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Title: The star
Uniform Title: Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: W.S. Smith
Place of Publication: Port St. Joe Fla
Publication Date: 12-13-2012
Frequency: weekly
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1937.
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By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The Gulf County School Board voted unanimously last week to request a special election in the spring to ask voters to approve a one mil additional operating levy. In effect, the board is asking that voters continue their support expressed four years ago when a one mil additional operating levy was approved by ballot. The district is in the nal scal year in which it will receive that levy, which sunsets after four years. If the voters support us, we will be able to maintain education as we know it, said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton while asking the board to move forward on a full mil levy. If they do not, we would be a lot less viable. We are trying to maintain our viability in a tough economy. The board unanimously approved a resolution requesting that the Board of County Commissioners, which must sign off on any county-wide special election, agree to conduct a special election on March 5, 2013. Not yet decided is whether the election will be conducted by mailed ballots, reducing the costs, as was the case four years ago. Norton and board chair Linda Wood said they would look at the most economical way to conduct the election with Supervisor of Elections-elect John Hanlon. Simply, the math is tilting against the district. In the past four years since the additional operating levy was approved, declining property values have eroded the value of one mil and the district has realized roughly $4 million less than was projected in the run-up to the vote. In that same span, the district budget has fallen from roughly $21 million to under $16 million. Norton emphasized that school property taxes fell by 5 percent this past year alone. But with declining enrollment the district has lost almost 400 students the past decade and Port St. Joe Elementary alone is projected to be down another 40 students next year the funding from the state, based on enrollment and the property tax base, has left the district ghting an operational shortfall for several years. By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com In an about face the Gulf County Board of Commissioners said it would leave it to the local RESTORE committee to decide when and how they would hire outside expertise as the RESTORE Act process moves forward Commissioners had twice voted to move ahead with hiring former commissioner Bill Williams in some capacity, but county attorney Jeremy Novak said during Tuesdays regular meeting that hiring Williams would present some prohibitions. Novak said he received an advisory opinion from the Florida Commission on Ethics pertaining to the issue of hiring Williams, who left of ce last month, to work for the BOCC in some capacity as a resource/lobbyist for the RESTORE Act. Williams, as an of cer with Florida Association of Counties, had been a key local player in the RESTORE Act and at his nal meeting last month Commissioner Carmen McLemore moved, and the full board approved, moving ahead with hiring Williams. At the last BOCC meeting, Williams successor in the District 3 seat, Joanna Bryan, had attempted to halt the attorney exploring the options in hiring Williams but her motion died due to a 2-2 vote among board members present. Novak said the Ethics Commission wrote that the county could hire Williams to work for the county, but that there were strict prohibitions against Williams representing a third party before the By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Joanna Bryan, newly-elected County Commissioner for District 3, suggested Tuesday that commissioners examine changes for a more detailed approach to the commission agendas. The topic rst arose as representatives of the Gulf County School District came before the Board of County Commissioners, per law, asking the BOCC to honor a request from the School Board to hold a special election next spring on extending the districts one mil additional operating levy (see related story A1). The School Board is required to request the BOCC for the special election. My only issue is why this wasnt on the agenda, Bryan said. We werent given any opportunity to receive comment from our constituents on this. Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton said the request to the county was largely a procedural one and that he was following the process used four years ago when the School Board rst asked for the additional mil operating levy. We are following the exact process as four years ago, as dictated by law, Norton said. We have acted as fast as we could. By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com An investigation by the ofce of State Attorney Glenn Hess into extortion charges against a local political action committee and its president remains under review said David Angier, public information of cer for Hesss of ce. It is still considered an open investigation, Angier wrote in an email and therefore the le is not available to the public. This newspaper has asserted that as the original le was closed Oct. 16, that le should be public record. A formal public record request for the le was turned down, Angier wrote, due to the ongoing review. Hess closed the investigation by letter to Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigator Matthew Herring on Oct. 16. In his letter, Hess wrote that people would disagree as to whether the alleged charges of extortion were anything more than dirty politics not rising to the level of criminality. A prosecutors responsibility is to charge crimes when the facts can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, Hess wrote. In this instance the question is whether there was a crime or just dirty politics. Reasonable people could well differ. However, the case was reported by Angier to be reopened after an Oct. 25 50 For breaking news, visit www.starfl.com Thursday, DECEMBER 13, 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 . . . . . . . . . . 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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 75, NUMBER 9 Program broadens horizons for students with learning challenges B1 District will ask voters for assistance If the voters support us, we will be able to maintain education as we know it. Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton See VOTERS A3 ebbie Hooper of joebay.com provided this aerial this week showing that the moving of the keepers quarters at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse has been completed. The quarters are being kept on temporary moorings until disposition of the lighthouse and buildings are determined by the National Parks Service. Stones House Movers out of Sneads did the moving as subcontractor to CCI Contractors out of Shalimar. Lighthouse move complete D Hiring former commissioner a dead issue SPECIAL TO THE STAR CAPE SAN BLAS LIGHTHOUSE See COMMISSIONER A2 Bryan questions BOCC agenda See BOCC A2 Extortion investigation by state attorney remains under review See INVESTIGATION A3

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Local A2 | The Star Thursday, December 13, 2012 County attorney Jeremy Novak said the agenda for BOCC meetings is set by noon on Wednesday of the week before the meeting and that the School Board had held its meeting and adopted the resolution for the special election last Thursday. Bryan pressed her point on the agenda. We are a representative form of government, Bryan said. We also have a job to do. There is a reason you have to come to the county commission. This is not a rubber stamp. Why wasnt this put on the agenda? Commissioner Carmen McLemore wondered why the issue was on the November ballot when 80 percent of the countys registered voters cast ballots. Norton said the board was newly-con gured after the election, that the district operates on a different budget cycle from the county and that the board had just nished with the current scal year and was trying to be proactive in looking ahead to the next scal year. Norton and Novak also noted a 60-day window in which the issue was sit before further action on the special election can be taken. My point is it could have been placed on the agenda, Bryan said. It is not just this but other issues that have come before the commission. This gives no opportunity to hear from my constituents. I think things should be placed on the agenda when we are going to vote for them. Commissioner Warren Yeager agreed to a point. We do need to make sure that everything we discuss, where humanly possible, should be on the agenda. The BOCC voted 5-0 to approve the special election, but Bryan later returned to the subject of the agenda. Citing how the city of Port St. Joe conducts its business, providing a detailed agenda and allowing public comment, but no voting, on anything not on the agenda, Bryan asked her fellow commissioners to consider changes to how the agenda is drafted. She said having a complete agenda of what will be coming before the BOCC would allow for more informed decisions from commissioners after hearing from constituents and argued that the greater transparency would bring more well-rounded decisions. Bryan also cited an advisory opinion from the Florida Attorney General which recommended city and county boards should not vote on potentially controversial issues that have not been properly noticed and placed on the agenda. I agree, Yeager said. I think some of the things that come before the board could be workshopped. Yeager also agreed that commissioners should take a closer look at the drafting of agendas. Bryan added that feedback from constituents during the election indicated a disappointment with the decision of the BOCC to move regular meetings from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m., during the work day. She said history showed the board had long met during the evening and that commissioners should examine at the idea and determine whether the original goals of moving the meetings to the morning had really been met. CAPE SAN BLAS LIGHTHOUSE Gail Alsobrook with the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency presented a tentative design of a proposed Bay Park that would include the Cape San Blas Lighthouse along with two museums exploring the history of the area, an estuarine preserve similar to the one in Franklin County and other amenities. Alsobrook said the lighthouse and the need to relocate it presented an opportunity for collaboration among stakeholders such as the county which has proposed moving the threatened lighthouse to Salinas Park and the city of Port St. Joe to create a center of commerce which would force people driving U.S. 98 to stop and spend time in Port St. Joe. I do not support bringing the lighthouse into the city, McLemore said. Yeager said he believed in the end the U.S. Air Force, which owns the property on which the lighthouse and ancillary buildings are located, would make the nal decision on disposition. I agree with the spirit of cooperation, Yeager said. We need to concentrate on two things preserving it and making it a positive for the community. Thousands of families & individuals in our area are at risk of going to bed hungry and empty-handed on Christmas. WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Mail in the Empty Stocking Fund envelope inserted in todays paper to the Salvation Army or The News Herald with your contribution! The Empty Stocking Fund provides food and toy baskets to thousands of families in Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Holmes, and Washington Counties. 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Crooms, M.D. General Surgeon Our mission is to improve the health status of the residents and visitors to Franklin County, By providing quality, compassionate, cost eective and convenient health care Through community leadership and in collaboration with other healthcare organizations Which serve our communities. BOCC from page A1 BOCC or lobbying for the county outside the county for the next two years. He can not lobby on the countys behalf, Novak said. Novak emphasized that any violations of ethics law would fall on Williams, not the BOCC. Commissioner Warren Yeager said the countys RESTORE committee, an all-volunteer group, had made signi cant progress and was well ahead of the timeline for local work on RESTORE and hiring any consultant at this time would be premature, at best. We are way ahead of a timeline that this community needs advice on RESTORE, Yeager said. There will be a time we need expertise and lobbying but this is not the time. I think it is a dead issue. Yeager proposed leaving it to RESTORE committee members to alert the BOCC as to the need and scope of any outside expertise. His fellow commissioners agreed. It sounds like (hiring Williams) has a lot of strings, bells and whistles to it and we dont need to go into that, said Commissioner Ward McDaniel. Lets let this dog lay. McDaniel added that there might be opportunities down the road to piggy-back with other small counties that are stakeholders in RESTORE to combine resources on outside expertise or lobbying. And Novak noted that at the time the RESTORE committee requested such assistance from the BOCC, any scope of services that exceeded $5,000 would require the county to undertake a Request for Proposals or Request for Quali cations. Under $5,000, the county would still have to secure the required number of quotes, unless, Novak said, the county could demonstrate a sole source or emergency exemption to those policies. RESTORE CONSORTIUM Yeager reported concerning the most recent meeting of the consortium of 23 counties working together to bring money from RESTORE to the state and counties. He said a compromise had been reached on the so-called Pot No. 1 under the RESTORE Act, which represents 35 percent of the total ne monies that would be divided among the ve impacted states. Under RESTORE, 75 percent of Floridas share would go to the eight most impacted counties, including Gulf. The compromise changed how that money would be spent. Originally, the rst 10 percent of those funds would be divided under a formula among the eight counties. The compromise changes that percentage to 20 percent, which could mean, based on a nal $10 billion ne, another $3-$6 million for the county. COMMISSIONER from page A1

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Local The Star| A3 Thursday, December 13, 2012 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners during which a private citizen and former Commission chair Bill Williams each acknowledged the investigation. The citizen stated she had met with investigators on three to four occasions and Williams said that he had worn a wire as part of an investigation into whether actions by Citizens for Improving Gulf County, a local PAC founded earlier this year, amounted to an attempt to blackmail as it was expressed at least five times by Williams during the Oct. 25 BOCC meeting County Commissioner Warren Yeager out of the District 5 race. Yeager was re-elected. Angier communicated after the Oct. 25 BOCC meeting that the State Attorneys Office had reopened the case based on new information. In addition to Williams and the private citizen, the only person known to have spoken with investigators is St. Joe Beach resident Tom Graney. His is the only name that appears in the letter from Hess. Graney said he believes that he is the source of any conversation recorded by Williams. Graney, who said he considered Williams a friend and was a close political supporter of Williams since he first ran for the District 3 BOCC seat in 2004, said he had spoken at length with Williams about the local political landscape as Williams was trying to decide to seek re-election. I just wanted to tell him what was out there, Graney said. Graney said he related some of the information he knew to be in the public forum and acknowledged to Williams that the PAC was opposing the re-election of all BOCC incumbents. Later Herring and another investigator, neither would provide business cards after Graney asked for them, arrived at Graneys home and Graney said he was happy to speak to them and had nothing to hide. He said it quickly become clear as the investigators asked questions that the foundation for their questions came from his conversation with Williams. Graney labeled the entire exercise silliness. If I had any idea what they were talking about I would have told them to buzz off, Graney said. I got myself bush-whacked by Williams. This thing was a comedy routine. It was Keystone Kops. This is silliness. From the time word of the investigation became public, Graney has said he would like to know what probable cause was provided to fuel the investigation and whether Williams was authorized to record their conversation and, if so, based on what probable cause. Compounding that is the reality that the board has any real sway over just one component of the budget, Local Capital Improvement. The district has one of the lowest LCI millage rates in the state, at .400 mils and could raise it to as much as 1.50 mils, but that money can only be used for bricks and mortar, equipment, building needs, but not personnel or operating funds. Norton said he and staff had already identi ed some $600,000 in cuts after some $1.5 million last scal year that will likely take place no matter the outcome of the special election, but added that the district would face a shortfall of $1.8 million dollars if voters do not stay the course on the additional mil levy. It wont be school as normal if we lose that one mil, said board member John Wright, who said the impacts would be signi cant and across the board, impacting not only education but extracurricular activities. The district would also face a potential issue with addressing a state constitutional amendment which mandates teacher/student ratios at each grade level. The district is losing a second-grade teacher at Port St. Joe Elementary after the rst of the year and will not be hiring a permanent replacement, at least in the short-term. We are in an attrition mode, Norton said. There is just not much meat left on the bone. We are in a bad economic crunch. When we say we are paring as much as we can, we are paring as much as we can. District of cials also believe they have a strong case for voter approval of the additional mil levy. We may be small, but we are not small-time, Wood said. We need to put good people with our children. We need this for the children to continue to get the quality education they are getting. The district has been an honor roll district based primarily on results from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test from which school grades come and a high-performing district, which adds nancial accountability and responsibility to the mix, for ve consecutive years. Dual-enrollment in the high schools has been increasing for three years last year one student received his high school and AA degree the same month. The districts graduation rate this year it is 94 lister is consistently in the top ve among all districts in the state and is 20 percentage points above the state average. We have a wonderful school system, said board member Billy Quinn, Jr. In order to keep that, there are costs. We are beckoning to the community to stand behind us. Further, board members noted during a meeting last Thursday, they have held the line on property taxes and particularly the LCI portion and even contributed a portion of their own salaries to the district. We have done our jobs, Wright said. I am not ashamed of anything we have done as a school board. You can only cut so much before you cut quality. Board member George Cox noted that four years ago a central part of the districts pitch to voters was maintaining jobs. He said that remains the case currently, with as many as 40-60 jobs potentially on the line. There are still going to be jobs lost but we are going to try to save every job we can, Cox said. If the voters dont pass this, the school district will suffer. 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Opinion A4 | The Star Thursday, December 13, 2012 It was a couple of days after Thanksgiving; we usually put our Christmas tree up and enjoy the football games on the weekend. Our old faithful articial tree bit the dust after about ten years. I guess the lugging up and down the stairs and forcing it in and out of the attic hatch nally took its toll. A new tree with lights already on it was acquired at the local bigbox store. The previous pre-lit tree seemed to work well and I kind of like the ball hanging more than the light stringing. For the tree to light up, you do have to plug it in. We plugged it in. It seemed happy for about an hour, and then the top part went out. The time that the top part of the tree stayed on went downhill from there. You could plug it in and it would stay on a couple of minutes, and then go out. After checking all of the lights, the fuses and everything else, I was bumfuzzled. I read and reread the instructions and the trouble-shooting tips. Nothing helped. I called the manufacturer of the tree and was pleased that someone answered the phone. I could also tell that the person who answered was denitely in the United States, so I was hoping for a solution. I did not get one. The nice fellow who worked for the company that made my new tree that did not work, explained to me that he would have to send to China to get a new top for my tree. He also said, If you are lucky, youll get it by Christmas. Of course I asked him, Cant you just open another box and send me a top? Again, he told me that he would have to get the new top from China. We have a lot of Tops China Chinese restaurants around where I live. I refrained from bringing them into the discussion. The big-box store was very nice and the manager told me that they had sold out of that particular tree, but they would be happy to exchange it for another. Like I said, I love the ball hanging, but I wasnt about to take all of them off and start over. I just decided to string some working lights on the top and maybe take it back after Christmas. Then I thought about it some more, maybe I needed this to help me understand the true meaning of Christmas and to help me understand where I wake up every day. Where do you wake up every day? Lately, a lot of folks have been struggling to get by. For some folks it hasnt just been lately; it is a life of struggles. There are a lot of things to worry about. As a country, we have wars going on that have taken loved ones away, often being put in harms way. Gas and groceries seem to getting more expensive daily. We worry about our future and more importantly, the future of our children and grandchildren. My tree problem didnt seem so bad. Again, I would ask, Where do you wake up? Im not talking about which bed or house or city, Im talking about what attitude we wake up with every day. When I was a little boy, I loved watching all of the Christmas shows. There was no recording them, you had to be ready. My favorites were Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Im talking about the cartoon version of Dr. Seuss story made in 1966, not the movie made in 2000. The movie made in 2000 was just not very good in my opinion. As most everyone knows, in the story, the Grinch comes up with a plan to steal Christmas from all the Whos (people) down in Whoville (city). The Grinch simply hated Christmas and the joy that it brought to all the people. There might be a few folks who want to take all your stuff and your joy, hoping you will be as miserable as they are. Honestly, that is horribly sad to think about such a thing. Its also sad to think I have to get a new tree top from China. Well, as you remember, the Grinch snuck into all The city of Port St. Joe approved a water study last week in hopes of determining the source of discolored water. The study will be undertaken by CDM, the designer of the plant, under a contract with Preble Rish. A question that all utility users of the city can fairly be asking is why is this study on their tab? This new surface water plant and the resulting impacts to the city and its water and sewer users has been a signicant quality of life issue. While many residents have seen virtually no change in their water, others are dealing at times with what looks like raw sewage spewing from the tap. There are residents who have seen water ltration systems turned to brown and unusable, been forced to purchase bottled water if they desire any guarantee about the water they are drinking and had clothes ruined by too many cycles washing in water one wouldnt use to gut a sh.. The ancillary costs to water users have been signicant, if only counting the stress and aggravation users have experienced in trying to get answers to why the water is not so crystal clear. But it is the real, tangible costs that have been truly ruinous to the city. The $21 million for the water plant and now millions more in replacing some 20 miles of aging pipe threading through the city. The amount of water consumed to establish a ushing program and map the citys distribution system is in the hundreds of thousands of gallons, on taxpayer tab. Utility users have seen their rates move upward three times in the past several years and face still another rate hike this scal year. Yes, there has been grant money that has paid for large portions of the infrastructure, but those are different from real costs to end users only in semantics. They are taxpayer dollars. And the city would not be looking at nearly $20 million in debt requiring $1.1 million in debt service and fees beginning next scal year if not for the infrastructure work that has been a result of this new water plant. This brings us to the Northwest Florida Water Management District and its recent press release concerning approval of underwriting costs to improvements at the Chipola Pump Station, the crucial link between the Chipola River and the freshwater canal the city taps for water. That grant, in effect, provided some monetary level of comfort for commissioners in deciding to spend $60,000 on what is called a prole/ study of the water distribution system that now feeds much of the south end of the county. The end of that release spoke to the grant as being part of the districts overall regional goal of moving Gulf and Franklin counties to surface water sources. The NWFWMD should in turn play a far more proactive role in the process of solving this problem because in the last few years since the new water plant went online there have been far too many instances in which indicators were there of what trouble could be coming and largely written off as risk/reward issues. After the fact did we learn that a pilot study performed prior to the purchase of the microltration system at the heart of the plant and before the plant was designed that there were indications that once this more caustic water, due to changes in chemical treatment, hit the distribution pipes there was potential for trouble. All one had to consider was that the city lacked a cohesive map of the system, that some valves and other key features of the system could not be located or were in places not expected, to consider that if there was a potential, that potential was likely enhanced by the lack of knowledge and maintenance of the distribution system. Only after the fact, years after in fact, did contractors perform a thorough walk-through of the plant to discover a series of potential design and maintenance problems that the city either had no knowledge of or was in no position to x. And one thing that walkthrough demonstrated was that communication between the various parties involved in bringing that plant online the citys engineers, the designer, the producer of the ltration system, city staff had gaps that proved, in the end, to be costly to users of the water. That has been the outcome here experts from the state on down assumed risks and when the risks reared their ugly head, the costs have been largely borne by the city and its utility users. On fundamental terms, that is wrong and places on a burden on households, in a difcult economy, that are the result of others playing that risk/reward contest and losing. The NWFWMD is already calling much of the shots on the scope of the water study to be undertaken for some eight months and the district should be the one picking up the costs. In addition, the county legislative delegation should get involved and correct the disparity in how water management districts are funded and place the one servicing Northwest Florida on equal funding footing as the others. But most importantly, a higher power, so to speak, has to step in and relieve the pressure. The city is going broke. The Board of County Commissioners has been counterproductive. The experts the city relied on assumed risks and still received their rewards on taxpayer dime. The tab on the water has long ago reached the breaking point for far too many in a town desperate for economic growth. Placing additional burden and as one commissioner pointed out this water study could well lead to more costs on end users is placing the responsibility for the risk/reward equation evident in this water plant on the wrong parties. Time for those who assumed the risks for the city and its utility users to start picking up the tab. It came to us mostly by osmosis Keyboard KLATTERINGS Waking up in Whoville Tab for the tap TIM CROFT Star news editor The ght broke out before we were out of sight of the house. Its my turn to carry the ax. You carried it last year. Did not! Leon toted it out and you brought it home. I couldnt remember for sure. David, as the youngest, usually got the short end of the stick. And he was probably right. But I wasnt going to give in. If you think you can take it, come and get it big boy. That, even by my standards, was pretty dumb. He plowed right into me, head rst. I tried to raise the ax up out of his reach but it was too heavy. Leon grabbed that double bladed cleaver before somebody got hurt and Dave crowned me with a rock I didnt see him pick up. I kicked him in the stomach as he reached for my throat. We rolled around in the light snow until Leon stepped between us. He was ve years older than me: six and a half ahead of David Mark. You guys stop it! Weve got to nd a Christmas tree. Ill carry the stupid ax. David leaped off of me and went for Leons legs. I tried to pry the ax loose by jumping on Leons back. The only chance we had was to double team him Nobody died and left Leon in charge! Wed ght until somebody was bleeding and then wed gure out taking turns with the ax might actually get us out to that big eld beyond Archie Moores pond where, hopefully, a suitable tree waited. Common sense usually found its way to the surface AFTER we wore ourselves out wrestling around. It was all part of Christmas in 1955. Leon probably was in charge but that never crossed our minds; nor did the memories or camaraderie or Christmas spirit that we might be sharing or making. We were just out living large and enjoying the moment. And we were on a mission to nd that special tree for Mom. You had to take an ax or a saw and go looking back then. I dont think they even made fake Christmas trees. At least, I dont remember any of them down at J. A. Abernathys hardware. Of course, in early December I wasnt at Mr. Abernathys looking at trees I guarantee you that! He had a basement full of Santa toys. Id stroll through those packed aisles and drool. And let me tell you how lucky we were, we werent conned to Black Friday or Cyber Monday. You could shop back then every day of the week! Except Sunday, of course How about that big one over there? Too tall, that would never t in the house. Look at this one? Too skinny..and it has a bare spot near the top. We could ght one minute and work together the next. The tree was for Mother. We didnt say it exactly out loud. But we knew how much she loved the tree, the season, her family, the manger, the three wise men, the shepherds, the Heavenly hosts, the Star of David, the Price of Peace, the Lilly of the Valley, the Rose of Sharon, the Bright and Morning Star.. She didnt care one whit about getting a present. Oh, she didnt say that mind you. And we didnt notice it right off. But it became more obvious as the years rolled on. Her Christmas was seeing that we got the gifts! I could never understand that. Wed be down at Abernathys and shed walk right with us up and down the toy aisles. It was like she was taking notes or something. I thought she should have been upstairs looking at dresses, robes with those peacocks spread across the back or frying pans. And me and Dave might pretend we were picking the tree. That we were all grown up and really helpingbut Leon was going to nd it and make the nal decision. Now, my older brother was about half nuts. I have well documented that over the years. But let me tell you, he was as careful and as conscientious here in the Christmas tree selecting as Mozart working over his First Symphony. It was for our Mother! And somehow, in Leons thought process, that made all the difference in the world. He would be listening to our small talk about wanting a Roy Rogers gun and holster set or a genuine Case knife but he was really searching Look at this one! What do you guys think? Wed size it up from every angle. Do you think Mom would like this one? He was so careful to include us in the tree selection..that he had already made! Kind of like Mother would have done. Only, of course, you dont think about it till twenty or thirty years after the fact. We would walk carefully around our prize tree and picture Mom, as I still can to this day, standing on the porch as we presented it before her. She would clasp her hands together and proclaim, Perfect to our happy ears. It also took a few more years to realize she would have said the exact same thing and went merrily to work to dress it up if we had brought home a broken oak limb with a rusty nail stuck in the side of it. Sadly, I dont think that message is coming across today on 4G Network or Netix. Of course, you never know. It took me a while to gure it out. All those sermons about Christmas are correct! We took great pains not to bend or break one sprig as we cut the tree down. We were so proud that wed found the best one out there for our Mom. And me and Leon both let David Mark carry the ax back to the house. Respectfully, Kes HUNKER DOWN Kesley Colbert USPS 518-880 Published every Thursday at 135 W. U.S. 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publisher: Roger Quinn Editor: Tim Croft POSTMASTER: Send address change to: The Star P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457-0308 Phone 850-227-1278 PERIODICAL RATE POSTAGE PAID AT PORT ST. JOE, FL 32457 WEEKLY PUBLISHING SUBSCRIPTIONS PAYABLE IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY $24.15 year $15.75 six months OUT OF COUNTY $34.65 year $21 six months Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editons. TO ALL ADVERTISERS In case of error or omissions in advertisements, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such advertisement. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains. Circulation:1-800-345-8688 CRANKS MY TRACTOR BN Heard See CRANKS A5

