Subscribe to The Star 800-345-8688 For your hometown paper delivered to your home! Real Estate Ad deadline is Thursday 11 a.m. ET Legal ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET Display ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET 227-1278 Classied deadline is Monday 5 p.m. ET 747-5020 TABLE OF CONTENTS Left a chance to strut and pose, as with Flora here, is an important part of every DAWGS graduation exercise. Top Since the program began some 20 months ago, 139 shelter dogs have found new homes through the DAWGS in Prison program. Above the camaraderie between dog and trainer is ever present on graduation day. Photos by TIM CROF T | The StarYEA R 73, NUMB E R 41 Thursday, JUL Y 28 2011 Opinion ....................................... A4-A5 Letters to the Editor ................... A5 Outdoors ..................................... A10 Sports ........................................... A11 Faith .............................................B4 Obituaries ....................................B4 Business .......................................B5 Classieds ....................................B6-B7 Gulf Pines browneld designation in question; FDOT addresses cart crossings By Tim Croft Star News Editor The City of Port St. Joes hope that the Gulf Pines Hospital prop erty would qualify for browneld designation was all but dashed last week by the citys attorney. Tom Gibson told city commis sioners last week that the rst phase of an environmental assess ment had been completed with mixed results for the city. Gibson questioned how suc cessful the city would be in pursu ing browneld designation and, in turn, grant funding for cleanup. There is asbestos, but no other qualied conditions that would allow the city to pursue a brown eld designation and, in turn, fund ing for cleanup of the site, Gibson said. It will likely not qualify for a browneld designation. Commissioners will workshop the issue at 5 p.m. ET tonight at City Hall and have notied all residents adjacent to the property which has steadily deteriorated since the hospital was shuttered by the state in 2005 so they can attend and participate. The city has 50 days to decide whether to take title to the prop erty or back away from a federal lawsuit involving Medical Capital, the California-based lender, now in receivership, which owns all Gulf Pines stock after lending the for mer owner $1.7 million. The city was in the lawsuit to protect its interest in the Gulf Pines property, but commissioners also face the reality that funding cleanup is likely beyond the citys current means. See BROWNFIELD A2TIM CROF T | The Star The former Gulf Pines Hospital has been in steady decline since being shut down by the state in 2005. The city will discuss its options on the property during a workshop tonight. For breaking news, visit www.starfl.com 50 By Tim Croft Star News Editor Tammy Cosson was in search of a dog, but not just any dog. Having been awarded custody of her greatniece, a 4-year-old with autism, Cosson was in search of a service dog as well as companion. She had searched online and around her Vernon-area home and found that such dogs can cost more than $10,000, a nancial obligation beyond her means. Searching on PetFinder.com one day, she happened across the DAWGS in Prison program at the Gulf Forestry Camp and, in turn, a dog named Lucy. It was God sending me what I was looking for, Cosson said last week during the 14th graduation ceremonies for the DAWGS in Prison program. Developing Adoptable dogs With Good Sociability (DAWGS) in Prison takes canines from the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society and puts each through an eight-week training course led by inmates at the Forestry Camp. The program is a partnership among the Humane Society, the Department of Corrections and the Board of County Commissioners. I brought my niece, Emily, up here to meet Lucy, and the dog was all over her, right there with her every step, Cosson said. Emily is not a wanderer; she is a runner and does not transition well. There is no negative side effect to the dog. I hope the dog gives Emily more freedom and independence. A higher calling DAWGS in Prison graduates 14th class School board sets tentative millage By Tim Croft Star News Editor The Gulf County School Board last week established a tentative millage rate and approved a budget that will have the district spending more than $700,000 fewer than last year. The district ad valorem budget totals $10.573 mil lion, down from $11.285 mil lion last year. The tentative millage rate will be 7.253, up .014 from last year, almost en tirely because of increases in the required local effort, that which county taxpay ers must pay for the district to receive any state fund ing under the Florida Edu cation Finance Program (FEFP), and an increase in the one component over which the school board has control, capital outlay. Having established a millage rate, the school board may not increase it as the budget process moves toward a nal pub lic hearing in September. Board members may, how ever, decrease the millage. The rst public hearing on the proposed 2011-12 budget will be held at 5:15 p.m. ET on Aug. 2 at the district ofces behind Port St. Joe Middle School. School budgets are dif ferent than other taxing authorities in that they are largely crafted by state law makers during the spring legislative session. Mexico Beach students to choose Bay or Gulf Board hears apology for PSJHS burglary By Tim Croft Star News Editor Stay or go that is the choice for Mexico Beach parents and students. Bay County Superinten dent of Schools Bill Husfelt has notied Gulf District School ofcials that Bay County will no longer pay a per-pupil supplement to Gulf County for transport ing and educating students in Mexico Beach. Traditionally, Mexico Beach students, residing in Bay County, have traveled to Port St. Joe for their ed ucation, with Gulf District Schools collecting the full per-pupil funding, includ ing transportation dollars, and Bay County providing an additional supplement per student. However, given econom ic conditions, Husfelt has indicated to Gulf District ofcials that Bay County intends to transport and educate those Mexico Beach students the ca veat being that parents See MILLAGE A2 See CHOOSE A2TIM CROF T | The Star Sean Michael Morgan apologized for his role in a burglary at Port St. Joe High School last month. Morgan accepted responsibility and asked for the boards forgiveness for his actions. See DA WGS A12 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR Summer arts, B1
Local A2 | The Star Thursday, July 28, 2011 CHOOSE from page A1 and students have a choice of which county to attend school in. Gulf District Schools has sent a letter to each parent of a Mexico Beach student 71 at this time to no tify them of the change and allow them to choose. Parents should notify the Gulf District ofce at 2298256 by Aug. 5. After Aug. 5, requests to remain in Gulf County must be made in dividually by the parent to Bay County Schools. Husfelt has indicated those who choose to stay in Gulf County will be allowed to do so. However, those choosing to transfer to Bay District Schools will be enrolled in and transported to the nearest school, for example, Tyndall Elementary School. Gulf School District will work with parents to con tinue transportation from Mexico Beach as feasible and if the numbers war rant. There will not be reg ular bus stops, but there is the possibility of a parent drop-off and pickup loca tion. As Gulf schools start Aug. 15, it is essential that all Mexico Beach parents make a decision quickly to ensure a smooth start in ei ther county. The dollars in question are substantial, particular ly for Gulf District Schools. The annual supplement paid by Bay County totaled $96,000 last year. If all 71 students leave Gulf District Schools, the funding hit would be more than $340,000 and would further exacerbate a trend of declining enrollment that has constrained school funding in Gulf County for several years. The breakdown of those students is 33 in elementary school, 21 in middle school and 17 in high school, in cluding six seniors at Port St. Joe High School. Convicted burglar apologizes Sean Michael Morgan, 21, of Mexico Beach, who burglarized Port St. Joe High School last month, came before the board to offer an apology. Morgan and two others entered the school, set off re extinguishers and com mitted other vandalism. The three were identied by surveillance video. Typically in such cases, Assistant State Attorney Timothy Register said, a written letter of apology is submitted in criminal cases to the victim. I thought given the difculties everybody has these days with money, I thought it would be appro priate that in addition to jail time and probation, they provide an apology in per son to the school board, Register said. Morgan, in jailhouse uniform and shackled at the wrists and ankles, told the school board he and his cohorts in crime were high on alcohol, marijuana and pills and didnt think about the impacts of their actions. As the oldest of us, I should have known better and put a stop to it, Mor gan told the board. I take full responsibility for my actions. I apologize and ask for forgiveness. Morgan was sentenced to three months in the county jail, three years probation and 50 hours of community service and must make full restitution to the district for damage done to the high school. Sexting, dress code Board members dis cussed new laws that pro hibit sexting in schools and also put in state law dress codes for students. This is the rst time the state has mandated dress, said Sara Joe Wooten, act ing Superintendent of Gulf District Schools. Under the sexting law, it is illegal for a minor to knowingly use a computer or any other electronic de vice to transmit or distrib ute to another minor any photograph or video depict ing nudity and which is de ned in statute as harmful to minors. Students found in viola tion face potential suspen sion. Board members empha sized that school principals must become more ag gressive in adhering to the districts prohibition of the use of cellphones on school grounds. The dress code law pro hibits the wearing of cloth ing to school that exposes underwear or body parts indecently or in a vulgar manner or that is disrup tive to learning. Penalties progress from verbal warnings to prohibi tion from extracurricular activities to in-school sus pension. BROWNFIELD from page A1 Should the city abandon the lawsuit, who ends up with the land would be determined by a federal court of the Internal Revenue Service, with the city and receiver the nal parties in the lawsuit to recover assets. Golf cart access Florida Department of Trans portation representatives were in the city last week in response to the citys letter requesting broader ac cess for golf carts wishing to cross U.S. Highway 98 and State Road 71 to enter the downtown business district and Port St. Joe Marina. The city had hoped for cross ings of State 71 at Reid Avenue and Woodward Avenue, and of U.S. 98 at State 71. However, the DOT reps dis missed the Woodward Avenue crossing of State 71 because of the speed of trafc at that intersec tion and will recommend that golf carts be allowed to cross State 71 at Reid Avenue only. Commissioner Bo Patterson objected, saying congestion on Reid Avenue, the main downtown business artery, was already bad enough. The goal is to allow the cross ing of (State) 71, Mayor Mel Magidson reminded commission ers. As for crossing U.S. 98, the DOT recommendation was that First Street be designated as the cross ing point for golf carts. Crossing at State 71 would require a golf cart driving on 71, which is prohibited by law. The First Street crossing would also facilitate easier access to the Port St. Joe Marina, one of the stated goals for receiving DOT approval for the golf cart crossing locations. This year, lawmakers made signicant cuts to education funding, and districts across the state are dealing with cutbacks and budget shortfalls. Gulf District Schools have made some $1.4 million in cuts, including shedding nearly 20 po sitions. The district budget comprises several components set by the state. The required local effort and discretionary funding compo nents, which make up the bulk of the districts operating expenses, were increased collectively by .033 mills. A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 in taxable personal property. The required local effort, 5.105 mills, is the largest component of school funding. If we do not levy the required local effort, we get no money from the state, district nancial ofcer Sissy Worley said. It is a requirement. Because of declining property values, local taxpayers share of the school ad valorem budget has dropped from 90 percent to roughly 87-88 percent. For purposes of the district budget, the mill is worth $101,206 less than one year ago. This year will be the nal year in which the additional one mill operating levy passed by voters more than three years ago will provide funding for the district. The mill sunsets next year, and its value has steadily declined it was worth more than $2 million when passed but will bring in $1.4 million for the coming scal year. The lone component of school funding over which the board has sway is capital outlay dollars, or funds used for bricks and mortar and building improvements. This is the only one we have discretion over, board Chair man John Wright said. The rest comes from the state. It is tough making budgets in these times, especially when you have more than $700,000 less than last year. For several years, the dis tricts capital outlay millage has been the lowest in the state. Last year, it was .350. With aging buildings and many capital improvement needs throughout the district, the board approved an increase in the capi tal outlay to .400, well below the 1.50 maximum districts are per mitted to levy. We are still the lowest in the state, Worley said. Many dis tricts are going to the maximum due to current conditions. Athletic cuts The board also approved cut ting only golf at both Wewahi tchka and Port St. Joe Junior/Se nior High Schools for the coming year. Principals and athletic direc tors had submitted a potential list of programs to be cut given economic realities, a list that originally included weightlifting and wrestling at Wewahitchka Junior/Senior and cross country at Port St. Joe. However, acting Superinten dent of Schools Sara Joe Wooten recommended and the board accepted cutting only boys and girls golf at both junior/senior high schools for the coming year, granting at least a one-year re prieve for other programs pro posed for elimination. MILLAGE from page A1
Local The Star| A3 Thursday, July 28, 2011 By Tim Croft Star News Editor A crowd that spilled into the hallway outside the Gulf County Commission meeting room had plenty to say about this weeks dismissal of Emergency Medical Services supervi sor John Ford. On the advice of the county attorney, commis sioners, conducting their regular bimonthly meet ing, said little and instead scheduled a special meet ing at 5 p.m. ET tonight at the Robert Moore Annex meeting room to discuss the termination. Ford was red by a certied letter received Monday from county ad ministrator Don Butler after what Butler called a thorough investigation into events of July 17, dur ing which Ford authorized an EMT not ofcially em ployed by the county to assist during a busy Satur day/Sunday night. Ford, according to his wife, Jeannie, received a call at 1 a.m. ET for trans port of a cardiac patient from Sacred Heart on the Gulf in Port St. Joe to Bay Medical Center. At the time, the county had two ambulances al ready in service, one on a transport to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and the other treating another cardiac patient. Shorthanded, Ford au thorized a a non-county employee recently licensed by the state as an EMT to assist on the call, solely to drive the ambulance and assist with the stretcher but not treat the patient. Three days later, Ford was suspended with pay by EMS director Houston Whiteld. Butler said the decision to terminate came after consultation with Whit eld, County Attorney Jer emy Novak and Dr. Gary Pablo of Sacred Heart on the Gulf, who serves as the medical director for EMS. Pablo wrote a letter saying he could not toler ate the use of a non-county employee under his license and asked that all those in volved be disciplined. Butler said he also con sulted with the countys labor lawyer in Tallahas see, who said that despite Fords spotless 16-year record with EMS, the al leged infraction in ques tion was sufcient to ter minate Ford. There was no other option on my side, Butler said. The crowd of at least 100 on hand vehemently challenged the actions of Whiteld, Butler and Pablo. Several EMTs who spoke during and after the meeting contended that policies for EMS should be clearly and fully explained to employees so that all will understand and ar gued that the county has often been forced to even use non-EMTs to at least drive ambulances when EMS was shorthanded. Pastor Charles Gath ers said there were many ways in which information could be disseminated and wondered whether all pertinent information was provided to the attorneys and Pablo in this case. Part-time county EMT Carlos Camacho agreed, saying, It seems there is a lack of communication here. Gathers continued, I dont know how a man can love volunteering the way John Ford does. John doesnt see color; he sees people. When you re somebody who does what John does for the county, that is wrong. Port St. Joe resident John Rich said he had ob served the county try to craft an RV ordinance over the past several months and contended there were clearly areas where poli cies could be tweaked and wondered if this wasnt such a case. I think dismissal in this case is too harsh, Rich said. A critical sticking point in the discussion was the status of the EMT in ques tion, Chaney McArdle. McArdle had signed up last November when the county offered to fund the required education for licensing as an EMT to eight individuals. The schooling was paid with the proviso that the individual be a county resi dent, meet all qualications for employment, includ ing background check and drug screening, and, most important to several audi ence members, commit to a minimum of two years ser vice as an active part-time employee of county EMS. McArdles schooling was paid, through grant and county taxpayer funds, by the Board of County Commissioners. He completed pre-employ ment screening before taking his rst course and received his EMT license in June, at which time he applied for employment with the county. As of this week, he had yet to be formally hired by the county despite his twoyear commitment to the county in exchange for his EMT education. If that mans schooling was paid for by the county, he is a county employee in my mind, said Port St. Joe resident Charles Stephens, who recounted how Ford had saved his life during a recent heart scare. John Ford saved my life. John Ford is an asset to this county. If we lose John Ford, the whole county loses. Port St. Joe resident Deborah Barnes also not ed that the county paid for McArdles schooling and that everybody, including those in the meeting room, makes mistakes from time to time. I think a lot of injustic es have been done here, she added. John Grantland of St. Joe Beach, who urged commissioners to ensure that policies are clearly stated and explained fully to all employees, includ ing EMS, summed up the general sentiment in the room. John Ford is a great man, Grantland said. ONLINE Comment on this story at star. com TONIGHT A special meeting will be held at 5 p.m. ET at the Robert Moore Annex meeting room to discuss EMS supervisor John Fords termination. Ford dismissal roils county meeting If (Chaney McArdles) schooling was paid for by the county, he is a county employee in my mind. John Ford saved my life. John Ford is an asset to this county. If we lose John Ford, the whole county loses. Charles Stephens, Port St. Joe resident star.com
