50 For breaking news, visit www.starfl.com 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 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR PHOTOS S P ECIAL TO T HE S TAR One of the favorite food stations each year where the Lions Club cooks up fresh bay scallops. Below Frozen or fresh, there will be bagfuls of scallops on hand this weekend. By Tim Croft Star News Editor Welcome back. From jammed restaurants to packed beaches to crowded boat ramps the return of summer visitors is evident across the county. And with two months re maining in the scal year, bed tax collections and gross tourism sales are tracking well ahead of last years numbers, which were im pacted signicantly the BP oil spill. According to Tim Kerig an, executive director of the Gulf County Tourism Devel opment Council, numbers and dollars are with July expected to bring more good news once tallies are com plete and huge community events on tap for this month and September. I believe we have expe rienced so much gain from our advertising from TV, print and the Internet, Ker igan said. BP (which has providing funding to TDCs in the seven impacted Flor ida counties) has allowed us to expand our options. Social media has also been an as set. (BPs) purpose was to get us back to where we should have been. From the TDC standpoint, BP has re ally come to the aid of allow ing us to improve our images and show that we were not affected by the oil spill and that our beaches and waters are clear. The uptick in visitors, and dollars, are reected in two signicant categories. Bed tax collections dur ing June totaled $152,823, bringing the total for the scal year 2010-11 to more than $500,000. The scal year runs from October to September. Last June, bed tax col lections totaled $127,514 and dating to 2007-08 collections for June were less than $145,000. Comparing June to June, the TDC saw an increase in bed tax revenue of 6 percent, 16 percent, 3 percent and 6 percent the past four scal years, and the 2011 dollars represent another jump of roughly 6-7 percent. That was the biggest June weve ever had, Ker igan said of June 2011. We have been receiving a lot of very positive feedback. And all indications are that we will have an excel lent July. As comparison, consider that in 2007-08, bed tax col lections for the year n ished at $594,558, a number that will be easily eclipsed once Julys numbers are re leased. With three solid months, the TDC is likely to bring in more bed tax revenue than the $790,526 of 2008-09, a high-water mark for the county. And with the Scallop Fes tival this weekend, the scal lop season extended deep into September and the PoJo Live Music Festival arriving in late September, beating Thursday, A UGUST 4 2011 Y EAR 73, NUMBER 42 Opinion ....................................... A4-A5 Letters to the Editor.................... ...... A5 Outdoors ..................................... ...... A8 Sports......................................... A9-A10 School News ................................ B3 Faith ............................................. B4 Obituaries .................................... B8 Classieds .................................... B11 T IM C ROFT | The Star The beaches and warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico have so far lured visitors in record numbers this year. Bed tax collections, tourist dollars up By Tim Croft Star News Editor The Board of County Commissioners on Monday adopted a tentative budget and millage rate, largely maintaining status quo on the latter while seeing the former shrink. Commissioners unanimously approved a millage rate for 2011-12 of 5.7419 mills, a slight dip from the current millage rate of 5.7541. A mil is equal to $1 for every $1,000 in taxable property value in the county. The countys ad valorem budget for the coming scal year will shrink by $615,162 from its current $9,476,837. The rst public hearing on the budget will be at 5:01 ET on Monday, Sept. 12 in the Commission meeting room at the Judge Robert Moore Annex. The board also set millage rates for re control districts and the Municipal Ser vices Taxing Units that provide the money County adopts tentative millage, budget By Tim Croft Star News Editor John Ford remained a former supervisor of Gulf County EMS, but his support ers, more than 100, filled the County Commission meeting room for the second time in three days last week to tell commissioners in no uncer tain terms that Fords termi nation the week before was unjust. Ford was terminated by certied letter following a three-day suspension with pay for allowing a statelicensed EMT, who was not yet a county employee, to drive an ambulance on a car diac run from Sacred Heart on the Gulf to Bay Medical Center. Commissioners again heard an earful from the public, which has expressed outrage at both Fords dis missal and the speed, less than seven days, with which it was done. There is a chain of events that has not and is not in the best interest of the county, said St. Joe Beach resident and part-time county EMT John Grantland. It is not in the best interest of the coun ty to fire John Ford. Did he commit such an irrational, irresponsible ac tion to be terminated? (Com missioners) should be the ul timate authority to terminate any county employee. Inves tigate the true actions and intent of this witch hunt. Speakers have also uniformly praised Ford for his dedication, love of Commissioners, public continue debate on Ford termination By Tim Croft Star News Editor Mix in bay scallops, warm breezes and plenty of music and the result is the 15th annual Florida Scallop & Music Festival, which kicks off this Friday evening. The headliner for this years event, which continues through Sunday, is the Atlanta Rhythm Section, performers of such hits as So Into You, Spooky, Champagne Jam and more. I have to thank the (Gulf County Tourist Development Council) for that one, said Dave Ashbrook of the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce which sponsors the event. With their funding we will be able to bring in one of the biggest acts to ever come to Gulf County. Their funding, through BP funds, also helped us expand our advertising reach through print, television and social media. We have been averaging 1,800-2,000 people the past several years and we are expected about 3,000 this year. The three-day music portion of the festival will be held at George Core Park along St. Josephs Bay, providing attendees a varied mix of music and soothing waterfront breezes along with plenty of shade while performers take the stage donated by Big Fish Construction. Live music begins at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday and continues throughout the day with the Atlanta Rhythm Section taking the stage from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Additional Saturday acts include the Bo Spring Band at 4 p.m. and Kevin Jacobs Band at 6 p.m. Its a unique mix of performers, Ashbrook said. We have local favorites, such as Bo Spring and Kevin Jacobs, and then we have Atlanta Rhythm Section. The next day we switch By Tim Croft Star News Editor Mexico Beach students and their par ents no longer have a decision of stay or go. Bay District School ofcials have pro vided an agreement and memo to Gulf District Schools indicating that Bay Dis trict no longer intends to transport and educate Mexico Beach students at Bay County schools. Acting Superintendent of Gulf District Schools Sara Joe Wooten said problem solved when asked Monday about the status of Mexico Beach students. Superintendent of Bay District Schools Bill Husfelt had provided written noti cation late last month to Gulf District of cials that Bay intended to serve Mexico Beach students beginning with the com ing school year. Mexico Beach students have long been served in Gulf County. At this time, there are 71 students from the Mexico Beach area who had registered to attend Gulf Mexico Beach students can remain in Gulf County Scallop and Music Festival offers something for all this weekend and Songs scallops See STUDENTS A3 See BED TAX A2 See SCALLOPS A6 See MILLAGE A3 See FORD A7 Making a difference B1
Local A2 | The Star Thursday, August 4, 2011 those 2008-09 numbers seems easily attainable, Kerigan said. Kerigan noted that in some ways the increases in bed tax revenues show that the tradi tional tourists who visited and frequented the area are back af ter staying away last year due to the oil spill. Last years numbers, he not ed, were somewhat skewed be cause many of the room nights clocked were linked to the BP re sponse workforce as Gulf County served as a staging base for area operations. This year, that workforce is gone along with the threat of oil. What we were fearful of was that numbers from the previous year were affected by the BP workforce, Kerigan said. We knew it was not our loyal base of visitors and we wondered if those visitors would come back. These numbers reect that our loyal visitors are returning. It is wonderful to see that we have improved. That improvement is also re ected in this years gross sales report for county bed tax collec tors. In June, bed tax collectors reported gross sales of just over $4 million, well ahead of the $3.347 million in gross sales as of the end of June 2010, which was down slightly from the prior year. For the year, collectors have reported more than $13 million in gross sales. With strong sales in the three months remaining in the scal year, last years total of $19.3 million in gross sales is well within reach. As a county we are way up, Kerigan said. The increase in dollars has not occurred uniformly, Kerigan said. While hotels and vacation rental properties are indicating a spike in inquiries and visitors, single family collectors due to a glut of inventory on the market are not yet seeing the same type of boosts in sales, Kerigan said. In addition to the Scallop and PoJo Live festivals, Kerigan and the TDC are collaboratively working with the Mexico Beach Community Development Coun cil on such events as the annual Art and Wine Festival and King sh Tournament as well as a new event, the Aloha Summer, Aloha Fall Festival coming up Aug. 1213. We are really a partnership with Mexico Beach, Kerigan said. What benets them is go ing to benet us; what benets us will benet them. We are also working on events to attract military families during the shoulder season (of late fall). I am really embracing that. BED TAX from page A1 By Randal Yakey Florida Freedom Newspapers Ofcials are reporting that faulty wiring could be the cause of a re that gutted a portion of the historic Parker House in Mexico Beach. The ames erupted early Friday morning and de stroyed what had been con sidered the den area, accord ing to Mayor Al Cathey. The main part of the house is intact, Cathey said. The re began shortly af ter 1 a.m. CT and crews re mained on the scene through out the morning to douse any hot remaining embers. Preliminary indications are that the re was caused by a faulty wire in a recessed light. The big den area was totally destroyed, Cathey noted. The home is covered by the citys insurance, city of cials said, as the city had just closed on a deal to purchase the property for use as a new city hall. We will meet with the in surance people on Monday, Cathey said. We really dont know the total extent of the damage yet. The only person who has been in there is the re marshal. The building has been boarded up. The house, on U.S. High way 98, was built in 1949 by Charlie Parker, the founder and pioneer of the Mexico Beach community. The city had closed on a deal to purchase the house and property, which had been put for auction several years ago by Cathey Parker Hobbs, daughter of Charlie Parker, and then withdrawn, on July 22. The state re marshals ofce is investigating the blaze. Charlie Parker was the son of Gordon Parker, one of three men who purchased 1,850 acres along the beach for development at an esti mated price of $65,000 in 1946, according to the city. In 1966, the city was in corporated and Parker was named the citys rst mayor. At that time, Parker had been running the Mexico Beach Corporation, taking over for his father. Charlie Parker passed away in 2003. The bridge that spans the city canal on the west end of town was dedi cated in Parkers honor. Star News Editor Tim Croft contributed to this story. JOEL REED | The Star An early morning re last Friday all but destroyed one wing, considered the den area, of the historic Parker House in Mexico Beach. Faulty wiring cited as res cause in historic home
