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YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1 S



THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009


Marshmallow
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Students watch history


TIM CROFT I The Star
The eighth-grade American History class at Port St. Joe Middle School raised its
attention when President Obama spoke.





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JON HOOPER I Special to the Star
This aerial photo from local photographer Jon Hooper shows the progress
that has been made at the new Sacred Heart Hospital near the Gulf/
Franklin Center. Jon and his wife, Debbie, are providing monthly progress
photos for free to the community and Sacred Heart Health Systems. The
Hoopers thank Sacred Heart for its confidence in their gr6wth potential and
dedication to the Panhandle region in general. Residents can access all the
monthly photos at ftp://joebay.com/pub/shh/


By Tim Croft and Despina Williams
Star Staff Writers
Televisions across the county's public
schools were tuned in to history by 11:30
a.m. ET on Tuesday as Barack Obama
took the oath of.office as President of the
United States.
In classrooms and media centers
across the county, children of all ages ob-
served, rather than read about, history.
At Port St. Joe Middle School no clock
or television was necessary to mark the
exact time that Barack Obama became the
44th President the clapping and "whoo-
hoos" echoing through the hallways told
the story.
Pausha Player's eighth-grade Ameri-
can history class had just completed a unit
on the American Revolution, the Articles
of Confederation that first cast the states
as one and how some of those lofty words
had drifted away as the young nation took
flight.
"This all works out perfectly," Player
said as she gazed at the television as the
estimated 1.2 million gathered on the
See INAUGURATION A3


By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Three-year-old Tyler Mason returned
home from his first Gator game with a sin-
gular preoccupation.
In the Swamp, amid fans cheering Flori-
da to a 63-5 victory over Kentucky, Tyler ar-
rived at a name for his new baby brother.
He'd heard the name called repeatedly
over the loudspeakers at the Gators' home-
coming game. He liked the way it sounded,
appreciated its one-word superhero quality.
Though certainly unorthodox, Tyler de-
cided it would be a fine name for his little
brother.
The decision made, Tyler lacked only pa,
rental approval.
When his pregnant mother, Kelley, final-
ly asked him for name suggestions, Tyler
repeated his two favorite syllables.
"Te-bow."
"I thought it was just the word of the day,
but it stuck," recalled Kelley. "Anytime any-
body asked him, he said, 'Tebow."'
Tyler's suggestion sparked an immedi-
ate Mason family controversy.
Dad, Jack, made no secret of his prefer-
ence for the name "Cody," and called Tebow
not a name, but a nickname.
Kelley, however, was torn. A lifelong
Gator fan, Kelley had inherited her love of
Florida football from her parents, Duane
Bartley of Apalachicola and Michelle Bart-
ley of Orlando.
Her maternal grandfather, Joe Grawet,
hosted a Sunday morning UF sports pro-


Community

Answers Obama's

Call to Service

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
As president-elect Barack
Obama painted houses in Washing-
ton, D.C., civic minded individuals
from across the county collected
food for needy-families.
Responding to Obama's call for
a National Day of Service, the Gulf
County Democratic party spon-
sored a county-wide food drive on
the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
The week-long food drive fea-
tured drop-off sites at grocery and
See COMMUNITY A3


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO I Special to The Star
The entire Mason clan championed
Tyler's suggestion to name their brother
"Tebow." Rhiannon, Tyler, Katie
(holding Cody Tebow) and Daniel are
fourth-generation Gator fans.
gram on a CBS Jacksonville affiliate in the
1960s, making Kelley at least a third-gen-
eration fan.
A season ticket holder since a teenager,
Kelley traveled with former coach Steve
Spurrier on a golfing tour through Ireland
at age 17, and was in New Orleans when
Spurrier led his team to their first National
Championship.
A die-hard Gator fan, no doubt, but could
she name her gon after quarterback Tim
Tebow?
In the months that followed, Kelley pon-
dered this question.
By Christmas, she was heavily leaning
towards including the name in some fash-
ion, even as a JLo-style nickname.

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Gulf to Bay Highway, Back Beach Road Inching Along


By Marie Logan
Contributing Writer

Editor's Note: This is
the first of several articles
discussing the Gulf to Bay
Highway and Gulf Coast
Parkway projects.
It's a game of hurry up
and wait; particularly in
this economic climate.
In a surprise visit to the
Jan. 13 Mexico Beach city
council meeting, represen-


tatives from PBS&J tried
to explain and clarify the
scope and path of two high-
way projects that will di-
rectly impact Mexico Beach
and Gulf County residents
and property owners.
The two projects are the
Gulf to Bay Highway and
the Gulf Coast Parkway.
PBS&J is the Tallahas-
see-based engineering firm
overseeing both projects
for the Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT).
Ever since the re-align-


ment of a section of U.S. 98
in Gulf County in 2006, con-
.fusion has existed over the
rest of that project (Gulf
to Bay Highway), and the
other project (Gulf Coast
Parkway) which will cut
through Bay County from
Mexico Beach to State 22
and Star Avenue in Pana-
ma City, eventually linking
with U.S.231.
The re-alignment of U.S.
98 in Gulf County, just west
of Port St. Joe, was Phase
One of the Gulf to Bay


Highway.
It took a four-mile sec-
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St. Joe donated the land
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Lil' Tebow

Baby named after Gators' star quarterback


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Thursday, January 22, 2009


TEBOW from page Al


If she gave her son the
middle name, "Bo," all she'd
need was a first name that
began with the letter T.
"I played with it and
played with it," said Kelley,
who ultimately abandoned
the pursuit. "There were
no names that I liked that
started with a T."
When creative spelling
failed, Kelley looked to the
universe for a sign.
When Tebow lost the
Heisman to Oklahoma quar-
terback Sam Bradford, Kel-
ley fixed her eyes on the Na-
tional Championship game.
If she gave birth during
the game, Kelley decided,
she'd have no choice but to
name her son Tebow.
Kelley watched the game
at her Groveland home with
her mom and kids Rhiannon,
Daniel, Katie and Tyler.
It was a satisfying 24-


14 victory, full of thrills, but
lacking in labor pains.
Those came the following
day, as Kelley checked into
the South Lake Women's
Center in Clermont.
Atthe hospital, Kelleyand
Jack continued the naming
debate. Kelley consented to
the name Cody, but could
not let go of Tebow.
"I kept going back to
wanting Tebow in there be-
cause of Tyler," said Kelley.
"I couldn't break his heart."
As the couple considered
the Gator quarterback, they
thought of his Christian up-
bringing and missionary
work throughout the globe.
Suddenly, the name
Tebow didn't seem such a
bad choice after all.
"I know that had he not
been a Christian and not
been" the person he is off
the playing field, it would


not have been an option. We
would not have named our
kid after someone who only
played football well," said
Kelley.
Of course, it didn't hurt
that Tebow wore the orange
and blue.
"It helped, him being
a Gator," admitted Kelley.
"Had he been a Seminole,
it wouldn't have been an op-
tion at all."
At 10:59 p.m. on Janu-
ary 9, Cody Tebow Mason
entered the world, look-
ing as fit and sturdy as the
quarterback for whom he is
named.
He weighed nine pounds,
eight ounces, and measured
21 inches long.
All the Gator-loving Ma-
son children were thrilled
with the baby's middle
name, especially Tyler, who
would've had his way, re-


gardless.
"He was happy, but no
matter what we told him,
he wouldn't have called him
anything else," said Kelley.
"He tells people, 'That's
my brother, I named him
Tebow Mason."'
The day after little
Tebow's birth, the elder
Tebow announced his deci-
sion to return to Florida for a
final season during a victory
celebration in the Swamp.
Kelley, who is scouring
the Internet for a number 15
infant jersey, was thrilled to
hear the news.
"I can put the baby in all
the Gator stuff one more
year," she said.
Though most of Cody
Tebow's family calls him by
his middle name, Kelley is
anxious to see if the moni-
ker sticks.
When her infant finally


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO I Special to The Star
Tyler Mason holds his baby brother, Cody Tebow,
who was born the day after the Florida Gators won
the National Championship. Tyler suggested the
name "Tebow" after attending his first Gator gqme
last October.


enters school, his teachers
will undoubtedly call him by
the first name listed on the
roll not Tebow, but Cody.
"Whether he corrects
them and says, 'Well I use


my middle name' that will
really be up to him," said
Kelley.
But for now, he's Tebow,
a welcome addition to the
Gator Nation.


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INAUGURATION from page Al


DESPINA WILLIAMS | The Star
Students at Wewahitchka High School gathered in
the media center to watch history unfold on Tuesday.


Washington, D.C. mall con-
sumed the small screen.
As the festivities got
started there were play-
ful suggestions from the
class as Player noted the
absences from her class,
one student .contending of
the, Inauguration, "They
should make this a holiday.
We should have no school."
But as Vice President
Joe Biden took the oath of
office and Aretha Franklin
sang, the whisperers were
silenced by Jay Thomas.
"This is a serious mo-
ment," Thomas proclaimed
and later he explained.
"This is almost like the
first time in, history that
an African-American is


making real changes in
this country," Thomas ex-
plained. "He wants to fix
the economy, he wants to
give people jobs, he wants
to bring peace. He is show-
ing us a way."
Hayden Renshaw nod-
ded her head through much
of Obama's inauguration
speech. Watching the tele-
vision she seemed to be of
a rhythm with the Presi-
dent, agreeing as he both
challenged and uplifted a
country.
"The fact that he wants
to. remake America," Ren-
shaw said when asked what
she was nodding about. "He
talks about the fact that
America is a great country


with some problems. A lot
of people are very negative
and just say America is a
bad country.
"But he was talking
about solving those prob-
lems and re-making Amer-
ica into the great country it
was. And an African-Ameri-
can president shows that
there is equality, that there
is no prejudice."

High Hopes at
Wewahitchka High
Seated in the media
center with her classmates
from Matt Bullard's eco-
nomics class, Wewahitchka
High School senior Kayla
Williams provided her


own inauguration musical
score.
When Obama finished
reciting his oath of office,
Williams whooped.
* When he finished his
speech, she clapped, and
when he mentioned former
president George W. Bush,
she made a hissing sound.
While others around her
shifted in their seats or fur-
tively sent text messages
on their phones, Williams
was fully engaged in the
proceedings.
An African-American
whose entire family sup-
ported Obama, Williams
was mindful of the historic
See INAUGURATION A7


COMMUNITY from page Al


dollar stores in Port St. Joe
and Wewahitchka and a
Monday afternoon collec-
tion event in Frank Pate
Park.
The Port St. Joe High
School student government
lent additional support, colb
letting cans school-wide.
When all was said and
done, the food drive collect-
ed ov(er 600 items, which
filled 45 grocery bags. .
The items will be dis-
tributed by the non-profit
group, People Helping
People.
At Monday's event in
Frank Pate Park, volun-
teers from the Democratic
Party and People Helping


People praised Obama's
civic project and shared
their hopes for his presi-
dency.
Democratic party presi-
dent Zebe Schmitt cred-
ited her involvement with
the Obama campaign with
making her feel "more
grounded" to the Gulf
County community.
She believed the contin-
uation of community-wide
projects such as Monday's
food drive would go a long
way to solving the nation's
problems.
"Bit by bit, we can look
down the street and down
the block and realize if you
don't believe in big govern-


ment, then wonderful, let's
do it ourselves," she said.
People Helping People
volunteer Charles Givens
cited the National Day of
Service as an early ex-
ample of Obama's "level-
headed" approach to gov-
erning.
During the campaign,
Givens was impressed by
Obama's willingness to
listen to varying points of
view and. address impor-
tant issues such as poverty
and joblessness.
Like many African-
Americans who came of
age during the Civil Rights

See COMMUNITY A7


DESPINA WILLIAMS I The Star
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Cape San Bias
hands over a box
of non-perishable
items to volunteer
Laura Blanda at
Monday's National
Day of Service
event in Frank
Pate Park. Ehrman
expressed hope
that Obama would
be able to "set the
country on the right
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Thursday, January 22, 2009


Keyboard KLATTERINGS



How far have


we come?


That question has been
asked my many over and
over the past week.
And I'm not sure the
answer is readily acces-
sible.
Watching the
television, reading
the papers these
past few days,
there is no ques-
tion this is a mo-
ment of significant
import. TIMC
The intertwin- TIMar
ing of history, the Starne'
celebration of a
man who was one of the
great.men of letters, faith
and thought in his time,
as well as that of the man
who would be president.
The fulfillment of a
dream not even Martin Lu-
ther King, Jr., might have
believed possible within 80
years of his birth.
The hope and optimism
that surrounds Barack
Obama, as he made his
train trip from Philadel-
phia to Washington, as he
celebrated in front of the
Lincoln Memorial, as he
took the oath for the high-
est office in the land, was
surreal and overwhelm-
ing.
Don't see that much in
Washington, and for good
reason. Can anybody re-
member the last incom-
ing .President who evoked
such emotion?-
Is it possible that the
prophetic words of Mar-
tin Luther King when he
pronounced he had been
to the Promised Land
and seen the arrival of his
people have truly come to
pass?
And at the same time,
color still matters and two
recent incidents give one
pause about just Dow far
civil rights have come in
this country.
There is a man of color
who in my experience
embraces the concept
of helping out his fellow
man. A woman down her
luck, who he knew only in
passing, approaches one
day and asks for a loan to
help put a roof over her
head. An abusive man has
driven her from her home,
she says, and she is des-
perate.
The man lends a hand
while telling her to get off
the streets and to a better
situation. It is who he is, a
man who extends a hand
whenever possible. A man
the community knows
based on the content of his
character.
When the woman re-
pays she writes a check
made out to him which


he cashes. The check is
from his bank. He knows
the drill, presenting his
identification card at the
bank and knowing if there
is no money in the
account, he's been
taken.
No attempt to
hide anything.
The check
clears. The name
at the bottom of
ST the check is not
ROFT the one he thought
ws editor was the lady's he
had helped, or
thought he knew, but only
knowing her in passing, he
cashes the check giving
'little second thought.
Turns out the check
was stolen. Turns out the
name on the check are not
hers. Turns out he, and
somebody else,, have been
victimized. This all comes
to his attention from an-
other person who knows
him well, who knows what
makes up the content of
his character.
So, on his own he con-
tacts the authorities.
There seems to be a prob-
lem here, he alerts them,
and he wants to straighten
it out.
Is the next logical step,
after a brief conversation
with an officer, the silver
bracelets and straight to
jail, booked on $2,500 bond
for uttering a forged in-
strument when all he did
was cash a check made.
out to him, given as repay-
ment for assistance?
Should that arrest have
taken place bypassing the
State Attorney's examina-
tion of the validity of the
case? Should that charge
be based on my having
cashed a check made out
to him when, if theft was
his aim, he could have
simply made the check
out to "cash" and nobody
would be the wiser?
Would every resident of
Port St. Joe, rich or poor,
black or white, been treat-
ed similarly? Were other
factors in play, such as a
long and sometimes trou-
bling history of race rela-
tions and the willingness
of too many to paint with a
broad brush based on fac-
tors beyond the intricacies
of the law?
Say a community is cel-
ebrating the inauguration
of a man bringing with
him new promise and new
hope, offering that hope to
those of who have too long
been treated as second-
'class citizens.
That celebration is loud

See KLATTERINGS A5


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That was the mantra recited last
week by county commission chair-
man Nathan Peters, Jr., as the goal of
2009 -jobs.
Peters went o&n to note the poten-
tial jobs on the horizon as a hospital
goes up and hopefully is poised to
open by the end of the year, an ex-
panding port operation that could be-
gin bringing jobs to the area during
the first quarter of the year and the
EDC's work facilitating the expan-
sion of a local business into an office
in Wewahitchka.
Little of which, the Board of Coun-
ty Commissioners can assume much
credit for; in reality, commissioners
were guilty of erecting obstacles.
A look at history will show that
when the hospital agreement was
being brokered, an agreement which
in part had the county adding to the
sales tax to address care for the indi-
gent and uninsured, there was no sale
until commissioners on the north end
extracted promises of improvements
to the county Health Department's
facility in Wewahitchka.
The. agreements of the past year
concerning the port are another case
in point.
Commissioners were either ab-
sent or occasional participants in
nearly three years of visioning and
discussions between the Port Author-
ity and The St. Joe Company.
When commissioners did inject
themselves, after a report to them
that The St. Joe Company denied ac-
cess to the old paper mill site bulk-
head, it was the current chairman
who weighed in on the side of St. Joe,
decrying that the Port Authority had
not held up its end in the negotia-
tions.
And while the current effort by
the EDC has been fully supported by
commissioners, the turbulent roller
coaster on which the EDC, with a
reconstituted board and at least the
fourth executive director in 10 years,
has riddlen is testament to the atten-
tion commissioners have paid to any
kind of economic development and
jobs.
So while Mr. Peters' rhetoric


- which included the pronouncement
that there would be no layoffs in the
county the rest of the year, akin to a
finger in the eye of just about every
small business in the community
- had .a ring, the substance was ab-
sent.
The reality is that government
doesn't create jobs-unless, of course,
itis getting fat and happy on taxpayer
dollars fed by a real estate boom and,
watching the workforce bloom busi-
nesses do, and if the county is serious
about job creation there are easily
identifiable steps to take:
Slash taxes.
The county has been living beyond
its needs for years and in doing so
has ladled property owners and small
businesses with tax bills that are, as,
any drive down Reid Avenue or Hwy.
71 demonstrates, driving an out-of-
business climate.
Too many small business owners
will attest that in the, current envi-
ronment they are already in the hole
before the year starts due to their tax
bills.
And the county, far more than any
other taxing authority, has been the
culprit.
At a reasonable 5 percent annual
growth rate in ad valorem taxes since
the 2000-01 fiscal year the county
property tax base should be just over
$8 million.
Property tax collections for this fis-
cal year are instead 50 percent above
that mark and the county increased
taxes last year despite all evidence
that the economy was sliding.
That the county tax rate is far from
reflective of the reality of the broader
economy is hardly a novel notion, but
this is a year in which commissioners
must finally come to grips with their
spendthrift ways, tighten their belts
andprovide the relief smallbusinesses
and property owners have been clam-
oring about for at least four years.
Change the tenor on the
school referendum
Since the school district came be-
fore commissioners for the largely
procedural step of calling an election
for the additional mill school levy ref-


erendum, school officials have been
subjected to a barrage of bombast
from the commission.
Commissioners spent two regular
meetings and two special meetings -
at taxpayer expense putting district
school officials through the wringer,
providing a textbook example of pot-
and-kettle discourse:
And they should consider them-
selves lucky they haven't had to go
to voters every time they've raised
taxes this decade because the result
would have been annual, even bi-an-
nual, referendums.
The irony is that most every mem-
ber of the commission has children
who have been educated by the dis-
trict, even taught by some members
of the school board, and several of
those offspring have navigated a
positive path into adulthood, in part
a result of a good education from a
district that boasts honor roll school
grades.
aFurther, while the key argument
in support of the referendum is the
ability to continue to provide quality
education to youngsters from ages
4-18, it is also about jobs. The school
district faces the real prospect of
being forced to shed additional jobs
maybe nearly as many as the 40 lost
last summer before the school year
ends with more layoffs possible if the
referendum fails.
Little is served by county commis-
sioners taking an adversarial stance.
. Whether or not they personally sup-
port passage of the referendum, the
badgering of district officials in pub-
lic meetings, the appearances on
television disparaging the levy and
the general hostility the commission
has tossed at the district is laughable
and uncofistructive.
If commissioners don't support
it, fine, but waging their own public
campaign against it hardly speaks
for that olive branch commissioners
have expressed an intention of ex-
tending to other governing bodies in
the county.
These are merely two steps. But if
the mantra for 2009 is truly jobs, the
work has to start with baby steps.


Von Braun ended my political career


I don't know about you,
but I did not get invited to
the inauguration. They had
to swear in the new presi-
dent without me. Come to
think of it, Truman
didn't send for me,
nor did Ike or JFK
or Lyndon B.. There
seems to be a trend
here.
I reckon these
presidents know my
limitations. I'm not
exactly "inaugurat- HUNKE
ing" erudite. We KesleyI
didn't waste fnuch
time swearing'em
in back in my formative
years. Bob Edwards was
the tallest guy in the second
grade. We made him class
president. We didn't have to
listen to his platform, read
through his portfolio, wait
for a CBS special report
on his witch incanting aunt
who lived out on the Green-
field highway or waste
time passing out ballots
and pencils. There were
no caucuses, smoke filled
rooms, hanging shads or
pork barrel promises. And
the whole election didn't
cost one red cent. We were
pretty primitive, I guess,
and the mainstream would
laugh at us now...
Bob didn't do nothing
the whole year. But folks, in
Miss Dorothy Booth's class
in 1954, NOTHING was ex-
actly what we needed! Ev-
erybody got to class mostly
on time. Nobody drew blood
when we cut out those tur-
keys and pilgrim shoes at
Thanksgiving. Dick, Jane
and Spot kept us enter-
.tained all year. That fight
between Pam Collins and
Ricky Hale was contained
before Pam could do too
much damage. We learned.
We grew. We bonded. Ev-
erybody passed. It goes
without saying we elected
the right man.


Sometimes you can over
think this election stuff.
We re-elected him the
next year by acclamation.
There was no vice presi-
dent. Bob wasn't
going anywhere.
Nobody moved in
or out of our little
town. There was no
cause to consider
impeachment be-
cause there really
wasn't any "wrong
R DOWN doing" afoot in 1955.
Colbert We had no class
treasury because
we had no money.
We didn't need a secretary
because we never had a
meeting. A parliamentar-
ian ,would have been su-
perfluous for that same
reason. We could'a used a
sergeant-at-arms to keep
Pam under control but we
didn't have anybody dumb
enough to take that on.
You might think our
class government was a tad
understaffed buit you can't
imagine how smooth things
ran. The rules were pretty
clear cut. Most everyone
accepted their responsibil-
ity and respected the kids
around them. We settled
our problems before the 3
o'clock bell rang.
We were going to elect
Jimmy Carter in the
fourth grade but Suzie Co-
zart didn't think his name
sounded very presidential.
We couldn't think of nobody
else and Bob said he was
tired of shouldering the
load. We didn't have a pres-
ident that year. I look back
on it now and realize it was
the best year in the history
of the school! Miss Dinwid-
die actually smiled at us.
The radiator busted in Jan-
uary and we got three days
off. And the spelling words
weren't that much harder
than the year before.
They named me to be


the fifth grade president.
There was no inaugura-
tion, no red, white and blue
bunting, no limo ride, no
confetti dropping from the
ceiling and no great shout
of acclaim as I ascended
to the throne. Two months
later the Soviet Union shot
Sputnik into orbit and I had
classmates demanding I do
something. They blamed'
me because America had
dramatically fallen behind
in the space race. I quickly
realized this presidency gig
was o.k. until something
goes wrong! I wrote a letter
to Wernher von Braun to
find out how we let the Rus-
sians get the jump on us.
I didn't get re-elected.
In junior high the teach-
ers organized an election
and stressed the impor-
tance of electing "proper"
representation for our
school. They actually'
passed out small shards of
paper for us to write down
our choice. And they care-
fully admonished us to use
our heads, understand
the importance of the of-
fice and its impact on the'
upcoming school year and
make our decision based
on what was best for the
entire class. I voted for Kay
King because she was the
prettiest girl in the eighth
grade and her name was
easy to spell. '
By high school we had
people "campaigning"
to be class officers. They
would sit with you at lunch
and mostly talk down the
opposition. The only plat-
form they stood on as far
as I could see was the in-
adequacy of the other guy.
Some went so far as to put
up signs! We would have
an assembly about the
third week of school and
hold speeches. Anne Al-
exander wanted to clean
up the halls and paint the


janitorial closet. Ruth Ann
Wiley was going to initiate
a student advisory com-
mittee. LaRenda Bradfield
spoke of her dream to host
a fashion show "right here
in the auditorium". Bobby
Brewer got up and said he
wanted to come to school
an hour later, get out an
hour earlier and have a two
hour lunch period. He won
in a landslide!
We elected Beta Club
officers. And the Key Club
had to have an election. And
the band jumped in with of-
ficers. The Science Club
elected guys with those
little plastic pencil pockets
things in their shirts. Mr.
Paschall naturally had to
defend his-territory by hav-
ing FFA officers. The foot-
ball and basketball teams
elected captains. Listen,
the home economics class
had a president, secre-
tary, treasury and a Betty
Crocker correspondent!
I'm telling you, by our se-
nior year this election pro-
cess had gotten completely
out of hand! Every bloom-
ing person in the school
was an elected official of
some kind!
We had managed to
complicate this thing to gi-
gantic proportions. And I'm
not sure the class was any
better off for all the postur-
ing, gesticulating and bal-
loting that was eating into
our idyllic days of youth.
The class divided into
clicks and groups. There
was some serious sniping
and gripping going on. Peo-
ple went on a fault finding
rampage. And there was an
underlying tone of mistrust
and uncertainty.
I remembered the Bob
Edwards years. And I
wept.

