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Place of Publication: Port St. Joe Fla
Publication Date: January 15, 2009
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By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
St. Patrick's Day and green
are perfect matches on March
17; the Gulf County School dis-
trict is hoping the day brings
good luck to its bottom line.
District school officials are
cranking up the campaign to ask
voters to approve an additional
mill levy for operational funds
with the prospect that if the mea-


sure does not pass muster with
taxpayers the district could be
shedding jobs before the school
year ends.
"There is a possibility of us
not making payroll in May,"
said Superintendent of Schools
Tim Wilder. "If the referendum
doesn't pass, layoffs 'are likely
between March and June.
"Andjust because the referen-
dum passes doesn't mean there
won't be layoffs in the summer."


Wilder, district officials and
school board members have
already scheduled a full-court
press of civic organizations, high
schools, middle schools, county
political parties and. woman's
clubs in the coming weeks to
make their case for the addition-
al levy.
A political action committee
is being formed, opening a bank
account for operating funds and
selecting officers, to provide


a grassroots effort to what in
these economic times will not be
an easy sell.
"We are starting that process
and hopefully it will be done by
the end of (last week)," Wilder
said. "We are also going to all the
districts."
Wilder and the school board
have the full support of the union
representing district teachers
and non-instructional employ-
ees. The district and union are


currently negotiating salary and
benefits for district employees.
"The Gulf Education Associa-
tion is whole-heartedly behind
this referendum," said Brian
Phillips, executive director of
the union.
The referendum process will
be similar to that used to estab-
lish Municipal Services Taxing
Units (MSTU), for the beach res-
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Obama



looks to icon

Civil Rights leader Martin

Luther King Jr. figured prominently in
Obama's presidential campaign


Port St. Joe hopes to

increase efficiency with


equipment upgrades

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
It's been a long time coming, but the
city of Port St. Joe has entered the tech-
nology age.
A Dell computer package and in-
creased interconnectivity between
agencies are among the many improve-
ments touted by city manager Charlie
Weston.
Hoping to increase the city's efficien-
cy, Weston initiated a city-wide techriol-
ogy assessment last spring.
A Panama City consultant met with
department heads in city hall, the po-
lice department, code enforcement,
parks and recreation and the wastewa-
ter treatment plant to determine equip-
ment needs.
The city purchased new desktop and*
laptop computers, connected agencies
to a shared server and has been con-
verting paper files to digital ones.
All digital files will be backed up on
discs and stored in a safe deposit box,
eliminating the mountains of paperwork
currently stored at each city agency.
"We're heading in a paperless direc-
tion," said Weston, noting that a com-
plete conversion to digital files will take
some time.
A secure server room is housed in
city hall, with access limited to upper-
management.
See TECHNOLOGY A5


The technology upgrades will render obsolete several
antiquated record keeping systems, such as this
wall-mounted message board, said city police chief
David Barnes.

Above, Port St. Joe Police Sgt. Tim Wood searches a
vehicle information database on.his patrol car's new
laptop computer. The laptops give law enforcement
officers instant access to information previously
provided only by dispatchers.

At top, Deputy police chief David Garner tries out
the "send" feature of the new eCopy machine. The
machine transports scanned documents to computer
inboxes with the push of a button.


By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Three months before
announcing his candidacy
for presi-
dent of




thoughtful
medita-
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MARTIN life of Civil
LUTHER Rights icon
KING JR. Dr.. Mar-
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taking his daughters, then
aged five and eight, to view
the completed memorial.
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GULF DEMOCRATS
ANSWER OBAMA'S
CHALLENGE
By Despina Williams
Star StaffWriter
In the days before
his inauguration as the
nation's 44th president,
Barack Obama called
on Americans to serve
their communities
on the Martin Luther
King, Jr. holiday.
Taking up the presi-
dent-elect's volunteer
challenge, the Gulf
County Democratic
Party has launched a
county-wide food drive.
The food will be do-
natedrto the local food
pantry, which;is man-
aged by the non-profit
group, People Helping
People.
The drive began on
Monday and will con-
clude on Jan. 19 with
a food drop-off event
in Frank Pate Park in

See ODBAMA A6


State elections



claim in commission


race 'insufficient'


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The Florida Elections
Commission announced
late last year that a com-
plaint filed in the District
3 county commission race
"appears to be legally in-
sufficient."
In a letter to Commis-
sioner Bill Williams, who
won a race marked by
claims and counter-claims,
Barbara Linthicum, execu-
tive director of the Florida
Elections Commission,
wrote that the allegations
made by Williams against


challenger Bo Williams did
not constitute violations of
state election laws.
Bill Williams alleged
that Bo Williams used re-
sources from a Tyndall Air
Force Base photo laborato-
ry to produce a campaign
photo for his political flier
and received an in-kind
contribution from employ-
ees who used the photo lab
for rack cards and failed to
report the true value of the
contribution.
Linthicum wrote that it
is not a violation of state
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Thursday, January 15, 2009


County Commission clarifies local business preference policy


By Marie Logan
Contributing Writer
The 2009 year opened with
Commissioner Nathan Peters
in the chairman's seat.
Of special note to business-
es planning or desiring to do
business with the county, the'
board unanimously passed a
resolution clarifying the exist-
ing resolution on local busi-
ness preference toward the
awarding of county bids.
Written certification must
now be provided by each busi-
ness, which will then be re-
searched and verified by county
staff as to that business's qual-
ification as a local business.
Among other stipulations,
the resolution now defines a
local business as one having a
fixed office, including a street
address, in Gulf County for a
minimum of three years im-
mediately prior to the bid pro-
cess,
Qualifying local businesses
will receive a 7 percent pref-
erence, while businesses hav-
ing no home office within the
county, but meeting all other
requirements, will receive a


5 percent preference.
In other business conducted
at the meeting:
The county is holding ten-
tative talks with Bay County
Animal Control in hopes of
forging an interlocal agreement
between the two counties.
Gulf County is seeking as-
sistance from Bay County for
animal control, working in
conjunction with the St. Jo-
seph Bay Humane Society,
based in Gulf County, and Ro-
land Jones, Gulf County's lone
animal control officer.
, Denise Manuel, director of
Gulf County Human Resources
and Risk Management, out-
lined the progress made in the
county's proposed proactive
approach to employee health
care.
Manuel and other county
officials have been working to
formulate an employee well-
ness plan that ties into the
county's insurance costs.
Reiterating what Manuel
told the board about needing
the commission's backing in
making the plan work, Don
Butler, Gulf County adminis-
trator, told commissioners that


"we need the board to buy into
what we're doing."
Commissioner Bill Williams
told the board that the county
must "get a handle" on county
health costs, reminding them
that 20 percent, or more than
$1 million, of the county's an-
nual budget now goes toward
health insurance costs.
Williams will hold a meet-
ing at 1:30 p.m. ET on Jan.
22 at the Gulf County Tourist
Development. Council (TDC)
building on Capt. Fred Place
(Fourth Street south of Baltzell
Avenue) to discuss ways busi-
nesses in St. Joe Beach can-ex-
pand now that they are tapping
onto new city sewer lines.
The City of Port St. Joe and
the county. have been working
jointly to move several areas of
the county off septic tanks and
onto a newly installed water
and waste water system.
Doug Kent, supervisor of
the Gulf County Health, Depart-
ment, announced that several
specialty medical groups will
begin offering services at the
Health Department, including
OB-GYN services, dermatology
and orthopedics.


According to Kerit, this will
keep Gulf County residents
from having to drive long dis-
tances for specialized health
care, and will help the Health
Department with its Medicare
services.
On the negative side, Kent
said that, because of state bud-
get problems, the Gulf County
Health Department will soon
lay off 10 to 15 percent of its
workforce.
Commissioner Warren
Yeager received permission to
bid out improvements for Sali-
nas Park, located on C.R. 30-E
at Cape San Blas, just west of
C.R.30-A.
The county received a
$135,000 state parks and rec-
reation grant for park improve-
ments last year, all of which will
be constructed on the nearly
seven acres of park on the bay
side.
The improvements will
include a pier, canoe-kayak
launch, restrooms, walking
trail and pavilion, according to
Yeager.
He said the first stage of
work clearing the land and
mapping the acreage should


begin this week, and hoped that
all construction would be com-
pleted by the summer season.
Peters announced that
the remainder of the county's
2008-09 budget was finalized
"and we will not lay off any-
one." The current fiscal year's
budget runs through Sept. 30.
Peters said he would begin
holding budget workshops
immediately to address the
2009-10 budget and that the
commission's three priorities
this.year were "jobs, jobs, and
jobs."
"We have a responsibility to
grow our economy and I pledge
to come out of the 2009 reces-
sion and make 2010 a better
year," Peters said. "I predict
a bright outlook for 2010 be-
cause this board of county
commissioners will make it
happen in 2009."
He added that. he will re-
quire quarterly reports from
various county offices on the
state of each department.
A report from the county tax
collector's office showed that
tax collection was at a "normal"
level for this particular time of
year.


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toration project on St. Jo-
seph Peninsula.
Ballots will be mailed
out to all registered voters
in the county. The exact
time frame is not clear, but
the hope is that Supervisor
of Elections Linda Griffin
will have the ballots back
from the company that will
print them by mid- to late-
February.
Griffin has told district
officials she will receive the
ballots no later than two
weeks before the March 17
election, but Wilder said the
sooner the better to allow
all voters the opportunity
to understand the referen-
dum and cast their votes.
As soon as the ballots
arrive, they will be mailed
to registered voters. The
ballots will have a single
question on them a vote
yea or nay on whether to
allow the school district to
levy the additional mill be-
ginning this year.
"It's one question, it's
easy," Wilder said. "That
should ease the criticism
about everybody getting a
chance to vote."
All ballots must be re-
ceived at Griffin's Port St.
Joe office by 7 p.m. ET on
March 17, which is a Tues-
day. There is no other drop-
off point for ballots, but
Griffin said there is also no
limit as to how many bal-
lots a single individual can
deliver to her office, if the
ballot is not mailed.
The district's case is
straightforward.
After shedding more
than 40 jobs nearly half
instructional and almost
$2 million from its budget
last summer, the district is
feeling the impacts of the


state's budget woes.
In December, the dis-
trict had a 2 percent hold
back in state funding, over
$200,000, and district finan-
cial officer Sissy Worley
said she expects another 2-
4 percent cut in state fund-
ing after the Legislature's
current special session
aimed at filling the more
than $2 billion budget hole
the state is in.
Education funding ap-
pears on the chopping
block for state lawmakers
despite the dire straits of
districts around Florida.
The hold back in state
funding last month will fully
impact the district in May,
when reserves largely
expended last year in an
effort to keep from cutting
jobs during the 2007-08
school year will be ex-
hausted unless the refer-
endum passes.
Should it not pass, the
district would likely have
to shed jobs just to meet
payroll.
The district is also
caught in a vise not of its
choosing and unlike other
local governmental taxing
authorities.
Due to the way the state
funds public schools, bol-
stering operational rev-
enue is not accomplished
as simply as, for example, a
majority vote to raise mill-
age rates as city or county
commissions have the abil-
ity to do each year, without
going before voters for ap-
proval.
Operational funds for
public schools are deter-
mined by the Legislature
and the only flexibility
provided school districts
comes in the area of bricks


and mortar, or capital out-
lay, funding, which the dis-
trict can not use for opera-
tional purposes.
As school districts
around the region search
for ways to survive, includ-
ing loans which carry in-
terest rates that taxpayers
will bear the only legal
way for the district to raise
operational funds, without
venturing into a tight credit
market, is to levy additional
millage through a special
levy.
The additional mill levy,
which would sunset in four
years requiring the school
district to go back to vot-
ers if it wishes to continue
levying the additional mill,
would generate about $2.5
million given current prop-
erty values, though those
values might very -well
decrease by the time the
tax rolls are certified in
July and Truth in Millage
(TRIM) notices go out in
the summer.
The hope is to address
teacher salary and ben-
efits should the referen-
dum pass, but Wilder has
emphasized that given the
current economic climate
the district needs flexibility
in how it will use the pro-
ceeds from the additional
levy as the district fights to
stay in the black.
"I would just like to
avoid what happened last
summer," said school board
member Linda Wood, allud-
ing to the job and funding
cuts the district was forced
to make.

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week, school board mem-
bers also put themselves
in position to make signifi-
cant decisions regarding
the DROP program and
how retirees who wish to
return to the classroom
would be folded in.
Wilder recommended
- the official vote came
during a Tuesday regular
meeting that occurred af-
ter press time the board
formally end the opportu-
nity for teachers and non-
instructional employees
in the DROP program to
request extensions to con-
tinue working.
The board, given com-
ments at the workshop,
seemed poised to vote in.
favor of the proposal.
An, employee in the
DROP program, a fire-year
lead-in toward retirement,
has been able to request
as many as three exten-
sions, but Wilder said the
district, for economic rea-
sons, needs to put a stop
to such extensions where
possible.
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requests in recent weeks
as word spread that exten-
sions would soon be ren-
dered history, but he add-
ed that two of the teachers
who requested extensions
had informed him that
should the referendum not
pass, they would withdraw
their .requests so that
younger teachers would
not lose their jobs.
"My recommendation
is effective immediately to
stop providing extensions
of DROP," Wilder said.
"We need to get this under
control.
"My only concern is
that we are going to lose
them and we don't have
people of that caliber to
replace them,"
The board will consider
grandfathering the teach-
ers who have already re-
quested extensions the
typical time frame for such
requests is April or May -
at. a later date, depending
on the referendum.
"It would change ev-
erything if the referendum
doesn't pass," said board
member John Wright:


The board could look
at the issue of DROP ex-
tensions in the future, the
next window of opportu-
nity would be spring 2010,
but the board always has
leeway to approve or deny
any extension for DROP
The other side of the
coin is that the board
members also seemed
prepared to vote Tuesday
on bringing any retired
teacher who applied for an
instructional job with the
district in, should they be
hired, at zero years expe-
rience.
Therefore, any teacher
in the DROP program
would not be able to se-
cure an extension after
this week, forcing them to
retire and reapply for the
job opening with the un-
derstanding they would be
coming in as the equiva-
lent of a first-year teacher.
The decisions on DROP
and retirees are intended
to save the district money
in salaries and benefits.
"I just don't know where
we will be in March," Wild-
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A4 The Star Oinion


Thursday, January 8, 2009


The next two months
will be important ones for
the taxpayers and voters of
the county and even more
so for Gulf District Schools.
In just a little more than
eight weeks, voters will be
asked to dig a bit deeper in
their pocketbooks in sup-
port of education in the
public, schools. The mantra
is that this is about the kids,
but the reality is that it is
also about jobs, family and
community.
Plenty of the brine for
the school district's cur-
rent economic pickle has
been applied by Florida
lawmakers who have taken
the current special session
to shine an even brighter
spotlight on their failure to
pull away from the teat of
the special interest lobby-
ists who line outside their
chambers in the Capitol
like wolves in search of car-
rion.
The special session in-
tended to fill a giant hole in
the state's budget has illus-
trated that state lawmakers
long ago lost touch within
the cocoon of their oak-
lined walls and marbled
halls about what makes a
community, with education
and social programs taking
the particular brunt in the
whacking by legislators.
They demonstrate that
they will never reach the
mark of true leadership
outlined by Martin Luther
King, Jr. more than 40
years ago when he said,
"The ultimate measure of a
man is not where he stands
in moments of comfort, but
where he stands at times
of challenge and contro-
versy."
The simple reality is
that education, health de-
partments, social pro-
grams and organizations
that reach the needy sim-
ply don't have the available
dough to compete in the
lobbying to ensure their
agendas, bottom lines and
challenges receive a fair
hearing in Tallahassee.
It is county politics on
steroids, special interests
eclipsing programs that
actually reach people, pro-
grams that serve people
and provide the threads of
that safety net for the in-
creasing number of folks
who are falling through the
cracks in these dire eco-
nomic times.
The problem is .that
state office provides a buf-
fer from the realities of the
landscape, and as the spe-
cial session slogs along in
Tallahassee, lawmakers
whack education and social


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programs like made men
on the Sopranos while
fiddling as Florida burns
red ink.
Over the next two
months, county school of-
ficials will attempt to make
the case concerning how
all that pork-tossing and
special interest waltzing
has rendered the district
just another casualty of the
economy, hemorrhaging
dollars due to wounds from
Tallahassee.
School officials must
provide a coherent and
plausible case that while
trying to assert control over
thefr own future, that con-
trol is being undermined
by Tallahassee in ways that
county and municipal gov-
ernments simply have no
way of understanding.
And they will have to
'do so in an environment,
'not of their making, that is
hardly conducive to taxpay-
ers saying "hit me again."
This isn't the county, or
the municipalities, in which
a shortfall in dollars or as
has been the case too often
this decade, insufficient dol-
lars for greedy elected offi-
cials can be addressed by
having at-least three votes
in favor of more taxes.
The district can't raise
the gas tax arbitrarily, can't
tack onto the sales tax
on a whim, can't address
debt by compounding and
extending it without going
before voters, a luxury only
the county and municipali-
ties enjoy.
No, the district has to
make their case and so
far they have been done'
no favors by other elected
officials in the county, of-
ficials who don't even pay
property taxes, won't be
affected, but see, possibly,
in the district's woes an op-
portunity to divert attention
from their own shortfall in
properly shepherding the
public's trust and money.
Over the coming two
months, school officials
will be traveling through-
out the county to provide
an explanation on the dis-
trict's situation, how it got
to this point and the solu-
tions available to school
officials. It is much more
than other elected officials
have offered, unless one is
counting the county's dog-
and-pony show of last year
concerning how public dol-
lars are spent.
For that reason alone, it
is worth a listen and care-
ful consideration by voters,
Whenever and wherever
the opportunity presents
itself.


