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YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937


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YEAR 71, NUMBER 38 IB W

Thursday, JULY 9,2009 For breaking news, visit www.starfl.com 50(


'Check Out That Body'


campaign kicks off


By Despina Williams
Star StaffWriter
A crowd of 450 people and one
famous red Muppet descended
on Wewahitchka's Lake Alice
pavilion on June 29 to attend the
"Check Out That Body" Commu-
nity Preventative Health Cam-
paign kick-off celebration..



O FREEDOM
S I I C R T A


Elmo, the campaign's mascot,
joined a bevy of dignitaries, in-
cluding state representative Jim-
my Patronis (R-Panama. City),
Wewahitchka mayor Ray Dick-
ens, Callaway mayor Ken Meer
and Gulf County commissioner
Billy Traylor.
See BODY A2


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Theo Patronis,
.the son of State
representative
Jimmy Patronis
(R-Panama
City), got a
boost from
Elmo during the
June 29 "Check
Out That Body"
campaign kick-
off. Theo's dad
spoke on the
importance of
preventative
ealthcare.


SPECIAL TO THE STAR


TABLE OF CONTENTS


Opinion ............................... A4
Letters to the Editor................... A5
Sports........................................... A6-7
Society ................................... B2


Obituaries............... .............. B4
Church News............................... B4
School News ................................ B7
Legals................... .............. B9


Property values


plummeting

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
After two years of small bites,
county taxing authorities will feel
the full course from the economic
slowdown this year.
The taxable property roll just
certified by county Property
Appraiser Kesley Colbert reflects a
24-25 percent drop in county prop-
erty values on which local govern-
ments will provide the multiplier for
taxing purposes.
The county experienced value
drops the first in county history
each of the past two years, but
those drops were in the single-dig-
its, percentage-wise, between 4 per-
cent and 8 percent.
This year's fall in taxable prop-
erty values is the largest in the
county's history.
"It's not unprecedented to see
a 24 percent change," Colbert said.
"It is to see a 24 percent drop. But
it has gone up by 36 percent before,
just a few years ago. The process
we use is the same every year, but
we never heard much when things
were going up by 36 percent. We are
doing the exact same thing as when
values were going up.
"This is the first big drop we
have had like this. We knew it was
coming. We are always in arrears.
We could see values were dropping
off. We could see that downward
trend."
When Colbert speaks of always
working in arrears, he is noting that
the property appraiser must base
his final certified numbers on what
property values were on January 1
of any given year.
He cannot use any transactions
that have taken place in 2009 when
figuring the 2009 taxable roll. What
the certified roll effectively is a
snapshot of county property values

See PROPERTY A3



Weston will remain

PSJ city manager

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
What began with a roar ended in
a whimper last week.
The Port St Joe city commission,
during a special meeting last Tues-
day night that lasted less than a half
hour, unanimously approved a mo-
tion to cease any hearing concerning
the dismissal of city manager Char-
lie Weston and approved keeping
Weston on contract for at least the
next 18 months.
Commissioner John Reeves, cit-
ing "changes" since May when ac-
tion was first brought against Weston
and changes in operations at city
hall, agreed to entertain any motion,
one he ultimately made himself, to
bring an end to the hearingprocess
established to consider Weston's dis-
missal.
Reeves made the initial allega-
tions against Weston, charging he
had mishandled the city's finances
and was not operating the city in
an efficient manner, twice attempt-
ing to oust the city manager during
meetings in late April and early May,
which brought the matter to a hear-
ing process that has played out the
past 30 days or so.
The commission voted 3-2 in May
during a special meeting that last-
ed nearly four times as long as last
week's meeting to fire Weston, but
the city charter required a hearing
process under which commissioners
.had 10 days to file formal charges
See WESTON A3


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BODY from page Al_


The "Check Out That Body" campaign
encourages area residents to get physical
examinations during the month of July.
Patronis, whose son, Theo, got some face
time with Elmo, spoke on the importance of
regular health check-ups.
Those who receive their check-ups during
the month are eligible to win a host of fabu-
lous prizes, including a Nintendo Wii, iPod,
spa package and gas grill.
Kick-off attendees enjoyed free hotdogs
and Pepsi and got their first glimpse at a
giant Elmo thermometer, which will track
participation in the "Check Out That Body"
campaign.
The campaign's goal is 425 participants,
and several residents have already respond-
ed by scheduling their check-ups.
Wewahitchka Medical Center manager
Tina Pate, the campaign's organizer, spent
her Monday afternoon retrieving completed
entry forms from area doctor's offices.
She reported a number of completed forms
- a surprising success given that many of-
fices were closed for the July 4 holiday.
"There were quite a few in there, so it's off
to a good start," said Pate.
For a chance to win a prize, children and
adults who receive their check-ups during
July must complete an entry form, available
at the following locations: A&A HomeCare,
Compass Therapy, Gulf County Health De-
partment, Wewahitchka Medical Center and
Buy-Rite Pharmacy.
Winners will be announced on Aug. 11, at
a drawing at Wewahitchka Medical Center.
Participants do not have to be present to
win.
For more information about the "Check
Out That Body" campaign, contact Wewahi-
tchka Medical Center at 850-639-5828.


At top, Miss Teen Gulf County Skye Hudson, center, joined state
representative Jimmy Patronis and Elmo at the event. At right, Elmo squeezed
his way inside a storeroom filled with prizes that can be won by participants
in the "Check Out That Body" campaign. Entry forms are available at several
area doctors' offices.


CHECK IT OUT
For more
information
about the "Check
Out That Body"
campaign, contact
Wewahitchka
Medical Center at
850-639-5828.


Wewahitchka mayor
Ray Dickens, right,
cut the ribbon on
a thermometer
sign that will track
participation in the
"Check Out That
Body" campaign.
The goal for the
campaign is 425
participants.


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA

IN RE: ESTATE OF ROOSEVELT
BEARD, SR. File No. 09-36PR Deceased.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The administration of the estate of Roosevelt Beard, Sr.,
deceased, whose date of death'was February 21,2009, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of
which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456. The
names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal
representative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice
is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN
THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE
OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having
claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with
this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE
CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH
ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this notice is July 9, 2009.
Attorney for Personal Representative: Personal Representative:
Mel C. Magidson Jr. Timothy L. Beard
Attorney for.Timothy L. Beard 4701 Copper Hill Drive
Florida Bar No. 261629 Spring Hill, Florida 34609
528 6th St.
P.O. Box 340
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Telephone: (850) 227 7800
Fax: (850) 227 7878


FUN from page Al


business, with Patti Blay-
lock at the Sunset Coastal
Grill pronouncing it the
best Fourth the restaurant
had ever had.
The lines at the Piggly
Wiggly and local conve-
nience stores were lengthy
and steady, and park-
ing spaces in some spots
came at a premium. Scal-
lop seekers could be seen
throughout the weekend
in various spots around St.
Joseph Bay.
The boat launches
at Port St. Joe, Mexico
Beach and Wewahitchka
were packed with trucks,
trailers and boats.
The ramp at Frank Pate
Park in Port St. Joe stayed
inundated from Thursday
through Sunday morning.
That area was also


a perfect place at dark
as the fireworks in both
Mexico Beach and Port St.
Joe could be seen frqm the
jetty at the park.
In fact, the fireworks


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Thursday, July 9, 2009


Local


The Star | A3


PROPERTY from page Al


as of the first day of the
year.
Fuirthel; the appraisal
numbers are market driv-
en. A property appraiser
must use arm's length
real estate transactions to
determine just value for a
property.
And it is important to
remember in these diffi-
cult economic times, that
bank sales or foreclosure
sales do not impact taxable
property values because
they are not considered
arm's-length sales.
"The problem is the
lack of sales," Colbert said.
"This has been a most dif-
ficult year because of the
lack of volume of sales.
From 2000 to about 2004,
when there were hundreds
of sales every week, it was
easy. Now, there are maybe
two sales per week out of
Gulf County.
"If we keep having
enough bf them (bank or
foreclosure sales) they
could become the market."
Further, the trend for
land sales, where they have
occurred, has been some-
what scattershot, Colbert
said.
Gulf-front property has
not dropped as significant-
ly, say, as gulf interior prop-
erty. The drops in property
values in Dalkeith and sim-
ilar inland areas were not
as significant as along the
coast and southern areas
of the county.
"The sky hasn't fallen,"
Colbert said. "It is still
land in Florida that will be
desirable again. Just be-
cause there were few sales
doesn't mean the value


isn't there.
"I'm not here to placate
anybody, I'm not here to hit
a number. I'm here just to
reach fair value."
The process, whether
in a year that sees a 36
percent or more increase
in property values or a 24
percent decrease, remains
the same examine the
market and apply the best
appraisal experience, edu-
cation and instincts to ar-
rive at that just value.
"We try to go to the gulf
front, look at sales and try
to make the best estimate
on the value of that proper-
ty on Jan. 1, 2009," Colbert
'said. "We move to gulf inte-
rior and do the same thing,
then into the city of Port St.'
Joe and do the same thing
and on and on for more
than 17,000 lots.
"We are trying to deter-
mine the value of the land.
We are not trying to reach
a number."
Colbert said small coun-
ties can be impacted in
tough economic times un-
like larger counties with
broader and more diversi-
fied business sectors.
Larger counties, such
as neighboring Bay, has
a host of McDonald's and
Burger Kings and Lowe's
that provide something of
a corporate and business-
structure buffer against
the vagaries in property
values.
"In small counties,
about all we have is land
values," Colbert said. "We
don't have that constant
of businesses and corpo-
rations, as anybody who
looks around can see.


"So when property val-
ues drop taxable values go
down. It's no surprise we
are going down. It is going
down everywhere."
Neighboring Franklin
County's certified tax rolls
also reflect a 20 percent
drop in values.
This was also the first
year in which property ap-
praisers had to factor in a
10 percent cap in assessed
values for properties with-
out homestead exemption
- aimed at assisting busi-
nesses, rental units and
second home owners.
Colbert said the new
cap had little impact this
year, accounting for maybe
2 percent of the total drop
in taxable property values,
but said the 10 percent cap
will be more of a factor as
economic dynamics are
upward.
"That cap does not im-
pact us much now, but
when things start turning
around, that cap will affect
us because there won't be
that growth we saw in the
past, like the first part of
this decade," Colbert said.
Further, Amendment I,
a property tax relief mea-
sure approved by voters
several years ago, takes
many of the county's small
businesses off the tax rolls
because the amendment
provided an exemption
from taxation for the first
$25,000 in personal tangi-
ble property.
Colbert said the state
Department of Revenue
understands the situa-
tion and has taken an ef-
fective approach to the
auditing of the tax rolls of


individual counties.
Colbert must come with-
in a few percentage points,
3-5 percent,' of what the
state believes the taxable
property values should be
for the county.
"The people who au-
dit us know the economic
situation," Colbert said.
"The state has shown
some pretty good sense
about what is going on in
the market.
"I don't have to con-
vince anyone the market
has gone down. Everybody
knows the economic situa-
tion."
The reality for county
taxing authorities is in
stark black and white.
For the county, where
one mill a mill equals $1
for every $1,000 in tangible
taxable property value -
brought in $2.6 million last
year, that mill will be worth
$1.9 million this year.
For the school district,
for which certain home-
stead exemptions given to
seniors and others are not
factored into the final equa-
tion, the mill that brought
almost $2.1 million last
year will mean $2.0 million
this year.
The city of Port St. Joe
realized a drop in tax-
able property values of
more than $100 million
- the mill that brought in
$449,000 last year will bring
in $346,000 this year and
the city of Wewahitchka
lost more than $77 million
in taxable property value,
meaning one mill will be
worth $60,000 this year
after being worth $77,000
last year.


WESTON from page Al


and Weston had 20 days to
respond.
Last Tuesday's meet-
ing was initially to be a
workshop to consider the
framework for the hearing
followed by the hearing.
However, that schedule
was changed the day be-
fore to include only the spe-
cial meeting.
In front of roughly 50
audience members, Mayor
Mel Magidson turned the
floor over to Reeves, stat-
ing the commissioner had
been the one who brought
things to that point.


Reeves countered by
saying he would entertain
a motion to end the hear-
ing process and bring the
entire ordeal to a close. His
motion to do so passed 5-0.
Newly-elected commis-
sioner Greg Johnson, who
in the May 12 city elections
ousted one of the three
commissioners who voted
,in favor of Weston's firing,
made a motion to keep
Weston under contract for
the next 18 months and that
motion also passed 5-0.
Commissioners had re-
newed Weston's contract


in January, just months
before a majority made the
move to have him fired.
Weston said he was
happy with the outcome
but had desired more of
an opportunity to provide
a defense to the allegations
lodged against him.
He said he'd spent
hours preparing for the
hearing, having put to-
gether a package given to
each commissioner with
detailed responses to
issues raised by Reeves,
Commissioner Charles
Stephens and former Com-


missioner Perky White.
Weston acknowledged
there may have been mis-
takes made, might be again
in the future, but he viewed
anymistake as an opportu-
nity to learn and better per-
form his duties.
Weston, as well as
Magidson and Reeves, said
the city was best served by
putting the entire matter
in the rearview mirror to
concentrate items such as
the budget, ongoing infra-
structure projects and the
proposed hiring of a finan-
cial officer.


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CITY OF PORT ST. JOE
NOTICE OF
SOLICITATION
REQUEST FOR
QUALIFICATIONS
BANKING SERVICES

RFQ #09-001

Notice of Solicitation

Notice is hereby given that the City of Port St.
Joe located at 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St..Joe,
Florida 32456 seeking RFQs for professional services
to be provided to the City as listed below, for the period
August 1,2009 to July 31,2010.

Request for qualifications are on file at the
City of Port St. Joe office located at 305 Cecil G.
Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456, and may also
be downloaded from the City website (cityofportstjoe.
com).

Evaluation of Responses to the RFQ

The RFQ submittals will be evaluated by City Staff and
Board Members of the City of Port St. Joe based upon
information supplied by each firm in response to this
RFQ. The City will award a contract for banking services
based on services provided by the bank and anticipated
interest revenue. The Board retains the right to decide
what services are in its best interest, and also reserves
the right to select more than one bank as a depository of
City Funds.

Please submit Three (3) copies to:
The City of Port St. Joe
P.O. Box 278
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457

All Submissions must be clearly marked (Banking
Professional Services) and submitted to Jim Anderson
Interim City Auditor/Clerk at City Hall by 3:00 on
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Opinion


Thursday, July 9, 2009


Keyboard KLATTERINGS



Keeping the



legacy alive


The face of Dr. David
Langston looks down
upon her from the wall
over her office desk.
His voice rattles in
her head, reminding her
of the mission, of what


needs to be done
and how quickly
it all needs to be
done.
She was there
when he passed
in early March,
the one in the
office.
And she has
been helping
to pick up the


TIM C
Star new


pieces, providing what
forward momentum
her body and mind
wills to her to push the
passion and the Norris
D. Langston Youth
Foundation, the object of
that passion.
Natasha Phelps spent
more than three years
as Dr. Langston's office
manager, handling, or
should we say trying
to handle, the day-to-
day grunt work for
the organization that
largely lived out of Dr.
Langston's car and cell
phone.
"There are times I
think how on earth did
he do this?" Phelps said.
"It's not a 9-to-5 position;
you get it done no matter
what time it is."
Phelps shudders
when recalling some of
the conversations she
had with Langston in the
garage he long called his
office.
"He always said you
are going to running
this one day so you
need to listen to what
I'm saying," Phelps
said, remembering
the gravelly voice that
sometimes sounded
better suited for the
pulpit. "I just didn't
think it would-happen
this soon. I never really
thought he'd put it down.
"(His death) was just
a shock. I talked to him
that Saturday. Sunday
morning I get a call that
he is gone."
And now the leg work,
much of the heavy lifting,
is left to Phelps alone, in
large part because she
was the only one who
understood the day-to-
day operations of the
foundation.
This is, after all, a
foundation that serves
400-500 students in a
given school year, from
elementary school to
high school.
There are visits


to school sites in six
Northwest Florida
counties, from Holmes to
Leon, grant applications,
a visit to Tallahassee to
nurse those grants one
a competitive grant,
that expires this
year, another has
several years to
run.
But there is
also a new and
jij rejuvenated .
board, bolstered'
ROFT by the return of
s editor original member
Eugene Raffield,
Langston friend
Andre Brown, and long-
time Langston friend
and benefactor, Ralph
Rish.
"The board is
becoming more involved,
we are getting organized
and on the same page,"
Phelps said. "At every
meeting we are moving
forward a little more.
"The program itself
is so strong and so
organized it was mostly
just addressing details
that Dr. Langston
normally took care of."
The after-school
programs will continue,
the tutoring, mentoring
and motivational
program. Scholarships
will still be awarded to
graduating seniors in
those six counties the
foundation serves.
The future of the
annual basketball
tournament is in doubt,
but not the annual
dinner on the college
campus, a chance for
students nurtured by
the foundation to soak in
the college atmosphere
and maybe broaden a
horizon or two.
There is also the
Langston Foundation
Education Center, still
on track to receive a
federal appropriation t6
undertake construction
and still a central part
of the mission, Dr.
Langston's next major
step forward for the
foundation for which
he had advocated so
strongly the past 11
years of his life.
"Everyone is driven
and dedicated to
continuing this," Phelps
said. "There is such
a need. There are too
many people who depend
on us.
"That's what has
motivated me."
As well as a passion


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Our VIEW




Consolidating numbers


Now that the numbers adhered
to the dire predictions, the Board of
County Commissioners has some
serious work on its hands.
With the county property
appraiser certifying a tax roll that
reflects a decrease of nearly 25
percent, one of the gloom-and-
doom scenarios though the least
gloomy the county and its budget
committee had been working under,
the bottom line comes into clearer
focus.
Or rather the havoc created by
commissioners drunk with taxpayer
money earlier this decade.
The numbers are the entire story.
At the dawn of the decade, the
county's property tax collections
totaled just over $6 million.
In just five years, fueled by a real
estate bubble since punctured, the
county's ad valorem tax collections
had jumped to $13 million, or more
than 147 percent compared to 2000,
as commissioners vacuumed up any
available penny for the increases in
the county's property values.
Commissioners also compounded
and extended the county's long-term
debt load and added sales taxes with
no strings and little rationale.
And, now, four years later, despite
a voter-approved constitutional
amendment aimed at providing
property tax relief that instead was
rife with loopholes for commissioners
to slither through, the county is still
raking in $12.6 million in property
taxes this year
The county's population has not
jumped, instead remaining relatively
flat.
New services have not been a
dividend of that lofty spending; in fact
the dynamics of the county have not
much changed since the beginning of
the decade save commissioners' wild
spending and the fluctuations of the
real estate market which will pound
taxing authorities this year.
Commissioners have spent much
of this year ignoring, or at least
trying, the hard truths which many
predicted even when good times were
here. They could not last, many said.
Commissioners turned deaf.