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Letters A5 | The Star Thursday, December 13, 2012 Thanks for Rocktoberfest success Dear Editor: The American Legion Willis V. Rowan Post 116 would like to thank everyone who helped support and make the recent Rocktoberfest a success. The musical concert received strong support from many members of the local community. There are too many to name, but please accept this heartfelt thanks to all the merchants, organizations and volunteers who helped in this worthwhile event. We would also like to thank everyone who participated in a sister event that was recently held at the St. Joe Bar. The event could not have been a success without the involvement and commitment of the Lowry family and their entire staff. These events allow the Post to send a generous donation directly to the Clifford Sims State Veterans Nursing Home, a facility that takes care of our military veterans in Panama City. John Miick Post Adjutant This blow-in loves the area Dear Editor, We didnt wait for a special invitation to buy our little cottage in Port St. Joe. We just took the initiative, made it happen. After making friends with so many good folks and loving the area, it was an easy decision. So, though it comes a few weeks late, we accept the recent welcome and invitation from Mayor Magidson (see, Dear E. Rosenthal and BlowIns ... 11/30/2012). Coming from Georgia, I already think of this town as home. I pull up The Star on my computer and read the goings-on quite frequently. It helps me stay connected while stuck here in the foothills of the mountains. So, needless to say, I was more than taken aback when I read County Commissioner McLemores comments about folks from Alabama and Georgia, BlowIns as he likes to call us. Then, I laughed. What an utterly ridiculous and stupid thing for any public ofcial to say for the record, especially about a segment of visitors and residents so vital to the economic machine. In the business, we just call that dumb. I wonder if the commissioner doesnt share a gene or two with Joe Biden. Anyway, the Mayor is right; the commissioner doesnt speak for the City of Port St. Joe or its good folks. The beautiful surroundings and the fabulously friendly folks we have met along the way serve as the communitys best ambassadors. They alone speak volumes. At any rate, despite the commissioners insulting comments, my wife and I are excited about our small place. Weve had fun cleaning it up, returning its curb appeal to socially acceptable standards. We are excited about what the future holds and the memories we will build there. More importantly we look forward to establishing ourselves as a neighbor and friend to all the great folks we have yet to meet. In closing, while the commissioners comments are an embarrassment to the community, with every dark cloud there is a silver lining. My wife and I have been tossing around various options to naming our little cottage. After all, isnt it tradition to give your second home some kind of unique identity? We have collected several names and ideas, but there is one that just made the list and currently runs close to the top of the leader-board. Its a real contender, paying tribute to the commissioners comments. We are thinking of calling it, The Blown Inn. Kind of catchy, huh? Kirk S. Jockell Port St. Joe Wiggling out of responsibility in Gulf County Dear Editor: Local Schools are the windows to the soul of a community. A local school districts perspectives, processes, and practices also reveal resident leaderships political agendas. This is certainly true in Gulf County. In George W. Durens Dec. 6 Letter to the Editor, Raising academic expectations, he stated: I personally dont believe that this problem will or can be remedied by only our school system. Successful initiatives or enterprises always start with ONE. Gulf County School District is an ideal ONE. George Duren also stated, I dont feel that it is always fair to blame our school system and administrators. Superintendent Jim Norton is paid $90,000 per year and his instructional Assistant Superintendents must collect another $300,000 per year in personal compensation, and they should not be held responsible for the performance of their schools? GCSD administrators are in the top 1 percent of Gulf County wage earners. If the people who are paid to run the schools are not responsible for the performance of GCSD, who is? George Duren says, an ongoing problem that has lingered in our school system for decades...low academic expectations by students and parents of Gulf County schools and students must commit themselves to learning and parents must commit themselves to supporting this process. Can it really be the parents, none of whom have teaching credentials and who must work to support their family and pay the taxes that pay the public employees that staff GCSD? Or, as he suggests, is it the students, who dont know what they dont know and come to school hoping to nd out? Excuse me! Why is the failure of GCSD schooling processes and practices the parents and students fault? To a blow-in, it looks more like the adult male leadership of Gulf County has traditionally lacked the intestinal fortitude necessary to protect the countys children from exploitation by Gulf Countys Public Parasites. No business in America could survive with GCSDs lack of quality control standards and product rejection rate. In over 40 years of classroom teaching, I have never expected parents to do anything except provide their children with a quiet place to study, adequate sleep, and breakfast before they come to school. Ensuring that my students learned what they had to learn to move up the schooling ladder was my job, my responsibility, and what I was paid for. My students always overachieved. GCSDs inept performance is not the parents or the students fault. Students are students. Physiologically they are more similar than different. Yes, students home nurturing makes a difference. However, effective schooling can overcome almost all socioeconomic deciencies. Students dont come to school to fail. Schools fail students, literally and guratively. Test scores indicate that attending GCSD is a dumbing down process after the 9th grade. Jim Norton has rejected the 21st Century Real Worlds Tech-sTem perspectives and practices in order to stay in his comfort zone hugging his 19th Century Trade School mentality. In the Real Worlds private sector, Jim Norton and his assistant superintendent instructional administrators would be removed for their inept performance. This may be the only remedy for GCSD. Perhaps, after the holidays. However, there may be another way under way. In the Real World, School STEM and Tech sTem are only related by spelling. TechsTem is workforce related and can bring jobs to Gulf County. Heres how: Frank Brogan, Chancellor, Florida State University System, the Board of Governors of the Florida State University System, and the Board of Trustees of the new Florida Polytech University are considering a proposal to incorporate Tech-sTem perspectives and practices into staff and curriculum development at the new Florida Polytech University. Tech-sTems perspectives and practices drive Silicon Valley and the 21st Century global economy. This opens the door of opportunity for GCSD. There is no Tech-sTem teaching in Floridas K-16 schooling. GCSD can become the model K12 Tech-sTem prep school for Florida Polytech. A direct Florida Polytech/GCSD connection could go a long way toward creating jobs-with-afuture for Gulf County residents and their children. Mrs. Westons third-grade science class at Wewahitchka Elementary School illustrates what a Tech-sTem class would look like. (WES students study butteries; The Star, Dec. 6) The difference would be that a Tech-sTem class would choreograph the cogitative content of the incidental learning as well as the cognitive content of the intentional learning. The Good Old Boys of Gulf County (GOBs) have in-hand a Plan for GCSD to become a model K-12 Tech-sTem prep school for Florida Polytech. The Plan is doable, affordable, and would enjoy the unqualied support of Gov. Rick Scott. Actually, the Plan is so doable and affordable that the only way it can fail is if the GOBs of Gulf County refuse to participate and lobby against it. The current economic and schooling situation in Gulf County is Gulf County GOBs fault. It is time for them to x it. The ball is in the GOBs court, as is the future of Gulf County. John M. Comer Port St. Joe P.S. School-STEM programs are not complementary or compatible with Tech-sTem programs. For a denition of Tech-sTem, and more than you may want to know about Tech-sTem schooling, please visit www. SchoolingForAllStudents.com. A casual visit can be painless. The denition of Tech-sTem is on the rst page (Home Page). the folks houses and took their Christmas trees, decorations, presents, rewood and the one crumb of food he did leave was too small for a mouse. He took it ALL. If I remember correctly, maybe he left a couple of wires and a nail in the wall. Then the Grinch reveled in what he had done. He was happy about it. On Christmas morning, the Grinch expected all of the Whos in Whoville to wake up to an absence of joy with no Christmas. The Grinch didnt understand Christmas, like many people, he didnt understand it at all. Expecting to hear crying and moaning on Christmas morning, the Grinch got a surprise he wasnt expecting. He heard singing. In the movie, the narrator spoke of what the Grinch heard, This sound wasnt sad. Why... this sound sounded glad. Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, was singing... without any presents at all! He hadnt stopped Christmas from coming. It came! Somehow or other... it came just the same. Again, I will ask, Where do you wake up? We all need to appreciate the joy of what Christmas is about and sing and shout about it. It is a glorious gift that has no lights and no bows; its not even wrapped. It is simply Christmas and what it truly means that brings Joy with a capital J. In the movie, the Grinchs heart grows and he comes riding back into town like a hero giving all the presents, decorations and food back that he had stolen. Hes nice to the children and they even let him carve the Christmas turkey (Roast Beast). Gas prices can go up, food prices can go up and the names of holidays can even be changed, but where you wake up or rather the state of mind (and heart) you wake up with everyday including Christmas is your decision. May your Christmas season be lled with the Joy that makes you get up singing in Whoville! BN Heard served as the Grand Marshal of the 2012 Christmas parade in Vernon last Saturday, the city that recently made him an honorary citizen. Read other stories at www.CranksMyTractor. com. CRANKS from page A4 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. 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Good reports of sheepshead and small trout at the T and under the powerlines. Live shrimp will also entice mangrove snapper in the deeper holes and around structure here as well. Red fish are still moving through our area and can be caught along side whiting and pompano in the surf. Increasing saltwater has slowed down freshwater fishing in the back waters of our county. Most anglers are reporting on sheepshead and blackdrums well into the Howard Creek and The Brothers right now. Good reports of crappie and bream are the norm at Depot Creek this week. By F RANK SARGEANT franksargeant@charter.net A crystal ball would help. Forecasting Panhandle shing for December is a bit like forecasting the BCS champion in September lots of prognostications, but nobody really knows whats going to happen. A whole lot depends on the weather; recent winters have been mild, basically extending November shing all the way through Christmas; reds and trout both on the ats on sunny afternoons and in the creeks and holes on cool mornings. With night temperatures at least through December 10 forecast to drop no lower than the mid-50s, it looks like the winter of 2012 will be a lot like 2011without a burst of severe cold, sh on the ats remain on or near their fall haunts. The water is clear due to less algae, the new and full moon tides are at their lowest, and its sight shing for reds at its nest so long as the water temperatures cooperatecurrently around 65 degrees afternoons in the bays from Fort Walton to Apalach. Thats prime temperature for reds and trout as well as ounder. Poling the ats and looking for the sh on slough edges, around oyster bars and in potholes does the job and a good hand with a y rod can even connect with streamer ies, though long casts with a live shrimp or a Gulp! crab are a much easier way to go. The same sh that come up to sun on the afternoon ats on bright days are likely to be in tidal creeks and potholes in Apalachicolas East Bay, around the back of St. Vincents Island, in lower St. Joe Bay, in West Bay and upper North Bay, and in the east end of Choctawhatchee Bay. Many of the tidal creeks that feed into the above-named bayous have oystery potholes in them average creek depth might be two feet, but a couple hundred yards in you nd 3 to 5 feet and lots of sh on chilly mornings. The bottoms are black mud which probably acts as a heat sink to warm the waters and attract the sh. It takes some chart study and some low-speed probing in a shallow draft boat or a kayak to nd these spots or hire a guide who already knows where all of them are but when you get on one of these spots on low water, it can literally be sh-in-a-barrel they wont leave on low tide, and so long as you stay well back and dont spook them, you can wear them out by simply casting live shrimp into the hole. It can be a potpourri, with sheepshead, black drum, lady sh and jacks in the mix along with the trout and reds. Finding the sh is a matter of easing along on the trolling motor and casting a live shrimp on a size 1 or 1/0 hook via spinning gear with 10-pound-test braid, weighted with a BB-shot, into every observable hole. (A piece of cut shrimp on a 3/16 ounce jig head is easier to cast and also works pretty well. Use only fresh-cut shrimp frozen shrimp draws few bites.) Most anglers use 18 inches of 20-pound-test uorocarbon between running line and hook the added stiffness of this leader helps prevent tangles, and the uoro is more durable around oyster shells than straight braid. Tie it in with a double-line doubled uniknot, that is doubling both the leader and the running line before you tie the two uniknots. The doubled line prevents the braid from cutting through the leader when you put on the pressure to land a chunky red. You can also catch some sh on a DOA plastic shrimp, a 4-inch Tsunami split-tail swimbait or any number of small plastic-tailed jigs shed dead slow, but arti cials usually are less effective than natural baits throughout the winter. On some creeks, the holes are around outside bends, at others where side sloughs run in. Pitch your bait to the likely targets, wait ve minutes and if you dont get bit, move to the next. Longer sloughs with more tide movement are best. Many creeks have no holes and no shits a matter of staying on the trolling motor, push pole or paddles until you locate that honey-hole. Of course, if youre in a larger boat, its also a matter of not getting stuck in the creek as the last of the tide trickles out. Many creeks will let you in when theres an hour of runout left, but wont let you out. Flatbottomed aluminum jonboats are much better for this duty than the vee-bottom bayboats that work so well in open water. In any case, wear wading booties and dont be surprised if you have to get out and push on occasion. Speaking of which, some potholes are best shed by grounding the boat and walking up the oyster bar into casting range. The sh are less likely to be ushed by this approach, though in some areas oozy muck bottoms make wading impossible. Chest waders will be appreciated on most days the water is not yet icy but its pretty darned chilly. As the water gets even colder, the creek action may slow down and the sh will move to much deeper water then it becomes a matter of nding rock outcroppings, sunken boats or other cover in 8 to 12 feet of water. A side-scanning sonar can be a big help in this, for those who can afford these high-dollar machines. This deep water bite is again best with live shrimp for trout and reds, and you may pick up some mangrove snapper, black sea bass and whiting as well. There also may be a few straggler ounder in these locations. However, if you really want ounder this month, head for the inlets and sh just off the jetty rocks, or on the near-shore arti cial reefs. This is usually a November bite, but at least in early December this year its likely to hang on because of the moderate temperatures. Get on the right spot and you can quickly bring a dozen of these tasty at sh over the side. They readily take live shrimp shed on bottom, but the killer bait is live killi sh, AKA mudminnows, which can be caught in minnow traps placed in the abovementioned tidal creeks, particularly just off the oyster bars. These dark-colored little minnows, typically 2 to 3 inches long, are ounder candy; sh them on a jig heavy enough to make rm contact with bottom despite waves and current, and crawl them right along the sand; if theres a ounder anywhere near by, hell attack. Green water shing is pretty much a memory until springking sh, cobia and Spanish among other nearshore species, chase the vast bait sh migrations, and these head south when water drops below 68 degrees. Ditto for the bluewater species like dolphin, sails and the tunas go deer hunting for a few months, or sit in the garage, sharpen your hooks and reline your reels as you wait for spring. By STAN KIRKLAND FWC With our hunting seasons in full swing, there are literally thousands of hunters a eld. Most hunters are law-abiding and never nd themselves in sticky situations. Most hunters are also guided by a sense of hunting ethics. Simply put, hunting ethics involve a pattern of behavior that isnt written as law but is respectful of fellow outdoorsmen and women. Sometimes, hunter ethics arent what they should be, and con icts arise. Case in point: I was speaking with a local duck hunter who hunted Lake Seminole last week. He told me he and two equally hard-core duck hunters met at 3:30 a.m., went out to their favorite location, put out two dozen decoys and concealed their boat in the marsh along the shoreline. Several other boats and duck hunters soon arrived, and one group put out decoys and set up within 100 yards of the rst hunters, despite the rst group shining a light and asking them to give them some space. To add insult to injury, the late-arriving hunters shot at ducks out of range at daylight, diminishing anyone elses chances for success. Sometimes a sense of ethics is lost when shing, as well. This summer I spoke to an angler who was shing on a wreck several miles off the Bay County coast when a dive boat arrived and several divers with spear guns descended into the depths. The sherman was beyond livid. WINTER WANDERING IN PANHANDLE WATERS PHOTO COURTESY OF YAMAHA MARINE Red sh continue to prowl Northwest Florida marshes so long as water temperature remains in the 60s. Currently, it is about 64 degrees. Practice Golden Rule when youre outdoors

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Parker won the 60meter hurdles at the Hoosier Open at the University of Indiana on Friday with a time of 8.43 seconds, a Southeastern Conference best for the indoor season and Parkers top performance in her three years in Kentucky. My time could have been better because I kind of stumbled at the start, Parker, a junior in the midst of nals week, said after a Monday morning practice. I opened the year with a (personal best), and doing that in December, that is amazing. The time of 8.43 is the sixth-fastest ever run at Kentucky. Parker is less than two-tenths of a second off the schools alltime mark. Parker also competed in the 300 meters hurdles and nished ninth in a time of 41.75. That was the rst time Ive run the 300 meters, and coach told me to do it to prepare for the 200 meters, Parker said. Parker will concentrate on the 200, sprint hurdles and long jump during the indoor season, which lasts through February. During outdoor season, she will be focused on the sprint hurdles and long jump. Im getting back to what I want to do and what I did in high school, Parker said. Thanks to a new coach, or as Parker put it, new management. For the past two years, coaches had Parker competing in the heptathlon, a multi-specialty event analogous to the mens decathlon. The University of Kentucky had elded standout multi-event athletes in the past and her coaches thought Parker was the proper t. Parker never quite found her groove in the heptathlon, she said. It wasnt that much of a leap because I am an athlete, and I love to compete, so I enjoyed it, Parker said. But it was just a whole lot of focus on a whole lot of things. I was a jack-of-all-trades in a way, instead of mastering one or two things. And it just didnt work out. A conversation last summer with new Kentucky track and eld Coach Edrick Floreal put all that aside. Floreal arrived via Stanford University. He coached hurdlers and multi-event athletes for the United States in the most recent Olympics Star Staff Report The streak had to end at some point. The Port St. Joe boys soccer team settled for a 1-1 tie last Saturday against visiting Rocky Bayou, the rst game of the season the Tiger Sharks (5-0-1 overall, 3-0-1 in District 1-1A) had failed to win outright. The Tiger Sharks scored rst as senior mid elder Daniel Jones found the net in the 12th minute (his fourth on the year). Drew Lacour and Marcel Duarte were credited with assists. Rocky Bayou netted the equalizer in the 45th minute on a long range shot that eluded Port St. Joe goalkeeper Tucker Smith. Port St. Joe dominated the shots on goal, outshooting Rocky Bayou 25-8, with Smith making four saves. The Port St Joe girls suffered a 2-1 loss to Rocky Bayou, dropping to 4-2-0 overall and 2-2-0 in district play. Rocky Bayou jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Port St. Joe junior defender Brittney Shoemaker scored at the 68th minute mark to cut the lead in half. It was her rst goal of the season and was unassisted. Junior Christian Laine started in goal and played 60 minutes for the Lady Tiger Sharks and made eight saves on 12 shots. Seventh grader Celeste Chiles played the remaining 20 minutes and had one save on two shots. Both teams are on the road this week, playing at Franklin County on Tuesday, at Panama City Beach Arnold on Thursday and at Freeport on Saturday. Franklin County and Freeport are district games. Star Staff Report All Pro Soccer will host two area soccer camps during the Christmas holiday. A morning camp, sponsored by the Gulf County Soccer Boosters Association will be from 10 a.m.-noon (ET) on Dec. 27-29, at the Port St Joe High School soccer complex. Separate instruction will be available for both eld players and goalkeepers. Ages are 5-17 for eld and 12-17 for keepers. Former professional player and coach and present coach of the Port St. Joe High School boys and girls teams, Gary Hindley, is the lead instructor. Noted goalkeeper Coach Don Maples will be in charge of goalkeeper instruction. Several other local and licensed coaches, will also instruct. The second camp, sponsored by the Callaway Soccer Organization, will be held those same dates, but from 2-4 p.m. (CT), at the Callaway Sports Complex. Hindley and Maples will be there also, to instruct. For more information or to register, call Hindley at 850-276-6353 or email gjhallpro@aol.com. Star Staff Report The last week had a bit of everything for Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High basketball teams. The junior varsity and varsity teams won at Altha and North Bay Haven, but fell on the road in Cottondale. On Dec. 4, the teams played at Cottondale. The junior varsity lost 50-19 with Hunter Hysmith the Gators high scorer with seven points. The varsity fell in a close one, 83-71 with Raheem Wright scoring 26 to lead the Gators. Clay Sasser had 15 points, and Wright pulled down 11 rebounds. Two days later, the teams were at North Bay Haven. The junior varsity won 28-17 with Hysmith and Jeff Hunter leading the way. The varsity won 65-51 with Wright scoring 23 points and Sasser 11. Altha played host to Wewahitchka the following night, and the Gators swept again. The junior varsity won 42-33 with Hunter scoring 21 and Hysmith 16. The varsity manhandled Altha 69-42. Wright had 20 points and seven rebounds and Micah Lister added 12 points. Javar Hill had six rebounds. The Gators were at Graceville on Tuesday. Star Staff Report With age comes to the ups and downs similar to the stock market, said Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High boys basketball Coach Derek Kurnitsky. The Tiger Sharks demonstrated that last week, pushing past Bozeman and South Walton with second-half runs before falling at Blountstown on a bad shooting night. The contrasts were evident between Fridays 79 points scored against South Walton, and by a 46-point output versus Blountstown on Saturday night. We are very young, but we are talented, Kurnitsky said of his team, 4-2 overall and 2-1 in District 1-1A play. We just need to learn to be more consistent, to play good defense every night, to shoot well every night, to play as a team every night. It is early, and we are just trying to improve every game. We are getting there. The week started at home against Bozeman and a 66-61 victory. The Tiger Sharks were down two points at the half, but jumped on the Bucks in the second half to pull away. We played good, Kurnitsky said. We came out slow but really did well and played a good second half. T. J. Williams had a gamehigh 28 points to lead Port St. Joe. Jacorian Calloway added 12 points, Ramello Zaccarro and Natron Lee had eight points apiece, and Chad Quinn had four. Two nights later, the Tiger Sharks played a game with similar DNA, a slow start followed by a second-half push and a win sealed as Port St. Joe hit 14 of 17 free throws over the nal two quarters. We showed a lot of character in the second half, Kurnitsky said. We had an eight-point lead they shaved to two points, and we just hit our free throws. Calloway had 34 points to lead all scorers. Williams and Lee added 11 apiece, and Zaccarro had 10. Marcel Johnson scored six, Marquez Johnson one and Luke Galloway one. Saturday night, the Tiger Sharks fell 55-46 at Blountstown. As good as we played Friday night, we showed our age on Saturday, Kurnitsky said. Quinn led the Tiger Sharks with 16 points, and Williams added 13. Calloway scored seven points, Lee ve, Marcel Johnson three and Zaccarro two. Port St. Joe traveled to Liberty County on Tuesday and will host West Gadsden on Saturday, the junior varsity beginning at 6 p.m. ET followed by the varsity at 7:30 p.m. PSJHS booters tie one, lose one PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA SP O RTS www.starfl.com Thursday, December 13, 2012 A Page 7 Section All Pro Soccer to host Christmas camp Tiger Sharks boys basketball improves record to 4-2 Mixed week for Wewa boys hoops Parker shines at rst indoor meet KAYLA PARKER PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STAR See PARKER A8

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Local A8 | The Star Thursday, December 13, 2012 To learn how you can support our communitys university, contact Mary Beth Lovingood at (850) 770-2108 or mblovingood@pc.fsu.edu. FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY PANAMA CITY THE CAMPAIGN FOR OUR COMMUNITYS UNIVERSITY Endowment for Tomorrows Jobs $4 ,50 0, 000 $50 0, 000 $1,50 0, 000 $2,50 0, 000 $3 ,50 0, 000 $4 ,50 0, 000 $0 $1, 000 000 $2, 000 000 $3 00 0, 000 $4 00 0, 000 $5 00 0, 000 GO AL GO TO FACEB OO K.C O M/P C DEAL OFT HE D AY A ND E NT E R NOW! Add a $ 50 gift card to your Wish List! to local restaurants DECEMBER 9 TH 28 TH D A ILY DE A L F A CEBOOK L IKE C ONTEST NEED A LITTLE EXTRA SPARKLE ADDED TO YOUR HOLIDAY? Enter our Facebook contest to W IN A $50 G I F T C A R D! Just Like our Facebook Daily Deal page and register for a chance to W IN A $50 G I F T C A R D TO LOC A L REST AU R A NTS Contest runs from Dec. 9 thru Dec. 28. gift card $ 50 to local restaurants L ike Us N ow! DI S S I ) Children and Adults No Fee or Cost If No Recovery G AYLE PEED IN G O A TTO NEY AT L AW Apalachicola, FL (850) 292-7059 | (850) 944-6020 FAX gsrlaw@bellsouth.net Your Full Service Wedding and Event Florist Over 35 Years Experience. 208 Reid Avenue, Downtown Port St. Joe 850.229.1111 www.BaysideFloristPSJ.com Gifts Ornaments Jewelry and is a former Olympic athlete who represented Canada. Floreal also coached his wife, a hurdler, into the Olympics. He is very inspirational, Parker said. He has competed in the Olympics. He knows what he is talking about. When he tells you to do something, you do it. That initial conversation with Floreal involved Parkers future in the program. Floreal no longer wanted her in the heptathlon. He stated that he wanted me to focus on the hurdles and long jump because he thought those were events I would score points in the SEC and NCAA meet, Parker said. I feel I have so much to offer in those events, so it de nitely was a breath of fresh air for me. When the outdoor season begins Parker will compete mostly in the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump. She did not compete in the long jump at the Hoosier Open. But hitting that tape for the rst time as a collegian? That was sweet, Parker said. It is a good start under new management, so to speak, Parker said. Parker won 14 individual state titles while leading the Port St. Joe Lady Tiger Sharks to four straight nishes in the top three at state, including two team titles. She also was featured in Sports Illustrated her senior year. She is majoring in kinesiology at Kentucky. PARKER from page A7 Star Staff Report The Jingle Bell Golf Tournament was fun for the golfers with lots of winners, but the best winners were the needy children in Gulf County who will have Santa as a result of the tournament. Smileys Detail, Sunset Coastal Grill, The Thirsty Goat and the St Joseph Bay Golf Club donated gift certi cates for the hole prizes. The event raised $480 for the Sheriffs Of ces Christmas Drive in addition to all the toys. Coastal Community Association and South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department collected toys and added them to the tree. There were four vehicles to be won for a Hole-in-One on any of the par 3s. The players didnt know until they got to the tee that the vehicles were childrens bikes. Any bike not won was donated to the Sheriffs Toy Drive. B.J. Richards was the only player to make a hole in one. First place winner was Larry Wilson with a 58; second was Fred Fitzgerald with a 59; and third was Geri McCarthy with a 61. Longest drive for men was Eric Schoelles and for women Penelope Evanoff. The demented elves who arranged the tournament were Santas elves. They came up with a prize for every hole and the winners were somewhat dubious if winning was an honor or not. Prize winners were Diana Buza for closest to the jingle bells at the back of the green near Penelopes sand trap on No. 3; Faye Chadbourne took closest to the jingle bells by the water on No. 5; Diana Buza took closest to the jingle bells on the hill to left of the green No. 6; Jim Mowrey won closest to the jingle bells by the water (in the water) on No. 8; Fran Cronwell won closest to the jingle bells in the middle of the fairway on No. 9; Don Hays was closest to the jingle bells on the peninsula near the green on No. 10; Geri McCarthy took closest to the jingle bells on the left corner by the water on No. 11; Dan Van Treese was closest to the jingle bells by the water on No. 13; Dano McCarthy took closest to the jingle bells in the sand on No. 14; Dick Davis won closest to the jingle bells behind green No. 17; and Phil Dodson took closest to the jingle bells in the woods on No. 18. Penelope and Hershel decorated their cart with lights and tinsel to get into the Christmas spirit. Some golfers wore Santa and Elf hats to round out the fun. Star Staff Report Port St. Joes Lady Tiger Sharks traveled to Blountstown last on Saturday and dropped to 20 in District 1-1A after a 46-38 loss. The Lady Tigers outrebounded Port St. Joe and that margin on the offensive glass proved decisive. Leading scores for Port St. Joe were Brooklyn Quinn with 17 points, Teiyahna Hutchison with 11, Maya Robbins with nine and Javia Patterson added one. On Tuesday, the Lady Tiger Sharks traveled to Liberty County and again came up a little short. The Lady Bulldogs won 36-28, dropping Port St. Joe to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in district play. Quinn led the way with nine points, Hutchinson had six, Robbins four, Alyssa Parker three and Callie Fleshren two. Shannon Pridgeon returned to the team after a brief illness and scored four points, pulled down four rebounds and had three assists. Port St. Joe is at Class 5A Mosley today at 2 p.m. ET and hosts West Gadsden on Saturday. Lady Tiger Sharks drop two district games SPECIAL TO THE STAR Demented elves on loan from Santa run the Jingle Bell Golf Tournament. Jingle Bell Golf Tournament fun for all

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Bringing broadening horizons within reach By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Robots, algae and control towers oh my the lessons to be learned. That, in a nutshell, provides the framework of the High School High Tech program at Port St. Joe High School. Students in the program recently visited Tyndall Air Force Base, where they learned about robotic weapons, alternative energies and controlling the skies as the jets y overhead. High School High Tech is sponsored by the Dyslexia Research Institute of Tallahassee, whose founder is county resident Dr. Pat Hardman, with partial funding from the ABLE Trust and Vocational Rehabilitation. The program was established at Port St. Joe High School four years ago to serve students experiencing learning challenges in traditional classroom settings or curricula. It is for high-functioning students with disabilities who have an Individual Education Plan used to map progress for students with learning challenges. High School High Tech aims to mold those students for the workforce, and does so on several levels, said director Lynn Hauck, two years removed from retiring as a science teacher at Port St. Joe Middle School. I was volunteering out here anyway so when I got this opportunity to still be involved and get paid a little bit, I was very interested, Hauck said. This is a multi-faceted program. Focus is on improving school readiness to improve the odds of graduating in good standing; in doing that broadening a students horizons to consider college and to assist in making that transition; and providing exposures to workplace experiences that students would embrace. COMMUNITY www.starfl.com Thursday, December 13, 2012 B Page 1 Section Local author writes Christmas love story Special to The Star Wewahitchka author Michael Lister is known mostly for his gritty mysteries set in the North Florida Panhandle, but this Christmas hes publishing his rst romance. I actually started writing love stories rst, Lister said, but my crime ction was the rst to get published and what I became known for. Carries Gift is a Christmas love story involving two former high school classmates from the s reuniting at the funeral of a friend. Its about what might have been and what can still be and the connection that nothing can sever, not time or space or even the grave. Everything I write ts within the school of romantic literature, Lister noted. The movement that started in Europe that involves a heightened interest in nature, an emphasis on the individuals expression and a rebellion against established social rules and conventions. Even Listers crime novels have romance in them. I see The Big Goodbye as much a romance as anything else, and I think of Double Exposure as a meditation on love. The Blood series is, among other things, about Johns love life and Burnt Offerings features a couple falling in love. Oystermen ask FWC to help save Apalachicola Bay By DAVID ADLERSTEIN 653-8894 | @ApalachTimes Dadlerstein@star .com Every year since February 2010, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has held one of its statewide meetings in Apalachicola, with commissioners each year raving about the shing paradise found in Tallahassees backyard. On Dec. 5, they learned about the serious trouble that backyard is facing. By appealing directly for FWC support, Franklin Countys beleaguered oyster industry, bolstered by support from environmental and recreational shing interests, opened up a new front in the battle to secure more freshwater coming down the ApalachicolaChattahoochee-Flint river system into Apalachicola Bay. If we dont get something done in the next one-and-a-half years, were not going to have a bay, said Shannon Harts eld, a fourth-generation oysterman who serves as president of the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association. Were losing our livelihood, and were going to lose our community, he said. Were already struggling. The disasters coming. Harts eld said oystermen are lucky to pluck three or four bags of oysters a day out of the bay when they should be tonging 20, providing a rst-hand perspective that t with the bleak scienti c data presented in a report to FWC by Dr. David Heil, with the FWCs Division of Marine Fisheries Management. Heil said before the opening of winter harvesting season, production estimates for two of the bays more fertile oyster bars, East Hole and Cat Point, were the lowest reported in the past 20 years. Prolonged drought and continuing low river discharge rates from dams upriver have lad to the high salinity, which has contributed to increased predation and dermo diseases plaguing the oysters, he said. Worsening the situation has been increased shing of this stressed oyster population, said Heil, noting the problem of high oyster mortality extends throughout the Gulf coast from Escambia to Wakulla counties. He told how Bay County issued an executive order in October cutting in half the daily bag limit, from 20 to 10, available to their commercial oystermen. Backing the oystermens call for help was Don Ashley, a past president of the Apalachicola Riverkeeper, a non-pro t environmental advocacy group for the Apalachicola river and bay. Oystermen work Apalachicola Bay. MICHAEL LISTER Lighthouse histories Editors note: This is the last in a series on local pioneers and local history, the beginnings and the building speci cations for lighthouses in the area. By BEVERLY MOUNT-DOUDS Contributing Writer These next few weeks, Ill be sharing some letters about our local lighthouses. This could not have been completed without giving thanks first to Mark Curenton and the Apalachicola Historical Society. Several years ago, Mark let Marlene Womack and I go through boxes of old papers found in the cottage at the Raney House in Apalachicola. These boxes covered many areas of local history, one folder covering our lighthouses, and I was lucky enough to get the chance to copy these les. Two weeks ago, we covered the Cape San Blas and the Cape St. George Lighthouses bids for rebuilding the lighthouses, this week, Im sharing you letters from the descriptions/blue prints of how they wanted the houses and towers to be built. As I said in the last story, both buildings were built alike. Superintendents were expected to oversee the actual construction of lighthouses, and ensure they were repaired when necessary. They would also mediate con icts and deal directly, when necessary, with lighthouse keepers. Each superintendent was required to submit a yearly report detailing the status of light stations in his charge. Now back to the site selection and the building of a lighthouse. Houses on Cape San Blas and the Cape St. George respectfully to be the following materials dimensions description: Towers The towers are to be built of hard brick, the form round, the foundation to be sunk 18 inches or more as maybe necessary to make the fabric secure and set on cypress or cedar of 4 inches thickness the height of the tower is to be 65 feet from the surface of the ground. The diameter of the base 25 feet and that of the top 12 feet, the thickness of the walls at the base is to be 4 feet, and uniformly graduated to 2 feet at top. The top is to be arched, on which is to be laid a soap stone deck 14 feet in diameter, ve inches thick and joints lled in with lead: on one side of the deck to be a scuttle 24 by 20 inches to enter the lantern. The door to be an iron frame, covered with copper. The outside and inside walls are to be laid in hydraulic cement and the outside wall white PHOTO SPECIAL TO THE STAR The St. George Island Lighthouse is pictured in the 1910s. See AUTHOR B6 See FWC B6 See LIGHTHOUSE B5 See HORIZONS B6

