Group Title: Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.).
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Title: The star
Uniform Title: Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Creator: Star
Publisher: Star
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Place of Publication: Port St. Joe, Fla
Publication Date: February 12, 2009
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Gulf -- Port Saint Joe
Coordinates: 29.814722 x -85.297222 ( Place of Publication )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1937.
General Note: Editor: Wesley R. Ramsey, <1970>.
General Note: Publisher: The Star Pub. Co., <1970>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 7 (Dec. 2, 1938).
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YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937


Thursday, FEBRUARY 12, 2009


For breaking news, visit www.starfl.com


By Despina Williams She'd been among a
Star StaffWriter generation of Apalachicola


School board chairman George Cox
surprises, Janice Nelson with a bouquet
honoring her achievement as the 2008-
09 School Related Employee of the
Year.


Janice Nelson


School-Related


Employee of


the Year

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

Consider Janice Nelson the best sup-
porting actress of the Gulf County School
District.
Her dual roles as Wewahitchka Elemen-
tary School's Pre-K and Bridges Program
aide have revealed an impressive range of
talents.
She has changed dirty diapers, scraped
finger-paint off walls and rescued a kami-
kaze hamster from a watery grave (the
Pre-K toilet).
She has done all this and more while
maintaining a cheerful, positive attitude.
Last Tuesday, the Gulf County School
district staff honored Nelson's 25 years of
service to the district by naming her the
2008-09 School Related Employee of the
Year.
Instead of a golden statue, Nelson re-
ceived a bouquet of flowers and a pat on the
back for a job well done.
The surprise salute left her little time to
compose her acceptance speech.
See NELSON A8


Schools honor

supporting cast

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer -
Wewahitchka Elementary School aide
Janice Nelson might have earned the title
of the Gulf School district's School Related
Employee of the Year, but her achievement
does not lessen the merits of her fellow
honorees.
Those chosen by their peers as School
Related Employee of the Year at the coun-
ty's six public schools have demonstrated
excellence in a variety of fields, from cus-
todial work to accounts payable.
Many wear multiple hats, and all have
earned the respect and admiration of their
peers.

Brenda Fisher
Brenda Fisher is more than a Port St.
Joe Elementary School food service work-
Ser.I
Principal Melissa
Ramsey described her as
a "team player" and "men-
tor to many kids that need
a role model."
During her five years
with the elementary school,
FISHER Fisher has performed daily
duties, such as cooking and
serving food, washing dishes and mopping
floors, while also tackling a challenging
second job.
See SUPPORTING A8

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Long ago, an army of
Cupids roamed the streets of
Apalachicola, minds fixed on a
single purpose.
They crept stealthily to
the front porches of their best
friends and schoolmates to
perform an annual Valentine's
Day ritual.
Before curtains parted and
their deeds were discovered,
they gave a quick knock and
dropped a calling card on the
porch floor.
The trick in this Valentine's
Day trick-or-treat was to not
get caught red-handed.
Running for cover, the
young cherubs loosed a cry
that reverberated throughout
the city'
"Valentine!"
In planning Monday's
Trinity Episcopal Church
Valentine's tea, Susan
Clementson was inspired,by
the lost tradition of "throwing
Valentines."


children who took to the
streets on Valentine's Day
afternoon, delivering cards to
close friends.
"Your mother usually
took you around, and you
had your box of Valentines,"
said Clementson, who
still can recall the proper
pronunciation of the Feb. 14
greeting.
"You had to say it with
inflection: 'VAL-en-tine!"' she
said.
With the help of her fellow
Episcopal churchwomen,
Clementson crafted
invitations to the Valentine's
tea out of construction paper,
doilies and candy hearts.
Clementson delivered the
Valentines just as she had in
the 1950s: by throwing them
;door to door.

An old tradition
Many longtime
Apalachicola residents
smiled with recognition at
Clementson's Valentine's
- surprise.
Though long
dormant, the tradition
*. of throwing Valentines
extends back at least
80 years in the city, with
children of pre-school and
elementary school age the
chief participants.
Clementson's uncle,
Harry Buzzett, 85, travelled
throughout Apalachicola by
foot or on bicycle to deliver
Valentines as a boy.
"We didn't do it in school."
Buzzett remembered. "We
went to the Catholic school,
and the nuns wouldn't put up
with that nonsense."
Like all of her school
friends, Buzzett's wife,
Cathy. 80, dressed in a festive
Valentine's Day shirt on Feb.
14.
She delivered Valentines
she had purchased at one of
Apalachicola's two 10 Cent


stores.
"They had books you
could get that had the
little punch-outs. They
had little doilies, things
to make Valentines
with," said Buzzett,
noting that they were
much less sophisticated
than the Valentines of
today.
"Mostly they were
simple: They said, 'Would
you be my Valentine?"'
she said.
Buzzett's friend,
Dorothy Hannon, 89,
purchased her Valentines
for a penny a piece.
"They were just
ugly Valentines," she
laughed. "We thought
they were pretty."
Hannon, now
a Port St. Joe
resident, delivered
her Valentines
accompanied by a
posse of 10 school
chums, including
Port St. Joe's late
pharmacist Ganhon
Buzzett.
"We'd walk in the
middle of the street."
Hannon said. "We had
a good time. We had a
wonderful crowd, all
about the same age."
An adult always
accompanied the group
on its jaunts through the
neighborhood.
"Usually the parents
would send us with some
older person. We didn't
know it was a chaperone,
but that's what it was,"
Hannon said.
Helen Quackenbush,
another Port St. Joe
transplant, delivered her
Valentines with sister,
Dorothy Hill, and father,
G. Rodman Porter.
The trio set out
before dark on foot.
"It was nothing to

See VALENTINES A6


TIM CROFT I The Star
The Port Authority was recognized as Member of the
Year at Monday's annual Chamber of Commerce dinner.
Board member Johanna White holds the plaque while
port executive director Tommy Pitts look on.


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By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Chamber members rose
to their feet to salute giants of
the past on Monday night but
reserved some of the loudest
applause inside the Centen-
nial Building for a significant
piece of the future.
The Chamber of Com-
merce's annual dinner
served to highlight a time of
transition, a nod to the sands
that signify a new era as they
steadily tumble through the
proverbial hourglass.
The chamber board un-
derwent a minor makeover,
with most of the sitting of-
ficers remaining for another
year, though some in new
posts.


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Opinion A4
Letters to the Editor ................. A5
Sports A9-11
Obituaries B5


Church News B4
Law Enforcement ................... B8
School News B7
Legals BI0


Significant threads of the
recent past also were salut-
ed in the Lifetime Achieve-
ment award, which went to
the late Wesley Ramsey, and
the award for Significant
Achievement, awarded to
Sonjia and Wayne Taylor.
But the night's biggest
news was the announce-
ment from the 2008 Member
of the Year, the Port of Port
St. Joe, with board members
announcing that the newly
constituted port had finalized
its first commercial contract
last Friday and again had
brought an operational port
to the county.
"All of us are impacted by
this port," said Patrick Jones,
See CHAMBER A2


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recently named to fill the board seat of
Warren Yeager, who stepped down after
being elected to the county commission.
"Hopefully we will be creating jobs that
will support us all."
The port finalized a deal last week
with a company that will bring aggregate
through the port for road building and


other projects around the region
and state.
The port, chairman of the
board Allen Cox said, is posi-
tioned to be a "spearhead" of the
president's economic stimulus
plan, the new contract promising
steady income, jobs and a founda-
tion for future development of the
port.
The company, already involved
in the Stump Hole revetment re-
inforcement project, will bring 1.1
million short tons of aggregate
through the port in the next year.
The aggregate will be used for
road and infrastructure projects
around the state, Cox said, one
of the stated goals of the Obama
stimulus plan.
The income generated to the
port over the next year should be
roughly $1.5 million, Cox said.
"We are a port," Cox said. "We
are up and running. We are going
to bring jobs now to Gulf County."
Boardmember Johanna White '
thanked the chamber members
and the community at large for
their patience during the lengthy
process of vision to reality but


said the work had begun to pay off Fri-
day.
"We just continue looking toward the
future and it is a bright future," White
said.
Port board members also thanked
those involved in the public/private part-
nership that has resulted in the first cus-
tomer in more than a decade, particu-
larly the city of Port St. Joe, The St. Joe
Company and the county.
From time to time, chamber president
Ralph Roberson said, the chamber and
its now more than 300 members hands.
out an award for Significant Achieve-
ment. The award is not an annual one as
with Member of the Year and Lifetime
Achievement, Roberson said, but is hand-
ed out to honor extraordinary people and
their contributions to the chamber.
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"Sonjia and Wayne Taylor deserve
this for all the years, all the loyal years,
as chamber members," Roberson said
before ticking off a lengthy list of civic
and chamber involvement which under-
scored that a community thread had
been woven by the couple, a significant
part of the fabric that made Port
St. Joe the community it has been
for so many years.
The Lifetime Achievement
award was handed out by Kesley
Colbert after an emotional speech
about his personal involvement
with Wesley Ramsey, for more
than 40 years the owner of this
newspaper, and his family.
Knitting the personal with the
professional, Colbert eloquently
captured the man who had inject-
ed himself into the community far
beyond the ink and paper of pro-
during a community newspaper.
"The chamber has chosen
well," Colbert said before walking
TAYLOR the award back to the table where
Ramsey's widow, known as Mrs.
S Frenchie, sat with her son, Wil-
lie.


"Thank you very, very much,"
Mrs. Frenchie said after compos-
ing herself during the emotional
moment.
The guest speaker for the night
was Roger Hall, chief administra-
CHIE tor of the Sacred Heart Hospital
SEY on the Emerald Coast in Destin
and temporary administrator for
the hospital rising from the ground near,
the Gulf/Franklin Center.
Hall provided an update on the hos-
pital, which is taking shape and a'pears
on target for its opening near the end of
the year.
The chamber also did a bit of business
amidst dinner and ceremonies, with a
little bit of urging from Roberson to keep
local dollars local and for all stakeholders
in economic development in the county
to push in the same direction.
Andy Smith's term on the board has
expired with Bobby Pickels coming to
take his seat.
Tom Gibson stepped down as vice
president, though he remains on the
board, with Jeremy Novak ascending to
vice president.
Current board members received
new posts, with Melissa Farrell named
treasurer and Randy Raffield secretary.
Roberson agreed to serve another one-
year term as president.


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Frank Hannon left indelible mark on community


By Tom Parker
Contributing Writer
It was September of
1940 and two months
earlier I had become a
teenager, goodness, I was
13 years old.
Two things I remember
about those times were
that school did not begin
until Sept. 7 or 8 and that
the weather had already
become quite cold.
A few weeks earlier,
Mama had set down with
the Sears and Roebuck
Catalog and ordered her
four school-age children
their winter clothes. I
would talk her into getting
me a leather jacket and
knee boots and maybe
a pair of old fashioned
boot pants. Oh, and I
don't want to forget that
Mama had three more
kids at home, ages 1,3
and 5. Bless her heart,
but God had given her
all the qualities that she
needed to be a wonderful
Mom with the patience of
Job. And certainly I do not
want to leave out Daddy
for he could be described
as one of the "good guys"
and his children loved
him dearly. What he
lacked in education he
made up for in hard work
and family devotion.
Let me describe our
educational buildings that
were in use at the time.
When I entered
first grade we had two
buildings located where
the Bay St. Joseph Care
and Rehab Center and
the The Villages of Port
St. Joe are today. A white
stucco building was
located at Ninth Street
and Long Avenue and
the old brick building,
the older of the two, was
at 11th Street and Long
Avenue. The name Long
Avenue had not been
given to the dirt road that


ended where 11th Street is
today.
My mother had
attended school in the red
building in 1924.
A third complex was
built between the two
existing buildings in 1937.
I entered the sixth grade
in it.
But now about the man
that really inspired this
story.
He came to our town
in 1940, the year I entered
the eighth grade. Upon
his entry into our school
system, he taught history
and physical education
and since I was taking
American Democracy, he
was my teacher. His name
was Frank Hannon, but
to me he was always "Mr.
Frank." I always said I
didn't like history as much
as I did Mr. Frank. He was
a great gentleman and a
good teacher.:
Most of the eighth-
and ninth-grade boys
knew very little about
the techniques of boxing.
Mr. Frank brought his
boxing gloves to school
and began teaching us


the finer points of the
art. He had boxed while
in college and was very
good. He would put on the
gloves and spar with us
being careful not to heart
anyone. I remember that
his quick footwork, which
is so important in boxing,
reminded me of a dancer.
Active in coaching,
he assisted Buster
Owens in coaching our
six-man football team.
He once told me when
we were scrimmaging
at practice not to tackle
Billy Hammock head-
on, but to hit him from
the side. Even though I
was smaller than Billy,
I though I could handle
him so I kinda ignored
what Mr. Frank told me.
When I tackled Billy, I saw
my first stars. He was a
powerful runner.
In May of 1944, we
had our first-ever track
meet. The events were to
include high jump, foot
races, vaulting, etc.
Mr. Frank, who was
in charge of getting
the athletic field ready,
got some of us older


boys to help him. We
needed some sawdust
to spread at the high
jump and vaulting sites.
Mr. Frank borrowed a
large flatbed truck from
Mr. B.B. Conklin of the
Gulf Hardware who I
remember when asked
of a favor his answer was
always, "Why Shore."
He was a very nice civic-
minded citizen.
Someone told us there
was a sawdust pile in the
woods in the direction of
Depot Creek. The present
Highway 98 that bypasses
C-30 and Indian Pass was
non-existent at this time
so our trip was on all dirt
roads.
As we traveled, Alfred
Rhames and Ralph Silva
were in the cab with Mr.


Frank while G.W. Parrish,
Punk Stevens and I were
standing on the flatbed
with our hands resting
on the back of the cab.
With nothing to grip, this
truly was an unsafe way
to travel. In that day, we
didn't worry about safety
as we do today. I said all
this to set up the funny
but near painful incident
that happened next.
We were traveling
about 35 miles per hour
and were approaching a
"Y" in the road. We had
passed this way earlier
and I thought we would
return the same way that
we came. As I leaned into
the curve allowing for
the supposed return, Mr.
Frank'suddenly turned
the other way. Well, I


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Q Why do we need an increased village?
Since the economy of Florida is weakening, there is less revenue. Therefore, the State of Florida has
drastically reduced its funding into our school system.
07-08: We were cut 2.1 million dollars and we lost 43 employees countywide.
08-09: We will cut 600,000 dollars, which will include 8 10 employees.
09-10: We Will be cut another 1.7 million dollars, which will include up to 42 employees.
" How-will thdse cuts impact our schools?
If this referendum does not pass, our school district will be greatly impacted.
-The number of students in our classrooms will increase due to fewer teachers.
-Middle School and Junior Varsity sports could be eliminated.
-Elective programs such as Band,Art, ROTC, Welding, Music, etc... may not be available to our
students.
-The middle schools at both ends of the county will be merged with the high schools and the 6th
grades will be added to the elementary schools which will make for extremely crowded situations in
our elementary schools.
Q Some questions you might have:
If we are out of money, why is PSJE building a NEW BUILDING?
The money used to build the Pre-ki building comes from the V cent sales tax that will end in December
of this year. The State of Florida allows for the sales tax to pay for construction costs only.
How long will this TAX LAST?
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How can I find out how much I will have to PAY with the tax increase?
Look at your property tax bill. Find the range that your taxable amount falls into. If your taxable
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went sailing and in midair
I formed a ball so that
when I hit the ground
'I just rolled. Mr. Frank
stopped quickly and was
over me in seconds. It
really scared him more
than it did me. I got up
laughing with only a small
scratch on my elbow.
Mr. Frank met, fell in
love with, and married
Dorothy Anderson, his
partner for the rest of his
life. She has always been
known by all of her friend
as "Miss Dot."
It has always been
my" privilege to know this
family. And this I believe.

(Frank Hannon's
birthday was this past
Monday. He would have
been 92).











A4 I The Star 1Ou nion


Keyboard KLATTERINGS



Another



battle won

The coming weekend standard bearer of track in
will be a fine time for any the country, did not even
hoops fan in the county. cover the women's nation-
The Port St. Joe girls' al championships.
basketball team hosts a In fact, there might not
region quarterfinal at 7 have even been a women's
p.m. on Thursday with a track team without the
,chance to return home Tigerbelles of little Ten-
this coming Tuesday with nessee State University, a
a shot at a berth in the historically black college
state semifinals, that fielded some
The following of the fastest wom-
night, the R. Man- en in the world,
on Craig Coliseum, including the one
"The Dome," will they called "Skee-
be alive again as ..' ter," Rudolph.
the boys District At that time it
3-2A tournament.* was unseemly for
is hosted by Port TIM CROFT women to be seen
St. Joe, with We- Star news editor sweating and strict
wahitchka and the dress codes and
Tiger Sharks look- lessons in deco-
ing increasingly likely to rum were instilled so that
be squaring off Saturday the women of this country
night for the district title would project a positive
and home court in the first image.'
round of the Region 1 tour- This was a time when
nament. distance running was
That this is being writ- forbidden for women
ten together, this mix of athletes; it was the first
boys and girls athletics, time in 32 years that the
is something we should women's 800 meters was
all be proud of because even conducted because it
while the comparison is was believed women had
not apples-to-oranges, the dispositions too delicate to
road traveled by women's run such a long distance.
athletics since 1960 mir- Twelve more years
rors the road the civil would pass before women
rights movement traveled would compete over 1,500
without the violence and meters in the Olympics
deaths. and 1984 before the wom-
And it.is worth not- en's marathon was part
ing during Black History of the program at the Los
Month, that one of the Angeles Olympics.
unsung heroes of that In a study, Bridget
fight, of both fights if taken Mary Handley identified
in context, was Wilma five factors that held wom-
Rudolph, whose charisma en back in sports, which
and stunning talent in marginalized them in the
winning the sprints at the 'eyes of the press and the
Rome Olympics of 1960 Olympic movement, which
helped shatter the notion dominated much of sports
of inferiority based on ei- at the time.
their skin tone or gender. Females were not
As David Maraniss tough enough, psychologi-
points out in a recent book, cally or physically, to stand
those Olympics in Rome up under competition;
were a watershed on so the historical connection
many levels. between sports and war
During the height of and the perception that
the Cold War, as the USSR physical competition was
pounded away about all not compatible with be-
being equal in a socialist ing a woman; the fear of
society but not in an Amer- becoming muscular and
ica founded on freedom, unfeminine in appearance;
Rafer Johnson, a decath- and menstruation and
lete, became the first indi- pregnancy.
vidual of color to hold the But as time proved,
American flag and lead Handley's study contin-
the U.S. delegation during ues, women were not as
the opening ceremony's fragile as perceived and
march of countries, no more susceptible to
In Rome, we first heard stress than men, medical
of a young fighter named science demonstrated no
Cassius Clay, who would damage to reproductive
by the decade's end be one organs and menstruation
of the most recognizable had little if any impact on
men on the planet, known performance.
as Muhammad Ali. In 1960, nearly double
In 1960, women's athlet- the women athletes com-
ics were so minimized that
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- Thursday, February 12, 2009


Our VIEW





Rules of the team


$
During last week's budget work- the public's, not in the ownership of
shop, one county commissioner pro- commissioners. Some commission-
nounced that it would require- team- ers certainly perceive parks on their
work to pull the county through the districts as personal shrines, but the
times ahead. public paid out the dough for such
As with all teams, however, some narcissism.
rules are needed. Rule No. 3: Don't discuss the lack
Here are some suggestions: of a replacement for the county's
Rule No. 1: Quit talking about chief administrator when you have
county employees who are working the perfect person sitting just 10 or
50 and 60 -hours a week and what a so feet away. And they aren't disquali-
strain that is on employees, fied because they carry "Y" chromo-
Such statements, made again and somes.
again last week, are insulting to those Lynn Lanier has long demonstrat-
who are unable to find work, who ed the same level of professionalism,
have seen their work hours slashed responsiveness and adeptness with
or who have been laid off from their details that Don Butler has and it
previous jobs. would almost seem commissioners
The county's unemployment rate dismiss her because she is a she.
is rising to levels not seen since the And if the county comes to a stop,
paper mill closed, Arizona Chemical as it was put last week, when Mr. But-
is on furlough and another restau- ler is on vacation or ill or dead, as
rant has shuttered its doors. There one example provided that is on
are hundreds of folks in the county commissioners and nobody else.
who wouldn't mind 50 to 60 hours a And if a replacement hasn't re-
week if it meant having a job. ceived suitable training or guidance
A job, it should be added, that of- to assume Mr. Butler's responsibili-
fers mighty decent wages compared ties when he is away, that is also on
to the private sector, where many commissioners.
who still have positions are putting in Rule No. 4: Commissioners insist-
50 and 60 hours a week at a fraction ed last week that one place to save
of what some senior county officials money is for all employees to clean
earn each year. their own work space.
And a job that provides decent As long as this is a team effort, and
health insurance and retirement all but one commissioner actually has
benefits to boot, not to mention the to report to work each day at a sched-
overtime not available to all in the uled time, how about commissioners-
private sector. ,undertaking the cleaning business
More work with fewer bodies themselves.
join the crowd. That would set an example for all
Such statements reflect a group employees of the kind of team work
of "gentlemen" who do not punch a commissioners expect.
time clock and who have completely Commissioners could clean the
lost touch with the' difficulties com- 'courthouse in Port St. Joe one week-
mon folk are facing in the workplace end and perform similar duties at
these days. facilities around the county on a ro-
Rule No. 2: The county's parks do- tating basis each weekend and save
not belong to commissioners, they money to boot.
belong to the taxpayers. During one On any football team, even the
discussion last week, one commis- quarterbacks get their hands dirty.
sioner wondered if another was re- Rule No. 5: Believing your comput-
ferring to "my park." You didn't pay er is all right there in your head, as
for them. one commissioner stated repeatedly
State or county, it doesn't much last week, does not mean it is always
matter the source of the funding, it functioning at optimum levels.
is all tax money and the parks are The county clearly needs an. IT


person; that the county doesn't al-
ready have one is one tiny exhibit of
how the county needlessly wastes
money. Different programs, different
software, different uses, in this com-
puter age that county is running on
dozens of differing tracks.
The cost of hiring one person to
perform essential technology func-
tions that are a part of running any
business these days will pay for itself
over and over again.
But the answer to the technology
issues surrounding creating a cohe-
sive work order system, a tracking of
how money is spent and an account-
ing of ongoing projects is not pointing
to your right temple and pronouncing
the only computer you need is in your
noggin.
That underscores the chasm be-
tween county commissioners and the
real world.
Rule No. 6: Stop insisting that it
.,hasn't been business as usual the
past few years. Yes, by state mandate,
commissioners found some fat to
slice away from the budget a waste
transfer station in Wewahitchka, pri-
marily and yes, the county has shed
some jobs, mostly by. not filling posi-
tions that come open.
But while the county's population
has remained pretty much stagnant
this decade, taxes have risen by well
over 100 percent, the countyworkforce
remains bloated compared to needs
and services have been reduced.
Small businesses and property
owners are leaving the county be-
cause they can no longer shoulder
a tax burden entirely out of scale to
what has happened to property val-
ues.
The only people who seem to be-
lieve it is not business as usual these
days are the five commissioners.
Rule No. 7: Being a county com-
missioner is not a job. It is a privilege;
it is public service. If commissioners
want to cut dollars, then start at the
top, and slice their own salaries. A 10
percent slice sounds like a start.
At that point, folks might actually
believe the nonsense that it isn't busi-
ness as usual.


Be mine...until I can get this car moving!


One Valentine's Day, we
grew weary of the same old
"Be Mine Forever" cards,
the same old chocolate
and the same old girls. Our
town was fairly small. Me
and Ricky, Yogi, Don and
Buddy had been swapping
cards with'Jane, LaRenda,
Graylene, Pam and Ruth
Ann since the first grade.
Miss Carolyn de-
manded it. Miss
Dorothy the next
year quoted her
verbatim. And then
Miss Belle and Miss
Dinwiddie.. well,
you can see our
problem.
"This is silly," HUI
Buddy seemed DO
angry about the Kesley
whole thing. "We're
juniors; there has
got to be more to life than
hariding Charlotte Melton a
12 cent card that says 'My
Favorite Valentine' on it."
I didn't say nothing. I
kinda liked Charlotte. I
thought she was about the
best choice we had. She
and I would ride horses
together. I took her on the
church hayride back in the
eighth grade. She'd bring
me Dr Peppers when I
hauled hay for her dad.
She'd even call me (which
girls were forbidden to do)
if she got a juicy tidbit on
Joe Sasser or Violet Aber-
nathy.
"We've got to distribute
ourselves around." It was
hard to understand Yogi at
times. We waited while he
sorted it out. "You know,
we've got to find some
other girls."
We pondered that in
silence. It sounded good on
paper. But we didn't know
any other girls. Nobody
moved into our little town.
And if someone came to


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)1


visit, they were old as Me-
thuselah. Or looked like
death eating a cracker!
"Well," Ricky stated the
obvious, "we ain't going to
find them here."
I don't remember who
suggested Paris. It was a
fairly large town about 20
miles right straight down
Highway 79 from us. We
just never had
ventured out that
far on our own. We
didn't know one girl
over there.
We were dis-
", cussing that very
thing as we cruised
toward Paris.
IKER ."Ricky, what will
WN Arvie do if he finds
Colbert out we're not at
Billy's studying for
the English test?"
Silence. We all knew
what Mr. Hale would do.
And then our respective
fathers would do the same
thing to each of us! It
seemed like vigilante jus-
tice to us. But there were
no appeals, injunctions, last
second reprieves or writs
of habeas corpus in 1964.
We all understood the risks
involved as Ricky eased the
Chevrolet into the A & W
Root Beer drive in.
"Are we just going to
walk up to the first girl
we see and hand them a
card?"
"Maybe we could get out
and stroll up to the window
so they could all get a look
see at us."
More silence. We kinda
looked around at each oth-
er. Getting out might riot be
all that hot of an idea. The *
girl who roller skated up to
the car to take our order
wasn't bad looking. None of
us could think of anything
funny or witty to say so we
ordered a round of root


beers and waited for her to
leave before formulating
a plan. "How do we know
if they are going steady or
not?"
"How do we find out
how big their boyfriends
are?"'
"We need five girls."
Don said it like maybe one
of us couldn't count.
"Don't we also need five
Valentine cards? Or five
boxes of chocolates?"
'How could anything be
so complicated? And we
did have an English exam
second period in the morn-
ing..
We finished our drinks
and set the glasses back on
the convenient metal tray
the rolling lady had placed
on the window. "Kes, didn't
you play ball in Paris last
summer?"
"Yeah, but I didn't meet
any girls."
"How could you spend.
a whole summer over here
.and riot meet one girl?"
It was a statement of con-
demnation!
"I don't know. I just
came to play ball." The
dead silence prolonged
my agony and seemed to
confirm my guilt. I was fix-
ing to defend myself when
Rick decided we weren't
having any luck here. He
backed up with the window
tray still attached. Five
large empty root beer
glasses crashed onto the
blacktop!
A startled Rick hit the
brakes a little too hard as
his attention diverted to
the flying glass and we slid
into the side of a '61 Thun-
derbird! It wasn't much of
a lick. I'm thinking maybe
just a scratch when Tarzan
eased out from behind the
wheel of the offended au-
tomobile. King Kong was


riding shotgun! A crowd
gathered in a nanosecond.
"Quick, look around and
see if any of these girls are
Valentine material." Buddy
was always one to make
the best of a bad situation.
"Yeah, maybe a couple
of us could get a list of
prospects while Tarzan
takes out his frustrations
on Ricky." Don was serious.
I was going to get out,
maybe help diffuse this
thing some way...but I was
also trying to scan the
crowd. You never know
when a Sandra Dee or a
Julie Newmar might pqop
up. I was reaching for the
handle when the gorilla
guy lifted the tray off the
window with one hand and
crushed it like it was tin
foil.
We didn't have our usual
pause for silence. We didn't
ponder on the matter. We
didn't take stock as to how
our parents might feel.
We didn't hdve a show of
hands. And for once, Buddy
didn't have nothing to say.
Ricky dropped that thing
into low and we vacated
the premises! We barely
missed rolling girl, hopped
briefly upon the curve
where the sidewalk led to
the restrooms and laid rub-
ber from the A & W parking
lot to way past the Texaco
Station.
Don was the first to
speak. "You know, Jane and
Ruth Ann don't look too
bad if the lights are turned
down kinda low."
Listen, right then both
of them could have been
"My Valentine Forever!"
And I learned a never-to-
be-forgotten lesson about
shopping at home.