What time does Old Faithful spew forth? :06 The Park Ranger was friendly but a little detached. I gured it wasnt the rst time he had heard the question. I didnt really get a good look at his face. I was studying on the straightness of the brim of his ofcial ranger hat and wondering if it was as hot under that thing as it looked. And, of course, I was anxious as all get out to see the most famous geyser in all the world unload toward the vast Wyoming sky ... give or take 10 minutes he added. Say what! My eyes leaped from his at hat to stare unbelieving directly into his! My rst girlfriend was more faithful than that, and she ran off with Martin Paschall the rst afternoon I had to work overtime at the sawmill. Ive borrowed dogs to hunt with that were more dependable. Leons second hand, worn out, hand-medown bicycle had spokes missing, bent handlebars and no front fender, but you could count on it to get you to the ball eld right on time, every time! I thought faithful meant faithful? Well, the geological make up of the ground underneath Old Faithful is constantly changing. The length of time between eruptions has actually been growing longer for many years. I dont think they put the bottom of the class rangers in Yellowstone, And this is not the highest geyser, it is just the most predictable one. It has been since this land became a National Park in 1872. It will be very close to 3:06, I promise. And maybe that rst girlfriend wasnt really your type anyway. He smiled like he thought Martin might have saved me from a terrible fate as I hurried out toward the launching pad to get a good seat. While we were waiting for 3:06 (give or take 10 minutes) and the water works to shoot off my mind got to doing one of those long, slow loops ... Faithful ought not to mean almost, pretty close or just about. Daddy told me if I hit David Mark he was going to whip me. I cant remember to save my life what the disagreement was over. I know I was chapped at Dave all mighty awful about something. This was way back before we had television so we dialed up our own murder, mystery and mayhem. I called him out into the next room and sucker punched him right in the stomach. I didnt get a chance to see him squirm. Daddy ripped that extra wide, thick heavy leather truck drivers belt off, grabbed me by the arm and commenced to lay one of the greatest whipping ever known to man on me right there on the spot! Didnt neither one of us pass GO, nobody collected $200, there was no cooling off period, prolonged negotiations, mediation or last-minute appeals. He didnt bother to reiterate any specic crimes, he didnt belittle either of us by saying this is going to hurt me more than it does you, he didnt even asked what the problem was between me and David, and he absolutely didnt give or take 10 minutes in any direction! Dad simply was faithful to a statement he had made only seconds before. I, on the other hand, learned early in life that faithful is going to show up right on time and deliver as promised ... not to mention that the line between exacting revenge on your little brother and abject stupidity was razor thin! I went out for the football team as a ninth grader. Coach Scott said, Men (Im not sure to this day if he was referring to me), it is going to be hot, and tough. We are going to run the dog stew out of you. We are going to work you until you drop. I want to see some bodies hurdling through the air with reckless abandon. We are going to whip you little sissies (here is where he was talking to me) into men! You will thank me if you live through it. We are going to beat those terrible Huntingdon High Mustangs. Whew! He was about the most faithful man who ever talked to me! I found out quickly about dog stew and reckless abandon. I died once or twice a day in practice for a whole year. He would have been 100 percent except we couldnt beat them dang Mustangs. Wouldnt it be great if we could reinvent the word faithful in America? We could send a man to congress who would do exactly like he promised. Them weight reducing pills they sell on late night TV would actually work. A boxer would retire and that would mean he wasnt going to ght anymore. I got to wondering about those San Juan Capistrano birds. You reckon they actually come back on March 19 as advertised. Or do they just y back sometime in the spring, give or take a few weeks. Will that new hybrid car actually get 40 miles to the gallon? How do we know those sheets are extra absorbent? I hate those slow loops ... your mind can really take off on you! Old Faithful shot skyward at exactly 3:07 and a half. That seemed to be close enough for everybody except my Dad and Coach Scott. It was so impressive that I hung around another 93 minutes to see it erupt again. I didnt worry about that 20-minute window. I was just appreciative that I got to see it. I ran into the Park Ranger on my way out, Sir, if you will let me try that hat on, I will tell you how faithful Martin Paschall and Charlotte Melton turned out to be to each other. Respectfully, Kes The rescue mission discussion in Gulf County began innocently enough. Local volunteers interested in establishing the Gulf Coast Hope Center asked the Rev. Billy Fox, executive director of the Panama City Rescue Mission, to share ideas with them on an informal basis. A host of folks from around the county, including government ofcials and representatives of civic outreach organizations were invited to a gathering to discuss possibilities. And at that rst meeting the tenor of the conversation changed. Fox suggested that instead of lending logistical and philosophical assistance, the Panama City Rescue Mission was positioned to assume responsibility for the center, to provide not just ideas but feet on the ground. Before long there was an ofce in the heart of the Port St. Joe business district. Without what could be called a public meeting, Fox and staff proceeded with establishing a toehold in the county and in doing so lost signicant support from the organizing committee of the Gulf Coast Hope Center. The ofce was established to the chagrin of many, including several Port St. Joe commissioners who argued the outreach ofce had no business downtown and who wondered whether Gulf County actually had a homeless problem. That, however, did not stop the Rescue Mission. Yes, the city pushed Fox to commit to move the ofce from downtown, but the Rescue Mission still has a presence in Gulf County with the potential for expansion still in the air. What has become increasingly clear over the recent weeks is that perceptions and reality collide in ways unfavorable to Fox and a desire to locate a shelter or outreach ofce in Gulf County. One reality is that the county does not have a quantiable homeless problem requiring a shelter or facility similar to the Panama City Rescue Mission. Census data going back at least a decade shows the county had a zero homeless population. This is not to say there are not homeless the poor will always be with us and in increasingly greater numbers given the current economic climate. To assert there is no need for outreach to many in the county who, as one county commissioner said recently, are one paycheck away from genuine trouble is to deny the economic environment. That said, those in the community, primarily law enforcement, who deal with homelessness or vagrancy problems attest that months can fall away from the calendar without a call involving a homeless person. A second reality is that Gulf County has long helped its troubled own through a slew of organizations, most notably the ministerial association and the countys many churches that provide a host of services, from food to temporary shelter. The Junior Service League, People Helping People of Gulf County, the Christian Community Development Fund ... These are just a brief sampling of other organizations offering services to the less fortunate of the county. As was said at a recent Port St. Joe commission meeting, the county and community have a track record for reaching out to pull up their own, of providing the outreach to get those who stumble on their feet. This brings about perceptions if the county does not have a quantiable issue with the homeless and takes care of the 14,000 or so who live here, why the need for any presence by the Panama City Rescue Mission? Does the current system of law enforcement transporting any homeless folks in need of help over to Panama City and the mission not work? Is that not the most efcient method for Gulf County to deal with the few homeless people who arrive in the county each year, linking them to the closest portal for assistance? And as Gulf County residents observe Panama City ofcials debate what to do with the Rescue Mission and wrestle with reviving downtown with a Rescue Mission that is increasingly an eyesore, is it a surprise that local residents say, Not here. For the most signicant perception problem facing Fox and the mission is what motorists see as they drive downtown Panama City on Business U.S. 98 people milling the streets, laying in doorways, in front of businesses, doing much of nothing; people who by all appearances seem to have lost the desire to help themselves. Fox can state, as he has at several meetings, that such folks are just a fraction of those who arrive at the Rescue Mission, but that hardly mitigates the jarring sight of people loitering downtown or a review of Bay County arrest records showing a number of individuals who list the Rescue Mission as a current address. None of this is to diminish the difcult but essential work performed by Fox and his staff at the Panama City Rescue Mission. This is a calling steeped in faith and the teachings of Jesus Christ, to care for the less fortunate. But perception holds that the Rescue Mission is a magnet for many who do not wish to help themselves, who have less ideal goals than pulling themselves up from difcult circumstances, who have mischief in mind. This leaves the fundamental question at the heart of this debate why would Gulf County sign up to shoulder the kind of problems that Panama City ofcials seem intent on shedding? And from this corner the answer seems crystalline it should not. Recently my family went to the sandy beaches of Florida for a summer vacation. I stayed behind to take care of some things and was planning on going down a few days later. This was met with great delight; I later gured out why. If you are coming down later, you can bring the dogs. In other words, I was the Dog Taxi. Doolittle, Maddie and Zack, my dog-in-law, would be riding with me. They are poodles, for the most part. Zack has some other lineage that has yet to be determined. It seems to be Dachshund or some other shortlegged dog. The day before the trip, the dogs managed to devise a scheme to get on the kitchen island, knock down the grocery bag of dog treats and have a party. The treats were for a two-week stay at the beach, thus they overdid it. They were a bit lethargic on the morning of our trip (They were passed out). Dogs are good about rallying for the cause. When they saw me packing for the trip and heard the car doors open, they were ready to go. As a matter of fact, they got in the car while I loaded it. I was a bit worried they had all been sick after their dog treat binge the day before. Before I backed out of the driveway, Maddie, the only female called shotgun, leaving Doolittle and Zack to occupy the backseat. As we drove away, Ebony and Ivory played on the radio, Doolittle and Zack joined in. It was appropriate. Ive traveled with these dogs many times; they are usually very good. Doolittle usually gets carsick. I was prepared, covering all of the seats with towels. I had thrown my clothes in the backseat oorboard. Im not much of a packer; I put them in a brown paper grocery bag. Everyone seemed happy. I was documenting my trip on my cell phone. It has a talk to text feature that allows me to dictate and it writes down what I say (or thats the way its supposed to work). I have a bit of Southern twang that sometimes confuses the software. Reading what the phone thinks I say can be entertaining. I have this picture of group of guys inside my phone asking What did he say? As we rode through rural Alabama, we started looking for boiled peanuts. I noted this to my phone. As I said it, my phone typed I need bold arena. I tried it again; it typed I need bull arena. The third time I tried it, it said something about me needing to go to New York. I did not need to go to New York. I needed boiled peanuts. There were no boiled peanuts to be found, but the low fuel light came on, and I was starting to worry. I wanted a gas station on the right side of the road, and they all seemed to be on the left side. Why? I just dont like gas stations on the left side of the road. Other than being low on fuel, everything was going well. Doolittle hadnt thrown up, and the dogs seemed to be enjoying themselves (possibly bragging about their big heist, the day before). I looked in the backseat, and Zack had a pair of boxer shorts on his head. He just looked at me like, Whats the problem? I just laughed and kept looking for a service station. Finally, I found a gas station on the right side of the road. I stopped and went inside; I explained to the lady inside that I was traveling with a carload of poodles. The lady looked out the window and saw Doolittle sticking his head out one of the back windows. Doolittle weighs 90 pounds. She said That aint no poodle. I said, Yes maam, he is. I walked back out to pump the gas. A man was standing by my car; he seemed to be waiting on me. He asked, Why is there a dog with boxer shorts on his head in your backseat? He didnt seem to be with PETA or with PAPBOP (People Against Putting Boxer shorts On Poodles), but I couldnt be sure. I told the man that I had picked the dog up a few miles back and I wasnt sure why he Opinion A4 | The Star Thursday, July 28, 2011 Keyboard KLATTERINGS TIM CROFT Star news editor HUNKER DOWN Kesley Colbert USPS 518-880 Published every Thursday at 135 W. U.S. 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 VP/Publisher: Karen Hanes Editor: Tim Croft POSTMASTER: Send address change to: The Star P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457-0308 Phone 850-227-1278 PERIODICAL RATE POSTAGE PAID AT PORT ST. JOE, FL 32457 WEEKLY PUBLISHING SUBSCRIPTIONS PAYABLE IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY $24.15 year $15.75 six months OUT OF COUNTY $34.65 year $21 six months Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editons. TO ALL ADVERTISERS In case of error or omissions in advertisements, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such advertisement. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains. Circulation:1-800-345-8688 CRANKS MY TRACTOR BN Heard Riding in cars with dogs See BN HEARD A5 Rescue Mission: Not here, not now Dad didnt put much faith in kinda close
had boxer shorts on his head. The man seemed satised. After being in the car for a while, I was getting hungry. I was sure the dogs needed to get out also, but we didnt have too far to go. There were no fast food places on these rural roads (I was taking the shortcut). I came to a four way stop in Gaskin, Fla. The four way stop was Gaskin, Fla. At the stop sign, there was a country/convenience store that seemed to have my name on it. The dogs were crying, they thought they needed to get out. I cracked the windows and left them in the car. Inside the store, two men were sitting in wooden straight back chairs shooting the breeze. They were nice and directed me to the cooler in the back of the store. They had Coca Colas in real glass bottles; I bought two. As I was walking back toward the front of the store, I noticed Moon Pies on a shelf for 35 cents. I bought one. As I was walking around the store, I was talking to the fellows in the chairs. They didnt get up. Yall have any peanuts to put in these Coca Colas? (I knew they did). Up at the front, one of the gentleman yelled back. I picked up two packages of Planters salted peanuts, paid the fellow that nally got out of his chair and went back outside. The dogs were still crying, and Zack still had the boxer shorts on his head. Before I backed up, I drank one of the Coca Colas half way down and poured one of the packages of peanuts into it. I tried it. It was good. I was happy. As I drove away from Gaskin, Fla., I reached into the backseat and took the boxer shorts off of Zacks head. I put them on my head. I laughed, and I felt good. Zack is a smart dog. Having boxer shorts on your head lets you look at things a little differently. Dogs do complain when you stop and they cant get out, but they dont complain about your driving. I shared my Moon Pie with them, and we made it to the beach just ne. Maddie and Zack took naps on the sofa when we got there. Doolittle waited outside for the ice cream truck. BN Heard can be found on the Internet at www. CranksMyTractor.com. Send your letters to : LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Fax: 850-227-7212 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments from our readers in the form of letters to the editor or a guest column are solicited and encouraged. A newspapers editorial page should be a forum where differing ideas and opinions are exchanged. All letters and guest columns must be signed and should include the address and phone number of the author. The street address and phone number are for verication and will not be published. Letters must be in good taste and The Star reserves the right to edit letters for correctness and style. S HARE Y O U R OPINION S Letters A5 | The Star Thursday, July 28, 2011 To the citizens of Port St. Joe Dear Editor: The article by Nancy Argenziano (Things are worse than you think) prompted me to write this article about Port St. Joe and how I came to a conclusion about St Joe. While browsing through the channels, I started watching and listened to and continue to the city council. When you watch any elected group, their views and decisions are primarily the wants and desires of the people who elected them. One particular meeting I watched was the placement or direction of speakers for a Fourth of July dance that occurs every year on the north side of the city. The council spent approximately 30 minutes of its time on an issue that should have been resolved in 30 seconds. They could have been saying Lets take away the deep sea port from St. Joe Co., open it up and do business with the world, create jobs and move into the 21st Century. And in conclusion, I believe when any elected group spends that much time on any non-issue, I say that the good citizens that elected them are living in the past and until they change (educate themselves and their children) no good things will ever happen to the city. I know that the younger generation is being driven out of the city and county, and I encourage them to do so by having no future here except for a few that were born with a silver spoon. Of course others could say I ipped burgers for 50 years, what a career. I would encourage the good citizens of Port St Joe to continue doing the same, listen to the same people, watch the same TV, read the same articles, maintain your same views on minorities, listen to your preacher, he will tell you to hate other religions, and above all make sure you cast that same intelligent vote. Everette R. Maiden Mexico Beach Letter to THE EDITOR Kudos to the millions of sandwich-generation Americans. These exhausted souls spend their time and money caring for and supporting not only their own children (and sometimes, grandchildren), but their parents, as well. Its no wonder that so many people caught in this situation have trouble paying their bills and saving for retirement. If you are primary caregiver for one or both parents or support them nancially, these ideas may help you keep your own nances on track: You may be able to claim your parents as dependents for tax purposes if: You provide more than half their nancial support. If they live in your home, you can count the fair-market rental value of their lodging, including utilities, in that calculation. Their gross income (excluding Social Security payments and other taxexempt income), is less than $3,700 a year. They did not le a joint tax return unless it was to claim a refund. The rules are complicated, so consult a tax professional or review IRS Publication 503 at www.irs.gov to see if you qualify. Even if you cant claim your parents as dependents because of the gross income limit, if you itemize deductions you still may be able to deduct their medical expenses you paid for provided you supply over half their nancial support. The deduction applies only to medical expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income, so paying for their expenses just may help put you over that threshold. For a complete list of qualifying expenses see IRS Publication 502 at www.irs.gov. Another way to lower your tax bite is to participate in employerprovided exible spending accounts (FSAs), where you pay for eligible health and dependent care expenses (including those for dependent parents) on a pretax basis that is, before federal, state and Social Security taxes have been deducted. This lowers your taxable income and therefore, your taxes. To learn more about FSAs, visit Practical Money Skills for Life, a free personal nancial management program sponsored by Visa Inc. (www. practicalmoneyskills.com/ benets). A broad range of federal, state and private assistance programs are available to help low-income seniors (and others) pay their bills, including: Medical coverage through Medicaid and Medicare. For a good overview of these programs, see Get Financial Help at www. medicare.gov. Most pharmaceutical companies offer patient assistance programs that provide uninsured and low-income people access to prescription drugs they couldnt otherwise afford. