringing in
experienced, and ethical
realtors who may want to
One broker who will
remain with the neW com-
pany is Spohrer herself,
who plans to focus on bank-
owned properties, foreclo-
sures, first-time homebuy-
ers and commercial. "I'm
going to be a full-time sales
agent and looking forward
to it," she said.
Spohrer said she first
began planning to sell her
ownership about four years
ago to simplify her life and
pass on the business to a
younger, dynamic heir.
"The market slowdown
made it more difficult to
move forward with my
plans," she said.
Although terms of the
deal were not disclosed,
transactions such as this
are typically sold on an
earn-out over a few years.
Spohrer said the local
economy might soon see.
a positive side effect of
the merger, as Shimmer-
ing Sands' agents step up
promotion of properfies
in Franklin County to pro-
spective buyers..
"They'll be bringing
people from Panamna City
in, and they'll be shopping
and eating. This might
have a pretty immediate
boost on the economy," she
said. "She's a very good
leader and her agents are
all very excited. They'll
have first-hand knowledge
of our area."
Spohrer also men-
tioned her gratitude to the
many who have helped
her throughout the past
23 years. "I want to thank
each and every one of you
who've helped make my
business successful. With-
out your support, I would
not be in this position to
move forward with the next
phase of my life," she said.

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Tiger Sharks down Franklin County in tourney

Florida Freedom Newspapers

Chances are, many of the play-
ers from Port St. Joe and Franklin
County would have been meeting
on a basket-ball court somewhere
east of here on TIueday anyway
They just didn't plan on doing so
in uniform during the third round
of the Bay Barnstorm Classic.
Port St. Joe took the first game
in what is going to be at least a
trilogy this season between the
inter-county rivals, advancing to
a rematch with Marianna today
with a 62-48 victory.
The Tiger Sharks (9-2) took
advantage of foul trouble encoun-

teredby Seahawks'
standout Deshaun
Winfieldto method-
ically pull away in
the second half.
Winfield had
three personals by
halftime, and de-
CALVIN PRYOR cided to challenge
Willie Quinn's 3-
point attempt from
the right wing less than a min-
ute into the third quarter. When
his momentum carried him into
Quinn following the shot, Franklin
County was in deeper trouble than
a 32-25 deficit.
The Seahawks regrouped with-

out Winfield to trail only 38-34 en-
tering the final quarter, but it was
a brief respite. Winfield fouled out
with 5:59 left in the game, and in
his absence Port St. Joe opened a
seven-point lead to win easily.
The Tiger Sharks used a much
deeper bench to wear down the Se-
ahawks and had 10 players score.
On this day, however, the contribu-
tion of sophomore guard/forward
Calvin Pryor was even more es-
Pryor led all scorers with 17
points, and added a superb floor
game to his effort. Nine of his
points came during the fourth
quarter, and consecutive strong

moves to the basket produced five
points in a nine-point Port St. Joe
run that opened a 49-35 lead with
5:05 to go.
Quinn added 14 points for the
Tiger Sharks. Carlos Morris had 16
points and 10 rebounds for Frank-
lin County (11-3), Arron Prince had
10 points and Austin O'Neal had 8
points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
Winfield finished with 7 points.
The teams meet again twice
next month.
FCO (48)
Prince 4 1-2 10, Mor-
ris 7 2-4 16; Winfield 3 1-2
7, O'Neal 3 1-2 8, James
2 0-0 6, Modican 0 1-2 1.

Totals: 19 6-12 48.
PSJ (62)
Davis 2 3-3 7, Rorn.Quinn 2
2-4 8, Clemons 3 0-2 6, Smith
1 1-4 3, Roc.Quinn 1 0-1 2,
Hill 1 0-2 2, W.Quinn 5 3-5
14, Pryor 7 3-3 17, Welch 0
0-1 0, Langston 1 0-0 3. Totals:
23 12-24 62.
Franklin Co. 15 10 9 14 -
Port St. Joe 13 17 8 24 62
3-point goals: FCO 4 (James
2, O'Neal, Prince), PSJ 4 (Rom.
Quinn 2, Langston, W.Quinn).
Total fouls: FCO 18, PSJ 12.
Fouled out: FCO (Winfield).

Gators romp past Atha

The Wewahitchka High
School boys' basketball
team returned from the
holidays in a hurry.
The Gators jumped to
an 18-7 first quarter lead
and padded the margin to
40-17 by halftime en route
to a 75-34 victory over visit-
ing Altha on Friday.
The Gators helped their
own cause by grabbing 20

offensive rebounds and
creating 21 steals.
Christian Owens and
Chris Peak led the way for
Each scored 15 points
and Peak pulled down 13
rebounds and Owens was
even better with 14 re-
bounds. Peak also blocked
.seven shots and Owens had
four steals.

Lance Griffin and Josh
Mitchell scored 12 points
apiece, Mitchell adding 10
assists, five rebounds and
two steals.
Benjamin Smith had
nine points, three rebounds
and three steals. Billy Nay-
"lor scored six points and
six steals and Alex Hardin
added six points and four

Lady Gators notch first win
/. *- . .

The Wewahitchka High
School girls' basketball
team achieved its first
win of the season in de-
feating the visiting Altha
Wildcats 26-25 to 25 on

Shakayla Hand led the
Lady Gators with 14 points.
Jessica Parcher contribut-
ed six points.
The Lady Gators are
a young team one se-
nior, one junior, and eight

freshmen. '"
The Lady Gators fell
to the West Gadsderi Pan-
thers 54- 7 on Tuesday.
Lyndsey Ramsey led
the Lady Gators with three

Girls fastpitch travel teams forming

We are looking for girls
from Apalachicola, St Joe
and Wewahitchka who want
to play travel ball for a new
team out of Port St Joe. Girls
teams in the 10-, 12- and 14-
under, are now forming for
the 2009 summer season.
Coaches and Volunteers

Those girls wanting to
tryout for the team can sign
up until Feb. 7.
Tryouts will be held on
Feb. 7 (Saturday); 3 p.m. ET
at the 10th Street Ball Field
in Port St Joe.
Travel ball does not in-
terfere with any school ac-
tivities or sports. Travel ball

is a great way for your child
to compete at the next level
and to enhance their soft-
ball skills. Space is limited;
only 11 girls per team will
make the cut.
Call Steve Brinkmeier
at 850-647-2938 if you would
like to tryout, coach or vol-

Tiger Sharks up Record to 11-3

With a pair of victories
framing the weekend, the
Port St. Joe High School
boys' basketball team con-
tinued its strong early play,
though Coach Derek Kur-
nitsky said he's waiting for
his team to play a full four
The Tiger Sharks are
11-3 overall and 2-0 in Dis-
trict 3-2A.

Friday, Jan. 2

Port St. Joe 74,
Cottondale 51

The Tiger Sharks start-
ed sluggish but picked up
the pace in a 24-point third,
quarter to down the visiting
Port St. Joe was up just
28-23 at halftime, but out-
scored Cottondale 24-11 in
the third quarter to open
a wide margin and cruised
from there.
"We started slow, but
picked it up in the second
half," Kurnitsky said. "We

aren't as good as we are
going to be. We are playing
in spurts, a,quarter here, a
half there..
"Our depth, I think, is
wearing people out. Our
bench is the key. We have
guys on our bench who
would be starters at other
Willie Quinn had 19 to
lead Port St. Joe, which
also got double-digit scor-
ing from Roman Quinn
(13), Raheem Clemons (15)
and Calvin Pryor (15).
. Fonda Davis added six
points, Darrell Smith and
Raheem Quinn two points

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Port St. Joe 77,
Blountstown 51

The Tiger Sharks built
a 33-14 first half lead but
visiting Blountstown had
a strong fourth period to
make the final score closer
than the game itself.

"We didn't finish strong,"
Kurnitsky said of a second
half in which Port St. Joe
enjoyed just a 42-37 advan-
tage. "We have yet to put a
full game together. I m nhot
happy. They will know I am
not happy at practice this
afternoon" Kurnitsky add-
ed Wednesday morning.
Clemons led the way with
20 points for Port St. Joe.
Willie Quinn had 12 points
and Roman Quinn and Pry-
or added 10 points apiece.
Davis added seven.
points, Smith and Raheem
five points apiece. Javion
Langston had two points
and Trevarias Hill, Quen-
tin Welch and Javon Davis
added a point apiece.
The Tiger Sharks host
Wewahitchka on Friday,
with the girls playing at
4:30 p.m., the boys' junior
varsity at 6 p.m. and the
varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Port St. Joe travels to
Eastpoint to take on Frank-
lin County at 7:30 p.m. on

Adult baseball league developed

Efforts are well under-
way in the development
of the Big Bend Semi-pro
Adult Baseball League
in the Big Bend area of
north Florida. The pro-
posed league will consist
of Eastern and Western
divisions covering six
counties immediately east

of the Apalachicola River
and six counties west of
the river.
Teams (minimum of
four and maximum of six
in each division) are now
being developed basically
following county loca-
tions. The next league-
wide meeting is sched-

uled for Saturday, Jan. 10,
2009 at 10 a.m. ET at the
Apalachee Restaurant on
Hwy. 20 West in Bristol.
For further information
contact Harold Bailey at
229-662-2066 (H) or 850-
524-2151 (cell) or Donna
Milton at 850-528-8799 (H)
or 305-567-'1849 (cell).


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in recent days and brought
the many children they've
nurtured closer to their
"It's been almost like a
wake since it happened,"
Abigail said. "The kids
have been here, and we've
talked about old times. It's
been wonderful."

A father's dream
In founding the
children's home in 1979,
David fulfilled the dream
of his late father, Luke,
an uneducated paper mill
employee who sired 13
Though the cost of
raising his large brood
prevented him from '
building a children's
home, Luke Taunton
welcomed countless kids
to his Honeyville
David met
Abigail in 1974,
while principal at
the Mayo school
where her mother
David brought
his future
bride home'to
Honeyville, to the
land homesteaded
by his maternal
great grandfather,
Jeremiah Roberts,
one of the first in
the area to produce j
Tupelo honey. Th
Still dazzled thE
by the unspoiled
beauty of the land,
David told Abigail
of his plans to found a
children's home.
Like David, Abigail had
come from a large family,
learning self-reliance on
her father's tobacco farm.
She was undaunted by
the task of raising many
The couple married
that November, and
David was sworn in as
county judge the following
David and Abigail
initially hoped to take in
15 kids, about the size of
David's own family.
The Tauntons adopted
baby Adam in 1978 and
had a son, Josh, shortly
thereafter. Buster joined
the family at age 3.
With three children in
tow, the Tauntons set out
to build their family home,
receiving encouragement
and aid from friends and
David's brothers,
Lamar and Jerry, milled
deadhead cypress
floated out of the swamp
behind the property, and.
carpenters John Bidwell
and Willidm Roemer set to
work on the construction.
On Monday, Buster
described the work as
an "old-fashioned barn-
Buster bent buckets
of nails at the orders of
Bidwell, "an old time
Yankee carpenter," and
watched his mother
working atop a 24-foot

A growing family
Though the home would
expand several times in
the years to come, the
original structure was
modest when the Tauntons.
and their three children
turned the key August
"Shortly after, we had a
house full," Abigail said. "It
didn't take very long."
Diana came in 1980,
followed a year later by
James, a preemie who
weighed two pounds at
After that; the children
came in bunches five,
four and three in number
within the span of three
to four years.
"Word was getting
around that there was a
good place for children, a
safe place," said Abigail,
who happily accommodat-
ed any abandoned child.
While county judge,
David received a woman
at his office with 2-year-old
twins in tow.
The boys, named Billy
and Eddie, were a burden
too great for their mother
to bear.
"I heard you take in
kids. Will you raise my two
boys for me?" the mother
asked David, placing on
his desk a brown paper
bag with the twins' birth
certificates and a single
change of clothes.
Placing her sons' tiny
hands in David's, the
.mother turned and walked
away, never to be heard
from again.

