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How will the school district look after the levy?

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Tim Wilder has three scenarios
to bring to the Gulf County School
Board should the March 17 school
levy referendum not be approved
None of them are particularly
Middle schools, athletic pro-
grams, electives and employees
will all be impacted if the refer-
endum, which asks voters to ap-
prove an additional one mill levy
for school operating costs over a
four-year period, is not approved
by voters next month.
"Everybody knows we are in
trouble," Wilder said. "It is across
the state, across the nation. I
think the people of this county will
support their schools as they have
supported us in the past.
"We have levied such a low
(capital outlay) millage (the lone
component of funding over which

the district has discretion) in re-
cent years. We have been good
stewards of the public's money.
We need the county's help."
The impact of the referendum
not passing would be swift and
Middle schools, fought for so
hard by citizens and educators in
the last 20 years, Will be consoli-
dated into high schools.
At each end of the county there
would a K-6 grade school and one
school for grades 7-12.
"That is the first thing we will
do," ,Wilder said, adding that his
preference, and that of most edu-
cators, is to keep middle-school-
ers, who are at a critical juncture
in their lives physically, emotional-
ly and psychologically, in the "safe
haven" of a grade 6-8 school.
. "That is something that would
really hurt, I think," Wilder said.,
The consolidation would save
the district roughly $385,000.
The most optimistic scenario

in the event that the referendum
is turned down by voters would be
the loss of 31 employees.
One coaching supplement
would be eliminated per scholas-
tic sport to be replaced either by
an unpaid volunteer from within
the school system or from the
Despite popular opinion, the
district does not fund athletics in
any way other than coaching sup-
plements, which amount to about
Electives, such as art, band,
guitar, JROTC and other non-core
course would also be impacted.
The second scenario that
Wilder will bring to the board to
consider should the levy not pass
would involve the loss of 38 em-
ployees along with the same im-
pacts to athletics and electives as
with the first scenario.
Scenario No. 3 would translate
into the same impacts to athletics
and electives and the loss of 42

"We are down to the bare bones
as it is," Wilder said.
The 800-pound elephant in the
room would also enter the pic-
"We would have to start talking
about consolidation of schools at
that point," Wilder said. "We are
waiting in part on the hospital to
open. What that does for us I don't
know but they are talking about
opening early in (2010) with 120
That would in turn mean more
families and one of the strongest
currents pushing against the dis-
trict, declining enrollment since
the shuttering of the paper mill,
might slow.
The loss of employees if the ref-
erendum does not pass is a given,
since 85 percent of the district's
budget goes toward employee
salaries and benefits.


Ballots for the March
17 school levy
referendum were
mailed on Wednesday.

Voters are encouraged
to follow the
instructions that come
with the ballot and
sign the envelope that'
contains the ballot
to ensure it will be

Ballots must be in the
Supervisor of Elections'
office by 7 p.m. ET on
March 17.

Program guests received'lapel ribbons in the colors of the African flag.

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

peaking in the cadence of a southern preacher,
Dr. Joseph Smiley stomped, shook and shouted
the importance of perseverance and personal
responsibility. "Don't throw in the towel. You've got
to keep on keeping on," Smiley repeatedly urged
students during a lively address at Port St. Joe High School's
Black History program.
Smiley, a Port St. Joe High alumnus, is the dean of social
and behavioral science at St. Petersburg College, where he
has worked for 25 years.
He earned his bachelor's degree from Florida A&M
University and his doctorate in education from the University
of Notre Dame.
Speaking of his modest upbringing in Port St. Joe last
Friday, Smiley urged students to stop making excuses and
get to work fulfilling their dreams.
"There are no shortcuts to success. Hard work and
sacrifice are needed to get there," he said.



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"Don't ever throw in the towel," Dr. Joseph Smiley
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Port St. Joe City


hunts for money

By Marie Logan
Contributing Writer

Whether it is capturing federal
stimulus package dollars or standing
firm on a prior agreement, Port St.
Joe is hot on the money trail.
City manager Charlie Weston re-
ported to the board at the Feb. 17
meeting that three projects from the
city's list for stimulus package dol-
lars had been picked for inclusion on
the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation's list to forward to the federal
The three projects were improve-
ments to U.S. 98 ($1,000,000) and pe-
destrian bridges at Nineteenth and
Palm Boulevard and Nineteenth and
Long Avenue ($48,000 each).
The city submitted a list worth $20
million in "shelf ready" projects, ac-
cording to Weston.
Weston also told the board that
he, along with Joe Rentfro, from the
St. Joe Company, were working on a
letter the city planned to send to St.
Joe requesting more funds from St.
Joe for the WindMark offsite sewer
The original agreement between
the city and St. Joe was that the com-
pany was to pay all of the lift site costs
of $1.3 million. However, as the real
estate market slowed and WindMark
development did not expand as antici-
pated, the St. Joe Company had little
need to expand the sewer system at
that time.
The company told the city if they
needed the system immediately, that
the city should pay for half of the proj-
ect ($680,000).
The WindMark offsite lift station is
necessary for the city to complete the
sewer system just installed in St. Joe
Beach. WindMark separates St. Joe
Beach from Port St. Joe.
That project is one of five unfund-
ed infrastructure projects in which the
city is currently engaged.
In other business conducted at the
The city has a new hot line for
citizens to call to report problems or
file complaints.
Notices about the new hot line will
be included with upcoming water bills.
The new number is 850-229-8311.
The city's new garbage ordinance
is now official. It was unanimously ad-
opted after its second reading.
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Smiley called education
the key to a brighter
future. Adults with only
one year of college can
expect to earn 78 percent
more than those who
never pursued higher
education, Smiley said.
"Success in education
remains one of the most
important avenues for
empowering young people,
especially young black
Americans," he noted.
Smiley called the,
middle and high school
students assembled in the
gymnasium the nation's
"best and brightest."
He urged them to
remain mindful of where
they came from.
'"You are from a small
place where the teachers
and educators truly care
about you. When you leave
this place this small,

wonderful town, you are
the best and brightest, as
you go and you come."
Even as he delivered
his hopeful message,
Smiley knew there were
naysayers in the audience.
"I heard someone
saying, telepathically, 'Who
in the world is counting
on me?'" said Smiley. "I
declare to you today that
there are some people that
are counting on you."
Summoning three
African-American students
to the podium one by
one, Smiley reminded
each of their parents and
ancestors who counted on
them to fulfill their God-
given promise.
"I declare to you today
there are some people
that are counting on you,"
Smiley said.
He retrieved from his

bag a succession of bath
towels, which he placed on
the students' shoulders.
"Never throw in the
towel. You've got to keep
on keeping on," he told
each one.
High school teachers
Rachel Crews and Linda
Tschudi and middle school
teacher Gloria Gant spent
the last month organizing
this year's program.
It included poem and
quote recitations, praise
dancing and a beautiful
rendition of the Negro
National Anthem by
Bonita Robinson Smith.
Students Tayler Byrd
and Abram Vereen shared
hosting duties, and the
NJROTC cadets presented
the colors.
A reception for
speakers and guests
followed the ceremony.

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Historical society celebrates banner year

Judge Robert Bryant,. right, administers the oath
to the new St. Joseph Historical Society officers.
They are, left to right, recording secretary Linda
Wood, treasurer Pauline Pendarvis, vice president
Lynda Bordelon anrd president Charlotte Pierce. Not
pictured: corresponding secretary Nancy Howell and
parliamentarian Betty McNeill.

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

The St. Joseph Historical
Society celebrated a year of
milestones at its annual din-
ner last Thursday night.
Over a tasty shrimp din-
ner in the Gulf County ARC
banquet room, president
Charlotte Pierce called the
opening of the Cape San
Blas lighthouse and Keep-
er's Quarter gift shop "a
dream come true."
"This has been at least 15
years in the making," said
Pierce, noting the multiple
grants that have funded the
renovations over the years.
Since March 1, the gift
shop has remained open
Wednesday through Sat-
urdays, manned by society
member Beverly Mount-

Mount-Douds reported
over $20,000 in gift shop
sales and proceeds from
a series of successful full-
moon climbs in 2008.
Over 3,600 people visited
the lighthouse last year, and
381 climbed the tower, which
reopened for the first time in
many years on Sept. 20.
Though the lighthouse
was a point of pride, the so-
ciety also mourned the loss
of its last charter member,
Marie Joines Costin.
Costin, who passed
away last August, joined the
historical society upon its
founding in April 1959.
During her time in the
society, Costin held numer-
ous offices and earned the
respect of her fellow mem-
"She was a great inspi-

ration to us for many, many
years," said Pierce.
Pierce's father, retired
Port St. Joe harbor pilot,
Dave Maddox, entertained
the crowd with amusing and
little-told stories from the
city's past
Eighty years ago, Mad-
dox witnessed the paving of
Reid Avenue.
To construct a strong
foundation, city workers
put down a bed of clam and
conch shells retrieved from
St. Joe Bay with a crane.
When the avenue was
repaved in 1996, Maddox re-
trieved one of the old clam
shells, which he mistakenly
left in his car.
Maddox later regaled
several society members
with stories about their col-
orful ancestors.
The tales featured, in

quick succession: a jailed
cow, an illiterate sheriff and
a cast of freeloading winos.
Judge Robert Bryant
inducted the historical soci-
ety's 2009 officers.
Pierce will return as
president, joined by vice
president Lynda Bordelon,
recording secretary Linda
Wood, corresponding sec-
retary Nancy Howell, trea-
surer Pauline Pendarvis
and parliamentarian Betty
With the society entering
its 50th year, Pierce thanked
those who've supported its
mission through the de-
"I think it's done well to
survive that long, and we
appreciate everyone who's
been' involved with it all
these years," she said.

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By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

Debbie Hooper may not
have won Best in Show at a
recent international photog-
raphy competition, but she
took away something far
- more valuable: inspiration.
As. a judge at the Pro-
fessional Aerial Photogra-
phers Association (PAPA)
International Conference,
Hooper evaluated over 100
photos that represent the
best of her profession.
Judging the competi-
tion gave Hooper a greater
insight into what elements
make an outstanding pho-
tograph and inspired her to
improve her portfolio.
"When. you see these
photos and what everyone
can do and has done,, you
just want to get there," said
Hooper. -
The conference, held

Feb. 5-7 at the Tampa Air-
port Sheraton, brought
aerial photographers from
around the globe together
to talk shop.
Hooper attended the
conference her sixth
with husband, Jon, who
is the second half of her
aerial photography busi-
ness, JoeBay Aerials.
Jon Hooper generally
pilots the couple's Cessna
Cardinal 177RG, while his
wife captures images using
a Canon EOS 5D fitted with
a 100-400 mm zoom lens.
Other conference at-
tendees had similar ar-
rangements, though some
were high-flying multi-
"I don't know how you
shoot and fly. That's kind of
scary," said Debbie Hooper.
Hooper, an aerial pho-
tographer since 2001, re-
ceived a special invitation

to judge this year's contest.
As part of a four-mem-
ber panel, Hooper assigned
points in each of three clas-
sifications: impact, compo-
sition and technique.
Hooper stepped off the
panel when her own pho-
tographs came up forjudg-
She submitted four
photographs in the Scenic,
Progress and Artistic cat-
egories: "Out Shrimping,"
which portrayed a shrimp
boat making a long drag;
"Gone Fishin'," a scenic
shot of a boat on the Dead
Lakes, "Bulldozing New
Beach," a photo of the Cape
San Blas beach renourish-
ment project, and "Camer-
on," one of Hooper's happy
While photographing
the Cape renourishment,
Hooper happened upon a
touching family moment.

A man with a sandy-
haired boy spelled out
"Cameron" in giant letters
as a woman reclined in her
bathing suit nearby.
"Everybody thinks I
staged it, but I didn't," said
Hooper, noting that the gi-
ant name in the sand made
for a perfect aerial shot. "It
almost looks like they did it
for me."
Hooper received an "ex-
cellent" rating for all of her
photographs, earning be-
tween 86-88 points out of a
possible 100.
Jon Hooper also earned
a plaque for conducting a
Photoshop workshop.
Hooper hasn't given up
hope that she'll someday
claim that blue ribbon.
"I'm still looking for
Best in Show. It's just elud-
ing me," she laughed. "Jon
said I'm a judge of many,
winner of none."'

DEBBIE HOOPER I Special to the Star
Debbie Hooper earned an "excellent" rating
at the PAPA Conference for her photo, entitled
"Cameron," which she snapped above Cape San
Blas beach.,
At the PAPA
Debbie Hoopir
(right) selected
,as her "Judge's
Choice," the
"Wing Man,"
by David Byrne
of Focal Flight
in Ojai, Ca.

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Our annual meeting is an occasion for management and elected officials to

report to you, the owners. And, it's an opportunity for you to learn about the
credit union's financial position, products and services, current'business issues, and goals. You'll meet face-
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By Amy Rogers
Gulf County NAACP
One hundred years ago,
a white Unitarian female or-
ganized a meeting in a small
apartment in New York City
and on the anniversary of Abra-
ham Lincoln's birthday the Na-
tional Association for the Ad-
vancement of Colored People
(NAACP) was born.
Ms. Mary White Ovington, a
wealthy social worker and jour-
nalist was the founder and first
chairperson of the NAACP Her
parents, members of the Uni-
tarian Church were supporters
of women's rights and had been
involved in the anti-slavery
Ms. Ovington, was educated
at Packer Collegiate Institute
and Radcliffe College, she be-
came involved in the campaign
for civil rights in 1890 after hear-
ing Frederick Douglas speak in
a Brooklyn Church. In 1895 she
helped found the Greenpoint'
Settlement in Brooklyn. In
1909, organized by Ms. Mary
White Ovington, issuing "The
Call for Action", this multi-ra-
cial group, majority black and
white people, came together
to discuss the recent race riots
and lynching of several black
men, women, and children
killed in president Abram Lin-
coln's hometown, Springfield,
The local Gulf County
NAACP Branch cordially in-
vites the community to come
join us this coming Saturday,
Feb. 28,2009, at 6:00 p.m. at the
Washington Recreation Center
in the county-wide celebration
of our 100th birthday as we re-
flect on our past and plans for
the future. Share with us as we
celebrate African-Americans in
Port St. Joe, and Wewahitchka
and the surrounding communi-
ties in Gulf Countyfor their sig-
nificant contributions.
The NAACP is, the old-
est civil rights organization in
America, dedicated to ending
racial inequality and segrega-
tion. The Association ensures
the political, educational, social,
religion, and economic equality
of minority groups and citizens:
achieves equality of rights
and eliminates race prejudice
among the citizens of the Unit-
ed States, removes all barriers
of racial discrimination through.
the democratic process, seeks
to enact and enforce federal,
state, and local laws securing
civil rights, informs the public
of the adverse effects of racial
discrimination and seeks its
elimination, educates persons
as to their constitutional rights
and takes all lawful action in the
furtherance of these principles.
Our theme, "100 Years: A
Legacy of Power, Justice, and
Freedom" were gracefully cho-
sen because every February
during Black History Month,
the nation celebrates the mile-
stones and achievements of
African-Americans. Therefore,
the NAACP, the oldest civil

rights organization is spiritual-
ly joyful as we honor Black His-
tory Month a milestone for the
NAACP by the Association's
significant achievement with
Barack Obama being elected
as the first African-American
We wholeheartedly welcome
the entire Gulf County commu-
nity attendance and financial
support with this worthwhile
historical event honoring our
national founders as well as our
local founders.
As our honored guests and
in recognition, we have re-
served tables for churches,
banks, businesses, elected city
commissioners of Wewahitchka
and Port St. Joe, county com-
missioners, school board mem-
bers, and other elected officials
to bring greetings with a letter
of support and a proclamation
issued by the city and county
On Sunday, March 1, at 2
p.m. the Black History Month
services will conclude with a
memorial service dedicating
the Avenue "A" Baseball Park to
the memories of the Honorable
Mr. Alton Fennell, Sr., our first
elected African-American City
Commissioner. Pastors, please
arrange for your congregation
to attend this historical service.
We are requesting informa-
tion so we may honor all reli-
gious, educational, sports, polit-
ical, economical development,
social/civic organizations, and
businesses (beauty parlors,
barbershops, shoe shine, live-
stocks, gardening, taxicab
service, cleaners, laundry
mats, midwives, mechanics,
pulpwood,. earthworm, seam-
stress, carpenters, brick ma-
sons, morticians, dentist office,
boarding house, convenient
stores, caf6's, social entertain-
ment, and available housing)
that has made a significant
contribution to positive growth
and better the living conditions
in Gulf County. Please submit
this information to Kitty Clark,
Annie Sue Fields, Amy Rogers
(PSJ) or Louise Jones, or Jerry
Refour, (Wewa).
For 100 years, the NAACP
has stayed its course, champi-
oned the rights of Americans.
Gulf County in general has
changed drastically from an
economical view point since
1909 to 2009. In 1909 their were
(5) businesses in the black
community compared to (1)
or no businesses today, "The
challenge today is how did we
exist in the 1900s with little fi-
nancial resources and more
businesses, when compared to
2009 with more opportunities
for financial resources and (1)
or no businesses?
the history of the NAACP is
available to read at the Gulf
County Library in Port St. Joe
on the Black History Month
magazine table.
With deepest appreciation,
we thank the community for
supporting our efforts in these
worthy accomplishments.


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What a different economic
landscape it might be if all taxing
authorities had the same hoops to
jump through as the school dis-
trict to raise taxes for operating
The public school district, be-
ing slowly sliced into a million little
pieces by the state, having already
slashed $2 million from its budget
and shed 42 jobs, must take to vot-
ers the question of raising an ad-
ditional $2.5 million a year, under
current property values which
seem likely to change.
The district's request auto-
matically sunsets in four years,
amounts to $8 million to $10 mil-
lion, as one county commissioner
points out again and again, over
the span of its lifetime.
That is roughly the equivalent
of what the county did with taxes
over the five years between 2001-
2005 with annual increases of 16
percent, 12 percent, 16 percent, 30
percent and 25 percent, increases
that amounted to an increase in
property tax spending of more
than $8 million over that span.
Not once were county commis-
sioners forced to go before vot-
ers for approval. Not once were
commissioners compelled to tour
the county to make their case to
sometimes hostile audiences.
Commissioners held public
meetings, as required, but they
were little more than theater pro-
ductions with the main line read-
ing "it is too late to cut anything
this year, wait until next year"
despite dissent and outrage from
taxpayers and small businesses.
And lest it be forgotten, nearly
four years later there is little sign
of taxes coming down and three
of the five commissioners who in-
flicted the damage the three who
just happen to be holding up coun-
ty-wide voting remain in office..
A fourth came in at the tail end
of the spree and also remains in
Accountability? Let the taxpay-
er be the judge.

