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City Expands



By Marie Logan
Contributing Writer
It's now official again.
At last week's Port St. Joe city commission
meeting, commissioners adopted and passed
(5-0) a resolution allowing the expansion of the
Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency boundaries
to once again include the entire community of
north Port St. Joe.
The city's redevelopment boundaries now in-'
elude all of the downtown area, all of north Port
St. Joe, and a significant portion of the down-
town waterfront.
Later in the meeting, Commissioner John
Reeves pushed to get preliminary survey work
started on the proposed road linking Martin
Lu-ther King Boulevard and Williams Avenue,
a project agreed to by the city and the St. Joe
Reeves reminded the board that they agreed
they wanted it done several months ago, "but it
keeps getting shut down," Reeves said.
He reminded other commissioners that sev-
eral different companies had agreed to handle
portions of the work for free and he wanted the
project moved to the second spot in the city's
list of recommendations to be accomplished us-
ing the last of the road bond dollars.
Reeves made a motion to authorize Preble-
Rish, the city's engineering firm of record, to
immediately begin the survey work, which they
had agreed to do for free.
He also said in the next week both city engi-
neers and St. Joe Company representatives
were to "nail down" the concept drawing for the
proposed connector road and made a motion to
have survey crews begin working immediately
after that.
St. Joe attorneys attending the meeting said
they would ''be more comfortable if the city ap-
proved the configuration first before surveying
Reeves agreed to pull his motion until the
next meeting. :
With Monument 'Avenue closed to through
traffic until mid-May because of infrastructure,
work, Reeves pressed the board to describe,
just how residents along Monument were being
notified of what exactly was happening and the
construction schedule for each block of Monu-
According to city manager Charlie Weston,
residents along the affected areas are being no-
tified by information in the local newspaper, at
the upcoming town hall meeting, notices in wa-
ter bills, postings at city hall. and other methods
of notification.
Residents on Sunset Circle are about to face
the same issues as those along Monument.
Work on the Sunset Circle drainage problem
is almost ready to begin, according Weston.'But
time and money constraints on the grant used
to fund part of the project have left the project
with no money or time to repave the street after
Commissioner Rex Buzzett, who lives on
Sunset Circle, was not happy about the situ-
ation and said the city needed to find money
somewhere to repave at least the sections of
road that would be affected.
"Homeowners on Sunset need to know
what's happening and what's going to get torn
up," Buzzett said:
The board agreed to go out for bid on the pro-
ject while Weston promised to work with the en-
gineers on exactly where the road would be cut
and the cost to repave. *
In other business conducted at the meeting:
The second reading of an ordinance ap-
proving the restated development order for'
the WindMark Beach development, was held
and the ordinance passed with no opposition.
Another ordinance, amending the city com-pre-
hensive plan to incorporate the WindMark de-
velopment into the plan, was also read for the
second time and passed unanimously.
Weston announced that a new Port St. Joe
city limit sign will soon be placed between St.
Joe Beach and the western side of the Wind-
Mark development, approximately where the
old highway separates from the new segment.



By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

Eighty-six years ago, 10 young wom-
en weary of being harassed by men on
the streets of Washington banded to-
gether to launch a living room revolu-
Calling themselves the Anti-Flirt
Club,they drafted a 10-item Decalogue,
intended to teach women how to com-
port themselves in a changing world.
The rules were stringent no flirt-
ing, winking or smiling at the opposite"
sex, no carousing with "dandified cake
eaters" or "lounge lizards."
The women followed their treatise
with an Anti-Flirt Week celebration,
beginning on March 4.
Club members appeared in public
wearing membership buttons and ban-
ners, and lectured at city meetings.
For a brief time, the Anti-Flirts were.
minor celebrities.
Their enterprise gained unlikely
support from Oklahoma representa-
tive Manuel Herrick, who urged the
club to expand its outreach.
As the Washington Post reported
on March 3, 1923, Herrick advised

SUBMITTED PHOTO I Special to the Star
Alice Reighly of Washington D.C. served as the Anti-Flirt Club president.
Founded on Feb. 27, 1923, the club established 10 rules of proper female


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Champion of children is lost

By Tim Croft -
Star News Editor
Jo Clements, her voice break-
ing and emotion spilling out after a
day of erecting a dam to her heart,
faced a dilemma Monday after-
With the sudden death of Dr. Da-
vid Langston on Monday; Clements
considered canceling after-school
tutoring at Port St. Joe Elemen-
tary School, tutoring funded by the
foundation Langston birthed and
The answer came to Clements -
while her mind conjured Langs-


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Thursday, March 12, 2009

ANTI-FLIRT from page Al

the club's organizers to do
"something really worth-
while for the female sex"
by forming a "national or-
der of Anti-Flirts."
Though the Anti-Flirt
Club has been confined to
the footnotes of history, its
Feb. 27, 1923 Decalogue
remains an interesting ru-
mination on proper female
As we celebrate Wom-
en's History Month, we
reprint it below, with apolo-
gies to cake eaters and
lounge lizards everywhere.
Rules for Anti-Flirts
1. Don't flirt; those who
flirt in haste oft repent in
2. Don't accept rides
from flirting motorists
- they don't all invite you in
to save you a walk.
3. Don't use your eyes
for ogling they were made
for worthier purposes.
4. Don't go out with men
you don't know they may
be married, and you may be
in for a hair-pulling match.
5. Don't wink a flutter
of one eye may cause a tear
in the other.
6. Don't smile at flir-
tatious strangers save
them for people you know.
7. Don't annex all the
men you can get by flirt-
ing with many you may
lose out on the one.
8. Don't fall for the slick,
dandified cake eater the
unpolished gold of a real
man is worth more than
the gloss of a lounge liz-
9. Don't let elderly men
with an eye to a flirtation
pat you on the shoulder
and take a fatherly inter-
est in you. Those are usu-
ally the kind who want to
forget they are fathers.
10. Don't ignore the man
you are sure of while you
flirt with another. When
you return to the first one
you may find him gone.

SUBMITTED PHOTO I Special to the Star
Alice Reighly breaks the Anti-Flirt Club's fifth rule:
'"Don't wink a flutter of one eye may cause a tear
in the other."

The 10 founding members of the Anti-Flirt Club were
fed up with being harassed by men in cars and on
street corners.

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Thursday, March 1 2, 2009 The Stan A3 Local

Help the fight against cancer -

Pass the Poop

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Cameroon elephant
poop might not seem the
most appropriate device
for raising money to fight
cancer, but the folks at
First United Methodist
Church have taken on
the challenge.
In what is surely one
of the more unique meth-
ods of raising money for
a Relay for Life team,
.the church has created
a mound of faux poo and
a plan to pass it around
- or to purchase protec-
tion so that the pile of.
"dung" doesn't end up in
your yard.
Currently on display
at the parsonage next
door to the church, 'the
Cameroon Elephant
Poop neatly ties several
church missions togeth-
er for a battle against
the country's number
one killer, cancer.
"It's something not
uncommon to small
communities," said Beth
Bauer, who is in charge
of the poop patrol. She
noted that a church
member noted a similar
drive in their hometown
in Georgia and in her
brother's small town in
Taking a page from
those efforts which typ-
ically involve a commode
in the yard the First

United Methodist folks
created a tribute, both to
their missions in Africa
and to the late Billy Joe
Rish, a tireless church
leader for many decades
and for whom this year's
Relay for Life team is
The Cameroon comes
from the African country
to which the church has
sent missions the past
several years, assisting
with spreading the word

and building a church in
an impoverished area of
the country.
The First United
Methodist team for Re-
lay for Life .is a testa-
ment to the deeply-held
faith of Rislh.
"The team is mostly
made up of members
from the Sunday School
class that Billy Joe Rish
used to teach," Bauer
said, adding that since
his passing last year the

class is now known as
the Pridgeon-Rish Sun-
day School class.
Clifford Sanborn do-
nated some Styrofoam
that when painted and
cut just right looks much
like a pile of elephant
poo, as evidenced by a
bit of research on the
Internet. For easy trans-
port from yard to yard,
Lamar Moore pitched
in with some netting to
keep the poop together.

A few surrounding
signs announce the iden-
tity and intent of the dis-
play, providing a bit of
comic relief in the pro-
The effort works
-something like this.

A property owner can
- with a $10 check made
out to the American Can-
cer Society purchase
a protection policy that
will keep the poop from
landing in their yard.
Consider it poop insur-
"If it shows up in your
yard you can have it re-
moved with a $15 check
to the American Cancer
Society," Bauer noted,
explaining that anoth-
er $5 will allow you to
choose the next target
yard for the pile of poop,
which has no residual
Additionally, a $10 do-
nation to ACS will allow
one to pick a target for a
little yard-pooing.
"You can buy a target,"
Bauer said. "They can
call my number and for
$10 they can say where
they want it to go."
To purchase a protec-
tion policy, who knows
where the poop might go,
or to pick a target or to
have the poop removed
from your yard, contact
Bauer at 340-0779.
Help wage the battle
against cancer put a
little poop in your life.

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friend lost

"See you later, I appre- had assisted him and fu-
ciate you." eled his drive to give back
Those were the last to the community inhab-
words I exchanged with ited by the very people
Dr. David Langston. who had taken a kid wvho
We were standing could have gotten lost in
along one baseline a cou- the shuffle and put him on
ple of weeks ago the right path.
as Franklin Coun- Basketball rare-
ty and Cottondale ly came up.
readied to play a The Norris D.
region champion- Langston Youth
ship game with a Scholarship Foun-
trip to the state nation always did.
final four on the Dr. Langston
line. TIM CROFT loved the game of
If there was a Star news editor basketball,. played
basketball game it as well, arguably,
underway in as any individual
Northwest Florida, odds who has ever come out of
were pretty good David Port St. Joe or the county,
Langstonr was in atten- for that matter, according
dance., to those privileged to have
Whether within the of- seen him, but it was far
ten too-sparse crowds at from a defining character-
a Port St. Joe High girls' istic.
game or a boys' contest To Dr. Langston,.if he or
he loved the Tiger Sharks his foundation could reach
and enjoyed working with even one child, helped
Coach Derek Kurnitsky turned them in the proper
- Dr. Langston was sitting direction, be it with the af-
or standing there. ter-school, mentoring or
And he was always Dr. motivational programs his
Langston to me. foundation offered, then
He had earned the title, the day was a success.
earned- the respect, just Those days were too
for his drive and passion short for him. He was
for children and for the one of the hardest work-
foundation that was a trib- ing men I have ever met,
ute to that passion and his fueled by some unseen
brother, who died way too passion that bubbled up
early in life. through that sometimes
Ralph Rish said some- gruff exterior and gravelly
thing while I was writing voice.
the story about.Dr. Langs- A passion to give back,
ton's passing that struck just as others had given to
me. him.
"He was what he We talked about politics
preached and part of that and race, about the chang-
was loyalty," Rish said. ing face of the community
"If you were loyal to him, and what was required to
you had the best friend for" foster more growth, more
life." I opportunities, more of ev-
Many was the day that erything that would ben-
Dr. Langston would sit efit a child.
using that term loosely And as we talked his
as anybody who knew Dr. phone would continually
Langston would attest- in ring.
my office and talk about Eugene Raffield was
an endeavor he was un- right when he said Dr.
dertaking, be it with his Langston could get more
foundation or his annual done from a "car office"
banquet and basketball than anybody he knew,
tournament, and those because that cell phone
discussions meandered of his must have had un-
into the world beyond, limited minutes because
About Dr. Langston's he was always making or
belief that no matter the receiving calls.
start in life a child has, if I always found it humor-
he or she is willing to work ous that despite his deep,
hard and be dedicated and raspy voice, Dr. Langston
respectful, they could go would feel the need to con-
far. stantly change the phone
He would talk about in his hand depending on
people like Gene Raffield, whether he was listening
Walter Wilder and Ger-- .or speaking, moving the
trude Jackson, how they speaker closer when talk-
had nurtured his brother ing, planting it to his ear
Norris and himt after the when listening.
brothers lost their parents Technology was only
at a young age. necessary for carrying out
He would talk about
Mr. Rish and others who See KLATTERINGS A5


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Readers' FORUM

Help the schools
Dear Editor,
Mr. Kevin Welch of Gulf County re-
cently wrote letters to area newspa-
pers claiming, "Local elected officials
have jumped on the fear bandwagon.
Save Our Schools is the scare tactic
propaganda slogan being used to pro-
mote their position..."
While it is certainly true that these
are scary times, the goal of the forums
held throughout the county has been
to educate the voters face-to-face
as to the need for an increase in the
millage rate. Ample time has been af-
forded to those in attendance to pose
questions which were a
courteous, understandable manner.
" Unlike other government agencies
that can by a simple majority vote of
its commissioners, school boards are
required to have the electorate de-
cide whether or not the millage can
be raised when the money sought is
to be used for retaining employees
and purchasing supplies for students.
The school board can, however, with-
out voter approval increase to two
mills for school construction and
equipment such as computers.
In Gulf County, the school board
has been a prudent guard of the mill-
age rate that it has chosen to levy. To
out knowledge, the board has never
levied the maximum allowed by state
law. Currently, just six other school
districts in the state are below two
mills. Not only has the board chosen
to be wise stewards of the tax payers'
money, it has also been conscientious
in managing the revenue that it re-
ceives. Just recently board members
and the superintendent under their
own volition reduced their salaries.
We take great offense to Mr.
Welch's statement, "Our leaders' past
actions have heavily contributed to
our economic turmoil." He seems to
be insinuating that the school board
has mismanaged its budget and now
finds itself in dire straights. This is
simply not the case. The board is
dealing with the hand that has been
dealt by the state, and in the case of
education in Florida, that hand is
more of a slap in the face than four
aces! Talk about scary.. .try manag-
ing a budget when every few months
word is received that more funding
cuts are mandatory.

As it now stands, the only want
to get relief is through this referen-
dum which will sunset in four years.
A sales tax to help pay for employee
retention, though more equitable, has
been nixed by the state.
So we say to Mr. Welch and oth-
ers who maintain the same mind set:
scary, yes; scare tactics, no! Gulf
County voters, please join in saving
jobs and programs in our schools.
By. doing so, the "economic turmoil"
can be lessoned as well. Please vote
Jerry and Carol Kelley

Empathy, but still vote 'No'
Dear Editor:
In response to Jerry and Carol Kel-
ley (see letter this page), I admire and
commend you for taking the initiative
to publish your opinions regarding
the proposed tax increase.
I can understand as much as
anyone the importance of providing
education to the youth of Gulf County.
However, at some point the taxpayers
of Gulf County need a break.
It is my opinion that one of the pri-
mary reasons for the downturn in the
local real estate market and economy
was excessive taxation. As taxes in-
creased, more property owners want-
ed to sell and fewer people wanted to
buy. Businesses were forced to close
because higher taxation eliminated
the chance of making a profit. As
businesses closed, jobs were lost and
more people were forced to move to
areas that offered opportunities that
are not available in Gulf County.
Do the citizens want this trend to
continue? Wouldn't it be nice if the
graduating students of the Gulf Coun-
ty school system could find quality
gainful employment locally?
Higher taxes will discourage busi-
nesses from opening in Gulf County
Higher taxes will cause housing costs
to rise and make relocating to Gulf
County less attractive to potential
new residents. Fewer jobs and less
people will mean that the tax burden
will increase for the remaining resi-
dents of Gulf County.
Is there an easy solution to the
budget shortcomings? Absolutely not!
Tough choices will have to be made in
order to survive the challenges that

lay ahead. It would be nice if every
time you had a financial problem all
you had to do was reach in your boss's
wallet and take money to pay for the
problem. That is not how it works.
When citizens face financial distress,
they tighten their budget. They spend
less, work a second job, cut back on
luxury items, and live within their
If this were a time of prosperity,
citizens might be able to absorb an-.
other tax increase. This is not a time
of prosperity. It is not the time to raise
taxes. Everywhere you look busi-
nesses and government agencies are
cutting back. They are making tough
painful choices. It is unfortunate that
poor leadership and oversight has al-
lowed the situation to become so dire.
Hopefully when elections come, vot-
ers will remember these times and
weed out those that were responsible
for our current problems.
Kevin Welch
St. Joe Beach

A shark always
Dear Editor:
I'm a native of Port St. Joe and now
live in the big city. I keep up with all
the latest and greatest news of PSJ
via your web site. It's always great to
read about the changes and news of
my hometown, especially as I don't
get home as often as I would like. De-
spite all the changes(good and bad),
Port St. Joe holds a very special place
in my heart and will always be my
home no matter where I live. I'm sure
that I speak for untold numbers of na-
tives of "The Joe" when I say that my
hometown is the best!
Linda (Jackson) Willis
PSJHS Class of 81

Buy American
Dear Editor:
Is it necessary what we choose
a Vision for America unable to cope
with the problems facing the greatest
nation in the world? Some of our at-
titudes need to change.
I am proud to purchase anything
made in America if it is available. I
have been successfully driving noth-

Doc King broke the mold!

