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Title: The star
Uniform Title: Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: W.S. Smith
Place of Publication: Port St. Joe Fla
Publication Date: 12-08-2011
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Port Saint Joe (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Gulf -- Port Saint Joe
Coordinates: 29.814722 x -85.297222 ( Place of Publication )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1937.
General Note: Editor: Wesley R. Ramsey, <1970>.
General Note: Publisher: The Star Pub. Co., <1970>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 7 (Dec. 2, 1938).
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Thursday, DECEMBER 8, 2011 By Valerie Garman Star Staff Writer The number of Medicaid patients is rising, while the reimbursement rates for hospitals are falling, creating an unsavory nancial de cit for hospitals across the state. With 10 percent of their patients covered by Medicaid, a state program that provides health coverage to low-income residents, Sacred Heart Health Systems newest branch in Port St. Joe is no different. All hospitals across the state of Florida are being affected, said Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf. Previously, Sacred Heart was reimbursed 84 to 85 cents for each dollar covered by Medicaid. But the reimbursement has recently dropped to 73 to 74 cents for each dollar, Hall said. And with the economy still wavering, Hall said the number of patients covered by Medicaid is going up. Were losing about 15 cents on the dollar to Medicaid costs now, Hall said. Those (Medicaid) patients are going up, and the reimbursement is going down. Unlike many rural hospitals, Sacred Heart on the Gulf is not a designated Critical Access Hospital (CAH), one that receives cost-based reimbursements. CAH designation is meant to prevent hospital closures and boost the nancial performance of small, rural hospitals. Although Sacred Heart quali es on many levels because of its size, since there is another hospital in a While new reimbursement rates for certain patients are dropping, Sacred Heart on the Gulf continues on a growth curve. FILE PHOTO As proposals threaten rural hospitals, Sacred Heart continues growth By Valerie Garman Star Staff Writer Barry Sellers has never bought anything online. The day one of those companies (Amazon, Overstock. com, eBay) join my chamber, I will consider it, Sellers said. Our local businesses are the ones that give back to the community. You wont see any of those big corporations names on the back of a Little League jersey, he said. Since he moved to Gulf County a month ago, Sellers, the new executive director of the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce, has been busy trying to introduce himself to everyone in the county. Chances are youve seen him before. He attends a different church every Sunday to meet the congregation. Hes been to the Port St. Joe, Wewahitchka and Gulf County Commission meetings. Hes talked to area business owners, and to those looking for work. Hes been to the non-pro t organizations, and he is in constant contact with the Tourism Development Council, the Community Redevelopment Council and the Port Authority, to name a few. My goal and plan is to go to every business, every city, every church and ask their opinion because everybody counts, Sellers said. The reason Ive been going to the bars, to the businesses, to churches, is because thats where the people are. Sellers moved to Gulf County from his position as the executive director at the Corning, Ark., Economic Development Commission. With a goal to create 700 jobs in seven years, Sellers has his work cut out for him. Its a feat that Sellers believes is attainable, but wont be easy, and de nitely wont happen overnight. But Sellers sees plenty of potential in Gulf County. Advocating local, local, local PSJ questions rescue mission objectives BARRY SELLERS Special to the Star Millions of lights twinkled across the Forgotten Coast last weekend as Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach held their annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies and Christmas Parades. Port St. Joes Christmas on the Coast event, sponsored by the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce, was held Saturday and featured a holiday farmers market, Christmas Parade, tree lighting and a visit from Santa. Mexico Beachs Sunset Park sparkled at the tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, complete with a lighted golf cart parade, candlelit caroling, hot chocolate and of course, a visit from Santa. Commerce, was held Saturday and featured a holiday farmers market, Christmas Parade, tree lighting and a visit from Santa. Mexico Beachs Sunset Park ceremony on Sunday, complete with a lighted golf cart parade, candlelit caroling, hot chocolate and of course, a visit from Santa. Santa greets children at the Port St. Joe Christmas on the Coast event Dec. 3. Above left A decorated golf cart from Mexico Beachs Golf Cart Parade on Dec. 4. Left The Mexico Beach Christmas Tree was lit at Sunset Park Sunday night. Right The Friends of St. Joseph Bay oat featured a beach scene and live props. Below Children sing Christmas Carols at the tree lighting ceremony at the City Commons Gazebo in Port St. Joe. More photos on A6 Photos by VALERIE GARMAN | The Star City to grant business license to Gulf Coast Hope Center By Valerie Garman Star Staff Writer The Rev. Billy Fox asked Port St. Joe Commissioners to leave perception out of the discussion Tuesday night. Fox, executive director of the Panama City Rescue Mission, addressed the commission about plans for a county presence by the mission, which Fox ensured would not provide food or shelter, but only counseling and referral services. Fox asked commissioners if it was standard for a business license applicant to be required to address the commission. Id like to ask the commission why we are being singled out, Fox said. What are we doing thats not in accordance? Matt Scoggins, owner of the 5 Star Paint and Collision Center in Port St. Joe and the proposed space of what would be called the Gulf Coast Hope Center, said the organization only wants to help people. Eighteen years ago, I was homeless and I had a 3-year-old son, Scoggins said. Now the owner of a successful business, Scoggins said the only reason he was given that opportunity is because somebody was willing to help him when he was in need. Its all because someone was See LOCAL A7 See HOSPITALS A6 See MISSION A6 Christmas spirit hits the Coast Lighthouse Climb, B1 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 Classi ed deadline is Monday 5 p.m. ET 747-5020 Opinion ....................................... A4-A5 Letters to the Editor ................... A5 Outdoors ..................................... A10 Sports ........................................... A11 School News ................................ B3 Faith ............................................. B4 Obituaries .................................... B4 Classi eds .................................... B7-B8 TABLE OF CONTENTS YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR YEAR 74, NUMBER 8

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Local A2 | The Star Thursday, December 8, 2011 By Chris Olwell Florida Freedom Newspapers When the Mexico Beach City Council meets next week to decide whether to disband the citys police department and contract with the sheriffs of ce for law enforcement services, they will be able to base their decision on more than the bottom line. The Bay County Sheriffs Of ce has submitted a 76page report detailing the strengths and weakness of the department. Capt. Steve Harbuck spent several days in Mexico Beach over the summer studying the department, and led the report in September. The report takes the Department of Public Safety to task in most areas of the police departments operations. The department could use improvement in its physical building, dealings with citizens, policies and procedures, utilization of personnel, professionalism, leadership and common practices. The report goes so far as to say, many crimes go unpunished for a variety of reasons, such as lack of manpower, lack of specialized training and experience, other work related functions taking priority, and scheduling issues. The evaluation was provided at the request of Mayor Al Cathey and the Mexico Beach City Council, and with the cooperation of Chief Guy Brad Hall. Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen said he wouldnt have done it otherwise, and Hall got the rst copy. Its a misconception, McKeithen said, that his ofce is trying to swallow up Mexico Beach. Im not trying to sell us. This was not my idea. My paycheck doesnt change if I have Mexico Beach or if I dont have Mexico Beach. He said his of ce could provide better service to Mexico Beach because of its built-in capacity, but hes not invested in the outcome of the councils vote. But if the tone of Harbucks report was decidedly critical, McKeithens notes were generally supportive of the department. Many of the issues with the department were not unusual for a department of its size, and de ciencies are not uncommon, even in my own department. The captain found problems, McKeithen said, I tried to say that there are solutions here. The report, he wrote, should be seen as the rst step in the process of improving the department. This could be a great agency, and with the support and assistance of the city government, as well as a collaborated effort by the Police Department and City Hall, a number of these issues could possibly be resolved, McKeithen wrote. Chief Hall had little to say on the matter. He and his of cers will do their jobs as best they can as long as they have them, he said. The city council is expected to vote on the issue at its Dec. 13 meeting. Christmas Bazaar Golf Tournament Entry Fee $300 1st Place, $200 2nd Place, $100 3rd Place, $50 4th Place Great Cash Prizes & Numerous Door Prizes! Members: $45, or $30 plus a toy Non-Members: $55, or $40 plus a toy Registration and any questions by calling the Pro Shop at 850-227-1751, visit the club in person or online at www.stjosephbaygolf.com Do your Christmas shopping while supporting local artists with handmade gifts including: Friday, Dec 9, 8am 6pm & Saturday, Dec 10, 9am 4pm Saturday, Dec 10, 12pm Shotgun Start (Individual Handicap Play) Jewelry | Specialty Breads | Decorations Original Art | Hand-stitched items Jams | Jellies | Pottery December 9 & 10, 2011 2nd Annual Supporting Gulf County Christmas for Kids and People Helping People St. Joseph Bay Golf Club Every year The Star publishes local letters to Santa. The Deadline will be Friday, December 16th at 3:30 pm (EST). We have a special mailbox set up in our offices for these letters or e-mail them to: Tim Croft at tcroft@starfl.com Subject: Letters to Santa at 3:30 pm (EST). Every year The Star publishes local letters to Santa. The Deadline will be Friday, December 16th at 3:30 pm (EST). L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a The letters will be published in our December 22nd issue. We will be selling Holiday Greeting ads in this section. For more information please contact: Joel Reed at jreed@starfl.com or 370-6090 Kari Fortune at kfortune@starfl.com or 227-7847 the Port St Joe Star on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @ PSJ_Star for daily local news updates & photos! Like By Tom McLaughlin Florida Freedom Newspapers Northwest Florida cities, counties and organizations should learn by the end of the year whether environmental improvement projects they want to fund with $100 million from BP are worthy. Of cials from the states eight coastal counties directly affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill were noti ed late last week of the Florida Department of Environmental Protections plan to release a list of approved Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) projects. Our trustees are trying to get the rst set of approved projects out by the end of the year, said Mimi Drew, who represents Florida on the NRDA board of trustees. The announcement in no way means funds will be released soon for projects the board of trustees, and ultimately BP, have decided meet their criteria. This is not to be formally approved or implemented. This is to be approved for public comment, said Kristin Lock, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Environmental protection. Its a very long process. Plans for NRDA projects were submitted throughout the year by cities, counties and groups seeking to use BP nes assessed under the Oil Pollution Act 0f 1990. A seven-person board of trustees representing Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and two national agencies have been analyzing the proposals. BP is releasing $500 million in this rst phase. Florida will receive $100 million of those funds. Projects in the eight counties most signi cantly impacted by the oil spill including Bay, Walton, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa will get priority, according to Okaloosa County Commissioner Dave Parisot. Parisot serves on a task force formed to track the BP money owing to Northwest Florida. Drew provided the update on the funds at a task force meeting last week. Funding will be based, at least in this rst round, on a known injury tied directly to the oil spill, Lock said. She said after the projects are approved, public hearings will be held to gauge their acceptance. More than $1 billion in potential projects in Florida were recommended for the trustees consideration, according to Parisot. BP ne-funded project list expected to be released soon Mexico Beach Council to choose sides on law enforcement

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Local The Star| A3 Thursday, December 8, 2011 IT I S I MPORTANT for all Gulf County voters, new and old, to remember that Florida is a closed primary S tate. You must be a registered member of the party in whose primary you wish to vote. If history is any lesson this coming year is a crossroads for our County, S tate, and Country. In 1979 our N ation was faced with a failed democrat administration. T he R epublican P arty primary process selected R onald R eagan and George H.W. Bush as our N ational Candidates. T he result was 12 years of unprecedented economic growth and prosperity. A long with world changing foreign policy victories, the end of the U SSR free and Democratic Eastern Europe, and many more too numerous to mention here. O nce again you have the opportunity to make that same choice. T he Florida R epublican P residential P reference P rimary is January 31, 2012. If you wish to have a voice in choosing the 2012 R epublican ticket, make Barack O bama a one term president, reverse the failed policies of the last three years, and put us back on the path to prosperity and world leadership you must be registered as a R epublican no later than January 3, 2012. ON LY 26 D A Y S R E MA I N TO I NS U R E Y O U R PART ICI PAT I ON Contact the Gulf County S upervisor of Elections ofce, 401 Long A ve. P ort S t. Joe. R emember, if we make the right choice we hope to affect the next 12 years. Do not miss this opportunity to be heard as our N ations future is determined. N ext M eeting M onday 12 December 7:00 p.m. E ST upstairs at the Capital City Bank Building P ort S t. Joe. S ee you there! T om Graney Membership Communication Committee Joanna Bryan Chairman JOANNA812000@yahoo.com Watch for our new website coming soon at www.gulfgop.com Its a great day to be a Republican! Dont forget to make your appointment before the Holidays. 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By Valerie Garman Star Staff Writer The ribbon was of cially cut Dec. 3 at the new 20,000square-foot Dollar General Market Store in Port St. Joe. The new store, at the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and Avenue D, provides fresh produce, dairy products and meats in addition to the normal Dollar General merchandise. General Manager Jon Dillenbeck said he has hired another 45 employees to add to the staff of the former Port St. Joe Dollar General, and still needs to hire more. He said the store will probably wind up with about 60 employees. Weve needed this for a long time, Dillenbeck said. Weve been very well received so far. Of the 9,500 Dollar General stores nationwide, less than 1 percent of them are market stores. The Port St. Joe store is the rst market store in the Panhandle, said District Manager Gary Doss, who attended Saturdays ribbon-cutting ceremony along with a group of city and county of cials. 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Opinion A4 | The Star Thursday, December 8, 2011 It was halftime, we were down 35-0 and we couldnt move the ball an inch. We were in Walnut Grove, Ala., playing the West End High Patriots. Just a year earlier, my little private school had beaten the mighty public school Patriots 14-13 on our way to the rst perfect 10-0 season our school had ever had. That was a year previous, in 1978. In 1979, the big Walnut Grove boys hadnt forgotten and they didnt care if the previous year was a lifetime accomplishment for most of us. They wanted revenge and they got it. The boys from Walnut Grove dressed close to 50 players; they were big country boys and looked like the New England Patriots. We dressed about 17 players. Of those 17, probably 12 didnt have any business being on the eld of an Alabama High School football game. Before the kickoff for the second half, I walked over to Coach Cliff Grubbs and said, Coach, I just cant carry the ball anymore. Theyre killing me. I will never forget what he said. He grabbed me by the facemask with two hands and said, You dont quit, I dont care what the score is. You dont quit. By staying out there and not quitting, you are winning. This is the toughest kind of win youll ever get. I didnt quit. We never found the end zone on that night. The West End Patriots beat us 48-0. They may have played the band and the cheerleaders in the fourth quarter, but I didnt quit. It was one of those games that you wanted to forget, but I didnt forget my coachs words. Going into the last game of the season, we were 0-8-1, it was ugly. However, we played Spring Garden High School in that tenth game in 1979 and they hadnt won a game either. The weather was terrible, the eld was a mess and the referees wanted to cancel the game. At 0-8-1 and with one shot left for a win, Coach Grubbs wouldnt let them cancel the game. He made excuse after excuse, noting, It was football and both teams deserved to play. We played. In front about 50 fans, Coach Grubbs led the Donoho Falcons to a 40-6 victory against the Spring Garden Panthers on that muddy miserable night. He fought because he believed in us. He fought because he believed we deserved a chance. Originally, I wrote The Mattress Kid as a tribute to my coach who was battling cancer. In our conversations, I had found out that in addition to playing football for Auburn University, he had a secret that he had never told me. Cliff Grubbs was homeless and sleeping on a mattress in Chewacla State Park close to Auburn, Ala., when the folks at Auburn University came and asked him to play football for them. It wasnt a charity case; he was one of the best football players in the southeast who was simply on his own. Auburn gave him his chance and he took advantage of it. He played running back for Auburn, joined the U.S. Army as a paratrooper, then came back and played more college football for Auburn. After I wrote the story, folks at Auburn University and the University of Alabama pushed it to the point where thousands knew about The Mattress Kid. Coach Grubbs called me back and said, You made me sound like a hero. When he said it, even though he was on the phone, I felt him holding my face mask and saw him looking into my eyes. I started crying and I couldnt stop. I was balling like a baby. He never inched, he never said a word. He just waited, just like he would do when I was sitting in his little ofce back in high school. Finally with tears soaking my shirt and snot coming out of my nose, I managed to say, Coach, you are my hero. Again, for the last time in this life that I will ever hear him say it, he said, You know, I love you. I said, Yes sir, you just dont know what that means to me. He said, Yes, I do. On Nov. 25, 2011, I got word from Coach Grubbs son that Coach had passed away. My coach had found the end zone. The day after Coach died, his Auburn Tigers lost to Alabama. Before the Alabama-Auburn game, the folks from ESPN were having their College GameDay Program live from Auburn. As ESPNs Lee Corso put on the elephant head to note he was picking Alabama to win the game, I saw a sign in the crowd. It said, The Mattress Kid. Sitting in Virginia, I was happy. I was happy because a lot more folks now know the story of The Mattress Kid, my coach and my hero. Ive cried all my tears out; the scoreboard says the game is over. This is what I have to say. Give me the ball, give it to me now. Give it to me every play. I wont let you down. I will hold my head up and be proud. It is not the score that matters. Its knowing we did our best that is our reward. I want to walk off the eld knowing I gave you my best. Just like you gave to me. Farewell Coach, Ill see you in the locker room. Charles Clifford Coach Grubbs passed away peacefully at his home in Mary Esther, Florida on Nov. 25, 2011. Please never forget The Mattress Kid, who played running back for Auburn in the 1940s, served his country as U.S. Army paratrooper and coached high school football in Florida and Alabama. Read more stories at www. CranksMyTractor.com. CRANKS MY TRACTOR BN Heard Tis the season of fruits and nuts Finding the end zone A lady was trampled almost beyond recognition entering a shopping mall in Topeka. A pushing and shoving melee in a Walmart parking lot left two with head wounds and one bleeding profusely from the mouth and nose. A man in Del Rio, Texas, threw a cast net over a group of would-be shoppers in line ahead of him, injuring one and knocking a book of coupons out of the grasp of another. Two men got in a shoot-out in front of a Best Buy in Portland, Maine. A mother of three ran her Lexus through the front door of a Birmingham Toys R Us store. Youd think it was scenes from Apocalypse Now, Nightmare on Elm Street or How I Met Your Mother. The truth is..its just America preparing for another Christmas season. Im not sure exactly when, or why, midnight-bargain hunting and unbeatable 4 a.m. deals took the place of eggnog and kissing under the mistletoe. It ought to be called Black and Blue Friday. I dont know about you, but Ive never seen a gift, bargain, door buster or slick deal that Id roll out of a comfortable bed at 3 in the morning and rush downtown for, then elbow hundreds of people out of the way, hurry to the nearest check out station and stand in line for an hour and a half just for the privilege of paying for the blessed item! The facts, as reported by ABC, Anderson Cooper and the Food Network, clearly show I am in the minority. Youd think some opportunistic retailers were using the Christmas season as a clever guise to make more money. Sure, they lure you in with the 1 cent cell phone and the $199, eightyinch, magatron TV. They have ve of the cheap cell phones and two underpriced televisions. Seven hundred people show up. They cant go home and tell their spouse they got up at midnight and rushed out to the mall for nothing. So they pick up a laptop, a couple of iPods, a Leap Frog, the latest Harry Potter Nintendo Wii and a twelve-pack of Duracell AA batteries. The shopper enjoys the thrill of the hunt and the store makes out like a Chinese bandit. Everyone goes home a winnerexcept maybe for the people left lying crumpled in the parking lot. And we criticize those FSU-UF football fanatics for taking the game a little too seriously at times! Im somewhat embarrassed to report to you that weve made it into the second week of December and I havent bought anything yet. I hate I missed the penny cell phones and the almostfree Cannon Sure Shot camera. Im waiting for the Scotty Cameron Circle T putters to go on sale. Im holding out for the hundred-inch TV! If I can ght down the urge to join the buying crowd, maybe Sears will mark down every item to nothing right before Christmas. Walmart might catch the spirit and give away Panda bears and wrinkle free linen bed sheets. Of course, who needs another Panda bear or more bed sheets? Obviously, all the Christmas buying is not presents for other people! I wonder why they dont have these sales in August. I reckon Dog Day bargains doesnt resonate. Indian Summer specials dont ring any bells. Maybe folks just back from their vacations are cash strapped. Or they have school clothes and college tuition on their minds. Can you imagine the mayhem if we coupled Black Friday shopping with the hundred degree temperatures of August. CBS could turn that into a real survival show! And dont think this Christmas packaging phenomenon just started. I remember that Norelco electric razor commercial where the little Santa is sledding across the snow on the circular head of the shaver. Winston cigarettes had special Christmas decorated cartons. The Oldsmobile folks encouraged the up and coming businessman to step up this Christmas to a Ninety Eight. Children were enticed over the various years to ask for a Barbie, Slinky, G. I. Joe, Chatty Cathy, Mr. Potato Head, Matchbox cars, a genuine Roy Rogers gun and holster set, Hula Hoop, Tickle Me Elmo, Rubiks Cube or Star Trek Action Figures. My wife, back in the 70s, bought Cabbage Patch Kids for my sons! It likened to have caused a divorce! Its amazing how the marketing and buying frenzy seems to ratchet higher and higher each year. I dont remember any stampedes to get the Red Ryder BB gun. You could buy a Case knife to give to your dad with little fan fare. Nobody knocked me down at J. C. Penny the Christmas I went to get a sweater for Billie Jean. We thought Black Friday referred to that terrible night the Huntingdon High Mustangs football team beat the everliving stufngs out of us! Maybe we were a little sheltered out at the end of Stonewall Street. Of course, this was also back in the day when you did a lot more looking than buying! We even considered walnuts and oranges as gifts. We enjoyed the red and green Christmas M&Ms without realizing people would ever think of rising ve hours before daylight and ghting to get into a store to buy any gadget, no matter how rare or useful. We applauded those Budweiser Clydesdales with never a thought of pulling a gun on someone to commemorate the coming of the Yuletide season. We mailed in the $19.95 and waited breathlessly for the Ronco Veg-i-matic. We believed life was just like those Hallmark commercials. For us, buying and gift giving seemed to be a by product of the Christmas season. Boy howdy, how the seasons change! You dont reckon Cathy elbowed and pushed and then waited in line to pay for those darn Cabbage Patch Kids. You talk about adding insult to injury! 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. TO ALL ADVERTISERS In case of error or omissions in advertisements, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such advertisement. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains. Circulation:1-800-345-8688 ROSEM A RY B E A C H Another Thanksgiving came and went as millions of Americans were forced to remove their clothing and dignity in order to y through the TSAcontrolled airports. Americans should not be made to feel stress, shame and awkwardness while ying. That is what spending time with your relatives at Thanksgiving is for. Even with bin Laden dead, the TSA has become more intrusive than ever. Now I have to take off my belt to go through security. TSA screeners pre-search routine has gone from putting on latex gloves to now applying lubricant to them. Should it not be going the other way by now less invasive instead of more? Even as the TSA is accused of touching more women inappropriately than Herman Cain, politicians feign outrage but do nothing. When asked about the full body hand check now given by the TSA, even Hillary Clinton said she would not like to go through a TSA pat-down. As a strong womens advocate, she is against inappropriate touching. Bill Clinton was heard to say, Hillary is usually against any appropriate touching, too. The federal government has institutionalized the groping of women who have no recourse. Once established, the arrogant and self-justifying nature of a government bureaucracy makes getting rid of it almost impossible. When you name a bill something as American as The Patriot Act or make a committee so important that it calls itself the Super Committee, how could they possibly fail? Queen Latifah can make a better case for being a real queen than the committee for being super, or the Patriot Act patriotic. When I see the GOP candidates in the primaries feeding the red meat of fear to the neo-cons, jockeying for who would bomb Iran rst, I remember why I left that party during Bushs second term to become a libertarian. It was the same zealous hawks who overreacted to the 9/11 attacks and saddled us with the Patriot Act and the TSA. Neither has done us any discernible good; instead, both have demonstrably diminished our freedoms. The corruptible power of one groups control over another with the false promise of safety seldom works. And even if it did, at what cost? We pay 21 times more in taxes than our Founding Fathers did, but are we safer? Do we have more liberty? Government says, If you will just let us regulate more and give us more money and more power, then we will promise you safety. Yet many do not want real liberty; that involves taking individual responsibility and owning the outcome of ones actions. Any endeavor, even one as simple as walking across the street, has risks that cannot be regulated away. The SECs budget has tripled since the Enron collapse, but it missed the scam by Bernie Madoff. Then Obama says he wants more. Now MF Global, run by former Democratic Senator and New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, reportedly cannot account for $1.2 billion of customer money. Has more regulation ever really made us safer than our own informed decisions and actions? Has governments insatiable appetite for more money and more power to regulate not been preceded by events like 9/11 and the nancial meltdown, which it was supposed to be regulating to begin with? Have not people been more hurt when they thought government was regulating something than when they knew government was not? The presumption of safety when you get a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgage, or invest in a nancial institution, has done more to snooker people out of their money than non-regulated free markets. Historically, any time a politician can persuade people, usually under the duress of an unusual event like 9/11, to forfeit even the smallest of their freedoms to the statists in government, those liberties are seldom restored. Such acts create more intrusion by government into even more corners of our lives, which serves to entrench governments power not ours. Ron Hart can be reached at Ron@RonaldHart.com, or visit www.RonaldHart.com.The terrorism of the Patriot Act RON HART The Hart Beat

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Letters A5 | The Star Send your letters to : LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Fax: 850-227-7212 Email: tcroft@star.com Comments from our readers in the form of letters to the editor or a guest column are solicited and encouraged. A newspapers editorial page should be a forum where differing ideas and opinions are exchanged. All letters and guest columns must be signed and should include the address and phone number of the author. The street address and phone number are for verication and will not be published. Letters must be in good taste and The Star reserves the right to edit letters for correctness and style. S HARE Y O U R OPINION S Thursday, December 8, 2011 9941546 FREE ESTIMATES 1-850-626-9242 1-800-69-SHRED Security-cleared personnel Fort Walton Beachs leading mobile destruction company Weekly, monthly, or annual service Locally owned & operated 850-769-1232 Mon.-Fri. 8:00am to 4:00pm 50-75% Off! All In-stock Lighting & Ceiling Fans! 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Without your hard work this event would not have been successful. To all those in the community who came to the park or ordered their lunch ahead of time, our thanks go to you for supporting the library. Steve Kerigan started the effort with a donation of tickets and printing. Special appreciation goes out to Carmen McLemore (for the sh and the cooking), Bill Kennedy for cooking, Sheriff Joe Nugent for heading the serving line, Mike Lerch and Charles Radcliff, Carol Dow for the grits, Eric Spilde for the hush puppies and Patti Blaylock for the coleslaw. Yum! from all of us. Others who helped make this a great event were Half Hitch Tackle, the Port St. Joe NJROTC, South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department for the ice, city workers, the Gulf Coast Electric Coop for their ingenious cooker and Al Smith who helped secure the cooking supplies. Also, a big thanks to The Star for covering the sh fry and encouraging people to attend. The backbone of this event is the everpresent workers who care about our local public library. Thanks to you all. Reid Avenue Bunco Babes Special to The Star The Gulf Fishermens Association released the following statement in response to a recent House of Representatives Natural Resource Committee hearing on multiple fishery-related bills, including legislation to change how catch shares are implemented: The Gulf Fishermens Association represents several hundred commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico and more than half of the Red Snapper and Grouper industry. We are dedicated to providing fresh domestic seafood to Americas citizens year-round in a sustainable fishery. From first first-hand experience, we can tell Americans how fishing jobs were prior to implementation of our catch-share programs. Our industry was eating itself alive. The more we competed, the shorter our seasons became and the longer we had to run to catch fish. The science was right, fish stocks were declining. Shorter seasons caused greater waste, gluts of older product, lower prices and less income. As income dropped, we fished with dilapidated boats in worse weather with less qualified crews for fewer fish. Things got so bad that a plan was developed that would eliminate more than a third of the boats in the fishery. Cheap fish worked great for the big fish houses and the Mexican fishermen who sold to them during our closures, but not so well for American fishermen. In search of a solution, Gulf fishermen worked with the regional Fishery Management Council to develop catch-share programs. Both programs were approved by more than 80 percent in referendums of reliable fishermen. Today, we have real jobs, year-round, for the first time in many years. When we go fishing, we actually catch fish again and our business is profitable. We are starting to enjoy real lives, with less danger. Prices are up, and imports are down. Qualified fishermen are in demand. And even more incredibly, while that is happening, we are rebuilding our fisheries by avoiding overfished stocks and reducing waste. Many responsible fishermen have been able to fish for several years with near-zero dead discards of overfished stocks. This would be impossible with any other program. Fishing year-round while rebuilding the fishery is a great thing for jobs now and in the future. Not one single sh has been taken from anyone for our programs. We are producing better science under discrete catch limits that are easier to enforce, and with fewer wasted sh. We are also shing more sustainably than ever in the history of Gulf shery management. This benets every shermen and every American, yet we are amazed at some of the claims we have heard even from legislators. This misguided thinking is manifested in the awed legislative proposal offered by Rep. Jon Runyan (HR 2772). Mr. Runyan has tried to disguise his bill as a jobs bill. What it really does is sabotage the future of shermen and their jobs by eliminating catch shares as an option. Lastly, we want to address the common mischaracterization as privatization of the resource. Prior to our catch-share programs, permitted shermen were unlimited as to how many sh they could catch. Now shermen are capped according to their landings history. Fishermen dont own the sh; they simply have a shing license proportionate to their investment in the shery. In order for one sherman to catch more, another sherman has to forego that shing privilege so overshing doesnt occur. Income for trading this privilege or catching the sh is all taxable income. Unlike open access sheries, every single sh is made available to American taxpayers through federally authorized seafood wholesalers. More so than ever, the public owns the sh. The sherman simply has a license to catch them, and that could be revoked at any time. Regardless of the heated Washington D.C. rhetoric, the facts are these: We are delivering fresh, domestic seafood to America year-round for the rst time in years while at the same time rebuilding our shery and its future. This is a great thing for commercial and recreational shermen and the two hundred million taxpayers that rely on us for fresh domestic seafood. Its tough sticking to your budget any time of year, but the holiday season presents special challenges with so many unexpected expenses and temptations. If you occasionally fall prey to holiday overspending, you might want to look for year-round small spending cuts in other areas of your life that, when added together, can result in big savings. Here are a few suggestions: Personal nances: If you have low-deductible homeowners, renters or auto insurance, ask how much your premiums would drop by raising the deductible to $500 or $1,000 it could be 15 to 30 percent or more. Cancel underutilized phone and cable services, magazine subscriptions, gym memberships and other extras youre not using. Before shopping at chain stores, check with online gift card resellers like Plastic Jungle and CardWoo where you can buy gift cards at a discount. Combine the gift card with a coupon or discount code to save even more. Kick bad habits. Smoking one $6 pack of cigarettes a day costs about $2,200 a year. In the home: By lowering your thermostat 10 15 degrees for eight hours, you can reduce your home heating bill by 10 percent or more. Insulate your water heater and outgoing pipes to reduce heat loss and save 4 9 percent in water-heating costs. Also, try lowering the temperature to 120 degrees for additional savings. Beginning Jan.1, 2012, traditional incandescent light bulbs will begin phasing out (starting with 100-watt bulbs) in favor of more efcient models that use 25 80 percent less energy. By upgrading 15 bulbs, you could save about $50 a year on utilities. In the car: Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas and can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway. By driving sensibly, you could save about $1.20 for each gallon of gas. Fuel economy drops rapidly at higher speeds. For every 5 mph you exceed 60 mph, a driver pays an additional 29 cents per gallon of gas. Avoid keeping unnecessarily heavy items in your car. Every extra 100 pounds reduces your mpg by as much as 2 percent. Use websites like GasBuddy.com (which has free smartphone apps) and GasPriceWatch.com, where motorists share up-to-theminute tips on where to nd low-priced fuel. Health care tips: Consider generic vs. brand-name drugs; copayments are usually much lower. Medtipster.com lets you search for generics by cost, by local zip code. Ask whether your insurance offers quantity discounts for mail-order prescriptions. Often, the copayment for a 60or 90-day supply is the same as a 30-day supply at a regular pharmacy. Ask your doctor about pillsplitting. Many drugs come in double-dosage tablets that cost the same as a lower dosage. (Caution: Some pills should never be split, so always ask your doctor or pharmacist rst.) For more cost-saving ideas, check out AARPs Save Money on Everything site (www.aarp. org/money/budgeting-saving), www.americasaves.org and Practical Money Skills for Life (www.practicalmoneyskills. com), a free personal nancial management program run by Visa Inc. offering savings and budgeting tools, including a Holiday Budgeting Center. By trimming a few dollars here and there, youre suddenly saving hundreds or thousands of dollars a year enough to tide you through the holidays and start a vacation fund for next summer. Jason Alderman directs Visas nancial education programs. To Follow Jason Alderman on Twitter: www. twitter.com/PracticalMoney. LETTER TO THE EDITOR Gulf Fishermens Association addresses new legislation Budget now for holiday spending JASON ALDERMAN