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Uneven field

Yes, when the state held their
feet to the fire a couple of years
ago, commissioners eliminated a
transfer station in Wewahitchka
to meet a mandated cut and sliced
fewer than 20 positions from a
workforce that remains as bloated
as that tire company mascot.
But the county again offers
little inclination of producing
meaningful spending cuts this
year, particularly with chairman
Nathan Peters, Jr., stating his top
priority is to not shed any county
jobs this year.
What a luxury, especially for
school employees crossing their
fingers about having a job after
March 17.
During a recent budget work-
shop, commissioners were in-
formed they might face .finding $2
million to cut from the budget to
be crafted this spring and sum-
mer, but that they have some $1.5
million that was expended this
year that will not have to be spent
in the next fiscal cycle.
You can bet none of that money
sitting about is coming back into
taxpayers' pockets.
There was also the question of
what might happen to that great
multiplier in the taxing formula,
the mill.
A mill equals $1 for every $1,000
in taxable property value and the
amount of dollars a mill will bring
in Gulf County, which any hom-
eowner can attest is seeing plum-
meting property values, figures to
be significantly less next year.
To maintain current spending
levels commissioners therefore
must either raise the millage rate
or, depending on how steep the
drop in county property values is,
cut as much as $2 million to $3 mil-
lion from the budget.
Take a guess which option will
be the keeper this summer?
Further, if commissioners can
uncover $2 million to cut from
the current budget, couldn't they
have already provided relief? And
shouldn't any increase of the mill-

age rate be taken to voters just as
the school board is compelled by
law to do?
There is a saying about what
is good for the goose and the gan-
Commissioners instead take
the same stance point fingers
everywhere but the mirror and in-
flict pain only on others.
None of this touches on the
city of Port St. Joe, which is in a
state of turmoil over its finances,
stretched thiri on infrastructure
projects, well over budget on a
new water plant while passing on
costs to residents and businesses
and taking a page from the coun-
ty's book in the pointing-fingers
And like the county, the city
can, with a simple three-vote ma-
jority, assess any property or sales
tax it wishes without giving voters
any kind of say.
So the rules should change.
The school board is stuck with
the state as a budgeting partner,
but the county and municipalities
should by ordinance adopt a cap
for millage rates. For example,
the city of Destin, a charter gov-
ernment, caps its millage rate at
Yes, property values are higher
in Destin, the mill brings in more
revenue, but it is an example of
fiscal responsibility.
That would serve two pur-
poses: to lessen the onerous tax
burden on residents and small
businesses at a time of real crisis
and force elected officials to make
decisions based on genuine needs
instead of wants or special inter-
ests and surnames.
Such ordinances could bring
a new era of government as the
old era's expiration date has long
since passed.
And they would serve as the,
template for voters when the next
referendums, the ones that mat-
ter most, come before then the
election or re-election of county
and city officials.

She ain't waiting for the movie

I Cathy wants to go on a vaca-
tion. I told her, "We live in Flor-
ida!" I don't see how we can im-
prove on that! I invited her
to sit out on the back steps
and enjoy the sun slowly
sinking into the gulf. I vol-
unteered to take her out to
Indian Pass and watch the
tide roll in. We could stop
by Jim McNeil's store and
have a romantic fried scal-
lop sandwich on the way HUN
home. I offered to rent a
canoe... DO
She is talking a "real" Kesley
vacation. I was about to
suggest we could visit mother and
maybe take a tour of the McKen-
zie, Tennessee, downtown area
when she rather curtly avowed
that a trip "back home" was not
a vacation. She didn't even waver
when I pointed out they'd recently
planted some trees, built a new
gazebo and cleaned out the fish
pond on the square in McKenzie.'
Ye gads, she even mentioned
staying at a Bed and Breakfast! I
don't mind the 79 dollars for the
room; it's the 53 bucks I've got to
shell out for a poached egg and.
some whip cream that kills me!
And you know how those things
are always "within walking dis-
tance of the historic downtown
district." Yeah, right! We stayed
in one in Dahlonega, Georgia, a
while back. I had to change oil be-
fore I could get to the paved road.
The most important "amenities"
they had was the map to town and
the canteen of water!
I think Cathy is easing into her
second childhood! She is seriously
talking about a whole week! Com-
plete, I am told, with sight seeing
trips, quiet dinners with real table
cloths and guided tours "of quaint
homes and out of the way places".
Any time you have to pay a guy to
tell you where you are and what
you are looking at I'm thinking
you're just throwing good money
after bad!
She is "suggesting" places like
Albuquerque or San Francisco. I
was trying to talk her into Nash-
ville. "Hey, Hon, it's Music City,

USA! They've got a fairgrounds
and a museum. I'll take you on a
riverboat ride down the Cumber-



land River. I think there
is a Civil War battle site
around there somewhere.
We could take a tour of
Webb Pierce's guitar
shaped swimming pool.
And the old Grand Ole
Opry building is on Fourth
Street. Plus, we could
stay at Leon's house. It
wouldn't cost us a thing.
Paula can make pancakes
and a sausage casserole
that's out of this world. We

can pretend it's a Bed and Break-
She didn't even consider it.
How about Memphis," I wasn't
going to just lay down on this one,
"we could walk along Beale Street.
I'll take you down to the Mississip-
pi River Park on Mud Island. We
can tour Graceland. I'll feed you
those dry barbeque ribs at Ren-
dezvous until your belly pops. If
we can find Sun Records on Union
Avenue I'll show you where Jerry
Lee, Conway, Elvis, Charlie, Carl,
Roy and the boys started. We, uh,
uh, could stay over at your sister's
house. I don't think Jo Blair will
mind. In fact, I know she won't if
we promise her all the ribs she
can eat."
I've got a cousin in Paducah
who owes me a favor. A "Bed and
Breakfast" visit might just square
it. "Cathy, you can't believe how
beautiful the Ohio River is from the
Kentucky side. And I'm pretty sure
Paducah has a restaurant with ta-
ble cloths. I think there was a Civil
War battle fought close by. I could
show you how high the water came
up during the big flood of '37.."
When did going to see your
folks stop being a vacation? Mom
and Dad took us to Granny's and it
was a vacation. We left our house.
Somebody else fed the animals
while we were gone. We spent the
night in a different bed. We took
a not so guided tour of the woods
and the big ditch behind their
house. Granny put a breakfast
spread in front of you that would

make your tongue smack the back
of your head! And she didn't need
to hide any of the taste with whip
cream! Dad wouldn't get on us
much in front of family. I'm telling
you, you can't have a much better
holiday than that!
I took Cathy to the cornbread
festival in South Pittsburg, Ten-
nessee. One year we went to see
Rock City. And we near 'bout got
lost in Mammoth Cave! We've
been to Uncle Clifford's just off
the Steadman Ridge Road. I took
her to Aunt Ruby Nell's house.
We have eaten a thousand times
at Uncle Womack's. We've only
missed a couple of the fall, festi-
vals up at the Mt. Zion Church.
I tell you, I'm about vacationed
out! Folks, I'm fighting an
uphill battle here. And both feet
and one hand have done slipped
off the rocks!
Aren't we in a depression? And
a war? It seems like, historically,
travel restrictions have been put
in place when those state of af-
fairs are present. For the sake
of the country we might ought to
stay home until things get better. I
would certainly hate to be seen as
unpatriotic at this precipitous time
in American history. We should be
rallying around the flag, guarding
the home front, asking what we
can do for our country, realizing
that the only thing we have to fear
is fear itself.. We shouldn't have to
fear an over priced and over zeal-
ous trail guide "informing" us it
might 6e dangerous if we fall over
the rim of the Grand Canyon!
I have explained very ratio-
nally and most emphatically that
instead of going to the Washing-
ton Monument, Hoover Dam or
the Shedd Aquarium, we could
just wait until the movie came out.
I thought that was pretty clever.
Cathy didn't!
I wonder if you can get a
little dab of whip cream on your
cornbread at the La Siesta B & B
in Del Rio, Texas.
I will ask.


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A5 I The Star Letters

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Gulf County readers speak on school referendum

Schools best
bang for buck,
Dear Editor,
In Gulf County we
are lucky to have a great
school system. Our chil-
dren receive a quality
education in an intimate
setting in which every
student has the opportu-
nity to interact with their
teachers in a one-on-one
manner. With the small
student-to-teacher ratio
that we, enjoy, students
know they are more than
just a faceless number in.
a crowd. The teachers
in this system know each
and every child by name,
and instructors are able
to provide individual help
to students in need of ad-
ditional aid.
Our small schools also
provide every student an
opportunity to participate
in extra-curricular activi-
ties. Whether your child
is interested in the band,
a service organization
or an athletic team, our
schools have an activity to
enhance his or her educa-
tion. Children learn social
skills, goal setting, team-
work, dedication, and the
importance of a strong
work ethic from clubs and
sports. A well-rounded
extra-curricular program
is an integral part of a
child's overall learning
In truth, we have the
optimum educational situ-
ation. According to nation-
,al statistics the average
public high school in the
United States has an en-
rollment of approximately
800 students while the av-
erage private high school
has a student population
of 300. We are fortunate
to provide our students
with a private school type
environment at the cost
of'a public school. Why
is this important? Well,
research also informs us
that educational quality
lessens significantly in a
large school, while vio-
lence escalates. In fact, 95
percent of all serious vio-
lence (drug activity, gang
fights, assault and bat-
teries, rape, murder, etc.)
occur in schools with over
500 students. As a par-
ent with three children in
. Gulf County's educational
system, this information
certainly concerns me
and demonstrates that it
is imperative we maintain
our excellent schools.
We are truly blessed in
Gulf County and now we
must work to preserve our
schools and educational
programs for those who
depend on them most -
our children. I urge every
citizen in our wonderful
county to support the one
mill levy for our schools.
Each one of us can be se-
cure in the knowledge that
this is an investment in
our students, our schools
and our county. Every
dime of this money goes

directly to Gu
schools (unlike
es, it will not bi
state to dole o
nate counties)
preserve and
education tha
receive. At a
than a quarter
the average la
Gulf County (
than that in
dryer every d
"best bang for
available. E
the backbone
ety and our
therefore I en
Gulf Countians
to protecting
and our childr

Vote 'no'
tax inc
Dear Edito:
The Ameri
ery and Reinv
of 2009 provide
specifically fo
according to
and $300 mill
is for teacher
also provides
al $100 million
lunch program
Hunger Assist
sion. Because
available to e
feel Gulf Cou
should not be
additional mill
Mr. Wilder
Oct. 9, 2008'is
Star, "Our firs
get our feet
and reward o
ees." In the Ja
of The Star
"The hope is
teacher, salary
efits should t
dum pass." It
the referendum
ily to give teac
Since the fed
package incl
million for sa
our property t
same purpose
if the federal
were not provi
ucation bailout
severe econo
tions in our co
it untimely b
raising taxes
salaries or an
son. Many w(
laid off from th
families are h
clare bankru
others face 1
home. Some
suggest this
downturn may
more years cr
serious probli
tend with, not
the enormous
on all of us to i
trillions in bai
I urge vot
"No" on the
property tax
schools. We a
we should
schools and ot

ilf County's
e other tax-
e sent to the
out to alter-
) anrl it ill

ments to do the same.
Elinor Cunningham

enhance the Nothing is easy
t our youth Dear Editor:
cost of less In the next few weeks
;r a day for we will all have to make
nd owner in a choice about whether
I lose more to vote for or against the
the clothes new school tax. I intend to
ay) it is the vote for the school tax.
Sour buck" I don't have children
education is in this school system any-
of our soci- more. I don't like paying
community; taxes. I believe that there
courage all is waste in the system that
s to vote yes could be eliminated in the
our schools best of all possible worlds.
en. I challenge anyone to
show me a single organi-
Jay Bidwell zation, public or private,
Wewahitchka without waste.
I want to remind ev-
Sschool eryone that not long ago
on Stcl0 Mr. Wilder, and
rease board, cut our tax rate at
a time when they felt that
r. they had adequate fund-
estmcan Recov- ing. We are not likely to
estment Act ever find a more fiscally
es $92 billion responsible group to man-
r education age our school budget.
Wikipedia Facing state budget cuts
ion of that and tax revenue shortfalls
-salarietIon these same officials are
anfor the fiee now asking for our sup-
Sfonder the port .
n under the As in all else in this
tance provi- life, in the end we will get
of this new exactly what we pay for.
being mnade We can give our children
education, Ia second rate education
nty schools because we are unwilling
e given the to pay for a competitive
in tax. education. Our children'
said in the willbe unable to compete.
issue of The our GDP will drop, and
st goal is to the' government will be
comfortable. unable to fund our own
our employ- social security when the
in. 15 edition time comes.
Wilder said, Remember that your
to address mother always told you
y and ben- that nothing worth do-
the referen- ing was ever easy? You
seems that choose.
m is primar- Thomas L. Curry
hers raises. Port St. Joe
1-_1 ^..,. Port St. Joe

eral bailout
ludes $300
salaries it is
to increase
taxes for the
e. But even
ding this ed-
At, I feel the
nmic condi-
unty makes
to consider
for teacher
y other rea-
orkers .were
heir jobs and
having to de-
iptcy, while
losing their
y last five or
eating more
ems to con-
to mention
tax burden
)ay for these
ters to vote
K. levy for
re all in the
g mode and
expect our
other govern-


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Community support
Dear Editor,
This weekend, I had an
opportunity to visit with
many residents of Port St.
Joe in an effort to explain
the reasons for our school
system needing the sup-
port of the taxpayers of
this county.
Initially, I was afraid
that people would be very
angry and not willing to
listen, but what I found
was quite the contrary.
As a teacher and a
mother of three (all of
whom are in school), I was
overwhelmed by the posi-
tive response from those
that I met, young and old.
By the end of the day, I
-was nearly in tears and
reminded once again of
just how great the people
of this community really
are. I was reminded of
how Gulf County rallies to
the aid of its children and
families in times of need.
I remembered how Gulf
County, though small in
its amenities, is wealthy
in its integrity and willing-
ness to help...even when
it might be a little pain-
ful. I was reminded of how
blessed I am to be able
to raise my children in a
community where I know
they are being watched
over by other parents, and
how their teachers and
coaches love them enough
to call or come by when
there might be a problem.
It is this spirit that I
believe, will rise to the oc-
And even with some
reluctance and disagree-
ment with paying more
taxes, will give from their
hearts, the vote' that will
allow us to maintain our
quality of education and
to preserve the character
of this community.
I challenge the people
of this county;to consider

the words of
Obama (whet
voted for him o
recently said, '
the town is bu
erybody needs
a hose." The
of this county
of'us to help p
fire! Please co
children as you
vote before Mai
"yes" will be a v

No price t
Dear Editor:
As a comir
country we are
ficult times wit]
omy in such a
is today. Within
we are faced %\
sion that shou
taken lightly. Ti
referendum th
voted upon Ma
determine thed
our school system
As a junior
Wewahitchka H
I am grateful fo
class sizes ar
one time that v
to obtain from
ers when need
students, are
cious and bless
a school system
such an enviro
ing able to conu
and better my
with the help of
rounded, deter
highly educat
ers is an honor
we have paths
a brighter futi
that if the one
passed, all the
es we have in
system will no
Our school i
because of
alone; the extra
activities are
recognition as
one mill is n
these activities
budget cuts, a
These activities
dents to push
to new levels,
turn, experien
wards that har
fer. It is remark
where determi
dedication gets
So when it c
for you to put
vote, please ke
that you cannot
tag on educati(
your vote dete
future of our
tem. All I can as
Gulf County cit
yes to the on
"Save Our Sch<

President my Reserve Squadron.
their you We were training with
Af not) who Navy Seals and Australian
'And when SAS. Before the month
rning...ev- was out, I was activated
to grab and shortly after that was
students deployed to Afghanistan.
need all Over the next two years,
ut out this I spent a lot of time flying
insider the in Afghanistan and Iraq.
cast your After my two-year activa-
rch 17th. A tion, I found myself at one
'ote for our of those crossroads in life.
I could return to my old
Sissy Godwin job or go to college and
Port St. Joe become a teacher. I chose
the hard way out I went to
tag on In December 2006, I
ion graduated from Florida
State University. I missed
graduating with honors by
vanity and a fraction. I received a C in
facing dif- one class because I was on
h the econ- temporary duty with the
shape as it Reserves and was unable
our county to turn in one assignment.
lth a deci- In July of 2007 after re-'
lhed not be turning from another de-
t onwill be ployment to Afghanistan,
at wl be m rn dream came true, Ms.
rchection of Lori Price hired me to
reaction o teach at Wewahitchka El-,
em. ementarv School. I have
attending been blessed to teach
gh School at WES as both an ESE
r the small Znd a General Education
rd one-on a
we are able' teacher over the last year
our teach- and a half.
our teach- as This year I have been
so auspi- honored by being selected
;ed to have the Citizenship Educa-
ithat offers lion Teacher of the Year
nment. Be- K-5 level by the Depart-
e to school ment of Florida, Veterans
education of Foreign Wars, a state
such well level award. I will also
mined, and. receive the teacher of the
ed teach- year award from the Tu-
* Ev erdach pelo Lodge No. 289 of the
opened t F&AM on Feb. 23.
ure. I fear This year in my class we
mill is not are studying birds in depth
advantag- due to a generous grant I
our school received from the Florida
longer be Ornithological Society.
Their gift has enabled me
s not great to, purchase binoculars
academics and field guides that I am
i-curricular using in my science les-
well worth sons. I am also planning
well. If the a hands-on science and
Rot passed social studies integrated
s will face unit covering Terra Preta,
nd may be the dark fertile soil that
altogether. the indigenous people of
s allon stu- the Amazon made from

and in re-
ce the re-
d work and
have to of-
kable to see
nation and
comes time
forth your.
'ep in mind
tput a price
on and that
rmines the
school sys-
sk is that all
tizens, vote
e mill and

Candance Griffin

My history and
future in education
Dear Editor:
After leaving active
duty and joining the Air
Force Reserves, I started
working in construction as
an electrician (thank you
to Ernie Hardin for giv-
ing me a job when I came
home in 1992). Over time
as an electrician, I ended
up working in schools
installing computer net-
works. From 1996 to 2001,
I worked in schools all
over the panhandle from
Pensacola to Tallahassee.
These jobs lasted from
a few hours to several
months. During these
years working in schools
as a contractor, I slowly
began to realize that I was
not where I needed to be.
I realized that I needed to
be in the classroom, teach-
ing, making a difference in
the lives of our children.
When September 11
happened, I was in Austra-
lia on temporary duty with

around 500 B.C. until 1500
This may all end on
March 20. I am on the list
of teachers to be laid-off if
the Save Our Schools ref-
erendum is not approved.
Once again, I am at a
cross road in life. Due to
the financial crisis, schools
all over Florida are lay-
ing-off teachers. If the
referendum is not passed,
I will probably not be able
to teach. I will have to find
another career.
John Huft

Support our schools
Dear Editor:
It is a proven fact that
smaller schools succeed
more than larger schools
because of the one-on-
one contact students re-
ceive from the teachers.
A "YES" vote to
mill referendum is a vote
to keep classes smaller,
which will benefit both the
students and the teach-
ers. Additionally, the extra
funds will help maintain
our extra curricular ac-
tivities. Without the ex-
tracurricular activities
like sports, clubs, band,
etc. our community is just
asking for more of our stu-
dents to get involved with
drugs, violence, and other
such activities.
As I said before, without
your vote, teachers, aides,
extra curricular activities,
field trips, and classes will
be cut. Elective classes
such as carpentry, music
appreciation, T.V produc-
tions, sewing, food prep,
etc. may all be eliminated.
Without classes such as
these, students will not
have the variety of courses
needed to prepare them
for life after high school.
Your vote counts! Vote
yes and make a difference
in our county. Help to
make Gulf County Schools
better for our students!
Ariel Kemp

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The City of Port St. Joe is organizing teams for
a Coed Adult Volleyball League playing at the
Washington Recreation Gym. Games will be
played on Monday nights starting March 2, 2009
from 6:30 9:30 PM. Registration forms may be
picked up City Hall or Public Works Department.

