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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: 04-19-2012
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Port Saint Joe (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Gulf County (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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Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1937.
General Note: Editor: Wesley R. Ramsey, <1970>.
General Note: Publisher: The Star Pub. Co., <1970>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 7 (Dec. 2, 1938).
Funding: Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.
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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 TABLE OF CONTENTS quote quote id quote name JUMP From Page 6A From page 6A Subscribe to The Star Call 227-1278 For your hometown paper delivered to your home! Opinions 4A Letters to the Editor 5A Sports 10A Society News 2-3B Obituaries 4B Church News 5B Law Enforcement 8B School News 10B Legals 11B Classieds 12-13B Trades & Services 14B I NDEX A Freedom Newspaper Real Estate Advertising Deadline Thursday 11:00 am ET Display Advertising Deadline Friday 11:00 am ET 227-1278 Classified Line-Advertising Deadline Monday 5:00 pm ET 747-5020 xxxx xxxxxxx 1B V ISIT T HE S TAR ONLINE AT WWW STARFL COM XXXXX XXXXXX YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR By TIM CROFT 227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com A broad framework for the path forward was presented to the Port St. Joe Port Authority last week by vice president of the St. Joe Company Jorge Gonzalez. Gonzalez offered the first draft of a Management, Advisory and Supervisory agreement to the Port Authority to review. Port Authority members and attorney Tom Gibson were to comb the document and come back at the next Port Authority meeting with any proposed revisions. Gonzalez said the hope was to have a formal agreement in the next month or so. This outlines the specific services we would be willing to offer with a strong emphasis on bringing business here, Gonzalez said. We need to shake the bushes, so to speak, and be proactive. A big component of this is a marketing plan, a plan for identifying businesses and aggressively going after them. The meat of the agreement is a description of services to provide marketing, promotional and economic and business development activities for the Port properties. The Port properties, once the Port St. Joe city commission approves an amendment to the port master planning area, will include the port barge terminal and upland parcel, the old Arizona Chemical property, the old mill site property and bulkhead and the area from the mill site property to First Street, including Jetty Park. St. Joe would institute a marketing program for the lease of the properties; provide timely and comprehensive response to any leads; proactively identify and solicit interest in the port; negotiate contracts and leases, with agreement of the Port By VALERIE GARMAN 229-7843 | @valeriegarman vgarman@star .com To complete this weekends Panhandle Lighthouse Challenge, lighthouse enthusiasts will travel 260 miles to ve different lighthouses on the coast, climbing 538 steps and 436 feet of tower. For the price of one $10 challenge ticket, participants will have the opportunity to climb and visit ve panhandle lighthouses from St. Marks to Pensacola this Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22. Everybody loves lighthousesthats what its all about, said Cape San Blas Lighthouse lady Beverly Mount-Douds. Were here for the history. We want people to know the history of the lighthouse. Mount-Douds is preparing for a busy weekend2010s Forgotten Coast Lighthouse Challenge brought more than 400 climbers to the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. I hope we do double that this year, Mount-Douds said. People now know that were here and know more about it. Mount-Douds said the challenge also gives lighthouse lovers a chance to recognize April as Florida Lighthouse Month. Saturday, April 21 will also be celebrated as this years Florida Lighthouse Day. The easternmost stop on the By TIM CROFT 227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The eld for the upcoming Port St. Joe city elections was thinned when the candidate qualifying window closed on March 28. Group IV Commissioner Rex Buzzett will serve his third consecutive two-year term when he drew no opposition to his seat. Buzzett also drew no opponent two years ago. I am humbled and honored, with the peoples trust, Buzzett said during last weeks regular bimonthly meeting. Incumbent Group III Commissioner Lorinda Gingell, seeking her second term, will be challenged in the May 8 general election by Phil McCroan. All city residents, and only city residents, may vote in the race. On Election Day voting will be held 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Port St. Joe Fire Station. Voter registration books closed on Monday. Early voting begins April 28 and will continue until May 5. Early voting hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET at the Supervisor of Elections of ce located at 401 Long Avenue. Early voting will be held Monday through Saturday during that period; there will be no Sunday early voting. The last day to request absentee ballots is May 2. By TIM CROFT 227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Sen. Bill Nelson has a long history with Port St. Joe. You could say the community is in his blood. Nelson, whose greatgrandfather ed New York City after a bar ght aboard a ship that docked in Port St. Joe and whose greatgrandfather and grandfather are buried near Marianna, was in Port St. Joe last week to speak to local of cials on a host of issues as part of a tour through rural North Florida. His great-grandfather would later be taken prisoner in the skirmish known as the Battle of Marianna and ended up in the Union equivalent of the infamous Andersonville prisoner of war camp in Elmira, NY. After Appomattox, he was released and somehow found his way back to Port St. Joe. I am inextricably linked to Port St. Joe, Nelson said. I think its pretty exciting. Nelson spoke brie y on economic trends, noting 25-straight months of private sector job growth nationally and trends in Florida that indicate the economy is picking up, but it has been a slow, painful process. And noting the partisanship that divides Washington at this time, Nelson chose to speak about some personal shining moments during which bipartisanship ruled, most particularly on the RESTORE Act, which has gained broad support across the aisle in the U.S. Senate to bring relief to Gulf states impacted by the BP oil spill of 2010. You can see the bipartisanship that was there, Nelson said, before adding that the Senate is having dif culties with the House of Representatives on passage prior to the 2012 elections. RESTORE, Nelson said, it would take de ned money from the BP ne settlement and put it back to economic development and environmental restoration across the impacted Gulf states. He noted that support, from senators in Washington to county commissioners Port Authority, St. Joe begin next phase See PORT A2 SECRETS OF SAN BLAS AUTHOR TO VISIT LIGHTHOUSE THIS WEEKEND On May 16, 1938, E.W. Marler, the assistant lighthouse keeper at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse was brutally murdered. No one was ever charged with the crime. More than 70 years later, the case remains one of North Floridas great, unsolved mysteriesuntil now. Charles Farleys new novel about the crime, Secrets of San Blas, solves the murder, at least ctionally. Farley will be visiting the novels setting this weekend for a book signing April 22 and 23 at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, the scene of the crime. Farleys novel is both fast-paced and historically accurate. While the solution to the mystery is supposition, the descriptions of the areas history, natural beauty and pre-World War II culture are not. Buzzett elected unopposed; Group III decided next month Nelson talks port, RESTORE, shing rights in town hall See RESTORE A7 Panhandle this weekend this weekend this weekend this weekend Panhandle Panhandle this weekend this weekend this weekend L ighthouse Challenge Panhandle Panhandle Panhandle Panhandle this weekend this weekend this weekend this weekend L L L L L ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge this weekend ighthouse Challenge this weekend ighthouse Challenge L ighthouse Challenge VALERIE GARMAN | The Star The Cape San Blas Lighthouse is one of the ve lighthouses participating in this weekends Panhandle Lighthouse Challenge. See LIGHTHOUSE A6 A big component of this is a marketing plan, a plan for identifying businesses and aggressively going after them. Jorge Gonzalez vice president of the St. Joe Company Thursday, APRIL 19 2012 YEAR 74, NUMBER 27 Plein Air Paint Out, B1 Opinion ....................................... A4-A5 Letters to the Editor ................... A5 Outdoors ..................................... A8 Sports ........................................... A9 School News ................................ B3 Faith ............................................. B4 Obituaries .................................... B4 Classi eds .................................... B6-B8 Butler announces for elections supervisor Special to The Star Shawn Butler, a Gulf County Native, of cially announced this week his intention to seek the of ce of Gulf County Supervisor of Elections. I am 38 years old and married to Kelly Nations Butler of Wewahitchka, who is the daughter of Robert and Elaine Nations. Both Kelly and I are lifelong residents of Gulf County. I am the son of Ronnie Butler and the late, Sherry Butler, both of Port St. Joe. I am the grandson of Roy and Ima Jo Marshall of Howard Creek and the Late Wandell and Cathy Butler. I attended Port St. Joe Elementary School and graduated from Port St. Joe High School. When I was a senior at Port St. Joe High School, I had a mission to become a Law Enforcement Of cer. I graduated from Port St. Joe High School in May of 1992 and began the Law Enforcement Academy at Gulf Coast Community College in August of 1992, receiving my certi cation in December 1992. I am currently employed by the Gulf County Sheriffs Of ce as a Criminal Investigator and have been in Law Enforcement for nearly 20 Years. I am assigned to Computer Related Crimes, the North Florida Internet Crimes against Children Task Force (ICAC), and Child Abduction Response Team (CART). In 2004 I was promoted to the rank of corporal and then to lieutenant in 2005 where I was responsible for supervising deputies on patrol. In 1992, I became a volunteer for the Highland View Volunteer Fire Department. I was elected Fire Chief by the members in 1998, and served as Fire Chief until moving to Howard Creek in 2005. During this time, I was responsible for an average of 16 members and balancing a quarter million dollar county budget. I believe my leadership skills, budget experience, and extensive Florida Law knowledge has prepared me to serve the citizens of Gulf County as Supervisor of Elections. SHAWN BUTLER See BUTLER A6

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The exam includes a prescription for eye glasses and tests for Glaucoma, Cataracts and other eye diseases FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT CALL: 850-763-6666 ELIGIBILITY: U.S. Citizens living in the Florida Panhandle, 59 years and older, not presently under our care. Coupon Expires: 4-30-12 FREE EYE EXAM CODE: PJ00 Darren Payne, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician and Cataract Surgeon Lee Mullis, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician and Cataract Surgeon Todd Robinson, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician and Cataract Surgeon PORT from page A1 Authority; provide financial analysis of potential projects; provide regular sales and marketing updates to the Port Authority; and provide such services and personnel and support staff as necessary to meet the pledged services and advise Port Authority of key personnel involved with specific projects. Gonzalez said the agreement would anticipate a window of three years to see that business development effort off the ground and new business arriving at the Port of Port St. Joe. After three years, it would be time for reflection and re-evaluation, Gonzalez said. Port Authority board member Leonard Costin agreed, If we dont have something here in three years, Id be surprised. As a client emerges the St. Joe Company would also provide any needed technical services. And, Gonzalez emphasized, as is spelled out in the agreement, the St. Joe Company will enter into leases, provide pricing and court clients with full input and approval of the Port Authority. Every substantive decision that has to be made will have to come back to the full Port Authority, Gonzalez said. Im excited, Im ready to go, Costin said. Gonzalez added that all marketing will be based on a detailed marketing plan after a great deal of dialogue between the Port Authority and St. Joe. I want that marketing to be based on a plan that all have signed off on, Gonzalez said. We have to be very proactive and (have efforts) based on a marketing plan. He said that plan would target industries and businesses that are realistic for the Port St. Joe niche. Its all about finding the right niche, Gonzalez said. That will be an organic ongoing process. That discussion has already begun in Tallahassee, according to Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard, who attended the meeting as a guest of Ralph Rish, whose company, Preble Rish Engineers, hosted the meeting. Vinyard noted that Gov. Rick Scott has made ports a centerpiece in his job creation efforts and the value of ports to the Florida economy. Florida has more ports than just about any other state, Vinyard said. We ought to take advantage of it. I know Gov. Scott talks a lot about Port St. Joe and the potential here. I understand your issues and weve talked about the niche we could bring in here. He said one part of the puzzle was streamlining the permitting process, which has bogged the Port of Port St. Joe down in the past, and said his goal was to tweak the process because every dollar saved on permitting is one that can be used to protect the environment. The key to this county is the port, said Barry Sellers, executive director of the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce. This is a great time to be here. We are doing to get this done. Sellers also discussed the concept of regionalism and that in partnering with St. Joe the Port Authority was, in effect, helping to market the entire Northwest Florida region. We are really pitching the same assets, Gonzalez said of St. Joe and Bay County efforts to market the new international airport as well as the companys efforts, with the Port Authority, to market the Port of Port St. Joe. We are competing against the world to sell the whole region. News on one project nurtured for nearly two years by the Port Authority should come this week. Tommy Pitts, who remains on as executive director of the port at $1 per month, said a proof of funds for the prospective client should be provided by its banker this week. Once that is in hand, Pitts said, negotiations on a lease of the barge terminal bulkhead would begin and be brought to the Port Authority at a later date. I want that marketing to be based on a plan that all have signed off on. We have to be very proactive and (have efforts) based on a marketing plan. Jorge Gonzalez. vice president of the St. Joe Company

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Local The Star| A3 Thursday, April 19, 2012 For free quit tips and counseling in Gulf County, contact the Gulf County Health Department at 850-227-1276, x 205. Donations are appreciated to help support future Rabies clinics.

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Opinion A4 | The Star Thursday, April 19, 2012 Phyllis nally asked me to do her a favor. I have talked with her so many times; she never asks anything of me. So when Phyllis called me and asked if I would do something for her, I jumped right on it. Phyllis, my friend, my angel and now, my godmother dialed my number by mistake in December 2010 and we have been talking regularly ever since. Some people get annoyed by getting those wrong number calls; mine from Phyllis has denitely changed my life for the better. We are quite a pair. Phyllis, who is a 91-yearold part African-American, part Chicahominy Indian living in Gary, Ind., has a Caucasian godson who grew up in Alabama and now lives in Virginia. She prays for me, she loves me and she is wiser than any Ph.D. I work with (and I work with a lot). We had talked on the phone for a while one afternoon and, within ve minutes Phyllis called back and said, I need you to do something for me. Of course I agreed I would and was anxious to nd out what it was she wanted me to do. Phyllis wanted me to call Albert, her brother, who lives in the Bronx, N.Y. Her only instructions were to tell him who I was, that I was her godson and how we met. It scared me a little bit because I have this fear of Phyllis leaving. I understand that Phyllis is 91 and she is on the backside of this life, but I need her. It may sound greedy, but I need her. So in the back of my mind, I was thinking that Phyllis might have been planning her exit. I couldnt handle it. Needing to know a little more, I at out asked her, Phyllis, youre OK arent you? She laughed and said she was blessed and covered in the blood. I went on to tell her that my Daddys name was Albert, so this must be a sign of something. We discussed names some, then she explained to me that her brother had lost his wife in the last week and he just needed to talk to people. This satised my curiosity, and I felt a lot better. Having some spare time Friday afternoon, I called Albert. Phyllis had not prepared Albert for my call, so at rst he was somewhat hesitant to talk. After my two minute explanation of the wrong number, all the prayers, all the calls, Phyllis being an angel and being my godmother, he started chuckling. Then Albert said, You can call me Al. Al and I talked for about half an hour, like his sister he was very delightful to talk to. He explained to me that out of 4 girls and 4 boys, only he and Phyllis were left. He told me about growing up in Toano, Va., and helping his father with the horses (their father tended the horses for the girls at William & Mary). We talked about his father and how times had changed. I told him how sorry I was about his wife dying. Al told me he and Juanita had been married 52 years. To that I said, Wow, what a blessing. Al and Juanita had only one child who lives in New York. She was there with Al when I was talking with him. Of course, I needed to know a little more about his older sister Phyllis, so I asked. Al is 87. I asked him if he was a basketball fan like Phyllis, to which he replied, No, no, no, I like wrestling. I laughed. I didnt get into wrestling with him, folks who like wrestling like wrestling. You cant discuss it with them if you dont understand it. When I asked Al about his occupation, he was quick to tell me that he xed shoes. We talked about xing shoes and moved on to souls. It was interesting. The conversation was meant to go that way. I was starting to understand a little more about why Phyllis wanted me to call her brother. We talked about his faith and how it compared to his sisters beliefs. Al then steered the conversation back on Phyllis, noting, She ran The Gulf County Tourist Development Council took a step in a positive direction last week. The newly-expanded board met to review and sign an afdavit of understanding of policies and procedures passed down from the Board of County Commissioners. The board also named ofcers, selecting as president Port St. Joe businessman David Warriner. Warriner brings a particular skill set needed at this time. He is a stakeholder, with the two largest lodging establishments in the county as well as the Thirsty Goat. He has a proven civic track record, from his work with Sacred Heart on the Gulf to Gulf Coast State College and the Gulf/Franklin Center to the Northwest Florida Early Learning Coalition to the Gulf Education Foundation, to name a few. Maybe most importantly, he has the resources and personal and professional relationships to resist the entreaties of special interests who would like to lay hands on the TDCs public dollars. Those, however, are baby steps toward restoring credibility and erasing the debacle of the past year. And, several more, should be givens, in light of last weeks report of a series of reports in this newspaper regarding TDC operations. A new BOCC liaison There is no delicate way to state this: While the culture that so irritated county commissioners has been allowed to fester, Commissioner Warren Yeager and Commissioner Bill Williams, the past two BOCC chairman, were the most recent BOCC liaisons to the TDC. Yeager served on the TDC board while BOCC chairman. Williams, who has attempted to wobble on the high ground through this mess, served as BOCC board chairman while that culture, based on public records, continued. To say they failed in their tasks as commissioners, as stewards of public dollars, as caretakers for the countys reputation, would be understating the case. The rules, procedures and regulations the TDC board was presented with last week should have been part of the TDC Operations Manual from day one. That neither ensured that it was is a dereliction of their job as commissioners. For two county commissioners to sit passively on the TDC board and allow what happened to occur is beyond the pale. For them to subsequently provide two of the votes to re the TDC director for, in the words of Williams, in part doing nothing to correct a culture that existed long before poor Tim Kerigan is the height of hypocrisy. And this particularly so for Yeager, whose district includes a signicant number of the bed tax collectors in the county. Exactly how did he represent those constituents by enabling the culture of the TDC? If Williams does not step aside as a liaison to the TDC board, his fellow commissioners should push. Given that his questions in part brought most of what occurred during the past nine months to light, Commissioner Ward McDaniel seems like the right choice. End the relationship with Statecraft This has nothing to do with the conicted personal relationship at the heart of the situation between the TDC and Statecraft and everything. Based solely on performance, the TDC long ago should have ended any contractual relationship with Statecraft but the most obvious explanation for why the agency did not is a personal relationship rife with conict between Williams and his girlfriend, Amber Davis, who operates Statecraft. That Williams has a gaping blind spot about that conict hello Bobby Petrino speaks volumes. The list of violations of basic protocols and procedures nearly reads like the audit of the TDC. No contracts, only broad MOUs. Events planned, at least partially paid for and cancelled. Expenses with little or spotty documentation. Last week it remained unclear where more than $1,000 in Visa gift cards that could be used anywhere instead of gift certicates supporting local businesses that were passed out during a Boston Butt contest with a eld of two actually went. A St. Patricks Day event became a plug for one business, not the county. A general lack of communication. The list is extensive and appalling. In the private sector that leads to termination of contract. That the county since it has taken over the TDC has allowed this kind of performance from one contractor, any contractor on any job, is unsatisfactory. Repair the relationship with Kerigan Marketing There are many problems, and shared responsibility, with the business connection between the TDC and Kerigan Marketing, not least of which the lack of a signed contract. That the company had a toe-hold, and used it for years, on TDC marketing given, once again, conicted personal relationships, does not dismiss the fact the company did good work and its campaigns had demonstrable impacts, as opposed to, say, Statecraft. There needs to be a level playing eld to the process, full and transparent bidding and awarding of contracts, but the chasm that has Kerigan Marketing sitting on the sidelines while its invoices go unpaid by the county isnt constructive. Further, the current situation has a chilling effect on local businesses, any business, wishing to work with the county. For that reason alone, to restore credibility in its business dealings with contractors, the county must have resolution with Kerigan Marketing. Go outside for the next director If the names rumored as possible successors for Tim Kerigan are an indication, time to use the Gulf Coast Workforce Board to identify a candidate, not just screen applicants. The model followed by the Chamber of Commerce, in which the GCWB identied a dynamic individual from out of state and out of reach of special interests, was spot on. The TDC, the county, should follow the same procedure. A shudder is the response when the county administrator is quoted saying they are looking for somebody all commissioners are comfortable with. That is pretty much how this debacle started. Its not about money, All Stars, ESPN or World Series Rings Keyboard KLATTERINGS You can call me Al Restoring credibility to the TDC TIM CROFT Star news editor God, Chick King paused to signify the poignancy and the veracity of the moment, invented baseball. I leaned in a little closer. And my eyes widened! I knew God was the author of those plagues Moses threw on the ancient Egyptians. He also drew up the plans for Noahs boat. He delivered Jonah out of the belly of a whale and the Hebrew children from the ery furnace, but I had no idea God was this good. This was my rst week with the American Legion team. I had hitch-hiked the 20 miles to Paris, Tenn., with my spikes and glove under my arm to try out for the team. It was the rst time I laid eyes on Mr. King. I was 15 years old. Ninety feet, Chick continued, is divinely inspired and Heavenly appointed. I wasnt sure if he was talking baseball or preaching. I was to learn over the years that he could do both with equal aplomb. If that distance was 85 feet, everybody is safe. If they moved it back to 95 feet, even the weakest armed short-stop could throw you out! I glanced over instinctively at the rst base line. Chick King had run down deep line drives off the bats of Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams. He had dug in the batters box in Detroit and stared out at the likes of Whitey Ford and Early Wynn. Hed seen rst hand that curve ball of Camilo Pascual drop off the table. Youd better believe I was hanging on every word! Its the same with the distance from home plate to the mound. If they moved it in to 40 feet, nobody gets a hit. If it was pushed back to 75, youd all be big leaguers. Men, again Chick paused to let every word sink in, appreciate this game. Love it. And young men, never forget that no mere mortal could ever devise a game where the object was to take a round ball and hit it with a round bat, squarely! Another baseball season is upon us. The long winter is a distant memory. That hope which springs eternal from the human breast as Ernest Thayer reminded us in his classic Casey at the Bat abounds on every side. You can feel it in the air. You can hear it in the birds. You can see it in the clearness of the early morning. You dont have to be a baseball player to admire the Chick Kings of the world. Baseball and life. They have always been intertwined with me. Son, do you like baseball? were the rst words Chick said when I hesitantly approached him about a tryout. So, you are a catcher? he stared like he was looking into my soul. Yes sir. I lied. I had pitched and played third base and maybe caught a few games in Little League. Shucks, in those choose up sides games we played in every backyard and vacant eld where we could gather up a group, we didnt even have a catcher. We just barely had gloves. And usually only one ball! We certainly didnt have facemasks and shin guards. But I heard Chick was needing a catcher and I gured it was my best chance to make the team. He didnt say nothing and I suspected he saw through my ruse. But he obviously was going to give me a chance. We took a lot of batting practice that rst spring tryout with the Paris team. And Coach King hit ground balls effortlessly at wannabe inelders and outelders. Its a great game was his usual comment. Or Its great to be young. Its great to be alive. Its great to be a child of Gods. He was relentless. Son, I thought practice was over. I was xing to untie my cleats. Put on that catching gear and move over to the backstop. I obeyed immediately. And realized my mistake way too late! He took a bucket of balls that turned out to be like those ve loaves and two shes the rst baseman brought to Jesus. He had me squat down and started ring balls at me from all angles! Folks, he one hopped them in the dirt in front of me. He bounced them off my chest protector. He hit me on both feet, I was diving to my left to knock balls down, I was leaping for the high ones. Sweat was stinging my eyes. He threw some so hard I had no chance. He wouldnt stop. And I was too stubborn to quit. I didnt hear no birds singing and the spring wind wasnt gently brushing against my cheeks! God was punishing me for lying. I lost all track of time. But self preservation got my hands and feet moving like never before. I followed the ball from the moment it left his hand. I begin to catch more than I missed. I got the glove on the ground on the low ones. I got my belt buckle moving to the direction the ball was coming. I was keeping most all of them in front of me by the time Chick called a halt to our little game. Kesley, he put his arm around my shoulder as we headed toward the dugout, youll do. I dont know to this day if he was talking baseball or life. Over the next three years Chick King talked a lot about both. He thought you had to think your way around each. He demanded us to be two steps ahead on the baseball eld. And he preached it was also the way to approach life. I hear the birds today. I appreciate the beginning of another baseball season. I catch the signicance of the renewing taking place this time of year. I am thankful for every spring in my life. I wouldnt guarantee God invented baseball. But I wouldnt bet against it! Respectfully, Chick and Kes HUNKER DOWN Kesley Colbert USPS 518-880 Published every Thursday at 135 W. U.S. 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publisher: Rick Martin Editor: Tim Croft POSTMASTER: Send address change to: The Star P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457-0308 Phone 850-227-1278 PERIODICAL RATE POSTAGE PAID AT PORT ST. JOE, FL 32457 WEEKLY PUBLISHING SUBSCRIPTIONS PAYABLE IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY $24.15 year $15.75 six months OUT OF COUNTY $34.65 year $21 six months Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editons. TO ALL ADVERTISERS In case of error or omissions in advertisements, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such advertisement. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains. Circulation:1-800-345-8688 CRANKS MY TRACTOR BN Heard See CRANKS A5