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Local A6 | The Star Thursday, December 8, 2011 willing to give (my son and I) a helping hand, Scoggins said. We want to give people the chance to be productive citizens like I was given the chance to do. Commissioner Lorinda Gingell relayed feedback from her constituents, who have expressed concern about the bad reputation associated with the Panama City Rescue Mission, and fear it will be reproduced in Port St. Joe. Part of this is perception, Gingell said. This comes in as the Panama City Rescue Mission; thats whose name is on this. If this was Matts Ministry under the bridge, we wouldnt have this problem. Joe Atkinson, the future director of the Gulf Coast Hope Center, said the organization has done everything the commission has asked, including moving the location from Reid Avenue to North Port St. Joe. Atkinson said the last thing they want to do is hurt the community. Fear is what scares people away from certain things, Atkinson said. The only way were going to overcome this negative perception is to invite people to come see for themselves. Mayor Mel Magidson compared the organization to a pink pony applying for a business license, and that it was natural for commissioners to raise questions about the intentions of the center. I am personally convinced of what the intention is, Magidson said. If it causes problems, we can deal with that. Magidson asked Atkinson to promise that they wouldnt provide food and shelter. Atkinson said the organization has no intentions of providing shelter or food at the facility, which would prevent loitering. Theres absolutely no space to sleep or feed anyone in there, Atkinson said. Magidson went on to say the commission was not going to vote on whether or not to allow the organization a business license. Unless somebody can give me a reason why we can deny this (license) to you, I dont think we can, Magidson said. Magidson was not without opposition. Residents raised questions of whether there was a need for the organization in Gulf County. Steve Sheridan said the organization was hiding their real intentions of servicing people from out of town. This is an outside organization wanting to bring people in, Sheridan said. We dont have a substantial homeless problem here. Our property and safety is going to be threatened. Amber Davis also addressed the commission in opposition of the Gulf Coast Hope Center. She said the community doesnt trust the organization and the mission would end up costing taxpayers dollars in the long run. These concerns are not fear-mongering, Davis said. Its what this organization presented intentions to open up a homeless shelter. 35-mile range, Sacred Heart cannot receive a CAH designation, which would boost the Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements the hospital receives. A critical access hospital would be reimbursed dollar for dollar, Hall said. They receive a much larger reimbursement. With 98 employees, Sacred Heart is one of the largest employers in Gulf County. Hall said that although the hospital has been hit with lower reimbursement rates, there has been no talk of cutting jobs. As a rural hospital, Hall said there are many challenges Sacred Heart faces, particularly in its ability to recruit new doctors to the area and staff quali ed employees. Eighty percent of the hospitals staff requires speci c certi cations and licenses. The instability of reimbursement amounts also provides new challenges, Hall added. Were trying to do the best job with the resources that we have, Hall said. We will work with the state and federal agencies as we go. Were going to constantly be looking at how we can provide care to our community with better reimbursement rates. Hall said the hospitals partnerships are providing a means for growth. Sacred Heart Health Systems has been working to compile a lease agreement with Bay Medical Center in Panama City, which would lease Bay Medical to Sacred Heart for 40 years for about $150 million. Although 90 percent complete, the agreement has not yet been nalized. We dont know totally what that is going to look like right now, Hall said But we very much anticipate that the partnership will bring more specialists in and provide better access to health care here in Gulf County. Hall anticipates only positive effects will come from the lease agreement. Hall said Sacred Hearts partnership with the Gulf County Health Department also provides many resources the hospital would not otherwise have access to. Through its partnership with the health department, Sacred Heart quali es for various grants that have funded primary care expenses and mammography equipment for its new Womens Center. Its our objective to remove the silos of health care in Gulf County so we can all shoulder the services, Hall said. We have had a very positive response from the county health department. Hall said Sacred Heart on the Gulf and the Gulf County Health Department have the same goal in mind, and are constantly sharing information and resources in order to become better stewards of health care for the community. As for the future of Sacred Heart on the Gulf, Hall said there are plans for continued growth. He hopes to announce new services within a month, when contracts are nalized. Were very excited to be able to bring about the high-quality womens diagnostic center, Hall said. Were in the process of looking at bringing in more services for the people of Gulf County. We are a new hospital and we have growing services. We want people to know that there is sustainable health care here in Gulf County. 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Local The Star| A7 Thursday, December 8, 2011 In fact, he has had more economic development leads in the last two weeks in Port St. Joe than in the last two months at his old job in Corning. You have everything an economic developer could want here, he said. Between the Port of Port St. Joe, the Bay and Gulf front, the State College which will provide a place for training and workforce development, the new hospital and the people, youve got a lot of positive things to sell here. Sellers said the opportunity in Florida right now is great, and with new prospects arising in the development of the deepwater port, he feels the timing is right to get something done here. (The Port Authority) has done a great job at laying out the properties, Sellers said. Theyve got the product ready; now my job is to sell that product. When he was asked to stay at his position in Corning by commissioners, Sellers gave a tongue-incheek answer. I just told them, Can you move that Port to Arkansas? Because thats where I need to be, Sellers said. And while industrial prospects remain at the top of his to do list, Sellers believes there is a way to create industry while preserving the areas natural draws. We certainly dont want to change the Bay or Gulf front, he said. We dont want to turn Port St. Joe into Destin or Panama City. Theres a happy medium, but there needs to be some growth. Sellerss number one focus right now is to create jobs and a diverse economy. Im here to retain the companies and jobs we have and help them expand and grow and hire, and to recruit new companies, including industry, to create more jobs in the county and the region, he said. The best of the best (economic developers) do it because they want to help improve other peoples lives. What gives me the most satisfaction is to actually put people to work. Thats why I do it. Sellers said economic development is the process of creating wealth, which has a different meaning for each person. Everyone that wants to work, deserves a chance to work, Sellers said. One of my main jobs is to give people the choice to stay in Gulf County if they want to. Many of the youth here, graduating from high school or getting out of the service, dont have that choice. Ninety-plus percent of the people Ive talked to in Gulf County love Gulf County. They love their city, they love their school, they love living here. When he asks people what they dont like about Gulf County the response is usually I wish we had more jobs. Sellers said the consolidation of the chamber and the EDC will be helpful because the two go hand-in-hand, especially in a small county. On the chamber side, Sellers said they are trying to get membership up and earn the business owners trust. He is trying to stress the importance of shopping local rst. People are going to get tired of me using the word local, Sellers said. But to keep the money in Gulf County, you have to shop local. An Arkansas State University Alumnus, Sellers missed his rst ASU game in 40 years this fall, an event that he said proves his dedication to Gulf County. The football fans out there will understand, I was a little bit emotional, Sellers said. I made the decision to come here and I am committed to being here. I feel like sometimes Im running in circles, but Im just trying to get as many opinions as I can. Empty Hopes. Thousands of families & individuals in our area are at-risk of going to bed hungry and empty-handed on Christmas. WAN T T O MAK E A DIFF E R E N CE ? M ail in the Empty Stocking F und envelope inserted in todays paper to the Salvation A rmy or The N ews Herald with your contribution! With your help, the Empty Stocking F und can make a difference for so many families in need during this holiday season. The Empty Stocking F und provides food and toy baskets to thousands of families in Bay, Gulf, F ranklin, Holmes, and Washington counties. T YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER FOR MORE THAN 120 YEARS THE T IMES & C arrabelle A palachicola THE S TAR YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR Empty Hearts. Empty Stockings. Join in the conversation on twitter #emptystockingpc Everyone that wants to work, deserves a chance to work. One of my main jobs is to give people the choice to stay in Gulf County if they want to. Many of the youth here, graduating from high school or getting out of the service, dont have that choice. Barry Sellers Gulf County Chamber of Commerece Director LOCAL from page A1

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Local A8 | The Star Thursday, December 8, 2011 By Chris Olwell Florida Freedom Newspapers TALLAHASSEE The Flor ida Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of the states drug law, and the courts decision could have far-reaching reper cussions. A judge in Manatee County had thrown out cases against 42 defen dants, ruling that the law deprived the defendants of due process rights. The state appealed to the 2nd District Court of Appeal, which passed the case to the Supreme Court to quickly clear up the is sue. Assistant Attorney General Diana Bock ar gued for the state Tues day. This is a war, Bock said. This is a tool that weve been given by the Legislature. Assistant Pub lic Defender Mat thew Bernstein said the law is broad enough that it could crimi nalize innocent conduct. For ex ample, if someone were mistakenly given some roxycodone, a nar cotic, they believed to be an over-the-counter pain reliever, they could be convicted under current law, he said. Because it has the potential to criminalize innocent activity, it is un constitutional, he said. The law has come under scrutiny recently since a federal court judge in Orlando declared the law unconsti tutional, declar ing that it doesnt require prosecu tors to prove a defendants intent in drug cases. Since that ruling, at least two circuit court judges have thrown out nearly 80 drug cases for the same rea son. State Attorney Glenn Hess, like the 19 other state attorneys, is op posed to any changes to the law, but he said he doesnt worry about what would happen if the law changed. I think, as a practi cal matter, I could live with it either way, Hess said. Locally, at least two judges have defended the laws against chal lenges from defendants with pending drug cases based on the argument that they are bound to the decisions of the 1st District Court of Appeal (DCA). The 1st DCA has up held the law because it allows for the defendant to raise questions about their lack of intent in what is called an afr mative defense. Essen tially, if a defendant says something like, I didnt know I had drugs, or, I thought that was baking soda, it shifts the bur den back to the state to prove the defendant knew what he or she was doing. The Supreme Court justices essentially will decide whether the 1st DCA or the federal court in Orlando is right, said Michael Allen, a law pro fessor at Stetson Univer sity College of Law. If the federal judge, Mary Scriven, is correct in ruling that shifting the burden of proof to the de fendant is improper, that seems unconstitutional, Allen said. If the 1st DCA is right and the afrma tive defense makes the law proper, that really solves a lot of problems, Allen said. Allen pointed out Florida is the only state in the nation that doesnt require prosecutors to prove intent. It appears changes to the law could be in store regardless of how the court rules. The Associ ated Press reported that state Sen. Ellyn Bog danoff, R-Fort Lauder dale, and state Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, would seek to pass legislation that would require pros ecutors to prove intent in drug trafcking cases, at the least. As a lawyer, I have problems constitution ally with forcing a party to prove their innocence versus the state prov ing guilt, Bogdanoff told the Were shifting that burden to potentially an innocent person, which I believe is against ev erything our constitution stands for. Special to The Star Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative trustee Gary Cox, representing District 1, Group 2, recently attained the Credentialed Cooperative Director certication. Todays electric utility environment imposes new demands on electric cooperative directors, particularly increased knowledge of changes in the electric utility business, new governance skills and a working knowledge of the cooperative principles. Electric coops in Florida have a commitment to work through NRECA to sharpen this body of knowledge for the benet of their electric cooperative consumer-owners. The NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director program requires attendance and demonstrated understanding of the basic competencies contained in ve core courses. Cox completed the following classes: director utilities and liabilities; understanding the electric business; board roles and relationships; business planning; and understanding nancial planning. We are proud to have Mr. Cox serving on our board of trustees, GCEC CEO/general manager Michael White said. Completing this certication certainly makes him even more of an asset to the Cooperative. Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is part of the Touchstone Energy national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small. Approximately 70 employees serve more than 20,000 meters and 2,500 miles of line in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson, Walton and Washington counties and in the municipalities of Wewahitchka, Ebro, Lynn Haven, White City, Fountain and Southport. Robert C. Bruner Attorney Personal & Business Bankruptcy Over 30 Years Legal Experience 850-670-3030 We are a debt relief agency. bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information experience. Star Staff Report Capital City Bank is pleased to announce its fall 2011 grant recipients. The Capital City Bank Group Foundation rewarded three grants this fall to area non-prot organizations. This years recipients include $1,000 to the Growing Minds Center, $500 to the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, and $500 to the Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries. We are grateful to be in a position to help organizations make an impact in our communities, said Ray Thompson, president of the Gulf County Capital City Bank. Community involvement has always been a hallmark of Capital City Bank and by donating valuable funds to worthwhile organizations such as these, the Capital City Bank Group Foundation can help us build stronger communities. P H O T O S S PE CI AL T O THE STA R ABOVE: Cathy Colbert, president of the Friends of the Gulf County Library group, and Thompson AT RIGHT: Christine Hermsdorfer, director of the Growing Minds Center, with Growing Minds student Trey Cumbie and Capital City Bank President Ray Thompson. Capital City Bank awards fall grants GCEC trustee becomes cooperative director GARY COX GCEC Co-Op Director ABOVE: Melody Townsend, director of the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, and Thompson. GLENN HESS Supreme Court weighs Fla. drug law Its that time of year again. Alan Knothe is once again coordinating the countys Christmas Bird Counts. The count period for the 112th annual count will be Wednesday, Dec. 14, through Jan. 5. Tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas will take part in what has become a family tradition for many. For more than a century, the desire to both make a difference and experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the holiday season and count birds. Before the turn of the century, people engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas Side Hunt, in which they would choose sides and go aeld with their guns. Whoever brought in the biggest pile of dead animals won. Conservation was in its beginning stages around the turn of the 20th century, and observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations. Beginning Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman, an early ofcer in the thenbudding Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition, a Christmas Bird Census, that would count birds in the holidays rather than hunt them. Locally this years dates have been set as Dec. 19 for the Choctawhatchee Bay count in Okaloosa County, Dec. 28 for the Gulf County count and Dec. 29 for the Franklin County count. You need not be an expert birder to participate. Each team will be headed by an experienced expert, but volunteers are needed to act as spotters and record data. Counts generally begin early and end at dark. Scientists and land manager use data from the count to make more informed decisions about management practices and, since birds are good indicators of environmental health, the count benets all kinds of wildlife. To volunteer for the count, contact Knothe at aknothe@audubon.org or call 200-6279. Reserve a place in the Christmas Bird Count

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Local The Star| A9 Thursday, December 8, 2011 IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT GTC, INC. D/B/A FAIRPOINT COMMUNICATIONS GULF COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY HOLIDAY MEETING Capital City Bank December 12 2011 7:00 EST Please join us, as we celebrate our Success in 2011 and begin plans for 2012 ALL INTERESTED REPUBLICANS ARE INVITED Star Staff Report Thirty-seven Gulf County youth traveled to Tallahassee on Nov. 12 to participate in the annual North Florida Fair 4-H Day competitions. There were hundreds of 4-H youth from North Florida competing and experiencing The Fun Starts Here the 2011 fair theme. Gulf County 4-Hers trained for several weeks in preparation for the 4-H Day Agriculture Judging and Consumer Choices contests. Agriculture participants were trained on how to judge the quality of agricultural crops and livestock. Some of the items they judged were corn, oats, perennial peanut hay, poultry, heifers and steers. Consumer Choices participants were trained on making smart shopping choices in the areas of selecting computer security systems, video games, plants and good quality popcorn. After the competitions, the 4-Hers spent several hours enjoying the fair exhibits, carnival rides, and scrumptious food. Their day concluded with an awards ceremony during which many Gulf County 4-Hers were recognized with trophies and ribbons due to winning scores. Gulf County winners were: 4-H Fair Exhibits Shawn Elia intermediate individual ne arts wood crafted house 1st place Shawn Elia intermediate individual ne arts wood crafted airplane 1st place Consumer Choices Hope Freeman, Ennesia Hughes, Kimberly Sims intermediate team 2nd place Kimberly Sims intermediate individual high score 3rd place Gabrielle Jones, Jeneesa Lewis, Bridgette Myers, Daneysia Wymes senior team 1st place Mikaleh Graham senior individual 3rd place Agriculture Judging Shawn Elia intermediate individual high score 3rd place Shawn Elia, Tori Lanter, and Desiree Outlaw intermediate team 1st place If you are interested in participating in future 4-H programs, please contact the Gulf County Extension Ofce at 639-3200, 229-2909, or metaylor@ulf.edu.P H OTOS S P EC I A L TO THE S T A R Torie Lanter, Shawn Elia and Desiree Outlaw took rst in agriculture judging, intermediate team. North Florida Fair a success for Gulf County 4-Hers Above Kimberly Sims won third place, consumer choice, intermediate individual high score. Left Mikaleh Graham nished third in consumer choice, senior individual. Shawn Elia took rst place for his wood-crafted house and wood-crafted airplane. Gabrielle Jones, Jeneesa Lewis, Bridgette Myers and Daneysia Wymes placed rst in consumer choice, senior team. Shawn Elia won third place in agriculture judging, individual high score. Hope Freeman, Ennesia Hughes and Kimberly Sims nished second in consumer choice, intermediate team.

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E-mail outdoors news to tcroft@ star .com O UTDOORS www.starfl.com Section Section A Set the hook just before they bite. That is the sage advice of salty old sheepshead a cionados, who like to pull the leg of those with less experience at extracting Archosargus probatocephalus from coastal waters. The seeming paradoxical how-to is nearly correct, though, because no sh in the sea can steal a bait more quickly. In fact, some people, outdoors writer-types mostly, call them convict sh for their nefarious behavior and of course they wear the same black and white stripes you used to see on prison road-gangs so the look also suits. Sheepshead are shaped like a sort of giant saltwater bluegill, with average weights of 1 to 4 pounds. The big attraction at this time of year is that they continue to bite when reds and trout are hunkered down shivering in the holes, and when Spanish, kings and cobia are enjoying a few margaritas off Key West. The limit on sheepshead is liberal 15 daily which means if you have two or three anglers aboard and happen into a swarm of hungry heads, you can actually ll the cooler, a rarity with any species these days. You wont be taking home any 20-pounders, as you might with gags or red snapper, to be sure, (the alltackle sheepshead record is 21 pounds, 4 ounces) but a stack of 1to 3-pounders is likely in winter, and if you sh rockpiles off the beach during the March/April spawn, you may add some sh of 5 to 8 pounds to the box. The jetties at St. Andrews are a famed spot for this. (Minimum size is 12 inches total length.) Dont expect any lineclass record heads, either; the IGFA does not extend their respect to the species by keeping class records, though they do provide this honor to the mighty black sea bass (all-tackle record 10 pounds, 4 ounces, not half the size of the biggest sheepie.) Sheepshead are not wimps, either; theyre remarkably powerful critters for their size. A ve-pounder caught on the ats is a match for a red sh of similar size though its rare to catch em on the ats because they are so much more wary than red sh. And when you hook up with a heavy one around a piling, hes just as quick to wrap up and cut you off. The sheepshead is a member of the porgie family, thus his shape. They are named for their teeth, which do look somewhat sheeplike, and enable them to crunch up the shell sh and crabs that are their primary diet. Inside the mouth are hard, bony nodules that complete the crushing operation; they can grind up anything from oysters to mussels to barnacles if youve ever tried to scrape barnacles off a boat bottom, you have to admire the power in the sheepshead jaws because they nip them off like carrots. Catching sheepshead is a learned art. It looks as if it should be very simple; toss a piece of fresh-cut shrimp in front of them and they eat it, most of the time. But that parsimonious mouth is very stingy when it comes to ingesting hooks; often they nip off the bait and leave Mr. Gamakatsu hanging naked. First, its essential to use a hook small enough to t the relatively small mouth of the sh; size 1 or 1/0 is the ticket to admission. Actually, smaller hooks work even better, but the teeth are so strong that the sh can occasionally bite right through the light wire of smaller hardware choose small hook size made in a strong wire for best results. Sheepshead can also bite through mono or uoro leader and line, and theres not much you can do about that if the hook goes in far enough for them to chomp on, either. Adding wire leader is not an option theyll rarely eat even the tastiest bait suspended on wire. You usually need a sinker of some sort because heads are most often found in holes, channels and cuts, usually around rocks, concrete or other hard structure where shell sh can x and grow and where small crabs live. One good way to rig is to put the hook on a dropper made of 20-pound test hard mono like the Masons thats a favorite of offshore anglers, or uorocarbon, which is nearly twice as dense as mono, then hang the sinker on the bitter end of the line about 18 inches below its like the drop-shot rig preferred by bass anglers, and a neat hook for the job is the new VMC Spin-Shot hook, which has a swivel on each side and stands out vertically between line and leader. With this rig, you can immediately feel it when a sh starts nibbling on the bait; if the sinker is above the hook, as in a standard rig, the sh has to bite hard enough to move the sinker before you feel anything and by that time the bait may be long gone. Another rig that works well in winter is a one-eighth to onequarter-ounce jig head with an oversized hook, size 1/0 or so, on which a piece of fresh cut shrimp, about thumbnail-sized, is impaled. With the jig, you feel the bite immediately, and it casts more easily than a separate sinker/ dropper rig. While fresh shrimp is by far the easiest bait to come by, sheepshead also readily take an assortment of other natural baits; ddler crabs, tubeworms and oysters are all high on the list of sheepshead experts. In some areas, you can scoop up sand eas with a basket rake, and these make ideal bait not only for sheepshead but also for pompano. (Parboil them in salted water, store them in plastic zipper bags and freeze them, and youve got fresh bait any time you need it.) By the way, the traditional tactic of putting an oyster on a treble or double hook to catch sheepshead is no longer legal; its single hooks only for the species. Whatever the bait, the trick is to hold light tension on the line when you feel that rst bump. If you can sense weight there as you take up the slack, set the hook; you miss some, but you hook most once you develop the touch. Micro ber line like PowerPro helps a lot; better sensitivity and more authority to set the hook. Thursday, December 8, 2011 Corner of Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, FL (next to Piggly Wiggly) www.BWOsh.com Your Hunting Headquarters SIG SAUER C3 C U S TOM MAKE .45 A CP WITH CRIM PS ON T RA C E GRI PS R EG $1049.99 S A L E $849.99 W ITH HARD C A S E AND TWO MAGAZINE S S S Winters pan sh can excite the sherman PHOTOS BY FRANK SARGEANT | Special to The News Herald Main, Sheepshead occasionally prowl very shallow water, particularly on warm winter afternoons. They can be caught on unweighted fresh shrimp in these situations, but theyre easily spooked. Inset, Sheepshead may be the only game in town as cold weather sets in along the Panhandle, but they provide good action and great eating for those who learn how to hook them. By Kathleen Dawson, OPS Park Ranger St. Joseph Peninsula State Park (850) 227-1327 One of the more interesting plant species in St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is the common cattail. Weve all seen them; growing in marshes, lakes and wetlands with their long stems reaching for the sky and brown heads swaying in the breeze. But what some people dont realize is the cattail has many uses when it comes to the culinary arts. Cattail leaves are erect and sword like. Their stems are branchless and stiff, topped by compact, cylindrical heads of owers. Male owers, when they are full of pollen, are yellow or golden and will dissipate. The female plant has sausage like heads that are green at rst and then turn brown. The cattail is probably one of the most versatile of our native editable plants. In the early spring you can easily pull the 24to 36inch young shoots from the root and if you peel back the root you will reveal a tender white core. This can be eaten raw and some say it tastes like cucumber. You can also cook the root like asparagus by boiling it for 15 minutes. By late spring the green cattail tops, just before they break out of their paper like sheath, can be gathered and boiled for a few minutes. Serve them up with butter and you can eat them like corn on the cob. During the summer, the brown ower spikes will start to produce pollen. You can collect the pollen by placing a plastic bag over the ower and giving it a good shake. Sift out the non-pollen material, then dry. You can use the pollen to thicken soups or mix half and half with wheat our for rich protein our. In the fall, you can dig up the white starchy roots. After cleaning them in fresh water, you can crush the roots and white powdery our will break free. Let the mix sit a couple of hours, the our will separate from the plant bers. Do this two or three times. Collect what you can and use it in breads and cakes. The sticky white our can be used to bake breads and to thicken and give avor to cream soups. In the winter, just as in the fall, the roots can be washed off and eaten raw, or cooked like a potato. Cattails are also used for crafts and home dcor. Please dont collect cattails in the park. All plants and animals are protected inside state parks. If you have a group interested in an edible plant program or some other nature program, contact the park ofce 227-1327. Until next week, From the Rangers at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park For information about Florida State Parks, visit www. oridastateparks.org. Cattails: An interesting edible Sheepish behavior: Star Staff Report The Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves announces its rst Nature Photo Contest. Entry fees bene t the Friends organization, a nonpro t that provides support and advocacy for the Buffer and Aquatic Preserves. Photo categories are: landscapes, animal kingdom, oral kingdom, up close and personal (macro) and at the buffer preserve. The entry deadline is Jan. 6, 2012 and an entry form and rules can be downloaded at stjosephbaypreserves.org/photocontest. Prizes and ribbons will be awarded for the best photos in each category. The winning photos will be displayed at the Preserves Center during Bay Day on Feb. 4 and will be exhibited at the center on Feb. 4-11. The photos will also be on display at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art Jan. 14-28. Preserves nature photo contest Page 10 Freshwater Inshore The trout bite has improved in the I.C.W. canal in St. Joe, but most are still on the small side. A few reports of bigger trout being caught at the T have been stirring; however, the recent rain and advancing cold temps might push the trout even farther up the river. Bull red are still being caught on the docks at the St. Joe Marina. Early morning or late in the evening seem to be the best times for this action. After all the rain and winds from last week, we nally found a break in the weather. The recent warm spell should increase the freshwater bite in the creeks and rivers. Lake Wimico has had good reports of small bass in good numbers from last week. Great reports of crappie in the river and into deeper holes. Heavy salt water has pushed trout into the Brothers and at Christmas Lake. SPONSORED BY

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PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA SP O RTS www.starfl.com A Section Star Staff Report With wins over Marianna, Baker and South Walton last week, the Port St. Joe boys soccer team continued its unbeaten season. Meanwhile, the Lady Tiger Sharks suffered their rst defeat of the season. The girls are now 3-1-0 overall, 1-0-0 in District 1-1A. The Lady Tiger Sharks, who had allowed just one goal all season, were in a tight contest against unbeaten South Walton when goalkeeper Christian Laine attempted to clear a through pass in front of the goal as freshman Kathleen Rish rushed to clear the ball. Laines ball hit Rish square in the face and rebounded into the goal for the only score in the 1-0 game. South Walton outshot Port St. Joe eight to ve. Laine had three saves in 60 minutes in goal, while freshman Shannon Prigdeon had four in 30 minutes. The boys, now 5-0-0 and 1-0-0, won 21. Freshman forward Marcel Duart scored his team-leading seventh goal at the eight minute mark and Daniel May put in the game-winner on a 35-yard free kick in the 58th minute, ve minutes after South Walton had tied the game. Junior Javarri Beachum had a solid game in goal as he was called on to make six saves on 12 South Walton shots. With the win, he is now 3-0-0 on the year, with a 0.36 goals against average. Both teams traveled to Rocky Bayou on Tuesday and the boys visit North Bay Haven Thursday. Both teams host Rocky Bayou on Saturday, the girls at 2 p.m. ET and the boys at 4 p.m. Marianna The Lady Tiger continued their shutout streak with a 5-0 win on Nov. 29. First-year player Cat Robles scored the lone rst half goal for Port St. Joe, while Allie Strippling, Laine, Haley Woods, and Mary Branch added goals in the second half. Strippling also tallied an assist on the nal goal by Branch; the other goals were all unassisted. Returning sophomore and all-district goalkeeper, Laine, started the game in goal and played 25 minutes and had one save. Laine shared the shutout with Pridgeon, seeing her rst action in goal and recording two saves in 55 minutes in net. The Tiger Sharks won a hard-fought game 3-2. The Marianna goals were the rst surrendered by the Port St. Joe boys this season. Beachum tallied Port St. Joes rst goal in the 70th minute, on an assist from senior defender Daniel May, a co-captain who scored the second goal for the Tiger Sharks, an unassisted tally ve minutes after Beachums goal. The Tiger Sharks were up 2-1 at the point but Marianna scored minutes later to knot the score. In a wild nish, sophomore mid elder Drew Lacour provided the winning goal, on yet another assist from May. Starting goalie, Beachum, handled the rst 40 minutes in goal before turning to the eld and rst-time goalkeeper Walt Bowers took over from there. Beachum made two saves, Bowers three. Baker The Lady Tiger Sharks allowed their rst goal of the season but scored ve to take the win. The Baker goal came in the last minutes of the game, long after the outcome was decided. Sophomore Lexie McGhee, last years second-leading scorer, tallied her rst two goals of the year and added an assist. Sophomore Strippling, the girls top scorer this season, added a goal and an assist. Freshman Wood and senior co-captain Rachel Jones each had a goal, Jones also tallying an assist. Junior mid elder Bryanna Stuart had an assist. Pridgeon got her rst start in goal, recording three saves on four Baker shots. The Tiger Sharks recorded their third shutout in four games as Bowers got his rst start in goal. Seventh-grader Joseph Kerrigan nished the game in the net to share the shutout with Bowers. Bowers recorded two saves and Kerrigan three. Freshman forward Marcel Duarte scored a hat trick in the rst half, during which goals were also scored by senior co-captain Witt Shoaf, Lacour, freshman Cole Cryderman, and May. The lone tally of the second half was netted by senior defender Blaine Bush, which signaled the mercy rule, which is mandated by Florida High School Athletic Association rules when an eight-goal margin is reached in the second half. Bush also recorded the only Port St. Joe assist on a corner kick that resulted in a header into the net by May near the end of the rst half. Thursday, December 8, 2011 Page 11 By Tim Croft Star News Editor Two Bay County teams, two nights, two different results. The Port St. Joe Tiger Sharks split their rst two games last week with a 7358 defeat to Lynn Haven Mosley last Thursday followed by a 54-48 victory at Bay last Friday. It was a nice win, said Port St. Joe coach Derek Kurnitsky. It was nice to beat a Bay County team, good to beat a bigger school. The players need to play with con dence. I told them the name on the front of the jersey is as important as the name on the back. We are Port St. Joe. It doesnt matter who the opposition is. I was really impressed with them after (Mosley). I was proud of them. The Tiger Sharks broke to a 16-7 lead after one quarter but were trailing 32-29 at half following the lone period that Bay would manage double-digits scoring. Port St. Joe began to pull ahead in the third quarter and pushed the margin over the nal eight minutes. Alex King, who scored at least 20 points in each of the rst two games, had 21 to lead Port St. Joe. Chad Quinn and Arion Ward added 10 points each. Natrone Lee had six, Ramello Zaccarro four and Caleb Odom three. Against Mosley the previous night, the Tiger Sharks fell behind big. The host Dolphins pushed an early 19-8 rst quarter lead to as much as 18 points in the third quarter. The Tiger Sharks battled back to within four early in the fourth quarter but Mosley pulled away in the nal minutes. They jumped on us early, Kurnitsky said. We went on a run and got to within four but just couldnt keep it going. They are a good team. I was proud of the boys ghting hard and coming back. King scored 20 to pace Port St. Joe. Quinn added 15, Ward nine, Marcel Johnson and Zaccarro had ve points each and Lee nished with four. The Tiger Sharks hosted Blountstown on Tuesday night, host South Walton at 6 p.m. ET on Friday and travel to Wewahitchka at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. Special to The Star The Gene Raf eld Football League has just nished its most successful season in its 13-year history. All three teams went undefeated and won the Super Bowl. The Leagues success was made possible because of the generosity, love and support of a number of Port St. Joe businesses and organizations. They donated the nancial help the League must have to properly equip our players. Our heartfelt thanks to the following: Platinum Sponsor: Durens Piggly Wiggly; Gold Sponsors: Raf eld Fisheries, Inc., John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069, C. W. Roberts Contracting, Inc.; Silver Sponsors: Boardwalk Realty of N.W. FL, Inc., Sunset Coastal Grill, Coast2CoastPrinting & Promotions; Bronze Sponsors: Bo Knows Pest Control, Inc., Coastal Realty Group, Joe Mamas, PrebleRish, Inc., Ramseys Printing & Of ce, Scallop Cove BP, St. Joe Rental/Nursery & Supply; Player Sponsors: Keith L. Jones, CPA, Mel C Magidson, Jr., PA. Thank you to all of our generous sponsors! Gene Raf eld Football League says thanks Port St. Joe boys split rst two games Boys remain unbeaten, girls lose rst for PSJHS soccer The Tiger Sharks won a hard-fought 3-2 game over Marianna, the rst goals the boys had surrendered on the season. CARLA MAY | Special to The Star The Port St. Joe girls continued their shutout streak in a 5-0 win over Marianna on Nov. 29.