If you are interested or need more information,
please contact:
Mike Lacour @ (850) 774-6446
Charles Gathers @ (850) 340-1861

Thank you,
Recreation Department


Thursday, February 26, 2009


A6 I The Star

COMMISSION from page Al

concerning the integrated
and restated WindMark
Beach Development Order
passed 5-0, with the sec-
ond reading and adoption
scheduled for the next city
commission meeting on
March 3.
Also passed was the ac-
companying ordinance,
read for the first time,
amending the future land
use element for the city's
comprehensive plan, per-
taining to the WindMark
Development of Regional
Impact (DRI).
Commissioner Rex

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Buzzett told the board they
had talked about city man-
ager Charlie Weston's new
contract in a recent work-
shop, but had not formally
ratified it, and asked that it
be added to the next meet-
ing agenda.
Weston finished his first
year as city manager Jan.
10, at a salary of $70,000.
After receiving a let-
ter from owners of a new
restaurant opening in St.
Joe Beach, the city decided
to review its policy on new
Water and sewer hookups
for commercial establish-
The letter stated that
the charges were excessive
and cost prohibitive for a
new business.
Jim Anderson, who
handles water billing for
the city, was tasked with re-

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searching other cities' poli-
cies for businesses tapping
into utility lines, and then
presenting a workshop for
the board.
Buzzett reiterated
his idea from several past
meetings of selling water to
Mexico Beach.
Magidson referenced
Bay County's recent publi-
cized concern about Deer-
point Lake in north Bay
County, from which Mexico
Beach receives its water.
The concern is over salt
water intrusion into the
lake from heavy use of the
lake as a municipal water
Gena Johnson, of Preble
Rish, the city's engineer-
ing firm of record, said one
main water line from Gulf
County into Mexico Beach
was not the correct size to
handle the necessary flow
of water and would require
work before it was possible
to pump water from Port St.
Joe to Mexico Beach.
Magidson asked Weston
where in the process of be-
ing able to offer water to
Mexico Beach was Port St.
Joe. Weston replied, "We
haven't gotten there yet."
The new water plant, he
said, was due to come on-
line April 1 and he "wanted
to pull key players in at the


Construction related to improvements in the Palm Boulevard
infrastructure basin and the related overhaul of the 16th Street lift
station will begin to impact traffic beginning this week. Working in
phases, construction crews will close Monument Avenue to all but
necessary local traffic this week, according to an employee at the
Public Works Department. City manager Charlie Weston said the
avenue would be closed to through traffic until late Monday.

end of March and look at a
long term vision first. We're
quite a ways from being able
to do that," he concluded.
Magisdon replied that
since it was the idea of the
Northwest Water Manage-
ment District for Port St.
Joe to become a regional
water supplier, the the dis-
trict may pay'for the neces-
sary work or provide grant
money to make it happen.
John Grantland, the
city's Public Works director,
presented a list of costs and
savings to the city on the
completed Highland View
sewer project. According
to Grantland, the city saved
just over $146,000 from the
original estimate.
The board unanimous-
ly approved a proposal from
Gulf Asphalt Company,

(GAC) to fill all the potholes
around the city, using road
bond money.
Weston said the city
should not cut itself short
in any other place where
road bond dollars had been
promised, but the consen-
sus was that the arrange-
ment would not take road
bond money from some
other project.
Weston, Davis and rep-
resentatives from Preble
Rish met recently in Pen-
sacola with the Florida De-
partment of Erivironmental
Protection to discuss the
city's consent order re-
The city requested a one-
year extension to complete
the obligations detailed in
the, consent order issued
several years ago. The de-

lay is needed, the city said,
because of an unexpected
survey required by U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service
which will not occur until
March of this year.
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written clearance from the
biological assessment and
survey for the project site
and must meet any concur-
rence requirements noted
in the survey prior to ad-
vertising for bids on the
project. ,
At that point the city can
go out to bid on the new
headworks .and sprayfields
project that will allow the
city to switch to a land ap-
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water treatment and dis-
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As the largest, slice of
the pie the state allows the
district there is little to no
local control over funding
at the local level, hence the
referendum the workforce
would feel the most signifi-
cant impacts.
And the district faces the
prospect of not being able to
make payroll by April or May
should the levy. not pass,
meaning jobs will have to be
shed post haste.
"That was a decision the
board made last year when
they expended reserves
to keep people employed,"
Wilder noted.
Whether the levy passes
or not there will be changes.
The district office, which
would take a "huge hit" if the
levy fails, is likely to restruc-
tured regardless, Wilder
said, noting that despite in-
formation floating around
the community there are
just four employees on the
administrative payroll at the
district office.
That includes Wilder,
who took a 2 percent pay cut
after school board members
chose last month to cut their
pay by 10 percent per month
through the rest of the fiscal

year. Others in the district
office have followed suit.
Wilder said he and board
members would examine
cutting about $500,000 from
the budget if the levy pass-
"There are areas we can
cut," Wilder said, noting
class sizes in the high school
that would allow for subtrac-
tion of employees through
attrition. "We have lost a,
lot of kids over the past few
years. We have to keep up
with that."
There are two variables
that impact the thinking
and forecasting of district
officials. The first is the fed-
eral .stimulus plan recently
signed by President Obama.
That package contains
money for schools but the
benchmark for states to re-
ceive funding for schools
to be used for teachers and
salaries is a demonstration
that the state has increased
funding for education since
2005. That is not the case in
Florida, Nevada and Cali-
fornia, so it is unclear what
if any dollars any district
in Florida will receive for
teacher pay and salaries.
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also includes money for in-
frastructure for schools, but
the district has been levy-
ing far under the maximum
2 mills for capital outlay for
years because they have the
requisite buildings in place.
There will be benefits for
Title I schools those with
a majority of students on
free or reduced lunch and
for students with disabilities,
but teachers and salaries,
that is unclear.
The other variable is the,
Florida Legislature and Gov,.
Charlie Crist. Crist's bud-
get would have the district
losing 3.8 percent, or about
$250,000, in funding next fis-
cal year after cuts from Tal-
lahassee in October, Decem-
ber and January..
However, districts have'
been cautioned that after
state lawmakers are through
with the budget, education
funding in Gulf County and
other districts could fall by
as much as 12-15 percent,
or over $2 million. "How do
you budget for that?" Wilder
wondered about the wildly
differing projections..
The second and' third
scenarios Wilder will put to
the school board next month

in the event the levy does not
pass are based on the vary-
ing projections from Talla-
What Wilder has learned
during his weeks of forums
and. presentations to civic
organizations, city and coun-
ty commissions and others
around the county is that
the district has done its best
to be transparent about its
financial woes and limited
He has also gained con-
siderable empathy, he said,
for the difficult economic
times folks -are enduring
around the county.
"I just want to get the in-
formation out that this point,
that's all I want to do," Wild-
er said. "This is a tough time,
but we have been good stew-
ards of taxpayer money.
"I hope it is only a four-
year tax. I hope we can sun-
setitinfouryears. Ifwe could
do a sales tax, which would
have everybody paying, we
would have taken this off the
ballot but we can't.
"We are underdogs on
this one, no doubt about it.
But our county has always
supported us in the past and
I hope they will again."

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Thursday, February 26, 2009


The Star I A7

Prevention coalition to unveil social marketing campaign

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
The Gulf County Pre-
vention Coalition will seek
to gain the community's
support for a new social
marketing campaign dur-
ing a public meeting next
The coalition, funded by
a grant from the Florida
Department of Children
and Families, has been
examining county under-
age drinking and drug
abuse for nearly two
After conducting nu-
merous focus groups and
surveys, the coalition has

found that area youths
frequently obtain alcohol
and illegal drugs from par-
ents and friends over the
age of 21.
The "Be the Wall" social
marketing campaign solic-
its the support of parents
and adults in combating
the epidemic of underage
Developed in Charlotte
County, the campaign uti-
lizes television and radio
advertising, posters and
educational programs for
adults and students.
Carly Pickels, who co-
ordinates the coalition's ef-
forts under the Substance

The Gulf County Prevention Coalition community meet-
ing will be Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Centennial
Building in Port St. Joe.
For a preview of the "Be the Wall" social marketing
campaign, visit

Abuse Response Guide
grant (SARG), saidthe cam-
paign has proven results in
reducing underage drink-
It is also fully funded
under the existing SARG
Pickels will provide
an in-depth presentation
on the campaign at next

Thursday's meeting, and
also explore other potential
funding sources, including
a $125,000 Drug Free Com-
munities grant.
During the coalition's
last advisory committee
meeting, members de-
cided to hold a coalition
logo contest, with area
students asked to design

a new logo for use on all
coalition correspondence,
banners, etc.
The coalition will an-
nounce the winner at next
Thursday night's meeting.
All students in atten-
dance will earn communi-
ty service hours, and those
bringing a parent will qual-
ify for scholarship points.
A representative from
the state department
of Alcoholic Beverage
and Tobacco will also
address alcohol sales
regulations, and members
of other area prevention
efforts will provide infor-
mation on tobacco use and

teenage pregnancy.
Pickels said the coali-
tion plans to keep admin-
istrative tasks, such as in-
troducing new bylaws, to a
minimum. She expects the
meeting to last only around
an hour.
The coalition has held
regular advisory commit-
tee meetings during the
last few months, and looks
forward to sharing its ideas
with the community.
"The reason we
have these big commu-
nity meetings is to learn
from the community and
get their input," Pickels


Public Notice
Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement

Special Master
City of Port St.

for the
Joe will

Joe Rentfro, representing The St. Joe Community Foundation, presents Hiram Nix, representing the Christian
Community Development Fund, with a check for $2,500 to assist with home rehabilitation and repair
projects undertaken each year by the CCDF.

be holding Code Enforce-
ment Hearings on Thurs-
day, March 12, 2009, at
6:30 p.m., E.T. in the City
Commission Chambers at
City Hall, Located at 305
Cecil G. Costin, Jr. Blvd.

All persons are invited to
attend these meetings .[Any
person who decides to ap-
peal any decision made by
the Special Master with
respect to any matter con-
sidered at said meeting
will need a record of the
proceedings and for such
purpose may need to en-
sure that a verbatim record
of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the

testimony and


upon which the appeal is
to be based. The Board of
City Commission of the
City of Port St. Joe, Florida
will not provide a verbatim
record of the meeting.]


sons needing special


commodations to partici-

pate in

this proceedings

s, City


City of Port St. Joe, at City
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(850) 229-8261



Thursday. February 26, 2009

Tiger Shakrs get

ousted by Maclay

Star News Editor
A night of missed oppor-
tunities ended in tears for
Port St. Joe on Thursday.
Tallahassee Maclay
(19-7) controlled the tempo
with its mix of zone defens-
es, found plenty of offen-
sive room inside against(
the Tiger Sharks' soft man-
to-man and dominated the
boards for a 53-48 Region
1-2A quarterfinal victory.
The win sends the Ma-
rauders into a semifinal
matchup against District
4-2A rival Franklin County,
a victor over West Gadsden
on Thursday.
"We absolutely tried to
slow the game down," Ma-
clay coach Mike McGro-
tha said. "I told the kids in
practice, we hold them un-
der 50 points, we win.
"Not many teams come
into Port St. Joe and win.
Our players played hard
and with a lot of heart."
After a sluggish first
period as the teams tried
to find a rhythm, the Tiger
Sharks (22-6) ripped off an
8-0 run midway through
the second quarter to build
an 18-12 margin.

M-611 18 18_53
PSJ 8 11 14 15_48
3-pointers M: S. Roberts 2,
A.J. Roberts 2. PSJ: Pryor 3,
Clemons 2, Rom. Quinn 1; Total
fouls: M 13, 6 PSJ 16. Fouled
out: none.
M (53) S. Roberts 6 4-7 18,
Bruner 7 0-0 14, A.J. Roberts 4
2-412, McAlister 1 1-23, Gludice
0 4-4 4, Hettlnger 1 0-0 2, Wilson
0 0-1 0. Totals: 19 11-18 53.
PSJ (48) Romanm Quinn 4 4-5
13, Smith 0 0-0 0, Pryor 4 5-9 16,
W. Quinn 3 1-2 7, dClemons 3 0-0
8, F. Davis 2 0-0 4, Rock QuInn 0
0-0 0. Totals: 16 10-16 48.

The run was fueled
by junior forward Willie
Quinn, who hit two shots in
the paint and Fonda Davis,
who also scored twice in
close, once off a perfect as-
sist from Raheem Clemons
(eight points). '
At that point the Ma-
rauders asserted their size
advantage inside, closing
to 19-17 at intermission.
The close score belied
several factors working
against Port St. Joe.
The Tiger Sharks shot
under. 40 percent from the
field and combined that
with just two offensive re-
bounds in the game, one

Darrell Smith had four blocks and the lone offensive
rebound in the first half for the Tiger Sharks.

each per half. While Port
St. Joe forced six turn-
overs, it turned the ball
over five times.
And behind 6-foot-5 for-
ward Sam Bruner, Maclay
owned the paint on offense,
Bruner scoring 14 points
for the game while open-
ing the outside for Seth (18)
and A.J. (12) Roberts.
Seth Roberts scored
seven points, including
a key 3-pointer and A.J.
Roberts added five points,
punctuated by another
3-pointer seconds after
Seth's, during a 16-7 run
to open the second half
to give Maclay its largest
lead at 33-26 with just over
three minutes left in the
third period.
The Tiger Sharks tied
it at 37-all early in the final
period and inched ahead
40-39 a minute later, but
Seth Roberts scored the

next six points on a pair of
3-point plays, a shot from
behind the arc and an old-
fashioned drive-and-foul
and it was 45-42 with a Ittle
more than four minutes 1to
Port St. Joe climbed to
within one point seconds
later on a 3-point play
by Calvin Pryor who had a
team-high 16 points but
that would be as close as
the Marauders would allow
in what became a game of
"Should've, would've,
could've," Port St. Joe
coach Derek Kurnitsky
said. "We got out-rebound-
ed, we didn't make shots
and they did. We missed a
lot of shots.
"That one hfirt. They
are not the easy ones.
When you do this, there
is going to be some heart-

From staff reports
Behind strong pitch-
ing and timely hitting the
Port St. Joe High School baseball
team opened the regular season 2-1
last week.
On Tuesday, at home against
Franklin County, the Tiger Sharks
won 10-0 in six innings as Jacob
Thompson, who took the win, and Ja-
cob Gentry combined on a no-hitter.
Chris Cochran went 2 for 4 with 3

RBIs to pace the Port St. Joe attack.
The next day, Port
St. Joe traveled to Bay
High, losing 10-7 in nine
innings. Tyrone Dawson was the los-
ing pitcher in relief and Gentry was 3
for 4 with 2 RBIs.
On Saturday, Port St. Joe trav-
eled to Panama City Beach and beat
Arnold High School 16-7.
Thompson was the
winning pitcher to raise his record
to 2-0.

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Thompson helped his cause with
three hits and 2 RBIs.
Roman Quinn went 4 for 5 with
three RBIs.
The junior varsity squad lost 12-9.
Dylan Hester was 2 for 3 and Austin
Brake was 3 for 3 in the loss.
The Tiger Sharks play
at home at 1 p.m. this
Saturday against Tallahassee Flori-
da High. The junior varsity game will
follow immediately after the varsity

Dixie Softball final
registration, tryouts

Cost is $55 per
"I child; financial

aid available
From staff reports
The final registra-
tion and tryouts for the
Dixie Softball season
will be from 9 a.m. to
noon ET Feb. 28 at the
Tenth Street Ball
The cost is $55 per child
(financial assistance is
; Tryouts will be held
at noon ET Feb. 28.
i All girls playing soft-
ball must attend the try-
-. For more information,
W call Steve Brinkmeier at
i4 647-2938.

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umpires for the 2009
season. Pay is $25 per
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fea- Brinkmeier at 647-2938
ted for more information.

Cottondale ends Port

St. Joe regional run

Star News Editor
In a frenetic sprint to
the girls' state Class 2A
basketball semifinals on
Saturday night, visiting
Cottondale hit' the tape
But despite trailing by
10 points three times, the
last a 46-36 deficit with six
minutes remaining, the
Lady Tiger Sharks (21-9)
nearly made it a photo fin-
The Hornets (22-8) es-
caped with a 52-49 victory,
snapping Port St. Joe's 13-
game winning streak and
extending their season to
next Thursday in Lake-
land with a state title shot
on the line.
The final 2:42 was a
microcosm of the game.
Behind 48-41 the Lady
Tiger Sharks scored six
points in a row, all off three
buckets made possible by
turnovers, the last two by
steals, to pull to 48-47.
Shanae Dickens, who
had eight points including
two key 3-pointers in the
first half, hit both ends of
a one-and-one and Port
St. Joe's Kayla Parker an-
swered with a drive to the
Port St. Joe, which
forced 24 turnovers, in-
cluding 17 steals, stole the
ball as Cottondale futilely
tried to set up a half-court
offensive set, but Tayler
Byrd missed a lay-up for
the lead, one of two shots
in close the guard failed
to convert in the final min-
utes with the lead in the
Jakia Grimsley nailed
two free throws on the
other end and the victory
was assured after Port St.
Joe missed twice in close
as the clock melted away
the final seconds.
"It went the way I want-
ed it to go," said Port St.
Joe coach Kenny .Parker.
"They were out of gas, they
couldn't set up any offense,
but we missed a couple of
lay-ups we normally make
and gave up a couple we
usually don't give up.
"I have nothing but
praise for the way the girls
played hard. We played
hard but we didn't always
play smart. We sometimes
let the energy get to us and
didn't play calm and con-
trolled and focused."
Behind Kayla Parker

C-8 17 16 11 52
PSJ 16 4 18 3_49
3-pointers C: Dickens 2,
Paul 1, Ward 1, Forward 1. PSJ:
Byrd 1; Total fouls: C 13, PSJ 14.
PSJ: Whitley.
C (52) Wright 9 2-4 20, Paul 1
0-2 3, Forward 3 5-6 12, Dickens 2
2-2 8, Grlmsley 2 2-2 6, Ward 1 0-0
3-. Totals: 1811-16 52.
PSJ (49) Parker 6 0-0 12,
Clemmons 1 6-10 8, Johnson 2
1-2 5, Byrd 5 0-2 11, Larry 4 1-2
7, Lacour 1 0-0 2, Whitley 0 2-4 2.
Totals: 19 10-20 49.

(a team-high 12 points)
and Byrd (11 points)
the Lady Tiger
Sharks raced to an early
lead, closing the opening
period on a 9-0 run for a
16-8 lead.
But Port St. Joe had
zero field goals in the sec-
ond quarter, Dickens hit
her 3-pointers from the
corner and Shay Wright (a
game-high 20 points) found
open space underneath as
Cottondale closed the half
on an 8-0 run for a 25-20
lead at intermission.
Twice Cottondale
stretched the lead to 10
points early in the sec-
ond half and Port St. Joe
clawed back behind its
baseline-to-baseline press-
ing defense and speed, us-
ing four steals, two each by
Byrd and Mariah Johnson,
to fuel an 8-0 run to close
within four points.
The Lady Hornets fin-
ished the third period in
the midst of a 7--0 to again
stretch the lead to 10, but
a turnover and a steal by
Port St. Joe's Asia Whitley
helped pull Port St. Joe to
Port St. Joe'missed four
critical free throws and
Wright hit an easy bucket
inside to set up the wild
final minutes.
"I don't know that I've
been around a group of
girls with bigger hearts,"
said Cottondale coach Lau-
ra Holman. "Beyond all the
X's and O's and strategy,
that was the difference. Af-
ter the district tournament
they just made up their
minds they were going to
win (the region).
"The style they want-
ed to play is our style.
We wanted to take the
speed and athleticism
to them and turn the
game into a battle of
speed. We just came out in

Port St. Joe's pressure defense forced 24 turnovers,
including 17 steals.

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Port St. Joe starts baseball season on an up note against Franklin County






Thursday, February 26, 2009 www.starfl. com Page 9

Lady Sharks win Riseball Tournament


: *", -"7 .- .-

Kayla Minger blasts a first-inning home run to tie the
championship game against Mosley. Minger was named
MVP of the Riseball Tournament.