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Apalachicola Ace Hardware 409 US Hwy 98, Apalachicola (850) 653 1400 Apalachicola Fitness Center 45 Ave. D, Apalachicola (850) 653-1920 The Tin Shed Nauticals & Antiques 170 Water St., Apalachicola (850) 653-3635 The Apalachicola Times 129 Commerce St., Apalachicola (850) 653-8868 Apalachicola Physical Therapy -111 Ave. E, Apalachicola (850) 596-2723 MATCHING DEALER R EBATE T otal R ebate $300 st. joe rent-all 706 E 1st Street Port St. Joe (850) 227-2112 6703138 Uncompromised Commitment to Compliance On-Time, Ef cient and Discreet Reliable, Professional Service Customized Cost Effective Solutions Proven Track Record TM 1-850-309-1996 shredit.com off to Gary, Ind., when she was 16 and has been there ever since. We laughed and talked some more. After about a half an hour, Al had me spell my rst name out for him a couple of times. Like Phyllis, he had a hard time saying it. Then Al told me how much he appreciated me calling, and I could tell he was being very sincere. He told me that I had to call him back soon, and I told him I would. Before I got off the phone, out of the blue, Al made the statement, I know Ill see you someday, I know that for a fact. I responded, That would be nice, I look forward to it. Knowing I had to report the conversation to Phyllis, I called her within the hour. She wanted to know the details and what we talked about. Did you tell him Im your godmother? Yes maam, I con rmed. What else did yall talk about? To that question, I told Phyllis, We talked about shoes and souls for awhile. Phyllis started laughing and said, Its working. Then I asked Phyllis, Do you have me preaching to your brother? And you know what her answer was Theres a little devil in my angel, but she has her reasons. Read more stories at www.CranksMyTractor. com. CRANKS from page A4 Fellow Gulf Countians Dear Editor: A letter to the editor by local businessman Preston Russ in the April 12 edition of The Star repudiated a letter to the editor by a Mr. Jay Liles in the April 5 edition of The Star regarding the CBRA act. Mr. Liless inclusion into the CBRA of the Cape and the Pass was, by any logical reasoning, a mistake and any action taken by Mr. Southerland to correct this error is to be commended. As a fellow resident of this area I know the tax dollars that are collected from these two areas make the BOCC all aquiver. The CBRA designation is a speci c goal: to keep all taxpayers from having to contribute to the development of dangerous coastal areas, plain and simple. Mr. Russ ended his letter with the following paragraph, By the way, when I was growing up in the panhandle, my parents were Democrats, and we used to have conservative Democrats. Can someone tell me what happened to the conservatives in the Democratic Party? I believe we are alive and well, and vote for whomever is the best candidate regardless of party af liation. Many members of both parties consider themselves Independents but, because of Floridas antiquated system of closed primaries, one must choose to belong to one party or the other to have a voice in the all-important primary. Perhaps Mr. Southerland can sponsor a bill to remedy this injustice. A similar injustice exists in our own county in that we voters can only vote for one commissioner out of ve. The BOCC was big on talk about county-wide voting awhile back, but when push came to shove they caved. Interesting too is that when the biomass incinerator talks were going on much ado was made by the BOCC about the negative in uence of outsiders; however, when it came to county-wide voting they listened to an out-ofcounty law rm rather than the people (voters) they represent. Primaries for three BOCC seats are right around the corner and its a great opportunity for some voters to do some serious spring cleaning. So get out your brooms Gulf Countians! Its still about protecting their own turf. Some folks have a conveniently short memory when it comes to the scally non-conservative actions of the Bush administration. To deny the reckless spending of that administration on the federal level and our own representatives on the state (majority Republican) and local levels ignores the facts. The interest on that debt continues to accrue and the current administration has added to it. Most Gulf Countians consider themselves conservative whether they be Democrat or Republican. It is not an attitude that belongs solely to one party or another. Respectfully, Tom Knoche Money Bayou The real issue with CBRA Dear Editor: This is response to the letter printed April 12 pertaining to coastal development. There are inaccuracies in Mr. Preston Russs letter about the application of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) of 1982 in Gulf County. First, CBRA was not passed to take undeveloped barrier islands and withhold federal funds from being spent on them in order to prevent or slow down development on these lands. Areas within CBRA units can be developed provided that private developers or other non-Federal parties bear the cost. CBRA was passed to minimize the loss of human life, wasteful expenditures of Federal revenues and the damage to sh, wildlife and other natural resources associated with coastal barriers along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts by restricting Federal expenditures and nancial assistance which have the effect of encouraging development of coastal barriers .... (P.L. 97-348, Oct 1982, Section 2 (b). Second, peninsulas were not excluded from the Act as undeveloped coastal barrier is de ned as a depositional geologic feature that is subject to wave, tidal and wind energies; and protects landward aquatic habitats from direct wave attack. CBRA further de nes a coastal barrier as all associated aquatic habitats; including the adjacent wetlands, marshes, estuaries, inlets and near shore waters. Third, the density of development and whether or not infrastructure (roads, water, sewer, electricity etc.), determined which areas were to be included in the Act. This is not to say that political in uence did not exclude some areas that should have been included. In sum, the issue of the helping the wealthy is a ruse. The real issue addressed by CBRA is that taxpayers across the country should not be subsidizing unwise development in coastal high hazard areas. John Outland Tallahassee Drivers have no regard for children Dear Editor: I am writing to express my outrage over the drivers in Port St. Joe who display little or no regard for the safety of little children or small animals. I live on Marvin Avenue between 10th and 16th Streets and about a month or so ago my son and his ance moved across the street from my house. Now that they are three, their two little girls like to cross the street to visit, along with our two little dogs and the family cats. Our neighbors next door also have two small children, ages 3 and 5. This has now opened my eyes to just how fast people actually drive down our road. We have put up a homemade sign which helped considerably, actually got compliments, but violated the citys sign ordinance. We now yell, Please slow down, which has gotten responses like waves, smiles, nods and an occasional nger, not so nice. When the softball games are going on 10th Street, our road resembles the Daytona 500. I would like to ask if you must speed, especially while on your cell phone, use Garrison Avenue. It will be a sad day for us all if a child is hit. It is not something Id want to live with the rest of my life. Please slow down, thats all were asking. Lisa Faipea Port St. Joe 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 veri cation 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 YOUR OPINIONS Using comic books to teach nancial literacy Opinion The Star| A5 Thursday, April 19, 2012 For decades, millions of kids have faithfully followed the adventures of their favorite comic book superheroes like Spider-Man and the X-Men sometimes well into adulthood. Although often considered pure escapism, comic books also can serve an educational role whether its teaching the principles of science, demonstrating right vs. wrong or even helping kids learn how to read. Personal nancial management is one of those important, yet admittedly dull, subjects parents want to teach their kids, but sometimes avoid maybe they believe they dont know enough about it, or are afraid family nancial secrets will be shared on the playground. As I learned rsthand growing up in a household where nances were never discussed, learning about money through the school of hard knocks is mighty unproductive and expensive. As a way to introduce children to basic money concepts in a kid-friendly format, Marvel Comics and my employer, Visa Inc., recently collaborated on a new comic book called Avengers: Saving the Day. The plot follows the worlds most popular superheroes, including SpiderMan, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Black Widow, as they learn valuable lessons about managing personal nances while foiling an attempted bank heist by the arch villain, Mole Man. Ideally, children develop nancial skills theyll need in adulthood while still in school things like balancing a checkbook, ling taxes and managing credit cards. But in reality, despite the increasing number and complexity of nancial decisions todays consumers face, only a handful of states mandate nancial literacy courses as a condition for graduating high school. Thats where comic books can help. As Marvel Comics editor Bill Rosemann explained, In an uncertain world, understanding how to save and properly budget your hard-earned money is one of the keys to personal success. The Avengers are not only the worlds greatest heroes, but they also know a thing or three about nancial health. After all, Iron Man hasnt managed his vast wealth of Stark Enterprises by accident, and as Spider-Man learns in this story, you dont have to be a millionaire to be a saving hero. Avengers: Saving the Day was created by a renowned team of Marvel storytellers and is available for free, in both print and online editions, at Practical Money Skills for Life, a free personal nancial management program run by Visa (www. practicalmoneyskills.com/ avengers). Its available in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. A free teachers guide with lesson plans suitable for grades 2 to 7 is also available at the site. Comic books arent the only kid-friendly way to teach nancial literacy. Studies have shown that the key components of good video games including immediate feedback, rewards, motivation and goal-setting may do a better job of preparing todays kids for the modern, high-technology, global world in which they live than the more traditional types of learning often found in the classroom. A good example is Financial Football, which combines the NFLs structure and rules with hundreds of questions of varying dif culty designed to test students nancial knowledge (www. practicalmoneyskills. com/football). Bottom line: Kids learn more when their imagination is engaged, so look for well-designed educational comic books, video games and toys to supplement more traditional learning tools. Jason Alderman directs Visas nancial education programs. To participate in a free, online Financial Literacy and Education Summit on April 23, go to www.practicalmoneyskills. com/summit2012. JASON ALDERMAN Letters

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Local A6 | The Star Thursday, April 19, 2012 challenge is the St. Marks Lighthouse in the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. The 73-foot brick tower will not be open for climbing, but visitors will have the opportunity to visit the keepers house at the base of the lighthouse. Heading west, the next lighthouse on the tour is the Crooked River Lighthouse in Carrabelle Beach. The 103-food tower was built in 1895 and visitors must climb138 steps to reach the top. Challenge participants will also visit the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island. After collapsing in 2005, the tower was reconstructed in 2008 thanks to dedicated volunteers who collected bricks from the original tower to use in the new model. The next stop on the challenge route is the skeletal tower of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse in Port St. Joe. The tower is 98 feet tall and it takes 131 steps to reach the top, which overlooks St. Josephs Bay. New to the challenge this year is the Pensacola Lighthouse, the tallest and oldest lighthouse featured on the tour. The iconic black and white structure is 159 feet tall with 177 steps and was rst constructed in 1824. In 2010 it was such a big hit with our four lighthouses, the Pensacola Lighthouse wanted to get in on the fun, Mount-Douds said. The $10 ticket price is for both adults and children (climbers must be at least 44 inches tall), and one ticket buys admission to all ve participating lighthouses and a lighthouse challenge tote bag. Upon visitation, each lighthouse will give out a special bookmarker, a completion stamp, and a raf e ticket for a chance to win a variety of prizes. Up for grabs at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse raf e are a variety of prizes from local photographers, artists, authors and craftsmen. Tickets are available at the lighthouse gift shop for $1 per ticket or six for $5. Those who complete the lighthouse challenge will also receive a Panhandle Lighthouse Challenge completion button. Each lighthouse will also be hosting special vendors and activities during the challenge weekend. The Cape San Blas Lighthouse will host vendors selling hotdogs, New Orleans-style snowballs and Louisiana gumbo. Author Charles Farley will be at the gift shop signing his new murder mystery novel Secrets of San Blas along with author Toni Collins signing her book Cedar Keys Light Station. Mexico Beach artist Terry Voyles will be painting on the porch and there will be many other craftsman at the lighthouse selling knickknacks throughout the weekend. For those who dislike heights or are not physically able to climb the towers, can still participate in the challenge by simply visiting each lighthouse, MountDouds said. Mount-Douds said her goal for the weekend is to promote lighthouse awareness. Its a concept that seems to be already working. Mount-Douds spent last Wednesday afternoon at the lighthouse gift shop greeting guests from all over the world. With every visitor that walks through the front door, Mount-Douds asks Where are yall from? Last Wednesday visitors poured in from Kentucky, Michigan, Canada, North Carolina and Georgia. Mount-Douds even had two visitors all the way from South Africa, a rst for the lighthouse. In March we had 1,477 (visitors)thats a record for that time of year, Mount-Douds said. This has been the best spring break ever. If elected, some of my duties and responsibilities will be to ensure your voting rights are protected and that you are con dent your vote is accurately cast and tabulated. I will work to continue public con dence in the election process and educate citizens of all ages. The services provided to you by my ofce would always be administered in an impartial and non-partisan manner. My vision for the ofce will be to focus on continuous improvements by implementing common sense ideas and acquiring and maintaining stateof-the-art technology to better serve the voters of Gulf County. I assure the citizens of Gulf County that I will work diligently to conduct all elections in compliance with the election laws of Florida ensuring every eligible voter has the opportunity to cast a ballot. I have dedicated nearly 20 years to serving and protecting the citizens of Gulf County, and I feel now is the time for a new chapter in my life. If elected, I will not be a politician; I will be an elected professional dedicated to serving the citizens of Gulf County. COMMER C IAL R ESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY ASSO C I A TION M GR. SPRING P ROMOTION N EW CU S TOMER S 1/2 O FF 2 MONTH S GULF COUNTY AND M EXI C O BEA C H (850) 247.8956 www.coastalpoolandspa.com Robert C. 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Please call Beverly at 2291151. LIGHTHOUSE from page A1 VALERIE GARMAN | The Star The Cape San Blas Lighthouse will be open with a variety of special vendors Saturday and Sunday in celebration of Florida lighthouse month and the Panhandle Lighthouse Challenge.

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Local The Star| A7 Thursday, April 19, 2012 on the ground, helped sell the bill and added that in Florida, county commissioners uniformly supported bringing that money not to the state, but the seven impacted counties in Florida, including Gulf County. RESTORE also includes money to fund research on the long-term impacts of the spill, which remains an unknown. This is our livelihood, Nelson said. How much (oil) is there? What are the impacts at 5,000 feet? Hopefully RESTORE (will not be one of those bills held until after the election) and encouraged all present to notify their congressman to urge passage in the House. Nelson also discussed the extraordinary asset Gulf County has in the Port of Port St. Joe. You have a harbor and you have a railroad, Nelson said. For the port to realize its potential you will need access. That will mean dredging of the congressionally authorized shipping channel and due to severe budget cuts of some $1 trillion dollars the question of funding such a dredging project would be dif cult to answer. We will have to scramble, Nelson said. Nelson noted the federal loan guarantee that allowed Eastern Shipbuilding to expand its operations, including a move into Port St. Joe at the old mill site which could mean several hundred jobs for the local economy. Another sector of the economy was also a topic. I am so proud to see that the tourism season has come back, Nelson said. It looks like a great season we are about to have. He said the government has poured a lot of money into Tyndall Air Force Base for a purpose, to support the training of F-22 pilots and the stationing of the newest Air Force ghter jets. He also talked of the value of Tyndall, which with the Gulf of Mexico, has the largest test range for the U.S. military in the world. Tyndall is there and has a future because of that range, Nelson said, adding, You cant have oil drilling or associated activities within that range. That not only protects the tourism economy, but it protects our military. County Commissioner Warren Yeager spoke about ongoing dialogue with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on removing the Coastal Barrier Resource Act (CBRA) designation removed from St. Joseph Peninsula and Indian Pass. Yeager said he hoped the dialogue the county is taking a different approach this time, gathering data regarding the amount of infrastructure, platting and development already in place when CBRA was enacted in the early 80s would lead to U.S. Fish and Wildlife saying, They dont support (removing CBRA), but they will sign off on it. Nelson said passage by the House of a resolution from Congressman Steve Southerland, who is trying to remove the designation, would help the overall chances of a favorable resolution. Fishing rights were also discussed with the recent rally by commercial and recreational shermen in Washington as a backdrop. Nelson said the problem was that the regulators were using old science, science seven and eight years old to determine the health of sheries and in turn allocations and seasons for sheries. The senator noted that RESTORE also funds research into the current health of sheries in the Gulf. The problem is they have not been dealing with up to date information, Nelson said. You need that updated information. Nelson also brie y touched on the drawn out negotiations which have broken down and led to lawsuits over allocations and ows in the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint river systems, noting that downstream, for the health of the oyster and other industries, a proper ow with appropriate salinity is needed. We are still in this thing, Nelson said. There is only one solution. You need water for Atlanta but you cant starve the communities downstream. 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Look for gopher tortoises distinctive domed brown shells and stumpy legs, as these landdwellers make their way through Floridas open canopy forests and sandy areas. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks people to remember that gopher tortoises are good neighbors, so leave them and their burrows alone. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission works with, and is grateful to, the homeowners, landowners, businesses and public agencies willing to share their lands with gopher tortoises and their burrows, said Deborah Burr, the FWCs gopher tortoise plan coordinator. This state has made progress in reversing the decline of gopher tortoises by providing direction to developers, including re-locating tortoises if necessary, and help to people interested in making room for tortoises. Floridas rst Gopher Tortoise Management Plan was adopted by the FWC in 2007 and is being updated this year as scheduled. More than 50 individuals and stakeholders already have made suggestions on improving the 2007 plan, and proposed draft revisions to the plan are available online at the GTTAG SharePoint site for review and public comment. To comment, go to MyFWC.com/ GopherTortoise and click on the Management Plan link. Since the Gopher Tortoise Management Plan took effect in 2007, an annual average of 36,000 acres of gopher tortoise habitat has been restored and managed; protected tortoise habitat expanded by more than 6,500 acres; and more than 4,000 gopher tortoises were humanely relocated from development sites. In addition to changes in Floridas economy, the needs of the gopher tortoise have changed since the plan was rst approved in 2007, Burr said. The proposed revisions to the plan include new actions that the FWC and our partners can implement together to improve the status of the species, and help secure viable populations well into the future. We will accept written comments on the rst draft of the revisions until April 10. There will be additional public-comment opportunities through July on each improved draft of the plan. In Florida, it is illegal to harm gopher tortoises or their extensive burrows, which provide shelter to more than 350 other native species. Generally, the only time people should pick up and move a gopher tortoise is to help it get across a road. Remember, though, not to put the tortoise in your car. Do point the tortoise in the same direction it was going when you picked it up, but never put it in the water because it is a land animal. The best long-term protection for this statethreatened species is the people who are aware of gopher tortoises needs and happy to share their lawns and lands with the tortoise that can live to 40 to 60 years in the wild. For more information, please visit MyFWC. com/GopherTortoise. Gopher tortoises move slowly through spring Special to The Star Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the upcoming Kids Fishing Clinic in Panacea. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids Fishing Clinic for children between 5 and 15 on Saturday, April 21. The clinic will take place at Woolley Park on Mound Street from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Advance registration is not required. This free clinic enables young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, shing ethics, angling skills and safety. In addition, environmental displays will offer participants a unique chance to experience Floridas marine life rsthand. Kids Fishing Clinics strive for several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine-resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Floridas marine ecosystems. In addition, organizers hope to teach fundamental saltwater shing skills and provide participants a positive shing experience. Fishing equipment and bait will be provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own shing tackle to bring it. A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the clinic. If conditions allow, participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills and sh from the pier. This event is a photo catch-and-release activity. An adult must accompany all participants. Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should call Lori Nicholson at 850-925-6121 or the FWCs Nancy Fisher at 850-487-0554. Go to MyFWC.com/Fishing for info. Free kids shing clinic in Panacea By JESSICA BASHAM Spring has sprung and tis the season of the caterpillar. They are everywhere, crawling on outdoor walls, railings, cars, trees and picnic tables. You name it, caterpillars are on it. In the last few weeks I have seen at least ve different species of this squirmy critter around our of ce in Gainesville: the white-marked tussock moth, oak beauty, forest tent caterpillar, live oak metria and dubious tiger moth. The oak trees that shade our of ce are one of their host plants (a home providing food and shelter). Caterpillars are the larvae of moths and butter ies. Once they hatch, they eat continuously. They love to eat leaves, stems, grasses, whatever tastes yummy. It is during this stage of their life that many gardeners and farmers consider them pests. Only after their transformation into beautiful winged beauties are they often adored. Generally caterpillars look soft and squishy or like furry worms. However, looks are deceiving. Many times the fur or hair on caterpillars is like a sharp needle that causes skin irritations if rubbed or picked up. Most caterpillars will not make you sick. However, there are four common species in Florida that can make you sick: the puss caterpillar, io caterpillar, saddleback caterpillar and hag caterpillar. These are called stinging caterpillars. It is a good practice to never touch a caterpillar unless you know what it is and that it will not hurt you. The beauty of caterpillars is how different each one is and how they use their markings, hairs and colors to survive. The tussock moth caterpillar is quite hairy, with four tan tufts of hair on its back, orange dots, a bright red head and tufts of long black hairs that look like antennae and a tail. It appears to be an alien. Others, like the oak beauty, are camou aged and blend into the branches of oak trees you cant see them, and neither can a bird, unless you are looking for them. Another fascinating thing about caterpillars is how they defend themselves against predators. Not only does their camou age or sharp fur help, but there are many other ways caterpillars defend themselves. A puss caterpillar will puff itself up and use its tail to whip and strike a predator and cause a serious sting. The red head of a white-marked tussock moth is a signal for danger. There is also a nasty thing called regurgitation. If threatened, some caterpillars regurgitate and squirt a brown liquid. Its not dangerous, just gross. To a bird, that liquid from the belly of the caterpillar is quite bitter and unpleasant tasting, so the bird will spit out the caterpillar in most instances. Caterpillars are fascinating, and there are so many things to learn about them and their adult forms. Right now, caterpillars are easy to nd, because it is just before they will start the pupation process called metamorphosis when they become the beautiful, dazzling moths or butter ies that give gardens and wild areas color and motion. To learn more about these squirmy creatures, visit www.kidsbutter y.org or contact your local IFAS of ce. Invasion of the caterpillars eat leaves, stems, grasses, whatever tastes yummy. It is during this stage of their life that many gardeners and farmers consider them pests. Only after their transformation into beautiful winged beauties are they often caterpillar is quite hairy, with four tan tufts of hair on its back, orange dots, a bright red head and tufts of long black hairs that look like antennae and a tail. It appears to be an alien. Others, like the oak beauty, are camou aged and blend into the branches of oak trees you cant see them, and neither can a bird, unless you are looking for them. Special to The Star The Florida black bear population has increased from as few as 300 bears in the 1970s to more than 3,000 bears today, and now the draft plan that will guide continued conservation of this species has been revised by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The revised draft Black Bear Management Plan is available online at MyFWC.com/Bear and is ready for public input. It incorporates previous public feedback on the nearly 200-page draft plan released last November. The public is invited to comment on the revised draft plan through June 1. About 2,500 public comments were received on the original draft plan, which establishes for the rst time a statewide framework to manage Florida black bears to ensure they are never again at high risk of extinction. Public workshops on the draft plan were held in four cities, in addition to the opportunity for people to comment online and by email or regular mail. Last February, FWC Commissioners directed staff to further re ne and revise the draft plan and give careful consideration to stakeholder and public input. At their upcoming June meeting, the Commissioners are scheduled to consider approval of the revised draft plan. Once the plan receives nal approval, the black bear will no longer be on the states list of threatened species. The bear currently does not meet the criteria of being at high risk of extinction, based on a 2011 Biological Status Review. In June, the Commission also will consider a new FWC rule making it unlawful to injure or kill bears, protections similar to the ones granted to bears as a threatened species. The proposed rule additionally af rms the FWC will work with landowners and regulating agencies to guide future land use to be compatible with objectives of the bear plan. That proposed rule, as well as an FWC rule change to remove the bear from the states threatened species list, is currently being advertised in the Florida Administrative Weekly. Seven black bear management units (BMUs) would be created under the plan to involve local citizens and stakeholder groups in the management of speci c bear populations and habitats. The black bear is among 62 wildlife species that soon will join the list of Florida species, like the bald eagle, already under an FWC management plan. Floridas new threatened species conservation model requires that management plans will be created for all species that have been state-listed and updated at speci ed intervals. The management plans give citizens an active role in Floridas efforts to conserve its diverse wildlife for future generations. Black bear draft management plan revised For the bears Freshwater Saltwater SPONSORED BY Inshore shing in St. Joe Bay continues to be great. April has been a good month so far for species such as trout, ounder and red sh. Good reports are coming in from the head of the bay and around Blacks island. Pompano can be found at the St. Joe State park area and a few king sh have moved into tyhe bay as well. Offshore action has slowed up a little with the winds and cobia are still elusive this week again. Strong winds kept most anglers off the water this past weekend and this week as well. Lake Wimico and Depot Creek should be a good shelter from the winds this week. The I.C.W. has been reporting stripped bass and a few hybrid bass over the past few weeks. Buck Grif ng Park pond has had good largemouth bass action latelty if you dont have a boat.

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JOE WEWAHITCHKA SP O RTS www.starfl.com Thursday, April 19, 2012 A Page 9 Section Star Staff Report After nishing the regular season with two wins over larger schools, the Port St. Joe High School softball team won in the rst round of the District 4-1A tournament on Monday. The Lady Tiger Sharks (19-5) will play in the district semi nals tonight. The end of the regular season ended on a positive note with a 2-1 win over Spring eld Rutherford and an 18-3 rout of Bay High. MaKayla Ramsey picked up her 16th win of the season against the Lady Rams, pitching a complete game two-hitter, allowing a single earned run while striking out three and walking one. Haley Wood had two hits and Shannon Pridgeon one for Port St. Joe. Pridgeon and Katie Lacour scored the Port St. Joe runs. Ramsey won her 17th game in a ve-inning run-rule defeat of Bay. She allowed six hits and three earned runs while walking three and striking out three. Lacour and Kelsey Miles each had four hits, Wood and Katie Gardner each had three hits, Brittany King and Chrisitan Laine each had a pair of hits and Ramsey added a hit to the Lady Shark attack. In the opening round of the district tournament in Blountstown, Port St. Joe beat Bozeman 6-1. Ramsey earned the win pitching a complete game and allowing a single unearned run while striking out ve and walking one. Gardner was 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs and Lacour, Ramsey, Pridgeon, Laine, Lexie McGhee and Miles each had one hit. COURTESY OF WAYNE TAYLOR Senior Katie Lacour had four hits in a win over Bay High. Lady Tiger Sharks win rst round of district play Star Staff Report The Shark 100 Club will hold its annual chicken dinner fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. ET on Friday, April 20. All proceeds from the fundraiser bene t Port St. Joe Junior/Senior High School athletics. The cost is $6 per plate and each plate includes barbeque chicken, baked beans, Cole slaw and bread and the dinner includes sweet tea. Dinners may be picked up the school Commons area between 5-7 p.m. so everybody is encouraged to come out, pick up a good meal and support Tiger Shark athletics. Shark 100 Club annual chicken fundraiser Star Staff Report Wewahitchka ended the season on a seesaw re ected in the Lady Gators nal record. The Lady Gators (9-12 overall, 6-7 in District 1-1A) ended the regular season with a 13-1 win over East Gadsden last Thursday in a game ended by the run rule after ve innings, but lost 11-2 loss to Graceville in the opening round of the district playoffs, ending their season. Jessica Smith started against East Gadsden and went three innings for the win, striking out two without walking a batter. Ashleigh Price pitched the nal two innings in relief, striking out three and walking two. The win came on Senior Night as Cheyenne Luckie, the lone senior on a young squad, was honored. Luckie was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Smith started and went seven innings in the loss to Graceville on Monday, striking out seven and walking four. She was also 2 for 3 at the plate while Ireland Hamm was 1 for 1. The District 1-1A playoffs are this week at Cottondale. Lady Gators season ends By TIM CROFT 227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Gulf County enjoyed a near sweep during last weeks District 2-1A track and eld meet at Tommy Oliver Stadium in Panama City. The Port St. Joe girls, behind Megan Walker, Maya Robbins and Michell Pryor, nished second in the team standings while the Wewahitchka boys, who dominated the distance and eld events, took home a team title. The top four individual nishers and relay teams advance to the Region 1-A meet in Jacksonville this weekend. Wewahitchka overpowered the boys eld, scoring 218 points and nishing 70 points ahead of second-place Graceville. The Lady Tiger Sharks nished with 145 points, trailing Graceville by fewer than 40 points. Wewahitchka nished third in the girls team standings; the Port St. Joe boys nished seventh. Shaquille Scott got the momentum moving the Gators way when he won the 400 meters. Bryce Chancey, third, also scored points for Wewahitchka. Gators Tony BuckleyPaige, Jeremy Morrill and Michael Bryan took second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 800 meters and Jakob Bidwell (second), Gage Combs (third), Michael Bryan ( fth) and Tyler Sarmiento (sixth) all scored points in the 1,600 meters. Combs won the 3,200 with Sarmiento third, Elijah Sarmiento fourth and Colby Gay seventh. The Gators dominated the hurdles. Weston Sarmiento won the 110 meter hurdles with Josh Epps second, Travis McGill third and Jason Haire sixth. At 300 meters, Epps was rst, Weston Sarmiento was second, McGill third and Haire fourth. The Wewahitchka 4 by 400 team of Bidwell, Scott, Chancey and Buckley-Paige won and the 4 by 800 relay team of Bryan, Bidwell, Scott and Buckley-Paige also nished rst. The 4 by 100 relay team of Chancey, Cameron Lester, McGill and Epps nished third. Morrill won the high jump and pole vault BuckleyPaige was second in the high jump and Weston Sarmiento and Epps nished second and third, respectively, in the pole vault and Scott was third in the triple jump. Bryce Gerber took third in the discus. For Port St. Joe, Jak Riley, a freshman, was fourth in the 100 and fth in the 200, qualifying for region in the former and just missing in the latter. Cameron Alcorn was fourth in the pole vault. On the girls side, Port St. Joes Robbins won the 100, 200 and long jump and Walker took the high jump and pole vault. Walkers vault of 12-foot6 would have tied for rst at state last year and was more than two feet higher than her closest competitor, Port St. Joes Nicole Endres. Port St. Joes Samantha Taylor was third. Dantasia Welch won the triple jump she was also fourth in the long jump and Pryor swept the shot put and discus, with Nicole Spilde second in the discus for Port St. Joe and third in the shot put. The Lady Tiger Shark relay team of Synolia Fennell (who was seventh at 200 meters), Welch, Maliyah McNair and Robbins won the 4 by 100 relay. The Lady Gators also produced their share of winners, with Donia Lanier winning the 300 hurdles, Taylor Flowers the 400 meters and McKenna Waters the 1,600 meters. The relay team of Lanier, Taylor Hill, Flowers and Waters won the 4 by 400 relay and the same team and lineup also won the 4 by 800 meter relay. Daneysia Wymes nished sixth, scoring team points, in the 200 meters and fourth in the 400 meters. Alexa Allison was third at 800 meters and sixth at 3,200 meters. Kailyn Vann was seventh at 3,200 meters and Ashlyn Paul eighth. Savannah Pippen nished sixth and Sumer Pridgeon eighth in the discus for Wewahitchka. Wewahitchka boys win district meet Port St. Joe girls place second Star Staff Report Port St. Joe High School soccer players are getting their kicks this offseason at the Washington Recreational Center. Players from the boys and girls high school soccer team are providing instruction on the fundamentals of the game to youngsters ages 7-14 during after school sessions Monday and Tuesday through May 15. The program began March 26 and is funded through a grant secured by the Gulf County Soccer Boosters, Inc. from the Jesse Ball duPont Port St. Joe Capacity Fund. Any child wishing to participate need only ll out a registration form and remember to bring something to drink, wear shorts (because it is getting hot outside) and tennis shoes. Registration forms are available at the Recreational Center. The training will continue this summer. The Soccer Boosters, Inc, a non-pro t, also secured funding to provide training as well as scholarships for 30 deserving youth to play recreational summer this fall. The grant funding will provide equipment skin guards and cleats for the 30 recipients who will play in the PSJ Youth soccer program. The Gulf County Soccer Boosters, Inc. will offer 10 scholarships for referee certi cation in the fall before the youth soccer program begins. Ten scholarship recipients, ages 12-17, will be trained under the guidelines of the Florida Youth Soccer Association by an experienced professional referee. All recreational soccer games require a certi ed referee. The referees for the PSJ Youth soccer program are paid to referee recreational soccer games. This is a skill that the scholarship recipient will use now and through-out their lives to obtain an additional source of income. The soccer program is critical to the area youth, said Carla May of the Booster organization. The youth program was started by local parents in 1999 and serves approximately 300 youth up to 12th grade. The Soccer Booster Organization supports the high school teams. The Booster organization gained non-pro t status in 2010. For more information concerning the afterschool soccer training program please call May at 850227-5512 or email her at fdmay@ mnsn.com. High school soccer players provide after-school training Kicking it around