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A12 | The Star Thursday, December 8, 2011 Star Staff Report NASCAR driver Grant En nger and the Ford F150 Race Truck he drove during the 2011 season will be on display Sunday, Dec. 11, from 3-6 p.m. ET at the Port City Shopping Center in front of Piggly Wiggly. En nger drove the truck, sponsored by Gulf County Tourism Development Council, in the October Talladega running of the Camping World Truck Series sporting the VisitGulf.com logo. En nger will be available for photos and information from racing enthusiasts, kids and the general public. En nger is scheduled to drive in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series in 2012. This is the rst time the Gulf County Tourist Development Council has teamed up with the 26year-old Fairhope, Ala., native. The No. 82 red and white machine promoted the beaches and tourism of Gulf County Florida. We learned just how loyal NASCAR fans are; weve had so many calls and emails into our Welcome Center since the Talladega race requesting photos and more information, said Tim Kerigan, executive director of the Gulf County TDC. We wanted to build awareness for Gulf County among that market. Now we want share a bit of the NASCAR experience with our local community. More information is available by calling the Gulf County TDC at 2297800. (850) 229.6991 1930 W. hwy 98, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 TUESDAY FRIDAY 9-6 SATURDAY 9-2 20% OFF EVERYTHING and more on some items EVERYTHING 20% OFF GOIN G OUT O F BU S INE SS S OON is proud to announce the is now underway. Help those in need! Its time to go through your closets for those unwanted pairs of shoes, in reasonable condition. You can bring the shoes to Coastal Foot and Ankle Clinic located at 221 HWY 98. Donations will go to Franklins Promise and will be distributed at The community service center (old Apalachicola high school) at 192 14th street in Apalachicola. Distribution will be December 6th and 20th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Give one of our special friends a home for Christmas. We have so many wonderful faces and personalities to choose from. Adopting is easy and inexpensive. In return you will get years of companionship, love, and lots and lots of memories. Be sure to come by the Port St. Joe Marina around lunchtime (11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.) and enjoy a hot dog or chili dog (max. 2 hot dogs) lunch, (chips, and soda included for a $5.00 cash donation. All proceeds will be given to the Humane Society. Give one of our special friends a home for Christmas. We have so many wonderful Give one of our special friends a home for Dogs for Dogs December 9, 2011 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. At Port St. Joe Marina 340 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, Fl 32456 850-227-9393 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. At Port St. Joe Marina Port St. Joe, Fl 32456 At Port St. Joe Marina Port St. Joe, Fl 32456 Sports TDC-sponsored race truck to be displayed

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COMMUNITY www.starfl.com B Page 1 Section Thursday, December 8, 2011 VALERIE GARMAN | The Star The Reid Avenue Bunco Babes recent sh fry fundraiser was a success, raising $2,230 for the Gulf County Library. The Bunco Babes have raised $7,577 for the library since spring 2010. From left are Friends of the Library President Cathy Colbert, Sheila Mahlkov, Bobbye Johnson, Nancy Brockman and Bunco Babes Dana Boyer and Pamela Garmon. DEBBIE HOOPER AT JOEBAY.COM | Special to The Star This aerial view shows the new school being constructed by North Florida Child Development near the Gulf/Franklin Center taking shape. Infrastructure and foundation are in, and the walls are coming up for the rst new school in Gulf County in some 40 years. Ramseys selling paper, helping kids By Tim Croft Star News Editor Ramseys Printing and Of ce Products is one of just four small commercial printers/of ce products out t in the Southeast to be selected to partner with International Paper on a campaign to bene t St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, a nationally recognized leader in research of childhood cancers. The campaign slogan is Paper beats Cancer. Its kind of neat, said Willie Ramsey, referring to being just one of four small commercial printers selected for the campaign. Ramseys is honored to participate with Hammermill Papers and International Papers effort to ght childhood cancer. Hammermill is a brand of paper produced by International Paper. Climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse this weekend Star Staff Report The full moon is due to light up clear skies this weekend, a good thing for those wishing to climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Decembers full moon arrives this weekend, so climbs will be Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10. All climbs begin at 6 p.m. ET and end at roughly 10 p.m. No one under age 16 may climb the lighthouse. Climbers should wear proper shoes please no ipops. Only 25 persons are allowed up top at one time, so it is rst-come, rst-served. The cost is $5 per person and includes the sunset and the view of a full moon (if, by chance, the weather is bad, the lighthouse will be closed). For more information, call Beverly at 229-1151 during the day at the lighthouse gift shop, which also has a host of Christmas gift ideas on sale right now. By Valerie Garman Star Staff Writer Erika White hates to send people away empty-handed, but sometimes she has no choice. It was a meager summer, with the pantry shelves at People Helping People of Gulf County consistently barren as the organization struggled to meet compliances to qualify to receive food from distribution services while changing locations this summer. Those lean times are not my favorite times, but it does happen, said White, executive director of People Helping People. It got to be pretty bad. People would come, and there was nothing on the shelves. Although the shelves are no longer bare, the two wire racks of the pantry are by no means full, and with more than 100 families signed up for monthly food service, the food fades quickly. White said the group survived the summer, but with huge cuts being made in the distribution programs the organization relies on, there is a greater need than ever for community donations to keep the shelves stocked. People Helping People works in partnership with Americas Second Harvest of the Big Bend, a Tallahassee food bank that distributes to smaller food pantries in Northwest Florida. This summer, Second Harvest saw a drastic cut in USDA Commodities, a government surplus food program that accounts for 36 percent of their annual distribution. In July and August, Second Harvest saw a 55 percent decrease in its distribution of commodities, a decline the organization believes will continue, with indications of further federal funding cuts on the way in 2012. Second Harvest is experiencing a reduction to the amount of food theyre getting, and in turn were getting less food, White said. Americas Second Harvest of the Big Bend delivers food to more than 140 partner agencies in 11 counties, including twicemonthly deliveries to two Gulf County organizations, People Helping People and Wewahitchka Search and Rescue. (USDA Commodities) has declined substantially since July 1, unfortunately, even though the need hasnt changed, said Cheryl Phoenix, executive director of Americas Second Harvest of the Big Bend. The dip in commodities makes it dif cult for Second Harvest to keep the shelves stocked, causing a rippling reality check for the smaller agencies as well. Because of the decline, were needing more donated products, Phoenix said. But as soon as it comes in, its going back out. We have a lot less food than we usually do because its going out so quickly. With an anticipated decrease of 1 million pounds in the amount of food Second Harvest will distribute this year, Phoenix said donations will not make up for the difference, and with more federal funding cuts on the way for 2012, its becoming a national epidemic. It would be really good if the people would encourage our Congressmen to not make these cuts, Phoenix said. Unfortunately, the economy is continuing to decline. I think now more than ever we really need people to help ght against hunger and help feed our neighbors. Angel Food Ministries, a national organization that provided discounted groceries to needy families, went out of business in late September, closing of ces across the country, including one in Port St. Joe. The organization cited the economic downturn as its reason for its closure, which will place more pressure on community food banks to ll the void. Debbie Sumner, coordinator for the Older Americans Act (OAA) Program at the Gulf County Senior Citizens Center, said her program also received steep funding cuts this year. Through funding from OAA and other state and federal funding sources, the Senior Citizens Center provides needy elderly people in Gulf County activities, a noon meal Monday through Friday and home-delivered meals for those with physical disabilities. The organization serves about 1,100 meals every month throughout Gulf County, Sumner said. Unfortunately, my federal program, the Older Americans Act, did get cut $21,000 for our next scal year, Sumner said. Somehow weve got to make up for that cut through donations or fundraising. A lot of our seniors are low-income, and they really depend on that hot meal and the socialization. With the holiday season having arrived, Phoenix said there will be more of an effort to collect food for the hungry. Typically, a lot of people do food drives in November, Phoenix said. If someone calls us and wants to do a food drive, we try to keep that food in those counties. White said she hopes local BUNCO BABES RAISE $2,230 FOR THE LIBRARY NFCD SCHOOL RISING FROM THE GROUND See RAMSEYS B6 Photos by VALERIE GARMAN | The Star Erika White, executive director of People Helping People of Gulf County, hands a bag of food to a local man in need. At right, White organizes the food pantry shelves. With more than 100 families registered to receive monthly supplements from the pantry, White said the food goes quickly. Unfortunately, the economy is continuing to decline. I think now more than ever we really need people to help ght against hunger and help feed our neighbors. Cheryl Phoenix executive director, Americas Second Harvest of the Big Bend Lean times Food banks feel pinch in down economy See LEAN TIMES B6

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Volunteer tax assistance People Helping People, through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, will offer free tax preparation to lowto moderate-income in Gulf County from Jan. 17 to April 15. To become an IRS certi ed tax preparer please join us on Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET at 2010 Parker Ave. in Highland View. For more information give us a call at 850-229-5262. Salvation Army seeks volunteers The Salvation Army is currently looking for volunteers to ring the bell at the Piggly Wiggly this holiday season. Volunteers are asked to work one-hour shifts. If you are interested, please call 850-596-9552 for more information. Juvenile Justice Council meeting next week The Gulf County Juvenile Justice Council will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. ET at the Port St. Joe Fire Station building, located at 408 Williams Ave. We welcome the public attendance and participation. Thank you. Turtle Patrol seeks volunteers to help cold-stunned turtles The St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol and University of Florida Marine Turtle Research Group are seeking volunteers to help with cold-stunned sea turtle events in St. Joseph Bay this winter. Assistance is greatly needed to help search, retrieve, and transport stranded turtles to the rehabilitation center in Panama City. There will be a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. ET, at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Center, 3915 State Road 30-A in Port St. Joe, to discuss volunteer response needs and to sign up anyone who would like to assist. The coordinating groups are also seeking Towels for Turtles to provide warmth for sea turtles retrieved during cold stun events. If you have towels or blankets that you would like to donate, there will be drop-off bins located at the Fish Inn, 3841 Cape San Blas Road in Port St. Joe, and the Cape Tradin Post on the St. Joseph Peninsula. Donations of hand sanitizer, paper towels, bottled water, laundry detergent, and plastic tubs for turtle transport are also greatly needed. For more information please contact Jessica McKenzie at jmbama@ gmail.com. OF THE WEEK PET St. Joseph Bay Humane Society Society B2 | The Star Thursday, December 8, 2011 Justin Boone of Wewahitchka has been named to the Deans List at the Savannah College of Art and Design for fall quarter 2011. Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the Deans List. Congratulations, Justin on your academic achievement! The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonpro t, accredited institution conferring bachelors and masters degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD has more than 20,000 alumni and offers an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. The diverse student body, consisting of more than 11,000 students, comes from all 50 United States and more than 100 countries worldwide. Wewahitchkas Justin Boone makes the Deans List Society BRIEFS On Saturday, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. ET, there will be a reception for Bill and Jewell Weldon as they celebrate 65 years of marriage. Bill and Jewell were joined together at Capitol Heights United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Ala., in December of 1946. Bill and Jewell have been a part of this community for two and a half years and have loved calling Port St. Joe their new home. They are very active at First United Methodist Church, and are volunteers at the Clothes Closet and Sacred Heart Hospital. The reception will be held at 1009 Constitution Drive and all of their friends are invited to attend. Please, no gifts, but cards and letters will be cherished for years to come. VFW POST HONORS DUREN THOMAS AND WAGNER TO WED Mr. and Mrs. Roger Thomas of Port St. Joe and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wagner of Roanoke, Va., are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Kimberly Diane Thomas and Brian Lee Wagner. Kimberly is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Miller of Tallahassee and the late Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Thomas of Port St. Joe. Brian is the father of three beautiful girls, Chloe, Rachel, and Abigail and grandson of Ms. Arleta Schrieber and the late Mr. Raymond Schrieber of Tonawanda, New York and the late Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wagner of North Tonawanda, N.Y. Kimberly is a 1993 graduate of Port St. Joe High School and 1998 graduate of the University of Florida, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy. She is currently employed as a physical therapist at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation. Brian is a 1990 graduate of Friendly High School in Fort Washington, Md., and a graduate of Excelsior College, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He is an F-22 Avionics/Weapons Equipment Specialist with Air Force Engineering and Technical Services at Tyndall Air Force Base. Their wedding will be on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. ET at First United Methodist Church in Port St. Joe. Family and friends are invited to attend. Dan McDonough, commander at left, and Butch Arendt, senior vice commander on right, from VFW Post 100069 honored George Duren last week for his support of the community. The Post made Duren a lifetime member and he received a certi cate of appreciation. This is all about his support of the community, Arendt said. CELEBRATING 65 YEARS OF MARRIAGE Star Staff Report If you are ready to quit smoking now, a free weekly class/support group will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf. Quit Smoking Now is a curriculum developed by ex-smokers for those who want to become exsmokers. Free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is available to all class participants. Register at 1-877QUIT-NOW-6 (1-877-8486696) or contact Brigitta Nuccio at 850-482-6500 or e-mail her at bnuccio@ bigbendahec.org. The class is sponsored by the Florida AHEC Network and the Florida Department of Health. Quit smoking now Star Staff Report United Way of Northwest Florida is partnering with The Christian Community Development Fund to provide a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in Port St. Joe. The organization is looking for additional volunteers interested in the following positions: greeters, screeners and tax preparers to help with the initiative. The rst training date is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the WIG Building, 401 Peters St. Days and hours of operation are not con rmed pending on availability of volunteers, but the goal is to offer this service three days a week with open hours to meet the needs of the local community. Online training is also available. To sign up, call Diana Burkett at 227-3394 or Ron Sharpe at 215-6749. In spring 2011, United Ways Bay County VITA site assisted with more than 2,400 tax returns, putting more than $3 million back into the local economy while saving more than $200,000 in preparation fees for those in need. Of those 2,400 helped, 89 were residents from Port St. Joe. Of the 5,198 homes in Gulf County, 60 percent qualify for the maximum income limit for Earned Income Tax Credits at $50,270. United Way to offer tax assistance program

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The Star| B3 Thursday, December 8, 2011 School News DAZZLING DOLPHINS Special to The Star Daniel Fisher, a student at Wewahitchka Junior/Senior High School, was recently recognized as a Panhandle Area Education Consortium (PAEC) Regional Transition Councils Outstanding Student in Transition. Daniel, a senior, works at the Dixie Dandy performing a wide range of vocational skills. Upon graduation he is interested in continuing his education at Tom P. Haney Technical Center in order to pursue a career in welding. Daniels work at Dixie Dandy is part of a career prep program provided by a partnership between Gulf County schools and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. This partnership provides students the opportunity to gain real world work experience while attending school. Daniel was nominated for the PAEC Regional Transition Councils Outstanding Student in Transition Award by Linda D. Tschudi, Employment Specialist for Gulf County Schools. This award spotlights outstanding students that are in the process of moving from their lives as students into the world of work, postsecondary education and independence. Each recipient is a shining example of focus and determination in the area of post-secondary transition. By Jacob Lacour and Tyrek Sims Clubs NJROTCCongratulations to Mrs. Karen Taylor, our schools Financial Ofcer, the winner of the Port St Joe Schools T-shirt Quilt Rafe held on Nov. 23. Thanks to all who made this fundraising event a rousing success.Sports Dec. 8: Girls and Boys soccer teams play at North Bay Haven at 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9: JV and varsity boys basketball at South Walton at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12: Girls basketball at Bay High, 6 p.m. Dec. 13: Boys and girls varsity basketball at Bozeman, 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 14: Home gameJr. High basketball vs. Marianna, 6 p.m. Dec. 15: J.V. and varsity boys basketball at Rutherford, 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Events Dec. 13: Christmas Concert in commons area at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School. The concert begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 9: 7th-, 8thand 9th-graders will be going to Rocket Lanes in Panama City as a reward for their hard work preparing for FCAT last year resulting in an A in school. Special to The Star Port St. Joe Elementary School held the 5thand 6th-grade science fair in the gym on Nov. 29. Students arrived in droves with their projects on a very windy and rainy Monday morning, and frazzled parents unloaded garbage bag-wrapped science boards and equipment in preparation of the next days competition and exhibition. There were clouds in bottles, plants that had been sung to, buoyant eggs and sinking canned soft drinks, socks washed in every kind of detergent on the shelf, rotten fruit, and magnetic money to name a few. One student even managed to change a bar of Ivory soap into what appeared to be a white, uffy cloud of cotton candy! Needless to say, the adults (teachers included) learned almost as much as the students. It was fun for all, and parents did a wonderful job of assisting their children demonstrate an understanding of the scientic method. The winners of the 6th-grade science fair were: Lacy Linton, rst place (Extreme Heat), Shad Tracy, second place (A Sizzling Sensation) and third place, Braden Baumgardner (Weight Wonder). Honorable mentions went to Cole Thursby, Lexie Combs, Brooks Kennington, Thomas Miniat, Claudia Alcorn, Courtney Davidson, and James White. Taking top honors in 5th-grade were Jaden Grantland, rst place (Salinity and Displacement), Haleigh Smith, second place (Pumped Up) and Jacob Kennedy, third place (Viscosity). Honorable mention awards went to Devin Crews, Hannah Fulk, Chandler Godwin, Aaron Godwin, Jacob Tracy, and Caleb Butts. Congratulations future scientists! Port St. Joe Elementary School would also like to thank the science fair judges for offering their time and experience in helping us this year. The feedback provided by the judges is very benecial in showing the students areas in need of improvement while highlighting areas of strength in preparing a proper science fair project. Special to The Star Faith Christian School proudly announces the honor roll students for the rst term of the 20102011 school year. Congratulations to all of the following: All A s: Magnolia Sarmiento, Halee Whicker, Kristen Bouington and Shelby Causey. All A s and Bs: Donovan Cumbie, Luke OBarr, Theron Smith (not pictured), Jacob Davis, Farren Newman, Catherine Bouington, Jade Cothran (not pictured), J.J. Laine and Elijah Sarmiento. Pre-KindergartenRylan Fortune 1st gradeBobbie Sue Fowler 2nd gradePorter Hodges 3rd gradeKaylee Jones 4th gradeColton Jones 5th gradeXavier Maestri 6th gradeJames White Best of LunchroomAlbert Scheffer Bus Riders of the Week: Alex Thomason and Cheyenne Crum Student receives Regional Award S P EC IAL TO T H E S TA R From left, Mrs. Debbie Baxley, Principal at Wewahitchka High School, Aunnie Slack, supervisor, Dixie Dandy, Daniel Fisher, honored student, Linda D. Tschudi, Employment Specialist, and Will McLemore, owner of Dixie Dandy. S P EC IAL TO T H E S TA R Right: The students who earned all As during the rst term of the school year. Above: Students earning all As and Bs during the rst term. The Lions T ALE POR T ST. JOE ELEMENTAR Y SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR S P EC IAL TO T H E S TA R The fth-grade winners were Jaden Grantland (rst place), Haleigh Smith (second) and Jacob Kennedy (third). The Lions Tale S P EC IAL TO T H E S TA R Sixth-grade winners, from left, were Shad Tracy (second place), Lacy Linton (rst place) and Braden Baumgardner (third place).

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This business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week. 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 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 Youth Groups ............... 5:30 pm New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church Sunday School & Worship Service .................. 9:00 am Wednesday Wednesday Night Supper .............. 5:00 6:15 pm ............................ 5:45 6:10 pm Nursery ........................................ 6:00 7:30 pm ....................................... 6:15 7:30 pm Surrender Student Ministry ........... 6:15 7:30 pm The Unshakable Truth Journey ..... 6:15 7:30 pm Celebration Choir Rehearsal ........ 6:30 7:30 pm Prayer Meeting ........................... 6:30 7:30 pm Praise Band ............................. 7:30 9:00 pm (Rehearsal in Sanctuary) COMFORTER FUNERAL HOME W. P. Rocky Comforter L.F.D. (850) 227-1818 FAITH Thursday, December 8, 2011 Page B4 www.starfl.com Trixye Grif n Rich, a resident of Port St Joe, passed away at home after a brief illness on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. She was born in Thomasville, Ga. to Carlton and Trudy Grif n, who predeceased her. She was known for her many good deeds in the community and was loved by all who knew her. She was a member of First Baptist Church and was involved in teaching and ministering to many over the years. She loved Jesus, her family and her church. She dedicated her life to serving God. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John E. Rich; her sons, Eddy Rich (Lajuana), Carlton Rich, Larry Rich (Cindy); her daughter, Tina (David); her grandchildren, Jonathan (Callie), Christopher, Matt (Kristen), Caitlin and Britney Rich, and Sara and Harley Whit eld; her greatgrandchildren, Josiah, Evangeline and Brody Rich; her brother, Edwin Grif n; sister, Doris Acevedo; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family. A visitation was Friday, Dec. 2, from 6-8 p.m. ET at First Baptist Church in Port St. Joe. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church. In lieu of owers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the following organizations that were dear to Trixye: The Growing Minds Center (227-4392), The Gideons International and Covenant Hospice (785-3040). Those wishing to express words of condolences may do so at www. heritagefhllc.com. Heritage Funeral Home, 247 N. Tyndall Parkway, Panama City, FL 32404. Phone: (850) 785-1316 Trixye Grif n Rich 1934 2011 Mark Allen Holland, age 53, of Forest City, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 at the Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Mark was a native of Rutherford County, son of George and Louise Holland of Forest City, a former resident of Port St. Joe, Fla., graduate of Port St. Joe High School, a member of the Catamount Club, Western Carolina University, attended Florence Baptist Church and was a devoted Auburn fan. He worked in Real Estate and Development with the Gateway Group. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Rosemari Toney Holland, of Forest City; two daughters, Jenny and Charity Holland, both of Forest City; a brother, Ed (Betsy) Holland, of Atlanta; sister Julie (Rodney) Nobles, of Crestview, Fla.; and three grandchildren, JeShaun Gill, Ian Gill and Malachi Dato. Locally, Mark is survived by his cousins, John Wright, Phil Earley, Chris Earley and Mary Earley, and their families. Mark Allen Holland Catherine Sue Lois Thomas Jones was born June 27, 1952, to Early Thomas and the late Maggie Bell in Blountstown, Fla. On Nov. 26, 2011, she departed this life at Sacred Heart Hospital in Port St. Joe. She was preceded in death by her mother, her husband, Z. W. Jones, Sr., one brother and one sister. She was a member of Amazing Grace Church. She leaves to cherish in her loving memories her father, Early Thomas (Florene) of Blountstown; one daughter, Sherry Bailey (Cederick) of Port St. Joe; two sons, Z. W. Reggie Jones, Jr. (Shalonda) of Orlando and Richard Jones (Lacrethia) of Port St. Joe; three brothers, Joe Pruitt (Trish) of Marion, Ala., Alvin Thomas (Helen) of Atlanta, Georgia, and Dexter Thomas of Blountstown; two sisters, Renee Hunter (Bishop) of Panama City, and Vernita Brown of Orlando; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and loving friends. Catherine Sue Lois Thomas Jones Our Son and Our Brother Ernie Woodrow If Tears could build a Stairway, and Memories a Lane, Well walk right up to Heaven, and Bring you Home. We Love you and Miss you with all our Hearts. Your Momma and Dad, Sisters Pat, Susan and Becky. Claude Randall Randy Weston, 65, of Mexico Beach passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Randy was born Oct. 6, 1946 to Gundy and Eva Weston in Marianna, Fla. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the American Legion Post 116. Randy was a retired engineer from the Apalachicola Railroad. He loved time on the river, hunting and fishing, but most of all spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Karla Weston; his parents, Gundy and Eva Weston; sons, Robert (Ann Marie) Weston, Randall Weston, Mark Weston, Ryan (Julie) Thornburg; a daughter, Alicia (Steve) Matincheck; brothers, Mike (Ellen) Weston, Greg (Becky) Weston, Kenny (Barbara) Weston; grandchildren, Johnathan, Jessica, Danielle, Parker, Griana, Gabe, Hunter, Ethan, Chessney, Haley Jo and Dean. Funeral services will be 5 p.m. CT Thursday, Dec. 8, at White City Baptist Church with the Rev. Nick Davis officiating. The family received friends on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the church. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily. com. Mailing address: Southerland Family Funeral Home, 507 Tenth Ave., Port St. Joe, FL 32456. Claude Randall Randy Weston Obituaries In Loving Memory Happy Birthday 12-5-59 Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting For parents who have lost a child to death, it can be very dif cult to cope with because the pain of the loss is one that never goes away. The pain of losing a child is often intensi ed during the holiday season. One helpful way for parents to keep the memory of their child alive is by participating in the Worldwide Candle Lighting at 7 p.m. on the second Sunday in December. This event unites bereaved parents, family and friends around the world by lighting candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. This international global event is nondenominational and is hosted as a gift to the bereaved community around the world by The Compassionate Friends. The event is believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe. This year, the Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting service will be at 7 p.m. ET Dec. 11 at First United Methodist Church, 1001 Constitution Drive in Port St. Joe. This is for people of all faiths, and everyone is welcome. Christmas Musical at Long Avenue Baptist Church this Sunday The Long Avenue Baptist Childrens Choir will present the musical, iHope Christmas at 6 p.m. ET Sunday, Dec. 11, in the church sanctuary. The musical follows a group of kids who create their own web show called iHope based on the main character, Hope. They want to do a Christmas special but feel like they need inspiration and information before going live. Hope and her friends seek advice from Hopes great aunt, who used to be in show business, and they nd themselves with some pretty eccentric show-biz-type friends at the local theatre who inspire them for their show. A cast of more than 35 kids and adults make this a colorful and exciting presentation with music, drama and dance that points to the real message of Christmas and how we should respond to it. The community is cordially invited to come and enjoy a unique Christmas musical sure to bring a smile. Faith BRIEFS His will not mine To overcome evil with good is the Godly thing to do. But for me it takes a lot of prayer, does this sound a little like you? To turn the other cheek is a problem for me, too. But Jesus said thats what were to do. We have to be close to God for His will to be done in our life. To live by the words of Jesus will take care of our worldly strife. So now we know what the problem is. We need to stop living our way and start living His. Billy Johnson

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Local The Star| B5 Thursday, December 8, 2011 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Gulf County Board of County Commis sioners will hold a public hearing to consider adoption of an Ordinance with the following title: AN ORDINANCE OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA; IMPOSING A MANDATO RY SURCHARGE OF THIRTY DOLLARS ($30) ON EACH NON-CRIMINAL OR CRIMINAL TRAFFIC VIOLATION; PROVIDING FOR THE USE OF SAID SURCHARGE; PROVIDING AUTHORITY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL AND SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE The public hearing will be held during the Gulf County Board of County Com All interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed Or Commission with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, he/she will need a record of the proceedings and that for such purpose he/she may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings made and which would include any evidence BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: WARREN YEAGER, CHAIRMAN REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS BID #1112-03 The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will receive proposals from any MISDEMEANOR PROBATION SERVICES BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PUBLIC NOTICE A Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and Development Review Board (PDRB) meeting on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:45 a.m. EST, and at the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 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 Ned Harman for Parcel ID # 06314-075R Located in Section 23 Township 9 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida Replace an existing 4 dune walkover with a 6 dune walkover for handicap accessibility. 2. Public and Open Discussion 3. 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. Ad #2011-87 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 Special to The Star Author Michael Lister of Wewahitchka, best known for his literary mysteries and thrillers set in North Florida, is just out with his rst work of non ction in over a decade. My focus has been on ction, Lister said, but Ive continued to write non ction as well. Ive worked on this book for a very long time. His new book is Finding the Way Again: Rediscovering radical love and freedom in the lost teachings of Jesus. Ive been intrigued by and a student of Jesus since adolescence, Lister said. This book is birthed out of that. With degrees in biblical studies and theology, Lister has specialized over the years in story theology, spirituality, myth and meaning, and Jesus scholarship. To me Finding the Way Again is a work of restoration, Lister said. My focus is on what has been lost about the man and his message. I look at the ways in which Jesus message and the meaning of his life have been altered, obscured, and ignored and what we can do to recover them. Lister writes in the book, My goal with this intentionally simple, slim volume (based on scholarship, but not bogged down by notes and references) is to attempt to remove that which has obscured, hidden, and even replaced Jesus and his radical revolution, extricating him from the sti ingly narrow religious context that all but silences him, so his message can reverberate around us, resonate within us. What I offer is not dogma or doctrine but discussiona contribution to the ongoing conversation between open seekers of understanding and enlightenment. I write this as one asking questions far more than offering answers. Bestselling author, River Jordan, had this to say about the book: In Finding the Way Again, Michael Lister will rock religious walls raw to the nerve. His words may anger or inspire perhaps, both in the same moment but one thing is for certain, his portrait of Jesus as a man with a true message will not be soon forgotten or overlooked. In the preface Lister writes, As if a conservator refurbishing an ancient mosaic in a pre-modern monastery, I am attempting to restore, repair, and preserve what I believe to be the truest, most accurate image of Jesus. Beneath the layers and layers of dust and dirt, of history and tradition, culture and religion, there is a more perfect picture awaiting rediscovery. Behind the cosmic Christ there is Jesus, an illegitimate peasant with the power of God on his tongue and in his hands. Beyond the icon, there is an iconoclast who overturns temple tables and kicks down fear-based religion and class-based divisions and proclaims Gods unconditional love until it gets him killed. Finding the Way Again is available now in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. Lister will be discussing and reading from the book on Rap Line on WKGC on Monday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. CT and signing the book at a reception following the show in the conference room of WKGC at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Lister will also be signing the book at Downtown Books in Apalachicola on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1-3 p.m. ET. Special to The Star The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is currently accepting applications for NAP coverage. NAP provides nancial assistance to eligible producers affected by natural disasters. Eligible disasters are any of the following: damaging weather such as drought, excessive moisture, or hurricane; an adverse natural occurrence such as earthquake or ood; a condition related to damaging weather or adverse natural occurrence. Applicants must pay a nonrefundable administrative fee of $250 per crop, per county. Fees are capped at $750 per county not to exceed $1750 for farmers with interest in multiple counties. Loss must be greater than 50 percent of expected production and coverage must have been purchased 30 days prior to the coverage period. The application closing date is Jan. 31. For further information, please contact the CalhounFranklin-Gulf-and Liberty County FSA Of ce at 17413 NW Leonard Street, Blountstown, FL 32424 or call 674-8388 or 1-800-2439912 Ext. 6. This Christmas see Jesus in a whole new light FARM SERVICE AGENCY DEADLINE