Minger, Gard-

ner help lead

team to victory

Star News Editor'
Kayla Minger crushed a solo
shot in the first inning to tie. the
game and Katie Gardner hit a
two-run laser to erase a One-run
deficit as the host Port St. Joe High
School softball team beat Mosley
3-2 to win the fourth annual Rise-
ball Classic last Saturday.
After allowing a Mosley run in
the top of the first inning, Minger,
who was 1 for 2 in the game, helped
her own cause by blasting a home
run over the left-field fence.
Mosley scored again in the
fourth to go up 2-1, but with Torie
Greer on base Gardner blasted a
home run that easily cleared the
left-field fence near the same spot
that Minger's blast had traveled
into the trees beyond.
Minger (4-0) was the winning
pitcher, striking out seven, walk-
ing one and allowing'two runs on
three hits in seven innings.
Greer and Strange also had

S- .

~. *., -,, -.'. -
Torie Greer was 2 for 3 'in the opening round against Cottondale
and was named to the all-tournament team.

hits against Mosley.
To reach the title game the
Lady Tiger Sharks edged Cotton-
dale 1-0 in a pitcher's duel.
Minger pitched sev-
en innings of shutout ball,
allowing two hits while
striking out 19, meaning
just two Cottondale outs were reg-
istered in the field.
Minger also provided Port St.
Joe's only run, hitting a sacrifice
fly that drove in pinch runner
Kristi Davis.

Greer was 2 for 3 and Minger,
Gardner, Strange and Jo Williams
each added a hit.
Mosley beat Blountstown 11-1
in the other first round game.
In the consolation game Blount-
stown beat Cottondale 6-0.
Port St. Joe placed Minger,
Greer, Strange, Gardner and An-
gela Canington on the all-tourna-
ment team. Minger was named
The Lady Tiger Sharks travel
to Sneads on Friday.

PSJ Middle School

baseball has mixed week

They won twice on the road, but not at home

Daniel House sixth at

state wrestling meet

.From staff reports
The Port St. Joe Middle
School baseball team had a
busy but mixed week, win-
ning twice on the road while
dropping home games against

Tuesday, Feb. 17
Port St. Joe (A squad) 11,
Drew Lacour had a triple,
drove in three runs and scored
two as the visiting Tiger Sharks
won easily.
Lacour was 2 for 3, while
Javarri Beachum and
Austin Clayton were both 1 for
1. Beachum scored two runs
and Clayton drove in two.
Jackson Combs started and
went 3 1/3 innings, allowing
three hits and five runs, three
earned, while walking five and
striking out four.
Bryan Powel pitched the fi-
nal 12/3 inning, allowing no hits
or runs. while walking three and
striking out one.

Port St. Joe (B) 6,
Hosford 6
In a game that ended
because of a time limit, Riley
Burke paced the Tiger Shark of-
fense going 2 for 2 with a double,
triple and one run-scored.
Tyler Alford was 1 for 1 with
a double and run scored, Devin
Strickland was 1 for 1 with a
run scored and Vern Barth was

1 for 1.
Hunter Baumgardner
pitched three innings, allow-
ing six runs, three earned, on
five hits while walking one and
striking out two.

Thursday, Feb. 19
Blountstown (A) 8, Port St.
Joe 3
The Tiger Sharks were back
home but Blountstown proved
unwelcome guests as it emerged
with a pair of victories.
Jackson Combs and Tyler
Worley were both 2 for 3 with a
double and one RBI apiece to
lead Port St. Joe.
Tucker Smith was 1 for 3
with a double, two runs scored
and an RBI. Bryce Godwin was
1 for 1.
Tyler Worley started on the
mound and went 2 1/3 innings,
allowing six runs, -just one
earned, on five hits while strik-
ing out one.
Justin Cothran pitched
1/3 of an inning, allowing two
runs, neither of them earned,
while walking two and striking
out one.
Bryan Powell pitched
11/3 innings, allowing two hits
and striking out two and Bar-
rett Lake pitched the final in-
ning, allowing no runs while*
walking two.

Blountstown (B) 7, Port St.
Joe 3
Devin Strickland was 1 for

2 with a run scored to lead
Port St. Joe, while Coy
Burke and Vern Barth were
each 1 for 2.
Chase Nichols pitched a com-
plete game, allowing eight hits
and seven runs, two earned, in
five innings while striking out

Friday, Feb. 20
Port St. Joe (A) 8, ABC
School 4
The Tiger Sharks traveled
to the ABC Charter School in
Franklin County and came
away with a win.
Tyler Worley was. 2 for 2 with
an) RBI and three runs scored,
for Port St. Joe, while Dal-
las Burke was 2 for 3 with two
Tucker Smith was 1 for 3
with a run scored and two RBIs
and Bryan Powell was 1 for 2
with an RBI.
Barrett Lake and
Austin Clayton were each 1 for
Clayton started on the
mound and went four in-
nings, allowing four runs, two
earned, on two hits while
walking eight and striking out
Bryan Powell pitched the
final inning allowing no hits or
runs while striking out two.
Port St. Joe is at home
4 p.m. Thursday versus Tolar
Middle School and at 4 p.m.
Friday against Hosford.

Star News Editor
With the end of each season the
Wewahitchka High School wrestling
program takes another step forward.
Last year, in the third year of
Coach Todd Johnson's resurrection
of the team, the Gators placed their
first grappler, Daniel House, at the
state Class 1A meet in Lakeland.
This season, with just seven wres-
tlers on the team for much of the year,
Wewahitchka competed well at every
invitational meet the Gators entered
and by the end of the season hdd
qualified two wrestlers for the state
Class 1A meet this past weekend.
And House produced ,the first
state medal for a Wewahitchka wres-
tler. A senior, House, wrestling at 125,
finished sixth after going 3-3 and Ja-
cob Taylor, competing at 112 pounds,
did not place but ended his tourna-
ment with a 2-2 record.
House, battling the flu, lost in
the opening round when Tommy
McLaughlin of Lemon Bay pinned
him at 5:10, sending House into the
consolation bracket.
. House won three in a row over
the two day tournament to advance
to the consolation semifinals. House
registered a 14-2 majority decision
over Oscar Fernandez of Keystone
Heights in the first round of wrestle
backs and pinned Eddie Ryckman of
Jensen Beach at 2:43.
House followed that with another
decision, this time 6-4 over Michael
Burrus of Suwannee to reach medal
But there was McLaughlin again
and House fell 12-4 in the consolation

semifinals before losing the fifth-
place match to Jose Gomez of Immo-
kalee 14-7 to finish sixth.
House finishes the season 45-9.
"Daniel had' the flu and we
thought he should have been third
or fourth," Johnson said. "After that
first round, he was really upset, but
we kept his head up and pumped him
full of medication and he felt better
the second day.
"This was just his third year of
wrestling. Last year he made it to
state and this year he won a medal,
so that's pretty good."
Taylor was 1-1 in the main and
consolation brackets, falling one
match short of medal contention.
Taylor opened the tournament
by pinning Richard O'Connor a
region champions from Gulf at
3:13, but lost in the second round 10-
5 to Esteban Gomez Rivera of Belin
That loss knocked Taylor into the
consolation bracket where he won his
first match with a 17-6 majority deci-
sion over Jason Alpau of Doral Acad-
emy. However, Josh McLeod of Clay
took an 11-1 majority decision over
Taylor in the next round, bouncing
Taylor from the tourney. Taylor ends
the season with a record of 36-14.
. "Jacob is just a sophomore and
was one match away from a medal so
that shows promise for the future,"
Johnson said. "Both he and Daniel
wrestled well, we were just on the
wrong side of brackets in some spots.
I was happy with the way they both
wrestled. I wished we had done bet-
ter, but I was pleased with the way
they competed."

Wewahitchka Middle School baseball season starts

From staff reports
The Wewahitchka Mid-
dle School baseball team
is off and running for an-
other season.
The Gators opened
the season Feb. 3
when they hosted Tolar

Middle School.
In the "A" game, To-
lar won 15-4, with Clay
Sasser, Cole Harper
and Matthew Green
each singling for Wewahi-
The "B" game score
was closer as Tolar edged

the Gators 6-2, Tad Gaskin
leading the way for Wewa-
hitchka with two singles
and Bryan Harris adding
a single. ,
On Feb. 10, Wewahitch-
ka hosted and split a pair of
games with Hosford.
The visitors took the

"A" game 8-3, but the Ga-
tors' "B" squad won 12-8 as
Gaskin had two singles and
Weston Sarmiento, John
Belosic, Austin Bryan and
Harris all had singles.
Port St. Joe came to We-
wahitchka on Feb. 12 and
swept a pair of games.

The Tiger Sharks won
the "A" game 10-2, Clay.
Sasser singling for the Ga-
tors. Harris had a single in
the "B" game as Wewahi-
tchka fell 10-0.
Wewahitchka traveled
to Blountstown on Feb.
17 and lost 8-7 in a game

called in the bottom of the
sixth inning due to time
Brandon Price, Cole
Harper and Matthew
Green had two singles
each and Justin Haddock
and Sean Rice each had a

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Enter our Panhandle Peep Show diorama contest

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Some like their marshmallow Peeps with a

tall glass of milk.
We like ours in hunting
clothes, cruising up the river
and lounging on the beach.
At The Star, we've made it
our mission to liberate the icon-
ic Easter candies from their op-
pressive cellophane wrappers
and transport them to a more
pleasing environment.
Namely, the Florida Panhan-

L, To viev
and photc
last year's
Peep Sho'
visit our w

That's why we're pleased to
announce our second annual Panhandle Peep
Show Diorama Contest.
What's a diorama, you ask?
It's a scene depicting three-dimensional fig-
ures and objects against a painted or modeled
Now pick a familiar Panhandle scene and
substitute all human and animal characters for
Peeps, and you have the idea.
Last year's winning entries included surfing
Peeps, praying Peeps, camping Peeps even
Peeps stung repeatedly by honey bees.
We received over 20 entries, and are hoping
for more this year. "
The only rules are: all characters must be
Peeps and all scenes must depict some aspect
of Panhandle living. You can work in pairs,

teams or by yourself.
And please, don't take the "Peep Show" liter-
ally. This is a family newspaper.
Since most of our entries came from stu-
dents last year, we've reconfigured our catego-
ries to include more age groups:

w a video *14-18
o gallery of *19 and up
s Panhandle To encourage local
w dioramas, businesses to create di-
,ebsite, oramas depicting their / workplaces and employ-
Sees, we also have a special
Business category.,
Last year's winning
business entries portrayed dinner theatre at
the Fish House Restaurant and condo-building
by a local construction company.
We will award first, second and third places
in all categories.
Judges with base their decision on the diora-
ma's design, quality of execution, creativity and
resemblance to our area.
All dioramas must be returned, with entry
forms attached, to The Star office by 5 p.m. ET
on April 3.
The winning entries will be featured in our
April 9 edition and on our website.
We will display the dioramas in our office as
they arrive, so if you're in need of inspiration,
pay a visit.
Sponsorship and prize information will be
forthcoming, so stay tuned.

"P4i IOfficial Entry Form l
Telephone Number:

Category (check one):
Ages 6-9
Ages 10-13
Ages 14-18
__ Ages 19 and up
__ Business

Diorama Title:

Brief description:;

Tape the entry form to the back of the diorama and submit the finished work by 5 p.m. (ET) on
April 3 to:

The Star
135 W. Hwy. 98
Port City Shopping Center
Port St. Joe, FL 32457

The Times \
129 Commerce Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320

"Redneck Peep Club," a collaboration between Wewahitchka
High School students Lena McLemore, Kelly McLemore and Jessica
Messick, won Best in Show in last year's contest.

Harmon House auction provides expansion opportunity

By Marie Logan
Contribution Writer
An auction sign in a well-
known Mexico Beach yard has
certainly created a stir in the
past few weeks. Actually, it is
just another chapter in the tale
of Toucan's, the popular restau-
rant in Mexico Beach.
The well-known the
beachfront home of Barbara and
Bubba Harmon, owners of Har-
mon Realty and Harmon Heavy
Equipment in Mexico Beach.
Both the house and the privately
owned vacant lot between the
house and Toucan's will be in-
cluded in the March 12 auction
date set for Toucan's Restau-
"You wouldn't believe the sto-
ries Fve heard about why we're
selling," Bubba Harmon laughed
as he and Barbara explained why
they are including their house in
the auction.
According to the Harmons,
representatives of Roebuck Auc-
tions, the Destin company han-
dling the auction of Toucan's,
talked at length with them about
property values and the local
real estate market after listing

the restaurant as a client.
Barbara Harmon, a long-
time realtor in Mexico Beach,
said after the discussion .she
approached Vision Bank, which
had foreclosed on the vacant lot
in January, and proposed that
the bank and her family include

their parcels in the auction. The
bank was amenable to the idea,
she said.
It made sense to include the
entire strip of approximately 350
linear feet of beachfront proper-
ty in the auction, Harmon said,
because it would give the pur-

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chaser of Toucan's the ability to
"Since all the property is al-
ready zoned either tourist or
general commercial, having the
additional two lots would give the
new owner of Toucan's the abili-
ty to grow and expand," Harmon

explained. She cited the very
limited ability of the restaurant
to expand without the additional
property, plus the opportunity to
add a retail operation on the two
lots, even using the house as a
retail space.
"It the right time
to offer the lots Harmon said,
adding that the two properties
will be sold separately from
the restaurant, but in the same
March 12 auction. Money from
the sale of the two privately
owned properties will not be
combined with the money from
the sale of the restaurant prop-
erties, she emphasized.
"We think the sale of both our
house and the vacant lot will
be a wonderful addition to the
beach, in terms of an additional
commercial opportunity for the
town," the Harmons said.
The house and lot could still
be purchased by someone other
than the restaurant's new owner
and still used for single-family
dwellings, but not for condomini-
ums, they said.
The three properties are
scheduled to be sold at noon
Central Time on March 12 on the
restaurant premises.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Births, Weddings and ENGAGEMENTS



Danielle Shows and Alyssa and Jessica Davis .would
like to announce the engagement and forthcoming mar-
riage of their mother Lisa Renee Davis to Ralph Logan
Lisa is the daughter of Teresa and Stephen Burns and
the granddaughter of Ruby Hollingsuorth, a graduate of
Jonesboro High School in Joneboro, Georgia, and a resi-
dent of Gulf County for 13 years.
Logan is the son of Ralph and Ruthie Jamerson and
the grandson of Lewis Jamerson, a graduate of Wewahi-
tchka High School and a lifelong resident of Gulf County.
The ceremony will be held at 2p in. CT on Saturday,
March 14,12009 at Dead Lakes Park with a reception to
follow in the park.
The bride and groom request the presence of all
friends and family to share in this special moment with
them. For this is a union not just of two people, but of two
lives and all that each bring with them.
Life's journey is not meant to be traveled alone, for
it is those we meet along the way that makes us who we
No local invitations shall be sent.


Clay Bailey is offering a $100 reward for the return of his male Black Lab, Duke. Duke
is one year old and weighs about 100 pounds.
Duke was last seen near U.S. 98 between Port St. Joe and Apalachicola at 2 p.m. on
Sunday, Feb. 22. He may be injured. When last seen, he was wearing a collar and two
If you have any information about Duke, please call 850-653-9077.

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Pamela Walters and Billy Keigans
were united in marriage Feb. 9, 2009
by Tiffany Frank at 6 p.m. The wed-
ding took place at their home in St.
Joe Beach.
The maid of honor was Lauren
Sanfilippo and the best man was Lar-
ry Bateman.
The bride works at Duren's Piggly
Wiggly as a Meat Market assistant
and he groom is also employed at
Duren's Piggly Wiggly as Meat Mar-
ket manager.
After a brief trip to Daytona Beach,
the couple resides at St. Joe Beach.

Jonathan Edmond

Stripling, Jr. born

Jonathan Edmond was welcomed into the world on Jan.
8, 2009. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. Jonathan is the son
of Jonathan Stripling and Nina Clark. He has two big sisters,
Alyson and Claryssa. Jonathan is the grandson of Levon and
Peggy Stripling of White City and Jack and Elizabeth Terry of
1J Port St. Joe.

Library annual meeting

The Gulf County Library in Port St. Joe will hold its
annual meeting from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the
The guest speaker will be Beverly Mount-Douds who
will discuss her new book about Apalachicola. Everyone
is invited and welcome.
Regular library hours:
Monday -10 a.m. until 8 p.m. ET
Tuesday 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. ET
0 Thursday -10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET
SFriday -10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET
SSaturday -10 a.m. until 4 p.m. ET
Friends of the Library meetings are held at 5:30 p.m.
ET on the first Monday of each month. Friends of the
Library book sale is held 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the
third Saturday of every month.


The Watson Family would like to thank
our family, friends and community for the
generous support and donations made in
our time of need. We were overwhelmed
with your kindness, and how quickly the
community responded to our needs. We
are once again reminded how good it is to
live in a small town.
The Watson Family


Weddings V STUDIOS
Senior Portraits
Children & Babies
Call today and ask about our Engagement specials

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Sally Jenkins recognized for

work with Health Department



On Jan. 29 Ms. Sally Jenkins was presented with an award named
in her honor by the Saint Joseph Care of FL. Inc. Board (SJCF). SJCF
was created when the Gulf County Health Department obtained a
federally qualified health center grant and integrated a full service
primary care clinic into existing operations. Ms. Jenkins is an original
board member since 2001 and is an exceptional advocate for health
care services in the community. In the future, "The Sally Jenkins
Community Service Award" will be awarded to those in the community
who share her spirit in helping others and in doing so, improving
health outcomes in our county.
The plaque she was presented reads:,
Presented to: MS. SALLY JENKINS
For promoting and.improving health care in the community by volunteering
time to educate and facilitate assistance for those in need of health care services,
without thought of personal gain.
Thank you for making Gulf County a healthier, happier place to live..