Local The Star| A3 Thursday, August 4, 2011 for debt service on beach renourishment bonds. Residents in the Port St. Joe Fire Control District will be taxed at .4 mils for the coming year; all other districts will be tax at .5 mil levels. The gulf front MSTU will be at the maximum 10 mils while the gulf interior residents will pay 4.8449 mils the coming year. That is solely to pay the debt on the bonds, said board chairman Commis sioner Warren Yeager. While commissioners voted on several additions and subtractions from the initial proposed budget, left unaddressed was the price tag for a challenge to the 1986 federal court de cree that mandated singlemember districts. Given the presentation of an attorney hired to ex plore options in the case, commissioners have pro posed putting $500,000 on the line item for countywide litigation. In short strokes, during his presentation, attorney Michael Spellman had esti mated that any court chal lenge of the federal decree would have less than a 50 percent chance of success given recent voting trends on which a decision would be largely based. Spellman also said that, depending on opposition, and he said the case would be likely to draw attention during a time of redistrict ing across the country, the countys bill could easily run well into six gures. By appearances it would seem highly doubtful that having left the issue on the table for a later vote, com missioners will decide to put half a million dollars toward the litigation. Having set a tentative millage rate, commission ers can not increase but can only decrease millage at this point in the budget process. Therefore, any amount that is added to the bud get at this point will have to be linked with an equal cut somewhere else in the budget. At some point we are going to have to vote on it, implored Yeager, who not ed that he is having a town hall meeting on the issue this week. Commissioners did ad dress issues still hanging before they could adopt their tentative budget. They maintained full funding for the St. Josephs Bay Humane Society, which had been asked to reduce its budget by 15 percent, as with all outside agencies. They are doing us a valuable job, said Commissioner Carmen McLemore, noting that the county has but one animal control ofcer and the Hu mane Society takes in dogs seven days a week. The Humane Society is also at three times capacity with cats. Commissioners also chose to maintain the same number of voting precincts. An original budget propos al would have reduced the number of precincts to one per district, but McLemore and Commissioner Bill Wil liams objected. New machinery is now mandated to be installed by 2014, but Williams noted that the Florida Associa tion of Counties is lobbying against implementation of that mandate. We can avoid it this year and deal with it next year, Williams said. Yea ger was the lone dissent ing vote. Commissioners also approved, by a 3-2 vote, spending more than $13,600 on T.L. James Park in the City of Wewahitchka and $2,200 to strip and wax the oor at the Honeyville Center. Yeager noted the coun ty contributes nothing to the City of Port St. Joe for parks and joined Williams in voting against the T.L. James money. Commis sioner Tan Smiley joined McLemore and Commis sioner Ward McDaniel in voting to spend the dollars. Commissioners also cut the money they will spend on lobbying by $25,000 from $85,000 though the money will remain in reserves should commis sioners need the money for lobbying. Williams, voting no, won dered how the board could spend almost $14,000 on a park but cut lobbying funds at a time when, among other issues, the county is in an ongoing battle for $15 million in Hurricane Gustav recovery money to replace restored beach lost several years ago in during that storm. I dont know where our priorities are at, Williams said. Commissioners also cut $20,000 for park clean-up the Tourist Development Council has agreed to as sume that duty and $3,000 from its wellness program, requiring employees to foot half the tab for free access to Coastal Fitness gym in downtown Port St. Joe. County schools. Husfelts letter indicated that Bay District Schools would not only no longer provide a $96,000 supplement to the Gulf District, but it would also educate and transport Mexico Beach students, taking the FTE funding for each component with the students. Mexico Beach parents were origi nally given until Aug. 5 to indicate whether they wished their children to continue to attend Gulf County schools. However, Wooten received an agreement late last week that effec tively maintains the status quo with one exception. Gulf County will continue to serve Mexico Beach students, Wooten said. Mexico Beach students who want to continue their education in Gulf Coun ty will be allowed to. Gulf District Schools will also main tain the usual bus stop locations for Mexico Beach students, meaning FTE funding for educating and transport ing the Mexico Beach students will remain in Gulf County, a signicant de velopment for a district that has seen enrollment decline steadily in recent years. However, Husfelt informed Woo ten that Bay District Schools could not, given current budget constraints, provide the additional $96,000 supple ment. Wooten noted that the district had been frugal with its money, had al ready made needed cuts and would realize slightly higher property tax revenues than originally projected, al lowing the district to absorb the loss of the supplement. The agreement and memo were approved by the Gulf County School Board on Tuesday night. STUDENTS from page A1 MILLAGE from page A1 The Gulf County Sheriffs Ofce will be conducting vehicle safety checkpoints and DUI check points during the month of August. The check points will be held throughout the county to include Highway 98 near St. Joe Beach, Highway 98 and Garrison Ave, C-30 Simmons Bayou, Highway 71 North of White City, Highway 22 and Highway 22A, Highway 71 and Westarm Creek, Highway 71 Dalkieth Area and Highway 71 near the Calhoun line. On 07/18/2011 a deputy was patrolling in the Highland View area when he was agged by a female. The female claimed that her brother Donnie Roy Waters, 44, had hit her in the head. When the deputy made contact with Waters and he admitted to hitting his sister; he was arrested for domestic battery. On 07/19/2011 James Eugenio Pina, Jr., 22, was arrested on a violation of probation warrant from Bay County; the original charge was petit theft. On 07/14/2011 deputies responded to a call on of a person in a trailer on Ried Avenue in Wewahitchka. They discovered that Reese Glendon Forehand, 18, had been staying in the trailer without permission. Several days later on 07/19/2011 Forehand was observed operating a vehicle without a license. The vehicle was stopped and Forehand was arrested on a warrant for loitering a prowling and DWLSR. On 07/19/2011 Jordan Lee Nickell, 19, a passenger in the vehicle driven by Reese Forehand was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Michael Lamar Skinner, 36, was arrested on a warrant for failure to pay child support. On 07/13/2011 Sabrina Rein Vickers, 33, was arrested on charges of Criminal use of Personal Information; it is alleged that she got a credit card using another persons identity. Gulf County ARREST REPORT
Thursday, August 4, 2011 Opinion A4 | The Star Bill was waiting just inside to greet me as I passed through the automatic doors. I didnt fool around, I just said, Hey Bill, I need a throne expert. Bill pointed down the aisle in the front of the big box store and said The fellow in the yellow shirt, thats Carl, hes your man. I waved at Carl and started walking his way. Carl was a master plumber, a throne expert and knew how to handle these types of situations. He understood what I was going through and treated me kindly. Abdicating the throne is a difcult decision, but this one didnt involve Wallis Simpson. I cant speak for King Edward VIII, he may have had an easy decision, and his was about love. My decision was about hate. I did not want to unstop the toilet anymore; I was tired of plunging, snaking and overows. As we walked toward the back of the store, I explained to Carl that I had to abdicate, after years of problems with the 70s toilet in my childrens bathroom. We talked a little about the old throne and how it was one of the good ones. It is difcult to say exactly what color it was. You could say it was Bone, or perhaps Almond. British Khaki, Beige and Tan also come to mind. One thing is for sure, it was not white. I wanted a white one. Carl noted that wanting white was, a good thing. I was relieved. How far are the bolts from the wall? Carl asked. Of course I didnt measure this, but a quick call home gave us the answer of about 12 inches. Carl told me that was standard. I was relieved. Standard almost always means less expensive. We discussed capacities, ushing systems and bowl height. I want a tall one Carl, I looked him right in the eyes when I said it. Carl understood and simply said OK. Then we discussed the benets of elongated and round seats. We went with elongated. Finally, we made a decision and Carl got me the correct water supply line, the only additional equipment I would need. After the decision was made, Carl and I shot the breeze. We were in the back of the store, no one noticed. Knowing that Carl was a master plumber, I thought he might be able to x other water related problems. I explained to him that I came home from vacation to nd about three inches of water in the oorboard of the drivers side of my car. Carl told me I had a leak he was right. I needed advice on sealing a hole around the windshield of my car. The leaky windshield seemed to put Carl out of his comfort zone, he sent me to the paint aisle. He had to help another customer who did not appreciate his expertise as much as I did. After getting a tube of stuff to x my windshield, I headed toward the front of the store to check out. The fellow got a young man to load my new throne in the back of Greenland (our white Chevrolet Suburban). I asked him if he would come home with me and lug it up the stairs to the bathroom; he said he could not do that. It took three of us to get it up the stairs and into the bathroom. Then I did something no man ever does, I read the instructions from front to back. It excited me. This was a technological marvel. The performance was supposed to be unmatched. The booklet noted that this toilet could ush a bucket of golf balls that is powerful! I hid the box and the instructions not wanting my teenage son to be the rst to try ushing a bucket of golf balls. That was a privilege I would save for a rainy day. In the movie An American President, there is a scene shortly after a foreign country bombs a U.S.-manned missile battery in the Middle East. The president is huddled with his national security team pondering options, including bombing the other countrys intelligence service and the potential for collateral damage. The president asks for input from his chief of staff, who answers that the bombing would be a proportional response. The president rhetorically asks if someone could explain the parameters of a proportional response. That question lurks at the root of the debate last week over the termination of county Emergency Medical Services (EMS) supervisor John Ford. Ford was suspended for three days by EMS director Houston Whiteld and red by county administrator Don Butler, on the recommendation of Whiteld, for authorizing at a time EMS was shorthanded an EMT who was not a county employee to drive an ambulance on a cardiac run from Sacred Heart on the Gulf to Bay Medical Center. The EMT had no contact with the patient beyond driving the ambulance and assisting with the stretcher while another EMT performed all work on the patient. Yet, Ford was red after Butler said he had received feedback from Whiteld, Dr. Gary Pablo, who works out of Sacred Heart on the Gulf, the countys labor attorney and county attorney Jeremy Novak. Pablo, once informed of the situation, communicated by e-mail that he wanted the individuals involved removed from working under his license and the labor attorney pronounced, Butler said, that despite Fords spotless 16-year record, the incident rose to the level of grounds for termination. And, maybe, in a bureaucratic vacuum these actions would have had merit, but life is not a vacuum. Commissioner Tan Smiley apparently was not in the vacuum as he noted that the praises sung about Ford last week are the sort only heard at a funeral. Smiley made no bones that he stood in support of Ford and against his termination. Indeed, what was striking about two meetings last week was the extent to which Ford has impacted this community and the lives of so many who reside here throughout the county and beyond. One after another, dozens attested to life-saving measures, about dedication and going the extra mile, providing the kind of stretcherside manner we would all want for ourselves and loved ones. That is the nut that is difcult to crack in this episode: how does a man lose his job trying to help people? How can answering a call while off duty and bringing aid to a hospital patient be characterized as egregious and duplicitous as it was by Whiteld and Butler in their letters of suspension and termination? Having been a cardiac patient myself, I can attest that when I required transport to Bay Medical Center I would not have cared if Tony the Tiger was driving the ambulance shouting This is g-g-g-r-r-r-e-e-e-a-at-t-t. It seems hard to believe that the patient in question, in need of care Bay Medical could provide, gave one whit if the ambulance was being driven by a man in a purple polka-dotted dress as long as they got the patient to BMC safe and sound. Ford made a split-second judgment call, the patient outcome the primary concern and lost his job for the effort. Maybe a verbal or written warning was in order given the status of the EMT as not a county employee, the potential for liability exposure; Ford all but acknowledged that by signing the suspension letter. But termination; that is proportional to the alleged infraction? Consider this against the backdrop of the private sector where an employer must generally document an employees infractions through a progression to include a verbal warning, written warning followed by termination while providing clear policies and procedures to follow. Consider the ring against the handling of the departure of the previous EMS director, who was allowed to quietly resign and step away while ensnared in the cloud of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation about the use of a county credit card that still hangs over the county. Commissioners have listened to dozens of residents who attest to Fords caring nature, his volunteerism, his outreach to the community and its citizens. Ford is an EMT, ambassador for EMS and volunteer reghting he also serves as Chief of the Port St. Joe Fire Department who has put a trusting face to emergency responders for hundreds throughout this county, young and old. We will resist following the threads that some have offered that lead to the conclusion that this ring was an act of retaliation, of personalities clashing over what is the best for the county and its residents and assert only that this was a rush to judgment. Though it is fair to wonder why no one was asking the labor attorney if the alleged infraction required termination, instead of whether it rose to the level of a ring offense. Why it was implied publicly and in a private