A day of reckoning has now
arrived and the county remains
with this weird lack of synchronicity
because $6 million became
$13 million with no real justification
save for feeding a workforce to the
point of obesity and the feathering
of district nests.
If one commissioner received a
new van, a new work crew, a new
anything, then all five commissioners
had to have it. The pie had to equally
divided, regardless of need.
Sort of like watching shopaholics
battle at a department store over use
of the public's credit card.
But as a newly-elected
commissioner recently noted, even in
good times the county cannot go back
to doing things as they have.
And now commissioners seem
to have little stomach, let alone
knowledge, of how to emerge from
the pickle barrel they have built
around themselves this decade.
The argument that somehow state
mandates have essentially matched
the county's spending, in other words
that state mandates rose more than
147 percent or $7 million and that
those mandates consumed the entire
budget in 2000, hardly passes the
laugh test.
That would mean those
individual re-election slush funds
commissioners long enjoyed were
state mandates.
Commissioners have also
seemed resistant to even
considering, let alone approving, the
recommendations for cuts provided
by their own appointed budget
committee, intent on dodging the
tough choices.
Better, apparently, to spend time,
taxpayer money and effort examining
alternative taxes and fees to dun
taxpayers for the bill coming due.
One of the recommendations
before commissioners, though, might
provide a template for redress. The
budget committee recommended
a consolidation of services, which
would allegedly provide a half million
dollars in savings.
A better money-saver -
consolidate county government.


The budget numbers for this year,
the fall in property values and the
generally ailing economy, provide
ample evidence that a long-term
approach to governing, spending,
establishing priorities for spending
precious public dollars is more
needed then ever.
That broad approach will
be accomplished only through
countywide voting and an end to the
single-member districts that have
allowed commissioners to use public
money for personal agendas to build
fiefdoms and Kevlar re-election vests.
The law might not be clear for the
layman, particularly as it pertains
to single-member districts, but if
commissioners continue to resist
countywide voting, continue to
prevent the county and taxpayers,
a broad, more efficient fiscal vision
for the county, then citizens should
consider taking matters into their
own hands.
The law provides citizens redress
at the ballot box to send on their way
any elected official who does not
adhere to thinking of the best interest
of the entire county, instead of a
single district or a favored few within
that district that ensure re-election.
The guess here is that if
commissioners continue down the
path they seem have carved for
themselves, not providing significant
property tax relief, even raising the
millage rate to maintain current
.spending levels, the revolt in this
county will be akin to Bostonians and
tea two centuries ago.
Booting from office those elected
officials who refuse to actually serve
them, despite the oaths taken, might
be the only out for overburdened
taxpayers who have seen their dollars
frittered away by commissioners who
too often act based on their personal
interest, not the public's.
The public should just remember
the numbers: $6 million in 2000,
$13 million in 2005, nearly $13 million
today.
Those numbers add up to a need
for countywide voting or a recall of
the commissioners who lorded over
this mess.


... and tell Tchaikovsky the news!


In the aftermath
of the tragic death
of singer Michael
Jackson, a reporter
asked a Los Angles
record producer
where Michael
ranked with the
all time singers
of our era. The
producer didn't
hesitate, "There's
Frank Sinatra,


ii
KESI
COLB
Hunker


Elvis Presley and Michael
Jackson."
I didn't exactly agree
with that but in light
of the situation I was
going to let it pass until
the big time producer
added, "Unequivocally,
they are the three best
and most influential
singers of our time!" In
my humble opinion he
went a step too far. Best
by whose standards?
Influential depends a heck
of a lot on the influence!
And, listen, the word
"unequivocally" never
showed up.on Miss Mildred
Dinwiddie's fourth grade
vocabulary sheet, but I
believe it means without
question. Absolutely! Non-
disputable! That's a pretty
strong statement.
And I reckon that L.
A. record man has never
heard of Jerry Lee Lewis!
Faron Young. Or Chuck
Berry.
SNow, we're talking
influence! You know Jerry
Lee had some serious sway
over folks when he began
rockin' out of Sun Records
in Memphis back in the
day. He cut down on "Flip,
Flop and Fly" and every
parent in America aged
10 years on the spot! He
could get you out of that '57
Chevy in front of Frank's
Dairy Bar and get you to
moving! And who could
ever forget Miss Polly


Rucker, our stoic
and matronly senior
class sponsor,
tapping her toes
to "High School
Confidential" at the,
prom.
You want a little
.EY Rock n Roll, Jerry
ERT Lee Lewis was the
down best. He could sing
the Blues and you'd
be in a funk for a
week. His gospel could lift
your spirits and touch your
soul. And, on the country
side, he could belt out
"You Win Again" better
than Hank Williams! They
haven't invented a music
genre that the Killer can't
do!
Just listen to him sing,
"It's not her heart, Lord,
it's her mind, she didn't
mean to be unkind ... why,
she even woke me up to
say good-bye" and you
want need any prompting
from me. He was near
'bout as good as he
proclaimed to be!
And you think he is not
going to be remembered?
Mother was a quiet,
diminutive, dignified lady
as we struggled through
our teen years ... the exact
moment she found out.
Jerry Lee married his
13 year old cousin, she
flat-footed jumped a dinner
table with both leaves in
and loaded for supper to
jerk a brand new copy of
"Great Balls of Fire" out of
my hand and whack it up
against the curved handle
on a near-by wood stove
... Now that, dear hearts,
is a singer with some
monumental influence!
I worked like a dog
down at Tommie Hill's DX
Service Station for two
years just hoping his good
looking daughter would
come in for an oil change


and notice me. Jane didn't
seem to realize I was on
the same planet with her.
Or worse yet, she believed
some of those wild rumors
floating around town
about my irresponsible
and convoluted juvenile
delinquent past. She had
me confused with Ricky
Hale!
We were out at Frank's
one night when Faron's
"Live Fast, Love Hard,
Die Young ahd Leave a
Beautiful Memory" came
blasting out of that jukebox.
Jane walked right over to
me and said, "The song is
correct. I'm going to take a
chance..."
It was the beginning of
a wonderful summer. And I
have been grateful to Faron
Young ever since. Jane and
I danced to "Going Steady,"
"Yellow Bandana," "Sweet
Dreams," "Unmitigated
Gall,"- I believe the last
one fit! Jane dropped
me like a hot rock that
September for Ricky. I
reckon she had a wild
streak that I didn't see.
But I never blamed it on
Faron. I just appreciate the
opportunity he gave me.
Chuck Berry put words
and music together like no,
one before or after him. "As
I was a motivation' over the
hill I saw Maybellene in a
Coupe De Ville, a Cadillac
a-rollin' on the open road,
nothing will out run my
V-8 Ford. Oh; Maybellene,
why can't you be true." It
touched a cord with our
world. It transported us
beyond the boundaries of
a two-traffic light town.
We spent hours looking
for our Maybellene! Or
"Sweet Little Sixteen." We
all wanted to be "Johnny
B. Goode." You can't tell
me that there were more
influential singers out


there than Charles Edward
"Chuck" Berry!
People are still imitating
him. Check some Beatles
or Beach Boys' music.
And I've just touched
the surface. You reckon
Johnny Cash's work hasn't
influenced some folks. And
Merle Haggard. And we
haven't even mentioned
the Possum! Six months
after Jane droIpped me, I
wasn't playing nothing but
Muddy Waters' "Got my
Mojo working, but it just
won't work on you."
Unequivocally is a
strong word. And the
music influence may be
in the eye of the beholder.
Or, maybe we should say,
the sound is in the ear of
the listener. We don't need
some big time record guy
from Hollywood to tell us
what we like. Or what has,
or has not, influenced our
lives.
I'm light years removed
from those impressionable
teenage years of growth,
wonderment and feeling
my way toward life. Me
and Ricky are all grown up.
But I guarantee you, Jerry
Lee still comes around
quite often to remind me
of "Another Place, Another
Time". Faron will catch up
with me riding to work and
I will remember changing
those tractor tires down at
the DX station. And Chuck,
bless his heart, can still
ring my number "because
his uncle took the message
and he wrote it on the
wall."
It's an influence that I'm
proud to claim. I believe
I'm richer for it. And if you
see Jane Hill, tell her Bo
Diddley said, "you can't
judge a book by looking at
the cover"
Respectfully,
Kes










Letters


Letters to the EDITOR


What is community
Dear Editor:
Last year I wrote a couple of articles
called "What is a Community?" I talked
about how this community supported me
in the loss of my job and if it wasn't for my
faith, family, and friends, I don't know if I
could have made it through it like I did.
Well, now it's been more than a year later,
and there are people wanting to still help
me and Perky.
This happened last week and I wanted
to share the story with you. There is only
one way to tell it, just the way it is.
Perky and I, mainly me, got involved
with the real estate buying and selling just
like many people did during the boom. We
thought it was going to last forever. And
if it didn't we had the income at that time
to support what we had gotten ourselves
into, so we thought. The bottom of the
real estate market happened, I lost my job
where I made a great salary and here we
are now, with Perky losing his job.
Going back to the real estate subject,
we had to let a piece of property go back
to the bank. We no longer had the income
to support the debt. I do need to say that I
asked the bank to work with me but they
said they couldn't. So, in the past two
weeks our name was listed in the Public
Notices.
This is the part of the story that I want
to you to remember. It seems like we can
always remember the bad stuff but not
the good. It was Friday afternoon and I
received a phone call from Mrs. Betty
Murphy. She said, quote, "Sug, are you
going to be there for the next 10 minutes?"
I told her yes. So, she said that she would
see me in a few minutes. So, about 10
minutes passed and Mr. Ken Murphy
walks into the bank where I how work I
motioned to him to come into my office.
Mr. Ken gently sits down, and started
apologizing, wanting me to acknowledge
that he was not trying to get into my
business. But, he and Mrs. Betty saw mine
and Perky's names in the paper and they
would like to help us out before we lost our
home. Well, about this time tears come to
my eyes. Here is a man, who has worked
hard all his life, he's not one of relatives,
he and Mrs. Betty have been good TRUE
friends and they wanted to financially help
us. Now, think of this, let's be honest; how
many of you including myself, would do
this for someone else?
Mr Murphy showed me that he had
the check ready to pay whatever was
necessary so we would not lose our home.
I told Mr. Murphy I was overwhelmed
with his gratitude and his willingness to
help me and Perky. However, the property
listed in the paper was not our home it was
a lot at the Cape. I went on to explain, that
since I lost my job last year and the income
was not there that we had no other choice
but to let it go back.
I could see the sigh of relief on Mr.


Ken's face. He looked at, me and said that
he was relieved to know that our home
was safe but if we needed anything that we
better not hesitate to call on him or Mrs.
Betty. They were here and if we needed
help to let them know.
You know, I have learned a lot in this
past year and a half. With the loss of my
job, the sudden death of my father, trying
to save my dad's property, the closing of
our flower shop, and the loss of Perky's
job, God has taught me to take one day at
a time. To trust in Him, and know that He
is there for me at all times. And that He
sends special people into my life, like Mr.
Ken and Mrs. Betty, who show and teach
us what true, real friendship is all about.
Kindness, generosity, compassion and
kindheartedness. If we expressed these
acts a little more, don't you think our lives
would be a little more peaceful and have a
lot more meaning?
Like I had previously mentioned, God
has opened my eyes and heart to what life
should be about.
There are several people that have
been there for me this past year and a
half, my husband, my family, and my
friends. Some of those friends are like my
family. Patrick and Melissa Farrell, I tell
everyone, they are like my family. It seems
like they are always there to help me pick
up the pieces of life when it is crumbling.
Also, Jeremy and Kellee Novak, Mike and
Melanie Dunn, Paul Groom, I could go on
and on. I tell you, you have to have people
in your life, good people. God made us to
have a relationship with Him and others.
Take time to share your time with others.
Thank you all, for being there for me.
Johanna White
Port St. Joe
Boyd's priorities
Dear Editor:
Allen Boyd voted for Cap and Trade
although you
Voting on would never
a p f hear this from
a piece of most news
legislation as media outlets
because they
serIous as this have more
Urgent things
without reading to cover
it is simply like what is
it i siml y happening in
irresponsible. Hollywood.
On Page 5
Rep. Boyd of the Star, the
and the rest of headline sa
and thees"Boyd votes
Congress should in support of
responsible
be ashamed. energy
legislation."
There was no credit given as to who wrote
this, but it must have been written by
Allen Boyd's staff and there is debate as to
"responsible."


Thursday, July 9, 2009


It sure would be nice if Boyd's office the new ordinance passed. Consequently,
would explain what was in the 301 pages those least able to afford it would have
that were added to this legislation at 3:09 borne the brunt of the new tax.
a.m. on the day the bill passed. I like most But let's take a closer look. For
people support clean energy, but I don't several years, the BOCC has had ample
think Congress and this president have our opportunity to reduce the tax burden of
best interests at heart, property owners in Gulf County but has
Voting on a piece of legislation as chosen otherwise. The Board insists that
serious as this without reading it is simply the budget is already "bare bones," but I
irresponsible. Rep. Boyd, you and the rest' have studied the county budget extensively
of Congress should be ashamed. for the last three years and there are still
I think that Boyd is more interested in areas where expenses can definitely be cut.
pleasing Nancy Pelosi than representing Commissioner Williams proposed two
the hard-working taxpayers in his district, options as starting points.
It is time for this district t9 be represented The obvious area where the most
by someone that shares our values money can be cut is employee health
instead of the vested interest that many in insurance benefits (while still providing
congress appear to represent, adequate coverage). Second, the county
Preston Russ policy of free roadside debris removal is no
Port St. Joe longer a luxury Gulf County can afford. All
ad valorem taxpayers fund this $400,000-
plus expense whether they utilize debris
One vote does make a difference removal or not. This service should be fee
Dear Editor: based for those who utilize it.
Many Gulf County residents have had Not only would this expense to the*
a difficult time county be greatly reduced (helping the
The obvious making ends taxpayer), but a debris removal fee would
meet the past provide further income for the county as
area where the fewyears. well.
mos one Just as our Furthermore, the annual budget
most monlocal economy process should be presented in a clear
can be cut is is beginning manner with every line item open for
to show discussion. The real problem is the
employee health some signs of BOCC's unwillingness to "trim the fat"
improvement from one or more of its "sacred cows."
insurance real estate The current economic situation should be
benefits (while agents are a lesson to all government officials: if you
benefits e showing can't afford it, you simplycan't afford it.
still ploviding property again, This is how most households operate, so
S vacationers why doesn't our local government do the
adequate returning to same?
oe ,. the Cape, new I applaud Chairman Peters for casting
COverg ).businesses the deciding vote in favor of the residents
moving in on of Gulf County.
Reid and Williams Avenues the Gulf Barbara Radcliff
County BOCC proposes an ordinance that Port St. Joe
would add an additional five-cent-per-
gallon gas tax on all motor fuel purchased Thanks for community help
in Gulf County. The seeming rationale forommunity
the gasoline tax increase is to satisfy the Dear Editor:
road bond requirements without putting a Two weeks ago my family came
further tax burden on property owners, to Mexico Beach for the first time for
At the June 22, 2009 Commissioners' vacation, and fell in love with the whole
meeting, one vote made a difference, area, from Apalachicola to Crooked Island.
A supermajority (four of five While there, as the result of a minor
commissioners) was needed for the (but scary) late-night medical problem,
ordinance to go into effect in January we called on the police and emergency
2010. Chairman Nathan Peters (as well medical services divisions of the city's
as Commissioner Williams) voted "no," Department of Public Safety.
thereby defeating the new tax. I want to publicly thank, and brag on,
If this tax had been implemented, the Department, the kind police officer
the number of Gulf County residents whose name I didn't get, the Gulf County
purchasing gas in Bay and Franklin EMS crew, and especially city paramedic
counties would have increased, reducing Diana Epplewho came in quickly at
annual revenue to the county. What, then, midnight to help and reassure my little
would have been the logic for the tax in girl. She even came by our rental house
the first place? Additionally, many low the next day to check on her.
and fixed-income households are renters. Needless to say, we love Mexico Beach!
These families will receive no ad valorem John Livingston
tax relief relief promised by the BOCC if Birmingham, Ala.