The boys, each
nicknamed "Billy Eddie"
by their siblings for
their hard-to-distinguish
features, quickly blended
into the Tauntons' growing.
For many years, the
Tauntons had 26 kids, from
bottles to braces.
David and Abigail
raised them alone, with
the help of one woman
who made regular house
As their family
expanded, David
purchased more of his
ancestral land, which had
been foreclosed on by the
bank many years before.
An existing home on
the now 80-acre parcel
was converted into a boys'
home 15 years ago. The
Tauntons added a girls'
home in 1999 and a group
home in 2004.
Three couples serve
as house parents on
the compound, which
now serves 17 kids,
the lowest nurriber in
recent history.
The Tauntons
officially adopted only
three of their children,
though all under
their care call them
"Mama" and "Daddy."
The children
have remained
close as adults, and
many return home
each December to
join the Taunton
family Christmas h
celebration. th(
Festivities begin 1 '
at 4 a.m. with the
older kids waking

The Tauntons' children
have taken the lead in the
rebuilding efforts.
Son James, a contractor
for Taunton Truss, will
serve as head builder,
and Buster, a stickler for
details, will make sure
everything runs according
-to plan.
The siblings are
adamant that the home
be rebuilt to resemble the
old home as closely as
"They won't hear
otherwise," Abigail'
Financing the new
construction remains
the greatest obstacle to

the Tauntons' rebuilding
When the couple
deeded their former
residence over to the
children's home, it
was reclassified as a
commercial structure.
When insurance
payments exceeded
their former mortgage
payments, the Tauntons
opted to purchase
only personal property
They will receive no
pay-out for the structure,
which had been appraised
at $1 million.
Bank accounts have
been established to aid
the rebuilding efforts, anad
several individuals and
organizations already have
made donations.

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Other schemes also
have been hatched.
The Tauntons' children
are drafting an application
to the television program
Extreme Home Makeover,
which rebuilds homes for
deserving families.
Friends also have
pledged to contact
Oprah Winfrey's Chicago
headquarters for possible
The Taunton family
previously appeared
twice on the Oprah show
and received a $50,000
kitchen renovation as part
of the program's "Angel
Network" series.
Whatever the future
might hold, the Tauntons
are confident the home
will be rebuilt.
Though their children
will have their way
with the home's
exterior, the Tauntons
plan to scale back
the living quarters to
accommodate five to
seven kids.
David, who turns
70 this year, hopes to
eventually build a small
"grandparents' home"
for him and his wife on
the compound.
They will hand the
keys to the main house
over to a younger couple.
Caring for fewer
children in the main
residence will provide
their eventual successors
more time to oversee the
compound's day-to-day

Retirement postponed
On Monday, the
Tauntons watched from
the undamaged pavilion
.s Buster and Josh
recovered more items
from the ashes: a scorched
saxophone, a camping
tripod and a Dutch oven
full of ash, but no worse for
the wear.
"It'll just need to be
seasoned," Abigail said
as she looked down at the
"I think it's pretty
seasoned already," David
Though the Tauntons
once contemplated an
early retirement, they have
postponed construction on
the grandparents' home
for now.
"We'll rebuild and live in
this house long enough to
put our stamp of approval
on it," David said.
Meanwhile, their
children will build,
repaying in sweat what
their parents gave in love.

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Sylvia and Dan Applin soon will be moving into their new manufactured home, delivered, with a turkey, for the holidays.

Company providing housing, turkeys to residents in need

By TimiCroft
Star News Editor

Sylvia and Daniel Applin
stood on the front step of their
aging manufactured home at
Rustic Sands Campground in
Mexico Beach and with smiling
approval glanced-over at the
work taking place behind them.
One street back and two
lots over, crews from Moulder
and Sons of Panama City were
setting and tying down the
Applin's new manufactured
"It's wonderful," said Sylvia
Applin. "I told these guys I'd
believe it when I see it. It looks
good, and it is set up nice."
And there at their front
door on this week before
Christmas stood Gary Winslow
of Moulder and Sons holding

a holiday turkey to present
to the Applins, one of three
homeowners who are the
most recent beneficiaries of a
Community Development Block
Grant that thus far has assisted
eight homeowners in Mexico
The $600,000 CDBG was
secured early last year by the
city to help provide low- to
moderate-income, senior or
handicapped homeowners
a healthy, safe dwelling that
conforms to state building
For some, that has meant a
rehab of the home, a complete
overhaul of heating and cooling
systems, windows, doors,
floors and other portions of the
home in order to bring it up to
code, said Dennis Dingman of
Summit Professional Services
Inc., which is managing the

Mexico Beach program with
an eye on exposing other area
municipalities to the process so
those cities seek similar funding
through the CDBG program.
For Trevor Hunt, the first
applicant in Mexico Beach, the
program meant a manufactured
home that now sports a new
ramp and porch, on which his
exotic birds were sunning 6n a
recent Wednesday morning.
"Everything has worked out
fine," Hunt said. "The ramp is
nice, but it is still a long walk."
Winslow also presented Hunt
with a turkey for his Christmas
"We just thought it was the
right thing to do," Winslow
said. "We wanted to give a little
something extra to people who
might not enjoy having as much
as we and others will during the
holidays. It just seemed right."

The Applins certainly were
not going to argue.
The couple has been working.
here and there on their home
for years trying to keep it up to
code and energy-efficient.
"We've been working on it
little by little, but I think we
were waging a losing battle,"
said Sylvia Applin, surveying
holes in the siding and skirting
that was disintegrating.
The CDBG program was an
answer to their prayers, the
couple said, as they watched
their new home take shape right
next to another manufactured
home that will go to Pamela
Nugent and her three children,
who also benefited from a
turkey out of Winslow's car
"I have boxes all over the
place; we are pretty much living
out of them right now," Sylvia

Applin said. "We can't wait to
Winslow said the Applins'
home should be ready shortly
after the holidays, indicating it
takes two or three days to get
the foundation of the home set
and tied down and ready for
utilities and then the final move.
Dingman said the CDBG
program has another year
to run, or until the money is
expended. Qualifying applicants
depends on household income
and the number of people in the
household. The size of any new
manufactured home is based
on the number of people in the
For example, the Applins will
move into a two-bedroom, two-
bath home, while Nugent and
her family will move next door
into a three-bedroom, two bath

Pictured are Mrs. Mary Belin, Linda G. Wood,
Mr. Costing holding the marker, Renee Shoaf,
Mrs, Spiva, Mazie Stone, Charlotte Pierce and
Ann Yon.

Costin honored by

Historical Society
The memory of Mrs. Marie Costin was honored
by the membership of the St. Joseph Historical
Society Inc. at its Dec. 6, 2008, meeting. Guests of
the meeting were Mrs. Martha Costin Spiva and
Robbie Costin, two of Mrs. Costin's children.
The St. Joseph Historical Society Inc. was
formed in April 1959, and Mrs. Costin was a charter
member of the organization. For more than 49
years, she faithfully held various offices and
supported the mission of the society. "Miss Marie,"
as she was affectionately known, was the last
surviving charter member of the organization. In
1999, she was recognized as the only living charter
member and for her dedication to the organization.
A true southern lady, her influence, commitment
and genteel ways will serve as an inspiration to
the society. A bronze cemetery marker bearing the
society's insignia was presented to Mrs. Spiva and
Mr. Costin at the meeting.


in the


By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

Even as the economy
forced many to reduce
their holiday spending, the
spirit of giving remained
alive in Port St. Joe this
The city's Salvation
Army Red Kettle Campaign
raised $2,872, with funds
'benefiting Christmas din-
ners, clothing and toys for
underprivileged families.
In spearheading this
year's fundraiser, Port
St. Joe police chief David
Barnes opted for a commu-
nity approach.
Instead of turning over
kettle duties to civic orga-
nizations such as the Lions
Club and Kiwanis Club,
Barnes solicited the help
of business owners and
city and county employees
to man the donation kettle
outside of Duren's Piggly

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Program always has been a popular fundraiser in
Port St. Joe. The late Billy Joe Rish, left, rang the bell for many years. He is joined
in this 2008 photo by twin granddaughters Kathleen, front left, and Caroline
Rish, front right, and friend and Port St. Joe Police Department deputy chief Da-
vid Garner.

"Seven of 10 people I
asked to ring the bell did
it," said Barnes, who joined
fellow police department
employees Tim Wood, Da-
vid Garner, Troy Simmons,
Jake Richards and Jenni-
fer Terry in collecting -do-

The community's gen-
erosity delighted Barnes,
who observed many resi-
dents depositing repeat do-
nations into the kettle.
"I can't walk by without
putting something in it,"
one person told the police
When all the cash and

coins were counted, the do-
nation more than doubled
last year's total of $1,058,
a feat that didn't surprise
Barnes in the least.
"It seems like the worse
times bring out the best
in people," Barnes said.
"That was evident by what
was given this year."

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Ava Grace

Hysmith born

First blood

Caleb Lee Othic celebrated his 9th birthday by
bagging his first deer.

Port St. Joe Garden Club

meeting set for January

The Port St. Joe Gar-
den Club will be host-
ing their noon luncheon
meeting on Thursday,
Jan. 8, 2009. During the
one-hour meeting, a
class."Biology of Plants"
will be given by Mrs. Bar-
bara Conway. Barbara is-
a retired school teacher,
former science chairper-
son of a large urban high
school, as well as former;
president of the Philadel-
phia Area Secondary Sci-
ence Teachers Associa-
tion in Philadelphia, -PA
and current Port St. Joe
.Garden Club member.
This is a "back to basics"
instruction of the biology
of plants and will be giv-
en in two parts. Part one

will be on Thursday, Jan.
8, 2009 and part two will
be given at the Feb. 12
meeting, both meetings
starting at noon. Any-
one interested in these
classes are welcome to
attend and they are free
of charge. These classes
will follow the Florida
Federation of Garden
Clubs and the Port, St.
Joe Garden Club's theme
,this year of "Nurture the
Earth Plant Natives."
If you are interested in
attending the classes
or need further infor-
mation, please call our
President, Mrs. Betty
Lewis at 850-229-6005 or
any fellow garden club

Austin Hysmith and Lacey Lowery are pleased to an-
nounce the birtl of their Christmas Angel, Ava Grace
Ava was born on Dec. 25, 2008 at Gulf Coast Medical
Hospital. She was 6 lbs., 2 oz. and 18 inches long.

Henry says thanks

Get ready for Valentine's Day pageant

Gulf County Senior Citizens As-
sociation announces the upcoming
2009 Gulf County Valentine's Pag-
eant. This announcement is being
made in an effort to give those who
desire to participate plenty of time'
for preparations. The .event will be
held at Wewahitchka Elementary
School on Friday, Feb. 7. Plans are
in the works and our goal is to have

the best pageant ever. All details of
the event will be madb available in
early January to all schools through-
out Gulf County. There will be no in-
crease of the entry fee of $20.
The 2009 pageant marks the 37th
annual event and has been sup-
ported with good participation all
throughout the years and many
wonderful memories have been

made and .2009 will not be the ex-
Gulf County Senior Citizens has
been the beneficiary of the event
and the proceeds go to further the
goal and mission of touching 'the
lives of senior citizens throughout
Gulf County. Please calF the Senior
Center at 229-8466 for more infor-

Senior trips itenary

I would like to thank all my friends and classmates in
Port St. Joe for your cards and letters during the holi
.days. It meant a lot to me.
Hope to be home soon.
This is a picture of our new Up-armored vehicle.
Pfc. Henry M. Kirby
C-Co. PF 1-6 Infantry
Camp Taji, Iraq
APO-AE 0937

The following trips for Seniors is planned for
this spring:
Cajun Mardi Gras Tour, Konriko Rice
Mill, Avery Island, Mardi Gras Parades in Houma,
n LA and a tour of New Orleans. Feb. 22-26;
i- Branson, MO, Tour Home of Country
Music. Five shows, nine meals and other places
of interest. March 24-29;
Alaska Cruise 7-night cruise, 3-land
y tour, rail to Denali Park and to Anchorage, AK, 10-
y nights, 11 days. May 17-27.
q For more information contact Merita Stanley
8 at 850-482-4799.