"Coach, are we
paying you enough
to live on?"
I paused and
pondered on the
question. .Where I
came from it was
pretty bold to ask
a man about his HUN
income. I would
learn quickly that DOV
being direct and to Kesley
the point was a trait
that Robert E. King wore
"Well, sir," I was a fresh
out of college and didn't
know a half-dozen people
in St. Joe. I figured the
truth couldn't hurt. "I'm
making almost five-hun-
dred a month and I've got a
hundred and fifty-six dollar
car payment, I'm paying
one hundred and seventy
dollars a month on eighty
acres I'm buying in West
Tennessee, I'm making
payments on a National
Defense loan that got me
through school, I'm help-
ing my brother a little and
my rent is one hundred
dollars a month."
It was Doc's turn to
pause. But only for an in-
stant, "Boy, your math ain't
.no good!" He frowned like
I was crazy. And then he
grinned. It was a wide open
grin. One that I would come
to love and appreciate over
the years. He wasn't pry-
ing. He was interested!
"We will have to do some-
thing about your math!"
And he did. In less than
a week he stopped me after
football practice. "Coach,
I've got an empty store
building down town. It ain't
no fancy beach house. But
it's got a shower and bath-
room in the back. You are
welcome to it. And it won't
cost you a thing."
It was a large build-
ing right on Reid Avenue.
"Doc," We were moving in

a bed and a couch
that he'd found
somewhere. "I see
people staring, is it
legal to live in the
middle of town?"
"You let me wor-
ry about that."
KER I moved in. And
you should have
WN seen Doc's grin
olbert when I bragged to
folks about having
the largest living room in
Northwest Florida. Listen,
I had a seven car garage!
And we'd pull a bench out
front on Saturdays and
the kids would come "sit
a spell" and wave to shop-
pers hurrying along Reid.
If there was any official
opposition to me living
down there I never heard
a. word about it. Doc took
care of it.
Miss Janet hugged me
like I'd lived here all my life.
Karen, Chris and Cuyler
didn't listen much in class
but they were a heck of a
lot of fun away from school.
Chris spent the summer
of his junior year in Ten-
nessee with me. Doc just
grinned when I told him of
almost killing his son when
the barn collapsed. He
could see that Chris made
it home in one piece. That
seemed enough to him. It
was years later, when I had
a junior in high school, that
I began to understand the
trust and care he'd placed
in my hands.
I went by to see him
when I decided to run for a
political office. He frowned.
And then the grin, "Man,
have you lost your mind?
That's the worst job in the
county! They're going to
blame you for everything."
It didn't take long to
find out he was absolutely
He'd come around ev-
ery year with those Ki-

wanis Pancake tickets. He
wouldn't let me buy just
one. He'd stand there and
hold'em out until I'd bought
what he thought was an ap-
propriate amount. He'd get
all the cash I had on me!
And then the grin, "Now,
that's more like it!" I ate so
many pancakes one year,'
he made me pay again be-
fore I could leave!
He'd didn't charge for
the "down home" meals he
whipped up in the "kitchen"
beside his office. I figured
he put the cookery there
so he wouldn't have to tote
the turnip greens and col-
lards far from his garden.
He'd call, "Coach, soup is
on. You'd better get down
here quick. We don't like
politicians but we're going
to make an exception this
I wouldn't take anything
for the lunch time I spend
in that old shed. Eating
mustard greens, cornbread
and buckets of rutabag-
ers while listening to Doc
"hold forth" on a variety of
topics. You talk about shin-
ning times!
His favorite story con-
cerned my role as county
property appraiser. He'd
make me get up and tell it
every time he could gather
up a crowd. I'm going to
do it one more time just to
see Doc grin..There was a
couple in the office from
Montgomery, Alabama,
and they were determined
that I had one set of books
for the local people and an
entirely different set for
out of town tax payers. Of
course, they gave me way
too much credit; I'm not
smart enough to pull some-
thing like that off. I spent
an exasperating hour or
so showing them every as-
sessed value up and down
the coast clearly demon-
strating that they were all

the same. The man was
convinced. The woman
wasn't dead certain posi-
tive but she was leaning
my way when Doc, who I
hadn't seen in six months
and who certainly had no
idea what I was doing or
who I was talking to, stuck
his head in the door, "Kes,
are you still taking care of
us local folks and socking
it to those out-of-towners!"
He ducked back out with-
out missing a stride leav-
ing two steaming mad and
one astonished appraiser
He always had a word
for me when we met. Most
of it was printable. He could
lambaste, congratulate, en-
courage or ease me down a
notch with equal aplomb.
He loved this town, this
area, this state and this na-
tion. If ever a man wore his
feeling on his sleeve it was
Doc. There was no guile or
deception about him. Truly,
what you saw was what you
I tried to thank him
several times for the early
days when he gave me the
rent free living quarters.
He'd wave his hand and
change the subject. It was
like he'd done nothing. Or
it was something anyone
would have done for any-
one! Well, it wasn't. But
Doc didn't keep score like
the rest of us.
I miss him. And I'm
thankful for him. Without
the help he so graciously
bestowed on a fresh out
of college youngster who
owed more than he could
pay back in 1969 I don't be-
lieve I could have stayed.
He is directly responsible
for everything I have ac-
complished in Gulf County.
I bet that would get a
grin out of him.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

LETTERS from page A4

ing but cars bearing our coun-
try's name for the past 65 years
and am proud to do so. I find
people driving our vehicles with
great success but are reluctant
to brag about them as some driv-
ing foreign products like to do. As
our auto industry goes, so goes
our economy.
When I see a Toyota I remem-.
ber Pearl Harbor, the Bataan
Death March and the many
friends I helped bury at sea in
the South Pacific during World
War II because of the Japanese
suicide bombings. Some things
are hard to forget.
I believe in Amprica first. If
we are patriotic it requires us
not just to say what our country
does for us, but what we can do
to help our country regain its
leadership around the world. In
these troubled times we need to
remember it is always darkest
before the dawn.
Paul Summerlot
Port St. Joe

Pests 3, County 2
Dear Editor:
At the -Feb. 24 county com-
mission meeting the flip-floppers
flopped again.
We had the opportunity to
make out county a cleaner, safer
and healthier place for residents
and visitors alike.
Mandatory county-wide gar-
bage pickup was voted down by
the same thre6 commissioners
who are keeping this county from
moving forward. They-were all
for this until it suddenly became
a problem for those of us who are
elderly or on a fixed income.
Duh, who would this not
I am in that category and
the biggest problem many of us
have is the fiscal irresponsibility
of the majority of this commis-
sion. I recall Mr. Williams stat-
ing upon gaining his seat "our
taxpayers should receive a fair
value for the, taxes they pay."
What a battle that is. Anything
that has the term "county-wide"
gets red lights and sirens flash-
ing for these regressive commis-
sioners for whom only 20 percent
of us are allowed to vote. It's an
old story but true. We pay their
wages, they spend dour cash but
we can't vote them in or out of of-
So the beat goes on, the gar-

bage problem conti
Waste Management r
pickup contract desp:
ing the lowest bidde
that all about?

nues and
retains the
ite not be-
r. What is

Tom Knoche
Port St. Joe

Why five commissioners?
Dear Editor:
I have heard the Gulf County
Commissioners gnashing of
teeth on how to slash the budget
to meet the demands of the "evil"
Florida state government to give
some tax relief to troubled home-
owners. After attending the com-
mission meeting of Feb. 24, 2009,
I have a suggestion which will
save the taxpayers thousands of
dollars per year. My suggestion
is to eliminate all of the commis-
sioners except Commissioner
Peters. He makes 95 percent of
the county's decisions anyway,
thus the other commissioners
are extraneous.
Commissioners McLemore
and Traylor consistently defend
what they consider the interests
of north Gulf County. Commis,
sioner Yeager tries to address
the specific issue and Commis-
sioner Williams looks to the ben-
efit of the entire county and gen-
erally agrees with Conmmissioner
Yeager. So most of the time Com-
missioner Peters makes the de-
cisions anyway.
In the meeting on the Feb. 24,
the commission was to hear from
the volunteer study group to in-
vestigate the upcoming contract
renewal for solid waste (garbage
collection). The group unani-
mously agreed that the contract
should be awarded to a company
who had the lowest cost (almost
50 percent of the current cost);
was local in origin; Would create
local jobs; would make garbage
collection an obligation of all res-
idents of the county.
In addition, the unanimously
selected company would .front
the start up cost, make contrac-
tual agreements to mitigate the.
impact on senior citizens on fixed
incomes; provide for weekend
collections to the "tourist corri-
dor" of the county.
Once again, Commissioners
McLemore and Traylor who had
previously agreed to the com-
mittee to study the problem and
kept abreast of the activities of
the committee at the end stone-

walled and then blocked the
unanimous recommendation of
the committee they constituted.
This tactic by commissioners
McLemore and Traylor is not
new. They did the same to the
budget suggestions by the com-
mittee chaired by Charlie Weston
(now the Port St. Joe city man-
ager) which would have saved
the county $600,000, and the re-
districting committee chaired by
Julia Cunningham; and the Indi-
an Pass flood plain management.
They set up committees to delay
the decision-making process and
then tear the findings apart.
See, the decision always re-
sides with Nathan Peters, so
eliminate the cost of the other
commissioners. If we are going
to wind up with a one person gov-
erning body, let's at least be hon-
est about it.
James F. McKenzie
St. Joe Beach
County Should Cut Taxes
Dear Editor:
This afternoon I attended a
town hall meeting held by War-
ren Yeager, 5thDistrict Commis-
sioner of Gulf County.
It was an informative meet-
ing, and Mr. Yeager seemed well
versed on what is happening in
District 5. I did come away from
the meeting with some misgiv-
ings, however. When Mr. Yea-
ger was asked to pledge that he
would not vote to raise taxes, he
never actually made that pledge.
He did say that the BOCC was
committed to reducing spending,
but I never heard him say, "I will
not vote to increase taxes." He
indicated that the board was in
a cost-cutting frame of mind, but
he never stated that he would
vote against a millage increase.
Since property values contin-
ue to fall in Gulf County, assess-
ments should 'also fall. As a re-
sult, the county will receive fewer
ad valorem tax dollars. I've fol-
lowed the BOCC since 2005 and
have only seen budget cuts occur
when the board was forced to do
so by the state. Mr. Yeager said
he thought the BOCC could find
about $2,000,000 to cut in the fis-
cal-year 09/10 budget. This was
based on a study provided to the
board by Don Butler. The infor-
mation Mr. Yeager neglected to
mention was the "potential in-
creases" Mr. Butler also submit-

ted. These increases could easi-
ly wipe out the savings Mr. Butler
proposed. If the BOCC can find
$2,000,000 to cut in the next bud-
get, why were they unable to do
the same in the current budget?
It will be interesting to watch
the budget process unfold over
the next few months. I encour-
age all citizens of Gulf County to
attend the commission meetings
and workshops. Unfortunately, I
believe that we will see little or
no decrease in spending. In fact,
I believe we will see an increase
in the millage rate, keeping the
county budget about where it is
now. We are all being forced to
tighten our belts the county still
has a few notches left before it
achieves the proper fit.
Barbara Radcliff
Indian Pass

Close tobacco loophole
Dear Editor:
Just like Florida's families
deciding around their kitchen
tables how to make do with less;
our Legislature must decide how
. to balance. a shrinking budget
while protecting public priori-
Last year, Florida's Healthy
Start program served 195,998
at-risk pregnant women and in-
fants. The program is credited
with reducing infant mortality
since it began.
This year, Healthy Start,
which provides prenatal health
services for pregnant women
and babies, is threatened with
a 22 percent funding cut that
could strip health services from
more than 43,000 babies. This
means in Bay, Franklin and Gulf
Counties alone over $2,000 fewer
moms and babies would have
access to vital help needed for a
healthy outcome.
With lives at stake, we must
consider other options. One
solution for our Legislature to
consider is to close a loophole in
Florida's tobacco policy that al-
lows companies that make bud-
get cigarettes to avoid nearly $90
million in state payments that
other cigarette makers have to
If the Legislature 'closed this
loophole, they could raise enough
money to fully fund Healthy Start
and other programs that protect
the health of Florida's mothers

The choice is simple: protect
babies and provide funding for
vital services. As our Legislature
gathers around their big kitchen
table, let's hope they make the
right choice.
Sharon Owens
Executive Director
Bay, Franklin, Gulf Healthy Start

Save our private sector
Dear Editor:
In any society that values and
pursues any degree of individual
freedom our government institu-
tions can only be permanently
saved by first saving and grow-
ing our private sector. Private
sector payrolls and profits are
the mother's milk to any com-
munity or society. If there were
not a private sector creating and
producing value there would be
no tax base and government in-
stitutions would cease to exist.
The redistribution of resourc-
es does not create or save jobs;
at best it only transfers jobs from
one industry to another chosen
industry. Most likely the redis-
tribution of resources eliminates
jobs on net balance because cen-
tral planners generally do not
allocate resources as efficiently
as the voluntary-exchange free
market system and thus wealth
is destroyed or more accurately
prevented from ever coming into
existence and our community or
society on net balance suffers. ,
The best way to save our gov-
ernment institutions is to save
our private sector by providing
an environment where jobs are
protected and new jobs created
resulting in greater consumer
demand and thus profits are
possible which grows business
creating greater payrolls and
. the positive cycle continues.
This process creates wealth and
drives up value which increases
ad-valorem tax collections and
everyone in this scenario wins.
There' is a balance of maxi-
mum burden placed on the pri-
vate sector that must not be
tipped. Exercise your right to
make decisions that result in
the private sector growing pay-
rolls and profits and we will save
and even grow both private and
public institutions in a balanced
Rick Taylor
Port St. Joe

KLATTERINGS from page A4

his mission, his goals. Old-
fashioned leg work was his
modus operandi.
We knew each other's
vehicles and he'd see me
driving past and while he'd
acknowledge me, heaven
help me if I were to divert
him from an important
phone call that might result
in more resources for his
foundation, more opportu-
nities for his children.
There were simply no
gray areas when it came to
his kids, or much else for
that matter. He was strong
and opinionated, maybe
some would say cantanker-
ous; his opinions informed
by a life dedicated to work-
ing the halls of power on be-
half of those who wouldn't

understand empowerment
unless somebody showed
them the way.
That was Dr. Langston's
job, no, calling, his cru-
And he was constantly
on that crusade. The days
contained too few hours for
Dr. Langston, an inhibitor
to his overarching cause, to
provide the opportunity for
young people to make their
lives better.
He didn't provide hand-
outs, there were no free
passes. He wanted only to
offer what had been offered
when he was young by a
Select few people who saw
promise in the young Da-
vid Langston a hand, an
opening, a chance.


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Students at Port St. Joe Elementary School hold up signs recognizing Dr. Langston's 10 steps to success during a program last year.

ton's gravelly, often de-
manding voice.
"I knew I had to hold
the tutoring class because
he would have been yelling
at me wondering why I had
canceled," Clements said.
"We'll just have to take it
one day at a time, one day
at a time.
"As an educator, not
having that passion and
support of his around, it
will make me work even
harder, be even better as a

Langston died Monday
at age 57 from the effects
of a brain aneurysm suf-
fered Saturday night while
returning from Marianna.
Langston had attended the
state junior college basket-
ball championship games
held at Chipola College.
Langston's passion was
enhancing the lives of oth-
ers, particularly students
and especially those at
risk of falling through the

cracks of bureaucracy.
. Providing an outreach,
a hand -once extended to
him, and help for those
willing to work hard, be
disciplined and not allow
the circumstances of life
to become a crutch. That
philosophy helped David
Langston emerge from a
difficult childhood to be-
come a community advo-
Langston died quietly,
surrounded by his family

in a Jackson County hospi-
tal. It was somewhat fitting
that death came after he'd
soaked in the atmosphere
of the two things that de-
fined much of his life, bas-
ketball and education.

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Langston arrived cen-
ter stage at a critical time
in the community's history.
His parents died when he
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were young boys. They
were raised by Gertrude
Jackson, known for a some-
times severe, no-nonsense
approach with the young-
sters who came under her
"She was a remarkable,
uhyielding woman," re-
membered former School
Superintendent Walter
Wilder. "She was unyield-
ing about anything that
was not honorable and she
was demanding in terms of
respect. That's where he
got it from."
When Langston reached
high school the district was
in the midst of integration.
After spending his first
years at all-black Washing-
ton High School, Langston
transferred to Port St. Joe
along with several other
basketball players and
friends he lured with him.
Norris stayed behind at
In March 1969, Langs-
ton's senior year, Coach
Bill Dickson fielded an inte-
grated basketball team that
behind Langston went on to
win the school's first state
championship. Langston
scored 38 points and pulled
down 22 rebounds to lead
the underdog Sharks to the
Athletic achievement
was common for Langston,
who was among the first
full class of inductees into
the Port St. Joe High School
Athletics Hall of Fame.
Allan Bense, former
Speaker of the. Florida
House of Representatives,
played for Springfield
Rutherford at the time and
remembered matchups
against Langston.
"It was like Michael Jor-
dan playing against some
fbtour-foot guy, it was ridicu-,
lous," Bense said. "He was
so much better than any-
body. But what impressed
me was he was such a
humble person, a humble
Langston averaged 31.8

points per game in 1969 and
was named a Sunkist All-
He was named to the
High School All-Southern
Team that included col-
lege and NBA great Bob
McAdoo and two players
who would play for NCAA
championships in the com-
ing years, Larry Finch, at
the University of Memphis
and Ron King, at Florida
State University.
Langston also had a key
role to play off the court in
the turbulent time of inte-
gration. His was a voice of
reason beyond his years,
Wilder said.
"He was just a remark-
able kid," Wilder said. "He
came along at a time when
integration was in full
swing, with all the prob-
lems that it brought. He
always promoted harmony.
He never bought into this
'we should all be fighting
each other because we
aren't alike' kind of stuff."
Wilder and "Big Gene"
Raffield took Langston un-
der their wing, mentoring
him about life, success,
hard work, dedication and
Wilder remembered
that Langston often would
introduce him as his father,
prompting a double-take at
the African-American "son"
and the white "father."
Langston went on to
Gulf Coast Community
College, and then to Drake
University on a basketball
scholarship. He was cap-
tain of the Drake team and
earned All-Missouri Valley
Conference honors.
He was drafted by the
NBA's Philadelphia 76ers
and Memphis of the rival
American Basketball Asso-
ciation (ABA). His success
was such that later, after
college, he once conducted
a basketball camp that
featured an NBA forward
named Larry Bird.

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LANGSTON from paeM A6

As Wilder noted, Langs-
ton had the talent, the intel-
lect and the passion to do
most anything he desired.
But what Wilder knew and
many would come to discov-
er was that Dr. David Langs-
ton never defined himself by

Extending the hand
and honoring a brother
Langston wanted to give
back to the community that
had provided him so much,
and pay forward what men
such as Wilder, Raffield,
Dickson and others had of-
The early passing of his
brother, Norris, supplied
the face of the foundation
Langston created to that
"The one thing I always
admired about him was the
love and dedication to his
brother," Bense said. "I also
always admired his dedica-
tion to children and educa-
The Norris D. Langston
Youth Foundation started
out of the garage of Langs-
ton's home. Over time it ex-
panded across Northwest
Florida, its driving force the
man who frequently could
be seen traveling on his way
to Tallahassee or Orlando to
lobby for funds and support.
"He could do more from
a car office than anybody
I have ever seen,", said
Eugene Raffield, a life-
long friend and son of "Big
Over the 11 years of the
-foundation's existence its
tentacles have reached-into
eight Northwest Florida
counties. Langston estab-
lished after-school tutoring
programs, mentoring pro-

Dr. David Langston and students were always a mix
to smile about.

grams, motivational events.
His programs particu-
larly targeted those at-risk,
and were tailored to meet
individual needs. State test
scores at schools across the
foundation's service area
improved almost unilater-
"Sometimes the children
who are having a tough time
in life don't have a lobbyist,"
Bense said. "That lobbyist
was David."
Langston was tenacious
in seeking and typically re-
ceiving state and federal
funding for his programs.
He was tenacious in advo-
cating that with hard work,
any'child, regardless of cir-
cumstance could succeed.
He was living proof.