Respectfully,
Kes











A5 I The Star Letters


Thursday, February 12,2009


Letters to the EDITOR


Two cents
on black bear
Dear Editor:
I would like to put my
two cents in about the black
bear in Florida.
*I want you to know that
I am not as educated as the
scientists, researchers and
biologist, .who conducted
these studies. They used
their higher education to
get the power to be such as
governors, legislators and
the FWC commissioners
to believe that everything
they reported was factually
accurate.
Walter McCowen, out of
the FWC office in Gaines-
ville, directed me to the
information I needed. The
last question I asked was,
"What number must the
bear population need to
get to for them not be clas-


sified as threatened?" His
answer, "We don't know."
All of the information I
read came from the FWC.
I was dazzled with com-
plex calculations explain-
ing why they placed bears
on the threatened list, but
some of the information is
a tad confusing.
The first report was
titled: "Statewide Assess-
ment of Road Impacts on
Bears in Six Study Areas in
Florida from May 2001-Sep-
tember 2003."
' Pages 17-18 indicate
"that 2,129 hair samples
were analyzed using DNA
methods."
Page 20, titled "Bear
Population Estimates"
states, "In total 23,887 hair
samples were collected
across six study areas
from May 2001-September
2003."


On Page 27 researchers
state, "The Florida black
bear has declined since the
1500's from 11,000 bears to
1,282 bears in 1998." I could
not locate records for bear
census dated 1500's.
Maybe if the other
21,758 hair samples of the
total 23,887 had been ana-
lyzed the researchers may
have found out there could
be more than 2,042-3,213
bears in the study areas.
With 23,887 hair samples,
until all are tested, there
may be more than 20,000
bears in Florida.
Pages 54 through 59
show computerized maps
of the study areas in Flori-
da. This equals to approxi-
mately 2,400 square miles.
,Florida covers about 54,252
square miles. The FWC
counted the bears in about
4.4238 percent of Florida.


Page 54 shows the three
year study area within the
Apalachicola National For-
est.
In this study the FWC
calculated that the black
bear total for Florida as:
A total of 2.042-3,213
bears in the' Apalachic-
ola National Forest, Big
Cypress, Eglin, Ocala,
Osceola and St. John com-
bined.
Move up to Sept. 17,2008
and Kipp Froelich's report,
FWC "Update on the Black
Bear Management."'
Page 4 is titled "Black
Bear Distribution in Flori-
da."
.A total of 2,042-3,213
bears were found in the
Apalachicola ,National
Forest, Big Cypress, Eg-
lin, Ocala, Osceola and St.
Johns.
Page 11 states '515


bears had been killed by
vehicles from 2003-06.
It's amazing that from
September 2003 to Septem-
ber 2008, there has been
no increase or decrease in
the population of bears in
Florida.
I have never wanted to
hunt bears and don't think
that I ever will. I feel that
if the numbers of bears
can be miscalculated then
maybe deer, turkeys, how
about bream, they may be
next, if a researcher can't
catch one in a river. Scien-
tists, researchers and bi-
ologists have already done
this with red snapper and
mullet. Hey, how did they
conduct the census for red
snapper and mullet in the
gulf?
The FWC needs our
help. Please e-mail any
pictures and all pictures of


bears that you may have to
the FWC.
Mickey Larkins
Bristol

I Abstain
Dear Editor:
In viewing the Jan. 27,
2008 county commission
meeting I noted that Dis-
trict 5 commissioner War-
ren Yeager abstained from
voting on at least three mo-
tions that were put forth.
District 5 has now gone
from having a 20 percent
voice in county affairs to
at times having no voice
at all. If this is not a strong
argument for county-wide
voting what is? It seems as
if Mr. Yeager is abstaining
from pursuing that cam-
paign promise as well.
Tom Knoche
Port St. Joe


Three thoughts of a grieving father


By Tony Ahrent

This is being written in
three parts because these
are the three things on my
)mind since the death of
my son Shawn Ahrent on
Dec. 12, 2008, at the age
of 20.

Part 1

To his friends and
young people everywhere
let me start It thank you,
thank you all for your
thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for being a
friend to my son. Let me
say I was amazed at the
number of people at the
service. I know my son but.
not in the same ways and
knowing he had so many
people that cared for him
has helped make his loss a
little easier.
His loss has taken part
of my soul, and ifter less
than two months, I am just
going through the motions
of living, and if I did not
have my daughter, Brit-
'tany, I don't know where
I would be right now. My
kids have always been my
soul even though we are'
miles apart. I love them
both very much.
Shawn was my little
"Buba;" that's what I
called him when he was
younger. Later he'became
my son, Shawn, a young
man searching for a way
through this difficult
world. He made mistakes
as some young people do.
I have many regrets. I re-
gret that I wasn't around
as much as I wanted and
that I couldn't help him
some of the times he
asked. All I could do was
tell him I loved him and
give advice even if he
didn't ask for it. One of my
biggest regrets is that the
last time we talked, I gave


my advice on his choice of
career; I just wanted him
to succeed and we dis-
agreed, but not arguing,
said I love you, talk to you
later. I thought he would'
call in a day or in a week
as he had always done, but
we were both stubborn
and that's the last time I
heard his voice. I should
have called! Had I known
as I do now how good he
was at being a tattooist, I
would have told him how
proud I was of him.
Now to the point: I am
pot pointing fingers at
any one part of society
or person but WAKE UP
YOUTH, GUNS ARE NOT
TOYS! They do not make
you macho or more of
a man. If you are going'
some place where you
think you need that kind
of protection,then DON' T
GO! Is it really where you
want to be; is it worth the
chance or price that might
be paid?. The ownership
of a gun requires that you
have respect for it, fear of
it to a point for what it can
do, common sense most of
all. My son paid the price
for the lack of all of these
things. His friend shot and
killed him. Now my son is
gone, and the other young
man is facing jail.
To his friends that I
met: Thank you again for
taking care of him when
I couldn't, for giving him
food and a place to stay
when he wasn't allowed to
go home. I love you alt for
that.

Part 2

To the young man that
took his life.
I want you to know that
I do not hate you or want
any harm to come to you.
Hate breeds hate. I know
from talking to my son


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that you were good friends
and you are together in
so many of his MySpace
pictures. You were there
for him when he needed a
friend, and he was there
for you. I am, however,
angry that you did not
use better judgment and
maturity when owning a
weapon. You will never
know how much you took
from me; no one will.
Shawn was my only son,
the only legacy of my last
name. Brittany will marry
and the kids will have his
last name, notmine. I
have talked to you twice
and want to understand
why, but there is no an-
swer to why. Why did he
die and not just get hurt
and everyone learns a
lesson? Why didn't he just
come stay with me when
he could have? Laws
were broken, and I can't
change those facts or the
outcome, but I want you to
take care because Shawn
cared. When all is done, I
want you to make your life
worth something. Become
a man Shawn would have
had for a life long friend.
Make his death mean
something. Please do this
for me. Do this for Shawn,
you owe him at least that
much. So honor him by
becoming more than most
and making a difference in
this world while you can.

Part 3

To my sori, Shawn.
Son, your death has left
a void in my life, a hole in
my heart that can never
be filled. I want you to
know that I love you and


miss you so much. I cry
every day and will proba-
bly be this way until I die.
I remember your birth
at 8:01 a.m. in San Diego.
The nurse came out and
handed me this little
bundle and said, "Here is
your baby boy." You were
wrapped up with a blue
cap on, 'and you were so
cute. I held you for the
first 10 minutes before
anyone else, and I was so
proud. Time went by so
fast. I played with you and
made sure you were safe
from all things. We moved
to Guam when you were
around 23 months and had
your 2nd birthday in the
hotel where we stayed. I
have pictures of you walk-
ing in my boots and hat.
You copied everything I
did and made me smile,
when days were hard. A
year later, your sister was
born and we sat down to
have a talk. I told you that
you were a big brother
and part of that meant you
had to help watch your
sister and protect her, You
took that to heart and be-
gan defending her against
any and all kids. You did
this because you loved
her and in later years you
would call to let me know
what was happening in
her life and to let me know
you had a talk with her
or a boy that was hang-.
ing around. Even though
she got mad, I know she
liked knowing you were
there for her. Sometimes
I wish I wouldn't have had
that talk with you because
when I asked you to come
stay with me your answer
was always, "I would,
Dad, but I have to keep


an eye on Brittany." If I
had you with me, maybe
what happened would
have been different. You
are so much like me and
your grandpa Ray. You're
strong and wear your
heart on your sleeve and
loyal to a fault. If you had
nothing, you still made
others your priority; if
they are down, you make
them smile.
When you were put
out on your own, it broke
my heart when you called
and I could do nothing. I
want you to know I am so
proud of who you became,
so strong and loved by all.
I wish we had spent more
time together when we
could have but hindsight
is 20/2'0 as they say, and I
thought I always had more
time.
The news of your death
has been so hard. You
were my only son, the last
male with my last name.
There are so many things,
left unsaid, so many re-
grets, so many whys and
what-ifs. Just know I will
see you again someday,
and I know you are still
watching over your sister
somehow. I wish I could
say these things to your
face, but I know you know
how I felt. So rest now,
my son, and know you are
always in my thoughts and
dreams. You don't have
to struggle anymore, and
. those of us who truly loved
you will be here waiting to
see you again. I am proud
you are and always will be
one of the greatest joys
ever in my life.
I love you always my,
son, Shawn Christopher
Ahrent.


KLATTERINGS

from page A5

peted compared to the
Olympics of four years
earlier, and the number
of events were double
what they had been in
Berlin in 1936, 24 years
earlier. Women began to
grab some of the spot-
light.
None that summer
more than Rudolph,
who had survived polio
as a youngster, a teen-
age pregnancy and en-
trenched prejudice while
growing up in the South
and dazzled the world in
the record heat at Rome
with wins on the 100 ahd
200 meters.
Rudolph's wins were
not so much victories
as dominations of fields
comprised of athletes
who knew little of her,
but who came to under-
stand the determination
and athleticism she
was also an outstanding
basketball player and
fueled this lithe, beautiful
girl.
. Her victories in Rome,
the way she carried her-
self, made Rudolph an
international star and
something of a symbol
of the fight for racial and
gender rights in this
country.
So although they
might not know the
name, the Lady Tiger
Sharks and all other
female athletes in the
county owe a sizable debt
to Rudolph, who arrived
in Rome an unknown
and left having forever
changed the way the
world would look at fe-
male athletes and people
of color.
We are all better peo-
ple for her accomplish-
ments.


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A6 I The Star


Local


All hearts bow to St. Valentine


Though Port St. Joe native Tom Parker,
81, admits to crafting Valentines for his
sweethearts as a lad, he never threw them
like his Apalachicola neighbors.
Neither did his kids and grandkids.
"I believe that tradition stopped at the
Franklin County line," he said.
Though Port St. Joe's residents may
not have thrown Valentines, they were not
immune to Valentine's Day's charms.
The following article, written by Star
founder WS. Smith, appeared on the
editorial page of the Feb. 11, 1938 edition.
Entitled "'All Hearts Bow to St. Valentine,"
the article attempts to unravel the mysteries
of a woman's heart on Valentine's eve.

Lovers beware! A wealth of cheery little
red hearts and rampant cupids are flaunting
their charms from store windows in Port St.
Joe to lure even the wary into the endearing
ways of St. Valentine:
And just what chance have young men
and their sweethearts? There's no telling
when one of these paper arrows may reach
home or a plaintive verse, sweet as a sugar


plum, succeed in entwining itself
around a loose tendril of a wistful
heart.
While girls shorten their dresses
and cut their hair, and while
fashions in valentines come and go,
the heart of the maid is generally as
susceptible to valentines and their
verses as that of the hoop-skirted
lady generations ago.
"What are those things?"
questioned a mystified customer in
Miles' store yesterday, pointing to
a row of lacy confections. "Would a
girl really like one of them?" _
Like them! She couldn't help
it; they were the very essence of
the old-time valentines. They are
quite a contrast to the satirical
and humorous concoctions which
were popular a few years ago. But
any older woman will say there is
nothing new about them. They are
copies of the hand-wrought and
fanciful expressions common years
ago.


VALENTINES from page A1


walk in those days. Most people didn't
have cars,"' said Quackenbush, whose
father did not buy an automobile until after
she departed for college.
In addition to their Valentines, Hill and
Quackenbush carried oyster shells, which
they tossed at doors to get their friends'
attention.
Quackenbush was always anxious to
get back home in time to surprise her
Valentine-wielding friends.
"It was easy to catch them because they
came up that long front walk," she said.
The tradition continued with the
subsequent generation.
During his time in the Army, Harry
Buzzett, a retired colonel, was stationed on
military bases throughout the world, and
his children delivered Valentines door to
door wherever they lived.
Quackenbush's daughter, Lynn Todd,
delivered her first Valentine at age 3 and
continued well into her elementary school
years.

Just like a kid
Though Clementson always enjoyed
throwing Valentines as a kid, she
abandoned the tradition when she became
a teenager. -
She set her sights on loftier goals, like
receiving the prettiest box of Valentine's


candy from the towering display at
Buzzett's drug store.
Drug store owner John Joe
Buzzett always set out the candy
in January, stacking the boxes on
shelves behind the soda fountain.
The candy stayed there until ,
Valentine's Day.
"If you had a boyfriend, you'd say, !
'I hope he gives me that one,' and -
you didn't know until Valentine's
Day which box of candy you got,"'
Clementson said.
"We went from throwing Valentines
in elementary school to getting
Valentine's candy in high school:"
Just as it is not exactly clear when
throwing Valentines became a trend in
Apalachicola, it also is not clear when it
ended.
- Many of the Baby Boom generation
threw Valentines as children, but their
children are mostly unaware of the
tradition.
The majority of those interviewed for
this article had not even thought about
throwing Valentines in decades.
Though Clementson said she was not
trying to revive a lost tradition in throwing
her Valentine invitations, she had fun
while it lasted.
"I felt just like I did when I was a kid,"
she said.


* ..,. I~I


1 960s-era
Valentines
courtesy of Mary
Williams and
Despina George
of Apalachicola


Thursday, February 12, 2009


North Port St. Joe seeks

re-inclusion into PSJRA

By Marie Logan County 30A at Simmons Bayou.
Contributing Writer The state intends to replace
two box culverts on the road
Another page will be added with a bridge and wants the
to the Port St. Joe redevelop- city to relocate its utility lines
ment story next week. to accommodate the project.
It was announced at the Feb. Weston. said he told FDOT it
3 regular city commission meet- would be a hardship on the city,
ing that there will be a public particularly at the estimated
meeting by the Port St. Joe Re- cost of $100,000. He said after
development Agency (PSJRA) the meeting, the cost to the city
on Feb. 17 to ask the commis- had dropped to approximately
sion to pass a finding of neces- $60,000 but was still a hardship.
sity, which will allow the re-in- According to Tom Gibson,
clusion of north Port St. Joe in of Rish, Gibson. Scholz and
the redevelopment boundary. Groom, the city's law firm of re-
This is in response to a ma- cord, the city has the final plats
jority of the neighborhood's and all legal documentation for
residents asking to be re-in- both city cemeteries, Forest Hill
stated into the PSJRA. Last and Holly Hill and can resume
year, the neighborhood was selling plots in both locations.
removed as a condition of the Weston said he will be
settlement of a lawsuit filed in holding discussions with coun-
2007 against the city. ty administrator Don Butler on
The board also read, by title the possibility of the city once
only, the final version of the again using the county's build-
city's new trash ordinance, ing department for services
the first of two required public within the city limits. Port St.
readings. Joe stopped using the county's
Copies of the ordinance are resources several years ago
available at city hall and will and has been outsourcing the
be publicized in The Star, with work to a private firm that re-
some of the major changes high- ceives 85 percent of the build-
lighted. Mayor Mel Magidson ing permit fees for its services.
said the public will have a pe- Mike Lacour, the city's di-
riod of leniency while residents rector of parks and recreation,
become accustomed to the said the joint city-county effort
changes in how and where they to clear the land for the pro-
can legally dispose of trash. posed joint sports complex on
The ordinance is expected U.S. 98 at Garrison Avenue is
to be adopted at its second almost complete.
reading at the next city com- He said the community
mission meeting on Feb. 17. grants (FRDAP) committee
In other business: had met to review the needs
John Grantland, Port St. assessment and recent city-
Joe Public Works Director, said wide survey results pertain-
he hoped city cgews would be ing to the sports complex and
finished with the sewer installa- would have a document for the
tion and out of Highland View in board in three to four weeks.
two weeks. He said crews hoped According to Lacour, the
to begin connecting houses in final sign-up for Dixie youth
White City to their new sewer baseball will be 9 a.m. to noon
lines in the next 30 days. Feb. 14 at the STAC House in
Charlie Weston, Port St. Port St. Joe.
Joe city manager, said he had There will be a'Feb. 12 bid
met with representatives of the opening at 4 p.m. ET for the
Florida Department of Trans- awarding of the $75,000 grant
portation (FDOT) about the for landscaping U.S. 98 within
culvert replacement project on the city limits.


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County studying cost-cutting measures


By Marie Logan
Contributing Writer
County commission-
ers looked at a number of
ways to slash the county
budget during the Feb. 10
regular commission meet-
ing.
To that end, several
commissioners reported
on their assignments
handed out at the last
meeting by commission
chairman Nathan Peters.
Commissioner Warren
Yeager reported on the
county parks system, pri-
marily on Honeyville and
Dead Lakes parks.
The board passed a
motion to implement
his recommendations to
make Honeyville a day-
light only park, shutting
off all but two lights for se-
-curity from dusk to dawn;
raise the rental fee by $50
per day; empty and shut
off the walk-in freezer
that currently runs con-
tinuously; monitor and
adjust the building ther-


mostat year-round; and
set a time limit on paying
the building deposit.
For Dead Lakes, the
board passed a motion 5-0
to go out for a request for
proposals to privatize the
park. Commissioners said
they felt the park could be
a source of tourism rev-
enue if it were marketed
properly.
Yeager will continue to
study and report on other
county parks.
Commissioner Bill
Williams gave a prelimi;
nary report on his study
of county consolidation,
which he will continue
working on.
He and county admin-
istrator Don Butler are
considering -two options:
physical consolidation of
all departments under
one roof and consolidation
"without walls," or stag-
ing and allocating county
resources more efficiently
without actual physical
consolidation.
Commissioner Carmen


McLemore reported on
ways to make the county
landfill more efficient.
Saying there was no
way the landfill could ac-
tually pay for itself, the
board unanimously voted
to begin charging both the
city of Wewahitchka and
the city of Port St. Joe tip-
ping fees for landfill use
beginning April 1.
Commissioners also
voted .unanimously to be-
gin charging all govern-
ment entities for landfill
use at $50 per ton.
Commissioners voted
5-0 to spend approxi-
mately $60,000 Joe Dan-
ford, the county director
of solid waste, had freed
from his budget to launch
a study of a countywide
MSBU (Municipal Ser-
vices Benefits Unit) for
individual residential use
of the landfill.
The study will Ptake
about one year and could
be implemented in the
next fiscal year's budget.
In other business con-


ducted at the meeting:
Two- projects that
had been submitted to
the state Department of
Transportation for federal
stimulus money consid-
eration both met the cri-
teria, and the DOT asked
the county to prioritize
them.
Under consideration
were work at the Stump
Hole and the widening and
re-striping of County 30A
from Dead Man Curve to
the Franklin County line.
The board voted unani-
mously to list the County
30A project as the No. 1
consideration.
The city of Wewahi-
tchka requested the coun-
ty take over code enforce-
ment within the city limits
but was not willing to pay
the county for the service.
Commissioners voted
unanimously not to take
onthe work, both because
of lack of compensation
and because the county,


according to Gulf County
administrator Don But-
ler, did not have the time
to absorb the extra work
load.
The board voted
unanimously to pay the
remainder of TIF (Tax
Increment Financing)
funds it owed to the Port
St. Joe Redevelopment
Agency using the certified
figures from Gulf County
property appraiser Kesley
Colbert's office.
The board had voted
earlier to pay 80 percent of
the requested TIF funds.
The total amount owed by
the county was $287,000.
Butler asked if any of
the list of options for pos-
sible revenue generation
compiled at a prior budget
workshop could be elimi-
nated from consideration
and research. The board
eliminated the options of
building a larger jail and
the requirement for dog
licenses. They decided to


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in a future special meet-
ing on the budget.
County attorney Tim
McFarland distributed a
version of the new sign
ordinance for the board's
study. The board will vote
on the ordinance at the
next commission meet-
ing.
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to begin on March 1 using
a work order system. Be-
cause a software problem
is holding up computer-
ized implementation of
the work order system,
the commissioners will
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1 (Traylor voting no) to
hold both county commis-
sion meetings at 6 p.m.
ET, requiring only essen-
tial county personnel to
attend and giving them
complimentary time off
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Thursday, February 12, 2009


Local


NELSON from page Al.1


"Y'all, I just don't know what to
say. Y'all are good at overwhelming
me lately," said Nelson, who was
selected by her colleagues for the
schoolwide honor last month.
Before beginning her 25-year
career in the district, Nelson volun-
teered for several years while rais-
ing her children, Terry, Gary and
Angela.
Former Wewahitchka Elemen-
tary School teacher Joyce Groom
served as an early mentor, show-
ing Nelson the ropes in a Pre-K
environment. -
"I learned a lot from her," Nel-
son said. "I was with her 10 or
12 years. She took me under her


wing."
Nelson divides her time be-
tween Darlene Ake's Pre-K class-
room and the Bridges Program,
which serves developmentally
disabled students. She also trans-
ports lunches from.the elementary
school to the Pre-K site and serves
as a Pre-K school bus aide.
Nelson has enjoyed her many
years with the 3- and 4-year-olds,
who refer to her affectionately as
"Ms. Janice."
"Just give me the babies any
time. They keep me young," she
said..
. A long struggle with diabetes
has taken a physical toll on Nel-


son, who has announced that she
will retire in May.
In the recommendation letter
she submitted to the judging com-
mittee, Ake marked the date with
sadness.
"Some things in life are simply
impossible," Ake wrote. "There is
no way this lady can ever be re-
placed. Pre-K will not be the same
without her. My life is not the same
because of her."
On Tuesday, Ake presented Nel-
son with, an appreciation gift: a
rose with special musical talent.
"Those are pretty," said Ake,
nodding at the district's bouquet.
"But ours lights up and plays."


Janice
Nelson's
son, Garry
Harrelson,
back
right, with
.Nelson, Pre-
K teacher
Darlene
Ake and her
students,
surmmed up
his mom's
achievement
in two
words:
"'Bout time."


SUPPORTING from page Al


As the director of the
Washington Recreation
Center summer program,
Fisher supervises two
adult assistants and six
youth assistants.
She also has operated
a highly successful after-"
school recreation program
for the city of Port St. Joe.
City recreation director
Mike Lacour, Fisher's im-
mediate supervisor during
her time with the after-
school program, praised
her dedication and profes-
sionalism.
"Besides being a- joy
to work with, Brenda is a
take-charge person who
has engaged the youth of
our community with cre-
ative recreation ideas and
personal attention to their
needs."
Lacour credits Fisher's
leadership with raising af-
ter-school program partici-
pation.

Freddie Davis
In describing her job
responsibilities as a Port
St. Joe Middle School cus-
todian, Freedie Davis cited
traditional duties such as
cleaning bathrooms and
classrooms.
She closed by saying, "I
do anything I can do."


Those who know Davis
might call that an under-
statement.
During her -five years
with the district, Davis has
been many

bus and
lunch room
substitute,


and an aide
DAVIS to a stu-.
dent who
required constant atten-
tion.
Principal Juanise Grif-
fin, who has known Davis
for many years, called her
a "competent individual
who has performed above
and beyond the call of her
duties in working with our
county, administrators,
teachers, staff and stu-
dents."
As a custodian, Davis
has taken great pride in
the cleanliness of both Port
St. Joe middle and high
schools, an attribute Griffin
admires and appreciates.
Fellow honoree Carol
Faison, the high school's
administrative secretary,
voiched for Davis' work
ethic.
She called Davis "by far,
one of the hardest workers
I have ever known."


NOTICE OF PUBLIC
HEARING FOR A LARGE
SCALE AMENDMENT TO
THE CITY OF
CARRABELLE
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
Public Hearing of the
City of Carrabelle Planning and Zoning Board
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Carrabelle will
hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, February 26, 2009, start-
ing on or after. 4:30 P.M., at the Carrabelle Municipal Com-
plex, 1001 Gray Avenue, Carrabelle, Florida, to consider the
following item, First Reading of:
The purpose of the Public Hearing is to receive comments and
make decisions regarding the above matter. The plan amend-
ment includes changes to the Coastal Management Element of
the Comprehensive Plan no changes will be made to the Future
Land Use Map.
ORDINANCE NO.: 438
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COMPREHENSIVE
PLAN OF THE CITY OF CARRABELLE, SPECIFICALLY
CITY-INITIATED TEXTAMENDMENTS TO POLICY 7.G. 1
OBJECTIVE 1.2 OF THE COASTAL MANAGEMENT EL-
EMENT, OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING
FOR SEVERABILITY; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES
IN CONFLICT. HEREWITH AND PROVIDING FOR AN
EFFECTIVE DATE.
A copy of the Ordinance is available for inspection at City
Hall. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the
hearing and be heard on this matter.
At this hearing, the City Commission will accept public testi-
mony and will consider the adoption of Comprehensive Plan
Amendment 09-01
All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing
and comment upon the Plan Amendments or submit their com-
ments in writing to the City Commission. Further information
concerning the proposed amendments can be obtained from
the City Clerk at City Hall, ,at 1001. Gray Ave., Carrabelle,
Florida, or by calling (850)697-2727, between the hours of
8:30 A.M and 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, excluding
holidays.
Please be advised that if a person decides to appeal any deci-
sion made by the City Commission with respect to any matter
considered at this heating, such person will need a record of
the proceedings, and for this purpose such person may need
to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is based. The City of Carrabelle does not provide or
prepare such record pursuant to F.S. 286.0105.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, per-
sons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk
at City Hall, at 1001 Gray Avenue, Carrabelle, Florida, or by
calling (850)697-3618, no later than three (3) days prior to the
proceedings.
Any person requiring a special accommodation at this hearing
because of a disability or physical impairment should contact
the City Clerk at (850) 697-3618 as soon as possible.
Keisha Smith
City Clerk
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Carol Faison
Davis' hard work did not
escape Faison.
Neither did Faison's
hard work
escape her
Port St. Joe
HighSchool
colleagues.
Whenre-
cent budget
cuts elimi-
FAISON nated both
the high
school's secretary and as-
sistant principal positions,
Faison was forced to fly
solo in the front office,
The 21-year school sys-
tem veteran became re-
sponsible for all front-desk
operations, including find-
ing substitutes, calling for
repairs, distributing pay-
roll checks, recording dis-
cipline and handling walk-
ins and phone calls.
By her colleagues' ac-
counts, she has performed
with grace and competence
in this high-stress role.
"I sometimes wonder
how she maintains her san-
ity in the midst of all the
chaos, but she is always
polite and professional,"
marveled media specialist
Angel Barbee. "I've never
heard her snap at anyone,
even when I know she must


feel overwhelmed.
Principal Duane McFar-.
land called Faison "more
than just a 'regular' secre-
tary."
"I do not know what I
would do without the ex-
pertise and insight that she
provides me on a daily ba-
sis," MqFarland said.
Faison was also the 2006
School Related Employee
of the Year.

Pam Stiles
Not even a computer-
ized cash register system
could prevent Pam Stiles
from performing her duties
as Port St.
Joe Middle/
High School
lunchroom
cashier
with verve.
"Pam
has learned
STILES the system,
shown tre-
mendous fortitude and an
amazing amount, of pa-
tience toward the students
as they adjust to the fin-
gerprint reading system;"
said Principal Pam Lister.
"After filling in for just one
day for Pam on this sys-
tem, I had a new-found ap-
preciation for the excellent
job she does."


PUBLIC NOTICE

A Public Hearing will be held at the Plan-
ning and Development Review Board
(PDRB) meeting on Tuesday, February 17,
2009 at 8:45 a.m. EST, and at the Board of
County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting
on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
EST. Both public hearings will be held in.
the BOCC Meeting Room at the Robert M.
Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida.
The public hearings will be to discuss and
act on the following:

1. January 20, 2009 Minutes
2. Public Hearing Small Scale Map
Amendment Buckhorn
Development, LLC Parcel ID
#01359-255R 4.62 Acres in Section
35, Township 3 South, Range 10 West,
Gulf County, Florida Changing 4.62
Acres from Agricultural to
Residential. Located North of
Wewahitchka.
3. County Development Regulations
4. Public at Large
5. Staff

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








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Stiles has 14 years in the
district and five years at
the middle school.
In addition to her duties
as cashier, Stiles serves as
a bus driver and works as a
teacher's aide for a number
of elementary school sum-
mer reading programs.
"She is always willing to
help out above and beyond
the call of her job title," said
co-worker Julianne Carr.
"Pam is always willing to
take the trip that no other
driver will take."
Lister agreed.
"Pam is a hard worker
who does all she can to as-
sist and support the edu-
cational program for our
students."

