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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: 06-14-2012
Frequency: weekly
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1937.
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50 For breaking news, visit www.starfl.com Thursday, JUNE 14 2012 Subscribe to The Star 800-345-8688 For your hometown paper delivered to your home! Real Estate Ad deadline is Thursday 11 a.m. ET Legal ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET Display ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET 227-1278 Classi ed deadline is Monday 5 p.m. ET 747-5020 Opinion ....................................... A4 Outdoors ..................................... A6 Community ................................. B1 Society ......................................... B2 School News ................................ B3 Faith ............................................. B4 Obituaries .................................... B4 Classi eds .................................... B6-B8 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 YEAR 74, NUMBER 35 City, engineer relationship eyed By VALERIE GARMAN 229-7843 | @valeriegarman vgarman@star .com In her last meeting in the Port St. Joe Group 3 Commissioner seat, Commissioner Lorinda Gingell proposed ideas to the board to help ensure a clean audit trail and transparency for the city. I think in order to have faith in our city government, we have to have transparency, Gingell said. We have to be able to follow an audit trail on everything we do. Gingell cited an earlier wastewater treatment plant workshop with a handful of engineers from Preble Rish, and questioned why the city doesnt have an in-house engineer, instead of relying on private company engineers to tell the city how to spend money. We have an engineer whose company pro ts from this project telling us how we need to spend the rest of this contingency money, Gingell said. Somebody whose company is going to pro t from the bottom line, are they representing the city, or are they representing their company? Gingell questioned whether the citys current contracted engineers are acting as true consultants or salesmen. Commissioner Bill Kennedy said any consulting rm, including engineers, would make a pro t. He said no matter what rm the city hires, the pro t margin will be similar. Mayor Mel Magidson said most small cities cant afford an in-house engineer. I dont know that it would be cost-effective, Magidson said. What I do know is that most smaller cities dont have a staffed engineer. Gingell said with many projects lined up for capital improvement, the city needs to be able to track who set up the plan and how it works. Theres a lot of money involved in these projects, Gingell Bryan seeks seat on commission Special to The Star Joanna Bryan of cially has quali ed as a Republican candidate for Gulf County Commissioner District 3. Joanna is a fourthgeneration Floridian. Bryan graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She went on to obtain her law degree from Jones eyes clerk post Special to The Star Keith Duke Jones announced last week his intent to seek the position of Gulf County Clerk of the Court. Jones cares about Gulf County and is ready and quali ed to help make government more accountable. Norris seeks re-election as clerk Special to The Star Rebecca L. Becky Norris is pleased to announce her desire to continue in service as your Gulf County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Becky has worked in the Clerk of Courts Of ce for 28 years, and has served Election qualifying ends with full eld By TIM CROFT 227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The green ag of cially has dropped on the 2012 campaign season and the eld is crowded headed toward the rst turn, the Aug. 14 primary election. Thirtyve candidates quali ed in 13 county races, with only one race decided last week when Gulf County Tax Collector Shirley Jenkins, for the second-straight time, faced no opposition, automatically earning another four-year term. Qualifying also saw the loss of one incumbent, as District 3 County Commissioner Bill Williams did not submit his qualifying papers. He becomes the third county commissioner to lose or give up his seat since 2010; his term ends after the November general election. Several candidates jumped into races at the last minute, paying a qualifying fee to run for of ce rather than gathering petition signatures. Petition deadline elapsed earlier this year. Keith Jones paid the qualifying fee to challenge incumbent Becky Norris for Gulf County Clerk of Courts; Melissa Farrell did the same to challenge sitting School Board District 3 representative Linda Wood; and William Koran paid the qualifying fee to run for the District 5 Board of County TIM CROFT | The Star Many of the 35 candidates in this years county elections showed up at Supervisor of Elections Linda Grif ns of ce for a photo on the nal day of qualifying, which ended at noon last Friday. JOANNA BRYAN KEITH JONES REBECCA NORRIS DAWGS in Prison program celebrates third anniversary By TIM CROFT 227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Max is a gorgeous husky who looked anything but gorgeous months ago when dropped off at the St. Joseph Humane Society. Tom Rush is a DeFuniak Springs resident who traveled last week to Gulf County to pick up Max and take him to his new home. John Kelly is the leader of the team that made that match, that transformation in Max, possible. Literally and symbolically those are three of the underpinnings to the foundation for the DAWGS in Prison (Developing Adoptable Dogs With Good Sociability) program which had a celebration on several levels last week. The program has been in operation three years through collaboration between the Florida Department of Corrections, the Board of County Commissioners and the dedicated volunteers and staff at the Humane Society. After 20 graduations, with 231 dogs saved from a potentially cruel fate, adopters from 13 states from Maine to Wisconsin to Louisiana to Port St. Joe have received newlytrained dogs for their families. Almost 250 inmates have participated in the program, several going on to use Photos by TIM CROFT | The Star The bond between trainer and dog after eight weeks is evident here as Derek Joseph, one of three team leaders, talks to Shea, who won the Smiley Award as most improved dog in the class. At right, Max was an abandoned dog before being placed in the DAWGS in Prison program by the staff at the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society. PRISON PETS See BRYAN A5 See JONES A5 See NORRIS A5 See PETS A7 See CITY A5 GPS trackers provide insight into loggerheads journeys Page B1 See QUALIFYING A5

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By VALERIE GARMAN 229-7843 | vgarman@star .com The Port St. Joe reworks may become the Gulf County reworks show this July 4. Lack of nancial support from the City of Port St. Joe left Gulf County Commissioners discussing a new location for this years Fourth of July reworks display at the commission meeting June 12. The county, city and the Gulf County Tourism Development Council previously agreed to each contribute $5,000 to fund the annual reworks display, but Port St. Joe Commissioners failed to approve the expenditure. Commissioner Bill Williams proposed moving the reworks show outside of city lines to Veterans Memorial Park at Beacon Hill unless the city helps with the funding. This is very frustrating to me, Williams said. Im disappointed in their decision making. Commissioner Warren Yeager made a motion to proceed with the current venue in Port St. Joe, because the Downtown Merchants Committee has planned an event centered around a downtown reworks display. (see story B1) Yeagers motion failed to pass, with Williams, and Commissioners Ward McDaniel and Carmen McLemore in opposition. The downtown merchants should hold their city leaders accountable, Williams said. This is systematic of an ongoing issue. This is not a city taxpayer problem; its a city leadership problem. McLemore said either the city pays or its moved to Beacon Hill. Williams said he proposed Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill not because it is in his district, but because there is plenty of parking and safe access to the beach. Williamss motion to move the reworks display to the park if the city does not contribute passed with a 4-1 vote. Yeager voted no. The Commission agreed to give the city until the end of the week to decide if they will pitch in for the display. John Parker of the Downtown Merchants Committee expressed doubt after the meeting that the city would contribute the $5,000. Parker is working with the Downtown Merchants Committee to organize a Fourth of July event that would feature a bike parade down Reid Avenue, and various vendors and contests. Without reworks in town, Parker said he is unsure of what would happen to the plans. I dont know what to do, Parker said. I dont think the city will come up with the $5,000 Ive talked to them several times on this. Local A2 | The Star Thursday, June 14, 2012 Dr. Hobson Fulmer of Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic Welcomes Our New Associate: Dr. John Duncan Along with Dr. Fulmer, Dr. Duncan will be seeing patients for small animal medicine and surgery. Please call for an appointment or come by to meet him. 850-670-8306 Clinic hours: Monday-Friday 8am 6 pm 187 Highway 98, Eastpoint Complete small animal medicine and surgery, wellness programs, laser surgery, diagnostic ultrasound, Serving Franklin and Gulf Counties for 30 years Theres a New Veterinarian in Town! $ 000 00 FS 45 TRIMMER Easy-to-use, well-balanced trimmer for homeowner use STIHL has you covered with protective apparel and accessories. $ 000 00 M S 170 CHAIN SAW Designed for occasional wood-cutting tasks around the home Includes many of the excellent design features of our professional models Anti-vibration system for comfortable operation Bar lengths may vary by region. $ 000 00 BG 55 HANDHELD B LOWER Proven handheld blower at an affordable price THIS T IME I WAN T SOME T HING HARDWORK I NG STIHLusa.com Available at participating dealers while supplies last. 2011 STIHL Give Dad What He Really Wants for Fathers Day St. Joe Rent-All 706 E. 1st Street, Port St. Joe (850) 227-2112 GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE Smart Lenses SM Can produce clear vision without glasses, at all distances "Freedom from Eye Glasses, Now a reality for many." NO HIDDEN CHARGES: It is our policy that the patient and any other person responsible for payments has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed by payment or any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free, discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. www.mulliseye.com "WE WELCOME NE W PATIE N TS, C ALL T ODAY FOR YOUR P RIORITY APP OI N TME N T" FOR NEW PATIENTS 59 AND OLDER This certificate is good for a complete Medical Eye Exam with Todd Robinson, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician and Surgeon. 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: 6-30-12 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 Sparks y over July 4 reworks The downtown merchants should hold their city leaders accountable. This is systematic of an ongoing issue. This is not a city taxpayer problem; its a city leadership problem. Bill Williams Port St. Joe Commissioner

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By TIM CROFT 227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.com New test, similar results: Gulf County students demonstrating proficiency in reading and math equivalent or better than their peers around the state. The latest batch of Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores reading, math and science for grades 3 through 10 were released in the past two weeks and for the most part local students are learning at or above grade levels at healthy levels. It is nothing really to shout about, but for the most part our students performed above the state average, said Sara Joe Wooten, assistant superintendent for instruction. This is a more difficult test. I think this was a year that teachers were adjusting, students were adjusting, the whole state was really adjusting. This test takes us more to Common Core Standards. Florida transitions to Common Core Standards in 2013-14. Moving to the Common Core State Standards, which will be the national standard in 201314, is a natural progression for the state and its students, said Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson. The test also featured some online testing for the first time, meaning some students tested the old-fashioned pencil-andpaper method and others used computers to take the FCAT components. And as Wooten noted, the test was not only more difficult than previous years this was the first for FCAT 2.0 but the state also moved the bar higher to be considered learning at or above grade level. Scoring a Level 3 on any component of the test is considered being procient at grade level, the equivalent of a C grade. Scores higher than Level 3 re ect learning above grade level; scores under Level 3 indicate learning below grade level. Among district fourthgraders, 60 percent were at Level 3 or above in math and 57 were at Level 3 or above in reading; the state averages were 60 and 67 percent, respectively. That sort of scoring was seen throughout each grade level. In math, district fthand seventh-graders fell just below state averages in math, but at every other grade level district student scores surpassed state averages. In reading, at every grade level save fourth and high school sophomores, the district students were at or above even well above, as with 69 compared 57 percent among sixthgraders, 67-58 percent among seventh-gradersstate averages. I think teachers teaching reading and pushing students, from kindergarten on up, on sight words and other things has made a real difference there, Wooten said of reading scores. The state is also stressing reading. They are encouraging every student to read one book every two weeks during the summer. And not the lighter books, but more along the classics, books that make you think. In science, fth-graders were well ahead of the state average while eighthgraders fell just short of the state average. In the ninth-grade Algebra I end of course exams, new this year to the FCAT scores, 73 percent of district students were at or above grade level compared to 58 percent of ninth-graders statewide. When you get 50 percent or better and better than the state average, that is pretty good, Wooten said. And we had a lot of areas where we had 60 percent or better, so that is pretty good. Every principal and teacher is trying to break down these scores and gure out where our strengths and weaknesses are. We are going to x the areas where we are weak and build on our strengths. Wooten also emphasized that the scores released so far are for all students, the total number taking the FCAT 2.0 this school year. In prior years, scores were released broken down in order that districts could identify special needs students, students for which English is a second language and so forth. Once we are able to fully break down the scores, the results will start to look better and better, Wooten said. Local The Star| A3 Thursday, June 14, 2012 340 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, Fl 32456 850-227-9393 25 % OFF APP A REL & GIFTS June 14 TH 19 TH *must have coupon for discount *except previously marked clearance items At the Port St. Joe Marina! At the At the Happy Fathers Day 25 % OFF Sale Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday June 14th 17th Paid for and approved by Jim Norton, Republican Superintendent of Schools. Pd.Pol.Ad. Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m Eugene Charbonneau, DO Susan Hardin, ARNP Dana Whaley, ARNP 110 NE 5th Street Carrabelle, Florida County students hold their own against tougher FCAT Star Staff Report Fourteen spacious and beautifully-appointed condominiums in the Paradise Shores community on Mexico Beach were sold May 19 at absolute auction for a total price of $2,684,500. Each of the 76 registered bidders from nine states, including South Dakota, Indiana and Connecticut, was required to bring $10,000 in personal check, business check or certi ed funds per two bedroom unit and $15,000 for the three bedroom units. The auction was conducted by The National Auction Group, Inc. of Gadsden, Alabama, specialists in the auction of quality, high-end properties. Over the past two years the company has sold more than $100 worth of condos on the Gulf coast. Once again this demonstrates that the condo market is alive and well on the Gulf Coast for quality properties and shows that theres no reason for developers to sit on unsold inventory when they can be sold ef ciently and quickly by auction, said William Bone, President of National Auction Group. We had a happy seller and many happy buyers and that is always our primary objective. We are, and will continue to, negotiate with interested parties regarding other two and three bedroom condos in the community. 14 condos at Paradise Shores sold for $2.6 million at auction

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Opinion A4 | The Star Thursday, June 14, 2012 In the spring of 1970, the environmental movement was born, which eventually led to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. We were going green. During the past 40 years, we have seen the changes that have come as a result of this concern for a cleaner environment. We have electric cars and hybrid cars, although it has been reported that many folks who buy these types of vehicles do not choose to do it again. Plastic grocery bags are banned in various cities in California and Texas, because of concerns about the environment. It seems that a lot of birds and marine animals die each year because of plastic pollution. I do not want birds or marine animals to die, however I do enjoy grilling chicken and frying catfish. I know a chicken is a bird, but Im not so sure about a catfish being a marine animal. I would think that it was a marine animal, but Im a math guy and only know that I like to eat them fried with a mixture of tartar sauce and Tabasco on the side for dipping. A comb and two wattles. When did my hair come into this? It didnt. Im not talking about that kind of comb. Im referring to the red stuff on top of a chickens head; its called a comb. Chicken folks know this, and also know that the wattles are the two red things hanging under a chickens chin. The comb and wattles are a chickens built in air conditioning system that cools him off by circulating blood and lowering his body temperature on hot days. We all need to know these things. In addition, the chickens comb and wattles are what distinguishes it from other birds. Im still not so sure about the catfish, but Im pretty sure it could eat a plastic bag and keep going. Therefore, it may not be a marine animal. The green business, like all movements, has a lot of good intentions. Some, maybe most of these ideas existed before we had all of the agencies and acts. Things like checking your tire pressure, turning off your power and washing a full load of clothes make pretty good sense to everyone. Also, anytime someone comes up with a better light bulb, I will give it a try. However, I do want the option of using the light bulb of my choice. Then, there are some things that beg me to ask more questions. They want us to keep our electronics out of the trash. Well, the way I see it, if they would make better electronics, we wouldnt have to throw them away. Cellphones are made to fall apart after about a year of use. I miss Dixie cups attached with a piece of string for communication. They never worked very well, but it was fun trying. Dixie cups and string are probably bad for birds and fish. Why am I worried about all of this? I will tell you. Years ago, I used to have a nice garden and a tiller. I had tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and all kinds of herbs. It was nice and I enjoyed it. Some twenty years later, I have two or three tomato plants, a couple of pepper plants and a couple of terracotta pots of herbs on my back deck that I try to grow each year. Recently, I went outside on my deck to find my tomato plants covered with little red mite looking things and it bothered me a lot. I watered my plants hoping to wash the mites off; there just seemed to be more. Maybe they were having some sort of pool party or something on the leaves of my tomato plants. I couldnt take it; I needed to save my plants from these creatures. After looking in the garage and everywhere else I might have had some sort of insecticide to kill these tomato eating beasts, I was still defenseless. Nothing could be found in my depleted arsenal. Then I remembered buying this spray bottle of Eco-friendly insecticide/ant killer for ants in the kitchen about a year back. I found it under the kitchen sink, still looking happy with a big green Eco-friendly label on it. I remember quitting on it and going with another name brand, not so green, ant eliminator. However, I did keep it under the sink (because it was eco-friendly). I figured I would give it a try on my tomato plants and other plants on the deck. If it was supposed to kill ants, I thought it would surely kill the little red mites (and it was eco-friendly). After spraying the white foamy, supposedly earth friendly stuff on all of my plants, I waited. Within an hour, all of my plants had shriveled up and pretty much were down for the count. They were dead the victims of the Ecofriendly movement. My plants had gone brown. The next time, I will go to the hardware store and buy Sevin dust. For now, I will go to the grocery store and buy tomatoes that were probably imported from a country without all of these green ideas. Please note, Im not against them, but they did brutally destroy my tomato plants and my beautiful Kentucky Colonel Mint plant. Put those tomatoes in a plastic bag and Ill have to wait a year for that Mint Julep or Mojito. You can find more stories at www. CranksMyTractor.com. They are NOT singing my song Going green is bringing me brown I dont think my life would make a very good country song. I havent had a drink in over forty years. I have never one time had to get my mother out of jail. Ive never shot anyone that I know of. Ive never danced on a sawdust oor unless you count the time John Charles Sassers bull got loose at the Tri-County Stockyards and I did a few pirouettes and a couple of buck and wings till I could vault to safety. My rst wife is, well, still my rst wife. And I cant sing a lick. Youd think a man that liked Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins as much as I do would have something in common with the music they play. I have never been to Butcher Holler, Folsom Prison or El Paso. I can understand Loretta when shes singing about that barnyard shovel, but Ive never drilled for No. 9 coal, dressed in black or slapped leather against Texas Red. Listen, except for Leon, David and a couple of cousins, Ive never been in a real ght. I will admit I stopped into the Skyway Grill for a hamburger the night Rollin Truell and some of those boys from Huntingdon tied up. The whole place erupted into a brawl. But they were setting the tables back up and putting tape on the juke box by the time I got there. The police didnt even bother to get my statement. Ive never been stabbed, shot in the chest, bushwhacked, tied to a railroad track or hung on a cold, dark night. I did one time jump off a fence onto a nail sticking out of an unseen board. I rammed that rusty thing right through my foot! It hurt like the dickens but I dont think they write country songs about stuff like that. Ive never crossed the Brazos at Waco, hauled a load of chickens over Wolf Creek Pass, took my guns to town or busted a guitar over anybodys head. Ive never met Ruby, Lucille, Kate, Ruben James, the gambler, Felina, Oney or Jesse Taylor. I do have a few friends in low places. I didnt meet my wife behind any swinging doors, at a boot scootin boogie, wrestling match, cow-chip throwing or down at Joe and Mables 12th Street Bar and Grill. Ive never pulled an 18-wheeler into a road house in Texas. Ive never crushed a soft aluminum can or grabbed a tiger by the tail. And Im not walking the oor over anyone! Alan Jackson couldnt even write a song about me. I quit chewing tobacco back in the early 90s, when LeviGarrett went to $1.59 a pack. Ive never ridden night herd or panned for gold just a little southeast of Nome. Ive never ran moonshine from Harlan County to Memphis. I dont know sweet Betsy from Pike. Ive never ridden the Wabash Cannonball, a raging Brahma bull or the wayward wind. Ive never climbed Wolverton Mountain or hid out behind chute No. 1 with Bandy, the rodeo clown. Ive never been to Gilleys. I dont have any exs living in Texas. Ive never shot a jukebox, and listen, Ive never woke up the next morning staring at a waitress whose name I did not know. In the early days, if I needed advice, I sought out my parents. Later, Id ask my brothers or a good friend but mostly I leaned on my rst wife. If it was serious, I called in the pastor. It never, in all my born days, occurred to me to seek life changing advice from a guy on the next bar stool. It seems to me those ashing neon lights might hinder your concentration. Ive never had a protracted conversation with a bartender. I reckon I have drowned my sorrows a time or two with a Diet Coke and a piece of apple pie. Me and Bobby Magee never thumbed down a ride. I dont remember ever digging up bones. Where I came from we didnt have mansions on the hill. I dont smoke old stogies, I have found and I dont know every engineer on every train and all of their children and all of their names. Listen closely here, I dont want to have to die to stop loving anyone. Jerry Lee Lewis once sang, My Life would make a good country song. And, following his career over the years, Id say he was absolutely right, but what a price to pay. Jerry Lee has had more ups and down than that Thunder Mountain ride at Disney World. Hank Williams didnt make up many songs. He just waited for something to happen to him and then he wrote it down right quick. He roared and amed and made some of the best music ever heard on this planet. He also died at twenty-nine. I may need to rethink this country song living thing. Maybe you can get too close to the music. You know what I mean? Im not smart enough to understand that life imitating art thing. Thats for folks like Hank and Johnny Cash, Spade Cooley and Jerry Lee. But maybe its like bull ghting. I really wouldnt mind seeing a real bull ght, as long as Im not the guy in the ring. A good bungee jump is best appreciated from about two hills over watching some fool leap off a thousand foot high bridge with just a rope tied to his leg. On second thought, maybe Ive had the right approach to the country music business all along. Let the other guy suffer, bleed, go to jail, have the heartache and I can tune it in or out depending on my mood or choice at the moment. Thats a heap better than being busted at in Baton Rouge. Or being a boy named Sue. Or so lonesome I could cry. Respectfully, 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 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor: Having called Gulf County home for the past 16 years, something continues to amaze me about news pronouncements. With very few exceptions they state, So and So was born, raised, educated, married, raised children and eventually died in Gulf County. Some of these pronouncements I totally agree with. If it is a graduation announcement, a marriage, a birth and a death of an individual you would want to acknowledge the family and community which nurtured such positive growth. The pronouncement that continues to amaze me is that all candidates for political or civil service ofces always begin with, I was born, raised etc. in Gulf County. Think about it. Why would you promote that you came from a long line of local thinking that continues to provide leadership that boasts average annual income 23 percent lower than the average Florida income; also boasts of poverty 30 percent higher than the average state level. We could also mention a high school graduation level of 45 percent above state averages but college graduation levels which are 57 percent below state averages. Finally unemployment levels which are 30 percent above state level. I am not suggesting that all native Gulf County people are not bright and capable with these continuing issues. What I am suggesting is that perhaps we should look at someone who now calls Gulf County home but has experienced how other places in Florida and the U.S. have successfully dealt with and corrected the same issues we have in Gulf County. Just a thought! Jim McKenzie St. Joe Beach Gulf Countian for life By Jason Alderman With summer vacation right around the corner, youre probably busy planning itineraries, shopping for new bathing suits and nishing up work projects. But before you completely check out, take a few minutes to review a few nancial safeguards that could save you a ton of grief and money and protect your identity. Credit and debit cards. If youre planning to travel especially overseas follow these precautions: Tell your card issuers where and how long youre traveling so theyll be on guard against unauthorized transactions. Also, bank fraud departments have sophisticated systems for detecting unusual account activity, so if a transaction raises concern and youre not home to eld their call, your account could be frozen until you can be reached. Immediately report lost or stolen cards and/or unauthorized transactions to your card issuer. Carry at least two cards in case one gets damaged or closed temporarily. It might take a few days for the bank to mail you a new card. In case of theft, carry a list of card issuers fraud hotlines and your account numbers separate from your wallet. Perhaps leave a copy with a trusted friend. I also program these numbers into my cell phone for quick access. Some banks toll-free numbers may not work internationally, so ask for the right numbers before you leave. Avoid using standalone or unusuallooking ATMs not located in secure areas. They might be altered or have hidden cameras that can shoulder surf your account information and PIN. Beware of card skimming, where dishonest restaurant or store employees use a portable card reader to copy information from your credit or debit cards magnetic strip. Save and check all receipts against your statement; also scan your statement for unauthorized transactions. Safeguard your home. If no one will be house-sitting in your absence: Have the post ofce hold your mail. Suspend newspaper subscriptions. Park a car in the driveway and put a prominent interior light on a timer. Ask a friend or neighbor to remove iers, packages or free newspapers. Have a great vacation. Make your vacation security checklist I do not want birds or marine animals to die, however I do enjoy grilling chicken and frying catsh. I know a chicken is a bird, but Im not so sure about a catsh being a marine animal. CRANKS MY TRACTOR BN Heard