Never Quit
A highlight each year
was the foundation's annual
banquet and basketball tour-
nament, where Langston at-
tracted guest speakers such
as Bense, Florida Secretary
of Education Frank Brogan
and Brogan's successor,
Jim Home.
The banquet also was

the opportunity to hand out
college scholarship money
for an ever-growing number
of high school seniors, more
than 40 last year.
The "Man of the Decade"
at the banquet a year ago
was Ralph Rish, another
longtime friend Who had
bonded over the shared
experience of having lost a
brother too young, and the
desire to ensure that the
brother's name not be for-
"I told David I had heard
of a Man of the Year or
Man of the Month or what-
ever, but never Man of the
Decade," Rish said with. a
chuckle. "But that was Da-
vid. Everything he did, he
did wide open. Everything,
he was associated with
that he thought was good,
whether it was kids and the
foundation, helping out the
(Port St. Joe) basketball
team, or the Port Authority,
he did wide open."
Langston crafted the 10
hallmarks for success which
he preached to any student
who would listen. Those
characteristics included: lis-
ten closely, study hard, read

David Langston was arguably the finest basketball
player produced at Port St. Joe High School. He went
onto to a stellar career at Drake University.

oftenhave faith, understand
the value of education and
economics and never quit.
Langston never quit
when it came to his founda-
tion and his kids.
"He was a guy who was
so underestimated when
it came to his children and
his foundation," said Gulf
County Superintendent of
Schools Tim Wilder, who
called Langston a "father
figure" when he was grow-
ing up, just as Wilder's fa-
ther had been to Langston.
"When it came to the
foundation and his students,
he could be like a mother
bear looking after her cubs.
He saw the heartbeat in ev-
ery child. For those children
who started school behind,
he wanted to be the person
who connected that bridge
for those children who most
people might give up on. He

just loved kids."
Said Eugene Raffield,
"David was a unique char-
acter. You either liked him
or you didn't. He told you
what he thought. And he
impacted a lot of lives, a lot
of children's lives. He will be
sorely missed."

Education center
and a legacy
Langston constantly was
on the move, seemingly un-
able to sit still because there
only were 24 hours in a day
and more work to be done.
Less than two years ago,
ground was brokemnon Ave-
nue A in Port St. Joe for the
Norris D. Langston Educa-
tion Center, which would
provide additional learning
opportunities for children
from all walks of life.
There was rno color line,

no class status that Langs-
ton believed could not be
Rish was among those
lobbying on behalf of Langs-
ton for the seed money to
get the Education Center
started, something Langs-
ton spoke of often. It was the
next rung in the ladder, the
next hurdle to overcome.
"One thing we all have to
do as a community is make
that thing happen," Rish
said. "It's going to be one of
my goals to see that vision
come true. As a community,
we have to come together to
see that happen."
Tim Wilder; who heads
a school system that has
benefited immensely from
Langston's work, is of simi-
lar mind.
"I don't think it will sink
in for five years or so what
an impact he had on educa-
tion, not just in Gulf County
but the Panhandle," Wilder
said. "Whatever he had go-
ing we are going to try ev-
erything to keep going."
Conflicting thoughts
tumbled inside Jo Clem-
ents' mind on Monday. Ei-
ther fight through the shock
and stay on course, or turn
the day over to overwhelm-
ing grief.
"It was a passion for
him," Clements said. "I
don't know what we are go-
ing to do without that sup-
port. I just don't think the
' community understands
the 24-hour-a-day effort he
made for the kids- of this
community. I'm just glad to
be a part of it."
Bense put it in simple
"Northwest Florida has
lost a great man," Bense
said. "I'm distressed and
heartbroken that we have
lost such a great man."

PSJRA from page Al

The county "is not
prepared to enter into 'an
interlocal agreement [with
the city] at this time," was
the message city attorney
Tom Gibson gave to Ann
White at the meeting.
White, a Port St. Joe
resident, has been asking
-about the county's ability

to enforce dog ordinances
within the Port St. Joe city
limits and which local gov-
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Davis, Byrd on East Roster for Freedom All-Star Classic

By Brad Milner
Florida Freedom Newspapers
If you- listen closely, you can
hear a familiar refrain emanating
from the crevices of basketball
gyms in towns such as Ponce de
Leon, Graceville, Chipley and Pan-
ama City.
As you get closer, it grows loud-
er. Years of territorial rivalry burst
through the doors. The chant is
loud and clear: Beat the West.
The East boys and girls basket-
ball teams for the fifth annual Free-
dom All-Star Classic April 11 have
been chosen. The boys, coached by
Port St. Joe's Derek Kurnitsky and
Bozeman's Cas Gant, seek to break
the 2-2 stalemate in the series. The
girls, headed by Chipley's Tracey
Dudley and Covenant Christian
School's Ty Farris, aim for -a sec-
ond win in the event that has been
dominated by the West.
The East boys feature seven
players from Bay District Schools.
The total equals the 2007 East
team, which won 91-78, for the
highest amount of county partici-
pants on one squad.
The county contingent show-
cases electric players and scoring
threats Darrien Mack of Ruther-
ford, Ethan Roulhac of Bay and
Mark Troncale of Arnold. Ruth-
erford's Barack Jackson, a quick
guard who can score in bunches;
Mosley's Darryus Stewart, one of
the more well-rounded players on
the roster; and Covenant Chris-
tian's all-time scoring leader Jus-
tin Schaefer also are on the team.

None of the five county public
school players accomplished what
Vince Ventura did, however. The
5-foot-10 senior helped Bozeman
to its first regional appearance
last season, while the others failed
to move out of the district round.
Schaefer also played in a regional,.
albeit in the private school Pan-
handle Christian Conference.
The five remaining boys on the
East roster all advanced to respec-
tive regionals. The group is led by
Franklin County's Deshaun Win-
field and Marianna's Chris Blount.
They led their teams to the Class
2A and 3A Final Four and each was
a few points away from moving
*onto the state championship.
Rounding out the East boys are
Cottondale's Jacob Herring, who
helped the Hornets to the Region
1-2A final, Graceville center Gabri-
el Best, who aided a surprising run
to the Region 1-1A final and Port St.
Joe's Fonda Davis, who combined
his 'scoring touch with shutdown
defense for the Tiger Sharks.
The East girls are opposite
from the boys, as the majority of
the team hails from outside Bay
County. All 11 of the public school
players competed in state regional
The roster features two pairs of
dual entries from the same team.
Graceville's Cayla Walker and
Ashley Hogans moved onto the
Region 1-lA championship game
before falling to FAMU High. The
Bethlehem duo of Megan McDon-
ald and Tara Thompson helped
their team to 18 wins in the regular

season and a close defeat in the re-
gional quarterfinal. McDonald and
Thompson are Bethlehem's first
girls to play in the Freedom Clas-
Cottondale's first run to the
state Final Four resulted in lead-
ing scorer Shaunte Forward mak-
ing the squad. Her sister, Sherisa,'
played for the East last year. An-
other sibling of a former all-star
player is Ponce de Leon's Gypsy
Griffin, who likely watched from
the stands at the Billy Harrison
Field House as sister Lacey led a
comeback for the East's lone win
in 2007. ,
Marianna's Janae Godwin and
Port St. Joe's Tayler Byrd advanced
even farther in regionals than did
Griffin. Both were on the cusp of a
Final Four, with the Tiger Sharks
in 2A and the Bulldogs in 3A.
Also in 3A, Chipley wasn't able
to move out of the first round, but
Sherina Gonzalez harbors hopes of
bringing home a'win for the East.
Bay County East girls represen-
tatives are 3-point master Christy
White of Mosley, speedy guard
Tammy Carthen of Bay and Cov-
enant Christian's Haley Sheffield,
who is second on the school's all-
time scoring list.
Sheffield holds the distinction of
being the second Covenant player
chosen for the Freedom Classic.
She's also the only one on either
the girls or boys East teams who
is still playing meaningful basket-
ball, as the Lions will compete in
the NACA national tournament in
Dayton, Tenn., next week.


Gators down Freeport
The Wewahitchka Ga-
tors traveled to Bristol to
play Freeport in the Day
of Baseball Tournament
last Saturday The Gators
drubbed the Bulldogs 13-1 in
an afternoon contest. Ryan
Leaman threw a one-hit-

ter, striking out nine batters and Cody Wade reached

in five innings and going 2
for 3 at the plate. Leaman
surrendered one hit, a solo
home run to Chris Porter in'
the fourth inning.
The Gators got on track
after a scoreless first inning
when Baylan Price singled

on a fielder's. choice. Josh
Lollie walked and Brandon
Mayhann singled scor- '
ing Price and Wade. Lollie
scored on a fielder's choice
giving the Gators a 3-0 lead.
In the third inning
Chance Knowles walked

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and scored on a double
by Chase Harvey. After
Billy Peak struck out Price
doubled, Wade walked and
Lollie reached on an infield
single loading the bases.
Mayhann cleaned the bases
with a three-run double.
Billy Peak led off the
fourth inning with his first
home run of the season to
make the score 10-0. The
Gators scored three more
in the fifth. Leading hitters
for the Gators were Baylan
Price with four hits, includ-
ing a double and one RBI,
Brandon Mayhann with two
hits, including a double, and
five RBIs, Chase Harvey a
double, single and two RBI
and Peak with a home run.
The Gators (4-4) play
at home Thursday versus
Sneads and Friday versus
West Gadsden. Both games
begin at 6 p.m.

Gator lifters open
season with win
Wewahitchka High
School hosted the first
weightlifting meet of the
year on March 3. The meet
included lifters from Liber-
ty County IHigh School, Al-
tha High School, and Port
St. Joe High School. Wewa-
hitchka finished on top with
a team score of 62 points,
followed by Altha with 45,
Liberty County with 32 and
Port St. Joe finished with
16 points. Individual win-
ners were:
119 1. Duckworth (W),
2. Taylor (W), 3. Shanks
(A); 129 1. Veasey (W), 2.
Ellis (A), 3. House (W); 139

- 1. B. Price (W), 2. Fisher
(W), 3. Brown (LC); 154- 1.
C. Price (W), 2. Lynn (A),
3. Irwin (W); 169 1. Mc-
Cray (LC), 2. Armes (A),
3. Baham (W); 183 1.
Stinson (A), 2. M. Hurley
(W), 3. Rogowski (LC); 199
- 1. McCray (LC), 2. (tie)
Knowles (W) and Parrish
(A), 3. Nobles (W); 219 1.
Jenning (LC), 2. Pitts (A),
3. Cunningham (LC); 238
- 1. G. Hurley (W), 2. Fox-
worth (PSJ), 3. Shipman
(W); Hwy. 1. Bassford (A),
2. Stinson (A), 3. Williams
Wewahitchka coach
Wayne Flowers said that
the best thing about the
meetwas the conduct of the
athletes from each school.
He praised Coach Smith
of AHS, Coach Grantham
of LCHS, and Coach Barth
of PSJHS for the way that
their athletes conducted
themselves at the meet.

Lady Sharks
7-0 after beating
Behind the pitching of
Kayla Minger and the bats
of Heather Brinkmeier and
Katie Gardner the Port St.
Joe Lady Sharks main-
tained a perfect 7-0 record
with an 8-1 road win against
Crestview last Friday.
Minger, also 8-0, went
the distance, facing 29 bat-
ters in seven innings while
striking out 14. She allowed
one earned run on four hits
and did not issue a walk
Brinkmeier was 3 for 3
with a triple and a double

and Gardner was 3 for 4'
with a pair of doubles.
Angela Canington added
a triple, Minger a double
and Tiara Smith and Katie
Lacour each had a single.
. The Lady Sharks put the
game out of reach quickly,
scoring three runs in the
first inning and three more
in the second. They added
single runs in the sixth and
Port St. Joe traveled to
North Florida Christian on
Tuesday and host ,Liberty
County at 7 p.m. on'Friday
before hitting the road to
Franklin County next Tues-

People Helping People
select shot golf
The first annual People
Helping People of Gulf
County select shot golf.
tournament will be held at 1
p.m. on May 2. Trhe event is
sponsored by Preble-Rish,
Prizes are as follows:
$10,000.00 cash for a hole-in-
one on No. 7; longest drive
and closest to the pin for all
tees is $50.
The first-place team will
collect $400, second-place
$300, third-place $200 and
fourth-place $100.
Please call Jerry Stokoe
for information and regis-
tration information.
All proceeds will be used
to help pay electric, gas and
water bills and purchase
food, transportation, and
medicine for the needy peo-
ple of Gulf County.

Fifth annual Freedom All-Star Classic
East rosters
C Gabriel Best, 6-5, Graceville
F Chris Blount, 6-3, Marianna
G Fonda Davis, 5-8, Port St. Joe
, G-Jacob Herring, 5-9, Cottondale
G Barack Jackson, 6-1, Rutherford
F Darrien Mack, 6-6, Rutherford
G/F Ethan Roulhac, 6-2, Bay
G Justin Schaefer, 5-11, Covenant Christian
G Darryus Stewart, 6-0, Mosley
G Mark Troncale, 6-2, Arnold
G Vince Ventura, 5-10, Bozeman
G/F Deshaun Winfield, 6-4, Franklin County
Coaches: Cas Gant, Bozeman; Derek
Kurnitsky, Port St. Joe

G Tayler Byrd, 5-6, Port St. Joe
G Tamnmy Carthen, 5-4, Bay .
G/F Shaunte Forward, 5-7, Cottondale
G -Janae Godwin, 5-6, Marianna
G/F Sherina Gonzalez, 5-7, Chipley
G Gypsy Griffin, 5-5, Ponce de Leon
F Ashley Hogans, 5-10, Graceville
F Megan McDonald, 5-9, Bethlehem
G/F Haley Sheffield, 5-7, Covenant
G Tara Thompson, 5-7, Bethlehem
G Cayla Walker,,5-8, Graceville
G Christy White, 5-4, Mosley
Coaches: Tracey Dudley, Chipley; Ty Farris,
Covenant Christian









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Middle School

baseball drops two

The Wewahitchka Middle School base-
ball team was edged on the road and strug-
gled at home two weeks ago in dropping
two A squad games
On Thursday, Feb. 26, the Gators trav-
eled to Bristol to play Hosford, coming out
on the short end of a tight 6-5 score. Justin
Haddock had a double and single, Matthew
Green added a double and Jay Shiver a sin-
gle to lead the Wewahitchka offense.
The next day, Wewahitchka hosted the
ABC School from Franklin County and fell
10-3. Cole .Harper had a triple and single
and Sean Rice a single for Wewahitchka.



Wewahitchka Middle
School sweeps Port St.
Port St. Joe Middle School
traveled to county rival We-
wahitchka last week and end-
ed the afternoon with a pair of
losses., .
In the "A" squad game,'We-
wahitchka prevailed 10-4.
Bryan Powell pitched the
first three innings for Port
St. Joe, allowing four runs,
two earned, on four hits while
striking out one.
Austin Clayton pitched
one-third of an inning al-
lowing four earned runs on
four hits while striking out
one, walking two and hitting
one batter. Jackson Combs
pitched the final 11/3 innings
allowing one hit and no runs
while striking out one.

Justin Cothran paced the
Port St. Joe attack with. a
double, driving in one run and
scoring one. Jackson Combs
was 1 for 3 with a run-scored,
Dallas Burke was 1 for 3 with
an RBI, Javarri Beachum
was 1 for 2 and scored a run
and Barrett Lake had an RBI
Wewahitchka also won the
"B" squad game, by a score of
Riley Burke started for
Port St. Joe and went two in-
nings, allowing one earned
run and one hit while strik-
ing out four. Chase Nichols
pitched the final two innings,
allow two earned runs, four
runs total, while striking out
Dave Warriner was 1 for 2
with a run-scored for Port St.
Joe. Coy Burke, Vern Barth
and Bryce Godwin were each

1 for 1, with Coy Burke driv-
ing in a run.
Port St. Joe travels to
Liberty County to play Tolar
Middle School at 4 p.m. on

Naylor stands out at
Tallahassee meet
The Wewahitchka High
School track team competed
in the Jesse Forbes Invita-
tional in Tallahassee last Sat-
Billy Naylor won the 1,600
meters and finished second
in the 800 meters.
Kenny Fisher was sixth in
the 400 meters and the boys'
4x400 meter team (Fisher,
Colton Price, Josh Mitchell
and Naylor) finished fifth.
On the girls side, Donia
Lanier finished sixth in the
800 meters.


March 27-28: Dogwood Blos-
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Contact: Angie Minchew 850-
742-0084. Pre-registration: Before
3/24/09: $50, Day of Tournament:
$55. Tournament at Gaskin Park
Landing, Wewahitchka.
April 24-25: Liberty County
Senior Citizens Flathead Catfish
Contact: Rudy Sumner 850-
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April 21: $50; Day of Tournament:
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May 22-23: Big River Pound
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Ideals of the
Gettysburg Address

By Lexie Diane McGhee
Faith Christian School,
seventh grade
On Nov. 19, 1863,
Abraham Lincoln gave one
of the greatest speeches "' c
in the history of the United
States. However, after
he gave his speech he
was nervous because the
crowd did not applaud.
Lincoln gave a two-minute
speech following Edward
Everett who spoke for two
hours. It is surprising how
he touched the hearts of
so many by just saying
three paragraphs and DESPINA WILLIAMS IThe Star
ten sentences. Lincoln
dedicate then Battlefield of Three Faith Christian students won first place in the Daughters of the American Revolution s annual essay
Gettysburg tothe twenty- contest. Pictured are: seventh-grader Lexie McGhee (with parents Richard and Carla), eigkth-grader Mary
three thousand captured, Cqitlin Bouington (with grandmother Betty and parents Angela and Mitch), and nihth-grader Trisha Davidson-,
wounded, missing or fallen (with mom Sherry).
reno e oln e ote DAR essay contest winners announced
reasonshLincd wrote" t
the Gettysburg Address -
was to make sure that the
citizens of the Northern
states knew the purpose By Despina Williams I Faith Christian School students Lexie McGhee, Malry
of the Civil War. He also Star Staff Writer Bouington and Trisha Daxidson took home top honors for
wanted the men who had 'their thoughtful and well- Titten essays.
given their lives to get the Every year, the national society of the Daughters of. The students received bronze medals, a check for
respect and gratitude they the American Revolution hosts an essay contest to en- $25 and a copy of the Bill of Rights at a ceremony last
deserved. Listenerscan courage students to reflect on America's rich history. month.
tell by this speech, Lincoln This year, students were asked to ponder the legacy of Taking home other honors were: Faith Christian stu-
Swas a respectful man, and the Gettysburg Address and the perils faced by Christo- dents Nathan Golden, Christian Laine and Abigail Davis,
he believed that any man pher Columbus. second place; and Tiffany Burch and Allen Davis, third
who gave his life for his Gulf and Franklin County students in grades 5-9 par- place.
country should be honored. ticipated in the contest, sponsored by the Saidt Joseph. All participants will receive certificates at Awards Day
Many stories have been Bay Chapter of the DRA. at their respective schools.
told of how the Gettysburg
Address was written. In
fact it is recorded that

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

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

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Piper Belize Stone is 3!
Piper is the daughter of Anthony and Renee Stone.
She turned 3 on March 1, 2009.
Piper celebrated her birthday with her friends at a
princess party where Ariel, Cinderella, and her fairy
Godmother were all in attendance. All of the little
princesses had a grand time celebrating Piper's 3rd



Relay for life invites public to participate

Vasilinda, Tapper Wed
Keith Andrew Vasilinda and Macie Michelle
Tapper would like to announce their wedding
celebration that was held on Sunday February 21,
2009 at the beautiful gazebo at Lafayette Park in
Apalachicola, Fla.
They were married by the Rev. Martha C. Harris
and on hand to enjoy the celebration and blessing of
the marriage were many family and friends.
Macie was given in marriage by her son Trenton
Wayne Tapper Sutton.
Macie is the mother of Trenton Sutton, and Leelyn
Rollins and is the daughter of the late Dorothy
"Dottie" Layfield, and the granddaughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Ben, and Toby Gay of Port St. Joe.
Keith is the son of Marci and Robert Daniels of
Apalachicola, Fla and Mike and Michelle Vasilinda
of Tallahassee Fla.
A reception followed the wedding at the home of
Marci and Robert Daniels.
The groom is employed by Rodney Hall Roofing,
and the bride with Coastal Joe's Vacation Rentals.
After a trip to Boston, Macie and Keith will reside
in Port St. Joe.