Denise Veasey
As head custodian at
Wewahitchka High, Denise
Veasey is responsible for
the look and maintenance
of the en-
tire school.
Veasey
.has been
I pa employed
with the
district
for eight-
VEASEY and-a-half
years, all at
the high school.
English teacher Mark
Arrant has known Veasey
for seven years as a co-
worker and parent. He
applauded her work, both
professionally and person-
ally.
"She has proven herself
to be capable and consci-
entious in both capacities
and deserving of recogni-
tion or her efforts," Arrant
said.
With Veasey at the
helm, Arrant has wit-
nessed a change for the
better in the school's cus-
todial management and
appearance.
"Since becoming head
custodian at Wewahitch-
ka High School, she has
put -forth much effort to
reorganize the custodial
staff's operations and im-
prove efficiency," he said.

David White
The school mainte-
nance department re-
ceived a great asset when
David White began his
employment two-and-a-
half years ago.
Askilled
air condi-
tioner and
refrigera-
tion man,
carpenter
and electri-
cian, White
WHITE previously
owned his
own business and has
many years of practical
experience.
He performs a variety
of maintenance work for
each of the county's pub-
lic schools and has earned
the respect of his peers
and supervisor Greg Lay-
field.
"David cares about the
schools, the system, and
most importantly, he cares
about the children in our
schools," Layfield said.
Layfield recalled how
White would call him af-
ter hours or on weekends
to discuss problems need-
ing attention at the school
sites.
Co-worker Bruce Nixon
has been impressed by
White's commitment to
his job and concern for the
student population.


"Although he does not
have .direct contact with
students, he shows con-
cern for their education,"
Nixon said. "He goes be-
yond his job requirement
to assure that each school
runs as smooth as pos-
sible."

Lenore Hall
With just over 24 years
in the Wewahitchka Bus
Barn, Lenore Hall is the
honoree with the second
most seniority, behind dis-

ner Janice
Nelson.
"Lee,"
as she is
known by
her tcol-
leagues, is
HALLt a fuill-time
bus driver
and frequent target of bus
barn pranks.
"Just about every day,
someone puts a plastic
bug or snake somewhere
near where she is sitting
in the bus barn," said
transportation coordina-
tor Don Rich.
Rich credits Hall's
good-natured .response
with helping "relieve the
stress levels that are in-
herit with the job of being
a bus driver."
Hall has maintained her
reputation as a dependable
,bus driver even as she bat-
tled health problems.
An avid sports fan, Hall
has volunteered to drive
the bus on numerous field
trips and has transported
the track team, wrestling
team and band to games
and matches.
"She l6ves to watch the
sports teams and is one of
the first to be in the stands
rooting them on!" said fel-
low honoree and bus driver
Pam Stiles.
Rich offered one word
to sum up Hall's long ca-
reer: "Dedication."

Margaret Roberson
Working at the district
office's accounts payable
office, Margaret Roberson
frequently has faced col-
leagues needing her as-
sistance on
very tight






ROBERSON Margaret
from day
one is her willingness to
stop whatever she is work-
ing on to help someone
else," said superintendent
Tim Wilder's secretary,
Mary Lou Cumbie.
"Without fail, Margaret
always assures me she will
get it taken care of, and she
is as good as her word."
Roberson has been tak-
ing care of business for 19
years in the district, with
the last seven in her cur-
rent assignment.
Finance officer Sissy
Worley described Rob-
erson as a "valuable em-
ployee" and "team player,
always ready to assist oth-
ers with their duties."
Worley praised Rober-
son's great work ethic and
noted her ability to work
well with the public, as
well as the district staff.
"She has always dis-
played a willingness to
perform her job in a pro-
fessional manner," Worley
said.






Thursday, February 12, 2009 Sports Ihe Star I A9.


Wewahitchka retires Brandon Jones' No. 22 jersey


By Josh Weinfuss
Florida Freedom Newspapers
Brandon Jones doesn't say much, so
Tuesday afternoon's ceremony to retire
his No. 22 Wewahitchka High School
baseball jersey was perfect for the pro-
fessional baseball player.
Jones, 25, didn't need to speak during
the 40-minute ceremony. He looked on as
former coaches, mentors, Wewahitchka
Mayor Ray Dickens and Gulf County
Schools Superintendent Tim Wilder re-
galed more than
400 friends, family
and Wewa students
with anecdotes and
praise.
"It means a
lot coming out of
a small town like
Wewa and being
the first one from
Gulf County to ever
play in the majors, I
mean, that's a great
feeling," Jones said
prior to the cer-
emony. "Celebrat- *.- <.
ing this with all my ..,
friends and family
and people I grew
up with, all my high
school coaches, it's,
a good feeling.
"This was shock-
ing when my mom- Atlanta Braves outfi
ma told me." Jones signs autogra
Jones played last Wewahitchka High
season and the last the retirement of his
month of 2007 with
the Atlanta Braves.
On Feb. 18, he'll report to Braves spring
training camp in Lake Buena Vista with
high hopes of making the 25-man roster
for Opening Day as a left fielder.
His big-league debut came on Sept.
16, 2007, in Washington, D.C., against the
Nationals with a start in left field. Jones
went 0-for-4 a day after helping Triple-A
Richmond win the International League
championship. During the postgame cel-
ebration, the Richmond manager called
Jones into his office and told him the
Braves had called him up.
"The first person I called was my
momma," Jones said. "Actually, the first
day when I stepped in the locker room,
everybody was laughing at me because
they knew that we just won the champi-


onship, and they probably knew I had a
long night that night. Everybody greeted
me like I was on the team already. They
treated me good."
After Wilder and Dickens spoke, for-
mer Wewahitchka baseball coaches Jay
Kearce and Grant Grantham took the po-
dium and shared their feelings with the
gathering.
Kearce talked about playing Jones on
the Gators' varsity team as a freshman
and said he initially told the Braves about
his standout.


elder Brandon
phs for fans at
School following
baseball jersey.


Grantham
shared more stories
about Jones and his
baseball prowess.
Now the football
coach at Liberty
County, Grantham
said Jones could
have excelled at
basketball and
football on the next
level.
"There was
something spe-
cial about him,"
Grantham said, as
emotion caught
up with him. "You
knew when .he
walked in." '
Jones was draft-
ed out of high school
by the Kansas City
Royals but instead
chose to attend Tal-
lahassee Commu-
nity College for two
seasons. He. was
taken by Atlanta in


the 24th round of the 2003 first-year draft
and spent three years in the minors.
Last season, Jones bounced between
Triple-A and the parent club, playing in 41
games with the Braves from June 11-29
and Aug. 22-Sept. 26. He batted .267 for
the Braves with 31 hits, 17 RBIs and one
home run.
"It's tiring moving from place to place,
but it also is a good thing that they keep
bringing you up," Jones said. "That
means they like you.
"Last season was disappointing from
my standpoint. My power numbers
weren't as good as they were the year be-
fore. I was just putting a lot of pressure on
myself. This year I know what to expect,
and I'm just going to go out and play."


CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
Gulf County Schools Superintendent Tim Wilder presented Atlanta Braves
outfielder Brandon Jones with his No. 22 jersey from high school, which was
retired Tuesday at Wewahitchka High School.


ALL *

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NOTICE OF CITY OF
PORT ST. JOE CITY
COMMISSION MEETING
ADOPTING ORDINANCE
APPROVING ISSUANCE
OF AN WINDMARK
BEACH INTEGRATED
AND RESTATED.
DEVELOPMENT ORDER
The City of Port St. Joe City Commission
Proposes to adopt by' ordinance theifollowing:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLOR-
IDA, APPROVING ISSUANCE OF AN INTEGRATED AND
RESTATED DEVELOPMENT ORDER BY THE CITY PUR-
SUANT TO FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 380.06, FOR
THE WINDMARK BEACH DEVELOPMENT OF REGION-
ALIMPACT; ESTABLISHINGTHE RIGHTS, CONDITIONS
AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE DEVELOPER; PROVIDING
FOR REPEAL OF ANY CONFLICTING ORDINANCES;
PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING AN EF-
FECTIVE DATE.
The public hearing for the adoption of the Ordinance will be
held on Tuesday, March 3,2009, at 6:00 P.M., Eastern Time
at the Municipal Building, 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd, Port
St. Joe, Florida 32456. A first reading of the Ordinance will
occur at the same time and location on February 17, 2009.
Copies of the Ordinance are available for public inspection at
City of Port St. Joe City Hall located at 305 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456.
The hearing may be continued from time to time as may be
necessary.
Interested persons may attend and be heard at the public hear-
ing or provide comments in writing to the City Commission-
ers of the City of Port St. Joe at City of Port St. Joe City Hall
305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456.
Transactions of the public hearing will not be recorded. Per-
sons wishing to appeal any decision made during the hearing
will need a record of the proceeding and should ensure that
a verbatim record is made, including the testimony on which
the appeal is based.
Any person who wishes to attend and requires assistance may
call the City Clerk's Office at (850) 229-8261 ext. 114.
CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY
OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA


By: Mayor-Commissioner
Attest: City Clerk


NOTICE OF CITY OF
PORT ST. JOE CITY
COMMISSION MEETING
AMENDING THE CITY OF
PORT ST. JOE
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
FUTURE LAND USE
ELEMENT POLICY 1.3.5
The City of Port St. Joe City Commission
Proposes to adopt by ordinance the following:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE,
FLORIDA, RELATING TO AND AMENDING THE
CITY OF PORT ST. JOE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
FUTURE LAND USE ELEMENT POLICY 1.3.5 RE-
GARDING THE WINDMARK BEACH DRI, PURSU-
ANT TO AUTHORITY UNDER STATE STATUTES
SECTION 163.3187; AND PROVIDING AN EFFEC-
TIVE DATE.
The public hearing for the adoption of the Ordinance
will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 6:00 P.M.,
Eastern Time at the Municipal Building, 305 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. A first
reading of the Ordinance will occur at the same time
and location on February 17, 2009. Copies of the
Ordinance are available for public inspection at City of
Port St. Joe City Hall located at 305 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456.
The hearing may be continued from time to time as
may be necessary.
Interested persons may attend and be heard at the
public hearing or provide comments in writing to
the City Commissioners of the City of Port St. Joe at
City of Port St. Joe City Hall 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. Transactions of the
public hearing will not be recorded. Persons wishing'
to appeal any decision made during the hearing will
need a record of the proceeding and should ensure that
a verbatim record is made, including the testimony on
which the appeal is based.
Any person who wishes to attend and requires assis-
tance may call the City Clerk's Office at (850) 229-
8261 ext. 114.

CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY
OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA
By: Mayor-Commissioner
Attest: City Clerk


NOTICE OF PUBLIC

HEARING

The City of Port St. Joe, Florida
proposes to consider a recommendation to
adopt the following:

ADOPTION OF THE PROPOSED
EVALUATION AND APPRAISAL
REPORT OF THE CITY OF PORT ST.
JOE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

The City of Port St. Joe, Florida,
by and through its Board of City Commis-
sioners, will consider the adoption of the
Evaluation and Appraisal Report on the
City's Comprehensive Plan, for transmittal
to the Florida Department of Community
Affairs (DCA) for its review of sufficiency
pursuant to the requirements of Chapter
163.3191, Florida Statutes.
Prior to its adoption, a public hear-
ing on the report will be held at City Hall,
Port St. Joe, 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida, on March 3, 2009, at
6:00 p.m. The proposed report may be in-
spected by the public at City Hall, between
the hours of 8:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m., week-
days. Interested parties are encouraged to
appear at, these hearings and provide com-
ments regarding the proposed report..
APPEAL: NECESSITY OF RECORD
If a person decides to appeal any
decisions made with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting, such person will
need to record the proceeding and, for such
purposes, such person may need to ensure
that a verbatirr record of the proceeding is
made, which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal is to
be based.
Any person requiring a special accommo-
dation at this hearing because of a disabil-
ity or physical impairment should contact
the-City Clerk at (850) 229-8261 at least
five (5) calendar days prior to the hearing.


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Thursday, February 12, 2009 www. starfl. com Page 10




Lady Tiger Sharks clinch district championship


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Kenny Parker stands
on the Port St. Joe High
School ti'ack stopwatch in
hand, watching his Lady
Tiger Shark basketball
team running their laps.
It is there, Parker said,
that a season turned, that a
8-9 team prior to the Christ-
mas break was molded into
a squad that has gone un-
defeated since, winning
11 straight, including last
weekend's District 3-2A
tournament.
The victory over West
Gadsden in Saturday's fi-
nal gave Port St. Joe the
title and home court for the
Region 1-2A quarterfinals
and a match-up with Talla-
hassee Maclay.-
A victory Thursday.
night, another on the road
Tuesday, likely against Tal-
lahassee North Florida,
Christian, and the Lady Ti-
ger Sharks (19-8) could find
themselves back in "The
Dome" this next Saturday
with a berth in the state
Class 2A semifinals on the
line.
"I don't even talk about
it," Parker said of the re-
cord or the winning streak.
"We have to get after it, us-


ing that athleticism that we
have. Nobody can show us
anything we haven't seen
before.
"If they go out and play
we're fine with anybody
that we play. We just have
to play."
TheLady Tiger Sharks
have split two games with
Maclay, falling in Tallahas-
see and winning easily
at home in the R. Marion
Craig Coliseum.
And between those two
games arrived the tipping
point of the season.
Through the first 17
games Parker said his
team simply could not close
anybody.out. His players
don't play summer ball, like
many of the members of
the boys' basketball team.
Parker puts them
through pre-season .condi-
tioning, but he was waiting
for the Christmas break to
arrive in December to add
a wrinkle.
That is sets of laps his
team must run; under a
certain time, prior to mov-
ing inside to the gym for
practice.
"When I went to a
Thanksgiving tournament
and there were nothing but
(Class) 3A and 4A teams
and we could play with any


Photo by TIM CROFT THE STAR
Kayla Parker and Port St. Joehave their eyes on a
region title and a trip to the state final four. The path
starts Thursday.


of them, but we hit a wall,
we couldn't finish," Parker
said, and hence running
program prior to practice.
"We have to get out and
play defense andrebound,"
Parker said. "As long as We
get out and run we'll be al-
right. We've played a lot of


close games. There won't
be anything we haven't
seen."

District Semifinals
Port St. Joe 53, Wewa-
hitchka 23
The last time the


teams met, the Lady Ga-
tors managed a single.
basket and Parker sub-
stituted freely in the dis-
trict tilt at .host Wewahi-
tchka, the fourth-seed
and a young team domi-
nated by freshmen and
sophomores.
The Lady Tiger Sharks
went up early and were
never threatened in the
easy win.
Tayler Byrd led the
way with 11 points with
Keesa Clemmons and
Fanequa Larry adding
eight points apiece.
Asia Whitley and
Mariah Johnson scored
six points apiece, Tiara
Smith had five, Katie
Lacour three and Nicole
Spielde two. *
A key to this game,
Parker said, was the
lack of scoring from his
daughter, ,Kayla. Kayla
Parker, the coach said,
had been carrying too
much of the scoring bur-
den through much of the
season, but he wants her
to run the team from the
point.
She combined for just
five points in the tourna-
ment, but the Lady Tiger
Sharks had more than 30
assists in the two games.


District Final
Port St. Joe 33, West
Gadsden 26
The Lady Panthers
packed the inside in a zone
in an attempt to neutralize
Port St. Joe's speed. The
tactic kept the game close
in score, but the Lady
Tiger Sharks kept West
Gadsden at arm's length
throughout the game for
the title.
Byrd led the way with
20 points. Kayla Parker
had five points, Clemmons
and Larry three points
apiece and Johnson had
two points.
"We kept hitting the
free throws and the ones
we didn't make Keesa
was grabbing the.rebound
and we would just set up
again," Parker said.

K Port
St. Joe hosts
Tallahassee
Maclay in a
Region 1-2A
quarterfinal
match-up at
7 p.m. Thursday
Kin 'The Dome.'


Javon Davis signs with Webber International


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Javon Davis figured this to be
about the last place he'd find himself
during his senior year at Port St. Joe
High School.
Before an assembly of fellow ath-
letes in the high school media cen-
ter, signing a letter of intent to attend
and play football for Webber Inter-
national, a NAIA Division II school
near Lake Wales, Florida.
"This is exciting," said the player
known affectionately at school as
"Biscuit." "I didn't think I would get
the opportunity to play college foot-
ball.
"Plus I'll get my education, too."
Davis was the lone county foot-
ball player to sign last Wednesday,
national signing day, the first day
players can officially affix their John
Hancocks to college scholarships.
The last few weeks have been
pretty good for the 5-foot-9, 230-
pound lineman who anchored the
Tiger Shark defense as a passionate
often immovable object during Port
St. Joe's run to the state Class 1A
semifinals.
After. recording 129 total tackles
and 4.5 sacks last season, Davis was
named by Florida sportswriters to
the state ClasslA all-state first team
as a defensive lineman. He was also
an honorable all-Big Bend selection.
And last Wednesday, he became
the first Port St. Joe football player
in some time to ink a letter of intent
on national signing day.
"He's very energetic, very pas-
sionate," said Port St. Joe coach Vern


Photo by TIM CROFT I The Star
With his grandparents Johnny and Linda Bullock and Coach Vern
Barth looking on, Javon Davis signs a letter of intent with Webber
International last Wednesday.


Barth. "He's a leader on the field and
in the classroom."
Ah, the classroom. Davis is a,
well above average student, sport-
ing a 3.0 GPA which Barth assured
they would be working to maintain
or even improve before Davis walks
the stage to receive his sheepskin in
the spring.
"He's done a great job in athlet-
ics, but he is very, very conscientious
about his academics," said Port St.
Joe High School principal Duane
McFarland.
Webber International is a place
Davis can continue that education
while also finding an opportunity to
be a factor on the gridiron. Webber
has fielded a squad off and on over
the past decade, Barth said, but had
ramped up again in recent years.
"The growth potential, I am real
excited about that for him," Barth


said. "He's exciting to watch and
somebodywho will help them. I think
he'll have a chance to play soon."
Davis, who in addition to excel-
lent effort on the field and the class-
room also carries a deep and palpa-
ble faith, as well-rounded as a high
school athlete can be.
Having registered over 300 tack-
les in his career, Davis has also been
part of sustained success at Port St.
Joe. The Tiger Sharks have made
three appearances in the state final
four during his scholastic career, in-
cluding a state Class IA title run in
2005 when Davis was a freshman.
"I have learned a lot," Davis said.
"I have learned about hard work,
leadership, dedication and team-
work.
"The harder you work, the further
you can go."
All the way to the next level.


Gators take first district titles, head to region


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Last Saturday's District 1-1A
wrestling meet at Arnold High
School in Panama City Beach was
a day of firsts for Wewahitchka High
School.
In just its fourth year, the Gators
registered their first and second in-
dividual district titles, advanced sev-
en of eight wrestlers to the Region 1
tournament at Bradford High School
this Saturday and finished fourth as
a team at the district meet. .
All are firsts for this program
that Coach Todd Johnson has built
virtually from scratch.
'The Gators' showing was all the
more remarkable considering that
heavyweight Ryan Walding, who
suffered a serious knee injury early
in the season and had just three
practices entering the district tour-
nament, nearly advanced to region.


Further, Chase Duckvworth fin-
ished third at 119 pounds at the end
of a week during which his grand-
mother died, leaving him, Johnson
said, mentally drained.
Daniel House, who last year be-
came the first Wewahitchka wres-
tler to advance to state, gave the
program its first individual district
title when he won the 125-pound
class.
Not long afterward, Jacob Vil-
lasenor, wrestling at 215 pounds,
matched House with a win in his
division.
"We had seven out of eight quali-
fy for region, we finished fourth as a
team, I was happy," Johnson said. "I
would have liked to have won more,
but I have six kids with 30-plus wins
and seven going to region, so I am
pretty excited.",
The top four in each weight class
at district move on to the region
meet.


Joining House and Villasenor
at the region will be Nick Malcolm,
second at 103 pounds, and Jacob
Taylor, second at 112 pounds.
Also advancing were Duckworth
at 119, Matt Irwin, third at 145 and
Allen House, third at 152 pounds.
Johnson added that Allen House is
wrestling as well as he has all year,
benefiting from moving down two
weight classes during the course of
the season.
"I'm quite impressed with the
way they are wrestling," Johnson
said. "We had a couple of upsets, but
they are wrestling really well. I'm
pleased."
Last year, the previous high wa-
ter mark for Wewahitchka at the
district meet, the Gators advanced
five of seven wrestlers to region, but
without any individual titles.
The top four at region this Sat-
urday will earn a trip to the state
meet.


Tiger Sharks get


set for District


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
A celebration of Senior
Night, in which the manager
gets a bucket, and an over-
time thriller at Tallahassee
FAMU.
That was how the Port St.
Joe boys' basketball team
readied for this weekend's
District 3-2A tournament,
which the Tiger Sharks host
beginning Friday.
Port St. Joe reached 20
wins last Tuesday with a
blowout win over Vernon,
a game that saw manager
Abe Vereen hit his first-ever
varsity basket, but, the Ti-
ger Sharks fell in overtime
on the road, their fifth loss
of the season, at FAMU in
a game in which they led by
12 points with less than four
minutes to play.
"Our record starts over,
our season starts over," said
Port St. Joe coach Derek
Kurnitsky. "We have to take
this week of practice and
work on our weaknesses.
"I told the kids we can still
improve. Alot of coaches and
teams reach this point of the
season and say, 'This is who
we are' and don't practice as
hard. I don't believe that. We
can keep improving."
Tuesday, Feb. 3
Port St. Joe 75, Vernon
46
The Tiger Sharks jumped
to a 12-point lead in the first
quarter and just keep pad-
ding the margin en route to
an easy victory over the vis-
iting Yellow Jackets.
The game was marked by
a bit of sportsmanship in the
seconds. Kurnitsky sent his
manager, Vereen, onto the
floor and the Vernon coach
called a timeout to instruct
his players to allow Vereen
an open look at the basket.


"It was a really nice touch
on his (the Vernon coach's)
part," Kurnitsky. 'That will
be something Abe will never
forget."
Fonda Davis and Raheem
Clemons each had 14 points
to lead the Tiger Sharks,
Calvin Pryor added 12 points
and Willie Quinn 10 points.
Roman Quinn had seven,
Darrell Smith six, Javion
Langton four and Truvias
Hill and Javon Davis had
three points apiece.
Vereen and Rock Quinn
had two points apiece.
Thursday, Feb. 5
FAMU 88, Port St. Joe
84 (OT)
The Tiger Sharks led
most of the way but saw a
12-point lead disappear in
the final four minutes as the
Rattlers forced overtime. In
overtime, FAMU out-scored
Port St. Joe 14-10 for the vic-
tory.
"We were up by 12 and
turnovers just did us in, we
didn't take care of the ball,"
Kurnitsky said. "Maybe it
was a good wake-up call,
We need to do a better job ol
taking care of a lead, hitting
free throws, not turning the
ball over, blocking out on the
boards, the little things.
"That fourth quarter is
not indicative of this team.
We want to play those kind
of games, against good com-
petition in a hostile environ-
ment. Those kind of games
will only make you better as
a team."
Roman Quinn led the Ti-
ger Sharks with 24 points,
with Willie Quinn adding 16
points and Clemons and Da-
vis each scoring 10 points.
Calvin Pryor, who fell
hard and bruised a wrist
early in the game, scored six
points, as did Smith. Langs-
ton added five points.


Port St. Joe will host the District
3-2A tournament this weekend. On Friday,
Wewahitchka will play West.Gadsden
at 6 p.m. followed by Port St. Joe, the
top seed after a perfect district record
during the regular season, will face Liberty
County at 7:30 p.m. The championship
game will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday. All
games at "The Dome."







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Coastal Community bank makes scoreboard donation

Tommy Lake, representing Bayside Savings Bank, a member of the Coastal Community Bank network, presents a check to Stacy Strickland, Port St. Joe Middle
School baseball coach, in the amount of $2,495, a donation used to provide a new scoreboard at the new middle school baseball field.


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Interested parents please contact Scott
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information.


Catfish tournament schedule posted


March 27-28: Dogwood blossom
flathead catfish tournament
Contact Angie Minchew at 850-742-
0084 for more information. Pre-registra-
tion must be completed before March 24.'
Cost to enter the tournament is $50. Cost
the day of tournament is $55. The tourna-
ment will be held at Gaskin Park Landing,
. Wewahitchka, Florida.
April 24-25: Liberty county senior
citizens flathead catfish tournament
Contact Rudy Sumner 850-566-0812 for
more information. Pre-Registration must
be completed before April 21. Cost to en-
ter the tournament is $50. Cost the day of
tournament is $55. The tournament will be
held at Bristol Landing, Bristol, Florida.
May 22.23: Big river round-up flat-
head catfish tournament
Contact Phil McMillian at 850-674-8053
or Ken Sheppard 850-674-3511 or Jeff Kim-
brel 850-674-7930 for more information.
Pre-registration must be completed be-
fore May 20. Cost to enter the tournament
is $50. Registration costs $25 for children
15 years old and younger. Cost he day of
tournament is $55. The tournament will
be held at Blountstown Landing, Blount-
stown, Florida
Jun 26-27: Gaskin park flathead cat-
fish tournament
Contact: Don Minchew 850-814-3180 or
850-639-2605 for more information.
Pre-registration must be completed
before June 23. Cost to enter the tourna-


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ment is $50. Cost the day of tournament is
$55. The tournament will be held at Gas-
kin Park Landing, Wewahitchka, Florida.
July 24-25: Hosford-telogia vfd flat-
head catfish tournament
Contact: Rudy Sumner 850-566-0812
for more information. Pre-registration
must be completed before July 21. Cost to
enter the tournament is $50. Cost the day
of tournament is $55. The tournament
will be held at Bristol Landing, Bristol,
Florida
Sep 25-26: Florida Catfish Classic
(flathead & channel cats)
This tournament will have a Kids &
Ladies Division.
Contact Don Minchew 850-814-3180 or
850-639-2605 for more information. Pre-
Registrationmust -be completed before
Sept. 25. Cost to enter the tournament is
$50. Cost he day of tournament is $55. Kids
Classic cost $20 Age 14 & Under (Channel
Cats Only) to register The tournament
will be held at Gaskin Park Landing, We-
wahitchka, Florida


Season starts for PSJMS softball


With a break-even week
the Port St. Joe Middle
School softball team opened
its season last week.
On Thursday, Feb. 5, the
Lady Tiger Sharks were at
Blountstown where the "A"
and "B" squads each came
away with the win, 7-4 and
14-2, respectively.
For the "A" squad,
Makayla Ramsey pitched
seven innings, striking out
six, walking two and allow-
ing five hits.
Haley Wood led the of-
fense with three hits and
Jadia Miles, Brittany Park-
erson, Naustia Maughn and
Ramsey each had one hit.
For the "B" team, Alex
Hodge pitched four innings,


allowing two hits and walk-
ing three while striking out
four.
Stephanie Brinkmeier
had two hits for Port St.
Joe. Shannon Pridgeon, Al-
lison Howse, Kirsten Keys
and She'Noya Fennell each
had a hit.
On Saturday, Port St. Joe
traveled to Grand Ridge to
play in the Ducky Johnson
Memorial Tournament.
The Lady Tiger Sharks
opened the tournament
with a 13-8 loss to host
Grand Ridge.
Brittany King pitched
seven innings, allowing 10
hits, walking six and strik-
ing out two.
King had three hits.


Wood, Pridgeon and Miles
each had two hits and
Brinkmeier and Maughn
had a hit apiece.
In their second game,
Port St. Joe lost to Roulac
Middle School 14-4.
Hodge tossed six in-
nings, allowing nine hits
and walking two while
striking out six.
Parkerson pitched one
inning, walking one and al-
lowing two hits.
King had three hits,
Hodge two hits and Kelsey
Miles and Haley Wood each
had one hit.
The Lady Tiger Sharks
play their first home game
at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday
versus Wewahitchka.