Bay County Audubon

Film Series schedule
The films will be held at a new location this year, J.R.
Arnold High School at 550 Alf ColemanRoad near Back
Beach Road at 7 p.m. A nice door prize will be given at
each film.
The 2009 films are:
Jan. 6 -"Superior, Land of the Woodland Drummer" by
Tom Sterling.
The howling of wolves, the call of loons, and the drum-
ming of Ruffed grouse are some of the many high lights of
our visit to Lake Superior.
Jan 27 "LaManche/The English Channel" by Monty
Visit the coasts of England and France and some of the
channel islands for the history and beauty of the area.
Feb 10 "Norway From the Land of the Vikings" by
Dale Johnson.
Visit Norway in a way you never could on your own;
from the ancient to the modern, visit it all.
Tickets are available at the door:
Season Pass $12
Individual programs $5
Students, 18 and under free
For more information contact:
Richard Ingram at 871-1736 or

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Walton County -The Cul-
tural Arts Association will
bring back the "Women on
the Fringe" to lead a work-
shop on creating fiber art
postcards. This "art quilt-
ing" class will take place on
Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. until 4
p.m. at the Bayou Arts Cen-
ter at 104 Hogtown Lane just
off County Road 393 in Santa
Rosa Beach.
Participants of the day-
long workshop will make
and paint, their own fabrics
and will be introduced to
different techniques using
rubber plates, foiling, wa-
tercolor crayons, stamping,
beading and embellishing.
The end result will be 4" x 6"

postcards that can be mailed
or used as small pieces of
artwork Students will also
make ATCS (Artist T'Iading
Cards) that are 2.5" x 3.5" in
size and traded like baseball
cards between artists.
Students will need to
bring their own scissors,
washable glue stick, any
preferred fabrics, a brown
bag for trash, paper and
pencil, lunch arid drinks.
All other supplies will be
provided by the instructor
for a $5 supply fee. The full
list and more class informa-
tion can be viewed at the
"Women on the Fringe" blog
at http://postcards-atcs.

AARP Chapter 4325 meeting

AARP Mexico Beach, Chapter 4325, invites all to our
next meeting at 1 p.m. CT on Jan. 16. The purpose of the
meeting will be to discuss new ideas, increase member-
ship and schedules for future events such as garage and
bake sales and details for the St. Patrick's Day Party.
The meeting will at First Methodist Church, 111 N.
22nd Street in Mexico Beach.
If you need a ride to the meeting call Edward Kozoil
at 648-2161.
Come join the fun.

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Gant to speak at GCCC MLK convocation

The annual Martin Luther King
Jr. Convocation will be held at 6
p.m. CT Jan. 15 in the Amelia Tap-
per Center for the Arts at Gulf Coast
Community College.

The keynote speaker will be Dr.
Lenora Peters Gant. Gant is the chief
executive officer/principal at Five
Star Consulting LLC. She is a busi-
ness leader and career consultant,

motivational keynote speaker and a
dynamic proven change agent. Gant
is the author of "Workplace Success:
Ten Steps to Career Advancement"
(revised in 2007). '

- Port St. Joe
e entar y School

Boy Scouts offer Christmas tree recycling

Troop 47 plans

drop-off Jan. 10

Christmas trees can be
recycled in the Port St. Joe
area after the holidays, help-
ing 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 re-
quested. Money raised
goes toward expenses for
the scouts' summer camp

and National Jamboree.
The local scouts are
under the direction of the
Lake Sands District, part
of the Gulf Coast Council.
In addition to fundrais-
ing, "one of the big goals of
this operation is keeping
trees out of the landfill,"
said Dave Oliphant, scout-

master 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 Ave.
The scouts will be there
to assist in unloading your
tree and wreath starting at
9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Boyd staff holds office hours in Port. St. Joe

A member of Congressman Al-.
len Boyd's (D-North Florida) staff
will be visiting Port St. Joe on the
third Thursday of every month so
the people of Gulf County have the
opportunity to discuss issues of con-
Congressman Boyd's staff is

trained to assist constituents with
a variety of issues relating to vari-
ous federal agencies. It is impor-'
tant to Congressman Boyd that
his staff is available for those who
are not able to travel to either his
Panama City or Tallahassee of-

Office Hours with
Congressman Boyd's Staff
9:30-11:30 a.m. EST
Jan. 15
Gulf County Courthouse
Administrative Annex

School is now in session
for the new year 2009. With
the new year comes new
challenges for our parents
and students. We are an-
ticipating that this time of
year will be like the rest
when it comes to prepara-
tion for the achievement
test that we will take in
March. As of Jan. 6, we
have 37 days left before we
take the FCAT test and the
Stanford 10. Should you feel
you need any assistance or
materials from our school
to help your child, please
feel free to contact us. We
will be here to help you and
to prepare your child. We
will not have many events
or activities before testing
because we will be focusing
on test preparation.
January is a time of new
beginnings and we feel 2009
will be our best year ever.

Important dates

to remember

Jan. 8
End of second
nine weeks
Jan. 15
Arbor Day
for fifth grade
Jan. 15
Science fair
for fifth grade
Martin Luther King
Holiday, no school
Jan. 20
Report cards issued
Jan. 27
Gold cards issued
Jan. 29
100th day of school

Water Treatment Department NEWS

The year is drawing to a close and new year's reso-
lutions are looming. This is shaping up to be a chal-
lenging year in so many ways for our community. As
we tighten our belts and prepare for the worst, a cost
savings often overlooked can be found in our own
backyards water. During the coming year, the city
of Port St. Joe Water Tneatment Department will be
implementing a water conservation education and
outreach program. We also will be transitioning to a
new sanitary water system to provide the county with
high. quality drinking water. Gulf County is one of the


most beautiful and ecologically sensitive areas of our
nation. Conserving this vital resource for the genera-
tions to come is our responsibility as a community.
We would like to encourage everyone to make water
conservation a resolution for the new year. The water
treatment department will be spearheading several
new education and community involvement programs
to highlight this critical initiative. If you would like to
get involved please don't hesitate to contact Larry Mc-
Clamma or Tracie Norwood at.the Port St. Joe Water
Plant at 229-6395 or 229r6390.

eat American THINK-OFF

The United States Navy will inspect the
Port St Joe High School Naval Junior ROTC
Program Jan. 30. CDR Dirk Hebert, USN
retired, will preside. Hebert is the NJROTC
area seven manager and the unit's immedi-
ate Navy administrative superior.
'This required evaluation is a major in-
put in determining the effectiveness of the
NJROTC program at Port St. Joe High
School. It is, therefore, the most important
Navy- day of the school year. Part of this
day-long event includes a formal military
formation, personnel inspection, drill dem-
onstrations and a pass-in-review.
All veterans and interested individuals are
cordially invited to attend the ceremonial por-
tion of this event. The program will begin at 9
a.m. in the school gymnasium and will be con-
cluded by about 10:30 a.m. We ask that guests
arrive no later than 8:50 a.m. to avoid disrup-
tions. Community presence will add much to
the day's festivities. This event is being 'dedi-
cated to the men and women who are pres-
ently serving in our armed forces both here
and abroad. We thank them for their dedica-
tion to the purpose of freedom and their tire-
less efforts to that end.
The NJROTC program is a citizen and
leadership training program co-sponsored
by Gulf County Schools and the United
States Navy. Enrollment is open to all stu-
dents attending Port St. Joe High School.
For more information on this youth pro-
gram, please contact LCDR Jarosz at 229-

The Great American Think-
Off released the 2009 essay
and. debate question, "Is it
ever wrong to do the right
The Great Debate will be
held in New York Mills, Minne-
sota, on June 13 before a live
Entering the competition
is easy. Just submit an essay
of 750 words or less by April
1 (postmark date). You may
send your essay in one of
three ways: through the mail
to Great American Think-Off,
New York Mills Regional Cul-
tural Center, PO. Box 246, New
York Mills, MN 56567; by e-
mail to;
or online at http://www.think-
The key to writing a suc-
cessful essay is to. ground
your argument in personal ex-
perience. The judges are look-
ing for essays that address
this central problem of moral
philosophy by speaking about
personal, experience rather
than abstract philosophical
reasoning. Tell a good story
that shows a firm standing on
one side or the other of this
philosophical divide:
A panel of judges will select
four finalists to come to Min-

nesota for the final debate, to
be held June 13. The names
of the four finalists, who each
receive $500 plus travel, food
and lodging expenses, will be
announced May 1. The winner
is decided by the audience at-
tending the debate, and she or
he will be named "America's'
Greatest Thinker for 2009."
Celebrating its 17th year,
the Great American Think-
Off is a national philosophy
competition providing an op-
portunity for ordinary people
to voice their thoughts on
some of life's more perplex-
ing questions. Last year's
question, "Does immigra-
tion strengthen or threaten
the United States?" was de-
bated successfully by Craig
Allen of West Linn, Oregon.
Other ,questions debated in
this annual event have in-
cluded "Which should you
trust more, your head or
your heart?" (2007), "Which
is more valuable to society:
safety or freedom?" (2005),
"Is the pen mightier than the
sword?" (2002), "Is democra-
cy fair?" (2000), "Is the death
penalty ethical in a civilized
society?" (1997) and "Is hon-
esty always the best policy?"

1 ..Each school morning Mr. Charles Givens
provides a healthy meal to kids before catching the bus for

school. Run from the Korner Stop & Go Store orn Ave. C., the

SJump-Start Breakfast program is now in it's 4th year. This year

Mr. George Duren and the Piggly Wiggly, Gulf County CDC/

People Helping People Program and Bill & Dawn Benardo have

contributed to help cover some of the expenses. On behalf of

the children in the community and the Jump Start Breakfast

program, Mr. -Charles Givens would like to thank these partners.

for playing a role in the healthy start of the day for the kids of
.....the community. .

Hey there- meet Poncho! Poncho is a friendly, 3 year
old chihuahua with the perfect little personality!
He loves nothing more than to do "everything his
human is doing" so he would make the best Pal!
Poncho is being fostered in a home, where he enjoys
the company of another dog. He also enjoys his
walks.. If your interested in adopting Poncho, please
contact Melody at 850-227-1103 or go online at and complete one of our
applications. Completed applications can be faxed to

Stop by tpie SJBHS today!

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Friday's Garden

The 2009 Florida

Plants of the Year

By Theresa Friday
Launched a decade ago, the Florida Plants of the Year
program celebrates plants ideal for Florida's unique
growing conditions.. Each year, a selection of Florida's
best plants are hand-picked by a jury of distinguished
horticulturists representing the different facets of the
state's diverse nursery and landscape industry.
2009 brings an exciting year as the program marks its
10th anniversary. Following are a few of the best selec-
tions from the past decade of Florida Plants of the Year.,
Pineapple guava, Acca sellowiana, is an evergreen
shrub that can grow about 8 feet tall and 12 feet wide. It
is a very cold hardy, salt-tolerant and disease resistant
plant. Its spring flowers have pink and white waxy petals
and dark red showy stamens and are edible with a slight
pineapple flavor.
The perennial peanut, Arachis glabrata, is a native
ground cover. It is a drought-tolerant, evergreen plant
that is well suited for sunny areas and well-drained soils.
It bears yellow flowers from late spring through fall. Since
this plant can be mowed, it may be used as a replacement
for turf.
Autumn fern, Dryopteris erythrosora, is a clumping
fern with upright foliage reaching 24 inches in height and
spread. It is best grown in light shade.
The firebush, known botanically as Hamelia patens, is
a heat and sun loving plant. It is also known as the hum-
mingbird bush and scarlet bush. Firebush is a densely
branched perennial that will get about three to four feet
tall in the Florida Panhandle: The pointed leaves are
handsome with their pinkish veins and red petioles. It is
a tender perennial along our Gulf Coast, freezing back in
the winter and resprouting each spring.
Blooming begins in late summer when the plant ex-
plodes with terminal clusters of scarlet to orange colored
flowers. The individual flowers are tubular and about

Notice of annual for Fri

St Joseph Bay Preserves

Saturday January 17, 2009
11 a.m. (Lunch to follow)
Location: Preserves Center 3915
State Road 30A (directions attached)
Meeting will include short presen-
tations, voting (by current members)
for officers and board, luncheon, pot
luck chili)
Even if you are not a current mem-
ber of the Friends of St Joseph Bay
Preserves, we invite you to come and
hear about the Preserves activities
past and future. All interested are wel-
come, and LUNCH IS FREE.
Come join us.
No RSVP required, but for planning
purposes if you know you are coming
respond to admin@stjosephbaypre- or call (850) 229-1787.

Directions to St Joseph Bay State
Buffer and Aquatic Preserves Center
from the North/East (Tallahassee,
Apalachicola) on US 98
Go west pastApalachicola about 6
miles on US 98.

