The star
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Title: The star
Uniform Title: Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: W.S. Smith
Place of Publication: Port St. Joe, Fla
Creation Date: September 24, 2009
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Port Saint Joe (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Gulf County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Gulf -- Port Saint Joe
Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1937.
General Note: Editor: Wesley R. Ramsey, <1970>.
General Note: Publisher: The Star Pub. Co., <1970>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 7 (Dec. 2, 1938).
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From left, Damon P. Peters Sr. was a successful businessman, merchant and real estate owner. Born in
Carrabelle in 1900, Peters passed away on March 1, 1982. Thomas McNair was born in Port St. Joe in 1911
and relocated to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1935. Alabama-born Lucy Crowell lived to see six generations of her
family. She died in 1972 at 1.11.



Obituaries chronicle North Port St. Joe lives

By Despina Williams
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"To let people know
from whence they came."
Clarence Monette had this mission in mind
when he embarked on an ambitious post-re-
tirement project.
Inspired by a box of funeral programs
shown to him by friend Sandra Lowery,
Monette sought to preserve the rich history
of the African-American community of North
Port St. Joe.
The grand chancellor of the Knights of Py-
thias Lodge #77, a fraternal club organized in
Port St. Joe in 1912, Monette solicited the help
of club members in collecting the records of
the area's African-American residents.
A year and a half later, Monette now has
five 3-inch binders teeming with records, the
earliest dating back to 1950.
"After I started collecting these things, it
started growing and growing and growing,"
said Monette. "It's gotten much bigger than I

Clarence Monette, grand chancellor of the Knights of Pythias R.
A. Driesbach Sr. Lodge #77, thumbs through one of five volumes
of historical African-American obituaries.

Wewahitchka students seek 'slow' time

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central Time."
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team and signers.
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ard said he likely would let
an through the end of the
th - more than 700 peti-
had been submitted. Some
a dozen or so names and ad-
ses, many had all 40 lines
ullard believes the number
petitions will top 1,000 before
end of the month.
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We the undersigned are pe-
ning the Gulf County Com-
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By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

With scant dissent the
Gulf County School Board
recently finalized its 2009-10
budget and millage rate.
The budget reflects an in-
crease in spending of about
$900,000, or roughly 50 per-
cent of the revenue that is
projected to be collected by
the one mill additional oper-
ating levy approved by voters
in March.
The budget also reflects
an increase in the required
local effort millage the dis-
trict must levy to receive
state funding of over $2 mil-
lion. The required dollars
went down, though local tax-
payers are still paying nearly
nine cents of every dollar
for public school funding in
the county, but the drop in
the county's property values
pushed the millage up.
The millage rate reflects
both increases; those passed
on by state legislators and
that approved by voters.
The board approved an
overall millage rate of 6.648,
up from 4.876 last year, with
the one mill additional operat-
ing levy accounting for much
of that increase.
That millage rate is more
than 3.3 mills lower than 'the
school district could be ask-
ing, financial officer Sissy
Worley has noted.
Broken down into the com-
ponents that comprise school
funding, the required local
effort, which the Florida Leg-
islature approves, went from
3.697 to 4.600.
"This is the biggest dif-
ference between the county
and the city commissions and
this board," Superintendent
of Schools Tim Wilder said.
"This is required and there is
no debate with the state."
In assessing how this com-

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OBITUARIES from page A1

thought it would be."
The records, most of
which are funeral pro-
grams, provide a wealth of
historical and genealogical
information, including birth
and death dates, ancestral
homes, names of kin, oc-
cupations, arid church and
club memberships.
Monette hopes the proj-
ect will provide a permanent
record of a community that
has changed dramatically in
recent decades.
"I think it's important
that we preserve the history
of North Port St. Joe," said
Monette. "It can't exist as
it is because a lot of people
are leaving for job oppor-
tunities, and a lot of people
who have left are selling
their property and not com-
ing back."
The Knights of Pythias
plans to publish the mate-
rial in a multi-volume collec-
tion entitled Historical Afri-
can-American Obituaries. A
release date has been set
for next February, in com-
memoration of Black His-
tory Month.
Copies will be given to
North Port St. Joe's church-
es, area libraries, the Wash-
ington High School Museum
and St. Joseph Historical
S DVDs also will be sold
to private individuals, with
funds going back into the
To collect the material,
Monette wrote letters to
all of North Port St. Joe's
churches and met with
church secretaries, usher
boards and community
He hit the jackpot when,
upon hearing of his project,
Zion Fair church secretary
Cleo Bess told Monette to
"come by the house."
There, Bess produced
boxes of funeral programs
that she'd accumulated
during the past several de-
To supplement his find-
ings from churches and com-

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The funeral service for
Congressional Medal of
Honor recipient Clifford
Sims was at Zion Fair
Baptist Church on March
15, 1968. Sims was killed
in Vietnam on Feb. 21,
*1968, after he threw himself
atop an explosive device to
save his comrades.

munity members, Monette
spent countless hours at
Comforter Funeral Home,
searching through death no-
tices and funeral records.
In assembling the vol-
umes, Monette, a former
media specialist with 39
years in Gulf County schools,
organized the obituary re-
cords chronologically, with
an alphabetic index for easy
record retrieval.
The funeral programs
of some of North Port St.
Joe's most prominent citi-
zens can be found in the
volumes: educators Lela
Gant and Maybelle Whitley,
businessmen Damon Peters
and R.A. Driesbach, Port St.
Joe's first African-American
elected official Alton Fennell
and Congressional Medal
of Honor recipient Clifford
Monette was pleased to
receive Sims' funeral pro-

gram, which records a few
facts about his life in modest
type face.
One of the more unusual
programs details the life of
Lucy Crowell, who lived to
age 111.
Crowell, born in Ala-
bama in 1860, lived through
six generations.. She left to
mourn her passing seven
children, 125 grandchildren,
200 great-grandchildren and
a host of great-great-great-
Other obituaries convey
the hard facts in flowery
Mary McNeal (1905-1978)
"slipped away to a land of
pure delight," while Thomas
McNair, 69, received a heav-
enly calling: "On November
3, 1981 at 9:23 a.m., a name
was called; Thomas, my
servant, well done, come on
up a little higher and I will
make you ruler over many."
The funeral programs
provided by Bess have the
added benefit of Bess' mar-
ginal notes, which record
scripture citations and eu-
logy comments.
In the funeral program
for Pinkey Thomas (1893-
1975), Bess cited Acts and
Revelation and two quotes
describing Thomas' godly
existence: "This woman
was full of good deeds" and
"Blessed are the dead who
die in the Lord."
To round out his collec-
tion, Monette is seeking the
obituaries of the city's Af-
rican-American residents,
particularly those from the
1960s and earlier.
He also would like to in-
clude obituaries of those
who were born or raised in
Port St. Joe but left the city
as adults.
"We're trying to encour-
age people to loan or give
me obituaries they have so
we can make copies of them
and include them in the
book," said Monette.
Those interested in as-
sisting may contact Monette
at 850-229-8860.

Mexico Beach lowers

projected millage rate

By Andrew Gant
Florida Freedom Newspapers
MEXICO BEACH - A chorus of con-
cerned taxpayers sent a scrupu-
lous message to their city commis-
sion Tuesday: Scale back spend-
The board listened.
What initially was proposed as
a $253,000 land acquisition budget
was "off the table" Tuesday night,
as Mayor Al Cathey said a once-ap-
pealing property deal had become
too expensive. What Was projected
as a 4.65 millage rate - up from
3.7 last year - will be closer to 4.1
at the city's final budget hearing
next Tuesday.
"We don't want to dictate how
you live," Cathey told a crowded
hall of taxpayers. "We just want to
blend and be a part of it."
The city had considered buying
a church for $253,000 and convert-
ing it to a civic center. That spurred
a series of phone calls and e-mails
- more than 100 of them, Cathey
said - objecting to such spending
during an economic drought.
At issue: With the city also
raising the millage rate, property
owners thought they were being
unfairly squeezed for cash. Doz-
ens showed up at the city's budget
workshop Tuesday night, and they
stayed roughly two hours to dis-
cuss the merits of other items in
the next fiscal year's budget.
They questioned a planned pur-
chase of ice machines for city work-
ers who labor under the sun. They

asked why they should pay for up-
dated gas pumps, which commis-
sioners said are decades old and
dangerous. They scrutinized pay
raises for city employees at a time
when many residents are taking
pay cuts or looking for work.
And for most of the city's spend-
ing ideas, such as buying electric
vehicles to save money in the long-
term, residents had the same an-
swer: Good ideas, but not in these
economic times.
"You drive a Ford if you can't af-
ford a Cadillac, and we can't afford
a Cadillac this year," John Bass
. People "pure and simply don't
have the money to pay more," Bar-
ry Gibbs said.
Commissioners insisted 2.5
percent pay raises were well-de-
served among the city's ranks;
one calculated that would amount
to $25,000, or $10 per parcel in the
city, or 86 cents per month.
The mayor stressed Mexico
Beach derives 85 percent of its
general fund budget from ad valor-
em tax revenue. That figure is far
more than in Bay County, which
derives 55 percent, he said. But
Cathey completely backed off the
land acquisition issue after initial-
ly suggesting the city keep $50,000
of the original $253,000 proposal
budgeted for a possible buy.
The final hearing will be just af-
ter 5 p.m. Tuesday at the civic cen-
ter, and the commission expressed
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referendum on the bal-
lot in the November 2010
general election to unify
all of Gulf County, FL in
the Central Time zone.".
Bullard said he and the
students worked carefully
on the language and the
approach to take in re-
questing support for the
One student, he said,
suggested just going
through the phone book.
Another was just going to
distribute it to family and
"The main thing was
teaching them how to
draw up a petition, and
we taught them how to
get people to sign the pe-
tition," Bullard said. "All
of this will affect all the
people in the county."
With that coaching and
that lesson as a launching
point, Bullard's students
have discovered energy
for the project.
"It started'as a grade
thing, and now it is the
real thing," said senior
Kaleb Price.
Admittedly, there is
plenty of support for a
uniform county under the

Central Time zone among
those residents who live
on "slow" time.
But there are a sur-
prising number from Port
St. Joe, along with a Real-
tor on Cape San Blas, who
had seen a report on the
project on local television,
who asked for and re-
ceived a pile of petitions
to distribute.
"It's fun to see the re-
action of people," said
senior Tabatha Ward.
"Some people have even
protested; I think Mr. Bul-
lard has received at least
one phone call. For some,
it doesn't matter one way
or another."
Bullard said he hopes
to submit the petitions to
the county some time in
October and hopes that
will compel commission-
ers to put the referendum
on the ballot next year.
In 1982, such a referen-
dum lost 55-45 percent in
favor of maintaining the
status quo; those on Cen-
tral Time stayed on that
clock rotation; those on
Eastern Time kept theirs.
Commissioners con-
templated putting the is-

sue on the 2004 ballot, the
question pertaining to a
uniform time zone, but de-
cided against the referen-
dum prior to the deadline
for ballot language.
Gulf County, Bullard's
research has found, is the'
pnly one of Florida's 67
counties divided by time
zones. Gulf County is also
the only dot on the map
Bullard could find where
the separation of time
zones was not based on
any geographical .or topo-
graphical basis.
After all, in this part
,of Florida, Bullard noted,
everything, west of the
Apalachicola River, save
a slice of south Gulf Coun-
ty, is in the Central Time
The petition lesson
was initiated because of
what Bullard observed,
a desire to offer a timely
project and show the stu-
dents their role in how
government works.
"There is no reason
to have it, no reason for
the county to be divided
by time zones," Bullard
said. "One thing I have
noticed is a lack of unity

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in the county. This is one
of the things that polarize
the county, and we need
things like jobs and so
forth. Being divided does
not help. It just really
needs to synchronize.
"This is also a project
to show them that they
can change the govern-
ment. It is to get them
involved. You make some-
thing where they are out
there doing it."
Why Central Time in-
stead of just a uniform
time, regardless of East-
ern or Central?
That was one of eco-
"I like being on the
same time as Panama
(City)," Price said. "Pan-
ama drives our economy.
That's where people do
a lot of shopping, have

doctor's appointments,
things like that. It is the
same thing for the people
in Port St. Joe.
"And Central Time is
originally what it was. The
Apalachicola River was
always the dividing line."
One lesson that has
certainly stuck with some
students is the role of gov-
ernment and their place in
how society moves ahead,
particularly as some
reach voting age. By the
time the fall of 2010 rolls
around, most of these gov-
ernment students will be
able to vote on their own
work at the ballot box.
"We are the govern-
ment," Kerrigan said.
"Mr. Bullard says it 100
times a day, and I believe
him. I like being involved,
and if it (the time zones)

changes, we'll be able to
say wd changed it.
"We are learning that
people can change gov-
Bullard said it is likely
that it will require state
action to bring about any
change in time zones.
Rep. Jimmy Patronis
(R-Panama City), Bull-
ard said, had already ex-
pressed his willingness to
sponsor a local bill in the
Florida Legislature to fos-
ter the bill.
"This is the correct
protocol, though," Bullard
said. "It is a local issue. It
should be addressed lo-
The Wewahitchka High
School students in Bull-
ard's class already have
addressed the issue - give
us "slow" time any day.

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"Slow" time or

"fast" time

Give credit where
credit is due.
Matt Bullard, a
teacher of government
and economics at
Wewahitchka High
School, certainly finds
timely and
outside the box
projects for his AM,
kids to undertake.
Cell'phone use
in schools, the
widening of the 6
Wetappo Bridge, '
undertaking TIM C
live interview Star new
sessions with
business owners
or managers, these
are the kind of projects
Bullard has come up
with in the past.
He is the kind of
teacher any school
system can not get
enough of and one
human being on the
chart of what makes this
school district as special
as it is.
Say what you want
about the taxes, and
plenty of folks have
and rightly, but this is
a good school system
with teachers and
administrators who
genuinely care about the
children they will turn
out into the world when
their passage through
the public schools is
I digi'ess.
Bullard's latest
project for his students
has been a petition
Through the end of
this month the students
are asking folks to
sign a petition that
would ask the county
commissioners to do
whpt was required to
make the clocks go back
for everybody south of
White City, or those who
live in the Eastern Time
Now, the county may
not have much sway.
This is one that is
likely to require at least
state action and maybe
even federal action, but
if the county is on board
it figures that somebody
in the state or federal
delegation would be
happy to carry the water
of a local bill to give Gulf
County a uniform time
Here's a signature, if
asked, for "slow" time.
. For those who have
lived here a long time the
difference is probably
not one that especially
interrupts your day.
The time difference

in the county - even
Beacon Hill is divided
somewhere into
time zones, with
approximately 18 feet
or so actually in Central
Time - is a fact of life,
as is shopping
, at the "Pig" or
.. seeing a friend at
', the Post Office.
Everything is
For some,
though, this
ROFT time zone thing
ws editor is downright
When I was
young summer was the
most exciting time.
Not because of the
sun or beach or chance
to splash around in the
water, but because it
meant a trip to Iowa to
visit my grandmother
and in doing so traveling
across that magical line
that sent me back to
Central Time.
My television
offerings exponentially
expanded as suddenly
the hours of 8-9 p.m.
became 7-8 p.m. The
newspaper was on
the front porch at an
earlier hour, the comics
available an hour early.
The sun seemed in
perfect synch with sleep
and play times, dinner
arrived at an earlier
hour, always a plus for
one stomach.
This time zone thing
was a wonder to me,
made me as giddy as a
visit from Santa Claus.
Most of my life,
though, I suffered
through "fast" time, or
at least suffering in my
subconscious because
other than those summer
trips to Iowa - and boy
did I hate the years that
grandma visited us - I
lived in Eastern Time.
As adulthood arrived
my life spun in "fast"
time. As with most of us
at that age, probably in
more ways than one, I
But I did not venture
out of the Eastern Time
zone for more than a day
or so until I moved to
Panama City.
"Slow" time washed
over me like a luxurious
cool shower after a day
in the summer heat.
I could read or watch
a good show at night
and still catch the news
'because it was on at
- hold on - 10 p.m. I
basked in Central Time.



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Commissioners, break down the walls

Two themes provide a
foundation for the petition drive
Wewahitchka High School students
are undertaking to bring about a
uniform time zone for the county,
as reported elsewhere in this
The first, which is surely an
encouraging one, is a sense that
fundamentally the government is
the people's.
That is a breath of fresh air
when such statements come from a
high school senior.
The second theme is the sense,
again coming from students
prescient beyond their years, that
this is a polarized county, that
there are divisions in this county
that are obstacles to a brighter
For example, it says volumes
that the one reason for seeking a
county exclusively on Central Time
is Gulf County's economic ties to,
some could assert reliance on,
Bay County, which runs on Central
But when 17- and 18-year-olds
understand as well as most that
they live, attend church and school
in a divided county it is time for
change that can only come from
the county commissioners.
Commission chairman Nathan
Peters, Jr., the ball is squarely in
your court, pardon the pun.
You have, exclusively, the power
to make this change unilaterally, by
agreeing to settle the lawsuit that
resulted in the federal injunction
that created single-member
The year is no longer 1982.
Times have changed.
Yes, some of the nonsense that
has been spewed since the most
recent presidential election can
be attributed to race, and Lord
knows we all have a ways to go
relating civilly to one another, but
there is sufficient evidence that 1)
being a person of color no longer
excludes one from the conversation
of bettering Gulf County and 2) a
minority voice does not guarantee
progress for the disenfranchised.
Mr. Peters, you have spoken
little when this issue has been

raised, instead writing an opinion
piece five years ago that outlined
the reasons you believed single-
member districts remained the
way to go.
We could spend time dissecting
that explanation, but the reality
is that even five years later it is
dated, its most potent contentions
undermined by the current
Mr. Peters, the time has
arrived. With a wave of the pen
you could end this bastardization
of government and in doing so
become a hero to the many county
voters who believe the expiration
date on single-member districts
has long expired.
If you need further evidence,
Mr. Peters, please consult the last
time the issue was on the ballot.
Nearly seven in 10 voters that
day, a number roughly equal to 50
percent of all registered voters
in the county, desired a return to
county-wide voting.
Every district and every
precinct, save one, favored county-
wide voting in 2004. Yes, there
might some voters in your district
who'd strenuously object. But is
the question about satisfying a
certain slice of constituency, or
moving the county forward?
For commissioners Billy Traylor
and Carmen McLemore, time has
come to cease with the political
gamesmanship on the issue.
The argument against single-
member districts shifts, but to
assert that your districts don't
want county-wide voting is
misrepresenting what the majority
of the voters stated in 2004.
And the money issue is canard
-when it comes to Franklin County
a federal judge has all but signaled
that if the county enters his court
arguing for county-wide voting he
would find in favor and in nearby
Washington County the legal bill
amounted to $35,000.
And if Mr. Peters decides to sign
off on a settlement, the cost issue
is moot.
Primarily, though, this is a
county where a man is still sized
by his word. Mr. Traylor and Mr.