Respectfully,
Kes


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Thursday, January 22, 2009


Letter to the EDITOR


Government reform
needed
We need reform at every level
of government. Our National,
State and Local political lead-
ers need to cut spending not by
reducing services, but they need
to increase efficiency and elimi-
nate waste and pork projects.
We need visionaries that under-
stand sound financial principles.
We need to once again have
politicians base their decisions
on strong ethics instead of re-
turning favors to their campaign
contributors.
The federal government is
now in the business of knee jerk
bailouts. They want to bailout
the banks, the auto industry,
and essentially any other group
that can afford a lobbyist who
comes calling with their hand-
out. This approach to "fixing the
economy" is completely wrong.


The government is essentially
taking money from hardwork-
ing taxpaying citizens and suc-
cessful businesses and giving it
to corporations and CEO's that
are failing due to poor manage-
ment, inferior products, and cor-
rupt policies. If your neighbor is
a lazy unemployed bum, would
it be fair for your bank to take
money from your savings ac-
count, give it to your neighbor
so he could pay his bills and buy
groceries, cigarettes and booze?
I don't think so. It is akin to re-
warding a child for bad behavior
and punishing a child for good
behavior. We need to tell our
elected officials that we will not
put up with this redistribution
of wealth. Robin Hood robbed
the rich and gave to the poor.
The government robs from the
poor and gives to the rich. Cor-
porate welfare will never solve a
problem. It will only prolong the
inevitable failure of incompetent


businesses.
Our state government is just
as flawed as the federal govern-
ment. Instead of actually evalu-
ating the, issues and making
prudent choices, they are cut-
ting funding for education, so-
cial programs, health care, and
environmental preservation. At
the same time they are increas-
ing spending on new prisons, in-
serting pork projects at the last
minute to legislation, and trying
to figure new ways to tax the cit-
izens. Since when did it become
the responsibility of the taxpayer
to fund stadiums for profession-
al sports teams? Instead of fu-
ture planning to incarcerate our
citizens, would we be better off
educating our children now, so
they can make an honest living'
and avoid prison? If affordable
preventive health care was of-
fered now, could major medical
problems, be reduced in the fu-
ture, thus reducing health care


costs in the long term? I believe
so. Leaders want to stimulate
the economy. What would stimu-
late the economy better? Taxing
,businesses and citizens and let-
ting politicians spend the money
as they see fit is what has been
occurring for far too long. If
citizens were able to keep more
of their money and choose to
spend it on their own or save it, I
believe that the economy would
improve more than letting an
inefficient government handle
the funds. Every day there is a
published report outlining gov-
ernment waste and misappro-
priation of funds. Bribes, selling
senate seats, kickbacks, cushy,
consulting jobs, the list never
ends.
Last but not least our local
governments need complete
reform. Outrageous taxes, over-
spending, wasting resources,
poor planning are currently the
standards that county commis-


sioners use. We deserve better. Is
it necessary to have four people
lean on a shovel while one person
does the digging? Do we need a
supervisor for each employee?
How many parks should be built
and named for each county com-
missioner? How .about waste of
taxpayer money? Hello, has the
concept of planning and prepa-
ration prior to implementation
ever been considered by these
politicians? Those who fail to
plan, plan to fail. All is not lost.
If the citizens will act and take
back control of all of the branch-
es of government, we can solve
our problems. If we continue to
stand by'and let the government
operate, in status quo, we will
surely suffer. Please take action.
Call, your representatives and
tell them that you are not going
to take it anymore.
Kevin Welch
St. Joe Beach


Some musing from 'the
Fox concerning the bru-ha-
ha that we call elections.
I am concerned about
all the money that is being
spent to buy the election
of a president of this glori-
ous country. Where would
an ordinary person go, or
what would he,do to run for
office today? I know that
unless you had uncounted
amounts of money you
would not have the chance
of a snowball in a hot place
of competing.
It sickens me when I
hear or read about the un-
told millions that are being
spent by the candidates-on
their campaigns, and yet
they promise all things to
all people. I know individu-
als that through no fault
of their own are destitute
and families are going


hungry in this bastion of
plenty, where candidates
gloat over the fact that one
raised and spent $18 million
and their opponent raised
and spent only $13 million.
I wouldn't know what a mil-
lion dollars looked like if it
rose up and banged me
alongside my head. I would
like to know how much all
the candidates spent on
their, campaigns, includ-
ing the ones that fell by the
wayside. It might really be
a jaw-dropper.
Can't do anything about
it except travail over it, but
I believe that some of those
millions could have gone to
a better place than a two-
bit commercial no one
watches. They are not even
funny like the Gecko ..
Reynard the
saltwater fox


Boyd supports reauthorization


of children's health care program


WASHINGTON, D.C. Congress-
man Allen Boyd, D. recently voted
for the fiscally responsible reau-
thorization of the State Children's
Health Insurance Program, known
as SCHIP which would bring health
coverage to an additional 4.1 mil-
lion low-income children who are
eligible for the program but not yet
enrolled. HR 2 would provide health
insurance to a total of 11 million
children nationwide, and the bill is
fully paid for, thereby not adding to
the budget deficit.
"SCHIP has been successful in
significantly reducing the number
of children without health coverage
since its establishment 12 years
ago," said Congressman Boyd.
"Providing our children with ac-
cess to medical care is one of the
most effective investments we can
make as a country.
Also, the SCHIP reauthorization


bill is fully paid for, confirming that
we can improve and strengthen
this important program in a fiscally
responsible way."
SCHIP was first created in 1997
to cover children and families who
earned too much to qualify for
Medicaid but either didn't have
employer-based coverage or could
not afford private coverage. In
2007, over 320,000 children in the
state of Florida were enrolled in
SCHIP
With Congressman Boyd's sup-
port, Congress twice passed SCHIP
'reauthorization bills in 2007, but
both of these bills were vetoed by
President Bush. Despite both bills
passing by more than 100-vote mar-
gins, Congress was unable to over-
ride President Bush's vetoes.
"In the midst of a serious eco-
nomic downturn, 'I believe that
providing health insurance for


low-income children is more im-
portant than ever," said Boyd. "Ac-
cess to affordable healthcare under
SCHIP could immediately reduce a
huge source of economic instability
for many American families, and
SCHIP coverage will make it easier
for parents to seek preventative
care for their children, lowering
healthcare costs for all of us. As the
Senate takes up this critical legis-
lation, it is my hope that its mem-
bers will stand with the House of
Representatives in support of fiscal
responsibility and pass an SCHIP
bill that does not add to our grow-
ing budget deficit."
The SCHIP reauthorization bill
has been endorsed by numerous
groups, including the AARP, the
American Hospital Association,
and the liational Association of
Counties. The bill now awaits'con-
sideration by the Senate.


KLATTERINGSfrom e A5


and it is proud, to echo a fa-
mous song.from the 1960's,
and maybe it lasts well into
the night and maybe there
are some things going on
that might firmly push the
envelope of legality, but
what is Times Square on
New Year's Eve but a party
celebrated on varying sides
of the line of legality.
But that celebration is
brought to a halt in a man-
ner that doesn't meet the
interpretation of the twin
concepts of protect and
serve.
People are, for lack of a
better way of phrasing, put
in their place and told to go
home. This is done by offi-
cets on foot and with a tone
and attitude that no man
or woman of this country
should be subjected to, par-
ticularly since this was a
celebration, almost a street
dance.
And I wonder if that
dance was taking place on
Reid Avenue in 2000 and the


community was celebrating
the election of President
George Bush. Would that
attitude, that tone of voice,
that demonstration of force
- that demonstration of' at
times open disdain have
been the same?
So I watch the television
and read the paper and I
observe the activity in my
own community and I can't
help wondering about a
question based on deeds,
not words, in actions not
language.
How far have we really
come? How far have we re-
ally left history behind?
Painful as it is, there is
a certain gut feeling that
just because the majority of
Americans chose a man of
color to be President does
not mean the issue of color,
and the judgment of men,
and women based not on
skin tone but the content
of their character, has been
completely left in the rear-
view mirror.


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Thursday, January 22, 2009


velopment, which allowed
access to both sides of the
development and an unob-,
structed view and access
to St. Joseph Bay for many
future WindMark property
owners.
Phase Two
Phase Two of the Gulf to
Bay Highway project will
continue the new segment
of U.S. 98 toward the west.
It will pick up just east of
the public beach access on
the west end of the Wind-
Mark development, about
one-quarter mile east of the
east end of St. Joe Beach,
running north of (behind)
St. Joe Beach and Beacon
Hill, connecting to County
386 slightly north of its
junction with U.S. 98, at the
east end of Mexico Beach.
It will connect with
County 386 approximately


one-and-one-half miles
north of U.S. 98, according
to Kim Woliver, a PBS&J
Design study engineer
working on the project.
According to PBS'&J
representative Greg Gar-
rett, a senior planner in
Project Development and
Environment who spoke
at the Jan. 13 meeting, the
second stage design study
for Phase Two of the Gulf
to Bay Highway is "more
than 90 percent., complete,"
but further work is on hold
pending final contracts for
ownership of the land. Af-
ter contracts are signed,
the permitting phase will
begin, he said.
According to Woliver,
the other PBS&J represen-
tative at the meeting, most
of the right-of-way land
for Phase Two is St. Joe-
owned, with one section


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INVITATION TO BID


Sealed proposals will be received
in the office of the City Clerk, 305
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida, until 3:00 p.m., Feb-
ruary 12, 2009, for furnishing and
delivering F.O.B., Port St. Joe,
Florida, landscaping. and irriga-
tion for two sites on State Road 30
and one site on State Road 71 as
outlined in the specifications per-
taining thereto.


A fee of $25 is required for bid
documents, which may be obtained
from the City Clerk's Office, 305
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port
St. Joe, Florida 32456, telephone
(850) 229-8261, Monday through
Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and
5:00 p.m.


Bids should be marked as Bid No.
2009-01 for Landscaping and Ir-
rigation. Bids will be publicly
opened and read at 4:00 p.m., Feb-
ruary 12, 2009, in the City Com-
mission Chambers, City Hall, 305
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida. The City reserves
the right to accept or reject any or
all bids, or to select the Bid felt to
be in the best interest of the City.
Bids will be presented to Board of
City Commissioners on February
17th at 6:00 p.m. for final action.


owned by Florida Power
and one by Gulf County.
According to Woliver,
the minimum right of way
on the 5.3 mile project is a
200-foot wide corridor des-
ignated as a rural, two-lane
road, including enough
land to widen the road to
four lanes in the future.
Woliver said at this time
there are no funds for the
$40 million Phase Two, and
when work begins, it will
take a minimum of three
years to complete.

Phase Three
Phase Three of the Gulf
to Bay Highway project
will be the so-called "back
beach road" running be-
hind (north of) Mexico
Beach and hooking south
back into U.S. 98 within the
recently expanded western
city limits at the boundary
of Tyndall Air Force Base.
Mexico.Beach extended
its western city limits in
early 2007 when, at the St.
Joe Company's request,.
the city annexed the com-
pany's proposed Bonfire
Beach development.
Bonfire Beach is de-
signed to cover the land
from the West side of the
city canal and town en-
trance what used to be
the city limits west to the
Tyndall Air Force Base
boundary, on both the com-
plete beach side of U.S. 98
and significant acreage on
the north side of the high-
way.
Phase Three of the Gulf
to Bay Highway will cross
land owned by three prop-
erty owners, all of whom
have "cooperated," Woliver
said. He told the audience
there would be "no impact
in Mexico Beach with prop-
erty acquisition in the city
limits" for Phase Three.
According to Woliver,
plans for Phasb Three are
at 60 percent completion
and PBS&J hoped to com-
plete the design phase for
that project by the end of
this year. However, there is
currently no state funding
available for Phase'Three
of the Gulf to Bay Highway.

Where Ends Meet?
A copy of the contract
plans for Phase Three ob-
tained by The Star details
the project as being 3.5
miles long with two bridges
included. Right-of-way de-


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lineation of the main road
shows 68 feet from the cen-
ter line on the south side.of
the road and 132 feet from
the center on the north
side.
Bubba Harmon, one of
the three property owners
involved in the land acqui-
sition for Phase Three, said
the back beach road would
begin on County 386 north
of the first bridge at the
curve north of the current
location of Harmon Heavy
Equipment.
According to Harmon,
the state has already tested
and certified soil core sam-
ples at that location.
Harmon and his wife
Barbara are to sign the fi-
nal paperwork later this
month transferring' title
of their portion of the land
needed for the Phase Three
project.
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The contract plans for
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Tyndall link.
The connector road de-
sign shows a right of way
from the center line of 50
feet on one side and 50 to 75
feet on the other.
In a telephone conversa-
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when he and Rosemary
Woqds had worked on the
initial PD and E phase of
the Gulf to Bay Highway,
there was no connector
road leading from Phase
Three into Mexico Beach
proper.
Woods is an associate
vice president of PBS&J,
project manager of the Gulf
Coast Parkway PD and E
phase, and was the PD and


E project manager for the
Gulf to Bay Highway
Garrett said the PD and
E phase of the Gulf to Bay
Highway ended in 2004, and
the project has been in the
design study phase since
then, with a different group
of PBS&J engineers who
could easily have added a.
connector road.
It was not possible to de-
termine exactly where the
connector road links to U.S.
98 on the contract plans, al-
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Mexico Beach council
member Robert Ginsberg
at the Jan. 13 meeting,
there could be as many as
five connector roads into
the three-mile length of
Mexico Beach proper.
"We will let the citizens
help make the decision on
the number of [connector]
roads, but that's not in de-
sign now," Ginsberg said.
In phone conversa-
tions with both Garrett


and Woliver on Jan. 19,
the question of who owns
connector roads leading
from state highways and
who controls right-of-ways
along either side of con-
nector roads could not be
clearly or definitively an-
swered.
Garrett deferred the
question to Woliver, saying
his PD and E work did not
involve such matters.
Woliver said sometimes


right-of-ways fall under
control of FDOT, some-
times under local owner-
ship it simply depended,
he said, on what kind of
discussions the involved
local governments con-
ducted with FDOT.
How many connec-
tor roads would run from
Phase Three into Mexico
Beach proper "is some-
thing the community
would need to think about


as the project proceeds,"
Woliver said.
When questioned, he
said the number of con-
nectors is generally "a
function of the roadway
classification."
He said on primary
roads connectors are
placed about a mile apart,
in conjunction with pro-
jected future needs of the
road.
Woliver said on such


a road as the Phase
Three segment, "it prob-
ably wouldn't have access
roads," but that was just
his guess and he did not
know.
In an unrelated ques-
tion, when asked why the
cover sheet of the contract
plans showed an overall
view of the project area
and the road overlaid on
a map that clearly stated
"Mexico Beach pop. 632,"


Woliver said it was just a
preliminary cover sheet
and the designers had
probably clipped it from
an old county map.
He said he would defi-
nitely look into it and have
the designers update the
cover sheet.

Next week: The Star
will examine the Gulf
Coast Parkway.


INAUGURATION from page A3


significance of the day.
"Since I'm African-Amer-
ican, I'm happy that he's the
first black president in for-
ever," she said.
Down the aisle, class-
mates Jessica Husband,
Kally Lloyd and Warren Mc-
Donald scanned Obama's
words for personal mean-
ing.
"I'm excited to see what
he's going to do to see if
he's going to impact the
economy like he said he


would," 'said Lloyd, who
worries that she will be un-
able to afford the high costs
of college.
McDonald hoped Obama
would lower the price of gas
and Husband worried about
friends awaiting deploy-
ment to Iraq.
She was encouraged by
Obama's promise to draw
down troops in the region,
knowing her friends might
be spared the horrors of
war.


"It's hard to see them
and know they may not be
coming back," she said.
The four friends were all
willing to give Obama the
benefit of the doubt, even
though two of them did not
support him initially.
At the beginning of the
primary season McDonald
favored Mike Huckabee,
who seemed to him like a
"pretty cool person," while
Husband, a women's rights
activist, was a Hillaryite.


Husband wondered
aloud if the media would be
"making as big a deal" of
the inauguration if Hillary
had been elected, and brief-
ly expressed a preference
for McCain.
"Now I think it's good
that Obama got president
because McCain was kind of
old," Husband concluded. "I
think he's going to be good.
I hope he is."
In throwing their support
behind Obama, the students


all said that race was not
a factor in their decision-
making, as it may have been
with older generations.
"I think kids were a lot
more open to it," said Hus-
band. "There are kids that
weren't, but there will al-
ways be those kids."
Williams wondered aloud
how anyone black or white
- could object to Obama
based on race, given his bi-
racial heritage.
"How can you be mad at


someone who's black and
white?" she asked. 'That's
dumb; I don't get it."
Though Williams enjoyed
watching the inauguration
at school, she did not plan
to continue watching the
24-hour coverage. Tuesday
afternoon.
Softball practice awaited,
and Williams, who hoped to
earn an athletic scholarship,
gave Obama her regrets.
"Obama, I love you, but
it's me time now."


COMMUNITY from page A3


movement, Givens never
thought he'd live to see an
African-American presi-
dent.
He watched Obama's
campaign with interest,
knowing that he was wit-
nessing something unique
in presidential politics.
"The previous blacks
that ran, it was something
new and good and even
in itself was historic,"
said Givens, who believes
Obama distinguished him-
self by his decision to not
make race the central fo-
cus of his campaign.
"I think it's a wonderful
thing, not just for minori-
ties, but for the country,"
he said.
Laura Blanda, 26, was


among the youngest vol-
unteers at Frank Pate
Park.
Along with her fiancee
Matt Eby, Blanda was in-
strumental in launching
the Gulf County Obama
campaign.
"The Obama campaign
didn't have a lot of volun-
teers in Gulf County and
we felt like if we didn't get
started, it would not get
started here," said Blan-
da.
Over the next 100 days,
Blanda and Eby commit-
ted themselves to helping
elect Obama. They made
phone calls, door-to-door
visits and held meetings
at their home.
Obama's willingness


to engage in intellectual
dialogue with people of all
walks of life drew Blanda
to his campaign.
"I got the sense through
the different web tools he
used that there was a dia-
logue. It wasn't just him
speaking his ideas," she
said.
Blanda believes
Obama's volunteer-driven
campaign will transition
seamlessly into an "in-
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with civic projects such as
those held on Monday be-
coming the foundation of
his presidency.
"It's not going to stop
here," said Blanda. "They,
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DAVID ADLERSTEIN I
Florida Freedom
The Tiger Shark
boys' unior -
varsity played
at Franklin
County on
Friday. Their
record is 4-5-1. .






Tiger Shark soc


team has mixed -


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

With a victory over Boze-
man and a tie on the road in
Taylor County, the Port St.
Joe boys' soccer team fin-
ished the week still fighting
to reach .500.
Tuesday, Jan. 13
Port St. Joe 4, Bozeman 1
Chase Watford had 10
saves and Daniel May led
the' attack with a pair of
goals as the visiting Tiger
Sharks downed the Bucks.
Austin Burke had a goal
and an assist, and Jared Al-
len also scored a goal.
LeGrand McLemore and
Jacob Thompson each pro-
vided an assist as Port St.
Joe raised its district record
to 3-2-1.
Thursday, Jan. 15
Chipley 3, Port St. Joe 2
The boys' team fell to vis-
iting Chipley 3-2 to fall under
.500 at 7-8-4.
Jared Arnold scored
both Tiger Shark goals.
Daniel May and LeGrand
McLemore had assists.
Chase Watford made 10
saves in goal.
Friday, Jan. 16
Port St. Joe (JV) 7,
Franklin County 1
Playing a co-ed team
from the fledgling program,
the Port St. Joe boys' junior


varsity earned a
a romp.
Blaine Bush
Burke each ha
Raymond Nobl
a goal, and Au
had a goal and
Ethan Bamberg
and an assist
Joe.
Russell Mill
saves in goal.
The Frank
goal came fr
Newell with an
Casey Sapp.
The boys' JV
4-5-1.
Saturday,
Port St.3
Taylor Co
The Tiger Sh
son Ray scored
three minutes
visiting Port S
away with a tie
cord at 7-8-5.
LeGrand Mc
the assist on Ra
Chase Watford]
in goal for Port
"It came dow
of the game an
to manage a tie
St. Joe coach N
aid.
In the jun
game, Port St.
to fall to 4-5-1. A
had 16 saves in
St. Joe.


Sharks fall to Franklin County


By David Adlerstein
S.i. Florida Freedom Newspapers

The third time was no
charm for the Port St. Joe
': Tiger Sharks.
After downing Frank--
lin County in two previ-
ous meeting this season,
the Tiger Sharks fell to
cer their intercounty rival
beer before a packed "Dome"
last Saturday night.
w eek The Tiger Sharks opened
seek an early 8-2 lead, but that
was answered quickly by
a road win in a 14-2 run from the Se-
ahawks punctuated by
and Andrew dunks from senior De-
d two goals. shaun Winfield and fresh-.
es also had man Carlos Morris.
istin Howze The Seahawks stayed
two assists. ahead the rest of the way
g had a goal as they combined disci-
for Port St. plined effort and consis-
tent execution en route to
er had two a 71-63 victory.
"The kids finally stuck
lin County with the offensive game
rom Megan plan," said Franklin Coun-
assist from ty Coach Fred 'Drake,
whose squad moved to
team is now 17-4 on the year. "The goal
was to get the ball inside
Jan. 17 and attack them in the
Joe 1, post. On paper, there's no-
)unty 1 body that can stop Carlos
harks' J. Ma- and Deshaun in the post.
I with under We had the height advan-
to play as tage."
t. Joe came Early in the second
to put its re- quarter, Port St. Joe man-
aged to trim the margin
'Lemore had to 24-22, but senior Jere-
iy's goal and my James drove the bas-
had 13 saves ket, scored, was fouled
St. Joe. and hit the free throw to
n to the end widen the margin back to
d it was nice five.
e," said Port By halftime, the mar-
qate McDon- gin 'was seven, 33-26,
which the Seahawks then
nior varsity widened to 14 points, 51-
Joe lost 2-0 37, after Morris hit a trey
ustin Howze and a bucket with about
goal for Port three minutes left in the
third quarter.


PHOTO BY DAVID ADLERSTEIN I Florida Freedom
After winning the first two meetings between the
two rivals, Port St. Joe fell Saturday night at home
to Franklin County.


In all, the freshman
added 20 points, two fewer
than Winfield, who hit 11
of 15 from the floor.
"Deshaun and Carlos
stepped up to play real
big, especially Carlos,"
said Drake. "I told him he
has to play physical and
he has to play inside, and
he played big like he was
supposed to."
Trailing 53-43 at the
start of the fourth quarter,
the Tiger Sharks weren't
yet willing to call it a
night.
A three-point play by
Calvin Pryor narrowed
the margin to seven, but
Seahawks junior Austin
O'Neal and senior Zan


Simmons followed by
each hitting a pair of free
throws to stop the ad-
vance.
In all, the Seahawks
shot 16 of 27 from the
charity stripe.
A thunderous Winfield
dunk with 3:17 left in the
game once again gave
the Seahawks an 11-point
cushion.
But Roman Quinn hit
three of .four from the
charity stripe and a buck-
et from Pryor narrowed
the margin to 63-57 and
prompted Drake to go to
a slowdown offense with a
little more than two min-
utes left to play.
O'Neal hit a free throw,


and then with a little more
than a minute left, Quinn
ran the length of the floor
for a layup to bring the Ti-
ger Sharks to 64-59 with a
little more than a minute
left.
Quinn would score four
more points for his team
in the time remaining, but
it was Franklin County ju-
nior guard Arron Prince
who coolly nailed five of
six free throws down the
stretch to ice the win for
the Seahawks.
"That was big," said
Drake. "I kind of knew
he and Austin would
play well. I finally looked
in their eyes before
the game and saw they
weren't scared. It looked
like they wanted to prove
me wrong."

Stats
Franklin 16 17 20 18 71
PSJ 13,1317 20 63
SEAHAWKS: Prince
2/2 2s, 5/8 FTs, 9 pts.;
Morris 7/9 2s, 1/4 3s, 3/3
FTs, 20 pts.; Winfield
11/15 2s, 22 pts.; O'Neal
4/8 2s, 4/8 FTs, 12 pts.;
Simmons 3/5 FTs, 3 pts.;
James 1/2 2s, 1/1 FTs, 3
pts.; Dalin Modican 1/2
2s, 2 pts.
Totals: 26/42 2s, 1/6 3s,
16/27 FTs
Rebounds: Morris
7, Simmons, Winfield,
O'Neal 6
Assists: Morris 7,
O'Neal, Simmons 5, Winm-
field 4
Steals: Simmons,
O'Neal, Morris 2
TIGER SHARKS:
Fonda Davis 2 pts.; Ro-
man Quinn 23 pts.; Ra-
heem Clemons 10 pts.;
Darrell Smith 7 pts.; Willie
Quinn 6 pts.; Calvin Pryor
15 pts.