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During the month of December, 10 percent of all proceeds from the sale of Hammermill products will be donated to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. Customers who purchase Hammermill products during December at Ramseys also will be provided an ornamental badge they can write their name on and place on the Christmas tree in the Ramsey store on Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe. I bet weve used International Paper products as long as theyve had International Paper products, Ramsey said of his business, which was rst founded in 1937 as Star Publishing Company before renaming the company Ramseys Printing and Of ce Supply after selling The Star newspaper in 2004. Ramsey purchased IP products through Mac Paper Company in Georgia, a distributor of IP products throughout the Southeast. We are on their original customer list, Ramsey said of Mac Paper. That allegiance to Hammermill was one of the reasons, Ramsey said, that his printing and of ce supply company was selected to participate in the St. Jude campaign. Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not. 1-800-4STJUDE l www.stjude.org Hammermill Maximum donation amount is $250,000. Ends December 31, 2011. St. Jude Childrens Research Hospitals name and logo are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, expressed or implied, of any product or company. Hammermill Tidal MP Tidal MP is 99.99% jam-free GUARANTEED. This multi-purpose sheet delivers dependable performance on all office equipment consistently running copy after copy after copy never distracting you from the business at hand. rmill Ha mm er T i dal M P s 99.99% jam-free GUARANTEED. Ti dal MP i s 2011 ALSAC/St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital Hammermill, Great White and Tidal are registered trademarks of International Paper Company. Help fight childhood cancer. Purchase Hammermill paper in November and December. When you purchase select Hammermill Paper products in November and December, Hammermill will donate 10% of the purchase price to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer. RAMSEYS from page B1 food drives will help supplement the People Helping People pantry. We de nitely receive more donations during the holidays, White said. People want to make sure during the holidays that people are eating. Other local organizations are making sure nobody goes hungry during the holidays. Jerry Stokoe organizes a county-wide Thanksgiving dinner each year, along with an army of sponsors and volunteers, to make sure everybody in Gulf County has a hot turkey dinner. In partnership with Oak Grove Churchs Fish and Loaves food ministry, the volunteers distributed hundreds of hot meals on Thanksgiving. With the holidays upon us, a new location at 2010 Parker Avenue and a dedicated group of donors, White is optimistic about the organizations future despite meager circumstances. Were moving forward for sure, White said. Here lately weve had something on the shelves. The organization recently obtained $3,500 worth of new refrigerators and freezers through a Presbyterian Church grant and received a donated airconditioning unit so they will no longer struggle to meet compliances. A community garden also has been planted out front so fresh produce can be offered to the hungry. People Helping People receives regular donations from First United Methodist Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. James Episcopal Church and First Presbyterian Church, and from generous people like Gail and Richard Day, who bring food every Monday like clockwork. There have been times when weve had nothing on the shelf, but then here comes the Day family, White said. Sometimes we get here in the morning, and theres food sitting on the steps. Even with the dedicated donors, the organization can offer only one bag of supplemental food per family every 30 days, and sometimes less. I think people think it might feed them for a week, but its a supplement, White said. We need the community to give to the food bank so we can make sure everyone that comes can get a good supplement. I know some children, the best meal they get is at school. She also said Gulf County has a large population of elderly people that need food. The people in need always nd us, White said. But the people with the money and the time to give cant seem to. Volunteers and donations are always needed. White said the pantry needs more lling foods like meat items, peanut butter, beans, soups and cereals. If you are interested in donating to People Helping People of Gulf County or becoming a volunteer, call Erika White at 229-5262. To donate or volunteer with the Gulf County Senior Citizens Center, call Debbie Sumner at 2298466. LEAN TIMES from page B1

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CLASSIFIEDSThursday, December 8, 2011 The Star | B7 36717S NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The City of Wewahitchka Board of Commissioners will have a 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 2011-1058L on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 109 South 2nd St. at 6:30 PM CT and consider adoption of the ordinance with the following title to wit: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WEWAHITCHKA REGULATING OPEN BURNING WITHIN THE CITY, ESTABLISHING ITEMS THAT MAY BE BURNED, ESTABLISHING REQUIREMENTS BEFORE OPEN BURNING MAY OCCUR, PROVIDING FOR PERSONAL LIABILITY, PROVIDING FOR SANCTIONS UPON VIOLATION, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The Ordinance No 2011-1058L in its entirety may be inspected at the Office of the City Clerk at 318 South 7th St. Wewahitchka, FL. during regular business hours, 8 AM-4 PM CT Monday-Friday. All Interested parties may appear at the meeting to be heard with respect to this proposed Ordinance. Connie Parrish, City Clerk Dec 8, 2011 36735S PUBLIC NOTICE The Port St. Joe Port Authority will hold its regular monthly meetings for calendar year 2012 at the offices of Rish, Gibson & Scholz, P.A., 116 Sailors Cove Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on the following dates: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Wednesday, February 8, 2012 Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Wednesday, December 26, 2012 Interested persons may attend and be heard at the public hearing or provide comments in writing to the Port St. Joe Port Authority, 206 Monument Avenue, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456. Transactions of the public hearing will be recorded. Persons wishing to appeal any decision made during the hearing will need a record of the proceeding and should ensure a verbatim record is made, including the testimony on which the appeal is based. Any person who wishes to attend and requires assistance may call the Port Authority Office at (850) 229-5240. Dec 8, 2011 36679S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION BANK OF AMERICA N.A., Plaintiff, vs. STEVE HOUSEHOLDER, et al, Defendant(s). CASE NO.: 09000515CA DIVISION: NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated October 31, 2011 and entered in Case No. 09000515CA of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida wherein BANK OF AMERICA N. A. is the Plaintiff and STEVE HOUSEHOLDER; TINA HOUSEHOLDER; WETAPPO PRESERVE OWNER’S ASSOCIATION, INC.; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at LOBBY OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE at 11:00AM ET, on the 15th day of December, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 181 WETAPO SUBDIVISION ACCORDING TO THE PLAT RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGES 36-42 IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 181 WIDE WATER CIRCLE, WEWAHITCHKA, FL 32465 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on November 14, 2011. Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk Clerk of the Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk **See Americans with Disabilities Act In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Gulf County Courthouse #850-229-6113 (TDD) Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F10109690 December 1, 8, 2011 36699S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY PROBATE DIVISION IN RE: ESTATE OF JANE VAN HEIDEN Deceased. File No. 2011-80-PR NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JANE VAN HEIDEN, deceased, Case Number 2011-80-PR, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd. Rm 148, Port St. Joe FL 32456. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent and unliquidated claims, must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 1, 2011. Personal Representative: Darlene Walker TRAPPE & DUSSEAULT, P.A., STAN TRAPPE Florida Bar No. 176562 P.O. Box 2526 Panama City, FL 32402 850/769-6139 Attorney for Personal Representative December 1, 8, 2011 36677S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, VS. DAYLE FLINT, et al, Defendant(s). CASE NO.: 23-2010-CA-000486 DIVISION: NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated October 31, 2011 and entered in Case No. 23-2010-CA000486 of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA is the Plaintiff and DAYLE FLINT; TENANT # 1 N/K/A MELISSA HAUN, and TENANT #2 N/K/A TRAVIS WRIGHT are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at LOBBY OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE at 11:00AM, on the 15th day of December, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 3 OF WOODMERE SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 59, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA A/K/A 910 AVENUE A, PORT SAINT JOE, FL 32456 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on November 14, 2011. Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk Clerk of the Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk **See Americans with Disabilities Act In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Gulf County Courthouse #850-229-6113 (TDD) Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F10080535 December 1, 8, 2011 36194S PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Commission of the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, at its meeting on the 20th day of December, 2011, at 6:00 P.M., EST, in the regular Commission meeting room at the Municipal Building, Port St. Joe, Florida, will have the 2nd reading and consider for final adoption an Ordinance with the following title: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA REPEALING SECTION 42-4 OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE CODE OF ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Copies of the Ordinance are available for public inspection at City of Port St. Joe City Hall, located at 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. Interested persons may attend and be heard at the public hearing or provide comments in writing to the City Commissioners, City of Port St. Joe City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. Transactions of the public hearing will not be recorded. Persons wishing to appeal any decision made during the hearing will need a record of the proceeding and should ensure a verbatim record is made, including the testimony on which the appeal is based. Any person who wishes to attend and requires assistance may call the City Clerk’s Office at (850) 229-8261, Ext. 114. CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA BY: S/ MEL MAGIDSON, JR. Mayor-Commissioner Attest:S/ James A. Anderson City Clerk-Auditor Dec 8, 2011 36671S NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS BID NO. 1112-02 The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will receive bids from any person, company or corporation interested in providing the following: Sale of House -To Be Relocated 6909 Highway 71, White City Proposals must be turned in to the Gulf County Clerk’s Office at 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd, Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456, by 4:30 p.m., E.T., on Friday, December 16, 2011. The website www.gulfcounty-fl.gov also will have specifications. Interested parties should contact Michael Hammond for additional information at (850) 227-1124. Please indicate on the envelope YOUR COMPANY NAME, that this is a SEALED BID and include the BID NUMBER. Bids will be opened at the above location on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., E.T. Attest: Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA Warren J. Yeager, Jr., Chairman December 1, 8, 2011 36186S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA CASE NO.: 11-65-CA BANKEAST, Plaintiff, vs. CHARLES B. HICKS; DENNIS J. WEAVER and JANA R. WEAVER, SEACLIFFS BEACH HOMES ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida not-for-profit corporation, UNKNOWN TENANT #1, UNKNOWN TENANT #2, UNKNOWN TENANT #3, and UNKNOWN TENANT #4, the names being fictitious to account for parties who may be in possession, Defendants. CLERK’S NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO F.S. CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Partial Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 29, 2011, in Case No.: 11-65-CA of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, in the abovestyled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Gulf County Courthouse in Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 a.m. EST on January 5, 2012, the following described property: Parcel 1: Seacliffs Beach Homes, Unit C-14: Commence at the Northwest corner of Government Lot 4, Section 36, Township 8 South, Range 12 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence along the East line of Government Lot 2 of said Section 36, North 00 degrees 14 minutes 43 seconds East, 2138.58 feet; thence North 89 degrees 45 minutes 17 seconds West, 475 feet; thence continue North 89 degrees 45 minutes 17 seconds West, 678.83 feet; thence South 00 degrees 20 minutes 50 seconds East, 71.15 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence continue South 00 degrees 20 minutes 50 seconds East, 56.67 feet; thence South 88 degrees 34 minutes 57 minutes West, 37.51 feet; thence North 00 degrees 14 minutes 43 seconds West, 57.83 feet; thence South 89 degrees 45 minutes 17 seconds East, 36.91 feet to the Point of Beginning Parcel 2: Seacliffs Beach Homes, Unit G-38: Commence at the Northwest corner of Government Lot 4, Section 36, Township 8 South, Range 12 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence along the East line of Government Lot 2 of said Section 36, North 00 degrees 14 minutes 43 seconds East, 1848.21 feet; thence North 89 degrees 31 minutes 49 seconds West, 632.32 feet to a point on the are of a nontangent curve concave to the Northwest; thence Northerly along the are of said curve, having a radius of 106.00 feet, a central angle of 2351’40”, for an arc length of 44.14 feet, (chord to said curve bears South 11 degrees 13 minutes 41 seconds West, 43.83 feet); thence North 00 degrees 42 minutes 09 seconds West, 102.06 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence North 89 degrees 59 minutes 06 seconds West, 68.77 feet; thence North 00 degrees 22 minutes 53 seconds West, 19.73 feet; thence South 89 degrees 31 minutes 49 seconds East, 68.67 feet; thence South 00 degrees 42 minutes 09 seconds East, 19.19 feet to the Point of Beginning. Said lands lying in Section 36, Township 8 South, Range 12 West, Gulf County, Florida. DATED: November 29, 2011. BECKY NORRIS Clerk of the Circuit Court By: T. Knox Dec 8, 15, 2011 36162S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 23-2011-CA-000315CAXXXX REGIONS BANK, an Alabama banking corp., successor by merger to AMSOUTH BANK, Plaintiff, vs. LEONARD MARNELL, a married man, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF LEONARD MARNELL, WINDMARK BEACH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida Corporation, not for profit, UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, UNKNOWN TENANT #1, and UNKNOWN TENANT #2, Defendants. NOTICE OF PUBLICATION NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE-PROPERTY TO: Defendant(s) UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF LEONARD MARNELL, present address unknown, present address unknown, whose last known address is 1639 North Eagle Ridge Path, Hernando, FL 34442 and all parties having or claiming to have my right, title or interest in the property herein described. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been filed to foreclose a mortgage on the described real property located in Gulf County, Florida: Lot 40, Windmark Beach, according to the map or plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page(s) 1-5, Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Caridad M. Garrido, Esq., attorney for LEONARD MARNELL, whose address is 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 190 Coral Gables, FL 33134 on or before December 27th, 2011, and file the original with the Clerk of this 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. Witness my hand and the seal of this Court on the 15th day of November, 2011. Rebecca Norris, CLERK OF COURT By: BA Baxter As Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Caridad M. Garrido, Esq., FL Bar No: 814733 Peter A. Hernandez, Esq. FL Bar No. 64309 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 190 Coral Gables, FL 33134 Tel: 305-447-0019 Email: Cary@ garridorundquist.com Peter@garridorund quist.com Dec 8, 15, 2011 36108S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BAY COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 11-239-CA CIVIL DIVISION CENTENNIAL BANK, as successor in interest to BAYSIDE SAVINGS BANK Plaintiff, vs. RICHARD W. KRAUSE and PATRICIA B. FRANZEN, husband and wife, Defendants NOTCE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 14, 2011, in the abovestyled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Lobby of the Clerk’s Office, of the Gulf County Courthouse in Port St. Joe, Florida, on December 29, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. ET, the following described property: EXHIBIT “A” Lot 28, Block 41, City of Port St. Joe, Florida, according to the plat thereof, recorded inPlat Book 1, Pages 18 & 17, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. (Parcel Identification Number: 04951-000R). Any person claiming an initerest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner(s) as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. DATED ON November 16, 2011. Becky Norris Clerk of Court By: BA Baxter As Deputy Clerk ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF Mary Ellen Davis, Esquire 17 High Drive, Suite C P.O. Box 1720 Crawfordville, FL 32326 (850) 926-6003 Dec 8, 15, 2011 36046S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 232008CA000231CA XXXX EMC MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff, vs. WALTER JOSEPH LEVICK; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF WALTER JOSEPH LEVICK, IF ANY; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT (S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, GULF AIRE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION, Defendant(s). RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEIN pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated September 13, 2011 and an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated November 8, 2011. entered in Civil Case No.: 232008CA 000231CAXXXX of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, wherein EMC MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff, and WALTER JOSEPH LEVICK; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF WALTER JOSEPH LEVICK, IF ANY, ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; GULF AIRE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION, are Defendants. I will sell to the highest bidder for cash, at the Front Lobby of the Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456 at 11:00 AM ET on the 26th day of January, 2012 the following described real property as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment, to wit: COMMENCE AT THE POINT OF INTERSECTION ON THE NORTHEASTERN RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF U.S. HIGHWAY 98 (S.R. #30) AND SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 32, TOWNSHIP 6 SOUTH, RANGE 11 WEST, AS SAME IS SHOWN ON THE OFFICIAL PLAT OF PORT ST. JOE BEACH, UNIT TWO, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 6 IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 52’ 49” WEST ALONG SAID SOUTH BOUNARY LINE OF SECTION 32 FOR 22.105 FEET; THENCE NORTH 39 DEGREES 51’ 00” WEST ALONG SAID NORTHEASTERN R/W LINE 486.37 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 50 DEGREES 09’ 00” WEST FOR 66 FEET TO A POINT ON THE SOUTHEASTERLY R/W LINE OF U.S. HIGHWAY 98; THENCE NORTH 39 DEGREES 51’ WEST ALONG SAID R/W LINE 318.50 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID R/W LINE 18 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 50 DEGREES 09 WEST 27.71 FEET TO THE CENTERLINE OF A COMMON WALL; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID COMMON WALL 36 FEET; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID BEARING 167.20 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE WATERS EDGE OF THE GULF OF MEXICO; THENCE SOUTHEASTERLY ALONG SAID WATERS EDGE 18 FEET MORE OR LESS TO A POINT SOUTH 50 DEGREES 09’ WEST OF THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE NORTH 50 DEGREES 09’ EAST 167.20 FEET TO THE CENTERLINE OF A COMMON WALL; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID COMMON WALL 36 FEET; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID BEARING 27.76 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. 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. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on November 9, 2011. Rebecca L. Norris Clerk of the Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff Brian L. Rosaler, Esquire Popkin & Rosaler, P. A. 1701 West Hillsboro Boulevard Suite 400 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 (954) 360-9030 Fax: (954) 420-5187 December 1, 8, 2011

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B8| The Star Thursday, December 8, 2011 CLASSIFIEDS MLS# 243988 100 Plantation Drive, Carrabelle, FL $534,600 Bank Owned 243816 17 Little Rive Circle, Wewahitchka, FL $9,900 Lot 243812 2500 HWY 71 North, Wewahitchka, FL $59,900 Lot 244924 2 HWY 381, Wewahitchka, FL $89,900 Acreage 244322 101 Lower Landing Dr., Wewahitchka, FL $109,900 Riverfront 243496 148 Squirrel Ave., Wewahitchka, FL $89,900 Home 240660 249 Bonita St,, Port St. Joe, FL $34,000 Lot 243493 480 Ponderosa Pines Dr., Port St Joe, FL $44,500 Lot 242660 1209 Monument Ave., Port St. Joe, FL $175,000 Home 241998 357 HWY 98, Port St. Joe, FL $295,000 Commercial 243184 2850 Hwy 98, Port St. Joe, FL $299,900 Commercial 243095 415 Monument Ave., Port St Joe, FL $299,900 Commercial 244920 22 Cape San Blas Rd, Cape San Blas, FL $ 39,900 Deeded Beach Access 244919 18 Cape San Blas Rd., Cape San Blas, FL $ 59,900 Deeded Beach Access 244921 10 Cape San Blas Rd, Cape San Blas, FL $59,900 Deeded Beach Access 241222 8 Cape San Blas Rd, Cape San Blas, FL $112,900 Bay Front 242510 3 Cape San Blas Rd, Cape San Blas, FL $136,900 Bay Front 243939 102 Seascape Dr., Cape San Blas, FL $225,000 Under Contract 244556 112 Rosemary Court, Cape San Blas, FL $449,000 Jubilation Subdivision 241453 106 Sand Dollar Way, Cape San Blas, FL $779,900 Gulf Front 239971 7750 Cape Sane Blas Rd, Cape San Blas, FL $1,199,000 Gulf Front 242710 210 Sting Ray Lane, Port St. Joe, FL $23,900 Lot 244659 400 Gulf Aire Drive, Port St. Joe, FL $119,900 Under Contract 108831 512 Long St., Mexico Beach, FL $189,000 ICW Front 244604 118 41st St., Mexico Beach, FL $239,900 Beachside FOR RENT MEXICO BEACHVillas of Mexico Beach 3706 Hwy 98, New Condos Furnished, Gulf Access, on Canal Unit 301 – Furnished 3bd/3ba West End Harbor – Unit 4-104 Fully Furnished 1bd/2ba 604 Fortner Avenue – Duplex Furnished 2bd/2ba SNOW BIRD SPECIALST. JOE BEACH113 Gulf Terrace 3bd/2ba Highland Subdivision St. Joe Beach 311 Bonnet Street 2bd/2ba No pets Coronado # 3 – 7314 W. Hwy 98, St. Joe Beach Furnished 2 bd/2ba SNOW BIRD SPECIAL Coronado #4 – 7318 W. Hwy 98, St. Joe Beach Furnished 2 bd/2ba SNOW BIRD SPECIALWINDMARK BEACH212 Watermark Way (old Hwy 98) Townhouse-Unit #4 Fully Furnished 2bd/2ba SNOW BIRD SPECIAL 210 Watermark Way (old Hwy 98) Townhouse-Unit #6 Fully Furnished 2 bd/2ba SNOW BIRD SPECIAL Carr’s Bungalow#2 155 Beach Street 1bd/1ba Carr’s Bungalow #3 159 Beach Street 1bd/1baINDIAN PASS8822 – CR 30A – Right down from Raw Bar Pictures available on MLS #243890 Unfurnished 3bd/2baCAPE SAN BLAS/INDIAN PASSJubilation Subdivision Unfurnished 4bd 101 Two Palms Drive – Two Palm Subdivision Furnished and covered pool 3bd/3ba Small pet allowed with pet depositPORT ST. JOE1903 Juniper Avenue Unfurnished 3bd/2ba 1206 Palm Blvd Partially Furnished 1.5 bd Eagle Landing – Ponderosa Pines – Jones Homestead Partially Furnished 2bd/2ba 101 S 33RD ST. MEXICO BEACH 850-648-5683 800-260-1137 WWW.FLORIDAGULFCOAST.COM252 MARINA DRIVE PORT ST. JOE 850-227-9600 800-451-2349www. oridagulfcoast.com FORRENT FOR SALE Your land or family land is all you need to buy a new home. Call 850-682-3344 Port St. Joe CommercialFor LeaseMarketed Exclusively by:850-229-6373Retail / Of ce Space202 Marina Drive Centennial Bank Bldg 2nd & 3rd Floor Spaces Avail; +/-4915,000sf; $12 psf mod gross 316 & 318 Reid Avenue Of ce /Retail; +/1,700sf; Can be subdivided; $13.25psf 308 Reid Avenue Suite A +/1100 sf; $1100 mo mod gross 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 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 Sale300 Long Avenue +/2,000sf Loggerhead Restaurant Cape San Blas, +/-3000sf, FFE incl., .47 ac, on site-parking, sewer, asking $350,000. Short Sale 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; $395,000 320 Marina Drive Corner lot entry to Marina Cove : .14 acres; High visibility site; Call for details 260 Marina Drive+/3,200 sf : Multi tenant building in Marina Cove; New Construction w/ ample parking; Also avail for lease; Inquire for details; $285,000PSJ Commerce Park+/6.5 acre site : $119,900; owner nancing available235 W. Gulf Beach Drive Of ce/Retail; +/-5,335sf multi-tenant bldg St. George Island; Also avail for lease; inquire for terms; $399,000 131 E. Gulf Beach DriveSt. George Island, +/3,950sf of ce/retail; $285,00071 Market Street Multi tenant historic bldg downtown Apalachicola; +/7,252; Inquire for terms storic bl dg downtown Apa lachicola; +/72 52 SOLD ue UNDER CONTRACT Multi tenant build ing in Marina Cove; New SO LD ch Drive and+/-3950 LEASED e 0s f; $11 00mo m 108 S. E. AVE. A CARRABELLE, FLORIDA 32322850-697-9604 850-323-0444 www.seacrestre.comwww. rst tness.com/carrabellePROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND RENTALSRENTALS1 BR 1 BA UNFURNISHED HOUSE .....$500INCLUDES WATER, CARRABELLE 2 BR 1 BA TRAILER ..................................$450REMODELED, UNFURNISHED DOWNTOWN RIVER CONDO, BOAT SLIP3 Night Minimum .......................$105 PLUS DAILYPIRATES LANDING 1 BR CONDO/POOL3 Night Minimum .......................$105 PLUS DAILY2 BR 1 BA FURNISHED APARTMENTDen & Living Area ..........................................$5503 BR 2 BA FURNISHED CONDO Boat & Car Parking ..............................$850 WKLY3 BR 1 BA FURNISHED APARTMENTPet Friendly ...................WKLY & MONTHLY RATES City Manager The City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3,445) is accepting Resumes for the position of City Manager. This professional position performs highly responsible administrative, personnel, nance, budgeting, and project management functions. The City Manager is responsible for managing the daily operations of the City to include City Hall, Water/Wastewater Facilities, Police Department, Fire Department, Public Works and Utility Services. The City has a budget of $15 million and 65 full and part time employees. The City of Port St. Joe is a Commissioner/Manager form of government with the City Manager reporting to and working under the direction of the ve member City Council. Candidates must have strong communicative skills and exhibit exceptional skills in scal management. Candidates must have a 4 year degree with a major in Public Administration, Business Administration or closely related eld. Candidates should also have a minimum of ve years of experience as a top level municipal or public sector administrator. Position is open until lled. Salary will be DOQ. Applications are available via the City of Port St. Joe Website: http://www.cityofportstjoe.com Please submit an application and cover letter along with ve references to the City of Port St. Joe, Attention Charlotte Pierce Human Resource Of cer, POB 278, Port St. Joe, FL 32457. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850) 229-8261. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. 2 Trailer lots available, Beacon Hill, 50x150, Call (850) 348-7770 for information Price ReducedFSBO : 5.5 acres White City, Fl. Nice property, minutes to Intercoastal Water Way. Convenient to beaches, reasonable offers considered. call 904-626-1482 PSJ, 3 br, 1 ba, all brick 404 Battles Street, corner lot large yard, $650 month + deposit 301-265-5368 2 br, 1 ba$400 month + $400 dep. Hiland View. Call 850-227-4051 2 br, 2 ba, 1200 sf, Carrabelle, large deck $550 month $550 deposit. Available January 1st. For appointment 850-562-4996. Long Term RentalCall for more information. 850-648-1012 HOME FOR RENT AT WILLIS LANDINGA Nature Lovers Paradise!! Quality Custom home 9ft Ceiling’s, Hardwood floor’s, tile, kitchen bar.Located next to Willis Landing Boat ramp on the Brothers River. Located 10 miles south of Wewahitchka and only 18 miles north of beautiful Mexico Beach and only 32 miles from Panama City. The Apalachicola River is only a 15 minute boat ride.1,600 SF 3 Bed/2 Bath $800/month. Call 850-689-8881 Text FL85680 to 56654 PSJ -216 7th St 4 br, 2 bath Large kitchen, living room and dining room Avail $675 month Please Call 850-867-3368 Rent to Own!2105 Long Ave PSJ. 3 br, 2 ba, 700 month 697-2768 or 381-6122 Publisher’s NoticeAll real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on a equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. Apalach Restauran tFull Service turn key restaurant. Excellent downtown location Lease. Call for information 850-653-8801 Quality AssuranceCollins Vacation Rentals, IncSt George Island Property Inspector PositionJoin the Collins team, working together for customer satisfaction since 1973! Now hiring for position of Property Inspector. Must be detail-oriented, willing to work weekends and enthusiastic about Customer Service. Employee must have own transportation and cell phone and be willing and able to climb stairs every day. 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 Extra Mile Pet SittingHome visits/overnight in the comfort of your pets home. Gulf & Bay County Diana 227-5770 Dan 227-8225 extramilepetsitting.com Antique Oak chest with brass handles $200. Pine coffee table and 2 end tables $200. Black leather recliner $50. Marble patio set $400. Custom design Oak and Paduke end table $300 and more see pictures on JoeBay.com /sale Call 850-229-1215 Port Saint Joe 2720 C-30 A. Corner of C-30 & Country club road. Saturday (12-10) 8:00 am -2:00 pmGarage SaleToys, tools, household Items, baby clothes, etc. Rain cancels. ST. Joe 674 Jones Homestead Rd. Fri & Sat 8:am-?Yard SaleLots of items! DIABETIC TEST STRIPS NEEDEDI Buy sealed, unexpired Boxes (850)710-0189 DIABETIC TEST STRIPS NEEDEDI Buy sealed, unexpired Boxes (850)710-0189 Medical/HealthCaring Peopleand CNAs needed. Join a team of people who make a difference in the lives of the elderly. Provide non medical companionship, in home help and personal care for the elderly. Flexible day, evenin & weekend hours. Positions available in the Appalachicola, Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe areas.Home Instead Senior CareCall Mon-Thur 9-3pm 850-640-1223 or toll free 1-866-301-1919 Web ID#: 34186584 Text FL86584 to 56654 36180S NWFTCA Meeting Notification Notice is hereby given The Northwest Florida Transportation Corridor Authority will hold a meeting on December 13, 2011. The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. CST at the Destin City Hall – Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin, FL. Any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise the Corridor Authority at least 48 hours prior to the meeting by contacting Amy Paulk at (850) 415-1040 or by email apaulk@gc-inc.com. Dec 8, 2011 36761S PUBLIC NOTICE The Mexico Beach Community Development Council, Inc. is seeking Request for Qualifications to contract advertising and marketing services to support the tourism sector in Mexico Beach, FL. Complete details and guidelines for submission may be formally requested by contacting Kimberly Shoaf at 850-648-8196. The qualification proposals must be submitted to the Mexico Beach Community Development Council by 4:00pm CT on January 20, 2012. Proposals must be submitted via mail or e-mail as either Word documents or PDF documents and sent to info@ mexicobeach.com. When submitting your proposal the e-mail subject line should read: Mexico Beach Marketing Campaign RFQ. Proposal should be addressed to Mexico Beach Community Development Council, Inc and should be mailed to Post Office Box 13382, Mexico Beach, FL 32410. Dec 8, 2011 Incorrect Insertion PolicyFor Classified In-column AdvertisersAll ads placed by phone are read back to the advertiser to insure correctness. The newspaper will assume correctness at the time of the read-back procedure unless otherwise informed. Please your ad. Advertisers are requested to check the advertisement on the first insertion for correctness. Errors should be reported immediately. Your Florida Freedom newspaper will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion, nor will it be liable for any error in advertisements to a greater extent than the cost of the space occupied by the error. Any copy change, during an ordered schedule constitutes a new ad and new charges. We do not guarantee position of ANY ad under any classification. Publisher’s Notice “SCAM “To avoid possible scams, it is recommended that consumers should verify caller information when receiving calls regarding credit card payments. Consumers should also contact the local company themselves instead of giving this information to individuals who are contacting them directly. Lost cat reward!!!!! Female, American short hair, with shaded silver coloring, blue eyes, spayed & declawed in front, very shy, if found call (850) 227-6017 or 227-4707 These tiny ads sell, hire, rent and inform for thousands of families each week. L et a little Classified ad do a big j ob for you. EmeraldCoast Marketplace 747-5020 D & B Home Repairs Inc.Featuring Seamless Gutters. 12 colors available. Call 850-340-0605 These tiny ads sell, hire, rent and inform for thousands of families each week. L et a little Classified ad do a big j ob for you. EmeraldCoast Marketplace 747-5020