McLemore, you have pronounced,
at various times, that you would
fight for county-wide voting all the
way to Washington if necessary,
and if ever either of you were an
obstacle in the way of county-wide
voting, you would resign.
Based on the two most recent
votes on the county-wide voting,
therefore, neither of you should
be in office because your words
proved empty.
. Be men of your word. This is
not a political game in search of
winners and losers.
We all lose, Messrs. Peters,
Traylor and McLemore, by your
continued satisfaction with a status
quo that is polarizing the county.
As for Commissioners Warren
Yeager and Bill Williams, your
continued relevance in government
and among your constituents
depends on your continuing to
press the issue.
Yes, under Robert's Rules of
Order you are barred, since you
were on the losing end of the last
vote, from bringing a formal motion
before the board to go county-wide.
But Robert's does not bar you
from using the commissioner's
comments portion of each meeting
to broach the subject. Filibuster.
Make each meeting four or five or
six hours, but keep up the heat.
It does not satisfy any campaign
promise to raise the issue once or
twice, lose a vote, and then let the
matter drop. Be relevant; push the
county-wide agenda until you lose
your voice.
The result of single-member
districts has been government
taxing and spending to the point
of driving people out of the county
- where is the town hall meeting on
that? - and constraining economic
development, a government
out of touch with the economic
hardship people are feeling outside
the Robert Moore annex and an
entitlement mentality concerning
commission seats.
Time is long past due to tear
down the walls that divide this
county, commissioners. Just ask
the American government students
at Wewahitchka High School.

Broad shoulders: Lessons from Albert

. I don't understand
the depth of Albert's
learning disabilities. I
know he has problems.
The good Lord has
humbled me enough in
the past that I don't dare
judge anyone on what he
may say or comprehend
or how he acts. I have
stuck my foot in my
mouth enough to fill a
large moving van. I don't
understand sometimes
the obvious. And
you would marvel
at the incredibly
foolish deeds that
I have knowingly,
and joyously
participated in.
Let me tell you,
I ain't close to
being the sharpest K
cookie in the box CO
myself! Hun

Sometimes my
problem is I think I know,
but I don't really know!
I met Albert through
football. We're going
out to play Blountstown
a few years back and I
hear "Coach, coach!"
Most of the time I don't
even look up. I've got the
upcoming game on my
mind, "Coach, coach!"
I'm trying to remember if
I've explained to Sidney if
they run that buck sweep
and the guard pulls, he's
got to look for that tackle
blocking down, "Coach,
I stop and turn around.
There's Albert. Fourteen
years old:Maybe fifteen.
He's got that neat flattop
haircut. He's wearing a
T-shirt that is besmeared
with our team colors. And
he's got his right hand, in
a fist, raised high in the
air, "Coach, coach." "
I closed my hand,
made a lle fist and


stuck up my arm as I
ran onto the field. He lit
up like I'd just handed
him ten million dollars.
It doesn't take much to
please special people.
I don't remember
if we won the game or
not. Here's what I do
' remember. A week later
we're taking the field in
Freeport. As I run though
the gate I hear a familiar
voice, "Coach, coach!" I
turn and raise a
closed fist in the
air. Albert shouts
with joy. Man, I
think, we could
use a hundred
fans like little
Albert! It was
half time and we
were collecting
ISLEY ourselves down
LBERT� behind the goal
er down post when I
thought, "How did
Albert get to this game?"
It got to be a ritual. If
I didn't hear him right
off, I'd look for him. And
along the way Albert
wouldn't settle for just
a raised fist. He'd come
running to where I was
making my way onto
the field. He'd stick out
a hand and we'd bump
fist and he'd give me his
best "coach" greeting.
If we were already on
the field he'd lean over
the fence with his arm
out stretched and wait
expectantly until I trotted
over and "bumped" with
In parts of five
decades of coaching high
school football I'd never
done that. I was aware of
the people and the noise
and the commotion. But I
really didn't notice them.
I was pretty geared in
on the contest that was
in front of me4The team

and the kids were pretty
important to me. Albert
didn't worry about my
coaching years. Or my
random thoughts. Or
even my responsibilities
on any given Friday
night. He was a bigger
fan of this football team
than I was. And he was
pulling harder for Sidney
to beat the down block of
the offensive tackle than
I was.
Albert earned his right
to be "in the game" with
us. No one cheered us
on any harder. No one
lived and died with us
more each week. No one
celebrated the wins or
shed tears in defeat like
Albert. If only the rest .
of us had his passion for
After the state
championship game in
2005 the team invited
Albert to climb upon the
winner's stand with'em,
and collect his medal.
I not only thought it
was right, it was most
fitting. He had won a
state championship! He
had been a part of us. He
found a "cause" and he
jumped in with both feet.
I defy you to find fault
with that! He will always
be a state champion in
my mind.
Albert is working just
as hard to support us
this year as ever. I see
him at practice, at the
games and when I run
into him around town, he
will holler "coach, coach"
from two blocks away. It
never fails to make my
But none of this is
why I'm relating this
narrative to you today.
You follow the rest of
this story closely. We
lost last week. Wells you

know how the naysayer's
jump in immediately.
"The coach didn't call
the right plays." "What's
wrong with the kids?"
"The lights went out and
messed us up." "We were
playing a bigger school."
The finger pointing and
accusations fly. NOBODY
wants to step up and take
responsibility for his, or
her, actions. It is always
"somebody else's" fault.
And I am not talking
solely about a football
game here.
I have heard all of my
life how football mirrors
life. I think that is
especially true when folks
start placing the blame. It
is amazing how quick we
are to point out the other
fellow's shortcomings.
It's not a problem
confined to the local high
school. Or to your little
corner of the universe. Or
to our largest cities. Or to
our national government.
Or to the world wide
community. No one today
seems willing to step up
and accept responsibility
for their actions, or the
consequences of the
It has become an
epidemic in our world.
I ran into Albert in the
gym on Tuesday after our
loss on Friday night. He
was still down. "I don't
know what happened
"I don't know either,
Albert. I reckon I just
didn't coach hard
"Oh no, coach, it
wasn't you! I didn't cheer
hard enough."
I told you this young
man is special!

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A5 | The Star Letters

Consolidate the
Dear Editor:
At a recent school board
meeting the subject of
consolidation was brought
up. This would be a giant
step forward in alleviating
the burdensome school
taxes in Gulf County.
One of the issues
brought up in the recently
narrowly-passed school
millage increase by its

proponents was their
resistance to having the
younger students in the
same building as the older
Back in the day I
attended a school of about
1,500 students with all
12 grades in the same
building. Parents and
teachers emphasized that
the older students' role was
to set a good example for
the younger. Bad examples
were not tolerated. Sounds

a like a "good fan
values" practice t
It seems as th
least we can do is
grades 7-12 resul
a significant decr

* Need or gi
Dear Editor:
As I watch the
government office

lily over their budgets, and
to me. planning to spend money
ough the like drunken sailors, I
s combine have to speak out. People
ting in are hurting. Many are out
tease in of work. Much of what is
being called government
Tom Knoche needs is actually greed.
Port St. Joe Taxes are way too high.
When taxes are used for
reed? goods or services that are
not absolutely essential,
what is called taxes is
local nothing more than the rich
*ials labor robbing the poor. When a

"need" arises, government
officials should ask
themselves, "Would I
spend my money on this?"
If they would simply ask
that question, our millage
rates would likely be cut
in half.
Maybe it's a question of
fear. "If we don't budget
this now, we won't have as
much money to spend in
the future!"
One has to wonder, Are
these officials so blind that

they don't see the hurt
around them? Don't they
see businesses shutting
down, and even a few
churches shutting down?
When income, personal
and government, is spent
on non essential items,
everyone suffers. There
are always real needs that
should be given priority,
not the pet projects of
Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach

Share with others while

you're still around

You've probably already
thought about how you'd
like to share your assets
with relatives, friends and
favorite charities when
you're gone, whether it's
money you've saved, your
home, or family heirlooms
you want to pass along to
the next generation.
But you needn't wait to
begin making a difference
in people's lives.
Plus, you can
reap significant
tax advantages
by distributing a
portion of your
assets now.
First, make sure
you're on track JAS
to fund your own ALDEI
retirement, have
adequate health insurance,
can pay off your mortgage
and are otherwise debt-
free. You wouldn't want to
deplete your resources and
then become a financial
burden.on others.
If your finances are in
good shape, consider these
Avoid gift tax. You.can
give cash or property
worth up to $13,000 a year,
per individual, before the
federal gift tax kicks in.
This limit doesn't apply if
you're paying someone's
tuition or medical
expenses, or for gifts to
your spouse, charities or
political organizations.
Read Publication 950 at
www.irs.gov for more
Pay for education.
If college is still far
off for your children,
grandchildren or others,
consider funding 529
Qualified State Tuition
Plans for them. Account
interest earned is not
subject to federal (and in
most cases, state) income
taxes; plus, many states
offer tax deductions for
contributions made to their
own 529 Plans.
To learn more about
the intricacies of 529
Plans, read FinAid's
comprehensive overview
at www.finaid.org/savings/
Another good resource
for information on the
different types of financial
aid, grants and loans
available to college
students is Practical Money
Skills for Life, Visa Inc.'s
free personal financial
management program

Roth IRAs for kids.
If your minor children
or grandchildren earn
income, you may fund a
Roth IRA on their behalf
up to the lesser of $5,000 or
the amount of their taxable
earnings. You contribute on
an after-tax.basis, but the
earnings grow, tax -free,
until the account is tapped
at retirement.
For young
people, these
earnings can
tremendously over
time. For example,
if you made only
a one-time $1,000
ON contribution for
RMAN your 16-year-old
at 6 percent interest the
account would be worth
nearly $20,000 - tax-
free - at age 66. If she
contributed an additional
$50 a month going forward,
it would grow to more than
$210,000 at 66.
Rmnd someone's
benefits. Many people
cannot afford health
insurance and so forego
coverage, putting
themselves just one serious
illness or accident away
from financial disaster.
Many also cannot afford to
fully fund their 401(k) plan
or IRA.
Consider applying
your tax-exempt gifts
mentioned above to help
loved ones pay for these
critical benefits, greatly
increasing their financial
contributions. If you're
planning to leave money
or property to charities
in your will, consider
beginning to share those
assets now, if you can
afford to. You'll be able
to enjoy watching your
contributions at work - and
deduct them from your
income taxes. Read IRS
Publication 526 for details
Before taking any of
these actions, consult your
financial advisor to make
sure your own bases are
covered. If you don't have
an advisor, visit www.
for help locating one.
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Study: Public guardianship programs

save Florida taxpayers $1.9 million

TALLAHASSEE - A new study
shows that Florida's public guard-
ian programs saved the State of
Florida almost $1.9 million last
year, mostly by helping incapaci-
tated persons move from costly
hospitals to more affordable living
options, such as assisted living
facilities. Public guardians serve
as legal representatives for indi-
gent elders and others who can-
not make their own decisions and
have no one else to assist them.
The cost-savings determination
is part of a University of Kentucky
study conducted at the request of
Florida's Statewide Public Guard-
ianship Office, which is a unit of
the Department of Elder Affairs.
The research team examined
the 15 public guardianship pro-
grams that serve 20 Florida coun-
ties, reviewing the period from
June to December 2008 and then
calculating full-year savings. The
researchers found that the pro-
gram served 1,916 incapacitated
persons at a savings of $3,940,456.
Once the statewide program's
operating expenses were sub-
tracted, the annual savings was
$1,883,043, according to the inde-
pendent researchers.

The researchers also conclud-
ed that Florida's public guardian
programs produce "significant
quality of life savings" for inca-
pacitated persons, ranging from
emotional support and improved
socialization to reconnecting with
family, friends and religious insti-
"It's gratifying to know that
independent experts recognize
the value public guardianship
provides, both financially and so-
cially," said Michelle Hollister, ex-
ecutive director of the Statewide
Public Guardianship Office. "We
are proud of the way public guard-
ians help those who have nowhere
else to turn."
The Statewide Public Guard-
ianship Office appoints local pub-
lic guardian offices. These offices
provide guardianship services
to persons who do not have ade-
quate income or assets to afford a
,private guardian and who have no
willing family or friend to serve in
that role.
"This repQrt clearly shows that
our state's public guardianship
programs provide a tremendous
value to the people of Florida,"
said Elder Affairs Secretary E.

Douglas Beach. "Especially in
these difficult economic times, it's
good to know that elders in need
can be helped in a way that actu-
ally saves taxpayers', money."
According to the University of
Kentucky study, the most signifi-
cant impacts of the public guard-
ianship programs were for dis-
charging incapacitated persons
from medical hospitals to assisted
living facilities (481 individuals in
a year, at a savings of $2.5 mil-
lion); securing community-based
services to prevent moving in-
capacitated persons to more re-
strictive settings (814 individuals,
saving $814,000); and discharging
incapacitated persons from state
hospitals to nursing homes (522
individuals, saving $329,000).
The researchers also issued
a series of recommendations,
including that the program be
expanded to cover all 67 Florida
counties and state financial sup-
port be expanded to produce even
greater statewide savings.
A copy of the University of
Kentucky study is available at

KLATTERING from page A4

Then Icame to Port St. Joe
and it was back to Eastern Time.
But I never quite understood
I believed the Apalachicola
River the dividing line between
my precious "slow" time and the
dreaded "fast" time, but here
was the one place on the map
west of the Apalachicola River
where things were "fast."
Over the years I came to
understand the impact of The
St. Joe Paper Company and the
trains - which came first seems
a chicken-or-the-egg quandary
- had on the fact that this slice
of the county operated on "fast"

I understand The St. Joe
Paper Company's clout and their
ability to have a state bill passed
to change the time zone in synch
with Jacksonville.
And the fact that trains had
their schedules and deviating
from the written numbers just to
cross the river to reach Port St.
Joe seemed too burdensome and
These are the legends, fact
or fiction, and it seems now that
it hardly matters the reasons
behind the time zone change and
what happened in the early part
of the 20th Century.
Start with the proposition that
there should be a uniform time

zone in the county.
Based solely on the time
saved by the elimination
of all those conversations
synchronizing times across
zones, this proposition finds
. Think of the money, taxpayer
and otherwise, expended on such
conversations, missed meetings
or missed appointments.
Think of the aggravation and,
well, it could be true, heart and
vessel damage done by the stress
of a bifurcated county.
Make it uniform and make it
Seems these days we could all
use a deep breath.

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Yard sale aficionados, grab your
fanny packs. Next Saturday's going
to be a big one.
The Forgotten Coast Commu-
nity Yard Sale, launched last year in
Apalachicola, expands this year to
include communities along U.S. 98
and the Big Bend Scenic Byway.
Merchants, civic groups and
individuals will be peddling their
wares in Apalachicola, Carrabelle,
Panacea, St. George Island, Port St.
Joe and Mexico Beach beginning at
8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.
"We are working in cooperation
with the Apalachicola Chamber of
Commerce and Mexico Beach Tour-
ist Development Council in order
to promote this," said Gulf County
Chamber of Commerce executive
director Sandra Chafin.
"It's a great way to clean out some

old stuff, get some new stuff and pro-
mote good community spirit."
The Gulf County Chamber is
encouraging individuals to set up
tables along Reid or Williams av-
Spaces can be reserved for $10
for individuals. There is no charge
for chamber members, nonprofit
organizations or downtown mer-
Signs posted along U.S. 98 will di-
rect foot traffic to the sale.
Those who prefer to set up shop
outside their homes may do so, as
Business owners along Reid are
hoping to take advantage of the in-
creased traffic downtown.
Erika Norton of Persnickety has
been slashing prices for sidewalk
sales at the shop's two locations, on
Reid Avenue and downtown Apala-
"We have one big nice rack of

sale stuff in the back, and I'd love
to get rid of it," said Norton, adding
that shoppers can expect an addi-
tional 10-15 percent markdown on
sale itenis previously reduced by
60-75 percent.
For Norton, the yard sale is a
nice way to generate business in
the off-season, when tourists have
returned home and businesses rely
more on local shoppers.
"We're hoping we can start pro-
moting our downtown shopping
through the fall and winter," she
The chamber's motto always has
been "shop locally." Chafin believes
the community yard sale will open
visitors' eyes to the area's offer-
"Instead of going to the mall,
come downtown," said Chafin. "I
think people would be flabber-
gasted to see what our merchants

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ends of the county are full
of flu patients.
Waiting rooms and treat-
ment rooms of both health
department branches (Port
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are packed with people
exhibiting influenza-like ill-
ness, Kent said Tuesday.
Kent wanted to remind
people that the illness will
be around for a long while
and reviewed information
that people seemed to for-
get or that was confusing to
the many sick people who
just wanted to feel better.
* If you are a healthy in-
dividual with no underlying
medical problems and you
get influenza-like symp-
toms, stay home.
It will not do you any
good to come to the health

department, Kent said, be-
cause you will probably not
be given Tamiflu.
* Tamiflu is given to at-
risk patients, hot generally
healthy people.
Tamiflu will not make
the flu go away, as most
people mistakenly believe.
It only will help make the
flu less severe in most cas-
es. Each person reacts dif-
ferently and will be treated
on an individual basis at
the health department.
* Sick but otherwise
healthy people need to stay
home, rest and get plenty
of liquids, Kent said.
* If, however, you expe-
rience any complications,
you should immediately
seek medical help.
* People should take ac-

etaminophen, not aspirin,
he added, because of the
chance of Reye syndrome,
a rare but serious illness
most often occurring in
children recovering from a
viral illness. But everyone
should very closely follow
instructions for taking ac-
* Sick people should
remain at home for an ad-
ditional 24 hours after their
fever has disappeared com-
pletely without the use of
any medication. Until then,
they are still contagious,
Kent said.
He reminded the public
that this was an epidemic
and will be in the county, as
well as the rest of the coun-
try, for a long time. It also
comes in waves, he added, so

this will probably not be the
only exposure to HiN1 that
the county will experience.
Kent wanted people to
understand that if they
come to the health depart-
ment, then there will be
a long waiting period, up-
wards of one to two hours,
to be seen.
But people are waiting
more than four hours to
be seen.in the Bay County
hospital emergency rooms
right now, he said.
The fortunate thing
about this virus at this
time, Kent noted, is that
the mortality rate is very
low right now. "If this influ-
enza had a high mortality
rate to it, it would be apoc-
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Land trust acquisition barely passes in 3-2. vote

By Marie Logan
Special to The Star
At the Sept. 15 regular Port
St. Joe city commission meet-
ing, a move by commissioners to
authorize the purchase of water-
front property along St. Joseph
Bay for inclusion in the Flori-
da Communities Trust barely
squeaked by with a 3-2 vote.
The city had received a state
grant to purchase the property,
comprised of several vacant par-

eels along the water between the
end of Seventh Street and First
United Methodist Church.
The grant paid 100 percent of
the purchase price, and it was
noted that if the city did not ac-
cept the grant, it would be lost.
The city had been working on
the project for several years, try-
ing to include the property in the
growing waterfront park area.
Commissioner Greg John-
son opposed the removal of the
property, which generated $4,700

in taxes, from the city tax rolls.
He said the property would add
a burden of maintenance on the
city which "doesn't have the staff
now to do it."
Johnson said he was "ada-
mantly opposed" and voted
no, along with Commissioner
Charles Stephens.
In 'other business conducted
at the meeting:
* City attorney Russell Scholz
read the first of two required
readings of an ordinance adopt-

ing an ad valorem tax rate of
3.5914 mills.
A mill is equal to $1 for ev-
ery $1,000 in assessed property
* City manager Charlie
Weston reported that on Sept. 8
he had begun a dialog with the
Northwest Florida Water Man-
agement District for Port St. Joe
to begin serving as a regional
water supplier as the city's new
water plant becomes fully opera-

* Matt Fleck, director of the
Port St. Joe Redevelopment
Agency (PSJRA), reported that
the bid for the landscaping of
U.S. 98 in the city had been
awarded to low bidder Gulf As-
phalt (GAC).
The contractors were re-
quired to submit a list of sub-
contractors, Fleck said, and he
made a recommendation to the
board to make the contractors
"look for local subs." The motion
passed unanimously.