whispering campaign launched about additional misdeeds put cards on the table and begin with former EMS director Shane McGufn. Policies and procedures at EMS are not fully and completely disseminated, according to two commissioners and several EMTs last week. An updated policy manual has been in the works for more than a year. The county paid for the schooling of the EMT in question, but his application has sat on the directors desk for reasons difcult to understand. County EMS has, in shorthanded situations, been forced many times to use county employees without any EMT training to drive ambulances, according to EMTs and county employees. Given the recent history of EMS, given the history of John Ford in this community, which was on full display during two public meetings last week, the question commissioners must ask is simple was the ring proportional to the alleged infraction. Even a ctional president would have questions. We made up our own pictures Keyboard KLATTERINGS Abdicating the throne A proportional response? TIM CROFT Star news editor A good friend of mine mentioned to me the other day that if my articles were over two or three sentences long, nobody was reading them. Its all speeded up now. Texting is even in shorthand. The young people are not going to sit down and read a protracted story. I have great respect for this friend. He is very intelligent and keeps more abreast of things than I do. I fear he could be correct. But I sure hope he is wrong. And listen, this is much bigger than any little story I have ever churned out. Its not about hearing some escapade Leon sucked me into in 1959 or how my rst blind date near bout blinded me! Its about having a literary clue. It deals with enlightenment; the broadening of ones mind; the basics of civilized understanding. No one is asking you to memorize the classics . But a fair sized glimpse of them sure couldnt hurt in ones understanding of who, what, when, why and how. My friend makes a point. We have hurried things up a mite with each succeeding generation. Instant coffee, drive-thru restaurants, microwave popcorn and speed dialing are all pass. This new group doesnt have time for the inconveniences that slowed their parents and grandparents. They want everything in digital, high denition, touch screen, warp speed . and they want it right now! I think iPod is an acronym for faster than greased lightning right in the palm of your hand. We might be speeding ourselves into oblivion. Life is not Cliffs Note. And dont give me that old fashioned eye roll! Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn will never go out of style. John Miltons Paradise Lost can still make you ponder your consignment in this world long into the night. Treasure Island is pure adventure. Virgil could be a little laborious at times, but he left us a lot of root words. And I would pity anyone who has not shed with Ernest Hemingway and the Old Man. I was about 10 when I discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs. His Tarzan of the Apes transported me immediately (thats faster than twitter and instant messages combined) to the deepest, darkest part of Africa. It was here I rst learned of the city of Nairobi. I got some idea of the vastness of the African continent. There were mean men who would hunt the mighty elephant just for the wealth stored in their ivory tusk. It is amazing how the story comes alive when you have to supply the pictures! Tarzans quest to save the elephants is temporarily impaired when he comes to an escarpment. I studied on that word for a while. I pronounced it out loud, es-carp-ment. What a wonderful word. I didnt know what it meant but I reread the passage. I read the next couple of paragraphs. Escarpment had to be a high cliff. And it had to be taller than normal and also really wide. It was going to take Tarzan days to get around it! I worked to learn the meaning of the word. I gured it out all by myself. My little heart was quietly proud of the achievement. And you can bet I have remembered it down through the ages. Silly you say. Simple. It might just be the single most important lesson any of us could ever learn; we could gure, reason, cipher, conclude on our own. Zane Grey described the purple hue of the far western hills until you could see them perfectly years before you actually saw them. He taught you there were men to ride the river with and men to steer clear of. Ive chased evildoers with Frank and Joe Hardy. Ive been underneath Yankee Stadium with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Ive been inside Scotland Yard with Sherlock Holmes. I dont think I could have texted my way through these adventures. And Im thankful for the help on the journey. If we were good in elementary school, Miss Belle Alexander would read to us after lunch. Miss Mary Ann Jackson made us memorize Little Boy Blue in the sixth grade. Miss Paschall instilled a love of learning when I was in junior high. Miss Barbara Clark wouldnt let you get through freshman English without a dose of Charles Dickens. Miss Polly Rucker was high as all get out on Bill Shakespeare. There is nothing archaic about learning. It never goes out of style. Course, if my friend is right, Im wasting my breath by now. Nobody has read this far down. Im going to have to tell my little blurbs in three sentences. That would mean Id have to omit the introduction, the lead up or the riveting climax. Maybe a class in short hand would be in order. Or perhaps I could just think less. And please understand here, Im not criticizing or condemning or worried that this younger generation is going to the cyberspace dogs. I love this group. I have children and grandchildren in it! I just dont want them to get moving so fast they miss things that I think are tantamount to their learning, knowledge, growth; their souls. Im also trying hard to t into their world. But I am having some problems. I cant quite gure out this texting or twittering thing at all. Isnt that a phone in their hand? Have they not read that Morse code went out with the DeSoto and the pot belly stove! If they had read that little blue Landmark book back in grade school on Alexander Graham Bell theyd know how to use that telephone! Respectfully, Kes 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. 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S HARE Y O U R OPINION S Letters A5 | The Star Another thing I noticed was that this toilet didnt have a rubber ap that popped up and let the water down into the toilet. It had this accordion looking mechanism on it that pushed the water down into the tank. It was turbo charged. I sat backwards on the new throne looking at the fancy insides. I thought of Myron Floren. Who is Myron Floren? He was the happy Norwegian. Thats what Lawrence Welk called him anyway. He played the accordion on The Lawrence Welk Show from 1950 to 1982. Those were the days. After installation, there were no leaks. There were no leaks. Wallis Simpson must have been one heck of a girl. I understand. Visit BN Heard online at www.CranksMyTractor. com THE THRONE from page A4 Correct documents essential for DMV changes Dear Editor: The closing of the states Drivers License Ofce in Port St. Joe has prompted Gulf County residents to travel to Blountstown or Panama City in order to renew/ replace a drivers license or identication card. I have been informed that the Tax Collector will begin to issue those cards the end of September. This letter is meant to assist those needing new cards before then. Some residents will be able to renew/replace online, at www.hsmv.gov. Others will have to visit the drivers license ofce. The passage of REAL ID had made it a requirement for everyone to bring in documents verifying name, date of birth and physical address. This law went into effect for Florida drivers licenses/identication cards Jan. 1, 2010. It doesnt matter if a person had had a Florida drivers license for 40 years in that name or has just moved here. Everyone is affected that needs a Florida drivers license or identication card. The easiest way to nd out which documents are needed is at the Department of Highway Safetys website: www. gathergoget.com or www. hsmv.gov. As you ll out the blanks, it will detail which documents are needed. For those without internet, some of the basic documents needed for a U.S. born citizen are: 1) a certied US birth certicate or valid (unexpired) U.S. passport; 2) either a Social Security card, W-2 form, 1099 form or paycheck/stub showing full Social Security number (not handwritten); 3) two proofs of residential address from two different sources such as utility bills, rental agreement, voters card, vehicle registration (cannot be envelopes or magazines); and 4) certied marriage licenses or court orders showing name changes. The last item, is needed to show what changed a name if it is different than the birth certicate name. A more detailed list is available at the website. Hopefully this will help in avoiding multiple trips and wasting time and gas. J.D. Godwin Drivers License Ofce Blountstown Kudos to mosquito control Dear Editor: Gulf County is looking good with the improvements downtown, new parks and access to beaches and recreational areas, and the TDC has done a great job of bringing tourism to Gulf County. Port St. Joe is no longer a smelly industrial town. Another great improvement that should not be overlooked is the mosquito control service that makes life bearable for residents and visitors alike. We remember 10 years ago greeting our guests at Happy Ours Kayak & Canoe Outpost wearing mesh bug suits and offering a can of insect repellent just to get customers out of their cars! That certainly was not giving tourism a positive experience. All that has changed in the last few years. The mosquito control service in our area has been excellent. If we have an outbreak, they usually are here without a call. If we happen to call, Mark Cothrans response has been, Well be out A.S.A.P. and we appreciate you letting us know about the problem. The next day our customers can enjoy kayaking on beautiful St. Joseph Bay instead of swatting insects. We want our county administrators to know that we appreciate their services that help to protect our health, happiness, and livelihood, and we hope the County continues to fund the mosquito control program. Dan and Debbie VanVleet Cape San Blas LETTERS TO THE EDITOR By Jason Alderman One indicator our economy is still hurting is that more and more people are postponing retirement. According to the Department of Labor, those over 55 and still working have increased steadily since the recession began 28.9 million at last count and some surveys show more than a third of employees expect to work past age 70 or never retire. Would-be retirees have faced a perfect storm of negative situations: Having to tap retirement savings early to cover bills or tide them through unemployment. Plunging home values diminished or erased the equity many had hoped to draw on in retirement. Unable to afford or qualify for health insurance theyll need until Medicare kicks in. And many boomer parents have put their own savings on hold while helping their kids struggle through the recession. If youre hoping to retire in the next few years, consider the following: How much will you need? Financial planners often suggest people may need 70 percent or more of pre-retirement income to maintain their current lifestyle, but its difcult to generalize. For example, some people downsize housing or retire to less expensive areas and thus need less. Others can expect increased medical, utility and other bills to outpace earnings on their savings. Start estimating your retirement needs by using online calculators: The Retirement Estimator at www.ssa.gov/estimator automatically enters your earnings information to estimate your projected Social Security benets under different scenarios, such as age at retirement, future earnings projections, etc. You can also download a more detailed calculator to make more precise estimates. Check whether your 401(k) plan administrators website has a calculator to estimate how much you will accumulate under various contribution and investment scenarios. If not, try the various retirement calculators at www. bankrate.com. AARP offers a retirement calculator to help determine your current nancial status and what youll need to save to meet your retirement needs. After youve explored various retirement scenarios, consider paying a nancial planner to help work out an investment and savings game plan. If you dont have a personal referral, good resources include www.cfp.net, www.napfa.org and www.fpanet.org. Social Security issues To make ends meet, many people begin drawing reduced benets from Social Security before reaching full retirement (65 for those born before 1938 and gradually increasing to 67 thereafter). This can have several nancial consequences: Your monthly benet will be reduced by up to 30 percent. (Conversely, if you postpone benets until after reaching full retirement age, your benet increases by 7 to 8 percent per year, up to age 70.) Although many states dont tax Social Security benets, they are counted as taxable income by the federal government. So, depending on your overall income, you could owe federal tax on a portion of your benet. IRS Publication 915 at www. irs.gov has full details. If you begin drawing Social Security while still working, your benet could be signicantly reduced depending on your income. Read How Work Affects Your Benets at www.ssa.gov for details. (Rest assured, however: Those reductions arent truly lost since your benet will be recalculated upward at full retirement age.) One last suggestion: Once youve settled on what you think will be a sufcient retirement budget, try living on it for a few months rst before retiring to make sure it actually works. Jason Alderman directs Visas nancial education programs. To Follow Jason Alderman on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PracticalMoney. Should you put retirement on hold?