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A healthy, vigorous plant is always a welcome addition, both in the home and in the landscape. My information was provided by Dr. Robert Black Professor Emeritus, University of Florida. When you go to a nursery to buy plants, you cant assume all the plants are equal in quality or have an equal chance for survival. Plants are available in a wide range of conditions, grades and standards. Generally speaking, the better a plant is, the more expensive it will be. But that isnt a hard and fast rule. Sometimes you can nd a nursery which offers top quality plants at low prices. The important thing is to be able to determine what to quality is. If you visit a nursery which tags plants according to the standards of the Florida Division of Plant Industry, determining quality will be much easier. A Florida fancy is an extremely healthy vigorous plant that is well-shaped with good strong branches and dense foliage. A Florida No. 1 is a healthy vigorous plant with a good shape and good supply of leaves. A Florida No. 2 is a healthy plant that is fairly well shaped with a fair amount of leaves. All other plants are labeled No. 3. These are your cheapest plants with the poorest chances of survival. If your nursery doesnt classify plants this way, or, if you buy gift plants from a supermarket, discount store or similar outlet, youll need to be able to identify vigorous, healthy plants on your own. Look for compact, rather than spindly plants. Compact plants are more desirable because of their abundance of foliage. A spindly plant without a good supply of leaves may be the victim of various leaf spot diseases or insect problems which have causes leaves to fall off. Make sure the leaves have good, uniform color. Check tips of leaves for brown or yellow discoloration. Inspect the trunk and branches to see that they are well-formed, without crack, peels or scars. Carefully examine that plant for any signs of insect or disease problems. Some things to look for are speckling on the leaves which indicates spider mite injury, curled or distorted leaves from aphids, and small umps on stems and undersides of leaves which indicate a scale problem. Common disease problems show up in yellow or brown leaves, rotting stems and brown roots. Check the soil to make sure it has good color, and hasnt been too heavily compacted. Pick up the plant and check to make sure roots arent growing out from the bottom of the pot. There are other things to consider which depend on where the plant if to be kept once you bring it home from the nursery. Make sure that the plant is suited to the climatic conditions of your area. If the plant is to be keep indoors, decide if it is going to need special lighting. If you think that the plant is going to be put in the landscape, make sure it is adaptable to yearly highs and lows in temperature. Your nurseryman should be able to help you in making these kinds of decision. If you can follow these basic guidelines for selecting gift plants, your Christmas gift can be appreciated and enjoyed for many years to come. ROY LEE CARTER County extension director Walter and Ruth Graham celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day with their family at their home in White City, Fla. They were married Nov. 5, 1947, in Donalsonville, Ga., and moved to Port St. Joe in November 1948 from Frink, Fla. Children helping them celebrate were Linda Wood, Judy Rowan, Robert Graham (Kathy) and Holly Atkins (Charles); son-in-law, David Colbert (Jan); 12 grandchildren, Al Wood (Jenna), Analisa Wood Sellers (Jayce), Brian Wood (Savannah), Marci Rowan Gif n (Steve), Lisa Rowan Daugherty (Dan), Michael Douds, Tammy Colbert Mackey (Matt), Matthew Colbert (Suzy), Kelley Graham Smith (Hunter), Johnathon and Katie Graham and Charla Atkins Douglas (Justin); and 15 great-grandchildren, Devin and Ethan Wood, Peyton and Aubrey Sellers, Colton Wood, Wake Gif n, Brandon Williams and Madison Daugherty, Jayden Douds, Caleb, Charlotte and Colbie Mackey, Hayden Hunter, Zachary Lebel and Avery Smith, with two more expected in January and February 2013. Present in the hearts of all who attended were their daughter, Charlotte Colbert; son-in-law, Jerry Wood; and granddaughter, Kristy Graham. Walter is retired from St. Joe Paper Co., and Ruth is a homemaker. They are both active members of White City Baptist Church. Star Staff Reports Watson graduates from basic training Air Force Airman Asa R. Watson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical tness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Watson is the son of Erik and Sharon Asher of Woodward Avenue, Port St. Joe. He is a 2010 graduate of Port St. Joe High School. Innaugural community Christmas dinner The Washington Improvement Group and the Community Advisory Counsel have partnered with the Oak Grove Church to co-sponsor and host a Christmas dinner. The staff members and the wonderful volunteers will be serving a buffet turkey dinner with all the trimmings. To RSVP, call the WIG/CAC building. We hope to see you at 402 Peters St. on Christmas Day between 10:30 a.m. and noon ET. Bring your beautiful smiles and big appetites. Society BRIEFS Support ght against cancer; win an ATV Star Staff Report Just in time for Christmas to surprise your child. Relay for Life of Port St. Joe is holding a chance drawing for this practically new ATV (helmet included). Your $10 donation will purchase one ticket or three tickets for $25. The drawing will be at noon ET Dec. 21 at Centennial Bank in Port St. Joe. Call Kim Kurnitsky at 227-4093 or any Relay for Life team member for more information or to purchase a chance to win the ATV. SPECIAL TO THE STAR The wonderful men and women of the VFW Post 10069 donated $400 for toys for the Gulf County Christmas program. Pictured from left to right above are Jerry Stokoe, the past toy coordinator beside Margaret Mathes, the new toys coordinator for Gulf County. Margaret on behalf of the Sheriffs Of ce is accepting the toys from VFW members Nancy Calendine and Carolyn Groleau who purchased these toys. This will establish a central point of contact in Gulf County for all agencies and families in need of Christmas gifts for children. Anyone who is in need of assistance is asked to call the Gulf County Sheriffs Of ce at 227-1115 and ask for Margaret. TOYS DONATED BY VFW POST 10069 Grahams celebrate 65 years of marriage Anniversary RUTH AND WALTER GRAHAM

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Final Exam Schedule Finals are right around the corner for our ninththrough 12th-grade students. Seventhand eighth-grade classes will follow the same schedule published for Senior High Exams but will have regular classes. Here is the schedule for the exams Dec. 18-20: Tuesday, Dec. 18 1:15-2:05 p.m. seventh Period Wednesday, Dec. 19 8-8:55 a.m. rst period 9:58-10:53 a.m. third period 1:15-2:05 p.m. fth period Thursday, Dec. 20 8-9:05 a.m. second period 9:25-10:30 a.m. fourth period 10:48 a.m. to noon sixth Period Winter break will commence at 12:01 p.m. ET Dec. 20 with students returning to school at 7:55 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7. Merry Christmas and happy New Year! Drama Production The Port St Joe Drama Department will present the seasonal favorite A Christmas Carol at 6:30 p.m. ET Monday, Dec. 17, in the schools Common Area. Come celebrate the season and enjoy the talents of our drama students as they perform this classic tale of despair and redemption. No Bah Humbug here, only great performances and a whole lot of fun. Happy Holidays! Special to The Star Seth Goodwin, a junior at Wewahitchka High School, has won the regional level of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy scholarship essay competition. This years theme was: Is there pride in serving in our military? Seth now moves on to the state level competition. Seth has also been named Gulf Countys STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) scholar and will represent Gulf County Schools in Gainesville in January. McKenna Waters has been named the Wewahitchka Womens Club HOBY (Hugh OBrien Youth Leadership) representative and will attend a leadership conference in Tallahassee next summer. The varsity cheerleaders of WHS have become involved in the ght against cancer by forming a Relay for Life team. They are selling cancer ribbons to raise funds for donation to the American Cancer Society. The ribbons can be purchased in memory of someone or simply as a show of support for the cause. Tickets are $1, and the goal is $500 by Christmas and $1,000 by April 1, 2013. The annual Wewahitchka High School Science Fair was held on Nov. 27-28 in the Learning Media Center. Students in grades 10-12 participated. Senior Shelby Wood, who won rst place last year and advanced to regional and state competitions, won rst place again this year with year two of her project, The Effects of Original Five-Hour Energy on Heart Rate. Other winners included: Cordale Green, second place; McKenna Waters, third place; Nicole Morril, fourth place; Kara Zucci, fth place. Honorable mentions were awarded to: Hunter Bailey, Josh Mayer, Annmaree Hess, Seth Goodwin, and Cory White. This years judges included a nurse, an engineer, and an energy specialist. The winners will be participating in the Three Rivers Regional Science Fair in January at the FSU-Panama City campus. WHS hopes to have regional winners participating in the state competition in March or April. Senior Jessica Smith was named Scholar Athlete of the Week by ABC af liate WMBB, Channel 13, for the week of Nov. 26. SPECIAL TO THE STAR Left to right; Front row: Shelby Wood, Cory White, McKenna Waters, Kara Zucci, and Nicole Morrill; back row: Cordale Green, Seth Goodwin, Josh Mayer, and Anmaree Hess; not pictured: Hunter Bailey SPECIAL TO THE STAR Front row: Leondra Leslie, Sammya Brown, Judson Grif es, Alrena Gleichner, Whitney Butler. Back row: Prince Jones, Daylan Daves, Tristian Doran and Morgan Vaughn. Special to The Star On Thursday, Oct. 25, the second-grade classes of Wewahitchka Elementary School took their annual eld trip to the Wetappo Fire Tower. This trip was originally planned when one of the second-grade teachers, Misty Harper, contacted Richard McGhee from the Forestry Division, about 10 years ago, to plan a small outing to check out the facilities at the Wetappo Fire Tower. At that time, McGhee was able to round up a couple of emergency service vehicles from the Wewa Fire Dept. and the Gulf County Ambulance Center. Now, one decade later, McGhee has a variety of vendors involved in addition to the Stone Mill Creek Fire Department and the Gulf County Ambulance. The students were able to enjoy demonstrations from the Gulf County Sherriffs K-9 unit, the FWC Law Enforcement, and the Division of Forestry Dept. of Agriculture. Of course, the trip wouldnt be complete without Smokey Bear. The classes of Mrs. Harper, Mrs. Taunton and Mrs. Anderson would like to thank McGee and everyone who was involved and hope a 10-year tradition may continue for many years to come. DAZZLING DOLPHINS WES visits re tower

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SUNDAY : WOR S HIP AT SUN S ET P ARK 8 AM (CS T ) 10:30 AM (CS T ) ON THE 2ND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH SUNDAY: BI B LE CLA SS 9:30 AM (CS T ) M ONDAY : L IFE T REE CAF 7 PM (CS T ) TUE S DAY : MEN S BI B LE STUDY 6:30 PM (CS T ) W EDNE S DAY : WOMEN S BI B LE STUDY 5 PM (CS T ) 1602 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach, FL (850) 648.1151 www.livingwateratthebeach.com Jerry Arhelger, SOUTHERLAND FAMILY FUNERAL HOME 507 10th Street Port St. Joe (850) 229-8111 TO KNOW CHRIS T AND T O MAKE H I M K NOWN ST. JAME S E PI S COPAL C HURCH 800 22ND STREET, P ORT ST. JOE 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45 www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org Come worship with us! Rector Father Tommy Dwyer St. Peters Church, ACC (Traditional Services 1928 BCP) Morning Prayer & Holy Communion Sunday...............10:00 A.M. Community Healing Service 6:00 P.M. 4 th Thursday of Every Month The Rev. Dr. D. Pete Windham, Priest The Rev Lou Little, Deacon Services Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center, 120 Library Drive An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World Morning Prayer & Holy Communion Sunday...............10:00 A.M. The Rev. Lou Little, Priest Services Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center, 120 Library Drive An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World 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 TOUCHING LIVES WITH THE LOVE OF JESUS 6pm Wednesday: Children: 6:15 p.m. ET Youth: 6:15 p.m. ET Choir: 7:00 p.m. ET Bro. Jim Fillingim Interim Pastor 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 Dinner.5:00 6:00 pm AWANA.6:00 7:30 pm Surrender Student Ministry6:15 7:30 pm Prayer/Bible Study.6:30 7:30 pm Read the Bible for Life Class6:15 7:30 pm Nursery..6:00 7:30 pm Wallace Wade Tillery passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012, at his home in St. Joe Beach. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he lived on St. Joe Beach for the last 48 years. Wade graduated from Port St. Joe High School in 1975. He was preceded in death by his brother Darrell Tillery in 1988. He is survived by his parents, Wallace and Susie Tillery of St. Joe Beach; one brother, Keith Tillery and wife Bonnie of Overstreet; his children, Crystal Holmes and husband Matthew of Wewahitchka, Eli Tillery of Dothan, Ala., Victoria Tillery of Clanton, Ala., David Tillery of Clanton, Ala., and Sean Tillery of the U.S. Marine Corps; and his grandchildren Matthew Holmes Jr., James Walter Holmes and Nathan Tillery. Graveside funeral services were held at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at Holly Hill Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. David Nichols and the Rev. David Sizemore. To assist the family, a fund is set up at Emerald Coast Credit Union. Services were provided by Comforter Funeral Home. Wallace Wade Tillery A. Eugene Gene Landers of Port St. Joe, Florida passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4 2012. He was born June 30, 1935, in English, Ind. He was a longtime resident of Shelby County, Indiana and retired from the Indianapolis Water Company. He served in the United States Army. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beulah (Meyer) Landers, his son Mark Landers (Ashley), his daughter Lisa Dunbar (Kerry), three cherished grandchildren Hailey Landers, Kayla Landers, Amelia Dunbar, and one great-grandson Trent Seibold. Graveside services will be held at a later date at Pleasant View Cemetery in Pleasant View, Ind. A. Eugene Gene Landers FAITH Thursday, December 13, 2012 Page B4 This business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week. www.starfl.com Special to The Star Fate, luck and divine intervention will be explored at Lifetree Caf at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, Dec. 17. The Lifetree event, titled Fate, Free Will, or Gods Plan? features a showing of Crossword, an award-winning short lm. The story follows a lonely Irish woman who nds solace in the daily crossword puzzle. But the crossword clues seem to link mysteriously to her own life circumstances. Some people think they control their own destinies, says Lifetree Caf representative Craig Cable. Others think it all comes down to fate or some higher plan. Lifetree participants will examine questions of personal destiny and share their own perspectives. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Caf is located at 1602 U.S. Highway 98 in Mexico Beach across from El Governor Motel. Lifetree Caf is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Gary Grubb at 334-806-5667 or lwclifetreecafe@fairpoint.net. Breakfast with Santa at FUMC of PSJ First United Methodist Church in Port St. Joe will host Breakfast With Santa from 9-11 a.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 15. Kids are invited to come eat a pancake breakfast served by the United Methodist Men. They will have a picture taken with Santa and enjoy a Christmas story. Kids are asked to meet in the Fellowship Hall. There is no charge for this event. Merry Christmas from First United Methodist Church. Christmas concert at First United Methodist The Bay Area Chorale Society will present a Praise and Glory Christmas Concert 3 p.m. ET on Dec. 16 at First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe. There is a $5 suggested donation. Faith Christian School student will perform The Light Has Come, a musical drama, at 9:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 14. Everyone is invited to attend this fun yet powerful musical. It is a great way to celebrate the birth of our Savior. SPECIAL TO THE STAR The Lions Tale Faith BRIEFS Obituaries THE LIGHT HAS COME Fate to be discussed at Lifetree Caf Does your walk match your talk? Does your walk match your talk today, my Christian brother? Your words will tell one story, but your walk might tell another. If by chance they dont match one another, Talk with the Lord, and ask for help, to change one to the other. When a mans ways please the Lord, He even makes his enemies at peace and in one accord. Proverbs 16:7 Billy Johnson

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Local The Star| B5 Thursday, December 13, 2012 washed twice over. There are to be six windows in each tower of 12 lights each, 8 by 10 glass with strong frames and iron bar over each and a door 6 by 3 feet of double inch boards cross nailed with substantial hinges, lock and latch. The ground oor is to be secured with brick, a suf cient number of circular stairs to lead from the ground to within six feet of the lantern connected by a centre post and guarded by a good hand railing. The stairs and platforms to be of cypress or heart of pine planks 2 inches thick from the top of the stairs to the entrance. The foundation was made of the old granite steps, there not being enough got out of the old towers for the new ones. The lantern to be an iron ladder with 2 inches wide. Lanterns The lantern and lighting apparatus now in use at the St. Joseph Point and the Cape St. George Islands are to be transferred to the new towers. The contractor E. Bowden to reglaze the said lanterns with French plate glass and paint them white inside and black outside. The Lantern posts are to be set ve feet into stone or brick, and secured with anchors. The lantern and door to be revisited, and repaired whenever necessary for security, and the whole put in a proper condition for lighting. The contractor being allowed the privilege of using all materials now in the old towers which are deemed suitable and proper by the Superintendent of the works. Each Light House is to be furnished with a complete Electrical conductor with joints to run 4 feet into the grounds. Dwelling houses Dwelling Houses for the Keepers are to be built at each place each to be 35 feet by 20, foundation of hard brick walls one foot thick laid 18 inches below the surface of the ground and canned 2 feet above, on which is to be laid a frame building sills 8 inches square, posts 11 feet high 4 by 8 inches, braced above and below, lower ooring joists and to be 2 by 8 inches, 18 inches apart, bridged chamber oor joist 2 by 6 inches apart to be laid so that the rooms nish 8 feet in the clear, sides and ends and roof to be boarded with good seasoned pine boards and shingled with the best cypress or juniper shingles 12 inches long laid not more than 4 inches to the weather on the roof, and ve inches on the sides and ends. The house at each place to be divided into two rooms with an entry between 7 feet wide and a chimney in each end of each house, with a re place in each room below, 3 windows in each room below of 12 inches, lights 10 by 12 glass. The stairs to lead from the entry to the attic, closet back of the stairs attic divided into two chambers with entry between 6 feet wide one of the chambers divided into 2 rooms, a lantern window in the entry and a window in each of the small rooms, and 2 in each of the large ones, of 12 lights each 10 by 8 glass, collared with lead as well as both the chimneys doors in front and back of the entry, one to lead into each of the parlor chambers and closet. The doors to be 4 planked one inches thick except the front and back doors which are to be 1 inches thick. The front with freeze light with a good lock, hinges and latch on each end a bolt on the back door. Parlor entry, chambers and closet to be latched and plastered and nished in a plane and substantial manner, gutters back and front of the houses made of tin or wood with trunks to lead off the water into a cistern an opening to be left in each side of the brick foundations 8 by 12 inches a piazza on front sides of each house 8 feet wide oors six inches below the sill of the door and the roof shingled as speci ed for the houses all the wood work except the roof to be painted with two coats of white lead and oil all the oors in the houses to be laid double, at a convenient distance from each dwelling is to be erected a frame kitchen 15 by 12 feet to stand each on 6 brick pillars 2 feet from the ground 10 feet post boarded and shingled roof like the dwelling, one third pitch, 2 windows in each 12 light 8 by 10 glass, one door a chimney for each with suitable re place for cooking with crane trimmed and hooks the oor double the attic oor single and matched one window in each attic compact stairs or steps to go into the attic. In the rear of each house a cistern is to be built of hard brick lined with Rowan cement, and large enough to contain 2500 gallons into which the rain gutters from the dwellings are to lead and the whole covered with a top and door of 2 inch pine plank seasoned and the said Bowden agrees to nish the towers, dwellings, cisterns, so as speci ed above at Cape San Blas by the 1st day March 1848 and those at Cape St. George by the 1st day of June 1848 for the sum of Thirteen thousand, four hundred dollars and the said Spencer one the part of the United States agrees to pay Bowden on completion and acceptance of the work, the above named sum of $13,400. In witness where of we have here to set our hands and seals the day and date above written. (Signed) Samuel W. Spencer (seal) Signed Sealed and delivered In the presence of C. Houston District of Apalachicola January 1st 1849 ******************** *********************** ***** Cape St. George Island Lighthouse 1848 Constructed by Edward Bowden in 1848; Conical tower constructed of brick and iron; 74 feet high. Lighted in 1850; Deactivated in mid-1994. Original lens: 15 xed Lewis lamps with sixteeninch re ectors; Winslow Lewis (1843). Third-order xed Fresnel lens; HenryLePaute (1857). Present: none. Focal plane: 72 feet. Collapsed following Hurricane Dennis in 2005. The lighthouse has been reconstructed on St. George Island for public viewing. Cape San Blas Lighthouse Year Light First Lit: 1885 Is the Light Operational? NO Date Deactivated: 1996 Automated: 1981 Foundation Materials: IRON PILING Construction Materials: CAST IRON Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN Shape: SKELETON AROUND SLENDER CYLINDER Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE Tower Height: 90 Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL Year Original Lens Installed: 1859 Present Optic: THIRD ORDER, BIVALVE Year Present Lens Installed: 1906 Height of Focal Plane: 101 Fresnel Lens Disposition: BARBIER, BENARD ET TURENNE THIRD ORDER BIVALVE LENS & CLOCKWORK MECHANISM STILL IN TOWER Has tower been moved? YES, 1918 Trades & Services GET YOUR AD IN 227-7847 T ODAY! C A LL G ET YOUR AD IN C A LL TODAY 227-7847 Dri Brite Brite Brite Brite Brite 850-229-9663 15 Years of Service! 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Local B6 | The Star Thursday, December 13, 2012 Criminal Defense Social Security Disability Appleman & Trucks, P.A. 422 West Beach Drive, Panama City, FL 32401 Call (850) 230-5550 or Visit Us Online at applemanlaw.com Attorneys Jim Appleman J. Karl Trucks MONDAY: Fried Catsh D inner with two side items: $9.95 Fried Catsh Sandwich with one side: $5.99 TUE S DAY & WEDNE S DAY: CLO S ED THUR S DAY: Shrimp D inner with two side items: $10.95 Shrimp PoBoy with one side: $7.95 FRIDAY: Fried Mullet D inner with Fries & Coleslaw: $9.95 H amburger with Fries $ 5.95 SA T URDAY: CO M E W A TC H T HE GA M E S W I T H U S $2.00 L ongnecks: Bud Light, Budweiser, Miller Lite, Coors Light 10 wings 7.99, 20 wings 15.99, Fried G reen Beans 6.99. SUNDAY: Buy one E ntre at R egular price get 2nd E ntre at Price. **of equal or lesser value** H A PP Y H OUR E VERYDAY 4 P.M. T O 6 P.M. $1.50 BUD L IGH T & MILLER L I T E D RA FT $2.50 WELL D RINK S $3.00 H OU S E WINE. IC E COLD O Y ST ER S ON T HE H AL F SHELL, FRIED, BAKED OR S T EA M ED. *Shark card discounts do not apply to daily specials* OP EN D AILY N OON T ILL 9 P.M. SEA F OOD MARKE T & PA C KAGE S T ORE OP EN 7 D AY S A W EEK 11 A .M. T ILL 7 P.M. 2413 S R 30 A SI MM ON S BAYOU JU ST 6 M ILE S E O F PSJ DAILY SPECIAL S : Locally owned and operated Home Business Auto Health Workers Comp NEW LOCATION: dbutler@coastalcoverage.com WWW.LOOKOUTLOUNGE.COM RANDY STA R K ON THE POOP DECK FRI DAY @ 9 P M ET J O I NED B Y A R T L ON G ON S A X S AT UR DAY @ 9 P M ET KA R AOKE / D J I N THE C R O WS NE S T FRI DAY & S AT UR DAY @ 9 P M ET Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas! The Lookout Crew Local B6 | The Star Thursday, December 13, 2012 Listers longtime readers and fans of his mysteries will recognize many familiar elements. Carries Gift is similar to my other books in style and theme and worldview, Lister said, adding with a smile, minus the murder. When asked why his love story is set at Christmas, Lister responded, Christmas, like love, is magic. To me, the feeling of falling in love and the feeling surrounding the Christmas season are not dissimilar. Some of my favorite romantic movies are set at Christmas Its a Wonderful Life, Love Actually, The Holiday, Love Affair and The Family Stone. The two main characters of Carries Gift were in high school together in the 80s, and the book includes a lot of 80s elements. Im a child of the s, Lister said. Carries Gift gave me a chance to revisit my teens: the music (Lionel Richie love songs), the fashion (parachute pants), the events (the Challenger space shuttle disaster) that shaped our lives. It was so much fun. The book also gave me the opportunity to re ect on love and loss, life and death, meaning and what really matters in life. Lister will be signing and discussing Carries Gift from 1-3 p.m. ET Saturday, Dec. 15, at Downtown Books in Apalachicola and later from 4-8 p.m. CT at a Carries Gift Christmas Party at CityArts Coop in downtown Panama City. AUTHOR from page B1 Its really a career entry program, Hauck said. We are trying to get them to broaden their horizons. They receive experiences that they might not otherwise get and exposure to jobs they wouldnt normally have. The group some 19 students are currently participating in the program meets monthly at lunch time to discuss a variety of subjects pertaining to college, vocational and career training. Much of it is basic, such as proper etiquette for interviews no jeans, collared shirts, pants tucked in, eye contact. A lot of it is getting into fundamentals, Hauck said. With some of them, a lot of it is drawing them out, but the older students are pretty gung-ho. They see the bene ts. The bene ts include job shadowing days in small businesses around town and summer employment for some. Students, by attending and participating in various events and programs within the HSHT umbrella, also earn points. Eighty points earns a student a refurbished laptop computer from the Dyslexia Research Institute. Sixty points earns summer employment. That is the ultimate, they work for three weeks during the summer and if they stay with it they get a monetary bonus at the end, Hauck said. A lot of times that job does grow out of the job shadowing. Weve had several students work for CVS and for Fairpoint (Communications). And they do have to participate. This is a real job. We had 11 kids that worked this past summer and that is really good. One of those was Torey Williams, a junior who worked this past summer at Fairpoint. That exposure has led to the possibility that Williams will pursue a job in computers or technology. I do like working with computers, Williams said. The program has really taught me responsibility for work, for learning something and sticking to it. It makes me feel more comfortable about going out and getting a job. I can put on my resume that I participated in the program and what I learned. Shenoya Fennell worked at CVS last summer. Also a junior, she is focused on getting the computer she fell a point shy of last year, a computer Williams earned. The program has given me more insight into what eld I wanted to go into, Fennell said, adding she hopes to pursue a career in the medical eld. Actually being able to work with people in that eld helped a lot. You are put in the eld you want to be in and you learn so much about it. The trip to Tyndall was another of the perks for students in High School High Tech, who regularly experience workplace eld trips during the school year. Their host was Barbara Copeland Civ USAF ACC 325 FSS/FSFR who worked with Hauck to organize the visit. Students visited Wright Laboratories and were exposed to alternative energies for use in countries such as Afghanistan. Experiments were on going in the growing and the use of algae as an alternate, replenishable fuel. They visited the tent city where solar panels were built into the top of tents to test for use in lighting, electricity and air conditioning. They also visited the robotics laboratory where robots were used for a wide variety of functions, such as mine detection and sweeping, perimeter patrol and use in checkpoints. The students were able to manipulate the robots in simulating the observation, retrieval and detonation of bombs. That was pretty cool, Williams said. We got to play with robots. They were showing us all kinds of things they could do. They are so advanced. Students also went to the ight line where the air traf c controllers worked and trained. There is a state of the art simulator for training air traf c controllers which the students were able to see in action. You learn all about the tower and the responsibilities, Fennell said. I thought that was very interesting. The last great bay is somewhere between crisis and collapse, he said. The impacts will be way beyond oysters. This affects many habitats. Thats the type of urgency were trying to convey to you today. What were hoping is to encourage you to help us move this issue forward. Its not just a bay thats threatened, its a way of life, said Ashley. All the money in the world is not going to restore a working waterfront, and a natural heritage. We need the leadership, the ownership, of this industry. Were going to look to you for that leadership, he told FWC. Ashley outlined several requests of the FWC, topped by having the commission press Gov. Rick Scott to continue dialogue with Alabama and Georgia to address upstream freshwater issues and agree to a shared sacri ce distribution plan among the three states. Ashley urged FWC to help in shaping a strategic plan for the ACF, a point later echoed by Ted Forsgren, executive director of the Florida Coastal Conservation Association, who noted that Florida has a plan of its own to regulate waters within the state. Ashley appealed for FWC to support efforts by the Florida congressional delegation, led by Sen. Bill Nelson, to gain passage of a Water Resource Development Act that would guide the Army Corps of Engineers decisionmaking in releasing water downstream. The Corps must consider all sh and wildlife impacts under an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement), not just endangered species, he said. Authorized uses shall not exceed freshwater ows required to sustain rivers, bays and working waterfront communities. Ashley also asked FWC to contribute to the collection of data and documentation required to justify a sheries disaster declaration. In September, Gov. Scott asked the U.S. Department of Commerce for such a declaration, which remains pending. FWC Chairman Ken Wright said Florida State Senator Charlie Dean had pledged his support on legislative issues when he and the FWC commissioners were briefed on Apalachicola Bay issues during a Dec. 4 tour of the Apalachicola National Research Reserve headquarters in Eastpoint. Lets everybody get one voice, in one direction, Wright said. It doesnt take much to mess up some of these systems and you cant then throw enough money at it. FWC Executive Nick Wiley said he would keep the commissioners regularly abreast of developments regarding the Apalachicola Bay, but that there were limits as to what effect FWC could have on a shery declaration. The key is economic loss, and we cant document that until it happens, he said. And its happening right now. We need all hands on deck to address this crisis, Wiley said. FWC Vice Chairwoman Kathy Barco said more needs to be done to convince Atlantas 4.2 million residents of the problems that overconsumption at the rivers source waters create for the estuary. Those are the people we have to convince of the impact, and theres such a disconnect, she said. This area is so special for so many reasons, FWC Member Brian Yablonski said. This is one of the few places in all the world where men and women harvest wild oysters. This is what were about, preserving the wild, native heritage of Florida. FWC from page B1 Shenoya Fennell and Katie Noble from the High School High Tech program at Port St Joe High School receive instruction from an airman at Tyndall AFB on controlling a bomb retrieval robot. HORIZONS from page B1