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By VALERIE GARMAN 229-7843 | @valeriegarman vgarman@star .com Hurricane season begins June 1, and the Gulf County Emergency Operations Center is preparing for the worst. On the morning of April 4, EOC workers responded to a Category 3 hurricane that made landfall just south of Mexico Beach. Although the storm was only a simulation, the large team of responders acted as if it were a real major hurricane impacting the community in order to get ready for what could come this hurricane season. The storm simulation was the culmination of a three-day specialized training program designed to give small communities the backbone needed to suf ciently handle disaster situations. County employees and volunteers participated in the intensive, emergency training program held at the EOC on April 2-4. Its scary to plan for these things because it will be catastrophic, said Jim Groves, a former EMS director who led the training. A (strong hurricane) has never made landfall in Gulf County. Having to prepare for it is very daunting and overwhelming. Groves, who visited Gulf County to prepare for the training in February, said the training team tried to make the exercise as speci c as possible to the area, focusing on what scares the participants and what keeps them up at night. Each time we do one of these trainings we are very speci c to the community, Groves said. Sometimes it does hit home. Each year, the Florida Governors Hurricane Conference funds the Small Community Integrated Emergency Management Course (IEMC) for one area in the state. Gulf County is only the third community to receive the training, behind Dixie County and Tarpon Springs. The goal of the course is By VALERIE GARMAN 229-7843 | @valeriegarman vgarman@star .com A plein air artist can produce a snapshot without a camera. Through open-air painting, artists freeze time using their paints and brushes, aiming to capture speci c moments like the lull in the sky before an afternoon storm, the measure of light just before the sun sinks below the horizon or a perfectly jagged lightning strike over the bay. The Forgotten Coast will soon host 21 artists from across the country as they set out to capture the atmosphere of Old Florida on canvas. The seventh annual Floridas Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational will be held May 3 through 13, with a variety of events scheduled from Carrabelle to Mexico Beach. Artists from previous paintouts have produced numerous works of art capturing scenes from many familiar places in the areaa mother and child enjoying the day under an umbrella at Mexico Beach, rays from a sunrise peeking through the pine trees on Cape San Blas, an Eastpoint sherman untangling his lines with his dog asleep at his feet, diners enjoying a meal outside Steamers on Reid Avenue, a family picking shells from St. Joseph Baythese moments will be forever frozen in oils, pastels and watercolors. Through the duration of the event, the artists will set up their easels and paints en plein air, which in French simply means open air, in locales across the coast. Coordinated by the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition (FCCC), the event will feature ve exhibits across the coast, daily artist demonstrations, two workshops, art sales and a series of public receptions. As youre driving around, youll see (the artists) set up on the side of the road, said FCCC President Natalie Shoaf. Youll see the painters out on the sidewalks and all over. They love when people stop and come and talk to them about what theyre doing and about Plein Air. Star Staff Report A special Luminaria Ceremony will be held during the American Cancer Societys Relay For Life of Gulf County to remember those lost to cancer and honor those who have survived their ght against the disease. Luminaria will be lit at the Port St. Joe High School Football Field at dark on April 27 to represent these individuals. A Luminaria is a bag, decorated by a donor that is illuminated by a candle during the ceremony. Every Luminaria glows in tribute to a life touched by cancer, making each one personal and unique. Each luminaria represents the life of someone who has battled cancer. It is a beautiful sight when all the bags with candles are illuminated around the track, said Kim Kurnitsky, chair. The Luminaria Ceremony is a moving way to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to pay tribute to cancer survivors. Anyone who would like to make a Luminaria donation may do so by contacting Heather Bryant at 340-1666 or Kurnitsky at 227-4093. Funds raised at Relay For Life of Gulf County help the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community. In 2011, Relay For Life events across the great state of Florida raised over $21 million to help cancer patients and their families in local communities and to fund lifesaving cancer research. The Relay For Life of Gulf County raised over $55,000 that helped to fund lifesaving programs and services locally. Our most requested program, Road to Recovery, provides transportation for patients to and from lifesaving cancer treatments. If you need assistance getting to and from treatments please contact the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345. All of this is made possible by Relay For Life. Special to The Star Broadband services have a huge impact on local economies by accelerating business expansion, job creation, and educational opportunities. Rural parts of Florida have fallen far behind urban areas in terms of broadband availability but that is now beginning to change. Driving the change is a $24 million dollar federal grant that is being used to build and add broadband infrastructure throughout the rural regions in Florida. Bene ting directly from the project are Floridas rural counties in the panhandle, north central Florida and the Heartland region in South Florida. Providing broadband services, however, is only part of the equation. Teaching new users how to take full advantage of the internet is the next step. The Florida Learning Alliance and Workforce Florida, Inc. have taken the lead in an initiative to address broadband education issues. They have recently launched a multi-media campaign to teach new and novice users how to use the internet. The campaign centers on the development of an aggregate website that assembles topics such as healthcare, education, job services, internet safety, as well as other important topics The website, www. oridainternettour.com, simplies and demysti es the process of learning by allowing the user to participate in a self-directed guided tour of the internet. According to Mary Bedford, the Executive Director of the Florida Learning Alliance, Many rural Floridians, including children, have not had an opportunity to take advantage of all the internet has to offer especially in terms of education. High speed internet can change that and this website will help make new users more comfortable as they learn. Educators point to several advantages of high speed internet availability besides the obvious research capabilities. Rural students can have easier access to dual enrollment, digital books and collaborative Relay For Life ceremony to honor cancer survivors and remember those lost CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Hope is seen spelled out in luminaria. Broadband expansion creates need for education COMMUNITY www.starfl.com Thursday, April 19, 2012 B Page 1 Section VALERIE GARMAN | The Star A list of Gulf County road closures is displayed during the exercise. Training simulates hurricane Gulf County Emergency Operations Center readies for Category 3 storm See TRAINING B5 See BROADBAND B5 FILE PHOTOS An artist advises a high school student on technique during a past Student Art Day. This years Student Art Day will take place at the Port St. Joe Marina on May 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. Above, The public is encouraged to stop and watch as painters work from Carrabelle to Mexico Beach. CAPTURING THE FORGOTTEN COAST Artists to gather from across the country to celebrate the Plein Air Invitational PLEIN ART INVITATIONAL Art enthusiasts are encouraged to visit the exhibits and attend the many free special events that occur throughout the 10 day paint-out. For a full list of events including workshops, receptions, exhibits and artist demonstrations from Carrabelle to Mexico Beach visit www.pleinair .com. There are many volunteer positions available for this years Paint-out. For a full list of volunteer time slots visit the plein air web site at www.pleinair com, click the organizers tab and then volunteer positions available. See ARTISTS B5

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OF THE WEEK PET St. Joseph Bay Humane Society Qualications: Expertise in: Now Accepting Appointments Call Toll Free 888-681-5864 For more info www.seclung.com Lung Disease Specialist Rob Garver, MD Now Seeing Patients in Port St. Joe NOW BCBS-FL I N -NETWORK PROV I DER dbutler@coastalcoverage.com Locally owned and operated Home Business Auto Health Workers Comp MEDICARE PLANS EX CELLEN T COV ERA G E A N YO NE C AN AFFO RD TOP QUALITY COMPANY TUCKER LIFE-HEALTH INSURANCE, INC. RATED A+ BY BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU Ross E. T ucker, Agent since 1981 Chartered Life Underwriter Registered Health Underwriter 850-926-2200 or 800-226-7005 www.tuckerlifehealth.com Society B2 | The Star Thursday, April 19, 2012 Free yoga classes will be offered through May at two Gulf County locations. The classes will take place every Monday at 4 p.m. CT at the Gulf County Seniors Center at 307 N. 3rd St., in Wewahitchka. Classes will also be offered at Windmark Town Hall in Port St. Joe every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET and also at 9 a.m. on Thursday. The classes are free and open to the public. Kadin turned 3 years old on March 16 Kadin Buddy Ward is the son of Buddy Wood and Kandi Ward Rollins of Howard Creek. He is the grandson of Melvin and Wanda Ward and Sue Taylor and the late Buddy Wood Sr. Kadin had a Handy Manny birthday party with family and friends. Special to The Star Navy Capt. Mark W. Weisgerber, whose wife, Lesley, is the daughter of B. Walter Wilder, of Port St. Joe, recently reported for duty as Commander, with Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Fleet, Virginia Beach, Va. Weisgerber has accumulated more than 3,600 ight hours and more than 850 carrier arrested landings during his career. Some of Weisgerbers previous duty stations includes Strike Fighter Squadron four one (VFA41), forward deployed to the Northern Arabian Gulf onboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Golden Warriors of VFA-87 where he was forward deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Northern Arabian Gulf onboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). His awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal with Bronze Star and Combat Distinguishing Device and Strike/ Flight awards, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medals and various campaign and unit awards. Weisgerber assumes command of ghter wing Special to The Star There will be a regular general meeting of American Legion Post 116 at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 21. The meeting will be held at Emerson Cooling & Heating located at 109 Trade Circle West, Port St. Joe. This will be a general business including the election of officers. Food and refreshments will follow. Eligibility for membership and benefits can be found on the American Legion Website: www.legion. org. We invite all eligible veterans to join our organization. For God and Country. American Legion Post 116 to hold regular meeting Star Staff Report In January 2011, Jarrod Robinson was told that cancer would eventually take his life. But Jarrod and his family are not giving up hope Jarrod is a Christian and knows that he is in Gods hands. In December 2010 Jarrod made an appointment with his doctor for what he thought was a areup from his chrohns disease, which he battled for many years. His doctor scheduled a colonoscopy and CT scan, but on the day following his appointment, Jarrod was admitted to the hospital after a night lled with pain. The doctor scheduled a colon removal surgery and ileostomy, but was unable to conduct the surgery because Jarrods cancer was so severe. After only two hours in surgery, the doctor told Jarrods family that he had stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to other areas. The doctor described it like someone opened Jarrod up and threw a bag of mini marshmallows in and closed him back up. He then told Jarrod and his family that the cancer would eventually kill him. Despite the grim diagnosis more than one year ago, Jarrod and his family continue to stay positive. There will be a bene t Bake-n-Butt sale to help with Jarrods Medical expenses on April 28 at Frank Pate Park in Port St. Joe. Order your Boston Butt nowthey are being prepared by Seabreeze BBQ and will be available to pick up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET at the park. Boston Butts are $30 each and include the sauce. There will also be a variety of yummy baked goods available for purchase. For more information or to place an order visit the event web site at http:// jrobinsonbene tbake-nbuttsale.weebly.com/. Jarrod keeps a Caring Bridge web journal that he and his family update frequently. To read Jarrods journal visit www.caringbridge. org/visit/Jarrodrobinson. Bene t Bake-n-Butt sale for Jarrod Robinson to be held on April 28 Special to The Star To accommodate the large number of patients who require short term rehabilitation after surgery or a hospital stay, The Bridge is excited to announce we are renovating again. Work has begun on our Concierge Rehab Suites that will offer hotel-type accommodations such as at screen televisions, free wi, special menus and a stylish dcor. These things and more will be available while you work with our excellent therapy team. Please feel free to tour our facility at 220 Ninth Street in Port St. Joe or call us at 850-229-8244. The Bridge at Bay St. Joe renovating rehab suites Special to The Star Need help nding a job? Need help with your resume? Need to refresh your computer skills? Want to get your GED or learn QuickBooks? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, the Goodwill Career Training Center can help, at no cost to you. Please call 2291273 or attend our weekly orientations on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. ET at 208 Monument Avenue, Port St. Joe. Goodwill Career Training Center offers job help Free yoga classes through May The Gulf Amateur Radio Society will provide ham radio license exams on Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. ET. The exams will be given at the Gulf County EOC building located behind the Gulf County Courthouse in Port St. Joe. Those interested in obtaining a ham license or upgrading a present license should contact C.H. Tillis at (850) 648-8251 for information and exam registration. Anyone who would like to become involved in amateur radio and needs information as to what is needed and how to obtain a license should contact the above number. Ham it upget your license today and become part of amateur radio! Gulf Amateur Radio Society to provide license exams Star Staff Report The residents of Wewahitchka are going to Cowboy Up and host The American Cancer SocietyRelay for Life at Honeyville Recreational Park this Friday, April 20-21. The first lap will begin at 6 p.m. CT led by those who have survived cancer. The Relay for Life is an overnight event in which teams gather to walk in fellowship and celebrate those who have survived cancer while raising money for research and other programs for the American Cancer Society. There will be various items and food for sale along with a silent auction, raffle items and activities for children and adults of all ages. If you or a loved one has survived cancer and would be interested in participating in the Survivor Lap, or for further information about the Relay for Life, please contact Christy Husband at 639-2252. All survivors will receive a free t-shirt and are invited to a reception in their honor. For more information regarding cancer, please contact The American Cancer Society, 1-800ACS-2345 or visit www. cancer.org. Remember one person can make a difference. Cowboy up against cancer at Relay for Life

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THURSDAY & FRIDAY NIGH T S PECIALS 6:00 8:30 HOURS : 236 R eid A ve (850) 229.7121 GULF SH RIMP, S CALLOPS, C RAB C LAWS & F IS H B UR G ERS: WI TH FF Above orders served with: FF B AKED P O T A T O, S ALAD AND B READ ** AWARD WINNIN G DESSER T S ** School News The Star| B3 Thursday, April 19, 2012 By: Aaron Paul Prom is Saturday The Prom theme for this year is Viva Las Vegas and is Saturday starting at 8 p.m. ET. The Senior Walk will be at 11:30 p.m., and the prom will be over at midnight. This year, several parents are hosting an After the Prom party, which will take place in the Centennial Building immediately following the prom. Old jerseys, T-shirts for sale Coach Gannon is selling last years white game jersey for $40; white and purple game jerseys from 2000-2001 for $20; and white (No Pain No Gain) T-shirts for $10. See Mrs. Taylor in the school of ce to purchase one of these. Cheerleading tryout practice starts April 30 Practice for cheerleader tryouts will be Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 4 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. each day. Each athlete must have current health physical, signed parent consent, cheerleading policies and procedures in order to practice on Monday. A signup sheet will be placed in the front of ce beginning Monday, April 16. Yearbook reservations abailable now Reserve your copy of this years yearbook today. There are only a limited number of yearbooks ordered, and April 27 is the deadline to order with personalization. Yearbook students will be available during lunches to assist you with your purchase. There is never a guarantee that there will be extra copies for sale when they arrive. Dont miss out on everything theyve experienced. To reserve your copy, visit our school web page at http://psjhsgcs.schoolloop.com/. Senior ads now personalized The yearbook staff is now offering the opportunity to personalize the yearbook in a very special way with a recognition ad. Space is available to tell your student how proud you are. To reserve your space, download an ad form and a template from our web page at http://psjhs-gcs.schoolloop.com or contact Mr. Taylor at the school. Deadline is April 30. Baby pictures being taken for slideshow Ms. Barbee is accepting baby pictures for the senior slide show. Please turn yours in directly to her in the Media Center. Pictures should be in a zip lock bag, if possible, with students name on the bag in indelible ink. No more than two photos per student for slideshow. Digital is the preferred format; however, we do have the ability to scan photographs April 19 Physics Field Trip for periods 4-7 at 11 a.m. April 20 Progress reports will go home with students April 21 Prom at 8 p.m. April 23 High School High Tech Job Shadowing at 8 a.m. April 23 Project Graduation Meeting at 5:45 p.m. April 24 8 a.m., FCAT Science for 8th grade April 25 7th grade eld trip all day April 25 8 a.m., Spring Sports Pictures Chicken dinner to support athletics Port St. Joe Athletics are selling chicken dinner tickets. The price is $6 which includes chicken, beans, slaw, bread, and sweet tea. The meal is Friday and meals may be picked up between 5-7 p.m. in the Port St. Joe High School commons area. This event is being sponsored by the SHARK 100 CLUB. SGA announces activities The following activities have been approved for May: May 2, SGA Reward Trip; May 9, Powder Puff Football game at 9:30 a.m. (Before the A-School celebration for 10-11-12); May 15, Senior Pep Rally (hopefully between 1st and 2nd lunch). Club events April 19 Junior Executive Board meeting around 11:50 a.m. April 20 SGA Induction Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. April 24 SWAT meeting Jr. High at 10:45 a.m. April 24 National Honor Society at 11:50 a.m. Sports events April 19 at 6 p.m. softball district nal game, teams TBA April 19 at 7 p.m. baseball varsity only at Vernon April 23 at 3:15 p.m. boys Basketball Banquet Special to The Star Kindergarten registration will be held at Port St. Joe Elementary School from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on Friday, May 4. Parents should bring their child to the Kindergarten building along with a copy of the birth certificate, the Social Security card, proof of immunizations and proof of a physical within the last 12 months. Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2012 in order to register for Kindergarten. Registration forms may be picked up in the school of ce prior to May 6. For more information, call Port St. Joe Elementary School at 227-1221. Special to The Star The students in grades pre-K3 through 8th grade at Faith Christian School recently participated in a Read-A-Thon sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The goal of the Reach for the Stars program is for the students to read or to be read to for 300 minutes or more in a two-week period of time. This is an average of 30 minutes per weekday. Education experts encourage routine daily reading and recommend a minimum of 30 minutes every day. All of the children that participated were able to spend half each dollar pledged on books for themselves and the other half was given to the teachers in order to buy books for their classrooms. The students and the teachers at Faith Christian School extend a warm thank you to the individuals in the community that sponsored the children for this wonderful program. Pictured are the top readers of the Reach for the Stars Program. Special to The Star Results are in and the Port St Joe NJROTC National Academic Test Team has made history. The ve-cadet team made up of Cadets Nicolas Dickinson (Captain), LeAnna Collins, Ryan Baker, Javarri Beachum and Bryce Godwin, scored in the top 25 percent of all NJROTC Teams competing in this years Academic Classic. Held on March 7, the 100 question test pitted 1,700 teams from around the nation on the subjects of Naval Science, SAT/ACT challenges and current events. Port St Joe ranked 435 out of 1,700, a most noteworthy accomplishment. This is the best nish for a Port St Joe team in recent history and shows the well-rounded nature of our NJROTC Cadets. NJROTC is a citizenship and leadership training program co-sponsored by the Gulf County School District and the US Navy. All 9th through 12th graders at Port St Joe JR/SR High are eligible to participate. Local NJROTC scores in the top 25 percent SPECIAL TO THE STAR Pre-kindergarten, Anderson Hodges; kindergarten, Arlena Gleichner; rst grade, Desirae Dew; second grade, Megan Saleh; third grade, Michael Connell (not pictured: fourth grade, Adison Burkett; fth grade, Taylor Todd; sixth gradeLexie Plair.) Bus riders of the week: Brenna Wable, Shayleigh Jackson and Max Cargill. Faith Christian School children hold reading event DAZZLING DOLPHINS Back row, l to r: Cheyenne Braggsixth grade, Jacob Lynn-second grade, Seth Calareso-fourth grade, Keegan Calhoun-third grade; front row, l to r, Miguel Gavrunrst grade, Caytlin Myers-Kindergarten, Breanna Weathersfth grade (not pictured). 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SUNDAY : WOR S HIP AT SUN S ET P ARK 8 AM 11 AM ON THE 2ND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH SUNDAY: BI B LE CLA SS 9:30 AM SATURDAY : COFFEE T IME 8 11 AM M ONDAY : L IFE T REE CAF 7 PM 1602 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach, FL (850) 890.1424 www.livingwateratthebeach.com Jerry Arhelger, SOUTHERLAND FAMILY FUNERAL HOME 507 10th Street Port St. Joe (850) 229-8111 TO KNOW CHRIS T AND T O MAKE H I M K NOWN ST. JAME S E PI S COPAL C HURCH 800 22ND STREET, P ORT ST. JOE 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45 www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org Come worship with us! Rector Father Tommy Dwyer St. Peters Church, ACC (Traditional Services 1928 BCP) Morning Prayer & Holy Communion Sunday...............10:00 A.M. Community Healing Service 6:00 P.M. 4 th Thursday of Every Month The Rev. Dr. D. Pete Windham, Priest The Rev Lou Little, Deacon Services Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center, 120 Library Drive An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World Morning Prayer & Holy Communion Sunday...............10:00 A.M. The Rev. Lou Little, Priest 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 9:45 10:30 10:45 6:00 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 Deborah Tuttle Wednesday: Children: 6:15 p.m. ET Youth: 6:15 p.m. ET Choir: 7:00 p.m. ET 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 Spring Revival this week The First Pentecostal Church of Wewahitchka would like to invite the public to a Spring Revival with Jerry Cochran from Pocahontas, Ark. this coming week. The revival will be held at the church on Highway 71 Sunday, April 22, Monday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 25. Heritage Day event at Zion Fair The children of Deacon Crawford Bailey and Sister Carrie Bailey welcome you to attend worship service with them at Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Wilson Hall, Pastor, at 11 a.m. ET on the fourth Sunday, April 22, in memory of their parents. The Rev. Carl Bailey, their nephew, will preach the anointed message. We thank you for sharing with us this third annual heritage day event re ecting on family values; The characteristics our parents demonstrated: love, kindness, honesty, hard work, fairness, and a family that pray together-stay together is a living legacy for us to pattern our lives. A delicious down-home, soul food cooked, Momma Carries traditional famous meal will be served immediately following the worship service. Again, we, and the Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church Family invites everyone to attend this worship service dedicated to the memories of our parents. Sincerely, the children of Deacon Crawford and Sister Carrie Bailey St. Johns collecting items for needy St. Johns Episcopal Church in Wewahitchka is collecting gently used clothing, household items, furniture, working appliances, etc. These donations will be stored at the church for needy families and for the semi-annual church yard sales with proceeds going to charity. Drop off is at 233 E. Osceola Ave. Call Martha at 639-5924. Leave items on porch if no one is home. WWII Songfest set for April 22 A free program of World War II songs will be held Sunday, April 22 at 7 p.m. ET in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church located at 1001 Constitution Drive in Port St. Joe. The public is invited to attend. Trudy Strand, director of the choral group, said that the evening is designed to be a fun fest and renew memories of WWII-era songs for those who identify with and/or appreciate them. The audience is invited to sing and dance along if desired. The program will be presented by members and friends of the church choir. Light refreshments will be served as part of the approximately one-hour program. The choral group will also perform the program, on another date, for the residents of The Bridge in Port St. Joe. FAITH Thursday, April 19, 2012 Page B4 This business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week. www.starfl.com We as Christians have let God down. Sin is prevalent, its all around. One person caused prayer to be taken out of school. Some had rather teach evolution, then teach the Golden Rule. We see our government rotting at the core, spending hard-earned tax money as they never have before. Spending millions on rockets to y through the sky, while millions go hungry with no money to buy. They take away a mans judgeship for displaying the Commandments of God. Im afraid there will be more taken away before we leave this sod. Women with women, men with men. Our government is working on a lot more sin. Theyve appointed godless judges, that cant put a killer in his tomb. But they seem to have no problem killing a baby in the womb. Alcohol and drugs are everywhere you turn. Some adults have done a good job of teaching, thats how children learn. God is not happy with America, its very plain to me. How much longer before His judgment comes, well have to wait and see. Another man was killed in a school today. Since they took prayer out of school, Id say judgment is on the way. Look at the war, so many have died up till today. Proud and patriotic Americans, yes, Id say judgment is on the way. If we who know Jesus will get on our knees and pray, Ask forgiveness of our sins and from them turn away. He said He would forgive us and cleanse us from all sin. Think about it, judgment is on the way, do you know Jesus my friend? Billy Johnson Obituaries Mr. Donal Kinard, affectionately known as Uncle Don, of Wewahitchka, died Thursday morning, April 12, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family. He was 73. Mr. Kinard was born Nov. 26, 1938, in Port St. Joe, Fla. He attended First Baptist Church of Wewahitchka. He retired from St. Joe Paper Company after 34 years. Mr. Kinard was an avid University of Florida Gator fan and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Thornton Kinard, his parents, Ernest and Pat Kinard, brother, Carlis, and sister, Linda. Survivors include daughters Sheila Hanlon (Ronnie) of Wewahitchka and Sherry Dozier of Marianna, Fla.; sisters, Patsy Perkins (Robert) of Grand Ridge, Fla., Joyce Sproul (Billy) of Sneads, Fla.; grandchildren, BJ (Misty) Hanlon of Marianna, Craig (Ginny) Hanlon of Wewahitchka, Renee Milton (Calvin) of Marianna, Ricky Dozier (Karla) of Inverness, Fla.; 11 great-grandchildren; four nephews and one niece. The family received friends from 3-5 p.m. CT on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at First Baptist Church on Highway 71 in Wewahitchka. Services were held at 10 a.m. CT on Monday, April 16, 2012, at the church with Pastor Mike Stroud and the Rev. Jimmy Wright of ciating. Interment followed at Jehu Cemetery. Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily. com. Southerland Funeral Home 100 E. 19th Street Panama City, FL 32405 Donal Kinard Willie James Shiver was born in Dothan, Ala., on July 12,1937. He was born to Sarah Ida and James Vernon Shiver, was a veteran of the Korean War, and moved to Wewahitchka in 1982. He loved to whittle wood, shing, cooking, and working on small engines. He loved dogs. Willie was one of nine children. He is preceded in death by both of his parents; by three brothers, David, Lloyd and Duff Shiver; two sisters, Mary Lightfoot and Shirley Brooks; two sons, Tony James and Timothy Allen. He is survived by three brothers, Lewis Shiver of TN, .Richard Shiver of Albany GA, and Larry Shiver of Eastpoint FL; three sons, Richard and William Shiver of Astor Fla., Leon and wife Margie of Wewahitchka Fla.: 19 grandchildren; 12 greatgrandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. We would like to invite you to a memorial service in his honor at New Beginnings Life and Praise in Wewahitchka FL at 11 a.m. on April 21. Fellowship to follow at 197 Lake Heights Dr., Wewahitchka, Fla. Willie James Shiver Harcus family thanks The family of Murdic Harcus would like to express our appreciation for the kind words, phone calls, letters and visits that we received during his illness and passing. He had a lot of friends and loved ones. Thanks to each one of you. Evelyn, children and grandchildren Judgment is on the way Faith BRIEFS

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to provide emergency management professionals with the skills necessary to successfully conduct all-hazards response through the coordination of efforts with local, state, federal and private sector counterparts. Groves began the exercise brie ng with a newscast from a past hurricane. Thats the real deal out there folks, he said. In the video, a reporter asked a woman who had refused to evacuate, Why did you stay? The woman responded, They wont let my dog in the shelter, and if hes going to die, Im going with him. Through the duration of the exercise, the players responded to similar situations across the county, elding emergency phone calls, tracking the storm, responding to road closures and ooding, injured residents, shelter occupancy and overall damage control. Theyre de nitely making it very speci c, said Sarah Hines, public information of cer for the Gulf County Health Department. Any situation theyre giving us can occur, so we have to be prepared. EOC volunteer Alice Martin also played the role of a public information of cer during the exercise. Weve been noti ed of the deaths and the injuries, Martin said. There are people still out in the eld, so we dont know the extent of the damage at this point. Martin said she recently received news of deceased people who washed up onshore. That afternoon, Martin reported 30 injuries and 12 deaths as a result of the storm. EOC Director Marshall Nelson said the purpose of the exercise is to ultimately nd out what each individuals roles and responsibilities are during a disaster by putting those responsibilities to the test. If you nd things that are hard to do, these are the things we want to nd out, because come Monday were going to start xing it, Nelson said. Nelson also went over the importance of trying to alleviate the effects a disaster may have on the community before it happens. Last time we had a tropical disturbance, we lost an area called the Stump Hole, Nelson said. Nelson said 2,000 feet of roadway on Cape San Blas was blown out by Hurricane Opal in 1995. The county responded by placing more rocks out on State Road 30E to help mold the road. Now we have armor for that road and hopefully it will hold up for smaller storms, Nelson said. It allows us more time to get those people off the Cape. Groves said the purpose of the training is to help the players make decisions to take care of the community. Were here to help you prepare and feel comfortable for when this does happen, Groves said. Because it will happen; one day a big event will happen. AND GANG MEMBERS: Fuel, Batteries, Antifreeze, Lead, Arsenic, Silver, Cleaners, Fluorescent Lamps, Mercury Containing Devices, Pesticides, Herbicides, Home Computers, Printers, Scanners, (and other pollutants). Gulf County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days April 28 Gulf County Courthouse 9 AM 12 PM Eastern Time Put Hazardous Waste in its place. Keep Gulf County Beautiful! PUBLIC NOTICE A Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and Development Review Board (PDRB) meeting on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 8:45 a.m. ET, and at the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. ET. 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 Allen & Gay Worley Parcel ID #03756-005R Located in Section 31, Township 6 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida -5.9 encroachment into the 25 road setback for DEP CCCL permitting. 2. Review and Discussion of Proposed Gulf County Sign Ordinance 3. Public and Open Discussion 4. Staff Reports LDR Comment and Discussion on current proposed amendments 5. PDRB Sunshine Law Training to follow the conclusion of the PDRB noticed Meeting The public is encouraged to attend and be heard on these matters. Information prior to the meeting can be viewed at the Planning Department at 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Room 312. (2012-24) On behalf of my staff and I, we would like to thank all our loyal patients for the honor of being selected for the multiple awards that we have received over the last 12 months; including voted most compassionate Dr. and Patients Choice Award. It is a great honor and we will continue to strive for the very best medical care for our patients. VINCENT IV ERS, M.D. 301 T wentieth S treet Port S t. Joe, FL 32456 850-227-7070 www.iversmd.com On behalf of my staff and I, we would like to thank all our loyal patients for the honor of On behalf of my staff and I, we would like to COST CUTTERS LAWN SERVICE Affordably Addressing All Your Lawn Care Needs Licensed & Insured Serving from Mexico Beach to the Cape. Full Service Lawn Care Starting at $29 CA LL : Art Sigman 850.628.0694 or Ken Daves: 850.899.0468 asigman@mchsi.com TRAINING from page B1 home studies, for example. Internet safety is an important component of the website as new users may be unaware of the dangers of providing personal information. More importantly, the website guides parents on how to block inappropriate websites from being accessed. Two free training courses are scheduled for Gulf County at 6-7 p.m. ET on April 23 at Port St. Joe High School and from 5:306:30 p.m. CT on April 30 at Wewahitchka Elementary. Seating is limited and participants will be enrolled on a rst come, rst served basis. Please contact Lynn Gothard or Larche Hardy toll free at 877-8737232 to register for the class. The website was developed with input from regional advisory boards throughout Florida. It is available for use now at www. orida internettour.com. BROADBAND from page B1 This year, the event web site will have a map feature to track where the artists are painting each day. You will be able to look at exactly where they are on the web site so you dont miss them, Shoaf said. After each day of painting, the artists will bring their fresh works to the Wetroom exhibit, which will be held this year at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art, located at 86 Water Street. The art is brought in wetthats why we call it the Wetroom, Shoaf said. It comes in straight from our bayous and our gulf its just fantastic. The Wetroom alone brought in more than 500 patrons from 28 different states last year, with 101 art purchases made. Were so conscious of not having any borders, we ip (the Wetroom) from Franklin to Gulf County, Shoaf said. Everything moves around so it stays uid with the whole Forgotten Coast. We really try and spread out what were doing, so weve got artists staying in peoples houses from Mexico Beach to Carrabelle. The art on display in the Wetroom will be available for viewing from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET each day of the event. Its organicthings are growing, Shoaf said of the paint-out. Its kind of evolving and helping the arts throughout the Forgotten Coast. Since 2009, the FCCC has also issued local grants to promote the arts. Last years art in culture grant included a $5,000 grant to assist another local nonpro t in establishing itself and working toward purchasing the Port Theater in Port St. Joe. One of the highlights of the event each year is Student Art Day in which a handful of local students are given the chance to work one-on-one with a plein air artist in creating their own plein air painting. Student Art Day will be held at the Port St. Joe Marina on May 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. Shoaf said to watch the artists working with the students is an amazing experience. Weve got artists who sell their paintings for $3,000 to $5,000 per picture, and theyre taking the time to work with a student one on one, Shoaf said. These kids are given an opportunity that very few are given. Shoaf spent last week at a Plein Air Convention in Las Vegas and was overwhelmed by the positive feedback the event has received from artists across the country. Ive had artists coming up and grabbing other artists saying, youve got to come to this event, Shoaf said. Its because of our community and how we embrace them. FILE ART You may spot a Plein Air artist capturing a scene on the Forgotten Coast May 3-13. ARTISTS from page B1 Local The Star| B5 Thursday, April 19, 2012