County sets

millage rate

By Marie Logan
Special to The Star

In the final budget hearing
Sept. 21, the Gulf Board of Coun-
ty Commissioners unanimously
adopted a county-wide millage
rate of 5.7679 for the 2009-10 fiscal
The 2008-09 county-wide rate
is 4.8949, a difference of .8730.
One mill equals one dollar for
every $1,000 of assessed property
With only three non-county
employees in the audience, the
commissioners thanked staff
members and the budget -advi-
sory committee for their work on
crafting the 2009-10 budget, which
began in January.
County Administrator Don But-
ler noted they had cut $350,000 out
of the consolidated departments
this year, and commissioners com-
plimented themselves on their
push to consolidate the two largest
county departments, Public Works
and Road Department.
Commissioner Bill Williams
called the consolidation project "a
long term vision." The move has
been controversial and included
closing the Wewahitchka Road
Department yard and swapping
land with the St. Joe Company for
a location near Howard Creek on
SR 71 for the new consolidated
Commission chair Nathan Pe-
ters also noted that in the 2009-10
budget, the board was not cutting
funding to senior citizens and disad-
vantaged citizens but said he took
exception to a letter from the Gulf
County Library Advisory Board he
had just received, stating a cut in
library hours was due to the board
cutting library funding. He said the
county did not cut library funding.

BUDGET from page Al

ponent has risen, consider that
local taxpayers were paying 61
percent of district school funding
in 2003-04. That number jumped
to 90 percent the following school
year and has remained there
since, as the Department of Edu-
cation considers Gulf a property-
rich county.
"Nowhere in the state will you
see a jump like this," Wilder said.
"We are the max on local effort by
local taxpayers. The state is tell-
ing us, if you want to participate in
state funding, you will levy this."
The discretionary funding
component - compressed from
two into a single number and as-
sessed again by the Florida Leg-
islature - was approved at .748,
which represents a roughly tenth
of a mill increase from last year's
dollars, which go primarily to ba-
sic operations.
The capital outlay millage,
which is the lone component set
exclusively by the board, was
cut in half, as promised by board
members in March, to .3000 and
the additional mill operating levy
adds to the total.
A mill is equal to $1 for every
$1,000 in taxable personal prop-
erty in the county.
Another pledge the board met
was retiring the half-cent sales tax
being levied for improvements at
Port St. Joe Elementary School.
The board is retiring that levy
eight years early. The levy comes
off the books Dec. 31.
With the Board of County Com-
missioners making considerable
hay of the amount of school fund-
ing on Truth in Millage (TRIM)
notices during a recent budget
hearing, Wilder had an extensive
presentation to show folks who
turned out for the final budget
The primary emphasis of the
presentation is that the district
faces two troubling trends - de-
clining enrollment and the pre-

cipitous drop this year in property
"Nine counties in the state are
considered in crisis due to declin-
ing enrollment and a decline in
property values at the same time,"
Wilder noted. "Gulf County is one
of them."
For example, in 1988 the district
taught the full-time equivalent of
2,139 students. In December of
last year the district projected less
than 2,000 and as of the opening
week of school that number was
at 1,938, roughly 50 students under
district projections.
The district's projections of
December serve as the baseline
for finding for district schools
when state lawmakers convene in
the spring.
Wilder also attempted to show
how the state had eliminated
categorical funding - funds ear-
marked for specific areas of op-
erations - that while the overall
effect appeared an increase in
school funding, the actual impacts
on districts was another matter.
For instance, Wilder noted,
transportation funding once was
a categorical but this year is
not. And while 38 percent of the
district's budget is devoted to
transporting students, the dollars
the district has for transportation
went down and, as with many dis-
tricts, Wilder said, will likely run
in the red by the end of the school
"So you see the millage going
up because of additional one mill
and the state," Wilder said.
Wilder further noted that utili-
ties were expected to increase 30
percent and that there have been
no increases in salaries for em-
ployees - outside step increases
given annually to employees with
between three and 24 years expe-
rience and which average about
1.3 percent across the salary
structure- in three years.
State funding, in turn, also

went down, by $1.14 million.
"Thank goodness the voters of
the county approved the one-mill
referendum," Wilder said. "We
are very transparent. We do make
mistakes. We have worked very
hard to decrease where we can
"We may agree to disagree
about how some money has been
Wilder also dispelled two ru-
mors he felt were incorrect.
The first, the district is not,
he said, heavy in administrators.
There were but four administra-
tors at the district offices and no
assistant principals at the high
schools. Secondly, that the district
had recently hired 30 people from
Wilder said the district did re-
place many positions this year, but
30 from a single company at one
time was not correct.
Two speakers expressed some
of the displeasure palpable in the
community this tax season.
Local businessman Jay Rish
lauded "this great school district"
and wondered is there was not
something that could be done
about the required local effort por-
tion of the tax bill, for example lob-
bying in Tallahassee.
School board chairman George
Cox noted that when asked about
that issue, Rep. Jimmy Patronis
(R-Panama City) said education
was not his expertise and Cox
should take up the issue with Rep.
Marti Coley (R-Marianna), who
does not represent the district.
Rish also wondered whether a
task force to examine the school
budget to assist the district is as-
sessing priorities would not be an
"I think you are doing the best
you can ... I think a little more
transparency would help. We'd
like to see things. I've been en-
lightened here tonight," Rish said.
Resident Gloria Austin was

State, Gulf District

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Gulf District Schools
were recognized last week
by the State Board of Edu-
cation as one of just 21 dis-
tricts in the state consid-
ered to be High-Perform-
ing School Districts.
The designation .goes
to districts where school
grades average out to
honor roll status. This past
year, Gulf District Schools
had four "A" schools and
two "C" schools, ranking
29 among the 70 districts
in the state.
"This is a very big deal
for us," said Superinten-
dent of Schools Tim Wild-
er. "We've never been one
of these districts. That is
Primarily, the recogni-
tion provides districts flex-
ibility, particularly in how
they schedule the school
year. The district is also
exempt from certain pro-
visions governing improve,
ing school achievement.

more succinct and dismayed.
"I couldn't live here if this con-
tinues," she said. "Something has
got to give. You are losing all these
students. You have to cut this bud-
School board member John
Wright said at the conclusion of
the meeting, "We did what we told
people we were going to do, cut-
ting the capital millage and retir-
ing the sales tax. I pay taxes too
but we still need to educate chil-

Author to lecture on importance of Apalachicola during Civil War

The Thursday, Sept. 24 meet-
ing of the Apalachicola Area His-
torical Society (AAHS) will be a
special one which will feature a
talk by acclaimed historian Joe
Knetsch, a prolific publisher
of Florida history, will give a talk
entitled "Apalachicola in the Civil
War." He has studied Apalachic-
ola and its importance to Florida
during the war, including the con-
struction of Batteries Cobb and
Gilmore on the river.
His latest book is titled "Fear
and Anxiety on the Florida Fron-
tier. Articles on the Second Semi-
nole War, 1835-1842."

Knetsch will have copies with
him of the two books he has writ-
ten on the Seminole Wars avail-
able for- purchase and signing.
He has also written three articles
concerning the land that figured
prominently in the settlement of
this area, the Forbes Purchase,
and the attempts to survey it.
This meeting of the AAHS will
begin at 5:30 p.m., and will be held
in Camellia Hall of The Coombs
House Villas at 80 Fifth Street,
Apalachicola. Knetsch's presen-
tation will be the first item on the
agenda followed by a brief busi-
ness meeting.
You do not have to be a mem-

ber of AAHS to attend its meet-
ings. The AAHS encourages and
welcomes new members. Anyone
wishing tojoin should send a check
for $10 to Treasurer, Apalachicola
Area Historical Society, PO. Box
75, Apalachicola, FL 32329
"Nothing succeeds like success
and that seems to apply to AAHS,"
said Bill Spohrer, president. "The
Society now has 72 members, and
more are joining every week."
The Raney House Museum,
maintained and operated by
AAHS, welcomed more than 3,000
visitors this past year, almost all of
them from out-of-town, many from
out-of-state, and even a few from

outside the country. This supports
efforts by the Franklin County
Tourist Development Council to
attract more tourism to our area.
The TDC has made a sustain-
ing grant of $20,000 to the Histori-
cal Society for 2009-10, with $12,450
of these funds to be used to keep
the museum open to visitors 24
hours each week. The balance of
the grant will be used for advertis-
ing and publicity, presentation of
exhibits, special events, security,
and repairs and maintenance of
the museum.
A meeting of the board of di-
rectors of the Ilse Newell Fund
for the Performing Arts was held

this month under the direction of
its newly-elected chairperson, Ar-
lene Wingate. She has maintained
her relationship with the Florida
State University Department of
Music, developed during the 30
years her husband David taught
voice there.
The 2009-2010 concert pro-
gram will be launched with a per-
formance on Sunday, Dec. 13 of
Handel's "Messiah" by the Bay
Area Choral Society under the
direction of Merel Young. This
will be followed in January by a
performance of the Trio Interna-
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Thursday, September 24, 2009


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County libraries cutting hours

By Marie Logan
Special to The Star
Gulf County library patrons
will immediately have fewer
hours to use library services.
As a result of several years of
dwindling funding from both state
and county, both public libraries
in Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka
will be open fewer hours begin-.
ning Monday, Sept. 28.
On Sept. 15, the Gulf County
Library Advisory Board met for
more than two hours, trying ev-
ery which way to make the num-
bers add up. In the end, all they
could do was admit that they had
to cut back hours of operation
due to lack of operating funds.
As board members looked at
each other, one said this was the
lowest funding for the library she
had ever seen.
"La'st year in 2008-09 we got hit
with a nearly 12.5 percent state
aid cut," Nolan Treglown, chair of
the library advisory board, said.
"We drew on our contingency
fund in order riot to cut hours of
operation then, so we knew 2009-
10 would be hard hit."
According to figures discussed
at the meeting and presented in a
May 14, 2009 letter from Treglown
to Don Butler, Gulf County ad-
ministrator, the total 2009-10 bud-
get for the county libraries was
projected to be $165,564, approxi-
mately $39,286 less than fiscal
year 2008-09.
The library will be short
$24,117 in the 2009-10 budget just
to maintain current staff at both
branches, according to the let-
"Everyone is going to get hurt,
to lose, the public and (library)
employees," Treglown said. "Un-
less we can talk the county com-
mission into (increasing funding)
or we find some great benefactor,
we've got to cut hours."
In an effort to be equitable to
both branches, the board voted
to make operating hours the
same at both locations, adjusting
for time zones.


Port St. Joe (Eastern)

Monday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday 10a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday - closed
Thursday 10 .m. -6 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday - closed
No evening hours

Wewahitchka (Central)

Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday - closed
Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday - closed
No evening hours

Beginning Sept., 28, the Wewa
branch will be open Mondays,
Tuesday, Thursdays and Fri-
days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT,
closed completely on Wednes-
days and Saturdays.
The Port St. Joe branch will
be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET the
same days. Neither branch will
be open any evening hours.
According to the May 14 letter
to Butler, for 2009-10 the city of
Port St. Joe is expected to con-
tribute $4,000 to the library, the
city of Wewa $2,250. The state
is to contribute $44,337 of the
$165,564 needed to operate the
The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners has held
their funding for the library at
$115,027 for 2008-09 and 2009-10.
At the Sept. 21 final budget
hearing for the county, commis-
sion chair Nathan Peters chas-
tised the library board for send-
ing a letter to the county com-
mission on Sept. 17, after their
Sept. 15 meeting, stating that
hours would be reduced.
The letter stated, "Due to

reduced funding from the state
and county, the (Gulf County Li-
brary) Board has determined it
is necessary to reduce the hours
of operation at the two county li-
Peters said the county had
not reduced library funding and
he was angry that they had made
the claim.
While the county commission
has held their contribution to

the library at the same amount
($115,027) for 2008-09 and 2009-
10, the county's yearly contribu-
tion directly affects, in part, the
state's annual contribution.
As was discussed in the Sept.
15 meeting of the library board,
and what Peters did not note,
was that the state bases part of
its annual funding of the library
on the county's funding of two
years prior, not current year dol-

lars. So what the county funded
in 2007-08 determines, in part,
what the state contributes in
In 2006-07 the county funded
the library with $126,403. In 2007-
08, county funding dipped to
$115,027, where it remains.
State funding, based in part
. on county contributions, dropped
from $71,000 in 20006-07 to $44,000
for 2009-10.

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George Cameron, left, and B.H. Hardaway, right, builder of the first Apalachicola Bridge, pose with Benny Boo Hardaway, a playmate of Carolyn Vause.


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By Lois Swoboda
Florida Freedom Newspapers

Carolyn Cameron Vause celebrated
her 90th birthday on Saturday. "I was
-born on the 19th day of the ninth month
in 1919," she said.
Her father, George Cameron, was
from Gulfport, Mississippi and her
mother Alice was born in New Orleans.
Her parents lived on St. Vincent Is-
land at the time of her birth, but came
to the mainland for the delivery, in a
house at the site of the current Apala-
chicola Bridge.
Her father was a caretaker on
the island and sometimes took visi-
tors pleasure fishing on his yacht the
"Lindbergh," named for national hero
Charles Lindbergh who in 1927 became
the first man to fly nonstop across the

We had everything we needed
"My first memory over there was in
early 1920s. We lived right down at In-
dian Pass," she said. "I loved it on the
island. We kiis stayed on the beach al-
ways. There were big purple flowers all
over the beach.
"We had everything we needed.
My mom grew a garden down in val-
ley place. It was a wonderful garden.
She plowed in shrimp heads that the
shrimpers gave her," Vause said. "One
time the Cutters, who owned a store
in town, came to the island to fish and
she had a crop of the best melons. They
bought every one she'd sell them and
sold the melons in town." ,
During the time Vause's family lived
on St. Vincent, the island was owned by
the Dr. Valentine Mott Pierce of Buffalo,
NY Her older sister was named Louise
Valentine after Dr. and Mrs. Pierce.
There were many visitors to the island
including seafood harvesters, tourists
who stayed in cabins on the east end of
St. Vincent and visitors to Dr. Pierce's
"There was always a crowd over
there with us," she said. "We had all the
seafood we wanted. The fishermen and
shrimpers would all anchor over there.
They'd nose all them boats up on the
beach and play baseball.
"We had a generator under the
house and we had a big long ice box
under there: We'd buy a big block of ice
every week and put it in sawdust. We
made ice cream every night in summer
and ate it on the back porch," she said.
'We had horses. There was a pair of
pecan trees. We kept chickens, turkeys
and hogs for food and there were milk
cows on the other end of the island,"
Vause said.
She remembers some of the exotic
animals that Pierce's father, Dr. Ray
Vaughn Pierce, imported to the island.
"We had zebras. They took them out

and off the island through our yard,"
she said. "My mother took us inside
so we wouldn't watch. I was sick when
they took them away." "
Trips to town were a necessity for
some things. The family took a boat
to the mainland and went by car from
"We'd go into town to shop at Marks'
Wholesale," she said. "We knew the
Nashes who lived over at 14 mile. Dad-
dy left his Model A at their house. We'd
come to town in that."
"Mr. Homer Marks (who owned the
store) and some of them use to come
over and stay with us. They fixed the
screen porch up so they could sleep
in summer," she said.
School was on the mainland.
"For a while my dad took us to
Ruth McNeill. She had a little school
at her house and she taught the tur-
pentine people's children," she said. "1
went four times (a week). The school
was behind Jimmy McNeill's store."
That store is now the Indian Pass
Raw Bar.