KLATTERINGS from page A4


of seeing what the payoff
can be.
Phelps sees it in her
own children, both of
whom have been more
than served, she said,
by the foundation's
programs.
She understands one of
the key points Langston
preached.
By reaching kids
there can be a ripple
effect across the family,
he believed. Parents
who had little use or
access to education, to
empowerment and belief
in the possibilities, could
be fueled by a child for
whom the light bulb had


gone on.
"My biggest motivation
is my kids," Phelps
said. "They are in the
program and I've seen
the improvement. The
possibility for change is
exponential. The impact a
kid can have on his entire
family ... It's worth the
work."
So the work continues,
the pieces are being
picked up after the
shattering death of the
force of nature that was
Dr. David Langston.
Maybe no one will ever
replace the personality,
heck, not maybe, they
broke the mold when


they made Dr. Langston,
but the work that he was
part of his DNA must
continue, expand, push
forward.
There is too much
value, particularly in this
day of tight government


budgets, too much bang
for the buck.
And too many dreams
left to be realized.
"He had so many plans
and things he wanted to
do, it makes you realize
how much you have to


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Cell: 850-227-5152
Toll Free: 877-512-9366
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take advantage while you
are here," Phelps said.
"It absolutely has to keep
going, it is too important
to too many people. It
has to be maintained,
but also grown and
expanded.


"Dr. Langston at all
times asked for and
expected the best from
people. He saw the best
in people so he expected
it. He'd never say it, but
he was a dyed-in-the-wool
optimist."


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Bayou Bash to benefit autism center


By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

Catch a fish, help a
child.
The seventh annual
Bayou Bash fishing tour-
nament will benefit the
Growing Minds Center,
a Port St. Joe school for
children with autism and
other developmental dis-
orders.
Now in its seventh year,
the Bayou Bash annually
donates its proceeds from
raffle and dinner sales to a
worthy organization or in-
dividual.
In 2008, the tournament
provided $14,000 to We-
wahitchka softball coach
Daniel Miller, who passed
away this year after suffer-
ing a debilitating stroke.
The event, held annu-
ally on the last Saturday
of July, is sponsored by
Triple Tails Liquors and
Gifts, located at 2411 C-
30A in Simmons Bayou.
Triple Tails manager
April Hicks said the Grow-
ing Minds Center was se-
lected as this year's char-
ity for its commitment to
educating children with
autism.
"That seems to be the
hot topic right now," Hicks
said. "It's really a need,
and we're all about kids."
Triple Tails previous-
ly hosted a May 9 ben-
efit concert for the center
and donated proceeds
from oyster sales at the


THANK-YOU
TO SPONSORS:
The organizers
of the Bayou Bash
would like to thank
those who have
already signed on
as sponsors:
* Triple Tails Liquor
and Gifts
* Vision Bank
* Capital City
Bank
* Emerald Coast
Credit Union
* Gulf County TDC
* Oyster Radio
* Scallop Cove
* Turtle Beach Inn
* Kilgore's
* Forgotten Coast
TV


store's tiki bar.
The Bayou Bash will
be held Saturday, July 25,
in St. Joseph Bay and sur-
rounding waters.
To register, fishermen
must visit Triple Tails Li-
quors and Gifts at 6 a.m.
ET on the morning of the
tournament.
Entry fees are $35 for
adults and $20 for children
13 and under.
The price of admission
earns fishermen a free
barbecue dinner (chicken
or Boston butt), Bayou
Bash T-shirt, goody bag


and raffle ticket.
The raffle typically
features a few big-ticket
items, with tickets selling
for $5 for more expensive
merchandise and $1 for
lesser gifts.
Tickets will be sold
throughout the day of the
tournament, with winners
named after the 6 p.m.
weigh-in.
The event will last into
the evening, with a silent
auction and live music
from Dixie Mafia.
In order to donate funds
back into the community,
the Bayou Bash relies on
sponsorships, which are
available in five levels:
Admirals ($1,000 and up),
Captains ($500), Mates
($250), Deckhands ($100)
and Stowaways (any gift
or gift certificate under
$100 in value).
Sponsors' names will be
featured on a large banner
at the tournament and will
be recognized throughout
the day of the event.
Checks should be made
out to "Bayou Bash" and
mailed to:
Donna Spears
2220 C-30A
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
All sponsors are en-
couraged to drop off a ban-
ner or company sign to be
displayed at the bash. They
must arrive at Triple Tails
by July 22 and should be
picked back up by Aug. 1.
The Bayou Bash is a
nonprofit event, with all


In founding the Growing Minds
Center last August, certified
behavior analyst Christine
Hermsdorfer had a single-minded
mission to help children with
autism and other developmental
disabilities function and thrive in
mainstream society.
The center, which is the only
one of its kind in Gulf County, uses
a behavioral therapy known as
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
ABA teaches students social,
motor and verbal behaviors as well
as reasoning skills, with the goal of
making students as independent as
possible.
Autism is a communication and
social disorder affecting one out of
150 births.
Most children exhibit signs of
autism in their first 6-8 months
of life, most notably by failing to
maintain eye contact.
Other behavioral characteristics
associated with autism include:
Difficulties with social


interaction, such as play and
reciprocation;


entry fees paid back to the pated
winning fishermen and all Hi(
proceeds from the raffle ready
and dinner sales benefit- DeFu
ing the Growing Minds and e:
Center. "At
Last year, an estimated come
200-250 fishermen partici- in dro


Difficulties with verbal and
nonverbal communication (Those
who do speak commonly copy or
parrot words, a condition known
as echolalia);
Highly restricted, repetitive
and stereotyped patterns of
behavior and interests;
Highly resistant to even slight
changes in routine.
Though there is no "cure" for
autism, therapy can reduce or
eliminate the disorder's symptoms.
Early diagnosis and treatment
is key, as patterns of behavior
become more fixed as children
develop into teens and adults.
Since August, Hermsdorfer has
operated the center on a shoestring
budget and continues to stage
fundraisers to help with operating
costs.
The Long Avenue Baptist Church
has lent the center use of its
nursery, located at 1601 Long Ave.
in Port St. Joe.
Proceeds frbm the Bayou Bash
'will help the center continue its
mission.


in the tournament.
cks said she has al-
received calls from
niak Springs anglers
expects a good crowd.
Sthe last minute, they
out. They come out
lives she said.


For more information
on the Bayou Bash, or to
get involved, please con-
tact April Hicks at 850-227-
7337 or Donna Spears at
850-227-7879 (work), 850-
227-1777 (home) or 850-
527-7623 (cell).


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Port St. Joe Dixie softball team

defends 12-and-under district crown


The Port St. Joe 12-and-
under girls softball team de-
fended its district champion-
ship recently in Marianna.
The team headed to
Brooksville Florida July 2
for the start of the state
championships. This is the
fourth-straight year for a
lot of these girls to be going.
These girls have worked so
hard, not just on the field,
but also with fundraising.
Our league is a nonprofit
organization, and the only
way these girls can get this
opportunity is through hard
work The girls have been
selling baked goods and raf-
fle tickets, having car wash-
es and going door-to-door
asking for donations.
Game No. 1
PSJ vs. Marianna
Port St. Joe started the
tournament with a 1-0 loss to
Marianna. It was a pitchers',
duel. Port St. Joe's Stepha-
nie Brinkmeier pitched a
complete game while giving
up only one hit while taking
the loss. She faced just 17
batters and had a perfect
game entering the fifth in-
ning. Brinkmeier finished
with eight strikeouts and no
walks. Marianna's pitcher
was not to be out-dueled, as
she faced just 21 batters in
six innings, just three over
the minimum, and had 10
strikeouts with two walks.
Game No. 2
PSJ vs. Sneads
The PSJ girls rebounded
in a rain delayed game by
beating Sneads 16-5 in a run-
rule shorted game. Kiris-
ten Thomas got the start
from the mound going two
innings while allowing no
runs and striking out five.
Leading 2-0 after the second
inning, Port St. Joe started
hitting the ball and scored
five runs in the third, six
runs in the fourth and three
more in closing out Sneads.
Lexi McGhee pitched two
innings and had four strike-
outs. Kelsey Miles pitched
the fifth inning, striking out
three batters. The offense


Bottom row (I to r): Savanna Miles, Kelsey Miles,
Anastasia Thomason, Lexi McGhee,. Stephanie
Brinkmeier. Middle row (I to r): Kiristen Thomas, Celeste
Thursday, Shannon Pridgeon, Hal' LeighKeels,
Christian Laine, Meme Alexander, Haley Wood. Back
row ( 1to r): Richard y\cGhee, William Thursbay, Head
Coach Steve Brinkmeier, Bud Miles, Mike Wood. Not
pictured is Hal Keels.


was led by Kelsey Miles'
two home runs and a triple.
Haley Wood and Thomas
both had triples. Stephanie
Brinkmeier, Shannon Prid-
geon, Celeste Thursbay and
Savanna Miles all had hits.
Wood also had a double.
Game No. 3
PSJ vs. Grand Ridge
Port St. Joe continued to
hit the ball inyet another run-
rule game. St. Joe cruised to
a 17-1 win against the much
younger Grand Ridge team.
St. Joe's offense was led by
Kelsey Miles' inside-the-
park home run, double and
triple. Haley Wood, Lexi
McGhee, Shannon Pridgeon
and Anastasia Thomason
each had two hits; Celeste
Thursday, Savanna Miles,
Stephanie Brinkmeier, Kiris-
ten Thomas Christian Laine
and Meme Alexander each
had a hit.
Game No. 4
PSJ vs. Marianna
Facing elimination, St.
Joe pulled out a 4-3 win in
the bottom of the sixth in-
ning. Port St. Joe came up
to bat in the bottom of the
sixth after giving up the ty-
ing run in the top half of the
frame. Down to their last
out, Haley Wood hit a hard
ground ball that the second


baseman bobbled, allowing
Wood to reach first base. A
stolen base followed by a
wild pitch put wood on third
base. Meme Alexander hit a
fly ball over the short stops
head to score Wood from
third, giving St Joe the win.
Kelsey Miles, Stephanie
Brinkmeier and Kiristen
Thomas struck out 14 while
giving up only one walk.
Brinkmeier struck out seven
batters while facing just 12
total batters.
Game No. 5
PSJ vs. Marianna
The Championship game
turned into another rout by
the St. Joe girls. They de-
feated a tough Marianna
team by the score of 18-3 in
yet another run-rule game.
Marianna and Port St. Joe
had to play the last game
without their ace pitchers.
The girls traveled to
Brooksville July 2 for the
State Championships.
Anyone wishing to donate
money to help these girls
achieve their dream can
mail a donation to Port St.
Joe Dixie Softball, PO. Box
638 Port St. Joe, FL 32456.
Make checks payable to Dix-
ie Softball or contact Steve
Brinkmeier at 648-5229 or
227-5346.


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Phillips takes top prize at Flathead Tournament


Jamie Lee, one of the
well-known regulars on
the Apalachicola Flathead
Catfish Tournament Trail,
was very carefully hang-
ing his various catfish over
the sides of his boat to keep
them alive until he could
get them to the scales to
weigh in.
Meanwhile, cruising si-
lently in the dark night,
partly submerged in the
swift river current, the 8-
foot alligator watched for
his opportunity. Frantic
splashing drew his atten-
tion. He could feel the vi-
brations through the water
and knew his next meal
was a short distance away.
SPLASH!!! Another string-
er adding to a very pleasing
assortment of flathead cat-
fish was back in the water ...
and then it was ... GONE!!!!
Suddenly, Sterling Phil-
lips, in another boat not
too far away, heard a lot
of commotion, and Jamie
was hauling that array of
fish back in his boat as fast
as he could, trying to save
his fish from an invisible
predator.
Jamie estimates he lost
45 pounds of fish to that
sneaky gator that Friday
night while fishing the 5th
Annual Gaskin Park Flat-
head Tournament, which
took place June 26-27.
Even so, he was able to
weigh in 80.24 pounds at
the scales.
The youngest registered
fisherman in the tourna-
ment this year was Cody
Robertson, from Echola,
Ala., fishing with his great-
great uncle K.K. Harless
and grandfather Terry
Harless.
Cody might not have
weighed in any fish of his
own, but he had a good time
on the river and carried his
uncle's 2.86-pound catfish
to the scales for weigh-
ing in. Grandfather Terry
weighed in a 10.41-pounder
as well.
For those of you who
remember the "Mutt and
Jeff" comic strip (approxi-
mately 1907-1982), the tour-
nament has its own version
in Lindsay. Simonson and
fiance Stevie Peak, both of
Wewahitchka.
Lindsay, being all of 4


Courtesy of KAREN TURNER
WINNERS: (I to r): Sterling Phillips, first place; Tim Ake, second place; Danny Earnest, third and fourth places;
James Cox, fifth place; Kenneth Bauman and Roy Pickron most boat poundage, 98.53 pounds, for $250.


feet 11 inches tall, weighed
in an 18.01-pound catfish,
and Stevie, at 6 feet 4 inch-
es, weighed in his 17.68-
pound catfish; no rivalry
here, of course!
Project Graduation pho-
tographer Karen Turner
tried to get her brother
Casey Simonson to hold
Lindsay's 3.84-pounder for
the picture, but he laugh-
ingly declined that honor.
Don Minchew, tour-
nament chairman, told
Stevie he needed to put a
booster seat in the boat so
people could see Lindsay
and she could see out. The
trio fish the river tourna-
ments as regularly as col-
lege and work schedules
allow.
River levels were better
for this tournament than
for the Dogwood Blossom
in March. Several anglers
were plagued with garfish
stealing bait and cutting
lines. A few. said that if
this had been a gar tour-
nament, they would have
had no trouble finding fish
to win the pot even though
flatheads are better eating.
For the 2009 Gaskin
ParkFlatheadTournament,
fourth in the Apalachicola
Flathead Tournament Trail-


Series, stats are as follows:
105 anglers, comprised
of 17 women and 88 men
in 57 boats. Twenty-six
men weighed in 80 fish,
for 998.161 pounds, and fire
women weighed in seven
fish, for 77.97 pounds. Win-
ners were:
1st place Sterling
Phillips, Hosford, Fla.
34.12 pounds $1,000
2nd place Timothy.
Ake, Wewahitchka, Fla.
34.11 pounds $500
3rd place Danny
Earnest, Hosford
28.78 pounds $400
4th place Danny
Earnest, Hosford
28.72 pounds $300
5th place James
Cox, Jr., Altha, Fla.
27.77 pounds $200
Roy Pickron of Blount-
stown, Fla., and Kenneth
Bauman of Abbeville, Ala.,
won the most boat pounds,
at 98.53, for $250.
Raffle winners were Tim
Ake for an American Spirit
rod with an Acuma Avenger
reel and Linda Worthington
of Bristol for $88 from the
50/50 raffle.
At the behest of Florida
Wildlife Commission, flat-
head catfish are not re-
leased back into the water,


as they are not native to site for some tasty recipes.
Florida, but they sure are Several pounds of fish were
good eating. Visit the Web also donated to Eastern


Star and Project Gradua-
tion.
Gulf County Tourist
Development Council and
Employees Club of Wewa
thank all participants, vol-
unteers and sponsors for
their support of the tourna-
ment. Proceeds this year
will benefit Project Gradu-
ation 2010 for Wewahitchka
High School graduating
seniors.
Project Graduation also
thanks area businesses for
their donations of door priz-
es for the fishermen includ-
ing BlueWater Outriggers,
Half Hitch Tackle, Angler's
Tackle, A-1 Oil & Muffler,
Bayou Restaurant, Provi-
sions Restaurant, Buy Rite
Pharmacy, Dollar General,
Bill's Dollar Store, Coastal
Design & Landscape and
Peak's Unlimited.
The fifth tournament in
the Trail series is Hosford
Telogia Volunteer Fire De-
partment on July 25-26.
Contact Rudy Sumner at
850-566-0812. Applications
are also available at Wewa
City Hall and online at www.
floridatatfishclassic.com.