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CLASSIFIEDSThursday, December 13, 2012 The Star | B7 89524S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 2009-CA302 CIT SMALL BUSINESS LENDING CORPORATION, Plaintiff, vs. TAUNTON TRUSS, INC., a Florida corporation; DAVID L. TAUNTON; ABIGAIL J. TAUNTON; TAUNTON DEVELOPMENT, INC., a Florida corporation; DANIEL TAUNTON; KRISTI TAUNTON; MARTHA FOWLER; SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC.; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. (MERS), as nominee for SUN-TRUST MORTGAGE, INC.; ALFA FINANCIAL CORPORATION D/B/A OFC CAPITAL; OFC CAPITAL CORPORATION; MIDCOUNTRY BANK; CITICORP LEASING, INC.; CAPITAL CITY BANK; TENNESSEE COMMERCE BANK; CENTRAL LEASING CORPORATION; and WESTERN FINANCE & LEASE INC, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, pursuant to the Motion of Plaintiff, CIT Small Business Lending Corporation, to Schedule Foreclosure Sale entered in the above-styled cause, in the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, in and for Gulf County, Florida, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, will sell the following real property and personal property, situated in Gulf County, Florida, and more particularly described as follows: Parcel I: Commencing at an iron rod marking the Southeast corner of Southeast Quarter of Northwest Quarter of Section 24, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence South 8905’50” West (assumed) 647.27 feet to a point on the East right of way line of State Road No. 71 said point being 33.0 feet from and at right angle to the centerline of said State Road; thence North 0446’43” East along the Easterly line of an existing ditch 168.00 feet to an iron pipe for the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence North 0511’45” West, 48.96 feet; thence North 0804’27” West along the Easterly line of an existing ditch 46.68 feet to a point on the Easterly right of way line curve of said State Road No. 71, said point being 33.00 feet from and radial to the centerline of said State Road; said curve having a radius of 1651.42 feet and being concave Westerly; thence Northerly along the arc of said curve through a central angle of 2035’55” for 593.71 feet said arc being subtended by a chord bearing and distance of North 1014’30” West, 590.52 feet; thence leaving said right of way line curve North 8905’50” East, 784.10 feet. Thence South 4434’00” West, 343.36 feet; thence South 4043’09” West, 471.08 feet; thence South 4607’04” West, 124.53 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; containing 5.536 acres, more or less and being subject to a drainage easement across the following portion thereof: Commence at an iron rod marking the Southeast corner of the Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 24, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence 8905’50” West (assumed) 647.27 feet to a point on the East right of way line of State Road No. 71 said point being 33.0 feet from and at right angle to the centerline of said State Road; thence North 0446’43” East along the Easterly line of an existing ditch 168.00 feet to an iron pipe for the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence North 0511’45” West, 48.96 feet; thence North 7312’44” East, 31.22 feet; thence North 4607’04” East, 65.00 feet; thence North 4043’09” East, 470.75 feet; thence North 4434’09” East, 319.77 feet; thence North 8905’50” East, 34.22 feet to an iron pipe, thence South 4434’00” West, 343.36 feet; thence South 4043’09” West, 471.08 feet; thence South 4607’ 04” West, 124.53 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Description by recent survey: Commence at a 4 inch by 4 inch concrete monument (no identification) marking the Southeast corner of the Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 24, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, as shown on the Florida Department of Transportation, right of way map as prepared by David H. Melvin, Inc. with a final date of January 13, 1999 (map no. 2190041, sheet 1 of 9); thence run South 8853’21” West along the South boundary of the said Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 24 for 622.82 feet to the Easterly right of way of State Road No. 71; thence Northerly along said Easterly right of way as follows: North 0047’33” East for 75.63 feet; thence South 8912’28” East for 3.28 feet; thence North 0649’25” East for 62.45 feet; thence North 0047’33” East for 29.89 feet to a set one half inch iron rod and cap LB0732 for the POINT OF BEGINNING; from said POINT OF BEGINNING continue North 0047’33” East along said Easterly right of way for 50.49 feet; thence North 8912’28” West along said Easterly right of way for 9.84 feet; thence North 0047’33” East along said Easterly right of way 15.90 feet to a point of curve to the left; thence along said right of way and curve with a radius of 1665.27 feet; through a central angle of 2123’44”, for an arc distance of 621.85 feet, (chord of said arc being North 0954’20” West, 618.24 feet to a set one half inch iron rod and cap LB0732; thence leaving said Easterly right of way run thence North 8900’45” East for 751.97 feet to a found 1 and 1/4 inch iron pipe; thence South 4428’55” West for 343.36 feet to a set one half inch rod and cap LB0732; thence South 4038’04” West for 471.08 feet to a set one half inch iron rod and cap LB0732; thence South 4602’21” East for 123.95 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; containing 5.502 acres, more or less. Subject to a drainage easement across the following portion thereof: Commence at a 4 inch by 4 inch concrete monument (no identification) marking the Southeast corner of the Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 24, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, as shown on the Florida Department of Transportation, right of way map as prepared by David H. Melvin, Inc. with a final date of January 13, 1999, (map no. 2190041, sheet 1 of 9); thence run South 8853’21” West along the South boundary of the said Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 24 for 622.82 feet to the Easterly right of way of State Road No. 71; thence Northerly along said Easterly right of way as follows: North 0047’33” East for 75.63 feet; thence South 8912’28” East for 3.28 feet; thence North 0649’25” East for 62.45 feet; thence North 0047’33” East for 29.89 feet to a set one half inch iron rod and cap LB0732 for the POINT OF BEGINNING; from said POINT OF BEGINNING continue North 0047’33” East along said Easterly right of way for 50.08 feet; thence North 7307’39” East for 25.35 feet; thence North 4601’59” East for 65.00 feet; thence North 4038’04” East for 470.75 feet; thence North 4429’04” East for 219.77 feet; thence North 8900’45” East for 34.22 feet to a found 1 and 1/4 inch iron rod pipe; thence South 4428’55” West for 343.36 feet to a set one half inch iron rod and cap LB0732; thence South 4038’04” West for 471.08 feet to a set one half inch iron rod and cap LB0732; thence South 4602’21” East for 123.95 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Parcel II: Lots 1, 2 and the North 29 feet of Lot 3 in Section 24, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, according to the Higgins and Hollinger Plat of the Town of Wewahitchka, Florida and on file in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida. Together with: All of the following property whether now owned or hereafter acquired and wheresoever located as well as the proceeds and products thereof: All equipment and machinery, including power-driven machinery and equipment, furniture, and fixtures now owned or hereafter acquired, together with all replacements thereof, all attachments, accessories, parts, equipment and tools belonging thereto or for use in connection therewith. All inventory, raw materials, work in progress, and supplies now owned or hereinafter acquired. All contract rights and general intangibles now in force or hereafter acquired. Including, without limitation: Alpine Timber Mill, M/N 620 PRO SSD, S/N M86TROSSDAC0740. Floor Truss Machine, M/N 47, S/N 748-018. Fork Lift Truck, Komatos, M/N FG4OZT-7, S/N 102992A. Roller System, M/N 705, S/N 705A02006. Wise Fork Lift, M/N MC81159, S/N 4549. Roller Press/Apline, M/N 214H, S/N 1451. Komatsu Fork Lift, M/N 4OZT/7, S/N 102475A. Air Compressor, M/N 1WD74, S/N R0004173. Panel Assembly Unit, M/N 1085-2211-2802212-125. Gantry Table-Alpine. Saw-Alpine Automill, M/N 344-B, S/N 344B0020008. Kaeser Fork Lift, M/N 2001, S/N 1071. Less and Except: Roof Truss Assembly: M/Tek 102’ Wkg Lg RoofGlider gantry, (2) heads, (14) steel, top tables, jigging & aisle pads, S/N 052005208359.1b, M/N 82700; (13) receivers SYSTEM PRICE, 2005, Good Condition, [(0) power -(0) idler conveyors -(0) FRP 460 volt]. Cutting equipment: Alpine ALS saw, S/N 276C05027-000, M/N 276C, 2005, Good Condition. Wall Panel Equipment: IBS wall panel line with (7) plant terminals/ stands & hub, [No guns included], 12’-3” x 16 Ft. Framing table/light bar, [With auto stops, tool laser, beam seam tilt option], 12’-3” x 16 Ft. Sheath/ Square table with multi-tool bridge, S/N 2000, 2001 & 2002, [With multi-tool bridgerouter bridge -stitch tool], 10’ x 10’ Ft. Component table / nailer & ejectors, S/N 2003, 2005 & 2006, [With auto stops -40 ft. of rollers], 13 Ft. Tilt table, S/N 1997, 1998 & 1999, [20 ft. of skate wheel conveyor], Super chop saw w/16’ Tiger stop, SYSTEM PRICE, 2005, Good Condition, 2006, Good Condition, [Pro if separate. 10 HP 24” blade, 15’ in/10’ out conv. 13” wide]. And Less and Except: Used Caterpillar Wheel Loader 980C, S/N: 63X002885, with cab, air conditioning heater, general purpose budget, with cutting edge, 26.5 x 25 tires, parts & operating manuals with new paint & decals. all at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, in the courthouse lobby located at Gulf County Clerk of Courts, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, at 11:00 a.m., ET on January, 3, 2013. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Pursuant to Florida Statute 45.031(2), this notice shall be published twice, once a week for two consecutive weeks, with the last publication being at least 5 days prior to the sale. Witness my hand and the official seal of this Court on November 30, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS, Clerk of Circuit Court BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Dec 13, 20, 2012 91415 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 12-104-CA CENTENNIAL BANK, an Arkansas banking corporation, successor in interest to Bayside Savings Bank, Plaintiff, vs. S & M PROPERTIES, LLC, a Florida limited liability company, MICHAEL L. BURKETT, et al. Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 14, 2012, in the abovestyled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Front Door of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456 at 11:00 am ET on January 3, 2013, the following described property: Commencing at the Northwest corner of Southeast 1/4 of Northeast 1/4 of Section 31, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, and run South for 320 feet to south line of County Road, thence run East for 334 feet to Point of Beginning, thence continue to run East for 236 feet, thence run South for 325 feet, thence run West 236 feet, thence run North for 325 feet to the Point of Beginning, same lying and being in Section 31, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida. Dated: December 7, 2012. Becky L. Norris Clerk of the Court By: Tanya Knox Deputy Clerk December 13, 20. 2012 89526S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CAPITAL CITY BANK, Plaintiff, vs. GREGORY F. FLETCHER A/K/A GREGORY FRANKLIN FLETCHER, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF GREGORY F. FLETCHER A/K/A GREGORY FRANKLIN FLETCHER, and UNKNOWN TENANT(S), Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE is given pursuant to a Final Judgment of Replevin and Foreclosure dated November 14, 2012, in Case No. 12-126-CA, of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, in which CAPITAL CITY BANK is the Plaintiff and GREGORY F. FLETCHER A/K/A GREGORY FRANKLIN FLETCHER is the Defendant, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the front door of the Courthouse in Port St. Joe, Gulf County Florida at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on January 3rd, 2013; the property set forth in the Final Judgment of Replevin and Foreclosure and more particularly described as follows: Exhibit “A” DESCRIPTION: (Parcel Id#00334-720R) Lot 4, Block G, Howard Creek Properties, Unit 4, more particularly described as follows: Commence at the Northwest corner of Section 8, Township 7 South, Range 8 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence South 00 degrees 07 minutes 25 seconds West for 25.00 feet; thence South 89 degrees 51 minutes 35 seconds East, parallel with the North line of said Section 8 for 1949.2 feet; thence South 00 degrees 08 minutes 25 seconds West for 749.00 feet; thence North 89 degrees 51 minutes 35 seconds West, parallel with North line of said Section 8 for 100.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Thence continue North 89 degrees 51 minutes 35 seconds West for 100.00 feet; thence South 00 degrees 08 minutes 25 seconds West for 218.00 feet; thence South 89 degrees 51 minutes 35 seconds East, parallel with North line of said Section 8 for 100.00 feet; thence North 00 degrees 08 minutes 25 seconds East for 218.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. DATED; November 30, 2012 REBECCA L. NORRIS Clerk of the Circuit Court BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Garvin B. Bowden, Esq. Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth, Bowden, Bush, Dee, LaVia & Wright, P.A. 1300 Thomaswood Drive Tallahassee, Florida 32308 Dec 13, 20, 2012 89528S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 12-99-CA CAPITAL CITY BANK, Plaintiff, vs. THE ESTATE OF MAXWELL WOODROW FLEMING, JR. A/K/A MAXWELL FLEMING A/K/A MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A DR. MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A MAX FLEMING A/K/A MAX W. FLEMING, DECEASED; THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST MAXWELL WOODROW FLEMING, JR. A/K/A MAXWELL FLEMING A/K/A MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A DR. MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A MAX FLEMING A/K/A MAX W. FLEMING, DECEASED; BETTY L. FLEMING A/K/A BETTY FLEMING; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY -INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE; BAY MEDICAL CENTER; CAPITAL ONE BANK; and UNKNOWN TENANT(S), Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE is given pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure and Reformation of Mortgage dated November 27, 2012, in Case No. 12-99-CA, of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Gulf County, Florida, in which CAPITAL CITY BANK is the Plaintiff and THE ESTATE OF MAXWELL WOODROW FLEMING, JR. A/K/A MAXWELL FLEMING A/K/A MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A DR. MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A MAX FLEMING A/K/A MAX W. FLEMING, DECEASED; THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST MAXWELL WOODROW FLEMING, JR. A/K/A MAXWELL FLEMING A/K/A MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A DR. MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A MAX FLEMING A/K/A MAX W. FLEMING, DECEASED; BETTY L. FLEMING A/K/A BETTY FLEMING; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY -INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE; BAY MEDICAL CENTER; and CAPITAL ONE BANK is the Defendant, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the front door of the Courthouse in Port St. Joe, Gulf County, Florida at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on January 3, 2013 the property set forth in the Final Judgment of Foreclosure and Reformation of Mortgage and more particularly described as follows: Lots 7, 8, 9 and the North 5 feet of Lot 6, Block 9 of Gulf County Land Company’s Subdivision of Wewahitchka, Florida according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page(s) 11, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. DATED: November 30, 2012 REBECCA L. NORRIS Clerk of the Circuit Court BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Garvin B. Bowden, Esq. Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth, Bowden, Bush, Dee, LaVia & Wright, P.A. 1300 Thomaswood Drive Tallahassee, Florida 32308 Dec 13, 20, 2012 91151S PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2012-13 **Re-Advertisement** All previous Bidders must re-submit a new bid proposal Sealed bids for City of Port St. Joe for replacement of a Horizontal Pump at the 1st Street Lift Station will be received at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 up until 4:00 PM EST, Friday December 21, 2012. Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged, Friday December 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM EST, in the City Commission Chambers. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidder’s name, address, date and time of opening, and bid number for “Replacement of Horizontal Pump at the 1st Street Lift Station”. DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Remove the existing pump, motor and base plate. Provide and install a skid mounted horizontal pump (per codes/regulations). It is recommended that each bidder perform a site visit prior to submitting a bid to ensure that they have satisfied themselves to existing conditions and to certify that they fully understand the entire scope of this Work. Site visits shall be scheduled by contacting the Public Works Department at 850-229-8247. The proposal shall include all labor and materials as it relates to the following: The disassembly of the existing pump from the concrete base and removal from the dry pit. The reassembly of the new pump with special alignment by a Certified Alignment Technician. The new horizontal pump shall be a 15 HP/460 Volt and deliver 800 GPM @ 37’ TDH (1200 RPM) with a tangential CCW rotation discharge (like existing Paco Pump), stainless steel wear rings, certified test curve, and water flush seal. Pump shall have a five (5) year 100% Warranty Startup Services by a pump manufacturers certified technician All required 6” piping, flanges, fittings, hardware, etc. necessary to reconnect new pump to existing suction and discharge piping. Work shall be performed by a licensed Contractor and all applicable permits shall be required. Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) to automatically operate the new horizontal pump based on level. One (1) Level Transducer Install a transfer switch into existing control panel between VFD and existing starter. VFD shall have a six (6) year 100% Warranty Provide estimated start and completion dates. All technical data relating to proposed equipment shall be submitted with bid, failure to include data will result in disqualification of bid. For questions concerning this project, please contact John Grantland at 850-229-8247 The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Bids in whole or in part, to waive informalities in the process, to obtain new Statements of Bids, or to postpone the opening pursuant to the City’s purchasing policies. Each Statement of Bid shall be valid to the City of Port St. Joe for a period of sixty (60) days after the opening. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. December 6, 13, 2012 91139S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 2012-54PR IN RE: The Estate of BETTY DARCEY MIMS, a/k/a BETTY ANN MIMS, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Betty Darcey Mims, a/k/a Betty Ann Mims, deceased, File Number 2012-54PR, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 6, 2012. Ann Whittle 1326 Garrison Avdenne Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Attorney for Petitioner J. Patrick Floyd Law Offices J. Patrick Floyd, Chtd. 408 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL 32546 (850) 227-7413 FL Bar No. 257001 December 6, 13, 2012 91223S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION: CASE NO.: 08-00476 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR STRUCTURED ASSET INVESTMENT LOAN TRUST, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES, 2006-4 Plaintiff, vs. ERNEST REESE 91191S PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2012-14 ** Advertisement** All Bidders must submit a bid proposal Sealed bids for City of Port St. Joe for Replacement of the Waste Water Treatment Plant Off Road Forklift will be received at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 up until 4:00 PM EST, Friday December 21, 2012. Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged, Friday December 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM EST, in the City Commission Chambers. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidder’s name, address, date and time of opening, and bid number for “Replacement of Waste Water Treatment Plant Off Road Forklift” DESCRIPTION OF EQUIPMENT: New or Used off road telehandler. *Manufactured 2005 or newer. *Lifting capacity 6000 lb. minimum. All wheel drive. *Four wheel steering. *Remote tilt. *34 feet lift minimum. *Certified 2500 hour run time maximum. *All equipment (lighting, safety equipment, tires, fenders, mirrors, controls) in good working condition. *No non manufacturer equipment modifications For questions concerning this Equipment, please contact Bob Lyles at 850-229-6395 The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Bids in whole or in part, to waive informalities in the process, to obtain new Statements of Bids, or to postpone the opening pursuant to the City’s purchasing policies. Each Statement of Bid shall be valid to the City of Port St. Joe for a period of sixty (60) days after the opening. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer December 6, 13, 2012 Comfort CareNon-Medical Companionship & home care for seniors. Medical Remiders, Meal Preperation, Light Housekeeping, Escort on Errons, Serving Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe. 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B8| The Star Thursday, December 13, 2012 CLASSIFIEDS Your land or family land is all you need to buy a new home. Call 850-682-3344 Mobile Home Repos Statewide. Move in Ready. Call 850-682-3344 RENTALS3 BR 3 BA UNFURNISHED CONDO LONG TERM, POOL .............................................$850 2 BR 1 BA UNFURNISHED HOUSE FL ROOM, FENCED YARD, GARAGE ..................$800 3 BR 2 BA FURNISHED APT W/D, CARPORT, ST PARKING ............................$600 2 BR 1 BA UNFURNISHED APT NEW PAINT, SMALL PORCH ...............................$375 1 BR 1 BA UNFURNISHED APT ST PARKING, REMODELED, INC WATER ..........$425 3 BR 1 BA FURNISHED APT WEEKLY OR MONTHLY, INC UTILITIES 3 BR 1 BA UNFURNISHED DUPLEX DOWNTOWN CARRABELLE ...............................$600 2 OFFICE SPACES US 98 CARRABELLE ...............................................$300 BOTH 108 S. E. AVE. A CARRABELLE, FLORIDA 32322850-697-9604 850-323-0444 www.seacrestre.comwww. rst tness.com/carrabellePROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND RENTALS JOB NOTICETHE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE POP. 3445 IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITION: Full time Police O cer Please submit an application to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn: Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, FL 32457. Applications and a full job description can be found on our website cityofportstjoe.com. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850)229-8261 The position will close on December 21, 2012. The entry level salary for a Police O 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. EASTERN SHIPBUILDING GROUP MORE THAN A JOB… A FUTURE! LONG TERM WORK an aggressive leader in the Marine Industry, located in Panama City, FL has the following opportunities for skilled craftsmen:PIPEFITTERS  PIPE WELDERS SHIPFITTERS  STRUCTURAL WELDERS X-RAY WELDERS  ELECTRICIANSCompetitive wages DOE, and a comprehensive bene ts package including: Company paid health, dental, and life insurance, 401(k), attendance & safety bonuses. Normal work week to include overtime. Quali ed craftsmen should apply in person: Mon-Fri, 8am-12pm 1pm4:30 pmHUMAN RESOURCES (2 Locations): 13300 Allanton Rd., Panama City, FL 32404 and 134 S. East Ave., Panama City, FL 32401Applications are also accepted at our East Ave Of ce Saturdays, 8am-12pm.(850) 522-7400, ext. 2285, 2322, or 2302 Fax: (850) 874-0208EOE/Drug Free Workplace These tiny ads sell, hire, rent and inform for thousands of families each week.Let a little Classified ad do a big job for you. EmeraldCoast Marketplace 747-5020 ANTLEY; SARA M. ANTLEY, UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 28th day of November, 2012, and entered in case No. 08-00476, of the Circuit Court of the 14TH Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR STRUCTURED ASSET INVESTMENT LOAN TRUST, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-4 is the Plaintiff and ERNEST REESE ANTLEY; SARA M. ANTLEY and UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, are defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the, FRONT LOBBY OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 1000 5TH STREET, PORT ST. JOE, FL 32456, 11:00 AM on the 10th day of January, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOTS 8, 10, AND 12, BLOCK 56, CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL MAP THEREOF ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. Dated this 28th day of November, 2012. REBECCA NORRIS Clerk Of The Circuit Court BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Submitted by: Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson, P.A. 1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 (954) 453-0365 Fax: (954) 771-6052 Toll Free: 800-441-2439 December 6, 13, 2012 91235S PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2012-15 ** Advertisement** All Bidders must submit a bid proposal Sealed bids for City of Port St. Joe for replacement of #2 High Service Pump, provide basic remanufacture of #2 High Service Pump Motor, and provide reinstallation of #2 High Service Pump and Pump Motor, at the White City Water System Booster Station will be received at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 up until 4:00 PM EST, Friday December 21, 2012. Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged, December 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM EST, in the City Commission Chambers. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidder’s name, address, date and time of opening, and bid number for “Replacement of #2 High Service Pump, provide basic remanufacture of #2 High Service Pump Motor, and provide reinstallation of #2 High Service Pump and Pump Motor, at the White City Water System Booster Station”. DESCRIPTION OF WORK: *Supply a new pump to replace the existing Goulds Pump MTX 3196, 3x4x8, A70, S/N M93126C01-C02 with equal performance & required maintenance. *Perform basic remanufacture of current pump motor. 25HP, 3600 RPM, 480V., 256T frame. ( to include but not limited to change both bearings, balance rotor, check and reinsulate winding). *Reinstall pump and motor, utilizing laser alignment. (coupling provided by the City of Port St. Joe) Site visits shall be scheduled by contacting the City of Port St. Joe Water Plant at 850-229-1421. The proposal shall include all labor and materials as it relates to the following: *The reassembly of the new pump and remanufactured motor with special alignment by a Certified Alignment Technician. *Pump shall have a five (5) year 100% Warranty *The remanufactured motor shall have a one (1) year 100% bearing Warranty. *Startup Services by a pump manufacturers certified technician *All required piping hardware, etc. necessary to reconnect new pump to existing suction and discharge piping. Work shall be performed by a licensed Contractor and all applicable permits shall be required. *Provide estimated start and completion dates. *All technical data relating to proposed equipment shall be submitted with bid, failure to include data will result in disqualification of bid. For questions concerning this project, please contact Bob Lyles at 850-229-6395 The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Bids in whole or in part, to waive informalities in the process, to obtain new Statements of Bids, or to postpone the opening pursuant to the City’s purchasing policies. Each Statement of Bid shall be valid to the City of Port St. Joe for a period of sixty (60) days after the opening. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer December 6, 13, 2012 91251S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 23-2009-CA-000527 DIVISION: BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. MAX GARDNER, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated November 27, 2012 and entered in Case NO. 23-2009-CA000527 of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida wherein BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., is the Plaintiff and MAX GARDNER; JUDY L. GARDNER; SHALLOW REED PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at LOBBY OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE at 11:00AM, on the 3rd day of January, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 22 OF SHALLOW REED PHASE ONE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE(S) 8, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A LOT 22 THE VILLAGE AT, PORT ST. JOE, FL 32410 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on November 30, 2012. Rebecca L. Norris Clerk of the Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk **See Americans with Disabilities Act If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. ADA Coordinator P.O. Box 1089 Panama City, FL 32402 Phone: 850-747-5338 Fax: (850) 747-5717 Hearing Impaired: Dial 711 Email: ADARequest@ jud14.flcourts.org F09091136 December 6, 13, 2012 91285S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2011-CA-179 21st MORTGAGE CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation, Plaintiff, vs. GREGORY BYRD, KELLIANNE BYRD, his wife, Defendants, CLERK’S NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that in accordance with the Plaintiff’s Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on November 27, 2012 in abovestyled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash on January 3, 2013 at 11:00 A.M.(EST), at the Gulf County Courthouse, located at 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, the following described property: See Attached Exhibit “A” annexed hereto and incorporated herein, EXHIBIT “A” COMMENCING AT THE NW CORNER OF SW 1/4 OF SW 1/4 OF SECTION 32, TOWNSHIP 5 S, RANGE 11 W, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA, THENCE N ALONG SECTION LINE FOR 100 FEET TO THE N SIDE OF A COUNTY ROAD; THENCE W ALONG SAID N SIDE OF ROAD A DISTANCE OF 730 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE N 330 FEET; THENCE E 330 FEET; THENCE S 330 FEET; THENCE W 330 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; SAID LAND BEING LOCATED IN THE NE 1/4 OF THE SE 1/4, SECT. 31, T5S, R11W. LESS AND EXCEPT THAT CERTAIN PARCEL SOLD TO ARCHIE BARBEE DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORD BOOK 107 AT PAGE 256 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. LESS AND EXCEPT THAT CERTAIN PARCEL SOLD TO GUSTAVE A, SANDER AND WIFE, LINDA M. SANDER DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORD BOOK 170 AT PAGE 536 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. Together with that certain 2005 Horton 66 x 27 Mobile Home model Mirgeillers Serial Number: 181474GL&R Property Address: 227 Forest Drive, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Dated: November 30, 2012 Rebecca L. Norris Clerk of Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk December 13, 20, 2012 91283S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 12-169-CA CAPITAL CITY BANK, Plaintiff, vs. JOEY KEETH A/K/A KENNETH CHARLES JOSEPH KEETH, THE ESTATE OF JOE CORNETT A/K/A BILLY JOE CORNETT, DECEASED, BILL CHAMPION A/K/A WILLIAM J. CHAMPION, and UNKNOWN TENANT(S), Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE is given pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 27, 2012, in Case No. 12-169-CA, of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Gulf County, Florida, in which CAPITAL CITY BANK is the Plaintiff and JOEY KEETH A/K/A KENNETH CHARLES JOSEPH KEETH, THE ESTATE OF JOE CORNETT A/K/A BILLY JOE CORNETT, DECEASED, and BILL CHAMPION A/K/A WILLIAM J. CHAMPION are the Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the front door of the Courthouse in Port St. Joe, Gulf County, Florida at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on January 3, 2013, the property set forth in the Final Judgment of Foreclosure and more particularly described as follows: Lot 6, Block 39, Unit 3, St. Joseph’s Addition to the City of Port St. Joe, as per plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 32, Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. DATED November 30, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS Clerk of the Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Garvin B Bowden, Esq. Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth, Bowden, Bush, Dee, LaVia, & Wright, P.A. 1300 Thomaswood Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32308 December 13, 20, 2012 91293S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida, will on January 3, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, in the lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statues, offer for sale, and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder, the following described real property situated in Gulf County, Florida: Real Property Lot 8, Block 47, of the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, according to the official map on file in the office of the Clerk of 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. pursuant to the Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court, the style of which is 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 CHARLOTTE L. SIMS a/k/a CHARLOTTE L. HIGHTOWER, deceased. Defendants. and the docket number of which is 2012-CA-000105. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim with the clerk of the court within 60 days after the sale. In accordance with the AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the undersigned not later than seven days prior to the proceeding to ensure that reasonable accommodations are available. WITNESS my hand and the official seal of this Honorable Court this 30th day of November, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF COURT GULF COUNTY, FL By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk December 13, 20, 2012 91287S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2011-501 CA GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC 7360 S. Kyrene Road Tempe, AZ 85283 Plaintiff, vs. HERBERT WATKINS A/K/A HERBERT PAUL WATKINS, IF LIVING, BUT IF DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES OF HERBERT WATKINS A/K/A HERBERT PAUL WATKINS, DECEASED, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT, NORMA WATKINS A/K/A NORMA J. WATKINS, CITIFINANCIAL EQUITY SERVICES, INC., and THE UNKNOWN TENANT IN POSSESSION OF 1680 PLEASANT REST ROAD, WEWAHITCHKA, FLORIDA 32465 Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, pursuant to Plaintiffs Final Summary Judgment entered in the abovecaptioned action, I will sell the property situated in Gulf County, Florida, described as follows, wit: BEGIN AT THE NORTHWEST (NW) CORNER OF THE NE 1/4 OF SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 5 SOUTH, RANGE 11 WEST, AND RUN EAST FOR 210 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH FOR 210 FEET; THEN RUN WEST FOR 210 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH FOR 210 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; LYING AND BEING IN SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 5 SOUTH, RANGE 11 WEST, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA ;TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN 2000 HOMES OF MERIT, TWIN MANOR MOBILE HOME, 24 x 42, SERIAL NUMBER; FLHMB-657644793A&B. Commonly known as: 1680 PLEASANT REST ROAD, WEWAHITCHKA, FLORIDA 32465. at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash at the Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, at 11:00 AM (EST), on the 3rd day of January, 2013. If you are subordinate lien holder claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must file a claim with the Clerk of Court no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to file a claim, you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. Notice to Persons With Disabilities: If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Court Administrator’s office not later than seven days prior to the proceeding. REBECCA NORRIS Clerk of the Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk December 13, 20, 2012 91339S PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR WATER USE PERMIT Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the following application for a water use permit has been received by the Northwest Florida Water Management District: Application number I07360 filed 11/30/2012 General Chemical LLC, 281 Chemical Drive, P.O. Box 68, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Requesting a maximum withdrawal of 120,000 gallons per day from the Floridan and Surficial Aquifer Systems for Industrial use by an existing facility. General withdrawal location(s) in Gulf County: T08S, RI0W, Sec. 6 Interested persons may submit written comments/ objection or submit a written request for the notice of proposed agency action (NOPAA) regarding the application by writing to: Division of Resource Regulation, Northwest Florida Water Management District, attn: Terri Peterson, 152 Water Management Drive, Havana, Florida 32333. A NOPAA will be mailed only to persons who have filed such requests. A NOPAA must be requested in order to be advised of further proceedings and any public hearing date. Written comments/ objection or NOPAA requests must be received by 5:00 p.m, eastern time on December 26, 2012. No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. Publication of this notice constitutes constructive notice of the permit application to all substantially affected persons. December 13, 2012 91301S PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS GULF COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS INVENTORY BID #1213-03 Gulf County Public Works desires to contract with an individual or company to provide inventory weekly for our fleet, detention crew and operation needs. Please place YOUR COMPANY NAME, SEALED BID, and the BID NUMBER on the outside of your envelope, and provide three copies of your proposal. Bids must be submitted to and specifications may be obtained from the Gulf County Clerk’s Office at 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456 by Friday, January 4, 2013 by 4:30 p.m., E.T. Specifications may also be obtained at www. gulfcounty-fl.gov. Bids will be opened at this same location on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., E.T. The public is invited to attend. Questions regarding this bid should be directed to Joe Danford, Public Works Director at (850)-227-1401 or by email at jdanford@ gulfcounty-fl.gov. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GULF COUNTY., FLORIDA /s/ Tynalin Smiley, Chairman Attest: /s/ Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk December 13, 20, 2012 Extra Mile Pet SittingHome visits/overnight in the comfort of your pets home. Gulf & Bay County Diana 227-5770 Dan 227-8225 extramilepetsitting.com MUST SELL All Beautiful Solid Pine Bedroom Furniture, Cedar Chest, Mirror, Ent. Center Wicker and more Call 850-598-2431 CC Accepted! Entertainment Center for flat screen $500, Twin bedroom set $500 Nursery Furniture set $300, Couch $100. Dining table + 4 chairs $100 Treadmill $100 or OBO for items 972-838-7841 Port Saint Joe: 1006 Avenue A Sat. 8am -Until??Multi Family SaleFurniture, Jewelry, Collectibles, Baby Clothes, All kinds of Household Items and Much Much More!! Port St. Joe: 112 Bridgeport Lane, Saturday December 15th, 8am til 12 NoonYard SaleClothes, Shoes, and Misc. 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By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The Gulf County School Board voted unanimously last week to request a special election in the spring to ask voters to approve a one mil additional operating levy. In effect, the board is asking that voters continue their support expressed four years ago when a one mil additional operating levy was approved by ballot. The district is in the nal scal year in which it will receive that levy, which sunsets after four years. If the voters support us, we will be able to maintain education as we know it, said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton while asking the board to move forward on a full mil levy. If they do not, we would be a lot less viable. We are trying to maintain our viability in a tough economy. The board unanimously approved a resolution requesting that the Board of County Commissioners, which must sign off on any county-wide special election, agree to conduct a special election on March 5, 2013. Not yet decided is whether the election will be conducted by mailed ballots, reducing the costs, as was the case four years ago. Norton and board chair Linda Wood said they would look at the most economical way to conduct the election with Supervisor of Elections-elect John Hanlon. Simply, the math is tilting against the district. In the past four years since the additional operating levy was approved, declining property values have eroded the value of one mil and the district has realized roughly $4 million less than was projected in the run-up to the vote. In that same span, the district budget has fallen from roughly $21 million to under $16 million. Norton emphasized that school property taxes fell by 5 percent this past year alone. But with declining enrollment the district has lost almost 400 students the past decade and Port St. Joe Elementary alone is projected to be down another 40 students next year the funding from the state, based on enrollment and the property tax base, has left the district ghting an operational shortfall for several years. By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com In an about face the Gulf County Board of Commissioners said it would leave it to the local RESTORE committee to decide when and how they would hire outside expertise as the RESTORE Act process moves forward Commissioners had twice voted to move ahead with hiring former commissioner Bill Williams in some capacity, but county attorney Jeremy Novak said during Tuesdays regular meeting that hiring Williams would present some prohibitions. Novak said he received an advisory opinion from the Florida Commission on Ethics pertaining to the issue of hiring Williams, who left of ce last month, to work for the BOCC in some capacity as a resource/lobbyist for the RESTORE Act. Williams, as an of cer with Florida Association of Counties, had been a key local player in the RESTORE Act and at his nal meeting last month Commissioner Carmen McLemore moved, and the full board approved, moving ahead with hiring Williams. At the last BOCC meeting, Williams successor in the District 3 seat, Joanna Bryan, had attempted to halt the attorney exploring the options in hiring Williams but her motion died due to a 2-2 vote among board members present. Novak said the Ethics Commission wrote that the county could hire Williams to work for the county, but that there were strict prohibitions against Williams representing a third party before the By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Joanna Bryan, newly-elected County Commissioner for District 3, suggested Tuesday that commissioners examine changes for a more detailed approach to the commission agendas. The topic rst arose as representatives of the Gulf County School District came before the Board of County Commissioners, per law, asking the BOCC to honor a request from the School Board to hold a special election next spring on extending the districts one mil additional operating levy (see related story A1). The School Board is required to request the BOCC for the special election. My only issue is why this wasnt on the agenda, Bryan said. We werent given any opportunity to receive comment from our constituents on this. Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton said the request to the county was largely a procedural one and that he was following the process used four years ago when the School Board rst asked for the additional mil operating levy. We are following the exact process as four years ago, as dictated by law, Norton said. We have acted as fast as we could.By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com An investigation by the ofce of State Attorney Glenn Hess into extortion charges against a local political action committee and its president remains under review said David Angier, public information of cer for Hesss of ce. It is still considered an open investigation, Angier wrote in an email and therefore the le is not available to the public. This newspaper has asserted that as the original le was closed Oct. 16, that le should be public record. A formal public record request for the le was turned down, Angier wrote, due to the ongoing review. Hess closed the investigation by letter to Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigator Matthew Herring on Oct. 16. In his letter, Hess wrote that people would disagree as to whether the alleged charges of extortion were anything more than dirty politics not rising to the level of criminality. A prosecutors responsibility is to charge crimes when the facts can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, Hess wrote. In this instance the question is whether there was a crime or just dirty politics. Reasonable people could well differ. However, the case was reported by Angier to be reopened after an Oct. 25 50 For breaking news, visit www.starfl.com Thursday, DECEMBER 13, 2012Subscribe to The Star800-345-8688For your hometown paper delivered to your home! Real Estate Ad deadline is Thursday 11 a.m. ET Legal ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET Display ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET 227-1278 Classi ed deadline is Monday 5 p.m. ET 747-5020 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . 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The quarters are being kept on temporary moorings until disposition of the lighthouse and buildings are determined by the National Parks Service. Stones House Movers out of Sneads did the moving as subcontractor to CCI Contractors out of Shalimar. Lighthouse move completeDHiring former commissioner a dead issueSPECIAL TO THE STAR CAPE SAN BLAS LIGHTHOUSE See COMMISSIONER A2Bryan questions BOCC agenda See BOCC A2Extortion investigation by state attorney remains under reviewSee INVESTIGATION A3