Local A6 | The Star Thursday, August 4, 2011 gears again with more local favorites such as Bruce Bowen and the Curry Brothers Band. On Sunday, Bowen takes the stage at 1 p.m. with the Curry Brothers following at 2:30 p.m. Bowen will also join the brothers for an additional set. But music is only part of the draw of the festival. The Chamber contracted with South Florida-based Spotlight Amusement to provide the Kidz Zone, which will feature 16 different activities geared toward entertaining the youngsters, from a rock wall to pony rides to a petting zoo. That is something new this year, Ashbrook said of bringing in an outside vendor to enhance activities for the kids. Festivities actually begin Friday as the merchants along Reid Avenue in downtown Port St. Joe offer a sidewalk sale that segues into the festival kickoff party at the Thirsty Goat Bar and Grill at the Port Inn. Saturday morning kicks off with a 5K Run at 8 a.m. at Vision Bank and a Classic Car & Boat Show with line up along Marina Cove at 8 a.m. 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. And, of course, no festival would be complete without plenty of food vendors, including those selling or cooking the succulent bay scallops for which the festival is named. Frozen scallops are also sold for take home and there will also be plenty of arts and crafts vendors and educational exhibits. There is a $5 admission on Saturday, Sunday is free, and plenty of free parking. Admission is free for active military with ID. Additional information is available by calling the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce at 850-2271223 or emailing info@ gulfchamber.org. The event is presented by the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce and Gulf County Tourist Development Council. KARAO K E WITH BEACH BEATZ 8:00 Midnight T H U R S D A Y FREE 117 SAILOR S C OVE, PORT ST. JOE, F L (850) 229-3463 BAG O F I CE WITH ANY 18 P AC K P URCHA S E S A T U R D A Y DRIN K S P ECIAL S F R I D A Y LIVE M U S IC DRIN K S P ECIAL S JO I N U S F OR T HE S CALLOP FES TI VAL DRIN K S P ECIAL S ALL W EE K EN D BU DD Y H A MM 8:00 Midnight 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. FREE Corner of 2nd and Reid Ave. Port St. Joe. Open Daily 11-8:30, Sunday 1-8 email@example.com Locally owned and operated to meet all your insurance needs SCALLOPS from page A1 Among the performers on Saturday will be local favorite the Kevin Jacobs Band. Left A new upgraded Kidz Zone will feature 16 different activities for the youngsters.PHOTOS SP ECIAL TO T HE S TAR
Local The Star| A7 Thursday, August 4, 2011 community, outreach to neighboring EMS and fire departments and assis tance to those in medical trouble. John needs to be on that ambulance, said resident Edna Newsome after describing 11 debili tating asthma attacks to which Ford responded. He is the best you have and the best you ever will have. He is jammed up. It is wrong what has happened to John. Commissioners said they would continue to examine the situation to ensure that due process was followed and Commis sion chair Warren Yeager was to speak Tuesday with Dr. Gary Pablo, a physi cian working out of Sacred Heart on the Gulf who is also the medical director for Gulf County EMS, to re view the incident. Commissioners refused to entertain a plea from several audience members that Ford, who has been out of work for nearly two weeks, be reinstated on administrative leave at full pay while commissioners further investigate. John is a person who can not be replaced, said Port St. Joe resident Ann White. We need to rein state John and I suggest we nominate him for Citi zen of the Year. If we lose him, we will lose lives, I guarantee that. Commissioners stated they were trying to walk a ne line between sup porting staff put in place to make personnel deci sions in this case, EMS director Houston Whiteld and county administrator Don Butler in consultation with county attorney Jer emy Novak and ensur ing that Ford, who by any measure, given last weeks two public meetings, is deeply respected and nearly beloved. Commissioner Tan Smi ley made no secret where he stood. Ive been listening to all the roses for Mr. Ford and normally you get those kind of roses at your fu neral, Smiley said. Im going to speak up for Mr. Ford. I dont know Dr. Pablo; he doesnt live in this community. I want the board to know how I feel about the situation. Commissioner Bill Wil liams, while bemoaning the examination of Fords ac tions and future in a public setting, noted that Ford had impeccable credentials as an EMT. He said it was critical for the board to speak with Dr. Pablo who in an email requested Ford and Chaney McCardle, the EMT at the center of the episode, be removed from operating for EMS under Pablos license. We have to stand be hind the people we put in place to implement policies and procedures, Williams said. But it is important we have due process and fair ness in this. Johns credentials are beyond reproach. Im ask ing the community to be patient and let us work through staff and through the process. A key, Williams noted, is whether EMS under Pablo is receiving the same train ing and feedback as person nel did under former medi cal director Dr. Tom Curry. Williams noted that Cur ry held weekly meetings to go over patient outcomes, best practices and provide additional training. Wil liams said input from cur rent EMTs was not occur ing under Pablo. Are we getting the train ing that we need if EMS is going to follow direction from the medical director? Williams said. I personally want to speak to Dr. Pablo face to face. Did he have teaching meetings? Did he provide expectations? While Novak contended that Pablo did not make personnel decisions for the county though Novak ac knowledged that Pablos email was critical in the decision-making in the Ford case, as the county could not operate EMS without a medical director. Wil liams countered that Pablo became involved when he came to the county to be medical director. Im not willing to de stroy a mans career until I know information has been provided to Dr. Pablo that I am clear about, Williams said. Commissioner Carmen McLemore supported that approach, agreeing with one audience member who suggested an independent, outside review of the inci dent. Ford, near the end of the meeting, came to the podium to tell the audience that it was no solution to attack Whiteld, Butler or any other member of staff, saying his sole desire was to get his job back. Read more at www. star.com. -CongratulationsThey want to thank their patients for 10 successful years on the Forgoen Coast. 221 Avenue E. (Highway 98) Apalachicola, FL 32320 (850) 653 FEET PANAMA CITY PANAMA CITY FAIRGROUNDS FAIRGROUNDS W E A P O N P E R M I T C L A S S S A T / S U N A T 1 1 A M o r 2 P M AUG 13 & 14 SAT 9AM-5PM SUN 10AM-4PM Guns Knives Related Items Custom Knife Door Prize Drawing FREE PARKING GUN GUN SHOW SHOW FORD from page A1 We have to stand behind the people we put in place to implement policies and procedures. But it is important we have due process and fairness in this. Commissioner Bill Williams
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More and more ounder are showing up recently with sh in the 4 to 5-pound range. Fresh shrimp or bull minnows make for great ounder bait and usually work well at the sea wall in St. Joe Marina. The freshwater shing has been improving the last few weeks. Good reports from the Fishermans Landing of nice catsh and red breast bream caught on crickets in Howard Creek. Sheepshead are being caught in the Brothers using fresh crawsh and shrimp. Not much is happening in Depot Creek, but Lake Wimico has produced a few nice bass. SP ONS ORED B Y AMATEUR ANGLERS WINNERS The following are the tourneys top nishers: SPECKLED TROUT 1. Jacob Thompson 2. Braxton McKnight 3. Hunter Pitts CATFISH 1. Rosie Davis 2. Bobby Joe Pedrick 3. Lucy Edwards PINFISH 1. Destiny Murphy 2. Brandon Tarantino 3. Zachary Mock SPANISH MACKEREL 1. Ally White 2. Corey Jenison 3. Jabin Thompson FLOUNDER 1. Colton Thomas 2. Cailyn Thomas 3. Gerald Messer SEA BASS 1. Dawson Beebe 2. Wyatt McLean 3. Dalton Knapp LADY FISH 1. Baydon Bradshaw 2. Anne Grace Bradshaw 3. Marina ONeal CROAKER 1. Isaac Posner 2. Dylan Burch 3. Bently Herndon C-Quarters draws crowd at youth shing tourney By Lois Swoboda Times Staff Writer The seventh annual C-Quarters Youth Fishing Tour nament is growing by leaps and bounds. This year, 152 youngsters, age 16 and under, regis tered to sh in the July 23 competition, up from 100 kids last year. Boys and girls from Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and South Florida traveled to Carrabelle just to sh. More than 140 sh were entered in nine categories. On July 22, all entrants attended a shing clinic taught by Millard Collins, dockmaster of C-Quarters Ma rina. They learned about tying knots, tying on hooks and overall safety while shing. At completion of the clinic, each one received a rod and reel, T-shirt, hat and bait. Rod and reels are furnished by FishFloridatag.org. The kids shed from docks, bridges and boats. They were allowed to sh the Carrabelle River up to Dog Is land. Entries weighed-in at C-Quarters, and a hot dog lunch was provided by C-Quarters. Photos by MARY LAWHON | Special to the Times From top, Lucy Edwards, Rosie Davis and Bobby Joe Pedrick took home trophies for the biggest catsh. In the ounder category, Gerald Messer, left, took third place, Colton Thomas rst and Coltons sister Cailyn second. Veteran sherman Joe Barber and Bobby Curry look on as Blakely Curry, 8, of Carrabelle trolls for croaker. Blakely was the rst angler to weigh in a sh on Saturday. If you got up early enough on weekends a few years back, you will surely remember a television show on Fox 28 called Bottom Time. It featured Capt. Laney T. Rinehart and his sidekick. Capt. Laney and his guest host would spin some pretty tall yarns that people who never had dived would have a hard time believing. They also would show some ne underwater footage shot on actual lm, instead of video as is done today. I had heard of Capt. Laney for some time before we met. After seeing him on Fox, I made it an emphasis to meet this man I had heard so much about for years. Capt. Laney and I had a lot in common, and we became friends almost immediately. Capt. Laney gave me a copy of his diving book, The Captains Guide to Wrecks and Reefs, which I will cherish forever. If you are new to diving or shing, I would recommend picking up this book, because I guarantee it will come in handy. It is loaded with diving and shing spots that arent readily available elsewhere. I hadnt seen Capt. Laney very much of late, but when I did, we talked diving. He even invited me to go along on a treasure hunt for gold here in Bay County. I suppose that gold never will be found, and we wont be able to make that trip because Capt. Laney died recently in a local hospital. Laney Rinehart was one of those people I wished I had met years ago. The next time you go by Captain Andersons Restaurant, take a good look at the giant ship propeller at the entrance. Capt. Laney is responsible for it being there. There is a great story that goes along with that propeller, and you can read about it in his Wrecks and Reefs. If you ever met Capt. Laney, you would probably agree with me that he was an interesting man. I will miss him, and Im sure many others will, too. On the last page of his book he ended it this way: OH, GOD. Grant us a safe journey and let us enjoy each and others company. Shorten the nights and lengthen the days of our lives. Please give us dominion over all living things, Calm the seas and allow our vessel to be aoat every morning. Our vessel is so small and thy sea is so great. In Jesus name, Amen. Scott Lindsey Outdoor Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Hooked on OUTDOORSS PE C IAL T O F LORI D A F REE D OM N EWSPAPERSTOP: Matt Fender displays his a 27-inch, 6-pound trout caught recently in East St. Andrew Bay. ABOVE: Mary Nell Stone caught this 2-pound, 6-ounce brim at Hobbs Farm in Chipley. HOOK & HARVEST TROPHY WINNERS MARY LAWHON | Special to the Times Jacob Thompson holds his rst-place speckled trout. TROUT MASTER The Star Outdoors Email outdoors news to email@example.com More coverage online at www.star.com