Japanese Plum/Loquat Tree is

excellent for Florida landscapes

Loquat trees
make excellent ad-
ditions to Florida
landscapes. The
trees are well-
shaped evergreens
that are easy to care
for. During winter,
when many trees
are in a semi dor-
mant state, loquats
are in full bloom,

County Extension

with small, fragrant
white flowers. As spring
nears, loquat trees begin
to bear edible fruit.
If your home site would
benefit from one or more
flowering fruit trees, that
retain an attractive ap-
pearance year-round, plant
some loquats.
Loquat trees are rela-
tively small, reaching a
height of only 25 feet when
full grown. Their leaves
grow up to a foot long, and
have a fuzzy texture when
young becoming smooth
and waxy in color. Most lo-
quats bear fruit regularly,
and often quite heavily. A
five-year-old tree will pro-
duce about 100 pounds of
fruit in a typical year.
Loquats may be grown
in three ways from seeds,
rooted cuttings, and as
budded trees. They are
easy to grow from seeds,
but seedling trees are sat-
isfactory for ornamental
use, but may bear inferior
fruit, The best fruit comes
from loquats that are veg-
etatively propagated trees.
Two ways this is done in
Florida are shield budding
and grafting.
Loquats do best in sub-
tropical climates, but ma-
ture trees, can withstand
temperatures as low as 10

degrees Fahrenheit
without freeze dam-
age. However, the
blooms are easily
killed by frosts. So,
loquat trees grow-
ing in the colder,
northern areas of
our state usually do
not produce much
fruit, unless they're
protected from the

Loquats can be grown
on any type Florida soil, as
long as it's well drained and
free of salt. Loquats need
a good water supply to
produce good quality fruit.
But, this must be carefully
monitored. Never flood
a loquat with water. This
may cause damage to the
tree roots.
Loquats need some
fertilizer for best fruit pro-
duction. When the soil is
shallow, it's a good idea to
make three or four appli-
cations of fertilizer a year.
In deeper soil, one or two
annual applications are
adequate. Any common
8-8-8 or 10-10-10 analysis
with magnesium should
be adequate. \For specific
amount and application
dates, check with your gar-
den supply dealer, or coun-
ty extension agent.
Regular pruning of lo-
quat trees is not neces-
sary, because they have
naturally well-shaped,
symmetrical crown. How-
ever, occasional pruning
may be needed to remove

dead wood. Also, if you
notice that your loquat is
producing very small fruit,
pruning a few branches
may help increase fruit
size, by reducing the total
number of fruit clusters on
the tree.
To review briefly, loquat
trees make excellent ad-
ditions for Florida land-
scapes. And, they can be
grown in almost all areas
of our state. They'll grow
on nearly any well-drained,
salt free soil, they need a
good, but not excessive,
water supply; and, they
respond well to regular
fertilization and occasional
pruning. Loquats are ev-
ergreens. So, they'll give
your landscape a leafy look
in winter. And, loquats
bloom in midwinter, pro-
ducing unique, edible fruit
in the spring.
Two common problems
are fire blight and root rot
on wet soils. To reduce
fire blight problems pro-
vide good air circulation
and keep away from other
fire blight hosts, such as
pyracantha, pears, etc. If
leaves and stems blacken
from the top downward,
prune back one foot or
more into healthy wood.
Sterilize shears between
For more information
check the following web-
site or call the Gulf Coun-
ty Cooperative Extension
Service at 639-3200 or 229-

Alwas o lin

Humanities grant

awarded to

Forgotten Coast

Cultural Coalition
The Forgotten Coast Cul-
tural Coalition was recently
awarded a grant from the
Florida Humanities Council
to present- "Art as a Window
on Local Florida Heritage"
on Friday, May 15, from 2-4
p.m. EST at the Historic Cot-
ton Warehouse, on the cor-
ner of Avenue E and. Water
Street, in Apalachicola.
A panel discussion, re-
volving around the painting
"The Oyster Shuckers" by
Mitch Kolbe, will explore the
historical and contemporary
connection between the art-
ist and the milieu in which
he paints, how his work pro-
tects the unique relationship
between environment and
working traditions, such as
the Apalachicola oyster in-
dustry, and how such work
refines our perceptions of
the world in which we live.
The general public is wel-
comed to this free event,
which is part of the 2009
Florida's Forgotten Coast
Plein Air Invitational, The
Great Paint-out to be held
May 7-17, 2009 from Carra-
belle to Mexico Beach (www..
The Florida Humanities
Council is an independent,
non-profit organization and
is the state affiliate of the
National Endowment for the
Humanities. Each year, the
FHC funds hundreds of pub-
lic programs throughout the
state that explore Florida's
history, folklore, environ-
ment, literature, music, and
The Forgotten Coast Cul-
tural Coalition was among
numerous community or-
ganizations throughout the
state to receive a grant that
funds humanities programs.
For more information
about "Art as a Window on
Local Florida Heritage" con-
tact Leslie Fedota at 850/227-
For more information
about FHC grants, contact
Susan Lockwood, Grants
Director at 727/873-2011 or
email slockwood@flahum.

Shiitake mushroom
production workshop
The Gulf County Cooperative Ex-
tension Service will sponsor a Shiitake
Mushroom Production workshop to be
held Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Centen-
nial Building in Port St. Joe.
The workshop will start at 6:30 p.m.
ET. There will be a registration of $10
to cover cost of materials. Each partici-
pant will be able to carry an inoculated
log home. If possible please bring a por-
table drill and a 5/16 drill bit to expedite
the inoculation of your log. If you don't
have a drill please come anyway, we'll
provide you with a drill and drill bit.

Free tax preparation
The Gulf County Community Devel-
opment Corporation, through the VITA
program, offers free income tax prepa-
ration. Our concentration is for these
people who qualify for the Earned In-
come Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.
Please call 850-229-1477 for an ap-
pointment, or bring your W-2, Social
Security number or ITIN's for all fam-
ily members. If you desire a direct bank
deposit bring your checking/savings ac-
count number with the routing informa-
tion. The CDC is located at 401 Peters
Street, Port St. Joe.

'Senior financial survival
A free information workshop given
by Thornton Cole will be held at 11:30
a.m. ET on Monday, March 2, at the
Port St. Joe Senior Citizens Center. If
you are 55 or over you will want to at-
tend this workshop. Some of the topics
to be discussed are:
How to protect your assets from ill-
ness and nursing home without expen-
sive nursing home insurance;
How to guard your number one as-
set your home against nursing home
The rules and regulations in refer-
ence to gifting or transferring your as-
sets to heirs;
There are federal tax laws that will
legally enable you to avoid paying thou-
sands of dollars out of your pocket for
taxes, probate and nursing home costs.
You must find out these facts for your-
self. There is no admission charge and
nothing will be sold at this workshop.
For more information call 229-8466 and
ask for Debbie. ,

Gulf County 4-H livestock
judging team places high
On Feb. 20, Gulf County 4-H Live-
stock Judging Team participated in the
annual Swine Judging Competition in
Crawfordville, Wakulla County.

Swine are judged by weight category,
width and depth of muscle, and overall
balance. Participants judged four differ-
ent weight classes.
Gulf County had 5 teams participate
.by team scores. Team members were
also scored individually. There were
approximately 50 competitors from
several county 4-H groups within the
The Gulf County4-H Livestock Judg-
ing Team have been practicing hard to
get ready for upcoming competitions.
The results of the Swine Judging Com-
petition shows their hard work paid off.
Gulf County's Junior Judging Team
placed 2nd. Team members were Shawn
Elia, Victoria Lanter, Desiree Outlaw,
and Daniel Wymes. Eddie Hunter was
the High Junior Individual.
Gulf County's Intermediate Team
placed 3rd. Team members were Cal-,
vin Cuchens, Zackory Martin, Robin
Outlaw, and Tia Roney.
Gulf's Senior Judging team #2
placed 3rd. Team members were
Devante Baham, Quentin Carter, Victo-
. ria Rouse, and Shaquille. Alicia Allison
won High Senior Individual.
Gulf County's 4-H Livestock Judging
Teams will be competing again March
4, 2009 at the 65th West Florida Live-
stock Show in Gadsden County, Quincy,

Historical and archaeological
resources training
Training takes place March 4, 9:30
a.m. to 4 p.m. ET at St. Joseph Bay
State Preserve Center, presented by
Archaeologist III Kevin M. Porter, Flori-
da Bureau of Archaeological Research.
This free training seminar is designed
for county and municipal governmen-
tal administrators, land managers, and
Participants will learn about archae-
ological and historical resources, how
best to manage these resources, and
methods for promoting the resources
for the benefit of your county, city, or
Following the training workshop, the
ANERR-CTP staff will host a field trip
to a local site. Space is limited and re-
served on a first come first serve basis,
so register today! The workshop is Lim-
ited to 25 participant.
The Registration deadline is Feb.
The registration form is located at
gy/education/training/arm.cfm. Please
download, complete (noting HART
training choice), and submit to Kevin M.
Porter, Division of Historical Resources
at by email;
mail to 1001 de Soto Park Drive, Talla-
hassee, Florida, 32301; or Fax to 850 245
6452 by Feb. 24, 2009.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009


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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Use your

Do you have the power to
overcome evil?
Without the help of God, I'd say

If you have God watching over
you, you'll be safe wherever you go.
But you have to stay close enough
to God, to tell the bad from the good.
We need all the armor of God, to
resist evil as we should.
Satan has many darts, with which
at us to hurl.
But we have one greater in us,
than he who is in the world.
We have to be armored by Jesus,
and filled with His mighty power.
To be on guard against Satan,
each and every hour.
Paul says we're to pray in the
Spirit, even as he did in jail.
He'll not only help us endure, but
also help us prevail.
Billy Johnson


women in


The First Presby-
terian Church
of Iort St. Joe
is located at
508 Sixteenth
Street and
Sunday wor-
ship is at 10
a.m. ET. We
have a very active Presby-
terian 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 cur-
rently studying "Jubilee!, Luke's Gos-
pel for the Poor." Poor being defined
as those excluded because of gender,
age, economics, physical malady or
For the past two years we have
chosen to participate in Operation
Christmas Child (shoe boxes filled
with gifts) as our major world-wide
mission project. Our favorite local
mission project for the past two years
has, been a huge success. Working
through The Salvation Army's Do-
mestic 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 Co-
ordinator of the program and can be
'contacted at 229-2901 if you are inter-
ested in getting involved with a pro-
gram that serves a need in our own
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 would 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.

www. starf

The second annual Wom-
en's Fellowship Luncheon,
with a theme: "YES" To'
Change, will be held at 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 14,2009.
This event is for women
only. You're invited to be a
"special guest."
It's just the right occasion
for such a time as this. We
know that seasons and times
change, however; God's 16ve
for his children remains the
same and never change.
We as mighty Women of
God have been given the ulti-
mate ability to birth things in
the spirit. Now is the time for
us to symbolize together, join .

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The Christian CONSCIENCE

Ark evidence contradicts philosophy of Bible 'myth'

Due to the response received related
to the recent articles in the Star, about
Noah's Ark, we have posted on our Web
site,, a new
web page called, "Noah's Ark Has Been
If you read about an eye-witness, who
actually saw a piece of Noah's Ark, and
then saw a photo, that showed that same
piece, would you be convinced? What if
you read three eye-witness accounts -
each accompanied by its own companion
photo? That's what we put on our web
site, on that new page! The fact that this
information is not common knowledge,
all over the world, should tell you
The first, or highest piece of the Ark
(16,000 ft. in elevation) is almost on top
of the eastern summit of Mt. Ararat, in
eastern Turkey. This is the first piece
that was shown to Msgt. Ed Davis, by his
Kurdish friends in 1943. There is an area
between the two major summits of Mt.
Ararat called the "Saddle." That appears
to be where the Ark landed originally.
The second piece, that the Kurds
showed Ed Davis, was in a crevasse,
about 1000 ft. below the eastern summit.
That piece is significant, because it
contains an Ark piece with a great big
timber protruding from the side of the
Ark. Ed told Ray Anderson, a well-known
Ark searcher, to look for that piece on
the Ararat photos that he had in his
possession. It took a few years, but
Ray did find that piece, before passing
away in late 2006. That is the piece that
appeared in the Star a few weeks ago.
When. enlarged, it clearly shows an object
that is a complex, rectangular shaped,

Maybe it doesn't mean a
whole lot to you, but I can
guarantee that it will mean
a lot to your children, and
a lot of other young people,
who have gone to secular
schools, and been taught
that the Bible is just a book
of myths.

This is powerful evidence,
that the Bible contains a
lot more than myths.
man-made structure.
The third piece of Noah's Ark, is at an
elevation of about 14,000 ft., in or near,
the same crevasse as the second piece.
It was first spotted on a satellite photo
by two American researchers. In 1989,
they hired well-known Ararat guide, and
Turkish universityprofessor, Dr. Ahmet
Ali Arslan, to go with them to search for
that Ark piece. Due to Turkish military
regulations, only Arslan was permitted to
go to that location, and photograph that
piece from the ground. Arslan grew up \
at the base of Ararat, and has climbed
up near the top of the mountain many
times. He frequently guides people, who
are interested in finding the Ark. He was
amazed at what he encountered, and
then photographed. I have swapped a


Tickets are how available for sale by St. Joseph
Catholic Church for the annual St. Patrick's Day
Dinner. All tickets are $8, each and may be purchased
by calling Ann Jarosz at 229-1531, Charmaine Earley
at 229-8561, or the church office at 227-1417.
Please join us for a traditional Irish dinner of
corned beef and cabbage, carrots, potatoes, roll,
dessert and beverage. We will begin serving dinner at
5:00 p.m EST on Saturday, March 14.'You maydine
in with us at St. .Joseph's social hall located on 20th
Street or "take-out" if you desire. 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 will also
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 will help many
throughout our community. Please help us to have
another successful year!

number of e-mails with Dr. Arslan. He
saw that Ark piece with his own eyes,
and photographed it. He has declared on
cable TV in the US, and to me personally,
by e-mail, that this object is in fact Noah's
So, what does this mean to you? Well,
maybe it doesn't mean a whole lot to you,
but I can guarantee that it will mean a lot
to your children, and a lot of other young
people, who have gone to secular schools,
and been taught that the Bible is just a
book of myths. This is powerful evidence,
that the Bible contains a lot more than
This also means that-true history and
true science agree with the Bible, and
that the Bible needs to be taken seriously.
Jesus may very well be returning soon. It
makes sense to get your life in order now,
and get ready. Jesus, many times, and in
many ways, said, "Watch and be ready."
At the Mexico Beach Christian
Worship Center, we teach the whole
Bible, as recorded in the original
languages, not just a few verses about
being "saved." Our services begin, with
a time of greeting, and fellowship, at 9:30
Sunday AM CST. Worship begins at 9:45
AM. After the service, we have a pot luck
fellowship luncheon. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
We worship at the Mexico Beach Civic
Center on 105 N. 31st street, behind the
Beach Walk gift shop, just off U.S. 98, in
Mexico Beach, FL.

Pastor lim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center


Brethren Honored at
Philadelphia Primitive
The Philadelphia Primitive
Baptist Church congregation
will honor the brethren of the
church on the first Sunday in
March. The 11 a.m. worship
service will be highlighted
with a special message by
the Rev. Jerome Williams,
the pastor of the Mt. Calvary
Baptist Church in Panama
City. Elder Jessie Hawkins,
the pastor of Philadelphia
Primitive Baptist, cordially

invites everyone to come and
take part in this inspirational
and motivational observance.
The church is located at 261
Avenue D.

Friends and Family Day
The Carter Temple First
Born Church in Wewahitch-
ka will hold its Friends and
Family Day at 11:30 a.m. on
Sunday, March 1. Dinner will.
be served. Pastor Elder Brad
For more information call

hand in hand in unity and al-
low God to perfect us in this
highly Anointed Celebration.
So I ask, will you 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.
New Life Christian Center
504 6th Street, Port St. Joe,
phone number 850-229-7781
If you can't make it please
give us a call.

Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe

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

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

311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
SUNDAY: General Assembly 9:45 a.m. ET- Bible Study all ages 10 a.m. ET
Morning Worship 11 a.m. ET Evening Worship 6 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Choir Practice 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Kids for Christ 6 p.m. /Prayer Meeting & Youth Group 7 p.m.
"O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."
Please accept this invitation to join us in worship. God bless you!.
Please call as fir your spiritual needs.
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725
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C- a w 4 M teic eac
111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship ,
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Beach United Melhodisl (birth
NlgimIl POtIID
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office:'.648-8820


77[/ ST. JAMES'


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

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

J.I First Presbyterian Church
yNw g of Port St. Joe
508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
Reverend Ruth Hempel
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
d Sunday School 11:00 a.m.


Second annual women's

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

Thursday, February 26, 2009 www. Page B5

Coggins Clinic scheduled for Feb. 28 God Saw You
The Gulf County Coop- Call the Gulf Coun-
erative Extension Service ty Extension Office at Ruby Mae Baker, March dearly,,we could not make .:
will sponsor an Equine 850-639-3200 to be put 17, 1924-March 1, 2002 you stay.
Coggins Clinic on Feb. 28. on list for this clinic by God saw you getting A golden heart stopped 4 t', 11.
Dr. Carla Hubbard will Feb. 26. tired. beating, had working hands
administer the Coggins Anegative Coggins test And a cure was not to be. at rest. ** ...-.
test at 8 a.m. The cost is mandatory in Florida if So he put his arms God broke our hearts to i''"
for the clinic is $30 and is transporting horses. Ifyou around you and whispered, prove to us, he only.takes e! L
mainly for south of the end travel without a Coggins, "Come tome." the best.
Wewa, Port St. Joe and the you may face a hefty fine. With tearful eyes we Greatly loved and missed
general vicinity. This will A Coggins test should be watched you and saw you by children Jafar, Lorenza,
be the last clinic hosted. done on an annual basis. pass away. t Douglas, Arzator and hus-
And though we loved you band Luther


Roosevelt Beard Sr.

Sara Katherine Hayden

Carolyn Mae Mariolis

There is a time
for everything, a
season for every
purpose under
3:1 (NIV)
Beard, Sr. was
born in Poplar- ROOSEV
ville, Mississippi
on Sept. 31, 1931,
to the late Cleveland
Beard Sr. and Bernice
Beard. He and his family
later moved to Fort McCoy,
Fla., where he attended
school in Marion County,
Roosevelt (Bobby)
married the late Dorothy
Nell Faison Beard on
July 28, 1951. They moved
to Port St. Joe, Fla., in
1957. Bobby became em-
ployed with the City of
Port St. Joe, Fla., in 1957,
where he eventually
became one of the high-
est ranking managerial
employees as.the Superin-
He retired in 1998 after
40 years of dedicated ser-
vice. On Saturday evening,
Feb. 21, 2009, at 5:28 p.m.
EST., Bobby was called
home to eternity.
Bobby was preceded in
death by Derrick Alonzo
Beard (son) in January
.2008 and Dorothy Beard
(wife) in September 2001,
in which he leaves survi-
vors from this union that
will forever cherish his
memories, including six
sons: Roosevelt Beard, Jr.
(Yolanda), Terrell Beard
(Lesid), all of Sparr, Flori-
da, Herbert Beard (Simo-
na) of Port St. Joe, Florida,
Carl Beard of Panama City,

Fla., Leonard
of Ocala, Fla.,
and Timothy L.
Beard (Wendy)

Fla.; one
ELT BEARD Barrington
ELT BEARD (Arthur) of
Tallahassee, Fla.
Survivors further in-
clude Kimberly Jackson
six brothers: Cleveland
Beard of St. Petersburg,
Fla., Hodges Beard and
Curtis Beard (Debbie),
of Fort McCoy, Florida,
Elliot B4eard (Lentean)
of Reddick, Fla., Jackie
Beard (Ann) of Sparr,
Fla., and Julius Beard
(Janice) of Ocala, Fla.;
two sisters: Alice Thomas
of Newberry, Fla., and
Olivia Snow of Ocala,
Fla.; one aunt: Eleanor
Moffett of Wilma, Ala'.;
two brothers-in-law:
Reginald Faison (Alice),
of Ocala, Fla., and Alvin
Faison of Washington,
D.C.; two sisters-in-law:
Celestine Clinkscale and
Annie Pearl Bates, both of
Washington, D.C.; a special
friend and companion:
Phyllis Tolliver;.three
god-sons: Dexter
McDonald, Calvin Pryor,
Jr., Tierr6 Ash (T.J.); one
god-daughter: Dorothy
Govan; 25 grandchildren;
17 great grand children;
one great-great grand
child, a host of nieces,
nephews, in-laws,
cousins, and sorrowing
friends from the Port
St. Joe and Ocala, Fla.,

Sara Katherine Hayden,
29, of Port St. Joe, passed
away at her home in High-
land View on Feb. 19,2009,
at 6:30 a.m. ET because of
complications after an auto-
mobile accident occurring
eight years ago.
Sara was born Feb. 8,
1980, in Pinehurst, N.C., in
the Moore County Regional
Hospital to Linda Mangum
Welch. She attended Port St.
Joe High School and gradu-
ated in 1998. In high school,
she was recognized in Who's
Who Among American High
School Students. She worked
for St. Joseph Bay Country
Club before her accident in
Sara is survived by her
mother Linda Welch and
father Vicky Welch, her
grandfather Thomas

Mary Frances McInnis,
82, of Port St. Joe passed
away Tuesday, Feb. 17,
2009. She was born on
Nov. 10, 1926, in Monti-
cello, Utah. Her family
moved to Petal, MS where
she graduated high school.
Following graduation, she
attended a clerical finish-
ing school, and worked at
Camp Shelby. She married
James John McInnis II on
Aug. 9, 1947, and moved to
Gulf County, Fla., in 1957,
where she resided until
her death.
She was a retired
secretary with the Gulf
County School System and
a member of St. James
Episcopal Church. Before
her illness, she was an
active member of the, Port
St. Joe Historical Society,
Gulf County Garden Club,

Mangum, her sister Heather
Hayden.Bryant and husband
Michael Bryant, her brother
Thomas Hayden, her neph-
ews Gavyn Bryant and
Daegan Hayden as well as
numerous extended family
members. She was prede-
ceased by her grandmother
Katie Mangum.
A viewing was held from
4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22,
2009, at Comforter's Funeral
Home and again at 10 a.m.
before the funeral at 11 a.m.
Feb. 23 at the Highland View
Baptist Church.
Sara was loved for her
straightforward attitude on
life and her dedication to her
She had vibrancy in life
that even her passing can
not dull in the hearts of
those who loved her most.