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides grants to help pay utility bills. To see if your parents qualify, go to www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/ocs/liheap. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps lowerincome Americans buy nutritious food. Visit www.fns.usda.gov/ snap for qualication requirements. Rental assistance for low-income people is available from several Department of Housing and Urban Development programs as well as other state and local agencies (see Find Rental Assistance at www.hud. gov for details). AARP has an excellent guide to nding public benet programs in your area at www.aarpkb. benetscheckup.org. They also have a robust Caregiving Resource Center at www.aarp.org/ caregiving. And nally, if your parents live far away, consider hiring a local geriatric care manager to help develop a game plan. Its not cheap, but youll appreciate the peace of mind. A good resource is the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (www. caremanager.org). Jason Alderman directs Visas nancial education programs. To Follow Jason Alderman on Twitter: www.twitter. com/PracticalMoney. JASON ALDERMAN By Jeff Johnson In February 2011, an AARP survey showed that 44 percent of Floridians age 50 and older were so concerned about the states struggling economy that they planned to delay retirement. Of those who said they planned to delay retirement, one in four said they planned never to retire. Thats a grim picture, showing an older Florida thats pessimistic about its retirement security. Yet if AARP took that same survey again today, it might show even more pessimism. And it could be justied, if Congress cuts a political deal to pay the nations bills that could permanently sour your retirement dreams. Right now, the President and Congress are considering a deal to pay the nations bills that could cut billions from Social Security and Medicare benets for todays seniors. To help reduce the decit, some in Washington want a deal that includes raising Medicare premiums, co-pays and deductibles for todays seniors, shifting costs to seniors rather than lowering costs throughout the health care system. Another proposal would force better off seniors to pay more for Medicare as if it were a welfare program. These seniors already pay more for their Medicare, and AARP is deeply concerned that means-testing benets could erode the popular support that has helped keep Medicare strong for more than 45 years. Washington is also considering including a proposal that could cut Social Security by $112 billion over 10 years by permanently reducing Social Security cost-ofliving increases. This proposal is particularly galling to older Floridians, who have seen shortcomings in the current Social Security cost-of-living formula leave them struggling with no cost-of-living increase despite two years of steadily rising costs for fuel, food, prescription drugs and medical care. AARP is ghting hard to keep Congress from making cuts to your retirement benets. In mid-July, AARP state-level leaders and top-ranking volunteers traveled to Washington to meet face-to-face with Florida members of Congress and senators. AARP volunteer Ken Reinhardt, and I urged Floridas elected ofcials to attack waste, fraud and abuse in the federal budget, rather than targeting your retirement benets. From all over America, AARP members have poured more than 600,000 calls, e-mails and petitions into the Capitol. AARP is running an aggressive series of national television advertisements to urge our 37 million members nationwide to raise their voices on this issue. AARP also is mailing information on this urgent issue to tens of millions of Americans 50 and older. AARPs position is clear: Congress should attack waste, fraud and abuse in federal spending rather than targeting the Medicare and Social Security benets you have earned. As the national discussion over reducing our budget decit goes forward, it is important that you raise your voice in this debate. Call 1-888-722-8514 to be connected to your member of Congress toll-free and urge them to attack waste and fraud in federal spending, rather than targeting your Medicare and Social Security benets. No one disputes that decit reduction is important. But older Floridians worked a lifetime for the benets they receive. They deserve to be able to count on them. Jeff Johnson is AARP Floridas interim state director. BN HEARD from page A4 Dont let Congress make it worse Financial costs of caring for your parents
Local A6 | The Star Thursday, July 28, 2011 More news online star.com The Gulf County Sheriffs Ofce will be conducting vehicle safety checkpoints and DUI checkpoints this month. The checkpoints will be held throughout the county, to include U.S. Highway 98 near St. Joe Beach, U.S. 98 and Garrison Ave., C-30 Simmons Bayou, State Road 71 north of White City, State Road 22 and Highway 22A, State 71 and Westarm Creek, State 71Dalkieth Area and State 71 near the Calhoun line. On 07/05/2011, Jonathan Leonard Vaughan 22, was arrested on a warrant for assault on a law enforcement ofcer. On 05/14/2011, deputies responded to a disturbance, and Vaughan came at them with a machete; he was tased and taken to Bay County for evaluation at the time, and upon his release, he turned himself in at the sheriffs ofce. On 07/05/2011, a vehicle driven by Aston Jerrod Larry 23, was stopped for a trafc violation; while the deputy was speaking to the driver, he noticed the odor of marijuana. The deputy asked for and was given permission to search the vehicle. During the search, several baggies containing marijuana were found, along with a set of scales. Larry was charged with possession of marijuana. On 07/06/2011, Johnny P. Greer 46, was arrested on a warrant for failure to pay child support. On 07/07/2011, Gregory Adkison 24, was operating a vehicle stopped for a trafc violation; during a search of his vehicle, a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana and a pill bottle contain marijuana were found. Adkison was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. On 07/07/2011, Rebecca Leanne Causey 23, was arrested on a warrant for violation of probation; she had been placed on probation on 06/23/2011 on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. On 07/07/2011, Savannah Downum 18, was arrested on a violation of probation warrant; the original charge was grand theft auto. On 06/22/2011, Deondray Fisher 33, was charged with uttering a forged instrument; it is alleged that he cashed a check that had been stolen in a burglary. On 07/09/2011, a vehicle driven by Christopher James Bailey 28, was found parked in the middle of the road on U.S. Highway 98 and Industrial Road. Bailey was charged with DUI; his breath test results were .192 and .194. On 07/11/2011, Calvin Leon Jackson 24, an inmate at Gulf Correctional, was charged with introduction of contraband into a state correctional unit. On 07/12/2011, J ohn Henry White 26, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear. On 07/12/2011, Steve Dewayne Gibson 39, was arrested on a warrant for failure to pay child support. On 07/12/2011, deputies responded to a trafc crash on State Road 71 north of Wewahitchka; Jolene Marie Stark was arrested by the highway patrol and charged with DUI with serious bodily injury. On 07/14/2011, Paula Suzann Aull 44, was arrested on a warrant for violation of probation; the original charge was principal to manufacture of methamphetamine. On 07/14/2011, while doing security checks in the St. Joe Beach area, deputies located Cody H. Bailey 31, walking the street; a warrants check showed he was wanted in Texas for theft. On 07/16/2011, a vehicle driven by Avias Kwarmaine Tyshee Bailey 21, was stopped for making an illegal left turn. During a search of the vehicle, marijuana and crack cocaine were found. Bailey was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of crack cocaine. On 07/17/2011, Christopher Lane Tucker 34, was arrested on a warrant for violation of probation; the original charge was DUI. LATE MODELS UP DATED B ATTE RI ES WA RR ANT I ES SPV 2267 S HW RE RIDE R st. joe rent-all 706 1ST S TREET, PORT S T. JOE TH E EQUIP MENT D E P OT 301 HWY 98, PORT S T. JOE 2 L O C AT I ONS TO SE RV E Y O U 227-2112 227-7449 227-1819 150Z BG55 FS45 LT125 D EMO S BELOW COST D EMO S $800.00 OFF R I D I N G MO WE R S $999. 00 F I NAN CI N G A V A I LA B LE NEW U SED N EW CA R TS STA R T I N G AT $4250. 00 U SED C A R TS STA R T I N G U NDE R $2000. 00 ZER O T UR NS AT C OST AFTE R R E B ATE FINANCIN G U P T O 0% FO R 36 MON T H W A C S A L E END S S OON C O MPL E T E F AC T O R Y WA RR AN T Y AND S E RV ICE DE P A RTM EN T WE REPAIR MOST EQUIPMENT MS170 4 Y EA R WA RR ANT Y 60 M I LE R AN G E 20M PH FA STR AK SU P E R D U T Y S P O RT Robert C. Bruner Attorney Personal & Business Bankruptcy Over 30 Years Legal Experience 850-670-3030 We are a debt relief agency. We can The hiring of a lawyer is an im Stan Siprell Please check out my website at www.sunriseconstructioncompany.com, and see some of my residential and commercial building under the projects tab. Recent and current jobs include ONeill/Pennington, Wolfe, Piper and Breyne. I think you will nd me very easy to work with to customize the home you are dreaming of. Gulf County Sheriff ARREST LOG
Local The Star| A7 Thursday, July 28, 2011 BUDGET SUMMARY THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF GULF COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT ARE 4.00 PERCENT LESS THAN LAST YEARS TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES FISCAL YEAR 2011 2012 PROPOSED MILLAGE LEVIES SUBJECT TO 10-MILL CAP: Required Local Effort (Including Prior Period Funding Adjustment Millage) 5.1050 Additional Millage Not to Exceed 4 Years (Operating) 1.0000 Local Capital Improvement(Capital Outlay ) 0.4000 TOTAL MILLAGE: 7.2530 Basic Discretionary Operating 0.7480 Federal Sources 55,000.00 1,889,369.41 1,944,369.41 State Sources 4,071,776.00 8,250.00 68,050.00 13,535.00 4,161,611.00 Local Sources 10,228,195.00 380,100.00 588,389.00 11,196,684.00 TOTAL SOURCES 14,354,971.00 2,277,719.41 68,050.00 601,924.00 17,302,664.41 Transfers In 353,597.88 50,000.00 403,597.88 Fund Balance (July 1, 2011) 1,374,145.34 26,046.29 14,918.98 2,811,857.62 4,226,968.23 TOTAL REVENUES & BALANCES 16,082,714.22 2,353,765.70 82,968.98 3,413,781.62 21,933,230.52 EXPENDITURES Instruction 8,602,123.60 754,209.28 9,356,332.88 Pupil Personnel Service 647,992.00 175,442.00 823,434.00 Instruction Media Service 226,641.78 226,641.78 Instructional & Curriculum 178,395.00 161,788.00 340,183.00 Instructional Staff Training 295,995.00 271,595.13 567,590.13 Instruction Related Technology 71,763.00 24,600.00 96,363.00 Board of Education 161,682.00 161,682.00 General Administration 600,756.00 37,184.00 637,940.00 School Administration 743,530.00 743,530.00 Facilities Acquisition & Construction 0.00 3,051,211.16 3,051,211.16 Fiscal Service 247,316.00 247,316.00 Food Service 0.00 852,400.00 852,400.00 Central Service 74,743.00 14,500.00 89,243.00 Pupil Transportation Service 839,310.00 21,351.00 860,661.00 Operation of Plant 1,555,455.00 1,200.00 1,556,655.00 Maintenance of Plant 716,407.00 716,407.00 Administrative Technology Services 84,843.00 84,843.00 Community Service 0.00 0.00 Debt Services 10,000.00 70,800.00 80,800.00 TOTAL EXPENDITURES 15,056,952.38 2,314,269.41 70,800.00 3,051,211.16 20,493,232.95 Transfers Out 50,000.00 353,597.88 353,597.88 Fund Balance (June 30, 2012) 975,761.84 39,496.29 12,168.98 8,972.58 1,036,399.69 Total Expenditures, Transfers & Balances 16,082,714.22 2,353,765.70 82,968.98 3,413,781.62 21,933,230.52 THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD. ESTIMATED REVENUES: GENERAL SPECIAL DEBT CAPITAL TOTAL FUND REVENUE SERVICE PROJECTS ALL FUNDS NOTICE OF TAX FOR SCHOOL CAPITAL OUTLAY The Gulf County School Board will soon consider a measure to impose a .400 mill property tax for capital outlay projects listed herein. This tax is in addition to the school boards proposed tax of 6.853 mills for operating expenses and is proposed solely at the dis cretion of the school board. The capital outlay tax will generate approximately $583,114.00 to be used for the following projects: MAINTENANCE, RENOVATION, AND REPAIR HVAC Systems Lighting Paving Port St. Joe Elementary Port St. Joe Jr. Sr. High School Wewahitchka Elementary Wewahitchka Jr. Sr. High School District Ofce MOTOR VEHICLE PURCHASES Purchase of One (1) Vehicle NEW AND REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND ENTERPRIZE SOFTWARE School Furniture and Equipment Data Processing Equipment and Software Communications Equipment Maintenance Equipment Enterprise Software PAYMENT OF EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AND SITES DUE UNDER A LEASE-PURCHASE AGREEMENT Wewahitchka Jr. Sr. High School One (1) Portable Classroom PAYMENT OF PREMIUMS FOR PROPERTY AND CASUALTY IN SURANCE NECESSARY TO INSURE THE EDUCATIONAL AND ANCILLARY PLANTS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing to be held on August 2nd, 2011 at 5:15 p.m. at the Gulf County School Board meeting room, 150 Middle School Road, Port St. Joe, Florida. A DECISION on the proposed CAPITAL OUTLAY TAXES will be made at this hearing. NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING The Gulf County School District will soon consider a Budget for 2011-12. A public hearing to make a DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on: August 2nd, 2011, 5:15 PM at Gulf County School Board Meeting Room, 150 Middle School Rd, Port St. Joe, Florida
Local A8 | The Star Thursday, July 28, 2011 By Ali Helgoth Florida Freedom Newspapers Senators from the ve oil spill-affected states have proposed legislation to direct 80 percent of the nes levied against BP for the Deepwater Horizon disaster to economic and ecological recovery in Gulf Coast states. Sens. Bill Nelson, DFla., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined with sev en of the eight senators from Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi to sponsor the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act of 2011. Last years Gulf oil spill devastated Floridas tourism, sheries and other related industries, and this legislation repre sents an important step to restore the economies and ecosystems in the Gulf, Rubio said in a statement. Redirecting the ne money paid by BP under the Clean Water Act is a logical policy that will help the states affected by this disaster continue rebuild ing their businesses and lives. The legislation calls for establishing the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund to administer the funds paid by BP or any other responsible party. The Clean Water Act al lows the Environmental Protection Agency to ad minister nes of $1,100 per barrel of oil spilled or $4,300 per barrel if there is a nding of gross negli gence. With an estimated 4.9 million barrels spilled, nes could range between $5.4 billion and $21.1 bil lion. If the legislation pass es, it would mean between $4.32 billion and $16.88 bil lion available to the states. If no legislation is passed, the ne money will go to the U.S. Treasury and not be allocated to the Gulf Coast states. The Gulf region took some big hits even before the oil spill, Nelson said in an email. Hurricanes, ooding, the dead zone in the northern Gulf. I want the BP ne used to help folks involved with sheries, oyster beds, beaches and wetlands res toration things like that. For instance, we need to restore ows to the Apala chicola River to ensure a healthy Apalachicola Bay. And we need to test and market Gulf seafood so consumers know its truly safe. He also suggested funds could be used for oyster reef restoration in Pensacola Bay and for the gulf sturgeon habitat in Okaloosa County. The legislation also es tablishes the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund to administer the ne money, establishes a Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council and a Compre hensive Plan for the Gulf Coast and establishes a Long Term Science and Fisheries Endowment and Gulf Coast Centers of Excellence. The legislation calls for 35 percent of the money to be distributed equally to the ve states, 30 percent for the ecosystem restora tion plan, 30 percent based on a formula that mea sures how each state was impacted by the oil and 5 percent for the science and sheries program. Other legislation spon sors are Sens. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La.; David Vitter, R-La.; Richard Shel by, R-Ala.; Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; Roger Wicker, R-Miss.; and Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas. Sen. Barbara Boxer, DCalif., chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, helped forge an agree ment on the bill and com mitted to taking it up in the committee. 15% DISCOUNT IN THE GIFT S HOP (EXCLU D ES SALE ITEMS) E XPIRES A U G UST 8, 2011 850-227-1099 www.seahorsewatersafaris.com www.docksidecafe.net 850-227-5200 An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Florida Relay 711. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO AUDIT GULF COAST CLAIMS F ACILITY By Ali Helgoth Florida Freedom Newspapers After complaints about a lack of transparency and accountability, the Department of Justice has ordered an independent audit of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF). The GCCF is responsible for disbursing the $20 billion trust fund BP set aside to compensate victims of last years Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It was supposed to be independent of the oil company, but there have been complaints the two entities had a relationship. We will work with you to identify an appropriate time to commence such an audit before the end of the year, Attorney General Eric Holder wrote in a letter to fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg dated Tuesday. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., was among those who complained about the lack of oversight. He sent a letter to President Barack Obama earlier this year after it was reported the GCCF paid a $10 million claim to an unnamed company at the request of BP. Nelson said hes glad about the audit. Theres clearly a need to assure more accountability and transparency, he said. Proposed legislation would funnel BP nes to Gulf Coast states Redirecting the ne money paid by BP under the Clean Water Act is a logical policy that will help the states affected by this disaster continue rebuilding their businesses and lives. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Visit us online at STARFL.COM