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A lesson in a life


Levy



learning


'The length and the breadth and the
height of it are equal.' In other words,
this new city of God, this city of ideal
humanity, is not an unbalanced entity
but it is complete on all sides.
"Now John is saying something
quite significant here ... What John
is reallyv;sain~g isthis: that life as it


Too easy would it be to frame next
week's celebration of the life of Rev.
Martin Luther King, Jr. to the inau-
guration of President
Barack Obama.
How difficult it
must have seemed
from a Birmingham
jail or during a march
from Selmina or a Mem-
phis garbage workers;
strike for King to, ,e
TIM CROFT that such ane. t
Star news editor might happen. s
lifetime.
King wo ,,
his 80s had an assassin's l n
cut him down in his prime,
still be around to see what
ment he helped lead and a
produced, a president~of le
But King was much t
civil rights advocate, anrAdi
we face now, with economic
and people in desperate neu ,u
for the kind of words he mor
than 50 years ago. '
Following are,'ortio~i f an es-
say King wrote 1958 led "The
Dimensions of aCompl'
essay in the book "The
Man" which provideE
philosophical and faith-
pinningsof King'siwork
The book, a mere 60V
given to meby my fa
before his time inadvo fo
and socialjustice wh
newspaper at which
his career.
I have treasured ii
reasons, and looka
for reasons not eas
words.
King wrote, Many, a
turies ago, out on a lone s
island called Patmos, ,a
name of John caught a of
new Jerusalem descending-out of
heaven from God. One of the great
est glories of this new city of God
that John saw was its completeness.
It was not partial and one-sided, but
it was complete in all three of its di-
mensions. And so, in describing the
city in the twenty-first chapter of the
book of Revelation, John says this:


"To carry this to one extreme, if it
falls your lotto be a street-sweeper,
sweep streets as Raphael painted
pictures, as Michelangelo carved
marble, as Beethoven composed mu-
sic, as Shakespeare wrote poetry ...
In the words of Douglas Malloclk 'If
you can't be a highway, just be a trail;
If you can't be the sun, be a star; For
it isn't the size that you win or you fail
Be the best of what-
Suh ever you are.'
7,s m "But don't stop
in a civil here; it is dangerous
to stop here...
0vocate, "The breadth of
life is that dimension
times we of life in which we are
wi ith d concerned about oth-
ers. An individual has
troubles not started living un-
til he can rise above
Opie 1 in the narrow confines
S 7' 77 c of his individualistic
neeud, Gcl concerns to broader
mhe kind concerns of all hu-
manity.
he wrote "So often, racial
.a 50,i groups are concerned
han 50 about the length of
life, their economic
ago|. privileged position,
their social status.
So ft inations'of the world are con-
~ut the length of life, per-
petu their nationalistic concerns
naideitr.economic ends. May it not
6,hattprioblem in the world today
ivuals as well as nations
veb^ee overly concerned with the
en oflife, devoid of the breadth?

"As long as there is poverty in
the world ,lscan never be rich, even
if Ih ave a billion dollars. As long as
diseases are rampant and millions of
people in this world cannot expect to
live more than twenty-eight or thirty
years, I can never be totally healthy
even if I just got a good checkup at
the Mayo Clinic. I can never be what
I ought to be until you are what you
ought to be ... No individual or nation
can stand out boasting of being inde-
pendent. We are interdependent ...
When we discover this, we master the
second diinension of life.


Hank and me


You know how you have
this image when you get
a dog of him standing by
your side, wagging'his tail
arid jumping at your
every command?
Hank wasn't that
dog;
Jesse rescued
him from the animal
shelter. "It will be
a, great Christmas
present for Mom."
"Son," we had HUNK
perused over thirty Kesl
dogs in twenty dif-
ferent holding pens,
"let's get one of these pret-
ty puppies over here; that
one you're holding is about
half ugly."
Jess would not be de-
terred. We named him
Hank on the way home.
He favored the' legendary
country singer. And he cer-
tainly looked "so lonesome
he could cry". We didn't
bother with a collar. Jess
did pickup a Christmas bag
so this whole thing would
have the appearance of a
legitimate gift. Hank, as on
cue, stuck his head out just
as we handed him over.
Cathy was hooked.
It is hard to believe
that was twelve years ago.
The boys were in college.
I had no daughter-in-laws.
Rocky could still fight. My
hair was almost dark. It
was another millennium!
I repaired an old fence
so Hank could have the
back yard. I cleaned out
the neglected dog pen that
years before had housed
a couple of pretty fair
coon hounds. I worked
hard to make him a good
home. Hank wouldn't go
into the pen. He preferred
my shed. We had our first
"meeting of the minds".
"Listen dog, you are going
to get in that pen. And like
0.


it! I'm in control here!" He
wouldn't come to me. And
he was getting so quick I
couldn't catch him. Cathy
made me cut a
hole in the door of
the shed so Hank
could come and go
at Will.
The twenty
ounce pup we
brought home
quickly grew into
SDOWN a one hundred
and fifteen pound
SColbert gorilla. I grabbed
a stick and threw
it across the yard. Hank
didn't move. I ran over on
all fours, grabbed the stick
in my mouth and ran back
to the porch. Hank patted
my head. He didn't chase
the stick. I must'a have
showed him how a hundred
times! He wasn't inter-
ested. I tried rubber balls,
Frisbees, dog bones and
an old Ford hub cap. Hank
didn't fetch for nobody!
As soon as he got big
enough I begged him to
hop in the back of the truck
so I could show him off. I
had this picture of man and
dog exploring the world to-
gether. Hank didn't catch
the vision. He wouldn't get
in the truck. Ever!
When I called him to
supper he would amble
over'if he was a mind to.
When he wandered to-
ward the road I would yell
for him to come to me. He
wouldn't even acknowledge
me by looking back. Twelve
years! And he never came
to me one time by a voice
command. Now, he might
limp over if he had a sand
spur in his paw or if he
wanted his back scratched
or if he thought I was hold-
ing a fried chicken wing.
He was as independent as
they come.


He was beholding to no
man or beast.
I don't remember the
first time he went running
with me. It was his idea. I
was leaned up against the
house stretching when he
appeared. He put his front
paws up beside my hands
and stretched with me. We
did four miles the first day.
He wasn't even breathing
hard. I was on my hands
and knees trying to get a
little air sucked back into
my lungs. Hank didn't
make fun of me when he
could have.
The next day as I
stretched he hopped up
beside nile and off we went
again. We did almost six
miles. I was determined
not to be outdone by a
dog! The days stretched
into weeks, the weeks into
months, the months into
years. That crazy Hank
logged over nine thousand
miles with me.
He was as faithful, as
the sun. And we talked as
we ran. I learned that he
could keep a secret. I'd
tell him about those peo-
ple at church and it never
got back to then. We dis-
cussed the local football
team, who could block and
who wouldn't. We got off on
politics once or twice. And
I was forever pointing out
the terrible movies coming
out of Hollywood. He heard
about every girl I ever
dated. And the big fight up
at the Skyway Grill. I told
him about my cross-eyed
cousin and the uncle who
plowed with a mule. If I got
to talking too much or if he
had heard that one before
he'd drift over to the other
side of the road.
It was our routine for
most of the eleven adult
years he spent with us.


He never raised his voice
or threw his considerable
weight around. He was'
great around little kids.
He wasn't sick hardly any
and he demanded very
little from anyone. I only
saw him mad one time. He
still wouldn't wear a collar,
get in the truck, go to the
dog pen or come when I
called. But he earned our
respect, admiration and
love the old fashioned way.
He just hung in there day
after day.
Hank stopped running
with me about six months
ago. Age caught up with
him. I would take him walk-
ing and we reminisced over
the miles we had put in. As
was our custom, I did most
of the talking. But it was
still special just to be out
and about. He would lag
behind sometimes or turn
off from our usual path just
to let me know he was still
the boss.
Hank died last week. He
laid down in his favorite
spot in the sun and didn't
get up. He didn't whimper,
complain or cause a fuss.
He went out like he lived;
on his own terms. Cathy
called Jess. "Mom, he was
a lucky dog. You and Dad
gave him the best."
What a thoughtful com-
ment. But I figure we were
the lucky ones. And I un-
derstand nothing lasts for-
ever and life moves on. It
was a good run for both
of us. I'm not depressed
or warped out or headed
for psychiatric care. I am
just wondering who I'm
going to talk to now about
them people down at the
church.

Respectfully,

Kes
i ^~?^;<;a'<~a~;2~~


Our VIEW


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ld set out
dt o twit trbiigth and power
of his being ... No matter how small
.one thinks his life's work is in terms
of the norms of the world and the so-
called big jobs, he must realize that it
has cosmic significance if he is serving
humanity and doing the will of God.


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A5 The Star Letters


Thursday, January 15, 2009


I have come to the con-
clusion that there is not
enough love in this world. I
am not speaking of sensu-
al love, I am talking about
another love that if you
don't know what
it is you better
start search-
ing for it.
Being [
a Depres-
sion kid / v
I know
that
some of the things
that we are read-
ing about and
hearing about can
happen. The economy
is headed south at mach
.speed and it seems that no
one has any idea of how to
slow it down.
This brings me to this
love I was talking about.
During the Depression
people considered others
as family. All in'the same
boat, so to speak. All poor,
or disadvantaged as they
say now, and all working
together just to make it.
There was a bond there
that defies understanding
and people loved and re-
spected each other. I can
remember during the win-
ter one year when I was
small a neighbor three
blocks down the street
who we didn't know ex-
cept in passing gave us a
half ton of coal when we
were burning any wood
we could find. Not only
that, they brought it from
the coal yard in three
wheelbarrows that they
had borrowed from some
other neighbors. This was
because through the mys-


terious grapevine they
heard that my sister was
sick and we didn't have
much heat.
That was love. How
do you thank people like
that?
We as a church
family should
know what
this love
is. Some-
times
when
times
are good
we have
a tendency
to overlook
or grow cal-
lous concern-
ing that love.
We chipaway
at each other
about so
many insig-
nificant things that we lose
sight of the fact that we
are all family God's fam-
ily. If we don't fall back and
evaluate our priorities con-
cerning these trivial things
they will grow so large that
they will overwhelm us as
a'family. Believe me broth-
ers and sisters, we have
hard times coming, I don't
hardly believe that they are
ordained by God, He just
lets us get into these fixes
on our own. But I know it's
coming and I have seen it
first hand and I know how
it was.
We can't let things get
in the way of us loving and
trusting God and loving
and trusting each other,
which we must do to sur-
vive.
Search yourself. Exam-
ine your motives and your


feeling toward the others
in your Christian family.
Do you-not care for the way
they dress, or raise their
kids? Did someone sit in
your pew Sunday morn-
ing or wear a hat so you
couldn't see the pulpit?
Was the service too long
or was it too loud?
Where are your priori-
ties? How far would you go
to not only show this love I
speak of but to put feet on
it and practice it.
We all know that better
things are coming, but we
have to live until then in
this world and if we don't
truly love and support
each other we will fall by
wayside. 'In the !book of
John, 15t chapter, we have
profound admonition from
Our Lord Jesus. Verse
nine, "As my Father hath
loved me, so have I loved
you, continue in my love."
Verse 12 says, "This is my
commandment that you
love one another, as I have
loved you."
What an awesome com-
mandment and it is a com-
mandment. We should let
all the petty things that
cloud our relationships
with our brothers and sis-
ters go by the wayside and
obey the commandments
of God. We don't know
what's in the future, but
God does.
Now you know what
the love that was spoken
of is. Let's make it our life.
We must love one another.
There is no other way. He
said, 'Surely I come quick-
ly." Even so, come Lord Je-
sus, come quickly.
Reynard the saltwater fox


CLAIM from page A1l


election law to use the ser-
vices of federal employees
and that Bo Williams' cam-
paign reports reflect "sev-
eral large expenditures
that could have been used
to pay for his campaign ma-
terials."
Finally, Linthicum
wrote, 'the Florida Legis-
lature had amended elec-
tion laws providing that
complaints must be based
"upon personal informa-
tion or information other
than hearsay."
"Your complaint in-
cludes information from
Other sources to which
you are swearing but of
which you have no person-
al knowledge," Linthicum'
wrote to. Bill Williams.


Therefore, Linthicum
wrote, the complaint ap-
peared legally insuffi-
cient and state law now
requires that very specif-
ic information be brought
before the Commission
before investigating a
complaint.
The findings concern
the state allegations only.
A Tyndall Air Force
Base investigation of sim-
ilar allegations found fault
with the company that op-
erates the photo lab and
prohibited an employee
of the lab from working at
Tyndall.
The base also required
that other employees of
the lab undergo addition-
al education on the proper


use of federal resources. '
The company operat-.
ing the photo lab could
also find its contract to
operate at the. base not
extended when the term
of the contract expires.
The campaign between
Bill and Bo Williams, a
rematch of 2004, was con-
tentious from the outset
and was dominated in the
final weeksby the allega-
tions of misuse of federal
resources by the chal-
lenger.
Bo Williams also placed
apointedlyworded "Thank
You" ad in this newspaper
after the election which
made several allegations
regarding the conduct of
the commissioner.


The need for love


Fair Assessments?
Dear Editor:
Just like all of the other property
owners in Gulf County, I got my tax bills
and was shocked to see that for the most
part my taxes increased. How can this
be? Sales prices are down considerably.
Why isn't this downturn reflected in our
assessed values?
After researching the Property Ap-
praiser's Web site, I found that Gulf
County Property Appraiser Kesley Col-
bert purchased a lot in the Jubilation
subdivision for the amount of $280,000.
This lot is now assessed for a value of
$200,000. This is almost a 30 percent re-
duction in taxable value since the pur-
chase.
How many other people have seen
this reduction? The canned response
during the real estate boom was that
comparable sales and state law re-
quired that assessed values must be
increased. Now that the market has
tanked, values have declined consid-
erably. The number of sales is almost.
non-existent..
While requesting a reduction in my


TECHNOLOGY from page Al


The shared city-wide
network will allow employ-
ees to access common cal-
endars, share memos and
generally communicate in
a more efficient manner.
Previously, if city police
department employees
wanted to share documents
with their city hall neigh-
bors, they would fax them
or burn them onto CDs.
City-wide purchasing
will move to an automated
system, and city staff will
receive training in new
software.
"We're trying to get
people cross-trained to do
more than one job and stay
current," said Weston.
Because technology ad-
vances at a rapid pace, the
city optdd for a three-year
lease agreement with Dell
computers.
At the end of the three
years, the city can decide
to keep the computers or
swap them out for updated
equipment.


Staying Ahead
of the Criminals

The neW technology has
been a boon to the police
department, which once
shared a single laptop with
the entire city.
Of the 19 new comput-
ers received by the depart-
ment, 12 are laptops, en-
abling officers to do much
of their work in their patrol


cars and at crime scenes.
The laptops are mount-
ed on a swing-arm to the
patrol car's front dash.
If a police officer spots
a suspicious vehicle or wit-
nesses a driving infraction,
he has instant access to the
Driver and Vehicle Infor-
mation Database (DAVID).
By completing various
search fields, an officer
can view a wealth of infor-
mation on, drivers, includ-
ing insurance information,
past and current vehicle
registrations and galleries
of driver's license photos
and signatures.
Previously, officers'
would need to call a dis-
patcher, who would access
DAVID from an office com-
puter.
Because the city police
shares dispatchers with the
Gulf County Sheriff's Office,
an officer could sometimes
wait 15-20 minutes before
receiving assistance.
The mobile laptops also
allow officers to complete
incident reports on the:
Computer Aided Dispatch,
or CAD, program.
Port St. Joe Police Chief
David Barnes said the lap-
tops allow the department
to put more officers in the
community without in-
creasing staffing levels.
"We're allowing the of-
ficers to spend 10 out of
12 hours of their shift on
the road, whereas before
they could spend four to six
hours at the office (com-


pleting reports) and the
rest out on the road," he
said.
"We needed to get ahead
of the criminals for once,"
added deputy police chief
David Garner.
By completing reports
on laptops, officers must
no longer rely on details
scrawled in haste on legal
pads.
The CAD system con-
tains multiple report fields,
one of which allows officers
to receive reminders when
follow-ups are due.
This-feature is particu-
larly useful for officers jug-
gling heavy case loads,.said
Barnes.
A massive four-in-one
copier, fax, printer and
scanner called eCopy has
replaced one of the .police
department's long-time
fixtures, the wall-mounted
message board.
All manner of police
documents, once stuffed
in officers' slots along the
board, can now be scanned
by the eCopy.
Once the document is
scanned, the user can se-
lect .among various em-
ployee ihboxes or' press the
send-to-all feature.
From the eCopy, the
document is transferred
instantly to the selected of-
fice computers.
Like Weston, Barnes
also appreciates a paper-
free existence.
He will shed no tears for
the old message board.


KLATTERINGS from page A4


"Finally, there is the
third dimension.. Some
people never get beyond
the first two dimensions of
life. They master the first
two. They develop their in-
ner powers; they love hu-
manity, but they stop right
there ... They seek to live
life without a sky.
"But if we are to live
the complete life we must
reach up and discover God.


H.G. Wells was right: 'The
man who is not religious
begins at nowhere and
ends at nothing.' ... In a
real sense everything that
we see is a shadow cast by
that which we do not see.
Plato was right: 'The vis-
ible is a shadow cast by the
invisible.'
"Love yourself, if that
means rational, healthy
and moral self-interest. You


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assessed values, I was told that there
currently aren't enough sales to estab-
lish a value that reflects the economic
downturn. Well there haven't been any
sales in the Jubilation subdivision and
yet adjustments were made.
We need fairness in the tax system.
All properties should be assessed at
the most recent sales price. There are
too many instances where similar prop-
erties are valued at substantially differ-
ent amounts.
How can a lot that backs up to a
sewer plant have the same value as
a gulf view lot? How can the property
appraiser enjoy a 30 percent reduc-
tion and most of the rest of Gulf County
properties maintain the value of years
past?
This is' injustice.: It is my profes-
sional opinion that there should be a
30 percent value reduction across the
board. It should be followed by another
reduction next year.
Kevin Welch
St. Joe Beach


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Redevelopment agency prepares to change boundaries


By Marie Logan
Contributing Writer

At the first city commission
meeting of 2009 last Tuesday, a
controversial topic from 2007-08
was revisited.
Matt Fleck, the recently
appointed executive director of
the Port St. Joe Redevelopment
Agency (PSJRA), asked the board
to pass a motion to advertise
redefining the boundaries of the
redevelopment area to include the
neighborhood known locally as
north Port St. Joe, as justified by
the latest finding of necessity, an


essentialrequirementforinclusion
in the redevelopment area.
The board unanimously voted
to pass the resolution, followed by
a caution by Mayor Mel Magidson
to "make sure it's right this time"
so there would not be a repeat of
the former "debacle" on the issue,
he said.
In 2007, the PSJRA and the
city became mired in a federal
lawsuit over the inclusion of the
north Port St. Joe area in the
redevelopment area.
The lawsuit was settled in
2008, with north Port St. Joe being
removed from the redevelopment


area as part of the settlement.
Later in 2008 representatives
of the neighborhood asked
to be included again in the
redevelopment area, requiring an
updated finding of necessity.
Additionally, Fleck reported
that the Williams Avenue
improvements were almost
completed, and announced a
workshop Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. ET to
unveil the conceptual plans for the
Frank Pate Park renovation and
the boardwalk between Pate Park
and the city marina.
In other business conducted
at the meeting:


Beginning Monday, Jan. 12,
Sixteenth Street between Marvin
and Woodward Avenues will be
closed for approximately three
months for road repairs.
During a 5 p.m. ET Jan. 22
workshop everything concerning
the state of the city's finances will
be discussed, according to city
administrator Charlie Weston.
A Feb. 3 workshop, also at
5 p.m. ET, will center on the city's
strategic planning session for the
remainder of the 2009-10 fiscal
year.
The city is almost ready
to begin selling cemetery plots


again in both the city's cemeteries,
according to Weston.
The city now has maps
showing the exact number of
plots available and their locations
in Holly Hill and Forest Park
Cemeteries.
Weston estimated that it
would be four to five weeks before
the areas are open for purchase.
According to city attorney
Tom Gibson the city has
received the corrected legal
description for Forest Hill from
the latest survey and is waiting
on the final deed from The St.
Joe Company.