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Page A9 Thursday, August 4, 2011 Big River Riders compete at regional Star Staff Report Approximately 384 4-H participants from 13 states that comprise the Southern Regional Area for 4-H competition converged on the Tu nica Arena and Exposition Center in Tunica, Miss., last week. They were there to compete in the regional competition. Of those 384, three were from Gulf County Big River Riders 4-H Horse Club members Alicia Allison, Kayla Lindsey and Hayley Smith. Participants competed in a variety of events, including Western Pleasure, English and Speed Events. Big River Riders members placed as follows: (Total participants per event: 64-75 entries). Alicia Allison 32nd, Poles; 42nd, Bar rels; 48th, Stake Race Kayla Lindsey 35th, Barrels; 51st, Stake Race Hayley Smith 17th, Pole Bending; 20th, Barrels The girls didnt make it to the nals, but they gave their heart and soul to make Gulf County and Florida proud. Big River Riders had approximately 20 par ents, grandparents, 4-H leaders and support ers on the trip to support the regional partici pants. Big River Riders are so proud of these three young ladies who have worked very hard all year to make it this far at the end of the 4-H year, said Debra Elia of Big River Riders. To top it all off, the competition was an op portunity for Allison and Smith to complete their nal 4-H year with a bang. Big River Riders would like to thank all the parents, grandparents, 4-H leaders, Gulf Coun ty supporters and sponsors who have support ed them during this 4-H year, Elia said. We greatly appreciate all your support, she said. Class by themselves By Brad Milner Florida Freedom Newspapers PORT ST. JOE Derek Kur nitsky is no stranger to pres sure. He coaches at Port St. Joe, after all. And boys bas ketball at that. The Tiger Sharks and Malone long ruled the ar eas basketball landscape, Port St. Joe under legend ary coach Vern Eppinette, who led the school to five state championships from 1994-99. Port St. Joe has won eight titles in all and has ap peared in a final game 10 times, including once under Kurnitsky, in 2007. That season, Port St. Joe struggled to a 13-14 regu lar-season finish but put to gether a run in the regional tournament. It culminated with a 66-63 overtime vic tory over Tampa Prep in the state semifinal. The elation of reaching the schools 10th title game and first since 2000 soon waned even before the Tiger Sharks took the court in the 2A finale. The opponent was Jack sonville Arlington Country Day, which quickly became known as a manufacturer of Division I basketball tal ent. The school attracted foreign players in addition to elite Florida players, and renounced its membership in the Florida High School Athletic Association in 2010. ACD won five straight 2A ti tles from 2005-09 and blasted PSJ 72-43. It really gets demoral izing, Kurnitsky said. You work hard in the summer and in the offseason; then you work hard in the season. But you know you dont have a chance. Youre play ing against kids who are go ing to the Kentuckys and the Louisvilles you just cant compete. Kurnitskys 2010-11 team featured two Division I sign ees, albeit in football and baseball, who were superb basketball players as well. The Tiger Sharks marched to the 2A semifinals but were dispatched by Weston Sagemont 58-37. Sagemont, one of many private schools to dominate the classifi cation, went on to win the championship. There will be no Sage monts or ACDs or Tampa Preps in the way for PSJ during the next two seasons in Rural Class 1A. The only stumbling block for a Port St. Joe return to glory could Quinn close to signing with Phillies By Tim Croft Star News Editor The Philadelphia Phillies provided something of a re cruiting trip for Port St. Joes Roman Quinn this past week. Quinn, the Phillies sec ond-round pick in Junes Ma jor League Baseball amateur draft, spent three days in Phila delphia courtesy of the team. Quinn is the highest-drafted player ever out of Gulf County. Former high school stars Brian Jenkins from Port St. Joe and Brandon Jones of Wewahitch ka were fthand sixth-round picks, respectively. It still hasnt really sunk in yet, not really, Quinn said. Quinn said that during his trip to the City of Brotherly Love, he got to meet and min gle with the players, meet Man ager Charlie Manual and even get on the eld for some bat ting practice and to eld a few ground balls. It was the greatest expe rience, Quinn said. It just made me want to get to where they were. The players and ev erybody treated me real well. I got to take batting prac tice at (Citizens Bank Ballpark) and hit two out, one from each side (of the plate). That felt re ally good. Quinn, who also signed a let ter of intent to play baseball at Florida State University, said hes been busy working out this summer while negotiating with the Phillies. He wakes each day at 6 a.m. for a morning run and returns to the eld with a trainer each evening for elding drills and batting practice, he said. Ive been working real hard all summer, Quinn said. The Phillies gave me tips on the right things to eat and about my workouts. Ive been hard at it. Much of the Phillies focus this summer, he added, has been on coming to terms with their rst-round pick, who was asking more than the Phillies were willing to pay, Quinn said. He added that he is slot ted into a position where his contract would be well into six gures, likely in the range of $600,000.FIL E P H OTO Port St. Joes boys basketball program is the most decorated at the school, with eight state titles. However, the rise in private school powers has kept the Tiger Sharks from adding to their total. S PE CIAL TO TH E S T A R Speed is what most attracted scouts to Roman Quinn, who had one of the fastest 60-yard dash times in the June MLB amateur draft. See QUINN A10 See PSJ A10 PSJ seeks return to dominance
A10 | The Star Thursday, August 4, 2011 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 Sports Part of any deal, he added, would be a provision by which if Quinn chooses in three or four years not to continue his base ball career, the Phillies will pay for his schooling at the college of his choice. Its a win-win for me, Quinn said. Im very excited. It is a real blessing. There is an Aug. 15 deadline set by the Phillies for Quinn to sign a contract. We should be getting some thing going in the next couple of days or the next week or so, Quinn said. Right now I am leaning toward signing with the Phillies. If and when he signs, Quinn, drafted as a shortstop, would re port to Clearwater and the Gulf Coast League Phillies for fall rookie ball. He said the Phillies have pro vided him a goal, and the trip to Philadelphia served as rein forcement. It all depends on me, but they see me replacing (current shortstop) Jimmy Rollins in a few years, Quinn said with a chuckle. Its all been a blessing. Im very proud. Im proud because I think Ive worked hard for what Ive got. QUINN from page A9SPECIAL TO T HE STAR A switch-hitter, Roman Quinn hit two out during a recent chance for batting practice with the Phillies in Philadelphia. be its own level of play, along with many area smaller-enrollment pub lic schools that might have some thing to say to the contrary. Now when you have a good team, youll be expected to do more, Kurnitsky said. Theres probably more pressure on me now, but at our school, theres al ways the pressure to win. Port St. Joe is grouped into District 4 for basketball along with Blountstown, Bozeman, Frank lin County, Liberty County, South Walton and West Gadsden. If the division had been in place last sea son, the classification would have featured a young Malone team on the rise, a Holmes County squad with a top college prospect and Chipley, which was unbeaten until meeting eventual state champion Tallahassee Rickards in the Region 1-3A final. Rural bracketing last season would have put Chipley against PSJ in the state semifinal. The Ti gers, removed from having to face Rickards and the large Tallahassee talent pool, would have enjoyed a distinct size advantage. PSJ would have featured Roman Quinn and Calvin Pryor, the aforementioned Division I talent, and the game would have been staged at The Lakeland Center. If you played that game at Chipola College, you couldnt get anyone else in the place, Kur nitsky said. There are so many programs with a lot of tradition, and it would be nice to play them in the Final Four. This gives more people an op portunity to go to Lakeland. Thats a great thing. Getting to Lakeland is a chance of a lifetime. Port St. Joe Athletic Director Vern Barth said the new division will help not only the basketball team, but many sports at the school. Baseball will receive a boost, as will football, which Barth coaches. It gives everyone a fighting chance; all the kids in all the sports have renewed hope that they never had before, Barth said. We know that at the start of the season, with the right team, you have a chance to make it all the way. You have the feeling that its wide open. PSJs football team has seen a dearth in overall talent in recent seasons but has produced great teams in the past, including a 2005 state titlist. Barth underscored the need for the rural division by pointing out that even though not impossible, beating teams such as Tallahassee North Florida Chris tian is extremely difficult, even in years with elevated talent. Watching them on film (in 2008) and knowing the common oppo nents they had been beating, it was kind of depressing and sad, Barth said. We had a good team, and they beat us soundly. I felt like our kids were cheated. Barth sees no cheated teams in the rural classification. Kurnitsky agreed and answered critics who might have thought the movement to a smaller classification was mo tivated by anything but more equal competition. I hear a lot of people saying were cry babies and we got what we wanted, Kurnitsky said. All we want is to coach kids here in our local towns, not play against teams with overseas players. This is an opportunity for all of us to compete. FILE PHOTO Port St. Joe athletic coaches believe the new Rural Division provides more opportunities for small rural schools to compete deep into the state playoffs. PSJ from page A9 All we want is to coach kids here in our local towns, not play against teams with overseas players. This is an opportunity for all of us to compete. Derek Kurnitsky, Port St. Joe basketball coach
COMMUNITY B Section Thursday, August 4, 2011 Page 1 www.starfl.com First Friday to have local avor Star Staff Report The Gulf Alliance for the Local Arts (GALA) will offer a local avor to this months First Fridays Arts & Music series. Local artist Russ Harrison is the featured artist, and the Curry Brothers Band will provide the music as First Fridays kicks off with a reception from 6-7 p.m. ET this Friday at the Port Inn. The Curry Brothers Band will begin its set at 7 p.m. ET on the porch of the Thirsty Goat at the Port Inn. The Currys are a homegrown acoustic-folk duo native to the Forgotten Coast. Incorporating elements of country, bluegrass, blues and rock, the Currys music showcases thoughtful songwriting, unassuming instrumentation and beautiful vocal harmonies. The band was formed when members Jimmy and Tommy Curry met each other over breakfast in June 2006 and agreed that they ought to take advantage of the fact that they shared both a last name and a living room. The Curry brothers started playing locally over summers during college, frequently accompanied by singer-songwriter and cousin Galen Curry. A HOUSE OR SOUL AT A TIME By Tim Croft Star News Editor As Centennial Bank branch manager Hiram Nix was readying to provide a $500 donation to the Christian Community Development Fund, his explanation for the banks largesse was succinct. They (the CCDF) are doing things for the entire community, Nix said. They cater to the elderly, to those in need. Centennial is a community bank. They want to support organizations in the community. And there are few places in the community where the CCDF and its band of elves of faith do not tread. From home repairs to assisting homebound elderly to providing needs assessment and outreach, the CCDF continues to leverage donated dollars and eager partners to improve the lives of many. That is how things work that are supposed to work, said Diana Burkett, who has served as executive director of the CCDF since the middle of the last decade. My board is diverse, our staff is diverse. And I could go on and on about the people we work with because we always have people who are willing to help. In all, counting students who come down annually from First Baptist Church of Opelika (Ala.), Burkett can call on a volunteer force of some 600. She has forged working relationships with groups such as the First United Methodist Church Mens Club, Covenant House and First Baptist Church of Wewahitchka, among many other Sacred Heart steps in for athlete physicals By Tim Croft Star News Editor The old adage about one door closing and another opening was on full display last week at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf. As 107 middleand high-school athletes from Port St. Joe and We wahitchka were seen by at least 15 employees of Sacred Heart, all vol unteering their time, the hospital fully stepped into a void to assist in providing free athletic physicals for the coming school year. The void was left by state budget cuts that impacted the Gulf County Health Department, leaving the department short on resources it had tapped for years to provide the physicals a re quirement for participation for student-athletes. Rick Williams with Tallahas see Orthopedic Clinic approached Sacred Heart about taking on the work. I told him yes, we would, said Kathy Chastain, interim chief nursing ofcer at the hospital. We enjoyed it. Chastain set to work immedi ately after speaking with Williams about putting staff in place and ensuring facility space to accom modate the athletes. Sacred Hearts mission has been, ever since weve come to the community, is to help the com munity and be a part of the com munity, Chastain said. This is part of our mission. It is always our desire to be active in the com munity and participate in commu nity activities. Chastain said the staff was on board as well. In total, 12 staff members from the hospital in addition to SPECIAL TO T HE STAR Russ Harrisons Self portrait will be among the works on display at The Port Inn this month. P hotos by T IM C RO F T | The Star Centennial Bank recently donated to the Christian Community Development Fund because, branch manager Hiram Nix, back right, said, They are doing things for the entire community. Students from Auburn University have become more than just summer playmates for kids at Washington Gym. Below students from Alabama who volunteer each summer, such as Ryan Woodson here, entertain kids with a wide variety of games. T IM C RO F T | The Star Rick Williams with Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic was among the volunteers who helped more than 100 middleand high-school athletes receive free physicals through Sacred Heart on the Gulf. See PHYSICALS B8 See FRIDAY B8 See DIFFERENCE B8 GALA to showcase young artists and performers M A K I N G A D I F F E R E N C E, Special to The Star The Gulf Alliance for Local Arts (GALA) is proud to present works and performances by the communitys budding talents. Children who participated in the GALA Summer Arts Program will have the chance to present their works and acts from 5:30-7:30 p.m. ET Friday, Aug. 5, during a reception to honor their achievements. The reception will be held at 309 Reid Ave. in Port St. Joe, the same location used for the Plein Air Wet Room in May. This event is open to the public. All supporters of the arts are encouraged to attend. First Fridays festivities will follow the reception at the Port Inn. The GALA Summer Arts Program was offered 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 visual and performing arts. Approximately 100 children have been served by this program, according to Amber Davis, Summer Arts Program coordinator for GALA. Children had the option to enroll in one or more of the four disciplines, including clay, visual art, dance and theater, giving them a wide range of art exposure. Classes have been held over a span of eight weeks, beginning June 6 and ending Aug. 5. Additional sponsorship for this program was provided in part by the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulfs Arts In Medicine Program and the Gulf County Tourist Development Council.