Bottom row (I to r): Flower Loveless, Alisha Bender, Cyrina Madrid, Savannah
Lister, Shelby Sloan, Aleah Wooten. Middle row (I to r): Brianna Bailey, Gracie
Price, Ashten Lolley, Kayla Cody, Delaney McMillion, Mariah Brown. Top row
(I to r): Coaches Doug Sloan, Tony Price, Michael Bailey and Brooke Wooten.


'We feed them softballs in Wewa'


The Wewa 8-under Dixie girls' softball
team was triumphant with three consecu-
tive wins to claim the title of District 2
Dixie Darlings Softball Champs. The four-
day event was held in Marianna June 22-
25. The scorching sun and rain showers
didn't slow the girls down from making
impressive defensive plays with a hard-
hitting offense that resulted in victory.
The Wewa 8-under girls were victori-
ous during the first game against Franklin
County 12-2, followed by a 26-8 win against
Port St. Joe and ending the tournament
with a 14-4 win against Franklin County to
clinch the championship and a trip to the
upcoming state tournament in Brooksville.


The girls' championship win would not
have been possible without the dedication
and commitment from our coaching staff:
head coach Tony Price, assistant coaches
Michael Bailey, Doug Sloan and Brooke
Wooten.
It has been said that, "We feed them
softballs in Wewa." Despite their young
age, ranging from 7-9, the girls played with
great intensity, aggressiveness and poise.
Through God's grace and their hard work
they achieved what Wewa Dixie Softball
has been missing for years: This will hope-
fully continue on a proud tradition. Good
luck representing Gulf County at the state
tournament.






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Thursday, July 9, 2009


Local


New seat belt law in effect


By Marie Logan
Cointrihuting i VWrite'r

Buclde up forget stopped.
It's the law now.
As of June 30, by an act of
the Florida legislature, mo-
torists can now be stopped
by any law enforcement of-
ficial if the motorist is not
wearing a seat belt.
Port St. Joe police chief
David Barnes wanted
people to know about the
change and how it affects
motorists driving within
the Port St. Joe city limits.
"It's a great law," Barnes
said. "It will help us save a


lot of our kids."
It will, he said, give law
enforcement another rea-
son to stop a vehicle, "but
we will not abuse it," he
added. City police will start
with warnings to motorists
driving without seat belts
during the first 30 days,
Barnes said, except during
police waves, when police
use roadblocks to stop all
traffic.
However, motorists
should note that Port St.
Joe police document any
warnings they issue, so the
second time the motorist
is stopped, he or she will


receive a citation, Barnes
said.
Currently, the fine for
not wearing a seat belt is
$78 under the new primary
seat belt law.
Barnes reminded the
public that the child re-
straint law covering
child passengers in ve-
hicles has always been
a primary law, and law en-
forcement officials can pull
over a vehicle at any time
if a child passenger is not
correctly restrained in the
vehicle seat. That violation
currently carries a fine of
$128.


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Funds to go to water project
WASHINGTON Agriculture Secretary
Tom Vilsack recently announced the se-
lection of more than $123 million in water
and environmental projects that are being
funded immediately through the Ameri-
can Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The
projects will help provide safe drinking wa-
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systems for rural towns and communities
in 24 states.
In Gulf County, the City of Wewahitchka
has been selected to receive $5.44 million
to provide funding for a centralized wa-
ter system for the residents of Stone Mill
Creek community and to replace the city's
30-year-old storage tank. The centralized
water system for Stone Mill Creek com-
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and provide adequate water pressure for
fire protection.
The Wewahitchka project was one of
just two in Florida to receive these funds.
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PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STAR


Gulf County locals travel far and wide this summer


CAPITOL WORKPLACE: Amelia Warriner (above, bottom middle)
: spent three weeks.as a Congressional page. She attended a
SWhite House luau (top middle and below, left) at the invitation
of Rep. Allen Boyd (D-North Florida). A FOREIGN AFFAIR: (top right)
: .i :- The crew poses for a photo in front of the London Eye. Front row:
Joy Ailes, Rhonda Pridgeon, Janice Forehand, Diane Atchison.
; ; -, Back row: Pat Boyette, Linda Lawrence, Linda Whitfield, Becky
S' : Birmingham and Linda Marquart. ADVENTURE: (above, bottom
S, right) Rhonda Pridgeon and Linda Whitfield at Stonehenge.

By. Amelia Warriner
Special to The Star


T wo months ago I received a
phone call from Congressman
Allen Boyd (D-Florida) regard-
ing my acceptance into the Con-
gressional Page Program. I had submit-
ted an application to the Congressman's
office and spent a couple weeks nervously
awaiting the result so when I finally re-
ceived the call that I had been accepted
I was ecstatic.
In a nutshell the Congressional Page
Program is a program where rising ju-
niors and seniors are given a chance to
work in the House of Representatives in
Washington, D.C. I was given an opportu-
nity to work for some of the world's most
powerful people.
While in Washington I was able to wit-
ness one of the most important energy
bills ever passed in the United States. The
votes were very close. The yeas stood at
219 and the nays at 212. Two hundred nine-
teen votes was the number of votes that
See LUAU B3


Summer of a

young lifetime

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Amelia Warriner's voice sounds like
she's channeling the Cheshire cat.
Warriner, soon to be a 12th-grader at
the Asheville (N.C.) School, just completed
three weeks of serving as a page -in the
See SUMMER B3


By Hannah Henderson


FASHIONISTAS: Esther Taunton, Diane Atchison, Becky
Birmingham, guide Justin, Linda Whitfield, Linda Lawrence
outside of London's Harrods Department Store.

"England forever,


f SWi Taf6Yhf


By Linda Whitfield
Contributing Writer


ST 'ith these words, an
S image of King Arthur,
JV Braveheart, Tower
S Bridge, the monar-.
chy, etc., fills one's mind with im-
ages of years gone by. Mrs. Joy
Ailes and her husband, Ned, led a
group of 11 adults on a two-week
trip to England and Scotland.
We spent about four days in
London, Europe's largest city,
but about the 20th largest in the
world. (Tokyo is No. 1) The first
day is always a walking tour. I be-
lieve it is to help us get over jet
lag. We walked and we walked
and we walked ... some of the
sites we saw were: Trafalgar
Square with statues of Admi-
ral Nelson. The British hero is
celebrated for the victory of Tra-
falgar in 1807. One commentator
I saw on TV said, "If the dead
Brits of World War I were lined
up, four abreast, it would take
seven days to march from the
gate of Trafalgar Square to the


statue of Admiral Nelson."
SIt was a very short distance,
too, so you can just imagine
how many dead he was talking
about. We saw the Strand, Speak-
er's Corner and so much other
stuff it would be impossible to
remember.
Then came our guided bus
tour. Our feet and legs were
thankful for that.Some states were
in "Little America," the location
of the U.S. Embassy. We saw the
Houses of Parliament, Tower of
London (not the jewels, though),
London Bridge, St. Paul's Cathe-
dral, where Princess Diana and
Prince Charles were married
and of course Buckingham Pal-
ace. The queen was in residence,
but we just saw the- Changing of
the Guard. We also visited the
British Museum and Hard Rock
Caf6. It was the first one built in
the world.
A recent icon on the tourist
scene is the.London Eye, a.k.a.,
the Millennium Wheel. Opening
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ings to request input from the public
in developing a Compsehensive Con-
servation Plan (CCP) for St. Vincent
National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The
CCP will set wildlife, habitat, and
public use priorities and guide man-
agement decisions on the Refuge for
the next 15 years. The open house
meetings will provide an opportunity
for interested members of the public,
tribes, agencies, neighbors, public in-
terest groups, and local governments
to participate in the Refuge planning
process from the very beginning. The
purpose of the meetings is to find out
what the public's ideas are on man-
agement of the Refuge so they can be
addressed in the planning process.
Each meeting will consist of the same
information and content.
The open houses will be held at St.
Joe Bay Buffer Preserve, 3915 High-
way C-30, on July 15 from 6-9 p.m. ET
(presentation at 6:45 p.m.) and Apala-
chicola Community Building (City
Hall), 1 Bay Ave., on July 16 from 6-9
p.m. (presentation at 6:45 p.m.). Inter-
ested citizens may stop by any time to
submit comments. Refuge staff and
maps and exhibits will be present. At
6:45 p.m., Refuge Staff will then pres-
ent an overview of St. Vincent NWR,
including its history, key wildlife and
habitats, public use opportunities,
and challenges. A presentation on the
planning and environmental compli-
ance processes will then be given by
Natural Resource Planner from the
Service. Immediately after the pre-
sentations, attendees will be given the
opportunity to express their thoughts
and ideas on Refuge management. In
addition, comment forms will be made
available so that written comments
can be submitted at the meeting or
mailed in to the Refuge later. Only
then can effective management be de-
veloped which reflects your interests.
The Service invites the public to
provide comments to the following
questions, as well as any other issue,
opportunity or concern you may have
for the Refuge.
What makes St. Vincent NWR
special or unique for you?
What do you value most about St.
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St. Joe Bay Buffer
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3915 Highway C-30
July 15 from 6-9 p.m. ET
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Apalachicola Community
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July 16 from 6-9 p.m. ET
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future for St. Vincent NWR?
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unique opportunity for the Service to
involve individuals and local commu-
nities in the long-term management of
our National Wildlife Refuges. "We are
anxious to hear the public' s ideas and
opinions about a proposed comprehen-
sive conservation plan for the refuge,"
said Sam D. Hamilton, the Service's
Southeast Regional Director. You can
play a significant role in the develop-
ment of this far-reaching plan.
St. Vincent Nationral Wildlife Ref-
uge, established in 1968 and located
in northwest Florida,. is part of the
Apalachicola River and Bay Water-
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Preserve. The refuge's 12,490 acres
include 2 islands (St. Vincent Island
and Pig Island) and a mainland tract
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red knots. Many Neotropical migrant
songbirds breed on the refuge and use
the refuge during migration. Since
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recovery of the endangered red wolf
by establishing St. Vincent Island as
a propagation site. Other species like
deer, squirrel, raccoon, and numerous
amphibians and reptiles such as alli-
gators, snakes and sea turtles can be


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SUMMER from page B1


U.S. House of Representa-
tives, roaming the Capitol
and surrounding Washing-
ton on her free time, cul-
minating in an invitation
to a White House luau and
watching a ,controversial
energy bill passed in the
House.
She found time to write
an article for this newspa-
per (see Bl) about her ex-
periences and talked about
them during a trip home
this week.
"I had a wonderful
time," Warriner said. "It
was fun to roam around the
Capitol with ease (because
of her special badges as a
page).
"I learned a lot about
how government works.
Three weeks of watch-
ing the energy bill being
passed; it pretty much was
going on the whole time I
was there and passed the
day before I left. I learned
a lot about how laws are
made, about amendments
and how that process
works."
A page, Warriner ex-
plained, is pretty much a
messenger; running mes-
sages in and out of the
chambers to representa-
tives or messages between
representatives.
They are sponsored
by individual representa-
tives, passed to the House
leadership, reviewed by


the Speaker of the House
and approved. Warriner
said she was among 70-
75 pages working during
the three weeks she was
there.
She was sponsored by
Congressman Allen Boyd
(D-North Florida).
"That was really, re-
ally nice of him," Warriner
said.
While there were spells
that are frequently viewed
on C-Span, of a lone repre-
sentative speaking before
an empty room, the en-
ergy bill and the political
maneuvering taking place
over its passage made
the chamber a busy, noisy
place, Warriner said.
And Warriner said bi-
partisanship hasn't exactly
become any kind of catch-
word to describe what she
observed.
Start with the pages
themselves.
Because of the Demo-
cratic majority, there were
more pages sponsored by
Democratic representa-
tives. When the bench for
pages to sit in. the back of
the chamber was full on
the Democratic side, there
had to be an incursion into
Republican page territory,
which did not sit well with
the pages on that side of
the aisle, Warriner said.
She -called it, though,
the only instance she could


remember of friction in the
ranks.
"I made more friends
than I have my entire life,"
Warriner said.
The representatives,
well, they tended to be a
noisy, often cantankerous
lot; paraphrasing Warri-
ner.
"What I learned as that
while congressmen are
very educated, they are
very educated kindergart-
ners," Warriner said with a
laugh. "The way they talk
over each other. They can
seem like they have some-
thing to say, something im-
portant, but you listen to
what they say and it can be
pretty funny.
"We went to the Senate
one day, and it's very clean-
cut, very (business-like).
In the House, they are a
lot more busy, there is a
lot more going on, and you
have more than 450 rep-
resentatives in the House
but only 100 senators."
In late June, Warriner
had the opportunity to at-
tend a White House luau.
Boyd received an invite,
extended it to Warriner,
who was called from the
floor of the House cham-
ber, excited.
She received the pri-
vate tour of the White
House, she said, not the
public tour, leisurely walk-
ing through the East Wing


to the Rose Garden for
the festivities.
She saw the playful
president try to dunk one
of his Cabinet secretaries
in the dunking booth and
had her photo snapped
with Boyd and President
Barack Obama.
"He saw the congress-
man, they had a short con-
versation and (Boyd) asked
if I could get a picture with
him," Warriner said.
While she had few
words with the president,
she did have a chance for
a brief conversation with
the president's wife, Mi-
chelle.
"I told her I admired her
and what she' had done,
how she had given hope to
all moms," Warriner said.
"She thanked me and said
she was glad to meet me."
When she returns for
her senior year of high
school on Aug. 22, War-
riner's how-I-spent-my-
summer story will surely
be among the best.
"The whole thing I will
never forget in rhy whole
life," Warriner said. "I had
so much fun.
"I mean, I saw (Speaker
of the House) Nancy Pelosi
every day because she was
always walking around the
House floor. I met some of
the most powerful people.
It was an experience I'll
never forget."