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The Dixie Softball Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 from 9 must attend tryouts on
league will be holding a.m. until 3 p.m. ET. Feb 28 at 3 p.m. at the 10th
sign-ups at the St Joe Fire The cost is $55 per child; Street ball field.
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Port St. Joe middle school


baseball season


The regular season was
underway last week for the
Port St. Joe Middle School
baseball team, with suc-
cess on Thursday against
Blountstown .and losses
the next day to Grand
Ridge.
Thursday, Feb. i2
Port St Joe (A Squad)
13 Blountstown 2
Javarri Beachum was 2
for 3 with a double, single,
two runs scored and two
RBIs. Justin Cothran was
1 for 2 with a double and
two runs scored and Bry-
an Powell was also 1 for 2
while driving in three runs
and scoring one.
Dallas Burke was 1 for
3 and Tyler Worley was 1
for 2.
Austin Clayton al-
lowed one hit and two


runs, neither of them
earned, in three innings
on the mound. He struck
out five and walked two.
Powell allowed one hit and
struck out one in an inning
in relief.
. Port St Joe (B squad)
4, Blountstown 3
Walt Wilder was 1 for 2
with four stolen bases and
Chase Nichols was also 1
for 2.
Cory Burke pitched
three innings, allowing five
hits and three runs, only
one earned, while striking
out three and walking four.
Friday, Feb. 13
Grand Ridge 4, Port
St. Joe (A) 0
Tucker Smith and Wor-
ley were each 1 for 2 for
Port St. Joe.
Powell pitched two in-


opens
nings allowing five hits
and four earned runs while
striking out one.
Barrett Lake went 2 2/3
innings, allowing two hits
and no runs while striking
out two and walking two.
Worley pitched he final
third of an inning, striking
out one.
Grand Ridge 7, Port
St. Joe (B) 6
Dave Warriner was 1 for
2 with two runs scored and
Devin Strickland was 2 for
2 with a run scored.
Wilder pitched two in-
nings allowing two hits,
four runs, three earned,
and walked two.
Chase Nichols pitched
four innings allowing
four hits, three runs, one
earned, while striking out
two and walking three.


Gators warm up for District


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The Wewahitchka High
School boys' basketball
team has to hope the last
week of the regular season
isn't an omen of the post-
season to come.
The Gators fell twice
at home last week as they
prepare for this weekend's
District 3-2A tournament.
Wewahitchka, seeded sec-
ond, will face West Gads-
den at 6 p.m. ET Friday at
Port St. Joe High School in
a district semifinal.
A win would ensure a
playoff berth and set up a
likely title game showdown
with Port St. Joe.
Tuesday, Feb. 3
Cottondale 58, Wewa-
hitchka 55
A 26-17 margin in the
second quarter proved
the difference as visiting


Cottondale escaped with a
non-district win.
The Gators were nurs-
ing a 13-11 lead after one
period, but Cottondale took
charge in the second quar-
ter and a late Wewahitchka
rally wasn't quite enough
to overcome the deficit.
Chris Peak led the way
for the Gators with 14
points, 20 rebounds, two
blocked shots, two assists
and a steal. Peak had 10
offensive and 10 defensive
rebounds.
Christian Owens added
a double-double, 13 points
and 12 rebounds and Lance
Griffin had 11 points.
Josh Mitchell added
nine points and dished
out seven assists and Alex
Hardin chipped in with five
points.
Billy Naylor had two
points and Benjamin Smith
had one point.


Thursday, Feb. 5
Blountstown 62, We-
wahitchka 49
Blountstown jumped on
top early and steadily pad-
ded the margin en route to
an easy road win. The Ga-
tors were out-scored in ev-
ery quarter and could nev-
er mount a serious chal-
lenge in the second half.
Owens led the way for
the Gators with 19 points
and nine rebounds. Smith
was the only other Gator
in double figure point terri-
tory with 10 points.
Griffin had seven points
and two assists and Peak
added six points to go with
12 rebounds and a blocked
shot.
Naylor had two points
and two steals and Mitch-
ell had one point and three
assists. Hardin added four
points, two rebounds and
an assist.


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1 By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
I You have to have friends.
The state St. Joseph Bay Pre-
serves apparently has quite a
few.
S Roughly 500 people gathered
throughout the day last Saturday
at the old Treasure Bay Lodge as
the Friends of the St. Joseph Pre-
serves, the Buffer Preserve and
I Aquatic Preserve, held its annual
Bay Day celebration of the land,
| flora, fauna and good'shrimp.
Some 450 people plunked down
I $10 for a low country shrimp boil,
plate of shrimp, sausage, corn,
I potatoes, bread and drinks. That
I wast up from 250 last year and 200
the year before.
S "I would say we have a suce
cessful event," said Jean Huff'-
Sman, buffer preserve manager
between sprints for more food
and beverages on the crowded
outdoor deck of the Preserve
I Center. .
I "It was phenomenal, just in-
credible. 'For the first time we
I didn't run out of food. even though
we had more people than we've
ever had I had cook extraordi-
naire, Roy iOgles; cook for 300,
but somehow lie managed to cook
for 450. We have increased every'
Year. but that was stunning." ,
Equally stunning was the post-
card view trom the desk, where
diners could peel shrimp. munch
on kielha-a and devour ilrn un-
derneath a crystal blue sky with
the bay and surrounding lands in
front of them, providing a beauti-
ful dining backdrop.
And if you preferred the inside
Sdling, the preserve center was
packed most of the time as diners
| enjoyed a little music provided by


a band playing many old and fa-
miliar favorites.'
Further, attendees were able
to sign up for several birding and
plant tours of the buffer preserve
lands, over 5.000 acres of pristine
property on which several rare
species oW flora can be found,
Billy Boothe instructed some
on nature photography, Alan
Knothe showed off the diversity
of wildlife on the preserve and
despite some vehicular constric-
tions the back of a pickup truck
equipped with wooden benches
served as the major tour vehicle
more than 50 people signed up
for and took tours of the preserve
throughout the day.
"We took about 50 people on
field trips, but we probably could
have done 150 with a larger ve-
hicle," Huffman said, noting that
some of the proceeds from this
year's highly successful event
may go toward outfitting such a
vehicle.
The event was important in
that during the current econom-
ic climate, with state and local
agencies slashing budgets and
land management finding a seat
further and further in the back of
the priority list, local volunteer
organizations such as the Friends
group are becoming increasingly
more essential.
"It was definitely the most we
have ever had attend." Huffman
said. "'We have friend? and I am
so happy about that." -
Or as Sandra Chafin, a mem-
ber of the Friends board said
while playing traffic cop out front
of the Treasure Lodge as more
and more cars rolled in'than the
lot could possibly*hold, "This is
really amazing. This is a good
daY."


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Care Closet gives and gives I


By Tim Croft,
Star News Editor
Clothes make a commu-
nity.
That would represent an
appropriate mission state-
ment for the First United
Methodist Church Care
Closet which has taken a
circle-of-life approach to
its outreach mission in the
community.
The community donates
the clothes, the Care Closet
turns around and sells those
clothes at reasonable prices
and the profits are donated
back into the community.
The latest donation
came this past Monday
as the Care Closet's Vic
LaFerle handed over $500
to the Bridge at Bay St. Joe
for use in its activities pro-
gram. The. check brings to
$2,000 the amount the Care
Closet has provided the ac-
tivities fund at the Bridge of
St. Joseph.
"They are just awe-
some," said Nancy Dimitri-
jevich, the quality of life di-
rector at the Bridge at Bay
St. Joe, formerly Bay St.
Joseph Rehabilitation Cen-
ter, as she planted a kiss on
LaFerle's cheek.
That the Care Closet
would ever be in such a po-
sition of giver was beyond
the wildest imagination of
those who teamed to make
it a reality in 1997.
The Care Closet was
formed as an outreach pro-
gram to provide good, clean
clothes at affordable prices
- $5 will pretty much outfit


most folks with shirt, pants
and belt for those suffer-
ing economic hard times as
the paper mill headed to-
ward permanent closure.
After expenses, all prof-
its would be poured back
into the community and
church, but, LaFerle notes,
profits weren't exactly on
the horizon at the begin-
ning.
Started at what LaFerle
calls, "Rocky's Barn," now
the home of a martial arts
center next door to Hungy
Howie's Pizza on U.S. 98
in Port St. Joe, the Care
Closet soon was generating
sufficient income for the
purchase of a new building
on Fourth Street.
LaFerle and his crew
of volunteers moved in
and began operating from
the new building in July of
2003.
"It's amazing to me
it's been such a success,"
LaFerle said. "We never
dreamed it would grow the
way it has."
Back in the beginning,
LaFerle noted, there might
be $20-$30 worth of cloth-
ing sold each weekend the
Care Closet was open.
Now that number re-
sides in the neighborhood
of 1,200 pieces of clothing
per weekend and with hard
economic times the totals
keep bulging, LaFerle said.
And that, in turn, means
the community is assisting
in keeping the racks and
shelves inside the Care
Closet, the inside of which
resembles a nicely appoint-


ed department store, full.
"The other amazing
thing to me is that while
we are giving away or sell-
ing 1,200 pieces of clothing
a weekend, people in the
community are donating
those clothes to the Care
Closet," LaFerle said.
The giving away of
clothes is in response to re-
quests for outfitting people
in need and lacking even
the small sums that go a
long way in the Care Closet
that come from organiza-
tions such as People Help-
ing People, the DomeStic
Violence Task Force and
the American Red Cross in
the case of a house fire or
hurricane.
Tough economic times
have also had a way of
boosting both the need and
the outreach of the Care
Closet.
I "During these tough
times our sales go up as
people need to find clothing
bargains, our profits go up
and we can give back to the
people who are having a
tough time," LaFerle said.
"It's a win-win situation."
Those profits are a
constant source of amaze-
ment.
At this point, the Care
Closet has generated more
than $116,000 in sales and
more than $82,000 in profit,
a stunning achievement
when considering that no
item at the Care Closet
costs more than a few
bucks.
Of that profit, more than
50 percent, or over $40,000,


Photo by TIM CROFT I The Star
At right, Vic LaFerle donates $500 to the Bridge at Bay St. Joe as a thankful staff
gladly accepts.


has been donated back into
the community and church.
"That is what we are
proudest of," LaFerle said,
the look of amazement
on his face a testament to
where the bar was at the be-
ginning and how high it has
been raised in 12 years.
The list of organizations
that have received assis-
tance is astounding, from
home repairs for a needy
family to a donation to Habi-
tat for Humanity.
The Senior Citizens
Center, Hurricane Katrina
evacuees, Prison Ministry,
Rescue Mission, Kids Wish
Network, local wounded
soldier Matt Cabannis, the
Taunton Family Children's
Home in the wake of the
recent fire that destroyed
the main house, the Chris-
tian Community Develop-
ment Fund, the Boy Scouts,
Empty Stocking Fund and
on and on.
The assistance extended
to those in need would melt
the coldest heart.
"We never even dreamed
we'd make a profit, but to be


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
The inside of the Care Closet resembles a
department store save the prices, which are lower
than any Blue Light special.


able to put so much back
into the community has
made us all proud," LaFerle
said. "It's just been an out-
standing success. Every
week something new hap-
pens and we find people in
need who we can help."
Shaking his head slow-
ly in amazement at the


numbers in front of him,
the donations, the pieces
of clothing collected and
sold, LaFerle walked away,
another extended hand
to touch, another life to
change, another challenge
to meet.
Clothes, it turns out, can
indeed make a community.


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Help Kaydan walk


Kiwanis

KORNER


Help give Kaydan a chance to walk. He is going to Miami
Children's Hospital for spinal surgery. The family will be living
in Miami for six weeks.
Donations are appreciated to help with expenses.
There will be a car wash from 9 a.m. until on Feb. 21 at
Advanced Auto Parts in Port St. Joe.
An account has also been set up for Kaydan and his family
at Superior Bank.


Hippensteal-


Medley wedding

Mrs. Kimberly Emanuel and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Medley
would like to announce the upcoming wedding of their
children, Stormie Hippensteal to Jack Medley on Saturday,
Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. ET in the White City Baptist Church, 721D
Hwy. 71 in White City, Florida.
Reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.
All friends and family are welcome.


Justice-Webb engagement


Remembering


Smitty

All friends and former students are
encouraged to attend a memorial service
for Hugh (Smitty) Smith at 2:30 p.m. ET
on Sunday, Feb. 15 at Oak Grove Assembly
of God Church. In lieu of flowers,
donations can be made in his name to
Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite
Spring Road, New York Heights, New
York 10598 or Help Hospitalized Veterans
of America, PO. Box 98088, Washington,
D.C. 20090.


Together with their families, Jennifer
Skipper Justice and Andrew Harold
Webb would like to announce their
engagement and forthcoming marriage.
Jennifer is the daughter of Johnny
and Wanda Skipper of Kinard and the
mother of Jacob Justice of Port St. Joe.
She is employed as a Physical Therapist
with Sacred Heart Rehabilitation
in Port St. Joe. Andrew is the son of
Governor Webb of Chipley and Rachael


Gulf County awarded federal

funds under the emergency and


shelter national board program


Gulf County has been chosen to
receive $8,092 to supplement emer-
gency food and shelter programs in
the county.
The selection was made by a Na-
tional Board that is chaired by the
Department of Homeland Securi-
ty's Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency and consists of rep-
resentatives from American Red
Cross; Catholic Charities, USA;
National Council of the Churches
of Christ in the USA; The Salvation
Army; United Jewish Communities
and United Way of America. The Lo-
cal Board was charged to distribute
funds appropriated by Congress to
help expand the capacity of food
and shelter programs in high-need
areas around the country.
A Local Board made up of rep-
resentatives from (American Red
* Cross, Catholic Charities, Salvation
Army, Gulf County Board of County
Commission, a homeless or for-
merly homeless representative,
and other appointed committee
members) will determine how the
funds awarded to Gulf County are
to be distributed among the emer-
gency food and shelter programs
run by local service agencies in the
area. The Local Board is respon-


sible for recommending agencies
to receive these funds and any ad-
ditional funds available under this
phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant
from the National Board, local agen-
cies chosen to receive funds must:
1) be private voluntary non-profits
or units of government, 2Y have
an accounting system, 3) practice
nondiscrimination, 4) have dem-
onstrated the capability to deliver
emergency food and/or shelter pro-
grams, and 5) if they are a private
voluntary organization, they must
have a voluntary board. Qualifying
agencies are urged to apply.
Gulf County has distributed
Emergency Food and Shelter funds
previously with Gulf County Senior
Citizens. This agency was respon-
sible for providing meals and nights
of lodging.
Public or private voluntary
agencies interested in applying for
Emergency Food and Shelter Pro-
gram funds must contact Stephanie
Richardson, Emergency Opera-
tions Center 1000 Cecil G. Costin
Sr. Blvd. Bldg. 500, Port St. Joe, Fl.
32456 or call 229-9110 for an applica-
tion. The deadline for applications
to be received is February 19, 2009.


Webb of Tallahassee. He is employed as
a state law enforcement officer with the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission.
The wedding willbe held on Friday,
March 13, 2009 at the First United
Methodist Church of Port St. Joe,
Florida at 7 p.m. EST with a reception
immediately following in the fellowship
hall. All friends and relatives of the
couple are invited to attend.


IT'S STILL HARD
SAYING GOODBYE














It's still hard saying goodbye,
To our loving mother and grand:
Lord strengthen us with mercy and grace,
And help us understand.
We only live for a short while,
To love, laugh and play.
There comes a time when sorrows arise,
And we need encouragement that day.
It's still hard saying goodbye,
As the year creeps around.
This family gives God all the praises,
She is with Him on Holy ground.
Though we still shed tears of sorrow,
Each day we feel so alone.
The children and grands still love her,
After a death angel called her home.
It's still hard saying goodbye,
To our loving mother and grand.
Only our Heavenly Father knows best,
Because he cares and understands.
Shackelford and Pittman Family
K 2


By Johanna White
The week goes by, so fast and I
have been slacking in getting the Ki-
wanis Korner newsletter to The Star
eacth week. So I thought I better get
busy writing right after the meeting
so I won't let it slip by.
Well we had a great meeting this
week (the other weeks were good too).
We had several guests this week for
different reasons. Our guest speaker
was Dr. Henry Roberts, President of
the Sacred Heart Hospital Founda-
tion. Dr. Roberts updated us on the
progress of the construction of the
hospital. He told us the story behind
Sacred Heart and how the founding
Sisters began the hospital. It's al-
ways good to be reminded about what
our real purpose on earth is, that is
to serve our God and others. We also
had Joana Adams; Vice President
of Operational Projects for Sacred
Heart speaks to us. Joana is part of
the team that is organizing all of the
different components necessary in
getting the Port St. Joe Hospital up
and running as soon as possible.
Clay Smallwood, vice-president of
The St. Joe Company, along with Jane
McNabb, executive director of the St.
Joe Community Foundation, and Sue
Joffe, assistant director of the St. Joe
Community Foundation, were there
to present a check in the amount of
$500,000 to Sacred Heart Hospital
Foundation. We are all very apprecia-
tive to the St. Joe Company for their
donation of the property and the gen-
erous contributions to Sacred Heart.
The Kiwanis Club enjoyed having
them join us for lunch.
The Port St. Joe Kiwanis Club also
made their annual contribution of
$5,000 to Sacred Heart Hospital Foun-
dation. The Kiwanis Club is proud to
be able to give to a great organization
such as Sacred Heart Hospital. We all
know and understand the asset the
Hospital will be to our area. We want
to thank all of you for making this con-
tribution possible. It's your support of
the Kiwanis Club events that make it
happen.
Members of the Panama City Ki-
wanis Club came over and enjoyed
lunch and the meeting with us. It is
always nice to have our fellow Kiwan-
ians join us.
Our annual Golf Tournament
has been set for Saturday, April 4. It
seems as though that is a long way off
but it will be here before you know it.
So mark your calendar for that date
to play golf with us. We have started
registering teams so if you want to go
ahead and sign up your team you can
call Kathy Balentine at 229-6327 or
Jeremy Novak at 527-9121.
If you are interested in becoming
a member of a Civic Club and a great
group of men and women dedicated in
giving back to our community you can
contact Johanna White at 227.6268.
The Port St Joe Kiwanis Club
meets every Tuesday at 12:00 at the
Gulf County ARC & Transportation
Building located off of the Industrial
Road.



Mardi Gras gala

The Junior Service League of
Port St Joe will be hosting its annual
Mardi Gras Gala on Feb. 21, 2009 at
the Centennial Building; all proceeds
will go to the League's charitable ef-
forts for Gulf County children.
Returning to the Mardi Gras
theme, this year's ball will include a
live band, silent auction, casino gam-
ing, and New Orleans cuisine. In ad-
dition to the band, street performers
like magicians, jugglers, mimes and
fortune tellers will entertain patrons
during the festivities. Revelers will
also enjoy a mask parade complete
with floats and throws as if they were
on the streets of the French Quarter
in New Orleans.
The Junior Service League is a
non-profit organization of women
whose goal is to help children through-
out Gulf County. The League's fore-
most program is Jam Packs, which
provides elementary students with a
backpack stuffed with all the school
supplies each student needs for the
year. In addition to Jam Packs, the
League awarded more than $8000 in
scholarships in the past year to Gulf
County seniors. The Junior Service
League also hosts the Junior Miss
Program, a mentoring plan for mid-
dle school girls, an annual Easter
Egg Hunt, and pictures with Santa
at the Christmas on the Coast fes-
tival in downtown Port St. Joe. The
Gala is the primary fundraiser for all
these projects.


Tickets to the event are $30 each
or $50 for a couple and are still avail-
able by contacting Amy Ouellette at
(850) 340-0319 or Ginger Golson at
(850) 227-5012.






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Kiwanis Club officers provide the latest installment of $5,000 of the
club's donation to the new Sacred Heart Hospital to Dr. Henry Roberts of
the Sacred Heart Foundation.


Clay Smallwood and Jane McNabb, representing the St. Joe
Community. Foundation, present a check for $500,000 to Dr. Henry
Roberts of the Sacred Heart Foundation. The check represents the fourth
annual installment in the foundation's 10-year commitment to the Sacred
Heart Hospital under construction near the Gulf/Franklin Center.


Local BRIEFS


Fel uary CPR
classes
CPR classes are
scheduled for Feb.
27 at the Gulf County
Emergency Operations
Center. The first class is
8 a.m. until noon ET and
the second class if 1-5
p.m. ET.
The cost is $35
per person and no
reservations are
required. There is no
charge for county and
city employees,
Grants from the
Florida Department of'
EMS make it possible
to offer classes free to
all: fire fighters, law
enforcement, and EMS
First Responders!

Astronomy program
There will be an.
astronomy program at
the St. Joseph Bay State
Buffer Preserve from 7-9
p.m. ET on Feb. 17.
The program is free
and open to the public.
For more information
contact Alan Kilothe
at 850-653-8063 or alan.
knothe@dep.state.fl.us.

Historical and
Archaeological
Resources Training
(HART)
When: Wed., March 4,
2009
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4
p.m. ET
Where: St. Joseph Bay
State Preserve Center
Presented by:
Archaeologist III Kevin
M. Porter, Florida
Bureau of Archaeological
Research.
This training.
seminar is designed for
county and municipal
governmental
administrators, land
managers, and planners.
Register for a free
anrd informative training
seminar instructed
by the Bureau of
Archaeological Research
and hosted by the
Apalachicola National


Estuarine Research
Reserve Coastal
Training Program
(ANERR-CTP).
Participants will learn
about archaeological and
historical resources, how
best to manage these
resources, and methods
for promoting the
resources for the benefit
of your county, city, or
town.
Following the training
workshop, the ANERR-
CTP staff will host a field
trip to a local site. Space
is limited and reserved
on a first come first
serve basis, so register
today!
Workshop is limited to
25 participants.,
* The regisjta tioqn ,,
deadline is Feb. 24, 2009.
The registration
form is located at
http://www.flheritage.
com/archaeology/
education/training/arm.
cfm. Please download,
complete (noting HART
training choice), and
submit to Kevin M.
Porter, Division of
Historical Resources
at kmporter@dos.state.
fl.us by email; mail to
1001 de Soto Park Drive,
Tallahassee, Florida,
32301; or Fax to 850 245
6452 by Feb. 24, 2009.

4-H BLITZ:
Exploring 4-H
When: Saturday,
March 14, 2009
Who: Youth between
the ages of 8 13 (as of
Sep. 1, 2008)
What: This is a day
to explore what the 4-H
program has to offer
you. Join other 4-Her's
from around the district
to make new friends,
discover your potential,
gain leadership skills,
attend interesting
workshops and have
fun! Experience a 4-H
Blitz as you explore, 4-H
opportunities.
This will be followed
by a Florida 4-H Birthday
Party to Celebrate.
Florida 4-H's 100 years.
Where: Gadsden,


County, University of
Florida North Florida
Research & Education
Center, 155 Research
Road, Quincy, FL,
32351
How: Contact Gulf
County 4-H office at 639-
3200 or 229-2909 before
Friday, March 6, 2009 to
register.
S'Cost: $6 (includes
lunch & workshop
supplies)

St. Vincent Island
open house
The Supporters of St.
Vincent Island sponsor
this annual open house
on Saturday, March
21 (rain date of April
.18) to provide a day of
easy access to Franklin
County's St. Vincent
Island for people to enjoy'
a free full day of nature-
related activities.
Free transport to/
from the island will be
provided hourly. Guided
tours and exhibits will
allow people to learn
about the island's
protected wildlife,
diverse ecosystems, and
history as well as enjoy
the unspoiled beauty
of this unique pristine
uninhabited refuge.
These services
including educational
talks/discussions
will be provided by
numerous volunteers
from the Supporters
and various community
organizations.
The guided tours will
be both walking and
vehicular. Light snacks
and bottled water will be
available.
Funded in part by the
Franklin County TDC.
For more information,
please call Audrey
Schmidt at 850-653-
1090 or visit www.
StVincentFriends.com

Time for the
Sacred Harp Sing
The traditional Sacred
Harp Sing will be held
on Saturday, Feb. 14,


2009 at 9 a.m. CT. Sacred
Harp Singing (also called
FaSoLa or shape note
singing), dates back to
colonial times and has
been preserved in the
rural south. The singing
is not accompanied by
harp or other instrument
but is an old style of
singing a cappella
from shape notes. It is
a non-denominational
community musical
event that emphasizes
participation.
Attendees will be
welcomed to a fish fry
held and are asked to
'bring appropriate side
dishes to go with fried
fish. Donations will be
appreciated to cover the
expense of the fish. In
addition, the Settlement
will have their General
Store open from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m. CT with
tours available.
Free Admission to
Harp Sing.
The Panhandle
Pioneer Settlement is
located in Sam Atkins
Park, about 1 mile west
of the intersection of
Hwy 71 and Hwy 20.
Follow Hwy. 20 West out
of Blountstown. Look
for signs for Sam Atkins
Park. Turn North at.
Lindy's Fried Chicken
(Silas Green St.). Plenty
of parking!
The Panhandle
Pioneer Settlement is a
nonprofit organization
dedicated to the
preservation of rural
life in the Florida
Panhandle.
For further
information on the
Settlement call: 850-674-
2777.

Equine clinic
.The Gulf County
Cooperative Extension
Service will sponsor an
Equine Coggins Clinic on
February 28, 2009.
Dr. Carla Hubbard will
administer the Coggins
test Saturday, February
28, 2009, starting at
8:00am CT. The cost for
the clinic will be $30.00


Gulf County Tourist Development Council recent activities


The Gulf County
Tourist Development
Council may not be as
familiar to many residents
as some other county
offices are. To help the
public better understand
the role this office takes
in the community here is
a report on some recent
activities.
Tourism dollars are
a large percentage of
Gulf County's economy.
The TDC works daily


to increase tourism by
promoting travel and.
marketing this area
as a natural retreat in
several different venues.
Protecting our strong
sense of community and
pristine environment
through Eco-tourism is
very important to the
TDC. Many visitors look
for environmentally
friendly vacations and
local hoteliers make Gulf
County the easy choice


by offering 65 percent of
accommodations green
lodging certified.
The TDC operates
from the first ever Gulf
County Welcome Center
located next to Frank
Pate Park in Port St Joe.
The Welcome Center
opened in April 2008
and has grown into a
successful facility offering
vacation information to
visitors as many as 150
guests a week. Currently


the TDC is looking for
outgoing individuals
familiar with Gulf County
to volunteer and greet
guests at the Welcome
Center. Interested parties
should contact Marcy
Townsend at 229-7800.
The annual visitors
guide, area maps, and
other informational
pieces are produced and
distributed through the
TDC. However, www.
VISITGULF.com


and is mainly for South
Wewa, Port St. Joe and
the general vicinity. This
will be the last clinic
hosted.
You must contact the
Gulf County Extension
Office at 850-639-3200
to be put on list for this
clinic by February 26,
2009.
A negative Coggins


test is mandatory in
Florida if transporting
horses. If you travel
without a Coggins, you
may face a hefty fine. A
Coggins test should be
done on an annual basis.
Fdr more information
contact the Gulf
County Cooperative
Extension-Service at
(850) 639-3200.


Meet Macey!

Macey is a playful 5 month old mix waiting
for her forever family. Macey has had lots of
socialization and gets along very well with other
dogs and cats. She loves to play a game of fetch
& likes, to lounge in the water. While waiting for
her new family, Macey is continuing to work on
obedience training so that she will be the perfect
pet when she finally finds her home. If your
interested in adopting Macey, please contact the
SJBHS at 850-227-1103 and ask for Melody.

PET FOOD & FLEA/TICK MEDICATIONS
AVAILABLE!! Stop by today! All proceeds go
directly to support the animals in our care!


IXIE

THEATRE

APALACHICOLA, FLA.
*Perceptions of Paradise February 12
"Patsy" A Musical Tribute by Margo Anderson Feb. 13
Bob Milne Ragtime Piano February 14 & 15
Visiting Mr. Green February 18 March 1
*Florida's Delicious History March 5
*Denotes Programs Free to the Public
850-653-3200 ~ www.DixieTheatre.com
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These businesses invite you to visit the church of your choice this week.


FAITH


Thursday. February 12, 2009


Rish, Gibson, Scholz &
Groom, P.A. ,
Wiiam JI Rish, Thomas S, Gibson, Russell Scholz,
Paul W. Groom II
(850) 229-8211


SOUTHERLAND FAMILY
FUNERAL HOME
507 10th Street Port St Joe
(850) 229-8111


COMFORTER
FUNERAL HOME
* W. P. "Rocky" Comforter
L.F.D.
(850) 227-1818


www. starfl.com


The Christian CONSCIENCE


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
This 1973 photo shot in Turkey is purported to be the remnants of Noah's Ark.



Second coming often misunderstood


This is the last in a series of three
messages regarding the second.
coming of Christ.

The most important teaching
about the second coming, in the book
of Revelation (Apocalypse) is found
in chapters 4 through 6. This is the
second teaching in the last book in the
Bible, coming after the three chapters
that deal with the messages to the
seven churches. John was a circuit
preacher for these churches, which
were in reasonably close proximity to
each other and were in the area that
today is called western Turkey.
In the beginning of Revelation
chapter 4, John is told, "Come up
here, and I will show you.things .
which will take place after this." It is
John, not the church, who is told to
"Come up here" at this point. Some
have related this mistakenly to the
coming of Christ for His followers
still remaining alive on earth, in other
words, the Rapture.
The folly of this thinking is shown
in Revelation 6:9 because His martyrs
still are awaiting God's judgment upon
their persecutors and their fellow
brethren who would be martyred. It is
not until the opening of the sixth seal
in Revelation 6:12, that we begin to-
read of those events and signs, which


Jesus related to His second coming in
Matthew 24:29-31 and elsewhere in the
gospels.
Notice in Revelation 6:16-17 that His
coming will be a great day of wrath.
There will be many, including some
churchgoers, who will be subject to the
wrath of the Lamb because they have
not been truly born again from above.
The second coming will be a time of
extreme disappointment for many who
think they are ready for the Rapture.
For them, the Day of the Lord will be,
as was written in the Old Testament
book of Amos, Chapter 5: "It will be
darkness and not light. It will be as
though a man fled from a lion and a
bear met him, or as though he went
into his house and leaned his hand
on the wall, and a serpent bit him."
Only those few who have surrendered
control of their lives to the Messiah,
Jesus Christ, and have been born
again from above will be blessed by His
second coming.
The Bible is clear that there are
two future cdmings of the Lord Jesus
Christ. There is what is usually called
the Rapture, in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-
18. This is the coming of Jesus for His
followers. There is another coming,
which we find in Jude 14,15 and
elsewhere, the coming, with His saints,
to execute judgment on the Ungodly.