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Steam Cleaning & Remediation 24 Hour Water Extraction GE T YOUR A D IN The right lawngrass, given the proper maintenance, can have a lot to do with the value and overall appearance of your home grounds. It can add several hundred dollars to the value of your home and it provides an attractive setting for your landscape plants. A wellcared for lawngrass actually cuts down on weed growth, and presents soil erosion. Your choice of which lanwgrass to grow should be made carefully. Six lawngrass are commonly grown in Florida: St. Augustine, Bahia, Centipede, and Bermuda are the most common. Zoyia and Carpet are also grown, but less often. Well have a few things to say about all of these lawngrass. To help you decide which one is best for your location. My information was provided by Extension Turf Grass Specialist Dr. Brian Unruh, of the University of Florida, Institute of food and Agricultural Science (IFAS). The most important thing to consider when deciding on a lawn grass is the suitability of the grass to the soil, climate, and growing conditions of your area. The amount of shade the grass will receive, the normal amount of traf c to expect, and potential pests problems must be kept in mind. Take advantage of the natural conditions of your soil and climate. For example, if you live in the coastal part of our county, plant a salt tolerant grass, such as St. Augustine. If you try to grow Centipede or Bahiagrass, youre asking for problems. You may be able to grow these grasses in the coastal part of our county. But only with considerable expenditures of time and money. Likewise, if you need a grass for shade, plant St. Augustine or Bahia, and stay away from Bermudagrasses, which need full sun. After you decide on lawngrass that will grow well in your area, your next step is to choose one that youll be able to mange properly. No lawngrass is maintenance free, but some types do require more care than others. For example, Bermudagrass produces the most beautiful lawns, but only its heavily fertilized, frequently mowed, and kept free of pests and diseases. Since most homeowners cant provide the high degree of maintenance required for Bermudagrass, theyll be better off growing a low maintenance grass, such as Bahia or Centipede. St. Augustine is not dif cult to maintain, but it does develop thatch rather easily, and chinch bugs are a common problem. How much water the grass will need is another consideration. Bahiagrass has excellent drought tolerance, St. Augustine ranks second, and Bermuda and Centipede would rank third. Disease and insect problems should also be taken into account when you decide on a lawngrass. Of all the lawngrasses, Bahia has the most resistance to pests. Its the only choice to make if nematodes are present in your soil. But it also has some disadvantages vigorous growth which makes it extremely hard to mow. A new variety of Zoysiagrass (Empire) is receiving a lot of attention. Empire (Zoysiagrass) raises the bar for warm season turf grasses. Dark green color, disease resistance, soft to the touch feel, drought tolerance, and a proven track record make Empire an excellent choice for home, commercial and sport applications. St. Augustine is second best in terms of tolerance to nematodes and its only serious pest problem is the chinch bug. Centipedegrass has few pest problems if it isnt fertilized too heavily. However nematode damage on centipedegrass tends to be quite severe. Bermudagrass is bothered by many diseases and insects. Its practically impossible to grow Bermudagrass without some form of control for insects, diseases, and nematodes. In summary, the best lawngrass for you is one that is well adapted to your soil, climate and growing conditions and one that can be kept healthy and attractive, based on the amount of time, effort and money you are willing to expend. For more information on choosing a lawngrass contact the Gulf County Extension Service at 639-3200, 229-2909 or visit our website http://gulf.ifas.u .edu. Choosing the right lawngrass for your yard No lawngrass is maintenance free, but some types do require more care than others. For example, Bermudagrass produces the most beautiful lawns, but only its heavily fertilized, frequently mowed, and kept free of pests and diseases. ROY LEE CARTER County extension director B6 | The Star Thursday, April 19, 2012 CLASSIFIEDS 86709S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Gulf Group Properties, LLC the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No. 1400 Application No. 2012 -03 Year of Issuance: 2009 R.E. No. 06274-275R Description of Property:Lot 15, in Block C, according to the Plat of Treasure Bay, as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 32, in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: 86622S REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES City of Port St. Joe, Florida RFP No. 2012-02 The City of Port St. Joe is requesting sealed bids through April 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM, ET, from qualified Information Technology Companies to conduct Computer Hardware and Software Services. The preferred Company will be knowledgeable in local and state governmental regulations, Dell Hardware, MUNIS Software, VMware Esxi 3 & 4, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Terminal Server 2008 R2, Linux Enterprises 5, Postfix & Dovecot Mail Server, Enterasys Expedition series routers, Layer 3 managed network switching, CC Proxy internet proxy and certification in CJIS Security & Awareness Testing. Statements of proposals with an original signature and 3 copies should be submitted to: City of Port St. Joe 305 Cecil Costin Sr., Blvd Port St. Joe, FL. 32456 Bids must be clearly marked RFP #2012-02 Information Technology Services. The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to waive informalities in any bid, to accept/or reject any or all bids, and to accept the bid in their judgment will be in their best interest. All bids shall remain firm for a period of sixty days after the opening. Questions regarding this solicitation or a more detailed description of the project may be addressed to: Charlotte Pierce, City Clerk City of Port St. Joe (850)229-8261 Ext 129 April 12, 19, 2012 86570S IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA PANAMA CITY DIVISION CASE NO.: 5:11-cv-00341-RS-GRJ CENTENNIAL BANK, Plaintiff, vs. GARY L. SMITH, Defendant. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that under and by virtue of the Final Judgment of Foreclosure rendered in the above-styled case on March 22, 2012, in the United States District Court For The Northern District Of Florida, in favor of the Plaintiff, the undersigned, appointed in that certain Order Appointing Special Master rendered March 30, 2012, will on the 11th day of May, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, in the lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil Costin Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest bidder, the following described property, situated, lying and being in Gulf County, Florida: Real Property Lots 2 and 20, Block 9 of YONS ADDITION TO BEACON HILL, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page(s) 45, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Personal Property All rights, easements, appurtenances, royalties, mineral rights, oil and gas rights, crops, timber, all diversion payments or third party payments made to crop producers, and all existing and future improvements, structure, fixtures and replacements that may now, or at anytime in the future, be part of the real property described above. All water wells, water, ditches, reservoirs, reservoir sites and dams located on the real estate and all riparian and water rights associated with the property, however established. For additional information concerning the above property contact: STEPHEN A. PITRE, ESQUIRE, Post Office Box 13010, Pensacola, Florida 32591-3010 or (850) 434-9200. All sales are subject to confirmation of the court. Method of payment is by postal money order or certified check made payable to Jeffrey P. Whitton, Esquire, Escrow Account. Ten (10) Percent of High/Acceptable bid in certified check or cashiers check will be accepted with the balance due within 48 hours. No cash will be accepted. 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 with the Clerk of the Court within 60 days after the sale. In accordance with the AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Jeffrey P. Whitton, Esquire, Post Office Box 1956, Panama City, FL 32402 or (850) 769-7040 not later than seven days prior to the sale to ensure that reasonable accommodations are available. DATED this 4th day of April 2012. SPECIAL MASTER: JEFFREY P. WHITTON, Esquire Florida Bar No. 329509 565 Harrison Ave. Post Office Box 1956 Panama City, FL 32402 Email: whittonpc@ comcast.net Phone: 850-769-7040 Fax 850-769-3014 April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 2012

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CLASSIFIEDSThursday, April 19, 2012 The Star | B7 The News Herald offers a competitive bene t package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, 401(k) plan, vacation and sick leave, and six paid holidays per year. (Part-time positions have 401(k) plan options). ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVESThe News Herald and the News Herald.com continue to expand. We are looking for highly motivated, energetic sales people. This is a unique opportunity to help build sales revenues and be a leading part of a progressive advertising sales team. The Sales Executive will be required to make sales calls, train and offer guidelines regarding pricing and packaging of all digital products and services. The ideal candidate must be a leader and have an innovative approach to client development and an understanding of how companies are using the internet to market their business. You must have a drive to win and a passion for consultative media sales. Available Positions: Territory Sales: The News Herald The Washington County News / The Holmes County Times Digital Sales RepresentativeRequired Skills  Highly motivated and results driven  Creative, conceptual and strategic thinker  Professional and positive manner when working with clients and others  Superior knowledge of Microsoft Of ce (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)  Outstanding record of achievement in current/past positions  Superior professionalism, discretion, and judgment  Strong work ethic and capacity to thrive in a team environment  Effective time management and organization skills  Excellent verbal and written communication skills  Keen attention to detail Required Experience To be considered, you must have at least 3 years of sales experience, including 1-3 successful years in the area of outside sales and/or online media including internet ad sales. The candidate must be highly analytical with meticulous attention to detail. SALES/RETENTION CLERK The News Herald is accepting applications for entry-level part-time Retention Representatives. Applicants must possess: *The ability to communicate effectively by phone *A general knowledge of computers and data entry *General math skills *Ability to make customer service the number 1 priority. *Able to work a exible schedule, hours will be app. 3 p.m. 8:30 p.m. *Saturday work required *Position pays hourly rate plus commission on salesApplications taken at 501 W. 11th Street, Or apply online at www.emeraldcoast.com/employ_app Or email resume to gsullivan@ afreedom.com Interviews to be scheduled at a later date. No phone calls. EOE Background check and drug screen required.CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVEThe News Herald is accepting applications for entry-level part-time customer service/sales representatives in our circulation call center covering two daily papers.Applicant must possess: *Ability to make customer service the number 1 priority. *The ability to communicate effectively by phone. *The ability to close a sale. *A general knowledge of computers and data entry *General math skills *Able to work a exible schedule including weekends. *Position pays hourly rate plus commission on sales/saves. *Customer service call center experience a plus.Apply online at www.emeraldcoast.com/employ_app or email resume to gsullivan@ afreedom.com Interviews will be scheduled at a later date. No phone calls. EOE Candidate hired depending background check and pre-employment drug screen. Come by The News Herald at 501 W. 11th Street for an application or send a resume to resumes@ afreedom.com.Freedom Florida is a Drug-free workplace, EOETO APPLY: The News HeraldCareers Apalachicola: 8 Airport Rd. Off of Hwy 98. Look for the signs. Thursday -Sunday 8:00 a.m. -?Moving SaleToo much to list! Carabelle: 1617 W Hwy 98 (Old Pawn Shop) Sat 21st 9 -?Family SaleReptile tank & stand, Nascar memorabilia, and much more! Text FL05899 to 56654 Mexico Beach 42 St, Saturday 4/21, 9 Eastern, 8 CentralHUGE SALE3 Families, designer prom dresses, antiques, nautical, bar & stools, bed, tables, wicker, etc. Text FL05809 to 56564 Port St. Joe: 121 Hunter Circle, Saturday 8am -11amYard SaleChildrens Clothes, Toys, Household items, John Deere riding mower and other great things! Sweatmore Strawberry RanchOPEN MAR 22nd 8AM Weather Permitting Mon-Sat 8am-7pm Sunday 8am-5pm 850-722-4819 3-Wheel Bicycle, 24” Miami Sun, hand brakes, basket, $75.obo 850-899-1252 Dachshund/ Terrier Mix2 Boys & 2 GirlsReady NowMom and Dad on Premises$100850-896-0301 Leave A Message German Shepherd Puppies black & tan Health certificate included; $230 each. Call 850-227-9595 Office furnishings, plus Couches, end tables, Lazy boys, conference tables and chairs, plus much more!!! Call: 850-653-2222 86614S NOTICE OF SALE Under Florida State Law “Self-Service Storage Facility Act” 83.801.83.809, Gulf South Self Storage, located at 746 4th Street, Port St. Joe, FL will dispose of or sell to the highest bidder for cash the contents of the following units, No. 22 & No. 113. Items to be sold include miscellaneous florist supplies, tools and household goods. Time and date of sale will be April 20th, 2012 at 10:00AM, EDT. Contents may be redeemed by owners prior to sale for cash by contacting owner at Tel. No. 850-814-7400. April 12, 19, 2012 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. 87001S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 12-0010PR IN RE: ESTATE OF BARBARA ANN PICARD, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Barbara Ann Picard, deceased, whose date of death was January 5, 2012, 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 personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME 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 decedent’s estate must file their claim with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FRIST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is April 19, 2012. Personal Representative: GARY SCHLOERB 135 Sisters Way Overstreet, FL 32456 Attorney for Petitioner: CLAYTON B. STUDSTILL FL Bar No. 0017088 326 Reid Avenue Port St. Joe, FL 32456 (850) 323-0792 April 19, 26, 2012 86616 PUBLIC NOTICE The City of Port St. Joe has been asked to consider approving a Lot Split Application from Applicant: John Timmons, Property Owner: George Boyer. Parcel # 04649-000R consists of lots 20, 22 & 24, Block 3 Unit 1. Please contact City Hall at (850)229-8261 with questions or concerns on or before 4/27/12. April 12, 19, 2012 87009S PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF LOGIC AND ACCURACY TEST CITY OF PORT ST. JOE ELECTION MAY 8, 2012 GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA The Logic and Accuracy test for the M100 Tabulation System and the Ivotronic Touch Screen System to be used for the May 8, 2012 Port St. Joe City Election will be held at the Gulf County Supervisor of Elections Office, 401 Long Ave, Port St Joe April 24, 2012 -9:00 AM EST. This test is open to the public. Linda Griffin Supervisor of Elections Gulf County, Florida April 19, 2012 86957S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 12-00037-CA CENTENNIAL BANK, An Arkansas banking corporation, successor in interest to Bayside Savings Bank, Plaintiff, vs. DEBRA P. WIBBERG, a/k/a DEBRA M. PEDEN, the unknown spouse of Debra P. Wibberg, a/k/a Debra M. Peden, Barrier Dunes Homeowners Association, Inc., and unknown tenants or other parties in possession, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION To: DEBRA P. WIBBERG, a/k/a DEBRA M. PEDEN, the unknown spouse of Debra P. Wibberg, a/k/a Debra M. Peden, Barrier Dunes Homeowners Association, Inc., and Unknown tenant or other parties in possession YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following real property in Gulf County, Florida: UNIT 153, 128 PARKVIEW COURT, BARRIER DUNES Commence at the Northwest Corner of Government Lot 4, in Fractional Section 36, Township 8 South, Range 12 West, Gulf County, Florida, and thence run North 00 degrees 12 minutes 24 seconds East, along the Easterly Boundary Line of Government Lot 2 in said Fractional Section 36, for a distance of 999.95 feet: thence leaving said Easterly Boundary Line of Government Lot 2, run North 89 degrees 47 minutes 36 seconds West for a distance of 348.31 feet: thence run North 05 degrees 33 minutes 00 seconds East 588.54 feet to a point on a non-tangent curve, thence run Southeasterly along said curve for an arc distance of 32.91 feet, through a central angle of 94 degrees 16 minutes 37 seconds, having a radius of 20.00 feet (said curve bearing South 41 degrees 34 minutes 53 seconds East 29.32 feet) to a point on a curve to the right, thence run long said curve Southeasterly for an arc distance of 59.20 feet, through a central angle of 38 degrees 32 minutes 40 seconds, having a radius of 88.00 (said curve bearing South 69 degrees 26 minutes 21 seconds East 58.09 feet), thence run North 38 degrees 02 minutes 13 seconds East a distance of 27.51 feet, thence run South 49 degrees 34 minutes 55 seconds East 16.00 feet, thence run North 40 degrees 25 minutes 05 seconds East 7.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. From said POINT OF BEGINNING thence run South 49 degrees 34 minutes 55 seconds East a distance of 16.00 feet, thence run North 40 degrees 25 minutes 05 seconds East a distance of 42.00 feet, thence run North 49 degrees 34 minutes 55 seconds West a distance of 16.00 feet, thence run South 40 degrees 25 minutes 05 seconds West a distance of 42.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, to it on Barbara Sanders, Sanders and Duncan, P.A., the plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 157, Apalachicola, Florida 32320, on or before May 4, 2012, and file the original with the clerk of this court either before service on the plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. DATED on March 29, 2012. Becky Norris Clerk of the Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk April 19, 26, 2012 86945S NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS BID NO. 1112-17 The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will receive bids from any person, company or corporation interested in providing the following: Uniforms and cleaning of same for the Public Works Department Specifications may be obtained from the Clerk’s Office in the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd, Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456. Interested parties should contact Lynn Lanier for additional information at (850) 229-6106. Please indicate on the envelope YOUR COMPANY NAME, that this is a SEALED BID and include the BID NUMBER. Proposals must be submitted 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, April 27, 2012. Bids will be opened at this location on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., E.T. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: WILLIAM C. WILLIAMS, III CHAIRMAN ATTEST: REBECCA NORRIS, CLERK April 19, 2012 86951S NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS BID NO. 1112-19 The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will receive bids from any person, company or corporation interested in purchasing the following: Fountain: 3-tiered, 5’6” in height, brown with a 5’ wide base: Can be viewed upon request Specifications may be obtained from the Clerk’s Office in the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd, Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456. Interested parties should contact Lynn Lanier for additional information at (850) 229-6106. Please indicate on the envelope YOUR COMPANY NAME, that this is a SEALED BID and include the BID NUMBER. Proposals must be submitted 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, April 27, 2012. Bids will be opened at this location on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., E.T. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: WILLIAM C. WILLIAMS, III CHAIRMAN ATTEST: REBECCA NORRIS, CLERK April 19, 2012 86893S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Bill F. McCormick, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1008 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-08 R.E. No. 03816-460R Description of Property: Lot 32, Magnolia Bluff Subdivision as per official plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 3, Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Henry C. Clark All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM E.T., Wednesday, the 16th day of May, 2012. Dated this 10th day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 5, 2012 86949S NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS NO. 1112-18 The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will receive sealed bids from any qualified person, company or corporation interested in performing the following service: MISCELLANEOUS STRIPING PROJECT (P.R.I. PROJECT #003.242) This project consists of striping several roads (approximately 141,000 linear feet) located in the southern part of Gulf County, Florida. Plans and specifications can be obtained at Preble-Rish, Inc., 324 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, (850) 227-7200. The bid must conform to Section 287.133(3) Florida Statutes, on public entity crimes. Cost for Plans and Specifications will be $25.00 per set and is non-refundable. Check should be made to PREBLE-RISH, INC. If you have any questions, please call Clay Smallwood at (850) 227-7200. Completion date for this project will be 45 days from the date of bid award. Liquidated damages for failure to complete the project on the specified date will be set at $50.00 per day. Please indicate on the envelope your COMPANY NAME, BID NUMBER, and that this is a sealed bid for the “Miscellaneous Striping Project”. Submit 1 original and 3 copies of the bid. Bids will be received until 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, on May 3, 2012 at the Gulf County Clerk’s Office, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456, and will be opened and read aloud at this same location on May 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Time. All bids shall remain firm for a period of 60 days after the opening. All bidders shall comply with all applicable State and local laws concerning licensing registration and regulation of contractors doing business to the State of Florida. The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to waive informalities in any bid, to accept and/or reject any or all bids, and to accept the bid that in their judgment will be in the best interest of Gulf County. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA /s/ William C. Williams, III -Chairman April 19, 26, 2012 Charles Sam Jones III and Kelly McCoy Jones All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM E.T., Wednesday, the 2nd day of May, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 2012 86765S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Jerry M. Pybus Family Trust, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 510 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-06 R.E. No. 02684-038R Description of Property: Lot H, Sunnywood Estates Unit 2, as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 17, of the Official Records of Gulf County, Florida, on file in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court. (SAID LOT AS SHOWN NOT INCLUDED IN PLAT). Name in which assessed: Mary Ann Jamerson All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM E.T., Wednesday, the 9th day of May, 2012. Dated this 3rd day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 86895S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Bill F. McCormick, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 144 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-09 R.E. No. 00796-000R Description of Property: Lot Six (6), Block Two (2),Corrective Replat Riverside Park Subdivision, according to an official plat thereof on file in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court, Gulf County, Florida, recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 38, of the Official Records of Gulf County, Florida. Lot 8, Block 2, Corrective Replat, Riverside Park Subdivision, according to Official file in the Office of Clerk of Circuit Court in Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Kenneth R. Goodell All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM E.T., Wednesday, the 16th day of May, 2012. Dated this 10th day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 5, 2012

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B8| The Star Thursday, April 19, 2012 CLASSIFIEDS See emeraldcoastjobs.com to nd a job at the intersection of both.Wouldn’t you like a job that ful lls you both professionally and personally? With Monster’s new ltering tools, you can quickly hone in on the job that’s right for you. So visit emeraldcoastjobs.com and nd a job that makes everybody happy. Port St. Joe CommercialFor LeaseMarketed Exclusively by:850-229-6373 Retail / Of ce Space143 Acklins Island Drive-Cape San Blas+/1000sf; $10 psf mod gross; high visibility on Cape San Blas Road ; available May 1st212 Hwy 98-Town Centre Building1st, 2nd, 3rd oor suites avail; +/-1700-2250sf; $6.75-$8.75psf mod gross202 Marina Drive Centennial Bank Bldg 2nd & 3rd Floor Spaces Avail; +/-491-5,000sf; $12 psf mod gross 316 & 318 Reid Avenue Of ce /Retail; +/1,700sf; Can be subdivided; $13.25psf 101 Reid Avenue Seven of ce suites avail starting at $400 mo plus pro rata CAM 103 Reid Avenue Great of ce/retail location ready for occupancy; $10 psf mod gross 219 Reid Avenue Of ce/Retail; +/-5400 sf; subdividable $7 psf mod gross (former Goodwill) 235 W. Gulf Beach Drive Of ce/Retail;+/-800sf-1800;$14psfmod gross 407 Reid Avenue +/-905sf; move in ready; $14psf 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 separate storage units availableFor Sale223 Monument Avenue Four city lots fronting Hwy 98; $375,000 407 Reid Avenue+/4988 sf: 100% leased multi tenant bldg; On-site parking; $349,500401 Reid Avenue+/5400 sf: Retail space; $165,000; Avail for lease; Inquire for termsLoggerhead Restaurant Cape San Blas, +/-3000sf, FFE incl., .47 ac, on site-parking, sewer, asking $350,000. Short Sale 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 Marina Cove Lots 12, 13, & 14; $375,000 PSJ 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; $399,000 $33,500 5 Acres near Crystal Lake on Amos Hayes Rd, property has well septic and power pole. Current survey is available. About 1.5 acres of the property is cleared. 850-271-5761 and leave a message. 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 Appl. Airport : 1995 Cavalier 16x80’ Mobile home, zone 3. 3 bed, 2 bath $10,000 obo. Call: 850-653-2222 Mazda Miata 1990 Red convertible with hard top, automatic Must sell $2,750 Please call 850-227-9389 Text FL05075 to 56654 M U L T I U N I T MULTI UNIT B U I L D I N G BUILDING Fully Occupied 5400 total sq ft Downtown Reid Ave$249,900 C a l l : Call: 8 5 0 5 2 7 2 5 6 0 850.527.2560 108 S. E. AVE. A CARRABELLE, FLORIDA 32322850-697-9604 850-323-0444 www.seacrestre.comwww. rst tness.com/carrabellePROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND RENTALSRENTALS3 BR 2BA, UNFURNISHED HOUSE Beautiful Bay View .........................................$800 2 BR MOBILE HOME UNFURNISHED Country, Private ..............................................$600 1 BR FURNISHED CONDO Nice, Includes Utilities.....................................$910 1 BR RIVER CONDO, BOAT SLIP 3 Night Minimum ..........................$105 Plus Daily 3 BR 1 BA, FURNISHED HOUSE Monthly Rate, Carrabelle ................................$850 1 BR 1BA, UNFURNISHED APT Lanark, Remodeled, Inc Water .......................$475 2 BR 1BA UNFURNISHED APT Lanark ............................................................$450 1 BR, SUN ROOM/DAY BED Furnished, Lanark, Inc Utilities ......................$650 OFFICE SPACE Hwy 98 Frontage, Carrabelle .....$550 Plus Utilities PSJ, 3 br, 1 ba, all brick 404 Battles Street, corner lot -large yard. W/D incl $650/mo + dep. 301-265-5368 White City Clean 3/2 House!2 Blk from boat ramp, quiet, long term, $650 + Dep, 270-8757/906-0095Text FL5826 to 56564 WeWa 3br/2ba central heat & air $525/mo + dep 639-5721; RV great for 1 to 2 people $115 a week + dep incl. W/S/E 639-5721 ApalachicolaSouth Side. Historic House, totally renovated, bay breezes. Approx. 2800sf. $395,000 (850) 653-5853 For Sale or Trade $230,000 Lake Front home Toledo Bend Reservoir, Hamphill, Texas 3br, 2ba, 1 acre, boathouse, dock, pavilion, Call 409-579-1107 Choice Commercial Space coming available on Reid Ave. Corner of 3rd, adjacent to Mulberry Square. Currently successful pet store. Call Patrick 850-527-6090 or Randy 251-978-2538 Efficiency Rooms Weekly or monthly rentals. Downtown PSJ on Reid Ave & 3rd Street. Call 850-229-2706 or 850-527-6090 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. Medical/HealthWantedTwo assistants/aides for PSJ senior couple in-home. References, prior experience only required. Nighttime and daytime positions available. Rate negotiable. Call 904-247-4983 and leave message Web ID#: 34205857 Business/MgmtDeputy DirectorThe Apalachicola Riverkeeper, a nonprofit corporation and 501(c)(3) public charity, is seeking a Part-Time Deputy Director. Details at www.apalachicolariverkeeper.org/deputy_director0.aspx. Web ID#: 34204232 Text FL04232 to 56654 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 & personal care for the elderly. Must be flexible. PT leading to FT-positions available in Apalachicola, 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#: 34204310 Text FL04310 to 56654 JOB NOTICEThe City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3445 is accepting applications for the following positions:Operator Trainee/ or Licensed Operators, Water Treatment PlantPlease submit an application and cover letter along with ve references to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn. Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, Fl. 32457. Applications and a full job description can be found on our website cityofportstjoe.com. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850) 229-8261. The Position will close on April 27, 2012. The entry level salary for an operator trainee will be $12.08 per hr. All other licensed operators will be based on quali cations. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. JOB NOTICEThe City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3445) is accepting applications for the following positions: Operator Trainee/ or Licensed Operator, Waste Water Treatment Plant Please submit an application to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn. Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, Fl. 32457. Applications and a full job description can be found on our website cityofportstjoe.com. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850)229-8261. The Positions will close on April 27th, 2012. The entry level salary for an operator trainee will be $12.08 per hr. All other licensed operators will be based on quali cations. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Install/Maint/RepairFirst Class Line TechnicianGulf Coast Electric Cooperative is accepting applications for the position of First Class Line Technician at Workforce Center of Florida, 625 Highway 231, Panama City, Florida through Tuesday, April 24, 2012. For more information visit our website at www.gcec.com. Equal Opportunity Employer. Web ID#: 34205103 Text FL05103 to 56654 Install/Maint/RepairLine Technician TraineeGulf Coast Electric Cooperative is accepting applications for four (4) positions of Line Technician Trainee at Workforce Center of Florida, 625 Highway 231, Panama City, Florida through Tuesday, April 24, 2012. For more information visit our website at www.gcec.com. Equal Opportunity Employer. Web ID#: 34205101 Text FL05101 to 56654 Food Svs/Hospitality The Port Inn is now accepting applicationsPT Desk Service Agent BartenderWeekends and holidays are required. Dependability is a must! If you have an eye for detail and a passion for service, we want you! Please apply in person at the address below: Make beds, make friends, make money! Inquire about benefits package. EOE, DFWP The Port Inn 501 Monument Ave, PSJ 32456 Bldg Const/TradesJOB NOTICEThe City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3445) is accepting applications for the following positions:Operator Trainee/ or Licensed Operators, Water Treatment PlantPlease submit an application and cover letter along with five references to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn. Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, Fl. 32457. Applications and a full job description can be found on our website cityofportstjoe.com. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850)229-8261. The Position will close on April 27, 2012. The entry level salary for an operator trainee will be $12.08 per hr. All other licensed operators will be based on qualifications. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Web ID#: 34204960 Medical/HealthKennel Tech Part TimeApalachicola Bay Animal Clinic is hiring a part time kennel technician. We are seeking a responsible, reliable, organized individual to help care for our client’s pets in their home away from home. Our animal clinic provides medical services and care for cats and dogs. The kennel tech is responsible for the care and maintenance of the kennel and its guests. Duties include, but are not limited to: walking dogs, feeding & watering pets, medicating pets, bathing pets, cleaning cages & runs, and maintaining the overall cleanliness of all kennel areas, clinic, and grounds. This is a part time position which requires you to work every other weekend. Weekday hours are in the late afternoon and early evening. Skills Required: -Must be able to handle cats and dogs of all sizes -Professional and positive attitude -Outgoing personality -Reliable transportation -Must be self-motivated and comfortable working alone sometimes -Perform closing duties -Must be comfortable with cleaning (including pet waste) -Attention to detail -desire to be part of a dynamic team of professionals Please send letter of interest and resume to: abacjob@ yahoo.com Park your car in Classified and see it take off in the fast lane Classified can!If you re ready to move up or are j ust starting out Classified can help you open the door to home ownership.We ve got properties at every price, with locations all over town And if you re planning to sell, Classified can introduce you to the market s best prospects.