Perennial peanut, Arachis glabrata Pineapple guava, Acca sellowiana
one inch long. The small tubular flowers are a favorite
of butterflies and hummingbirds and are regarded as a
premier butterfly nectar plant. Flowers are followed by
small, purplish berries that are eaten by a number of
birds and other small animals. )
The silver saw palmetto, Serenoa repens, is a silver
form of our native clumping palm. It grows to be about
6 feet wide and tall. It is a cold-hardy, salt-tolerant palm
that forms dense thickets in sandy coastal lands but is
extremely slow-growing. Its common name is due to the
leaf stalks bearing fine, sharp teeth or spines.
The winged elm, Ulmus alata, is a Florida native tree.
It has a moderate growth rate and can reach 45 feet tall.
Winged elm, also called corked elm, can be distinguished
from other elms by the woody, wing-like growths along
the branchlets. They are often irregular and may appear
as warty growths or knots on one or both sides of the
This year's houseplant selection is known as the ZZ
Zamioctulcas zamiifolia is an interesting succulent that
has thick glossy leaflets on semi-erect fronds. ZZ's are
extremely tough plants. They handle neglect extremely
well, growing in low light conditions with little water. Zamioculcas znamiifolia

ends of Thanks for support, Gulf County


Turn left off US 98 at the curve
onto CR-30. (You'll see a brown sign
for Rish Park just before you take the
left turn.) Continue on CR-30.
After going about 12.5 miles, the
road will curve to the North. Stay on
the same road which is now called C-
30A. Keep right after the sharp curve
and do, not turn left on C-30E which
goes to Cape San Blas and the State
Continue .for another 2.25 miles
and the Preserve Center will be on
your left (Bay side of the road). The
Center has as a huge deck connecting
three light yellow buildings with tur-
quoise roofs. There is a large parking
area in front.
Directions to St Joseph Bay State
Buffer and Aquatic Preserves Center
from the West (Panama City) on US 98
Go East out of Panama City on US
Proceed through Port St Joe (Gulf
County), watch for right hand road
marked "30A" a couple of miles past
the traffic lights in PSJ. Also signs for
Cape San Blas.
Bear right on that road and pro-
ceed through Simmons Bayou, ap-
proximately 4.5 miles
Look for small brown sign indicat-
ing Preserve Center in 1 mile.
Preserves Center will be on your
right, with turquoise metal roofs,
Lodge is central building.
Please call us if you have any prob-
lem getting here or have other ques-
Phone number is 850-229-1787.

Gulf Correctional Institution's
inmates refurbish more than
200 bicycles for boys
and -girls in Gulf County

Gulf Correctional Institute and North
Florida Child Development, Inc. have
done it again. The third 'year of this adven-
ture has proven to be successful.' More
than 200 bicycles were distributed on Dec.
20 to needy boys and girls of Gulf County.
The following is a list of the sponsors
who made contributions tofund the refur-
bishment of 200 bikes: The Wewahitchka
Woman's Club, Inc., Gaskin-Graddy In-
surance Agency, Inc., Wewahitchka Vol-
unteer Fire Department, Mr. George Cox,
Knights of Pythias Lodge #77, Gulf Coast
Electric Co-op, Mr. Danny Little, Mrs. Pat
Godwin, Mrs. Donna Roberts, Gulf To Bay
Construction and Development, and Mrs.
Carol Kelley.
This group raised $1,050 and produced
200 bikes.
Assisting in the collection of the bikes
were, the City of Wewahitchka, the City of
Port St. Joe and all of the unincorporated
areas of Gulf County through the local fire
chiefs. Many thanks.
The Gulf Correctional Institute's Work
Crew picked up the first set of bikes

around mid-October and transported
them to Gulf Forestry Camp where many
hours of refurbishing were done. Inmates
from Florida Department of Corrections
at Gulf Forestry Camp sanded, repainted
and refitted the donated bicycles under
the supervision of Officer Michael String-
Sharon Gaskin worked closely with
Lieutenant James McCorvey from the
Department of Corrections making sure
each bicycle fit the child. This goal could
not have been accomplished without the
exceptional staff of Gulf Correctional In-
stitution, and North Florida Child Devel-
opment, Inc. Who assisted in this comnnu-
nity project.
The bikes were given out at a com-
munity event hosted by the Wewahitchka
Woman's Club,. Inc. and sponsored by the
City of Wewahitchka. The third annual
"Christmas Lights in the Park" on Dec.
20, 2008 at Lake Alice Park was a full day
of arts, crafts, food vendors, children's
games, Jingle Run, the Lighting of the
Park, the City Christmas Parade and San-
ta with gifts for the children. The Wewa-
hitchka Women's Club uses this event as a
fundraiser to provide graduating seniors
with scholarship.
For those of you that received new
bikes for Christmas and would like to do-
nate your old bikes, please continue to
Again, thank you Gulf County!

Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe

Contemporary. Service9:00 a.m. ET
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. ET
Traditional Worship: 11:00 a.m:'ET
Youth: 5:30p.m. ET
\Choir: 700 p.m. ET

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

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

"Our Church can be your home"

first Church ofthe azarene
2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

give unto the Lordthe gory due is name, worship the Lordin the beauty of holiness.

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

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

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

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

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


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The friendly place to worship!

First Baptist Church
Located at 823 N. 15th St., Mexico Beach
Corner of 15th & California 648-5776
Wors=ip 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 centrall
Reverend Eddie LaFountain

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

SWilliam J. Rish, Thomas S Gibson, Russell Scholz, W. P. "Rocky" Comforter
507 10th Street Port St. Joe aultW, Grom 11L.F.D.

(850) 229-8111 (850) 229-8211 (850) 227-1818

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Let's make

a change

Is there something you need to
change in 2009?
Like leaving some of last year's
baggage behind?
I'm sure we all could stand a
More time with God, we need to
More time in the Word would
help us, too.
It helps when you witness, I know
this is true.
When you talk to God, what do
you say?
Is it I want this day after day?
He likes to hear from us, we know
this is true.
A thank you and I love you, He
would like to hear too.
Why He puts up with us, I'll nev-
er know.
I take that back, it's because He
loves us so.
Love like this we can never re-
But let's make a change and talk
with Him a little more each day
It worked well for Daniel, pray-
ing three times a day..
Let's make a change and try it,
what do you say?
SBilly Johnson

The apostle James wrote
(James chapter 2:5-13) "Lis-
ten, my beloved brethren: Has
God not chosen the poor of this
world to be rich in faith and
heirs of the kingdom, which
He promised to those who love
Him? But, you have dishon-
ored the poor man. Do not the
rich oppress you, and drag you
into the courts? Do they not
blaspheme that noble name by
which you are called? If you re-
ally fulfill the royal law accord-
ing to the Scripture, 'You shall
love your neighbor as yourself,'
you do well; but if you show par-
tiality, you commit sin, and are
convicted by the law as trans-
gressors. FOR WHOEVER
OF ALL! For He who said, 'Do
not commit adultery,' also said,
'Do not murder.' Now if you do
not commit adultery, but you
do murder, you have become
a transgressor of the law. So
SPEAK AND SO DO as those
who will be judged by the law
of liberty. For judgment is with-
out mercy to the one who has
shown no mercy. Mercy tri-
umphs over judgment.."

The apostle James also
wrote (James chapter 5:1-6),
"Come now, you rich, weep and
howl for your miseries that are
coming upon you! Your riches
are corrupted, and your gar-
ments are moth-eaten. Your
gold and silver are corroded,
and their corrosion will be a
witness against you and will
eat your flesh like fire. You
have heaped up treasure in the
last days. Indeed the wages of
the laborers who mowed your
fields, which you kept back by
fraud, cry out; and the cries of
the reapers have reached the
ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.
You have lived on the earth in
pleasure and luxury; you have
fattened your hearts as in a day
of slaughter:.."

Hardly a day passes without
my hearing a complaint, about
someone, being cheated, or
abused in some fashion, by an
employer. On the other hand, I
frequently hear from employ-
ers how hard it is to get good
help. Who is right, the employ-
ees or the employers?

Usually, the people in both
categories claim to be "saved."

Unfortunately, very fewareltrue
born-again Christians. Most
see serving God as something
which ends, when they walk out
the door of the church, when
in fact, this should be just the
beginning. A real lorn-again
Christian sees the church ser-
vice as only the beginning of a
week of serving God.

An employer, who is a true
Christian, would not dare
cheat an employee, through
paying meager wages, holding
back wages, assigning inappro-
priate duties,, mandating work'
on a traditional day of worship,
failure to allow for family emer-
genties, or work off-the-clock.
The true Christian employer
knows that the reward for such
treatment is far more severe
than that which secular law
provides. Employers who work
for the government must real-
ize that they are not exempt
from God's judgment, either.

The employee, who is a true
Christian, will arrive at work
on time, ready to work, and will
put in an honest day's work
for a day's pay. He/she will not
take unexcused breaks, or use

work time for non-work activi-
ties, like using a cell phone or
playing games on computers.
The employee who is a real
Christian will work his/her full
shift, and only leave work early
for real emergencies.

The bottom line is this. Real
Christianity is demonstrated
after leaving the church, not
just at the entrance.

At the Mexico Beach Chris-
tian Worship Center, we teach
that the end of our church ser-
vice is the beginning of a week
in service to God. Our services
begin, with a time of greeting,
at 9:30 a.m. CST Sunday. Wor-
ship begins at 9:45 a.m. After
the service, we have a pot luck
fellowship luncheon (Hebrews
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


We would like to thank each and every one of you. for the phone calls,
visitsI food, flowers, donations and most of'all your prayers during Glen's:
recent illness and passing. May God bless each 'of you.
Do"t Williams '
.Troy, Chris and Austin Williams
Regina, John, Jaden and
Owen Grant land
Sybil and Roy Thomas
Richalrd, Bobby and Harold Williams

The family of Ceiline F owler would like to express our deepest thanks
and heartfelt gratitude to everyone that reached out to us during this most
difficulttime in our lives. Each act ofkindness and expression of sympathy
that was shown to us is greatly appreciated.
The family of Ceiline Fowler

Thank you all for all the cards, 'letters, calls, Visits, flowers, food; etc.
There is nothinglike having good friends anRd I jst wanted to thank each
and everyone of you and I love you all.

kChurch BRIEFS~~

New Bethel Rival Services
New Bethel Baptist Church will be-
gin their Rival Services Jan. 12-16. Ser-
', '' '

vices will begin at 7 p.m. ET. The Rev.
Carl Bailey will be the evangelist for
these services. The public, is invited to
come and worship with us.




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

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

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

Family Life

Pastors Andrew & Cathy Rutherford
Welcome you to worship with us:
Sunday 10:30am
Sunday Night Prayer 6pm
Wednesday 7pm


Monette Evans Hicks

Monette Evans Hicks, 92,!a lifelong
resident of Eastpoint, born Sept. 30, 1916,
passed away on Jan 3,2009 at home sur-
rounded by her family. She was preceded
in death by her husband of 62 1/2 years,
Louis Hicks. She is survived by her loving
children; a son, Charles Hicks (Frances);
two daughters, Agnes Keene (Roger)
also of Eastpoint Eunice Smith (the late
Ayden) of Vandalia, MO; ten grandchil-
dren, twenty-four great grandchildren,
and fourteen great-great-grandchildren.

Charlie I
Mr. Charlie E. Presley, 84, of Wewahi-
tchka, passed away Monday, December
29, 2008 in Panama City, FL. He was
born July 1, 1924 in Geneva County,
Alabama and served in the Army during
WWII, being awarded the Purple Heart
and the Bronze Star. He retired from
the Gulf County Court House, and was
a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of
God Church.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years,
Leonia Presley, a son, Bobby Presley of
Slocomb, AL; a granddaughter, Katrina

A Spirit Filled
Outreach Oriented
Word of Faith Church

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

Michael Rogers Pastor
9:45 AM ........................ *..................... Sunday School
10:30 AM ................................. Fellowship Breakfast
11:00 AM ....... .................... ....... Worship
6:00 PM ............ ........................................ W orship
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home of Faith Christian School


She was a very good mother and was
very dearly loved by her family and will
be missed very much.
She was a homemaker and a member
of the Church of God in Eastpoint.
Fuieral services were held Jan. 6, 2009
at The Church of God, with Rev. Rohald
Crum and Rev. Casey Smith officiating.
She was laid to rest in Eastpoint Cem-
Arrangements by Comforter Funeral

. Presley
Scaiborough of Dothan, AL; a half-broth-
er, Dallas Presley of Samson, AL; and
several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He lay in state at the Glad Tidings
Assembly of God Church on Wednesday
evening, December 31, 2008 from 5-7 p.m.
CST. He was taken to Geneva, Alabama
Sfor funeral services and burial in Shady
Grove Assembly of God Church Cem-
All services are under the direction of
the Comforter Funeral Home, Wewahi-
tchka Branch Chapel.