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Local The Star| A5 Thursday, June 14, 2012 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. CARPET CERAMIC TILE HARDWOOD AREA RUGS WINDOW SHADES & BLINDS PITTSBURGH PAINTS WE BIND CARPETS We offer L P ort S aint Joe area D esign professionals on premise C P rofessional I nstallation 2760 H W est P ort S aint Joe L OCA LL Y O WNED aint Joe L OCA LL Y O WNED H W est W est W P ort P ort P S aint Joe $ 50 Off purchase of $ 750.00 or more T ile starting at C arpet starting at 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 as your elected clerk for the past eight years. It has been my privilege to serve the people of Gulf County during these last two terms, and I look forward to continuing the work; pledging to keep our of ce accessible, transparent, and ef cient. I have also been blessed to lead one of the best staffs, as we have all worked together to nd ways to do more with less, Norris said. The clerk of courts is a very complex of ce; serving as the Clerk of the Circuit and County Courts, Ex-Of cio Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners, and County Recorder. The Clerk is one of the ve Constitutional Of cers that serves as a checks and balance in county government. While it is obviously important that all monies, whether tax dollars or other, be accounted for, there are many other day-to-day tasks that are performed within the of ce. One department alone is devoted to serving the needs associated with the court system. Another maintains all recorded instruments such as deeds, mortgages, liens, etc. And of course, the Finance Department veri es that all expenditures have been approved by the proper Department Head, serve a public purpose, and are in compliance with Florida Statutes and Board policy. In all phases of our work, we are always seeking ways to improve ef ciencies, and continue to make adjustments as needed to our internal controls to make sure Gulf County is best served. It will also be my honor this year to represent Gulf County by serving as the president of the Florida Association of Clerk of Courts and Comptrollers. While serving as the vice president during this past year, I have had the opportunity to meet with different clerks throughout the state and hear rsthand the issues they face, whether they are smaller than us, or much larger. I believe that by serving in this way, it has given me a better understanding of my responsibilities, and helps me see opportunities for improvements in our of ce. Married to Steve Norris for more than 31 years; they have two children, Zac and Ashton. Becky is a homegrown resident of Gulf County. She grew up in Wewahitchka and graduated from WHS in 1979, then moved to Port St. Joe in 1990 where she and Steve raised their children. Your vote on Aug. 14, 2012, will be much appreciated, as I look forward to continued service to the people of Gulf County. I am thankful for the trust that the citizens of our county have afforded me, and pledge to continue leading this of ce with honesty and integrity if re-elected. Jones has more than 22 years of leadership in state government, corporate and private business. Upon graduating from Florida State University with a degree in accounting, Jones became a licensed CPA and has been a leader in his industry ever since. He has served as a board member and of cer with the Florida Institute of Certi ed Public Accountants for more than 15 years. He is serving his sixth term on the prestigious Florida Board of Governors representing accountants throughout Florida. He also serves as a trustee on the Educational Foundation for the FICPA, which raises funds to send students to college to be accountants. The constitutionallyelected position of clerk is one of great importance. The clerk serves as the watchdog of county funds to insure they are best used to bene t the public. This of ce is a place where public trust and con dence are built in local government. The Of ce of Clerk of the Court assists local residents with many of their day-to-day needs, from acquiring a marriage license or a copy of a property deed, to paying traf c nes and providing forms for court lings. Jones brings a wealth of educational and professional experience and has the tools needed for the job. Born and raised in Gulf County, Jones has a local understanding of our area and our current government needs. He knows the people of Gulf County, loves the area and cares about our future. I am prepared to lead this of ce and insure our county dollars are properly spent for all the constituents of Gulf County, Jones said. I humbly ask for your support and vote to be our next clerk. If you would like to share your concerns, meet or have your group meet with Jones, contact him at 3400828, 229-1040 or keith@ keithjonescpa.com. Nova Southeastern University. In addition to her academic accomplishments Joanna has a broadbased work history that has given her a great appreciation for hard work. Before becoming an attorney Bryan worked as an industrial route truck driver for UPS. She also worked for the Lake Worth Police Department as a crime prevention specialist, and then she went on to work for the Broward County Sheriffs Of ce before completing law school. Bryan has her own law practice which is on the third oor of the Centennial Bank Building in Port St. Joe. She specializes in all aspects of real estate law. She also has considerable experience in the areas of commercial transactions and commercial law. Bryan said she believes her skills and experience set her apart from the other candidates and make her uniquely quali ed for the position of County Commissioner. Bryan said she knows and appreciates how hard the citizens of Gulf County work to earn a living and she feels that they deserve commissioners who will work to responsibly manage the taxpayers money for the best interests of all the citizens. There are many complex and controversial issues that currently face Gulf County, including but not limited to county-wide voting, pending budget shortfalls, land ll questions, potential funding through the RESTORE Act, and TDC accountability to name just a few. I have the professional background and personal determination necessary to help solve these problems that we face. By far the biggest issue facing our county is that of jobs and economic growth. The best way to encourage economic growth is to have a business-friendly environment. Business-friendly means rules that are easy to understand and processes (permitting, zoning, etc.) that are reasonable to comply with. But most important of all, the rules should apply equally and fairly to all. I promise a fair and level playing eld for everyone. I will do all that I can to promote responsible economic growth and job creation in our county, Bryan said. Running the business of the county is a big operation. It should be conducted based on sound business principles not political favoritism that bene ts only the wellconnected at the expense of the average taxpayer. I promise to work for all of the people of Gulf County 3 not just a few. Joanna welcomes your questions and your thoughts. Feel free to contact her via email at Joanna@ Vote4Bryan.com or give her a call at 615-5015. JONES from page A1 BRYAN from page A1 NORRIS from page A1 said. We need to get a hold on where its being spent and whos spending it. City resident Jim Garth addressed the board regarding Gingells propositions during the meeting and asked the commissioners to at least look into the feasibility of hiring an in-house engineer. You dont need to get a fulltime engineer, Garth said. It could be part time, or you could share with the city of Wewahitchka or the county. Commissioners agreed to have City Manager Jim Anderson look into their options and examine research Garth has done on a series of city invoices. Fireworks Despite a motion from Commissioner Bo Patterson to provide $5,000 to help fund a Fourth of July Fireworks display, commissioners ultimately decided the city will not contribute. The city of Port St. Joe would like to have reworks and they should have them, said Patterson, whose motion died when it failed to garner a second from the board. This years reworks display will be joint-funded by Gulf County and the Gulf County Tourism Development Council, each of which contributed $5,000. The entities hoped to also garner $5,000 from the city to provide a bigger show in the area. Gingell said the city already provides the police force and cleanup for the reworks each year, and the city taxpayers would pay double for the display if the city funded it along with the county. We just cant afford it, Commissioner Rex Buzzett said. We will still have reworks, but it wont be $15,000 worth of reworks, it will be $10,000. Homeless shelter ordinance County Attorney Tom Gibson reported to commissioners that he has met with the county homeless committee, headed by Port St. Joe resident Christie McElroy, to address a series of drafted ordinances to eliminate the possibility of the development of a homeless shelter in the area. He said on the city side, the ordinances will need to rede ne its de nition of nuisance to encompass any business or organization that requires signi cant monitoring by law enforcement. The ordinance will also need to delineate what you can and cant do in city parks and public property within the city limits. The commissioners agreed the ordinances should rst go through the citys Planning Development and Review Board before going to the commission for approval. CITY from page A1 Commissioners seat held by Warren Yeager. The largest elds can be found in the races for of ce where the incumbent has announced retirement or, in the case of Williams, chosen not to stand for re-election. With the retirement of Kesley Colbert, the Gulf County Property Appraisers race will be contested by Mitch Burke and Jamie Lester in the Republican primary while James Rish runs as a Democrat and Dan Christie runs with No Party Af liation, guaranteeing at least three candidates in the mix for the general election. With Supervisor of Elections Linda Grif n also announcing her retirement, Brittany Beauchamp and John Hanlon will face off in the Republican primary while Shawn Butler and Wyvonne Pickett square off in the Democratic primary. Vying to replace Williams will be Joanna Bryan and Johnny Mize, both Republicans, Democrat Jimmy Rogers and John Grantland, who will run with No Party Af liation, meaning at least three candidates will survive until November. The race for BOCC District 5, clerk of courts as well as the two School Board races, both nonpartisan campaigns, will be decided in the August primary. In the BOCC District 5 race, incumbent Yeager and challengers Koran and Barbara Radcliff are all Republicans; whoever pulls the largest total, regardless of percentage, will win the seat as there is no Democrat in the race. In the clerk of courts race, Jones and Norris are both Democrats. Whoever garners the most votes in August wins. The two School Board races Billy Quinn must fend off a challenge from Lois Byrd for his District 4 seat also will be decided in August. The race for county judge, where Brian Hill and Jarred Patterson are challenging Judge Tim McFarland, also could be decided in August should one of the candidates secure 50 percentplus one of the vote. If not, the top two will advance to the general election. The race for Gulf County sheriff will not be on the ballot until November as Republican Mike Harrison challenges Democrat incumbent Joe Nugent. Neither have a primary challenge. The race for Gulf County superintendent of schools and BOCC District 1 also are guaranteed to last into November. Challengers Jay Bidwell and Phil Lanford will face off in the Democratic primary for superintendent of schools to earn the right to square off with incumbent Jim Norton. Incumbent Carmen McLemore, a Democrat, will meet challenger Freddie Whit eld in the primary for the BOCC District 1 seat McLemore holds. Waiting for the winner will be Kenny Peak, a Republican. Primary day is Aug. 14. The registration books close at 5 p.m. ET on July 16 so if you are new voter, have changed addresses or have other changes to make to your voting registration information contact Grif ns of ce at 229-6117. The last day to request absentee ballots for the primary is 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 8. The general election is Nov. 8. QUALIFYING from page A1

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E-mail outdoors news to tcroft@ star .com Page 6 Thursday, June 14, 2012 O UTDOORS www.starfl.com Section Section A Red snapper season is well under way. Hi winds and rough seas have kept many anglers at the docks hoping for better weather. Good sized red snapper are still close to shore, some as close as 6 miles out. Try using live bait rst to catch the bigger ones up off the bottom, but cut bait, such as cigar minnows and squid will work ne. Inshore Offshore Recent rain has the St. Joe Bay muddy and churned up right now. Before the rain we had great reports from the Eagle Harbor area of red sh and trout caught in the grass on live shrimp. Towns beach has had a few reports of nice trout and a few red sh this week also. Get in all your inshore shing in before the 2012 Scallop Season opens soon. 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B W O sh.com WEEKLY ALMANAC ST.JO SE PH B AY AP ALAC HI C O LA B AY W ES T PASS TI DE T ABLES M O N TH LY AVERAGES To nd the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times from these given for APALACHICOLA: HIGH LOW Cat P oint Minus 0:40 Minus 1:17 East P ass Minus 0:27 Minus 0:27 To nd the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times from those given for CARRABELLE: HIGH LOW Bald P oint Minus 9:16 Minus 0:03 Sponsor the WEEKLY ALMANAC Call T oday! 227-7847 Date H igh Low % P recip T hu, June 14 86 73 40 % Fri, June 15 85 72 40 % Sat, June 16 86 71 40 % Sun, June 17 85 73 20 % Mon, June 18 86 73 0 % T ues, June 19 87 74 0 % Wed, June 20 88 75 40 % 13 We 647am 1.3 450pm 0.1 14 Th 701am 1.6 514pm 0.0 15 Fr 726am 1.7 549pm -0.1 16 Sa 759am 1.7 629pm -0.2 17 Su 836am 1.8 711pm -0.2 18 Mo 915am 1.8 752pm -0.3 19 Tu 953am 1.9 828pm -0.3 20 We 1029am 1.9 900pm -0.3 21 Th 1104am 1.8 925pm -0.3 22 Fr 1138am 1.7 946pm -0.2 23 Sa 1211pm 1.6 1000pm 0.0 24 Su 1244pm 1.3 1003pm 0.2 25 Mo 105pm 1.0 946pm 0.3 26 Tu 629am 1.0 838pm 0.6 27 We 552am 1.2 305pm 0.3 28 Th 558am 1.4 347pm 0.0 13 We 1216am 0.9 1052am 1.4 440am 0.9 709pm 0.2 14 Th 223am 1.0 1124am 1.4 530am 1.0 801pm 0.0 15 Fr 347am 1.0 1158am 1.4 630am 1.1 848pm -0.1 16 Sa 439am 1.1 1235pm 1.5 731am 1.2 931pm -0.2 17 Su 518am 1.2 115pm 1.5 825am 1.3 1009pm -0.2 18 Mo 550am 1.2 156pm 1.5 913am 1.3 1044pm -0.3 19 Tu 618am 1.3 238pm 1.5 955am 1.3 1116pm -0.2 20 We 643am 1.3 321pm 1.5 1035am 1.3 1144pm -0.2 21 Th 707am 1.3 406pm 1.5 1115am 1.2 22 Fr 729am 1.3 454pm 1.4 1210am -0.2 1159am 1.2 23 Sa 752am 1.3 546pm 1.3 1237am -0.1 1248pm 1.1 24 Su 815am 1.3 645pm 1.2 107am 0.0 144pm 0.9 25 Mo 840am 1.3 758pm 1.0 139am 0.2 251pm 0.8 26 Tu 906am 1.4 930pm 1.0 213am 0.4 407pm 0.6 27 We 936am 1.4 1130pm 0.9 250am 0.6 526pm 0.4 28 Th 1010am 1.5 328am 0.9 640pm 0.1 Star Staff Report Richard King of Winder, GA caught this 30-inch long sea trout on May 26. He was shing with Tim Hartman from Lawrenceville, GA and Mexico Beach from a large bass boat. The nice sh was caught off Cape San Blas and King was shing 18 inches up from weight. He had a pin bobber and was using live shrimp and pin sh for bait. He had a nice ght on his hands. Congratulations to Rick and thank you to Tim Hartman for taking Richard out on his boat. This brought the end of his vacation much delight and memories to share. Richard spends every vacation in the area. Visitors Macie Rogers of Bowdon, GA and T.J. North of Ranburne, AL found this shell, or shells, during recent excursions along the shores of St. Joseph Peninsula and St. Joseph Bay. Though the exact location of the nd was unknown, their unique discovery was a 50-caliber machine gun shell, common in World War II, ensconced within a seashell. Under the seashell there are remnants of what appears to be a powder burns and sticking out from within the seashells that have encased the bullet shell over the years appears to be the end of the shell casing. As Bill Musselwhite of Port St. Joe, who obtained the shell from the visitors, said, Nature has a way of taking care of things. TIM CROFT | The Star Special to The Star This year, the turtle nesting season started with a rush activity on St. Vincent Island. In May there were 32 turtle nests. This is already half the total number of nests for last year, and there are three more months of turtle nesting. This increased number of nests is keeping the staff and trained turtle volunteers busy with surveys and other important maintenance tasks. You can help support the turtle program on St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge by participating in our Adopt-aNest program. For $25, you will be able to name the turtle whose nest you adopt and will receive the following: adoption certi cate photo of adopted nest activity/hatchling report recognition in Supporters newsletter Proceeds from nest adoptions help offset refuge costs for the turtle monitoring program. These costs include fuel for the survey vehicles and materials to construct cages to protect nests from predators. Turtle adoptions make a wonderful gift for people of any age who care about turtles and wildlife preservation. With so many turtles choosing to nest on St. Vincent Island this year, we are hoping for an equal increase in turtle adoptions. To adopt a nest or learn more about the program, email supportstvin@ hotmail.com or leave a message at 229-7635. The busy turtle season just reemphasizes the importance of our volunteers and the need for more help from the local community. Major budget cuts and reduced staf ng have increased the need for St. Vincent NWR volunteers. We have opportunities for people of all ages and physical abilities, including those younger than 18 if accompanied by a parent or other adult. Also, one-time service projects can be scheduled for scouts, students or church groups. Volunteers can serve on a regular basis or help with one-time projects. Whatever time you can give will be greatly appreciated. Both outdoor and of ce-based volunteer work is available. At our Apalachicola of ce you can help with visitor services, assist with administrative tasks or help write proposals seeking grant funding. On the island, you can monitor wildlife such as red wolves and sea turtles, participate in bird counts, clean up trash on the islands beautiful beaches, remove invasive plants or do maintenance work. Other opportunities include assisting in environmental education programs, leading community outreach programs, documenting St. Vincent Islands history or serving on the Board of our Supporters group. To volunteer or learn more about how you can help, email support stvin@hotmail.com. Also watch for volunteer opportunities in The Star. Give your spare time and help make a difference. There will be no monthly tours of St. Vincent Island during the summer months bugs and heat make the experience less than pleasant. The tours will resume in the fall, but you can still visit the island on your own. You can get to the island by boat or kayak or take the St. Vincent Island Shuttle Service (call 229-1065 or visit www.stvincentisland. com). The island is primitive bring everything you need, including drinking water and leave only your footprints behind. This column is provided by the Supporters of St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge. TURTLE TIME Season begins with lots of nesting activity The busy turtle season just reemphasizes the importance of our volunteers and the need for more help from the local community. Florida Freedom Newspapers le art SHELL ON A HALF SHELL SPONSORED BY Visitor snags 30-inch sea trout Special to The Star BIRDS-EYE VIEW FROM ST. VINCENT ISLAND

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Local The Star| A7 Thursday, June 14, 2012 (Ad#2012-53) PUBLIC NOTICE A Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and De velopment Review Board (PDRB) meeting on Monday, June 18 2012 at 8:45 a.m. EST, and at the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Both public hearings will be held in the BOCC Meeting Room at the Rob ert M. Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. The public hear ings will be to discuss and act on the following: 1. Reconvene the Variance Application Robert Dawk ins Parcel ID #03180-235R Corrective action to an existing access ramp and dune walkover. 2. Variance Application Sherry Steadham Parcel ID # 03765-000R Located in Section 31, Township 6 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida road setback variance of 4 and a side setback of 1. 3. Sign Variance Toye Roberts Parcel ID #03946000R Located in Section 5, Township 7 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida variance to install an offsite business sign. 4. Variance Angelo and Susan Jardina Parcel ID #03946-002R Located in Section 5, township 7 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida Setback encroachment from construction error. 5. County Ordinances and LDR Revisions Land Use -Homeless Shelter ordinance HB 503 impacts Animal Control 6. Public and Open Discussion 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 311. C R 3 0 A T R E A S U R E D R A U G E R A V E F R Y E R L N W H W Y 9 8 A B A L O N E S T R o b e r t D a w k i n s S h e r r y S t e a d h a m W U S H W Y 9 8 P I N E D A S T T o y e R o b e r t s P I N E D A A M E R I C U S A n g e l o & S u s a n J a r d i n a PETS from page A1 the skills learned while training a strange dog or two to lead productive lives outside of prison, even an inmate with more than 20 years behind bars. Im not sure (codirector) Judy (Miick) and I could see three years of DAWGS in Prison when we thought about this four years ago, said DAWGS co-director Sandi Christy. To understand the keys to success, a closer look at three important ingredients in the program. The dog Max, the husky had a life not unlike many other dogs saved through the DAWGS in Prison program, which generally deals with stray or abandoned animals. Max lived his early life chained in a backyard, his only contact his owner and two other dogs chained with him. The owner was evicted from the property and Max and the other two dogs were left behind, eventually to be collected by Gulf County Animal Control. We were worried about Max, Christy said of the dog that had zero sociability, particularly toward humans, and was in poor health. In time, though, Maxs health, physical and mental, improved and Christy, Miick and Melody Townsend, the director of the Humane Society, tested Maxs temperament to gauge whether the DAWGS in Prison program would be a good t. Turned out Max t the bill and after eight weeks in the DAWGS program he was headed to DeFuniak Springs last week, Rush walking him on a leash and feeding him treats within minutes of the completion of commencement exercises. The adopter As Christy put it, Without adopters, we would not have a program. Rush was a surprising adopter. He had not considered a dog since his last husky died in 2007. Rush was wiping away tears while listening to Maxs story last week, a large man with a proportional connection to the breed. Rush had grown up in upstate New York, his father a husky owner and Rush learned at an early age the dogs were loyal, but stubborn, as well as smart according to sled dog trainers, Rush said, huskies respond to a vocabulary of as many as 26 words. He had owned two huskies, but had said no more in 2007. My daughter told me that I needed to adopt another, Rush said. They are so smart and so loyal. The last one I had, he followed me everywhere I went. They are just very Before every training session throughout the eight-week training course, the dogs get a little off leash time to frolic and burn off excess energy. good dogs. I swore I would not get another after (the last husky died). I couldnt do it. But my daughter convinced me. He searched the Internet for what he was looking for: another husky. He found DAWGS in Prison, and lo and behold, there was Max. I have two granddaughters, 4 and 1, and when we came to meet Max he actually liked them better than me, Rush said. I heard about his story and thought that dog needs a good home. When we met him and he rushed past me and put a paw in my granddaughters lap, thats what turned it for me. Matching dog and adopter is a full-time occupation or at least at times it seems that way to Christy. She is dogged in her pursuit for the right home for each dog, others in the program noted,. Sandi does a lot of work just making sure each dog has the right home, said Of cer Donna Haddock of the Gulf Forestry Camp. Haddock supervises the DAWGS routine in the compound. We want to make the perfect match. We work really hard on that. The trainer Kelly was the leader of the inmate team that trained Max, and while Haddock said she tries to switch things around every couple of weeks during the eight-week course, Kelly became particularly attached to Max. This one will be tough to see go, Kelly said. You try not to get too attached, but Ive worked a lot with her. Kelly, Mark Whited and Derek Joseph are the three team leaders for what Haddock calls the pack or the entire ensemble, dog and up to four team members per dog. And it is much more than training. Dogs are bathed once a week. Their ears are cleaned and teeth brushed twice a week. They must be fed and allowed to use the bathroom on a set schedule each day and night and each team member chips in. After lunch on a recent weekday, while the trainers and handlers took the dogs outside to begin the next session which is preceded by an opportunity for the dogs to be off leash and play other members of the team were cleaning food and water bowls, checking on bedding in the dog cages. All this documented on a set of ledgers, with inmates responsible for logging times, who did what and with what dog, when the work started and when it nished, what equipment or food was used. The dogs, Haddock noted, probably have the nest meals theyve enjoyed in some time and coats make a remarkable recovery as good health returns. Max hardly resembles what he did when he arrived at the Humane Society, Miick said. I try to give the inmates as many jobs and as many responsibilities as I can, Haddock said. The inmates are volunteers and must apply to be part of DAWGS. Haddock has a waiting list and those who dont get with the program dont stay with the program. And they move up the ladder once in, from caretaker to handler to trainer to team leader. Each position has a different responsibility, Whited said. It is a team effort. And a learning one. It has taught me a lot about patience and a lot about respect, Kelly said. You also learn how to respect and deal with a lot with different people. Dogs are sometimes easier because they dont talk back. For men who have, as Joseph acknowledged, been takers during their lives one reason for their imprisonment they have learned how to give. You learn how to deal with people of all shapes and sizes and colors, Whited said. You learn how to be responsible, to yourself and others. Every person is different just as every dog is different. And everybody needs a second chance. Joseph added, You have something new every day because each dog is different. It is a continuing education. Kelly, Whited and Joseph said they would use the skills gleaned from their months with the DAWGS program when they are released. But for last Wednesday, it was time to say goodbye to the graduates and welcome in the newbies later that afternoon and begin the eight weeks all over again. Tom Rush of DeFuniak Springs, in orange with neck brace, gets acquainted with his new dog, Max, while Jay King of King Dog Academy in Tallahassee, who helped start the DAWGS in Prison training program, and John Kelly (left) provide some pointers. Below, Claudette, with her inmate trainers, was named Top Dog in the 20th graduation of the DAWGS in Prison program. Photos by TIM CROFT | The Star