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In this imagined future,
Obama and his girls walked
to the National Mall's tidal
basin, arriving at the four-
acre plot situated between
the Lincoln and Jefferson
memorials.
They passed beneath
the monument's Mountain
of Despair, gazed up at the
Stone' of Hope and read
together King's words in-
scribed on the memorial's
stone walls.
"Daddy, why is this mon-
ument here? What did this
man do?" his daughters
asked.
"How might I answer
them?" Obama wondered.
Quoting from the Book
of Micah, Obama answered
definitively: King had ful-
filled the Lord's command-
ment "to do justly, and to
love mercy and to walk
humbly with God."
Obama continued, "The
man we honor today did
what God required. In the
end, that is what I will tell
my daughters I will leave.
it to their teachers and
their history books to tell
them the rest.
"As Dr. King asked to
be remembered, I will tell
them that this man gave
his life serving others. I
will tell them that this man
tried to love somebody. I
will tell them that because
he did these things, they
live today with the freedom
God intended, their citizen-
ship unquestioned, their
dreams unbounded.
"And I will tell them that
they too can love. That they


too can serve. And that
each generation is beck-
oned anew, to fight for what
is right, and strive for what
is just, and to find within it-
self the spirit, the sense of
purpose, that can remake
a nation and transform a
world."

"Unity is the Great Need
of the Hour"
In affirming King's no-
ble legacy, Obama spoke
not only to his daughters,
but to the nation he hoped
someday to lead.
Interpreting King's
legacy for a modern audi-
ence would be a hallmark
of Obama's presidential
campaign, which began of-
ficially on Feb. 10, 2007.
Although the first truly
viable African-American
presidential candidate in
the nation's history, Obama
resisted attempts to define
his candidacy through the
narrow lens of race.
During the course of his
campaign, Obama applaud-
ed King's work on behalf of
racial equality.
In several speeches, he
referenced the Montgom-
ery bus boycott, March on
Washington, freedom rides
and the stand at Selma.
But in -keeping with his
campaign's theme of unity
and shared opportunity
for all people, Obama high-
lighted the more universal
themes of King's message.
In his speech at Ebene-
zer Baptist Church on the
eve of Martin Luther King


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prised King's rallying cry:
"Unity is the great need of
the hour."
The words, first spoken
on the eve of the Montgom-
ery bus boycott, represent-
ed for Obama an antidote
to the "empathy deficit" af-
flicting the nation.
"The division, the ste-
reotypes, the scape-goat-
ing, the ease with which we
blame our plight on others
- all of this distracts us from
the common challenges we
face war and poverty; in-
justice and inequality," said
Obama.
He called for a trans-
formation in Americans'
hearts and minds.
"We can no longer af-
ford to build ourselves up
by tearing someone else
down. We can no longer af-
ford to traffic in lies or fear
or hate. It is the poison that
we must purge from our i
politics; the wall that we
must tear down before the
hour grows too late."
Obama asked those who.
desired better jobs, quality
education and affordable'
healthcare to follow King's
example of brave action.
"(King) led with words,
but he also led with deeds.
Ie also led by example. He
led by marching and going
to jail and suffering threats
and being away from his
family."
'As Americans soured
on the war in Iraq and the
nation sunk deeper into a
recession, Obama recalled
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nomic equality.
"He led by taking a stand
against a war, knowing full
well that it would diminish
his popularity. He led by chal-
lenging our economic struc-
tures, understanding that it
would cause discomfort."
King, Obama said, rec-
ognized that unity could be
earned only through great
effort and determination,
not "won on the cheap."
"That is the unity the
hard-earned unity that
we need right now. It is that
effort, and that determina-
tion, that can transform
blind optimisrp into hope
- the hope to imagine, and
work for, and fight for what
seemed impossible be-
fore."

"Common hopes,
modest dreams"
In his April 4, 2008 ad-
dress inFort Wayne, Indiana,
Obama used the anniversary
of King's death to remind his
audience of an often forgot-
ten piece of history.
In his last days, King
had traveled to Memphis
to champion the cause of
striking sanitation work-
ers who toiled in poverty,
cursed with the nickname
"walldng buzzards."
Though Americans were
right to remember King's
work on behalf of African-
Americans, said Obama,
they should remember his
fight for equal economic
opportunity as well.


"Dr. King understood
that the struggle for eco-
nomic justice and the
struggle for racial justice
were really one that each
was part of a larger strug-
gle 'for freedom, for dignity,
and for humanity,"' noted
Obama.
"So 'long as Americans
were trapped in poverty,
so long as they were being
denied the wages, benefits,
and fair treatment they de-
served so long as oppor-
tunity was being opened to
some but not all the dream
that he spoke of would re-
main out of reach."
Calling today's. politics
"too small for the scale of
the challenges we face,"
Obama asked Americans to
unite behind their common
aspirations.
"We have to recognize
that while we each have a
different past, we all share
the same hopes for the fu-
ture that we'll be able to
find ajob that pays a decent
wage, that there will be af-
fordable health care when
we get sick, that we'll be
able to send our kids to col-
lege, and that after a life-
time of hard work, we'll be
able to retire with security.
"They're common
hopes, modest dreams.
And they're at the heart of
the struggle for freedom,
dignity, and humanity that
Dr. King began, and that it
is our task to complete."

"We cannot walk alone"
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party's nomination on
Aug. 8, 2008 at the Demo-
cratic National Convention
in Denver.
The night vwas steeped
in historical significance.
Obama, the nation's first
African-Americannominee,
delivered his acceptance
speech on the 45th anni-
versary of King's historic
March on Washington.
In the lead-up to
Obama's appearance,
King's daughter, Bernice,
called the nomination the
fulfillment of her father's
dream: "the acceptance of
a Democratic presidential
nominee, decided not by
the color of his skin, but by
the content of his charac-
ter."
Though Obama never
uttered King's name dur-
ing his speech, his clos-
ing reference to a "young
preacher from Georgia"
was unmistakable.
Obama cited only a brief
passage from King's cel-
ebrated "I Have a Dream"
speech: "We cannot walk
alone. And as we walk, we
must make the pledge that
we shall always march
ahead. We cannot turn
back."
In 1963, King ,prefaced
these words by calling for
an end to violence and ra-
cial mistrust.
"The marvelous new
militancy which has en-
gulfed the Negro commu-
nity must not lead us to a
distrust of all white peo-
ple, for many of our white
brothers, as evidenced by
their presence here today,
have come to realize that
their destiny is tied up
with our destiny. And they
have come to realize that
their freedom is inextrica-
bly bound to our freedom,"
King said.
In Denver, Obama did
not mention the violence of
1963. He struck a current
note, expanding King's
themes to address today's
challenges.
"America, we cannot
turn back, not with so
much work to be done; not
with so many children to
educate, and so many vet-
erans to care for; not with
an economy to fix, and cit-
ies to rebuild, and farms
to save; not with so many
families to protect and so
many lives to mend.
"America,. we cannot
turn back. We cannot walk
alone."


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Port St. Joe from noon until
5 p.m. ET.
Throughout the week,
residents may place goods
in specified shopping carts
at designated grocery
stores in Port St. Joe and
Wewahitchka.
The Piggly Wiggly, Dol-
lar General and Family
Dollar stores will be col-
lecting food in Port St. Joe,
along with Rich's IGA, Di-
xie Dandy and both dollar
stores in Wewahitchka.
Port St. Joe High
School's Student Govern-
rhent Association has
joined the Gulf Democrats,
spearheading a school-
wide food drive.
Each grade will collect
non-perishable items in
boxes decked out in red,
white and blue.


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LADY TIGER SHARKS DOMINATE


PHOTO BY TIM CROFT I The Star
The Lady Tiger Sharks of Port St. Joe High School, shown here in action last Friday night against Wewahitchka, had a perfect record for the week with easy wins
over Wewahitchka, Franklin County and Springfield Rutherford.


The. Wewahitchka High
School wrestling team went
1-2 last week during a home
quad-dual meet on Friday
and placed three wrestlers
at the prestigious Bay High
Invitational Wrestling Tour-
nament in Panama City
on Saturday as the season
winds to a close.
The Gators will celebrate
Senior Night prior to their
last home quad meet of the
season when they take on Ar-
nold, Crestview and Marian-
na, with wrestling beginning
at 6 p.m. and Senior Night
recognition taking place just
prior to the first matches.
4 Wewahitchka, despite
fielding just eight'wrestlers,
and one, heavyweight Ian
Rice having been working out
just the past two weeks after a
knee injury suffered by Ryan
Walding, finished ninth out of
16 teams at the Bay Invita-
tionIal, scoring 74.5 points.
Nick Malcolm, 21-6 on the
year, finished second at 103
pounds, and Jacob Taylor, 20-
6, also finished second, com-
peting at 112 pounds. Daniel
House, who is 22-4, was third
at 125 pounds.


. "I thought we did OK,"
said Wewahitchka Coach
Todd Johnson. "I would like
to win a lot more, but they
are working hard and im-
proving every week."
During a quad meet last
Friday night at Wewahitch-
ka, the Gators actually beat
all three of their opponents
in head-to-head matches,
but forfeits due to not field-
ing a full team resulted in,
losses to Tallahassee Leon
and Bozeman out of Bay
County.
Wewahitchka beat Talla-
hassee Godby.
Results with Wewahitch-'
ka wrestlers listed first:
Wewahitchka 43, Godby 24
103 Nick Malcolm won
by forfeit; 112 Jacob Taylor
p. Westbury, 5.42; 119- Chase
Duckworth won by forfeit;
125 D. House def. Guitter-
ez, 21-11; 130 double forfeit;
135 Wewahitchka forfeit;
140 Tyler Lanter p. by Pow-
ell, 4:36; 145 7- Matt Irwin p.
Mueller, :45; 152 double
forfeit; 160 Wewahitchka
forfeit; 171 A. House def. by
Metzger, 13-8, 189 Wewahi-
tchka forfeit; 215 Jacob Vil-


Ages: 6-12
Where: Chipola College Softball Field
When: Feb. 7
Time: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Price: $50 (Registration is the morning of
camp. No pre-registration.)
Excepted instructors include: Cur-
rent MLB players Russell Martin, Jeff


lasenor p. Scrien, :16; Hwy.
- Ian Rice won by forfeit.
Leon 51, Wewahitchka 22
103 Malcolm p. Hough,
:24; 112 Taylor p. Robertson,
:36; 119 double forfeit; 125
- Duckworth def. Robinson,
13-3; 130 D. House def. by
Allen, 13-8; 135 Wewahitch-
ka forfeit; 140 Wewahitchka
forfeit; 145 Irwin p. Gil-
bert, :56; 152 Wewahitchka
forfeit; 160 A. House p. by
Manning, 1:35; 171- Wewahi-
tchka forfeit; 189 Wewahi-
tchka forfeit; 215 Villasenor
p. by Mizzell, :56; Hwy. Rice
p. by Safary, 1:21.
Bozeman 54, Wewahitchka 25
103 Malcom tech. fall
Reyes, 16-1; 112 Taylor p.
Sawyer, 2:45i 119 Duck-
worth def. by Mewbourne,
12-0; 125 D. House maj. dec.
Vincent, 14-5; 130 Wewahi-
tchka forfeit; 135 Wewahi-
tchka forfeit; 140 Wewahi-
tchka'forfeit; 145 Irwin p.
Hitt, 1:04; 152 Wewahitchka
forfeit; 160 A. House p. by
Stanford, 1:43; 171 Wewahi-
tchka forfeit; 189 Wewahi-
tchka forfeit; 215 Rice p. by
Gay, 1:25; Hwy. Villasenor
p. by Poppa, 2:33.


PSJ Dixie Baseball election of officers

The PSJ Dixie Baseball league will host its annual election of officers for the upcoming
season at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at the STAC house on Eigth Street. Anyone interested in holding a
position as an officer in the league is encouraged to attend.


Wewa Dixie youth baseball and softball registration


Registration is scheduled from 8 a.m.-
noon CT Jan. 24 and Feb. 7 at Emerald
Coast Credit Union. Additional registra-
tion will be held at Cox Transmission dur-
ing the week until Feb. 13 for those who
are unable to register on Saturday. Play-
ers turning at least 5 years old by May 1
must have a copy of their birth certificate


to register.
The cost will be $50 for the first child and
$45 for each additional sibling. Pony league
will be $60.
If you have any questions, please call
Rudi Madrid at 819-1078, Misty Harper at
639-2038, Gloria Wood at 639-5027 or Tonya
Haddock at 381-2933 or 639-3506.


Mathis, Adam Loewen, Jose Bautista and
Matt Gamel; current minor league play-
ers Cole Armstrong, Tyler Flowers, Steve -
Clevenger, Rene Tosoni, Alan Horne and
Jaye Chapman. Former Chipola stars in-
clude Charlie Dees, Blake Balkcom, Jake
-Mathis, Jonathan Swearingen and many
others.


Gators have mixed



week on hardcourt


The Wewahitchka High Schoolboys'
basketball team lost twice in District
2-3A last week but salvaged the week
with a win over Bethlehem.
Tuesday, Jan. 6

West Gadsden 79, Wewahitchka 75
The Gators nursed a lead for three
quarters before the host Panthers
poured it on in a 31-20 fourth period to
win the district tilt.
Wewahitchka led 34-29 at the half
and padded it to. 55-48 after three
quarters before fading down -the
stretch.
Christian Owens led the way for the
Gators with 26 points, 14 rebounds,
two steals, two assists and one blocked
shot.
Chris Peak and Billy Naylor each
added 14 points, with Peak also adding
13 rebounds and 10 blocked shots while
Naylor had five steals, nine rebounds
and two assists.
Josh Mitchell had 11 points, Ben-
jamin Smith added seven and Lance
Griffin had three. Mitchell also had five
rebounds and Smith six boards.
Friday, Jan. 9

Port St. Joe 64, Wewahitchka 33
The host Tiger Sharks jumped on
top early with a 28-9 first quarter, pad-
ded the lead to 48-18 by intermission


and cruised to the district victory.
Owens again led the way for the
Gators with a double-double, 16 points
and 10 rebounds.
Mitchell had seven points, Peak
five; Naylor four, Griffin two and Alex
Hardin one.
Mitchell also had four steals, and
Griffin had three assists.
Saturday, Jan. 10

Wewahitchka 63, Bethlehem 50
A 20-4 third quarter proved the dif-
ference as the Gators came from be-
hind to down visiting Bethlehem.
Bethlehem built a 36-29 first half
lead before Wewahitchka stormed
back in the second half, rolling over
the visitors in the third period and
adding to the margin with a 14-10
fourth period.
Peak had a double-double to lead
the Gators, scoring 22 points and grab-
bing 10 boards.
Mitchell and Owens each had 13
points, Owens snaring six rebounds,
and Naylor had a team-high seven
steals to go with four points.
Smith had six points and 10 re-
bounds, Griffin added three points and
Hardin two.
The Gators are at Altha on Thurs-
day and Bethlehem on Saturday before
returning home to play West Gadsden
at 5 p.m. CT on Tuesday.


PSJ Dixie Girls softball coaches meeting


There will be a coaches and volun-
teers meeting at the 10th Street soft-
ball field at 6 p.m. Jan. 29. This will be
the. annual meeting to hold elections


and set sign-up dates. Anyone inter-
ested in coaching or volunteering in
any capacity should make plans to at-
tend.


Girls fast pitch travel teams now forming in St. Joe


We are looking for girls from Apala-
chicola, 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 needed.
Those girls wanting to try out for
the team may sign up until Feb. 7.
Tryouts will be held at 3 p.m. ET
Feb. 7 at the 10th Street Ball Field in


Port St. Joe.
Travel ball does not interfere with
any school activities or sports. Travel
ball is a great way for your child to
compete at the next level and to en-
hance their softball skills. Space is lim-
ited; only 11 girls per team will make
the cut.
Call Steve Brinkmeier at 850-647-2938
if you would like to try out, coach or vol-
unteer.


Wewahitchka wrestlers finishing strong


2009 Chipola baseball alumni youth baseball camp





Thursday, January 15, 2009


A8 I The Star


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to thank this wonderful community
for your years of support!
The inventory has been bought out
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PUBLIC NOTICE

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of County Commissioners (BOCC) meet-
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p.m. EST. The public hearing will be held
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Holiday Inn Select on Hwy. 77 in front of the Panama tion table with nothing more than $5.
City Mall. Price of admission is $3.
Cynthia Orgeron, a Louisiana-based certified doll ap- All funds will benefit the children of Panama City with
praiser, will appraise dolls for $5 each. Orgeron has lent cerebral palsy.


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PUBLIC NOTICE
The Gulf County Enterprise Zone
Development Agency will meet Thursday,
January 22, 2009, at 12:00 noon, E.D.T. in
Room 307 of the Robert M. Moore
Administration Building, Gulf County
Courthouse Complex.
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Humane Society continues spay/neuter program


By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Last year, the St. Jo-
seph Bay Humane Society
embarked on a mission to
reduce the area's homeless
animal population.
During the course of its
11-month program, the hu-
mane society provided free
spay/neuter services to 138
cats and dogs in Gulf Coun-
ty and neighboring Mexico
Beach.
This year, the humane
society hopes to increase
the number to 175, drawing
from county funds and pri-
vate contributions.
The spay/
neu-


ter program is made pos-
sible through partnerships
with local animal clinics,
the Agape Animal Clinic.in
Wewahitchka and Parkway
Animal Hospital in Tyndall.
Gulf County and Mexico
Beach residents interested
in the program may pick up
applications at the Humane
Society and Agape Clinic of-
fices.
Pet owners will schedule
their pets' spay/neuter ap-
pointments, and must pro-
vide proof of Gulf County
or Mexico Beach residency,
such as a Florida driver's
license or utility bill.
To raise awareness of the
need to con-
trol the - .


nation's animal population,
the Humane Society of the
Untied States has named
February "National Spay-
Neuter Month."'
According to the society's
literature, one unspayed
female dog can be respon-
sible for over 4,000 offspring
in her lifetime. Female cats
are even more prolific.
Decreasing the. area's
stray population is of par-
ticular need in Gulf County,
which has been hit hard
by the nation's depressed
economy.
"This year, we've had a
tremendous number of pet
surrenders because of the!
economy and also aban-
doned pets," said Humane
Society volunteer Leonore
Cusch.
Melody Townsend, the
Humane Society's new di-
rector, noted a 25 percent
increase in dogs and cats
delivered to the shelter.
Animals surrendered by
residents who simply could
not afford their care com-
prised nearly half of the new
arrivals.
Cusch estimated that the
humane society received
at least one animal daily in.
2008, and sometimes many


more.
In one week, the shelter
rescued three dogs locked
in a home, each having six
puppies.
With a capacity of 125
dogs and 30 cats, the shelter
is, said Cush, "always full."
Last year, the humane
society hoped its spay/neu-
ter program -would result
in a 10 percent reduction in
the number of intakes at the
shelter in 2009.
Given today's economic
realities, Cusch said volun-
teers have lowered their ex-
pectations.
Beyond reducing the
number of homeless ani-
mals, there are many other
benefits of spaying and
neutering.
* According to the Hu-
mane Society of the U.S.,
spaying and neutering
helps dogs and cats live
longer, healthier lives and
eliminates numerous forms
of cancer.
To this list, Cusch added
the behavioral benefits of
spaying and neutering.
"It's very important, es-
pecially with male cats and
dogs. They will fight much
less because they're no lon-
ger trying to mark their ter-


ritory," she said.
For residents worried
that spaying and neuter-
ing might harm their pets,
Cusch said there was no
need for alarm.
"The animals are
anesthetized. It's not a
big deal; they recover
very quickly," she said,
adding that owners
should keep their pets
in a covered area or
indoors at least a day
after the procedure.
The humane
society has set
aside an initial


$5,000 for the spay/neuter
program, and will continue
until the funds run out.
Applications will be ap-
proved on a lfrst come, first
served basis.