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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 TABLE OF CONTENTS quotequote id quote nameJUMP From Page 6AFrom page 6A Subscribe to The StarCall 227-1278For your hometown paper delivered to your home!Opinions4A Letters to the Editor5A Sports 10A Society News2-3B Obituaries 4B Church News 5B Law Enforcement8B School News 10B Legals 11B Classieds 12-13B Trades & Services14B INDEXA Freedom Newspaper Real Estate Advertising Deadline Thursday 11:00 am ET Display Advertising Deadline Friday 11:00 am ET227-1278Classified Line-Advertising Deadline Monday 5:00 pm ET747-5020 xxxx xxxxxxx 1BVISITTHESTARONLINEATWWW.STARFL.COM XXXXX XXXXXXYOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR By TIM CROFT227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com A broad framework for the path forward was presented to the Port St. Joe Port Authority last week by vice president of the St. Joe Company Jorge Gonzalez. Gonzalez offered the first draft of a Management, Advisory and Supervisory agreement to the Port Authority to review. Port Authority members and attorney Tom Gibson were to comb the document and come back at the next Port Authority meeting with any proposed revisions. Gonzalez said the hope was to have a formal agreement in the next month or so. This outlines the specific services we would be willing to offer with a strong emphasis on bringing business here, Gonzalez said. We need to shake the bushes, so to speak, and be proactive. A big component of this is a marketing plan, a plan for identifying businesses and aggressively going after them. The meat of the agreement is a description of services to provide marketing, promotional and economic and business development activities for the Port properties. The Port properties, once the Port St. Joe city commission approves an amendment to the port master planning area, will include the port barge terminal and upland parcel, the old Arizona Chemical property, the old mill site property and bulkhead and the area from the mill site property to First Street, including Jetty Park. St. Joe would institute a marketing program for the lease of the properties; provide timely and comprehensive response to any leads; proactively identify and solicit interest in the port; negotiate contracts and leases, with agreement of the Port By VALERIE GARMAN229-7843 | @valeriegarman vgarman@star .com To complete this weekends Panhandle Lighthouse Challenge, lighthouse enthusiasts will travel 260 miles to ve different lighthouses on the coast, climbing 538 steps and 436 feet of tower. For the price of one $10 challenge ticket, participants will have the opportunity to climb and visit ve panhandle lighthouses from St. Marks to Pensacola this Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22. Everybody loves lighthousesthats what its all about, said Cape San Blas Lighthouse lady Beverly Mount-Douds. Were here for the history. We want people to know the history of the lighthouse. Mount-Douds is preparing for a busy weekend2010s Forgotten Coast Lighthouse Challenge brought more than 400 climbers to the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. I hope we do double that this year, Mount-Douds said. People now know that were here and know more about it. Mount-Douds said the challenge also gives lighthouse lovers a chance to recognize April as Florida Lighthouse Month. Saturday, April 21 will also be celebrated as this years Florida Lighthouse Day. The easternmost stop on the By TIM CROFT227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The eld for the upcoming Port St. Joe city elections was thinned when the candidate qualifying window closed on March 28. Group IV Commissioner Rex Buzzett will serve his third consecutive two-year term when he drew no opposition to his seat. Buzzett also drew no opponent two years ago. I am humbled and honored, with the peoples trust, Buzzett said during last weeks regular bimonthly meeting. Incumbent Group III Commissioner Lorinda Gingell, seeking her second term, will be challenged in the May 8 general election by Phil McCroan. All city residents, and only city residents, may vote in the race. On Election Day voting will be held 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Port St. Joe Fire Station. Voter registration books closed on Monday. Early voting begins April 28 and will continue until May 5. Early voting hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET at the Supervisor of Elections of ce located at 401 Long Avenue. Early voting will be held Monday through Saturday during that period; there will be no Sunday early voting. The last day to request absentee ballots is May 2.By TIM CROFT227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Sen. Bill Nelson has a long history with Port St. Joe. You could say the community is in his blood. Nelson, whose greatgrandfather ed New York City after a bar ght aboard a ship that docked in Port St. Joe and whose greatgrandfather and grandfather are buried near Marianna, was in Port St. Joe last week to speak to local of cials on a host of issues as part of a tour through rural North Florida. His great-grandfather would later be taken prisoner in the skirmish known as the Battle of Marianna and ended up in the Union equivalent of the infamous Andersonville prisoner of war camp in Elmira, NY. After Appomattox, he was released and somehow found his way back to Port St. Joe. I am inextricably linked to Port St. Joe, Nelson said. I think its pretty exciting. Nelson spoke brie y on economic trends, noting 25-straight months of private sector job growth nationally and trends in Florida that indicate the economy is picking up, but it has been a slow, painful process. And noting the partisanship that divides Washington at this time, Nelson chose to speak about some personal shining moments during which bipartisanship ruled, most particularly on the RESTORE Act, which has gained broad support across the aisle in the U.S. Senate to bring relief to Gulf states impacted by the BP oil spill of 2010. You can see the bipartisanship that was there, Nelson said, before adding that the Senate is having dif culties with the House of Representatives on passage prior to the 2012 elections. RESTORE, Nelson said, it would take de ned money from the BP ne settlement and put it back to economic development and environmental restoration across the impacted Gulf states. He noted that support, from senators in Washington to county commissionersPort Authority, St. Joe begin next phaseSee PORT A2 SECRETS OF SAN BLAS AUTHOR TO VISIT LIGHTHOUSE THIS WEEKENDOn May 16, 1938, E.W. Marler, the assistant lighthouse keeper at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse was brutally murdered. No one was ever charged with the crime. More than 70 years later, the case remains one of North Floridas great, unsolved mysteriesuntil now. Charles Farleys new novel about the crime, Secrets of San Blas, solves the murder, at least ctionally. Farley will be visiting the novels setting this weekend for a book signing April 22 and 23 at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, the scene of the crime. Farleys novel is both fast-paced and historically accurate. While the solution to the mystery is supposition, the descriptions of the areas history, natural beauty and pre-World War II culture are not. Buzzett elected unopposed; Group III decided next monthNelson talks port, RESTORE, shing rights in town hallSee RESTORE A7 Panhandlethis weekend this weekend this weekend this weekend Panhandle Panhandle this weekend this weekend this weekend L ighthouse Challenge Panhandle Panhandle Panhandle Panhandle this weekend this weekend this weekend this weekend L L L L L ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge ighthouse Challenge this weekend ighthouse Challenge this weekend ighthouse Challenge L ighthouse Challenge VALERIE GARMAN | The StarThe Cape San Blas Lighthouse is one of the ve lighthouses participating in this weekends Panhandle Lighthouse Challenge. See LIGHTHOUSE A6A big component of this is a marketing plan, a plan for identifying businesses and aggressively going after them.Jorge Gonzalez vice president of the St. Joe CompanyThursday, APRIL 19 2012 YEAR 74, NUMBER 27 Plein Air Paint Out, B1Opinion .......................................A4-A5Letters to the Editor ...................A5Outdoors .....................................A8 Sports...........................................A9School News ................................B3Faith .............................................B4 Obituaries ....................................B4Classi eds ....................................B6-B8 Butler announces for elections supervisorSpecial to The StarShawn Butler, a Gulf County Native, of cially announced this week his intention to seek the of ce of Gulf County Supervisor of Elections. I am 38 years old and married to Kelly Nations Butler of Wewahitchka, who is the daughter of Robert and Elaine Nations. Both Kelly and I are lifelong residents of Gulf County. I am the son of Ronnie Butler and the late, Sherry Butler, both of Port St. Joe. I am the grandson of Roy and Ima Jo Marshall of Howard Creek and the Late Wandell and Cathy Butler. I attended Port St. Joe Elementary School and graduated from Port St. Joe High School. When I was a senior at Port St. Joe High School, I had a mission to become a Law Enforcement Of cer. I graduated from Port St. Joe High School in May of 1992 and began the Law Enforcement Academy at Gulf Coast Community College in August of 1992, receiving my certi cation in December 1992. I am currently employed by the Gulf County Sheriffs Of ce as a Criminal Investigator and have been in Law Enforcement for nearly 20 Years. I am assigned to Computer Related Crimes, the North Florida Internet Crimes against Children Task Force (ICAC), and Child Abduction Response Team (CART). In 2004 I was promoted to the rank of corporal and then to lieutenant in 2005 where I was responsible for supervising deputies on patrol. In 1992, I became a volunteer for the Highland View Volunteer Fire Department. I was elected Fire Chief by the members in 1998, and served as Fire Chief until moving to Howard Creek in 2005. During this time, I was responsible for an average of 16 members and balancing a quarter million dollar county budget. I believe my leadership skills, budget experience, and extensive Florida Law knowledge has prepared me to serve the citizens of Gulf County as Supervisor of Elections. SHAWN BUTLERSee BUTLER A6

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As a client emerges the St. Joe Company would also provide any needed technical services. And, Gonzalez emphasized, as is spelled out in the agreement, the St. Joe Company will enter into leases, provide pricing and court clients with full input and approval of the Port Authority. Every substantive decision that has to be made will have to come back to the full Port Authority, Gonzalez said. Im excited, Im ready to go, Costin said. Gonzalez added that all marketing will be based on a detailed marketing plan after a great deal of dialogue between the Port Authority and St. Joe. I want that marketing to be based on a plan that all have signed off on, Gonzalez said. We have to be very proactive and (have efforts) based on a marketing plan. He said that plan would target industries and businesses that are realistic for the Port St. Joe niche. Its all about finding the right niche, Gonzalez said. That will be an organic ongoing process. That discussion has already begun in Tallahassee, according to Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard, who attended the meeting as a guest of Ralph Rish, whose company, Preble Rish Engineers, hosted the meeting. Vinyard noted that Gov. Rick Scott has made ports a centerpiece in his job creation efforts and the value of ports to the Florida economy. Florida has more ports than just about any other state, Vinyard said. We ought to take advantage of it. I know Gov. Scott talks a lot about Port St. Joe and the potential here. I understand your issues and weve talked about the niche we could bring in here. He said one part of the puzzle was streamlining the permitting process, which has bogged the Port of Port St. Joe down in the past, and said his goal was to tweak the process because every dollar saved on permitting is one that can be used to protect the environment. The key to this county is the port, said Barry Sellers, executive director of the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce. This is a great time to be here. We are doing to get this done. Sellers also discussed the concept of regionalism and that in partnering with St. Joe the Port Authority was, in effect, helping to market the entire Northwest Florida region. We are really pitching the same assets, Gonzalez said of St. Joe and Bay County efforts to market the new international airport as well as the companys efforts, with the Port Authority, to market the Port of Port St. Joe. We are competing against the world to sell the whole region. News on one project nurtured for nearly two years by the Port Authority should come this week. Tommy Pitts, who remains on as executive director of the port at $1 per month, said a proof of funds for the prospective client should be provided by its banker this week. Once that is in hand, Pitts said, negotiations on a lease of the barge terminal bulkhead would begin and be brought to the Port Authority at a later date.I want that marketing to be based on a plan that all have signed off on. We have to be very proactive and (have efforts) based on a marketing plan.Jorge Gonzalez. vice president of the St. Joe Company

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OpinionA4 | The Star Thursday, April 19, 2012Phyllis nally asked me to do her a favor. I have talked with her so many times; she never asks anything of me. So when Phyllis called me and asked if I would do something for her, I jumped right on it. Phyllis, my friend, my angel and now, my godmother dialed my number by mistake in December 2010 and we have been talking regularly ever since. Some people get annoyed by getting those wrong number calls; mine from Phyllis has denitely changed my life for the better. We are quite a pair. Phyllis, who is a 91-yearold part African-American, part Chicahominy Indian living in Gary, Ind., has a Caucasian godson who grew up in Alabama and now lives in Virginia. She prays for me, she loves me and she is wiser than any Ph.D. I work with (and I work with a lot). We had talked on the phone for a while one afternoon and, within ve minutes Phyllis called back and said, I need you to do something for me. Of course I agreed I would and was anxious to nd out what it was she wanted me to do. Phyllis wanted me to call Albert, her brother, who lives in the Bronx, N.Y. Her only instructions were to tell him who I was, that I was her godson and how we met. It scared me a little bit because I have this fear of Phyllis leaving. I understand that Phyllis is 91 and she is on the backside of this life, but I need her. It may sound greedy, but I need her. So in the back of my mind, I was thinking that Phyllis might have been planning her exit. I couldnt handle it. Needing to know a little more, I at out asked her, Phyllis, youre OK arent you? She laughed and said she was blessed and covered in the blood. I went on to tell her that my Daddys name was Albert, so this must be a sign of something. We discussed names some, then she explained to me that her brother had lost his wife in the last week and he just needed to talk to people. This satised my curiosity, and I felt a lot better. Having some spare time Friday afternoon, I called Albert. Phyllis had not prepared Albert for my call, so at rst he was somewhat hesitant to talk. After my two minute explanation of the wrong number, all the prayers, all the calls, Phyllis being an angel and being my godmother, he started chuckling. Then Albert said, You can call me Al. Al and I talked for about half an hour, like his sister he was very delightful to talk to. He explained to me that out of 4 girls and 4 boys, only he and Phyllis were left. He told me about growing up in Toano, Va., and helping his father with the horses (their father tended the horses for the girls at William & Mary). We talked about his father and how times had changed. I told him how sorry I was about his wife dying. Al told me he and Juanita had been married 52 years. To that I said, Wow, what a blessing. Al and Juanita had only one child who lives in New York. She was there with Al when I was talking with him. Of course, I needed to know a little more about his older sister Phyllis, so I asked. Al is 87. I asked him if he was a basketball fan like Phyllis, to which he replied, No, no, no, I like wrestling. I laughed. I didnt get into wrestling with him, folks who like wrestling like wrestling. You cant discuss it with them if you dont understand it. When I asked Al about his occupation, he was quick to tell me that he xed shoes. We talked about xing shoes and moved on to souls. It was interesting. The conversation was meant to go that way. I was starting to understand a little more about why Phyllis wanted me to call her brother. We talked about his faith and how it compared to his sisters beliefs. Al then steered the conversation back on Phyllis, noting, She ran The Gulf County Tourist Development Council took a step in a positive direction last week. The newly-expanded board met to review and sign an afdavit of understanding of policies and procedures passed down from the Board of County Commissioners. The board also named ofcers, selecting as president Port St. Joe businessman David Warriner. Warriner brings a particular skill set needed at this time. He is a stakeholder, with the two largest lodging establishments in the county as well as the Thirsty Goat. He has a proven civic track record, from his work with Sacred Heart on the Gulf to Gulf Coast State College and the Gulf/Franklin Center to the Northwest Florida Early Learning Coalition to the Gulf Education Foundation, to name a few. Maybe most importantly, he has the resources and personal and professional relationships to resist the entreaties of special interests who would like to lay hands on the TDCs public dollars. Those, however, are baby steps toward restoring credibility and erasing the debacle of the past year. And, several more, should be givens, in light of last weeks report of a series of reports in this newspaper regarding TDC operations.A new BOCC liaisonThere is no delicate way to state this: While the culture that so irritated county commissioners has been allowed to fester, Commissioner Warren Yeager and Commissioner Bill Williams, the past two BOCC chairman, were the most recent BOCC liaisons to the TDC. Yeager served on the TDC board while BOCC chairman. Williams, who has attempted to wobble on the high ground through this mess, served as BOCC board chairman while that culture, based on public records, continued. To say they failed in their tasks as commissioners, as stewards of public dollars, as caretakers for the countys reputation, would be understating the case. The rules, procedures and regulations the TDC board was presented with last week should have been part of the TDC Operations Manual from day one. That neither ensured that it was is a dereliction of their job as commissioners. For two county commissioners to sit passively on the TDC board and allow what happened to occur is beyond the pale. For them to subsequently provide two of the votes to re the TDC director for, in the words of Williams, in part doing nothing to correct a culture that existed long before poor Tim Kerigan is the height of hypocrisy. And this particularly so for Yeager, whose district includes a signicant number of the bed tax collectors in the county. Exactly how did he represent those constituents by enabling the culture of the TDC? If Williams does not step aside as a liaison to the TDC board, his fellow commissioners should push. Given that his questions in part brought most of what occurred during the past nine months to light, Commissioner Ward McDaniel seems like the right choice.End the relationship with StatecraftThis has nothing to do with the conicted personal relationship at the heart of the situation between the TDC and Statecraft and everything. Based solely on performance, the TDC long ago should have ended any contractual relationship with Statecraft but the most obvious explanation for why the agency did not is a personal relationship rife with conict between Williams and his girlfriend, Amber Davis, who operates Statecraft. That Williams has a gaping blind spot about that conict hello Bobby Petrino speaks volumes. The list of violations of basic protocols and procedures nearly reads like the audit of the TDC. No contracts, only broad MOUs. Events planned, at least partially paid for and cancelled. Expenses with little or spotty documentation. Last week it remained unclear where more than $1,000 in Visa gift cards that could be used anywhere instead of gift certicates supporting local businesses that were passed out during a Boston Butt contest with a eld of two actually went. A St. Patricks Day event became a plug for one business, not the county. A general lack of communication. The list is extensive and appalling. In the private sector that leads to termination of contract. That the county since it has taken over the TDC has allowed this kind of performance from one contractor, any contractor on any job, is unsatisfactory.Repair the relationship with Kerigan MarketingThere are many problems, and shared responsibility, with the business connection between the TDC and Kerigan Marketing, not least of which the lack of a signed contract. That the company had a toe-hold, and used it for years, on TDC marketing given, once again, conicted personal relationships, does not dismiss the fact the company did good work and its campaigns had demonstrable impacts, as opposed to, say, Statecraft. There needs to be a level playing eld to the process, full and transparent bidding and awarding of contracts, but the chasm that has Kerigan Marketing sitting on the sidelines while its invoices go unpaid by the county isnt constructive. Further, the current situation has a chilling effect on local businesses, any business, wishing to work with the county. For that reason alone, to restore credibility in its business dealings with contractors, the county must have resolution with Kerigan Marketing.Go outside for the next directorIf the names rumored as possible successors for Tim Kerigan are an indication, time to use the Gulf Coast Workforce Board to identify a candidate, not just screen applicants. The model followed by the Chamber of Commerce, in which the GCWB identied a dynamic individual from out of state and out of reach of special interests, was spot on. The TDC, the county, should follow the same procedure. A shudder is the response when the county administrator is quoted saying they are looking for somebody all commissioners are comfortable with. That is pretty much how this debacle started.Its not about money, All Stars, ESPN or World Series Rings Keyboard KLATTERINGSYou can call me AlRestoring credibility to the TDC TimIM croCROFtTStar news editor God, Chick King paused to signify the poignancy and the veracity of the moment, invented baseball. I leaned in a little closer. And my eyes widened! I knew God was the author of those plagues Moses threw on the ancient Egyptians. He also drew up the plans for Noahs boat. He delivered Jonah out of the belly of a whale and the Hebrew children from the ery furnace, but I had no idea God was this good. This was my rst week with the American Legion team. I had hitch-hiked the 20 miles to Paris, Tenn., with my spikes and glove under my arm to try out for the team. It was the rst time I laid eyes on Mr. King. I was 15 years old. Ninety feet, Chick continued, is divinely inspired and Heavenly appointed. I wasnt sure if he was talking baseball or preaching. I was to learn over the years that he could do both with equal aplomb. If that distance was 85 feet, everybody is safe. If they moved it back to 95 feet, even the weakest armed short-stop could throw you out! I glanced over instinctively at the rst base line. Chick King had run down deep line drives off the bats of Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams. He had dug in the batters box in Detroit and stared out at the likes of Whitey Ford and Early Wynn. Hed seen rst hand that curve ball of Camilo Pascual drop off the table. Youd better believe I was hanging on every word! Its the same with the distance from home plate to the mound. If they moved it in to 40 feet, nobody gets a hit. If it was pushed back to 75, youd all be big leaguers. Men, again Chick paused to let every word sink in, appreciate this game. Love it. And young men, never forget that no mere mortal could ever devise a game where the object was to take a round ball and hit it with a round bat, squarely! Another baseball season is upon us. The long winter is a distant memory. That hope which springs eternal from the human breast as Ernest Thayer reminded us in his classic Casey at the Bat abounds on every side. You can feel it in the air. You can hear it in the birds. You can see it in the clearness of the early morning. You dont have to be a baseball player to admire the Chick Kings of the world. Baseball and life. They have always been intertwined with me. Son, do you like baseball? were the rst words Chick said when I hesitantly approached him about a tryout. So, you are a catcher? he stared like he was looking into my soul. Yes sir. I lied. I had pitched and played third base and maybe caught a few games in Little League. Shucks, in those choose up sides games we played in every backyard and vacant eld where we could gather up a group, we didnt even have a catcher. We just barely had gloves. And usually only one ball! We certainly didnt have facemasks and shin guards. But I heard Chick was needing a catcher and I gured it was my best chance to make the team. He didnt say nothing and I suspected he saw through my ruse. But he obviously was going to give me a chance. We took a lot of batting practice that rst spring tryout with the Paris team. And Coach King hit ground balls effortlessly at wannabe inelders and outelders. Its a great game was his usual comment. Or Its great to be young. Its great to be alive. Its great to be a child of Gods. He was relentless. Son, I thought practice was over. I was xing to untie my cleats. Put on that catching gear and move over to the backstop. I obeyed immediately. And realized my mistake way too late! He took a bucket of balls that turned out to be like those ve loaves and two shes the rst baseman brought to Jesus. He had me squat down and started ring balls at me from all angles! Folks, he one hopped them in the dirt in front of me. He bounced them off my chest protector. He hit me on both feet, I was diving to my left to knock balls down, I was leaping for the high ones. Sweat was stinging my eyes. He threw some so hard I had no chance. He wouldnt stop. And I was too stubborn to quit. I didnt hear no birds singing and the spring wind wasnt gently brushing against my cheeks! God was punishing me for lying. I lost all track of time. But self preservation got my hands and feet moving like never before. I followed the ball from the moment it left his hand. I begin to catch more than I missed. I got the glove on the ground on the low ones. I got my belt buckle moving to the direction the ball was coming. I was keeping most all of them in front of me by the time Chick called a halt to our little game. Kesley, he put his arm around my shoulder as we headed toward the dugout, youll do. I dont know to this day if he was talking baseball or life. Over the next three years Chick King talked a lot about both. He thought you had to think your way around each. He demanded us to be two steps ahead on the baseball eld. And he preached it was also the way to approach life. I hear the birds today. I appreciate the beginning of another baseball season. I catch the signicance of the renewing taking place this time of year. I am thankful for every spring in my life. I wouldnt guarantee God invented baseball. But I wouldnt bet against it! Respectfully, Chick and Kes HUnkerNKER DoOWnNKesley Colbert USPS 518-880Published every Thursday at 135 W. U.S. 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publisher: Rick Martin Editor: Tim Croft POSTMASTER: Send address change to: The Star P.O. 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He told me that I had to call him back soon, and I told him I would. Before I got off the phone, out of the blue, Al made the statement, I know Ill see you someday, I know that for a fact. I responded, That would be nice, I look forward to it. Knowing I had to report the conversation to Phyllis, I called her within the hour. She wanted to know the details and what we talked about. Did you tell him Im your godmother? Yes maam, I con rmed. What else did yall talk about? To that question, I told Phyllis, We talked about shoes and souls for awhile. Phyllis started laughing and said, Its working. Then I asked Phyllis, Do you have me preaching to your brother? And you know what her answer was Theres a little devil in my angel, but she has her reasons. Read more stories at www.CranksMyTractor. com. CRANKS from page A4Fellow Gulf CountiansDear Editor: A letter to the editor by local businessman Preston Russ in the April 12 edition of The Star repudiated a letter to the editor by a Mr. Jay Liles in the April 5 edition of The Star regarding the CBRA act. Mr. Liless inclusion into the CBRA of the Cape and the Pass was, by any logical reasoning, a mistake and any action taken by Mr. Southerland to correct this error is to be commended. As a fellow resident of this area I know the tax dollars that are collected from these two areas make the BOCC all aquiver. The CBRA designation is a speci c goal: to keep all taxpayers from having to contribute to the development of dangerous coastal areas, plain and simple. Mr. Russ ended his letter with the following paragraph, By the way, when I was growing up in the panhandle, my parents were Democrats, and we used to have conservative Democrats. Can someone tell me what happened to the conservatives in the Democratic Party? I believe we are alive and well, and vote for whomever is the best candidate regardless of party af liation. Many members of both parties consider themselves Independents but, because of Floridas antiquated system of closed primaries, one must choose to belong to one party or the other to have a voice in the all-important primary. Perhaps Mr. Southerland can sponsor a bill to remedy this injustice. A similar injustice exists in our own county in that we voters can only vote for one commissioner out of ve. The BOCC was big on talk about county-wide voting awhile back, but when push came to shove they caved. Interesting too is that when the biomass incinerator talks were going on much ado was made by the BOCC about the negative in uence of outsiders; however, when it came to county-wide voting they listened to an out-ofcounty law rm rather than the people (voters) they represent. Primaries for three BOCC seats are right around the corner and its a great opportunity for some voters to do some serious spring cleaning. So get out your brooms Gulf Countians! Its still about protecting their own turf. Some folks have a conveniently short memory when it comes to the scally non-conservative actions of the Bush administration. To deny the reckless spending of that administration on the federal level and our own representatives on the state (majority Republican) and local levels ignores the facts. The interest on that debt continues to accrue and the current administration has added to it. Most Gulf Countians consider themselves conservative whether they be Democrat or Republican. It is not an attitude that belongs solely to one party or another. Respectfully,Tom KnocheMoney BayouThe real issue with CBRADear Editor: This is response to the letter printed April 12 pertaining to coastal development. There are inaccuracies in Mr. Preston Russs letter about the application of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) of 1982 in Gulf County. First, CBRA was not passed to take undeveloped barrier islands and withhold federal funds from being spent on them in order to prevent or slow down development on these lands. Areas within CBRA units can be developed provided that private developers or other non-Federal parties bear the cost. CBRA was passed to minimize the loss of human life, wasteful expenditures of Federal revenues and the damage to sh, wildlife and other natural resources associated with coastal barriers along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts by restricting Federal expenditures and nancial assistance which have the effect of encouraging development of coastal barriers .... (P.L. 97-348, Oct 1982, Section 2 (b). Second, peninsulas were not excluded from the Act as undeveloped coastal barrier is de ned as a depositional geologic feature that is subject to wave, tidal and wind energies; and protects landward aquatic habitats from direct wave attack. CBRA further de nes a coastal barrier as all associated aquatic habitats; including the adjacent wetlands, marshes, estuaries, inlets and near shore waters. Third, the density of development and whether or not infrastructure (roads, water, sewer, electricity etc.), determined which areas were to be included in the Act. This is not to say that political in uence did not exclude some areas that should have been included. In sum, the issue of the helping the wealthy is a ruse. The real issue addressed by CBRA is that taxpayers across the country should not be subsidizing unwise development in coastal high hazard areas. John OutlandTallahasseeDrivers have no regard for childrenDear Editor: I am writing to express my outrage over the drivers in Port St. Joe who display little or no regard for the safety of little children or small animals. I live on Marvin Avenue between 10th and 16th Streets and about a month or so ago my son and his ance moved across the street from my house. Now that they are three, their two little girls like to cross the street to visit, along with our two little dogs and the family cats. Our neighbors next door also have two small children, ages 3 and 5. This has now opened my eyes to just how fast people actually drive down our road. We have put up a homemade sign which helped considerably, actually got compliments, but violated the citys sign ordinance. We now yell, Please slow down, which has gotten responses like waves, smiles, nods and an occasional nger, not so nice. When the softball games are going on 10th Street, our road resembles the Daytona 500. I would like to ask if you must speed, especially while on your cell phone, use Garrison Avenue. It will be a sad day for us all if a child is hit. It is not something Id want to live with the rest of my life. Please slow down, thats all were asking.Lisa FaipeaPort St. Joe Send your letters to : LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Fax: 850-227-7212 Email: tcroft@star .comComments 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 veri cation and will not be published. Letters must be in good taste and The Star reserves the right to edit letters for correctness and style. SHARE YOUR OPINIONSUsing comic books to teach nancial literacy OpinionThe Star| A5Thursday, April 19, 2012For decades, millions of kids have faithfully followed the adventures of their favorite comic book superheroes like Spider-Man and the X-Men sometimes well into adulthood. Although often considered pure escapism, comic books also can serve an educational role whether its teaching the principles of science, demonstrating right vs. wrong or even helping kids learn how to read. Personal nancial management is one of those important, yet admittedly dull, subjects parents want to teach their kids, but sometimes avoid maybe they believe they dont know enough about it, or are afraid family nancial secrets will be shared on the playground. As I learned rsthand growing up in a household where nances were never discussed, learning about money through the school of hard knocks is mighty unproductive and expensive. As a way to introduce children to basic money concepts in a kid-friendly format, Marvel Comics and my employer, Visa Inc., recently collaborated on a new comic book called Avengers: Saving the Day. The plot follows the worlds most popular superheroes, including SpiderMan, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Black Widow, as they learn valuable lessons about managing personal nances while foiling an attempted bank heist by the arch villain, Mole Man. Ideally, children develop nancial skills theyll need in adulthood while still in school things like balancing a checkbook, ling taxes and managing credit cards. But in reality, despite the increasing number and complexity of nancial decisions todays consumers face, only a handful of states mandate nancial literacy courses as a condition for graduating high school. Thats where comic books can help. As Marvel Comics editor Bill Rosemann explained, In an uncertain world, understanding how to save and properly budget your hard-earned money is one of the keys to personal success. The Avengers are not only the worlds greatest heroes, but they also know a thing or three about nancial health. After all, Iron Man hasnt managed his vast wealth of Stark Enterprises by accident, and as Spider-Man learns in this story, you dont have to be a millionaire to be a saving hero. Avengers: Saving the Day was created by a renowned team of Marvel storytellers and is available for free, in both print and online editions, at Practical Money Skills for Life, a free personal nancial management program run by Visa (www. practicalmoneyskills.com/ avengers). Its available in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. A free teachers guide with lesson plans suitable for grades 2 to 7 is also available at the site. Comic books arent the only kid-friendly way to teach nancial literacy. Studies have shown that the key components of good video games including immediate feedback, rewards, motivation and goal-setting may do a better job of preparing todays kids for the modern, high-technology, global world in which they live than the more traditional types of learning often found in the classroom. A good example is Financial Football, which combines the NFLs structure and rules with hundreds of questions of varying dif culty designed to test students nancial knowledge (www. practicalmoneyskills. com/football). Bottom line: Kids learn more when their imagination is engaged, so look for well-designed educational comic books, video games and toys to supplement more traditional learning tools. Jason Alderman directs Visas nancial education programs. To participate in a free, online Financial Literacy and Education Summit on April 23, go to www.practicalmoneyskills. com/summit2012. JASON ALDERMAN Letters