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Thursday, DECEMBER 8, 2011 By Valerie GarmanStar Staff Writer The number of Medicaid patients is rising, while the reimbursement rates for hospitals are falling, creating an unsavory nancial de cit for hospitals across the state. With 10 percent of their patients covered by Medicaid, a state program that provides health coverage to low-income residents, Sacred Heart Health Systems newest branch in Port St. Joe is no different. All hospitals across the state of Florida are being affected, said Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf. Previously, Sacred Heart was reimbursed 84 to 85 cents for each dollar covered by Medicaid. But the reimbursement has recently dropped to 73 to 74 cents for each dollar, Hall said. And with the economy still wavering, Hall said the number of patients covered by Medicaid is going up. Were losing about 15 cents on the dollar to Medicaid costs now, Hall said. Those (Medicaid) patients are going up, and the reimbursement is going down. Unlike many rural hospitals, Sacred Heart on the Gulf is not a designated Critical Access Hospital (CAH), one that receives cost-based reimbursements. CAH designation is meant to prevent hospital closures and boost the nancial performance of small, rural hospitals. Although Sacred Heart quali es on many levels because of its size, since there is another hospital in a While new reimbursement rates for certain patients are dropping, Sacred Heart on the Gulf continues on a growth curve.FILE PHOTOAs proposals threaten rural hospitals, Sacred Heart continues growthBy Valerie GarmanStar Staff Writer Barry Sellers has never bought anything online. The day one of those companies (Amazon, Overstock. com, eBay) join my chamber, I will consider it, Sellers said. Our local businesses are the ones that give back to the community. You wont see any of those big corporations names on the back of a Little League jersey, he said. Since he moved to Gulf County a month ago, Sellers, the new executive director of the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce, has been busy trying to introduce himself to everyone in the county. Chances are youve seen him before. He attends a different church every Sunday to meet the congregation. Hes been to the Port St. Joe, Wewahitchka and Gulf County Commission meetings. Hes talked to area business owners, and to those looking for work. Hes been to the non-pro t organizations, and he is in constant contact with the Tourism Development Council, the Community Redevelopment Council and the Port Authority, to name a few. My goal and plan is to go to every business, every city, every church and ask their opinion because everybody counts, Sellers said. The reason Ive been going to the bars, to the businesses, to churches, is because thats where the people are. Sellers moved to Gulf County from his position as the executive director at the Corning, Ark., Economic Development Commission. With a goal to create 700 jobs in seven years, Sellers has his work cut out for him. Its a feat that Sellers believes is attainable, but wont be easy, and de nitely wont happen overnight. But Sellers sees plenty of potential in Gulf County.Advocating local, local, localPSJ questions rescue mission objectives BARRY SELLERSSpecial to the StarMillions of lights twinkled across the Forgotten Coast last weekend as Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach held their annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies and Christmas Parades. Port St. Joes Christmas on the Coast event, sponsored by the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce, was held Saturday and featured a holiday farmers market, Christmas Parade, tree lighting and a visit from Santa. Mexico Beachs Sunset Park sparkled at the tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, complete with a lighted golf cart parade, candlelit caroling, hot chocolate and of course, a visit from Santa. Commerce, was held Saturday and featured a holiday farmers market, Christmas Parade, tree lighting and a visit from Santa. Mexico Beachs Sunset Park ceremony on Sunday, complete with a lighted golf cart parade, candlelit caroling, hot chocolate and of course, a visit from Santa. Santa greets children at the Port St. Joe Christmas on the Coast event Dec. 3. Above left A decorated golf cart from Mexico Beachs Golf Cart Parade on Dec. 4. Left The Mexico Beach Christmas Tree was lit at Sunset Park Sunday night. Right The Friends of St. Joseph Bay oat featured a beach scene and live props. Below Children sing Christmas Carols at the tree lighting ceremony at the City Commons Gazebo in Port St. Joe. More photos on A6 .Photos by VALERIE GARMAN | The StarCity to grant business license to Gulf Coast Hope CenterBy Valerie Garman Star Staff Writer The Rev. Billy Fox asked Port St. Joe Commissioners to leave perception out of the discussion Tuesday night. Fox, executive director of the Panama City Rescue Mission, addressed the commission about plans for a county presence by the mission, which Fox ensured would not provide food or shelter, but only counseling and referral services. Fox asked commissioners if it was standard for a business license applicant to be required to address the commission. Id like to ask the commission why we are being singled out, Fox said. What are we doing thats not in accordance? Matt Scoggins, owner of the 5 Star Paint and Collision Center in Port St. Joe and the proposed space of what would be called the Gulf Coast Hope Center, said the organization only wants to help people. Eighteen years ago, I was homeless and I had a 3-year-old son, Scoggins said. Now the owner of a successful business, Scoggins said the only reason he was given that opportunity is because somebody was willing to help him when he was in need. Its all because someone was See LOCAL A7 See HOSPITALS A6 See MISSION A6 Christmas spirit hits the Coast Lighthouse Climb, B1 50 For breaking news, visit www.starfl.comSubscribe to The Star800-345-8688For 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 Classi ed deadline is Monday 5 p.m. ET 747-5020 Opinion .......................................A4-A5Letters to the Editor ...................A5Outdoors .....................................A10 Sports...........................................A11School News ................................B3Faith .............................................B4 Obituaries ....................................B4Classi eds ....................................B7-B8TABLE OF CONTENTS YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR YEAR 74, NUMBER 8

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LocalA2 | The Star Thursday, December 8, 2011By Chris OlwellFlorida Freedom Newspapers When the Mexico Beach City Council meets next week to decide whether to disband the citys police department and contract with the sheriffs of ce for law enforcement services, they will be able to base their decision on more than the bottom line. The Bay County Sheriffs Of ce has submitted a 76page report detailing the strengths and weakness of the department. Capt. Steve Harbuck spent several days in Mexico Beach over the summer studying the department, and led the report in September. The report takes the Department of Public Safety to task in most areas of the police departments operations. The department could use improvement in its physical building, dealings with citizens, policies and procedures, utilization of personnel, professionalism, leadership and common practices. The report goes so far as to say, many crimes go unpunished for a variety of reasons, such as lack of manpower, lack of specialized training and experience, other work related functions taking priority, and scheduling issues. The evaluation was provided at the request of Mayor Al Cathey and the Mexico Beach City Council, and with the cooperation of Chief Guy Brad Hall. Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen said he wouldnt have done it otherwise, and Hall got the rst copy. Its a misconception, McKeithen said, that his ofce is trying to swallow up Mexico Beach. Im not trying to sell us. This was not my idea. My paycheck doesnt change if I have Mexico Beach or if I dont have Mexico Beach. He said his of ce could provide better service to Mexico Beach because of its built-in capacity, but hes not invested in the outcome of the councils vote. But if the tone of Harbucks report was decidedly critical, McKeithens notes were generally supportive of the department. Many of the issues with the department were not unusual for a department of its size, and de ciencies are not uncommon, even in my own department. The captain found problems, McKeithen said, I tried to say that there are solutions here. The report, he wrote, should be seen as the rst step in the process of improving the department. This could be a great agency, and with the support and assistance of the city government, as well as a collaborated effort by the Police Department and City Hall, a number of these issues could possibly be resolved, McKeithen wrote. Chief Hall had little to say on the matter. He and his of cers will do their jobs as best they can as long as they have them, he said. The city council is expected to vote on the issue at its Dec. 13 meeting. Christmas Bazaar Golf Tournament Entry Fee $300 1st Place, $200 2nd Place, $100 3rd Place, $50 4th Place Great Cash Prizes & Numerous Door Prizes!Members: $45, or $30 plus a toy Non-Members: $55, or $40 plus a toy Registration and any questions by calling the Pro Shop at 850-227-1751, visit the club in person or online at www.stjosephbaygolf.com Do your Christmas shopping while supporting local artists with handmade gifts including: Friday, Dec 9, 8am 6pm & Saturday, Dec 10, 9am 4pm Saturday, Dec 10, 12pm Shotgun Start (Individual Handicap Play) Jewelry | Specialty Breads | Decorations Original Art | Hand-stitched items Jams | Jellies | PotteryDecember 9 & 10, 20112nd AnnualSupporting Gulf County Christmas for Kids andPeople Helping PeopleSt. Joseph Bay Golf Club Every year The Star publishes local letters to Santa. The Deadline will be Friday, December 16th at 3:30 pm (EST). We have a special mailbox set up in our offices for these letters or e-mail them to: Tim Croft at tcroft@starfl.com Subject: Letters to Santa at 3:30 pm (EST). Every year The Star publishes local letters to Santa. The Deadline will be Friday, December 16th at 3:30 pm (EST). 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We will be selling Holiday Greeting ads in this section.For more information please contact: Joel Reed at jreed@starfl.com or 370-6090 Kari Fortune at kfortune@starfl.com or 227-7847 the Port St Joe Star on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @ PSJ_Star for daily local news updates & photos!Like By Tom McLaughlinFlorida Freedom Newspapers Northwest Florida cities, counties and organizations should learn by the end of the year whether environmental improvement projects they want to fund with $100 million from BP are worthy. Of cials from the states eight coastal counties directly affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill were noti ed late last week of the Florida Department of Environmental Protections plan to release a list of approved Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) projects. Our trustees are trying to get the rst set of approved projects out by the end of the year, said Mimi Drew, who represents Florida on the NRDA board of trustees. The announcement in no way means funds will be released soon for projects the board of trustees, and ultimately BP, have decided meet their criteria. This is not to be formally approved or implemented. This is to be approved for public comment, said Kristin Lock, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Environmental protection. Its a very long process. Plans for NRDA projects were submitted throughout the year by cities, counties and groups seeking to use BP nes assessed under the Oil Pollution Act 0f 1990. A seven-person board of trustees representing Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and two national agencies have been analyzing the proposals. BP is releasing $500 million in this rst phase. Florida will receive $100 million of those funds. Projects in the eight counties most signi cantly impacted by the oil spill including Bay, Walton, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa will get priority, according to Okaloosa County Commissioner Dave Parisot. Parisot serves on a task force formed to track the BP money owing to Northwest Florida. Drew provided the update on the funds at a task force meeting last week. Funding will be based, at least in this rst round, on a known injury tied directly to the oil spill, Lock said. She said after the projects are approved, public hearings will be held to gauge their acceptance. More than $1 billion in potential projects in Florida were recommended for the trustees consideration, according to Parisot.BP ne-funded project list expected to be released soonMexico Beach Council to choose sides on law enforcement

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LocalThe Star| A3Thursday, December 8, 2011 ITISIMPORTANT for all Gulf County voters, new and old, to remember that Florida is a closed primary State. You must be a registered member of the party in whose primary you wish to vote. If history is any lesson this coming year is a crossroads for our County, State, and Country. In 1979 our Nation was faced with a failed democrat administration. The RepublicanParty primary process selected RonaldReagan and George H.W. Bush as our National Candidates.The result was 12 years of unprecedented economic growth and prosperity. Along with world changing foreign policy victories, the end of the USSR, free and Democratic Eastern Europe, and many more too numerous to mention here. Once again you have the opportunity to make that same choice.The Florida RepublicanPresidential Preference Primary is January 31, 2012. If you wish to have a voice in choosing the 2012 Republican ticket, make Barack Obama a one term president, reverse the failed policies of the last three years, and put us back on the path to prosperity and world leadership you must be registered as a Republican no later than January 3, 2012. ONLY 26 DAYSREMAINTO INSURE YOURPARTICIPATION. Contact the Gulf CountySupervisor of Elections ofce, 401 Long Ave.PortSt. Joe. Remember, if we make the right choice we hope to affect the next 12 years. Do not miss this opportunity to be heard as our Nations future is determined. NextMeetingMonday 12 December 7:00 p.m. EST upstairs at the Capital City Bank Building PortSt. Joe. See you there! Tom Graney Membership Communication Committee Joanna Bryan Chairman JOANNA812000@yahoo.com Watch for our new website coming soon at www.gulfgop.com Its a great day to be a Republican! Dont forget to make your appointment before the Holidays. 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By Valerie Garman Star Staff Writer The ribbon was of cially cut Dec. 3 at the new 20,000square-foot Dollar General Market Store in Port St. Joe. The new store, at the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and Avenue D, provides fresh produce, dairy products and meats in addition to the normal Dollar General merchandise. General Manager Jon Dillenbeck said he has hired another 45 employees to add to the staff of the former Port St. Joe Dollar General, and still needs to hire more. He said the store will probably wind up with about 60 employees. Weve needed this for a long time, Dillenbeck said. Weve been very well received so far. Of the 9,500 Dollar General stores nationwide, less than 1 percent of them are market stores. The Port St. Joe store is the rst market store in the Panhandle, said District Manager Gary Doss, who attended Saturdays ribbon-cutting ceremony along with a group of city and county of cials. 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OpinionA4 | The Star Thursday, December 8, 2011It was halftime, we were down 35-0 and we couldnt move the ball an inch. We were in Walnut Grove, Ala., playing the West End High Patriots. Just a year earlier, my little private school had beaten the mighty public school Patriots 14-13 on our way to the rst perfect 10-0 season our school had ever had. That was a year previous, in 1978. In 1979, the big Walnut Grove boys hadnt forgotten and they didnt care if the previous year was a lifetime accomplishment for most of us. They wanted revenge and they got it. The boys from Walnut Grove dressed close to 50 players; they were big country boys and looked like the New England Patriots. We dressed about 17 players. Of those 17, probably 12 didnt have any business being on the eld of an Alabama High School f ootball game.  Before the kickoff for the second half, I walked over to Coach Cliff Grubbs and said, Coach, I just cant carry the ball anymore. Theyre killing me. I will never forget what he said. He grabbed me by the facemask with two hands and said, You dont quit, I dont care what the score is. You dont quit. By staying out there and not quitting, you are winning. This is the toughest kind of win youll ever get. I didnt quit. We never found the end z one on that night.  The West End Patriots beat us 48-0. They may have played the band and the cheerleaders in the fourth quarter, but I didnt quit. It was one of those games that you wanted to forget, but I didnt forget my coachs words. Going into the last game of the season, we were 0-8-1, it was ugly. However, we played Spring Garden High School in that tenth game in 1979 and they hadnt won a game either. The weather was terrible, the eld was a mess and the referees wanted to cancel the game. At 0-8-1 and with one shot left for a win, Coach Grubbs wouldnt let them cancel the game. He made excuse after excuse, noting, It was football and both teams deserved to play. We played. In front about 50 fans, Coach Grubbs led the Donoho Falcons to a 40-6 victory against the Spring Garden Panthers on that muddy miserable night. He fought because he believed in us. He fought because he believed we deserved a chance. Originally, I wrote The Mattress Kid as a tribute to my coach who was battling cancer. In our conversations, I had found out that in addition to playing football for Auburn University, he had a secret that he had never told me. Cliff Grubbs was homeless and sleeping on a mattress in Chewacla State Park close to Auburn, Ala., when the folks at Auburn University came and asked him to play football for them. It wasnt a charity case; he was one of the best football players in the southeast who was simply on his own. Auburn gave him his chance and he took advantage of it. He played running back for Auburn, joined the U.S. Army as a paratrooper, then came back and played more college football for Auburn. After I wrote the story, folks at Auburn University and the University of Alabama pushed it to the point where thousands knew about The Mattress Kid. Coach Grubbs called me back and said, You made me sound like a hero. When he said it, even though he was on the phone, I felt him holding my face mask and saw him looking into my eyes. I started crying and I couldnt stop. I was balling like a baby. He never inched, he never said a word. He just waited, just like he would do when I was sitting in his little ofce back in high school. Finally with tears soaking my shirt and snot coming out of my nose, I managed to say, Coach, you are my hero. Again, for the last time in this life that I will ever hear him say it, he said, You know, I love you. I said, Yes sir, you just dont know what that means to me. He said, Yes, I do. On Nov. 25, 2011, I got word from Coach Grubbs son that Coach had passed away. My coach had found the end zone. The day after Coach died, his Auburn Tigers lost to Alabama. Before the Alabama-Auburn game, the folks from ESPN were having their College GameDay Program live from Auburn. As ESPNs Lee Corso put on the elephant head to note he was picking Alabama to win the game, I saw a sign in the crowd. It said, The Mattress Kid. Sitting in Virginia, I was happy. I was happy because a lot more folks now know the story of The Mattress Kid, my coach and my hero. Ive cried all my tears out; the scoreboard says the game is over. This is what I have to say. Give me the ball, give it to me now. Give it to me every play. I wont let you down. I will hold my head up and be proud. It is not the score that matters. Its knowing we did our best that is our reward. I want to walk off the eld knowing I gave you my best. Just like you gave to me. Farewell Coach, Ill see you in the locker room. Charles Clifford Coach Grubbs passed away peacefully at his home in Mary Esther, Florida on Nov. 25, 2011. Please never forget The Mattress Kid, who played running back for Auburn in the 1940s, served his country as U.S. Army paratrooper and coached high school football in Florida and Alabama. Read more stories at www. CranksMyTractor.com. CRaANKS MY TRaACTORBN HeardTis the season of fruits and nutsFinding the end zoneA lady was trampled almost beyond recognition entering a shopping mall in Topeka. A pushing and shoving melee in a  W almart  parking lot left two with head wounds and one bleeding profusely from the mouth and nose. A man in Del Rio, Texas, threw a cast net over a group of would-be shoppers in line ahead of him, injuring one and knocking a book of coupons out of the grasp of another. Two men got in a shoot-out in front of a Best Buy in Portland, Maine. A mother of three ran her Lexus through the front door of a Birmingham Toys R Us store. Youd think it was scenes from Apocalypse Now, Nightmare on Elm Street or How I Met Your Mother. The truth is..its just America preparing for another Christmas season. Im not sure exactly when, or why, midnight-bargain hunting and unbeatable 4 a.m. deals took the place of eggnog and kissing under the mistletoe. It ought to be called Black and Blue Friday. I dont know about you, but Ive never seen a gift, bargain, door buster or slick deal that Id roll out of a comfortable bed at 3 in the morning and rush downtown for, then elbow hundreds of people out of the way, hurry to the nearest check out station and stand in line for an hour and a half just for the privilege of paying for the blessed item! The facts, as reported by ABC, Anderson Cooper and the Food Network, clearly show I am in the minority. Youd think some opportunistic retailers were using the Christmas season as a clever guise to make more money. Sure, they lure you in with the 1 cent cell phone and the $199, eightyi nch,  magatron  TV. They have ve of the cheap cell phones and two underpriced televisions. Seven hundred people show up. They cant go home and tell their spouse they got up at midnight and rushed out to the mall for nothing. So they pick up a laptop, a couple of  iPods, a Leap Frog, the latest Harry P otter Nintendo  Wii and a twelve-pack of Duracell AA batteries. The shopper enjoys the thrill of the hunt and the store makes out like a Chinese bandit. Everyone goes home a winnerexcept maybe for the people left lying crumpled in the parking lot. And we criticize those FSU-UF football fanatics for taking the game a little too seriously at times! Im somewhat embarrassed to report to you that weve made it into the second week of December and I havent bought anything yet. I hate I missed the penny cell phones and the almostfree Cannon Sure Shot camera. Im waiting for the Scotty Cameron Circle T putters to go on sale. Im holding out for the hundred-inch TV! If I can ght down the urge to join the buying crowd, maybe Sears will mark down every item to nothing right before C hristmas.  Walmart  might catch the spirit and give away Panda bears and wrinkle free linen bed sheets. Of course, who needs another Panda bear or more bed sheets? Obviously, all the Christmas buying is not presents for other people! I wonder why they dont have these sales in August. I reckon Dog Day bargains doesnt resonate. Indian Summer specials dont ring any bells. Maybe folks just back from their vacations are cash strapped. Or they have school clothes and college tuition on their minds. Can you imagine the mayhem if we coupled Black Friday shopping with the hundred degree temperatures of August. CBS could turn that into a real survival show! And dont think this Christmas packaging phenomenon just started. I remember that Norelco electric razor commercial where the little Santa is sledding across the snow on the circular head of the shaver. Winston cigarettes had special Christmas decorated cartons. The Oldsmobile folks encouraged the up and coming businessman to step up this Christmas to a Ninety Eight. Children were enticed over the various years to ask for a Barbie, Slinky, G. I. Joe, Chatty Cathy, Mr. Potato Head, Matchbox cars, a genuine Roy Rogers gun and holster set, Hula Hoop, Tickle Me Elmo, Rubiks Cube or Star Trek Action Figures. My wife, back in the 70s, bought Cabbage Patch Kids for my sons! It likened to have caused a divorce! Its amazing how the marketing and buying frenzy seems to ratchet higher and higher each year. I dont remember any stampedes to get the Red Ryder BB gun. You could buy a Case knife to give to your dad with little fan fare. Nobody knocked me down at J. C. Penny the Christmas I went to get a sweater for Billie Jean. We thought Black Friday referred to that terrible night the Huntingdon High Mustangs football team beat the everl iving  stufngs  out of us! Maybe we were a little sheltered out at the end of Stonewall Street. Of course, this was also back in the day when you did a lot more looking than buying! We even considered walnuts and oranges as gifts. We enjoyed the red and green Christmas M&Ms without realizing people would ever think of rising ve hours before daylight and ghting to get into a store to buy any gadget, no matter how rare or useful. We applauded those Budweiser Clydesdales with never a thought of pulling a gun on someone to commemorate the coming of the Yuletide season. We mailed in the $19.95 and waited breathlessly for t he  Ronco  Veg-i-matic. We believed life was just like those Hallmark commercials. For us, buying and gift giving seemed to be a by product of the Christmas season. Boy howdy, how the seasons change! You dont reckon Cathy elbowed and pushed and then waited in line to pay for those darn Cabbage Patch Kids. You talk about adding insult to injury! Respectfully, Kes HUNKER DOWNKesley Colbert USPS 518-880Published 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 monthsHome delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editons. TO ALL ADVERTISERSIn case of error or omissions in advertisements, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such advertisement. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains. Circulation:1-800-345-8688 ROSEMROSEM ARY RY BE E AC C H Another Thanksgiving came and went as millions of Americans were forced to remove their clothing and dignity in order to y through the TSAcontrolled airports. Americans should not be made to feel stress, shame and awkwardness while ying. That is what spending time with your relatives at Thanksgiving is for. Even with bin Laden dead, the TSA has become more intrusive than ever. Now I have to take off my belt to go through security. TSA screeners pre-search routine has gone from putting on latex gloves to now applying lubricant to them. Should it not be going the other way by now less invasive instead of more? Even as the TSA is accused of touching more women inappropriately than Herman Cain, politicians feign outrage but do nothing. When asked about the full body hand check now given by the TSA, even Hillary Clinton said she would not like to go through a TSA pat-down. As a strong womens advocate, she is against inappropriate touching. Bill Clinton was heard to say, Hillary is usually against any appropriate touching, too. The federal government has institutionalized the groping of women who have no recourse. Once established, the arrogant and self-justifying nature of a government bureaucracy makes getting rid of it almost impossible. When you name a bill something as American as The Patriot Act or make a committee so important that it calls itself the Super Committee, how could they possibly fail? Queen Latifah can make a better case for being a real queen than the committee for being super, or the Patriot Act patriotic. When I see the GOP candidates in the primaries feeding the red meat of fear to the neo-cons, jockeying for who would bomb Iran rst, I remember why I left that party during Bushs second term to become a libertarian. It was the same zealous hawks who overreacted to the 9/11 attacks and saddled us with the Patriot Act and the TSA. Neither has done us any discernible good; instead, both have demonstrably diminished our freedoms. The corruptible power of one groups control over another with the false promise of safety seldom works. And even if it did, at what cost? We pay 21 times more in taxes than our Founding Fathers did, but are we safer? Do we have more liberty? Government says, If you will just let us regulate more and give us more money and more power, then we will promise you safety. Yet many do not want real liberty; that involves taking individual responsibility and owning the outcome of ones actions. Any endeavor, even one as simple as walking across the street, has risks that cannot be regulated away. The SECs budget has tripled since the Enron collapse, but it missed the scam by Bernie Madoff. Then Obama says he wants more. Now MF Global, run by former Democratic Senator and New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, reportedly cannot account for $1.2 billion of customer money. Has more regulation ever really made us safer than our own informed decisions and actions? Has governments insatiable appetite for more money and more power to regulate not been preceded by events like 9/11 and the nancial meltdown, which it was supposed to be regulating to begin with? Have not people been more hurt when they thought government was regulating something than when they knew government was not? The presumption of safety when you get a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgage, or invest in a nancial institution, has done more to snooker people out of their money than non-regulated free markets. Historically, any time a politician can persuade people, usually under the duress of an unusual event like 9/11, to forfeit even the smallest of their freedoms to the statists in government, those liberties are seldom restored. Such acts create more intrusion by government into even more corners of our lives, which serves to entrench governments power not ours. Ron Hart can be reached at Ron@RonaldHart.com, or visit www.RonaldHart.com.TThe terrorism of the Patriot Act RRON HaARTThe Hart Beat

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Without your hard work this event would not have been successful. To all those in the community who came to the park or ordered their lunch ahead of time, our thanks go to you for supporting the library. Steve Kerigan started the effort with a donation of tickets and printing. Special appreciation goes out to Carmen McLemore (for the sh and the cooking), Bill Kennedy for cooking, Sheriff Joe Nugent for heading the serving line, Mike Lerch and Charles Radcliff, Carol Dow for the grits, Eric Spilde for the hush puppies and Patti Blaylock for the coleslaw. Yum! from all of us. Others who helped make this a great event were Half Hitch Tackle, the Port St. Joe NJROTC, South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department for the ice, city workers, the Gulf Coast Electric Coop for their ingenious cooker and Al Smith who helped secure the cooking supplies. Also, a big thanks to The Star for covering the sh fry and encouraging people to attend. The backbone of this event is the everpresent workers who care about our local public library. Thanks to you all. Reid Avenue Bunco Babes Special to The StarThe Gulf Fishermens Association released the following statement in response to a recent House of Representatives Natural Resource Committee hearing on multiple fishery-related bills, including legislation to change how catch shares are implemented: T he  Gulf Fishermens Association  r epresents several hundred commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico and more than half of the Red Snapper and Grouper industry. We are dedicated to providing fresh domestic seafood to Americas citizens year-round in a sustainable f ishery.  From first first-hand experience, we can tell Americans how fishing jobs were prior to implementation of our catch-share programs. Our industry was eating itself alive. The more we competed, the shorter our seasons became and the longer we had to run to catch fish. The science was right, fish stocks were declining. Shorter seasons caused greater waste, gluts of older product, lower prices and less income. As income dropped, we fished with dilapidated boats in worse weather with less qualified crews for fewer fish. Things got so bad that a plan was developed that would eliminate more than a third of the boats in the fishery. Cheap fish worked great for the big fish houses and the Mexican fishermen who sold to them during our closures, but not so well for American fishermen. In search of a solution, Gulf fishermen worked with the regional Fishery Management Council to develop catch-share programs. Both programs were approved by more than 80 percent in referendums of r eliable fishermen.  Today, we have real jobs, year-round, for the first time in many years. When we go fishing, we actually catch fish again and our business is profitable. We are starting to enjoy real lives, with less danger. Prices are up, and imports are down. Qualified fishermen are in demand. And even more incredibly, while that is happening, we are rebuilding our fisheries by avoiding overfished stocks and reducing waste. Many responsible fishermen have been able to fish for several years with near-zero dead discards of overfished stocks. This would be impossible with any other program. Fishing year-round while rebuilding the fishery is a great thing for jobs now and in the future. Not one single sh has been taken from anyone for our programs. We are producing better science under discrete catch limits that are easier to enforce, and with fewer wasted sh. We are also shing more sustainably than ever in the history of Gulf shery management. This benets every shermen and every American, yet we are amazed at some of the claims we have heard even from legislators. This misguided thinking is manifested in the awed legislative proposal offered by Rep. Jon Runyan (HR 2772). Mr. Runyan has tried to disguise his bill as a jobs bill. What it really does is sabotage the future of shermen and their jobs by eliminating catch shares as an option. Lastly, we want to address the common mischaracterization as privatization of the resource. Prior to our catch-share programs, permitted shermen were unlimited as to how many sh they could catch. Now shermen are capped according to their landings history. Fishermen dont own the sh; they simply have a shing license proportionate to their investment in the shery. In order for one sherman to catch more, another sherman has to forego that shing privilege so overshing doesnt occur. Income for trading this privilege or catching the sh is all taxable income. Unlike open access sheries, every single sh is made available to American taxpayers through federally authorized seafood wholesalers. More so than ever, the public owns the sh. The sherman simply has a license to catch them, and that could be revoked at any time. Regardless of the heated Washington D.C. rhetoric, the facts are these: We are delivering fresh, domestic seafood to America year-round for the rst time in years while at the same time rebuilding our shery and its future. This is a great thing for commercial and recreational shermen and the two hundred million taxpayers that rely on us for fresh domestic seafood. Its tough sticking to your budget any time of year, but the holiday season presents special challenges with so many unexpected expenses and temptations. If you occasionally fall prey to holiday overspending, you might want to look for year-round small spending cuts in other areas of your life that, when added together, can result in big savings. Here are a few suggestions: Personal nances: If you have low-deductible homeowners, renters or auto insurance, ask how much your premiums would drop by raising the deductible to $500 or $1,000 it could be 15 to 30 percent or more. Cancel underutilized phone and cable services, magazine subscriptions, gym memberships and other extras youre not using. Before shopping at chain stores, check with online gift card resellers like Plastic Jungle and CardWoo where you can buy gift cards at a discount. Combine the gift card with a coupon or discount code to save even more. Kick bad habits. Smoking one $6 pack of cigarettes a day costs about $2,200 a year. In the home: By lowering your thermostat 10 15 degrees for eight hours, you can reduce your home heating bill by 10 percent or more. Insulate your water heater and outgoing pipes to reduce heat loss and save 4 9 percent in water-heating costs. Also, try lowering the temperature to 120 degrees for additional savings. Beginning Jan.1, 2012, traditional incandescent light bulbs will begin phasing out (starting with 100-watt bulbs) in favor of more efcient models that use 25 80 percent less energy. By upgrading 15 bulbs, you could save about $50 a year on utilities. In the car: Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas and can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway. By driving sensibly, you could save about $1.20 for each gallon of gas. Fuel economy drops rapidly at higher speeds. For every 5 mph you exceed 60 mph, a driver pays an additional 29 cents per gallon of gas. Avoid keeping unnecessarily heavy items in your car. Every extra 100 pounds reduces your mpg by as much as 2 percent. Use websites like GasBuddy.com (which has free smartphone apps) and GasPriceWatch.com, where motorists share up-to-theminute tips on where to nd low-priced fuel. Health care tips: Consider generic vs. brand-name drugs; copayments are usually much lower. Medtipster.com lets you search for generics by cost, by local zip code. Ask whether your insurance offers quantity discounts for mail-order prescriptions. Often, the copayment for a 60or 90-day supply is the same as a 30-day supply at a regular pharmacy. Ask your doctor about pillsplitting. Many drugs come in double-dosage tablets that cost the same as a lower dosage. (Caution: Some pills should never be split, so always ask your doctor or pharmacist rst.) For more cost-saving ideas, check out AARPs Save Money on Everything site (www.aarp. org/money/budgeting-saving), www.americasaves.org and Practical Money Skills for Life (www.practicalmoneyskills. com), a free personal nancial management program run by Visa Inc. offering savings and budgeting tools, including a Holiday Budgeting Center. By trimming a few dollars here and there, youre suddenly saving hundreds or thousands of dollars a year enough to tide you through the holidays and start a vacation fund for next summer. Jason Alderman directs Visas nancial education programs. To Follow Jason Alderman on Twitter: www. twitter.com/PracticalMoney. LetterETTER toTO theTHE EditorDITORGulf Fishermens Association addresses new legislationBudget now for holiday spending JasoASON Alder LDERMaAN