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LocalA2 | The Star Thursday, December 13, 2012 County attorney Jeremy Novak said the agenda for BOCC meetings is set by noon on Wednesday of the week before the meeting and that the School Board had held its meeting and adopted the resolution for the special election last Thursday. Bryan pressed her point on the agenda. We are a representative form of government, Bryan said. We also have a job to do. There is a reason you have to come to the county commission. This is not a rubber stamp. Why wasnt this put on the agenda? Commissioner Carmen McLemore wondered why the issue was on the November ballot when 80 percent of the countys registered voters cast ballots. Norton said the board was newly-con gured after the election, that the district operates on a different budget cycle from the county and that the board had just nished with the current scal year and was trying to be proactive in looking ahead to the next scal year. Norton and Novak also noted a 60-day window in which the issue was sit before further action on the special election can be taken. My point is it could have been placed on the agenda, Bryan said. It is not just this but other issues that have come before the commission. This gives no opportunity to hear from my constituents. I think things should be placed on the agenda when we are going to vote for them. Commissioner Warren Yeager agreed to a point. We do need to make sure that everything we discuss, where humanly possible, should be on the agenda. The BOCC voted 5-0 to approve the special election, but Bryan later returned to the subject of the agenda. Citing how the city of Port St. Joe conducts its business, providing a detailed agenda and allowing public comment, but no voting, on anything not on the agenda, Bryan asked her fellow commissioners to consider changes to how the agenda is drafted. She said having a complete agenda of what will be coming before the BOCC would allow for more informed decisions from commissioners after hearing from constituents and argued that the greater transparency would bring more well-rounded decisions. Bryan also cited an advisory opinion from the Florida Attorney General which recommended city and county boards should not vote on potentially controversial issues that have not been properly noticed and placed on the agenda. I agree, Yeager said. I think some of the things that come before the board could be workshopped. Yeager also agreed that commissioners should take a closer look at the drafting of agendas. Bryan added that feedback from constituents during the election indicated a disappointment with the decision of the BOCC to move regular meetings from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m., during the work day. She said history showed the board had long met during the evening and that commissioners should examine at the idea and determine whether the original goals of moving the meetings to the morning had really been met.CAPE SAN BLAS LIGHTHOUSEGail Alsobrook with the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency presented a tentative design of a proposed Bay Park that would include the Cape San Blas Lighthouse along with two museums exploring the history of the area, an estuarine preserve similar to the one in Franklin County and other amenities. Alsobrook said the lighthouse and the need to relocate it presented an opportunity for collaboration among stakeholders such as the county which has proposed moving the threatened lighthouse to Salinas Park and the city of Port St. Joe to create a center of commerce which would force people driving U.S. 98 to stop and spend time in Port St. Joe. I do not support bringing the lighthouse into the city, McLemore said. Yeager said he believed in the end the U.S. Air Force, which owns the property on which the lighthouse and ancillary buildings are located, would make the nal decision on disposition. I agree with the spirit of cooperation, Yeager said. We need to concentrate on two things preserving it and making it a positive for the community. Thousands of families & individuals in our area are at risk of going to bed hungry and empty-handed on Christmas.WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?Mail in the Empty Stocking Fund envelope inserted in todays paper to the Salvation Army or The News Herald with your contribution!The Empty Stocking Fund provides food and toy baskets to thousands of families in Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Holmes, and Washington Counties. 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Crooms, M.D. General SurgeonOur mission is to improve the health status of the residents and visitors to Franklin County, By providing quality, compassionate, cost eective and convenient health care Through community leadership and in collaboration with other healthcare organizations Which serve our communities. BOCC from page A1BOCC or lobbying for the county outside the county for the next two years. He can not lobby on the countys behalf, Novak said. Novak emphasized that any violations of ethics law would fall on Williams, not the BOCC. Commissioner Warren Yeager said the countys RESTORE committee, an all-volunteer group, had made signi cant progress and was well ahead of the timeline for local work on RESTORE and hiring any consultant at this time would be premature, at best. We are way ahead of a timeline that this community needs advice on RESTORE, Yeager said. There will be a time we need expertise and lobbying but this is not the time. I think it is a dead issue. Yeager proposed leaving it to RESTORE committee members to alert the BOCC as to the need and scope of any outside expertise. His fellow commissioners agreed. It sounds like (hiring Williams) has a lot of strings, bells and whistles to it and we dont need to go into that, said Commissioner Ward McDaniel. Lets let this dog lay. McDaniel added that there might be opportunities down the road to piggy-back with other small counties that are stakeholders in RESTORE to combine resources on outside expertise or lobbying. And Novak noted that at the time the RESTORE committee requested such assistance from the BOCC, any scope of services that exceeded $5,000 would require the county to undertake a Request for Proposals or Request for Quali cations. Under $5,000, the county would still have to secure the required number of quotes, unless, Novak said, the county could demonstrate a sole source or emergency exemption to those policies.RESTORE CONSORTIUMYeager reported concerning the most recent meeting of the consortium of 23 counties working together to bring money from RESTORE to the state and counties. He said a compromise had been reached on the so-called Pot No. 1 under the RESTORE Act, which represents 35 percent of the total ne monies that would be divided among the ve impacted states. Under RESTORE, 75 percent of Floridas share would go to the eight most impacted counties, including Gulf. The compromise changed how that money would be spent. Originally, the rst 10 percent of those funds would be divided under a formula among the eight counties. The compromise changes that percentage to 20 percent, which could mean, based on a nal $10 billion ne, another $3-$6 million for the county. COMMISSIONER from page A1

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LocalThe Star| A3Thursday, December 13, 2012 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners during which a private citizen and former Commission chair Bill Williams each acknowledged the investigation. The citizen stated she had met with investigators on three to four occasions and Williams said that he had worn a wire as part of an investigation into whether actions by Citizens for Improving Gulf County, a local PAC founded earlier this year, amounted to an attempt to blackmail as it was expressed at least five times by Williams during the Oct. 25 BOCC meeting County Commissioner Warren Yeager out of the District 5 race. Yeager was re-elected. Angier communicated after the Oct. 25 BOCC meeting that the State Attorneys Office had reopened the case based on new information. In addition to Williams and the private citizen, the only person known to have spoken with investigators is St. Joe Beach resident Tom Graney. His is the only name that appears in the letter from Hess. Graney said he believes that he is the source of any conversation recorded by Williams. Graney, who said he considered Williams a friend and was a close political supporter of Williams since he first ran for the District 3 BOCC seat in 2004, said he had spoken at length with Williams about the local political landscape as Williams was trying to decide to seek re-election. I just wanted to tell him what was out there, Graney said. Graney said he related some of the information he knew to be in the public forum and acknowledged to Williams that the PAC was opposing the re-election of all BOCC incumbents. Later Herring and another investigator, neither would provide business cards after Graney asked for them, arrived at Graneys home and Graney said he was happy to speak to them and had nothing to hide. He said it quickly become clear as the investigators asked questions that the foundation for their questions came from his conversation with Williams. Graney labeled the entire exercise silliness. If I had any idea what they were talking about I would have told them to buzz off, Graney said. I got myself bush-whacked by Williams. This thing was a comedy routine. It was Keystone Kops. This is silliness. From the time word of the investigation became public, Graney has said he would like to know what probable cause was provided to fuel the investigation and whether Williams was authorized to record their conversation and, if so, based on what probable cause. Compounding that is the reality that the board has any real sway over just one component of the budget, Local Capital Improvement. The district has one of the lowest LCI millage rates in the state, at .400 mils and could raise it to as much as 1.50 mils, but that money can only be used for bricks and mortar, equipment, building needs, but not personnel or operating funds. Norton said he and staff had already identi ed some $600,000 in cuts after some $1.5 million last scal year that will likely take place no matter the outcome of the special election, but added that the district would face a shortfall of $1.8 million dollars if voters do not stay the course on the additional mil levy. It wont be school as normal if we lose that one mil, said board member John Wright, who said the impacts would be signi cant and across the board, impacting not only education but extracurricular activities. The district would also face a potential issue with addressing a state constitutional amendment which mandates teacher/student ratios at each grade level. The district is losing a second-grade teacher at Port St. Joe Elementary after the rst of the year and will not be hiring a permanent replacement, at least in the short-term. We are in an attrition mode, Norton said. There is just not much meat left on the bone. We are in a bad economic crunch. When we say we are paring as much as we can, we are paring as much as we can. District of cials also believe they have a strong case for voter approval of the additional mil levy. We may be small, but we are not small-time, Wood said. We need to put good people with our children. We need this for the children to continue to get the quality education they are getting. The district has been an honor roll district based primarily on results from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test from which school grades come and a high-performing district, which adds nancial accountability and responsibility to the mix, for ve consecutive years. Dual-enrollment in the high schools has been increasing for three years last year one student received his high school and AA degree the same month. The districts graduation rate this year it is 94 lister is consistently in the top ve among all districts in the state and is 20 percentage points above the state average. We have a wonderful school system, said board member Billy Quinn, Jr. In order to keep that, there are costs. We are beckoning to the community to stand behind us. Further, board members noted during a meeting last Thursday, they have held the line on property taxes and particularly the LCI portion and even contributed a portion of their own salaries to the district. We have done our jobs, Wright said. I am not ashamed of anything we have done as a school board. You can only cut so much before you cut quality. Board member George Cox noted that four years ago a central part of the districts pitch to voters was maintaining jobs. He said that remains the case currently, with as many as 40-60 jobs potentially on the line. There are still going to be jobs lost but we are going to try to save every job we can, Cox said. If the voters dont pass this, the school district will suffer. 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OpinionA4 | The Star Thursday, December 13, 2012It was a couple of days after Thanksgiving; we usually put our Christmas tree up and enjoy the football games on the weekend. Our old faithful articial tree bit the dust after about ten years. I guess the lugging up and down the stairs and forcing it in and out of the attic hatch nally took its toll. A new tree with lights already on it was acquired at the local bigbox store. The previous pre-lit tree seemed to work well and I kind of like the ball hanging more than the light stringing. For the tree to light up, you do have to plug it in. We plugged it in. It seemed happy for about an hour, and then the top part went out. The time that the top part of the tree stayed on went downhill from there. You could plug it in and it would stay on a couple of minutes, and then go out. After checking all of the lights, the fuses and everything else, I was bumfuzzled. I read and reread the instructions and the trouble-shooting tips. Nothing helped. I called the manufacturer of the tree and was pleased that someone answered the phone. I could also tell that the person who answered was denitely in the United States, so I was hoping for a solution. I did not get one. The nice fellow who worked for the company that made my new tree that did not work, explained to me that he would have to send to China to get a new top for my tree. He also said, If you are lucky, youll get it by Christmas. Of course I asked him, Cant you just open another box and send me a top? Again, he told me that he would have to get the new top from China. We have a lot of Tops China Chinese restaurants around where I live. I refrained from bringing them into the discussion. The big-box store was very nice and the manager told me that they had sold out of that particular tree, but they would be happy to exchange it for another. Like I said, I love the ball hanging, but I wasnt about to take all of them off and start over. I just decided to string some working lights on the top and maybe take it back after Christmas. Then I thought about it some more, maybe I needed this to help me understand the true meaning of Christmas and to help me understand where I wake up every day. Where do you wake up every day? Lately, a lot of folks have been struggling to get by. For some folks it hasnt just been lately; it is a life of struggles. There are a lot of things to worry about. As a country, we have wars going on that have taken loved ones away, often being put in harms way. Gas and groceries seem to getting more expensive daily. We worry about our future and more importantly, the future of our children and grandchildren. My tree problem didnt seem so bad. Again, I would ask, Where do you wake up? Im not talking about which bed or house or city, Im talking about what attitude we wake up with every day. When I was a little boy, I loved watching all of the Christmas shows. There was no recording them, you had to be ready. My favorites were Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Im talking about the cartoon version of Dr. Seuss story made in 1966, not the movie made in 2000. The movie made in 2000 was just not very good in my opinion. As most everyone knows, in the story, the Grinch comes up with a plan to steal Christmas from all the Whos (people) down in Whoville (city). The Grinch simply hated Christmas and the joy that it brought to all the people. There might be a few folks who want to take all your stuff and your joy, hoping you will be as miserable as they are. Honestly, that is horribly sad to think about such a thing. Its also sad to think I have to get a new tree top from China. Well, as you remember, the Grinch snuck into all The city of Port St. Joe approved a water study last week in hopes of determining the source of discolored water. The study will be undertaken by CDM, the designer of the plant, under a contract with Preble Rish. A question that all utility users of the city can fairly be asking is why is this study on their tab? This new surface water plant and the resulting impacts to the city and its water and sewer users has been a signicant quality of life issue. While many residents have seen virtually no change in their water, others are dealing at times with what looks like raw sewage spewing from the tap. There are residents who have seen water ltration systems turned to brown and unusable, been forced to purchase bottled water if they desire any guarantee about the water they are drinking and had clothes ruined by too many cycles washing in water one wouldnt use to gut a sh.. The ancillary costs to water users have been signicant, if only counting the stress and aggravation users have experienced in trying to get answers to why the water is not so crystal clear. But it is the real, tangible costs that have been truly ruinous to the city. The $21 million for the water plant and now millions more in replacing some 20 miles of aging pipe threading through the city. The amount of water consumed to establish a ushing program and map the citys distribution system is in the hundreds of thousands of gallons, on taxpayer tab. Utility users have seen their rates move upward three times in the past several years and face still another rate hike this scal year. Yes, there has been grant money that has paid for large portions of the infrastructure, but those are different from real costs to end users only in semantics. They are taxpayer dollars. And the city would not be looking at nearly $20 million in debt requiring $1.1 million in debt service and fees beginning next scal year if not for the infrastructure work that has been a result of this new water plant. This brings us to the Northwest Florida Water Management District and its recent press release concerning approval of underwriting costs to improvements at the Chipola Pump Station, the crucial link between the Chipola River and the freshwater canal the city taps for water. That grant, in effect, provided some monetary level of comfort for commissioners in deciding to spend $60,000 on what is called a prole/ study of the water distribution system that now feeds much of the south end of the county. The end of that release spoke to the grant as being part of the districts overall regional goal of moving Gulf and Franklin counties to surface water sources. The NWFWMD should in turn play a far more proactive role in the process of solving this problem because in the last few years since the new water plant went online there have been far too many instances in which indicators were there of what trouble could be coming and largely written off as risk/reward issues. After the fact did we learn that a pilot study performed prior to the purchase of the microltration system at the heart of the plant and before the plant was designed that there were indications that once this more caustic water, due to changes in chemical treatment, hit the distribution pipes there was potential for trouble. All one had to consider was that the city lacked a cohesive map of the system, that some valves and other key features of the system could not be located or were in places not expected, to consider that if there was a potential, that potential was likely enhanced by the lack of knowledge and maintenance of the distribution system. Only after the fact, years after in fact, did contractors perform a thorough walk-through of the plant to discover a series of potential design and maintenance problems that the city either had no knowledge of or was in no position to x. And one thing that walkthrough demonstrated was that communication between the various parties involved in bringing that plant online the citys engineers, the designer, the producer of the ltration system, city staff had gaps that proved, in the end, to be costly to users of the water. That has been the outcome here experts from the state on down assumed risks and when the risks reared their ugly head, the costs have been largely borne by the city and its utility users. On fundamental terms, that is wrong and places on a burden on households, in a difcult economy, that are the result of others playing that risk/reward contest and losing. The NWFWMD is already calling much of the shots on the scope of the water study to be undertaken for some eight months and the district should be the one picking up the costs. In addition, the county legislative delegation should get involved and correct the disparity in how water management districts are funded and place the one servicing Northwest Florida on equal funding footing as the others. But most importantly, a higher power, so to speak, has to step in and relieve the pressure. The city is going broke. The Board of County Commissioners has been counterproductive. The experts the city relied on assumed risks and still received their rewards on taxpayer dime. The tab on the water has long ago reached the breaking point for far too many in a town desperate for economic growth. Placing additional burden and as one commissioner pointed out this water study could well lead to more costs on end users is placing the responsibility for the risk/reward equation evident in this water plant on the wrong parties. Time for those who assumed the risks for the city and its utility users to start picking up the tab. It came to us mostly by osmosis Keyboard KLATTERINGSWaking up in WhovilleTab for the tap TiIM CrROFtTStar news editor The ght broke out before we were out of sight of the house. Its my turn to carry the ax. You carried it last year. Did not! Leon toted it out and you brought it home. I couldnt remember for sure. David, as the youngest, usually got the short end of the stick. And he was probably right. But I wasnt going to give in. If you think you can take it, come and get it big boy. That, even by my standards, was pretty dumb. He plowed right into me, head rst. I tried to raise the ax up out of his reach but it was too heavy. Leon grabbed that double bladed cleaver before somebody got hurt and Dave crowned me with a rock I didnt see him pick up. I kicked him in the stomach as he reached for my throat. We rolled around in the light snow until Leon stepped between us. He was ve years older than me: six and a half ahead of David Mark. You guys stop it! Weve got to nd a Christmas tree. Ill carry the stupid ax. David leaped off of me and went for Leons legs. I tried to pry the ax loose by jumping on Leons back. The only chance we had was to double team him Nobody died and left Leon in charge! Wed ght until somebody was bleeding and then wed gure out taking turns with the ax might actually get us out to that big eld beyond Archie Moores pond where, hopefully, a suitable tree waited. Common sense usually found its way to the surface AFTER we wore ourselves out wrestling around. It was all part of Christmas in 1955. Leon probably was in charge but that never crossed our minds; nor did the memories or camaraderie or Christmas spirit that we might be sharing or making. We were just out living large and enjoying the moment. And we were on a mission to nd that special tree for Mom. You had to take an ax or a saw and go looking back then. I dont think they even made fake Christmas trees. At least, I dont remember any of them down at J. A. Abernathys hardware. Of course, in early December I wasnt at Mr. Abernathys looking at trees I guarantee you that! He had a basement full of Santa toys. Id stroll through those packed aisles and drool. And let me tell you how lucky we were, we werent conned to Black Friday or Cyber Monday. You could shop back then every day of the week! Except Sunday, of course How about that big one over there? Too tall, that would never t in the house. Look at this one? Too skinny..and it has a bare spot near the top. We could ght one minute and work together the next. The tree was for Mother. We didnt say it exactly out loud. But we knew how much she loved the tree, the season, her family, the manger, the three wise men, the shepherds, the Heavenly hosts, the Star of David, the Price of Peace, the Lilly of the Valley, the Rose of Sharon, the Bright and Morning Star.. She didnt care one whit about getting a present. Oh, she didnt say that mind you. And we didnt notice it right off. But it became more obvious as the years rolled on. Her Christmas was seeing that we got the gifts! I could never understand that. Wed be down at Abernathys and shed walk right with us up and down the toy aisles. It was like she was taking notes or something. I thought she should have been upstairs looking at dresses, robes with those peacocks spread across the back or frying pans. And me and Dave might pretend we were picking the tree. That we were all grown up and really helpingbut Leon was going to nd it and make the nal decision. Now, my older brother was about half nuts. I have well documented that over the years. But let me tell you, he was as careful and as conscientious here in the Christmas tree selecting as Mozart working over his First Symphony. It was for our Mother! And somehow, in Leons thought process, that made all the difference in the world. He would be listening to our small talk about wanting a Roy Rogers gun and holster set or a genuine Case knife but he was really searching Look at this one! What do you guys think? Wed size it up from every angle. Do you think Mom would like this one? He was so careful to include us in the tree selection..that he had already made! Kind of like Mother would have done. Only, of course, you dont think about it till twenty or thirty years after the fact. We would walk carefully around our prize tree and picture Mom, as I still can to this day, standing on the porch as we presented it before her. She would clasp her hands together and proclaim, Perfect to our happy ears. It also took a few more years to realize she would have said the exact same thing and went merrily to work to dress it up if we had brought home a broken oak limb with a rusty nail stuck in the side of it. Sadly, I dont think that message is coming across today on 4G Network or Netix. Of course, you never know. It took me a while to gure it out. All those sermons about Christmas are correct! We took great pains not to bend or break one sprig as we cut the tree down. We were so proud that wed found the best one out there for our Mom. And me and Leon both let David Mark carry the ax back to the house. Respectfully,Kes HUnkerNKER DOWnNKesley Colbert USPS 518-880Published every Thursday at 135 W. U.S. 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publisher: Roger Quinn 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 CranksRANKS MY tra TRACtTOrRBN Heard See CranksCRANKS A5