The Great Andros
Island Hurricane
Days were not always sunny on the
island. The Pierces were living on St.
Vincent in 1929, the year the Great An-
dros Island Hurricane made landfall in
the Panhandle as a tropical storm after
devastating Miami.
"We couldn't get out of the way. We
didn't know it was coming because we
didn't have a radio or anything," Vause
recalled. "Water covered the island all
the way to our porch. The water came
and beat on the porch. Mama had us
cuddle up in the big double fireplace at
the center of the house. You know how
kids are. We weren't too afraid and my
parents weren't scared. They'd been
through storms before.
"My dad pulled a boat up next to the
house so we could go to the hills if we
had to. My brother was in St. Joe with
Uncle Dan and we were afraid for him
because we were afraid the town had
been wiped out," she said.
"All our boats went down the bay. My
father gave the Lindbergh to the man
who found it over in the Miles. Someone
came and got us in a boat and we went
to town until everything dried out," she
said. "We lost most of our pictures in
the storm. There were four inches of
mud behind the house and a lot of the
animals on the island were killed.
"After that my mom wanted to
leave," Vause said. "She was trying to
raise young'uns and she didn't want to
stay there after the storm.."
On another occasion the little family
barely escaped a tragedy.
"Somebody like to killed my dad.
They were hunting and he caught them
with a deer and they hit him with an

Dan Hodges,
left, and one of
the Cameron
girls on St.
Vincent Island
circa 1927.

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oar," she said.
"They busted his
head. He had a
sliver plate put
in his head by Dr.
Conter and Dr.
Moreau. He saved
himself by swim-
ming under the boat."
Vause's dad had recognized the men
as residents of the Montgomery House
in Apalachicola. They were apprehend-
ed and taken to Pensacola to be tried.
The Pierces remained on the island
until she was about age 12, in 1930 or 31,
when they moved to her father's home-
town of Gulfport.
She said the family didn't like it there
and moved back to Franklin County in
a few years, staying at the Fuller Hotel,
until they could find a house.
Eventually they moved to Big Bayou.
Later Carolyn Cameron married Percy
Vause, a machinist at the St. Joe Mill,
and they lived in Apalachicola.

Sadie J. mystery solved
Vause's story fills in a missing piece
in the story of the Sadie J, the first mo-
torized boat on the bay, built by hotel
owner Spartan Jenkins, an early Afri-
can-American entrepreneur.
Jenkins used it as an excursion craft
and later rented it' to developer Wil-
liam Popham. After being damaged in
a storm, the boat was purchased by a
group of Apalachicola businessmen,
Vito Sangaree, Kine Huffman and

At top right,
Carolyn Vause
standing next
to the porch
- flooded during
the Great Andro
Island Hurricane.
At left, Carolyn
Vause and her
cousin Mickie
on St. Vincent

Bunks Porter, who used it for outings
up the river and to the islands. The
boat's fate after it left their hands was
shrouded until Vause cleared up the
"I bought the Sadie J," said Vause.
"When I bought it, my husband came
home from work and I told him I'd
bought a boat and he said what for. My
husband and I used to use it to stay in
when we went hunting up the river.
"Eventually we had to move it be-
cause we had no place to keep it," she
said. "I sold it to Joe Taranto and he
converted it to a shrimp boat. He took
it to New Orleans where they hit a big
barge and it ran up on the levee. The
city sent me a bill for over $1,000 for
moving it because Joe Taranto didn't
change the title at the custom house.
When I took him the bill he went run-
ning to the custom house to change it
but I told him 'Don't run now.'"
Vause visited St. Vincent recently
and said she was disappointed in what
she saw. "I went over there three
years ago with my grandbaby, Whitney
Vause. It's not St. Vincent Island like it
"'I loved St. Vincent better than any-
place I ever lived," she said. "I would
move back there tomorrow if I could."

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Sharks, Gators geared for district play

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Now the real fun gets
The preliminaries out,
of the way, Port St. Joe and
Wewahitchka enter the
main ring this Friday as
District 1-1A play opens.
The Tiger Sharks (2-1)
host Liberty County (2-0)
at 7:30 p.m. on Shark Field
while the Gators (3-0) trav-
el to Blountstown (xxx) to
take on the Bulldogs, who
enter the district for the
first time, with a 7 p.m. CT
Both county teams
seem poised to take a run
at a district title and the
playoff berths that go to
the top two teams in each
"Speaking relatively, we
probably have the toughest
(1A) district in the state,"
said Wewahitchka coach
Todd Lanter. "Blouintstown
is always tough, Liberty
County looks good, Port St.
Joe is Port St. Joe, West
Gadsden is always there
and Franklin County is im-
"Every week, who
knows what is going to
happen. It's brutal."
The Tiger Sharks enter
district play having played
a difficult opening sched-
ule, the product of success.
Since few teams their size
dare enter Shark country,
Port St. Joe opened against
Class 3A Bay High, Class
4A Rutherford and Class
2B Interlachen last week.
Other than a 12 minute
stretch late in the second
half against Rutherford,
when the Rams overcame
a 13-10 deficit to score 21
unanswered points in a 31-
13 victory, the Tiger Sharks
could, like the Gators, be

Photos by TIM CROFT IThe Star
The play of the Wewahitchka High offensive line has been key as the Gators have opened the season 3-
0 entering district play. Wewahitchka travels to Blountstown at 7 p.m. CT on Friday. At right, second-year
Coach Vern Barth has his Tiger Sharks at 2-1 after a brutal opening schedule. Port St. Joe hosts Liberty
County at 7:30 ET on Friday night.

unscathed entering dis-
trict play.
"I kind of expected to be
2-1 or I thought we might
slip past and get to 3-0,"
said Port St. Joe coach
Vern Barth. "Anytime you
have (Calvin) Pryor, (Wil-
lie) Quinn and (Darrell)
Smith, you can play with
"I'think we are where
we want to be. I think the
loss actually helped. It
knocked us out of the polls
and the kids see their
names in the paper each
week you can get some
big heads. I keep telling
them, it's not where you
are ranked at the begin-
ning of the season, but
where you are at the end
of the season."
Last week against
Interlachen, the - Tiger
Sharks rushed for nearly
400 yards and less than 60
of that came from their ju-
nior standout Pryor. Walt
Bowers was the leading
rusher with 117 yards and

Rakeem Quinn also pro-
vided 62 yards to go with
more than 50 yards from
both Smith and Pryor.
"Hopefully, that gave
Walt the kind of confi-
dence he needs," Barth
said of ninth-grader Bow-
ers, who has been nursing
a hip injury. "That kind of
performance, with Rock
and Darrell also rushing
well, takes a lot of pres-
sure off of Calvin.
"It takes the heat off
of him. Now teams know
they have more than No. 3
(Pryor) to worry about."
The defense has also
been a positive, other than
those 12 minutes against
Rutherford, holding Bay
to 17 points and Inter-
lachen to 13,
"I have been very
pleased with the defense,
the way they have taken
to a new coaching staff,
being able to make adjust-
ments, they have played
well," Barth said.
The concern is the of-

fensive line. The Tiger
Sharks, thin entering the
season, have been hurt by
injuries, illness and now a
suspension that will keep
Trey Humphrey out of the
lineup for three games for
throwing several punches
at an opponent last week
in Interlachen.
"We are not very deep
in the line, we are real,
real thin," Barth said. "At
the same time I can't re-
ally soften up at practice
because Liberty County
won't soften up on any-
The bright light for Port
St. Joe is an open week af-
ter Liberty County. Barth
specifically scheduled the.
bye week for Oct. 2 figur-
ing his team would need
the week just to get their
bearings and heal after a
brutal four-game opening
stretch and in the event of
The last thing Wewa-
hitchka would want right
now is an open week. The

Gators are enjoying the
best stretch of football in
Coach Todd Lanter's four
years, playing well in all
.phases while equaling
their win total from all of
last season.
"We haven't had that
many wins since I've been
here, so we consider our-
selves 4-0," Lanter said.
"We count the kickoff clas-
sic (win over South Wal-
"I feel good. The kids
are playing as hard as
they can. They are playing
as well as I think they can.
I feel good about these
kids because they are go-
ing to give maximum ef-
fort. I've told them from
the beginning that we can
play with anybody on our
The Gators, despite los-
ing starting quarterback
Cody Wade to an ankle in-
jury against South Walton,
have been effective offen-
sively, solid defensively
and opportunistic on spe-

cial teams..
"We've scored in every
game on defense," Lanter
said. "Our play, on spe-
cial teams has been good,
we've had two big kick
returns in the first three
games..We've been around
the ball and capitalized on
our opportunities."
Lanter said he is also
pleased with the blocking
of his veteran offensive
line which has helped run-
ning back Chance Knowles
lead the area in rushing.
The concern is the pass-
ing game and the contin-
ued improvement of Beau
Wade is expected to be
back as soon as the Boze-
man game next week, but
Lanter said the passing
game has to come togeth-
er this week if the Gators
are to emerge victorious at
"We've got to get better
throwing the ball," Lanter
said. "Practice and time is
all (McCorvey) needs. He's
just been putting too much
pressure on himself.
"But I've told him to just
relax and we have people
on the edge who if they
get the ball, they can make
things happen. That is
what we have to do against
The winning streak to
open the season has built
confidence within the team
that they can, as their
coach has preached, play
with anybody. A perfect
.mark entering district play
can enhance the mental
outlook of any team.
"They are confident
and they should be. We are
trying to take it a week at
a time and deal with who-
ever is on the other side of
the ball."

Tiger Sharks cruise to second victory

INTERLACHEN - Field posi-
tion didn't seem to' matter to
the Port St. Joe football team
on Friday in a 40-13 victory
over Interlachen.
The Rams fumbled the
ball away on the first play
at their own 14-yard line,
and the Tiger Sharks took
two plays to score. On the
next series, an 18-yard punt
gave Port St. Joe good field
position again, leading to an-
other touchdown. But in the
second quarter, two of three
Tiger Sharks' touchdowns
came on runs of more than
60 yards, and another came

from more than 30.
All Port St. Joe needed
to score touchdowns was
the football. It didn't matter
It did most of its damage
on the ground, rushing for
365 yards on 35 carries.
Walt Bowers led with 117
yards on four carries. Ra-
keem Quinn had 62 yards on
two carries, Darrell Smith
had had 55 yards on two car-
ries and Calvin Pryor had 50
yards on eight carries.
Prydr started the scoring
on a 1-yard run following In-
terlachen's opening fumble.

Smith had the next touch-
down on a 2-yard run. .
In the second quarter,
Bowers scored on runs of
66 and 32 yards, and Quinn
scored on a 61-yard run.
Early in the third quarter,
Pryor scored on a 1-yard run
to make the score 40-0 and
turn on the running clock.
Both teams usedreserves
the remainder of the game.
Smith led Port St. Joe's
defense with 11 tackles.
The Tiger Sharks (2-
1) open their District 2-1A
schedule by hosting Liberty
County next Friday

Wewahitchka wins again, equals 2008 total

By Will Brown
Tallahassee Democrat

tal offense for the Gators.
His kickoff return with 7:30
remaining in the second

MONTICELLO-Momentum quarter is wnat prevented
can be a fleeting concept in the Jefferson County mo-
high school athletics. The mentum from steamrolling.
Jefferson County football David Crumite had just
team found that out the hard streaked down the sideline
way Friday in a 29-20 loss to for his second touchdown on
visiting Wewahitchka. a perfectly executed double
Jefferson County led 20- pass to give Jefferson Coun-
14 at halftime, but coughed ty a 14-7 lead. Before the
up the lead and the momen- crowd at Death Valley could
tum when the Tigers fum- stop cheering, Knowles was
bled-the football inside the sprinting downfield for the
Red Zone midway through pivotal return.
the third quarter. Kenny "I knew we had to score
Fisher picked up the fumble and I knew I had to get us in
and returned it 87 yards for good field position, but I ran
the touchdown that shifted it back," said Knowles who
the momentum into reverse also had an 85-yard kickoff
and put Wewahitchka in the return against Chipley last
driver's seat. week.
The victory moved We- Knowles added 152
wahitchka to 3-0 on the sea- yards on the ground. We-
son and equaled the num- wahitchka's run-oriented
ber of wins Todd Lanter's offense kept the football out
team had in 2008. Jefferson the hands of the Tigers, who
County fell to 0-3. Lanter said could score at
"Listen, I haven't won any moment with their
many games, so I'm going team speed.
to count every one," said an Lanter blamed himself
enthusiastic Lanter follow- for trying to get too fancy
ing the game. in the first half. At halftime,
I Chance Knowles scored he told his team to remain
three touchdowns and ac- loose and work on the fun-
coulted for 242 yard of to- damentaVs.

"They know that as long
as we're on the field, you
have a chance," Lanter
said. "These are the kinds
of wins that when you come
from behind make you
Such strength became
more apparent in the sec-
ond half as the Gators were
able to wear down the Jef-
ferson County defense.
Knowles had 107 yards on
the ground in the final 24
minutes, and he was assist-
ed by Jonathan Nobles and
Colton Price.
"Wewahitchka beat us,"
said Jefferson County head
coach Willie Spears. "They
were tougher than us. That
No. 5 (Knowles) is a grown
With 10 minutes remain-
ing, Jefferson County was
trailing 29-20 but had first-
and-goal at the Wewahitch-
ka 10-yard line. The Tigers
had eight chances - We-
wahitchka was called for a
facemask penalty on fourth
down - and were not able
to find the end zone.
Following the turnover
on downs, Wewahitchka
held onto the football for
seven minute}.

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Robert and Jackie Pollock, Owners of Studio on
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Cutting on Thursday, September 3, along with many
other artists from the area showcasing their beautiful
creations! There was "standing room only" as
family, friends, and Community Leaders gathered to
Welcome this unique studio to Port St Joe. Bob and
Jackie invite you to visit their Studio and watch the
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The Studio is open on weekends, or call - 850-648-
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in our area from birth to age 5. (There are currently
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Health Check donates $1,500 to GAIA's St. Joe Children's Theater

On Thursday, Sept. 10,
Health Check Inc. (HCI)
donated $1,500 to Gulf Alli-
ance for Local Art (GALA)
to help fund their newly
formed St. Joe Children's
The entire Health Check
team supports and ap-
plauds the efforts of GALA
and their new Children's
Theater. The HCI team is
very involved with GALA
and sees' great things in its
future and the future of arts
and culture in our area.
Health Check's corporate
headquarters are located
in Gulf County. Their core
business is providing Man-
aged Care auditing and re-
covery services to indepen-
dent hospitals and health
care systems across the
country. They provide over
100 jobs nationwide, most of
which are right here in Gulf
County. The HCI team also
believes. GALA's efforts to
promote and provide arts
and culture in our area will

Pictured left to right, Susan Thiel, Don Ouellette and
Ally Sanxay.

make our community more
appealing to new business
and potential employees
wishing to settle here.
"We could not be more
pleased by the support we
are receiving from such
fine corporations as Health

Check," said Don Ouel-
lette, GALA President.
"It further shows the true
commitment of local busi-
nesses, foundations and
the community to the arts
for our children and adults
as well. Please show your

A new community theater group, sponsored by the Gulf Alliance for Local Arts
(GALA), will hold auditions for their first production next Monday and Tuesday
evenings, Sept. 28-29 at 7 p.m. at the Coastal Fitness & Wellness.Center at 310 Reid
Avenue in Port St. Joe.
The new group, under the direction of Ed Tiley, will be producing the world
premiere of the hilarious comedy "Halfway In" written by Mark Gee. Set in the lobby
of a southern motel "somewhere between Dothan and Tallahassee," this new play
provides lots of laughs as the comings and goings of an eccentric cast of characters
unfold when a woman brings her late husband back to his hometown for burial.
Director, Ed Tiley, said, "This show was written especially for community theater
groups, and has lots of great parts for adult actors of all ages. There are 11 characters
in this play, and most of those parts are suitable for actors with little or no experience,
small enough to be memorized easily, but big enough to make an impression on the
audience. We also need a backstage crew for lighting, costumes, set design, etc."
Anyone with an interest in acting or working on the crew is invited to come next
Monday or Tuesday evening. Performances will be held in November and December.
If you are unable to make it to the auditions but would like to read for a part, call Ed
Tiley at 653-6951.

support by becoming a
member of GALA today,"
Ouellette said.
The first performance
by the St. Joe Children's
Theater, "The Headless

Horseman Rides Again" is
scheduled for Ghosts on the
Coast on Halloween night.
There will be 3 shows start-
ing at 6:30 p.m. EST at the
new park on the corner of

Reid Ave. and State 71
To find out more about
St. Joe Children's Theater
and Gulf Alliance for Local
Arts visit their Web site at


In a ceremony held Sept. 10, Robert Pearce,
Director of the Central Panhandle Chapter of
the American Red Cross presented the Gulf
County Volunteer of the Year Award to Elizabeth
Schweers and the late John Henry Schweers.
The Schweers, dedicated Disaster Action Team
Volunteers, responded to the needs of Gulf County
residents after personal tragedies such as house
fires and floods. They also manned hurricane
shelters during last year hurricane season.



By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

It wasn't an easy job feeding over 300 kids as many
hotdogs, hamburgers, snow cones and cotton candy they
could eat, but the members of First Pentecostal Church
made it look that way.
The Wewahitchka ,church hosted its second annual
Super Kids Day on Sunday, drawing a capacity crowd to
its 619 Highway 71 South location.
"We had a good day," said Pastor Joey Ethridge. "It
was just elbow to elbow kids."
The free event provided a variety of amusements, in-
cluding six giant inflatables, a dunking booth, outdoor
games, and a magic show.
Illusionist Tony Wilhelm of the Magic Theater in Pi-
geon Forge, Tenn., dazzled the crowds with his trickery.
He made light bulbs glow over tots' heads, flowers
bloom in thin air and objects go bye-bye.
Wilhelm's wife, Dianna, was not sawed in half, but
she did help her husband stage a well-received puppet
The Gulf County Sheriff's Office and local volunteer
fire departments also gave kids an inside glimpse inside
a patrol car and fire truck.
Attendees earned tickets at each game, which they
cashed in at a "store" stocked with toys on one side and
candy on the other.
The store had some of the longest lines of the event,
which lasted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT.
"Boy, they were coming out with sack-fulls of staff,"
said Ethridge. "They were tickled pink."
. Super Kids Day was made possible by Sunday collec-
tions from the "Children's March" offering. During the
offering, the church's youngest members gather spare
change from parishioners.
Ethridge commended his church family for their hard
work in making this year's Super Kids Day a success.
"The church people worked very, very hard and it
went really well," he said.