Carolyn Mae Mariolis, 81,
the loving and devoted wife
of Theodore. (Teddy) N.
Mariolis, passed away on
Feb. 18,2009, quietly with
family and friends by her
side at The Bridge at Bay
St. Joe.
She is survived by her
loving husband of 53 years
and son Nicholas Theodore
Mariolis of California. The
Mariolises made their home
in Gulf Aire at St. Joe Beach
for the past nine years hav-
ing previously resided in .
Lanark Village and the Great
SmokyMountains of North
Carolina. Carolyn was born
in Baltimore city. She worked
in the research department
of John Hopkins University
Hospital for 10 years. She
also worked at Columbia
University Hospital where

she met Teddy 56 years ago.
. She had many hobbies, from
fishing and crabbing to quilt-
ing and painting. She loved
animals, especially manatee
and dogs.
She will be greatly missed
by all those' who knew and
loved her. Teddy and Carolyn
are members of the First
Methodist Church of Mexico
Beach. They are also mem-
bers of AARP and the Coun-
cil on Aging.
A memorial service will
be held at 3 p.m. CT on Sat-
urday, Feb. 28 at the First
Methodist church of Mexico
Beach followed by a recep-
tion in the Fellowship Hall.
The family has requested
in lieu of flowers please
contribute to "Save the
Manatee" or "St. Joseph Bay
Humane Society."

Mary Francis McMahan Mcinnis

to the Civand the
She was
an avid
MARY McMahaNNIS four broth-
to the Civil War.han, Max
She was preceded in
death by her parents, Wil-
liam Clark and Ruby Bax-
ter McMahan; four broth-
ers, Myles C.1McMahan,
John C. McMahan, Max
McMahan, and Billy D.
McMahan; a sister, Davie
Louise Keller; a daugh-
ter, Caroline Ann; and a
grandson, Eddie Chaplin.
She is survived by her
sons, James J. McInnis III

of Port St. Joe, and Gordon
M. McInnis and wife
Sherri, of Eufaula, Ala.,
Daughters, Nancy L.
Dadkhah-Zaitooni of
Glendale, Ariz., Mary C.
Chaplin and husband Ed
of Glendale, Ariz., Marga-
ret K. Ghaffari and hus-
band Hamid of Zan-Jan,
Iran, Ruby Louise Gainnie
and fiance Paul Formby
of Honeyville, Fla.; her
grandchildren, Allen
Dadkhah-Zaitooni, Angel
Renault, Justin, Jamie and.
Catey Chaplin, all of Glen-
dale, AZ, Nina and Parisa
Ghaffari of Zan-Jan, Iran,
Colt Walker McInnis of
Eufaula, Ala., Jason Ryan
Gainnie of Panama City;
and five great-grandchil-
Graveside services were
held Saturday, Feb. 21,2009,

at 11 a.m. EST at Holly Hilly
Cemetery with the Rev. Da-
vid Fernandez officiating.
Honorary pallbearers were
Alan Richardson, Jimmy
Gainnie, Paul Formby,
Mitch Burke, Chris Car-
penter, Zed Storey and Stan
Montney. Music was led by
Sissy Godwin. A viewing
was held Friday evening,
Feb. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at
Comforter Funeral Home
in Port St. Joe.
Those who wish m'ay
make donations to the Gulf
County Senior Citizens,
.120 Library Drive, Port
Saint Joe, FL 32456 or the
Oak Grove Assembly of
God Fishes and Loaves, P.
0. Box 967, Port Saint Joe,
FL 32457 in her memory.
All services are under
the direction of the Com-
forter Funeral Home.

Jesus is Lord and. He is waiting
tigblanb View aptist CQ utab
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.

S The friendly place to worship!

First Baptist Church
Located at 823 N. 15th St., Mexico Beach
Corner of 15th & California 648-5776
S Worship Sundays at 10:00 d.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

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

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

The Catholic Church
of Gulf County
SSt. 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 Blas Mission
1500 ft from State Park entrance at Cape San Bias
Saturday Mass 6:00 pm (ET)

Family Life

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

A Spirit Filled
Outreach Oriented
Word of Faith Church

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

Oak Grove Church
oio&,' /od, 'ooiny people, o je,',te OI f.f,/o
Come Grow With Us!

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

613 Madison St.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

t"Our Church can be your home"

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

Give unto the Lordffth glonj lsuet is nante, awotrship the Lord in the beauty of hofines.
Psalm 29:2

Sunday School, .... ......... .....10 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship ..............6 p.m.
Sunday Morning Worship ..........11 a.m. Wednesday Evening Service ........7 p.m.

., Fiirst 'Baptist Church
SJerome Barnes Interim Pastor
SB Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
t, wr 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

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

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


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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Motivational speaker to help students prepare for FCAT

By Emily Baxley
Be sure to pick up your
senior class T-shirt from
Mrs. Bernal's office.
Baby Advertisement
forms should be arriving in
the mail, so don't forget to
purchase one.
Senior trip payments

are still $50 and due on the
15th of each month. You
can also bring in photos
for the senior class bulle-
tin board and give them to
Brennis Bush.
Pay $20 dues to Chellsey

O'Neil or you can not at-
tend prom or graduate.
The Keyettes will be
holding a yard sale at 7 a.m.
March 14 to raise money
for the Taunton Children's

The Odyssey of the
Mind team has been pre-
paring to compete in the
Regional Tournament that
will be heldTMarch 28.
FCAT is approaching on
March 3-5. There is after-
school tutoring offered for
math and English; see the
office for more informa-

tion. On March 2, there will
be a motivational speaker
to get the students ready
for the tests.
Juniors or seniors who
are attending prom and
bringing a date outside of
the school, be sure to get
a permission slip from the
office and return it to Offi-
cer Strickland.

Do not forget to order
your yearbook; there will
not be any extras for sale
when they arrive.
You can pick up an or-
der form from the front
office, room 202, or pur-
chase online by going to
the high school Web
site at http://psjhs.gulf.kl2.


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Scoring a Level Five on any subtest of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment
Test is no small feat. The 22 students pictured here did just that on the 2008
exam. They were honored Feb. 18 at an awards ceremony and reception. Each
honoree received a certificate and a Toys R Us shopping spree. Students in
grades three, four and five each take tests in reading and mathematics. Students
in fourth grade take a writing test, and those in fifth grade are tested in science.
Statewide testing will resume March 3. The Department of Education has useful
information on its website to assist with FCAT performance. Parents and students
can view actual test items given on last year's test and are encouraged to visit


Wewahitchka Elementary School's fifth-grade class recently sponsored a good
old-fashioned sock hop. The event raised funds for their upcoming trip to Camp
Driftwood on St. Simon's Island, Ga. Students bopped and bounced to the hits
of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. Our WES 5th graders wish to thank all those that
made the project a big success. Pretty in their Poodle Skirts are Kyle and Kelsey


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S.W.A.T. (Students Working Against Tobacco) students from Wewahitchka High and Middle
* School lined up to witness the House of Horrors and Happiness Reality Show at the Panama City
Marine Institute.
Each year the Bay County Health Department and the Freedom 180 Abstinence Education
Program team up to show teenagers the reality of life and death consequences of irresponsible
activities and behaviors.
Several rooms were filled with actors, physically re-enacting dramatic, real-life scenes of chal-
lenges faced by teens, including: drugs, smoking, suicide, repercussions of sexual activity, and
gangs. The rooms were completely dark, the only light throughout the room was a black-light.
Fluorescent-painted statistics adorned the hallways.
The students learned that choices play a big part in your role in life. Bad choices lead to no-
where but when you make good decisions to remain abstinence from tobacco, drugs and alcohol
use then life can be pretty good.
We want to thank Bay County Health Department for inviting and including us in this great
Wewohitchka High School S.W.A.T.
Wewahitchka Middle School S.W.A.T.


Three of our Faith
Christian School students
won awards for papers
that they presented at
last week's meeting of the
Daughters of the Ameri-
can Revolution. Seventh-
grader Lexie McGhee and
eighth-grader Mary Cait-
lin Bouington won first
place in their grades. The
essay topic for this. year
was, "What message did
the Gettysburg Address
communicate to our war-
torn nation in 1863? How
are the ideals articulated
in the speech still relevant
for our country today?"
Grades 9-12 were given
the topic, "Discuss five
perils faced by Christopher
Columbus' expeditions)
and how Columbus and
his crew overcame them."
These may be natural
perils or perils brought
on by the task of leading
an expedition of several
ships and crew members
through uncharted waters.
Which of these same perils
continue to threaten ships
and how have advances
in technology changed
the way sailors cope with
these challenges today?
Our ninth-grader Trisha
Davidson took first place
in this category. Way to go
girls! We're proud of you!
Spring pictures were
taken last Friday. What
a great looking group of
boys and girls! We are so
proud of how cooperative
and polite you are. The
photographers took notice
of your good behavior.
Rev. and Mrs. Mike
Evans presented a song
and puppet program at
our chapel program Tues-
day, Feb. 3. Miss Janice
again became the charac-
ter of "Corky," the ador-
able, perky little puppet,
which seems to ask Mr.
Mike lots of questions. He
always learns a lesson,
however, because he also
listens even if it is after

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Letron Alexander

earns master's degree

Congratulations to Letron Alexander who will be re-
ceiving a Master of Science degree from the School of
Psychology at Capella University. Commencement, will
be held March 14 in Jacksonville.
Letron is a 1992 graduate of Port St. Joe High School
(Go Sharks). He is a seven-year veteran of the U.S.
Letron has also received a bachelor's degree in Busi-
ness Administration and Marketing. Go Letron.

Faith, Christian School

open enrollment

Faith Christian School is now enrolling students from
age three through the eighth grade.
FCS offers a Bible-based curriculum in a loving, safe
environment. Innovative teaching strategies emphasiz-
ing "hands on" learning offers every student an opportu-
nity for academic achievement.
Extended day care is available for children age three
through the third grade.
Home schoolers can how "umbrella" under FCS for a
modest fee.
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how we can live our life for
Him, even if we're little.

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Law Enforcement

Thursday, February 26, 2009


This report represents
some events the FWC
handled from Feb. 13-19;
however, it does not in-
clude all actions taken by
the Division of Law En-

Officer David Erdman
was on water patrol in
West Bay when he came
upon five individuals fish-
ing under the Burnt Mill
Creek Bridge. During
the inspection, he discov-
ered the group with un-
dersize red drum, black
drum, mangrove snapper,
and sheepshead. Ten fish
were released alive. All
five subjects received a to-
tal of 20 citations.
Officers Joe Chambers
and Jeff Gager were work-
ing the replica deer in the
western portion of Bay
County near Steelfield
Road and Bunkers Road.
Two subjects shot the
decoy and left the area,
but were apprehended.
Weapons were seized
and citations issued.
Officer David Brady
was on land patrol when
he observed a vehicle
make an abrupt stop and
turn into a construction
material storage site.
Further observation
revealed the operator
and passenger lighting up
some type of smoking de-
vice. Upon smelling the
contraband, Officer Brady
confronted the subjects.

As the duo exited the ve-
hicle, one of them had
stuffed the contraband
down his pants and it had
reignited. Officer Brady
asked the subject if he
knew his pants were smok-
ing. Both suspects were
incarcerated for posses-
sion of methamphetamine
and the operator was also
charged with driving un-
der the influence.
Officers David Erdman
and David Brady were
working the replica deer
in ,the eastern portion of
Bay County near some
private hunting leases.
They had previously
developed some informa-
tion involving night hunt-
ing and taking doe deer.
On Friday night, two sub-
jects shot at the decoy
and subsequently fled the
area. Officer David Brady.
gave chase and the viola-
tors ended up on a dead-
end trail, then fled on foot.
Officer Brady found the
abandoned truck con-
taining rifles, camouflage
jackets, and radios. As
he secured the area and
waited for backup to ar-
rive, one of the suspects
approached and surren-
dered. Officers Erdman,
Neal Goss, Nick Price and
Investigator Neal Goss ar-
rived on scene along with
a Bay County Sheriff's Of-
fice K9 unit. The missing
suspect was located and
arrested. The two were
cited for night hunting,
fleeing and eluding and

resisting arrest.
Officer David Erdman
completed a vessel title
fraud investigation this
week. During water pa-
trol in the Cook Bayou
vicinity, Officer Erdman
observed a man operating
a small open fiberglass
boat. While conducting
a safety and resource in-
spection, Officer Erdman
discovered the vessel had
some hull identification
problems, as well as some
fraudulently applied reg-
istration numbers. The
vessel was seizedand af-
ter investigation the true
identity of the vessel was
determined. The vessel
had changed hands four
times without proper ex-
ecution of title work. Dur-
ing these transactions,
some of the involved par-
ties fraudulently obtained
titles and registrations
and hull numbers had
been removed and con-
cealed. The case was
concluded with several
charges to several differ-
ent violators.
Officer Joe Chambers
was on patrol in the Ebro
area when, he checked a
subject whose vehicle had
the faint smell of burnt
cannabis. When asked
about the odor, the sub-
ject gave Officer Cham-
bers a wooden box which
contained cannabis and
rolling papers. Citations
were issued. Later that
day, Officer Chambers
was patrolling. in the

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Management Area when
he checked a hunter at his
vehicle. Again, the odor
of burnt cannabis was de-
tected and when asked,
the hunter produced a
cannabis cigarette, a met-
al pipe, and a container of.
cannabis. Citations were
K-9 Officer Mike Guy
received information
about a subject who had
shot a doe deer. He locat-
ed two freshly killed doe
deer at the subject's resi-
dence. One deer was be-
ing cleaned at that time.
No permits for the deer
were present so the deer
and a rifle were seized
and a citation was issued.
Later, as Officer Guy was
returning from taking the
evidence to the Panama

City Beach Office, he
stopped to conduct a wel-
fare check on a vehicle
stopped in the roadway.
The driver fled on foot and
was picked up the next day
and arrested by Officer
Guy for resisting arrest
without violence. When
asked why he fled, the
driver (recently released
from prison) said that he
was extremely drunk.
Officer Joe Chambers'
checked a fisher at the
West Bay Bridge who,
when asked on several oc-
casions if he had any fish,
stated he had none. As
Officer Chambers began
to lift the lid of a cooler
found in the fisher's truck,
the fisher said, "Oh yeah,
there is a trout in there."
The fisher was cited for
possession of.. speckled

trout during the closed
season and possession
of undersized speckled
Lt. Jay Chesser and
Officers Mike Nobles and
Neal Goss assisted the
Bay County Sheriff's Of-
fice in attempting to ap-
prehend a subject wanted
for fleeing and eluding
and various methamphet-
amine related charges.
The subject was spotted
in a truck which eventu-
ally crashed near the bor-
der of the Econfina Wild-
life Management Area. A
sheriff's office helicopter
arrived and directed the
officers to several areas
with no results. It was
discovered the subject
.was picked up by another
vehicle shortly after the

Sheriffs' REPORT

The following is a reporting from On02!19/2009JonathanCurtisGates,
the Gulf County SheriffArrest Log. 25, was arrested for violation of proba-
tion. The original charge was forgery
The Gulf County Sheriff"s Office will and uttering.
be conducting vehicle safety check- On 02.20,2009 Constance Yvonne
points and DUI check points during the Dickens, 50, was arrested for failure to
months of February and March 2009. pay child support.
The check points will be held through- On 0220.,'2009 Kelvin Wayne
out the county to include Highway 98 Mclemore. 47, was arrested for DWL-
near St. Joe Beach. Highway 98 and SR, child support and possession of a
Garrison Ave, C-30 Simmons Bayou, controlled substance.
Highway 71 North of White City. High- On 02/22/009 Christopher Michael
way 22 and Highway 22A, Highway 71 Youngs, 31, was arrested for discharge
and Westarm Creek, Highway 71 Dalld- of a firearm in public, improper exliibi-
eth Area and Highway 71 near the Cal- tion of a firearm, aggravated assault.
houn line. and aggravated assault ori alayv en-
On 02/17/2009 Eric Anthony forcement officer.
Sims, 21, was arrested for dis- _- -- The Gulf County Sheriffs of-
orderly conduct and possession fice is looking for Mary Louise
of marijuana. Thomas, a 56-year-old African-
On 02/18'2009 Tine Teresa American woman. Mary's fanm-
Clark. 41, was arrested for vio- ily called 'the sheriff's office
lation of probation. The original earlier this week stating they
charge was DUI. have not heard from Mary in
On 02/18!2009 John Vaughn approximately two weeks. It is
Polonkey, 56, was arrested for MARY LOUISE extremely unusual for Mary not
disorderly conduct. THOMAS .to contact her family. Anyone
On 02/19/2009 James Derrell : having information on Mary's
Spann, 36, was arrested for driving un- location please call the Gulf County
der the influence. :.Sheriff's Office 850-227-1115.

s The City of Port St. Joe
Post office Box 278 Phone (850) 229-8261
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457

Notification of Change from Free Chlorine to Chloramines in Your
Drinking Water

On or about April 1, 2009, the City of Port St. Joe Water Treatment Plant will be
changing the method of drinking water disinfectant that we use from chlorination to
chloramination. Chloramination is the process of adding chlorine in combination
with ammonia to create chloramines. The use of chloraminess for water disinfection
is a safe and proven method and is used in other parts of Florida and the country.

There are a number of operational and compliance benefits to using chloramines.
Chloramines can provide the following benefits:

1. Since chloramine is not as reactive as chlorine, it forms fewer disinfection
byproducts. Some disinfection byproducts, such as trihalomethanes (THMs)
and haloacetic acids (HAAs) may*have adverse health effects and are closely
2 Becausea chloramine residual is more stable and longer lasting than free
chlorine, it provides better protection against bacterial regrowth in systems with
large storage tanks and dead-end water mains.
3. Chloramine, like chlorine, is effective in controlling biofilm, which is a coating
in the pipe caused by bacteria. Controlling biofilm also tends to reduce
coliform bacteria concentrations and biofilm-induced corrosion of pipes.
4 Because chloramines do not tend to react with organic compounds, many
systems will experience fewer taste and odor complaints when using
5. Chloramine technology is relatively easy to install and operate. It is.also
among the less expensive disinfectant alternatives to chlorine.

However, the change to chloramines can cause problems to persons dependent on
dialysis machines. A condition known as hemolytic anemia can occur if the dis-
infectant is not completely removed from the water that is used for the dialysate.
Consequently, the pretreatment scheme used for the dialysis units must include some
means, such as charcoal filter, for removing chloramines prior to this date. Medical
facilities should also determine if additional precautions are required for other medi-
cal equipment.