GULF COUNTY AND MEXICO BEACH
RESIDENTS INTERESTED IN THE FREE
SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAM MAY PICK UP
AN APPLICATION AT THE FOLLOWING
LOCATIONS:
*St. Joseph Bay Humane Society 1007
Tenth Street in Port St. Joe
*Agape Animnal Clinic 1336 Hwy. 22 in
Wewahitchka -
For more information, contact Leonore Cush
at (850) 227-1931 or Connie Lamb, (850) 229-
3765.


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Constitutional officers sworn in


TIM CROFT I The Star
Having been "found guilty of public service" by County Judge Fred Witten, the
county's Constitutional Officers were sworn in for a four-year term last week.
From left, Clerk of Courts-Becky Norris, Supervisor of Elections Linda Griffin,
Tax Collector Shirley Jenkins, Property Appraiser Kesley Colbert and Sheriff Joe
Nugent placed hand on Bible and took the oath of office.






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Ace welcomes baby sister


Haylen Rylee Cannon was born Dec.'16, 2008. She weighed 8 lbs, 15 oz. and was
21.5 inches long. She was welcomed home by her very excited big brother, Ace, who
gives her lots of hugs and kisses every day. Haylen also shares her birthday with her
.Aunt Wendy. Hayleh is the daughter of Lee and Shelly Cannon. Her grandparents
are Albert and Barbara Cannon and Greg and Becky Weston. She is the great-grand-
daughter of Gundy and Eva Weston.



Cowart-Ramsey


engagement


Peggy Cowart and
Wesley Ramsey along
with their children,
Heath, Alexes and Vic-
toria, would like to'an-
nounce their engage-
ment and upcoming
wedding.
Peggy is the daugh-
ter of Rosie and La-
mar O'Neill of Daven-
port, Florida.
Wesley is the son
of Laura and Alford
Ramsey of Port St.
Joe.
The couple is cur-
rently residing in Dav-
enport, Florida and is
planning an April wed-
ding at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church
of Port St. Joe.


SILVER GUEST
Weddings X STUDIOS
Engagements
Senior Portraits
Children & Babies
Call today and ask about our Children & Babies specials
850-229-9353
www.SilverQuestStudios.comrn


Meet Sugar Bear! He is quite the sweetie boy! Sugar
Bear would love nothing more than to be your "teddy
bear"! Sugar Bear walks well on a leash & knows how
to sit & shake hands. We would love for you to come out
to St. Joseph Bay.Humane Society & meet Sugar Bear!
All pets adopted from SJBHS receive routine flea/tick
& heartworm preventive, are current on all vaccinations
and will be spayed/neutered prior to adoption. If you are
interested in adopting Sugar Bear, contact Melody at 850-
227-1103 or 850-2278652. You may also visit our website,
SJBHumaneSociety.com for an application.

DON'T FORGET YOUR FLEA/TICK & DOG FOOD
PRODUCTS! Please stop by at 1007
Tenth St. Tuesday through Saturday 10am through 4pm.


Bobby is turning 7

Bobby Lewis Gay,
Jr., is turning "7" on.
Saturday, Jan. 17,
2009 the-same day as.
his Paw Paw Gay's
birthday. He will be
celebrating his party
on Sunday, Jan. 18,
2009, at a park with
Star Wars theme.
His Mama, his
Scoot, sister Alison,
paw paws, grannies,
aunts, uncles, cous-
ins and many friends
from school will help
him celebrate his
special day.
Bobby is the son
of Scooter and Kel-
lie Braswell and the
late Bobby Lewis
Gay. He is the grand-
son of Buddy and
Sue Ann Kennington
and Robert and Au-
drey Gay, all of Port
St. Joe.



Brody Lemieux birthday


Brody Lemieux, son of Michael and Crystal Lemieux, turned 1 on Jan. 4,2009.,
Brody enjoyed an Elmo party at the 16th Street Park with lots of family and friends.
Brody's grandparents are Kenny and Karen Lemieux of Port St. Joe and Doyle and
Hazel Stewart of Wewahitchka.
His great-grandparents are Marvin and Florance Lemieux of Port St. Joe, Lamar
and Virginia Moore of Port St. Joe and Sue Walker of Crestview, Florida.
Happy Birthday, Baby. We love you.
Daddy, Mommy, Morgan and Mya.


Gray-Cox wedding
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Robert Gray of Georgia and
Charlene Gray of Wewahitchka,
would like to announce the mar-
riage of their daughter, Holly Re-
becca Gray to Travis Chase Cox,
the son of the late Gary Cox of
Wewahitchka and Alisa Nunnery
of Billings, Montana.
The wedding will be held at the
boardwalk on St Joe Beach across
from the Veterans Memorial Park
of Beacon Hill at 3 p.m. CT on Jan.
31,2009.
There will be a reception fol-
lowing the ceremony at the Wewa-
hitchka Senior Citizen's Center.
All friends and family are in-
vited to attend.


'Mr. Perry Lawrence, Jr. and Ms. Betty Johnson, Charles Hughes and the late Mildred Edenfield both
both of Tallahassee, Florida announce the engage- formerly of Tallahassee, Florida. 'Terry proposed to
ment of their daughter Linda L. Munroe to Terry Linda on Sept.2, 2007. After a long, happy engage-
Nelson Hughes. Terry is theSurviving son of the late ment the loving couple will marry on March 21, 2009.




People Helping PEOPLE


Gulf County Democratic
Committee partners for food
drive
The Gulf County Democratic Ex-
ecutive Committee has joined up
with the People Helping People of
Gulf County to conduct a food drive
on Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at
Frank Pate Park in Port St. Joe. This
is a National Service Day project as
requested by the National Democrat-
ic Party. Please drop off food where
you see the opportunity at the gro-
cery stores and Dollar Stores. There
is a huge need in our county for this
help. Over 7,000 food items are being
given to needy families and individu-
als every week.

Community needs
The People Helping People orga-
nization is in need of the following
items to help our needy individuals


and families in Gulf County. Anyone
who would like to contribute finan-
cially or has an item that is listed is
asked to call Jerry Stokoe, Project
Manager at 229-5262 or 899-1036
Items Needed 16 cubic foot
working refrigerator for low income
senior citizen; small card table for
disabled man to hold musical in-
strument; food items such as jelly,
starches, canned meats and snack
foods.

Free tax assistance
The Gulf County Community
Development Corporation and Peo-
ple Helping People of Gulf County
through the VITA/TCE program
are assisting people with basic in-
come tax returns, such as 1040EZ,
for 1040A or basic form 1040.
If you qualify as very low, low, or
moderate income you may be as-
sisted, and any special credits such
as Earned Income Tax Credit will be


included.
Bring your tax forms and other
necessary information to the Gulf
County Community Development
Corporation and People Helping
People of Gulf County at 401 Peters
Street (at the end of Avenue D) in
Port St. Joe beginning Jan. 21 and
continuing thereafter every Monday,
.Tuesday and Wednesday from 3-7
p.m. ET until April 15.
Please call for an appointment at
229-1477.

Commodity Distribution
The commodities that were pro-
vided by the Highland View Assem-
bly of God church will now be picked
up at the offices of People. Helping
People of Gulf County. We will be
giving these out from Jan. 26 from
2-6 p.m. ET. We are requesting that
everyone pick these up during this
time. Please call 229-5262 to get fur-
ther information.
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Knights of Pythias big prize winner


Mrs. Jessie Johnson of Port St. Joe
was the big prize winner of the GPS Car
Auto Navigation System drawing held
recently by R.A. Driesbach, Sr. Lodge
#77 Knights of Pythias. Ticket No. 0583
was sold by Sir Knight Horace Barr.
The drawing was a fund-raiser to ben-
efit the Knights of Pythias Education
Scholarship.
The Fraternal Order of Knights of
Pythias and its members are dedicated
to the cause of universal peace. Pythi-
ans are pledged to the promotion of un-
derstanding among men of good will as
the surest means of attaining Universal
Peace.
The Fraternal Order of Knights of Py-
thias promotes cooperation and friend-


ship between people of good will and
know one way to happiness is through
service to mankind. Pythians believe
that friendship is an essential ingredi-
ent in life and make Benevolence, Kind-
ness, Generosity and Tolerance a real-
ity in their lives. Pythians place home
ties at the top of their priority list and
are interested in public affairs on the
local, state, national and international
levels.
The members of R.A. Driesbach, Sr.
Lodge #77 wish to thank all who par-
ticipated in the drawing by purchasing
tickets or giving donations. A special
thanks to Mr. George Duren of Durens'
Piggly Wiggly for his generous accom-
modations.


Area BRIEFS


MLK holiday observance
A community-wide observance of the
Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday will be
held at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church at 7
p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15. Everyone is
encouraged to come out in recognition
and memory of the service and legacy of
this great American hero. The church is
located at 300 Avenue D.

Red Hat Chit Chat
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Beach Belles
will meet for lunch at Margaritaville in
Pier Park at Panama City Beach at 12:30
CT. Shopping afterwards is optional. -
Make your reservations by Jan. 17
by calling Eileen Scheiner at 648-2447 or
e-mail Beverly Aclin or Colleen Burlin-
.game.

Senior Citizens need your help
Gulf County Senior Citizens Center is
in need of volunteers at its Port St. Joe Se-.
nior Center to call bingo, provide exercise
classes and help with activities, and arts
and crafts with seniors. We are also in
need of non-perishable food items for our
low-ihcome seniors such as juice, tuna,
fruit, soup or vegetables. Small inexpen-
sive bingo prizes are always needed for
our clients who love to play bingo several
times a week
We have two congregate sites, locat-
ed in Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka. We
provide a hot nutritious meal Monday
through Friday to seniors 60 and over who
are Gulf County residents. Some of the
activities include bingo, arts and crafts,


gospel singing, blood pressure checks, ex-
ercise classes and educational programs.
Anyone interested in coming to one of our
sites for a hot meal and activities or who
would like to volunteer or donate any item
listed above may call Debbie at 229-8466
for more information.

H&R Block hosts
Tax Advice Day
As. a free service to our community
in these troubled economic times, H&R
Block is once again hosting National Tax
Advice Day 2009 with tax professionals
available throughout the community to
answer questions and discuss taxpayers'
personal concerns. It could mean the dif-
ference between owing and receiving a
refund.
The event takes place from 11 a.m. to
3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Work-
Force Center (free private consultations
available) at 625 Hwy. 231, Panama City
(just west of the State 77 intersection).
All H&R Block offices also will host open
house events all day on Jan. 15:
Port St. Joe 227-1558, 143 W Hwy 98
(Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center) '
15th Street 785-0482, 211 West 15th
Street (Knology Shopping Center)
Lynn Haven 271-9037, 2310 Highway
77 (Publix'Shopping Center)
Callaway 872-9947, 217 S' Tyndall
Parkway (K Mart Shopping Center)
Sears at the Mall 522-3817, Located
inside Sears Store
23rd Street 522-1049, 658 W 23rd
Street (Publix Shopping Center)


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Michael Lister and Willie Pollard will present a special program commemorating
MLK Day at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 at the Tupelo Theatre in Wewahitchka. The
two men have conducted similar programs for MLK Day and Black History Month
for over 15 years. The service will include music, a tribute to King and inspirational
messages. Everyone is invited.
"Please come out and help us honor and, celebrate one of the greatest men our
country has ever produced," Lister said. "This will be extremely positive for our
community."




Kiwanis KORNER


By Johanna White

It's been a couple of
weeks since I have written
the Kiwanis Korner. We
did take a week off and I
took a couple of weeks off
enjoying the holidays, my
children and especially my
grandchildren.
Here we are into 2009
and from what I hear from
most folks is that they are
happy that 2008 is behind
us with 2009 being a bet-
ter year for everyone.
As for the Kiwanis
Club in 2009 we are looking
forward to another excit-
ing year of being involved
with our community and
reaching out to help many


organizations and individ-
uals.
In this week's meeting
we discussed our events
for the first few months of
this year starting with our
Annual Valentine's Dinner
to be held at the Gulf Coast
Culinary Arts Building. A
tentative date of Wednes-
day Feb. 11 has been set.
If you are interested in at-
tending you can contact a
Kiwanis member. Seating
is limited and tickets are
$25 per person.
Our annual Kiwanis
Golf Tournament has been
set for Saturday, April 4. It
seems as though that is a
long way off but it will be
here before you know it.


So mark your calendar for
that date to play golf with
us.
It is the beginning of a
new year so we would like
to encourage all of our
members to commit to be-
ing an active member this
year. If you are interested
in becoming a member of
a Civic Club and., a great
group of men and women
dedicated in giving back
to our community you can
contact Johanna White at
227.6268.
The Port St Joe Kiwanis
Club meets every Tuesday
at noon at the Gulf County
ARC & Transportation
Building located off of the
Industrial Road.


Valentine's pageant a local and a family event


Gulf County Senior Citizens has
had the privilege of hosting the annu-
al Valentine Beauty Pageant for many
years. The pageant takes place in We-
wahitchka and what a wonderful time
we have. The event gives families the
opportunity to do something together
that will be an enjoyable and memo-
rable experience. The outpouring of
community support is overwhelming
as businesses and individuals reach
out to help sponsor the event. Girls,
from age 2 through Grade 12 will com-*'
pete in their age or grade bracket.
What.a sight it is to see all the beau-
tiful babies and young ladies wow us
with their poise and beauty.
The event is co-sponsored by We-
wahitchka Elementary School and
will take place in the school cafeteria.
The date is Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at


6 p.m. CT. Last year the building was
filled with parents, grandparents
and other family members as they
cheered and isupported'their contes-
tant. It is fun, entertaining and just a
wonderful opportunity to spend some
time with family and friends. There is
a $5 admission fee for adults and $3
admission fee for children under 12
years of age. Registration packets
can be picked up at any Gulf County
school and; completed applications
can be turned in at the school. The
deadline for registration is Jan. 30.
Registration fee remains at $20 per
entry .
Along with all the above men-
tionbd, the purpose of the event is to
help raise necessary funds to help
Gulf County Senior Citizens continue
the mission of meeting as many of the


needs as possible of Gulf. County se-
'niors. State and federal budget cuts
are a reality and senior citizens will
be affected in many ways. The mis-
- sion of helping seniors must be of up-
most importance in the mind of the
whole community. Your presence and
the participation of your children will
assure the senior population of Gulf
County that we affirm their value
to be great. In a world where many
things are decreasing in value, we
pledge to always make sure the value
of those who have walked before us
will never diminish but will always in-
crease as we continue to be blessed
today with that which they provided
yesterday.
For more information you may call
Gulf County Senior Citizen Center in
Port St. Joe at 229-8466.


Gant to speak at GCCC MLK convocation


The annual Martin Luther King Jr. The keynote speaker will be Dr.
Convocation will be held at 6 p.m. CT Lenora Peters Gant. Gant is the chief
Jan. 15 in the Amelia Tapper Center executive officer/principal at Five
for the Arts at Gulf Coast Community Star Consulting LLC. She is a busi-
College. 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).


AARP News

from

Mexico Beach

Chapter 4325

The first AARP meet-
ing of the New Year will be
Friday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. CT
at the United Methodist
Church Fellowship Hall in
Mexico Beach.
All residents age 50
years or older are invited to
attend and hear our guest
speaker.
Dues for AARP Chapter
4325 are $5 per year. The
usual meeting date is the
third Friday of each month,
September through May.
The yearly program sched-
ule includes: informative
meetings, field trips, deli-"
cious holiday luncheons
and always good fellow-
ship.
For more information,
contact Edward Koziol at
648-216.


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PUBLIC NOTICE


A Public Hearing will be held at
the Planning and Development
Review Board (PDRB) meeting
on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at
8:45 a.m. EST, and at the Board of
County Commissioners (BOCC)
meeting on Tuesday, January 27,
2009 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Both
public hearings will be held in
the BOCC Meeting Room at the
Robert M. Moore Administration
Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin
Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida.
The public hearings will be to
discuss and act on the follow-
ing:


1. November 18, 2008 Minutes
2. County Development
Regulations
3. Public at Large
4. Staff




The public is encouraged to at-
tend and be heard on these mat-
ters. Information prior to the
meeting can be viewed at the
Planning and Building Depart-
ment at 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr.
Blvd., Room 312.
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Thursday, January 15, 2009


Obituaries


On Jan. 2,2009, at Bay
Medical Center in Panama
City, Fla., Deacon Hubert
Dennis Thomas took his
rest.
Deacon Thomas was
born May 2, 1920, in
Gantt, Ala., to the late
Dennis Thomas and Alvie
Simmons Thomas. He
attended public school in
Covington, Ala. Deacon
Thomas moved to Gulf
County and provided
dedicated service to
the Port St. Joe Paper
Company and Driesbach
Cleaners before he retired.
Deacon Thomas
attended Zion Fair
Missionary Baptist
Church, where he was an
active and faithful member.
He served as chairman of
the Deacon Board, Sunday
school superintendent, a
member of Choir Number
One and the Trustee
Board. And he served his
community as a member
of the Christian Band
of Benevolence and the


Christian Concern Society.
Deacon Thomas was
preceded in death by two
sisters, Mable Thomas
Leslie and Ruth Jones.
He leaves to cherish his
memory his devoted wife,
Mrs. Edith Thomas; one
brother, the Rev. Clifford
Thomas of Tallassee,
Ala.; six stepchildren,
Rodney (Connie) McGee,
Danny McGee and Tammy
Welch of Port St. Joe, Fla.,
Linda (John) Caesar of
Tallahassee, Fla., Bridgett
(Craig) Collins and the
Rev. Dante (Toni) McGee
of Panama City, Fla.; one
brother-in-law, Coleman
Griffin; three sisters-in-
law, Sylvia Betts, Cora
Williams and Sandra
Griffin; special nephew,
Thomas Leslie; two
goddaughters, Evangelist
Ruth Newsome and
Hilda McNair Herbert;
14 grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren; and
a host of nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.