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Rylan Fortune celebrated his 3rd birthday with
his friends and Ms. Debbie. Happy Birthday Rylan.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Michelle Mastro
is turning 8
on September

You are getting
so big so fast and
we can't believe it!
Happy Birthday and
Love, Daddy &
Heather & Abby, Un-
cle Patrick & Sarah,
Nanny & Papa Lol-
lie, Nanny & Papa
Mastro, Aunt Me-
gan, Aunt Ashley &
Uncle Eddie.

Community BRIEFS

Junior Service League news
The Junior Service League is pre-
paring for a new year of community
projects to benefit local children. The
year begins with the New Member
Brunch on Saturday, Sept 26. The
brunch will showcase the Junior Ser-
vice League's annual events and en-
courage prospective members to join
the League.
During the brunch, members will
discuss the Junior Service League's
projects, including the League's sig-
nature mission, Jampacks. Jampacks
provides more than 75 students fromn
Port St Joe and Wewahitchka Elemen-
tary schools with a backpack stuffed
with school supplies. The brunch
will also highlight the League's Jr.
Miss Program for high school seniors,
Sears Shopping Trip which gives win-
ter clothes to 50 elementary students,
middle school mentoring program,
Easter Egg Hunt, and spring scholar-
The Junior Service League is open
to all women in Gulf County who are
interested in serving the community
and helping local children. Anyone
interested in joining the Junior Ser-

vice League, please contact Kim Mc-
Farland at 850-227-6474. Meetings are
held the second Monday of each month
at The Port Inn. The next meeting is
Monday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. ET.

Mullet fish dinner
The Community Development
Corporation (CDC) will be holding a
mullet dinner on Oct. 9 at Frank Pate
Park in Port St. Joe from 11 a.m. until
1 p.m. or sold out. The proceeds will
be used to renovate the old Methodist
Church in Highland View which will
become a Satellite Food Pantry for
the People Helping People (PHP) Di-
vision. The building will need to be re-
painted, windows replaced and some
doors and locks installed. In addition a
heating/cooling unit will be required.
The First Baptist Church volunteers,
Oakgrove Church volunteers, and vol-
unteers and staff of the PHP will as-
sist. Other volunteers will be required
in the next few. months. Anyone wish-
ing to donate to this effort is asked to
call 229-5262, or 899-1036 for informa-
tion. The City of Port St. Joe is also as-
sisting by providing the tents, tables,
and chairs.


The St. Joseph Bay Humane Society has many
LOVING, ADORABLE puppies for adoption!
Please come out & visit at 1007 Tenth St. in Port
St. Joe or call us at 227-1103

go directly back to the animals! DONATIONS
also needed. Please stop by Thurs. - Sat. from
10am - 4pm. 1007 Tenth St. in Port St. Joe.


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Here's what's happening at GFWC in Wewahitchka

By Linda Whitfield
Publicity chairman
President Rosa Feltrop called the
meeting to order on Monday night,
Sept. 14: This meeting was the an-
nual Recruitment Tea and was held
at the Fellowship Hall of the United
Methodist Church in Wewahitchka.
Different members had decorated
a table with a particular theme in
mind. Before the meeting, members
were served a delicious buffet and
began business.
Guest speaker for the evening
was Anita Ziegler, the District 2 Di-
rector. She updated the club on his-
tory of the Woman's Club and new
projects, both district, state, and in-

The Woman's Club would like to
invite everyone in town to attend the
Oct. 12 Town Forum, which will be
sponsored by Glad Tidings Assemble
of God WM's and the GFWC Wewa-
hitchka Woman's Club. The speak-
er will be Dr. Samuel B. Wolf, D.O.
FACOG Obstetrics and Gynecology.
We hope everyone will come out and
hear this wonderful speaker. There
will be refreshments afterwards.
The time is 5 p.m.

The 1st annual Junior Miss Pro-
gram will be held at Wewahitchka El-
ementary School on November 7th,
at 5:00. The MC will be Neysa Trout



and former Gulf County Junior Miss,
Crystal Gaskin.

It may only be September, but
knowing how time flies, Christmas is
ust around the corner. As always, the
Woman's Club is sponsoring this event.
Mark your calendars for Dec. 19. More
details later.
If you would like to join the Woman's
Club, we encourage you to come to our
next meeting on Oct. 12, hear Dr. Wolfe,
and sign up to be a part of an organiza-
ion that believes in the arts, education,
conservation, home life, international
affairs and those of public interest.
You'll surely be made welcome!

graduates Basic
Army National Guard
Pvt. Jerry L. Robinson
has graduated from basic
combat training at Fort
Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks
of training, the soldier
studied the Army mission,
history, tradition and core
values, physical fitness,
and received instruction
and practice .in basic com-
bat skills, military weap-
ons, chemical warfare and
bayonet training, drill and
ceremony, marching, rifle
marksmanship, armed
and unarmed combat,
map reading, field tactics,
military courtesy, military
justice system, basic first
aid, foot marches and field
tr.iiiiniig exercises.
Robinson is the son
of Slierry Floyd of Santa
Anna St., Port St. Joe.


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Baker-Spohn engagement
Jamie and Sheila Baker of
Wewahitchka announce the
engagement and forthcoming
marriage of their daughter,
Halee Christian Baker to
Steven Craig Spohn, son of
Steve and Lynn Spohn and
Carol Keyes of Panama City.
The bride-elect is a 2008
graduate of Wewahitchka
High School and currently
attends Gulf Coast
Community College. She is
employed by Community
Based Options as a respite
Her fiance is a 2005
graduate of Rutherford High
School and currently attends
Florida A&M Pharmacy
A Dec. 19 wedding is
planned. Invitations will be

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Thursday, September 24, 2009 _ School NAewsI

Exploring the importance in Christian education
cpturiand nrvn m nie . atuiensar

A Message from the
Why is Christian Edu-
cation so important? Is
church training enough?
Can I teach my children
the values and morals they
need at home? As families
look at o, of the education
altfnatives offered today,
arise quite frequently. I
have researched all of these
questions from a Christian
perspective and would like
to offer my view.
Sunday School is a great
opportunity for children
to learn the mind of God
on their own age level and
to make friends their own
age. Sunday Service is a
great place to learn the

disciplines of the church.
Some churches offer other
activities such as Children's
Church or Youth Group.
This is an ideal social set-
ting for most Christian kids
and offers Godly instruction
on appropriate levels.
Home is one of the best
places to teach morals and
values. Teaching by exam-
ple gives a very strong mes-
sage because young chil-
dren want to follow in their
parents' footsteps, and fam-
ily devotion time is a great
time to discuss spiritual and
moral topics..
So the question re-
mains... Are these times
enough to keep children
spiritually strong? How
many times are we as adults


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bombarded by secular opin-
ions and pressured to con-
form? How many days do
we go home from the work
place spiritually exhausted
and cry out to God because
we feel weak and alone? If
we as adults feel the strain
of the constant pressure of
society in our spiritual lives,
how much do our children,
whom God has given to us
to protect and nurture, feel

as they fight against the
currents of society all day,
every day?
Is it possible that educa-
tion can be neutral? No, ev-
ery idea spurs an action and
every action has a conse-
quence. The. great reform-
er Martin Luther penned, "I
am afraid that the schools
will prove the very gates of
hell, unless they diligently
labor in explaining the Holy

Scriptures and engraving
them in the heart of the
Christian education re-
inforces church and home
training and offers families
an alternative to secular in-
struction. As our society's
moral compass continually
veers off course, as Chris-
tians we must take every
opportunity to fill the young
minds and hearts of our chil-
dren with God's precepts.
One of the advantages
of Christian education is
the freedom to include reli-
gious curriculum as part of
the daily instruction. The
goal is to raise future spiri-
tual and religious leaders,
and to help each and every
student answer "God's call"

min their life. Students are
taught spiritual values in
every subject. While they
are made aware of secular
arguments, they are given
valuable information to
help them "fight the good
fight." They are equipped
and prepared to make God-
ly decisions, they are taught
the value of standing up for
right, and they are given the
foundation on which to build
productive and God-filled
"See to it that no one
takes you captive through
hollow and deceptive phi-
losophy, which depends on
human tradition and the ba-
sic principles of this world
rather than on Christ." Co-
lossians 2:8

By Chellsey O'Neill
1. Your September trip
payment of $60 is due to
Mrs. Alcorn by Sept. 30.
2. Any senior who missed
his or her appointment for
senior portraits, make-ups
will be held on Sept. 30.
3. Congratulations to the
following students who will
be serving as the 2009-2010
Senior Executive Board;
Ashleigh Lewis, Chellsey
O'Neill, Chelsea Flanagan,
Cody Clark, Cynthia Floyd,
Forest Halualani, Mallorie
Jones, Marques Myricks,
Raven Harris, Sara Hoff-
man, Sara Ward, Trubias
Hill, Willie Quinn and Zack
1. All juniors need to
sign-up in Mrs. Newsome's
office to work the conces-
sion stand during varsity
home games.
2. Your $20 junior dues
are due to Evan Brum-
baugh as soon as possible.
3. Congratulations to the
newJuniorExecutive Board
Members; Torie Burgess,
Stefani Furstenburg, Tiara
Smith, Sha'Quize Dawson,
Tracie . Cumbie, Davida
Odom, Erica Balough, Sa-
mantha Nicodemus, Evan
Brumbaugh, Megan Gan-
non, Briana Sigman, Sarah
Sizemore, Lindsay Martin,
Katid McNeill, Katie Max-
well, Catie Quintanilla and
Chase Watford.
1. Key Club: Don't for-

get the roadside cleanup
this Saturday, Sept. 26 at
9:30 a.m. Meet in the GCCC
parking lot.
2. Applications for
Keyettes are in the front
office and all forms are due
to Mrs. McGhee by Sept.
3. Mu Alpha Theta, a
brand new math club at
PSJHS, is going to have
their meetings every
Thursday during lunch in
Mrs. Morris' room.
4. The Student Govern-
ment Association is selling
Yankee Candles. For more
information contact Joni
White or any member of
1. The volleyball team
has a game tonight against
Wewahitchka in the Dome
at 5:30 and 6:00.p.m. Come
out and support your lady
Tiger Sharks.
2. Varsity Football has
their first district game
at home against Liberty
County tomorrow night
at 7:30 p.m. Make sure to
come show some support
for our athletes.
General Info:
1. Progress reports will
be issued today, Sept. 24.
2. Students, the 2008-
2009 yearbooks are in. If
you have already pur-
chased one, you can come
pick it up in Mr. Taylor's
room 202. If you want to
buy one please contact
someone from the Monu-
ment staff. Be sure to hur-
ry, there's only a few left.

2010 George Washington High

School reunion scheduled for July

Organizers of a George
Washington High School
Reunion have begun col-
lecting registration fees
for the event, scheduled
for July 2-4, 2010.
The Class of 1967 is
planning the reunion, but
extends an open invitation
to members of any gradu-
ating class.
The event will begin
on July 2 at 6 p.m. with a
"Meet and Greet" at the
George Washington High
School Museum.
Other activities include
a July 3 picnic at. noon in

Nathan Peters Park and
an evening banquet at the
George Washington High
School gymnasium.
Those desiring to at-
tend the reunion must
submit a $60 fee to Nathan
Peters, Jr., 404 Peters
Street, Port St. Joe, FL
32401. Admission to the
picnic is free for those un-
der age 18.
Fees should be received
by March 31, 2010, and no
later than April 15, 2010.
For more information,
contact Nathan Peters, Jr.
at 850,899-6454.

Bullying prevention program begins at WMS

All schools deal with the
issue of bullying. Wewahi-
tchka Middle School is tak-
ing proactive steps to stop
and prevent bullying by
adopting the Olweus Bul-
lying Prevention Program.
This research-based
school wide "systems-
change" program has
been used successfully in
schools all over the coun-
try and around the world
with positive results.
This program is not a
curriculum that. students
participate in for only a few
weeks. Rather it is a coor-
dinated effort by all adults

in the school to supervise
and intervene when any
bullying happens. As part
of the program, students
participate in weekly class
meetings to learn about
the effects of bullying,
what they can do" about
it, and how they can work
with adults at school to
put a stop to it even as by-
Implementing the 01-
weus Bullying Prevention
Program is a long-term
commitment to making We-
wahitchka Middle School a
safer, more positive place
to be. This type of pro-

gram is about changing
the whole school climate to
make if a safer, more posi-
tive place to learn. One
change that many schools
have noticed after using
this program for a year or
two is that students actu-
ally like school better.
Wewahitchka Middle
School had its Bullying
Prevention Program Kick-
off on Tuesday, Sept 15.
The WMS cheerleaders
lead the kick-off with many
cheers about bullying pre-
vention. WMS Student
leadership members per-
formed a skit explaining

the program and how bul-
lying affects our student
body. Students were asked
to join in our efforts to stop
bullying by participating in
a line dance taught by the
middle school cheerlead-
ers. To follow up this pep
rally atmosphere students
were allowed to attend
the WMS Football game
against Port St. Joe Middle
School free of charge.
We are excited about
this initiative; if want more
information about this pro-
gram please contact Ms.
Pam Lister, Principal at

Another Classless Reunion coming to PSJHS October 24

By Jim Cox
Special to The Star

The idea of holding a
reunion that represented
all the graduating classes
of Port St. Joe High School
seemed to be a great idea
but an idea that would
never work.
However with dona-
tions from local business-
es and a hard working
committee it begin to take
shape, and turned out to
be a huge success back in
August of 2001.
Over 1200 people
showed up to enjoy some
great entertainment, good
food along with some
great fellowship with for-
mer classmates, teachers
and friends.
As one former PSJHS
class member said, "it
was like going back in a
time machine. .. I closed
my eyes as the music took
me back to a special place
in time."
Now planned for Octo-
ber 24, with the support of
local businesses, commit-
tee members are in the
process of putting it all
together again.
It has been almost
nine years since the 2001
Classless Reunion. People
that you would see on the
street or come in contact
with wold continue to ask

when the next Classless
Reunion would be.
Until now the planning
committee thought it may
be too soon, or that it could
never be accomplished
However as time con-
tinued to pass and people
continued to get older,
along with the fact that we
were losing many of our
classmates and friends,
it seemed like the time
had come to have another
Classless Reunion.
After talks with Mayor
Mel Madgison, some of
the city commissioners
along with the TDC and
several other community
leaders, we received the
go ahead.
It takes a great effort
to make this event, not
just happen, but to be a
success. This big event
could not happen without
the help of all the local
businesses and especially
the TDC getting involved.
They have helped provide
the means along with
much needed work to get
started and make this
event a huge success.
What about some
great entertainment?
Gulf County is fortunate
enough to have had many
successful . musicians
grow up to perform not
only in this area but all

over the United States.
The entertainment list
for the Classless 2009 con-
tinues to grow and will be
a huge hit with the crowd.
So far the entertainment
list includes Ann Comfort-
er and George Boyer with
his new band.
Former members of
The 13th Hour Glass fea-
turing Larry Parker, Robin
Downs, Trudie Downs and
Clark Downs are teaming
up with Charles Butler to
put together something
very special with other lo-
cal musicians.
A very successful Band
(Southern Satisfaction),
formerly from Gulf Coun-
ty, is now getting the origi-
nal group back together
to perform for the Class-
less Reunion. Former
members included Bobby
Kennedy, Wayne Neel and
Paula Tankersly from Port
St. Joe along with Billy
Blackman and Charles
Gaskin of Wewahitchka.
All have been profes-
sional musicians at one
time of another but are
donating their time and
talents for this event.
As .you can see there
is already a great evening
being planned with some
of Gulf County's finest
musicians planning to put
on a great performance
and one that will 1e re-

membered for some time.
This Big Event should
be a, great evening with
lots of fun and excite-
The event will be held
in the Centennial Building
in Port St. Joe and will be
free of charge. Food and
drinks will be provided
thanks to donations from
local merchants and for-
mer classmates.
The Classless Reunion
2009 is now attracting a
huge number of people
and is beginning to take
on a life of its own. This
Reunion should be much
bigger and much better
than the Classless reunion
in 2001, as we learned a
great deal from it.
As of now who knows
what will happen? I do
know this event is going
to be one of a lifetime and
you had better start mak-
ing plans to attend.
For information about
the Classless Reunion
2009, go to the Web-Site
Any information need-
ed such as times, places
to stay along with photos
of the 2001 event are pro-
vided on the site.
Start making your
plans to be there as all of
your former friends and
classmates will be looking
for you.


Wewahitchka Elementary School Students of
the Week for Sept. 21-25 are:
Aubrey Clayton (2nd grade), Savannah
Lister (2nd grade), James Kennell (3rd grade),
Christopher Thursbay (3rd grade) and Ashley
Hendrix (4th grade).
Not pictured: Kiera Desrosier (kindergarten)
and Riley Roberts (5th grade)

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


Thursday, September 24, 2009


W. P. "r. Comforter
L.F-. 507 10th Street Port St. Joe
(850) 227-18a i (850J 229-8111

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Health problems?
Is America being
cursed with health related
problems? Blessings and
cursings are found in the
Old Testament book of
Deuteronomy 28:1, 2. The
introduction says, "Now it
shall come to pass, if you
diligently obey the voice
of the Lord your God, to
observe carefully all His
commandments which I
command you today, that
the Lord your God will set
you high above all nations
of the earth. And all these
blessings shall come upon
you and overtake you,
because you obey the voice
of the Lord your God."
The last 53 verses of
that chapter contain all
the curses that would be
brought upon the people if
they didn't obey the voice of
the Lord.
Also, we read in Exodus
15:26: "If you diligently
heed the voice of the Lord
your God, and do what is

right in His sight, give ear
to His commandments, and
keep all His statutes, I will
put none of the diseases on
you, which I have brought
on the Egyptians. For I am
the Lord who heals you."
While these blessings
and cursings were
addressed to the Children
of Israel, it shows us how
God deals with mankind
through national entities.
Until the last century,
when we began to turn our
back on Him, God blessed
America abundantly. Now,
we have allowed ourselves
to be enticed into two
costly wars, with no end in
sight, and are in the midst
of a horrible health care
When our nation was
founded, our founding
fathers observed that
a capitalistic economic
system only works for a
Christian nation, and for
people who have a "love
one another" mentality.
We now have a post

St. Joseph
Catholic Church
20th and Monument Ave. * Port St. Joe * 227-1417
Also Serving Mexico Beach
All Mass Times EDT:
Saturday ............................................................. 4:00 pm
Sunday ............................................................... 9:30 am
Monday, Thursday, Friday................................. 9:30 am
W wednesday ....................................................... 5:30 pi

St. Lawrence Mission
788 N. Hwy.71
- Wewahitchka, FL
Sunday Mass I1:00 am (CT)

Christian nation, where
the servants of Satan
are trying to remove all
mention of God from
our schools and our
government facilities.
However, they are not the
ones to blame. It is the
rich politicians and judges
who are bowing to their
demands that are to blame.
We don't have a health
care crisis? If you think
that, you must be in
excellent health, or have
an employer sponsored
health insurance program.
For the rest of us, it is
virtually impossible to
find any kind of affordable
health insurance, or to
find a health care facility,
other than one which is,
for all practical purposes,
under the control of the
drug companies and their
millionaire CEO s.
It doesn't take much
searching, over the
internet, to find many
natural alternatives to
the high cost health care
system, with its high cost
providers, who are forced

to charge high prices, to
support their practices, 15y
the unscrupulous actions
of trial lawyers. And, don't
forget the high priced
insurance companies,
which are nothing but
middle men, feeding off
the system, with no regard
to the welfare of the
This problem is not
going to be solved by
a health care reform,
accomplished by the same
wealthy lawyer politicians,
who have given themselves
a very complete health
insurance program, at our
expense, while denying
us the same kind of
The answer is a
national repentance - a
turning back to our God
and Creator, who is the
true source of our health,-
or lack of it!
. 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 to be born
again from above,- not'
risk your present and your
eternal future, on faulty
religious teaching. At the
MBCWC, we don't pass an
offering plate and 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 on Sunday.
Worship begins at 9:45 a.m.
Come early so that 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 on 105 N.
31st street, 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
Contact: pastor@
com, http://www.