Oak Grove Church
_o4fwa ,Aod, Jfoway jeo/,le, feo'y ,-' C Porld
Come Grow With Us!

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

613 Madison St.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
c g

( 'n.... [First Baptist Church
S' Jerome Barnes, Interim Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
S Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students
New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church

Contemporary Service .......8:30 am
Sunday School ....................9:40 am
Traditional Service ............11:00 am
Awana's .............................. 5:00 pm
Youth Choir........................ 5:30 pm
Youth Groups ...................6:00 pm

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

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

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

Children's Choir................ 6:00 pm
Prayer Meeing.................... 6:30 pm
Children's Ministry
Activities ............................ 6:30 pm
Youth Ministry Activities... 6:30 pm



B6 I The Star

Law Enforcement

Thursday, January 8, 2009



The Gulf County Sheriff's Office will be conducting
vehicle safety checkpoints and DUI check points dur-
ing the month of December 2008. The check points will
be held throughout the county to include Highway 98
near St. Joe Beach, Highway 98 and Garrison Ave, C-
30 Simmons Bayou, Highway 71 North of White City,
Highway 22 and Highway 22A, Highway 71 and We-
starm Creek, Highway 71 Dalkieth Area and Highway
71 near the Calhoun line.
On 12/21/2008 deputies responded to a call of a man
threatening another with a gun. Deputies located the
suspect Perry Joseph Commander, 29, and arrested
him for aggravated assault.
On 12/23/2008 Carlous Eugene Russell, 36, was ar-
rested on a violation of probation warrant. The origi-
nal charge was possession of marijuana.
On 12/24/2008 Tony Ray Dorsey, 33, was arrested on
two warrants from Walton County. The charges were
failure to appear and failure to pay child support.
On 12/26/2008 deputies responded to a call of two
firearms being stolen. Eugene Phillip Allen, 22, was
developed as a suspect. Allen was located and arrest-
ed for grand theft of a firearm and two counts of deal-
ing in stolen property.
On 12/26/2008 deputies observed Austin Richard .
Hysmith, 23, driving a vehicle, knowing his license was
suspended. He,was stopped and arrested for DWLSR.
He was also charged with violation of probation on a
warrant from Calhoun County,
On 12/27/2008 William Gerald Mims, 30, was arrest-
ed on charges of felony DUI and DWLSR.
On 12/27/2008 Lester T Brewster, 59, was arrested
for DUI and DWLSR.
On 12/27/2008 Ronnie Dale Morgan, 53, was arrest-
ed for violation of probation. The-original charge was
Domestic Battery.
On 12/27/2008 Rhonda Joy Bradshaw, 40, was ar-
rested for DUI with property damage after she ran
into a car in a local store parking lot.
On 12/29/2008 Linda Joan Cram, 47, was arrested
on a warrant for child abuse.
On 12/29/2008 Charles Reggie Burgess, 52, was ar-
rested for retail theft after he allegedly took two packs
of cigarettes form a local store.

Annual state animal fighting tip line annouced

McCollum joins The Humane

Society of the United States

and Norred & Associates to

combat animal fighting

Tallahassee Attorney General Bill
McCollum today announced that Flo-
ridians can now report animal fight-
ing and be eli gible for a reward of
up to $5,000 by calling The Humane
Society of the United States' animal
fighting tip line at 87.7-TIP-HSUS
(847-4787). The toll-free tip line was
first established in Georgia by The
HSUS and Atlanta-based corporate
security firm Norred & Associates
Inc. Because of its success, and with
the support of Florida's Attorney
General, the tip line has been ex-
panded to help combat dogfighting
and cockfighting in Florida.
"Animal fighting is a cruel and
criminal behavior often associated
with gang activity and other vio-
lence," said Attorney General Mc-
Collum. "Now Floridians will have
an easy, anonymous way to help
make their neighborhoods safer and
perhaps receive a substantial re-
ward for their efforts."
The HSUS' Florida animal fight-
ing tip line is managed by investi-

gators with Norred & Associates
and The HSUS. Once tips are au-
thenticated, investigators work with
law enforcement agencies to in-
spect, arrest and prosecute animal
fighters. Callers' identities
tected, and if a caller's tip leads to
the arrest and prosecution of an
animal fighter, the caller becomes
eligible for a reward of up to $5,000
from The HSUS.
"Animal fighting is a horribly
cruel activity and I am proud to help
bring the criminals who engage in
these blood sports to justice," said
Greg D. Norred, founder and CEO
of Norred & Associates. "The HSUS
animal fighting tip line has been im-
mensely successful in Georgia and
we're hopeful that we will have simi-
lar results in Florida."
The HSUS' animal fighting tip
line was first established in the wake
of the Michael Vick case so Georgia
residents can easily report illegal
animal fighting to authorities. Since
its inception in January 2008, the
Georgia tip line has received more
than 1,000 calls, leading to seven
raids and 11 arrests.
"The mix of a dedicated tip line
for animal fighting investigations
and a reward program is a winning
combination," said Laura Bevan,
director of The HSUS' Southeast

regional office. "The Humane Soci-
ety of the United States is thrilled to
partner with Attorney General Mc-
Collum and Norred & Associates in
the effort to stamp out animal fight-
ing in Florida."
Last May, the Attorney General
announced The HSUS's $5,000 re-
ward program to combat animal
fighting in Florida and strongly sup-
ports this latest phase in the efforts
to find and prosecute those involved
in the crime. The HSUS estimates
that Florida is one of the top three
states in which major dogfighting
operations exist.
The expansion of The HSUS's an-
imal fighting tip line has been made
possible thanks to a grant from the
Companions' Fund of The DuPage
Community Foundation. The HSUS'
animal fighting reward program was
established through a grant from the
Holland M. Ware Foundation.
The Humane Society of the Unit-
ed States is the nation's largest ani-
mal protection organization, backed
by 10.5 million Americans, or one of
every 30. For more than a half-cen-
tury, The HSUS has been fighting for
the protection of all animals through
advocacy, education, and hands-on
programs. Celebrating animals and
confronting cruelty on the Web at


Workforce Board Meeting
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009.
Time: 11a.m. CST. Location: Workforce

Center- Panama City
Call-in number: 1-888-808-6959,
guest code: 7475102. Date, time and lo-
cation are subject to change.

Tentative Agenda: Treasurer's Re-
port, Finance and Program Commit-
tees Report and Executive Director

1100 Legal Advertising
1110 Classified Notices
1120 Public Notices/
1130 Adoptions
1140-Happy Ads
1150 Personals
1160 Lost
1170 Foud

The Gulf County School
Board will be accepting
bids for the fencing project
at Wewahitchka Elemen-
tary School. A bid package
may be picked up at 150
Middle *School Road or
faxed by calling
850-229-8369. Bids will be
accepted starting January
8, 2009 and ending Janu-
ary 22, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.
E.S.T. All bids should be
marked Wewahitchka Ele-
mentary Fence, Bid #

The contractor must be
pre-qualified with the Gulf
County School Board. A
pre-qualification package
can be picked up at the
Maintenance Department,
150 Middle School Road,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456. All
contractors must comply
with the Jessica Lunsford
Act. The Gulf County
School Board reserves the
right to reject any or all
You can contact Greg
Layfield at 850-229-8369
with any questions.
The information contained
in this email and any at-
tachments is confidential
and may be subject to
copyright or other intellec-
tual property protection. If
you are not the intended
recipient, you are not au-
thorized to use or disclose
this information, and we
request that you notify us
by reply mall or telephone
and delete the original

RFP # 0809-06
Gulf County, Florida is
seeking proposals for pro-
fessional Solid Waste col,
lection services. The
county intends to enter
into a five (5) year contract
with a qualified and re-
sponsible firm. Any firm
desiring to furnish a pro-
posal for such services
must submit a sealed pro-
posal according to the in-
structions outlined in the
6, 2009 .
.Late submittals received

after the fore mentioned
deadline date, either by
Mail, or otherwise, will not
be considered and re-
turned unopened. The
time of receipt will be de-
termined by the time re-
ceived in the Clerk To The
Board of County Commis-
sioner's office. It is the sole
responsibility of the firm for
assuring that the RFP is re-
ceived in the clerk's office
by the designated date
and time. No faxed, elec-:
tronic or oral RFP will be
To be considered,
Firm/Team must submit an
original and seven (7) cop-
ies of RFP in a sealed en-
velope or package, clearly.
marked with the
Firm/Team's name and ad-
dress, and the words
"Solid Waste Collection:
RFP NO: "0809-06" ad-
dressed to: Gulf County
Board of County Commis-
sioners, Gulf County Clerk
of Court, Room 148, 1000
Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456.
RFP's will be received until
4:30 p.m., E.T., on Friday,
February 6, 2006. RFP's
will be opened on Mon-

Copies of required infor-
mation for the RFR Finan-
cial Statements and Budg-
ets are available in the Gulf
County Clerk of Court's of-
fice, Room 148, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin Sr., Blvd., Port
St. Joe, FL 32456,
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.,
E.T. to 5:00 p.m., E.T.
The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners re-
serves the right to reject
any or all bids deemed in
the best interest of the
By: Billy E. Traylor,
Attest: Rebecca L. Norris,
January 1, 8,2009

1 1100
CASE NO: 08-267 CA
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

FIED that an action to fore-
close a mortgage on the
following property:
has been filed against you
and you are required to
serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it
Plaintiffs attorney, whose
address is 900 South Pine
Island Road #400, Planta-
tion, FL 33324-3920 on or
before February 2, 2009,
(no later than 30 days from
the date of the first publi-
cation of this notice of ac-
fton) 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

WITNESS my hand and
the seal of this Court at
GULF County, Florida, this
22nd day of December,
BY: Jasmine Hysmith
sons with disabilities need-
ing a special accommoda-
tion should contact
TION, at the GULF County
Courthouse at (850)
229-6112, 1-800-955-8771
(TDD) or 1-800-955-8770,
via Florida Relay Service.
January 1,8, 2009

GIVEN that Merlot 111, LLC
the holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has filed
said certificate for'a tax
deed to be issued thereon.
The certificate number and
year of issuance, the de-
scription of the property,
and the names in which it
was assessed are .as fol-
Certificate No.467
Application No.2008-27
Year of Issuance:2006
R.E. No.06269-041 R
Description of Property:
COMMENCE at a rod and
cap marking the Southeast
Corner of Lot 43 (also be-
ing the Northeast Corner
of Lott 44) of San Bias Es-
tates, a subdivision as per
map or plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 3,
Page 20-22, of the Official
Records Office of Gulf
County, Florida, said point