In addiction, chloraminated water may be toxic to fish. If you have a fish tank,
please make sure that the chemicals or filters that you are using are designed for use
in water that has been treated with chloramines. You may also need to change the
type of filter that you use for the fish tank.

Also, if you are taking medication or have an illness or you are unsure as to whether
the chloramines may affect you adversely, you should consult your doctor prior to
the change of disinfectants.

If you have any questions or need additional information, you may call me at (850-
229-6390) for help.


Glenn Davis, Plant Manager



Thursday, February 26, 2009

BBB Foundation
seeks entries for
annual awards
Special to The Star
With a little more
than a month to go,
the Better Business
Bureau Foundation
of Northwest Florida
is still accepting nom-
inations and entries
for the 2009 Torch
Award for Market-
place Ethics.
The Torch Award
recognizes business-
es and charities that
insist on exception-
ally high standards
of behavior in dealing
with customers, ven-
dors and employees.
To be considered
for the 2009 Torch
Award, a business
or 501 (c)(3) char-
ity must have been in-
business for at least
one year with the
same ownership and
may not hold an "F"
rating with your BBB.
BBB Accreditation is
not required to enter,
however, applicants
must be physically lo-
cated within the BBB'
northwest Florida's
service area.
Along with the
Torch Award for
Marketplace Ethics,
we are also accepting
nominations and en-
tries for the Custom-
er Service Excellence
Award and Student
Ethics Scholarship.
The Customer
Service Excellence
Award recognizes
employees who go
above and beyond in
their customer ser-
vice activities.
Any business may
nominate employ-
ees for the Customer
Service Excellence
Award by providing
specific examples of
how the individual
has provided excel-
lent customer service
beyond what may be
required by his or her
Application dead-
line for all awards
is March 27. Award
recipients will be rec-
ognized at a series of
luncheons to be held
in May.
For entry forms
and suggestions for
completing an entry
or nomination for the
awards, visit www.
ward or call 850-429-
0002 or 800-729-9226.

By Kevin Welch
Contributing Writer
The first economic stimu-
lus did not achieve the desired
results. In fact, it appears to
have had little or no affect un-
less you count bonuses and
perks to CEO's of banks and
car companies. So.
what next? Another
stimulus? Will this
one get results and
help with the econo-
my and poor real es- -
tate market? Should
you buy or sell 'real
estate based on the KEVIN
economic stimulus
and the current real 'estate
market? The answer is ab-
solutely yes, if it will help you
achieve your objectives.
Let's say that you want to
own your own home. Now is
a great time to buy. Interest
rates are really low. There
are many new tax incentives
coming for homebuyers. Pric-
es have dropped consider-
ably. There are new rules that
should curtail predatory lend-
ing. It is a good time to buy the
home of your dreams.
What about selling your
real estate? That depends on
your situation. Is the property
worth more than you pur-
chased it for? A lot of people
bought during the boom and;
today find that they owe more
than it is worth. Unless they
need to lose money for tax
purposes, this is not the time
to sell. If possible, it would be

wiser to wait a few years to
allow value appreciation and
build equity. Real estate is
still one of the best long-term
investments a person can
make and now is a good time
to invest.
Your financial situation is
a primary reason to
contemplate selling
in today's economy.
Could you use the
money for more im-
portant and neces-
sary expenditures?
Are there things that
you always wanted
WELCH to do? Take a cruise,
buy an RV and drive
across the country, go to Ha-
waii, what are your unfulfilled
There is going to be a win-
dow of opportunity to take
advantage of the economic
stimulus and real estate re-
covery act that should cause
an increase in real estate
demand. These incentives
are temporary and can go
away just as easily as they
appeared. A good friend of
mine always said, "You can't
go broke taking a profit." He
was right. If you find yourself
debating whether to sell or
not you should consult with
the experts.
Determine what price you
could expect from a sale by
speaking with a real estate
professional. Talk with your
accountant or financial ad-
viser to weigh the pros and
cons. .


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Gulf Coast Electric gets new hires

Electric Cooper4tive
recently added two
employees to its staff.
Will Coatney has worked
on GCEC projects for more
than 12 years with contract
crews, with more than six
of those years working as
a foreman. He is now a
journeyman line techni-
cian/crew leader for the
, Kaci Hoover has worked
in the Cooperative ac-
counting department for
two years as a temporary
employee, but was recently.
made a permanent part of
the GCEC staff. Kaci is an
accounting clerk and also a
student at Gulf Coast Com-
munity College, majoring
in accounting and a few
classes away from trans-
ferring to the Florida State
University Panama City
Also, several Gulf Coast
Electric Cooperative em-
ployees recently earned
certifications in their

respective fields.
Pam Burns, Shannon
Burton, Tammie Chest-
nut, Shannon Hill, Lorie
Jackson-Lewis, Teressa
Jones, Angie Morris, and
Daisy Shewman have all
completed the nationally
recognized Continuum
Customer Service Training
Jeremy Hill, Marty
Johns,' Lonnie Perry and
Chris Pippin have all com-
pleted the TVPPA Line
Technician Apprenticeship
Training program.
Several co-op employ-
ees also recently rec-
ognized for celebrating
service anniversaries.
Shannon Burton, Angie


Several GCEC employees recently celebrated service anniversaries with the
Cooperative. From left, Michael White (10 years), Angie Morris (one year), Andy
Dick (20 years), Michael Slack (one year), Brennis Smith (one year), Mary Cook
(10 years), Lester Sapp (20 years), Tony Morrell (15 years), Pat Floyd (20 years)
and Charles Borders (25 years). Not pictured: Shannon Burton, Tammie Chestnut,
Randy Mayhann, James McCroan, Doug Piercy, Keith Pridgeon and Timmy Wade.

Morris, Michael Slack and
Brennis Smith all received
one-year service pins;
Tammie Chestnut, Mary
Cook and Michael White re-
ceived 10-year service pins;

Randy Mayhann, Tony
Morrell and Doug Piercy
received 15-year ser-
vice pins; Andy Dick, Pat
Floyd, Keith Pridgeon, Les-
ter Sapp and Timmy Wade


received 20-year service
pins; Charles Borders re-
ceived a 25-year service
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Thursday, February 26, 2009


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Full Moon Climb Cape'San
Bias Lighthouse
Gulf County Prevention
C6alition Community
Meeting Centennial Building
St. Patrick's Day Business
Before Hours Cbast2Coast
Printing & Promotions
St. Vincent Island Annual
Open House "
Archaeology Day -
Constitution Convention
Museum 'State Park ,
Port St. Joe SaltAir Farmers
Market Dointoown Port '
St. Joe' .

TEW Video
Troy White
203 Avenue C
Port St. Joe, FL 3,2456
Phone: 850-899-1065
info@ GulfCoastFYI.comr

Emerald Coast Plumbing
Rene Stanley, Owner
151 C Commerce Street
P.O. Box 572
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Phone: 850-229-5354
Phone: 850-227-5824 C
Fax: 850-229-5356

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Chamber Member of the Year PQrt St.
Joe Port Authority. The Port Authority
announced at'the meeting that it had
finalized its first commercial contract.

On behalf of the Chamber of
Commerce, Kesley Colbert presents
Mrs. Frenchie Ramsey with the Lifetime
Achievement Award for Mr. Wesley

A plaque of Special Recognition was
presented to Wayne and Sonja Taylor,
St. Joe Furniture, for their extraordinary
civic and Chamber involvement

Andy Smith presents Lezle Jacobs, A
Mermaid's Tale, Beach to Bay interiors,
with her winnings from the 50/50
chance drawing

Guest speaker, Roger Hall, CEO, Sacred Heart
Hospital on the Emerald Coast, will provide
administrative leadership to the new Sacred
Heart Hospital under construction in Port St. Joe

Mission Slatementi
The mission of the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce is to be an advocate, for existing businesses and the
community, a conduit for pursuing positive developments, and a catalyst for cooperation.

Debbie Hooper

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BANK Wcome9me
Vice President/Sales & Service Manager
P.O. Box 609
401 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd. Direct (850) 227-3370
Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Cell (850) 340-1778

K : Amber Lowry
k A Mortgage Banker
Vision Bank
IYouw ( ,,,,,,,.. ;.. "Office (850) 636-7988 Cell (850) 227-4492
529 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd. Fax (850) 227-11-49
Port St. Joe, FL 32456 12 alo"ry@visionbank,.comr
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Silver Quest Studios
Victor Ramos, Owner
2682 Indian Pass Rd.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Phone: 850-229-9353
Phone: 850-340-1216
vic @ silverqueststudios .com

Forgotten Coast TV
Sheila Hauser, Account Executive
71 Market Street
P.O. Box 848
Apalachicola, FL 32329
Phone: 850-653-3288
Phone: 850-251-0445.

Gu| COunty,
chanmliet of Commerce
10.1 Reid Avenue. Suite 101
S_.rt St. Joe, FL 32456.
50-227-1223 800-239-9553 L
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& .Grioom, P.A.

..Kyle Adkson. Vision Bank

-,Rex Buzzett, Buy-Rite Dirugs

Michael Ha mond, Preble-Rish

:Bobby Pickels, Progress Energy Florida

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Established 1938 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 67 years THE STAR, PORT ST. JOE, FL 0 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 20090 liB

general circulation pub- Notice is hereby given FeCall Susan 2274710 I I n J
listed in Gulf County, Flor- that, pursuant to a Sum- March 5, 2009 .( niusl 8


Established 1938 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 67years

1100 I 1100 1100 4130 6130 6140
ida. mary Judgment entered in 1285S Live Like a Rockstar! Live, Clean 2 br, 2/2 be in PSJ,
the above-styled cause in IN THE CIRCUIT COURT Work, Pay in 48 states $675 mo + dep
or ,Playin48States. 850-545-5814 or 5 0
AND IT IS FURTHER the Circuit Court of Gulf OF THE FOURTEENTH National Company now 850-442-3334 3 br, 1 be, 120 Chipole
S ORDERED AND AD- County, Florida, the Clerk JUDICIAL CIRCUIT STATE C hiring 18-24 sharp, moti- A W a eCe b
JUDGED that, by such of Gulf County will sell the OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR HANDE vated Guys/ Gals for im- For Rent Duplex Ave. Wewa. Fenced back EA SA
i publication of this Order, property situated in Gulf GULF COUNTY yd, close to schools, $600 E
1100 Legal Advertising all property owners, tax- County, Florida, described 3100 -Antiques Coast travel No Experi- 2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath, mo + dep. 850-899-3283 7100- Homes'
1110- Classified Notices payers and citizens of the as: BAYSIDE SAVINGS BANK 3110 Appliances Coast travel. Traso por- Large Kitchen & Family 7110 Beach Home/
1120 Public Notices/ City of Port St. Joe, Flor- Plaintiff 3120- Arts & Crafts ence Required. Transpor Room, Elevator, Swimm- 3 br, 1.5 ba, Mexico Property
Announcements ida, including nonresidents LOT 4, WINDMARK 3130 Auctions station Provided. Paid Daily. ing Pool, Game Room, Beach, Canal Front, boat 7120 Commercial
1130- Adoptions owning property or subject BEACH, ACCORDING TO 3140-'Baby Items Call Mon-Fri, 9-5 MST. T.V, Ice Machine, Laundry dock, fp, no pet's, $1,000 713- Condoownhouse
1140 Happy Ads to taxation therein 3150 Building Supplies 1-866-350-2220 Ruise, in-mo$1,0 dsp.7140- Forms & Ranches
1150- Personals to taxation therein and all PLAT ON FILE IN PLAT 3160 Business oom Fully Furnished, in- mo $1,000 dep. 7150- Lots and Acreage
1160- Lost others having or claiming BOOK 4 AT PAGES 1 BRUCE B. DENHART and Equipment cludes Elec Power & 850-648-5045 7160 Mobile Homes/Lots
1170- Found any right, title or interest in THROUGH R OF THE wife TAMMY E. DENHART 3170- Collectibles POSTAl. & G T JOB Water, garbage pickup. r --- 7170- Waterfront
property to be affected by PUBLIC RECORDS OF 524 Orchard Circle 3180 Computers INFO STAL & GOVJOB $1100 month 7180- Investment
the issuance of the Bonds, GULF COUNTY FLORIDA. othan19 Electronics INFO FOR SALE? Location-C30 2 m East -I9-- Property
or to be affected thereby, Defendants. 3210 Free Pass n pass Raw Bar on left 71 Real Estateown
1100 | or the validity of such at a Public Sale, to the 3220 Furniture g tion 850-227-6683 I BAY FRONT 7200 Timeshare
1170S Bonds or of any revenues highest bidder, for cash, in Case No. 08-376-CA 3230 Garage/Yard Sales LUII TOWNHOME I
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT pledged for payment the front lobby of Gulf 3240 Guns MexiCO Beach I TOWNHOME
OF THE FOURTEENTH thereof, or of the proceed- County Courthouse, 1000 RE-NOTICE OF SALE 3250 Good Things to Eat 2 BR/2 BTH Condo blocks I I
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN ings authorizing the issu- Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Boule- 3260 Health & Fitness You NEVER have to pay from bch, Pool, Clbhse, I Watch beauul sunsets I 7100
3270 Jewelry/Clothing for information about from bch, Pool, Clbhse, I Watch beautiful sunsetsl11 71001
AND FOR GULF COUNT dance of said Bonds, in- ard, Port St. Joe, Florida Notice is hereby given pur- 3280 Machinery/ federal or postal jobs. If No smoking, Brian from this wonderful 101 Monica, Remodeled,
FLORIDA cluding any remedies pro- 32456 on March 26, 2009 suant to a Final Judgment Equipment you see a job 404-663-0226 town. home. Exquisitely floor-ceiling new CH/CA &
vided for their collection, at 11:00 a.m. of Foreclosure dated Janu- 3290 Medical Equipment "guarantee", contact the BFURNISHED 3br & 31/2 windows, roof, access to
THE CITY OF PORT ST. be and they are made par- ary 26, 2009, and entered 3300 Miscellaneous Mexico Beach I ba. One of five TH on I Monica & Miles Rd, Chain
JOE, FLrporatiD andmpunic- ties defendant to this pro- Any person claiming an in- in CIVIL'Case No.3n3310 Musical Instruments FTC.
JOE, FLORIDA, a munic- ties defendant to this pro- Any person claiming an in- Civil Cas 3320 Plants & Shrubs/ The Federal Trade Townhouse 1 four lovely landscaped I link fence w/4 gates
pal corporation and public ceeding, and that this terest in the surplus funds 08-376-CA of the Circuit Supplies Commission acres, with pier. Close, $16,000, 850-229-6616
body corporate and police Court shall have jurisdic- from the sale, if any, other Court of the Fourteenth Ju- .3330 Restaurant/Hotel is America's consumer to town. Darle 168000 85229
of the State of Florida, tion of them to the same than the property owner, dicial Circuit in and for 3340 Sporting Goods protection agency. For Rent: $850 /Month t 7 8 3 0 -1 2 751 Port S Joe St. George
Plaintiff, extent as if named as de- as of the date of the Lis Gulf County, Florida 3350 Tickets (Buy & Sell) p aency $250 /Deposit Call Rusty I dpdwpopiies@yahoo.o island and St. James Bay
fendants in said Complaint Pendens, must file a claim wherein BAYSIDE SAV- 229.886.2444 Call Jarrett m $1300/mo, Previously Bank Owned
vs- and personally served with within 60 days after the INGS BANK is the Plaintiff 1-877-FTC-HELP 229.343.2458 (possible Ise. purchase) Property. Priced way be-
THE STATE OF FLO process in this cause. sale and BRUCE B. DENHART ,3230 1 low market value! Prices
and the Property Owners, DONE AND ORDERED in Dated: February 6, 2009. are the Defendants I will Port St Joe, 226 7th St, Fri A public service HOUSE 4RENT starting at $35,000. Please
Taxpayers and C t ns chambers at Port St. Joe, sell to the highest and best 8-5 and Sat 8-1 message from N he FTCr d6140 2 br, Wewahitchka, $550call CGrounts Rea l Estate850-249-3615.
thereof and of the City of Gulf County, Florida, this Rebecca L. Norris bidder for cash at the Big Moving Sale! Classified AdvertisingmGr850 -a-
Port St. Joe, Florida, in- 6th day of February, 2009. Clerk of the Circuit Court FRONT LOBBY OF Waterfall bedroom set, 3 Department gLeave Message, -
cluding non-residents Gulf County, Florida COURTHOUSE at the Gulf sofas, large display case HUD/HAP VOUCHERSAC-
-owning property or subject s/Fred N. Witten By: Jasmine Hysmith County Courthouse in Port file cabinets, NASCAR col-' 2 bedroom, 1 bath house CEPTED/ VOCHR A\
to taxation therein, and Honorable Fred N. Witten Deputy Clerk St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00 lectibles, oil lamp collec- Postal Service Now Hir- 457 Madison St. Oak Ce
others having or claiming CIRCUIT JUDGE, Acting February 19, 26, 2009 a.m., EST, on the 11th day tion, & lots of misc. ing! Average Pay Grove Area of Port St Joe McClellan St. 2 br, 1 ba,
any right, title or interest in February 19, 26, 2009 of March, 2009, the follow- $20-$27/hour $57000 per 850-2277800 fenced yard, C/H/A total
property to be affected by 1198S ADVERTISEMENT FOR Ing described property as ST. Joe Beach, 348 Selma year. 1-877-392-6473, electric, good neighbors,
the e o t B IN THE CIRCUIT COURT BIDS: F et forth in said Final Judg- St. Sat 7-3pm furniture, M o n d a y- Thursda y 805 Long Avenue $600/mo $500/dep
herein described, or to be14TH JUDICIAL ment,to-wit: clothes, household items 8:00am-7:00pm. Fri. 1st Month's rentfree!! Mill- 1-770-851.4551 TOMO MARINE
affected in any way CIRCUIT, IN AN FOR The Gulf County School Lot9,Block7,WardRidgelots ofmisc. 8:00am-1 :00pm. EST. tary Discount Available! RECI OAI
thereby, GULF COUNTIN FLORTIDA oard will be accety Lot 9, Block 7, Ward Ridge Spacious and private Port St Joe,8 2 br 1 be 8100 -Antique & Collectibles
tereb, GENERAL JURISDICTION sad i o acei Unit '2, according to the home, 3 bdrm/2bthrm upstairs, CH&A $550 mo. 8110-Cars
Defendants. GERALJRISDICTION sealed bids on a 1992 e --- lae fenced in yard front no smoking or pets. 8120p-$Sports Utility Vehicles
VALIDATION OF THE NOT DIVISION Chevrolet, 4 door pick up plat thereof, recorded in porch, hardwood flors3 850-899-0149 8130 -Trucks
TO EXCEED $252,600NMORT, truck, property # 8 o140- Vans
CTY OFCORT ST JOE NATIONSTAR MORT 9 -22. Bd w beac- Public Records of Gulf ONLINE blocks to area shopping, Port St Joe, 3 Br ,1 Ba 815- Commercial
FLORIDA, CAPITAL IM GAGELLC, F/K/ACENTEX cepted starting February FloriddoARMACYwntown and St. furn .house, W/D, fenced 8160-Motorcycles
EMET R U HOME EQUITY COM- n e uy PHARMACY Joseph's Bay. Monthly yard, 607 Garrison Ave, 8170-Auto Parts
PROVEMENT REVENUE PANY, LLC Marc19, 2009 and ending ANY PERSON CLAIMING Buy Soma, Ultram, rental available at $750.00 $750 mo, 1st & 1 mo dep. & Accessories
BONDS, SERIES2009 PLAINTIFF March 5 2009at 1200 AN INTEREST IN THE Fioricet, $71.99/90 Qty per month with $750.00 Avail March 1st & ref req'd, 8210- Personal Wats ercra
CIVIL ACTION NO: b .. 3 bids should SURPLUS FROM THE $107/180 Qty PRICE IN- S security/damage deposit. 614-371-6808. 8230- Sailboats
CIVIL ACTION NO 09-64 marked Chevrolet SALE, IF ANY, OTHER CLUDES PRESCRIPTION! REAL ESTATEEORREN Call gulf Coast Property 8240 Boat & Marine
R TO SO: s.Truck bid #09-013 and THAN THE PROPERTY $25 Coupon Mentioni: Services at (850) 229.2706 Supplies
CAUSORDER TO SHOW THOMAS L. VICKERS; submitted to the Gulf OWNER AS OF THE DATE #41B31 1-888-518-2482 6100 Business/ for more information and a 8310 Aircraft/Aviation
CAUSE SABRINA VICKERS; ANY County School Board, OF THE LIS PENDENS Commercial tour of this great house 8320 ATV/Orf Road Vehicles
TO: AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR- Maintenance Department MUST FILE A CLAIM 6120eApartmentals rental. Port St. Joe Cozy 1 br, 8330-Campers&Trailers
TO F LR DA LLAU N GNOW attention Greg Layfield, WITHIN 60 DAYScAFTER BeachdRwntlso with privacy fence, 8340-Motorhomes
THE STATE OF FLORIDA T CLAIMING BY1T 6N0 DA C /FTERTwUJI l house Century 21 Gulf Coast g$ moptt s,
THROUGHTEO STAT R U 150 Middle School Road, THE SALE 6140- House Rentals
,THROUGH THE STATETortStERN P Joe, Fl 32456. Realty long term rentals $450 Wantedus5t0l22
ATTORNEY FOR THE AGAINST THE HEREIN PortcSt.ancewiFl 32456.081600- Roamsafor Rent available
FOURTENTHJUDIC NAMED INDIVIDUALYou cancontact Greg ccordance ith the Wolf 16 bulb tanning bed 6170- Mobile Home/Lot Coronado #3 2br, 1.5 ba St. Joe Beach 8110
CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE You can contact Greg Americans with Disabilities $350.Ken
AND TO THE SELOERAL NOT NOWN TO BE Layfield at 850-229-8369 Act of 1990 (ADA), disa- $350. Kenmore dryer ap- 180 -Ou-o-Town Rentals 731 Hwy 98 $850.00 per Beautiful 3 br, 2 ba gulf Chrysler Sebring Con-
D OE O WNS EO with any questions or the bed persons Wo b rox 6 mos old $150. Call 6190 Timeshare Rentals month view home $1300 mo vertible 1998 $425 Down,
TAXPAYERS, CITIZENS WHETHER SAID UN- truck may be seen at the cause of their disabilities 381-8624 for more info 200 Vacation Rents st1 2brb 11 Renta daylight Auto -
OF E. THE C O KNOWN PARTIES MAY Port'St. Joe Bus Barn. need special accommo- o S- 40th St. $550.00 per (404) 545-2552. nancing, 2816 Hwy 98 W.
OF J COFL ORTDA CLAIM AN INTERESTAS February19,26,2009 dations to participate in ..' \ month t#42br, 2.5b Townhomes for ren gam/9pm 215-1769
ST JOE, FLORIDA, IN- nl Gulf Point #42 br, 2.5 b Townhomes for rent
CLUDING NONRESI- SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVI- 1237S this proceeding should 6100 I 7172 Hwy 98 $1000.00 per Jones Homestead- Pon- Ford Crown Victoria 1997
DENTS OWNING PROP- SEES, GRANTEES OR NOTICE contact the ADACoordin- ( month derosa pines. End of year. $375 Down, $2,906, 0% in-
ERTY OR SUBJECT TO OTHER CLAIMANTS; OF PUBLIC SALE oratl1000ICecG. Costin, Two offices for rent. 302 Indian Lagoon Cottages 3 special, First month rent terest,. Daylight Auto Fi-
TAXATION THEREIN, AND OAS KN O WN RAE TA NWIG AN D ida32456orTeephone FCal at 27-5747tomake. br, 2baSR-30 Indian Pass free with deposit and 12nancing 2816 Hwy 98W.
ALL OTHERS HAVING OR DOE AS UNKNOWN TEN- COASTAL TOWING AND id8 32456 or Tel phone Call Pat 227-5747 to make $850.00 per month month lease. 2 br and 3br 9am/9pm 850-215-1769
CLAIMING ANY RIGHT, TI- POSSESSION ROADSIDE SERVICE, INC. a(850) 229-6113 pro to an appointment. Villas @ Mexico Beach units available. Call
TLE OR INTEREST IN DEFENDANT(S) gives Notice of Foreclo- such proceedings. EMPYMENT #2 2 br, 2 ba 3706 Hwy 850-227-8404 or ,
PROPERTY TO BE AF- sure of Len and intent to 98 $1100.00 per month 229-734-0717
FECTED BY THE ISS CASENO: 07471 CA sell these ehiclesonWitness my hand and the4100 Help Wanted Villas @ Mexico Beach S120
ANCE OF THE CITY OF N O March 5, 2009, on 9:00 official seal of this Honora- 413-Employment s'N #33 br, 3 be 3706WHHwy CeyBar i 12 9
PORT ST JOE, FLORIDA NOTICEOF a.m. ET at 8082 W. Hwy ble Court, on this 20th day Information 6110 98 $1300,00.per month Chevy Blazer 1998 $375
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FORECLOSURE SALE 98, Port St. Joe, FL 32456, of February, 2009 Palmetto Planaior, '6170 Down, $3,200. 0% interest
REVENUE BONDS pursuant to subsection 1 br, 1 ba & 2 br, apart- 4BR/3BA 1120 151r Si Daylight Auto Financing
SERIES 2009, HEREINAF NOTICE IS HEREBY 713.78 of the Florida Stat- Becky L. Norris 4100 ment. unfum electric/water 975.00 2816 Hwy 98 W. 9am/gpm
TER MORE PARTICU- GIVEN pursuant to a Sum- utes, COASTAL TOWING Clerk of Circuit Court Food Service/Hospitlity inc Tle floors, part cy- Palmetto Plantation 3 br 850-215-1769
LARLY DESCRIBECD, OR mary Final Judgment of AND ROADSIDE SERVICE, By: B.A. Baxter Food Service/Hosprtality pess panelling, private 3 ba112015th St $00.00 br, 850-215-1769a
TO BE AFFECTED Foreclosure dated Febru- INC. reserves the right to Deputy Clerk Kitchen and deck 1 block from beach per month 2 br, 1 ba MH for rent or Ford Explorer 2002,.$750
THEREBY; ary 9, 2009 entered in Civil accept or reject any and/or 4 i4 404-402 5573 Paradise Porch 2 br,2 ba sae 9134 Tulip Ave, Down $5,500. Daylight
T B, Case No. 07.471 CA of the all bids. Costin & Costin Wait Staff 850-653-6459 9135 Cockles Ave.$650 Beaco Hill. Please call Auto Financing 0%interest,
The above cause coming Circuit Co rt of the 14TH Charles A. Costin Dockside Cafe Now Hiring per month 850-227-1804 2816 Hwy 98W. 9am/9pm
on to be heard uon the Judicial Circuit in andfor 990 VOLKSWAGEN 413 Willi Surf& Sanm Ave. Apply in peron, no phone per month% interest
the City of Port St. Joe, Joe, Florida, I will sel to 1994BUICK PortSt. Joe, FL32457 near Hwy 71 & br, 2 ba 109- 30th St. Joe Bch,
St. Joerida, Florida Capital Imto deer- the highest and best bid- #14NV55M8RC263215- Telepone: (850) 227-1159 Home Biz Training Wewhitchka. WeApply at $580.00 per month
miprove the authority of the der forcash at in the February 26, 2009 February 2, 2009 PT $400-$1200 Mo. FT Fisher BuildingSupplyat Surf & unit 42-A & 8 51763
City of Port St. Joe, Flor- FRONT LOBBY of the March 5,2009 $2,000 to $6,000 Mo. Call 848 Hwy 22 or. Call 42-b#18 Ponderosa Pines Dr.
da, to issue its not to ex- Courthouse at the GULF lf County Board of727-865-6795 Cal639-5102 for more ino St.50-227-5747 $850.00 per month Pine Island waterfront M Chevyord F-1Silverado 1998
ceed $252,600Ciescrip ty of Port County ouommissionersouse 'loca- L? Nroro br 2 b850648-5449 or ncdts to trade or rent your Down $ 4,900 0% interest
St. Joe, Florida Capital Im- ed at 1000 Cecil Costin SEALED BIDSLAn.., a d $,50Daylinteret
tons being contained in o F will Efficiency Rooms. Weekly $850.00 per month Mexico Beach reside nancing 2816 Hwy 9 W.
epro eedings, to det Revenue Ro BID NO. 0809-11rporatioDriver Trainees or monthly rentals Down- Ponderosa #13 br, 2 9am/pm 850-215-1769
teBondse egality of the e d in provdaiding the PMarch, NEEDED town PSJ on Reid Ave. #18 Ponderosa Pines Dr.
ponds" ha a h follow GulfCunty ardfCall Pat @F850-227-5747 $850.00 per month Pine IslandwaterfrontMH Ford F- 1998 $550
tons being contained in scribed property as set County Commissioners No CDL? No Problem l Call 850-648-449 or wants to trade or rent your Down $4,9000% interest
th, and the legality forth in said Summary F- will receive sealed bids et Beach Great 850-229-1200 for more in- Mexico Beach residence Daylight Auto Financing
the provisions, covenants Judment, to-wit: from any qualified person, r qu AEa up to $900/k. Home formation April & May 407-319-0422 2816 Hwy 98 W. am/pm
agreements contained OK29company,orcorporation -- weekends with TMC. Co MH- 59,900 con- insisting 850-215-1769