ENGLAND from page B1


in 2000, it has become one
of the most visited places
in London. I can see why.
I first saw it on the Travel
Channel and so I knew a
bit about it. It is the largest
Ferris wheel in the world,
though it is so jnuch more.
You cannot see it move,
when you are inside one of
the "pods" you cannot feel
movement either. Each
pod carries 25 people and it
goes to a height of 440 feet.
One gets a tremendous
panoramic view of London.
It costs 17 pounds to ride,
which is about $30. The
ride takes 35 minutes.
We ended our day with a
musical in West End (that's
the Broadway of London).
Wicked, based on The Wiz-
ard of Oz, was a wonderful
musical. It's playing in cit-
ies all around the world.
I'd always heard of Har-
rod's Department Store,
but was I in for a surprise.
It was the biggest place
I've ever seen. Rising
seven stories in the air, en-
compassing one or two city
blocks, with 5,000 employ-
ees, the store claims to sell
everything from "a pin to
an elephant." We only had
one hour there, but it was
like the city itself. The d6-
cor was majestic and every
sales person I saw looked
like a model or a movie
star. First impressions,
don't you know?
We went to Stonehenge
on the Salisbury Plains
and it was exactly like I
thought it would be: Mys-
terious, grand, historical
and surrounded by beauti-
ful countryside. On the way
in, there were some peo-
ple dressed up like Druid
priests trying to get people
to sign petitions to "bring
back our ancestors." They
looked like hippies from
the '60s to me, but I still
had my photo snapped.
Then on to Bath, the
gorgeous town of Geor-
gian Architecture that the
Romans built in the First
Century. This famous spa
was the vacation spot for
early Romans and 18"' Cen-
tury English aristocrats.
We toured the spa and the
famous abbey.
When we visited Oxford,
we got to see one of the 32
colleges that make it up:
Brasenose. The dining
hall looked exactly like the
one in Harry Potter. It was
filmed at one of the Oxford
colleges, but not Brasen-
ose. Oxford is the oldest
university in the English-
speaking world and has
a host of famous and im-
portant people who attend
there. In fact, my son-in-


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law, Andrew Barry, spent
a term at Jesus College
in Oxford. The most pres-
tigious college is Christ
Church, but the tuition is
the same for all of them. It
was absolutely beautiful,
grandeur in the buildings
and all respect for nature.
Every piece of ground was
beautifully manicured and
flowers of all colors were
perfection itself.'
On to Stratford-Upon-
Avon (pronounced like
Even, only with a long "a"
sound.) We saw where
Shakespeare was born,
lived and died. We also saw
the beautifully thatched
cottage his wife, Anne Ha-
thaway, lived in. It has re-
cently been re-thatched to
the tune of 180,000 pounds,
or about 250,000 dollars. I
might mention now about
money systems: in 1971, the
shillings, crown, etc., were
replaced with the pound
and pence. Now the coins
are Ip, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p
- then onto the pound.
There is a one pound coin,
a two pound coin,, then a
five-pound note, a 10-pound
note, 20-pound note, etc.
When I first arrived in Lon-
don, I changed $600 Ameri-
can dollars into pounds. I
got 340.20p. Not the best
time to buy.
As we traveled north, we
visited Yorkshire, a beauti-
ful pastoral landscape that
once served as a Viking
stronghold. We saw the
medieval walls that encir-
cled the city, York Castle,
and on to York Minister Ca-
thedral, the largest Gothic
cathedral in all of Britain.
On we traveled through
the countryside to Hadri-
an's Wall. In 122 A.D.,
Emperor Hadrian visited
England and ordered that
a wall be built to prevent
attacks from Scotland. Re-
mains of the wall and fort
are left to peruse. Walking
to the top just about killed
us, but we persevered.
Sheep of all sizes were as


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far as the eye could see
and they were very gentle.
Now we're in Scot-
land, land of my maternal
ancestors. My father's
people are English. Now
if I could find a bit of Irish
somewhere ... We arrived
in Edinburgh, the capital
of Scotland and toured
the city. It is so beautiful
and historical. We saw the
homes of famous people
like Alexander Graham
Bell, Robert Louis Steven-
son, and monuments to
the national poet, Sir Rob-
ert Burns. We went to the
Palace of Holyroodhouse,
the Royal Family's official
residence and gift shop in
Scotland.
The visit to Edinburgh
Castle was a tour of where
Mary, Queen of Scots, gave
birth to her son James IV
of Scotland, who would
become James I. of Eng-
land. Under guard and
tight security, we saw the
Stone of Scone, which is
the Coronation Stone of all
English monarchs. Every-
one is wondering if it will
be returned when Queen
Elizabeth dies, and either
Charles or William will
inherit the throne. Dur-
ing our stay in Edinburgh,
we walked the Royal Mile,
went on a Ghost Tour, which
was a comedic perfor-
mance by two actors who
presented actual ghoulish
tales mixed with fact. One
of my favorite writers, Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle, was
from Edinburgh, and it was
here that Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
Hyde was set. They were
inspired by a real medi-
cal man, Dr. Bell. We saw
Conan Doyle's Pub and
also the one in which J.K.
Rowling wrote her Harry
Potter books. By the way,
when she became famous
and rich, she never forgot
the pub owner who let her
and her child sit every day
and write.
One great evening was
when we took part in a tra-


ditional Scottish Ceilidh
(kay lee) which featured
the entrance of haggis,
neeps and tatties. Haggis
is minced lamb and beef,
with oats, etc., Neeps are
turnips and tatties are po-
tatoes. In a ceremony with
a bagpiper, sword dancing
we took part in this tradi-
tional evening. By the way,
haggis tastes a lot like
meat loaf. One just has to
"get around" that is made
in the lining of a sheep's
belly.
On to St. Andrews, the
home of golf. It was noth-
ing like I had it pictured.
Situated on the North Sea,
it was'very cold and windy.
Our guide was a little old
lady of 70-ish named Ve-
ronica. I told her, "We're
not great walkers like
you."
She said, "I know, but
it is really sad when the
young people can't keep up
either."
She clipped along at a
very fast pace and told us
that she had walked the
length of Scotland twice.
Shame on us. St. Andrews
is Scotland's oldest uni-
versity and where Prince
William attended. The ca-
thedral there is 13th Cen-
tury and of course golf has
been played there since
the 1400s. It costs about
150 pounds per game.
Our last day in Scotland
was spent at Stirling Cas-
tle where it rained and we
almost froze to death. We
saw monuments to William
Wallace (Braveheart), Rob
Roy and Robert the Bruce.
This is where I discovered
the origin of my maternal
grandparents, the Oechils.
There, behind Stirling Cas-
tle, is the Oechil Hills. My
grandpa's name was Ogle-
tree, but it derived from
Oechiltree near Dundee,
Scotland. We saw the beau-
tiful Trossachs (moun-
tains) and Lochs (lakes)
and a famous Highland
Ball named Hamish. Loch
Katrine was the setting for
Sir Walter Scott's famous
"The Lady of the Lake."
The last day of that trip
had us flying from Glasgow,
Scotland, a more work-
ing-class town, to London,
England. From there we
flew to New York where we
spent the night. The next
morning we flew to Miami
and then back to Tallahas-
see.
I looked forward to
this trip all year and I just
couldn't believe it was over.
It was wonderful. If you
watch travel shows as I do,
it really helps when you ac-
tually go somewhere.


LUAU from page B1


the Democrats needed
to have the bill passed
in the House. I met
many established poli-
ticians such as Speaker
of the House Nancy'
Pelosi (D-CA), House
Minority Leader John
Boehner (R-Ohio), and
most importantly Pres-
ident Barack Obama.
I had the chance of
a lifetime to meet the
President of the Unit-
ed States on Thursday
night, June 25. Con-
gressman Allen Boyd
contacted me while
I was working on the
House floor and invited
me to the Congres-
sional Luau hosted by
Barack Obama and the
First Lady at the White
House. I immediately
accepted the gener-
ous invitation and went
back to the Page Resi-
dence Hall where I was
boarding to get ready
for the Luau.
I met with Congress-
man Boyd at his Office
building and we drove
to the White House
grounds where we had
to stand in line to get in.
When we arrived in the
Rose Garden I could
see all of the festivities.
There were white tents
set up all, around the
grounds that served all
sorts df delicious cui-
sine; a surfboard was
stuck in the ground so
you could get a memo-
rable photograph taken,
Tiki torches, and much
more Hawaiian themed
paraphernalia.
Almost immediately
as we arrived the presi-
dent began to give a lit-
tle speech on the stage
that had been set up.
He greeted everyone
by saying "Aloha" and
wished everyone a fan-
tastic time.
He then headed
over to a dunking booth
with his children where
presidential staff was
waiting to be plunged


underwater by Presi-'
dent Obama's chil-
dren. When his kids
had missed the target:
a few times the' Presi-
dent walked up to the
target and pushed it
and cheered. He then
allowed people to take
pictures with him and
I happened to be one of
those lucky people.
Congressman Boyd
introduced me to the
President and asked if
I could have the honor
of taking a picture with
him. The president,
Congressman Boyd,
and I posed for the pres-
idential photographer
and then took one with
my personal camera.
I remember the giddi-
ness I felt when I shook
his hand and asked for
a picture. I could barely
form sentences I was
so excited. It was the
most amazing experi-
ence that I have had in
my life and I will never
forget that moment.
After I met the Pres-
ident I was also hon-
ored enough to be able
to meet the First Lady,
Michelle Obama. She
was wearing a beauti-
ful floral dress and a
purple lei. She was also
walking the "first dog"
Bo.
My trip to Washing-
ton ended up being a
very memorable trip.,I
met many friends with-
in the page program,
met the President of the
United States, and had a
chance to work for Nan-
cy Pelosi. I thank every
one of the staff members
in Congressman Boyd's
office in Washington for
making this opportunity
happen. Special thanks
go to Congressman
Boyd who sponsored
me throughout the pro-
gram and invited me
to the Congressional
Luau. The opportuni-
ties I had were some I
will never forget.


Are you:
Elder Care Service Age60and older?
of Franklin County On a limited income?
Ij (must meet income guidelines)
Improving the Quality ofLife for Interested in becoming active and
involved in your community 20
Seniors in Franklin Count hours per week?
(850)245-5935 or (850) 921-5554






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Meet Ginger! Ginger is the last of the Humane Society's dogs
from our exicing new DAWGS in Prison program awaiting her .
new home! Ginger will graduate from her intensive 8-week
training program on July 8th. Ginger has excelled tremendously
over the past 6 weeks and continues to make great strides eacli
day! All dogs graduating from our DAWGS in Prison program
are crate trained, liousetrained, walk well on a leash and know
many commands like sit, stay and come. If you are interested
in adopting Ginger, please contact the St. Joseph Bay Humane
Society at 850-227-1103 and ask for Melody.
Benefit the animals of St: Joseph Bay Humane Society while
saving money! SHOP FAITH'S THRIFT HUT where proceeds
go directly back to support the animals of our shelter. Faith's
Thrift Hut is also in need of donations and volunteers. -Please
stop by 1007 Tenth St. or call 850-227-1103/ 1109 for more
information.
CuIANlERS I'OUSHlElS
SDan & Nancy

Ostman
Jax Wax Distribution LLC
Cell: 850.832.1560
772 Suite B U.S. 98

Acci:ssom..s Aimlvrls Port St. Joe, FL 32456


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These businesses invite you to visit the church of your choice this week.

COMFORTER SOUTHERLAND FAMILY Rish, Gibson, Scholz &
FUNERAL HOME FUNERAL HOME Groom, P.A.
W. P. "Rocky" Comforter William J, Rsh, Thomas S, Gibson, Russell Scholz,
L.F.D. 507 10th Street Port St Joe Paul W, Groom 1l
(850) 227-1818 (850)229-8111 (850)229-8211


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Jesus will return, but
only God knows when.
If you're not ready,
repent now my friend.
Live the rest of your
life in victory over sin.
You'll then be ready
for heaven, when He
returns again.
Billy Johnson


Revival services planned at

Philadelphia Primitive Baptist
The congregates of Phil- for his God-given gift to
adelphia Primitive Baptist raise the spiritual under-
Church will conduct revival standing of those in his
services beginning Mon- presence as he preaches
day, July 20, through July the word of God.
24.at 7 p.m. nightly. Local choirs will con-
The evangelist for the duct the song services.
week is the Elder Chester Pastor Jessie Hawkins
Brown, III, pastor, teacher invites everyone to come
and musician at Shady and share in this great
Grove Primitive Baptist event at the church, locat-
Church in Tallahassee. ed on Avenue D in Port St.
Elder Brown is known Joe.


Ada Waters'

family thanks

We, the family of Ada Waters, would like to tell
everyone that we thank you all very much for all
the food that was delivered to our house and all the
flowers. Also everyone's thoughts and prayers. May
God bless all.
Sincerely,
John Henry, Dink, Tommy Jo, Donna Sue, John and Jeffrey





508 Sixteenth Street
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456


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850-227-1756


Rev. Ruth Hemple
e Worship Service 10:00 AM
Sunday School 11:00 AM


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


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


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


www.fbcpsj.org


Nursery provided for all services


woeb-


The Christian CONSCIENCE



The exodus really happened


As long as the world
stands, there will be
wars and sin.
There will never
be peace, until Jesus
returns again.
Walk in God's path,
not your own.
Put your trust in Him
and Him alone.


Donald R. Bradley


Mr. Donald R. Bradley,
70, of Sumrall; Miss.,
died Thursday, July 2, at
Forrest General Hospital.
Mr. Bradley was
the owner of the Don
Bradley Ford dealership
in Poplarville, was former
general sales manager
for Courtesy Ford and co-
owner of Beach Realty of
Cape San Blas, Fla.
He was also a charter
member of the Parkway
Heights United Methodist
Church.
Survivors included
Mr. Bradley's wife, Ruth
Thompson Bradley, of
Sumrall, Miss.; a son,
Donald Roger Bradley, of
Port St. Joe; a daughter,


Aqaba, they crossed into Midian as
God miraculously caused the water
to form walls on each side, and they
passed through this portion of the
Red Sea.
A few years ago, a team of
archaeologists explored this area
under water and found large
quantities of coral-encased chariots,
chariot wheels and the bones of
horses and men. At least one of these
wheels was dated to the 18th dynasty,
the time of Ramses II and Moses.
The photos that the team took
can be easily found on the Internet
by doing a search for "Red Sea
crossing." In addition, our own Web
site has a page that links to other Web
sites that have photos and a video of
this exploration.
Also, on either side of the Gulf
of Aqaba portion of the Red Sea,
there are, or were, stone pillars,
which King Solomon had erected to
commemorate the Red Sea crossing
at this location. It is possible that
modern Egyptians and Saudis have
removed these pillars. They were
present early in this century, and
photos exist.
Some will say, "I don't need proof.
I believe the Bible." To those I say,
"Why are you still living like the rest
of the people in the world, lying,
stealing, cheating your employees,
or your employers, or living with
your boyfriend or girlfriend, without
any covenant of marriage, skipping

Obituaries


church, etc.? Why are you cheating
your brother of what is rightfully
his?"
Do you for a moment think that
God does not see? Are you trusting
that a single prayer or a church
ceremony, has made you immune
from God's laws? You need to repent
and allow yourself to be born of God.
Scripture says, "God is not mocked.
Whatever a man sows, that shall he
also reap."
Questions or comments? Send us
an e-mail to the address below.
At the Mexico Beach Christian
Worship Center, we believe that God
wants you know the truth about the
Bible and be born again from above
- not base your eternal future on
faulty religious teaching. At the
MBCWC, we don't plead for money or
twist your arm to join. Plan to check
us out this Sunday. Our services
begin with a time of greeting and
fellowship at 9:30 a.m. CT. Worship
begins at 9:45 a.m. Come early so you
can meet and fellowship with us and
enjoy the praise and worship music
led by TJ. We meet and worship at
the Mexico Beach Civic Center, 105 N.
31st St., behind Parker Realty and the
Beach Walk gift shop, just off U.S. 98
in Mexico Beach.
God Bless,
Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center
timl@jesusanswers.com
http://www.mexicobeachcwc.com


Annie Gant Baker


Lelia "Lolly" Hester, of
Port St. Joe; one sister,
Kathy Touchstone,
of Purvis, Miss.; one
brother, Kimble Bradley
of Hattiesburg, Miss.; and
four grandchildren.
Services were held last
Friday at Hulett-Winstead
Sumrall Chapel, and burial
with full military honors
by VFW Post No. 3036
followed at First Baptist
Church Sumrall Cemetery.
Memorials may be
made to the First Baptist
Church of Sumrall or
Gideons International.
All arrangements under
Hulett-Winstead Funeral
Home of Hattiesburg,
Miss.


Mary Smith Olds


Mrs. Mary
Smith Olds, 53, of
Marianna, Fla.,
passed away
Wednesday, July 1,
at the M.D.
Anderson Cancer
Center in Houston, MA
Texas.
Funeral 0
services will
be held 11 a.m. Friday,
July 10, at the St. Luke
Missionary Baptist Church
in Marianna, with the Rev.
Billy Marshall officiating.
Interment will follow
in the St. Luke Memorial
Gardens in Vernon, with
Mckinnie Fumeral Home of
Campbellton directing.
The family requests no
public viewing.
Mary is survived by
her loving and devoted
husband, Culton Olds, of
Marianna; her mother,


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Bessie Smith, of
Marianna; mother
and father-in-law
Jethro, Sr., and
Helen B. Olds, of
Campbellton, Fla.;
four sisters, Audrey
Leeks (Edward)
MITH and Martha
DS Leslie (Hosea) of
Marianna, Rachel
Crews (Tony) of Port St.
Joe and Sallie Daniels
(Wilson) of Dothan, Ala.;
three brothers, Henry
D. Smith Jr. (Linda)
of Greenwood, Fla.,
Nathaniel Smith (Bernice)
of Fayetteville, N.C,, and
Bertram Smith of San
Antonio, Texas; five sisters-
in-law and nine brothers-in-
law; 10 uncles; five aunts;
a close family friend, Orvie
Cole; several godchildren,
nieces, nephews, cousins
and friends.


Annie Lee
Gant Baker was


born Dec. 14, 1929,
in Port St. Joe,
Fla., to the late
Chester Gant Sr.
and Lela Gant.
With Andreameta,
Joseph and ANNI
brothers Bill, Paul BA
and Adrian, Sr., at
her bedside, Annie went
home quietly and peacefully
to be with the Lord on
June 24.
She became a member
of Zion Fair Missionary
Baptist Church at an early
age. She was a faithful
servant of the Lord and
an active member of Zion
Fair. Annie Lee loved the
church and was strongly
committed to the work of
the church. She served
as the current Financial
Secretary, a current Ward
Leader, and the President
of the Senior Choir.
Annie Lee was a
member of the Order of the
Eastern Star and served as
past Worthy Matron.
After receiving her
early education in Gulf
County, she completed her
undergraduate studies
at Florida Memorial
College. Annie Lee served
as an educator for more
than 30 years in Gulf
and Bay county schools.
She was the coach of the
girls' basketball team at
Washington High School in
the early 1960s.
She lived among us
as one who went about
doing good and who put
Christ first. She was willing
to be a friend to all. She
simply went about working
and praying and doing
whatever she was called


upon to do for her
Master.