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also lying on the Westerly erly boundary thereof. Also AS UNKNOWN TENANTS CASE NO.: the ADA Coordinator at Restaurant Equipment. Data Processors Depend- 2 br, 1.5 ba, Port St, Joe,
right of way of County being known as Lot 12, IN POSSESSION 23-2008-CA-000518 1000 5th Street, Port St. Store fixtures able, Independent Data C/H/A, laundry room, 10 x
Road Number .30-E, Block "A", of the unre- DEFENDANT(S) Joe, FL 32456 or Tele- To Much to Mention. Processors Needed! Make 25 storage shed, nice
thence run along said right corded Plat of Stone Mill NOTICE OF ACTION phone (850) 229-6113 850-648-3366 Own Schedule, $400-$800 1 br apt. at SJB incl. all yard, very nice area, $525
of way North 19 Degrees Creek Estates. CASE NO: 07-5 10 CA prior to such proceeding. + Full/Part-time available, utilities included, available mo, $400 dep, No pets
41 Minutes 55 Seconds TO: Training Available. Guar- starting Dec. 25th Call Call 850-227-6216
West 10.00 feet to a rod Any person claiming an in- NOTICE OF JUDITH ANN WADE A/K/A WITNESS my hand and -- anteed Weekly Income. 850-527-7227 St Joe Beach 2 br 2 ba
and cap for the POINT OF terest in the surplus from FORECLOSURE SALE JUDITH A. WADE the seal of this Court this 0 o Computer Required. stilt cottage w/ balcony 1
BEGINNING, thence from the sale, if any, other than 29th day of December, I 340 800-339-1842 1/2 blocks to beach, cov-
said POINT OF BEGINN- the property owner as of NOTICE IS HEREBY Last Known Address: 457 2008. ered parking and storage
ING, continue along said the date of the lis pend- GIVEN pursuant to a Sum- Barrier Dunes Dr, Port St -- c-, POSTAL & GOVT JOB a ppliances $682 + sec
right of way North 19 De- ens, must file a claim mary Final Judgment of Joe, FL 32456 Rebecca Norris $82+INFO FOR SALE? 1 br, 1 ba, and 1 room effi- 85233s636 c.
grees 41 Minutes 55 Sec- within sixty (60) days after Foreclosure dated Decem- Also Attempted at: 17757 As Clerk of the Court W- ciency, all utilites included, --2 ------
onds West 89.91 feet to a the sale. ber 29, 2008 entered in Front Beach Rd, Unit 1009, By: Jasmine Hysmith Golf Cart (1)1996 EZ Go Apalachicola, no smoking, St. Joe Beach
re-bar; thence leaving said Civil Case No. 07-510 CA Panama City Beach, FL As Deputy Clerk electric, 36 volt, excellent Caution walk to groc store fum Beautful 3 br 2 ba gulf
right of way run South 70 DATED: December 30, of the Circuit Court of the 32413; 10528 Patrington 08-49595 condition, 1 owner, garage at ion lease, 1st mo sec. req at view home '$110/mo
Degrees 18 Minutes 05 2008 14TH Judicial Circuit in Court, Las Vegas, NV January 8, 15,2009 kept, hard top, fold down signing. 653-6375 C a I' I
Seconds West 329.26 feet and for GULF County, Port 89183 and 5912 Royal windsheid full wrap around You NEVER have to pay C (404) 545 ?2
to a point lying on the ap- REBECCA L. NORRIS St. Joe, Florida, I will sell Castle Ln, Las Vegas, NV rain cover, good batteries for information about (404) 545 2552.
proximate mean high Clerk of the Circuit Court to the highest and best 89130 and charger, good tires, federal or postal jobs. If
water line of the Gulf of By: Jasmine Hysmith bidder for cash at In the $2,500 (1)1999 E-Z Go you see a job
Mexico; thence run along Deputy Clerk FRONT LOBBY at the Current Residence Gas powered. Excellent "guarantee", contact the 2 br, 1 ba, apartments
said approximate mean GULF County Courthouse Unknown condition, Fold down FTC. Hiland -View. Call Phil Towrihomes for rent
high water line South 27 Garvin B. Bowden, Esq, located at 1000 5th Street, windsheild, hard top, new The Federal Trade 227-2112 or' Kenny jones Homestad-
Degrees, 25 Minutes 12 Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Room 148 in Port St. Joe, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF tires, newly upholstered Commission 227-7241 for more info o mestead-
Seconds East 40.69 feet; Wadsworth & Bowden PA. Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on JUDITH ANN WADE A/K/A seat. $2,500 850-653-6687 is America's consumer Ponderosa pines. End
thence leaving said ap- 1300 Thomaswood Drive the 29th day of'January, JUDITH A. WADE protection agency. Efficiency Rooms. Weekly of year special. First
proximate mean high Tallahassee, Florida 32308 2009, the following de- Last Known Address: 457 PErTS & ANIMALS or monthly rentals Down- month rent free with
water line run North 69 De- January 8,15, 2009 scribed property as set Barrier Dunes Dr, Port St I town PSJ on Reid Ave: deposit and 12 month
grees 04 Minutes 20 Sec- 9713S forth in said Summary Fi- Joe, FL 32456 2100 P Freets o 1-877-FTC-HELP Call Pat @ 850-227-5747. ease 2 br and 3br
onds East 77.12 feet to a IN TE CIRCUIT OURT nal Judgment, to-wit: Also Attempted at: 17757 2110 Pets: Free a i 1-L Cl F P a @ 5 7 a b n r
rod and cap; thence North OF HE 14t Front Beach Rd, Unit 1009, 2120-Pe pies [ I P .. A public service ^ .... ^
59rod and cap; thenes 04 MiNorth OF THE 14th JUDICIALN FOR THE FOLLOWING DE- Panama City Beach, FL 2130 -'Farm Animals/ .. message from the FTC 850-227-8404 or 850
Seconds East 104.07 feet CILFRCOUNTY NFRIA SCRIBED LAND, SITUATE, 32413; 10528 Patrington Supplies 02 and The News Herald I120 227 9732 for more in-
to a rod and cap; thence G ULF COUNTYRIDA LYING AND BEING IN Court, Las Vegas, NV 2140- Pets/Livestock ClassifedAdvertisng Sale or Lease, Mexico formation.
North 70 Degrees 18 M GENERAL JURISDICTIN N GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA, 89183 and 5912 Royal Wanted 1 Department Beach Great location. 1 formation
utes 05 Seconds East TO-WIT: COMMENCE AT Castle Ln, Las Vegas, NV -__ \,. block to Beach, 3br, 2ba, .
63.00 feet to a rod and WELLS FARGO BANK THE SOUTHWEST COR- 89130 4100 Help Wanted MH, deck, $229,000 con-
cap; thence South 19 De- NA. DBA AMERICA'S NER OF SECTION 13, 4130- -Employment sider all.serious offers or 6
grees 41 Minutes 55 sec- SERVICING COMPANY TOWNSHIP 5 SOUTH, Current Residence I 2100 I InformatioS / ** onds East 71.50 feet to a PtAINTIFF RANGE 11 WEST, GULF Unknown util. 803-604-0289 or .ii
rod and cap; thence North COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND u t 803-397-4869 .o
70 Degrees 18 Minutes 05 VS THENCE RUN NORTH 89 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that 8 0] ,--_-
Seconds East 81.62 feet to DEGREES 24 MINUTES 40 an action for Foreclosure 4100 1
the POINT OF BEGINN- MICHAEL T MURPHY' SECONDS EAST FOR of Mortgage on the follow- Rottweilers, AKC NFL-K9 ,* A. ETTE F SALg
ING. Containing 0.33 ac- UNKNQWN SPOUSE OF 1726.20 FEET; THENCE ing described property: 3 Females, 12 weeks old Logistics/Transportation 71a0 Home
res, more or less. MICHAEL T. MURPHYIF NORTH 01 DEGREES 31 Howard Creek, 827-2701 710, -710.e 0- ach Home/
ANY H. EMORY MURPHY MINUTES 37 SECONDS BARRIER DUNES, UNIT cell340-1395 Driver Trainees 6100 Business/ Property
Name in which assessed: EMORYMURPHY WEST FOR 1798.77 FEET; 37, PARCEL "G"; COM- .NEEDED c' meca 7120 commercial
John C. Webb EMUNKNOWN SPOUSE OF THENCE RUN NORTH 89 MENCE AT THE NORTH- 110 -Apartmpns 7130 Condo/Townhouse
ANY;CANY ANDUALL UN- DEGREES 24 MINUTES'40 WEST CORNER OF GOV- No CDL? No ProblemI! i6 0- Beach R use For Rent Duplex 7140- Farms & Ranches
Allof said property being KNOW ARTIESCLAIM- SECONDS EAST FOR ERNMENT LOT 4, IN .6140- CHouseRentals 2Bedroom,11/2 Bath, n o ts
in Gulf County, State of ING B THROUGH, UN- 1500.00 SET THE POINT FRACTIONAL SECTION .Earn up to $900/wk Home 6150 -Roommate Waned Large Kitchen & Family 170 at ole oes/Lots
Florida. Unlesssuchcertif- DER, AND AGAINST THE OF BEGINNING. FROM 36, TOWNSHIP 8 SOUTH, weekends with TMC. Com- 5160 -Rooms for Rent Room, Elevator, Swimm- 7180-Investment
cate shall be redeemed NAMED INDIV SAID POINT OF BEGINN- RANGE 12 WEST, GULF V .,EiH '. FOD pany endorsed CDL Train- .6170 MobiletHome/Lot ang Pool, Game Room, Properly
according to law, the prop- UA D EFENDANT(S) W ING RUN NORTH 01 DE- COUNTY,. FLORIDA, AND Ing 1-866-280-5309 ireRenals TV., Ice Machine, Laundr 7190-ut-of-Town
erty described in such cer- ARE NOT KNOWN TO B GREES 31 MINUTES 37 THENCE RUN NORTH 00 6200-. Vacation Rentals Room Fully Furnished, in- Real Estate
tificate will be sold to the DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETH- SECONDS WEST FOR DEGREES 12 MINUTES 24, Medical/Health eludes Elec Power & 7200 Timeshare
highest bidder in the frontER SAID UNKNOW PAR- 455.76 FEET; THENCE SECONDS EAST, ALONG MERCHANDISE / Hea Water, garbage pickup.
Lobby of the Gulf County TE M AI N NORTH 89 DEGREES 24 THE EASTERLY BOUND- $1150 month -
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G TEREST AS SPOUSES MINUTES 40 SECONDS ARY LINE OF GOVERN- 100-Antiques Office Manager 6100 Location-C30 2 mi East 710
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. HEIRS, DEVISEES EAST FOR 500.00 FEET; MENT LOT 2 IN. SAID 3120 Arts & Crafts Needed for loal Veterina- For lease: Office Space pass Raw Bar on left
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, GRANTEES OR OTHER THENCE SOUTH 01 DE- FRACTIONAL SECTION 3130-'Auctions lan with excellent comr- 00 sq ft fedurng two 850-227-6683 Let's Trade
E.T., Wednesday the 4th CLAIMANTS; BARRIER GREES 37 MINUTES 37 36, FOR A DISTANCE OF 3140 Baby Items puter skills. Call priv ate offices bathroom 8 2 .HOUSes
day of February, 2009. DUNES HOMEOWNERS SECONDS EAST FOR 99995 FEET; THENCE, 3150 building Supplies 850-2277270. and porch with Bay views. My beautiful $275,000
Dated this 30th day of De-AS OC NK INCN SOUTH 89 DEGREESNCE LEAVI24 BOUNDARY STERLY OF Equipme $600/mth includes utilities. e in Tenn., with low
mber, 2008 JOCIAOEAND MN.;SINUTES 40 SECONDS GOVERNMENT LOT 2, 3170- Collectibles Other" 3052' West Hwy 98, 6140, 1I taxes and ins., or my
cember,2008JOHN DOE AND JANE MINUTES 40 SECONDS GOVERNMENT LOT 2, 3180-Computers850978-2099 1 br, 1 ba, furn $500 + beautiful $170,000 homein
DOE AS UNKNOWN TEN- WEST FORE500.00 FEET RUN NORTH 89 DE- 3190 Electronics Attention!!! Some util,$250dep. How- North Carolina for your.
REEBECCAFL CRSI UNKNOWN TE TO THE POINT OF BEGIN-. AGREES 47 MINUTES 36 3200 Firewood ,, ard Creek Cl522-9515 or
REBECCA L. NORRIS ANTS IN POSSESSION NING. SAID PARCEL OF SECONDS WEST, FORTA 3210- Free Pass t n m mpu wOad Ceek Cal 5229515 beautiful home in the Pan-
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT D S ,ARCELOFSECONDS WEST, FOR A3n H. C 326-0785 r827-2906 hande Cal 252-926-052
COURT DEFENDANT(S) LAND HAVING AN AREA DISTANCE- OF 749.58 3220 Furniture -Flexible hours, great pay,3 -75o8-20, hd"Cal29'9
3 30 Garage/Yard Sales will train, Cal i 6110 o or r tomandritac@
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 07-476CA OF 5.21 ACRES, MORE FEET; THENCE RUN 32340 -Gns a rd Sale' wn al erthnknet
BY: Donna L. Ray- 07-476CA OR. LESS, AND BEING NORTH 00 .DEGREES 12 3250 Good Things to Eat 727-865-6795
Deputy Clerk NOTICE OF SUBJECT TO 30.00 FOOT MINUTES 24 SECONDS 3260 Health & Fitness
January 1,e 8,N15,T22,2009 F ECL RE SALF WIDE ROADWAY EASE- EAST FOR A DISTANCE 3270 Jewelry/Clothing 1 2 3
January1,8,15, 22, 2009 FORECLOSURE SALE MENT ALONG THE OF 239.04 FEET TO THE 3280- Machinery/ 1 br, 1 ba & 2 br, apart- 1 & 3
9711N TE CIRCUIT COURT NOTICE IS HEREBY SOUTHERLY BOUNDARY W E S T E R L Y Equipment I ment. unfum electric/water Bedroom 1 ,7150
THET NIC snt S THEREOF, ALL L, GA RIGHT-OF-WAYLINEOF A Miscellaneousn Other inc. Tile floors, part cy- Houses
OF THE FOURTEENTH GIVEN pursuant toe AND MINERAL RIGHTS PRIVATE ROADWAY 3310-uMusa nstmments s [press paneling private fo .en i PtS.J C ell
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND mary Final JudgmentO f RESERVED ROA DWAY 3310 Musical instruments 'press- panelling,-. private '
S LF C ONT reclosure dated ce RESERVED BY PREVIOUS (HAVING A 30 FOOT WIDE, 3320- Plants & Shrubs/ ery Workr deck 1 block from beach rent50 rtSt. Call
FLORIDA ber 29, 2008 entered inDem OWNER. A UTILITY EASE- RIGHT-OFWAY), THENCE Supplies N. Urs y4 0 4 4 0 2- 5 5 7 3 850-227-7800 Corner Lot q.27 ac. in
FLORIDA ber 29 2008 entered in MENT RESERVED ALONG RUN NORTH 33 DE- 3330 Restaurant/Hotel FUMC Port St. .Joe 850-653-6459 South Gate subdivision, lot
ase No07-4 A of ALL PROPERTY LINES5 GREES 44 MINUTES 41 3340 Sportng, Goods approx. 8 hrs/week Wed is walking distance to New
CAPITAL CITY BANK, the Circuit Court of the FEET SECONDS WEST ALONG 3350 Tkets (Buy& Sell) & Sun $1h Call church Sacred Heart Hospital in
Plaintiff, 14th Judicial Circuit in and SAID WESTERLY @ 227-1724I 1 PSJ. $57,500 Adjacent lot
vs. Joe, Florida, I Wills Any rso claim a n- GHTOF LIN Available Dec.1st 1911 Cypress Ave. Large also a. ML#233815
"V.the highest and best bid- toterest in the surplus from FOR A DISTANCE OF ther feced yard with deck.all 850-227-9762 _
KENNETH HUGH ARDIRE; der for cash at the Front sale, if any, therhan 235.47 FEET, THENCE 3190 Other 1000 sq.ft. fenced yard with deck. VacantLot
theE OF F RDA, e ob st at the GLCsale if anpy, otherao L than GSI E S TConisisting of Great neighborhood near Vacant Lot
STATE OF FLORIDA, DE- Lobby at the GULF ounty the property owner as pofnd ERLYEAV RIGHT-OFWAYID WEST- Several 3-ffices school, $725/mo. + 1st & 125 Crane Dr Port St Joe,
PARTMENTOFREVENUE Courthouse located at ens, must file a. claim LINE RUN SOUTH 56 DE- Positions 1-ADA Bathroom last morent dep. 1 yr FL, .468acre lot. Price
TENand UNKNOWN 1000e, Fifoh Streeida, at t11:00 a.m within 60 days after the GREES 15 MINUTES 19 Resort .Vacation 500 sq;ft. Warehouse lease Cll 648-8629 or $60,000 or make offer.
Defendants, on the 29th day of Janu- sale.. SECONDS WEST 7.06 Nintendo game cube, w/2 '. Re /mn P Call850-4m02-8015a.losec
e De 2on thFe ft gda o e F- FEET TO THE POINT OF controllers & games, $60, Properties Of SGI, $850.00/mo Gross Realors Welcome
CASE NO. 08-285-CA scry, 2009pthetollowig asset Dated this 29th day of De- BEGINNING.-FROM SAID XBOX w/ 2 controllers, 1 A Inc Amr. c._ a's '
forth in said Summaery Fl- member, 2008. POINT OF BEGINNING wireless, 1 corded, 4 A great opportunity | !America'- S s -k" '
NOTICE OF nort sal Judgment, to-wit: RUN THENCE SOUTH 70, games $80 Call 827-2328 awaits you at the largest IMini-Storiage and 3 br, 15 a Mexico More bank.
DEGREE Sa7lMINUTESC20rkca .Niris, 17 Me 2k vacationDE ErentalMohreMeahCanlrrotno
P OfficeComplex Beach Canal Frontboatbanker.
TO CHAPTER 45 UNIT127OFBARRIER By: Jasmine Hysmith FEET, TH Court SECONDS WEST 49. onSt George Island 850-229ock, fp; no pet's, $1, 00
NOTICE is given pursuant ECIE Deputy Clerk DEGREES 42 MINUTES 31 44 We are now acceptingp.
NOTICE isgivenpursuant IN PROTECTIVE COVE-.DpSECONDS EAST 16.00 |n3220aeapplicationsforithe 478-451-7761 850-648-5045
to a Final Judgment of NANTS, CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEET, THENCE NORTH 70 following positions
Foreclosure dated Decem- AND RESTRICTIONS OF THE AMERICANS WITH DEGREES 17 MINUTES 29 Bench craft sofa w/ 2 built *Maintenance
ber 29, 2008, in Case No. BARRIER DUNES, RE- DISABILITIES ACT, per- SECONDS EAST 49.00 in recliners, and love seat. Technician America's
06-285-CA, of the Circuit CORDED IN OR. BOOK DISABILITIES ACT, per- SECONDS EAST 49.00 in recliners, and love seat .
08-285-CAourt of the Fourteenth Ju- 107, PAGE 227, PUBOOKIC sons with disabilities need- FEET, THENCE NORTH 19 Southwestern pattern on *Independent 1404 Long Ave.(Tenant -- i
diCourtoftheCFrcuirteenthJu- 107, Pfor AGE 2CORDS 27, PUBLIC ing a special accom da DEGREES 42 MINUTES 31 the. fabric asking $500 contractors: i fell through avail. again)
Gulfdicia Circuit, Flon anda for RECOUNTY FLORIDA AND tion should contact SECONDS .WEST 16.00 please call 850-227-1259 *Housekeeping Cute Bungalow, 3 br, 2 ba AUTOMOTIVE, MARINE
whch ty APITALoCITYAS AMENDED AT ORD COURT ADMINISTRA- FEET TO THE/POINT OF *Front Desk Clerk Storage newly refurbished, laundry RECREATIONAL -
BANK is the Plaintiff and BOOK 110, PAGE 805 TION, at the GULF County BEGINNING. *Quality Assurance rm w/d. $700 month Call 8100 Antique & Collectibles
KENNETH HUGH ARDIRE, tf R. BOOK 128, PAGE Courthouse at NONE, h b ,i" Coordinators 850-766-46010- rs Utility Vehicle
S TATE OF FLORIDA, DE 118 AND O.R BOOK 1 3028PAG 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or hasbeenfiledagaihstyou --,-IiI We offer a great benefits 1 (85 850-766-4601 8120-Sports Utility Vehicles
EOFP FO E OR UBLO C 1-800-955-8770, via Florida and you are required to- 328 Pckage to full time em- ,- Gulfire 8130 -Trucks
PARTME NT OF REVENUEWN PAGE 34 OF THE LF Relay Service serve a copy of your writ- pfuyes or you mayjo 229-8014 Large light and bright 1 br, s1 5 Commercial,
TENANT(S) are the De- COUNTY, FLORIDA. ten defenses, if any, to it, .u s on a part time your cur .basis 1 ba garden apartment. 8160-Motorcycles
fendants, I will sell to the TSOF on Marshall C. Watson, to supplement your cur- il .Climate and' W/D, Tle and Carpet, pri- 8170-Auto Parts
highest and best bidderfor A person claiming an in DAVID J. STERN, RA., PA., Attorney for Plaintiff, rent income. Non-Climate vacy fenced with deck & Accessories
cash at the front lobby of tert inhe surplus from ATTORNEY FOR PLAIN whoseaddres is 1800 King utter Post hole dig- Apply in person today Control Storage pool, tennis court, private Ponal Watercrat
Sthe Gulf County Court- the sale, if any, other than TIFF NW 49th STREET, SUITE gerlor 3pt-PTO 40 in drill- -c G. a UnitS beach. -Pets 'okay.. $695 8230 Saiboats
house in Port St. Joe, Gulf the property owner as of 900 South Pie Island 120 Fr, LAUDERDALE FL ing depthincludes9 &12 est St Geoch Drive orage mo. 850-639260 240 Boat & Marine
Cou, Florida at 11 0 the date of the is pend- Road Suite 400 11 33309 on or before Febru- in. bits, $4S0 850-653-2897 W est St George Island 850-o6-at0V8stor8age SSuppliesa
m. on January 09, ens, must file Plantation, FL33324-3920 ary 9,2009, a date which FL 32328 &Office space MEXICO 8310- Aircraft/Aviation
the property se forth in the within60days ater the 7(954)233-800034(FM)FNM is. ter the first publication of BEACH-3 BR 2 830 Road Vehiles
Final Judgment of Foreclo- sale. --'07-26834(FM)FNM tar the first publication ofhaveBA8334-Mtrmpers&Tra
sure and more particularly January8, 15,2009 this Notice in THE STAR Hurry! We only have afew BA 834--Motorhomes
described as follows: Dated this 30th day of 971 Stheand file the othriginal wicourthei-r
See Exhibit "atta c ember 2008. IN THECIRCUIT COURT thr before service on Barefoot a left 418 Texas Ave Yr8160
See Exhibit "A" attached OF-THE 14TH JUDICIAL Plaintiffs attorney or'imme- Lease; $850/ mo; $850/
hereto and made a part Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR diately thereafter; other- IRa beahaessommuniy withpools, playgrounds, (lu Dep, No Pets/ No Smok- 2003 Kawasaki 750 Vul-
hereof.for the description Clerk of the Circuit Court GULF COUNTY FLORIDA wise a default will be ening. Single Family Ranch. can, burgundy in color,
oftheproperty. ByJasmineHysmith CIVIL IVISION tered against you for the Golden Rule PETSITTING ndCredit/References Re- new tires and battery,
oDeputy clerk termed against you'for the Golden Rule PET SITTING house,nhu P induewaer, sewer and garbage, quird. 804-81-577 $2,800, call 850-648-4557
wemenrnateofeSecut t I y ACrC- R Ak E WITH COUNTRYWIDE HOMErelief demanded ir the SERVICE. Perfect alterna -our -_ 804-8156577.
westCorner of Section 3, IN ACCORDANCE WITHE H complant. tive to kenneling your 4
LOANS, INC., legged kids. Referred by 3br/3,Ebo ...............................................I R 050
10 West, Gulf County, or- DISABILITIES ACT, per- Americans with Disabilities sitter/pet owner Does Port St Joe 191/2 ft palm beach 200
ida; thence go South 89 sons with disabilities need- vs. Act of 1990 (ADA), disa- home visits while you are PortStJoe 191/2ft palm beach2007
degrees 55 minutes 18 ing a special accommoda- bled persons who, be- away. In busihess 8 years. '' 1 8 1.131 Bridgeport 3br, 2 ba, Due to health problems
seconds East a distance of ton should contac JUDITH ANN WADE A/K/A cause of their disabilities Call Diana 227-5770 & Dan $50127 Bellamy Circle 3 must sell 115 HP 4 stroke.
1293.98 feet; thence go COURT ADMINISTRA- JUDITHA. WADE, et al, needspecial accommoda- 227-8225 'Sout-]mCoast, Jianagonmni u ,{9.1350 br, 2ba, $800116 Hunter Very few hrs. Call for
South 00 degrees 25 min- TION, at the GULF County Defendants. tion to participate in this LONG L TERM RENTALS .th a. Circle 3 br, 1 ba, $750 details. 850-832-20402
utes 04 seconds West a Courthouse at, nts. proceeding should contact LONGTERMRENTALS Soeo CallEli 850-2275152 850-229-1542
distance of 342.98 feet; 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or cna ..
thence go North 89 de- 1-800-955-8770, via Florida J O B_ Joe C o m mercia
grees 24 minutes 46 sec- Relay Service.
onds East a distance ofSt. Joe Commercial
395.83 feet; thence go THE LAW OFFICES OF Leas
North 89 degrees 57 min- DAVID J. STERN, PA., Cu n yBaySpace f A a Ior H
disutes 41 seconds East a ATTORNEY FOR PLAIN- The Gulf CountyBoard of County pa i w v
S intanece ofNo3rt 00 de Ot South Pine Island Commissioners is accepting applica- Prime Retail Space
grees 35 minutes 14 sec- Road Suite 400 tions for fully Certified Corrections 319 Reid Avenue s __,__ ______________
onds East a distance of Planttion, FL 33324-3920 1350sf occupant a ff shed; $1000/mo
335.23 feet to the center- (954)233-8000 Officers. Full-time and part-time po- NNN _Ofca,,___e;-00_ _n_____l __l. ____l_
line of a 66 foot wide road- January 8,15, 2009 sitions are available. Applications 317 Williams Avenue I I I
ginning. Thence go North IN THE CIRCUIT COURT and a complete job description are 1800sf -tenant improvements negotiable; $1800/mo gross "iF
58 degrees 25 minutes 12 OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL available in our Human Resources 325 Reid Avenue F R E
centerline a distance of GULF COUNTY FLORIDA Office (1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. 4500sf- flex space; corner location; $2500/mo gross -
1North de greens 33m GEN ERAL JURISDICTION Blvd., Port St. Joe, Robert Moore 309 Reid Avenue -nl IW l'
utes 20 seconds East a NIV : 6000sf renovated shell space; occupant ready; $4500/mo C- EMRG E
distance to 566.34 feet to CITIMORTGAGE, INC. Admn Building, Room 301), or at mod-gross i =IL-1 1 1L. *1 1
the centerline of Stone Mill SUCCESSOR BY 310 Reid Aven e e
saCreek; thence go alongCee MERGE R TO ABN AMRO Full time positions start at $27,040, 5750sf Suite B; p fti feti ure retailer; $3000/mo
South 67 degrees 22 min- PLAINTIFF part-time position pay will be based
distance of 82.93 feet; VS on experience. Office Space Drv
thence go South 87 de- 202 Marina Drive
grees 09 minutes 29 sec- JAMES CAMPBELL AK/A 680sf well appoint o, it '8 'ross (incl. utilities)
bonds East a distance of JAMES W. CAMPBELL Applications will be accepted un- (Bayside Iuilding)
23.16 feet. Departing said ^ ^, ^.o ,,, .^,MiiOV .Li,~