Local The Star| A9 Thursday, July 28, 2011 Star Staff Report Gov. Rick Scott recently signed House Bill 7005 into law, implementing several reforms to the Unemployment Compensa tion (UC) program that will save the state money, reduce taxes on employers and help get Floridians back to work. This new law will enhance the Un employment Compensation programs efciency for claimants, businesses and the state, said Agency for Workforce In novation Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo. Reform measures included in this legis lation are projected to save our state more than $100 million annually, easing the tax burden on employers to help them expand and create jobs. Although Regional Workforce Boards focus more on the employment side in stead of unemployment, we support the states effort to make the unemployment component of the workforce system more affordable for employers, said Gary Ross, chairman of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board. Reforms include: Effective July 1 Benet payments: Claimants receiving benets by paper check as of July 1, 2011, may continue to do so until the end of their claims. Claimants whose claims were led after July 1, 2011, must select payments via Florida Unemployment Compensation Debit Card or direct deposit to their bank account. Effective Aug. 1 Online ling and certication of weeks: Initial and continued claims must be led electronically. This change will improve government efciency and provide a pro jected $4.7 million savings annually in ad ministrative costs. Work search: Claimants are required on a weekly basis to contact ve potential employers and provide this information via the Internet during their bi-weekly certication for benets. A quick, efcient way to contact employers is by using the Employ Florida Marketplace at employ orida.com, the states online job match ing system where you can search thou sands of job postings and apply for jobs. If a claimant is not able to make at least ve employer contacts in a week, meeting with a representative at a local One-Stop Career Center for reemployment servic es may satisfy this requirement for that week. Skills review: In order to receive ben ets, claimants ling new claims must complete an initial online skills review. The results of the review will be used by your local One-Stop Career Center to as sist in your job search efforts. Severance pay: If a claimants sever ance pay per week is equal to or greater than the claimants weekly benet amount, the claimant is not entitled to benets for that week. Severance pay does not affect the total amount of benets that can be paid on the claim. Effective Jan. 1, 2012 Tax relief: A reduction in employer tax es is projected to save Florida employers approximately $33 per employee. Duration of benets: The maximum du ration of benets adjusts from the current 26 weeks to a range of 12 to 23 weeks. The bill indexes maximum weeks of benets to the states unemployment rate, which will be determined once a year. This change is projected to save the states Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund an estimated $103 million an nually. For more information on the upcoming reforms, please visit the Agency for Work force Innovations website at www.orida jobs.org or its UC Hot Topics page at www. oridajobs.org/unemployment/hottopics. html. PUBLIC NOTICE THE CODE ENFORCEMENT SPECIAL MASTER FOR THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE WILL HOLD CODE ENFORCEMENT HEARINGS: WHEN: Tuesday August 9, 2011 TIME: 6:00 P.M. WHERE: City Hall Commission Chambers SUBJECT: Code Enforcement Violations at the following locations: 514 4th St. Owner Wendell & Helen Goodman 1303 McClelland Ave. Owner Marie Naegele All persons are invited to attend these meetings. Any person who decides to appeal any decision made by the Special Master with respect to any matter considered at said meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The Code Enforcement Special Master of the City of Port St. Joe, Florida will not provide a verbatim record of this meeting. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WISH DISABILITIES ACT, person needing special accommodations to participate in this proceedings should contact Jim Anderson, City Clerk, City of Port St. Joe, at City Hall, Telephone No. 850/229-8261 www.cityofportstjoe.com Post Ofce Box 278 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd. Phone (850) 229-8261 Fax (850) 227-7522 Port St. Joe, Florida 32457 An Equal Opportunity Employer The City of Port St. Joe Law reforms unemployment compensation program Star Staff Report This four-day conference in Rosemary Beach will provide opportunities for attendees to hone their writing skills, make professional contacts and learn new ways to get their work published. Each day includes writing exercises, craft classes, evening readings and receptions. Presenters and participants will read excerpts from their published works followed by group discussion, literary dialogue, and book signings. Registration is $250 before Aug. 15 and $300 after. The student rate is $200, and one-day registration is $125. Details can be found at www.conference forwriters.com Here is a sample of some participating authors works: Lynne Barrett: The Secret Names of Women, (forthcoming) Rosemary Beach writers conference Sept. 21-24 Magpies, co-edited Birth: A Literary Companion. John Cottle: The Blessings of Hard-Used Angels Miles Demott: Family Meeting John Dufresne: Louisiana Power & Light, The Way That Water Enters Stone, The Lie That Tells a Truth Michael Lister: Thunder Beach, Double Exposure, The Big Goodbye Michael Hettich: LIKE HAPPINESS, :THE ANIMALS BEYOND US Leonard Nash: You Cant Get There from Here and Other Stories Anne Petty: Tolkien in the Land of Heroes Dragons of Fantasy, Thin Line Between Nina Romano: Cooking Lessons, Coffeehouse Meditations, Writing in a Changing World Laura Lee Smith: Smiths short ction was selected by guest editor Amy Hempel for inclusion in New Stories from the South: The Years Best, 2010. Sponsored by the Merchants of Rosemary Beach and the Rosemary Beach Foundation.
The Star Outdoors E-mail outdoors news to email@example.com More coverage online at www.star.com Corner of Marina Drive next to Piggly Wiggly Port St. Joe, FL www.BWOsh.com Everything for your Outdoor Adventure WE SELL THE BRAND S TH A T EVE R YO N E IS LOOKI N G FO R : SHI MAN O P E NN, C OL UMB I A G U Y H AR VEY IL AND L UR ES S P E RR Y U S D IVE R S C OST A, TE R VIS TEV A, JB L G U L P, TILLY THE OUTDOOR ADV E NTUR E PLAC E TO S H OP Unless you were out of town last weekend, you know how much rain we had. I heard a man who works at Eglin Air Force Base say they had 15 inches of rain in two days. I have a 12-inch rain gauge at my house, and it was overowing after two days. It started on Friday night and rained until mid-day Sunday. This foot or foot-and-a-half of rain is what pushed Philips Inlet over the brink, and it nally made its way to the Gulf. When we have large amounts of rain coming in such a short period of time. it also does something to saltwater bays and freshwater ponds it turns them red. If you notice the Gulf after a heavy rain and rough seas, it also causes more foam than usual. In the bays, it causes extra amounts of foam. The real problem with extensive rain in the bay is it turns the water so red it is very hard to sight sh for redsh. I have heard several guides complaining about seeing sh the week before the rain, and now they cant be sure if the sh are still where they were. The red water might or might not affect the biting habits of redsh, but it doesnt seem to bother speckled trout. All of a sudden, it seems the bay has come alive with speckled trout, and I attribute it to all the schools of menhaden. If you stand on a dock and peer into the water, you will see thousands of menhaden as they come swimming by. If shed correctly, menhaden will catch more trout than all the shrimp you can keep alive on your boat. The rst thing you have to do is know how to throw a cast net. The next thing you will need is a good livewell. Not one of the kinds that recirculate the water; they will not keep a bag of menhaden alive for long. What you need is a livewell pumping freshwater from the bay to the livewell and returning it back to the bay at the same rate. Take a handful of menhaden and squeeze them, almost killing them, and throw them back into the water. This can be done in the area you caught the menhaden in the rst place. The specks will start popping them like bream will pop crickets thrown into a lake. Without using a cork or lead, hook on a live menhaden and cast it into the fray and hold on. About 80 percent of the trout you will catch will be undersized, but every now and then a big one will come along. Give it a try while the bay still is full of bait. Hooked on Outdoors SPECIAL TO FLORIDA FREEDOM From left, Doug Shanstrom of Panama City Beach hauled in this king mackerel earlier this month; Jon Cook caught a 16-pound red snapper out of Port St. Joe; Amanda Rose caught her rst king mackerel July 16. SUBMIT YOUR HUNTING AND F I S HING PHOTO S TO TCRO F T@ S TAR F L.COM Scott Lindsey Outdoor Writer firstname.lastname@example.org By Jason Shoot Florida Freedom Newspapers As if bull sharks didnt evoke enough fear, now theres one swimming in the Gulf of Mexico armed with a spear gun. Emmett Yancey, who owns and operates Aqua Adventures, a dive shop in Mexico Beach, had taken out a group of anglers for some offshore shing. Sneaking in a little dive time for himself near the end of their trip, Yancey was asked by a boy on the boat to spear a barracuda. The young boy said hed never seen a barracuda, Yancey said, and I said, All right, Ill shoot one. Theyre good to eat, and we eat them all the time. I swam over and shot one, and when I shot one, the visibility (underwater) was probably 60, 70 feet. I hadnt seen a shark all day. I shot that barracuda, and it took off. Out of nowhere, four sharks appear. A 10-foot bull shark came in and took the back half of the barracuda in one bite, turned around and came back for a second. It had my spear shaft in its mouth. I held on for 10 seconds going straight to the bottom. It didnt take long to realize I was going 80 feet deep. I watched him swim away with my spear gun. Ive been spearshing about 10 years now. Thats the rst time ever Ive had that happen to me. Its a very rare thing. Of course, when youre spearshing, sharks kind of get curious, but Id never had one bother me. That one there was never any danger. He was at the end of the line 20 feet out. I was never in any danger. I just lost my spear gun Id had forever. Unlike shing from a cozy deck chair on a boat or from the shore of a lazy river, there is the element of hunting in spear shing that is difcult to duplicate above the waters surface. SCUBA tanks strapped to their backs 120 feet underwater, spear shermen stalk their prey and have to wait for the ideal moment to re the spear at their target. A shot slightly off target could leave the sh injured but lively enough to put up a ght. And when that sh is a 100-pound amberjack with nothing but survival on its primitive mind, that ght can be a titanic struggle. The key to this is the placement of the shot, said Ron Childs, a founding member of the Mexico Beach Articial Reef Association. Youre not just shooting them. You want to shoot them right behind the eye (where the spine is located). You want to stone that sh. If you get a big sh and dont kill him, it could be hell. The waters off the coast of Bay County are home to hundreds of articial reefs, as well as sunken boats of different sizes resting on the seaoor at various depths. Each of those sites serve as sanctuaries for sh such as grouper, red snapper, ounder and all kinds of reef sh. Of course, lobster, rays, moray eels and the occasional octopus are down there, too. The variety of life makes almost any dive a rewarding one, whether a sh is reeled in or not. Unfortunately, a considerable investment of time and money is required before a diver can start spearshing at those depths. A diver has to be SCUBA certied, but also must learn the intricacies of moving underwater with air tanks, spearing a moving target and then getting the sh up to the boat. Most of the spearshermen I dive with are super-advanced divers, Childs said. These guys and ladies I dive with are like the best divers youd want to dive with your entire life. Theres so much to learn. I dont think you can go take a class, be certied and go spearshing. In spearshing, you need some time under your belt. Id say two years of diving to get familiar with the equipment. Your mask gets knocked off constantly when youre wrestling a big sh. Youve got to be able to handle that situation. Youre dealing with crazy situations you cant predict sometimes. Such as running into a bull shark carrying a weapon. RISKY BUSINESS Spearfishermen must be aware of surroundingsCONTRIBUTED PHOTO S Emmett Yancey shows off a red snapper he pulled in while spearshing. Below Brock Wells shows off his catch. Thu rsday, July 28 Page A10 Freshwater With all the rain the last few weeks, muddy water and changing water temps, shing offshore has been unpredictable. Some charter boat captains are shing on the hard bottom toward Apalachicola to nd red grouper, scamp and b-liners. Inshore Offshore Trolling the bay along the Eagle Harbor side has produced good Spanish mackerel and even small king sh. Try trolling a mackerel tree or straw rig to nd sh fast, and keep a silver spoon or a GotCha lure ready to throw if you nd a school on top. Red sh action has improved in the bay on the ats early morning and moving into deeper water late in the afternoon. Hot spots are Pompano Point, Pig Island and the ICW canal at the T. Many locals have found fair success shing in the creeks and streams in and around Port St. Joe. Most talk is still about all the grass in Lake Wimico. Up stream and into the river system, some small bass have been reported, and the bream bite has been very good around Howard Creek and into the Brothers. SP ONS ORED B Y
PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA SP O RT S www.starfl.com A Section 15% DISCOUNT IN THE GIFT S HOP (EXCLU D ES SALE ITEMS) E XPIRES A U G UST 8, 2011 850-227-1099 www.seahorsewatersafaris.com www.docksidecafe.net 850-227-5200 Gene Rafeld coaches clinic to be Saturday Star Staff Report Port St. Joe sports fans have had a lot to be proud of over the years. Our high school teams have continually been the best in their division. Many have gone on to compete successfully at the state level. Middle School teams have done well also. But, the most successful teams weve had over the past 12 years have been those eld ed by the Gene Rafeld Football League. Football is a tough sport. The youngsters who compete for the Dolphins, Jaguars and Bucca neers are special kids. They practice hard in the heat of August, rain or shine. They learn compli cated offenses and defenses. Late in the season the heat turns to cold, and they are still out on the eld doing what is necessary to become bet ter. When they put on that purple and gold on Saturdays and hear their cheering fans, it all be comes worthwhile. The League believes we owe these kids the kind of coaching that will result in their being the best they can be. All GRFL coaches are vol unteers. They love the game of football. Most, if not all, played at the high school and/or college level. But playing the game and teaching the game, especially to youngsters, is not the same. Because of this, the league has decided to have an annual Coachs Clinic that will instruct all coaches in what to teach and how to teach it. Head Coach Vern Barth and the rest of the high school coaches are strong supporters of Gene Rafeld football. They have volunteered to make themselves available to teach. The clinic will cover such things as preventing injury, how to treat injuries, stance and start, offensive practice plans, offensive and defensive line play, defensive practice plans and defensive and of fensive schemes. The clinic will be at 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday, July 30, at Port St. Joe High School and will last until mid-afternoon. Attending the clinic will be a re quirement for coaching Gene Rafeld football. For more information on the clinic or coaching Gene Rafeld football, call Mal Parrish at 227-9540. Thursday, July 28, 2011 Page 11 Beach Ball Classic this weekend By Tim Croft Star News Editor Port St. Joe High School boys basketball Coach Derek Kurnitsky decided on the perfect venue for his future players to nish a busy sum mer: The Dome. Kurnitskys Future Ballers pro gram will complete the summer this weekend when the team hosts the Beach Ball Classic at the high schools R. Marion Craig Coliseum. The 13-under tournament will begin at 5 p.m. ET Friday and pick back up at 10 a.m. ET Saturday, with the championship game tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday. Cost of admission is $2 per day, and boosters will be operating a con cession stand. We are trying to raise money for the program and give the kids some fun by playing in The Dome, Kur nitsky said. This is wrapping up our summer. The kids like it, and it is neat for them to play in The Dome. Seven teams will compete: Blountstown, Graceville, Lynn Ha ven, Tyndall AFB, the Boys and Girls Club of Panama City and two Port St. Joe squads, Kurnitskys 11under and 13-under teams. The summer has been hectic for Kurnitsky and his players. The summer has been great, but between the varsity and the Future Ballers, we have probably played more than 50 games, Kurnitsky said. June was the month for the varsi ty, and after a slow start the team is young and replacing four starters from last season the team found its stride. The varsity struggled early, but we won ve of our last seven games in (the Marianna summer league), Kurnitsky said. We started to look like a team. We are young and replacing some of our oor leaders, but no one else is going to feel sorry for Port St. Joe because we are young. This is the time, the summer, to get bet ter. This is where you work on your game. The Future Ballers have played in the Lynn Haven sum mer league during July. We havent lost yet, Kur nitsky said. This age group is fun. They just love basketball. The only hiccup has been secur ing transportation for all the kids coming out to play. Kurnitsky said the turnout has been up this sum mer, but getting everybody to games has proved difcult. We have had so much partici pation weve had to turn kids away because we could not provide them transportation, Kurnitsky said. At this age, give them a ball and they will play all day. They just love to play basketball. The tournament is an extra treat because we play in The Dome. Let them play in The Dome, have some fun and wrap up the summer. One player already told me he was ready for Lakeland (home of the state bas ketball tournament). Thats what you like to hear.