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COMMUNITY www.starfl.com Thursday, June 14, 2012 B Page 1 Section By VALERIE GARMAN 229-7843 | @valeriegarman vgarman@star .com Meg Lamont describes the night shift at the Fish Inn on Cape San Blas as similar to being a new parentsleep is rare, and you never know what to expect. The Fish Inn is not a motel or bed and breakfast; its the home-base for the University of Florida Marine Turtle Research Group, an organization dedicated to protecting the threatened and endangered sea turtle species that nest in Northwest Florida. Lamont, who oversees the program, has been tagging sea turtles on St. Joseph Peninsula since 1998, and new satellite tagging technology has recently allowed more insight into a turtles journey than ever before. With the help of University of Florida biologist Brail Stephens and a house full of college interns from across the country, every night from May to August is spent patrolling the beach, from the Stump Hole to the southern boundary of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, for nesting sea turtles to tag. The group at the Fish Inn is essentially nocturnal, spending their nights surveying the beach on ATVs with red headlights from sunup to sundown, their eyes peeled for movement in the sand. Its sort of like being a new parent when you work this job, Lamont said. When you do sleep its just two hours here, two hours there. Last week, the group satellite-tagged 10 sea turtles on the Cape as part of an oil spill research project in the Gulf. The high-tech satellite tags provide a turtles exact GPS coordinates when the turtle comes up for air. While nesting female turtles have been known to return to nest within ve kilometers of where they previously nested during their nesting period, Lamont said GPS tracking the nesting females has shown something unexpected. Its the rst time weve been able to see what the turtles are doing during their nesting periods, Lamont said. These guys are going 100 to 150 kilometers away. Its not whats expected. She said many of the turtles that have nested on the Cape have shown up in Alabama, where oil spill research is also being done with satellite tracking. While the group works mostly with loggerhead turtles, a threatened species, they do also see endangered green sea turtles on Cape San Blas. We dont know very much about turtles once theyre in the water or where they go once they leave the beach, said Lamont, who noted satellite tracking has helped to show where the their habitats lie and what paths they take to get there, information that is essential for protecting the species. GPS trackers have provided insight into the turtles foraging grounds, typically located in Southwest Florida and off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Their foraging areas have all been shallow-water, inshore areas, Lamont said. When youre looking to protect turtles, its equally if not more important than protecting their nesting area. The turtles have such an intimate relationship with the inshore environmentits so dynamic. GPS trackers provide insight into loggerheads journeys By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The Port St. Joe Downtown Merchants Committee is making plans for a red, white and fun Fourth of July. The committee has begun putting in place plans for a community-wide celebration of Independence Day, to be jointly funded by the county and the Tourist Development Council, with a slate of activities leading up to the evenings reworks. We want to have a smalltown old-fashioned Fourth of July, Dana Boyer, chairwoman for the event, said. This is being funded by the downtown merchants. When we all work together we do great things. The business community appreciates their patrons and wanted to give something back. The festivities will begin at, and center on, City Commons Park at 3 p.m. ET when a special weekday version of the SaltAir Farmers Market will open. The market will feature a number of produce and arts and crafts vendors as well as some of the usual representatives from organizations, such as the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society. We try to get as many people down there as we can, John Parker of the Merchants Committee, who is spearheading the market, said The George Boyer Band, a.k.a. George, Cletus and Dave, will be playing throughout the day at the Commons area. Boyer said on Reid Avenue adjacent to the Farmers Market there will be a car show, with everything from antiques to the unusual and vintage on display. At 6 p.m. ET (lineup is at 5:45 along First Street for those wishing to participate) will be a red, white and blue themed parade of bicycles and golf carts, led by the Port St. Joe Police Department, followed by a Port St. Joe re engine and anked by the color guard from Port St. Joe High Schools NJROTC program. Prizes will be awarded Downtown merchants plan community Independence Day By RANDAL YAKEY 522-5108 | @ryakey ryakey@pcnh.com WEWAHITCHKA Rickey Hopkins looked down at a brass plaque and an urn he thought he never would see the remains of his father, Lemon Troy Hopkins. The items were on the porch of Donald Baxters Wewahitchka home. It was just a few days ago Rickey Hopkins learned his fathers remains had been discovered. I didnt even know he was dead, Hopkins said. For the past two decades Hopkins, who lives in the Pensacola area, has wondered what had happened to his father. He rode to Wewahitchka last Friday along with his brother, Wendell Troy Hopkins, and sister, Vickie, to pick up his fathers headstone/plaque and his remains. Im sorry Im not crying, Hopkins said. I think Im all cried out. After talking to Baxter earlier this week, Hopkins peered down at his calendar: June 8, 2012. He looked down at the photo that had appeared in The News Herald a few days before with a photograph of a plaque and the name Lemon Troy Hopkins, U.S. Navy, June 8, 1937, to November 1, 1986. I thought, Wow, were bringing him home on his birthday, Hopkins said. The homecoming Last Friday, the midday heat began to rise near the Baxter homestead, just before the Hopkins family was slated to arrive. Baxter lives in the 300 block of Myers Road, across Star Staff Report This country was started by men and women who were willing to give their time and use their skills to build a nation where they could have better life. They were volunteers. Today, so many people expect so many things to be done for them and so much to be provided for them. We need to take a step back and participate with our time to help get this country back on the right track. With all the problems with the economy and balancing budgets, there will continue to be a reduction in the services and the bene ts that federal, state, and local governments will be able to provide. It is time for a resurgence of volunteering. It will be up to us the people who care about our communities, our parks, our arts, our natural resources, to give our time and use our skills to preserve what is important to us. This country cannot continue to operate with an attitude of entitlement and spending beyond our budget. Colleges and universities now ask applicants to list their volunteer and community service activities. They see the importance of volunteering in the development of successful students and citizens. In our area we have many groups that could use more volunteers. Our churches, our schools, senior citizen centers, national wildlife refuges, state parks, nature preserves and the arts alliance are some of the organizations in our community that can use more volunteer support. The Star will run a monthly column called Volunteer Opportunities on the front page of the community section of the paper. It will list volunteer needs of various organizations and who to contact if you can help. A little help from a lot of volunteers can make such a difference in the quality of life in our community. Please help make that difference! Why you should volunteer VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES Turtle tracking PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STAR A loggerhead sea turtle nests on St. Joseph Peninsula. See TURTLE B5 Veterans remains returned to family on his birthday See VETERAN B5 See DOWNTOWN B1 PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STAR Top: The University of Florida Marine Turtle Research Group marks a sea turtle nest on Cape San Blas. Left: Clara, a satellitetagged sea turtle, returns to the Cape to nest earlier this month. Middle: An intern with the University of Florida Marine Turtle Research Group, based in Cape San Blas, surveys the beach for nesting sea turtles. Right: Amelia, a loggerhead sea turtle, was tagged with a satellite tracker while nesting this season on Cape San Blas. Track Amelia here: http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/ ?project_id530. ROBERT COOPER | Florida Freedom Lemon Troy Hopkins remains were returned to his family, who didnt know he was dead, on June 8, his birthday.

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Local B2 | The Star Thursday, June 14, 2012 Qualications: Expertise in: New Patients Welcome Call Toll Free 888-681-5864 For more info www.seclung.com LUNG AND SLEEP DISORDERS DR. ROB GARVER OF THE WEEK PET St. Joseph Bay Humane Society JUNE IS ADOPT A SHE LT E R C A T MO N T H Star Staff Report Gulf County Senior Citizens at 120 Library Drive in Port St. Joe is asking for donations for low-income seniors of non-perishable foods such as juice, canned tuna and chicken, soup or vegetables. Small inexpensive bingo prizes are needed for clients who love to play bingo several times a week. The organization provides a hot, nutritious noon meal Monday through Friday to seniors 60 and older. Transportation might be available to meal sites. Anyone interested in coming to our sites in Port St. Joe or Wewahitchka for meals and activities, or who would like to donate any of items, should call Debbie at 229-8466. Wewahitchka patriotic beauti cation program Special to The Star The GFWC Wewahitchka Womans Club Inc., in partnership with the Wewahitchka VFW Chapter 8285, would like to extend an invitation to everyone to show their patriotism by sponsoring an American ag that will be own on the light poles on State Road 71 in downtown Wewahitchka. The ags will be own for 10 days on Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. Fifty-two ags have been put in place so far. Seventyve have been sold, and the remainder will be put up soon. The goal is to put up as many ags as possible to show our patriotism and support to our military services. The group would like to thank Ralph Fisher and employees of Fishers Hardware for placing the ags. Flags can be purchased for $35, which will cover the cost of the 3by 5-foot American-made American ag, a rod and brackets to hang it, and an engraved plaque. The sponsor will have the option of either placing their name or business on the plaque or it can be in memory of a military veteran or active duty member of the Armed Forces or a loved one. Please specify this when ordering your ag. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this project, make your $35 check payable to GFWC Wewahitchka Womans Club Inc. Send your check to P.O. Box 94, GFWC Wewahitchka Womans Club Inc., Wewahitchka, FL 32465. You may order as many ags as you like. For more information, call Patty Fisher at 639-9794. Spencer Seefeldt turning 30 Oh My, look who is turning 30! Spencer Seefeldt We are proud of you! Happy Birthday, Son! Bailey celebrates birthday Happy Birthday Bailey! We Love You Very Much!! Love, Daddy, Momma Kari, Rylan, Taylor, Bubba, Marissa and Nena Azaleah Rhodes-Seefeldt turning 7 We are so proud of Azaleah turning 7 years old on July 24 Happy Birthday! We Love You! Happy BIRTHDAY Lewis named Pythian of the Year Special to The Star Sir Knight David Lewis was selected as Pythian of the Year at the 123rd Annual Convention of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. David is a member of R.A. Driesbach, Sr. Lodge No. 77 Knights of Pythias Port St. Joe. The Pythian of the Year Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates the ability to contribute to the continuous improvement of the Pythian Order. In nominating Sir Knight Lewis for the award, Chancellor Commander Clarence Monette stated that, David has achieved the highest and deepest respect of his Pythian brothers and maintained a clear sense of the Pythian Principles of Friendship, Charity and Benevolence through his participation in Local, District, State and community activities. On account of his mature approach and his dedication to the Order of Knights of Pythias, Sir Knight David Lewis is the ideal candidate for Pythian of the Year. The Fraternal Order of Knights of Pythias and its members are dedicated to the cause of universal peace. Pythians believe that friendship is an essential ingredient in live and make Benevolence, Kindness, Generosity and tolerance a reality in their lives. For more information about the Knights of Pythias, visit www.knightsofpythias com. Senior citizens group seeks donations DAVID LEWIS Capital City Bank donates to area organizations Star Staff Report Capital City Bank Group Foundation recently donated funds to several local organizations. The Foundation provided $500 to the non-pro t Port Theatre Art & Culture Center, which hopes to purchase and renovate the Port Theatre, as well as $500 to the Gulf Coast State College Foundation. Other recipients of Foundation funds were the Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries, Inc. ($250); The St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, Inc. ($250); and the Growing Minds Center, Inc. ($250). We are grateful to be in a position to help organizations make an impact in our communities, said Gulf County President Amy Geiger. Community involvement has always been a hallmark of Capital City Bank and by donating valuable funds to worthwhile organizations such as these, the CCBG Foundation can help build stronger communities. SPECIAL TO THE STAR The Capital City Bank Group Foundation recently donated $500 to the Gulf Coast State College Foundation. From left, Amy GeigerCapital City Bank president for Gulf County, Margie Mazur, executive director; and Jamie Braun. TIM CROFT | The Star The bank Foundation also donated $500 to the effort to purchase and renovate into a cultural center the Port Theatre. From left, Amy Geiger, Gulf County bank president; Sandy Price, market leader for Capital City Bank and Tom Gibson and Joanna Bryan with the Port Theatre Art & Cultural Center.

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School News The Star| B3 Thursday, June 14, 2012 dbutler@coastalcoverage.com Locally owned and operated Home Business Auto Health Workers Comp New Sorrelli Arriving Daily! Over 35 Years Experience. 208 Reid Avenue, Downtown Port St. Joe 850.229.1111 www.BaysideFloristPSJ.com Your Full Service Wedding and Event Florist Your Full Service Wedding and Event Florist Your Full Service Wedding and Event Florist DAY! & Pd.Pol.Ad. Special to The Star Alexa Allison and Blake Brannon will go to Washington, D.C., on Saturday as winners of the Washington, D.C., Youth Tour Contest that rural electric cooperatives across the nation participate in. Allison is a rising senior at Wewahitchka High School, and Brannon is a rising senior at Deane Bozeman School. Allison and Brannon are eligible to go on the trip as winners of Gulf Coast Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour Contest. Each year, the Cooperative sponsors the contest for 11thgraders whose parents or guardians are members of GCEC. Contestants are interviewed by a panel of three judges from the electric cooperative industry, and two winners are chosen to travel on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June. While in Washington, the students are scheduled to tour the American History Museum, the Holocaust Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the Newseum Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Monument, the U.S. Capitol area, the mall area, the Korean, Lincoln, Vietnam, FDR, Jefferson and World War II memorials; Mt. Vernon; and the National Cathedral. They will also see the U.S. Marine Corps Sunset Parade, a boat cruise and dance on the Potomac River; and will end their trip with a visit to the Kennedy Center to see the play Memphis. A highlight of the trip will be the National Youth Day rally, where they will join about 1,500 other 11thgrade students representing electric cooperatives from all over the United States. We are proud to have Alexa and Blake representing Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative in Washington. We hope that they have a wonderful time on their trip, enjoying the sights and making new friendships, GCEC Manager of Marketing and Member Services Kristin Evans said. The Washington, D.C., Youth Tour Program has been in existence since 1957 when co-ops sent students to Washington, D.C., to work during the summer. By 1964, the program was catching on, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association began to coordinate the efforts of the co-ops. Since then, thousands of young people have experienced this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit our nations capitol and learn about our government. Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is part of the Touchstone Energy national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small. About 75 employees serve more than 20,000 meters and 2,500 miles of line in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson, Walton and Washington counties and in the municipalities of Wewahitchka, Ebro, Lynn Haven, White City, Fountain and Southport. Three group plays written by students in Knoxs wheel creative writing classes received honorable mention for the 2012 Young Playwrights Festival held recently in Sarasota, Fla. Pictured from left to right are the three playwriting teams: Hayden Lee and Kennedy Thacker (7th), Jeremy Ard and Clay Raf eld (8th), and Maddie Flanagan, Caroline Rish, and Anna Frabel (8th) (Frabel not pictured). SPECIAL TO THE STAR Alexa Allison of Wewahitchka High School earned a trip to the nations capital through a contest sponsored by Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative. GCEC sponsoring Washington, D.C., trip for local students STUDENTS HONORED FOR CREATIVE WRITING Five students in Ruby Knoxs language arts class at Port St. Joe High School will soon have the honor of having their poetry featured in publications recognizing young, creative writers from across the United States. Lilly Meizner (far left) will have her poem Insecure published in the Spring Creative Communication Poetry Book. Callie Cappss poem Spring will be printed in the same publication. Also are Rebecca Kerigan and Chloe Focht who will have their poetry published in the Award-Winning Young Writers of America 2012 book. Kerigans poem is titled Nature Speaks, while Focht will see her poem, What My Family Means to Me in print. Not pictured is Carly Windolf, whose poem Days End and Nights Beginning will also be published in the Spring Creative Communication Poetry Book. VALERIE GARMAN | The Star Special to The Star Katie Joffe of Port St. Joe earned a Master of Medical Science from the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences of Mercer University during the spring commencement ceremony on the Universitys Atlanta Campus on May 12. The ceremony included more than 6,000 attendees, and more than 900 participants from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, Tift College of Education and College of Continuing and Professional Studies. In all, the University held ve ceremonies in the spring in Savannah, Macon and Atlanta and conferred more than 1,700 bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. About Mercer University: Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 11 schools and colleges liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at four regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is af liated with four teaching hospitals Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to eld an NCAA Division I athletic program. www.mercer.edu. PSJs Joffe graduates from Mercer University

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FAITH Thursday, June 14, 2012 Page B4 This business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week. www.starfl.com Jerry Arhelger, SOUTHERLAND FAMILY FUNERAL HOME 507 10th Street Port St. Joe (850) 229-8111 TO KNOW CHRIS T AND T O MAKE H I M K NOWN ST. JAME S E PI S COPAL C HURCH 800 22ND STREET, P ORT ST. JOE 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45 www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org Come worship with us! Rector Father Tommy Dwyer St. Peters Church, ACC (Traditional Services 1928 BCP) Morning Prayer & Holy Communion Sunday...............10:00 A.M. Community Healing Service 6:00 P.M. 4 th Thursday of Every Month The Rev. Dr. D. Pete Windham, Priest The Rev Lou Little, Deacon Services Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center, 120 Library Drive An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World 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 COMFORTER FUNERAL HOME W. P. Rocky Comforter L.F.D. (850) 227-1818 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) 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 9 11 AM M ONDAY : L IFE T REE CAF 7 PM W EDNE S DAY : MEN S B I B LE S TUDY 8 AM & WOMEN S BI B LE STUDY 5 PM 1602 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach, FL John Wayne Dady of Port St. Joe, Fla., a cherished member of the Church of God of Highland View, he was ushered into heaven by Jesus on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. He was preceded in death by his dad, John Angus Dady; and his brother, James Danny Dady of Highland View, Florida. His survivors include his wife of 47 years, Betty Joe Dady of Highland View; his daughter, Faith Bearden and husband, David Bearden of Highland View; son, John Wayne Edward Dady of Wewahitchka, Florida and wife, Deana Dady of Mulbury, Florida; also his beloved grandchildren, Brandi Dady, Rebekah Bearden, Jessika Turner and husband, Joey Turner of Highland View, John G. Dady of Wewahitchka and Austin Dady, Gunner Dady, Trenten Dady and Leigh Dady of Mulbury, Fla.; also his special beloved great-grands, Lee Lee Dady, Nathanyal and Conner White and Sonja Turner of Highland View; as well as a host of family, church family and friends. His memorial service was held at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Highland View Church of God with the Rev. Vickie Summers of ciating. He was loved by his mother Dollie L. Dady of Highland View. John Wayne Dady William Philip Remington, 76 of Port St Joe passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at his residence. A memorial service will held in New York at a later date according to Southerland Family Funeral Home. William Philip Remington No one person can ever make the pain of the loss of a loved one disappear, but the collective effort of many during such times can sure help ease the hurt. During the recent loss of our loved one, Courtney Erin McMillion, our son Zacs ance, we were reminded of how great a place we live in, not only because of the natural beauty of the area, but mostly because of the people. For sure, none of us are perfect, and yes, even during normal days some of us have tendencies to show our not so better side; but when part of the Gulf County Family is hurting, then the rest respond in ways that make us thankful to call this place home. It even seemed like, that for a short time, the MasonDixon Line at Cypress Creek disappeared as friends from each end of the county gathered in Wewa to comfort a family in their time of loss. So many gave their time to sit and talk, to bring food, or to offer help in any way. Thanks to all who were there for us it was very humbling and overwhelming. We still hurt and grieve, but each of you has challenged us to be better family members. Thanks is not enough, Steve, Becky, Zac, and Ashton Norris Gulf County is the greatest Special to The Star The Sonlight Youth Choir and Band of Trinity United Methodist Church of Gainesville will perform a concert on their 2012 Summer Concert Tour in Port St. Joe, at 7 p.m. ET on June 21, outside, under the Sails at First United Methodist Church. This years concert promises a high-energy program with youth performing a collection of songs by Coldplay, James Taylor, Goo Goo Dolls, The Eagles, Dixie Chicks, Matthew West and others. Directed by DJ Head Jr., Sonlight provides the music for home churches worship service every Sunday with more than 60 voices and a full rhythm section and horn line. The instrumentalists and soloists are middle and high school students. Today, theres such a battle raging between faith and the contemporary world. Sonlight is such a unique musical ensemble in that we challenge these teens to take the common and translate it into a sacred and spiritual message as a way of helping them connect with God and themselves in their every day lives. It helps us look beyond that line that seems to separate the lives and bring those lives closer together. The music that we perform is speaking to this generation now, not unlike a parable or a Psalm. Some very powerful and life changing music, Head said. Simply put, Sonlights mission statement reads, We are a community of youth connected in faith, sharing diverse music to explore and express our love for God. Jesus prayed for the saved to be uni ed. He asked it of His Father before He died. He prayed for all to be as one, Just as the Father is with His Son. To be like Jesus we should strive, Lead others to Him while were alive. To be as one has a good ring. But its hard for us to agree on everything. To put Jesus rst and self last, Is the only way it will come to pass. Billy Johnson Obituaries Card of thanks Sonlight Youth Choir and band to perform at First United Methodist JESUS FIRST Special to The Star Members of the Sonlight Youth Choir from Gainesville perform a concert. Sonlight will stop in Port St. Joe during their 2012 Summer Concert Tour. Sonlight is such a unique musical ensemble in that we challenge these teens to take the common and translate it into a sacred and spiritual message as a way of helping them connect with God and themselves in their every day lives. DJ Head Jr. Sonlight director

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In the back of the property is a dilapidated shed, weathered and crumbling, where the plaque and remains of Lemon Hopkins were found. It was right back there, Baxter said as he pointed to the rickety shed. Baxter said the plaque was brought into his place of business, Grannys Hideaway, a local pub in Wewahitchka, a few years ago. Somebody wanted to dump it, Baxter said. I said no. It wasnt right and I said I would nd out who it was. I didnt have much luck. Until the newspaper story appeared in The News Herald this month. Now, the Hopkins family will take their father back to Pensacola and make sure the extended family knows Lemon Troy Hopkins has returned home for proper burial. The family, and those who have been searching for them, believes Lemon Hopkins can be buried in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola. We are going to get these ashes put in their proper place, Rickey Hopkins said. Im sure he is looking down from heaven and smiling. A window to home In the early 1970s, Rickey Hopkins was 12 years old. He had two younger brothers and a younger sister Lemon Troy Hopkins left behind. Hopkins said he believes his father had his own demons to deal with. Hopkins believes his father was in the Vietnam War, but he cant be sure. What he does know is his father had problems adjusting to society after being released from his Navy obligation. There was a lot going on back then, Hopkins said. It was a tragedy. Lemon Hopkins had died in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Tuskegee, Ala. Rickey Hopkins said the family has been scattered for years. He wondered if his father didnt care to visit them and often wondered where his father was, if he really was dead. He had heard rumors but never could con rm. Wendell Hopkins said he came down to visit his dad in the 1980s, but after that everyone lost touch. Everybody was doing their own thing, Wendell Hopkins said. I was doing a lot of traveling. Wendell Hopkins said he thought his father died but couldnt con rm the burial plot. He said he believed the third wife left his fathers remains behind, possibly in the shed along State 71. When Linda Husband called me was the rst time I knew he had died, Rickey Hopkins said, referring to the woman from Wewa who saw The News Heralds story and tracked down the family. That was earlier this week. Husband said she didnt know what to say when she nally reached Rickey Hopkins by telephone. He was silent for a minute then he said, Yes, maam, that was my dad, Husband said. It is just an amazing story. A healing On a front porch, last Friday at midday, Rickey Hopkins gave kudos to Baxter. God touched his heart to do the right thing, Hopkins said with a smile. Baxter smiled, but he brushed the compliments aside and, like a good host, asked if anyone needed anything to drink. The Baxters, their newfound friends who helped search for the Hopkins family, and the Hopkins family all were sitting and talking, just like a family gathering. Sadly, Vickie said her mother did not want to come. She didnt think it was her place, Vickie said. Asked how her mother took the news her ex-husbands remains were found, Vickie lowered her voice and said: She cried. Lemon Hopkins and their mother were married 17 years. But, overall, the gathering was upbeat. After being away for 26 years, Lemon Troy Hopkins is coming home. As Rickey Hopkins gathered up his father into his arms, carrying the remains to the cars, the Baxter family and friends wished the Hopkins family the best. They are taking him home where his family will know where he is at, Baxter said. And we can visit him when ever we want, said Vickie, smiling. VETERAN from page B1 Although technology and research has improved, it is still dif cult to know whether the turtle population is increasing or declining. Its dif cult to tell with turtles because theyre long-lived, Lamont said. When I rst came (to this area) there were a lot of nests, and it declined, but it declined nationally. In the past few years, weve seen an increase. Lamont said they have seen more nests on the Cape this year than ever before, with 25 turtles tagged this season, and the peak nesting season still approaching. Lamont started tagging turtles more than a decade ago as a dissertation project while studying at the University of Florida, and estimates more than 500 turtles have been tagged since then. She began using ipper tags, small metal tags with a serial number that clamp to a turtles ipper, a process the group still uses in addition to satellite tagging. I came to do my dissertation and I just never left, she said. It started with two of us tagging in ve kilometers of Eglinit just got more and more interesting. She said every day is an adventure for the research group on the Cape. In 2010, a 9-foot alligator took up residence on their survey path and hissed and growled at the interns as they rode by. Theyve seen bears and bobcats, tons of storms, broken down vehicles and vehicles stuck in the sand. The beach is also patrolled every morning from 6:30-11 a.m. by a group of volunteers who mark nests and gather information to track the hatching success of the turtles. Sea turtles nest about every two to three years and nest several times during that nesting year, Lamont said, so the group often sees the same tagged turtle several times a year, and sometimes years later. Lamont remembered one turtle she has seen about 13 or 14 times through the years. She even remembered the serial number on her tag. Every year you want to see what turtles will come, Lamont said. Its like youre seeing an old friend. Track the group of turtles satellite tagged on Cape San Blas here: www.seaturtle.org/tracking/?project_id530 TURTLE from page B1 Prizes will be awarded in various categories for parade participants. All participants will be winners, Carlene Parker said. They will all get something. They are all stars. One thing this event shows is that you dont need big money to put on a good event. Follow the parade from First Street down Reid Avenue to City Commons because next will be a pie baking contest and auction. Those wishing to enter the contest are asked to bake two. We are asking for two, one for the judges and one to be auctioned off for future events, Dana Boyer said. First place in the judging will earn the baker $100, second $75 and third $50. In addition, Steamers will be sponsoring a hot dog eating contest at City Commons, the event to begin at 7 p.m. There will also be lemonade sold and, for the young at heart, a watermelon-seed spitting contest. This event will be giving visitors and residents a place to gather and have fun before the reworks, Marie Todd of the Merchants Committee said. The Chamber of Commerce, the TDC and the BOCC have provided support in various ways. This shows it is a community event, Boyer said. Throughout the festivities, Mayor Mel Magidson and his brother Guerry, president of the board of the Chamber of Commerce, will serve as masters-of-ceremony. Theyve been told we want a Smothers Brotherstype of routine, and they said that would be no problem, Boyer said. There are also plans, though not yet nalized, for a dunking booth, a way to drench an elected of cial or candidate or two during the afternoon and evening. There will also be a facepainter on hand for the kids as well as other activities for the wee ones. For information on the pie baking contest, contact Boyer at 227-3777. For more information about the parade and other events, call Gail Alsobrook at 229-6899 or Todd at 227-1950. For those wishing to participate in the SaltAir Farmers Market, contact John Parker at 404-906-2637. Enthusiasm is building among the volunteers, and enthusiasm is building in the public, Boyer said. This is everybodys celebration. Its a community event. People have really bought into it. DOWNTOWN from page B1