We all have our reasons for
joining the fight against cancer.
Some of us have experienced the
disease firsthand, either through
our own struggle or through
that of a loved one. Others join
the fight because they share our
collective vision of a day when
cancer no longer threatens those
we love. Whatever your reason,
we'd be honored to have you as
a part of the American Cancer
Society's Relay For Life. Relay
For Life represents hope that
those lost to cancer will never
be forgotten, that those who face
cancer will be supported, and that
one day cancer will be eliminated.
On April 24-25, join us at Shark
Stadium as we "Fight Back
against cancer!"
Our theme is Relay Around the
Opening Ceremony/Survivors'
Walk will start at 6 p.m. ET on
Friday and Survivors"Diniher to


be served promptly afterwards.
Luminaria Ceremony begins at 9
p.m. Throughout the evening and
night, there will be plenty of fun
activities, including games, live
,music, friendly competitions and
of course plenty of food and drink
with tastes from all over the globe.
Teams will represent
different countries, from Mexico
to Italy to Cameroon, and
dress and decorate their tents

accordingly. Team members and
the community can camp out,
barbecue, dance, have fun and
will take turns walking around an
illuminated track relay-style to
raise funds to fight cancer. Closing
ceremonies will be at 11 a.m. on
To join a team, for sponsorship
opportunities or to purchase a
luminaria in honor or in memory
of a friend or loved one, please
call Carolyn Witten 850-229-6573 or
Sheryl Bradley 850-229-9000.
The committee would like to
extend their thanks to FairPoint
Communications, Preble-Rish,
Port St. Joe Lions Club, Cathey
Construction and Development,
Media Com, VFW Post 10069,
Sacred Heart, and Progress
Energy. These companies have
committed to supporting our relay
through sponsorship.
Please visit the website at

Varnum Graduates with High Honors
Miss Tanya Varnum, former resident of Port St.
Joe, graduated from Lee University in Cleveland,
TN withhigh honors. She received her BA in
Psychology from Lee University in December 2006
and her graduate degree, an MS in Mental Health
Counseling in December 2008, maintaining an
overall 4.0 GPA.
Tanya currently resides in Cleveland, TN and
is employed fulltime as a crisis counselor and an
outpatient counselor on a part-time basis. She is in a
supervisory capacity and working toward licensure
as a licensed professional counselor (LPC).
While a resident in Port St. Joe, she was a
member of First United Methodist Church. Tanya
would love to hear from friends she knew and loved
in her hometown of Port St. Joe.
Her e-mail address is tanya 1

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PSJ autism center to hold Spring Fling

The Growing Minds
Center for Autism in Port
St Joe is having a Spring
Fling for Autism hosted
by The Thirsty Goat at
the Port Inn on Saturday,
March 21 from 5 10 pm
It looks like it will be
great fun with free appetiz-
ers and music.
Supporting a center to
treat children in Gulf and
Franklin counties who suf-

fer from mild to severe au-
tism symptoms and other
developmental disorders
is imperative.
If you have any ques-
tions please contact, Chris-
tine Hermsdorfer, (850)
227-4392, or Stephanie Pet-
rie, (850) 227-5311.
This is a great way to
support a worthy cause
and have a great time in
the process. Hope to see
you there.


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Thursday, March 12, 2009


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together the Lady

and the Trampus

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Just coming off back
surgery, the last thing en-
tering Audrey Parrish's
mind was adopting a pet.
But a golden-blonde fur-
ball, as Parrish refers to
the Tibetan spaniel at her
side on a recent afternoon,
would place a pet at the top
of Parrish's list.
The dog, believed to be
,roughly 12-13 years old,
was found by her son.
Rather, that would be
her son's dog.
The spaniel appar-
ently had been wandering
around Parrish's son's Cen-
tral Florida home for sever-
al days before stopping by
the front of her. son's home
and adopting his dog as its
Parrish said it was a
wonder the spaniel, clearly
well-cared for prior to its
arrival in Parrish's life, had
not been hit by a car or bit-
ten by a snake in the woods
off the highway during the
days it wandered the area
"When we take our
evening stroll now, I am
the one that has to protect
him,". Parrish said. "Why
he decided to adopt my
son's dog as its mother, I
don't know."
But adopt the spaniel
he did, and before long he
was Port St. Joe bound as
Parrish's son thought of
the perfect home.

Parrish wasn't so sure,
but was quickly won over by
the kind eyes, the shroud of
soft fur and a well-trained
little dog.
"The former owners
trained him," Parrish said.
"When he stops at the door
and shakes to get his coat
all dried off, he hasn't for-
gotten his manners."
"When my son brought
him to me, I was recover-
ing from surgery and didn't
think I needed a dog. But
God in his knowing way
sent me this special little
guy that needed mylove as
much as I needed him."
So IBarrish and Tram-
pus, the name comes from
the family, are now insepa-
rable in her Port St. Joe
And Parrish just wants
the former owners, who
she believes likely could
no longer care of Trampus
for any number of reasons
in these difficult economic
times, to know that Tram-
pus is alright and he hasn't
forgotten the training and
love he found earlier in life.
The smile on Parrish's
face, and maybe her up-
right stance, as she gazed
down at Trampus said it
"If God sends you a
blessing, which is a mys-
tery to you, don't laugh as
Abraham's wife Sara. did
when God promised her a
son," Parrish said. "Accept
it with the love and thanks-
giving going to God."'

Prevention' Coalition urges parents to 'be the wall'

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

Only 16 people attend-
ed last Thursday night's
meeting of the Gulf County
Prevention Coalition, held
in Port St. Joe's Centen-
nial Building.
Since forming in No-
vember 2007 to address
the problem of underage
drinking in Gulf County,
the coalition has enjoyed
only sporadic participation
by area parents, elected
officials and teens.
Despite the disappoint-
ing turnout, the coalition
moved forward on several
projects, most notably the
"Be The Wall" social mar-
keting campaign.
Created in Charlotte
County, the campaign uses
posters, buttons, sidewalk
figures, radio and televi-
sion commercials, and
educational programs to
encourage parents to be
consistent and steadfast
in discouraging underage
The campaign uses the
latest in brain research,
which shows that one's
brain does not fully de-
velop until one's mid-20s.
Teenagers, therefore, are
especially prone to rebel-
lious and impulsive behav-
The Substance Abuse
Response Guide grant,
which funds the coalition's
efforts, will pay for the en-
tire "Be the Wall" promo-
tional package.
Once the materials ar-
rive, SARG Coordinator
Carly Pickels plans to take
the campaign into schools,
parent-teacher associa-
tion meetings and other
Ron Cave, the Alcoholic
Beverage and Tobacco Li-
censing Board northwest
supervisor, gave a report
on his agency's efforts to
curb underage, drinking.
Currently, 51 Gulf
County establishments
have liquor licenses. At
last check, only 73 percent
were found in compliance.

Port St. Joe High School art student Virginia McCall
created the winning entry in the Gulf County
Prevention Coalition's logo contest. McCall will
receive a $150 check, and her fellow Gulf Art
Academy students will receive a pizza party.

An establishment will
receive an administrative
sanction if it sells alcohol
to minors three times in
an 84-day period.
Currently, ABT offers
free training for alcohol
servers and sales clerks
under the Responsible
Vendor Program.
The program helps
employees identify false
IDs and provides a com-
prehensive look at alcohol
laws, liabilities and felony
Seventy-eight Panama
City vendors participated
in the training in prepara-
tion for Spring Break.
"We're not in the busi-
ness of trying to shut down
establishments. We're try-
ing to get compliance,"
noted Cave.
I Although penalties are
in place for those who sell
alcohol to minors, Florida
lacks a consumption law. '
In the state, minors are
prohibited from possess-
ing, but not actually con-
suming, alcohol.
Pickels said she has
met with the staff of State
Rep. Jimmy Patronis to
advocate a consumption
bill currently making its
. way through the legisla-
tive process.
Pickels' Bay County
counterpart, SARG Co-
ordinator Brian Russell,
shared with the coalition
his work in combating un-
derage drinking.
One of Russell's most


AARP to host
St. Patrick's Day
party -
Mexico- Beach AARP
Chapter 4325 will host a
St. Patrick's Party at noon
CT March 20 at the Meth-
odist Church Fellowship
Hall in Mexico Beach.
Members will dine free
.of charge, with guests pay-
ing $5 a plate.
Please call Ruth
McLaughlin at 648-3067 to
confirm your reservation
so sufficient corn beef can
be ordered.
Connie Risinger will
entertain us on the piano.
Come have great food
and fun with your neigh-
bors and friends, and con-
sider joining us as mem-
bers. This is one gathering
you don't want to miss.-
For more information,-
contact Ed Koziol at 648-

Welcome center
seeks volunteers
Are you friendly, so-
cial and like to meet new
people? If so, please come
to a volunteer roundup re-
ception at the Gulf County
Welcome Center (next to

Frank Pate Park) from 3
to 4 p.m. March 19. The
Tourist Development
Council is looking for en-
thusiastic people to help
greet visitors and answer
questions about the area.
All materials and training
are provided by the TDC.
Students who need com-
munity service hours for
non-disciplinary purposes
are welcome to sign up for
this volunteer opportuni-
ty. Morning and afternoon
hours are available. Con-
tact the Gulf Count TDC
for more information, 850-

Port St. Joe Garden
Club to host sale
The Port St. Joe Gar-
den Club, 216 Eighth St.,
will host their annual sale
of plants, baked goods and
treasures from 8 a.m. to
noon ET March 14. There
will be a variety of plants
and baked goods at very
reasonable prices and
-sold on a first-come basis.
Our treasures will consist
of used household goods,
clothes, shoes, etc., that
will appeal to most any-
one. We urge everyone
to come out and support
your local garden club.

The Port St. Joe Gar-
den Club is a member of
The National Council of
State Garden Clubs Inc.,
the Deep South Region
and Florida Federation of
Garden Clubs Inc. District
II. Locally, .the Garden
Club, with money from
grants and money earned
through their plant and
bake sales, assists the
children's garden at
Port St. Joe Elementary
School, host educational
courses on plants and
gardening for the public,
make scholarships avail-
able to high school gradu-
ates and many numerous
other programs. If you are
interested in becoming a
member, please come to
one of our monthly meet-
ings at noon EST the
second Thursday of each
month or call Charmaine
Earley 'at 850-229-8561 for
more information.

3D Jackpot Barrel.
Bash scheduled
The Northwest Florida
3D Jackpot Barrel Bash
is scheduled March 21 at
Michael Traylor Arena at
T.L. James Park in Wewa-
Proceeds to benefit Big

.River Rider's 4-H Horse
Registration will start
at 8 a.m. CT. Exhibition
will start at 9 a.m. CT.
Jackpot Barrel will start
at noon CT.
Exhibition, $3 per ride;
jackpot barrel, $25 per
Negative Coggins re-
quired at registration.
Concessions will be
For more information,
contact Debbie Elia at
850-639-3200 or 850-227-
6696 or Russell McMillian
at 850-348-2902.

Open Jam Night
planned March 12
There will be an Open
Jam Night at RSR Record-
ing Studios, 210 Williams
Ave. in Port St Joe behind
St Joe Mu'sic, froin 6:30 to
9:30 p.m. ET March 12.
All music styles wel-
come. This is a family
friendly event. Meet com-
munity talent and partici-
pate' in open music night.
Bring your own guitar,
bass, etc. Drums and mi-
crophones provided.
For more information,
call 227-7224.

People helping PEOPLE

Free tax preparation
The Gulf County Community Devel-
opment Corporation through the VITA
program offers free income tax prepa-
ration. The concentration is on those
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 ITINs for all family
members. If you desire a direct bank
deposit, bring your checking/savings
account number with the routing infor-

The CDC is located at 401 Peters
Street in Port St. Joe.

Fruit tree harvest
The fruit trees around the area are
producing some delicious fruit. The
People Helping People of gulf County
would hope it does not fall off and spoil.
There are volunteers standing by to
help prevent this. Please call 229-5262 if
you would like to donate some fruit, and
we will help pick some fruit, which will

be given out free to the public. There is
a great need for this fruit since it has so
much nutritional value.

Angel Food Ministries
Anyone who wants to stretch their
money or use food stamps to purchase
food for $30 cash or food stamps and
get $75 to $90 worth of food, please call
People Helping People of Gulf County
at 229-5262 or 899-1036.
There are no restrictions on income.
Call by March 14.

successful efforts was
encouraging Bay County
high schools not to give
students champaign
glasses, beer mugs and
shot glasses as prom give-
"They sent a mixed
message: 'Don't drink,
but here's a champaign
glass,'" said Russell.
After the coalition wrote
letters and met with school
administrators, three out
of five Bay County prin-
cipals said they would no
longer distribute items
that promote underage'
Other Bay County pre-
vention efforts included
displaying a twisted car
involved in an alcohol-re-
lated traffic accident at
home football games and
inviting students to tour
a "House of Horrors and,
The house featured
rooms devoted to both
nightmarish scenarios
- suicide, sexual assault
- and happy endings -
graduation, marriage and

In hopes of expand-
ing its outreach, the Gulf
County Prevention Coali-
tion has begun exploring
private and federal grants.
At the top of the wish
list is a Drug Free Commu-
nities support grant, which
would provide $125,000 a
year up to five years.
In applying for the
grant, the coalition would
need to demonstrate
broad community support
for its efforts by obtaining
Memorandums of Under-
standing from 12 different
community sectors.
The sectors are: youth,
parents, businesses, me-
dia, schools, state/local
governments, youth or-
ganizations, law enforce-
ment, religious/fraternal
organizations, civic/volun-
teer organizations, health
care professionals and
other substance abuse or-
The coalition provided
.copies of the memoran-
"dum at last Thursday's
meeting, with hopes of ob-
taining signatures. Given
the poor turnout, coalition
members will now have to
hit the pavement to get the
requisite support.
The coalition's execu-
tive committee will meet
at 5:30 p.m. ET March 18
at Capital City Bank to re-
view the grant application,
which must be submitted
by March 20.
Grant funds could be
used to fund school as-
semblies and disposable
breathalyzer tests for the
Gulf County Sheriff's De-
partment, among other
projects, said Pickels.
For more information,
contact Carly Pickels at

Meet Marley!

The punrfect cat for your family. "My name
is Marley and I would love to become a part
of your home forever." Marley has a terrific
disposition & doesn't even mind dogs! Consider
adopting an adult cat- sadly these beautiful pets
are most often overlooked when the cute &
younger kittens are chosen. Please stop by the
St. Joseph Bay Humane Society at 1007 Tenth
St. or call us at 227-1103.

consider being a foster parent. When you foster
a pet, you greatly increase their chances of being
adopted! Contact the St. Joseph Bay Humane
Society for details.

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I don't believe there was
ever a person who never
experienced hurt.
This has been going on
many years, since man was
made from dirt.
When Adam and Eve
were sent from the garden,
There were hundreds
of years before man had a
But Jesus came and
hurt for us all.
We have to believe, and
answer His call,
To answer His call, and
be relieved of sin.
Many times that is when
hurting begins.
Look at David, what he
went through,
I'll be he knew God, bet-
ter than me or you.
How about Job, for God
was zealous,
Look at the hurt he en-
dured, because Satan was
God despises sin, but
loves sinners like you and
If He reaches out to
hurting people, why don't
Billy Johnson


New Bethel Men's Day
New Bethel A.M.E.
Church, 146 Avenue C in
Port St. Joe, will celebrate
its annual Men's Day at
4 p.m. ET March 15. The
theme is "Changed Times,
Unchanged Principles."
Guest speaker will be the
Rev. Terrence Milton of
Tabernacle Missionary
Baptist Church in Tallahas-
The event will feature
singing groups from Pan-
ama City,' Tallahassee and
Port St. Joe. Dinner will be
served after service.

Tickets available for
St. Patrick's dinner
Tickets are for sale by
St. Joseph Catholic Church
for the annual St. Patrick's
Day dinner. All tickets are
$8 each and may be pur-
chased by calling Ann Jaro-
'sz at 229-1531, Charmaine
Earley at 229-8561 or the
church office at 227-1417.
The dinner will feature
traditional Irish corned
beef and cabbage, carrots,
potatoes, roll, dessert and,
beverage. The dinner will
begin at 5 p.m. ET March
14. Dine in or take out. The
Niall O'Leary Irish Dancers
of Panama City will be en-
tertaining throughout the
evening with a fast-paced
performance of traditional
Irish step dances.
Proceeds will benefit St.
Joseph's Family Life Min-
istries and, in turn, many
throughout the community.