Local A12 | The Star Thursday, July 28, 2011 There will be additional training for Lucy now that she has graduated from DAWGS in Prison as Top Dog of her class, no less, an award that tickled Cosson before she can become a service dog to Emily. And if she doesnt work out as a service dog, she will be a good companion dog, Cosson said. Im excited, and boy, when we get home, Emily will be very excited. Judy Miick, co-director of the DAWGS in Prison program on the Humane Society end, said Cosson found the right match for her needs. Lucy is right on point for her, Miick said. She is going to love this dog. Bob Pellito also made the trip last week for the 14th commencement of the DAWGS in Prison program in search of a particular breed of dog. Pellito, of Spring Hill, near Tampa, was one of two diabetics the other from Sarasota who sought out DAWGS in Prison for a diabetic alert dog, or DAD. Pellito happened upon the DAWGS in Prison program after making what he estimated to be at least 40 inquiries about potential service dogs, his contacts coming up empty again and again for varying reasons. Cost was one factor, but there was another side of the leash for Pellito. We were looking to hopefully nd a shelter dog, he said. So his search continued, and ultimately he stumbled across the DAWGS in Prison program during another of a string of days on the Internet. I found this program after an intensive online search, Pellito said. I was looking for a dog that had some training. I thought if the dog was somewhat trained, it would be easier to train to be a DAD. Ive been unstable lately. I have been having problems with my blood sugar dropping. Pellito identied a lab/hound mix by the name of Dante as his choice, though he soon was making an uncommon request: Could he change the dogs name to Sean? That request granted Dante/Sean graduated with his class last week Pellito believed he had found the perfect choice, as Labradors and hound dogs make the best DADs because of their acute sense of smell. All alert dogs will smell, sense that the body chemistry has changed and alert me to test my blood sugar or eat something, Pellito said. I was looking for a lab for both their excellent sense of smell but also for their loyalty. As with Cossons Lucy, Sean will undergo additional training to become a service dog and constant companion to the man he will be charged with helping remain healthy. It will really be a constant retraining process, every day with the dog to make sure he does what he will be trained to do, Pellito said. That three out of the 14 dogs in the graduating class 14 had a familiar ring throughout last weeks commencement would be moving on to become service dogs represents just another chapter of success for a program that has authored a book. A lot about this program has to do with a higher cause, said Ofcer Donna Haddock, the Forestry Camps coordinator of the program. Every time we send a dog to a family, I feel weve found a higher calling. I hope the inmates see it as a higher calling. There are three in this class who are truly going off to a higher calling. That is icing on the cake for us if the dog is going to do something beyond the training we provide. The icing is thickly covering this program as it inches toward its two-year anniversary. The program has saved 139 shelter dogs from possible euthanasia by placing them in homes in 13 states, including Florida, Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts, the destination points for last weeks graduates. As an aside, last weeks ceremony also featured the most adopters on hand, with folks traveling from Tallahassee, Zephyrhills, Sarasota, Spring Hill and Vernon to take home their new dogs. The program has allowed 182 inmates, who apply and are interviewed and screened for their discipline and commitment to the program, to participate over the past 20 months, including several who have left prison to work with dogs or at shelters. One, Frank Gonzales, left the Forestry Camp seven weeks ago to return home to Sarasota to a house in foreclosure with the utilities off. Today, he is working full-time at a Sarasotaarea animal shelter. Another inmate is working with dogs in Rhode Island; another, Popeye Lyons, who had spent much of his adult life behind bars, is employed by a shelter in Oregon. We are so thankful for the opportunity for good this program provides, assistant warden Doug Sloan said. So much of what you think about with prison is negative. These 139 dogs have become pets. These men have had the opportunity to become productive citizens. Words cant say enough about the good this program does. Two of the 14 dogs from last weeks class had not yet been adopted, but there was plenty of optimism they would soon have homes, courtesy of Sandi Christy, director of the DAWGS in Prison program. She is amazing at nding an adopter, and she met her challenge with this class, Haddock said, explaining that with summer in full swing and tight economic times, adopters were a challenge for class 14. Gulf County Chamber of Commerce The Chamber has moved!! We are now in the Welcome Center located at 150 Captain Freds Place, Port St. Joe. Please stop by and visit us! 850-227-1223 800-239-9553 www.gulfchamber.org BOARD OF D IRE C TORS 2011 PRESIDENT: Bobby Pickels, Progress Energy VICE PRESIDENT: Steve Newman, Big Fish Construction S ECRETARY: Dave Ashbrook, Mainstay Suites T REASURER: Ray Thompson, Capital City Bank DIRECTOR: Johanna White, Vision Bank D IRECTOR: Melissa Farrell, Josephs Cottage D IRECTOR: Guerry Magidson, GPM Financial D IRECTOR: Brett Lowry, St. Joe Bar & Package D IRECTOR: Michael McKenzie, Roberson & Associates, PA Mission S tatement The mission of the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce is to be an advocate for existing businesses and the community, a conduit for pursuing positive developments, and a catalyst for cooperation. 317,000 7 10 www.visionbank.net Member FDIC Aaron Farnsley, AIF CFP MBA Farnsley & Johnston 505 Reid Avenue Port St. Joe, FL 32456 850.227.3336 email@example.com DAWGS from page A1TIM CROF T | The Star More than 180 inmates have participated in the DAWGS program. Inmates must apply and are screened for the willingness to commit 24/7 to their dogs.
COMMUNITY www.starfl.com B Page 1 Section By Tim Croft Star News Editor With more stage, more acts and a new location, this years PoJo Live Music Fest in September will have something for just about everyone. The event is being sponsored by the Gulf County Tourist Development Council, using BP funds distributed to TDCs in seven Florida counties to assist in bringing back tourists after last years oil spill. And applying lessons learned from last summers series of concerts under the PoJo Live banner, the TDC and executive director Tim Kerigan made some signicant changes for this years event. First, the event occurs on one weekend, Sept. 16-17, and will be held at Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill. Music will take place from 4-10 p.m. ET Friday, Sept. 16, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET Sept. 17. Kerigan had long sought a way to use Veterans Memorial Park, said the TDCs Kellee Novak, and the PoJo event offered the perfect t. We saw some things we wanted to change from last year, Novak said, noting that one stage and the limitations on parking and band set-up at George Core Park had the TDC looking for other venues. We just could not accommodate it at George Core Park. This year there will be two stages, there is plenty of parking and most of all, it is overlooking the beach, and that is part of the point: promoting the beach. Tim thought it was the perfect spot. You will have a great vista of the beautiful beach. We think it will be a great event. The two days will be packed with music, from local favorites such as the Bo Spring Band and Buddy Hamm to Saturday headliner ALO, The Sheepdogs, Mishka and the Honey Island Swamp Band. Novak said it will be a musical lineup with a sound for everybody, from rock to blues to Cajun. It will be an eclectic group of musicians, Novak said. There is a little bit of everything. The cool thing is we will have two stages, so there will be constant music throughout the two days. With two stages, while one act breaks down and another sets up on one stage, music will be coming from the second stage, including a number of local musicians getting exposure during the festival. Another new feature will be free shuttles so tourists and locals can leave the car behind and be transported to Veterans Memorial Park. There will be three shuttles on Friday and ve on Saturday traveling continuous loops that will include stops at Salinas Park, Simmons Bayou, the Gulf/ Franklin Center, Shark Stadium and WindMark Beach. Promotion of all things Gulf County will extend to food and beverage vendors. There will be adult beverages provided by local bars, including the Thirsty Goat, and food will come from Gulf County restaurants. It is just another great reason to promote the great restaurants in Gulf County, Novak said. The musical acts will also provide promotion. With a number of the acts having local, regional and national fan bases, the musicians will be followed on Twitter and Facebook as they travel to and experience Gulf County and its beaches and vistas. A lot of them talk about coming here, and for some of them this is going to serve as a kind of vacation. They will be staying here and enjoying the shing and beach and good food, Novak said. We are bringing in musicians that will advertise the area as much as we do. For more information on this years music festival, visit PoJoLive.com or call 229-7800. We dont think the county or TDC has ever done something like this before, Novak said. This will be a great music event. Star Staff Report The public is invited to Port St. Joe City Hall at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, Aug. 2 for the formal dedication of the City Hall facility in the name of pioneer T.H. Stone. Stone was the first settler of modern day Port St. Joe and served in a number of official capacities as the city grew. The St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is named in his honor, and the City Commission decided more than a year ago to dedicate City Hall in his name. There will be a plaque unveiling and a reception before the commissions regular bi-monthly meeting Aug. 2. Star Staff Report The 15th Annual Florida Scallop & Music Festival will be Aug. 5-7 in Port St. Joe. With headlining act Atlanta Rhythm Section, the festival along the shores of St. Joseph Bay is a northwest Florida favorite. The three-day event features ve bands, food of all avors especially succulent scallop dishes and a little something for everyone. Frozen scallops are also sold for take home. Fridays festivities begin with an all-day merchant sidewalk sale along Reid Avenue in downtown Port St. Joe and concludes with the festival KickOff party at the Thirsty Goat Bar and Grill at the Port Inn. Saturday morning activities include a 5K Run at 8 a.m. ET and a Classic Car & Boat Show with line up at 8 a.m. ET with judging at 1 p.m. Dash plaques will be presented to the rst 50 entries, and there will be drawings for prizes. The winners of Best of Show in both categories will receive a cash award. Arts and crafts vendors, educational exhibits, the Kidz Zone with inatables, pony rides, a petting zoo and food vendors galore will all be scattered throughout the festival grounds of shady George Core Park next to the St. Joseph Bay. Live music begins at 1 p.m. Saturday and continues throughout the day with headliner, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, taking the stage from 9-10:30 p.m. and performing hits including So Into You, Spooky, Champagne Jam and more. Additional Saturday acts include the Bo Spring Band at 4 p.m. and Kevin Jacobs Band at 6 p.m. On Sunday, food vendors return along with arts and crafts and the Kidz Zone. Live music kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday with Brian Bowen followed by the Curry Brothers at 2:30 p.m. There is a $5 admission on Saturday and plenty of free parking. Admission is free for active military with ID. Because the park sits right along the edge of St. Joseph Bay, next to Port St. Joe Marina, the event has become popular with boaters anchoring along the calm shoreline. Admission is free on Sunday. Vendors are still being accepted and are encouraged to register. Vendor registration, registration for the 5K Run, Classic Car & Boat Show, lodging specials, driving directions and contact information can be found at www.scallopfest.net. Additional information is available by calling the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce at 227-1223 or emailing info@ gulfchamber.org. The event is presented by the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce and Gulf County Tourist Development Council. ALO will be the headliner on Saturday during the music fest. SPECIAL TO T HE STAR From left, the Sheepdogs, the Bo Sprint Band and the Honey Island Swamp Band will perform during the PoJo Live Music Fest. PoJo Music Fest coming in September PSJ to dedicate city hall Atlanta Rhythm Section to headline scallop fest Star Staff Report The Artery Studio and Emerald Dance Academy are buzzing with the excitement of kids having fun this summer. Both studios are involved in the Port St. Joe Summer Arts Program offered by the Gulf Alliance for Local Arts (GALA) to local children, ages 4 and up. The program, offered free to the children, is funded by a grant received from the Jessie Ball DuPont Port St. Joe Capacity Building Fund and includes both visual and performing arts. Approximately 100 children are being served by this program, said Amber Davis, summer arts program coordinator for GALA. Painting and drawing classes taught by artist Heather Parker and pottery and sculpture classes taught by Port St. Joe artist Leslie Wentzell are held at The Artery Studio, 214 Williams Ave. Musical theater and dance classes taught by Barbie Sabins and theater arts taught by Emily Fid are held at the Emerald Dance Academy, 317 Williams Ave. Children had the option to enroll in one or more of the four disciplines, giving them a wide range of art exposure. Classes are being held over a span of eight weeks, beginning June 6 and ending Aug. 5. The program will culminate with a reception including performances and an art exhibit to be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. ET Aug. 5 at 309 Reid Ave. (the location of the most recent Plein Air Wet Room). This event is open to the public, and all supporters of the arts are encouraged to attend. First Fridays festivities will follow the reception at the Port Inn, with festivities beginning at 7 p.m. COURTE S Y O F DEBBIE H OOPER AT J OEBAY.CO M full swing Summer arts program in Thursday, July 28, 2011
B2 | The Star Thursday, July 28, 2011 OF THE WEEK PET St. Joseph Bay Humane Society Home Style Boarding WEEKLY ALMANAC St.Joseph Bay Apalachicola Bay, West Pass TIDE TABLES MONTHLY AVERAGES To nd the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times from these given for APALACHICOLA: HIGH LOW Cat Point Minus 0:40 Minus 1:17 East Pass Minus 0:27 Minus 0:27 To nd the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times from those given for CARRABELLE: HIGH LOW Bald Point Minus 9:16 Minus 0:03 Sponsor the WEEKLY ALMANAC Call Today! 227-7847 Date High Low % Precip Thu, July 28 93 76 40 % Fri, July 29 91 77 20 % Sat, July 30 92 78 30 % Sun, July 31 91 78 40 % Mon, Aug 1 90 77 40 % Tues, Aug 2 90 77 40 % Wed, Aug 3 89 78 40 % 7/28 Thu 08:33AM 2.0 H 07:04PM -0.3 L 7/29 Fri 09:21AM 2.1 H 07:37PM -0.3 L 7/30 Sat 10:08AM 2.0 H 08:06PM -0.2 L 7/31 Sun 10:58AM 1.9 H 08:28PM 0.0 L 8/1 Mon 11:53AM 1.6 H 08:37PM 0.3 L 8/2 Tue 01:00PM 1.3 H 08:19PM 0.7 L 8/3 Wed 02:59AM 0.9 H 07:41AM 0.7 L 02:41PM 1.0 H 07:06PM 0.8 L 7/28 Thu 04:57AM 1.3 H 08:08AM 1.4 L 01:00PM 1.6 H 09:50PM -0.2 L 7/29 Fri 05:19AM 1.4 H 09:00AM 1.4 L 02:00PM 1.7 H 10:27PM -0.2 L 7/30 Sat 05:39AM 1.4 H 09:45AM 1.3 L 02:57PM 1.7 H 11:01PM -0.1 L 7/31 Sun 05:56AM 1.3 H 10:29AM 1.1 L 03:53PM 1.7 H 11:33PM 0.0 L 8/1 Mon 06:11AM 1.3 H 11:15AM 1.0 L 04:50PM 1.6 H 8/2 Tue 12:03AM 0.2 L 06:27AM 1.4 H 12:05PM 0.8 L 05:50PM 1.5 H 8/3 Wed 12:32AM 0.4 L 06:45AM 1.4 H 01:00PM 0.6 L 06:56PM 1.3 H S o u t h e r n C o o k i n g a t i t s B e s t Breakfast to order $6.00 Daily Lunch Specials $6.99 Thursday & Friday Night Specials: Fried or Grilled Shrimp, Cheese Grits & Sides $10.95 Best Steaks -Best Prices Black Angus Beef w/sides $11.95 16 oz Filets, Fish, Burgers and much more. Hours: 236 Reid Ave (850) 229.7121 5873682 FREE ESTIMATES 1-850-626-9242 1-800-69-SHRED Security-cleared personnel Fort Walton Beachs leading mobile destruction company Weekly, monthly, or annual service Locally owned & operated Beach Comber Beauty Salon is CLOSING. Bobbie can be found at ACTIVE STYLES 404 Long Ave, Port St. Joe, FL 227.1155 Society Garden Club rafe Star Staff Report The Port St Joe Garden Club is rafing a full years membership in the club. Membership includes luncheon meetings at noon ET on second Thursdays, educational and interesting programs, a garden club yearbook, subscription to the quarterly magazine, The Florida Gardener, community service projects, plant swaps with other members, a Christmas party, afliation with the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, afliation with the National Federation of Garden Clubs, invitations to district, state and national meetings, opportunities for educational courses sponsored in our district and state and fun! Tickets are $1 and can be purchased from any garden club member. The rafe will be held during the regular club meeting Aug. 11. Look for Port St. Joe Garden Club on Facebook. Courtney and Andrea want to announce the birth of McKenna Jade Graves, who was born at Gulf Coast Medical Center on Sunday, July 10, at 2:29 p.m. CT. McKenna weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. McKennas grandparents are Capt. Bill and Cindy Little of Port St. Joe, Chuck Morris and Caroline Graves of Virginia and Trent and Judy Adams of Alabama. Durens Piggly Wiggly congratulates Jackelyne Martinez as our Associate of the Month for July.SPE C IAL TO T HE STAR McKenna Jade Graves born Birthday Birth Employee of the Month Wedding Fennell-Williams wedding Mr. Michael Fennell of Panama City and Mr. and Mrs. Archie Williams of Ocala are proud to announce nal wedding plans for their children, Quatina Marie Fennell and Titus Tyrone Williams. The couple will reside in Johnson, Fla. The wedding will be held at 2 p.m. ET Saturday, July 30, at Body of Christ Church in Port St. Joe. A reception will follow at Stile Brown Senior Center, located on Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Boulevard. Family and friends are invited to attend. Look whos 1 On June 2, Peyton Allyn turned 1. Peyton is the son of Preston and Kristen Allyn of Panama City. He is the grandson of Bill and Mary Ellen Allyn of Port St. Joe and Mike Solock and Donna Mathis of Panama City. He is the great-grandson of the late Bill Mathis of Howard Creek, the late Stephen and Shirley Solock of Panama City, the late RD Smokey Davis and Ameila Davis of Port St. Joe, the late William B. Allyn of Pomona Park and the late Mary Allyn of Palatka. He celebrated his birthday with friends and family. We love you so much big boy!!