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Star Staff Report A two-day nature photo workshop led by nature photographers Bill and Marcia Boothe will be held at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Friday and Saturday, June 15-16. During the workshop participants will access the Buffer Preserve via vehicles or tram to take photographs which will be reviewed and post-processed in Lightroom in an indoor class session. In the evening, photographers will have the opportunity to shoot spectacular sunsets. Workshop participants will also have the chance to enter their photos in the At the Buffer and St. Joseph Bay or other categories in the upcoming Nature Photo Contest. Participants must bring a digital camera (DSLR or point and shoot) and its manual. It is not required, but, if possible, they also should bring a laptop on which to review their photos. Trial copies of Lightroom will be provided to participants. A basic knowledge of how to use a camera is expected this class is not intended for those who do not know the basic operation of their camera. You may see some of the Boothes photos at their website, NatureInFocus. com. Bill Boothe, a professional naturalist and wildlife photographer, and his wife Marcia now reside in the Florida Panhandle, an area where wildlife and wild owers abound. Through the camera lens, they share their vision of the inner beauty of nature that surrounds each of us. Bill began his professional photographic career in the early 1990s. His photos have won numerous awards and have been published in nature-oriented books, magazines, and websites. Through his natural history classes and wildlife photography workshops, he has inspired others to become better stewards of our natural world. As an active supporter of environmental causes, he has donated time and images to conservation organizations. Bill and Marcia Boothe have served on the Board of the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves for almost six years. Details on the workshop schedule and fees are still being nalized, but it is anticipated that the estimated cost will range from $50 to $70. Friends of St. Joseph Buffer Preserves will receive a discounted price. Minimum class size is 10. For participants convenience, overnight lodging in shared rooms at the Preserves Center will be available on a limited basis. To register or get more information, please contact Bill Boothe at PhotoNaturalist@NatureInFocus.com or 643-2583. Nature Photo Contest The Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves is sponsoring its second Nature Photo Contest with an entry deadline of Monday, Aug. 27. Winning photos will be exhibited beginning Sept. 8 at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art and later at the Buffer Preserves Center. Once again, the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture, and Art is graciously allowing us to use its facilities to exhibit winning photos in Apalachicola. This year, photos will be exhibited at the same time as locally renowned nature photographer John Spohrer. Entry fees from this annual event will bene t the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves. Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves pay discounted fees. The hope is that some of the exhibited photos showcasing the natural beauty of St. Joseph Bay and surrounding region will inspire others to protect the natural areas and heritage of St. Joseph Bay. Download entry form and contest rules at stjosephbaypreserves. org/photo-contest. Entries must be received by Monday August 27. To register or get more information, please contact Bill Boothe. Local B6 | The Star Thursday, June 14, 2012 Trades & Services 227-7847 GET YOUR AD IN Services C A LL T ODAY! 229-1324 PROFESSIONAL F LOOR CARE, I N C R esidential and Commercial Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning S erving the entire Gulf Coast area Ceramic Tile and Grout Cleaning R Vs Cars Trucks Vans 24 Hour E mergency Water E xtraction J.J.s Tree Service, LLC Stump Grinder Licensed & Insured Call John : (850) 899-8432 Dri Brite Brite 850-229-9663 15 Years of Service! Steam Cleaning & Remediation 24 Hour Water Extraction From A to Z PO Box 364 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 850-340-0756 Gregs Handyman Service & Lawn Maintenance G ET YOUR AD IN C A LL TODAY 227-7847 Special to The Star This past Tuesday, June 12, a new food pantry opened in Port St. Joe to help feed the needy and hungry in Gulf County. The food pantry will be open from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET at the North Port St. Joe Community Resource Center in the Washington Improvement Group building at 401 Peters Street in Port St. Joe. The food pantry will offer individuals and families in Gulf County canned goods and nonperishable food items that have been collected from a variety of sources including donations from various churches, supermarkets and community food drives. The food pantry will open and distribute food at least once a month depending on community need. In order to receive food items, individuals must: Be a resident of Gulf County (must show proof of address such as a bill) Show picture ID Submit a completed application form by noon the Friday before the food pantry opens for distribution. Applications are available at the Port St. Joe Community Resource Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET (closed from noon 1 p.m. daily for lunch). The food pantry is the latest community service now available at the Port St. Joe Community Resource Center. In February 2012, the Center officially opened and began offering a variety of free services to the community including job search assistance, career and financial counseling, access to emergency assistance, and referrals to other resources/services. The food pantry is operated by the Gulf Coast Workforce Board in partnership with the Washington Improvement Group and the Christian Community Development Fund with funding and support from the Fund for Gulf Communities/Catholic Charities as well as support from many churches in and around Port St. Joe, Florida. Special to The Star Bring your kids and support a great cause, this Saturday, June 16, with giant water slides, bouncy houses, games, food and more. The event, sponsored by the Karate School of Port St. Joe, was rescheduled from last Saturday due to inclement weather and is being held in Frank Pate Park at the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and State Highway 71 beginning at 10 a.m. ET. All proceeds collected will help Karate School students pay for summer camp at the National U.S. Tong Soo Do Alliance headquarters in West Virginia. Unlimited access to all of the rides all day long will come with the onsite purchase of a $10 wristband. Cool off with a sno cone, cotton candy, popcorn and more. Food and beverages are not included in the ride price. For more information call 527-4691. FOOD PANTRY FEEDS NEEDS IN GULF COUNTY WATER CARNIVAL RESCHEDULED Nature Photo Workshop, Photo Contest

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CLASSIFIEDSThursday, June 14, 2012 The Star | B7 BP Claims ProgramThis communication includes new information and claims procedures for individuals and businesses who wish to “ le a claim with BP under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPAŽ). The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has granted preliminary approval to the economic and property damage settlement between BP and plaintiffs in MDL 2179 concerning the Deepwater Horizon Incident (SettlementŽ). If the Court grants “ nal approval of the settlement, individuals and businesses falling within the Settlements class de“ nition will be bound by the terms of the settlement unless the class member timely exercises the class members right to opt out of the settlement. Information concerning the Court-Supervised Settlement Program, including the right to opt out, may be found at www.DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com or by calling 1-866-992-6174. Individuals and businesses that do not fall with the Settlements class de“ nition or that timely opt out of the Settlement may “ le claims under OPA with BP. This includes claims for interim, short-term damages representing less than the full amount to which the claimant may ultimately be entitled. Access to forms Effective June 4, 2012, claim forms for the BP Claims Program are available at www.bp.com/claims or may be requested by calling 1-855-687-2631. All claim forms for the BP Claims Program must be submitted in one of the following ways: By mail: BP Claims Program P.O. 330919 Houston, TX 77233-0919 By email: Scanned forms can be sent to: bpclaimsprogram@bp.com By fax: Faxed forms can be submitted to 1-866-542-4785 Additional information: Online: www.bp.com/claims By Phone: 1-855-687-2631 (toll-free, multilingual) TTY: 1-800-345-4039. For any claims under OPA that are denied or that are not resolved within 90 days after the date of submission to the BP Claims Program the claimant may, provided presentment and other requirements of law are satis“ ed, elect to commence an action in court against BP, or to present the claim to the NPFC, US Coast Guard Stop 7100 (ca), 4200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1000, Arlington, Virginia 20598-7100 for consideration. The NPFC may be contacted at 1-800-280-7118. 87540S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Wells Fargo Bank OBO Tax Liens 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: Tax Sale Certificate No. 349 Application No. 2012-26 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No. 01511-060R Description of Property: Commence at the Northeast Corner of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 2, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence run North 89 degrees 50 minutes 50 seconds West, along the Northerly Boundary line of said Section 2, for a distance of 492.15 feet; thence leaving said Northerly Boundary line of Section 2, run South 00 degrees 28 minutes 57 seconds West for a distance of 37.58 feet to the approximate Southerly Right-of-Way line of Kate Glass Road per County maintenance and occupation for the POINT OF BEGINNING. From said Point of Beginning, thence continue South 00 degrees 28 minutes 57 seconds West for a distance of 218.00 feet; thence run North 89 degrees 31 minutes 02 seconds West for a distance of 100.00 feet; thence run North 00 degrees 28 minutes 57 seconds East for a distance of 218.00 feet to the aforesaid approximate Southerly Right-of-Way line of Kate Glass Road per County maintenance and occupation; thence run South 89 degrees 31 minutes 02 seconds East along said approximate Southerly Right-of-Way line, for a distance of 100.00 feet to the Point of Beginning. Said lands lying in and being a portion of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 2, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida and having an area of 0.500 Acres, more or less. Name in which assessed: Harold C Lester & Robin L. Lester. 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 18th day of July, 2012. Dated this 12th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 2012 87394S PUBLIC NOTICE On May 15, 2012, an application was filed with the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., requesting its consent to the assignment of license of Station WPBH(FM), Port St. Joe, Florida (93.5 MHz), from the Aloha Station Trust, LLC to Omni Broadcasting, LLC. The sole member of the Assignor, the Aloha Station Trust, LLC, is Jeanette Tully. The officers, directors, and members owning more than a 10% interest in the Assignee, Omni Broadcasting, LLC, are Ron H. Hale, Jr., James F. Hale, and Jennifer F. Hale. A copy of the application is on file for public inspection at 1834 Lisenby Avenue, Panama City, Florida, during normal business hours. May 31, 2012 June 7, 14, 21, 2012 87538S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Wells Fargo Bank OBO Tax Liens 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: Tax Sale Certificate No. 482 Application No. 2012-25 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No. 01888-180R Description of Property: Commence at a 4” square concrete monument marking the Southwest Corner of Oak Gardens Unit II, according to the official map or plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 20, in the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida; thence North 00 Degrees 00 Minutes 43 Seconds West along the West, boundary line of Oak Gardens Unit II, 10.00 feet; thence South 89 Degrees 05 Minutes 48 Seconds West, along the Northerly right of way boundary line of Pridgeon Street, 114.00 feet for the POINT OF BEGINNING. From said Point of Beginning, continue South 89 Degrees 05 Minutes 48 Seconds West, 50.00 feet; thence leaving said right of way boundary line, North 00 Degrees 00 Minutes 43 Seconds West, 105.00 feet; thence North 89 Degrees 05 Minutes 48 Seconds East, 50.00 feet; thence South 00 Degrees 00 Minutes 43 Seconds East, 105.00 feet to the Point of Beginning. Said parcel having an area of 0.12 acres, more or less. Name in which assessed: Taunton Development Inc. 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 18th day of July, 2012. Dated this 12th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 2012 87542S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Wells Fargo Bank OBO Tax Liens 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: Tax Sale Certificate No. 1351 Application No. 2012-27 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No. 05444-010R Description of Property: Lot 6, Block 89, according to the Official map of the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, recorded in the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Steven P. Kerigan 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 18th day of July, 2012. Dated this 12th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 2012 87711S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Visionary Distributors LC, 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: 319 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-21 R.E. No. 01785-010R Description of Property: COMMENCING at the NW. Corner of the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 23, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, thence run East 402 feet to the South side of Old Panama City Wewahitchka Public Road; thence run 316.8 feet, more or less, Southeasterly along the Southern boundary line of said Public Road, for POINT OF BEGINNING, thence running due South to an Iron Pipe, which iron pipe is 135 yards South of the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence run East 85 yards, thence run South 85 yards, thence run West 85 yards, thence run North 85 yards to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Containing 1 1/2 acres, more or fees. And being in the NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 of Section 23, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida. LESS AND EXCEPT: That Deeded to Odell Jones, as per Deed recorded in O. R. Book 81, Page 524, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. (Now owned by Augusta C. Russ, as per Deed recorded in O. R. Book 361, Page 256, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida, Having a Parcel ID#01785-002R). PARCEL NO. II: COMMENCE at the NW. Corner of NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 of Section 23, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, thence run East 402 feat, to the Old Panama City Wewahitchka Public Road, thence in a Southeasterly direction along the Southerly side of said Public Road 647.4 feet. thence run South 250 feet, for a POINT OF BEGINNING, thence West 75 feet, thence South 237 1/2 feet. thence East 75 feet, thence North 237 1/2 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. All in the NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 of Section 23, Township 4 South, Range 10 West. Name in which assessed: Gwendolyn Jackson 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 11th day of July, 2012. Dated this 5th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012 87544S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Wells Fargo Bank OBO Tax Liens 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: Tax Sale Certificate No. 1035 Application No. 2012-28 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No. 03451-015R Description of Property: Lot 3, Block B of Wetappo Creek Estates, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 7, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Gary D.McPherson & Jaronia McPherson 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 18th day of July, 2012. Dated this 12th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 2012 87713S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Nicole Seybold, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certifi-cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 290 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-22 R.E. No. 01570-100R Description of Property: A portion of Section 11, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows: COMMENCE at the NW. Comer of said Section 11, thence along the North line of said Section 11, South 89 Degrees 57 Minutes 59 Seconds East for 1168.83 feet, thence South 00 Degrees 02 Minutes 01 Second West for 44.48 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence South 13 Degrees 25 Minutes 03 Seconds West for 560.00 feet; thence North 46 Degrees 34 Minutes 57 Seconds West for 560.00 feet; thence North 73 degrees 25 Minutes 03 Seconds East for 560.00 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING. ALSO: A non-exclusive perpetual easement on, over and across the following description: A portion of Section 11, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows: COMMENCE at the NW. Corner of said Section 11, thence along the North line of said Section 11, South 89 Degrees 57 Minutes 59 Seconds East for 1016.06 feet to a point on the Southwesterly R/W line of Stone Mill Creek Road, said point being on the arc of a non-tangent curve concave to the NE; thence Southeasterly along said Southwesterly R/W line along the arc of said curve, having a radius of 768.00 feet, a central angle of 02 Degrees 21 Minutes 18 Seconds, an arc distance of 31.57 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING (chord to said curve bears South 70 Degrees 58 Minutes 50 Seconds East for 31.57 feet) thence continue Southeasterly along said R/W line along the arc of said curve, having a radius of 768.00 feet, through a central angle of 13 Degrees 24 Minutes 43 Seconds, an arc distance of 179.77 feet (chord to said curve bears South 78 Degrees 51 Minutes 51 Seconds East for 179.36 feet), thence leaving said R/W line North 89 Degrees 37 Minutes 01 Second West for 153.17 feet; thence South 13 Degrees 25 Minutes 03 Seconds West for 481.14 feet; thence North 46 Degrees 34 Minutes 57 Seconds West for 34.64 feet, thence North 13 Degrees 25 Minutes 03 Seconds East for 491.22 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Name in which assessed: AT & T Wireless Services of Florida, Inc. 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 11th day of July, 2012. Dated this 5th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012 87715S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Nicole Seybold, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certifi-cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 25 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-23 R.E. No. 00334-048R Description of Property: The South 1/2 of Lot 5, Block 5, of Howard Creek Properties, an unrecorded Subdivision of that portion of the West 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of Section 5, Township 7 South, Range 8 West, Gulf County, Florida, lying South of State Road No. S-387; Also described as follows: COMMENCE at the Southeast Corner of the SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 5, Township 7 South, Range 8 West, Gulf County, Florida, thence North 89 Degrees 51 Minutes 35 Seconds West along the South line of said Section 5 for 20 feet; thence North 0 Degrees 09 Minutes 25 Seconds East parallel with the East line of said SW 1/4 of SW 1/4 for 250 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence continue North 0 Degrees 09 Minutes 25 Seconds East for 75 feet, thence North 89 Degrees 51 Minutes 35 Seconds West for 140 feet; thence South 0 Degrees 09 Minutes 25 Seconds West for 75 feet; thence South 89 Degrees 51 Minutes 35 Seconds East for 140 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. ALSO: The North 1/2 of the East 1/2 of Lot #6, Block 5, Howard Creek Properties, an unrecorded Subdivision of that portion of the West 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of Section 5, Township 7 South, Range 8 West, Gulf County, Florida, lying South of State Road No. S-387; also described as follows: COMMENCE at the Southeast Corner of the SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 5, Township 7 South, Range 8 West, Gulf County, Florida, thence North 89 Degrees 51 Minutes 35 Seconds West along the South line of said Section 5 for 20 feet; thence North 0 Degrees 09 Minutes 25 Seconds East parallel with the East line of said, SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 for 175 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence continue North 0 Degrees 09 Minutes 25 Seconds East for 75 feet; thence North 89 Degrees 51 Minutes 35 Seconds West for 140 feet, thence South 0 Degrees 09 Minutes 25 Seconds West for 75 feet, thence South 89 Degrees 51 Minutes 35 Seconds East for 140 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Name in which assessed: James E. Watford, Jr. 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 11th day of July, 2012. Dated this 5th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012 87715S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Nicole Seybold, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certifi-cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 797 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-24 R.E. No. 03391-011R Description of Property: COMMENCE at the Northwest Corner of SW 1/4 of SW 1/4 of Section 32, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, and running South along 40 line for 120 feet; thence turn right and run West for 350 feet to County Road, thence turn left and run South for 120 feet along right of way of County Road; thence run East for 350 feet to the West line of the SW 1/4 of SW 1/4 of said Section, thence run North for 120 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING Name in which assessed: Valerie Dodds 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 11th day of July, 2012. Dated this 5th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012 87717S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012 CA 000105 CENTENNIAL BANK, as successor in interest to BAYSIDE SAVINGS BANK, Plaintiff, vs. TIMOTHY M. HIGHTOWER; LARRY LEE HIGHTOWER; JEFF HIGHTOWER, RANDY LYNN HIGHTOWER; JOANN SHIVER; ANNETTE FAY HIGHTOWER; CHRISTINA STRADER; SHEILA RUTH REGISTER; DOVE INVESTMENT CORPORATION, successor in interest to CHASE BANK, USA, N.A.; CAPITAL CITY BANK; and any unknown heirs of Martin F. Hightower or, or any other parties claiming an interest in the estate of Martin F. Hightower, deceased, and any unknown heirs of Charlotte L. Sims a/k/a Charlotte L. Hightower, or any other parties claiming an interest in the Estate of Charlotta L. Sims a/k/a Charlotta L. Hightower, deceased. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: All persons claiming by, through, under, or against the estate of Martin F. Hightower, deceased, who died on December 16, 2011 and/or Charlotte L. Sims a/k/a Charlotte L. Hightower, deceased, who died on February 2, 2011. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage lien on real property and a security interest lien on personal pro-perty located Gulf County, Florida described as follows: Real Property Lot 8, Block 47 of CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, according to an official plat thereof on file in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida. Personal Property Together with all the improvements now or hereafter erected on the property, and all easements, appurtenances, and fixtures now or hereafter a part of the property. All replacements and additions. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Megan F. Fry, Esquire, the plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 13010., Pensacola, Florida 32591-3010 on or before July 2, 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. DATED this 23rd day of May, 2012. BECKY NORRIS Clerk of the Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk June 7, 14, 2012 87795S PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES City of Port St. Joe, Florida RFP No. 2012-02 **Re-Advertisement** The City of Port St. Joe is requesting sealed bids through June 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM, ET, from qualified Information Technology Companies to conduct Computer Hardware and Software Services for all City Computer Systems as needed. 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. A Certificate of Liability Insurance of $1,000,000 for General Liability must also be included in the bid proposal. All previous bidders must re-submit a bid proposal to qualify. 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 may be addressed to: Charlotte Pierce, City Clerk City of Port St. Joe (850)229-8261 Ext 129 June 14, 21, 2012 87791S NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP THE BOARD OF CITY COMMISSION WILL HOLD A FAIR HOUSING WORKSHOP AS A PART OF THEIR REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING ON: WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 TIME: 6:00 P.M. WHERE: Commission Chambers RE: Fair Housing Workshop IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, Persons needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding should contact Charlotte Pierce, City Clerk, City of Port St. Joe, at City Hall, ph. 850/229-8261. June 14, 2012 87799S PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2012-04 CITY OF PORT ST. JOE SEWER GRINDER PUMP STATIONS JUNE 2012 This project includes supplying grinder pumps stations for the City’s low pressure sewage system. The grinder stations will be purchased by the City for a set unit price in multiples of 5. This contract price shall be in effect for two years. Contract Documents and Specifications can be obtained at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, (850)229-8261 or by visiting the City’s web site at www. cityofportstjoe.com.The bid must conform to Section 287.133(3) Florida Statutes, on public entity crimes. Bids will be received until 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, on July 13. 2012 at City of Port St. Joe. City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd. Port St. Joe. Florida 32456 and will be opened and read publicly Immediately thereafter. All bids shall be submitted in an envelope clearly marked “Sealed BidCity of Port St. Joe Sewer Grinder Pump Stations June 2012”. The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to reject any and all bids. All bids shall be firm for a period of 60 days after opening. June 14, 21, 2012 Publisher’s Notice “SCAM “To avoid possible scams, it is recommended that consumers should verify caller information when receiving calls regarding credit card payments. Consumers should also contact the local company themselves instead of giving this information to individuals who are contacting them directly.

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The Outside Sales Representative’s duties may include but are not limited to:  Cold call and prospect new territory opportunities.  Introduce business owners to programs via presentation, answer detailed questions and maintain that relationship. Requirements  Have strong work ethic  Experience presenting advertising materials to a variety of businesses  Cold calling experience  Reliable Transportation  Experience handling warm leads and prospecting for new leads.  Field Sales, Business to Business Sales (B2B), Inside Sales, Outside Sales, or Outbound Sales experience ( Preferred) We Offer:  Room for advancement and career opportunity  Bonuses  Dynamic Monthly Residual Compensation  Bonus programs  Introductory and Ongoing Training  Business Materials including phone, laptop and IPad, business cards, sales material and product knowledge information 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. 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: JOB NOTICEThe City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3445) is accepting applications for the following positions:Utility Service Worker … Public Works DepartmentPlease 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 position will close on June 29, 2012. The entry level salary for a Utility Service Worker will be $12.08 per hr. 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 position:Full time Police Of“ cerPlease 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 position will close on June 29, 2012. The entry level salary for a Police Of“ cer will be $15.50 per hr. not including bene“ ts. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. 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A CARRABELLE, FLORIDA 32322850-697-9604 850-323-0444 www.seacrestre.comwww. rst tness.com/carrabellePROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND RENTALS Adopt: Doctor, caring family lovingly waits for miracle 1st baby *Monica* 800552-0045* FLBar42311 Expenses Paid* Port St. Joe 118 Bridgeport Lane. Saturday June 16th 8:00 am-11:00 amYARD SALEMoving: furniture, household & more Text FL13154 to 56654 Port St. Joe, 1002 Ave A, Sat/ Sun 6/16 & 17,Big SaleFurniture & misc household items. Text 13268 to 56654 St Joe Beach107 Ocean Ridge Lane. Thurs, Fri, & Sat. 9am-4pmGarage SaleWasher, dryer, linens kitchen items, living room. dining room, bedroom furniture, TV’s and everything for the home. Wewahitchka 215 Charles Ave, White City. June 15th & June 16th. 8:00 -4:00 .HUGE 4-FAMILY YARD SALEFurniture, appliances, grill, books, collectibles, new belly rings, linens and much, much more. Rain cancels. Text FL12706 to 56654 GUN SHOWSanta Rosa County Auditorium, Milton, FL. 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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 Opinion .......................................A4Outdoors .....................................A6 Community .................................B1Society .........................................B2School News ................................B3Faith .............................................B4 Obituaries ....................................B4Classi eds ....................................B6-B8TABLE 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 YEAR 74, NUMBER 35 City, engineer relationship eyed By VALERIE GARMAN229-7843 | @valeriegarman vgarman@star .com In her last meeting in the Port St. Joe Group 3 Commissioner seat, Commissioner Lorinda Gingell proposed ideas to the board to help ensure a clean audit trail and transparency for the city. I think in order to have faith in our city government, we have to have transparency, Gingell said. We have to be able to follow an audit trail on everything we do. Gingell cited an earlier wastewater treatment plant workshop with a handful of engineers from Preble Rish, and questioned why the city doesnt have an in-house engineer, instead of relying on private company engineers to tell the city how to spend money. We have an engineer whose company pro ts from this project telling us how we need to spend the rest of this contingency money, Gingell said. Somebody whose company is going to pro t from the bottom line, are they representing the city, or are they representing their company? Gingell questioned whether the citys current contracted engineers are acting as true consultants or salesmen. Commissioner Bill Kennedy said any consulting rm, including engineers, would make a pro t. He said no matter what rm the city hires, the pro t margin will be similar. Mayor Mel Magidson said most small cities cant afford an in-house engineer. I dont know that it would be cost-effective, Magidson said. What I do know is that most smaller cities dont have a staffed engineer. Gingell said with many projects lined up for capital improvement, the city needs to be able to track who set up the plan and how it works. Theres a lot of money involved in these projects, Gingell Bryan seeks seat on commissionSpecial to The StarJoanna Bryan of cially has quali ed as a Republican candidate for Gulf County Commissioner District 3. Joanna is a fourthgeneration Floridian. Bryan graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She went on to obtain her law degree from Jones eyes clerk postSpecial to The StarKeith Duke Jones announced last week his intent to seek the position of Gulf County Clerk of the Court. Jones cares about Gulf County and is ready and quali ed to help make government more accountable.Norris seeks re-election as clerkSpecial to The Star Rebecca L. Becky Norris is pleased to announce her desire to continue in service as your Gulf County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Becky has worked in the Clerk of Courts Of ce for 28 years, and has served Election qualifying ends with full eldBy TIM CROFT227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The green ag of cially has dropped on the 2012 campaign season and the eld is crowded headed toward the rst turn, the Aug. 14 primary election. Thirtyve candidates quali ed in 13 county races, with only one race decided last week when Gulf County Tax Collector Shirley Jenkins, for the second-straight time, faced no opposition, automatically earning another four-year term. Qualifying also saw the loss of one incumbent, as District 3 County Commissioner Bill Williams did not submit his qualifying papers. He becomes the third county commissioner to lose or give up his seat since 2010; his term ends after the November general election. Several candidates jumped into races at the last minute, paying a qualifying fee to run for of ce rather than gathering petition signatures. Petition deadline elapsed earlier this year. Keith Jones paid the qualifying fee to challenge incumbent Becky Norris for Gulf County Clerk of Courts; Melissa Farrell did the same to challenge sitting School Board District 3 representative Linda Wood; and William Koran paid the qualifying fee to run for the District 5 Board of County TIM CROFT | The StarMany of the 35 candidates in this years county elections showed up at Supervisor of Elections Linda Grif ns of ce for a photo on the nal day of qualifying, which ended at noon last Friday. JOANNA BRYAN KEITH JONES REBECCA NORRIS DAWGS in Prison program celebrates third anniversaryBy TIM CROFT227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Max is a gorgeous husky who looked anything but gorgeous months ago when dropped off at the St. Joseph Humane Society. Tom Rush is a DeFuniak Springs resident who traveled last week to Gulf County to pick up Max and take him to his new home. John Kelly is the leader of the team that made that match, that transformation in Max, possible. Literally and symbolically those are three of the underpinnings to the foundation for the DAWGS in Prison (Developing Adoptable Dogs With Good Sociability) program which had a celebration on several levels last week. The program has been in operation three years through collaboration between the Florida Department of Corrections, the Board of County Commissioners and the dedicated volunteers and staff at the Humane Society. After 20 graduations, with 231 dogs saved from a potentially cruel fate, adopters from 13 states from Maine to Wisconsin to Louisiana to Port St. Joe have received newlytrained dogs for their families. Almost 250 inmates have participated in the program, several going on to use Photos by TIM CROFT | The StarThe bond between trainer and dog after eight weeks is evident here as Derek Joseph, one of three team leaders, talks to Shea, who won the Smiley Award as most improved dog in the class. At right, Max was an abandoned dog before being placed in the DAWGS in Prison program by the staff at the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society. PRISON PETS See BRYAN A5 See JONES A5 See NORRIS A5 See PETS A7 See CITY A5 GPS trackers provide insight into loggerheads journeys Page B1See QUALIFYING A5