The Psalmist wrote (Psalms
9:17) "The wicked shall be turned
into hell, and all the nations that
forget God."
This week we will explore the
issue of remembering and forget-
ting. It seems to be a part of hu-
man nature that we frequently
forget things that we should have
remembered and even forget
things that we would like to have
remembered. How many times
have you forgotten things in your
past that would have been impor-
tant for you to remember?
In the Bible, we have many ac-
counts of those who forgot some-
thing that God wanted them to re-
member. In fact, many of the Old
Testament feast days were com-
manded to help the children of Is-
rael remember things about Him
that they might otherwise forget.
Especially in the Old Testament
book of Judges, we have numer-
ous accounts of God performing
miracles of deliverance for His
people, through a judge, only to

have them forget Him when the
judge passed away.
God instituted a number of
feast days to help His people re-
member. For example, the Pass-
over feast was instituted to bring
to remembrance that time when
God delivered the children of Is-
rael from the bondage of Pharaoh
and were spared that last curse,
the death of the firstborn son.
In the New Testament, we find
the Passover being fulfilled, and
that it was actually a picture of the
sacrifice of our Passover Lamb,
our Savior and Messiah, the one
we call Jesus Christ.
It is in the celebration of Holy
Communion, which our Lord in-
stituted to help us remember
Him, that we find the fulfillment
of the Passover feast. I find that it
is helpful to celebrate the break-
ing of unleavened bread and the
drinking of the cup frequently
because it is so easy to be caught
up in all of our daily problems and
temptations that we forget what

our Lord did for us on that cruel
cross 2,000 years ago. In our fam-
ily, we celebrate Holy Communion
every day during our evening de-
votions, and I would recommend
that all truly born again Christians
do the same. It is so easy to forget.
And the sacrifice of our Savior is
something that we should never
I find no evidence in scripture
that the celebrating of communion
brings about entrance into heav-
en. However, the remembrance
that occurs during the partaking
of the unleavened bread and the
cup might very well lead a person
to seek to be born of the Spirit,
that gift that Jesus indicated was
so vital to entering the Kingdom of
God, as recorded in John 3:5-7.
"What about the last part of
John chapter 6?" you say. Is Jesus
talking about communion? No! Is
He talking about Passover? No!
If you read the whole chapter, you
find that Jesus is talking about the
Spirit, not actual food and drink.

John 6:63 records Jesus saying,
"It is the Spirit who gives life; the
flesh profits nothing. The words,
that I speak to you, are spirit, and
they are life."
At the Mexico Beach Christian
Worship Center, we strive to teach
the things that Jesus taught, not
what somebody else thinks and
wrote about. As the senior pas-
tor, I am always searching the
scriptures to make sure that what
I teach agrees with what Jesus
taught. Our services begin with
a time of greeting and fellowship
at 9:30 a.m. CT Sunday. Worship
begins at 9:45 a.m. After the ser-
vice, we have a pot luck fellowship
luncheon (Hebrews 10:24 25). We
worship at the Mexico Beach Civic
Center on 105 N. 31st 'St. behind
the Beach Walk gift shop just off
U.S. 98 in Mexico Beach.
God Bless,

Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center


Blake Thomason, 82, of
Apalachicola, Fla., went
home to be with the Lord
on Wednesday, March 4,
2009, with his family by
his side at his home.
He was born in Sandy
Creek in Holmes County,
Fla., on June 26, 1926, and
lived on his family's 96-
acre farm. He later moved
to DeFuniak Springs,
Fla. He enlisted in the
U.S. Navy at the age of
17 during.World War II in
February of 1944, served
and was stationed in
Guam. He was extremely
proud of his service in
the military and loved
his country dearly. After
leaving the service, he
moved to be near his
sister, Willie Mae Daniels,
in Port St. Joe, Fla.
He was the owner of
the Pure Oil station. He
was an entrepreneur of
many businesses and
formed partnerships with
Frank Pate of Port St. Joe,
Gene Abrams with the
Dixie Seafood Company,
and the late Billy Joe
Rish and' Charlie Norton
in the development of the
Howard Creek Landing.
He also served as pilot
commissioner. After

Mr. Donald L. (Spud)
Davis, 65, of Blountstown,
Fla., passed away
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009.
Spud was born on Dec.
13, 1943, in Calhoun
County and had lived
here all of his life. He
worked construction and
was owner and operator
of his own lawn service.
Spud was a 1961 graduate
of Blountstown High
He was preceded in

Blake Thomason
moving to Apalachicola,
Fla., he formed many
business partnerships
in the seafood industry, .
including Jerry
Paulk, and business
ventures with the late
Donny Wilson. He
was instrumental
in mentoring many
young men in business
endeavors. He started
every morning on his
knees in prayer. Blake
was known as a man of
his word.
Blake was preceded
in death by his father
and mother, Charles
and Melinda Thomason;
his three sisters, Willie
Mae Daniels, Effie Faye
Thomason and Marie
Laney; his brother
Debres; and step-
daughter JoEllen Whaley.
Blake is survived by
his loving and devoted
wife, JoAnne Thomason
of Apalachicola, Fla.; his
two brothers, Landrum
Thomason of Destin,
Fla., and Coy Thomason
of Crestview, Fla.; his
daughter Phyllis Bixler
and son-in-law Norman
of Port St. Joe, Fla.; his
three grandchildren,
Rachel Bixler of Port St.
Joe, Fla., and Mallory and

Donald L. (Spud) Davis
death by his father, John
Elton Davis, and a son,
Jeffery Donnell Davis.
Survivors include
his mother, Ida Lee
Davis of Blountstown;
daughter, Lisa Ross of
Wewahitchka; brother,
John Davis and his wife,
Dottie, of Kinard; two\
grandchildren; and'one
Funeral services were
held Thursday; March
5, at 11 a.m. CT at the

Jencie Ellen Weiler

Eli Whaley of Sopchoppy,
Fla.; and four devoted
caregivers, Felica Boone,
Bobbie Braxton, Jessie
Harris and Bonnie
The funeral'service
took place at Fellowship
Baptist Church of
Apalachicola, Fla., on
Saturday, March 7, at.
10 a.m. (ET). Burial
took place at Holly Hill
Cemetery of Port St. Joe,
. In lieu of flowers, for
those who wish, donations
may be made to the Blake
Thomason Business
Scholarship account at
Superior Bank of Port
St. Joe, Fla., given each
year to a promising male
high school senior going
into business. Donations
also can be made to
the building fund for
the Fellowship Baptist
Church of Apalachicola,
Fla., or Big Bend Hospice.
Condolences may be
submitted and viewed
at our Web site, www.

Southerland Family
Funeral Homes
100 E. 19th St.
SPanama City, FL 32405

Peavy Funeral Home
Chapel with the Rev. Dan
Yoder and Mr. Virgil Mayo
officiating. Internment
followed in the Nettie
Ridge Cemetery in
Blountstown. The family
received friends on ,
Wednesday, March 4, at
Peavy Funeral Home.
All arrangements
under the direction
of Marlon Peavy at
Peavy Funeral Home in

Jencie Ellen Weiler,
67, of Blythe, Calif., went
home to be with the Lord
Jesus Christ, Sunday,
March 1, 2009. Jencie was
born October 31, 1941, in
Wewahitchka, Fla. She is
survived by her children
and grandchildren, Jack
Weiler and wife, Diane, of
Long Beach, Calif.; Mike
Weiler and wife, Michele,
and their child, Paris, of
Brandon, Fla.; Jim Weiler
and wife, Renate, and
their child, Thomas, of
Woodbridge, Va.; and Judy
Acosta and her children,
Emily and Sarah Riddle of
Blythe, Calif.
She also is survived
by her brother, Irey E.
Weeks and wife, Faye, of
Wewahitchka, Fla.; sister,
Ruth Rice and husband,
Bill; and many nieces,
nephews, cousins and
She was preceded in
death by her husband,

Byrous Gortman of
Wewahitchka, Fla.; her
father, Ira E. Weeks, and
mother, Dollie Weeks, of
Wewahitchka, Fla.; and
sisters, Elaine Martin and
Ave Kemp of Wewahitchka,
Jencie was a loving
mom and devoted
cherished her family. She
will be missed greatly by
her family and friends.
Viewing and funeral
service were held at The
Glad Tidings Assembly
Of God in Wewahitchka,
Fla., on Saturday, March
7, by Pastor Joey Smith.
Jencie was laid to rest at
the Shiloh Cemetary on
Hwy 275 Ed Clark Road.
Family and friends were
received at the home of
Spike and April McLemore
in Wewahitchka, Fla.
Local services under
the direction of Comforter
Funeral Home.

Michael David Caese

Michael David Caese,
53, of Havana, Fla., passed
away on Sunday, March
8, 2009, at Tallahassee
Memorial Hospital.
Born on Aug. 10, 1955,
in Pelham, Ga., to Mary
Mitchell Caese and the
late Richard Caese, he was
a retired truck driver. Mr.
Caese was Baptist by faith
and was a veteran of the
Navy. He is survived by
his mother, Mary Mitchell
Caese of Mexico Beach,
Fla.; sister, Lynn Caese
of Mexico Beach, Fla.;
and niece, Leigh Skelton
of St. Augustine, Fla. No

formal visitation will be
held. Memorial services
were held at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009,
at Jamerson-Braswell
Funeral Home in Pelham,
Ga., Interment will be held
at Hamony Baptist Church
Cemetery at a later date.
The Rev. Franklin Russ
will officiate. In lieu of
flowers, please make
contributions to the
Salvation Army.
To share your deepest
sympathies and fondest
memories, sign the online
register book at www.

"Our Church can be your home"

first Church of the Nazarene
16 2420 Lonig Avenue Port St. Joe, florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

ive unitto L .iori ii J d ri.i juL 'f. r w'u worship tihe Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Sunday School... .........1,.........10 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship ........... 11 a.m.

Psalm 29:2

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

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 Heqrts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Beach United Methodist (hofch
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

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

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(850) 227-1724


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Rev. Mac Fulcher
Ann Comforter Jeremy Dixon
Music Director Youth Minister
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries

First Baptist Churchi
Jerome Barnes, Interim Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students

New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church

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

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

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Thursday, March 12, 2009


The Star B5

Gulf County Heritage Book

Committee seeks locals' stories

The Heritage Book. Committee for
Gulf County will hold its third meeting
on March 23. We will hold a meeting at
the Library in Wewahitchka at 1 p.m. CT
in the Heritage Room. Then at 4 p.m. ET
there will be a meeting in Port St. Joe at
the library in the conference room.
The Committee needs everyone to get
involved as each of you helps to make up
the history of Gulf County. We need family
stories and topical stories of today as well
as of years gone by. You as the writer of
the article will have the full copyright of
the article and photographs, NOT the book
committee or the publisher of the book. If
someone calls the publisher wanting to
copy or use your article they will refer that
person to you, so it is very important that
you include your name and address at the
bottom of the article as the submitter.
The Committee chairperson is Lana
Weeks, with much assistance 'from her
husband, James Earl Weeks. The couple
lives in Blountstown, but James Earl lived
in Port St. Joe in the 1940's and i950's.
As Committee chairperson I felt likb
a meeting in both Wewahitchka and Port
St. Joe would be more convenient for per-
sons who might be interested in joining
the Committee. Gulf County is one of the
few Florida. counties that does not have
a Heritage Book in the making or com-
pleted., So we need to get on the ball and
make a book happen so that we will not be
left out.
For more information please get in
touch with Lana Weeks .at 18430 SE Earl
Weeks Road, Blountstown, FL 32424-5108
or by calling 850-674-4638, if no one an-
swers please leave a voice mail and your
call will be returned, or you may send an
',email to
We are anxiously waiting to see many
of you at one of the meetings on March

The Early Years o
On July 8; 1937 I was born in
a. small house about 3 miles north-
of Blountstown, Florida to Early
and Ferrol (Barfield) Weeks. My
parents named me Earl James-
Weeks but I was always called '*
:"James Earl ,
Early, my dad, worked as a
logger and a farmer. Sometime
in 1938 dad built a house in
the backside of a field that my
Sgrdnddaddy,-Claude Barfield,,
In 1939 dad paid the taxes of;
$37.50 on 90 acres of land and
he moved the house onto 10 acres
of this land just off of State' Road
Dad worked as a logger until
Southeastern Pipe Line Company
started building the pumping
station at Blountstown, Florida.
He got a job helping to build the
pumping station, when the building
was completed he stayed on as an
"oiler". In 1945 he-was promoted
to a "pumper". Dad was then
transferred to Port St. Joe, Florida.
In 1946 mom and dad and
all ,of us kids moved to Port St.
Joe. We lived ih a house that dad
rented from Charlie Marlow, who
also worked with him. We lived
in the rental house until my parents
could find a house to-buy They
bought the Johnson house next
door to Louis Holiday.
I was always out in the bay
fishing with Mr. Holiday or
someone else. Mr. Mack Miller
taught me how to mullet fish and

f James Earl Weeks
how to patch the nets.'
My best buddy was Jimmie ,
Marlow; we were always together
and into something. We knew
the woods from town to Cape San
SBas. We found moonshine stills,-
drunken hogs, andeven a'few
swimming holes
As I sit here and think about
some of the things we did I wonder
how we were not hurt real bad
or killed -How did we survive? ,
We were never snake. bit running
barefoot in the woods or shark bit
swimming in the bay day or night.
The Marlow's rnove'd up town ,
and nothing was ever the same.
I quit school in 1954 and moved r
back to Blountslown, where I stayed
with my grandparents, Claude and
Flora Barfield. I worked odd jobs
in the area. I helped John Bailey
farm; Ben'Adams with logging;'
catching wild hogs for Allf Barfield;
and farming for M. J. Dukes.
In September of 1955 I joined
the Navy. In October of 1959 I
married a girl from Rhode Island,
and we came to Florida where we
stayed until December. We went
back to Rhode Island and I went
back in the Navy and stayed until I
retired in September of 1975.
In January of 1976 I came
back alone to Blountslown, Florida
where I have remained
.Submitted by: Earl James Weeks
18430 SE Earl
Weeks Road
S' Fl. 32424-5108

Presbyterian Women in Action meets monthly

The First Presbyterian
Church of Port St. Joe is
at 508 16th St., and Sun-
day worship is at 10 a.m.
ET. The church has a very
active Presbyterian wom-
en's group.
They meet the first
Monday of each month at
10 a.m. ET at the church.
Refreshments are fol-
lowed by a Bible study.
They are studying "Jubi-
lee!, Luke's Gospel for the,
Poor." Poor is defined as

those excluded because
of gender, age, economics,
physical malady or reli-
For the past two years,
the group has chosen to
participate in Operation
Christmas Child (shoe
boxes filled with gifts) as
our major worldwide mis-
sion project.
The local mission proj-
ect for the past two years
has been a huge success.,
Working through The Sal-

vation Army's Domestic
Violence Program, the
group has adopted a fam-.
ily for Christmas. .It is
a small group, but they
have managed to fill the
wish list for a mother and,
two children, including a
Christmas tree with all
the trimmings.
Pam Martin is the ru-
ral coordinator of the
program and can be con-
tacted at 229-2901 if youi
are interested in getting

involved with a program
that serves a need in the
If you do not belong to a
women's group and would
like to join us in our ef-
forts to serve God through
Bible study, prayer, fellow-
ship and services to oth-
ers, the group would wel-
come you with open arms.
Please call the church at
227-1756 if you have ques-
tions about the church or'
women's group.

Second annual Women's Fellowship Luncheon planned

The second annual Women's Fel-
lowship Luncheon, with the theme,
"YES" To Change, will be held at 11
a.m. March 14.
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. Seasons and times
change; however, God's love for his
children remains the same and never

We as mighty women of God have
been given the ultimate ability to birth
things in the spirit. Now is the time for
us to symbolize together, join hand in
hand in unity and allow God to perfect
us in this highly Anointed Celebration.
Come and partake in. witnessing
the outpouring 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 anoth-
er" John 13:34
" We the daughters .of the highest,
true and living God humbly say, "thank
New Life Christian Center
504 6th St.
Port St. Joe
If you can't make it, please give us
a call.

Oak Grove Church r.Worship with us at -:
SA, foitqt . eo/e, Je,^w n 4 od ^ Long Avenue Baptist Church
Come Grow With Us! . here Faith, Family Friendship are found
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Sunday School 9:45 '"M Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pm
Sunday Worship Service 10:45 Wednesday
Wednesday Cafe 5pm 613 Madison St. A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm
Wednesday 6:15 Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Adult Bible Study .850-227-1837 1601 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL For More
Children & Youth Ministries Information Call 229-8691

Letters of THANKS

In Appreciation
The family of the late
Albert McNair wishes to
thank all our family and

Thank You
As most of you know,
this community suffered.
a great loss at the death
of our beloved dentist of 60
years, Dr. Robert King. I
had the pleasure of work-
ing with Dr. King for the
past 37 years. During this
time, I was blessed to have
made many friends and
acquaintances through
his office. I have grown to
love each and every one

friends for their thoughts,
words of kindness and
prayers during this cel-
ebration of life.
Gillie McNair'and Family

of you over the years. You
all have made my life joy-
ful and full of laughter. I
would like to take this op-
portunity to thank the pa-
tients and the dental com-
munity for your support,
for being so thoughtful
and for being there for me
during this difficult time of
loss. I am sure Doc will be
missed just as much as I
will miss each of you.
Gratefully, Mary at Dr. King's

VFW to Host St. Patty's

Dinner for Relay for Life

The VFW Post 10069
in Highland View will be
hosting a St. Patrick's
Day dinner starting at
5:30 p.m. ET on. March
17. Post members will be
serving up their annual.
corned beef and cabbage
dinner including pota-
toes, carrots, onions, rye
.bread and scrumptious
desserts prepared by
the Ladies Auxiliary. The
night's festivities will in-
clude Irish music by Lep-
rechaun Craig Chaffee, a
silent auction and a Pot of
Gold basket raffle.
Donation for the din-
ner is $8. Remember,
the dinner service starts
at 5:30 p.m. ET and will
continue until the food is
gone. The drawing for the
basket and conclusion of
the silent auction will be'
8 p.m. ET.
All proceeds of the en-
tire event will be donated
to the American Cancer
Society Relay for Life.
Wear your green and join
us for this worthwhile

The Relay for Life is
scheduled for April 24-25
at the Port St., Joe High
School football stadium.
Our VFW Team "Amigos"
have a goal to raise $4,000.
We are working, hard to
reach this goal and need
your help. We will be ac-
cepting donations, with
checks being made pay-
able to the American
Cancer Society. Forms
are available to purchase
a Luminaria in honor of a
cancer patient/survivor
or in memory of someone
who has lost their battle
with cancer. The Lumi-
naria Walk, held the night
of the Relay is a very
moving tribute. Forms
are also available to pur-
chase a "Track Marker."
These markers line the
track, giving great ex-
posure for a business to
show their support. The
cost of a marker is $100.
For more information
or to make a donation,
call Ginny Seefeldt at 648-

A memorial for Mary at New Bethel A.M.E.
Thomas will be held at Church, located at 146
11 a.m. (ET) on Saturday Ave. C in Port St. Joe.

Blues The Rock

ee BluesS Band

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

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

Jesus is Lord and He is waiting
igfglanb, view J aptist C Hjurtb
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morniing Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.