The Star| B3 Thursday, July 28, 2011 Opening Soon! Projected opening date: August 15...enrollment list is already lling up Orientation session: August 1st at 10:00AM at Oak Grove Church Enrollment forms may be picked up from the church ofce, the director, or at orientation and returned during the orientation on August 1st For more information, please contact Stephanie Levins (Director), at (850) 527-3032. Tuesday Saturday 10am til 5pm Panama City, FL 32401 Introducing Our New Bridal Registry Heidi Goodwiller & Kevin Barr School News | Society From Staff Reports Senior citizens asking public for help Gulf County Senior Citizens Port St. Joe site is asking for donations of non-perishable food items such as juice, canned tuna and chicken, soup or vegetables for low-income seniors. The center prepares a home-cooked meal one day a week and could use any of the items listed. Small inexpensive bingo prizes are always needed for clients that love to play bingo. The center provides a hot nutritious noon meal Monday through Friday to seniors 60 and over. Anyone interested in coming to sites in Port St. Joe or Wewahitchka for meals and activities or who would like to donate any of the items listed may call Debbie at 229-8466. Senior citizens accepting new meal clients Gulf County Senior Citizens is accepting new clients at its meal sites in Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka. Some of the daily activities include bingo, arts and crafts, gospel singing, shopping trips, blood pressure checks, exercise classes and educational programs. There is no charge for the meal or activities, but donations are accepted. Transportation might be available. Anyone interested in coming to our sites for meals and activities is asked to call Debbie in Port St. Joe at 229-8466 or Maureen in Wewahitchka at 639-9910. Gulf County Senior Citizens is a nonprot organization. All request oldies but goodies Gulf County Senior Citizens, 120 Library Drive in Port St. Joe, would like to invite the public to come out from 10 a.m. to noon ET Tuesday, Aug. 2, to enjoy the Oldies but Goodies Show by deejay Steve McIntire. He will be playing all types of music by request from the s, s and s. This is free to the public. Please call Debbie at 229-8466 for more information. The staff at Faith Christian School is anticipating Gods blessings in the 20112012 school year. The kindergarten class is already large enough to have a full-time teacher, and the 3and 4-year-old classes are growing every day. Combining rst-, secondand third-grade students was so successful that we are continuing the practice with team teaching again this year. With a full schedule in all subjects, we are praying for increases in our fourththrough eightgrade classes. The music program has been a great addition and a favorite among students and parents, along with computer skills. Playtime and physical education are benecial and fun for all ages, and we would like to add more art and crafts when the Lord provides an artist to our staff. We are looking forward to seeing our students and parents at Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 12. Jackie Quarles JACKIE QUARLES The Lions Tale Curry graduates from the College of William & Mary Special to The Star James Curry from Port St. Joe recently graduated from the College of William & Mary with a bachelor of arts degree. Founded by royal charter in 1693, the College of William & Mary is the second oldest educational institution in the nation. During the past 300 years, the college has educated three U.S. presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler numerous senators and members of congress and other national and international leaders. William & Mary is ranked among the nations top 10 public universities and has been designated a Public Ivy. Tyler Atkinson graduates from Randolph-Macon Academy Special to The Star Tyler Atkinson the son of Tuck Atkinson and Dr. Sandra ToddAtkinson of Port St. Joe, graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va., on May 28, 2011. While a student at RandolphMacon Academy, Tyler served the Corps of Cadets as the Charlie Flight Commander. He plans to attend Norwich University in the fall. Randolph-Macon Academy, founded in 1892, is a collegepreparatory, coeducational boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12. Students in grades 9-12 participate in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and have the opportunity to participate in a unique flight program R-MA is afliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, Va. Graduations Society BRIEFS A message from the coordinator Star Staff Report Wewahitchka Medical Center joins the nation in celebrating National Community Health Center Week Aug. 7-13. The second week of August each year is dedicated to recognizing the service and contributions of community health centers. Celebrating Americas Health Centers: Serving Locally, Leading Nationally is the theme for National Health Center Week 2011. This theme highlights the more than 45-year record of health centers in providing affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to all people, regardless of ability to pay. National Health Center Week 2011 provides us here at Wewa Medical the opportunity to let the community know what we do and what we are all about, said Tina Pate, center manager. In appreciation to the community and in celebration of National Community Health Center Week, we will be distributing 100 school bags to the local children. During the week, the rst 100 children to visit the center will be given these bags lled with school supplies for the upcoming year. Gov. Rick Scott issued a proclamation declaring August 7-13 as National Health Center Week in Florida and urges citizens to recognize the important contributions of community health centers in safeguarding health and improving the quality of life for all people in Florida. For questions regarding the free school supplies, contact Wewa Medical Center at 639-5828. Free school supplies available at Wewa Medical Center
If youre life isnt going well, Its not Gods fault. If youre life isnt going well, Its not Gods fault. If you ask Him sincerely from your heart, He will give you a new life. Its called being born again (John 3:3-7) or born of God (John 1:12, 13). Ask God to make you what He wants you to be. Keep on asking until you nd you are changed. Come, worship with us, enjoy real worship music, and meet others, who have been changed, at the Mexico Beach Civic Center, each Sunday, at 10:00 AM central. We follow Jesus, and His teachings, and are not afliated with any other church. For Info: www.mexicobeachcwc.com or 850-348-0711 SOUTHERLAND FAMILY FUNERAL HOME 507 10th Street Port St. Joe (850) 229-8111 TO KNOW CHRIS T AND T O MAKE H I M K NOWN ST. JAME S E PI S COPAL C HURCH 800 22ND STREET, P ORT ST. JOE 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45 www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org Come worship with us! Rector Father Tommy Dwyer St. Peters Church, ACC (Traditional Services 1928 BCP) Morning Prayer & Holy Communion Sunday...............10:00 A.M. Community Healing Service 6:00 P.M. 4 th Thursday of Every Month The Rev. Dr. D. Pete Windham, Priest The Rev Lou Little, Deacon Services Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center, 120 Library Drive An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World 5:00 & 6:00 p.m. Pastor Josh Fidler First Presbyterian Church 508 Sixteenth Street Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 850-227-1756 Rev. Ruth Hemple Worship Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Rev. Drucilla Tyler COMFORTER FUNERAL HOME W. P. Rocky Comforter L.F.D. (850) 227-1818 www.faithchristianpsj.net (850) 229-6707 Our Church can be your home First Church of the Nazarene 2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 (850) 229-9596 Give unto the Lord the glory due His name, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 29:2 Sunday School ............................ 10 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship ........... 11 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship .............. 6 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service ....... 7 p.m. A Spirit Filled Outreach Oriented Word of Faith Church HOME OF T H E POWER H OUSE YOUT H M INISTRIES Pastors Andrew & Cathy R utherford W elcome you to worship with us: S unday 10:30am S unday N ight Prayer 6pm W ednesday 7pm www.familylifechurch.net 323 R eid Ave ~ Downtown Port S t. Joe, F L ~ 850-229-5433 First Baptist Church 102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church Sunday School & Worship Service .................. 9:00 am Sunday School & Worship Service ................. 10:30 am Sunday Evening Adult Bible Study ................. 6:00 pm Wednesday Night Supper .......................... 5:30 pm Wednesday Night Adult Prayer Meeting ............. 6:30 pm Wednesday Night Children's Ministry activities ....... 6:30 pm Wednesday Night Youth Ministry activities ........... 6:30 pm www.fbcpsj.org Wednesday Night Youth Ministry activities www.fbcpsj.org Jeff Pinder Pastor Sunday Sunday School .................... 9:00 am Worship Service ................ 10:30 am Sunday Night Awana .... 5 pm 7 pm Youth Groups ..................... 5:30 pm Wednesday Childrens Choir ................. 5:30 pm Prayer Meeting ................... 6:30 pm Childrens Ministry Activities ............................ 6:30 pm Youth Ministry Activities ... 6:30 pm Jerry Arhelger, FAITH Thursday, July 28, 2011 Page B4 This business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week. www.starfl.com The Christian CONSCIENCE Gods plan for your life Many talk about Gods plan of salvation. One or two scriptures taken out of context can be easily produce a doctrine that is not biblical. When a number of verses tell the same story, it is wise to pay attention. Consider Jeremiah 31:31-34, Ezekiel 36:26, John 1:12, 13, John 3:3-7, 2 Corinthians 5:17, & Galatians 6:15. These verses tell us that we were born, we were born with a heart of stone, and a self serving human spirit, which need to be surrendered to the Lord. When that happens, a person is truly born again, or born of God. You are not born again, and headed down the path that leads to eternal life, until this happens. Thats why many use the term Give your heart to Jesus. If someone tells you that you are already saved, run as fast as you can, in the other direction. If you are a Bible reader, you know that Jesus never used the term saved, in the same way, that it is being used today in those churches, where people are told that they are already saved. No wonder this world is so messed up, with everyone doing what is right in their own eyes thinking they can live any way they want, and still end up in heaven. They continue seeking their own welfare at the expense of others. See Judges 17:6 and many other places. Gods plan is for you to be born of Him, serve Him, and worship Him. He will take care of the saved part, when you need to be saved at the end. See Matthew 24:13. Jesus didnt say you must be saved. He said, You must be born again. Jesus nished His work on the cross. Your work is not nished, until you stand before Him. This is not a matter of works. It is a matter of obedience to the one who has every right to be your Lord and Master. How about confessing Jesus as your Lord and Master? Ask Him today to make you into the kind of person He wants you to be. Questions or comments are invited. Send to us at one of the addresses below Are you concerned about your eternal destiny? At the Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center, you get vital teachings from a trustworthy Bible, every Sunday morning. We dont pass an offering plate, pressure you to give money, or pressure you to join. We believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and we believe that Jesus was God in human esh. Check us out this Sunday! For the spring and summer seasons, our services begin, with a time of greeting and fellowship, at 9:45 a.m. CT on Sunday. Our worship begins at 10 a.m. For those interested, we have midweek ministry, helping people on an individual basis. Inquire for more information. Come early on Sunday morning so that you can meet us informally, and join in the praise and worship music led by TJ. On Sunday morning we worship at the Mexico Beach Civic Center on 105 N. 31st Street. The Civic Center is located behind the Beach Walk Gift Shop, behind Parker Realty, just off U.S. Highway 98, in the western end of Mexico Beach. Look for the white building with the dark green roof. God Bless, Pastor Tim Morrill Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center, Box 13337 Mexico Beach, 32410 firstname.lastname@example.org On Facebook: Tim Morrill www.mexicobeachcwc.com Inez M. Chambers was born Oct. 5, 1915 in Mount Pleasant, Fla., and departed this life on July 20, 2011 in Kansas City, Mo. She was the second of nine children born to the union of Jasper and Melissa McMillan. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, J.D. Chambers, her oldest son, Johnny L. Chambers and her youngest son, Charles E. Chambers, Sr.; father Jasper, mother Melissa, six brothers, Edgar, M.C., Willie, Douglas, J.C. and Walter McMillan and one sister, Flora Bell McMillan Taylor. She and J.D. moved to Port St. Joe, Flam, in approximately 1950 and joined New Bethel AME Church where she remained a faithful member until her passing. While in Kansas City from 2005 until her passing, she attended services at New Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Harvey L. White, Sr. She leaves to cherish her memories, one sister, Ruby Gilyard (widowed) of Quincy, Fla.; one son, Willie J. Chambers and wife, Jenny, of Kansas City, Mo.; daughter, Betty R. Fennell (widowed) of Largo, Fla., daughter, Vonsecil Parrott and husband, Dwight, of Bellwood, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Abraham Bailey, Natalie Freeman Ward, Elexia Chambers Bostic (Adrian), Willie J. Chambers II, Andre Freeman (Missy), Monte Parrott, Charles E. Chambers Jr., Marco Parrott, Tia Chambers and Tamara Chambers; 10 great-grandchildren, Brittany Colvin, Courtney Freeman, Thomas Bailey, Andre Freeman Jr., Missy Freeman, Jayon Chambers, Destiney Ward, Lamar Bailey, Miles Bostic and Jenger Chambers; three greatgreat-grandchildren, Milia Lartigue, Nyda Avery and Noah Avery; a special rst cousin, Louise McWhite Coleman of Chattahoochee, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and the New Solid Rock Missionary Church family in Kansas City, Mo. Home going services were held on Saturday, July 20, 2011, at 11 a.m. EST at New Bethel AME Church, 146 Ave C, Port St. Joe, Fla. Visitation was from 9-11 a.m. prior to the service. Interment Service was in Forest Hill Cemetery. Arrangements entrust ed to Comforter Funeral Home, 601 Long Ave, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 (850) 2271818. Inez McMillian Chambers Obituary Fifth Sunday fellowship at Philadelphia Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church will serve as host to the Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church of Panama City this fifth Sunday during quarterly fellowship services. Church school will be held at 10 a.m. ET and morning worship services will start at 11 a.m. with the Elder Huet Sampson bringing the message for the day. Pastor Elder Jessie Hawkins invites everyone to come and be a part of these blessings from God. The church is located at 259 Avenue D here in Port St. Joe. Outreach ministry Meet us at the park for food, fun, music and ministry. Pastor Johnny Jenkins, Jr. and New Life Christian Center will hold an outreach ministry from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET on July 30 in Frank Pate Park in Port St. Joe. For more information visit www.NewLifePSJ. com. Terry Vik as the Apostle Paul First Pentecostal Church of Wewahitchka and Fitly Spoken Ministry present Terry Vik as the Apostle Paul at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, July 30 and at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 31. The church, under the leadership of Pastor V. Joey Ethridge, is located at 619 S. State 71 in Wewahitchka. New Horizon AA The New Horizon AA Groups new schedule is Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. EST or 10 a.m. CST; call 850-639-3600. Faith BRIEFS