Don Leon Parker, 77,
of Mabel Vale, Ark, and
formerly of Pleasanton,
Kan., died Friday, Jan. 9,
2009, at Baptist Memorial
Center in Little Rock, Ark.
He was born Aug. 1,
1931, at Fort Scott, Kan.,
the son of Donald and
Thelma Teubner Parker.
He graduated from
Pleasanton High School
and received his bachelor's
degree from Kansas
State University and two
master's degrees from
American University.
Don served his country
in the United States Army,
retiring after 24 years
of service and reaching
the rank of colonel. He
most recently owned and
operated the Lakeview
Country Club in Mabel
Vale.
He was married to
Jerene Van Hercke. She
preceded him in death
on March 30, 2004. Also
preceding him was his
father, Donald Parker;


and brother, Terry Parker.
He is survived by his
mother, Thelma Parker
of Tahlequah, Okla.; three
sons, Timothy Parker and
Sandra of Mabel Vale,
Ark., Dennis Parker and
Svetlana of Clermont, Fla.,
and Kirk Parker of Mabel
Vale, Ark.; one daughter,
Susan Taylor of Navarre,
Fla.; two brothers, George
Parker and Judy of Topeka,
Kan., and C.H. Parker
of Tahlequah, Okla.; one
sister-in-law, Linda Parker
of Hutchinson, Kan.; and
eight grandchildren.
Graveside funeral
services were held at 11
a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14,
2009, at the Pleasanton,
Kan., Cemetery. The family
suggests contributions
to the American
Cancer Society. Online
condolences for the
family can be left at www.
coffel-schneider.com.
Arrangements by Coffel-
Schneider, Pleasanton,
Kan. 4


Malzie C. Baldwin, 96,
of Port St. Joe Beach, Fla.,
passed away Tuesday
morning, Jan. 6, 2009, at
Beacon Villa Retirement
Center.
She was born in
Graceville, Fla., and was
a lifelong resident of
this area. Malzie was a
retired dental assistant
with Dr. Robert E. King
in Port St. Joe and was a
longtime member of First
Baptist Church in Port St.
Joe, where she belonged
to the Bethany Sunday
school class. She was also
formerly a member of the
hospital auxiliary of Gulf
Pines Hospital.
.She was preceded in
death by her husband,
Noel Douglas Baldwin;
and her daughter, Beverly
Ann Baldwin.
Survivors include her
son and daughter-in-law,.
Douglas and Johanna
Baldwin of College
Station, Texas; four
grandchildren; and 12


great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for
Ms. Baldwin were held
at 2 p.m. ET Thursday,
Jan. 8, 2009, at First
Baptist Church of Port
St. Joe with the Rev.
Harmon Naberhuis
officiating. Burial
followed in Holly Hill
Cemetery.
Pallbearers for the
services were Robert
Whittle, Harold Hinote,
Ed McFarland, Temple
Watson, Bill Rich and
James Stephens.
Honorary pallbearers
were John Linton, Rex
Buzzett, Dr. Robert King,
Raymond Lawrence, Ray
Jolley and John Strickland
(deceased).
The family received
friends from 11 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan.
8, 2009, at the church.
Expressions of
sympathy may be
submitted and viewed at
www.southerlandfamily.
com.


Hugh F Smith, 83, passed away
at his home at St. Joe Beach on
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.
He was preceded in death by his
wife of more than 50 years, Coraie
Smith; and his daughter, Elizabeth
Rosemary Woodard. He is survived
by his son, Anthony Smith of
Jacksonville, Fla.; and one sister-in-
law, Lee Inman of Australia.
Smith was born in Breckenridge,


Hugh F. Smith
Mo., on Dec. 9, 1925. He has two
brothers, Allen Jay (AJ) Smith and
Chancey Wayne Smith; one sister,
Abanell Parton; and many nieces and
nephews.
Smith served in the Navy and
Army. He was in World War II and
the Korean War. He was a gunner on
a ship off the island of Iwo Jima and
watched as the American soldiers
raised the American flag on Mount


Joe Byron Blan Sr.


Suribachi. He moved to Port St. Joe in Joe was born Feb. 12,
1970, when he started teaching math 1932, in Bagdad, Fla. And
at Port St. Joe High School until he he left us on Dec. 17, 2008.
retired in 1993. He was employed with' He is survived by
H&R Block at the Port St. Joe office. his wife, Eleanor Blan;
He was a very special person, one son, Joe Jr.; six
loved by people of all walks of life and grandchildren, Milissa
all ages. He will be deeply missed by Varnes, Paula Medley,
all who knew him. Joe Byron Blan, III, Mitzi
A memorial service is planned, but Coates, Ashley Lingo and
no date has yet been set. Kayla Busbey; and nine


great-grandchildren. He
was preceded in death by
one daughter, Vicki Busbey.
The memorial service
will be held on Saturday
Jan. 17 at the First Baptist
Church in Apalachicola,
Fla., with the Rev. Bill
Plazarin officiating. Joe
was loved by many and will
be missed greatly.


Area BRIEFS


Senior trips
The following trips for seniors are
planned for this spring:
Cajun Mardi Gras Tour: Konriko
Rice Mill, Avery Island, Mardi Gras
Parades in Houma, La., and a tour of
New Orleans. Feb. 22-26.
Branson, Mo.: Tour Home of
Country Music. Five shows, nine meals
and other places of interest. March 24-
29.
Alaska Cruise: Seven-night cruise,
three-land tour, rail to Denali Park and
to Anchorage, Alaska, 10 nights, 11 days.
May 17-27.
For more information, contact Merita
Stanley at 850-482-4799.

Alanon, AA meetings
The ,First United Methodist Church
in Port St. Joe hosts weekly Alanon
meetings at 8 p.m. ET Tuesdays.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings
are held at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and
Thursdays.

January is Blood Donor Month
Blood is traditionally in short supply


during the winter months because of the
holidays, travel schedules, inclement
weather and illness. January in
particular'is a difficult month for blood
centers to collect blood donations. A
reduction in turnout can put our area's
blood inventory at a critical low. In fact,
most blood types have been at a one- or
two-day supply for the last few weeks.
The Bay Medical Blood Center is
appealing to the public to give blood
immediately to avoid current blood
levels from dropping any further and
potentially delaying hospital treatment
and surgeries. It takes 48 hours to
process a donated unit of blood before it
can be transfused to a patient. According
to Bay Medical Blood Center, as long as
the blood supply is at acceptable levels,
patients who require blood can receive
it. Conditions reliant on donated blood
include trauma situations, planned and
.emergency surgeries, and cancer and
sickle cell anemia treatments.
In January, The Bay Medical Brood
Donor Center is celebrating National
Blood Donor Month.
The Blood Mobile will be at the H& R
Block in the Port City Shopping Center
from noon to 5 p.m. ET Jan. 22. It also


will be at the First Baptist Church in
Port St Joe from 1-6 p.m. ET Feb. 2. All
donors will receive a red fleece throw
blanket and a coupon from H & R Block
for a discount off their tax preparation.
Every day at Bay Medical Center,
approximately 20 units of blood are
required for patients with cancer and
other diseases, for organ transplant
recipients and to help save the lives
of accident victims. Our goal is to help
ensure that blood is available to patients
whenever and wherever it is needed
because it is the blood on the shelves
that helps saves lives.
If you are at least 17 years of age
(16 withparental consent), weigh at
least 110 pounds and meet other donor
requirements, you might be eligible to
donate blood. Celebrate National Blood
Donor Month by donating blood and
encouraging others to do so as Well.
Donors can give blood every 56 days.
Approximately 200 donated units of
blood are required each week to meet
patient's needs at Bay Medical Center.
For more information on giving blood
or hosting a blood drive contact The Bay
Medical Blood Donor Center at 850-747-
6570 or www.SCBCinfo.org


Cards of

THANKS


Thomas Family
The passing of our loved one
has shown us what it means to
have wonderful friends. Thank
you for every prayer, visit, flow-
ers, cards and thoughts you have
shown us. May God bless and keep
each of you in his loving care.

The entire family of Hubert Thomas

Cox Family
The family of Gary Cox would
like to thank each and every one of
you for the many acts of kindness
expressed to us during our
difficult time. All the calls, visits,
food, flowers, etc ... were deeply
appreciated, and most importantly
for keeping us in your thoughts
and prayers.

Thank you,
The Gary (ox Family


Friends of ST. JOSEPH BAY PRESERVES


Notice of Annual Meeting.
for Friends of St Joseph Bay
Preserves

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan.
17 (lunch to follow)
Location: Preserves Center
3915 State Road 30A (directions
attached)
Meeting will include short
presentations, voting (by current.
members) for officers and board,
luncheon (pot luck chili).
Even if you are not a current
member 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
welcome, and lunch is free.
No RSVP required, but for
planning purposes, if you know
you are coming respond to
admin@stjosephbaypreserves.
org or call 850-229-1787.
Directions to St Joseph
Bay State Buffer and Aquatic
Preserves Center from the
North/East (Tallahassee,
Apalachicola) on U.S. 98:


Go west past Apalachicola
about 6 miles on U.S. 98.
Turn left off U.S. 98 at the
curve onto County 30. (You'll
see a brown sign for Rish Park
just before you take the left
turn.) Continue on County 30.
After going about 12.5 miles,
the road will curve to the north.
Stay on the same road, which
is now called County 30A. Keep
right after the sharp curve, and
do not turn left on County 30E,
which goes to Cape San Blas and
the state park.


Continue for another 2.25
miles, and the center will be on
your left (Bay side). The center
has as a huge deck connecting
three light yellow buildings with
turquoise 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 U.S. 98:
Go east out of Panama City
on U.S. 98.
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 look for signs
for Cape San Blas.
Bear right on that road,
and proceed through Simmons
Bayou, approximately 4.5 miles.
Look for small brown sign
indicating preserve center in 1
mile. The center will be on your
right, with turquoise metal roofs.
Lodge is central building.
Call at 850-229-1787 if you
have any problem getting here
or have other questions.


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ST. JAMES'

EPISCOPAL CHURCH

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


SiWorship with us at,
ongAvenue Baptist Churc'h
.,.ereFaith, Family &Friendsh" areit
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pmrn
Wednesday
A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm

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


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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"



Jesus is Lord and He is waiting
FOR YOU AT:
Sigb lanb viet aptist Q ur
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850)227-1306
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Mike Westbrook Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Paslor Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.


Oak Grove Church
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Come Grow With Us!

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


FIRST UNITED
METHODIST CHURCH
Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe


Sunday:
Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m. ET
Sunday Schook 10:00 a.m. ET
Traditional Worship: 11:00 a.m. ET
Wednesday:
Youth: 5:30 p.m. ET
Choir: 7:00 p.m. ET


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


Deacon Hubert D. Thomas


Don Leon Parker


Malzie C. Baldwin


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Thursday, January 15, 2009


Of


which


standard


are you


guilty?

Social standards come
and social standards go.
The Bible sets the
standards for Christians
though.
The Word tells each of
S us how to live.
I It corrects our wrongs
Sand shows us how to give.
It trains us in righteous-
ness and helps us to grow.
Christians should stand
out wherever they go.
Sadly enough too many
Bibles are not read today.
Too many social stan-
dards get in the'way.
Satan is devouring mnan-
Skind today.
Greed and selfishness
are crowding God away.
God's road map to life is
catching dust on a shelf.
While most of us are
thinking of self.
How many minutes
of TV did you watch this
week?
How many minutes in
the Bible did Go'd's Will you
seek?
About now is where a
lawyer would cut to the
chase.
He would say to the peo-
ple, I rest my case.
Billy Johnson


REVIVAL

The Carter Temple
First Born Church in We-
wahitchka will conduct a
revival at 7 p.m. CT nightly
Jan. 14-16..
The speaker will be
Apostle Benny Dozier from
Chicago.
For more information
call 639-1696

Blues Rock
The
Deep Blues Band
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In his second general epistle,
our beloved brother, known to
Roman Catholics as St. Peter and
to the Protestants as the Apostle
Peter, wrote (2nd Peter 3:15-16/):
"and consider that the
longsuffering of our Lord is
salvation as also our beloved
brother Paul, according to the
wisdom given to him, has written
to you, as also in all his epistles,
speaking in them of these things,
in which are some things HARD
TO UNDERSTAND, which
untaught and unstable people
twist to their own destruction,
as they do also the rest of the
Scriptures."
If you have ever attempted to
read the whole Bible and you are
honest about it, you have to admit
there are things in your English
translation of the Bible that are
HARD TO UNDERSTAND. If the
Bible was easy to understand,
then there would be no
differences between Christian-
based religions. There would only
be Bible-believing Christians.
Like any other writing or
collection of writings, it is


Alan Flowers, a representa-
tive of Watchtower and Bible
Tract Society, will be a fea-
tured speaker at the upcoming
Special Assembly Day of Jeho-
vah's Witnesses on Jan. 18.
The theme of the special as-
sembly is "Keep Watching the
Ministry... That you Fulfill It,"
based on Colossians 4:17.
Flowers will discuss 2 Cor-
inthians 6:1-10 verse by verse,
in the talk "How We Recom-
mend Ourselves as Minis-
ters." His second discourse in
the afternoon will be on the
theme "Highly Esteem Your
Ministry."
Billy Nichols will have an
encouraging part on how Chris-
tians can overcome the chal-
lenges faced today. Then the
talk "Cultivate What you Have
Planted" will highlight how
people can help those who are
in need of spiritual assistance.
The program will bring en-
couragement and insight by
helping participants under-
stand how they can make sure
other interests and activities
do not overshadow what Je-
hovah has entrusted to the sa-
cred ministry.
Scriptural encouragement
provided by this special as-
sembly day program should
help participants appreciate
what they need to do to main-
tain the right focus in these
critical days.


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important to look at all that is
written in the Bible. If I had
concentrated on just a few Bible
verses or relied upon only one
particular English translation of
the Bible, I probably would have
become a follower of a particular
denomination. It is important
to understand that as far as
we Americans are concerned,
the Bible was written in two
foreign languages, Hebrew
and Greek, thus placing us at
the mercy of translators and
interpreters. Each denomination
has its virtues, and each has a
questionable statement or two in
its doctrine. That is why we have
chosen to remain unaffiliated, at
least for the present.
When I read the Bible, I am
seeking to determine what God
wants me to know, not to justify a
particular belief. Many attempt
to read the Bible for a specific
purpose: to get healed of a
disease or find out how to escape
hell or justify a divorce or justify
some other position. Some try to
use the Bible to justify vengeance
or racism. I even know of a


SUBMITTED PHOTO
Billy Nichols, a traveling
representative for the
Watchtower Bible and Tract
Society, will be a featured
speaker at the upcoming
Special Assembly.Day. The
Assembly will be held Jan,.
18 at the Marina Civic
Center in Panama City. The
program starts at 9:55 a.m.
CT.

The public is invited to this
encouraging program. The
program starts at 9:55 a.m.
CT Jan. 18 at the Marina Civic
Center in downtown Panama
City.
No admission and no collec-
tions are taken.


man who uses the Bible to try to
justify his addiction to alcoholic
beverages. These attempts at
Bible reading for a particular
purpose are doomed to failure.
It is of little value to preach
that the Bible is the word of God
and infallible if one is unwilling
to take the time and effort to
read the whole Bible, comparing
scripture with scripture and
researching what actually was
said in the original languages.
Failure to do so is just plain
laziness.
For example, if I had read
John 1:12 without considering
the context, then I would have
concluded that all aperson has
to do is BELIEVE IN JESUS'
NAME. When I read the next
verse, I find that the person being
described in verse 12, as one who
believes in His name, is one that
has been born of God (born from
above).
What use is it to talk about
Jesus being the Christ (Messiah),
the Son of the living God, if one
does not diligently consider
His teaching and obey His


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commandments? He said that a
man (person) must be born again
(from above). What good is it to
talk about Jesus and not read and
obey His commandments?
Have you been born again
(from above)? If not, Jesus said
that you cannot see (understand)
the Kingdom of God. (John 3:3)
At the Mexico Beach Christian
Worship Center, we teach what
Jesus taught, not what people
would like to have taught for their
own selfish reasons. Our services
begin with a time of greeting and
fellowship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday
CST. Worship 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 St. behind the
Beach Walk gift shop, just off U.S.
98 in Mexico Beach.

God Bless,
Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach
Christian Worship Center
pastor@mexicobeachcwc.com


1ifd UnJited dAai
111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
1 1:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of l i(oB!eahlmitt hllslodist (birch
N.isiay P6iII0
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820




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


, "Our Church can be your home"

First Church of the Nazarene
2420 Long Avenue tort St. Joe, Tlorida 32456
(850) 229-9596

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


Family Life
Church

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


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


A Spirit Filled
Outreach Oriented
Word of Faith Church


HOME OF THE
POWERHOUSE
YOUTH MINISTRIES


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


The friendly place to worship!

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


First SBaptist Church
102 THIRD' STREET PORT ST. JOE
Jerome Barnes, Interim Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
....... SBobby Alexander, Minister to Students
New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church


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

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First Presbyterian Church LithBible
S- of Port St. Joe C H U R C H
g508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756 Michael Rogers Pastor
Re erend Reid Cameron 9:45 AM ........................... ......... ...........Sunday School
Reverend Reid Cameron 10:30 AM ................................ Fellowship Breakfast
Worship Service 10:00 a.m. 11:00 AM .................... ...................W.....orship
Sunday School 11:00 a.m 6:00 PM ............................................................W orship
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home of Faith Christian School


BEACH BAPTIST CHAPEL
311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
A LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE LORD
SUNDAY: General Assembly 9:45 a.m. ET, Bible Study all ages 10 a.nh. ET
Morning Worship 11 a.m. ET Evening Worship 6 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Choir Practice 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Kids for Christ 6 p.m. /Prayer Meeting & Youth Group 7 p.m.
"0 taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Hin."
Please accept this invitation to join us in worship. God bless you!
Please call us for ur spiritual needs.
www.beachchapelorg
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725


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9511S
ADVERTISEMENT
FOR BIDS:

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 #
09-012 and submitted to
the maintenance depart-
ment to the attention of
Greg Layfield, Mainte-
nance Foreman.

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
bids.

You can contact Greg
Layfield at 850-229-8369
with any questions.