B2 | The Star Thursday, August 4, 2011 Star Staff Report Ruth Phillips, a member of the Franklin/Gulf Retired Educator As sociation Local Unit, was presented with the 2011 Florida Retired Edu cators Association (FREA) District II Community Service Volunteer of the Year Award. The award was pre sented to her at the FREA Assem bly and Convention Annual Meeting, held June 1-3 at the Hilton Hotel at the Walt Disney World Resort in Or lando. District II comprises Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon and Wakulla counties. Phillips, a Port St. Joe teacher who retired with 34 years of service, reported 868 hours of community volunteer service for 2010-2011. Her volunteer work at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Port St. Joe in cludes duties as treasurer, an usher and a choir member. She enjoys mission work and has conducted etiquette workshops for teenagers. She also visits the sick and prepares programs for Black History Month. Phillips is a member of the Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board and the Washington Improve ment Group Board (WIG). Her contributions as a board member include assisting with grant writing and solving student problems. Other F/GREA members in atten dance at the Assembly meeting were Christine White, F/GREA president, and her husband, Carl; Beverly Kel ley, FREA District II trustee; and Arlene M. Oehler, FREA District II literacy chairman. F/GREA membership is open to anyone who has retired from the education eld under the Florida Retirement System with ve or more years of service, or anyone who has retired from the education al system of any other state or from any privately funded or parochial school with ve or more years of service. For information, call Mar garita at 697-4200 or Christine at 229-6693. PET OF THE WEEK Franklin County Humane Society Qualications: Expertise in: Now Accepting Appointments Call Toll Free 888-681-5864 For more info www.seclung.com Lung Disease Specialist Rob Garver, MD Now Seeing Patients in Port St. Joe NOW BCBS-FL I N -NETWORK PROV I DER S o u t h e r n C o o k i n g a t i t s B e s t Best Food Best Prices for Local Seafood & Black Angus Beef on Thursday & Friday Nights 6-8:30 Shrimp Fried or Grilled w/ 2 Sides $10.95 8 oz. Ribeye w/ 2 sides $11.95 Scallop & Shrimp Combo w/ 2 sides $11.95 Fish Basket w/ 2 sides $9.95 8 oz. Burgers w/FF $9.95 Hours: 236 Reid Ave (850) 229.7121 Society Happy 70th birthday, Richard Zipperer To our superman who knows how to y but just hasnt mastered the landing just yet. Love from all of us Garden Club rafe Aug. 11 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 the second Thursday of each month, 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, fun, 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. Visit our Facebook page at http://www. facebook.com/pages/ Port-St-Joe-GardenClub/154653344602213. August: the month of caterpillar invasion Do branches on your tree look like someone stripped the leaves off, rolled up the leaves, or spun thick silken webs together? Chances are a moth or buttery laid some eggs nearby that hatched into some very hungry caterpillars. During late summer, caterpillars cause problems for gardeners all over our state. As you know, caterpillars are the larval stage of butteries and moths. Though many of the winged adults are attractive, the damage caused by the larvae certainly is not. Because caterpillars are ravenous feeders, they can cause considerable damage in a short time. Early detection and prompt countermeasures are important. There are many kinds of pest caterpillars, far too many to cover in a single article. Ill talk about a few of the common ones you may encounter, and comment on some basic control measure. My information was provided by Extension entomologist Dr. Eileen A. Buss, of The University of Floridas Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Sod webworms and fall army worms seriously damage lawns. Its not unusual for both to attack at the same time. Webworms are the smaller of the two species, reaching a length of only about of an inch, compared to 1 inches for army worms. In general, both are greenish in the young state, turning brown as they mature. Their feeding is similar, resulting in notched or ragged leaf edges. However, webworms tend to feed in patches, while army worms cause more scattered damage. The orange dog caterpillar is a common pest on citrus trees; its black with white markings, and slimy looking. Its eggs, which look like small yellow beads, are laid on the newest plant growth. At maturity, the orange dog becomes a swallowtail buttery. If youve ever suddenly felt a sharp stinging sensation while pruning a plant, you might have come in contact with an io (eyeoh) moth caterpillar. This caterpillar is pale green with two stripes one white and one maroon down both sides of its body. It has many clumps of stiff poisonous hairs. Touching these is painful to most people. In some cases, the reaction is bad enough to require hospitalization. The io moth caterpillar, which is only one of several stinging varieties, is found on such plants as hibiscus, poinsettias, palms and many others. Caterpillars can be controlled mechanically or with chemical sprays. If the caterpillars are large and few in number, they can be removed from plants by hand. If egg masses are recognized, these can be destroyed before they hatch. Chemical control material includes Sevin, Malathion and Bacillus thuringiensis (thur-in-geeen-sis). Sevin is a stomach poison thats good to use on small caterpillars that are hard to nd. However, Sevin isnt a very good contact poison. So it cant be used against caterpillars that are already quite large. Malathion is a good contact poison but a poor stomach poison. So its best for use on large caterpillars. Malathion must be applied thoroughly to ensure contact with all the caterpillars. This can sometimes be hard to do, especially on large shrubs and trees. Bacillus thuringiensis isnt a chemical. Its a bacterial concentrate thats deadly only to caterpillars. It wont harm other insects. When applying pesticides, always use caution and common sense. Avoid contact with the concentrate, and stay out of the spray drift. Read the product label carefully, and follow all directions exactly. For more information on controlling caterpillars, contact The Gulf County IFAS Cooperative Extension Service or visit our website, http://gulf.ifas. u.edu. ROY LEE CAR TER County extension director FREA honors PSJs Phillips SPECIAL TO TH E STA R Ruth Phillips holds her FREA District II Community Service Award Certicate, presented to her by Jody Scruggs, FREA Community Service Award chairman. Birthday
The Star| B3 Thursday, August 4, 2011 PSJ Junior/Senior Open House Aug. 11 Star Staff Report Port St. Joe Junior/Senior High School will hold an open house for all students and parents in grades seven12. The open house will be Thursday, Aug. 11, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET. Students will receive their schedules and partici pate in a mock schedule run for stu dents to be able to report to each class for a short period. The school faculty is excited about the upcoming school year and welcoming all returning students and parents as well as new stu dents and parents. Also, the staff and faculty would like to extend the opportunity for each of you to meet our new principal, Jeremy Knapp. Knapp comes to us from Virginia, and the district is excited to welcome him to the Port St. Joe High School family. If you have any questions about the open house, please call the school at 850-229-8251. new CITY OF MEXI C O BEA C H NOTI C E OF SE C O N D PUBI C H EARI N G T he City of Mexico Beach is applying to the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for a grant under the Housing Rehabilitation category in the amount of $600,000 under the FFY2011 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. For each activity that is proposed, 70% of the funds must benet low to moderate income (LMI) persons. For each activities, dollar amount and estimated percentage benet to low and moderate income persons for which the City is applying are: A ctivity B udget L MI (Approximately) Housing Rehabilitation $495,000 100% Temporary Relocation $15,000 100% Administration $90,000 N/A TOTA L BUDGET $600,000 The City has adopted an anti-displacement and reloction plan as part of the grant requirements. The City will assist displaced persons with grant funds, as indicated in the budget and policy. A Public Hearing to provide citizens an opportunity to comment on the application wil be held during a City Council Meeting on August 9, 2011, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Mexico Beach Civic Center, 105 N. 31st Street, Mexico Beach, FL. A draft copy of the application will be available for review at that time. A nal copy of the application will be made available at the Mexico Beach City Hall, Mon-Fri between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., no more than ve days after August 15, 2011. The application will be submitted to DCA on or before August 15, 2011 (or later if the application deadline is extended). To obtain additional information concerning the application and the Public Hearing contact Mr. Chris Hubbard, City Administrator, at (850) 648-5700, (TDD (800) 955-8770). This is handicapped accessible facility. Any person requiring a special accommodation at this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact Debbie McLeod, City Clerk, at 1202 Highway 98, Mexico Beach, Florida 32456; or by phone at (850) 648-5700 at least ve calendar days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, and you possess TDD equipment, you may contact the City Cleark using the Florida Dual Party Relay System, which can be reached at 1-800-955-8770 (TDD). Pursuat to Section 102 of the HUD Reform Act of 1989, the followingn disclosures will be submitted to DCA with the application. The disclosures will be made available by the City of Mexico Beach and DCA for public inspection upon request. These disclosures will be available on and after the date of submission of the application and shall continue to be available for a minimum period of ve years. 1. Other Government (federal, state, and local) assistance to the project in the form of a gift, grant, loan, guarantee, insurance payment, rebate, subsidy, credit, tax bent, or any other form of direct or indirect benet by source and amount 2. The identities and pecuniary interests of all developers, contractors, or consultants involved in the application for assistance or in the planning or development of the project or activity; Aaron Farnsley, AIF CFP MBA Farnsley & Johnston 505 Reid Avenue Port St. Joe, FL 32456 850.227.3336 firstname.lastname@example.org School News Special to The Star Faith Christian School is taking applications for the 2011-12 school year. Faith Christian students follow a challenging curriculum and excel in reading, language arts and mathematics. A caring staff promotes a friendly learning environment while individualized instruction ensures that every child learns and is challenged; therefore, a students potential is maximized. Preschool class sizes are limited, but there are still spots in K3 and K4. K3 students are taught basic learning skills, while K4 students take academics a little farther by learning how to read. Social skills are emphasized to young scholars through structured activities and outside play. A competitive tuition fee allows your child a quality Christian education from the start. Call 229-6707 or visit www.Faith ChristianPSJ.net for more information. Wewahitchkas Alicia Allison earns scholarship Star Staff Report The North Florida Fair Association has announced the 2011 winner of the annual Lloyd Rhoden Scholarship. The scholarship fund was established in 1985 to honor the late Lloyd Rhoden, former manager of the fair and retired 4-H Coun ty Extension director. Each year, the fair association choos es a student who plans to major in an agricultural eld at a Florida institution of higher learning. The annual award continues up to four years as long as the recipient continues to meet the require ments. This years Lloyd Rhoden Agricul tural Scholarship goes to Alicia Allison of Wewahitchka. Allison is the daughter of Barbara and Johnny Taunton. Along with being an active member in her local 4-H Club, Big River Riders, Allison has been a team player and captain of the varsity volleyball team, and a member of the Student Government Association at We wahitchka High School. As an active member in 4-H, Allison has participated in many activities at the local, district and state levels. She has served as president and vice president at both the local and district levels and has helped with fundraisers and been in volved on committees at the state level. Allison has also been a 4-H Camp coun selor for the past four years. Through her experience in 4-H, Allison has gained knowledge in many areas of agriculture and has a special passion for horses, which she says are the love of her life. Her love for these animals has spurred a desire to seek a degree in the animal sciences with a goal of becoming a fully licensed equine veterinarian in Gulf County. The North Florida Fair Association ap plauds its 2011 Lloyd Rhoden Agriculture Scholarship winner. Since the scholar ship began, more than $148,000 has been made available to recipients to further their education.SPECIAL TO T HE STARALICIA ALLISON The Lions T ALE