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By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

With a 3-0 win over visit-
ing Chipley last Thursday
night, the Port St. Joe High
School girls' soccer team
achieved its first 10-win sea-
son in the program's his-
tory and is poised to make
another breakthrough in.
next week's district tourna-
ment.
Rachel Jones, the Lady
Tiger Sharks' leading scor-
er, had a pair of goals, and
Angela Canington and Kay-
la Minger combined for the
shutout in goal as the team
celebrated Senior Night.
Emily Baxley added a
goal and Courtney Herms-
dorfer had two assists for
Port St. Joe.
The team's record is
now 10-10-2 heading toward
the District 2-2A playoffs

Port St. Joe High Schi

girls soccer stats

Anna Cordova (1 goal)
Christina Cordova (2 goals, 2
assists)
Courtney Hermsdorfer (6 go
1 assist)
Sara Hoffman (3 goals, 2 savy
Rachel Jones (10 goals)
Julie Lopez (1 assist)
Kayla Minger (2 goals, 2 as-
sists)
Erica Protsman (1 assist)
Lauren Sisk (1 assist)
Angela Canington (1 goal, 21
saves)
Kaelyn Jo Williams (3 assists
saves)
Jamie Kennedy (1 goal)
Chelsea Flanagan (1 goal)
Jessie Moore (2 goals)
Stefani Furtsteqburg (1 goal)
Emily Baxley (1f goal)


next week.
Port St. Joe will be the
three seed due to goal-dif-
ferential with Tallahassee
John Paul II, the second
seed. The teams will play
at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at
tournament host Tallahas-
see Maclay.
The winner will face Ma-
clay at 7 p.m. Jan. 23.
"That is the first 10-win
season for the girls' pro-
gram, and that is a goal we
had for this season," said
Port St. Joe Coach Nate
McDonald. "I feel like we
have a good chance against
John Paul and if we win,
we'll play Maclay and see
what happens. Either way,
we'd be in the playoffs,
which would be another
first for the girls' program.
They are pretty excited."
Tuesday, Jan. 13
Bozeman 3, Port St. Joe 1


Rachel Jones scored
the lone goal for the visit-
ing Port St. Joe, and Angela
Canington had seven saves
in the loss.
Friday, Jan. 16
Port St. Joe 1, Wakulla 1
The Lady Tiger Sharks
appeared to have one of
the stronger teams in the
area on the ropes for 76
minutes until a Wakulla
shot from roughly 35 yards
with just over six minutes
left in the game knotted
the score and left the girls
10-10-3.
"We had them, but that
was the kind of shot you
don't even see with the
boys," McDonald said.
Rachel Jones scored the
lone goal for Port St. Joe
with an assist from Stefani
Furstenburg.
Angela Canington had
eight saves in goal.


PSJ Dixie Baseball

election of officers

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



PSJ Dixie Girls softball

coaches meeting

There will be a coaches/volunteers meeting at
the 10th Street softball field at 6 p.m. Jan. 29. This
will be the annual meeting to hold elections and
set sign up dates. Anyone interested in coach-
ing or volunteering in any capacity should make
plans to atterid.





PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA





PORTS


A
Section


Thursday, January 22, 2009 www. starfl. com Page 9


Wewahitchka wrestlers place 5th


at Panhandle Championships


The Wewahitchka High
School wrestling team
finished an impressive
fifth, just five points away
from third place, during
last weekend's Panhandle
Championships at Crest-
view High School.
In a field of 19 teams with
just eight wrestlers compet-
ing, one with just two weeks
of wrestling experience un-
der his headgear, fifth place
was no easy feat.
"We had a good week-
end but lost a few we prob-
ably should have won,"
said Wewahitchka Coach
Todd Johnson. "I was very
pleased. This was a tough
tournament; we had some
of the toughest teams in
the area. I thought we did
pretty well"
The Gators had five
wrestlers reach the semifi-
nals, but all five lost those


matches, failing to reach
the top two places in their
weight classes.
But Nick Malcolm at
103, Jacob Taylor at 112 and
Chase Duckworth at 119 all
finished third, and Daniel
House at 125 and Jacob
Villansenor at 215 both fin-
ished in fourth place.
Ian Rice, .on the team
just two weeks, registered
his first win of the season
and provided valuable
points to the Gators' cause.
During the team's final
home quad-dual match of
the season, the Gators fin-
ished 1-2 in team competi-
tion, but again individual
wrestlers demonstrated
they are possibly peaking
at the right time with dis-
trict, regional and state
meets looming.
Malcolm, House, Matt
Irwin at 145/152 and Vil-


lasenor each went un-
beaten, with House and
Villasenor each recording
two pins and Malcom and
Irwin recording one.
Results, with Wewahi-
tchka wrestlers listed first:
Wewahitchka 48, Marianna 18
103 double forfeit; 112 -
Nick Malcolm p. Hudson, 1:08;
119 Jacob Taylor p. Johns,
:30; 125 Chase Duckworth
won by forfeit; 130 Daniel
House won by forfeit; 135
- double forfeit; 140 Lyler
Lanter p. Kornegay, 1:49; 145
- Matt Irwin p. Atkins, 3:45;
152 Wewahitchka forfeit; 160
- Allen House p. Getter, :35;
171 Wewahitchka forfeit; 189
- double forfeit; 215 Ian Rice
p. by Reed, 2:27; Hwy. Jacob
Villansenor p. Small, 2:33.
Crestview 42, Wewahitchka 32
103 Malcolm won by for-
feit; 112 Taylor p. Waller, 1:30;
119 Duckworth p. Lukent,


4:21; 125 D. House p. John-
son, 2:59; 130 Wewahitchka
forfeit; 135 Wewahitchka for-
feit; 140 Lanter p. by Vigram,
3:20' 145-Wewahitchka forfeit;
152 Irwin tech. fall Shipp, 17-.
1; 160 Wewahitchka forfeit;
171 A. House p. by Mitchell,
1:10; 189 double forfeit; 215
- Rice p. by Dean; :22; Hwy.
- Villasenor def. Swembeck,
14-10.
Arnold 45, Wewahitchka 30
103 Malcolm won by for-
feit; 112 Taylor def. by Ens-
minger, 12-5; 119 Duckworth
p. by Kuy Kendall, 1:49; 125
- D. House p. Minor, 1:40; 130 -
Wewahitchka forfeit; 135 We-
wahitchka forfeit; 140 Lanter
won by forfeit; 145 Irwin won
by forfeit; 152 Wewahitch-
ka forfeit; 160 A. House p.
Bragg, 3:42; 171 Wewahitch-
ka forfeit; 189 double forfeit;
215 Rice p. by Dylan, 1:15;
Hwy. Villasenor p. Degood.


PSJ's Minger signs with Gulf Coast


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

On the first day of the
national signing period for
junior college softball, Gulf
Coast Community College
Coach Susan Painter wast-
ed little time scooping up
Kayla Minger.
Minger, dominating
on the mound and at the
plate, signed her name to
a scholarship last Thurs-
day to spend the next two
years playing for the Lady
Commodores.
"It's close to home,
and I just think it's a good
school and a good pro-
gram," Minger said, traces
of tears of joy meandering
down her right cheek. "I
see it as a stepping stone.
I'll get to start, I hope, and
get to play and in two years
go on from there."
Minger said she had
been contacted by other
schools, Chipola. Junior
College and Florida State
University among them, but
she had long ago focused on
attending Gulf Coast and
being part of its nationally-
recognized program.
"They are getting a
complete athlete," said
Jim Belin, Port St. Joe
softball coach. "Kayla is
what I call a jewel, not
only a gifted athlete, but a
gifted leader. She's carried
us a lot of times the past
three years. They are get-
ting something special.
"She has worked very


Swinging flowers or a bat, Kayla;Minger figures to be a hit at Gulf Coast
Community College.


hard for this. She has the
best work ethic I think I've
ever seen. She's worked
countless hours for this
day."
Minger, a starter since,
the moment she arrived on
a high school diamond, has
put up eye-popping stats
the past three years.
On the mound, she has
been the ace for the Lady
Tiger Sharks throughout
her career, posting a record
of 52-16 with an ERA of 1.24
and 665 strikeouts and
.leading Port St. Joe into the
playoffs each season.
Last season, with Min-
ger, who also has played


shortstop, first base anid
the outfield, leading 'the
way, the Lady Tiger Sharks
arguably might have been
the second-best Class 2A
team in the state but un-
fortunately share the same
county and district as two-
time defending state cham-
pions Wewahitchka.
Minger also is a danger
with the bat, hitting .427 for
her career with 63 RBIs
and 10 home runs.
She also played the past
two summers for Team
North Florida, which has
advanced to national tourna-
ments in Seattle and Okla-
homa; finishing both years


Gators enjoy 2-1 week


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Wewahitchka- High
School's boys' basketball
team barely fell to Blount-
stown to start last week's
action before closing the
week with a pair of one-
sided victories.

Tuesday, Jan. 13
Blountstown 51,
Wewahitchka 48
The Gators fell behind
early, trailing 15-8 after
one quarter and 29-17 at
halftime before a second-
half rally fell just short at
Blountstown.
Josh Mitchell led the
Gator offense with 16
points. Christian Owens
also was in double-figures
with 15 points and a team-
high eight rebounds.
Lance Griffin had seven
points and three assists,
and Chris Peak added six
points and six rebounds.
Billy Naylor had four


points.

Thursday, Jan. 15
Wewahitchka 72,
Altha 44
, Wewahitchka started
quickly, building a 36-
25 halftime. lead before
turning the game into
a rout with a 20-8 third
quarter and cruised the
road win.
Mitchell led the Gators
with 16 and added four
steals and six assists.
Owens had 15 points
and 11 rebounds, and Grif-
fin added 13 points and five
assists.
Chris Peak had' eight
points, eight rebounds,
four blocks and three as-
sists, and Benjamin Smith
had eight points and six
rebounds.
Billy Naylor and Alex
Hardin each scored four
points, with Hardin add-
ing eight boards and two
assists and Naylor seven
rebounds.


Saturday, Jan. 17
Wewahitchka 70,
Bethlehem 36
Another roqd trip, an-
other lopsided win for the
Gators as they built a 33-16
halftime lead and were nev-
er threatened en route to an
easy victory at Bethlehem.
Four Gators scored in
double figures, led by 21
from Mitchell, who also had
nine steals and four assists.
Peak and Owens each
chipped in with 14 points,
Peak adding 17 rebounds,
nine blocks and four steals,
while Owens added 14 re-
bounds.
Griffin had 11 points,
three steals and two as-
sists, and Naylor added
five points, 11 rebounds
and five steals.
Wewahitchka hosted
West Gadsden on Tuesday
before hitting the road to
play at South Walton on
Thursday, Liberty County
on Friday and Bozeman
on Monday.


in the upper half of the field.
"She is a gifted athlete
with a lot of qualities that
carrybeyondthediamond,"
Painter, said. "Leadership,
class, a positive demeanor,
and those qualities are all
a tribute to her parents
(Gary and Karen Minger).
She's a gifted pitcher and
she can hit. She has the
whole package.
"It's more than just the
talent, though. We're about
quality and class at Gulf
Coast, and I think I have a
great example right here.
I'm the lucky one. I get to
see the future. She's a great
athlete and a great leader."


Elite

Softball

CAMP

Camp will cover pitch-
ing, catching, outfield,
infield, hitting, baserun-
ning and offensive strat-
egies for kids 6 years old
through 12th grade.
Times: Jan. 24. Sixth
grade- 12th grade, 9 a.m.-
1p.m. CT (registration
8:15-9 a.m.). Six years
old-fifth grade 2-4 p.m.
(registration 1:15-2 p.m.).
Location: Wewahitch-
ka High School softball
field
Prices: $40, grades 6-
12; $25, ages 6-fifth grade;
$5 discount for early reg-
istration by 7 p.m. Jan.
23; make checks payable
to Team North Florida.
Contact: Coy Adkins,
850-899-1202; PO. Box
1616, Wewahitchka, FL
3Z465
Sponsored by Team
North Florida GOLD


Freedom




Classic set

By BRAD MLNER
Florida Freedom Newspapers

The fifth annual Freedom All-Star Classic, matching
the top senior basketball players in the central Panhan-
dle, is scheduled April 11.
The girls' game is is set for 11 a.m., followed by the
boys at 1 p.m. The games will be played at the Billy Harri-
son Field House on the campus of Gulf
Coast Community College.
The event features the East boys
and girls teams against counterparts
from the West. The East is composed
of players from The Panama City News
IHerald's readership area of Bay, Wash-
ington, Holmes, Gulf, Liberty, Calhoun,
Franklin and Jackson counties. The
West players are selected from the
CAS GANT coverage area of the Northwest Flor-
ida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach,
which includes Walton, Okaloosa and
Santa Rosa counties.
West teams have won three of the
four girls' contests. The series is tied
2-2 among the boys.
The East boys' coaches were con-
firmed this week.
Port St. Joe's Derek Kurnitsky has
agreed to coach the East boys for a sec-
DEREK KURNITSKY ond time. He joined Marianna's Travis
KBlanton and Ponce de Leon's Stacey
Stafford in 2006, following Kurnitsky's
second season as the Tigers Sharks' head coach. The
West won 99-95 in what is the closest game in the series.
Kurnitsky led Port St. Joe to the Region 1-2A champi-
onship game in 2008. He also led the Tiger Sharks to the
Class 2A state championship game in 2007 and the state
Final Four in 2006.
"It's a great honor to be picked again," Kurnitsky said.
"I like when you get the chance to work with all the kids,
and it's a great thing for all of the communities."
He will be joined by Bozeman's Cas Gant, who has
steadily improved the Bucks program in his three years
at the Sand Hills school. Gant is the first coach from Boz-
eman to be selected to head an East team on either the
boys or girls level.
"It's a pretty incredible thing to be chosen," Gant said.'
"This shows that all the hard work we have put forth is
paying off for our exposure.
"Being a coach for the East is an honor for me, my
team and for our school."
The East girls coaches and the West boys and girls
coaches will be announced in the near future, along with
the first round of player selections for the squads. Final
rosters are expected to be announced in mid-March.
The Freedom All-Star Classic is sponsored by Free-
dom Communications Inc. and the Gulf Coast Athletic
Association. eed r
The Gulf Coast Triath- Free
lon Foundation was the
tournament sponsor in
2008. Ca I
The Freedom Classic is
seeking sponsors at vari-
ous levels of participation
for the 2009 event. Any Any area coaches wishing to
business or organization nominate senior boys and girls
interested in sponsor- players for the Freedom All-Star
ing the Freedom Classic Classic may contact Brad Milner
can contact News Herald at 747-5065 or e-mail bmilner@
Marketing Director Vickie at 747-5065 or e-mail bmilner@
Gainer at 747-5009. pcnh.com




Wewa Dixie youth baseball


and softball registration


.Registration will be held
from 8 a.m.-noon CT Jan.
24 and Feb. 7 at Emerald
Coast Credit Union. Addi-
tional registration will be
held at Cox Transmission
weekdays 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 certifi-


cate 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 ques-
tions, 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.


Gator baseball alumni game


The Wewahitchka
High School Baseball
Booster Club is finalizing
their plans for an alumni
baseball game to be held
Jan. 31 at the high school
field. This event is be-
ing planned as an addi-
tional fundraiser to assist
WHS baseball with the
expenses associated with
their upcoming season.
All interested alumni are


asked to get their teams
together and contact
Coach Tony Muina at 832-
9657 or Carolyn Husband
at 639-2578 for further
details. Final game times
will be announced once fi-
nalized. We ask all former
Gator baseball players to
show your Gator pride by
participating in this spe-
cial day of baseball in our
alumni games.





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year. Each issue will feat irrelocal'evenlts for our visits to enjoy
while they are staying here.
New this year, the Coastal Visitor's Guide will be inseited ito
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bottom of the front page of each issue. The price for this is
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Get your message out first!
We are not publishing a separate tab for each local event this,
year. However, we will feature these events in the Coastal Visitor'sJ
Guide.

February 5th issue will cover February, March &
April and feature local events including the Mardi
Gras celebration, Gumbo Festival, Bridal Fair and
the Chili Cook Off.
Advertising Deadline: January 28, 2009


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Ceremony honors

170th anniversary

of Florida's first

constitution
Port St. Joe will celebrate a landmark in
the city's history this Friday.
City officials, dignitaries and special
guests will gather at the Constitution Con-
vention Museum State Park at 9:30 a.m. (ET)
to commemorate the 170th anniversary of
the signing of Florida's first Constitution.
An esteemed assemblage of 56 delegates
convened on the city of St. Joseph in Decem-
ber of 1838 to frame the first of Florida's five
constitutions.
St. Joseph was located near the present
site of Port St. Joe and later destroyed by a
yellow fever epidemic and two hurricanes.
The ceremony is intended to draw public
attention to the Constitution Convention Mu-
seum, which provides a history of the delega-
tion's historic achievement.
The museum is one of 19 state parks fac-
ing temporary closure this year due to state
budget cuts.


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COMMUNITY


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Thursday, January 22, 2009 w w w. star f 1. c 6 m Page 1


DESPINA WILLIAMS I The Star


Gulf County School Superintendent is cornered by a rogue band of marshmallow-wielding pre-kindergarteners.


-By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Tim Wilder found himself in an unusual
position last Friday: an unarmed combat-
ant in an epic marshmallow battle.
Shortly after 9 a.m. (CT), the Gulf Coun-
ty School Superintendent approached
the grassy field where Wewahitch- .


A pre-K student eyes an unsuspecting
victim.


ka pre-kindergartners ran to and fro, pum-
meling each other with confections.
The students celebrated the winter
season the only way Floridian children
can by hurling jet-puffed marshmallows
instead of hard-packed snow.
Wilder had not dropped by pre-kinder-
garten teacher Darlene Ake's classroom
early enough to receive his ammunition
a standard issue bag of jumbo marsh-
mallows.
With nowhere to run, Wilder found
himself at the mercy of the pint-sized
warriors.


Each pre-kindergartener received
one bag of jumbo marshmallows
to use as ammunition during the
fight.


Some kind hearted tots took pity
on the superintendent, whose
towering figure made him an
easy target for surprise attacks.
Just as Wilder accepted an
arsenal of marshmallows from
two gracious lassies, a flaxen-
haired duo emerged, intent on
destruction.
"Whoever hits me is going to get
it," warned Wilder, before finding himself
on the receiving end of a marshmallow
pounding.
As the battle waged on, Wilder began to
lose his bearings.
He saw enemies everywhere even in
the faces of his former collaborators.
"Oh no! I hit my friend," Wilder cried af-
ter hurling a marshmallow at his one-time
helper.
Friendly fire, without the usual tragic
consequences.
Marshmallows, Wilder discov-
ered, left no scars neither on the
body nor the soul.
The students he fired upon held no
| grudges.
When Ake sounded the clean-up
alarm, theydisposed of their ammo
and returned happily to the class-
room.


The marshmallow fight is an annual
event, held on the Friday before the
Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.


REs


PORTR

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., recently
announced the acquisition of Los-Angeles artist Shepard Fairey's iconic
Barack Obama "Hope" poster for inclusion in its presidential collection.
Does your artistic talent make Fairey's look like adolescent finger-
painting?
Then enter The Star's first-ever Presidential Portrait Contest.
To commemorate the historic election of the nation's first African-
American president, The Star asks readers to create their own entry to the
National Portrait Gallery.
Shepard's m'ixed-media stencil collage depicts Obama's face, rendered
in vivid red and blue, atop block letters spelling the word "Hope."
Your portrait doesn't have to look like Shepard's. You can use orange
paint or green crayons, sequins, feathers or glitter. Portraits can be
drawings, paintings, cartoons, collages or any other media suitable
for scanning.
Cash prizes donated by the Gulf County Democratic Party will
be given in the following amounts: $50 for
first place, $30 for second and $20 for third.
Winners will receive their awards at Gulf
Democrats' February meeting.
The contest is open to people of all ages and
political persuasions.
The Star will feature the winning portraits
and other favorites in its Jan. 29
edition. Portraits also will be posted
on our Web site, www.starfl.com.
All entries must be delivered to The
Star office by 4 p.m. ET Friday, Jan. 23, or.
e-mailed to dwilliams@starfl.com.
On the.back of each entry, please include
the following:
*Name
*Age
*City of Residence
*Contact Number
The Star is located at 135 W. Hwy. 98, in Port St. Joe.






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Matthew turns 6

Matthew H.
Roberson, Jr.,
son of Matt and
Beth Roberson of
Tallahassee, re-
cently celebrated
his sixth birthday.
The theme of his
party was "Star
Wars." After ar-
riving, each of
the children was
given a replica
of a lightsaber. A
surprise uninvited
guest was Darth
Vader. Excitement
broke out is an
understatement
as he came in the
backyard while
the children were
lining up to break
open a Darth Va-
der pifiata. Mat-
thew said, "I did
not invite him!"
Little brother Ca-
leb and his pater-
nal grandparents
Ralph and Marga-
ret Roberson and
maternal grand-
parents Don and
Judy Kosin from
Port St. Joe each
enjoyed the cel-
ebration.


Thursday, January 22, 2009


,ocal


Kaiden Henry Chehardy


is born


Kaiden Henry Chehardy was born on
Dec. 16, 2008 at 3:19 p.m. and weighed 7
lbs. 6.4 ounces and was 21.5 inches long.
Big brother Trai Kole welcomed him home
along with his parents, Sean Stephen
Chehardy, Jr. and Lori Diane Barnes from
Sneads, Florida. Proud grandparents are
Fonda Chehardy of Wewahitchka, Sean
Chehardy, Sr. of Port St. Joe, Tim and
Tosha Barnes of Cottondale, Florida and


Melissa Barnes and Ricky Smith of Ken-
tucky.
Great-grandparents are Voncile and
the late Azell Barnes of Cottondale,
Florida, Ronnie and Christine Owens of
Sneads, Florida, Henry and Judy Darna
of Port St. Joe and the late Irene Darna.
Aunt Cheyenne and uncle Brandon also
are proud to welcome home their new
nephew.


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People Helping PEOPLE


Commodity distribution
The commodities that were provided by the Highland
View Assembly 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. We are
requesting that everyone pick these up during this time.
Please call 229-5262 to get further information.

Free tax assistance
The Gulf County Community Development Corpora-
tion and People Helping People of Gulf County through
the VITA/TCE program are assisting people with basic
income tax returns, such as 1040EZ, for 1040A or basic
form 1040. If you qualify as very low, low, or moderate in-
come you may be assisted, and any special credits such
as Earned Income Tax Credit will be included.
Bring your tax forms and other necessary information


to 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, Tues-
day and Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. ET until April 15.
Please call for an appointment at 229-1477.

People Helping People Community needs
The People Helping People organization is in need
of the following, items to help our needy individuals and
families in Gulf County. Anyone who would like to con-
tribute financially 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 instrument; food items such as jelly,
starches, canned meats and snack foods.


Valentine's pageant, a local and a family event


Gulf County Senior Citizens has
had the privilege of hosting the an-
nual Valentine Beauty Pageant for
many years. The pageant takes
place in Wewahitchka and what. a
wonderful time we have. The event
gives families the opportunity to do
something together that will be an
enjoyable and memorable .experi-
ence. The outpouring of community
support is overWvhelming as busi-
nesses 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
Wewahitchka 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 sup-
.ported their contestant. 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-
tioned, the purpose of the event is
to help raise necessary funds to
help Gulf County Senior Citizens
continue the mission of meeting


Upcoming AAANF board


of directors meeting


The Area Agency on. Aging for
North Florida, Inc. will hold its Board
of Directors meeting at 10:30 a.m. ET
on Thursday, Jan. 22. The meeting


will be held at the Area Agency on
Aging for North Florida at 2414 Ma-
hah Drive in Tallahassee.
The meeting is open to the public.


Art in Birds challenge


Iihaca, NY People of
all ages are invited to
go outside and look'for
Birds in Art/Art in Birds
for a contest sponsored
by the Celebrate Urban
Birds project at the Cor-
nell Lab of Ornithology.
Celebrate Urban Birds
is a free, year-round
citizen-science proj-
ect focused on birds in
neighborhood settings.
For the Birds in Art/
Art in Birds challenge
you can take photos, do
some painting, write a
story, create a sculp-
ture. What do you see in
a bird that is beautiful,


stirring, or inspiration-
al? It could be a broken-
down nest in winter, a
song recording, video of
a bird perching on your
window, something that
makes you stop, look
twice, laugh, cry.
Prizes include bird
sound recordings,
books, gift certificates,
"green" products, and
more. We'll send the
first 50 entrants a copy
of our "Doves and Pi-
geons" poster by Julie
Zickefoose. Selected
images will be posted
on the Celebrate Urban
Birds Web site.