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By VALERIE GARMAN229-7843 | vgarman@star .com The Port St. Joe reworks may become the Gulf County reworks show this July 4. Lack of nancial support from the City of Port St. Joe left Gulf County Commissioners discussing a new location for this years Fourth of July reworks display at the commission meeting June 12. The county, city and the Gulf County Tourism Development Council previously agreed to each contribute $5,000 to fund the annual reworks display, but Port St. Joe Commissioners failed to approve the expenditure. Commissioner Bill Williams proposed moving the reworks show outside of city lines to Veterans Memorial Park at Beacon Hill unless the city helps with the funding. This is very frustrating to me, Williams said. Im disappointed in their decision making. Commissioner Warren Yeager made a motion to proceed with the current venue in Port St. Joe, because the Downtown Merchants Committee has planned an event centered around a downtown reworks display. (see story B1) Yeagers motion failed to pass, with Williams, and Commissioners Ward McDaniel and Carmen McLemore in opposition. The downtown merchants should hold their city leaders accountable, Williams said. This is systematic of an ongoing issue. This is not a city taxpayer problem; its a city leadership problem. McLemore said either the city pays or its moved to Beacon Hill. Williams said he proposed Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill not because it is in his district, but because there is plenty of parking and safe access to the beach. Williamss motion to move the reworks display to the park if the city does not contribute passed with a 4-1 vote. Yeager voted no. The Commission agreed to give the city until the end of the week to decide if they will pitch in for the display. John Parker of the Downtown Merchants Committee expressed doubt after the meeting that the city would contribute the $5,000. Parker is working with the Downtown Merchants Committee to organize a Fourth of July event that would feature a bike parade down Reid Avenue, and various vendors and contests. Without reworks in town, Parker said he is unsure of what would happen to the plans. I dont know what to do, Parker said. I dont think the city will come up with the $5,000 Ive talked to them several times on this. LocalA2 | The Star Thursday, June 14, 2012 Dr. Hobson Fulmer of Apalachicola Bay Animal ClinicWelcomes Our New Associate: Dr. John DuncanAlong with Dr. Fulmer, Dr. Duncan will be seeing patients for small animal medicine and surgery. Please call for an appointment or come by to meet him.850-670-8306Clinic hours: Monday-Friday 8am 6 pm187 Highway 98, Eastpoint Complete small animal medicine and surgery, wellness programs, laser surgery, diagnostic ultrasound, Serving Franklin and Gulf Counties for 30 years Theres a New Veterinarian in Town! $00000FS 45 TRIMMEREasy-to-use, well-balanced trimmer for homeowner use STIHL has you covered with protective apparel and accessories. $00000MS 170 CHAIN SAWDesigned for occasional wood-cutting tasks around the home Includes many of the excellent design features of our professional models Anti-vibration system for comfortable operation Bar lengths may vary by region. $00000BG 55 HANDHELD BLOWERProven handheld blower at an affordable price THIS TIME I WANT SOMETHINGHARDWORKING STIHLusa.com Available at participating dealers while supplies last. 2011 STIHL Give Dad What He Really Wants for Fathers DaySt. Joe Rent-All 706 E. 1st Street, Port St. Joe (850) 227-2112GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE Smart LensesSMCan produce clear vision without glasses, at all distances "Freedom from Eye Glasses, Now a reality for many." NO HIDDEN CHARGES: It is our policy that the patient and any other person responsible for payments has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed by payment or any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free, discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. www.mulliseye.com"WE WELCOME NEW PATIENTS, CALLTODAY FOR YOUR PRIORITY APPOINTMENT" FOR NEW PATIENTS 59 AND OLDERThis certificate is good for a complete Medical Eye Exam withTodd Robinson, M.D.Board Certified Eye Physician and Surgeon.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: 6-30-12 FREEEYE EXAMCODE: PJ00Darren Payne, M.D.Board Certified Eye Physician and Cataract SurgeonLee Mullis, M.D.Board Certified Eye Physician and Cataract SurgeonTodd Robinson, M.D.Board Certified Eye Physician and Cataract Surgeon Sparks y over July 4 reworksThe downtown merchants should hold their city leaders accountable. This is systematic of an ongoing issue. This is not a city taxpayer problem; its a city leadership problem.Bill Williams Port St. Joe Commissioner

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By TIM CROFT227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.com New test, similar results: Gulf County students demonstrating proficiency in reading and math equivalent or better than their peers around the state. The latest batch of Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores reading, math and science for grades 3 through 10 were released in the past two weeks and for the most part local students are learning at or above grade levels at healthy levels. It is nothing really to shout about, but for the most part our students performed above the state average, said Sara Joe Wooten, assistant superintendent for instruction. This is a more difficult test. I think this was a year that teachers were adjusting, students were adjusting, the whole state was really adjusting. This test takes us more to Common Core Standards. Florida transitions to Common Core Standards in 2013-14. Moving to the Common Core State Standards, which will be the national standard in 201314, is a natural progression for the state and its students, said Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson. The test also featured some online testing for the first time, meaning some students tested the old-fashioned pencil-andpaper method and others used computers to take the FCAT components. And as Wooten noted, the test was not only more difficult than previous years this was the first for FCAT 2.0 but the state also moved the bar higher to be considered learning at or above grade level. Scoring a Level 3 on any component of the test is considered being procient at grade level, the equivalent of a C grade. Scores higher than Level 3 re ect learning above grade level; scores under Level 3 indicate learning below grade level. Among district fourthgraders, 60 percent were at Level 3 or above in math and 57 were at Level 3 or above in reading; the state averages were 60 and 67 percent, respectively. That sort of scoring was seen throughout each grade level. In math, district fthand seventh-graders fell just below state averages in math, but at every other grade level district student scores surpassed state averages. In reading, at every grade level save fourth and high school sophomores, the district students were at or above even well above, as with 69 compared 57 percent among sixthgraders, 67-58 percent among seventh-gradersstate averages. I think teachers teaching reading and pushing students, from kindergarten on up, on sight words and other things has made a real difference there, Wooten said of reading scores. The state is also stressing reading. They are encouraging every student to read one book every two weeks during the summer. And not the lighter books, but more along the classics, books that make you think. In science, fth-graders were well ahead of the state average while eighthgraders fell just short of the state average. In the ninth-grade Algebra I end of course exams, new this year to the FCAT scores, 73 percent of district students were at or above grade level compared to 58 percent of ninth-graders statewide. When you get 50 percent or better and better than the state average, that is pretty good, Wooten said. And we had a lot of areas where we had 60 percent or better, so that is pretty good. Every principal and teacher is trying to break down these scores and gure out where our strengths and weaknesses are. We are going to x the areas where we are weak and build on our strengths. Wooten also emphasized that the scores released so far are for all students, the total number taking the FCAT 2.0 this school year. In prior years, scores were released broken down in order that districts could identify special needs students, students for which English is a second language and so forth. Once we are able to fully break down the scores, the results will start to look better and better, Wooten said. LocalThe Star| A3Thursday, June 14, 2012 340 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, Fl 32456850-227-939325%OFFAPPAREL & GIFTSJune 14TH 19TH*must have coupon for discount *except previously marked clearance items At the Port St. Joe Marina! At the At the Happy Fathers Day 25 % OFF Sale Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday June 14th 17th Paid for and approved by Jim Norton, Republican Superintendent of Schools. Pd.Pol.Ad. Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Eugene Charbonneau, DO Susan Hardin, ARNP Dana Whaley, ARNP110 NE 5th Street Carrabelle, Florida County students hold their own against tougher FCAT Star Staff ReportFourteen spacious and beautifully-appointed condominiums in the Paradise Shores community on Mexico Beach were sold May 19 at absolute auction for a total price of $2,684,500. Each of the 76 registered bidders from nine states, including South Dakota, Indiana and Connecticut, was required to bring $10,000 in personal check, business check or certi ed funds per two bedroom unit and $15,000 for the three bedroom units. The auction was conducted by The National Auction Group, Inc. of Gadsden, Alabama, specialists in the auction of quality, high-end properties. Over the past two years the company has sold more than $100 worth of condos on the Gulf coast. Once again this demonstrates that the condo market is alive and well on the Gulf Coast for quality properties and shows that theres no reason for developers to sit on unsold inventory when they can be sold ef ciently and quickly by auction, said William Bone, President of National Auction Group. We had a happy seller and many happy buyers and that is always our primary objective. We are, and will continue to, negotiate with interested parties regarding other two and three bedroom condos in the community.14 condos at Paradise Shores sold for $2.6 million at auction

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OpinionA4 | The Star Thursday, June 14, 2012In the spring of 1970, the environmental movement was born, which eventually led to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. We were going green. During the past 40 years, we have seen the changes that have come as a result of this concern for a cleaner environment. We have electric cars and hybrid cars, although it has been reported that many folks who buy these types of vehicles do not choose to do it again. Plastic grocery bags are banned in various cities in California and Texas, because of concerns about the environment. It seems that a lot of birds and marine animals die each year because of plastic pollution. I do not want birds or marine animals to die, however I do enjoy grilling chicken and frying catfish. I know a chicken is a bird, but Im not so sure about a catfish being a marine animal. I would think that it was a marine animal, but Im a math guy and only know that I like to eat them fried with a mixture of tartar sauce and Tabasco on the side for dipping. A comb and two wattles. When did my hair come into this? It didnt. Im not talking about that kind of comb. Im referring to the red stuff on top of a chickens head; its called a comb. Chicken folks know this, and also know that the wattles are the two red things hanging under a chickens chin. The comb and wattles are a chickens built in air conditioning system that cools him off by circulating blood and lowering his body temperature on hot days. We all need to know these things. In addition, the chickens comb and wattles are what distinguishes it from other birds. Im still not so sure about the catfish, but Im pretty sure it could eat a plastic bag and keep going. Therefore, it may not be a marine animal. The green business, like all movements, has a lot of good intentions. Some, maybe most of these ideas existed before we had all of the agencies and acts. Things like checking your tire pressure, turning off your power and washing a full load of clothes make pretty good sense to everyone. Also, anytime someone comes up with a better light bulb, I will give it a try. However, I do want the option of using the light bulb of my choice. Then, there are some things that beg me to ask more questions. They want us to keep our electronics out of the trash. Well, the way I see it, if they would make better electronics, we wouldnt have to throw them away. Cellphones are made to fall apart after about a year of use. I miss Dixie cups attached with a piece of string for communication. They never worked very well, but it was fun trying. Dixie cups and string are probably bad for birds and fish. Why am I worried about all of this? I will tell you. Years ago, I used to have a nice garden and a tiller. I had tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and all kinds of herbs. It was nice and I enjoyed it. Some twenty years later, I have two or three tomato plants, a couple of pepper plants and a couple of terracotta pots of herbs on my back deck that I try to grow each year. Recently, I went outside on my deck to find my tomato plants covered with little red mite looking things and it bothered me a lot. I watered my plants hoping to wash the mites off; there just seemed to be more. Maybe they were having some sort of pool party or something on the leaves of my tomato plants. I couldnt take it; I needed to save my plants from these creatures. After looking in the garage and everywhere else I might have had some sort of insecticide to kill these tomato eating beasts, I was still defenseless. Nothing could be found in my depleted arsenal. Then I remembered buying this spray bottle of Eco-friendly insecticide/ant killer for ants in the kitchen about a year back. I found it under the kitchen sink, still looking happy with a big green Eco-friendly label on it. I remember quitting on it and going with another name brand, not so green, ant eliminator. However, I did keep it under the sink (because it was eco-friendly). I figured I would give it a try on my tomato plants and other plants on the deck. If it was supposed to kill ants, I thought it would surely kill the little red mites (and it was eco-friendly). After spraying the white foamy, supposedly earth friendly stuff on all of my plants, I waited. Within an hour, all of my plants had shriveled up and pretty much were down for the count. They were dead the victims of the Ecofriendly movement. My plants had gone brown. The next time, I will go to the hardware store and buy Sevin dust. For now, I will go to the grocery store and buy tomatoes that were probably imported from a country without all of these green ideas. Please note, Im not against them, but they did brutally destroy my tomato plants and my beautiful Kentucky Colonel Mint plant. Put those tomatoes in a plastic bag and Ill have to wait a year for that Mint Julep or Mojito. You can find more stories at www. CranksMyTractor.com.They are NOT singing my song Going green is bringing me brown I dont think my life would make a very good country song. I havent had a drink in over forty years. I have never one time had to get my mother out of jail. Ive never shot anyone that I know of. Ive never danced on a sawdust oor unless you count the time John Charles Sassers bull got loose at the Tri-County Stockyards and I did a few pirouettes and a couple of buck and wings till I could vault to safety. My rst wife is, well, still my rst wife. And I cant sing a lick. Youd think a man that liked Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins as much as I do would have something in common with the music they play. I have never been to Butcher Holler, Folsom Prison or El Paso. I can understand Loretta when shes singing about that barnyard shovel, but Ive never drilled for No. 9 coal, dressed in black or slapped leather against Texas Red. Listen, except for Leon, David and a couple of cousins, Ive never been in a real ght. I will admit I stopped into the Skyway Grill for a hamburger the night Rollin Truell and some of those boys from Huntingdon tied up. The whole place erupted into a brawl. But they were setting the tables back up and putting tape on the juke box by the time I got there. The police didnt even bother to get my statement. Ive never been stabbed, shot in the chest, bushwhacked, tied to a railroad track or hung on a cold, dark night. I did one time jump off a fence onto a nail sticking out of an unseen board. I rammed that rusty thing right through my foot! It hurt like the dickens but I dont think they write country songs about stuff like that. Ive never crossed the Brazos at Waco, hauled a load of chickens over Wolf Creek Pass, took my guns to town or busted a guitar over anybodys head. Ive never met Ruby, Lucille, Kate, Ruben James, the gambler, Felina, Oney or Jesse Taylor. I do have a few friends in low places. I didnt meet my wife behind any swinging doors, at a boot scootin boogie, wrestling match, cow-chip throwing or down at Joe and Mables 12th Street Bar and Grill. Ive never pulled an 18-wheeler into a road house in Texas. Ive never crushed a soft aluminum can or grabbed a tiger by the tail. And Im not walking the oor over anyone! Alan Jackson couldnt even write a song about me. I quit chewing tobacco back in the early 90s, when LeviGarrett went to $1.59 a pack. Ive never ridden night herd or panned for gold just a little southeast of Nome. Ive never ran moonshine from Harlan County to Memphis. I dont know sweet Betsy from Pike. Ive never ridden the Wabash Cannonball, a raging Brahma bull or the wayward wind. Ive never climbed Wolverton Mountain or hid out behind chute No. 1 with Bandy, the rodeo clown. Ive never been to Gilleys. I dont have any exs living in Texas. Ive never shot a jukebox, and listen, Ive never woke up the next morning staring at a waitress whose name I did not know. In the early days, if I needed advice, I sought out my parents. Later, Id ask my brothers or a good friend but mostly I leaned on my rst wife. If it was serious, I called in the pastor. It never, in all my born days, occurred to me to seek life changing advice from a guy on the next bar stool. It seems to me those ashing neon lights might hinder your concentration. Ive never had a protracted conversation with a bartender. I reckon I have drowned my sorrows a time or two with a Diet Coke and a piece of apple pie. Me and Bobby Magee never thumbed down a ride. I dont remember ever digging up bones. Where I came from we didnt have mansions on the hill. I dont smoke old stogies, I have found and I dont know every engineer on every train and all of their children and all of their names. Listen closely here, I dont want to have to die to stop loving anyone. Jerry Lee Lewis once sang, My Life would make a good country song. And, following his career over the years, Id say he was absolutely right, but what a price to pay. Jerry Lee has had more ups and down than that Thunder Mountain ride at Disney World. Hank Williams didnt make up many songs. He just waited for something to happen to him and then he wrote it down right quick. He roared and amed and made some of the best music ever heard on this planet. He also died at twenty-nine. I may need to rethink this country song living thing. Maybe you can get too close to the music. You know what I mean? Im not smart enough to understand that life imitating art thing. Thats for folks like Hank and Johnny Cash, Spade Cooley and Jerry Lee. But maybe its like bull ghting. I really wouldnt mind seeing a real bull ght, as long as Im not the guy in the ring. A good bungee jump is best appreciated from about two hills over watching some fool leap off a thousand foot high bridge with just a rope tied to his leg. On second thought, maybe Ive had the right approach to the country music business all along. Let the other guy suffer, bleed, go to jail, have the heartache and I can tune it in or out depending on my mood or choice at the moment. Thats a heap better than being busted at in Baton Rouge. Or being a boy named Sue. Or so lonesome I could cry. Respectfully, Kes HUNKER DOWNKesley 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. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457-0308 Phone 850-227-1278 PERIODICAL RATE POSTAGE PAID AT PORT ST. JOE, FL 32457 WEEKLY PUBLISHING SUBSCRIPTIONS PAYABLE IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY $24.15 year $15.75 six months OUT OF COUNTY $34.65 year $21 six monthsHome delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editons. TO ALL ADVERTISERSIn case of error or omissions in advertisements, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such advertisement. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains. Circulation:1-800-345-8688 LETTER TO ThHE EDITORDear Editor: Having called Gulf County home for the past 16 years, something continues to amaze me about news pronouncements. With very few exceptions they state, So and So was born, raised, educated, married, raised children and eventually died in Gulf County. Some of these pronouncements I totally agree with. If it is a graduation announcement, a marriage, a birth and a death of an individual you would want to acknowledge the family and community which nurtured such positive growth. The pronouncement that continues to amaze me is that all candidates for political or civil service ofces always begin with, I was born, raised etc. in Gulf County. Think about it. Why would you promote that you came from a long line of local thinking that continues to provide leadership that boasts average annual income 23 percent lower than the average Florida income; also boasts of poverty 30 percent higher than the average state level. We could also mention a high school graduation level of 45 percent above state averages but college graduation levels which are 57 percent below state averages. Finally unemployment levels which are 30 percent above state level. I am not suggesting that all native Gulf County people are not bright and capable with these continuing issues. What I am suggesting is that perhaps we should look at someone who now calls Gulf County home but has experienced how other places in Florida and the U.S. have successfully dealt with and corrected the same issues we have in Gulf County. Just a thought!Jim McKenzieSt. Joe BeachGulf Countian for lifeBy Jason AldermanWith summer vacation right around the corner, youre probably busy planning itineraries, shopping for new bathing suits and nishing up work projects. But before you completely check out, take a few minutes to review a few nancial safeguards that could save you a ton of grief and money and protect your identity. Credit and debit cards. If youre planning to travel especially overseas follow these precautions: Tell your card issuers where and how long youre traveling so theyll be on guard against unauthorized transactions. Also, bank fraud departments have sophisticated systems for detecting unusual account activity, so if a transaction raises concern and youre not home to eld their call, your account could be frozen until you can be reached. Immediately report lost or stolen cards and/or unauthorized transactions to your card issuer. Carry at least two cards in case one gets damaged or closed temporarily. It might take a few days for the bank to mail you a new card. In case of theft, carry a list of card issuers fraud hotlines and your account numbers separate from your wallet. Perhaps leave a copy with a trusted friend. I also program these numbers into my cell phone for quick access. Some banks toll-free numbers may not work internationally, so ask for the right numbers before you leave. Avoid using standalone or unusuallooking ATMs not located in secure areas. They might be altered or have hidden cameras that can shoulder surf your account information and PIN. Beware of card skimming, where dishonest restaurant or store employees use a portable card reader to copy information from your credit or debit cards magnetic strip. Save and check all receipts against your statement; also scan your statement for unauthorized transactions. Safeguard your home. If no one will be house-sitting in your absence: Have the post ofce hold your mail. Suspend newspaper subscriptions. Park a car in the driveway and put a prominent interior light on a timer. Ask a friend or neighbor to remove iers, packages or free newspapers. Have a great vacation. Make your vacation security checklistI do not want birds or marine animals to die, however I do enjoy grilling chicken and frying catsh. I know a chicken is a bird, but Im not so sure about a catsh being a marine animal. CRaANKS MY TRaACTORBN Heard