She was
preceded in death
by her husband,
Robert James
Baker, and brother,
Chester Gant,
E GANT Jr. She leaves
KER to cherish her
memory, one
daughter, Andreameta
Baker Smiley, and son-
in-law, Dr. Joseph; two
grandchildren, Dr. Alison
(Kourtney) and Joseph
Smiley II; one great-
granddaughter, Cameryn
Elyse Ward; one sister, .
Naomi Lewis; five brothers,
Adrian, Sr. (Mae Ella),
Moses (Waddie), Paul
(Linda), Dr. Raymond
(Lenora) and Earnest
(Gloria); sisters-in-law,
Maxine Gant and Shirley
Baker; goddaughters,
Cammia Dawson and
Barbara Walker; fishing
friend, Jim Phillips; and a
host of nieces, nephews,
cousins, other relatives and
many caring friends and
neighbors.
"Love one another
deeply, from the heart."
I Peter 1:22
To a devoted, caring
and special friend, Ida Bell
Bryant.
To a wonderful, personal
friend, Mary Dawson
Roberts.
Funeral services for
Mrs. Baker were held
Wednesday, July 1, at 1 p.m.
ET at Zion Fair Missionary
Baptist Church in Port St.
Joe, with the Rev. Robert
L. Pierson officiating.
Interment followed in
Forest Hill Cemetery.
Battle Memorial Funeral Home
Panama City, FL 32401


Pansy Johnson


Mrs. Pansy Johnson,
75, of Wewahitchka, passed
away on Saturday, June 27,
in Blountstown.
Pansy was born May 23,
1934, in Enterprise, Ala.,
and has lived in
Blountstown the past
four years, coming from
Wewahitchka. She was a
retired sales clerk for a
gift shop and was of the
Protestant faith.
Pansy was preceded
in death by a son, Fred
(Butch) Hadder.
Survivors include two
.sons, Rodney Rogers of


Panama City Beach, Fla.,
and Thomas J. Hadder
of Valdosta, Ga.; one
daughter, Jeannie Carlisle,
of Green Pond, Ala.; one
brother, J.M. Register of
Indian Lakes Estates, Fla.;
two sisters, Gladys Martin
of Dothan, Ala., and Vassie
Register of Pensacola, Fla.;
three grandchildren; and
two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will
be held at a later date.
All arrangements under
the direction of Marlon
Peavy at Peavy Funeral
Home in Blountstown.


Victory over Sin


In previous articles, we have
shown that the account of Noah,
the ark and the flood is more than
a legend, but is reliable history,
supported by the photos of pieces
of the ark, still in existence, near.
the eastern summit of Mt. Ararat in
Turkey.
This article will explore the
exodus and the Red Sea crossing.
Recent archaeology has shown that
this also is historical fact, supported
by real evidence. There has been
much confusion concerning the
ancient maps of the Middle East,
which has made it difficult to sort
truth from fiction.
Let's begin with the biblical
account in Exodus 3:1 "Now Moses
was tending the flock of Jethro his
father-in-law, the priest of Midian.
And he led the flock to the back of
the desert, and came to Horeb, the
mountain of God."
Mt: Horeb is also called Mt.
Sinai, or the "mountain of God,"
and is the place of the giving of
the Ten Commandments. From
Exodus 3:1, we see that the location
is in Midian, not in the Sinai part
of Egypt, as many have assumed.
Midian occupied a portion of what
is now western Saudi Arabia. To
get to this location, the children of
Israel had to cross a portion of the
Red Sea that today is called the Gulf
of Aqaba. From a very large beach
on the western shore of the Gulf of


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 9:30 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)


Howard Neal Wilson
Oct. 29, 1967 -June 16, 2009

When you think of Neal
Of stepping on a shore
And finding it Heaven
Of taking hold of a hand
And finding it God's Hand
Of passing from storm
and tempest
To an unbroken calm;
Of waking up and finding
Yourself home.

We would like to thank everyone for their
thoughts, prayers and kindness that we received in
our time of sorrow, especially Rich's IGA in Wewa.
Shelley, Mom, Sister Susan and Brother Doug


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Thursday, July 9, 2009


Local


The Star I B5


'Roadeo' driver takes second at state


Aylmer


earns top


score


in vehicle inspection challenge


By Despina Williams
Star Staft Writer
A single traffic cone
stood in the way of Ray-
mond "Elmo" Aylmer's re-
peat victory at the Florida
Paratransit Roadeo.
On May 1-2, Aylmer
joined approximately 35
drivers of paratransit vehi-
cles from across the state at
the Daytona competition.
Just four points shy of
a first-place finish, Aylmer,
a 12-year Gulf Transporta-
tion veteran, took second
place in the modified van
division and earned the top
score in the vehicle inspec-
tion challenge.
He-received plaques for
both and a $300 check for
the second-place finish.
The competition fea-
tured two divisions: van
and cutaway (minibus),
and four challenges: a writ-
ten test, pre-trip inspec-
tion; obstacle course and
wheelchair securement
exercise.
To score a perfect score
on the pre-trip inspection,
Aylmer presented a van in
tip-top shape with ap-
propriate fluid levels, clean
interior and exterior, and
safety equipment in place.
In the inspection chal-
lenge, Aylmer was the only'
driver to correctly identify
four vehicle defects put in
place by judges.
He noted the missing
dipstick, missing reflective
triangle and broken tail
and interior lights.
Though Aylmer fared
well in the wheelchair se-
curement exercise and
written test, his brush with
a traffic cone on the ob-
stacle course denied him a

Bronson

announces

burn signs

Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services Com-
missioner Charles H. Bron-
son announced that yellow
road signs that read "Pre-
scribed Burn" and "Fire,
Smoke Area" will soon be
appearing along major road-
ways when a prescribed
burn is taking place.
A revised agreement
with Bronson's Division of
Forestry, the Department
of Highway Safety and Mo-
tor Vehicles, Highway Pa-
trol, and the Department of
Transportation will enable
prescribed burners to place
the yellow signs along high-
ways when warranted.
Bronsonemphasizedthat
the yellow signs should not
be confused with the orange
"Reduced Speed, Smoke"
or bright pink "Reduced
Speed" warning signs that
are currently used when
smoke already has reduced
visibility along a roadway.
Bronson said drivers
should use caution when
they see any of the pre-
scribed burn or smoke-re-
lated warning signs.


G.TLF PUBLIC]TRANSPORTA
PUBL--EL------
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DESPINA WILLIAMS I The Star
Gulf Transportation driver Raymond "Elmo" Aylmer earned second place in the modified van division at the Florida Paratransit Roadeo,


held May 1-2 in Daytona Beach.
state championship, finish
One cone hit equals a 5- Aylm
point deduction, more than point
the margin of victory, finish
"The course was tight, "Y
which it has to be for the high
competition," Aylmer said. do it
"It's just something that you
happened. I just happened have
to hit the cone." said.
Having previously Ay
earned multiple awards fered
during his roadeo career, Fc
including a second-place three


h at nationals last year,
er was slightly disap-
ed by his second-place
i.
You always have that
expectation that you'd
again (win first), but
also want others to
a shot at it, too," he
'imer's male ego suf-
the greatest blow.
br the second time in
Years, Aylmer nar-


rowly lost to the same
woman, Peggy Shiver of
Liberty County.
"It killed it," said Aylmer
of his shattered pride.
Aylmer congratulated
Shiver at the end of com-
petition but does not know
how she fared at the na-
tional roadeo in Provi-
dence, R.I.
Though participation at
this year's competition was
down from previous years,


Th --The Boomerang
Express is pulling into
First Baptist Church
from July 3th-17th
From 9am till 12noon.
I '& It is open to kids from
-.g3 age 3yrs to those
S---- entering 5th grade.

The kids will take an exciting ride through the
Outback. They will learn that no matter where
they go or what happens in life, that everything
always comes back to Jesus. So stop by the
church office or go on-line to register your
child at tbcpsj.org. If you have any questions
call Caren at 227-1552.


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Registration on Monday ,July 13th,
starts at 8am


Aylmer enjoyed his time in
Daytona Beach.
"To a certain extent, it's
a family reunion now be-
cause a lot of the same ones
go every year," he said.
Though he did not fare
as well as Aylmer, Gulf
Transportation driver Ray
Brant received special
recognition for being 80


years old.
The Florida Paratransit
Roadeo is sponsored an-
nually by the Florida As-
sociation of Coordinated
Transportation Systems
(FACTS) and Rural Trans-
portation Assistance Pro-
gram (RTAP) of the Florida
Department of Transporta-
tion.


"Our Church can be your home"

first Church of the Nazarene
2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596
Give unto tfi Lord the glonj due lGs name, worship the Lord in tic beauty olffio ss:.'"
Psalm 29:2
Sunday School..........................10 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship .............6 p.m.
sunday Morning Worship ...........11 a.m. Wednesday Evening Service ....... 7 p.m.



IMJ S United JMwldi
ic c 4 ( Mesicw eacd
111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Beoathi Ild Melodist hardd
RRSela Pt urcOi
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820


FIRST UNITED
METHODIST CHURCH
Constitution and lMonument Port St. Joe


Sunday:
Cioiti'iporary' Seric 9:00 a.m. ET
Sunday' School: 10:00 a.m. ET
T7alitionai i.. '", 11:00 a.m. ET
Wldnesdai :
Youth: 5:30 p.m. ET
'oir: 7:00 p.m. ET


'85) 227-1724
Rev. Anar Fac ber
Pastor
Ann ConortIij~er jermtn yDixon
Afi~sfic Dire, )IouthAin/err
D~eborah Joyless
Dim-rm, ,, (1,/da'sAiin/,rr/ie


d Worship with us at
I Long Avenue Baptist Church
lW.ere Faith, Famrily &Friendship are fiunid
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pm
Wednesday
A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm

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


A Spirit Filled
il Life Outreach Oriented
SFami_ Life Word of Faith Church
Church
Pastors Andrew & Cathy Rutherford
Welcome you to worship with us: HOME OF THE
Sunday 10:30am POWERHOUSE
Sunday Night Prayer 6pm YOUTH MINISTRIES
Wednesday 7pm
33 A v owntow Inyit St. Joe, FL 850-22
S323 Reid Ave ~ Downtown Port St. Joe, FL ~ 850-229-5433 ,


r- TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN
Please come and meet our new
Rector Father Tommy Dwyer!
ST. JAMES'
EPISCOPAL CHURCH
800 22ND STREET, PORT ST. JOE
8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45
Child Care Provided for at 11:00
www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org




FaithBible
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Michael Rogers Pastor
9:45 AM ................................................ Sunday School
10:30 AM ..................................... Fellowship Breakfast
11:00 AM .................................. ... Worship
6:00 PM ........................ ............... .......Worship
www.faithbiblepsj.net
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home of Faith Chriatnai School


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

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


Jesus is Lord and He is waiting
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Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850)227-1306
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning W Iorship '11:00 Iam.
Evening Servicr 7:00 p.m.
lDiscipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.


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Thursday, July 9, 2009


Develop a hurricane


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and landscape objects


PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the
City Commission of the City of Port St. Joe,
Florida, at its meeting on the 21st day,of July, 2009
at 6:00 P.M.. EDT, in the regular Commission
meeting room at the Municipal Building, Port St.
Joe, Florida, will consider for transmittal to the
Department of Community Affairs, pursuant to
Florida Statutes, an Ordinance with the following
title:

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE CITY OF
PORT ST. JOE SPECIFICALLY CHANGING
THE LAND USE OF A PARCEL OF LAND
CONTAINING APPROXIMATELY 47.5 ACRES
AND BEING PARCEL NUMBER 0-(4IO-002
AND BEING A PART OF SECTIONS 25 AND 36.
TOWNSHIP SOUTH,RANGE 11 WEST,FROM
GULF COUNTY INDUSTRIAL TO THE CITY
OF PORT ST. JOE INDUSTRIAL; AMENDING
THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE FUTURE LAND
USE MAP: AMENDING THE CITY OF PORT ST.
JOE ZONINd MAP; PROVIDING FOR A SUB-
AREA POLICY TO GUIDE DEVELOPMENT OF
THE SITE; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF ANY
CONFLICTING ORDINANCES: PROVIDING
FOR SEVERABILITY: AND PROVIDING FOR
AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Copies of the Ordinance are available for
public inspection at City of Port St. Joe City Hall,
located at 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd.. Port St.
Joe, Florida.
Interested persons may attend and be
heard at the public hearing or provide comments
in writing to the City Commissioners, City of Port
St. Joe City Hall. 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd..
Port St. Joe, Florida. Transactions of the public
hearing will not be recorded. Persons wishing to
appeal any decision made during the hearing will
need a record of the proceeding and should ensure
a verbatim record is made, including the testimony
on which the appeal is based.
Any person requiring a special
accommodation at this hearing because of a
disability or physical impairment should contact
City Clerk at (850) 229-8261 at least five (5)
calendar days prior to the hearing.

CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY
OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA


SLEE
ITER
extension
sector


In addition to
staking and guy-
ing small tress and
shrubs, you should
inspect larger trees
for broken, dead or
damaged limbs and
remove these as
soon as possible.
Hurricane winds
can tear such limbs
from a tree, and
turn them into dan-


NOTICE OF INTENDED
ACTION THE GULF
COUNTY SCHOOL
BOARD

Purpose and Effect: The Gulf County
School Board proposes to amend and adopt
policies,as providedforintheAdministrative
Procedures Act, for the purpose of bring
said policies into compliance with Florida
Statutes and State Board of Education
Rules.


Public Hearing Notice

1st CDBG Public Hearing

The City of Port St Joe is considering applying to the Florida Department
of Community Affairs (DCA) for a grant under the Economic Development category
for an amount up to $650,000 under the Small Cities Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG-ED) Program. For each activity that is proposed, a minimum of 51
percent of the beneficiaries will be low to moderate income households. The proposed
project will extend a roadway, water, sewer, electrical and telecommunications
services to a proposed new facility for North Florida Child Development, Inc. As this
project will assist the NFCD in retaining its existing workforce and allow the hiring of
additional staff, this is an Economic Development grant.


Activity

Road Improvements
Sewer Improvements
Water Improvements
Administration


Budget
(Approximately)
$241,000
$173,000
$111,000
$50,000


LMI %
(Approximately)
>51
>51
>51
>51


The City has an adopted anti-displacement and relocation plan; however, no
displacement of persons is anticipated at this time. If relocation assistance is required
as a result of the project, the City will provide assistance as indicated in the policy.
A public hearing to provide citizens an opportunity to comment on the
application will beheld at City Hall, located at 305 Cecil Costin Blvd., Port St Joe,
FL 32456, as a part of the regular City Commission meeting scheduled to begin at
6:00pr on Tuesday, July 21st, 2009. A draft copy of parts of the application will be
made available for review at that time. A final copy of the application will be made
available at the Port St Joe City Hall, office of the City Clerk Monday through Friday,
from 8:00am to 5:00pm upon completion of the application on or about August 1st.
The application will be submitted to DCA on or around September 1st, (or later, if
necessary). To obtain additional information concerning the application and public
hearing, contact Charlotte Pierce, City Grants Coordinator, at the City Hall, 305 Cecil
Costin Blvd. or by phone at (850) 229-8261.
The public hearing is being conducted in a handicapped in-accessible location.
Any handicapped person requiring special mobility accommodation at this meeting
should contact Charlotte Pierce at the City Hall, or by phone at (850) 229-8261, at
least live calendar (lays prior to the meeting. Any handicapped person requiring an
interpreter for the hearing impaired or the visually impaired should contact Charlotte
Pierce at the City Hall, 305 Cecil Costin Blvd. or by phone at (850) 229-8261 at
least live calendar days prior to the meeting and an interpreter will be provided. Any
non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public hearing should contact
Charlotte Pierce at the City Hall, or by phone at (850) 229-8261 at least five calendar
days prior to the meeting and a language interpreter will be provided. To access a
Telecommunication Device for Deaf persons, (TDD) please call (850) 229-8261.