How to enter:
1. E-mail your photo,
art, or video entry to ur-
banbirds@cornell.edu.
Links are acceptable
for videos
2. Write "Art in Birds/
Birds in Art contest" in
the subject line
3. Include your name
and mailing address
4. Tell us why you
submitted your entry to
the Art in Birds/Birds in
Art contest
The deadline for en-
tries is Feb. 28, 2009.
Visit the Celebrate Ur-
ban Birds Web site for
more information.


as many of the needs. as possible
of Gulf County seniors. State and
federal budget cuts are a reality
and senior citizens will be affected
in many ways. The mission of help-
ing seniors must be of upmost im-
portance 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 val-
ue of those who have walked before
.us will never diminish but will al-
ways increase 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.



Senior citizens

need your help

Gulf County Senior Citizens
Center is in need of volunteers
at its Port St. Joe Senior Cen-
ter to call bingo, provide exer-
cise classes and help with ac-
tivities, and arts and crafts with
seniors. We are also in need of
non-peiishable food items for
our low-income seniors such
as juice, tuna, fruit, soup or
vegetables. Small inexpensive
bingo prizes are always needed
for our clients who love to play
bingo several times a week.
We have two congregate
sites, located 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 pres-
sure checks, exercise 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 do-
nate any item listed above may
call Debbie at 229-8466 for more
information
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Thursday, January 22, 2009


Local


Coral reef lecture at


Florida State University


On Thursday, Jan. 22,
from 7-9 p.m., the Florida
State University Coastal
and Marine Laboratory
will host "Florida's Coral
Reefs: Threats, Decline,
Management and Signs of
Hope" the next lecture
in the lab's ongoing series
of free public lectures on
coastal and marine conser-
vation. The Jan. 22 talk will
be given by John Bruno, a
noted marine ecologist and
conservation biologist and
an associate professor of
marine science at the Uni-
versity of North Carolina-
Chapel Hill. Refreshments


will be served.
Overlooking St. George
Sound in St. Teresa,
(Franklin County), the FSU
Coastal and Marine Labo-
ratory is located at the in-
tersection of U.S. 98 and
U.S. 319, halfway between
the towns of Panacea and
Carrabelle and about 45
miles southwest of Talla-
hassee.
For more information on
the seminar visit the lab's
Web site at http://www.
marinelab.fsu.edu or con-
tact Sharon Thoman at 850-
697-4095 or via e-mail at
sthoman@fsu.edu.


Join the great


Backyard Bird Count


New York, NY and Ithaca, NY
- Bird and nature fans
throughout North America
are invited to join tens of
thousands of bird watch-
ers for the 12th annual
Great Backyard Bird Count
(GBBC), Feb. 13-16, 2009.
A joint project of the
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
and the National Audubon
Society, this free event is
an opportunity for fami-
lies, students, and people
of all ages to discover the
wonders of nature in back-
yards, schoolyards, and lo-
cal parks, and, at the same
time, make an important
contribution to conserva-
tion.
Volunteers take part by
counting birds for at least
15 minutes on one or more
days of the event and report-
ing their sightings online at
http://www.birdcount.org.
The data help researchers
understand bird population
trends across the conti-
nent, information that is
critical for effective conser-
vation. In 2008, participants
submitted more than 85,000
checklists, a new record.
"The GBBC has become
a vital link in the arsenal


of continent wide bird-
monitoring projects," said
Cornell Lab of Ornithol-
ogy director John Fitzpat-
rick. "With more than a
decade of data now in
hand, the GBBC-has docu-
mented striking changes in
late-winter bird distribu-
tions."
Participants submit
thousands of digital images
for the GBBC photo con-
test each year. Last year's
winners have been chosen
and are now posted on the
web site. Participants are
also invited to upload their
bird videos to YouTube
tagged "GBBC." Some of
them will also be featured
on the GBBC web site. All
participants will be entered
in a drawing to win dozens
of birding items, including
stuffed birds, clocks, books,
feeders, and more.
Businesses, schools,
nature clubs, Scout troops,
and other community orga-
nizations interested in the
GBBC can contact the Cor-
nell Lab of Ornithology at
1-800-843-2473, or Audubon
at citizenscience@audu-
bon.org or (215) 355-9588,
ext 16.


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HomeEXYD
&Garden J

March 6,7,8, 2009
Bay County Fairgrounds

CALL TO VENDORS
Register now for booth space at the 2009 Home &
Garden Expo in Panama City, FL. Share your home
improvement products, services, and enhancements
with thousands of families in the Bay area looking to
renovate, decorate, and landscape their homes.

All vendors receive a FREE quarter- tI
page ad in the official 2009 Home
& Garden Expo program, reaching
more than 80,000 adults in Bay and
seven surrounding counties. The 2009
Expo is also the host site for the Gulf
Coast B-B-Q Cook-Off, an officially l
sanctioned, crowd-drawing event!

For Vendor Application, as well as information on the
show and program advertising:
visit: www.emeraldcoast.com/events/expo
email: expostradeshows@aol.com
Call: 850-763-8618
LAST YEAR'S SHOW SOLD OUT!
Space Is Limited, So Reserve Yours NOW!

For additional advertising information in the official
program of the 2009 Home and Garden Expo, contact
The News Herald at 850-258-4163.


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The 13th Annual North Florida Doll Show and Sale benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of Panama City
will be held Jan. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CT) at the Holiday Inn Select on Hwy. 77 in front of the
Panama City Mall.
Cynthia Orgeron, a Louisiana-based certified doll appraiser will appraise dolls for $5 each. Orgeron
has lent her services to the fundraiser for 13 years, and her faithfulness is greatly appreciated.
The show will feature a silent auction, raffle and donation table, with nothing over $5.
Price of admission is $3.
All funds will benefit the children of Panama City sufferingfrom Cerebral Palsy.




Area BRIEFS


Funding available to
assist elders with
home energy
The Area Agency on
Aging for North Florida,
Inc. announces the avail-
ability of fund to assist
eligible households with
their home energy crisis
in response to the drop in
temperatures in the fol-
lowing counties: Bay, Cal-
houn, Franklin, Gadsden,
Gulf, Holmes, Jackson,
Jefferson, Leon, Liberty,
Madison, Taylor, Wakulla
and Washington. To be
considered eligible for this
program, the applicant
must be 60 years of age
or older, the household in-
come must be within 150
percent of poverty and
the utility bill for the appli-
cant must indicate a past
due or immediate threat
of disconnection.
Other assistance may
be provided, according
to program guidelines,
such as propane, portable
heaters and blankets. For
more information or to


determine eligibility for
assistance, please con-
tact the Aging Resource
Center/Elder Helpline at
800-963-5337.'
The Area Agency on
Aging for North Florida,
Inc. is a private not-
for-profit organization
charged with the respon-
sibility of administering
programs in 14 North
Florida counties through
contracts with the Florida
Department of Elder Af-
fairs.

Adopt-A-Manatee
Grab a bouquet or
something chocolate
- it's what most people
want on Valentine's Day,
right?
Not according to Lo-
ren Gomez from Darien,
Connecticut, who says
that she, like many others,
including her husband,
Mark, feel most gifts can
be frivolous. So, last year
for Valentine's Day, Loren
decided to adopt a mana-
tee for Mark. "I wanted to
do some good work with


the money instead," she
said. "Supporting one
of our favorite animal
causes seemed like the
caring thing to do."
The $25 tax-deductible
gift adoptions from Save
the Manatee Club include
a color photo of a real,
live Florida manatee, an
adoption certificate, the
manatees biography, a
membership handbook
filled with photos, facts,
and information, a sub-
scription to the club's offi-
cial quarterly newsletter
and bi-monthly e-newslet-
ter. Shipping is free. For
$35, each new member
who joins the Adopt-A-
Manatee program online
will also receive a plush
manatee. A personalized
Valentine's Day manatee
card is offered ,with each
adoption.
Manatee gift adop-
tions help support the
Save the Manatee Club's
efforts to increase public
awareness and education
in order to protect the en-
dangered marine mam-
mals. Funds also go to-


ward manatee research,
rescue and rehabilitation
efforts, and advocacy and
legal action. There are
only approximately 3,200
manatees left in Florida
waters. Manatees face
ever-increasing threats,
mostly from human ac-
tivities. Watercraft-re-
lated mortality and loss
of winter warm-water
habitat are the two great-
est threats to the future
status of manatees.
There are 32 mana-
tees to choose from in the
club's three Florida adop-
tion programs.
Margaritaville's own
Jimmy Buffett co-found-
ed the Save the Manatee
Club in 1981, along with
former Florida Gov. and
"U.S Senator, Bob Gra-
ham.
For more information
about manatees, contact
the Save the Manatee
Club at 500 N. Maitland
Ave., Maitland, FL 32751,
, call 1-800-432-JOIN
(5646), or visit the club's
Web site at www.savethe-
manatee.org.


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School News


Thursday, January 22, 2009


By Heather Strange

On Jan. 22 the girls'
basketball team will take
on -Blountstown in the
"Dome." The girls', JV
boys', and varsity boys'
basketball teams will all
travel to West Gadsden.
They will play at 6:30 p.m.
ET, 6 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.,
respectively. On Jan.
27 the boys' JV and var-
sity will travel to Liberty
County. JV will play at 6
p.m. and varsity will play
at 7:30 p.m. Both the boys'
and girls' soccer teams
are heading into the dis-


SUB
Front Row: Arieona Hatcher, Kelsey Lolley, Derek W
Graziano, Kerigan Pickett, Amber Purswell, Tristan D
Back Row: Kyran Batson, Hunter Ward, LaShavion
Hayden Lee, Robert Jones, Michael Griffin.



Annual inspection set f

Joe High School Naval Ji


The United States Navy
will inspect the Port.St Joe
High School Naval Junior
ROTC (NJROTC) Program
on -Friday, Jan. 30, 2009.
CDR Dirk Hebert, USN
Retired will preside. CDR
Hebert is the NJROTQ
Area Seven Manager and
the unit's immediate Navy
administrative superior.
This required evalu-
ation is a major input in
determining the effective-
ness of the NJROTC Pro-
gram at Port St Joe High
School. It is, therefore, the
most important Navy day
of the school year. Part of
this daylong event includes


a formal military forma-
tion, personnel inspection,'
drill demonstrations and a
pass-in-review.
All veterans and inter-
ested individuals are cor-
dially invited to attend the
ceremonial portion of this
event. The program will
begin promptly at 9 a.m. in
the School Gymnasium and
will be concluded by ap-
proximately 10:30 AM. We
ask that guests arrive no
later than 8:50 a.m. to avoid
disruptions. Community
presence will add much to
the day's festivities. This
event is being dedicated
to the men and women


State axes summer F(


High school parents and
students have been alert-
ed to the fact that the state
has axed summer FCAT
retake for graduating se-
niors and up-coming se-
niors who have not passed
the reading and/or the
math portions of the test.
The retake test was
given in June and allowed
those students who had
received a Certificate of
Completion to exchange


it for a standard diploma.
Two reasons were given
for the demise of the June
retake: the cost of giving
the test and too few stu-
dents actually took and
passed the retake.
Both Port St. Joe High
and Wewahitchka -High
are offering after-school
tutorial sessions in read-
ing and math to assist
students in passing the
FCAT. Sessions are from


FREE MOVIE EVENT


"Fireproof" showing at
Port St. Joe Elementary
Auditorium Friday, Janu-
ary 23rd
When it opened in the-
aters nationwide in Sep-
tember 2008, "Fireproof"
touched the hearts and im-
pacted the marriages of mil-
lions of moviegoers. Now,
with the DVD set to release
Jal. 27, a special free movie
event has been announced
for Port St. Joe Elementary
School Auditorium, Friday,
Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.
"Fireproof" is based on
the New York Times No. 1
bestselling book, The Love
Dare, recently featured on
Dr. Phil, The Today Show
and others. In the movie,
Capt. Caleb Holt (Kirk
Cameron) lives by the old
firefighter's adage: Never
a


leave your partner behind.
At home, in the cooling
embers of his marriage,
he lives by his own rules.
Growing up, Catherine Holt
always dreamed of marry-
ing a loving, brave firefight-
er....just like her daddy.
Now, after seven years of
marriage, Catherine won-
ders when she stopped be-
ing "good enough" for her
husband.
The movie event is being
sponsored by Port St. Joe
United Methodist Church
which is also offering child
care during the movie to
benefit its Youth Group.
Pastor Mac Fulcher said,
"some couples may make
it a date night, or maybe an
early, little Valentine's gift
to themselves, or simply a
free movie close to home.


be held at PSJHS. Testing
will begin at 8 a.m. ET.
Parents do not forget to
purchase a 2008-09 year-
book for your child. Year-
books can be ordered on-
line, via the school's web-
site, or order forms can be
picked up in Mr. Taylor's
room.


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Pinnacle
Pinnacle passwords
are available for pick-up.
Please call227-3211 tomake
an appointment with Mrs.
Dixon to get your student's
Pinnacle password. When
you come to the school
to pick up your student's
Pinnacle password, please
make sure you bring a pic-
ture I.D. with you. The pin-
nacle passwords are new
for the 6th grade students
and new students only this
year. If your student is a 7th-
or 'Sv-grader and your old
Pinnacle username and
password is not working,
please call Mrs. Dixon at
227-3211.
For those of you who
are not familiar with Pin-
nacle, it is an online grade
book that can be accessed
through the Gulf County
Schools website, www.gulf..
kl2.fl.us kl2.fl.us/>. This online
grade book makes it easy
for parents to keep track
of their student's grades
without having to contact
teachers or wait for prog-
ress reports to come home.
I encourage all parents to
pick up their student'sPin-
nacle passwords. If you


Jan. 20 Report Cards Go Home
Jan. 22 School Advisory Meeting
Jan. 27 Gold Cards Issued
Feb. 10 Florida Writes Testing
(8th grade only)

do not have a computer make a difference in the
at home, you can use the life of a student here at
computers in the Oppor- Port St. Joe Middle School
tunity Center at the high by donating your time.
school or the computers in
the public library to access School Advisory
the Pinnacle website. Meeting
Meeting
Parent-Volunteers There is a school advi-
If you are interested in sory meeting at Port St. Joe
If you are interested in Middle School on Thursday,
becoming a parent volun jan. 22 at 5:15. Mr. Wilder
teer at Port St. Joe Middle will be the guest speaker
School, please contact Mrs. will be the guest speakeress-
Dixon at 227-3211 or adix-
on@gulf.kl2.fl.us adixon@gulf.kl2.fl.us> to Gulf County Schools. All
find out more about the parents and guests are en-
opportunities available forcouraged to attend. The
opportunitiesavailable for meeting will be held in the
volunteers. You can help Media Center.


Keeping Kids Out of High-Tech Trouble


Russell A. Sabella, Ph.D.


children. Yei
about tech


In the real world, we as adults can their ability 1
set up physical boundaries to help us Pornogi
contain our children to'spaces we deem ers anymore
safe. When we take them to the park, load porn via
we make sure our kids stay inside the tion PortablE
WMITTED PHOTO | Special to the star fence. When we visit a video store, we cell phones.
hitehepd, Maryanna stick with the children's section and share an arr
)oran we don't let them venture into the back via their gad,
McCloud, Dylan Jones, room toward the adult videos. Schools or cell phone
have hallways, some have fences, and Cyber-b
they all have procedures for making problem tha
sure that kids get from one place to the savvy studei
other while being supervised and moni- of informatio
tored. At home, we activate our alarm nologies suc.
or Port St. systems at night to ward off intruders. pager text m
Other boundaries in the form of rules (IM), defama
nior ROT1C exist. We don't allow our children to defamatory
in J ROTC I play beyond a certain perimeter in our sites, to sup
neighborhoods or communities. We and hostile b
who are presently serving wouldn't take them with us to a night group, that i
who are presently serving club where adult activities take place. Cyber-bullyi
in our armed forces both There are laws in place so that our chil- that can hav
here and abroad. We thank dren cannot simply go to a convenience see http://wv
them for their dedication store and purchase alcohol, tobacco, or www.jeffreyju
to the purpose of freedom adult magazines. If an underage child Some ci
and their tireless efforts to or minor takes a flight, an attendant es- and video fe
that end. corts him the entire way and checks for to record an
The NJROTC program identification when delivering the child perhaps illeg
is a citizen and leader- to his destination, photos and/o
ship training program co- Technology has at least blurred if not (i.e., upskirti
sponsored by Gulf County eliminated these real world boundaries. or pages fro
Schools and the United The Internet and other high-tech gad- protected m
States Navy. Enrollment gets have essentially introduced a high- easily be pos
is open to all students at- speed interstate upon which we all travel amongmany
tending Port St Joe High yet a driver's license is not necessarily Some c
School. For more informa- required. Road signs are unclear or non- of technolog
tion on this exceptional existent. The small number of "rules of with gaming
youth program, please the road" is not typically enforced and ing, gambling
contact LCDR Jarosz at the "strip joints" are right next door to ing.
229-6177. the ice cream shops. Very few people Parents
verify a "driver's" age and traffic occurs pirating of
- A r ake at all hours of the day and night. The In- pecially usil
A T retlke ternet connected computer in particular BearShare,
has become a potential "back door" for zaa, eMule,
3:15 4:15 P M. and will children (and others) to enter or exit our very few).
continue until the March homes as they please. When
testing. 'It is crucial for I believe that parenting has always information
seniors to participate to been a tough job although I think you exuberant)
ensure the best chance would agree (even the elders I talk too jeopardize tl
of success on the March agree) that it is tougher now than ever another way
test, but other students in before. The world is truly getting small- posted on am
grades 9-11 may also take er and moving faster, in large part due sibly, and wil
advantage of this opportu- to technology that has bridged great all of time. In
nity. Parents and students divides and has afforded the power of ers via listse
should contact the princi- large companies to the individual. As other media
pal or theguidance coun- parents we want to help our children sive databas
selor for specific days for take advantage of these tools in a way trievable forI
each subject. that bests advances their development, something is
There are more "bases" to cover in the else, it esse:
course of supervision. There are many main.
more options for us to consider when In essenc
making decisions about how our chil- with tools t(
Whatever the reason, we dren achieve. More now than ever be- work more
hope people will come out. fore, we need to stay focused and goal beyond whale
Everyone is welcome and oriented in a world that' is chaotic and must all mak
the movie is great!" uncertain. We need to realize that "Just high-tech too
Child care is being of- because you can, doesn't mean you and our socie
fered during the movie by should." Just because you can watch children un
the PSJ Methodist Youth 300 channels of television, doesn't mean the tools of tI
Group to benefit its up- you should increase the amount of time that is safe
coming ski trip with First you watch television. Just because you literacy for a
Baptist Youth. Child Care can share your information with the help us to m,
will take place at the Meth- rest of the world in the blink of an eye and realistic
odist Church, 1000 Monu- doesn't mean that you should. In many is critical th
ment Ave., for $10 per child households, children are more techno- teach, tnonitu
for kids ages 3 through logically literate than their parents or may appropr
5th-grade, with pizza and guardians. This makes sense. Children high-tech tro
a movie. Children may be are growing up in this high-tech world. With tech
dropped off beginning at They have been immersed in rapid things. Howi
6:30 p.m. Reservations are technological developments and have doesn't mear
encouraged for child care grown quite accustomed to change. In Dr. Russe
by calling the church at contrast, their parents and other care Professor of
227-1724. Reservations are takers grew up in a different world and of Education
not necessary for the mov- have been forced to adapt. Parents are sity, Fort My
ie which begins at 7 p.m. entrusted to provide appropriate struc- of Sabella &
Eastern at the Elementary ture, guidance, supervision, and much tional Consul
School Auditorium. more in the course of caring for their ment practic
SJ ,


t, a lack of understanding
nology has compromised
to do just that.
*aphy is not just for comput-
e. One can now also down-
a gadgets such as Play Sta-
es (PSP), iPods, and even
Children can also trade or
ray of inappropriate media
gets via wireless, bluetooth,
connectionss.
bullying is a relatively new
at is facing our computer
nts which involves the use
m and communication tech-
h as e-mail, cell phone and
essages, instant messaging
atorypersonal web sites, and
inline personal polling web
)port deliberate, repeated,
behavior by an individual or
s intended to harm others.
ig is a very serious problem
'e fatal consequences (e.g.,
w.jaredstory.com/ or http://
ohnston.org/).
children are using the photo
atures of their cell phones
Ld send inappropriate (and
gal) content. These include
r videos of girls' underwear
ng), sexual activity, nudity,
m a school exam or other
materials. These files can
ted on websites and shared
friends.
children are showing signs
y based addictions such as
, shopping, social network-
g, auctions, and simple surf-

s are being held liable for
music and software, es-
ng P2P networks such as
LimeWire, Morpheus, Ka-
and Grokster (to name a

children disclose personal
or voice their (sometimes
opinions, they may also
themselves or others in yet
. You see, most everything
ny website today may pos-
1 probably be accessible for
iforrhation shared with oth-
rv, websites, IM, blogs, and
is typically stored in mas-
es, indexed, and easily re-
future reference. Also, once
s sent or posted to someone
ntially becomes public do-

te, technology provides us
o help us accomplish our
effectively and efficiently
t we can do without it. We
ke certain that we are using
ls responsibly for ourselves
ety. We must ensure that our
derstand how to embrace
he 21st century in a manner
and secure. Technological
dults and children alike will
ake decisions that are right
c. Then, with great care, it
at we appropriately learn,
or, and supervise so that we
riately guard our kids from
double.
mology, we can do many
ever, just because we can,
n we should.
ll A. Sabella is currently a
Counseling in the College
, Florida Gulf Coast Univer-
'ers, Florida and President
Associates, LLC, an Educa-
lting, Training and Develop-
e.
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Port St. Joe HIGH SCHOOL


Port St. Joe MIDDLE SCHOOL


trict and regional playoffs.
Get out and support your
Tiger Sharks!
BRIEFS
The NJROTC will .be
traveling to Tampa on Jan.
24 to compete in a drill
meet.
On Jan. 24 the SAT will


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President's honor list announced at GCCC for fall 2008 semester


Gulf Coast Community
College President Dr. Jim
Kerley has announced the
students named to the
President's Honor List for
the recent fall 2008 semes-
ter. The President's Honor
List includes all full-time
students (enrolled for 12 or
more college credit hours)
who earned a gride point
average of 3.90 to 4.00.
Students named to the
President's Honor List are:
Russell Albers, Kelly Ayers,
Veronica Ballam, Gabian
Barreto, Dane Battin, Ra-
chel Bentley, Dylan Bot-
zong, Samuel Bouldin, Key-,
in Bowlin, Marla Braddock,
Angela Brannon, Preston


Breen, Eric Brumbaugh,
Suzette Buchanan, Barbara
Burch, Trevor Burch, Chris-
ty Burnham, Kristi Carter,
Joshua Casey, Danielle
Cemel, Carmen Chinchilla,
Gregory Clark, Charles
Cohn, David Collier, Perry
Commander, Jeremy Con-
stantin, Stephanie Cook,
Patricia Coolman, Matthew
Cramer, Duke Crawford,
Angeline Cutshaw, Rob-
ert Davidson, Jacqueline
Davis, Monte Del, Patrick
Dischinger, Brenda Dug-
gar, Charles Duke, Michael
,Eastman, Geoff Ellerson,
Maxie Eubanks, Kim Evans,
Justin Evans, Tj Faucheux,
Lydia Ferry, Joshua Flaig,


Christopher Flanders,
Robert Forehand, Thomas
Fowler, Jessica Franzese,
Malgorzata Garbiec, Joshua
Gazzea, Laurel Geist, Mar-
quis Gilstrap, Christopher
Godber, Amanda Goins,
Rebecca Goodin, Ethan
Griffin, Anthony Griffin,
Christine Griffin, Maegan
Grover, James Halderson,
Christine Hale, Christina
Hall; Nathanial Hambly,
Lisa Harris, William Hartz-
og, Andrew Harwood, Chloe
Henson, Elizabeth Hicks,
Arthur Hinshaw, Heather
Hughes, Bridget Hugue-
nard, Anna Husfelt, David
Hutchison, George Jackson,
Joseph Johnson, Michael


Johnson, Benjamin John-
son, Russi Johnson, Daniel
Joun, Hunter Kane, Iroda
Karimova, Julia Kazakova,
Clark Keller, Patricia Kel-
ley, Tammy Killen, Jerame
King, Daniel Klunk, Olga
Kourdova, Cameron La-
hren, Louis Lamarche, Kel-
ley Landers, Tammy Land-
ers, Joshua Larsen, Caitlin
Lawrence, Faith Lawson,
Kimberly Lee, Kymber Le-
wandowski, Michelle Linza,
Addie Little, Cristina Lor-
den, Erik Lowe, Dalton
Mandigo, Angel Mantilla,
Carolyn Marley, John Mas-
simiani, Leigh Mayo, Daniel
McConnell, Taylor McDon-
ald, Morgan Miley, Amanda


Millen, Alex Miller, and
James Montgomery.
Also, Philip Morrill, Rob-
ert Morris, Charlene Myers,
Melissa Nicholls, Clarence
Nichols, Monique Niessner,_
Marta Nunez, Christine Ol-
son, Estorga Ortiz, Brian
Owens, Frank Paddock,
David Peters, Heather
Polous, Sarah Pope, An-
drew Pruett, Stephanie
Ransom, Sean Reynolds,
Paige Reynolds, Jacque-
lynn Robbins, Iv Robert-
son, Melani Rochford,
Bethany Rowell, Debora
Roy, Melanie Russian, Lee
Rutledge, Lindsay Sand-
ers, Amanda Sapp, Hanna
Scofield, Casey Sempsrott,


Alfred I. duPont Foundation donation given to Port St. Joe students
The GCCC Foundation dents., To meet the needs economic development in Community College Foun- with state and federal arship support from the fal
was pleased to welcome a of the community, the gift the 1930s. This gift is in the dation's mission to provide matching funds, grew to of 2003 to 2006.
ong-time supporter and offers scholarship opportu- spirit of Mr. duPont's phil- scholarship support that $183,333, which has been In summary, the Alfred
friend of the college, Mr. nities for Port St. Joe High anthropic intent and in his gives educational oppor- endowed. As of 2009, 180 I. duPont has contributed
Robert Nedley, of the Alfred School graduates with at will he stated the following, tunities to deserving stu- students have been able to $600,000 for scholarship
1. DuPont Foundation, to least a 2.0 GPA. "It has been my firm con- dents and enhances the attend Gulf Coast Commu- support. A total of 49 en
the Jan. 15 District Board "The support of Mr. viction throughout life that educational programs and nity College from that ini- dowed scholarships hav
of Trustees meeting. At the Nedley and the duPont it is the duty of every one student services available tial gift. The principal will been established and hun
meeting, Mr. Nedley made Foundation has made a in this world to do what is at Gulf Coast Community never be spent, so the gift dreds of students hav
a special presentation to marked difference in the within his power to allevi- College. To date, the Alfred will continue in perpetuity, been given hope for a bette
the college in the form of a lives of students at Gulf ate human suffering." I. duPont Foundation has allowing future studerits future. The Alfred I. duPon
$100,000 check for Port St. Coast Community College, contributed $1,073,465 to to obtain their educational Foundation's generous gi\
Joe High graduates. opportunity and hope has the Gulf Coast Community goals. ing history demonstrates
The Alfred I. duPont been extended to dozens BACKGROUND: The College Foundation and is In support of the Gulf continued belief in the Gul
Foundation has been a ma- of students because of this Alfred I. duPont one of the most generous Coast Community Col- Coast Community Colleg
or supporter of the college generosity," said Dr. Jim benefactors in the history lege Foundation's "Legacy Foundation's mission, bu
or many years, and this Kerley, GCCC President. FOUndation, Inc. of the college. of Trust" campaign, the also reinforces a share
gift will ensure and expand Alfred I. duPont was a Since 1981, the Alfred The initial gift made by Alfred I. duPont Founda- commitment to making
educational opportunities visionary leader commit- I. duPont Foundation has the Alfred I. duPont Foun- tion generously bestowed difference in future of ou
nd access for area resi- ted to Northwest Florida's supported The Gulf Coast dation of $50,000, combined $350,000 in endowed schol- community.