Cape San Bias Mission
1500 ft from State Park entrance
at Cape San Bias
Closed for the Season

Please come and meet our new
Rector Father Tommy Dwyer!
8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) * Sunday School 9:45
Child Care Provided for at 11:00

S... Worship with us at
y Ire Faith, Family &Friendship are fjund
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pm
A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm

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

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111 North 22nd Street * Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors..
Tie people of Ieica loech iited leleodist (hirch

Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor * Church/Office: 648-8820

The First Baptist Church Youth program will be studying Iee
StrdbePs curriculum "The Case for a Creator." The study will begin
at 9:30 am on Sunday. September 27th and will run thru November
29th. Anyone interested is welcome and encouraged to come join us
'in this Study.,Weare located at 102-Third Street. If you have any,
questions please contact Bobby Alexander at 227-1552,'.

Contemporary Service 9:0
Sunday School: 10:00 a.in
traditional Worship: 11:0

Youth: 5:30p.m. ET
Chair: 7:00p.m. ET

Constitution and Monument Port St. Yoe
(850) 227-1724
)0 a.m. ET Rev. Mac Fulcher
n. ET 'Pastor
10 a. m. ET. Ann Comforter Jeremy Dixon
Alusic Director Youth Minister
Deborah Loyless
Direqor of Children Ministries

The Christian CONSCIENCE

Jesus is Lord and He is waiting

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S 382 Ling Street - Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a
4t Morning Worship 11:00
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Evening Service
Discipleship Training
Wednesday Prayer


7:70 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

Family Life

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

A Spirit Filled
Outreach Oriented
Word of Faith Church


, www.familylifechurch.net
323 Reid Ave ~ Downtown Port St. Joe, FL ~ 850-229-5433

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508 Sixteenth Street
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456


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

. first Baptist Churchz
'iL U. Jeff PinderPa I'stor
Buddy Caswell, Mioiotr o/f Music & Education
Bobby Alexander, Minister to Studentsr
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............ 1:00 am Children's Ministry
Youth Groups ..... ........ 5:30 pm Activities ......................... 6:30 pm
Youth Ministry Activities.. 6:30 pm

www.fbcpsj.org /

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SUNDAY: Gcncral Assembly 9:'iS a.m, ET Biil stdyi ll ,ages 10 ,I , T I
Morning Worship II a.m. F * Ivsning \Vmslhip 6i p.mn,
Tuesday: Choir Praciccr 7 i.m,
Wednesday: Kids for Christ 6 p.m. /Pfrayr Meeting & Yomih G(rotiup 7 p.i
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Church 647-3950 * Home 769 8725
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, "our Church can be your home"

first Church ofthe azarene
2420 Long Avenue * Port St. Joc, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

Give unto the Lonf the elony due His name, worship tfie Lordint the beauty of oliness.
'Psalm 29:2

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

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

xs of faith
Goodwor.. t save
your soul.
Only through Jesu, -an
you reach this goal.
You say you have faith,
maybe this is true.
But without the blood of
Jesus, it won't save you.
Our love for God is best
seen in our love for our
The only preacher our
neighbor may hear is what
we do for others.
Let's show our faith by
our works each day.
Give God full control, let
Him have His way.
God will impress upon
our hearts the love that
Christ to sinners gave.
Then help us show that
same regard for everyone
He died to save.
Billy Johnson


A Night with the King
S postponed
Victory Temple First
Born Holiness Churoh's
Junior/Seasoned Women
Department has postponed
the banquet scheduled for
Saturday, Sept. 26 to a later
date to be announced.
For any questions or for
more information contact
Evangelist Iris Gathers at

Women's day
Philadelphia Primitive
Baptist Church will honor its
women on this Sunday as it
celebrates Annual Women's
Day. The Observance will
begin at 10 a.m. with Church
School and continue with a
special 11 a.m. worship ser-
vice. The guest speaker is
Mrs. Linda Willis, a minister
in-training at New Bethel
A.M.E. Church. The theme
is "Trusting an Unchanging
God in an Ever-changing
World." Come and be a part
of this great day of worship
and inspiration.

m aithBible
f C, H U R C H
Michael Rogers - Pastor
9:45 A M ........... ... .................. ........ . Sunday School
10:30 AM ....... .. .... ............. Fellowship Breakfast
11:00 A M .... .. ................ .............. ........... . .. W orship
6 :0 0 P M . ...... .. ..... ........... ............................ W o rsh ip
801 20th Street * Port St. Joe * 229-6707
H1ot1m' tf F'ith Christian School

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Law Enforcement

The Star I B5

Suspect in inmate stabbing death dies of apparent suicide

By David Adlerstein
Times City Editor
An inmate who prison officials
say stabbed his cellmate to death
early Monday morning at Frank-
lin Correctionl aistitution died
Tuesday afternoon of an apparent
Arer Nathaniel Taylor, a 43-
.ear-old convicted sex offender,
was stabbed to death in his cell
early Monday morning, the in-
mate whom authorities sus-
pected in the crime, Christopher
Lunz, 41, was moved later that
day to Florida State Prison in Rai-

ford, the Florida
Department of
Corrections' most -
secure facility.
At 12:35 p.m.
.lTuesday, Lunz
was found dead in
his cell in Raiford
of an apparent TAYLOR
suicide. Prison of-
ficials did not com-
ment on a specific cause of death.
"We are investigating now,"
said Gretl Plessinger, spokes-
woman for the Florida Depart-
ment of Corrections.
The series of deadly events be-

gan shortly before
4:55 a.m. Monday,.
when officials be-
S- lieveLunz stabbed
Taylor to death
with a shank, a
homemade weap-
on, while they
LUNZ were in their cell.
Lunz was serving
a life sentence for
the March 2003 shotgun slaying of
his father in Palm Harbor.
Plessinger said when prison of-
ficials opened the cell doors, they
heard Lunz saying that he had a
hostage and warning officers to

stay back. Officials say Lunz also
stabbed a second inmate Monday
morning, although that inmate's
wounds are not life-threatening.
Prison officials declined to release
the second victim's name because
of medical privacy regulations.
The second victim was not a
cellmate of Lunz's, Plessinger
"Because it just happened,
we're still investigating, but some
details are blurry at this point,"
she said.
Plessinger said a captain ap-
proached Lunz after the stabbing,
talked him out of the weapon and

got control of the situation. The
facility, just outside Carrabelle,
then went into restricted move-
ment for the next several hours.
Taylor was convicted in March
1996 in Volusia County on two sex-
related offenses, lewd and lascivi-
ous assault on a child under age
16, and coercion of a sex act on a
child by an adult.
He served approximately 7'/2
years for the crimes and was
released in Dec. 2003. Taylor re-
turned to prison in June 2006 af-
ter violating his parole and was
expected to be incarcerated until
Sept. 2016.

Gulf County Sheriff ARREST LOG

The Gulf County Sher-
iff's Office will be conduct-
ing vehicle safety check-
points and DUI clteck
points during the month
of September 2009. The
check points will be held
throughout the county to
include Highway 98 near
St. Joe Beach, Highway
98 and Garrison Ave, C-30
Simmons Bayou, Highway
71 North of White .City,
Highway 22 and Highway
22A, Highway 71 and We-
starm Creek, Highway 71
Dalkieth Area and High-
way 71 near the Calhoun
On 09/11/2009 Steven
Edward Arthur, 38, was ar-
rested and charged with

On 09/11/2009 William
Le Penamon, Jr., 34, was
arrested on a warrant for
sale of crack cocaine for an
incident that occurred in
March of this year.
On 09/12/2009 Darryl
Taylor Jr., 31, was arrested
for failure to pay a civil
On 09/15/2009 George
Fredrick Cargill, 38, was
arrested for possession of
a controlled substance and
possession of drug para-
. phernalia.
On 09/15/2009 Apollonia
Trametra Williams was
arrested on a warrant for
failure to appear for DWL-
On 09/16/2009 Calvin
David Moses, 20, was ar-

rested on a warrant for
failure to appear.
On 09/17/2009 Willie
Eugene Jones, Jr. 21, was
arrested on a warrant for
violation of probation.
On 09/18/2009 John
Henry Robinson, II, 43,
was arrested on a violation
of probation warrant.
On 09/18/2009 Brooke
Rachelle Grice, 25, was
arrested on charges of
On 09119/2009 Jack Er-
nest Davila, 42, was arrest-
ed on charges of indecent
exposure and trespassing
in occupied structure.
On 09/19/2009 Bobby
Smith Harris, 31, was ar-
rested on a child support

EVOC Driving Course
Gulf County Emer-
gency Medical Services
presents an Emergency
Vehicle Operator Training
(EVOC) Driving Course,
Part 1 this Saturday from
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET at the
St. Joe Beach Fire Depart-
ment, located at 7912 Ala-
bama Ave.
As an Emergency Re-
sponder, your primary re-
sponsibility is to "Do No
Harm." When responding
in. a personal or depart-
ment vehicle, it is impor-
tant to understand the
dangers involved. We hope
to give yoq the information,
tools and practice needed
to respond safely.
The 16-hour class is
divided into two separate
eight-hour classes.
The first class (Fire)
teaches guidelines for safe
operations of emergency
vehicles, including person-
ally owned vehicles used
to support department re-
sponses and activities.
The second eight-hour

class (Ambulance) empha-
sizes not only the guide-
lines for safe operations
but its effect on patients
and crew members. This
class will be held at a later
While this training is
not mandatory, it is en-
couraged. Taking both
classes will give you the 16
hours required to drive an
ambulance in Florida.
The classes are open to
all fire departments, EMS
and First Responders.
They will be conducted in a
low stress atmosphere and
no experience is required.
. To learn more, contact
fl.us or phone 850-229-

Highland View
Neighborhood Watch

There will be a High-
land View Neighborhood
Watch meeting at 6:30 p.m.
on Thursday, Oct. 1 at the
Highland View Fire De-
partment. Please try to at-


HeartSaver Training
Gulf County Emergency
Medical Services presents
HeartSavr Training, BLS
Healthcare Provider CPR
for adults, children and in-
Grants from the Florida
Department of EMS make
it possible for us to offer
free classes to all fire fight-
ers, law enforcement offi-
cers and EMS personnel,
as well as county and city
All others must pay a
$35 enrollment fee.
Three classes are
scheduled for Thursday,
Oct. 8 as follows: CPR (8
a.m.-noon), First Aid (1-4
p.m.) and CPR (5-9 p.m.).
The classes will be held
in the Gulf County EOC
building, located behind
the courthouse.
There is no need to reg-
ister for classes; space is
Call 850-229-8002 for
more information.

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Franklin County Sheriff, security firm

raid suspected pit bull training camp

Special to The Star
An. Atlanta-based pri-
vate investigative and
security firm, Norred &
Associates, rescued two
severely injured pit bulls
over the weekend that
have allegedly been used
as bait to condition other
pit bulls.
Phil Gallacher, CEO
and Founder of Norred
& Associates, was fol-
lowing a lead received on
Norred's toll-free, animal
cruelty tip line at 877-215-
"We were notified that
the property located at
1122 Bluff Road in Apala-
chicola was possibly a
dog fighting location,"
says Gallacher. In addi-
tion to uncovering an al-
leged pit bull training and
fighting site, Gallacher
also found two severely
wounded pit bulls being
kept on short chains.
Because of the sever-
ity of the dogs' injuries,

Gallacher immediately
notified Franklin County
Sheriff Skip Shiver, who
promptly dispatched in-
vestigators and Animal
"We have been investi-
gating dog fighting cases
for years," says Gallach-
er. "Of the over 250 dogs
our team has rescued,
these dogs here was in
the worst condition of apy
we've seen to date."
A veteran private in-
vestigator and former
police officer, Gallacher
says he was disgusted
at the deplorable condi-
tion of the dogs. "I would
have gathered additional
evidence, but couldn't
stand to let those poor
animals suffer another
minute in the state they
were in."
He does not yet know
if the dogs can be saved
or if they will need to be
put down.
"These two touched
noses when they were in

the process of being re-
moved from the proper-
ty," he says. "Either way,
they must have sensed
they were going to a bet-
ter place."
The investigation is
ongoing* All evidence has
been submitted the Flor-
ida State's Attorney's Of-
fice for possible criminal
For almost two years,
Norred has been donat-
ing his company's time
and resources to rescu-
ing abused animals. As
part of that effort, he
launched the hotline to
give private citizens a
confidential way of re-
porting suspected cases
of animal abuse occur-
ring in Georgia and Flor-
ida. Norred further of-
fers rewards up to $5,000
for any notification that
results in an arrest and
For more information,
please contact Phil Gal-
lacher at 678-410-6209.

This report represents
some events the FWC han-
dled over the past week;
however, it does not in-
clude all actions taken by
the Division of Law En-


Okaloosa County
Lt. Mark Hollin-'
head and Officers Steve
Bartlett, Pete Rockwell
and Danny Arnette re-
sponded to a boating
accident in Fort Walton
Beach after two ves-
sels collided in Choc-
tawhatchee Bay. Three
occupants on board one
vessel were fatally in-
jured as a result of the
crash. A preliminary
investigation revealed
navigational lights were
displayed on both vessels
when they collided. FWC
investigators are wait-
ing for results of blood
samples taken from both
operators to determine
if alcohol contributed to
the accident.

Franklin County
Officer Carmon
Brownell received infor-
mation from an FWC In-

vestigator that a vessel
had been illegally har-
vesting oysters from the
Eleven Mile area ofApala-
chicola Bay. After receiv-
ing a description of the
vessel, Officer Brownell
located and boarded the
vessel as it returned to
port and conducted a
vessel safety and saltwa-
ter products inspection.
The two harvesters de-
nied having any oysters
on board when asked by
Officer Brownell. Upon
further inspection, two
and a half bags of oysters
were found concealed
within the vessel. The
harvesters then admit-
ted to harvesting the oys-
ters from closed waters.
Officer Brownell cited
both individuals with
misdemeanor charges of
harvesting oysters from
a conditionally approved
area during a closure and
returned the two and a
half bags of oysters back
to the water alive.
Officer Travis Hucke-
ba located two com-
mercial oyster vessels
that appeared to be har-
vesting oysters from
restricted waters adja-
cent to the Apalachicola
River Channel. Officer
Huckeba obtained as-
sistance from Offic6rs

Steven Cook and Chasen
Yarborough to get a bet-
ter look at the precise lo-
cation of the vessels and
to ascertain if the two
vessels were actively en-
gaged in harvesting oys-
ters. Officers. Cook and
Yarborough confirmed
the vessels' location and
the activities of the occu-
pants from a concealed
location on the mainland.
Officer Huckeba then
proceeded to the vessels,
which attempted to leave
the restricted waters as
he approached. Officer
Huckeba stopped both
vessels and then directed
them to the mainland for
inspection. Upon inspect
tion, the two vessels con-
tained 14 bags of oysters
,harvested from the re-
stricted waters. The four
harvesters admitted to
knowing they were in re-
stricted waters while har-
vesting. The four were
cited for ten misdemean-
or charges pertaining to
harvesting oysters from
conditionally restricted
waters, no saltwater
products license and no
Apalachicola Bay oyster
permit. The 14 bags of
oysters were seized and
returned alive back into
the restricted waters.

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The Final Budget Hearing held on
September 21, 2009 for the City of
Wewahitchka was recessed and will be
continued on:

Monday, September 28, 2009
6:00 pm Central Time
Wewahitchka City Hall
109 South 2 Street
Wewahitchka, FL 32465

B6 I The Star


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Grow your favorite vegetables anywhere

By Roy Lee Carter
County Extension Director
Lack of yard space is no ex-
cuse for not growing a vegetable
garden. Regardless of whether
you live in an apartment, condo-
minium or mobile home, some
space is available for growing a
few of your favorite vegetables.
However, the area you choose to
grow your garden must receive
five hours or more of sunlight
daily. As a general rule, leafy
vegetables such as cabbage
and mustard greens can toler-
ate more shade than root veg-
etables like radishes and beets.
Vegetables that bear fruit such
as pepper, tomatoes and cucum-
bers will need the most sun.
Apartment dwellers will
probably be limited to using

containers or
window boxes
for vegetable
growing. Always
make sure the
containers used
are large enough
to hold the veg-
ROY LEE etable plants
CARTER when they reach
County extension maturity. All con-
director tainers should
have sufficient number of drain-
. age holes in the bottom for
proper drainage. My informa-
tion about container gardening
was provided by the University
of Florida, Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Extension Vegetable Specialist,
Mr. Jim Stephens.
One you've selected a con-
tainer and have decided what to

grow, it's time to think about a
growing medium. Of course you
can plant in either ordinary gar-
den soil, or a prepared soil mix.
A good growth medium can be
made of one bushel of vermicu-
lite.(ver-mik-you-lite). A bushel
of.peat moss, one-and-a quarter
cups of dolomite (Dole-ah-mite),
and a cup of 8-8-8 fertilizer with
trace elements - all mixed
thoroughly. You could also use
a bushel of sand or garden soil
mixed with a bushel of peat,
well-decomposed compost, or
cow manure. Either way you
need to add the dolomite and
With mini-gardening, you
have another growth-media op-
tion. You can use soil, substi-
tutes-things like sawdust, wood
shaving, pure sand, or gravel.

