Group Title: Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.).
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Title: The star
Uniform Title: Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Creator: Star
Publisher: Star
W.S. Smith
Place of Publication: Port St. Joe, Fla
Publication Date: December 24, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1937.
General Note: Editor: Wesley R. Ramsey, <1970>.
General Note: Publisher: The Star Pub. Co., <1970>.
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Thursday, DECEMBER 24,2009 For breaking news, visit 50(

Adding wheels to holiday wishes

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Austin Pittman gripped the handlebars, looked
down at the "Harley-Davidson" decal on the side of
this new bicycle and beamed.
Pittman was among more than 100 children in
Gulf County who received bicycles or tricycles do-
nated to them through the "Bikes for Boys and Girls
of Gulf County" campaign, which culminated in the
donating last Saturday morning at Lake Alice Park in
In its third year, the partnership between North
Florida Child Development, Gulf Correctional Insti-
tution, the county health department and the Gulf
County Sheriff's Office has provided bicycles or tri-
cycles to more than 400 youngsters in the county.
"They are going to be so excited," said one moth-

er, we shall call-her Ms. Smith in order to not spoil a
Christmas surprise, of her two young daughters, ages
3 and 5, as she carried the youngsters' new wheels to
her truck. "I'm excited. I didn't know until they called
me the other day. Now I need to figure out where to
hide them.
"They are out playing right now, so I'm hoping I
can sneak them in, but the youngest is always into
Each year, bikes are donated to the drive, and in-
mates at GCI refurbish them with materials new
TIM CROFT |I The Star,
Dakota Askew has a wave and a "thank you"
for those who donated the orange and blue
bicycle he got as an early Christmas present.


NFCD receives more than $1M in expansion funds

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Early Head Start services will expand in
area counties with a little boost from the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services.
North Florida Child Development Inc.
(NFCD) announced last week that it had re-
ceived $1,051,119 to expand Early Head Start
in Gulf, Calhoun, Liberty and Wakulla coun-
"We are thrilled to be able to add the Early
Head Start program to the continuum of early
child services we provide in those counties,"

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said -Sharon Gaskin, executive director of
NFCD. "This addition, along with our current
Head Start and school readiness program,
gives us the same full-service capabilities
in those counties that we have here in Gulf
The grant award was made available
through the American Recovery and Rein-
vestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
The grant dollars will allow NFCD to pro-
vide start-up capital to provide services to 80
additional children and their families, along
with creating 20 full-time jobs.
In Gulf County, the dollars will help expand

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Early Head Start services to an additional 16
children and families and will create six ad-
ditional new jobs.
. In the other three counties, new programs
will open in the spring, with additional ser-
vices provided to 24 children and families in
Calhoun County, 16 in Liberty County. and 24
in Wakulla County.
"We are proud of the hard work that Sha-
ron Gaskin and her staff performed in obtain-
ing these funds for our communities," said
Jim McKnight, chairman of the NFCD board
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Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Recent rain events that
flooded portions of Port St.
Joe were the main topic of
discussion at last Tuesday's
city commission meeting.
City Manager Charlie
Weston introduced the
board to what he described
as a "preventive, mainte-
nance" project intended
to address storm drainage
throughout the city
Weston said he in-
structed Public Works Di-
rector John Grantland to
construct a grid of the city,
marking storm drainage
areas with three colors in-
dicating levels of adequacy:
green for "clear," yellow for
"needs cleaning" and red
for "needs replacing."
The color-coding sys-
tem will enable the city to,
address water drainage is-
sues in a proactive manner,
Weston said.
"It will allow us to focus
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pay bump

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
At their last meeting be-
fore the holiday break, Gulf
County School Board mem-
bers approved a "step"
increase for all district ad-
The motion was ap-
proved 4-1, with Chairman
Danny Little voting no.
Assistant Superinten-
dent Bill Carr said admin-
istrators which would
include those at the dis-
trict offices, as well as
school principals had
not received a raise in four

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parts, paint, etc. donated by a number of
county businesses.
The children are selected by teachers
and administrators at the local schools,
each elementary school asked to identify, a
child whose family might make good use of a
boost for the under-the-tree items important
to most youngsters' celebratory Christmas.
The health department and sheriff's of-
fice are on hand to provide free helmets for
the children and safety tips for riding.
This year, said Sharon Gaskin, executive
director of North Florida Child Develop-
ment (NFCD), the economy played a signifi-
cant role.
The drive, which aimed for 200 bikes and
trikes this year, fell short save for a hap-
penstance conversation between organizer
Jade Hatcher and another charity, which
helped bring in a volume of bicycles.
And the demand from children in the

Patience was tough at times, but Austin.
Pittman stayed still long enough for
Warden David Ellis of Gulf Correctional
Institution to fit Pittman with a helmet.
youngest age group meant a need for more
tricycles, which meant more cash outlay
--'trikes are not donated nearly as often as

bicycles and, therefore, a need for more
cash donations.
"We had much more demand for the wee
ones, and those ended up having to buy,"
Gaskin said.
Again, community partners from
throughout the county stepped forward.
"There are new bikes and refurbished
bikes, and the (inmates) do such a good job;
you can't even tell the difference," Gaskin
said. "It really has taken a community effort
to make this happen, and what a wonderful
community we live in."
Destiny McArdle certainly had no inter-
est in whether her new bike was right out
of the store or had been refurbished to ap-
pear that way. The only prerequisites she
had were blue or orange, and by pure coinci-
dence only a parent or guardian is notified
their child has been selected for a donation
- Destiny's bike was a nice burnt orange.

"I like the orange," she said while wait-
ing in line to be fitted for a helmet. "This is
really my favorite color. I didn't even know I
was getting a bike until I got here," as her
voice trailed off and she gazed at her grand-
mother, a wide smile creasing her face.
Young Dakota Askew seemed almost in a
fog as he and his family made their way to the
line of bikes, his name designating the two-
wheeler he would ride on Christmas Day.
Askew simply gazed affectionately at the
bike and patiently waited for his helmet, his
eyes rarely letting go of the sight of the bike.
"This is cool," he finally stammered after
some prodding. "Thank you."
As for Pittman, he left family behind as
he and his new "Harley-Davidson" embla-
zoned bike were off for a ride around the
park. Once he had been fitfully fitted for his
helmet, Pittman was off after a few snap-
shots --- Christmas had gotten rolling early.

Patronis appointed to Boating Advisory Council

TALLAHASSEE Rep. Jimmy Patronis (R-
Panama City) was appointed by Speaker
of the Florida House Larry Cretul (R-Oca-
la) to serve on the Florida Boating Advi-
sory Council (BAC). The BAC is created
within the Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and makes recommenda-
tions to the Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission and the Department
of Community Affairs regarding issues
affecting the boating community. ,Rep.
Patronis issued the following statement
regarding his appointment:
"I am honored to have been selected
to serve on the BAC and thank Speaker

Cretul for his confidence in my ability.
Florida has been losing marine-related
jobs to other states, and as a member
of the BAC, I will bring my economic
development background to the table to
help ensure that we concentrate on get-
ting Florida's economy back on the right
track. The boating industry in Florida
generates nearly $17 billion in business
and impacts our gas sales, convenience
store sales, jobs and tourism. All of these
sectors are all vital to Florida's economy.
I will be the voice pushing for opportuni-
ties to increase marine-related jobs in

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A step increase is on nition on zero tolerance for
average about 1.3 percent weapons for a later work-
for teachers, depending on shop.
where on the salary scale The district, in con-
they fall, but Carr noted junction with the county
that the step increase for and city of Port St. Joe, is
administrators would aver- participating in a Health
age out to less than 1 per- Fair at the Centennial
cent during the past four Building on Jan. 4. The fair
years. will go from 8 a.m. until 5
Teachers have received p.m. ET.
only step increases, which Teacher of the Year
are part of the bargaining School sites have nomi-
agreement between union nated their representatives
and district, and increases for the District Teacher of
in the district's contribu- the Year for 2010. Teachers
tion to health, now $500 a are nominated by the facul-
month, the past four years. ties at their school. "
However, those step in- Next month, district staff
creases are provided only will conduct classroom ob-
to teachers in their first servations of each teacher
through 23rd year of teach- with an eye toward honor-
ing. ing the district's Teacher of
As Board Member the Year in late January.
George Cox noted, that still The district's Teacher
leaves some 40-50 teachers of the Year will advance to
with 24 years of experience state competition in Orlan-
or more going without a pay do later in the spring.
raise for a fourth-straight The Star will take a clos-
year. er lookat each nominee dur-
In other business during ing the month of January.
the meeting: The nominees are Port
Board members ap- St. Joe Elementary School,
proved a series of policy Sissy Godwin; Port St. Joe
changes, which have been Middle School, Polly Ed-
advertised for the past miston; Port St. Joe High
month, leaving aside a defi- School, Krichelle McGhee;

Wewahitchka Elementary
School, Doris Jean Whit-
ten; Wewahitchka Middle
School, Anita Askew; and
Wewahitchka High School,
Lana Harrison.
School-Related. Em-
ployee of the Year
Each school site, as well
as district divisions, also
submitted nominations for
School-Related Employee
of the Year.
The nominated school-
related employees are ob-
served during the month
of January, and the district
will honor the non-instruc-
tional employee of the year
during the month of Janu-
The nominees are
Port St. Joe Elementary
School, Diane Julius; Port
St. Joe Middle School, -Ja-
net Lanford; Port St. Joe
High School, Karen Tay-
lor; Wewahitchka Elemen-
tary School, Mary Ann
Peak; Wewahitchka Middle
School, Brandi Kemp; We-
wahitchka High School,
TidaLee Daniels; District
Office, Patsy Cooley; Main-
tenance, James Daniels;
and Transportation, Deb-
bie Gillespie.


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Dear Santa,
My name is Murphy Johnson
from Mexico Beach, Florida.
Thank you for sending Vince the
Elf to my house. I would like a
pink and purple teddy bear, the.
Dora Doll, Dora Jacket and the
Little Einsteins movie.
Also, please bring my little
sister Ashlyn a rocking horse.
I have used my manners
this year and helped my family
decorate the house for Christmas.
See, you soon,

Dear Santa,
My name is Arlena. I am three
years old. I attend North Florida
Child Development, Inc.
It have been a very good
girl this year. I would like you
to bring me a few things for
Christmas, books, a baby doll and
a horse.
I will leave milk and cookies
for you and a carrot for Rudolph.

Dear Santa,
How are you and Mrs. Claus
doing? I understand you are a
busy man, and I understand if I
don't get everything I want.
I would like a few things for
Christmas. As usual, I will put
out some milk and cookies for
your reindeer. I will also leave
Merry Christmas.
Your friend,
Liam Russell

Dear Santa,
My name is Callie. I am four
years old. I attend North Florida
Child Development, Inc.
I have been a very good
girl this year. I would like you
to bring me a few things for
Christmas, lipstick, a purse,
shoes and a medical kit.
I will leave milk and cookies,
for yod and a carrot for Rudolph.

Dear Santa,
My name is JaMarrien. I am
four years old.
I have been a very good boy
this year. I would like you to bring
me a few things for Christmas, a
scooter, motorcycle and blocks.
I will leave milk and cookies
for you, and a carrot for Rudolph.


you said the elves were covered
in paint. Can I have a D.S.I,
Legos and a Pogo stick?
Merry Christmas, Santa.
With love,
Tristan Doran

How are you doing? I know you
are a very busy man, but I just
can't wait until Christmas!
So here are the things I want.
I want a D.S. Nexst, I want
you to make me a better person.
Last, I want you to have a Happy
Merry Christmas Santa.
With love,
S Courtney Jones

Dear Santa,
I would like a toy bass boat
and a dirt bike with a motor.
Also, I want a Pogo stick. I want
a mini-laptop with games on it.
I love you Santa, have a Merry
Christmas, Santa.
I love you.
With love,
Heath Plair

Dear Santa,
How are you doing? I can't
wait until Christmas! I know that
you are busy but I will tell you
what I want a Wii, iPod and a
I hope you are safe. This
Christmas is going to be
awesome. I hope you understand
what I want.
Adison Burkett

Dear Santa,
My name is Jamal. I am
three years old. I attend North
SFlorida Child Development,
have been a very good
boy this year. I would like you
to bring me a few things for
Christmas, a Spiderman scooter,
Sbike and a guitar.
I will leave milk and cookies
for you and a carrot for Rudolph.
.. Love,

Dear Santa,
I'm not very big yet, so my
. Mommy knows what I want.
I would like a little four-
wheeler and some push trucks
for Christmas. And Mommy
says. that diapers would be great
too! Oh yeah, I am so sorry for
screaming in your ear when
you tried to hold me the other
day. It's the beard. Nothing
Stratton Levins


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Letters to Santa

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LETTERS from page A4

Dear Santa,
I want the D.S. game, Pets the
Hamster one, a D.S. game, make-
up and anything you want me to
I hope you find me and my
family in my new house.
One more thing, can you tell
me if I have been naughty or
Morgan O'Quinn

,Dear Santa,
I have been really, really good
this year. Here's my wish list
- baby dolls, a pink doctor's kit,
movies and blocks.
I also want to ask you to bring
some very special presents to all
the other kids-around the world
who aren't as lucky as I am.
Thanks for making such
wonderful presents every year
(and thank all of your elves, too!)'
Also, could you please give the
reindeer some carrots from me?
Christina Clayton

Dear Santa,
My name is Braden. I am four
years old. I attend North Florida
Child Development, Inc.
I have been a very good boy
this year. I would like you to
bring me a few things for
Christmas, a
Mickey . '
Mouse and
Goof '

I will leave milk and cookies
for you and a carrot for Rudolph.

Dear Santa,
How are you doing, Santa? I hope
you like our Christmas. I also hope
you like our cookies.
I have actually a few things I
First, I would like my family to
have a good Christmas. Next, I want
a Wii. Last, I want a Playstataion
and World War I Battlefield.
I want you to have a Merry
With love,
Zack McFarland

Dear Santa,
How are you and Mrs. Claus
doing? I can't believe Christmas
is only a few days away. I want
to let you know what I would for
I would like a Pocket Rocket, a
PS3 and a tiny dirt bike.
I will understand ifI don't
receive all three gifts. I just want
you to know that I love you and
appreciate all you do!
Merry Christmas, Santa.
With love,
Kelvin Griffin

Dear Santa,
How are you and Mrs.
Claus doing? I can't wait until
Christmas Day. I know you are
"- a very. very busy man, but I
, "?. want a hat that looks like

Dear Santa,
My name is Zhyion.
I am three years old.
I attend North Florida
Child Development,
I have Ad

been a very
good girl
this year. I
would like
you to bring
me a few things
for Christmas, a
Disney Princess
Phone and Disney
Princess Rings
and Bracelet.
I will leave
milk and
for you
for Rudolph.


Dear Santa,
How are you and Mrs. C
doing? I hope you can get
everyone a present.
What I would like for
Christmas would be a hou
a bike and few Junie B. bo
I want you to know that
you, Santa! It's okay if I d,
my three presents.
Merry Christmas


Dear Santa,
SHow are you
doing, Santa? I
love Christmas
because you put
S the lights on your
house and blow ups in
your yard. Most of all, I
love opening presents.
I would like a Littlest Pet
Shop house, a camera and an
Q( That's what I would like
for Christ-
With love,

Love, Dear Santa,'
Zhyion How are you and Mrs. Claus
doing? Christmas is in days!
I want a gerbil, a Wii and a
.laus Nintendo DS. Also, I want a new
pair of shoes and new clothes.
Merry Christmas, Santa.
With love,
se coat, Zoey Lumley
I love Dear Santa,
pn't get My name is Madison. I am
three years old. I attend North
Santa. Florida Child Development, Inc.
Love, I have been a very good
.Nessly girl this year. I would like you


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Thursday, December 24, 2009

LETTERS from page A5

want for Christmas is everyone to
have a very Merry Christmas.
I hope that kids' dads and
moms that fight in the Navy
have a great Christmas.
Thanks for all you've done.
Merry Christmas, Santa!
With love,
Sara Whitfield

Dear Santa,
How are you and Mrs.
Claus doing? Santa and
Mrs. Claus, I love you!
I want for Christmas a Nintendo
DST, an iPod and a Wiifor
Merry Christmas Santa and Mrs.,
With love,
Kabir Bhakta

SDear Santa, "
How are you and Mrs. Claus
doing? I can't believe Christmas is
only a few days away.
I want you to know what I want
for Christmas. I want a MP3 player,
a Wii and some legos.
That is what I want for
With love,
Isaac Wockenfuss

Dear Santa,
My name is James. I am three
years old. I attend North Florida
Child Development, Inc.
I have been a very good boy
this year. I would like you to bring
me afew things for Christmas, a
remote controller, a car, a game and
I will leave milk and cookies for
you and a carrot for Rudolph.

Dear Santa,
How are you and Mrs. Claus
doing? I can't believe Christmas
is only days away: I want a Wii, a
camera phone and an iPod.
I want you to know I love you and
will always love you. Thank you for
getting me presents.
I will leave you cookies and milk
because I know you like some good
With love,
.Jazlyn Harris

Dear Santa,
How are you and Mrs. Claus
doing? I can't wait until Christmas!
There's only afew days until
The only thing I want for
Christmas is a camera, a bike and a
better life anql that's all.
I hope you and Mrs. Claus have a
great Christmas!
I have been good this week.
With love,
Farrah Watts

Dear Santa,
Good morning. This is Synia
Dawson. Iwant fbr Christmas
is a bike, Easy-bake oven, doll
and clothes, shoes and to have a
wonder Christmas with my family
and friends.
Love Synia Dawson

How are
you and
Mrs. Claus'
doing? W
I would like an iPod,
phone and camera. If you can't
give me all three gifts, that is OK
with me.
Hope you have a wonderful
Please give all your family all
my love and thank you.
With love
Madeline Gingel

Dear Santa,
My name is Mario.. I am four
years old. I attend North Florida
Child Development, Inc.
I have been a very good boy '
this year. I would like you to bring
me a few things for Christmas,
a Spiderman guitar, Black
Spiderman and Red Spiderman.
I will leave milk and cookies for
you and a carrot for

Dear Santa,
My name is
Sha'Necia Sims and
I am 5 years old. All I
want for Christmas is a
Piano, baby doll and bike.
Thanks Santa, I love you.
Love ,

Dear Santa
I would like to have a
Nintendo DS, Make up
set and Barbie doll for
Christmas. I have been a
real good girl.
Madelyn, Gortemoller,
age 6

Dear Santa
May name is
Nathan Rugan, I'm
5 years old. I've -
been a real good boy
this year. Please if
you don't mind a
Nintindo DS game,
a big Wheel, and


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Dear Santa, a police car. I will
My name is Grenley and I am 6 leave some milk
years old. For Christmas I would and cookies under
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Letters to Santa

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LETTERS from page A6

Dear Santd,
My name is Allyson. I am 8
years old. I have bben good this
year. Can I get a DSI and a Moxey
girl and a webkin. I have a sister
and a brother. My sister likes to
draw so bring some sketch pads.
Please bring my brother a game
cube games.
'Allyson Robinson

Dear Santa,
I have been good. I am 8 years
old. I miss sitting in your lap and
I miss you. I am in 2nd grade.
What I want for Christmas is a
new book and a doll and you can
pick to.
Sonnie Prieth

Dear Santa
My name is Hagen Parrish.
I have been a good girl. I would
like an iPod, Nexeis. I would
like a coloring book and colors,
the last thing please bring my
family a very big, big, present to
surprise them. That would make
them very happy.
Hagen Parrish

Dear Santa,
My name is Aaliyah and
I'm in 2nd grade. I love toys. I
am a good girl and I have been
fantastic. I love you Santa! And
I need to have fun and play with
my toys that Santa gave me. I
want a cupcake maker and a PS
because my sister has one too:
Aaliyah Morrison

Dear Santa,
How are you and Mrs Clause?
Can you bring me a cupcake
maker and a jewelry maker? I
love you and Mrs. Claus so much
and the elfs? I love you, boss
elf littleset elf tiny elf and Grim
Grim elf I have been a good girl

this year. The last thing I want for
Christmas the is spirit.
Bailey Hurst
Age 7

Dear Santa,
My name is Eureka. I try to be
nice. You are the best Santa. How
are you doing? How is Mrs. Claus
doing, OK? I love you more then
anything in the whole
world! Santa will
S '.. you get

toys and get
my morn
and dad
some books and get
me a mind flex?