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LocalA6 | The Star Thursday, December 8, 2011 willing to give (my son and I) a helping hand, Scoggins said. We want to give people the chance to be productive citizens like I was given the chance to do. Commissioner Lorinda Gingell relayed feedback from her constituents, who have expressed concern about the bad reputation associated with the Panama City Rescue Mission, and fear it will be reproduced in Port St. Joe. Part of this is perception, Gingell said. This comes in as the Panama City Rescue Mission; thats whose name is on this. If this was Matts Ministry under the bridge, we wouldnt have this problem. Joe Atkinson, the future director of the Gulf Coast Hope Center, said the organization has done everything the commission has asked, including moving the location from Reid Avenue to North Port St. Joe. Atkinson said the last thing they want to do is hurt the community. Fear is what scares people away from certain things, Atkinson said. The only way were going to overcome this negative perception is to invite people to come see for themselves. Mayor Mel Magidson compared the organization to a pink pony applying for a business license, and that it was natural for commissioners to raise questions about the intentions of the center. I am personally convinced of what the intention is, Magidson said. If it causes problems, we can deal with that. Magidson asked Atkinson to promise that they wouldnt provide food and shelter. Atkinson said the organization has no intentions of providing shelter or food at the facility, which would prevent loitering. Theres absolutely no space to sleep or feed anyone in there, Atkinson said. Magidson went on to say the commission was not going to vote on whether or not to allow the organization a business license. Unless somebody can give me a reason why we can deny this (license) to you, I dont think we can, Magidson said. Magidson was not without opposition. Residents raised questions of whether there was a need for the organization in Gulf County. Steve Sheridan said the organization was hiding their real intentions of servicing people from out of town. This is an outside organization wanting to bring people in, Sheridan said. We dont have a substantial homeless problem here. Our property and safety is going to be threatened. Amber Davis also addressed the commission in opposition of the Gulf Coast Hope Center. She said the community doesnt trust the organization and the mission would end up costing taxpayers dollars in the long run. These concerns are not fear-mongering, Davis said. Its what this organization presented intentions to open up a homeless shelter. 35-mile range, Sacred Heart cannot receive a CAH designation, which would boost the Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements the hospital receives. A critical access hospital would be reimbursed dollar for dollar, Hall said. They receive a much larger reimbursement. With 98 employees, Sacred Heart is one of the largest employers in Gulf County. Hall said that although the hospital has been hit with lower reimbursement rates, there has been no talk of cutting jobs. As a rural hospital, Hall said there are many challenges Sacred Heart faces, particularly in its ability to recruit new doctors to the area and staff quali ed employees. Eighty percent of the hospitals staff requires speci c certi cations and licenses. The instability of reimbursement amounts also provides new challenges, Hall added. Were trying to do the best job with the resources that we have, Hall said. We will work with the state and federal agencies as we go. Were going to constantly be looking at how we can provide care to our community with better reimbursement rates. Hall said the hospitals partnerships are providing a means for growth. Sacred Heart Health Systems has been working to compile a lease agreement with Bay Medical Center in Panama City, which would lease Bay Medical to Sacred Heart for 40 years for about $150 million. Although 90 percent complete, the agreement has not yet been nalized. We dont know totally what that is going to look like right now, Hall said But we very much anticipate that the partnership will bring more specialists in and provide better access to health care here in Gulf County. Hall anticipates only positive effects will come from the lease agreement. Hall said Sacred Hearts partnership with the Gulf County Health Department also provides many resources the hospital would not otherwise have access to. Through its partnership with the health department, Sacred Heart quali es for various grants that have funded primary care expenses and mammography equipment for its new Womens Center. Its our objective to remove the silos of health care in Gulf County so we can all shoulder the services, Hall said. We have had a very positive response from the county health department. Hall said Sacred Heart on the Gulf and the Gulf County Health Department have the same goal in mind, and are constantly sharing information and resources in order to become better stewards of health care for the community. As for the future of Sacred Heart on the Gulf, Hall said there are plans for continued growth. He hopes to announce new services within a month, when contracts are nalized. Were very excited to be able to bring about the high-quality womens diagnostic center, Hall said. Were in the process of looking at bringing in more services for the people of Gulf County. We are a new hospital and we have growing services. We want people to know that there is sustainable health care here in Gulf County. 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LocalThe Star| A7Thursday, December 8, 2011 In fact, he has had more economic development leads in the last two weeks in Port St. Joe than in the last two months at his old job in Corning. You have everything an economic developer could want here, he said. Between the Port of Port St. Joe, the Bay and Gulf front, the State College which will provide a place for training and workforce development, the new hospital and the people, youve got a lot of positive things to sell here. Sellers said the opportunity in Florida right now is great, and with new prospects arising in the development of the deepwater port, he feels the timing is right to get something done here. (The Port Authority) has done a great job at laying out the properties, Sellers said. Theyve got the product ready; now my job is to sell that product. When he was asked to stay at his position in Corning by commissioners, Sellers gave a tongue-incheek answer. I just told them, Can you move that Port to Arkansas? Because thats where I need to be, Sellers said. And while industrial prospects remain at the top of his to do list, Sellers believes there is a way to create industry while preserving the areas natural draws. We certainly dont want to change the Bay or Gulf front, he said. We dont want to turn Port St. Joe into Destin or Panama City. Theres a happy medium, but there needs to be some growth. Sellerss number one focus right now is to create jobs and a diverse economy. Im here to retain the companies and jobs we have and help them expand and grow and hire, and to recruit new companies, including industry, to create more jobs in the county and the region, he said. The best of the best (economic developers) do it because they want to help improve other peoples lives. What gives me the most satisfaction is to actually put people to work. Thats why I do it. Sellers said economic development is the process of creating wealth, which has a different meaning for each person. Everyone that wants to work, deserves a chance to work, Sellers said. One of my main jobs is to give people the choice to stay in Gulf County if they want to. Many of the youth here, graduating from high school or getting out of the service, dont have that choice. Ninety-plus percent of the people Ive talked to in Gulf County love Gulf County. They love their city, they love their school, they love living here. When he asks people what they dont like about Gulf County the response is usually I wish we had more jobs. Sellers said the consolidation of the chamber and the EDC will be helpful because the two go hand-in-hand, especially in a small county. On the chamber side, Sellers said they are trying to get membership up and earn the business owners trust. He is trying to stress the importance of shopping local rst. People are going to get tired of me using the word local, Sellers said. But to keep the money in Gulf County, you have to shop local. An Arkansas State University Alumnus, Sellers missed his rst ASU game in 40 years this fall, an event that he said proves his dedication to Gulf County. The football fans out there will understand, I was a little bit emotional, Sellers said. I made the decision to come here and I am committed to being here. I feel like sometimes Im running in circles, but Im just trying to get as many opinions as I can. Empty Hopes.Thousands of families & individuals in our area are at-risk of going to bed hungry and empty-handed on Christmas. WANTTO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?Mail in the Empty Stocking Fund envelope inserted in todays paper to the Salvation Army or TheNews Herald with your contribution!With your help, the Empty Stocking Fund can make a difference for so many families in need during this holiday season. The Empty Stocking Fund provides food and toy baskets to thousands of families in Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Holmes, and Washington counties. T YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER FOR MORE THAN 120 YEARS THE T IMES&CarrabelleApalachicola THESTAR YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR Empty Hearts. Empty Stockings. Join in the conversation on twitter #emptystockingpc Everyone that wants to work, deserves a chance to work. One of my main jobs is to give people the choice to stay in Gulf County if they want to. Many of the youth here, graduating from high school or getting out of the service, dont have that choice.Barry Sellers Gulf County Chamber of Commerece Director LOCAL from page A1

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LocalA8 | The Star Thursday, December 8, 2011By Chris OlwellFlorida Freedom Newspapers TALLAHASSEE The Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of the states drug law, and the courts decision could have far-reaching repercussions. A judge in Manatee County had thrown out cases against 42 defendants, ruling that the law deprived the defendants of due process rights. The state appealed to the 2nd District Court of Appeal, which passed the case to the Supreme Court to quickly clear up the issue. Assistant Attorney General Diana Bock argued for the state Tuesday. This is a war, Bock said. This is a tool that weve been given by the Legislature. Assistant Public Defender Matthew Bernstein said the law is broad enough that it could criminalize innocent conduct. For example, if someone were mistakenly given some roxycodone, a narcotic, they believed to be an over-the-counter pain reliever, they could be convicted under current law, he said. Because it has the potential to criminalize innocent activity, it is unconstitutional, he said. The law has come under scrutiny recently since a federal court judge in Orlando declared the law unconstitutional, declaring that it doesnt require prosecutors to prove a defendants intent in drug cases. Since that ruling, at least two circuit court judges have thrown out nearly 80 drug cases for the same reason. State Attorney Glenn Hess, like the 19 other state attorneys, is opposed to any changes to the law, but he said he doesnt worry about what would happen if the law changed. I think, as a practical matter, I could live with it either way, Hess said. Locally, at least two judges have defended the laws against challenges from defendants with pending drug cases based on the argument that they are bound to the decisions of the 1st District Court of Appeal (DCA). The 1st DCA has upheld the law because it allows for the defendant to raise questions about their lack of intent in what is called an afrmative defense. Essentially, if a defendant says something like, I didnt know I had drugs, or, I thought that was baking soda, it shifts the burden back to the state to prove the defendant knew what he or she was doing. The Supreme Court justices essentially will decide whether the 1st DCA or the federal court in Orlando is right, said Michael Allen, a law professor at Stetson University College of Law. If the federal judge, Mary Scriven, is correct in ruling that shifting the burden of proof to the defendant is improper, that seems unconstitutional, Allen said. If the 1st DCA is right and the afrmative defense makes the law proper, that really solves a lot of problems, Allen said. Allen pointed out Florida is the only state in the nation that doesnt require prosecutors to prove intent. It appears changes to the law could be in store regardless of how the court rules. The Associated Press reported that state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, and state Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, would seek to pass legislation that would require prosecutors to prove intent in drug trafcking cases, at the least. As a lawyer, I have problems constitutionally with forcing a party to prove their innocence versus the state proving guilt, Bogdanoff told the Were shifting that burden to potentially an innocent person, which I believe is against everything our constitution stands for. Special to The StarGulf Coast Electric Cooperative trustee Gary Cox, representing District 1, Group 2, recently attained the Credentialed Cooperative Director certication. Todays electric utility environment imposes new demands on electric cooperative directors, particularly increased knowledge of changes in the electric utility business, new governance skills and a working knowledge of the cooperative principles. Electric coops in Florida have a commitment to work through NRECA to sharpen this body of knowledge for the benet of their electric cooperative consumer-owners. The NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director program requires attendance and demonstrated understanding of the basic competencies contained in ve core courses. Cox completed the following classes: director utilities and liabilities; understanding the electric business; board roles and relationships; business planning; and understanding nancial planning. We are proud to have Mr. Cox serving on our board of trustees, GCEC CEO/general manager Michael White said. Completing this certication certainly makes him even more of an asset to the Cooperative. Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is part of the Touchstone Energy national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small. Approximately 70 employees serve more than 20,000 meters and 2,500 miles of line in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson, Walton and Washington counties and in the municipalities of Wewahitchka, Ebro, Lynn Haven, White City, Fountain and Southport. Robert C. Bruner Attorney Personal & Business BankruptcyOver 30 Years Legal Experience850-670-3030We are a debt relief agency. bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information experience. Star Staff ReportCapital City Bank is pleased to announce its fall 2011 grant recipients. The Capital City Bank Group Foundation rewarded three grants this fall to area non-prot organizations. This years recipients include $1,000 to the Growing Minds Center, $500 to the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, and $500 to the Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries. We are grateful to be in a position to help organizations make an impact in our communities, said Ray Thompson, president of the Gulf County Capital City Bank. Community involvement has always been a hallmark of Capital City Bank and by donating valuable funds to worthwhile organizations such as these, the Capital City Bank Group Foundation can help us build stronger communities. Ph H Ot T Os S Spe PE CIal AL tT O theTHE staSTA RABOVE: Cathy Colbert, president of the Friends of the Gulf County Library group, and Thompson AT RIGHT: Christine Hermsdorfer, director of the Growing Minds Center, with Growing Minds student Trey Cumbie and Capital City Bank President Ray Thompson. Capital City Bank awards fall grantsGCEC trustee becomes cooperative director GaARY COXGCEC Co-Op Director ABOVE: Melody Townsend, director of the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, and Thompson. gleGLENN hessHESSSupreme Court weighs Fla. drug lawIts that time of year again. Alan Knothe is once again coordinating the countys Christmas Bird Counts. The count period for the 112th annual count will be Wednesday, Dec. 14, through Jan. 5. Tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas will take part in what has become a family tradition for many. For more than a century, the desire to both make a difference and experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the holiday season and count birds. Before the turn of the century, people engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas Side Hunt, in which they would choose sides and go aeld with their guns. Whoever brought in the biggest pile of dead animals won. Conservation was in its beginning stages around the turn of the 20th century, and observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations. Beginning Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman, an early ofcer in the thenbudding Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition, a Christmas Bird Census, that would count birds in the holidays rather than hunt them. Locally this years dates have been set as Dec. 19 for the Choctawhatchee Bay count in Okaloosa County, Dec. 28 for the Gulf County count and Dec. 29 for the Franklin County count. You need not be an expert birder to participate. Each team will be headed by an experienced expert, but volunteers are needed to act as spotters and record data. Counts generally begin early and end at dark. Scientists and land manager use data from the count to make more informed decisions about management practices and, since birds are good indicators of environmental health, the count benets all kinds of wildlife. To volunteer for the count, contact Knothe at aknothe@audubon.org or call 200-6279. Reserve a place in the Christmas Bird Count

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LocalThe Star| A9Thursday, December 8, 2011 IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT GTC, INC. D/B/A FAIRPOINT COMMUNICATIONS GULF COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY HOLIDAY MEETINGCapital City Bank December 12 2011 7:00 EST Please join us, as we celebrate our Success in 2011 and begin plans for 2012 ALL INTERESTED REPUBLICANS ARE INVITED Star Staff ReportThirty-seven Gulf County youth traveled to Tallahassee on Nov. 12 to participate in the annual North Florida Fair 4-H Day competitions. There were hundreds of 4-H youth from North Florida competing and experiencing The Fun Starts Here the 2011 fair theme. Gulf County 4-Hers trained for several weeks in preparation for the 4-H Day Agriculture Judging and Consumer Choices contests. Agriculture participants were trained on how to judge the quality of agricultural crops and livestock. Some of the items they judged were corn, oats, perennial peanut hay, poultry, heifers and steers. Consumer Choices participants were trained on making smart shopping choices in the areas of selecting computer security systems, video games, plants and good quality popcorn. After the competitions, the 4-Hers spent several hours enjoying the fair exhibits, carnival rides, and scrumptious food. Their day concluded with an awards ceremony during which many Gulf County 4-Hers were recognized with trophies and ribbons due to winning scores. Gulf County winners were: 4-H Fair ExhibitsShawn Elia intermediate individual ne arts wood crafted house 1st place Shawn Elia intermediate individual ne arts wood crafted airplane 1st placeConsumer ChoicesHope Freeman, Ennesia Hughes, Kimberly Sims intermediate team 2nd place Kimberly Sims intermediate individual high score 3rd place Gabrielle Jones, Jeneesa Lewis, Bridgette Myers, Daneysia Wymes senior team 1st place Mikaleh Graham senior individual 3rd placeAgriculture JudgingShawn Elia intermediate individual high score 3rd place Shawn Elia, Tori Lanter, and Desiree Outlaw intermediate team 1st place If you are interested in participating in future 4-H programs, please contact the Gulf County Extension Ofce at 639-3200, 229-2909, or metaylor@ulf.edu.Ph H OTOS SS Pec EC Ia A L TO TheTHE SS Ta A RTorie Lanter, Shawn Elia and Desiree Outlaw took rst in agriculture judging, intermediate team.North Florida Fair a success for Gulf County 4-Hers Above, Kimberly Sims won third place, consumer choice, intermediate individual high score. Left, Mikaleh Graham nished third in consumer choice, senior individual. Shawn Elia took rst place for his wood-crafted house and wood-crafted airplane. Gabrielle Jones, Jeneesa Lewis, Bridgette Myers and Daneysia Wymes placed rst in consumer choice, senior team. Shawn Elia won third place in agriculture judging, individual high score. Hope Freeman, Ennesia Hughes and Kimberly Sims nished second in consumer choice, intermediate team.

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E-mail outdoors news to tcroft@ star .com OUTDOORSwww.starfl.comSection Section A Set the hook just before they bite. That is the sage advice of salty old sheepshead a cionados, who like to pull the leg of those with less experience at extracting Archosargus probatocephalus from coastal waters. The seeming paradoxical how-to is nearly correct, though, because no sh in the sea can steal a bait more quickly. In fact, some people, outdoors writer-types mostly, call them convict sh for their nefarious behavior and of course they wear the same black and white stripes you used to see on prison road-gangs so the look also suits. Sheepshead are shaped like a sort of giant saltwater bluegill, with average weights of 1 to 4 pounds. The big attraction at this time of year is that they continue to bite when reds and trout are hunkered down shivering in the holes, and when Spanish, kings and cobia are enjoying a few margaritas off Key West. The limit on sheepshead is liberal 15 daily which means if you have two or three anglers aboard and happen into a swarm of hungry heads, you can actually ll the cooler, a rarity with any species these days. You wont be taking home any 20-pounders, as you might with gags or red snapper, to be sure, (the alltackle sheepshead record is 21 pounds, 4 ounces) but a stack of 1to 3-pounders is likely in winter, and if you sh rockpiles off the beach during the March/April spawn, you may add some sh of 5 to 8 pounds to the box. The jetties at St. Andrews are a famed spot for this. (Minimum size is 12 inches total length.) Dont expect any lineclass record heads, either; the IGFA does not extend their respect to the species by keeping class records, though they do provide this honor to the mighty black sea bass (all-tackle record 10 pounds, 4 ounces, not half the size of the biggest sheepie.) Sheepshead are not wimps, either; theyre remarkably powerful critters for their size. A ve-pounder caught on the ats is a match for a red sh of similar size though its rare to catch em on the ats because they are so much more wary than red sh. And when you hook up with a heavy one around a piling, hes just as quick to wrap up and cut you off. The sheepshead is a member of the porgie family, thus his shape. They are named for their teeth, which do look somewhat sheeplike, and enable them to crunch up the shell sh and crabs that are their primary diet. Inside the mouth are hard, bony nodules that complete the crushing operation; they can grind up anything from oysters to mussels to barnacles if youve ever tried to scrape barnacles off a boat bottom, you have to admire the power in the sheepshead jaws because they nip them off like carrots. Catching sheepshead is a learned art. It looks as if it should be very simple; toss a piece of fresh-cut shrimp in front of them and they eat it, most of the time. But that parsimonious mouth is very stingy when it comes to ingesting hooks; often they nip off the bait and leave Mr. Gamakatsu hanging naked. First, its essential to use a hook small enough to t the relatively small mouth of the sh; size 1 or 1/0 is the ticket to admission. Actually, smaller hooks work even better, but the teeth are so strong that the sh can occasionally bite right through the light wire of smaller hardware choose small hook size made in a strong wire for best results. Sheepshead can also bite through mono or uoro leader and line, and theres not much you can do about that if the hook goes in far enough for them to chomp on, either. Adding wire leader is not an option theyll rarely eat even the tastiest bait suspended on wire. You usually need a sinker of some sort because heads are most often found in holes, channels and cuts, usually around rocks, concrete or other hard structure where shell sh can x and grow and where small crabs live. One good way to rig is to put the hook on a dropper made of 20-pound test hard mono like the Masons thats a favorite of offshore anglers, or uorocarbon, which is nearly twice as dense as mono, then hang the sinker on the bitter end of the line about 18 inches below its like the drop-shot rig preferred by bass anglers, and a neat hook for the job is the new VMC Spin-Shot hook, which has a swivel on each side and stands out vertically between line and leader. With this rig, you can immediately feel it when a sh starts nibbling on the bait; if the sinker is above the hook, as in a standard rig, the sh has to bite hard enough to move the sinker before you feel anything and by that time the bait may be long gone. Another rig that works well in winter is a one-eighth to onequarter-ounce jig head with an oversized hook, size 1/0 or so, on which a piece of fresh cut shrimp, about thumbnail-sized, is impaled. With the jig, you feel the bite immediately, and it casts more easily than a separate sinker/ dropper rig. While fresh shrimp is by far the easiest bait to come by, sheepshead also readily take an assortment of other natural baits; ddler crabs, tubeworms and oysters are all high on the list of sheepshead experts. In some areas, you can scoop up sand eas with a basket rake, and these make ideal bait not only for sheepshead but also for pompano. (Parboil them in salted water, store them in plastic zipper bags and freeze them, and youve got fresh bait any time you need it.) By the way, the traditional tactic of putting an oyster on a treble or double hook to catch sheepshead is no longer legal; its single hooks only for the species. Whatever the bait, the trick is to hold light tension on the line when you feel that rst bump. If you can sense weight there as you take up the slack, set the hook; you miss some, but you hook most once you develop the touch. Micro ber line like PowerPro helps a lot; better sensitivity and more authority to set the hook. Thursday, December 8, 2011 Corner of Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, FL(next to Piggly Wiggly)www.BWOsh.comYour Hunting Headquarters SIG SAUER C3 CUSTOM MAKE .45ACP WITH CRIMPSONTRACE GRIPS REG $1049.99 SALE $849.99 WITH HARD CASE AND TWO MAGAZINES S S Winters pan sh can excite the shermanPHOTOS BY FRANK SARGEANT | Special to The News HeraldMain, Sheepshead occasionally prowl very shallow water, particularly on warm winter afternoons. They can be caught on unweighted fresh shrimp in these situations, but theyre easily spooked. Inset, Sheepshead may be the only game in town as cold weather sets in along the Panhandle, but they provide good action and great eating for those who learn how to hook them.By Kathleen Dawson, OPS Park Ranger St. Joseph Peninsula State Park (850) 227-1327 One of the more interesting plant species in St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is the common cattail. Weve all seen them; growing in marshes, lakes and wetlands with their long stems reaching for the sky and brown heads swaying in the breeze. But what some people dont realize is the cattail has many uses when it comes to the culinary arts. Cattail leaves are erect and sword like. Their stems are branchless and stiff, topped by compact, cylindrical heads of owers. Male owers, when they are full of pollen, are yellow or golden and will dissipate. The female plant has sausage like heads that are green at rst and then turn brown. The cattail is probably one of the most versatile of our native editable plants. In the early spring you can easily pull the 24to 36inch young shoots from the root and if you peel back the root you will reveal a tender white core. This can be eaten raw and some say it tastes like cucumber. You can also cook the root like asparagus by boiling it for 15 minutes. By late spring the green cattail tops, just before they break out of their paper like sheath, can be gathered and boiled for a few minutes. Serve them up with butter and you can eat them like corn on the cob. During the summer, the brown ower spikes will start to produce pollen. You can collect the pollen by placing a plastic bag over the ower and giving it a good shake. Sift out the non-pollen material, then dry. You can use the pollen to thicken soups or mix half and half with wheat our for rich protein our. In the fall, you can dig up the white starchy roots. After cleaning them in fresh water, you can crush the roots and white powdery our will break free. Let the mix sit a couple of hours, the our will separate from the plant bers. Do this two or three times. Collect what you can and use it in breads and cakes. The sticky white our can be used to bake breads and to thicken and give avor to cream soups. In the winter, just as in the fall, the roots can be washed off and eaten raw, or cooked like a potato. Cattails are also used for crafts and home dcor. Please dont collect cattails in the park. All plants and animals are protected inside state parks. If you have a group interested in an edible plant program or some other nature program, contact the park ofce 227-1327. Until next week, From the Rangers at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park For information about Florida State Parks, visit www. oridastateparks.org.Cattails: An interesting edibleSheepish behavior:Star Staff ReportThe Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves announces its rst Nature Photo Contest. Entry fees bene t the Friends organization, a nonpro t that provides support and advocacy for the Buffer and Aquatic Preserves. Photo categories are: landscapes, animal kingdom, oral kingdom, up close and personal (macro) and at the buffer preserve. The entry deadline is Jan. 6, 2012 and an entry form and rules can be downloaded at stjosephbaypreserves.org/photocontest. Prizes and ribbons will be awarded for the best photos in each category. The winning photos will be displayed at the Preserves Center during Bay Day on Feb. 4 and will be exhibited at the center on Feb. 4-11. The photos will also be on display at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art Jan. 14-28.Preserves nature photo contest Page 10 Freshwater InshoreThe trout bite has improved in the I.C.W. canal in St. Joe, but most are still on the small side. A few reports of bigger trout being caught at the T have been stirring; however, the recent rain and advancing cold temps might push the trout even farther up the river. Bull red are still being caught on the docks at the St. Joe Marina. Early morning or late in the evening seem to be the best times for this action. After all the rain and winds from last week, we nally found a break in the weather. The recent warm spell should increase the freshwater bite in the creeks and rivers. Lake Wimico has had good reports of small bass in good numbers from last week. Great reports of crappie in the river and into deeper holes. Heavy salt water has pushed trout into the Brothers and at Christmas Lake. SPONSORED BY

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PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA SP O RTS www.starfl.com ASectionStar Staff ReportWith wins over Marianna, Baker and South Walton last week, the Port St. Joe boys soccer team continued its unbeaten season. Meanwhile, the Lady Tiger Sharks suffered their rst defeat of the season. The girls are now 3-1-0 overall, 1-0-0 in District 1-1A. The Lady Tiger Sharks, who had allowed just one goal all season, were in a tight contest against unbeaten South Walton when goalkeeper Christian Laine attempted to clear a through pass in front of the goal as freshman Kathleen Rish rushed to clear the ball. Laines ball hit Rish square in the face and rebounded into the goal for the only score in the 1-0 game. South Walton outshot Port St. Joe eight to ve. Laine had three saves in 60 minutes in goal, while freshman Shannon Prigdeon had four in 30 minutes. The boys, now 5-0-0 and 1-0-0, won 21. Freshman forward Marcel Duart scored his team-leading seventh goal at the eight minute mark and Daniel May put in the game-winner on a 35-yard free kick in the 58th minute, ve minutes after South Walton had tied the game. Junior Javarri Beachum had a solid game in goal as he was called on to make six saves on 12 South Walton shots. With the win, he is now 3-0-0 on the year, with a 0.36 goals against average. Both teams traveled to Rocky Bayou on Tuesday and the boys visit North Bay Haven Thursday. Both teams host Rocky Bayou on Saturday, the girls at 2 p.m. ET and the boys at 4 p.m.MariannaThe Lady Tiger continued their shutout streak with a 5-0 win on Nov. 29. First-year player Cat Robles scored the lone rst half goal for Port St. Joe, while Allie Strippling, Laine, Haley Woods, and Mary Branch added goals in the second half. Strippling also tallied an assist on the nal goal by Branch; the other goals were all unassisted. Returning sophomore and all-district goalkeeper, Laine, started the game in goal and played 25 minutes and had one save. Laine shared the shutout with Pridgeon, seeing her rst action in goal and recording two saves in 55 minutes in net. The Tiger Sharks won a hard-fought game 3-2. The Marianna goals were the rst surrendered by the Port St. Joe boys this season. Beachum tallied Port St. Joes rst goal in the 70th minute, on an assist from senior defender Daniel May, a co-captain who scored the second goal for the Tiger Sharks, an unassisted tally ve minutes after Beachums goal. The Tiger Sharks were up 2-1 at the point but Marianna scored minutes later to knot the score. In a wild nish, sophomore mid elder Drew Lacour provided the winning goal, on yet another assist from May. Starting goalie, Beachum, handled the rst 40 minutes in goal before turning to the eld and rst-time goalkeeper Walt Bowers took over from there. Beachum made two saves, Bowers three.BakerThe Lady Tiger Sharks allowed their rst goal of the season but scored ve to take the win. The Baker goal came in the last minutes of the game, long after the outcome was decided. Sophomore Lexie McGhee, last years second-leading scorer, tallied her rst two goals of the year and added an assist. Sophomore Strippling, the girls top scorer this season, added a goal and an assist. Freshman Wood and senior co-captain Rachel Jones each had a goal, Jones also tallying an assist. Junior mid elder Bryanna Stuart had an assist. Pridgeon got her rst start in goal, recording three saves on four Baker shots. The Tiger Sharks recorded their third shutout in four games as Bowers got his rst start in goal. Seventh-grader Joseph Kerrigan nished the game in the net to share the shutout with Bowers. Bowers recorded two saves and Kerrigan three. Freshman forward Marcel Duarte scored a hat trick in the rst half, during which goals were also scored by senior co-captain Witt Shoaf, Lacour, freshman Cole Cryderman, and May. The lone tally of the second half was netted by senior defender Blaine Bush, which signaled the mercy rule, which is mandated by Florida High School Athletic Association rules when an eight-goal margin is reached in the second half. Bush also recorded the only Port St. Joe assist on a corner kick that resulted in a header into the net by May near the end of the rst half. Thursday, December 8, 2011 Page 11By Tim CroftStar News Editor Two Bay County teams, two nights, two different results. The Port St. Joe Tiger Sharks split their rst two games last week with a 7358 defeat to Lynn Haven Mosley last Thursday followed by a 54-48 victory at Bay last Friday. It was a nice win, said Port St. Joe coach Derek Kurnitsky. It was nice to beat a Bay County team, good to beat a bigger school. The players need to play with con dence. I told them the name on the front of the jersey is as important as the name on the back. We are Port St. Joe. It doesnt matter who the opposition is. I was really impressed with them after (Mosley). I was proud of them. The Tiger Sharks broke to a 16-7 lead after one quarter but were trailing 32-29 at half following the lone period that Bay would manage double-digits scoring. Port St. Joe began to pull ahead in the third quarter and pushed the margin over the nal eight minutes. Alex King, who scored at least 20 points in each of the rst two games, had 21 to lead Port St. Joe. Chad Quinn and Arion Ward added 10 points each. Natrone Lee had six, Ramello Zaccarro four and Caleb Odom three. Against Mosley the previous night, the Tiger Sharks fell behind big. The host Dolphins pushed an early 19-8 rst quarter lead to as much as 18 points in the third quarter. The Tiger Sharks battled back to within four early in the fourth quarter but Mosley pulled away in the nal minutes. They jumped on us early, Kurnitsky said. We went on a run and got to within four but just couldnt keep it going. They are a good team. I was proud of the boys ghting hard and coming back. King scored 20 to pace Port St. Joe. Quinn added 15, Ward nine, Marcel Johnson and Zaccarro had ve points each and Lee nished with four. The Tiger Sharks hosted Blountstown on Tuesday night, host South Walton at 6 p.m. ET on Friday and travel to Wewahitchka at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday.Special to The StarThe Gene Raf eld Football League has just nished its most successful season in its 13-year history. All three teams went undefeated and won the Super Bowl. The Leagues success was made possible because of the generosity, love and support of a number of Port St. Joe businesses and organizations. They donated the nancial help the League must have to properly equip our players. Our heartfelt thanks to the following: Platinum Sponsor: Durens Piggly Wiggly; Gold Sponsors: Raf eld Fisheries, Inc., John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069, C. W. Roberts Contracting, Inc.; Silver Sponsors: Boardwalk Realty of N.W. FL, Inc., Sunset Coastal Grill, Coast2CoastPrinting & Promotions; Bronze Sponsors: Bo Knows Pest Control, Inc., Coastal Realty Group, Joe Mamas, PrebleRish, Inc., Ramseys Printing & Of ce, Scallop Cove BP, St. Joe Rental/Nursery & Supply; Player Sponsors: Keith L. Jones, CPA, Mel C Magidson, Jr., PA. Thank you to all of our generous sponsors! Gene Raf eld Football League says thanksPort St. Joe boys split rst two games Boys remain unbeaten, girls lose rst for PSJHS soccerThe Tiger Sharks won a hard-fought 3-2 game over Marianna, the rst goals the boys had surrendered on the season.CARLA MAY | Special to The StarThe Port St. Joe girls continued their shutout streak in a 5-0 win over Marianna on Nov. 29.