If you plant in one of the ligh,\
substitutes such as sawdust or
wood shavings, it'll be easier to
move the container, if necessary.
In any case, fertilizing a mini--
garden planted in soil substi-
tutes, such as we've mentioned,
is quite different from the meth-
ods used with soil mixes or in
backyard gardens. Soil substi-
tutes are porous and don't hold
moisture or nutrients very long.
Using such media, you need to
water and fertilizer often. Nor-
mally, drench the container with
a nutrient solution once or twice
a day - as many as five times a
day if it's especially hot and dry.
The soil mixes we mentioned
earlier have plenty of organic
matter and some fertilizer, and
usually retain moisture well.
So, they don't need such fre-

Auent watering and fertilizing.
Y, can maintain a normal gar-
den*,^ ring schedule, and add
fertilize e d ,ry week or two. You
can dren�c th a soluble fer-
tilizer, or spread common , dry
on the soil surface <,d water it
thoroughly into the ro,- zone.
Just don't apply too much, or
your may cause fertilizer burn.
Regardless of your method, fol-
low the fertilizer label directions
for container grown vegetables.
If you want to grow vegeta-
bles, but are cramped for- space,
give container gardening a try.
We think you'll enjoy it both the
activity and the produce.
For more information on
container gardening, contact
the Gulf County IFAS Extension
Service or secure IFAS Exten-
sion Fact Sheet HS708.

On Oct. 4, 1909, Rosenia
Meriwether was born in
Pike Road, Alabama. On
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009 at 9:15
a.m. CT, at St. John's Epis-
copal Church, 4060 North
State 71 in Wewahitchka,

friends and family are in-
vited to a celebration of the
late Rosenia Meriwether
Kilbourn's life. Morning
Worship Service will be
followed by a covered dish
brunch (please bring a dish

if you can). After brunch,
participants are invited to
tell their favorite "Rosenia
Story." If you need further
information, please call
Tom Kilbourn at 850-576-
3939 or 850-508-9802.

Thank You

Thomas family extends their gratitude
We would like to extend our sincere appreciation for the condolences, sympa-
thy and support expressed during the loss of our dear mother, Vallene Thomas
- The Thomas Family

Pate family thank you
The family of Evelyn Pate would like to say thank you to the Port St. Joe com-
munity for the kind expressions of sympathy and encouragement during the
time of our loss. The food, flowers, cards and calls were comforting and greatly
appreciated by each of us, most of all thank you for your prayers.
- Frank Pate, Jr., Wayne and Jae Pate and family, Gary Pate and family

In Memory

In loving memory of George James (Jim) Armour (5/13/59 - 9/12/08)

I love you!

Yard sale Oct. 3 to benefit church building fund
Open Arms Assembly of church building fund. It will cover in case of bad weather.
God will be having a church- be located at 6590 S.W Hwy To donate or for directions
wide yard sale on Saturday, 73 in Kinard. please contact Pat Cobb at
Oct. 3 at 7 a.m. to benefit the There will be plenty of 850-639-4176.


Charles Henry Dockery

Charles Henry Dock-
ery, 62, born Nov. 2, 1946
in Port St. Joe and passed
away on Wednesday, Sept.
16 in Jacksonville, FL af-
ter a lengthy battle with a
heart condition.
Charles started work-
ing at the age of 12 in the
funeral profession with
Comforter Funeral Home
in Port St. Joe. He was a
long-time valued employ-
ee of Corey-Kerlin Funeral
Home in Jacksonville and
was very proud of being a
part of the Corey-Kerlin
Funeral Home family.
He was a veteran of the
U.S. Navy having served
on carriers dispatched to
pick up the first Gemini
astronauts that splashed
down. He was, a life-long
Florida State Seminole
fan "Go 'Noles, FSU all

the way."
He was predeceased
by his father, William P
Dockery in 1973.
Survivors include
his mother, Electa Cook
Frary of Port St. Joe; his
loving wife of 25 years
Arlyn Morrison Dockery;
daughters, Amy Locke of
Crawfordville and Jen-
nice Gibson of Jackson-
ville; sisters, Lila (Milo)
Smith of Blountstown and
Evelyn (Bubba) West of
Tallahassee; grandsons,
which he was very proud
of, David Martin "Tre"
Locke, III and Riley Noah
Jackson, of Crawfordville;
two nieces, four nephews,
his beloved Silky terrier,
Buddy, and a host of won-
derful friends.
He was a friend of Bill
& Bob's since 1985 and

was a member of Vision
Baptist Church in Jack-
The family received
friends from 5-7 p.m. on
Friday, Sept. 18 at Corey-
Kerlin Rmeral Home.
Funeral services were
held at 7 p.m. Friday at
Corey-Kerlin with Rev. E
Ray Turner, Vision Baptist
Church, officiating.
Graveside services
were held at 4 p.m. on Sat-
urday, Sept. 19, in Holly
Hill Cemetery in Port St.
Joe with Rodney West of-
In lieu of flowers the
family requests donations
to Vision Baptist Church,
11337 Duval Road, Jack-
sonville, FL 32218.
Arrangements by Co-
rey-Kerlin Funeral Home
of Jacksonville.

Maud A. Van Horn Martin

Mrs. Maud A. Van
Horn Martin, 105, was
born in Laurel Hill, FL.
After her marriage to hcr
loving husband, Chris
Martin, they resided in
Port St. Joe.
In the 1960's after
many years of being a
devoted homemaker, she
became curator of the
Centennial Museum in
Port St. Joe, where she
retired. She was preced-

ed in death by her hus-
band, Judge Jeff Chris
Martin and her daughter,
Kathryn M. Branch.
Mrs. Martin will al-
ways be remembered
for her high soprano and
melodious voice. She was
a soloist at weddings,
in her church choir and
many social functions
about town. She was an
active member of the Port
St. Joe Garden Club.

Mrs. Martin loved
life, family and her many
friends, especially her
children. She is survived.
by her daughter, Ouida
"Bunni" Zeigler of Port
St, Lucie; four grandchil-
dren and three, great-
grandchildren. She was a
cousin to the late Ocycle
Contributions may be
made to Faith Christian
School in Port St. Joe.


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1160 - Lost
1170 - Found

The Gulf County Clerk of
the Circuit Court will be ac-
cepting applications for a
Deputy Clerk, Finance De-
partment position until
5:00 p.m.,. E.T. on October
1, 2009. Applications may
be picked up and submit-
ted at the Clerk's Office,
Gulf County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.,
Blvd., Room 148, Port St.
Joe, FL between the hours
of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.,
E.T, Monday through Fri-
*High school graduate,
some bookkeeping / ac-
counting experience
*Working knowledge of
Microsoft Word and Excel
*Strong organizational
*Conscientious, dependa-
ble, industrious work
-Ability to maintain confi-
The Gulf County Clerk's
Office -enforces a
Drug-Free Workplace Pol-
icy and is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Ac-
tion Employer.
Rebecca L. Norris
Clerk of Court
September 17, 24, 2009
File Number 09-75PR
The administration of the
estate of JAMIE ROBIN
ceased, whose date of
death was August 25, 2009
and whose social security
number is 261-41-8439, is
pending in the Circuit
Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is
Gulf County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal
representative and the per-
sonal representative's at-
tomey are set forth below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be
served must file their
claims with this Court
All other creditors of the
decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against the decedent's es-
tate must file their claims
with this Court WITHIN
TION 733.702 OF THE

The date of first publica-
tion of this Notice is Sep-
tember 24, 2009.
Personal Representative:
1807 Marvin Ave.
Port St. Joe, Fl. 32456
Attorney for Personal
Charles A. Costin
Florida Bar No. 699070
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL32457
Telephone: (850) 227-1159
September 24, October 1,
File Number 09-74PR

The administration of the
estate of THOMAS ED-,
ceased, whose date of
death was August 22, 2009
and whose social security
number is 423-15-5289, is
pending in the Circuit
Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division,

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the address of which is
Gulf County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal
representative and the per-
sonal representative's at-
torney are set forth below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and "other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be
served must file their
claims with this Court
All other creditors of the
decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against the decedent's es-
tate must file their claims
with this Court WITHIN
TION 733.702 OF THE
The date of first publica-
tion of this Notice is Sep-
tember 24, 2009.
Personal Representative:
2903 Minnesota Ave.
Lynn Haven, Fl. 32444
Attorney for Personal Rep-
Charles A. Costin
Florida Bar No. 699070
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Telephone: (850) 227-1159
September 24, October 1,

CASE NO.: 2007-245-CA
GIVEN pursuant to an Or-
der Rescheduling Foreclo-
sure dated September 10,
2009 and entered in Case
NO. 2007-245-CA of the
Circuit Court of the FOUR-
TEENTH Judicial Circuit in
and for GULF County, Flor-
ida wherein BANK OF
AMERICA, NA, is the Plain-
tiff and MARY JACKSON;
the Defendants, I will sell
to the highest and best
bidder for cash at LOBBY
11:00AM, on the 29th day
of October, 2009, the fol-
lowing described property
as set forth in said Final
AND 18.


Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the Us Pend-
ens must file a claim within
sixty (60) days after the
the seal of this Court on
September '1,2009:
Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group,
PRO. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida
** See Americans with
Disabilities Act**
In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to
participate in this proceed-
ing should contact Gulf
County Courthouse
#850-229-6113 (TDD)
September 24, October 1,
U.S. Bank, National Asso-
ciation, as Successor Trus-

tee to Bank of America,
National Association, as
Successor by Merger to
LaSalle Bank, National As-
sociation, as Trustee for
Ownit Mortgage Loan
Trust, Ownit Mortgage
Loan Asset-Backed Certifi-
cates Series 20064,

Michael A. Clark and
Brandi N. Clark,: Husband
and Wife; Unknown Parties

| 1100 1 31100 3230 4100 _11 6130 | 6140 | 6140
in Possession #1; Un- sonal property, to the high- 107 Ramsey Cir.(Betty Dr. 8228 Hwy 98, St Joe
known Parties in Posses- est and best bidder for off Garrison Ave.) Sat. 26th Baby Sitter's Clean 2 br, 2 ba n PSJ, 3 br, 2 ba Beach, 2 br, 2 ba house
sion #2; If living, and all CASH IN HAND, subject to 8am-1pm. ThrNe-F dedamily oramy on $675 mo debr ba Nicewith gulf view, $725 mo +
Unknown Parties claiming all prior liens, encum- Sale! Furniture, W/D, fire- Needed for fam on $675 mo + dep Call N dep, 850-647-9214
by, through, under and branches and judgments, if place & lots of misc. items. vacation, for the summer. 850-545-5814 or Neighborhood
against the above named any, the proceeds to be Mustbe 8 or over 850-442-3334. 1,750 sq ft home on quiet Gulfaire
Defendants) whlo are not applied as far as may be Port St. Joe 412 Gulfaire 904-206-1200 street close to schools & Executive 3 br, 2 ba, W&D,
known to be dead of alive, to the payment of costs Dr. Fri & Sat. 8-1. Power parks. Open floor plan, garage, deck, fenced yd,
whether said Unknown and satisfaction of the tools, Christmas, house- new carpet & paint, fire pool, tennis court, private
Parties may claim an inter- above described execu- hold goods and decor. E l Landing place, deck, large lot. beach, pts okay, $925
est as Spouse, Heirs, Devi- tion. Port St. Joe: 228 8th St. a $750 month. Call Connie mo. 850-639-2690 or
sees, Grantees, or Other P8 Spacious 850-899-7791 832-9702
Claimants JOSEPH NUGENT, AS Huge Back Yard
Defendant(s). SHERIFF OF GULF Garage Sale Temporary Townhome St Joe Beach
COUNTY, FLORIDA 228 8th St PJ Superintendent New development - Fully b
Case #: 2009-CA-000447 FLORDA 228 8th St. PSJSat Construction firm is seek- furnished, beautiful & spa- 3 bd, 2 ba
Division #: IN ACCORDANCE WITH h09/26/09 8-12. Everything ing a Temporary Superin- cious, 3 br, 2 bae
DivisioNC: THE AMERICAN WITH from the storage shed. tendent to support special- townhome located in - Beautiful house in a quiet
DISABILITIES ACT PER- Hand appli craft and jews, celrylect ized electrical work in Port Jones Homestead, Eagle 3 br, 2 ba, St. Joe Beach, neighborhood. Short walk
NOTICE OF ACTION SONS WITH DISABILITIES ibles, craft and jewelry St. Joe area. Construction Landing subdivision. Close 1 blk from Beach. 8 years to the beach. 3-year lease
FORECLOSURE PRO- THAT NEED A SPECIAL supplies, tools, fishing, experience as a Foreman to shopping, downtown new, hdwd floor in living available. $950/Month
CEEDINGS - PROPERTY ACCOMMODATION TO funriture. Rems, TV, some or Superintendent is a. and St. Joseph's Bay. area, Ig fncd, bkyd, fridge,
PARTICIPATE 1N THE unriture. Rain or Shine! I must. Electrical experience Monthly rental $850 w/ W/D, $910 mo + utilities. Call 991-0110
TO: Michael A. Clark; AD- PROCEEDINGS SHOULD Port St. Joe: 7415 County is a plus! Total time on $900 sec/damage deposit. Long term rental. Avail im- For a walk-through
DRESS UNKNOWN BUT CONTACT NO LATER Rd 30, Sat 8-12. Furniture, work site is anticipated to Short Term rental option mediately. Will consider
WHOSE LAST KNOWN THAN SEVEN DAYS knick knacks, dishes be four (4) months spread avail. Call Gulf Coast Prop- lease purchase. Call JD,
ADDRESS IS: 258 Harden PRIOR TO THE PRO- clothes, too much to list! out over approximately (1) erty Services at (678) 358-5239
Circle, Wewahitchka, FL CEEDING AT year to complete job. (850)229-2706 for morein- 7100
32465 and Brandi N. Clark; 850-227-1115. PSJ-505 16th St. Sat. Please send resumes or formation & a tour of the 3 br, 1 ba, New carpet &
ADDRESS UNKNOWN September 24, October 1, Sept. 26th 8am-? Furni- questions to Tracy Angelo townhome. Palm Blvd. Home tile firs, Cedar wood walls
BUT WHOSE LAST 8,15,2009 ture, washer & dryer, at tracya@cdeco.com or all the way through, appli-
KNOWN ADDRESS IS: 258 household items, & lots of 321-799-2970 for Rent ances included. See Bay
Harden Circle, , . t' misc items. Quiet street, private home from Screened in front
Wewahitchka, FL 32465 w/ 4 br, 2 ba, 2,000 + sq. porch. Back porch also in-
311o00o Yard Sale! I ft. of living space, large closed. Plenty of fruit trees
Residence unknown, if liv- 4018S 110 22nd Street, Mexico *0 front family room, second in back yd. Asking'
ing, including any un- NOTICE OF Beach Sat. 26th 7am-? 40 expansive family room, $105,000 or make offer.
known spouse of the said PUBLIC SALE Something for everyone! 1 4130 large bright' washroom, 850-647-9216 or
Defendants, if either has fenced in backyard, front 850-229-7738
remarried and if either or Hwy 22 Storage POSTAL & GOVr JOB porch & large shade trees,
both of said Defendants 1249 Hwy 22 ' POSTAL & GOVTJOB close to area schools, .
are dead, their respective Wewahitchka, Florida | 3240 INFO FOR SALE? - downtown Port St. Joe and *
unknown heirs, devisees, 1 br, 1 ba, furn $500 mo, St. Joseph's Bay. Monthly | 7160 |
grantees, assignees, credi- #42 Katrina WVight C ti n $250 dep., Howard Creek, rental available at $1050
tors, lienors, and trustees, #43 Amanda Huff Caution W/S included, No pets per month, with $1050 2006Mobile
and all other persons #79 Barbara Miller 850-522-9515 security/damage deposit. Home for Sale
claiming by, through, un- #66 Cathy Rhames *Gun Show* You NEVER have to pay ServiCall Gulf Coast Property 3 r, 2 be SW all appli-
der or against the named Setp. 26th & 27th for information about for morvices at (850)229-2706 ances included Full mort-
Defendant(s); and the Units will be opened and Nat'l Peanut Festival Bldg. federal*or postal jobs. If for more information & a gage or loan assumption
aforementioned named merchandise sold or re- US 231 South you see a job tour of this well kept home. option avable w/payments
Defendant(s) and such of moved if payments are not Dothan, Alabama "guarantee", contact the 350$ or less. For more info
the aforementioned un- brought up to date by Oc- OVER 275 TABLES FTC. T 7.J call Sarah @ 443-0223
known Defendants and tober6 2009 at 830 1 Sat.,9-5pm;Sun.,10-4pm The Federal Trade 2/3 br, 2 be, Renovated, Palm Breeze Way
such of the aforemen- September 24, October 1, info: 334-279-9895 Commission 10 miles N. of Mexico Bch. Private Home
tioned unknown Defend- 2009 is America's consumer 30 acres. Inclds hardwood
ants as may be infants in- protectionagency frsSSafor Rent810
competes or otheiseCH&A. Cook house with Large, spacious, newly re- Buick Regal 1996 $695
not sui juris. 1 3110 1 M3280___ www.ftc.gov/jobscams wrap around porch and modeled private home for down $4900 total 0% Inter-
nO Ri ERi B ANO TI - K-B Tool & Die, Inc. 1-877-FTC-HELP much more. Beautiful pas- rent on Palm Breeze Way est 215-1769 Daylight Auto
YOU ARE HEREBY haOT WASHER & (Detroit Area) Michigan ture. 850-830-9342 in Jones Homestead, Port Financing 9am/9pm
FIED that an action has
been commenced to fore- DRYER (586) 795-9003 A public service St. Joe. 3 br, 2 ba, large vy Cavaler 1998
close a mortgage on the Like new. Works great. wwwkbtoolanddie.com messagefromtheFTC open family room & Chevy Cavalier 19980
following real property, ly- $200 cash for both. Precision Stamping Dies, and The News Herald kitchen w/new appliances. $595 down $3900 total 0%
ing andrbeing situated in 850-899-9095 Prototypes, Wire EDM Classified Advertising A large front & back yard Interest 215-1769 Daylight
ing and being situated in more 50-899-9095 CNC Machining, Department close to downtown, St. Auto Financing 9am/9pm
particularly described as Short-Long Run Stamp- - Joseph's Bay & the new
follows: wings ISO 9001:2000 Certi- hospital. Monthy rental
3130 |fied _ 3 br, 2 ba $900, w/ an $900
LOT 13, OF BLOCK #1, AI are - House, Large Yard 2761 security/damage deposit. Saturn SL-1 1996, Four
OF HARDEN'S ADDITION Auctions are Oak Grove Rd., Please ll Gulf Coast Property cylinder 5-spd, 123,500
TO THE CITY OF Back!! M I S100 oo Call 850-227-7800 Sr e nf 06 miles greats MPG,' runs
WEWAHITCHKA, FLOR- Bay County Auctions 4100for more information & ome great, New tune up. $1,500
IDA, UNIT #1, AS PER has opened a licensed Education/Instructor Build Wealthkept home 850-648-1194 or 272-7634
MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, auction house serving ul W tvw Jetta 195 695 down
RECORDED IN PLAT the Bay/ Gulf/Franklin Lead Early and Better VW Jet ta1995 0% ntdoes
THE PUBLIC RECORDS monty, area t3320 Highway LiteracyTeacher Health 215-1769 Daylight Auto Fi-
OF GULF COUNTY RFLOR- 386, 4 m iNo ax Nemours Bright Start! Looking for more nancing 9am/9pm
-386,h4milesckN of AuMex Reading Readiness income?
IDA. ico Beach. Check AUC- Program, Part-time, Visit:buldeathbetter Ren nDcs te.
more commonly known as TION section wkly for Port St. Joe, FL. health.com Jan.lyn Dowden
specific dates & times.81U
258 Harden Circle, Next auction scheduled Nemours BrightStart! 850-251-3432Fr x e19702
Wewahitchka, FL 32465. is Sept. 26 at 7:30pro Ford Explorer 1997 $495
Wewahitchka, FL32465 is Set. irn creates innovative pro- .108 S. E. Ave. A down $3900 total 0% Inter-
This action has been filed tioning, snacks & facili- grams to support early Carrabelle, Florida 32322. est 215-1769 Daylight Auto
against you and you are ties avble. Also able for identification and treat-www.seacrestre.comFinancing 9a9pm
required to serve a copy of consignments & all auc- ment risk for young fa 2 1 1/2 ath Isuzu Rodeo 1993 $495
your written defense, if tion needs incl. onsite at risk for reading fai- Bedroom 1/2 bathRodeo 1993 $495
any, upon SHAPIRO & estate sales. Call ure. We are seeking an 170 Bayshore Dr Eastpoint .........700.00 est 215-1769 Daylight Auto
FISHMAN, LLR Attorneys 648-9113 to consign. Early Literacy Teacher 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Financing 9am/9pm
for Plaintiff, whose address Larry Bayles Auctioneer Lead with a career focus 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Financing Ba\/9pi
is 10004 N. Dale Mabry Carolyn Metcalf Asss- reading disorders to House on 1/2 acre pet's ok Lanark Village 1000.00
Highway, Suite 112, tant AB964 - AU1384 join our team. 1 bedroom 3 Bedroom 3 Bath
thirty (30) days after the This grant position will unfurnished apt: Dog- 8130--
first publication of this no- s be responsible for the wood Terrace Apart- 1 Bedroonm Chevy 2500 X/Cab 1995
ice and file the originalexpansion of the Bright- ments: 808 Woodward Apt with Bay Views includes water. 500.00 $795 down $4900 total 0%
with the clerk of this Court Start! program into Gulf Ave, PS.J. 227-7800 2 Bedroom Interest 215-1769 Daylight
either before service on Estate Auction County. You will support Apt Fully Furnished Bay Views...... 600.00 Auto Financing 9am/9pm
Plaintiff's attorney or imme- Saturday Sept. new teachers in the im- 2 Bedroom GMC Sierra X/Cab Step-
diately there after; other- 26th. 10AM, pleentationofthecur- Charming 1 br garage Unfurnished Apt........................ 600.00 side 1995 $995 down
wise a default will be en- 103 Hombre Cr. Pan riculum and administer , o 2 Bedroom $4900 total 0% Interest
tered against you for the ama City Beach, Fl. (in educational screening apt, overlooks Bay. 2 Bedroom . $4215-1769 Daylight Auto Fi- 0% Interest
relief demanded in the the Glades), Rain or instruments for early int- I Walk to shopping. Port I Unfurnished Apt.................. 400.00 nancing 9arn/9pm
Complaint. shine Estate of Vicky B. eracy issues within area I St.Joe, $495 mo., 1 y I 1 Bedroom
Cooke. Howard Miller schools and day care I, lease. Call for appt I Fully furnished Apt.............500.00
WITNESS my hand and Grandfather Clock, centers, and conduct in- 850-227 Fu1 Be hed Apt .... ...500dr.0oom
seal of this Court on the Mantle & wall clock, cu- tervention sessions with 8340
11th day of September, rio cabinets, Rosewood children. Will also travel Furnished end unit with carport.. 525.00
2009. dining room set, 12pc, to multiple sites and as- Beach front houses with winter rates. 1985 Ford, 27' Class C
oi lamps, tpstry & oil sist with parent and pro- Duplex, 2 br, 2 ba, laundry Call Joann for details about our short and motorhome, low miles,
REBECCA L. NORRIS paintings,. Rosewood fessional training on room CH $700 o. + long term rentals at 850-323-0444 850-648-4775
Circuit and County Courts bedroom set, queen early literacy issues in $700 dep. No Smoking Or 850-648-4775
By: Jasmine Hysmith brass bed and dresser Gulf County as well as 850-229-8421 7t-t---Cl
Deputy Clerk chest & end tables, participate in grant re- 850-229-8421
September 24, October 1, TV's, Cedar closet, oak lated program evalua-
2009 dinette & 4 chairs, four tion.
4027S couches, marble coffee Port St Joe, 2 br 1 ba, up-
NOTICE OF & 2 end tables, bar Bachelor's Degree in El- stairs, CH&A $550 mo. no
SHERIFF'S SALE stools, Occ, Tables, ementary Education or smoking or pets. W/D
rugs, Gorham Sterling related field, and three 850-899-0149
NOTICE IS HEREBY Silver flatware, German years recent experience
GIVEN that pursuant to a beer steins, X-mas with young children are
Writ of Execution hereto- items, old Italo Accord- required. MINI STO GE MINI-STORAGE AND OFFIC COMPLEX