Dear Santa Clause,
My name is Kylie Starr
Lumely and I am 5 years old. I
want a pet clinic, polly pocker
world and a poodle.
I have been a very good girl.
Kylie Lumley

Dear Santa,
My name is Shadavia, I have
been a good girl for Christmas
will you- bring rre a'Nintendo DS,
a Wii game and a pink skooter.
Thank You
Merry Christmas!

Dear Santa Clause,
) IL I want an iPod,
2 i a DS. a pink four
wheeler and a pink
play house. I want
p pink paint to paint
Smy play house.
Please show the
reindeer where to go
for the food I am going
.-.... to put out.
'... Laura
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Dear Sant
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this year. I will make you some
cookies. I would like an angel
costume, Zhu Zhu Pets and a
laptop. Mrs. Santa is waiting for
Julia Gainnie
7 yrs old

Dear Santa,
I want a Sponge Bob Truth or
Square DS game, and a dump
truck and a computer.
Age 6

Dear Santa
My name is Austin McDaniel
I am 5 years old. For Christmas
this year I would like a John
Deer tractor, a pair of boots
that's not rubber and lots of
clothes for me and my little baby
brother. Name Dustin Raker and
he is 10 months old. PS don't
forgot my mommy and daddy.
Austin McDaniel

Dear Santa,
I have been d good girl. I
would like to get a bike, DSI
and some clothes for Christmas.
Christmas is the best time of

Dear Santa.



My name is Mike DeLozier. I
am 5 years old. I would like a
lego, Indiana Jones video game
and remote control 645 Airplane.

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uld like I want a candy caned. I also
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Love want LuLu cuddly thing. Please
Emily L. bring me some roses, I love you
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

I .etter's to Santa

LETTERS from page A7

Dear Santa,
I have been very
good this year and for.
Christmas I would like
a ride with me Barbie
bike, a Disney .princess
tent and a art table for
myself and my sisters
Zoey and Shelby to
enjoy doing crafts I will
make sure to leave you
hot homemade cookies
and hot coca to enjoy.
Sarah Metcalf

Dear Santa,
My name is Ace. I
am 5 years old. I want
a devastator, a race
track and a control
speed boat.



Dear Santa,
For Christmas I want
a guitar, a vet kit and a.
tent castle. I am excited
that you or coming!

Dear Santa,
My name is Skylah
Addison. I am 6
years old. All I want for
Christmas is a crawling baby and
a furreal dog. Santa buckle up and
be safe!

Dear Santa,
I want a moxie girl, a tinker bell
game a tinker bell bike and Barbie
doll for Christmas.
Age 6

Dear Santa,
All I want for Xmas is a dirt bike.

Dear Santa,
I want Zhu-Zhu pets, a big
puppet Sparky and Pop the Pig
game. And a Disney Princess
bike and get my mom the mnovie
Proposal. I'm being good everyday!
And get my Dad Alvin and the
Chipmunks The Squeakqueal.
Sarah Beth Thompson
Age 5

Dear Santa,
I am Porter Hodges and I'm
almost 6. For Christmas I would
like Screature the dinosaur, a
laptop and Bakgans. Thank you
very much, Santa!
Porter Hodges

Dear Santa,
My name is Kaiden. I am three
years old. I attend North Florida
Child Development, Inc.
I have been a very good boy
this year. I would like you to bring
me a few things for Christmas,
Spiderman, a motorcycle and a

I will leave milk and cookies for
you and a carrot for Rudolph.


Dear Santa, I want a DS, bab
doll and Barbie. I hav bin goo

Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl this
year. Will you please bring me
a Nintendo DSi, a softball, a gio
doodle, clothes, Barbie doll house,
cookies, milk and carrots for your

Erica Ramsey,
5 years old

Dear Santa,
I would like a pair of air s
(shoes), also a Barbie doll ar
watch for Christmas. I am 6

Dear Santa,
I have been a very good bN
and would like to have a gui
a Mario kart and a super M(
player game.

Dear Santa,
You know me, I'm Korey a
im 6 years old. I would like
Indiana Jones II Lego game
Maybe some Lego's and my
mother a necklace and I woz
like for my dad to have a ra
Thank you!

nd a

ik you,


I am 5 years
old. I want a guitar,
a fishing rcnle and

d at remote control car. Dear Santa, ..
Love, My name is Jenisa
Love, Jaden and I am 5 years old. I
Zoe, 5 want a Barbie doll, baby doll
(--A-J. Pl b LL O VLitnrleA DTi ^ h o

Dear Santa,
I wish that I could have
up set, and a hairdryer an
bigger club house. That wi
And a ride with you.

Dear Santa,
My name is Jarqulyn, I a
old. I want a wii game, a bil
game for my V-Tech.

Dear Santa,
All I want for Christmas -
Labrynth balance, walkie t
dinosaur checker game

.tr, Dear Santa,
ario 4 My name is Alex. I am 5 year
I want a DS game. I want a toy
Love, want a toy horse. Will leave mili
Stevie cookies.

The Dear Santa, ,
My name is Destiny Summer
Dykes. I am 6 years old.I want
zuld DS like Katie has and some gar
ce car. to go with it. I want a Scooter! A
foot massager for Marsha, a tru
Brown for chase and a bike. Please bri;
Daddy afishin pole. And a new
coffee pot for my mom.

Dear Santa,
, I would like a big baby doll a
bike and some clothes. That's w
I want and don't have. Have a g
Christmas Santa Claus

Mekala Ann Pyi

Dear Santa,
^ i I am 5 years old. This Christ'
I want you to bring me toys. I w
play finger nails, baby dolls, ba?
I also want play animals, dress
clothes, makeup, and wigs. I wc
drawing stuff. Santa I love you
the Reindeer very much.
Love Always,

Dear Santa,'
My name is Santana Causeb
5 years old. I have been a good
this year. I would like a cash re(
piggy bank, some dress-up clotf
and a learning computer. I will
you a snack under the tree.

a make-
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ill be it.

and a cupcake ma er. ease e
careful on Christmas Eve.


Love, Dear Santa Clause,
Claryssa My name is J.T. Mork, and I am 5
years old. I have been trying really
hard to be a good boy and to do a
m 5 years good job at school and at home. For,
cke and a Christmas I would like to get some
more video games, and some new
Love, Legos, and I need some out-side toys.
Jarqulyn Thank you so much,
J. T.

alkies, Dear Santa,
My name is Meaghan and I am 5
Love, years old. All I want for Christmas is
Donovan a giddy up and go pony.


dog. I Dear Santa,
k and My name is Dakota Quinn. I am
5 years old. I would like for you to
Love, bring me a motorcycle for Christmas,
Alex nike socks, and Jordan tennis shoes.
I have been good in school and
making very good grades.
r Thank you,
a Dakota Quinn

zck Santa,
ng I have been good. I wish for a
violin, a trumpet and fishing pole for
estiny Love,
hat Dear Santa, 0
7reat My name is Patrick Hagang. I
want a Mario toy and a Nintendo
hanks, DSi and a new toy Santa. I luv u
nes (5) Santa.
mas Age 5
rbies. Dear Santa,
up My name is Trent and I am 6 years
ant old. I want a Astro Boy DS game and
and Mario and Sonic new Super Mario
brothers, cars, toys, nerf magadron

and toy.

Thank you Santa

Dear Santa,
I would like to receive a princess
mirror, princess lipstick and
princess harmonica for Christmas
Thank you,


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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Letters to Santa

The Star I A9

LETTERS from page A8

Dear Santa,
I want Legos, GI Joe

Dear Santa,
My name is Cliff and I'm 6 years
old. I would like a little white kitten
for Christmas. I would also like a
stuffed moose that has Christmas
lights on his horns and the Planet
51 video game for my DS.
Thank you,.

Gage Medina,
Age 5

Dear Santa,
My name is Aiden. I am 6 years
old and I have really tried my pery
best to be good in school, so please
forgive me for that one sad face, can
I please have a bike, a wii game, and
a tv. .

Dear Santa,
My name is Ardarien. I am three
years old. I attend North Florida
. Child Development, Inc.
I have been a good boy this year.
I would like you to bring me a few
things for Christmas, a guitar, drums
and a scooter.
I will leave milk and cookies for
you and a carrot for Rudolph.

To: Santa,
Will you please bring me a gun for
Christmas? Some BBs and a target
would be nice, too.
Thank you,.
Everett Rentfro

Dear Santa,
I want a train the polar express

Dear Santa,
I would like a new bike. I would
like some more Hot Wheels. Can you
bring my sister KT a new bike, too?
I've been good. I am 5. years old.
Robert (RC)

Dear Santa,
My name is Damien Van Dyke. I
am 5 years old. I would like a red and
blue thing and they punch each other
and their heads go up, and a robot
and a new skateboard.

Dear Santa,
My name is Amari Wickson. I am
5 years old. I like a 1. Barbie game 2.
Netendo DS game
3. Mario game
Thank you,

Dear Santa,
My name is Adian Lewis and I am
6 years old. For Christmas I would
like a bow with arrows, a new bike
and a hunting game for the Wii. I will
leave you some cookies and milk on
the table and some carrots for the
reindeer I have been good this year.
You are awesome, I love you Santa.


Dear Santa Claus,
My name is Juan Carlos. I amn
5 years old. I would like Indianna
Jones legos, a helicopter, and
Gordon the train, and bring a baby
doll to my sister Victoria she is one
year old.
Juan Carlos

Dear Santa,
I would like a doll and a Barbie
and a puppy toy. Thank you
.Age 5

Dear Santa,
I have been a really good
person this year. How are -
your wonderful reindeer
doing? I would like to give
my friend a Justin Bieger
CD will you help me get
it please Santa? Will you
please make sure my daddy
has a good Christmas this
year? I would like a light pink DS
and DS games please. I would like
a fake hair you clip in different
colors and peace sign stuff. Last of
all, I would like a hot pink sleeping
bag. Thank you Santa. '
Miranda Brown

Dear Santa,
I want a remote control car and 4
DS games. I will make you cookies
and milk. Thank you and please
give my nanny medicine for her
foot and my mom some face cream.
Tell Mrs. Claus to make me some
cookies and some egg nog have a
safe trip Santa.
Your friend,
Mpx Cargill

Dear Santa,
How have you been? Did you
have a good summer? I would like
a bike, dirt bike, ripstiick, and a
PSP Do not forget my sister and my

mom and my dad. I hope you have
a good trip on Christmas Eve. I will
leave milk and cookies for you.
Joseph Farrell

Dear Santa,
How is Mrs. Claus doing Santa? I
been a good girl this year. My mom
had the flu and couldn't get out
of bed can you bring her the best
Christmas ever? I want a Spark
scooter, a new dress, a doll, a build
a bear workshop and a moxie girl.
Sarah Hagans

Dear Santa, .
How are you and Mrs. Claus
doing. Have you gotten any
presents this year? I have been a
good girl. Can you bring me a cell
phone, rollerblades, Littlest Pet
Shop Cozy Care Adoption Center? I
will put out cookies and milk for the
ride and carrots for the reindeer.
Thank you Santa.
Love Brittany Hanson

book, For my brother a small teddy
bear. For me a light saber the
hidden blade. Well bye see you next
year. Have a safe trip back-to the
North pole.
Lane Herring

Dear Santa,
Howdy Santa. How is everyone
doing at the North pole? I want
a Baby Alive, an American doll
and a scooter that is pink. Make
sure my mom gets better and

0"fA49 Dear Santa,
., My name is
Landon. I am 3 years
-- old. I attend North
Florida Child Development,
I have been a very good boy this
year. I would like you to bring me
a few things for Christmas, a bike
and a remote control car.
I will leave milk and cookies for
you and a carrot for Rudolph.

Dear Santa,
Thank you for all you have done
for us. I would like a new bike.
I want it to be purple with pink
hearts on it. I would like you to tell
Mrs. Claus I said hi.
Haley Hardy

Dear Santa,
How have you been doing since
last year? For Christmas my Dad,
Mom and my brother and I wish
for some presents. For Dad
some working tools. For
Mom a Lord of the Rings

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Dear Santa,
My name is Kayleigh Clayton.
My family says I have been a good
girl this year. If you see frosty the
snowman please tell him I said
hello. Would you please bring me
a Barbie doll, a Barbie Playhouse
and Gator Golf I almost forgot, I
am 5 years old.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

AlO I The Star I ~ffers to Santa

IETTERS from page A9

make sure my dad has a safe trip
home. I hope everyone has a good
Christmas and gets what they
want. Merry Christmas Santa and
all to the others.
Madison Jasinski

Dear Santa,
How are you and Mrs. Claus?
Santa will you please bring me a
PSP that has a keyboard and some
games. Please don't forget my
brother and every other kid in the
world and please give them the best
Christmas ever
Your friend,
Gregory Jalins

Dear Santa,
I have been a pretty good girl this
year. I know I have my fights with my
brother though. Oh, I want to know
if Rudolph is really real? If he is
would you please give me a picture
of him? Please remember my brother
Cully, my mom Alison, and my dad
Tim. Oh, I forgot to mention what I
wanted for Christmas, I would like
an American Girl Doll Just like me,
puppy or a SURPRISE! Oh yes, I
believe in you!o
Riley Kerigan

Dear Santa,
How's the reindeer and the elves
since last Christmas? Speaking of
the elves have they been making a lot
of presents? Can the elves make me a
American Girl doll and some glasses
for her Also, please make sure that
the kids in the hospital get presents
too. Please give food to the poor
people on the streets.
Bailey Lake

Dear Santa,
You make Christmas so beautiful..
We all love you, even my classmates'
and my teacher's. Could you bring
me a Nintendo DSI, Easy-bqke oven
and an iPod. Please bring some\
nice gift's for the rest of my family.
I will leave you some chocolate chip
cookies and milk. Have a safe trip.
Your friend,
Jalyarah Martinez

Dear Santa,
How have you been all year?
How is Mrs. Claus? How are all the
elves? All I want for Christmas is a
new bike, a game, a ripstick, and
my Moms and Dads love. I will leave
milk and cookies on the table for you.
Thank you Santa,
From Garrett Mason

Dear Santa,
How have you been since last
year? This Christmas I want a DS
with a Bratz pony game, Hannah
Montana bicycle and a Little
Mermaid DS game. I hope you
remember the rest ofmy family
members. I hope you have a safe trip.
Amber Purswell

Dear Santa,
How is Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and
the elves doing? Can the elves make
me a twin doll, a real life friend, and
a DS game.
Ashlyn Russ

Dear Santa,
How are you today? My mom has
been having headaches lately. Could
you help her feel better? I would
like legos, power miners, and space
police. Also, please bring me a raging
rabid's go home. Please remember
everyone on Christmas.
Jacob Sander

Dear Santa,
My sister Haleigh and my nana
Audrey have been sick and I was
wondering if you will give them joy
on Christmas Eve? Christmas is in
11 days and I want them to be well
by then. The first thing I want for
Christmas is to see your reindeer
or you. I want a whoopsy doo baby
Alive doll. Next I want a tic tac throw
game it is really, really, really big.
Also I want a super Mario and Luigi
fore player game for Wii. Oh, don't
forget about my Pawpaw Robert. I do
not now want he wants but I bet he

wants something too. Last, how are
your reindeer and Mrs. Claus? That's
all for now "remember" I want to see
you or your reindeer.
Hannah Smith

Dear Santa,
How do the reindeers fly? My
sister name is Dantasia and my
brother's name is Daniel. One is 22
and one is 14.1 I love my brother and
sister and I love you Santa. I want a
xbot 360 a drum set and a dirt bike.
Please don't forget about the rest of
my family and ring them some nice
gifts. Thank you Santa.
Davien Welch

Dear Santa,
How is Mrs. Claus? I would like a
Littlest Pet Shop game for Wii, a DSI
and a DS game. Please bring a Nerf
game for my brother Charlie. I will
leave 16 carrot for the reindeer. So
they can have 2 carrots each.
Sincerely, your friend,
Maddie Tibbetts

Dear Santa,
Please Santa please bring lots of
toys for me, Draven, and Coleby. Tell
everyone I love them. You guys are
the best. Tell the reminder and Rudolph
I love them. Will you please take me
for a ride with Draven and Colby? I
want a bouncy house for us to have
fun on. Hope you have a safe trip on
Christmas eve.
Ashton Beck,

Dear Santa,
My name is Dexter I have been a
very good boy since I have been that
good. Would you give me a double
action light saber and the Secret
Saturday, Volume I and super
smash brother brawl video game and
the Secret Saturdays battle glove..

Dear Santa,
How are you and Mrs. Clause
doing? I have been very good this
year May I have a baseball PSP I
would like a dark red DSi with a
dragon on it. One more thing, I would
like a camouflage X box 360. Please
bring my brother something too.
Za'Darrien Allen

Dear Santa,
How is it going at the North pole?
Santa can you make a stuffed cat on
Christmas eve please? Santa will you
make me a camera on Christmas eve
please? Santa will you make me a
pair of new dark purple earrings on
Christmas eve please?
Justice Barfield

Dear Santa,
How are you? How is Mrs. Clause
and how is the reindeer? Ok here
are 3 things I want for Christmas..
One is legos and surprise me
with the legos. The second thing
I want is a Lego Indiana Jones 2
video game for PS2. Now the last
thing I want is rock band county.
Xoxoxoxoxo. I hope you have a good
,Brandon Barnes

Dear Santa,
For Christmas could you give me
some presents that I ask for please.
I would like a small muffin baking
kit. Second I would like a girl Baby
Alive and her accessories. Last, I
would like a Bratz lap-top with a
gray mouse and pink head phones.
How are you doing?
Ashley Bennett

Dear Santa,
How are you? Hlow is Mrs. Clause.
I have been very good this year! One
thing I want for Christmas is a cell

.phone picture phone. I want it to
be a Verizon wireless phone. Can it
please be green or pink? One other
thing I would like is a puppy. I want I
a chihuawa that stays indoor Also
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songs as possible. Tell the reindeer I
I said hey. Have a happy and safe I
Jasmine Burton

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Dear Santa,
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like a blue D.S. The games I like to
play is Mario Kart, iCarley, Monster
truck games. I would like a green C
bike. I would ride ii every day and all
time. I would like a black laptop. My
present wrapped in red and green
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year. I would like for Christmas a' -
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ask for The first thing on my list is Fp
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is ornaments. The reason I want t
ornaments is because they're pretty
and beautiful. My last one is a tree
house. The reason I want a tree
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really want so Merry Christmas. F
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Rainey Nobles a
Dear Santa, a
How is Mrs. Clause doing? For d
Christmas I would like a green Dsi, w
lego star wars and dragon ball z b
attack of the saiyans for Dsi. My h
brother would like a xBox 360. He
really wants halo for xBox 360. He
says it's the best game ever. Please m
get us a lot of presents for Christmas.,
We will like our presents.
Christian Quaranta
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everybody to believe in Jesus. I n
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for Christmas? I want a air soft cub. u
Can it be an automatic. Please. The
last thing I want is some clothes.