This is not referring to those commonly
called saints in churches. The Greek
word that is translated "saints" means
literally "holy ones," those who have
been born again by the Spirit of God.
What does this all mean to you? It
means you have two choices: You can
continue scoffing at Christians and
making fun of them and be like those
in Revelation 6:15-16 who are suddenly
confronted with the wrath of the Lamb.
Or, you can be one of the few who are
ready for His coming and be blessed
by it.
' At the Mexico Beach Christian
Worship Center, we teach the same
things about the second coming of
Christ (the Messiah) as were recorded
throughout the entire Bible. Our
services begin with a time of greeting
and fellowship at 9:30 a.m. CT each
Sunday. Worship begins at 9:45 a.m.
After the service, we have a potluck
fellowship luncheon (Hebrews 10:24-
25). We worship at the Mexico Beach
Civic Center on 105 N. 31st St., behind
the Beach Walk gift shop, just off U.S.
98, in Mexico Beach.
God Bless,
Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian Worship
Center
pastor@mexicobeachcwc.com


Faith BRIEFS


The Silver Ring Thing
swinging into town
The Silver Ring Thing will be 7-9
p.m. ET Friday, Feb. 20, at the Port St.
Joe High School gym.
The live event incorporates high-
energy music, special effects, fast-
paced video, personal testimonies and
comedy. The program also presents
an evangelistic message focused on
forgiveness and new beginnings with
an opportunity to embrace a "second
virginity."
Students who make a commitment
to abstinence may purchase a silver


ring as a symbol and reminder of their
decision. After each event, students
who make this commitment are
followed up by SRT staff with weekly
e-mails that encourage and equip
these students in their commitment.
A parent session is held at each event
to educate parents about what is
happening in today's youth culture and
how they can encourage and support
their child's abstinence commitment.
Preview videos and testimonials
and find out general information
about the event at www.
silverringthing.com/home.asp.
We would like to thank one of our


sponsors, "Way EM" and encourage
everyone to support this Christian
radio station, 88.3 in Panama City/Port
St. Joe.

Valentine dinner
There will be a Valentine dinner at 5
and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at First
United Methodist Church of Mexico
Beach, 111 N. 22nd St.
Tickets are $10 per person. All
proceeds go to missions, local and
overseas.
Call Ardie at 648-2248, or see any
member of the church.


God Bless the

USA Again

Our country has a new leader that has
come on board.
I pray he'll lead this country back to the
Lord.
He has uphill battle of the past eight
years to right.
Let's pray God gives him wisdom for it
will be a long hard fight.
Corruption in government surrounds
him like a glove.
He needs all the prayers we can give, it
will take help from above.
This country was founded on godly
principles, by godly men, too.
Godly politicians are hard to find now,
they're very far and few.
Man made this mess and it's not the
first.
But it looks as though it could be the
worst.
If believers will humble themselves and
pray, and everyone turn from their wicked
ways.
God will hear from up above, and we'll
soon see better days.
America's foundation was built sturdy,
but the house is rotting away.
Let's get back to God, our foundation, so
He'll again bless the USA.

Billy Johnson


Presbyterian

Women in

Action invite you

The First Presbyterian Church of Port
St. Joe at 508 16th St. has Sunday worship
at 10 a.m. ET. We have a very active
Presbyterian women's group. We meet the
first Monday of each month at 10 a.m. ET
at the church.. Refreshments are followed
by a Bible study. We'are currently studying
"Jubilee!, Luke's Gospel for the Poor," poor
being defined as those excluded because of
gender, age, economics, physical malady or
religion.
For the past two years, we have chosen
to participate in Operation Christmas Child
(shoe boxes filled with gifts) as our major
worldwide mission project. Our favorite
local mission project for the past two years
has been a huge success. Working through
The Salvation Army's Domestic Violence
Program, we have adopted a family for
Christmas.
We are a small group but have managed
to fill the wish list for a mother and two
children including a Christmas tree with
all the trimmings! What a blessing we have
received from our efforts. Pam Martin
is the rural coordinator of the program
and can be contacted at 229-2901 if you
are interested in getting involved with a
program that serves a need in our own
community.
If you do not belong to a women's group
and would like to join us in our efforts to
serve God through Bible study, prayer,
fellowship and services to others, we
welcome you with open arms. Please call
the church at 227-1756 if you have questions
about the church or women's group, and we
will return your call.

Pancake supper to be Feb. 24
at St. James' Episcopal
St. James' Episcopal Church, 800 22nd
St. in Port St. Joe, will have its annual
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at 5 p.m.
ET Tuesday, Feb. 24. Adults are $3 and
children $2. Everyone is welcome.


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



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

Morning Prayer & Holy Coummunion
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 l'aith In A Changing TWorld"


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: 5:30p.m. ET
Choir: 7:00 p.m. ET


850) 227-7 724
Rev. Mac Fulcher
Pastor
Ann Comforter Jeremy Dixon
Music Director Youth Minister
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries


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


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Come Grow With Us! |' Where Faith, Family d&Friendship are found


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


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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Thursday, February 12, 2009


Doris A. Trentham, 88, a
longtime resident of Mexico
Beach, Fla., passed away
in a local nursing home on
Feb.7,2009.
She had been active in
zoning and planning as well
as the Council on Aging in
Mexico Beach. She was also
a member of Beach Baptist
Chapel in St. Joe Beach.
She is survived by
daughters Sandra Bryan
and husband, Dennis,
of Flowery Branch, Ga.,
and Susan Grace of Fort
Walton Beach, Fla.; three
grandchildren, Christie


Eric Howard Hammond
of Talladega, Ala., passed
away in Wewahitchka, Fla.,
on Jan. 31, 2009. .
He was born in Port St.
Joe on Jan. 12, 1945, and
was an Eagle Scout. He
also served in the United
States Army. He was a
member of the White City
Baptist Church and a
longtime member of the
volunteer fire department.
He was longtime resident
of Gulf County.
He is survived by father
and mother, Oscar Curtis
Hammond and Ruth L.
Hammond of Wewahitchka,
Fla.; brother, Oscar Curtis
Hammond Jr. of Mexico
Beach, Fla.; sister, Betty
Rich and husband, David
Rich, of Wewahitchka, Fla.;
son, Michael L. Hammond
of White City, Fla., and
his mother, Elwanda
Hammond, of White City,


Grace Rowlett passed
away Monday, Feb. 2, 2009,
in Tallahassee, Fla.'
Born in Madison, Ind.,
on Feb. 3, 1922, she was
the daughter of Rollie
and Lillie May Rea,
established local farmers
in the Indiana community.
George and Grace
continued faming after
their 1939 marriage, and
in 1969 moved their family
to the Atlanta area to start
their paving and trucking
business. They choose
their retirement home
in Panacea, Fla., in 1982,
drawn by the town's warm
and friendly nature and
their love of fishing.
The family wishes to
extend its gratitude to
the many friends and
neighbors who were
always there for Grace
and ask that those who
wish make donations
to the American Heart
Association and the
Panacea Full Gospel
Assembly Church, 8 Taylor


Minardi and Amber Bryan
of Flowery Branch and
Michael Grace of Fort
Walton Beach; three
great-grandchildren,
Stephanie Cammon and
husband, Joseph, of Mobile,
Ala., Brian Minardi of
Buford, Ga., and Joshua
Duncan of Sugar Hill,
Ga.; and two great-great-
granddaughters, Ashlyn
and Emily Cammon of
Mobile, Ala.
A memorial service will
be held at Beach Baptist
Chapel at 3 p.m. ET on
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2009.


Fla.; Eric Pitts and wife,
Susie, of Panama City, Fla.;
daughter, Pam Nunnery
and husband, Phillip,
and her mother, Beverly
Pitts, of Wewahitchka,
Fla.; four grandchildren
Josh Pitts, Jeffery Pitts
of Panama City, Fla., Jay
Shiver and Kaleb Shiver of
Wewahitchka, Fla.
Visitation was from
3-4 p.m. CT Monday,
Feb. 2, ,2009, at Buckhorn
Cemetery, with graveside
services at 4 p.m. CT
officiated by the Rev. Floyd
Wright.
Those desiring may
make memorial donations
to Covenant Hospice, 107
W 19th St., Panama, City,
FL 32405.
All services are under
the direction of the
Comforter Funeral Home,
Wewahitchka Branch
Chapel.


St., Panacea, FL.
She was preceded in
death by her husband of 62
years, George D. Rowlett;
brothers Robert George
Rea and Ralph Glenn
Rea; a sister, Sara Alice
Lee; and grandson, Terry
Rowlett.
She is survived by
sister Mary Harsin of
Lexington, Ind; daughter
Janet Preston of Fresno,
Calif.; son Dale Rowlett
of Oxford, Ga.; son Wayne
Rowlett of Bonifay, Fla.;
daughter Bonnie Morris;
of Cumming, Ga.; son
Rickey Rowlett of New
Braunfels, Texas; 22
grandchildren; 28 great-
grandchildren; three
great-great-grandchildren;
and numerous nieces and
nephews.
Services were held at 2
p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009,
at Panacea Full Gospel
Assembly Church.
All services are under
the direction of the
Comforter Funeral Home.


Card of thanks

Beachum Family
The family of the late Ella Mae Beachum wishes to
acknowledge the support and kindness shown during
her illness and a tremendous support during her
passing.
Acknowledgements of all resolutions, cards, calls,
flowers, Visitations, etc. again thanks to all.
The Family


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


A Spirit Filled
Outreach Oriented
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HOME OF THE
POWERHOUSE
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Wj First Presbyterian Church
* YVof Port St. Joe
F 508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
b 1Reverend Ruth Hempel
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School 11:00 a.m.


Judith May Paul, 70,
passed away Wednesday,
Feb. 4,2009, at a local


Mrs. Grace Kathryn
Floore, 73, of Wewahitchka,
Fla., passed away,
Sunday, Feb. 8,2009, in
a local hospital after her
courageous battle with
cancer.
She was raised in
Lucedale, Miss., graduated
from George County High
School and then attended
Perkinston Junior College
for two years, where she
was involved in the music
department as well as a
majorette for the football
team. After junior college,
she attended Mississippi
Southern and earned her
Bachelor of Arts degree
in elementary education
and began teaching in a
one-room country school in
Brewer, Miss. She moved
to Gulf County in 1957 from
Hattiesburg, Miss., and
began a 36-year career with
the Gulf County School
District as a first-grade
school teacher at Port St.
Joe Elementary School.,
She loved the water and
enjoyed swimming, skiing,
and other water activities.
Kathryn will be greatly


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Obituaries


hospital. A memorial service
will be held at a later date at
VFW Post 10069.


Shirley Jean Phillips Parramore


Shirley
Jean Phillips
Parramore, 69, of
White City passed
away Thursday,
Jan. 29, 2009,
after a long and
courageous battle
with lung cancer.
She was born PARR
in Estill, S.C., to
Marion and Violet
Phillips on Aug. 21, 1939.
She graduated in 1957
-from Elizabeth City, N.C.,
and in 1960, she graduated
from Portsmouth Virginia
General Hospital School
of Nursing with an
RN degree. She was
a member of Eastern
Star, Towson Chapter
70, and the VFW Women
Auxiliary Post 10069. She
was resident of Dothan,
Ala., until 1983, when she
moved to Mexico Beach,
Fla., and worked for the
Mexico Beach Cable office
for 11 years.
She is survived by
her loving husband and
best friend of 37 years,
James B. Parramore
of White City; one son,
Mark Parramore and
daughter-in-law, Sylvia, of
Webb, Ala.; one daughter,
Michele Parramore Cook
and son-in-law, Joe, of
Tallahassee, FL; seven
grandchildren, Lauren
Sisk Danetha, Marcie and


Kaye of Dothan,
Ala., Brandon,
Justin and Casey
of Tallahassee;
and three great-
grandchildren,
Kaitlyn, Amelia
and Olivia;
and one sister,
MORE. Catherine
Michalak of
Edenton, N.C.
She is preceded in
death by her parents,
Marion and Violet Phillips,
and one sister, Katherine .
Joanne Phillips.
The family would like
to give a special thank you
to Dr. John Nanfro and his
caring staff and a special
thank you to her hospice
nurse, Linda Hamilton,
and health aide, Latonia
Thomas and Chaplain
Dr. Floyd Wright. In lieu
of flowers, the family
request contributions to
Covenant Hospice, 107 W.
19th St., Panama City, FL
32405.
A memorial service
was at noon EST
Tuesday, Feb. 3,2009,
at VFW Post 10069, in
Highland View, The
family would like to thank
the Ladies Auxiliary for
the contribution to the
service.
All services are under
the direction of the
Comforter Funeral Home.


missed and remembered
for her kindness,
generosity and her great
words from the Lord.
She was preceded
in death by her beloved
son, Cary Edward Floore
Jr.; parents, Vaudie and
Gertrude Mallette; and
brothers, Malcolm and'
Johnny Mallette. She is
survived by her husband
of 54 years, Cary Edward
Floore Sr. of Wewahitchka,
Fla.; son, Gene Floore and
wife, Sharon, of Destin,
Fla.; and sister, Delores
Havens and husband, PC.,
of Pass Christian, Miss.
. Funeral services for
Kathryn were conducted at
2 p.m. ET Wednesday, Feb.
11, 2009, in the Oak Grove
Assembly of God Church
in Port St. Joe, Fla., with
interment in Pleasant Rest
Cemetery in Overstreet,
Fla.
The family received
friends from 1-2 p.m. ET
Wednesday at the church.
Expressions of
sympathy can be viewed
and submitted at www.
southerlandfamily.com.


"Our Church can be your home"

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

Give unto the Lord the gfonj fe isname, worship the Lordin tile eauty ofhfiness.
Psalm 29:2


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


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


fFirst Baptist Church
102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE
Jerome Barnes, Interim Pastor
. Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students


New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church
Sunday Wednesday
Contemporary Service ........8:30 am Children's Choir ................. 6:00 pm
Sunday School ....................9:40 am Prayer Meeing.................... 6:30 pm
Traditional Service............11:00 am Children's Ministry
Awana's 5:00 pm Activities 6:30 pm
Youth Choir...... ....... 5:30 pm Youth Ministry Activities... 6:30 pm
Youth Groups.... .............. 6:00 pm
www.fbcpsj.org .

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ST. JAMES'

EPISCOPAL CHURCH

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


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Doris A. Trentham


of Gulf County
St. Joseph Parish
20th Monument Ave. Port St. Joe 227-1417
All Mass Times EDT
Saturday 4:00 pm
Sunday 9:30 am
Monday, Thursday, Friday 9:30 am
Wednesday 5:30 pm
St. Lawrence Mission
788 N.Hwy 71 Wewahitchka, FL
Sunday Mass 11:00 am (CT)
Cape San Bias Mission
1500 ft from State Park entrance at Cape San Bias
Saturday Mass 6:00 pm (ET)


Judith May Paul


Eric Hammond


St. Patrick's Day

Dinner approaching

Contributed to the Star

On March 14, St. Joseph Catholic Church will hold
its annual St. Patrick's Day dinner with Irish dancers.
The dinner will be held in the Church Hall, located on
20th Street in Port St. Joe.
Join us for a traditional Irish dinner of corned
beef and cabbage, carrots, potatoes, roll, dessert and
beverage. We will begin serving dinner at 5 p.m. EST
March 14. The Niall O'Leary Irish Dancers of Panama
City will be entertaining throughout the evening with
a fast-paced performance of traditional Irish step
dances. Everyone also will have a chance to sing along
with some of our favorite and traditional Irish songs.
All proceeds from this event will benefit St.
Joseph's Family Life Ministries and in turn help
many throughout our community. Please help us
have another successful year. All tickets are $8 each
and are available for purchase in the Church Hall on
20th Street. For more information, please contact the
church's office at 850-227-1417, ticket coordinator Ann
Jarosz at 229-1531 or Charmaine Earley at 229-8561.


Women's Fellowship

Luncheon to be March 14

Contributed to the Star

The second annual Women's Fellowship Luncheon,
with theme "YES" To Change, will be at 11 a.m. March
14. This event is for women only, and you're invited.
It's just the right occasion for such a time as this.
We know seasons and times change; however, God's
love for his children remains the same and never
changes. We as mighty Women of God have been
given the ultimate ability to birth things in the spirit.
Now is the time for us to symbolize together, join hand
in hand in unity and allow God to perfect us in this
highly anointed celebration.
So come and partake in witnessing the out pouring
of God's Holy Spirit.
"A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love
one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one
another" John 13:34.
We the daughters of the Highest, True and Living
God, humbly say, Thank you.
For more information, visit New Life Christian
Center at 504 6th st. in Port St. Joe or call 850-229-
7781. If you can't make it, please give us a call.


Faith BRIEFS

Trinity service
Port St. Joe Church of God in Christ Women
Department will host a "Trinity Service" at 6 p.m. ET
Sunday Feb. 15, in the Church Sanctuary at 163 Ave. D.
Speakers will include missionaries Lois Byrd, Ida
Stallworth and Deborah Crosby.
The program will include many Christian friends.
The church family under the pastoral leadership of
Elder David Woods Jr. invites everyone to come and be
blessed.

Victory Temple choir anniversary
Victory Temple First Born Holiness Church will
be celebrating its annual Choir Anniversary at 11:30
a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Feb: 22. The 6 p.m. service will be
a musical program featuring "Gospel Celebration of
Choirs." Everyone is invited to join this celebration.

Homecoming at New Harvest
New Harvest Fellowship Assembly of God at 1800
N. Hwy. 71 in Wewahitchka will have Homecoming on
Feb. 22.
The guest speaker will be the Rev. Charles Jackson
Jr. Service starts at 10:30 a.m. CT.
Dinner will follow the morning service on the
church grounds. Bring a covered dish and join us for
an anointed time of worship and fellowship.
For more information, call 850-832-7953.

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






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


The Catholic Church


Grace Rowlett


Grace Kathryn Floore






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Local


Thursday, February 12, 2009


PHOTOS BY MARIE LOGAN I Special to the Star
Roscoe, an American bulldog, is one of many abandoned dogs brought to the Humane Society. Roscoe suffers from severe skin problems due to neglect.





Economy hits Gulf county animals, too


By Marie Logan
Contributing
As the economy gets
worse, so do some of the
stories of new arrivals at
the St. Joseph Bay Humane
Society in Port St. Joe.
. Not all of the new
arrivals have heart-
wrenching tales of abuse
and neglect to tell, if they
could talk. Some are simply
the bearers of equally
heart-wrenching stories
about people who, because
of economic circumstances,
simply cannot care for their
beloved pets anymore.
Thankfully, according
to Society director Melody
Townsend, some of those
people carefully give their
dogs and cats into the
loving care of the facility
she oversees. It's the people
who don't that concern her.
Like Baylor's owners.
He's a Catahoula-Lab mix
puppy whose owners just
disappeared, Townsend
said. They left Baylor tied to
a tree. The landlord fed him
for several days, thinking
the owners would come
back for their dog, but they
never did, so the landlord
brought Baylor to the
Humane Society.
Or like the owner of two
adorable puppies that most


days are playing in a wire
pen outside the Society's
garage.
Hunter is a tiny brindle
bundle and Angel, his
sister, is a tiny black imp.
Just about 11 weeks old
now, they were found
underneath an old house,
abandoned by its tenants.
Hunter was tied by a
thin wire to a beam under
the house and Angel .
was rooting in the dirt
not far away. Under his
chin, Hunter's neck is
permanently scarred where
the wire had been wrapped
so long the flesh had begun
growing over it before he
was rescued.
The message to be
learned, Townsend pointed
out, is that anyone who can
no longer care for his pet
should bring the animal in
to the Humane Society.
"Don't be embarrassed
or humiliated," Townsend
said. "You are not at fault,
and so many people are in
the same situation. You are
a much more responsible
pet owner if you bring
your pet to us, rather than
abandoning it,"
Like the owners of
Maddie, a year and a half
old beagle mik. She was
recently surrendered by
a young couple who had


Morris the cat was found in August and is ready
for a loving home. He is one of several sponsored
animals at the Society, meaning his adoption fees
have already been paid.


to move because of their
economic situation. They
could not take Maddie with
them, so they tearfully
gave her up for adoption,
Townsend said.
"Maddie's about 30
pounds, with a great
temperament, and she
just wants to go home,"
Townsend said, petting
her through the kennel
bars. "I know it's so very
hard, but that couple did
the right and responsible
thing by giving her up
to the Humane Society.
Now Maddie's got a much
better chance at another
good life, and her owners
know they don't have to
worry about her."
Roland Jones,.
Gulf County's lone
Animal Control officer,
wholeheartedly agreed.
After three years as the
county's primary person in
charge of all things animal,
Jones said he thought
things were getting a little
better.
When a local television
station covered the animal
control issue in Gulf
County about mid-2008, it
seemed to catch peoples'
attention, he said. At that
time, according to Jones,
the county was trying
"to put a little more clout
into county ordinances"
regarding animal control.
Now county residents
seem to accept him and
what he is trying to do,
Jones said, and they are
trying to become more
in compliance with the
stricter rules. Publicity
and education, especially
one-on-one meetings with
non-compliant pet owners,
also seems to be helping,
according to Jones. "We're
trying to take a stand on
large, aggressive dogs
without being rude about
it," he explained.
Jones had very specific
advice for all pet owners
in the county. "Spay or
neuter every pet," he said.
"Vaccinate them. Keep
them in humane conditions
and walk them on a
leash. In other words, be :
responsible."
With the influx of so
many more unexpected
pets comes a vast list of
needs for the Humane
Society, which serves both
Gulf County and Mexico
Beach.
Among those needs
are a greater number
of foster homes. Those
are temporary homes
for animals, especially
dogs, which have been


Baylor, an abandoned Catahoula-Lab puppy, was
owners' landlord, who found him tied to a tree.


adopted but are waiting
for transportation to New
England.
The Society has
partnered for quite a while
very successfully with the
American Lab Rescue
organization, through which
an amazing number of Gulf
County dogs are adopted by
New England residents.
But foster homes are
needed for the two weeks
between adoption and
transportation. Fostering
helps to continue socializing
.the dogs, gets them into a
home environment, which
makes their transition
easier, and frees up a
kennel for another needy
animal.
A surprising number
of winter visitors who stay
for several months in Gulf
County are foster "parents"


for the Humane Society,
Townsend said. "But when
they return north in the
spring and summer, we lose
a lot of foster homes."
Besides cash donations
and foster homes, the
Society is also badly in need
of sponsorships for both
dogs and cats.
Through sponsorships
more animals can be
adopted by people who
could not afford the fees
associated with adoption
and/or medical procedures
required before an animal
is ready for adoption.
Sponsorships were
particularly plentiful
during the holiday season,
Townsend said, giving the
Society its biggest response
ever.
"Thank you so much
to everyone who gave a


cued by his previous


sponsorship as a Christmas
gift," she said. "That kind
of community support is
what we're counting on to
get us through 2009 and this
economic crisis."
By giving a donation
in the name of an animal
of one's choice at the
shelter, or in the name of
any animal, a sponsorship
can help cover the cost
of heartworm treatment,
spay-neuter surgeries, or
other medical care that
would otherwise prevent
many animals from having
a chance at adoption.
Anyone can stop
by the Society and
handle a sponsorship in
person, go online (www.
sjbhumanesociety.org)
and choose an animal to
sponsor, or elect to sponsor
any dog or cat most in need.







Thursday, February 12, 2009


School News


The Star B7


I love WES
As St. Valentine's Day
approaches our thoughts
turn to romance and those
we love. most. And so it
should, but at Wewahitch-
ka Elementary School the
students and staff LOVE
their school. Here are just
a few reasons why (stated
in our own words and in
our own spelling):

I love WES because...
...we get to go to PE.
and liberee. (Savannah
Lister, 1st Grade)
...the lunch ladies
are nice to you. (Bryan
Cantley, 4th Grade)
...we are drug free.
(Trevor Nunnery, 2nd
Grade)
...my techr. (Paige Mc-
Daniel, kindergarten)
...we don't have to wear
uniforms becaues thier
ulgy. (Emily Palmer, 4th
Grade)
...Ms. Lorey is the best
princebell. (Haley Lanier,
1st Grade)
...I never got a padling.
(Cole Haddock, 2nd
grade)


...wrd famles. (Daniel
Orcutt, kindergarten)
...I make more and more
friends each day. (Michael
Duncan, 4th Grade)
...when I grow up I want
to be smot. (Aryann Bauer,
1st Grade)
...my students are al-
ways willing and ready to
learn. (Ms. Brandi Kelly,
2nd Grade teacher)
...reading is fun with a
buddy. (Bailey Pitts, Pre-
IO
...it's a short trip to my
house. (Jackson Vines, 4th
Grade).
...we have a good PE
coach. When we are fin-
shed doing our push ups
and stuff, we get to go and
play! (Mack Raffield, 4th
Grade)
...they have places to
park your bikes. (Austin
Garrett, 3rd Grade)
...we have fire alarms
to keep us safe. (Aubrey
Clayton, 1st Grade)
...our gunipigs are cute.
(Clay Turner, 4th grade)
...you get to play with
patren blocks. (Braden Ja-
merson, 2nd Grade)
...the teachers teach us


Jmr


School BRIEFS


alot every day. (Cyrina Ma-
drid, 1st Grade)
...we have nice desks.
(Layna Bronson, 4th
grade)
...I feel appreciated by
my exceptional students
everyday. (Ms. Nichole
Linvill, 4th Grade teacher)
...I learn how to write
my name. (Randi Gautier,
Pre-K)
...my momma gets to
come to school and see
what I can do. (Gavin Had-
dock, Pre-K)
...I like learning about
the soler system. (Beau
Brown, 2nd Grade)
...you be a good listener.
(James Jensen, 1st grade)
...they have great medi-
cal accistence. (Dominick
DeMunck, 4th grade)
...the cleaning ladies
make every thing sqeuky
clean. (Josh Daulton, 4th
Grade)
...I get to ride the bus.
(Hailey Gentry, Pre-K)
...you get a cold card.
(Anna Kelsoe, 2nd Grade)
...you're known by a
name and NOT because
you are in trouble.. (Ms.
Gerber's 3rd Graders)
...the staff, while work-
ing hard to ensure each
child receives a sound ed-
ucation, works equally as
hard to provide each child
with positive, memorable
childhood experiences.
(Lori Price, Principal)


Gibson Named to
Dean's List of Einory
College
ATLANTA Elizabeth
Gibson of Port St Joe,
daughter of Thomas San-
difer Gibson and Mary
Atkeson Gibson was
named to the Dean's List
of Emory College, the un-
dergraduate, liberal arts
college of Emory Univer-
sity in Atlanta, Georgia,
for the 2008 fall semester.
Students must be in
the top 20 percent of Em-
ory College .or have ap-
proximately a 3.850 grade
point average or higher
to be named to the Dean's
List.

Faith Christian
enrollment
Enroll now for the 2009
- 2010 school year at Faith
Christian School.
We have a Bible-based
curriculum, small class
sizes and a safe and lov-
ing environment..
Some exciting chang-
es include: rotating class-
es for grades 1 8 which
promote an innovative
learning environment
and interactive teaching
strategies emphasizing
"hands on learningg"
Registration begins


Feb. 2 for returning stu-
dents and will be opened
to the public Feb. 17.
Class size is limited so
reserve a spot for your
star student now!
Registration is $100
per child up to two chil-
dren ($200 maximum).
For more information
call: 850-229-6707 or visit
www.faithchristianpsj.
net.

GCCC enrollment
increases for
Spring 2009
According to the most
recent preliminary fig-
ures, Gulf Coasq Commu-
nity College is posting a
3.9 percent overall FTE
increase in enrollment
for the spring 2009 term
as compared to the spring
2008 term.
The highest percent-
age of GCCC's student
population groups also
showed a positive in-
crease of 5.3% FTE and
5.0% in headcount which
can be broken down into:
General education
and university transfer
(degree-seeking) stu-
dents increased 4.8 per-
cent in headcount while
FTE increased 4.4 per-
cent
Postsecondary voca-


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Valentines Day is soon and so is the annual flower sale by Mr. Brown's
class.It is no secret that the current school budget crisis has been on going
for many years. Some of the first casualties of the loss of revenue were the
Art and Music programs in the elementary schools. As a result, schools have
had to be creative to provide the students with anything in these important
areas. Mr. Brown's class has been blessed to have a regular volunteer come
in and teach the students how to make flower arrangements. Mrs. Amy Da-
vidson has been a faithful volunteer for the last several years. In the process
of arranging flowers, the students practice the necessary social skills re-
quired in today's society. Wewahitchka Elementary School is proud of their
volunteers. If your schedule permits, please contact the school at 639-2476
to share~your time and talents. It will be an experience that will touch your
life forever.