centerine ofCreek, go AMBELL KAY CAMP- til 5:00 p.m., E.T. on January 29, 310 Reid Avenue
South 00 degrees 33 min- BELL A/K/A KAY K. CAMP- 2009 at the Gulf County Human 1116sf Suite C; finished office space; lobby area with two : ChrIsler Jeep Mitsubishi
utes 20 seconds West a BELL; ANY AND ALL UN- office suites and filing/storage room; $1000/mo NNN Ue r cnr
distance of 45.58 feet to KNOWN PARTIES CLAIM-ResourcesOffice. For more infor-& Used Car Supercener
the centerline of the afore- NOW RT CRU IM R eUu 322 Long Avenue -
said 66 foot wide roadway; DNGER AND AGAINST THE mation, please contact Human Re- 1000sf move-in ready; $900/mo gross Service Center~ Pas & Acessories -
thence 'go North 87 de- DR ADGINTH man, -
grees 55 minutes 41 sec- HEREIN NAMED INDIVD- sources Director Denise Manuel at Warehouse / Flex Space C H* RY S LE R N Y
onds West along said cen- ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE (850) 229-5335. 110 Trade Circle West = ...--1 ,s L =
terline a distance of 84B94 DEAD OR ALIVE, 22500sf 12500sf PSJ Commerce Park, flex space, $5.25psf/
feSaidparel o intfBeginn- WHETHER SAID UN- NNN (incl. water/sewer)U N= n Irn
in Said parcel of land is KNOWN PARTIES MAY Gulf County enforces a Drug-Free 850-785-4372
situated in Section 3, CLAIM AN INTEREST AS..
10WestGulf 4 unty, Flor- SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVI- Workplace Policy and is an Equal Marketed Exclusively by: 8 5
Ida, and being subjecttoa EOpportunity/AffirmativeActionrEm- 850-229-6373 = 888-403-88
33.00 eeat wide roadway N DOE, AND JANE DOE ployer. IIIIII7lll . . ... .. .. .. .. .3..
easement along the South-1N E D EO n