River Rollins

Dear Santa,
How are you Santa Clause? How
are the rain deer? Pleas send a green
DSI. Pleas send me a rock band swet.
have been very good.
Alvin Rudd

Dear Santa,
How are you doing? How are your
reindeer One of your elfs is at my ,
house. They are so cute. What I really
really want for Christmas is a baby
blue DSI, a small baking kit, and a
Mario game for my DSI. I hope you
are ok. Thank you for all of the toys.
Merr Christmas!
Caroline Sapp

Dear Santa,
How are you? Are you feeling
well? Are the reindeer feeling well? I
ove you very much. I want Indiana
Jones 2 for my Xbox 360 please.
would like a blue and black DS
lease. Also I want a truck that is.
orange, Please.
I love you,
Schwei Kert
Dear Santa,
How are you and Mrs. Clause.
Santa may I have a gator phone
with limited texting for Christmas.
want a gator poster with tem
ebow on it. The last thing I want for
Christmas a gator Nintendo dsi with
gator on it.
James Smith

)ear Santa,
How are you and Mrs. Clause? I
hope you have a safe trip. The first
hing I want for Christmas is a DS. I
would like a blue one. I would like a
Mario Ds game. Santa I would like
an Ipod and I want a green one. I am
good reder so I want some books. I
'ant 30 books. Will you tell the elves
said hello.
Sincerely your friend,
Breanna Wable

)ear Santa,
How are you Santa? For
Christmas I would like a black DSi
and a game for it. It is called Mario
and Sonic at he olympic winter
games. Last but not least a silver.
watch. Have a nice trip.
Your friend,
Dawson Wood

)ear Santa,
My name is Gannon Buzzett
and I'll be three in December. I've
been a good boy. I want a big pile
f dirt for Christmas so I can drive
ny trucks on it and wear my boots.
want a tractor too so I-can be a
warmer when I grow up. I really
need some tools too, like a wrench, a
crewdriver and a hack saw...but be
careful coming down the chimney
with a saw. Oh, and I need some
idewalk chalk!
I will leave you some milk in my
picture cup and some bugles to eat.
Fhe reindeer can have some gummy
reats and juice. Bye Santa.
Gannon Buzzett

)ear Santa,
My name is Mary Margaret
'arrell and I am three years old.
have been very good this year
almost every day. Would you bring
ne a Dora Easy Bake Oven, a radio,
bike, a telescope and a jeep? We
o not have a chimney.Santa so you
rill have to come in the front door,
ut don't bring the reindeer in the

We will leave you cookies and
zilk and you can share with
ludolph. I love you Santa.
Mary Margaret

)ear Santa,
My name is Cameron Brown
nd I am 4 years old. I have been a
ood boy. Santa, would you bring
ie a dragon castle and a rocket
hat will go high in the air? My little
ister is two years old, her name is
arson. She has been a good girl
oo, she would like a walkie talkie

,nd a pretty pony. We will leave
ou a snack in case you are hungry,
o you like chicken and chocolate
%ilk? I love you Santa and I love
he reindeer, I will leave them some
water Thank you Santa.
Cameron and Carson Brown

Letters to Santa

10 1 The Star

SLETTERS from page A9

Al 1 TheStar Oinion

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Searching for folks

- and their boats

Don Minchew
wants you.
If you own
a boat, have
knowledge of
Lake Wimico or
St. Joseph Bay,
Minchew would
like to enlist you
in the ranks of
one of the finest

Star new

volunteer organizations in
the county.
When there is a search
to be made, an individual
gone missing, the call
goes out to Gulf County
Search and Rescue.
Once known strictly
as Wewa Search and
Rescue, due to county
funding cuts that all but
eliminated the South
Gulf County Search
and Rescue team, the
hundreds of volunteers
who comprised Wewa
Search and Rescue now
proudly represent the
entire county.
"Now we are covering
the entire county,"
Minchew said.
In truth, the entire
14th Judicial Circuit and
beyond, as Minchew is
the search and rescue
coordinator for the circuit
and the reputation around
the region of the team
he leads has become a
symbol of pride.
"Over the past several
years we have had 39
drowning victims on
which we have worked
the search," Minchew
said. "We have never
come back without a
body, never have failed to
provide a family closure."
Not that all of the cases
these folks work on and
they come out in droves
when called, a stunning
sight for the unfamiliar
- turn out badly.
Take the recent case of
missing Baby Shannon in
Gulf County Search
and Rescue had 105
volunteers assisting in
various rotations and
were instrumental in
not only finding the
baby safe, but also
determining early on in
the investigation that in
some way the mother,
who it turned out had
given the baby away, was
They have worked
search and rescue
missions in Walton
County, Bay County,
Calhoun County, Alabama
and other spots on the
When Minchew sounds
the alarm, the volunteers,
not making one dime and
devoting their own time,
in some cases forfeiting

paid hours at work,
arrive and listen.
To say that
, l Minchew has
mastered the
leadership of a
search is to assert
CROFT that Frank Sinatra
ws editor had blue eyes and
a nice voice.
The man just
knows what he is doing,
and his team understands
what they need to do to
accomplish the mission,
as the folks working the
Baby Shannon case from
the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement,
the Washington County
Sheriff's Office and
other law enforcement
agencies would freely
As Minchew described
the scene in Chipley,
local and state law
enforcement officials
quickly understood that a
positive ending would be
the result of just staying
out of the way of the folks
from Gulf County Search
and Rescue, let them do
their thing and assist
where asked.
Having observed
first-hand their work on
several local drownings
incidents, these are men
and women of varied
backgrounds who simply
They will stay at it
until a resolution, closure,
is possible. They will wrap
the families of victims in
a protective blanket of
humanity and serve at
their beck and call, be it
a hot meal, hot coffee or
just a shoulder to lean
and cry on.
There are few
outfits like it, not in my
experience and they are
certainly unique in not
only Gulf County, but
North Florida.
They are, simply, the
And now they hope
to expand their base
of volunteers and their
Minchew recalled a
not-too-distant incident
in which a catamaran had
capsized in St. Joseph
Bay, buffeted by five-foot
That is a much
different environment
than the rivers, even at
their most rising and
raging, and Minchew
noted that it would have
helped immensely to have
on hand folks who were
better acquainted, had
more expertise with such
bodies of water.
So Minchew is seeking

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Seasonal tidi

The old adage about kids saying
the darnedest things is on full
display starting on page A3 of this
There, children have submitted
their letters to Santa Claus,
providing soft instructions about
their hopes for the Christmas ahead.
There are visions of stockings and
candy and toys and games. ,
The latest fads or attractions are
on display, from Hannah Montana to
Dora the Explorer.
But in those letters there is also
the humanity of the season, as only
un-jaded children seem able to
There is much wondering about
how Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well
as the elves, named by at least one
child, are doing.
There is much warmth and
thanks for all Santa does, all that his
elves accomplish and the presents
they spread around the world.
Rudolph, clearly the star of the
reindeer troop guiding Santa's
sleigh, is also up for major props,
carrots out for him along with the
cookies and milk that are a staple of
the jolly man in the red suit with the
long white beard..
Amidst the requests for presents,
the queries after Santa's well-being,
however, there is also a jolt of the
times in which we live.
One child writes that in addition
to a couple of toys or games, he
hopes Santa will bring him or her "a
better life."
Another jots down that they hope
that in addition to a few toys, Santa
will make them a "better person."
And the number of children who
write, after listing their Christmas
wishes, that if Santa can't bring them
their hoped for goodies, well, that is
They will understand.
To read through those pages
filled with the thoughts and desires '
of these children aged 2 and older

serves to wipe the Grinch right out
of your heart and soul.
For some.
This is the flip side of the
Christmas season, those who for
reasons within and beyond their
control will find the holiday season
the toughest time of the year.
Whether they have sustained the
stunning tragedy of death in their
family, whether they have lost their
jobs, whether they buckle under the
stress of the holiday, they often feel
apart from much of the world this
time of the year.
One amazing statistic is that the
No. 1 day for cardiac episodes that
lead to death on the calendar each
year is Dec. 25. Number one.
Right behind it, in a dubious
second place, is Dec. 26.
Number three is Jan. 1.
The county's unemployment rate
is skirting a point where at least 10
percent of the workforce is out of a
job, and that counts only those still
Hundreds will rely on the effort
and energy of volunteers to consume
a warm Christmas meal this week,
just as more than 600 relied on that
same generosity of spirit to enjoy a
Thanksgiving meal.
Parents, such as the Semper Fi
Sisters who recently visited Gulf
County, will be anxious and sad
about the deployment of their sons '
and daughters in uniform, joy elusive
until their return from war.
There is a palpable angst, a
turbulence to life these days that
seems, for many, to be too much.
Many people are simply
overmatched by the festiveness of
the holiday season, not seeing or
believing there is much to celebrate.
In a way, though, these are
the folks that ground us, that
-help remind us what this holiday
is about, whether manifested in
the volunteers who. devote their
Christmas to reaching out and


feeding others, providing bicycles for
children from needy families or toys
to youngsters whose trees, if they
are even up, are bare.
For shining through those letters
in this newspaper is the message of
the season.
That message is not driven by the
newest Dora outfit or motor bike or
fishing pole, but by understanding
the root of the holiday.
We would argue that although on
the surface Christmas is about the
birth of a baby who would change
the world, it is really about the
philosophy attached to that person
who strode the earth more than 2,000
years ago.
That philosophy is one centered
on simple humanity, in treating
others as you would like to be
There was no room for the
money-changers of his time, no
inheritance for the powerful, but only
a place for those who understood
that we are all human beings,
none any better than the next, who
believed that turning the other
cheek a virtue, extending a hand to
fellow man a responsibility, a calling.
It is a theme common to most
monotheistic religions, a theme
of nurturing the common good, of
preaching non-violence and peace,
of being a citizen of the world,
giving rather than taking, of simple
justice and the utter lack of any
sense of entitlement to anything in
this life.
In that spirit, the staff here at
The Star wishes all of our wonderful
readers a peaceful, healthy, restful
and blessed holiday season.
May you find the gift of your
desires this holiday season, be it a
Dora the Explorer doll, a Hannah
Montana outfit, the desire to
be a better person or the will of
transformation for a better life in
Merry Christmas.

We have entertained angels unaware

I'd watch Mother
stick that needle through
another piece of pop
corn and marvel at her
patience. Piece after
piece after piece.... I'd
tried it once or twice
those first couple of
Christmases. Too slow for
me! But those "pop corn
strings" were a big part
of our decorations. As
were those silver icicles
Morn would untangle for
hours on end. I never
even attempted that!
Mom's steady hands
never wavered. The smile
never left her face. The
just right looking tree
was important to her.
Christmas was important
to her.
Getting the tree was
another whole story.
Leon would throw that
double bladed ax over
his shoulder and march
as important as all get
out across the pasture
by Archie Moore's house
toward the distant
railroad tracks. Me and
David would be near 'bout
be running to keep up. We
were on a mission. "Let's
get the tallest one we can
find." h
"It can't be too tall; it's
got to fit in the house."
"It has got to be shaped
right. We can only turn
one side to the wall."
"Let's don't get a
crooked top like last year.
The star was pointing
more toward the kitchen
than the ceiling."
The fight usually broke
out on the bank of that
little gully on the other
side of the pond. We'd
have a disagreement
on the shape or style or
"margin" of whichever of
the prospective saplings
we were ogling. We'd
stop in front of tree after
tree and repeat the same
procedure. We'd stalk
around it. We eyeballed
it from every angle. We'd

move a few of the
lower limbs to the
side and look at
the trunk. We'd
shake it vigorously
to see how the
limbs laid out.
"I think Mother
would like this
one." With hardly

Kesley Colbert

a conscious
thought or overture we
paid homage to her. It was
the same every year. We
searched for the tree that
would be acceptable in
Mother's eyes. We couldn't
disappoint her! Most
Christmases it would take
us a whole day to find the
right one. Leon carried
the big end. Me and David
took turns toting the ax
and holding on to the top.
of the tree so it wouldn't
"get messed up" before
Mom could see it.
In all those years guess
how many trees Mom
turned down. She'd hold
up preparing supper and
race out the back door to
greet us. She'd hug Leon
and tussle Dave's hair
as we stood it up in front
of her. "I believe this is
the best one ever." She
looked it over carefully.
The smile, and the glow,
never left her face. "Boys,
this tree is beautiful. It is
just the perfect size. God
surely put it right in your
I was tempted to shout,
"God didn't have nothing
to do with it! We looked
at a hundred trees down
there! We liked to have
never found this one! I've
got cuts on my hands from
pulling limbs back so Leon
could see if the trunk
was straight!" But Mom
was so excited about the
"God sent" tree that I let
it slide.
As we ate our brown
beans and cornbread Mom
would go on and on about
the excellent tree we had
to decorate and prepare

for this wonderful
'season. She would
commend us over
and over for our
efforts to "add
to the season."
And she would
from our new

'tree to that story
of how Jesus came to be
born. She would tell us
about the kind innkeeper
and lowly stable and
humble birth. I wanted
to interrupt and say if
the innkeeper had really
been kind, he'd a'given the
pregnant lady his room
and he'd a'slept in the
Mom was almighty
sure this birth was
the special one! She
loved those angels and
shepherd's and donkeys
and wisemen. She
explained 50 times why we
were so carefully placing
that guiding star on top
of our tree. Mom knew
things about Christmas
that no one else knew.
We had more popcorn
strings and icicles on the
tree than presents under -
it, but Mom never seemed
to notice. She would laugh
and try to pass the fruit
and walnuts off as gifts,
but she wasn't fooling me!
She told us stories about
boys who slew giants, ate
wild honey and became
kings. She taught us to be
thankful, "There are so
many folks in the world
that have a lot less than
us." Me and David Mark
and Leon couldn't hardly
believe that! And she
would end up back at that
lowly manger and that
little child. I kept thinking
she'd give it a rest! But
in all the Christmases we
spent down at the end
of Stonewall Street, she
never did.
Santa always made it,
bearing more than fruit.

It was a pair of Red Ryder
gloves. Or a baseball. Or
a gun and holster set.
One Christmas it was
a shock resistant, anti-
magnetic Timex watch
with a red sweep second
hand. It cost nine dollars
and ninety-five cents!
I had been admiring it
up at Cannons' Rexall
Drugstore for weeks, but
the price didn't even allow
room for hope. I stared at
it in disbelief. It cost more
than Leon and David's
presents put together!
Nobody said a word about
money. Leon and David
were happy for me and
cupped their hands over
the dial to see 'it "glow in
the dark." You could give
Mother a crooked stick
with a dead leaf on it and
she would hug you and tell
you how much she liked it
and how precious of you
to remember her. And I'm
wearing a 10 dollar watch
when we didn't have 10
I remember the
sacrifices made on my
behalf that Christmas
long after that watch quit
Mother's hands are not
so steady this Christmas.
She couldn't get a needle
through one of those
kernels of popped corn if
her life depended on it.
She won't be buying any
watches. And her tree
decorating days are over
for good.
But it is going to be our
family's best Christmas
ever! I'm going to put my
arms around her, and I'm
going to tell her about that
kind innkeeper and that
baby born in that lowly
manger. We are going to
experience the miracle of
Christmas. We're going
to smell that stable, and
we're going to hear those
angels singing.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A12 1 The Star



student loan


fbr many professions, the price
of admission is higher education.
Unfortunately, college degree costs have
skyrocketed, so people often enter the
workforce saddled with massive student
loans and'monthly loan payments that
strain their starting salaries.
In response, the Obama
Administration recently launched
a new, more lenient
repayment program
called income-based
repayment (IBR) for
many types of federally
.. ^- guaranteed student
loans. IBR might be
A especially beneficial
JASON for low-income people;
ALDERMAN the unemployed; and
those who work at
low-paying, "public service" jobs in
education, the government or non-
profit organizations.
Under IBR, required monthly
payments are capped at an affordable
level relative to your adjusted gross
income, family size and state of
residence. For example, if you earn less
than 150 percent of the government's
poverty level for your family size,
you would pay zero. As your income
increases, so will your monthly
payment up to no more than 15
percent of income that exceeds that
same 150 percent of poverty level.
One of IBR's best selling features
is that the government will forgive
any debt stillowed after 25 years of
consistent repayment. Those qualifying
under the public service definition
must repay their loans for only 10 years
before the balance will be discharged.
A few other IBR features:
Only certain government-guaranteed
loans, such as Stafford and Grad PLUS
loans, qualify;, private loans, Parent
PLUS and consolidated loans containing
Parent PLUS loans do not.
Qualifying loans can be new or old
and for any type of education.
IBR payments are adjusted annually
to reflect changes in income and family
. You must submit updated income
documentation to your lender each year.
If your income increases, so will your
payment amount, although never above
what you would otherwise pay under a
standard 10-year repayment schedule.
There is no qualifying income
ceiling, although higher-income people
would need extremely Yhigh outstanding
loan balances to qualify for IBR.
If, after you've begun repaying your
student loans, your income is too low
Sto meet payments, contact your lender,
which can determine whether the loan
qualifies for IBR.
IBRs do have several potential
Loans in default are not eligible.
Because IBR likely will extend
the term of your loan, you'll probably
accrue more interest than under a
standard 10-year payoff.
The amount of debt discharged after
25 years will be subject to income tax
at that time, unless Congress changes
the current law. (Although, if you are
eligible for the 10-year public service
program, your debt will be discharged
tax-free after you've made 120 monthly
If you expect your financial hardship
to be temporary, then other loan
repayment options, such as economic
hardship deferment, forbearance and
extended repayment, might be better
options. For details on these options, go
to and search "Trouble
Repaying Debt." FinAid also features
a calculator to compare IBR with
standard and extended repayment
options under a variety of income
scenarios (click "Calculators").
For eligibility details and other
helpful information, you can visit the
U.S. Department of Education (go to and search
"IBR") and the Project on Student Debt

Jason Alderman directs Visa's
financial education programs. Sign
up for his free monthly e-Newsletter

Boyd supports tax relief for North

Florida families, small businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman
Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) last
week voted in favor of providing ,om
North Florida families and small
business more than $30 billion I '
in tax relief next year. The Tax
Extenders Act of 2009 (H.R. 4213)
is fully paid for, thereby not adding 'ALLE
to our budget deficit, and includes A-L
more than $5 billion in individual
tax cuts, more than $17 billion in
tax relief for small businesses, and more
than $7 billion for community development
incentives, charitable contributions, and the
deployment of alternative vehicles and fuels.
"Providing fiscally responsible tax relief
to families and small businesses is one of
the most important steps we can take to
ease the burden on hardworking North
Floridians and to stimulate our economy
during these difficult economic times,"


said Congressman Boyd. "This
legislation will put money back
into the pockets of North Florida
families and will help jumpstart our
local communities and economies
S I by increasing consumer spending
and strengthening our small
BOYD The legislation includes tax
ello incentives specifically aimed at
saving North Floridians money
next year, including the opportunity to
itemize deductions for state arid local sales
taxes and reduce overall property taxes.
Coupled with savings on tuition and other
educational expenses, these incentives are
estimated to save taxpayers more than $5
billion in 2010.
Among the 14 provisions geared
toward reducing the tax burden on small
businesses, notable examples include

the Research and Development Tax
Credit, which encourages businesses to
increase investments in technology and
create new high-tech jobs, and the Cost
Recovery incentive that provides tax cuts
for improvements made to retail stores
and construction of new restaurants.
"Small businesses serve as the
starting point for economic growth
in countless communities across the
country, and North Florida is no different.
I will continue working to make sure the
people of North Florida see relief and
our small businesses are strengthened
through fiscally responsible tax relief and
a return to sound fiscal policies," said
Congressman Boyd.
The Tax Extenders Act of 2009 passed
the U.S. House of Representatives today by
a vote of 241-181. The bill now awaits action
by the Senate.