Billie Shaffer, Casey Smith,
Shannon Smith, Stephanie.
Smith, Christopher Spon-
seller, Saya Stevenson, Ka-
tie Stewart, Richard Stulen,
Samuel Sumner, Randi
Swearingen, Clifton Sweet,
Calvin Tayes, Bruce Taylor,
Thomas Teagarden, Shelly
Terrill, Edward Thrift, Cari-
Trappe, Nina Turnage, Jaz-
ley Vandergrift, Jacqueline
Varnum, Jeremy Vonknob-
lauch, Steven Wallace, Gar-
rett Warner, Katie Warren,
Cory Webb, Mark Welch,
Charles Whidden, Courtney
Whittier, Sabine Wichate-
Shelby, Jeromy Williams,
Lindsay Willis, Derek Yohn,
and Carlye Zaborski.


Great American Think-Off announces essay and debate question


The Great American
Think-Off releases the 2009
essay and debate, question
"Is It Ever Wrong to do the
Right Thing?"
America's premier ama-
teur philosophy contest,
The Great American Think-
Off, releases its 2009 essay
and debate question: "Is It
Ever Wrong to do the Right
Thing?" The Great Debate
will be held in New York
Mills, Minnesota on June 13,


2009 before a live audience.
Entering the competition
is easy. Just submit an essay
of 750 words or less by April
1, 2009 (postmark date). You
may send your essay in one
of three ways: through the
mail to Great American
Think-Off, New York Mills
Regional Cultural Cen-
ter, PO. Box 246, New York
Mills, MN 56567 or email to
nymills@kulcher.org or visit
http://www.think-off.org/ for


an online form.
The key to writing a suc-
cessful essay is to ground
your argument in personal
experience. The judges
are looking for essays that
address this central prob-
lem of moral philosophy by
speaking about personal
experience rather than ab-
stract philosophical reason-
ing. Tell a good story that
shows a firm standing on
one side or the other of this


philosophical divide.
A panel of judges will se-
lect four finalists to come to
New York Mills, Minnesota
for the final debate to be held
June 13, 2009. The names of
the four finalists, who each
receive $500 plus travel, food
and lodging expenses, will
be announced May 1, 2009.
The winner is decided by
the audience attending the
debate and she or he will be
named "America's Greatest


Thinker for 2009".
Celebrating its 17th year,
the Great American Think-
Off is a national philosophy
competition providing an op-
portunityforordinarypeople
to voice their thoughts on
some of life's more perplex-
ing questions. Last year's
question, "Does Immigra-
tion Strengthen or Threaten
the United States?" was de-
bated successfully by Craig
Allen of West Linn, Oregon.


Other questions debated in
this annual event have in-
cluded "Which Should You
Trust More, Your Head or
Your Heart?" (2007), "Which
is More Valuable to Society:
Safety or Freedom?" (2005),
"Is the Pen Mightier than
the Sword?" (2002), "Is De-
mocracy Fair?" (2000), "Is
the Death Penalty Ethical in
a Civilized Society?" (1997),
and "Is Honesty Always the
Best Policy?" (1998).


Crist and Department of Education promote troops to teachers program


TALLAHASSEE Governor
Charlie Crist last week un-
veiled Florida's newest ef-
fort to encourage America's
brave military servicemen
and women to enlist as edu-
cators in the state's needi-
est schools. Over the next
nine months, more than 40
billboards throughout the
state will display informa-
tion about the Troops to
Teachers program, a fed-
erally funded referral and
placement assistance ser-
vice that helps military per-
sonnel begin new careers
as public school teachers.
"Veterans and members
of our armed forces have a
wealth of knowledge and ex-
perience that makes them
ideal candidates to become
educators in our schools,"
said Governor Crist. "This
valuable program provides


them with an opportunity
to continue to serve their
country through the devel-
opment of our most pre-
cious resource, our chil-
dren."
Under the program,
qualified participants re-
ceive a stipend of up to
$5,000 to pay for teacher,
certification requirements
or a bonus of $10,000 if they
become employed in a high
needs school. Participants
who' accept the financial.
assistance must teach for
a minimum of three years.
The program is open to re-
tirees, active-duty person-
nel leaving the service with
six or more years of ser-
vice, and Reserve/National
Guard personnel with 10 or,
more years of credited ser-
vice. Active-duty person-
nel can register if they are


within one year of separa- economy, and their leader-
tion or retirement. ship abilities allow them
Joining Governor Crist to excel in the most chal-
at today's announcement, lenging learning environ-
were Eric J. Smith, Com- ments."
missioner of Education; re-
tired Rear Admiral LeRoy
Collins, Jr., Veterans'Affairs
Executive Director; Dr. Jef- The "
frey Cropsey, Director De- The savin
fense Activity for Non-Tra-
ditional Education Support; at a priCe
and Charlotte Brand Audie,
CEO and President of the
Florida Outdoor Advertis-
ing Association.
"The nation's military
personnel are an untapped .9
resource of teaching po-
tential and are natural role'
models for our students,"
said Commissioner Smith.
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Are you


content?

Are you content with
your life, just.the way you
live?
Or maybe greed has a
hold on you and you want
more than you give?
That's the way of the
world, everyone wants a
little more.
Why can't people be
content and not have to
make a big score?
Foolish desires cause
much grief, without and
within.
Without the love of
money, there would sure
be a lot less sin.
Too many people desire
things, but don't have the
money to pay.
They then use the
credit cards becoming
average family U.S.A.
They will soon owe
more money than they can
pay.
You will never find.
contentment living this
way.
You will find
contentment when living
for the Lord, and buying
only things which you can
afford.
Billy Johnson



Junior Women

Anniversary

at Victory

Temple

Victory Temple First
Born Church will be cele-
brating, its Junior Women
Anniversary on Jan. 23-25.
The services are as fol-
lows:
Friday and Saturday
night services will begin
at 7:30 p.m. The guest
speaker will be Prophet-
ess Debra Wooden of Mar-
ianna, Florida. .
Saturday at 9 a.m.- will
be a prayer breakfast with
Sister Tia Kilpatrick of
New Life Christian Cen-
ter.
Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
the guest 'peaker will be
Minister Reniece (Jack-
son) Williams of Triumph
Church of God in Wewahi-
tchka.
Sunday at 6 p.m. the
guest 'speaker will be
Evangelist Cynthia (Price)
Moseley of Carters Tem-
ple First Born Holiness
Church, Wewahitchka,
Florida.
Colors for the anniver-
sary are purple; gold and
ivory.
Victory Temple Church
Family *ould like to invite
you to attend. these ser-
vices.


The Christian CONSCIENCE


When tragedy strikes, wheth-
er it be on a national scale, or
simply the loss of a loved one,
the questions arise: If there is
a God, and He is good, why did
He do this? or, "Why did God al-
low this?" Why does God allow
evil to happen? Why does He al-
low people to hurt one another?
I have been faced with these
questions many times.
I have not always agreed with
Rick Warren, famous American
pastor. But I like what he said
about this:
"The answer lies in both
our greatest blessing and our
worst curse: our capacity to
make choices. God has given us
free will. Made in God's image,
he has given us the freedom to
decide how we will act, and the
ability to make moral choices.
This is one asset that sets us
apart from animals, but it also
is the source of so much pain
in .our world. People, and that
includes all of us, often make
selfish, self-centered and evil
choices. Whenever that hap-
pens, people get hurt. Sin is ulti-
mately selfishness. I want to do


what I want, not what God tells
me to do. Unfortunately, sin al-
ways hurts others, not just our-
selves."
We always need to avoid
throwing the baby out with the
bath water. When Warren, or
any other preacher, that is not
one with whom we identify, says
something commendable, let us
give credit where credit is due,
rather than continually attack
the person.
According to Warren: ."God
could have eliminated all evil
from our world by simply re-
moving our ability to choose it.
He could have made us puppets,
or marionettes on strings that
he pulls. By taking away our
ability to choose it, evil would
vanish. But God doesn't want us
to be puppets. He wants to be
loved and obeyed by creatures
who voluntarily choose to do so.
Love is not genuine if there is no
other option."
"Yes, God could have kept the
terrorists from completing their
suicidal missions by removing
their ability to choose their own
will, instead of His. But to be fair,


God also would have had to do
that to all of us. You and I are not
terrorists, but we do harm and
hurt others, with our own selfish
decisions and actions. "
Were these tragedies God's
will? Of course not! Let's face
it, in our world of free choices,
God's will is frequently ignored.
Doing one's own will is much
more common. Don't blame God
for these tragedies. Blame those
people who are not doing what
God tells them to do. God says,
"Love your neighbor as your-
self." When is the last time that
you really did this?
Again, according to Warren:
"In heaven, God's will is done
perfectly. That's why there is no
sorrow, pain or evil there. But
this is earth, a fallen, imperfect
place, We must choose to do
God's will everyday. It isn't au-
tomatic. This is why Jesus told
us to pray, 'Thy will be done on
earth, as it is in heaven.'"
God's light has come into the
world, but men and women have
fled into the darkness, because
they were more interested in
pleasing themselves, rather'


than pleasing God.
We have brought many trag-
edies upon ourselves.
We were made for a relation-
ship with God, but he waits for
us to surrender control of our
lives to Him. He says we must
be born again (born from above).
But it's our choice.
At the Mexico Beach Chris-
tian Worship Center, we teach
what Jesus taught, not what
people would like to have us
teach for their own selfish rea-
sons. Our services begin, with a
time of greeting, and fellowship,
at 9:30 a.m. CT on Sunday. Wor-
ship begins at 9:45 a.m. After
the service, we have a pot luck
fellowship luncheon. (Hebrews
10:24 25) We worship at the
Mexico Beach Civic Center on
105 N. 31st Street, behind the
Beach Walk gift shop, just off
U.S. 98, in Mexico Beach.

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


Church BRIEFS


'Fireproof' free movie event
"Fireproof" shows at the Port St. Joe Ele-
mentary Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 23. When
it opened in theaters nationwide in Septem-
ber 2008, "Fireproof" touched the hearts and
impacted the marriages of millions of movie-
'goers. Now, with the DVD set to release Jan.
27, a special free movie event has been an-
nounced for Port St. Joe Elementary School
Auditorium, Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.
"Fireproof" is based on the New York
Times No. 1 bestselling book, "The Love.
Dare," recently featured on Dr. Phil, The To-
day Show and programs. In the movie, Capt:
Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameroh). lives by the old
firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner
behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his
marriage, he lives by his own rules. Growing
up, Catherine Holt always dreamed of marry-
ing a loving, brave firefighter -just like her
daddy. Now, after seven years of marriage,
Catherine wonders when she stopped being
"good enough" for her husband.
The movie event is being, sponsored by
Port St. Joe United Methodist Church which


is also offering child care during the movie to
benefit its Youth Group. Pastor Mac FWicher
said, "Some couples may make it a date night,
or maybe an early, little Valentine's gift to
themselves, or simply a free movie close to
home. Whatever the reason, we hope people,
will come out. Everyone is welcome and the
movie is great!"
Child care is being offered during the
movie by the PSJ Methodist Youth Group to
benefit its .upcoming ski trip with First Bap-
tist Youth. Child care will take place at the
Methodist Church, 1000 Monument Ave., for.
$10 per child for kids ages 3 through fifth
grade, with pizza and a movie. Children can
be dropped off beginning at 6:30 p.m. Reser-
vations are encouraged for child care by call-
ing the church at 227-1724. Reservations are
not necessary for the movie which begins at
7 pmm. Eastern at the Elementary School Au-
ditorium.

Philadelphia Primitive pastor
appreciation
Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church will


honor its Pastor, the Elder Jessie Hawkins
with a 24th Pastor's Appreciation Day on
Sunday. An 11 a.m. service will be conduct-
ed by the Elder Bernard Plummer and con-
gregation of the Mt. Trial Primitive Baptist
Church from Sopchoppy, Florida followed
with a 3 p.m. service being conducted by the
Elder Chester Brown and congregation from
the Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church
from Tallahassee. The members cordially in-
vite the community to come and join them as
they eytol Pastor Hawkins and his.faiily. The
church is located at 261 Avenue D.

New Bethel Baptist Junior Women
luncheon
The New Bethel Baptist Junior Women
event will be held 10 a.m. until on Jan. 25.
The menu is pig feet and fried chicken;
green or peas and butterbeans; rice and gra-
vy; potato salad; candies yams, banana pud-
ding and tea.
The junior women are asking for a dona-
tion of $6.50.


Area BRIEFS


Department of Education
celebrates literacy
TALLAHASSEE Lieutenant Governor Jeff
Kottkamp and Commissioner of Education
Eric J. Smith kicked off Florida's first-ever
Celebrate Literacy Week this week. The
event focused on the importance of literacy
and its impact not only in education, but also
in all aspects of life. Florida Department of
Law Enforcement' Assistant commissioner
Ken Tucker was also on hand to highlight
the participation, of law enforcement agen-
cies statewide in Celebrate Literacy activi-
ties "Florida's first week-long celebration is
a wonderful way to kick off the New Year and
remind citizens about the importance of lit-
eracy," said Lieutenant Governor Kottkamp.
"Reading is not only a vital component for
economic and social development, but also
an enjoyable activity at any age."
Through a partnership with law enforce-


FIRST UNITED
METHODIST CHURCH
Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe


Sunday
Contemporary Service 9,00 a.m. ET
Sunday School 10:00 a.m. ET
Traditional Worship: 11:00 a.m. ET
Wednesday:
Youth: 5:30 p.m. ET
7Choir:.7:0 p.m. ET


50)) "227-1724
Rev. Mac Fulcher
Pastor
Ann Conforter Jeremy Dixoti
Music Director Youth Minister
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries


First .. .. 02 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE
Jerome Barnes, Interim Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
NeSric Sh Bobby Alexander, Minister t6 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
www.fb


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

cpsj.org


ment agencies throughout the state more
than 50 schools in more than 15 school dis-
tricts will receive special visits from law
enforcement officers this week, where of-
ficers will read the book Police Officers by
Paulette Bourgeois to students in kinder-
garten through second grade. Officers
will discuss with students the significance
of reading and how they apply reading
skills every day in what they do to protect
Florida's communities. Officers are expect-
ed to reach approximately 5,000 students
through visits to 300 classes around the
state.
"Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!" is
aimed at promoting literacy throughout the
state by raising awareness of the programs
and projects offered by Florida's Depart-
ment of Education and its partner orga-
nizations. Activities throughout the week
will promote the enjoyment of reading for
children and adults of all ages. Other local


Family Life

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


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


events this week include the announcement
of the statewide Literacy Public Service An-
nouncement Contest winners And the next
installment of the Department of Educa-
tion's "What's Working" series, focused on
reading. For more information about loca-
tions or times of these events, please visit
http://www.fldoe.org/news/2009/2009 01
09.asp.
"Literacy is the cornerstone of any suc-
cessful education system," said Education
Commissioner Smith. "Florida's recent
top 10 national ranking is a direct result of
educational reforms that emphasize the
importance of reading and writing, and
events throughout this week will continue
to promote literacy initiatives to ensure our
state's successful future."
For more information about Florida's
first ever Literacy week and a list of state-
wide events, visit http://www.justreadflori-
da.com/literacyweek.asp.


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

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





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MEETS
Singing: 9 a.m. Sunday
Worship: 9:30 a.m. Sunday
Call 229-8310
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Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Mike Wesibrook, Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.


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Local


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January is

National Blood

Donor Month

Blood is traditionally in short sup-
ply during the winter months due to
the holidays, travel schedules, in-
clement weather and illness. Janu-
ary, in particular, is a difficult month
for blood centers to collect blood do-
nations. 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 pa-
tients who require blood can receive
it. Maintaining an adequate daily
blood supply is an integral part of
managing patient's medical needs.
Conditions reliant on donated blood
include trauma situations, planned
and emergency surgeries, and can-
cer and sickle cell anemia treat-
ments.
In January The Bay Medical
Blood Donor Center is celebrating
National Blood Donor Month.
From noon to 5 p.m. ET on Tues-
day, Jan. 22, the Blood Mobile will be
at the H&R Block in the Port City
Shopping Center. All donors will re-
ceive a red fleece throw blanket and
a coupon from H & R Block for a dis-
count off their tax preparation.
We will also be at the First Bap-
tist Church in Port St Joe Monday,
S Feb. 2 from 1-6 p.m. ET All donors
will receive a red fleece throw blan-
ket and a coupon from H & R Block
for a discount off their tax prepara-
tion.
Every day at Bay Medical Center,
approximately 20 units of blood are
required for patients with cancer
and other diseases, for organ trans-
plant 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 with parental consent), weigh
at least 110 pounds and meet other
donor requirements, you may be eli-
gible to donate blood. Celebrate Na-
tional Blood Donor Month by donat-
ing blood and encouraging others to
do so as well.
Donors can give blood every 56
days. Approximately two hundred
donated units of blood are required
each week to meet patient's needs
at Bay Medical Center.
Donating is a simple procedure.
To be a donor, individuals have to be
,in good health, at least 17 years old
(16 years old with a parent's permis,
sion) and weigh a minimum of 110
pounds and show a photo ID.
For more information on giving
blood or hosting a blood drive con-
tact The Bay Medical Blood Donor
Center at 850-747-6570, or at www.
SCBCinfo.org


Wilmer (Bill) C. Stitt Jr. went to be with
his loving Father on Jan. 9, 2009 after a
long two year battle with lung cancer. Bill
was born in Chester Pennsylvania in the
year of 1935. He moved to Port St Joe,
Florida in 1951 where he attended school
and met and married on September 26,
1953 his high school sweetheart, Marjorie
Sapp Stitt.
Survived by his wife, Marjorie Sapp
Stitt of Port St. Joe, two sons Derrick B.
Stitt and wife Glynna, and Dusty C. Stitt
and wife, Debbie, a sister, Alice M. Cover-
dale and husband Jimmy of Palm, two


OBITUARIES


Margaret Pearl
Stidman, 92, of We-
wahitchka passed
away Wednesday,
Jan. 14, 2009. She
was a resident of
this area for a num-
ber of years.
Mrs. Stidman was
preceded in death by
her husband, Henry
Stidman, and her
children. She leaves
behind her friends.


A graveside fu-
neral service was
held on Thursday,
Jan. 15, 2009, at
Roberts Cemetery,
conducted by David
Taunton. Interment
followed.
All services were
under the direction
of the Comforter
Funeral Home, We-
wahitchka Branch
Chapel.


sisters, Margaret and Emma, who reside
in Pennsylvania, grandchildren Brandon
K Stitt and Summer L. Stitt, loving nieces
Florence V Deadman and husband Jim,
Marilynn Miley, and Mildred Powell and
also many other nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents,
Wilmer C Stitt Sr. and Emma M. Stitt, and
brothers Leonard Stitt and Robert Stitt.
There was a private memorial at Com-
forter's Funeral Home with family and
close friends on Friday, Jan. 9 and funeral
services Saturday, Jan. 10 at Pine Memo-
rial Cemetery.


Area BRIEFS


Program helps
low-income seniors
Elder Care Services, the
Corporation for National Ser-
vice and the United Way are
pleased to announce vacancies
for foster grandparents to vol-
unteer with the North Florida
Child Development in Wewa-
hitchka. The function of foster
grandparents is to provide as-
sistance, friendship, guidance
and care to children attending
the North Florida Child De-
velopment Center. The foster
grandparent usually serves
20 hours of weekly service. All
foster grandparents receive
a monthly stipend which is
non-taxable, non-reportable
income that does not affect eli-
gibility for other programs and


services.
We are now actively accept-
ing applications to fill these po-
sitions. If you meet the follow-
ing requirements please apply
immediately:
Must be 60 years of age'
and in relatively good health;
Must be living on a limited
income;
Must be of good moral
character;
Must be able to drive safe-
ly;
Must pass a background
screening.,
If you apply and accepted,
you will be paid a monthly
stipend and mileage for your
travel. These payments will not
affect any type of assistance
that you are receiving. These
payments are not subject to


any taxes and penalties.
Please call Gina Smith at
850-547-2511 for an interview
and application.

Senior trips
The following trips for
Seniors is planned for this
spring:
Cajun Mardi Gras Tour,
Konriko Rice Mill, Avery Is-
land, 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 7-night
cruise, 3-land tour, rail to
Denali Park and to
Anchorage, AK, 10-nights, 11


days. May 17-27.
For more information con-
tact Merita Stanley at 850-48t-
4799.

Help for substance abuse
Currently there are between
15 and 24 million drug addicts
in the United States. Narconon
means no drugs or narcotics
and is a drug and alcohol rehab
center that has brought hope
to the problem of addiction.
Through the hotline and
Web site, the program offers
free assessments and more
11,000 local referrals. If you or
someone you know has a drug
or alcohol addiction, call Nar-
conon today at 1-800-468-6933
or visit www.stopaddiction.
com.