A FAIR HOUSING/ EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, HANDICAP ACCESS COMMUNITY


June 1 marked
the official begin-
ning of hurricane
season. Although f
we haven't had
a hurricane so
far this season, it
doesn't hurt to be -
prepared. ROY
The arrival of CAR
hurricane season County
signals the need din
to develop some
contingency plan to guard
our lives and property
from powerful winds and
flooding rains. -Ornamen-
tal plants and other land-
scape objects are espe-
cially vulnerable.
One of the most impor-
tant protective measures
is to stake down any new
trees and shrubs on your
home grounds. By "new,"
we mean any small trees
or large shrubs you've
planted within the past
year. The stakes should be
2-3 feet long. You'll need
three or four per tree.
Drive them into the soil
to a depth of 18-24 inches,
slanting them away from
the tree at a 45-degree an-
gle. This will make them
more secure and less like-
ly to be pulled out.
How far you place the
stake from a tree will de-
pend on its size. A general
rule is to locate the stakes
the same distance from
the base of the tree as the
height above the ground
at which you plan to attach
the guide wires. To secure
the wire and keep them
from slipping off, make
notches in the stakes a few
inches from the top of each.
Then attach wires in these
notches and run them to a
point about two-thirds up
the trunk. Before attach-
ing the wires to the tree,
run them through lengths
of garden hose .to protect
the bark. Now, tighten the.
wires enough to prevent
excessive tree movement,
but not so tight that they
might break or, worse
yet, cause the tree to
break in high winds.


gerous projectiles. How-
ever, remember that it is
not a good idea to prune
healthy branches before
a hurricane, because this
encourages new growth,
which is very vulnerable
to wind damage. During
the storm season, it is es-
pecially important to keep
roof gutter clear of leaves,
twigs and other debris.
Drainage should be at its
best to, cope with heavy
hurricane rains.
If you have hanging bas-
kets, tub plants, or large
potted plants on exposed
porches or patios, they
should be moved indoors
ahead of the storm. Hurri-
cane winds can damage or
completely destroy both
exposed plants and con-
tainers. Other loose items,
which can be hurled about,
such as lawn furniture,
garden tools, toys, and
'garbage cans, also should
be brought inside before
strong ,winds strike. In
*addition to being severely
damaged or destroyed,
such objects can become
lethal flying objects during
a hurricane.
While we all hope our
state avoids serious hur-
ricane damage this sea-
son, it's still very impor-
tant to be prepared. So,
check your home grounds
thoroughly, keeping our
precautionary pointers
in mind. And, if you de-
tect potential dangers,
take corrective action
promptly.
For more information
on hurricane protection
please visit our Web site at
http//:gulf.ifas.ufl.edu.


brief


Summary: The following is a
description of each proposal change.
Student Progression Plan
Code of Conduct


Economic Impact: The proposals will
result in no direct costs associated with
implementation.

IF REQUESTED, A HEARING WILL BE
HELD AT:
Time: 5:15 p.m., ET
Date: July 28, 2009
Place: Gulf County School Board
150 Middle School Road
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

The entire text of the proposed rules can be
inspected during regular office hours at the
Office of Instructional Services, 150 Middle
School Road, Port St. Joe, FL.

Special legal authority under which the
adoption is authorized and the law being
implemented and interpreted are made
specific.

The addition and changes are proposed by
Sara Joe Wooten, Assistant Superintendent
of Instruction and approvedforconsideration
by Tim Wilder, Superintendent.

Amendments: See above


NOTICE OF INTENDED ACTION
THE GULF COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

Purpose and Effect: The Gulf County School Board proposes to amend and adopt
policies, as provided for in the Administrative Procedures Act, for the purpose of
bringing said policies into compliance with Florida Statutes and State Board of Edu-
cation Rules.

Summary: The following is a brief description of each proposal change.

4.12 Exceptional Student Education
5.14 Homeless Students
6.17 Appointment or Employment Requirements
6.173 Responsibilities of School Bus Operators
6.33 Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace
6.50 Leave of Absence
6.501 Leave Application
6.542 Family andMedical Leave
7.31 School Food Service Funds
7.70 Purchasing and Bidding
8.12 Toxic Substances in School Work Areas
8.38 Automotive Equipment
8.45 School Breakfast Program
9.80 School Concurrency

Economic Impact: These proposals may result in direct costs associated with imple-
mentation.

IF REQUESTED, A HEARING WILL BE HELD AT:

Time: 5:15 PM EDT
Date: July 28, 2009
Place: Gulf County School Board Room
150 Middle School Road
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

The entire text of the proposed rules can be inspected during regular office hours at
the Gulf County School Board Office, 150 Middle School Road, Port St. Joe, FL.

Special Legal authority under which the adoption is authorized and the law being
implemented and interpreted is made specific.

The addition and changes are proposed by Bill Carr, Assistant Superintendent for
Business Services and approved for consideration by Tim Wilder, Superintendent.

Amendments: See above.





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School BRIEFS


School


Kits 4 Kidz

Sacred Heart
Rehabilitation
Center at Port
St. Joe will
host its first
back-to-school
supply drive to
help deserving
children start the school
year with the tools they need to
succeed.
For the month of July the
community of Gulf County can
stop by locations and help fill a
child's backpack for the 2009-10
school year.
There are two locations: 502
Fourth Street in Port St. Joe,
227-7778; or 190 Light Keepers
Drive, Port St. Joe, 647-2600.
Items that are needed: back
packs (no wheels), No. 2 pencils,
paper, glue, scissors, crayons,
colored markers, rulers, binders
(small), 70-page spiral notebooks,
school box, highlighter and hand
sanitizer.


Congratulations to
GCCC Gulf/Franklin
Center Practical Nursing
Program Graduates
Scholastic Achievement:
Emily Michelle Cuchens
Outstanding Nursing Stu-
dent: John Jr. Rogers, II
Perfect Attendance:
LaShandra Whitsett
Certificate of Achieve-
ment: Ivy Lynn Vonier
Practical Nursing pro-
gram graduates
Whitney Erin Barth, Tiffa-
ny Michelle Brock, Anastasia
Maria Craft, Emily Michelle
Cuchens, Tracy L. Garner,
Danitzca Monquie Guilford,
Ashley Nicole henderson,
MaKayla Marie Hollis, Angela
Charmelle Johnson, Alison
Brooke Kennedy, Stacey Ma-
ria Killings, Lacey Annette
Lowery, April Nichole Madrid,
Desiree Frances Martina,
Ashley Suzanne Moe, Darby
Kristian O'Connell, Tammy
Darlene Quinn, John Jr. Rog-
ers, II, Jasmine Neshay Russ,
Shiloh Leanne Simmons, Jes-
sica Whitney Turner, Ivy Lynn
Vonier, Lauren Elizabeth Wells
and LaShandra Whitsett
The nursing program at


Evaluation documents high aspirations,

high college-going for CFES scholars


Year-end evaluation findings for
students participating in College
For Every Student (CFES), a nation-
al program designed to help low-in-
come students get to college, show
encouraging results amid some dis-
turbing trends.
A random sample of 1,956 stu-
dents in grades 6-12 participating in
CFES programs across the country
showed high aspirations among re-
spondents. The 12-question survey
measures college readiness by ask-
ing students their views on school,
college, and their future and about
the impact of CFES practices.
Consistently, the CFES students,
or CFES Scholars as they are known,
scored 15 to 20 percentage points
higher than a control group of stu-
dents from similar socioeconomic
backgrounds.
Aspiration findings, confirmed by
an, outside evaluator who compiled
and analyzed the survey data, are
being played out by CFES Scholars.
Of the 1,633 Scholars who were high
school seniors this spring, 97 per-
cent are headed to college this fall.
These students hail from 44 schools


in nine states.
CFES currently works with 15,000
students in 130 schools in 20 states
and the District of Columbia, includ-
ing Gulf County Schools. Ninety
percent of CFES Scholars live at or
below the poverty line and would be
the first in their family to attend col-
lege.
Research has shown that stu-
dents from low-income families the
targets of CFES programs face
significant obstacles on the path to
school and college readiness. This
shortfall is reflected in low academic
performance, aspirations, and high
school graduation and college-going
rates, which are less than 20 percent
nationally for students in this demo-
graphic.
Despite the impressive showing
among participating students, CFES
officials expressed concern.
"We are delighted to have the larg-
est number and percentage of high
school seniors headed to college and
to see gains across the board, but
certain subgroups are lagging be-
hind their peers. We continue to be
concerned about our rural students


and our young men," said Rick Dal-
ton, president and CEO.
Aspiration findings were consis-
tently lower for rural students as
compared to their urban peers on
all questions. Also, rural students
- who represent about 20 percent
of the CFES Scholars and are from
34 percent of the schools that CFES
serves nationwide had significantly
lower college-going rates than their
urban counterparts.
Similar disparities exist between
male and female students. Aspira-
tion scores and college-going rates
were lower for males than for fe-
males from all regions of the coun-
try.
"These findings mirror what's
happening nationally, and it's the
reason we're putting special empha-
sis on a single-gender approach in
many of our schools and offering en-
richment opportunities for our rural
children," said Dalton.
For further information about
the evaluation or CFES in general,
please contact Rick Dalton, presi-
dent and CEO, at 802-236-1235 or
dalton@Ccollegefes.org.


Gulf Coast Community Col-
lege is approved fully by the
Florida State Board of Nurs-
ing and accredited by the Na-
tional League for Nursing and
the Accrediting Commission.
Institution membership is
maintained in the NLN Coun-
cil of Associate Degree pro-
grams and the Organization of
Associate Degree Nursing.

WHS All-Class Reunion
On Aug. 1, there will be an
All-Class Reunion for Wewa-
hitchka High School (WHS)
at the Honeyville Community
Center. The event will begin
at 11 a.m. CST and will be
catered by Gant's BBQ. The
cost for each person is $20 and
should be mailed to Dianne
(Lester) Semmes no later than
July 20. For more details visit
www.fairpoint.net/-wewa/wh-
sreunion/ to view the flyer, or
e-mail Dianne at Wewamema
('yahoo.com.
Anyone who attended
WHS, or if would just like to
join classmates and faculty,
are more than welcome to at-
tend. Any monies remaining
after all expenses have been
paid will be donated to a local
charity.


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THE CODE ENFORCEMENT
SPECIAL MASTER
WILL HOLD CODE
ENFORCEMENT HEARINGS:

WHEN: THURSDAY JULY 23,2009
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Commissioner's Chamber
SUBJECT: Code Enforcement violations

All persons are invited to attend these
hearings. Any person who decides to
appeal any decision made by the Special
Master with respect to any matter
considered at said hearing will need a
record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be based. The
Code Enforcement Special Master of the
City of Port St. Joe, Florida will not provide
a verbatim record of this meeting.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES
ACT, persons needing special accommodations
to participatein this proceedings should
contactJim Anderson, Interim City Clerk, City
of Port St. Joe; at City Hall, Telephone No,
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1100
2863S
IN THE FOURTEENTH JU-
DICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

SUPERIOR BANK,
Plaintiff,

vs.

BARBARA J. PALMER and
RYLAND B. MUSIC,
Defendants.

CASE NO. 09-72-CA

NOTICE OF SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
'GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated June
22, 2009, and entered in
Civil Action No. 09-72-CA
of the Circuit Court of the
Fourteenth Judicial Circuit
in and for Gulf County,
Florida, wherein the parties
were the plaintiff, SUPE-
RIOR BANK, and the de-
fendants, BARBARA J.
PALMER and RYLAND B.
MUSICK, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder,
for cash, at 11:00 a.m.
(Eastern Time) on the 23rd
day of July, 2009, at the
front door of the Gulf
County Courthouse, Port
St. Joe, Florida, the
following-described real
property as set forth in
said Final Judgment of
Foreclosure:

Lot 11, Block 17, Port St.
Joe Beach, Unit 1, a subdi-
vision as per map or plat
thereof recorded in Plat
Book 1, Page 58, located
in the Public Records of
Gulf County, Florida.

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

DATED this 22nd day of
June, 2009.

HON. REBECCA L. NOR-
RIS
CLERK OF COURT
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Clerk/Deputy Clerk
July 2, 9, 2009
2869S
IN THE FOURTEENTH JU-
DICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

SUPERIOR BANK,
Plaintiff,

vs.

MONICA M. TARANTINO
and BENNY JOE TARANT-
INO,
Defendants.

CASE NO. 09-71 CA

NOTICE OF ACTION

TO:
MONICA M. TARANTINO
and BENNY JOE
TARATINO
1019 Marvin Avenue, Port
St. Joe, FL 32456-2067

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


1100 I
Lot 10, Block 84, St. Jo-
seph's Addition to the City
of Port St. Joe, Florida, ac-
cording to the official plat
thereof on file in the Office
of the Clerk of Circuit
Court of Gulf County, Flor-
ida

has been filed against you
and you are required to
serve a copy of your'writ-
ten defenses, f any, to it
on Frank A. Baker,
plaintiff's attorney, whose
address is 4431 Lafayette
Street, Marianna, Florida,
32446, on or before July
29, 2009, and file the origi-
nal with the clerk of this
court either before service
on Plaintiff's attorney or im-
mediately thereafter; other-
wise a default will be en-
tered against ypu for the
relief demanded in the
complaint.

DATED this 23rd day of
June, 2009.

HON. REBECCA L. NOR-
RIS
Clerk of the Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
As Deputy Clerk
July 2, 9, 2009
2890S
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Denton II, LLC
the holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has filed
said certificate for a tax
deed to be issued thereon.
The certificate number and
year of issuance, the de-
scription of the property,
and the names in which it
was assessed are as fol-
lows:

Certificate No. 629

Application No. 2009 8

Year of Issuance: 2007

R.E. No. 06269-980R

Description of Property:
Lot 11, Turtle Dunes, a
Subdivision, as per Map or
plat recorded in Plat Book
5, Page 7, of the Public
Records of Gulf County,
Florida.

Name in which assessed:
Booth Holdings Booth
Trust, LLC

All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such cer-
tificate shall be redeemed
according to law, the prop-
erty described in such cer-
tificate will be sold to the
highest bidder in the front
Lobby of the Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.T, Wednesday, the 5th
day of August, 2009.

Dated this 26th day of
June, 2009.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray,
Deputy Clerk
July 2, 9,16, 23, 2009
2892S
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Denton II, LLC
the holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has filed
said certificate for' a tax
deed to be issued thereon.
The certificate number and
year of issuance, the de-
scription of the property,
and the names in which it
was assessed are as
follows:

Certificate No132


1100

Application No.2009 9

Year of Issuance: 2007

R.E. No. 01432-000R

Description of Property:
Lot 14, Block 5, Unit One,
RIVERSIDE ESTATES, as
per map or plat thereof
and recorded in Plat Book
2, Page 24, of the Public
Records of Gulf County,
Florida.

Name in which assessed:
Elaine Hodges & Laurie
Duke

All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such cer-
tificate shall be redeemed
according to law, the prop-
erty described in such cer-
tificate will be sold to the
highest bidder in the front
Lobby of the Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.T, Wednesday, the 5th
day of August, 2009.

Dated this 26th day of
June, 2009.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray,
Deputy-Clerk
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2009
2903S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
FLORIDA IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY

Flagstar Bank, FS.B.,
Plaintiff,

vs.

HENRIETTE D BURNS,
et.al
Defendants.

CASE NO. 08492CA

NOTICE OF ACTION

TO:
HENRIETTE D BURNS

Whose residence is: 18526
SE 43RD, VANCOUVER,
WA, 98683

TO:
UNKNOWN SPOUSE
HENRIETTE D. BURNS

Whose residence is: 18526
SE 43RD, VANCOUVER,
WA, 98683

and who is/are evading
service of process and the
unknown defendants)
HENRIETTE D BURNS;
UNKNOWN SPOUSE
HENRIETTE D. BURNS
who may be spouses,
heirs, devisees, grantees,
assignbes, lienors, credi-
tors, trustees, and all par-
ties claiming an interest
by, through, under or
against the Defendant(s),
who are not known to be
dead or alive, and all par-
ties having or claiming to
have any right, title or in-
terest in the property de-
scribed in the mortgage
being foreclosed herein.

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTI-
FIED that an action to fore-
close a mortgage on the
following property:

LOT 14,BUCK 36, OF THE
CITY OF PORT ST. JOE,
FLORIDA, ACCORDING
TO THE OFFICIAL MAP
ON FILE IN THE OFFICE
OF THE CLERK OF CIR-
CUIT COURT OF GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA

a/k/a 304 6TH ST. PORT
SAINT JOE, FL 32456

has been filed against you


and you are required to
serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it,
on Nwabufo Umunna, At-
torney for Plaintiff, whose
address is 2901 Stirling
Road. Suite 300, Fort
Lauderdale, Florida 33312
either on or before July 27,
2009.

and file the original with
the Clerk of this Court ei-
ther before service on
Plaintiffs attorney or imme-
diately thereafter; other-
wise a default will be en-
tered against you for the
relief demanded in the
complaint.

WITNESS my hand and
the seal of this Court this
19th day of June, 2009.

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
BY: Jasmine Hysmith
DEPUTY CLERK

A copy of this Notice of
Action, Complaint and Us
Pendens were sent to the
defendants and address
named above.