What the new cervical cancer

screening guidelines mean for women

By Susan Wysocki and Susan Scanlan
Special to The Star
It's not surprising that
women are confused about
the recently changed
recommendations for cancer
screening and prevention. New
guidelines from the American
College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists (ACOG) the
leading medical group that
provides health care for women
.- say women should wait
longer to begin cervical-cancer
screening and that they should
be screened less frequently. On
the heels of similar changes
to breast-cancer screening
guidelines, it's understandable
that many women might see
this as a step backward.
On the contrary, the new
cervical-cancer screening
recommendations reflect
advances in our understanding
of this disease and in tools now
available to prevent it. More
importantly, they present an
opportunity to educate women
about the significant opportunity
we have to further prevent if
not eliminate cervical cancer.
New ACOG screening
guidelines recommend women
should begin getting Pap
tests at age 21 (as opposed to
within three years of becoming
sexually active) and that, from
ages 21 to 29, most women
should have Pap tests every
two years instead of annually.
Additionally, screening for
women 30 and older with a
history of normal Pap test

results now moves to every
three years.
To understand the rationale
for these changes, it's important
to first know how the disease
develops. Cervical cancer is
caused by "high-risk" types
of the human papillomavirus
(HPV), a common sexually
transmitted infection. Most
women will have HPV at
some point in their lives, but
their immune systems will
typically clear the virus without
symptoms or treatment.
HPV infections that persist
- typically many years can
cause cell changes that can
potentially lead to cervical
cancer. Because cervical cancer
is slow-growing, it generally
allows ample time for screening
to detect problems that can be
treated before the cancer can
develop. The majority who die of
cervical cancer in the U.S. have
either never been screened or
have not been screened in many
A Pap test is the traditional
means of screening for
cervical cancer. It involves ,
examining cervical cells
under a microscope to detect
abnormalities that can then
be treated, if necessary. Since
its use became widespread
60 years ago, the Pap test
has helped to significantly
reduce cervical cancer rates.
So, if the Pap test has been
such a success, why change
the guidelines? First, newer
research shows that cervical
cancer is extremely rare

in women younger than 21.
Cervical abnormalities among
sexually active girls in this
age group are common, but
they typically go away on
their own. Newer studies,
however, show that treatment
for these abnormalities that
would most likely resolve
themselves can cause later
pregnancy complications, such
as premature birth. This is one
instance in which treatment
can cause more harm than
good. By delaying the start of
screening, we hopefully can
avoid unnecessary treatment.
The rationale for less-
frequent screening'is similar.
Evidence shows that screening
with a Pap test every year does
not offer any additional benefit
over screening every two or
three years. Waiting longer
between screenings can help
avoid unnecessary treatment of
abnormalities that likely will go
away on their own.
Also, new technological
advances offer women 30
and older the group most
at risk for cervical cancer
- more protection against this
disease. For these women, an
HPV test is now available and.
uses molecular technology
to determine whether HPV
is present. An HPV infection
that continues for years is
what leads to increased risk of
developing cervical cancer. If an
HPV infection is found, a woman
can be monitored more closely
by her clinician. A negative HPV
test in tandem with a normal

Pap test can give a clinician
and her patient increased
reassurance that the woman
is not at risk of developing
cervical cancer for at least the
next three years. The HPV test
also is used for women of all
ages to help clarify inconclusive
Pap test results. The HPV test
is not used routinely in women
younger than 30 because HPV
is so common in this age group
that a positive HPV test could
lead to unnecessary treatment.
Although screening is critical
to preventing cervical cancer,
two HPV vaccines the first-
ever vaccines to fight a cancer
- are now FDA-approved and
offer significant potential to help
reduce cervical cancer rates.
Remember, these new
screening recommendations
are simply guidelines and that
clinicians, in conjunction with
patients, need to determine
the most appropriate
cervical-cancer prevention
approach for each woman.
These new guidelines provide
an opportunity for more
conversation on this issue
between women and their
health-care providers. After
all, few things are better for
women's health than educated
and empowered patients.

Wysocki is president
ahd CEO of the National
Association of Nurse
Practitioners in Women's
Health. Scanlan is chair of the
National Council of Women's

Protecting nursing home residents
Dear Editor,
On behalf of the more than 400
volunteer long-term care ombudsmen
statewide who advocate for improved
quality of life and care for residents, I
am writing to share a concern about
a growing trend in Florida's nursing
homes, the improper transfer or
discharge of nursing home residents.
Proper resident transfer and discharge
processes are crucial to protecting the
safety and ensuring the wellbeing of
elders who live in nursing homes.
When a nursing home initiates the
transfer or discharge of a resident who
has lived there at least 30 days, facility
staff must provide the resident with a
written 30-day notice of the transfer or
discharge, unless certain conditions exist.
Under state and federal law, a
resident may only be discharged for one
of six specified reasons, including if he or
she falls behind in payment, if he or she
is endangering him/herself or others or
if the facility is unable provide adequate
care for the resident's needs. Both
endangerment and a facility's inability to
care for the resident must be documented

in the resident's medical record. This
documentation for discharge may only
be completed by the facility's medical
director or the resident's physician. If this
authorization occurs, the resident and
her legal representative must then be
given proper notice of the facility's intent
to discharge the resident.
If the resident falls behind oh his or
her payments, the nursing home has the
duty to assist the resident in enrolling in
the appropriate Medicaid or Medicare
Programs to cover the costs. If a resident
is still behind in payment after the
assistance is provided, then the facility
may discharge the individual with a
written 30-day notice.
A copy of all discharge notices must
be sent to the local long-term care
ombudsman office. This notice gives
ombudsmen the opportunity to review
cases and facilitate any communication
necessary between a resident and the
facility, ensuring each resident receives
the treatment and respect they deserve
and that his or her right to challenge
an improper transfer or discharge is
Residents should never be threatened
with a transfer or discharge by any

staff member. Any such threats are a
violation of federal and state law and
should be reported to the ombudsman
and/or to the Agency for Health Care
All residents have the right to file a
request for a fair hearing to appeal a
discharge. If a resident has reason to
believe he or she has grounds for such an
appeal, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Program encourages these individuals
to file a request for hearing within the
first 10 days of receiving the notice.
Acting within the initial 10 day window
allows a resident to remain in the current
facility until the hearing is concluded.
An ombudsman volunteer can assist in
the hearing process as well as represent
residents at the hearing. If you or a loved
one has concerns about a transfer or
discharge notice, or any other issues
concerning a long-term care facility
resident, call us toll-free at 888-831-0404
or visit us online at http://ombudsman.
I. n service,
Brian Lee
State Ombudsman

CROFT from page All

any and all volunteers who have
familiarity with the bodies of
water on the south end of the
county to meld with his crew
that knows so well the waters
of the north end of the county
to create, if this is possible, an
even more effective search and
rescue outfit.
"We are looking for people

who know Lake Wimico, who
know the bay and have boats
that can navigate these waters,"
Minchew said.
And at the same time want
to join what has become an
organization from which the
county can derive such pride.
Minchew has hosted
two meetings at the county

Emergency Operations Center
this month to enlist any
volunteers and will continue the
campaign in January.
Meeting dates and times
will be announced in this .
newspaper and on www.starfl.
Anybody wishing to join and
desiring more information can

contact Minchew at 814-3180.
Consider it this way at
a time of so much need, here
is an outfit that meets a
unique and valued need in the
Could there be a better
way to demonstrate the
holiday spirit than becoming
a member of this incredible,

hard-working and helpful
community organization
that seems called to this
dangerous, sometimes horrific
and difficult work?
The answer is self-evident.
Give Minchew a call. Attend
a January meeting. The
community assigns its thanks in

Letter to the EDITOR



Thursday, December 24, 2009


The Star A 13

Battle brewing over GOP chairmanship

Florida Freedom Newspapers
Republican Party of Florida
Vice Chairman Allen Cox has
not been coy about his criticism
of RPOF Chairman Jim Greer's
spending habits. .
And, apparently, it has cost Cox
the chairmanship of the RPOF's
influential budget committee, a
post he had held for three years.
"His style is intimidation," Cox,
a state committeeman from Gulf
County and former Gulf Coast
Community College trustee, said
in a Thursday
i morning interview.
^ "He is a bully, and
his style is based
: on intimidation. He
", ., thinks that's how
1 he can get what he
Cox was
ALLEN COX stripped of the
budget committee
chairmanship Wednesday evening,
after Greer sent him an e-mail
alleging he released proprietary
RPOF budget documents to the
St. Petersburg Times.
"I' have been provided with
information from numerous
sources that you have discussed
or released highly confidential
information relating the RPOF
budget andproprietary information
provided to you as chairman of the
budget committee," the e-mail
read. "Therefore, please be advised
that effective immediately you are
hekby removed as chairman of the
budget committee andremoved as a
member of the budget committee."
Katie Gordon Betta, an RPOF
spokeswoman, said there is. little

In accordance with party
rules, committee members and
chairs serve at the pleasure of
the chairman. In accordance
with such provisions I have
been provided with information
from numerous sources that
you have discussed or released
highly confidential information
relating the RPOF budget
and proprietary information
provided to you as chairman of
the budget committee.
Therefore, please be advised
that effective immediately
you are hereby removed
as chairman of the budget
committee and removed as
a member of the budget
Due to your actions I'have
directed that no proprietary or
confidential information shall be
provided to you.

doubt Cox leaked the budget
"He had asked our CFO to
generate the document," she said.
"There were very few people privy
to the information; it was really a
simple process of elimination."
She said the leaked document,
if printed in the media, "would
essentially hand the Democrats
our playbook."
Cox denied releasing any
"restricted documents to anybody"
but said his vocal criticism of

Greer's spending habits remains
unchanged. He charged Greer
racked up a $4 million budget
"I believe the right thing to do
is to be truthful when you have
spent more than $4 million more
than you have available. ... I think
it is mismanagement," he said.
Betta denied that claim, saying
RPOF has a $1 million surplus.
A petition is circulating to
"rescind" Greer. It has been signed
by 60 RPOF executive committee
members, including Bay County's
John Salak, and members from
Gulf, Franklin and Leon counties.
Cox said a meeting is in the
works for this January to take an
up-or-down vote on Greer as party
"More and more state
committee folks are going to have
the opportunity to speak out and
call for a special meeting," Cox
said. "I don't think the outcome
will be in Jim Greer's favor."
Allan Bense, who chairs
RPOF's victory committee and has
been mentioned as a successor to
Greer, said he was focusing on
fundraising efforts anrd did not
want to get involved with messy
internal politics.
"It's an issue I just want to stay
out of," said Bense, a PAnama City
resident and former state House
Betta said the issue is simply
an unneeded political distraction.
"It's a sad. day for our party,"
she said. "Essentially, one of the,
biggest elections in our state's
history is less than a year away,
and this is what we are focused

NFCD from page Al

of trustees. "Our board and
staff had a strategic plan-
ning session in March with
our community leaders and
set expansion of services as a
high priority. It is nice to see
the planning and persistence
pay off."
In addition to the Early
Head Start award, NFCD re-
ceived a grant last month to
open a new 20-student Head
Start classroom in Greenville.
The funding for this program
includes start-up and techni-
cal assistance funds along
with a pro-rated share 'of op-
erational funds for the bal-
ance of the fiscal year.
Gaskin said that NFCD
has additional pending grant
applications and anticipates
a decision within the next 45
Among those grants is a
Community Development
Block Grant through the city
of Port St. Joe to help facili-
tate construction of and in-
frastructure for a new facility
proposed for a parcel across
U.S. 98 from the new Sacred
Heart Hospital of the Gulf
Coast, nearing completion ad-
jacent to Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College's Gulf/Franklin
The new center would re-
place NFCD's facility at the
old Highland View Elementa-
ry School. Gaskin has indicat-
ed to the Gulf County School
Board that NFCD would be
out of the school some time
in 2011.
A provisional offer for

the CDBG dollars has been
made, in the amount of
$674,000, Bruce Ballister of
the Apalachee Regional Plan-
ning Council announced at a
recent city commission meet-
The CDBG offer will be on
hold there is a 60-day win-
dow for formal acceptance
- until NFCD has construc-
tion funding from the U.S. De-
partment of Agriculture Rural
Development in place.
Ballister estimated it would
be January or February for
the USDA decision on fund-
ing, with the CDBG contract
finalized likely in March, pro-
vided all funding is in place.
Ballister said the city could
go out for bid by early sum-
North Florida Child Devel-
opment is a non-profit corpo-
ration that provides compre-
hensive child development
services to 389 children and
families in the five-county
service area. The corporate
offices are in Wewahitchka,
and the organization has 46
employees in Gulf County and
operates on a budget of just
less than $4 million.
NFCD provides services
directly and indirectly through
contracts and inclusion mod-
els in each school district.
"We are proud of our col-
'laboratiye service agree-
ments with the school dis-
tricts in all five counties as we
believe they enhance the ser-
vice delivery to the children
and families," Gaskin said.

CITY from page Al

on these things during the
summer or not during the
rainy part of the year," he
,Recent rainfall also has
caused problems at city
cemeteries, which have
seen a number of floating
Weston, City Clerk Jim
Anderson, City Grant Writ-
er Charlotte Pierce and lo-
cal MFneral Director Rocky
Comforter convened to ad-
dress the issue, and Pierce
reported the committee's
Suggestions included
adopting a city ordinance
requiring that all vaults be
placed underground with
a minimum of six to eight
inches of ground cover on
top of the lid.
Only concrete vaults
could be used, with the
city providing conditions
and obligations for pur-
chasing a cemetery plot to
individuals at the time of
Preble-Rish engineer
Bill Kennedy recommend-
ed that the city construct
a perimeter ditch around
Forest Hill Cemetery.
The cemetery is the
site of many of the floating
vaults and currently lacks
a ditch.
In a bit of macabre hu-
mor, Weston said the sug-
gestions were intended to
prevent "these problems
from popping up again."
In other cemeterynews,
Pierce recommended that
the city clear clusters of
pine trees on a portion of
Holly Hill Cemetery, which
have reduced the number
of available plots by 330.
The first reading of

an ordinance striking the
current sign ordinance's
prohibition against
. changeable message signs
prompted a lengthy dis-
cussion about the poten-
tial effects of the change.
Magidson produced a
list of suggestions drafted
by the Downtown Rede-
velopment Agency (DRA),
which he said would "pro-
tect the city, so we don't
have a proliferation of
these things without some
way to control them."
In an effort to prevent
U.S. 98 from resembling
23rd Street in Panama
City, Magidson said the
DRA recommended that
the city better define
electronic signage and
add content restrictions
and enforcement mecha-
The ordinance pro-
posed by the DRA would
prohibit signs with "offen-
sive images" or "flashing
and excessive movement,"
Magidson said.
It also would provide
for enhanced code en-
forcement, including fines
and the power to remove
offensive signs, the mayor
Reeves reminded the
board that they'd agreed
to pass the new ordinance
quickly, with a future work-
shop devoted to reviewing
the sign ordinance.
City Attorney Tom Gib-
son also issued a caution:
"We get into a mess when
we try to regulate con-
The board agreed to re-
visit the matter in the new
Weston submitted for

discussion a memoran-
dum outlining the current
water/sewer bills paid by
the Pine Ridge and Liber-
ty Manor apartment com-
Both are currently pay-
ing commercial water and
sewer bills, which include
a base rate of $30 for water
and $60 for sewer.
Adjusting the bills to re-
flect individual residences
(53 in Pine Ridge and 40 in
Liberty Manor) would pro-
vide the city an additional
$48,060 in revenue, the
memorandum indicated.
Commissioner Greg
Johnson pressed for
more information on cur-
rent water usage and bill
totals, and Rex Buzzett
expressed concern about
penalizing low income res-
idents by increasing water
Weston said he would
have obtained more in-
formation for the board's
Work on Catch Basin
7 is in the "final punch
list" stage, according to
Weston, who said the city
still needed to address a
few issues, such as cross-
walks and manhole place-
The St. Joe Beach
Sewer project also is' on
track for a January com-
pletion, Weston said, with
351 hook-ups as of last
Commissioners unan-
imously approved for ad-
vertisement a memoran-
dum seeking volunteers
to serve on a business tax
Florida Statues re-
quires that a commit-

tee review any proposed
change to a business tax
(formerly known as an oc-
cupational license tax).
Requests must be sub-
mitted to Anderson by
Jan. 15.
Jeremy Novak and
Phil Early were approved
by commissioners for a
three-year term on the
Planning Development
and Review Board.
With an eye toward
fuel savings, Port St. Joe
Police Chief David Barnes
said the department has
located one hybrid vehicle
that gets 43 miles to the
gallon. The city recently
approved the purchase of
four police department ve-
Port St. Joe Redevelop-
ment Agency Director Matt
Fleck briefed the board on
the DRA's expansion into
North Port St. Joe.
The resolution to adopt
the amendment to the ex-
isting DRA will receive
its first reading on Jan. 5,
with final adoption sched-
uled for Jan, 19.
unanimously approved a
proclamation declaring
Jan. 4 "Jerry Stokoe Day"
in honor of the longtime
Christmas of the .Young
and Elderly program coor-
The proclamation com-
mended Stokoe's tireless
dedication to helping un-
derprivileged residents
throughout the county.
Accepting an engraved
plaque, Stokoe called the
tribute a "wonderful hon-
or" and thanked the board
"for the chance to make a
difference in Gulf County."

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Thursday, December 24, 2009 w w Page 14

Tiger Sharks go unbeaten for week

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The Tiger Sharks of
Port St. Joe might not have
played their best gaane yet,
but they are starting to find
a rhythm.
The Tiger Sharks upped
TIM CROFT I The Star their record on the young
Christina Cordova, in action against Franklin season to 5-2 overall with
County, leads the Lady Sharks with five goals and three wins last week, in-
12 total points this year. eluding an overtime thriller
against Georgia power Bain-
*k bridge in the Subway Classic
Port St. Joe soccer kicks in at Chipola Junior College.
The d cp o w b oPort St. Joe started the w ....
i t t week last Tuesday with a 79-
wins against Franklin ount 34thumping of district foe
Liberty County, the Tiger
By Tim Croft Sharks' second district win.
Star News Editor Raheem Clemons lede
the way with 20 points, and
With the district playoffs looming in January at Port Willie Quinn had 17 points TIM CROFT I The Star
St. Joe, both the boys' and girls' soccer teams registered and 11 rebounds. Calvin Pryor (23 in the lane) and Port St. Joe improved their record to 5-2 last week.
wins against Franklin County before the holiday break On Friday, the Tiger
The Lady Sharks (2-6-1 overall and 0-3-0 in the district) Sharks traveled to Tal- like that, we are tough to long 3-pointer, brought the had fouled out, Willie fouled
defeated the Lady Seahawks 6-1, with Christina Cordova, lahassee Leon and came beat." Tiger Sharks even, and out, we had to play a lot of
the team's leading scorer, scoring twice and Marianna away with an 88-63 win as Clemons was a regula- they took the overtime 12-6 guys off the bench. You win
Schwabacher scoring her first two goals of the year. five players scored in dou- tion-time hero on Saturday for a 75-69 win. those kind of games, and
Torie Burgess and Catherine Cordova both had ble figures. night at Chipola when he Roman Quinn led all that builds confidence..
their first goals of the season in the win. Clemons had 16 points, nailed a 28-foot jumper at scorers with 27 points for "We still haven't played
Cody Clark, who has 55 saveson the year, allowed a Calvin Pryor 16, Roman the buzzer to force over- Port St. Joe. Smith had pur best ball, and we have
single goal to raise her record in goal to 2-5-1. and Willie Quinn each add- time against Bainbridge. 10, Pryor and Willie Quinn a lot to work on in practice,
The Sharks won by a 5-2 score, with J. Mason Ray, ed 15 points, and Darrell The Georgia team had nine points apiece, Clem- but we are starting to find
who has 12 goals on the year, and Jarred Arnold, who has Smith had 10 points. exploited a shooting dry ons eight, Quincy Welch our stride."
seven, leading the way as the Port St. Joe boys improved "I would bet in the last spell by Port St. Joe, which six, Trubias Hill four and The Tiger Sharks were
their record to 5-5-1 overall and 3-1-0 in the district. four games, we have aver- was out-scored 27-17 in the Rock Quinn two. at Tallahassee Godby on
The district playoffs will be hosted by Port St. Joe aged 20 assists a game," middle two quarters, to "Bainbridge is a good Tuesday and return to Tal-
beginning the third weekend in January. said Port St. Joe coach build a nine-point lead. team," Kurnitsky said, "and lahassee next Tuesday and
Both teams will be back in action Jan. 5 during a trip Derek Kurnitsky. "When But a 30-point final pe- it was a heart, character Wednesday for the annual
to Marianna. we share the basketball riod, capped by Clemons' and guts kind of win. Calvin Capital City Classic.