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LettersA5 | The Star Thursday, December 13, 2012Thanks for Rocktoberfest successDear Editor: The American Legion Willis V. Rowan Post 116 would like to thank everyone who helped support and make the recent Rocktoberfest a success. The musical concert received strong support from many members of the local community. There are too many to name, but please accept this heartfelt thanks to all the merchants, organizations and volunteers who helped in this worthwhile event. We would also like to thank everyone who participated in a sister event that was recently held at the St. Joe Bar. The event could not have been a success without the involvement and commitment of the Lowry family and their entire staff. These events allow the Post to send a generous donation directly to the Clifford Sims State Veterans Nursing Home, a facility that takes care of our military veterans in Panama City.John MiickPost AdjutantThis blow-in loves the areaDear Editor, We didnt wait for a special invitation to buy our little cottage in Port St. Joe. We just took the initiative, made it happen. After making friends with so many good folks and loving the area, it was an easy decision. So, though it comes a few weeks late, we accept the recent welcome and invitation from Mayor Magidson (see, Dear E. Rosenthal and BlowIns ... 11/30/2012). Coming from Georgia, I already think of this town as home. I pull up The Star on my computer and read the goings-on quite frequently. It helps me stay connected while stuck here in the foothills of the mountains. So, needless to say, I was more than taken aback when I read County Commissioner McLemores comments about folks from Alabama and Georgia, BlowIns as he likes to call us. Then, I laughed. What an utterly ridiculous and stupid thing for any public ofcial to say for the record, especially about a segment of visitors and residents so vital to the economic machine. In the business, we just call that dumb. I wonder if the commissioner doesnt share a gene or two with Joe Biden. Anyway, the Mayor is right; the commissioner doesnt speak for the City of Port St. Joe or its good folks. The beautiful surroundings and the fabulously friendly folks we have met along the way serve as the communitys best ambassadors. They alone speak volumes. At any rate, despite the commissioners insulting comments, my wife and I are excited about our small place. Weve had fun cleaning it up, returning its curb appeal to socially acceptable standards. We are excited about what the future holds and the memories we will build there. More importantly we look forward to establishing ourselves as a neighbor and friend to all the great folks we have yet to meet. In closing, while the commissioners comments are an embarrassment to the community, with every dark cloud there is a silver lining. My wife and I have been tossing around various options to naming our little cottage. After all, isnt it tradition to give your second home some kind of unique identity? We have collected several names and ideas, but there is one that just made the list and currently runs close to the top of the leader-board. Its a real contender, paying tribute to the commissioners comments. We are thinking of calling it, The Blown Inn. Kind of catchy, huh?Kirk S. JockellPort St. Joe Wiggling out of responsibility in Gulf CountyDear Editor: Local Schools are the windows to the soul of a community. A local school districts perspectives, processes, and practices also reveal resident leaderships political agendas. This is certainly true in Gulf County. In George W. Durens Dec. 6 Letter to the Editor, Raising academic expectations, he stated: I personally dont believe that this problem will or can be remedied by only our school system. Successful initiatives or enterprises always start with ONE. Gulf County School District is an ideal ONE. George Duren also stated, I dont feel that it is always fair to blame our school system and administrators. Superintendent Jim Norton is paid $90,000 per year and his instructional Assistant Superintendents must collect another $300,000 per year in personal compensation, and they should not be held responsible for the performance of their schools? GCSD administrators are in the top 1 percent of Gulf County wage earners. If the people who are paid to run the schools are not responsible for the performance of GCSD, who is? George Duren says, an ongoing problem that has lingered in our school system for decades...low academic expectations by students and parents of Gulf County schools and students must commit themselves to learning and parents must commit themselves to supporting this process. Can it really be the parents, none of whom have teaching credentials and who must work to support their family and pay the taxes that pay the public employees that staff GCSD? Or, as he suggests, is it the students, who dont know what they dont know and come to school hoping to nd out? Excuse me! Why is the failure of GCSD schooling processes and practices the parents and students fault? To a blow-in, it looks more like the adult male leadership of Gulf County has traditionally lacked the intestinal fortitude necessary to protect the countys children from exploitation by Gulf Countys Public Parasites. No business in America could survive with GCSDs lack of quality control standards and product rejection rate. In over 40 years of classroom teaching, I have never expected parents to do anything except provide their children with a quiet place to study, adequate sleep, and breakfast before they come to school. Ensuring that my students learned what they had to learn to move up the schooling ladder was my job, my responsibility, and what I was paid for. My students always overachieved. GCSDs inept performance is not the parents or the students fault. Students are students. Physiologically they are more similar than different. Yes, students home nurturing makes a difference. However, effective schooling can overcome almost all socioeconomic deciencies. Students dont come to school to fail. Schools fail students, literally and guratively. Test scores indicate that attending GCSD is a dumbing down process after the 9th grade. Jim Norton has rejected the 21st Century Real Worlds Tech-sTem perspectives and practices in order to stay in his comfort zone hugging his 19th Century Trade School mentality. In the Real Worlds private sector, Jim Norton and his assistant superintendent instructional administrators would be removed for their inept performance. This may be the only remedy for GCSD. Perhaps, after the holidays. However, there may be another way under way. In the Real World, School STEM and Tech sTem are only related by spelling. TechsTem is workforce related and can bring jobs to Gulf County. Heres how: Frank Brogan, Chancellor, Florida State University System, the Board of Governors of the Florida State University System, and the Board of Trustees of the new Florida Polytech University are considering a proposal to incorporate Tech-sTem perspectives and practices into staff and curriculum development at the new Florida Polytech University. Tech-sTems perspectives and practices drive Silicon Valley and the 21st Century global economy. This opens the door of opportunity for GCSD. There is no Tech-sTem teaching in Floridas K-16 schooling. GCSD can become the model K12 Tech-sTem prep school for Florida Polytech. A direct Florida Polytech/GCSD connection could go a long way toward creating jobs-with-afuture for Gulf County residents and their children. Mrs. Westons third-grade science class at Wewahitchka Elementary School illustrates what a Tech-sTem class would look like. (WES students study butteries; The Star, Dec. 6) The difference would be that a Tech-sTem class would choreograph the cogitative content of the incidental learning as well as the cognitive content of the intentional learning. The Good Old Boys of Gulf County (GOBs) have in-hand a Plan for GCSD to become a model K-12 Tech-sTem prep school for Florida Polytech. The Plan is doable, affordable, and would enjoy the unqualied support of Gov. Rick Scott. Actually, the Plan is so doable and affordable that the only way it can fail is if the GOBs of Gulf County refuse to participate and lobby against it. The current economic and schooling situation in Gulf County is Gulf County GOBs fault. It is time for them to x it. The ball is in the GOBs court, as is the future of Gulf County.John M. ComerPort St. Joe P.S. School-STEM programs are not complementary or compatible with Tech-sTem programs. For a denition of Tech-sTem, and more than you may want to know about Tech-sTem schooling, please visit www. SchoolingForAllStudents.com. A casual visit can be painless. The denition of Tech-sTem is on the rst page (Home Page). the folks houses and took their Christmas trees, decorations, presents, rewood and the one crumb of food he did leave was too small for a mouse. He took it ALL. If I remember correctly, maybe he left a couple of wires and a nail in the wall. Then the Grinch reveled in what he had done. He was happy about it. On Christmas morning, the Grinch expected all of the Whos in Whoville to wake up to an absence of joy with no Christmas. The Grinch didnt understand Christmas, like many people, he didnt understand it at all. Expecting to hear crying and moaning on Christmas morning, the Grinch got a surprise he wasnt expecting. He heard singing. In the movie, the narrator spoke of what the Grinch heard, This sound wasnt sad. Why... this sound sounded glad. Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, was singing... without any presents at all! He hadnt stopped Christmas from coming. It came! Somehow or other... it came just the same. Again, I will ask, Where do you wake up? We all need to appreciate the joy of what Christmas is about and sing and shout about it. It is a glorious gift that has no lights and no bows; its not even wrapped. It is simply Christmas and what it truly means that brings Joy with a capital J. In the movie, the Grinchs heart grows and he comes riding back into town like a hero giving all the presents, decorations and food back that he had stolen. Hes nice to the children and they even let him carve the Christmas turkey (Roast Beast). Gas prices can go up, food prices can go up and the names of holidays can even be changed, but where you wake up or rather the state of mind (and heart) you wake up with everyday including Christmas is your decision. May your Christmas season be lled with the Joy that makes you get up singing in Whoville! BN Heard served as the Grand Marshal of the 2012 Christmas parade in Vernon last Saturday, the city that recently made him an honorary citizen. Read other stories at www.CranksMyTractor. com. CRANKS from page A4 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 verication and will not be published. Letters must be in good taste and The Star reserves the right to edit letters for correctness and style. SHa A RE Yo O Ur R OPINIONs S

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Good reports of sheepshead and small trout at the T and under the powerlines. Live shrimp will also entice mangrove snapper in the deeper holes and around structure here as well. Red fish are still moving through our area and can be caught along side whiting and pompano in the surf. Increasing saltwater has slowed down freshwater fishing in the back waters of our county. Most anglers are reporting on sheepshead and blackdrums well into the Howard Creek and The Brothers right now. Good reports of crappie and bream are the norm at Depot Creek this week. By FRANK SARGEANTfranksargeant@charter.net A crystal ball would help. Forecasting Panhandle shing for December is a bit like forecasting the BCS champion in September lots of prognostications, but nobody really knows whats going to happen. A whole lot depends on the weather; recent winters have been mild, basically extending November shing all the way through Christmas; reds and trout both on the ats on sunny afternoons and in the creeks and holes on cool mornings. With night temperatures at least through December 10 forecast to drop no lower than the mid-50s, it looks like the winter of 2012 will be a lot like 2011without a burst of severe cold, sh on the ats remain on or near their fall haunts. The water is clear due to less algae, the new and full moon tides are at their lowest, and its sight shing for reds at its nest so long as the water temperatures cooperatecurrently around 65 degrees afternoons in the bays from Fort Walton to Apalach. Thats prime temperature for reds and trout as well as ounder. Poling the ats and looking for the sh on slough edges, around oyster bars and in potholes does the job and a good hand with a y rod can even connect with streamer ies, though long casts with a live shrimp or a Gulp! crab are a much easier way to go. The same sh that come up to sun on the afternoon ats on bright days are likely to be in tidal creeks and potholes in Apalachicolas East Bay, around the back of St. Vincents Island, in lower St. Joe Bay, in West Bay and upper North Bay, and in the east end of Choctawhatchee Bay. Many of the tidal creeks that feed into the above-named bayous have oystery potholes in them average creek depth might be two feet, but a couple hundred yards in you nd 3 to 5 feet and lots of sh on chilly mornings. The bottoms are black mud which probably acts as a heat sink to warm the waters and attract the sh. It takes some chart study and some low-speed probing in a shallow draft boat or a kayak to nd these spots or hire a guide who already knows where all of them are but when you get on one of these spots on low water, it can literally be sh-in-a-barrel they wont leave on low tide, and so long as you stay well back and dont spook them, you can wear them out by simply casting live shrimp into the hole. It can be a potpourri, with sheepshead, black drum, lady sh and jacks in the mix along with the trout and reds. Finding the sh is a matter of easing along on the trolling motor and casting a live shrimp on a size 1 or 1/0 hook via spinning gear with 10-pound-test braid, weighted with a BB-shot, into every observable hole. (A piece of cut shrimp on a 3/16 ounce jig head is easier to cast and also works pretty well. Use only fresh-cut shrimp frozen shrimp draws few bites.) Most anglers use 18 inches of 20-pound-test uorocarbon between running line and hook the added stiffness of this leader helps prevent tangles, and the uoro is more durable around oyster shells than straight braid. Tie it in with a double-line doubled uniknot, that is doubling both the leader and the running line before you tie the two uniknots. The doubled line prevents the braid from cutting through the leader when you put on the pressure to land a chunky red. You can also catch some sh on a DOA plastic shrimp, a 4-inch Tsunami split-tail swimbait or any number of small plastic-tailed jigs shed dead slow, but arti cials usually are less effective than natural baits throughout the winter. On some creeks, the holes are around outside bends, at others where side sloughs run in. Pitch your bait to the likely targets, wait ve minutes and if you dont get bit, move to the next. Longer sloughs with more tide movement are best. Many creeks have no holes and no shits a matter of staying on the trolling motor, push pole or paddles until you locate that honey-hole. Of course, if youre in a larger boat, its also a matter of not getting stuck in the creek as the last of the tide trickles out. Many creeks will let you in when theres an hour of runout left, but wont let you out. Flatbottomed aluminum jonboats are much better for this duty than the vee-bottom bayboats that work so well in open water. In any case, wear wading booties and dont be surprised if you have to get out and push on occasion. Speaking of which, some potholes are best shed by grounding the boat and walking up the oyster bar into casting range. The sh are less likely to be ushed by this approach, though in some areas oozy muck bottoms make wading impossible. Chest waders will be appreciated on most days the water is not yet icy but its pretty darned chilly. As the water gets even colder, the creek action may slow down and the sh will move to much deeper water then it becomes a matter of nding rock outcroppings, sunken boats or other cover in 8 to 12 feet of water. A side-scanning sonar can be a big help in this, for those who can afford these high-dollar machines. This deep water bite is again best with live shrimp for trout and reds, and you may pick up some mangrove snapper, black sea bass and whiting as well. There also may be a few straggler ounder in these locations. However, if you really want ounder this month, head for the inlets and sh just off the jetty rocks, or on the near-shore arti cial reefs. This is usually a November bite, but at least in early December this year its likely to hang on because of the moderate temperatures. Get on the right spot and you can quickly bring a dozen of these tasty at sh over the side. They readily take live shrimp shed on bottom, but the killer bait is live killi sh, AKA mudminnows, which can be caught in minnow traps placed in the abovementioned tidal creeks, particularly just off the oyster bars. These dark-colored little minnows, typically 2 to 3 inches long, are ounder candy; sh them on a jig heavy enough to make rm contact with bottom despite waves and current, and crawl them right along the sand; if theres a ounder anywhere near by, hell attack. Green water shing is pretty much a memory until springking sh, cobia and Spanish among other nearshore species, chase the vast bait sh migrations, and these head south when water drops below 68 degrees. Ditto for the bluewater species like dolphin, sails and the tunas go deer hunting for a few months, or sit in the garage, sharpen your hooks and reline your reels as you wait for spring.By STAN KIRKLANDFWC With our hunting seasons in full swing, there are literally thousands of hunters a eld. Most hunters are law-abiding and never nd themselves in sticky situations. Most hunters are also guided by a sense of hunting ethics. Simply put, hunting ethics involve a pattern of behavior that isnt written as law but is respectful of fellow outdoorsmen and women. Sometimes, hunter ethics arent what they should be, and con icts arise. Case in point: I was speaking with a local duck hunter who hunted Lake Seminole last week. He told me he and two equally hard-core duck hunters met at 3:30 a.m., went out to their favorite location, put out two dozen decoys and concealed their boat in the marsh along the shoreline. Several other boats and duck hunters soon arrived, and one group put out decoys and set up within 100 yards of the rst hunters, despite the rst group shining a light and asking them to give them some space. To add insult to injury, the late-arriving hunters shot at ducks out of range at daylight, diminishing anyone elses chances for success. Sometimes a sense of ethics is lost when shing, as well. This summer I spoke to an angler who was shing on a wreck several miles off the Bay County coast when a dive boat arrived and several divers with spear guns descended into the depths. The sherman was beyond livid.WINTER WANDERINGIN PANHANDLE WATERSPHOTO COURTESY OF YAMAHA MARINERed sh continue to prowl Northwest Florida marshes so long as water temperature remains in the 60s. Currently, it is about 64 degrees.Practice Golden Rule when youre outdoors

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Robert C. Bruner Attorney Personal & Business BankruptcyOver 30 Years Legal Experience850-670-3030 bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information FRIDAY NIGHT SPECIALS 6:00 9:00HOURS: 236ReidAve (850) 229.7121SHRIMP SPECIAL w/2 sides: $9.95 SEAFOODPLATTER (Fish, Crab, Shrimp & Scallops) w/2 sides: $13.95 8OZRIBEYE w/2 sides: $11.95 GULF GROUPEROrders served with:CHEESE GRITS, FF, BAKED POTATO, SALAD AND BREAD **AWARD WINNINGDESSERTS** By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com LEXINGTON, Ky. Port St. Joe alum Kayla Parker broke out in a big way in the rst indoor meet of the University of Kentucky track and eld season. Parker won the 60meter hurdles at the Hoosier Open at the University of Indiana on Friday with a time of 8.43 seconds, a Southeastern Conference best for the indoor season and Parkers top performance in her three years in Kentucky. My time could have been better because I kind of stumbled at the start, Parker, a junior in the midst of nals week, said after a Monday morning practice. I opened the year with a (personal best), and doing that in December, that is amazing. The time of 8.43 is the sixth-fastest ever run at Kentucky. Parker is less than two-tenths of a second off the schools alltime mark. Parker also competed in the 300 meters hurdles and nished ninth in a time of 41.75. That was the rst time Ive run the 300 meters, and coach told me to do it to prepare for the 200 meters, Parker said. Parker will concentrate on the 200, sprint hurdles and long jump during the indoor season, which lasts through February. During outdoor season, she will be focused on the sprint hurdles and long jump. Im getting back to what I want to do and what I did in high school, Parker said. Thanks to a new coach, or as Parker put it, new management. For the past two years, coaches had Parker competing in the heptathlon, a multi-specialty event analogous to the mens decathlon. The University of Kentucky had elded standout multi-event athletes in the past and her coaches thought Parker was the proper t. Parker never quite found her groove in the heptathlon, she said. It wasnt that much of a leap because I am an athlete, and I love to compete, so I enjoyed it, Parker said. But it was just a whole lot of focus on a whole lot of things. I was a jack-of-all-trades in a way, instead of mastering one or two things. And it just didnt work out. A conversation last summer with new Kentucky track and eld Coach Edrick Floreal put all that aside. Floreal arrived via Stanford University. He coached hurdlers and multi-event athletes for the United States in the most recent Olympics Star Staff ReportThe streak had to end at some point. The Port St. Joe boys soccer team settled for a 1-1 tie last Saturday against visiting Rocky Bayou, the rst game of the season the Tiger Sharks (5-0-1 overall, 3-0-1 in District 1-1A) had failed to win outright. The Tiger Sharks scored rst as senior mid elder Daniel Jones found the net in the 12th minute (his fourth on the year). Drew Lacour and Marcel Duarte were credited with assists. Rocky Bayou netted the equalizer in the 45th minute on a long range shot that eluded Port St. Joe goalkeeper Tucker Smith. Port St. Joe dominated the shots on goal, outshooting Rocky Bayou 25-8, with Smith making four saves. The Port St Joe girls suffered a 2-1 loss to Rocky Bayou, dropping to 4-2-0 overall and 2-2-0 in district play. Rocky Bayou jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Port St. Joe junior defender Brittney Shoemaker scored at the 68th minute mark to cut the lead in half. It was her rst goal of the season and was unassisted. Junior Christian Laine started in goal and played 60 minutes for the Lady Tiger Sharks and made eight saves on 12 shots. Seventh grader Celeste Chiles played the remaining 20 minutes and had one save on two shots. Both teams are on the road this week, playing at Franklin County on Tuesday, at Panama City Beach Arnold on Thursday and at Freeport on Saturday. Franklin County and Freeport are district games.Star Staff ReportAll Pro Soccer will host two area soccer camps during the Christmas holiday. A morning camp, sponsored by the Gulf County Soccer Boosters Association will be from 10 a.m.-noon (ET) on Dec. 27-29, at the Port St Joe High School soccer complex. Separate instruction will be available for both eld players and goalkeepers. Ages are 5-17 for eld and 12-17 for keepers. Former professional player and coach and present coach of the Port St. Joe High School boys and girls teams, Gary Hindley, is the lead instructor. Noted goalkeeper Coach Don Maples will be in charge of goalkeeper instruction. Several other local and licensed coaches, will also instruct. The second camp, sponsored by the Callaway Soccer Organization, will be held those same dates, but from 2-4 p.m. (CT), at the Callaway Sports Complex. Hindley and Maples will be there also, to instruct. For more information or to register, call Hindley at 850-276-6353 or email gjhallpro@aol.com.Star Staff ReportThe last week had a bit of everything for Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High basketball teams. The junior varsity and varsity teams won at Altha and North Bay Haven, but fell on the road in Cottondale. On Dec. 4, the teams played at Cottondale. The junior varsity lost 50-19 with Hunter Hysmith the Gators high scorer with seven points. The varsity fell in a close one, 83-71 with Raheem Wright scoring 26 to lead the Gators. Clay Sasser had 15 points, and Wright pulled down 11 rebounds. Two days later, the teams were at North Bay Haven. The junior varsity won 28-17 with Hysmith and Jeff Hunter leading the way. The varsity won 65-51 with Wright scoring 23 points and Sasser 11. Altha played host to Wewahitchka the following night, and the Gators swept again. The junior varsity won 42-33 with Hunter scoring 21 and Hysmith 16. The varsity manhandled Altha 69-42. Wright had 20 points and seven rebounds and Micah Lister added 12 points. Javar Hill had six rebounds. The Gators were at Graceville on Tuesday.Star Staff ReportWith age comes to the ups and downs similar to the stock market, said Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High boys basketball Coach Derek Kurnitsky. The Tiger Sharks demonstrated that last week, pushing past Bozeman and South Walton with second-half runs before falling at Blountstown on a bad shooting night. The contrasts were evident between Fridays 79 points scored against South Walton, and by a 46-point output versus Blountstown on Saturday night. We are very young, but we are talented, Kurnitsky said of his team, 4-2 overall and 2-1 in District 1-1A play. We just need to learn to be more consistent, to play good defense every night, to shoot well every night, to play as a team every night. It is early, and we are just trying to improve every game. We are getting there. The week started at home against Bozeman and a 66-61 victory. The Tiger Sharks were down two points at the half, but jumped on the Bucks in the second half to pull away. We played good, Kurnitsky said. We came out slow but really did well and played a good second half. T. J. Williams had a gamehigh 28 points to lead Port St. Joe. Jacorian Calloway added 12 points, Ramello Zaccarro and Natron Lee had eight points apiece, and Chad Quinn had four. Two nights later, the Tiger Sharks played a game with similar DNA, a slow start followed by a second-half push and a win sealed as Port St. Joe hit 14 of 17 free throws over the nal two quarters. We showed a lot of character in the second half, Kurnitsky said. We had an eight-point lead they shaved to two points, and we just hit our free throws. Calloway had 34 points to lead all scorers. Williams and Lee added 11 apiece, and Zaccarro had 10. Marcel Johnson scored six, Marquez Johnson one and Luke Galloway one. Saturday night, the Tiger Sharks fell 55-46 at Blountstown. As good as we played Friday night, we showed our age on Saturday, Kurnitsky said. Quinn led the Tiger Sharks with 16 points, and Williams added 13. Calloway scored seven points, Lee ve, Marcel Johnson three and Zaccarro two. Port St. Joe traveled to Liberty County on Tuesday and will host West Gadsden on Saturday, the junior varsity beginning at 6 p.m. ET followed by the varsity at 7:30 p.m.PSJHS booters tie one, lose onePORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA SP O RTS www.starfl.comThursday, December 13, 2012 APage 7Section All Pro Soccer to host Christmas campTiger Sharks boys basketball improves record to 4-2Mixed week for Wewa boys hoops Parker shines at rst indoor meet KAYLA PARKER PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STARSee PARKER A8

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DISS I)Children and Adults No Fee or Cost If No RecoveryGAYLEPEEDINGOATTONEYATLAWApalachicola, FL (850) 292-7059 | (850) 944-6020 FAXgsrlaw@bellsouth.net Your Full Service Wedding and Event Florist Over 35 Years Experience.208 Reid Avenue, Downtown Port St. Joe850.229.1111www.BaysideFloristPSJ.com Gifts Ornaments Jewelry and is a former Olympic athlete who represented Canada. Floreal also coached his wife, a hurdler, into the Olympics. He is very inspirational, Parker said. He has competed in the Olympics. He knows what he is talking about. When he tells you to do something, you do it. That initial conversation with Floreal involved Parkers future in the program. Floreal no longer wanted her in the heptathlon. He stated that he wanted me to focus on the hurdles and long jump because he thought those were events I would score points in the SEC and NCAA meet, Parker said. I feel I have so much to offer in those events, so it de nitely was a breath of fresh air for me. When the outdoor season begins Parker will compete mostly in the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump. She did not compete in the long jump at the Hoosier Open. But hitting that tape for the rst time as a collegian? That was sweet, Parker said. It is a good start under new management, so to speak, Parker said. Parker won 14 individual state titles while leading the Port St. Joe Lady Tiger Sharks to four straight nishes in the top three at state, including two team titles. She also was featured in Sports Illustrated her senior year. She is majoring in kinesiology at Kentucky. PARKER from page A7Star Staff ReportThe Jingle Bell Golf Tournament was fun for the golfers with lots of winners, but the best winners were the needy children in Gulf County who will have Santa as a result of the tournament. Smileys Detail, Sunset Coastal Grill, The Thirsty Goat and the St Joseph Bay Golf Club donated gift certi cates for the hole prizes. The event raised $480 for the Sheriffs Of ces Christmas Drive in addition to all the toys. Coastal Community Association and South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department collected toys and added them to the tree. There were four vehicles to be won for a Hole-in-One on any of the par 3s. The players didnt know until they got to the tee that the vehicles were childrens bikes. Any bike not won was donated to the Sheriffs Toy Drive. B.J. Richards was the only player to make a hole in one. First place winner was Larry Wilson with a 58; second was Fred Fitzgerald with a 59; and third was Geri McCarthy with a 61. Longest drive for men was Eric Schoelles and for women Penelope Evanoff. The demented elves who arranged the tournament were Santas elves. They came up with a prize for every hole and the winners were somewhat dubious if winning was an honor or not. Prize winners were Diana Buza for closest to the jingle bells at the back of the green near Penelopes sand trap on No. 3; Faye Chadbourne took closest to the jingle bells by the water on No. 5; Diana Buza took closest to the jingle bells on the hill to left of the green No. 6; Jim Mowrey won closest to the jingle bells by the water (in the water) on No. 8; Fran Cronwell won closest to the jingle bells in the middle of the fairway on No. 9; Don Hays was closest to the jingle bells on the peninsula near the green on No. 10; Geri McCarthy took closest to the jingle bells on the left corner by the water on No. 11; Dan Van Treese was closest to the jingle bells by the water on No. 13; Dano McCarthy took closest to the jingle bells in the sand on No. 14; Dick Davis won closest to the jingle bells behind green No. 17; and Phil Dodson took closest to the jingle bells in the woods on No. 18. Penelope and Hershel decorated their cart with lights and tinsel to get into the Christmas spirit. Some golfers wore Santa and Elf hats to round out the fun. Star Staff ReportPort St. Joes Lady Tiger Sharks traveled to Blountstown last on Saturday and dropped to 20 in District 1-1A after a 46-38 loss. The Lady Tigers outrebounded Port St. Joe and that margin on the offensive glass proved decisive. Leading scores for Port St. Joe were Brooklyn Quinn with 17 points, Teiyahna Hutchison with 11, Maya Robbins with nine and Javia Patterson added one. On Tuesday, the Lady Tiger Sharks traveled to Liberty County and again came up a little short. The Lady Bulldogs won 36-28, dropping Port St. Joe to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in district play. Quinn led the way with nine points, Hutchinson had six, Robbins four, Alyssa Parker three and Callie Fleshren two. Shannon Pridgeon returned to the team after a brief illness and scored four points, pulled down four rebounds and had three assists. Port St. Joe is at Class 5A Mosley today at 2 p.m. ET and hosts West Gadsden on Saturday. 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Bringing broadening horizons within reachBy TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Robots, algae and control towers oh my the lessons to be learned. That, in a nutshell, provides the framework of the High School High Tech program at Port St. Joe High School. Students in the program recently visited Tyndall Air Force Base, where they learned about robotic weapons, alternative energies and controlling the skies as the jets y overhead. High School High Tech is sponsored by the Dyslexia Research Institute of Tallahassee, whose founder is county resident Dr. Pat Hardman, with partial funding from the ABLE Trust and Vocational Rehabilitation. The program was established at Port St. Joe High School four years ago to serve students experiencing learning challenges in traditional classroom settings or curricula. It is for high-functioning students with disabilities who have an Individual Education Plan used to map progress for students with learning challenges. High School High Tech aims to mold those students for the workforce, and does so on several levels, said director Lynn Hauck, two years removed from retiring as a science teacher at Port St. Joe Middle School. I was volunteering out here anyway so when I got this opportunity to still be involved and get paid a little bit, I was very interested, Hauck said. This is a multi-faceted program. Focus is on improving school readiness to improve the odds of graduating in good standing; in doing that broadening a students horizons to consider college and to assist in making that transition; and providing exposures to workplace experiences that students would embrace. COMMUNITY www.starfl.comThursday, December 13, 2012 BPage 1SectionLocal author writes Christmas love storySpecial to The StarWewahitchka author Michael Lister is known mostly for his gritty mysteries set in the North Florida Panhandle, but this Christmas hes publishing his rst romance. I actually started writing love stories rst, Lister said, but my crime ction was the rst to get published and what I became known for. Carries Gift is a Christmas love story involving two former high school classmates from the s reuniting at the funeral of a friend. Its about what might have been and what can still be and the connection that nothing can sever, not time or space or even the grave. Everything I write ts within the school of romantic literature, Lister noted. The movement that started in Europe that involves a heightened interest in nature, an emphasis on the individuals expression and a rebellion against established social rules and conventions. Even Listers crime novels have romance in them. I see The Big Goodbye as much a romance as anything else, and I think of Double Exposure as a meditation on love. The Blood series is, among other things, about Johns love life and Burnt Offerings features a couple falling in love.Oystermen ask FWC to help save Apalachicola BayBy DAVID ADLERSTEIN653-8894 | @ApalachTimes Dadlerstein@star .com Every year since February 2010, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has held one of its statewide meetings in Apalachicola, with commissioners each year raving about the shing paradise found in Tallahassees backyard. On Dec. 5, they learned about the serious trouble that backyard is facing. By appealing directly for FWC support, Franklin Countys beleaguered oyster industry, bolstered by support from environmental and recreational shing interests, opened up a new front in the battle to secure more freshwater coming down the ApalachicolaChattahoochee-Flint river system into Apalachicola Bay. If we dont get something done in the next one-and-a-half years, were not going to have a bay, said Shannon Harts eld, a fourth-generation oysterman who serves as president of the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association. Were losing our livelihood, and were going to lose our community, he said. Were already struggling. The disasters coming. Harts eld said oystermen are lucky to pluck three or four bags of oysters a day out of the bay when they should be tonging 20, providing a rst-hand perspective that t with the bleak scienti c data presented in a report to FWC by Dr. David Heil, with the FWCs Division of Marine Fisheries Management. Heil said before the opening of winter harvesting season, production estimates for two of the bays more fertile oyster bars, East Hole and Cat Point, were the lowest reported in the past 20 years. Prolonged drought and continuing low river discharge rates from dams upriver have lad to the high salinity, which has contributed to increased predation and dermo diseases plaguing the oysters, he said. Worsening the situation has been increased shing of this stressed oyster population, said Heil, noting the problem of high oyster mortality extends throughout the Gulf coast from Escambia to Wakulla counties. He told how Bay County issued an executive order in October cutting in half the daily bag limit, from 20 to 10, available to their commercial oystermen. Backing the oystermens call for help was Don Ashley, a past president of the Apalachicola Riverkeeper, a non-pro t environmental advocacy group for the Apalachicola river and bay. Oystermen work Apalachicola Bay. MICHAEL LISTER Lighthouse historiesEditors note: This is the last in a series on local pioneers and local history, the beginnings and the building speci cations for lighthouses in the area. By BEVERLY MOUNT-DOUDSContributing Writer These next few weeks, Ill be sharing some letters about our local lighthouses. This could not have been completed without giving thanks first to Mark Curenton and the Apalachicola Historical Society. Several years ago, Mark let Marlene Womack and I go through boxes of old papers found in the cottage at the Raney House in Apalachicola. These boxes covered many areas of local history, one folder covering our lighthouses, and I was lucky enough to get the chance to copy these les. Two weeks ago, we covered the Cape San Blas and the Cape St. George Lighthouses bids for rebuilding the lighthouses, this week, Im sharing you letters from the descriptions/blue prints of how they wanted the houses and towers to be built. As I said in the last story, both buildings were built alike. Superintendents were expected to oversee the actual construction of lighthouses, and ensure they were repaired when necessary. They would also mediate con icts and deal directly, when necessary, with lighthouse keepers. Each superintendent was required to submit a yearly report detailing the status of light stations in his charge. Now back to the site selection and the building of a lighthouse. Houses on Cape San Blas and the Cape St. George respectfully to be the following materials dimensions description:TowersThe towers are to be built of hard brick, the form round, the foundation to be sunk 18 inches or more as maybe necessary to make the fabric secure and set on cypress or cedar of 4 inches thickness the height of the tower is to be 65 feet from the surface of the ground. The diameter of the base 25 feet and that of the top 12 feet, the thickness of the walls at the base is to be 4 feet, and uniformly graduated to 2 feet at top. The top is to be arched, on which is to be laid a soap stone deck 14 feet in diameter, ve inches thick and joints lled in with lead: on one side of the deck to be a scuttle 24 by 20 inches to enter the lantern. The door to be an iron frame, covered with copper. The outside and inside walls are to be laid in hydraulic cement and the outside wall white PHOTO SPECIAL TO THE STARThe St. George Island Lighthouse is pictured in the 1910s. See AUTHOR B6 See FWC B6 See LIGHTHOUSE B5 See HORIZONS B6