Gov. Crist honors the legacy of Dr. King's,


announces Black History Month contests


TALLAHASSEE At a recep-
tion honoring Martin Luther
King Jr. and Florida's African-
American leaders last week,
Gov. Charlie Crist announced
Florida's Black History Month
theme as Past Pioneers +
Present Role Models = A
Brighter Future, as well as an
art contest for students in kin-
dergarten through third grade.
In addition, he invited Florida
students in fourth through 12th
grades to participate in the
essay contest and will encour-
age: students, parents, teach-
. ers and principals to nominate
full-time African-American ed-
ucators in elementary, middle
or high school for the Black
History Month Excellence in
Education Award.
During the reception, James
E. Tokley Sr. will recite his orig-
inal poems "Ode to a Nobody"
and "Martin-Millennium."
Tokley is the City of Tampa's
first official poet laureate and
has also been cited as the poet
laureate of the National Urban
League by former National Ur-
ban League President John E.
Jacob. The Florida A&M Uni-


versity Gospel Choir will per-
form, and Asantewaa Yomoah
of Tallahassee, a fifth-grade
Chaires Elementary student,
will deliver a speech prepared
for the occasion.
About the art contest
The new Black History
Month art contest is opento all
Florida students in grades K-
3. One winner will be selected
from the grades K-1 entries,
and one from the grades 2-3
entries. Winners will be noti-
fied by February 12, 2009, and
will receive a $250 check.
About the essay contest
Open to all Florida students
in fourth through 12th grades,
the essay contest asks stu-
dents to answer the question:
"The recent election of our
nation's first black president
demonstrates how far racial
equality has advanced since
the Emancipation Proclama-
tion was penned by Abraham
Lincoln 146 years ago. In his
acceptance speech, our new
president-elect encouraged all
citizens to work together for


our nation's continued growth
and prosperity. As a citizen
of Florida, one of the nation's
most diverse and culturally
*rich states, what will you do
to contribute to a brighter fu-
ture for Florida and all its citi-
zens?"
One winner will be selected
from each of the three grade-
level categories, elementary
(grades 4-5), middle (grades
6-8) and high school (grades 9-
12). Winners will receive a full
four-year tuition scholarship to
a Florida public college or uni-
versity of their choice, provided
by the Florida Prepaid College
Foundation.
About the Excellence in
Education Award
Gov. Crist's annual Black
History Month Excellence in
Education Award Contest is
open to all African-American,
full-time educators in an ele-
mentary, middle or high school
in Florida. Three winners
will be selected: one elemen-
tary (K-5) teacher, one middle
school (6-8) teacher and one


high school (9-12) teacher. Win-
ners will receive a check for
$1,500.
About Black History
Month
Black History Month cel-
ebrates Florida's African-
Americans who have made
significant contributions to
the development of our state.
Beginning with the establish-
ment of St. Augustine,. the
earliest European settlement
in Florida, African-Americans
have frequently had to over-
come great adversity, yet have
held key roles in Florida's cul-
tural, economic and academic
growth.
Contest winners and award-
winning teachers will be no-
tified by February 12, 2009.
Awards will be presented at
the Governor's annual Black
History Month celebration in
Tallahassee in February.
For additional information
about Florida's black history,
contests arid other related
events, please visit www.Flor-
idaBlackHistory.com.


TO KNOW CHRISTAND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN

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




e&a- 4q:aia ig eU
111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Beach United Methodist Chirch
NunIsY PROViDID
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820




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


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"



"Our Church can be your home"
first Church of the Nazarene
.2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

Give unto the Lord thegforj due His name, worship the Lord in the beaui of holiness.
Psahn 29:2


Sunday School....... ................... 0 a.m .
Sunday Morning Worship .......... 11 a.m.


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


Oak Grove Church
,,oAui,w9 #o /, of ffy people, Jeruiing Ow. fPorbtd
Come Grow With Us!


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


613 Madison St.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
850-227-1837
www.oakgrove-church.org


The friendly place to worship!

First 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.
Bible Study Sundays at 9:00 a.m. (all ages)
Wednesday Prayer and Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.
Please note, all times central!
Reverend Eddie LaFountain



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.m. ET
Morning Worship 11 a.m. ET Evening W\orship 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 aste and see tht the Lord is good: blessed is the nan that trusteth in ,Him,
Please accept tiis int tation to join its in worship. God lhist youst
Please ivll u it r your spiritual needs.
www.beachchapel.org
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725
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Willmer (Bill) Stitt


Margaret Pearl Stidman


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CiJ H U R C H
Michael Rogers Pastor
9:45 AM ............................... .......... Sunday School
10:30 AM ........... ................... Fellowship Breakfast
11:00 A M ........................................................... W orsh ip
6:00 P M ............................................................ W orship
www.faithbiblepsj.net
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home of Faith Christian School


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B8 I The Star


Law Enforcement


Thursday, January 22, 2009


GULF COUNTY SHERIFF ARREST LOG


The Gulf County Sher-
iff's Office will be conduct-
ing vehicle safety check-
points and DUI check
points during the month of
January 2009. The check
points will be held through-
out the county to include
Highway 98 near St. Joe


Beach, Highway 98 and
Garrison Ave, C-30 Sim-
mons Bayou, Highway 71
North of White City, High-
way 22 and Highway 22A,
Highway 71 and Westarm
Creek, Highway 71 Dalki-
eth Area and Highway 71
near the Calhoun line.


On 01/09/2009 Howard
Leon Crum Jr., 38, was
arrested on a violation of
probation warrant. The
original charge was grand
theft.
On 01/10/2009 a vehicle
was stopped for a traffic
infraction. The passenger,


Travis Rommell Melton,
36, was arrested for viola-
tion of probation. The origi-
nal charge was worthless
checks.
On 01/11/2009 deputies
responded to a domestic
disturbance. They arrested
Christopher H Hughes, 34,


for aggravated assault and
disorderly conduct.
On 01/15/2009 April De-
nise Strickland, 36, was ar-
rested after a clerk in a lo-
cal grocery store observed
her place merchandise in
her purse and leave the
store.


On 01/16/2008 a vehicle
driven by Reginald Tyrone
Leslie, 34, was stopped for
a traffic violation. Leslie
and passenger-Diane Mor-
gan, 62, were arrested and
charged with possession
of marijuana less than 20
grams.


Charles H. Bronson warns consumers about jury duty scam


TALLAHASSEE Florida
Agriculture and Consumer
Services Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson today
alerted consumers to a
growing identity theft scam
in which con artists pos-
ing as courthouse workers
claim that the person being
called has failed to report
for jury duty.
'The scam has been
reported in- 11 states, al-


though it is unclear wheth-
er it has surfaced in Flori-
do, officials say.
"If you get such a call,
hang up and avoid pro-
viding any personal or fi-
nancial information over
the phone," Bronson said.
"Court workers don't call
on the phone to inform you
that you've missed a jury
duty summons."
The scam typically in-
volves a call from a person


claiming to be a jury coor-
dinator who informs the
person being called that a
warrant has been issued
for his or her arrest as a
result of the person's fail-
ure to appear for jury duty.
When the intended victim
protests and reports that
he or she never received a
summons to report for jury
duty, they are asked for
a social security number,
a date of birth and some-


times even a bank account
number.
Providing the informa-
tion enables the scam art-
ist to clean out the con-
sumer's bank account and
open up other accounts,
obtain credit cards and es-
tablish other lines of credit
in the victim's name, Bron-
son warned.
"This is a particularly
insidious fraud because
most people take jury duty


seriously and naturally
would want to clear up any
misunderstanding about
whether they failed to show
up for it as quickly as possi-
ble," Bronson said. "Such
a call would understand-
ably upset most people, es-
pecially with the threat of
arrest, and catch them off
guard."
The scam has report-
edly surfaced in New York,
Minnesota, Illinois, Colo-


rado, Oklahoma and other
states in recent years, and
authorities are fearful that
it may be spreading.
It is yet another exam-
ple of how con artists try to
rip off consumers.
"People need to always
remember to avoid giving
any personal or financial
information over the tele-,
phone to anyone whose
identity they have not veri-
fied," Bronson said.


Gulf County Sheriff's office to form public safety venture crew


SheriffJoe Nugent of the
Gulf County Sheriff's Office
is forming and 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
unique co-ed program that
allows our community's
young men and women be-
tween the ages of 14 and
up to their 21st birthday


to participate in activities Those that join will be
based around a determined able to participate in a wide
theme. The sheriff's office, array of law enforcement,
emergency medical ser- EMS and firefighting activi-
vices along with the fire de- ties. We are currently look-
partments have themed this ing for adult volunteers to,
crew "Public Safetr." get this program started. All


interested adults are asked
to attend a kickoff meeting
on Jan. 22 2009 at 5:30 p.m. at
the Gulf County Emergency
Operation Center located
behind the Gulf County
Court House.


Anyone with questions
please contact Sheriff Joe:
Nugent or Major Bobby
Plair at 850-227-1115. Regis-
tration for youth will be held
at a meeting during the first
part of February


Jan. 31 deadline to save for college at current Florida prepaid prices.
TALLAHASSEE Families prepaid tuition plans are in- used their prepaid benefits Prepaid plans covering College Plan. The Plan can state colleges..
have only just over one creasingly popular, now that in college. The Plan is fi- dormitory housing, the tu- bde used at Florida's 11 pub- A $50 application fee
weekleft to purchase a Flor- many investment-based nancially guaranteed by the ition differential fee and lo- lic universities, 28 commu- is due by the January 31
ida Prepaid College Plan at 529s are experiencing the State of Florida. cal fees also are available. nity colleges (including the deadline. The first plan pay-
current plan prices. Enroll- upheavals of the stock mar- Prepaid tuition can be Current plan prices are nine colleges offering bac- ment is not due until April
ing children by the January ket, according to a recent purchased for children and available at http://www.my- calaureate degrees) and 20, 2009. Families can call.1-
31 deadline is easy to do Wall Street Journal article, grandchildren as soon as floridaprepaid.com/Afford- select technical schools. Or 800-552-GRAD (4723) to or-
online, at www.myflorida- For 20 years, more than they're born and up until ability/Calculator.asp. the plan's full dollar value, der an Enrollment Kit and
prepaid.com myfloridaprepaid.com/> enrolled in the Florida Pre- Once a Florida Prepaid 'for college, their choice of Florida public college, can lish or Spanish and speak:
In the world of tax-free paid College Plan and more College Plan is purchased, where to go is not limited, be transferred to most ac- to a customer service rep-
529 college savings plans, than 206,000 students have payments do not increase. under the Florida Prepaid credited private and out-of- resentative.

Better Business Bureau warns of scam using Sprint TDD relay service


Your Better Business Bu-
reau has received reports
of at least two glass busi-
nesses in the Destin area
who have been contacted by
scammers looking to place a
fraudulent order. This is not
really a new scam, and BBB


warns that other industries
may be targeted as well.
The new twist is that the
scammers have been using
Sprint TDD Relay Service,
apparently in an attempt to
add legitimacy to the call.
Thomas Dodd, owner of


BBB Accredited Business
Double D Glass and Mirror,
alerted BBB to this scam.
Hereportedthathe received
a call through Sprint's TDD
Relay Service, during which
the caller requested his e-
mail address. While Dodd


was on the phone, a Sprint
Supervisor interrupted the
call'f warning him that the
call sounded fraudulent.
BBB thanks Thomas
Dodd for alerting us to this
and providing a copy of the
e-mail. requesting a quote


for a large order, which is-
included below. The e-mail
is full of grammatical er-
rors and stresses that they
must be able to use a credit
card to pay for the order. Of
course, in these scams, the
credit card is later discov-


ered to be stolen or deacti-
vated.
For additional infor-,
mation and advice you'
can trust, start with bbb.
org or call our office at
850.429.0026. or toll-free at
800.729.9226.


INVITATION TO BID


Sealed proposals will be received
in the office of the City Clerk, 305
Cecil G Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida, until 3:00 p.m., Feb-
ruary 12, 2009, for furnishing and
delivering F.O.B., Port St. Joe,
Florida, Ferric Sulfate as outlined


in the specifications
thereto.


pertaining


Bid documents may be obtained
from the City Clerk's Office, 305
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port
St. Joe, Florida 32456, telephone
(850) 229-8261, Monday through
Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and
5:00 p.m.


Bids should be marked as Bid No.
2009-03 for Ferric Sulfate. Bids
will be publicly opened and read
at 4:00 p.m., February 12, 2009, in
the City Commission Chambers,
City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. The
City reserves the right to accept or
reject any or all bids, or to select
the Bid felt to be in the best inter-


est of the City.


Bids will be pre-


sented to Board of City Commis-
sioners on February 17th at 6:00
p.m. for final action.


INVITATION TO BID


Sealed proposals


will be re-


ceived in the office of the City
Clerk, 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, un-
til 3:00 p.m., February 12,2009,
for furnishing and delivering
F.O.B., Port St. Joe, Florida,
Caustic Soda (Sodium Hydrox-
ide) as outlined in the specifica-
tions pertaining thereto.


Bid documents may be obtained
from the City Clerk's Office,
305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, tele-
phone (850) 229-8261, Monday
through Friday, between 8:00
a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


Bids should be marked as Bid No.
2009-02 for Purchase of Caustic
Soda (Sodium Hydroxide). Bids
will be publicly opened and read
at 4:00 p.m., February 12, 2009,
in the City Commission Cham-
bers, City Hall, 305 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida. The City reserves the
right to accept or reject any or
all bids, or to select the Bid felt
to be in the best interest of the
City. Bids will be presented to
Board of City Commissioners
on February 17th at 6:00 p.m.
for final action.


PUBLIC NOTICE

A Public Hearing will be held at the Board
of County Commissioners (BOCC) meet-
ing on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 6:00
p.m. EST. The public hearing 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 and will be to discuss and, act on
the following:

1. Final Subdivision Plat Seaside
Farms Phase II Waterfront Group, LLC -
Parcel ID #01095-001R 1,650 Acres in
Sections 23, 26, 27, 34 Township 6 South,
Range 9 West, Gulf County, Florida A
Specialty Subdivision Subject to all Feder-
al, State and Local Development Regula-
tion state and unstated. (Howard's Creek)



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The public is encouraged to attend and be
heard on these matters. Information prior
to the meeting can be viewed at the Plan-
ning and Building Department at 1000 Ce-
cil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Room 312.

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1100
9691S
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Merlot III, 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 lssuance: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.


COURT
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray
Deputy Clerk
January 1,8, 15, 22, 2009
9730S
NOTICE TO
RECEIVE SEALED BIDS

BID #0809-07

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissionbrs
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
Prebile-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-
partmen 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 10:00 a.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
bids, and to accept the bid
that in their judgment will
be in the best interest of
Gulf County.

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


1. Be a not for profit
entity with a minimum of
three (3) years of eco-
nomic development ex-
pertise 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-Q3" addressed to:
Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners,
Gulf County Clerk of Court,
Room 148, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Sr., Blvd., Port St.
Joe, FL 32456. RFP's will
be received until 4:30
p.m., E.T, on Friday, Jan-
uary 23, 2009. RFP's will
be opened on Monday,
January 26, 2009 at 10:00
a.m., E.T in 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


1I 1100 I
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
County Courthouse Com-
plex, Port St. Joe, Florida.

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.
Costin, 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 CORn
Plaintiff,

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 with 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
Telephone: (954) 453-0365
Facsimile: (954) 771-605?
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
9765S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
FLORIDA IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION

UNITED STATES OF


JAMES EDWARD
LOCKSTEAD; VICKIE
RENEE LOCKSTEAD;
FLORIDA HOUSING FI-
NANCE CORPORATION;
GULF COUNTY BOARD
OF COUNTY COMMIS-
SIONERS;,
Defendants.

CASE NO. 2008-462CA

NOTICE OF ACTION

TO: James Edward
Lockstad and Vickie
Renee Lockstead, whose
last known address is PO
Box 638, Port St Joe, FL
.32457 or 183 Sailfish, Port
St Joe, FL 32456 or 124.
Mary Drive, Wewahitchka,
FL 32465.

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action to foreclose a
mortgage on the following
described property in Gulf
County, Florida:

Lot 11, OAK GARDEN
SUBDIVISION, Unit 11, as
recorded in Plat Book 6,
Page 20, Public Records
of Gulf County, Florida

has been filed against you
and you are required to
serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it
on NEAL E. YOUNG, Plain-
tiffs attorney, whose ad-
dress is 300 Third Street,
N.W., Winter Haven, Flor-
ida 33 881, on or before
and file the original with
the Clerk of the Court ei-
ther before service on
Plaintiff's attorney or imme-
diately thereafter; other-
wise a default will be en-
tered against you for the
relief demanded in the
Complaint.

If you are a person with a
disability who needs any
accommodation in order
to participate in this pro-
ceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the
provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact the
Office of the ADA Coordi-
nator at (850)747-5338,
within two (2) working
days of your receipt of this
Notice; if you are hearing
or voice impaired, call
Florida Relay Service (800)
955-8770.

WITNESS my hand and
the seal of this Court on
January 7, 2009.

Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
As Deputy Clerk
January 22, 29, 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


1 1100 I
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
OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTEB
THE SALE.

In accordance .with the
Americans 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

Law Office of Marshall C.
Watson
1800 NW 49th Street,
Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
33309 .
Telephone: (954) 453-0365
Facsimile: (954) 771-6052
Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438
08-44237
January 15, 22,2009
9768S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION

RBC CENTURA BANK
PLAINTIFF

VS.

JEFF HARPER ET AL.
DEFENDANTS

CASE NO: 08-312 CA

NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Judgment of foreclosure
dated January 5, 2009 en-
tered in Civil Case No.
08-312 CA of the Circuit
Court in and for GULF
County, Florida, I will sell
to the highest and best
bidder for cash at THE
FRONT LOBBY OF THE
COURTHOUSE LOCATED
AT 1000 CECIL COSTIN
BLVD, PORT ST. JOE, FL,
at 11:00 a.m. on the 5th
day of February, 2009 the
following described prop-
erty as set forth in said
Summary Final Judgment,


I 1100
to-wit:

LOT 17, SOUTH BEACH
SUBDIVISION, ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 50
OF THE PUBLIC REC-
ORDS OF GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA.

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

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 pendens
must file a claim within
sixty (60) days after the
sale.

By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

If you are a person with a
disability who needs any
accommodation in order
to participate in this pro-
fceeding you are entitled,
at, no cost to you, to the
provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact the
office of the Court Admin-
istrator, GULF County
Courthouse, at within two
(2) working days of your
receipt of this Notice of
Sale; 1-800-955-8771
(TDD) for hearing impaired
or 1-800-955-8770, via
Florida Relay Service.

THE LAW OFFICES OF
BAKALAR & TOPOUZIS,
PA.
ATTORNEY FOR PLAIN-
TIFF
450 N. PARK ROAD,
SUITE 410
HOLLYWOOD, FL. 33021
(954)965-9101
January 15, 22, 2009
9769S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION

WASHINGTON MUTUAL
BANK F/K/A WASHING-
TON MUTUAL BANK, FA.,
Plaintiff,

VS.

SHIRLEY F. NEESE, et al,
Defendant(s).

CASE NO.: 08-CA-000161
DIVISION:

NOTICE OF
RESCHEDULED SALE

NOTE IS HEREBY GIVEN
Pursuant to an Order Re-
scheduling Foreclosure
Sale dated 2009 and en-
tered in Case No.
08-CA-000161 of the Cir-
cuit Court of the Four-
teenth Judicial Circuit in
and for Gulf County, Flor-
ida in which Washington
Mutual Bank f/k/a Wash-
ington Mutual Bank, F.A.,
is the Plaintiff and Shirley
F Neese, Thomas A.
Neese, Tenant #1 n/k/a
Thomas Neese, Jr,, are
defendants, I will sell to the
hi best and best bidder for
cash in/on Gulf County,
Florida at on the 5th day of
February, 2009, the follow--
ing described property as
set forth in said Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure:

LOTS 40 AND 41,&WHIS-
PERING PINES, UNIT II,
ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF AS RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3
AT PAGE 19, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA.

A/K/A 181 BETTY RAE
DRIVE: WEWAHITCHKA,
FLORIDA 32465

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 Us Pend-


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S P


ens must file a claim within
60 days after the sale.

Dated in Gulf County, Flor-
ida this 7th day of January,
2009.

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Gulf County, Florida
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

If you are a person with a
disability who needs assis-
tance in order to partici-
pate in a program or serv-
ice of the State Courts
System, you should con-
tact the Court
Administrator's office at:
(850) 747-5327, fax (850)
747-5717 within two (2)
working days of receipt of
this notice; if you are hear-
ing or voice impaired,
please call
1-800-955-8771.

Albertelli Law
Attorney for Plaintiff
11.0. Box 23028
Tampa, FL 33623
(813) 221-4743
08-05446
January 22, 29, 2009
9774S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY

SPCP GROUR LLC, a Del-
aware limited liability com-
pany,
Plaintiff,

v.

-VILLA DEL SOL AT CAPE
SAN BLAS, LLC, a Florida
limited liability company;
WAYNE F ORR, individu-'
ally; DEBORAH R ORR,
individually; and W. F.
ORR & COMPANY, LLC., a
Georgia limited liability
company,
Defendants.

CASE NO.: 08-291 CA

NOTICE OF SALE PUR-
SUANT TO CHAPTER 45,
FLORIDA STATUTES

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to the
Summary Final Judgment
dated January 5, 2009, en-
tered in Civil Case No.:
08-291 CA of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit in and for
Gulf County, Florida.
wherein SPCP GROUP,
LLC is Plaintiff, and Villa
Del Sol At Cape San Bias,
LLC, a Florida limited lia-
bility company, Wayne F
Orr, individually, Deborah
R Orr. individually and
W.E Orr & Company, LLC.
a Georgia limited liability.
company, are the Defend-
ants, I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for
cash in the front lobby of
the Gulf County Circuit
Court. 1000 Cecil G.
Costin. Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456 at
11:00 a.m. (EST) on Feb-
- ruary 5, 2009, the following
described property as set
forth in Exhibit "A'.

Exhibit "A'

PARCEL 1:

THE WEST QUARTER OF
LOT 4, SECTION. 23,
TOWNSHIP 9 SOUTH,
RANGE 11 WEST, GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA; SUB-
JECT TO.THE TRANSFER
OF 0.39 OF AN ACRE,
MORE OR LESS, BY
DEED DATED AUGUST
21, 1970, TO THE STATE
OF FLORIDA, AND RE-
CORDED IN BOOK 45,
PAGE 279, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA, ALL
AS SHOWN ON PLAT OF
SURVEY BY SUSAN M.
MARLEY, DATED JANU-
ARY 7, 1992, AS DRAW-
ING NO. 91G-1078-C.

ALSO

COMMENCE AT THE
CONCRETE MONUMENT
AT THE POINT OF THE IN-
TERSECTION OF THE
WEST LINE OF ORIGINAL
GOVERNMENT LOT 4,
SECTION 23, TOWNSHIP
9 SOUTH, RANGE 11
WEST AND THE SOUTH-
ERN LINE OF THE 50
FOOT RIGHT OF WAY OF
U.S.. COAST GUARD
ROAD AS IT EXISTS JUNE
20, 1958, AND EXTEND A
LINE EASTERLY ALONG
SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE
TO A POINT THAT IS
EAST 329.91 FEET
ALONG A LINE PERPEN-
DICULAR TO SAID WEST,
LINE OF SAID LOT 4, TO A
CONCRETE MONUMENT
FOR A POINT OF BEGIN-
NING; FROM THIS POINT.
OF BEGINNING EXTEND
A LINE SOUTH ALONG A
LINE PARALLEL TO THE
WEST LINE OF SAID LOT
4 FOR 1039.89 FEET,
MORE OR LESS, TO A
POINT AT THE MEAN
HIGH WATER LINE OF
THE GULF OF MEXICO;
THEN TURN LEFT AND
MEANDER SAID MEAN
HIGH WATER LINE
NORTHEASTERLY TO A
POINT THAT IS EAST 100
FEET ALONG A IINE PER-
PENDICULAR TO THE
LINE SOUTH FROM THE
POINT OF BEGINNING;
THEN TURN LEFT AND
EXTEND A LINE NORTH
ALONG A LINE PARALLEL
TO THE WEST LINE OF
SAID LOT 4 FOR 1,035
FEET MORE OR LESS,
TO A POINT ON THE
SOUTHERN RIGHT OF
WAY LINE OF SAID U. S.


COAST GUARD ROAD;
THEN *IRN LEFT ALONG
SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE
TO THE POINT OF BEGIN-
NING.

ALSO

COMMENCE AT THE
CONCRETE MONUMENT
AT THE POINT OF INTER-
SECTION OF THE WEST
LINE OF ORIGINAL GOV-
ERNMENT LOT 4, SEC-
TION 23, TOWNSHIP 9
SOUTH, RANGE 11 WEST
AND THE SOUTHERN
LINE OF THE 50 FOOT
RIGHT OF WAY OF U.S.