New forensic technique detects sharks from their bite

By Cathy Keen
Special to The Star
Hit-and-run attacks by sharks
can be solved with a new tech-
nique that identifies the culprits
by the unique chomp they put on
their victims, according to a Uni-
versity of Florida researcher and
shark expert.
In a method analogous to ana-
lyzing human fingerprints, sci-
entists can make identifications
by precisely comparing shark
bites to the jaws and teeth of the
powerful predators, said George
Burgess, director of the Interna-
tional Shark Attack File, which is
housed at UF's Florida Museum
of Natural History.
"Every time we investigate a
shark attack, one of the pieces of
information that we want to have
is what species was involved and
what size it was," he said. "Be-
causeI've been looking at shark
attack victims for 30 years, I can
estimate what did the damage,
but I have never been able to ac-
tually prove it."
Now scientists can say with a

degree of certainty whether the
beast was a 14-foot tiger shark or a
9-foot bull shark, a distinction that
has unforeseen emotional, ecologi-
cal and even monetary benefits,
said Burgess, who collaborated
with researchers from the Univer-
sity of South Florida. Their findings
are published in the November is-
sue of Marine Biology.
"There's a psychological need
for many shark attack victims to
know what bit them," Burgess
said. "One of the few things shark
attackvictims have going for them
after a bite is bragging rights, and
the bragging rights include know-
ing what did the damage."
Because of the hype surround-
ing shark attacks, off-the-cuff es-
timates of shark size often are
exaggerated, he said. "This will
give an actual basis for determin-
ing what species was involved
and the size, not that that's going
to affect the size claimed by. the
victim in a bar," he said.
Using dried shark jaws from
museums and private collec-
tions, the researchers were able
,to identify bite patterns of partic-

ular sizes and species of sharks
by measuring jaw circumference
and the distance between the six
frontal teeth on the top and lower
jaws, Burgess said. They experi-
mented on 10 to 24 sets of shark
jaws for each of the 14 species
they analyzed. The technique
works not only on human and ani-
mal tissue, but also on inanimate
objects, such as surfboards and
underground cable lines, he said.
The ability to make predictions
from bite patterns is important to
understanding the behavioral un-
derpinnings of shark attacks and
their prey habits, said lead re-
searcher Dayv Lowry, a biologist
with the Washington Department
of Fish and Wildlife, who did the
work as a graduate student at the
University of South Florida.
"Often, someone will send us
a picture of a dolphin carcass or a
sea turtle and want to know what
kind of shark bit it," Lowry said.
"Knowing that it's a large tiger
shark, for example, would help us
figure out what large tiger sharks
like to eat and how they attack
their prey. If an animal or person

has been bitten on the rear end,
then we know these sharks are
likely to sneak up to get their prey
instead of facing the victims."
Being able to determine what
size shark attacked people in cer-
tain geographic areas, such as
South Africa, where offshore nets
are used to protect swimmers, is
valuable because it might influence
the size mesh that is used, Lowry
said. With larger sharks, beaches
can get by with bigger mesh sizes,
which are cheaper and less envi-
ronmentally intrusive, he said.
The technique also has the
potential-to save thousands of
dollars in damages caused by
the sharks' penchant for at-
tacking underwater electronic
equipment, which includes in-
tercontinental telephone wires,
top-secret communication lines
between government officials
and sensors companies use to
uncover oil fields, Burgess said.
Sharks are equipped with or-
gans on the underside of their
snouts gel-filled pits called
ampullae of Lorenzini that al-
low them to detect electromag-

netic fields from their intended
food, Burgess said. Unfortunate-
ly, sharks often do not distinguish
between the signals sent by prey
and equipment, which can be ru-
ined by water seeping in through
the bite marks, he said.
"That's one thing that makes
them special they can sense
electro-magnetic fields around
their prey items," he said.
Laying cable lines at the bot-
tom of the ocean is extremely
expensive, and having to remove
a piece, fix it and install it again
adds to the cost, Burgess said.
"Knowhig that a certain species
of shark did the damage is use-
ful because, in the future, cable
lines can be placed in a different
location, outside the path of that
particular shark's area of distri-
bution," he said.
And the ability to determine
what size shark was involved in
an attack by the size and configu-
ration of its bite marks could re-
sult in the installation of a heavi-
er seal designed to withstand
damage from that kind of shark,
he said.



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Women's Health Center of Excellence doctor Toni Pennington and advanced registered nurse
practitioners Helen Cook and Dee Conroy toasted the center's first anniversary at a small employee
ceremony last Wednesday. Background, visitors to the health center last Wednesday were pinned with'
pink ribbons symbolizing breast cancer awareness.

Women's Health Center of Excellence celebrates 1Ist anniversary

Tucked away in the back of the
. Gulf County Health Department, a
center devoted exclusively to wom-
men's health thrives.
Celebrating its one year anniver-
sary this month, the Women's Health
Center of Excellence has provided
care to nearly 400 patients in a peace-
ful, soothing atmosphere in stark' r.
contrast to the medical clinic's daily
hustle and bustle.
The clinic, dedicated in honor of -
the late Sylvia L. "Cindi" Judkins, be "
gan as a desire among facility nurses
to provide female patients a place of Dee Conroy one
their own. '
Housed in half of the former En- players iR founding.
vironmental Health Office suite, the center, cufs the first
health center features four examina-
tion rooms, an administrative office up until delivery, a se
and reception area. lacking in Gulf Count.
Staffing the center are advanced quired an ultrasound
registered nurse practitioners Dee months ago.
Conroy, Helen Cook and a rotating "'I always wanted
group of five doctors from Emerald nobody wanted to d
Coast OB/GYN, who conduct office it's going wonderful
hours twice a month. "Women don't have t
Dr. Toni Pennington of Emerald ma City for all th e
* Coast said the center "definitely has Having a he h
the basics" for a small, rural facility, exclusively to .e
The health center offers a vari- traffic to the health h
ety of services for women, including In a year's time, th
birth control and family planning, Pap ment has seen a 70 p
smears, mammograms, endocrinol- in prenatal appoint
og, thyroid/diabetes screenings and 30 percent increase
annual wellness exams. women's health servi
Pregnant women may schedule The health center:
prenatal appointments all the way. ducted 20 colposcopi

approximately five instances of breast
I The uninsured or under-insured
"i"HlWBtake advantage of several free

rvice previously
y. The center ac-
t machine a fewy
d prenatal, and
eal with it, and
y," said Conroy.
o drive to Pana-
c .er devoted
(.s increased
he health depart-
percent increase
nents and a 25-
in requests for
r also has con-
es and detected

The Florida Breast and Cervical
Cancer Early Detection Program
(BCCOURA), funded by the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention,.
provides free breast and cervical
cancer exams for women ages 50-64
meeting income requirements.
The American Breast Cancer
Foundation offers vouchers foryoung-
er women needing mammograms.
S-..The. health center, also provides
free human papillom'iafitf .
vaccines for women older tihli'
Pennington said she '6hd4.-Ie
pleased with her work at tHe L
and hopes that more people bec'6
aware of the servicess it provides'...' -,
"It's been a 'low start because 4
not enough pe6pl I"oqw about it, b~uJt~
once thewo t. will really
help," she said. I .aXo
t.'aen.Mn a aware-
ness'. :bok ach
program m Ha
St. Joe ahdn
advisory' boa .
"*Wethink we
but they have other'e, said Cook
noting that 30 percent of the health
center's patients are younger than 25.
The Women's Health Center of Ex-
cellence is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Appointments may be scheduled
through the medical clinic, 850-227-

The Wewahitchka Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 8285 recently sponsored Voice of
Democracy speech and Patriots Pen Essay
contests. Pictured, from left, are Bryce Gerber,
first place, Voice of Democracy contest; Post
Committee Chairman Bob Shipman; Seth
Goodwin, first place, Patriots Pen contest;
District 17 Commander T. Wayne Markham;
Cheslee Williamson, second place, Patriots
Pen contest; and VFW Ladies Auxiliary
S President Millie Schofield. Not pictured is
t 'Cheyenne Peterson, third place, Patriots Pen
S contest., The guests and members attended
an awards dinner on Dec. 15 and enjoyed a
great meal provided by the post and ladies
auxiliary. "All the students who entered these
contests should be commended for their effort
on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars,"
said VFW Commander William J. Paul.

By Despino Williams
, Star Staffll'riter


Premier Chemicals



helps environment

By Alma L. Murphy
Gulf County Economic Development Council Inc.
Tucked away in the midst of the Port
St. Joe Commerce Park, one Gulf Coun-
ty business continues to thrive despite
tough economic times. Premier Chemi-
cals LLC, 574 Premier Drive, has been
producing magnesium products for
more than 50 years and is looking at a 15
percent increase in the shipment of its
products compared to last year.
The plant, which is on a 114-acre site
along the Gulf County Canal, and its pre-
decessors are nationwide leaders in the
production of magnesia chemicals and are
primary manufacturers in the production
of magnesia oxide and magnesia hydrox-
To make its product, which is sold un-
der the trade name Thioguard and is es-
sentially used as a "milk of magnesia" for
the treatment of wastewater in municipal
and manufacturing operations, the Port
St. Joe plant extracts seawater from an
intake location at the old paper mill in-
take site. A two-mile long pipeline feeds
the seawater to the plant site where it'
undergoes processing to precipitate the
magnesium into magnesium hydroxide.
Raw seawater contains approximately 22
pounds of magnesium hydroxide per 1,000
gallons, and Premier Chemicals is permit-
ted to process up to 13 million gallons of
seawater per day. Once the seawater has
been processed, it is returned to the Inter-
Coastal Canal under controls specified by
a Florida Department of Environmental
Protection Permit.
Thioguard is a safe, alkaline slurry
and is more commonly known as the
over-the-counter medicinal "milk of mag-
nesia" that can be found in drugstores
under private labels. The Port 'St. Joe
plant, which employs 14 personnel, is one
of five operated by Premier Chemicals to
produce slurry and will ship 50,000 tons of
the product this. coming year at a rate of
40 tank trucks per week. The Thioguard
magnesium hydroxide slurry is shipped
to more than 20 major municipalities and
counties in the state of Florida, and more
than 500 million gallons of wastewater
are treated in each municipality or coun-
ty per day.
According to the company's Web site,
Magnesia chemicals are safer, more en-
vironmentally responsible solutions to
problems related with acid neutraliza-
Thioguard magnesium hydroxide is a
"green" non-hazardous National Science
Foundation (NSF) approved liquid phase
treatment that provides hydrogen sul-
fide rotten egg smell odor control,
sulfuric acid corrosion control, grease
control, and improved treatment when
added to wastewater collection systems
and wastewater treatment plants. The
reduction in phosphorous and nitrogen
in the treated wastewater not only helps
protect the rivers,,lakes and bays where
the water is discharged, but also it sig-
nificantly reduces acidic corrosion in
thousands of miles of wastewater infra-
structure throughout Florida. In several
cases, Thioguard has saved water munic-
ipalities up to 50 percent within their odor
and infrastructure corrosion control pro-
grams. By helping reduce the infrastruc-
ture corrosion, Thioguard also helps to
reduce local, state and federal taxes and
infrastructure costs.
Unobtrusive and steadily working to
improve our community and those around
us, Premier Chemicals is a prime exam-
ple of the type of business, and most im-
portantly neighbor, that is truly an asset to
Gulf County.

T I -

B2 I The Star


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Valentine Pageant

a family event

Special to The Star
Gulf County Senior
Citizens has had the privi-
lege of hosting the Annual
Valentine Beauty Pageant
for the past 37 years.
The 38th pageant will
take place in Wewahi-
tchka. The outpouring
of community support is
overwhelming as busi-
nesses and individuals
reach out to help sponsor
the event.
Girls from age 2
through grade 12 will com-
pete in their age or grade
bracket. What a sight it is
to see all the beautiful ba-
bies and young ladies wow
us with their poise and
The event is co-spon-
sored by Wewahitchka El-
ementary School and will
take place in the school
cafeteria Saturday, Feb. 6,
at 6 p.m. CT.
Last year, the building
was filled with parents,
grandparents and other
family members as they
cheered and supported
their contestants.
There is a $5 admission
fee for adults and $3 'for
children younger than 12.
4 Registration packets
can be picked up at any
Gulf County school, and

completed applications
can be turned in at the
school. The. registration
deadline is Jan. 28. The
registration fee remains
$20 per entry.
The purpose of the
pageant is to give opportu-
nity for a true family event
where families and friends
can come together and en-
joy seeing their children
dress up and be the high-
light of the evening.
The mission of Gulf
County Senior Citizens
Association is to assist
as many frail and deserv-
ing elderly people in Gulf
County as possible, and
proceeds from the pag-
eant will help our mission.
State and federal cuts
are a reality, and senior
citizens will be affected
in many ways. Your pres-
ence and the participa-
tion of your children will
assure the senior popula-
tion of Gulf County that
we affirm their value to
be great. We pledge to al-
ways make sure the value
of those who have walked
before us will increase as
we continue to be blessed
with what they provided.
For more information,
call the Gulf County Se-
nior Citizen Center in Port
St. Joe at 229-8466.

Christmas dinner
final planning
The next gathering of
our wonderful volunteers
providing Christmas
dinner to the needy in
the community will be
at 6 p.m. ET Dec. 24 at
the Gulf County Senior
Citizens Center on Library
Avenue in Port St. Joe.
Many hands are
needed to set up tables,
assemble boxes, cut
cakes, and carve turkeys
and hams. The second
gathering will be at 8 a.m.
Christmas morning at the
Senior Citizens Center.
The committee will be'
assembling 600 plates to
be distributed throughout
Gulf County.
Anyone with questions
is asked to call Jerry
Stokoe at 899-9419.

Mexico Beach
sanitation schedule
The city of Mexico
Beach will observe
the following holiday
schedule for sanitation

Week of Dec. 21-25
Thursday, Dec. 24,
holiday, no garbage pickup.
Friday, Dec. 25,
holiday, no garbage
Week of Dec. 28 Jan. 1
Monday, Dec. 28,
regular garbage pickup.
Tuesday, Dec. 29,
regular garbage pickup.
Wednesday, Dec. 30,
regular Thursday pickup.
Thursday, Dec. 31,
regular Friday pickup.
Friday, Jan. 1, holiday,
no garbage pickup.

Jessica Paterson holds the gigantic silver ball brought
by Amy Oullette.

Junior Service

League ends

year with sparkle

Special to The Star
The Junior Service
League of Port St. Joe
held their last meeting of
the year on Monday, Dec.
14; there was no shortage
of sparkle. The league's
December meeting is re-
served for the annual Dirty
Santa OrnamentExchange,
an event that always draws
a crowd. Twenty-three cur-
rent and past members at-
tended the party, including
charter' members, Carla
May, Mary Gibson, Paula
Pickett, Kim McFarland,
Jeri Ashcroft and Heather
Everyone arrived at
. the home of Leisa Pickett
to celebrate the season;
good food; and, of course,
Christmas ornaments.
Relying on a strict $10 lim-
it, each member brought
one wrapped Christmas
ornament. The more glit-
ter the better. Every mem-
ber draws a number, and
the choosing, stealing and
general mayhem begins.
This year, the most prized
ornaments involved feath-
ers and fins. Having stolen
the ornament for the third
time of the night, Megan
Burkett retired the first
ornament, a shimmer-
ing green peacock. The

other hits included a glass
puffer fish, two butterflies,
a huge. silver ball and a
single peacock feather in-
cased in a glass globe. As
President Kim McFarland
said, "It is the year of the
The night was not just
for fun; there was, some
business discussed. Sales
for the league's cookbook,
Thyme in Port: Celebrating
the Constitution City, con-
tinue. Also, plans for the
annual Mardi Gras Gala
continue. The gala will be
on Feb. 6 at the Centennial
Building in Port St. Joe.
Tickets will be $30/p.erson
,or $50 for a couple.
The. Junior Service
League is a non-profit
organization of women
who strive to improve the
lives of local children. The
league's signature proj-
ect, JamPacks, provides
a backpack stuffed with
school supplies to more
than 50 Gulf County el-
ementary students. The
league also clothes another
50 children with a new set
of winter clothes, mentors
middle school girls, hosts
the Junior Miss Program
'and awards more than
$5,000 in scholarships each
year to graduating high
school students.

I see the cone ile r itnnas tees around thIe Iworld below',
With tiny lights, like heavy en tars, reflecting on the mnow
The sight is so spectacular: please 'wip' awa'a\ that lear.
For I am spending Chriisinu i wah/ Jeious Christ thi. -ear.

I hear thi many Clii isimnas songs that people hold so dear, ''
But the sounds of music can't compare with the Chri timas choir.
I have no words to tell you the joy their voices bring.
For it is beyond description to hear the angels sing.

SAnow how much you miss me. I see the pain inside your heart,
But I am not so far away. We really aren't apart.
So be happy for me, dear ones. You know I hold you dear,
And be glad I'm spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I send you each a special gift from my heavenly home above,
I send you each a memory of my underlying love.
After all love is the gift, more precious than pure gold. "
It was always most important in the stories Jesus told. '

Please love and keep each other as my Father said to do,
For I can't count the blessings or love He has for each of you.
So have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear.
Remember, I'm spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

In Memory of
Bryce McKenzie Nelson
Jtt/v 8S, 1990 November 16. 2009

.4t times like these, it i onhly God u ho can I speak the w ord.s that
11 calm the sea. still the wind. and ea.s the pain. If we lean on
S' Hun. we ,'ill never be alone. .Alas' Christ surounid ea ith and
-. everT OniC' of ust ith hiv lovc during lh' e holiday st onn.

* "Our love.
..Al- icllodv' -& Reis Nel.son
_' 1 : ? "'' "

Jerry Stokoe

Day proclaimed

Special to The Star

During its regular
meeting last week, the
Port St. Joe City Commis-
sion read a proclamation
designating Jan. 4, 2010,
Jerry Stokoe Day.
"A proclamation of the
City Commission of the
City of Port St. Joe, Flor-
ida, in recognition of the
countless volunteer hours
given by Jerry Stokoe to
the Citizens of Port St. Joe
and Gulf County, Florida.
"Whereas, Jerry Sto-
koe is the leader and or-
ganizer of the group that
feeds hundreds on the
Holidays; and
"Whereas, Jerry Sto-
koe gives unselfishly of his
time and energy to help
others; and
"Whereas, Jei'ry Sto-
koe does not limit his as-
sistance to one particular
group; and
"Whereas, .Jerry Sto-
koe truly makes a differ-
ence in people's lives; and
"Whereas, Jerry Sto-
koe will figure out a way to
get it done; and
"Whereas, Jerry Stokoe
loves children and blesses
them at Christmas with gifts
when families can't; and
"Whereas, Jerry Stokoe

Port St. Joe Mayor Mel
Magidson, left, honors
Jerry Stokoe.

does what Jesus wants us
all to do,
"Now, Therefore, Be it
Resolved as follows:
"The City Commission
of the City of Port St. Joe
declares Jerry Stokoe to
be an outstanding leader,
community-minded citi-
zen, a role model for many
and does hereby designate
Monday the 4th of Janu-
ary, A.D., 2010, to he Jerry
Stokoe Day in recognition
of his tireless commit-
* ment to make the lives of
other individuals better.
"By Majority vote of
the City Commission of
the City of Port St. Joe,
Florida,, this 15th day of
December 2009."


On Dec. 10, the Beach Belle Red Hats enjoyed
a Christmas dinner at the Fish House Restaurant.
Queen Mum, Eileen Schreiner, stepped down for
Melba Joswiak to become the new Queen
Mum. Janet Mullen was named secretary, Jackie
Pollock continues as treasurer, Barbara Ginsberg
continue, as the'photographer/historian and the
publicity will be handled by Colleen Burlingame.
Left is the new Queen Mum, Melba Joswiak, with
past' Queen Mum, Eileen Schreiner.



Society BRIEFS

The St. Joseph 'Bay Humane Society has many
WONDERFUL dogs,cats, puppies & kittens available
for adoption!!! If you have been contemplating
adding a new addition to your family- *come out
& visit St. Joseph Bay Humane Society *- we have
many pets that would ready for a LOVING home for
the holidays!!
"Smiley" is one of our current DAWGS in prison
dogs. She will graduate in early January and will be
leashed trained, crate trained, will know how to sit,
stay & come when called along with many any basic
obedience skills!!
If you would like to meet Smiley or any of the
other precious pets awaiting their forever home-
please COME OUT to 1007 Tenth St, PSJ. Tues.
- Sat. from 10am until 4pm. Or call 850-227-1103 or
visit our website at
What about HOLIDAY SHOPPING??? Come
out to *Faith's Thrift Hut* & find the perfect gift at
the perfect prices!! Stop by same location as shelter,
Thurs. Sat., 10a 4p.

Thursday, December.24, 2009

School News

The Star I B3


Front Row: Cassia Fedd, Kylie Lumley, Everett Sanzo
Middle Row: Madelyn Gortemoller, Amber Purswell, De'ja Andrews,
Landon Miles, Zachary BakerBack Row: Thomas Miniat, Pete Bernal, Tyler
Monroe, Amity Mullen, Jessica Davis, Teiyahna Hutchinson, Celeste Chiles


By Khrysten Keys and Ashley Lacour .
A Senior Trip payment of $60 is due in
Seniors, check the scholarship box in
guidance for new scholarship informa-
The next ACT registration date is Jan.
5, 2010.

Key Club members who have not paid
their $20 dues need to do so immediately.
Key Club is also interested in community
service projects. Contact the school if you
require volunteers.
The NJROTC would like to thank
Toucan's Restaurant in Mexico Beach
for their super support during "America's
Game" on Dec. 12. Without support like
organizations like Toucan's, the NJROTC
Program could not provide the quality

extra curricular activities necessary for
program success. Great job TOUCAN's!
NJROTC will be going on to the FAMU
competition in January. Also, members
are encouraged to come to the school over
winter break to paint the storage room if
Mu Alpha Theta induction will be Jan.
22 at 9 a.m. The first competition will be
Jan. 30 at Pensacola Junior College.