FAITH Page B4 www.starfl.com Jerry Arhelger, 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 (850) 827-2887 Howard Creek Baptist Church A Place of Grace 9:45 am (EST) 11:00 am (EST) Thursday, August 4, 2011 This business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week. Discipline is on the way God has not said a word to me, But I read the Bible and I see. Discipline is coming to the U.S.A. The leadership is rotten, faith is fading away. Idols have taken the place of God. Nothing is sacred in the land we trod. Women marrying women, men marrying men. I wonder how long Hell put up with this sin? Good folks dont want the homeless around, I guess theyre afraid itll run the neighborhood down. Jeremiah had some of these problems many years ago. He told the people about it, but they didnt believe him though. I dont know when this discipline is coming, but it will come my friend. My prayer is that you submit to His discipline or it could possibly be the end. We as Christians should see it coming, were long overdue. We could save this discipline, if we put God rst and love our brothers and sisters, too. Billy Johnson Evelyn Grace Morse 1947 2011 Mrs. Evelyn Grace Morse, 63, of Wewahitchka, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2011, at her home after struggling with breast cancer for the past 17 years. She married Richard A. Morse on July 14, 1983, and moved to this area in 1987 from Bradenton, FL. She worked at Innovations Developmental Center for 14 years and then for Panama City Developmental Center until she became ill. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a member of Wewahitchka Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband, Richard A. Morse; her children, Earl Nichols and wife Robin of Bradenton, FL, and Eddie Nichols and wife Teri of Wewahitchka; her grandchildren, Dustin and wife Krystalle, Devin, Wyatt, Kristen and Kimber; her brothers, Hal Kennedy of Bradenton and David Kennedy of Ocala; and her sister, Donna Pearson of Georgia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Therman and Christine Kennedy; and an infant son, Danny Ray. Funeral services were at noon CT on Monday, August 1, 2011, at the Wewahitchka Church of Christ with Rev. Jack Reese ofciating. Interment followed at Roberts Cemetery. Visitation was held on Sunday, July 31, 2011, at the Wewahitchka Church of Christ. Those wishing to extend a word of condolence may do so at www.heritagefhllc. com. Heritage Funeral Home 247 N. Tyndall Parkway Panama City, FL 32404 (850) 785-1316 Henry Grady Lee Stephens Henry Grady Lee Stephens of Port St. Joe passed away Friday, July 22, 2011, in Select Specialty Care after an extended illness. Lee was born on May 6, 1933, in Indianola, Mississippi. He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Katherine Stephens; a sister, Ann Dasher; and a stepson, Charles Kilbourn, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Mary Agnes KilbournStephens; three sons, Tom (Beverly) Stephens and Stan (Valerie) Stephens of Panama City, and Scott (Randy) Stephens of West Palm Beach; a brother, Earl Stephens of Fairburn, GA; a sister, Betty Conrad of Las Vegas, NV; a grandson, Michael (Katherine) Stephens of Panama City; two stepsons, Mark and Michael Kilbourn of Port St. Joe; one step-grandson, Tim Smith; and two stepgranddaughters, Katie and Miranda Kilbourn of Port St. Joe. Lee attended Millville Elementary School, Bay High School and William and Mary College. He served eight years in the U.S. Army as a ballistic expert and as an MP. After his tour in the service, he worked in the Laboratory at St. Joe Paper Company until his retirement. Visitation was from noon to 1:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at Kent Forest Lawn Funeral Home with graveside services following at 2 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens with Pastor Howard Browning ofciating. Pallbearers were Tom, Scott, and Michael Stephens, Mark and Michael Kilbourn, and Sam Dasher. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.kentforestlawn.com. Kent Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 2403 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, FL 32405 (850-763-4694) Mrs. Elizabeth A. Strang Mrs. Elizabeth A. Strang, 82, of Port St. Joe, Fla., passed away Monday, August 1, 2011, at her residence. She moved to the area in 1986, from Old Fort, Ohio. Mrs. Strang was a teacher and musician. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Port St. Joe, the United Daughters Confederacies, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Kentucky Genealogy Society. Mrs. Strang played the organ at her church. Her hobbies were genealogy and painting. Mrs. Strang is survived by her husband, William Strang; two sons, Peter C. Strang and wife Sukanwa Jett, and David W. Strang; sister, Susan R. Mathewson; grandchild, Cateline E. Strang; and her standard poodle, Booboo, and her cat, Qwa Qwa. Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Southerland Family Funeral Home, Port St. Joe, is in charge of arrangements. EVEL YN GRACE MORSE HENRY GRADY LEE STEPHENS Obituaries
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B6| The Star Thursday, August 4, 2011 CLASSIFIEDS ToPlace Your Classified ad inCall Our New Numbers Now!Call:850-747-5020 Toll Free:800-345-8688 Fax:850-747-5044 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Email:email@example.com theAPALACHICOLA & CARRABELLETIMES CALLOURNEWNUMBERSNOW 3431S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NUMBER: 10-482 CA SUPERIOR BANK, as successor in interest to THE BANK, Plaintiff, vs. KC LLC, a Florida limited liability company, KAY W. EUBANKS a/k/a KAY WOOD EUBANKS, and CLAYTON TERRENCE EUBANKS, Defendants. AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 5th day of April, 2011, in Case Number 10-482 CA, of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Gulf County, Florida, wherein SUPERIOR BANK, as successor in successor in interest to THE BANK is Plaintiff, and KC LLC, a Florida limited liability company, KAY EUBANKS a/k/a KAY WOOD EUBANKS and CLAYTON TERRENCE EUBANKS are the Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder at the front lobby door of the Gulf County Courthouse, Port St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., Eastern Time on the 25th day of August, 2011, the following described real property, as set forth in the Summary Final Judgment of Fore-closure, to-wit: Lot 4, Block 6, RIVERSIDE ESTATES ADDITION TO IOLA UNIT NUMBER 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 46, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA Together with all rights, easements, appurtenances, royalties, rights, oil and gas rights, timber, all diversion payments or third party payments made to drop producers, and all existing and future improvements, structures, fixtures, and replacements that may now, or at any time in the future, be part of the real estate described above (all referred to as Property), including a 2001 Claz mobile home, ID# CLS097249TN AT THE TIME OF THE SALE, THE SUCCESSFUL HIGH BIDDER OR BIDDERS, AS THE CASE MAY BE, SHALL POST WITH THE CLERK A DEPOSIT EQUAL TO 5 PERCENT OF THE FINAL BID. THE DEPOSIT SHALL BE APPLIED TO THE SALE PRICE AT THE TIME OF PAYMENT. THE SUM REMAINING DUE AND OWING AFTER APPLICATION OF THE DEPOSIT SHALL BE PAID TO THE CLERK IN CERTIFIED FUNDS NO LATER THAN TEN (10) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF SALE. THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER OR BIDDERS, AT THE SALE WILL BE REQUIRED TO PLACE THE REQUISITE STATE DOCUMENTARY STAMPS ON THE CERTIFICATE OF TITLE. If you are a person claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must file a claim with the Clerk no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to file a claim, you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. After 60 days, only the owner of record, as of the date of the lis pendens, may claim the surplus. 3399S 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: 3387S 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. 516 Application No. 2011-07 Year of Issuance: 2009 R.E. No. 02729-000R Description of Property: South 1/2 of the West 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the Southeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 13, Township 5 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Willie Nobles & Dorothy Ruth Nobles 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 7th day of September, 2011. Dated this 25th day of July, 2011. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk August 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011 3388S 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. 589 Application No. 2011-08 Year of Issuance: 2009 R.E. No. 03083-780R Description of Property: Unit 16, EAGLE LANDING SUBDIVISION, according to the map or plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 51, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Sand Castle Developers LLC/Swiftwater LLC 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 7th day of September, 2011. Dated this 25th day of July, 2011. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk August 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011 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 3372S NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS BID NO. 1011-28 The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will receive bids from any person, company or corporation interested in providing the following for the Gulf County Beaches Fire Department: One (1) Hale Fire Pump and One (1) Hale Deluxe Pump Panel Pump: Model -Hale HPX100-BD26 Briggs and Stratton DM950D Diesel Engine Electric 12 Volt Start Hale 100 Pump End Mechanical Seal 2 in NPT Female Suction 1.5 NPT Discharge 12 Volt Primer ESP Max Pump Flow -180 gpm Max Pressure -325 psi Deluxe Pump Panel Master Switch Start Button Primer Level Low Oil Pressure Light Suction Gauge Single Discharge Gauge Throttle Controls Please indicate on the envelope YOUR COMPANY NAME, that this is a SEALD BID and include the BID NUMBER. Please provide an original and three (3) copies. Bids must be submitted to the Gulf County Clerks Office at 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 by Friday, September 2, 2011 at 4:30 p.m., E.T. Bids will be opened at this same location on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., E.T. Any questions concerning this bid should be directed to David Richardson at (850) 227-9562 or Bobby Plair (850) 227-1115. Gulf County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Warren Yeager, Jr., Chairman Attest: Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk August 4, 11, 2011 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 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 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 Certificate No. 411 Application No. 2011-12 Year of Issuance: 2009 R.E. No. 02387-000R Description of Property: Lots 7 and 8, of Block 1 of Hardens Addition to the City of Wewahitchka, according to the official map or plat thereof on file in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court, Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Clifford C. Millergren and M. Janice Millergren 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 7th day of September, 2011. Dated this 25th day of July, 2011. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk August 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011 Airlines Are Hiring Train for 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. 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Fry Cook, Counter Help & Ice Cream Scoopers NeededAPPLY: Steamers Hot Dogs112 Reid Ave, Port St. Joe, FL g FOR RENTJumbo storage units 25 x 50 with office & bathroom. 12 x 12 roll up door monthly lease w/ 1 month dep. $450 mo. Store boats, campers + personal items in one unit. 850-814-7911 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 Port St. Joe CommercialFor LeaseMarketed Exclusively by:850-229-6373Retail / Of ce Space308 Reid Avenue Suite A +/1100 sf; $1100 mo mod gross 401 Reid Avenue +/5,400sf: Move in ready; Inquire for terms 101 Reid Avenue Seven of ce suites avail starting at $400 mo plus pro rata CAM 103 Reid Avenue Great of ce/retail location ready for occupancy; $10 psf mod gross 190 Williams Avenue Stand alone building located at the corner of Williams and 1st Street; On-site parking; $10 psf mod grossWarehouse / Flex Space110 Trade Circle West +/2500-7500sf suites, 14ft roll-up doors, dock high loading; inquire for terms 2790 Hwy 98 +/5,640 sf : Of ce / Warehouse; $8 psf mod gross; Property also available for sale; Inquire for terms; 17 seperate storage units availableFor Sale306 Williams Avenue +/2400 sf of ce/retail Loggerhead Restaurant Cape San Blas, +/-3000sf, FFE incl., .47 ac, on site-parking, sewer, asking $350,000. 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 Food Svs/Hospitality The Port Inn is now accepting applications for a 7am-3pmFront Desk Sales Agent & Food SvsWeekends 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 OtherJOB NOTICEThe Gulf County Board of County Commissioners is accepting applications for two (2) PART-TIME Mosquito Sprayers with NO benefits. Hours of work will be determined on an as needed basis. Applications and a complete job description are available in our HR office or at: www .gulfcountygovern ment.com Application deadline is Friday, August 12, 2011 at 5:00 p.m., E.T. A TABE score of 10.0 or higher is required, test date to be determined. For more information, please contact Mosquito Control Director Mark Cothran at 850-227-1401. Gulf County enforces a Drug-Free Workplace Policy and is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Web-Id 34170168 PSJ 1307 Marvin Ave, Fri & Sat 8am-1pm;Moving Sale PSJ 2201 Centennial Dr at the Centennial Building, Sat from 8am-?;Multi Family SaleFurniture, toys, baby items, household items, Clothing, and misc. All proceeds will be going to Growing Minds Education/TrainingDigital Media Adjunctto teach various digital media courses. Requires MS in digital media/graphic arts or MS with min. 18 graduate hrs. in digital media/web design/graphic arts. $599/credit hr. Position Open Until Filled. Application & additional info: http://www .gulfcoast.edu/h r GCSC is an EA/EO/M/F Vet employer. GCSC Equity Officer 850.873.3569 Web-Id-34170907Text FL70907 to 56654 Education/TrainingEngineering Adjunctto teach various engineering courses. Requires MS in engineering or MS with min. 18 graduate hrs. in engineering. $599/credit hr. Position Open Until Filled. Application & additional info: http://www .gulfcoast.edu/h r GCSC is an EA/EO/M/F Vet employer. GCSC Equity Officer 850.873.3569 Web-Id-34170904Text FL70904 to 56654 Food ServicesNow HiringExp. Chef/Cook & experienced Wait Staff. Apply in person to 71 Market St.Apalachicola between 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm. Web-Id 34170461 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. Happy 70thRichard Zipperer To our Super Hero who know how to fly but has not mastered the landing just yet! Love from your family! Bay Harbour: 2109 Juniper Ave. Sat. 8a-12pGarage SaleHousehold items, Daybed, Shoes, Purses, & Movies, etc. 