1100 |
COAST GUARD ROAD AS
IT EXISTS JUNE 20, 1958,
AND EXTEND A LINE
EASTERLY ALONG SAID
RIGHT OF WAY LINE TO A
POINT THAT IS EAST
329.91 FEET ALONG A
LINE PERPENDICULAR
TO SAID WEST LINE OF
SAID LOT 4, TO A CON-
CRETE MONUMENT FOR
A POINT OF BEGINNING.
FROM THIS POINT OF BE-
GINNING EXTEND A LINE
SOUTH ALONG A LINE
PARALLEL TO THE WEST
UNE OF SAID LOT 4 FOR
1039.89 FEET, MORE OR
LESS, TO A POINT AT
THE MEAN HIGH WATER
LINE OF THE GULF OF
MEXICO; THEN TURN
LEFT AND- MEANDER
SAID MEAN HIGH WATER
.LINE NORTHEASTERLY
TO A POINT THAT IS
EAST 300 FEET ALONG A
LINE PERPENDICULAR
TO THE LINE SOUTH
FROM THE POINT OF BE-
GINNING; THEN TURN
LEFT AND EXTEND A
LINE NORTH ALONG A
LINE PARALLEL TO THE
WEST LINE OF SAID LOT
4 FOR 1,035 FEET, MORE
OR LESS, TO A POINT ON
THE SOUTHERN RIGHT
OF WAY LINE OF SAID
U.S. COAST GUARD
ROAD; THEN TURN LEFTi
ALONG SAID RIGHT OF
WAY LINE TO THE POINT
OF BEGINNING, LESS
THE WESTERLY 100 FEET
THEREOF

MORE PARTICULARLY
DESCRIBED BY SURVEY
DATED APRIL 7, 2004,
DRAWN BY EDWIN G.
BROWN & ASSOCIATES,
D R A W. IN G
#04-133.24543:

BEGIN AT A CONCRETE
MONUMENT MARKING
THE INTERSECTION OF
THE WEST LINE OF ORIG-
INAL GOVERNMENT LOT
4, SECTION 23, TOWN-
SHIP 9 SOUTH, RANGE
11 WEST, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA WITH THE
SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF
WAY OF STATE ROAD
NUMBER 30-E,

SAID POINT BEING THE
POINT OF BEGINNING;
THENCE SOUTH
0 1 o 1 7 5 9 "
WEST, A DISTANCE OF
1,384.67 FEET TO THE
APPROXIMATE MEAN
HIGH WATER LINE OF
THE GULF OF MEXICO;
THENCE RUN ALONG
SAID APPROXIMATE
MEAN HIGH WATER LINE
AS FOLLOWS: NORTH
7812'47" EAST, A DIS-
TANCE OF 54.81 FEET;
THENCE NORTH
7 9 0 3 3 5 "
EAST, A DISTANCE OF
79.16 FEET; THENCE
NORTH 7725'24" EAST, A
DISTANCE OF 78.15
FEET; THENCE NORTH
7621'08" EAST,- A DIS-
TANCE' OF 75.97 FEET;
THENCE NORTH
7 0 5 5 0 4 "
EAST, A DISTANCE OF
81.08 FEET; THENCE
NORTH 6625'43" EAST, A
DISTANCE OF 75.95
FEET; THENCE NORTH
74047'00" EAST, A DIS-
TANCE OF 78.02 FEET;
THENCE NORTH
7 7 o 2 3 3 4"
EAST, A DISTANCE OF
76.54 FEET; THENCE
NORTH 7033'26" EAST, A
DISTANCE OF 59.65
FEET; THENCE LEAVING
SAID APPROXIMATE
MEAN HIGH WATER LINE
RUN, NORTH 0118'51"
EAST, A DISTANCE OF
1,278.03 FEET TO A CON-
CRETE MONUMENT LY-
ING ON THE SOUTHERLY
'RIGHT OF WAY OF STATE
ROAD -NUMBER 30-E;
THENCE RUN ALONG
SAID RIGHT OF WAY
SOUTH 83048'59" WEST, A
DISTANCE OF 635.53
FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING.

AND ALSO

BEGIN AT A RE-BAR
MARKING THE INTER-
SECTION OF THE WEST
LINE OF THE ORIGINAL
GOVERNMENT LOT 4,
SECTION 23, TOWNSHIP
9 SOUTH, RANGE 11
WEST, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA WITH THE
NORTHERLY RIGHT OF
WAY OF STATE ROAD
.NUMBER 30-E, SAID
POINT BEING THE POINT
OF BEGINNING; THENCE
NORTH 0116'01''" EAST, A
DISTANCE OF 278.62
FEET TO THE APPROXI-
MATE MEAN HIGH
WATER LINE OF ST JO-
.SEPH BAY; THENCE RUN
ALONG SAID APPROXI-
MATE MEAN HIGH
WATER LINE AS FOL-
LOWS: SOUTH 8624'00"
EAST, A DISTANCE OF
82.66 FEET; THENCE
NORTH 56'59'51" EAST. A
DISTANCE OF 49.87
FEET; THENCE SOUTH
4700'28" EAST, A DIS-
TANCE OF 73.62 FEET;
THENCE SOUTH
1 1 2 2, 3 5 "
WEST, A DISTANCE OF
36.03 FEET; THENCE
SOUTH 3445'05" EAST A
DISTANCE OF 24.05
FEET, THENCE SOUTH
845140" EAST A DIS-
TANCE OF 51.74 FEET;
THENCE North 6714'53"
EAST A DISTANCE OF
34.41 FEET; THENCE
SOUTH 8350'43" EAST, A
DISTANCE OF 37.92
FEET; THENCE NORTH
7152'01' EAST, A DIS-
TANCE OF 23.82 FEET
THENCE LEAVING SAID
APPROXIMATE MEAN
HIGH WATER LINE RUN,
SOUTH 0113'26" WEST A


DISTANCE OF 172.43
FEET TO A CONCRETE
MONUMENT LYING ON
THE NORTHERLY RIGHT
OF WAY OF STATE ROAD
NUMBER 30-E; THENCE
RUN ALONG SAID RIGHT
OF WAY SOUTH 8359'00"
WEST, A DISTANCE OF
332.69 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING.

LESS AND EXCEPT FROM
ALL OF THE ABOVE DE-
SCRIBED LEGALS:


I 1100 |6

ALL OF THE PLAT OF
VILLA DEL SOL, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF, AS RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK
5, PAGE 44, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA.

PARCEL 2:

ALL OF THE PLAT OF
VILLA DEL SOL, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF, AS RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK
5, PAGE 44, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA.

LESS THE FOLLOWING
LOTS:

LOTS 5, 8, 9, 33, 34, 42,
44 AND 52, PLAT OF
VILLA DEL SOL, ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF, AS RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK
5, PAGE 44, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA.

DATED at Port St. Joe.
Gulf County, Florida this
5th day of January, 2009.

CLERKS OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA
By: Jasmine Hysmith
,Deputy Clerk

McCLOSKY D'ANNA & Dl-
,ETERLE, LLP
ATTORNEYS FOR PLAIN-
TIFF '
2300 GLADES ROAD
SUITE 400- EAST TOWER
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
33431
Telephone:(561)368-9200
Facsimile:(561)395-7050
January 22, 29, 2009
9776S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR GULF
COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION

TAYLOR, BEAN & WHITA-
KER MORTGAGE CORR
Plaintiff,

vs.

BRETT LOWRY A/K/A
BRETT C. LOWRY; THE
UNKNOWN SOUSE OF
BRETT LOWRY A/K/A
BRETT C. LOWRY; IF LIV-
ING, INCLUDING ANY UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF
SAID DEFENDANTS(S), IF
REMARRIED, AND IF DE-
CEASED, THE RESPEC-
TIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES,
ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, AND TRUS-
TEES,. AND ALL OTHER
PERSONS CLAIMING BY
THROUGH UNDER OR
AGAINST THE NAMED
DEFENDANTSS; HERON
WALK HOMEOWNERS
ASSOCIATION, INC.;.
WHETHER DISSOLVED
OR PRESENTLY EXIST-
ING, TOGETHER WITH
ANY GRANTEES, ASSIGN-
EES; CREDITORS,
LIENORS, OR TRUSTEES
OF SAID DEFENDANT(S)
AND ALL OTHER PER-
SONS CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, OR
AGAINST DEFENDANT(S);
UNKNOWN TENANT #1;
UNKNOWN TENANT #2;
Defendant(s)

CASE NO.: 08-346-CA

NOTICE OF SALE

Notice is hereby given
that, pursuant to a Final
Summary Judgment of
Foreclosure entered in the
above-styled cause, in the
Circuit Court of Gulf
County, Florida, I will sell
the property situate in Gulf
County, Florida, described
as:

LOT 48, HERON WALK
SUBDIVISION, ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF, AS RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK
5, PAGE 31, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA.

A/K/A 115 Crane Dr. Port
Saint Joe, FL 32456

at public sale, to the high-
est and best bidder, for
cash, At south entrance of
the courthouse, 1000 Cecil
Consit Blvd, Port St. Joe,
FL 32456 at 11:00 a.m., on
February 5, 2009.

DATED this 6th day of Jan-
uary, 2009.

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.

Witness, my hand and seal
of this court on the 6th day
of January, 2008.

CLERK OF CIRCUIT
COURT
By. Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

In accordance with the
American with Disabilities
Act of 1990, persons need-
ing a special accommo-
dation to participate in this
proceeding should contact
the ASA Coordinator no
later than seven (7) days
prior to the proceedings. If
hearing impaired, please
call (800) 955-9771 (TDD)
or (800) 955-8770 (voice),
via Florida Relay Service.


Law Offices of Daniel C.
Consuegra
9204 King Palm Drive
Tampa. FL 33619-1328
phone: 813-915-8660
Attorneys for Plaintiff
January 15, 22,2009
9778S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR GULF
COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION


CITIFINANCIAL EQUITY
SERVICES, INC.,
Plaintiff,

vs.

NORMA R. FALL; UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF
NORMA R. FALL; STAN-
LEY W. FALL; IF LIVING
INCLUDING ANY UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF
SAID DEFENDANT(S), IF
REMARRIED, AND IF DE-
CEASED, THE RESPEC-
TIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES,
ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, AND TRUS-
TEES, AND ALL OTHER
PERSONS CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, UN-
DER OR AGAINST THE
NAMED DEFENDANT(S);
CITIFINANCIAL EQUITY
SERVICES, INC.;
WHETHER DISSOLVED
OR PRESENTLY EXIST-
ING, TOGETHER WITH
ANY GRANTEES, ASSIGN-
EES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, OR TRUSTEES
OF SAID DEFENDANT(S)
AND ALL OTHER PER-
SONS CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, OR
AGAINST DEFENDANTSS;
UNKNOWN TENANT #1;
UNKNOWN TENANT #2;
Defendant(s)

CASE NO.: 08-275-CA

NOTICE OF SALE

Notice is hereby given
that, pursuant to a Final
Summary Judgment of
Foreclosure entered in the
above-styled cause, in he
Circuit Court of Gulf
County, Florida, I will sell
the property situate in Gulf
County, Florida, described
as:

LOTS 2, 3 ,4 ,5 AND 6,
BLOCK B, BEATY SUBDI-
VISION, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF, AS
RECORDED IN O.R.
BOOK 231, PAGE 889 OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS,
OF GULF COUNTY, FLOR-
IDA

A/K/A 7216 Caladium St.
White City, FL 32465

at public sale, to the high-
est and best bidder, for
cash, At south entrance of
the courthouse, 1000 Cecil
Consit Blvd, Port St. Joe,
FL 32456 at 11:00 a.m., on
February 5, 2009.

DATED THIS 6TH DAY OF
JANUARY 2009.

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

Witness, my hand and seal
of this court on the 6th day
of January, 2009.

CLERK OF CIRCUIT
COURT
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

In accordance with the
American with Disabilities
Act of 1990, persons need-
ing a special accommo-
dation to participate in this
proceeding should contact
the ASA Coordinator. no
later than seven (7) days
prior to the proceedings. If
hearing impaired, please
call (800) 955-9771 (TDD)
or (800) 955-8770 (voice),
via Florida Relay Service.

Law Offices of Daniel C.
Consuegra
9204 King Palm Drive
Tampa, FL33619-1328
Phone: 813-915-8660
Attorneys for Plaintiff
January 15, 22, 2009
9814S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT,
FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF THE STATE
OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY.
IN PROBATE

IN RE: The Estate of
OPAL MARIE HOWARD
deceased.

CASE NO. 09-03 PR

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

TO ALL PERSONS HAV-
ING CLAIMS OR DE-
MANDS AGAINST THE
ABOVE ESTATE:
The administration of the
estate of OPAL MARIE
HOWARD, deceased, File
Number 09-03 PR is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for
Gulf County, Florida, Pro-
bate Division, the address
of which is Gulf County
Courthouse, Probate Divi-
sion, 1000 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr. Boulevard, Port St.
Joe, FL 32456. The name
and address of the per-
sonal representative and
that personal
representative's attorney
are set forth below.

ALL INTERESTED PER-
SONS ARE NOTIFIED
THAT:

All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this
notice is served within
three months after the date
of the first publication of
this notice must file their
claims with this Court
WITHIN THE LATER OF
THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS


AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF
THIS NOTICE ON THEM.

All other creditors of the
decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against the estate of the
decedent must file their
claims with this Court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.

ALl, CLAIMS AND DE-


MANDS NOT SO FILED
WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.

The date of the first publi-
cation of this Notice is Jan-
uary 15, 2009.,

Personal Representative:
H. FOY HOWARD
342 Ponce de Leon St.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
THOMAS S. GIBSON
RISH, GIBSON, SCHOLZ
& GROOM, RA.
116 Sailor's Cove Drive
P 0. Box 39
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
(850) 229-8211
FL BAR NO. 0350583
January 15, 22, 2009
9B24S
NOTICE
OF PUBLIC SALE

COASTAL TOWING AND
ROADSIDE SERVICE, INC.
gives Notice of Foreclo-
sure of Lien and intent to
sell these vehicles on Jan-
uary 26, 2009, on 9:00
a.m. ET at 8082 W. Hwy
98, Port St. Joe, FL 32456,
pursuant to subsection
713.78 of the Florida Stat-
utes, COASTAL TOWING
AND ROADSIDE SERVICE,
INC. reserves the right to
accept or reject any and/or
all bids.

1983 CHEVROLET
#1G1AP87H5DN171581
1994 BUICK
#1G4NV558RC263215
1997 HONDA.
#47STE1403VA811341
January 22, 2009
9838S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION

NATIONAL CITY BANK
D/B/A NATIONAL CITY
MORTGAGE
PLAINTIFF

VS.

MARY ANN CONROY;
STEPHEN L. CONROY;
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN
PARTIES CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, AND
AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANT(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; SAN
DUNES HOMEOWNERS
ASSOCIATION, INC.; GJ
GRACE, LLC D/B/A
COASTAL BUILDING SUP-
PLY; SUNCOAST LAWN &
LANDSCAPING, INC.;
JOHN DOE AND JANE
DOE AS UNKNOWN TEN-
ANTS IN POSSESSION
DEFENDANT(S)

CASE NO: 08-64-CA

NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated January
8, 2009 entered in Civil
Case No. 08-64-CA Of the
Circuit Court of the 14TH
Judicial Circuit in and for
GULF County, PORT ST
JOE,. Florida, I will sell to
the highest and best bid-
der for cash at in the
FRONT LOBBY OF THE
COURTHOUSE at the
GULF County Courthouse
located at 1000 Cecil
Costin Blvd in PORT ST.
JOE, Florida, at 11:00 a.m.
on the 12th day of Febru-
ary, 2009 the following de-
scribed property as set
forth in said Summary Fi-
nal Judgment, to-wit:

LOT 6, SAN DUNES SUB-
DIVISION, ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT RECORDED
IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS
OF GULF COUNTY FLOR-
IDA, IN PLAT BOOK 5,
PAGE 6.

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 9th day of Janu-
ary, 2009.
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 Plaintiff
900 South Pine Island
Road Suite 400
Plantation, FL 33324-3920
(954)233-8000
08-35753(NCM)
January 22,29, 2009
9843S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION


WACHOVIA MORTGAGE
CORPORATION,
Plaintiff

vs.
JOSEPH CASEY
YARBROUGH, et al.
Defendant(s)
CASE NO
2008-CA-000136

NOTICE OF
RESCHEDULED SALE


FLORIDA, ESTABLISHING
A CITY CODE FOR
GARBAGE/TRASH RE-
MOVAL, PROVIDING FOR
METHODS OF OBTAIN-
ING COMPLIANCE WITH
CODE OF ORDINANCES
OF THE CITY, ESTAB-
LISHING DEFINITIONS,
COLLECTION AND DIS-
POSAL STANDARDS, ES-
TABLISHING/ APPOINT-
ING A DIRECTOR, SETT-
ING FEES; PROVIDING
FOR REPEAL OF ANY
CONFLICTING ORDI-
NANCES; PROVIDING
FOR SEVERABILITY;
AND, PROVIDING AN EF-


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

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


1991 FORD TRACTOR
Model: 6610 -2x4
Good Condition
S/N BC52651
Number of Hours 757
MINIMUM BID: $5,000.00

The vehicle may be viewed
at the Road Department at
318 South 7th Street,
Wewahitchka, from 6:30
a.m., E.T until 4:30 p.m.,
E.T, Monday thru Thurs-
day. Specifications may be
obtained and bids should


1100
NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN Pursuant to an Or-
der Rescheduling Foreclo-
sure Sale dated January 8,
2009 and entered in Case
No. 2008-CA-000136 of the
Circuit Court of the Four-
teenth Judicial Circuit in
and for Gulf County, Flor-
ida in which Wachovia
Mortgage Corporation, is
the Plaintiff and Joseph
Casey Yarbrough, are de-
fendants, I will. sell to the
highest and best bidder for
cash in/on, Gulf County,
Florida at on the 19th day
of February, 2009, the fol-
lowing described property
as set forth in said Final
Judgment of Foreclosure:

LOT 4, BEACHSIDE SUB-
DIVISION, AS RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 3 AT PAGE
38, OF THE PUBLIC REC-
ORDS OF GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA.

A/K/A 132 LOUISIANA
LANE: CAPE SAN BLAS,
FLORIDA 32456

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

Dated in Gulf County, Flor-'
ida this 9th day of January,
2009

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Gulf County, Florida
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

If you are a person with a
disability who needs assis-
tance in order to partici-
pate in a program or serv-
ice of the State Courts
System, you should con-
tact the Court
Administrator's office at
(850)747-5327, fax
(850)747-5717 within two
(2) working days of receipt
of this notice; if you are
hearing impaired, please
call 1-800-955-8771.

Albertelli Law
Attorney for Plaintiff
RO. Box 23028
Tampa, FL 33623
(813)221-4743
08-05158
January 22, 29, 2009
9854S
NOTICE OF APPLICA-
TION FOR WATER USE
PERMIT

Notice is hereby given that
pursuant to Chapter 373,
Florida Statutes, the fol-
lowing application(s) for
water use permit(s) has
(have) been received by
the Northwest Florida
Water Management Dis-
trict:

Application number:
1 07007 filed 01/09/2009
Gulf American Shrimp,
LLC, Post Office Box 927,
Port St. Joe, FL 32457. Re-
questing a maximum with-
drawal of 1,944,000 gal-
lons per day from the Flori-
dan Aquifer System for Aq-
uaculture, useiby an exist-
ing facility. General with-
drawal location(s) in Gulf
County: T06S, R08W, Sec.
31C; T06S, R09W, Sec.
36B

Interested persons may
object to or comment
upon the applications or
submit a written request
for a copy of the staff
report(s) containing pro-
posed agency action re-
garding the application(s)
by writing to the Division of
Resource Regulation of
the Northwest Florida
Water Management Dis-
trict, attention Terri Peter-
son, 152 Water Manage-
ment Drive, Havana, Flor-
ida 32333-9700, but such
comments or requests
must be received by 5
o'clock p.m. on February
5,2009.

No further public notice
will be provided regarding
this (these) application(s).
Publication of this notice
constitutes constructive
notice of this permit appli-
cation to all substantially
affected persons. A copy
of the staff report(s) must
be requested in order to
remain advised of further
proceedings and any pub-
lic hearing date. Substan-
tially affected persons are
entitled to request an ad-
ministrative hearing re-
garding the proposed
agency action by submit-
ting a written request ac-
cording to the provisions
of 28-601,201, Florida Ad-
ministrative Code. Notices
of Proposed Agency Ac-
tion will be mailed only to
persons who have filed
such requests.
January 22, 2009
9857S
PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that the City Com-
mission of the City of Port
St. Joe, Florida, at its
meeting on the 17th day of
February, 2009, at 6:00
RM., EDT, in the regular
Commission meeting
room at the Municipal
Building, Port St. Joe, Flor-
ida, will have the 2nd read-
ing (first reading Febru-
ary 3, 2009) and consider
for final adoption an Ordi-
nance with the following ti-
tle:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE
CITY OF PORT ST JOE,


1 'y, !F x',oo>-iw i- '* hr.' a ' ''.. .. Y.. o


F 1100
FECTIVE DATE.

All interested parties are
invited to attend and be
heard. Copies of said Or-
dinance are on file at the
office of the City Clerk and
may be inspected by the
public during normal work-
ing hours.

CITY COMMISSION' OF
THE CITY OF PORT ST.
JOE, FLORIDA
BY: Mel C. Magidson
Mayor-Commissioner

Attest: Pauline Pendarvis
Clerk
January 22, 2009
9858S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION

IN RE: ESTATE OF
THOMAS EUGENE WOOD
Deceased.
File Number 08-88PR

NOTICE OF
ADMINISTRATION

The administration of the
estate of THOMAS EU-
GENE WOOD, deceased,
whose date of death was
November 16, 2008 and
whose social security
number is 263-62-0228, is
pending in the Circuit
Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is
Gulf County Courthouse,
1Q00 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal
representative and the per-
sonal representative's at-
torney are set forth below.

All creditor, of the dece-
dent and other persons
having.claims or demands
against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be
served must file their
claims with this Court
WITHIN THE LATER OF
THREE (3) MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
(30) DAYS AFTER THE
DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY 'OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.

All other creditors of the
decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against the decedent's es-
tate must file their claims
with this Court WITHIN
THREE (3) MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.

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

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

The date of first publica-
tion of this Notice is Janu-
ary 22, 2009.

Personal Representative:
RUSSELL A. WOOD
181 E. Lakeview Dr.
Wewahitchka, Fl. 32465
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
Charles A. Costin
Florida Bar No. 699070
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Telephone: (850) 227-1159
January 22, 29, 2009
9859S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION

IN RE: ESTATE OF
WALTER RAYWOOD
Deceased.

File Number 09-04PR

NOTICE OF
ADMINISTRATION

The administration of the
estate of WALTER
RAYWOOD, deceased,
whose date of death was
November 15, 2008 and
whose social security
number is 150-28-9441, is
pending in the Circuit
Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is
Gulf County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal
representative and the per-
sonal representative's at-
torney are set forth below.

All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be
served must file their
claims with this Court
WITHIN THE LATER OF
THREE (3) MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
(30) DAYS AFTER THE
DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.

All other creditors of the
decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against the decedent's es-
tate must file their claims
with this Court WITHIN
THREE (3) MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE


1100

The date of first publica-
tion of this Notice is Janu-
ary 22, 2009.

. Personal Representative:
KEITH McCOY
6 Ovington Dr.
Yardville, NJ 08620
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
Charles A. Costin
Florida Bar No. 699070
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Telephone: (850) 227-1159
January 22, 29, 2009
9876S
PUBLIC NOTICE

The Port St Joe Redevel-
opment Agency in coop-
eration with the City of Port
St Joe and the Florida De-
partment of Transportation
will host a public meeting
on the proposed im-
provements to Hwy 98 in-
cluding sidewalks, land-
scaping, street furniture,
and revised lane striping.
All interested parties are
invited to attend. Tuesday,
January 27, 2009, 5:15
pm., 150 Captain Fred's
Place, Port St Joe, FL. For
information call PSJRA
850-229-6899
January 22, 2009
9879S
BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA

AMENDED REQUEST FOR
PROPOSAL
RFP # 0809-06

SOLID WASTE COLLEC-
TION

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

RFP DEADLINE: February
6, 2009 at 4:30 p.m., E.T.

RFP OPENING: February
9, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., E.T

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.

There will be a Mandatory
Pre-Bid Conference on
February 2, 2009 at 1:30
p.m., E.T. in the Robert M.
Moore Administration
Building, in the Commis-
sion Board Room at 1000
Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd.,
Port St. Joe,.FL 32456. To
be considered, Firm/Team
must submit an original
and seven (7) copies of
RFP in a sealed envelope
or package, clearly
marked with the
Firm/Team's name and ad-
dress and the words
"Solid Waste Collection:
RFP NO: "0809-06" ad-
dressed to: Gulf County
Board of County Commis-
sioners, Gulf County Clerk
of. Court, Room 148 ,1000
Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456.
RFP's will be received until
4:30 p.m., E.T, on Friday,
February 6, 2009. RFP's
will be opened on Mon-
day, February 9, 2009 at
10:00 a.m., E.T. in the
same office.
Copies of required infor-
mation for the RFR its Ad-
dendums, Financial State-
ments and Budgets are
available' in the Gulf
County Clerk of Court's of-
fice, Room 148,P1000 Cecil
G. Costin Sr., Blvd., Port
St.. Joe, FL 32456,
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.,
E.T to 5:00 p.m., E.T

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners
has implemented a Local
Bidders Preference Policy
for all RFP/BIDS. Anyone
interested in bidding this
projects s a local bidder,
must follow the require-
ments of Resolution
#2009-02, which may be
obtained from the Clerk's
Office at the above ad-
dress. 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
COMMISSIONERS
By: /s/ Nathan Peters, Jr.,
Chairman
Attest: /s/ Rebecca L. Nor-
ris, Clerk
January 22, 29, 2009
9880S
NOTICE TO RECEIVE
SEALED BIDS
BID NO. 0809-09

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners
will receive sealed bids
from any person, com-
pany, or corporation inter-
ested in purchasing the
following:


1 1100
be turned in at the Office
of the Clerk to the Board of
County Commissioners,
Room 148, Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr., Blvd., by Fri-
day, February 6, 2009.
Any questions regarding
this bid should be directed
to Chris Wood at (850)
639-2238.