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.
"0 taste and see tht the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."
Please accept this invitation to join ts in worship. God bless you!
Please call us for your spiritual needs.
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725

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The Catholic Church
of Gulf County
St. Joseph Parish
20th Monument Ave. Port St. Joe 227-1417
All Mass Times EDT,
Saturday 4:00 pm
Sunday 9:30 am
Monday, Thursday, Friday 19:30 am :
Wednesday 5:30 pm
St. Lawrence Mission
788 N Hwy 71 Wewahitchka, FL.
Sunday M ass................................... 11:00 am (CT)
Cape San Bias Mission
'1500 ft from State Park entrance at Cape San Bias
Saturday M ass..................................... ........................ 6:00 pm (ET)




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 A M ............................................. Sunday School
10:30 AM ............................. Fellowship Breakfast
11:00 AM ...................................... W orship
6:00 PM .............................. ........ ............... W orship
801 20tli Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
S Home of Faith Christian School

i First Presbyterian Church
0- of Port St. Joe
508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
Reverend Ruth Hempel
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School 11:00 a.m.

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School News

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wewahitchka Elementary

students jump rope for heart

Wewahitchka Elemen- '
tary school students had
a very successful annual
Jump Rope for Heart cam-
paign with, the finale on 1
Feb. 23- 24. The students,
had a little over three '
weeks to secure sponsor- a 'O i
ships for their fundrais-
ing efforts. The students
exceeded their goal of
'$3,500 for the school with
a final tally of around
$3,600. Stuart Vines, PE
teacher, promised that he
would get "slimed" if the
students reached the goal .
and will set a time soon to
fulfill that promise. Jay- SUBMITTED PHOTO I Special to the
len Vann raised $222 and Times
was the top fundraiser for learned valuable informa-
the school. The children tion on heart disease and
receive "thank you" gifts stroke and how they could
from the American Heart. be a part of helping those
Association for their ef- they love that might be af-
forts but most of all they fected by these diseases.

By: Brandi Price

There is a $50 senior trip
payment due on March 15.
If anyone is behind on pay-
ments, they need to make
a concerted effort to get
caught up so that we can
send money to the agent to
ensure our ticket purchas-
es. Graduation announce-
ments will have come in by
the tenth of March, if stu-
dents have not picked those
up yet, they may do so when
they pay their balance due.
A list of the balance due may
be found on the tripods.
Pay your junior dues.
You have to pay them in or-
der to attend prom.
We need prom servers!
You must have at least a 3.0
GPA and no more than two
referrals. Go to the front of-
fice to sign up. '
There are several base-
ball and softball games
coming up this month and
next month. If you are in-
terested in attending them,
you can visit the school
websites "Calendar of
Events" at http://psjhs.gulf. to find the dates
and times.
SGA: If anyone is plan-
ning to run for office, to-
morrow is your last day to

sign up. Talk to Mrs. White
for more information.

Report cards will be com-
* ing out on the March 27 to
all students.
Spring break will be
March 30 through April 3.
Students will be returning to
school on the following Mon-
day which will be April 6.
Yearbook news: There
are only 127 yearbook res-
ervations remaining for the
2008-2009 yearbook. Only 19
seniors have placed an order.
There are approximately
400 students at PSJHS do
the math. The only way to
guarantee that you will be
able to pick up a 2009 year-
book when they arrive in
August is to pre-order (re-
serve) your copy now. You
may pick up an order form
from the front office, Room
202 or order online at http:// Don't
miss your chance, Yearbook
It Now! Parents and friends
of students Student recog-
nition ads are due by March
20. These ads are no longer
limited to just seniors. For
more information contact
Mr. Taylor at wtaylor@gulf. and lie will call or e-
mail you ad sizes and costs,.
Poit St. Joe High School
Odyssey of the Mind teams
A & B represent Port St. Joe
in the State Tournament on
April 4, in Orlando, Florida.
Ms. Carla May and Ms.
Krichelle McGhee are team

". Port St. Joe
4- 1lementary School

FCAT is over and we are very confident that
our students and teachers "Did Their Best on the
Test". Now that this part of our year is over we can
begin preparing and practicing the curriculum for
the coming year.
Important Dates to Remember:
March 11-College T-shirt Day
March 19-End of 3rd Nine Week Grading Pe-
March 20-3rd grade Archaeology Program
March 26-Child Find Screening
March26-Teacher Volleyball Game Fundraiser
for Relay for Life
March 27-Character Parade grade 3rd-5th and
Report Cards Issued
March 30-April 3rd-SPRING BREAK

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Port St. Joe Middle
school participating in
Pennies Program
Students at Port St. Joe Middle
School are proudly participating
in The Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society's School & Youth Pennies
Program that raises money to find
cures for leukemia, lymphoma and
myeloma while providing informa-
tion and support services to patients
and their families. The Pennies Pro-
gram teaches students caring, shar-

Week No. 10 Answers are:
How many cows does it:take to supply a football field
for a year? 3,000
How much were tickets to the first 'Super bowl? $12.00 has the most rules? Football
What was the first team to have emblems on their
helmets? L.A. Rams
What injury rate does an NFL football player have? 100
percent ,
Congratulations to this week' They are Mary
Rogers, and Shane McGuffin. We appreciate the '
interaction you provide to'our students. It is fun to learn
Week No. 11 Questions are:
What'was a tablecloth's first purpose to people?
How old was Paul McCartney when he wrote "When
I'm 64"?
If you corn-knobbed someone what did you do?
What does car nation mean?
What is the rarest type of blood?
Questions submitted by: 5th grader Kathleen Rish
.Please email your responses to.

for additional prizes based on the
amount raised.
School administrators appreciate
the value of having students work
with a goal of helping others.
"Our students' involvement with
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
teaches them that they can make
an important difference in the lives
of others," said Port St. Joe Middle
School principal Juanise Griffin.
"This is a wonderful program for us
to take part in, and the expected re-
sults of our students' efforts will ben-
efit an outstanding organization."
For more information about The
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's
School & Youth Programs, log onto To
learn more about programs and
services provided by the Northern
Florida Chapter of The Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society call 904-332-6414
or 800-868-0072.

ing, respect for others and the value
of community service, in addition to
supporting an important cause. The
need for cures is critical: 747,465
Americans are battling blood can-
cers, and leukemia remains the No.
1 fatal cancer among children and
young adults under the age of 20.
The Port St. Joe Middle School
pennies program will take place
for a three-week period kicking off
March 9 and running through March
27. The class raising the most funds
in the school will receive a catered
luncheon. Schools may also qualify

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Thursday, March 1.2, 2009

School News

The Star I B7

GCCC tower ready for broadcast

By Chris Segal
Florida Freedom Newspapers

Community College officials
cut the ribbon on a new 420-
foot-tall radio tower Monday.
Located at the college's
North Bay campus, the tower
will expand radio coverage
and inform the public during
emergencies, college official
The $1.2 million tower
strengthens WKGC.90.7 FM
signal across eight counties,
from Pensacola to Tallahassee,
and increase, the WKGC 1480
AM signal from 500 to 5,000
watts during daylight hours.
"This takes us to
another level in terms of
communications," 'said GCCC
president Jim Kerley.
The tower will operate in
Emergency Operations Center,
which is under construction
across the street. During an
emergency, county officials
will be able to broadcast vital

information to the "This is
public using the
tower, great
"This is
another great the h
day in the history of i
of Gulf Coast f
Community s Comn
College,", said -
Bill Cramer, ou
GCCC district
board of trustees Bill C
chairman. j
Thetowerison GCCC distr
college property, trustees
but the county
and public benefit,,
Cramer said. During normal
operating hours, the tower will
provide the Gufl Coast radio
station with the ability to reach
a great audience and offer
digital channels featuring new
The new digital channel
will be dedicated to providing
expanded arts and culture
programming through 24-hour
classical music, said Chris
Thomes, GCCC spokesman
and acting station manager.

another An HD radio is,

day in

rict board of

required to pick
up the digital
WKGC is an
intregal part
of the college's
it provides
training to
students and
news to the
Cramer said.
The radio

station started
in 1968. Funmding for the new
tower came from a variety of
sources, including the college,
grants and federal funds.
"The tower gets us away
from the beach where the old
tower was more susceptible
to tropical storm winds," John
White said.
White, morning news an-
chor for WKGC, said he proj-
ects the new tower will begin
broadcasting a signal in about
a week.

JONAS HOGG]' Florida Freedom Newspapers

Gulf Coast
President Jim
Kerley stands
beneath the new
420-foot radio
tower. The tower
will strengthen
the FM and
AM signals of
the campus
radio station,
WKGC, and
allow the station
to broadcast a
new digital radio

Last Tuesday, March 3,
Pastor Ralph Barwick of
Oak Grove Church spoke
at our chapel program. He
played "Simon Says" with
the students. The students
had a great time, but the
teachers may have won-
dered what "Simon Says"
has to do with chapel. Here
is the connection.
Jesus saidin John 3:16,
"For God so loved the
world that He gave His
only begotten Son, that

whosoever believes in Him
shall not perish but have
everlasting life." Lory, Pas-
tor Ralph's wife, put three
drops of red food coloring
in a glass of clear water.
It wasn't long before the
red coloring had tainted
all of the clear water. Pas-
tor "Ralph explained that
Christ comes in and fills
us, forgives us and cleans
us up. But if we compro-
mise with sin, we are
"putting a little food color-

ing" into our lives. Sin will
take over completely. If we
yield to sin, it is because
we didn't think to listen to
our Master. Did we hear
"Jesus Says" or did we just
do what we thought we
-should? We mess up, but
we must ask Jesus to for-
give us, purify our hearts
and gives us ears to hear
, Pastor Ralph; continued
by having his wife smash
an egg on his head af-
ter several students con-
firmed- that it was a real
egg. Actually, he had blown
the insides out before the
program so it didn't really
make a mess. The point
was poignantly made that
sin makes us feel like we're
having nothing like a hol-
lowed out egg. Jesus said
he would wash sin away if

we come to Him. He can
make us whole, give us
purpose and fill us with
His life.
It's that time of year
again. Students have been
,wondering, "When is it
going to be?" Well, it is al-
most here. The Stanford
Achievement Tests (the
spring tests) will be given
March 16-20. We encourage'
parents to make sure that
their children eat healthy
"brain" foods, drink plenty
of water and juices and get
plenty of rest. It is impera-
tive that no one be absent
during this week. These
tests show how our stu-
dents compare with other
students across the na-
tion in the areas tested.
They also help your child's
future teachers know his
academic' strengths and

weaknesses, and therefore
be better able to meet his
particular needs. Since
March 20 will be a half-day,
we will have dismissal at
the following times: K3-K5
at 11 a.m., grades 1-4 at
11:15 a.m. and grades 5 and
up at 11:30 a.m. There will
be no lunch on that day.
This year the Faith
'Christian School annual
Spaghetti Dinner and
Auction will be Friday,
March 20 in the school
auditorium. Y'all come for
,a great time with great
friends for a great dinner
and a great 'auction with
many great door prizes.
The spaghetti dinner will
be served beginning at 5
p.m. The dinner includes
spaghetti, salad, rolls, tea
and dessert. The silent
auction will be from 5 p.m.

until 6:45 p.m. Tickets are
$6 each, and are available
in the school office or from
FCS students. If you or
your business would like
to donate an item, please
call Kathie Sarmniento at
Are you planning ahead
for next school year? Reg-
istration at Faith Christian
for the 2009-2010 school
year is open to the public.
Please 'come by the office,
at 801 20th 'Street to pick
up an application, or call
the office at 229-6707. Par-
ents of students currently
enrolled, remember that
your child is not automati-
cally enrolled for next year.
If you have not applied for
your child for next year, do
so as soon as possible, as
a place can not be guaran-
teed at this point.

Record label accepts submissions

Gulf Coast Community
College's new Music Tech-
nology Production program
now has an official student
record label called "Bound-
less Sounds Recordings"
and is currently accept-
ing submissions through
March 20 for its first annual
recording project. The re-
cord label goes above and
beyond the program's cur-
riculum and is completely,
run by students. It pres-
ents the music technology'
production students with a
unique 'real world' experi-
ence as they are respon-
sible for selecting each
year's artist, developing
and producing the CD and
marketing and distributing
the final product.
Each year, beginning in
February, the label will ac-
cept proposals from artists
of any genre for original re-
cording projects that meet
the following criteria:
*All project proposals
must result in at least 30
minutes of original musical,
*All project proposals
must be accompanied by
a written statement of the
artistic vision of the artist
or' artists for the eventual

All project proposals
must be accompanied by a
demonstration recording of
the artist or artists' work in
digital form (CD). The sub-
mission CD must be clearly
labeled indicating the artist
and title. Any submissions
lacking such label shall be'
discarded. All demos' will
become the property of
Boundless Sounds Record-
ing unless accompanied by
a stamped, pre-addressed
return pouch (with suffi-
cient postage).
All artists that will be
involved in the project must
be named in the ,project'
proposal. Changes of per-
sonnel in later stages of ac-
cepted projects must be ap-
proved by the label board.
All artists must declare that
they are not bound by other
contractual agreements for
recording or performance
during the time of the proj-
ects ,execution.
*The project proposals
must be received no later
than 5 p.m. CT on March 20,
*A label screening panel
will review the proposals
and select four to eight of
the most promising proj-

ects to participate in a
single public performance
during April or May.
A single, project from
this performance will be
'selected no later than May
29 for production during the
2009-2010 academic year
-for release in April or May
of 2010.
*An alternate project
will be selected in the event
that the winning project
cannot be completed for
any reason.
*Boundless Sounds will
record and produce the
project and will produce
sufficient copies for mar-
keting and distribution ac-
cording to the label's busi-
ness model and will provide
the artist no more than 500
copies for their own use.
*Boundless Sounds will
retain rights of production
and sales of the total proj-
ect for 5 years from the
date of release and will in-
definitely retain the right to
use selections of the project
for future promotion of the
For more information
about this opportunity, con-
tact Rusty Garner, Visual &
Performing Arts Professor,
at (850) 769-1551, ext. 2888.

'Sea Turtles: A Race for Survival'

subject of March 12 lecture

On Thursday, March
12, from 7-9 p.m., Florida
State University's Coastal
and Marine Laboratory
will present "Sea Turtles:
A Race for Survival" the
next lecture in the lab's
ongoing series of free pub-
lic lectures on coastal and
marine 'conservation. The
March 12 talk by Anne
Rudloe, a staff member at
the Gulf Specimen Marine
in Panacea, will provide
an overview of the biology
of sea turtles, both globally
and in Florida, and a look
at the conservation threats
faced by these endangered
species as well as hopeful

signs of recovery.
Refreshments will be
Rudloe created the. en-
vironmental education pro-
gram at the Gulf Specimen
Marine Laboratory, which
serves more than 100 school
groups and 15,000 individu-
al visitors each year. Armed
with a doctoral degree from
Florida State University,
she has published research
on sea turtles, horseshoe
crabs, electric rays and oth-
er species; is the author of
two books; and has Written
articles on natural history
that have appeared in Na-
tional Geographic, Smith-
sonian Magazine and other

national publications.
Overlooking St. George
Sound in St. Teresa, Fla.,
(Franklin County), the Flor-
ida State University Coast-
al and Marine Laboratory
is located at the intersec-
tion of highways 98 and 319,
halfway between the towns
of Panacea and Carrabelle
and about 45 miles south-
west of Tallahassee.
For more information
on the March 12 seminar
or future public lectures at
the Florida State University
Coastal and Marine
Laboratory, visit the
Web site at www.marinalab. or contact Sharon
Thoman at (850) 697-4095.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009


On Feb. 24 Adam Brock
Harris, 22, was arrested
for DUI, DUI with property
damage, careless driving
and leaving the scene of an
On Feb. 24, Benjamin
Kevin Lewis, 36, was arrested
for failure to pay child
Onr Feb. 24, Angela Louise
Moody, 49, was arrested for
driving under the influence.
On Feb. 25, Joe Lee
Jefferson, 63, was arrested
for failure to pay child'
support. -
On March 3, Clyde
Randall McDaniel, 45,
was arrested for violation
of probation. The original
charge was possession of a
controlled substance.
On March 3, Ladora
Lee Nickell Nunnery, 39,

was arrested for violation
of probation. The original
charge was worthless checks.
On March 3, Christopher
Antoine Quinn, 33, was
arrested for maintaining
dwelling used for use and
distribution of controlled
.On March 3, Gilbert-Task
Davis, Jr., 24, was arrested
.for DUI and possession of a
controlled substance.
On March 5, Olita Lynn
Foster, 43, was arrested
for obstruction by disguise
arid DWLSR. The passenger'
in the vehicle Warren J.
McDonald, 51, was arrested
for possession of a controlled
On March 6, Shawna
Macrie Hqtcher, 28,. was
arrested for failure to pay
child support.

Body positively identified as that of Mary Thomas


This annual event will take place start-
ing at 7 a.m. CT on Saturday, March 21 at the
Mexico Beach Fire Department at 118 N. 14th
Come and shop for, big bargains. Dona-
tions for the sale may be dropped off at the
Fire Hall from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday
through Friday until March 18.
Call 648-4790 to.schedule a pickup if you

can't drop off your donation
Rent a space for this event and have a sale
of'your own. Call Laura to save your space,
which can be reserved for a $10 donation.
Why not clean out your closet the more ven-
dors the better the turn out. Bring your own
And have lunch while you shop. Hot dogs,
chips and sodas will be served.

Fish and Wildlife REPORT

Northwest Region
February 27-
March 5
This report represents
some events the FWC
handled over' the past
week; however, it does not
include all actions taken
by the Division' of Law

Officers Kenneth Man-
ning and. Gary Ridaught
were on patrol at Sand
Landing in Perdido River

Wildlife Management Area
when they encountered a
truck parked near the boat
ramp with one man sitting
inside. As Officer Manning
approached, he smelled a
strong odor of burning can-
nabis. A search revealed
two baggies of approxi-
mately 12 grams of canna-
bis and paraphernalia. The
subject was issued a notice
to appear for the violations.
'At approximately ,10:30
p.m., Lt. Dan Hahr was on
patrol on Pineville Road in
the Walnut Hill area when
he encountered two trucks
traveling together. The

occupants of the trucks
were shining lights into the
* woods and were stopped for
inspection. Lt. Brian Lam-
bert was working nearby
and came to assist. A search
of the vehicles failed to pro-
duce any firearms. Five of
the seven subjects were
in possession of beer and
were only 18 years old. The
five were issued notices to
appear for possession of an
alcoholic beverage by a per-
son under the age of 21.
Officer Fred Rondeau
observed a vehicle driv-
' ing at a high rate of speed,
nearly colliding with other

The Gulf County School Board is accepting proposals for A Business
Community School. The School Board requests interested parties to
submit written proposals for review and study. Information to be pro-
vided should include the following:

Summary of proposed project.
Description of student population, projected number of students
to be served, projected demographics and employee parents of
Description of project design and implementation to include
financing, day-to-day management, administration, staffing,
lpefore and after school programs and timeline to become
operational and for how long.
Description of the facility site to include accommodations for
special needs and security especially with regards to.employee
and visitor monitoring with the children.
Proposed contract terms including lease timeline, all costs and
any upgrades over the life of the school.