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LocalA6 | The Star Thursday, April 19, 2012 challenge is the St. Marks Lighthouse in the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. The 73-foot brick tower will not be open for climbing, but visitors will have the opportunity to visit the keepers house at the base of the lighthouse. Heading west, the next lighthouse on the tour is the Crooked River Lighthouse in Carrabelle Beach. The 103-food tower was built in 1895 and visitors must climb138 steps to reach the top. Challenge participants will also visit the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island. After collapsing in 2005, the tower was reconstructed in 2008 thanks to dedicated volunteers who collected bricks from the original tower to use in the new model. The next stop on the challenge route is the skeletal tower of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse in Port St. Joe. The tower is 98 feet tall and it takes 131 steps to reach the top, which overlooks St. Josephs Bay. New to the challenge this year is the Pensacola Lighthouse, the tallest and oldest lighthouse featured on the tour. The iconic black and white structure is 159 feet tall with 177 steps and was rst constructed in 1824. In 2010 it was such a big hit with our four lighthouses, the Pensacola Lighthouse wanted to get in on the fun, Mount-Douds said. The $10 ticket price is for both adults and children (climbers must be at least 44 inches tall), and one ticket buys admission to all ve participating lighthouses and a lighthouse challenge tote bag. Upon visitation, each lighthouse will give out a special bookmarker, a completion stamp, and a raf e ticket for a chance to win a variety of prizes. Up for grabs at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse raf e are a variety of prizes from local photographers, artists, authors and craftsmen. Tickets are available at the lighthouse gift shop for $1 per ticket or six for $5. Those who complete the lighthouse challenge will also receive a Panhandle Lighthouse Challenge completion button. Each lighthouse will also be hosting special vendors and activities during the challenge weekend. The Cape San Blas Lighthouse will host vendors selling hotdogs, New Orleans-style snowballs and Louisiana gumbo. Author Charles Farley will be at the gift shop signing his new murder mystery novel Secrets of San Blas along with author Toni Collins signing her book Cedar Keys Light Station. Mexico Beach artist Terry Voyles will be painting on the porch and there will be many other craftsman at the lighthouse selling knickknacks throughout the weekend. For those who dislike heights or are not physically able to climb the towers, can still participate in the challenge by simply visiting each lighthouse, MountDouds said. Mount-Douds said her goal for the weekend is to promote lighthouse awareness. Its a concept that seems to be already working. Mount-Douds spent last Wednesday afternoon at the lighthouse gift shop greeting guests from all over the world. With every visitor that walks through the front door, Mount-Douds asks Where are yall from? Last Wednesday visitors poured in from Kentucky, Michigan, Canada, North Carolina and Georgia. Mount-Douds even had two visitors all the way from South Africa, a rst for the lighthouse. In March we had 1,477 (visitors)thats a record for that time of year, Mount-Douds said. This has been the best spring break ever. If elected, some of my duties and responsibilities will be to ensure your voting rights are protected and that you are con dent your vote is accurately cast and tabulated. I will work to continue public con dence in the election process and educate citizens of all ages. The services provided to you by my ofce would always be administered in an impartial and non-partisan manner. My vision for the ofce will be to focus on continuous improvements by implementing common sense ideas and acquiring and maintaining stateof-the-art technology to better serve the voters of Gulf County. I assure the citizens of Gulf County that I will work diligently to conduct all elections in compliance with the election laws of Florida ensuring every eligible voter has the opportunity to cast a ballot. I have dedicated nearly 20 years to serving and protecting the citizens of Gulf County, and I feel now is the time for a new chapter in my life. If elected, I will not be a politician; I will be an elected professional dedicated to serving the citizens of Gulf County. COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONMGR. SPRINGPROMOTION NEW CUSTOMERS 1/2OFF 2 MONTHSGULF COUNTY AND MEXICO BEACH (850) 247.8956www.coastalpoolandspa.com Robert C. Bruner Attorney Personal & Business BankruptcyOver 30 Years Legal Experience850-670-3030 bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. 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Please call Beverly at 2291151. LIGHTHOUSE from page A1 VALERIE GARMAN | The StarThe Cape San Blas Lighthouse will be open with a variety of special vendors Saturday and Sunday in celebration of Florida lighthouse month and the Panhandle Lighthouse Challenge.

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LocalThe Star| A7Thursday, April 19, 2012 on the ground, helped sell the bill and added that in Florida, county commissioners uniformly supported bringing that money not to the state, but the seven impacted counties in Florida, including Gulf County. RESTORE also includes money to fund research on the long-term impacts of the spill, which remains an unknown. This is our livelihood, Nelson said. How much (oil) is there? What are the impacts at 5,000 feet? Hopefully RESTORE (will not be one of those bills held until after the election) and encouraged all present to notify their congressman to urge passage in the House. Nelson also discussed the extraordinary asset Gulf County has in the Port of Port St. Joe. You have a harbor and you have a railroad, Nelson said. For the port to realize its potential you will need access. That will mean dredging of the congressionally authorized shipping channel and due to severe budget cuts of some $1 trillion dollars the question of funding such a dredging project would be dif cult to answer. We will have to scramble, Nelson said. Nelson noted the federal loan guarantee that allowed Eastern Shipbuilding to expand its operations, including a move into Port St. Joe at the old mill site which could mean several hundred jobs for the local economy. Another sector of the economy was also a topic. I am so proud to see that the tourism season has come back, Nelson said. It looks like a great season we are about to have. He said the government has poured a lot of money into Tyndall Air Force Base for a purpose, to support the training of F-22 pilots and the stationing of the newest Air Force ghter jets. He also talked of the value of Tyndall, which with the Gulf of Mexico, has the largest test range for the U.S. military in the world. Tyndall is there and has a future because of that range, Nelson said, adding, You cant have oil drilling or associated activities within that range. That not only protects the tourism economy, but it protects our military. County Commissioner Warren Yeager spoke about ongoing dialogue with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on removing the Coastal Barrier Resource Act (CBRA) designation removed from St. Joseph Peninsula and Indian Pass. Yeager said he hoped the dialogue the county is taking a different approach this time, gathering data regarding the amount of infrastructure, platting and development already in place when CBRA was enacted in the early 80s would lead to U.S. Fish and Wildlife saying, They dont support (removing CBRA), but they will sign off on it. Nelson said passage by the House of a resolution from Congressman Steve Southerland, who is trying to remove the designation, would help the overall chances of a favorable resolution. Fishing rights were also discussed with the recent rally by commercial and recreational shermen in Washington as a backdrop. Nelson said the problem was that the regulators were using old science, science seven and eight years old to determine the health of sheries and in turn allocations and seasons for sheries. The senator noted that RESTORE also funds research into the current health of sheries in the Gulf. The problem is they have not been dealing with up to date information, Nelson said. You need that updated information. Nelson also brie y touched on the drawn out negotiations which have broken down and led to lawsuits over allocations and ows in the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint river systems, noting that downstream, for the health of the oyster and other industries, a proper ow with appropriate salinity is needed. We are still in this thing, Nelson said. There is only one solution. You need water for Atlanta but you cant starve the communities downstream. NEW HOURS FOR WEEMS MEDICAL CENTER EASTMonday to Friday 8am-6pm & Saturday 8am-4pmBeginning April 2, 2012Primary Care and Urgent Care110 NE 5TH STREET CARRABELLE, FL 850-697-2345 St. Joe Rent-All706 E. 1st Street Port St. Joe, FL (850)227-2112 WELCOME THE AREAS NEWESTSCAG DEALER THE ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFASTSATURDAY & SUNDAY 8:00 A.M. THE ALL YOU C A N E AT BRE A KF A KF A KF S T SAT URD A Y & A Y & A S UND A Y 8:00 A Y 8:00 A A .M. TIKI BAR HAPPYHOUR FRI,SAT & SUN FROM 4 TO 7 WITHLIVEENTERTAINMENT BY BRADY DJ & KARAOKE WEDNESDAY THRU SUNDAY! 719 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach (850) 648-8207OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11AM-CLOSE 719 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach (850) 648-8207 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 719 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach (850) 648-8207 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 719 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHT 9 PM BAND PUBLIC NOTICEThe Gulf County Enterprise Zone Development Agency will meet Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 12:00 noon, E.T., 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd., of the Robert M. Moore Administration Building, Gulf County Courthouse Complex in Room 307. The public is welcome to attend.(2012-31) RESTORE from page A1 TIM CROFT | The StarFlorida Sen. Bill Nelson spoke to civic and elected of cials during a town hall meeting last week.

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Look for gopher tortoises distinctive domed brown shells and stumpy legs, as these landdwellers make their way through Floridas open canopy forests and sandy areas. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks people to remember that gopher tortoises are good neighbors, so leave them and their burrows alone. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission works with, and is grateful to, the homeowners, landowners, businesses and public agencies willing to share their lands with gopher tortoises and their burrows, said Deborah Burr, the FWCs gopher tortoise plan coordinator. This state has made progress in reversing the decline of gopher tortoises by providing direction to developers, including re-locating tortoises if necessary, and help to people interested in making room for tortoises. Floridas rst Gopher Tortoise Management Plan was adopted by the FWC in 2007 and is being updated this year as scheduled. More than 50 individuals and stakeholders already have made suggestions on improving the 2007 plan, and proposed draft revisions to the plan are available online at the GTTAG SharePoint site for review and public comment. To comment, go to MyFWC.com/ GopherTortoise and click on the Management Plan link. Since the Gopher Tortoise Management Plan took effect in 2007, an annual average of 36,000 acres of gopher tortoise habitat has been restored and managed; protected tortoise habitat expanded by more than 6,500 acres; and more than 4,000 gopher tortoises were humanely relocated from development sites. In addition to changes in Floridas economy, the needs of the gopher tortoise have changed since the plan was rst approved in 2007, Burr said. The proposed revisions to the plan include new actions that the FWC and our partners can implement together to improve the status of the species, and help secure viable populations well into the future. We will accept written comments on the rst draft of the revisions until April 10. There will be additional public-comment opportunities through July on each improved draft of the plan. In Florida, it is illegal to harm gopher tortoises or their extensive burrows, which provide shelter to more than 350 other native species. Generally, the only time people should pick up and move a gopher tortoise is to help it get across a road. Remember, though, not to put the tortoise in your car. Do point the tortoise in the same direction it was going when you picked it up, but never put it in the water because it is a land animal. The best long-term protection for this statethreatened species is the people who are aware of gopher tortoises needs and happy to share their lawns and lands with the tortoise that can live to 40 to 60 years in the wild. For more information, please visit MyFWC. com/GopherTortoise.Gopher tortoises move slowly through springSpecial to The StarTeaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the upcoming Kids Fishing Clinic in Panacea. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids Fishing Clinic for children between 5 and 15 on Saturday, April 21. The clinic will take place at Woolley Park on Mound Street from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Advance registration is not required. This free clinic enables young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, shing ethics, angling skills and safety. In addition, environmental displays will offer participants a unique chance to experience Floridas marine life rsthand. Kids Fishing Clinics strive for several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine-resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Floridas marine ecosystems. In addition, organizers hope to teach fundamental saltwater shing skills and provide participants a positive shing experience. Fishing equipment and bait will be provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own shing tackle to bring it. A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the clinic. If conditions allow, participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills and sh from the pier. This event is a photo catch-and-release activity. An adult must accompany all participants. Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should call Lori Nicholson at 850-925-6121 or the FWCs Nancy Fisher at 850-487-0554. Go to MyFWC.com/Fishing for info.Free kids shing clinic in Panacea By JESSICA BASHAM Spring has sprung and tis the season of the caterpillar. They are everywhere, crawling on outdoor walls, railings, cars, trees and picnic tables. You name it, caterpillars are on it. In the last few weeks I have seen at least ve different species of this squirmy critter around our of ce in Gainesville: the white-marked tussock moth, oak beauty, forest tent caterpillar, live oak metria and dubious tiger moth. The oak trees that shade our of ce are one of their host plants (a home providing food and shelter). Caterpillars are the larvae of moths and butter ies. Once they hatch, they eat continuously. They love to eat leaves, stems, grasses, whatever tastes yummy. It is during this stage of their life that many gardeners and farmers consider them pests. Only after their transformation into beautiful winged beauties are they often adored. Generally caterpillars look soft and squishy or like furry worms. However, looks are deceiving. Many times the fur or hair on caterpillars is like a sharp needle that causes skin irritations if rubbed or picked up. Most caterpillars will not make you sick. However, there are four common species in Florida that can make you sick: the puss caterpillar, io caterpillar, saddleback caterpillar and hag caterpillar. These are called stinging caterpillars. It is a good practice to never touch a caterpillar unless you know what it is and that it will not hurt you. The beauty of caterpillars is how different each one is and how they use their markings, hairs and colors to survive. The tussock moth caterpillar is quite hairy, with four tan tufts of hair on its back, orange dots, a bright red head and tufts of long black hairs that look like antennae and a tail. It appears to be an alien. Others, like the oak beauty, are camou aged and blend into the branches of oak trees you cant see them, and neither can a bird, unless you are looking for them. Another fascinating thing about caterpillars is how they defend themselves against predators. Not only does their camou age or sharp fur help, but there are many other ways caterpillars defend themselves. A puss caterpillar will puff itself up and use its tail to whip and strike a predator and cause a serious sting. The red head of a white-marked tussock moth is a signal for danger. There is also a nasty thing called regurgitation. If threatened, some caterpillars regurgitate and squirt a brown liquid. Its not dangerous, just gross. To a bird, that liquid from the belly of the caterpillar is quite bitter and unpleasant tasting, so the bird will spit out the caterpillar in most instances. Caterpillars are fascinating, and there are so many things to learn about them and their adult forms. Right now, caterpillars are easy to nd, because it is just before they will start the pupation process called metamorphosis when they become the beautiful, dazzling moths or butter ies that give gardens and wild areas color and motion. To learn more about these squirmy creatures, visit www.kidsbutter y.org or contact your local IFAS of ce. Invasion of the caterpillars eat leaves, stems, grasses, whatever tastes yummy. It is during this stage of their life that many gardeners and farmers consider them pests. Only after their transformation into beautiful winged beauties are they often caterpillar is quite hairy, with four tan tufts of hair on its back, orange dots, a bright red head and tufts of long black hairs that look like antennae and a tail. It appears to be an alien. Others, like the oak beauty, are camou aged and blend into the branches of oak trees you cant see them, and neither can a bird, unless you are looking for them. Special to The StarThe Florida black bear population has increased from as few as 300 bears in the 1970s to more than 3,000 bears today, and now the draft plan that will guide continued conservation of this species has been revised by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The revised draft Black Bear Management Plan is available online at MyFWC.com/Bear and is ready for public input. It incorporates previous public feedback on the nearly 200-page draft plan released last November. The public is invited to comment on the revised draft plan through June 1. About 2,500 public comments were received on the original draft plan, which establishes for the rst time a statewide framework to manage Florida black bears to ensure they are never again at high risk of extinction. Public workshops on the draft plan were held in four cities, in addition to the opportunity for people to comment online and by email or regular mail. Last February, FWC Commissioners directed staff to further re ne and revise the draft plan and give careful consideration to stakeholder and public input. At their upcoming June meeting, the Commissioners are scheduled to consider approval of the revised draft plan. Once the plan receives nal approval, the black bear will no longer be on the states list of threatened species. The bear currently does not meet the criteria of being at high risk of extinction, based on a 2011 Biological Status Review. In June, the Commission also will consider a new FWC rule making it unlawful to injure or kill bears, protections similar to the ones granted to bears as a threatened species. The proposed rule additionally af rms the FWC will work with landowners and regulating agencies to guide future land use to be compatible with objectives of the bear plan. That proposed rule, as well as an FWC rule change to remove the bear from the states threatened species list, is currently being advertised in the Florida Administrative Weekly. Seven black bear management units (BMUs) would be created under the plan to involve local citizens and stakeholder groups in the management of speci c bear populations and habitats. The black bear is among 62 wildlife species that soon will join the list of Florida species, like the bald eagle, already under an FWC management plan. Floridas new threatened species conservation model requires that management plans will be created for all species that have been state-listed and updated at speci ed intervals. The management plans give citizens an active role in Floridas efforts to conserve its diverse wildlife for future generations. Black bear draft management plan revisedFor the bears Freshwater Saltwater SPONSORED BY Inshore shing in St. Joe Bay continues to be great. April has been a good month so far for species such as trout, ounder and red sh. Good reports are coming in from the head of the bay and around Blacks island. Pompano can be found at the St. Joe State park area and a few king sh have moved into tyhe bay as well. Offshore action has slowed up a little with the winds and cobia are still elusive this week again. Strong winds kept most anglers off the water this past weekend and this week as well. Lake Wimico and Depot Creek should be a good shelter from the winds this week. The I.C.W. has been reporting stripped bass and a few hybrid bass over the past few weeks. Buck Grif ng Park pond has had good largemouth bass action latelty if you dont have a boat.

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JOE WEWAHITCHKA SP O RTS www.starfl.comThursday, April 19, 2012 APage 9SectionStar Staff ReportAfter nishing the regular season with two wins over larger schools, the Port St. Joe High School softball team won in the rst round of the District 4-1A tournament on Monday. The Lady Tiger Sharks (19-5) will play in the district semi nals tonight. The end of the regular season ended on a positive note with a 2-1 win over Spring eld Rutherford and an 18-3 rout of Bay High. MaKayla Ramsey picked up her 16th win of the season against the Lady Rams, pitching a complete game two-hitter, allowing a single earned run while striking out three and walking one. Haley Wood had two hits and Shannon Pridgeon one for Port St. Joe. Pridgeon and Katie Lacour scored the Port St. Joe runs. Ramsey won her 17th game in a ve-inning run-rule defeat of Bay. She allowed six hits and three earned runs while walking three and striking out three. Lacour and Kelsey Miles each had four hits, Wood and Katie Gardner each had three hits, Brittany King and Chrisitan Laine each had a pair of hits and Ramsey added a hit to the Lady Shark attack. In the opening round of the district tournament in Blountstown, Port St. Joe beat Bozeman 6-1. Ramsey earned the win pitching a complete game and allowing a single unearned run while striking out ve and walking one. Gardner was 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs and Lacour, Ramsey, Pridgeon, Laine, Lexie McGhee and Miles each had one hit.COURTESY OF WAYNE TAYLORSenior Katie Lacour had four hits in a win over Bay High.Lady Tiger Sharks win rst round of district play Star Staff ReportThe Shark 100 Club will hold its annual chicken dinner fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. ET on Friday, April 20. All proceeds from the fundraiser bene t Port St. Joe Junior/Senior High School athletics. The cost is $6 per plate and each plate includes barbeque chicken, baked beans, Cole slaw and bread and the dinner includes sweet tea. Dinners may be picked up the school Commons area between 5-7 p.m. so everybody is encouraged to come out, pick up a good meal and support Tiger Shark athletics.Shark 100 Club annual chicken fundraiserStar Staff ReportWewahitchka ended the season on a seesaw re ected in the Lady Gators nal record. The Lady Gators (9-12 overall, 6-7 in District 1-1A) ended the regular season with a 13-1 win over East Gadsden last Thursday in a game ended by the run rule after ve innings, but lost 11-2 loss to Graceville in the opening round of the district playoffs, ending their season. Jessica Smith started against East Gadsden and went three innings for the win, striking out two without walking a batter. Ashleigh Price pitched the nal two innings in relief, striking out three and walking two. The win came on Senior Night as Cheyenne Luckie, the lone senior on a young squad, was honored. Luckie was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Smith started and went seven innings in the loss to Graceville on Monday, striking out seven and walking four. She was also 2 for 3 at the plate while Ireland Hamm was 1 for 1. The District 1-1A playoffs are this week at Cottondale.Lady Gators season endsBy TIM CROFT227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Gulf County enjoyed a near sweep during last weeks District 2-1A track and eld meet at Tommy Oliver Stadium in Panama City. The Port St. Joe girls, behind Megan Walker, Maya Robbins and Michell Pryor, nished second in the team standings while the Wewahitchka boys, who dominated the distance and eld events, took home a team title. The top four individual nishers and relay teams advance to the Region 1-A meet in Jacksonville this weekend. Wewahitchka overpowered the boys eld, scoring 218 points and nishing 70 points ahead of second-place Graceville. The Lady Tiger Sharks nished with 145 points, trailing Graceville by fewer than 40 points. Wewahitchka nished third in the girls team standings; the Port St. Joe boys nished seventh. Shaquille Scott got the momentum moving the Gators way when he won the 400 meters. Bryce Chancey, third, also scored points for Wewahitchka. Gators Tony BuckleyPaige, Jeremy Morrill and Michael Bryan took second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 800 meters and Jakob Bidwell (second), Gage Combs (third), Michael Bryan ( fth) and Tyler Sarmiento (sixth) all scored points in the 1,600 meters. Combs won the 3,200 with Sarmiento third, Elijah Sarmiento fourth and Colby Gay seventh. The Gators dominated the hurdles. Weston Sarmiento won the 110 meter hurdles with Josh Epps second, Travis McGill third and Jason Haire sixth. At 300 meters, Epps was rst, Weston Sarmiento was second, McGill third and Haire fourth. The Wewahitchka 4 by 400 team of Bidwell, Scott, Chancey and Buckley-Paige won and the 4 by 800 relay team of Bryan, Bidwell, Scott and Buckley-Paige also nished rst. The 4 by 100 relay team of Chancey, Cameron Lester, McGill and Epps nished third. Morrill won the high jump and pole vault BuckleyPaige was second in the high jump and Weston Sarmiento and Epps nished second and third, respectively, in the pole vault and Scott was third in the triple jump. Bryce Gerber took third in the discus. For Port St. Joe, Jak Riley, a freshman, was fourth in the 100 and fth in the 200, qualifying for region in the former and just missing in the latter. Cameron Alcorn was fourth in the pole vault. On the girls side, Port St. Joes Robbins won the 100, 200 and long jump and Walker took the high jump and pole vault. Walkers vault of 12-foot6 would have tied for rst at state last year and was more than two feet higher than her closest competitor, Port St. Joes Nicole Endres. Port St. Joes Samantha Taylor was third. Dantasia Welch won the triple jump she was also fourth in the long jump and Pryor swept the shot put and discus, with Nicole Spilde second in the discus for Port St. Joe and third in the shot put. The Lady Tiger Shark relay team of Synolia Fennell (who was seventh at 200 meters), Welch, Maliyah McNair and Robbins won the 4 by 100 relay. The Lady Gators also produced their share of winners, with Donia Lanier winning the 300 hurdles, Taylor Flowers the 400 meters and McKenna Waters the 1,600 meters. The relay team of Lanier, Taylor Hill, Flowers and Waters won the 4 by 400 relay and the same team and lineup also won the 4 by 800 meter relay. Daneysia Wymes nished sixth, scoring team points, in the 200 meters and fourth in the 400 meters. Alexa Allison was third at 800 meters and sixth at 3,200 meters. Kailyn Vann was seventh at 3,200 meters and Ashlyn Paul eighth. Savannah Pippen nished sixth and Sumer Pridgeon eighth in the discus for Wewahitchka.Wewahitchka boys win district meet Port St. Joe girls place second Star Staff ReportPort St. Joe High School soccer players are getting their kicks this offseason at the Washington Recreational Center. Players from the boys and girls high school soccer team are providing instruction on the fundamentals of the game to youngsters ages 7-14 during after school sessions Monday and Tuesday through May 15. The program began March 26 and is funded through a grant secured by the Gulf County Soccer Boosters, Inc. from the Jesse Ball duPont Port St. Joe Capacity Fund. Any child wishing to participate need only ll out a registration form and remember to bring something to drink, wear shorts (because it is getting hot outside) and tennis shoes. Registration forms are available at the Recreational Center. The training will continue this summer. The Soccer Boosters, Inc, a non-pro t, also secured funding to provide training as well as scholarships for 30 deserving youth to play recreational summer this fall. The grant funding will provide equipment skin guards and cleats for the 30 recipients who will play in the PSJ Youth soccer program. The Gulf County Soccer Boosters, Inc. will offer 10 scholarships for referee certi cation in the fall before the youth soccer program begins. Ten scholarship recipients, ages 12-17, will be trained under the guidelines of the Florida Youth Soccer Association by an experienced professional referee. All recreational soccer games require a certi ed referee. The referees for the PSJ Youth soccer program are paid to referee recreational soccer games. This is a skill that the scholarship recipient will use now and through-out their lives to obtain an additional source of income. The soccer program is critical to the area youth, said Carla May of the Booster organization. The youth program was started by local parents in 1999 and serves approximately 300 youth up to 12th grade. The Soccer Booster Organization supports the high school teams. The Booster organization gained non-pro t status in 2010. For more information concerning the afterschool soccer training program please call May at 850227-5512 or email her at fdmay@ mnsn.com.High school soccer players provide after-school trainingKicking it around