School for students will resume Jan. 5.
Semester exams will be Jan. 13-14.
The winter yearbook sale is currently
in progress. Ordei yours online now for
a 25 percent discount. The all color books
are normally priced at $60 but may be
purchased online for a limited time for
just $45. Just visit the school's Web site
at and follow the
link to purchase your 2009-2010 yearbook.
It's your life, yearbook it!

Final Spring 2010

registration dates for FSU-PC

Wewa Elementary hosts Operation Mail Call

By John Huft
Special to The Star
Teachers and students
from Wewahitchka Elemen-
tary School have been send-
ing Christmas cheer to our
military personnel deployed
overseas from Wewahitch-
The operation started
when Lisa Stripling's first
grade class and John Huft's
third grade class sent

friendly letters to her son's
basic training platoon.
Stripling and I wondered
if we could send care pack-
ages to our troops overseas.
With the help of Wewahi-
tchka Elementary principal
Lori Price and members
of the faculty, the idea blos-
somed like a poinsettia.
Students brought in toi-
letries and snacks and teach-
ers helped to pack them up
and ship the care packages.

Each class made Christmas.
cards to be included with
the care packages.
Churches and the We-
wahitchka VFW Post 8285
provided the names and
addresses of our deployed
family members.
Participating classes in-
clude Jennifer Barnes, Mist
Harper, Chrystal Geary, Kim
Ludlam, Doris Jean Whit-
ten, Brandi Sims and Erica

Christmas is in the air
and we here at Port St.
Joe Elementary School
have celebrated it in grand
We began our celebra-
tion with the First Bap-
tist Children's Christmas
Musical. We would like
to thank all the kids and
adults that worked many
hours on this musical. It
was a wonderful beginning
to our Christmas celebra-
Next, we all were able
to enjoy the Santa's Work-
shop that made a stop at
our school. The PTO did
a great job and we appre-
ciate their hard work. We
also enjoyed the sights
and sounds of the Chal-
lenge Class Play directed
by Mrs. Charlotte Willis.
They gave us their version

of "Christmas Around the
This show was attended
by all students and they
learned how Christmas
is celebrated in different
countries. Lastly, we in-
vited all the Kindergarten
parents to the "Build a
Gingerbread House" day.
Excitement filled the 'air
as all kindergarteners cre-
ated their own version of a
,gingerbread house. Vari-
ous. other events were held
and enjoyed around the
On Dec. 17 the Science
TFair judging began and
our 5th graders and the
parents were able to view
them that evening. It is
never too early to learn the
proper way to do a Science
Fair Project.
Have a safe and happy

holiday season with your
family and friends!

Important dates
to remember:

Dec. 21-Jan. 1, 2010
Jan. 4-No Students-
Teacher Workday
Jan. 5-StUdents Return
Jan. 12-SACS Meeting
at 5 p.m. and PTO Meeting
at 6 p.m.
Jan. 18-Martin Luther
King Holiday

Jan. 20-End of 2nd 9



29-Report Cards

fant final registration
States established for the
Spring 2010 semester at
FSU Panama City:
New degree-seeking
undergraduate students
who have been admitted
but have not already reg-
istered for the Spring 2010
semester must attend ori-
entation on Tuesday, Jan.
5, at 9 a.m. CT in order to
register for classes. Stu-
dents must call the Office
of Student Affairs at 850-

770-2170 to schedule atten-
dance at the orientation.
New degree-seeking
graduate student registra-
tion will be held Dec. 21,
2009 through Jan. 5, 2010.
Registration for Special
and Transient students
will be held Tuesday, Jan.
5, 2010 from 2-11 p.m. CST.
New students should
confirm registration eligi-
bility and admission status
before 4 p.m. CST on Dec.
24, 2009.
Call 850-770-2160 for ad-

mission information. The
toll-free number for FSU
Panama City is 1-866-693-
7872. New students will be
required to show proof of
Florida residency and im-
munization records prior
to registration. Call 850-
770-2170 for immunization
information. Additional
information is available on
the FSU Panama City web-
site at
Classes begin for all
students on Wednesday,
Jan. 6, 2010.

GCCC Division of Public Safety hold graduation

sion of Public Safety at Gulf
Coast Community College
held a graduation ceremony
on Dec. 14 for the 18 gradu-
ates of the Correctional Of-
fice Basic Standards class
The guest speaker at
the event was Sheriff Frank
McKeithen with the Bay
County Sheriff's Office.
The following GCCC stu-

dents were recognized with
special awards:
Christina L. Kolden re-
ceived the Charles H. Ab-
bott Academic Award;
Sherrie R. Biddies,
Christopher Lynn Gash,
Joaquin D. Johnson, Greg-
ory 0. Jones, Christina L.
Kolden, Sean M. Lathrop,
Donald G. Mason, Jaci Lin
Pease, James A. Randall,
Michael V Retherford,

and William R. Stoudt re-
ceived Perfect Attendance
Christina L. Kolden re-
ceived the Top Gun Award.
Other students who grad-
uated were: Renee Beecher
Corley, Brianna Brogdon
Emmons, Joseph John
Mastro, Gabriel Dale May,
Erimus Brown Mills, Chris-
topher Ryan Sammons and
Justin Henry Taunton.

Congratulations GCCC Nursing Program graduates

day morning, Dec. 17, 2009,
Gulf Coast Community
College held a pinning cer-
emony for 25 graduates of
the Associate Degree Nurs-
ing program. The ceremony
was held at the Amelia Cen-
ter Theatre.
The following GCCC stu-
dents were recognized with
special awards:
Scholastic Achievement
in Nursing: Autumn G. Grice
Outstanding Student
Nurse: Kathleen M. Truran
Outstanding LPN Articu-

lation Student: April Reis
Outstanding Leadership
in Nursing: Carlyn E. Wilkie
Other Associates Degree
in Nursing program gradu-
ates were:
Somjit Baca, Vicki Burke,
Kate L. Halbert, Stephanie
A. James, Rebecca D. Keith,
Leiann M. King, Tracey L.
Minchew, Lori Murphy, Lor-
rie L. Newman, Carmen B.
Perry, Heather M. Poplin,
Shaian M. Preihs, Carrie A.
Revis, Tawnie J. Roberts,
Ashley D. Rodriguez, Tina J.
Schmarje, Kellie A. Serrato,

Shelana Stewart, Kelly Lynn
Stiles, April L. Strickland
and Crystal K Uptain.
The nursing program
at Gulf Coast Community
College is fully approved
by the Florida State Board
of Nursing and accredited
by the National League
for Nursing (NLN) and
the Accrediting Commis-
sion. Institution member-
ship is maintained in the
NLN Council of Associate'
Degree Programs and the
Organization of Associate
Degree Nursing.

GCCC 2010 advising, registration resumes Jan. 5

the holidays GCCC regis-
tration for the 2010 spring
semester will resume on
ITuesday, Jan. 5 for new stu-
dents that wish to enroll.
Registration will remain
open through Jan. 13.
Returning students that
have no restrictions can
register online at www.gulf- all through the

holidays between the hours
of 12:15 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT.
Gulf Coast Community
College offers a variety of
different programs and
classes to meet the needs
of every student. Along with
conventional on-campus
classes, GCCC offers nu-
merous online and distance
education courses and other
methods of flexible schedul-

ing, to make attending col-
lege possible for anyone
who desires.
For more information,
call: 850-872-4892 for the
Panama. City Campus,
850-227-9670 for the Gulf/
Franklin Center, 850-283-
4332 for the Tyndall Air
Force Base Education
Office, 850-747-3233 for the
North Bay Center

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


W. P. "Rocky" Comforter
(850) 227-1818

507 lOthStreet*Pod St Joe
(850) 229-8111

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Thursday, December 24th

6:00 PM CST

First United Methodist Church

- Mexico Beach
111 N. 22nd Street, Mexico Beach
_._ 850-648-8820

The Christian CONSCIENCE

Who was St. Nicholas?

From riches to rags

He came from the throne room of heaven to put His life on the line.
He was wrapped in rags, laid in a feeding trough, died for the sins of yours and
mine. '
He was tempted as we are, but never gave in.
If He had,-He couldn't have died for our sin.
He had feelings just like we do.
When Lazarus died He cried, too.
Peter denied Him three times, you know that had to hurt.
The things they had been through, yet treated Him like dirt.
Jesus traded His glory and power for pain and sorrow.
That those who believe in Him, would be saved from Satan's horrow.
I thank God every day for Jesus, and the trade He made back then.
If you don't know Jesus, make a trade today and give up all your sin.
To live for Jesus is the only way for me.
Satan is waiting foryou in case you don't agree.
Billy Johnson

and believe what you say,
tell them about St. Nicho-
las, a real person, who was
a good man,- one who dedi-
cated his life to Christ, and
lived unselfishly. And, be
honest with them, and tell
them that it is you, not an
imaginary person, that is
the one, who is leaving the
gifts in the stockings.
THINK! What will your
kids think of you, if they
find out you have been ly-
ing to them about Santa
Claus? 'Be truthful with
your kids, and they'll be
truthful with you.
In some cultures St.'
Nicholas is honored on
December 6. Each has its
own way of celebrating a
day in honor or St. Nicho-
las. Since America already
has a tradition of remem-
bering St. Nick on the
night before Christmas,
wouldn't it be neat to honor
this godly man, Nicholas of
Myra, on the night before
Chiistmas? Why continue
a myth, when the real per-
son is even better?
Have a Merry Christ-
mas everyone, and let's not
forget the one, for whom
this holiday is named, Je-
sus Christ, the Messiah,
the Son of God, the one who
lived, and died for us, and
rose again, that we would
some day be able to live
with Him for all eternity.
And, with all the so-called
Christmas nonsense, let's

remember Yeshua, the
one known to Americans,
as Jesus Christ, our Lord
and Savior! And let's re-
member those less fortu-
nate than ourselves, as St.
Nicholas did.
Questions or com-
ments? Send an e-mail to
the address below.
At the Mexico Beach
Christian Worship Cen-
ter, we teach true history,
using, the Bible as our
source, not the opinions
of the scoffers that the
Apostle Peter wrote about.
(2nd Peter 3:3-7) 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 ser-
vices begin, with a time of
greeting and fellowship, at
9:30 a.m. CT on Sunday. TJ
leads us in real worship,
which begins at 9:45 a.m.
After the service, we have
Holy Communion, and in-
vite prayer requests. We
meet at the Mexico Beach
Civic Center on 105 N. 31st
Street, behind Parker Re-
alty, and the Beach Walk
gift shop, just off U.S. 98, in
Mexico Beach.
God Bless,
Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach
Christian Worship Center

Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe

Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m. ET
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. ET
TraditionalWorship: 11:00a.m. ET
Youth: 5:30 p.m. ET
Choir: 7:00 p.m. ET

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

A Spirit Filled
Outreach Oriented
Fam ily Life Word of Faith Churci
P GChurch
Pastors Andrew & Cathy Rutherford
Welcome you to worship with us: HOME OF THE
Sunday 10:30am POWERHOUSE
Sunday Night Prayer 6pm YOUTH MINISTRIES
Wednesday 7pm
323 Reid Ave ~ Downtown Port St. Joe, FL ~ 850-229-5433

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Michael Rogers Pastor
9:45 AM ................................................ Sunday School
10:30 AM .................................... Fellowship Breakfast
11:00 AM ............................... ... ................... W orship
6:00 PM .......................................................... W orship
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
lHon0I f Faith Chronan School.'

"Our Church can be your home"

Sirst Church of the 1azarene
2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, florida 32456
(850) 229-9596
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Sunday School..............1:.............10 a.m .
Sunday Morning Worship ...........11 a.m.

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

St. Joseph
Catholic Church
1 ,th and Monument Ave.* Port St. Joe 227-1417
Also Serving' Mexico Beach
All Mass Tnimes EDT
Saturday .4................................ ...................... 4:00 pm -
Sunday .............................................................. 9:30 am
Monday, Thursday. Friday................................. 9:30 am
W wednesday ........................................................... :30 pm
St. Lawrence Mission Cape San Bias Mission
788 N. Hwy. 71 1500 ft from State Park entrance
Wewahitchka. FL at Cape San Bias
Sunday Mass i1:00 am (CT) Opens December 6th

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yFirst Baptist Church
Jeff Pinder Pastor
y.. Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students

New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church

Contemporary Service ........8:30 am
Sunday School ..................9:40 am
Traditional Service............11:00 am
Youth Groups ...................5:30 pm

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

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

f 111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Beah United Methodist (hurch
NiSnII POVinI '.
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

Come worship with us!
Rector Father Tommy Dwyer
8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45
Child Care Provided for at 11:00

508 Sixteenth Street
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Vr;A 850-227-1756

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W 9 F w Rev. Ruth Hemple
Worship Service 10:00 AM
us', N Sunday-School 11:00 AM
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382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a
Morning Worship 11:0)0

Evening Service
Discipleship Training
Wednesday Prayer


7:0 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

Unlike the modem
day myth known as Santa
Claus, St. Nicholas was a
real person, ;and from all
accounts, was a good man
and a devout Christian. His
common name was Nicho-
las of Myra, because he
was a bishop of the church
of Myra, which was located
in Lycia,- part of modern
Turkey. He lived from 270
to 346 AD.
Because of the many
miracles attributed to his
intercession, he was also
known as Nicholas the
Wonderworker. He had a
reputation for secret gift
giving, such as putting
coins in the. shoes of those
who left them out for him.
For his help to the poor,
Nicholas is revered as the
patron saint of pawnbro-
kers. The three gold balls
traditionally hung outside
a pawnshop symbolize the
three sacks of gold. Peo-
ple, in the days of St. Nico-
las, suspected that he was
behind a large number
. of anonymous gifts to the
poor, using the inheritance
left him by his wealthy par-
ents. After he died, people
in his area continued to
give to the poor anony-
mously, and such gifts
were often attributed to St.
Tonight, Thursday, Dec.
24, is of course, the night
before Christmas. If you
want your kids to trust you,


Volunteers needed for

daily meal program

Volunteers are needed for Oak Grove Assembly
of God Church for cooking crews for its daily meal
program for the needy. Anyone interested in help-
ing'one or more days per month is asked to call
Jackie at 227-3713.

Worship with us at
Long Avenue Baptist Church J
Where Faith, Family &Friendship are found
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 5:00pm
A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm
Small group ministries also available.
Pastor Royce Williams
1601 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL
For more Information Call 229-8691

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Faith/ Local

The Star I B5

By Rev. Lois Long
Special to The Star
Today, heaven seems
so near. There was
a time when heaven
* seemed so far away.
From a child on till
adulthood thoughts
of heaven was that
it was a long way off
somewhere. But, once
our loved ones take
residence there, it
seems so close, like just
above us in the clouds.
And if you looked close
enough you might catch
a glimpse of it. See,
when our loved ones
are there it is a part of
/us that resides there
also. So, we have a
connection to heaven.
Christmas is a
wonderful time of the
year when we celebrate
the birthday of Jesus
our savior with joy and
peace. But, to many it
is so bleak, and joyless.
There is no peace. The
season is entered into
with dread because of
the space left vacant by
the loss of loved ones.
If one could only bring
them back it would give
relief, because when
they left it upset the
whole life's functions.
Nothing is the same.
How can life go on
without them? And it'
One feels
devastated, lonely and
fearful, yet, the angels
proclaimed "Glory to
God in the Highest, and
on earth peace, goodwill
to men."
So, at the birth
of Jesus peace was
promised to the
inhabitants of the
earth, and besides that,
goodwill. That peace
brought healing to an
earth devastated by the
curse passed on to us
because of sin at the fall
of man.

So the question,
"how can one have
peace when that peace
and goodwill was taken
away when ones loved
ones left them? Yet,
it is a promise. "My
peace I give unto you,
my peace I leave with
Death was part of
the curse so we need
that peace to heal the
brokenness, and for
one to enjoy goodwill
promised to men.
Jesus, the Savior
is the answer to our
brokenness, depression,
loneliness, the feeling
of devastation. Besides
the loss of a loved one,
others have a loss
of jobs, homes, and
other properties. All
of this collectively has
the potential of taking
away the peace and
goodwill promised by
the Messiah.
Friends reach out
to the Savior today
for peace and joy. It
may seem impossible
in ones self, but, it is
possible in Jesus. "On
Earth Peace" was what
God desired for each
of us.
No, even if given the
opportunity, I doubt our
loved in heaven would
even desire to come
back to earth and to
us because they are
in perfect peace and
having a very MERRY
CHRISTMAS in heaven.
even in loneliness
or trouble, we can
you receive it NOW!
Rev. Long is an
ordained Minister
with the Assemblies of
God and was full time
Pastor for 44 years
upon retirement


Stewart Howard "Yank" Lyle

Stewart Howard "Yank"'
Lyle, age 73, of Highland
View, passed away Saturday,
Dec. 19,2009, at his home.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, he
has been a resident here for
many years and had worked'
for St. Joe Container
Corporation and Raffield's
He was preceded in
death by his parents,
Stewart L. Lyle and Dorothy
He is survived by his
sister, Lynn O'Hara; his
brother, Bobby Lyle; the
mother of his children,
Nancy Mack; his children,
Mark Lyle and wife Darla,
Timothy Lyle, Matthew
Lyle, Sr., and wife, Edwina,
Michael Lyle and wife,

Linda, and Phillip Lyle
and wife, Tonya; his '
grandchildren, Lindsay,
Patricia, Matthew, Jr.,
James, Lyndsy, Dusty,
Montana, Steven, and
McKenzie; his great-
grandchildren, Payton,
Kaydence, Taytum,
Zackary, Ashton, Megan,
Carson, Addison, and Zack;
and many friends and
A memorial service
was held at 11 a.m. E.S.T.
Tuesday at the Highland,
View Baptist Church,
conducted by the Rev. Glen
Davis and the Rev. Tommy
Services were provided
by the Comforter Funmeral

Terri Brown Berry

Terri Brown Berry,
52, of Bristol, Florida,
passed away Monday,
Dec. 14, 2009. Terri has
been a resident of Bristol;
Fla. for approximately
11 years. She was a
previous resident of Port
St. Joe, Florida where
she was raised. She loved
fishing and playing pool
with family and friends.
She enjoyed working
for Liberty Correctional
Institute and the comrade
of her fellow workers.
She is preceded in
death by her father,
Horace Greeley Brown,
and a brother, James
Jonathan (Jodie) Brown.
She is survived by her

husband, John Joseph
Berry; her mother,
Mary Brown; a brother,
Jerome E Brown and
wife, Geanise; a nephew,
Jonathan Brown and wife
,Jennifer; great nephew,
Brayden Brown; and an
Uncle Ricky Williams.
The funeral service
were held at noon ET,
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 at
the First Baptist Church in
Port Saint Joe, conducted
by the Rev. David
Interment followed in
the family plot in Holly Hill
All services are under
the direction of the
Comforter Fluneral Home.

St. Peter's parishioners give to bridge residents

Merry Christmas

in Heaven ...and

on earth, peace

Special to The Star
As a ministry of St. Pe-
ter's Church our parishio-
ners support our local nurs-
ing home in Port St. Joe, The
Bridge at St. Joe Bay, with
our Saturday morning pro-
gram of music, prayer, and
Bible readings. A natural
continuation of this minis-
try has been the participat-
ing of our church in fulfilling
the needs of residents of
the nursing home who are
financially needy. The nurs-
ing home provided us a list
of 12 persons who needed
items. They provided sizes
and gender of residents.'
Our parishioners so
much enjoyed the gifting

Delivery of bagged gifts to the nursing home, left to
right: Tony Maige, Deacon Lou Little, Charles Tharpe,
Fead Etheridge. At left, wrapping party.

Gulf County United Community hosts AA and NA meetings

Gulf County United
Community Development
Corporation, Inc., invites
the public to attend and
participate in our Narcot-

ics Anonymous (NA) and
Alcohol Anonymous (AA)
Support Group Meetings in
an efforts to reduce or elim-
inate the use of drugs. Our

NA and AA support group
meetings are held every
Sunday evening .at 7 p.m.
ETat the North Port St. Joe
Police Substation Building,

located on 212 MLK, JR,
Blvd. The office number is
229-1551. Contact person for
this program is Mrs. Debra
Richards at 229-9569.