Academic success workshop


Community parents are
asked to attend a workshop
for parents, grandparents and
guardians of middle- and high-
school students titled "Parental
involvement at home: Helping
your child succeed in school."
The workshop will be held
from 10 a.m. until noon ET on DR. J
Feb. 21 at Zion Fair Baptist Si
Church.
The workshop will be led by
Dr. Joseph Smiley.
Dr. Joseph Smiley currently serves
as the Academic Dean of Social Sci-
ences at St. Petersburg College. Dur-
ing his 28 years in higher education, Dr.
Smiley has held numerous positions.
He is a former Program Director of
Social Sciences, Business Technology,
and Ethics. He served as Coordinator


of the College Project Success
Program, designed to help at-
risk college students. He also
served as a Professor of Eco-
nomics.
As part of his work in the
community, Dr. Smiley has de-
veloped and facilitated a va-
OSEPH riety of parent workshops on
JOSE strategies for helping children
AILEY succeed in school and prepare
for college. He also currently
serves as the coordinator of the Alpha
Institute Teen Training Program, a prb-
gram designed to assist at-risk middle
and high school students.
Dr. Smiley holds degrees from Flori-
da A & M University, Argosy University,
and the University of Notre Dame. He
is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Frater-
nity.


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By Jesse Raffield

Sports
Girls Softball kicks into
gear on Friday the girls will
be traveling to Rutherford
for the Softball Preseason
Classic. Games start at 5
p.m. and 7 p.m. ET. We will
be playing Franklin Co. at
home on Tuesday night at
7:00 p.m., then Thursday,


Feb. 12 the softball team
will be playing at Ruther-
ford again and the game
starts at 7 p.m. ET.
Clubs
NHS; There is an annual
Blood Drive on Wednesday,
Feb. 11 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Appointments can be made
in the front office, children
age of 16 and 17 must have
a permission form signed


by parent/guardian. Every-
one is invited to Donate and
a free t-shirt will be given to
all donators.
SGA: The club is co-
sponsoring, with the Dem-
ocratic Party, a forum for
the one mill at Capital City
Bank on Feb. 10. Everyone
is invited to attend.
Just a Reminder
Florida Writes is here
and the sophomores will be
writing on Tuesday, Feb. 10
at 8 a.m. Good Luck Sopho-
mores.
Don't forget to purchase
a yearbook you can do so
online at the school's web-
site or you or your child can
pick a form in Mr. Taylor's
Room.


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tional (career-based, ter-
minal programs) classes
rose by 7.0 percent in
headcount and 8.7 per-
cent in FTE
College Prep num-
bers increased 2.0 per-
cent in headcount and 2.9
percent in FTE
Gulf Coast also made
gains among several
groups of full and part-
time degree-seeking stu-
dents: African-American
(up 5 percent); Asian (up
6.5 percent); Hispanic (up
3.5 percent); and Cauca-
sian (up 4.9 percent).
"This enrollment
growth is aligned to our
strategic plan and our
mission to make higher
education fully accessible
to as many people as pos-
sible," said Dr. Jim Ker-
ley, President. "Our abil-
ity to offer flexible class
schedules and create new
programs is critical as
more people come to us
for re-training and seek
to upgrade their skills in
this tighter job market."
FTE (Full Time
Equivalent) is an enroll-
ment calculation rep-
resenting one student
enrollment of 13.3 credit
hours. All figures are con-
sidered preliminary until
final numbers are calcu-
lated after the end of the
semester.







B8 I The Star


Law Enforcement


Thursday, February 12, 2009


Arrest LOG


Sheriff's office sponsors venturing crew


The Gulf County Sheriff's
Office will be conducting ve-
hicle safety and DUI check-
points during February. The
checkpoints will be held
throughout the county, includ-
ing Highway 98 near St. Joe
Beach, Highway 98 and Gar-
rison Avenue, C-30 Simmons
Bayou, Highway 71 North of
White City, Highway 22 and
Highway 22A, Highway 71 and
Westarm Creek, Highway 71
Dalkieth Area and Highway 71
near the Calhoun line.
On Feb. 2, Mathew Edward
Andrews, 26, was arrested on
warrants for burglary, grand
theft of a firearm, possession
of a firearm by a convicted fej-
on and false representation of
ownership.
On Feb. 3, Timothy Eugene
Maestri, 37, was arrested on a
warrant for violation of proba-
tion. The original charge was
cruelty to animals.
On Feb. 6, Richard Lee Mul-
linax, 56, was arrested for DWL-
SR.
On Feb. 6, Crystal Michele
Smith, 26, was arrested on two
warrants for failure to appear on
charges of worthless checks.
On Feb. 6, Ronnie Eugene
Coley, 26, was arrested on a
warrant for grand theft auto.


The Gulf County Sheriff's Of-
fice is sponsoring a co-ed public
safety venturing crew. This crew
is for men and women ages .14-
21 who want to learn about and
participate in the skills and ac-
tivities of law enforcement, fire
and emergency medical services
personnel. Crew members will
have opportunities to serve the
community.
WHO: Young men and women,
age 14-21
WHAT: Sign-up meeting
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. ET Feb. 26
WHERE: Gulf County Emer-


buresh -larnanan, 44, was arrested during an undercover
drug operation with a quarter-pound of'high-grade
marijuana.


On Feb. 6, Suresh Harnanan,
44, was arrested during- an un-
dercover drug operation. Mem-
bers of the Gulf County Sher-
iff's Office, Port St. Joe Police
Department and the Depart-
meht of Corrections arrested


Harnanan with a quarter-pound
of high-grade marijuana. The
marijuana had a street value
of approximately $2,000, and if
it had been successfully smug-
gled into the prison, then the
value would have been $10,000.


agency Operations Center, behind
the Gulf County Sheriff's Office in
Port St. Joe.
Public safety vehicles will be on
display, questions about venturing
will be answered and sign up will
take place.
Regular crew meetings will be
Thursday evenings, rotating be-
tween Port St. Joe and Wewahi-
tchka locations, with public safety
experiences and training.
Wewahitchka residents can ar-
range for transportation by calling
Maj. Bobby Plair at 227-1115 or
639-5717


Arrest made in counterfeiting case

Franklin County charged with violation of
sheriff's deputies have probation.
arrested a 30-year-old Undersheriff Joel Nor-
Apalachicola man in con- red said the investigation
section with the spate of is ongoing and is being as-
counterfeit bills that have sisted by the Port St. Joe
surfaced in the county in police department. He said
recent weeks. the U.S. Secret Service is
Michael Gloner, 67 Gib- MICHAEL monitoring the case.
son Road, was arrested MIHAEL "Agencies have recov-
Jan. 29 and charged with GLONER ered counterfeit bills from
making or possessing this case," said Norred.
instruments for forging bills, a "Further arrests may be forth-
third-degree felony. He was also coming."


Law ENFORCEMENT


This report represents
some events the FWC
handled from Jan. 30-Feb.
5; however, it does not in-
clude all actions taken by
the Division of Law En-
forcement.

Walton County
Officer Randall Brooks
issued a citation for road
hunting in the Eglin Air
Force Base Wildlife Man-
agement Area. Brooks
observed a pickup truck
on Range Road 205 west
of Unit C-6, an area of
increased complaints.
Brooks approached the ve-
hicle to check the hunter
inside, who was wearing
hunter orange. During
their conversation, Brooks
observed the wooden
stock of a firearm next to
the hunter. The hunter
advised that the weapon
was loaded, and he was
waiting for his hunting
dogs to come out of the
closed area, at which time
he would pick them up.' Af-
ter talking to the hunter,
Brooks remembered a pre-


vious encounter with the
same hunter in the same
area for road hunting, for
which, he had warned the
subject. Brooks reminded
the hunter of the previous
encounter and advised him
that he was in violation
again and would receive a
citation for road hunting.
'On Feb. 2 at about 6
p.m., Officer Espy Letcher
responded to a call from
the Walton County Sheriff's
Office regarding an over-
turned vessel on Kings
Lake, north of Defuniak
Springs. Officer Van Bar-
row, vessel in tow, arrived
to assist. While en route to
the scene, Lt. Mark Hollin-
head was advised the vol-
unteer fire department was
able to assist the Walton
County Sheriff's Office in
locating the three subjects.
The three victims were in
the beginning stages of hy-
pothermia when they were
recovered.

Bay County
Officer Joe Chambers
was checking fishers


around the city marina
when he found one fisher
who had two outstanding'
warrants out of Illinois
for failure to register as
a sexual predator. It also
was learned the individual
had failed to register in
Florida. The subject was
booked into the Bay Coun-
ty jail and charged for the
felony charge of failing to
register as a sexual preda-
tor.
Officers Mike Nobles
and Joe Chambers have
been working a complaint
concerning a baited area
in the Point Washington
Wildlife Management
Area. Chambers located
a hunter sitting in a tree
stand overlooking a pile of
corn. He was cited for the
violation.
Officer Joe Chambers
conducted a camp check
in the Pine Log Wildlife
Management. Area and
found two subjects who
had alcohol and three
loaded firearms in their
campsite. Citations for
the firearms were issued,
and written warnings


were issued for the alco-
hol violations.
A weekend night hunt-
ing detail resulted in nu-
merous arrests. The detail
included support by FWC
aircraft. Lt. Jay Chesser
was observing two deer
in the central part of the
county when a subject
stopped and shot one of
the deer. Soon afterward,
Officers Joe Chambers and
Jeff Gager were working a
decoy deer in the western
part. of county when two
subjects, shot the decoy.
Later that night, Chesser,
K-9 Officer Mike Guy, Of-
ficer Dennis Palmer and
Reserve Officer Joey Miles
were working a decoy
deer in the eastern part of
the county when a truck
turned and fired a shot at
their decoy. In all, four sub-
jects were cited for night
hunting, three were cited
for road hunting and one
was cited for possession of
drug paraphernalia. Two
items of interest: One of the
shooters was a subject ar-
rested two months ago for
illegally killing a doe deer,


so he was booked into the
Bay County Jail; another
shooter is currently going
through police standards
and wants to become an
FWC officer.
The following night,
Palmer and Officer Mark
Clements observed a ve-
hicle stop and fire two
rounds at a decoy they
were operating. The shoot-
er was a 13-year-old girl
whose mother's boyfriend,
a convicted felon, was giv-
ing instructions on how to
properly kill the deer. The
mother drove the car and
illuminated the deer for
the duo. Citations for night
hunting and road hunting
were issued.
Officer Joe Chambers
worked a known deer
crossing when he observed
a truck stopped along the
county road by the cross-
ing. Chambers cited two
subjects for road hunt-.
ing and seized one of the
rifles after dispatch deter-
mined the subject was a
three-time-convicted felon.
Felony charges will be
sought after obtaining the


certification of conviction
and confirmation from the
Clemency Board.

Franklin County
Officers Woody Cook
and Steven Cook conducted
a decoy deer detail in the
area of McIntyre. Numer-
ous complaints had been
made by the leaseholders
of the private property re-
garding non-lease mem-
bers harvesting deer from
the property. The officers
stopped a vehicle after the
driver/father allowed his
juvenile son to shoot the
decoy that was placed on
the property. The father
admitted knowing that
the property was a private
hunting lease. The father
was charged with felony
trespass by a projectile for
allowing the juvenile he was
supervising to shoot the
decoy deer on the private
property. The father was
arrested and transported
to the Franklin County Jail.
The officers seized two
shotguns and one rifle dur-
ing the offense.


NOTICE TO CITY OF

MEXICO BEACH

HOMEOWNERS

The City of Mexico Beach is seeking applicants to participate in a Com-
munity Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation program to
assist homeowners with repairs. This program is designed to perform
general code related repairs and improvements for very low and low
and moderate-income homeowners. Items eligible for repair include
roofs, heating systems, plumbing, electrical and other code related hous-
ing systems. Currently, the City has funds available to assist a limited
number of homeowners. Applicants must meet the following eligibility
requirements for this program:

IF ALL OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY:
* -IF YOU OWN YOUR HOME
* IF THIS IS YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE
* IF YOUR TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME IS BELOW
THE GUIDELINES LISTED BELOW:

Household
size 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person 7 person 8 person
Annual $12,000 $13,750 $15,450 $17,150 $18,550 $19,900 $21,300 $22,650
Household
Income

If you would like to be considered for possible assistance, an application
package can be picked up at Mexico Beach City Hall, 118 14th Street,
or call, toll-free (877) 309-1951, Ext. 15, and request an application
package be mailed to you. All interested homeowners should submit
completed application materials to Chris Hubbard, City Administrator,
at Mexico Beach City Hall, 118 14th Street, Mexico Beach, FL 34760
on or before Thursday, March 12, 2009. All applications are subject to
review, ranking and approval by the Mexico Beach City Council.

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TRANSPORTATION PLANNING MEETING

(THE PUBLIC IS INVITED)

Bay County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO)
Wednesday, February 18,2009 at 3:30 p.m.
Panama City City Hall Commission Chambers

The agenda will include the following:
1. Public Hearing Consideration to Amend the Transportation Improvement
Program (TIP) to Add Projects that Receive Funding from the Economic
Stimulus Legislation
2. Consideration to Request that Bay County Be Designated As Being In
Attainment for the Ozone Standard
3. Public Forum. This is an opportunity for the public to address the
TPO regarding transportation issues.

The agenda is available on the TPO's website at www.wfrpc.org/bctpo.
Direct questions or comments to Ms. Sharon Burnett at 850-392-1104,
or sharon.burnett@wfrpc.org.

The TPO will make reasonable accommodations for access to the meetings
in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and for language
requirements other than English. Please notify Ms. Amy Brown of access or
language requirements at 1-850-392-1105 at least 48 hours in advance.






Thursday, February 12, 2009


Standards for trucks
hailing AG products
relaxed until Feb. 25
TALLAHASSEE As agricul-
tural producers begin assess-
ing freeze damage from the
overnight Arctic blast that im-
pacted the state, Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles
H. Bronson announced today
that an executive order relax-
ing weight limits on trucks
transporting vulnerable crops
has been extended until Feb.
25.
The order extending the
waiver was signed last eve-
ning by Governor Charlie
Crist at Bronson's request
and enables growers to har-
vest more of their products to
prevent or reduce crop loss-
es. The previous order was
scheduled to expire Feb. 11.
"We're thankful to Gov-
ernor Crist for his effort in
assisting the agricultural
community in quickly getting
their crops out 6f the ground,"
Bronson said. "Florida's
growers produce nearly all
of our nation's domestically
produced fresh fruits and
vegetables during the win-
ter months, and consumers
throughout the country rely
on our crops."
Florida is at the peak of
the harvest season for many
commodities, including cit-
rus, strawberries, blueber-
ries, tomatoes, snap beans,
celery, sweet corn, cucum-
bers, eggplant, peppers, rad-
ishes, squash, tropical fish
and nursery plants."
The emergency order
signed by the Governor relax-
es the weight, height, length
and width restrictions for
commercial vehicles trans-
porting vulnerable crops.
For more information
about the order, visit http://
www.Florida-Agriculture.
com on the web.

Bay County job fair'
The Workforce Center in
conjunction with Tyndall Air
Force Base, Naval Support
Activity Panama City and
Haney Technical Center will
be holding the 22nd Annual
Bay County Job Fair from 9
a.,m. until 1 p.m. on Friday,,
Feb. 13, at Haney Technical
Center, 3016 Hwy. 77, Panama
City. Hundreds of job seekers
are expected to turn out to
meet with employers on job
opportunities in our area.
Employers participating in
the job fair will be looking to
fill a variety of positions rang-
ing from entry level to profes-
sional. To date, approximately
50 employers have ,signed up
to participate including hos-
pitality, medical and federal
contractors.
"Give the fact that there
is an increased number of
individuals looking for jobs
and we have involvement)
by a number of high caliber
employers, we're expecting
a large turnout of jobseekers
this year," said Jan Sheffield,
Bay County Job Fair commit-
tee member, representing
Airman and Family. Readi-
ness Center. "Jobseekers
should come to the job fair


well prepared dressed to
meet with employers face to
face and have several copies
of their resume ready to hand
out."
There is no charge for par-
ticipation in the Bay County
Job Fair and it is open to all
jobseekers.
For more information con-
tact Meghan Byrem at 850-.
872-4340, ext. 112 or e-mail
baycountyjobfair@comcast.
net.

Southern Resorts
vacation rentals adds
WindMark Beach idea
home
Southern Resorts Vaca-
tion Rentals would like to
announce the Myhomeideas.
corn 2008 Idea House, the
"Summer Dream" in Wind-
Mark Beach, as a recent
addition to their vacation
rental accommodations on
the Forgotten Coast. "Sum-
mer Dream" .is located only
100 yards from the beach and
boasts upscale finishes and
decor by Interior Designer,,
Dale Trice and Team.
Developed by The St. Joe
Company, WindMark Beach
is an inspired town with the
premise that life can be both
invigorating and relaxing. The
properties, including "Sum-
mer Dream", share a town
center with shops, dining and
amenities, including a state-
of-the-art fitness center and
incredible zero edge pool.
"Summer Dream is a tre-
mendous addition-to our va-
cation rental program on the
Forgotten Coast where Wind-
SMark Beach is a perfect des-"
tination offering a unique mix
of natural surroundings and
world-class architecture,"
states Southern Resorts Mar-
]ceting Director, Patricia Har-
diman.
For more information on
WindMark Beach visit http://
www.southernresorts.com/
gulf-coast-guide/windmark-
beach.
The winner, Leisa TobJer,
a former Fort Walton Beach
resident, has wanted to return
to the Panhandle from Mary-
land, so now with her winning
entry on myhomeideas.com,
she and her family will now,
have that opportunity. Leisa
and her husband have decid-
ed to keep the Idea House as
their vacation home, and have
chosen Southern Resorts Va-
cation Rentals to represent
their home so that others may
have the opportunity to enjoy
it while on vacation.
In business since 1995,
Southern Resorts Vacation
Rentals' vision is to be the
most caring vacation rental
company in Northwest Flor-
ida. Southern Resorts rep-
resents nearly 600 vacation
beach homes, cottages and
condos on Florida's beautiful
Coast in Destin, Fort Walton
Beach, Beaches of South Wal-
ton, Panama City Beach, the
Forgotten Coast and Pensac-
ola Beach. Visit the website
for a comprehensive look at
the properties with images, ,
video tours, descriptions, on-
line reservations and more.
www.SouthernResorts.com


Business


The Starl B9


Kerigan Marketing Associate takes

Best of Show at 2009 at ADDY Awards


Kerigan Marketing Associates,
a Port St. Joe based firm, took
home 10 ADDYS at this year's an-
nual competition with the awards
banquet held Saturday night, Feb.
7, at Edgewater Resort in Pana-
ma City Beach. The American
Advertising Federation awarded
Kerigan "Best of Show" and a
Gold ADDY for its GreenTree
Learning Center logo. Kerigan
also earned Gold for its interior
mural for Air Force Robotics Re-
search Lab. Kerigan worked with
local artist Russell Harrison for
the 20 foot high, three-wall, hand-
painted creation.
"We are brand marketers, the
fact that the judges recognized
our work across a wide range of
categories and geographies is
what makes me most proud of our
team," said Jack Kerigan, owner
of the firm. "We're the group that
consistently wins across web site
design, print, outdoor signage,
email marketing and logo, with
projects in GA, FL & LA. I believe
our range and exposure is what
keeps our work fresh and effec-
tive."'
In addition to the gold awards,
Kerigan earned silver for the
Gulf County Tourism Destina-
tion Unknown Visitors Guide with


contributors including Kim Har-
rison as copy writer, Thom Baird
and Debbie Hooper, photogra-
phers, and Coast2Coast Printing
and Promotions of Port St. Joe
handling production. Silver AD-
DYS were also awarded for North
Florida Child Development web
site and campaign, Black Bear
Golf Course of LA newsletter,
Air Force Robotics Brochure,


Gr8tness Inside Youth Concert
logo and WindMark Beach vinyl
window graphics and Earth Day
poster.
Kerigan Marketing Associates,
Inc. is a five-person team consist-
ing of Catherine Noel, graphic de-
signer, Sarah Gaskins, web devel-
oper, George Kelley, programmer,
Elaine Lerch, office manager, and
Jack Kerigan.


Tips for fertilizing and pruning fruiting plants


By Roy Lee Carter
County Extension Director
February is the time to fertilize
and prune most fruiting plants.
10-10-10 with minor elements is
normally recommended except
for blueberries.

Apples and pears
If in the ground at least
one season, fertilize them
with 1 % pounds per year
of age (up to 15 pounds
per tree max). Spread
evenly under tree canopy. R(
Prune branches that are CA
rubbing, those they are County
diseased and try to keep Di
branches pointed away
from center instead' of
back in. Don't over prune or you
will lose a year with no fruit and.
also over stimulate lush spring
growth leading to a higher inci-
dence of fire blight.

Peaches, plums and
nectarines

One-and-a-half pounds per
year of age (up to 15 pounds per
tree max). In pruning these how-
ever, it is suggested you wait un-
til they are actually in flower to
prune (perhaps as late as the end
of March with some varieties).
Earlier pruning might stimulate
premature bud break, if we have
a warm spell. This could cost you
this year's crop. Prune rubbing
or diseased branches should be
taken out, but make greater effort
to remove all branches pointed
back toward the center. A prop-
erly pruned tree should look like
a bowl with the center kept open,
forcing fruit to ripen toward the
perimeter of the tree where sun
light can aid in even ripening and
fruit rots can be reduced.


Pecans and chestnuts
Two pounds per year of age,
up to 50 pounds per tree max for
pecans and 1 pound per year of
age, up to 15 pounds per tee max
for chestnuts. Spread this evenly
under the canopy. These
trees are pruned very
little as it would greatly
reduce fruit formation.
However, prune out bro-
ken diseased or rubbing,
branches.


Figs and persimmons


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)ire(


RTER One-and-a-half pounds
Extension per year of age (up to 15
sector pounds per tree max).
They are not pruned
heavily and the only real
pruning done on them is the re-
moval of dead wood, especially
that which was injured by cold.
This is normally done after the
weather starts to warm and it
can be determined how far back
they have been killed (usually by
April).

Grapes
(bunch and muscatine)
One-and-a-half pounds per
year (up to 5 pounds per plant max,
begin in second year). Apply in a
36' band around trunk Pruning is
extensive on these and differently
done between the Muscatine and
Bunch. Muscatine's are left with
permanent arms growing in each
direction off a central trunk and
individual 2-3 bud spurs coming
off these arms. Bunch grapes on
the other hand, are left with a sin-
gle trunk with 2-3 shortened one
year old canes allowed to grow out
in each direction on the trellis that
will form this year's fruiting wood
source. Leave 8-12 bud in each of
these canes and select only the


strongest one. Pruning should be
done before mid March.

Blueberries
Azaleas/Camellia blend is the
best at a rate of one-quarter to
one-half cup per plant, if they have
been planted at least one season.
Spread in 24" band around plants.
Rabbteye blueberries require
minimal pruning up to the first 7-
8 years in the ground. After that,
remove one-quarter to one-half of
the oldest canes each year back to
the ground. In this way you will
be removing the bush every 4th
or 5th year. Winter or summer is
possible.

Just planted fruiting plants
Fruiting plants that
were planted this season
should not receive their first fer-
tilization until May. Except for
grapes, which need one-quarter
pound per plant in March, April,
May, June and July.

How about citrus
As a general rule of thumb,
bearing citrus trees should be
fertilized 3 times yearly (Janu-
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tober/November) with 8-8-8 or
similar fertilizer. The amount
depends on the trees age. If
the tree is three or more years
old, you should apply 3-4 pounds
per application for a maximum
of 10 pounds per tree. New-
ly planted citrus require 5-6
applications at 1 pound per ap-
plication. Second year trees re-
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1100
1005S
IN THE FOURTEENTH JU-
DICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

COASTAL COMMUNITY
BANK, .
Plaintiff,

vs.

DANNIE E. BOLDEN and
JAMIE GAIL BOLDEN,
Defendants.

CASE NO. 08-253-CA

NOTICE OF SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY.
GIVEN pursuant to a De-
fault Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated January
26; 2009; and entered in
Civil Action No. 08-253-CA
of the Circuit Court of the
Fourteenth Judicial Circuit
in and for Gulf County,
Florida, wherein the parties
were the plaintiff,
COASTAL COMMUNITY
BANK, and the defend-
ants, DANNIE E. BOLDEN
and JAMIE GAIL BOLDEN,
Iwill sell to the highest and
best bidder, for cash, at
11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)
on the 26th day of Febru-
ary, 2009, at the front door
of the Gulf County Court-
house, Port St. Joe, Flor-
ida, the following-de
scribed real property as
set forth in said Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure:

Farm # 145, and a portion
of Lots 142 and 143, Gulf
County Farms, an unre-
corded subdivision in Sec-
tion 30, Township 5 South,
Range 9 West, Gulf
County, Florida, more par-
ticularly described as fol-
lows:

COMMENCING at the
Southwest corner of Sec-
tion 30, Township 5 South,
Range 9 West, Gulf
County, Florida, and run
,thence South 89 degrees
28 minutes 11 seconds
East, along the South
boundary line of said Sec-
tion 30, for a distance of
500.20 feet to'a point lying
on the East right of way
line of Reynolds Road (60
foot right of way), thence
leaving said South bound-
ary line run North 01 de-
grees 08 minutes 02 sec-
onds East, along said East
right of way line, for a dis-
tance of 500.00 feet to the
point of beginning; thence
North 00 degrees 59 min-
utes 55 seconds East,
along said East right of
way line, for a distance of
1,022.69 feet to a point on
a curve concave to the
Southeast; thence North-
easterly along said East
right of way line and curve
with a radius of 134.36
feet, through a central an-
gle of 74 degrees 49 min-
utes 20 seconds, for an
arc distance of 175.46 feet
(chord of said arc being
North 38 degrees 24 min-
utes 44 seconds East,
163.26 feet); thence North
75 degrees 49 minutes 06
seconds East, along said
right of way line, for a dis-
tance of 340.17 feet to the
point of intersection of said
right of way line with the
West right of way line of
Jasper Lee Road (60 foot
right of way); thence South
14 degrees 13 minutes 44
seconds East along said
right of way line for a dis-
tance of 522.72 feet;
thence leaving said West
right of way line run South
75 degrees 49 minutes 06
seconds West, for a dis-
tance of 250.07 feet;
thence South 14 degrees
12 minutes 55 seconds
East, for a distance of
72.06 feet; thence South
52 degrees 16 minutes 28
seconds East, for a dis-
tance of 266.76 feet;
thence North 75 degrees
46 minutes 42 seconds
East, for a distance of
165.65 feet; thence South
14 degrees 13 minutes 44
seconds East, for a dis-
tance of 504.43 feet;
thence North 88 degrees
57 minutes 14 seconds
West, for a distance of
848.49 feet to a point of
beginning; containing
S16.07 acres, more or less;
AND BEING Parcel A of
the Replat of Gulf County
Farms, an unrecorded
subdivision, which replat is
recorded at OR Book 415,
pages 502-503, public rec-
ords of Gulf County, Flor-
ida (which description, is
incorporated herein by ref-
erence).

The successful bidder at
the sale will be required to
place the requisite state
documentary stamps on
the Certificate of Title.

DATED this 26th day of
January, 2009.

HON. REBECCA L. NOR-
RIS
CLERK OF COURT
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Clerk/Deputy Clerk

FRANK A. BAKER, ESQ.
4431 Lafayette Street
Marianna, FL 32446
February 5,12, 2009


JIMMY YAWN, JACQUE
YAWN and UNKNOWN
TENANTSS,
Defendants,

CASE NO. 08-196-CA

NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO
CHAPTER 45

NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated January
26, 2009, in Case No.
08-196-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
which CAPITAL CITY
BANK is the Plaintiff and
JIMMY YAWN and JAC-
QUE YAWN are the De-
fendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for
cash at the Front Lobby
d12\oor of the Gulf County
Courthouse in Port St. Joe,
Gulf County, Florida at
11:00 a.m. on March 5,
2009, the property set forth
in the Final Judgment of
Foreclosure and more par-
ticularly described as
follows:

Description of Real Prop-
erty Situated in Gulf
County, Florida.