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LocalThe Star| A5Thursday, June 14, 2012 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. 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SHARE YOUR OPINIONSas your elected clerk for the past eight years. It has been my privilege to serve the people of Gulf County during these last two terms, and I look forward to continuing the work; pledging to keep our of ce accessible, transparent, and ef cient. I have also been blessed to lead one of the best staffs, as we have all worked together to nd ways to do more with less, Norris said. The clerk of courts is a very complex of ce; serving as the Clerk of the Circuit and County Courts, Ex-Of cio Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners, and County Recorder. The Clerk is one of the ve Constitutional Of cers that serves as a checks and balance in county government. While it is obviously important that all monies, whether tax dollars or other, be accounted for, there are many other day-to-day tasks that are performed within the of ce. One department alone is devoted to serving the needs associated with the court system. Another maintains all recorded instruments such as deeds, mortgages, liens, etc. And of course, the Finance Department veri es that all expenditures have been approved by the proper Department Head, serve a public purpose, and are in compliance with Florida Statutes and Board policy. In all phases of our work, we are always seeking ways to improve ef ciencies, and continue to make adjustments as needed to our internal controls to make sure Gulf County is best served. It will also be my honor this year to represent Gulf County by serving as the president of the Florida Association of Clerk of Courts and Comptrollers. While serving as the vice president during this past year, I have had the opportunity to meet with different clerks throughout the state and hear rsthand the issues they face, whether they are smaller than us, or much larger. I believe that by serving in this way, it has given me a better understanding of my responsibilities, and helps me see opportunities for improvements in our of ce. Married to Steve Norris for more than 31 years; they have two children, Zac and Ashton. Becky is a homegrown resident of Gulf County. She grew up in Wewahitchka and graduated from WHS in 1979, then moved to Port St. Joe in 1990 where she and Steve raised their children. Your vote on Aug. 14, 2012, will be much appreciated, as I look forward to continued service to the people of Gulf County. I am thankful for the trust that the citizens of our county have afforded me, and pledge to continue leading this of ce with honesty and integrity if re-elected. Jones has more than 22 years of leadership in state government, corporate and private business. Upon graduating from Florida State University with a degree in accounting, Jones became a licensed CPA and has been a leader in his industry ever since. He has served as a board member and of cer with the Florida Institute of Certi ed Public Accountants for more than 15 years. He is serving his sixth term on the prestigious Florida Board of Governors representing accountants throughout Florida. He also serves as a trustee on the Educational Foundation for the FICPA, which raises funds to send students to college to be accountants. The constitutionallyelected position of clerk is one of great importance. The clerk serves as the watchdog of county funds to insure they are best used to bene t the public. This of ce is a place where public trust and con dence are built in local government. The Of ce of Clerk of the Court assists local residents with many of their day-to-day needs, from acquiring a marriage license or a copy of a property deed, to paying traf c nes and providing forms for court lings. Jones brings a wealth of educational and professional experience and has the tools needed for the job. Born and raised in Gulf County, Jones has a local understanding of our area and our current government needs. He knows the people of Gulf County, loves the area and cares about our future. I am prepared to lead this of ce and insure our county dollars are properly spent for all the constituents of Gulf County, Jones said. I humbly ask for your support and vote to be our next clerk. If you would like to share your concerns, meet or have your group meet with Jones, contact him at 3400828, 229-1040 or keith@ keithjonescpa.com. Nova Southeastern University. In addition to her academic accomplishments Joanna has a broadbased work history that has given her a great appreciation for hard work. Before becoming an attorney Bryan worked as an industrial route truck driver for UPS. She also worked for the Lake Worth Police Department as a crime prevention specialist, and then she went on to work for the Broward County Sheriffs Of ce before completing law school. Bryan has her own law practice which is on the third oor of the Centennial Bank Building in Port St. Joe. She specializes in all aspects of real estate law. She also has considerable experience in the areas of commercial transactions and commercial law. Bryan said she believes her skills and experience set her apart from the other candidates and make her uniquely quali ed for the position of County Commissioner. Bryan said she knows and appreciates how hard the citizens of Gulf County work to earn a living and she feels that they deserve commissioners who will work to responsibly manage the taxpayers money for the best interests of all the citizens. There are many complex and controversial issues that currently face Gulf County, including but not limited to county-wide voting, pending budget shortfalls, land ll questions, potential funding through the RESTORE Act, and TDC accountability to name just a few. I have the professional background and personal determination necessary to help solve these problems that we face. By far the biggest issue facing our county is that of jobs and economic growth. The best way to encourage economic growth is to have a business-friendly environment. Business-friendly means rules that are easy to understand and processes (permitting, zoning, etc.) that are reasonable to comply with. But most important of all, the rules should apply equally and fairly to all. I promise a fair and level playing eld for everyone. I will do all that I can to promote responsible economic growth and job creation in our county, Bryan said. Running the business of the county is a big operation. It should be conducted based on sound business principles not political favoritism that bene ts only the wellconnected at the expense of the average taxpayer. I promise to work for all of the people of Gulf County 3 not just a few. Joanna welcomes your questions and your thoughts. Feel free to contact her via email at Joanna@ Vote4Bryan.com or give her a call at 615-5015. JONES from page A1 BRYAN from page A1 NORRIS from page A1said. We need to get a hold on where its being spent and whos spending it. City resident Jim Garth addressed the board regarding Gingells propositions during the meeting and asked the commissioners to at least look into the feasibility of hiring an in-house engineer. You dont need to get a fulltime engineer, Garth said. It could be part time, or you could share with the city of Wewahitchka or the county. Commissioners agreed to have City Manager Jim Anderson look into their options and examine research Garth has done on a series of city invoices. FireworksDespite a motion from Commissioner Bo Patterson to provide $5,000 to help fund a Fourth of July Fireworks display, commissioners ultimately decided the city will not contribute. The city of Port St. Joe would like to have reworks and they should have them, said Patterson, whose motion died when it failed to garner a second from the board. This years reworks display will be joint-funded by Gulf County and the Gulf County Tourism Development Council, each of which contributed $5,000. The entities hoped to also garner $5,000 from the city to provide a bigger show in the area. Gingell said the city already provides the police force and cleanup for the reworks each year, and the city taxpayers would pay double for the display if the city funded it along with the county. We just cant afford it, Commissioner Rex Buzzett said. We will still have reworks, but it wont be $15,000 worth of reworks, it will be $10,000. Homeless shelter ordinanceCounty Attorney Tom Gibson reported to commissioners that he has met with the county homeless committee, headed by Port St. Joe resident Christie McElroy, to address a series of drafted ordinances to eliminate the possibility of the development of a homeless shelter in the area. He said on the city side, the ordinances will need to rede ne its de nition of nuisance to encompass any business or organization that requires signi cant monitoring by law enforcement. The ordinance will also need to delineate what you can and cant do in city parks and public property within the city limits. The commissioners agreed the ordinances should rst go through the citys Planning Development and Review Board before going to the commission for approval. CITY from page A1Commissioners seat held by Warren Yeager. The largest elds can be found in the races for of ce where the incumbent has announced retirement or, in the case of Williams, chosen not to stand for re-election. With the retirement of Kesley Colbert, the Gulf County Property Appraisers race will be contested by Mitch Burke and Jamie Lester in the Republican primary while James Rish runs as a Democrat and Dan Christie runs with No Party Af liation, guaranteeing at least three candidates in the mix for the general election. With Supervisor of Elections Linda Grif n also announcing her retirement, Brittany Beauchamp and John Hanlon will face off in the Republican primary while Shawn Butler and Wyvonne Pickett square off in the Democratic primary. Vying to replace Williams will be Joanna Bryan and Johnny Mize, both Republicans, Democrat Jimmy Rogers and John Grantland, who will run with No Party Af liation, meaning at least three candidates will survive until November. The race for BOCC District 5, clerk of courts as well as the two School Board races, both nonpartisan campaigns, will be decided in the August primary. In the BOCC District 5 race, incumbent Yeager and challengers Koran and Barbara Radcliff are all Republicans; whoever pulls the largest total, regardless of percentage, will win the seat as there is no Democrat in the race. In the clerk of courts race, Jones and Norris are both Democrats. Whoever garners the most votes in August wins. The two School Board races Billy Quinn must fend off a challenge from Lois Byrd for his District 4 seat also will be decided in August. The race for county judge, where Brian Hill and Jarred Patterson are challenging Judge Tim McFarland, also could be decided in August should one of the candidates secure 50 percentplus one of the vote. If not, the top two will advance to the general election. The race for Gulf County sheriff will not be on the ballot until November as Republican Mike Harrison challenges Democrat incumbent Joe Nugent. Neither have a primary challenge. The race for Gulf County superintendent of schools and BOCC District 1 also are guaranteed to last into November. Challengers Jay Bidwell and Phil Lanford will face off in the Democratic primary for superintendent of schools to earn the right to square off with incumbent Jim Norton. Incumbent Carmen McLemore, a Democrat, will meet challenger Freddie Whit eld in the primary for the BOCC District 1 seat McLemore holds. Waiting for the winner will be Kenny Peak, a Republican. Primary day is Aug. 14. The registration books close at 5 p.m. ET on July 16 so if you are new voter, have changed addresses or have other changes to make to your voting registration information contact Grif ns of ce at 229-6117. The last day to request absentee ballots for the primary is 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 8. The general election is Nov. 8. QUALIFYING from page A1

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E-mail outdoors news to tcroft@ star .com Page 6 Thursday, June 14, 2012 OUTDOORSwww.starfl.comSection Section A Red snapper season is well under way. Hi winds and rough seas have kept many anglers at the docks hoping for better weather. Good sized red snapper are still close to shore, some as close as 6 miles out. Try using live bait rst to catch the bigger ones up off the bottom, but cut bait, such as cigar minnows and squid will work ne.Inshore OffshoreRecent rain has the St. Joe Bay muddy and churned up right now. Before the rain we had great reports from the Eagle Harbor area of red sh and trout caught in the grass on live shrimp. Towns beach has had a few reports of nice trout and a few red sh this week also. Get in all your inshore shing in before the 2012 Scallop Season opens soon. 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JUNE FEATURE FISH: RED SNAPPERStop in and register or go oline at www.BWOsh.com WEEKLY ALMANAC ST.JOSEPH BAY APALACHICOLA BAY, WESTPASS TIDETABLES MONTHLY AVERAGESTo nd the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times from these given for APALACHICOLA: HIGH LOW Cat Point Minus 0:40 Minus 1:17 East Pass Minus 0:27 Minus 0:27 To nd the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times from those given for CARRABELLE: HIGH LOW Bald Point Minus 9:16 Minus 0:03 Sponsor the WEEKLY ALMANACCall Today!227-7847 Date HighLow%Precip Thu, June 1486 7340% Fri, June 1585 7240% Sat, June 1686 7140% Sun, June 1785 7320% Mon, June 1886 73 0% Tues, June 1987 74 0% Wed, June 2088 7540% 13 We 647am 1.3 450pm 0.1 14 Th 701am 1.6 514pm 0.0 15 Fr 726am 1.7 549pm -0.1 16 Sa 759am 1.7 629pm -0.2 17 Su 836am 1.8 711pm -0.2 18 Mo 915am 1.8 752pm -0.3 19 Tu 953am 1.9 828pm -0.3 20 We 1029am 1.9 900pm -0.3 21 Th 1104am 1.8 925pm -0.3 22 Fr 1138am 1.7 946pm -0.2 23 Sa 1211pm 1.6 1000pm 0.0 24 Su 1244pm 1.3 1003pm 0.2 25 Mo 105pm 1.0 946pm 0.3 26 Tu 629am 1.0 838pm 0.6 27 We 552am 1.2 305pm 0.3 28 Th 558am 1.4 347pm 0.0 13 We 1216am 0.9 1052am 1.4 440am 0.9 709pm 0.2 14 Th 223am 1.0 1124am 1.4 530am 1.0 801pm 0.0 15 Fr 347am 1.0 1158am 1.4 630am 1.1 848pm -0.1 16 Sa 439am 1.1 1235pm 1.5 731am 1.2 931pm -0.2 17 Su 518am 1.2 115pm 1.5 825am 1.3 1009pm -0.2 18 Mo 550am 1.2 156pm 1.5 913am 1.3 1044pm -0.3 19 Tu 618am 1.3 238pm 1.5 955am 1.3 1116pm -0.2 20 We 643am 1.3 321pm 1.5 1035am 1.3 1144pm -0.2 21 Th 707am 1.3 406pm 1.5 1115am 1.2 22 Fr 729am 1.3 454pm 1.4 1210am -0.2 1159am 1.2 23 Sa 752am 1.3 546pm 1.3 1237am -0.1 1248pm 1.1 24 Su 815am 1.3 645pm 1.2 107am 0.0 144pm 0.9 25 Mo 840am 1.3 758pm 1.0 139am 0.2 251pm 0.8 26 Tu 906am 1.4 930pm 1.0 213am 0.4 407pm 0.6 27 We 936am 1.4 1130pm 0.9 250am 0.6 526pm 0.4 28 Th 1010am 1.5 328am 0.9 640pm 0.1 Star Staff ReportRichard King of Winder, GA caught this 30-inch long sea trout on May 26. He was shing with Tim Hartman from Lawrenceville, GA and Mexico Beach from a large bass boat. The nice sh was caught off Cape San Blas and King was shing 18 inches up from weight. He had a pin bobber and was using live shrimp and pin sh for bait. He had a nice ght on his hands. Congratulations to Rick and thank you to Tim Hartman for taking Richard out on his boat. This brought the end of his vacation much delight and memories to share. Richard spends every vacation in the area.Visitors Macie Rogers of Bowdon, GA and T.J. North of Ranburne, AL found this shell, or shells, during recent excursions along the shores of St. Joseph Peninsula and St. Joseph Bay. Though the exact location of the nd was unknown, their unique discovery was a 50-caliber machine gun shell, common in World War II, ensconced within a seashell. Under the seashell there are remnants of what appears to be a powder burns and sticking out from within the seashells that have encased the bullet shell over the years appears to be the end of the shell casing. As Bill Musselwhite of Port St. Joe, who obtained the shell from the visitors, said, Nature has a way of taking care of things.TIM CROFT | The Star Special to The StarThis year, the turtle nesting season started with a rush activity on St. Vincent Island. In May there were 32 turtle nests. This is already half the total number of nests for last year, and there are three more months of turtle nesting. This increased number of nests is keeping the staff and trained turtle volunteers busy with surveys and other important maintenance tasks. You can help support the turtle program on St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge by participating in our Adopt-aNest program. For $25, you will be able to name the turtle whose nest you adopt and will receive the following: adoption certi cate photo of adopted nest activity/hatchling report recognition in Supporters newsletter Proceeds from nest adoptions help offset refuge costs for the turtle monitoring program. These costs include fuel for the survey vehicles and materials to construct cages to protect nests from predators. Turtle adoptions make a wonderful gift for people of any age who care about turtles and wildlife preservation. With so many turtles choosing to nest on St. Vincent Island this year, we are hoping for an equal increase in turtle adoptions. To adopt a nest or learn more about the program, email supportstvin@ hotmail.com or leave a message at 229-7635. The busy turtle season just reemphasizes the importance of our volunteers and the need for more help from the local community. Major budget cuts and reduced staf ng have increased the need for St. Vincent NWR volunteers. We have opportunities for people of all ages and physical abilities, including those younger than 18 if accompanied by a parent or other adult. Also, one-time service projects can be scheduled for scouts, students or church groups. Volunteers can serve on a regular basis or help with one-time projects. Whatever time you can give will be greatly appreciated. Both outdoor and of ce-based volunteer work is available. At our Apalachicola of ce you can help with visitor services, assist with administrative tasks or help write proposals seeking grant funding. On the island, you can monitor wildlife such as red wolves and sea turtles, participate in bird counts, clean up trash on the islands beautiful beaches, remove invasive plants or do maintenance work. Other opportunities include assisting in environmental education programs, leading community outreach programs, documenting St. Vincent Islands history or serving on the Board of our Supporters group. To volunteer or learn more about how you can help, email support stvin@hotmail.com. Also watch for volunteer opportunities in The Star. Give your spare time and help make a difference. There will be no monthly tours of St. Vincent Island during the summer months bugs and heat make the experience less than pleasant. The tours will resume in the fall, but you can still visit the island on your own. You can get to the island by boat or kayak or take the St. Vincent Island Shuttle Service (call 229-1065 or visit www.stvincentisland. com). The island is primitive bring everything you need, including drinking water and leave only your footprints behind. This column is provided by the Supporters of St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge. TURTLE TIMESeason begins with lots of nesting activityThe busy turtle season just reemphasizes the importance of our volunteers and the need for more help from the local community. Florida Freedom Newspapers le art SHELL ON A HALF SHELL SPONSORED BY Visitor snags 30-inch sea troutSpecial to The Star BIRDS-EYE VIEWFROM ST. VINCENT ISLAND

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LocalThe Star| A7Thursday, June 14, 2012 (Ad#2012-53)PUBLIC NOTICEA Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and Development Review Board (PDRB) meeting on Monday, June 18 2012 at 8:45 a.m. EST, and at the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Both public hearings will be held in the BOCC Meeting Room at the Robert M. Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. The public hearings will be to discuss and act on the following: 1. Reconvene the Variance Application Robert Dawkins Parcel ID #03180-235R Corrective action to an existing access ramp and dune walkover. 2. Variance Application Sherry Steadham Parcel ID # 03765-000R Located in Section 31, Township 6 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida road setback variance of 4 and a side setback of 1. 3. Sign Variance Toye Roberts Parcel ID #03946000R Located in Section 5, Township 7 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida variance to install an offsite business sign. 4. Variance Angelo and Susan Jardina Parcel ID #03946-002R Located in Section 5, township 7 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida Setback encroachment from construction error. 5. County Ordinances and LDR Revisions Land Use -Homeless Shelter ordinance HB 503 impacts Animal Control 6. Public and Open Discussion 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 311. CR30-ATREASUREDR AUGERAVEFRYERLNWHWY98ABALONEST RobertDawkins SherrySteadham WUSHWY98PINEDAST ToyeRoberts PINEDAAMERICUS Angelo&SusanJardina PETS from page A1 the skills learned while training a strange dog or two to lead productive lives outside of prison, even an inmate with more than 20 years behind bars. Im not sure (codirector) Judy (Miick) and I could see three years of DAWGS in Prison when we thought about this four years ago, said DAWGS co-director Sandi Christy. To understand the keys to success, a closer look at three important ingredients in the program.The dogMax, the husky had a life not unlike many other dogs saved through the DAWGS in Prison program, which generally deals with stray or abandoned animals. Max lived his early life chained in a backyard, his only contact his owner and two other dogs chained with him. The owner was evicted from the property and Max and the other two dogs were left behind, eventually to be collected by Gulf County Animal Control. We were worried about Max, Christy said of the dog that had zero sociability, particularly toward humans, and was in poor health. In time, though, Maxs health, physical and mental, improved and Christy, Miick and Melody Townsend, the director of the Humane Society, tested Maxs temperament to gauge whether the DAWGS in Prison program would be a good t. Turned out Max t the bill and after eight weeks in the DAWGS program he was headed to DeFuniak Springs last week, Rush walking him on a leash and feeding him treats within minutes of the completion of commencement exercises.The adopterAs Christy put it, Without adopters, we would not have a program. Rush was a surprising adopter. He had not considered a dog since his last husky died in 2007. Rush was wiping away tears while listening to Maxs story last week, a large man with a proportional connection to the breed. Rush had grown up in upstate New York, his father a husky owner and Rush learned at an early age the dogs were loyal, but stubborn, as well as smart according to sled dog trainers, Rush said, huskies respond to a vocabulary of as many as 26 words. He had owned two huskies, but had said no more in 2007. My daughter told me that I needed to adopt another, Rush said. They are so smart and so loyal. The last one I had, he followed me everywhere I went. They are just very Before every training session throughout the eight-week training course, the dogs get a little off leash time to frolic and burn off excess energy.good dogs. I swore I would not get another after (the last husky died). I couldnt do it. But my daughter convinced me. He searched the Internet for what he was looking for: another husky. He found DAWGS in Prison, and lo and behold, there was Max. I have two granddaughters, 4 and 1, and when we came to meet Max he actually liked them better than me, Rush said. I heard about his story and thought that dog needs a good home. When we met him and he rushed past me and put a paw in my granddaughters lap, thats what turned it for me. Matching dog and adopter is a full-time occupation or at least at times it seems that way to Christy. She is dogged in her pursuit for the right home for each dog, others in the program noted,. Sandi does a lot of work just making sure each dog has the right home, said Of cer Donna Haddock of the Gulf Forestry Camp. Haddock supervises the DAWGS routine in the compound. We want to make the perfect match. We work really hard on that.The trainerKelly was the leader of the inmate team that trained Max, and while Haddock said she tries to switch things around every couple of weeks during the eight-week course, Kelly became particularly attached to Max. This one will be tough to see go, Kelly said. You try not to get too attached, but Ive worked a lot with her. Kelly, Mark Whited and Derek Joseph are the three team leaders for what Haddock calls the pack or the entire ensemble, dog and up to four team members per dog. And it is much more than training. Dogs are bathed once a week. Their ears are cleaned and teeth brushed twice a week. They must be fed and allowed to use the bathroom on a set schedule each day and night and each team member chips in. After lunch on a recent weekday, while the trainers and handlers took the dogs outside to begin the next session which is preceded by an opportunity for the dogs to be off leash and play other members of the team were cleaning food and water bowls, checking on bedding in the dog cages. All this documented on a set of ledgers, with inmates responsible for logging times, who did what and with what dog, when the work started and when it nished, what equipment or food was used. The dogs, Haddock noted, probably have the nest meals theyve enjoyed in some time and coats make a remarkable recovery as good health returns. Max hardly resembles what he did when he arrived at the Humane Society, Miick said. I try to give the inmates as many jobs and as many responsibilities as I can, Haddock said. The inmates are volunteers and must apply to be part of DAWGS. Haddock has a waiting list and those who dont get with the program dont stay with the program. And they move up the ladder once in, from caretaker to handler to trainer to team leader. Each position has a different responsibility, Whited said. It is a team effort. And a learning one. It has taught me a lot about patience and a lot about respect, Kelly said. You also learn how to respect and deal with a lot with different people. Dogs are sometimes easier because they dont talk back. For men who have, as Joseph acknowledged, been takers during their lives one reason for their imprisonment they have learned how to give. You learn how to deal with people of all shapes and sizes and colors, Whited said. You learn how to be responsible, to yourself and others. Every person is different just as every dog is different. And everybody needs a second chance. Joseph added, You have something new every day because each dog is different. It is a continuing education. Kelly, Whited and Joseph said they would use the skills gleaned from their months with the DAWGS program when they are released. But for last Wednesday, it was time to say goodbye to the graduates and welcome in the newbies later that afternoon and begin the eight weeks all over again.Tom Rush of DeFuniak Springs, in orange with neck brace, gets acquainted with his new dog, Max, while Jay King of King Dog Academy in Tallahassee, who helped start the DAWGS in Prison training program, and John Kelly (left) provide some pointers. Below, Claudette, with her inmate trainers, was named Top Dog in the 20th graduation of the DAWGS in Prison program.Photos by TIM CROFT | The Star

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COMMUNITY www.starfl.comThursday, June 14, 2012 BPage 1SectionBy VALERIE GARMAN229-7843 | @valeriegarman vgarman@star .com Meg Lamont describes the night shift at the Fish Inn on Cape San Blas as similar to being a new parentsleep is rare, and you never know what to expect. The Fish Inn is not a motel or bed and breakfast; its the home-base for the University of Florida Marine Turtle Research Group, an organization dedicated to protecting the threatened and endangered sea turtle species that nest in Northwest Florida. Lamont, who oversees the program, has been tagging sea turtles on St. Joseph Peninsula since 1998, and new satellite tagging technology has recently allowed more insight into a turtles journey than ever before. With the help of University of Florida biologist Brail Stephens and a house full of college interns from across the country, every night from May to August is spent patrolling the beach, from the Stump Hole to the southern boundary of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, for nesting sea turtles to tag. The group at the Fish Inn is essentially nocturnal, spending their nights surveying the beach on ATVs with red headlights from sunup to sundown, their eyes peeled for movement in the sand. Its sort of like being a new parent when you work this job, Lamont said. When you do sleep its just two hours here, two hours there. Last week, the group satellite-tagged 10 sea turtles on the Cape as part of an oil spill research project in the Gulf. The high-tech satellite tags provide a turtles exact GPS coordinates when the turtle comes up for air. While nesting female turtles have been known to return to nest within ve kilometers of where they previously nested during their nesting period, Lamont said GPS tracking the nesting females has shown something unexpected. Its the rst time weve been able to see what the turtles are doing during their nesting periods, Lamont said. These guys are going 100 to 150 kilometers away. Its not whats expected. She said many of the turtles that have nested on the Cape have shown up in Alabama, where oil spill research is also being done with satellite tracking. While the group works mostly with loggerhead turtles, a threatened species, they do also see endangered green sea turtles on Cape San Blas. We dont know very much about turtles once theyre in the water or where they go once they leave the beach, said Lamont, who noted satellite tracking has helped to show where the their habitats lie and what paths they take to get there, information that is essential for protecting the species. GPS trackers have provided insight into the turtles foraging grounds, typically located in Southwest Florida and off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Their foraging areas have all been shallow-water, inshore areas, Lamont said. When youre looking to protect turtles, its equally if not more important than protecting their nesting area. The turtles have such an intimate relationship with the inshore environmentits so dynamic. GPS trackers provide insight into loggerheads journeysBy TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The Port St. Joe Downtown Merchants Committee is making plans for a red, white and fun Fourth of July. The committee has begun putting in place plans for a community-wide celebration of Independence Day, to be jointly funded by the county and the Tourist Development Council, with a slate of activities leading up to the evenings reworks. We want to have a smalltown old-fashioned Fourth of July, Dana Boyer, chairwoman for the event, said. This is being funded by the downtown merchants. When we all work together we do great things. The business community appreciates their patrons and wanted to give something back. The festivities will begin at, and center on, City Commons Park at 3 p.m. ET when a special weekday version of the SaltAir Farmers Market will open. The market will feature a number of produce and arts and crafts vendors as well as some of the usual representatives from organizations, such as the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society. We try to get as many people down there as we can, John Parker of the Merchants Committee, who is spearheading the market, said The George Boyer Band, a.k.a. George, Cletus and Dave, will be playing throughout the day at the Commons area. Boyer said on Reid Avenue adjacent to the Farmers Market there will be a car show, with everything from antiques to the unusual and vintage on display. At 6 p.m. ET (lineup is at 5:45 along First Street for those wishing to participate) will be a red, white and blue themed parade of bicycles and golf carts, led by the Port St. Joe Police Department, followed by a Port St. Joe re engine and anked by the color guard from Port St. Joe High Schools NJROTC program. Prizes will be awarded Downtown merchants plan community Independence DayBy RANDAL YAKEY522-5108 | @ryakey ryakey@pcnh.com WEWAHITCHKA Rickey Hopkins looked down at a brass plaque and an urn he thought he never would see the remains of his father, Lemon Troy Hopkins. The items were on the porch of Donald Baxters Wewahitchka home. It was just a few days ago Rickey Hopkins learned his fathers remains had been discovered. I didnt even know he was dead, Hopkins said. For the past two decades Hopkins, who lives in the Pensacola area, has wondered what had happened to his father. He rode to Wewahitchka last Friday along with his brother, Wendell Troy Hopkins, and sister, Vickie, to pick up his fathers headstone/plaque and his remains. Im sorry Im not crying, Hopkins said. I think Im all cried out. After talking to Baxter earlier this week, Hopkins peered down at his calendar: June 8, 2012. He looked down at the photo that had appeared in The News Herald a few days before with a photograph of a plaque and the name Lemon Troy Hopkins, U.S. Navy, June 8, 1937, to November 1, 1986. I thought, Wow, were bringing him home on his birthday, Hopkins said.The homecomingLast Friday, the midday heat began to rise near the Baxter homestead, just before the Hopkins family was slated to arrive. Baxter lives in the 300 block of Myers Road, across Star Staff ReportThis country was started by men and women who were willing to give their time and use their skills to build a nation where they could have better life. They were volunteers. Today, so many people expect so many things to be done for them and so much to be provided for them. We need to take a step back and participate with our time to help get this country back on the right track. With all the problems with the economy and balancing budgets, there will continue to be a reduction in the services and the bene ts that federal, state, and local governments will be able to provide. It is time for a resurgence of volunteering. It will be up to us the people who care about our communities, our parks, our arts, our natural resources, to give our time and use our skills to preserve what is important to us. This country cannot continue to operate with an attitude of entitlement and spending beyond our budget. Colleges and universities now ask applicants to list their volunteer and community service activities. They see the importance of volunteering in the development of successful students and citizens. In our area we have many groups that could use more volunteers. Our churches, our schools, senior citizen centers, national wildlife refuges, state parks, nature preserves and the arts alliance are some of the organizations in our community that can use more volunteer support. The Star will run a monthly column called Volunteer Opportunities on the front page of the community section of the paper. It will list volunteer needs of various organizations and who to contact if you can help. A little help from a lot of volunteers can make such a difference in the quality of life in our community. Please help make that difference! Why you should volunteer VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIESTurtle tracking PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STARA loggerhead sea turtle nests on St. Joseph Peninsula.See TURTLE B5Veterans remains returned to family on his birthdaySee VETERAN B5 See DOWNTOWN B1 PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STARTop: The University of Florida Marine Turtle Research Group marks a sea turtle nest on Cape San Blas. Left: Clara, a satellitetagged sea turtle, returns to the Cape to nest earlier this month. Middle: An intern with the University of Florida Marine Turtle Research Group, based in Cape San Blas, surveys the beach for nesting sea turtles. Right: Amelia, a loggerhead sea turtle, was tagged with a satellite tracker while nesting this season on Cape San Blas. Track Amelia here: http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/ ?project_id530.ROBERT COOPER | Florida FreedomLemon Troy Hopkins remains were returned to his family, who didnt know he was dead, on June 8, his birthday.