terein and the proceed- Sp sider serious offers or 6 r0aOffices
proceedings for said Bo nd LOT 6, BLOCK B, FLORE-IDA.interested in the Office of the 2100 Pets pany endorsed CDL Train-se. $750 mo + 1-ADA Bathroom

revenues pledged for the A o l Clerk of Circuit Court, 1000 ome Sale or Lease, Mexico8 2 850 500 sq.ft. Warehouse 19.5 ft Palm Beach 2007

takent in r connsect theres- follsowing:21101Patvoo0 ang 1 5r30 S oN LasT e 229-8014 $850.00/mo GrossM
DESCRIBED IN PLAT Barber2Surf Rake, 213-0 et FarmAppalles/ MBPort nt. 1 M imi Available Dec. 1st :6

withS, an d the legality of the iON AS MORE FULLYBr e e ,OffiC2120-PeCtSupplies Beach Great location. 110 .8 32-21 0
provisions, cov nants2and Sl D a d BheBDoorage 850-229-8014
agreementsOcontained BOOK 293, PAGE 835, Model 600HD or Equal Supplies blckt Bec$159,9003br, con-2ba storageConsistingof
therein and the proceed- PUBLIC RECORDS OF 2140-850 Pets/Lvestock 2275774130id day. 814er 7400ll serious offers or3-ffices
it for said Bonds, the GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. Specifications, can b ob- Wanted It's a Lifestyle, Not Just a mo min. Ise. $750 mo + -ADA Bathroom

is copies of your prop tainted in the Office of thecleaners LhursOpen
revenues pledged for the Job Travel-Work-Party- until. 803-604-0289 rt 500 sq.t. Warehouse 19.5 t Palm Beach 27,
payment thereof, and sa epu Any person claiming an in- Cle 1000 Pay 50 States. National Tin 8.2 Detroit Die
Obligations wha n issued terast in th surplus from Cecil G. C ostin, S. Blvd., f compay nowtime ork. ing 18+ $80.00 seGrs, Fly Bridge, Out
pursuant thereto, e nd said the sale if any, other than Room 148, Port St. Joe, Osharp Guys & Gals to work MINI P i RAiE fish finder and other

ersn others t dpc, TSABL S ST W ROEFLO A 6, all 227-3806pto pme et ail Space toesGori e, 2 n
Compaien t now having tyofPothSt e property owner as of Florida 32456, (850) & travel entire USA 2 317 WilliamClmate and Americas Galley, Tries, 2006 Yahaa
been presented to ing thisthe dat a of the is pond- 229-MARCH 6 ,11 2 009. weeks paid training,trans- I O t iNon egot-Climate Mini-Storage ad Alum.4 strokailer,115 00Call
Court, for entry of an Order ens, must file a claim Ip YOUR COM-portaion & lodging fur- I control storage O fMini-Soragex Au,0rilr-15 00, Call
to Show Cause pursuant within 60 days after the bids will bPuree openedeed Yellow Labs, wished. Paid daily 325 Reid e 502291542 or 832-2040Runs
to Chapter 75, Florida Stat- sale PANY NAME, SEALED twoPfemales, twoemales,b8 guarantees d Call Todayl "AAt9-6 850-229-8014
having or claiming any Mond the BID NUMBER wks ol03/02/09 $100at 1-888-741-2190, tart To- Boa/ storage 850-229-8014

right, title or interest in hs e at N E 1i0 :00 am FT andi th I 309 ReidAvenue Panama City Marina slip
fullproperty advito be affec Date d this 9th da public on the outside of your en850nov ated shell space; occupant ready; $478-4500/mo mod- 603. Call 850-871-9300
the issue ance of the Bonds, velope, and providethree 27-3611 or 227-771 day. goss or 8502580996
ses: ruary, 2009. copies of your proposal Lhurs Open
IT IS or to be affected thereby, AD- Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk reserve Now Hiring cleaners
JUDGED that the State of Clerk of the Circuit Court BIDS MUST BE SUBMITW- for vacation rental P t J Fisherman Boat

be and they are each LAW OFFICES OF right to reject any and all EOF 310 RedAvenue 38'rBlackfian Combi, 1997.
Florida, through the Stat By: Jasmine Hysmith Gulf County Board of properti2 huge lesative wells, new
Attorney o12the Fourteenth Deputy Cl400erk C RK Commissioners CUIpay llent Office Spa elecn 8 .2 Detroit Die-ng
200Judicial Circuit of Flor, IN ACCORDANCE WITH COSTIN, SR. BLVD., part time F rth tr t Ma ork.F er,
and the several ,property ROOMO148, PORTaSTD ve etilSpace Riggers, Diesel Genera-
owners, taxpayers and cit- THE AMERICANS WITH ROOM 148, PORT ST Call 227-3806 to Prime retai tor (new)r, full cabin,
izns of the City of Port St DISABILITIES ACT, per00 for all RFP/BIDS. Anyone 324 BY Four child care slots open Office space-576+/-sf, $800.00 per month (include utilities) @ 251-747-6830abs, Ba
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Thursday, February 26, 2009 www.starfl. com Page 12

Wewahitchka resident earns

1-million-mile safe driver award

temss, Inc., a safety-first non-
asset-based provider of trans-
portation and logistics services,
has recognized Roger Wirick of
Wewahitchka as a 1 Million Mile
Safe Driver. Wirick has driven 1
million consecutive miles with-
out a preventable accident. R(
Wirick is one of 80 men and WI
women who make up the 2008
class of Landstar Million Mile
Safe Drivers recently honored at an
awards banquet in Jacksofiville for
their outstanding safety records and
professionalism behind the wheel.
On average, it takes a truck operator
10 years to travel a million miles. This
distance would take a typical driver of
a passenger vehicle 67 years around
the time of their 83rd birthday to com-
"Roger represents the utmost in
safety, professionalism and driving
skills and is to be commended for his
impressive accomplishment," said
Landstar. president and CEO Henry
Gerkens. "Wewahitchka should be very
proud of him."
Wirick credits his extraordinary
safety record to proper use of turn sig-
nals and taking the time to spot poten-
tial hazards when backing up or ma-
neuvering in tight spaces.
Landstar's 2008 class of honorees
consists of 70 business capacity own-


ers (BCOs) with 1 million miles
of safe driving; eight 2 Million
Milers; and two 3 Million Milers.
BCO is Landstar's term for the
independent contractors who
provide the company with trans-
portation capacity under exclu-
sive lease arrangements.
The addition of the 2008 class
brings the total number of ac-
tive Landstar BCOs who have
earned the title of Million Mile

Safe Driver to 608. The complete list of
2008 Million Mile Safe Drivers is avail-
able at

About Landstar
Landstar System, Inc. delivers safe,
specialized transportation and logistics
services to a broad range of custom-
ers worldwide. The company identifies
and fulfills shippers' needs through the
coordination of individual businesses
comprised of independent sales agents
and third-party transportation and lo-
gistics capacity providers. Through its
operating subsidiaries, Landstar deliv-
ers excellence in complete transporta-
tion logistics services and solutions.
All Landstar companies are certified to
ISO 9001:2000 quality management sys-
tem standards. Landstar System, Inc.
is headquartered in Jacksonville. Its
common stock trades on the NASDAQ
Stock Market under the symbol LSTR.

Northwest Florida Better Business Bureau

warns of deceptive auto-warranty solicitations

Pensacola, Fla. (February 12, 2009)
- Your Better Business Bureau serving
northwest Florida is warning consum-
ers to be extremely wary of telemarket-
ing;calls and mailers which claim their
auto warranty has expired or is about to
expire. BBB advises that the deceptive
solicitations could persuade car own-
ers to purchase an extended
auto service contract of
questionable value.
BBB has seen a
spike in both com-
plaints and inquiries
from consumers over
misleading mailers or telemarketing
calls in reference to their auto warranty.
In 2008, over 140,000 consumers across
the country contacted their BBB to con-
firm the legitimacy of businesses.
"Due to economic troubles, BBB is
hearing from consumers who are being
harassed by telemarketers and mailers
trying to scare them into thinking their
auto warranty has expired or will shortly
expire," said Norman Wright, president
and CEO of your BBB. "In lying to con-
sumers about their coverage, they are'
potentially ignoring federal laws."
Consumers were told they needed to
take immediate action to avoid a lapse
in coverage. BBB research shows that
the consumer is actually being sold an
extended service contract.
The value of the various extended
service contracts has been called into


question, such as conditions being dif-
ficult to meet. For instance, pre-existing
conditions often are not covered and
proof of maintenance records is often
BBB offers the following advice for
dealing with a firm selling extended ser-
vice contracts:
Never give personal
information, including
Social Security, bank
or credit card num-
bers over the phone
to an unknown tele-
Before signing a contract or provid-
ing payment information, insist on get-
ting a contract first, in which all terms
and conditions are clearly explained.
Read your auto manufacturer's
warranty and contact your dealer or
manufacturer so that you are not pur-
chasing duplicate coverage.
Before purchasing warranty cover-
age, check the company out at www.bbb.
Consumers can place their phone
number on the federal do not call list by
visiting If the con-
sumer is already on the list but contin-
ues to receive calls, he or she can use
the same Web site to report the incident
to the FTC.
For more information you can trust
oh avoiding fraud and identity theft, go


Don't miss this fun-filled, scrumptious evening of
on-stage cooking demonstrations, goodie bags lots of raffle
prizes, plus exhibits and booths!

Seating is limited!
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Thursday, March 5th
Marina Civic Center, Panama City
Tickets: $10 in advance at The News Herald or
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Show starts at 6:30 p.m.
Doors open at 4 p.m. to visit booths
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* Visit a variety of vendors' booths before the show;
including a pre-tasting wine booth with
National Sponsor, Gallo Wine.

New this year, The Taste of Home 2008 revised
Cook Book will only be available to attendees at a
discounted price! "Limited quantity available.


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