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

This is an attempt to col-
lect a debt. Any informa-
tion obtained will be used
for that purpose.
July 2, 9, 2009
2904S
IN THE CIRCUIT OF THE
14th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY

Deutsche Bank National
Trust Company, as Trustee
on behalf of the Certifi-
cateholders for Ameriquest
Mortgage Securities Inc.
Series 2002-C,
Asset-Backed Certificates,
Plaintiff,

-vs.-

Suellen Fleming; Unknown
Parties in Possession #1;
Unknown Parties in Pos-
session #2; If living, and
all Unknown Parties claim-
ing by, through, under and
against the above named
Defendants) who are not
known to be dead or alive,
whether said Unknown
Parties may claim an inter-
est as Spouse, Heirs, Devi-
sees, Grantees, or Other
Claimants
Defendant(s).

Case #: 2009-CA-000254
Division #:
UNC:

NOTICE OF ACTION
FORECLOSURE
PROCEEDINGS/PROP-
ERTY

TO:
Suellen Fleming; AD-
DRESS UNKNOWN BUT
WHOSE LAST KNOWN
ADDRESS IS:
189 Tobago Drive F/K/A
193-A Tobago Drive, Port
Saint Joe, FL 32456

Residence unknown, if liv-
ing, including any un-
known spouse of the said
Defendants, if either has
remarried and if either or
both of said Defendants
are dead, their respective
unknown heirs, devisees,
grantees, assignees, credi-
tors, lienors, and trustees,


1100
and all other persons
claiming by, through, un-
der or against the named
Defendantss: and the
aforementioned named
Defendant(s) and such of
the aforementioned un-
known Defendants and
such of the aforemen-
tioned unknown Defend-
ants as may be infants, in-
competents or otherwise
not sui juris.

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTI-
FIED that an action has
been commenced to fore-
close a mortgage on the
following real property, ly-
ing and being and situated
in Gulf County, Florida,
more particularly de-
scribed as follows:

COMMENCE AT THE
NORTHWEST CORNER
OF SECTION 7, TOWN-
SHIP 9 SOUTH, RANGE
11 WEST, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA, THENCE RUN
NORTH 00 DEGREES 04
MINUTES 21 SECONDS
EAST ALONG THE WEST
LINE OF SECTION 6.
TOWNSHIP 9 SOUTH,
RANGE 11 WEST FOR
1341.09 FEET TO THE
SOUTHWESTERLY
BOUNDARY OF THE 100
FOOT WIDE RIGHT OF
WAY OF COUNTY ROAD
NO. 30-E (FORMERLY
STATE ROAD NO. 30-E):
THENCE SOUTHEAST-
ERLY ALONG SAID RIGHT
OF WAY LINE AS FOL-
LOWS: SOUTH 23 DE-
GREES 25 MINUTES 11
SECONDS EAST FOR
1642.44 FEET TO A POINT
OF CURVE; THENCE
ALONG THE ARC OF A
CURVE TO THE LEFT
WHICH HAS A RADIUS OF
11426.79 FEET AND A
CENTRAL ANGLE OF 02
DEGREES 08 MINUTES 33
SECONDS FOR 427.29
FEET TO THE POINT OF
TANGENCY OF' SAID
CURVE; THENCE SOUTH
25 DEGREES 33 MINUTES
44 SECONDS EAST FOR
1711.69 FEET TO A POINT
OF CURVE; THENCE
ALONG THE ARC OF A
CURVE TO THE RIGHT
WHICH HAS A RADIUS OF
11415.15 FEET AND A
CENTRAL ANGLE OF 05
DEGREES 18 MINUTES 49
SECONDS FOR 1058.64
FEET TO THE POINT OF
TANGENCY OF SAID
CURVE; THENCE SOUTH
20 DEGREES 14 MINUTES
55 SECONDS EAST FOR
2813.88 FEET; THENCE
LEAVING SAID RIGHT OF
WAY LINE RUN SOUTH 69
DEGREES 45 MINUTES 05
SECONDS WEST 574.11
FEET TO A RE-ROD FOR
THE POINT OF BEGINN-
ING. FROM SAID POINT
,OF BEGINNING CON-
TINUE SOUTH 69 DE-
GREES 45 MINUTES 05
SECONDS WEST 319.00
FEET TO THE APPROXI-
MATE MEAN HIGH
WATER LINE OF THE
GULF OF MEXICO,
THENCE RUN NORTH 15
DEGREES 27 MINUTES 03
SECONDS WEST ALONG
SAID APPROXIMATE
MEAN HIGH WATER LINE
59.78 FEET, THENCE RUN
NORTH 69 DEGREES 45
MINUTES 52 SECONDS
EAST ALONG A PARTY
WALL,AND A PROJEC-
TION THEREOF 314.00
FEET TO A RE-ROD.
THENCE RUN SOUTH 20
DEGREES 14 MINUTES 55
SECONDS EAST 59.50
FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING SITUATE, LY-
ING AND BEING IN 18.
TOWNSHIP 9 SOUTH,
RANGE 11 WEST, GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA. SUB-
JECT TO AN INGRESS
AND EGRESS EASEMENT
OVER AND ACROSS THE
SOUTHEASTERLY 18.00
FEET AND THE SOUTH-
WESTERLY 12.00 FEET


1100
OF THE NORTHEAST-
ERLY 74.00 FEET
THEREOF

more commonly known as
189 Tobago Drive f/k/a
193-A Tobago Drive. Port
Saint Joe, FL 32456.

This action has been filed
against you and you are
required to serve a copy of
your written defense, if
any, upon SHAPIRO &
FISHMAN, LLP Attorneys
for Plaintiff, whose address
is 10004 N. Dale Mabry
Highway. Suite 112,
Tampa, FL 33618, within
thirty (30) days after the
first publication of this no-
tice and file the original
with the clerk of this Court
either before service on
Plaintiffs attorney or imme-
diately there after: other-
wise a default will be en-
tered against you for the
relief demanded in the
Complaint.

WITNESS my hand and
seal of this Court on the
22nd day of June. 2009.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
Circuit and County Courts
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
09-137841
July 2, 9, 2009
2923S
POTENTIALLY INELIGI-
BLE REGISTERED
VOTER'S NOTICE

The Gulf County Supervi-
sor of Elections has re-
ceived information the per-
son listed below is poten-
tially ineligible to be regis-
tered to vote. Failure to
contact this office within 30
days after this notice is
published may result in a
determination of ineligibil-
ity by the supervisor of
elections and removal of
the registered voters'
name from the statewide
voter registration system.
You should contact this of-
fice by calling. (850)
229-6117 to receive infor-
mation regarding the basis
for'the potential ineligibility
and instructions on how to
resolve the matter, or re-
quest additional assis-
tance if needed.

An administrative hearing
will be held regarding the
potential ineligibility of
these persons on August
10, 2009 at 9:30 AM EST in
the Supervisor of Elections
Office -
401 Long Ave, Port St Joe,
FL 32456.

The Supervisor of Elec-
tions will make a determi-
nation no less than 30
days after this published
notice and will notify the
voter of the determination
and action taken,

POTENTIALLY INELIGIBLE
Registered Voters:
Walter Brown
180 Pinecrest Dr.
Wewahitchka, FL 32465

Johnathan M. Rouse Jr.
309 Avenue C
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

David E. Philyaw
RO. Box 870
Wewahitchka, FL 32465

Jeffrey R. Marshall
RO. Box 1184
Wewahitchka, FL 32465

Cheryl R. Allison
280 Reston Dr.
Wewahitchka, FL 32465

Archie L. Daniels
303 Avenue E.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

Antwione D. Alien
110 Royal St.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456


S 1100
Angel K. Julius
328 Avenue C
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

Wendy L. Roberson
250 Tinberlane Rd.
Wewahitchka, FL 32465

James R. Caswell
2101 Juniper Ave.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

John E. Lamp
PO. Box 14182
Mexico Beach, FL 32410

Teresa Hicks
PO. Box 542
Wewahitchka, FL 32465

John E. Brier
625 E. River Rd
Wewahitchka, FL 32465

Melvin J. Wymes
1738 Hwy 22
Wewahitchka, FL 32465

David W. Hinson
450 Sailfish St.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

Jason E. Strimel
1044 CR 381
Wewahitchka, FL 32465

Unda Griffin
Gulf County Supervisor of
Elections
June 30, 2009
This notice published July
9, 2009.
2929S
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
'GIVEN that Denton II, LLC
the holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has filed
said certificate for a tax
deed to be issued thereon.
The certificate number and
year of issuance, the de-
scription of the property,
and the names in which it
was assessed are as
follows:

Certificate No. 293

Application No. 2009 10

Year of Issuance: 2007

R.E. No. 03039-635R

Description of Property:
Lot 47, Southgate Subdivi-
sion, according to the Plat
thereof recorded in the
Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida, in Plat
Book 4, Page 17.

Name in which assessed:
Paradise Properties & De-
velopment LLC

All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such cer-
tificate shall be redeemed
according to law, the prop-
erty described in such cer-
tificate will be sold to the
highest bidder in the froht
Lobby of the Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.T, Wednesday, the 12th
day of August, 2009

Dated this 30th day of
June, 2009

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray,
Deputy Clerk
July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2009
2930S
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Denton II, LLC
the holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has filed
said certificate for a tax
deed to be issued thereon.
The certificate number and
year of Issuance, the de-
scription of the property,


1100 ,
and the names in which it
was assessed are as fol-
lows:

Certificate No. 315

Application No. 2009 11

Year of Issuance: 2007

R.E. No.03169-155R

Description of Property:
Lot 11 of Stillwater South,
according to the map or
plat thereof, as recorded in
Plat Book 5, Page 14, of
the Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida.

Name in which assessed:
Herbert Press Witt

All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such cer-
tificate shall be redeemed
according to law, the prop-
erty described in such cer-
tificate will be sold to the
highest bidder in the front
Lobby of the Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.T, Wednesday, the 12th
day of August, 2009

Dated this 30th day of
June, 2009

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray,
Deputy Clerk
July 9,16, 23, 30, 2009


2931S
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIEN that Denton II, LLC
the holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has filed
said certificate for a tax
deed to be issued thereon.
The certificate number and
year of issuance, the de-
scription of the property,
and the names in which it
was assessed are as
follows:

Certificate No. 259

Application No. 2009- 12

Year of Issuance: 2007

RE. No. 02624-455R

Description of Property:
Lot 16, Block C, Seven
Springs Lake Subdivision,
according to the Plat
thereof recorded in Plat
Book 5, Pages 17 and 18,
pf the Public Records of
Gulf County, Florida.

Name in which assessed:
John G. Gustine

All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such cer-
tificate shall be redeemed


1100
according to law, the prop-
erty described in such cer-
tificate will be sold to the
highest bidder in the front
Lobby of the Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.T, Wednesday, the 12th
day of August, 2009.

Dated this 30th day of
June, 2009

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray,
Deputy Clerk
July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2009


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5110 -Apartments
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6170 Mobile Home/Lot
180 Out-of-Town Rentals
6190 Timeshare Rentals
6200 Vacation Rentals


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229-6200

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8110 Cars
8120 Sports Utility Vehicles
8130- Trucks
8140- Vans
8150 Commercial
8160- Motorcycles
8170 Auto Parts
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8220 Personal Watercraft
8230 Sailboats
8240 Boat & Marine
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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Governor names
Jones, Raffield
to port board
Gov. Charlie Crist last
week reappointed Patrick
Jones to the board of the
Port St. Joe Port Authority
of Gulf County and appoint-
ed Eugene Raffield to the
board to succeed the late
Dr. David Langston
Jones, 31, of Port St.
Joe, a broker with North
Florida Land and Capital,
was reappointed for a term
beginning July 28, 2009, and
ending July 27, 2013.
Raffield, 46, owner and
vice president of Raffield
Fisheries Inc., was ap-
pointed to a term beginning
July 21, 2009, and ending
July 20, 2013.


Jazz trio to play Magnolia Grill


aChef Eddie's Magnolia
Grill is bringing in a trio of
acclaimed jazz artists for a
night of Cajun food and music.
.' The musical event will be
held Friday, July 10 beginning
at 6 p.m., with both indoor and
outdoor seating. A portion of
JIMMY all beverage proceeds will go
WAR to benefit Franklin's Promise
WARD Food Pantry.
The New South Jazz Trio
features three illustrative
veterans of the music world, a
bluesy song stylist, a veteran
guitarist who has performed
with some of the greats and a
L world renowned bass player.
Bobbie Storm, an iconic
jazz singer from the Carolinas'
BOBBIE Low Country, continues to
STORM thrill audiences with a unique
blend of jazz and blues. A


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Storm can be earthy, bluesy
and tenderly sophisticated as
she performs from her heart.
Guitarist Jimmy Ward,
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World-renowned bassist
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SBA loans available following

disaster declaration in Floridd

ATLANTA- The U.S. Small losses as a direct result of
Business Administration this disaster. Farmers anc
announced last week that ranchers are not eligible to
federal economic injury di- apply to SBA.
saster loans are available Eligible small business-
to small businesses, small es and nonprofit organiza-
agricultural cooperatives tions may qualify for loans
and most private, nonprofit up to $2 million. These
organizations of all sizes lo- loans are available at a 4
cated in the state of Florida percent interest rate with
as a result of storms, exces- loan terms up to 30 years.
sive rainfall and flooding, The SBA determines eli-
followed by low tempera- gibility based on the size
tures, frost and freezes that of the applicant, type' o
occurred from March 25 activity and its financial
through April 13. resources. Loan amounts
These loans are avail- and terms are set by the
able in the following coun- SBA and are based on each
ties: Gulf, Bay, Calhoun, applicant's financial condi-
Columbia, Dixie, Escambia, tion. Under this disaster
Gadsden, Gilchrist, Hamil- declaration, the SBA can-
ton, Holmes, Jackson, Jef- not provide loans to agri-
ferson, Lafayette, Liberty, cultural producers.
Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Disaster victims should
Rosa, Suwannee, Taylor, contact the SBA's Custom-
Walton and Washington. er Service Center by calling
"When the Secretary 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339
of Agriculture issues a di- for the hearing-impaired)
saster declaration to help Monday through Friday
farmers recover from dam- from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET,
ages and losses to crops, or by sending an e-mail to
the Small Business Admin- disastercustomerservice@
istration issues a declara- sba.gov. Loan applications
tion to assist small busi- can be downloaded from
nesses and most private, the SBAs Web site at www.
nonprofit organizations sba.gov/services/disaster- ,
affected by the same di- assistance. Completed ap-
saster," said Frank Skaggs, plications should be mailed
director of SBA's Field Op- to: U.S. Small Business Ad&
erations Center East. ministration, Processing
Under this declaration, and Disbursement Center,
the SBA's Economic Injury 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort
Disaster Loan Program Worth, TX 76155.
is available to farm-relat- Victims may visit SBA's
ed and non-farm-related secure -Web site at http://
small business concerns, disasterloan.sba.gov/ela to
small agricultural coopera- apply for disaster loans.
tives and most private non- Completed loan applica-
profit organizations of all tions must be returned to
sizes that suffered financial SBA no later than Feb. 8.

NOTICE TO RECEIVE
SEALED BIDS

The City of Port St. Joe will receive sealed
bids from any qualified person, company 'or
corporation interested in constructing the
following project:

SAND HILLS POND

This project includes the following: Demolition
and removal of trees on approximately 1.35
acres. Excavation of a stormwater pond,
followed by irrigation and sod of site. Also
included is power service to site and an aeration
fountain.

Plans and specifications can be obtained at
Preble-Rish, Inc., 324 Marina Drive, Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456, (850) 227-7200. The bid
must conform to Section 287.133(3) Florida
Statutes, on public entity crimes.

Completion date for this project will be 120 days
from the date of the Notice to Proceed presented
to the successful bidder.

Liquidated damages for failure to complete
the project on the specified date will be set at
$200.00 per day.

Cost for Plans and Specifications will be $100.00
per set and is non-refundable. Checks should
be made payable to PREBLE-RISH, INC.

There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference
held on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 1:30 pm
Eastern Time at the office of Preble-Rish,
Inc., 324 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, FL
32456.

Bids will be received until 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Standard Time, on July 16. 2009 at the City of
Port St. Joe, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port
St. Joe, FL 32456 and will be opened and read
aloud on July 16. 2009, at 3:15p.m. Eastern
Standard Time at the same location. The City of
Port St. Joe reserves the right to reject any and
all bids.

Point of Contact will be Bill Kennedy; Project
Manager, Preble-Rish Inc. Consulting Engineers
at (850) 227-7200 or fax (850) 227-7215.


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Coastal Community
Association
Notice of Annual Meeting
To be held at the St. Joseph's Bay Country Club
700 Country Club Rd.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
On Saturday, July 11,2009
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Topics for Discussion
Enterprise Zone Taxes & Appraisals New Laws
CCCL line Move & Consequences
Mandatory Trash Pickup
Economic Development in Gulf Co.
Beach Restoration FEMA County Budget
New Fire Dept. Other Topics
Election of the 2009-2010 Board
Q & A with State and County Officials


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