Countissued ourt, Gul of Nrtakie Chin LL Bean Apply online: 1 * Climate Controlled Units * Lease Warehouse Space
County, Florida, on the China, Very ornate wall www.nemours.org. EOE II Plt St. JOe * Lease Office Space * Watercraft and RV Storage
27th dayof August, 2009, unit cabinet, swords,850 229 80 14
Case No. 01-CC-1813, ivory figurines, crystal, NTm ours. 229-62 00
wherein BOMBARDIER old bird cage, Bronze, e u 2 850-229-8 0 4
CAPITAL, INC., A CORPO- old reel to reel stereo 814 ?4O0
RATION wasNCplaintiffCORand system, very largecol- Web Id 34051291 814-7400 WW .AMERICAMINISTORAGEANDOFFICE.com*n
RICHARD HANLON, A/K/A election of E S. U collect-
RICHARD A. HANLON was ibles, collectibles from M ake M Or
defendant, I, JOSEPH NU- around, the world, M ak eMlore M,'oney
GENT, AS SHERIFF OF trunks, wood carvings, Woodmen of the World is seeking field POrt St. Joe C om m ercial
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA, costume jewelry, patio representatives in the Port St. Joe area. Generous
have levied upon and Furi. 74 Triumph TR6', commission plus bonus opportunities and For Lease
following d described per- pressure washer, old exceptional benefits for those who qualify. Training Retail / Office Space
onowinrodescribe as t butter churn, milk cans, and professional sales tools provided. Must be 317 William Avenue
property of tie defendant, miss tools. Don't miss disciplined, professional and have the desire to +/-1800sf - tenant improvements negotiable; $1350/mo gross
RICHARD HANLON, A/K/A this sale All items are of help people. Contact the Port St. Joe area office 325 ReidAvenue
RICHARD A. HANLON, high quality & good for Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, +/-4500sf - shell space; corner location; $2500/mo gross
to-wit: condition Many, more Omaha Nebraska. 309 Reid Avenue
ONE (1) WHITE 2002 mention. 10% Buyers Resumes to: 2618 E. 22nd Ct. +/-6000sf - renovated shell space; occupant ready; $4500/mo mod. gross
CHEVROLET SILVERADO Premium. Cash or ap- Panama City, FL 32405 200-B Reid Avenue
#2GCEK19T121248641, proved checks, (checks Attn: Human Resources +/-2100sf-finished retail space; $1750 mod. gross
Tag No. GI77HY on vehicles must have or call (850) 769-9212 312 Reid Avenue
letter from Bank for Ex- or fax resume to , , +/-1116sf - Suite C; finished office space; lobby area with two
FURTHER, ON THE 27th ecutor of the Estate, 850-769-0439 /, office suites and filing/storage room; $1000/mo NNN
DAY OF OCTOBER, 2009 Bay County Auction 300 Long Avenue
AT 11:00 A.M., OR AS Ser. A6964 Auctioneer: . +/-2000sf-finished office, r A E O
SOON THEREAFTER AS Larry Bayles AU 1384 1. 322 Long Avenue
POSSIBLE, AT THE 850-722-9483 or - r " rJ ,.i - r I - +/-1000sf - move-in ready; $900/mo gross
FRONT STEPS OF THE 850-819-0773 . rJ t r_ J-J - .- -'I 411 Reid Avenue
GULF COUNTY COURT- , r +/-2668sf office space;.$9.45 psf mod. gross
HOUSE IN PORT ST, JOE, f I r I 309 Williams Avenue
FLORIDA, I WILL OFFE R "3.o50/ & ) I .' A +/-3000sf-former day school with outdoor play area;
OUTCRY AND SELL ALL Steel Buldings Pckg. S it ethAF recent interior upgrade; $2250/mo mod. gross
THE RIGHT, TITLE AND 18x21 Door & Anchor Bolt 're WarehOuse / Flex Space
INTEREST OF THE DE- Inci. Reg $8,481, Now . .. 110 Trade Circle West
FENDANT, RICHARD $4,987 + Code Adj. Other -. -- r ', ".". 750sf-22,500sf - PSJ Commerce Park, flex space, $5.25psf NNN (incl.
HANLON, A/K/A RICHARD sizes avail, Big & Small ' water/sewer)
A. HANLON, into and to Erection - Available, . 160 Cessna Drive
the above described per- ww.scg-grp.com Source +/-5,000sf office/flex space; Adjacent to Costin Airport; $7 psf plus utilities
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Business BRIEFS

First time homebuyer
loans available
The Gulf County Board
of County Commissioners,
through the Gulf County
Community Development
Corporation and the State
Housing Initiatives Part-
nership Program, has
$350,000 available for,first
time homebuyers through
the Florida Homebuy-

ers Opportunity Program
The FHOP Program
will provide down payment
assistance loans to those
who are eligible for the IRS
Homebuyer Tax Credit. The
down payment assistance
loans will be in the-amount
of $8,000 or 10 percent of
the property's purchase
price, whichever is less. To
receive the down-payment

assistance loan, the buyer
must close on a property by
the end of November.
To qualify, you must be
a first time homebuyer or
not have owned a home
for at least the past three
years. As an individual,
you may earn up to $75,000
and couples may earn up to
For more information,
please call Erika White at

229-5399 or come by the
office at 401 Peters Street,
Port St. Joe.

GCCC hosts
business workshop
For all local entrepre-
neurs or small business
owners who would like to
know more about owning a
small business, Gulf Coast
Community College's Small

Business Development
Center is offering a free in-
formation workshop for ac-
tive duty members, retirees
and their family members.
If you are not sure how to
keep the doors to your busi-
ness open or whether even
to start a business venture
you have been planning for
so long, don't miss this op-
The event is free of

charge and will be held at
GCCC's Tyndall Air Force
Base Campus in the Dia-
mond Room of the Com-
munity Activities Center
on Sept. 30, from 4:00 - 5:30
p.m. CT.
Join us. for this timely
event. For more informa-
tion, please contact Peggy
Martin, GCCC's Director of
Military Education at 850-

EDC announces new technology company

Special to The Star
The Gulf County Eco-
nomic Development Coun-
cil is proud to announce the
arrival of a new business
in Port St. Joe that could
potentially close the tech-
nology gap in Gulf County.
Bluemanta Technology
Group LLC., located at 190
Williams Avenue, is the
area's newest professional
service company and pre-
mier provider .of informa-
tion management and
technology services.
Led by founder and chief
technology architect Chuck
Edwards, Bluemanta was
formed to address the pres-
ent and future technologi-
cal needs of Gulf County
and similar rural commu-
nities as they work towards
modernization. Services
range from cost effective
computer systems admin-
istration and network engi-
neering support, to deliver-
ing executive technology
services including strategic
and operational technology
"Bluemant4 aims to be

a catalyst for a new genera-
tion of technology workers
and technical firepower
in Gulf County," Edwards
According to Edwards,
he's tired of seeing young
adults go elsewhere to find
employment after college.
"We want to be a tech-
nology incubator," Ed-
wards said. "We'd like for
our young people to stay
and help make Gulf County
more competitive."
"Information manage-
ment technology compa-
nies are a key element of
the EDC's economic devel-
opment strategy along with
green energy, light manu-
facturing and shipping,"
said EDC Board Chairman
Tom Graney. "This aspect
of our economy is neces-
sary to build an integrated,
diverse economy. Informa-
tion technology is a critical
ingredient to bringing our
economy into the 21st cen-
According to EDC ex-
ecutive director Edward
Nelson, Jr., Gulf County
needs technology-oriented

companies like Bluemanta
in order to serve the cur-
rent and future markets in
Gulf County, including the
renewable energy industry
and the growth of the Port.
"It's exciting that Mr.
Edwards has taken the ini-
tiative to fulfill the need for
technology in Gulf County,"
Nelson said. "The EDC
looks forward to continu-
ing to assist Bluemanta to
make this effort successful.
Companies like Bluemanta
help us accomplish our mis-
sion of creating a sustain-
able economic environment
and quality of life for the citi-
zens of Gulf County."
According to Edwards,
many businesses in Gulf
County currently rely on
out-of-town companies for
their technological needs.
Oftentimes, these techni-
cians aren't readily avail-.
able and as a result, local
businesses suffer. Blue-
manta hopes to solve this
problem by providing eight
local technology profes-
sionals with over 80 eighty
years collective experi-
ence. The company plans

to grow to 25 employees by
the end of 2011.
Although Bluemanta
is currently focusing its
efforts on building and
maintaining comprehen-
sive, cost-effective man-
aged information technol-
ogy support programs for
businesses, governments,
education and health pro-
viders, it plans to offer full
spectrum, on-site and mo-
bile technical support for
residential customers be-
ginning in November.
Bluemanta's Resi-
dential Express Support
Team, or REST"', will
provide rapid response
technical support to resi-
dents requiring computer
hardware and software in-
stallation and repair, virus
and spyware protection
and removal, home office
networking, data backup
and recovery, and in-home
computer training.
For more informa-
tion, Bluemanta Technol-
ogy Group, LLC, can be
reached at 850-229-2555 or
by visiting www.blueman




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employment rate rises, so
does the threat of scams
targeting job seekers. Your
BBB warns job hunters to
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ing to make a fast buck.
The national unemploy-
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BBB suggests you be
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fees up front
A company recently
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ing it was looking to hire
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BBB advice: You should
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Big promises
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Job placement business-
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BBB Advice: Research
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account number to deposit
paychecks, but be wary of
requests for such informa-
tion from businesses and
job offers that you haven't
vetted fully.
For additional informa-
tion and advice you can
trust, start with bbb.org or
call 850-429-0002.

Unemployment numbers released

employment rate in the
Gulf Coast Workforce region
(Bay, Franklin, and Gulf
counties) was 8.5 percent
in August 2009, 3.1 percent-
age, points higher than the
region's year ago rate and
2.4 percentage points lower
than the state rate of 10.9
percent. Out of a labor force
of 100,908, there were 8,623
unemployed Gulf Coast res-
"Gulf County had an ad-
ditional 30 initial unemploy-
ment compensation claims
during the month of August.
Regionally we're expecting
the unemployment rate to
rise in September although
there are exciting new
business prospects in Gulf
County that we hope will
come to fruition." said Kim
Bodine, Executive Director
for the Gulf Coast Workforce
The August 2009 unem-
ployment rates (not season-
ally adjusted) in the counties
that comprise the Gulf Coast
Workforce Region were:
Aug. 09 July 09
Bay County 8 6 8.8
Franklin County 7.1 7.1
Gulf County 9.1 8.6
In August 2009, there
were 73,700 nonagricultural

jobs in the Panama City-
Lynn Haven-Panama City
Beach metro area (Bay
County),, down 3,300 jobs
over the year. The annual
rate of job loss in the area
(-4.3 percent) was not as
steep as the state's rate of
-4.8 percent. The Panama
City-Lynn Haven-Panama
City Beach metro area job
growth rate has been nega-
tive since May 2008.
The industry losing the
most jobs over the year in
the Panama City-Lynn Ha-
ven-Panama City Beach
metro area was trade,
transportation, and utilities
(-800 jobs). The following
industries also lost jobs:
manufacturing and profes-
sional and business servic-
es (-700 jobs each); mining,
logging, and construction (-
600 jobs); financial activities
(-500 jobs); and information,
education and health ser-
vices, and other services
(-100 jobs each). The loss-
es were partially offset by
gains in leisure and hospi-
tality (+200 jobs) and gov-
ernment (+100 jobs). Lei-
sure and hospitality (+1.6
percent) and government
(+0.7 percent) annual rates
of growth exceeded those of
the stat.T

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