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By VALERIE GARMAN229-7843 | @valeriegarman vgarman@star .com Hurricane season begins June 1, and the Gulf County Emergency Operations Center is preparing for the worst. On the morning of April 4, EOC workers responded to a Category 3 hurricane that made landfall just south of Mexico Beach. Although the storm was only a simulation, the large team of responders acted as if it were a real major hurricane impacting the community in order to get ready for what could come this hurricane season. The storm simulation was the culmination of a three-day specialized training program designed to give small communities the backbone needed to suf ciently handle disaster situations. County employees and volunteers participated in the intensive, emergency training program held at the EOC on April 2-4. Its scary to plan for these things because it will be catastrophic, said Jim Groves, a former EMS director who led the training. A (strong hurricane) has never made landfall in Gulf County. Having to prepare for it is very daunting and overwhelming. Groves, who visited Gulf County to prepare for the training in February, said the training team tried to make the exercise as speci c as possible to the area, focusing on what scares the participants and what keeps them up at night. Each time we do one of these trainings we are very speci c to the community, Groves said. Sometimes it does hit home. Each year, the Florida Governors Hurricane Conference funds the Small Community Integrated Emergency Management Course (IEMC) for one area in the state. Gulf County is only the third community to receive the training, behind Dixie County and Tarpon Springs. The goal of the course is By VALERIE GARMAN 229-7843 | @valeriegarman vgarman@star .com A plein air artist can produce a snapshot without a camera. Through open-air painting, artists freeze time using their paints and brushes, aiming to capture speci c moments like the lull in the sky before an afternoon storm, the measure of light just before the sun sinks below the horizon or a perfectly jagged lightning strike over the bay. The Forgotten Coast will soon host 21 artists from across the country as they set out to capture the atmosphere of Old Florida on canvas. The seventh annual Floridas Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational will be held May 3 through 13, with a variety of events scheduled from Carrabelle to Mexico Beach. Artists from previous paintouts have produced numerous works of art capturing scenes from many familiar places in the areaa mother and child enjoying the day under an umbrella at Mexico Beach, rays from a sunrise peeking through the pine trees on Cape San Blas, an Eastpoint sherman untangling his lines with his dog asleep at his feet, diners enjoying a meal outside Steamers on Reid Avenue, a family picking shells from St. Joseph Baythese moments will be forever frozen in oils, pastels and watercolors. Through the duration of the event, the artists will set up their easels and paints en plein air, which in French simply means open air, in locales across the coast. Coordinated by the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition (FCCC), the event will feature ve exhibits across the coast, daily artist demonstrations, two workshops, art sales and a series of public receptions. As youre driving around, youll see (the artists) set up on the side of the road, said FCCC President Natalie Shoaf. Youll see the painters out on the sidewalks and all over. They love when people stop and come and talk to them about what theyre doing and about Plein Air. Star Staff ReportA special Luminaria Ceremony will be held during the American Cancer Societys Relay For Life of Gulf County to remember those lost to cancer and honor those who have survived their ght against the disease. Luminaria will be lit at the Port St. Joe High School Football Field at dark on April 27 to represent these individuals. A Luminaria is a bag, decorated by a donor that is illuminated by a candle during the ceremony. Every Luminaria glows in tribute to a life touched by cancer, making each one personal and unique. Each luminaria represents the life of someone who has battled cancer. It is a beautiful sight when all the bags with candles are illuminated around the track, said Kim Kurnitsky, chair. The Luminaria Ceremony is a moving way to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to pay tribute to cancer survivors. Anyone who would like to make a Luminaria donation may do so by contacting Heather Bryant at 340-1666 or Kurnitsky at 227-4093. Funds raised at Relay For Life of Gulf County help the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community. In 2011, Relay For Life events across the great state of Florida raised over $21 million to help cancer patients and their families in local communities and to fund lifesaving cancer research. The Relay For Life of Gulf County raised over $55,000 that helped to fund lifesaving programs and services locally. Our most requested program, Road to Recovery, provides transportation for patients to and from lifesaving cancer treatments. If you need assistance getting to and from treatments please contact the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345. All of this is made possible by Relay For Life. Special to The StarBroadband services have a huge impact on local economies by accelerating business expansion, job creation, and educational opportunities. Rural parts of Florida have fallen far behind urban areas in terms of broadband availability but that is now beginning to change. Driving the change is a $24 million dollar federal grant that is being used to build and add broadband infrastructure throughout the rural regions in Florida. Bene ting directly from the project are Floridas rural counties in the panhandle, north central Florida and the Heartland region in South Florida. Providing broadband services, however, is only part of the equation. Teaching new users how to take full advantage of the internet is the next step. The Florida Learning Alliance and Workforce Florida, Inc. have taken the lead in an initiative to address broadband education issues. They have recently launched a multi-media campaign to teach new and novice users how to use the internet. The campaign centers on the development of an aggregate website that assembles topics such as healthcare, education, job services, internet safety, as well as other important topics The website, www. oridainternettour.com, simplies and demysti es the process of learning by allowing the user to participate in a self-directed guided tour of the internet. According to Mary Bedford, the Executive Director of the Florida Learning Alliance, Many rural Floridians, including children, have not had an opportunity to take advantage of all the internet has to offer especially in terms of education. High speed internet can change that and this website will help make new users more comfortable as they learn. Educators point to several advantages of high speed internet availability besides the obvious research capabilities. Rural students can have easier access to dual enrollment, digital books and collaborative Relay For Life ceremony to honor cancer survivors and remember those lostCONTRIBUTED PHOTOHope is seen spelled out in luminaria. Broadband expansion creates need for education COMMUNITY www.starfl.comThursday, April 19, 2012 BPage 1SectionVALERIE GARMAN | The StarA list of Gulf County road closures is displayed during the exercise.Training simulates hurricane Gulf County Emergency Operations Center readies for Category 3 stormSee TRAINING B5 See BROADBAND B5FILE PHOTOSAn artist advises a high school student on technique during a past Student Art Day. This years Student Art Day will take place at the Port St. Joe Marina on May 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. Above, The public is encouraged to stop and watch as painters work from Carrabelle to Mexico Beach. CAPTURING THE FORGOTTEN COASTArtists to gather from across the country to celebrate the Plein Air Invitational PLEIN ART INVITATIONALArt enthusiasts are encouraged to visit the exhibits and attend the many free special events that occur throughout the 10 day paint-out. For a full list of events including workshops, receptions, exhibits and artist demonstrations from Carrabelle to Mexico Beach visit www.pleinair .com. There are many volunteer positions available for this years Paint-out. For a full list of volunteer time slots visit the plein air web site at www.pleinair com, click the organizers tab and then volunteer positions available. See ARTISTS B5

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OFTHEWEEKPET St. Joseph Bay Humane Society 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 dbutler@coastalcoverage.com Locally owned and operated Home Business Auto Health Workers Comp MEDICARE PLANSEXCELLENT COVERAGE ANYONE CAN AFFORDTOP QUALITY COMPANY TUCKER LIFE-HEALTH INSURANCE, INC. RATED A+ BY BETTER BUSINESS BUREAURoss E. Tucker, Agentsince 1981Chartered Life Underwriter Registered Health Underwriter850-926-2200 or 800-226-7005www.tuckerlifehealth.com SocietyB2 | The Star Thursday, April 19, 2012Free yoga classes will be offered through May at two Gulf County locations. The classes will take place every Monday at 4 p.m. CT at the Gulf County Seniors Center at 307 N. 3rd St., in Wewahitchka. Classes will also be offered at Windmark Town Hall in Port St. Joe every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET and also at 9 a.m. on Thursday. The classes are free and open to the public. Kadin turned 3 years old on March 16Kadin Buddy Ward is the son of Buddy Wood and Kandi Ward Rollins of Howard Creek. He is the grandson of Melvin and Wanda Ward and Sue Taylor and the late Buddy Wood Sr. Kadin had a Handy Manny birthday party with family and friends.Special to The StarNavy Capt. Mark W. Weisgerber, whose wife, Lesley, is the daughter of B. Walter Wilder, of Port St. Joe, recently reported for duty as Commander, with Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Fleet, Virginia Beach, Va. Weisgerber has accumulated more than 3,600 ight hours and more than 850 carrier arrested landings during his career. Some of Weisgerbers previous duty stations includes Strike Fighter Squadron four one (VFA41), forward deployed to the Northern Arabian Gulf onboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Golden Warriors of VFA-87 where he was forward deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Northern Arabian Gulf onboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). His awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal with Bronze Star and Combat Distinguishing Device and Strike/ Flight awards, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medals and various campaign and unit awards. Weisgerber assumes command of ghter wing Special to The StarThere will be a regular general meeting of American Legion Post 116 at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 21. The meeting will be held at Emerson Cooling & Heating located at 109 Trade Circle West, Port St. Joe. This will be a general business including the election of officers. Food and refreshments will follow. Eligibility for membership and benefits can be found on the American Legion Website: www.legion. org. We invite all eligible veterans to join our organization. For God and Country.American Legion Post 116 to hold regular meeting Star Staff ReportIn January 2011, Jarrod Robinson was told that cancer would eventually take his life. But Jarrod and his family are not giving up hope Jarrod is a Christian and knows that he is in Gods hands. In December 2010 Jarrod made an appointment with his doctor for what he thought was a areup from his chrohns disease, which he battled for many years. His doctor scheduled a colonoscopy and CT scan, but on the day following his appointment, Jarrod was admitted to the hospital after a night lled with pain. The doctor scheduled a colon removal surgery and ileostomy, but was unable to conduct the surgery because Jarrods cancer was so severe. After only two hours in surgery, the doctor told Jarrods family that he had stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to other areas. The doctor described it like someone opened Jarrod up and threw a bag of mini marshmallows in and closed him back up. He then told Jarrod and his family that the cancer would eventually kill him. Despite the grim diagnosis more than one year ago, Jarrod and his family continue to stay positive. There will be a bene t Bake-n-Butt sale to help with Jarrods Medical expenses on April 28 at Frank Pate Park in Port St. Joe. Order your Boston Butt nowthey are being prepared by Seabreeze BBQ and will be available to pick up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET at the park. Boston Butts are $30 each and include the sauce. There will also be a variety of yummy baked goods available for purchase. For more information or to place an order visit the event web site at http:// jrobinsonbene tbake-nbuttsale.weebly.com/. Jarrod keeps a Caring Bridge web journal that he and his family update frequently. To read Jarrods journal visit www.caringbridge. org/visit/Jarrodrobinson.Bene t Bake-n-Butt sale for Jarrod Robinson to be held on April 28 Special to The StarTo accommodate the large number of patients who require short term rehabilitation after surgery or a hospital stay, The Bridge is excited to announce we are renovating again. Work has begun on our Concierge Rehab Suites that will offer hotel-type accommodations such as at screen televisions, free wi, special menus and a stylish dcor. These things and more will be available while you work with our excellent therapy team. Please feel free to tour our facility at 220 Ninth Street in Port St. Joe or call us at 850-229-8244. The Bridge at Bay St. Joe renovating rehab suites Special to The StarNeed help nding a job? Need help with your resume? Need to refresh your computer skills? Want to get your GED or learn QuickBooks? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, the Goodwill Career Training Center can help, at no cost to you. Please call 2291273 or attend our weekly orientations on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. ET at 208 Monument Avenue, Port St. Joe. Goodwill Career Training Center offers job help Free yoga classes through MayThe Gulf Amateur Radio Society will provide ham radio license exams on Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. ET. The exams will be given at the Gulf County EOC building located behind the Gulf County Courthouse in Port St. Joe. Those interested in obtaining a ham license or upgrading a present license should contact C.H. Tillis at (850) 648-8251 for information and exam registration. Anyone who would like to become involved in amateur radio and needs information as to what is needed and how to obtain a license should contact the above number. Ham it upget your license today and become part of amateur radio! Gulf Amateur Radio Society to provide license exams Star Staff ReportThe residents of Wewahitchka are going to Cowboy Up and host The American Cancer SocietyRelay for Life at Honeyville Recreational Park this Friday, April 20-21. The first lap will begin at 6 p.m. CT led by those who have survived cancer. The Relay for Life is an overnight event in which teams gather to walk in fellowship and celebrate those who have survived cancer while raising money for research and other programs for the American Cancer Society. There will be various items and food for sale along with a silent auction, raffle items and activities for children and adults of all ages. If you or a loved one has survived cancer and would be interested in participating in the Survivor Lap, or for further information about the Relay for Life, please contact Christy Husband at 639-2252. All survivors will receive a free t-shirt and are invited to a reception in their honor. For more information regarding cancer, please contact The American Cancer Society, 1-800ACS-2345 or visit www. cancer.org. Remember one person can make a difference.Cowboy up against cancer at Relay for Life

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THURSDAY & FRIDAY NIGHTSPECIALS 6:00 8:30HOURS: 236ReidAve (850) 229.7121GULFSHRIMP, SCALLOPS, CRABCLAWS & FISH BURGERS:WITHFF Above orders served with:FF,BAKEDPOTATO, SALAD AND BREAD **AWARDWINNINGDESSERTS** School NewsThe Star| B3Thursday, April 19, 2012By: Aaron PaulProm is SaturdayThe Prom theme for this year is Viva Las Vegas and is Saturday starting at 8 p.m. ET. The Senior Walk will be at 11:30 p.m., and the prom will be over at midnight. This year, several parents are hosting an After the Prom party, which will take place in the Centennial Building immediately following the prom. Old jerseys, T-shirts for saleCoach Gannon is selling last years white game jersey for $40; white and purple game jerseys from 2000-2001 for $20; and white (No Pain No Gain) T-shirts for $10. See Mrs. Taylor in the school of ce to purchase one of these. Cheerleading tryout practice starts April 30Practice for cheerleader tryouts will be Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 4 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. each day. Each athlete must have current health physical, signed parent consent, cheerleading policies and procedures in order to practice on Monday. A signup sheet will be placed in the front of ce beginning Monday, April 16.Yearbook reservations abailable nowReserve your copy of this years yearbook today. There are only a limited number of yearbooks ordered, and April 27 is the deadline to order with personalization. Yearbook students will be available during lunches to assist you with your purchase. There is never a guarantee that there will be extra copies for sale when they arrive. Dont miss out on everything theyve experienced. To reserve your copy, visit our school web page at http://psjhsgcs.schoolloop.com/. Senior ads now personalizedThe yearbook staff is now offering the opportunity to personalize the yearbook in a very special way with a recognition ad. Space is available to tell your student how proud you are. To reserve your space, download an ad form and a template from our web page at http://psjhs-gcs.schoolloop.com or contact Mr. Taylor at the school. Deadline is April 30.Baby pictures being taken for slideshowMs. Barbee is accepting baby pictures for the senior slide show. Please turn yours in directly to her in the Media Center. Pictures should be in a zip lock bag, if possible, with students name on the bag in indelible ink. No more than two photos per student for slideshow. Digital is the preferred format; however, we do have the ability to scan photographs April 19 Physics Field Trip for periods 4-7 at 11 a.m. April 20 Progress reports will go home with students April 21 Prom at 8 p.m. April 23 High School High Tech Job Shadowing at 8 a.m. April 23 Project Graduation Meeting at 5:45 p.m. April 24 8 a.m., FCAT Science for 8th grade April 25 7th grade eld trip all day April 25 8 a.m., Spring Sports PicturesChicken dinner to support athleticsPort St. Joe Athletics are selling chicken dinner tickets. The price is $6 which includes chicken, beans, slaw, bread, and sweet tea. The meal is Friday and meals may be picked up between 5-7 p.m. in the Port St. Joe High School commons area. This event is being sponsored by the SHARK 100 CLUB.SGA announces activitiesThe following activities have been approved for May: May 2, SGA Reward Trip; May 9, Powder Puff Football game at 9:30 a.m. (Before the A-School celebration for 10-11-12); May 15, Senior Pep Rally (hopefully between 1st and 2nd lunch).Club events April 19 Junior Executive Board meeting around 11:50 a.m. April 20 SGA Induction Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. April 24 SWAT meeting Jr. High at 10:45 a.m. April 24 National Honor Society at 11:50 a.m.Sports events April 19 at 6 p.m. softball district nal game, teams TBA April 19 at 7 p.m. baseball varsity only at Vernon April 23 at 3:15 p.m. boys Basketball BanquetSpecial to The StarKindergarten registration will be held at Port St. Joe Elementary School from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on Friday, May 4. Parents should bring their child to the Kindergarten building along with a copy of the birth certificate, the Social Security card, proof of immunizations and proof of a physical within the last 12 months. Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2012 in order to register for Kindergarten. Registration forms may be picked up in the school of ce prior to May 6. For more information, call Port St. Joe Elementary School at 227-1221.Special to The StarThe students in grades pre-K3 through 8th grade at Faith Christian School recently participated in a Read-A-Thon sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The goal of the Reach for the Stars program is for the students to read or to be read to for 300 minutes or more in a two-week period of time. This is an average of 30 minutes per weekday. Education experts encourage routine daily reading and recommend a minimum of 30 minutes every day. All of the children that participated were able to spend half each dollar pledged on books for themselves and the other half was given to the teachers in order to buy books for their classrooms. The students and the teachers at Faith Christian School extend a warm thank you to the individuals in the community that sponsored the children for this wonderful program. Pictured are the top readers of the Reach for the Stars Program. Special to The StarResults are in and the Port St Joe NJROTC National Academic Test Team has made history. The ve-cadet team made up of Cadets Nicolas Dickinson (Captain), LeAnna Collins, Ryan Baker, Javarri Beachum and Bryce Godwin, scored in the top 25 percent of all NJROTC Teams competing in this years Academic Classic. Held on March 7, the 100 question test pitted 1,700 teams from around the nation on the subjects of Naval Science, SAT/ACT challenges and current events. Port St Joe ranked 435 out of 1,700, a most noteworthy accomplishment. This is the best nish for a Port St Joe team in recent history and shows the well-rounded nature of our NJROTC Cadets. NJROTC is a citizenship and leadership training program co-sponsored by the Gulf County School District and the US Navy. All 9th through 12th graders at Port St Joe JR/SR High are eligible to participate.Local NJROTC scores in the top 25 percent SPECIAL TO THE STARPre-kindergarten, Anderson Hodges; kindergarten, Arlena Gleichner; rst grade, Desirae Dew; second grade, Megan Saleh; third grade, Michael Connell (not pictured: fourth grade, Adison Burkett; fth grade, Taylor Todd; sixth gradeLexie Plair.) Bus riders of the week: Brenna Wable, Shayleigh Jackson and Max Cargill. Faith Christian School children hold reading event DAZZLING DOLPHINS Back row, l to r: Cheyenne Braggsixth grade, Jacob Lynn-second grade, Seth Calareso-fourth grade, Keegan Calhoun-third grade; front row, l to r, Miguel Gavrunrst grade, Caytlin Myers-Kindergarten, Breanna Weathersfth grade (not pictured).SPECIAL TO THE STARKindergarten registration starts May 4 at Port St. Joe Elementary WES STUDENTS OF THE WEEK

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SUNDAY : WORSHIP AT SUNSETPARK 8 AM 11 AM ON THE 2ND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH SUNDAY: BIBLE CLASS 9:30 AM SATURDAY : COFFEE TIME 8 11 AM MONDAY : LIFETREE CAF 7 PM 1602 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach, FL (850) 890.1424 www.livingwateratthebeach.com 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 Morning Prayer & Holy Communion Sunday...............10:00 A.M.The Rev. Lou Little, PriestServices 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 9:45 10:30 10:45 6:00 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 Deborah Tuttle Wednesday: Children: 6:15 p.m. ET Youth: 6:15 p.m. ET Choir: 7:00 p.m. ET 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 Spring Revival this week The First Pentecostal Church of Wewahitchka would like to invite the public to a Spring Revival with Jerry Cochran from Pocahontas, Ark. this coming week. The revival will be held at the church on Highway 71 Sunday, April 22, Monday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 25. Heritage Day event at Zion FairThe children of Deacon Crawford Bailey and Sister Carrie Bailey welcome you to attend worship service with them at Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Wilson Hall, Pastor, at 11 a.m. ET on the fourth Sunday, April 22, in memory of their parents. The Rev. Carl Bailey, their nephew, will preach the anointed message. We thank you for sharing with us this third annual heritage day event re ecting on family values; The characteristics our parents demonstrated: love, kindness, honesty, hard work, fairness, and a family that pray together-stay together is a living legacy for us to pattern our lives. A delicious down-home, soul food cooked, Momma Carries traditional famous meal will be served immediately following the worship service. Again, we, and the Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church Family invites everyone to attend this worship service dedicated to the memories of our parents. Sincerely, the children of Deacon Crawford and Sister Carrie BaileySt. Johns collecting items for needySt. Johns Episcopal Church in Wewahitchka is collecting gently used clothing, household items, furniture, working appliances, etc. These donations will be stored at the church for needy families and for the semi-annual church yard sales with proceeds going to charity. Drop off is at 233 E. Osceola Ave. Call Martha at 639-5924. Leave items on porch if no one is home.WWII Songfest set for April 22A free program of World War II songs will be held Sunday, April 22 at 7 p.m. ET in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church located at 1001 Constitution Drive in Port St. Joe. The public is invited to attend. Trudy Strand, director of the choral group, said that the evening is designed to be a fun fest and renew memories of WWII-era songs for those who identify with and/or appreciate them. The audience is invited to sing and dance along if desired. The program will be presented by members and friends of the church choir. Light refreshments will be served as part of the approximately one-hour program. The choral group will also perform the program, on another date, for the residents of The Bridge in Port St. Joe. FAITHThursday, April 19, 2012 Page B4This business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week. www.starfl.com We as Christians have let God down. Sin is prevalent, its all around. One person caused prayer to be taken out of school. Some had rather teach evolution, then teach the Golden Rule. We see our government rotting at the core, spending hard-earned tax money as they never have before. Spending millions on rockets to y through the sky, while millions go hungry with no money to buy. They take away a mans judgeship for displaying the Commandments of God. Im afraid there will be more taken away before we leave this sod. Women with women, men with men. Our government is working on a lot more sin. Theyve appointed godless judges, that cant put a killer in his tomb. But they seem to have no problem killing a baby in the womb. Alcohol and drugs are everywhere you turn. Some adults have done a good job of teaching, thats how children learn. God is not happy with America, its very plain to me. How much longer before His judgment comes, well have to wait and see. Another man was killed in a school today. Since they took prayer out of school, Id say judgment is on the way. Look at the war, so many have died up till today. Proud and patriotic Americans, yes, Id say judgment is on the way. If we who know Jesus will get on our knees and pray, Ask forgiveness of our sins and from them turn away. He said He would forgive us and cleanse us from all sin. Think about it, judgment is on the way, do you know Jesus my friend?Billy Johnson ObituariesMr. Donal Kinard, affectionately known as Uncle Don, of Wewahitchka, died Thursday morning, April 12, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family. He was 73. Mr. Kinard was born Nov. 26, 1938, in Port St. Joe, Fla. He attended First Baptist Church of Wewahitchka. He retired from St. Joe Paper Company after 34 years. Mr. Kinard was an avid University of Florida Gator fan and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Thornton Kinard, his parents, Ernest and Pat Kinard, brother, Carlis, and sister, Linda. Survivors include daughters Sheila Hanlon (Ronnie) of Wewahitchka and Sherry Dozier of Marianna, Fla.; sisters, Patsy Perkins (Robert) of Grand Ridge, Fla., Joyce Sproul (Billy) of Sneads, Fla.; grandchildren, BJ (Misty) Hanlon of Marianna, Craig (Ginny) Hanlon of Wewahitchka, Renee Milton (Calvin) of Marianna, Ricky Dozier (Karla) of Inverness, Fla.; 11 great-grandchildren; four nephews and one niece. The family received friends from 3-5 p.m. CT on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at First Baptist Church on Highway 71 in Wewahitchka. Services were held at 10 a.m. CT on Monday, April 16, 2012, at the church with Pastor Mike Stroud and the Rev. Jimmy Wright of ciating. Interment followed at Jehu Cemetery. Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily. com. Southerland Funeral Home 100 E. 19th Street Panama City, FL 32405 Donal KinardWillie James Shiver was born in Dothan, Ala., on July 12,1937. He was born to Sarah Ida and James Vernon Shiver, was a veteran of the Korean War, and moved to Wewahitchka in 1982. He loved to whittle wood, shing, cooking, and working on small engines. He loved dogs. Willie was one of nine children. He is preceded in death by both of his parents; by three brothers, David, Lloyd and Duff Shiver; two sisters, Mary Lightfoot and Shirley Brooks; two sons, Tony James and Timothy Allen. He is survived by three brothers, Lewis Shiver of TN, .Richard Shiver of Albany GA, and Larry Shiver of Eastpoint FL; three sons, Richard and William Shiver of Astor Fla., Leon and wife Margie of Wewahitchka Fla.: 19 grandchildren; 12 greatgrandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. We would like to invite you to a memorial service in his honor at New Beginnings Life and Praise in Wewahitchka FL at 11 a.m. on April 21. Fellowship to follow at 197 Lake Heights Dr., Wewahitchka, Fla.Willie James Shiver Harcus family thanksThe family of Murdic Harcus would like to express our appreciation for the kind words, phone calls, letters and visits that we received during his illness and passing. He had a lot of friends and loved ones. Thanks to each one of you.Evelyn, children and grandchildrenJudgment is on the way Faith BRIEFS

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to provide emergency management professionals with the skills necessary to successfully conduct all-hazards response through the coordination of efforts with local, state, federal and private sector counterparts. Groves began the exercise brie ng with a newscast from a past hurricane. Thats the real deal out there folks, he said. In the video, a reporter asked a woman who had refused to evacuate, Why did you stay? The woman responded, They wont let my dog in the shelter, and if hes going to die, Im going with him. Through the duration of the exercise, the players responded to similar situations across the county, elding emergency phone calls, tracking the storm, responding to road closures and ooding, injured residents, shelter occupancy and overall damage control. Theyre de nitely making it very speci c, said Sarah Hines, public information of cer for the Gulf County Health Department. Any situation theyre giving us can occur, so we have to be prepared. EOC volunteer Alice Martin also played the role of a public information of cer during the exercise. Weve been noti ed of the deaths and the injuries, Martin said. There are people still out in the eld, so we dont know the extent of the damage at this point. Martin said she recently received news of deceased people who washed up onshore. That afternoon, Martin reported 30 injuries and 12 deaths as a result of the storm. EOC Director Marshall Nelson said the purpose of the exercise is to ultimately nd out what each individuals roles and responsibilities are during a disaster by putting those responsibilities to the test. If you nd things that are hard to do, these are the things we want to nd out, because come Monday were going to start xing it, Nelson said. Nelson also went over the importance of trying to alleviate the effects a disaster may have on the community before it happens. Last time we had a tropical disturbance, we lost an area called the Stump Hole, Nelson said. Nelson said 2,000 feet of roadway on Cape San Blas was blown out by Hurricane Opal in 1995. The county responded by placing more rocks out on State Road 30E to help mold the road. Now we have armor for that road and hopefully it will hold up for smaller storms, Nelson said. It allows us more time to get those people off the Cape. Groves said the purpose of the training is to help the players make decisions to take care of the community. Were here to help you prepare and feel comfortable for when this does happen, Groves said. Because it will happen; one day a big event will happen. AND GANG MEMBERS: Fuel, Batteries, Antifreeze, Lead, Arsenic, Silver, Cleaners, Fluorescent Lamps, Mercury Containing Devices, Pesticides, Herbicides, Home Computers, Printers, Scanners, (and other pollutants). Gulf County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days April 28 Gulf County Courthouse9 AM 12 PM Eastern Time Put Hazardous Waste in its place. Keep Gulf County Beautiful! PUBLIC NOTICEA Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and Development Review Board (PDRB) meeting on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 8:45 a.m. ET, and at the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. ET. 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 Allen & Gay Worley Parcel ID #03756-005R Located in Section 31, Township 6 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida -5.9 encroachment into the 25 road setback for DEP CCCL permitting. 2.Review and Discussion of Proposed Gulf County Sign Ordinance 3.Public and Open Discussion 4.Staff Reports LDR Comment and Discussion on current proposed amendments 5.PDRB Sunshine Law Training to follow the conclusion of the PDRB noticed Meeting The public is encouraged to attend and be heard on these matters. Information prior to the meeting can be viewed at the Planning Department at 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Room 312. (2012-24) On behalf of my staff and I, we would like to thank all our loyal patients for the honor of being selected for the multiple awards that we have received over the last 12 months; including voted most compassionate Dr. and Patients Choice Award. It is a great honor and we will continue to strive for the very best medical care for our patients.VINCENTIVERS, M.D.301TwentiethStreet Port St. Joe, FL 32456850-227-7070www.iversmd.com On behalf of my staff and I, we would like to thank all our loyal patients for the honor of On behalf of my staff and I, we would like to COST CUTTERS LAWN SERVICE Affordably Addressing All Your Lawn Care Needs Licensed & InsuredServing from Mexico Beach to the Cape. Full Service Lawn Care Starting at $29CALL: Art Sigman 850.628.0694 or Ken Daves: 850.899.0468 asigman@mchsi.com TRAINING from page B1home studies, for example. Internet safety is an important component of the website as new users may be unaware of the dangers of providing personal information. More importantly, the website guides parents on how to block inappropriate websites from being accessed. Two free training courses are scheduled for Gulf County at 6-7 p.m. ET on April 23 at Port St. Joe High School and from 5:306:30 p.m. CT on April 30 at Wewahitchka Elementary. Seating is limited and participants will be enrolled on a rst come, rst served basis. Please contact Lynn Gothard or Larche Hardy toll free at 877-8737232 to register for the class. The website was developed with input from regional advisory boards throughout Florida. It is available for use now at www. orida internettour.com. BROADBAND from page B1This year, the event web site will have a map feature to track where the artists are painting each day. You will be able to look at exactly where they are on the web site so you dont miss them, Shoaf said. After each day of painting, the artists will bring their fresh works to the Wetroom exhibit, which will be held this year at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art, located at 86 Water Street. The art is brought in wetthats why we call it the Wetroom, Shoaf said. It comes in straight from our bayous and our gulf its just fantastic. The Wetroom alone brought in more than 500 patrons from 28 different states last year, with 101 art purchases made. Were so conscious of not having any borders, we ip (the Wetroom) from Franklin to Gulf County, Shoaf said. Everything moves around so it stays uid with the whole Forgotten Coast. We really try and spread out what were doing, so weve got artists staying in peoples houses from Mexico Beach to Carrabelle. The art on display in the Wetroom will be available for viewing from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET each day of the event. Its organicthings are growing, Shoaf said of the paint-out. Its kind of evolving and helping the arts throughout the Forgotten Coast. Since 2009, the FCCC has also issued local grants to promote the arts. Last years art in culture grant included a $5,000 grant to assist another local nonpro t in establishing itself and working toward purchasing the Port Theater in Port St. Joe. One of the highlights of the event each year is Student Art Day in which a handful of local students are given the chance to work one-on-one with a plein air artist in creating their own plein air painting. Student Art Day will be held at the Port St. Joe Marina on May 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. Shoaf said to watch the artists working with the students is an amazing experience. Weve got artists who sell their paintings for $3,000 to $5,000 per picture, and theyre taking the time to work with a student one on one, Shoaf said. These kids are given an opportunity that very few are given. Shoaf spent last week at a Plein Air Convention in Las Vegas and was overwhelmed by the positive feedback the event has received from artists across the country. Ive had artists coming up and grabbing other artists saying, youve got to come to this event, Shoaf said. Its because of our community and how we embrace them.FILE ARTYou may spot a Plein Air artist capturing a scene on the Forgotten Coast May 3-13. ARTISTS from page B1 LocalThe Star| B5Thursday, April 19, 2012