Commencing at the North-
west corner of the South-
west Quarter (SW 1/4) of
Southwest Quarter (SW
1/4) of Section 32, Town-
ship 5 South, Range 11
West, and run North for 50
feet to the South side of
County Road, thence run
West for 1010 feet, thence
run South for 170 feet to
the Point of Beginning;
thence run South 170 feet;
thence run East 260 feet;
thence run North 170 feet;
thence run West 260 feet
to the Point of Beginning,
same lying and' being in.
the Southeast 1/4 of
Southeast 1/4 of Section
31, Township 5 South,
Range 11 West Gulf
County, Florida,

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

DATED: January 26; 2009

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

Garvin B. Bowden, Esq,
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden PA.
1300 Thomaswood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
February 5, 12, 2009
1017S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND,
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

CAPITAL CITY BANK,
Plaintiff,

vs.

HUEY H. HARDY, JR.,
GULF FRAMERS INC. and
UNKNOWN TENANTSS,
Defendants,

CASE NO. 08-309-CA

NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO
CHAPTER 45

NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated January
26, 2009, in Case No.
08-309-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
which CAPITAL CITY
BANK Is the Plaintiff and
HUEY H. HARDY, JR. and
GULF FRAMERS, INC. are
the Defendants, I will sell
to the highest and best
bidder for cash at the
Front Lobby door of the
Gulf County Courthouse in
Port St. Joe, Gulf County,
Florida at 11:00 a.m. on
March 5, 2009, the prop-
erty set forth in the Final
Judgment of Foreclosure
and more particularly de-
scribed as follows:

Parcel # 2
(Parcel Id # 01102-OOOR)

Commence at a concrete
monument at the North-
east Corner of the North-
west Quarter of the North-
west Quarter of Section 30,
Township 6 South, Range
9 West, Gulf County, Flor-
ida; thence South 00 de-
grees 04 minutes 00 sec-
onds West, 945.2 feet to
an iron pipe for Point of
Beginning of parcel to be
described; thence con-
tinue South 00 degrees 04
minutes 00 seconds West,
170.5 feet to an iron pipe;
thence North 77 degrees
39 minutes 00 seconds
West, 1526.5 feet to an
iron pipe on the East right
of way line of State Road
No. 71; thence North 27
degrees 47 minutes 30
seconds East along said
right of way line, 178.6
feet; thence South 77 de-
grees 26 minutes 00 sec-
onds East, 1442.7 feet to
the Point of Beginning. Be-
ing in and apart of the
Northwest Quarter of the
Northwest Quarter of Sec-


1100
tion 30, Township 6 South,
Range 9 West and Section
25, Township 6 South,
Range 10 West, Gulf
County, Florida.

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

DATED: January 26, 2009

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

Garviri B. Bowden, Esq,
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden PA.
1300 Thomaswood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
February 5, 12, 2009
1018S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

CAPITAL CITY BANK, '
Plaintiff,

VS.

SHAWN T. BUTLER A/K/A
SHAWN BUTLER, KELLY
L. BUTLER A/K/A KELLY
BUTLER and UNKNOWN
TENANTSS,
Defendants.

CASE NO. 08-399-CA

NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO
CHAPTER 45

NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Partial Final Judgment
of Foreclosure dated Janu-
ary 26, 2009, in Case No.
08-399-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
which CAPITAL CITY
BANK is the Plaintiff and
SHAWN T. BUTLER A/K/A
SHAWN BUTLER and
KELLY L. BUTLER A/K/A
KELLY BUTLER are the
Defendants, I will sell to
the highest and best bid-
der for cash at the Front
Lobby door of the Gulf
County COurthouse in Port
St. Joe, Gulf County, Flor-
ida at 11:00 a.m. on March
5, 2009, the property set
forth in the Final Judgment
of Foreclosure and more
particularly described as
follows:

Lot 1, Sunset Bay Subdivi-
sion, according to plat-re-
corded in Plat Book 5,
Page 35, Public Records
of Gulf County, Florida.

Also: The South half (1/2)
of the Lift Station Parcel lo-
cated between Lots 1 and
2 of Sunset Bay Subdivi-
sion as set forth on the
Plat of. Sunset Bay
Subdivision recorded in
Plat Book 5, Page 35, Pub-
lic Records of Gulf County,
Florida.

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

DATED: January 26, 2009

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

Garvin B. Bowden, Esq,
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden PA.
1300 Thomaswood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
February 5, 12, 2009
1019S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

CAPITAL CITY BANK,
Plaintiff,

VS.

MOSES C. MEDINA and
UNKNOWN TENANTSS,
Defendants.

CASE NO.: 2008-81-CA

NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO
CHAPTER 45

NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated January
26, 2009, in Case No.
2008-81-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
which CAPITAL CITY
BANK is the Plaintiff and
MOSES C. MEDINA is the
Defendant, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for
cash at the Front 'Lobby
door of the Gulf County
Courthouse in Port St. Joe,
Gulf County, Florida at
11:00 a.m. on March 5,
2009, the property set forth
in the Final Judgment of
Foreclosure and more par-
ticularly described as fol-
lows:

PARCEL A:

COMMENCE AT THE
SOUTHWEST CORNER
OF THE SOUTHEAST
QUARTER OF THE
SOUTHEAST QUARTER
OF SECTION 33, TOWN-
SHIP 5 SOUTH, RANGE 9
WEST, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA. THENCE
SOUTH 8957'57" EAST
ALONG THE SOUTH LINE
OF SAID SECTION 33


FOR 1000.00 FEET TO
THE POINT OF BEGINN-


I 1100
ING. THENCE NORTH
2614'12" WEST FOR
558.72 FEET; THENCE
NORTH 11017'58" WEST
FOR 787.60 FEET TO THE
SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY
LINE OF COUNTY ROAD
NO. 381 (100 FOOT
RIGHT OF WAY); THENCE
NORTH 89028'48" EAST
ALONG SAID SOUTH
RIGHT OF WAY LINE FOR
727.39 FEET TO THE
EAST LINE OF SAID SEC-
TION 33; THENCE SOUTH
00003'55" EAST ALONG
SAID EAST LINE OF SEC-
TION 33 FOR 1280.29
FEET TO THE SOUTH-
EAST CORNER OF SAID
SECTION 33; THENCE
NORTH .89057'57" WEST
ALONG THE SOUTH LINE
OF SAID SECTION 33
FOR 327.51 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING,
CONTAINING 16.778 AC-
RES, MORE OR LESS.

PARCEL B:

BEGIN AT THE SOUTH-
WEST CORNER OF SEC-
TION 34, TOWNSHIP 5
SOUTH, RANGE 9 WEST,
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA.
THENCE NORTH 0003'55"
WEST ALONG THE WEST
LINE OF SAID SECTION
34 FOR 1280.29 FEET TO
THE SOUTH RIGHT OF
WAY LINE OF COUNTY
ROAD NO. 381 (100 FOOT,
RIGHT OF WAY); THENCE
NORTH 89028'48" EAST
ALONG SAID SOUTH
RIGHT OF WAY LINE FOR
662.48 FEET TO THE
NORTHWEST CORNER
OF THE PARCEL DE-
SCRIBED IN GULF
COUNTY OFFICIAL REC-
ORDS BOOK 293, PAGE
117; THENCE SOUTH
09028'09" WEST ALONG
THE WESTERLY LINE OF
SAID PARCEL FOR
1302.60 FEET TO THE
SOUTH LINE OF THE
SOUTHWEST QUARTER
OF THE SOUTHWEST
QUARTER OF SECTION
34, TOWNSHIP 5 SOUTH,
RANGE 9 WEST; THENCE
SOUTH 8948'51" WEST
ALONG THE SOUTH LINE
OF SAID SECTION 34
FOR 446.69 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING,
CONTAINING 16.320 AC-
RES, MORE OR LESS.

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

DATED: January 26, 2009.

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

Garvin B. Bowden, Esq,
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden P.A.
1300 Thomaswood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
February 5, 12, 2009
1023S
IN The CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR GULF
COUNTY
GENERAL CIVIL DIVISION

WELLS FARGO FINAN-
CIAL SYSTEM FLORIDA,
INC.
Plaintiff

vs.

CAROL DAVIS; TOMMY R.
DAVIS; and UNKNOWN
OCCUPANTS, TENANTS,
OWNERS, AND OTHER
UNKNOWN. PARTIES, in-
cluding, if a named de-
fendant is deceased, the
personal representatives,
the surviving spouse,,
heirs, devisees, grantees,
creditors, and all other par-
ties claiming by, through,
under or against that de-
fendant, and all claimants,
persons or parties, natural
or corporate, or whose ex-
act legal status is un-
known, claiming under any
of the above named or de-
scribed defendants
Defendants

CASE NO 2008-494-CA

NOTICE OF SUIT-
PROPERTY

TO:
CAROL DAVIS, TOMMY R.
DAVIS, UNKNOWN OCCU-
PANTS, TENANTS, OWN-
ERS; AND OTHER UN-
KNOWN PARTIES
Residence: Unknown
Mailing Address: Unknown

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTI-
FIED that an action to fore-
close a mortgage on the
following property in Gulf
County, Florida:

ALL THAT CERTAIN PAR-
CEL OF LAND SITUATE IN
THE COUNTY OF GULF,
STATE OF FLORIDA, BE-
ING KNOWN AS LOT 21,
BLOCK 18, CITY OF PORT
ST. JOE, FLORIDA, AS
PER MAP OR PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN
THE PUBLIC RECORDS
OF GULF COUNTY FLOR-
IDA.

has been filed against you,
CAROL DAVIS, TOMMY R.
DAVIS, AND UNKNOWN
-OCCUPANTS, TENANTS,
OWNERS, AND OTHER
UNKNOWN PARTIES, and
you are required to serve a
copy of your written de-
fenses, if any to it, on the
Plaintiff's 'attorney, whose
name and address is EN-
RICO G. GONZALEZ, RA.,
6255 East Fowler Avenue,
Temple Terrace, Florida


33617, and file the original
with' the clerk of the


| 1100
above-styled Court no later
than 30 days from the date
of the first publication of
this Notice of Action, oth-
erwise, a judgment may be
entered against you for the
relief demanded in the
Complaint or Petition.

WITNESS my hand and
the seal of said Court on
January 26, 2009.

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

In accordance with the
Americans With Disabilities
Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to
participate in this Hearing
should contact the A.D.A.
Coordinator not later than
seven (7) days prior to the
proceeding at the Florida
Relay Service at
1-800-955-8770
February 5, 12, 2009
1032S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT STATE
OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY

BAYSIDE SAVINGS BANK
Plaintiff

-v-

BRUCE B. DENHART and
wife TAMMY E. DENHART
524 Orchard Circle
Dothan, AL 36305
Defendants.

Case No. 08-376-CA

RE-NOTICE OF SALE

Notice is hereby given pur-1
suant to a Final Judgment
of Foreclosure dated Janu-
ary 26, 2009, and entered
in Civil Case No.
08-376-CA of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit in and for
Gulf County, Florida
wherein BAYSIDE SAV-
INGS BANK is the Plaintiff
and BRUCE B. DENHART
and TAMMY E. DENHART
are the 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., EST on the 19th day
of February, 2009, the fol-
lowing described property
as set forth in said Final
Judgment, to-wit:

Lot 9, Block 7, Ward Ridge
Unit 2, according to the
plat thereof, recorded in
Plat Book 2, Page 4, of the
Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida.

ANY PERSON CLAIMING
AN INTEREST IN THE
SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER
THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER
THE SALE

In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990 (ADA), disa-
bled persons who, be-
cause of their disabilities
need special accommo-
dations to participate in
this proceeding should
contact the ADA Coordina-
tor at 1000 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr Blvd., Port St. Joe, Flor-
ida 32456 or Telephone
(850) 229-6113 prior to
such proceedings.

Witness my hand and the
official seal of this Honora-
ble Court, on this 30th day
of January, 2009.

Becky L. Norris
Clerk of Circuit Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Costin & Costin
Charles A. Costin
413 Williams Ave.
RO. Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Telephone: (850) 227-1159
February 12, 19, 2009
1076S
PUBLIC NOTICE
The Port St. Joe Redevel-
*opment Agency is seeking
qualified builders for the
Landscaping & Irrigation
work on the proposed City
Commons project at City
Hall. Bid Documents are
available for review at the
tain Fred's Place in Port St
Joe, FL 32456. Phone
(850) 229-6899. Sealed
Bids must be received by
2:00 pm on Thursday,
February 26,2009.
February 12, 2009
1077S
PSJRA BOARD OF
DIRECTORS MEETING

The Port St Joe Redevel-
opment Agency's regular
Board of Directors Meeting
will be held on Thursday,
February 12, 2009, at 5:00
pm at 150 Captain Fred's
Place. All persons are in-
vited to attend and partici-
pate. Anyone want to ap-
peal an official decision
made on any subject at
the meeting must have a
verbatim record of the
meeting that includes the
testimony and evidence on
which the appeal is based.
February 12, 2009
1078S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT,
FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF THE STATE
OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY

IN RE: The estate of


GARY CLAY COX,
deceased.

Case No.: 09-01-PR


The administration of the
estate of Gary Clay Cox,
deceased, File Number
09-01-PR, 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 addresses of
the personal representa-
tive 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
February 12, 200.9.

Personal Representative:
DONALD RAY COX
PR O. Box 646
Wewahitchka, FL 32465
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
PAUL W. GROOM II
RISH, GIBSON, SCHOLZ
& GROOM, RA.
116 Sailors Cove Drive
R O. Box 39
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
(850)-229-8211
FL BAR NO. 0037915
February 12, 19, 2009
1079S
NOTICE TO
RECEIVE SEALED BIDS

BID NO: 0809-10

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

1994 Ford Crown Victoria
# 2FALP71W3RX149009
Approximately 79,000 mi-
les Good Condition
MINIMUM BID: $1,000.00

The vehicle may be viewed
at the Gulf County Emer-
gency Operations Center
at 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr.
Blvd, Port St Joe,- from
7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.,
E.T., Monday through
Thursday.

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

Bids must be submitted to
the Gulf County Clerk's Of-
fice at 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456, by
4:30 p.m., E.T., on Friday,
February 20, 2009. Bids
will be opened 'at this
same location on Monday,
February 23, 2009 at 10:00
a.m., E.T.
The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners
has implerfented a Local
Bidders Preference Policy
for all RFP/BIDS. Anyone
interested in bidding, as a
local bidder, must follow
the requirements of Reso-
lution 2009-02 which may
be obtained from the
Clerk's Office at the above
address. 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.

BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
Nathan Peters, Jr.,
Chairman
February 12,19,2009
1084S
PUBLIC NOTICE
The Port St. Joe Redevel-
opment Agency and the
Community Empowerment
Council will hold a Public
Workshop on the CRA ex-
pansion and the Finding of
Necessity. "Catch the Vi-
sion One Port St Joe"
Thursday; February 19,
2009, 6:30 pm, Washing-
ton Gym, 198 Peters
Street, Port St Joe. All in
terested persons are in-
vited to attend.
February 12, 2009
1092S
IN THE FOURTEENTH JU-
DICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

BAYSIDE SAVINGS BANK,


NOTICE OF SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Febru-
ary 2nd, 2009, and entered
in Civil Action No. 08-112
CA of the Circuit Court of
the Fourteenth Judicial Cir-
cuit in and for Gulf County,
Florida, wherein the parties
were the plaintiff, BAYSIDE
SAVINGS BANK, and the
defendants, LOUIS MARK
HADDOCK, PATRICIA
KAYE HADDOCK and
CITIBANK FEDERAL SAV-
INGS BANK, I will sell to
the highest and best bid-
der, for cash, at 11:00 a.m.
(Eastern Time) on the 12th
day of March, 2009, at the
front door of the Gulf
County Courthouse, Port
St. Joe, Florida, the
following-described real;
property as set forth in
said Final Judgment of
Foreclosure:

Lot Thirteen (13) in Block
B, Sunset Pointe as per
Official Plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 4,
Pages 41-43, Public Rec-
ords of Gulf County, Flor-
ida; and

Lot 6, Block 97, St.
Joseph's Addition of the
City of Port St. Joe, Flor-
ida, Unit Number Four, ac-
cording to the plat thereof
recorded in Plat Book 1,
Page 38, of the Public
Records of Gulf County,
Florida.

The successful bidder at
the sale will be required to
place the requisite state
documentary stamps on
the Certificate of Title.

DATED this 3rd day of
February, 2009.
*
HON. REBECCA L. NOR-
RIS
CLERK OF COURT
By: Jasmine Hysmith
-Clerk! Deputy Clerk
February 12,19, 2009
1105S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

CAPITAL CITY BANK,
Plaintiff,

vs.

THE ESTATE OF LESLIE
JAN KENDALL, DE-
CEASED F/K/A LESLIE
'JAN BURKETT, JAMES E.
PINA; SCOTT W.
BURKETT; THE UN-
KNOWN HEIRS, DEVI-
SEES, GRANTEES, AS-
SIGNEES, LIENORS,
CREDITORS, TRUSTEES,,
OR OTHER PERSONS'
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER OR AGAINST LES-
LIE JAN KENDALL, DE-
CEASED F/K/A LESLIE
JAN BURKETT; and UN-
KNOWN TENANTSS,
Defendants,

CASE NO. 08-141-CA

NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO
CHAPTER 45

NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated January
26, 2009, in Case No.
08-141-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf Courity, Florida, in
which CAPITAL, CITY
BANK is the Plaintiff and
,THE ESTATE OF LESLIE
JAN KENDALL, DE-
CEASED F/K/A' LESLIE
JAN BURKETT, JAMES E.
PINA; SCOTT W.
BURKETT; THE UN-
KNOWN HEIRS, DEVI-
SEES, GRANTEES, AS-
SIGNEES, LIENORS,
CREDITORS, TRUSTEES,
OR OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY THROUGH,
UNDER OR AGAINST LES-
LIE JAN KENDALL, DE-
CEASED F/K/A LESLIE
JAN BURKETT are the'De-
fendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for
cash at the front lobby
door of the Gulf County
Courthouse in Port St. Joe,
Gulf County, Florida at
11:00 a.m. on March 5,
2009, the property set forth
in the Final Judgment of
Foreclosure and more par-
ticularly described as fol-
lows: -

PARCEL 1:
Lot 6, Block E, Howard
Creek Unit Three (3), Com-
mence at the Northwest
comer of Section 8, Town-
ship 7 South, Range 8
West, Gulf County, Florida.
Thence South 00 degrees
07 minutes 25 seconds
West for 25.00 feet; thence
South 89 degrees 51 min-
utes 35 seconds East par-
allel with the North line of
said Section 8 for 1949.42
feet; thence South 00 de-
grees 08 minutes 25 sec-
onds West for 506.00 feet;
thence North 89 degrees
51 minutes 35 seconds
West parallel with said
North line of Section 8 for
1160.00 feet to the Point of
Beginning. Thence con-
tinue North 89 degrees 51
minutes 35 seconds West
parallel with said North line
of Section 8 for 328.00 feet
to the Easterly right of way


I 1100
line of a 60 foot County
Road which is a curve con-
cave to the Southwest and
having a radius of 824.23
feet; thence Southeasterly
along said curving right of
way line for an arc dis-
tance of 49.19 feet; said
arc having a chord of
49.19 feet, bearing South
31 degrees 13 minutes 32
seconds East; thence
South 29 degrees 30 min-
utes 56 seconds East,
along said Easterly right of
way line for 66.75 feet;
thence South 89 degrees
51 minutes 35 seconds
East parallel with said
North line of Section 8 for
269.38 feet; thence North
00 degrees 08 minutes 25
seconds East for 100.00
feet to the Point of Beginn-
ing.

PARCEL 2:
Lot- 7, Block E, Howard
Creek Unit Three (3). Com-
mence at the Northwest
corner of Section 8, Town-
ship 7 South, Range 8
West, Gulf County, Florida.
Thence South 00 degrees
07 minutes 25 seconds
West for 25.00 feet thence
South 89 degrees 51 min-
utes 35 seconds East par-
allel with the North line of
said Section 8 for 1949.42
feet; thence South 00 de-
grees 08 minutes 25 sec-
onds West for 506.00 feet;
thence North 89 degrees
51 minutes 35 seconds
West parallel with said
North line of Section 8.for
1160.00 feet; thence South
00 degrees 08 minutes 25
seconds West for 100.00
feet to the Point of Beginn-
ing. Thence North 89 de-
grees 51 minutes 35 sec-
onds West parallel with
said North line of Section 8
for 269.38 feet to the East-
erly right of way line of 60
'foot county Road; thence
South 29 degrees 30 min-
utes 56 seconds East
along said Easterly right of
way line for 135.79 feet;
thence South 89 degrees
.51 minutes 35 seconds
East parallel with said
North tine of Section 8 for
202.19 feet; thence North
00 degrees 08 minutes 25
seconds East for 118.00
feet to the Point of Beginn-
ing.

Less and Except:

A part of Lots #6 and #7,
Block "E", Howard Creek,
Unit Ill: Commence at the
NW corner of Section 8,
Township 7,Sowth, Range
8 West, Gulf County, Flor-
ida; thence South 00 de-
grees 07 minutes 25 sec-
onds West for 25.00 feet;
thence South 89 degrees
51 minutes 35 seconds
East, parallel with the
North line of said Section 8
for 1949.42 feet; thence
South 00 degrees 08 min-
utes 25 seconds West for
506.00 feet; thence North
89 degrees'51 minutes 35
seconds West parallel with,
said North line of Section 8
for 1160.00 feet to the
Point of Beginning; thence
continue North 89 degrees
51 minutes 35 seconds
West, parallel with said
North line-of Section 8 for
100.00 feet; thence South
00 degrees 08 minutes 25
seconds West, 217.71 feet;
thence South 89 degrees
51 minutes 35 seconds
East, parallel with said
North line of Section 8 for
100.00 feet; thence North
00 degrees 08 minutes 25
seconds East for 217.71
feet to the Point of Beginn-
ing.

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

DATED: February 2, 2009.

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

Garvin B. Bowden, Esq,
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden PA.
1300 Thomaswood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
February 12, 19, 2009
1106S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CAPITAL CITY BANK,
Plaintiff,

vs.

HELEN NITSIOS, SHEZAD
SANULLAH and UN-
KNOWN TENANTSS,
Defendants.

CASE NO.: 08-193-CA

NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO
CHAPTER 45

NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated January
26, 2009, in Case No.
08-193-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
which CAPITAL CITY
BANK is the Plaintiff and
HELEN NITSIOS and
SHEZAD SANULLAH are
the Defendants, I will sell
to the highest and best
bidder for cash at the front
lobby door of the Gulf
County Courthouse in Port
St. Joe, Gulf County, Flor-
ida at 11:00 a.m. on March


5, 2009, the property set
forth in the Final Judgment
of Foreclosure and more
particularly described as


I 1100 I
follows:

LOT 79, SUNSET VILLAGE
SUBDIVISION, AS, PER
PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK
4, PAGE 19 OF THE PUB-
UC RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA.

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

DATED: January 30, 2009.

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

Garvin B. Bowden, Esq,
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden PA.
1300 Thomaswood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
February 12, 19, 2009
1107S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

CAPITAL CITY BANK,
Plaintiff,

vs.-

HARRY MICHAEL MUR-
PHY, SHERRIE YVONNE
MURPHY and UNKNOWN
TENANTSS,
Defendants.

CASE NO. 08-460-CA

NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO
CHAPTER 45

NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Febru-
ary 2, 2009, in Case No.
08-460-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
which CAPITAL CITY
BANK is the Plaintiff and
HARRY MICHAEl. MUR-
PHY, SHERRIE YVONNE
MURPHY, and UNKNOWN
TENANT(S) are the De-
fendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for
cash at the front lobby
.door of the Gulf County
Courthouse in Port St. Joe,
Gulf County, Florida at
11:00 a.m. on March 12,
2009, the property set forth
in the Final Judgment of
Foreclosure and more par-
ticularly described as Tol-
lows:

The North Half of Lot Num-
ber 24, according to an
unrecorded plat of the
Southwest Quarter of Sec-
tion 17, Township 8 South,
Range 10 West. Also de-
scribed by metes and
bounds as follows: Begin
at a point 50 feet South
and 1,345.0 feet East of
the Northwest corner of
the Southwest 1/4 of Sec-
tion 17, Township 8 South,
Range 10 West and run
east 622.50 feet; thence
South 158.75 feet to the
Point of Beginning; thence
continue South 158.75
feet; thence run West
622.50 feet; thence North
158.75 feet; thence East
622.50 feet to the Point of
Beginning.

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

DATED: February 3, 2009.

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

Garvin B. Bowden, Esq,
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden PA.
1300 Thomaswood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
February 12, 19, 2009
1108S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

CAPITAL CITY BANK,
Plaintiff,

vs.

HARRY M. MURPHY A/K/A
HENRY M. MURPHY'
SHERRIE Y. MURPHY, and
UNKNOWN TENANTSS,
Defendants.

CASE NO. 08-439-CA

NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO
CHAPTER 45

NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of .
Foreclosure dated Febru-
ary 2, 2009, in Case No.
08-439-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
which CAPITAL CITY
BANK is the Plaintiff and
HARRY M. MURPHY A/K/A
HENRY M. MURPHY,
SHERRIE Y. MURPHY and
UNKNOWN TENANTS)
are the Defendants, I will
sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash at the front
lobby door of the Gulf
County Courthouse in Port
St. Joe, Gulf County, Flor-
ida at 11:00 a.m. on March
12, 2009, the property set
forth in the Final Judgment
of Foreclosure and more
particularly described as
follows:


Lot 46, Palm Breeze Sub-


10B THE STAR, PORT ST. JOE, FL THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009








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| 1100 -
division, a Subdivision, ac-
cording to the map or plat
thereof as recorded in Plat
Book 4, Page(s) 46, Public
Records of Gulf County,
Florida. .

Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the lis pendens
must file a claim within
sixty (60) days after the
sale.
DATED: February 3, 2009
REBECCA L. NORRIS
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
Garvin B. Bowden, Esq,
Gardner, Bist,. Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden RA.
1300 Thomaswood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
February 12, 19, 2009
1124S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION

DEUTSCHE BANK NA-
TIONAL TRUST COM-
PANY, AS INDENTURE
TRUSTEE, ON BEHALF
OF THE HOLDERS OF
THE TERWIN MORTGAGE
TRUST 2007-4HE
ASSET-BACKED SECURI-
TIES, SERIES 2007-4HE
PLAINTIFF

VS.
LYDIA LONG; ET AL
DEFENDANTS)
CASE NO: 08-45-CA

NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Febru-
ary 2, 2009 entered in Civil
Case No. 08-45-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 5TH ST. in
PORT ST. JOE, Florida, at
11:00 a.m. on the 5th day
of March, 2009 the follow-
ing described property as
set forth in said Summary
Final Judgment, to-wit:,

COMMENCE AT A POINT
OF INTERSECTION OF:
TILE NORTHERLY RIGHT
OF WAY BOUNDARY LINE
OF CREEKVIEW DRIVE'
AND THE EAST BOUND-
ARY LINE OF' SECTION
10, TOWNSHIP 4 SOUTH,
RANGE 10 WEST;'
THENCE GO ,NORTH
60"33'18" WEST ALONG
SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT
OF WAY BOUNDARY LINE
FOR'A DISTANCE OF
318.28 FEET; THENCE GO
NORTH 29"50'24" WEST
ALONG SAID NORTHERLY
RIGHT OF WAY BOUND-
ARY LINE FOR A DIS-
TANCE OF 315.24 FEET;
THENCE ,GO NORTH
39*14'51" WEST 'ALONG
SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT
OF WAY BOUNDARY LINE
FOR A: DISTANCE OF
151.92 FEET FOR THE
POINT OF BEGINNING.
FROM SAID POINT OF
BEGINNING CONTINUE
NORTH 39"14'51" WEST
ALONG SAID NORTHERLY
RIGHT OF WAY BOUND-
ARY LINE FOR A
DISTANCE OF .88.61
FEET; THENCE DEPART-
ING SAID NORTHERLY
RIGHT OF WAY BOUND-
ARY LINE, GO NORTH
42*13'09" EAST FOR A
DISTANCE OF 431.13
FEET TO THE CENTER-
LINE OF STONE MILL,
CREEK; THENCE ALONG
THE CENTERLINE OF
STONE MILL CREEK THE
FOLLOWING COURSES
AND DISTANCES: NORTH
03"08'17" EAST, 24.49
FEET; SOUTH 46 DE-
GREES 41'24" EAST, 51.37
FEET; SOUTH 61*14;54"
EAST, 31.82 FEET;
SOUTH 88*35'58" EAST,
24.27 FEET; THENCE DE-
PARTING- THE CENTER-
LINE OF STONE MILL
CREEK, GO SOUTH
4605'50" WEST FOR A
DISTANCE OF 450.40'
FEET, TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING. SAID PAR-
CEL HAVING AN AREA OF
1.0 ACRES, MORE OR
LESS.
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 60
days after the sale

Dated this 4th day of Feb-
ruary, 2009.
Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

ACCORDANCE WITH THE
AMERICANS WITH DISA-
BILITIES ACT, persons
with disabilities needing a
special accommodation
should contact COURT
ADMINISTRATION, at the
GULF County Courthouse
at, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD)
or 1-800-955-8770, via
Florida Relay Service.