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A healthy, vigorous plant is always a welcome addition, both in the home and in the landscape. My information was provided by Dr. Robert Black Professor Emeritus, University of Florida. When you go to a nursery to buy plants, you cant assume all the plants are equal in quality or have an equal chance for survival. Plants are available in a wide range of conditions, grades and standards. Generally speaking, the better a plant is, the more expensive it will be. But that isnt a hard and fast rule. Sometimes you can nd a nursery which offers top quality plants at low prices. The important thing is to be able to determine what to quality is. If you visit a nursery which tags plants according to the standards of the Florida Division of Plant Industry, determining quality will be much easier. A Florida fancy is an extremely healthy vigorous plant that is well-shaped with good strong branches and dense foliage. A Florida No. 1 is a healthy vigorous plant with a good shape and good supply of leaves. A Florida No. 2 is a healthy plant that is fairly well shaped with a fair amount of leaves. All other plants are labeled No. 3. These are your cheapest plants with the poorest chances of survival. If your nursery doesnt classify plants this way, or, if you buy gift plants from a supermarket, discount store or similar outlet, youll need to be able to identify vigorous, healthy plants on your own. Look for compact, rather than spindly plants. Compact plants are more desirable because of their abundance of foliage. A spindly plant without a good supply of leaves may be the victim of various leaf spot diseases or insect problems which have causes leaves to fall off. Make sure the leaves have good, uniform color. Check tips of leaves for brown or yellow discoloration. Inspect the trunk and branches to see that they are well-formed, without crack, peels or scars. Carefully examine that plant for any signs of insect or disease problems. Some things to look for are speckling on the leaves which indicates spider mite injury, curled or distorted leaves from aphids, and small umps on stems and undersides of leaves which indicate a scale problem. Common disease problems show up in yellow or brown leaves, rotting stems and brown roots. Check the soil to make sure it has good color, and hasnt been too heavily compacted. Pick up the plant and check to make sure roots arent growing out from the bottom of the pot. There are other things to consider which depend on where the plant if to be kept once you bring it home from the nursery. Make sure that the plant is suited to the climatic conditions of your area. If the plant is to be keep indoors, decide if it is going to need special lighting. If you think that the plant is going to be put in the landscape, make sure it is adaptable to yearly highs and lows in temperature. Your nurseryman should be able to help you in making these kinds of decision. If you can follow these basic guidelines for selecting gift plants, your Christmas gift can be appreciated and enjoyed for many years to come. ROY LEE CARTERCounty extension director Walter and Ruth Graham celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day with their family at their home in White City, Fla. They were married Nov. 5, 1947, in Donalsonville, Ga., and moved to Port St. Joe in November 1948 from Frink, Fla. Children helping them celebrate were Linda Wood, Judy Rowan, Robert Graham (Kathy) and Holly Atkins (Charles); son-in-law, David Colbert (Jan); 12 grandchildren, Al Wood (Jenna), Analisa Wood Sellers (Jayce), Brian Wood (Savannah), Marci Rowan Gif n (Steve), Lisa Rowan Daugherty (Dan), Michael Douds, Tammy Colbert Mackey (Matt), Matthew Colbert (Suzy), Kelley Graham Smith (Hunter), Johnathon and Katie Graham and Charla Atkins Douglas (Justin); and 15 great-grandchildren, Devin and Ethan Wood, Peyton and Aubrey Sellers, Colton Wood, Wake Gif n, Brandon Williams and Madison Daugherty, Jayden Douds, Caleb, Charlotte and Colbie Mackey, Hayden Hunter, Zachary Lebel and Avery Smith, with two more expected in January and February 2013. Present in the hearts of all who attended were their daughter, Charlotte Colbert; son-in-law, Jerry Wood; and granddaughter, Kristy Graham. Walter is retired from St. Joe Paper Co., and Ruth is a homemaker. They are both active members of White City Baptist Church.Star Staff ReportsWatson graduates from basic trainingAir Force Airman Asa R. Watson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical tness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Watson is the son of Erik and Sharon Asher of Woodward Avenue, Port St. Joe. He is a 2010 graduate of Port St. Joe High School.Innaugural community Christmas dinnerThe Washington Improvement Group and the Community Advisory Counsel have partnered with the Oak Grove Church to co-sponsor and host a Christmas dinner. The staff members and the wonderful volunteers will be serving a buffet turkey dinner with all the trimmings. To RSVP, call the WIG/CAC building. We hope to see you at 402 Peters St. on Christmas Day between 10:30 a.m. and noon ET. Bring your beautiful smiles and big appetites. Society BRIEFS Support ght against cancer; win an ATVStar Staff ReportJust in time for Christmas to surprise your child. Relay for Life of Port St. Joe is holding a chance drawing for this practically new ATV (helmet included). Your $10 donation will purchase one ticket or three tickets for $25. The drawing will be at noon ET Dec. 21 at Centennial Bank in Port St. Joe. Call Kim Kurnitsky at 227-4093 or any Relay for Life team member for more information or to purchase a chance to win the ATV.SPECIAL TO THE STARThe wonderful men and women of the VFW Post 10069 donated $400 for toys for the Gulf County Christmas program. Pictured from left to right above are Jerry Stokoe, the past toy coordinator beside Margaret Mathes, the new toys coordinator for Gulf County. Margaret on behalf of the Sheriffs Of ce is accepting the toys from VFW members Nancy Calendine and Carolyn Groleau who purchased these toys. This will establish a central point of contact in Gulf County for all agencies and families in need of Christmas gifts for children. Anyone who is in need of assistance is asked to call the Gulf County Sheriffs Of ce at 227-1115 and ask for Margaret. TOYS DONATED BY VFW POST 10069 Grahams celebrate 65 years of marriage AnniversaryRUTH AND WALTER GRAHAM

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You never look as good as when you are helping someone else, and Port St. Joe NHS students look the best.Final Exam Schedule Finals are right around the corner for our ninththrough 12th-grade students. Seventhand eighth-grade classes will follow the same schedule published for Senior High Exams but will have regular classes. Here is the schedule for the exams Dec. 18-20: Tuesday, Dec. 18 1:15-2:05 p.m. seventh Period Wednesday, Dec. 19 8-8:55 a.m. rst period 9:58-10:53 a.m. third period 1:15-2:05 p.m. fth period Thursday, Dec. 20 8-9:05 a.m. second period 9:25-10:30 a.m. fourth period 10:48 a.m. to noon sixth Period Winter break will commence at 12:01 p.m. ET Dec. 20 with students returning to school at 7:55 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7. Merry Christmas and happy New Year!Drama Production The Port St Joe Drama Department will present the seasonal favorite A Christmas Carol at 6:30 p.m. ET Monday, Dec. 17, in the schools Common Area. Come celebrate the season and enjoy the talents of our drama students as they perform this classic tale of despair and redemption. No Bah Humbug here, only great performances and a whole lot of fun. Happy Holidays! Special to The Star Seth Goodwin, a junior at Wewahitchka High School, has won the regional level of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy scholarship essay competition. This years theme was: Is there pride in serving in our military? Seth now moves on to the state level competition. Seth has also been named Gulf Countys STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) scholar and will represent Gulf County Schools in Gainesville in January. McKenna Waters has been named the Wewahitchka Womens Club HOBY (Hugh OBrien Youth Leadership) representative and will attend a leadership conference in Tallahassee next summer. The varsity cheerleaders of WHS have become involved in the ght against cancer by forming a Relay for Life team. They are selling cancer ribbons to raise funds for donation to the American Cancer Society. The ribbons can be purchased in memory of someone or simply as a show of support for the cause. Tickets are $1, and the goal is $500 by Christmas and $1,000 by April 1, 2013. The annual Wewahitchka High School Science Fair was held on Nov. 27-28 in the Learning Media Center. Students in grades 10-12 participated. Senior Shelby Wood, who won rst place last year and advanced to regional and state competitions, won rst place again this year with year two of her project, The Effects of Original Five-Hour Energy on Heart Rate. Other winners included: Cordale Green, second place; McKenna Waters, third place; Nicole Morril, fourth place; Kara Zucci, fth place. Honorable mentions were awarded to: Hunter Bailey, Josh Mayer, Annmaree Hess, Seth Goodwin, and Cory White. This years judges included a nurse, an engineer, and an energy specialist. The winners will be participating in the Three Rivers Regional Science Fair in January at the FSU-Panama City campus. WHS hopes to have regional winners participating in the state competition in March or April. Senior Jessica Smith was named Scholar Athlete of the Week by ABC af liate WMBB, Channel 13, for the week of Nov. 26.SPECIAL TO THE STARLeft to right; Front row: Shelby Wood, Cory White, McKenna Waters, Kara Zucci, and Nicole Morrill; back row: Cordale Green, Seth Goodwin, Josh Mayer, and Anmaree Hess; not pictured: Hunter BaileySPECIAL TO THE STARFront row: Leondra Leslie, Sammya Brown, Judson Grif es, Alrena Gleichner, Whitney Butler. Back row: Prince Jones, Daylan Daves, Tristian Doran and Morgan Vaughn.Special to The StarOn Thursday, Oct. 25, the second-grade classes of Wewahitchka Elementary School took their annual eld trip to the Wetappo Fire Tower. This trip was originally planned when one of the second-grade teachers, Misty Harper, contacted Richard McGhee from the Forestry Division, about 10 years ago, to plan a small outing to check out the facilities at the Wetappo Fire Tower. At that time, McGhee was able to round up a couple of emergency service vehicles from the Wewa Fire Dept. and the Gulf County Ambulance Center. Now, one decade later, McGhee has a variety of vendors involved in addition to the Stone Mill Creek Fire Department and the Gulf County Ambulance. The students were able to enjoy demonstrations from the Gulf County Sherriffs K-9 unit, the FWC Law Enforcement, and the Division of Forestry Dept. of Agriculture. Of course, the trip wouldnt be complete without Smokey Bear. The classes of Mrs. Harper, Mrs. Taunton and Mrs. Anderson would like to thank McGee and everyone who was involved and hope a 10-year tradition may continue for many years to come. DAZZLING DOLPHINS WES visits re tower

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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 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 TOUCHING LIVES WITH THE LOVE OF JESUS 6pm Wednesday: Children: 6:15 p.m. ET Youth: 6:15 p.m. ET Choir: 7:00 p.m. ET Bro. Jim Fillingim Interim Pastor 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 WednesdayDinner.5:00 6:00 pm AWANA.6:00 7:30 pm Surrender Student Ministry6:15 7:30 pm Prayer/Bible Study.6:30 7:30 pm Read the Bible for Life Class6:15 7:30 pm Nursery..6:00 7:30 pm Wallace Wade Tillery passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012, at his home in St. Joe Beach. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he lived on St. Joe Beach for the last 48 years. Wade graduated from Port St. Joe High School in 1975. He was preceded in death by his brother Darrell Tillery in 1988. He is survived by his parents, Wallace and Susie Tillery of St. Joe Beach; one brother, Keith Tillery and wife Bonnie of Overstreet; his children, Crystal Holmes and husband Matthew of Wewahitchka, Eli Tillery of Dothan, Ala., Victoria Tillery of Clanton, Ala., David Tillery of Clanton, Ala., and Sean Tillery of the U.S. Marine Corps; and his grandchildren Matthew Holmes Jr., James Walter Holmes and Nathan Tillery. Graveside funeral services were held at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at Holly Hill Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. David Nichols and the Rev. David Sizemore. To assist the family, a fund is set up at Emerald Coast Credit Union. Services were provided by Comforter Funeral Home.Wallace Wade TilleryA. Eugene Gene Landers of Port St. Joe, Florida passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4 2012. He was born June 30, 1935, in English, Ind. He was a longtime resident of Shelby County, Indiana and retired from the Indianapolis Water Company. He served in the United States Army. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beulah (Meyer) Landers, his son Mark Landers (Ashley), his daughter Lisa Dunbar (Kerry), three cherished grandchildren Hailey Landers, Kayla Landers, Amelia Dunbar, and one great-grandson Trent Seibold. Graveside services will be held at a later date at Pleasant View Cemetery in Pleasant View, Ind.A. Eugene Gene Landers FAITHThursday, December 13, 2012 Page B4This business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week. www.starfl.comSpecial to The StarFate, luck and divine intervention will be explored at Lifetree Caf at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, Dec. 17. The Lifetree event, titled Fate, Free Will, or Gods Plan? features a showing of Crossword, an award-winning short lm. The story follows a lonely Irish woman who nds solace in the daily crossword puzzle. But the crossword clues seem to link mysteriously to her own life circumstances. Some people think they control their own destinies, says Lifetree Caf representative Craig Cable. Others think it all comes down to fate or some higher plan. Lifetree participants will examine questions of personal destiny and share their own perspectives. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Caf is located at 1602 U.S. Highway 98 in Mexico Beach across from El Governor Motel. Lifetree Caf is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Gary Grubb at 334-806-5667 or lwclifetreecafe@fairpoint.net.Breakfast with Santa at FUMC of PSJFirst United Methodist Church in Port St. Joe will host Breakfast With Santa from 9-11 a.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 15. Kids are invited to come eat a pancake breakfast served by the United Methodist Men. They will have a picture taken with Santa and enjoy a Christmas story. Kids are asked to meet in the Fellowship Hall. There is no charge for this event. Merry Christmas from First United Methodist Church. Christmas concert at First United MethodistThe Bay Area Chorale Society will present a Praise and Glory Christmas Concert 3 p.m. ET on Dec. 16 at First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe. There is a $5 suggested donation.Faith Christian School student will perform The Light Has Come, a musical drama, at 9:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 14. Everyone is invited to attend this fun yet powerful musical. It is a great way to celebrate the birth of our Savior.SPECIAL TO THE STAR The Lions Tale Faith BRIEFS Obituaries THE LIGHT HAS COME Fate to be discussed at Lifetree Caf Does your walk match your talk?Does your walk match your talk today, my Christian brother? Your words will tell one story, but your walk might tell another. If by chance they dont match one another, Talk with the Lord, and ask for help, to change one to the other. When a mans ways please the Lord, He even makes his enemies at peace and in one accord. Proverbs 16:7Billy Johnson

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LocalThe Star| B5Thursday, December 13, 2012washed twice over. There are to be six windows in each tower of 12 lights each, 8 by 10 glass with strong frames and iron bar over each and a door 6 by 3 feet of double inch boards cross nailed with substantial hinges, lock and latch. The ground oor is to be secured with brick, a suf cient number of circular stairs to lead from the ground to within six feet of the lantern connected by a centre post and guarded by a good hand railing. The stairs and platforms to be of cypress or heart of pine planks 2 inches thick from the top of the stairs to the entrance. The foundation was made of the old granite steps, there not being enough got out of the old towers for the new ones. The lantern to be an iron ladder with 2 inches wide.LanternsThe lantern and lighting apparatus now in use at the St. Joseph Point and the Cape St. George Islands are to be transferred to the new towers. The contractor E. Bowden to reglaze the said lanterns with French plate glass and paint them white inside and black outside. The Lantern posts are to be set ve feet into stone or brick, and secured with anchors. The lantern and door to be revisited, and repaired whenever necessary for security, and the whole put in a proper condition for lighting. The contractor being allowed the privilege of using all materials now in the old towers which are deemed suitable and proper by the Superintendent of the works. Each Light House is to be furnished with a complete Electrical conductor with joints to run 4 feet into the grounds.Dwelling housesDwelling Houses for the Keepers are to be built at each place each to be 35 feet by 20, foundation of hard brick walls one foot thick laid 18 inches below the surface of the ground and canned 2 feet above, on which is to be laid a frame building sills 8 inches square, posts 11 feet high 4 by 8 inches, braced above and below, lower ooring joists and to be 2 by 8 inches, 18 inches apart, bridged chamber oor joist 2 by 6 inches apart to be laid so that the rooms nish 8 feet in the clear, sides and ends and roof to be boarded with good seasoned pine boards and shingled with the best cypress or juniper shingles 12 inches long laid not more than 4 inches to the weather on the roof, and ve inches on the sides and ends. The house at each place to be divided into two rooms with an entry between 7 feet wide and a chimney in each end of each house, with a re place in each room below, 3 windows in each room below of 12 inches, lights 10 by 12 glass. The stairs to lead from the entry to the attic, closet back of the stairs attic divided into two chambers with entry between 6 feet wide one of the chambers divided into 2 rooms, a lantern window in the entry and a window in each of the small rooms, and 2 in each of the large ones, of 12 lights each 10 by 8 glass, collared with lead as well as both the chimneys doors in front and back of the entry, one to lead into each of the parlor chambers and closet. The doors to be 4 planked one inches thick except the front and back doors which are to be 1 inches thick. The front with freeze light with a good lock, hinges and latch on each end a bolt on the back door. Parlor entry, chambers and closet to be latched and plastered and nished in a plane and substantial manner, gutters back and front of the houses made of tin or wood with trunks to lead off the water into a cistern an opening to be left in each side of the brick foundations 8 by 12 inches a piazza on front sides of each house 8 feet wide oors six inches below the sill of the door and the roof shingled as speci ed for the houses all the wood work except the roof to be painted with two coats of white lead and oil all the oors in the houses to be laid double, at a convenient distance from each dwelling is to be erected a frame kitchen 15 by 12 feet to stand each on 6 brick pillars 2 feet from the ground 10 feet post boarded and shingled roof like the dwelling, one third pitch, 2 windows in each 12 light 8 by 10 glass, one door a chimney for each with suitable re place for cooking with crane trimmed and hooks the oor double the attic oor single and matched one window in each attic compact stairs or steps to go into the attic. In the rear of each house a cistern is to be built of hard brick lined with Rowan cement, and large enough to contain 2500 gallons into which the rain gutters from the dwellings are to lead and the whole covered with a top and door of 2 inch pine plank seasoned and the said Bowden agrees to nish the towers, dwellings, cisterns, so as speci ed above at Cape San Blas by the 1st day March 1848 and those at Cape St. George by the 1st day of June 1848 for the sum of Thirteen thousand, four hundred dollars and the said Spencer one the part of the United States agrees to pay Bowden on completion and acceptance of the work, the above named sum of $13,400. In witness where of we have here to set our hands and seals the day and date above written. (Signed) Samuel W. Spencer (seal) Signed Sealed and delivered In the presence of C. Houston District of Apalachicola January 1st 1849 ******************** *********************** ***** Cape St. George Island Lighthouse 1848 Constructed by Edward Bowden in 1848; Conical tower constructed of brick and iron; 74 feet high. Lighted in 1850; Deactivated in mid-1994. Original lens: 15 xed Lewis lamps with sixteeninch re ectors; Winslow Lewis (1843). Third-order xed Fresnel lens; HenryLePaute (1857). Present: none. Focal plane: 72 feet. Collapsed following Hurricane Dennis in 2005. The lighthouse has been reconstructed on St. George Island for public viewing. Cape San Blas Lighthouse Year Light First Lit: 1885 Is the Light Operational? NO Date Deactivated: 1996 Automated: 1981 Foundation Materials: IRON PILING Construction Materials: CAST IRON Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN Shape: SKELETON AROUND SLENDER CYLINDER Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE Tower Height: 90 Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL Year Original Lens Installed: 1859 Present Optic: THIRD ORDER, BIVALVE Year Present Lens Installed: 1906 Height of Focal Plane: 101 Fresnel Lens Disposition: BARBIER, BENARD ET TURENNE THIRD ORDER BIVALVE LENS & CLOCKWORK MECHANISM STILL IN TOWER Has tower been moved? 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LocalB6 | The Star Thursday, December 13, 2012 Criminal Defense Social Security DisabilityAppleman & Trucks, P.A.422 West Beach Drive, Panama City, FL 32401Call (850) 230-5550 or Visit Us Online at applemanlaw.comAttorneys Jim Appleman J. Karl Trucks MONDAY: Fried Catsh Dinner with two side items: $9.95 Fried Catsh Sandwich with one side: $5.99 TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: CLOSED THURSDAY: Shrimp Dinner with two side items: $10.95 Shrimp PoBoy with one side: $7.95 FRIDAY: Fried Mullet Dinner with Fries & Coleslaw: $9.95 Hamburger with Fries $ 5.95 SATURDAY: COME WATCH THE GAMESWITH US $2.00Longnecks: Bud Light, Budweiser, Miller Lite, Coors Light 10 wings 7.99, 20 wings 15.99, Fried Green Beans 6.99. SUNDAY: Buy one Entre at Regular price get 2nd Entre at Price. **of equal or lesser value** HAPPYHOUR EVERYDAY 4 P.M. TO 6 P.M. $1.50 BUD LIGHT & MILLER LITE DRAFT, $2.50 WELL DRINKS, $3.00 HOUSE WINE. ICE COLD OYSTERS ON THE HALF SHELL, FRIED, BAKED OR STEAMED. *Shark card discounts do not apply to daily specials* OPEN DAILY NOON TILL 9 P.M. SEAFOOD MARKET & PACKAGE STORE OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11 A.M. TILL 7 P.M. 2413 SR 30A SIMMONS BAYOU JUST 6 MILESE. OF PSJ DAILY SPECIALS: Locally owned and operated Home Business Auto Health Workers Comp NEW LOCATION:dbutler@coastalcoverage.com WWW.LOOKOUTLOUNGE.COM RANDY STARK ON THE POOP DECKFRIDAY @ 9PMET JOINED BYART LONGON SAX SATURDAY @ 9PMET -KARAOKE / DJ INTHECROWS NESTFRIDAY & SATURDAY @ 9 PMET Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas!The Lookout Crew LocalB6 | The Star Thursday, December 13, 2012Listers longtime readers and fans of his mysteries will recognize many familiar elements. Carries Gift is similar to my other books in style and theme and worldview, Lister said, adding with a smile, minus the murder. When asked why his love story is set at Christmas, Lister responded, Christmas, like love, is magic. To me, the feeling of falling in love and the feeling surrounding the Christmas season are not dissimilar. Some of my favorite romantic movies are set at Christmas Its a Wonderful Life, Love Actually, The Holiday, Love Affair and The Family Stone. The two main characters of Carries Gift were in high school together in the 80s, and the book includes a lot of 80s elements. Im a child of the s, Lister said. Carries Gift gave me a chance to revisit my teens: the music (Lionel Richie love songs), the fashion (parachute pants), the events (the Challenger space shuttle disaster) that shaped our lives. It was so much fun. The book also gave me the opportunity to re ect on love and loss, life and death, meaning and what really matters in life. Lister will be signing and discussing Carries Gift from 1-3 p.m. ET Saturday, Dec. 15, at Downtown Books in Apalachicola and later from 4-8 p.m. CT at a Carries Gift Christmas Party at CityArts Coop in downtown Panama City. AUTHOR from page B1 Its really a career entry program, Hauck said. We are trying to get them to broaden their horizons. They receive experiences that they might not otherwise get and exposure to jobs they wouldnt normally have. The group some 19 students are currently participating in the program meets monthly at lunch time to discuss a variety of subjects pertaining to college, vocational and career training. Much of it is basic, such as proper etiquette for interviews no jeans, collared shirts, pants tucked in, eye contact. A lot of it is getting into fundamentals, Hauck said. With some of them, a lot of it is drawing them out, but the older students are pretty gung-ho. They see the bene ts. The bene ts include job shadowing days in small businesses around town and summer employment for some. Students, by attending and participating in various events and programs within the HSHT umbrella, also earn points. Eighty points earns a student a refurbished laptop computer from the Dyslexia Research Institute. Sixty points earns summer employment. That is the ultimate, they work for three weeks during the summer and if they stay with it they get a monetary bonus at the end, Hauck said. A lot of times that job does grow out of the job shadowing. Weve had several students work for CVS and for Fairpoint (Communications). And they do have to participate. This is a real job. We had 11 kids that worked this past summer and that is really good. One of those was Torey Williams, a junior who worked this past summer at Fairpoint. That exposure has led to the possibility that Williams will pursue a job in computers or technology. I do like working with computers, Williams said. The program has really taught me responsibility for work, for learning something and sticking to it. It makes me feel more comfortable about going out and getting a job. I can put on my resume that I participated in the program and what I learned. Shenoya Fennell worked at CVS last summer. Also a junior, she is focused on getting the computer she fell a point shy of last year, a computer Williams earned. The program has given me more insight into what eld I wanted to go into, Fennell said, adding she hopes to pursue a career in the medical eld. Actually being able to work with people in that eld helped a lot. You are put in the eld you want to be in and you learn so much about it. The trip to Tyndall was another of the perks for students in High School High Tech, who regularly experience workplace eld trips during the school year. Their host was Barbara Copeland Civ USAF ACC 325 FSS/FSFR who worked with Hauck to organize the visit. Students visited Wright Laboratories and were exposed to alternative energies for use in countries such as Afghanistan. Experiments were on going in the growing and the use of algae as an alternate, replenishable fuel. They visited the tent city where solar panels were built into the top of tents to test for use in lighting, electricity and air conditioning. They also visited the robotics laboratory where robots were used for a wide variety of functions, such as mine detection and sweeping, perimeter patrol and use in checkpoints. The students were able to manipulate the robots in simulating the observation, retrieval and detonation of bombs. That was pretty cool, Williams said. We got to play with robots. They were showing us all kinds of things they could do. They are so advanced. Students also went to the ight line where the air traf c controllers worked and trained. There is a state of the art simulator for training air traf c controllers which the students were able to see in action. You learn all about the tower and the responsibilities, Fennell said. I thought that was very interesting. The last great bay is somewhere between crisis and collapse, he said. The impacts will be way beyond oysters. This affects many habitats. Thats the type of urgency were trying to convey to you today. What were hoping is to encourage you to help us move this issue forward. Its not just a bay thats threatened, its a way of life, said Ashley. All the money in the world is not going to restore a working waterfront, and a natural heritage. We need the leadership, the ownership, of this industry. Were going to look to you for that leadership, he told FWC. Ashley outlined several requests of the FWC, topped by having the commission press Gov. Rick Scott to continue dialogue with Alabama and Georgia to address upstream freshwater issues and agree to a shared sacri ce distribution plan among the three states. Ashley urged FWC to help in shaping a strategic plan for the ACF, a point later echoed by Ted Forsgren, executive director of the Florida Coastal Conservation Association, who noted that Florida has a plan of its own to regulate waters within the state. Ashley appealed for FWC to support efforts by the Florida congressional delegation, led by Sen. Bill Nelson, to gain passage of a Water Resource Development Act that would guide the Army Corps of Engineers decisionmaking in releasing water downstream. The Corps must consider all sh and wildlife impacts under an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement), not just endangered species, he said. Authorized uses shall not exceed freshwater ows required to sustain rivers, bays and working waterfront communities. Ashley also asked FWC to contribute to the collection of data and documentation required to justify a sheries disaster declaration. In September, Gov. Scott asked the U.S. Department of Commerce for such a declaration, which remains pending. FWC Chairman Ken Wright said Florida State Senator Charlie Dean had pledged his support on legislative issues when he and the FWC commissioners were briefed on Apalachicola Bay issues during a Dec. 4 tour of the Apalachicola National Research Reserve headquarters in Eastpoint. Lets everybody get one voice, in one direction, Wright said. It doesnt take much to mess up some of these systems and you cant then throw enough money at it. FWC Executive Nick Wiley said he would keep the commissioners regularly abreast of developments regarding the Apalachicola Bay, but that there were limits as to what effect FWC could have on a shery declaration. The key is economic loss, and we cant document that until it happens, he said. And its happening right now. We need all hands on deck to address this crisis, Wiley said. FWC Vice Chairwoman Kathy Barco said more needs to be done to convince Atlantas 4.2 million residents of the problems that overconsumption at the rivers source waters create for the estuary. Those are the people we have to convince of the impact, and theres such a disconnect, she said. This area is so special for so many reasons, FWC Member Brian Yablonski said. This is one of the few places in all the world where men and women harvest wild oysters. This is what were about, preserving the wild, native heritage of Florida. FWC from page B1 Shenoya Fennell and Katie Noble from the High School High Tech program at Port St Joe High School receive instruction from an airman at Tyndall AFB on controlling a bomb retrieval robot. HORIZONS from page B1