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! 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 3465S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO.: 10-197 CA Deutsche Bank National Trust Company as Trustee for the register holders of Morgan Stanley ABS Capital I Inc. Trust 2007-NC4 Mortgage Pass through certificates, Series 2007-NC4, Plaintiff, vs. Kimberly Franklin, Unknown Spouse of Kimberly Franklin Gulf County Board of County Commissioners, Unknown Tenant #1. and Unknown Tenant #2 Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 26, 2011, and entered in Case No. 10-197 CA of the Circuit Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, wherein Deutsche Bank National Trust Company as Trustee for the register holders of Morgan Stanley ABS Capital I Inc. Trust 2007-NC4 Mortgage Pass through certificates. Series 2007-NC4, is Plaintiff and Kimberly Franklin, Unknown Spouse of Kimberly Franklin Gulf County Board of County Commissioners, Unknown Tenant #1, and Unknown Tenant #2, are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse located at 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Boule-vard, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 at 11:00 oclock a.m. ET, on the 25th day of August, 2011, the following descibed property as set forth in said Summary Final Judgment, to wit: Lot 5, Block 90, St. Josephs Addition to the City of Port St. Joe, Unit 2, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 29 of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Located: 905 20th Street, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 and all fixtures personal property located therein or thereon, which are included as security in Plaintiffs mortgage. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus funds 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 at Port St. Joe, Gulf County, Florida this 27th day of July, 2011. Rebecca Norris Clerk of the Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Clairfied & Okon, P.A. Attorney for Plaintiff 500 S. Australian Ave. Suite 730 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 713-1400 Aug 4, 11, 2011 3433S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY. IN RE: The Estate of RICHARD W. LaFERLE, deceased. Case No. 11-54-PR In Probate NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: The administration of the estate of Richard W. LaFerle, deceased, File Number 11-54-PR is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. The names and addresses of the personal representative and that personal representatives attorney are set forth below. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is served within three months after the date of the first publication of this notice must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of the first publication of this Notice is August 4, 2011. THOMAS S. GIBSON Personal Representative P. O. Box 39 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 THOMAS S. GIBSON RISH, GIBSON & SCHOLZ, P.A. 116 Sailors Cove Drive P. O. Box 39 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 850 229-8211 FL Bar No. 0350583 ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER August 4, 11, 2011 Workforce Services Plan, as required by the Workforce Investment Act. Plan copies are available at the Board office; please call 850-913-3285 to arrange to see the plan or you may request the plan electronically from firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments must be submitted in writing within 30 days of this posting. August 4, 2011 3430S PUBLIC NOTICE The Gulf Coast Workforce Board is seeking Public Comment on a proposed change to its 2009-2010 Local 3444S FAIR HOUSING PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING The City of Mexico Beach will conduct a fair housing meeting on August 9, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon as possible thereafter during a regular City Council meeting in the Mexico Beach Civic Center, 105 N. 31st Street, Mexico Beach, FL. This meeting is intended to provide the public with general information concerning fair housing requirements. Anyone interested in understanding the importance of fair housing should attend. A FAIR HOUSING/ EQUAL OPPORTUNITY /HANDICAP ACCESS JURISDICTION August 4, 2011 3449S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 23-2009-CA-000337 RBC CENTURA BANK Plaintiff, vs. W. BROOKE MILES A/K/A WILBUR BROOKS MILES, et al. Defendants. RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment entered in Case No. 23-2009-CA000337 of the Circuit Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida, wherein, RBC CENTURA BANK, is Plaintiff, and, W. BROOKE MILES A/K/A WILBUR BROOKS MILES, et al., are Defendants, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at, FRONT LOBBY OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE, at the hour of 11:00 AM ET, on the 25th day of August, 2011, the following described property: LOT 2, BLOCK A OF SUNSET POINTE SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES(S) 41-43, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED this 29th day of July, 2011. REBECCA L. (BECKY) NORRIS Clerk Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk August 4, 11, 2011 DATED this 25th day of July, 2011. REBECCA NORRIS Gulf County Clerk of the Court By: /s/ Barbara A. Baxter As Deputy Clerk August 4, 11, 2011 3412S REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS BID #1011-29 The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will receive proposals from any qualified person, company, or corporation interested in providing the following: MANAGED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES Please place YOUR COMPANY NAME, SEALED BID, and the BID NUMBER on the outside of your envelope, and provide three copies of your proposal. Bids must be submitted to and specifications may be obtained from the Gulf County Clerks Office at 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456 by 4:30 p.m., E.T. on Friday, August 12, 2011. Bids will be opened at this same location on Monday, August 15, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., E.T. Specifications may also be viewed at www.gulfcounty-fl.gov. Any questions concerning this bid should be directed to Lynn Lanier, Gulf County Deputy Administrator at (850) 229-6106 or (850) 227-8973. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, GULF COUNTY., FLORIDA Warren J. Yeager, Jr., Chairman Attest: Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk August 4, 2011 Need a helping hand? Advertise in the Help Wanted Section in the Classifieds 747-5020
Local B8 | The Star Thursday, August 4, 2011 like-minded organizations. Those volunteer ranks allow Burkett to tout that in the past six years, the CCDF has performed home repairs everything from a wheelchair ramp to replacing a homes roof on nearly 420 homes, primarily in needy areas at both ends of the county. There is proof in that volunteerism in that when we do a house, we dont pay anybody for labor, Burkett said, adding that the work leads to more donations, which lead to more work and more donations in a small circle of life. If you do it and do it right, when you call people (for donations or other forms of assistance), theyll say, For you, well do it. The CCDFs partnership with the church in Opelika has been particularly transformational. Students ock by the hundreds twice a year to Gulf County, in the spring to perform weeks of home repairs and each summer to spread their faith and fellowship with any and all willing to pull up a chair and give a listen. The students have also been signicantly involved in the summer programs at Washington Gym, playing games with the kids and providing daily values lessons. The outreach is more than restoring homes; they were led by Christ to minister, said Linda Willis, who serves as something of a second mom for the students while they are in Gulf County. They are reaching out in other areas, not just spiritual. They have done more for reunication in our community, done more to bridge black and white, than anybody Ive seen. I will miss them. The transformation in the neighborhood of North Port St. Joe, a predominantly AfricanAmerican community that has embraced the mostly white students as their own, has been striking. From serving meals to telling kids about their faith to just an afternoon playing games such as Frisbee relay in the gym, the students provide a friend, a mentor, a playmate, a shoulder. Overall, its been a really good trip, said Auburn University student William Calhoun, who just completed his fourth trip to the community last week. The transformation has been tremendous. At rst a lot of the people were kind of standofsh. But through the years, as they have learned we are coming from love, they have become much more friendly and embraced us. Added fellow student Caroline Campbell, making her rst trip, I didnt expect it to be quite like this. The kids jump all over you. They love us and want to love us and want us to love them. The students not only interacted daily with the youngsters, but spent two nights a week singing songs and exchanging fellowship with residents of The Bridge assisted living facility, often with the dementia patients. Dan Jackson recalled one night when a man whose memory is dimming suddenly started crying as the group sang a song that was his wifes favorite. While the man had trouble with simple memories, he could recall the words of the song. That kind of emotional response is overwhelming, Jackson said. Ryan Woodson recalled a similar episode, where a woman with scant ability to remember the activities of the day broke out in song to Jesus Loves Me, hitting every word and note. To see stuff like that is incredible, Woodson said. And something Burkett is focused on as the next growth spurt for CCDF. She is hoping to form a partnership with county Emergency Medical Services, the Senior Citizens Center, the sheriffs ofce and her volunteers to establish a program she called KISS Keeping Independent Seniors Safe. Under the program, for which she has secured funding through one of the CCDFs many partners, volunteers would check on seniors who live alone, ensuring that all is well. Our goal is to get these volunteers more involved with our senior citizens, to make sure their medicines and contact numbers are listed in a prominent place in their home, Burkett said. Ive got things lined up, volunteers lined up, and I want to create a call system to check on our seniors. We want to go in for an overall picture. Rehab the house if needed, do a needs assessment and get them on our list. We want to make sure we care for these people continuously. Burkett encourages people to check out the CCDF website, review the many partnerships and outreach programs, and consider a donation or forming a partnership with the CCDF. As 418 homeowners and at least 100 kids who participated in the Washington Gym summer program would attest a donation or partnership can change a life. 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 PUBLIC NOTICE A Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and Development Review Board (PDRB) meeting on Monday, August 15, 2011 at 8:45 a.m. EST, and at the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Both public hearings will be held in the BOCC Meeting Room at the Robert M. Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. The public hearings will be to discuss and act on the following: 1. Variance Application by Eugene Behage for Parcel ID # 06316-006R Located in Section 23, Township 9 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida Encroachment into side setback next to Salinas Park. 2. Development Application by Port St. Joe FLA LLC For Parcels ID #s 06252-010R, 06252 -000R, 06257-000R, 06257200R Located in Sections 25 & 36, Township 8 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida Construct a Marina and RV Park. 3. Open Discussion 4. Staff The public is encouraged to attend and be heard on these matters. Information prior to the meeting can be viewed at the Planning and Building Department at 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Room 312. three employees from the Sacred Heart Rehabilita tion Clinic assisted in the screenings, which took place over three hours last Thursday. Joining them were Wil liams from TOC, Dr. Tom Curry from Port St. Joe and Clay Masters, a reg istered nurse practitioner at the hospital, who along with Chastain coordinated stafng and stations for each component of the physicals. It was all volunteer, which is really very nice, Chastain said. Everybody who was working was giv ing up their time. It was a total donation. Sacred Heart provided the facilities, the lower oor of the Medical Ofce Building on the hospital campus, and the needed equipment, and staff from the Eye Center of North Florida also assisted. Chastain said the hos pital will provide the ath letic screenings moving forward. (Dr.) Roger Hall, our president, was quite pleased, and he fully en dorsed it, Chastain said. PHYSICALS from page B1 FRIDAY from page B1 In April 2011, the three Currys released their self-titled debut EP. The Currys have been performing and recording in and around the Port St. Joe/Apalachicola area in July and August. For more information and music, go to www. tommycurry.com. The Port Inn is at the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Boulevard in Port St. Joe. First Fridays is free and open to the public. This series is presented by GALA and sponsored by the Gulf County Tourist Development Council. SPECIAL TO T HE STAR The Curry Brothers Band will perform during First Fridays festivities this Friday. DIFFERENCE from page B1 T IM C ROFT | The Star Home repairs such as the garage roof rehab are just a part of the mission of the CCDF and its roughly 600 volunteers.