The information contained
in this email and any at-
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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 mail or telephone
and delete the original
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January 8,15, 2009
9691S
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Merlot Ill, 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-
lows:

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
also lying on the Westerly
*right of way of County
Road Number 30-E,
thence run along said right
of way North 19 Degrees
41 Minutes 55 Seconds
West 10.00 feet to a rod
and cap for the POINT OF
BEGINNING, thence from
said POINT OF BEGINN-
ING, continue along said
-right of way North 19 De-
grees 41 Minutes 55 Sec-
onds West 89.91 feet to a
re-bar; thence leaving said
right of way run South 70
Degrees 18 Minutes 05
Seconds West 329.26 feet
to a point lying on the ap-
proximate mean- high
water line of the Gulf of
Mexico; thence run along
said approximate mean
high water line South 27
Degrees 25 Minutes 12
Seconds East 40.69 feet;
thence leaving said ap-
proximate mean high
water line run North 69 De-
grees 04 Minutes 20 Sec-
onds East 77.12 feet to a
rod and cap; thence North
59 Degrees 04 Minutes 56
Seconds East 104.07 feet
to a rod and cap; thence
North 70 Degrees 18 Min-
utes 05 Seconds East
63.00 feet to a rod and
cap; thence South 19 De-
grees 41 Minutes 55 sec-
onds East 71.50 feet to a
rod and cap; thence North
70 Degrees 18 Minutes 05
Seconds East 81.62 feet to
the POINT OF BEGINN-
ING. Containing 0.33 ac-
res, more or less.

Name in which assessed:
John.C. Webb

All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such certifi-
cate shall be redeemed
according to law, the prop-
erty described in such cer-
tificate will be sold to the


highest bidder in the front
Lobby of the Gulf County


Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.T, Wednesday the 4th
day of February, 2009.

Dated this 30th day of De-
cember, 2008

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
'BY: Donna L. Ray
Deputy Clerk
January 1, 8, 15, 22, 2009
9711S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

CAPITAL CITY BANK,
Plaintiff,

vs.

KENNETH HUGH ARDIRE;
STATE OF FLORIDA, DE-
PARTMENT OF REVENUE;
and UNKNOWN
TENANT(S),
Defendants,

CASE NO. 08-285-CA

NOTICE OF
SALE PURSUANT
TO CHAPTER 45

NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Decem-
ber 29, 2008, in Case No.
08-285-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
which CAPITAL CITY
BANK is the Plaintiff and
KENNETH HUGH ARDIRE,
STATE OF FLORIDA, DE-
PARTMENT OF REVENUE,
and UNKNOWN
TENANT(S) are the. De-
fendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for
cash at the front lobby of
the Gulf County Court-
house in Port St. Joe, Gulf
County, Florida at 11:00
a.m. on January 29, 2009,
the property set forth in the
Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure and more particularly
described as follows:

See Exhibit A"d attached
hereto and made a part
hereof for the description
of the property.

Commence at the South-
west Comer of Section 3,
Township 4 South, Range
10 West, Gulf County, Flor-
ida; thence go South 89
degrees 55 minutes 18
seconds East a distance of
1293.98 feet; thence go
South 00 degrees 25 min-
utes 04 seconds West a
distance of 342.98 feet;
thence go North 89 de-
grees.24 minutes 46 sec-
onds East a distance of
395.83 feet; thence go
North 89 degrees 57 min-
utes 41 seconds East a
distance of 33.00 feet;
thence go North 00 de-
grees 35 minutes 14 sec-
onds East a distance of
335.23 feet to the center-
line of a 66 foot wide road-
way for the Point of Be-
ginning. Thence go North
58 degrees 25 minutes 12
seconds West along said
centerline a distance of
17.60 feet; thence go
North 00 degrees 33 min-
utes 20 seconds East a
distance to 566.34 feet to
the centerline:of Stone Mill
Creek; thence go along
said centerline of Creek
South 67 degrees 22 min-
utes 49 seconds East a
distance of 82.93 feet;
thence go South 87 de-
grees 09 minutes 29 sec-
onds East a distance of
23.16 feet. Departing said
centerline of Creek, 'go
South 00 degrees 33 min-
utes 20 seconds West a
distance of 545.58 feet to
the centerline of the afore-
said 66 foot wide roadway;
thence go North 87 de-
grees 55 minutes 41 sec-
onds West along said cen-
terline a distance of 84.94
feet to the Point of Begihn-
ing. Said parcel of land is
situated in Section 3,
Township 4 South, Range
10 West, Gulf County, Flor-
ida, and being subject to a
33.00 feet wide roadway
easement along the South-
erly boundary thereof. Also
being known as Lot 12,
Block "A", of the unre-
corded Plat of Stone Mill
Creek Estates.

Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of,
the date of the lis pend-
ens, must file a claim
within sixty (60) days after
the sale.

DATED: December 30,
2008

REBECCA L. NORRIS
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Garvin B. Bowden, Esq,
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden RA.
1300 Thomaswood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
January 8, 15,2009
97138S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14th JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND "FOR
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION

WELLS FARGO BANK,
N.A. DBA AMERICA'S
SERVICING COMPANY
PLAINTIFF


1100
VS.

MICHAEL T. MURPHY;
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
MICHAEL T. MURPHY IF
ANY; H. EMORY MURPHY;
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
H. EMORY MURPHY IF
ANY; ANY AND ALL UN-
KNOWN PARTIES CLAIM-
ING BY, THROUGH, UN-
DER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVID-"
UAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO
ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE
DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETH-
ER SAID UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES MAY CLAIM AN IN-
TEREST AS SPOUSES,
HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS; BARRIER
DUNES HOMEOWNERS
ASSOCIATION, INC.;
WACHOVIA BANK N.A.;
JOHN DOE AND JANE
DOE AS UNKNOWN TEN-
ANTS IN POSSEtSION
DEFENDANT(S)

CASE NO: 07-476CA

NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Decem-
ber 29, 2008 entered in
Civil Case No. 07-476CA of
the Circuit Cdurt of the
14th Judicial Circuit in and
for GULF County,. Port St.
Joe, Florida, I will sell to
the highest and best bid-
der for cash at the- Front
Lobby at the GULF County
Courthouse located at
1000 Fifth Street in Port St.
Joe, Florida, at 11:00 a.m.
on the 29th day of Janu-
ary, 2009 the following de-
scribed property as set
forth in said Summary Fi-
nal Judgment, to-wit:

UNIT'127 OF BARRIER
DUNES, AS DESCRIBED
IN PROTECTIVE COVE-
NANTS, CONDITIONS
AND RESTRICTIONS OF
BARRIER DUNES, RE-
CORDED IN O.R. BOOK
107, PAGE 227, PUBLIC
RECORDS OP GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA AND
AS AMENDED AT O.R.
BOOK 110, PAGE 805;
O.R. BOOK 128, PAGE
118 AND O.R. BOOK 130,
PAGE 34, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA.

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

Dated this 30th day of
December, 2008.

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

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

THE LAW OFFICES OF
DAVID J. STERN, PA.,
ATTORNEY FOR PLAIN-
TIFF
900 South Pine Island
Road Suite 400
Plantation, FL33324-3920
(954)233-8000
January 8, 15, 2009
9714S.
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION

CITIMORTGAGE, INC.
SUCCESSOR BY
MERGER TO ABN AMRO
MORTGAGE GROUP INC.
PLAINTIFF

VS.

JAMES CAMPBELL A/K/A
JAMES W. CAMPBELL
A/K/A JAMES WILLIAM
CAMPBELL; KAY CAMP-
BELL A/K/A KAY K. CAMP-
BELL; ANY AND ALL UN-
KNOWN PARTIES CLAIM-
ING BY, THROUGH, UN-
DER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVID-
UAL DEFFNDANT(S) WHO
ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE
DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UN-
KNOWN. PARTIES MAY
CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVI-
SEES, GRANTEES OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS; JOH-
N DOE, AND JANE DOE
AS UNKNOWN TENANTS
IN POSSESSION
DEFENDANT(S)

CASE NO: 07-5 10 CA

NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Decem-
ber 29, 2008 entered in
Civil Case No. 07-510 CA
of the Circuit Court of the
14TH Judicial Circuit in
and for GULF County, Port
St. Joe, Florida, I will sell
to the highest and best
bidder for cash at In the
FRONT LOBBY at the.
GULF County Courthouse
located at 1000 5th Street,
Room 148 in Port St. Joe,
Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on


S 1100
the 29th day of January,
2009, the following de-
scribed property as set
forth in said Summary Fi-
nal Judgment, to-wit:

THE FOLLOWING DE-
SCRIBED LAND, SITUATE,
LYING AND .BEING IN
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA,
TO-WIT: COMMENCE AT
THE SOUTHWEST COR-
NER OF SECTION 13,
TOWNSHIP 5 SOUTH,
RANGE 11 WEST, GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA, AND
THENCE RUN NORTH 89
DEGREES 24 MINUTES 40
SECONDS EAST FOR
1726.20 FEET; THENCE
NORTH 01 DEGREES 31
MINUTES 37 SECONDS
WEST FOR 1798.77 FEET;
THENCE RUN NORTH 89
DEGREES 24 MINUTES 40
SECONDS EAST FOR
1500.00 SET THE POINT
OF BEGINNING. FROM
SAID POINT OF BEGINN-
ING RUN NORTH 01 DE-
GREES 31 MINUTES 37
SECONDS WEST FOR
455.76 FEET; THENCE
.NORTH 89 DEGREES 24
MINUTES 40 SECONDS
EAST FOR 500.00 FEET;
THENCE SOUTH 01 DE-
GREES 37 MINUTES 37
SECONDS EAST FOR
455.76 FEET; THENCE
SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24
MINUTES 40 SECONDS.
WEST FOR 500.00 FEET
TO THE POINT OF BEGIN-
NING. SAID PARCEL OF
LAND HAVING AN AREA
OF 5.21. ACRES, MORE
OR LESS, AND BEING
SUBJECT TO 30.00 FOOT
WIDE ROADWAY EASE-
MENT ALONG THE
SOUTHERLY BOUNDARY
THEREOF, ALL OIL, GAS
AND MINERAL RIGHTS
RESERVED BY PREVIOUS
OWNER. A UTILITY EASE-
MENT RESERVED ALONG
ALL PROPERTY UNES 5
FEET.
Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
'the property owner as of
the date of the lis pend-
ens, must file a. claim
within 60 days after the
sale.

Dated this 29th day of De-
cember, 2008.

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

IN ACCORDANCE WITH
-THE AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT, per-
sons with disabilities need-
ing a special accommoda-
tion should contact
COURT ADMINISTRA-
TION, at the GULF County
Courthouse at NONE,
1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or
1-800-955-8770, via Florida
Relay Service ,

THE LAW OFFICES OF
DAVID J. STERN, RA.,
ATTORNEY FOR PLAIN-
TIFF '
900 South Pine Islarfd
Road Suite 400
Plantation, FL 33324-3920
(954)233-8000
07-26834(FM)FNM
January 8,15,2009
9715S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION

COUNTRYWIDE HOME
LOANS, INC.,
Plaintiff,

vs.

JUDITH ANN WADE A/K/A
JUDITH A. WADE, et al,
Defendants.

CASE NO.:
23-2008-CA-000518

NOTICE OF ACTION

TO:
JUDITH ANN WADE A/K/A.
JUDITH A. WADE

Last Known Address: 457
Barrier Dunes Dr, Port St
Joe, FL 32456
Also Attempted at: 17757
Front Beach Rd, Unit 1009,
Panama City Beach, FL
32413; 10528 Patrington
Court, Las Vegas, NV
89183 and 5912 Royal
Castle Ln, Las Vegas, NV
89130

Current Residence
Unknown

UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
JUDITH ANN WADE A/K/A
JUDITH A. WADE
Last Known Address: 457
Barrier Dunes Dr, Port St
Joe, FL 32456
Also Attempted at: 17757
Front Beach Rd, Unit 1009,
Panama City Beach, FL
32413; 10528 Patrington
Court, Las Vegas, NV
89183 and 5912 Royal
Castle Ln, Las Vegas, NV
89130

Current Residence
Unknown

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action for Foreclosure
of Mortgage on the follow-
ing described property:

BARRIER DUNES, UNIT
37, PARCEL "G"; COM-
MENCE AT THE NORTH-
WEST CORNER OF GOV-
ERNMENT LOT 4, IN
FRACTIONAL SECTION
36, TOWNSHIP 8 SOUTH,
RANGE 12 WEST, GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND
THENCE RUN NORTH 00
DEGREES 12 MINUTES 24
SECONDS EAST, ALONG


I_ .1100
THE EASTERLY BOUND-
ARY LINE OF GOVERN-
MENT LOT 2 IN SAID
FRACTIONAL SECTION
36, FOR A DISTANCE OF
999.95 FEET; THENCE,
LEAVING SAID EASTERLY
BOUNDARY LINE OF
GOVERNMENT LOT 2,
RUN NORTH 89- DE-
GREES 47 MINUTES 36
SECONDS WEST, FOR A
DISTANCE OF 749.58
FEET; THENCE RUN
NORTH 00 DEGREES 12
MINUTES 24 SECONDS
EAST FOR A DISTANCE
OF 239.04 FEET TO THE
WESTER LY
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF A
PRIVATE ROADWAY
(HAVING A 30 FOOT WIDE
RIGHT-OFWAY), THENCE
RUN NORTH 33 DE-
GREES 44 MINUTES 41
SECONDS WEST ALONG
SAID WESTERLY
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE,
FOR A DISTANCE OF
235.47 FEET, .THENCE
LEAVING SAID WEST-
ERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY
LINE RUN SOUTH 56 DE-
GREES 15 -MINUTES 19
SECONDS WEST 7.06
FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING. FROM SAID
POINT OF BEGINNING
RUN THENCE SOUTH 70
DEGREES 17 MINUTES 29
SECONDS WEST 49.00
FEET, THENCE SOUTH 19
DEGREES 42 MINUTES 31
SECONDS EAST 16.00
FEET, THENCE NORTH 70
.DEGREES 17 MINUTES 29
SECONDS EAST 49.00
FEET, THENCE NORTH 19
DEGREES 42 MINUTES 31
SECONDS WEST 16.00
FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING.

has been filed against you
and you are required to
serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it,
on Marshall C. Watson,
RA., Attorney for Plaintiff,
whose address is 1800
NW 49th STREET, SUITE
120, FT. LAUDERDALE FL
33309, on or before Febru-
ary 9, 2009, a date which
is within thirty (30) days af-
ter. the first publication of
this Notice in THE STAR
and file the original with
the Clerk of this Court ei-
ther before service on
Plaintiffs attomey or imme-
diately thereafter; other-
wise a default will be en-
tered against you for the
relief demanded in the
complaint.

In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990 (ADA), disa-
bled persons who, 'be-
cause of their disabilities,
need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this
proceeding should contact
the ADA Coordinator at
1000 5th Street, Port St.
Joe, FL 32456 or Tele-
phone (850) 229-6113
prior to such proceeding.

WITNESS my hand and
the seal of this Court this
29th day of December,
2008.
Rebecca Norris
As Clerk of the Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
As Deputy Clerk
08-49595
January 8, 15, 2009
9730S
NOTICE TO
RECEIVE SEALED BIDS

BID #0809-07

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners
will receive sealed bids
from any qualified person,
company or corporation
interested in constructing
the following buildings at
Honeyville Park:

Restrooms
Concession Stand

Plans can be obtained at
Preble-Rish, Inc., 324 Ma-
rina Drive, Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456, (850)
227-7200. Cost for Plans
will be $25.00 per set and
is non-refundable. Checks
should be made payable
to PREBLE-RISH, INC. The
bid must conform to Sec-
tion 287.133(3) Florida
Statutes, on public entity
crimes.

This project is being
funded by the Florida De-
partmept of Environmental
Protection FRDAP grant
program.

Completion date for these
projects will be 90 days
from the date of the Notice
to Proceed presented to
the successful bidder. Liq-
uidated damages for fail-
ure to complete the project
on the specified date will
be set at $100.00 per day.

Please submit your origi-
nal and (3) copies of the
bid and indicate on the en-
velope YOUR COMPANY
NAME, that this is a
SEALED BID, and include
the BID NUMBER.

Bids must be submitted to
the Gulf County Clerk's Of-
fice, Gulf County Court-
house, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456, by
4:30 p.m., E.T., on Friday,
January 23, 2009. Bids will
be opened at this same lo-
cation on Monday, Janu-
ary 26, 2009 at 10:00a.m.,
E.T.

The Board of County Com-
missioners reserves the
right to waive informalities
in any bid, to accept
and/or reject any or all


If you have any questions,
please contact Grant
Writer Towan Kopinsky at
(850) 229-6144.

NATHAN PETERS, JR.
CHAIRMAN
January 15, 22, 2009
9741S
BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS,
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA

REQUEST
FOR PROPOSAL

RFP # 0809-08

LEASE OF BUILDING

Request for Proposals

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners
shall consider the lease of
.County owned real prop-
erty located at 232 Lake
Avenue, Wewahitchka,
Florida together with its
grounds and will receive
requests for proposals re-
garding such proposed
lease of county real prop-
erty as set forth below. The
successfully proposal shall
meet the following mini-
mum criteria:

1. Be a not for profit
entity with a minimum of
three (3) years of eco-
nomic development ex-
Spertise in Gulf County,
Florida with a skilled staff
sufficient to manage the
job requirements herein.

2. Demonstrate the
ability to create the maxi-
mum number of quality,
non-manufacturing jobs to
be conducted upon the
leased premises.

3. Provide for the
payment of the proposed
rent, together with the real
estate taxes, the payment
of the Florida State Sales
Taxes upon the leased
property and .the provision
of a commercial compre-
hensive general liability
insurance policy covering
the premises..

4. The Gulf County
local bidder preference
shall apply with regard to
all applicants for whom
such local bidder prefer-
ence is applicable.

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
accepted.

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
"Building Lease": RFP NO:
"0809-03" addressed to:
Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners,
Gulf County Clerk of Court,
Room 143, 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,. Jan-
uary 23, 2009. RFP's will
be opened on Monday,
January 26, 2009 at 10:00
a.m., E.T. ir the same of-
fice. The Gulf County
Board of County Commis-
sioners reserves the right
to reject any or all bids
deemed in the best inter-
est of the County.

GULF COUNTY BOARD
OF COUNTY COMMIS-
SIONERS
By: Nathan Peters, Jr.,
Chairman
Attest: Rebecca L. Norris,
Clerk
January 15, 22, 2009
9759S
NOTICE OF
PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that the Gulf
County Board of County
Commissioners will hold a
public hearing to consider
adoption of an Ordinance
with the following title:

AN ORDINANCE OF GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA REG-
ULATING THE TIME FOR
SALE OF ALCOHOLIC
AND INTOXICATING BEV-
ERAGES WITHIN THE UN-
INCORPORATED AREAS.
OF GULF COUNTY; PRO-
VIDING FOR REPEAL OF
ORDINANCE 80-3 AS
WELL AS ALL ORDI-
NANCES OR PARTS OF
ORDINANCES IN CON-
FLICT HEREWITH; PRO-
VIDING PENALTIES FOR
THE VIOLATION OF THIS
ORDINANCE; PROVIDING
AN EFFECTIVE DATE

The public hearing will be
held during the Gulf
County Board of County
Commissioner's meeting
on Tuesday, January 27,
2009 at 6:00 p.m. est. in
the County Commission-
er's meeting room in the
Robert M. Moore.Adminis-
tration Building, Gulf


All interested persons may
appear and be heard with
respect to the proposed
Ordinance. If a person de-
cides to appeal any deci-
sions made by the Gulf
County Commission with
respect to any matter con-
sidered at this hearing,
he/she will need a record
of the proceedings and
that for such purpose
he/she may need to, en-
sure a verbatim record of
the proceedings made and
which would include any
evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.