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CLASSIFIEDSThursday, December 13, 2012 The Star | B7 89524S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 2009-CA302 CIT SMALL BUSINESS LENDING CORPORATION, Plaintiff, vs. TAUNTON TRUSS, INC., a Florida corporation; DAVID L. TAUNTON; ABIGAIL J. TAUNTON; TAUNTON DEVELOPMENT, INC., a Florida corporation; DANIEL TAUNTON; KRISTI TAUNTON; MARTHA FOWLER; SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC.; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. (MERS), as nominee for SUN-TRUST MORTGAGE, INC.; ALFA FINANCIAL CORPORATION D/B/A OFC CAPITAL; OFC CAPITAL CORPORATION; MIDCOUNTRY BANK; CITICORP LEASING, INC.; CAPITAL CITY BANK; TENNESSEE COMMERCE BANK; CENTRAL LEASING CORPORATION; and WESTERN FINANCE & LEASE INC, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, pursuant to the Motion of Plaintiff, CIT Small Business Lending Corporation, to Schedule Foreclosure Sale entered in the above-styled cause, in the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, in and for Gulf County, Florida, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, will sell the following real property and personal property, situated in Gulf County, Florida, and more particularly described as follows: Parcel I: Commencing at an iron rod marking the Southeast corner of Southeast Quarter of Northwest Quarter of Section 24, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence South 89 West (assumed) 647.27 feet to a point on the East right of way line of State Road No. 71 said point being 33.0 feet from and at right angle to the centerline of said State Road; thence North 04 East along the Easterly line of an existing ditch 168.00 feet to an iron pipe for the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence North 05 West, 48.96 feet; thence North 08 West along the Easterly line of an existing ditch 46.68 feet to a point on the Easterly right of way line curve of said State Road No. 71, said point being 33.00 feet from and radial to the centerline of said State Road; said curve having a radius of 1651.42 feet and being concave Westerly; thence Northerly along the arc of said curve through a central angle of 20 for 593.71 feet said arc being subtended by a chord bearing and distance of North 10 West, 590.52 feet; thence leaving said right of way line curve North 89 East, 784.10 feet. Thence South 44 West, 343.36 feet; thence South 40 West, 471.08 feet; thence South 46 West, 124.53 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; containing 5.536 acres, more or less and being subject to a drainage easement across the following portion thereof: Commence at an iron rod marking the Southeast corner of the Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 24, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence 89 West (assumed) 647.27 feet to a point on the East right of way line of State Road No. 71 said point being 33.0 feet from and at right angle to the centerline of said State Road; thence North 04 East along the Easterly line of an existing ditch 168.00 feet to an iron pipe for the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence North 05 West, 48.96 feet; thence North 73 East, 31.22 feet; thence North 46 East, 65.00 feet; thence North 40 East, 470.75 feet; thence North 44 East, 319.77 feet; thence North 89 East, 34.22 feet to an iron pipe, thence South 44 West, 343.36 feet; thence South 40 West, 471.08 feet; thence South 46 04 West, 124.53 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Description by recent survey: Commence at a 4 inch by 4 inch concrete monument (no identification) marking the Southeast corner of the Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 24, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, as shown on the Florida Department of Transportation, right of way map as prepared by David H. Melvin, Inc. with a final date of January 13, 1999 (map no. 2190041, sheet 1 of 9); thence run South 88 West along the South boundary of the said Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 24 for 622.82 feet to the Easterly right of way of State Road No. 71; thence Northerly along said Easterly right of way as follows: North 00 East for 75.63 feet; thence South 89 East for 3.28 feet; thence North 06 East for 62.45 feet; thence North 00 East for 29.89 feet to a set one half inch iron rod and cap LB0732 for the POINT OF BEGINNING; from said POINT OF BEGINNING continue North 00 East along said Easterly right of way for 50.49 feet; thence North 89 West along said Easterly right of way for 9.84 feet; thence North 00 East along said Easterly right of way 15.90 feet to a point of curve to the left; thence along said right of way and curve with a radius of 1665.27 feet; through a central angle of 21, for an arc distance of 621.85 feet, (chord of said arc being North 09 West, 618.24 feet to a set one half inch iron rod and cap LB0732; thence leaving said Easterly right of way run thence North 89 East for 751.97 feet to a found 1 and 1/4 inch iron pipe; thence South 44 West for 343.36 feet to a set one half inch rod and cap LB0732; thence South 40 West for 471.08 feet to a set one half inch iron rod and cap LB0732; thence South 46 East for 123.95 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; containing 5.502 acres, more or less. Subject to a drainage easement across the following portion thereof: Commence at a 4 inch by 4 inch concrete monument (no identification) marking the Southeast corner of the Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 24, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, as shown on the Florida Department of Transportation, right of way map as prepared by David H. Melvin, Inc. with a final date of January 13, 1999, (map no. 2190041, sheet 1 of 9); thence run South 88 West along the South boundary of the said Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 24 for 622.82 feet to the Easterly right of way of State Road No. 71; thence Northerly along said Easterly right of way as follows: North 00 East for 75.63 feet; thence South 89 East for 3.28 feet; thence North 06 East for 62.45 feet; thence North 00 East for 29.89 feet to a set one half inch iron rod and cap LB0732 for the POINT OF BEGINNING; from said POINT OF BEGINNING continue North 00 East along said Easterly right of way for 50.08 feet; thence North 73 East for 25.35 feet; thence North 46 East for 65.00 feet; thence North 40 East for 470.75 feet; thence North 44 East for 219.77 feet; thence North 89 East for 34.22 feet to a found 1 and 1/4 inch iron rod pipe; thence South 44 West for 343.36 feet to a set one half inch iron rod and cap LB0732; thence South 40 West for 471.08 feet to a set one half inch iron rod and cap LB0732; thence South 46 East for 123.95 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Parcel II: Lots 1, 2 and the North 29 feet of Lot 3 in Section 24, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, according to the Higgins and Hollinger Plat of the Town of Wewahitchka, Florida and on file in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida. Together with: All of the following property whether now owned or hereafter acquired and wheresoever located as well as the proceeds and products thereof: All equipment and machinery, including power-driven machinery and equipment, furniture, and fixtures now owned or hereafter acquired, together with all replacements thereof, all attachments, accessories, parts, equipment and tools belonging thereto or for use in connection therewith. All inventory, raw materials, work in progress, and supplies now owned or hereinafter acquired. All contract rights and general intangibles now in force or hereafter acquired. Including, without limitation: Alpine Timber Mill, M/N 620 PRO SSD, S/N M86TROSSDAC0740. Floor Truss Machine, M/N 47, S/N 748-018. Fork Lift Truck, Komatos, M/N FG4OZT-7, S/N 102992A. Roller System, M/N 705, S/N 705A02006. Wise Fork Lift, M/N MC81159, S/N 4549. Roller Press/Apline, M/N 214H, S/N 1451. Komatsu Fork Lift, M/N 4OZT/7, S/N 102475A. Air Compressor, M/N 1WD74, S/N R0004173. Panel Assembly Unit, M/N 1085-2211-2802212-125. Gantry Table-Alpine. Saw-Alpine Automill, M/N 344-B, S/N 344B0020008. Kaeser Fork Lift, M/N 2001, S/N 1071. Less and Except: Roof Truss Assembly: M/Tek 102 Wkg Lg RoofGlider gantry, (2) heads, (14) steel, top tables, jigging & aisle pads, S/N 052005208359.1b, M/N 82700; (13) receivers SYSTEM PRICE, 2005, Good Condition, [(0) power -(0) idler conveyors -(0) FRP 460 volt]. Cutting equipment: Alpine ALS saw, S/N 276C05027-000, M/N 276C, 2005, Good Condition. Wall Panel Equipment: IBS wall panel line with (7) plant terminals/ stands & hub, [No guns included], 12-3 x 16 Ft. Framing table/light bar, [With auto stops, tool laser, beam seam tilt option], 12-3 x 16 Ft. Sheath/ Square table with multi-tool bridge, S/N 2000, 2001 & 2002, [With multi-tool bridgerouter bridge -stitch tool], 10 x 10 Ft. Component table / nailer & ejectors, S/N 2003, 2005 & 2006, [With auto stops -40 ft. of rollers], 13 Ft. Tilt table, S/N 1997, 1998 & 1999, [20 ft. of skate wheel conveyor], Super chop saw w/16 Tiger stop, SYSTEM PRICE, 2005, Good Condition, 2006, Good Condition, [Pro if separate. 10 HP 24 blade, 15 in/10 out conv. 13 wide]. And Less and Except: Used Caterpillar Wheel Loader 980C, S/N: 63X002885, with cab, air conditioning heater, general purpose budget, with cutting edge, 26.5 x 25 tires, parts & operating manuals with new paint & decals. all at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, in the courthouse lobby located at Gulf County Clerk of Courts, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, at 11:00 a.m., ET on January, 3, 2013. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Pursuant to Florida Statute 45.031(2), this notice shall be published twice, once a week for two consecutive weeks, with the last publication being at least 5 days prior to the sale. Witness my hand and the official seal of this Court on November 30, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS, Clerk of Circuit Court BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Dec 13, 20, 2012 91415 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 12-104-CA CENTENNIAL BANK, an Arkansas banking corporation, successor in interest to Bayside Savings Bank, Plaintiff, vs. S & M PROPERTIES, LLC, a Florida limited liability company, MICHAEL L. BURKETT, et al. Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance with the Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 14, 2012, in the abovestyled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Front Door of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456 at 11:00 am ET on January 3, 2013, the following described property: Commencing at the Northwest corner of Southeast 1/4 of Northeast 1/4 of Section 31, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, and run South for 320 feet to south line of County Road, thence run East for 334 feet to Point of Beginning, thence continue to run East for 236 feet, thence run South for 325 feet, thence run West 236 feet, thence run North for 325 feet to the Point of Beginning, same lying and being in Section 31, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida. Dated: December 7, 2012. Becky L. Norris Clerk of the Court By: Tanya Knox Deputy Clerk December 13, 20. 2012 89526S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CAPITAL CITY BANK, Plaintiff, vs. GREGORY F. FLETCHER A/K/A GREGORY FRANKLIN FLETCHER, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF GREGORY F. FLETCHER A/K/A GREGORY FRANKLIN FLETCHER, and UNKNOWN TENANT(S), Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE is given pursuant to a Final Judgment of Replevin and Foreclosure dated November 14, 2012, in Case No. 12-126-CA, of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, in which CAPITAL CITY BANK is the Plaintiff and GREGORY F. FLETCHER A/K/A GREGORY FRANKLIN FLETCHER is the Defendant, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the front door of the Courthouse in Port St. Joe, Gulf County Florida at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on January 3rd, 2013; the property set forth in the Final Judgment of Replevin and Foreclosure and more particularly described as follows: Exhibit A DESCRIPTION: (Parcel Id#00334-720R) Lot 4, Block G, Howard Creek Properties, Unit 4, more particularly described as follows: Commence at the Northwest corner of Section 8, Township 7 South, Range 8 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence South 00 degrees 07 minutes 25 seconds West for 25.00 feet; thence South 89 degrees 51 minutes 35 seconds East, parallel with the North line of said Section 8 for 1949.2 feet; thence South 00 degrees 08 minutes 25 seconds West for 749.00 feet; thence North 89 degrees 51 minutes 35 seconds West, parallel with North line of said Section 8 for 100.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Thence continue North 89 degrees 51 minutes 35 seconds West for 100.00 feet; thence South 00 degrees 08 minutes 25 seconds West for 218.00 feet; thence South 89 degrees 51 minutes 35 seconds East, parallel with North line of said Section 8 for 100.00 feet; thence North 00 degrees 08 minutes 25 seconds East for 218.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. DATED; November 30, 2012 REBECCA L. NORRIS Clerk of the Circuit Court BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Garvin B. Bowden, Esq. Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth, Bowden, Bush, Dee, LaVia & Wright, P.A. 1300 Thomaswood Drive Tallahassee, Florida 32308 Dec 13, 20, 2012 89528S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 12-99-CA CAPITAL CITY BANK, Plaintiff, vs. THE ESTATE OF MAXWELL WOODROW FLEMING, JR. A/K/A MAXWELL FLEMING A/K/A MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A DR. MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A MAX FLEMING A/K/A MAX W. FLEMING, DECEASED; THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST MAXWELL WOODROW FLEMING, JR. A/K/A MAXWELL FLEMING A/K/A MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A DR. MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A MAX FLEMING A/K/A MAX W. FLEMING, DECEASED; BETTY L. FLEMING A/K/A BETTY FLEMING; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY -INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE; BAY MEDICAL CENTER; CAPITAL ONE BANK; and UNKNOWN TENANT(S), Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE is given pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure and Reformation of Mortgage dated November 27, 2012, in Case No. 12-99-CA, of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Gulf County, Florida, in which CAPITAL CITY BANK is the Plaintiff and THE ESTATE OF MAXWELL WOODROW FLEMING, JR. A/K/A MAXWELL FLEMING A/K/A MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A DR. MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A MAX FLEMING A/K/A MAX W. FLEMING, DECEASED; THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST MAXWELL WOODROW FLEMING, JR. A/K/A MAXWELL FLEMING A/K/A MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A DR. MAXWELL W. FLEMING A/K/A MAX FLEMING A/K/A MAX W. FLEMING, DECEASED; BETTY L. FLEMING A/K/A BETTY FLEMING; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY -INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE; BAY MEDICAL CENTER; and CAPITAL ONE BANK is the Defendant, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the front door of the Courthouse in Port St. Joe, Gulf County, Florida at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on January 3, 2013 the property set forth in the Final Judgment of Foreclosure and Reformation of Mortgage and more particularly described as follows: Lots 7, 8, 9 and the North 5 feet of Lot 6, Block 9 of Gulf County Land Companys Subdivision of Wewahitchka, Florida according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page(s) 11, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. DATED: November 30, 2012 REBECCA L. NORRIS Clerk of the Circuit Court BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Garvin B. Bowden, Esq. Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth, Bowden, Bush, Dee, LaVia & Wright, P.A. 1300 Thomaswood Drive Tallahassee, Florida 32308 Dec 13, 20, 2012 91151S PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2012-13 **Re-Advertisement** All previous Bidders must re-submit a new bid proposal Sealed bids for City of Port St. Joe for replacement of a Horizontal Pump at the 1st Street Lift Station will be received at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 up until 4:00 PM EST, Friday December 21, 2012. Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged, Friday December 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM EST, in the City Commission Chambers. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidders name, address, date and time of opening, and bid number for Replacement of Horizontal Pump at the 1st Street Lift Station. DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Remove the existing pump, motor and base plate. Provide and install a skid mounted horizontal pump (per codes/regulations). It is recommended that each bidder perform a site visit prior to submitting a bid to ensure that they have satisfied themselves to existing conditions and to certify that they fully understand the entire scope of this Work. Site visits shall be scheduled by contacting the Public Works Department at 850-229-8247. The proposal shall include all labor and materials as it relates to the following: The disassembly of the existing pump from the concrete base and removal from the dry pit. The reassembly of the new pump with special alignment by a Certified Alignment Technician. The new horizontal pump shall be a 15 HP/460 Volt and deliver 800 GPM @ 37 TDH (1200 RPM) with a tangential CCW rotation discharge (like existing Paco Pump), stainless steel wear rings, certified test curve, and water flush seal. Pump shall have a five (5) year 100% Warranty Startup Services by a pump manufacturers certified technician All required 6 piping, flanges, fittings, hardware, etc. necessary to reconnect new pump to existing suction and discharge piping. Work shall be performed by a licensed Contractor and all applicable permits shall be required. Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) to automatically operate the new horizontal pump based on level. One (1) Level Transducer Install a transfer switch into existing control panel between VFD and existing starter. VFD shall have a six (6) year 100% Warranty Provide estimated start and completion dates. All technical data relating to proposed equipment shall be submitted with bid, failure to include data will result in disqualification of bid. For questions concerning this project, please contact John Grantland at 850-229-8247 The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Bids in whole or in part, to waive informalities in the process, to obtain new Statements of Bids, or to postpone the opening pursuant to the Citys purchasing policies. Each Statement of Bid shall be valid to the City of Port St. Joe for a period of sixty (60) days after the opening. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. December 6, 13, 2012 91139S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 2012-54PR IN RE: The Estate of BETTY DARCEY MIMS, a/k/a BETTY ANN MIMS, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Betty Darcey Mims, a/k/a Betty Ann Mims, deceased, File Number 2012-54PR, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 6, 2012. Ann Whittle 1326 Garrison Avdenne Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Attorney for Petitioner J. Patrick Floyd Law Offices J. Patrick Floyd, Chtd. 408 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL 32546 (850) 227-7413 FL Bar No. 257001 December 6, 13, 2012 91223S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION: CASE NO.: 08-00476 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR STRUCTURED ASSET INVESTMENT LOAN TRUST, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES, 2006-4 Plaintiff, vs. ERNEST REESE 91191S PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2012-14 ** Advertisement** All Bidders must submit a bid proposal Sealed bids for City of Port St. Joe for Replacement of the Waste Water Treatment Plant Off Road Forklift will be received at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 up until 4:00 PM EST, Friday December 21, 2012. Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged, Friday December 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM EST, in the City Commission Chambers. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidders name, address, date and time of opening, and bid number for Replacement of Waste Water Treatment Plant Off Road Forklift DESCRIPTION OF EQUIPMENT: New or Used off road telehandler. *Manufactured 2005 or newer. *Lifting capacity 6000 lb. minimum. All wheel drive. *Four wheel steering. *Remote tilt. *34 feet lift minimum. *Certified 2500 hour run time maximum. *All equipment (lighting, safety equipment, tires, fenders, mirrors, controls) in good working condition. *No non manufacturer equipment modifications For questions concerning this Equipment, please contact Bob Lyles at 850-229-6395 The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Bids in whole or in part, to waive informalities in the process, to obtain new Statements of Bids, or to postpone the opening pursuant to the Citys purchasing policies. Each Statement of Bid shall be valid to the City of Port St. Joe for a period of sixty (60) days after the opening. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer December 6, 13, 2012 Comfort CareNon-Medical Companionship & home care for seniors. Medical Remiders, Meal Preperation, Light Housekeeping, Escort on Errons, Serving Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe. Please Contact Celeste for Assistance with your needs 850-647-1614 These tiny ads sell, hire, rent and inform for thousands of families each week.Let a little Classified ad do a big job for you. EmeraldCoast Marketplace 747-5020

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B8| The Star Thursday, December 13, 2012 CLASSIFIEDS Your land or family land is all you need to buy a new home. Call 850-682-3344 Mobile Home Repos Statewide. Move in Ready. Call 850-682-3344 RENTALS3 BR 3 BA UNFURNISHED CONDO LONG TERM, POOL.............................................$850 2 BR 1 BA UNFURNISHED HOUSE FL ROOM, FENCED YARD, GARAGE ..................$800 3 BR 2 BA FURNISHED APT W/D, CARPORT, ST PARKING ............................$600 2 BR 1 BA UNFURNISHED APT NEW PAINT, SMALL PORCH ...............................$375 1 BR 1 BA UNFURNISHED APT ST PARKING, REMODELED, INC WATER ..........$425 3 BR 1 BA FURNISHED APT WEEKLY OR MONTHLY, INC UTILITIES 3 BR 1 BA UNFURNISHED DUPLEX DOWNTOWN CARRABELLE ...............................$600 2 OFFICE SPACES US 98 CARRABELLE ...............................................$300 BOTH 108 S. E. AVE. A CARRABELLE, FLORIDA 32322850-697-9604 850-323-0444 www.seacrestre.comwww. rst tness.com/carrabellePROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND RENTALS JOB NOTICETHE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE POP. 3445 IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITION: Full time Police O cer Please submit an application to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn: Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, FL 32457. Applications and a full job description can be found on our website cityofportstjoe.com. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850)229-8261. The position will close on December 21, 2012. The entry level salary for a Police O 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. EASTERN SHIPBUILDING GROUP MORE THAN A JOB A FUTURE!LONG TERM WORKan aggressive leader in the Marine Industry, located in Panama City, FL has the following opportunities for skilled craftsmen:PIPEFITTERS PIPE WELDERS SHIPFITTERS STRUCTURAL WELDERS X-RAY WELDERS ELECTRICIANSCompetitive wages DOE, and a comprehensive bene ts package including: Company paid health, dental, and life insurance, 401(k), attendance & safety bonuses. Normal work week to include overtime. Quali ed craftsmen should apply in person: Mon-Fri, 8am-12pm 1pm4:30 pmHUMAN RESOURCES (2 Locations): 13300 Allanton Rd., Panama City, FL 32404 and 134 S. East Ave., Panama City, FL 32401Applications are also accepted at our East Ave Of ce Saturdays, 8am-12pm.(850) 522-7400, ext. 2285, 2322, or 2302 Fax: (850) 874-0208EOE/Drug Free Workplace These tiny ads sell, hire, rent and inform for thousands of families each week.Let a little Classified ad do a big job for you. EmeraldCoast Marketplace 747-5020 ANTLEY; SARA M. ANTLEY, UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 28th day of November, 2012, and entered in case No. 08-00476, of the Circuit Court of the 14TH Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR STRUCTURED ASSET INVESTMENT LOAN TRUST, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-4 is the Plaintiff and ERNEST REESE ANTLEY; SARA M. ANTLEY and UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, are defendants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the, FRONT LOBBY OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 1000 5TH STREET, PORT ST. JOE, FL 32456, 11:00 AM on the 10th day of January, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOTS 8, 10, AND 12, BLOCK 56, CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL MAP THEREOF ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. Dated this 28th day of November, 2012. REBECCA NORRIS Clerk Of The Circuit Court BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Submitted by: Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson, P.A. 1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 (954) 453-0365 Fax: (954) 771-6052 Toll Free: 800-441-2439 December 6, 13, 2012 91235S PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2012-15 ** Advertisement** All Bidders must submit a bid proposal Sealed bids for City of Port St. Joe for replacement of #2 High Service Pump, provide basic remanufacture of #2 High Service Pump Motor, and provide reinstallation of #2 High Service Pump and Pump Motor, at the White City Water System Booster Station will be received at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 up until 4:00 PM EST, Friday December 21, 2012. Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged, December 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM EST, in the City Commission Chambers. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidders name, address, date and time of opening, and bid number for Replacement of #2 High Service Pump, provide basic remanufacture of #2 High Service Pump Motor, and provide reinstallation of #2 High Service Pump and Pump Motor, at the White City Water System Booster Station. DESCRIPTION OF WORK: *Supply a new pump to replace the existing Goulds Pump MTX 3196, 3x4x8, A70, S/N M93126C01-C02 with equal performance & required maintenance. *Perform basic remanufacture of current pump motor. 25HP, 3600 RPM, 480V., 256T frame. ( to include but not limited to change both bearings, balance rotor, check and reinsulate winding). *Reinstall pump and motor, utilizing laser alignment. (coupling provided by the City of Port St. Joe) Site visits shall be scheduled by contacting the City of Port St. Joe Water Plant at 850-229-1421. The proposal shall include all labor and materials as it relates to the following: *The reassembly of the new pump and remanufactured motor with special alignment by a Certified Alignment Technician. *Pump shall have a five (5) year 100% Warranty *The remanufactured motor shall have a one (1) year 100% bearing Warranty. *Startup Services by a pump manufacturers certified technician *All required piping hardware, etc. necessary to reconnect new pump to existing suction and discharge piping. Work shall be performed by a licensed Contractor and all applicable permits shall be required. *Provide estimated start and completion dates. *All technical data relating to proposed equipment shall be submitted with bid, failure to include data will result in disqualification of bid. For questions concerning this project, please contact Bob Lyles at 850-229-6395 The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Bids in whole or in part, to waive informalities in the process, to obtain new Statements of Bids, or to postpone the opening pursuant to the Citys purchasing policies. Each Statement of Bid shall be valid to the City of Port St. Joe for a period of sixty (60) days after the opening. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer December 6, 13, 2012 91251S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 23-2009-CA-000527 DIVISION: BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. MAX GARDNER, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated November 27, 2012 and entered in Case NO. 23-2009-CA000527 of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida wherein BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., is the Plaintiff and MAX GARDNER; JUDY L. GARDNER; SHALLOW REED PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at LOBBY OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE at 11:00AM, on the 3rd day of January, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 22 OF SHALLOW REED PHASE ONE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE(S) 8, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A LOT 22 THE VILLAGE AT, PORT ST. JOE, FL 32410 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on November 30, 2012. Rebecca L. Norris Clerk of the Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk **See Americans with Disabilities Act If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. ADA Coordinator P.O. Box 1089 Panama City, FL 32402 Phone: 850-747-5338 Fax: (850) 747-5717 Hearing Impaired: Dial 711 Email: ADARequest@ jud14.flcourts.org F09091136 December 6, 13, 2012 91285S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2011-CA-179 21st MORTGAGE CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation, Plaintiff, vs. GREGORY BYRD, KELLIANNE BYRD, his wife, Defendants, CLERKS NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS GIVEN that in accordance with the Plaintiffs Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on November 27, 2012 in abovestyled cause, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash on January 3, 2013 at 11:00 A.M.(EST), at the Gulf County Courthouse, located at 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, the following described property: See Attached Exhibit A annexed hereto and incorporated herein, EXHIBIT A COMMENCING AT THE NW CORNER OF SW 1/4 OF SW 1/4 OF SECTION 32, TOWNSHIP 5 S, RANGE 11 W, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA, THENCE N ALONG SECTION LINE FOR 100 FEET TO THE N SIDE OF A COUNTY ROAD; THENCE W ALONG SAID N SIDE OF ROAD A DISTANCE OF 730 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE N 330 FEET; THENCE E 330 FEET; THENCE S 330 FEET; THENCE W 330 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; SAID LAND BEING LOCATED IN THE NE 1/4 OF THE SE 1/4, SECT. 31, T5S, R11W. LESS AND EXCEPT THAT CERTAIN PARCEL SOLD TO ARCHIE BARBEE DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORD BOOK 107 AT PAGE 256 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. LESS AND EXCEPT THAT CERTAIN PARCEL SOLD TO GUSTAVE A, SANDER AND WIFE, LINDA M. SANDER DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORD BOOK 170 AT PAGE 536 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. Together with that certain 2005 Horton 66 x 27 Mobile Home model Mirgeillers Serial Number: 181474GL&R Property Address: 227 Forest Drive, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Dated: November 30, 2012 Rebecca L. Norris Clerk of Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk December 13, 20, 2012 91283S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 12-169-CA CAPITAL CITY BANK, Plaintiff, vs. JOEY KEETH A/K/A KENNETH CHARLES JOSEPH KEETH, THE ESTATE OF JOE CORNETT A/K/A BILLY JOE CORNETT, DECEASED, BILL CHAMPION A/K/A WILLIAM J. CHAMPION, and UNKNOWN TENANT(S), Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE is given pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 27, 2012, in Case No. 12-169-CA, of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Gulf County, Florida, in which CAPITAL CITY BANK is the Plaintiff and JOEY KEETH A/K/A KENNETH CHARLES JOSEPH KEETH, THE ESTATE OF JOE CORNETT A/K/A BILLY JOE CORNETT, DECEASED, and BILL CHAMPION A/K/A WILLIAM J. CHAMPION are the Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the front door of the Courthouse in Port St. Joe, Gulf County, Florida at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on January 3, 2013, the property set forth in the Final Judgment of Foreclosure and more particularly described as follows: Lot 6, Block 39, Unit 3, St. Josephs Addition to the City of Port St. Joe, as per plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 32, Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. DATED November 30, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS Clerk of the Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Garvin B Bowden, Esq. Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth, Bowden, Bush, Dee, LaVia, & Wright, P.A. 1300 Thomaswood Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32308 December 13, 20, 2012 91293S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida, will on January 3, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, in the lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statues, offer for sale, and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder, the following described real property situated in Gulf County, Florida: Real Property Lot 8, Block 47, of the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, according to the official map on file in the office of the Clerk of 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. pursuant to the Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court, the style of which is 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 CHARLOTTE L. SIMS a/k/a CHARLOTTE L. HIGHTOWER, deceased. Defendants. and the docket number of which is 2012-CA-000105. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim with the clerk of the court within 60 days after the sale. In accordance with the AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the undersigned not later than seven days prior to the proceeding to ensure that reasonable accommodations are available. WITNESS my hand and the official seal of this Honorable Court this 30th day of November, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF COURT GULF COUNTY, FL By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk December 13, 20, 2012 91287S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2011-501 CA GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC 7360 S. Kyrene Road Tempe, AZ 85283 Plaintiff, vs. HERBERT WATKINS A/K/A HERBERT PAUL WATKINS, IF LIVING, BUT IF DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES OF HERBERT WATKINS A/K/A HERBERT PAUL WATKINS, DECEASED, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT, NORMA WATKINS A/K/A NORMA J. WATKINS, CITIFINANCIAL EQUITY SERVICES, INC., and THE UNKNOWN TENANT IN POSSESSION OF 1680 PLEASANT REST ROAD, WEWAHITCHKA, FLORIDA 32465 Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, pursuant to Plaintiffs Final Summary Judgment entered in the abovecaptioned action, I will sell the property situated in Gulf County, Florida, described as follows, wit: BEGIN AT THE NORTHWEST (NW) CORNER OF THE NE 1/4 OF SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 5 SOUTH, RANGE 11 WEST, AND RUN EAST FOR 210 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH FOR 210 FEET; THEN RUN WEST FOR 210 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH FOR 210 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; LYING AND BEING IN SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 5 SOUTH, RANGE 11 WEST, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA ;TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN 2000 HOMES OF MERIT, TWIN MANOR MOBILE HOME, 24 x 42, SERIAL NUMBER; FLHMB-657644793A&B. Commonly known as: 1680 PLEASANT REST ROAD, WEWAHITCHKA, FLORIDA 32465. at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash at the Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, at 11:00 AM (EST), on the 3rd day of January, 2013. If you are subordinate lien holder claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must file a claim with the Clerk of Court no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to file a claim, you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. Notice to Persons With Disabilities: If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Court Administrators office not later than seven days prior to the proceeding. REBECCA NORRIS Clerk of the Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk December 13, 20, 2012 91339S PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR WATER USE PERMIT Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the following application for a water use permit has been received by the Northwest Florida Water Management District: Application number I07360 filed 11/30/2012 General Chemical LLC, 281 Chemical Drive, P.O. Box 68, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Requesting a maximum withdrawal of 120,000 gallons per day from the Floridan and Surficial Aquifer Systems for Industrial use by an existing facility. General withdrawal location(s) in Gulf County: T08S, RI0W, Sec. 6 Interested persons may submit written comments/ objection or submit a written request for the notice of proposed agency action (NOPAA) regarding the application by writing to: Division of Resource Regulation, Northwest Florida Water Management District, attn: Terri Peterson, 152 Water Management Drive, Havana, Florida 32333. A NOPAA will be mailed only to persons who have filed such requests. A NOPAA must be requested in order to be advised of further proceedings and any public hearing date. Written comments/ objection or NOPAA requests must be received by 5:00 p.m, eastern time on December 26, 2012. No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. Publication of this notice constitutes constructive notice of the permit application to all substantially affected persons. December 13, 2012 91301S PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS GULF COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS INVENTORY BID #1213-03 Gulf County Public Works desires to contract with an individual or company to provide inventory weekly for our fleet, detention crew and operation needs. Please place YOUR COMPANY NAME, SEALED BID, and the BID NUMBER on the outside of your envelope, and provide three copies of your proposal. Bids must be submitted to and specifications may be obtained from the Gulf County Clerks Office at 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456 by Friday, January 4, 2013 by 4:30 p.m., E.T. Specifications may also be obtained at www. gulfcounty-fl.gov. Bids will be opened at this same location on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., E.T. The public is invited to attend. Questions regarding this bid should be directed to Joe Danford, Public Works Director at (850)-227-1401 or by email at jdanford@ gulfcounty-fl.gov. 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