County unemployment continues climb

Special to The Star

The unemployment rate
in the Gulf Coast Workforce
region (Bay, Franklin, and
Gulf counties) was 10.6 per-
cent in November 2009, 3.4
percentage, points higher
than the region's year ago
rate and 0.9 percentage
point lower than the state
rate of 11.5 percent. The
last time the Gulf Coast re-
gion's unemployment rate
was this high or higher
was in January 1994 (11.8
percent). Out of a labor
force of 97,669, there were
10,382 unemployed Gulf
Coast residents;
"Based on the data we
have, the increase in the
unemployment rate is pri-
marily due to the slowdown
of the tourism industry
during the winter months,"

The November 2009 unemployment rates in the
counties that-comprise the Gulf Coast Workforce
region were:
Nov. 09 Oct. 09

Gulf County
Franklin County

said Kim Bodine, Execu-
tive Director for the Gulf
Coast Workforce Board.
"Even though our tour-
ism sector has positive job
growth over the year, we
have lost 1,000 jobs in the
leisure and hospitality sec-
tor from last month to this
month," Bodine added.
Gulf County's numbers
have steadily climbed
since July, from 8.6 to 9.1
in August and 9.8 in Sep-
In November 2009, there

10.5 9.9

were 71,200 nonagricultur-
aljobs in the Panama City-
Lynn Haven-Panama City
Beach metro area (Bay
County), down 2,700 jobs
over the year. The annual
rate of job loss in the area
(-3.7 percent) was as steep
as the state's rate. The
Panama City-Lynn Haven-
Panama City Beach metro
area annual job growth
rate has been negative
since May 2008.
The industries los-
ing the most jobs over

the year in the Panama
City-Lynn Haven-Panama
City Beach metro area
were mining, logging, and
construction and trade,
transportation, and utili-
ties (-700 jobs each). The
following industries also
lost jobs: manufacturing
(-600 jobs); professional
and business services (-
500 jobs); and financial
activities (-300 jobs). The
losses were partially off-
set by gains in leisure and
hospitality (+100 jobs).
Information; education
and health services; other
services, and government
remained unchanged over
the year.
The annual job growth
rate in leisure and hospi-
tality (+1.0 percent) was
positive in the region but -
declined in the state.

last year that we wanted to
continue with gifting this
year. Instead of our usual
Bible Study group on last
Wednesday evening we had
a "wrapping" party. Our
priest, the Rev. Dr. Pete
Windham and his wife, Car-
oline, enjoyed shopping at J.
C. Penney in the Mall for all
the selected items.
Giving can definitely be
more rewarding than re-


Pursuant to Sections 163.346 and 166.041(3)(a),
Florida Statutes, the City Commission of the
City of Port St Joe, Florida, as the governing
body of the City, does hereby give public notice
of its intention to adopt a resolution in accor-
dance with Section 163.361, Florida Statutes,
titled as follows: A RESOLUTION OF THE
EFFECTIVE DATE. The expansion areas are
located in that part of the City containing ap-
proximately (399) acres and more particularly
described as follows:

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The proposed Resolution will be first read at a
public meeting to be held on Jan 5, 2010, be-
ginning at 6:00 pm and The City will consider
the Resolution for adoption at a public meeting
to be held on Jan 19, 2010 beginning at 6:00
pm or as soon thereafter as possible, at City
Hall in Port St Joe, Florida. Interested parties
may. appear at the meeting and be heard with
respect to the proposed Resolution. To obtain
a copy of or to inspect the Resolution contact:
The City of Port St Joe at 850.229.8261 or visit
at 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr Blvd, Port St Joe, FL


Purpose and Effect: The Gulf County School
Board proposes to amend and adopt policies, as
provided for in the Administrative Procedures
Act, for the purpose of bringing said policies into
compliance with Florida Statutes and State Board
of Education Rules.
Summary: The following is ,a brief description of
each proposal change.
3.50 Public Information and Inspection of
3.90 Charter Schools
4.21 Instructional Materials Selection
5.30 Student Control #
6.15 Assisting Teachers to Become Highly
6.18 Contracts: Instructional and
Administrative Personnel
6.32 Telephone Calls, Electronic
.Communications and Facsimiles.
6.321 Employee Use of Cellular Telephones
7.35 Investment of Funds
7.52 Travel Expense Reimbursement
8.10 Safety
8.30 Purpose and Function of the
Transportation Program
8.45 School Breakfast Program
Economic Impact: These proposals may result in
direct costs associated with implementation.
Time: 9:00 AM EDT
Date: December 14, 2009
Place: Gulf County School Board Room
150 Middle School Road
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
The entire text of the proposed rules can be
inspected during regular office hours at the Gulf
County School Board Office, 150 Middle School
Road, Port St. Joe, FL.
Special Legal authority under which the adoption
is authorized and the law being implemented and
interpreted is made specific.
The addition and changes are proposed by Bill
Carr, Assistant Superintendent for Business
Services and approved for consideration by Tim
Wilder, Superintendent.
Amendments: See above.

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Request fr Proposal

North Florida Child Devel-
opment, Inc. is seeking re-
quest for proposals for
qualified architect for the
design of renovations at
the North Gulf County
Early Childhood Center lo-
cated in Wewahitchka, FL.
Renovations include metal
roofing, window replace-
ment and kitchen up-
grades. A complete RFP
may be obtained by Ger-
ald Thompson at 850-
639-5080 ext 14 or
gthompson@floridachil- Proposal Due Date:
January 13, 2010 at 2 PM
CST. NFCD reserves the
right to reject any and all
RFP deemed in the best
interest of NFCD.

08-590 CA, in the matter of
Bay Investments, Inc., as
the assignee of the final
judgment of John Zachery
Ferrell, Plaintiff, against
John Arnold Land Devel-
opment & Heavy Equip-
ment Company, Inc., Earth
Movers MW, LLC, James
Watford and Faye G.
Massoletti, I, JOSEPH NU-
have levied upon and
taken into my constructive
custody, the right, title and
interest of the defendants,
John Arnold Land Devel-
opment & Heavy Equip-
ment Company, Inc., Earth
Movers MW, LLC, James
Watford and Faye G.
Massoletti, in the real
property located in Gulf
County, Florida, described

1 1100

PAGE 25,

JANUARY, 2010, AT 11:00
A.M. E.S.T, or as soon
thereafter as circum-
stances permit, at the front
steps of the Gulf County
Courthouse, I will offer the
defendant's right, title and
interest in the above de-
scribed real property for
sale at public outcry and
sell the same, subject to
ALL prior-liens, if any to
HAND, the proceeds to be
applied as far as may be
to the payment of costs
and satisfaction of the
above described execu-
tion. In accordance with
the American Disabilities
Act, persons needing a.
special accommodation to
participate in this proceed-
ing shall contact the indi-
vidual or agency sending
notice no later than seven
days prior to the proceed-
ing at the address given
on the notice. Telephone
1-800-955-8771 (+TDD) or
1-800-955-8770(V), via
Florida Relay Service.

BY: Joseph Nugent
December 3, 10, 17, 24,


FILE NO. 09-78PR


The administration of the
GARNER, deceased,
whose date of death was
August 30, 2009 and
whose social security
number is ***-**-****, 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 De-
cember 17, 2009.

Personal Representative:
6308 Prigion St.
Panama City, FL 32404
Attorney for Personal Rep-
Charles A. Costin
Florida Bar No. 699070
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Telephone: (850) 227-1159
December 17, 24, 2009




CASE NO: 08-000535-CA



GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Novem-
ber 30, 2009 entered in
Civil Case No. 08-000
535-CA of the Circuit Court
in and for GULF County,
Florida, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for
cash at 11:00 a.m. on the
14th day of January, 2010
the following described
property as set forth in
said Summary Final Judg-
ment, to-wit:

Commence at the iron and
rod marking the Northeast
corner of Lot 15, SAN
vision as Map or Plat
thereof recorded in Plat
Book 3, Page 22 of the
Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida; thence
along the Westerly right of
way line of State Road No.
30-E'S 20 14' 55" E.
135.00 feet to the point of
beginning; thence con-
tinue along said line S 20
14' 55" E. 10.00 feet;
thence S 69 45' 05" W.
243.42 feet; thence S 20
14' 55" W. 44.75 feet;
thence S 69 45' 05" W.
138.77 feet; thence N 20
14' 55" W. 49.05 feet;
thence S 69 45' 05" W.
82.83 feet; thence S 20
14' 55" E.. 13.33 feet;
thence S 69 45' 05" W.
202.27 feet to a point on
the mean high wate line of
the Gulf of Mexico; thence
along said mean. high
water line N 26 08' 51" W.
19.13 feet; thence N 690
45' 05" E. 669.28 feet to
the point of beginning.

Together with:
Description: Pedestrian
Access Easement
Commence at the iron rod
marking the Northeast cor-
ner of Lot 15, SAN BLAS
ESTATES, a Subdivision
as per Map or Plat thereof
recorded in Plat Book 3,
Page 22 of the Public Rec-
ords of Gulf County, Flor-
ida; thence along the
Westerly right of way line
of State Road No. 30-E S
200 14' 55" E. 145.00 feet;
thence S 69 45' 05" W.
243.42 feet; thence S 200
14' 55" W, 44.75 feet to the
point of beginning; thence
cont- inue S 200 14" 55" W.
5.00 feet; thence S 690 45'
05" W. 141.27 feet; thence
N 20 14'55" W. 54.05 feet;
thence S. 69 45' 05" W.
82.83 feet; thence S 20
14' 55" E. 13.33 feet;
thence S 69' 45' 05" W.
202.27 feet to a point on
the mean High Water Line
of the Gulf of Mexico;
thence along said mean
High Water Line N 26 08'

51" W. 19.13 feet; thence
N 69" 45' 05" E. 289.56
feet; thence S 20* 14' 55"
E. 54.75 feet; thence N 69
45' 05" E. 138.77 feet to
the point of beginning.

Dated this 1st day of De-
cember, 2009.

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

By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

If you are person with disa-
bility who needs any ac-
corfimodation in order to
participate in this proceed-
ing you are entitled, at no
cost to you, to the provi-
sion of certain assistance.
Please contact the office of
the Court Administrator,
GULF County Courthouse,
at within two (2) working
days of your receipt of this
Notice of Sale; 1-800-955
-8771 (TDD) for hearing
impaired or 1-800-955-
8770, via Florida Relay

The Law Offices of
Bakalar & Topouzis, PA.
Attorney for Plaintiff
450 N Park Road,
Suite 410
Hollywood, FL. 33021
(954) 965-9101
December 24, 31, 2009




CASE NO: 09-240CA


GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Novem-
ber 30, 2009 entered in
Civil Case No. 09-240CA of
the Circuit Court in and for
GULF County, Florida, I
will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at
FL 32456, at 11:00 a.m. on
the 14)h day of January,

1 1100 I
2010 the following de-
scribed property as set
forth in said Summary Fi-
nal Judgment, to-wit:


Dated this 1st day of De-
cember, 2009.

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

By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

If you are person with disa-
bility who needs any ac-
commodation in order to
participate in this proceed-
ing you are entitled, at no
cost to you, to the provi-
sion of certain assistance.
Please contact the office of
the Court Administrator,
GULF County Courthouse,
at within two (2) working
days of your receipt of this
Notice of Sale; 1-800-955
-8771 (TDD) for hearing
impaired or 1-800-955-
8770, via Florida Relay

The Law Offices of
Bakalar & Topouzis, PA.
Attorney for Plaintiff
450 N Park Road,
Suite 410
Hollywood, FL. 33021
(954) 965-9101
December 24, 31, 2009




CASE NO: 09-47CA


GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Novem-
ber 30, 2009 entered in
Civil Case No. 09-47CA of
the Circuit Court in and for
GULF County, Florida, I

will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at
FL 32456, at 11:00 a.m. on
the 14th day of January,
2010 the following de-
scribed property as set
forth in said Summary Fi-.
nal Judgment, to-wit:

Parcel A-2:

Commence at the North-
west corner of Camp
Palms 'Subdivision on In-
dian Peninsula as re-
corded in Plat Book 1,
Page 53-A, Public Rec-
ords of Gulf County, Flor-
ida, and then run South-
erly along the West bound-
ary line of said Camp
Palms subdivision for
505.97 feet to a concrete
monument on the southern
right of way line of County
Road S-30-B; thence
Northwesterly along said
right of way line to a point
that is 2142.32 feet, meas-
ured perpendicularly from
said Western boundary
line of Camp Palms Subdi-
vision;, .thence along the
Southerly right of way line
of County Road S-30-B,
North 78 degrees 30 min-
utes 31 seconds West,
40.17 feet; thence South
05 degrees 20 minutes 52
seconds West, 145.84 feet;
thence North 78 degrees
30 minutes 31 seconds
West, 73.47 feet to the
Point of Beginning) thence
South 78 degrees 30 min-
utes 31 seconds East,
73.47 feet; thence North 05
degrees 20 minutes 52
seconds East, 145,84 feet
to a point on the Southern
right of way line of County
Road S-30-B; thence
South 78 degrees 30 min-
utes 31 seconds East,
10_00 feet; thence South
05 degrees 20 minutes 52
seconds West, 287.31 feet;
thence North. 79 degrees
27 minutes 07 seconds
West, 40.17 feet; thence
South 05 degrees 20 min-
utes 52 seconds West,
391.05 feet, mote or less,
to a point on the approxi-
mate mean high water line
of the Gulf of Mexico;
thence meander North-
westerly along said ap-
proximate- mean high
water line, 24.00 feet, more
or less to a point that
bears South 03 degrees 59
minutes 16 seconds West
of the Point of Beginning;
thence North 03 degrees
59 minutes 16 seconds
East, 536 feet, more or
less, to the Point or Begin-
ning. Said lands lying in
Section 20, Township 9
South, Range 10 West,

1 1100
Gulf County, Florida.

Dated this 1st day of De-
cember, 2009.

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

By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

If you are person with disa-
bility who needs any ac-
commodation in order to
participate in this proceed-
ing you are entitled, at no
cost to you, to the provi-
sion of certain assistance.
Please contact the office of
the Court Administrator,
GULF County Courthouse,
at within two (2) working
days of your receipt of this
Notice of Sale; 1-800-955
-8771 (TDD) for hearing
impaired or 1-800-955-
8770, via Florida Relay
Service. .

The Law Offices of
Bakalar & Topouzis, PA.
Attorney for Plaintiff
450 N Park Road,
Suite 410
Hollywood, FL. 33021
(954) 965-9101
December 24, 31, 2009



CASE NO. 09-424-CA


NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Decem-
ber 14, 2009, in Case No.
09-424-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
BANK is the Plaintiff and
INC. are the Defendants, I
will sell to the highest and

| 1100
best bidder for cash at the
front door of the Gulf
County Courthouse in Port
St. Joe, Gulf County, Flor-
ida at 11:00 a.m. on Janu-
ary 21, 2010, the property
set forth in the Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure and
more particularly de-
scribed as follows:

according to the map or
plat thereof as recorded in
Plat Book 3, page 50,
Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida.

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

DATED: December 15,

Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Garvin B. Bowden, Esq.,
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden,
1300 Thomaswood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
December 24, 31, 2009




CASE NO. 09-260-CA


NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Decem-
ber 14, 2009, in Case No.
09-260-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
aicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
BANK is the Plaintiff and
Defendants, I will sell to
the highest and best bid-
der for cash at the front
door of the Gulf County
Courthouse in Port St. Joe,
Gulf County, Florida at
11:00 a.m. on January 21,
2010, the property set forth

Established 1938 0 Serving Guff County and surrounding areas for 67 years


OUU Inc11

1 1100 I
in the Final Judgment of
Foreclosure and more par-
ticularly described as fol-
Lot 11, Block 5, Ward
Ridge Florida Unit Two,
according to the map or
plat thereof as recorded in
Plat Book 2, Page 4,
Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida.
Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the lis pend-
ens, must file a claim
within sixty (60) days after
the sale.
DATED: December 15,
Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk -
Garvin B. Bowden, Esq.,
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden,
1300 Thomaswood Drive
Tallahassee, Rorida 32308
December 24,31,2009 .
Sacred Heart Health Sys-
tem applied for an 'Airport
Site Approval Order" from
the Florida Department of
The "private airport" will be
a medical helicopter pad
located at Latitude 29" 46'
42.16" and Longitude 85
17' 19.97" to be owned
and operated by Sacred
Heart Hospital on the Gulf,
3801 East Hwy 98, Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456.
December24, 2009
The Florida Department of
Community Affairs (DCA)
is seeking a non-profit en-
tity or entities to administer
the Community Services
Block Grant (CSBG) in Bay
and/or Gulf County. A pro-
vider may choose to serve
one or both counties.
In order to be designated
to serve as the eligible en-
tity for one or more of
these counties, an entity
must agree to add addi-

S 1100 3340 6110 6130 S6140 6140
Planning Manager Pool table AMF Playmas- Efficiency Rooms. Weekly 2 br, 2 be, 1200sf Twnhm, For Lease, 3 br, 2 be,
Community Assistance ter Tournament. 9 foot or monthly rentals Down- Carrabelle, large deck Town House, unfurn., & 2
Section pocket style, excellent town PSJ on Reid Ave. $650 mo. $650 dep. Avail- br, 2 ba Duplex furnished.
Florida Department of condition. $1500 OBO call Call Jason@ 850-340-0412 able now Call for an appt. Gulf View/Beach. Leave St. Joe Beach 3 br, 2 be,
Community Affairs O 850-625-6359 850-562-4996. message Military Dis. Brick Home with FR car-
2555 Shumard Oak Boule- PI.. .M | MERCHAi Fpr Rent Duplex 229-886-1872 port, big yard, screened
vard, Tallahassee, Florida 2100 Pets Bedroom 1 1/2 Bath M ico Beah _porch 2 blocks from
32399-2100 2110 Pats: Free to 3100 Antiques 2 Bedroom 1 1/2 Bath' Mexico Beach beach, quiet neighborhood
Telephone (850) 488-7541 Good Home 3110- Appliances Large Kitchen & Family 3 br, 2 be townhome, W/D Gulfaire 20 min from TAFB $850
FAX (850) 488-2488 2120 Pat Supplies 3120 Arts & Crafts Room, Elevator, Swimm- included, 1/2 mile to Executive 3 br, 2 ba,1st mo Call 850-647-8100
Email .at: 2130 Farm Animals/ 3130 Auctions ing Pool, Game Room, beach, pool, clubhouse No mofree W&D, garage,
Hilda.Frazier@dca.state.fl.u Supplies 3140- Baby Items TV., Ice Machine, Laundry smoking, $915 mo. Call mdeck, free W&D, garagpoolten-St.Joe each Florda
-deck, fenced yd, pool, ten- St. Joe Beach, Florida
s i t 2140 Pats/Lvaestock 3150 Building Supplies Room. Fully Fumrnished, in- Brian 404-915-2910 nis court, private beach, Coastal Cottage, 3br, 2 full
_____s Wanted, |1,0 Busines r cprivateuCoast, Sr
And for Gulf County to: 2150 Pet Memorials 3100 Business clides Elec Power & pets okay, $925 mo. baths, New carpet, 1I/
Mr. Don Butler, County Ad- Equipment Water, garbage pickup..,
Ministlraor 3170 Collectibles $1000 month. Location: 850-639-2690 or 832-9702 blocks fromobeach,great
Robert M. Moore Adminis- C302 mi East pass Raw0Storage, 15 mins td Tyn-
tration Building 3190- Electronics 4100 Help Wanted Bar on left. 850-227-6683 6140 House for rent in Port St. deall. Schools Rated A,
1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr.320 Firewood 4130 Employment Joe, CH&A, 2 br, 1 ba, long term lease, and some
Boulevard 2100 3220 Furniture P IOrmation Lanark Village 1 br, 1 ba, Laundry room, nice yard pets okay. Call 227-3453.
Port St. Joe, Florida32456 3230 Garage/Yard Sales New Updates, C/H/A $525 mo, + $400 sec.
December 24,2009 Companion dogs, adult 3240 Guns screened porch. $550 mo 3b, 1 ba;1307 Marvin Ave dep. 227-6216 M
AKC rottweilers, protect 3250 Good Things to Eat 6 mo lease 850-728-1126 $700 mo'remodeled, 2 br,
and serve, appt. only, call 320 Health & Fitness 1 ba Mobile Home, $500 Mexico Beach-2 br, 2 ba 6170e