A copy of the proposed
Ordinance is available for
inspection on weekdays
between the hours of 9:00
a.m. est., and 5:00 p.m.
est. at the Office of the
Clerk of Court, Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 C.G.
Costing, Sr., Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida, 32456.

BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS, GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA
BY:- BILLY TRAYLOR,
CHAIRMAN
January 15, 22, 2009
9762S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.:
23-2008-CA-000143

U.S. BANK NATIONAL AS-
SOCIATION AS TRUSTEE
FOR JPMAC 2006-HE1 J.P
MORGAN MORTGAGE
ASSOCIATION ACQUISI-
TION CORR
Plaintiff,
VS.
vs.

CHRISTINE RUTH MAC-
DONALD A/K/A CHRIS-
TINE R. MACDONALD;
KEY BANK, N.A; MORT-
GAGE ELECTRONIC REG-
ISTRATION SYSTEMS, IN-
CORPORATED AS NOMI-
NEE FOR RESMAE MORT-
GAGE CORPORATION;
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
CHRISTINE R. MACDON-
ALD; JOHN DOE; JANE
DOE AS UNKNOWN TEN-
ANT (S) IN POSSESSION
OF THE SUBJECT PROP-
ERTY,
Defendants.

NOTICE OF FORECLO-
SURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Judgment of Foreclosure
dated the 5th day of Janu-
ary, 2009, and entered in
Case No.
23-2008-CA-000143, of the
Circuit Court of the 14TH
Judicial Circuit in and for
Gulf County, Florida,
wherein U.S. BANK NA-
TIONAL ASSOCIATION AS
TRUSTEE FOR JPMAC
2006-HE1 J.P MORGAN
MORTGAGE ACQUISI-
TION CORP is the Plaintiff
and CHRISTINE RUTH
MACDONALD A/K/A
CHRISTINE R. MACDON-
.ALD; KEY BANK, N.A;
MORTGAGE ELEC-
TRONIC REGISTRATION
SYSTEMS, INCORPO-
RATED AS NOMINEE FOR
RESMAE MORTGAGE
CORPORATION; UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF
CHRISTINE RUTH MAC-
DONALD A/K/A CHRIS-
TINE R. MACDONALD;
JOHN DOE; JANE DOE
AS UNKNOWN TENANT
(S) IN POSSESSION OF
THE SUBJECT PROP-
ERTY are defendants. I will
sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash. at .the
FRONT LOBBY OF
COURTHOUSE at the Gulf,
County Courthouse, in
Port St. Joe, Florida, at
11:00 a.m. on the 5th day
of February, 2009, the fol-
lowing described property.
as set forth in said Final
Judgment, to Wit:.

LOT 9, BLOCK A OF CIR-
CLE J ESTATES, AC-
CORDING TO' THE MAP
OR PLAT THEREOF, AS
RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3, PAGE 10, OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS
OF GULF COUNTY FLOR-
IDA.

ANY PERSON CLAIMING
AN INTEREST IN THE
SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER
THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER
THE SALE.
In accordance witb the
Amercians with Disabilities
Act of 1990 (ADA), disa-
bled persons who, be-
cause of their disabilities,
need special accommo-
dation to participate in this
proceeding should contact
the ADA Coordinator at
1000 5th Street, Port St.
Joe, FL 32456 or Tele-
phone (850) 229-6113
prior to such proceeding.

Dated this 6th day of Janu-
ary, 2009.

Rebecca Norris
Clerk Of The Circuit Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Submitted by:
Law Office of Marshall C.
Watson
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite
120
Fort Luaderdale, FLorida
33309


I 1100 I
Telephone: (954) 453-0365
Facsimile: (954) 771-6052
Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438
Janaury 15, 22, 2009
9763S
HUD CFP FL 15-13A&E,
WEWAHITCHKA, FLORIDA

INVITATION FOR BID

Bids for furnishing all la-
bor, materials, equipment,
and services required for
the Work known as Con-
crete Parking and Side-
walks,. Wewahitchka, Flor-
ida .will be received until
1:45 PM local time on. 29
January 2009 at the office
of the Housing Authority
(PHA) indicated below. At
this time and place all bids
received will be publicly
opened and read aloud.

Without force and effect on
the Bidding Documents
and the proposed Contract
Documents, the work re-
quired is briefly-described
as: Partial modernization
of Forty (40) Dwelling Units
(Parking & Sidewalks) lo-
cated on Two (2) sites in
Wewahitchka, Florida, Re-
move existing indicated
parking bays, parking
bumpers and existing indi-
cated Sidewalks through-
out the Site and associ-
ated work. Provide new
concrete parking bays,
new concrete sidewalks,
new.. parking bumpers,
grading, filling and sod.

The work required .is fully
described in the Bidding
Documents consisting of
the Project Manual and the
Drawings.
Proposed Contract forms,
Drawings and Project Man-
ual are on file in the office
of the Consultant, Mr.
Randall O'Barr, Post Office
Box 357. Baldwin, Georgia
30511, telephone (706)
206-1725 or (678)
231-0675 Fax (706)
754-4121. Bidding Docu-
ments may be obtained by.
providing a NONREFUND-
ABLE. payment of $35.00
per set of Documents to
the Consultant, do not
contact the PHA. No par-
tial sets will be issued.
Checks should be made
payable to Mr. Randall
O'Barr and mailed to the
above address. Informa-
tion regarding this Project,
including a list of the Plan
Holders will be provided
upon request.

Each bid shall include Bid
Guarantee in an amount
equal to five percent of the
Bid. Provide as a certified
check or bank draft paya-
ble to the PHA; U.S. Gov-
ernment Bonds, or as a
properly executed .Bid
Bond with surety accept-
able to the PHA. A Surety
Company executing the
Bid Bond must be author-
ized to transact business
in the Project State, and
must appear on the most
current, U.S. Treasury
Department's Circular No.
570. The successful bidder
is required to provide sat-
isfactory Performance and
Payment Bonds prior to
execution of the Agree-.
ment:

Refer to provisions for
equal employment op-
portunities and payment of
not less than minimum sal-
aries and wages indicated
in the Project Manual.

Each bid shall include THE
SIGNED ORIGINAL AND
TWO CONFORMED COP-
IES of the following:

1.- A properly exe-
cuted Bid Form.

2. A properly
executed Bid Guarantee.

3. A properly
executed Non-Collusive Af-
fidavit.

4. A fully completed
Form HUD-5369-A,
"Representations, Certifica-
tions and Other State-
ments of Bidders".

Small businesses and mi-
nority firms are urged to
submit proposals. Certifi-
cation as a
Minority-business Enter-
prise (or number of part-
ners, shareholders, em-
ployees who are members
of minority classification or
are women) should be in-
cluded in the Bid proposal.
Refer to Articles 38, 39 and
40 of The General Condi-
tions.

The PHA reserves the right
to reject any and all bids,
and to waive irregularities
and formalities in the bidd-
ing. No bids may be with-
drawn for a period of sixty
days subsequent to the
opening of bids without
PHA consent.

Northwest Florida Regional
Housing Authority
Post Office Box 218 (5302
Brown Street)
Graceville, Florida 32440
January 15, 22, 2009
9766S
JN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION

COUNTRYWIDE HOME
LOANS, INC.,
Plaintiff,

vs.

MICHAEL R. HARPER;


I 1100 I
MORTGAGE' ELEC-
TRONIC REGISTRATION
SYSTEMS, INCORPO-
RATED AS NOMINEE FOR
COUNTRYWIDE HOME
LOANS, INC.; CYNTHIA A.
HARPER; JOHN DOE;
JANE DOE A UNKNOWN
TENANT(S) IN POSSES-
SION OF THE SUBJECT
PROPERTY,
Defendants.

CASE NO.:
23-2008-CA-000422

NOTICE OF FORECLO-
SURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Judgment of Foreclosure
dated the 5th day of Janu-
ary, 2009, and entered in
Case No.
23-2008-CA-000422, of the
Circuit Court of the 14TH
Judicial Circuit in and for
Gulf County, Florida,
wherein COUNTRYWIDE
HOME LOANS, INC. is the
Plaintiff and MICHAEL R.
HARPER; MORTGAGE
ELECTRONIC REGISTRA-
TION SYSTEMS, INCOR-
PORATED AS NOMINEE
FOR COUNTRYWIDE
HOME LOANS, INC.; CYN-
THIA A. HARPER; JOHN
DOE; JANE DOE AS UN-
KNOWN TENANT(S) IN
POSSESSION OF THE
SUBJECT PROPERTY are
defendants. I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for
cash at the FRONT LOBBY
OF COURTHOUSE at the
Gulf County Courthouse,
in Port St. Joe, Florida, at
11:00 a.m. on the 5th day
of February, 2009, the fol-
lowing described property
as set forth in said Final
Judgment, to wit:



ANY PERSON CLAIMING
AN INTEREST IN THE
SURPLUS FROM THE.
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER
THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER
THE SALE.
In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990 (ADA), disa-
bled persons who, be-
cause of their disabilities,
need Opecial accommoda-
tion to participate in this
proceeding should contact
the ADA Coordinator at
1000 5th Street, Port St.
Joe, FL 32456 or Tele-
phone (850) 229-6113
prior to such proceeding.

Dated this 6th day of Janu-
ary, 2009.

Rebecca Norris
Clerk Of The Circuit Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Submitted by:
Law Office of Marshall C.
Watson
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite
120
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
33309
Telephone: (954) 453-0365
Facsimile: 9954) 771-6052
Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438
January 15, 22, 2009
9767S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION

HSBC MORTGAGE SER-
VICES, INC.,
Plaintiff,

Vs.

TIMOTHY R. KERIGAN;
ALISON R. KERIGAN; UN-
KNOWN TENANT(S) IN
POSSESSION OF THE
SUBJECT PROPERTY,
Defendants.

CASE NO.:
23-2008-CA-000373

NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Judgment of Foreclosure
dated the 5th day of Janu-
ary, 2009; and entered in
Case No. 23-2008-CA-
000373, of the Circuit
Court of the 14TH Judicial
Circuit in and for Gulf
County, Florida, wherein
HSBC MORTGAGE SER-
VICES, INC. is the Plaintiff
and TIMOTHY R.
KERIGAN; ALISON R.
KERIGAN; JOHN DOE;
JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN
TENANT(S) IN POSSES-
SION OF THE SUBJECT
PROPERTY are defend-
ants. I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for
cash at the FRONT LOBBY
OF COURTHOUSE, at the
Gulf County Courthouse,
in Port St. Joe, Florida, at
11:00 a.m. on the 5th day
of February, 2009, the fol-
lowing described property
as set forth in said Final
Judgment, to wit:

LOT 3, BLOCK 98, UNIT
NUMBER 4 OF ST.
JOSEPH'S ADDITION TO
THE CITY OF PORT ST
JOE, FLORIDA, ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 40,
IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS
OF GULF COUNTY FLOR-
IDA.

ANY PERSON CLAIMING
AN INTEREST IN THE
SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER
THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE


Established 1938 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 67 years


6B THE STAR, PORT ST. JOE, FL THURSDAY, JANUARY, 15, 2009






Established 1938 0 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 67 years THE STAR, PORT ST. JOE, FL 0 THURSDAY, JANUARY, 15,20090 7B



OF THE LIS PENDENS County, Florida, I will sell 9204 King Palm Drive that personal PIzzeria equipment for Other For Rent DupleX C/H/A, laundry room, 10 x
MUST FILE A CLAIM the property situate in Gulf Tampa, FL33619-1328 representative's attorney sale, bakers pride brick For25 storagRentDuple shedex C/H/A, laundry room, 10 xnice
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER County, Florida, described Phone: 813-915-8660 are set forth below, oven, Hobart 60 qt mixer, Nursery Worker 2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath yard, very nice area, $525 nice
THE SALE. as: Attorneys for Plaintiff 2 compartment coolers w/ P .. oe Large Kitchen & Family yard, very nice area, $525 St. Joe Beach
THEJanuary 15,22,2009- ALL INTERESTED PER- worktop, meat slicer, MCrx 8Pos/week- Wed Room, Elevator, Swimm- m, $400 dep, No pets
In accordance with the LOT 48, HERON WALK SONS ARE NOTIFIED beautiful hand crafted & Sun $10/hr Call church ing Pool, Game Room, Call850-227-6216 Beautiful 3 brhome, $13002 meo.gulf
Americans with Disabilities SUBDIVISION, ACCORD- THAT: wood booths & tables. @ 227-1724 V., Ice Machine, Laundry 3 br, 1.5 ba, Mexico Long Term Rental Call
Act of 1990 (ADA), disa- ING TO THE PLAT Complete set up for pizza 227-1724 Room Fully Furnished, in- Beach, Canal Front, boat (404) 545-2552.
bled persons who, be- THEREOF, AS RE- 9805S All creditors of the dece- business, call for more cludes Elec Power & dock, fp, no pet's, $1,000
cause of their disabilities, CORDED IN PLAT BOOK POTENTIALLY INELIGI- dent and other persons info, 850-227-8669 or Water, garbage pickup. mo $1,000 dep.
need special accommo- 5, PAGE 31, OF THE PUB- BLE REGISTERED having claims or demands 850-653.8578 W $1150 month 850-648-5045 -0
dation to participate in this LIC RECORDS OF GULF VOTER'S NOTICE against decedent's estate 4130 Location-C30 2 mi East 6170
proceeding should contact COUNTY, FLORIDA. on whom a copy of thispass Raw Bar on let
the ADA Coordinator at The Gulf County Supervi- notice isservedwithin POSTAL & GOT JOB s Raw850-227-663Bar on left
1000 5th Street, Port St. NK/A 115 Crane Dr. Port sor of Elections has re- three months after thIe date NFO FOR SALE? 3





pary k 2009. the courthouse, 1000 Cecil days aftered this notice is THIS NOTICE ON THEM. IRST eaca53230 YoFTCu NEVER have to alage d arithr Wewae 4 b,2eba Double

uary, 2009. name from the statewide 616 Marvin Ave. Fri 16th The Federal Trade. per month with $750.00 Wwa 4 br, 2 be Double
Law Office of Marshall C. voter registration system. All other creditors of the Sat Cothes Commission 1,2, & 3 security/damage deposit widn smapar $50 a
Watson Any person claiming an in- You should contact this of- decedent and persons kitchen and household is America's consumer Bedroom Call gulf Coast Property h + security dep.
1800 NW 49th Street, terest in the surplus from fice by calling (850) having claims or demands ems, and lots of goodies protection agency. HosBervices at (850) 229-2706
Suite 120 the sale, if any, other than 229-6117 to receive infor- against the estate of the ________ Houses for more information and a
Fort Lauderdale, Florida the property owner as of aellon regarding the basis decedent must file their www.ftc.gov/jobscams for rent in Port St. Joe; Call tour of this great house
33309 the date of the lis pend- for the potential ineligibility claims with this Court 1-877-FTC-HELP 850-227-7800 rental.
Telephone: (954) 453-0365, ens, must file a claim and instructions on how to WITHIN THREE MONTHS 1404 Long Ave.(Tenant
Facsimile: (954) 771-6052 within 60 days after the resolve the matter, or re- AFTER THE DATE OF THE cA public seVihce ifell through avail, again) si d ofs
Toll Free: 1-%-441-2438 sale. quest additional assis- FIRST PUBLICATION OF YARD SALE 1907 Cy- message from the FTC 2 br, 1 ba, furnished, 8935 r a hr ou abr, al -
08-44237 tance it needed. THIS NOTICE. press Ave. SAT. 01-17 and The News Herald Lighthouse Ave, Beacon newly reu hed laundry o
January 15, 22, 2009 Witness, my hand and seal 8:00am-? Clothing items 'Classified Advertising Hill, $500 month. Call newly re/d 70murbished, laundry
Sof this court20n the 6th day An administrative hei ALI, CLAIMS AND DE- 'for young and old alike, Department 850-625-4955 or w/d $700 month Call


GENERAL JURISDICTION By Jasmine Hysmith the Supervisor of Elections The72date of the first publi- " 2c e Eagle Landing T9wnhome6 7 3 d whousel
DIVISION DeputyClerk Office 401 Long Ave, cation of this Notice is Jan- New development- beauti- 7140 Farms & Ranches
RBC CENTURABANK in Port St Joe, FL 32456; uary 15, 2009. 2 br, 1 ba, unfurn, steps to ful and spacious 2 br, 2 7150 Lots and Acreage
RBC CENTURA BANK accordance with the he the beach, pool utilities b, townhome with bonu 7160- Mobie Homes/Lots
PLAINTIFF American with Disabilities The Supervisor of, Elec- Personal Representative: in. Mexico Beach. $1000 upstairs living space and 710 aterroment
SOAct of 1990, persons need- tons will make a determi- H. FOY HOWARD .Reuger Mini14 Stainless Ei rTE FO REN mo. Call 850-544-2218 bathroom located in Jones Property
VS ng special accommo- nation no less than 30 342 Ponce de Leon St. range rifle, latest model, Homestead, Eagle Land- 7190 ut-of-Town
F a ere, l dation to participate in this days after this published Port St. Joe, FL 32456 many extra plus ammo, l o- Business/ r ing subdivision. Close to Real Estate
EFF HARPER ET AL proceeding should contact notice and will notify the Attoey r Personal $700 obo 8507280975 mmercial 3 br 1.5 ba, new carpet shopping, downtown snd 7200 Timeshare
DEFENDANTS the ASA Coordinator no voter of the determination Representative:Cypress Ave Large St Joseph's Bay Monthly
ot o01-21A later than seven -(7) days and action taken. THOMAS S. GIBSON LITO S1 resa h r Ret ie fenced yard with deck. rental t$750 per month with B-y .ee
CAsE m..tCtelrcediH Ge, rBna lo nthdw, i t br bes



CASE NO:08-312 CA prior tothe proceedings If ISH, GIBSON, SCHOLZ S 1 House Rentals Great neighborhood near $750 security/damage de-, 7100
JanOTI OF .2 hearing impaired, please POTENTIALLY INEUGIBLE & GROOM, PA. 3280 es ie 150 -Rooemmate Wanted school. $725/mo. + 1st & posit. Call' Gulf Coast
NOTICE OFI call (800) 955-9771 (TDD) Registered Voters: 116 Sailor's Cove Drive 6160-Rooms for Rent last mo rent dep. 1 yr Property Services at (850) Let's Trade
ment TE foReClosurCE o u 8 a 95 8 January 15, 22, 2009 wotlea a 8 o H lr n

dated Ja nuary55, t2es9e-r9204KingFPlmuDrivBThoma.C7Les Hie J


Court in and for GULF phone: 813-915-8660 Port St Joe, FL 32456 CenCoasRe- Gulfaire bea Chome sal
COUNTY, FLORiDASIDwill s Oel AttorneyshforuPlaintiffUnotice 9an t .-ti h t y P o$7ity3longt erm crpental shava iLa ger igh t oandbg 1r 20 or '- Tommeareia









o t id ry Cr 9 This o otice published Jan- Restaurant Equipmentat.t Nw de e b a think nett1o0Ran
gh EPory 1to,_0 Sto ,re fitues Coronado #3 2 br, 1.5 ba W/D, Tila and Carpet, pri-
SEON LoBB OFCA 1tH Unda Griffin To Much to Mention. Convenience store down- 731 Hwy 98 $850 per vacy fenced With deck,
NT IF EGulf County Supeisorof 850-648-4366 town Apalachicola, 47 Ave e p tstis .r spiiate
COURTHOUSE LOCATED 977890 p n n ec-tions E. Call 850-899-451e 2 or methn pnoolb trena i ds coy 0 urtiv..