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LocalB2 | The Star Thursday, June 14, 2012 Qualications: Expertise in: New Patients WelcomeCall Toll Free888-681-5864 For more info www.seclung.com LUNG AND SLEEP DISORDERS DR. ROB GARVER OFTHEWEEKPET St. Joseph Bay Humane SocietyJUNE IS ADOPT ASHELTER CAT MONTH Star Staff ReportGulf County Senior Citizens at 120 Library Drive in Port St. Joe is asking for donations for low-income seniors of non-perishable foods such as juice, canned tuna and chicken, soup or vegetables. Small inexpensive bingo prizes are needed for clients who love to play bingo several times a week. The organization provides a hot, nutritious noon meal Monday through Friday to seniors 60 and older. Transportation might be available to meal sites. Anyone interested in coming to our sites in Port St. Joe or Wewahitchka for meals and activities, or who would like to donate any of items, should call Debbie at 229-8466.Wewahitchka patriotic beauti cation programSpecial to The StarThe GFWC Wewahitchka Womans Club Inc., in partnership with the Wewahitchka VFW Chapter 8285, would like to extend an invitation to everyone to show their patriotism by sponsoring an American ag that will be own on the light poles on State Road 71 in downtown Wewahitchka. The ags will be own for 10 days on Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. Fifty-two ags have been put in place so far. Seventyve have been sold, and the remainder will be put up soon. The goal is to put up as many ags as possible to show our patriotism and support to our military services. The group would like to thank Ralph Fisher and employees of Fishers Hardware for placing the ags. Flags can be purchased for $35, which will cover the cost of the 3by 5-foot American-made American ag, a rod and brackets to hang it, and an engraved plaque. The sponsor will have the option of either placing their name or business on the plaque or it can be in memory of a military veteran or active duty member of the Armed Forces or a loved one. Please specify this when ordering your ag. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this project, make your $35 check payable to GFWC Wewahitchka Womans Club Inc. Send your check to P.O. Box 94, GFWC Wewahitchka Womans Club Inc., Wewahitchka, FL 32465. You may order as many ags as you like. For more information, call Patty Fisher at 639-9794. Spencer Seefeldt turning 30Oh My, look who is turning 30! Spencer Seefeldt We are proud of you! Happy Birthday, Son!Bailey celebrates birthdayHappy Birthday Bailey! We Love You Very Much!! Love, Daddy, Momma Kari, Rylan, Taylor, Bubba, Marissa and NenaAzaleah Rhodes-Seefeldt turning 7We are so proud of Azaleah turning 7 years old on July 24 Happy Birthday! We Love You! Happy BIRTHDAYLewis named Pythian of the YearSpecial to The StarSir Knight David Lewis was selected as Pythian of the Year at the 123rd Annual Convention of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. David is a member of R.A. Driesbach, Sr. Lodge No. 77 Knights of Pythias Port St. Joe. The Pythian of the Year Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates the ability to contribute to the continuous improvement of the Pythian Order. In nominating Sir Knight Lewis for the award, Chancellor Commander Clarence Monette stated that, David has achieved the highest and deepest respect of his Pythian brothers and maintained a clear sense of the Pythian Principles of Friendship, Charity and Benevolence through his participation in Local, District, State and community activities. On account of his mature approach and his dedication to the Order of Knights of Pythias, Sir Knight David Lewis is the ideal candidate for Pythian of the Year. The Fraternal Order of Knights of Pythias and its members are dedicated to the cause of universal peace. Pythians believe that friendship is an essential ingredient in live and make Benevolence, Kindness, Generosity and tolerance a reality in their lives. For more information about the Knights of Pythias, visit www.knightsofpythias com. Senior citizens group seeks donations DAVID LEWIS Capital City Bank donates to area organizationsStar Staff ReportCapital City Bank Group Foundation recently donated funds to several local organizations. The Foundation provided $500 to the non-pro t Port Theatre Art & Culture Center, which hopes to purchase and renovate the Port Theatre, as well as $500 to the Gulf Coast State College Foundation. Other recipients of Foundation funds were the Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries, Inc. ($250); The St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, Inc. ($250); and the Growing Minds Center, Inc. ($250). We are grateful to be in a position to help organizations make an impact in our communities, said Gulf County President Amy Geiger. Community involvement has always been a hallmark of Capital City Bank and by donating valuable funds to worthwhile organizations such as these, the CCBG Foundation can help build stronger communities.SPECIAL TO THE STARThe Capital City Bank Group Foundation recently donated $500 to the Gulf Coast State College Foundation. From left, Amy GeigerCapital City Bank president for Gulf County, Margie Mazur, executive director; and Jamie Braun.TIM CROFT | The StarThe bank Foundation also donated $500 to the effort to purchase and renovate into a cultural center the Port Theatre. From left, Amy Geiger, Gulf County bank president; Sandy Price, market leader for Capital City Bank and Tom Gibson and Joanna Bryan with the Port Theatre Art & Cultural Center.

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School NewsThe Star| B3Thursday, June 14, 2012 dbutler@coastalcoverage.com Locally owned and operated Home Business Auto Health Workers Comp New Sorrelli Arriving Daily! Over 35 Years Experience.208 Reid Avenue, Downtown Port St. Joe850.229.1111www.BaysideFloristPSJ.com Your Full Service Wedding and Event Florist Your Full Service Wedding and Event Florist Your Full Service Wedding and Event Florist DAY! & Pd.Pol.Ad. Special to The StarAlexa Allison and Blake Brannon will go to Washington, D.C., on Saturday as winners of the Washington, D.C., Youth Tour Contest that rural electric cooperatives across the nation participate in. Allison is a rising senior at Wewahitchka High School, and Brannon is a rising senior at Deane Bozeman School. Allison and Brannon are eligible to go on the trip as winners of Gulf Coast Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour Contest. Each year, the Cooperative sponsors the contest for 11thgraders whose parents or guardians are members of GCEC. Contestants are interviewed by a panel of three judges from the electric cooperative industry, and two winners are chosen to travel on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June. While in Washington, the students are scheduled to tour the American History Museum, the Holocaust Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the Newseum Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Monument, the U.S. Capitol area, the mall area, the Korean, Lincoln, Vietnam, FDR, Jefferson and World War II memorials; Mt. Vernon; and the National Cathedral. They will also see the U.S. Marine Corps Sunset Parade, a boat cruise and dance on the Potomac River; and will end their trip with a visit to the Kennedy Center to see the play Memphis. A highlight of the trip will be the National Youth Day rally, where they will join about 1,500 other 11thgrade students representing electric cooperatives from all over the United States. We are proud to have Alexa and Blake representing Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative in Washington. We hope that they have a wonderful time on their trip, enjoying the sights and making new friendships, GCEC Manager of Marketing and Member Services Kristin Evans said. The Washington, D.C., Youth Tour Program has been in existence since 1957 when co-ops sent students to Washington, D.C., to work during the summer. By 1964, the program was catching on, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association began to coordinate the efforts of the co-ops. Since then, thousands of young people have experienced this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit our nations capitol and learn about our government. Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is part of the Touchstone Energy national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small. About 75 employees serve more than 20,000 meters and 2,500 miles of line in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson, Walton and Washington counties and in the municipalities of Wewahitchka, Ebro, Lynn Haven, White City, Fountain and Southport. Three group plays written by students in Knoxs wheel creative writing classes received honorable mention for the 2012 Young Playwrights Festival held recently in Sarasota, Fla. Pictured from left to right are the three playwriting teams: Hayden Lee and Kennedy Thacker (7th), Jeremy Ard and Clay Raf eld (8th), and Maddie Flanagan, Caroline Rish, and Anna Frabel (8th) (Frabel not pictured). SPECIAL TO THE STARAlexa Allison of Wewahitchka High School earned a trip to the nations capital through a contest sponsored by Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative.GCEC sponsoring Washington, D.C., trip for local students STUDENTS HONORED FOR CREATIVE WRITINGFive students in Ruby Knoxs language arts class at Port St. Joe High School will soon have the honor of having their poetry featured in publications recognizing young, creative writers from across the United States. Lilly Meizner (far left) will have her poem Insecure published in the Spring Creative Communication Poetry Book. Callie Cappss poem Spring will be printed in the same publication. Also are Rebecca Kerigan and Chloe Focht who will have their poetry published in the Award-Winning Young Writers of America 2012 book. Kerigans poem is titled Nature Speaks, while Focht will see her poem, What My Family Means to Me in print. Not pictured is Carly Windolf, whose poem Days End and Nights Beginning will also be published in the Spring Creative Communication Poetry Book.VALERIE GARMAN | The Star Special to The StarKatie Joffe of Port St. Joe earned a Master of Medical Science from the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences of Mercer University during the spring commencement ceremony on the Universitys Atlanta Campus on May 12. The ceremony included more than 6,000 attendees, and more than 900 participants from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, Tift College of Education and College of Continuing and Professional Studies. In all, the University held ve ceremonies in the spring in Savannah, Macon and Atlanta and conferred more than 1,700 bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. About Mercer University: Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 11 schools and colleges liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at four regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is af liated with four teaching hospitals Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to eld an NCAA Division I athletic program. www.mercer.edu.PSJs Joffe graduates from Mercer University

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FAITHThursday, June 14, 2012 Page B4This business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week. www.starfl.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 COMFORTER FUNERAL HOMEW. P. Rocky ComforterL.F.D.(850) 227-1818 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) SUNDAY : WORSHIP AT SUNSETPARK 8 AM 11 AM ON THE 2ND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH SUNDAY: BIBLE CLASS 9:30 AM SATURDAY : COFFEE TIME 9 11 AM MONDAY : LIFETREE CAF 7 PM WEDNESDAY: MENS BIBLE STUDY 8 AM & WOMENS BIBLE STUDY 5 PM1602 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach, FL John Wayne Dady of Port St. Joe, Fla., a cherished member of the Church of God of Highland View, he was ushered into heaven by Jesus on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. He was preceded in death by his dad, John Angus Dady; and his brother, James Danny Dady of Highland View, Florida. His survivors include his wife of 47 years, Betty Joe Dady of Highland View; his daughter, Faith Bearden and husband, David Bearden of Highland View; son, John Wayne Edward Dady of Wewahitchka, Florida and wife, Deana Dady of Mulbury, Florida; also his beloved grandchildren, Brandi Dady, Rebekah Bearden, Jessika Turner and husband, Joey Turner of Highland View, John G. Dady of Wewahitchka and Austin Dady, Gunner Dady, Trenten Dady and Leigh Dady of Mulbury, Fla.; also his special beloved great-grands, Lee Lee Dady, Nathanyal and Conner White and Sonja Turner of Highland View; as well as a host of family, church family and friends. His memorial service was held at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Highland View Church of God with the Rev. Vickie Summers of ciating. He was loved by his mother Dollie L. Dady of Highland View.John Wayne DadyWilliam Philip Remington, 76 of Port St Joe passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at his residence. A memorial service will held in New York at a later date according to Southerland Family Funeral Home. William Philip RemingtonNo one person can ever make the pain of the loss of a loved one disappear, but the collective effort of many during such times can sure help ease the hurt. During the recent loss of our loved one, Courtney Erin McMillion, our son Zacs ance, we were reminded of how great a place we live in, not only because of the natural beauty of the area, but mostly because of the people. For sure, none of us are perfect, and yes, even during normal days some of us have tendencies to show our not so better side; but when part of the Gulf County Family is hurting, then the rest respond in ways that make us thankful to call this place home. It even seemed like, that for a short time, the MasonDixon Line at Cypress Creek disappeared as friends from each end of the county gathered in Wewa to comfort a family in their time of loss. So many gave their time to sit and talk, to bring food, or to offer help in any way. Thanks to all who were there for us it was very humbling and overwhelming. We still hurt and grieve, but each of you has challenged us to be better family members. Thanks is not enough, Steve, Becky, Zac, and Ashton NorrisGulf County is the greatestSpecial to The StarThe Sonlight Youth Choir and Band of Trinity United Methodist Church of Gainesville will perform a concert on their 2012 Summer Concert Tour in Port St. Joe, at 7 p.m. ET on June 21, outside, under the Sails at First United Methodist Church. This years concert promises a high-energy program with youth performing a collection of songs by Coldplay, James Taylor, Goo Goo Dolls, The Eagles, Dixie Chicks, Matthew West and others. Directed by DJ Head Jr., Sonlight provides the music for home churches worship service every Sunday with more than 60 voices and a full rhythm section and horn line. The instrumentalists and soloists are middle and high school students. Today, theres such a battle raging between faith and the contemporary world. Sonlight is such a unique musical ensemble in that we challenge these teens to take the common and translate it into a sacred and spiritual message as a way of helping them connect with God and themselves in their every day lives. It helps us look beyond that line that seems to separate the lives and bring those lives closer together. The music that we perform is speaking to this generation now, not unlike a parable or a Psalm. Some very powerful and life changing music, Head said. Simply put, Sonlights mission statement reads, We are a community of youth connected in faith, sharing diverse music to explore and express our love for God.Jesus prayed for the saved to be uni ed. He asked it of His Father before He died. He prayed for all to be as one, Just as the Father is with His Son. To be like Jesus we should strive, Lead others to Him while were alive. To be as one has a good ring. But its hard for us to agree on everything. To put Jesus rst and self last, Is the only way it will come to pass. Billy Johnson Obituaries Card of thanks Sonlight Youth Choir and band to perform at First United MethodistJESUS FIRST Special to The StarMembers of the Sonlight Youth Choir from Gainesville perform a concert. Sonlight will stop in Port St. Joe during their 2012 Summer Concert Tour.Sonlight is such a unique musical ensemble in that we challenge these teens to take the common and translate it into a sacred and spiritual message as a way of helping them connect with God and themselves in their every day lives.DJ Head Jr. Sonlight director

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Enriching Futures. Our experienced sta will help you choose a plan that suits your needs. Health Solutions for Individuals and Families Benet Plans for: Call 850-747-0288 Florida Blue is the trade name of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida depends upon the plan selected and the premium will vary with the amount Mike Nichols Your Local Agency for from green pastures in a house lled with knickknacks collected from years of traveling around the country. It is Baxter who saved the plaque and urn from the melting pot and Dumpster, respectively, and who contacted The News Herald in an attempt to solve the mystery. Baxter pulled his pickup truck in front of an abandoned home at 2321 State 71, paint peeling from the walls, a result of neglect. In the back of the property is a dilapidated shed, weathered and crumbling, where the plaque and remains of Lemon Hopkins were found. It was right back there, Baxter said as he pointed to the rickety shed. Baxter said the plaque was brought into his place of business, Grannys Hideaway, a local pub in Wewahitchka, a few years ago. Somebody wanted to dump it, Baxter said. I said no. It wasnt right and I said I would nd out who it was. I didnt have much luck. Until the newspaper story appeared in The News Herald this month. Now, the Hopkins family will take their father back to Pensacola and make sure the extended family knows Lemon Troy Hopkins has returned home for proper burial. The family, and those who have been searching for them, believes Lemon Hopkins can be buried in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola. We are going to get these ashes put in their proper place, Rickey Hopkins said. Im sure he is looking down from heaven and smiling.A window to homeIn the early 1970s, Rickey Hopkins was 12 years old. He had two younger brothers and a younger sister Lemon Troy Hopkins left behind. Hopkins said he believes his father had his own demons to deal with. Hopkins believes his father was in the Vietnam War, but he cant be sure. What he does know is his father had problems adjusting to society after being released from his Navy obligation. There was a lot going on back then, Hopkins said. It was a tragedy. Lemon Hopkins had died in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Tuskegee, Ala. Rickey Hopkins said the family has been scattered for years. He wondered if his father didnt care to visit them and often wondered where his father was, if he really was dead. He had heard rumors but never could con rm. Wendell Hopkins said he came down to visit his dad in the 1980s, but after that everyone lost touch. Everybody was doing their own thing, Wendell Hopkins said. I was doing a lot of traveling. Wendell Hopkins said he thought his father died but couldnt con rm the burial plot. He said he believed the third wife left his fathers remains behind, possibly in the shed along State 71. When Linda Husband called me was the rst time I knew he had died, Rickey Hopkins said, referring to the woman from Wewa who saw The News Heralds story and tracked down the family. That was earlier this week. Husband said she didnt know what to say when she nally reached Rickey Hopkins by telephone. He was silent for a minute then he said, Yes, maam, that was my dad, Husband said. It is just an amazing story.A healingOn a front porch, last Friday at midday, Rickey Hopkins gave kudos to Baxter. God touched his heart to do the right thing, Hopkins said with a smile. Baxter smiled, but he brushed the compliments aside and, like a good host, asked if anyone needed anything to drink. The Baxters, their newfound friends who helped search for the Hopkins family, and the Hopkins family all were sitting and talking, just like a family gathering. Sadly, Vickie said her mother did not want to come. She didnt think it was her place, Vickie said. Asked how her mother took the news her ex-husbands remains were found, Vickie lowered her voice and said: She cried. Lemon Hopkins and their mother were married 17 years. But, overall, the gathering was upbeat. After being away for 26 years, Lemon Troy Hopkins is coming home. As Rickey Hopkins gathered up his father into his arms, carrying the remains to the cars, the Baxter family and friends wished the Hopkins family the best. They are taking him home where his family will know where he is at, Baxter said. And we can visit him when ever we want, said Vickie, smiling. VETERAN from page B1Although technology and research has improved, it is still dif cult to know whether the turtle population is increasing or declining. Its dif cult to tell with turtles because theyre long-lived, Lamont said. When I rst came (to this area) there were a lot of nests, and it declined, but it declined nationally. In the past few years, weve seen an increase. Lamont said they have seen more nests on the Cape this year than ever before, with 25 turtles tagged this season, and the peak nesting season still approaching. Lamont started tagging turtles more than a decade ago as a dissertation project while studying at the University of Florida, and estimates more than 500 turtles have been tagged since then. She began using ipper tags, small metal tags with a serial number that clamp to a turtles ipper, a process the group still uses in addition to satellite tagging. I came to do my dissertation and I just never left, she said. It started with two of us tagging in ve kilometers of Eglinit just got more and more interesting. She said every day is an adventure for the research group on the Cape. In 2010, a 9-foot alligator took up residence on their survey path and hissed and growled at the interns as they rode by. Theyve seen bears and bobcats, tons of storms, broken down vehicles and vehicles stuck in the sand. The beach is also patrolled every morning from 6:30-11 a.m. by a group of volunteers who mark nests and gather information to track the hatching success of the turtles. Sea turtles nest about every two to three years and nest several times during that nesting year, Lamont said, so the group often sees the same tagged turtle several times a year, and sometimes years later. Lamont remembered one turtle she has seen about 13 or 14 times through the years. She even remembered the serial number on her tag. Every year you want to see what turtles will come, Lamont said. Its like youre seeing an old friend. Track the group of turtles satellite tagged on Cape San Blas here: www.seaturtle.org/tracking/?project_id530 TURTLE from page B1Prizes will be awarded in various categories for parade participants. All participants will be winners, Carlene Parker said. They will all get something. They are all stars. One thing this event shows is that you dont need big money to put on a good event. Follow the parade from First Street down Reid Avenue to City Commons because next will be a pie baking contest and auction. Those wishing to enter the contest are asked to bake two. We are asking for two, one for the judges and one to be auctioned off for future events, Dana Boyer said. First place in the judging will earn the baker $100, second $75 and third $50. In addition, Steamers will be sponsoring a hot dog eating contest at City Commons, the event to begin at 7 p.m. There will also be lemonade sold and, for the young at heart, a watermelon-seed spitting contest. This event will be giving visitors and residents a place to gather and have fun before the reworks, Marie Todd of the Merchants Committee said. The Chamber of Commerce, the TDC and the BOCC have provided support in various ways. This shows it is a community event, Boyer said. Throughout the festivities, Mayor Mel Magidson and his brother Guerry, president of the board of the Chamber of Commerce, will serve as masters-of-ceremony. Theyve been told we want a Smothers Brotherstype of routine, and they said that would be no problem, Boyer said. There are also plans, though not yet nalized, for a dunking booth, a way to drench an elected of cial or candidate or two during the afternoon and evening. There will also be a facepainter on hand for the kids as well as other activities for the wee ones. For information on the pie baking contest, contact Boyer at 227-3777. For more information about the parade and other events, call Gail Alsobrook at 229-6899 or Todd at 227-1950. For those wishing to participate in the SaltAir Farmers Market, contact John Parker at 404-906-2637. Enthusiasm is building among the volunteers, and enthusiasm is building in the public, Boyer said. This is everybodys celebration. Its a community event. People have really bought into it. DOWNTOWN from page B1