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A12 | The Star Thursday, December 8, 2011Star Staff ReportNASCAR driver Grant En nger and the Ford F150 Race Truck he drove during the 2011 season will be on display Sunday, Dec. 11, from 3-6 p.m. ET at the Port City Shopping Center in front of Piggly Wiggly. En nger drove the truck, sponsored by Gulf County Tourism Development Council, in the October Talladega running of the Camping World Truck Series sporting the VisitGulf.com logo. En nger will be available for photos and information from racing enthusiasts, kids and the general public. En nger is scheduled to drive in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series in 2012. This is the rst time the Gulf County Tourist Development Council has teamed up with the 26year-old Fairhope, Ala., native. The No. 82 red and white machine promoted the beaches and tourism of Gulf County Florida. We learned just how loyal NASCAR fans are; weve had so many calls and emails into our Welcome Center since the Talladega race requesting photos and more information, said Tim Kerigan, executive director of the Gulf County TDC. We wanted to build awareness for Gulf County among that market. Now we want share a bit of the NASCAR experience with our local community. More information is available by calling the Gulf County TDC at 2297800. (850) 229.6991 1930 W. hwy 98, Port St. Joe, FL 32456TUESDAY FRIDAY 9-6 SATURDAY 9-2 20% OFF EVERYTHINGand more on some items EVERYTHING 20% OFF GOING OUT OF BUSINESSSOON is proud to announce the is now underway.Help those in need! Its time to go through your closets for those unwanted pairs of shoes, in reasonable condition. You can bring the shoes to Coastal Foot and Ankle Clinic located at 221 HWY 98. Donations will go to Franklins Promise and will be distributed at The community service center (old Apalachicola high school) at 192 14th street in Apalachicola. Distribution will be December 6th and 20th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Give one of our special friends a home for Christmas. We have so many wonderful faces and personalities to choose from. Adopting is easy and inexpensive. In return you will get years of companionship, love, and lots and lots of memories. Be sure to come by the Port St. Joe Marina around lunchtime (11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.) and enjoy a hot dog or chili dog (max. 2 hot dogs) lunch, (chips, and soda included for a $5.00 cash donation. All proceeds will be given to the Humane Society. Give one of our special friends a home for Christmas. We have so many wonderful Give one of our special friends a home for Dogs for DogsDecember 9, 201111:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.At Port St. Joe Marina 340 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, Fl 32456 850-227-9393 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. At Port St. Joe Marina Port St. Joe, Fl 32456 At Port St. Joe Marina Port St. Joe, Fl 32456 SportsTDC-sponsored race truck to be displayed

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COMMUNITY www.starfl.com BPage 1SectionThursday, December 8, 2011 VALERIE GARMAN | The StarThe Reid Avenue Bunco Babes recent sh fry fundraiser was a success, raising $2,230 for the Gulf County Library. The Bunco Babes have raised $7,577 for the library since spring 2010. From left are Friends of the Library President Cathy Colbert, Sheila Mahlkov, Bobbye Johnson, Nancy Brockman and Bunco Babes Dana Boyer and Pamela Garmon. DEBBIE HOOPER AT JOEBAY.COM | Special to The StarThis aerial view shows the new school being constructed by North Florida Child Development near the Gulf/Franklin Center taking shape. Infrastructure and foundation are in, and the walls are coming up for the rst new school in Gulf County in some 40 years.Ramseys selling paper, helping kids By Tim CroftStar News Editor Ramseys Printing and Of ce Products is one of just four small commercial printers/of ce products out t in the Southeast to be selected to partner with International Paper on a campaign to bene t St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, a nationally recognized leader in research of childhood cancers. The campaign slogan is Paper beats Cancer. Its kind of neat, said Willie Ramsey, referring to being just one of four small commercial printers selected for the campaign. Ramseys is honored to participate with Hammermill Papers and International Papers effort to ght childhood cancer. Hammermill is a brand of paper produced by International Paper. Climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse this weekendStar Staff ReportThe full moon is due to light up clear skies this weekend, a good thing for those wishing to climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Decembers full moon arrives this weekend, so climbs will be Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10. All climbs begin at 6 p.m. ET and end at roughly 10 p.m. No one under age 16 may climb the lighthouse. Climbers should wear proper shoes please no ipops. Only 25 persons are allowed up top at one time, so it is rst-come, rst-served. The cost is $5 per person and includes the sunset and the view of a full moon (if, by chance, the weather is bad, the lighthouse will be closed). For more information, call Beverly at 229-1151 during the day at the lighthouse gift shop, which also has a host of Christmas gift ideas on sale right now.By Valerie GarmanStar Staff Writer Erika White hates to send people away empty-handed, but sometimes she has no choice. It was a meager summer, with the pantry shelves at People Helping People of Gulf County consistently barren as the organization struggled to meet compliances to qualify to receive food from distribution services while changing locations this summer. Those lean times are not my favorite times, but it does happen, said White, executive director of People Helping People. It got to be pretty bad. People would come, and there was nothing on the shelves. Although the shelves are no longer bare, the two wire racks of the pantry are by no means full, and with more than 100 families signed up for monthly food service, the food fades quickly. White said the group survived the summer, but with huge cuts being made in the distribution programs the organization relies on, there is a greater need than ever for community donations to keep the shelves stocked. People Helping People works in partnership with Americas Second Harvest of the Big Bend, a Tallahassee food bank that distributes to smaller food pantries in Northwest Florida. This summer, Second Harvest saw a drastic cut in USDA Commodities, a government surplus food program that accounts for 36 percent of their annual distribution. In July and August, Second Harvest saw a 55 percent decrease in its distribution of commodities, a decline the organization believes will continue, with indications of further federal funding cuts on the way in 2012. Second Harvest is experiencing a reduction to the amount of food theyre getting, and in turn were getting less food, White said. Americas Second Harvest of the Big Bend delivers food to more than 140 partner agencies in 11 counties, including twicemonthly deliveries to two Gulf County organizations, People Helping People and Wewahitchka Search and Rescue. (USDA Commodities) has declined substantially since July 1, unfortunately, even though the need hasnt changed, said Cheryl Phoenix, executive director of Americas Second Harvest of the Big Bend. The dip in commodities makes it dif cult for Second Harvest to keep the shelves stocked, causing a rippling reality check for the smaller agencies as well. Because of the decline, were needing more donated products, Phoenix said. But as soon as it comes in, its going back out. We have a lot less food than we usually do because its going out so quickly. With an anticipated decrease of 1 million pounds in the amount of food Second Harvest will distribute this year, Phoenix said donations will not make up for the difference, and with more federal funding cuts on the way for 2012, its becoming a national epidemic. It would be really good if the people would encourage our Congressmen to not make these cuts, Phoenix said. Unfortunately, the economy is continuing to decline. I think now more than ever we really need people to help ght against hunger and help feed our neighbors. Angel Food Ministries, a national organization that provided discounted groceries to needy families, went out of business in late September, closing of ces across the country, including one in Port St. Joe. The organization cited the economic downturn as its reason for its closure, which will place more pressure on community food banks to ll the void. Debbie Sumner, coordinator for the Older Americans Act (OAA) Program at the Gulf County Senior Citizens Center, said her program also received steep funding cuts this year. Through funding from OAA and other state and federal funding sources, the Senior Citizens Center provides needy elderly people in Gulf County activities, a noon meal Monday through Friday and home-delivered meals for those with physical disabilities. The organization serves about 1,100 meals every month throughout Gulf County, Sumner said. Unfortunately, my federal program, the Older Americans Act, did get cut $21,000 for our next scal year, Sumner said. Somehow weve got to make up for that cut through donations or fundraising. A lot of our seniors are low-income, and they really depend on that hot meal and the socialization. With the holiday season having arrived, Phoenix said there will be more of an effort to collect food for the hungry. Typically, a lot of people do food drives in November, Phoenix said. If someone calls us and wants to do a food drive, we try to keep that food in those counties. White said she hopes local BUNCO BABES RAISE $2,230 FOR THE LIBRARY NFCD SCHOOL RISING FROM THE GROUND See RAMSEYS B6Photos by VALERIE GARMAN | The StarErika White, executive director of People Helping People of Gulf County, hands a bag of food to a local man in need. At right, White organizes the food pantry shelves. With more than 100 families registered to receive monthly supplements from the pantry, White said the food goes quickly. Unfortunately, the economy is continuing to decline. I think now more than ever we really need people to help ght against hunger and help feed our neighbors.Cheryl Phoenix executive director, Americas Second Harvest of the Big Bend Lean timesFood banks feel pinch in down economySee LEAN TIMES B6

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Volunteer tax assistancePeople Helping People, through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, will offer free tax preparation to lowto moderate-income in Gulf County from Jan. 17 to April 15. To become an IRS certi ed tax preparer please join us on Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET at 2010 Parker Ave. in Highland View. For more information give us a call at 850-229-5262.Salvation Army seeks volunteersThe Salvation Army is currently looking for volunteers to ring the bell at the Piggly Wiggly this holiday season. Volunteers are asked to work one-hour shifts. If you are interested, please call 850-596-9552 for more information.Juvenile Justice Council meeting next weekThe Gulf County Juvenile Justice Council will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. ET at the Port St. Joe Fire Station building, located at 408 Williams Ave. We welcome the public attendance and participation. Thank you.Turtle Patrol seeks volunteers to help cold-stunned turtlesThe St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol and University of Florida Marine Turtle Research Group are seeking volunteers to help with cold-stunned sea turtle events in St. Joseph Bay this winter. Assistance is greatly needed to help search, retrieve, and transport stranded turtles to the rehabilitation center in Panama City. There will be a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. ET, at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Center, 3915 State Road 30-A in Port St. Joe, to discuss volunteer response needs and to sign up anyone who would like to assist. The coordinating groups are also seeking Towels for Turtles to provide warmth for sea turtles retrieved during cold stun events. If you have towels or blankets that you would like to donate, there will be drop-off bins located at the Fish Inn, 3841 Cape San Blas Road in Port St. Joe, and the Cape Tradin Post on the St. Joseph Peninsula. Donations of hand sanitizer, paper towels, bottled water, laundry detergent, and plastic tubs for turtle transport are also greatly needed. For more information please contact Jessica McKenzie at jmbama@ gmail.com. OFTHEWEEKPET St. Joseph Bay Humane Society SocietyB2 | The Star Thursday, December 8, 2011Justin Boone of Wewahitchka has been named to the Deans List at the Savannah College of Art and Design for fall quarter 2011. Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the Deans List. Congratulations, Justin on your academic achievement! The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonpro t, accredited institution conferring bachelors and masters degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD has more than 20,000 alumni and offers an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. The diverse student body, consisting of more than 11,000 students, comes from all 50 United States and more than 100 countries worldwide.Wewahitchkas Justin Boone makes the Deans List Society BRIEFSOn Saturday, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. ET, there will be a reception for Bill and Jewell Weldon as they celebrate 65 years of marriage. Bill and Jewell were joined together at Capitol Heights United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Ala., in December of 1946. Bill and Jewell have been a part of this community for two and a half years and have loved calling Port St. Joe their new home. They are very active at First United Methodist Church, and are volunteers at the Clothes Closet and Sacred Heart Hospital. The reception will be held at 1009 Constitution Drive and all of their friends are invited to attend. Please, no gifts, but cards and letters will be cherished for years to come. VFW POST HONORS DUREN THOMAS AND WAGNER TO WEDMr. and Mrs. Roger Thomas of Port St. Joe and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wagner of Roanoke, Va., are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Kimberly Diane Thomas and Brian Lee Wagner. Kimberly is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Miller of Tallahassee and the late Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Thomas of Port St. Joe. Brian is the father of three beautiful girls, Chloe, Rachel, and Abigail and grandson of Ms. Arleta Schrieber and the late Mr. Raymond Schrieber of Tonawanda, New York and the late Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wagner of North Tonawanda, N.Y. Kimberly is a 1993 graduate of Port St. Joe High School and 1998 graduate of the University of Florida, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy. She is currently employed as a physical therapist at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation. Brian is a 1990 graduate of Friendly High School in Fort Washington, Md., and a graduate of Excelsior College, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He is an F-22 Avionics/Weapons Equipment Specialist with Air Force Engineering and Technical Services at Tyndall Air Force Base. Their wedding will be on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. ET at First United Methodist Church in Port St. Joe. Family and friends are invited to attend. Dan McDonough, commander at left, and Butch Arendt, senior vice commander on right, from VFW Post 100069 honored George Duren last week for his support of the community. The Post made Duren a lifetime member and he received a certi cate of appreciation. This is all about his support of the community, Arendt said. CELEBRATING 65 YEARS OF MARRIAGEStar Staff ReportIf you are ready to quit smoking now, a free weekly class/support group will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf. Quit Smoking Now is a curriculum developed by ex-smokers for those who want to become exsmokers. Free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is available to all class participants. Register at 1-877QUIT-NOW-6 (1-877-8486696) or contact Brigitta Nuccio at 850-482-6500 or e-mail her at bnuccio@ bigbendahec.org. The class is sponsored by the Florida AHEC Network and the Florida Department of Health.Quit smoking nowStar Staff ReportUnited Way of Northwest Florida is partnering with The Christian Community Development Fund to provide a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in Port St. Joe. The organization is looking for additional volunteers interested in the following positions: greeters, screeners and tax preparers to help with the initiative. The rst training date is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the WIG Building, 401 Peters St. Days and hours of operation are not con rmed pending on availability of volunteers, but the goal is to offer this service three days a week with open hours to meet the needs of the local community. Online training is also available. To sign up, call Diana Burkett at 227-3394 or Ron Sharpe at 215-6749. In spring 2011, United Ways Bay County VITA site assisted with more than 2,400 tax returns, putting more than $3 million back into the local economy while saving more than $200,000 in preparation fees for those in need. Of those 2,400 helped, 89 were residents from Port St. Joe. Of the 5,198 homes in Gulf County, 60 percent qualify for the maximum income limit for Earned Income Tax Credits at $50,270. United Way to offer tax assistance program

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The Star| B3Thursday, December 8, 2011 School News DAZZLING DOLPHINSSpecial to The StarDaniel Fisher, a student at Wewahitchka Junior/Senior High School, was recently recognized as a Panhandle Area Education Consortium (PAEC) Regional Transition Councils Outstanding Student in Transition. Daniel, a senior, works at the Dixie Dandy performing a wide range of vocational skills. Upon graduation he is interested in continuing his education at Tom P. Haney Technical Center in order to pursue a career in welding. Daniels work at Dixie Dandy is part of a career prep program provided by a partnership between Gulf County schools and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. This partnership provides students the opportunity to gain real world work experience while attending school. Daniel was nominated for the PAEC Regional Transition Councils Outstanding Student in Transition Award by Linda D. Tschudi, Employment Specialist for Gulf County Schools. This award spotlights outstanding students that are in the process of moving from their lives as students into the world of work, postsecondary education and independence. Each recipient is a shining example of focus and determination in the area of post-secondary transition. By Jacob Lacour and Tyrek Sims Clubs* NJROTCCongratulations to Mrs. Karen Taylor, our schools Financial Ofcer, the winner of the Port St Joe Schools T-shirt Quilt Rafe held on Nov. 23. Thanks to all who made this fundraising event a rousing success.SSports* Dec. 8: Girls and Boys soccer teams play at North Bay Haven at 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9: JV and varsity boys basketball at South Walton at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12: Girls basketball at Bay High, 6 p.m. Dec. 13: Boys and girls varsity basketball at Bozeman, 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 14: Home gameJr. High basketball vs. Marianna, 6 p.m. Dec. 15: J.V. and varsity boys basketball at Rutherford, 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.Events* Dec. 13: Christmas Concert in commons area at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School. The concert begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 9: 7th-, 8thand 9th-graders will be going to Rocket Lanes in Panama City as a reward for their hard work preparing for FCAT last year resulting in an A in school. Special to The StarPort St. Joe Elementary School held the 5thand 6th-grade science fair in the gym on Nov. 29. Students arrived in droves with their projects on a very windy and rainy Monday morning, and frazzled parents unloaded garbage bag-wrapped science boards and equipment in preparation of the next days competition and exhibition. There were clouds in bottles, plants that had been sung to, buoyant eggs and sinking canned soft drinks, socks washed in every kind of detergent on the shelf, rotten fruit, and magnetic money to name a few. One student even managed to change a bar of Ivory soap into what appeared to be a white, uffy cloud of cotton candy! Needless to say, the adults (teachers included) learned almost as much as the students. It was fun for all, and parents did a wonderful job of assisting their children demonstrate an understanding of the scientic method. The winners of the 6th-grade science fair were: Lacy Linton, rst place (Extreme Heat), Shad Tracy, second place (A Sizzling Sensation) and third place, Braden Baumgardner (Weight Wonder). Honorable mentions went to Cole Thursby, Lexie Combs, Brooks Kennington, Thomas Miniat, Claudia Alcorn, Courtney Davidson, and James White. Taking top honors in 5th-grade were Jaden Grantland, rst place (Salinity and Displacement), Haleigh Smith, second place (Pumped Up) and Jacob Kennedy, third place (Viscosity). Honorable mention awards went to Devin Crews, Hannah Fulk, Chandler Godwin, Aaron Godwin, Jacob Tracy, and Caleb Butts. Congratulations future scientists! Port St. Joe Elementary School would also like to thank the science fair judges for offering their time and experience in helping us this year. The feedback provided by the judges is very benecial in showing the students areas in need of improvement while highlighting areas of strength in preparing a proper science fair project.Special to The StarFaith Christian School proudly announces the honor roll students for the rst term of the 20102011 school year. Congratulations to all of the following:A A ll AA s: Magnolia Sarmiento, Halee Whicker, Kristen Bouington and Shelby Causey.A A ll AA s and Bs: Donovan Cumbie, Luke OBarr, Theron Smith (not pictured), Jacob Davis, Farren Newman, Catherine Bouington, Jade Cothran (not pictured), J.J. Laine and Elijah Sarmiento.P P re-KindergartenRylan Fortune 1st grade-Bobbie Sue Fowler 2nd grade-Porter Hodges 3rd grade-Kaylee Jones 4th grade-Colton Jones 5th grade-Xavier Maestri 6th grade-James White Best of L LunchroomAlbert Scheffer Bus Riders of the Week: Alex Thomason and Cheyenne Crum Student receives Regional Award SS Pec EC IAL TO TT He E SS TAr RFrom left, Mrs. Debbie Baxley, Principal at Wewahitchka High School, Aunnie Slack, supervisor, Dixie Dandy, Daniel Fisher, honored student, Linda D. Tschudi, Employment Specialist, and Will McLemore, owner of Dixie Dandy. SS Pec EC IAL TO TT He E SS TAr RRight: The students who earned all As during the rst term of the school year.A A bove: Students earning all As and Bs during the rst term. The Lions TT ALeE PPOrR T SST. JOeE eELeEMeENTArR Y ScCHOOL ScCIeENceCE FAIrR SS Pec EC IAL TO TT He E SS TAr RThe fth-grade winners were Jaden Grantland (rst place), Haleigh Smith (second) and Jacob Kennedy (third). The Lions Tale SS Pec EC IAL TO TT He E SS TAr RSixth-grade winners, from left, were Shad Tracy (second place), Lacy Linton (rst place) and Braden Baumgardner (third place).

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This business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week. Jerry Arhelger, SOUTHERLAND FAMILY FUNERAL HOME507 10th Street Port St. Joe(850) 229-8111 TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE HIMKNOWNST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH800 22ND STREET, PORT ST. JOE8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45 www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.orgCome 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. 4th Thursday of Every MonthThe Rev. Dr. D. Pete Windham, Priest The Rev Lou Little, Deacon Services Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center, 120 Library DriveAn Unchanging Faith In A Changing World 5:00 & 6:00 p.m.Pastor Josh Fidler www.faithchristianpsj.net (850) 229-6707 Our Church can be your homeFirst Church of the Nazarene2420 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 29:2Sunday 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 ChurchHOME OF THE POWERHOUSE YOUTHMINISTRIESPastors Andrew & Cathy Rutherford Welcome you to worship with us: Sunday 10:30am SundayNight Prayer 6pm Wednesday 7pm www.familylifechurch.net 323Reid Ave ~ Downtown Port St. Joe, FL ~ 850-229-5433 First Baptist Church 102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education Bobby Alexander,Minister to StudentsNew Service Schedule for First Baptist ChurchSunday 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 SundaySunday School.............9:00 am Worship Service............10:30 am Youth Groups...............5:30 pm New Service Schedule for First Baptist ChurchSunday School & Worship Service .................. 9:00 am WednesdayWednesday Night Supper..............5:00 6:15 pm ............................5:45 6:10 pm Nursery........................................6:00 7:30 pm .......................................6:15 7:30 pm Surrender Student Ministry...........6:15 7:30 pm The Unshakable Truth Journey.....6:15 7:30 pm Celebration Choir Rehearsal........6:30 7:30 pm Prayer Meeting...........................6:30 7:30 pm Praise Band.............................7:30 9:00 pm(Rehearsal in Sanctuary) COMFORTER FUNERAL HOMEW. P. Rocky ComforterL.F.D.(850) 227-1818 FAITHThursday, December 8, 2011 Page B4 www.starfl.comTrixye Grif n Rich, a resident of Port St Joe, passed away at home after a brief illness on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. She was born in Thomasville, Ga. to Carlton and Trudy Grif n, who predeceased her. She was known for her many good deeds in the community and was loved by all who knew her. She was a member of First Baptist Church and was involved in teaching and ministering to many over the years. She loved Jesus, her family and her church. She dedicated her life to serving God. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John E. Rich; her sons, Eddy Rich (Lajuana), Carlton Rich, Larry Rich (Cindy); her daughter, Tina (David); her grandchildren, Jonathan (Callie), Christopher, Matt (Kristen), Caitlin and Britney Rich, and Sara and Harley Whit eld; her greatgrandchildren, Josiah, Evangeline and Brody Rich; her brother, Edwin Grif n; sister, Doris Acevedo; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family. A visitation was Friday, Dec. 2, from 6-8 p.m. ET at First Baptist Church in Port St. Joe. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church. In lieu of owers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the following organizations that were dear to Trixye: The Growing Minds Center (227-4392), The Gideons International and Covenant Hospice (785-3040). Those wishing to express words of condolences may do so at www. heritagefhllc.com. Heritage Funeral Home, 247 N. Tyndall Parkway, Panama City, FL 32404. Phone: (850) 785-1316Trixye Grif n Rich1934 2011Mark Allen Holland, age 53, of Forest City, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 at the Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Mark was a native of Rutherford County, son of George and Louise Holland of Forest City, a former resident of Port St. Joe, Fla., graduate of Port St. Joe High School, a member of the Catamount Club, Western Carolina University, attended Florence Baptist Church and was a devoted Auburn fan. He worked in Real Estate and Development with the Gateway Group. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Rosemari Toney Holland, of Forest City; two daughters, Jenny and Charity Holland, both of Forest City; a brother, Ed (Betsy) Holland, of Atlanta; sister Julie (Rodney) Nobles, of Crestview, Fla.; and three grandchildren, JeShaun Gill, Ian Gill and Malachi Dato. Locally, Mark is survived by his cousins, John Wright, Phil Earley, Chris Earley and Mary Earley, and their families. Mark Allen HollandCatherine Sue Lois Thomas Jones was born June 27, 1952, to Early Thomas and the late Maggie Bell in Blountstown, Fla. On Nov. 26, 2011, she departed this life at Sacred Heart Hospital in Port St. Joe. She was preceded in death by her mother, her husband, Z. W. Jones, Sr., one brother and one sister. She was a member of Amazing Grace Church. She leaves to cherish in her loving memories her father, Early Thomas (Florene) of Blountstown; one daughter, Sherry Bailey (Cederick) of Port St. Joe; two sons, Z. W. Reggie Jones, Jr. (Shalonda) of Orlando and Richard Jones (Lacrethia) of Port St. Joe; three brothers, Joe Pruitt (Trish) of Marion, Ala., Alvin Thomas (Helen) of Atlanta, Georgia, and Dexter Thomas of Blountstown; two sisters, Renee Hunter (Bishop) of Panama City, and Vernita Brown of Orlando; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and loving friends.Catherine Sue Lois Thomas Jones Our Son and Our BrotherErnie Woodrow If Tears could build a Stairway, and Memories a Lane, Well walk right up to Heaven, and Bring you Home. We Love you and Miss you with all our Hearts.Your Momma and Dad, Sisters Pat, Susan and Becky.Claude Randall Randy Weston, 65, of Mexico Beach passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Randy was born Oct. 6, 1946 to Gundy and Eva Weston in Marianna, Fla. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the American Legion Post 116. Randy was a retired engineer from the Apalachicola Railroad. He loved time on the river, hunting and fishing, but most of all spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Karla Weston; his parents, Gundy and Eva Weston; sons, Robert (Ann Marie) Weston, Randall Weston, Mark Weston, Ryan (Julie) Thornburg; a daughter, Alicia (Steve) Matincheck; brothers, Mike (Ellen) Weston, Greg (Becky) Weston, Kenny (Barbara) Weston; grandchildren, Johnathan, Jessica, Danielle, Parker, Griana, Gabe, Hunter, Ethan, Chessney, Haley Jo and Dean. Funeral services will be 5 p.m. CT Thursday, Dec. 8, at White City Baptist Church with the Rev. Nick Davis officiating. The family received friends on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the church. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily. com. Mailing address: Southerland Family Funeral Home, 507 Tenth Ave., Port St. Joe, FL 32456.Claude Randall Randy Weston ObituariesIn Loving MemoryHappy Birthday 12-5-59 Compassionate Friends Candle LightingFor parents who have lost a child to death, it can be very dif cult to cope with because the pain of the loss is one that never goes away. The pain of losing a child is often intensi ed during the holiday season. One helpful way for parents to keep the memory of their child alive is by participating in the Worldwide Candle Lighting at 7 p.m. on the second Sunday in December. This event unites bereaved parents, family and friends around the world by lighting candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. This international global event is nondenominational and is hosted as a gift to the bereaved community around the world by The Compassionate Friends. The event is believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe. This year, the Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting service will be at 7 p.m. ET Dec. 11 at First United Methodist Church, 1001 Constitution Drive in Port St. Joe. This is for people of all faiths, and everyone is welcome.Christmas Musical at Long Avenue Baptist Church this SundayThe Long Avenue Baptist Childrens Choir will present the musical, iHope Christmas at 6 p.m. ET Sunday, Dec. 11, in the church sanctuary. The musical follows a group of kids who create their own web show called iHope based on the main character, Hope. They want to do a Christmas special but feel like they need inspiration and information before going live. Hope and her friends seek advice from Hopes great aunt, who used to be in show business, and they nd themselves with some pretty eccentric show-biz-type friends at the local theatre who inspire them for their show. A cast of more than 35 kids and adults make this a colorful and exciting presentation with music, drama and dance that points to the real message of Christmas and how we should respond to it. The community is cordially invited to come and enjoy a unique Christmas musical sure to bring a smile. Faith BRIEFSHis will not mineTo overcome evil with good is the Godly thing to do. But for me it takes a lot of prayer, does this sound a little like you? To turn the other cheek is a problem for me, too. But Jesus said thats what were to do. We have to be close to God for His will to be done in our life. To live by the words of Jesus will take care of our worldly strife. So now we know what the problem is. We need to stop living our way and start living His.Billy Johnson

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LocalThe Star| B5Thursday, December 8, 2011 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing to consider adoption of an Ordinance with the following title: AN ORDINANCE OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA; IMPOSING A MANDATORY SURCHARGE OF THIRTY DOLLARS ($30) ON EACH NON-CRIMINAL OR CRIMINAL TRAFFIC VIOLATION; PROVIDING FOR THE USE OF SAID SURCHARGE; PROVIDING AUTHORITY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL AND SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE The public hearing will be held during the Gulf County Board of County ComAll interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed OrCommission with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, he/she will need a record of the proceedings and that for such purpose he/she may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings made and which would include any evidence BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: WARREN YEAGER, CHAIRMAN REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS BID #1112-03The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will receive proposals from any MISDEMEANOR PROBATION SERVICES BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PUBLIC NOTICEA Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and Development Review Board (PDRB) meeting on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:45 a.m. EST, and at the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 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 Ned Harman for Parcel ID # 06314-075R Located in Section 23 Township 9 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida Replace an existing 4 dune walkover with a 6 dune walkover for handicap accessibility. 2. Public and Open Discussion 3. 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. Ad #2011-87 Qualications: Expertise in: Now Accepting AppointmentsCall Toll Free 888-681-5864 For more info www.seclung.com Lung Disease SpecialistRob Garver, MDNow Seeing Patients in Port St. Joe NOW BCBS-FL IN-NETWORK PROVIDER Special to The StarAuthor Michael Lister of Wewahitchka, best known for his literary mysteries and thrillers set in North Florida, is just out with his rst work of non ction in over a decade. My focus has been on ction, Lister said, but Ive continued to write non ction as well. Ive worked on this book for a very long time. His new book is Finding the Way Again: Rediscovering radical love and freedom in the lost teachings of Jesus. Ive been intrigued by and a student of Jesus since adolescence, Lister said. This book is birthed out of that. With degrees in biblical studies and theology, Lister has specialized over the years in story theology, spirituality, myth and meaning, and Jesus scholarship. To me Finding the Way Again is a work of restoration, Lister said. My focus is on what has been lost about the man and his message. I look at the ways in which Jesus message and the meaning of his life have been altered, obscured, and ignored and what we can do to recover them. Lister writes in the book, My goal with this intentionally simple, slim volume (based on scholarship, but not bogged down by notes and references) is to attempt to remove that which has obscured, hidden, and even replaced Jesus and his radical revolution, extricating him from the sti ingly narrow religious context that all but silences him, so his message can reverberate around us, resonate within us. What I offer is not dogma or doctrine but discussiona contribution to the ongoing conversation between open seekers of understanding and enlightenment. I write this as one asking questions far more than offering answers. Bestselling author, River Jordan, had this to say about the book: In Finding the Way Again, Michael Lister will rock religious walls raw to the nerve. His words may anger or inspire perhaps, both in the same moment but one thing is for certain, his portrait of Jesus as a man with a true message will not be soon forgotten or overlooked. In the preface Lister writes, As if a conservator refurbishing an ancient mosaic in a pre-modern monastery, I am attempting to restore, repair, and preserve what I believe to be the truest, most accurate image of Jesus. Beneath the layers and layers of dust and dirt, of history and tradition, culture and religion, there is a more perfect picture awaiting rediscovery. Behind the cosmic Christ there is Jesus, an illegitimate peasant with the power of God on his tongue and in his hands. Beyond the icon, there is an iconoclast who overturns temple tables and kicks down fear-based religion and class-based divisions and proclaims Gods unconditional love until it gets him killed. Finding the Way Again is available now in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. Lister will be discussing and reading from the book on Rap Line on WKGC on Monday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. CT and signing the book at a reception following the show in the conference room of WKGC at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Lister will also be signing the book at Downtown Books in Apalachicola on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1-3 p.m. ET.Special to The StarThe Farm Service Agency (FSA) is currently accepting applications for NAP coverage. NAP provides nancial assistance to eligible producers affected by natural disasters. Eligible disasters are any of the following: damaging weather such as drought, excessive moisture, or hurricane; an adverse natural occurrence such as earthquake or ood; a condition related to damaging weather or adverse natural occurrence. Applicants must pay a nonrefundable administrative fee of $250 per crop, per county. Fees are capped at $750 per county not to exceed $1750 for farmers with interest in multiple counties. Loss must be greater than 50 percent of expected production and coverage must have been purchased 30 days prior to the coverage period. The application closing date is Jan. 31. For further information, please contact the CalhounFranklin-Gulf-and Liberty County FSA Of ce at 17413 NW Leonard Street, Blountstown, FL 32424 or call 674-8388 or 1-800-2439912 Ext. 6.This Christmas see Jesus in a whole new light FARM SERVICE AGENCY DEADLINE