THE LAW OFFICES OF
DAVID J. STERN, RA., AT-
TORNEY
900 South Pine Island
Road Suite 400


Plantation, FL 33324-3920
(954)233-8000
08-33267 SLS
February 12,19, 2009
1125S
IN THE CIRCUIT OF THE
14th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY

JPMorgan Chase Bank,
National Association,
Plaintiff,


1100
-vs.-
Catherine S. Cox; James
Allen Cox A/K/A Allen Cox;
Prosperity Bank;
Defendant(s).
Case #:2008-CA-000172
Division #
UNC:

NOTICE OF SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to an Or-
der of Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated January
26, 2009, entered in Civil
Case No. 2008-CA-000172
of the Circuit Court of the
14th Judicial Circuit in and
for Gulf County, Florida,
wherein JPMorgan Chase
Bank, National Associa-
tion, Plaintiff and Catherine
S. Cox are defendantss, I
will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash, AT
THE FRONT DESK OF
THE GULF COUNTY
COURTHOUSE LOCATED
AT 1000 5TH STREET,
PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA,
AT 11:00A.M. on March 5,
2009 the following de-
scribed property as set
forth in said Final Judg-
ment, to-wit:

LOT 1, BLOCK 1,
BAYVIEW SUBDIVISION,
ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF ,AS RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK.
3, PAGE 61, OF THE PUB-
LIC. RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA.

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.

IF YOU ARE A PERSON
WITH A DISABILITY WHO
NEEDS ANY ACCOMMO-
DATION IN ORDER TO
PARTICIPATE' IN THIS
PROCEEDING, YOU ARE
ENTITLED, AT NO COST
TO YOU, TO THE PROVI-
SION.OF CERTAIN ASSIS-
TANCE. PLEASE CON-
TACT GULF COUNTY
COURTHOUSE, 1000
CECIL COSTIN BOULE-
VARD, PORT ST. JOE, FL
32456 WITHIN 2 WORK-
ING DAYS OF YOUR RE-
CEIPT OF THIS NOTICE
OF SALE: IF YOU ARE
HEARING IMPAIRED
CALL: 1-800-955-8771; IF
YOU ARE VOICE IM-
PAIRED CALL:.
1-800-955-8770 '

DATED at PORT ST. JOE,
Florida, this 2nd day of
February, 2009.

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT, I
.Gulf County; Florida
By: Jasmine Hysmith
DEPUTY CLERK

ATTORNEY FOR PLAIN-
TIFF:
SHAPIRO & FISHMAN,
LLP
10004 North Dale Mabry
Hwy, Suite 112
Tarr-:,3 Foc,',ia 33618
08-095279
February 12,19, 2009
1126S
IN THE CIRCUIT OF THE
14th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY

Deutsche Bank National
Trust Company, as Trustee
for the registered holders
of New Century Home Eq-
uity Loan Trust, Series
2005-8, Asset Backed
Pass-Through Certificates,
Plaintiff,

-vs.-

Rosemary Tomlinson;
Defendant, .

Case #:2008-CA-000125 ,
Division #
UNC:

NOTICE OF SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to an Or-
der of Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated January
26, 2009, entered in Civil
Case No. 2008-CA-000125
of the Circuit Court of the
14th Judicial Circuit in and
for Gulf County, Florida,
wherein Deutsche. Bank
National Trust Company,
as 'Trustee for the regis-
tered'holders of New Cen-
tury Home Equity Loan
Trust, Series 2005-B, Asset
Backed Pass-Through Cer-
tificates, Plaintiff and Rose-
mary Tomlinson are
defendantss, I will sell to
the highest and best bid-
der for cash, AT THE
FRONT DESK OF THE
GULF COUNTY COURT-
HOUSE, LOCATED AT
1000 5TH STREET, PORT
ST. JOE, FLORIDA, AT
11:00 A.M. on March 5,
2009 the following de-
scribed property as set
forth in said Final Judg-
ment, to-wit:

LOT TWENTY-FIVE (25) IN
BLOCK SIXTY-NINE (69)
ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT OF THE
RE-SUBDIVISION OF ALL
OF BLOCKS SIXTY-
EIGHT, SIXTY-NINE, SEV-
ENTY, SEVENTY-ONE,
SEVENTY-TWO,
SEVENTY-THREE,
SEVENTY-FOUR AND
SEVENTY-FIVE ACCORD-
ING TO THE OFFICIAL
MAP NO. 12 OF PORT
ST.JOE, FLORIDA, FILED
THE 29TH DAY OF JUNE
1925, AS APPEARS ON
FILE IN THE OFFICE OF


THE CLERK OF THE CIR-
CUIT COURT IN GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA.

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.


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.


1100
IF YOU ARE A PERSON
WITH A DISABILITY WHO
NEEDS ANY ACCOMMO-
DATION IN ORDER TO
PARTICIPATE IN THIS
PROCEEDING, YOU ARE
ENTITLED, AT NO COST
TO YOU, TO THE PROVI-
SION OF CERTAIN ASSIS-
TANCE. PLEASE CON-
TACT GULF COUNTY
COURTHOUSE, 1000
CECIL COSTIN BOULE-
VARD, PORT ST JOE, FL
32456 WITHIN 2 WORK-
ING DAYS OF YOUR RE-
CEIPT OF THIS NOTICE
OF SALE: IF YOU ARE
HEARING IMPAIRED
CALL: 1-800-955-8771; IF
YOU ARE VOICE IM-
PAIRED CALL:
1-800-955-8770

DATED at PORT ST. JOE,
Florida, this 30th day of.
January, 2009.

Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
Gulf County, Florida
By: Jasmine Hysmith
DEPUTYCLERK

ATTORNEY FOR PLAIN-
TIFF:
SHAPIRO & FISHMAN,
LLP,
10004 North Dale Mabry
Hwy, Suite 112 ,
Tampa, Florida 33618
08-091876
February 12,19,2009
1128S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
.CIVIL ACTION

BANK OF AMERICA, NA,
Plaintiff,

VS.

MARY JACKSON, etal,
iDefendant(s).'

CASE NO. 2007-245-CA
DIVISION

NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE. IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Judgment of Mortgage-
Foreclosure dated January
26, 2009 and entered in
Case No. 2007-245-CA of
the Circuit Court of the
FOURTEENTH Judicial
Circuit in and for GULF
County, Florida wherein
BANK OF AMERICA, NA,
is the Plaintiff and MARY
JACKSON; JAMES ED
JACKSON; are the Defend-
ants, I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for
cash at LbBBY OF THE
GULF COUNTY 'COURT-
HOUSE at 11:00AM, on
the 27th day of February,
2009, .the following de-
scribed property as set
forth in said Final Judg-
ment:

LOT 7, BLOCK C, SEVEN
SPRINGS LAJE' SUBDI'
VISION, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA AT
PLAT BOOK 5, PAGES 17,
AND 18.

A/K/A LOT 7 BLOCK C,
WEWAHITCHKA, FL 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-
ens must file a claim within
sixty (60) days after the
sale.

WITNESS MY HAND and
the seal of this Court on
January 30, 2009.

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

**See Americans with Dis-
abilities Act
In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act, 'persons needing a'
special accommodation to
.participate in this proceed-
ing should contact. Gulf
County Courthouse
#850-229-6113 (TDD)

Florida Default Law Group,
RL.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida
33622-5018
F07019044
February 12, 16, 2009
1142S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION

IN RE:ESTATE OF
VERSIE LEE HILLIARD
Deceased.

File Number 08-60PR

NOTICE OF
ADMINISTRATION
The administration of the
estate of VERSIE LEE HIL-
LIARD, deceased, whose
date of death was August
7, 2008 and whose social
security number is
261-26-9973, is pending in
the Circuit Court for Guff'
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 addresses of
the personal representa-
tive and the personal
representative's attorney
are set forth below,

All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons


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 Febru-
ary 12, 2009.

Personal Representative:
JEAN McQLAMMA
165 Jehu Rd.
Wewahitchka, Fl. 32465
Attomey for Personal
Representative:
Charles A. Costin
Florida Bar No. 699070
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Telephone: (850) 227-1159
February 12,19,2009


1143S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
'OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION .

COUNTRYWIDE HOME
LOANS, INC.,
Plaintiff,
vs. -

SUSAN LAMBERSON, et
al,
Defendants.

CASE NO.:
23-2008-CA-000549

NOTICE OF ACTION

TO:
SUSAN LAMBERSON
Last Known Address: 406
Nautilus Drive, Port Saint.
Joe, FL 32456
Also Attempted at: 204
Gulf Aire Drive, Port Saint
Joe, FL 32456; 1800 Har-
mon Hills Rd, Dripping
Springs, TX
78620 and 4103 Avondale
Ave, Apt 3, Dallas, TX
75219
Current Residence: Un-
known

JUDY LAMBERSON
TYLER
Last Known Address: 406
Nautilus Drive, Port Saint
Joe, FL 32456
Also Attempted at: 204
Gulf Aire Drive, Port Saint
Joe;. FL 32456; 3150
Wdodwalk SE Dr, Unit
2403, Atlanta, GA
30339 and 828 Valleyview
Lane, Berkeley Lake, GA
30096
Current Residence: Un-
known

UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
SUSAN LAMBERSON
Last Known Address: 406
Nautilus Drive, Port Saint
Joe, FL 32456
Also Attempted at: 204
Gulf Aire Drive, Port Saint
Joe, FL 32456; 1800.Har-
mon Hills Rd, Dripping
Springs, TX
78620 and 4103 Avondale
Ave, Apt 3, Dallas, TX
75219
Current Residence: Un-
known

UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
JUDY LAMBERSON TAY-
LOR
Last Known Address: 406
Nautilus Drive, Port Saint
Joe, FL 32456
Also Attempted at: 204
Gulf Aire Drive, Port Saint
Joe, FL 32456; 3150
Woodwalk SE Dr, Unit
2403, Atlanta, GA
30339 and 828 Valleyview
Lane, Berkeley. Lake, GA
30096
Current Residence: Un-
known

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

LOT 6, BLOCK D, SEA-
SHORES/ST. JOE BEACH
UNIT #3, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 34,
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 Marshall C. Watson,
PA., Attorney for Plaintiff,
whose address is 1800
NW 49Th STREET, SUITE
120, FT. LAUDERDALE FL
33309 on or before March
16, 2009, a date which is
within thirty (30) days after
the first publication of this
Notice in THE STAR and
fil e the original with the
Clerk of this Court either
before service on Plaintiffs
attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a de-
fault will be entered
against ydu for the relief
demanded in the com-
plaint.

In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990 (ADA), disa-
bled persons who, be-
cause of their disabilities,


CNdUllblIC;U IUL)u w OViVIIIY UWI uuuilLY


1100 1
9915S
PUBLIC NOTICE
AT&T is reviewing an exist-
ing 285' guyed wireless
communication tower lo-
cated at 550 Stone Mill
Creek Rd., Wewahitchka,
FL 32465 for the purpose
of renewing its license with
the FCC. If you have any
concerns of any historic
properties that might be
adversely affected by this
tower; please write to
Doug Butler, Trileaf Corp.,
2700 Westhall Ln., Ste.
200, Maitland, FL 32751,
(407) 660-7840. Please in-
clude the tower location
and the location of the his-
toric resource that you be-
lieve might be affected.
January 29, 2009
February 5, 12, 2009
9926S
NOTICE OF
SHERIFF'S SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN THAT PURSUANT
TO A FINAL JUDGEMENT
ISSUED IN THE CIRCUIT
COURT OF GULF
COUNTY DATED DECEM-
BER 23, 2008 IN THE
CAUSE WHEREIN WIL-
LIAM H. CARR, JR. WAS
PLAINTIFF, AND HAROLD
B. KEELS, SR:; LINDA E.
KEELS; AND' STEVEN
CLAY KEELS WAS DE-
FENDANT BEING CASE
NO. 08-511-CA.

I, JOSEPH NUGENT, AS'
SHERIFF OF GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA WILL
HAVE LEVIED UPON ALL
THE RIGHT TITLE AND IN-
TEREST OF THE DE-
FENDANT STEVEN CLAY
KEELS IN THE INTEREST
OF A 2004 WHITE CHEV-
ROLET, (VAN), VIN
#1 GCGG25V441163227;
TITLE #89741174, FL.
TAG F614AF AND ON THE
24TH DAY OF FEBRUARY,
2009 AT THE FRONT
STEPS OF THE GULF
COUNTY COURTHOUSE
IN PORT ST. JOE, FLORA
IDA AT THE HOUR OF
11:00 A.M. E.S.T. OR AS
SOON AS POSSIBLE, I
WILL OFFER SAID PROP-
ERTY AT PUBLIC OUTCRY
AND WILL THE SAME,
SUBJECT TO ALL PRIOR
LEINS, ENCUMBRANCES
AND JUDGEMENTS, IF
ANY, TO THE HIGHEST
BIDDER OR BIDDERS
FOR CASH. THE PRO-
CEEDS TO BE APPLIED
AS FOR AS MAY BE TO
THE PAYMENT OF, COSTS
AND SATISFACTION OF
THE ABOVE DESCRIBED
EXECUTION.

SHERIFF
JOSEPH NUGENT

IN ACCORDANCE WITH
THE AMERICA WITH DIS-
ABILITIES ACT PERSONS
WITH DISABILITIES THAT
,NEED A SPECIAL AC-
'COMMODATION TO PAR-
TICIPATE IN THE PRO-
CEEDING SHOULD CON-
TACT NO LATER THAN
SEVEN DAYS PRIOR TO
THE PROCEEDING AT
850-227-1115
January 29, 2009
February 5, 12, 19,,2009
9960S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
FLORIDA IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY

FLAGSTAR BANK, F.S.B.,
et.al.,
Plaintiff

vs.

JAMES J. MCCORVEY
A/K/A JAMES J.
MCORVEY; DIXIE M.
MCCORVEY A/K/A DIXIE
M. MCORVEY; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF, JAMES J.
MCCORVEY A/K/A JAMES
J. MCORVEY AS OF
10/18/07; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF DIXIE M.
MCCORVEY A/K/A DIXIE
M. MCORVEY AS OF
10/18/07; -UNKNOWN
TENANT #1;, UNKNOWN
TENANT #2,
Defendants.

CASE NO. 08-104 CA

NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
.GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Judgment of Foreclosure
dated November 17, 2008,
and entered in Case No.
08-104 CA, of the/ Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit in and for
GULF County, Florida
wherein Flagstar Bank,.
F.S.B., is a Plaintiff and
JAMES J. MCCORVEY
A/K/A JAMES J.
MCORVEY;- DIXIE M.
MCCORVEY /K/A DIXIE
M. MCORVEY; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF JAMES J.
MOCORVEY A/K/A JAMES
J. MCORVEY.. AS OF
10/18/07; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF DIXIE M.
MCCORVEY A/K/A DIXIE
M. MCORVEY AS OF
10/18/07; UNKNOWN
TENANT #1; UNKNOWN'
TENANT #2 are the De-
fendants. I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for
cash at, at 11:00 AM on
February 26, 2009, the fol-
lowing described property
as set forth in said Final
Judgment, to wit:

LOT 10, OAK GARDENS
SUBDIVISION, UNIT II AS
RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 6, PAGE 20, PUB-


1100
UC RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA.

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

REBECCA L. NORRIS
As Clerk of the Court
By: Uasmine Hysmith
As Deputy Clerk

Dated this 16th day of Jan-
uary, 2009.

IMPORTANT

In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act, persons needing a
reasonable accommoda-
tion to participate in this
proceeding should, no
later than seven (7) days
prior, contact the Clerk of
the Court's disability coor-
dinator at 8502296111,
1000 C. G. COSTIN BLVD.
RM. 302 PORT ST JOE
FL, 32456. If hearing im-
paired, contact (TDD)
8009558771 via Florida
Relay System.

Ben-Ezra & Katz, RA.
Attorneys for Plaintiff
2901 Stirling Road, Suite
300
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
33312 1.
Telephone: (305)770-4100
Fax: (305)653-g229
February 5, 12, 2009





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Reg.,. First shots &
wormed. Red & Blond
$400 653-2212/ 653-5558









1 Roper Washer, and 1
Whirlpool Dryer Call for
more info Low Prices, in
good shape. 527-0441







Stones guitar, Perfect con-
dition, appraised at $2900
asking '$400 ALSO Signed
Led Zeppelin guitar ap-
praised at $3100 asking
$400 comes w/ COA and
appraisal 850-474-1555




S3230

HUGE ESTATE
SALE
WEWAHITCHKA

Feb 13th-15th, 8:00-3:00
CST, Stone Mill Creek
Area, Wewahitchka. Tons
of dolls & collectibles, an-
tique furniture, household
.items, Bass boat, lawn
mowers, books, kitchen
collectibles, beautiful Tiger
Oak Buffet. Managed by:.
Finders Keepers Antiques,
LLC
Buy1ePConsigh*Appraisals*
Esae Sale Manage-
ment


JJ: .Port St Joe, 131
Westcott, Near post office,
Fri & Sat, 8-noon
Air hockey table, sewing
machine, lots of misc.'






'Admin. Assistant/
Property Manager
needed Competitive salary
and 'medical benefits with
rapidly growing local com-
pany. Must be proficient in
Word, Excel, Quickbooks,
Outlook, typing skills: be
self motivated and re-
sponsible. Only serious in-
quires need apply. Please
fax resume and pertinent
information to GCPS at
850-229-4601 or call
850-229-2706 for more in-
formation.


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Two offices for rent. 302
Reid Ave and 212 3rd St.
Call Pat 227-5747 to make
an appointment.




1 br, 1 ba & 2 br, apart-
ment. unfurn electric/water
inc., Tile floors, part cy-
press panelling, private
deck 1 block from beach
404-402-5573
850-653-6459

2 Br Apartments for Rent
near Hwy 71 &
Wewahitchka. Apply at
Fisher Building Supply at
848 Hwy 22 or* Call
639-5102 for more info




Efficiency Rooms. Weekly
or .monthly rentals Down-
town PSJ on Reid Ave.
Call Pat @ 850-227-5747

forilasso
Available Dec. 1st
1000 sq.ft.
Consisting of
3-Offices
S1-ADA Bathroom
500 sq.ft. Warehouse
$850.00/mo Gross
America's
Mini-Storage and
Office Complex.
850-229-8014
478-451-7761


Sale or Lease, Mexico
Beach Great location. 1
block to Beach, 3br, 2ba,
MH, deck, $159,900 con-
sider all serious offers or 6
mo min. Ise. $750 mo +
until. 803-604-0289



6130 |

r ~BAY FRONT '"
i TOWNHOME

I Watch beautiful sunsets
from this wonderfulI
I town home. Exquisitely I
I FURNISHED 3br & 31/2
be. One of five TH on
four lovely landscaped
I acres, with pier. Close I
I to town. Darlene |
"678-300-1 275-
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Im $1,300 mo util.l
I incld. (possible Ise. pur-
chase.


For Rent Duplex
2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath,
Large Kitchen & Family
Room, Elevator, Swimm-
ing Pool, Game Room,
TV., Ice Machine, Laundry
Room Fully Furnished, in-
cludes Elec Power &
Water, garbage pickup.
$1100 month
Location-C30 2 mi East
pass Raw Bar on left
850-227-6683

Mexico Beach
2 BR/2 BTH Condo blocks
from bch, Pool, Clbhse,
Nor. smoking, Brian
404-663-0226

Mexico Beach
Townhouse

For Rent: $850 /Month
$250 /Deposit Call Rusty
229.886.2444 Call Jarrett
229.343.2458








(3) 3 br, Homes Hwy 386
$850 & $900, (1), 2 br
home $600. (2) 2 br,
Condo's St. Joe Bch $650
Ea. Military dis. 648-4301

Century 21 Gulf Coast
Realty long term .rentals
available
Coronado #3 2br, 1.5 ba
731 Hwy 98 $850.00 per
month
Destiny #1 2 br, 1 ba 115-
40th. St. $550.00 per
month
Gulf Point #4 2 br, 2.5 ba
7172 Hwy 98 $1000.00 per
month
Indian Lagoon Cottages 3
br, 2'ba SR-30 Jndian Pass
$850.00 per month
Villas @ Mexico Beach
#2 2 br, 2 ba 3706 Hwy
'98 $1100.00 per month
Villas @ .Mexico Beach
#3 3 br, 3 ba 3706 Hwy
98 $1300.00 per month
Palmetto Plantation
4BR/3BA 1120 15th St
975.00
Palmetto Plantation 3 br,
3 ba 1120 15th St. $900.00
per month
Paradise Porch 2 br,2 ba
9135 Cockles Ave. $650.00
per month
Surf & Sands unit 30-1 2
br, 2 ba 109- 30th, St.
$580.00 per month
Surf & Sands unit 42-A &
42-b 2 br, 2 ba 121- 42ncd
St. $650.00 per month
Sud & Sands unit 42-C 4
br, 2 ba 121-42ncd St.
$850.00 per month
Ponderosa #18 3 br, 2 ba
#18 Ponderosa Pines Dr.
$850.00 per month
Call 850-648-5449 or
850-229-1200 for more in-
formation

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(850)
229-8014

Climate and
Non-Climate
Control Storage
Units
Boat/RV storage
& office space


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Wewa 4 br, 2 ba Double
wide, in small park, $650 a
month + security dep.
2 br, 1 ba clean C/H/A
$425 month + security
deposit (850) 639-5721


- 7100
Port St. Joe By
Owner
4 br, 2 ba, LR, DR,
kitchen/den, 1 acre land,
fncd in, 1 mi. from new Sa-
cred Heart hosp in the
county, good location for
hosp workers/ doctor's of-
fice, .etc, $275,000 by appt
only, call 227-3100



Port St Joe, St. George
Island and St. James Bay
Previously Bank Owned
Property. Priced way be-
low market value! Prices
starting at $35,000. Please
call Counts Real Estate
Group at 850-249-3615.




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34' Lhurs Open
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C/H/A, smi extra room,
laundry room, nice yard,
very nice area, $525 mo,
$400 dep,' No pets Call
850-227-6216
3 br, 1.5 .ba, Mexico
Beach, Canal Front; boat
dock, fp, no pet's, $1,000
mo $1,000 dep.
850-648-5045



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1st Month's rent free!!! Mili-
tary Discount Available!
Spacious and private
home, 3 bdrm/2bthrm,
large fenced in yard, front
porch, hardwood floors. 3
blocks to area shopping,
downtown and St.
Joseph's Bay. Monthly
rental available at $750.00
per month with $750.00
-security/damage deposit.
Call gulf Coast Property
Services at (850) 229-2706
for more information and a
tour of this great house
rental.

Gulfaire
Executive, 1 br, private
garden, w/d, all elec. 'lg
bright. Will take pets.
Private Beach, pool, tennis
courts, $695 mo. 639-2690
or 832-9702
House For Rent, in St.
Joe Beach, 3 br, 2 ba,
large yard, Call Gene at
850-830-9342.



Mexico Beach 3 br, 1.5
ba, 2 blocks from beach,
$600 mo, $500 sec. no
pets, ref. 850-648-5058,
Cell 850-340-1994



Mexico Beach/TAFB Nice,
3 br, 2 ba, C/H&A, Garage,
$850 + dep, Pelican Walk
Real Estate 850-647-2473
Port St Joe, 2 br 1 ba, up-
stairs, CH&A $550 mo. no
smoking or pets.
850-899-0149

St. Joe Beach
Beautiful 3 br, 2 ba gulf
view home, $1300 mo.
Long Term Rental Call
(404) 545-2552.



St. Joe Beach/TAFB,
Nice, 2 br, 1 ba, Near Bch,
$650 + dep. Pelican Walk
Real Estate 850-647-2473
Townhomes for rent,'
Jones Homestead- Pon-
derosa pines. End of year
special. First month rent
free with deposit and 12
month lease. 2 br and 3br
units available. Call
850-227-8404 or
229-734-0717


Port St. Joe Commercial

Space for Lease

Prime Retail Space
317 Williams Avenue
1800sf tenant improvements negotiable; $1800/mo gross
325 Reid Avenue
4500sf flex space; corner location; $2500/mo gross
309 Reid Avenue
6000sf renovated shell space; occupant ready; $4500/mo
mod-gross
310 Reid Avenue
5750sf Suite B; perfect for clothing furniture.retailer; $3000/mo
NNN
Office Space
452 Fourth Street
Office space-576+/-sf, $800.00 per month (include utilities)
202 Marina Drive
680sf well appoint oss (incl. utilities)
(Bayside Building) f.-WA S6
310 Reid Avenue
1116sf Suite C; finished office space; lobby area with two
office suites and filing/storage room; $1000/mo NNN
322 Long Avenue
1000sf move-in ready; $900/mo gross
Warehouse / Flex Space
110 Trade Circle West
22500sf 12500sf PSJ Commerce Park, flex space, $5.25psf/
NNN (incl. water/sewer)

Marketed Exclusively by: T 1

850-229-6373


Retired nurse for respite
care daytime, night time
and overnight on week-
ends. Housework, shopp-
ing, in your home. Experi-
ence with Alzheimers, se-
nile dementia, and special
needs child or adult. Call
850-320-5156 Refs avail


need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this
proceeding should contact
the ADA Coordinator at
1000 5th Street, Port St.
Joe, FL 32456 or Tele-
phone (850) 229-6113
prior to such proceeding.

WITNESS my hand and
the seal of this Court this
5th day of February, 2009.

Rebecca Norris
As Clerk of the Court
By: jasmine Hysmith
As Deputy Clerk
08-22055
February 12,19, 2009


THE STAR, PORT ST. JOE, FL THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2009 11B


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Local


Thursday, February 12, 2009


Florida FWC votes to cut red snapper season


By Tina Harbuck
Florida Freedom Newspapers

SANDESTIN After more
than three hours of com-
ment from a group of fish-
ermen that clearly was
divided, regulators voted
to shorten the red snapper
season for this year in state
waters.
The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission in an open public
meeting at Sandestin Re-
sort Thursday morning
voted to change the recre-
ational red snapper fish-
ing season in state waters
from April 15 through Oct.
31 to June 1 through Sept.
20; making it compatible
with a shorter federal sea-
son. 'Federal regulators
maintain that snapper are
overfished in the Gulf of
Mexico. FWC Commis-
sioner Dwight Stephenson,
who made the motion, also
added on that he would like
committee to come back
with some way to count
fish, whether it be by tag,
permit or stamp.
Although commission-
ers agreed on the shorter
season, all agreed the deci-
sion didn't come easy.
"There is no easy way to
do this with what we've been
handed," said FWC Vice
Chairman Kathy Barco.
Last year when the fish-
ermen came before the
FWC and asked for a lon-
ger season in state waters,
they were united. Not so on
Thursday.
More than 40 people
from Apalachicola to Or-
ange Beach, Ala., spoke
before the FWC, and three
different camps emerged.
Those from the Escam-
bia County and Pensacola
area were mostly recre-
ational fishermen. They
urged the FWC to defy
the feds and leave the red
snapper season as is, April
through October.
Others from Destin and
the Panama City area en-
couraged the commission
to throw in the towel and
change the recreational
season in state waters to


KATHY HARRISON I The Destin Log
Pam Anderson, manager of Anderson Marina on Panama City Beach, was one of about 40 who spoke before the FWC on their final
hearing concerning the red snapper season in state waters. She stressed better data collection on red snapper and accountability in
order to get a better count of how many red snapper are actually being caught.


mirror the federal season.
"We've been told that
federal waters may be
closed completely if Flor-
ida doesn't comply," said
Pam Anderson, operations
manager of Anderson's
Marina on Panama City
Beach. "We've been caught
between a rock and a hard,
place."
Anderson also stressed
the importance of improv-
ing what many have called a
flawed red snapper count.
"The more (data) we can
collect, the more we can cut
back on guessing."
She spoke of a Gulf of
Mexico Angler Reporting
System where recreational
boaters would report in as
to where and what they are
catching.


The third idea, which
some Destin captains
voiced, was asking the
state to be completely com-
patible with the federal
season, even if that federal
season was shortened to
just a couple months.
"Let's d6 whatever we
have to to get past the over-
fished (category)," said
Destin Capt. Mike Eller.
"It's a bitter pill to swallow.
"Yes, we question their
data, but they (the federal
regulators) have beat us."
All were in agreement
that red snapper are plenti-
ful and that a better way of
collecting data is necessary.
The commission voted
unanimously in favor of the
motion for the shorter sea-
son.


Capt. Mike Eller, of the
charter boat Lady 'Em,
encouraged the FWC to.
be totally compatible with
the federal fishing season
in state waters.


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