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Star Staff ReportA two-day nature photo workshop led by nature photographers Bill and Marcia Boothe will be held at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Friday and Saturday, June 15-16. During the workshop participants will access the Buffer Preserve via vehicles or tram to take photographs which will be reviewed and post-processed in Lightroom in an indoor class session. In the evening, photographers will have the opportunity to shoot spectacular sunsets. Workshop participants will also have the chance to enter their photos in the At the Buffer and St. Joseph Bay or other categories in the upcoming Nature Photo Contest. Participants must bring a digital camera (DSLR or point and shoot) and its manual. It is not required, but, if possible, they also should bring a laptop on which to review their photos. Trial copies of Lightroom will be provided to participants. A basic knowledge of how to use a camera is expected this class is not intended for those who do not know the basic operation of their camera. You may see some of the Boothes photos at their website, NatureInFocus. com. Bill Boothe, a professional naturalist and wildlife photographer, and his wife Marcia now reside in the Florida Panhandle, an area where wildlife and wild owers abound. Through the camera lens, they share their vision of the inner beauty of nature that surrounds each of us. Bill began his professional photographic career in the early 1990s. His photos have won numerous awards and have been published in nature-oriented books, magazines, and websites. Through his natural history classes and wildlife photography workshops, he has inspired others to become better stewards of our natural world. As an active supporter of environmental causes, he has donated time and images to conservation organizations. Bill and Marcia Boothe have served on the Board of the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves for almost six years. Details on the workshop schedule and fees are still being nalized, but it is anticipated that the estimated cost will range from $50 to $70. Friends of St. Joseph Buffer Preserves will receive a discounted price. Minimum class size is 10. For participants convenience, overnight lodging in shared rooms at the Preserves Center will be available on a limited basis. To register or get more information, please contact Bill Boothe at PhotoNaturalist@NatureInFocus.com or 643-2583. Nature Photo Contest The Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves is sponsoring its second Nature Photo Contest with an entry deadline of Monday, Aug. 27. Winning photos will be exhibited beginning Sept. 8 at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art and later at the Buffer Preserves Center. Once again, the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture, and Art is graciously allowing us to use its facilities to exhibit winning photos in Apalachicola. This year, photos will be exhibited at the same time as locally renowned nature photographer John Spohrer. Entry fees from this annual event will bene t the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves. Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves pay discounted fees. The hope is that some of the exhibited photos showcasing the natural beauty of St. Joseph Bay and surrounding region will inspire others to protect the natural areas and heritage of St. Joseph Bay. Download entry form and contest rules at stjosephbaypreserves. org/photo-contest. Entries must be received by Monday August 27. To register or get more information, please contact Bill Boothe. LocalB6 | The Star Thursday, June 14, 2012 Trades & Services 227-7847 GET YOUR AD INServicesCALL TODAY! 229-1324 PROFESSIONAL FLOOR CARE, INC.Residential and Commercial Carpet and Upholstery CleaningServing the entire Gulf Coast area Ceramic Tile and Grout Cleaning RVs Cars Trucks Vans 24 Hour Emergency Water Extraction J.J.s Tree Service, LLC Stump Grinder Licensed & Insured Call John : (850) 899-8432 Dri Brite Brite 850-229-966315 Years of Service!Steam Cleaning & Remediation 24 Hour Water Extraction From A to ZPO Box 364Port St. Joe, FL 32457850-340-0756 Gregs Handyman Service & Lawn Maintenance GETYOURADIN CALLTODAY! 227-7847 Special to The Star This past Tuesday, June 12, a new food pantry opened in Port St. Joe to help feed the needy and hungry in Gulf County. The food pantry will be open from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET at the North Port St. Joe Community Resource Center in the Washington Improvement Group building at 401 Peters Street in Port St. Joe. The food pantry will offer individuals and families in Gulf County canned goods and nonperishable food items that have been collected from a variety of sources including donations from various churches, supermarkets and community food drives. The food pantry will open and distribute food at least once a month depending on community need. In order to receive food items, individuals must: Be a resident of Gulf County (must show proof of address such as a bill) Show picture ID Submit a completed application form by noon the Friday before the food pantry opens for distribution. Applications are available at the Port St. Joe Community Resource Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET (closed from noon 1 p.m. daily for lunch). The food pantry is the latest community service now available at the Port St. Joe Community Resource Center. In February 2012, the Center officially opened and began offering a variety of free services to the community including job search assistance, career and financial counseling, access to emergency assistance, and referrals to other resources/services. The food pantry is operated by the Gulf Coast Workforce Board in partnership with the Washington Improvement Group and the Christian Community Development Fund with funding and support from the Fund for Gulf Communities/Catholic Charities as well as support from many churches in and around Port St. Joe, Florida.Special to The StarBring your kids and support a great cause, this Saturday, June 16, with giant water slides, bouncy houses, games, food and more. The event, sponsored by the Karate School of Port St. Joe, was rescheduled from last Saturday due to inclement weather and is being held in Frank Pate Park at the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and State Highway 71 beginning at 10 a.m. ET. All proceeds collected will help Karate School students pay for summer camp at the National U.S. Tong Soo Do Alliance headquarters in West Virginia. Unlimited access to all of the rides all day long will come with the onsite purchase of a $10 wristband. Cool off with a sno cone, cotton candy, popcorn and more. Food and beverages are not included in the ride price. For more information call 527-4691. FOOD PANTRY FEEDS NEEDS IN GULF COUNTY WATER CARNIVAL RESCHEDULED Nature Photo Workshop, Photo Contest

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CLASSIFIEDSThursday, June 14, 2012 The Star | B7 BP Claims ProgramThis communication includes new information and claims procedures for individuals and businesses who wish to le a claim with BP under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA). The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has granted preliminary approval to the economic and property damage settlement between BP and plaintiffs in MDL 2179 concerning the Deepwater Horizon Incident (Settlement). If the Court grants nal approval of the settlement, individuals and businesses falling within the Settlements class de nition will be bound by the terms of the settlement unless the class member timely exercises the class members right to opt out of the settlement. Information concerning the Court-Supervised Settlement Program, including the right to opt out, may be found at www.DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com or by calling 1-866-992-6174. Individuals and businesses that do not fall with the Settlements class de nition or that timely opt out of the Settlement may le claims under OPA with BP. This includes claims for interim, short-term damages representing less than the full amount to which the claimant may ultimately be entitled. Access to forms Effective June 4, 2012, claim forms for the BP Claims Program are available at www.bp.com/claims or may be requested by calling 1-855-687-2631. All claim forms for the BP Claims Program must be submitted in one of the following ways: By mail: BP Claims Program P.O. 330919 Houston, TX 77233-0919 By email: Scanned forms can be sent to: bpclaimsprogram@bp.com By fax: Faxed forms can be submitted to 1-866-542-4785 Additional information: Online: www.bp.com/claims By Phone: 1-855-687-2631 (toll-free, multilingual) TTY: 1-800-345-4039. For any claims under OPA that are denied or that are not resolved within 90 days after the date of submission to the BP Claims Program the claimant may, provided presentment and other requirements of law are satis ed, elect to commence an action in court against BP, or to present the claim to the NPFC, US Coast Guard Stop 7100 (ca), 4200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1000, Arlington, Virginia 20598-7100 for consideration. The NPFC may be contacted at 1-800-280-7118. 87540S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Wells Fargo Bank OBO Tax Liens 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: Tax Sale Certificate No. 349 Application No. 2012-26 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No. 01511-060R Description of Property: Commence at the Northeast Corner of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 2, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence run North 89 degrees 50 minutes 50 seconds West, along the Northerly Boundary line of said Section 2, for a distance of 492.15 feet; thence leaving said Northerly Boundary line of Section 2, run South 00 degrees 28 minutes 57 seconds West for a distance of 37.58 feet to the approximate Southerly Right-of-Way line of Kate Glass Road per County maintenance and occupation for the POINT OF BEGINNING. From said Point of Beginning, thence continue South 00 degrees 28 minutes 57 seconds West for a distance of 218.00 feet; thence run North 89 degrees 31 minutes 02 seconds West for a distance of 100.00 feet; thence run North 00 degrees 28 minutes 57 seconds East for a distance of 218.00 feet to the aforesaid approximate Southerly Right-of-Way line of Kate Glass Road per County maintenance and occupation; thence run South 89 degrees 31 minutes 02 seconds East along said approximate Southerly Right-of-Way line, for a distance of 100.00 feet to the Point of Beginning. Said lands lying in and being a portion of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 2, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida and having an area of 0.500 Acres, more or less. Name in which assessed: Harold C Lester & Robin L. Lester. 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 18th day of July, 2012. Dated this 12th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 2012 87394S PUBLIC NOTICE On May 15, 2012, an application was filed with the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., requesting its consent to the assignment of license of Station WPBH(FM), Port St. Joe, Florida (93.5 MHz), from the Aloha Station Trust, LLC to Omni Broadcasting, LLC. The sole member of the Assignor, the Aloha Station Trust, LLC, is Jeanette Tully. The officers, directors, and members owning more than a 10% interest in the Assignee, Omni Broadcasting, LLC, are Ron H. Hale, Jr., James F. Hale, and Jennifer F. Hale. A copy of the application is on file for public inspection at 1834 Lisenby Avenue, Panama City, Florida, during normal business hours. May 31, 2012 June 7, 14, 21, 2012 87538S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Wells Fargo Bank OBO Tax Liens 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: Tax Sale Certificate No. 482 Application No. 2012-25 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No. 01888-180R Description of Property: Commence at a 4 square concrete monument marking the Southwest Corner of Oak Gardens Unit II, according to the official map or plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 20, in the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida; thence North 00 Degrees 00 Minutes 43 Seconds West along the West, boundary line of Oak Gardens Unit II, 10.00 feet; thence South 89 Degrees 05 Minutes 48 Seconds West, along the Northerly right of way boundary line of Pridgeon Street, 114.00 feet for the POINT OF BEGINNING. From said Point of Beginning, continue South 89 Degrees 05 Minutes 48 Seconds West, 50.00 feet; thence leaving said right of way boundary line, North 00 Degrees 00 Minutes 43 Seconds West, 105.00 feet; thence North 89 Degrees 05 Minutes 48 Seconds East, 50.00 feet; thence South 00 Degrees 00 Minutes 43 Seconds East, 105.00 feet to the Point of Beginning. Said parcel having an area of 0.12 acres, more or less. Name in which assessed: Taunton Development Inc. 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 18th day of July, 2012. Dated this 12th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 2012 87542S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Wells Fargo Bank OBO Tax Liens 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: Tax Sale Certificate No. 1351 Application No. 2012-27 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No. 05444-010R Description of Property: Lot 6, Block 89, according to the Official map of the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, recorded in the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Steven P. Kerigan 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 18th day of July, 2012. Dated this 12th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 2012 87711S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Visionary Distributors LC, 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: 319 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-21 R.E. No. 01785-010R Description of Property: COMMENCING at the NW. Corner of the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 23, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, thence run East 402 feet to the South side of Old Panama City Wewahitchka Public Road; thence run 316.8 feet, more or less, Southeasterly along the Southern boundary line of said Public Road, for POINT OF BEGINNING, thence running due South to an Iron Pipe, which iron pipe is 135 yards South of the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence run East 85 yards, thence run South 85 yards, thence run West 85 yards, thence run North 85 yards to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Containing 1 1/2 acres, more or fees. And being in the NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 of Section 23, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida. LESS AND EXCEPT: That Deeded to Odell Jones, as per Deed recorded in O. R. Book 81, Page 524, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. (Now owned by Augusta C. Russ, as per Deed recorded in O. R. Book 361, Page 256, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida, Having a Parcel ID#01785-002R). PARCEL NO. II: COMMENCE at the NW. Corner of NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 of Section 23, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, thence run East 402 feat, to the Old Panama City Wewahitchka Public Road, thence in a Southeasterly direction along the Southerly side of said Public Road 647.4 feet. thence run South 250 feet, for a POINT OF BEGINNING, thence West 75 feet, thence South 237 1/2 feet. thence East 75 feet, thence North 237 1/2 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. All in the NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 of Section 23, Township 4 South, Range 10 West. Name in which assessed: Gwendolyn Jackson 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 11th day of July, 2012. Dated this 5th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012 87544S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Wells Fargo Bank OBO Tax Liens 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: Tax Sale Certificate No. 1035 Application No. 2012-28 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No. 03451-015R Description of Property: Lot 3, Block B of Wetappo Creek Estates, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 7, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Gary D.McPherson & Jaronia McPherson 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 18th day of July, 2012. Dated this 12th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 2012 87713S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Nicole Seybold, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certifi-cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 290 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-22 R.E. No. 01570-100R Description of Property: A portion of Section 11, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows: COMMENCE at the NW. Comer of said Section 11, thence along the North line of said Section 11, South 89 Degrees 57 Minutes 59 Seconds East for 1168.83 feet, thence South 00 Degrees 02 Minutes 01 Second West for 44.48 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence South 13 Degrees 25 Minutes 03 Seconds West for 560.00 feet; thence North 46 Degrees 34 Minutes 57 Seconds West for 560.00 feet; thence North 73 degrees 25 Minutes 03 Seconds East for 560.00 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING. ALSO: A non-exclusive perpetual easement on, over and across the following description: A portion of Section 11, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows: COMMENCE at the NW. Corner of said Section 11, thence along the North line of said Section 11, South 89 Degrees 57 Minutes 59 Seconds East for 1016.06 feet to a point on the Southwesterly R/W line of Stone Mill Creek Road, said point being on the arc of a non-tangent curve concave to the NE; thence Southeasterly along said Southwesterly R/W line along the arc of said curve, having a radius of 768.00 feet, a central angle of 02 Degrees 21 Minutes 18 Seconds, an arc distance of 31.57 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING (chord to said curve bears South 70 Degrees 58 Minutes 50 Seconds East for 31.57 feet) thence continue Southeasterly along said R/W line along the arc of said curve, having a radius of 768.00 feet, through a central angle of 13 Degrees 24 Minutes 43 Seconds, an arc distance of 179.77 feet (chord to said curve bears South 78 Degrees 51 Minutes 51 Seconds East for 179.36 feet), thence leaving said R/W line North 89 Degrees 37 Minutes 01 Second West for 153.17 feet; thence South 13 Degrees 25 Minutes 03 Seconds West for 481.14 feet; thence North 46 Degrees 34 Minutes 57 Seconds West for 34.64 feet, thence North 13 Degrees 25 Minutes 03 Seconds East for 491.22 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Name in which assessed: AT & T Wireless Services of Florida, Inc. 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 11th day of July, 2012. Dated this 5th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012 87715S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Nicole Seybold, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certifi-cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 25 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-23 R.E. No. 00334-048R Description of Property: The South 1/2 of Lot 5, Block 5, of Howard Creek Properties, an unrecorded Subdivision of that portion of the West 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of Section 5, Township 7 South, Range 8 West, Gulf County, Florida, lying South of State Road No. S-387; Also described as follows: COMMENCE at the Southeast Corner of the SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 5, Township 7 South, Range 8 West, Gulf County, Florida, thence North 89 Degrees 51 Minutes 35 Seconds West along the South line of said Section 5 for 20 feet; thence North 0 Degrees 09 Minutes 25 Seconds East parallel with the East line of said SW 1/4 of SW 1/4 for 250 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence continue North 0 Degrees 09 Minutes 25 Seconds East for 75 feet, thence North 89 Degrees 51 Minutes 35 Seconds West for 140 feet; thence South 0 Degrees 09 Minutes 25 Seconds West for 75 feet; thence South 89 Degrees 51 Minutes 35 Seconds East for 140 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. ALSO: The North 1/2 of the East 1/2 of Lot #6, Block 5, Howard Creek Properties, an unrecorded Subdivision of that portion of the West 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of Section 5, Township 7 South, Range 8 West, Gulf County, Florida, lying South of State Road No. S-387; also described as follows: COMMENCE at the Southeast Corner of the SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 5, Township 7 South, Range 8 West, Gulf County, Florida, thence North 89 Degrees 51 Minutes 35 Seconds West along the South line of said Section 5 for 20 feet; thence North 0 Degrees 09 Minutes 25 Seconds East parallel with the East line of said, SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 for 175 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence continue North 0 Degrees 09 Minutes 25 Seconds East for 75 feet; thence North 89 Degrees 51 Minutes 35 Seconds West for 140 feet, thence South 0 Degrees 09 Minutes 25 Seconds West for 75 feet, thence South 89 Degrees 51 Minutes 35 Seconds East for 140 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Name in which assessed: James E. Watford, Jr. 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 11th day of July, 2012. Dated this 5th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012 87715S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Nicole Seybold, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certifi-cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 797 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-24 R.E. No. 03391-011R Description of Property: COMMENCE at the Northwest Corner of SW 1/4 of SW 1/4 of Section 32, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, and running South along 40 line for 120 feet; thence turn right and run West for 350 feet to County Road, thence turn left and run South for 120 feet along right of way of County Road; thence run East for 350 feet to the West line of the SW 1/4 of SW 1/4 of said Section, thence run North for 120 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING Name in which assessed: Valerie Dodds 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 11th day of July, 2012. Dated this 5th day of June, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012 87717S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012 CA 000105 CENTENNIAL BANK, as successor in interest to BAYSIDE SAVINGS BANK, Plaintiff, vs. TIMOTHY M. HIGHTOWER; LARRY LEE HIGHTOWER; JEFF HIGHTOWER, RANDY LYNN HIGHTOWER; JOANN SHIVER; ANNETTE FAY HIGHTOWER; CHRISTINA STRADER; SHEILA RUTH REGISTER; DOVE INVESTMENT CORPORATION, successor in interest to CHASE BANK, USA, N.A.; CAPITAL CITY BANK; and any unknown heirs of Martin F. Hightower or, or any other parties claiming an interest in the estate of Martin F. Hightower, deceased, and any unknown heirs of Charlotte L. Sims a/k/a Charlotte L. Hightower, or any other parties claiming an interest in the Estate of Charlotta L. Sims a/k/a Charlotta L. Hightower, deceased. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: All persons claiming by, through, under, or against the estate of Martin F. Hightower, deceased, who died on December 16, 2011 and/or Charlotte L. Sims a/k/a Charlotte L. Hightower, deceased, who died on February 2, 2011. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage lien on real property and a security interest lien on personal pro-perty located Gulf County, Florida described as follows: Real Property Lot 8, Block 47 of CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, according to an official plat thereof on file in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida. Personal Property Together with all the improvements now or hereafter erected on the property, and all easements, appurtenances, and fixtures now or hereafter a part of the property. All replacements and additions. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Megan F. Fry, Esquire, the plaintiffs attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 13010., Pensacola, Florida 32591-3010 on or before July 2, 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. DATED this 23rd day of May, 2012. BECKY NORRIS Clerk of the Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk June 7, 14, 2012 87795S PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES City of Port St. Joe, Florida RFP No. 2012-02 **Re-Advertisement** The City of Port St. Joe is requesting sealed bids through June 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM, ET, from qualified Information Technology Companies to conduct Computer Hardware and Software Services for all City Computer Systems as needed. 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. A Certificate of Liability Insurance of $1,000,000 for General Liability must also be included in the bid proposal. All previous bidders must re-submit a bid proposal to qualify. 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 may be addressed to: Charlotte Pierce, City Clerk City of Port St. Joe (850)229-8261 Ext 129 June 14, 21, 2012 87791S NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP THE BOARD OF CITY COMMISSION WILL HOLD A FAIR HOUSING WORKSHOP AS A PART OF THEIR REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING ON: WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 TIME: 6:00 P.M. WHERE: Commission Chambers RE: Fair Housing Workshop IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, Persons needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding should contact Charlotte Pierce, City Clerk, City of Port St. Joe, at City Hall, ph. 850/229-8261. June 14, 2012 87799S PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2012-04 CITY OF PORT ST. JOE SEWER GRINDER PUMP STATIONS JUNE 2012 This project includes supplying grinder pumps stations for the Citys low pressure sewage system. The grinder stations will be purchased by the City for a set unit price in multiples of 5. This contract price shall be in effect for two years. Contract Documents and Specifications can be obtained at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, (850)229-8261 or by visiting the Citys web site at www. cityofportstjoe.com.The bid must conform to Section 287.133(3) Florida Statutes, on public entity crimes. Bids will be received until 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, on July 13. 2012 at City of Port St. Joe. City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd. Port St. Joe. Florida 32456 and will be opened and read publicly Immediately thereafter. All bids shall be submitted in an envelope clearly marked Sealed BidCity of Port St. Joe Sewer Grinder Pump Stations June 2012. The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to reject any and all bids. All bids shall be firm for a period of 60 days after opening. June 14, 21, 2012 Publishers Notice SCAM To avoid possible scams, it is recommended that consumers should verify caller information when receiving calls regarding credit card payments. Consumers should also contact the local company themselves instead of giving this information to individuals who are contacting them directly.

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B8| The Star Thursday, June 14, 2012 CLASSIFIEDS Sales/Business DevInteractive Sales ManagerAre you passionate about providing the best media solutions to your customers? Floridas Freedom Interactive Newspapers, is seeking a hands-on Interactive Sales Manager with a track record of driving revenue in multiplatform environments. You will be responsible for coaching, mentoring and developing your sales team with the goal of aggressively increasing revenue. Included within your sphere of responsibility are the following: Developing new revenue streams, setting sales goals, field coaching and managing sales performance -making this a very hands on leadership role. The Interactive Sales Manager will foster an attitude of exceptional customer service and provide motivation, leadership and fresh ideas to the selling process. Position Requirements: Proven sales experience in digital products Experience developing and leading a high performing sales team Vision and passion to drive growth in interactive sales Strong analytical ability to budget forecast and effectively utilize market research The successful candidate will lead cross-selling efforts in print and digital solutions and must possess a demonstrated expertise with the Internet. A college degree in advertising or marketing is preferred but not required. Sales Experience and previous media management experience is preferred. Florida Freedom offers an excellent benefit package including health, dental, vision and life insurance, 401(k) plan, vacation and sick leave. This role offers a chance to live and work along Floridas Emerald Coast encompassing 24 miles of pristine white-sand beaches stretching along the Gulf of Mexico. If this sounds like the right mix of challenge and opportunity, please e-mail your resume or contact me at either of the following addresses: E-Mail: sfeith@notes.freedom.com http://www.facebook.com/#!/skfeith http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=1999909&trk =tab_pro https://twitter.com/#!/skfeith For more information about our organization please go to: freedom.com/careers Web ID#: 34211062 Outside Sales Representative An exciting opportunity now exists to join The News Herald. We are searching for enthusiastic, hard-working, and driven Outside Sales Representatives to join our team! Job Description The News Herald is looking for motivated sales professionals to establish footholds in their local markets by providing products and services to businesses. The Outside Sales Representatives duties may include but are not limited to: Cold call and prospect new territory opportunities. Introduce business owners to programs via presentation, answer detailed questions and maintain that relationship. Requirements Have strong work ethic Experience presenting advertising materials to a variety of businesses Cold calling experience Reliable Transportation Experience handling warm leads and prospecting for new leads. Field Sales, Business to Business Sales (B2B), Inside Sales, Outside Sales, or Outbound Sales experience ( Preferred) We Offer: Room for advancement and career opportunity Bonuses Dynamic Monthly Residual Compensation Bonus programs Introductory and Ongoing Training Business Materials including phone, laptop and IPad, business cards, sales material and product knowledge information 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.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: JOB NOTICEThe City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3445) is accepting applications for the following positions:Utility Service Worker Public Works DepartmentPlease 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 position will close on June 29, 2012. The entry level salary for a Utility Service Worker will be $12.08 per hr. 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 position:Full time Police Of cerPlease 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 position will close on June 29, 2012. The entry level salary for a Police Of cer will be $15.50 per hr. not including bene ts. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. CLEANERS CLEANERS NEEDED NEEDEDLots of Work and Good Pay Must have Own Vehicle Must have Own SuppliesCALL 850.227.3806 HELP WANTEDPort St. Joe LocationTWO POSITIONSSales / O ce Warehouse / Delivery 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; +/-4915,000sf; $12 psf mod gross 316 & 318 Reid Avenue Of ce /Retail; +/1,700sf; Can be subdivided; $13.25psf 103 Reid Avenue Great of ce/retail location ready for occupancy; $10 psf mod gross 219 Reid Avenue Of ce/Retail;+/-5400 sf; sub dividable $7 psf mod gross (former Goodwill) 101 Reid Avenue Seven of ce suites avail starting at $400 mo plus pro rata CAM 235 W. Gulf Beach Drive Of ce/Retail;+/-800sf-1800;$14psfmod 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 Sale217 W. River Road Wewahitchka+/-9,000sf; retail building; next to Richs IGA; +/-1 acre; on-site; avail for lease; inquire for terms. $500,000223 Monument Avenue Four city lots fronting Hwy 98; $375,000 Loggerhead 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 DriveCorner lot entry to Marina Cove : .14 acres; High visibility site; Call for detailsMarina Cove Lots 12, 13, & 14; $375,000 PSJ Commerce Park+/6.5 acre site : $119,900; owner nancing available235 W. Gulf Beach Drive St. George Island Of ce/Retail; +/-5,335sf multi-tenant bldg St. George Island; Also avail for lease; $399,000 RENTALS1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH, UNFURNISHED APT. Lanark, Remodeled, Inc. Water ......................$425 2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH, UNFURNISHED APT. Lanark ............................................................$400 2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH, MOBILE HOME Fenced Yard ....................................................$500 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, UNFURNISHED Doublewide.....................................................$700 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, WATER VIEW HOME Unfurnished, Lawn Inc. ...................................$800 2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH, UNFURNISHED APT. Small Porch ....................................................$375 2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, MOBILE HOME Large Yard ......................................................$500 108 S. E. AVE. A CARRABELLE, FLORIDA 32322850-697-9604 850-323-0444 www.seacrestre.comwww. rst tness.com/carrabellePROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND RENTALS Adopt: Doctor, caring family lovingly waits for miracle 1st baby *Monica* 800552-0045*FLBar42311* Expenses Paid* Port St. Joe 118 Bridgeport Lane. Saturday June 16th 8:00 am-11:00 amYARD SALEMoving: furniture, household & more Text FL13154 to 56654 Port St. Joe, 1002 Ave A, Sat/ Sun 6/16 & 17,Big SaleFurniture & misc household items. Text 13268 to 56654 St Joe Beach107 Ocean Ridge Lane. Thurs, Fri, & Sat. 9am-4pmGarage SaleWasher, dryer, linens kitchen items, living room. dining room, bedroom furniture, TVs and everything for the home. Wewahitchka 215 Charles Ave, White City. June 15th & June 16th. 8:00 -4:00 .HUGE 4-FAMILY YARD SALEFurniture, appliances, grill, books, collectibles, new belly rings, linens and much, much more. Rain cancels. Text FL12706 to 56654 GUN SHOWSanta Rosa County Auditorium, Milton, FL. 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