SVD, nPORTg J F Oa i a aTTHEnR E0 N Ts I STEEL H -227 2orino 40th St. $R550 per month mo. 850-639-2690 Port St. Joe, St George
ForHomestead, lease: Office Space, 712 Hw 98 $
day o February, 2009 the THE STATE OFFLORIDA, 2110- Pets Free to 5 Only 25x34, 30148, 1000 sq. ft, featuring two month Property Priced way below
FF n dEsb prop IUNND iFOR GULF c S NOTCE A Goxad ee00 oo, 8 x15 0 Co 3H grx5 Pryerie r eho rin ornlo a e
E N Ty a S E Rt h vi s ai d aC U T P U BLSrNin t O lc ot e r of n Pr e tS u lativ e s r i v8 0 a rte o ffi c e be n t h os o m I n d i L a g o onC o tte a g es 3 t moa r k etsvB ae.P ith l ye s
254.Ays an50acti2130taeA F m A aSON M t M e a 0 wh views. Mexico1Beache3abRentals












.Sugmarn FinalJudgmen. CPLtDIVISION Will Sell for Balance porch Bay br, 25 be03 5R83 inIndian5Pass5-297mg 3. Peaencall
t-t: CANCELLATIONOFen-6130 mth ion cud oneus u e n d $w 50 per month bnthea lEs. oro











t i aCLli PORT 2140- Pets/Livestck Owed/Free Deliveryl 3052 West Hwy 98 Paetto nation 3 br3 $600 m, $500 sec. no at 850-249-3615.
CITIFINANCIAL EQDUITY AUTHORITY MEETING Wate -8 62-7930e20 850-9782099 h ps, re. ^ 850-648-5058,

TE REOF R CCO E IN the Port St. Joe Port Au- b 3 ba 1 0 15h 2 Street7
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 50 thorlIty regulWarly scheduled 2100 F 6190 $975 per month BCorner Lot 0i27 ao in







eOF THE UBLICRNEC NAR a meetiENgs of ondA JbaLnu- E &RoOs AK. b0 ate Sain ParadisC e Porch 2 br, 2t e o i t.BA outh gate subdioion ot
NORDCE OF GULFaOUN l KNOWN SPOUSE7 OF ary 12, 2009,o has: been uiler's ACo NL rie 31 0 r apt Re1tJB ci all 915 Cren Aep. $650ert rvi es is waL tsTacet
F o rID a. aNOEAr R.0 0t FA LL; ST A N-rcell dmet g 3 F 2 w K nguser dsto d ig e in l e d, aval o ab leaper m ont aen r e H o use t s













FLORIDA. TAN cancelled The ting ec 25th Call ands unoi 30-1 2 418 Texas WiAve 1 Yr 57 0 Adnt
Dated this 6th day of Janu- LE rFAL; I LIN a ea r ary 850-527- 227 br, 2 b 109- 0th St $580 Lease $850/ mo $85 also avail MLS#233815
arye 2009des. Ko5t O W S PHE OU STEE OT 9 a t_ 7PotSt.Je,,Sper m hk alutul 8 7 6o2 e
date buary 2009 o KNO Pal m DRC I TOF a mas C esl 1 br, 1 ba & 2 br, apart Sr Snds unit 42-A & n. Singe Family Ranch. C nt a y







n Hs SA ANT F s iGSOn 00 He a t or eectrcer -b 2 dbba 12-04ncd Cr Refeencs Re- Wpaila nkTeda
CEtSEe r 4n6CR&CSilrs N Covewi ve, r dintrati to s _Tampa FL369-132 511Wy.r






If you are a person wth a SERVICES IN and, for such purpose, he l Receptionist signing. 653-6375 l I gonCag St Joe Beach, 2 b 1 ba, alic
distbilry who needs any WHETHER DISSOLVED or she nay need to ensure Busy medical practice has h B al stilt cottage a w/ h balcony 1 Iade, M. P-b
accommodation in order ESENT EXIST- that a verbatim record of an opening for Recep- 2 br, 1 ba, apartments aila$850 per onth st 1/2 blocks to beach, cov-
to participate in this pro- TOGETHER WITH the proceedings is made, tionist Full tie with bene- Hiland View. brCall b Phil ered parking and storage, ar-



ceeding you are entahtled, ANY GRANTEES ASSIGN- which record includes the is. Please apply at Shore- 227-2112 or Kenny 1 s.- all appliances $682 + sec. AUomTE, MARI
at no cost to you, to the ES DITORS, testimony and evidence line Medical Group, 419 227-7241 for more info onsting 850-233-4636 ECE







provision of certain assis- LIENORS, OR TRUSTEES upon which the appeal is Baltzell Avenue, Port St 3- Off1ces onihomes for rent 80- Antique & Collectibles
ance. Please contact the F SAID DEFENDANT(S) tobe based. m m ir a i Joe, or call Linda at 1 1 oo a 1-ADA Bathroom 1- e Peas ry $ i s
ceof th Curt m NALLn THE RI PERT January 15, 2009 500 sq.ft.Warehouse Jo s este-sporlity vehicles
GTOs, T th E L THROUGH, UNDER, OUNRTEE wrt 4612 i. re 000/month Graa n or ya spEXICO rt St e, S t Ge
eputE ClOes R NAI Ds ENANT(); 9heS orCsR c -J 'rv wek Gt l. America'st dec I 1n n At. oafs
or 1-800-955-8770, on ia defendants) CIRCUIT OF THESTAT equipment NEEDED MH, deck, $229,000 con- Offi Comple nits available. Call 8220 personal Watercraft
THE LAW OFFICES OF NOICES IOFSAL;E aNd- 0 f et cSp ois Home a 6t0289 or 478-451-7761 Si t fo r more 1n- 83 0- Sla viaionl












BAKALAR & TOPOUZIS, N3210-WFree Pass It On Eam1 up to $9p00/wt. Home Ind. all 9135 Cksv 8320 Alk/OffRoad Vehicles
DpiPA w e W H ER B S IN RE: The Estate of 3220 -BFurniture weekends wcth TMCstilt ct Cotag wlocs 8330 Campers & Trailers'
ATTORNEY FOR PLAIN- RES ENTLY; EIS-Nha T a IE Oeb oRa is e ek/cd Sald 0sst.. panyr Den ing epe.th America l an Hurry! We only have a few 8340Metachorhoma-
teIn y nt ofie Summary Judgment of d Receased 3250 Good eThings to Eat P- l a 850-7--227 2112100hSt 9 0 p i C e s $ 85s alMSR
OaT n10o KStR y OAu, totReES, eDIOSe, itCAEmNO R ea-nS PENR lig: nMedics G1 0 oo Baref-t0 Cof stages 8 4 P1o8
V isON1, LR021 asi-SO, ll E NOTICEN TOCREDTORS Office Manager Stvorage Ina1nbSaohrutSomnity42 t pools, pAiygroun.s, Slub blewaI
TaE.EO PEas DE coNtac the OFe or'sAC)to b e !Portbased. A ERu-AIfloJoeportcaLSnd$at 1-AAr mbathroom St oe for8rent7 & ei












January 15,22,2009 the property situate in Gulf 3300 Miscellaneous Needed for local Veterinar- Surf Sandsunit J s e 1 ew tires and battery,
977Sateo County, Florida, described may, aeR a e 3, 10-d ant es ian with excellent co (850 h, hot tbs. Prie includes Water, ISwer grbage; 2 ,00., call 850-648457
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT 'asG NG NSTIM DEDTS 3320 Alains '& Sbs/ p1 mkillse Ca C
O2F tEl FOURTEE NOWTS AND 62- INS THE C IIie 850-227-7270. 225buidpigu s Dc0 -8014 M3 6n.d0 3-A3t P a$ rs
RSAI S E OO S F AN tTY aBI e ae tis oateh 33G0s 41 00-e s jan.beurnderoom aei b8 brm ba121 850n2 C7i515 availe-le. 72715- 853
Any personH clNDER, UN- in- w 1,866.628.1334 ,:,, P S ao












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TAYLORIBEAN &WHITA THE a ert PUBLIC fECORDS i the r o R 3 0 ble h great paes B asto sll riae Souther an ement 8502291350 palse o







MORTGAGE CORR OFGULF COUNTY FLOR- t o CoUY 47 8 7 7C61 lofCO rbac LONG TERM RENTALS mSratio ta.m 3850-229-1542







t tts n G T husp lp .O5 9e 1 ,b of which is Gulf County ,rot 3____________ 127, Be*a- i 3 l o no-w o

BAR T hU / 3210- Fhreeool wasseItdOnEr JOB NOTICE Portst. Joe Commercial
isa T ilt y3 A /0rA seint uLIaRer W eeNknSthTCAi830







BRET C. LOWRY;a THE at public sale, to the high eFaL yE then ae a9end 1 Kenmore Dryer Call o f rae L sa $n

UKNOWN SOUSE OF est and best bidder, for ad adrb atieon de formore info 527-0441 The Gulf County Board of Coumnty s12oloc k r 1obecc ce
BRETT LOWRY A/K/A cash, At south entrance of s representatives andy 32 850- -G6 my 6 oe w E 8 H pe
BRETT C. LOWRY; IF LIV the couhouse, Cecil KyCommissioers is accepting applica- Prime Retail Space32n0ie
ING, INCLU NG ANY UN- Consit BlvdI Port St. Joe, f tions fpr fplly rifled Crrections 319 Reid Avenue









KNOWN SPOUSE OF FL 32456 at 11:00 a.m., on Gu3 28 cpiat n t sd $ 0
SADu DEFENDANTS(S, IF e February 5, inAG2009 ulf 3290rshe Officers. Full-time andari-ministratveDAleTupart-time po-g ia cl
Iao o n tO JANUARYN2009 and a complete job description are T800sf -tenanta improvements negotiable; for ca $1800/mo gross


ASSIGNEES, CREDITORSt Any person claiming an in- d10-evidAeein available in ou r Huma n Resources 325 Reid Avenue-T2
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Law Enforcement


Thursday, January 15, 2009


FWC field OPERATIONS


This report represents
some events the FWC
handled over the past
week; however, it does not
include all actions taken
by the Division of Law En-
forcement.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY
Officers Keith Clark
and Fred Rondeau were
checking bank fishermen
in Santa Rosa County. Two
individuals under the age
of 21 were in possession of
alcohol. Citations were is-
sued to both individuals for
the violation.
Lt. Brian Lambert ob-
served a vehicle driving
approximately 5 mph and
swerving back and forth
near the Alabama state line.
The vehicle was stopped
and the driver showed
signs of impairment. The
driver agreed to perform
some field sobriety tasks.
The tasks were performed
poorly, and Lambert ar-
rested and transported the
individual to the Escambia
County Jail. At the jail, the
individual refused to give a
breath sample.

BAY COUNTY
Officers Denpis Palmer,
Mark Clements, K-9 Officer
Mike Guy, and Reserve Of-
ficer Joey Miles were work-


ing a decoy deer detail in
northern Bay County when
a vehicle turned around and
stopped at the decoy. One
occupant shined a flash-
light on the decoy, while
another shot it. Three sub-
jects were cited for night
hunting, and the firearm
was seized.
Officer Dennis Palmer
was patrolling the closed
Cat Creek area of the Econ-
fina Wildlife Management
Area when he observed a
truck parked in the middle
of one of the roads. Officer
Palmer maintained a vi-
sual on the truck for about
five minutes, and then as
he approached, the truck
began to drive away. The
truck was stopped and a
loaded high-powered rifle
was observed on the pas-
senger seat. In addition to
road hunting, the driver
possessed a hunting li-
cense that was expired
more than one year, had
no management area per-
mit and was hunting in a
closed area. A citation and
several written warnings
were issued.
Lt. Jay Chesser and Of-
ficer Mike Nobles found a
camouflaged subject pos-
sessing a high-powered
rifle in a closed section of
the Econfina Wildlife Man-


agement Area (Cat Creek) taking red snapper during
who said he was "just out closed season, possession
for a walk." Later he ad- of undersized red snap-
mitted to hunting in the per, possession of under-
closed area. A citation was sized gag grouper, posses-
issued. sion of one oversized red
Officers Neal Goss and drum, interference with
Nick Price were patrolling an inspection, and failure
Choctawhatchee Wildlife to return fish alive and
Management Area when unharmed back into the
a resource check found .water.
a subject in possession
of less than 20 grams of FRANKLIN COUNTY
cannabis. Later that day Officer Chasen Yar-
while patrolling the Econ- borough was performing
fina Wildlife Management camp inspections in Frank-
Area, they locAted a sub- lin County. At Gardener's
ject hunting in the closed Landing, Yarborough en-
area of Cat Creek and a countered an 18-year-old
convicted felon in posses- subject consuming an al-
sion of a firearm and am- coholic beverage. Further
munition, inspection revealed the
. Officer Nick Price. presence of a water bong
was patrolling the Gulf of (pipe) in a vehicle at the
Mexico when he located campsite. The subject ad-
a vessel fishing at anchor. mitted the water bong be-
Upon seeing the officer longed to him. Yarborough
approach, the vessel be- issued citations for posses-
gan leaving the area. Of- sion of alcohol by a person
ficer Price found four gag under 21 years of age and
grouper, 13 red snapper for possession of drug par-
and a red drum floating in aphernalia.
the water where the ves- On Jan. 5, Officers
sel had been anchored. Woody Cook, Travis Hucke-
They were attached to a ba, Don Walker and John
nylon rope. Two individu- Allen conducted an oyster
als on board admitted to detail in Apalachicola Bay.
the violation and stated The officers boarded nine
they needed some fish for vessels and inspected 21
an upcoming fish fry. They harvesters. The inspec-
were issued citations for tions revealed several vio-


lations, including oystering
in conditionally restricted
waters, no saltwater prod-
ucts license, no Apala-
chicola Bay oyster harvest
permit, no Apalachicola
Bay oyster harvest permit
numbers displayed on the
harvesting vessel, no hull
identification number on
a vessel and various ves-
sel safety equipment viola-
tions. Seven misdemeanor
citations and two written
warnings were issued for
the violations.
On Jan. 3, Officer Mi-
chael Slotin conducted a
fisheries inspection on a
vessel as it off loaded along
the Carrabelle River. Offi-
cer Slotin observed several
coolers being unloaded and
carried to a truck. Among
the day's catch were five
red snapper. The captain
was issued a citation for
possession of red snapper
during closed season.

IEON COUNTY
K-9 Officer Jeff Babau-
ta and the Investigations
Unit set up a robotic deer
replica before dawn in east
Leon County. The two of-
ficers were there just min-,
utes when a truck carrying,
two Labradors backed into
a gate where they were
hiding. The driver exited


the vehicle and- crossed
the road where the replica
was placed; Babauta rec-
ognized the subject as a
duck hunter from the week
before. The two dogs be-
gan to bark at the officers
hiding in the bushes, and
the subject said, "If that's
the game warden, get
'em." Little did he know
that Babauta was work-
ing his magic with the re-
mote control. The subject
saw the replica moving
and ran across the road to
retrieve his rifle from the
truck. The subject then
returned to the opening
in the road and shot twice
at the replica. The officers
confronted the subject and
he complied. In the end,
the two dogs were taken
home and the violator was
transported to the county
jail, where he was charged
with trespass by projectile.
His .223 Remington rifle
was seized as evidence.

LIBERTY COUNTY
Officer David Brandon
issued a citation to a Lib-
erty County man for viola-
tion of the Hunter Respon-
sibility Rule. The location
was near the Florida River.
This individual was cited
earlier this year for the
same violation.


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The Gulf County Sher-
iff's Office will be conduct-
ing vehicle safety and DUI
checkpoints in January.
The' checkpoints will be
throughout the county, in-
cluding Highway 98 near
St. Joe Beach, Highway 98
and Garrison Avenue, C-
30 Simmons Bayou, High-
way 71 North of White City,
Highway 22 and Highway
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Dalkieth Area and Highway
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On Dec. 30, Samuel Roy
Hauser, 40, was arrested
on a warrant for violation
of probation. The original
charge was reckless driving.
On Dec. 30, Arthur
George Savageau, 42, was
arrested on a Bay County
warrant for violation of pro-
bation.
On Jan. 2, Patrick Lance
Pippin, 18, was arrested for


reckless driving.
On Jan. 3, Edward De-
wayne Gaskin, 55, was ar-
rested on a failure to ap-
pear warrant.
On Jan. 4, Timothy La-
mar Taunton, 45, was ar-
rested on a failure to ap-
pear warrant. The original
charge was disorderly con-
duct.
On Jan. 4, Mark David
Kilbourn, 47, was arrested
on a warrant; the charge
was battery.
On Jan. 6, David Francis
Liberty, 49, was arrested on
a warrant from Sarasota
County for petit theft.
On Jan.. 6, Randall
James List was arrested
on a violation of probation
warrant.
On Jan. 7, Ronnie L.
Brake, 22, was arrested on
Calhoun County warrants
for cheating and grand
theft.


Venture crew forming


Sheriff Joe Nugent of the
Gulf County Sheriff's Of-
fice is establishing a Public
Safety Venture Crew.
This crew will be regis-
tered within the Boy Scouts
of America. Venturing has
been a division of the BSA
since 1998. Venturing is a
co-ed program that allows
the community's men and
women from 14-21 to par-
ticipate in activities based
around a determined
theme. The sheriff's office,
emergency medical ser-
vices and fire departments
have themed this crew
"Public Safety."


Those who join will be
able to participate in a wide
array of law enforcement,
EMS and firefighting ac-
tivities. Adult volunteers
are needed to get this pro-
gram started. All inter-
ested adults are asked to
attend a kickoff meeting at
5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Gulf
County Emergency Opera-
tion Center, behind the Gulf
County Courthouse.
For more information,
contact Nugent or Major
Bobby Plair at 850-227-1115.
Registration for youth will
be at a meetirig during the
beginning of February.


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