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

How a pair of wandering bikers

found their way from

Friday lHarbor to the Panhandle

By Lois Swoboda
Florida Freedom Newspapers

There are only a few roads lead-
ing into the Florida Panhandle, but
there is more than one way to travel
on those roads. When Bobbie (56)
and Glen Gullickson (61) arrived in
Apalachicola on Oct. 23, 2008, it was
the culmination of a 5,608 mile, 123
"ay odyssey traveling the back roads
and byways of North America on Sur-
ly tour bicycles.
Setting out from theil home, a sail-
boat moored in Friday.Harbor, on San
Juan Island, 90 miles north of Seattle
in Washington State, they. traveled to'
Par Harbor Maine along the Northern
Tier of the Adventure Cycling Route
Network. They detoured at one point COURTESY OF
to dip into Canada and travel down oh
the Sunrise Coast of Michigan. The Bobbie Gullickson pauses a0 O
gullicksons journeyed 4,345 miles over 20 ina the Northern ascadeM
97 days from May 18, 2008 to Aug. 22, M
2008. Then, after shipping their bi-
pycles to their daughter's bike shop in
Bettendorf, Iowa and visiting family for
a month, they trekked from Iowa in the
Corn Belt to Florida in the Sun Belt;
1,263 miles over 26 days from.Sept. 28, ,
2008 to Oct. 23, 2008.
Glen met Bobbie while coaching
a women's softball team in Portland,
Oregon. (He said he volunteered to
coach hoping to meet girls.) Amaz-
ingly, the Gullicksons are new to cy-
cling and say they became interested
in fitness late in life.
Glen said, "We've always been active
but it wasn't until a few years ago we
joined an athletic club in Tennessee."
* At the time, they were caring for a
grandchild while their daughter was
deployed as a communications offi-
cer in Iraq. COURTESY OF BC
The pair insists they are no more Bobbie da d Glen at Washington P
fit than anyone else. Glen has an ar- orthern Cascade Mountains
tificial knee and says the other one ern Cascade Mountains
heeds replacement.
They didn't even own bikes until two years ago.
Bobbie enrolled in a spinning class. Spinning, in this
case, does not refer to the process of hand producing
thread. It is an instructor-led class on stationary bikes
modified to give the feel of a mountain bike. The instruc-
tor takes you on a virtual ride, changing the speed and
resistance for a challenging cardiovascular workout nor-
mally accompanied by a lot of shouting and background
A number of triathletes were in the class and Bobbie
decided she wanted to start participating in triathlons.
She bought an expensive graphite racing bike and start-
ed training. Somebody gave Glen an old English ten-
speed so he could ride along, but there was a problem:
We've always tried to do things together.
"We've always tried to do things together," said Bob-
bie, "but, When I said I wanted to do triathlon, he said
he had no interest. He said he'd be the cheerleader, but
we had forgotten how much fun it is to ride bikes. When
he came up with the idea of riding across country, I em-
braced it, because it was something we could enjoy to-
gether." Bobbie and G
The Gullicksons researched touring bikes on line and favorite leg of
finally found what they wanted, a pair of Surly Long Haul
Truckers, in Victoria, British Columbia. They wound up cooking.
spending $1,500 for each bike completely fitted out for "I didn't think)]
long distance travel. after a forty-five m
"There's bikes you can get for less that would do the always loved cooki:
job," advised Glen, but he said it's important to get the Glen said they
right kind of bike for long rides. Touring bikes have a They found that a
steel frame, which is heavier than the frame of a racing in an hour by car ta
bike, but is an excellent shock absorber.
Glen's bike is dubbed the Tortoise and Bobbie's is the The cost
Hare. Each carries a carved mascot on the handlebars.
The couple carried all of their gear with them slung on The trip was re
the frames of their bikes in specially designed bags and to survive on $50 a
racks. Careful attention was givenrto each detail. In ad- The couple spent
dition to a Hubba Hubba two person tent, fleece jackets, including the cost c
Keen sandals, cooking utensils and bike repair gear, on campsites, $2,7(
their equipment included more exotic itermis like a Ha- another $2,000 eatii
waiian silk shirt, Sealskinz waterproof socks, a four leaf The trip, they bo
clover, peanut butter and dog repellant. Dogs actually were on took them
turned out to be such a big worry on one leg of their Sun McDonalds and Wa
Belt travels that they opted to rent a car for a while, that it was a spiritu
Glen also said they took out health insurance before a journey that brou
embarking. Fortunately, they never heeded to use this, At the end of the
although Glen said he is still sore from a fall onto rail- wrote the following
road tracks in Michigan.
During their journey, Bobbie and Glen rode rain or Well, we did it! I
shine, only pausing once to wait out a torrential down- for the "What if?",
pour under a tarp. While on the road, the pair tent now discard that k
camped about two thirds of the time, but opted to stay in Let me make o0
a hotel about twice a week. clear. This idea ma
Bobbie said they originally thought they would camp tion, but this trip t
minore. She said that, although they usually stopped at as without Bobbie!!
roadside diner for a hot breakfast, she did most of their I am truly bless
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The Adventure Cycling Route Network was started in 1976, by the
non profit Adventure Cycling Association, with the designation of the
TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. Since then, it has blossomed into a system of
38,158 miles linking together rural roads to create safe low traffic bike
routes through some of the most scenic and historically significant areas of
the United States.

Pass in the

len's camp set up along the Erie Canal Towpath. Glen said this was perhaps his
the journey.

I was going to feel like fixing dinner
nile ride, but it turned out I did. I've
ng," she said.
averaged about 45 to 60 miles a day.
stretch of road that could be traveled
makes about eight hours by bike.

of a biking adventure?

latively inexpensive. They had hoped
day but the reality was closer to $85.
around $7,700 on their adventure, not
of their gear. Glen said they spent $675
00 on motels, $1,600 on groceries and
ng out.
th agree, was fabulous. The roads they
n off the beaten path. They didn't see
al-Mart. They saw America. Both said
aljourney as well as a physical one and
ght them even closer together.
ir trek from Washington to Maine, Glen
in his journal.

kept a little, tiny piece of me prepared
if we didn't finish; fortunately, I can
ast remnant of doubt!
ne thing absolutely, perfectly, crystal
ay have been my hair-brained sugges-
would not have ever come to fruition
sed to have a woman like her in my

life! She would bike all day, in all sorts of weather, with-
nut complaint; and then, while I was setting up the tent,
she would stick her head in her panniers and come up
with some absolutely gourmet dinner! Plus, her 'can do'
attitude saved me from any whining I thought I was jus-
tified in voicing. Ilove you Bobbie!! UDDABEST!!!!!
On this trip, I learned the gratification that comes with
seeing a job through to completion; of doing a good job. I
have always been good at starting projects and so-so at
finishing them; hopefully, I will now continue to complete
projects that I start!

What's next for the rambling Gullicksons? They say
they are considering a ride south to Tampa. Right now
they have rented an apartment in the historic district and
are looking at houses locally. Bobbie has taken a part-time
job as a barista. Glen is preparing to send off an historical
novel about the Knights Templar he wrote over the last
three years for editing.
"Friday Harbor will always be our home," said Glen,
"but we like it here. We picked this spot because it was
similar to home. It's about the same size as our town but
the weather is better."
Glen said the pair built their 31-foot sailboat; Laurel,
themselves and it will always be their home base.
"She's a perfect sailboat. We could go back and live on
her any time if we want to or we could just sail away," he
If you want to learn more about the Gullicksons and
their amazing adventure check out their online journal

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