PANAMA CITY The un employment rate in the Gulf Coast Workforce region (Bay, Franklin, and Gulf counties) was 9.4 percent in June 2011, 0.3 percent age point higher than the regions year ago rate of 9.1 percent, but 1.7 percentage points below the state rate of 11.1 percent. Out of a la bor force of 106,037, there were 9,986 unemployed Gulf Coast residents. Our local unemploy ment rate has held steady and were pleased to see that our area continues to gain jobs over the year although we question the increase of government jobs for our area, said Kim Bodine, executive director of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board. We will be follow ing up on that rate with our state partners. In June 2011, there were 74,800 nonagricultural jobs in the Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach metro area (Bay County), up 700 jobs over the year. The Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach metro area experienced an annual rate of job gain of 0.9 percent, while the state gained jobs at a rate of 0.5 percent. The industries gaining the most jobs over the year in the Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach metro area were govern ment (+400 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+300 jobs); education and health servic es (+200 jobs); trade, trans portation, and utilities, and professional and business services (+100 jobs each). The gains were offset by losses in nancial activities (-200 jobs); and information and other services (-100 jobs each). Mining, logging, and construction, and manufac turing remained unchanged over the year. Nonagricultural employ ment growth in government (+2.8 percent); education and health services (+2.4 percent); professional and business services (+1.3 percent); and trade, trans portation, and utilities (+0.7 percent) exceeded the state rate of growth. Yard Cleanup Affordable Lawn Care Robert Pelc Mowing Service 227-5374 From A to Z PO Box 364 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 850-340-0756 Gregs Handyman Service & Lawn Maintenance JOES LAWN CARE NO JOB TOO BIG!! 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This latest top ranking is a testament to the value and suc cess of our ongoing efforts to solidify Floridas vision for a winning, globally competitive workforce with education and training programs that sustain and strengthen the talent supply for our states businesses, said Workforce Florida President and CEO Chris Hart IV. Floridas top ranking was based on its efcient job place ment system, high share of high school students in advanced placement courses, and afford able and efcient higher educa tion system. The state placed in the top three in all four measures and was also touted for their Quick Response Training (QRT) Pro gram, an employer-driven train ing program designed to assist new value-added businesses and provide existing Florida busi nesses the necessary training for expansion. Floridas workforce partners made up of businesses, educa tion, economic development and afliated public agencies, remain focused on getting unemployed Floridians back to work and fos tering economic growth through talent development, said Gary Ross, Chairman for the Gulf Coast Workforce Board. Kim Bodine, Executive Direc tor for the Gulf Coast Workforce Board for the past 15 years added, The strength of Floridas work force system is the ability of the local boards to create and sustain meaningful and creative partner ships to address the needs spe cic to the part of Florida that we serve. Florida is a very diverse state. Our governors, including Governor Scott and our legisla ture have always understood that a cookie cutter approach, which is used in most states, would not work here. More than 80 percent of adults receiving training and intensive workforce services through the state workforce system found a job, with a nearly 90-percent re tention rate, during the past year. Locally, 99 percent of the adults who have been sponsored into training and intensive services by the Gulf Coast Workforce Board have gone to work in jobs that have an average wage of $16.79 per hour. Over the past 12 months, the Gulf Coast Workforce Board has served 22, 365 job seekers and 752 employers in the region. The Gulf Coast Workforce Board has always been very help ful in assisting local businesses recruit and hire qualied candi dates. In fact, they are currently leading a national search to help the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce hire a new executive director to address the additional responsibilities of the economic development committee, said Robert Pickels, President of the Board for Gulf County Chamber of Commerce and Community Relations Manager at Progress Energy. The 2011 U.S. Chamber re port, released on June 20, states that education and training of workers is at the center of a new paradigm for economic growth. The report estimates that by 2018, 63 percent of jobs will require some type of post-high school training credential. Florida is moving in the right direction, as the Enterprising States report ranked it rst in high school advanced placement intensity and job placement ef ciency, second in higher educa tion efciency and third in college affordability among the 50 states. The full report is available at www.uschamber.com/reports/en terprising-states-2011. About Gulf Coast Workforce Board The Gulf Coast Workforce Board is one of 24 regional work force boards around the state of Florida. It is chartered to serve the workforce and training needs of Bay, Gulf, and Frank lin counties and is led by Board members from business and in dustry, education, economic de velopment and government. The mission of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board is to provide leadership, oversight, guidance and assistance to institutions and agencies delivering training and workforce services in order to meet the economic develop ment and employment needs of Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties. U.S. ranks Floridas workforce, job training top in nation Business The Star| B5 Thursday, July 28, 2011 June unemployment numbers climb for Gulf County June 11 May 11 Bay County 9.5 9.4 Franklin County 7.9 7.7 Gulf County 10.2 9.8 BY THE NUMBERS The June 2011 unemployment rates in the counties that comprise the Gulf Coast Workforce region were:
B6| The Star Thursday, July 28, 2011 CLASSIFIEDS HospitalityHousekeepingPart Time weekend help needed for all positions, apply in person, 4693 Cape San Blas Rd or 1200 Hwy 98 Mexico Beach LennoxAir Handler Gently used purchased 4/2008 36,000 BTUH air handler for sale. Refrigerant Type, R-22. Inside Unit Only, no Heat Pump. Remodeling, need bigger unit. $400. Maintenance records available. (850) 647-3644 or (210) 842-9743 Text FL70115 to 56654 5 drawer office desk, $75; sleeper sofa, $150. Lg recliner, couch with vibrators, like new, $400; set of 2 nautical lamps, table & floor, $50; Call (850) 229-6114 or 850 227-4315 Port St Joe 114 Monica Dr (Ward Ridge), Saturday, 9am-3pmHuge Garage SaleMany different items!! Port St Joe: 134 Gulf Coast Cir in South Gate subdivision. Saturday, July 30th, 8am til Noon Jewelry, household, & automotive. TVs, some furniture, and a Treadmill. A little bit of everything!! Port St. Joe : Long Avenue Baptist Church 1601 Long Ave. Sat Aug 6th 7am-untilFinancial Peace University classwill be selling there own items to help decrease their debt. Please come out to show your support! 3317S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Plymouth Park Tax Services LLC the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No. 221 Application No. 2011-06 Year of Issuance: 2009 R.E. No. 01369-110R Description of Property: BEGINNING at St. Joe Paper Company monument marking the SE. Corner of Section 35, Township 3 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, and thence run South 86 Degrees 39 Minutes 48 Seconds West along the South boundary line of said Section 35, for 228.13 feet to a point on the Easterly R/W line of State Road No. 71; then turn right along said R/W line along the arc of a curve to the left which has a radius of 4384.04 feet and a central angle of 05 Degrees 10 Minutes 23 Seconds for an arc length of 395.82 feet; thence leaving said R/W line run North 85 Degrees 55 Minutes 02 Seconds East for 634.98 feet; thence South 03 Degrees 21 Minutes 05 Seconds East for 390.04 feet; thence South 85 Degrees 55 Minutes 02 Seconds West for 484.24 feet to POINT OF BEGINNING. Said land lying and being in Sections 35 and 36, Township 3 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, and having an area of 261,338.22 square feet of 6.00 acres, more or less. LESS AND EXCEPT THAT Deeded to Ladora L. Mombi, as per Deed recorded in O.R. Book 237, Page 267, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Donna K. Nickell All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 31st day of August, 2011. Dated this 18th day of July, 2011. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 2011 3406S NOTICE OF SELL Notice is hereby given that Bayou Storage, pursuant to FS83.806, will dispose of or offer for sale after August 11, 2011, the contents in Unit #108, belonging to the following tenant. Branden Ritchie. Storage content may be redeemed by owner prior to August 11, 2011, for cash only. July 28, August 4, 2011 Incorrect Insertion PolicyFor Classified In-column AdvertisersAll ads placed by phone are read back to the advertiser to insure correctness. The newspaper will assume correctness at the time of the read-back procedure unless otherwise informed. Please your ad. Advertisers are requested to check the advertisement on the first insertion for correctness. Errors should be reported immediately. Your Florida Freedom newspaper will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion, nor will it be liable for any error in advertisements to a greater extent than the cost of the space occupied by the error. Any copy change, during an ordered schedule constitutes a new ad and new charges. We do not guarantee position of ANY ad under any classification. 3316S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Plymouth Park Tax Services LLC the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No. 1027 Application No. 2011-05 Year of Issuance: 2009 R.E. No. 03924-000R Description of Property: Lots One (1) and Three (3), in Block Eleven (11) of Yons Addition to Beacon Hill, a subdivision of parts of original Lots 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10, in Section 5, Township 7 South, Range 11 West, as per plat on file in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Gulf County, Florida. Also, a Portion of Alley vacated by Co. Resolution 77-2. Name in which assessed: Oliver Monod All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 31st day of August, 2011. Dated this 18th day of July, 2011. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 2011 3290S PUBLIC NOTICE GULF COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL PROPOSAL NO. 1011-26 Sealed proposals may be mailed or hand delivered to the Clerks Office located at 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd. Room 148, Port St. Joe, FL 32456. All proposals, with original signature and twelve (12) additional copies, must be received at the Office of the Clerk by Monday, August 1, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Proposals received after the closing time will be returned unopened. Proposals will be opened on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. in the Office of the Clerk at the above address. GROUP VOLUNTARY VISION PROGRAM All interested insurance companies, or trusts, are invited to respond with proposals. Each proposal document must be clearly marked Proposal for Group Vision Benefits Any questions concerning the proposal should be addressed and submitted to the Countys Agent-of-Record and Employee Benefits Consultant, Todd Torgersen, Combined Insurance Services, at 850-433-9996. Inquiries may also be submitted via FAX (850432-5726), or E-mail (todd@ciscompanies. com). Combined Insurance Services mailing address is: 2704 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32503. Proposals are not to be mailed to Combined Insurance Services. It is requested, however, that electronic copies be sent to his e-mail address (todd@cis companies.com) on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Gulf County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals, to award proposals by product, to waive any proposal informalities and to re-advertise for proposals when deemed in the best interest of the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners. /s/Warren Yeager, Chairman Attest: /s/ Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk July 21, 28, 2011 3315S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Plymouth Park Tax Services LLC the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No. 1153 Application No. 2011-04 Year of Issuance: 2009 R.E. No. 04746-000R Description of Property: Lot Seven (7), Lot Nine (9) and Lot Eleven (11), Block Eighteen (18), City of Port Joe, Florida, according to the Official Map or plat thereof on file in the Offices of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Frank J. Seifert and Donna M. Seifert All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 31st day of August, 2011. Dated this 18th day of July, 2011. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 2011 3067S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION IN RE: WILLIAM ROBERT DELOZIER, Deceased. CASE NO.: 11-49-PR NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of WILLIAM ROBERT DELOZIER, deceased, File No. 10-49-PR, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, 3259S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY CASE NO. 11-197CA EMERALD COAST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. CARLA S. PATTERSON and H. C. LISTER CORPORATION, Defendant. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: CARLA S. PATTERSON YOUR ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on real properties in Gulf County, Florida which is more particularly described as follows: Description: Lots 1 thru 5 and Tract A, Block M, Howard Creek Properties, unrecorded subdivision of a portion of Section 31, Township 6 South, Range 8 West, and a portion of Section 6, Township 7 South, Range 8 West, Gulf County, Florida, more particularly described as follows: Commence at the Southwest Corner of the Southeast Quarter of Section 31, Township 6 South, Range 8 West, Gulf County, Florida. Thence South 89 degrees 38 minutes 25 seconds East along the South line of said Southeast Quarter of Section 31 for 213.28 feet; thence North 25 degrees 15 minutes 19 seconds West for 232.89 feet to the Point of Beginning. Thence continue North 25 degrees 15 minutes 19 seconds West for 331.90 feet to the P.C. of a curve concave to the Southwest and having a radius of 2234.30 feet: thence Northwesterly along said curve for an arc distance of 197.22 feet; said arc having a chord of 197.16 feet bearing North 27 degrees 47 minutes 03 seconds West; thence North 30 degrees 18 minutes 46 seconds West for 224.90 feet; thence South 59 degrees 41 minutes 14 seconds West for 218.00 feet; thence South 30 degrees 18 minutes 46 seconds East for 224.90 feet to the P.C. of a curve concave to the Southwest and having a radius of 2016.30 feet; thence Southeasterly along said curve for an arc distance of 177.98 feet, said arc having a chord of 177.92 feet bearing South 27 degrees 47 minutes 03 seconds East: thence South 25 degrees 15 minutes 19 seconds East for 227.39 feet: thence South 89 degrees 38 minutes 25 seconds East for 41.76 feet to the Point of Beginning. LESS AND EXCEPT Lot 3. Block M Description: Commence at the Southwest Corner of the Southeast Quarter of Section 31, Township 6 South, Range 8 West. Gulf County, Florida: thence South 89 degrees 38 minutes 25 seconds East along the South line of said Section 31 for 213.28 feet; thence North 25 degrees 15 minutes 19 seconds West for 564.79 feet to the beginning of a curve concave to the Southwest having a radius of 2234.30 feet; thence Northwesterly along said curve for an arc distance of 105.13 feet, the chord of said are bearing North 26 degrees 36 minutes 12 seconds West for 105.12 feet, to the Point of Beginning. Thence South 62 degrees 02 minutes 55 seconds West for 218.00 feet to a point on a curve concave to the Southwest having a radius of 2016.30 feet; thence Northwesterly along said curve for an arc distance of 83.1 feet, the chord of said arc bearing North 29 degrees 07 minutes 56 seconds West for 83.10 feet; thence North 30 degrees 18 minutes 46 seconds West for 12.40 feet; thence North 59 degrees 41 minutes 14 seconds East for 218.00 feet; thence South 30 degrees 18 minutes 46 seconds East for 12.40 feet to the beginning of a curve concave to the Southwest having a radius of 2234.30 feet; thence Southeasterly along said curve for an arc distance of 92.09 feet, the chord of said arc bearing South 29 degrees 07 minutes 56 seconds East for 92.09 feet to the Point of Beginning. has been filed against you and referenced in the Complaint to Foreclose Mortgage, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses to it, if any, on J. Patrick Floyd, Esquire, Law Offices J. Patrick Floyd, Chtd., 408 Long Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL 32456, who is counsel for the Plaintiff on or before thirty (30) days from the date of the first publication of this notice and file your original defenses with the Clerk of the Circuit Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint to Foreclose Mortgage. WITNESS my hand and Seal of this Court on July 12, 2011. CLERK OF THE COURT By: Tonya Troy Deputy Clerk July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 2011 3058S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 09.