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It can add several hundred dollars to the value of your home and it provides an attractive setting for your landscape plants. A wellcared for lawngrass actually cuts down on weed growth, and presents soil erosion. Your choice of which lanwgrass to grow should be made carefully. Six lawngrass are commonly grown in Florida: St. Augustine, Bahia, Centipede, and Bermuda are the most common. Zoyia and Carpet are also grown, but less often. Well have a few things to say about all of these lawngrass. To help you decide which one is best for your location. My information was provided by Extension Turf Grass Specialist Dr. Brian Unruh, of the University of Florida, Institute of food and Agricultural Science (IFAS). The most important thing to consider when deciding on a lawn grass is the suitability of the grass to the soil, climate, and growing conditions of your area. The amount of shade the grass will receive, the normal amount of traf c to expect, and potential pests problems must be kept in mind. Take advantage of the natural conditions of your soil and climate. For example, if you live in the coastal part of our county, plant a salt tolerant grass, such as St. Augustine. If you try to grow Centipede or Bahiagrass, youre asking for problems. You may be able to grow these grasses in the coastal part of our county. But only with considerable expenditures of time and money. Likewise, if you need a grass for shade, plant St. Augustine or Bahia, and stay away from Bermudagrasses, which need full sun. After you decide on lawngrass that will grow well in your area, your next step is to choose one that youll be able to mange properly. No lawngrass is maintenance free, but some types do require more care than others. For example, Bermudagrass produces the most beautiful lawns, but only its heavily fertilized, frequently mowed, and kept free of pests and diseases. Since most homeowners cant provide the high degree of maintenance required for Bermudagrass, theyll be better off growing a low maintenance grass, such as Bahia or Centipede. St. Augustine is not dif cult to maintain, but it does develop thatch rather easily, and chinch bugs are a common problem. How much water the grass will need is another consideration. Bahiagrass has excellent drought tolerance, St. Augustine ranks second, and Bermuda and Centipede would rank third. Disease and insect problems should also be taken into account when you decide on a lawngrass. Of all the lawngrasses, Bahia has the most resistance to pests. Its the only choice to make if nematodes are present in your soil. But it also has some disadvantages vigorous growth which makes it extremely hard to mow. A new variety of Zoysiagrass (Empire) is receiving a lot of attention. Empire (Zoysiagrass) raises the bar for warm season turf grasses. Dark green color, disease resistance, soft to the touch feel, drought tolerance, and a proven track record make Empire an excellent choice for home, commercial and sport applications. St. Augustine is second best in terms of tolerance to nematodes and its only serious pest problem is the chinch bug. Centipedegrass has few pest problems if it isnt fertilized too heavily. However nematode damage on centipedegrass tends to be quite severe. Bermudagrass is bothered by many diseases and insects. Its practically impossible to grow Bermudagrass without some form of control for insects, diseases, and nematodes. In summary, the best lawngrass for you is one that is well adapted to your soil, climate and growing conditions and one that can be kept healthy and attractive, based on the amount of time, effort and money you are willing to expend. For more information on choosing a lawngrass contact the Gulf County Extension Service at 639-3200, 229-2909 or visit our website http://gulf.ifas.u .edu.Choosing the right lawngrass for your yardNo lawngrass is maintenance free, but some types do require more care than others. For example, Bermudagrass produces the most beautiful lawns, but only its heavily fertilized, frequently mowed, and kept free of pests and diseases. ROY LEE CARTERCounty extension director B6| The Star Thursday, April 19, 2012 CLASSIFIEDS 86709S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Gulf Group Properties, LLC the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No. 1400 Application No. 2012 -03 Year of Issuance: 2009 R.E. No. 06274-275R Description of Property:Lot 15, in Block C, according to the Plat of Treasure Bay, as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 32, in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: 86622S REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES City of Port St. Joe, Florida RFP No. 2012-02 The City of Port St. Joe is requesting sealed bids through April 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM, ET, from qualified Information Technology Companies to conduct Computer Hardware and Software Services. The preferred Company will be knowledgeable in local and state governmental regulations, Dell Hardware, MUNIS Software, VMware Esxi 3 & 4, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Terminal Server 2008 R2, Linux Enterprises 5, Postfix & Dovecot Mail Server, Enterasys Expedition series routers, Layer 3 managed network switching, CC Proxy internet proxy and certification in CJIS Security & Awareness Testing. Statements of proposals with an original signature and 3 copies should be submitted to: City of Port St. Joe 305 Cecil Costin Sr., Blvd Port St. Joe, FL. 32456 Bids must be clearly marked RFP #2012-02 Information Technology Services. The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to waive informalities in any bid, to accept/or reject any or all bids, and to accept the bid in their judgment will be in their best interest. All bids shall remain firm for a period of sixty days after the opening. Questions regarding this solicitation or a more detailed description of the project may be addressed to: Charlotte Pierce, City Clerk City of Port St. Joe (850)229-8261 Ext 129 April 12, 19, 2012 86570S IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA PANAMA CITY DIVISION CASE N O.: 5:11-cv-00341-RS-GRJ CENTENNIAL BANK, Plaintiff, vs. GARY L. SMITH, Defendant. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that under and by virtue of the Final Judgment of Foreclosure rendered in the above-styled case on March 22, 2012, in the United States District Court For The Northern District Of Florida, in favor of the Plaintiff, the undersigned, appointed in that certain Order Appointing Special Master rendered March 30, 2012, will on the 11th day of May, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, in the lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil Costin Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest bidder, the following described property, situated, lying and being in Gulf County, Florida: Real Property Lots 2 and 20, Block 9 of YONS ADDITION TO BEACON HILL, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page(s) 45, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Personal Property All rights, easements, appurtenances, royalties, mineral rights, oil and gas rights, crops, timber, all diversion payments or third party payments made to crop producers, and all existing and future improvements, structure, fixtures and replacements that may now, or at anytime in the future, be part of the real property described above. All water wells, water, ditches, reservoirs, reservoir sites and dams located on the real estate and all riparian and water rights associated with the property, however established. For additional information concerning the above property contact: STEPHEN A. PITRE, ESQUIRE, Post Office Box 13010, Pensacola, F lorida 32591-3010 or (850) 434-9200. All sales are subject to confirmation of the court. Method of payment is by postal money order or certified check made payable to Jeffrey P. Whitton, Esquire, Escrow Account. Ten (10) Percent of High/Acceptable bid in certified check or cashiers check will be accepted with the balance due within 48 hours. No cash will be accepted. 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 with the Clerk of the Court within 60 days after the sale. In accordance with the AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Jeffrey P. Whitton, Esquire, Post Office Box 1956, Panama City, FL 32402 or (850) 769-7040 not later than seven days prior to the sale to ensure that reasonable accommodations are available. DATED this 4th day of April 2012. SPECIAL MASTER: JEFFREY P. WHITTON, Esquire Florida Bar No. 329509 565 Harrison Ave. Post Office Box 1956 Panama City, FL 32402 Email: whittonpc@ comcast.net Phone: 850-769-7040 Fax 850-769-3014 April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 2012

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CLASSIFIEDSThursday, April 19, 2012 The Star | B7 The News Herald offers a competitive bene t package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, 401(k) plan, vacation and sick leave, and six paid holidays per year. (Part-time positions have 401(k) plan options). ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVESThe News Herald and the News Herald.com continue to expand. We are looking for highly motivated, energetic sales people. This is a unique opportunity to help build sales revenues and be a leading part of a progressive advertising sales team. The Sales Executive will be required to make sales calls, train and offer guidelines regarding pricing and packaging of all digital products and services. The ideal candidate must be a leader and have an innovative approach to client development and an understanding of how companies are using the internet to market their business. You must have a drive to win and a passion for consultative media sales. Available Positions: Territory Sales: The News Herald The Washington County News / The Holmes County Times Digital Sales RepresentativeRequired Skills Highly motivated and results driven Creative, conceptual and strategic thinker Professional and positive manner when working with clients and others Superior knowledge of Microsoft Of ce (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) Outstanding record of achievement in current/past positions Superior professionalism, discretion, and judgment Strong work ethic and capacity to thrive in a team environment Effective time management and organization skills Excellent verbal and written communication skills Keen attention to detail Required Experience To be considered, you must have at least 3 years of sales experience, including 1-3 successful years in the area of outside sales and/or online media including internet ad sales. The candidate must be highly analytical with meticulous attention to detail.SALES/RETENTION CLERK The News Herald is accepting applications for entry-level part-time Retention Representatives. Applicants must possess: *The ability to communicate effectively by phone *A general knowledge of computers and data entry *General math skills *Ability to make customer service the number 1 priority. *Able to work a exible schedule, hours will be app. 3 p.m. 8:30 p.m. *Saturday work required *Position pays hourly rate plus commission on salesApplications taken at 501 W. 11th Street, Or apply online at www.emeraldcoast.com/employ_app Or email resume to gsullivan@ afreedom.com Interviews to be scheduled at a later date. No phone calls. EOE Background check and drug screen required.CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVEThe News Herald is accepting applications for entry-level part-time customer service/sales representatives in our circulation call center covering two daily papers.Applicant must possess: *Ability to make customer service the number 1 priority. *The ability to communicate effectively by phone. *The ability to close a sale. *A general knowledge of computers and data entry *General math skills *Able to work a exible schedule including weekends. *Position pays hourly rate plus commission on sales/saves. *Customer service call center experience a plus.Apply online at www.emeraldcoast.com/employ_app or email resume to gsullivan@ afreedom.com Interviews will be scheduled at a later date. No phone calls. EOE Candidate hired depending background check and pre-employment drug screen.Come by The News Herald at 501 W. 11th Street for an application or send a resume to resumes@ afreedom.com.Freedom Florida is a Drug-free workplace, EOETO APPLY: The News HeraldCareers Apalachicola: 8 Airport Rd. Off of Hwy 98. Look for the signs. Thursday -Sunday 8:00 a.m. -?Moving SaleToo much to list! Carabelle: 1617 W Hwy 98 (Old Pawn Shop) Sat 21st 9 -?Family SaleReptile tank & stand, Nascar memorabilia, and much more! Text FL05899 to 56654 Mexico Beach 42 St, Saturday 4/21, 9 Eastern, 8 CentralHUGE SALE3 Families, designer prom dresses, antiques, nautical, bar & stools, bed, tables, wicker, etc. Text FL05809 to 56564 Port St. Joe: 121 Hunter Circle, Saturday 8am -11amYard SaleChildrens Clothes, Toys, Household items, John Deere riding mower and other great things! Sweatmore Strawberry RanchOPEN MAR 22nd 8AM Weather Permitting Mon-Sat 8am-7pm Sunday 8am-5pm 850-722-4819 3-Wheel Bicycle, 24 Miami Sun, hand brakes, basket, $75.obo 850-899-1252 Dachshund/ Terrier Mix2 Boys & 2 GirlsReady NowMom and Dad on Premises$100850-896-0301 Leave A Message German Shepherd Puppies, black & tan Health certificate included; $230 each. Call 850-227-9595 Office furnishings, plus Couches, end tables, Lazy boys, conference tables and chairs, plus much more!!! Call: 850-653-2222 86614S NOTICE OF SALE Under Florida State Law Self-Service Storage Facility Act 83.801.83.809, Gulf South Self Storage, located at 746 4th Street, Port St. Joe, FL will dispose of or sell to the highest bidder for cash the contents of the following units, No. 22 & No. 113. Items to be sold include miscellaneous florist supplies, tools and household goods. Time and date of sale will be April 20th, 2012 at 10:00AM, EDT. Contents may be redeemed by owners prior to sale for cash by contacting owner at Tel. No. 850-814-7400. April 12, 19, 2012 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. 87001S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 12-0010PR IN RE: ESTATE OF BARBARA ANN PICARD, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Barbara Ann Picard, deceased, whose date of death was January 5, 2012, 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 personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME 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 decedents estate must file their claim with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FRIST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is April 19, 2012. Personal Representative: GARY SCHLOERB 135 Sisters Way Overstreet, FL 32456 Attorney for Petitioner: CLAYTON B. STUDSTILL FL Bar No. 0017088 326 Reid Avenue Port St. Joe, FL 32456 (850) 323-0792 April 19, 26, 2012 86616 PUBLIC NOTICE The City of Port St. Joe has been asked to consider approving a Lot Split Application from Applicant: John Timmons, Property Owner: George Boyer. Parcel # 04649-000R consists of lots 20, 22 & 24, Block 3 Unit 1. Please contact City Hall at (850)229-8261 with questions or concerns on or before 4/27/12. April 12, 19, 2012 87009S PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF LOGIC AND ACCURACY TEST CITY OF PORT ST. JOE ELECTION MAY 8, 2012 GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA The Logic and Accuracy test for the M100 Tabulation System and the Ivotronic Touch Screen System to be used for the May 8, 2012 Port St. Joe City Election will be held at the Gulf County Supervisor of Elections Office, 401 Long Ave, Port St Joe April 24, 2012 -9:00 AM EST. This test is open to the public. Linda Griffin Supervisor of Elections Gulf County, Florida April 19, 2012 86957S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 12-00037-CA CENTENNIAL BANK, An Arkansas banking corporation, successor in interest to Bayside Savings Bank, Plaintiff, vs. DEBRA P. WIBBERG, a/k/a DEBRA M. PEDEN, the unknown spouse of Debra P. Wibberg, a/k/a Debra M. Peden, Barrier Dunes Homeowners Association, Inc., and unknown tenants or other parties in possession, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION To: DEBRA P. WIBBERG, a/k/a DEBRA M. PEDEN, the unknown spouse of Debra P. Wibberg, a/k/a Debra M. Peden, Barrier Dunes Homeowners Association, Inc., and Unknown tenant or other parties in possession YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following real property in Gulf County, Florida: UNIT 153, 128 PARKVIEW COURT, BARRIER DUNES Commence at the Northwest Corner of Government Lot 4, in Fractional Section 36, Township 8 South, Range 12 West, Gulf County, Florida, and thence run North 00 degrees 12 minutes 24 seconds East, along the Easterly Boundary Line of Government Lot 2 in said Fractional Section 36, for a distance of 999.95 feet: thence leaving said Easterly Boundary Line of Government Lot 2, run North 89 degrees 47 minutes 36 seconds West for a distance of 348.31 feet: thence run North 05 degrees 33 minutes 00 seconds East 588.54 feet to a point on a non-tangent curve, thence run Southeasterly along said curve for an arc distance of 32.91 feet, through a central angle of 94 degrees 16 minutes 37 seconds, having a radius of 20.00 feet (said curve bearing South 41 degrees 34 minutes 53 seconds East 29.32 feet) to a point on a curve to the right, thence run long said curve Southeasterly for an arc distance of 59.20 feet, through a central angle of 38 degrees 32 minutes 40 seconds, having a radius of 88.00 (said curve bearing South 69 degrees 26 minutes 21 seconds East 58.09 feet), thence run North 38 degrees 02 minutes 13 seconds East a distance of 27.51 feet, thence run South 49 degrees 34 minutes 55 seconds East 16.00 feet, thence run North 40 degrees 25 minutes 05 seconds East 7.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. From said POINT OF BEGINNING thence run South 49 degrees 34 minutes 55 seconds East a distance of 16.00 feet, thence run North 40 degrees 25 minutes 05 seconds East a distance of 42.00 feet, thence run North 49 degrees 34 minutes 55 seconds West a distance of 16.00 feet, thence run South 40 degrees 25 minutes 05 seconds West a distance of 42.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, to it on Barbara Sanders, Sanders and Duncan, P.A., the plaintiffs attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 157, Apalachicola, Florida 32320, on or before May 4, 2012, and file the original with the clerk of this court either before service on the plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. DATED on March 29, 2012. Becky Norris Clerk of the Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk April 19, 26, 2012 86945S NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS BID NO. 1112-17 The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will receive bids from any person, company or corporation interested in providing the following: Uniforms and cleaning of same for the Public Works Department Specifications may be obtained from the Clerks Office in the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd, Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456. Interested parties should contact Lynn Lanier for additional information at (850) 229-6106. Please indicate on the envelope YOUR COMPANY NAME, that this is a SEALED BID and include the BID NUMBER. Proposals must be submitted 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, April 27, 2012. Bids will be opened at this location on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., E.T. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: WILLIAM C. WILLIAMS, III CHAIRMAN ATTEST: REBECCA NORRIS, CLERK April 19, 2012 86951S NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS BID NO. 1112-19 The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will receive bids from any person, company or corporation interested in purchasing the following: Fountain: 3-tiered, 5 in height, brown with a 5 wide base: Can be viewed upon request Specifications may be obtained from the Clerks Office in the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd, Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456. Interested parties should contact Lynn Lanier for additional information at (850) 229-6106. Please indicate on the envelope YOUR COMPANY NAME, that this is a SEALED BID and include the BID NUMBER. Proposals must be submitted 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, April 27, 2012. Bids will be opened at this location on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., E.T. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: WILLIAM C. WILLIAMS, III CHAIRMAN ATTEST: REBECCA NORRIS, CLERK April 19, 2012 86893S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Bill F. McCormick, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1008 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-08 R.E. No. 03816-460R Description of Property: Lot 32, Magnolia Bluff Subdivision as per official plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 3, Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Henry C. Clark All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM E.T., Wednesday, the 16th day of May, 2012. Dated this 10th day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 5, 2012 86949S NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS NO. 1112-18 The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will receive sealed bids from any qualified person, company or corporation interested in performing the following service: MISCELLANEOUS STRIPING PROJECT (P.R.I. PROJECT #003.242) This project consists of striping several roads (approximately 141,000 linear feet) located in the southern part of Gulf County, Florida. Plans and specifications can be obtained at Preble-Rish, Inc., 324 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, (850) 227-7200. The bid must conform to Section 287.133(3) Florida Statutes, on public entity crimes. Cost for Plans and Specifications will be $25.00 per set and is non-refundable. Check should be made to PREBLE-RISH, INC. If you have any questions, please call Clay Smallwood at (850) 227-7200. Completion date for this project will be 45 days from the date of bid award. Liquidated damages for failure to complete the project on the specified date will be set at $50.00 per day. Please indicate on the envelope your COMPANY NAME, BID NUMBER, and that this is a sealed bid for the Miscellaneous Striping Project. Submit 1 original and 3 copies of the bid. Bids will be received until 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, on May 3, 2012 at the Gulf County Clerks Office, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456, and will be opened and read aloud at this same location on May 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Time. All bids shall remain firm for a period of 60 days after the opening. All bidders shall comply with all applicable State and local laws concerning licensing registration and regulation of contractors doing business to the State of Florida. The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to waive informalities in any bid, to accept and/or reject any or all bids, and to accept the bid that in their judgment will be in the best interest of Gulf County. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA /s/ William C. Williams, III -Chairman April 19, 26, 2012 Charles Sam Jones III and Kelly McCoy Jones All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM E.T., Wednesday, the 2nd day of May, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 2012 86765S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Jerry M. Pybus Family Trust, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 510 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-06 R.E. No. 02684-038R Description of Property: Lot H, Sunnywood Estates Unit 2, as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 17, of the Official Records of Gulf County, Florida, on file in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court. (SAID LOT AS SHOWN NOT INCLUDED IN PLAT). Name in which assessed: Mary Ann Jamerson All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM E.T., Wednesday, the 9th day of May, 2012. Dated this 3rd day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 86895S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Bill F. McCormick, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 144 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-09 R.E. No. 00796-000R Description of Property: Lot Six (6), Block Two (2),Corrective Replat Riverside Park Subdivision, according to an official plat thereof on file in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court, Gulf County, Florida, recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 38, of the Official Records of Gulf County, Florida. Lot 8, Block 2, Corrective Replat, Riverside Park Subdivision, according to Official file in the Office of Clerk of Circuit Court in Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Kenneth R. Goodell All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM E.T., Wednesday, the 16th day of May, 2012. Dated this 10th day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 5, 2012

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Port St. Joe CommercialFor LeaseMarketed Exclusively by:850-229-6373 Retail / Of ce Space143 Acklins Island Drive-Cape San Blas+/1000sf; $10 psf mod gross; high visibility on Cape San Blas Road ; available May 1st212 Hwy 98-Town Centre Building1st, 2nd, 3rd oor suites avail; +/-1700-2250sf; $6.75-$8.75psf mod gross202 Marina Drive Centennial Bank Bldg 2nd & 3rd Floor Spaces Avail; +/-491-5,000sf; $12 psf mod gross 316 & 318 Reid Avenue Of ce /Retail; +/1,700sf; Can be subdivided; $13.25psf 101 Reid Avenue Seven of ce suites avail starting at $400 mo plus pro rata CAM 103 Reid Avenue Great of ce/retail location ready for occupancy; $10 psf mod gross 219 Reid Avenue Of ce/Retail; +/-5400 sf; subdividable $7 psf mod gross (former Goodwill) 235 W. Gulf Beach Drive Of ce/Retail;+/-800sf-1800;$14psfmod gross 407 Reid Avenue +/-905sf; move in ready; $14psf 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 separate storage units availableFor Sale223 Monument Avenue Four city lots fronting Hwy 98; $375,000 407 Reid Avenue+/4988 sf: 100% leased multi tenant bldg; On-site parking; $349,500401 Reid Avenue+/5400 sf: Retail space; $165,000; Avail for lease; Inquire for termsLoggerhead Restaurant Cape San Blas, +/-3000sf, FFE incl., .47 ac, on site-parking, sewer, asking $350,000. Short Sale 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 Marina Cove Lots 12, 13, & 14; $375,000 PSJ 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; $399,000 $33,500 5 Acres near Crystal Lake on Amos Hayes Rd, property has well septic and power pole. Current survey is available. About 1.5 acres of the property is cleared. 850-271-5761 and leave a message. 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 Appl. Airport: 1995 Cavalier 16x80 Mobile home, zone 3. 3 bed, 2 bath $10,000 obo. Call: 850-653-2222 Mazda Miata 1990 Red convertible with hard top, automatic Must sell $2,750 Please call 850-227-9389 Text FL05075 to 56654 MULTI UNIT MULTI UNIT BUILDING BUILDINGFully Occupied 5400 total sq ft Downtown Reid Ave$249,900 Call: Call: 850.527.2560 850.527.2560 108 S. E. AVE. A CARRABELLE, FLORIDA 32322850-697-9604 850-323-0444 www.seacrestre.comwww. rst tness.com/carrabellePROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND RENTALSRENTALS3 BR 2BA, UNFURNISHED HOUSE Beautiful Bay View .........................................$800 2 BR MOBILE HOME UNFURNISHED Country, Private ..............................................$600 1 BR FURNISHED CONDO Nice, Includes Utilities.....................................$910 1 BR RIVER CONDO, BOAT SLIP 3 Night Minimum ..........................$105 Plus Daily 3 BR 1 BA, FURNISHED HOUSE Monthly Rate, Carrabelle ................................$850 1 BR 1BA, UNFURNISHED APT Lanark, Remodeled, Inc Water .......................$475 2 BR 1BA UNFURNISHED APT Lanark ............................................................$450 1 BR, SUN ROOM/DAY BED Furnished, Lanark, Inc Utilities ......................$650 OFFICE SPACE Hwy 98 Frontage, Carrabelle .....$550 Plus Utilities PSJ, 3 br, 1 ba, all brick 404 Battles Street, corner lot -large yard. W/D incl $650/mo + dep. 301-265-5368 White City Clean 3/2 House!2 Blk from boat ramp, quiet, long term, $650 + Dep, 270-8757/906-0095Text FL5826 to 56564 WeWa 3br/2ba central heat & air $525/mo + dep 639-5721; RV great for 1 to 2 people $115 a week + dep incl. W/S/E 639-5721 ApalachicolaSouth Side. Historic House, totally renovated, bay breezes. Approx. 2800sf. $395,000 (850) 653-5853 For Sale or Trade $230,000 Lake Front home Toledo Bend Reservoir, Hamphill, Texas 3br, 2ba, 1 acre, boathouse, dock, pavilion, Call 409-579-1107 Choice Commercial Space coming available on Reid Ave. Corner of 3rd, adjacent to Mulberry Square. Currently successful pet store. Call Patrick 850-527-6090 or Randy 251-978-2538 Efficiency Rooms Weekly or monthly rentals. Downtown PSJ on Reid Ave & 3rd Street. Call 850-229-2706 or 850-527-6090 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. Medical/HealthWantedTwo assistants/aides for PSJ senior couple in-home. References, prior experience only required. Nighttime and daytime positions available. Rate negotiable. Call 904-247-4983 and leave message Web ID#: 34205857 Business/MgmtDeputy DirectorThe Apalachicola Riverkeeper, a nonprofit corporation and 501(c)(3) public charity, is seeking a Part-Time Deputy Director. Details at www.apalachicolariverkeeper.org/deputy_director0.aspx. Web ID#: 34204232 Text FL04232 to 56654 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 & personal care for the elderly. Must be flexible. PT leading to FT-positions available in Apalachicola, 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#: 34204310 Text FL04310 to 56654 JOB NOTICEThe City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3445 is accepting applications for the following positions:Operator Trainee/ or Licensed Operators, Water Treatment PlantPlease submit an application and cover letter along with ve references to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn. Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, Fl. 32457. Applications and a full job description can be found on our website cityofportstjoe.com. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850) 229-8261. The Position will close on April 27, 2012. The entry level salary for an operator trainee will be $12.08 per hr. All other licensed operators will be based on quali cations. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. JOB NOTICEThe City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3445) is accepting applications for the following positions: Operator Trainee/ or Licensed Operator, Waste Water Treatment Plant Please submit an application to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn. Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, Fl. 32457. Applications and a full job description can be found on our website cityofportstjoe.com. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850)229-8261. The Positions will close on April 27th, 2012. The entry level salary for an operator trainee will be $12.08 per hr. All other licensed operators will be based on quali cations. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Install/Maint/RepairFirst Class Line TechnicianGulf Coast Electric Cooperative is accepting applications for the position of First Class Line Technician at Workforce Center of Florida, 625 Highway 231, Panama City, Florida through Tuesday, April 24, 2012. For more information visit our website at www.gcec.com. Equal Opportunity Employer. Web ID#: 34205103 Text FL05103 to 56654 Install/Maint/RepairLine Technician TraineeGulf Coast Electric Cooperative is accepting applications for four (4) positions of Line Technician Trainee at Workforce Center of Florida, 625 Highway 231, Panama City, Florida through Tuesday, April 24, 2012. For more information visit our website at www.gcec.com. Equal Opportunity Employer. Web ID#: 34205101 Text FL05101 to 56654 Food Svs/Hospitality The Port Inn is now accepting applicationsPT Desk Service Agent BartenderWeekends and holidays are required. Dependability is a must! If you have an eye for detail and a passion for service, we want you! Please apply in person at the address below: Make beds, make friends, make money! Inquire about benefits package. EOE, DFWP The Port Inn 501 Monument Ave, PSJ 32456 Bldg Const/TradesJOB NOTICEThe City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3445) is accepting applications for the following positions:Operator Trainee/ or Licensed Operators, Water Treatment PlantPlease submit an application and cover letter along with five references to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn. Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, Fl. 32457. Applications and a full job description can be found on our website cityofportstjoe.com. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850)229-8261. The Position will close on April 27, 2012. The entry level salary for an operator trainee will be $12.08 per hr. All other licensed operators will be based on qualifications. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Web ID#: 34204960 Medical/HealthKennel Tech Part TimeApalachicola Bay Animal Clinic is hiring a part time kennel technician. 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