Please indicate on enve-
lope YOUR NAME, that
this is a SEALED BID and
include the BID NUMBER
on what the bid is for.

Bids will be received until
Friday, February 6, 2009 at
4:30 p.m., E.T., at the Of-
fice of the Clerk of Court,
1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr.,
Blvd., Room 148, Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456. Bids
will be opened at this
same location on February
9, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., E.T.
The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners
has implemented a Local
Bidders Preference Policy
for all RFP/BIDS. Anyone
interested in bidding this
project, as a local bidder,
must follow the require-
ments of Resolution
2009-02 which may be ob-
tained of from the Clerk's
Office at the above ad-
dress. 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 COMMISSION-
ERS .
/s/ Nathan Peters, Jr.,
Chairman
Attest: /s/ Rebecca L. Nor-
ris, Clerk
January 22, 29, 2009


9905S
STATE OF FLORIDA DE-
PARTMENT OF ENVI-
RONMENTAL PROTEC-
TION NOTICE OF INTENT
TO ISSUE PERMIT
The Department of Envi-
ronmental Prdtection gives
notice of its intent to issue
a permit to North Gulf
Water and Sewer Cooper-
ative, Inc., Post Office Box
266, Wewahitchka, Florida
32465, to construct and
operate a new 10,400
gallons-per-day, annual
average daily flow permit-
ted capacity recirculating
sand filter domestic waste-
water treatment plant. The
treatment system will con-
sist of two separate, paral-
lel treatment trains with in-
dividual, subsurface land
application systems. Each
treatment train has a ca-
pacity of 5,200
gallons-perday and con,
sists of a primary treat-
ment tank, a recirculating-
sand filter, duplex disc fil,
ters and duplex ultraviolet
disinfection units. Re'
claimed water will be dis-
persed'via two, separate
subsurface dripline sys-
tems with engineered
mixed plantings of populus
and eucalyptus plants.,
The new facility will be lo-
cated at 4060 N. Highway
71, Wewahitchka, Gulf
County, Florida; latitude
3010'20" N, longitude
8512'9" W.

The intent to issue and ap-
plication file are available
for public inspection dur-
ing normal business hours,
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
Monday through Friday,
except legal holidays, at
Northwest District Office;
Florida Dept. of Environ:
mental Protection, 160
Governmental Center,
Suite 308, Pensacola, FL
3 2 5 0 2 5 7 9 4.

The Department will issue
the permit with the at-
tached conditions unless a
timely petition for an ad-
ministrative hearing is filed
under Sections 120.569
and 120.57, Florida StaL-
utes, within fourteen days
of receipt of notice. The
procedures for petitioning
for a hearing are set forth
below.

A person whose substan-
tial interests are affected
by the Department's pro-
posed permitting decision
may petition for an admin-
istrative proceeding
(hearing) under Sections
120.569 and 120.57, Floi-
ida Statutes. The petition
must contain the informa-
tion set forth below and
must be filed (received by
the clerk) in the Office of
General Counsel of the
Department at 3900 Com-
monwealth Boulevard, Mall
Station 35, Tallahassee;
Florida 32399-3000.

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

Petitions filed .by any per:
sons other than those enti-
tled to written notice under
Section 120.60(3), Florida
Statutes, must be filed
within fourteen days of
publication of the notice or
within fourteen days of re-
ceipt of the written notice',
whichever occurs first. Un'
der Section 120.60(3);
Flrd tttehwvr


Florida Statutes, however,
any person who has asked
the Departient for notice
of agency action may file a
petition within fourteen
days of receipt of such no-
tice, regardless of the dat4
of publication.

The petitioner shall mail a
copy of the petition to the
applicant at the address
indicated above at the time,
of filing. The failure of any
person to file a petition
within fourteen days of re-
ceipt of notice shall consti,


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tute a waiver of that AA: Port St Joe 218 Long Convenience store down- 2 br, 1 ba, unfurn, steps to MEXICO
an administrative determi- Av ( toELongAvePor E Call 850-899-4512 or incl. Mexico Beach. $1000 BEACH-3 BR 2
S nation(hearing) under y.71 to Long Ave Port 850-227-5052 for info. mo.call850-544-2218 BA
Sections 120.569 and St Joe) Jan.24th.one day For Rent Duplex
120.57, Florida Statutes only. 9:00"am, to 5:00 pm HomeBiz.A'aining I2B d uplex11/2 ath, 3 br 1.5 be, new carpet
TV's, sewing machines, Home Biz Training L 2 Bedroom, 1 1/2Bath, 11 Cypress Ave. Large 418 Texas Ave -1 Yr
Any subsequent interven- 2100-Pets cameras, etc PT $400-$1,200 Mo. FT 610-Business/ Large Kitchen & Family fenced yard with deck. Lease; $850/ $850/
lion (in a proceeding initi- 2110 Pets: Free to $2,000 to $6,000 Mo. Call Commercial 6110 | Room, Elevator, Swimm- Great neighborhood near De No Pets/ No Smok
ated by another party) will Good Home 727-865-6795 6110 Apartments ing Pool, Game Room,school $725/mo. + 1st & ing. Single Family Ranch.mok-
be only at the discretion of 2120- Pet Supplies 120 Beach Rentalas TV, Ice Machine, Laundry school $725/m.r + 1 & ing.Single Family Ranch.
the presiding officer upon 2130 Farm Animals/ 6 130 Condotownhouse in n last mo rent dep. 1 yr Credit/References Re
Supplies 6140 House Rentals --R- oom Fully Furnished, in- lease. Call 648-8629 or quired. 804-815-6577.
the filing of a motion in 2140 Pets/Livestock 3240 6150- Roommale Wanted cludes Elec Power & 867-3336
compliance with Rule Wanted 6160 Rooms for Rent 1 br, 1 ba & 2 br, apart- Water, garbage pickup. Port St Joe
28-106.205, Florida Ad- Reuger Minil4 Stainless Logistics/Transportation 6170 Mobile Home/Lol ment. unfurn electric/water $1150 month 3 br, 1.5 ba, Mexico 131 PBridgeport 3 br 2 ba
,ministrative Code. range rifle,'latest model, 6180o Out-of-Town Rentals inc. Tile floors, part cy- Location-C30 2 mi East Beach, Canal Front, boat $850127BellamyCircle3
many extra plus ammo, Driver Trainees 190 Tmeshare Rentals press panelling, private pass Raw Bar on left dock, fp, no pet's, $1,000 br, 2 ba,$800 116 Hunter
A petition that disputes the $700 obo, 850-728-0975 NEEDED 200 acation Renals deck 1 block from beach 850-227-6683 mo $1000 dep. Circle 3 br 1 ba $750
material facts on which. 404-402 55734 0 2 5 5 7 3 850-648-5045 Call Eli 850227-5152
based must contain the,,,, 805 Long Avenue
following intormauton: Eam up to $900/wk. Home 1st Month's rent freelll Mili-
weekendswith TMC. Con- 6140 tary Discount Available!
/ ad o NtCehPonlee n50umbe 645of 805 ..nAvene

(a) The name, address Rottweilers AKC NFL-K9 pany endorsed CDL Train- 1 ba $500 + Spacious and private Port St Joe, 2 br 1 ba, up-
and telephone number of Ing 1-866280-5309 1 br, 1 be, furn. $500 + home, 3 bdrm/2bthrm, stairs. CH&A $550 mo. no
each petitioner; the name Puppies $30014 weeksing 1-866-280-5309 For lease: Office Space, 2 br, 1 ba Some util, $250 dep. How- large fenced in yard, front airsCH&A $550 mpets no
address, and telephone old 3 females Call 1000 sq. ft, featuring two, Apartments Hiland ard Creek Call 522-9515or porch, hardwood floors. 3 ki or pets.
number of the petitioner's 850-827-2701 private offices, bathroom View. Call Phil 227-2112 326-0785 or 827-2906 blocks to area shopping,850-899-0149
representative, if any; the PLOYMENT and porch with Bay views, or Kenny 227-7241 for downtown and St.
Department permit identifi- 4100-Help Wanted Medical/ Health $600/mth includes utilities m infoa Joseph's Bay Month y
-cation number and the 4130 Employment 3052 West Hwy 98, rental available at $750.00
county in which the sub- Information Office Manager 850-978-2099 per month with $750.00 Spacious gulf view Mex-
ject matter or activity is lo- / Needed for local Velerinar- security/damage deposit. ico Bch, half block from
cated; n wided torh excellent com- | 6120 1, 2, &3 Call gulf Coast Property gulf, 2 br, 1 ba, deck, car-
;(b)Astatementofhowand Mf"M riniW'S Sale or110Le7asewt Mexico mBedroom Services at (850) 229-2703 port, C/HA, W/D, D/W,
when each petitioner re- 41 puter skills. Call Ama's ale or Lease e for moreinformationand a $1050 mo util incl. 850
ceived notice of the De- 850-227-7270. Beach Great location. 1 Houses tour of this great house 899-0149
artmenotiaceof tio; De-mini block to Beach, 3br, 2bae for rent in Port St. Joe; Call rental.
A statement action; f h MH deck, $199,000 con- 850-227-7800 St Joe Beach, 2 br, 1 be,
ch petitioners substan Sto age sider all serious offers or 6 1404 Long Ave.(Tenant stilt cottage w/ balcony 1
e tal eint ofere staa o -Ant.ue Con flict Management mo min. se. $875 mo + fell through avail, again) 1/2 blocks to beach, cov-
'by the Department action;' 3110 Appliances ou9 bungalow, 3 br, 2 be, ered parking and storage,
(d)A statementof ;all dis 3120- Art0cs & Crat Coordinator (8501 803- 397-4869 Light house Ave, Beacon newly refurbished, laundry all appliances, $682 +sec.
(d) statementofall 3130 Auctions The Florida Fish and Wild- 4130 Hill, $500 month. Call rm w/dA $700 month Call 850-233-4636
puted issues of material 3140 Baby Items life Conservation Commis- 229-8014 850-625-4955 or 850-766-4601
fact. If there are none, the 3150 Building Supplies sion is seeking a conflict MINI STORAGE 580-276-1680 St. Joe Beach
petition must so indicate; 3160 Business management and outreach m t Century 21 Gulf Coast Re-
(e) A statement of facts Equipment specialist for a 1-year con- POSTAL & GOVT JOB Climate and t alty long term rentals avail- Beautiful 3 br, 2 ba gulf
that the petitioner con- 3170- Collectibles tract. The candidate will INFO FOR SALE? Non-Climate 11 0n ot 2 br, 1 be, Port'St, Joe, able t view home, $1300 mo.
ends warrant reversal or 3180 Computers workwith government, citi Control Storage C/H/A, sml extra room, Coronado #3 2 br 1.5 ba Long Term Rental Call
modification of the Depart- 320- Firewood zens, and businesses to a.u its 229-6 00 'laundry room, nice yard, 731 'Hwy 98 $850 per (404) 545-2552.
ment action; 3210 Free Pass It On reduce human-bear con- CauLliOn Boat/R storage very nice area, $,525 mo, month Townhomes for rent,
(f) A concise statement of 3220- Furniture flicts. Duties involve work- office sac 814-7400 $400 ep No pets Call Destiny #1 2br, 1ba 115- Jones Homestead-
the ultimate facts alleged, 3230 Garage/Yard Sales ing with public officials, co- 850-227-6216 40th St. $550 per month
as well as the rules and 3240 Guns You NEVER have to pay Gulf Point #4 2br, 2.5 ba Ponderosa pines. End
statutes which entitle the 3250- Good Things to Eat ordinating presentations for information about lur few 7172 Hwy 98 $1000 per of year special First
petitioner to relief; and 3270 Jewelry/Clothing Must to be a self-directed federal or postal jobs. If Ou11 urry We only nave Ca ew month month rent free with
(g) A statement of the relief. 3280 Machinery/ professional who is inde- you see a job Available Dec.1st Indian Lagoon Cottages 3 deposit and 12 month
sought by the petitioner, Equipment pendent, motivated, and 'guarantee", contact the Available, 2 b SR-0 Indian ss lease 2 br and 3br
stating precisely the action 3290- MedicalEquipment possesss excellent c 1000sq.ft. B refoot br, 2ba -30ndianPass lease. 2 br and 3br
taou s sssi Pamt$80 plamnta units available. Call
that the petitioner wants3310- Mn icaInstmments munication and problem The Federal Trade Consisting of p s,C Palmetto Plantation 3 br5t3 5s 22aa or 850
the Department to take. 3320- Plants & Shrubs/ solving skills. Experience Commission 3-Offices In a beach access community with pools, playgrounds, lb ba 112015th St. $900 per85-2278404 or 850
Supplies in conflict management or is America's consumer 1-ADA Bathroom month 227 9732 for more in-
Because the administrative 3330 Restaurant/Hotel outreach is required. Can- protection agency. 500 sq.ft. Warehouse house, and huttubs. Price includes Water, sewer and garbage. Palmetto Plantation 2-14 formation.
hearing process is de- 3340 Sporting Goods didate is responsible for br, 3 ba 1120 15th Street
signed to formulate final 3350- Tickets (Buy & Sell) project-relatedcosts such www.ftc.gov/jobscams $85000/mo Gross *3hr/35h...1. ...........................00 $975 per month
agency action, the filing of as travel and lodging, and 1-877-FTC-HELP A "...."........"...' Paradise Porch 2 br, 2 ba
a petition means that the will work in Franklin Americas 2br/25bo ........................ ............. 950' 9135 Cockles Ave. $650 6170
Department's final action County, Florida. Compen- A public service Mini-Storage and """"""""""""""""""" per month Very Nice 2 br, 1 ba, un-
.may be different from the 3110 satio r is $35,000. Email a message from the FTC ni l 4 Surf & Sands unit 30-1 2 furnished with C/H/A, lo-
position takeo by itinthis cover letter and resume and The News Herald Office Complex I.6 1 628,1 33 br, 2 ba 109- 30th St. $580 cated oh South side of
notice. Persons whose with 3 references to Classified Advertising 850-229-8014 per month Wewa on nice lot. $500 mo
substantial interests will be Whirlpool washer/dryer david.telesco@myfwc.com Department Soutemrn Coastal Ma~agement 850o 29.1350 Surf & Sands unit 42-A & w/ damage dep of same.
affected by any such final set, and 1 Roper Washer, by February 6, 2009. 478-451-7761 LONGTEM RENTALS RSemCtiascal. om 42-b 2 br, 2 ba 121- 42ncd Call 850-648-5905
decision of the Department and 1 Kenmore Dryer Call St. $650 per month
have the right to petition to for more info 527-0441 Surf & Sands unit 42-C 4
become a party to the pro- br, 2 ba 121-42ncd St.
,ceeding, in accordance pPort St. Joe Commercial $50permonth.
forth above. Turn to classified's S pace for L#ease 18 Ponderosa Pines Dr.
Merchandise The Gulf County Board of County Spa I.f r Lea $850 per month
Mediation under Section Call 850-648-5449 or
120.573, Florida Statutes, Columns Our Commissioners is accepting applica- Prime Retail Space 850-229-1200 for more in-
is not available for this pro- prices are on tions for fully Certified Corrections 319 Reid Avenue formation R aT S O .,
feedingg. target for you! Offi ull-time and part-time po- 1350sf- occupantashed; $1000/mo Eagle Landing Townhome 710'- Homes
January 22, 2009 target for you Officers. Full-time and part-time p- NNN New development- beauti- 7110 Beach Home/
sitions are available. Applications 317 Williams Avenue ful and spacious 2 br, 2 20 Propert cial
and a complete job description are 1800sf tenant improvements negotiable; $1800/mo gross ups, townhome with bonus 7130- CondoTownhouse
available in our Human Resources 325 Reid Avenue bathroom located in Jones 7150- Lots and Acreage
Office (1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. 4500sf flex space; corner location; $2500/mo gross Homestead ioEagle Land- 7 Mobile Homes/Lots
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Robert Moore 309 Reid Avenue shopping, downtown and 7100 Investment
Blvd.,P St. Je 'oetM oeProperty
*6000sf renovated shell space; occupant ready; $4500/mo St. Joseph's Bay. Monthly 71o0- out-of-Town
Admin Building, Room 301), or at mod-gross rental $750 per month with Real Estate
MINIvc $750 security/damage de- 7200 Timeshare
Swww.gulfcountygovernment.com 310 Reid Aven e posit. Call Gulf Coast
Full time positions start at $27,040, 5750sf Suite B; pit 8 ure retailer; $3000/mo Property Services at (850)
Tired of weaking part-time position pay will be based NN mation and tour of the 7100
Family Daycare waterlines in your ence Office Space home. Let's Trade
Home Childcare Mobile Home? on experience. 202 Marina Drive Gulfaire Houses
Full waterline replacment, 680sf well appoint ss (incl. utilities) Large light and bright 1 br, My beautiful $275,000
Has openings for .four full rates Ray Maiden Plumb Applications will be accepted un- (Bayside Building) ba garden apartment. home in Tenn., with low
time children Days are: ing Company 50890 til 5:00 p.m., E.T. on January 29, 310 Reid Avenue W/, Tile andarpt, pri- taxes and ins., or my
mon- from 8:am to 5:pm 5717 or 850-648-2122 11 6sf Suite finished office space; lobby area vacy fenced with deck, beautiful $170000 homein
we charge $100.00 a 2009 at the Gulf County Human Suite C finished off space; lobby area wthtwo pool, tennis court, private North Carolina for your
week, Please call for more office suites and filing/storage room; $1000/mo NNN beach. Pets okay. $695 beautiful home in the Pan-
information at: 227-3831 IResources Office.. For more infor- 322 Long Avenue mo. 850-639-2690 handle, Call 252-926-9525
We are located in port St.' ^I- .ue or tomandritac@
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joe Golden Rule PET SITTING
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SELL ALLYOUR legged kids.ennelReferreby (850) 229-5335., 110 Trade Circle West House For Rent, in St. previously Ban k Owned
ITEMS local vet. Reliable pet 22500sf- 12500sf PSJ Commerce Park,flex space, $5.25psf/ Joe Beach, 3 br, 2 ba, Property. Priced way below
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Bridge at Bay St. Joe

recognizes National

Activity Professionals Week


The Bridge at Bay St.
Joe would like to honor
the activity profession-
als in all 65 facilities
throughout the Signature
HealthCARE community
during National Activity
Professional Week Jan.
18-23. Nancy Dimitri-
jevich, activities direc-
tor at The Bridge At Bay
St. Joe, and the activi-
ties team are dedicated
to enrich the daily lives
of residents at the facil-
ity. Activity 'profession-
als provide 'a variety of
programming related to
community involvement,
mental stimulation, com-
.munity service, physical
well being and all types
of activities to maintain
normal life pursuits for
the elderly.
The company strives
to enhance the residents'
quality of life while mak-
ing sure each resident
has the opportunity to
participate and enjoy a
wide scope of leisure and


recreational activities
that reflect both interests
and lifetime habits and
encourages fulfillment of
lifelong dreams.
Serenity HealthCARE,
an affiliate of Signature
HealthCARE, headquar-
tered in Palm Beach Gar-
dens, Fla., provides pro-
fessional dementia care
and behavioral health ser-
vices to meet the needs
of residents progressing
through the Alzheimer's
disease process. Serenity
HealthCARE is commit-
ted to the delivery of safe,
clinically appropriate care
in a person-centered en-
vironment focused on
improving and enhancing
lives through staff educa-
tion, resident advocacy,
and meeting assessed
resident psychosocial and
spiritual needs through
ouir interactions.
Serenity HealthCARE
operates in two states and
has a facility in Port St.
Joe.


Bronson reminds consumers

about free credit reports


TALLAHASSEE -- Flor-
ida Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services Commis-
sioner Charles H. Bronson
is urging residents to take
advantage of the free cred-
it reports from each of the
three major credit report-
ing agencies. He says re-
viewing personal financial
information is a good way
to start the year.
Since 2005, an amend-
ment to the federal Fair
Credit Reporting Act has al-
lowed people to get one free
credit report annually from
each of the three credit re-
porting agencies. A credit
report contains information
about a consumer's credit


history, including a listing
of all credit cards; whether
bills have been paid on
time; and whether the
consumer has been sued,
arrested or filed for bank-
ruptcy. National consumer
reporting agencies sell the
information to credit card
companies and other credi-
tors, insurers, employers
and businesses that use
it to determine whether to
approve an application for
credit, insurance, loans and
employment. A poor credit
history can result in rejec-
tion of credit or higher in-
terest rates on a loan.
Bronson also is remind-
ing consumers that they


can put a security freeze
on their credit, reports.
The. freeze prevents ac-
cess to a consumer's credit
report without their autho-
rization. Once a freeze is
in place, a criminal would
be unable to open a charge
card or other account in
the consumer's name
without their knowledge.
The three major credit
reporting agencies are
Equifax, Experian and
TransUnion. To obtain a
free copy of reports from
these agencies, visit www.
AnnualCreditReport.com.
Consumers also can order
their reports by calling
toll-free 877-322-8228.


State accelerates licensing for CPAs


TALLAHASSEE- Last week in a
meeting of the Senate Committee on
'Regulated Industries, Secretary of the
Department of Business and Profes-
sional Regulation Charles W Drago an-
nounced his agency has reduced the
time required to process exam scores for
CPAs from three months to as soon as
two weeks. Floridians hoping to become
licensed certified public accountants can
look forward to a quicker, more efficient
licensure process due an agreement ne-
gotiated with the agency, which provides
CPA testing nationwide.
In the past, Floridians interested in
becoming CPAs sat for an exam, and
those who passed then waited for as long
as three months for DBPR to receive the


scores from the National Association
of State Boards of Accountancy. DBPR
could not send an application packet be-
fore receiving the. scores. On average,
scores were transmitted two times with-
in three months. DBPR identified the
CPA licensing process as one of the most
lengthy for the applicant and sought to
make changes in the process. The Na-
tional Association of State Boards of Ac-
countancy is now transmitting scores
as frequently as eight times per exam
window, which is a three-month period.
DBPR will now be able to provide eligible
applicants with licensure packages in ap-
proximately 30 days.
For more information, please visit My-
FloridaLicense.com.


Florida lottery to host seminar for retailers Feb. 4


WHAT: Business own-
ers are invited to attend
the "How to Become a
Florida Lottery Retailer"
seminar.
WHEN: 2-4 p.m. Feb.


WHERE: Aria (former-
ly Albert's Provence), 1415
Timberlane Road, Talla-
hassee, FL 32312
RSVP: Business own-
ers interested in attend-
ing are. asked to RSVP


by Jan. 30 by calling 850-
487-7733 or 800-428-8986
ext. 7733 if calling, from
outside the Tallahassee
area. To register online,
visit www.flalottery.com/
retailer.dow


BBBR
Foundation

seeks entries for
annual awards

Your Better Business
BureauR Foundation of
Northwest Florida is cur-
rently accepting nomina-
tions and entries for the
2009 Torch Award for Mar-
ketplace Ethics, which
recognizes businesses and
charities that insist on high
standards of behavior in
dealing with customers,
vendors and employees.
To be considered for the
2009 Torch Award, a busi-
ness or 501 (c) (3) charity
must have been in business
for 'at least one year with
the same ownership and
may not hold an "F" rating
with your BBB. Applicants
must be physically located
within the BBB Northwest
Florida's service area.
The Customer Service
Excellence Award: Recog-
nizes employees who go
above and beyond in their
customer-service activi-
ties.
Any business may nomi-
nate employees .for the
Customer Service Excel-
lence Award by providing
specific examples of how
the individual has provided
excellent customer service
beyond what might be re-
quired by his or her job.
Student Ethics Scholar-
ship: Nine high school stu-
dents will receive $1,000
scholarships for their
commitment to ethical
behavior and personal in-
tegrity. High school juniors
and seniors within BBBR
Northwest Florida's ser-,
vice area may apply for the
scholarship.
The application dead-
line for all awards is March
27. For entry forms please
visit www.nwfl.bbb.org/
TorchAward or call 850-
429-0002 or 800-729-9226.


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