-307 CA SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. CLINTON COTHRAN; COTHRAN PROPERTIES, LLC; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2 Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated June 17, 2011. setting the sale date as noticed herein, entered in Case No. 09-307 the Captioned Matter of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, wherein SUNTRUST, is the Plaintiff and CLINTON COTRHAN. COTHRAN PROPERTIES, LLC., UNKNOWN TENANTS; are the Defendants, that I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at 11:00 a.m. ET., Port St. Joe, Gulf County FL. or as soon as the sale may be had, in accordance with Section 45.031 of the Florida Statutes, on August 11, 2011 the following described property: EXHIBIT A A portion of Lot 15 lying South of County Road No. 30-B, Camp Palms Subdivision, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 53-A, Public Records of Gulf County, Florida and being more particularly described as follows: Commence at the point of Intersection of the Southerly right of way line of County Road No. 30-B with the Westerly line of said Lot 15, thence along said Southerly right of way line, South 75 degrees 56 minutes 56 seconds East, 50.57 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence continue along said Southerly right of way line, South 75 degrees 56 minutes 56 seconds East, 50.57 feet to a point on the East line of said Lot 15; thence South 05 degrees 25 minutes 04 seconds West, 384.43 feet, more or less to a point on the mean high water line of the Gulf of Mexico; thence along said mean high water line, North 72 degrees 30 minutes 40 seconds West, 51.14 feet, more or less to a point on a line that bears South 05 degrees 25 minutes 04 seconds West of the Point of Beginning: thence North 05 degrees 25 minutes 04 seconds East, 381.32 feet, more or less to the Point of Beginning. a/k/a 927 INDIAN PASS ROAD, PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA 32456 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE FUNDS REMAINING AFTER THE SALE, IF ANY, MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH THE CLERK NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS AFTER THIS SALE. IF YOU FAIL TO FILE A CLAIM, YOU WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO ANY REMAINING FUNDS. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on June 23rd, 2011 REBECCA L. NORRIS As Clerk of the Court By: BA Baxter As Deputy Clerk Frank P. Cuneo, Esq. Andy R. Hernandez, Esq. Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo, P.A. Courthouse Tower 25 Floor 44 West Flagler Street Miami. FL 33130 July 21, 28, 2011 3056S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION: CASE NO.: 23-2010-CA-000061 SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. JONATHAN S. DOUGLAS: UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JONATHAN S. DOUGLAS: UNKNOWN TENANT (S): IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 21st day of June, 2011, and entered in Case No. 23-2010-CA-000061, of the Circuit Court of the 14TH Judicial Circuit in and Gulf County, Florida, wherein SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC. is the Plaintiff and JONATHAN S. DOUGLAS, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JONATHAN S. DOUGLAS and UNKNOWN TENANT (S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the, FRONT LOBBY OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 1000 5TH STREET, PORT ST. JOE, FL 32456, 11:00 AM on the 11th day of August, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: EXHIBIT A Lot Eleven (11), Block Eighty-Three (83), Unit Number One (1), of the St. Josephs Addition to the City of Port St. Joe, Florida according to the official map on file in the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court, Gulf County, Florida in Plat Book 1, Page 28, less and excepted the Easterly Twelve and One-Half (12 1/2;) feet of Lot Eleven (11) In Block Eighty-Three (83) more particularly described as follows: Begin at Northwesterly corner of lot 10, Block 83 and run South 70 degrees 46 minutes West along the North boundary line of Lot 11 and the South boundary line of Lot 9, 12 feet to a point; thence South 19 degrees 14 minutes East parallel with the Westerly boundary line of said Lot 10 165 feet to a point on the South boundary line of Lot 11 and North boundary line of Sixteenth Street, thence North 70 degrees 46 Minutes East 12 feet to the Southwesterly corner of said Lot 10; thence North 13 degrees is minutes West along the Westerly boundary line of said Lot 10, 165 feet to the Point of Beginning 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 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Dated this 23rd day of June, 2011 REBECCA NORRIS Clerk Of The Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Submitted by: Law Offices of Marshall C Watson. P.A. 1800 NW 49th Street. Suite 120 Fort Lauderdale Florida 33309 Telephone: (954)453-0365 Facsimile: (954) 771-6052 Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438 July 21, 28, 2011 Airlines are hiring Train for a high paying Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial Aid if qualified. Job Placement Assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 877-206-9405 Attend College Online from Home. *Medical *Business *Paralegal *Criminal Justice. Job Placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 866-467-0054. www.Centura.us.com Old MaidNow has opening for vacation rentals, residential also pressure washing call 850-229-1654 These tiny ads sell, hire, rent and inform for thousands of families each week.Let a little Classified ad do a big job for you. EmeraldCoast Marketplace 747-5020 Florida. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice has been served must file their claims within this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE TIME OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of the first publication of this notice is July 21, 2011. Barbara Schadt Delozier 484 Sealy Drive White City, FL 32465 Law Offices J. 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Short Sale 256 Hat eld Street, Eastpoint, FL +/7,500 sf : 16' inside clearance; Dual 12' roll-up doors; $150,000 60 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL +/-19,620sf: Fully climate controlled of ce & retail show space; located on primary SGI access corridor; $675,000 516 1st Street +/-11,400 sf of ce/warehouse : .09 acres; Four roll up and/or high clearance entryways; $515,000 320 Marina Drive Corner lot entry to Marina Cove : .14 acres; High visibility site; Call for details 407 Reid Ave +/4,988 sf : 100% leased multi tenant bldg; On-site parking; $399,000 317 Monument Ave +/4,431 sf : Hwy 98 frontage w/ On-site parking; $499,000 401 Reid Avenue+/5,400 sf : Retail space; $225,000; Avail for lease; Inquire for terms260 Marina Drive+/3,200 sf : Multi tenant building in Marina Cove; New Construction w/ ample parking; Also avail for lease; Inquire for details; $345,000PSJ Commerce Park+/6.5 acre site : $119,900; owner nancing availableHwy 98 Retail / Of ce Vacant LotsTwo lots avail w/ frontage on Hwy 98; 30' x 80' each; $69,900 per lot UNDER CONTRACT Avenue fce/retail Your land or family land is all you need to buy a new home. 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Nice and Quiet. 1 Bedroom $500 mo / $200 dep. 2 Bedroom $850 mo / $300 dep. 850-249-4888 Publishers NoticeAll real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on a equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. INDIAN PASS AREA3/2 WITH PORCH OVER LOOKING LAGOON $900.00 MO 1 YEAR LEASE850-866-1269 108 S. E. AVE. A CARRABELLE, FLORIDA 32322850-697-9604 850-323-0444 www.seacrestre.comRENTALS1 BR 1 BA CONDO, FURNISHED On River, Downtown, Boat Slip .....................$1000 1 BR 1 BA LANARK APT, REMODELED Water Incl, Street Entrance .............................$425 1 BR FURNISHED APARTMENT, DEN Carport, Utilities Incl .......................................$650 3 BR 2 BA DOUBLEWIDE Back Deck, Nice Location ................................$700 3 BR 1 BA APARTMENT Front & Back Porch .........................................$600 3 BR 2 BA FURNISHED CONDO Boat & Car Parking ..............................$850 WKLY 1 BR 1 BA FURNISHED CONDO Long Term, Includes Utilities ..........................$910 3 BR 3 BA FURNISHED CONDO Pool, Downtown ....................................$700 WKLY 3 BR 2 BA UNFURNISHED HOUSE Long Term .......................................................$850 2 BR UNFURNISHED APARTMENT Lanark ............................................................$375 2 BR UNFURNISHED APARTMENT W/D Pet Friendly ............................................$500 3 BR 3 B FURNISHED CONDO Long Term, Pool..............................................$850 Job FairMEDIACOM Career Day!Thurs July 28th 10-2pm 708 Hwy. 98. Current openings require a valid Drivers license and good driving record. Mediacom offers competitive pay and great benefits along with advancement opportunities. Currently accepting applications on line at http://careers.mediacomcc.co m job 4316, 4594,4564, Please apply prior to event. EOE M/F/V/D Web ID#: 34170084 Text FL70084 to 56654 Now Hiring!Are You Making Less Than $40,000 Per Year?Covenant TransportNeeds Driver Trainees Now! No experience required. *Immediate Job Placement Assistance *OTR, Regional, & Local Jobs CALL NOW FOR MORE INFORMATION 1-866-280-5309 Medical/HealthOPS Fiscal Assistant IThe Gulf County Health Department has one opening for full-time OPS (no benefits assigned) Fiscal Assistant I based in the Port St. Joe facility. Fingerprinting and O/T Due To Emergency Duties Required. Salary Range: $16,751.28 $20,800.00; closing date 07/31/11. For information, contact Lesia Hathaway at (850) 227-1276, ext. 149. This Agency is accepting electronic applications only for this position. Refer to Requisition Number 64923147. An Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Apply at: peoplefirst.myflorida.c om for assistance, contact: People First at 877-562-7287 Food Svs/Hospitality The Port Inn is now accepting applications for a 7am-3pmFront Desk Sales AgentWeekends and holidays are required. This is a Full Time position. The ideal candidate will have previous computer and guest service skills, but were willing to train the right person. Health insurance is available after 90 days to all full time employees. If you are great with guests, an exceptional problem solver and a desire to be the best-we want you. Come join our Family! EOE/DFWP. Apply in person at The Port Inn 501 Monument Ave PSJ HospitalityRESORT VACATION PROPERTIESAccepting applications for FT Positions, great benefits, weekend work required. Maintenance TechnicianGeneral maint. experience required. Housekeeping Desk Clerk-Fast pace, office experience required. Requires good customer service skills. Apply in person 9-5 weekdays at 123 W Gulf Beach Dr, St. George Island Medical/HealthWeems MemorialIs now hiring for the following positions: ARNP or PA Medical Lab Tech. EMT RN Resp Therapist Dietician Houskeeping Admissions Applications are available atwww weemsmemorial.com and may be submitted to Ginny Griner, WMH HR Director, ggriner@ weemsmemorial.com or FAXED to 850-653-1879 Web ID 3463444 EXPERIENCED COOKS & DISHWASHERS NEEDEDAPPLY WITHIN 719 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach, FL NE EX PE RI EN CE D D
Local B8 | The Star Thursday, July 28, 2011 DRINK SPECIAL S K ARAOKE WITH BEACH BEATZ 8:00 Midnight S A T U R D A Y DRINK SPECIAL S T H U R S D A Y LI V E MUS IC F R I D A Y B UDD Y H A MM 8:00 Midnight FREE 117 SAILOR S C O V E, P ORT ST. JOE, F L (850) 229-3463 BAG O F I CE WITH ANY 18 PACK P U RCHA S E By Roy Lee Carter County Extension Director During the summer in our area, most of us are between gardens. That is, we have just about nished harvesting all the vegetable from our spring gardening efforts, and preparations for the fall vegetable garden havent begun yet. So, summer is a good time to inventory your gardening project. Take a careful look at the problems you had, and the rewards you enjoyed from your spring garden. Keeping track of the things that went wrong as well as things that went right, will help you have a more successful garden this fall. My information on gardening was provided by Extension Small Farm/ Vegetable Gardening Specialist Dr. Steve Olson of the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. First of all, if you still have vegetables in your garden, you should begin a weekly spray program. Were into the rainy season now, which means hot, wet days and warm, humid nights; the right conditions for insects and disease pest to ourish. Tomato or corn fruit worms and pickle worms can be extremely destructive. And even those pests which havent been overwhelming thus far, such as Aphids, Cabbage Worms, Squash Borers, and Corn Bud Worms, are expected to become severe during the rainy season. So protect your garden vegetables with a good spray program. In addition, be on the lookout for the spread of plant diseases. Diseased plants should be pulled out and disposed of as soon as possible. Plants remaining in the garden should be sprayed weekly with a good fungicide. If youve noticed the mosaic virus in your vegetable garden and wondered if could spread to your fruit trees, our specialist say theres little chance of that happening. Mosaic Virus is quite specic to its host plant, and will usually attack just those plants in close proximity in the garden. However, you should keep your garden as free of weeds as possible. Weeds can host the mosaic virus. Summer is a good time to evaluate the seed varieties you have selected for the spring garden. Ask yourself questions such as: did the variety produce a strong, vigorous plant? What about the quality of the vegetable itself? How about disease resistance? Try to make not of the varieties which did well and those that did not, so youll have some idea of the ones youll want to include in the fall vegetable garden, or plant next spring. This is also a good time to observe the benecial effects of mulching. If you mulched your spring garden, youll notice that you have very few weeds, where as your neighbors un-mulched garden might be overrun with a different weed problem. Nematode injury is also much milder on mulched vegetables. While nematodes will attack mulch vegetables, their effects are not as severe because of the healthier root zone of the mulched plant. The most striking observation youll make about mulching is the way it controls soil moisture. Vegetables grown on un-mulched, hot, sandy Florida soils will droop and wilt. While those grown in mulched gardens will stand tall. Weve seen all kinds of things used for mulching, including the traditional oak leaves, pine straw, hay and wood shavings, and even such things as newspapers, peanut hulls, gravel, plastic and old carpet. For more information contact the Gulf County Cooperative Extension Service @ 639-3200 2292909 or visit our website at http://gulf.ifas.u.edu. The start of summer garden roundup ROY LEE CAR TER County extension director Star Staff Report The Area Agency on Aging for North Flori da, Inc. announced this week the availability of funds to assist eligible households with their home energy crisis in the counties of Gulf, Franklin, Calhoun, Hol mes, Gadsden, Jeffer son, Leon, Liberty, Madi son, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington. To be considered for this program, the ap plicant household must have at least one individ ual who is 60 years of age or older, the household incomes must be within 150 percent of poverty ($16,335 maximum per year for an individual; $5,730 for each addition al household member) and the utility bill for the applicant must indicate a past due or immediate threat of disconnection. Other assistance may be provided, according to program guidelines, such as heating unit repair and connection fees/deposits. For more information or to determine eligibil ity for assistance, con tact the Aging Resource Center/Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337. The Area Agency on Aging for North Florida, Inc. is a private non-prof it organization charged with the responsibility of administering aging programs in 14 North Florida counties through contracts with the Flori da Department of Elder Affairs. Funding available to assist elders Joel Reed Account Executive Of ce: (850) 653-8869 Cell: (850) 370-6090 Email: jreed@star .com 850-227-1278 135 W. Hwy 98 Port St Joe, FL 32457 Fax: 850-227-7212 850-653-8868 129 Commerce St. Apalachicola, FL 32329 Fax: 850-653-8036