Interested parties' should submit eight (8) copies of the information to
Bill Carr, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services,' Gulf County
School Board, 150 Middle School Road., Port St. Joe, FL 32456 on or
before March 26, 2009, at 12:00 Noon, EST.

For additional information call Bill Carr at 850-229-8256



The Gulf County Canvassing Board will meet at 9:00 AM EST on March
16, 2009 at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 401 Long Ave, Port St.
Joe, Florida. This meeting is open to the public. The Canvassing Board
will meet to canvass the absentee ballots for the March 17, 2009 School
Board Referendum, to receive queries from the public about absentee
ballots, and to canvass all returns as necessary.

Ballots for the March 17,.2009 School Board Referendum Election re-
ceived prior to March 16th will be available for public inspection until
9:00 AM EST on March 16, 2009 at the Gulf County'Elections Office,
401 Long Ave, Port St. Joe, Florida. After that time these absentees will
be processed, however not counted. Counting of the Absentee Ballots
will not begin until 7 PM EST on March 17, 2009. At 6 PM EST on
March 17, 2009 the Canvassing Board ,will reconvene to canvass the
ballots received between 9 AM on March 16th and 7 PM EST on March
17th. These absentee ballots will be processed and tabulation will pro-
ceed on all ballots at 7 PM EST.

These meetings are open to the public. All interested parties are encour-
aged to attend.

Linda Griffin
Gulf County Supervisor of Elections
401 Long Ave
Port St Joe, FL 32456

vehicles as the suspect ve-
hicle made lane changes.
Officer Rondeau stopped
the vehicle and observed
signs of impairment. The
driver performed poorly
on several field sobriety
tasks. Officer Rondeau ar-
rested the individual for
driving under the influence
and transported him to the
Escambia County Jail. The
subject refused to provide a
breath sample.
Officer Kenneth Man-
ning was on patrol of the
Perdido River Wildlife Man-
agement Area, near the
area locally known as the
Pipes, when he encoun-
tered two subjects parked
near the river. The subjects
were in possession of alco-
holic beverages, which are
prohibited in this area. The
owner of the liquor was is-
sued a citation for the viola-
Officer Manning also
discovered a shotgun in the
truck of the car. A computer
check revealed the subject
was on probation. Officer
Manning contacted the
man's probation officer and
provided a report and docu-
mentation that will violate
the subject's probation.
A concerned citizen en-

tered the Pensacola Field
Office to report seeing a 20-
foot Ohio pontoon boat an-
chored and sitting low in the
water, possibly sinking at
the Three Mile Bridge. Offi-
cerAndyMaltais responded
by vessel shortly afterward
and saw four adults fishing
with water washing over the
pontoons at the stern of the
vessel. When questioned
about the. condition, the
operator replied, "The boat
was dragging a bit on the
way out." The vessel was
escorted safely to a nearby
boat ramp where an inspec-
tion revealed the owner had
previously drilled holes be-
low the waterline to drain
water from the pontoons., .
After the owner cornm
pleted the repairs, 'the
.screws he used to plug the
holes were apparently not
water tight. Officer Maltais
issued boating safety warn-
ings to the vessel operator
for failure to possess the
required Type IV floatation
device and failure to pos-
sess the vessel registration
certificate onboard.
Officer Keith Clark
stopped a vehicle with an
altered tag. A computer
check revealed the tag dis-
played on the vehicle was

not assigned to that vehicle.
The vehicle owner admitted
that she altered the tag and
took it off another vehicle.
Officer Clark seized the
tag and issued the vehicle
owner citations for the vio-
Lt. Brian Lambert and
Officer Kenneth Manning
were on patrol near the
Beulah Landfill, adjacent
to Perdido Wildlife Manage-
ment Area, when they ob-
served a vehicle parked in
the area and three individu-
als in the woods. The prop-
erty was properly posted
and the vehicle was parked
in front of a large "No Tres-
passing" sign. The subjects
claimed they were looking
for a deer that a friend had
hit with a car several hours
earlier. The officers discov-
ered that the subjects had
a dog tied to a tree and had
attempted to use. it to trail
the deer. Blood was found
but the deer could not be
located. The manager of
the landfill was contacted
and indicated she wished
to prosecute. She also ex-
plained that she heard a
shot in the area that morn-
ing. Officer Manning issued
trespass citations to the
three individuals.


The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners has
cancelled their regular Board meeting scheduled for
Tuesday, March, 10, 2009 at 6:00 p.m., E.T. Their next
regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2009
at 6:00 p.m., E.T.

Nathan Peters, Jr.

Ad #2009-19


Notice is hereby given that the City of Port St. Joe's primary election
will be held Tuesday, May 12, 2009, in the Fire Station. Polls open at
7:00 a.m., EDT, and close 7!00 p.m., EDT.

Registration books are-now open at the office of Linda Griffin, G/C Su-
pervisor of Elections, and will remain open through Monday, April 13,
2009 at 5:00 p.m.

Candidate Qualifying begins Wednesday, March 25th at 12:00 noon
and ends on Wednesday, April 1st at 12:00 noon. The following offices
will be up for election: Mayor-Commissioner, Commissioner, Group I,
Commissioner, Group II.

Beginning April 27th May 9th, (includes Saturdays on, May 1st and
9th) Early Voting will be held, at the Supervisors' of Elections' office
located at 401 Long Avenue. Also, Absentee Ballots may be requested
now, but will be mailed after received from printer.

Pauline Pendarvis
City Clerk

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Fingerprint analy- She was last seen Department are assisting
sis from the Florida in Port St. Joe and her with the investigation.
Department of Law body was discovered Nugent said this week
Enforcement posi- 40-50 yards from the that evidence from the scene
tively identified a well-traveled road, of where the body was found
body found Tuesday in a thickly-wooded had been sent to the FDLE's
on Avenue A in Port area. lab in Pensacola.
St. Joe as that of Mary MARY THOMAS Authorities were Meanwhile, Nugent add-
Thomas, Gulf County already considering ed, the digging for remains
Sheriff Joe Nugent the case a murder from a possible 20-year-old
said last week. investigation and several murder case have been sus-
The 56-year-old woman agencies, including the State pended for at least the next
had been missing for three Attorney's Office, Florida several weeks as law enforce-
weeks, according to family Department of Law Enforce- ment investigators work the
and friends in Port St. Joe. ment and Port St. Joe Police Thomas case.

8th annual MexicoBeach Volunteer Fire

Department benefit takes place this month


Thursday, March 12, 2009


The Starl B9

Gulf County local mitigation strategy task force meeting

The Gulf County Local
Mitigation Strategy (LMS)
Task Force will hold a pub-
lic meeting at 3 p.m. ET on
Tuesday, March 17 at the
Gulf County Emergency
Operations Center located
at 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd. 500 in Port St. Joe.
The purpose of this meet-
ing is to organize the Lo-
cal Mitigation Strategy
Task Force in preparation
for the annual update and
begin working on the re-
submittal of the Local Mit-

The Gulf County Tourist Devel-
opment Council is the official mar-
keting organization for Gulf County
and promotes tourism to our area
through sales, advertising, promo-
tions, public relations, beach and
park development and visitor ser-
vide programs. Our mission is to
market travel and drive visitation
to and within Gulf County, and to
insure a quality experience of our
product through the maintenance of.
beaches, parks and amenities. Since
our establishment in 1998, the TDC

igation Strategy for Gulf
Gulf County in coordi-
nation with the City of Port
St. Joe, the City of Wewahi-
tchka, the LMS Task Force
and various members of
the community developed
a Local. Mitigation Strat-
egy in 1999. An update
to the plan was issued to
bring, the Local Mitiga-
tion Strategy in compli-
ance with the local hazard
mitigation requirements
of Section 322 of the Disas-

ter Mitigation Act of 2000.
The plan update was ap-
proved by FEMA in 2004.
The current Local Mitiga-
tion Strategy approval will
expire in 2010. The Local
Mitigation Strategy is a
plan developed with input
from the community, busi-
ness and industry aAd lo-
cal government to guide
and promote hazard miti-
gation activities in Gulf
County. Actions include
planning to reduce or
eliminate long-term risks

has worked to increase tourism and
support area businesses.
The TDC supports non-profit
organizations in funding local festi-
vals and events through the annual
marketing grant program. Most re-
cently the TDC Board is funding in
A Taste of the Coast, April 25
Beach Blast Triathlon and Du-
athlon, April 25
Biker Reception at Frank Pate
Park, May 1
Plein Air, May 7-17

to people and property, the
environment and financial
investments and to man-
age post-disaster recovery.
The plan must be updated
and i'eviewed annually and
re-submitted in total every
five years to address the
federal guidance promul-
gated as a result of the
Disaster Mitigation Act of
Gulf County Emer-
gency Management is re-
questing the participation
of members of the public

7th Annual Kids. Win Fishing
Tournament, May 15-16
Tupelo Honey Festival, May 16
Non-profit organizations can now
apply for the 2009-2010 TDC grant
cycle. Deadline for grant application
submittal is Friday, April 17. Please
contact the TDC office to pick up a
grant application 229-7800.
The TDC is also looking for vol-
unteers to help in the Gulf County
Welcome Center. A volunteer recep-
tion will be held March 19 from 3-4
pm at the Welcome Center.

Wildfire danger increasing: State asks

for public's help in fire prevention

TALLAHASSEE Florida is experi-
encing twice the wildfire activity of a
year ago and the danger is increasing
every day, Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson said today.
Bronson is urging residents to
do their part to prevent wildfires by
avoiding any unnecessary outdoor
burning. They should also check
with their local Division of Forestry
office or county government to de-
termine if there is a local burn ban
in effect.
"Prevention is the key," Bronson
said. "We're asking residents and
visitors alike to exercise extreme

caution when you use anything that
involves fire or high heat. Before
conducting any outdoor burning,
check with officials to see if it is a
dangerous burning day and if there
is a local burn ban in effect."
A lack of substantial rainfall, es-
pecially in Central and South Flor-
ida, coupled with recent freezes
throughout the state, has left Flor-
ida's vegetation ripe for wildfires.
Wildfires can start easily, intensify
quickly and nove rapidly because of
the current conditions.
Statewide, the Keetch-Byram
Drought Index (KBDI) currently
stands at 520, well above normal

for this time of the year. Moreover,
the index shows that nearly half of'
Florida is well above the statewide
average and is experiencing "se-
vere" dry conditions. The KBDI
measures available soil moisture
and runs from 0 (saturated) to 800
Since January 1, Florida has had
1,024 wildfires that have burned
24,730 acres, compared with 508 fires
impacting 11,292 acres at the same
time last year, Because the lighten-
ing season has yet to begin, virtually-
all of the fires that have occurred to
date were caused by humans and
were therefore avoidable.


A Public Hearing will be held at the
Board of County Commissioners
(BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, March
24, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. EST. The pub-
lic hearing will be held in the BOCC
Meeting Room at the Robert M.
Moore Administration Building, 1000
Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida. The public hearing will be to
discuss and act on the following:

1. Variance Gurosky Parcel ID
#03180-125R in Section 19,

Township 9
West, Gulf

South, Range 10
County, Florida

Variance of development
regulations. Located near Money

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

as well as community and
business leaders to help
review and implement
the LMS. While Emer-
gency Management will
coordinate the plan, it is
anticipated that there will
be three LMS Task Force
meetings to be held within
several months to review
the plan and provide input

on projects and priorities.
If there are any ques-
tions or comments regard-
ing this meeting, please
contact the Office of
Emergency Management
at 850-229-9110. Written
comments can be mailed
to: 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd., Building 500, Port
St. Joe, FL 32456.

Tourist Development Council NEWS

Ad #2009-16


The Board of City Commissioners plan a
Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, March 26th
at 6:30 p.m. to be held in the Gulf County
Commission Chambers at the Courthouse.
All City residents are invited to attend.



The City of Wewahitchka will conduct a Public
Meeting on March 23, 2009, at 6:30 pm cen-
tral time at Wewahitchka City Hall, 109 South
2 Street, Wewahitchka, Florida, to give the
citizenry an opportunity to become acquainted
with the proposed water system improvements
for the Stonemill Creek area and to comment
on such items as economic and environmental
impacts, service area, alternatives to the proj-
ect and other matters of concern.

The meeting Will include discussion of the ap-
plication process and city action relative to
approving, executing and submitting a formal
application to USDA Rural Development for
grant and local approval. Any. questions may
be directed to Don Minchew, City Manager,

Gwen Exley
City Clerk


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

1. February 17, 2009 Minutes
2. Variance Thomas Kitts Parcel ID
#06276-011R in Section 19,
Township 9 South, Range 11 West,
Gulf County, Florida Variance of
development regulations. Located on
Cape San Blas. Requesting a setback
from 25 feet to 15 on the road
3. County Development Regulations
4. Public at Large
5. Staff

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


A Public Hearing will be held by the
Board of County Commissione's
(BOCC) on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at
6:00 p.m. EST. The public hearing will
be held in the BOCC Meeting Room at
the Robert M. Moore Administration
Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida. The public hear-
ings will be to discuss and act on the fol-


The proposed amendments can be re-
viewed at the Clerks Office, Planning
Department and on the County web
Web address:
Hard copies may be purchase at the
Clerks Office and Planning Depart-

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

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LETTERS from page B1
Lincoln was reluctant to give this speech
because he was not sure of what he would
actually say. Some say that he used a
second version, but others claim he used
a fifth version. Some reports state that
he even made a few changes while in the
process of giving the speech. The most
significant change he made was to the
phrase, "...that this nation, under God,
shall have a new birth of freedom."' The
first drafts did not include the words

%'under God"
following the word
"nation." The idea
of a "nation under
God," is that of a
country whose laws
are God's laws,
and whose people
are under God's
The first
paragraph was an
important part of
the Gettysburg
Address. The
phrase "All men are
created equal" is
important because
they were not
treating African
Americans, which
were slaves at
this time, with the
same respect that
they were treating
American white
men. In fact, one of
the turning points
of the Civil War
was the signing of
the Emancipation

"The phrase
are created
important be
were not treat
Americans, u
slaves at this
the same respe
were treating
white men. In
the turning p
Civil War was
of the Eman

Lexie Diane

Proclamation, a document giving
freedom to the slaves. The second
paragraph shows how Abraham Lincoln
had great respect for those who had died
for their country. He was treating every
man equally whether they were fighting
for the North or for the South. In the third
paragraph, Abraham Lincoln said this
phrase, "the world will little note nor long
remember what we say here, but it can
never forget what they did here." This
shows that he was not there to get glory
for himself, but to pay tribute to the men
who gave their lives for their country.
Many people appreciated the
Gettysburg Address. The main groups
of people who disagreed and disliked the
Gettysburg were the southerners. They
wanted to be their own country and not
a nation united. They felt that the north
was imposing laws, taxes and beliefs on
them that were not fair. Abraham Lincoln
disagreed with that idea. He felt that
every state should stay together to be the
strong, united, and powerful nation that
we are today.
The Gettysburg Address is important
to the United States citizens today and
will be important forever. This speech
takes the country back to the hard times
when brave men fought and died for
values they so firmly believed in so the
United States could be a strong and
unified nation. It also reminds those
enjoying the freedom that others gave
their lives for, that every one is deserving
of equal opportunities and equal
respect. This speech should always be
remembered as inspiring, convicting, and
an important part of our United States

The Ideals of Gettysburg
Mary Caitlin Bouington
Faith Christian School, eighth grade

Our world has changed drastically
over the centuries. Huge cities with
skyscrapers, fast-food restaurants, and
up-to-date cars are some of the things that
define and shape our
,e All men country. But some
things are still the
equal'is same-we still pledge
"One nation under
cause they God," and we still
n A hold the Constitution,
ng Afiican the Declaration
which were of Independence,
and other such
time, with documents and
that thy speeches in high
ect that they regard. One such
rAmerican speech is the
Gettysburg Address.
Fact, one of Abraham Lincoln,
our sixteenth
points of the Presidents, delivered
the signing his no*r-famous
S g speech on Nov. 19,
iciation 1863. It was a cold
winter day. The
a document President sat for two
om to the hours listening to
o71m to the statesman Edward
IS." Everettt's monologue.
Only then did Lincoln
rise and walk to the
McGhee podium. He pulled
out a crumpled little
envelope and started
to speak:

"Fourscore and seven years ago..." The
crowd was so silent that you could hear
a pin drop. ".'..That all men are created
equal." Lincoln was nervous but continued.
The last phrase has been stirring hearts
for centuries. In the days of the Civil War,
the nation was divided as to whether
or not people should be allowed to own
slaves. Lincoln was against slavery, thus
his speech included "all men are created
Today, slavery is against the law in
America. In fact, most people see this
practice as despicable. "All men are
created equal" only applied to part of the
country during the war, but now it applies
to America as a whole.
"The world will little note nor long
remember what we say here, but it
can never forget what they did here."
President Lincoln did not know that this
relatively short speech of his would be all
that important to people throughout the
country, not only at that time, but also to
people now. He was telling the crowd that
the Battle of Gettysburg was important,
and what they said would not matter as
much as the sacrifices the soldiers made.
President Abraham Lincoln believed
that the work of the soldiers protecting
their country- was important, noble, and
needed to be recognized. "It is for us, the
living, rather, to be dedicated here to the
unfinished work which they who, fought
here have thus far so nobly advanced."
Lincoln believed that the solders were
doing such an important job, that it is our
duty to finish what they started, and to
finish it well.
President Lincoln glanced out at the
crowd and -saw that some people had

tears running down
their cheeks, others
were nodding their
heads, and not one
of them was looking
elsewhere. Every
eye and every year
was focused on none
'other but him. Just
a few more lines and
he would be finished.
"...For which
they gave the last
full measure of
devotion..." The men
he was speaking
of gave their lives
willingly because
they wanted to do
everything they
could to preserve
their nation and what
they were fighting
for. The President
wanted to make sure
That "These men
shall not have died in
vain; that this nation,
under God, shall ,

"Our world
turies. Hug
taurants,' an
cars are some
that define a
country. Bu
are still the s
pledge 'One
God,' and we
tion ofIndep
other such do
speeches in 1

Mary Caitli

have a new birth
of freedom; and that government of the
people, by the people, for the people. Shall
not perish from the earth."
The Gettysburg Address may be just a
few paragraphs, but it had an enormous
impact on America. Edward Everett
himself wrote to Lincoln, "I wish I could
flatter myself that I had come as near to
the central idea of the occasion in two
hours as you did in two minutes." This
small, three paragraph speech defined
the nation as "one people dedicated to
equality" My hope is that we will continue
to follow what President Abraham Lincoln
believed, and that we as a nation will
continue to put our hope. and trust in God,
as did our sixteenth President.