5257S 3280 Machinery/ Baby Sitter's PSJ: 2 br, 1.5ba taking application Call front & back porch, 412 2 br, 1 ba
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT Equipment Needed for family on vaca- Very Nice Apt in nice 850-227-1795 7th St. $650 mo Call Owner pays* portion of
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL SELL ALL YOUR 3290 Medical Equipment tion, for the summer. Must neighborhood, close to 850-648-4377 water. $450 mo + $450
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR 3300 Miscellaneous be 18 or over. schools. Rare availabil- 3 br 2 ba, 1 block from -dep. Hiland View. Call
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA ITEMS 3310- Musical Instruments 904-206-1200 ity $650 mo Ideal for beach. 101. Nautilus St. 850-227-4051
CIVIL DIVISION t 3320 Plants & Shrubs/ single person or couple. Joe Beach. Lrg fncd yard,
otthrough classified. Supplies l. 850-227-5883 $1050/mo. + dep. Avail. -
TrnrCOUNTRYWIDE HOME t73330 Restaurant/Hotel 8n Jan 1st, Call Cheryl 850-
COUNTRYWIDE HOME CALL 747-5020 3340- Sporting Goods 1 40-0748 Palm Blvd. Home
Plaintiff, 3350-Tickets (Buy & Sell) We Need Driver.1 g for Rent 2 br, 2 be, Clean, in Port
vs Maintenance Technnt Traines Only6130 uietstreet, private home St. Joe, $450 month + de-
vs Maintenance Technician Wanted 1I NoIexpe dDL I M Iw/4 br, 2 be, 2,000 + sq. osit. Call 850-442-3334 or
TRACY C. THURSBAY, et HVAC cert., exp. with multi- I 800=per week.reI ft.. of living space, large 850-545-5814
CY C. THURSAY, t Prefer HVAC ert., exp. thmuti 3 br 2 be energy efficient front family room, second Camper & lot, $400 m
al, family housing a plus. Duties: I, 877214 3624 home Carpet, nice yard. expansive family, room and Camper Lot0 in High-
Defendants. preentative maintenance, plumbing, Long Ave. Home W/D ncd Small pets wel- large bright washroom land view $170 mo
come, $800mo +$800 fenced in backyard, front 850-227-1260
CASE NO.: drywall, painting, cleaning, A/C ,- for Rent dep.Aval now 653-5144 porch & large shade trees, 022120
23-2008-CA-000542 and heat pump repair, appliance Spacious & private home, close to area schools,
NOTICE OF repair, and experience using lawn 4130 3 br, 2 ba, Large fenced in 3 br, 2 ba, St. Joe Beach, downtown Port St. Joe and
NOECL RESALE repair, and experience using lawnyard, front. porch, hard- 1 blk from Beach. 8 years St. Joseph's Ba'y. Monthly
equipment zero turn mower, etc. POSTAL & GOV'T JOB wood floors, 3 blocks to new, hdwd floor in living rental available at $900 per
NOTICE IS HEREBY Must have valid drivers license. INFO FOR SALE? area shopping, downtow n, area, Ig fncd, bkyd, fridge, month, with $900 -
GIVEN, pursuant to a Finalhave alid drivers license new hospital site & St. W/D, $800 mo + utilities, security/damage deposit.
Judgment of Foreclosure Call 850-227-7451 for more Joseph's Bay. Monthly Long term rental. Avail im- Call Gulf Coast Property
da th a of De information; pick up application at Cauti n rental available at $750,. mediately. Will consider Services at (850)229-2706
ate of De- information; pick up application at au n per month w/. $750 lease purchase. Call JD, for more information & a R sE
in Case No. 23-2008- 125 Venus Drive, Port St. Joe. security/damage dep. Call (678) 358-5239 tour of this well kept home.
CA-000542, of the Circuit You NEVER have to pay Gulf Coast Property Ser- .7100 Homes
Court of the 14th Judicial for information about vices at (850)229-2706 for 7105- Open House
Circuit in and for Gulf federal or postal jobs. If more information &a tour 7110 Beach Hme/
County, Florida, wherein you see a job of this great house rental. ") .71230- Commercial
COUNTRYWIDE ,HOME I "guarantee", contact the -- .7130 Condo/Townhouse
LOANS, INC. is the Plaintiff FTC. ,Catl 7140 Farms & Ranches
anSd TRACY C. Plaintiff The Federal Trade Southem Coastal Manage nt 7150- ot nd Acreage
RSBAY; E. CHARLES Commission LONG TERM RENTALS 7170"- waterfront
THURSBAY; UNKNOWN is America's consumer Townhome at 718o investment
TENANT(S) IN POSSES- protection agency.St Joe at 7180'- Inv Property
SION OF THE SUBJECT Port St. Joe l-Brefoot(iottage-3br/3bOllincludeswater,sewer,Strashll 1,200 Gote.e-Town
PROPERTY are defend- 1-8-FTC-HEgov cams Country Club -refootCllage-2br/23bincludeswtersewertrh....1,000 7200- Tmeshare
ants. I will sell to the high- Townhome for rent, lo-
est and best bidder for Tues.. Dec.29 11 AIA pub,,i oer cated right across from the MeBeh- 3b0, tlthebell................................:.350
cash at the FRONT LOBBY Sells On-Site, River Place Farm, Donalsonvllle, GA from the FTC 9th green of Port St. Joe
Gulf County Courthouse in*EQUIPMENT: ndTheNews Herald Country Club: Two story,7100
Port St. Joe, Florida, at aClassified Advertising fully furnished, 3 br, 2.5 850 22 15 1 866 62 "13 Howards Creek, 3 bd, 2
11:00 on the 21 da Tractors Buldozer Excavator Department be, TH. with screenedin 850229.1350 *1.866.281334 be on 2ac, modular home
0Ja.m. onua 201 e d fo Loaders Trucks & Vehicles back porch that overlooks www.SouthemCoasal.COm on stits, enclosed. $110K
lowing described property Farm Equipment Trailers Boats the golf course. T H. isCall Shelia850-381-9733
as set forth in said Final Shop Equipment and Tools minutes from downtown,
Commence at the North- as well as other local area 6 C e
Commence at the North-S 3.*a3 RESIDENTIAL HOMES attractions.. Monthly rental
west comer of Section 33, RS E I H M $800 with $800 security/ Re ESst, lte,'^u'
Township 5 South, Range damage deposit. Call Gu/f .
11 West, Gulf County, For- SHOP BUILDING damages deposit. Call Gulfes at an n Dowden
ida, thence East along the T 850-229-2706 for more info 108 E. Ave. A
North boundary line of VACANT LOTS| m & atourof theTownhome. Carrabelle, Florida 32322. A1TOMO1.VE, A_
.. ;-. mIsaIInnL -

tional members to its said section 33 Tor
board to ensure adequate 2,873.15 feet, thence
representation in compli- South 67.60 feet to the
ance with 42 U.S.C. 9909 POINT OF BEGINNING.
and 9910 and Rule From this point of beginn-
9B-22.011, Florida Admin- ing extend the line East
istrative Code. Special that is parallel to the North
consideration shall be boundary line, of said Sec-
given to an organization ion 33 for 420 feet, thence
with demonstrated effec- South 630 feet, thence
tiveness in providing a West 420 feet, thence
broad range of services North 630 feet to the Point
designed to eliminate pov- of Beginning.
erty and foster
self-sufficiency. Priority ANY PERSON CLAIMING
shall be given to existing AN INTEREST NI THE
CSBG eligible entities in SURPLUS FROM THE
good standing with the De- SALE, IF ANY, OTHER
apartment that are provid- THAN THE PROPERTY
ing related services in the OWNER SA OF THE DATE
specified county or in OF THE LIS PENDENS
areas contiguous to or MUST FILE A CLAIM
within reasonable proxim- WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER
ity to the specified county. THE SALE.
Organizations interested in In accordance with the
becoming the CSBG pro- Americans with Disabilities
vider for Bay and/or Gulf Act of 1990 (ADA), disa-
County must: bled persons who, be-
cause of their disabilities,
Mail or hand deliver to need special accommo-
the Department of Corn- nation to participate in this
munity Affairs and the proceeding should contact
County Administrator (Gulf the ADA Coordinator at
County only) a letter of in- 1000 5th Street, Port St.
terest. The letter must be Joe, FL 32456 or Tele-
received by DCA and the phone (850)229-6113 prior
County prior to 5:00 RM. to such proceeding.
(Eastern Standard Time),
January 15, 2010. The let- Dated this 15th day of De-
ter must clearly state that cember, 2009.
the entity is interested in
becoming the CSBG serv- Rebecca Norris
ice provider in the speci- Clerk Of The Circuit Court
fled county or counties, By: Jasmine Hysmith
and the entity's willingness Deputy Clerk
to amend its organization's
bylaws, structure, mem- Submitted by:
bership, and Articles of In- Law Office of Marshall C.
corporation to comply with Watson
42 U.S.C. 9909 and 9910, 1800 NW 49th Street, Suite
and Rule 9B-22.011, Flor- 120
Ida Administrative Code. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The letter must be signed 33309
by both the chief executive Telephone: (954)453-0365,
officer and the chairperson Facsimile: (954)771-6052
of the governing board of Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438
the private nonprofit CSBG December 24, 31, 2009
eligible entity or private
nonprofit organization.
Complete and provide to Sacred Heart
DCA and the County Ad- Health System
ministrator (Gulf County
only) a proposal package applied for an
no later than 5:00 P.M. "Airport Site
(Eastern Standard Time), Approval Order"
February 12, 2010. The
proposal information is from the Florida
posted on the DCA Department of
wwwdca .us/ Transportation. The
or may be obtained "private airport" will
by calling or mailing the be a medical heli-
DCA contact person listed copter pad located
at Latitude 29 46'
* Must attend and present 42.16" and
their proposal at a public
hearing to be held on Feb- Longitude 850 17'
ruary 16, 2010 in the spe- 19.97" to be owned
cific county. Time and lo- and operated by
cations will be published and operated by
a later date. Sacred Heart
Hospital on the
The letter of interest and Gulf, 3801 East
proposal must be sent or Gu 3801 East
delivered to: Hwy 98, Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456.?
Ms. Hilda Frazier,

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8100 Antique & Collectibles
RAGE 2 BR 2 B Furnished, Doublewide 8110- cars
Fenced yard on 2 lots, redecorated ... $600.00 8120 SportslJtility Vehicles
.t 3 BR 2 B Doublewide 8130- Trucks
Fenced, large lot............................$800.00 8140 V ians
zo 3 BR 1 B Duplex 8150 Commercial
V00 Unfurnished,Fenced Back Yard ....... $650.00 8160 Motorcycles
2 BR 1 B Duplex 8170- Auto Parts
100 Remodeled, Fenced Back Yard ......... $600.00 8210- BActs
3 BR 1 B End Unit Apt 8220 Personal Watercraft
Front & Back Porch ........ ........ ... $525.00 8230- Sailboats
3 BR 3 B Condo 8240 Boat & Marine
Unfurnished Pool........................ $750.00 Supplies
3 BR 3 B Condo 8245 Boat Slips & Docks
Furnished Pool.........................$500.00 wk 8310- Aircraft/Avhicale
2 BR End Unit Apt 8330-Campers & Tralers
Furnished Carport.................... $525.00 8340 Motorhomes
1 BR Interior Apt
Furnished Redecorated............... $500.00
2 BR 1 B Apt
UnfurnishediApt............................. $500.00 82Zu10 |
3 BR 1 B Furnished Apt (3 Day Min)
..: ......................................;............$650.00 w k
2 BR 1 B Water Front House $6014;w
Beautiful View................................. $900.00
Beach front houses with winter rates. 2005 Bruce Robert Dese.
Short & Long term rentals. Survey Report avail.
PLEASE CALL JOANN 850-697-9604 Located Port St. Joe. $18K
OR 850-323-0444 FOR RENTALS. 954-288-7536

Climate Controlled Units Lease Warehouse Space
Lease Office Space Watercraft and RV Storage


Port St. Joe Commercial
For Lease
Retail / Office Space
317 Williams Avenue
+/-1800sf tenant Improvements negotiable; $1350/mo gross
325 Reid Avenue
+/-4500sf shell space; corner location; $2500/mo gross
309 Reld Avertue
+/-6000sf renovated shell space; occupant ready; $4500/mo mod. gross
200-B Reid Avenue
+/-2100sf-finished retail space; $1750 mod. gross
312 Reid Avenue
+/-1116sf Suite C; finished office space; lobby area with two
office suites and filing/storage room; $1000/mo NNN
309 Williams Avenue
+/-3000sf-office/school space; Large yard; $2850/mo mod. gross
210 Reid Avenue
+/-2250sf-refurbished retail space; $2000/mo mod. gross
319 Reid Avenue
+/-1394- finished retail space; move in ready. $1250/mo plus utilities
322 Long Avenue
+/-1000sf move-in ready; $900/mo gross
411 Reid Avenue
+/-2668sf office space; $9.45 psf mod. gross
309 Williams Avenue
+/-3000sf-former day school with outdoor play area;
recent interior upgrade; $2250/mo mod. gross
Warehouse I Flex Space
110 Tade Circle West
750sf-22,500sf PSJ Commerce Park, flex space, $5.25psf NNN (incl.
160 Cessna Drive
+/-5,000sf office/flex space; Adjacent to Costih Airport; $7 psf plus utilities
and applicable sales tax; Inquire for possible incentives/concessions.
772 Hwy 98, Suite A
+/-900sf office flex space, Includes 450sf overhead storage. $500/mo
mod. gross
For Sale
402 Reid Avenue
+/-2400sf office space; newer construction on downtown
corner lot; $239,900
, 320 Marina Drive
Corner lot on entrance to Marina Cove, prime location w/high visibility;
.14 acres.
407 Reid Ave
+/-4988sf; Multi tenant bldg 100% leased; Parking Incl; $549,000
317 Monument Ave
+/-4431sf; New construction located directly on Hwy 98; Parking Included;
$569,000 Also available for lease. Please inquire for terms.
401 Reid Avenue
+/- 5400sf-perfect retail space; $475,000 Also available for lease. Please
inquire for terms. -
Marketed Exclusively by: "


Established 19384 Serving Guff County and surrounding areas for 67years

Thursday, December 24, 2009

TeI U Enfr n

Gulf County Sheriff arrest LOG

The Gulf County
Sheriff's Office will be
. conducting vehicle safety
checkpoints and DUI
check points during the
month of December 2009.
The check points will
be held throughout the
county to include Hwy 98
near St. Joe Beach, Hwy
98 and Garrison Ave, C-
30 Hwy Bayou, Hwy 71
North of Whitb City, Hwy
22 and Hwy 22A. Hwy
71 and Westarm Creek,
Hwy 71 Dalkieth Area
and Hwy 71 near the
Calhoun line
On 12/05/2009 Michael
Lee Harris, 47, was
arrested on failure to pay
child support warrants
from several counties.
On 12/08.2009 Sheena
Helena Marie Meredith,
23, was arrested for
DWLSR and reckless
On 12/10/2009 Michael
Dee Herrell, Jr., 39, was
arrested for failure to
pay child support.
On 06/19/2009
Brandon Lee Burkett
was arrested on two
charges of grand theft:
it is alleged that he stole
some tracking collars
from an individual in
Howard Creek during
November and that he
stole a boat motor form
the Port St Joe Marina
in June.
On 12,'13/2009 Roger
Wade Childers, 42, was
arrested on charges
of Driving under the
On 12/13,2009
deputies responded to
a domestic disturbance.
While speaking with the
suspect they noticed
several street signs that
had been stolen from the
Overstreet area. Charles
Wayne Smith, 18, was
arrested on two counts
of grand theft.
On 12/14/2009
deputies stopped
a vehicle driven by
Douglas Allen Freeman.
Further investigation
led to his arrest on
charges of possession of
a controlled substance
and possession of drug
On 12/15 2009 Jason
Lee Taylor was arrested
on a failure to appear
warrant; the original


Deputies recently confiscated mobile meth labs, top and bottom left, and a
cache of crack cocaine during a bust in Wewahitchka.

charge DUI.
On 12,15/2009 Charles
Lamar Goodin, 27, was
arrested on several
warrants: uttering a
forged instrument,
worthless checks and
grand theft of a firearm.
On 12/15/2009
the Sheriff's Office
concluded a several
months-long undercover
drug operation in the
Wewahitchka area.
The Sheriff's Office
along with members
of the State Attorney's
Office and the Franklin
County Sheriff's Office
served several search
warrants. During
the search warrants
approximately nine
grams of crack cocaine,
four firearms, numerous
prescription drugs and
drug paraphernalia
were found. Ernest

Charles (Midnight)
Myers, 54, was charged
with five counts of sale
of crack cocaine within
1,000 feet of a church,
maintaining a dwelling
for the distribution
of crack cocaine
and possession of a
controlled substance.
Robert Jerome Rouse,
24, was charged with
three counts of sale of
a controlled substance
within 1,000 feet of
a church. Bobbie Jo
Kathleen Duke, 21,
was arrested on two
counts of sale of crack
cocaine within 1,000
feet of a church. Earl
Wendell Hysinger, 57,
was arrested for sale of
a controlled substance.
Ladarious O'Bryan
Myers, 20, was arrested
on two counts of sale
of crack cocaine within

1,000 feet of a church.
Several more arrests are
expected as part of this
On 12/16/2009
Jeremiah Thomas.
Revis, 23, and Jonathan
Robert Adkison, 21, were
arrested after a traffic
stop when a mobile
methamphetamine lab
was found in their truck.
They were charged
with possession of a
controlled substance,
unlawful possession
of chemical cursers
and possession of drug
On 12/167/2009
Georgia Howard
Whitfield, 35, was
arrested on a warrant for
violation of an injunction
for protection.
On 12/17/2009 Timothy
William Odom, 46, was
arrest for DWLSR.


Gulf County awards First

Responder certifications
Special to The Star First Responders dis-
i persed county-wide is
What happens at the a key component to our
other end of the phone Emergency Response
when 911 is called? System.
Along with the pri- Please join Gulf EMS
mary units, First Re- in congratulating our Fall
sponders are also often 2009 class for completion
dispatched to render of more than 40 hours of
emergency intermediate intense classroom and
aid. hands-on training in
Based largely out of scene and patient safety,
the Fire Departments, medical and trauma as-
but also manned by sessment and treatment,"
your co-workers, neigh- CPR and AED, 16 hour
bors and friends, the certification for Emer-
First Responder Team agency Vehicle Opera-
for Gulf County is often tions, and introduction to'
first on scene, offering mass casualty incidents,
fast assistance to those led by Firefighter EMT
in need, and acting as Donny McArdle.
extra hands to continue Thanks to the follow-
aid once the.primary re- ing volunteers for their
sponders arrive.' hard work and dedica-
Because of the large, tion to our community:
rural geographical area, Richard. Bowers, Mike
including such remote Carew, Brian Cathey,
dreas as, the St. Joseph Michelle Corbell, Lee
State Park, Overstreet, LeBlanc, Jerry LeB-,
Howard Creek, and the lance, Dave Lovette, Kim
Mexico Beach area of Nobles, Robert Ruth,
Bay County, and tran- Mark Thacker, and Levi
sient, seasonal popu- Wilson. Great job for all
lation growth, having the hard work!

Teen Driver program begins Jan. 15

The Gulf County Teen
Driver Program, to be held
Jan. 15-16, is designed to
help young drivers learn
how to control a vehicle in
an emergency situation. The
driver instructor will con-
duct a four hour classroom
portion of instruction and
an eight hour portion on the
actual driving range. This
will be a controlled environ-
ment. If you think you are
up for the challenge, sign up
now. This will be a fun and
exciting course. The regis-
tration deadline is Jan. 4.
Upon completion of this
free course, you will re-

ceive a certificate which
may qualify you to receive a
discount on your insurance
policy. Contact your insur-
ance agent for details.
All drivers must have
a valid driver's license or
learner's permit. No unli-
censed drivers may take
this. course. There will be
courses offered throughout
the year. For more informa-
tion, contact Deputy Larry
Dickey at the Gulf County
Sheriff's Office, 850-227-
1115. You will use your own
vehicle and must have proof
of valid insurance before you
can take this course.

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