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Customers who purchase Hammermill products during December at Ramseys also will be provided an ornamental badge they can write their name on and place on the Christmas tree in the Ramsey store on Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe. I bet weve used International Paper products as long as theyve had International Paper products, Ramsey said of his business, which was rst founded in 1937 as Star Publishing Company before renaming the company Ramseys Printing and Of ce Supply after selling The Star newspaper in 2004. Ramsey purchased IP products through Mac Paper Company in Georgia, a distributor of IP products throughout the Southeast. We are on their original customer list, Ramsey said of Mac Paper. That allegiance to Hammermill was one of the reasons, Ramsey said, that his printing and of ce supply company was selected to participate in the St. Jude campaign. Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not. 1-800-4STJUDE l www.stjude.org HammermillMaximum donation amount is $250,000. Ends December 31, 2011. St. Jude Childrens Research Hospitals name and logo are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, expressed or implied, of any product or company. HammermillTidal MPTidal MP is 99.99% jam-free GUARANTEED. This multi-purpose sheet delivers dependable performance on all office equipment consistently running copy after copy after copy never distracting you from the business at hand. rmill Ha mm er T i dal M P s 99.99% jam-free GUARANTEED. Ti dal MP i s 2011 ALSAC/St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital Hammermill, Great White and Tidal are registered trademarks of International Paper Company.Help fight childhood cancer. Purchase Hammermill paper in November and December.When you purchase select Hammermill Paper products in November and December, Hammermill will donate 10% of the purchase price to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer. RAMSEYS from page B1 food drives will help supplement the People Helping People pantry. We de nitely receive more donations during the holidays, White said. People want to make sure during the holidays that people are eating. Other local organizations are making sure nobody goes hungry during the holidays. Jerry Stokoe organizes a county-wide Thanksgiving dinner each year, along with an army of sponsors and volunteers, to make sure everybody in Gulf County has a hot turkey dinner. In partnership with Oak Grove Churchs Fish and Loaves food ministry, the volunteers distributed hundreds of hot meals on Thanksgiving. With the holidays upon us, a new location at 2010 Parker Avenue and a dedicated group of donors, White is optimistic about the organizations future despite meager circumstances. Were moving forward for sure, White said. Here lately weve had something on the shelves. The organization recently obtained $3,500 worth of new refrigerators and freezers through a Presbyterian Church grant and received a donated airconditioning unit so they will no longer struggle to meet compliances. A community garden also has been planted out front so fresh produce can be offered to the hungry. People Helping People receives regular donations from First United Methodist Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. James Episcopal Church and First Presbyterian Church, and from generous people like Gail and Richard Day, who bring food every Monday like clockwork. There have been times when weve had nothing on the shelf, but then here comes the Day family, White said. Sometimes we get here in the morning, and theres food sitting on the steps. Even with the dedicated donors, the organization can offer only one bag of supplemental food per family every 30 days, and sometimes less. I think people think it might feed them for a week, but its a supplement, White said. We need the community to give to the food bank so we can make sure everyone that comes can get a good supplement. I know some children, the best meal they get is at school. She also said Gulf County has a large population of elderly people that need food. The people in need always nd us, White said. But the people with the money and the time to give cant seem to. Volunteers and donations are always needed. White said the pantry needs more lling foods like meat items, peanut butter, beans, soups and cereals. If you are interested in donating to People Helping People of Gulf County or becoming a volunteer, call Erika White at 229-5262. To donate or volunteer with the Gulf County Senior Citizens Center, call Debbie Sumner at 2298466. LEAN TIMES from page B1

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CLASSIFIEDSThursday, December 8, 2011 The Star | B7 36717S NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The City of Wewahitchka Board of Commissioners will have a 2nd Reading of Ordinance No. 2011-1058L on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 109 South 2nd St. at 6:30 PM CT and consider adoption of the ordinance with the following title to wit: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WEWAHITCHKA REGULATING OPEN BURNING WITHIN THE CITY, ESTABLISHING ITEMS THAT MAY BE BURNED, ESTABLISHING REQUIREMENTS BEFORE OPEN BURNING MAY OCCUR, PROVIDING FOR PERSONAL LIABILITY, PROVIDING FOR SANCTIONS UPON VIOLATION, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The Ordinance No 2011-1058L in its entirety may be inspected at the Office of the City Clerk at 318 South 7th St. Wewahitchka, FL. during regular business hours, 8 AM-4 PM CT Monday-Friday. All Interested parties may appear at the meeting to be heard with respect to this proposed Ordinance. Connie Parrish, City Clerk Dec 8, 2011 36735S PUBLIC NOTICE The Port St. Joe Port Authority will hold its regular monthly meetings for calendar year 2012 at the offices of Rish, Gibson & Scholz, P.A., 116 Sailors Cove Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on the following dates: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Wednesday, February 8, 2012 Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Wednesday, December 26, 2012 Interested persons may attend and be heard at the public hearing or provide comments in writing to the Port St. Joe Port Authority, 206 Monument Avenue, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456. Transactions of the public hearing will be recorded. Persons wishing to appeal any decision made during the hearing will need a record of the proceeding and should ensure a verbatim record is made, including the testimony on which the appeal is based. Any person who wishes to attend and requires assistance may call the Port Authority Office at (850) 229-5240. Dec 8, 2011 36679S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION BANK OF AMERICA N.A., Plaintiff, vs. STEVE HOUSEHOLDER, et al, Defendant(s). CASE NO.: 09000515CA DIVISION: NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated October 31, 2011 and entered in Case No. 09000515CA of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida wherein BANK OF AMERICA N. A. is the Plaintiff and STEVE HOUSEHOLDER; TINA HOUSEHOLDER; WETAPPO PRESERVE OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at LOBBY OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE at 11:00AM ET, on the 15th day of December, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 181 WETAPO SUBDIVISION ACCORDING TO THE PLAT RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGES 36-42 IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 181 WIDE WATER CIRCLE, WEWAHITCHKA, FL 32465 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on November 14, 2011. Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk Clerk of the Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk **See Americans with Disabilities Act In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Gulf County Courthouse #850-229-6113 (TDD) Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F10109690 December 1, 8, 2011 36699S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY PROBATE DIVISION IN RE: ESTATE OF JANE VAN HEIDEN Deceased. File No. 2011-80-PR NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JANE VAN HEIDEN, deceased, Case Number 2011-80-PR, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd. Rm 148, Port St. Joe FL 32456. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedents estate, including unmatured, contingent and unliquidated claims, must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 1, 2011. Personal Representative: Darlene Walker TRAPPE & DUSSEAULT, P.A., STAN TRAPPE Florida Bar No. 176562 P.O. Box 2526 Panama City, FL 32402 850/769-6139 Attorney for Personal Representative December 1, 8, 2011 36677S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, VS. DAYLE FLINT, et al, Defendant(s). CASE NO.: 23-2010-CA-000486 DIVISION: NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated October 31, 2011 and entered in Case No. 23-2010-CA000486 of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA is the Plaintiff and DAYLE FLINT; TENANT # 1 N/K/A MELISSA HAUN, and TENANT #2 N/K/A TRAVIS WRIGHT are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at LOBBY OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE at 11:00AM, on the 15th day of December, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 3 OF WOODMERE SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 59, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA A/K/A 910 AVENUE A, PORT SAINT JOE, FL 32456 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on November 14, 2011. Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk Clerk of the Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk **See Americans with Disabilities Act In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Gulf County Courthouse #850-229-6113 (TDD) Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F10080535 December 1, 8, 2011 36194S PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Commission of the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, at its meeting on the 20th day of December, 2011, at 6:00 P.M., EST, in the regular Commission meeting room at the Municipal Building, Port St. Joe, Florida, will have the 2nd reading and consider for final adoption an Ordinance with the following title: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA REPEALING SECTION 42-4 OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE CODE OF ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Copies of the Ordinance are available for public inspection at City of Port St. Joe City Hall, located at 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. Interested persons may attend and be heard at the public hearing or provide comments in writing to the City Commissioners, City of Port St. Joe City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. Transactions of the public hearing will not be recorded. Persons wishing to appeal any decision made during the hearing will need a record of the proceeding and should ensure a verbatim record is made, including the testimony on which the appeal is based. Any person who wishes to attend and requires assistance may call the City Clerks Office at (850) 229-8261, Ext. 114. CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA BY: S/ MEL MAGIDSON, JR. Mayor-Commissioner Attest:S/ James A. Anderson City Clerk-Auditor Dec 8, 2011 36671S NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS BID NO. 1112-02 The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will receive bids from any person, company or corporation interested in providing the following: Sale of House -To Be Relocated 6909 Highway 71, White City Proposals must be turned in to 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, December 16, 2011. The website www.gulfcounty-fl.gov also will have specifications. Interested parties should contact Michael Hammond for additional information at (850) 227-1124. Please indicate on the envelope YOUR COMPANY NAME, that this is a SEALED BID and include the BID NUMBER. Bids will be opened at the above location on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., E.T. Attest: Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA Warren J. Yeager, Jr., Chairman December 1, 8, 2011 36186S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA CASE NO.: 11-65-CA BANKEAST, Plaintiff, vs. CHARLES B. HICKS; DENNIS J. WEAVER and JANA R. WEAVER, SEACLIFFS BEACH HOMES ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida not-for-profit corporation, UNKNOWN TENANT #1, UNKNOWN TENANT #2, UNKNOWN TENANT #3, and UNKNOWN TENANT #4, the names being fictitious to account for parties who may be in possession, Defendants. CLERKS NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO F.S. CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Partial Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 29, 2011, in Case No.: 11-65-CA of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, in the abovestyled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Gulf County Courthouse in Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 a.m. EST on January 5, 2012, the following described property: Parcel 1: Seacliffs Beach Homes, Unit C-14: Commence at the Northwest corner of Government Lot 4, Section 36, Township 8 South, Range 12 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence along the East line of Government Lot 2 of said Section 36, North 00 degrees 14 minutes 43 seconds East, 2138.58 feet; thence North 89 degrees 45 minutes 17 seconds West, 475 feet; thence continue North 89 degrees 45 minutes 17 seconds West, 678.83 feet; thence South 00 degrees 20 minutes 50 seconds East, 71.15 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence continue South 00 degrees 20 minutes 50 seconds East, 56.67 feet; thence South 88 degrees 34 minutes 57 minutes West, 37.51 feet; thence North 00 degrees 14 minutes 43 seconds West, 57.83 feet; thence South 89 degrees 45 minutes 17 seconds East, 36.91 feet to the Point of Beginning Parcel 2: Seacliffs Beach Homes, Unit G-38: Commence at the Northwest corner of Government Lot 4, Section 36, Township 8 South, Range 12 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence along the East line of Government Lot 2 of said Section 36, North 00 degrees 14 minutes 43 seconds East, 1848.21 feet; thence North 89 degrees 31 minutes 49 seconds West, 632.32 feet to a point on the are of a nontangent curve concave to the Northwest; thence Northerly along the are of said curve, having a radius of 106.00 feet, a central angle of 23, for an arc length of 44.14 feet, (chord to said curve bears South 11 degrees 13 minutes 41 seconds West, 43.83 feet); thence North 00 degrees 42 minutes 09 seconds West, 102.06 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence North 89 degrees 59 minutes 06 seconds West, 68.77 feet; thence North 00 degrees 22 minutes 53 seconds West, 19.73 feet; thence South 89 degrees 31 minutes 49 seconds East, 68.67 feet; thence South 00 degrees 42 minutes 09 seconds East, 19.19 feet to the Point of Beginning. Said lands lying in Section 36, Township 8 South, Range 12 West, Gulf County, Florida. DATED: November 29, 2011. BECKY NORRIS Clerk of the Circuit Court By: T. Knox Dec 8, 15, 2011 36162S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 23-2011-CA-000315CAXXXX REGIONS BANK, an Alabama banking corp., successor by merger to AMSOUTH BANK, Plaintiff, vs. LEONARD MARNELL, a married man, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF LEONARD MARNELL, WINDMARK BEACH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida Corporation, not for profit, UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, UNKNOWN TENANT #1, and UNKNOWN TENANT #2, Defendants. NOTICE OF PUBLICATION NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE-PROPERTY TO: Defendant(s) UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF LEONARD MARNELL, present address unknown, present address unknown, whose last known address is 1639 North Eagle Ridge Path, Hernando, FL 34442 and all parties having or claiming to have my right, title or interest in the property herein described. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been filed to foreclose a mortgage on the described real property located in Gulf County, Florida: Lot 40, Windmark Beach, according to the map or plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page(s) 1-5, Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Caridad M. Garrido, Esq., attorney for LEONARD MARNELL, whose address is 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 190 Coral Gables, FL 33134 on or before December 27th, 2011, and file the original with the Clerk of this 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. Witness my hand and the seal of this Court on the 15th day of November, 2011. Rebecca Norris, CLERK OF COURT By: BA Baxter As Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Caridad M. Garrido, Esq., FL Bar No: 814733 Peter A. Hernandez, Esq. FL Bar No. 64309 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 190 Coral Gables, FL 33134 Tel: 305-447-0019 Email: Cary@ garridorundquist.com Peter@garridorund quist.com Dec 8, 15, 2011 36108S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BAY COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 11-239-CA CIVIL DIVISION CENTENNIAL BANK, as successor in interest to BAYSIDE SAVINGS BANK Plaintiff, vs. RICHARD W. KRAUSE and PATRICIA B. FRANZEN, husband and wife, Defendants NOTCE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 14, 2011, in the abovestyled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Lobby of the Clerks Office, of the Gulf County Courthouse in Port St. Joe, Florida, on December 29, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. ET, the following described property: EXHIBIT A Lot 28, Block 41, City of Port St. Joe, Florida, according to the plat thereof, recorded inPlat Book 1, Pages 18 & 17, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. (Parcel Identification Number: 04951-000R). Any person claiming an initerest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner(s) as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. DATED ON November 16, 2011. Becky Norris Clerk of Court By: BA Baxter As Deputy Clerk ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF Mary Ellen Davis, Esquire 17 High Drive, Suite C P.O. Box 1720 Crawfordville, FL 32326 (850) 926-6003 Dec 8, 15, 2011 36046S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 232008CA000231CA XXXX EMC MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff, vs. WALTER JOSEPH LEVICK; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF WALTER JOSEPH LEVICK, IF ANY; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT (S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, GULF AIRE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION, Defendant(s). RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEIN pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated September 13, 2011 and an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated November 8, 2011. entered in Civil Case No.: 232008CA 000231CAXXXX of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, wherein EMC MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff, and WALTER JOSEPH LEVICK; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF WALTER JOSEPH LEVICK, IF ANY, ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; GULF AIRE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION, are Defendants. I will sell to the highest bidder for cash, at the Front Lobby of the Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456 at 11:00 AM ET on the 26th day of January, 2012 the following described real property as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment, to wit: COMMENCE AT THE POINT OF INTERSECTION ON THE NORTHEASTERN RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF U.S. HIGHWAY 98 (S.R. #30) AND SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 32, TOWNSHIP 6 SOUTH, RANGE 11 WEST, AS SAME IS SHOWN ON THE OFFICIAL PLAT OF PORT ST. JOE BEACH, UNIT TWO, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 6 IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 52 49 WEST ALONG SAID SOUTH BOUNARY LINE OF SECTION 32 FOR 22.105 FEET; THENCE NORTH 39 DEGREES 51 00 WEST ALONG SAID NORTHEASTERN R/W LINE 486.37 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 50 DEGREES 09 00 WEST FOR 66 FEET TO A POINT ON THE SOUTHEASTERLY R/W LINE OF U.S. HIGHWAY 98; THENCE NORTH 39 DEGREES 51 WEST ALONG SAID R/W LINE 318.50 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID R/W LINE 18 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 50 DEGREES 09 WEST 27.71 FEET TO THE CENTERLINE OF A COMMON WALL; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID COMMON WALL 36 FEET; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID BEARING 167.20 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE WATERS EDGE OF THE GULF OF MEXICO; THENCE SOUTHEASTERLY ALONG SAID WATERS EDGE 18 FEET MORE OR LESS TO A POINT SOUTH 50 DEGREES 09 WEST OF THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE NORTH 50 DEGREES 09 EAST 167.20 FEET TO THE CENTERLINE OF A COMMON WALL; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID COMMON WALL 36 FEET; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID BEARING 27.76 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. 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. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on November 9, 2011. Rebecca L. Norris Clerk of the Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff Brian L. Rosaler, Esquire Popkin & Rosaler, P. A. 1701 West Hillsboro Boulevard Suite 400 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 (954) 360-9030 Fax: (954) 420-5187 December 1, 8, 2011

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B8| The Star Thursday, December 8, 2011 CLASSIFIEDS MLS# 243988 100 Plantation Drive, Carrabelle, FL $534,600 Bank Owned 243816 17 Little Rive Circle, Wewahitchka, FL $9,900 Lot 243812 2500 HWY 71 North, Wewahitchka, FL $59,900 Lot 244924 2 HWY 381, Wewahitchka, FL $89,900 Acreage 244322 101 Lower Landing Dr., Wewahitchka, FL $109,900 Riverfront 243496 148 Squirrel Ave., Wewahitchka, FL $89,900 Home 240660 249 Bonita St,, Port St. Joe, FL $34,000 Lot 243493 480 Ponderosa Pines Dr., Port St Joe, FL $44,500 Lot 242660 1209 Monument Ave., Port St. Joe, FL $175,000 Home 241998 357 HWY 98, Port St. Joe, FL $295,000 Commercial 243184 2850 Hwy 98, Port St. Joe, FL $299,900 Commercial 243095 415 Monument Ave., Port St Joe, FL $299,900 Commercial 244920 22 Cape San Blas Rd, Cape San Blas, FL $ 39,900 Deeded Beach Access 244919 18 Cape San Blas Rd., Cape San Blas, FL $ 59,900 Deeded Beach Access 244921 10 Cape San Blas Rd, Cape San Blas, FL $59,900 Deeded Beach Access 241222 8 Cape San Blas Rd, Cape San Blas, FL $112,900 Bay Front 242510 3 Cape San Blas Rd, Cape San Blas, FL $136,900 Bay Front 243939 102 Seascape Dr., Cape San Blas, FL $225,000 Under Contract 244556 112 Rosemary Court, Cape San Blas, FL $449,000 Jubilation Subdivision 241453 106 Sand Dollar Way, Cape San Blas, FL $779,900 Gulf Front 239971 7750 Cape Sane Blas Rd, Cape San Blas, FL $1,199,000 Gulf Front 242710 210 Sting Ray Lane, Port St. Joe, FL $23,900 Lot 244659 400 Gulf Aire Drive, Port St. Joe, FL $119,900 Under Contract 108831 512 Long St., Mexico Beach, FL $189,000 ICW Front 244604 118 41st St., Mexico Beach, FL $239,900 BeachsideFOR RENTMEXICO BEACHVillas of Mexico Beach 3706 Hwy 98, New Condos Furnished, Gulf Access, on Canal Unit 301 Furnished 3bd/3ba West End Harbor Unit 4-104 Fully Furnished 1bd/2ba 604 Fortner Avenue Duplex Furnished 2bd/2ba SNOW BIRD SPECIALST. JOE BEACH113 Gulf Terrace 3bd/2ba Highland Subdivision St. Joe Beach 311 Bonnet Street 2bd/2ba No pets Coronado # 3 7314 W. Hwy 98, St. Joe Beach Furnished 2 bd/2ba SNOW BIRD SPECIAL Coronado #4 7318 W. Hwy 98, St. Joe Beach Furnished 2 bd/2ba SNOW BIRD SPECIALWINDMARK BEACH212 Watermark Way (old Hwy 98) Townhouse-Unit #4 Fully Furnished 2bd/2ba SNOW BIRD SPECIAL 210 Watermark Way (old Hwy 98) Townhouse-Unit #6 Fully Furnished 2 bd/2ba SNOW BIRD SPECIAL Carrs Bungalow#2 155 Beach Street 1bd/1ba Carrs Bungalow #3 159 Beach Street 1bd/1baINDIAN PASS8822 CR 30A Right down from Raw Bar Pictures available on MLS #243890 Unfurnished 3bd/2baCAPE SAN BLAS/INDIAN PASSJubilation Subdivision Unfurnished 4bd 101 Two Palms Drive Two Palm Subdivision Furnished and covered pool 3bd/3ba Small pet allowed with pet depositPORT ST. JOE1903 Juniper Avenue Unfurnished 3bd/2ba 1206 Palm Blvd Partially Furnished 1.5 bd Eagle Landing Ponderosa Pines Jones Homestead Partially Furnished 2bd/2ba101 S 33RD ST. MEXICO BEACH 850-648-5683 800-260-1137 WWW.FLORIDAGULFCOAST.COM252 MARINA DRIVE PORT ST. JOE 850-227-9600 800-451-2349www. oridagulfcoast.com FORRENT FOR SALE Your land or family land is all you need to buy a new home. Call 850-682-3344 Port St. Joe CommercialFor LeaseMarketed Exclusively by:850-229-6373Retail / Of ce Space202 Marina Drive Centennial Bank Bldg 2nd & 3rd Floor Spaces Avail; +/-4915,000sf; $12 psf mod gross 316 & 318 Reid Avenue Of ce /Retail; +/1,700sf; Can be subdivided; $13.25psf 308 Reid Avenue Suite A +/1100 sf; $1100 mo mod gross 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 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 Sale300 Long Avenue +/2,000sf Loggerhead Restaurant Cape San Blas, +/-3000sf, FFE incl., .47 ac, on site-parking, sewer, asking $350,000. Short Sale 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; $395,000 320 Marina Drive Corner lot entry to Marina Cove : .14 acres; High visibility site; Call for details 260 Marina Drive+/3,200 sf : Multi tenant building in Marina Cove; New Construction w/ ample parking; Also avail for lease; Inquire for details; $285,000PSJ Commerce Park+/6.5 acre site : $119,900; owner nancing available235 W. Gulf Beach Drive Of ce/Retail; +/-5,335sf multi-tenant bldg St. George Island; Also avail for lease; inquire for terms; $399,000 131 E. Gulf Beach DriveSt. George Island, +/3,950sf of ce/retail; $285,00071 Market Street Multi tenant historic bldg downtown Apalachicola; +/7,252; Inquire for terms storic bl dg downtown Apa lachicola; +/72 52 SOLD ue UNDER CONTRACT Multi tenant build ing in Marina Cove; New SO LD ch Drive and+/-3950 LEASED e 0s f; $11 00mo m 108 S. E. AVE. A CARRABELLE, FLORIDA 32322850-697-9604 850-323-0444 www.seacrestre.comwww. rst tness.com/carrabellePROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND RENTALSRENTALS1 BR 1 BA UNFURNISHED HOUSE .....$500INCLUDES WATER, CARRABELLE 2 BR 1 BA TRAILER ..................................$450REMODELED, UNFURNISHED DOWNTOWN RIVER CONDO, BOAT SLIP3 Night Minimum .......................$105 PLUS DAILYPIRATES LANDING 1 BR CONDO/POOL3 Night Minimum .......................$105 PLUS DAILY2 BR 1 BA FURNISHED APARTMENTDen & Living Area ..........................................$5503 BR 2 BA FURNISHED CONDO Boat & Car Parking ..............................$850 WKLY3 BR 1 BA FURNISHED APARTMENTPet Friendly ...................WKLY & MONTHLY RATES City ManagerThe City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3,445) is accepting Resumes for the position of City Manager. This professional position performs highly responsible administrative, personnel, nance, budgeting, and project management functions. The City Manager is responsible for managing the daily operations of the City to include City Hall, Water/Wastewater Facilities, Police Department, Fire Department, Public Works and Utility Services. The City has a budget of $15 million and 65 full and part time employees. The City of Port St. Joe is a Commissioner/Manager form of government with the City Manager reporting to and working under the direction of the ve member City Council. Candidates must have strong communicative skills and exhibit exceptional skills in scal management. Candidates must have a 4 year degree with a major in Public Administration, Business Administration or closely related eld. Candidates should also have a minimum of ve years of experience as a top level municipal or public sector administrator. Position is open until lled. Salary will be DOQ. Applications are available via the City of Port St. Joe Website: http://www.cityofportstjoe.com Please submit an application and cover letter along with ve references to the City of Port St. Joe, Attention Charlotte Pierce Human Resource Of cer, POB 278, Port St. Joe, FL 32457. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850) 229-8261. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. 2 Trailer lots available, Beacon Hill, 50x150, Call (850) 348-7770 for information Price ReducedFSBO: 5.5 acres White City, Fl. Nice property, minutes to Intercoastal Water Way. Convenient to beaches, reasonable offers considered. call 904-626-1482 PSJ, 3 br, 1 ba, all brick 404 Battles Street, corner lot large yard, $650 month + deposit 301-265-5368 2 br, 1 ba$400 month + $400 dep. Hiland View. Call 850-227-4051 2 br, 2 ba, 1200 sf, Carrabelle, large deck $550 month $550 deposit. Available January 1st. For appointment 850-562-4996. Long Term RentalCall for more information. 850-648-1012 HOME FOR RENT AT WILLIS LANDINGA Nature Lovers Paradise!! Quality Custom home 9ft Ceilings, Hardwood floors, tile, kitchen bar.Located next to Willis Landing Boat ramp on the Brothers River. Located 10 miles south of Wewahitchka and only 18 miles north of beautiful Mexico Beach and only 32 miles from Panama City. The Apalachicola River is only a 15 minute boat ride.1,600 SF 3 Bed/2 Bath $800/month. Call 850-689-8881 Text FL85680 to 56654 PSJ -216 7th St 4 br, 2 bath Large kitchen, living room and dining room Avail $675 month Please Call 850-867-3368 Rent to Own!2105 Long Ave PSJ. 3 br, 2 ba, 700 month 697-2768 or 381-6122 Publishers NoticeAll real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on a equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. Apalach RestaurantFull Service turn key restaurant. Excellent downtown location Lease. Call for information 850-653-8801 Quality AssuranceCollins Vacation Rentals, IncSt George Island Property Inspector PositionJoin the Collins team, working together for customer satisfaction since 1973! Now hiring for position of Property Inspector. Must be detail-oriented, willing to work weekends and enthusiastic about Customer Service. Employee must have own transportation and cell phone and be willing and able to climb stairs every day. 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 Extra Mile Pet SittingHome visits/overnight in the comfort of your pets home. Gulf & Bay County Diana 227-5770 Dan 227-8225 extramilepetsitting.com Antique Oak chest with brass handles $200. Pine coffee table and 2 end tables $200. Black leather recliner $50. Marble patio set $400. Custom design Oak and Paduke end table $300 and more see pictures on JoeBay.com /sale Call 850-229-1215 Port Saint Joe 2720 C-30 A. Corner of C-30 & Country club road. Saturday (12-10) 8:00 am -2:00 pmGarage SaleToys, tools, household Items, baby clothes, etc. Rain cancels. ST. Joe 674 Jones Homestead Rd. Fri & Sat 8:am-?Yard SaleLots of items! DIABETIC TEST STRIPS NEEDEDI Buy sealed, unexpired Boxes (850)710-0189 DIABETIC TEST STRIPS NEEDEDI Buy sealed, unexpired Boxes (850)710-0189 Medical/HealthCaring Peopleand CNAs needed. Join a team of people who make a difference in the lives of the elderly. Provide non medical companionship, in home help and personal care for the elderly. Flexible day, evenin & weekend hours. Positions available in the Appalachicola, Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe areas.Home Instead Senior CareCall Mon-Thur 9-3pm 850-640-1223 or toll free 1-866-301-1919 Web ID#: 34186584 Text FL86584 to 56654 36180S NWFTCA Meeting Notification Notice is hereby given The Northwest Florida Transportation Corridor Authority will hold a meeting on December 13, 2011. The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. CST at the Destin City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin, FL. Any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise the Corridor Authority at least 48 hours prior to the meeting by contacting Amy Paulk at (850) 415-1040 or by email apaulk@gc-inc.com. Dec 8, 2011 36761S PUBLIC NOTICE The Mexico Beach Community Development Council, Inc. is seeking Request for Qualifications to contract advertising and marketing services to support the tourism sector in Mexico Beach, FL. Complete details and guidelines for submission may be formally requested by contacting Kimberly Shoaf at 850-648-8196. The qualification proposals must be submitted to the Mexico Beach Community Development Council by 4:00pm CT on January 20, 2012. Proposals must be submitted via mail or e-mail as either Word documents or PDF documents and sent to info@ mexicobeach.com. When submitting your proposal the e-mail subject line should read: Mexico Beach Marketing Campaign RFQ. Proposal should be addressed to Mexico Beach Community Development Council, Inc and should be mailed to Post Office Box 13382, Mexico Beach, FL 32410. Dec 8, 2011 Incorrect Insertion PolicyFor Classified In-column AdvertisersAll ads placed by phone are read back to the advertiser to insure correctness. The newspaper will assume correctness at the time of the read-back procedure unless otherwise informed. Please your ad. Advertisers are requested to check the advertisement on the first insertion for correctness. Errors should be reported immediately. Your Florida Freedom newspaper will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion, nor will it be liable for any error in advertisements to a greater extent than the cost of the space occupied by the error. Any copy change, during an ordered schedule constitutes a new ad and new charges. We do not guarantee position of ANY ad under any classification. Publishers Notice SCAM To avoid possible scams, it is recommended that consumers should verify caller information when receiving calls regarding credit card payments. Consumers should also contact the local company themselves instead of giving this information to individuals who are contacting them directly. Lost cat -reward!!!!! Female, American short hair, with shaded silver coloring, blue eyes, spayed & declawed in front, very shy, if found call (850) 227-6017 or 227-4707 These tiny ads sell, hire, rent and inform for thousands of families each week. Let a little Classified ad do a big j ob for you. EmeraldCoast Marketplace 747-5020 D & B Home Repairs Inc.Featuring Seamless Gutters. 12 colors available. Call 850-340-0605 These tiny ads sell, hire, rent and inform for thousands of families each week. Let a little Classified ad do a big j ob for you. EmeraldCoast Marketplace 747-5020