Five Perils That Challenged
Christopher Columbus
Trisha Davidson
Faith Christian School, 9th Grade

Christopher Columbus' expedition was
very important for the field of navigation
because it made people think harder
about safer ways to sailing "Design
has taken place of what sailing used to
be." Some perils could not be prevented
with advances such as the following;
weather and mutiny. Nobody can control
the weather, n matter how advanced in
technology you are. Mutiny is based on
the mood the people are in so it cannot
be prevented. Today, equipment can
still break, but it is more durable than
Columbus' was. In
Columbus' time "Sailing is
you could get lost
because of poor 'anymore. It
equipment, but today '
we sail by satellites, ilOUS or as
so the chances of Technolog
getting lost are slim.
Another dilemma many live
was food supply.
Columbus had to have saved
have enough food for
his whole crew and invented
himself. Therefore,
not all perils can be
prevented. Trisha

has changed Columbus'
expedition was
over the cen- probably very
entertaining. One
re cities with time, Columbus
announced that God
fast-food res- told him, during a
id up-to-date storm, Hewould
keep him safe
e of the things during this storm,
n 7and afterwards
nd shape our Columbus would
t some things be famous. This
S t ling gave Columbus the
ame -we still inspiration to keep
nation under Mutiny was
still hold the another peril
stil hold the Columbus faced.
, the Declara- Columbus'men
were tired and
iendence, and hungry from
sailing for such a
'cuments and long time, so they
high regard." attempted mutiny.
They wanted to
throw Columbus
n Bouington overboard
immediately, but he
told them, "There
is no reason to stop since he had come
to go to the Indies, and so they needed
to continue with the help of the Lord."
He told them that if they did not see land
within three days, they could return back.
Columbus had already seen signs of land
so he knew it was not too far away. Of
course, he was right, and on the third day,
they spotted land and did not have to turn
The equipment was probably another
peril that affected the sailors' attitudes.
Three days in to the voyage, the rudder
broke on the Nina and the sail of the Pinta
was falling off. They tied up these problems
until they reached an island where they
mended these errors and gathered
Another-stressful occurrence to
Columbus and his crew was when his
compass was not working properly. It was
not pointing to the North Star anymore
like normal, but he did not tell anyone
because he did not want them to worry.
Finally, somebody noticed and he made up
something to keep them all calm. After this
incident, Columbus used his astronomy
skills to calculate his direction. One
observer noted, "...a captain's guide to his
position was his knowledge of winds, tides,
landmarks, and the sun and the stars."
If you are sailing a ship all day you are
going to get more hungry than usual, and
you are going to need nourishment to help
you work. If you are not healthy, it is hard
to do any kind of work. Columbus had to
have enough food and water to supply his
men and himself,
lot the same but he could only
hold so much on
is not as per- one ship. This was
probably another
interesting. factor of mutiny.
has saved In conclusion,
sailing is not the
and could same anymore. It
is not as perilous
tore ifit were or as interesting.
rli Technology has
earlier. saved many lives
and could have
saved more if it were
ividson invented earlier.




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FEET IN A NORTHWEST- Thomas Neese, Jr., are R 0. Box 39 Assessment Dvelopment 501 Monument Ave Beach, Canal Front, boat 6170
ERIY DIRECTION, defendants, I will sell to the Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Servioes t o the Board of Port St Joe, FL 3245 dock, fp, no pet's, $1,000 2 br,1 ba MH fo rn r
THENCE RUN OR CON- highest and best bidder for 850 229-8211 CountyCommissoners uav Moc t,000 2pbr, 13be MHnforreno
TINUE IN THE SAME cash in/on Gulf County FL BAR NO. 0037915 FoodPServices/Hospitality ine $1,000 dsp. sale. 9134Tulip Aye, Bee-
NORTHWESTERLY D Florida at on the, Gulf County, F 12,009 Sealed proposals will be Coo s 850-648-5045 con Hill. Please call 8210
TacFEMarccepted atand copies of Wait Staff, Cooks822 Hwy 98, St Joe850-227-1804 19.5 ft Palm Beach 2007,
RECTION FOR 150 FEET, April. 2009, the following the Request for Proposalsc98,w51
THENCE RUN SOUTH- described property as set 1432S may be obtained from: & Prep Available Dec. 1st Beach, 2br 2ba house with center console, with T-top,
WESTERLY FOR 175 FEET forth in said Final Judg- IN THE CIRCUIT COURT Gulf County Clerk of Court, Experienced, evenings, 1000 sq.ft. gulf view, $875 mo + dep, fish finder .and other
TO THE POB, THENCE ment of Foreclosure: OF THE FOURTEENTH 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Full & Part time positions Consisting of 850-647-9214 accessories, 2006 Yahama
OR THW R JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF Blvd., Room 148, Port St. avail. Cooks & Prep are 3-Offices A 2 br, 1 ba, Alum. trailer, $19,500, Call
SFOR 200 FEET, THENCE LOTS 40 AND 41, WHIS- FLORIDA IN AND FOR Joe, Florida, 32456. Cop- days & nights Call 1-ADA Bathroom BASuneck, screbened in u t 850-229-1542 or 832-2040C
ALOR UN SOU THWESTERLY APERING PINES, UNIT II, GULF COUNTY iss may also be requested 850-653-6375 500 sq.ft Warehouse TOWNHOME porch, St. Joe Bch,
ALONG NEW -COUNTY ACCORDING TO THE 50s.pby phoning (850)r eCall227-1795
ROAD FOR 75 FEET, PLAT THEREOF AS RE- FLAGSTAR BANK, FSB, 229-611o2. 8$850.0m05 Gross ach autu Call 227-1795
THENCE RUNSOUTH- CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 Plaintiff,NWatch beautiful sunsets
EASTERLY FOR 200 FEET AT PAGE 19, OFTHE NOTE: Bid documents are America's from this wonderful
TO A LOT OF LAND OR PUBLIC RECORDS OF VS now available for Hospitalty/Tourism ii-o town home Exquisitely
THE HOME LOT OF FH- GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. downloading from the In- Mil-Storage and FURNISHED 3br & 3 1/2 2 br, 2 ba, MH, Furnished,
CAUSNORTHEASTNCE RUN 75 ALBERT ALVARADO, ternet at Room Attendant Office Complex ba. One of five TH on W/D incl. Fenced yard,
FEET TO THE ASTERLYFOB, SAME /K/A 181 BETTY RAE Defendants. Mainstay Suitesin Port St. four lovely landscaped screened in porch. $600 Lhurs Open
FEET TO THE POA SAME DRIVE: WEWAHITCHKA, Mainstay Suites in Port St 850-229-8014 acres, with pier. Close
BEING LOT NO, 6,-AC- FLORIDA32465CJoe is now accepting ap-amo.+ dep Util not incl. No Fisherman Boat
BEINGOTNOCAUSEYFLORIDA 32465 CASE NO 08-591CA NOTICE TO PROPOSERS locations for an Room At- 478-451-7761 to town. DaTlene Pets Call 1-850-647-3568
SUBC VISION TO WHITE Atendant. Candidate must 6 7 8 3 0 0 1 2 7 5 34 1983
S FLORI S E Any persn claiming an NOTICE OF ACTION To ensure that your pro- maintain flexible schedule, O Twin 8.2 Detroit Die-
CITYNG FLORIDA, SAME BE- ter7ist in the surplus from posal is responsive, you dependability is a must. If T1Tm $1300/mo eels, Fly Bridge, Out
R10WING IN SEC. 11, the sale, if any, other than TO: ALBERT ALVARADO are urged to request clarifi- you have an eye for detail 6140 (possible Ise. purchase) | 6200 Riggers, Diesel Genera-
FLORIOW, GULF COUNTY th property owner as of Whose residence is: 477 cation or guidance on any and a passion for service, Pine IslandwaterfrontMH tor (new), full cabin,
FLORIDA. the date of the Us Pend- PONDERSOSA PINES #8, issues involving this solic- We Want you! Make wants to trade or rent your alley, Trim Tabs, Bait

ALSO:COMMENCING AT mustfileaclaimwithin PORT SAINT JOE, FL, itatiorbefore submission Beds, MakeFriends,and Hurry! We ony h e few Mexico Beach residence Station, Platform with
THE SW CORNER OF 60 days after the sae. 32456 & 172 BAY CIRCLE, of your response. Your Make Money!urry'haveai a2 ladder, Bottom and
SEC. 1 S, W, AND t n f Cunt lor SAN JACINTO, CA, 92583 point-of-contact for thisso- Please apply in person foi&M 4 01, \2t Z Zinc's 0good Runs
SEC. 11,T7S, R10W, AND Dated in Gulf County, Flor- licitation is Lynn Lanier, Mainstay Suites. Ba ot tages Zc gd R
RUN 2523 FEET IN A dt hdayof -TO UNKNOWN SPUS i nto-otat f this PleMainstay Suites Bara poot Cottares left. Good! Will Trade! Ask-
NORTHEASTERLYIE da this 20h day of Febru- TO: UNKNOWN SPOUSE Deputy Administrator, at 3951 E Hwy 98 .ing $39,000 OBO At
TION; THENCE RUNNING ary, 2009. OF ALBERT ALVARDO (850) 229-6111. Port St. Joe, FL In a bech aess witholslaroundsub Panama City Marina slip
454 FEET IN A NORTH- Whose residence is: 477 EDE.............DFWP 603. Call 850-871-9300
454 FEET IN A NORTH- Clerk of the Circuit Court PONDERSOSA PINES #8, GULF COUNTY BOARD D or 850-288-0996
WESTERLY DIRECTION; Gulf County, Florida PORT SAINT JOE, FL. OF COUNTY COMMIS- Installation/MainVRepair house, and hot tubs. Price includes water, sewer and garbage. or8558-0996
DIRECTI NORTHWESTERLY' 150 Deputy Clerk SAN JACINTO, CA, 92583 By: Nathan Peters, Jr., Janitor 3br/3.5b ............. .. $1,050 1eZ LT II
FEET THDR ENCE RUN T F are a rson witha alive, and if 'all ar Chairman needed for established $ R TE9R COMPLETE PACKAGES
FEET; THENCE RUN If you eesi falivandifdeadal par- Attest: Rebecca L. Norris, property in Gulf county, a 2br/2,5bna..............,,,................................$950 FROM 4,995
SOUTHWESTERLY FOR disability who needs assis- 'ties claiming interest by, Clerk Hrs 8-5 Mn thru Fri. Must,
175 FEET TO POB. tance in order to partici- through, under or against March 12,19,2009 be able to lift up to bs. BA W ed Al A SnuBoats
THENCE RUN NORTH- patein a program orserv- b.ALBERT ALVARDO and s 1.866.628.1334 ATSOWFRI & SAT
WESTERLY FOR 190 ice of the State Courts LUNKNOWN SPOUSE OF $11.00 an hr plus benefits. *w 7 A nfay riefoa
FEET MORE OR LESS you should conFax resume to Southern CstManagement 850.2291350 101 Monca, Remodeled, www.x t s.c
THENC UNT OR tact the Court Administra parties having or claiming W 42 LONG TERM RENTALS Awtwe A floor-ceiling new CHCA, & 29060
ERLY ALONG THE RIGHT rs 475327ice fax (850) to have any right, title or ( J windows, roof, access to Wbd3r-
00UNY OALFONGTHERIT wf n 85) interest in the property de- Monica & Miles Rd, Chain
FEET TO THE SOUTH this notice; if you are hear- YOU ARE NOTIFIED that 100 1006100 $ 00850266
BOUNDARY OF JIM ROB- ing or voice impaired, an action for Foreclosure MERCHANDISE
ERTS LAND; THENCE lease call 1-800- of Mortgage on rthe follow- Port St. Joe Com m ercial l

HEPONT OFBEGIN- Atto forlaintiff SUBDIVISION, ACCORD- .' Space for Lease
NN.RO. Box 23028 IN TO TOTHE MAP OR Name Brand Laptops, Ab- Prime Retail Space
PLAT THEREOF AS RE- solutely Free Get the
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK Laptop You Deserve. New! 317 Williams Avenue
6, PAGE 51 OF THE PUB- Super Thin Super Fast. 1800sf tenant improvements negotiable $1800/mo gross
LIC RECORDS OF GULF Includes Free Shipping 325 ReidAvenue 4500sf flex space; corner location; $2500/mo gross
a/k/a 477 PONDERSOSA 30MuReidlAvenu
PINES #8 PORT SAINT m 309 Reid Avenue p se
JOE, FL 32456 6000sf renovated shell space; occupant ready; $4500/mo mod- Marina/Commercial Building
gross 2784 Coastal Hwy., Crawfordville, FL
Serve a copy of you wit Port StJoe 1908 Juniper 57500s Suite B; pe retailer; $3000/mo Boat Condos & Single Family Residence
Excellent Psychic Readings on Nwabufo Umunna At Multi N Carrabelle, Crawordville/Ponocea & Tlahassee, FL
Child care By Christine torney for Plaintiff, whose Family/Moving Office Space First Tier Vacation Home St. George Island, FL
Four child care slots open. Tell the past, .present address is 2901 Stirling SaleM!! 452 Fourth Street Plus Premier Homes, Townhomes
Ages birth to five, Two and future. Palm and Office space-576+/-sf, $800.00 per month (include utilities) &ena t
adults on premises, both tarrot card readings also Reid AvenueCondos, Commercial & Reidential Lots
registered child care pro- available. Located @ u 310 ReidAvenue Located Throuhout Florida
viders. Very reliable. 9801 Front Beach Rd. | 4100 4100 j- 1116sf Suite C; finished office space; lobby area with two
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PorusitUions -will fill
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cated in Port St. Joe
(or call to come by to
pickup info. packet)
Opening available immedi-
ately for your 1 to 3 year
old child. Registered Fam-
ily Childcare Home. Excel-
lent program with experi-
enced teacher. References
available Call Ms. Debbie
At Croft Family Childcare
at 229-7708. Please leave
message if no answer. .

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January unemployment numbers released: Local numbers higher than last year

employment rate in the
Gulf Coast Workforce Re-
gion (Bay, Franklin, and
Gulf counties) was 9.6 per-
cent in January 2009, 4.5
percentage points higher
than the region's year ago
rate and 0.8 percent higher
than the state rate of 8.8
percent and 1.1 percent
higher than the national av-
erage at 8.5 percent. Out of
a labor force of 98,039, there
were 9,404 unemployed
Gulf Coast residents.
"The credit crisis is
still affecting many local
businesses especially .our
manufacturers," said Kim
Bodine, Executive Director
of the Gulf Coast Workforce
"At the Workforce Cen-
ter we're seeing people not
just on unemployment but

on long term unemploy-
ment. These people are of-
ten times in jeopardy of los-
ing their automobiles and
homes and are desperate
for a job," said Wilson Hair,
Coordinator of the Work-
force Center.
The January 2009 unem-
ployment rates in the coun-
ties that comprise the Gulf
Coast Workforce Region
were: 9.8 percent in Bay
County, 8.8 percent in Gulf
County, up from 8.1 just a
month ago, and 7.0 percent
in Franklin County.
In January 2009, there
were 72,100 nonagricultur-
al jobs in the Panama City-
Lynn Haven metro area
(Bay County), down 1,600
jobs over the year.
The annual rate of job
loss in the area was -2.2
percent was not as steep

as the state's rate of -4.3
percent. The Panama City-
Lynn Haven metro area job
growth rate has been nega-
tive since March 2008.
The industry losing the
most jobs over the year in
the Panama City-Lynn Ha-
ven metro area was min-
ing, logging, and construc-
tion (-1,200 jobs).
Manufacturing (-400
jobs) also declined over the
year, along, with financial
activities and professional
and business services (-
300 jobs each). The losses
were partially offset by
gains in leisure and hos-
pitality and government
(+200 jobs each); trade,
transportation, and utilities
(+100 jobs); and education
and health services (+100
Information and other

Southern Resorts hosts Snowbird Party

Southern Resorts Vacation Rentals
hosted a successful farewell party at the
Destin Community Center for their South-
ern Snowbirds in conjunction with the Des-
tin History and Fishing Museum on Febru-
ary 25,2009 at 11:30 a.m. The farewell party
included a fish fry provided by Lloyd Taylor,
tours at the Destin History and Fishing Mu-
seum, and door prizes provided by Southern
Resorts. "We thoroughly enjoyed getting to
know our Southern Snowbirds throughout
the whiter season and hosting an enjoyable
luncheorfwas our way of saying 'thank you'
and bidding them farewell until next year,"
stated Mike Shoults, owner of Southern Re-
sorts Vacation Rentals.
Along with the farewell party, Southern
Resorts hosted weekly coffees with dough-
nuts and bagels throughout January and
February at their branch offices in Destin,
Fort Walton Beach, Panama City Beach,
and Port St. Joe. They also hand deliv-

ered and emailed bi-weekly newsletters to
each winter guest that included upcoming
events and announcements. "We wanted to
provide our winter guests with a social net-
working opportunity along with the chance
for them to get to know our staff on a more
personal level," stated Director of Market-
ing, Patricia Hardiman.
In business since1995, Southern Resorts
Vacation Rentals' vision is to be the most
caring vacation rental company in North-
west Florida. Southern Resorts represents
nearly 600 vacation beach homes,.cottages
and condos on Florida's beautiful Coast
in Pensacola Beach, Destin, Fort Walton
Beach, Beaches of South Walton, Panama
City Beach and the Forgotten Coast. Visit
the websitefor a comprehensive look at the
properties with. images, video tours, de-
scriptions, on-line reservations and more.

services remained un-
changed. Relative to Flori-
da's other metro areas, the
Panama City-Lynn Haven
metro area had the second
largest over the year per-
cent increase in leisure and
hospitality (+2.1 percent),

Workforce Board
executive committee
Date: Tuesday, March

24. Time: 8:30 a.m. CT.
Location: Workforce
Center Panama City.
Call-in number: 1-888-808-
6959, guest code: 7475102.
(Date, time, and location
are subject to change.)
Tentative agenda:
* school readiness and
VPK ITN, office supplies
RFP, classroom materials

Workforce Board
Date: Wednesday,March

18. Time: 11 a.m. CST. Lo-
cation: Workforce Center
- Panama City. Call-in num-
ber: 1-888-808-6959, guest
code: 7475102. (Date, time,
and location are subject to
Tentative agenda: mem-
bership appointments, au-
dit RFP CRWDB appoint-
ment, personnel and policy
committee report, finance
committee report.
For additional informa-
tion regarding this meet-
ing or agenda, call 850-747-
5400, ext. 102.

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